Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Performance & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview

We all have at least one single nostalgic moment attached with the Maruti 800. After all, for all the kids, youth or middle age men belonging to the era of nineties, this one car happened to be their first ever family car, thus being a part for most of their memorable moments. However, over all these years, the Indian car market as well as Maruti Suzuki itself have evolved a lot, which not only has made the average Indian car buyer mature as well as picky, but at the same time, has made the Indian car makers competitive enough to make cars which are better and modern in one way or the other.

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Speaking of Maruti Suzuki, the manufacturer has come a long way from being a maker of small mini hatchbacks to a name which now makes everything from an entry level hatchback to a premium crossover. And yes, it now also has a significant contribution in the fastest growing segment of today’s times – that of the compact SUVs. Now, the combination of Maruti Suzuki and SUVs never happened to be popular in the past, with its only offering in the SUV segment in the form of Grand Vitara being a big flop in India in the past, due to the image of Maruti Suzuki as only a small car maker.

But that’s now a thing of the past, and as Maruti Suzuki too is being perceived as a maker of value for money premium car makers, it has made its debut in the compact SUV segment in the form of Vitara Brezza. Developed fully in and for the Indian market, the Vitara Brezza since its launch in August 2016 has been shattering all the records and benchmarks of the sub-four meter SUV segment and is consistently finding a place in the top ten selling cars in the Indian market, thus putting Maruti Suzuki as a prominent name in the highest UV seller in India, one title which nobody would have thought it would bag. Apply car loan for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Look

The speciality of this exquisite vehicle is that it has the qualities of a SUV as well as that of a hatchback. Hence, this car has a smooth run in the Indian city roads. I can traverse the highways with an equal amount of ease. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza exterior presents an aggressive look in many ways. The new engine grille does play a great part in this aspect of the vehicle’s personality. The chrome designs ensure that you get a fantastic combination of beauty and sturdiness in equal measure. The front bumper has the same colour as that of the body and thus looks like the extension of the body in many ways. A big air dam and two high intensity fog lights are the highlights of this front burner.

The smoked look of the headlight cluster that has projector lamps and daytime running lights is a fantastic experience. The 16-alloy wheel arches enable a high quality Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza performance. This is one of the few cars that have black window pillars to suit the colour of the tinted glass. You can recognize this magnificent vehicle from afar because of the chromium plate with its name engraved. A faux silver garnished aluminium plate guards the rear bumper. In short, one can say that the actual looks of the car matches perfectly with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza images.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Comfort

First thing you would notice about the cabin is the comfortable ingress and egress. You just walk inside the cabin, which is also a boon for people having knee problems. The three spoke steering wheel looks familiar but the dashboard is entirely new. There is a neat looking centre console which is enclosed with a gloss black outline. The dashboard is all black but gets silver elements in the middle. The air vents are sizeable and the auto climate control works really well to cool the cabin quickly. The lower half of the centre console has well laid out uncluttered buttons which feel nice and premium to use. Overall quality of the cabin is good but in some places you might find hard plastics and components (window controls, steering stalks) that are shared with older Maruti cars.You get a neat looking instrument cluster which has some fancy tricks up its sleeve.

You can change its colour to white, orange, blue, red and yellow. The infotainment system is well kitted up having a nice big touch screen with good touch quality. It offers Apple CarPlay connectivity along with MirrorLink so you can seamlessly stay connected with your phone through the car. The audio quality is above average and many won’t feel the need of changing the speakers. It also offers navigation system which isn’t intuitive to use if you have a habit of using Google Maps. The big screen also doubles up as a reverse parking camera display that is very convenient in congested situations.

The best part about the cabin of the Vitara Brezza is the driving and upright seating position that adds to the confidence while driving. The steering and seat is height adjustable and has a good range so both tall and short people will find a comfortable position to drive. The large glass area ensures that the cabin feels airy despite having a dark interior theme. Maruti has offered clever storage spaces across the cabin including two gloveboxes, the upper one is a cool box while the lower glovebox is the conventional storage to keep documents and essentials. There is a front sliding arm rest with storage, front passenger side under seat storage, 1-litre bottle holder on all the doors, coat hanger, seatback pockets and hook, front cup holders, sunglass holder, rear arm rest with cupholders and more.

The seats are quite supportive and well padded for long trips. There is a good sense of space at the rear too and you have ample amount of legroom for average height adults but tall passengers might find the legroom limited to some extent. Shoulder room is decent too for three passengers at the rear. Head room is excellent, even for tall people. Maruti could have added air vents for the rear passengers but the AC works quite well and you won’t feel the need of it. The engineers have carved out excellent boot space of 328-litres in the Vitara Brezza which can accommodate your luggage for weekend getaways. The best part about luggage space is that the rear seat folds flat down and it is flexible too with 60:40 split. Some of the key features of the Vitara Brezza include cruise control, auto headlamps, auto wipers, keyless entry with push button start, reverse camera and sensors, power foldable ORVMs and more. Check for Vitara Brezza in midasedu

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Gearbox

For the time being, the Vitara Brezza is being offered with a choice of only one engine – the tried and tested Fiat-sourced 1248cc, four cylinder, DDIS 200 diesel engine, which we have already seen on other Maruti Suzuki offerings like Ciaz, Ertiga and S-Cross as well. Here on the Vitara Brezza, the engine develops a healthy power output of 90 PS, while the peak torque is rated at 200 Nm.

Like on the other offerings from Maruti Suzuki which come with this very engine, the Vitara Brezza pulls off in a linear fashion with a minimal turbo lag, which is quite impressive, however, it could have done with slightly more amount of power, as even with the full force on the throttle, the engine doesn’t pulls off instantly. Though, the car begins to pick up some pace once the rev counter crosses the 1500 rpm mark, with a nice linear surge of torque flowing across the rev range. The engine is not something which an enthusiast will love, and it lacks the punch and adrenaline rush of the 100 PS Ecosport, but then, it has an adequate amount of power, decent enough for your daily duties and occasional highway runs, without feeling underpowered anywhere.

Fuel efficiency has always been a big trump card for Maruti Suzuki, and here on the Vitara Brezza, the 1.3 liter engine delivers a claimed fuel economy of 24.3 kmpl. Though, on the test runs, we did obtain a combined fuel efficiency of 21.4 kmpl, which is pretty impressive for a car of this size.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Riding

The Maruti Vitara Brezza is a compact SUV and you don’t expect it to be as fun to drive as its closest rival Ford EcoSport. However, the Vitara Brezza is surprisingly quite engaging to drive on the ghats and confidence inspiring on the straights with its balanced suspension setup. The handling is very predictable as the car follows your steering inputs quickly but not as sharply as the EcoSport.

The electric steering is a bit numb in the centre and offers neutral feedback. It is light at slow speeds and weighs up enough for highway cruising. The ride quality is a big USP of the Brezza as it glides over potholes and bumps without getting juddery. Both low speed and high speed undulations are taken care of very well by the suspension setup. Braking is very effective too, we stood on the brakes and it came to a halt without any fuss.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety

ABS, EBD and dual front airbags for driver and co-passenger are among the vital safety features aboard. While driver side airbag is standard across line-up, the co-passenger side airbag is offered only on the top-spec variant. Other features such as front seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters, front fog lamps etc also also be available on the SUV. Along with the aforementioned features the Z trims will come with projector head lamps in front, automatic AC, LED daytime running lights, piano finish for centre console, 16 inch alloy wheels, 60:40 split rear seat, steering mounted controls for audio, height adjuster for driver, rear wiper with washer, rear centre arm rest, fog lamps in front and faux skid plates on bumpers. And the range topping ZDi+ variant comes with few extras such as cooled glove box, automatic head lamp, rain sensing wiper, electrically folding wing mirrors, arm rest in front, navigation and reverse parking camera display, push button start and cruise control.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Cost in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 9,42,200 to 13,32,326 for variants Vitara Brezza LDI and Vitara Brezza ZDi Plus Dual Tone AGS respectively. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is available in 7 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza variants price in Chennai. Check for Vitara Brezza price in Chennai at in Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Bottomline

There is no denying the fact that the Vitara Brezza is a sure shot winner for Maruti Suzuki with a real possibility of it becoming its bread and butter product in the next few years. It has exciting and yet understated looks, a good interior that comes packed with gadgets and a good mechanical package. Negatives of course include the plastic quality which really needs to be improved and the fact that the NVH levels are just a tad bit too high for our liking. Although we were a bit skeptical about the Vitara Brezza, the car certainly has not disappointed in any form or measure and is certainly something we would strongly advice our readers to buy if you are looking for a new car around the Rs 10 lakh range. All said and done, you have to wonder, does that mid-size sedan or premium hatchback really make any sense anymore?

