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Redigo vs Kwid

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THE ART OF LOW COST It’s good PR for the world’s largest carmakers to boldly state that India is a “hugely important market” but not many of them have walked the talk. VW looks lost on the sub-continent, toyota isn’t sparing resources to develop India-spec cars and gM hasn’t shown, as yet, the stronger commitment to India it promised. the fact is that, despite their scale and size, none of these global giants have figured out how to fight Maruti which has an iron grip on 50 percent of the market. one company that’s dared to lay siege to Maruti’s stronghold is the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Inspired by the tata Nano, CEo Carlos ghosn pushed his engineers to develop revolutionary budget cars like the Kwid and Redigo which we’ve exclusively compared in this issue. the huge success of the Kwid has set off alarm bells in gurgaon and Hamamatsu because the Maruti Alto, sitting pretty at the top of the sales chart, has finally got a serious fight on its hands. so, what’s the Kwid’s secret? It’s not just decontenting to meet brutal cost targets, which has obviously been done, but also giving features unheard of before in such a low-cost car. Kwid buyers are bowled over by its unique crossover styling, massive boot and comprehensive touchscreen which blinds them to a lot of the car’s flaws. Renault has also cleverly made design and styling, which is a Maruti weakness, the Kwid’s strength. Compared to the baby Renault, the Alto looks utterly boring. so, should Maruti be worried? the fact is that no one can play the low-cost game like Maruti and to drive home the point, India’s biggest carmaker has just launched a mildly facelifted Alto at a price which undercuts the Kwid and likely the Redigo too! It seems that Carlos ghosn has stepped on a very aggressive tiger’s tail. the real fight starts now.

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Write to us Autocar India, Raheja Xion, 4th/5th floor, Opposite Nirmal Park, Dr B Ambedkar Marg, Byculla (East), Mumbai 400 027 or e-mail editorial@autocarindia.com After the first wave of Innova loyalists upgrade, I feel Toyota might have a tough time moving its MPV when there are other options out there. The BR-V, for example, could give the Innova a fight. It’s got the Honda badge which is comparable to, if not stronger, than Toyota, and it’s a seven-seater too, with better looks. Toyota’s high pricing on the 2.8 automatic also leaves the door open for other competitors. Suhel Khamaru Belgaum

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Atul thinks the new Fortuner won’t capture the market like its predecessor.

fortuner’s Quest It was quite a surprise to find the new Fortuner on your cover at a time when the media is covering the new Innova. Good to see Autocar is always a step ahead! After reading your story, it seems that the new Fortuner won’t capture the market like The uPPer hand Toyota is losing out by not launching the new Fortuner in India sooner. By the time it is launched, it will have been a year into its global life cycle and rivals like the Ford Endeavour will enjoy a first-mover advantage. The Innova, on the other hand, was launched in India soon after its international launch, so it’s quite obvious which model Toyota gives more priority to. amol hivrekar Nasik The MiSSing oPTion After reading your articles on the new Innova and new Fortuner (May 2016 issue), it seems Toyota has blurred the line in dimensions and engine power of the two vehicles. The new Innova is almost as big as the new Fortuner and the engines also have similar power. It is sad to know that the new Innova does not come with a petrol engine (I own the 2005 Innova petrol and love it!). Also, the ZX variant, www.autocarindia.com

the first one did. It has to contend not only with more capable competitors like the Endeavour and Trailblazer, but also with Toyota’s very own Innova. The performance gap between the new Innova and Fortuner has closed dramatically and even the in both auto and manual versions, does not come with eight seats. Toyota did not have eight seats for the top-spec V variant when they launched the 2005 Innova, it came much later on the top-spec V variant. obrien dsouza Via email Suv warS First of all, thanks for another blockbuster issue which made for an engrossing read. The cover story on the new Fortuner was welcome and what was immediately obvious was how the looks of the car have been given a big-time makeover and is now plusher. However, I feel Toyota has lost the plot by making the Fortuner look sleeker with slimmer headlights and tail-lights. Also, the interiors are too drab and old school – seeing that it is going to be much more expensive than the Innova Crysta. The Fortuner was always looked upon as a poor man’s Land Cruiser and the old car’s looks lived

interiors of the Innova seem as plush as the Fortuner. Apart from its SUV looks, the Fortuner doesn’t have much more to offer compared to the Innova, which is equally spacious, well-equipped and powerful. atul Kanbur Mumbai up to that tag. Today, if you see the Ford Endeavour, that beast truly stands out with its unmatched road presence. Even after the new Fortuner is launched, the great response the Endeavour has received is unlikely to diminish. vijay Johar Mumbai Price facTor Toyota certainly seems to have outdone itself with the new Innova, but I think it has overdone the price as well.

Brand value You say the understated looks of the new Audi A4 and its resemblance to the old car is an issue, but I don’t agree with you. Continuing with same design language and form has its merits because one can immediately relate

Audi’s crisp looks are timeless, says Ranojoy.

to the brand or model. While its true that Indians like a bit more ‘masala’ in the car’s styling, Audi’s clean and crisp looks are far more timeless. Take a C-class, which is two generations old, and an Audi of the same vintage – it will be the Audi that looks more modern and fresh. ranojoy Bose Kolkata uPgradeS and ServiceS Even though I am an issue too late, I want to

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Pol feels that Tata should have updated the Zest, which is a good car. say something about Tata Motors that has not been discussed in your magazine. Launching new products is a must, but what about upgrading existing products? The Zest was such a good car but it did not receive any updates or added features. Instead, Tata has stripped its power from 91.2hp to 76hp. The Bolt has flopped, but the company did nothing. If the Aria, which is an MPV, can be turned into a crossover like the Hexa, why can’t the Bolt also be given the crossover treatment? The Manza was such a good car but never had any big updates in its lifetime and was quietly phased out with no replacement in sight. On the retail front, Tata dealers are moving to other brands or closing down. In Guwahati, we had three dealerships but now there is only one. Servicing is a nightmare, and because of the volume of cars, there is a lack of service bays. The company is doing a lot on the new product front, but is not so good on the sales-andservice front. Pol Medhi Guwahati

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Honda to refocus on premium segment n Civic expected late-2017 n 1.6 diesel on the cards n HR-V also being evaluated

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onda has recently been concentrating on bringing mass market cars to India. Cars like the Brio, Amaze and Mobilio are built to be as affordable as possible. This is a clear departure from the past when the likes of the Civic, Accord and CR-V dominated Honda’s showrooms. Of those cars, only the new CR-V remains. But all that is set to change, in the not-toodistant future. This is because the carmaker, in an effort to keep its premium image from diluting, is refocusing its efforts on the space above the

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City. First up will be the new Accord Hybrid that Honda has announced will come in later this year. This car, at an expected price of around Rs 40 lakh, will be Honda’s flagship for the next few years and will see the company return to a hybrid car after the previous-generation Civic Hybrid flopped, back in 2013. That still leaves a big gap down to the City, and the

Japanese carmaker is hoping to plug that with the new Civic. The company also feels, that by the time it launches the Civic, sometime in 2017, there will be a ready market for it. Yoichiro Ueno, president and CEO, Honda Cars India, said, “For a while, the current City can accommodate customers who own the previous models.” But in time, many current City

customers would be ripe for an upgrade. “The Civic is one model (that will be perfect for this)”. Honda, after all, did sell the eighth-generation Civic here from 2006 to 2013, and initially, at least, it had a very successful run. Apart from being the 2007 Autocar Car of the Year, it was also the segment leader for most of its life cycle. The executive or D-segment,

‘The Civic should come when current City owners are ripe for an upgrade.’

however, began shrinking and in 2013, Honda discontinued the model, and then did not replace it with its successor. Also, by the manufacturer’s own admission, the ninthgeneration Civic was globally deemed to be below par, another reason it was never introduced here. The tenth-generation Civic, that was unveiled last year, is now the one Honda’s likely to return with. The design of the car is a complete departure from earlier models, with a very pronounced coupé-like roofline and notchback rear section. Up front, the new www.autocarindia.com


HR-V shares its mechanical bits with the City and Jazz.

Civic gets a bold chrome bar across the grille and LED accents. Like many Civics before it, this car also carries an extremely futuristic look. The Civic has improved vastly under the skin too. Honda says the new car uses the most sophisticated chassis in the nameplate’s history. Torsional rigidity is improved by a big 25 percent, due to an infusion of ultra high-strength steel, and it is likely to get the updated version of the 1.8-litre engine that now puts out 143hp. The other option is an even spicier 1.5-litre turbo petrol with 175hp and there’s likely to be a 120hp, 1.6 diesel as well. Also, the fresh and clean design of the interior, with myriad metallic highlights, is likely to impress Indian customers. There’s likely to be plenty of high-tech gadgetry on offer too. But don’t expect a price below Rs 15 lakh; this is likely to be an expensive car. Still, the Civic could be a strong rival to the likes of the Corolla, the Octavia and the next-gen Elantra which will hit Indian showrooms this year. www.autocarindia.com

Sedans aside, the carmaker also wants to cash in on Indian car buyers’ growing affinity for SUVs and crossovers. It recently launched the BR-V, Honda’s first foray into the Rs 10-12 lakh SUV segment and it also sells the CR-V in India which starts at Rs 23 lakh. This leaves a gap in the Rs 17-22 lakh bracket, into which the company wants to slot the HR-V. Prices for the HR-V, which shares underpinnings with the Jazz and the City, could start at around Rs 16 lakh, as they do in other markets around Asia. And there will be more expensive versions too. It all depends on how Honda decides to specify and equip it. But the HR-V isn’t very big on the inside. It is space efficient and the packaging is good, which is Honda’s forte, but other cars at this price have a much larger cabin; and that will be a challenge. As far as the powertrain goes, the company sells the HR-V with both petrol and diesel engines and it could get the new 1.6 diesel engine which, in many ways, is similar to the

1.5 Earth Dreams engine we have on sale here. Already manufactured in India for export to the UK, Honda has been reluctant to launch its (slightly) larger capacity diesels in India, worried about local fuel quality and engine

costs; the 1.6 is quite a bit more sophisticated than the 1.5 we currently have here. This has severely crippled the sales of the CR-V and so, for the HR-V, Honda is evaluating the 1.6-litre i-DTEC. The engine will be

tuned specifically for India and be locally assembled, which is sure to give it an advantage. With three new models in its arsenal, Honda has a credible shot at regaining ground in the premium executive segment. AkbAR meRChANT

Civic’s upmarket cabin is neat and minimalist; ‘fastback’ rear is very distinctive and stands out.

