Honda Accord | In-Depth Model Review

Honda Accord Price in India

 

Although Hybrid technology has been catching up slowly, it took the

odd/even rule in the Delhi NCR region to get the common man to know

about it. The Accord, Honda’s flagship sedan, has enjoyed its success

in the past and has done rather well for itself. Now Honda has decided

to revive the Accord brand, only difference being that this time it

will be available as a Hybrid. It will compete directly with the

Toyota Camry Hybrid in this rather niche segment

 

What made Honda decide on the Hybrid? Statistics clearly show that the

Camry sells more in the Hybrid form and that was reason enough for

Honda to follow suit. It isn’t the first time Honda is bringing the

Hybrid technology to India. Honda had launched the Civic Hybrid

previously with little success as this car was much ahead of its time.

This time however, the Japanese manufacturer is confident that the

Accord will shake up the segment. We took the Accord for a short spin

in Hyderabad to find out more.

 

EXTERIORS

 

A new thick chrome slat grille comes on the Honda Accord Hybrid. The

LED headlamps have DRLs as well. The new fascia makes the Honda Accord

Hybrid look bigger and more premium. It has a strong road presence

too. The side profile is not very different from the earlier car. The

rear looks quite similar to the the BMW 5 Series. The new Accord is

very much European is design and also a lot more appealing. It wears

the Hybrid badging on the side and the rear.

 

INTERIORS

 

Move inside the luxury sedan and there are features and technologies

that one would expect on a luxury vehicle. Buttons surrounded on the

steering wheel for audio and cruise controls make sure the driver has

a completely undistracted experience. The combination of the beige and

dark grey theme with faux wood inserts enhance the elegant appeal. You

also get two screens, one for the lane departure warning, which is

Honda’s exclusive patent and an AVN or Audio, Video & Navigation unit

that pairs with a smartphone.

 

The Honda Accord Hybrid also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

functionality that mirrors the smartphone’s screen on the

infotainment. All this technology with the upmarket tactile feel is

something the Accord Hybrid excels at. In order to cool the cabin

beforehand if the Accord Hybrid is parked in the sun, Honda have

provisioned a remote start function. Once in the car, all you need to

do is press the brake pedal and press the start/stop button.

 

Add to this the wide seats in both rows with adequate bolstering for a

six feet plus person and impressive underthigh support, you have the

perfect blend of what a luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles

should be. The rear seats, despite being adjusted for my height (for

reference I am six feet two inches tall), had acres of legroom, knee

room and headroom. Underthigh support and recline, like the front

seats, is brilliant.

 

A noteworthy mention is the electrically adjustable co driver’s seat

that has switches on one side to adjust the seat by the passenger

sitting behind it. So, more room for the person who is being chauffer

driven through the day.

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Add to this the wide seats in both rows with adequate bolstering for a

six feet plus person and impressive underthigh support, you have the

perfect blend of what a luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles

should be. The rear seats, despite being adjusted for my height (for

reference I am six feet two inches tall), had acres of legroom, knee

room and headroom. Underthigh support and recline, like the front

seats, is brilliant.

 

A noteworthy mention is the electrically adjustable co driver’s seat

that has switches on one side to adjust the seat by the passenger

sitting behind it. So, more room for the person who is being chauffer

driven through the day.

 

The Seating Capacity of Honda Accord sedan is of 5 persons. This car

is having the 2 Seating Rows. The Number of doors is Four; there are 4

doors in this car. The capacity of Fuel tank is 65 liters. This is

good.

 

The break is the main control of any car, on front side The Accord

gives Ventilated Disc as breaks, on rear side it is Disc. If we talk

about the front suspensions it is having The McPherson Strut, and on

the rear suspensions, it has Independent multi-link and coil springs

with stabilizer.

