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Mercedes Benz B Class Facelift Review

Mercedes Benz B Class Test drive

Mercedes Benz B Class Overview

Marketed as a compact sports tourer, the first generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class was introduced way back in 2012 for just Rs 21.49 lakh. An amount unheard of, while talking about new Mercedes cars. And this move not only brought the premium German marque within the reach for many, but pretty much kicked the hornet’s nest, resulting in a blitzkrieg of compact luxury cars in India from every other luxury car makers present in India.

The hatchback, after receiving a few nips and tucks, is back as the 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class and is offered with the same reliable 120PS, 1.6-litre petrol engine and an upgraded diesel engine. We get behind the wheels of the C200 CDI powered with a new 2.1-litre motor, straddled with 26 horses more than the outgoing engine.

Mercedes Benz B Class Style

The B-Class is instantly recognisable as a Mercedes. Its face is similar to what you see in the new C-Class. There are projectors with LED rings around them, lending a premium note to the B. Move over on to the side and you can see the B-Class facelift is a tad longer than the older one. This is because the new car really is 34mm longer than the outgoing version. We would have preferred to have Mercedes give it sportier alloys than the ones you see here, especially they look a bit disappointing on this bright red sample we drove. Move over to the rear and you’ll find that the bumper is new and has a chrome strip which hides the tail pipe.

Mercedes Benz B Class Space

The cabin of the B-Class looks more upmarket now, thanks largely to the designers picking up some stuff from the new C-Class’ parts bin. Things like the new steering wheel and sporty instrument cluster come from the entry-level rear-wheel drive Merc while the infotainment screen is a new 7-inch unit with a higher resolution display, it also gets navigation and runs on the latest OS.

The finish of the cabin is top notch, exuding a feel of luxury and the vehicle also gets front parking sensors and a reverse parking camera. Other equipment includes 7 airbags, panoramic sunroof and the usual safety systems we have come to expect from Mercedes-Benz. There are no changes to the interior dimensions and as has been the case with the B, there is ample amount of room inside the cabin to seat four people in comfort. The boot space is massive but hindered by the position of the spare wheel. For more information on Benz B-Class  visit Painpeters

Mercedes Benz B Class Performance

Mercedes-Benz B-Class comes with both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine of B-Class 180 Sport has a displacement of 1595 cc that produces a maximum power of 90 kW with a peak torque of 200 Nm. The B200 CDI Sports engine that runs on diesel has a displacement of 2143 cc and produces maximum power of 100 kW and maximum torque of 300 Nm. Both the variants come with a 7G Dual Clutch Transmission system that has two sub-transmission systems. The manual gearshift feature comes with steering wheel shift pedals giving an easy and smooth gear shift options to the driver. But for the traditional drivers who like their one hand on the transmission panel, there will be a difficulty in the starting to understand the gears.

The performance of Mercedes Benz B Class is as good as the other Mercedes cars. The top speed of Petrol variant is 200 km/h and for diesel variant it is 210 km/h that is acceptable for a small compact car. The mileage of the Petrol variant is 11.9 kmpl on highway and 7.9 kmpl in the city. The diesel variant gives a mileage of 15 kmpl on highway and 11.5 kmpl in the city. Well, the mileage is not as good as it should be but considering the other luxurious interiors a customer gets, it is quite acceptable.

Mercedes Benz B class braking system aims at stopping the car safely and quickly to provide driving comfort. The anti-lock braking system is present in the car with other features like Brake Assist (BAS). The rear wheels of the B-Class have disc brakes while the front wheels have internally ventilated disc brakes.

The 2143 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 19 kmpl in city and 21 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 13 kmpl on urban roads and 15 kmpl and freeways, respectively.

Mercedes Benz B Class Driving

Praise be – this is a B-Class that proves perfectly nice to drive. OK, it’s still not that keen on being pushed beyond its comfort zone, despite a centre of gravity that’s lower than before. But the comfort zone itself is now much more habitable, courtesy of a ride that proves sweet even on some of the larger wheels that come with Sport suspension. Road and wind noise are well isolated too.Check car loan for Mercedes Benz B Class.

The all-new engine range includes direct injection turbo petrols and diesels, of which the diesels are preferable due to their fatter torque profiles. A six-speed manual is standard, but the optional auto is preferable.

Mercedes Benz B Class Safety

Safety is something that Mercedes does very well, and the B-Class shows why. There are no less than seven airbags provided as standard, plus stability control that’ll help prevent you needing them. Standard kit also includes a driver drowsiness detector, and a system that warn of an impending collision.

Mercedes Benz B Class Cost in Ahmedabad

Mercedes Benz B Class On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 32,38,168 to 35,75,171 for variants B Class B 200 CDI Sport and B Class B 180 Sports respectively. Mercedes Benz B Class is available in 2 variants and 4 colours. Below are details of Mercedes Benz B Class variants price in Ahmedabad. check for Benz B Classs price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Mercedes Benz B Class Conclusion

The new engine makes a world of a difference to the overall performance of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and the power figures are now at least on par with our minimum expectations from the premium cars. The B-Class was always a practical everyday car, but now it also has enough fire power to be a sensible option for the long distance travel.

 

The B-Class is not the kind of stunner one has gotten used to from Mercedes-Benz lately, it is a simple car, but at Rs 30.45 lakh (ex-Delhi) it is certainly one of the most practical and budget all-rounders from a luxury marque.

 

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Mercedes Benz GLA Class Test Drive Review

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Mercedes Benz GLA Class Overview

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a striking looking vehicle from every angle. Based on the platform of the A-Class and B-Class hatchbacks, there is no getting away from the sleek design nature of the GLA. Mercedes has done a great job of making the GLA-Class suit it’s SUV nature by making it look more butch than it’s hatchback siblings. That bold front grille with the large three pointed star, large central air dam and flared wheel archs.

The side profile has steeply raked A-Pillars and rear flowing design elements that do make it look sleek indeed. The large wheels, high ground clearance and black plastic cladding give it a rugged look.From the back, the GLA-Class has a squat down stance that makes the vehicle look very sporty indeed, with those dual chrome tipped exhausts and silver air diffuser only adding to the appeal. The large and wide rear bumper and narrow glass house give it an aggressive stance as well. Check for HDFC car loan.

Inside, the Mercedes GLA-Class does feel special indeed with good quality materials used. Fit and finish and ergonomics of the car are good too. Being a compact SUV, leg room and head room is tight for tall passengers. The GLA has a boot space of 421 litres, but some of it is also accounted for by the space saver spare wheel.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is powered by a potent range of petrol and diesel engines. The diesel model is tuned more towards efficiency and it shows in it’s commendable ARAI rating of 17.9 km/l. The petrol engine is a responsive unit and has a very sporty sound track too. The engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Style

Yes, the GLA is an SUV but that does not mean you start vacating your parking space or think of getting more area to keep this one as it is very compact in dimensions. Unlike traditional SUVs, this one chooses to look more crisp than brawny.It might remind you of the A-Class but see it in real and the bigger car gets elevated. A pronounced radiator grille with twin slats and a handsome Mercedes Benz logo is the new face of all portfolio cars. It gives a familiar look to all models without making them look like twins. On the hood of the GLA are parallel running power bulges.

There is a large air intake on the front bumper which has been treated in a glossy aluminium finish. The air pockets on both corners of the bumper look smart too. Adding to the front face are the newly designed Bi-Xenon headlights with LED day time lights. The LED curve which is now seen on all cars including the newly revealed AMG GT looks extremely stylish.The side profile gets flared wheel arches. These arches and the lower running board area have plastic cladding making it look tough. We liked the 18inch alloys which Mercedes offers as standard equipment. While we say it is part of the standard list, these models cannot be termed as ‘reasonably’ priced because of the complicated designs and list of additions it gets over the A-Class.

It shares its wheelbase with the premium hatch and that’s the only similarity in dimensions as the GLA is a longer vehicle. Visually, it looks bigger. This one has a ground clearance of 183mm meaning it is more capable to take soft roads in addition to tight manoeuvring on normal tarmac. The same can be vindicated with the fact of 235/50 R18 tyres being offered as standard.

What we loved about the styling are the design lines flowing in tandem. It is a SUV, which has been styled like a coupe especially the rhythmically flowing window section along with the character lines on the side profile. The C-Pillar flows smoothly on the waist line carrying the dynamic stance to the wide tail gate.Many would agree that the rear profile of the GLA leaves a better impact than the front and side combined together. It is simply the attention to detailing like the split tail lights which are connected with a chrome lining or the lower exhaust surround which gets a brushed glossy finish with twin sporty exhausts.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Space

You will instantly appreciate the lay-out of the GLA’s dash. The well-spaced out controls on the centre console, attractive propeller-style air-vents, the silver knitted pattern that runs across, and the new instrument panel are all attractive. So is the build quality, which is what you’d expect from this brand. It would have been nice if the soft touch points were extended to the lower sections of the cabin too, like the lower dash, door panels and center console that use hard plastic instead.