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August launch for new Audi A4 n A4 to come with 2.0-litre diesel initially n Six-speed manual gearbox likely

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udi is working towards launching its new A4 sedan in August this year. Recently showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, the new A4 will be offered with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine, putting out 190hp mated to an S Tronic seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It may also introduce the option of a six-speed manual gearbox, priced at a lower point, targeting the chauffeur-driven and even enthusiasts. Interestingly, Audi is also understood to be studying the prospects of bringing the 150hp, 1.4-litre direct-injection turbo petrol to India at a later stage. Both the manual and automatic versions of the new A4 will have their engines channel power to the front wheels only; the Quattro all-wheel-drive system is not expected on either version. However, there is a possibility of Audi bringing the Quattro-equipped A4 with a 272hp, 3.0-litre

Exterior of the new A4 is quite similar to the outgoing car; six-speed manual targeted at enthusiasts, the chauffeur-driven. turbo-diesel V6 to India. Feature wise, the topspec A4 will come loaded with equipment like Matrix LED headlights, digital instruments (virtual cockpit), Android Auto, Apple CarPlay compatibility and a Bang & Olufsen sound system, among many other features. There’s no word on pricing yet, but a sub-Rs 40 lakh

starting price seems to be a safe assumption for the new A4. The new car is almost 120kg lighter than its predecessor, potentially gaining fuel economy benefits. The carmaker is believed to have brought forward the launch of the new A4 as remaining stock of the current-gen model is selling

out faster than anticipated. The A4 is an important model for the carmaker and, according to company insiders, it didn’t want to be in a position where it was forced to turn away customers until the new model arrived. When launched, the new A4 will compete with the BMW 3-series, Jaguar XE,

Mercedes-Benz C-class and Volvo S60. The Audi A3 will also come to India in the festive season around Diwali this year, followed by Audi’s high performance SUV, the SQ7, in November. NIKHIL BHATIA Read about our drive of the Audi SQ7, p96

New Verna concept flaunts aggressive design

While the front and rear styling are new, when viewed in profile, the car bears a heavy resemblance to the current-gen model.

similar to the coupé-like current-gen car, which is evident from the side profile. At the rear, the Verna concept gets huge, wraparound tail-lamps, similar to the all-new Elantra sedan. The restyled bumper now gets LED lamps on either side of the license plate. In India, the new Verna will take on established sedans like the Honda City, the Maruti Ciaz, the Volkswagen Vento and Skoda’s Rapid. As of now, there is no news on what engine and interiors this Hyundai concept will receive. The final production version of the next-generation Verna can be expected to be unveiled later this year. AKBAR MERCHANT

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HyUNDAI TOOk THE wraps off the new Verna concept at the recently held Beijing motor show. Showcased in near-production form, the Verna concept was based on the company’s latest Fluidic

Sculpture 2.0 design language. However, the Verna displayed in Beijing looks like an evolution as opposed to a complete overhaul of the car which is currently sold in India with a redesigned front and rear.

Up front, the new Verna concept features a large hexagonal grille, and ironically, has headlamps that closely mimic the shape of the pre-facelift version of the current-generation model, but are much larger in size. The front bumper

of the concept gets an aggressive design, with cuts and creases which, could be more toned down and subtle on the production car. Apart from the more smoothened look, the overall shape of the doors, glasshouse and even wing mirrors are pretty


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Datsun looking at 1.0-litre motor for Go DATSUN’S GO, ITS first car in India, comes powered by a 68hp, 1.2-litre, threecylinder engine. This gives it plenty of power and torque, more than enough with which to pull its light 788kg kerb weight. Customers who drive the car, as a result, quite enjoy this. Problem is, this engine is expensive. Closely related to the motor that pulls the Nissan Micra, it is full of expensive components, many of which are imported. And truth be told, it has a bit too much power for the kind of role the Go plays. So, this has prompted Datsun into looking at alternatives. The obvious choice, of course, is the Alliance’s 1.0 engine that

is soon expected to make its debut under the bonnet of the Kwid. The engine is expected to make 65hp in India and is likely to be available in a slightly uprated state of tune for export markets like Brazil, Africa, and the Middle East. So, the power output could be 65hp or more, which would be quite ideal. What will make this engine extremely palatable is the fact that almost 99 percent of the motor is manufactured from scratch in India. And that’s sure to make Datsun more cost competitive. Question is, can Datsun make it compatible with the Go’s quite different setup? sHaPuR koTWaL

BMW reintroduces petrol 3-series amid diesel ban BMW RECENTLy ADDED a petrol engine to its updated 3-series in India, which had been discontinued on the older model last year. The move comes at a time when uncertainty around diesel vehicles has been widening due to a host of measures taken by the government to curb pollution. While the 3-series isn’t directly

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affected by the ongoing ban on registration of passenger vehicles above 2,000cc in Delhi-NCR, the consumer preference is certainly tipping towards petrols and BMW doesn’t want to lose out on the opportunity to expand sales. The 320i comes with a 184hp, 2.0-litre unit paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. BMW also plans to introduce the new 520i here, powered by the same petrol motor and available in one fully-loaded trim. Prices for the petrol 5-series are expected soon.

The BR-V is the first seven-seater offering in the small SUV segment. It is powered by the same 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engines as the City and Mobilio, and is paired to a sixspeed manual gearbox as standard with a CVT option available on the petrol. Dual airbags are standard with ABS standard on the diesel variant. Price Rs 8.75 –12.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster

LaMBoRgHInI HuRaCán LP 610-4 sPydeR

Lamborghini has introduced the soft-top convertible sibling of the Huracán in India. The Spyder is 120kg heavier than its coupé sibling and draws power from the same 610hp, 5.2-litre V10 engine. Price Rs 3.89 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals None

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BMW has reintroduced the petrol 3-series to its model line-up. Available in two trim levels and as CBU only, the car is powered by a 184hp, 2.0-litre, turbocharged fourcylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Price Rs 36.90 lakh - 42.70 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals Mercedes C-class, Jaguar XE

The Bentayga is Bentley’s first-ever SUV and the world’s first super-luxury SUV. The SUV is powered by a 608hp, 6.0-litre W12 engine and gets features such as 22-way adjustable seats, active roll bars and quilted leather upholstery. Only 20 cars are earmarked for India this year and all are sold out. Price Rs 3.85 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals Range Rover LWB

ToyoTa InnoVa CRysTa

Larger, more spacious and more upmarket than before, the new Innova is powered by new more powerful diesel engines – 150hp 2.4-litre and 178hp 2.8-litre - paired to a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic gearbox, respectively. Price Rs 13.84 – 20.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) Rivals Tata Aria, Mahindra XUV500

HyundaI CReTa PeTRoL auToMaTIC

Available in the SX+ trim, the petrol automatic Creta pairs the 1.6-litre petrol engine with the six-speed automatic gearbox. Price Rs 12.86 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals Honda BR-V, Renault Duster

MaHIndRa TuV300 MHaWk100

Mahindra has introduced the 100hp mHawk100 engine from the NuvoSport into the TUV300 on the top T8 trim. The engine is paired to a choice of a five-speed manual or AMT gearbox. Price Rs 8.98 – Rs 9.72 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport

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The V-Cross is powered by a 136hp, 2.4-litre diesel engine paired to a five-speed manual gearbox with shift-on-the-fly all-wheel drive. A lifestyle vehicle, the V-Cross offers seating for five and a well-equipped cabin. Price Rs 12.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai) Rivals Tata Nexon

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THIS monTH The T-Prime GTE is longer and taller than the current Touareg.

Confidential Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is working on an all-new MPV to replace the now-ageing Xylo. it will be underpinned by the new-generation ladder chassis that currently does duty in the new Scorpio, TUV300 and nuvoSport. however, unlike the nuvoSport which had many carry-over parts from the Quanto, the upcoming MPV will be a substantially new product. With Bertone having a hand in the Xylo’s styling the new MPV should feature inputs from M&M-owned Pininfarina.

VW previews next-gen Touareg To share tech with other flagship SUVs from VW Group.

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olkswagen has previewed the next-gen touareg with a new suV concept, badged the t-Prime Concept gte. to be based on the mLb platform, the production suV is expected to share many of its components with other models such as the audi Q7 and the bentley bentayga, which sit on the same platform. the concept showcases an aggressive design with its large chromed-out grille with an integrated LeD bar, neatly integrated LeD headlamps, prominent character lines and large wheelhouses featuring 22-inch wheels. measuring 5,069mm long,

2,000mm wide and 1,708mm tall, the t-Prime is 269mm longer and 60mm wider than the current touareg. inside, the concept features a four-seat layout along with a dashboard featuring multiple screens. there is an all-digital instrument cluster and a large 15-inch centrally located touchscreen display that acts as a command centre for many of the vehicles functions. the concept is powered by a petrol-electric plugin hybrid powertrain. the concept uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol, engine that develops 251hp paired to a 136hp electric

motor integrated into the concept’s eight-speed automatic gearbox. the combined system output sits at 381hp and 700nm of torque, that’s one hp and 121nm more than the existing touareg petrol-hybrid, which uses a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 paired to an electric motor. the batteries are located under the luggage compartment and can be charged via a standard 240-volt mains connection or via a high-powered 400-volt charger. the suV boasts of an all-electric range of 50km with all-wheel drive and a choice of drive modes.

honda iS Planning to give the 1.5 petrol City the same six-speed gearbox as the petrol Br-V. The current petrol City comes only with a five-speed gearbox and CVT and the new six-speed gearbox is likely to be introduced with the City facelift which is expected later this year. Skoda Will enhanCe its newly launched Superb sedan by offering customers adaptive dampers or dCC, which is available in the international version. however, the engineering work required to modify the adjustable damping system for the higher ground clearance of the indian Superb could push its introduction to 2017.