Hyundai Creta Overview & Test Drive

Hyundai Creta Overview

The Hyundai Creta was first launched in 2015 and over the years Hyundai has given it minor updates which definitely did boost the sales of the compact SUV. Three years post the initial launch, the Korean carmaker has finally given the Creta a comprehensive update. We say comprehensive because the 2018 Creta now gets a host of new features too.The Hyundai Creta was first showcased in a concept form at Auto China in Beijing in April 2014 and a year later, the compact SUV was launched in India. The vehicle went on to become the darling of the Indian masses. From inception till end-February 2018, Hyundai has sold 2,48,582 units of the Creta in India. Hyundai Creta price range in India is between 10,65,929 to 17,88,328, check for detail pricing of Creta in Carzprice.

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Hyundai Creta Design

The Hyundai Creta looks its part as an SUV. Though it is based on the Elite i20 platform, the Creta is more SUV than a crossover hatchback and that is evident with the 190mm ground clearance. The front fascia is dominated by the hexagonal grille, signature Fluidic 2.0. The angular swept backheadlamps look modern and they are equipped with projector beam with LED day-time running lamps.

The profile looks butch thanks to the 17-inch alloy wheels filling up the flared wheel arches, the strong shoulder line and the black cladding that wraps around the car. The tail design has a European touch with the high mounted wraparound tail lamps and the blacked out lower portion of the bumper helping it hide some of the visual mass. The roof rails and the integrated rear spoiler adds to the styling quotient of this impressive looking compact SUV.

Hyundai Creta Cabin

Just like the exterior the interior too has received minor changes as well while the SX+ Dual tone trim gets an all black interior with red and black fabric upholstery, the other trims continue with the same Black and Beige interior.The only significant change made to the interior comes in the form of a new 7-inch AVN system which gets integrated with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link connectivity. Furthermore the Arkamys Sound Mood system now also comes as standard with the Creta S+, SX+, SX+ Dual Tone & SX(O) trims.

Hyundai also introduced a new Executive Variant ‘E+’ trim which gets the 1.4 Litre Diesel under the hood. This trim gets 2-Din Audio with AUX, USB and MP3, Electrically adjustable ORVM with LED turn indicators, Rear AC Vents and a luggage lamp for more comfort & convenience of the occupants.

Hyundai Creta Performance

The 2018 Hyundai Creta facelift doesn’t get many mechanical changes but the 1.6-litre diesel engine gets a tweak in terms of torque delivery. So the peak torque now comes in at a wider band. The pre-facelifted had a torque output of 260 Nm at 1900-2750 RPM while the facelifted model produces the same 260 Nm at 1500-3000 RPM. While driveability has improved, there is some amount of turbo lag and the vehicle gets going once the turbo spools up. The mid-range is punchy and very strong.

The petrol variant now boasts of 3% better fuel efficiency (meanwhile, diesel gets 4% better fuel efficiency than before). The 1.6 petrol’s performance is same as before, there is a good low-end but mid-range doesn’t feel that punchy. Performance is linear but the motor doesn’t spin faster. The gearbox is slick shifting although the clutch has a longer travel. For more info on Hyundai Creta visit painpeters.com 

Hyundai Creta Rideing

The ride and handling, though, is the surprise element of the Creta. Hyundai has got the suspension damping right on the Creta and at high speeds, unlike previous Hyundais, it rides with well controlled body movements. The composure of the setup is evident even for uneven low speed bumps. The insulation keeps the thuds and bangs away from the cabin giving the Creta a silent and plush ride. The steering is precise and but there is a bit of inconsistency in the way it weighs up. The body roll around corners is minimal for its size and it feels safe and secured even when pushed hard. The brakes on the Creta have good bite but a more linear feel would have been welcomed.

Hyundai Creta Safety

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are offered as standard across the range of the 2018 Hyundai Creta. However, the top-spec trim gets four additional airbags, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Management as well. Hyundai has a vast sales and service network across the country and the quality of service also has been great.

Hyundai Creta Price

Hyundai Creta On-Road Price in India ranges from 10,65,929 to 17,88,328 for variants Creta 1.6 E Petrol and Creta 1.6 SX Diesel Dual Tone respectively. Hyundai Creta is available in 13 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Creta variants price in India.

Hyundai Creta Verdict

At an on-road price of close to Rs 15 lakh, the Creta petrol auto does justice to the money it demands. It feels big and stylish, the cabin is well laid out and comes loaded with features. The ride is silent and composed and will not tire you, even after a full day of driving. There is enough space for five occupants and their luggage as well. The fit and finish and interior quality is class-leading which makes it feel premium too. The engine and gearbox work well in tandem and are good for everyday driving unless you are after outright performance. By adding the automatic petrol variant in the Creta’s portfolio, Hyundai has given an option for people seeking a stress-free, premium, urban compact SUV.

Hyundai Verna Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai Verna Overview

Hyundai released a new teaser image of the new generation Verna sedan hinting its arrival a few months ago. The South Korean Auto manufacturer introduced their popular c-segment sedan back in 2009, and it even went onto become the best-selling vehicle in its segment.

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Hyundai revealed the 2018 Verna as a concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto show, while later it was launched in Russia with a different name. The new Verna sedan is called Solaris locally in Russia while the same car is sold under the Accent nameplate in Canada. Thankfully Hyundai still retains the Verna nameplate for their vehicle in India. Do not forget the fact that the Verna is important to Hyundai like the City is to Honda or the Ciaz is to Maruti. The bookings for the fifth generation sedan have already commenced in our Country about a month ago, and finally, the car is launched here. Hyundai Verna price range in India is between 9,15,783 to 15,45,901, check for detail pricing of Verna in Carzprice.

The sedan not only underpins a new platform but is also longer wider and has an increased wheelbase which automatically results in more interior space. What is even more interesting is also the fact that the sedan not only received cosmetic updates but mechanical updates as well.

Hyundai Verna Design

The previous-gen Verna (introduced in 2011) marked a gargantuan shift in design, and a really good one at that, compared to its predecessor. This time though Hyundai seems to have played safe with this new avatar of the Verna. Even though its appearance has been heavily updated, this new model reminds us of the previous Verna when viewed in profile. Speaking of updates, the front and rear look of this car is entirely new. Upfront you get Hyundai’s cascade grille with horizontal chrome slats and swept back projector headlamps with DRLs. The new Verna certainly impresses when you move onto the rear – the Elantra-like LED tail lamps (not standard on all variants) and the rear bumper with black insert look good and, more importantly, well proportionate as well.

In terms of dimensions, the new Verna has grown slightly in all tangents. It is, in fact, longer, wider and with a wheelbase that’s lengthier compared to the model. Hyundai has also managed to increase the legroom and boot space, both of which will come in handy for potential buyers.

Hyundai Verna Cabin

Being a Hyundai, the Verna comes with very good quality materials used on the inside. The dashboard has a driver-focused layout and the dual-tone colour theme looks pleasant. Compared to the older Verna, a lot has changed and the new generation car definitely feels a much better place to be in. Fit and finish is definitely very good and the build quality isn’t bad either. The sedan comes with features like ventilated front seats, electric sunroof, hands-free smart trunk, voice recognition, cruise control, 7.0-inch audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Navigation, automatic climate control, rear parking camera and keyless-go. The audio system sounds pretty good while the cooling performance from the AC is brilliant.

Hyundai has also developed a Connected Car app for the Verna which is compatible with the top SX(O) variant of the car. The app is extremely good and shows details like RPM, current speed, fuel range, etc. It even shows the number of times you’ve done hard braking or hard acceleration in the car. The app is nifty but it should’ve been offered for all variants. The smart trunk feature on the car is worth a mention. You need to have the key fob in your pocket and if you stand near the boot for more than 3 seconds, the boot releases. However, the boot doesn’t really open up fully and you actually need to open it manually after the lock releases.