We especially liked the electric front seats which offer firm support and hold you in place thanks to the lateral support. This is further complimented by an electric lumbar adjustment, manually retractable thigh support, and lots of legroom. However, the raked A-pillar combined with a compact front windscreen and a high window line needs some getting used to. The firm rear seats are contoured for comfort and also have the right backrest angle with lots of headroom. For more info on Mercedes Benz GLA Class check Painpeters

Since the seats are also 60:40 foldable, passengers can flip them from within to access the boot on the go. However, knee-room will be tight for tall passengers, and the experience gets dampened even further due to the tall and raked window-line, the huge front seats, and the low-set bench with very little thigh support (no air-con vents either). But it surprisingly feels airy thanks to the panorama sunroof. On the paper, this car has 481-litres of boot space, but the spare wheel eats up into the useable area.

Some of the features listed on the GLA 220d are push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, ambient lighting (with 12 colours), electric front seats, a manual air-con, and an eight-inch display linked to an infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto). Safety functions include six airbags, Attention Assist, ABS, ESP, hill start assist and downhill speed regulation.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Performance

We got behind the wheel of the GLA 220d that’s powered by the 2.2-litre diesel motor with 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. Off the mark, power delivery is linear all the way to the 4800rpm rev limit and the seven speed dual-clutch transmission (with paddles) handles the power band effectively for a brisk drive. However, the engine gets loud especially when revved hard, and I had to repeatedly switch from Sport to Comfort mode just to avoid it.

The modes on offer are Eco, Comfort, Sport, Individual and off-road.‘Eco’ is the mode that gives best efficiency and the system quickly upshifts to keep the revs low. Now, ‘Comfort’ offers perceivably more response than Eco. But in both, the same gear is mostly retained even when more performance is asked of it (unless the pedal is floored). Sport mode makes for some spirited performance since a lower gear is always held in anticipation, but the power delivery does tend to feel jerky at lower speeds.

‘Individual’ mode allows preferences to be configured, or the system adapts to the driving style. Which finally brings us to the Off-Road mode that enhances traction on loose surfaces thanks to the AWD set-up and the optimised torque delivery. Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) controls downhill descents and can be set for speeds between 4kmph and 18kmph.

The damping characteristics of the GLA 220d’s suspension is firm, and at lower speeds you will even feel the minor road irregularities within the cabin. The ride gets flatter as the car picks up speed. However, harsh bumps can be felt more prominently than desired. That said, there is no suspension noise whatsoever and not once did we scrape the underbelly thanks to the 171mm clearance.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Driving

The SUV can crack a top speed of 205 kmph, which is again remarkable and with a strong suspension system, the vehicle is able to sustain all the difficulties of Indian roads with ease.With each of the modes, the steering response is also altered. It is similar In Eco and Comfort modes, but ‘Sport’ mode made the steering heavier (not by a huge margin though). The steering isn’t particularly quick to respond and some more feedback of what’s happening at the wheels would have been appreciated since it holds the intended line even when pushed.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Safety

Mercedes Benz GLA Class has a strong safety system with the presence of adaptive brake lights flashing, attention assist, LED headlamps, hill start assist and many other features. Mercedes Benz GLA Class comes with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as well that reduces the chances to over steer and over turn.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Cost in Pune

Mercedes Benz Gla Class On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 36,41,174 to 45,82,845 for variants GLA Class 200 d Style and GLA Class 220 d 4MATIC respectively. Mercedes Benz Gla Class is available in 4 variants and 4 colours. Below are details of Mercedes Benz Gla Class variants price in Pune. Check for Benz GLA Class price in Pune at Autozhop.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Conclusion

What goes in favour of the GLA is the sweeping looks, brisk performance and the tall clearance that gives it an SUV like stance. It also gets attractive interiors with lots of features (barring auto air-con), supportive front seats, and the 60:40 folding seats liberate more boot space when needed. Then there’s the light off-roading capabilities, good road grip, and the ground clearance to tackle tall speed breakers too. It goes without saying that the styling allows it to stand out in its segment.

On the flip side, the sloping A-pillar makes the interiors feel tight despite the panorama sunroof liberating some air. Plus, it feels claustrophobic in the rear seat and the thigh support isn’t great either. Other things that go against it is the loud engine, lack of soft touch points lower down in the cabin, a spare wheel that intrudes into the boot space and the firm ride quality. Some more steering feedback could have also made the driving experience more involving.

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Nissan Micra Facelift Review & Test Drive

Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra Overview

Nissan, the Japanese automaker launched the Micra back in the year 2010 with the intention of flexing the hands in the lucrative hatchback segment. But due to stiff competition in the Indian car market where rivals are selling between 15-20 thousand units every month, Micra did not achieve the expected results. So, to stay in the market Micra launched the facelifted model in 2013. Check for Car loan interest rate..

The vehicle got numerous changes on the inside and out but mechanically it remained the same. The fifth generation model of Nissan Micra made its debut at the Paris Motor show and it’s a major leap over the previous generation model. The 2017 model looks more stunning and futuristic in design. Recently, the company has launched its 2018 version with mild aesthetic updates and new features.

Nissan Micra Style

The new, refreshed Micra has seen the most number of changes at the front. All the three body panels (two side and bonnet slab) and the front bumper have been changed and the result is a more aggressive and completely new frontal looks. The bonnet grille gets a honey-comb pattern and there is the new V-theme built into the chrome sash that adorns the grille just below the Nissan logo. This theme extends onto the V-shaped ridge on the bonnet and the airdam below the grille.

The headlamps feature a new design now, though the peeled back, bug-eyed overall appearance continues. A curved bottom edge and the kink on the outer corners of the headlamps give them a new look. The lamps’ combination has also accordingly changed. The bumper is now larger and bulges forward even more, swallowing almost all of the facelifted Micra’s increased length of 45 mm. The top variants of the Micra will now also feature a triangular foglamp with chrome housing.

The rest of the Micra’s exterior design has been retained. The roofline, the straight shoulder line, the door design and the door mirrors are all the same as the previous generation’s. However, the rear of the facelifted Micra gets some changes including a new bumper and a new set of tail-lamps with a line of LED brake lights. The overall design of the tail-lamps remain the same.

Nissan Micra Space

Over the years, the interiors have been refined a lot. The dashboard of the car is well laid out. The Micra has replaced the older dull looking grey scheme with more chrome across the cabin. The car now boasts of all black interiors which has certainly uplifted the premiumness inside. The center console which earlier got chrome treatment has been revamped once again. It now features a new 6.2 inch touchscreen infotainment unit with audio video navigation through phone mirroring.

The car, as usual, continues to sport the same set of seat fabrics and trims. The rounded air con control and the top half of the dashboard remain the same with piano black finish which is delightful to feast your eyes on. The steering also remains intact with chrome studded company logo which does make the car feel more upmarket. In terms of space, the front passengers get plenty of it and there is a sufficient amount of clearing between the driver’s knee and the steering. Where headroom is good at both front and the back, the legroom at the rear is absolutely generous and amongst the best in its class.

The automatic air conditioner scores some brownie points when it comes to chilling the compartment. Other comfort features in the car include rain sensing wipers, lead me to car for tracking the car in parking, electrically adjustable ORVM, automatic headlamps, driver seat height adjustment, push engine start/stop and remote keyless entry. For more info on Micra check Painpeters

Nissan Micra Engine

Diesels rule the roost here in India and Nissan read those signs pretty early. As a result we have the diesel Micra launched within six months of the petrol’s arrival. And what you see here under the hood is exactly the same unit that has been powering the diesel Mahindra-Renault Logan albeit carrying a lot less weight, 130 plus kg to be precise. The 1.5 dCi unit pushes out a Logan identical 65 PS @ 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 160 Nm @ 2000 rpm. The only difference here is that the Micra looses the intercooler and a result some weight as well. Start the motor up and it fires to life with the usual diesel clatter but once warmed up it settles down to a nice quite idle.

One of the best power to weight ratios in its class means, the Micra dCi feels pretty sprightly off the mark. Keep shifting in the power band and the Micra hits the ton in 16.2 seconds which is pretty much in the same vein as the Swift diesel. Drivability is also pretty good and there is no turbo lag whatsoever. Push it harder though and the Micra takes on a gruff note. The sweet spot lies in the 1500 – 3500 rpm range where this baby is the happiest. The gear shift has a nice positive throw as well and going up and down the box is hardly a chore. But thanks to the amazing drivability even that is barely needed. View offers on Nissan Micra at Autozhop.

