Volkswagen Ameo Price & Performance

OVERVIEW ;

If you are out looking for a practical compact sedan, there’s a new entry heading your way from the land of the hyper speed autobahns and beer gardens or ‘Biergarten’, as the locals would say.

The Volkswagen Ameo, which will be delivered to customers starting next month, is the long overdue result of VW attempting to crack the escalating compact sedan segment. Essentially a boot-ed version of the Polo, the Ameo is the first ever VW model to be designed purely for the Indian market and the brand has made no bones about the fact that it’s betting big on this car .Check Ex Showroom Price of  Ameo

On paper the Ameo checks most of the right boxes and it certainly looks and feels the part. But going beyond what’s apparent, how well does it behave out on the road and more importantly, is it a worthy alternative to the current crop of compact sedans? A brief drive across the scenic route towards Wai suggests it just might be

EXTERIORS ;

The design of the Ameo. On the outside and for the most part inside the cabin too, the design and layout remains identical to the petrol version. Like is the case also with almost all the other compact sedans, the Ameo looks a bit gawky when viewed from the side. The stubby boot is disproportionate with the front of the car, and the impression that the third box has been slapped on to the rear of the hatchback is inescapable. But, the design doesn’t hurt the eye and in fact, viewed straight-on from the rear, the Ameo’s design actually seems to have a unique character which still ties in well with other VW cars.

All the familiar design elements of the Polo are there in the Ameo TDI diesel too, as also some of the distinguishing tweaks to the design of the airdam, front fender, the new tail-lamps and boot lid

INTERIORS ;

The Volkswagen Ameo diesel has the same interiors as the petrol model and there is nothing to differentiate between the two models except the tachometer which is marked till 6000 RPM on the oil burner. The dual-tone black and beige interiors look very nice and this is nothing but a Polo cabin with slight improvements to the rear headroom due to the re-designed C-pillar. But the rear seat lacks in legroom, knee room and under-thigh support so this isn’t a car you would want to sit behind, specially if you are tall.

The Volkswagen Ameo is equipped with a ton of features, many of them are segment first like rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, window opening and closing using key remote, one-touch up/down for all windows and anti-pinch windows. There are decent amount of storage spaces but the boot is far from being the biggest in the segment. Where the Ameo can’t be matched is the build quality, it feels very solidly put-together and is made like a tank.

ENGINE ;

The Volkswagen Ameo is available with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol is available with a five-speed manual and the diesel even has an option of a seven-speed DSG. The NVH levels on both the engines are a bit off. There is more than sufficient power in the petrol and the diesel is certainly a lot more powerful. The petrol engine is noisy and the diesel engine has a lot of clatter noise. Overtaking is a breeze with the diesel engine, however the petrol needs a downshift. The automatic version of the diesel is a lot more comfortable to drive and convenient to use.

Drivability is good on both. The sudden boost after 1800rpm is reveling. There is always the joy of driving the diesel engine. Also, the clutch is a tad deeper than the petrol engine. The diesel clutch is heavy, which makes it difficult to drive in city traffic.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

Don’t let the sporty looking flat-bottom steering wheel fool you. The Ameo is a compact sedan, after all, and it handles exactly like it’s supposed to. Like all other cars in its class, the Ameo’s suspension set up has been oriented towards comfort. That said, it has got the second best balance between ride and handling, after the Honda Amaze. The steering on the Ameo feels vague around the straight-ahead position and is slow to turn in. It’s initially light but becomes gradually heavier as more lock is applied. All in all, it lacks the consistency in feel that’s to be found in rivals like the Ford Figo Aspire.

The production-spec Ameo rides on 15-inch wheels as opposed to the bigger 16-inchers seen on the show car at the Auto Expo. Nevertheless, the Ameo’s ride quality is quite good – we sampled it across both pothole-ridden city streets and wide open tarmac on the highway. It deals with undulated surfaces rather well despite transmitting some sharp bumps from on the road into the cabin. So what’s not to like in terms of dynamics? Well, the Ameo, like all other compact sedans, has that inherent floatiness to its high speed ride. One has to make constant steering corrections to keep the thing true to its line.

VERDICT ;

The Volkswagen Ameo diesel is a very good package since it comes with great build quality, loaded equipment list, a power packed engine and two really nice gearboxes. The compact sedan does look a bit quirky from certain angles but looks are always subjective. Overall, Volkswagen has got a really fine product on their hands with the Ameo TDI and we really wish it fetches more sales now because the numbers of the petrol Ameo have been far from satisfying.

Tata Zest Features & Specifications

OVERVIEW ;

The past few years haven’t been good to Tata Motors’ passenger car division. It has had a few good products, but there always was something that didn’t sit right. Of course, there were even more things that were brilliant about the products, but desirability, one of the most important things in an economy such as ours where a car still remains in large part a luxury rather than a necessity, was absent. Tata has now recognised this, and has thrown everything they have behind the new range of products that will launch from now on, and it all begins with this small car that will replace the cheapest sedan on the planet – the Tata Zest. Does it manage to deliver what Tata so badly needs? Check Price of Zest

EXTERIORS ;

Tata Zest was designed with inputs from the company’s three different design studios – Pune (India), Conventry (UK) and Turin (Italy). Several designing processes were also carried out by the help of Jaguar Land Rover – company’s luxury vehicle divison, as more than 6000 engineers and technicians worked relentlessly and rigorously across five countries and eleven centres. All the aforementioned hard work resulted in the birth of a distinct and never-seen-before sedan in the form of Zest. Being based on a thoroughly modified X1 platform, The all-new styling of the Zest is based on its new design direction of ‘Confident Dynamism’. As far as the front fascia is concerned, it flaunts the all new company signature grille with the newly introduced ‘Humanity Line’. This front grille is complimented immensely well by the dual projector headlamps with chrome accents, which are standard for every variant, except the base XE. Moreover, the top-end trim XT also enjoys LED daytime running lamps. The front bumper boasts triangle shaped twin fog lamps and double slat air dam. Request test drive Zest in Cazprice

Coming to the side profile of the sedan, it has an enlarged C-pillar which makes the roofline a bit sloppy. The Zest has body colored ORVMs with blinkers and turn indicators, body colored door handles, and body colored bumpers as standard across the entire range of variants. The flared wheel arches have been bestowed with 15″ alloy wheels which, again, are standard feature and offered with each and every variant. At the rear-end of the car, the Zest is the first car in its segment to flaunt LED tail lamps. The whole tail lamp cluster is quite stylish and feature a wrap around design. The boot-lid gets a lot of chrome treatment, particularly around the horizontally positioned strip, company logo and model badging. Tata Zest is being offered with 6 vibrant colors – Buzz Blue, Venetian Red, Sky Grey, Dune Beige, Platinum Silver and Pristine White. In all, Tata has finally succeeded in carving out a niche sedan that is good looking, stylish and sporty. It won’t be an exaggeration to term it ‘The Best Tata Car’ till date in the exterior designing aspect.

INTERIORS ;

Now most of the Indian consumers wants maximum out of their cars interior because this is the place where most of them and their family would spend their time in. Tata has tried to make the interior look new and fresh and we must admit that the interior of the Tata Zest neat and and modern compared to other Tata Motors products.The first thing that catches everyone’s eye when they step inside a car is the dashboard, in the case of Zest compact sedan Tata has fitted a completely new dashboard which looks very modern and premium. Tata have used Java Black & Latte colors. The newly designed three spoke steering wheel looks new.In addition to that Tata also has highlighted some important bits with chrome which overall adds a very interesting and premium finish to the dashboard. The top end variants definitely gets lots of goodies like Harman touchscreen multimedia system with 8 audio speaker, Voice recognition and SMS readouts and even steering mounted controls. The top trim also gets automatic temperature controls which can be operated via the touchscreen interface.