 

SAFETY

 

The Honda Accord Hybrid has safety features loaded to the hilt with

airbags all around, ABS with EBD, traction control, hill start assist

and lots more. An unexpected situation while driving asked for hard

braking and the sedan was composed throughout. A noteworthy mention

goes to Honda’s exclusive Lane Departure Warning system. A camera

mounted on the left ORVM turns on with the video feed coming on the

screen in the centre console. In this case, the driver knows what is

in the blindspot and does not have to move his/her head away from the

road to see the left ORVM. Personally, I would have loved is this

feature was also available for the right side as well.

 

DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

Test drove the new, refreshed Accord from Delhi to Agra and were

reminded of the familiar engine characteristics and ride quality that

the 8{+t}{+h} generation Accord is known for. The 2.4-litre i-VTEC

engine generates a peak power of 180 PS and is paired with either a

five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission,

with steering-mounted paddle shifters for optional manual inputs. The

other, more advanced and powerful engine option is the 3.5-litre V6

engine that generates a strong 275 PS of peak power when all six

cylinders are operating – a fact that needs mention because this

engine is endowed with VCM. The system switches between six, four and

three cylinder combustion depending on the driving conditions and

driver demands. VCM ensures smooth transitions and power delivery,

while simultaneously making sure that fuel economy is optimised.

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BOTTOMLINE

 

It is tempting to think that Honda miscalculated in replacing a car as

fit and healthy as the old Accord with something that, although new,

seems to advance the art to no great extent. Such is the brilliance of

hindsight. The truth is that this car was on the drawing board soon

after the birth of the previous one and few could have predicted then

what staying power its forebear would possess.

 

Yes, it would have been better to let the old Accord live a little

longer and spend the time making a new one with more than the ability

merely to maintain the class pace, but we’re not going to condemn this

Accord for that.

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Honda Accord Ex Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 37,22,124/- (Accord Hybrid) .Honda Accord has 1 Variants of Hybrid are available in India. Honda Accord comes in 4 colours, namely Lunar Silver Metallic,Modern Steel Metallic,Crystal Black Pearl,White Orchid Pearl.

VOLVO S90 INDIA REVIEW, TEST DRIVE

Volvo S90 Price in India

 

Volvo’s S90 saloon is the brand’s follow up to the XC90, an SUV that inspires great interiors, technology, and safety.This saloon is an entirely new car that’s based on the same scalable platform architecture (SPA) which is seen beneath the XC90 and will compete against segment contenders like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. Though it felt right to launch the XC90 at a time when SUV sales are on a high, challenging established brands for a contention in the large luxury saloon space takes a lot of courage and determination.

 

EXTERIOR AND LOOK

 

The Volvo S90 comes with a multi-slat grille finished in rich chrome and on either side are the sharp headlamps with the Thor’s Hammer LED DRLs which are shared with the XC90. The front looks very dominating and the road presence is simply unmatched. The side profile is neat and the body line flows along flawlessly. The S90 comes with standard 18-inch alloys. The company also offers larger wheels, some of which look elegant while some look sporty. Moving to the rear, the design seems like a mixed bag. The tail lamps come with a C-shaped design and the boot lid has Volvo written on it. The number plate is placed on the bumper, thus giving the S90 a bit of a different look as compared to other sedans in the same segment. On the whole, the S90 is definitely a looker. While the Mussel Blue shade on our test car makes it look elegant, Volvo also offers a bunch of other colours which are equally premium-looking.

 

CABIN AND SPACE

 

The Volvo probably has the best interior ever designed for a sedan. The simplicity of design and attention to detail has been carried over from the exterior to the cabin as well. Yes, it shares a lot with the cabin of the XC90 but has its own character. The dash looks like it’s made from a single piece and an aluminium accented line runs the length of the dash. There are ample wood inserts in the cabin that give an already exquisite cabin a richer feel. Even the stitching on the upholstery is of the highest quality and immediately grabs attention. The front seats are the same slim seats as on the XC90 and so is the 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system which can even be used with the gloves on. Then there is the technology and not just cutting edge safety tech but comfort features as well.