Nissan Micra Driving

The steering feels really good to hold and has grips on the 10/2 position and is slightly dished out. Although it feels great to hold, it does somewhat feels a tad too large. Even though the horn button on the steering is light and easy to use, we found that the horn itself is quite weak and the Micra desperately needs to have dual horns to cope with our country’s driving conditions. The instrument cluster is a fairly straightforward simple to read affair. There’s a speedometer that takes centerstage and the tachometer to its left. On the right of the speedometer are warning lights and a digital display which show the odometer and trip readings in addition to distance to empty and a real time fuel economy readout. This ‘Drive Computer’ as Nissan likes to call it, is a standard feature across all trim levels.

Nissan Micra Safety

Nissan has built the Micra to last and there are not many reasons to complain on this. The doors shut with a loud thud indicating that Nissan has kept some quality control in the manufacturing process. The suspension soaks up most of the bumps and jerks, The Micra’s suspension has been softened top meet the requirements set by Indian road conditions. The Micra is the first of the cars to provide for drivers side airbag, even in the base variant. The Micra is well put together too, not one rattle heard. Plastics feel upmarket and even the silver center console does not feel cheap. The cabin is well damped and Nissan has used an oval crank pulley mounting for its 3 cylinder engine and hence there is no vibration or humm felt at idling.

Nissan Micra  Cost in Chennai 

Nissan Micra On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 7,06,248 to 15,97,363 for variants Micra XL CVT and Micra XV CVT respectively. Nissan Micra is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Nissan Micra variants price in Chennai. Check for Micra price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Nissan Micra Conclusion

There’s a reasonable amount of space inside and visibility out is good, and it’s a comfortable if not particularly engaging drive. In spite of a parsimoniously equipped base model, other cars do fairly well with their equipment levels.

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Mahindra TUV300 Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Mahindra TUV300 On Road Price In New Delhi

Mahindra TUV300 Overview

Compact SUVs, they come in two sizes – S and XS, the latter getting the crucial excise duty advantage and yet we have very few options. Mahindra quite literally started the sub 4-metre compact SUV segment (the highly outdated Premier RiO aside) by taking a big saw and chopping off the backside of its Xylo MPV, OK, there certainly is more than what meets the eye but I digress.

The MPV based Quanto faltered on many fronts and new entrants in the segment lead to sales dropping drastically. Time for a new SUV for the UV specialist then, only thing being, the TUV300 isn’t the successor to the Quanto but we at MotorBeam feel it fills those shoes till the updated model is launched. After driving it on the Mahindra test track, we quite liked the product but time for a detailed road test to judge the real character of this “Tough Utility Vehicle”. Apply car loan for Mahindra TUV300.

Mahindra TUV300 Style

Taking inspiration from the ‘battle tank’, TUV300 has been shaped in a rather boxy manner which may or may not go well with the customer, reason being that some may find it tough and rugged while others may think that it is too plain jane to stand competition like Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross, Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. Mahindra TUV300 pictures of the outside testify the company’s attempt to come up with a rugged vehicle, but what really works for the SUV is that despite its small size it manages to appeal customers and is not mistaken for an oversized hatchback. Despite its sub-four meter length, the SUV does not seem petite or compressed, probably because it is not feature clad on the outside, the unnecessary styling to make it look sporty has been skipped which works well for it.

Front is bold, the engine hood is short and front apron is unusually wide. Radiator grille is reminiscent of Jeep and a hint of chrome is evident around the rectangular openings. Head lights are designed in such as way that fits well with the bold front end. Body coloured lower bumper gets square shaped fog lights featuring chrome surrounds. Air inlets are again wide that add to the aggressive stance. Wheel arches are rather rectangular than round, side view is simple, the black treatment around the window frame, dual tone power adjustable ORVMs, body painted outside door handles and window beltline altogether lends a suave look. Rear too has been designed in line with the rest of the body, a set of simple tail lights and mounted spare wheel are equipped on the tailgate. And the black painted roof rails have been atop appear sport

Mahindra TUV300 Space

The cabin of the TUV300 is a mix of beige and black, with some dull silver thrown in. While it isn’t the best quality from the Mahindra stable, it does just fine for the price point. The space is enormous, and the cabin proportions felt exact. Taller/heftier members of our team had little to complain about during the drive.The all new dashboard layout is marvellous in our opinion, and Mahindra has perfected its beige-black combination with this particular model. The centre region is coloured in black, while the upper and lower halves are beige.The black design stretches all the way into the front console, extends around the instrument cluster and envelops the steering wheel as well. The centre console is laid out in a simple yet, eye catching manner. We personally feel that it is one of the best looking fascia designs in a Mahindra. The piano black finish for the console adds some zest to the look, and the silver garnish looks nice as well.

Positioned at the top of the console are two AC vents, and right below them is the 2 DIN audio system that comes with Bluetooth, AUX and USB connectivity. The buttons to the radio are spread around the small screen.At the bottom of the fascia, you have three large AC knobs with chrome surrounds. A 12V power socket along with a USB and AUX-In port have been integrated in front of the gear lever, and resting between the front seats are cup holders and other storage options. Power switches for all four windows are also hosted in the console area between the seats, while a small storage pocket is present behind the hand brake. We personally felt that these small pockets wouldn’t hold anything substantial, but you could find them useful for keeping spare change or your keys.

Look up at the roof and you’ll find a cabin light console that resembles that of the Scorpio. Also included here are swivel lamps and a Bluetooth mic. Talking about the inner comfort, we were quite satisfied with the ergonomic build-up of the seating. The front passengers get the benefit of the individual armrests, while headrests for all of the seats further ramp up the comfort. The vinyl and fabric mixed upholstery quality is acceptable. The steering wheel inherits the standard Mahindra design that you can easily spot in other vehicles of the brand including the Scorpio and XUV500. The shiny emblem of the company rests at the focus of the wheel, and audio controls have been incorporated at the left.

The chunky steering wheel is nice to hold. For the top end variants, there is a silver garnish on the lower side of the wheel, which adds an upmarket touch. In front of the steering wheel, the instrument cluster houses the tachometer and the speedometer, and when you take a closer look, it feels as though the company never falls short of chrome. The dials have a chrome touch too. Check for Mahindra TUV300 in painpeters

Mahindra TUV300 Engine

Mahindra offers the TUV300 with a 1.5-litre diesel engine. But, it comes in two states of tune. First being the mHawk80 which has a power of about 84bhp, while the second engine is the mHawk100, which produces close to 100bhp of power. Both these come with a five-speed manual transmission and the powerful engine has AMT option too. The powerful engine comes only with the top variant T8, with 100bhp. This an improvement over the 80 bhp version.

Engine refinement is good, and there is very limited vibrations at low speeds. It is at high speeds that the engine becomes noisy. The engine has good power. There is good enough torque at almost any engine speed. The boost that one gets from a diesel engine seems to be missing on the 80bhp. The 100bhp is a tad quicker, but nothing that one can speak off. The 100bhp engine is more suited for the AMT version and has ironed out a lot of issues that came up with the 80bhp version.

The gear lever on the Mahindra TUV300 is tall but it easily gets slotted. The clutch pedal too is light and it makes it easy to drive. The AMT is a bit sluggish in shift, but is good enough for city use. There have been issues with this transmission, however now it the problems have been fixed.

Mahindra TUV300 Driving

The TUV300 will be Mahindra’s first SUV which will actually sit on the new body on frame chassis which has been developed for recently for the new generation Scorpio. The advantage of this new chassis is that it weighs much less than its earlier ladder on frame chassis, although the length of the Chassis will be actually shorter than that of the Scorpio for obvious reasons. For that reason expect the new TUV300 to also handle better than the compact SUV Quanto. Book Mahindra TUV300 Test Drive.

Mahindra TUV300 Safety

The TUV300 is offered with dual front airbags and ABS as optional on the T4 variant while the T6 variant gets ABS as standard. Airbags and ABS with EBD are standard offerings on the T8 variant. This is quite a good step taken by Mahindra since safety is quite a norm now and most customers have finally realised the importance of these features. In terms of service, well the automaker has a lot of service stations across the length and breadth of the country and there are service centres located in remote areas too. Hence, TUV300 buyers need not worry much when it comes to servicing their vehicles.

Mahindra TUV300 Cost

Mahindra Tuv300 On-Road Price in New Delhi ranges from 9,85,045 to 13,17,638 for variants TUV300 T4 Plus and TUV300 T10 100HP AMT Dual Tone respectively. Mahindra Tuv300 is available in 8 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Tuv300 variants price in New Delhi.