Now coming to the comfort factor the seats definitely feels comfortable while the white colored leather seats make the interior feel plush and appealing. From the pictures it is quite clear that the rear seats has sufficient amount of leg room which will definitely be useful during long journeys but what you will lack are the storage spaces inside the cabin, there is neither any arm rest on the front or even in the rear seats which is bit disappointing though. However at the rear of the car you will get a 360 litre boot which can help you store lot of luggage’s but the Swift Dzire or the Honda Amaze provides even better boot space.The base XE trim gets lot of important goodies like tilt adjustable power steering, air-conditioner with a heater option, front power windows, manual central locking and foldable key but unfortunately you won’t be getting any audio system with this trim. While the top end trim gets Automatic climate control, Multifunction steering wheel with voice command, Rear parking sensors, Electrically adjustable wing mirrors, Driver seat height adjustment, Harman music system with 8 speakers which supports

PERFORMANCE ;

The Tata Zest is offered with the tried and test 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel engine which produces the same output as it used to earlier. This engine is sourced from Fiat and is also popularly called as the “National Diesel Engine of India”. While offered with a 5-speed manual earlier, it now also gets paired to a 5-speed AMT automatic gearbox, making the Zest the cheapest diesel automatic in the country and also the only diesel automatic car in its segment. The bigger news is the new 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, which has been developed by Tata Motors in conjunction with AVL. It’s the first and only turbocharged petrol engine in its class.The 1.2-litre Revotron turbo engine uses an alloy head and a cast iron block, it belts out 90 PS at 5000 RPM and 140 Nm of torque at as low as 1750 RPM (up to 3500 RPM). The Zest gets a clutch lock and once you start the vehicle, you will really appreciate the low NVH levels, the motor is super refined with no vibes at all. In fact, the NVH is so good that at speed with the audio system playing, you can’t hear much of road, tyre or wind noise. Drivability is where the 1.2T Revotron mill truly shines, it offers an excellent low and mid-range punch but lacks top-end thrust. There is no turbo lag and performance is instant too, with power delivery being linear. The engine doesn’t rev quickly though and you do have to work the gearbox for quick overtakes, more so if the RPM drops below 2500 RPM in higher gears (4th and 5th).

So for instance, driving at 90 km/hr in fifth and you stand on the pedal, the motor does take its time to pull, clearly fifth gear is for cruising. Redline comes in just under 6000 RPM with the tacho glowing red once you whizz past 5500 RPM. 100 km/hr comes up in third gear with the tacho ticking in at around 2300 RPM in top gear at the same speed, so the engine is relaxed when you want to maintain cruising speed on the highway. Tata Motors has tested the engine for 3 lakh hours and there are many highlights of this powertrain – 10% faster than the closest rival, highest power and torque density in it class, 23% better peak torque than the closest rival. The engine doesn’t sound sporty but you can hear the turbo whistle. This is not the motor which will put the tarmac on fire as it’s not tuned for high revs but drivability is its forte. Still, it does cut off smoothly when it hits the redline (like European cars) and doesn’t feel jerky there.While accelerating, if you lift off, the RPM doesn’t drop quickly, it increases a bit and then falls very slowly. First gear is good for 50 km/hr while second will see you do 90 km/hr. The engine won’t rev more than 5000 RPM in neutral. The Revotron engine also has a first in class drive mode selector (developed with Bosch), you can choose between Eco, City and Sport. By default, the car is in City mode and a touch of a button on the centre console changes the mode (which is reflected on the 2.5-inch display on the instrument cluster). This change happens on the fly and the Eco mode is aimed at mileage, the Sport mode boosts performance marginally while the City mode gives you the best of both (the throttle response is altered). You can feel the power trailing off a bit in Eco mode while the accelerator feels more instant in Sport, the 0-100 km/hr timings reflect the difference in different modes and the same is significant. The 5-speed gearbox offers smooth shifts and the clutch is light too. We can expect a mileage of 13-15 km/l from the petrol Zest.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The final area where huge strides have been made is the chassis and suspension. Without getting into too much detail, what you need to know is that Tata has managed to find a sublime balance between ride and handling; perhaps even the best in this class. Drive it over any manner of road blemish and it will flatten it out impeccably, and quietly. Even big potholes hardly faze it. Road shocks are cushioned brilliantly and the sense of calm in the cabin even on a really bad surface is amazing for a car in this segment. The only time it comes close to being caught out is when you drive it quickly over large road undulations, at which point, it may pitch a little at the rear. Under very hard braking too, the rear can get a bit unsettled

Amazingly, the relatively heavy and tall Zest darts around corners quite capably too. Its wider tracks help it feel more planted than an Indica, and the body movement is very well controlled for a car that seems to ride quite high. Yes, there is a bit of body roll but the overall balance of the chassis doesn’t make it an issue. The new electric steering unit, borrowed from the Nano Twist, also works really well. It’s pretty accurate and the ‘active return’ feature does subtly make things easier on the move. At speeds, the steering does feel a bit light but doesn’t take confidence away from the driver.

SAFETY ;

The Tata Zest uses a baked hardened steel in its construction. It gets front and side crumple zones along with protection bars for rear passengers. Safety equipment includes dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and Corner Stability Control (CSC). The Zest feels strong, the doors close with a reassuring thud and the thickness of metal is good too. However, the vehicle isn’t tested by Global NCAP yet and we can only comment on the safety of the vehicle after a crash test rating has been given to it. The company has crash tested the Tata Zest at its own facility and it meets Indian regulations.

VERDICT ;

It must be said that Zest is probably Tata’s best and well coveted attempt to target most sort after compact sedan segment. It actually breaks away from what we Indians are used to seeing in Tata Motors product portfolio till date as this sedan brings forward the company’s latest design philosophy and engineering to conquer competition. In sheer performance, the petrol is the one that impresses the most while the availability of an automatic in diesel is definitely going to attract a great number of seekers. The attractive pricing at which the company has launched the Zest into the market, will surely pull a lot of customers towards it, especially when it comes to the first-in-segment diesel automatic variant.

 

 

Toyoto Etios Specifications & Transmission

OVERVIEW ;

The Etios is pretty nimble for its size and easy to punt around town, thanks to a tight turning circle and super-light electric steering. However, the steering which is totally devoid of feel doesn’t give much feedback. With plenty of turns lock to lock, it’s quite slow and there’s a dead zone around the straight-ahead position which makes you feel disconnected from the road. With a weighty diesel engine up front, the steering has become a bit heavier but it is still too light at speed.

For a car that doesn’t have sporting pretensions, the Etios is quite stiffly sprung but there’s a reason for that. High-speed stability was a priority for Toyota and hence a firm suspension set-up for better control was chosen. At low speeds, this has compromised the ride quality a bit which feels a bit jiggly over uneven surfaces but it’s not to the point of being jarring. Accentuating the stiff-kneed ride is a fair amount of road noise that filters through. Tyre noise and clunks from the suspension are quite audible, much of which is down to insufficient underbody insulation. Get detail features, specs and price of Toyota Cars in Carzprice

EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;

The Etios originally was barely a head turner. Its appeal was more inherent in what it offered to the buyers. For 2015, the sedan has gone under the knife although one will be hard-pressed to spot the updates in the overall design. Upfront, the Etios still greets you with a wide grin but in the facelifted version, the redesigned grille comes finished in chrome to lift up the street presence. It is worth noting that the base-spec variants will be offered with a matte black grille and not the fancier chrome finished unit featured here.

Toyota is also offering a new paint colour for the facelifted model; called pearl while, the well layered option is a welcome addition as it makes the Etios that extra bit nice to look at. A few other upgrades such as the 12-spoke alloy wheels and rear-view mirrors with turn indicators continue to enhance the appearance of the car.

All in all, the minor design upgrades help differentiate the Etios facelift from its more traditionally styled predecessor. Although the Etios now puts forward a stronger case for itself in terms of design, it is still far from striking looking and seems a generation old when pitted with newer rivals like the Tata Zest and the Hyundai Xcent.

