Audi Q7 Price & Peformance

OVERVIEW ;

The Q7 was the first SUV in Audi’s portfolio, introducing the Q moniker in the family in 2005. The first generation Q7 made a big impact in the luxury SUV segment across the globe and specially in the Indian car market. However, the first generation Q7 was getting quite dated off late amongst the newly updated Europeans but now Audi has finally launched the second generation model in India. The new Audi Q7 gets drastic changes inside out and we explore the new German to see if it really has what it takes.

EXTERIORS ;

This stunner has the same body structure like its outgoing model. However, there are significant improvements on all the facets, especially on its front profile. Its hexagonal radiator grille now gets a thick surround. Also, it has a matte finish, that is rendering it a dynamic character. On either sides, it has a sleek headlight cluster with improved lighting design. This carries LED headlamps, indicators, static turning lights and headlight cleaning system as well. Also, there are double arrow shaped daytime running lights, which further adds to its style. Both the front and rear bumpers are redesigned for a more masculine look. On its sides, there are fenders with curvy detailing and fitted with new design alloy wheels. It is equipped with body colored ORVMs along with door handles and aluminum roof rails. As for the rear, the LED taillight cluster is reshaped and equipped with dynamic indicators. Apart from these, all the other cosmetics are retained from its outgoing model. Also, it has a rear spoiler that compliments its exclusivity.

INTERIORS ;

The interiors of the new-gen Q7 are a big step forward and a major change in design from other Audis. The AC vents run across from the centre console to the left side end. The large AC vent has diffused air and it doesn’t focus into your face. The large Audi MMI screen pops up on press of a button. this doesn’t have a touchscreen but has a high definition display. After being so used to the similar Audi interior this is a welcome change. The brown leather wrapper steering wheel with even the dashboard gets this rich leather. The instrument binnacle is made of a LED screen with two small dials on both the sides for temperature and fuel gauge.

The gear lever is also wrapped in this leather. The lever is thick and it can shift modes with a glide from your palm. The MMI has a large touchpad as well. The rotor doesn’t get the four buttons, rather two that slide forth and back. With regards to space, this gen is a more spacious than the outgoing one. The second row of seats can slide back and forth to adjust the knee room for the third row. Our press demonstrator came with a spare tyre that was attached in the boot. This means only one seat in the third row. The all round visibility of the Q7 and the panoramic sunroof makes it great to drive in city.

PERFORMANCE ;

The Q7 gets both diesel and petrol engine options under its hood. The most powerful engine that is available with the Q7 is a 3.0 Litre TDI unit which produces about 272 Hp of peak power and 600 Nm of torque. This engine unit helps the Q7 to accelerate from 0-100 Km/h mark in just 6.3 seconds while it has a top speed of 234 km/h mark. While the 3.0 Litre TFSI unit produces about 333 Hp of peak power and 440 Nm of torque. This engine unit helps Q7 to accelerate from 0-100 km/h mark in just 6.1 seconds while it has a top speed of 250 Km/h mark.There is also a second variant of the 3.0 Litre TDI also on offer which produces about 218 Bhp of peak power and 500 Nm of torque. While Audi will also offer a smaller 2.0 Litre TFSI engine which will produces about 252 Hp of peak power and 370 Nm of torque which has been specially designed for the Asian and the markets of USA.

What is even more interesting is the fact that the Q7 will also be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the electric motor will be mated to a diesel unit. The diesel unit in particular will produce 258 Hp of peak power while the electric motor will separately develop about 94 Kw of power. Together the e-tron Q7 will deliver about 373 hp of peak power.Beside just the new powertrain option the Q7 also gets a newly developed, eight-speed tiptronic transmission which supplies power to all the 4 wheels.For the Indian market Audi has decided to launch the Q7 with the 3.0-liter TDI unit which is capable of producing about 272 Hp of peak power and 600 Nm of torque and like already mentioned above the engine is paired to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission which sends power to al the 4 wheels via the Audi Quattro all whel drive system.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Despite a curb weight of almost 5,000 pounds, the 2017 Audi Q7 is surprisingly maneuverable and nimble. Especially if the optional adaptive air suspension and four-wheel steering are specified, the Q7 drives as if it’s actually a size smaller, like Audi’s Q5. Even without the Adaptive Chassis option, though, the Q7 is sure-footed around turns and instills driver confidence thanks to strong, consistent brakes.This athleticism doesn’t come at the expense of ride quality, either. Rough pavement is effortlessly smoothed over, and the cabin remains blissfully quiet. When equipped with the V6, accelerating to highway speeds or passing is easy, and the responsive eight-speed transmission is a nice added touch. We haven’t had the opportunity to test the four-cylinder Q7 yet, but we will update the review with full details once we get behind the wheelJust as significant as what the driver can draw from the Q7 is what the car can do on its own. Combining existing technologies such as lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward-looking cameras and navigation information, the Q7 can help drivers considerably during congested freeway commutes or vast, unpopulated highway stretches by doing much of the driving on its own.

SAFETY AND SECURITY ;

There is a long list of protective facilities available in this model series, which gives maximum protection to the occupants sitting inside the cabin. All the seats have three point inertia seat belts with height adjustment, force limiter and pyrotechnic belt tensioners. There is also ISOFIX child seat mounting available for front passenger seat. This vehicle has full size driver and front passenger airbags with two stage deployment. It also has rear side airbags, while the head airbag system gives side impact protection to its occupants. The highly developed anti theft alarm system includes tow away protection and includes interior monitoring of doors, engine as well as luggage compartment. It includes reversing camera that shows the image on MMI display. The first aid kit is also available, which is quite useful in case of any untoward incident while driving. In addition to these, it includes a day and night anti glare internal rear view mirror, power door locks, tool kit and jack, tyre pressure monitoring display, crash sensor and an engine check warning. All these significant aspects makes it one of the safest vehicles in the country.

VERDICT ;

After driving the new Audi Q7 extensively, we have realised that the German carmaker is targeting a wider audience. That’s because the new Q7 has a multifaceted character that covers most of the important aspects. For instance, it is suitable for the station wagon loving European market offering great practicality and space but with the driving feel of a sedan. The Q7 also manages to conquer rough terrains very well with its hi-tech quattro system, so buyers looking for a capable off-roader can consider the Q7. It is an extremely comfortable SUV for your family specially on Indian road conditions. The new Q7 is quite big in size but once you get behind the wheel, it’s not an intimidating SUV to drive and instead quite fun with its sorted dynamics. Anyone from any age group be it young or old, male or female can easily adapt to the driving manners of the new Q7. However, we still miss the muscular and butch appearance of the outgoing Q7. Otherwise, the new Audi Q7 is a gem of an SUV in this price bracket.

 

BMW i8 Review & Transmission

OVERVIEW ;

Your first impression when you watch the BMW i8 would be “WOW, What a car!” Launched in India in February 2015, there are two reasons for the car’s popularity. The first one is that this is the costliest car to roll out in India from the Bavarian Motor Works stable. The BMW i8price tag is INR 2.62 crores. Secondly, this is the first offering by BMW that boasts of TwinPower technology and an electric motor.The recipient of the World Green Car Award in 2015, the BMW i8 has some fantastic features that offer you the ultimate in luxury and comfort. We shall look at the BMW i8 features in detail in the following paragraphs. One of the smartest looking cars in the market, the BMW i8 specifications are a dream. You have the most innovative driving technology on display that makes the BMW i8 performance absolutely stunning. Possessing one of the strongest engines in the auto industry, the BMW i8 transmission system is of the highest quality. The BMW i8 images show magnificent exteriors. Very few cars can match the BMW i8 interiors. This sophisticated vehicle has some of the stringiest safety requirements making this car the King as far as BMW i8 braking and safety is concerned. The combination of the petrol and electric motor works like a dream with a peak BMW i8 mileage of 47.45 kmpl. The sophisticated technology ensures that you have the best BMW i8 handling experience ever. Overall, one can surely state that the BMW i8 is a car par excellence.

EXTERIORS ;

Describing the exteriors of the BMW i8 isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are multiple design cues, curves and lines. The i8 looks unlike any other car from the BMW stable. You still get the kidney grille at the front which gets blue surrounds. Next to the grille are the thin and sharp headlamps which also look very discrete. The front bumper has a flowing design and it blends seamlessly with the fenders. The side profile is where much of the action is. The scissor doors are the party piece of the i8 and the door handles are concealed slightly out of sight. Another eye-catcher on the side are the razor alloy wheels. Things get even more dramatic at the rear with the bumper getting a very busy and in-your-face design while the tail lamps carry a bold look. Not to forget, there is an abundance of blue accents all around the car.

