Mahindra XUV500 Review & First Drive

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Mahindra XUV500 Overview

The Mahindra XUV500 was launched in India four years back and it was a great feat by the Indian automaker. The vehicle came across as a huge change over other SUVs from the same stable and thanks to its aggressive looks and the loaded equipment list, the XUV turned out to be a runaway success for the company. Mahindra managed to sell at least 35,000 units of the SUV in the first year itself. The demand for the vehicle was so much that the company had to resort to a lucky draw system for buyers. The XUV500 received a minor facelift in 2014 which included only a few changes and now Mahindra has launched the 2015 XUV500 which is quite a significant update. The XUV500 continues to sell in good numbers even now despite the fact that it has got some worthy competitors. So, let us have a look at the 2015 facelift of the XUV500 to gauge what all has changed.Check for car loans at Fincarz.

Mahindra XUV500 Exyerior

The vehicle we got to drive was a top of the line W8 variant though there are not many changes in the exteriors for the base W6 variant as well. When you look at the Mahindra XUV 500 the 1st thing that comes to the mind is that this is not a regular box looking Mahindra like the Scorpio or the Bolero.The car is well sculpted and chiselled at various angles to make it look very appealing to the eye. It’s worth mentioning here that the design team claims that the car is based on the pouncing cheetah structure. To start off from the front end, the jaw-like honeycomb grille looks magnificent as well as intimidating. It looks huge and gives the car immense presence when viewed from the front. Also a very neat design strategy is the sculpted bumper. One can see that just below the headlamps on both the ends there is a fibre structure which is deep set inside the bumper which gives it that macho and muscular look.

It is the rugged robust look in the front for which the car is said to have an aggressive cheetah like design language. There is an air dam just below the grille and above the number plate section. The car gets static bending projector headlamps which allow them to light up the curves when you turn the steering so that there never is a surprise around the corner. The headlamps also get LED parking lamps along with the high intensity projection bulbs. But then you may think there are no fog lights!!! No, no you are wrong. Look deep down into the bumper and there are nicely fit fog lights which are not that bulky looking but designed perfectly to illuminate the road under bad situations. After all this is an SUV and that too Mahindra XUV 500, you would take it at places where the roads/terrain might not be well lit. Now talking about the side profile, the most distinct and prominent design work is the chunky wheel arch. It is huge and bulky and gives a lot of character to the car. So, I may say it’s not just the wheel arch but an added muscle above the wheel arch above both the front and rear arches which make it more noticeable and help the car look strong and ready for action.

Coming to the window sills, they are done in black just like most automakers are doing it across the globe to make it look better. ORVMs have side turning indicators. The most unique feature on the exterior side is the paw-styled vertical door handles. These handles also provide better grip and also it is a Mahindra first attempt in the SUV segment to come up with such a unique design even for it is a small feature like a door handle. Also there is a roof-rail present on the car which is streamlined right from the front till the tailgate. This adds to the sporty character of the Mahindra XUV 500. Come to the rear end and the first thing you would notice is that there is added muscle just above the number plate garnish. It stands out making it look distinct from the rather boxy SUVs available in the Indian markets. Also there are racing inspired twin exhaust pipes done in chrome. Then, the icing on the cake is the tail lamp. With a paw like design inscribed inside the clear lens on the tail lamp, it looks very meaty and well of course serves the purpose of better visibility. It also has a high mount stop lamp and finally there is also a rear screen wiper with washer.

Mahindra XUV500 Interior

The proportions are so compact that you’d be surprised to find three rows of seats. With the third row up boot space is an all but non-existent 93 litres but the seats fold flat into the floor (easily done by a small lever) to liberate a 702-litre boot and the middle row too folds flat to increase boot space to 1512 litres. Accommodation in the third row is good for children and acceptable over short distances for adults. As a yardstick it isn’t as comfortable as the Innova though space is almost identical to the Aria. The middle row doesn’t slide and there are no individual captain seats for now but space (head, knee and shoulder room) is very good. And unlike the Scorpio where you clamber up, the XUV sports easy ingress and egress thus doing away with ungainly running boards. Up front the seats are wide, comfortable and accommodating and facing the driver is a properly stylish and well turned out dashboard.

Panel gaps are tight and these interiors are much, much better than any Mahindra so far. Quality standards though are patchy, while first impressions are very positive some bits do let it down like the flimsy lid for the centre console and coin holders and the nasty serrated edge on the underside of the gear knob of our test vehicle. Like the Xylo different exterior colours get different dashboard shades and while I don’t care too much for the browns in our (maroon) test car I did see rather better black and beige jobbies during the launch. An irritant though are the silver-finished strips that originate from the base of the windscreen and flow down the sides of the centre console which cause a nasty reflection on the windscreen particularly at night. And mention must be made of discreet LED lights that illuminate the cabin (the strip on the roof looks almost like on the Audi A8) though the reading lamps (also LEDs) are so bright they’re akin to tube lights. Turn on the ignition and the needles do a full sweep of the dials like on sports bikes while the infotainment system plays a welcome tune (which gets irritating after a while but thankfully there’s no ‘Welcome to your Scorpio, you are driving a powerful vehicle….’ nonsense). The dials themselves are terrifically designed and shows just how much thought went into styling the XUV. And then there’s the exhaustive feature count. Safety first. Both variants get ABS and two front airbags as standard, the W8 on test here gets ESP and side and curtain airbags for a total of six airbags. For more details on Mahindra XUV500 visit Tamc2011

There’s hill-hold which prevents the vehicle rolling backwards when creeping up an incline and hill-descent which maintains a steady speed (without touching the accelerator or brakes) while going down steep inclines. Creature comforts include climate control with a separate condenser for the rear air-con to ensure optimal cooling even in the third row. In fact third row passengers get their own blower controls and the vents are neatly integrated into the pillars so that there are no ugly protuberances. All rows get charging points and the space under the central armrest is refrigerated. There’s two-tone leather upholstery, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and audio controls on the steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity and a six-inch full-colour infotainment touch screen that has a full vehicle data display including service intervals, fuel efficiency and tyre pressure indicators (the left rear sensor malfunctioned in heavy rain). Parking sensors with a distance readout is standard and there is a provision to connect a parking camera to the screen. And best of all there’s integrated GPS navigation with 1.5 million kilometres of maps spanning 1200 cities and turn-by-turn navigation in eight regional languages. This is as extensive a feature count as is possible; killer value when you look at the sticker price.

Mahindra XUV500 Transmission

Mechanically there are no changes; hence the SUV remains untouched on that front. XUV500 is driven by the muscular 2.2 litre, mHawk diesel powertrain bestowed with the 5th generation variable geometry turbocharger. The athletic engine yields maximum power output of 140 Bhp at 3750 RPM along with 330 Nm of top torque between 1600 to 2800 RPM. Mahindra XUV500 transmission used with the diesel motor is a six-speed synchromesh manual transmission. There is also an option for an all wheel drive system available in the W8 and W10 variants, otherwise the trims come affixed with a front wheel drive system. Nothing significant has been altered in terms of mechanical functioning except for the slight modification in the final gearing of the manual tranny. Mahindra XUV500 Vs Nissan Terrano- versus one of the desirable options in this price range, XUV500 houses a much powerful engine that promises to engender higher power and torque output.

Powered by the 2.2 litre mHawk diesel powerplant in conjunction with the six-speed manual transmission is decent enough if not very impressive. ARAI certified fuel economy delivered by this version of XUV500 SUV is 16 kms in a litre which is decent enough. In comparison to the previous model, the fuel economy has improved slightly, it now up by 0.9 kmpl.Since there have been no tweaks in the mechanical department, therefore there is no vital change in this department. This also clarifies that there is still room for improvement in the way XUV500 handles. Had there been a prominent revamp in the steering, dampers, springs and anti-roll bars things would have changed upside down for XUV500. However we can’t say that there has been absolutely no change in terms of performance, the SUV did feel more responsive specifically at high speeds, but there is still a large scope for improvement.

Mahindra XUV500 Driving

With a lot of features and excellent engine performance, you almost get all the benefits from the XUV 500 with regards to sporty utility vehicles. One of its greatest advantages is its more responsive steering which prevents the driver from feeling any hint of nervousness while driving the XUV. If you are going to test drive the vehicle on various road surfaces, you will never get scared and won’t be able to feel the difference in the steering. And even if you do three digit speeds on varied road surfaces and or do fast bends, not once would one feel nervous about it as the handling is impressively smooth.