INTERIOR AND SPACE

Let’s be honest about the fact that not many of us like the interior styling of the instrument panel. The circular air-con vents might be highly effective, but they miss out on the appeal bit and even the central instrument cluster isn’t something one will appreciate. The quality of the Etios Liva for the price is acceptable, however not its design. The central instrument cluster has always been no-no for all recently launched cars. In terms of features, the Liva is a well-loaded product.

The Liva’s recent upgrade to adjustable headrest was a very good option. This makes the car feel a lot more premium on the inside. The Japanese car maker has changed a lot of things in the Etios family after a delayed customer feedback. The space in the front row is good and even the seats are large enough, however the second row is a bit tight for knee room. There is a lot of stowage space. One can store seven litres of bottles in the Liva alone, which is humongous. Then there is a decent size boot as well. Seating comfort, driving position, access to controls, these are some elements that Toyota well has taken care of.

When you sit in the driving position, it is easy to get comfortable and adjust the steering wheel and the seat. There is height adjustable in the top-of-the-line VX trim. The A-pillars (side pillar) are thin and the visibility is good. However, the mirrors could have been bigger for better visibility of the rear. The large headrests at the rear, somewhat block the rear visibility.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

Very few changes have been made to the mechanicals of the Etios. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre unit producing 90 PS of power and 132 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The engine has good drivability in the city but it seems to run out of breath on the highways or at higher RPMs. Fuel efficiency from the petrol engine is also just about average. However, it has always been the diesel engine which has been fetching sales for Toyota. The 1.4-litre D-4D engine churns out 68 PS and 170 Nm and performance is very good. Power delivery is linear and turbo lag is negligible. The mid-range feels very strong and the car pulls nicely. However, the engine runs out of breath post 3500 RPM.

While straight line acceleration isn’t the best, in-gear acceleration is very good and that will satisfy buyers. The 5-speed gearbox isn’t buttery smooth though and takes a mild effort to change gears. To make things easier, Toyota has made the clutch lighter this time around. Also, the clatter from the engine has been reduced thanks to better insulation on the car. The rubber mounts have also been replaced by hydraulic mounts, thus improving the NVH levels. The diesel engine can easily churn out anywhere between 15-19 km/l.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The Etios is pretty nimble for its size and easy to punt around town, thanks to a tight turning circle and super-light electric steering. However, the steering which is totally devoid of feel doesn’t give much feedback. With plenty of turns lock to lock, it’s quite slow and there’s a dead zone around the straight-ahead position which makes you feel disconnected from the road. With a weighty diesel engine up front, the steering has become a bit heavier but it is still too light at speed.

For a car that doesn’t have sporting pretensions, the Etios is quite stiffly sprung but there’s a reason for that. High-speed stability was a priority for Toyota and hence a firm suspension set-up for better control was chosen. At low speeds, this has compromised the ride quality a bit which feels a bit jiggly over uneven surfaces but it’s not to the point of being jarring. Accentuating the stiff-kneed ride is a fair amount of road noise that filters through. Tyre noise and clunks from the suspension are quite audible, much of which is down to insufficient underbody insulation.

Up the pace and the ride smoothens out and in fact is quite comfortable for the most part. The Etios cruises with a flat and consistent poise which gives the driver a huge amount of confidence, especially at highway speeds. With a full load too, the suspension copes well and the saloon feels planted over most road surfaces.

SAFETY AND FEATURES ;

The list of safety aspects include dual front SRS airbags, driver seat belt warning light with buzzer , engine immobilizer, keyless entry, headlamp-on warning as well as door ajar notifications that adds to the safety quotient.

This mid range trim is loaded with a number of comfort features that gives an enjoyable driving experience to its passengers. It is bestowed with an efficient air conditioning system that comes along with a heater and clean air filter. There are all four power windows including driver’s side auto down function. It has a tilt adjustable steering wheel and LCD type fuel meter with a digital clock. The front seats have adjustable headrests, while the driver’s seat has height adjustment facility. The 12V power outlet is quite useful for charging phones and other devices. Its stylish instrument includes a digital tripmeter, tachometer, low fuel warning light panel and displays few other notifications, which makes it quite convenient for the driver. In addition to these, it includes day and night inside rear view mirror, air vents, remote fuel lid as well as tail gate opener, speakers, rear defogger and front cabin lights that enhances the comfort levels. Check On Road Price of Toyota Etios in Carzprice

VERDICT ;.

It’s clear that the Etios diesel has many shortcomings. The engine, though adequately powerful in the city, feels a bit breathless on the highway and is pretty noisy too. Built to a cost, it doesn’t feel as plush as it should and priced at Rs 7.87 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), it’s not that cheap either. But space and comfort is where the Etios scores in spades. It is phenomenally practical, thanks to its unmatched space, superb comfort and terrific fuel efficiency. Also, the light controls and the engine’s linear power delivery make it very easy to live with. It may not enthuse you but the Etios diesel comes across as a car that you can depend on, day in and day out. If you’re looking for a fuss-free efficient diesel-engined saloon, you can’t really go wrong with this Toyota.

 

 

 

 

Honda Brio Price In India & Test Drive

OVERVIEW ;

Honda was always in need to hit the small hatch segment and that was answered by the Brio. It was the small hatch of the small hatches. Small, usable, idea for the city and efficient and reliable thanks to Honda. The Brio came out in 2011 and was an instant hit. But as time passed so did the sales figures. Now in 2017 Honda has introduced the new Brio. What are the changes in the new Honda Brio 2017? Are there any additional features? We share our detailed review of the new Honda Brio 2017.

EXTERIORS AN STYLE ;

The next generation Honda Brio will be based on the same platform the outgoing model is based on. The next generation of Brio will get a tweaked platform although. The modified platform will ensure rigidity and better safety. In terms of styling, the 2018 Honda Brio will come sporting a different looking compare to the outgoing model. The new generation Brio will sport aggressiveness and bit larger size. Expect the front fascia to come similar to the newly launched Honda Amaze facelift, sans the thick chrome grille.

The front grille receives a wider appearance with the Honda signature grille with the Honda logo at the centre. The headlamps sport a revamped touch as well. Expect the 2018 Honda Brio’s headlamps to come sleeker and with integrated LED daytime running lights. The lower fascia will get larger and bold looking air intake and large air dams at both sides housing the chrome highlighted fog lamp.

At the side profile, the car will sport redesigned alloy wheels, which will be available in the higher variants although. The lower variants will receive steel wheels. The wing mirrors with integrated side turning indicators. The shoulder line will be sharper and it will run upward toward the rear. The side profile would get crispy sharp character lines running upward. Moving toward the rear, the Brio might get a conventional frame instead of all glass appearance.

INTERIOR AND SPACE ;

Maximum changes are on the inside as you can notice the Honda Brio facelift gets a new dashboard, which is lifted straight from the Amaze facelift. However, the compact sedan gets a beige lower-half while the Brio gets all-black dashboard, which looks youthful. The range topping VX trim comes with all-black upholstery while the lower trims are offered with beige interiors. The steering remains the same but the instrument cluster is new featuring blue illuminated rings and new MID display. The centre console now offers a well integrated audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, audio quality is quite good for a car belonging to this segment. There is no auto climate control on offer but the digital AC controls which look like auto AC but are actually manual, is a neat touch.

There is a Max Cool function for the AC which actually puts the fan to max and lowest temperature setting, which is a good feature to have when it’s super hot and you just want the AC on full blast when you get inside the cabin. You also get power foldable and adjustable ORVMs with blinkers on the VX trim. The driver’s seat gets height adjustment along with steering wheel adjustment. The seats are comfortable and well spaced out, rear legroom is decent but three passengers at the back would be a tight fit. Boot space at 175-litres is average considering the bigger capacities of hatchbacks in this segment.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

The engine on the New Honda Brio 2017 is the same 1.2-litre unit. This mill churns about 88bhp of power and 115Nm of torque. The mechanicals remain the same. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual and also a CVT (automatic transmission) option. This i-VTEC engine is a highly refined mill. The good bit about New Honda Brio 2017 engine is its performance. It has more than sufficient power to drive in the city. In fact it is quite peppy. One doesn’t need to change gears often while driving in the city. Even on the highway, it can comfortably cruise at about 100-110km/hr.