Spyder to boost Huracán sales Lamborghini has just launched its latest huracán variant, the LP 610-4 spyder, and with that the company plans to provide a

fillip to sales of its huracán range in the country. “We expect the spyder to contribute about 20 percent of our huracán sales,”

The Spyder will contribute about 20 percent to Lambo’s sales. www.autocarindia.com

sharad agarwal, head of Lamborghini india told autocar india, adding that the coupé will continue to remain its main seller. it is also understood that the spyder will be followed by more variants as Lamborghini aims to maintain the momentum of last year, which was its best year in india so far. the italian sportscar maker also inaugurated its new dealership in mumbai alongside the launch of the huracán spyder. the new dealership is operated by jubliant motorworks and is located at Prabhadevi.

in a Bid to hedge against the anti-diesel sentiment, Maruti is planning to introduce a 1.5 litre (M15) petrol engine in the S-cross which currently only comes with diesel-engine options. The 100hp M15 is also likely to replace the 1.4 k14 engine in the Ciaz to put it on par with the City.

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Kwid keeps up heat on alto

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assenger vehicle sales for most automakers remained upbeat in April 2016, and most of them registered a doubledigit growth. Sales of Maruti’s venerable bestseller Alto declined 23 percent over last year to 16,583 units – its lowest level since May 2013 – possibly due to increasing competition from the Kwid. Renault’s popular hatchback continued to hold its place in the list notching up sales of 9,795 units at the seventh spot. Going ahead, the Alto

sales are likely to come under pressure from the soon-to-be launched Redigo. Interestingly, Maruti has introduced a mildly refreshed version of the Alto 800 to keep up the buyer’s interest. Meanwhile, Maruti’s tally in the Top 10 expanded to seven vehicles from six in March with the Baleno entering the list. The Swift (15,661 units) came in second followed by the WagonR (15,323 units). The Dzire (13,256 units) lost ground and slipped to fourth position.

Korean carmaker Hyundai bagged two spots with the i20 (11,147 units) and the Grand i10 (9,840 units). The Baleno (9,562 units), marked its entry into the Top 10 after two months and it continues to remain quite popular in the segment, the high waiting period notwithstanding. Interestingly, the standard export model of the made-inIndia Suzuki Baleno received three stars from automotive safety watchdog Euro NCAP in a crash test. NISHANT PAREKH

production later this year in international markets, although it hasn’t yet confirmed which model will receive it first. VW also says that the engine will be faster, thanks to increased boost pressure, and will conform to the stricter European emission regulations coming in 2020.

VOLKSWAGEN HAS RELEASED details of its next-generation TSI turbocharged petrol engine line-up. The new range of powertrains – known internally as EA2111 TSI – are likely to offer more power, improved fuel economy and lower emissions than its predecessors. The first in the family is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, available in 130hp and 150hp guises. The 1.5 TSI will replace the current 1.4-litre TSI motor and will form the basis of the next generation of plug-in hybrid powertrains to be seen in production versions of the Golf, Tiguan, Passat and other vehicles. VW says the 1.5 will make

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THIS monTH The compact sedan could get a generous 180mm of ground clearance.

Shapur Kotwal Diary of a petrolhead indian carmakers

CmF-A sedan is in works Renault-nissan’s CMF-a platform has had a good start. indian car buyers have taken a real liking to the Kwid and Renault, as a result, is more bullish on other cars on the same platform. CeO Carlos Ghosn has unequivocally stated, “there will be many more CMF-a cars for india,” and from what we hear, a sub-fourmetre sedan could be next. a proposal for the car is already being worked on to see how competitive it is likely to be in its class, and design centres in india are working hard to deliver an interesting profile. Product planners, however, are making the job of the designers quite difficult; they want to stick with a ground

clearance of 180mm, which could be a bit of a challenge. What’s helping the Renault-nissan alliance though is the fact that diesel engines are getting less and less popular everyday, even in this cost-sensitive segment. this is an advantage for Renault as the CMF-a platform doesn’t have a diesel engine in its line-up, and unless plans dramatically change, it’s unlikely to get one either. What is being worked on is a low-cost smart hybrid system, similar to the sHVs system found on Marutis. this could provide a power and fuel economy boost to the cars and could, in theory, make the car more competitive. shapur kotwal

Isuzu V-Cross rolls out of new Andhra plant isuzu MOtORs india recently inaugurated its first manufacturing facility in the country. located in sri City, andhra Pradesh, the facility rolled out its first locally made d-Max V-Cross pick-up truck. the V-Cross is based on the new d-Max Crew Cab pickup truck, which is based on the Chevrolet trailblazer. Powered by a 2.5-litre diesel motor making 136hp, the engine

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is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox and gets features such as a touchscreen and steeringmounted audio controls. With the introduction of the d-Max V-Cross, which is being dubbed as an ‘adventure utility vehicle’, the Japanese carmaker aims to create a niche segment catering to lifestyle buyers and adventure junkies. the manufacturing plant has a production capacity of 50,000 units, and can be ramped up to 1,20,000. also built here will be the d-Max Cab range of pick-ups. However, the carmaker will continue to build the Mu-7 at the Hindustan Motors plant in tamil nadu.

Market conditions are right for a new Indian carmaker.

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s there room for another all-Indian carmaker? This is a question I’ve been asking myself increasingly over the past couple of years. Of course, I don’t have a definitive answer, but the question itself is so intriguing I can’t help but keep coming back to it. It isn’t an easy argument; I’ll admit. After all, our two local carmakers are struggling to find traction and momentum. Sure, all car companies have their hits and misses, but haven’t Tata and Mahindra squandered massive opportunities? The environment for an all-new carmaker, however, is just right. The Indian car market is gathering momentum at good pace. The economy is moving in the right direction and we will see a big movement from twowheelers to four-wheelers in the future. The twowheeler market currently stands at around 16 million bikes a year. China has made that shift, and soon, we’ll make ours too. Then there’s the fact that the car industry will soon approach an event horizon where electric, hybrid and solar powered cars become

a reality. That journey has already started; but this is only the beginning. And it will mean the big, heavy car companies will have to change and show incredible agility. Or die. The manner in which cars will be made will change too. Already, most of the components of a car are outsourced, and this will only accelerate. The car industry is already beginning to look

‘The Indian car market is currently bursting with potential.’ more and more like the electronics industry, with even major components coming from the most competitive sources. Who really cares where the engine or electric motor is made; as long as it performs. Indian component makers, both international JVs and fully homegrown ones, are right up there too; on the ball; ready to supply. Indian engineers

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are also increasingly coming of age, with more and more of the car being engineered locally. Software and control systems are slowly becoming as important as the hardware (the real reason Google and Apple are getting into cars) and in the future, platform sharing will be easier and easier – think of the chassis as nothing more than a giant motherboard. Of course, there are also several reasons why a new all-Indian venture would fall flat. There’s no real advantage to being an Indian carmaker in India anymore, orchestrating a harmonious start to things will be very tricky (see how difficult Datsun has found it), and then there’s the real difficult bit: getting the products, marketing and the sales and service perfectly aligned and right; a monumental task. It’s super difficult but Virat Kohli’s young can-do, will-do India should be able to manage it. It will be a great adventure for sure and will need deep pockets. But that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it’s real. Now, all we need is a set of driven individuals with loads and loads of mad skills; any takers? twitter.com/shapurk

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LeEco unveils electric supercar concept The Chinese TeChnology major, leeco, has unveiled a esla-rivalling electric car concept, the lesee super eV. The company recently forged an alliance with Aston Martin to develop the powertrains for the Rapide. Details about the lesee (which stands for super electric ecosystem) are scant. We do know that it’s fully electric, that its batteries are stored in its floor, much like in a Tesla, that its front grille doubles as a large screen to broadcast messages to the outside world, and that

it can autonomously drive itself. however, mechanical details beyond that are under wraps. We also know the longterm vision of leAuto (a leeco subsidiary) and lesee – a connected world where cars are reduced to social property and are used for common transport much like trains and buses are today. While that is a vision for the distant future, we have been told that we can expect a production variant of the lesee super eV concept in the near future, perhaps as soon as next year.

Porsche adds 718 Prefix, four-Pot turbo to cayman As part of a mid-cycle facelift, Porsche has equipped the Cayman with a four-cylinder turbo and a new prefix, the 718, à la the Boxster. The 718 Cayman is powered by two new downsized turbocharged engines borrowed from the Boxster; a 300hp, 2.0-litre, flat-four turbopetrol engine on the standard Cayman and a larger 350hp, turbocharged 2.5-litre, flat-four unit on the Cayman S. Both the new motors bump up output by 25hp. Gearbox options include a standard sixspeed manual with a seven-speed PDK dualclutch automatic available as an option. Other mechanical changes include bigger brakes, larger rear tyres and revised suspension. Styling changes include new bumpers, revised side intakes, exhaust and tail-lamps. Inside, there is a revised dashboard, new steering and the latest infotainment system. www.autocarindia.com

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The Jaguar E-Type and Mazda Miata are iconic convertibles in their own rights.