The complete stability of the vehicle even if the brakes are applied suddenly in a straight line is excellent. You will feel that there are lesser see-saw effects when you are going around tight bends at high speed because it is setup more on the stiffer side thereby resulting in better performance. You will greatly appreciate the drive with the Mahindra XUV if you are one that loves fast driving and like a vehicle that is capable of reaching top speeds while not sacrificing maneuverability. However, you need to be watchful on the torque steering out going to the front wheels. You also need to observe closely the clutch; it might be of good quality and not heavy to use but it can leave you with an irritating calf muscle when you have to drive in “stop and go” city traffic.

Mahindra XUV500 Safety

The Mahindra XUV500 comes loaded with a lot of safety features. Every variant comes with dual front airbags and ABS as standard while the W8 and W10 variants also get side and curtain airbags. The SUV also gets other features like Electric Stability Program (ESP) with Rollover Mitigation, Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control on W8 and W10 variants. The XUV500 is undoubtedly the safest vehicle in its class and it has also bagged a 4-star rating from Australian NCAP. Talking about after-sales, Mahindra has a wide service network across the country. The company caters to a variety of customers owning different SUVs from the automaker’s stable. Most online experiences posted by existing XUV500 owners state they have had a decent experience with the company’s service, but what gets annoying is the number of frequent visits that have to be made to the service centres to solve the vehicle’s niggles. However, Mahindra has improved a lot in the past couple of years and we expect the new XUV to be free from any major irritants.

Mahindra XUV500 Cost in Bangalore

Mahindra Xuv500 On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 16,08,271 to 24,47,533 for variants XUV500 W5 and XUV500 W11 O AWD AT respectively. Mahindra Xuv500 is available in 12 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Xuv500 variants price in Bangalore. Check for XUV500 price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Mahindra XUV500 Final Thought

The new XUV does make a more compelling case than before, with revamped styling, improved cabin ambience and longer equipment list build on the XUV’s traditional strengths. At the same time, the XUV has become better to drive too. Sure, there is still room for improvement but to the average buyer looking for an all-round SUV that meets style and value, the XUV remains among the best options around. More so when you consider that variant for variant, the XUV costs about the same as before. The lower W4 and W6 variants have been priced at Rs 11.2 lakh and Rs 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively, while the higher-spec XUV500 W8 costs Rs 14.2 lakh (in front-wheel drive form) and Rs 14.9 lakh (all-wheel drive). The new W10 variant has been priced atRs 14.99 lakh (front-wheel drive) and Rs 15.99 lakh (all-wheel drive).

 

Audi Q5 Facelift Performance & Test Drive

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Audi Q5 Overview

Positioned between the smallish Audi Q3 and the huge Audi Q7, the Q5 promises to be a great urban SUV. It can handle bad terrain, and won’t be too cumbersome to drive in traffic either. Also, given that it looks good too, Audi hasn’t had a problem with the competition either. Back on tarmac, it’s docile and boasts car-like dynamics.??While Porsche is readying the Macan (it will be priced higher than the Q5) and BMW has the X3 already, the Q5 enjoys its position, because of its capability as a product, and Audi’s well deserved value in the market.Check for car loan intrest rate at Fincarz

Audi Q5 Look & Style

The Audi Q5 comes up as a very subtle looking SUV. The overall design of it looks more coupe inspired than a typical SUV. The sloping roof lines, mild flares on the side with a longish bonnet make the Q5 look very suave in nature. The Q5 does not look like a typical in-your-face kind of a SUV but then it still has a bold look and looks contemporary.Having a family face, this one too has a single frame radiator grille which has been finished in gloss chrome. The vertical chrome struts look very neat. The three dimensionally finished bonnet flows very elegantly between the single frame grille to the front windshield making the design look very aerodynamic. The Xenon plus trapezoidal headlamps sweep back to the side.

The side profile is humble. The window lines have been done in chrome. The Audi Q5 measures 4629mm in length. That also translated to good interior space. This one gets a 10 spoke V shaped lightweight forged aluminum wheels and 235/60 R18 tyres. The combination of these two make the car look dynamic. The roof line drops very subtly and the lip of the roofline ends with a spoiler which makes it look sporty.The rear has wide spread tail lamps. The tail gate indeed gives it a distinct look and one can easily it’s an Audi you are following. The tail gate is indeed very practical and makes it very practical to load and unload. Hidden under the massive chunk of a rear bumper are the exhaust diffusers which have been done in brush Aluminum.

So, the new Q5 which recently got its dose of updates is a good looking SUV. It looks more like a big hatch and less of a SUV. The fact that the Q5 is selling in good numbers also assures that India has matured as a market in terms of taste and choice. So, the Q5 packs in cues from Big-Bro Q7 and still manages its own character. The daytime running LED lights of the Q5 are just an icing and looks simply awesome.

Audi Q5 Cabin & Space

Perhaps even more vast a change than the exterior, the 2017 Q5’s interior gets huge update. It takes after Audi’s current design styling and features a low-hung, thin dashboard with its Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster, minimalist HVAC controls, and (oddly) tacked on infotainment screen. The center console also sports a new design that includes a new electronic gear shifter and track pad. The steering wheel takes after other Audi models, as well, and features a thin yet sculpted design. The hexagonal grille design is mirrored on the airbag cover, too.

In-dash technology includes Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with its 12.3-inch TFT screen and configurable digital gauges. The MMI infotainment screen perched above the center console offers 8.3-inches of viewing screen and is controlled by both touch and the large track pad just ahead of the shifter. The pad offers smartphone-like controls, with pinch-to-zoom and finger-writing to text capability. The system also features Audi’s Personal Route Assist, which learns your driving habits and can suggest alternate routs should traffic have your usual route blocked. Onboard LTE Wi-Fi allows the Q5 to be an online hotspot and there’s even a Qi wireless phone charger and integrated phone antenna to keep smartphone powered and connected. Audiophiles will appreciate the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound.Check for Audi Q5 in Kotra

Rear seats offer a good amount of legroom matched with lightly bolstered outboard seats and decent headroom. HVAC vents keep rear passengers happy on hot or cold days, and an optional rear seat entertainment package features two huge screens.The seats also fold flat, offering an impressive amount of cargo room. Audi says there’s 54.7 cubic feet of space with the seats stowed. With the second row in place, cargo room is cut down to 21.5 cubic feet of space. That’s does represent an improvement of 0.4 cubic feet of the last Q5.

Audi Q5 Engine & Performance

We have already witnessed the 3.0-litre, V6 TDI diesel engine in the Audi A6 and Audi A7 earlier, but this motor just doesn’t cease to amaze us every single time. In the Q5, Audi has boosted the output by 5 BHP and 78 Nm, which is quite significant considering the added twist on offer. However the addition in power hasn’t come at the cost of economy and Audi claims that the new Q5 is up to 15 percent more efficient than its predecessor. Power delivery is instant and rewarding and NVH levels are very good with very little diesel grunt audible inside the luxurious cabin.

This engine is mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission which is at the forefront ensuring smooth cog swapping. There are no paddle shifts even on the top-end variant which comes as a disappointment, however one can take control of things by using the tiptronic function on the gear lever. Performance, as you would expect, is nothing short of explosive with every dab on the accelerator pedal resulting in an instantaneous surge ahead with plenty of reserve still left. Power delivery although linear, is still addictive and there is a definite shove in your knickers when you bury your right foot in the floor.

We can go endlessly with praise about the 3.0-litre TDI engine, it’s that darn good. The motor feels at home at all speeds, whether its ambling around the city, sprinting on open roads or simply cruising on the highways. This mill does a splendid job in hauling the 1.8 tonne Q5 with urgency and blurred scenery. The Audi drive select system offers various modes which control the accelerator pedal characteristics, automatic transmission shift points and amount of steering assist as well. How has Audi managed to boost performance and efficiency at the same time? The German car maker has reduced weight with the use of aluminum on the engine hood and tail gate. Whoever said ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it too’ was wrong, very wrong!

Audi Q5 Driving Dynamics

Apart from the engines, the other thing that Audi did not have to do much to was the quattro all-wheel-drive system, which has widely grown to be accepted as one of the best traction aids in the market. The bit of fine-tuning they’ve done has resulted in smoother transitioning from the efficient front-wheel-drive set-up to the all-wheel drive, but can you and I tell the difference? Probably not. What you will notice, however, is the new multi-link suspension set-up with the optional air suspension which has made the ride quality and transfer of weight noticeably more pliant.