Being the same engine the auto and the manual have different efficiency. Sometime back I had written an article where the automatic gave more. It is how brands develop the ecu for efficient management of power and efficiency. With an efficiency of 16 km/l and a 35 litre tank the auto can do 480 km till the next fuel pump and the manual with and efficiency of 19 km/l which is excellent for a 88bhp petrol small engine can do 580 km i.e exactly 100 km more than the automatic. If you love to drive, manual it is. If city traffic is what your nemesis is, then automatic

The new Honda Brio 2017 mileage is about 14km/l in the city and about 16km/l on the highway. The automatic will return bout 12km/l and 14km/l in the city and the highway. The ARAI mileage for the Brio will be about 19 km/l and 20 km/l (for the automatic).

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Where this little Honda really, really impresses is in the ride and handling department. With its absolutely brilliantly damped suspension, driving over bumps, potholes and undulations is something you would barely notice. But the more impressive part is how the Honda boffins have managed to marry this great ride quality with a brilliant handling ability. While the ride is well damped and there is a bit of body roll if you chuck the car into a corner with some vigour, the almost square stance (thanks to its wide track and short wheelbase) combined with its brilliant suspension set-up and its specially stiffened chassis, allow this roll to be kept under control at all times. In fact, you’d have to be really ham-fisted and lead-footed (and slow-witted) to unintentionally break traction while going around corners. What aids this sure-footed chassis is an electrically-assisted steering that offers significantly better feedback than what any of Honda’s cars, or even a lot of its rival’s for that matter, have managed to do so far. So whether you are taking your family on a relaxing drive through the countryside, or enjoying that occasional B-road blast, the Brio does it all with the utmost of ease.

BRAKING AND SAFETY

The braking performance of the Brio is decent and on par with its rivals. The top version comes with ABS, further helping in the braking performance. The 175 mm-wide tyres also provide for a decent braking performance. The front wheels have got ventilated disc brakes while the rear ones have drum brakes. The brakes do a good job in stopping this sprightly little hatch, thanks to the lightness of the car. The car has passive safety tech such as ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). The ABS system helps in case of sudden braking situations, and prevents the car from skidding and going out of control.

BOTTOMLINE ;

The Brio is said to be capable of delivering fuel efficiency of 18.4 kmpl, compared to the Jazz’s 16.7 kmpl. So, one key buyer need in the segment has been taken care of well. The cabin is roomy and fairly well insulated for a car in this segment. Suspension set up includes McPherson struts at the front and H-shape torsion beam at the rear. The ride is not the most pliant, but is fairly dynamic again for a car in this segment. The Brio is likely to be offered with four variants, with the top two variants featuring all the safety features like ABS, EBD and dual front airbags.Request a test drive for Honda Brio in carzprize

 

 

Rolls Royce Dawn Specifications,Features & price In india

OVERVIEW ;

The prestigious 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn comes equipped with a 563-hp, 575-lb-ft of torque twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-12 engine that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. This 5,600-pound two-door convertible delivers an EPA-estimated 12/19 mpg city/highway and can hit 62 mph in a manufacturer claimed 4.9 seconds. Lowering the convertible top takes 22 seconds and can be done at speeds of up to 31 mph.

Your 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn can be customized in a myriad of ways with a variety of solid exterior colors, two-tone exterior colors, convertible top colors, exterior pinstriping, wheel styles and sizes, interior color themes, type and color of seat piping, choice of interior embossments, a wide selection of different veneers, the color of the headliner, and more. Some optional features include front massage seats and a 1,300-watt Rolls-Royce Bespoke audio system that features 16 speakers, two exciters in the headliner, and an 18-channel amplifier that has a Studio setting and a surround sound Theatre setting. Additional available features include lambswool floor mats, personalized door sills, headrests, and seat pillows, tailored indoor car cover, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

EXTERIORS ;

Rolls-Royce’s latest drophead takes inspiration from the rare 1952 Silver Dawn. A new beginning for Rolls-Royce back then, the original Silver Dawn was the first bearing the Rolls-Royce badge to be made with a factory-built body. However, the drophead Rolls-Royces, which carried the Silver Dawn name, continued to be coach-built for individual customers as a promise of exclusivity and rarity.And contrary to misguided belief, the Dawn isn’t a drophead version of the Wraith. 80 percent of the Dawn’s body panels are, in fact, unique to it. The two do, however, share basic drivetrain, structural elements and large-car architecture fundamentals of BMW. It rides on the same 3,112mm wheelbase as the Wraith and is only slightly longer overall.From every angle, the Dawn is graceful, yet powerful and striking; even more so when its six-layer fabric top is down.Every element of the Dawn is thoughtfully and beautifully designed to complement the euphoria of summers

The front grille of the car has been pulled back by 45mm and the front bumper extended by 53mm compared to the Wraith. The Spirit of Ecstacy continues to take charge atop the bonnet and it’s an uncompromised design aimed at a younger, more dynamic clientele.Stowing away the Dawn’s top is done in unbelievable silence, taking just over 20 seconds and up to 50km/h. You barely hear the intricate mechanisms working as the fabric top shuts tightly away. The goal was to create the quietest convertible in the world today and this achievement is given a name – the Silent Ballet

INTERIORS ;

The insides are an interesting concoction of contradictions – you have a minimalistic ergonomic arrangement adorned by the best quality of materials you can imagine. The design is stately but beneath its imperial poise nestles some of the best infotainment technology. The BMW-borrowed iDrive system is still one of the most multifarious and exhaustive. But once you get past its learning curve it is just as easy to use as your everyday smart devices. It isn’t about fiddling with superfluous buttons anymore. You simply pull and pinch or draw letters on a touch pad.The other bit of ingenuity is the adapted Bespoke audio system which I tried out, to the delight of passerbys and maybe to the annoyance of some with the roof down. It has been calibrated and fine tuned by audio engineers to suit either of the Dawn’s dual personalities. When the roof drops it adjusts the 16 individually tuned speakers to perfectly balance the acoustics.

The canvas roof folds neatly into the boot – a 22 second process that proceeds smoothly at speeds up to 50kmph. What it reveals is the automotive equivalent of a yacht’s wooden deck that wraps itself around the rear passengers and the Canadel pore wood flows into the cabin. It also reveals four seats – all equally usable to the Dawn’s credit. Sure, you miss out on the star light headliner but how does that matter really when it opens up to the real sky and stars for you to behold! The coach doors are hinged at the strongest area (at the B-pillar) doing away with added reinforcements that would become necessary at the A-pillar. The extra 200kg doesn’t sound that much considering the Dawn weighs over two and a half tonnes.Rolls-Royce also wants to market the Dawn as the most silent convertible ever built. With the roof up it is almost as insulated from the outside world as the Wraith is, which is commendable. But with the roof and windows down, the wind buffeting is definitely palpable at speeds over 80kmph, especially through the gap between the A-pillar and the ORVMs. Driving with the windows up certainly helps but who does that in a convertible! The noise insulation isn’t perfect then, perhaps the introduction of wind deflector screens at the back would help reduce the noise immensely. The grapevine holds that is a distinct possibility with the final production version.