Front seats to be comfortable even over long drives and support for the lower back and under thighs is decent enough. The rear seat is also well-shaped but space is very limited. Kneeroom just cannot be compared to the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz while headroom is also just average. I am almost 6 feet tall and my head was almost touching the roof when I sat at the rear. However, the rear bench feels pretty comfortable in terms of support. The car also has a number of cubbyholes, bottle-holders and storage spaces inside the cabin. While the equipment list is very good, space is at an absolute compromise which can be a major deal-breaker especially for those people who are chauffeur-driven. The boot is well-shaped and can definitely hold quite a lot of luggage but at 480-litres, it is slightly smaller than the City and Ciaz.

Hyundai Verna Performance

The Indian spec Hyundai Verna continues with the 1.6 Litre Petrol and 1.6 Litre diesel engines under the hood. The drivetrains has been retuned for better performance and fuel efficiency. The petrol variant is capable of producing about 123 ps of peak power and 15.4 kgm of torque. The diesel variant on the other hand like we already said is powered by a 1.6 Litre unit which is capable of producing about 128 Ps of peak power and 26.5 kgm of torque. Now coming to the transmission option, the current Verna gets both manual as well as an automatic transmission, however the four-speed automatic unit has now been replaced by a new six-speed automatic unit which features six-speed torque converter. This electronic unit also powers the Elantra sedan as well. You can expect the new automatic gearbox also to respond quicker than the old unit. For Hyundai Verna visit painpeters.com

The 1.6-litre CRDI diesel engine is also the same as before. Again, refinement levels are very good and hardly any clatter filters inside the cabin. Turbo lag is very less and power delivery from the mid RPM spectrum is very good. This is also the most powerful oil burner in its segment and this is evident from the performance that it churns out. The powerplant feels punchy right up to 4500 RPM. Fuel efficiency will hover around 15-17 km/l for the manual option and 12-14 km/l for the automatic version. Both the mills on the Verna have been tuned nicely and performance isn’t an issue with any of the versions.

Hyundai has finally ditched the old 4-speed automatic gearbox. The new Verna gets 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox options with both the engines. The manual gearbox is very easy to use with its light and slick throws while the clutch is also pretty light. The automatic gearbox is a single-clutch unit. It doesn’t get a Sport mode but you do get a manual mode. Talking about this gearbox, the shifts are smooth but not as quick as something like a DSG. It you mash the throttle, there is a slight delay before it downshifts. However, I didn’t really find any jerkiness in the transmission. This gearbox is well-suited for regular driving with an occasional aggressive burst.

Hyundai Verna Driving

The Verna may have been a slick city runabout but it has always struggled at high speeds, what with its alarmingly bouncy rear-end and light steering. Hyundai has worked on eliminating the fidgety high speed ride with the previous Verna 4S, however, it’s this all-new model that shows some noticeable improvement. Built on an all-new platform similar to the Elantra, the Verna benefits from improved shock absorption and revised orientation for the rear springs to minimise shock rebound. Firm but compliant is what we have come to expect from newer Hyundais and the Verna is no different – the high speed ride is no longer springy and unlike its predecessor, the car settles down easily when going over lumps and potholes. The low speed ride, on the other hand, seems to have gotten a little stiffer than before. While we didn’t encounter much of bad roads on our drive out of Kochi, the Verna responded harshly to road joints and sharp-edge bumps.

Hyundai Verna Safety

We don’t need to mention that Hyundai has a stellar after-sales network in India with sales and service outlets present almost everywhere in the country. On the safety aspect, the new Verna gets 6 airbags on the top variant while all the other variants come with dual front airbags as standard. ABS with EBD is also offered as standard on all variants. This time, Hyundai has used high tensile steel to the tune of 50% on the car which is again said to improve the strength of the body structure.

Hyundai Verna Price

Hyundai Verna On-Road Price in India ranges from 9,15,783 to 15,45,901 for variants Verna 1.6 VTVT E and Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT respectively. Hyundai Verna is available in 12 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Verna variants price in India. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Hyundai Verna Verdict

The new Verna looks like a scaled down variant of the Elantra sedan which was unveiled last year. The new generation sedan comes with some modern elements on the inside like a new touchscreen infotainment system, but the biggest change that it has received come has to be the new automatic transmission which is much more responsive and smoother compared to the previous unit. Lastly the competitive pricing definitely will also help this sedan to compete with its rival quite comfortably.

Honda City Performance & First Drive

Honda City Overview

The City has been the king of the C-Segment sedan space in India since its launch in 1998. Every new generation launched has been an instant hit in our country. Same was the case with the current fourth generation City, which is also the first diesel powered City in India. However, recently the sedan started feeling some heat from the Maruti Ciaz because of its better value proposition. Now, Honda has introduced the City facelift with a long list of cosmetic and feature updates. We find out how drastic the new changes are. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda City Look

The subtle changes made to the exterior design could easily be mistaken for a modified car thanks to the amount of aftermarket customisation options available for the City. The new grille shows off the prominent slab of chrome with a honeycomb design in black that sits just below it. There’s no doubt that the LED headlamps along with the LED DRLs and the redesigned bumper lend the new fascia with a sportier character.

In profile however, other than the new 16-inch diamond cut alloys (15-inch on V variant), and the reworked bumpers, there’s nothing that sets it apart from the earlier City. However, the rear portion of the Honda City 2017 highlights the new additions that include an edgier bumper with a honeycomb design, the LED tail lamps, and the boot-lid spoiler with an LED stop lamp.

Honda City Comfort

Honda’s new design language has a huge say in the interior designing of the car. The quality of fit and finish is high in every corner. The front section is the house of a 3-spoke steering wheel mounted with control buttons. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is called “DigiPad” and comes with AVN (audio video navigation). The top-end variant of the car gets 8-speaker audio system, which can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

The Honda City’s interior is spacious, thanks to the 2,600 mm wheelbase. The legroom is ample even for taller passengers. Moreover, the boot space is big too and can accommodate of 510 litres of your cargo. The rear row gets a foldable armrest with cup holders. The ZX trim of Honda City gets rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps. Other features include an automatic climate control, electric ORVMs and push start/stop button. The addition of the electric sunroof makes the ride more enjoyable. But this is not it. The top variant also gets leather upholstery along with leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob.

Honda City Gearbox

Powering the City are the same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. They haven’t done any tweaks to the engine. Yes, the diesel version gets better insulation to make the cabin quieter than before. The 1.5-litre petrol engine is a gem to drive, the silky smooth i-VTEC makes a whopping 119 PS of power with its naturally aspirated engine. The power delivery is linear initially that gets insane near the redline, which comes at 7000 RPM. The amount of adrenaline you get while redlining the VTEC is super satisfying.

Mated to the 1.5-litre petrol is a 5-speed manual and CVT automatic transmission. The manual gearbox is slick and fun to use while the CVT is good only for city usage and if you push it hard, it gets noisy. The CVT version comes with steering mounted paddle shifts that gives you better control. Honda claims 17.4 km/l of mileage for the petrol engine but you can get around 10-13 km/l in real world conditions. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC offers decent performance and good low end acceleration. You don’t feel that typical diesel lag. It comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and the best part about the oil burner is its fuel efficiency which is claimed to be 25.6 km/l and you can easily extract 18 km/l in mixed driving conditions.

Honda City Rideing

On the road, lesser road noises filter into the 2017 City’s cabin, and this adds to the overall cabin comfort. With a stiff suspension setup, sharp edges can be felt and heard in the cabin at low speeds, but it never gets to the point where the occupants feel rough. Pick up the momentum and the City tends to drive flat as the damping allows it to absorb most road imperfections quite well.

On the handling front, the light steering has an accurate feel to it and there’s enough feedback for one to know what is happening at the wheels. Though there’s a hint of roll, a notable composure is displayed even at higher speeds despite the seemingly thin tyres they come shod with. Likewise, throw the Honda City at a sharp bend, and one will appreciate the manner in which the intended line is maintained; the only shortfall being the tyres squealing for grip. Furthermore, though the brakes felt adequate in stopping the car, a bit more feedback would have been appreciated.

Honda City Safety

The Honda City gets a good bit of safety features across all the variants. Two airbags and ABS along with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) has been given as standard across all variants. However, the top end ZX trim gets as many as six airbags, which makes the car extremely safe and well in competition in the segment. Moreover, the car also offers child seat anchorage point and seat belt warning as a standard feature across all the variants.