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esale values of convertibles are going through the roof and if you haven’t driven or been driven around in an open-top car yet, you may wonder what the fuss is all about. Convertibles are traditionally more expensive to buy than their equivalent sedans even though they are far less practical. Nonetheless, whichever car you look at, convertibles are always more special even when compared to their coupé siblings. No wonder, most manufacturers make one, be it Ferrari, Rolls Royce or even Bugatti. Such is the attraction for convertibles that, many a times, we see regular cars like Swifts and even Fiat Padminis with their roofs chopped off by their owners. And whilst the road worthiness of these cars can be questioned, even photographs of prototype open-top Tata Nanos have caused euphoria on social media. No wonder political leaders and popstars have had a fascination with convertibles historically. Even ‘007’ is famously known to take his Bond girls for a drive across the Alps or along the Riviera in

a convertible. Purists may argue convertibles do not handle as well as coupés. However, that becomes academic once you are in a convertible. Even though I am not a morning person, an early morning drive is one of the few things that gets me out on the road at the crack of dawn and it only gets better if the car I’m driving is a convertible. There is no better way to experience a

‘Convertibles demand a premium for their character.’ nice road than motoring with the roof down when the weather is just right and the roads are at their serene best. You might argue that our weather is just too hot for convertibles, but Mumbai’s close proximity to the sea makes it quite chilly during winter. Alternatively, a drive at night in summer with the roof down can actually be more fun than being in air-conditioning. What I fear most while in a convertible though is not

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the hot sun or the rain or even bird droppings, but people throwing litter at you out of a bus! I’d personally prefer a pillar-less convertible with a canvas roof over one with a folding hard top. On the practical side, they are easier to fix should the complex mechanism fail. In contrast, fail-safe, old-school, non-motorised roofs are easy to close and open and can be done in a jiffy once you’ve had enough practise. That said, it is always advisable to invest in a winter top should you get hold of one. Attending a car event in a convertible is immense joy too. And resale values of convertibles can be almost three times that of their sibling sedans for their uniqueness and character; for example, a Mercedes W124, E220 or 220CE Roadster. If not, you could compromise with an open jeep at a fraction of the cost to enjoy the pleasure of open-top motoring. All things summed up, it’s hard to argue against a convertible and reason enough why they hold their values. If you asked me, every petrolhead should save up and own a convertible. At least once. twitter.com/perseusb

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THIS monTH Renault Kwid

Colin Goodwin The good life In with the new

Top Indian cars fail Global nCAP crash test In yet another round of crash testing hosted by Global nCaP, all the cars were rated at zero stars. the five cars tested were the Kwid (three iterations of the car), the eeco, Celerio, Scorpio and the eon. While four versions of the Kwid have been produced with different safety features, the fourth version has been released only recently and is yet to be tested by Global nCaP. all the cars were tested for crash safety at a speed of 64kph at which speed, the ‘unstable’ body shells of these cars collapsed, exposing the test dummies to life-threatening injuries. the Kwid along with the Scorpio, eeco and eon scored zero stars for adultoccupant protection and two stars for child-occupant protection due to poor structural integrity and

lack of airbags. the Celerio scored zero and one star, respectively, for adult and child protection. two newer variants of the Kwid were also tested with one featuring a driver airbag. While these variants faired marginally better due to structural re-inforcements to the driver’s side, they still received a similar rating as the first Kwid. “the results show how important it is for cars to have a body shell that can remain stable in a crash,” David Ward, secretary general of Global nCaP, said. Global nCaP has now tested 12 Indian cars over the last two years with only two models passing the crash tests. the two models, the Volkswagen Polo and toyota etios, both offered dual airbags and received a four-star rating.

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It may have better handling and overall chassis balance but Colin misses the old flat-six motor on the new 718 Boxster.

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aking off from where we left off last month, you will perhaps remember that the new Porsche 718 Boxster had arrived at my door. Those who I trust, who’d driven the car before me, had not many good things to say about its new four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Nothing good, in fact. Sure enough, the dream is shattered as soon as you fire up the engine. Instead of the wonderful moan of a flat-six, your ears are fed the sound of a 1970 Volkwagen Beetle engine at idle. What makes the whole show more depressing is that Porsche’s engineers have noticeably improved the car’s handling and overall chassis performance. I drove the car in teeming rain over quite challenging roads. I love driving fast cars in the rain. The chassis balance of the Boxster is better than ever and the steering is even better. Gearshift exemplorary, ride comfortable yet body control tight. There’s just that damned engine. The car is very fast in S trim with 355hp at the back. Thing is, performance

isn’t everything. We can’t use high performance on regular speed-controlled city roads, what a car needs is stacks of personality and one of the best ways to provide that is by fitting an engine that oozes character. Also, one that makes driving the car slowly a pleasure. When you ask more from the 718’s engine, the tone goes from VW Beetle to Subaru Impreza with a wet rag held against the

‘Even the new 718 Cayman will get the four-cyl; upsetting.’ exhaust tailpipes. In a few months, the 718 Cayman with the same engine will be launched and that will upset me even more for, as you know, that car is my favourite in the world. It will be ruined by that four-cylinder engine. I really must buy myself a lovely two-year old S with a manual gearbox and not many options. Had the pleasure of having a coffee with the editor and Mrs Sorabjee

near the Autocar UK office the other day. Rare to trap one Sorabjee in London, let alone both at once. Over coffee, the Sorabjees and I were discussing the fantastic road trips that are so regularly featured in the magazine. I can’t tell you how spellbinding that tale of the Lamborghini Huracán on the highest motorable road was. I’ve driven plenty of big Lambos but that scenery is just breathtaking. This is how I enjoy best reading about new cars. I’ve never been that interested in numbers or how much G a car can pull in a corner. Cars are about experiences, about road trips that remain in the mind long after the car has gone to a scrap yard. Of course, a Lamborghini makes the story even more exciting, but a tale of driving a more humble car up that same road, or over any of the other incredible roads on the Indian sub continent, would be equally enthralling for me. Spring has arrived in the UK and there are great events to enjoy. First off, my annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Man TT races. Goodwood Festival of Speed and more. Stand by.

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THIS monTH good monTH Scooter exports Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India became the largest scooter exporter from the country, ahead of Hero MotoCorp.

Straight drive Central government approves plan to construct 1,000km of expressways.

bad monTH Road deaths Government data showed 16 people were killed every hour in 2015 due to road accidents.

Diesel ban Supreme Court extended ban on sale of diesel cars above 2,000cc in Delhi-NCR.

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datsun quietly bullish on go Cross Could bring the launch date forward to 2017, but several challenges exist.

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atsun’s Redigo, its entry-level hatchback, is about to go on sale and many consider it the brand’s make or break model. But there’s another car that has what it takes to carry the weight of the brand. this car, of course, is the datsun Go Cross, arguably the one with the most potential to succeed. this is because, according to company insiders, this is the first datsun to really appeal to a wider range of car buyers. datsun, in fact, was so impressed with the response to the car at the 2016 auto expo that the model is being fast-tracked and worked on diligently for an earlier-thanplanned launch; now expected sometime in 2017. Key to its success will be an affordable price, as datsun, this time around, is also looking at making the car much more desirable, especially on the inside. the company is well aware of just how successful the top-ofthe-line Kwid, from alliance partner Renault, has been (more than 80 percent of Kwids have the touchscreen) and this has prompted datsun to attempt delivering a similar interface on the Go Cross.

Datsun looking at not only affordability but also desirability for Go Cross. the ‘connected car’ concept has suddenly become very important today, and with a major interior facelift of the Go and Go+ in the works, one can safely assume the more upmarket Go Cross will get these as well. datsun is also simultaneously working hard on getting the cost of the Go platform down. Based on an evolution of the ‘V’ platform (known internally as V minus), it is both narrower and already 20-25 percent less expensive. But datsun is looking at reducing this even further. this, it says, it will do this by ‘industrialising’ many

of the components that are assembled in india, and by bringing the costs of subassemblies and raw materials, that come from the tier ii and tier iii suppliers, down further. the targeted increase in price over the Go+ is expected to be in the region of 15-20 percent, and that would place it at around Rs 4.4 - 4.6 lakh for the base variant. But achieving this won’t be easy. there’s a lot more content on this car in comparison to the standard Go+. the cladding, for one, is likely to be quite expensive, datsun may need to flesh out the wheel arches if it goes with the big wheels

seen on the show car, and things like the roof rails, led lights and scuff plates are likely to be expensive too. and then, there’s the extra cost of the updated interior. What’s also likely to be extremely challenging is the fact that the Go+, at 3,995mm, is already up against the four-metre mark; vital, if datsun wants to keep costs down. the company’s designers have only an extra four millimetres, at best, to play with. But surely, the Go Cross will be under four metres. Question is, will it have a third row of seats? ShApUR kOTwAl

Next-gen Renault Koleos unveiled Renault lifted the wraps off the second-generation Koleos SuV at the Beijing Motor Show. Built on the CMf-C/d platform that underpins the similarly sized nissan X-trail, the new Koleos is larger than the one it replaces, with a length of 4,670mm. Renault claims that the second-gen large SuV will offer ‘record-breaking’ interior room with rear kneeroom extending up to 289mm. the SuV will be available with two petrol and two diesel engine options with power ratings ranging from 130hp to 175hp. these engines will come mated to

either a six-speed manual or Renault-nissan’s X-tronic CVt gearbox. all-wheel drive will be available on some variants. On the inside, the new Koleos is set to receive Renault’s R-link 2

infotainment system with a choice of display size in either a landscape or portrait layout, with Bluetooth and uSB connectivity. it will also come with driver aids such as lane departure warning,

At 4,670mm long, the new Koleos is larger than its predecessor.

traffic sign recognition, blind spot warnings and tiredness detector. Renault is set to launch the Koleos later this year with China earmarked to be the first market. the company plans to expand sales of the SuV to a further 80 markets in the coming years with india likely to be part of the list with the previous-gen Koleos currently on sale in the country. june 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 35


THIS monTH INTERVIEW

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PRESIDENT & CEO, HONDA CARS INDIA LImITED

Honda India’s new boss talks to us about the BR-V, the SuV segment and Honda’s hybrids. thus enhancing the complete Honda brand. As for the upgrade options for the City – I think the current City is a very strong model and has the capacity to accommodate customers from its predecessors. However, if we see a strong demand for highersegment models, like the Civic or other bigger sedans from Honda’s international portfolio, we could explore those opportunities.

Let’s start with the BR-V – you are the only ones in the segment to provide a third row option. Why? The SuV segment is fast-growing in India and I think that trend will continue for some time. It is also a very competitive segment, because of which we wanted to offer something different – a third row of seats. Do you think that striking a balance between style and utility was the biggest challenge for the BR-V? The team did mention that, that was the biggest challenge. They worked really hard to develop ideas that achieved effective packaging while still giving it an SuV character.

Looking at the future, do you see the current emission issues and anti-diesel wave as opportunities for Honda’s petrol engines and hybrid technology? Hybrids are at the core of Honda Global’s strategy, and as for India, we will be bringing in the Accord Hybrid here. If the market responds well to it, we will consider bringing in more hybrid models. However, hybrid models are more expensive than petrol ones, so we will have to see if customers are willing to pay that premium.