PERFORMANCE ;

The Dawn is powered by the legendary 6.6-litre turbocharged V12 belting out 563bhp of power at 5250rpm and 780Nm of torque from 1500rpm. The refined mill is mated to a custom built eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels and propels the Dawn from zero to 100kmph in less than five seconds. And it is impressive as the Dawn weighs a tad above two and a half tonnes.Rolls Royce Dawn mileage has been rated at 8.86kmpl.According to Rolls Royce, with the roof up it’s almost as quiet as the Wraith and is perhaps the quietest convertible in the market. As per Rolls Royce it’s one of the stiffest convertible. There’s anti squat and anti dive suspension system so that the stance never chances under heavy braking and acceleration. The car can touch 60mph speed in about 4.9 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The downy softness of the car’s secondary ride combines with a gently loping primary gait, and the quietness of the former and amplitude of the latter communicate perfectly between them how hard the suspension may be working at any given time to contain the car’s mass and preserve the magnificent, floating isolation of the cabin.Around town and at low speeds, the car rides predictably well – as only cars of such weight and skilful, uncompromising tuning really can.At higher speeds, your chances of feeling what’s going on under the car’s contact patches are even more remoteAlthough it’s air sprung, the suspension gives the natural, honest, predictable impression of a really good steel-coil chassis and never feels at all brittle or hollow. Just breezing along in the car, in no particular hurry, therefore becomes an experience truly to savour.Increase your pace and although the Dawn obliges you with plenty of speed, grip and controllability, it also begins to communicate quite early on that it’s progressing beyond its comfort zone. Body roll is the chief telltale; tackle a tight, well-sighted B-road corner with not excessive speed and you’ll get plenty.

SAFETY ;

Just like the Wraith, the Dawn is equipped with a range of frontal, side-impact, and side-curtain airbags, as well as knee airbags for both the driver and the front passenger. Other features include ABS, Rolls-Royce Assist, and a specifically designed roll-over protection system that deploys from behind the rear head restraints. Also, the convertible comes with a heat detection system that detects both human and animal heat signatures, and issues an audible warning to the driver of possible danger.

VERDICT ;

With only one convertible in its current lineup, the Phantom Drophead Coupe, Rolls-Royce was in dire need of a second drop-top. The Dawn comes in to fill the gap, and although it might not look as exotic as the Wraith without a fastback roof, it should become a popular choice among folks looking for a smaller and slightly more affordable drop-top. And while it may come with a small trunk relative to its size, it will offer better handling than the Ghost Drophead, making it Rolls-Royce’s sportiest drop-top yet.Apply car loan for Rolls Royce Dawn on carzprize

 

Maruti Suzuki Omni Review,Interiors & Prkce In India

OVERVIEW ;

Over the years, Omni has undergone various changes, although it still looks quite dated in terms of looks. Inside, there is comfortable space for five and an option for eight-seat layout as well. For power generation, it uses a 796cc petrol engine coupled to a four-speed manual gearbox. It is essentially a basic people mover that comes in four variants including the five-seat, eight-seat, cargo and ambulance trims.

EXTERIORS ;

The Maruti Omni has undergone few cosmetic changes in the recent times. The four wheeler looks impressive with rear hatch tail gate, two exciting rear sliding doors and its brilliant box-shaped body. There are well-placed headlamps surrounded with black plastic. The car is integrated with the front indicators on the front bumpers. The car sports large rear windscreen and tail lamps added with clear lens. The thermoplastic front bumpers, a bigger bumper and 13-inch tyres are quite impressive in this micro-van. The vehicle gets straight rectangle headlamps and vertically-stacked tail lamps with clear lens. It features chrome grille at the front, body-coloured side view mirrors, tail lamps and black bumpers. The car measures with a length of 3370 mm and width of 1410 mm. The car has a wheelbase of 1840 mm and a height of 1640 mm. The car comes with a kerb weight of 785 kg.

INTERIORS ;

The Maruti Suzuki Omni features a very basic interior. Earlier models did not even have a fan blower as standard. The dashboard now has two air vents a 2-spoke dashboard. The seats have a two-tone design. Space wise, the Omni is one of the most spacious vehicles available. The 5-seater has acres of legroom. In the 8-seater, the space between the front seats and rear bench has a backward facing bench. Even this configuration, legroom is plenty.Equipment wise, the front seats get reclining front seats with adjustable head restraints. The driver’s seat gets a sliding facility. The car also gets glove compartment with lock, cup holders, cabin light and a demister. Unfortunately, air conditioning is still not available in the compact van

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

Maruti Suzuki Omni is available in petrol engine and a LPG fuel option. Powered by a 0.8-litre, 4-stroke cycle, 6 valves, in-line engine, it delivers a maximum power of 32.8bhp at 5000rpm with 57Nm of torque at 2500rpm. It has a displacement capacity of 796cc. Mated with a 4-speed manual gearbox, it returns a fuel economy of 10kmpl in regular city traffic and 14kmpl on highways. The LPG variant is equipped with a 796cc, 0.8-litre, 8-valves LPG engine that offers a peak power of 27bhp at 4500rpm. It delivers a mileage of 10km/kg. The MUV can achieve 0-100kmph in 20 seconds

PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING ;

This is a basic car and its engine is best suited for city driving. The vehicle reaches 0 to 100 kmph mark in about 20 seconds and claims a top speed about 126 kmph. In terms of the suspension system, the car uses the leaf springs with shock absorbers at the rear and the McPherson Struts for the front wheels.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

The Omni is equipped with basic safety features such as 3-point seatbelts, side impact beams, high mounted rear stop lamp, two speed windshield wiper, headlamp leveling device, three-position cabin light, front seat belts (ELR) and multi-function levers, while the rear seat belts (static) are available on the E MPI STD BSIV variant only

VERDICT ;

Although, the car does not come with any safety features, the 12-inch cross ply tyres do not have that good a grip on the road, and the car has simple interiors and exterior; but it does fall in an affordable price range, a great family car (8-seater), a cargo van and also an Ambulance. So, apart from the shortcomings, it is a perfectly affordable car to commute people or goods from point A to point B.

 

 

Toyota Prius Review,Test Drive,Specifications,Features & Price In India

OVERVIEW ;

One of the most popular hybrids globally, has just arrived in India in an all-new avatar. The fourth generation Toyota Prius Hybrid has been launched in the country priced at Rs 38.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the single Z8 variant. The new generation model was launched internationally last year and was also showcased by the Japanese carmaker at the 2016 Auto Expo in India. The car is on display at Toyota dealerships across the country, while bookings have also commenced for the fully imported model. The fourth generation Toyota Prius Hybrid comes equipped with LED headlamps, LED foglamps, cruise control, JBL speakers, head up display, wireless charging, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, multi-function steering wheel and Smart Entry system for the driver and passenger with push start button.With respect to safety, the new Toyota Prius Hybrid comes loaded with 7 airbags, seatbelt warning system for front and rear occupants; ABS, Brake Assist, EBD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control.

EXTERIORS ;

We enjoyed the Prius’s unique and classy design, and we’re sure that it would have great appeal for the younger generation. It takes a low and streamlined stance, and when you can have a glimpse of some fine design elements here and there, you feel a more wholesome image put together. The skin texture is flawless and attractive, and the soothing curvatures add delight to the visual field.

Starting off at the front, the thin grille strapped over the face makes for some delicate touches. The emblem of the company is posted at the centre, making for a more distinguished air. The sharp headlamps flow into the side profile, and we thought this added some a grittier look to the vehicle.

When you take a look at the intricate detailing of the headlamps, you’re sure to appreciate the company’s bold design and strong safety elements.At the bottom of the front skirt, the large air dam harmonises the front look, adding to the sporty demeanour. The fog lamps rest by the corner of the skirts, and we thought they integrated into the image perfectly. One has to admire the manner in which the bonnet slides down gently from the windscreen, giving the vehicle’s image a more aesthetic flavour that we’re sure most people would love.The skin of the hood wraps sideways over the wheel arches, adding a more masculine feel to the area. The well designed wheels project a mix of sportiness and plush, and we thought they were a great element of the side body.

The serene lines that glide over the door-sides bring a more enriched effect to the look. Meanwhile, the body coloured door handles and mirrors blend into the picture well, bringing forward the refined fabric of the design.When you stand before the vehicle, you’re sure to feel a mark of perfection in the balanced, slender shape. The roof-line takes off from the bulkier region of the rear, flowing over the cabin gently, before slotting right into the bonnet with utmost precision.The black effect of the window frames looked great in our opinion, adding some diversity to the image. At the rear, the tail-lamps streak upwards by the corners of the rear, and a large black garnish that spreads over the region invites some true glamour into the vehicle.