Mahindra TUV300 Conclusion

The Mahindra TUV300 is a refreshingly good product from Mahindra with appealing looks, a very well made interior that is also well designed. It is spacious, doesn’t cost the earth and has a pretty good ride and handling package too. If only the TUV300’s engine was more powerful and more responsive, it would have been an even more potent vehicle than it is today. That said, we are sure that the TUV300 will be a runaway success for Mahindra as most of its customers do not really care how powerful it is and are more wooed by how nice this compact SUV actually looks on the outside and insides and of course, how fuel efficent it is.

What is important to note here though is the fact that the TUV300 will not only take on the likes of the Ford Ecosport but also the likes of the premium hatchbacks like the Hyundai i20 and the Honda Jazz along with compact sedans like the Ford Aspire and the best selling Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, and that is when its value for money quotient will really make sense.

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Mahindra Verito Facelift First Drive & Transmission

Mahindra Verito Overview

Mahindra & Mahindra, the famous SUV manufacturing company have launched the new edition of Verito, its sedan as Mahindra Verito Executive. This premium sedan has been launched keeping in mind the business professionals, the corporate class or the executives. This sedan has not only elegant exterior but also an interior which looks classy. Moreover the car is long-lasting and its performance on the road is also quite admirable.

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The executive edition of Verito has been provided with the Renault 1.5L DCi diesel engine and Renault 1.6 L MPFi petrol engine which returns a good mileage and great fuel efficiency. This sedan has been launched in a dazzling Pearl White color which has given it an upmarket feel. The most pleasant fact about this executive edition of Verito is that within a sensible price tag, Mahindra is offering its customers a compact sedan which excels in everything starting from looks to performance. Let us get into details of this newly launched saloon.

Mahindra Verito Style

In terms of looks, style, and features, Verito’s exteriors are definitely a step up from its basic inspiration – the Renault Logan. The new grille gets heavy chrome treatment and carries the signature Mahindra grin. The refreshed front headlamps are less boxy which are much better to look at. The slight design tweaks in and around the front bumper are also giving a better stance to otherwise plain front facia. The rear gets a style treatment with clear lens tail lamps and sculpted boot lid. Boot lid gets a chrome garnish and Mahindra badge too. The design cues from Mahindra worked wonders on the rear as the Verito stands utterly different from previous Logans. The boxiness of the car seems long gone with the new treatment.

The roof rails add a distinct sportiness to the character. Also, the side body claddings and alloys on the 14inch rubber give the car, a premium feel. The side ORVMs are now fitted onto the door with a plastic cladding unlike the old exposed metal mounting. The broad wheelbase of the car permits a spacious airy cabin along with a boot space of 510-litres. Mahindra presently offers this sedan in a blend of 8 colours that include: Dolphin Grey, Rocky Beige, Mist Silver, Java Brown, Diamond White, and Twilight Blue. The Verito has better styling than the earlier bland-to-look-at Verito.

Mahindra Verito Space

The first thing that you notice as soon as you get into the car’s cabin is space and openness. It is the best that Verito has to offer in terms of interiors, the two rows of seats offer ample amount of leg, head, and shoulder room.The insides have been embellished with much more refined features highlighted by dual toned dashboard and a brilliantly arranged instrument panel. The car carries capacity to comfortably accommodate five adults without making anyone feel claustrophobic. The upholstery and plastic are of better quality in all its variants. The rear seat is large and wide and offers ample comfort along with head restraints.

The central console is presented with different offerings such as black paint, or cubicle painting depending over the version. The instrument panel is well organized along with a large glove box that can store lots of things. There are several other storage cubicles such as parcel shelf, door pockets, a large boot space of 510-litres, mobile holder, bottle holder, and a few others interesting holes where you may comfortably place your small belongings. Apart from all these features, the sedan has been bestowed with several advanced comfort features that help in giving it a upmarket feel. Check for Mahindra Verito in painpeters

The dual toned instrument panel features an efficient ait conditioner along with a heater that helps keeping cabin temperature comfortable as per weather. Along with these, the car features ample number of comfort aspects like an integrated CD player, USB port, Aux-in port, FM Radio, electronic ORVMs, in-cabin theatre dimming lights, bright light in boot space, power steering, power windows, passenger side vanity mirror, central door lock, gear knob with solver finish, and so forth. With availability of all such features Mahindra Verito seems a complete package of comfort and convenience and ensures a comfortable drive experience.

Mahindra Verito Engine

The company has incorporated this sedan with a 1.5-litre, CRDi mill with four cylinders and a total of eight valves that can displace 1461cc. It is based on a single overhead valve configuration. With a common rail direct injection fuel supply system, it delivers good mileage of 21.03 Kmpl. It has the capacity to generate a maximum power of 65bhp at 4000rpm and produces a maximum torque output of 160Nm at 2000rpm. The efficient torque distribution to its front wheels is taken care of its five speed manual transmission gear box. It can touch a top speed in the range of 145 to 150 Kmph and can breach the 100 kmph mark in about 16 to 17 seconds from zero.

The company has equipped its diesel mill with a common rail direct injection fuel supply system, which aids in generating better mileage. Under standard driving conditions, this sedan can generate 20.03 Kmpl, which is quite competitive in this segment. Power of Mahindra Verito This vehicle is fitted with four cylinders, which further have a total of eight valves. It has a potential of generating a maximum power of 65bhp and produces a maximum torque output of 160Nm.

Mahindra Verito Driving

The entering of the Verito is quite easy. The sitting position can be adjusted to and fro and also height can be adjusted with the lever provided manually. Once we started the engine, smooth steering welcomes the driver to have a pleasurable ride.The Verito’s pedals are easy to handle. We went to have a drive in the busy Hosur road of Bangalore where performance matters most, as there is a mixture of heavy traffic and signals, as well as free roads and few humps.With the super smooth steering and fast pick up, the Verito’s handling is good.

The indicator switch is provided on the left side rather than the conventional right side, which indicates the same design used in France by Renault rather than being redesigned as per Indian norms. The taking of turns, acceleration and braking are classy and give a sense of confidence with respect to performanceThere is ample of leg space at both front and rear seats. The cushioning of rear seat is good enough to ensure comfort for the rear seat passenger with good lumbar support, texture of seats and head restraints. Book Mahindra Verito Test Drive in Tryaldrive.

Mahindra Verito Safety

The safety quotient has been given great attention in designing this model. In the top end variant, the driver is provided with an airbag. This trim has an collapsible steering column, which adds to the safety by collapsing down in case of a head-on collision and making it easy for the airbag to deploy. The front and rear head restraints are adjustable as per the passenger preference. The front seat belts can be adjustable as per the convenience.

The engine immobiliser is an advanced technology that freezes the engine when it suspects an unauthorized access. Child proof rear door locks that are built into this car is a family friendly factor which additionally is backed with electrical rear window child lock. The day and night rear view mirror is fitted as a standard feature. The front and rear windshield is laminated. Furthermore, it has got halogen headlamps to it as well. While, the Executive Edition has been bestowed with blue vision headlamps.

Mahindra Verito Cost in Bangalore

Mahindra Verito On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 9,04,536 to 10,19,144 for variants Verito D2 and Verito D6 respectively. Mahindra Verito is available in 3 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Verito variants price in Bangalore. Check for SBI car loans in Fincarz.

Mahindra Verito Conclusion

The Mahindra Verito is a sub 4-metre Verito in the true sense. It is identical to the Verito in every aspect except the rear end design and boot capacity. While the hinged boot isn’t much practical, it has helped Mahindra in saving costs of development and production. So does the Verito Vibe make sense? When you factor in the Verito Vibe costs a good Rs. 80,000/- less than the regular Verito, things start making to the mind. If you can live with the rather unconventional rear and boot, the Verito Vibe makes a good case for those who want a practical hatchback which can carry five in reasonable comfort while delivering exceptional fuel efficiency at this price point.

 

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Hyundai Eon Performance & Price

Hyundai Eon Overview

When Hyundai Eon was launched, it made almost all the heads turn thanks to its attractive design, which was non-existent in its segment. Yes, the Maruti Alto 800 may be the best selling car in the country, but we all would agree it’s not particularly expressive. So, when Hyundai launched Eon, the vibes were so strong that the Maruti launched a special edition variant of the then Alto just a day before the Eon launch. Hyundai Eon has the big responsibility to follow the footsteps of the iconic Santro that put the Korean car company on the right track.

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Hyundai Eon brings to the table what the other cars have failed to at the same time inspired other companies (read Renault with their Kwid) to bring a great looking car that offers best-in-class build quality, good fuel economy and lots of features in this segment. In typical Hyundai way.The Eon is certainly eons ahead of what the Alto offers and is almost head on with the Renault Kwid. So close, that we couldn’t come to a conclusion between the two. The biggest advantage the Eon holds over the Kwid is that it’s available without a waiting period, however the Kwid is more appealing as it is the new k(w)id on the block.

