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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.