INTERIORS ;

The distinct design theory continues on the interiors too. The unorthodox dashboard layout of the Toyota Prius is highly inviting and as soon as you enter the cabin you get a good sense of space and roominess because of the big panoramic sunroof and heavy dosage of light colour tones. The dashboard gets a two tone finish which houses a wide panel information display on the top which tells you live functioning of the hybrid system, distance to empty, digital speedometer and similar vehicle related details. In the centre you find a thin set of air vents that are unusually sized but are impressively capable of cooling the cabin within no time.

There is a dual glove box with good storage space. The steering wheel is convenient to use with all the necessary controls stacked neatly. The centre console is stretched back till the front armrest and has a hollow storage space underneath. The console comes with a host of buttons and a touch screen display featuring JBL audio system with good quality sound. In the middle, it houses a funky little gear joystick that is effortless to use. Overall, the build quality is not what you would expect out of a Rs. 30 lakh plus car. It also rattles a bit when you hit a sharp section of the road.

All the seats are supportive and at the rear it offers oodles of legroom and headroom. The Toyota Prius is wide enough at the rear without any floor hump to accommodate three people in good comfort. Rear view mirrors are wide enough and all-round visibility is good too. There are enough cubby holes and bottle holders to keep everything neat and tidy inside the cabin. As you lift up the heavy hatch, you find a wide boot space which can swallow a couple of suitcases but is shallow due to the spare wheel and battery placed underneath. It is equipped with heads up display, keyless entry with push button start system, ABS, BA, EBD, VSC, TCS and seven airbags.

PERFORMANCE ;

Like the outgoing model, the fourth-generation also uses a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine, but Toyota has made numerous upgrades to increase efficiency. It now features a new exhaust gas recirculation system, an active grille shutter, new intake ports, and reduced friction on the rotating assembly and pistons. Toyota claims that all these updates contribute to an increase in thermal efficiency from 38.5 percent to 40 percent — the highest in the industry.The four-banger is paired to a new electric motor and a battery pack that different depending on model trim. The Prius Eco comes with a Ni-MH unit with a higher energy density than before, while the other versions use a new lithium-ion battery that saves around 30 pounds.

“Moving over to fuel economy, Toyota kept its promise to further enhance the previous model’s efficiency by 10 percent”

So how powerful is the new hybrid? The four-cylinder engine generates 95 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. That’s a mild three-horsepower decrease from the outgoing model, while torque remained unchanged. Moving over to the electric motor, output was downsized from 80 to 71 horsepower and from 153 to 120 pound-feet. Total system output is rated at 121 horsepower now, a decrease from the 134-horsepower rating of the outgoing model. But while power and torque are both down, performance remains similar thanks to a lower curb weight, improved low-end torque, and more efficient power-control electronics. In case you’re looking to take the Prius on a highway drive, you should know that top speed is again limited at 112 mph.

Moving over to fuel economy, Toyota kept its promise to further enhance the previous model’s efficiency by 10 percent. Specifically, the fourth-generation hybrid delivers 58 mpg city, 53 mpg highway, and 56 mpg combined in Eco trim level and up to 54 mpg city, 50 mpg highway, and 52 mpg combined in non-Eco grades. Some drivers have already reportedly higher numbers — some going into the 70-mpg mark — but it all depends on the environment and how you drive the car. Still, up to 58 mpg is darn impressive anyway.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

It feels like a regular automatic car to drive sans the engine noise at low speeds. In the city, it’s easy to manage despite its size you do worry about the length initially but get used to it fairly quickly. The sporadic whirring noises from the electric motor and the futuristic looking instrument cluster in front of you are the only reminders that the Prius is in fact not a normal car. The ride is pliant despite the suspension being stiffer than before. The rear gets a new independent double wishbone setup which compared to the clunky torsion beam of the older car is a massive improvement. Plus the heavy battery pack has now been moved out of the boot which further helps the stability of the car. It isn’t Camry-comfortable and the thinner tyres do tend to crash into larger potholes, but by and large it is pretty well equipped to handle our roads. Despite initial concerns, the ground clearance proved to be adequate as well.

And to be fair and rather blunt, driving dynamics aren’t the Prius’ strong point. But it is far from being a tarmac scorcher. If you push it hard into corners, it tends to roll and the front end, thanks to its low rolling resistance tyres, constantly seem to struggle for grip. There is a fair amount of road noise in the cabin as well. The steering, though extremely light in the city and well weighed at speed, is completely devoid of feedback. The regenerative brakes can get the car from 100kmph to a dead stop in just 44.6m but are feel quite mushy at first. And it’s not that the Prius is a slouch — it posted a 0-100kmph time of 11.49s, which is far from slow, and it can easily breach the 160kmph mark in about a kilometre. But it offers the best experience if driven gently. Keep a light foot on the throttle or engage the cruise control, be easy on the brakes and steering inputs and the Prius proves to be comfortable enough to spend an entire day behind the wheel.

SAFETY ;

We were quite satisfied with the safety parameters enforced by the company. Advanced techno aids cement control, and this includes conventional facilities including Anti lock braking system and the Electronic brake-force distribution system. The two of these together help to regulate control when driving, and this eases the ride while at the same time, boosting safety. Next, there is vehicle stability and traction control systems as well, helping to insulate the vehicle from anomalies. A strong airbag system shields all of the occupants, and this includes dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain and knee airbags as well. Further strengthening this is a supplement restraint system, which ascertains a higher level of safety. The body has been given a well toned structure, with crumple zones at the front and rear that minimise damage during a mishap.

VERDICT ;

It is commendable the way Toyota has engineered the Prius to make it a very comfortable and practical car to drive. The interior and exterior design is very eye catching as well as distinctive. The use of technology and the way it has been put to use is worth appreciating. The high price tag just does not justify what this car has to offer and hence only those who wish to own something unique as well as people who would like to do their bit for the environment would go ahead and buy the Prius, hence the poor sales of this car in India. Earlier Honda came up with the Civic hybrid but eventually had to pull off the plug because of similar reasons. Toyota is planning to locally assemble the Prius in India, which will make it a compelling proposition for environment lovers.

Volkswagen Vento Features,Specifications,Transmission & Price In India

OVERVIEW ;

German car major Volkswagen’s Indian wing has launched the new refreshed 2015 Vento facelift. In its new facelift version, the quality sedan gets more stylish with a refreshed look. The Vento gets mainly cosmetic updates, and the most noticeable change is on its front face which comes in the form of new chrome grille borrowed from the new 2015 Jetta and new Passat. This stunning German sedan now comes with refreshed exterior and interior design and is available in the Indian car market in both petrol and diesel versions. The Volkswagen Vento is offered a wide choice of ten model trims. While there are no mechanical changes in the vehicle, it has been tuned to offer an enhanced fuel efficiency of up to 7.5 percent, is another welcome update.

EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;

The Vento has always been known for its understated appeal. This sedan is preferred by all those who like minimalist styling. The front of the Vento looks premium while the side profile is pretty much simple without any overload of lines. The rear again has a very simple design. The previous Vento came with circular fog lamps while the facelift now gets rectangular lamps. The fog lamps also have an integrated cornering light function which comes in quite useful on dark corners or even tight ghat sections.

The cosmetic changes that appear on the 2015 Vento include a new bonnet, new bumper, new grille, redesigned front airdam, chrome strip on the front and rear bumpers, door handles with chrome trims, electrically folding ORVMs with LED indicators, new tail lights, chrome garnish on boot lid, chrome exhaust tip and a soft touch release button for the boot. We think Volkswagen has done a splendid job with this update and there seems to be no reason to complain.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

Talking about extra space and interior on the previous paragraph the dashboard received some new color theme which comes in the form of new Walnut Desert beige on the lower half of the dash while the top half has been finished in Piano Black which definitely looks good. While talking about rest of the interior well! Quite honestly nothing has changed much. The Vento still carries that same old flat bottomed steering wheel, while the dashboard also comes with a cooled glovebox which really comes handy.

