Tata Tiago First Look Review

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Tata Tiago Overview

At one level, the Tiago (pronounced Tee-ah-goh) marks Tata’s arrival in the competitive mid-size hatchback segment where the Maruti Celerio reigns supreme. At a larger level, though, the Tiago is the car that puts Tata Motor’s reinvention into high gear. That’s because, unlike the Zest and Bolt that are in essence thoroughly re-engineered versions of the Vista, the Tiago is an all-new car. Well, almost all-new. The base floorpan comes from the original Indica but this apart, the Tiago shares little with any Tata car to date.

Tata Tiago Style

The Tiago bears no resemblance to any other Tata product, which in our books, is a very good thing to begin with. The Bolt and the Vista were plagued by the ‘Indica lookalike’ tag which didn’t go down well with the masses. The hatchback follows Tata’s ‘Impact’ philosophy, just like it’s elder siblings, the Zest and the Bolt. It looks fresh, contemporary and modern. It is amongst the widest cars in the segment at 1647mm, second to only the Grand i10. It has a shorter wheelbase than the Celerio, in spite of being a full 146mm longer. However, it is the heaviest car in the segment by a considerable margin.Check for Tata Tiago price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

The front profile is home to a pair of swept back, smoked headlamps. Joining the headlamps is a curved strip of chrome that Tata calls the ‘humanity line’.The grille harbours a three-dimensional Tata logo and hexagon detailing that become smaller as they spread out towards the headlamps. The air dam is sleek and is peppered with some more hexagons. The fog lamps are placed at either end of the air dam and get a chrome surround as well. The subtle creases on the bumper complement the ones on the bonnet, thereby lending the Tiago a confident face

We particularly like the sharp character line that runs across the side of the car and finishes into the wrap around tail lamp. As is the norm in the segment, the Tiago gets blacked out B-pillars and indicators on the wing mirror as well.The side shows off the low-slung stance of the car beautifully, with the 14-inch alloys filling the wheel well. However, the design of the alloy itself is a bit of a letdown. In comparison, the diamond cut wheels on the Grand i10 look truly a class above.The rear profile is clean and minimalistic. The almond-shaped tail lamps and the faint character lines connecting the two look really classy. It also gets an integrated spoiler that houses a high mounted stop lamp.

However, the things that drew our attention remain the gloss black spoiler spats that are placed on either end of the integrated spoiler. Tata says that it not only looks cool but also aids aerodynamics. The matte-black finish around the number plate area helps break the monotony of colour at the rear. Notably, the exhaust is neatly tucked away from view. Boot space stands at 240-litres, which is on par with the Celerio for all practical purposes and is slightly smaller than that of the Grand i10.We will go out on a limb and say that the Tiago is the best designed Tata till date. The proportions, the sharp lines and attention to detail are praiseworthy.

Tata Tiago Space

The Tata Tiago gets a fresh new dashboard with only a few parts being borrowed from the Bolt which is actually a good thing because the fantastic 3-spoke 360 mm steering wheel is not only good to look at but is also nice to hold and comes with ergonomically positioned audio controls. Just like the Zest and Bolt, the Tiago’s cabin is well put together and is a step in the right direction as far as quality, fit and finish goes. The use of colours too are fresh and the company states it has firmly banned the usage of beige in the interior of its cars. Thus the Tiago gets a two-tone black and grey cabin which looks different in a good way. The instrument cluster gets similar colours and dials as the Bolt with the MID being identical too.

There is plenty of piano black and chrome usage on the inside with parts of the steering wheel, centre console and door handle getting the glossy finish while the AC buttons, AC vent surrounds and door knob get the chrome treatment. On the orange and red coloured cars (on other cars the vents are finished in gloss black), the side AC vents are finished in body colour whose appeal solely depends on personal taste, we don’t like it much. One does have the option of customising the colour of the interior (at dealer level) with orange or red colours for the side AC vents, steering spokes (the silver can be changed), gear lever surround and other areas which are finished in piano black like the centre console and the door handles. The AC isn’t a chiller and when you run the fan on full speed, the blower does make quite a lot of noise.

There are a lot of practical touches in the car, in fact Tata has equipped the vehicle with 22 utility spaces including a ticket holder on the windshield, recessed storage on top of the centre AC vents, cubby hole next to the gear lever, two cupholders next to the off centre handbrake, driver side storage pocket under the right most AC vent, tab holder in the glove box, front door pockets to accommodate two 500 ML bottles, rear door pockets to store one 1-litre bottle, glovebox with cooling function, hooks with weight markings (on the centre console and in the boot) and a decent sized boot with a low loading bay.Other interesting bits include the centrally placed cabin light which uses LED, adjustable driver seat height (but no adjust for the seat belts), button operated glovebox, mirror on both sun visors, knitted headliner, one touch down driver side window and a Tata typical illuminated key ring. Below the AC switches are sockets for charging, USB and AUX. The vehicle gets a flip key, key operated follow me home headlamps and rear parking sensors (there are four sensors which are concealed properly and graphics are displayed on the infotainment screen).

What we miss on the Tata Tiago is a dedicated lock/unlock button (one has to pull the knob up and down now) while the front seat back misses out on pockets and the rear seat folds down in a single piece (no 60:40 here). The spare wheel isn’t an alloy and isn’t painted black either. Space inside the cabin is good and there is ample legroom and knee-room (the seatback is scooped) but headroom is a bit lacking for tall passengers at the rear while seats could also do with more under-thigh support. The seats are good and offer a lot of back support but the rear seat gets small, non-adjustable headrests.Three can fit in at the rear and the rear passengers can tuck their feet under the front seats. The Harman sourced ConnectNext audio system offers good audio quality through its 4-speaker, 4-tweeter arrangement and also gets NaviMaps wherein turn by turn navigation is displayed on the vehicle’s infotainment screen while connected to an Android device (using paid version of MapMyIndia maps which is free for a Tiago owner).

The vehicle also gets a Juke-Car app wherein one master phone is connected to the car via Bluetooth and the same phone creates a virtual network (via WiFi hotspot) which others can join (up to 10) to jointly create a playlist, a helpful feature when multiple people are travelling in the car on a long journey. The audio system also has speed sensitive auto volume adjustment.For more info on Tata Tiago check Icps2016

Tata Tiago Gearbox

The 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine is a grounds-up design and uses lightweight all-aluminium construction, a four valve per cylinder DOHC setup and variable cam timing for the intake. It’s an undersquare engine with bore and stroke measuring 77mm and 85.8mm respectively. Peak power is 83.8bhp (at 6,000rpm) while max torque of 11.6kgm is produced at 3,500rpm.