You can feel the suspension complying with the quattro system more amicably when you chuck the car into corners, pretending it’s a low-slung sportscar. It’ll play pretend along with you, keeping things tidy and under control. What also helps is that the new chassis takes away 90kg from the Q5’s kerb which helps it behave on the road the way it does. For more information on Audi Q5 in New Delhi check AutoZhop

Audi Q5 Safety & Security

It has a list of safety aspects including a central locking system, heat insulating glass, a windscreen cleaning system, movable sun visors, sun blinds, roof-edge spoiler and anti-theft alarm. It has an advanced immobilizer system, first aid kit with warning triangle, tyre pressure monitoring system, a collapsible spare wheel and ISOFIX child seat mounting.

Audi Q5 Price in Mumbai 

Audi Q5 On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 64,32,254 to 69,55,924 for variants Q5 35 TDI Premium Plus and Q5 35 TDI Technology respectively. Audi Q5 is available in 2 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Audi Q5 variants price in Mumbai. Check for Q5 price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Audi Q5 Summing Up

There are a lot of products in the market that shout for attention, displaying a probable lack of substance. The Audi Q5 is the exact opposite. It is quite capable but doesn’t give a clue about it, until you get behind the wheel.The simple but effective styling, the range of good engines, and a wide array of options makes the Audi Q5 so special. The 2.0TDI is the choice of the lot. It has a good amount of power, and doesn’t drink too much of fuel either. ?It’s comfortable and spacious inside as well, which means if you are going to be chauffeured around in one of these, you won’t have any problems either. Add the good amount of stability and safety options the vehicle offers, and you have a winner in your hands.

 

 

Hyundai i20 Active Performance & Price

Hyundai i20 Active Overview

Market preferences and customer demands have evolved from time to time and currently the SUV body type has seen the highest demand showing steady growth year on year. With the focus towards more affordable SUVs, Renault and Nissan launched the Duster and Terrano respectively while Ford came out with the EcoSport. All of these vehicles have seen great demand. However, there is another segment which has opened up below them, that of pseudo-crossovers. This segment is very niche and has few options. Though these cars are not anywhere close to being SUVs, they are more for adding a SUV flair to their hatchback counterparts.

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Now Hyundai has decided to enter the pseudo-cross bandwagon with the i20 Active which is essentially the Elite i20 with a shot of steroids to make it beefier, muscular and sportier. Now, even though market share in this segment is meagre, the folks from Korea want to be around even if there is little action. The likes of the Toyota Etios Cross, Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Fiat Avventura form this very exclusive segment, all of these have been derived from the respective hatchback counterparts. Is the i20 Active all show or are there some skin deep changes? We find out.Check for Car Loan Interest Rate at Fincarz.

Hyundai i20 Active Exteriors

This is a Crossover based on the Elite i20 standard hatchback but Hyundai has added some extra zing to the exterior to make it appear more rugged. Hyundai has added a new front bumper which is completed with skid plates; the front bumper also gets round fog lamps.

The hexagonal appearing front grille comes with horizontal slats what else looks really interesting about the front face is that it now comes with projector headlamps which also gets integrated LED daytime running lamps, this headlamps also gets cornering lights.Coming towards the side profile the i20 Active also gets side claddings towards the lower half of the car while the roof gets the usual roof rails while the fuel lid gets chunky new fuel lid while the C pillar gets glossy paint finish. Hyundai has also increased the ground clearance of the car by 20 mm and it now has 190 mm of impressive ground clearance. While towards the rear the rear bumper also gets skid plates and the same round lamps.

Hyundai i20 Active Interiors

The cabin features tangerine orange interior colour pack available in dark exterior shades and aqua blue interior colour package offered on the light-coloured exterior shades. Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob are available exquisitely on the top-end variants.Utility features embedded in the cabin include front and rear door map pockets, front passenger seat back pocket, rear parcel tray and sunglasses holder. Instrument panel and centre fascia display feature blue interior illumination, dual tripmeter, tachometer, digital clock, warning indicators for gear shift, low fuel, door and tailgate ajar, immobilizer, and driver seatbelt reminder. Features exclusive to the top-of-the-line variant include advanced supervision cluster comprising of steering position reminder, service reminder, parking sensor display and lane change indicator setting.

Other than these, the auto-unlock function and IC light adjustment features are also bestowed on the high-end trims. For a comfortable cabin experience, Hyundai has employed seat-adjustable headrest in front seats, height adjuster for the driver’s seat, integrated rear seat headrest and front centre console armrest with storage. Adjustable rear seat headrest and 60:40 split rear seats are the explicit range-topping interior fitments. Hyundai equips its vehicles well when it comes to comfort and i20 Active falls in the same line with standard equipment available across the range, including power windows in front/rear, timelag, switch illumination driver side, auto up-down (driver only), pinch guard (driver only), manual air conditioning, electric power steering, rear AC vents, glove box cooling, clutch footrest, passenger vanity mirror, ticket holder, power outlet, theatre dimming central room lamp, front map lamp, intermittent variable front wiper, lane change indicator, luggage lamp and battery saver.

The vital comfort features, such as push button start/stop, fully automatic air conditioning with cluster ionizer, tilt and telescopic steering, second power outlet and rear wiper, and washer are proffered only in the top-end trims. From the entertainment section, a 2-DIN integrated radio/MP3 player/AUX/USB, CD player on audio, 1 GB internal memory, front and rear speakers, tweeters, Bluetooth connectivity, and steering-mounted audio and bluetooth controls are fitted in the cabin. Check for i20 Active in kotra

Hyundai i20 Active Performance

This is the same 1.4-litre diesel unit from the Elite i20. The engine is a pleasure to drive as it packs enough grunt to quickly add momentum and is smooth at high speeds as well. The 220Nm of max torque is available from as low as 1,500rpm and there is a strong surge that can be felt when you let go of the clutch in first. Speaking of the clutch, it is a bit on the heavier side and did cause fatigue in long hours of city driving.

When you decide to get going, the turbo kicks in gradually and the power delivery is strong and linear. The engine revs strongly till about 4,300rpm and shifting quickly is not an issue. It makes 90PS of max power at 4,000rpm and even on the highway, the Active never felt underpowered or struggled to gain speeds. Even at highway speeds, the cabin is able to keep the road, wind and engine noise well in check and feels very well insulated.

Hyundai i20 Active Riding

One of the biggest changes on the i20 Active compared to the Elite i20, which many of its competitors haven’t bothered to implement in their corresponding ‘cross’ versions, is the raised ground clearance. Now, the suspension architecture remains the same as the hatchback but the Active uses taller springs and more travel. However, Hyundai has still managed to keep the ride quality pretty similar to the Elite i20.So, over poor roads, the i20 Active is quiet and pliant and because of higher clearance, better equipped to handle abuse. It also remains an easy car to drive with light controls for the steering, clutch or gear operation, good visibility and all the parking help you can get in the form on a reversing camera and parking sensors. For price details on Hyundai i20 Active  in Chennai check AutoZhop

Braking was an issue with the Elite i20 with the brakes feeling a little woody and a tad short on bite. Unfortunately, there’s no change to the brakes and the i20 Active too is nowhere near the best in this department. And like the Elite i20, it uses discs at the front and drums at the rear, unlike an all disc setup seen on the previous generation i20.Handling wise, the i20 Active won’t get you all charged up. It is good in a straight line – stable, predictable and more than capable of handling undulations no matter what the speed. But when it comes to cornering, the mute steering is a big dampener. Having said that, the grip levels are fine and even though the i20 Active does roll about, it still remains predictive. It isn’t exciting but it’s safe alright.

Hyundai i20 Active Safety

At the front, disc brakes are equipped, which work in sync with the drum brakes fitted at the rear. Standard safety fitments include central locking for doors and tailgate, smart pedal, escort function for head lights, keyless entry with foldable key, immobilizer, and dual horn. Safety equipment available in the mid- and high-end trims comprise driver airbag, anti-lock-braking system, front fog lights, impact-sensing auto door unlock, electrochromic inside rear-view mirror and rear defogger. Features such as co-passenger airbag, automatic head lights, clutch lock and keyless entry via smart key are incorporated in the range-topping trim.