Hyundai Eon Style

The Eon is the next embodiment of Hyundai’s new design language and what we now know as fluidic design. It’s funky and eye catching, and it’s closely related, cosmetically, to the new Verna and the i10. You see the same profusion of lines and shapes especially at the front with those well defined cheekbones highlighting this car. The sunken grille with the chrome strip and the Hyundai logo embedded in the centre is another distinguishing character. Yet its most interesting feature are its wraparound headlamps and the beefy wheel arches.

Viewed from a three quarter angle those clear lens headlamps with elaborately designed reflectors looked like giant Chinese soup spoons to me. But they are attractive and along with the rest of the elements adorning the Eon’s face garner a lot of attention. The rear hatch area is also very attractively turned out complemented by the crescent moon shaped tail lamps. The hatch looks a bit small though access to the boot is easy and unrestricted. Overall the Eon appears to be a very busy pallet yet it has a smooth cohesive sense about it which makes it attractive.

The Eon also has a very nice stance, contrary to Hyundai’s tall boy designs in the past the Eon looks short and wide, hunkering down with a quiet confidence. It’s less than 3.5 metres long and just a little over 1.5 metres wide with a 1.38-metre wide track and 170mm of ground clearance. It’s compact and yet looks much larger than the Alto, in fact it almost looks as large as its sibling the i10.

Hyundai Eon Space

Ideally seeing just how large the Eon is for an entry level compact car should prepare you for the shock of its interior. This is by far the most spacious cabin in any entry level compact car. I could easily seat four of me and have space for one more mini-me. Do not expect it to be a full 5-seater, not without three people in the rear bench getting too intimate. What does happen is generous knee room for rear seat passengers with ample shoulder space. At the front it’s a bit of a squeeze sideways, and the driver will always bang elbows with the passenger when trying to shift gears.For Hyundai Eon visit painpeters

Design wise this is an ergonomically sound cabin. It has the same sense of flair as we have come to see in the most contemporary Hyundais. The gentle crests and troughs keep it interesting and I like the small cap the upper layer of the dashboard forms over the centre stack. Even on bright sunny days the shadow it throws over the stereo panel will ensure clear readability. The controls for the air-con and the stereo are simple to use though I did think that the profusion of buttons on the stereo panel could have been trimmed down a bit. Nevertheless that centre stack is nicely designed with the entire dashboard cascading into that single area.

The instrument console features a simple three pod layout, with a large speedometer placed in the centre and flanked by the temperature and fuel gauge on either side. The dials are clear and easy to read. A small window inside the speedo pod relays basic trip and odo readings and also indicates the correct gear to drive in. The interiors are also nicely styled with a two tone shade and bursts of faux aluminium inserts across the dashboard and the door pads making the interior feel rich. The cabin is also quite practical and apart from the generous amounts of space you also get several storage bins and bottle holders. There is also a very generous boot with 215 litres of storage space and the rear bench folds down to provide more if required.

A USB port allows iPod connectivity, I’m not certain how well it operates but just in case it does not accept your device there is an aux port below it, so a solution is available. Fit and finish is very good, the shut lines are tight and look like they will stay that way for a long time. The doors close with a well meant thud, the seats are supportive despite looking pretty slim, there aren’t any unfinished areas and I genuinely believe Hyundai has now fully understood low cost engineering allayed to high quality very well.

Hyundai Eon Engine

The Hyundai Eon in India gets a 3-cylinder engine that was developed at Hyundai’s R&D centre in Hyderabad. It’s the same engine as in the i10 with one cylinder removed to reduce displacement. It makes 56PS of max power along with 75Nm of torque which is the best in class. Driveability isn’t great with max torque being generated at a fairly high 4000rpm which means you have to constantly shift down to lower gears. In urban areas you will find yourself using second and third gears constantly and that also keeps the revs high.

At engine speeds above 3000rpm it sounds buzzy and scratchy and the sound only dies out considerably when you shift to higher gears and keep the revs low and that largely happens on the highway. Yet its NVH is within comfortable limits and unless revved hard this engine is a quiet operator. It’s also very similar in feel to the Alto’s 800cc engine, in first gear there is a small flat spot under 1500 rpm that intermittently also shows up in second gear. At times unless revved hard it feels like the engine is dying out even though you’ve engaged first gear and released the clutch. The 5-speed transmission is smooth to operate, however on another car it felt notchy. I guess these are some of the consistency issues that Hyundai will have to sort out. The ratios nonetheless are spaced out quite a bit to provide the best fuel efficiency rather than performance, yet first to third gears sees the Eon gain momentum quickly enough.

PERFORMANCE & EFFICIENCY

With a kerb weight of 725kilos the Eon has a decent 77.24PS per tonne though with the tall ratios don’t expect the Eon to make progress very fast. So 100kmph comes up in a lazy 19.08 seconds by which time you are also inching very close to the quarter mile mark, that’s how much distance it covers to get to 100kmph. The quarter mile then takes another eight tenths of a second. With the strong low and mid range but just noise at the top the Eon feels slow in the roll-ons. Third gear overtaking acceleration is decently fast but shift into fourth or fifth and the 40-100kmph runs feel like an eternity has passed, both runs recording well over 25 seconds.

The Eon is quicker than the Alto by a slim margin but at nearly two seconds, a margin it is. That said all of Hyundai’s efforts have been put into fuel efficiency. According to the ARAI figures the Eon returns an overall of 21.1kmpl, on our test cycles however she returned 15.6kmpl in the city and on the highway a brilliant 24.3kmpl but the overall adds up to just 17.75kmpl which is much lesser than what Hyundai claims.

Hyundai Eon Driving

As far as the ride quality and handling characteristics are concerned, both the 0.8L and 1.0L behave similarly as there are no differences in the suspension setup. The Hyundai Eon gets the typical McPherson strut to the front and torsion beam axle to the rear for the suspension duties. While the Eon goes smooth as long as the roads are smooth and can absorb slight aberrations of without a problem. But as the going gets tough, the Eon does get going but you will feel each and every bit of those large bumps. Book Hyundai Eon Test Drive in Tryaldrive.

When it comes to handling, predictable is the word that describes that of the Eon. Hyundai Eon doe a neat job of going around the city traffic without any drama. Over the highways, while the straight line stability is good, going around the curves will rob you off the confidence. The skinny tyres are the major reason and hence we recommend wider tyre upgrade at the earliest. The tyres take no time to understeer if pushed hard and the body roll also crops in.

While the light steering is good for the city commutes, the feedback from it is almost nonexistent on the highways. The brakes though have a nice bite to them and inspire confidence during high speed braking situations.

Hyundai Eon Safety

Hyundai has partly taken care of the safety by equipping the vehicle with a single driver side airbag. The reinforced cage of Eon is remarkably strong and has crumple zones to absorb the impact in an event of collision. There are impact beams on the doors of the car, making it pretty safe and strong. Even the floor of the Eon has impact beams to keep the cage safe.

There are self-restraining seat belts for the driver and all the passengers. Eon also offers child safety lock on the rear doors, which refrains children from opening the doors from inside the vehicle. The Eon also comes with a remote control security system for convenience. The Eon is pretty loaded on paper, but most of these features come with the top variants only. Otherwise, Eon is a pretty sorted-out vehicle. The top trim also features fog lamps and engine immobilizer, which are not generally seen in this segment. In short, the car is feature rich, but most versions don’t have them. For more info on Eon car visit midasedu

Hyundai Eon Cost in Chennai

Hyundai Eon On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 3,70,579 to 5,13,846 for variants EON D Lite and EON Magna O Optional respectively. Hyundai Eon is available in 11 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Eon variants price in Chennai. .

Hyundai Eon Conclusion

No matter which way you look at it, the Eon has managed to achieve what many have set out to do. It truly is the first car that has all the elements in place to take on the mighty Alto. Hyundai’s engineering prowess, determination and ever improving production skills are highlighted through this product. The Eon is a surprise that you really enjoy receiving and the beauty of the entire package is that Hyundai has managed to price it bang on target. Its the ultimate value-for-money option in its category and the only reason I can think of not wanting to buy an Eon if I happen to be an entry level segment customer is if I was adamant on having a faster car, namely the Alto K10.