Respectable as the above numbers are, the petrol Tiago isn’t a very lively performer. The engine doesn’t rev particularly quickly and performance is adequate and no more. The feeling is that you always have to work the engine to bring out its best; a tall third gear only makes this more evident in slow moving city traffic. In stop-go traffic, you’ll also notice power delivery to be jerky. You can sense the fuel cut off the moment you lift off the throttle. The clutch is light, but not very progressive, and the gearbox also requires effort to slot in at times. Refinement levels are fair at low revs though the thrum from the three-cylinder engine can get intrusive, especially at the 3,000rpm mark when a bit of resonance filters into the cabin.

To be honest, it’s the three-cylinder Revotorq turbo-diesel engine that seems a lot nicer. This 1.05-litre engine is actually a downsized (and thoroughly modernised) version of the Indica’s 1405cc, four-cylinder diesel unit. The block is cast iron while the aluminium head houses twin cams and four valves per cylinder. The engine’s 69bhp at 4,000rpm and 14.27kgm from 1,800-3,000rpm make it far more powerful than the Celerio’s two-cylinder diesel unit.

Start the engine and there’s no escaping this is a small displacement three-cylinder motor. There are vibrations but it’s not all that bad. The engine also takes time to wake up but builds speed reasonably well from about 1,500rpm though the real power comes in only post 1,800rpm. Thereon, the engine pulls sufficiently but again it doesn’t feel particularly peppy. That’s to say it gets the job done but doesn’t excite in the least. The powerband is narrow and by 3,500rpm you know the engine is done with its best. At this point, the engine also gets noisy with a rough roar for a note and this gives even less reason to rev it to 4,000rpm and beyond. Drivers will find the clutch light but snappy (more so than the petrol) in the way it engages. The gearbox too is not as crisp as the competitions’.

Tata Tiago Riding

The Tata Tiago is very impressive when it comes to its ride quality. It is easily the best in its segment. The Tiago’s suspension is well tunes to offer a pliant ride. The ride is well-cushioned and absorbs most bumps and potholes with comfortable ease. Tata has traditionally been good in this department and gets better with the Tiago. The handling is also pretty good for city driving. The steering is light and responsive. This makes it easy to park in tight spots. On the highway the car doesn’t lose its composure and one can easily cruise at 130 km/h. The car remains steady. We wish the brakes were slightly better.

Tata Tiago Safety

In terms of safety, Tata Motors has provided front driver and passenger airbags along with ABS and EBD including cornering stability control that works with the ABS. There is speed-sensing auto door lock function along with immobiliser for the owner to feel safe about the car. With the HORIZONEXT program, Tata is making sure to improve their after sales service quality and it has come a long way compared to the old days. However, there is still some room left for better service quality. Tata has a wide network and reach across the country including Tier-II and Tier-III areas.

Tata Tiago Cost in Bangalore

Tata Tiago On Road Price is 5,16,658/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,25,753/- in Bangalore. Tata Tiago comes in 6 colours, namely Sunburst Orange,Berry Red,Platinum Silver,Expresso Brown,Striker Blue,Pearlescent White. Tata Tiago comes with FWD with 1199 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 84 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 114 Nm@3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Tiago comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Tata Tiago Final Thought

Based on the Tata Tiago price, the car has a good range of features on offer. It is extremely efficient but powerful too, something that most of its competitors are low on. Even the AMT gearbox unit is smooth to drive and does not get any hiccups along the way. Moreover, the car ranks high on fuel efficiency and will save you loads on fuel bills, for sure. Even the automatic transmission variant is equally efficient as the manual, something that is not very common among contemporary cars

 

Renault Duster Hatchback First Drive Review

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Renault Duster Overview

It was in 2012 that the Renault Duster was first launched in India. It was a path-breaking SUV. It started off the compact and the sub-compact SUV segment in India paving the way for the likes of other popular models like the Ford EcoSport and the Hyundai Creta. But the model generation of the SUV remained the same. We were the first ones to tell you that India won’t get the 2nd generation Renault Duster, but will be the lead market for the 3rd Gen car. And so the current Duster gets its second big facelift to keep the sales going till the 3rd generation Duster comes by 2021. But is this facelift enough? Especially given newer rivals like the Tata Harrier, MG Hector and the soon-to-be-launched Kia Seltos have moved the benchmark in the compact SUV space much higher? Check for Renault Duster price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Renault Duster Style

Those anticipating a sea change to the exterior would be disappointed to know that Renault hasn’t fiddled much with the Duster’s design. Yes, the purposeful-looking stance is still there though what’s new for this 2016 model is some garnishing to the bits that matter. The square-ish headlights, for instance, are a lot busier now and feature multiple sharp creases and the front bumper, too, is equally refreshed with dollops of brushed silver cladding.

Never is a major facelift complete without a newer set of alloy wheels and for the Duster, Renault has opted for a 5-spoke blacked-out design that seems to have been inspired from those good old die-cast models from Hot Wheels.

The new Duster also gets chunky-looking roof rails, different wing mirrors and a revised taillight cluster with funky detailing. While these new taillights retain the basic shape of the old units, they do look rather nice when lit up. Rounding off the changes, there’s a new colour option as seen on the car here. Called Cayenne orange, this shade really brings out the taut and beefy lines of the Duster.

Renault Duster Space

The interior too is familiar but the upgrades and changes made do go a long way in making it a lot more user friendly. For starters the ridiculous ORVM adjustment switch is no longer below the handbrake and has now found a new position on the driver’s side. There are also a set of new AC vents which get a lovely contrast surround option on a few select variants. The new centre console is smart and not overdone in any way.

The Duster also gets climate control now but the touchscreen infotainment system is pretty much similar to what we got earlier. That said, the screen position has been moved slightly lower than before making it difficult to read the map at a quick glance or do simple acts like playing a new song or choosing another radio station. The quality of the plastics too have improved over the early cars but there are still niggles on certain panels that continue to persist. Other features include cruise control, a reversing camera with parking sensors and GPS navigation which comes as standard on the top of the line variant.

Although Renault has skipped on the leather seat option, the fabric seats do offer a sense of richness with its dual textured. Again, as with the accents on the dashboard, certain variants like the AWD get unique fabrics and colors that do look a lot better. That said, the issue with the driver’s side seat, which tends to rock back and forth when put on its lowest setting still exists as it did on the original Duster and that, in our opinion is frankly unacceptable.

Rear seats are comfortable but do not have a 60/40 folding split. Legspace seems to have improved over the earlier car due to a scooped out front seat and the omission of the rear AC vents. That said, in a market like India, we would have much rather preferred a rear AC system instead of extra few centimeters of legspace.