Hyundai i20 Active Price  in Ahmedabad 

Hyundai I20 Active On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 7,92,430 to 11,39,221 for variants i20 Active 1.2 Base and i20 Active 1.4 SX Dual Tone respectively. Hyundai I20 Active is available in 7 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai I20 Active variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for i20 Active price in Ahmedabad at Carzprice.

Hyundai i20 Active Summing Up

Just like Mr Modi, Hyundai has won hearts of several Indians and it will continue to do so. The design of the i20 Active might not be extraordinary, but its practicality and features overshadow that aspect. It has decent engines and a very good service backing. This makes i20 Active as a great option in the compact sedan segment. We recommend buy the S variant, if you want the best value for money and do not want the top-of-the-line, with features like ABS, in-built music system and other necessity in terms of features. This is certainly the best car to buy in this price, everyone who saw or sat in the i20 Active was impressed by it.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

Replacing a blockbuster vehicle is always a hard balancing job for an automaker as drastic changes don’t always go in line with the devoted fan following. And sticking to the same formula can take the shine away from an established car. So, Maruti has just got it right, the carmaker introduced the third-generation model of Swift in the country. Maruti first introduced the hatchback back in the year 2005 followed by update in 2011, facelift in 2014 and now the third generation model in 2018.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

The all-new car looks just tempting with all the things just placed right. The Maruti Swift undoubtedly looks stylish with better equipment level. It’s more efficient, more spacious and loaded with modern features and safety aspects. This time, company has provided a complete overhaul of the outer and inner design while the same engines will continue to do their duties. Apply for SBI Car loan at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Exteriors

Suzuki design has a more model-specific language than a brand-wide philosophy. The Swift is no exception and it is a mixture of feelings one gets when standing next to the new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift. The design seems familiar yet new. The same upright, yet squat stance, the floating roof concept is there, but just reinterpreted with a blacked out C-pillar too, and the flared out wheel arches and the strong haunches at the rear are now even more prominent.The front of the new Swift is the most familiar, of course, thanks to the Dzire compact sedan making it here ahead of the hatch. But design differentiation has been attempted with the new ‘single aperture’ grille, the front fender air intake treatment and the new LED daytime running light signature. The blacked-out A-pillar continues, as does the sharply raked windscreen, which is just wider due to the increased width of the car itself. The door mirrors are slightly narrower new units with inbuilt LED turn indicators.

The big change in the new Swift is the position of the rear door handles. If from a distance the new model looks like a two-door, that is because the rear handles have been moved up to the top edge of the door frame DLO and now sits next to the C-pillar. This position has been tried before by other manufacturers, most notably by Chevrolet in the Beat, but the execution in the Swift is cleaner and leaves the shoulder line looking elegant and unspoilt. How comfortable it will be to use, especially if you had a bag in one hand and were entering through the rear door on the driver’s side, could be a very personal like or dislike.

The rear of the new Swift is my personal favourite with its sharper edges on the tailgate, the square reinterpretation of the tail-lamps and the wider rear glass. The new Swift has grown in proportions, with a 20mm longer wheelbase and a 40mm jump in overall width. This has enabled an increase in space inside the car, which now offers more shoulder room (+23mm front and +8mm rear), and up to 58 litres of extra boot space. There is a marginal increase in legroom, but the head room has increased significantly due to the lowering of the seat points. Rear head clearance is now up 24mm, so even six-feet tall occupants will have sufficient head room.The design of the new Swift still bears that key stamp of sporty and youthful character. It has the same ‘I’m up for it’ attitude. Build quality and material quality have seen a jump both outside and inside the car.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Interiors

Step into the cabin and the Suzuki trademark features and design cues are everywhere. Subtle differentiators in the design and layout of the cabin attempt to make the Swift’s cabin unique compared to the Dzire. So, the aircon vents, the curved panels on the dashboard and the flat-bottomed steering wheel are clearly unique to the Swift. There are more sporty touches in the cabin, starting with the 5-degree tilt to the centre of the dashboard, to make it driver-oriented. The auto aircon controls in the top-end Zdi+ diesel variant that I was driving featured three dials with inbuilt digital displays. The touchscreen Smartplay infotainment system is there, too, and offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Maruti designers have chosen an all-black theme for the Swift to distinguish it from the dual tone theme that is offered in the Dzire. There is a certain charm to black interiors but, with black plastic and fabric panels on the door trim, it does seem a bit monotonous after sometime. The quality of materials used in the Swift has certainly improved and it does feel like the same trim materials that is used internationally in the model. There are bits of trim finished in urbane satin chrome that offer a break from the black theme, but there should have been more is my opinion. The centre console has a number of storage options for cups and bottles, as do the door panels.

The gearshift knob and the framed panel housing it have been neatly executed, including the one in the AGS variants. The seats are the same as in the Dzire, though they are offered with different, firmer upholstery. The front seats offer thick side bolsters and are perfect for long drives. The instrument cluster features the same twin-pod configuration like in the Dzire, but has sporty aluminium and red rings to make it sportier in the Swift. I would have liked to see a few more options in the cabin, including rear aircon vents and a sunroof. Check for Maruti Suzuki Swift in tamc2011

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance

Coming to the drivetrain the Japanese spec Swift hatchback gets 1.2 Litre petrol motor which you will find under the hood of the base variant. This engine is capable of producing of 67 Ps and 118 Nm of torque. The mid variant too is powered by the same engine available in different state of tune, the same engine produces about 70 Ps of peak power and 170 Nm of torque. While the top end variant gets slightly more powerful 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder motor which is capable of producing about 101 Ps of peak power. All the above engines are paired to either a 5 speed manual transmission or a CVT unit.

For the Indian market the Swift hatchback will most probably get the same 1.2 Litre petrol motor which powers the present Swift hatchback while the diesel variant will continue with the same 1.3 Litre motor which will be tuned to deliver slightly more power and torque output. However Maruti might introduce a slightly more powerful diesel unit as well which will replace the ageing 1.3 Litre mill. Some reports also states that the Indian spec Swift hatchback will get an automatic transmission with both diesel and petrol drivetrains this time.View offers on Maruti Cars in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving

The suspension is the same set-up as in the Dzire, but compared to the current generation Swift, this feels much improved. With the right level of damping and balance between a firm and pliant ride, the Swift manages to impress with its agility around corners and its ability to swallow big potholes on the road. There is none of the rattling and throw-about ride of the previous generations. Handling is good too, though there is definitely the tendency to understeer, especially in the heavier diesel. Understeer is an endemic problem faced by most front wheel drive cars (in the absence of other electronic aids).

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

The brakes of the car are on point and noticeably better than the earlier model. The car comes to halt in a straight line without any drama. And as opposed to the predecessor, the inclusion of ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as standard fitment helps the car have a better grip on the road. The safety is further leveled up by standard dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seats. Move on to the top variants and you get reverse parking camera with sensors, engine immobilizer, central locking and pinch guard power window.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cost in New Delhi

Maruti Suzuki Swift On-Road Price in New Delhi ranges from 5,39,987 to 9,52,470 for variants Swift LXI and Swift ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Swift variants price in New Delhi. Check for Swift price in new Delhi at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Final Thought

The new Swift is being offered with a bunch of safety equipment as standard including dual airbags, ABS with EBD, child safety ISOFIX seat restraints and Suzuki’s new fifth-gen Heartect body structure. The new model’s handling is an improvement felt best when throwing it into corners, though it is not an eye-popping change. The ground clearance is now 163 mm and the car manages to sail over most speed-breakers.

With a new lightweight and rigid platform, better features, upgraded safety features and premium interior and sporty exterior the new generation Swift hatchback surely will win plenty of heart. However this is only the Japanese spec hatchback which was revealed today. The Indian spec hatchback is expected to be unveiled infront of the Indian audience towards mid 2017.

Audi A4 Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Audi A4 Overview

The A4 diesel is part of the 10 products that Audi is bringing in, to India, this year and we’ve finally managed to get our hands on it. It’s finally out of the woods, so to say, and it’s taken a while to come to India. It’s been close to 7 months, since the new-gen A4 hit our shores; but, back then, it only came with a petrol engine. So, the line-up was a bit incomplete, till the time the diesel was launched; but, there’s good enough reason why it’s taken so much time.

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The folks at Audi had to retrograde the engine, to make it suitable for the quality of fuel available in India. The A4 diesel was Euro 6 compatible and hence the company had to make it BSIV compatible and that’s taken up a bit of its time. However, it’s finally here and though, visually, it’s still the same, as its petrol cousin, there are one or two differences that set it apart. The diesel gets a dual exhaust set up at the rear and of course the TDI badge; but other than that it’s all about that engine under the hood.