 

The Volvo S90 comes with the same slim seats that grace the cabin of the XC90 and are fully adjustable. There is a small lever attached to the lumbar support knob that lets you access the seat settings on the infotainment system. It allows you to set the wing support, squab length and lumbar according to your preferences. The driver’s perch itself is extremely comfortable with great visibility all round. The flat bonnet up front doesn’t interfere with the vision despite you sitting quite low in the car. After you’re done fiddling with your seat you can get on with the HUD or the heads up display which also comes with a number of settings and you can choose what you would prefer it to display for you. In our case I went for map directions and of course speed.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

 

Volvo’s all-aluminium  twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel has already proven itself a willing motor in the XC90 and it feels the same in the S90 despite being in a lower D4 tune. But this aluminium motor doesn’t make the best first impression, as it settles into a gravelly idle. Even on the move you can’t get away from the fact that there is a diesel motor under the hood. It does quieten a bit once on the move though and the healthy 187bhp feels adequate for this 1.8 tonne vehicle.  It delivers power in a smooth, linear manner and it has a lot of elasticity too. Thanks to the peak torque of 400Nm, there’s plenty of grunt right from the beginning and it pulls strongly to about 4000rpm post which the power tails off. Thanks to the gear ratios that are closely stacked on the 8-speed auto, the motor never feels out of breath and a tall 8th gear makes it good at cruising too. In Eco mode, the gearbox upshifts as quickly as possible and the car coasts as soon as you go off throttle to save fuel. In Comfort, the car behaves similarly albeit with a slightly better response from the gearbox and the engine. Although you never feel the need for extra grunt in these two modes the gearbox does feel a bit lethargic to downshift as it pauses for a second before deciding which gear to engage. In Dynamic though it becomes much more responsive, but also tends to put the engine in the upper reaches of the rev range, resulting in lot of engine noise.

 

DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

The S90 glides over rough sections silently and hint of wallow. Large holes, however, do result in a sharp thunk, especially at the front and it does shudder a bit over particularly bad patches. Unlike in most cars, however, Volvo has judged the dynamic mode really well and even in this mode the ride is comfortable and useable. It’s not hard-edged or bone jarring and in fact, at higher speeds we preferred this setting as body movement is kept well in check and it delivers a flat ride. The S90 is quite adept at shrink-wrapping itself around you as it feels very manoeuvrable and it feels no bigger than an S60 from behind the wheel. The wide 245 section bespoke Pirelli tyres provide good amount of grip. Although the S90 in Dynamic mode corners flat with minimal body roll but it’s not something you will call sporty. The biggest party pooper is the steering which feels numb and devoid of feel, even in ‘Dynamic’ mode. As a result, it’s not a very engaging drive. The brakes though felt spot on with them being linear and the discs providing a sharp bite when in need.

 

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BRAKING AND SAFETY

 

Safety has been Volvo’s forte right from the inception of the brand, and the Volvo S90 proves it, coming with several avant-garde safety equipment, which include Lane Keeping Aid, Emergency Brake Assist, Seatbelt Pretensioners for all seats, Child Booster Cushion, High strength Boron Steel, Whiplash Protection and Side Impact Protection.

 

CONCLUSSION

 

After spending some quality time with the S90 there is one aspect that shines purposefully through. This car will primarily suit backseat babus as this package offers great comfort, supreme build quality, and lots of feel good factorselements. It serves up a diverse sense of style and appeal, and will suit suffice those on the lookout for something that’s safe, not too exciting to drive but has a lavishly appointed cabin with the addition of being a little different from the regulars. We now understand the essence of what this Swedish brand had in mind when crafting the S90. A great effort indeed.

 

Volvo S90 Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 54,50,000/- (S90 D4 Inscription) to  54,50,000/- (S90 D4 Inscription) .Volvo S90 has 1 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Volvo S90 comes in 4 colours, namely Mussel Blue metallic,Magic Blue Metalic,Crystal White Pearl,Black Black metallic.