Honda City Price in Hyderabad

Honda City On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 10,08,401 to 16,72,181 for variants City S MT Petrol and City Zx MT Diesel Anniversary Edition respectively. Honda City is available in 13 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Honda City variants price in Hyderabad. Check for City price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda City Bottomline

The latest 2017 update to the Honda City brings along a host of new cosmetic, convenient and safety improvements that makes this sedan even more desirable to buy in its segment. The City now looks sharper, has a longer list of features and the additional airbags along with ISOFIX seats just makes it a safer car than before. Honda has listened to the feedback and worked on the insulation of the diesel version as well. There are no cost cuttings visible in the facelift and we definitely give this update of the Honda City a worthy thumbs up.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift Review & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was originally launched in 2014 and since then the Ciaz sedan has been a strong performer in its segment and has been the sales leader too, consistently beating the Honda City and previous Hyundai Verna. Recently though, the Honda City got a facelift and the new Hyundai Verna too was introduced. Even Toyota entered this segment in India with the Yaris sedan, making it critical for Maruti Suzuki to give the Ciaz an update. Finally, after weeks of speculation, the company has launched the 2018 Ciaz facelift and we drove it around Bengaluru to find out if the updates are going to be enough to keep the competition at bay or not.View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Look

The 2018 Ciaz gets new front and rear bumpers, a new front grille, new headlamp internals and LED light guides in the taillamps. Its 16-inch alloy wheels now have lesser number of spokes.The Ciaz facelift only gets a handful of exterior changes, but you will still be able to distinguish it from the older model. At the front, the new grille now meets the headlamps, so it doesn’t appear to be a part of the bumper anymore. That makes the 2018 Ciaz look wider than the pre-facelift model. For 2018, the headlamps now get LED DRLs, something that many of us wanted to see in the Ciaz. At the rear, the tail lamps get LED light guides as standard. So whether you see it from the front or the rear, you will be able to differentiate the new Ciaz from the older model.

Alpha variant of the new Ciaz which gets the LED headlamps and DRLs. The Sigma and the Delta variant, however, get the same headlamp internals as the one on the pre-facelift model; these continue to be powered by halogen projectors though. Since the headlamp design is the same, retrofitting the new headlamp units should be possible on the lower variants as well. Rejoice! The chrome strip that runs just over the front grille is also standard, so even the Sigma and Delta variants will look quite upmarket post the mod.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Comfort

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz interiors do not get much of a restyling; it is rather restricted to feature update. Maruti Suzuki has added Birch Blonde wood grain accents with a low gloss finish for a plusher look. On the feature front, it now gets a new 4.2-litre coloured MID unit, while the touchscreen infotainment system continues to serve audio, navigation and connectivity functions. Since the Ciaz has always had a comfortable and spacious cabin, there was very little for Maruti to fiddle with. But some of the smaller but almost insignificant issues, since these won’t impact the buying decision, could have been addressed with the facelift.

Things like a missing pull-strap on the rear armrest, inconsistency of backlighting on the instrument console and steering-mounted buttons, non-sliding and relatively small front armrest, no USB port for rear passengers and others are all minor add-ons but could have added significant value to the package.The 2018 Ciaz would still remain one of the top picks when it comes to backseat comfort but we would have liked some more under-thigh support on the rear bench.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Gearbox

This is the area, which has witnessed a transformation in the new Ciaz and the changes are quite nice. The old 1.4 litre petrol engine has been replaced by the new K15B 1.5 litre engine, which is not only more powerful but offer higher fuel-efficiency too. The previous engine was adequate at best for the Ciaz but always left one wanting for a bit more. With a power output of 103 hp and 138 Nm of torque the new engine resolves that issue and does a good job of moving the Ciaz with more ease now.For more info on Maruti Suzuki Ciaz visit orhdc.in

The engine is smooth and is happy to rev to about 6,000 rpm and offers linear acceleration. Achieving triple digit speeds is easier now and overtaking on the highway is also quicker. The other big addition is the SHVS technology across all variants. Unlike the previous system’s larger lead-acid battery, the new system gets a lead-acid and lithium-ion battery. The system not only provides assist during acceleration but also has brake energy recovery and start/ stop. As a result of this, the new Ciaz despite being heavier than the older one by about 30 kg offers higher fuel-efficiency of 21.56 kmpl (claimed).

Gearbox options include a five-speed manual with reworked ratios, especially the 2nd gear, which is shorter now to improve drivability. The unit works well and changes are smooth and the throws are quite short, which coupled with a light clutch makes driving very easy. The automatic option includes a four-speed torque-convertor, which is well-suited for urban environments but fails to hide its limitations of ratios on highways, past 120 kmph. That said, the unit works well in traffic, giving no reasons to complain. The good thing about the 4-speed AT is that it now comes with ESP and Hill-Hold Assist, which improves the safety quotient of the Ciaz along with front dual airbags and ABS.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Rideing

There is no change in terms of performance as far as the diesel version is concerned. As for the petrol version, it is hands down better than the previous 1.4-litre unit.The Ciaz’ ride and handling manners complement its drivetrain, so while it isn’t the most eager at taking the twisties, we don’t dislike it either. The ride quality is supple at both high and slow speeds and the Ciaz doesn’t do anything that will annoy passengers. The steering is light when driving slow and weighs up to inspire confidence as speeds increase. If you’re looking for a sedan for regular commutes and relaxed highway drives, the Ciaz gets a thumbs up.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety

Along with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, the all-new Maruti Ciaz 2018 now comes with an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill Hold Function, while co-passenger seatbelt reminder, speed alert system and reverse parking sensors are offered across the range.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,81,019/- (Ciaz Sigma Petrol) to 11,93,582/- (Ciaz S Diesel). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Ciaz price in Hyderabad at carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Roun Up

The new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift is a better car in multiple areas, especially the engine and safety ones. The car, which has always been positioned as a comfortable, practical and elegant car now builds further on its strengths. However, the car isn’t short of drawbacks that have been discussed earlier in this article. This brings us to the price and this is where Maruti Suzuki claws back lost ground with a starting selling tag of Rs 8.19 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi with the top petrol AT and diesel variants costing Rs 10.97 lakh. For its price, the new Ciaz offers exceptional value-for-money and I won’t be surprised if the new Ciaz becomes the best-selling sedan in its segment in the months to come.

Tata Hexa Performance & First Drive

Tata Hexa Overview

After sincere, but ineffective attempts at changing its image with the Zest and the Bolt, Tata Motors has seen some success after the surge in interest for the Tiago, which was unveiled last year. The small car seemed jinxed initially with its first name Zica unfortunately sounding like the Zika virus and coinciding with its outbreak. But with the new moniker and a refreshed launch strategy, the Tiago still managed to bring Tata back into the reckoning in the car market.

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Whether its brand ambassador – footballer Lionel Messi – helped in the revival or not, the Tiago has managed to score the key goal of winning back the trust of car buyers. Tata Motors believes that a big reason for the success of the Tiago was the new Impact design language and the engineering changes that were effected as part of the new strategy. The next vehicle from the Tata stable that will benefit from Impact design is the new Hexa. And going by our experience with the new Hexa, it is clear that this will also be another vehicle from Tata Motors that has the potential to boost the brand’s image.  View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Tata Hexa Look

Tata Hexa production ready model that was showcased at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo hugely resembles the concept which was showcased earlier in Geneva. The looks have been given a muscular appeal, but the butch appearance didn’t affect its stylish character that has been designed keeping in mind the tastes of urban customers.

The front profile of the Tata Hexa gets automatic projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, while the muscular looking front grille and trapezoidal shaped lower bumper adds a striking presence to the Hexa. Two air dams at both sides of the large front bumper makes the appearance beefy, while the fog lamps have been unusually shaped. The car gets a higher bonnet, which automatically enhances the bolder appearance of the Hexa. The hood sports a few crisp character lines running towards the nose, which manage to give the Hexa a bold and dynamic face.