Audi A4 Look

Let us start with styling. Audi has never been about revolutionary change in terms of styling and the new A4 as you can see here doesn’t look much different from its predecessor. The overall stance of the car is pretty much the same with the planted and wide look that all Audis get. But put the old A4 and the new A4 together and that is when you realize that evolution isn’t such a bad thing. The new A4 gets a wider grille, which even though is quite edgy, lends a more refined and curvy look to the front. Mostly this is because of the fact that the horizontal chrome slats are well contoured and get a lot of intricate detail within them. The headlights of course are the talking points for most Audi car nowadays and the new A4 gets a set of LED headlamps with a fresh new design for the daytime running lights. Again, although not a very different look from the last generation, the LED slashes do look really cool especially when lit up to their full capacity in the day.

Move over to the rear and this wider, meaner stance continues. Again, the design is not much of a difference as compared to what it was, but many smaller changes do tend to make a large difference to the overall scheme of things. The side profile though is pretty much the same as the last gen too but you do get a few more muscular details around the side skirts and the bumper edges.

Audi A4 Comfort

Step inside the cabin and it feels different yet quite familiar. It’s like Audi has taken the perfectly good A4 and turned it up a notch. And the upped notch is more to do with technology than anything else. The traditional clocks have been replaced by a digital screen which allows you to choose between different display options. You can have the traditional tacho and speedo flanking the small info display or you can choose to give prominence to the vehicle information wherein the clocks retire to the bottom corners of each end.

You can even choose the map as your central display to help you keep your eyes on the road. The luxury quotient has gone up as well. There is soft feel plastic and leather all around and you also get wood inlays on the dash and door panels. Though they do tend to look slightly out of place for they are now known to be more of a Japanese trademark than a European or more specifically a German one.

Then there’s the MMI system which has experienced some growth, literally. The screen now measures 12.1inch across and displays everything you might or might not need to know. Also, it is one of the best displays you’ll come across in modern day luxury cars. It is crisp easy to read though the operation will take some time getting used to as the number of buttons have been reduced and scrolling through the options can prove to be a tad too distracting. But Audi has given eight shortcut buttons that you can assign to any function you like so you can have all your preferences at a touch of a button. The scroller knob also doubles up as a touchpad for easy access to contact lists.For more info on Audi A4  visit sccaudi

The driver’s perch is decently comfortable. There’s ample back and side support but the squab could’ve been slightly longer. Also, finding the right driving position will take up a fair bit of setting up and once you do, do remember to save it in the memory. Though the headroom is ample all around, taller driver (6’2 upwards) could feel restrained. Same is the story at the rear. It can seat four in comfort as the space in the cabin has increased but seating five is a challenge and the under thigh support also could have been better.

Audi A4 Engine

The car we got was the 30 TFSI which employs a considerably smaller 1.4-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It might not sound like much but it does dish out 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque, impressed yet? It is the same engine that is employed in numerous VW cars and frankly it was only a matter of time before it came to this segment.

Start the car and wakes up in the most undramatic fashion. There’s no dab of revs or drama, it’s quite straight forward. Put it into drive via the new rectangular gear lever and it takes off effortlessly. We being us, floored the throttle as we pulled out on an empty road just outside our hotel in Bhubaneshwar and the result was not what we expected. There was a sense of urgency from the engine but there was no pushed-in-the-seat drama. What we got instead was a linear and smooth delivery of torque right up to its powerband at 5,000rpm. And before we knew it we were well on our way to breach the speed limit. The acceleration is borderline undramatic but relentless.

You never run out of power and neither do you run out of the torque. And the new 7-speed STronic transmission complements the engine just as well. The shifts are responsive and are in essence based on the heaviness of your right foot. Keep the tacho from crossing the 2,500rpm mark and the shifts will be relaxed and focused more towards fuel economy and comfort. It can sit at 120kmph on the highway with the needle barely breaking the 2,000rpm mark thanks to the overdrive seventh gear. It will also let you coast rather than let engine braking kick in when you take your foot off the throttle. Apply car loan for Audi A4 at Fincarz.

Put your foot down however and keep the needle in the peak torque band and the A4 responds accordingly. The shifts are sharper and almost instantaneous, pull a paddle and the tacho needle starts to dance while the engine sings a brilliant note. The steering too is well weighed at high speed and light at docile pace. It feels sharp and direct, the feedback though is still not at par with the competition which does tend to take away a bit of fun even if only slightly. It is clearly focused towards people who want the controls in their own hands and it shows.The suspension setup is on the stiffer side but yet the ride is pliant and forgiving. The bigger potholes do make themselves heard but are rarely felt. The brakes provide plenty of stopping power and great feel and are also fitted with the brake energy regeneration system.

Audi A4 Driving

Now, the Audi A4 was never really known for its handling but was always an impressive car when it came to ride quality and overall refinement. And the new A4 is a step above. Refinement levels including noise and vibration are top notch and actually feel a class or two above what the A4 is expected to be at. The older lifeless steering too has been dramatically improved and even though the A4 does feel very floaty at high speeds, the steering does give a lot more feedback than ever before while still being extremely easy to drive in crowded city conditions. But ride comfort is of paramount importance in most cases and the A4 really excels in this category. When it makes it to India, the A4 will possibly be the most comfortable car in its category with its plush and smooth ride comfort. Take it over bumpy roads and there is almost no thumping and thudding and the A4, even with its low profile tyres and large wheels is like sitting on your living room sofa.

Audi A4 Safety

The Audi A4 features disc brakes with calipers and anti-lock braking system, and electronic stability control program for effective braking and controlling. The Audi A4 specifications for safety include front airbags for the driver and co-passenger, head airbags, and side airbags for the rear seat occupants. The additional safety features include a reversing camera, and parking aid at the front and rear for safe parking of the car.

Audi A4 Price in Hyderabad 

Audi A4 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 47,37,624 to 53,72,803 for variants A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus and A4 35 TDI Technology respectively. Audi A4 is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Audi A4 variants price in Hyderabad. Check for A4 price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Audi A4 Final Thought

The Audi A4 has a perfect blending of high power and luxury, and has a powerful presence on the road with the latest-in-technology equipment and styling features.So, to wrap it up, the A4 is not much different in the way it looks on the outside but when you peel of the exterior, it is a whole new machine on the insides. The new interiors are impressive and quality of materials everywhere is top notch. The fact that there will be a plethora of engine and gearbox options is a great thing for Indian buyers but where we think the A4 will really excel is the fact that it is more comfortable than ever before. Now, Indian buyers do have the option of buying cars like the very capable Mercedes-Benz C-Class (which we think is the A4’s biggest competition in India), but we think that Audi might have a surprise winner on their hands with the new A4. With the launch of the new A4 planned within a couple of months from now, all that is left to wait and see is the price point that Audi will launch at. And from what we hear, the new A4 might actually be just a little bit cheaper than the one it is replacing.

BMW X6 Facelift Review & First Drive

BMW X6 Overview

Infused with revisions, the generation BMW X6 SUV gets bigger bragging a relatively macho stance. Although, the wheelbase has been reduced minimally by 2 mm to 1,933 mm which means an insignificantly shorter cabin. Other than the metamorphosed size, X6 gets better styled exteriors and spruced up cabin. Available only in the xDrive40d grade, the M package is offered as standard fare. Cosmetic upgrades on the outside and inside make the SUV look changed for good.BMW has also inset some advanced gadgets inside for the purpose of occupants’ entertainment. Safety wise, this Beemer is a reliable one, courtesy the raft of safety equipments incorporated inside.

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Mechanical strength is derived from the athletic 3.0 litre, diesel powertrain which outputs healthy power and torque figures. Performance is yet another area to watch out for, the company claimed performance numbers for the SUV are impressive. BMW price in India is placed a little higher, which brings it along the lines of priciest SUVs on offer. Get details on city specific BMW X6 price and accessories on offer at the nearest BMW X6 dealer. View offers on BMW Cars from BMW dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

BMW X6 Exteriors

As you scan the BMW X6 pictures of the exteriors, you will notice the overgrown size. The front gets comprehensively tweaked front fascia featuring redesigned head lights in front flanking the reworked radiator grille. The bumper gets fog lights placed a tad high than the usual. Other than the fog lights, bumper also gets chrome garnished air-vents and faux skid plate.