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Volkswagen Beetle Review & Ratings

Volkswagen Beetle Price in India

 

It was the year 2005 and I had just come out of a Planet M store with

a gleam in my eyes. In my hands, I had a brand new CD of Midtown

Madness 2 and I was dying to play it on my Compaq Presario. Quickly

installed the game and and found a yellow car that seemed quite

interesting. Yes, it was the second generation Volkswagen Beetle,

which I drove around merrily on the streets of San Fransisco, albeit

virtually. Times have changed since then and while I don’t possess

that CD of Midtown Madness any more, what I do have is a shiny white

Volkswagen Beetle standing in my parking. This is the third generation

of the cute hatchback and this time I’m driving it on the streets of

Mumbai. Let’s see whether the car really lives up to its hype or not.

 

STYLING AND DESIGN

The original Beetle had lived more than any other car has and when it

was time to say goodbye, it was replaced by a new, modern version. The

new version, though was contemporary in many aspects, it lacked the

charm and simplicity of the original. It appealed to women instantly

and initially sold decent volumes. However, it got a particular gender

focused and hence male buyers were not too keen on this car. This time

though Volkswagen aims to change that perception by making the Beetle

more muscular and mean looking, thereby adding a masculine undertone

to the car, to make it appeal universally.

 

The styling of the all-new Beetle leans towards the sporty side and is

a luxurious car too, unlike the original Beetle. In fact, at a glance

one might mistake it for a Porsche, from the front. The car is now

chunkier while keeping the basic design elements similar like the

rounded front with oval headlamps, bulging fenders, sloping roof and

the flattish rear. The taillamp is now elongated and the boot has a

large  and prominent spoiler, making it look sportier. The car also

seems to be flatter from the top. The sharper lines and sporty looks

are sure to make it much more appealing to a wider audience.

 

CABIN

There are some very obvious retro touches, particularly the upright

dashboard finished in the same colour as the exterior. It houses a

tiny novelty old-fashioned glovebox, but the real one sits below it.

You’ll also like the round, hooded instrument cluster and the rather

unique looking door grab handles. Trouble is, that’s about where the

‘retro’ stops, and the rest of the cabin borrows quite obviously from

the VW family parts bin, unlike its rival the Mini Cooper, which has a

largely bespoke cabin. One borrowed part we’re not complaining about

is the new touchscreen, which is VW’s latest unit. It’s crisp, smooth

and uses a high-resolution screen, and though it doesn’t have its own

sat-nav, it does come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which

should let you mirror your phone’s maps app.

 

The new shape has allowed this Beetle to be quite practical. Apart

from a very large boot, you get loads of room in the front and a

sufficient amount in the two rear bucket seats as well; only headroom

is a bit tight. Visibility all round is very good too, and it needs to

be, because the Beetle is deceptively wide. The car comes with a

healthy amount of equipment. Missing in action are electric seats and

a rear-view camera, but you do get front and rear parking sensors,

leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, push-button start and

engine stop-start, among other things, on this sole variant.

 

PERFORMANCE

Internationally, the New Volkswagen Beetle comes with four engine

options. Of these the one that will make it to India is the 150PS

4-cylinder 1.4-litre TSI engine. This unit comes mated to a 7-speed

DSG transmission. Twist the key and the car comes to life with a sweet

sound. It isn’t the quickest off the line, but felt fairly comfortable

cruising at 140kmph on the autobahn. However, post that it does tend

to take longer to gain speeds and needs a long straight to reach its

top speed. We have always loved the way the 7-speed DSG from VW

performs and in this new Beetle it is no different. Shifts are butter

smooth even when you take matters in your hands with the paddle

shifters.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

Ride quality is simply brilliant and we were in for a pleasant

surprise after driving the Beetle. Our highway blasts revealed that

the Beetle felt well-planted and it impressed us with the silent, flat

and absorbent ride. Its only when speeds fell that the car began to

show a slight stiffness over bigger undulations but it always feels

comfortable. What brings an even bigger smile to your face is when you

learn that the Beetle’s ground clearance makes a no-brainer out of

almost every kind of speed breaker. While the steering is mostly

accurate and feels well weighted, we would have appreciated better

feedback as it tends to feel numb around the dead centre. This also

means that it’s not very confidence inspiring for spirited driving

around tight bends.