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Overview & Performance

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Overview

Maruti showcased the Baleno RS Concept at the 2016 Auto expo and although this looked identical to the standard Baleno hatchback with fewer exceptions but actually features a more powerful engine under the hood. Maruti already launched the Baleno in India and after a year after of the 2016 Auto Expo, in an attempt to impress the Indian customers who love performance-oriented hatchbacks they now launched the Baleno RS hatchback.Like we already mentioned above the Baleno RS gets a slightly more powerful engine under the hood and is actually a performance oriented hatch and one of its kind from the stable of Maruti Suzuki. The RS variant is positioned above the existing hatchback and is sold through the Nexa showrooms.View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Style

The styling of RS 1.0 is very youthful and there is a sporty appeal to the car. To emphasize on the sporty and adventure centric character of the car, it has got a new mesh grille, blacked-out headlamps and a more edgy-looking bumper having a pronounced chin. The sides reveal black alloys, which look quite sporty, and blackened A and B pillars. It also gets a slightly larger spoiler as compared to the standard model. The rear bumper is significantly different with a black plastic section lower down. The rear profile doesn’t get any unnecessary creases and the design looks quite classy with elegant tail lamps.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Space

You won’t notice many changes on the inside as the interiors are identical. The all black theme of the dashboard and upholstery continues. The instrument cluster is carried over having a TFT display that comes with torque and power graphics, fuel economy details, time, outside temperature, driving time, etc. The Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay connectivity and features such as navigation system, rear parking camera display, etc. Some of the key features include keyless entry and go with push button start, follow me home headlamps, auto AC, front centre armrest and more.

The fit and finish feels long lasting and the cabin offers good ergonomics. The seats are comfortable and there is more than enough space both at the front and for the rear passengers. All in all, from the inside, the Baleno RS feels pretty much the same. Maruti could have offered some sporty elements to differentiate such as red accents, redesigned steering wheel, sporty gear knob, aluminium pedals, etc. to differentiate the interior layout from the regular Baleno.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Engine

The Baleno RS variant gets the completely new 1.0 Litre, three cylinder, Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine which is capable of producing about 102 Hp of peak power and 150 Nm of peak torque. This is the actually the detuned variant of the 1.0 Litre Ecoboost unit which produces about 111 Hp of peak power on the International spec Baleno hatchback. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Although the power figures might not impress many but the car promises to return an impressive overall ARAI certified fuel efficiency figures of 21.1 km pl.

the standard Baleno hatchback is available with 1.2-litre VVT engine which churns out about 83 bhp peak power at 6000 rpm and 115 Nm peak torque at 4000 rpm.For all your information the standard Baleno hatchback is available with 1.2-litre VVT engine which churns out about 83 bhp peak power at 6000 rpm and 115 Nm peak torque at 4000 rpm. TheThe Baleno RS hatchback will get disc brakes on four wheels.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Driving

The handling is much better than the regular Baleno. There is a good amount of torque right from the low end and the Baleno RS 1.0 potters around the city without much effort. The power delivery is very crisp and linear. The engine feels quite refined and the NVH levels are well within control. The steering wheel offers decent feedback; it is light, easy to operate at low speeds and weighs up nicely as the speed increases. The ride quality is excellent for the most part, and so is the handling with tight body control and eagerness to dive into corners. The suspension set-up is nice and most of the potholes, broken patches of road, etc., are tackled easily. The car remains planted always and maintains its composure even at high speeds.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Safety

Maruti is offering the Baleno RS in a single variant and hence the car is loaded with top spec safety features as standard such as dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and ISOFIX child seat provision. Additionally, the Baleno RS comes with all-four discs for better stopping power. In terms of after sales, we all know that Maruti has a very renowned and wide network across the country. The NEXA channel is growing with each passing day and the ownership cost of the Baleno RS will definitely be the lowest compared to the other performance hatchbacks in this segment.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,77,588 to 9,77,588 for variants Baleno RS 1.0L and Baleno RS 1.0L respectively. Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs is available in 1 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Baleno RS price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Conclusion

This is definitely the most important part of any overview article when it looks bit confusing. So now the question arises will you spend all those extra money to get your hands on the more powerful 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit which produces slightly more power than the 1.2 Litre unit powering the standard car. Well! Why Not? The 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit certainly does not provide enough power but atleast this car surely returns an impressive overall fuel efficiency. So by paying that entire additional amount you do get a slightly more fuel efficient engine which also promises slightly better power output.

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Toyota Innova Crysta Review & First Drive

Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

We have known dozens of people who, even while contemplating buying a luxury car such as a Mercedes-Benz, ask the salesperson whether its rear seat is as comfortable as the Innova’s—often leaving the salesperson baffled! That’s the kind of fan following this MPV’s rear seat has earned. Be it intercity trips or urban commute, be it ferrying call centre staff or C-Suite executives, Toyota Innova is the first choice of most cab operators, who consider the vehicle a long-term investment. Drivers, too, swear by the MPV. “This is a Toyota, we don’t have to look any further,” most say. As do people who have bought it for personal use; believe it or not, over 70% Innova MPVs are bought by personal-use car buyers.

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So, all these years—it was launched in 2005—what has worked for the Innova? A lot of things. An engine that, with timely servicing, can last lakhs of kilometres. Third-row seating space that can accommodate six-footers. A very efficient AC. Sturdy body that can last over 10 years. And, of course, comfortable-as-a-sofa second-row seats. The list is long. Now, the question is, can such a good machine be bettered? Toyota thinks it can; calls it the Innova Crysta. It is available in both manual and automatic variants. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Toyota Innova Crysta Style

Toyota has completely modernized the car, yet is able to retain the essence of a true Innova. One can even see a glimpse of Camry and new Corolla Altis. Although each and every body panel is fresh, the overall silhouette leaves you in a mix-up whether it is Innova or a new car. At the front, the difference can be seen in the form of the huge hexagonal grille with two thick chrome slats that neatly merges into the dual barrel headlamps. The headlight cluster houses sleek projector lenses and a LED unit. The bumper has been revamped and the new fog lamp enclosure nicely integrates turn indicators.

The side profile is rather sharper and the strong shoulder line and creases running through the doors certainly boost up the profile. The muscular wheel arches have been filled with 17-inch alloys which are only available on the top end ZX variant. The lower variant gets 16-inch wheels. The new Crysta Innova can also be distinguished with saber-tooth inspired tail lights at the rear. The tail lamps also make the car looks wider while the aero stability wings are not only eye-catchy but also helpful in stabilizing the vehicle on high speeds by managing airflow around the vehicle.The new Innova Crysta with its stylish design really makes a strong road presence. It is now more than a functional people’s carrier given the amount of luxury and comfort it offers.

Toyota Innova Crysta Space

The cabin set-up will really mesmerize you. It would be an understatement to say the interiors of the car has gone upmarket. The quality of materials, colour combination and multiple layers across will make you realize how plain jane the earlier Innova was. The soft top of dash feels excellent while the middle layer designed in faux wood gives a premium appeal to the vehicle. The interiors are all-black and that along with dark wood trim really suits the cabin. Toyota claims that it’s the most feature equipped MPV in the country. The highlight on the dashboard is the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment which does a whole lot of thing right from pairing smartphones for telephony and music to navigation and relaying feeds from the rear parking camera. The 4.2 inch TFT multi-information display is another interesting addition which opens up a world of driver information. These include fuel consumption, average speed, cruising range, elapsed time, cruise control, ECO driving mode, outside temperature, phone caller display, and navigation display.

The steering wheel has been wrapped in leather with a plethora of controls for music, telephony as well as cruising. Other comfort features in the car include ambient lighting system, dual zone climate control, cooled glove box, rear aircons on 2nd and 3rd row, tilt and telescopic steering, and push engine start/stop button. Sadly, the car has only a single USB port for charging and data.Coming to the seating and space, the driver’s seat is large and nicely bolstered for the long-distance travel. It can also be electrically adjusted. The rear seats are also comfortable and seem to have been shared from a premium sedan. Then there is a foldable table/bench that creates a sense of luxury and a switch to slide the front seat forward even from the middle row. The second row can be the best place to sit and relax as the rear aircons are surrounded by ambient lighting.

The faux wood trims on the door panels add more to the premiumness, something which is missing at the front doors. The 3rd row can be folded individually easily for creating more luggage space.The practicality of storage and space in the car is really commendable. There are no less than 20 bottle-holders, smartphone holder for USB port and Aux-In, a couple of cup-holders and also cooled glove-box for stuffing your drinks and beverages. One of the biggest alterations in the car is the one-touch tumble 2nd row which is convenient to use. Overall, the interior of the car is several notches above the previous version and can play spoilsport for segment above luxury car buyers.For more details on Toyota Innova Crysta Check cssn.in 

Toyota Innova Crysta Engine

The Innova Crysta specifications include two engine options. A 2393 cc 4-cylinder engine delivering the power of 150 PS at 3400 rpm and torque of 343 Nm at 2800 rpm is used in the GX, VX and ZX variants with 5-speed manual transmission. The automatic transmission system with 6-speed and the sequential shift is mated to a 4-cylinder 2755 cc diesel engine delivering the power of 174 PS at 3400 rpm and torque output of 360 Nm at 3400 rpm is featured in the GX automatic and ZX automatic variants. In both versions, drive mode selection between eco and power mode is available for getting the ideal combination of power and mileage.