An under front spoiler is also equipped making the SUV look sportier. 19 inch, multi-spoke alloys are shod with all four tyres, the flexuous crease lines bring prominence to the side of the SUV. Body coloured outside rear view mirrors inset with LED turn indicators are placed on driver and co-passenger side. Bonnet is humongous, and roof lines cascading smoothly onto it notch up the outer appeal. Outside door handles are coloured in body colour. Roof meets seamlessly with the rear, a set of revised tail lights are fitted at the back, the black cladding equipped revised bumper appears sportier. Rear also gets rectangular shaped dual tail pipes.

BMW X6 Interiors

The X6 is new on the inside too. Those of you familiar with BMW’s interior style sheet will find the cabin familiar. The more upright instrument binnacle, the double-deck outer vents and the more bulbous steering boss are all familiar BMW SUV details, but there’s enough new stuff to keep the cabin looking fresh. A wide band of chrome separates the top half of the dash from the lighter lower parts, detailing on the interiors is sumptuous with soft edges, and chrome highlights add to the sporty feel of the cabin.

The new cabin also gets a much more useable rear seat, with better support and space. You can now seat three abreast in comfort. The new X6 also gets a pair of neatly trimmed kneepads for the driver. They flank the centre console to provide supportive leg-bracing when the cornering forces get large, preventing that typical pain in the knee you experience on hard driving.

Under the skin, the X6 M50d is also pretty special. Despite being one step down from a full M car, it gets plenty of bespoke hardware that makes it feel extra special from behind the wheel. The chassis of the standard car is a bit stiffer than the outgoing one. In addition, this full-time four-wheel-drive X6 also gets the so-called adaptive M Sport suspension, which firms up considerably in the Sport mode. Add in a dynamic pack and you also get active roll control and a rear axle that distributes the engine’s power to the rear wheel with the most grip.

BMW X6 Performance

Under the hood sits BMW’s most recent gem — a smooth, free-revving diesel six with not one, not two, but three turbos! The M50d’s 3.0-litre, triple-turbo straight-six produces 381bhp and commercial vehicle-like torque of 75.45kgm. All this is achieved because BMW has reduced the compression ratio of this diesel to just 16:1, really low considering few petrols nowadays come with a 12:1 ratio. The lower compression allows for greater ‘fill’ from the three turbos at maximum boost, and BMW has made sure injection pressure is good enough to supply plenty of diesel. The M50d’s injection pressure is upped to a really high 2,200bar when the engine is running at max speed.Check for BMW X6 in sccaudi.com 

How do the three turbos work together? To begin with, a small variable-geometry turbo comes in at low revs. This allows for fast responses and a reduction in lag as the light turbo is easy to spool up even with a small tap on the throttle. There is a hint of lag as you take off, but the quick eight-speed gearbox ratios help you overcome this in a jiffy. The larger main turbo joins the fray at just 1,500rpm, and takes responsibility for most of the meaty midrange. So, after 2,000rpm, responses are massive and explosive bursts of acceleration are just a flex of your right foot away. The third turbo is small again and chimes in at approximately 2,600rpm, helping give the mid range a boost. The best bit is that the turbos overlap so smoothly, you really need to pay attention to notice where each comes in, especially if you accelerate flat out in one long seamless pull all the way to 5,600rpm.

As a result, the X6 M50d is really quick. This 2.2-tonne SUV does 0-100 in an insane 5.3 seconds, and that’s just the start of it. And the manic pull in the higher gears simply has to be experienced. The motor delivers huge thrust from 2,000rpm to 5,000rpm, and the manner in which it progresses up the powerband is so undiesel-like, you almost forget it is one. Yes, it growls like a diesel in the midrange under load and there’s a hint of clatter too, but there’s also a nice snarl in the top end that sounds just great. At speed, the X6’s most remarkable feature is its near-petrol-like hush.

BMW X6 Driving

The engine lumbar past 100 kmph mark from stand still within 5.8 seconds. BMW X6 top speed is 240 kmph which is not very impressive but is good enough.Drive the new X6 harder and that slight understeer dialed in also dissolves into a nice neutral balance. Go harder still and now you are truely into the realm of fantasy. You expect the X6 to wash out, to loose grip and composure. But no, the more you gas it, the more it obediently points into a set of corners. Move up to Sport+, where the ESP is partially switched off, and the balance becomes even sweeter. Slip at the rear happens even more smoothly, the X6 feels even more at ease through a section of corners. Even the torque vectoring and 60 percent rear-biased split of the rear axle work brilliantly. While the steering isn’t communicative and feels a bit wooden, it soon becomes clear — this is possibly the best-handling SUV in the world.

BMW X6 Safety

The list of standard safety features on the 2017 BMW X6 includes stability and traction control, antilock brakes, automatic brake drying (for enhanced wet-weather response), front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and front and rear parking sensors. Also standard is the BMW Assist emergency communications system, which provides automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery and on-demand roadside assistance.Other safety features that are optional or standard, depending on the trim level, include blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a forward collision warning and mitigation system with pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, side- and top-view parking cameras, and a night-vision system that’s also able to detect pedestrians.

BMW X6 Price in Mumbai

Bmw X6 On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 1,09,04,268 to 2,11,18,488 for variants X6 xDrive 35i M Sport and X6 M STD respectively. Bmw X6 is available in 3 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Bmw X6 variants price in Mumbai. Check for X6 price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

BMW X6 Round Up

After going through everything most of you might have mixed reaction about the new X6, some may like it for its styling while other may not feel the same but everyone has to agree with us on one thing here is the fact the X6 does come with a premium interior which also has a practical side to it, it even has a powerful engine lineup and plenty of engine options to choose from however the fun part comes automatically with it. Overall the X6 will definitely impress those who wants a powerful SUV which also comes with exceptional good looks and an option of various powerful and fuel engines to choose from.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Performance & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Overview

Maruti Suzuki introduced the Alto K10 back in the year 2010, and got its first facelift in 2014. Alto nameplate is the Maruti’s all-time best selling brand. Its simple design and powerful and fuel-efficient engine pleases all. Where driving a big car becomes a challenge in urban areas, Alto K10 comes into the picture. To differentiate the car from Alto 800, the company has used sharp cuts and creases on the outside and inside too has been given a different pattern. Maruti Alto K10 is mainly targeted towards the enthusiastic customers who are seeking for the powerful hatch in the small car segment. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Exteriors

With mild cosmetic changes, the new Alto K10 shares great resemblance with its siblings – Maruti Alto and Maruti Zen. With a total dimension of 3620 mm (length) x 1495 mm (width) x 1460 mm (height), the car looks very compact yet very spacious from the inside. The wheelbase is 2360 mm. The new headlights,body-coloured bumper, extended snout and stylish front fog lamps enhance the front fascia of car. Now, the badge is significantly highlighted on its front side. The wheels of its top-end variant get full covers, whereas the K10 LXi comes with only a centre cap. Its 13-inch tubeless tryes contribute to its stability and ride quality. The 155/65R13 size of tyres is used for both the variants. The redesigned rear instantly feels like the old Zen.

The new tail lights, tailgate with wedge and rear bumper have maintained the aesthetic feel of the car. Both the variants Lxi and VXi carry total kerb weight of 760 kg and 765 kg, respectively. The car is available in six attractive colors – Fire Brick Red, Midnight Black, Sunlight Copper, Ecru Beige, Silky Silver and Superior White.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Interiors

The interior of the Maruti Alto K10 is totally fresh when compared to its 800cc sibling. The console and the dash has a black and beige tone with the instrument cluster having features like the USB option and aux input and a mp3 player. The buttons are big and clear and hence easy and convenient to use. This new centre console is a welcome after the old Alto 800 styling, which does look outdated.