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SAFETY

The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle comes with the usual safety tech that you

would expect in a car below the price segment that the Beetle is

positioned in. It gets 6 airbags, ABS, Hill Hold and ESP. That’s it.

However, the build quality on the whole is also good and the hatchback

even bagged a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. Talking

about after-sales, Volkswagen has a pretty bad reputation in this

regard and people generally don’t have a good perception about the

German automaker’s service standards.

 

BOTTOMKNE

As a car the new Beetle works really well and except for the so-so

cabin it is hard to fault this VW bug. But when you consider its

ridiculous Rs 28.7 lakh price-tag, this is just not enough and it has

to feel special too. As far as looks go, it certainly looks fantastic

and its iconic bug shape definitely turned heads wherever we went. But

what really disappointed us is the cabin, which in our eyes looks too

generic, especially when you get the Mini Cooper in the picture. It

doesn’t feel half as much fun to drive too. So for the money, you get

a piece of history which feels thoroughly modern but nothing more.

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Volkswagen Beetle Ex Showroom Price in Pune ranges from 26,61,798/- (Beetle 1.4 TSI) to  26,61,798/- (Beetle 1.4 TSI) .Volkswagen Beetle has 1 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Volkswagen Beetle comes in 1 colours, namely Night Blue.

Nissan Micra Review – India

Value. It is what the Indian consumer is looking for. Whether it is

the world’s cheapest car or the best car in the world, we want the

most bang for our buck, and this is most apparent in our market’s

fast-growing hatchback segment. There are two ways to approach the

concept of ‘value’ – one, to offer a low price. Sure, there will be

compromises on quality, but you essentially get more car for your

money. The other is to provide extra features at the same price as the

competition. Nissan had tried the former with the original India-spec

Micra, but with the imminent launch of budget sub-brand Datsun,

they’re taking the Micra brand to the place it usually occupies in the

markets it is present in: the premium end of the hatchback segment.

 

DESIGN AND STYLING

With substantial exterior updates, the new model of the hatchback

looks completely different from the old one. The front fascia sports

radiator grille with a thick chrome bar, new headlights, fog lights

with chrome surround and modified bumper. The side profile, however,

remains largely similar to the old mode, except for the new alloy

wheels. The rear end gets new LED tail lights, revised bumper with

bold creases and longer tail gate.

 

CABIN

The bulbous theme follow suite on the inside as well. Nissan’s ‘twin

bubble theme’ dashboard in multi-grain plastic looks very modern and

breaks away from the conventional dashboard layouts. The nice roomy

interiors remain and the Micra is definitely one of the most cozy cars

to be in. While we already mentioned about the lack of storage places

in our earlier review Nissan probably read wrong and as a result the

second glovebox has now been omitted. Other than skimping on storage

places, there is not much to fault with and everything feels pretty

well put together.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMACE

Due to tax benefits most manufacturers are tuning into 1.2 ltr

engines and since fuel efficiency is more of a concern to the Indian

buyer, a 3 cylinder engine is the ideal compromise between power and

efficiency. The Nissan Micra is powered by a 1.2 ltr DOHC 3 cylinder petrol

engine which churns out 75 BHP @ 6000 rpm and 104 NM Torque @ 4000

rpm. Low end grunt is not the best but the acceleration is good above

2000 rpm. The Micra gives 18.06 kmpl as per ARAI but practically

speaking we expect the Micra to deliver 14 – 15 kmpl in regular city

driving, which is pretty good. Floor the engine and the Micra hits 120

comfortably, keep it floored and it accelerated towards 140 but then

you back off as the tires don’t give you enough confidence to push

beyond. Thanks to the Renault – Nissan alliance, a diesel engine is

just around the corner and the diesel Micra will be powered by a 1.5

ltr diesel which is currently serving the Logan.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

It covers the low-speed stuff well enough, offering a smooth urban

ride that is unaffected by lumps and bumps like most things in the

class. Its electrically assisted steering is light, as most buyers

will demand, and although it lacks the oily slickness and response of

the better electric racks, it proves accurate enough.