Walk towards the side, and the Hexa’s inspiration from the Aria MPV becomes a lot more apparent. The entire silhouette of the Tata Hexa is nearly identical to that of its MPV twin. The ORVMs get LED side turning lamps, the wheel arches look big enough to give the car a bold look and are highlighted with a cladding. The 19 inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels ensure that the Tata Hexa does not get a bland angle to look at. The car gets a thick cladding at the bottom all around, while the greenhouse area comes with resemblances from the predecessor Tata Aria. It gets a chrome bar at the bottom of the greenhouse area, while the roofline gets roof rails on both sides.

The rear profile gets redesigned with horizontally stacked tail lamps, which actually look nice. The faux skid plates can be seen at the rear bottom with dual exhausts integrated to it. This makes the Hexa look like an SUV, while retaining the simplicity of its MPV sibling.

Tata Hexa Comfort

The dashboard layout of the Hexa looks premium thanks to the new design additions and controls made of fresh-looking materials like chrome trim used with glossy black and soft grain plastic. The instrument cluster is easy to read and except for the low-set air-con controls, all functions are easily accessible on the dash. We however noticed that the centre console was devoid of storage spaces barring the cup holder behind the gear shifter and the centre armrest. The seats are draped in a leather look-alike upholstery with contrast stitching that feels rich. In fact the front seats offer a comfortable drive thanks to the ample contours with lumbar, good back and appropriate thigh support.

Similarly, the middle row seats have identical contours and offer good support, headroom and lots of legroom for the occupants. Entry to the third row of seats is by tumbling the second row, and while the seats offer hardly any support, headroom and space for adults is also confined. With the last row up, the boot can only take a few soft bags and a thin suitcase at the most. To stuff anything more, the last row needs to be folded but it doesn’t fold flat either. The Hexa equipment list consists of six airbags, ESP, traction control, ABS with EBD, climate control with vents on all three rows, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, and reverse parking sensors with a camera. There’s also power mirrors with demister, cruise control, rear sun blinds, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat (non-electric), a multi-function steering wheel, and a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with JBL speakers, to name a few.

It does miss out on features like powered seats and keyless go, which is a norm in the segment. There’s no sunroof either, which the rivals offer. In short, manual gearbox variants include XM and XT in six and seven seater options along with the choice of automatic transmissions called XMA and XTA. A 4×4 manual model is also available on the XT variant.

Tata Hexa Performance

The Hexa’s engine is the same 2.2-litre Varicor 400 diesel engine that is currently available in the top trim Safari Storme. The refined 2,179cc diesel engine is already popular and makes its way into the Hexa in the same state of tune as it is in the Safari Storme. So, the engine generates a peak power of 156PS and a peak torque of 400Nm. Of course, left alone these numbers don’t exactly paint the right picture. The Hexa is almost the same weight as its predecessor (about 2,300kgs) because of the number of new features, even though some weight savings were achieved. But the tuning enables the powertrain to deliver a very peppy performance.

The Hexa is quick off the block and offers enough pulling power all the way till about 4,000 rpm. There is only a hint of turbolag and there is no sense of hesitation or perceived vulnerability even in the way the vehicle behaves on the road. Straight-line stability is excellent and there are electronic aids like ESP and traction control helping correct errors if any wheel slippage is detected. Body roll is still there, inevitable with the suspension also set up for a fairly pliant ride.

The engine is offered with two gearbox options — a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Working your way up the gears is easy in the manual too with most of the torque already available from about 1,500rpm (idling is set at 800rpm). The only crib we’ll have is the slightly rubbery shift feel in the manual gearbox. Surprisingly, the automatic is an excellent gearbox, with perfectly space gears. The auto comes with a sports mode and what Tata calls an auto detect race car mode. The manual gearbox on the other hand has four super drive modes for altering the car’s performance based on the driving surface. The modes are Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road. The Hexa will also be available in 4X2 and 4X4 variants. The all-wheel drive system in the 4X4 is an electronically unit via an adaptive system developed by Borg Wagner.

Tata Hexa Driving

There are four driving modes in the manual version – Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road. In Comfort and Dynamic modes, even though power is primarily sent to the rear wheels, it can power the front wheels if the need arises. Responses from the motor are more sedate in Comfort mode, and slants towards performance in Dynamic mode. Auto and Rough Road modes use full-time four-wheel drive, and while the former is used for road applications, the Rough Road mode is meant for off-road situations.

Let’s switch to the automatic version now. Surprisingly, none of the lag experienced in the lower rpms of manual version is felt here. The six-speed auto shifts smoothly at the appropriate rpms and covers up remarkably for the turbo lag too. It’s definitely the easier of the two to drive since the gearing is slightly shorter than on the manual which allows it to shift at an earlier rpm and stay in the meaty portion of the power band. Our VBox confirmed the 0-100kmph sprint is a second quicker than the manual at 12.67sec, and the 20-80kmph and 40-100kmph runs were swifter by 4.97sec and 3.17sec! It needs a mention too that the 90kg weight difference between the 4×4 manual and the 4×2 automatic works in favour of the latter.

Tata Hexa Safety

The Tata Hexa gets plenty of safety features to begin with it gets 6 airbags, in total which includes duel front as well as side and curtain airbags. It further also gets Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Roll-over Mitigation, traction control system, Hill Hold Control (HHC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control etc.

Tata Hexa Cost in Hyderabad

Tata Hexa Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 11,76,055/- (Hexa XE) to 17,11,055/- (Hexa XT 4X4). Get best offers for Tata Hexa from Tata Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Hexa price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Tata Hexa Bottomline

Depending on the trim level, the Hexa is loaded with a big list of safety tech including 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill Hold and Hill descent control etc. But, the big, most impressive change in the Hexa is of course, the level of refinement that has been achieved. NVH performance is at a new high for a Tata vehicle and in fact rivals many competitors’ vehicles. Ergonomics and choice of materials is similarly at a new high. Braking performance could have been better. During our test drive the brakes seemed to bite late after a bit of pedal travel. But, overall the perceived reliability levels, including the feedback one gets about the electronics in the vehicle is excellent. We expect the Hexa to be priced in the ₹10 lakh to ₹16 lakh range. And we expect this vehicle to contribute to the revival in interest for Tata cars. Whether it can take on the giant in the segment — Toyota Innova — only time will tell.

Mahindra Verito Facelift Review & Test drive

Mahindra Verito Overview

The newest offering from Mahindra called the Verito is a rebadged model of company’s proven workhorse Logan. With the divorce of Mahindra from Renault, the car has gone under the styling knife of Mahindra and gets a new front grille, less boxy headlamps, revised front and rear bumper, new boot lid design, clear lens tail lamps and new alloy wheels. Apart from new features, the sedan offers a value for money prospective which is a fundamental feature of Mahindra vehicles. The sedan’s ex-showroom (New Delhi) price range varies between Rs.5.27 lakhs to Rs.7.88 lakhs.As the competition in the segment growing by day with manufacturers rolling out new compact sedans, Verito comes loaded with features and more practicality. Verito is popular in the taxi market which creates an image problem with the customers which is well addressed by Mahindra this time. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mahindra Verito Look

The completely redesigned front and rear end treatment has enhanced the looks of the vehicle. The front grille is crisp and in sync with whatever was possible at the lowest of outlays and with a new bumper cum air dam plus newly designed headlamps, the dowdy look of the original has been banished.

The rear end also sports the same crisp theme and what is even more impressive, on initial early looks, is the fact that put-together quality seems to be of an even higher order. The shut lines are far more uniform and overall the taut body structure seems to have got the sheen it didn’t have as a high value, low cost proposition in the past. Overall the car is very sturdy and there seems to be no flexing of the structure which more often than not ends up in an orchestra of squeaks and rattles you never paid to hear!

Mahindra Verito Comfort

Since this is an electric vehicle, there are many changes inside the cabin. This includes the large dial with a brushed aluminium ring surrounding it. There is also a small blue backlit digital unit that shows the mode you’ve selected for driving the car. Flanking it are the State of Charge (SOC) and the efficiency meters – both represented by simple bars. A single-din music system that supports AUX and CDs handles the infotainment part. It isn’t easily visible on the go as it is placed very low. The glovebox is fairly large and illuminated too. Sadly though, the e-Verito lacks modern gadgets that we have so become used to – steering-mounted controls, touchscreen multimedia system, climate control et al. There is also no height-adjustable driver’s seat, electrically adjustable ORVMs or even proper bottle holders in the door.