Renault Duster Gearbox

As before, the Duster is available with a 104PS, 1.6-litre petrol engine, an 85PS, 1.5-litre diesel and a 110PS, 1.5-litre diesel. Again, front-wheel drive is standard though the 110PS diesel can also be opted with all-wheel drive. What is new is the option of an automated manual transmission or AMT for the 110PS front-wheel drive Duster. Renault calls the system Easy-R (to be read as ‘easier’) and, well, it does make driving in heavy traffic less of a chore. For more information on Renault Duster check Icps2016

At mild throttle inputs in average scenarios, automatic gearshifts on the six-speed ’box are timely and largely predictable. Gearshifts aren’t exactly seamless, but unlike the characteristically abrupt shifts of other AMTs, the Duster’s gearbox swaps ratios more progressively. We suspect the K9K 1.5 diesel engine’s relatively heavier flywheel has a smoothening effect. The Duster Automatic is the first AMT to come with hill-start assist too, which allows for safe getaways on an incline.

Where the Duster’s AMT unit does get caught out is when you press down hard on the accelerator, say to overtake. There’s a bit of a delay before the gearbox downshifts to the right gear and in general, there’s no escaping the characteristic AMT ‘head-nod’ or pause in power between gearshifts. Gearshifts are expectantly not as fluid as on the Creta’s more sophisticated torque converter unit, but its safe to say this is the best AMT in the market today.

The Easy-R gearbox does give drivers the option to shift manually too. In manual mode, gearshifts are nicer and what’s good is that the electronics don’t intervene with an upshift right till 5000rpm. This is an important point because it gives you better control especially through corners and on hilly roads.

Earlier Dusters were known for transmitting road shock through the steering wheel and while this has been minimised, there’s still a fair bit of judder that filters through the steering whilst cornering on rough roads. Handling on the whole though is surefooted and predictable and the Duster’s legendary ability to flatten bad roads is just as good. The suspension is one of the highlights on the Duster. While it can come across as a tad stiff at low speeds, it absorbs just about everything at higher speeds. The AWD version gets independent rear suspension that is a touch more supple and sure-footed but, as mentioned, it doesn’t come with an AMT option, which is only reserved for the front-wheel-drive version.

Renault Duster Driving

Ride quality of the Duster is also a big plus. The monocoque construction, the rigid chassis and a good match in the 215/65 R16 tyres give the Duster confident handling characteristics on the highway and winding hill roads. The suspension set up includes anti-roll bars at the front and the rear. Though very bad roads momentarily seem to leave the Duster a bit unsettled, the suspension does an excellent job of soaking up most of the challenges that regular roads throw at it. Some amount of road and wind noise seeped into the cabin in the RxL variant I was driving, but that could be a one-off. The noise was absent in the RxZ variant I drove later and I am also told by Renault engineers that considerable work has been done on insulating the cabin.

Renault Duster Safety

The New Renault Duster AMT gets safety features like ABS & EBD, along with brake assist function. There is ESP and hill-start assist too, as well as dual air-bags at the front. It also has central locking, speed sensitive door locking and driver seat belt warning. The New Renault Duster AMT is fairly feature loaded.

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Renault Duster Final Thought

The Renault Duster has now got a new lease of life with so many significant updates. It looks younger, gets more appeal and also comes with the convenience of an AMT gearbox. Sure, it lacks the finesse of its direct rival, the Hyundai Creta, but otherwise it is very fun to drive and power is in abundance too. The Renault Duster has positioned itself as a very strong product in the affordable SUV space and with all these enhancements, the vehicle has just improved its own standing in the market.

Skoda Superb Facelift Review & Test Drive

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Skoda Superb Overview

Skoda Superb has been the Skoda’s flagship model for years and now it’s in its third generation form. The Superb is the sedan that is known for its power, amazing features, comfort and space. The new generation Superb along with updated equipment is a lot more stylish and spacious. Skoda Superb was introduced in the Indian car market over a decade ago and still performing great giving all the bells and whistles of BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. The vehicle evolved as an executive saloon and the new generation model has been sculpted by a more modern and more emotional design language, plus a lot more practicality and performance than the predecessor. Check for Skoda Superb  price in Pune at Autozhop.

Skoda Superb Exterior

The first-generation of the Superb for India had a very gangster like look. It made its presence felt. Then the gangster went on a diet and wore a suit. The new design then was sleek and elegant. Skoda has now dressed the new Superb in an Armani tuxedo. It is the most dabber looking saloon in its segment at the moment. The front grille with the vertical chrome slats and even gets a chrome surround. The daytime running LEDs and indicator lamps are enclosed in the same housing. The fog lamp’s design too is well chiselled. The hood has prominent strakes and the centre forms a slender nose. Another very attractive styling are the intricately detailed headlights, which celebrate the renowned Bohemian glass cutting skills. The bi-xenon headlamps are engraved with a decorative cut to make it look appealing.

The side profile of the new Superb looks a lot more aggressive than before as it has lesser glass area especially at the rear. The glass tapers giving more space for metal and looks like a haunch. Then 17-inch tyres fill the wheel well. The rear again bears some resemblance to the previous-generation Superb, but the tail lamps are elongated horizontally. This makes it look a lot more appealing. For more details on Skoda Superb check Icassp2003

Skoda Superb Interior

The simple yet minimalistic styling continues on the interiors as well. Some of the elements in the centre console look familiar to that of the Octavia though. There is a great feeling of space and airiness once you get inside the cabin and the quality is top notch all around. The layered dashboard gets black on the top with gloss finish in the middle while beige is used at the bottom. There is a thin ambient light running across the dashboard in the middle which looks elegant at night and offers three colours to choose from – white, green and blue. The 3-spoke steering with paddle shifts feels good to hold having contours on either side. The instrument cluster is clear to read and there is an informative MID providing all the information about the car.

The infotainment system comes with a large 6.5 inch touchscreen having very responsive touch feel. It comes with seamless phone connectivity for almost all platforms including MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Canton audio system has 12 speakers including a central speaker and a subwoofer, the audio quality is just amazing for a car in this class. More connectivity options include AUX, USB, SD Card and Bluetooth with SmartLink. Underneath the infotainment is a dual zone climate control system that chills the cabin quickly and also offers front seats ventilation feature. There are 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, driver seat also has memory function.