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Raise the speed and you challenge a few of the Micra’s facets. The

first is noise – the Micra isn’t an overly refined car – and the

second is its driving dynamics. We wouldn’t expect the Micra to be any

kind of driver’s car, but there are superminis out there, even

inexpensive ones like the Suzuki Swift and Skoda Fabia, which maintain

a broader level of capability at all speeds than the Micra, whose

primary interest is at the slower end of the scale.

 

SAFETY AND FEATURES

The base model on the Micra has a new steering wheel and even centre

arm-rest. As the demand for automatics is on the rise, this will help

Nissan to capture more buyers especially those who need an automatic

and aren’t willing to spend a lot more on the features. The other

features include push start and stop, keyless entry, in-dash music

system with steering mounted controls. There is even ABS on offer as

well. The company had earlier even introduced dual airbags as a

standard feature for all variants. Now, the base model is offered with

a single driver airbag.

 

CONCLUSSION

There are three variants (trim levels, including one CVT variant) of

the petrol engine, and four variants of the diesel engine to choose

from.

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The facelift has improved the overall appeal of the Micra. Standard

equipment levels including some safety and comfort features will

certainly boost the value proposition too. Hopefully, Nissan will keep

any price increase on the new versions to a minimum. Currently the

prices for the Micra range from Rs. 4.3 lakh to Rs. 6.5 lakh

(ex-showroom, Delhi). The 2014 Micra will be available at Nissan

showrooms by the end of this month.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Reviews India

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price in India

 

It’s easy to see why the MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) segment is one of

the most successful here in India. With large families predominant

here, the average sedan is just not enough. The MPV, however, not only

seats 5 or 7 in comfort but also carries everyone’s luggage with room

to spare. And to top it all, it drives just as well as your everyday

sedan. The Toyota Innova has been leading this scene ever since its

inception, and Maruti Suzuki’s all-new Ertiga, though not the same

size, aims to offer almost the same at a lot less.

 

EXTERIORS

 

The Ertiga’s wheelbase, at 2740mm, is a considerable 310mm longer than

the Swift’s and the kerb weight has increased by around 155kg. But

this is impressive considering it’s a seven-seater. Suzuki has kept

the Ertiga’s weight in check with extensive use of lightweight

high-tensile steel in its construction.

 

With a length of 4265mm, the Ertiga is a fair bit shorter than the

other MPVs in the market, namely the Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and

Tata Aria. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga employs an independent, MacPherson-strut,

coil-spring suspension at the front and a non-independent torsion beam

setup at the rear. The brakes are also a conventional front disc and

rear drum setup.

 

Styling is typically Suzuki, with swept-back headlights like the new

Swift’s, and a grille and bonnet that resemble the Ritz. The overall

design is pleasing, but not what you would call eye-catching. In fact,

the van-like look, which clearly doesn’t exude the status and image of

a saloon, is possibly the Ertiga’s biggest weakness.

 

INTERIORS

 

A new variant, Z+ is introduced in the New Maruti Ertiga. This variant

gets additional features like keyless entry, push start and stop,

touchscreen system with navigation and reverse parking camera. The New

Maruti Ertiga gets the same beige interiors and the upholstery is also

the same. In terms of other features, it gets single airbags and ABS

as a standard feature. Dual airbags is available on all variants as an

optional feature

 

The New Maruti Ertiga has an identical dashboard with the Swift,

however it is beige in colour. The quality of the materials is not

that premium. The front row of seats are quite comfortable and even

large. On long journeys this helps quite a bit. The rear seat space

too on the New Maruti Ertiga is good enough. These seats slide and

recline too. The third row is quite cramped, but it gets some knee

room when the second row seats are moved a bit ahead. The boot becomes

small when all the seats are raised. One needs a carrier for luggage

especially with seven passengers

 

PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING

 

The choice of engines for the Ertiga is the new 1.4-litre K14BVVT

petrol engine and the D13A DDiS super turbo diesel carried forward

from the SX4. Given the additional weight of the new vehicle the two

engines manage to offer a fair balance of power and torque.