Unfortunately the Vento comes with a comes with the conventional entertainment system while its rivals has moved to the touchscreen infotainments era. For the comfort of the rear passengers the Vento also gets rear AC vents and also space max technology which actually allows the rear passengers to adjusts the front seats (Co Driver) from the rear only making more leg room. The car also comes with a cruise control for easy drivability option. The rest of the features includes auto folding mirrors and an external boot release.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

According to VW, the new Volkswagen Vento has a 7% more efficiency in fuel consumption, making it more competitive. We drove the Diesel – TDI with the 7-speed DSG (Auto) and the car again impressed us as it retains the same virtues of being a responsive and spirited performer. The gearbox though, has a certain initial lag. Also, what was noticed was that on releasing the brakes (in Drive mode), the car leaps ahead suddenly (forward or reverse) and one needs to be careful, especially in bumper to bumper driving situations.The suspension setup remains the same, offering a pliant ride and good overall composure, which is certainly a highlight of the Volkswagen Vento.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

As for the braking, a robust set of ventilated disc brakes are fitted to its front wheels and the rear ones get sturdy drum brakes. Anti lock braking mechanism is also offered that not only boosts this mechanism but also prevents the vehicle from skidding. Meanwhile, the McPherson strut on front axle and semi-independent trailing arm on the rear one makes your journey in this sedan quite comfortable. This suspension system ensures the ride is smooth no matter how the road conditions are. On the other hand, with a speed sensing electronic power steering column, you can easily take turns besides having good control at both low and high speeds.

SAFETY SECURITY AND FEATURES ;

Primary safety equipment including dual front airbags, ABS, height adjustable head restraints in front & rear, electronic engine immobilizer, auto dimming IRVM, 3-point height adjustable seat belts in front & rear, rear fog lamp, front fog lamp with cornering lights and power windows with pinch guard function on all doors are available on the sedan. The DSG variants get some additional features like electronic stabilization programme and hill hold control. On the outside Vento gets key elements like halogen headlamps, chrome grille, 3D tail lamps and ORVMs with turn indicators. Cabin packs in a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel, leather wrapped gearshift knob, premium upholstery, cooled glove-box, multiple storage points, 12V power socket and foot-well lights.

CONCLUSSION ;

The Volkswagen vento surely is one worthy car to take on its competitor but it surely does lacks some of the modern amenities that its rivals provides take the touchscreen infotainment system as an example. But what it does provide is surely an impressive engine lineup with two petrol and diesel engine options which are not only fuel efficient but also comes with an automatic gearbox as well. EMI Calculator for Volkswagen Vento.

Fiat Avventura Review,Specifications,Mileage & Price In India

OVERVIEW ;

TAvventura The jazzed up Punto Evo or the Avventura crossover possesses boastful dimensions; the crossover is 3989 mm long, 1706 mm wide, 1542 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2510 mm. Fiat Avventura pictures of the exteriors are evident of the sporty additions made on the outside putting it apart from Punto Evo. The increased ground clearance of 205 mm in turn works in favour of the vehicle. In the front, the vehicle gets reindeer head lights, which are standard across range. Sporty rear spoiler is missing in the base petrol and diesel variants. Body painted outside rear view mirrors are fitted on driver as well as co-passenger side and can be adjusted electrically. The ORVMs also get integrated turn indicators. While the entry level trims get black painted ORVMs unlike the rest of the trims.

EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;

The Fiat Avventura is based on the newly launched Punto and comes with the obvious cross hatchback additions. Around the front, the swept back and blackened headlamps and large snout shaped grille has been carried forward from the Punto. The front bumper though gets a few add on parts though with a chunkier skid plate and side mouldings. The wheel arch extensions and chunky side skirts too add to the cross appeal and will certainly be appreciated by the SUV crazed Indian audiences.

Around the rear, the trapezoidal exhaust pipe adds a touch of class to the Fiat Avventura. The large tailgate mounted spare wheel with its large plastic wheel cover too adds to the appeal and has been the point of conversation to most passersby who stopped to admire the Avventura. One does have to remember to be careful while reversing though due to the extra overhang. Tying up the design nicely, the 16-inch alloy wheels, also carried forward from the Punto compliment the overall design well.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

The internal section of this model series has been done up with a dual tone color scheme. The top end version also has ambient lighting scheme on its dashboard, which emphasizes the elegance of interiors. It is bestowed with an instrument cluster along with a compass and an inclinometer, a large glove box, a three spoke steering wheel with multi functional switches and AC vents. Its instrument panel has four round shaped meters that displays speed, tachometer, fuel level and provides several warning notifications for keeping the driver updated. The leather wrapped steering wheel is mounted with several multi-functional switches for additional comfort. Its center fascia has a high-gloss black finish and is integrated with a proficient AC unit along with a lot of storage spaces. The ergonomically designed seats are wide, well cushioned and have integrated head rests. The rear bench seat has folding facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume. Its driver’s seat has height adjustment function and comes with proper lumbar support. All the seats are covered with good quality fabric upholstery that further adds to its plush appeal. There are also elements like sun visors, drink holders, map pockets, and vanity mirror.

It gets a manually operated air conditioning system including a heater that keeps the entire cabin pleasant. The top end version gets automatic climate control unit, which also has rear AC vents. It is equipped with a foldable rear seat, desmodronic folding key with boot release and steering with tilt adjustment. In addition to these, it has intermittent wipers, electric boot release, compass and an inclinometer. Furthermore, its advanced instrument cluster has a few functions like a digital clock, odometer, multi-tripmeter, distance to empty indicator, programmable speed limit buzzer, service reminder and a digital tachometer. Its mid range Dynamic option has electrically adjustable outside mirrors, external temperature display, tilt adjustable steering wheel and height adjustable driver’s seat. Its top end Emotion option has 60:40 split folding rear seat, leather cover for steering wheel including gearshift lever, rear window defogger with wiper and washer. Furthermore, it also has ambient lighting system on dashboard that adds to its elegance.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

The Fiat’s 140PS/210Nm 1.4-litre turbopetrol engine is quite a firecracker. There is very little lag from the engine, and when the turbo spools up at close to 2,000rpm, the car immediately lunges forward with smoking tyres and a handful of torque steer to deal with. When the engine redlines at around 6,500rpm, you shift to second and you’re back at squealing tyres and torque steer. The surge of power from the turbo is pretty obvious in the lower gears, whereas you’ll barely recognise the turbo kicking in at fourth and fifth. The car gets from 0 to 100 in 10.2 seconds, which feels quick from behind the wheel, but in my opinion, is a little slow for a 140PS turbocharged petrol engine.

What really lets this car down though, is the gearbox. The Fiat Abarth Avventura uses the same rubbery 5-speed manual from the Avventura and Punto, which really saps a lot of the power before it gets to the wheels. The gearbox isn’t precise and doesn’t give you that performance-oriented feel you would expect from a hot hatch.The engine is quite friendly and isn’t a lot of hard work when in traffic, although you would have to constantly shift between first and second in crawling traffic because of the gear ratios. It felt more at home on the highway as it cruised comfortably at 110kmph with 2,500rpm, with all the power ready to be delivered as soon as you step on it.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Whenever you come to this part of a Fiat car review, you know things are extremely positive and praises are a plenty, same is the case with the Avventura too. The ride and handling balance is just fantastic, the car is so eager to drive on both good and bad roads. Fiat has re-tuned the suspension to tackle the added 60 kgs of weight. The Avventura also gets a rear anti-roll bar and the vehicle delights with the way it handles. In spite of the raised height, handling is crisp and body control is simply fab. The suspension handles bad roads with ease although subjecting it to the post monsoon roads of Mumbai did lead to some sort of vibes.

There is some stiffness but that in no way hampers the ride quality, it’s still a car which will keep you comfortable over the worst of tarmac. The steering has just the right feel, it’s precise and the hydraulic unit is feedback rich. The Avventura might be heavy but it doesn’t feel as heavy as you would expect. What really impresses is the grip on offer, the 205/55/16 Goodyear Eagle NCT5 tyres have so much grip (with the chassis supporting it), that you can dive into corners carrying insane speeds and it just goes, no tyre screeching, no understeer, just pure grip and delight. The car is stable at speed and that’s in spite of the higher ground clearance which also means no worries on the worst of speed-breakers. The brakes are fantastic and stopping power is in plenty.

