Najam bhai, I am in a similar dilemma as well. Can't decide whether to go with 1.6 or 1.8 CVTi non grande. My research says that all 1.8 variants resale is quite slow compared to 1.3 and 1.6. One may have to bear some monetary loss if he has to dispose of the car quickly. Honda Civic also doesn't enjoy much of a good resale either. But both Toyota and Honda lure their customers into buying the 1.8 variants because of additional features being offered in both.
Altis 1.6 and 1.8 CVTi non grande has a price difference of almost 200K + WHT filer difference is 25K + Registration filer difference is 5-6K, so total comes out to be about 230K, but in this extra amount, you get the following additional features/things
- 200 cc more powerful and modern engine 2ZR-FE
- Latest CVTi technology
- Cruise control
- Better quality seat covers
- Chrome lining on door handles
- Fog lights
- Front chrome grill complete
- Auto retractable side mirrors
- Multi info. Display with LCD
- Driver side air bag
- Rear reclining seats
- Keyless entry with remote trunk opener
- 8 inch android based infotainment with internet connectivity option and navigation maps included (1.6 contains 7 inch windows CE based infotainment without internet connectivity option and built in navigation maps)
- Some of the members have claimed that 1.8 variants contain better insulation material keeping the cabin quieter, as compared to 1.6 and 1.3 variants.
- 1.8 variants also contain some material present on the inside of bonnet which helps to keep the engine within acceptable temperature levels.
Not sure about point No. 14 and 15. Other respected members may throw light on this.
So, my judgement is if you are planning to keep the car for a good 6-7 years, then Altis 1.8 CVTi is worth the marginal price.