What is Honda’s outlook on the quick pace of growth of the SUV segment in India? When a car market grows, customers start demanding vehicles other than traditional sedans and MPVs, and that is what is happening with India. The SuV segment is the fastest-growing segment in the Indian auto market. We want to keep monitoring this segment and address it with new line-ups if and when we see further growth. So, if you see growth in the SUV segment, will you be introducing SUVs above and below the BR-V – the HR-V seems like an obvious choice. We have not decided anything as yet. The HR-V is a very successful model internationally, but its price positions it one segment above the BR-V. However, it could be one of our choices for India if we see potential for it here. There is a big gap above the City – the CR-V is a small model without a diesel option, the Civic is gone and the Accord is making a comeback only as an expensive import. You do not seem to be focusing on the higher end of the market. What is Honda’s strategy there? We plan on incorporating the Accord Hybrid in our line-up this

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Honda has had a bit of a flat year despite a few launches. With the BR-V here, though, what is your sales forecast for the next year? We do have the BR-V now, and we also intend on further reinforcing our line-up. So yes, I would like to challenge our last year’s growth.

‘If the market responds well to Accord Hybrid, we will consider bringing in more hybrid models.’ fiscal, but entry-level models are also important. In any case, we are constantly monitoring customer requirements, and if we do see an opportunity for higher-level models, we will introduce them. Let’s talk about your star car, the City. It has been around for 17-18 years and is a brand in itself. With Honda’s India profits and volumes all based on the City,

how important is it for you? Also, despite its huge customer base, Honda does not offer anything City owners can upgrade to – do you see an opportunity there? The City’s India story is very impressive indeed. It has added a good amount of value to Honda’s image in India. However, I do not want to focus on just one model. While volumes are important, we want to focus on our entire line-up,

You have worked in other developing countries earlier. Having just arrived in India, do you see anything unique or even exciting about this market as compared to the others? The Indian market is very dynamic and fast growing. We will have to adjust our strategy to keep up with market changes. This market is also very competitive. everybody is seeing its potential. Also, India is a very broad market, with many differences between the various regions, and accommodating these differences is yet another challenge for me. I hope I can do my best. HORMAZD SORABJEE Read our first drive of Honda’s new BR-V p60

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Talking Four business heads representing India’s leading discuss ‘The auto industry and market 2020 and

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onsumer trends in the Indian auto industry are changing dramatically. There has been a surge of interest in small suVs, sales of petrol cars are edging ahead of diesels and more importantly, the changing dynamics point towards a future where hybrid or electric vehicles are likely to comprise a key portion of automakers’ portfolio. Autocar India brings together an expert panel to understand the implications of these trends and discuss the way forward. Representing the Indian auto industry were panelists Rs Kalsi, executive director, marketing and sales, Maruti suzuki India; Rakesh srivastava, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, hyundai Motor India; n Raja, director and senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Toyota Kirloskar Motor and jnaneshwar sen, senior vicepresident, sales and marketing, honda Cars India.

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on performance in fiscal year 2015-16. Kalsi: We grew at about 11.5 percent last year. While there were fluctuations month on month, we could manage that kind of growth overall. one of the areas of concern at the beginning of the year was the poor monsoon and before that, the untimely monsoon which destroyed ready crops. Because of this, growth in the rural sector was low – a little over 10 percent compared to 22-23 percent in the previous year. nevertheless, with the introduction of new models and new formats, we could manage good growth. Srivastava: The year 2015-16 was one of the best (for Indian passenger vehicle manufacturers) in the past five years – it saw volumes of around 2.75 million units and a growth rate of around 7.2 percent. But there were some challenges such as the deficient monsoon, poor crop realisation and rural demand. Also, compared to earlier years, demand for passenger cars was very stagnant; it was utility vehicles that actually drove the volumes. We clocked volumes of around 4,84,000 units, the highest by hyundai in any single year in the past 17 years and also achieved the highest market share of 17.3 percent, but it came due to the strength of new models like the Creta or the elite i20. For the industry overall too, it was new models – and also discounts – that drove volumes. so, we had growth but it came at the cost of offering discounts and a huge investment in terms of new models. Raja: Last year was a really challenging one for us (due to the diesel ban in delhi), but looking at our etios Liva segment, our efforts towards improving on efficiencies did turn up results in the market, where new models have done well. We grew by about 11-12 percent. overall though, growth has been negative due to factors like the poor monsoon, among other things. Industry growth was seveneight percent but if you exclude all the new models, the industry has de-grown. so, it’s been a year where new products drew in volumes. I think that is where we have to catch up, with more new products. Sen: While we did record growth in the last fiscal, it has been a tough year for us. If you look at the City, while it’s still leading the segment, it’s over two years old in the market; and there’s more competition as well. The jazz is at a stable level, the Mobilio, for us, has been a bit of a struggle, to be very honest. While we have seen growth, it has come at a huge cost – unprecedented levels of discount. ◊ june 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 39


“going ahead, product

lifecycles and average buyer age wil reduce and the auto industry has to prepare for that.

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Executive director, marketing and sales, Maruti Suzuki India

“Quite frankly, we cannot

afford to ignore the taxi market. We have made some tentative beginnings towards the same.

- Jnaneshwar Sen

Senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Honda Cars India

“growth in 2015-16

came at the cost of offering discounts and a huge investment in terms of new models.

- Rakesh Srivastava

Senior vice-president (sales and marketing), Hyundai Motor India

“For 2020-25, the need

is to move from hybrid to plug-in hybrid or even fuelcell technology.

- N Raja

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on the way forward, to find customers and sustain current levels of growth. Kalsi: There are a couple of things. one is that it’s not just about the new products that we introduce but the features and technologies as well that we provide to the customer. Yes, those technologies do come at a cost. The two-pedal (Auto Gear shift) and hybrid technologies that we introduced have been well accepted but moving forward, they will soon become qualifiers and we have to continuously think about providing new features and anticipate what kind of technologies are required by buyers. There’s also the retail experience and we are now using four different formats of retailing – the one for the rural markets where we have our outlets, e-outlets, conventional showrooms (which we’ve had for almost 30 years), and finally, the fourth format, nexa, to provide customers with a totally different experience. on the shortening of lifecycles. Kalsi: In the future, product lifecycles will reduce and maybe the average age of the customer is also going down. so, keeping those things in mind, the auto industry has to prepare for 2020 and beyond. Raja: In the Innova’s case, ideally we would like to stretch the lifecycle as far as possible but, as Kalsi spoke about cycles getting shorter, we’re seeing that happening globally and in India. We can see that smarter cars and smarter technologies are the need of the hour and even that is changing by the day. For example, if we’re talking about 2020 or 2025, the need is clearly to move from hybrid to a plug-in hybrid or more, and then to a futuristic technology like fuel cells. Where we foresee a big challenge is with the infrastructure that is required for tech like fuel cells or plug-in hybrids. Also, all the technology set to come in will be at a high cost. We look forward to the government’s support for that. on looking at cab aggregators such as Uber and ola as customers and how they are changing the dynamics of car ownership. Raja: If we look at europe or the us, these markets have organised taxi players and maybe for day-today commuting, people use their services. But in India, ownership is a matter of pride; especially when people travel with their families or go for weekend trips, they like to enjoy the driving experience. so, I think these two formats can co-exist and I don’t think that any automaker needs to feel threatened. Sen: quite frankly, we cannot afford to ignore the taxi market. Although we still have to see which way it will go over the years, we have made some tentative beginnings. now, what to look out for is whether this will change the growth trajectory of the industry in India or the number of cars. It is likely that people would not go for a third or fourth car. or if they have two cars, they would consider selling one of them. on concerns and impact of the government decision to leapfrog to BS-VI in 2020. Kalsi: This kind of policy or policy change by the government, in such an abrupt manner, creates a lot of financial pressure and also pressure in terms of the direction in which investments need to be made. As far as preparedness on the technological front is concerned, I think we are www.autocarindia.com


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‘An abrupt change in government policy places future investment decisions under pressure.’ ready, as is the case with other automakers. so, on the technological front, it is achievable, but the timeframe which the government has set down puts a lot of pressure, particularly when you are dealing with multiple models. secondly, the major challenge would be the cost impact; ultimately, the customer will have to pay for it. The cost impact on diesel vehicles would be nearly five or six times of what it will be on petrol technology. so, the entire equation between petrol and diesel models, in terms of their price-to-value equation, may change. Furthermore, the gap between petrol and diesel prices has narrowed down. however, an off-shoot effect of this would be more focus on mild hybrid, full hybrid and electricvehicle technologies.