The Maruti Alto K10 gets new rich beige fabric seats to add a pinch of richness in the cabin. The cabin space is sufficient and feels airy. The front row seats are comfortable for even long drives. In the second row there is sufficient kneeroom even for tall people and there is enough head room as well, but the thigh support could have been better.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Performance

Is it fast? Yes. Does it put a wide grin on your face when you floor it? Maybe. That is all I can say to try and describe the performance on the K10. The engine is a K10B unit borrowed from the WagonR. A 1 litre, 3 cylinder unit – it generates 68PS of power and 90Nm of torque. No, it doesn’t really sound like a lot – but that is until you factor in the weight of the car. The car doesn’t really weigh a lot, giving it a power-to-weight ratio that matches most B segment hatches. That 90Nm of torque is available at 3500rpm and the peak power is developed only at the redline i.e 6000rpm. What this means is you really have to have a leadfoot to make the K10 run fast. Check for Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 in sccaudi.com 

Now, this engine and gearbox combo is available on the bigger Celerio as well. But I’ll go out on a limb and say the gearbox is slightly better tuned on the Alto compared to the Celerio. As with all AMTs, the shifts are jerky – both up and down the gears. The gearbox is slightly hesitant to downshift at times as well, holding on to that higher gear, inadvertently lugging the car in the process. Thankfully, it does snap into its senses in a bit and downshifts. You can always avoid all of this hassle and shift on your own by slotting the gear lever into M. You now pull the lever back to upshift and push the lever forward to downshift. This is the exact opposite of what you might be used to, say, with a DSG box – but you’d adapt to it pretty easily. Even in manual, the vehicle will automatically downshift if it senses it is in too high a gear for the revvs or the speed. But it does let you take the revv needle all the way upto the redline.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Driving

The handling and ride quality of the Alto K10 is decent. Its powerful front McPherson Strut suspension with torsion type roll control device and rear coil spring, gas filled shock absorbers with three-link axle, and isolated trailing arm suspension with isolated trailing arm make driving a breeze, even on busy roads or streets. However, its high speed performance isn’t impressive. The ground clearance is 160 mm, which helps the car improve drivability on the bumpy Indian roads. Boosted with a three-cylinder engine, Alto K10 offers an amazing driving experience with low NVH levels. One can enjoy sharp turns with Alto K10 that comes with minimum turning radius of 4.6m.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Safety

The braking is at par with the contemporaries and progressive with a better bite on the road. The braking system works in line with the regular driving style but not tuned for hard driving. Not much can be expected when it comes to safety features in budget hatchbacks. But you still get optional driver side airbag, central locking, engine immobilizer and child safety lock.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Price in Mumbai

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 3,89,682 to 4,88,088 for variants Alto K10 LX and Alto K10 VXI AGS Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is available in 8 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 variants price in Mumbai. Check for Alto K10 price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Round Up

With a decent cosmetic makeover and configured with more powerful engine, the new Alto K10 is a good value-for-money product. The K10B engine is a far better performer than Maruti’s old 796 cc engine. From the inside, the car gives you a sense of comfort, which comes with good numbers of features and rich upholstery.

Jeep Compass Facelift Review & Test Drive

Jeep Compass Overview

The Jeep brand has entered the Indian market with a top-down approach. First, they launched the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler offerings and now the American automaker is all set to introduce the ‘Made in India’ Jeep Compass. Yes, the baby Jeep is being locally manufactured in India at their Ranjangaon facility, which is the only plant across the globe producing right-hand drive Compass. FCA is betting big on the Indian market and export markets with the Compass. We test the latest Jeep in Goa to see how capable the mini Grand Cherokee is.FCA shares the same platform of the Jeep Compass within the family. It was first seen in the Fiat 500X and it is also being used to underpin the Jeep Renegade compact SUV. This is the second generation of the Jeep Compass that we’ll get in India.  Jeep Compass in Tryaldrive.

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Jeep Compass Design & Style

Talk about styling, and the Compass surely won’t disappoint. The India-spec Compass SUV borrows its styling cues from the Grand Cherokee SUV. Towards the front profile, the SUV gets Jeep’s signature 7 slat grille. The headlamp unit looks sharp and gets LED daytime running lamps and projector units. The side profile looks little-squared wheel arches. The rear profile too looks sophisticated as well while the chrome lining just below the roof rail which loops around the SUV adds a premium feel to the SUV. The rear profile of the SUV looks impressive as well with the wraparound LED taillamps. The duel tone bumpers towards the front and rear give a big appearance to the SUV.

The Jeep Compass will compete with other C-SUV segment and is based on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade, however, the Compass SUV gets a longer wheelbase and certainly gets Jeep’s offroading DNA.

Jeep Compass Cabin & Comfort

Like the exterior, the Compass’ interior is not too extravagant but it isn’t dull either. The dashboard’s design may seem flat at first but if you look closer there’s plenty going on. The trapezoidal center stack, again, is something we have seen in Jeeps previously. In the Compass, it houses a 7-inch display for Jeep’s UConnect infotainment system and further down, there’s a sturdy metal gear knob, terrain control dial and an electronic parking brake. The cabin feels extra premium and also relatively airier with the all-white leather seats although having such a light shade requires constant attention and care – our test car was less than a couple of thousand km old and had a number of scuffs and dirt marks on the seats.

Build quality and fit and finish of the Compass is quite good but it isn’t without its shortcomings. Other than the tacky gloss black panel surrounding the 7-inch display, there are noticeable dummy buttons on the steering wheel and the indicator stalks feel like they have come from FCA’s cheaper products. Also, the graining on the dash may seem like the hard, scratchy kind but it’s actually made up of soft touch plastics. The latter, along with the supple leather upholstery, lend a quality feel to the cabin. What also raise the comfort quotient in here are the large front seats which offer plenty of under thigh support and good side bolstering. The rear seat, meanwhile, is tailor made for the Indian market – the cushioning is just right and thanks to the high stance, there’s a great deal of headroom, too. Despite the seat base being made longer for the India-spec car, we feel it could do with a little more under thigh support. Nevertheless, the Compass makes for a great buy for even those looking to be driven around.

In terms of features and safety equipment, the Compass gets dual zone climate control, LED taillights, electrically retractable ORVMs, rear AC vents, a 7-inch infotainment screen with smartphone mirroring and a brilliant sounding 6-speaker audio system. As for safety, Jeep has included hill start assist, 6 airbags (on 4×4 trim), rollover mitigation system, adaptive brake lights and cornering lights.

Jeep Compass Engine & Gearbox

The Jeep Compass will be available with both 1.4-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine options. We got to test the 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine at the drive which makes its debut in the Indian market with the launch of the Compass. It produces 173 PS of power and 350 Nm of twisting force. This is one cracker of an engine that loves to pull in the magical mid-range. There is some lag under 2000 RPM post which you get fantastic acceleration. The motor keeps pulling until redline but the top end of this powerplant gets quite loud and coarse. For Jeep Compass check kotra.in 

This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and Jeep won’t be offering an auto box with the diesel motor initially. The 1.4-litre petrol will come with both manual and auto transmissions but the petrol Compass will be available later. The 6-speed gearbox is quite precise and offers great feedback while the clutch is light, making it easy to drive in city conditions. The first three gears have short ratios while the rest are long legged offering balanced driveability in both city and highway driving conditions. Ingear acceleration is good too but you need to shift frequently if you hit the turbo lag zone. NVH levels are quite strong and the motor feels smooth but once it’s past 3500 RPM, the loudness gets quite apparent inside the cabin. You can expect a fuel efficiency of 12-14 km/l in real world conditions.

Jeep Compass Driving Dynamics

Jeep has a rather sophisticated suspension setup. In fact, there’s fully independent suspension all around and what Jeep calls Frequency Sensitive Damping with variable damping rates based on road condition and driving style – basically it senses the amount of load and compression on the springs and adjusts the damping accordingly. The Compass, as it turns out, boasts an impressive blend of ride and handling, one that’s better than its arch rival – the Hyundai Tucson. Ride comfort in particular is its forte, with it being far more composed and absorbing than the fussy Tucson. The Jeep irons out small bumps and ruts remarkably well and while it isn’t as planted as the VW Tiguan at highway speeds, it’s never unsettled. We believe some of that absorbency is down to its Firestone all-weather tyres that, despite being an unknown name in India, offer good traction and compliance. While obviously it’s no high performance car, the Compass feels balanced through the corners and sits flatter than what was expected.

Jeep Compass Safety & Security

The Jeep Compass comes loaded with safety equipment such as 6 airbags, All-Speed Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS, Isofix seat mounts, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill Start Assist, etc. One of the biggest questions for the Compass’ success in India is the after sales and poor service network across the country. The American carmaker is setting up new dealerships but currently, there are very few of them in India. Since the Compass is locally produced, we expect relatively affordable spare parts and maintenance costs.