Mahindra though has retained the USP of the Verito comfortable seating for five and a large boot of 510 litres. How isn’t the boot space compromised, given that this is an electric car and the batteries are expected to be at the rear? The Li-ion battery pack is placed right where the petrol/diesel motor used to be, helping retain the boot space from the regular sedan.

Mahindra Verito Performance

Mahindra is a master of all when it comes to powering the vehicles. Though Verito is available in both diesel and petrol, but its diesel engine needs a special mention here. The 1.5-litre 4 cylinder diesel engine is pretty frugal and delivers quite an appreciable performance over city roads. It carries an ability to deliver power worth 66PS against a peak torque of 160Nm. The engine’s worth is already proved as it is a regular power source of several other cars like Renault Scala, Nissan Micra, Renault Pulse, Nissan Terrano, Fluence, and several others. The petrol version on the other hand is powered by a 1.4-litre engine that displaces 1390cc to deliver power worth 76PS against a peak torque of 110Nm. Both these engines mate with a 5-speed manual transmission. All the versions of Mahindra Verito are available with BSIII and BSIV compliant versions of these power mills. The gear ratio is great that is another feather in its cap with respect to city and highway drives.

The inspiring model Renault Logan has always been known for its high mileage and the legacy is continued by Verito. The car gives similar fuel efficiency like Logan which makes it one of the most appealing sedans in C1 segment. Both petrol and diesel engine of this car have been equipped with SOHC and MPFI systems which play a great role in improving its fuel efficiency. The petrol version of Mahindra Verito delivers mileage of 11.3kmpl on city roads and 15.7kmpl over highways as rated by ARAI. The diesel engine, on the contrary, delivers a mileage of 18kmpl on city roads and 21kmpl over freeways as confirmed by ARAI. The fuel tank of Verito bears a capacity to store fuel worth 50-litres which means the diesel version of the car has a range of 1050kms while the petrol version has of 785kms.

Mahindra Verito Rideing

The ride is pretty firm when compared to its competitors. But it also means the Verito can take the bad roads well. The car is sturdy and keeps the rattles and vibrations in control. The rear seat comfort is the USP among its rivals. It offers good legroom and headroom than the near competitor Dzire. The third passenger in the rear is welcome in the Verito. The cabin is pretty well silent till 100 kmph. After that the engine becomes noisy and harsh. The steering gives a positive feeling and gives great control at speeds. The typical diesel characteristics like the gear lever vibration are absent which is a good thing.

Mahindra Verito Safety

Primary safety provisions including driver side airbag and ABS with EBD are standard on the top-spec variant. Other safety equipment armed in the sedan are-adjustable head rests in front and rear, immobilizer and electrical rear window child lock. Face sports chrome finished grille and clear lens fog lamps. Side panels get alloy wheels and side moulding. Inside, it gets tachometer, LCD display on instrument cluster, fabric upholstery, mobile holder and bottle holder etc.

Mahindra Verito Cost in Hyderabad

Mahindra Verito Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,35,810/- (Verito D2) to 8,32,469/- (Verito D6). Get best offers for Mahindra Verito from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Verito price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mahindra Verito Conclusion

The e-Verito might just be what we need in this hour of increasing pollution and the need for clean air to breathe, and is the ideal way to avoid the odd-even rule if it crops up again. It’s also a much more realistic EV to own than its sibling, the e20, but it demands a premium for this. Mahindra says that its electric vehicles sell through word of mouth and the subsequent price reduction through the FAME scheme is also encouraging sales. However, given the infrastructure crisis right now (Mahindra claims to have identified close to 200 points across the country for setting up charging stations), it makes sense to have a hybrid rather than a pure electric. Mahesh agrees too and says that infrastructure is the main hindrance as of now. But the e-Verito wasn’t built to be a mass product. It just shows the manufacturer’s prowess at building electric vehicles and intention to further pursue this path. And that’s not something almost any of its rivals can lay claim to.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Performance & Test Drive

Mercedes-Benz GLA Overview

Mercedes-Benz has always been one of the most popular car manufacturer’s in the world and in India along with being popular it has also been an extremely aspirational brand symbolising success and fame. Now all these popular brands have one or more “Heroes” in their line-up which are responsible for making the brand a popular one. Maruti had the 800/Alto, Honda has the City, Toyota has the Innova and so on. But as you go higher in the segments you find that it is not one particular model that leads the brand, rather its the legacy and heritage that ropes in the consumers. As a result of which one will always find premium manufacturers taking you back to their roots and showing you how they have always achieved distinction through the years and how the current consumer is getting the best of what the brand has accumulated over the decades. Times though, are changing. With premium manufacturers now trying to percolate into the lower segments, it will require more than just legacy and heritage to rack up those numbers that the lower segments demand and that is where the ‘Hero’ of the brand comes into play. View offers  on Mercedes-Benz Cars from Mercedes-Benz dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Look

When first launched, the GLA appeared to be a spruced up version of the A-class. The basic shape, headlamps, pillars and fenders were similar. This time the GLA will get new headlamps. The taillamps will also be replaced by newer and better ones. They will be sleeker than before and will also have better illumination. The 2017 GLA will also get new bumpers at the from and rear. The ducts too will be newly designed. There will be modifications to the front grill as well to be it look more beefy. Apart from this there will not be any major change on the vehicle. The 2017 Mercedes-GLA will carry all the design traits go the earlier GLA, which includes a long bonnet and sleek rear profile. The GLA 45 AMG will also be offered with a beefed up look and larger alloy wheels wand low profile tyres.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Comfort

Now step inside and this is when you can’t make any difference between the A siblings if you are not a keen observer. Only way to feel the difference is the seat height, which is slightly above the average sedan height but in the world of SUVs, it is still low. What changes in the GLA facelift you ask? Well, nothing major apart from the new three-spoke steering wheel, ambient lighting with 12 colours and a bigger 8-inch infotainment display that now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The steering now has a 3D effect to it, the horn pad jutting out, looks nice. The screen is bright and clear but it’s not touch, you have to control it via the COMMAND system knobs. Otherwise everything is similar and the dashboard looks quite attractive, specially the slightly updated instrument cluster. I also like the way the aircon vents are styled, practical yet flashy. However, I really can’t digest the fact that a Rs. 40 lakh + Mercedes doesn’t come with auto climate control! It doesn’t even have a reverse parking sensor but thankfully gets a camera.

What you would like in the GLA is the fantastic quality, consistency and the feel of materials. Everything is top notch, the equipment list is quite strong too, push button start, panoramic sunroof, electric seats, driving modes, electric tailgate, etc. The seats also get soft leather which smells nice too. Now the rear seat experience is average if you have the SUV practicality in mind because headroom for tall passengers is limited and because of the huge transmission hump, the middle passenger might find it a squeeze. The tailgate now is electrically operational. The boot is quite big and accommodating but the spare space saver wheel just eats up a lot of space.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Gearbox

For the Indian market the GLA gets 2 engine options. The GLA 200 which is a 1991 cc turbo-petrol unit pushing out a good 181 PS and the GLA 200 CDI which gets a 2143 cc diesel unit which pumps out a smallish 134 PS. The surprising bit is that both the petrol and the diesel unit put down an identical 300 Nm of torque.We got in the petrol variant first. Its a refined motor and loves to be revved. Putting the car in manual mode and working the 7-speed dual clutch gearbox with those lovely paddles behind the wheel reaps greater rewards and the bonus is a delightful exhaust note from those twin pipes at the back. In regular Eco mode though, the gearbox can be a little slow to respond. Getting in the diesel immediately, you feel a slight buzz through the pedals immediately telling you about the oil burner in front.