The rear seat of the new Skoda Superb is a fantastic place to stretch your legs and be at home. There is huge amount of space on offer and even 7 footers won’t complain about it. The legroom has been increased, headroom is decent while the shoulder room has also increased so you can seat three people abreast with ease. There is a dedicated third climate control zone for the rear passengers that adds to the convenience. There are enough storage spaces to keep knick knacks including front arm rest, cup holders, rear armrest with cupholders, cooled glovebox and more. The boot is humongous having 625-litres of space and if you fold the rear seats down it extends to a whopping 1760-litres of space. The boot is electrically operable and there is also a cool gesture to open the boot, just kick below the bumper and it’ll open. Some of the key features include Skoda umbrellas, roll up sun visors for rear windows and windscreen, perforated leather upholstery, adaptive headlights, electromechanical parking brake, park distance control, panoramic sunroof, tyre pressure monitoring, boss controls, etc.

Skoda Superb Engine

The engine options continue to be the same. The 1.8L direct injection turbocharged petrol motor pumps out 180PS and 320Nm of torque. The same engine also powers the Octavia and Audi A3 sedans in the country. In Superb, the carmaker has reworked the engine for better performance. The engine comes with the option of 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic DSG gearbox. Talking about the manual one, some might feel the manual transmission irrelevant in this car but it does make sense.

The manual option is especially for those who want the car to be chauffeur driven. And even if someone wants to drive the car on his own, it brings an absolute joy. Push the engine start/stop button and the Superb rapidly turns into muted refined idle state. The gearbox is exceptionally slick and shifting up and down is a breeze. The acceleration is smooth and the car goes through the gears very quickly to reach the three digit speeds in no time. The in-gear acceleration is pretty quick and it takes just a little effort to downshift and get past those heavy trucks. With manual transmission, the car is capable of reaching the 100kmph mark from nil in 8.42 seconds.

Now coming to the automatic gearbox, the 7-speed DSG is well known. The downside of having the automatic gearbox is that you will get less torque @250Nm as opposed to 320Nm with the manual one. And this does reflect a bit when you are in dire need of thrust. You would then use paddle shifters on the steering and all the available revs due to that torque deficit. But then on the flipside, you will get one of the swiftest shifting gearboxes. Moreover, with this automatic transmission you also get various driving modes depending upon the type of usage. The automatic is also close to manual one with the car doing the 0-100kmph stint in just 8.52 seconds. Overall, the petrol motor offer quick rev along with solid mid-range punch and without any jerkiness at low speeds.

The 2.0L TDi diesel engine on the other hand, is good for producing 177PS and 350Nm of torque. The turbocharged diesel engine has been the part of many VW cars including Golf and Audi A6. The engine is a well performer but the only issue with it is the noise level. Even if it is in the idle state, it sounds industrial something which is unfitting for a car in this class. The diesel engine is only available with the 6-speed DSG automatic tiptronic gearbox with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

There are three different driving modes in the car namely Eco, Normal, Sport as well as Individual mode. The Eco mode changes how and when the air conditioning starts which means helping the driver save every drop of fuel. So, as long as you are in the Eco or Normal mode, the city driving is a breeze. There is no turbo lag, however, if you are cruising in the Eco mode, the lazy throttle feedback at touring speeds may come close. If you are in the Normal mode, there is linear power delivery and more than sufficient torque throughput to allow you cut the small gaps in the traffic with ease. The torque feels just adequate for a car of this stature.

The gear changes are unbroken and unless you are driving harsh, you won’t notice the gear changes. However, when it comes to downshifts, you will notice especially more if you are in a pedal to the metal mood. But even if you are planning to drive this car hard, make sure you switch to Sport mode. The response of the throttle is excellent in this mode with better feedback from the steering. Also, the gearbox will be able to hold the revs much higher allowing you to get the full 350Nm of torque instantly.But when you try to drive it hard, the car tends to get tired too quickly. So, it’s better to set the cruising speed to a comfortable limit, switch on the seat ventilation and keep going on open stretches happily.

Skoda Superb Driving

The ride of the new Superb is pliant. One of the best ride qualities in this segment. The previous Superb was stiff but this one has the perfect ride quality. The handling too is agile. Despite the length, it doesn’t feel very large and does well around bends. The Superb even has sufficient grunt with the more powerful engine options. The steering wheel is lively and it weighs up nicely too. What else we liked on the Superb is the ground clearance. Despite the long wheelbase, it didn’t touch even once on badly designed speed bumps.

Skoda Superb Safety

Skoda has done no compromise in terms of safety as you get top notch equipment with the new Superb. The list is long and here it is – 8 airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Hold Control, multi-collision brake, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, traction control system, electronic stability control and more. Skoda after sales service has been controversial in India but according to the carmaker, they have improved a lot in terms of turn around time, spare part costs, customer satisfaction after the launch of the new Octavia. The Czech carmaker says customer satisfaction level has gone up in the recent past and they are working hard to get everything right when it comes to after sales.

Skoda Superb Cost in Ahmedabad

Skoda Superb On Road Price is 33,86,703/- and Ex-showroom Price is 30,99,000/- in Ahmedabad. Skoda Superb comes in 6 colours, namely Magic Black,Magnetic Brown,Amethyst Royal,Candy White,Rosso Brunello,Lava Blue. Skoda Superb comes with FWD with 1798 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 178 bhp@4000-6200 rpm and Peak Torque 320 Nm@1450-3900 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at Electro-Mechanic Power Steering . Skoda Superb comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Skoda Superb Conclusion

Skoda is offering the ideal product for their King. The Superb looks stunning, is spacious and one of the most feature loaded vehicles in its segment. This makes it a great option to consider and one of the value for money products in this segment. Skoda has the premium brand value and then the space, features and power vis-a-vis price. The time has come to pamper yourself.

Skoda Superb is available in three trims including Style, Sportline and L&K. The price for the vehicle starts from Rs. 25.99 lakh and goes up to Rs. 33.49 lakh. As the car is available in both the diesel and petrol versions, the pricing also varies. The base trim Superb Style 1.8TSI MT is tagged at Rs. 25.99 lakh, its 2.0 TDI AT is available at the price tag of Rs. 30.29 lakh. The Sportline 1.8 TSI AT is offered at the price tag of Rs. 28.99 lakh while its top-selling L&K TSI AT is available at the price tag of Rs. 30.99 lakh. The Superb Sportline 2.0 TDI AT is tagged at Rs. 31.49 lakh. The top of the line trim Superb L&K is available at the price tag of Rs. 33.49 lakh, ex-showroom. In terms of competition, Skoda Superb does not fear much as it lies in the competitive pricing zone. The Skoda Superb competes against Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat in the segment.