INTERIORS ;

Another area where the designers were free to style the car. The way the exterior looks, some of that charisma goes missing on the inside. Well, it does stand out from the other BMWs and it is quite technologically advanced. The centre console has a large single AC vent and a large tab-like screen above it. Underneath is this the same climate control, gear knob and iDrive system we find on any other BMW. There isn’t much of a change in the quality and other aspect.The steering wheel is all new and the design is borrowed from the i-range. The i3 also has a similar steering wheel and somewhat similar instrument cluster. There aren’t many elements on the inside that makes the i8 so WOW! on the inside. The seats are similar to the i family, though these hug you and provide better grip. The rear seats, well they are indeed for kids. I as a six-footer tried to sit back making it extremely difficult to move into the position and then step out. The boot is just like a super car, can hold only your boots. This is what makes it like a super car and to be honest I like it. You do not buy an i8 to go out and buy weekend groceries. Its a weekend car for two only.

PERFORMANCE ;

Power for the 2017 BMW i8 comes from a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a 7.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The gas engine drives the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, while the electric motor powers the front wheels through an integrated two-speed automatic. Taken together, these two sources produce 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque in an all-wheel-drive configuration.During Edmunds testing, a European-spec BMW i8 sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, a relatively quick time that’s nonetheless eclipsed by a number of non-hybrid sports cars on the market.The i8’s battery pack can be fully recharged at home through a standard 120-volt garage outlet in about 3.5 hours. Upgrade to a 240-volt charger (or visit a public Level 2 charging station) and you can trim the time down to about 1.5 hours. EPA energy-efficiency estimates for the i8 include 15 miles of electric-only range and a combined (city/highway) fuel economy rating of 28 mpg when the gas engine comes into play. Total driving range is estimated at 330 miles. The EPA also rated the BMW i8 at 76 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent), factoring in both gas and electric operation.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

As with any other sports car, the BMW i8 has a stiffly sprung suspension and it gets even stiffer in Sport mode. The car also has a low ground clearance of 117 mm and thus you need to be super careful on uneven speed breakers and sharp craters on our roads. The car comes with a staggered wheel set up and I honestly found the tyres to have excellent grip levels. The steering is one of the best ones I’ve ever encountered. It is superbly direct and precise and offers tons of feedback too. The chassis feels very tight and the i8 is an extremely fun car to tackle corners in. Braking is impressive and the i8 has good stopping power, shedding speeds without any drama.

SAFETY AND SECURITY ;

This luxury sports car gets all the innovative safety aspects that ensures maximized protection to the occupants inside. The company has constructed it with carbon fibre reinforced plastic, which is light, stable and enhances the safety of the occupants inside. It also has an advanced traction control programs that monitors the traction of individual wheels and prevents the loss of traction to improve stability. Apart from these, this car has features including acoustic protection for pedestrians, anti theft package with alarm, intelligent LED light system, eight airbags, ABS with brake assist function, dynamic stability control, electric parking brake, ISOFIX child seat mounting, tyre puncture repair kit and warning triangle with first aid kit.

VERDICT ;

The BMW i8 is not the perfect sportscar — others will thrill you more. Nor is it the perfect eco-mobility solution — you have to be quite controlled with your driving to achieve those amazing claimed range figures. But it is a superb combination of the two, and it’s wrapped in an incredibly desirable and futuristic package. What’s more, these days being environmentally conscious is very fashionable, and what better way to make a statement than with a sexy hybrid sportscar. For all its high tech though, at Rs 2.29 crore (ex-showroom, all-India), it is very expensive, especially when you consider that for the same money, you could get a lot more performance (not to mention bigger thrills) in the form of a Jaguar F-type R, Porsche 911 Turbo or an Audi R8 V10. Still, there’s no doubt, that for a small few, this car’s futuristic styling, techie appeal and green credentials, will be a big draw.

 

 

Toyota Etios Cross Hatchback Overview

OVERVIEW ;

Toyota had cars in the 10 lakh segments. Vehicles like Corolla, Camry, Innova and the Fortuner, not to forget the super premium vehicles like the Land Cruiser and the Prado. Back in 2010 Toyota decided to launch 2 cars in the sub 10 lakh segment with the Etios and the Etios Liva. The Etios being the sedan and the Liva being the Hatch. Toyota wanted to enter the Crossover segment and the Toyota Etios Cross was the answer. Get On Road Price of  Etios Liva

The Toyota Etios Cross was launched in 2014. The body was similar to the Liva but with much more body cladding to challenge Robocop. Toyota being one of the brands known for their service and quality decide wanted to take market share in this segment too. Now little over half a decade over. Let’s have a look as what is in store for us.

DXTERIORS AND DESIGN ;

Etios Cross is the third cross to enter Indian shores after similar styled Fabia and Polo. While the Polo is the smartest looking hatch and Fabia can still make way with its international styling, the Etios Liva unfortunately has nothing to boast of.Plastic claddings, aluminum finished bash plates and a bold name, this is the perfect recipe for a crossover hatchback. Toyota has done the same with Etios Cross. The front face has a handle bar moustache looking grille. Turn indicators have been clubbed with fog lamps. It also gets a skid plate positioned below the front bumper. The hood gets a strong rib section flowing in the middle. Request test drive for Etios in Cazprice

Diamond cut 15″ alloy wheels on the Etios Cross is standard. The new alloy wheels have made the ground clearance rise by 4mm. The wheelbase has been retained whereas the overall dimensions have grown cause of the matte plastic claddings all over. The electrically adjustable ORVMs also get turn indicators. Unlike the Cross Polo, which just gets a sticker, this one gets its name etched on the plastic cladding. It also gets contrasting silver roof rails.

It gets a roof mounted spoiler and the name Etios Cross written in bold on the rear tail gate. Similar to the skid plate on the front bumper, the rear too gets one. Toyota has launched the Etios Cross in 8 different colors. Personally, a yellow would have done for me but then my choice among the different shades would be the Orange and Blue. Even though it is supposed to be an adventurous looking car, it does not come across as an attractive looking car. The brand perception won’t change unless these cars get a complete makeover.

INTERIORS AND SPACE ;

Step inside the Etios Cross and you find yourself in a familiar cabin. The layout of the dashboard hasn’t changed which is dissapointing as the centrally mounted instrument cluster is still not easy to read on the move. That said, the cabin looks much improved thanks to the use of piano black inserts on the doors, instrument cluster and centre console. Quality inside seems improved as well but is still not up to Toyota’s legendary standards. Our test car which had done only 130 kms showed signs of rattling over bad roads, which can be attributed to the light weight of the vehicle.

The other change to the interiors is the Etios Cross badging on the seats. There is ample amount of room inside the cabin, with rear seat passengers having enough space to stretch out in utmost comfort. Even the seats offer good support making the Etios a comfortable car to be in. The boot is reasonably big at 251-litres and it’s when you close the boot lid do you realise the Etios is a very light car. Toyota is offering the Etios Cross in 4 variants – G, V, GD and VD. All variants get a 2-DIN audio system with MP3, FM and USB functions but the top-spec trim also gets steering mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity. The Etios Cross comes loaded with quite a few features even on the base trim but the lack of internally adjustable ORVMs is a shocking omission.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

Toyota Etios Cross is being offered in both gasoline as well as a diesel guise. The base variant G, out of the total two variants in the petrol fuel trim, in-houses a 1.2-litre motor that returns a maximum power of 7800rpm at 5600rpm. It is a 4-cylinder, 16-Valve, 1197cc DOHC enabled engine which is also responsible for the generation of maximum torque of 104Nm at 3100rpm. It is mated to company’s traditional 5-speed manual transmission in order to maximize fuel efficiency and performance. On the other hand, the remaining top-end variant V in the petrol fuel trim carries a much powerful and agile powertrain. It comes loaded with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, 16-Valve mill that belts out an incredible power output of 88bhp at 5600rpm along with a peak torque performance of 132Nm att 3000rpm. It carries a displacement of 1496cc and also DOHC enabled. It is too coupled with the same 5-speed manual transmission but to ensure high performance and acceleration.

The compact crossover also comes in diesel avatar and under the hood; it sports a 1.4-litre D-4D motor that produces a maximum power of 67bhp at 3800rpm. It is a 4-cylinder, 2-valves per cylinder (8-Valves), 1364cc, SOHC enabled Common Rail engine with Intercooler who also churns out a peak torque of 170Nm at 1800 – 2400rpm. The company has mated the engine with its conventional 5-speed manual gearbox for the sake of enthralling mileage figures.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Toyota’s motives are clear here. A car that can take you from point A to point B. There can’t be anything more clear than the 900 km range for the diesel. The steering is super light and the suspension super soft. But on the flip side the soft suspension and the 170 mm ground clearance make the car top heavy on corners and give a bit of body roll. Though it makes it very easy to ride in daily traffic and highway drives too are good but you can’t push the car around too hard.

