Doing this for a friend, who's in a (good) quandary right now.
- He's disposing of his Carens and is wandering into SUV territory.
- He doesn't need the additional 2 seats he initially thought to be useful on the Carens. Occasionally they are, but are not really needed.
- A powerful diesel would be a priority over a gas unit, since he travels from Bulacan to Makati on a daily basis. Ride comfort would also be appreciated.
- He, his wife and 3 kids live an active lifestyle, so versatility (and space) is key.
Listed in the title are his current choices, and I would like to limit the discussion between the two of them for this thread (no barebones Montero Sports here please).
Would you go for a watered down LX Sorento diesel A/T for P1.330M or a Sportage diesel A/T for P1.290M?
I know it's apples to oranges, but with the pricing being so close, i would call them both bananas and just start comparing.
I look at the comparo to something like a TOTL Altis vs. a base level Camry (for hotel shuttle) applications. I'm not sure if this is a fair statement though.
My friend's not bowled over by the Sorento's formal looks compared to the newer Sportage's butch and youthful aura. I'm trying to help him see past that and hopefully feel the difference in terms of a more comfortable ride and more spacious interior.
Your thoughts folks?