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Performance & Test Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King is one of the iconic Maruti Suzuki cars in India. Based on Suzuki’s conventional SJ design, it has always been appreciated for robust body-built and performance. The SUV has a practical yet outdated design. Although, having a slightly longer wheelbase and high ground clearance, it looks sporty and outgoing. It features a mesh type front grille and small rounded headlamps, shod with steel rims, simple side profile and a spare tyre on 5th door at the rear. The interior is well-designed and practical. The high-positioned front seats offer better visibility. The soft top version has two center facing benches, while the hard top version gets regular bench. Seats are comfortable, but the car is scarcely equipped with comfort-enhancing features.

Powering the Gypsy is a 1248cc, SOHC, MPFI engine that delivers a maximum power of 80bhp at 4500rpm with 103Nm of torque at 4500rpm. However, it isn’t one of the fuel efficient Maruti Suzuki cars in India. Mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox, the regular HT and ST variants deliver a mileage of 12kmpl in city and 14kmpl on highways, while the HT Ambulance model offers 14kmpl and 16kmpl on urban roads and freeways, respectively. It can accelerate 0-100kmph in 16.4 seconds. The off-roading performance is excellent, thanks to its robust suspension, though the city drivability isn’t up-to the mark

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Exteriors

The Gypsy has received only minor exterior changes and most of them were made keeping in mind practicality. The overall styling is robust and simple and the ‘purpose built design’ makes it looks outdated. The straight lines are similar to those found on the Force Motors Trax. The Hard Top version features a fiber reinforced plastic top and the Soft Top uses a foldable windscreen and removable canvas top.

The front has a vertical grille flanked by two round headlights with rectangular housings. Enhancing the strong off road character are the oversized wheel arches and the windshield design has a very abrupt angle. The boxy shape, the three doors configuration, the footsteps and the spare wheel on the sideways opening lid are all common features of a sturdy SUV. The 15inch wheels are wrapped in 205/70 tyres. For more information on car loans check Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Interiors

The interiors have a pretty good feel and you are high up as-well as that, planted secure feel. The gear lever is placed such that you enjoy the pure feel of the manual gearbox and the manual steering, it’s an absolute joy to drive a gypsy. Maruti Suzuki has even provided with a air-blower which is a very thoughtful feature. There is a lockable glove compartment and a grab-handle featured in the dashboard of the gypsy. The doors have manual windows and the doors could be removed by just using a screwdriver when needed.

Rear seats are side facing pretty much primitive but can accommodate 8 people in the vehicle with ease, the rear seats can be modified by a local dealer and make them front facing seats which can accommodate 5 people with good comfort levels. Leg room even in the front can house a six footer with ease but there might be a small issue with the indicator and wiper stalks touching the knees. Visibility is fair enough for a compact SUV and the windshield is comparatively small but its adequate enough to provide good visibility in rough terrains.

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Gearbox

Powering the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is a 1,298cc G13BB multi-port fuel injected 16 valve petrol engine that generates 81 hp at 6,000 rpm and 103 Nm at 4,500 rpm. There is no diesel engine, however, the petrol engine is responsive and has a lot of grunt for off-road expeditions

The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has only one transmission option of a 5-speed manual gearbox with a two-speed transfer constant mesh. The high ratio on the four-wheel-drive is 1:1.409 and the low ratio is 1:2.268.

The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has side impact beams along with a rigid body structure. The vehicle also features a distributor less ignition, which enhances the water-wading capacity. The SUV also has a hydraulic clutch for the cooling fan that turns off the radiator fan when the engine is operating under optimium temprature

The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy has an ARAI mileage of 11.96 km/l for the 1.3 L 16 valve petrol engine which is acceptable considering its off-road capability and non-aerodynamic design.

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Driving

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is a perfect car on any terrain under any weather condition. When driving on the hills, higher ground clearance ensures better off-road capability and the diaphragm spring clutch helps reduce wearing off of parts. When driving in snowy conditions, the high thermal conductivity of the engine ensures that it is effectively ignited even in the midst of snow. Moreover, the lighter weight of engine enhances power output, traction and responsiveness. High thermal conductivity of the engine ensures that there is no overheating and the car drives smoothly even in the hot deserted areas.

Gypsy also has a higher power-to-weight ratio that ensures faster and safer acceleration through streams and muddy terrain. The gypsy is a lighter vehicle weighing at 1020 kg (hard top) and 985 kg (soft top). Gypsy also has higher ground clearance of 210 mm to ensure better off-road handling. Check for Maruti Suzuki Gypsy in Kotra

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Safety

One key disadvantage of the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is that it lacks important safety features, like airbags, anti-lock braking system, traction control and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Even then it boasts of being a safe and reliable SUV with a four-wheel-drive, which is fun to drive on all journeys.

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,01,603 to 7,01,603 for variants Gypsy King Hard Top Ambulance BS4 and Gypsy King Hard Top Ambulance BS4 respectively. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is available in 1 variants and 4 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Gypsy variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Gypsy price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Summing Up

It provides you with an unique driving experience,it is a huge fun to drive,it gives you that special wind-in-the-hair feeling,it has a good ground clearance,it is tough and reliable,can seat eight,can go to places where no other car dares to go,is your faithful companion for a great outing,comes from a company which has widespread a dealership network,makes that idiot in front of you run who otherwise doesn?t let you go??well Iam pretty inclined towards it.

Well seriously,it doesn?t give a good mileage,is a bit overpriced,can make you wait a while before it finally arrives in a showroom near you for you,leave you searching for a suitable parking area, knock rear occupants by jumping, will not provide you with a good ride??

Nissan Micra Active First Drive & Performance

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Nissan Micra Active Overview

Nissan updated the Micra portfolio for the 2018 model year. Even after the update, the Micra Active still remains a low-cost model from Nissan based on the pre-facelift version of the hatchback. It is an India specific model that competes in the entry-level B Segment with the likes of Maruti Wagon R, Chevrolet Beat and Hyundai i10.

The 2018 MY updates on the Micra Active are limited. The Micra Active retains the very design of the pre-facelifted version and the only noticeable difference is the new wider front bumper. The bulbous headlamps are present along with protruding tail lights. The updates add turn indicators on ORV. The hatchback is available in five colour options. Check car loans for Nissan Micra Active .

On the inside, the new features include 6.2-inch touch screen AVN with phone mirroring function. The front dual air-bags are now standard along with rear parking sensors. However, the overall layout remains unchanged. The Micra Active has the same dimensions as that of the previous car and hence it is actually a lot bigger than the rest of the vehicles in the segment.