The diesel engine is a bit noisy if pushed too hard. If we compare the petrol to the diesel, the petrol is better for quick city stints. And the diesel is an effortless mile muncher, at the same time the diesel has taller gears thanks to the enormous torque hence leading to lesser gear shifts. The option of 1.2 and 1.5 petrol gives you a choice between efficiency and performance. The ease of driving is only proven by the no of cars used by a lot of women drivers.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

The Etios Cross also has been equipped with ABS and EBD.The fog lamps offer better visibility during bad weather conditions. The vehicle also has been fitted with front airbags for driver and passenger, plus bars side impact protection. It also has alarm on all doors beside the engine immobilizer system for anti theft security.

VERDICT ;

The Etios Cross isn’t much different than the regular Etios Liva, as it carries the same underpinnings and engines. With unchanged mechanicals, the performance and dynamics are almost the same. However the Etios Cross is a car which has some attitude and muscularity. While it still isn’t the most polished when it comes to interior design and overall quality, the Etios Cross comes across as a much more appealing Etios. Coming at quite the premium, the Etios Cross is without doubt the best version of the Etios yet but not really worth buying over better cars at that price.

 

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Design & Style

OVERVIEW

Maruti’s small cars are always much-awaited and come pre-loaded with market-shaking potential. It is, however, true that after the Swift, there hasn’t been a hatchback from Maruti-Suzuki that has really rocked the passenger car market. Get Price of Celerio in Carzprice

But, the next small car from Maruti – the Celerio, due out at the Auto Expo next week, looks like it can disrupt the market.

The Celerio has been developed from the ground up on a completely new platform and has been endowed with a special automatic gearbox that Maruti officials believe with revolutionise the way we drive. The design of the Celerio is based on the A-Wind concept that Suzuki showcased at the Thai Auto show.

This new hatch has been built to fit into and complement Maruti’s portfolio of small cars, but it is also meant to take on new competitors in the segment such as the Hyundai Grand i10. The Celerio is just a bit smaller than the Grand i10 in terms of length and width, but matches the wheelbase and is even a bit taller than the latter. Book test drive for Celerio in Cazprice

EXTERIORS

From various angles the Celerio brings to mind the Toyota Etios Liva, especially that smiling grille with the twin smiling slats flanking the Suzuki Logo. In fact, if you took off the Suzuki logo and replaced it with a Toyota badge you could easily fool anyone into mistaking this car for the latter. As it is, driving this car on the busy roads around Jodhpur did not elicit much interest from the very people who would in the near future be buying this car, the aam janta! And let me tell you in the past there hasn’t been a single new car that hasn’t grabbed attention on these drives.

At the front, the bumper is a strong element of the design and looks sturdy and well-sculpted, though the inverted curve to the lower air dam and the single fog lamps scooped inside the bumper continue to remind you of the Etios Liva. I like the hood which has this slight clamshell effect to it and gives the Celerio a sporty character.

The side profile is sculpted with two sweeping character lines that appear running parallel to each other. The one running along the shoulder starts at the fender and sweeps upwards towards the rear window with a sculpted kink. The outside rear view mirrors with integrated turn lamps and smaller indicator lamps on the fenders are the only ornaments that give this profile a sparkle. The rear is my least favourite area. The tallish tail lamps look a bit out of place, though the chunky bumpers look quite in sync with the rest of the body shell. The rear tail gate can only be accessed from the outside and not from within the car.

Where dimensions are concerned, the Celerio is comfortably long and wide, though to put it in comparison, it’s shorter in length than the Hyundai Grand i10 though taller by a few inches. At 2.425 metres, however, both hatchbacks share the same wheelbase and that also means the Celerio has substantial amounts of interior space, especially knee room, just like the Grand i10.

INTERIORS

As with the exterior, Maruti has played it very safe with the cabin. The two-tone dashboard uses a rather basic design, and though the instrument cluster is easy to read, it looks very bland. Plastic quality is good, but still not up there with Hyundai. It scores decently on practicality too, and though the front door pockets are slim, the rear ones house bottle holders. There’s another bottle holder between the front seats, a pair of cupholders near the gear lever and a medium-size glovebox. For luggage, you have 235 litres once you get past the tall loading lip, but you can also split-fold the seat for even more room.

Space is a strong point of the Celerio, with good headroom in all seats. Three adults in the back is a bit of a squeeze, but legroom is decent, and you get a good sense of space too. Apart from a slightly short seat squab and the low-set, fixed head restraints, the seats are really comfortable as well. Even the fixed-headrest front seats, though they don’t look the plushest, serve up a good mix of softness and support. The equipment level is acceptable and this ZDi (O) gets features like Bluetooth, driver’s seat height adjustment, steering-mounted controls, electrically adjustable mirrors, ABS and two airbags.

PERFORMANCE

The Celerio is being offered only with a petrol engine, though there are rumours already that Maruti Suzuki has developed a small, diesel engine in-house for use in the car. The same may be showcased at the Expo and potentially make it to showrooms late this year or early next year.

The engine that the Celerio will be launched with is the same one-litre K 10B engine that is currently available in the A-Star, Alto K10 and the Wagon-R. The engine is being offered in the same state of tune too. (See the Tech Spec box for more info.)

The story of the Celerio is actually inside the bonnet, but if the engine is a carry over, then what is different?

It is the new automatic gearbox that Maruti and Suzuki engineers have developed specially for the car, and which promises to be frugal both in terms of costs and in terms of fuel consumption. The new EZ Drive auto gear shift promises to do just that shift the gears on your behalf and it is a unique solution that is going to lead to a lot of clones cropping up amongst competitors. (Read more about it in the adjoining story).

The Celerio drives like a perfect city car. For an engine in this class, there is enough power and torque available on tap for all sorts of urban driving conditions and some more for the average highway cycle. The car is also offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

DRIVING

The suspension is soft enough to iron out road imperfections but the light car that it is, allows Maruti to keep the tune stiff enough for the Celerio to feel composed at high speeds. You don’t feel as nervous north of 100kmph in the Celerio as you would in an i10. The Celerio is a predictable handler too, fun to chuck around corners when you pick up the pace but the tyres could have offered more grip, especially in the diesel as there is more weight up front.

It is a given that a Maruti has to be an easy car to use in the city, and with the Celerio it’s no different. Light steering and good visibility out of the cabin coupled with nearly straight lined sides make for some precision driving when you are weaving through traffic. If there is one drawback in the diesel, it’s the lack of low end punch.

BOTOMLINE

The Celerio CNG is one of the most affordable hatchback in its segment and is the perfect package. The Wagon R’s interiors have started to look aged and the Celerio is a better option to pick as you will look at keeping the car for a period of three to five years. At the price and the mileage, Celerio CNG is a great buy. Wish it was also available in the ZXi variant also

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift First Drive

OVERVIEW ;

In 1998 Tata launched India’s 1st Indigenous SUV the Tata Safari. Mahindra was not a brand to settle and for a viewing seat. So in 2002 Mahindra launched the 2nd indigenous SUV in India called the Scorpio. This car was more focussed on style than hardcore SUV capabilities. Mahindra Scorpio has developed a great fan following.It is a lot more efficient now and the price remains the same too. With a lot of improvements the Scorpio is almost a new vehicle. Let us check what all is new in the Mahindra Scorpio. Find best offers on Scorpio

EXTERIORS AND STYLE ;

M&M has retained the body of the old car, though most of the panels, except for the roof and doors, are new. The overall proportions are still lopsided, thanks to the excessive height and narrow width of the body (which has an effect on the driving dynamics) and it’s easily recognisable as a Scorpio.It’s the nose that is truly all new and gives the Scorpio a fresh face. The big fan-shaped grille has been replaced with a slimmer but wider design with distinctive looking ‘dagger-shaped’ chrome strips. The headlamp cluster is also superbly designed, with a neat LED strip sitting above the projector lamps. We also loved the way the smart-looking skid plate has been integrated into the tough-looking bumpers. The bonnet scoop adds a sporty touch, apart from feeding cool air directly to the air-to-air intercooler.

From the side, the carryover doors and windows make the changes less obvious and the old-fashioned rain channels betray the Scorpio’s vintage.There’s new plastic cladding and a cheesy looking faux vent behind the wheel arch, which don’t really work, but the larger 17-inch wheels do improve the Scorpio’s stance.The plastic cladding on the tailgate with an inset chrome garnish for the number plate do a good job of making the upright Scorpio look less slab-sided from the rear. The tail-lights with their LEDs and clear glass are another design highlight.