 

The new, larger K series petrol engine reflects the same

characteristics of its existing siblings. Quiet and almost vibe-free

in idling mode, the engine comes across as refined and quick under

hard acceleration. With variable valve timing to optimise performance

and with low friction components, the new 1,373cc, 4-cylinder,

16-valve engine delivers a peak power of 95PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak

torque of 130Nm at 4,000 rpm.

 

The diesel engine is combined with an intercooled variable geometry

turbocharger and this is same basic mill from the SX4. This 1,248cc

engine with common rail diesel injection is almost free of any

turbolag and delivers a peak power of 90PS at 4,000 rpm and a peak

torque of 200Nm from as low as 1,750 rpm. The diesel engine makes its

presence felt audibly despite the use of an extended dash silencer and

other sound deadening components.

 

But, that is only when you accelerate hard, during idling and cruising

conditions the familiar diesel engine is just the same as in the SX4.

On the road, the Ertiga feels very much like the Swift and DZire.

Though the Ertiga is no where near as big as the other utility

vehicles like the Innova and the Tavera, you still get to feel its

extra length compared to the Swift.

 

The engines have been mated to the five-speed gearbox already in the

family cars, only the gear ratios have been optimised for the Ertiga’s

expected driving cycle. Gear shifts are crisp and quick. The rated

fuel efficiency for the petrol engine is 16.02 kmpl and the diesel is

20.77 kmpl.

 

The Ertiga handles quiet well too – almost, but not entirely, like a

sedan. The suspension is also a carry forward in terms of its

configuration – MacPherson strut at the front and torsion beam at the

rear. The ratings for the springs have been increased and the dampers

have been stiffened to handle the higher loads.

 

DRIVING

 

The Ertiga’s driving dynamics are largely influenced by its long

wheelbase – the 2.74-metre gap between the front and rear axles give

this MPV good poise and straight-line stability for most situations.

The flipside is that it isn’t happy darting through corners and

prefers a more relaxed driving style. The soft suspension means the

low-speed ride is pretty absorbent, and even as speeds increase, the

Ertiga handles bumps with aplomb and feels pretty solid. The Ertiga’s

suspension works silently too and it’s just over sharp bumps that

there is a mild thud from the suspension.

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There is a bit of up-and-down motion over undulating surfaces and the

diesel pitches a bit more in the front. However, at moderate speeds,

this never gets uncomfortable and it’s only when you begin to push

really hard that you long for a tauter setup.

Considering its MPV proportions, the Ertiga doesn’t roll excessively

and the steering is fairly accurate too. What you do miss is a tighter

turning circle and the ability to wiggle into tight parking spots as

with a hatchback. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that

the Ertiga is by far the most urban-friendly MPV in the market today.

 

SAFETY

 

Servicing the Ertiga won’t be an issue because Maruti has a service

centre in almost every nook and corner of India. Talking about safety,

the Ertiga comes equipped with dual front airbags and ABS on almost

every variant. The LXi and LDi variants miss out on these safety

features but Maruti offers them on the LXi (O) and LDi (O) trims.

Apart from that, all the other V and Z trims come with these features.

The same goes for front seat belt pretensioners too.

 

CONCLUSION

 

The Maruti Ertiga is a very good people’s carrier and it offers a good

amount of features and practicality is also top notch. With the

facelift, the car looks better, gets more equipment and even boasts of

better efficiency. At the price it is offered for, the Ertiga does

provide you with a lot of value and Maruti has got a strong contender

on their hands in the 7-seater MPV segment.

Apply Car Loan for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 6,22,062/- (Ertiga LXI) to  8,75,508/- (Ertiga ZXI Plus) .Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has 14 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes in 7 colours, namely Serene Blue,Silky Silver,Exquisite Maroon,Granite Grey,Pearl Blue Blaze,Radiant Beige,Superior White.