Under the hood, the Micra Active still gets only one powertrain option. It is powered by the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 68bhp of power and 104Nm of torque mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Nissan Micra Active Exteriors

In terms of styling, the car from the front looks like a mini-cooper and that’s more than enough as a compliment for the hatchback of this stature. The smoked headlamps gel pretty well with the overall looks of the car. The creases on the bonnet add some muscularity to the vehicle. There is a fine gap between the headlamps and the thin radiator grille while the company logo rests in peace at the center. To know more things about Nissan Micra Active  check Tamc2011

Turn around and you will find the side profile plain jane. However, the full wheel covers just blend perfectly with the profile. The ORVMs in the latest update gets integrated turn indicators. The rear profile of the car is sexy and at the same time gives the feeling of a spacious and wide passenger car. The curvy windshield and the stop lamp at the top give it a feminine look, which may not be part of everyone’s styling. The rear combination lamps add more to the cuteness.

Nissan Micra Active Interiors

Step inside and you will see that the old black and beige treatment continues to be part of the cabin. The quality of plastic although not one of the best in its class, it does feel nice. The fit and finish have been further bolstered with piano black finish which gives it a sporty look and makes the ambiance inside great. The cabin is undoubtedly spacious and in fact, the sitting position is pretty high as compared to the tall boy styled car such as Wagon R.

The main highlight of the cabin in the updated model is the new 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment which opens up a plethora of options for your convenience. The infotainment comes with audio visual navigation along with the facility of mirroring your phone on to the screen. This definitely makes longer journeys a wonderful experience. Further, the comfortable driving factor is strengthened with the facility of driver seat height adjustability.

The car comes with steering mounted audio controls that let you groove to your favourite music as well as allows you to easily connect with your family and friends with handsfree telephony. The instrument cluster is user-friendly and besides featuring odometer, it also gives info on average fuel consumption. And with amenities such as 3 cup holders, 2 bottle holders, and 12V power outlet, there is no dearth of space and convenience. Overall, there are handsome changes in the 2018 model that would definitely add to its appeal.

Nissan Micra Active Transmission

The new Nissan Micra continues to be powered by the one and only petrol engine. The 1.2L DOHC 12 valve 3-cylinder petrol engine makes 68PS and with the same amount of 104Nm of torque as in elder sibling Micra. The motor is paired with 5-speed manual transmission.In terms of performance, the car doesn’t lose its breath unlike other cars in its class. And in fact, despite losing a good 10PS power than the earlier model, it doesn’t feel underpowered at all. The carmaker has also moved the power band lower and massively improved the low-end torque. This makes the vehicle a cute urban runabout which does not disappoint daily commuters.

The Nissan Micra Active mileage for the petrol version is rated at 19.34 km/l in ideal conditions. The more fuel-efficient diesel Micra, on the other hand, is claimed to return an impressive fuel economy of 23.08 km/l.

Nissan Micra Active Driving

In terms of performance, the Nissan Micra Active 2018 specifications see no change as it continues to derive power from the same petrol and diesel engines as the previous model.The Nissan Micra comes with McPherson Strut suspension upfront and Torsion Beam at the rear. The suspension set-up gives pliant ride quality, especially for the back-seaters. The car gobbles up the potholes and other road undulations quite brilliantly.

Nissan Micra Active Safety

With ventilated disc brake at front and drum at the rear, the car comes to halt without any drama. Further, the addition of anti-lock braking, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist boost the road-conquering capability of the car. The 2018 model incorporates dual front airbags, rear parking sensor, speed warning indicator and driver seat-belt warning indicator as standard fitment. This is certainly a good move as not many carmakers in the segment offer dual front airbags as standard.Other safety features in the car include door ajar warning indicator, follow-me-home headlamps, central locking and engine immobilizer.

Nissan Micra Active Cost in Hyderabad

Nissan Micra Active On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,24,569 to 7,11,247 for variants Micra Active XL and Micra Active XV respectively. Nissan Micra Active is available in 2 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Nissan Micra Active variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Micra Active price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Nissan Micra Active Final Thought

Changes made to the 2018 Nissan Micra Active are primarily reserved to the additional features. Safety bits like dual airbags and rear parking sensors are now standard across the range, though anti-lock-braking system and brake assist are restricted to the top-spec XV trim. Unlike the Nissan Micra 2018, it misses out on the rear parking camera and rear spoiler. Besides, the model carried an affordable price tag, which makes it a suitable option in the B segment.

Nissan Micra Active is available in three different variants such as XL, XL (O) and XV. As far as the pricing is concerned, the new 2018 model gets the competitive price tag with the base variant XL is tagged at Rs. 5.03 lakh while its mid-range trim XL (O) is available at the price tag of Rs. 5.40 lakh. Its top of the line variant XV is offered at the price tag of Rs. 5.98 lakh, ex-showroom. Nissan Micra currently competes against the likes of Tata Tiago, Hyundai Grandi10 and Maruti Swift in the segment.

BMW X1 Hatchback Test Drive & Overview

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BMW X1 Overview

BMW X1 is a big and powerful looking car that has sturdy build and offers off-road capabilities too. BMW X1 new model released during Auto Expo 2016 is an amazing amalgamation of class and style. It falls in the well above 4-meter category and has amazing features that compare well with its rivals in this price range. This muscular looking SUV has 2670mm of wheelbase that allows it to seat around five passengers comfortably. The design of this SUV looks masculine and the comfort level of this car is on par with other such vehicles in this price category.Apply car loan for BMW X1.

BMW X1 Exteriors

The good news here isthat the new X1 looks more purposeful and SUV-like than the car it replaces; one of the reasons the earlier X1 didn’t do too well. It has a buff front end, SUV overtones, and a marked improvement in street creed courtesy larger dimensions. As mentioned earlier, the new X1 is taller than the outgoing model, plus, it sits higher off the ground and is wider as well.And though it is shorter in both length and wheelbase compared to the older X1, it still manages to look bigger.

Additionally, it has a better-defined design language. We are no fans of how the new X1 looks from the front – it’s a little dowdy if you ask us – but from the rear three quarter, with its wrap around LED tail lamps, the upward swooping shoulder line and tapering roof, not to mention the gorgeous 18-inch wheels, the new X1 does draw glances. And if we consider the M Sport variant, the new X1 looks more desirable too.

BMW X1 Interiors

The new X1 gets an all-new interior. The design for the dash, the gear shifter as well as the door inserts is new. But, the feeling of familiarity is omnipresent inside the X1. Blame it on the aircon or the basic iDrive controls, or the power window and starter button, but almost everything that one touches on the new X1, seems borrowed. Even the instrumentation is old-school BMW.