With just 134 PS to play with the diesel is more for the average commuter than the enthusiast. Since the torque in the diesel is available much lower in the power-band, the diesel engine has slightly better drivabilty because of which it is easier to coast in higher gears however, when outright performance is called for the diesel motor feels a little lacking. The diesel does promise efficiency though and with the company claiming over 17 kmpl, it does promise to be the most fuel efficient SUV amongst its rivals. A roadtest will determine exact numbers soon.For the wealthy and the power hungry,Mercedes-Benz told us about the arrival of the GLA 45 AMG next month which with its powerful four-cylinder turbocharged engine will blow most sportscars out of the water.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Rideing

The Indian variant comes with increased ground clearance and rightly so. All throughout our journey the GLA sailed over the worst roads and the biggest speed breakers without any problems. Ride quality is quite supple over most surfaces however sharp bumps tend to upset it and this was experienced more so in the diesel variant. The heavier diesel engine could mean a slightly different suspension setting and we think this might be the cause of the diesel variant feeling stiffer. The GLA comes with 18-inch wheels with a 50 profile tyre. We feel a 17-inch rim with a slightly higher profile could have definitely added more cushion to the ride quality.Handling was quite predictable and the GLA went around corners quite happily. The increased ground clearance means there is some roll, but its always controlled. Front wheel drive meant the GLA does understeer when pushed hard, but with 235 section tyres you really have to drive like a hooligan to reach the tyres limits.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Safety

Safety is a big priority for the three-pointed star and the GLA gets high-tech equipment including ABS, ESP, 6 airbags, hill descent control, tyre pressure monitoring system, attention assist, etc. Mercedes is spreading its foothold in the Indian market rapidly and the network is getting quite strong pan India. In this scenario you need not worry about the after sales, which is quite manageable even in non-metro cities. Yes, it is a German luxury car and you should be ready for heavy bills if you damage a crucial part.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Price in Bangalore

Mercedes Benz Gla Class Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 31,70,935/- (GLA Class 200 d Style) to 38,01,700/- (GLA Class 220 d 4MATIC). Get best offers for Mercedes Benz Gla Class from Mercedes Benz Dealers in Bangalore. Check for GLA Claa price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Mercedes-Benz GLA Bottomline

There are some Android users who find their phone value for money and there are some Apple users who are addicted to the ecosystem and feel satisfied using the expensive phone. Same is the case with feature loaded full-sized 7-seater SUVs and compact luxury SUVs. Those who are living the ecosystem of luxury cars and can afford a Rs. 40 lakh compact SUV, the GLA is a beautiful car. You not only arrive in style and turn heads on signals but you also feel relaxed and comfortable driving the Merc. The improvements that come along with the GLA are appreciated because it looks more SUV, offers better features inside and gets a stronger engine. However, if you are a big driving enthusiast and don’t care about the extra Merc bling, then you might want to consider the rivals.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Review & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

There are very few automobiles in India which deserve to be called gamechangers. Arguably one of them is the Maruti Swift, which completely changed the way people perceived hatchbacks when it was first launched in 2005. The hatchback segment is a very large share of the Indian car market and to crack this is no easy task. Testimony to the fact is that the Swift has featured in top five best selling cars in India for over a decade now. Now, Maruti is ready with the 3rd generation model of this hatchback which promises to be better in every respect. While the car will be launched at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo, we are in the hills of Lonavala to get up-close and personal with the all new Swift. Will the next generation model carry the legacy of the Swift, we are here to find out? View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Swift Look

The 2018 Maruti Swift is not a facelift but an all new car. It is based on the same platform which underpins the Ignis and Dzire. This new platform comes with a host of good things. It makes the car lighter, yet stronger. Bigger, yet compact. To put it in simple words, the Swift is now a much more desirable car that before. Though the design philosophy has been maintained, it gets some nice touches. The front is new and gets new headlamps with projectors and daytime running LEDs.

 

The grille is all new single aperture design. Now, this is different from the Dzire, which gets a chrome lip on the grille. The Swift gets an all black one. The side looks similar to the earlier model, but the floating roof concept is enhanced, as it gets a black band across the rear side end. The rear door is also different and has a handle with is embedded next to the C-pillar. The Swift gets 15-inch alloy wheels. These are silver painted ones and the top end trims get a black machined or diamond cut finish on the wheels. The width of the car is now increased by 40mm, hence it looks broader and is more spacious as well. The wheelbase is also longer.

The rear is the portion which gets the biggest change. Here the car looks completely different from its previous generation one. It gets a jetting out set of taillamps. These are LED ones and look very attractive. Now the rear end is a matter of choice to like or dislike. Frankly, we were not too impressed with the way it appears. The bumper is also all new.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort

The Swift gets an all-black cabin with deep grey inserts on the dashboard and the steering wheel. While the cabin does look sporty and better put together than before, it’s still very much like other Maruti Suzuki cars in terms of the plastic quality and materials used. An important thing to mention here is that the dashboard design now is not a carbon copy of the Dzire. The aircon vents in the middle, for example, are circular in shape in the Swift while they’re trapezoidal in the Dzire. The aircon knobs of the Swift are also circular and different from the ones on its compact sedan sibling. These are also more premium-looking and can be operated without taking eyes off the road. Overall, even though the Swift shares a lot of interior components with the Dzire, it’s now unique in its own ways.

The front seats are very supportive and are cushioned at the right places — around the back, shoulders and the lumbar. The driver’s seat is adjustable for height but the steering is only adjustable for rake. A telescopic steering would have been a welcome addition, especially since taller drivers can take the liberty to stretch their legs further, thanks to more leg space at the front compared to the outgoing model. The view out from the front seat is excellent with the upright A-pillar not hindering side vision at all. Turning the Swift or parking it front-first will be easy for most drivers.

Lack of knee room at the rear was one of the shortcomings of the previous generation Swift and that has been addressed in the new version. Thanks to the new Heartect platform, there’s more space inside the cabin as the wheelbase has improved by 20mm. It is now possible for two adults, at least 5’8”, to sit one behind the other without compromising on rear knee room. The boot space has also improved by 58 litres although the loading lip is inconveniently high.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance

The engines are the same as earlier. The petrol is a 1.2-litre K series engines with 84 bhp of power. The diesel is also the same 1.3-litre fiat sourced DDis unit. It belts out 75bhp of power. Both engines are mighty quick and do not go on the power figures alone. The new Swift is much lighter, hence the performance is even better now. There is a new addition of an AMT. The AMT is available in both diesel and petrol, however comes only in the Z variant. The top Z+ does not get an AMT in either fuel versions.

Performance is one thing, but when coupled with refinement, it takes the car to a different level. The Swift feels excellent to drive.  was particularly impressed by the way it handles. This hatchback is very nimble and the steering response is better than any recent car from Maruti. I drove up some hard twisties in Lonavala and the way this car handled curves at reasonably high speeds, was fabulous. This is not exaggeration at all! I have been criticizing the steering response of Maruti cars, but this new Swift is excellent. It brings out the driver in you.

The silent cabin is also mighty impressive as Maruti has done a lot of work on the NVH levels. By using additional sealants and sound deadening materials, the result is a cabin that feels premium. The steering wheel also adds to the driving pleasure as the top variants get a leather wrap around and feels great to hold. The steering wheel is small and the flat bottom makes it feel extremely sporty.The only downside is that the suspension feels a bit stiff at low speeds. But it feels fine at higher speeds and also keeps the composure of the car in check.

This is a fuel efficient car. The petrol manual should return around 13-14 km/l in the city 16-17 km/l on the highway. The AMT will be around 11-12 km/l in city and 15-16 km/l on the highway.The diesel manual will return 14-15 km/l in the city and 22-23 km/l on the highway. The AMT will return 13-14 km/l in city and 20-22 km/l on the highway. These are in real driving conditions.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Rideing

The Swift has enjoyed segment best driving dynamics, both in its first and second generations. We are happy to say that even with the 3rd generation, the Swift hasn’t lost its soul and still manages to put a smile on your face once you get behind the wheel. The all new Swift is lighter in weight by nearly 40 kgs and courtesy of the new HEARTECT platform, the body structure is more rigid due to use of high and ultra-high tensile steel. This has managed to improve driving dynamics by quite a margin. The diesel Swift’s steering offers terrific feedback at both low and high speeds and is well-centred. This car loves to be pushed around corners and performs beautifully around the twisties. The steering weighs up well at high speeds and is very predictable.

