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.