What’s also old-school BMW, and in a good way we might add, is the overalllevel of quality and fit and finish. One can’t fault the new X1 for it. It might be part of BMW’s entry-level fleet, but it feels decently upmarket nonetheless. What also works in the new X1’s favour is the interior room. The SAV is visually more spacious, not just compared to the older car, but compared to its competition too. The transverse engine layout has clearly worked wonders here. It has a huge front windscreen, which aids both visibility and the feeling of space. Plus, the glass area all round is large leaving you feeling airy and less hemmed in; something the Mercedes and even Audi can’t boast of in this class.

We also like the rear seats. These aren’t very large but they are supportive. The firmness is just right and with a reclining backrest, finding a comfy seating posture even on longer drives comes easy. Add the increased knee, shoulder and headroom to the mix (compared to the older X1), and one can actually be chauffeured around in this one. The front seats though aren’t as impressive and could have been more accommodating. The boot meanwhile is big too – over 500 litres – and with split and fold function for the rear backrest and a reasonably low loading lip height, the new X1 isn’t short on flexibility either.

As far as equipment goes, this mid-level xLine trim is pretty sorted. It gets a sunroof, besides two zone climate control, electric powered front seats with memory for the driver, a nice sounding audio system with Bluetooth, Aux and USB connectivity, a good assortment of storage spaces, cruise control and keyless start. The X1 also gets parking sensors, but only for the rear. And there’s no reversing camera either. Safety wise, it ticks enough boxes: six airbags, ABS, Cornering Brake Control, and stability and traction control come as standard on all trims.For more info on BMW X1  check Oksociety

BMW X1 Transmission

The new BMW X1 only gets a diesel engine. The engine, a 1995cc, 4-cylinder unit, might displace the same capacity as the older X1, but it is all new. It is part of a new generation of modular engines that power both BMW and Mini cars. The new engine is lighter, more efficient, and thanks to a new common rail system that pushes out fuel at a higher 2000 bar of pressure, there’s no dearth of usable torque either. It is quiet too, at least in the lower revs. But, gun it – which you wouldn’t mind given the easy revving nature of this diesel engine – and there’s enough and more noise that can be heard inside the cabin.

The twin scroll turbo engine makes 188bhp and 400Nm of torque under the X1’s now shortened hood. This puts the new SAV right on top in the output stakes in its class. No wonder, it accelerates off the line with vigour. Plus, there’s launch control to help things along; under full bore acceleration the X1 posted a sub eight second 0-100kmph time. The gearbox, an 8-speed auto, works well too. It is quick to respond to inputs via the paddle shifters and even in full auto mode, it has this uncanny habit of selecting the right gear, almost every time; city driving or otherwise.

And it gets three driving modes – Eco Pro for fuel efficiency, Comfort for relaxed driving and Sport for those few occasions when you are feeling up to driving enthusiastically. The modes alter the throttle response, the gearshift times and the steering weight. Sport works best as it improves throttle response, adds weight to the steering, and allows better control via the paddle shifters. What the modes fail to change though is the ride quality of the X1.

BMW X1 Driving

Ride is probably the new BMW X1’s weakest link. At slow speeds, it is firm which means there’s unnecessary bobbing. And if you happen to hit a pothole, a poorly resurfaced section or even a manhole cover, the X1 sends a rude jolt inside the cabin along with a noisy thud. At speed, it jiggles and the thudding over poor surfaces continues unabated. The 50 profile runflats are to blame here, of course, but the suspension setup is equally suspect.

At least the X1 handles well. It has a quick steering, a fairly responsive front end that turns into bends without a fuss, and though it rolls under hard cornering, grip and chassis balance on the X1 is impressive. It’s great under braking too – hunkered down, stable and unaffected by the change in surface. However, we would have preferred the brakes to be a little less grabby in the initial bit of travel, which makes modulation a bit challenging. These refuse to fade as well.

BMW X1 Safety

For braking, BMW X1 has powerful ventilated disc brakes for all the tyres with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. In addition, it also include six airbags, three point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters, the cornering brake control, dynamic stability as well as traction control, ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, emergency spare wheel, and side impact protection among a host of others.

BMW X1 Cost in Hyderabad

Bmw X1 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 42,12,620 to 54,24,953 for variants X1 sDrive20d Expedition and X1 xDrive20d M Sport respectively. Bmw X1 is available in 2 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Bmw X1 variants price in Hyderabad. Check for X1 price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

BMW X1 Final Thought

The new BMW X1 can be had in three trims. The entry-level trim, called Expedition, only comes in front wheel drive format. It is the most sober to look at given it is devoid of any frills on the outside and it is the least equipped on the inside compared to the other two trims. It is the variant we would avoid. Next up is the xLine that can be had both in front wheel and all wheel drive forms. Compared to the Expedition, the xLine gets a smarter gearbox with paddle shifters, more jewellery on the outside, a sunroof and a whole lot more tech on the inside as well. There’s ambient lighting, sportier seats, and a nicer steering wheel among other adornments.

Finally, there’s the M Sport. Only available as an all wheel drive, it gets more aggressively designed bumpers, side skirts, nicer looking 18-inch wheels, HUD, navigation, and an exclusive paint finish called Estoril blue. And, it is the most expensive, by a margin. BMW wants a little over Rs 40 lakh for it (ex-showroom, mind) compared to Rs 35 lakh for the xLine and a tad under Rs 30 lakh for the Expedition.

 

Volkswagen Polo Features, Performance & Test Drive

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Volkswagen Polo Overview

Volkswagen, the Wolfsburg based German auto-giant, has rolled out the refurbished Polo with quite a few substantial changes both inside and outside from its plant in Pune. The Polo has always been regarded as a smartly styled vehicle, owing to its European looks and solid build quality. Initially, launched in petrol and diesel versions with a revised power line, the TSi and TDi variants will return in the month of September, this time round more potent than before. Check for car loan interest rate.

As known, the company offers this hatchback in both petrol as well as diesel guises. Both the fuel trims have three similar variants – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline followed by the performance oriented TSI and TDI variants in petrol and diesel trims, respectively. Prices too have been revised, keeping existing market sentiments in mind. The exteriors have not undergone any major changes, they simply benefit from updated looks. On the other hand, the interiors benefit from a waft of changes, some of which are quite new and benefit customers with a lot of new stuff. The petrol variants are unchanged mechanically while the diesel ones gets a much stronger and powerful engine in place of the previous 3-cylinder noisy motor.

Volkswagen Polo Exteriors

While the old car underpinned VW PQ25 platform, the new car is based on an entirely new MQB AO platform. If we talk about dimensions then the sixth generation Polo is also the biggest Polo ever, it is 94 mm longer than the old car and almost 16 mm wider than the mk4 Golf. The rear boot of the car now also offers 25 percent more space.