SAFETY ;

The Fiat Avventura has been loaded with couple of important safety features like Dual front airbags with passenger side deactivation system, ABS and EBD, height adjustable seat belts and also driver height adjusts.

CONCLUSSION ;

According to the pricing and details the new Avventura is actually positioned to compete with the popular Ford Ecosport in India while we have to keep in mind that the Avventura uses the same platform of the Punto hatch. It offcourse has been slightly tuned mechanically too handle a little offroading but this front wheel drive vehicle is not an ideal offroader even Fiat themselves is calling it an urban contemporary vehicle. Styling wise this is the best looking Crossover available in the Indian market right now and Fiat has actually taken a lot of time to give it its perfect shape and stature.

Fiat Avventura Active 1.3l Multijet Diesel Ex-showroom Price is   7,03,716/- and On Road Price is   8,38,988/- in Bangalore. Fiat Avventura Active 1.3l Multijet Diesel comes in 6 colours, namely Bronzo Tan,Exotica Red,Hip Hop Black,Minimal Grey,Pearl White,Zafferano Orange.

Renault Lodgy Review,Mileage,Specifications & Price In India

INTRODUCTION

The Lodgy MUV is Renault’s attempt at making a mark in the premium seven-seater segment that is being ruled by the Toyota Innova for more than half a decade now. Where most of the Innova’s rivals failed for reasons like brand value, ownership cost, ‘taxi image’ and even looks, we try and find out if the Renault Lodgy stands a chance with the claimed modern underpinning, better performance and extra cabin space.

DESIGN ;

Instead of a in your face profile, it gets a rather smooth design on the front with petite headlights just around the front corners with a strong chrome line forming the hood lip joining both the headlights. The twin slat grille flows horizontally around the solid Renault logo placed at the centre. The front bumper gradually flows out from the headlight giving it a car like design. It also gets a two tone finish with the lower portion finished in matte also forming an air splitter and fog lamps housing. The chrome touch given all over looks decent. The uniformly straight flowing roofline makes it look like a typical family carrier but at the same time it looks way better than Nissan Evalia and Chevrolet Enjoy. Large windows for all three rows make it look impressive as well as serve for a roomier feel inside the cabin. The wheel arches gets a subtle flair and the 185/65 R15 tyres with five spoke solid alloys suit the large contours. To make sure the silhouette doesn’t look drab, the Lodgy gets crease lines on front and rear sections. There are chrome protectors on the lower section. The rear quarter view looks as impressive as the front quarter with swollen sections and solid profile. The fish tail styled tail lamps is a nice attempt to distract from otherwise boring looking tail door. It gets roof mounted brake lamps and a large rear windshield. There is again solid chrome above the number plate area as well as on the lower section of the tail door. Overall, the rear profile looks clean and scores more points than many other MPVs excluding the Honda Mobilio, which has the best tail door design.

CABIN ;

Now this is where the Renault Lodgy really comes into its own. It is nearly 4.5 metres in length, it has a reasonably high roof, and it isn’t exactly short on width like the Honda Mobilio or the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. So interior room on the Lodgy is fantastic. Be it leg or elbow room at the front; knee, shoulder and head room in the second row; or even the knee and shoulder room in the third row; the Lodgy has enough and more all round. This one is a proper seven seater even when you consider adults. But this is true only for the version that gets a bench in the second row; officially classified as an eight seater. Renault says the Lodgy can seat three in the last row, and so we tried. But unless all three are size zero adults, it’s an uncomfortable squeeze. For two, it’s great. Flexibility to haul luggage though is just as Renault claims. With all seats in place, there’s enough space for small sized suitcases (over 200 litres). With the last row folded, the Lodgy can easily gobble up weekend luggage for five. And when you throw out the last row and fold the second, you can literally move houses with this car. Now, this is the top of the line RxZ trim. The Lodgy will also be available in the mid level RxL and the entry level RxE trims, the detailed feature list for which will only be revealed later. For the RxZ, its interiors might look different from the one on the Duster, but there’s still a lot of parts sharing here. The steering wheel, the front aircon vents, the gear shifter as well as buttons and knobs be it for the aircon or the power windows or even the ORVMs, are all from the Duster. The touchscreen multimedia system is taken from the Duster as well. So, the overall quality levels though not all that great, still suffice. But not having climate control or ORVMs with turn indicators is a miss. The Renault Lodgy in the RxZ trim also gets steering column mounted audio controls, Satnav, and aircon vents for all three rows besides ABS and front two airbags on the safety front.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

The Lodgy is powered by the same tried and tested 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine, carried over from the Duster, offered in two states of tune – 110 PS/245 Nm and 85 PS/200 Nm. It won’t come with the 1.6-litre petrol engine though. The 1.5-litre oil burner is a gem of an engine that we have tested in various cars before. It is quite a refined motor with stellar NVH levels, fuel efficiency and tractable power. The engine behaves the same in the Lodgy, pulling the MPV in a strong yet linear fashion. There is the typical turbolag under 2000 RPM with the 110 PS version, which is not present in the 85 PS version. The car has a punchy mid and top-end power that makes it a confident highway performer. The diesel clatter is not intrusive in the cabin but gets a little vocal near the redline that comes at 5000 RPM. The 110 PS Lodgy is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission while the 85 PS gets a 5-speed gearbox. Gear shifts are smooth and slick but the 110 PS has a heavy and snappy clutch, which can get annoying in stop-go traffic. 100km/hr in the 6th gear sees the needle ticking around 1900 RPM, which makes cruising quite relaxed. The 110 PS version does the 0-100 km/hr sprint in 12 seconds with a top speed of 170 km/hr and the 85 PS does it in 13.3 seconds having a top whack of 163 km/hr. The French automaker claims that it has the best acceleration and top speed in its category. The ARAI fuel efficiency figures for the 110 PS and 85 PS Lodgy are 19.98 km/l and 21.04 km/l respectively, take them with a grain of salt though as real world mileage will be at least 4-5 km/l lesser.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

We only had the 110PS being offered to us for the test drive. The engine is familiar and its torquey performance straight away feels like the right match for the Lodgy. Both in city traffic and highway speeds, there is more than enough juice from the engine to make use of. There is a bit of lag, but once the needle passes the 1,400-1500rpm level, dollops of torque kick in. We are not sure, how responsive the engine would feel in its 85PS avatar, especially if the Lodgy would be fully loaded with people and luggage.

SAFETY ;

The Renault Lodgy has got only three star safety rating from Euro NCAP and that too for the international model having 6 airbags as standard. Renault will be offering the Lodgy in India with only dual front airbags, which is a big letdown. It will also get ABS, EBD with brake assist. Apart from cruise control, the MPV will come with a speed limiter as well. Renault currently has a network presence of more than 157 facilities across India. In order to get volumes and provide better after sales service, the French automaker needs to ramp up their presence, which they say they are doing through the year and claim it to be the fastest ramp-up by an automaker in India

CONCLUSSION ;

Renault seems to have wiggled into a sweet spot in the crowded MPV market with the Lodgy. It blends space, comfort, good driving dynamics and strong performance into a convincing package. As a family car, this MPV is hard to beat. It makes for a happy companion, especially on holidays, thanks to its unmatched cruising ability and long fuel range. It’s not all perfect though. The quest to liberate as much room as possible has made the Lodgy a touch too boxy, which could be a deal breaker for some. Also, at Rs 11.79 lakh for the top-end RxZ 110 diesel, it is on the pricier side. However, you do get a fair bit for your money, which makes the Lodgy reasonable value too. The only real issue is, Renault’s service network doesn’t as yet cover the entire length and breadth of the country. But the Lodgy’s proven mechanicals, which are shared by the Duster, should give owners peace of mind.

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