Manual: There is considerable torque difference between the new model and the old, and it starts to show in the second gear onwards. Despite being heavier—the manual weighs 1855kg, 200kg more than the outgoing model—there is no apparent lack of power, and power delivery is uniform across gears. The gear-shift level, however, vibrates at low RPMs. The manual doesn’t get a dead pedal.Automatic: This 6-speed gearbox with sequential shift is super-smooth, and gears change like they do in a DSG box, well almost. The kerb weight is 1870kg. It pretty much drives like a car and despite being a tall vehicle, body-roll is minimal.

The Innova Crysta mileage figures range from 13 to 15 kmpl, and can vary depending upon the engine and transmission option chosen.The engines of Toyota Innova Crysta have been tuned for relaxed driving with low fuel consumption. With more grunt, these engines are frugal at the same time. The diesel-powered Crysta with manual transmission returns ARAI certified mileage of 13.68kmpl, the automatic version returns 11.36kmpl. On the contrary, the petrol manual variant reads 11.25kmpl, the automatic version is able to return 10.75kmpl.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving

The well-proven performance of Innova is further enhanced with superior drive quality with advanced technology, such as vehicle stability control and hill-start assist control. The quick response of the engine, smooth change of gear ratios and the improved suspension quality assure high-speed drivability and comfort for the occupants.Like the earlier Innova, the new one is deployed on a ladder on frame chassis and uses a reinforced high-tensile steel to keep a tab on the weight. This combination along with large rear shock absorbers make the car glide through even large potholes. The ride quality is truly impressive especially looking at the typical everyday Indian road conditions. The suspension never hits the ground and makes mincemeat of speed bumps and potholes without breaking a sweat.The steering feels heavy at city speeds while a slightly more power assistant could have made easier for the car to overcome tight spots.

Toyota Innova Crysta Safety

The braking system of the Innova Crysta has front disc and rear drum brakes with anti-lock braking system as a standard in all variants. The Innova Crysta models have three airbags, one for the driver, one for the co-passenger and the third one for the knee of the driver. The top-end variant ZX has a front side and curtain airbags as additional safety features for the occupants.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cost in Hyderabad

Toyota Innova Crysta Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 13,47,553/- (Innova Crysta 2.7 GX MT 7 Seater) to 22,34,577/- (Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport). Get best offers for Toyota Innova Crysta from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Crysta price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Innova Crysta Conclusion

The Innova Crysta’s prices start from Rs 13.84 lakh for the entry-level G 7-seater manual model to Rs 20.78 lakh for the top-end Zx 7-seater automatic (ex-showroom, Mumbai). This translates into a price increase of Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh—depending on the grade—over the previous generation Innova. However, the Innova Crysta is a far improved and bigger vehicle with new engines and a new gearbox, so the premium is well worth it. Be it C-Suite executives or call-centre staff, passengers can be assured of a lot more comfort and extra space. For people who plan to buy it for personal use—over 70% of the previous generation Innova MPVs were bought by personal-use car buyers—this is a vehicle that is as close as a big MPV can get to an entry-luxury sedan, even if you include drivability

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Mahindra Verito Vibe Facelift Review & Performance

Mahindra Verito Vibe Overview

In the world of car manufacturing, new variants, facelifts, brand extensions etc., don’t come cheap. Re-engineering takes time, costs can be quite high even for some small changes and the risk of failure always looms large, especially when the original hasn’t been that successful.In that light, we can understand why Mahindra took its time launching the new Verito Vibe and it is also easy to see why M&M had to limit its urge to chop and extensively rebuild this sub-4-metre car. But, will the buyer be that understanding?

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Essentially, the Vibe is targeted at hatch or small car buyers, but is really not a hatch or even a notchback in its construction. Cosmetic surgery of its rear has not included reconstructing it to incorporate a hatch door, it has simply been a case of ‘liposuction’ where the Verito has lost its rear.This hatch-like Verito Vibe represents the next stage in the evolution of what was the Renault Logan, and then the Mahindra Verito. The plan that M&M has worked on obviously seems to be one which allows it quick access to the small car market. But, it had to work within a budget to keep the development costs low and consequently also enable it to price the new Verito Vibe competitively. Mahindra calls the Verito Vibe a sporty compact sedan. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Mahindra Verito Vibe Style

The first impression that you will get from the new compact car from Mahindra is that it is the exact Verito with few minor tweaks at the front but when you will walk towards the rear of the car there you will find the real change. So let’s start with the front of the car the new Verito Vibe has the same boxy design at the front but the new grille has given some uniqueness to the front, it now looks more sportier than before, the headlamp clusters also gets a little smoky appearance which once again looks new on the old Verito’s front.

The front lower bumper also gets little plastic elements to it which again is a welcome change to the front facial of the car. Now coming to the side profile of the car things start to get a little different here, the Verito Vibe gets a new 14 inch stylish set of wheels which is painted in Champagne color, some of you might dislike the color but Mahindra thinks differently, the side profile of the car also has a bold line which runs all the way to the rear of the compact car, the most significant changes that you will find in the car starts from its C pillars. The first thing that will catch your eye are the huge tail lamps which runs parallel with the rear windscreen, the top of the tail lamps has a little roof rails which once again gives it the sporty look and you will find a little bulging area just under the rear tail lamps (it cannot be called a rear spoiler exactly) just below that area is where you will find the rear boot door, the interesting fact about the rear boot of the Mahindra Verito Vibe is that you don’t have access to the boot from inside the cabin like you do on a hatch rather you will have to step outside the car and access the boot just like any other saloon.

The massive rear boot has 330 litre of boot space but the only problem is that there is no lock to operate the boot door from outside the car, there is a switch inside the cabin of the car and once you press the switch then only you can open the rear boot door.Overall the new Mahindra Verito Vibe looks different from the rest of the compact car you will find in the Indian market, the unique looking rear and crossover style of the car will surely grab everyone’s attention.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Space

The interior of the Verito Vibe is unchanged from the sedan – if you’ve sat in a Logan, you’ll already know how much space and comfort is on offer. It is also one of the few hatchbacks that can truly seat five adults in comfort. The layout of the controls is carried over from the sedan, meaning that the power window switches are placed on the driver’s side door, the dials are clear and informative, and everything is where it is supposed to be, well within reach of the driver.

Still would like telescopic adjustment for the steering system, considering there is so much legroom. This would make it a shoo-in for tall people who drive themselves. The plastics look and feel a little on the hard-wearing, low-cost side, but it is a big step ahead from what was originally on the Logan. There are innovative storage spaces like the bottle-holder above the glovebox and the cubby-holes between the front seats, but it lacks adequate storage space for the rear, something that should be addressed considering this is a car that will be looked at very closely by backseat occupants.

Coming back to the front of the car, the center console houses an audio system that is quite capable – it even has iPod connectivity – but it simply doesn’t look the part. Audio quality is merely okay, not the best in class.The air-con controls are quite different to what we’re used to in the class, and the chrome accents for the controls add a premium look to them. The recirculate and heater buttons have surprisingly good tactile feel – they feel very different from the controls mounted on the steering column. There is no climate control available, but the air-con is more than capable of handling the hottest day of summer with full occupancy in the cabin.

The seats are very supportive and well bolstered for comfort over long drives, but Mahindra has opted not to offer a rear armrest – again, something that would have elevated it significantly because of that large rear bench. The boot is not as large as the cavernous 500+ litres of the sedan, but it is a 330-litre boot. The reason it cannot offer as much boot space as its rivals lies in the measurements of the cabin – it has the longest wheelbase (and therefore seating room) of the bunch, and therefore boot space has had to be sacrificed to get under the 4-metre length required for a tax benefit and a competitive price.

It isn’t the small space figure that worries us; the Vibe is truly a sedan – despite the appearance of a hatchback, the bootlid is just the vertical metal bit and it is hinged below the rear glass. This makes it difficult to get heavy or big objects in and out of the boot. I wondered how the spare wheel would fit – and discovered that it is hung under the boot floor like in a Xylo, Innova or Tavera. Changing a wheel might not be the most pleasant experience with the Vibe, especially in the monsoon, if you have to access the spare tyre from under the boot floor on the outside.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Gearbox

The new Verito Vibe is being offered only with the 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine. The 1.4-litre petrol engine will obviously not qualify for the lower excise duty benefits offered for sub-4-metre cars. The Renault diesel engine is set to the same state of tune and generates an identical 65 PS of peak power and 160 Nm of peak torque in the Verito Vibe too.