Although the car is easily recognisable as the Polo the VW designers have made a number of changes to the exterior. Like we already did mention yesterday that the hatchback gets a new front grille has a single shiny slat which runs directly into the LED DRL lamps integrated into the headlight unit. Talking about the headlamp unit, in particular, the new unit looks much sharper but slightly wider than its predecessor.For more details on Volkswagen Polo visit Tamc2011

The new Polo is offered in six different trim lines which included the famous Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trims. There is a special Beats edition on offer which gets an upgraded sound system and an R-line trim which sports re-profiled bumpers. The top of the line Gold GTI trim gets a differently styled bumpers, red inserts inside the headlamps and 17-inch alloy wheels and also a rear spoiler just positioned above the tailgate. Towards the rear, the same trim features a LED taillamps and dual chromed tailpipes.

Volkswagen Polo Interiors

Talking about the cabin, it’s neither too spacious nor cramped but people looking for rear seat comfort for 3 adult passengers, might get disappointed. The space at the front, however, is better and on par with the rivals in the segment. The two-tone colour theme of the cabin is elegant with the centre console finished in silver that appears pleasant to the eyes. The set of air cons located at the top of the center console is angled towards the driver giving utmost driving comfort. For the feeling of more premiumness, the flat bottom steering with mounted audio controls is wrapped in leather while chrome highlights add to the richness.

Below the air cons, is the new touchscreen infotainment which let you pair your Android and Apple smartphones for music and telephony. The system also supports MirrorLink which let you mirror your smartphone screen on the display of the infotainment. One can also synchronize music with the option of USB, Aux-In, Bluetooth and SD Card connectivity. Move down further and you will see the climatronic air conditioning system that also has its own dedicated display. There is a large open space below the centre console where you would like to stash your small important belongings and spare items.

The layout of the multi-information instrument though is not comprehensive like rival Baleno but not complex either. It gives essential information including average speed, average fuel consumption and distance to empty readout along with service reminder. Other vital features in the car include auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, one-touch up/down windows, rear wiper/washer, ambient lighting with theatre effect, driver side dead pedal and sunglass holder in the glovebox which can be cooled through air cons inside. Still, the car misses on a lot of equipment including navigation, projector headlamps, reversing camera and keyless entry.

Volkswagen Polo Transmission

As evident, Polo is being offered with petrol as well as diesel guise. However, the petrol avatar remains unchanged but the big change comes in the diesel engine powered variants. If talking about the petrol motor, the hatchback retains the 1.2-litre multi-point fuel injection engine, which did duty in the previous model. This 3-cylinder Inline, 1198 cc, mill develops a top power of 73.7 bhp at 5400 rpm and a peak torque of 110Nm at 3750 rpm. It is coupled to a traditional 5-speed manual gearbox in order to maximize performance and fuel efficiency.

On the other hand, the diesel variants are now powered by an all-new 1.5-litre TDi engine instead of the old 1.2-litre motor. The company has basically revised its existing 1600 cc motor into a 1498 cc engine in order to fit the bill and enjoy the reduction in excise duty. This means Polo fans can now drive a much powerful hatchback as it delivers a maximum power output of 88.5 bhp at 4200 rpm and a peak torque of 230Nm at 2500-3500 rpm. Sadly, there are no automatic variants on offer in each of the fuel trims and like its petrol avatar, the Polo sticks to its conventional 5-speed manual transmission in the diesel version.

In the Indian car buying market, mileage is sometimes the single most important factor influencing decisions. Fortuitously, Volkswagen has fared decently in this compartment, at least with Polo. The Volkswagen Polo returns a mileage of 16.47kmpl and 20.14kmpl with petrol and diesel variants, respectively. Although, the numbers aren’t that great in both the guises, if compared with the newer entrants like Celerio (petrol) & Grand i10 (diesel) but the power and performance is at par with them.

Volkswagen Polo Driving

The Polo hatch on road behaves like a typical European vehicle. The solid built and excellent composure gives big-car like ride quality while the well-tuned suspension set-up is perfect for the Indian road conditions. The car boasts of mature road manners. Take it to the corners and you will realize that it offers nice stability and minimal body roll. The vertical movement, unlike its tallboy competitors, is also minimum. The grip levels are also fantastic even if you push it hard.The steering wheel is light for urban road conditions but at the same time, it is communicative. Whether you are on the back seat or the front or even uneven road patches, the ride quality stays flat.

Volkswagen Polo Safety

European car manufacturers never skimp on safety, and this is more than evident in the Polo, which now comes with dual front airbags as standard. The braking system comprising of ventilated discs up front and drum in rear wark fairly effectively, and the Comfortline and Highline versions also get an Antilock Braking System (ABS). Additionally, there are 3-point front seat belts, 3-point rear outer seat belts, lap belt in the middle, speed-sensing auto door locks, fog lamps and many more features to ensure maximum safety of the occupants. To protect your precious investment, every Polo comes with an engine immobilizer and alarm with floating codes to make thefts difficult.

Volkswagen Polo Cos in Bangalore

Volkswagen Polo On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 6,51,787 to 11,10,672 for variants Polo 1.2 Trendline Petrol and Polo 1.5 TDI Highline Plus Diesel respectively. Volkswagen Polo is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Volkswagen Polo variants price in Bangalore. Check for Polo price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Volkswagen Polo Final Thought

Well, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration if it is termed the most complete hatchback ever seen in India in this price segment. With the best interior quality, powerful engine and aggressive pricing, it is a sheer delight to bring home.The International spec Polo’s production will begin production at the Volkswagen factory in Spain. The hatchback will continue to be produced at the Volkswagen India’s Chakan based facility. Expect the Polo hatchback to bring fresh new design and plenty of innovative features inside the cabin as well.

Volkswagen Polo is available in 4 different variants such as Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Highline Plus. The price range of the premium hatch is between Rs. 5.54 lakh and Rs. 9.33 lakh. The base variant Trendline is offered at the price tag of Rs. 5.54 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 7.04 lakh for the diesel trim. Its top-spec model Highline Plus is available at the price tag of Rs. 7.37 lakh and Rs. 8.09 lakh for the petrol and diesel variants respectively. The powerful GT variant is priced at Rs. 9.19 lakh for the petrol trim and Rs. 9.33 lakh for the diesel, ex-showroom, New Delhi.

Polo hatchback is currently pitted against Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Honda Jazz in the premium hatchback segment. Volkwagen Polo has really struggled to make its strong position in the niche despite immense trust of people in Maruti and Hyundai brands. The competition is really getting intense in the segment and the 2018 Volkswagen Polo might change the game for the carmaker.

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.