Given the limitations the designers had, it’s fair to say they’ve done a pretty good job. The new Scorpio looks far more sophisticated than before, though we are not sure how well this would go down with traditional Scorpio owners. The big changes though are below the body and centre on the all-new ladder or body-on-frame chassis that will underpin future Mahindras. The new chassis is far stiffer and stronger than before, and is designed to meet future crash regulations. The limitations of the body didn’t allow the wheelbase to be altered, though the new chassis can be stretched and widened to suit the dimensions of future models.

INTERIORS AND SPACE ;

Step inside the Scorpio facelift and there is hardly anything that an individual can relate with the previous model. The cabin seems to be extremely advanced and up-market, with an array of never-seen-before sophisticated and contemporary features. To begin with, the SUV has an all-new dual tone black and beige dashboard with new blue-grey interior scheme. The conventional and old-fashioned faux-wooden finish for AC vents and centre console have gone for a toss in favour of new chrome finished A/C vents and premium looking centre console and needless to say, both these upgrades lift the overall ambiance of the cabin tremendously. The new centre console displays all vital informations’ related to gear position, trip distance, fuel and temperature. There is a new steering wheel with audio controls and cruise control mounted on it which is being sourced directly from the elder sibling XUV 500. Vouching for decent comfort and convenience inside the cabin, viola! Mahindra Scorpio comes loaded with an array of such dynamic features which rejuvenates an individual inside out. Some of the prominent ones present in the SUV are Fully automatic temperature control (FATC), Height adjustable driver’s seat, Front centre arm rest, 12V accessory sockets for front and middle rows, Smart rain and light sensors and Reverse parking sensors. By no means, Mahindra intends to hurt the sentiments of music and technology lovers as it has incorporated a new Hi-Tech 6-inch touch screen infotainment system with inbuilt GPS

Navigation/Bluetooth/CD/DVD/USB/Aux in the top-end variant S10. However, the mid-level variants like S6, S6+ and S8 haven’t been left out as they consist of a 2 Din Audio System with CD/USB/AUX with speakers and tweeters as standard features. On the contrary, the entry-level variant S2 seems to be quite lacklustre and impotent as it barely boasts anything in terms of comfort and convenience stuff.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

The new Scorpio is powered by either one of two engines, a 2523cc four-pot that makes 75bhp and 200Nm or a 2179cc common-rail diesel with 120bhp and 280Nm. The S10 you see on these pages is powered by the latter and remains old-school in providing drive primarily to the rear wheels, with the fronts getting power as well in the 4WD version. It is a tractable engine, and combined with the slick-shifting gearbox, one can keep a good pace going. It is rated at 15.4kmpl, which is strangely more than the XUV’s. However, it exceeds the Safari Storme’s ARAI figure but lags behind the Duster/Terrano twins by a significant amount. The Scorpio’s engine has a little turbo lag, but things are moving nicely along by the time 1800rpm comes around, and it will rev happily to its redline beyond 4000rpm but there’s no real gain beyond 3000rpm. Keep the revs between 2000 and 3000 rpm, and the Scorpio moves along at a surprising pace. There is no automatic or petrol option available at this point in time. The turning radius of the 2WD model has been reduced to 5.4m but the 4WD remains the same as before at 5.7

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Another huge change on the new Mahindra Scorpio is the chassis. It still is a body-on-ladder frame SUV but the ladder frame has been completely revised for the new model. The frame is lighter and doubly stiff as compared to the older Scorpio. The wheelbase has been kept the same but the tracks – front and rear – are wider in order to reduce the turning circle as well as improve stability. What’s more, the suspension geometry has been altered, there are new more effective dampers and there’s even an anti-roll bar now at the rear. And of course the new Scorpio now runs 17 inch wheels instead of 16 inchers.On the road, the new Scorpio feels better tied down now. There’s still some side to side movement and the ride quality over broken roads is still jiggly, but it isn’t uncomfortable. The ride is also quieter and the increase in travel along with bigger wheels makes the new Mahindra Scorpio almost invincible over pot holes, no matter how huge. As for ease of driving, the shorter turning circle makes it easier to manoeuvre; the visibility is still great upfront and from the sides and via the large ORVMs; and with reverse parking sensors (in this the S10 trim), parking is a non-issue too.

One of the big issues with the older Scorpio was its unrefined dynamics. Even though various improvements were made over its near decade and a half long lifespan, the handling and braking of the Scorpio was never really secure. Now with the new chassis, new track lengths and significant suspension changes, the new Mahindra Scorpio feels a lot more planted. It’s still not a handling or braking benchmark, but you can finally push it hard without a prayer. The steering response is acceptable and even though the Scorpio still rolls and dives, the movements aren’t alarmingly high. The brake feel has improved and the new Scorpio displays less tendency now to swing about under hard braking.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

The outgoing Scorpio did feature a longlist of comfort features such as rain sensingwipers, auto lights, tyre pressure monitor,parking sensor, start-stop technology andmore. The new Scorpio carries forwardthese features as well. Safety features likedual-airbags and ABS will continue tobe offered, a new Panic Brake Indicationhas also been included. All the additionsand modifications will add to the pricebut we still think Mahindra will price itcompetitively. The number of variants hasincreased too, allowing buyers to choosethe model that suits them best.

CONCLUSSION ;

The Mahindra Scorpio facelift like we said will be launching towards the end of the year 2017 and most probably towards the festive season. The SUV will be getting mild updates to its exterior as well as interior while there won’t be any changes made under the hood. There is a slight possibility of Mahindra introducing a petrol variant alongside the diesel version while it will surely get a new 6-speed automatic transmission as well.

Tata Tiago Hatchback Review & Test Drive

OVERVIEW ;

Tata Motors tasted success in the private car segment with the Indica when it was launched in 1998. The vehicle continues to be sold today but there was no replacement for it in spite of the Vista and later the Bolt coming along. This is solely because the Indica is largely sold to the commercial segment like fleet operators and thus isn’t appealing to private car buyers anymore. To fill this void, the company has developed an all new car which sits between the Nano and Bolt. Its most ambitious project of late, the Tata Tiago has been developed from scratch in just 3 years. After seeing it camouflaged since months and referring it to as Kite (codename), we finally get behind the wheel of what could be a game changer for the Indian auto giant. Get On Road Price of Tiago in Carzprice

EXTERIORS ;

Tata Motors has designed the Tiago with utmost diligence and have kept in mind that it is distinctly different than the Indica, but has even retained the essence and utility. It is not too sane (like the Indica was) nor too curvy (something like the Hyundai Eon is). In fact, it is the right mix of simpleness and boldness and this is where the Impact design language comes into the picture. Right from the time the Tata Tiago images have surfaced (much before the launch), there has been a great anticipation with the hatch. It has a wide mesh grille in the front section that flows into the swept back headlamps on either side. The lip spoiler holds the circular-shaped fog lamps. The side section of the car gets body-coloured door handles and ORVMs with turn indicators installed on them. There are a couple of defining character lines on both the sides, with one of them passing across through the door handles. The car rides on 13-inch alloy wheels. The rear portion is modern and houses wraparound but small tail light clusters and roof spoiler. The registration number plate is attached to the lower bumper and not at the tailgate. A total of six colour options are available. But out of all the Tata Tiago colours, the Peppy Orange may be the best. Book test drive for Tata Tiago in Cazprice

INTERIORS ;

The interior theme of the Tiago mimics that of its elder siblings, the Zest and the Bolt. Tata has spent a lot of time maximising cabin space and improving the quality — it does show.Amongst the first things you notice when you enter the cabin is the soothing black-grey theme that envelopes the dash. Tata tells us they have bid goodbye to beige for good, and we’re glad! The colour combo not only looks pleasing, but is easier to keep clean as well.The quality of plastics used in the interiors, especially on the top half of the dash is very, very good. There’s a dab of piano black on the centre console and on the surrounds of the side AC vents amongst other places. Tata says the side AC vents can be colour coordinated to the exteriors, which we think is a pretty cool touchA familiar Tata steering greets you as you get into the driver’s seat. The unit is chunky, feels good to hold, and gets controls for the audio and telephony. The wheel is fairly thick at the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock position that lets one get a firm grip. The steering can be adjusted for tilt.The two-pod instrument cluster looks like a downsized version of the one on the Bolt. A multi-information display (MID) sits in the centre with the pods housing the tachometer and the speedometer respectively. The MID can be used to cycle through information like time, trip distance, instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption and distance-to-empty. The tachometer has a cool trick up its sleeve — the needle turns red as you reach the redline!