Even sudden changes in direction don’t unsettle the car. The tyres offer tons of grip and tend to understeer on extremely hard cornering, something which the end customer will seldom do. The all new Swift surprised us with the ride quality. The suspension has been tuned towards the stiffer side but Maruti has managed to strike the balance quite well. To elaborate, the suspension manages to filter the undulations without passing them onto the cabin. Even though it is stiffer than before, it doesn’t get choppy on bad roads. The rear tends to get bouncy on bad roads but overall there is a vast improvement from the previous generation car. However, the petrol-powered Swift does not have the same steering feel as in the diesel and feels less enthusiastic in terms of cornering abilities mainly because it is lighter than its diesel counterpart. Ride quality is not all that great definitely not as good as the diesel’s.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

The new Swift will be available in 4 variants – L, V, Z, and Z+. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, front seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters, and Isofix child seat anchors are standard across the variant lineup. AMT will be available in the V and Z variants only. The top Z+ variant of the Swift gets the following features:The 2018 Swift gets dual airbags, ABS and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard across the range. The Standard and Safety pack variants of the Swift (both with six airbags) scored 3 and 4 stars respectively in the Euro NCAP crash tests. In a first, the Indian model will get dual front airbags as standard across all the variants of the Swift which is a welcome move by the country’s largest automaker. The carmaker has a good reach of after-sales network across every nook and corner of the country and this will play a vital role in the new Swift being an instant hit with Indians.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Swift Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,02,075/- (Swift LXI) to 8,29,000/- (Swift ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Swift from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Swift price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Swift Bottomline

The Maruti Swift has been a hit in the Indian market in the past and nothing much is going to change with the third-generation car. We reckon that Maruti will price it competitively and there could be a price overlap with its elder sibling, the Baleno. However, the Swift customer is more of an enthusiast and someone who wants an engaging car to drive. The all new Swift is a vast improvement in practically every department and looks to be just another success story for Maruti with its quality interiors, a long list of features, potent engines and now with the option of automatic, it makes a very practical buy in the hatchback segment. Something on which both the mind and heart agree on.

Jaguar XE Facelift Review & First Drive

Jaguar XE Overview

Jaguar’s smallest sedan is the new XE. This is an all new sedan that has been built from scratch. The Jaguar XE is smaller than the XF and it is a new product that will be competing in a range that has higher volumes. Based on an all aluminium platform, the XE is extremely light making it highly dynamic. This means it has good performance and even good fuel efficiency. The XE has been launched with a 2.0-litre petrol engine that will be coming in two states of tunes.  For information on contact details of Jaguar car dealers in Pune

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Jaguar XE Look

Jaguar XE has an agile look and is designed to make it a head turner when it is driven on the road. Jaguar XE features include a length of 4795mm and a width of 2075mm and come with body colored bumpers. The engine grill has a beautiful perforated design that is bordered with a chromium strip and the logo of the company inscribed in the middle. The headlight cluster is big and powerful and are equipped with halogen lamps for the Pure trim whereas, the Portfolio trim is equipped with bi-functional HID Xenon headlamps along with headlamp power wash function. To cool the powerful engine quickly, it has a big black color perforated air dam along with two black color air vents to dry the brakes. Looking at its side profile, you will notice silver encrusted air vents, body colored ORVM caps (with integrated turn lamps) and door handles along with uniquely designed fenders, which houses 17-inch silver alloy rims mounted by tubeless radial tyres. The rear profile of this car reinforces the athletic look of its front. Jaguar XE Colors available in the market include, Ebony Black and Polaris White. If you want more variety, then you have to pay for some other colors like Ammonite Grey, Blue Fire, British Racing Green, Dark Sapphire Metallic, Glacier White, Italian racing Red, Odyssey Red, Osmium Blue, Quartzite, Rhodium Silver, Ultimate Black, Black Cherry, Celestial Black, Ingot, Storm Grey, and Tempest Grey.

Jaguar XE Comfort

The sporty and understated design philosophy of the exterior has trickled down to the interiors as well. It shares some beautiful elements with the big daddy XJ like the ‘Riva Loop’ which is a continuous band of trim running around the dashboard and connecting the front doors. The dashboard itself sports a clean design with the touchscreen infotainment system taking centre stage. The AC controls are neatly laid out with buttons being of adequate size. Speaking of buttons, it is slightly disappointing to hear a click sound from many buttons. It robs away some of the premium experience and Jaguar could have used better buttons.

The overall interior quality is very good in the Jaguar XE. The front seats offer excellent support and are well cushioned. The rear seat is a little tight in terms of headroom for tall passenger owing to the sloping roofline but is otherwise very comfortable. The under thigh support and legroom is good for any passenger below 5’10”. However, a third passenger would not be comfortable due to the tall transmission tunnel and protruding rear AC vents.

The boot is very practical due to its flat and wide floor. The spare tyre is tucked away under the floor unlike the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3-Series which makes all the boot space usable. The infotainment system is much improved over the previous iterations seen in other Jaguar cars but it still isn’t the best in trade. A very neat party trick in the Jaguar XE is the 360 degree camera which is the best we have ever seen in a car. It works very well to show the complete surroundings of the car and makes parking in tight spaces a breeze. The Meridian sound system will satisfy the audiophile in you by providing good music quality.

Jaguar XE Gearbox

The punchy nature of the engine is more in keeping with the XE’s sporty pretensions. The engine feels quicker than its 9-second 0-100kph time would suggest and kickdown acceleration is good too, though its rivals are faster still. The engine bunches up its power for release at 2000rpm and till 4000rpm, progress is strong. You can rev on and even hold gear at the 4900rpm limiter in manual mode but the eight-speed gearbox does such a nice job of things on its own, you’ll be happy to let it do its thing. In Dynamic drive mode, the gearbox gets the best out of the engine by selecting the ratio that keeps revs near the 2000rpm mark. Resultantly, there’s no delay in the build of power and the XE just lunges forward as and when you need it to. The XE also adapts well to a relaxed driving style. The gearbox keeps engine revs and noise levels low. It’s just that the engine isn’t as quiet as it ought to be. Throttle inputs are usually accompanied by a grumble from the engine and there’s a drone in the mid-range too. You just won’t get the same sense of calm in the cabin as you would in the beautifully insulated A4 35TDI, though a BMW 320d is noisier still.

It’s actually the 320d that the XE 20d can be best clubbed together. Both cars are designed to put the driver at the heart of the action. And like its petrol siblings, the XE diesel succeeds in this quest, and how. The steering is straight up incredible and there is a very natural balance in the chassis that makes the XE a joy to drive on curvy roads. Yup, we can’t wait to bring it head-to-head with a Bimmer either. Ride quality, again like the petrols, is really good too. There is a great balance between body movement arresting firmness and ride-enhancing suppleness in the suspension setup, and only on occasion will the XE thud and thump on our roads.

Jaguar XE Driving

The ride of the XE is smooth. It has been tuned for better handling, but for India it has tweaked for better ride also. Drive on broken tarmac or even at high speeds. It irons out most of the road shocks for front and rear passengers making it extremely comfortable for the occupants. The handling of the XE is just fantastic. What makes it even better is the steering feedback. The steering wheel weighs up as speed increases. Most of the sedans in this segment now have electronic steering wheel that is extremely light and kills the joy for those who enjoy driving

Jaguar XE Safety

Standard safety features on the 2017 XE include stability and traction control, front-seat side and side curtain airbags, and hazard lights that automatically activate under heavy braking. A rearview camera is standard on the Premium trim level and above, while the R-Sport further comes with drowsy driver monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning, and forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking.

The R-Sport trim’s standard front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert can be added to the Premium or Prestige trim via a Vision package (which also adds the adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high beams). As noted above, there’s also a Driver Assistance package (R-Sport) with additional safety technologies.

Every XE comes with InControl Protect (including SOS emergency calling, Jaguar roadside assistance and stolen vehicle location) and InControl Remote (a smartphone app with vehicle status reports, remote locking and unlocking, and other remote features).

Jaguar XE Price in Hyderabad

Jaguar Xe Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 35,83,042/- (XE Pure) to 44,70,470/- (XE Portfolio Diesel). Get best offers for Jaguar Xe from Jaguar Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Jaguar XE price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Jaguar XE Conclusion

Jaguar is the last one to introduce an entry-level sedan amongst its peers but it has used its time very well. The XE is an excellent package combining practicality, sportiness and comfort. The engine combined with the gearbox and driving dynamics will ensure that the enthusiast in you is satisfied whereas the comfort level will ensure that the other passengers are comfortable too. It has truly shaken up the segment with the only fly in the ointment being the high price. It is priced at a quite a premium over the Mercedes C200 but we would say it is well worth the premium. The British brand has indeed succeeded in making the baby Jag the best driver’s sedan in its segment.