The torquey 4-cylinder engine behaves similarly too. There is enough low-end torque available to handle the most frustrating city traffic conditions. Power delivery is also very quick and very predictable, though there is no top-end to talk of and with the needle past the 4,200 mark you can expect the engine to sound quite strained. The engine also gets noisy past that point, though it remains fairly quite in the 1,000 to 3,000 rpm-band.

Surprisingly, the Verito Vibe is a tad bit heavier than the Verito sedan, but that doesn’t affect its performance. The 5-speed manual gearbox that has been mated to this engine also remains the same. It is the gearbox has been tuned with bias towards city driving. Shift quality of the short throw gear stick is good too.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Driving

Now coming to its ride and handling characteristics the compact car is quite stable even at high speeds and the suspension setup also is quite smooth and easily handles the Indian potholes, the new Verito Vibe has been fitted with Macpherson-type with wishbone link at the front and H-Section torsion beam with programmed deflection-coil spring at the rear. The steering though is bit on the heavier side and needs quite a lot of effort at lower speeds but the tyres provide you enormous grip in the corners.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Safety

A part of the excellent driving experience offered by Mahindra Verito Vibe can be contributed to its sound braking system that does its job perfectly. While the front portion of the car is equipped with disc brakes the rear portion braking is supported by drum brakes. Apart from these, the braking system of the car gets aided by advanced systems like Anti-lock Braking System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system that help maintaining control over the car during sudden braking and fast deceleration of car whenever required. These two systems play a major role in strengthening the security and safety system of car.

The safety front of the car is also strengthened with other standard measures such as a strong built, a fine tuned suspension system, driver airbag, steering wheel frame made up of magnesium which reduces impact of collision, central lock, day/night inside rear view mirror, anti-theft alarm, halogen headlights, collapsible steering, door ajar warning, electrical rear window child lock, fog lamps, a laminated windshield, adjustable front seats belts, adjustable head restraints over front and rear seats, remote door locking, and a few others. The safety as well as braking system of this car are one of its biggest USPs and make it one of the most reliable cars.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Cost in Hyderabad

Mahindra Verito Vibe Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,48,400/- (Verito Vibe D2) to 7,40,800/- (Verito Vibe D6 ABS). Get best offers for Mahindra Verito Vibe from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad Check for Verito Vibe price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mahindra Verito Vibe Conclusion

The Verito Vibe is a puzzling car – it offers great space in the cabin but a boot that is not very practical. The plastic quality isn’t the best in its segment, but the ride and handling compromise certainly is, even though it isn’t even trying to be a driver’s favourite. It retails at approximately Rs 6.6 lakh, ex-showroom, which means that it competes directly with the likes of the diesel Figo. Of course, it being a Mahindra means that spares will be inexpensive, and service will be available in most, if not all, corners of the country. If you value cabin space and the ability to carry five full-sized adults in comfort but don’t need brand value or a boot, the compact Verito will certainly give you good Vibes.

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Honda City Performance & Test Drive

Honda City Overview

The City is one of the most popular and successful models for Honda Cars India. In fact, the Japanese car manufacturer debuted the fourth-generation City in India, highlighting the country’s importance in the company’s global plans. Launched in 2014, Honda has sold over 2.4 lakh units of the fourth-generation City in India.The City was once a benchmark in the C-segment for its sophisticated design and features, but Honda’s applecart was disrupted with the launch of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, as its long feature list paired with company’s brand trust made it a more appealing product. Additionally, Hyundai is also gearing up to launch the new-generation Verna which is another strong rival of the City. To make sure the sedan remains in the game, Honda has given the City a midlife update and made it more kitted. So what’s new in the Honda City facelift? We tell you in our first drive review. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda City Style

Quite a bit actually, but let’s start with the exteriors. Aesthetically, the City still looks similar to the pre-facelift model, albeit with a sleeker front end. The arrow-shot design theme is retained. The front grille now features a slimmer chrome grille with a honeycomb mesh in the background.

The Honda City now features an all-LED lighting system. The headlamps are all LED, so are the DRLs and tail lamps. In addition, the all-LED treatment is reserved for the top-of-the-line ZX variants only although, the VX does get LED headlamps and fog lamps. Even the fog lamps and all interior lights including the front and rear reading lamps, and the rear number plate illumination are all powered by LED technology.

It also gets new diamond-cut alloy wheels which have been upsized to 16inches, though, these are also available on the ZX variants only as the lower models make do with 15-inch wheels. Ironically though, unlike most cars, the facelift looks most distinctive from the rear. The all-LED tail lamps feature a clear distinction between the red and clear section. It also gets a new spoiler with integrated brake lamp and honeycomb inserts in the redesigned rear bumper as well.

Honda City Space

Honda has packed the Honda City with a whole bunch of features. In fact the cabin design sees slight alterations and the dashboard design is appealing. There’s a new 7 inch touchscreen system which includes controls for Bluetooth, navigation, radio et al. There are also 2 micro SD card slots along with 2 USB ports and even steering mounted controls. There’s also an electric sunroof in the top-end variant and this just adds to the appeal of the car. There’s ample of room inside for 5 occupants and there’s good amount of head and knee room.

The City now gets LED DRLs as part of standard equipment while the base variant comes with halogen headlamps. The top-end models get LED headlamps and this makes it a better proposition. The City also gets newly designed alloy wheels besides and there’s extensive use of chrome on the car. Honda Car India has also introduced an accessories package as well and are available on three levels: Chrome Utility and Style.

Honda City Engine

All the changes and updates on the 2017 Honda City are primarily related to the exterior and the interior, while the powertrain options remain unchanged. Honda continues to offer the City with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. We did expect Honda to update the power and numbers of both the motors similar to that of the BR-V, but that has not happened. The 1.5-litre petrol continues to make 117PS/145Nm, whereas the diesel puts out 99PS/200Nm. The petrol motor is offered with a 5-speed manual transmission while it is also offered with a CVT as an optional unit. Honda claims that City MT delivers an overall efficiency of 17.4kmpl while the CVT offers 18kmpl. The diesel, on the other hand, gets a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and delivers a claimed efficiency of 25.6kmpl.

For our first drive on the 2017 Honda City, we had the 1.5-litre diesel. It might read odd but the diesel clatter in a Honda is something that I have still not accepted whole-heartedly. Anyways, the wide-spread torque continues to be the highlight of the diesel motor. Be it driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic or cruising on highways, the motor doesn’t feel out of breath as the turbo lag is minimal. Soon after we dodged the city traffic and entered well-paved highway, it didn’t take much effort for the motor to reach higher speeds. And helping the motor deliver its best is the smooth 6-speed manual transmission which again was a saviour in traffic-clad areas. However, City’s other rivals likes the Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento get a diesel automatic as well which could have been an impressive addition in the City’s model line-up.

Honda City Driving

The mechanicals of the updated Honda City remain same. Doing duty at the front are the MacPherson struts while the rear makes use of an H-shaped torsion beam. The 2008 new-shape City was criticised for its unsettling ride quality which was improved considerably in the fourth-gen model. The suspension set-up absorbs the uneven undulations with great ease. The other bit that impressed me about the City are the lower NVH levels which do not let ambient noise seep inside the cabin. The overall dynamics of the sedan remains identical to the previous offering.

Honda City Safety

The Honda City facelift gets dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX mounts for child seats as standard. The top of the line ZX trim gets six airbags which include side and curtain bags. Features like automatic headlamps, auto on-off headlamps and automatic rain sensing wipers also make their way into this flagship gradeThe City now gets LED DRLs as part of standard equipment while the base variant comes with halogen headlamps. The top-end models get LED headlamps and this makes it a better proposition. The City also gets newly designed alloy wheels besides and there’s extensive use of chrome on the car. Honda Car India has also introduced an accessories package as well and are available on three levels: Chrome Utility and Style.

Honda City Cost in Hyderabad

Honda City Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,77,428/- (City S MT Petrol) to 14,09,021/- (City Zx MT Diesel Anniversary Edition). Get best offers for Honda City from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for City price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda City Conclusion

Well, that is a question that has become quite tricky to answer. Where the City was known to set benchmarks in its segment, it is clear that it is now attempting to catch up with the competition. Yes, the updates are considerable but they haven’t radically changed the package, something the City really needs. Most of the features it is getting now are already present on its rivals, and even on some cars in the segment below. Plus, the Ciaz is due for an update and an all new Verna is being readied too but, the new-gen City will not be making an appearance before 2019. So, the City does share an equal footing with its rivals with the new facelift but that positioning might be short lived.