The hexagonal theme continues on the inside too with the centre console. It houses a pair of AC vents and the Harman developed music system. The music system is coupled to 8-speakers and the output is fantastic, to say the least. The music system is easily the best we’ve heard in a budget hatch. The system can also double up as navigation when paired with a smartphone. By downloading the ‘Turn by Turn Navigation’ app, the system shows driving directions on the LCD screen. Another cool addition is the Juke car app, that creates a WiFi hotspot to which 10 phones can connect simultaneously. This can be used to stream music. Both the apps are unheard of in this segment.The controls for the air-conditioner sit below the centre console. There’s no automatic climate control, but, to be fair, none of its rivals has it either. Unlike the Grand i10, there are no rear AC vents. That said, performance from the AC is acceptable.The front seats are well contoured and offer a decent amount of support. Headrests aren’t the integrated kind thankfully, like in the Celerio or the Grand i10. People with larger builds might have a small issue with under thigh support, and find the footwell to be a tad cramped. This apart, the front bench is a nice place to be. The driver’s seat gets a healthy range for height adjustment too, which, coupled with the rake-adjustable steering makes it easy to get into a comfortable driving position.

The rear bench is best suited for two people. Accommodating three people, although possible, isn’t recommended. Shoulder room is just about enough with two and non-existent with three. The leg space is generous by small car standards and the Tiago comes a close second to the Grand i10. The backs of the front seats are scooped out to liberate some more space for the knees.You’ll find a total of 22 cubbyholes around the cabin. There’s plenty of storage space around the gear lever and it gets pockets on all four doors to store water bottles. The glovebox is deep and gets a chilling function too, just like the Grand i10. There are also little thoughtful touches like a small hook on the lower half of the dashboard, that can hold up to 2 kilos of groceries.The Tiago features one of the best-appointed interiors in the segment. The fit, finish and build quality is now in the league of the segment leader, the Grand i10. Segment firsts such as the 8-speaker Harman sound system and the associated apps round the package off nicely. Overall, it has a well-packaged interior with just the right amount of features one expects at this price point.

PERFORMANCE ;

Tata Tiago is likely to come available with the same powertrain options like its regular sibling, which include a 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine paired with a 5 speed manual transmission and churns out 85 PS of peak power at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque at 3500 rpm, while the 1.05 litre Revotorq engine does the duty under the hood of the diesel variant, which mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox generates 70 PS of peak power at 4000 rpm and 139 Nm of peak torque between 1800 rpm to 3000 rpm. The petrol and the diesel engine deliver the fuel economy of 23.84 kmpl and 27.28 kmpl of fuel efficiency respectively.Chevrolet Beat Activ is available in both petrol and diesel engine options, and it draws power from 1.2 litre SMARTECH petrol and 1.0 litre SMARTECH diesel engine, both of which gets mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and churns out 78 PS and 57 PS of peak power respectively, while the torque output stand at 106.5 Nm and 142.5 Nm respectively.

The 2016 Volkswagen Cross Polo comes with 1.2 litre MPI engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox which generates 74 bhp of peak power and 110 Nm of peak torque, while the 1.5 litre TDI diesel engine is paired with a 5 speed manual transmission and kicks out 88.73 bhp of peak power and 230 Nm of peak torque.The Toyota Etios Cross is powered by a range of engines which include 1.2 litre petrol engine generating 80 PS of peak power and 104 Nm of peak torque, a larger 1.5 litre petrol unit churning out 90 SP of peak power and 132 Nm of peak torque, and a 1.4 litre diesel engine which pumps out 68 SP of peak power and 170 Nm of peak torque.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Tata Motors has always found a good balance of ride and handling for its cars and the Tiago is no different. The suspension set-up is on the stiffer side (more so on the diesel with the extra weight) but the dual-path suspension and the tuning of the shock-ups is just right, ensuring even the worst of roads are dealt without ruffling a feather. Potholes or even jumping speed-breakers doesn’t affect the Tiago much and the ride quality is better on the petrol model but not by a mile. Straight line stability is good too and the vehicle remains composed at triple digit speeds, the Goodyear Assurance tyres offering surefooted grip levels.

The Tata Tiago has good handling with body roll being well contained but just like other Tata cars (UVs not included), understeer kicks in sharply once you up the speed through a corner. The understeer mostly comes up when you are driving fast around sharp bends with 75-degree plus turns, otherwise the car can be quite fun as the steering offers good feedback although it lacks some feel at the centre. The EPAS does centre quickly, thereby reducing effort when taking u-turns or parking. The brakes perform well to stop the car in its stride, no locking up thanks to Bosch’s 9th generation ABS with EBD, there is Corner Stability Control too.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

In terms of the braking, the Tata Tiago comes with disc brakes on the front wheels and drum units at the rear and this fitting is standard across all the variants. However, only the top-end variants – XZ (both petrol and diesel) and XZA, get the addition of ABS along with EBD and corner stability control. Moreover, dual airbags are added as a standard feature across all the variants, including the base XB trims.

VERDICT ;

Tata has clearly put its heart and soul into the Tiago and the result is very impressive. The Tiago looks attractive, comes with plenty of equipment and has a cabin that could very well belong to a more expensive car. The Tiago is also designed to tackle our imperfect roads with ease and is an easy car to handle. Unfortunately, the lacklustre engines take much away from what is otherwise a well-rounded package. However, Indian buyers might be willing to make a compromise on the driving experience in return for good fuel efficiency. The petrol Tiago (in Eco mode) gives an impressive 23.5kpl and the diesel is even more fuel-efficient. What these figures translate to in the real world remains to be seen.

Hyundai Santa Fe Overview & Performance

OVERVIEW ;

Hyundai Motors is a South Korea based automobile manufacturer, which has some of the most luxuriant cars in its stable. Their vehicles have an outstanding design and refined technologies. Among its fantastic fleet, Hyundai Santa Fe is one of their elegant SUV series, which is being sold in three trim levels in the Indian car market. The company has now added a new infotainment system to this model series, which adds to the entertainment quotient of this fantastic utility vehicle. It is now available with a brand new 8-inch touchscreen display. As per the news, it has innovative features like flexibility of DVD and USB inputs, Bluetooth streaming, voice recognition and a total of six speakers. Apart from these, it also has Sat-Nav system with pre-loaded maps and certainly bigger screen for better experience. This vehicle is available in both manual and automatic transmission options for the buyers to choose from. The company is selling this model series with a 2.2-litre diesel engine as standard, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2199cc. This mill is based on a DOHC valve configuration and is capable of delivering a maximum power of 194.3bhp along with a commanding torque output. Its suspension is quite proficient that assists in keeping the vehicle stable. The braking system is also reliable and it is further enhanced by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. In the Indian car market, this sports utility vehicle is a tough competitor of Chevrolet Captiva, Toyota Fortuner, New Skoda Yeti, Isuzu MU7, Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton and Honda CR V. Get Ex Showroom Price of Santa Fe in Carzprice

EXTERIORS ;

The Santa Fe is offered as two individual models – the two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport, and the three-row, seven-passenger Santa Fe. Both bring unique styling, most noticeable up front, with the three-row Santa Fe bearing upright fog lights and five slats in the grille, and the two-row Santa Fe Sport using horizontal fog lights and three slats in the grille.The 2017 refresh also brings a slight tweak to the rear fascia design, plus new taillights and dual exhaust outlet.On the sides, you’ll find new rocker panel trim, integrated silver accents, and exterior side-view mirrors with a standard heating function. Wheel designs are new as well, with 17-, 18-, and 19-inch alloys.The redesigned headlights now get LEDs for the daytime running lights, while the three-row Santa Fe is offered with available LED fog lights. An automatic on/off function for the headlights is standard.Finally, there are two new hues when it comes to paint options, including Nightfall Blue for the Santa Fe Sport, and Storm Blue for the Santa Fe. Request test drive for Santa Fe in Cazprice

INTERIORS ;

Step inside and you can see great strides in cabin quality. Not because the new car’s interior is that impressive – fit and finish still lags that of the Germans’ – but because it is light years ahead of the current car’s rather old-fashioned, plasticky interiors. After you adjust the 12-way electric driver’s seat to get perfectly comfortable, you find yourself in familiar surroundings if you’ve driven a modern Hyundai before. A lot of the switchgear is carried over from other Hyundais, while the dashboard and the centre console, with its ‘hour-glass’ shape, are similar to the design in the Elantra. The Santa Fe, however, gets a seven-inch TFT LCD touchscreen through which you can access all the various functions. On the India car, GPS navigation is expected to be standard and Hyundai may also give a two-tone beige interior to suit Indian tastes. The Santa Fe’s equipment levels are expected to be best in class like most Hyundais these days. It will come with all the goodies and some more. Hyundai is likely to introduce its Smart Park Assist system and there’s even the option of a self-leveling suspension.