Srivastava: While manufacturers would face the challenge of capital investment at some level, I think the biggest challenge would be at the level of component manufacturers where they have to also invest in terms of bringing in the right technology. What the auto industry would require is advance notice so that every stakeholder is involved and can bring in the right kind of inputs in terms of technology. Today, the Indian automobile industry’s manufacturing capacity is six million vehicles (PVs). But we are manufacturing only around 2.75 million vehicles. It is an under-utilised industry due to lack of demand. Today, seven percent of India’s GdP is through the auto industry, which shows that it’s an important industry. Consultation, communication

Armed with a keen sense of the market, the expert panel discussed a range of topics driving the auto sector. www.autocarindia.com

and involvement of stakeholders should happen if there are any formulations of rules and regulations. Raja: With the implementation of euro-VI, the investments would be higher and in terms of pricing, the cost of a normal car will increase by up to Rs one lakh. In order to boost the Make in India initiative, we are pitching with Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), our parent company, to getting more models made here, but they are looking for clear directions. The government has decided to implement Bs-VI across the country from April 1, 2020. Before that, the previous plan was for Bs-VI to be applied from 2023. The original plan mandated that India move to Bs-VI only by 2024. To TMC, it seems like no other industry is being pushed as much as the auto industry. You want technology by 2025? Tell us five to seven years in advance so we can plan the path. While our parent company believes India is a big market that nobody can afford to ignore, their only request is to show some stability in policymaking. Sen: We are coming back with the Accord hybrid after eight years or so. environment consciousness is increasing and various regulations like the CAFe (Corporate Average Fuel economy) are coming in. so, from that perspective, we are looking at how to strategise. I think the only thing required, in terms of the emission norms, safety norms or taxation, is a proper roadmap so that we can plan with confidence. That is the challenge we really need to overcome. on expectations from government policy, going ahead. Kalsi: The government has to realise that while talking about Make in India initiative, and also, The Automotive Mission Plan 2016-26, where we want to be the third-largest car manufacturer globally for automobiles, certain things such as a duty-friendly approach by the government and a big focus on infrastructure, apart from stability in terms of the policy, are important. Srivastava: If GsT is brought in, it would not only be a positive step towards improving the GdP of the country but it could also make things easier for the auto industry. For instance, the union Budget 2016 brought in an environment cess of between one to four percent, which was followed by some state governments introducing certain taxes. That pointed towards a luxury item being a different entity and it was subjected to a higher tax. I think with GsT, everything would become uniform. The other aspect is that the auto industry requires infrastructure. We have suVs which are off-roaders also and can run anywhere, but lack of adequate road infrastructure is a concern. Raja: The government needs to support new technologies like hybrids, for example. I know that the government needs to protect the local industry, but new technology has to come in. If I look at the customs duty on imports, we are the second highest as far as import duties are concerned. Relax it for future technologies; I am not saying give it a free ride. Give it a period of time like five years and after that, make localisation of the same compulsory. secondly, I would always look at the government to take charge of things and not get the judiciary into it. That is giving a wrong picture globally; it looks like the judiciary is the final authority on control. AI june 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 41


TReNDINg NOw: Using data gathered from Flipkart, Siddhant Ghalla brings you a list of the hottest car and bike accessories trending in the Indian market today.

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here is no doubt about the fact that the automotive industry is booming. Annual domestic automobile sales, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), increased from 12.3 million units in 2009-10 to 19.8 million units in 2014-15. And even without looking at the statistics, the growth is quite evident – the back-to-back debuts of global automotive brands and the everincreasing traffic congestion in Indian metros are proof enough. A related,

though often overlooked, result of this boom is the dramatic increase in sales of automotive accessories. Judging from the proliferation of automotive accessory sales on Flipkart, which have tripled in the last six months, we can say with some authority that Indian buyers are interested in cars for more than just commuting. People are now thinking of cars as an extension of their own personality. So, we have compiled a list of the hottest automotive accessories Indian buyers are purchasing online. Here’s a look. AI

CAR MATs

They keep the carpeted floors of your car clean from all the sludge and muck your shoes are likely to have picked up. Rs 499* onwards

CAR ChARgeRs

CAR sUN shADes

This one is a bit of a surprise, because Indian car owners are, by and large, conservative when it comes to doing up their cars (silver has been the most popular car colour for a while now). A little personalisation never hurt though, did it? Rs 118 onwards

They stop the sun from making the cabin of your car feel like an oven. Rs 169 onwards

CAR ReFRIgeRATORs

CAR MeDIA PlAyeRs

Most new cars come with factory-fitted media systems. However, there is a host of great car media players available for those that don’t or those that just need to be upgraded. Rs 610 onwards 42 AUTOCAR INDIA june 2016

It counters the stale smell of stagnant air and livens up your car’s cabin to a good extent. Rs 169 onwards

CAR bODy COveRs

Smartphones do so much work that people are always looking for a place to charge them. Considering the amount of time people spend in cars nowadays, car chargers are an ideal solution. Rs 129 onwards

CAR sTICkeRs AND DeCAls

CAR AIR FResheNeR

Perfect for those long journeys when a cool drink eases the exhaustion of driving hundreds of kilometres on truckcrammed highways. Rs 2,399 onwards

Useful to keep your parked car from looking like it just came back from a desert rally. They also help stop strangers from sitting on your car or nicking the paint off. Rs 666 onwards

CAR MObIle hOlDeR

These are very useful for handsfree operation of navigation apps. Putting your cell onto a car mobile holder makes navigation a whole lot safer, not to mention more convenient. Rs 139 onwards

CAR hORNs

This one is not really a surprise. Indians like their horns to be loud and intrusive as opposed to the meek-squeak factoryfitted horns cars generally come with. Rs 599 onwards www.autocarindia.com


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ACCessORIes bAlAClAvA

Balaclavas have become popular among bike riders, especially those who ride in colder conditions. They insulate the head, face and neck of riders well from biting winds and cold. They are also useful for keeping the dust out. Rs 155 onwards

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ARM sleeve Arm sleeves have become popular among riders whether they are riding in bitter cold or under the blazing sun. In both situations, it provides protection from harsh elements. Rs 155 onwards

Lugging a helmet around after parking your bike is impractical, and leaving it out may result in it getting stolen. Helmet locks are the perfect solution to this common problem. Rs 155 onwards

They help keep your hand insulated from the elements, help you maintain a better grip on the handlebars and protect the skin on your hands from being ripped out in the case of an accident. Rs 249 onwards

sADDle bAgs

As motorcycle touring has become more and more popular, so have touring accessories such as saddle bags. They come in various shapes and sizes and are more than adequate for weekend trips or multiple-week vacations. Rs 349* onwards www.autocarindia.com

helMeT

Every rider needs to wear a helmet. It helps that we also have laws mandating the same. Helmets save innumerable lives every year. Rs 835 onwards

bIke heADlIghTs

Many stock headlights on motorcycles are not powerful enough to light up the road ahead, especially on remote roads in India. Powerful aftermarket headlights substantially improve visibility. Rs 78 onwards

PUNCTURe RePAIR kIT

Bike touring involves riding to remote places and a puncture at these locations, far from a workshop, could be hugely inconvenient. With a repair kit, you’d never end up helpless in such situations. Rs 95* onwards

bIke MObIle hOlDeRs

Most useful for hands-free operation of Google Maps when you are trying to make your way back from the middle of nowhere. However, make sure your phone is rugged and water-resistant before you use one of these. Rs 325 onwards june 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 43

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RIDINg glOves

bIke bODy COveR

Useful for keeping the dust out of the many nooks and crannies of a motorcycle and for stopping random people from sitting on your treasured ride. Rs 149 onwards


first drive This month’s new cars

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alto reloaded first verdict Minor refresh aimed at keeping the alto at the top of the sales charts.

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THe MAruTI ALTO 800 so far, did not have any real direct competition. The 800cc Hyundai eon, also a part of the same segment, wasn’t a serious contender given its high pricing, and the Tata Nano did fail to meet expectations by a huge extent. Today, the entrylevel hatchback segment is filling fast with serious contenders. The renault Kwid has seen massive success, and the soon-to-be launched Datsun redigo looks promising. As a result, Maruti has given the Alto 800 an update. The basic design of the car is more or less the same. This means, the Alto 800’s original styling, which includes the high-mounted headlights, a thick C-pillar, and the www.autocarindia.com

slightly flared wheel arches are still there. At the rear, details such as the crystal-like tail-lights and some sculpting seen on the hatch are carried forward too. So to find out what’s new, you really need to be an Alto fan. The updated Alto 800 receives major changes to its nose. The bumper is completely new. A narrow horizontal slit running from headlight to headlight replaces the grille. The headlights now get amber turn indicators in place of the clear-lens units. Also, the trapezoidal air dam has been given a 180-degree flip, making the car look slightly wider than before. There’s a provision for front fog lamps now, but the accessory isn’t offered as standard. At 3,430mm, the updated Alto is now slightly longer than the pre-facelift car, thanks to the new front bumper.

Maruti facelifts the alto 800 to take on newer competition; we find out what’s new. Apart from that, the Alto 800’s dimensions remain unchanged. On the inside, it gets a new fabric for the seats and door pads, rear seats get headrests for the higher variants. However, Maruti has added more equipment to all trims of the Alto 800. The base variant now gets a passenger-side wing mirror, and more storage, while the LXi and VXi trims get child-safety lock. The top-spec Alto 800 VXi gets remote entry as well. Apart from this, standard features on the VXi trim include front power windows, central locking and full wheel caps. In terms of safety, Maruti offers a driver airbag as an option on all trims, but gives ABS a miss. The updated Alto 800 continues to be offered with the 48hp, threecylinder F8 petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. It now delivers a good nine percent better

fuel economy at 24.7kpl as opposed to 22.7kpl earlier, thanks to a new thermal ignition system. In contrast, the Nano delivers 23.6kpl and the Kwid does a slightly better 25.17kpl. Our short stint with the updated Alto confirmed that it drives exactly like the pre-facelift model. This means it still has the ability to deliver decent performance for a car of this size. Prices for the updated Alto are not out yet, but Maruti tells us that the updated car will surely undercut its predecessor and competition. These mild tweaks do give the ageing Alto 800 a shot in the arm, and this should keep things running until an all-new model arrives in 2018. However, with the increasing competition, the updated Alto will have to soldier on to keep the momentum going. akbar merchant

maruti alto 800 (vXi)

Rear seats now get headrests.

Remote-entry standard on VXi trim.

Price Rs 2.5 lakh (est, ex-showroom, Delhi) L/W/H 3430/1490/1475mm Wheelbase 2360mm Kerb Weight 727kg Engine 796cc, 3 cyls, in-line Power 48hp at 6000rpm Torque 69Nm at 3500rpm Gearbox 5-speed manual Tyres 145/80 R12 june 2016 aUtOcar InDIa 47


first Drive Watch the TUV300 in action using AlIVe. App details on p15.

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first verDict Extra power and torque make the tUV300 a much better package.