Jeep Compass Price in Mumbai

Jeep Compass On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 17,25,236 to 25,08,225 for variants Compass Sport 1.4 Multi AIR Petrol and Compass Limited 4X4 O 2.0 Diesel respectively. Jeep Compass is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Jeep Compass variants price in Mumbai. Check for Compass price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Jeep Compass Verdict

Cars like the Jeep Compass leave us wondering why we do not have soft-roaders in record numbers. Extremely comfortable, versatile and efficient with on-road dynamics similar to a hatchback or a sedan, they make all kinds of sense for a lot of buyers. Jeep has nearly nailed the brief for this segment at the very least with the Compass – not only is their new product spacious and practical, its hugely capable both on-road and off it.

Jeep will launch the Compass in the next couple of months, with ex-showroom prices expected to range between Rs 20-25 lakh. At that price range, it will have the Hyundai Tucson to rival and while it’s not as refined or feature-rich as the Hyundai, the Jeep outdoes it in the ride and handling department and dare we say it, it’s better looking as well. A comparison test awaits.

Land Rover Discovery Features, Specifications & Gearbox

Land Rover Discovery Overview

The Land Rover Discovery 2017, the much- awaited SUV, has finally hit the Indian shores. The new design of the Discovery is not as tough and rugged as the old Discovery, but feels really futuristic with that box look being given new curvy edges, sharp looks and a blocky back. The new LED headlamps give it the look of a Range Rover. This new 7- seater Land Rover Discovery gets a completely new aluminum monocoque frame, making it lighter and hence making it more efficient. The SUV still drives like a Discovery, not like a Range Rover or Range Rover sport in any way; it’s all smooth and easy to go with minimal engine noise getting inside the cabin. Land Rover Discovery in Tryaldrive.

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Land Rover Discovery Design & Style

If you happen to be the proud owner of a new Land Rover Discovery and you’re looking to dial up the SUV’s aesthetic appeal, Startech’s new tuning kit may just be the keys to the kingdom that you’ve been looking for, even though the kit is pretty straightforward.On the outside, the program offers plenty of upgrades, beginning with an aerodynamic body kit that includes a new front spoiler that can be attached to the Discovery’s standard front bumper. The spoiler’s design is distinct enough to give the Discovery a new look. The side flaps on the equipment piece are nice visual touches, too, but it’s more important function rests in its ability to reduce the lift on the SUV’s front axle.

The other notable piece of the body kit can be found in the rear section of the SUV, specifically in the rear bumper where a similar add-on component is being offered. It’s admittedly more distressing to the eyes, but it does serve some functions too. Chief among them is the integration of the other elements of Discovery in this section, including the tailpipe embellishers and a center section that Startech describes as looking like an actual diffuser. This particular piece has also some versatility in it since it’s design was done as such that the whole piece can also be fitted on SUVs that have a trailer hitch.

Land Rover Discovery Cabin & Space

The Discovery’s cabin is all about practicality, one with multiple usable storage spaces. Other than the usual array of glove boxes and door pockets, it gets a large storage box behind the rotary gear selector. There’s even a fairly big cool box under the front armrest which is a really neat feature. Lastly, there’s the hugely configurable seating arrangement in the 7-seater variant as all three rows are electrically adjustable.Being a tall vehicle, the Discovery offers excellent all-round visibility and a driving position that is more than high enough for that commanding view of the road. As for the seat comfort, the front seats are massive and offer immense side support and even under-thigh support – they are large enough to keep you comfortable for long hauls.

Similarly, there is plenty of room at the back, with a rear bench that is broad and spacious enough to accommodate three adults easily. Thanks to the Disco’s width, there is hardly any jostling for shoulder room or that feeling of being pushed onto the doors. Although the rear bench is set a tad bit low, it is superbly contoured and the low seating translates to plenty of headroom. Sadly, this new model cannot match its predecessor when it comes to third-row seating comfort – the pair of seats is smaller and to make matters worse, there’s noticeably less thigh support.As for the features, the Discovery is fully loaded and comes with a 14-speaker premium multimedia system, adaptive LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, 360-degree parking, a head-up display, 4-zone climate control, interior mood lighting and a tonne of safety tech. However, we would like to add that a lot of features from the spec list are optional extras.

Land Rover Discovery Engine & Gearbox

Featuring a new aluminium chassis and body panels made from similar materials, the Discovery has managed to shed nearly 480kg over its predecessor. However, at over 2.1 tonnes for this petrol-powered version, it is still a heavy car. Under the long hood sits a supercharged 3-litre V6 developing 340bhp and 450Nm of torque. It’s got more than enough punch to get the Disco up to speed and keep it there without struggling. The surprisingly effortless acceleration is aided by the brilliant 8-speed ZF gearbox that delivers creamy smooth yet quick gearshifts. For more info on Land Rover Discovery check kotra.in

The new Discovery isn’t as nice or sporty to drive as say a BMW X5 but there is no doubting the fact that it behaves noticeably better around corners compared to its predecessor – the steering is less vague and the whole car is more reactive to steering inputs. Make no mistake, the Disco still rolls a lot and feels spongy around corners but it completely demolishes bad roads.It has an inherent ability to iron out even the sharpest of bumps and rutted imperfections with ease. Better still, the jolts typically experienced in full-size traditional SUVs are next to none. All in all, the Discovery remains thoroughly composed at low speeds but at highway speeds, there is constant vertical movement and that wallowy feeling that air suspension-equipped cars are bundled with.

Land Rover Discovery Ride & Handling

The Land Rover Discovery reviews give a good grade to the performance and handling of the car. The engine is responsive and doesn’t disappoint you when the gas pedal is grounded. The diesel version goes from 0-100 kmph in 8.1 seconds with a top speed 208 kmph and the petrol version hits the 100 kmph mark a second faster than the diesel one, with a top speed being 7 kmph faster than that of the diesel one. Also, the handling has been improved because of the weight loss; it’s not that sharp atin the corners like Audi Q7 but good enough for an SUV of this size. Also, Land Rover reckons that this Discovery goes further off-road than any other car that they’ve made before, with water wading capacity of 900 mm, Terrain Response 2 (not present in the S variant) and off-road system that can take it to places.

Land Rover Discovery Safety & Security

The Land Rover Discovery features really good brakes with one of the best braking systems that allows safe and sound sudden halts, also housing a lot of safety features, like Electronic air suspension Stop/Start technology, Hill Descent Control (HDC) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA ), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Gradient Acceleration Control (GAC), front side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a trip computer. All these features are not available in the basic variants. These safety features are enough to keep you and your family safe and sound.

Land Rover Discovery Price in Bangalore

Land Rover Discovery On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 89,05,274 to 1,34,59,175 for variants Discovery S Petrol and Discovery First Edition Diesel respectively. Land Rover Discovery is available in 10 variants and 10 colours. Below are details of Land Rover Discovery variants price in Bangalore. Check for Discovery price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Land Rover Discovery Verdict

The 2017 Discovery takes most of the old model’s traditional qualities – an immensely practical interior, long list of features and off-road hardware – and abbreviates them into a convincing premium SUV. At Rs 1.30 crore (on-road, Mumbai) for the top-spec diesel version, it’s not cheap and next to other European flagship SUVs, it doesn’t look as flamboyant either, however, if you are looking for a family SUV with a versatile cabin and legitimate go-anywhere capability, the new Discovery is difficult to not recommend.

 

What Is A Cap-Exempt H-1B & Who Are H-1B Cap Exempt Candidates

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The regular H-1B visa cap dedicates 65,000 petitions to foreign workers with the required skills and qualifications. An additional 20,000 petitions are allotted to individuals holding advanced degrees at a master’s level or beyond.  Check for H1B Visa Process in UT Evaluators

An exemption category is available to U.S. employers that fall into one of the three exemption categories including:

A. Higher education institution

B. Non-profit organization associated with a higher education institution

C. Non-profit research or government organization

It’s important to recognize that there are two overarching classifications of H-1B cap exempt petitions. Those are petitions filed on behalf of cap-exempt candidates and those filed by cap-exempt employers.

Who are H-1B Cap Exempt Candidates?

If you have previously been granted an H-1B cap exemption then, according to USCIS guidelines, you will not be subject to the cap. If in the past you were under H-1B status and are currently outside of the U.S. you might qualify to have an employer file a cap-exempt petition but you must be able to show that you were in status (in the country) in the past six years and haven’t reached your maximum duration of stay. For H1B Visa Process Visit here

For instance, we once had a client who was employed in the U.S. from January 2003 to November 2006. He approached our office wanting to know if he would be eligible to file a new cap-exempt H-1B petition. Unfortunately, since he wasn’t in status the past six years he was required to file the next lottery season.