The front seats have loads of seat travel so tall people can stretch out, but the seats aren’t too supportive and could do with a bit more bolstering. Move to the middle row and decent legroom, a generous squab and adjustability of the seats make the Santa Fe a good SUV to be chauffeured in.The one-touch control to drop the second row seats, which have a 40/20/40 split, is really hassle-free. This gives quick and easy access to the third row, which is spacious enough for adults, but just for short trips. The 50/50-split third row folds flat into the floor to offer 534 litres of luggage space. And if you have really bulky items, you can go upto 1,615 litres by flipping the second row forward as well. The well thought-out cabin, which majors on practicality and versatility, is a strong point of the Santa Fe, especially in a market where seven-seat SUVs are increasingly popular.

PERFORMANCE ;

There will be three options offered to the customer, there is one manual transmission variant and two automatic transmissions. The engine in all three is the same, a next generation R series engine that has been worked on to enhance efficiency, reduce friction and provide better NVH than before. So the engine is the new 2.2-litre CRDi unit that delivers 197Ps of max power and two torque outputs. In the manual you get 420Nm of max torque but the automatic gets around 16Nm more, both between the same 1800-2500rpm. The new generation common rail direct injection diesel displaces 2199cc and its a quick and responsive engine. Having said that I must also comment on the noise within the cabin, despite the claims of NVH being up to date, you can definitely hear enough of the diesel engine clatter. An electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger kicks in early enough to ensure power delivery is linear and immediate.Where efficiency is concerned, Hyundai claims 14.74kmpl for the manual and 13.01kmpl for the AT, these being ARAI figures. 1800bar rail pressures pumping fuel through piezo-electric injectors, the electronically controlled variable geometry turbo, swirl control valves and and electronically controlled EGR ensure that the fuel efficiency is optimised.

Both transmissions however have six forward ratios and the automatic adds a manual shifter to the equation. So the automatic is remarkably easy to drive. Even the automatic shift quality is surprisingly agile and not slow. Power is derived instantly and acceleration as a result is brisk and hurried.On the chassis front there have been several updates giving it a more secure feel. A MacPherson strut at the front and multilink suspension at the rear gives it better dynamics than before. There is still a fair amount of body roll but what I did like is that it is well controlled and measured. Never did the Santa Fe feel like it was losing comfort or getting too hairy. Of course there are a host of safety nets to reign you back in but still its a very decent handling SUV.With the chassis also come a few other changes. The steering for instance can be set up to match the effort you want to put in. So a comfort mode makes the steering light for urban duties, a normal mode adds some more weight while a sport mode significantly increases resistance in the steering feel while also making it more precise.

On the drivetrain front the manual transmission variant is available only as two wheel drive with torque applied to the front wheels. The automatic has two options, there is a two wheel drive and a full time four wheel drive variant. The four wheel drive variant I drove largely employs 2WD in normal driving cycles. However when the need arises in slippery tractionless conditions, torque is spread between all four wheels to enhance stability and get you out of tricky situations. A host of other driving aids also come in to play such as a traction control system, vehicle stability management and electronic stability control. You also get hill start assist and hill descent control, the latter if which can be activated through a button on the dashboard.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The car maker has given this vehicle a proficient braking mechanism, which is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. The front wheels of this Hyundai Santa Fe model series are equipped with a set of ventilated disc brakes, whereas the rear wheels get conventional set of solid drum brakes. The 4WD AT trim is equipped with hill start assist along with down hill brake control function also. On the other hand, its front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, while its rear is fitted with a multi-link type of mechanism. The high end trim is bestowed with electronic and vehicle stability management function that adds to the driving comfort. The cabin is incorporated with a power steering with flex steering function, which helps in customizing the steering wheel according to the driving style of the person. Then the advanced traction cornering control system distributes the driving force braking power to all four wheels. This steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.35 meters, which is rather good for this class. It comes with tilt and telescopic adjustable function, which makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.

SAFETY AND SECURITY ;

Santa Fe gets a host of safety features such as dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management control, brake assist, rollover sensor, rear view camera with touch audio display, rear parking sensors, height adjustable front seat belts, engine immobilizer shift lock system, child seat anchor and speed sensing auto door lock.

VERDICT ;

The new third generation Santa Fe is a great product and impresses in each and every department. The fluidic design makes it look quite sporty and the comfortable and luxurious interiors will appeal to most. The large list of features on offer and abundant safety features are more than enough to have anyone convinced. Besides, its true SUV character is bound to impress the off-road junkie. Hyundai is offering a 3-year, 1-lakh kilometer warranty with service intervals at 10,000 kms. It is also superior to its Japanese rival in every respect but does it have the goods to find many takers? As a product, definitely yes but there is a catch. Hyundai has priced it quite optimisticly and that could be a turn off factor for many. But the Santa Fe is Hyundai’s flagship model in the country and it’s all about the pride. The pride of getting one up on the Japanese and a fitting reply it is, that the Koreans are closing in and mean serious business.

Hyundai Grand i10 Price In Hyderabad

 

OVERVIEW ;

The Hyundai Grand i10 was launched in global markets as a successor to the i10 but both the models continued to be sold along side each other in India. The Grand i10 has been extremely successful for Hyundai and it is also one of the top 10 selling cars in the country. Hyundai has now given the hatchback a mid-life facelift that brings in refreshed exteriors, additional features on the inside and a revamped diesel engine. Check for Grand I10 price in Hyderabad

EXTERIORS ;

Hyundai designs its cars brilliantly and the Grand i10 is no different. The Grand i10 follows Hyundai’s elegant Fluidic design language strictly. The car looks beautiful, elegant and premium than any other car in its segment. The Grand i10 matches the design of its bigger cousin Hyundai i20 closely but is more compact than i20. The Grand, as the company likes to call it, is focused on the youth of the country and it does not disappoint. The elegant-looking vehicle has sculptured bodylines, which makes the car very soothing to look at. The subtle crease, which starts just before the front door and connects to the tail lamps, makes the car elegant while the strong-shaped crease on the bottom of the front and rear doors makes the car look very aggressive. Following the Hyundai design language, Grand i10 gets sweeping headlamps, making the front fascia very strong. The fog lamps have been placed very conveniently in the especially-designed dams with black inserts to give it a manly look.  Request test drive for Hyundai  Grand I10 in Cazprice

The Grand i10 also gets roof rails in the mid and top variants, which adds to the sporty look. The Grand i10 looks very sporty and the rear spoiler makes things even better. Premium as it can get, Hyundai also offers optional diamond-cut alloy wheels on the top-of-the-line Asta variant and Sportz(O) AT. The Magna and Sportz variants get full size wheel covers, while the base Era model gets just the steel rims. Hyundai has also made a point by equipping body coloured bumpers with all variants. The base model misses out on body-coloured door handles, tail gate and mirrors. Hyundai has made a lot of things exclusive to the top-end variants. The micro roof antenna does not come checked with the base Era model. The Sportz and Asta models get the chrome dipped outside door handles for a premium look. The waist-line moulding, which saves the car from a lot of scratches, is also missing out from the base Era, Magna and Sportz models. The sporty-looking roof rails come as standard only with the Sportz and Asta models. The premium-looking indicators on the outside rear view mirrors also come as standard only with the Sportz and Asta models. Hyundai has made the Grand i10 brilliant but a lot of things are yet missing on the lower variants. Since the car offers a lot on paper, many important features, like ABS and passenger airbag etc. take a back seat in case of the lower variants.

INTERIORS ;

At launch, the older Grand i10 was one of the most feature-rich cars in its segment and for the price. With time, however, these features were available in other cars and for much less. Hyundai though has clawed back some of its lost ground. The new Grand i10 comes with a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system which has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The system is easy to use and the only missing link there is an in-house navigation menu. However, this should be taken care of by the aforementioned apps. There is still 1GB of music storage within the system.