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IN AlMoST eVeRy way, this is a regular TUV300. The stress here is on the word ‘almost’. While the body, mechanicals and interiors of this car are exactly the same as the current TUV300’s, the number of horses pulling it is different. engineers at Mahindra have tinkered with the engine’s calibration to eke out an additional 16hp of power and 10Nm of torque, to arm the car with a higher power and torque rating of 100hp and 240Nm, respectively. This new, more powerful engine, called the mHawk100, is the same one that powers Mahindra’s NuvoSport. The carmaker claims that the 100hp variant of the TUV300 has been launched due to customer feedback regarding the www.autocarindia.com

underpowered nature of the standard car. In our TUV300 road test, we too pointed out that the car is astonishingly slow, mainly owing to a poor power-to-weight ratio. Though it pulled well in the low end of the rev range, it delivered a lacklustre performance when pushed towards higher speeds. The 100hp TUV300 is available with a manual and an AMT option. In the manual variant we drove, the presence of additional ponies was not immediately apparent when taking off from a standstill, because pulling power in the lower rev range is identical to its less-powered sibling. However, as the rev needle climbed into the mid-range, the extra grunt became more apparent. The 240Nm of torque is available from as low as 1,500rpm, and is delivered in a linear fashion all the way up to 2,800rpm, as compared to 2,250rpm in the

mHawk80 motor. This helps provide the car with much-needed extra thrust. In fact, we pit the two cars against each other, and the 100hp TUV300 effortlessly left the 84hp one in its wake. This additional thrust is likely to come in handy especially when overtaking. The engine also maintains a mostly refined character, at least until about 3,500rpm, after which it gets noisy. The extra power, however, does come at the cost of fuel efficiency, with the claimed figure falling from 18.49kpl in the TUV300 (mHawk80) to 18.05kpl in the more powerful one. Mahindra has also increased the length of the rear seat cushion by 30mm, and raised the height of the under-thigh padding by 19mm to improve support. However, the low seat height relative to the floor still leaves rear passengers’ thighs suspended mid-air.

However, you get this added power – in both manual and AMT versions – only in the top-spec T8 trim. According to Mahindra, the option of AMT is no longer offered on the 84hp version. The manual variant is priced at a premium of Rs 8,000 over the 84hp car. The 100hp TUV300 begs one big question – where does it stand in relation to the NuvoSport? It was always the better package, and with the power on par now, it will be interesting to see how they co-exist. Siddhant ghalla

mahinDra tuv300 mhawk100

mHawk100 shared with NuvoSport.

Rear seat cushion is bigger and taller.

Price L/W/H Wheelbase Kerb Weight Engine Power Torque Gearbox Tyres

Rs 8.98/9.72 lakh* 3995/1835/1839mm 2680mm 1626kg/1654kg 3 cyls, 1498cc, turbo-diesel 99.9hp at 3000-3750rpm 240Nm at 1500-2800rpm 5-speed manual/AMT 215/75 R15

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*Ex-showroom, Delhi; Figures in blue for AMT car

100 for 300

The Mahindra TuV300 now comes with a 100hp option. we find out how this extra power translates to real-world performance.


Quick facts50-55 lakh Price from Rs oom, Delhi) (est, ex-showr onth m is On sale Th

Mercedes finally plugs the only serious gap in its model range with the new GLC – an SUV that will take on the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.

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first drivE first vErdict Perfect blend of Merc sedan-like luxury and SUV practicality.

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It’s hard to believe that after Maruti, it’s Mercedes that has the widest model range in India. What’s even harder to believe is that there exists a big hole in Mercedes’ burgeoning portfolio, which has taken ages to fill. Now finally, the long, long overdue Mercedes GLC is finally here to plug that crucial gap in the meat of Mercedes’ sUV range, which happens to be bang in between the compact GLa and the bulky GLE. so, why is the GLC such a big deal? It’s because its predecessor, the boxy-looking GLK, was never made in right-hand drive, which ruled out its launch in India. so,

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throughout the GLK’s seven-year life cycle, Mercedes could only helplessly watch potential mid-size luxury sUV buyers turn to the audi Q5 and BMW X3 instead. the GLC, which is essentially the next-gen GLK, is now here with a vengeance to spoil its rivals’ party. But can it steal their sales? to know the answer, we took the GLC for a long and gruelling drive.

A NEW BREED

I’ve seen the GLC in the metal at several motor shows but parked here in a dusty spot in rural India, bathed in warm tropical light, it stands out even more. It’s much bigger than I

remember and hard to imagine that it’s based on the same platform as the C-class. okay, the wheelbase has been stretched and it’s a whole lot longer by 33mm but what also makes it look big is the tall cabin and the wide nose. and Mercedes’ new design language clearly works well too. Known internally as ‘sensual purity’, it blends bold details on the one hand and a sinewy basic form, on the other. Up front, the wide grille is the focal point of the design. It stands out because it protrudes from the bonnet and grabs your attention first. the next thing you notice is just how clean the flanks of the GLC ◊

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‘With 245hp and a nine -speed auto ’box, straight-line performance is strong.’ GLC gets steel springs; no air suspension yet. ∆ are and how neatly the wheel arches bulge out. The slash that runs under the door handles is a nice design detail too. I also particularly like the treatment of the GLC’s rear, which has a bit of coupé-like feel to it with the swoopy D-pillar and raked rear screen while the chunky rear skid plate with twin exhausts housed in them are there to remind of you of the GLC’s SUV credentials. What does look a bit odd, however, is how far forward the front wheels have been pushed. It’s all in the interest of better interior packaging but it does upset the proportions a bit. Under the skin is a mixture of aluminium and high-strength steel and Merc’s engineers have used structural reinforcements that are similar to those seen on convertibles. Suspension is independent all around and power is transmitted via a ◊

All-wheel Drive

The four-wheel-drive system used in the GlC is a permanent one. unlike previous versions of 4MATIC, the single-stage transfer case is not structurally integrated into the gearbox but tagged on at a later stage. Part of the reason is because the 9G-Tronic gearbox is quite large in the first place. And when it is separated, the system can be used for higher torque engines as well. This new system also come with a mode selector that pops up on the screen when you hit a button. The various modes can be toggled via the Comand control dial and include options like Slippery, off-road, Incline, and Trailer for towing.

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Power delivery is very linear and the 300 has a strong top-end that’s quite enjoyable. ∆ nine-speed automatic gearbox through to a permanent four-wheeldrive system – or 4MATIC in Merc parlance – with the torque-split fixed at 45/55 in favour of the rear wheels. The GLC is also pretty slippery; its coefficient of drag (CD) is just 0.31, good for an SUV, and much of this is due to the well-executed underbody cladding. Acoustic insulation has also been paid a lot of attention; the chassis mounting points have extra sound deadening to keep road noise down, sound deadening material is sprayed onto the floor and the windscreen is also

The seating position is somewhere between that of an SUV and a lower-slung sedan. insulated to keep noise out.

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The first thing I notice after getting behind the wheel is how hushed the cabin is. Okay, the car we are testing is the petrol GLC 300 and the roads are reasonably smooth but it feels eerily quiet for an SUV doing 80kph. Sounds coming up from the suspension are successfully muffled, like someone has put a pillow on

them and even the typical wind noise you experience around the A-pillar and mirrors is a gentle rustle. Noise levels rise gently when I accelerate hard and the fourcylinder engine, which is clearly not as silky smooth as the V6, gets quite buzzy near the redline. But it’s not to the point of feeling harsh or thrashy which is why you don’t mind exploiting this motor’s strong top-end.

This leads me to the engine under the hood of GLC 300, which is the only petrol motor to be offered in this class of SUVs. To tell you the truth, we were pretty surprised at Mercedes’ decision to offer a petrol in a segment dominated by diesels. But then, we were equally unsurprised when we thought about it. With diesels being mercilessly vilified today, luxury carmakers now want to give potential buyers the petrol option. And who can argue with that? Those looking for a diesel will be able to buy a GLC 220 d, but the GLC 300, apart from being ◊

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Dials are clear but look and feel a bit plain.

∆ more ‘politically correct’, is also the more fun option. In the not-too-distant past, the 300 badge would have suggested a 3.0-litre engine but, in essence, this motor is a 2.0-litre or 1,991cc turbopetrol, four-cylinder unit pushing out a ‘three litre’-like 245hp and 370Nm of torque which seems more than adequate to propel a 1,871kg car, especially since it’s mated to Mercedes’ latest gearbox. Mercedes has upped the ante with its automatic transmission. In place of the regular 7G-Tronic comes a nine-speed torque converter automatic with the extra ratios here to help multiply the power and torque of the engine further for better overall performance and economy. The gearbox, in fact, does its job beautifully. In ‘Comfort’ mode, it behaves like the quintessential Mercedes unit. It is smooth and jerk-free and the fact that it has nine speeds means there are smaller gaps

‘The cabin is beautifully built and superbly insulated from the world outside.’ between ratios and this helps make the transition between gears fairly seamless. That’s not the case when you toggle the Drive selector into the most aggressive Sport+ mode where there’s a distinct thud between shifts when you accelerate hard. The GLC 300 comes with five different driving modes – Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+ and Individual – which alter the steering, throttle and transmission parameters. The suspension, however, which sits on steel springs, cannot be altered. The GLC’s petrol motor has a pretty wide powerband and delivers its grunt quite progressively. There

isn’t much turbo lag, but from low revs, there’s not much oomph either and instead, just a nice, gradual build-up of power with the engine really getting into its stride when you cross 3,500rpm. Keep the pedal pinned to the plush carpet and you can feel the GLC accelerate hard in a linear and progressive way with no let up till the 6,500rpm redline. In fact, the action is concentrated between 4,000 and 6,500rpm which tempts us to constantly use Sport and Sport+ modes which gets the transmission to gamely hang onto each gear until the redline. Downshifting from high revs via

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You’re sat quite high and legroom is good, but more under-thigh support is needed. the paddleshifters provides a great degree of control and on a twisty road, you really feel like you’re driving a manual. Our VBOX timing equipment sees the GLC 300 despatch the 100kphmark in a brisk 7.5 seconds which makes it considerably faster than its diesel rivals. However, in the real world, especially when you want to make a quick and easy overtaking manouvre, you miss the kick of a strong turbo-diesel which the GLC with a relatively weak mid-range, certainly lacks. Partthrottle response is pretty good though which makes the GLC 300

Extremely comfortable seat has great support for the back and there’s plenty of room. easy to drive and live with as an everyday car. In fact, the GLC drives like a jacked-up C-class and strikes a good balance between ride and handling. The GLC’s pliant suspension and relatively high 60 profile tyres smoothen out sharp edges remarkably well. In fact, the supple and refined nature of the suspension makes the GLC the most comfortable SUV in its class to ride in. At high speeds on undulating surfaces, the softly sprung GLC does move around a fair bit – it tends to pitch quite a lot at the rear and there’s even a side-toside rocking motion when the road

is really uneven. The ride may not be as flat or controlled as in the C-class sedan but it’s not to the point of truly unsettling the passengers. The GLC’s steering really stands out for its very progressive and linear feel reminiscent of the old hydraulically powered units. Mercedes has got the on-centre feel spot on; there’s no dead zone around the straight ahead position and neither is it too quick off centre to make the GLC nervous at speed. It’s not particularly quick or very direct but for relaxed yet fast driving, it instills a lot of confidence, especially at high speeds. ◊

Vital buttons on left of trackpad difficult to see; rear vents don’t hamper centre passenger comfort; seat belt buckle locks are smart.