The steering wheel is new too and has a different pattern for the buttons with audio volumes to the left and others menus to the right. The buttons themselves are new too. The voice command option though will work only if you have connected your Android or Apple phone via USB. I would have preferred the simple idea that Maruti uses in the Baleno and other cars. Features that would have made the Grand an even better car will be height-adjustable seat belts, a centre armrest for the front seat occupants and a telescopic steering wheel. Other niceties that are carried over from the earlier car are a chilled glovebox, rear AC, automatic climate control, and power foldable and adjustable mirrors. The mirrors will also automatically close once you lock the car and unfold when unlocked. Neat! I however think that Hyundai should offer dual airbags as standard instead of just the driver airbag on all the models. Similarly ABS is available only on the top-spec Asta trims, which again in my opinion is a complete miss. If Hyundai could have gone the Maruti way by offering safety kit even as an option right from the base variants, it could have made much more sense.

PERFORMANCE ;

Pop the hood and it reveals the all-familiar, 1.1 litre, diesel engine which fills up the engine bay nicely. A three-cylinder affair, it does clatter when cold, but things settle down once it is warmed up. Besides, things fade away further upon rolling up the windows, which tells us that Hyundai have lavished some attention on the NVH characteristics as well. This oil burner produces about 70bhp of power and comes with a five-speed manual transmission.

The power & torque characteristics of the motor, coupled with the smooth-shifting five-speed gearbox are the ideal combination for the urban grind. There’s enough power on tap throughout the rev-range, with additional pull being only a down-shift away. The Hyundai Grand i10 darts around traffic with a certain eagerness that’s most endearing. Not once did we feel the need for more power when doing the cross-city runs and even the occasional inter-city, highway runs. Yes, with the latter, one does have to be a bit careful, particularly if it is a trip full of long straights.

The engine will quickly run out of steam in the higher part of the rev range, but she’d have given the driver enough warning to slow down to respectable speeds by then. This is the ideal urban commuter and will be more than happy to do the weekend highway runs, provided you don’t ask her to run with the big boys.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The ride quality is pliant & the car handles bumps rather maturely. She’s a little out of her element when faced with quick directional changes, but make no mistake. She’ll pull through whatever you throw at her, just not in the most graceful manner, that’s all. The steering feedback sadly is still the typical Hyundai legacy affair & no matter how much time I spend behind the wheel, I still haven’t gotten used to it. The glaring lack of feedback is disappointing & takes away a lot from an otherwise solid city runabout package.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

Talking about the safety features, the facelift Grand i10 gets advanced safety features like Rear Parking Assist System with Dual Airbags, ABS, Reverse Parking Sensors and newly introduced Rear Parking Camera which displays all the output on the newly added 7.0 Inch touchscreen monitor.

VERDICT ;

Totally loved the Grand i10 when we had one in our long term fleet and with this update, Hyundai has refreshed the car nicely. The new diesel engine is very good for the segment and even though it still is a 3-cylinder unit, I think it offers very good performance and efficiency. The Grand also has an excellent ride and is pretty easy to drive. The interiors boast of excellent quality materials and even the fit and finish of exterior panels is better than most rivals out there. For me, the Hyundai Grand i10 is easily one of the best city hatchbacks around.

 

Merecedes Benz AMG C43 Class Overview

OVERVIEW ;

The current generation C-Class has been with us for nearly two years and has been one of the best cars in its class. The last generation C-Class lacked certain qualities one expects from a Mercedes-Benz and made you feel like you were sitting in the cheapest car in their lineup. So when Mercedes went back to the drawing board, they drew inspiration from the best car in their lineup: The S-Class. That inspiration is very noticeable from both inside and out where the C-Class bears a strong resemblance to the S-Class. Check for review, features & price of Merecede Benz Cars

Apart from fixing the C-Class’ obvious shortcomings with its styling and interior, Mercedes sought to outperform its rivals in the performance department. AMG is Mercedes’ in-house tuner and has created flashy high-powered machines for Mercedes for the better part of nearly the last three decades. In order to bring the AMG feel at a more accessible price, Mercedes has added the AMG 43 model to several models in its lineup such as the C-Class. The AMG C43 is supposed to capture the styling, dynamics and feel of its V8 brother

EXTERIORS ;

Mercedes has tried to make the new C43 as sporty as they could and the fresult is right in front o0f you. The C43 AMG gets all the styling characteristics of the AMG which makes it instantly recognisable that it is a part of the AMG family. The typical AMG front apron with bigger air vents, diamond mesh and silver chrome trim. The diamond radiator grille now features chrome plated pins, the louver gets which has been finished in Gloss black colour gets the AMG lettering as well. The side profile of the coupe gets lightweight alloy wheels. Towards the rear the Coupe features chrome plated twin tailpipes with centre divider. The rear profile also gets the “AMG” (left) and “C 43” (right) lettering on the boot lid and also the new “BITURBO – 4MATIC” lettering on the front wings. Get Ex Showroom Price of Benz AMG C43 in Carzprice

INTERIORS ;

The interiors of Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG C43 4MATIC feature AMG line interior trims with open pore black ash wood and door sills with “AMG” lettering illuminated. The seat matrix features sports seats for the driver and co-passenger provided with electrically-adjustable feature and memory function for the convenience of regular users, and the seat upholstery in Nappa leather upholstery. The comfort and luxury convenience of the occupants has been enhanced with Thermotronic 2-Zone automatic climate control, and infotainment system with 7” high-resolution media display and music system with 4 high-resolution loudspeakers delivering high quality of audio output.

PERFORMANCE ;

Well, that pattern extends squarely to the performance department as well. The C 43 AMG runs a 3-litre twin-turbo V6 that makes 367PS and 520Nm. That’s two cylinders, 143PS and 180Nm down on the C 63, but two cylinders, 183PS and 220Nm more than the standard C200. And straight away, I can tell you that this engine is my favourite part of the C 43 AMG. Many write about how turbos blunt throttle response, but not once did I think, “Oh, I wish the engine’s responded faster to my right foot.” In fact, in the Sport +, the raciest of all the modes I had to make a conscious effort to smoothen out my throttle inputs. Then there’s the beautiful power delivery. Performance is strong from as low as 2,000rpm, and it just builds and builds till the needle slams into the 6,500rpm redline. I guarantee that you will repeatedly run into the rev limiter the first time you drive this car hard in manual mode. Power gets so addictively strong at the redline, and accompanied by that sweet 6-cylinder roar, you simply can’t help it! If only there were 500 or 1,000rpm more to play with, what an epic motor this would be. Wishful thinking, but still engine performance is nothing short of stunning. We recorded repeated 5.0s 0-100kmph runs, and top speed is limited to an easily achievable 250kmph. While I mentioned that the exhaust sound is enjoyable at the redline, at start-up and lower revs it lacks the bigger AMG’s volume and also doesn’t pop or burble quite so dramatically. That may disappoint some but it makes the car calmer and more comfortable to live with at low speeds. Get offers & discounts on Merecedes Benz AMG C43 Class

There are five driving modes as well as individual control over engine and suspension settingsThere are five driving modes as well as individual control over engine and suspension settingsLike the GLE 450 AMG Coupe that shares this motor, the C 43 uses a 9-speed automatic transmission. AMG says they’ve increased speed and responsiveness, but the transmission doesn’t work quite the same magic as the engine. Shift speeds are quick enough, but I found that the gearbox lacks the on-edge reactiveness and responses that the engine deserves. It’s fast, but not dual-clutch fast. In the enormous GLE 450, this didn’t matter because it’s not the type of car you push too hard, but the lighter, more agile C 43 encourages flat-out driving and that’s where you start to notice the gearbox.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The C43 features AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension. Towards the front the coupe gets four-link front axle which gets all the components optimised in terms of rigidity, the rear profile gets multi-link rear axle. All these setup helps the cars overall agility and also improves the dynamics as well. The driver will also benefit from reduced body roll, higher lateral acceleration and better traction. The driver can further select the automatic adjustable damping system’s three suspension modes which includes “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes. The driver also further gets assists of the speed-sensitive sports steering.For stopping the Coupe relies on a internally ventilated compound brake discs, perforated towards the front which has a diameter of 360 mm, while the rear gets 320 mm discs.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

The braking system of C-Class AMG C43 4MATIC features adaptive brake system with anti-lock braking system and brake assist system with servo brake assistance for emergency braking. The safety features offered include front and side airbag for the driver and co-passenger with thorax protection, window airbags for the driver and front passenger, and curtain airbags for the rear seat occupants. The passenger seat occupant detection, Pre-Safe system with reversible belt tensioners, glove compartment with emergency lockable key and electronic immobilizer are featured for safe usage and prevention against theft attempts.

VERDICT ;

Middle ground is a space appreciated by a lot of folks. Not everyone wants extreme performance, but many aspire for more than the ordinary. The C 43 AMG straddles this space well, especially in an age where a C 63 AMG costs over Rs 1.7 crore on-road in Mumbai (Maharashtra takes about 25 per cent of your luxury car’s value, but we’re not quite sure where it’s being spent, but it certainly isn’t on the roads). Similarly, the C 43’s enticing ex-showroom price of Rs 73.6 lakh shoots to Rs 98 lakh on-road in Mumbai. Nevertheless, at this price, you get a sports sedan that is far more luxurious and refined than a CLA 45 AMG but also costs a lot less than a full-on super saloon. It’s not the ultimate driving machine, but on the right road it’s a proper laugh, and aside from the Audi S5 Sportback, there isn’t much else at this price point.

Ford Figo Facelift Review

OVERVIEW ;

Ford’s breakthrough model in the domestic market, Ford Figo hatchback is as refreshing as the first generation version. Talking broadly about the overhaul, this version looks a lot better than the predecessor featuring relatively chic styling identical to its sedan twin Aspire. Underpinning the same platform, Figo hatchback could be referred as the boot-less version of Aspire. Up front the similar Aston Martin-esque radiator grille is notably conspicuous. Moreover the side view and rear profile all bear similarity to the sedan version. Interiors appear largely same as Aspire with subtle changes, differentiating it from the latter. Even the equipment embedded inside the cabin are akin to the ones stuffed in Aspire. Power generation is done by the same set of engines serving in Aspire including 1.2 litre and 1.5 litre gasoline engines and one 1.5 litre diesel powerplant. There are two transmission choices which comprises of one manual and one automatic gearbox. Rivalling the likes of Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Nissan Micra, Figo hatchback is the one upper in terms of pricing. That said, the Ford Figo price in India is tagged very competitively.

STYLE AND LOOKS ;

The Ford Figo 2017 does not share anything with the earlier model and is an all new car. It is based on Ford’s Kinetic design 2.0 language and the theme is identical to other new generation cars from Ford. A robust passenger cage made from high strength steel is a part of it. The Ford Figo 2017 also offers driver-side airbag as standard, across all variants. Ford has given a lot of emphasis on passenger safety. In fact, the Ford Figo 2017 is the only car to offer upto six airbags in its top line variant. Thus it distinguishes itself from others cars in its segment

The new Ford Figo 2017 stands out as one of the best looking hatchbacks in the country, clearly. The large dominating trapezoidal front grille, instantly reminds you of Aston Martin. It has chrome highlights and elongated headlamps look good adding some premium feel to it. Diagonally from the front it also resembles Fiat Punto Evo, as the headlamps are strikingly similar. The side looks well balanced with a slightly tapered windowline. The Ford Figo 2017 has a slightly tall stance due to the high window line. It comes with 14-inch alloy wheels, which do look small in comparison to the car. ORVMs have turn indicators on them. The rear portion is pretty neat and simple and integrates well with the overall look. The boot looks sporty and has a spoiler that adds a subtle flair.

SPACE AND CABIN ;

As opposed to its immediate competition, the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Maruti Suzuki Swift, the Figo is relatively longer, and it shows on the inside too. Seats are comfortable and supportive enough. Knee room for passengers at the back is in plenty thanks to a best in class wheelbase of 2,491mm. The shoulder and leg room though is a bit compromised due to the large transmission tunnel at the back. The extra bit of space for the passengers at the back has resulted in a smaller boot. In fact this 2015 Figo has smaller boot space than its predecessor. There are quite a few cubby holes to store bottle and knickknacks.

The dashboard of the Figo is similar in every detail to the Figo Aspire. But the silver and grey combination on the hatchback looks a lot better than the black and beige on its larger sibling. Use of a lighter color scheme has also made the cabin feel airy. The V-shaped center console is in line with Ford’s design philosophy. We particularly loved the instrumentation – it not only looks good but is also easy to read and informative; a rare combination to find nowadays.

Ford deserves to be applauded for giving driver side airbag as standard figment across variants. The second variant, Ambient, upwards all trims get dual airbags with a maximum of 6 in the top-end trim. ABS and EBD though is only offered in the top two trims. Safety aside, the Figo offers a lot on terms of features including, Bluetooth, AUX, USB connectivity, keyless entry, climate control and more. The Ford MyKey, MyFord Dock and the Sync Applink are other first-in-class features.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

Ford is offering the same set of engines on the new Figo which do duty on the Aspire compact sedan. So petrol duty is taken care by a 1.2-litre unit that generates 88 PS and 112 Nm, matched to a 5-speed gearbox. This motor has good low-end pep but isn’t the most urgent when you get out on the open road. There is another petrol engine on offer, the bigger, more powerful and excise duty unfriendly 1.5-litre unit, only matched to a 6-speed PowerShift automatic gearbox. Producing 112 PS and 136 Nm, the real highlight is of course the gearbox which is a dual-clutch unit and thereby offers quick shifts and is very responsive to throttle inputs. It can be felt changing cogs at low speeds, the mill having good low-end performance, upshifting under 2500 RPM when driven normally. There are two modes – D and S, the latter inducing some more josh in the Figo. One can also shift gears manually using the lever mounted buttons, the cluster also displaying the gear position in Sports mode.

The 1.5-litre petrol engine has good performance for the city as the autobox makes driving in stop-go traffic a breeze, something we really appreciated in the crowded city of Agra. The motor does become vocal in the top-end, redlining under 6500 RPM. Getting to 100 km/hr at full pelt requires third gear while at the same speed in top gear, the motor spins at 2500 RPM, being quite loud. While ARAI mileage figures for the petrol models are 18.16 km/l (1.2L) and 17 km/l (1.5L) one can expect 14.5 km/l and 13 km/l for the manual and automatic respectively, mileage dropping to around 12 km/l with a heavy foot. The diesel engine is the tarmac scorching 1.5-litre unit which thrusts out a segment best 100 PS and 215 Nm, again identical to the Aspire whose performance we have praised endlessly.

Low-end poke is plenty, lag is very well contained and the shove is so strong that at times you end up with a lot of wheel-spin. The motor has good city drivability and once out on the highway, this engine makes you grin ear to ear, the zest with which it picks up speed is truly fantastic, no hesitation in getting past the 150 km/hr mark. Aiding the fantastic mill is the smooth shifting 5-speed gearbox and light clutch, making easy work of driving. NVH levels are good too (slight diesel drone is present) and the ton comes up in under 10 seconds (being slightly lighter than the Aspire, it’s marginally quicker too), requiring at least third gear while at the same speed in top gear the needle hovers around the 2300 RPM mark, one nudge on the big pedal and overtaking is done in an instant. The ARAI rated mileage is the best in the segment (25.83 km/l) and after having tested the Aspire’s fuel economy, the new Figo should easily deliver around 18-20 km/l in the real world.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The last Figo aced this section of our test, so it’s a bit hard to break the news that the new one isn’t quite as special in the handling department. There is some un-Ford-like slack at the steering and it doesn’t feel quite as sure-footed as the last one did around the corners. But that’s not to say the Ford isn’t nice to drive, because dynamics are actually good by class standards. The steering has decent weight to it (it feels better calibrated than the Aspire), high speed body movements are well contained and the brakes offer great feel and stopping power.

Straightline speed stability is also really good. However, at slower speeds, the Figo tends to feel a bit stiff-kneed on all but the smoothest city roads. The small 14-inch tyres also get swallowed by large potholes. The suspension does work quietly and bump absorption is generally good, but that little bit of Ford magic is missing on this Figo.What is noteworthy though is that Ford seems to have addressed the bottoming-out issue that plagued the old Figo. Ground clearance on the new Figo is actually a class-best 174mm.

SAFETY ;

Ford has nailed it when it comes to safety. No one would have ever imagined that in our country a carmaker would offer six airbags in a hatchback priced under Rs. 10 lakhs. Ford is also offering a driver side airbag as standard across all variants. No doubt the new Figo is the safest car in its segment and future-proof. That’s not it, the car also comes with traction control, stability control and hill hold assist with the automatic transmission variant. Ford is targeting rural markets as well with the Figo and is promising a competitive maintenance cost along with 24/7 roadside assistance and 2 year/1,00,000 kms warranty.

VERDICT ;

The Ford Figo surely stays towards the top in the list of some popular hatchbacks of India and this new generation hatchback helps to raise the popular quotient even higher. The new generation hatchbacks comes with a new and improved styling which surely seems to have worked in favor of the hatchback while it also gets plenty of features as well which are never seen on a hatchback before. The Figo also excels in the drivetrain department as well and offers one of the most powerful petrol engines in its segment while Ford has taken no chances either in terms of safety as well and thus even the base petrol variant also gets driver side airbag which is pretty impressive.

Overall this is complete package that you will get for your money and I am sure this new hatchback will be appreciated in the Indian market which is considered as one of the toughest market of the world.