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The GLC’s sporty and attractive

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∆ Push the GLC with verve and you can tell it isn’t the sportiest SUV around. Yes, it is well balanced in corners and feels pretty stable even over mid-corner bumps, but it doesn’t feel agile and enthusiastic to rapidly change direction. Though the four-wheel drive is meant to be set up for a rear bias, it’s obviously set up to understeer with the front wheels breaking traction under

hard acceleration out of corners (with traction control switched off, of course). It doesn’t have the rearwheel-drive balance of an X3 and doesn’t feel as playful either.

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

The GLC’s classy and premium cabin is very similar to that of the C-class which completely blew our socks off

back in 2014, and this new Mercedes comes with the same exemplary build quality. The wide, wooden centre console with the array of chromed vents, the metal-finish buttons, the beautifully layered dash and the plush doorpads; with double-stitched everything just giving the cabin an incredible lift. Yes, some buyers may have liked a lighter shade to brighten things up, but black seems to be

making a comeback. There are a few bits though that don’t quite resonate at the same pitch as the rest of the cabin. The dials, for example, look very ordinary and could be better illuminated. There are some stray bits of cheap plastic around and Merc’s COMAND system, which though better than before still feels a bit archaic. Making it worse is the small, 7-inch infotainment screen.

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Underguard in chrome below the chin is both practical and decorative. Mercedes should at the least have offered the bigger 8.4-inch tablet from the European car as standard. No such complaints with the seats though which are large and generous all round. The front seats, which have a long back rest and squab, offer generous all-round support. Getting the right driving position is also a cinch; especially with the powered seats and powered steering adjust which is standard on the GLC 300. Rear seat space is where the GLC really scores and overall comfort promises to be the best in class. It’s more comfortable than the C-class as well. You are sat higher to begin with, there’s good legroom and headroom for even large passengers and the seats feel well-cushioned. The only niggle is that the seat base is a bit too short www.autocarindia.com

and this compromises under-thigh support. The middle passenger is not naturally as comfy but because the air-con vent doesn’t protrude as much and the generous footwells allow him to spread out a bit, he’s better off than in the middle seat of other SUVs. Boot space is very impressive too. The GLC has 550 litres of it, and that’s expandable if you flip down the powered seat backs. The only problem is that much of the boot is taken up by the spare wheel, and getting a big set of bags on top of that is strenuous.

JUST RIGHT?

The GLC’s fundamental appeal stems from the fact that it is a great allrounder appealing to a wide swathe of luxury SUV buyers. Firstly, it looks very modern and contemporary

and the cabin too is pretty spacious and very well equipped. Yes, there are few niggles like the below par infotainment system and it may not have the engaging driving dynamics of its rivals. But if you want comfort and refinement, the GLC 300, with its smooth and brisk performance, supple ride and hushed cabin, is hard to beat. Most buyers are likely to opt for the entry-level GLC 220 d which is a more practical choice and an estimated Rs 5 lakh cheaper than the flagship petrol. Either way, the GLC, at an estimated price range of Rs 50-55 lakh, won’t be cheap. But, if you’ve always wanted a Merc and have often looked at a luxury SUV, make sure you check out the GLC first. It just could be the right car for you. SHAPUR KOTWAL

MerceDes-Benz GLc 300 Price

Rs 50-55 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom, Delhi) L/W/H 4656/2096/1639mm Wheelbase 2873mm Kerb weight 1871kg Engine 4 cyls, 1991cc, turbo-petrol Power 245hp at 5500rpm Torque 370Nm at 1400-2800rpm Gearbox 9-speed auto Tyres (f-r) 235/60 R18 Acceleration (from rest) Kph (sec) 20 0.74 40 1.75 60 3.18 80 5.09 100 7.49 In-gear acceleration 20-80 kph (in kickdown) 40-100kph (in kickdown)

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Bring on the Br-v

Honda’s BR-V is finally here. Does it have the ingredients to make a place for itself in the competitive small SUV segment? Practical and unique for its threerow seating but lacks SUV appeal.

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With every second media drive taking place in Udaipur, we’ve driven on the roads leading out of the White city of rajasthan umpteen times before. Left here, right turn to avoid the market there… the route is almost hardwired into our minds. so, first order of business after being handed the keys to honda’s new Br-v (short for Bold runabout vehicle), is to head to an abandoned fort we’re familiar with to get some still shots. As we reach our first waypoint, and photographer Kuldeep guides the Br-v into place, i take my first good look at honda’s new sUv in a typical indian setting. And straight away, i have mixed emotions. i really like the front end. the Br-v’s squared-out bonnet, angular headlamps and chrome-rich two-part grille give it a very honda, urban sUv look. the front bumpers are also well styled and feature de rigueur scuff plates at the bottom. But it’s from the windscreen on, that the shape starts losing appeal. the plastic-clad wheel arches lack muscle, while the kinked windows

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and doors are a straight lift from the Mobilio (see box). And then, there’s the tail; it extends far beyond the rear doors and ends up giving the Br-v an MPv-like silhouette. i wouldn’t be surprised if people see the Br-v as a ‘cross’ version of the Mobilio rather than as an alternative to the likes of the more beefy renault duster and hyundai creta. the Br-v’s body is also quite narrow for all its length. And all this gives the Br-v an identity problem. the tail itself is smart and the tail gate opens to reveal a spacious luggage bay but the whole look is again more MPv than sUv. in fact, the most sUv bit about the Br-v is its 210mm ground clearance that is best in class. note, the Br-v is strictly front wheel-drive and there are no plans for an allwheel-drive iteration.

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the Br-v measures 4,456mm from end-to-end which makes it the longest of the small sUvs in india, and by quite a margin. And honda has made full use of the length to give the Br-v its defining feature – a third row of seats, something none of its direct competitors offer. the good thing is that the last row is properly useable. Access to the back is decent, leg space can be freed up by sliding the middle row forward and the large windows help this section of the cabin feel reasonably airy too. the seating position is quite kneesup but then again, that’s a standard complaint in most seven seaters. i find myself quite comfortable in the middle row too. there’s plenty of kneeroom, the backrest angle is adjustable and the seats are fine on ◊

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Dashboard is shared with the updated Amaze. Asymmetric design is interesting and the black theme works well. Overall quality is decent but not close to the class-best.

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∆ comfort. however, the narrow cabin means fitting three adults here will be a squeeze. you don’t sit all that high up in the Br-v but visibility from all seats is good. there’s an instant feeling of familiarity when i move over to the well-padded driver’s seat. the honda Br-v’s dashboard comes from the recently updated Amaze compact sedan, whose dash itself looks like a derivative of what you’d find in the Jazz hatchback. Lest you think otherwise, that’s actually no bad thing. the asymmetrical design of the dashboard is interesting, all the important controls are within easy reach and all the quality improvements made to the Amaze have found their way here too. the finish is still not quite at hyundai creta levels but the Br-v’s black plastics do camouflage the lesser surfaces to a good extent. But what could be a deal breaker for many buyers is the absence of a touchscreen infotainment system which is something we’ve just come to expect in all new cars. costs played a part in honda’s decision to omit the key bit of equipment but considering a renault Kwid gets a touchscreen, the omission is unlikely to go down well with buyers. surprisingly enough, for a vehicle so long, there are no rear parking sensors either, let alone a reverse camera. the car’s infotainment system does feature Bluetooth for telephony and audio streaming though. Leather seats, automatic climate control (albeit with a outdated manual recirculation slide), steering-mounted audio buttons, push-button start, electrically foldable outside rear-view mirrors and rear air-con vents are some of the features that are part of the kit on the top-spec vX versions. As for

safety equipment, dual airbags are standard across the range as is ABs (except for the base petrol trim). the Br-v automatic is available in only v trim and misses out on the vX’s leather seats (see variant Breakup).

DTeC AND vTeC

With the photography out of the way, i can concentrate my time behind the wheel to reconfirm an early finding about the diesel Br-v and especially, its refinement. honda’s 1.5-litre diesel engine is running a lot quieter than i remember it from the city and that industrial note the engine made is far less pronounced. it’s not the quietest motor around still, but at least it’s possible to talk within the cabin without the need to shout. the additional noise insulation material under the bonnet and on the firewall, floor and doors has done its job. the 1.5-litre i-dtec diesel engine in question is no stranger to us. it’s the one that also powers the Amaze, Jazz, city and Mobilio. While there were indications that the engine would make more power on the Br-v, it continues to make 100hp and 200nm. however, the tuning is slightly different. As before, the engine pulls really well from low revs but where it feels different is in its willingness to rev more freely. there’s more of a powerband to play with on the Br-v and the engine doesn’t seem as unidimensional as it did in its former applications. it’s not exciting but does allow reasonable performance. however, in our preliminary tests, we managed a 16.25 second 0-100kph time which is slow for the class. What helps the diesel Br-v’s case is its smoothshifting six-speed gearbox that comes allied to a light clutch. diesel Br-v buyers can also expect good ◊

Front seats are well-padded. Leather upholstery is standard on top VX trim.

Middle-row seats offer good enough comfort but width is insufficient for three adults.

Hr-v to Br-v Back in 2013, honda was seriously considering the Jazzbased hr-V (also known as Vezel) for launch in india. however, the sophisticated hr-V was built to a European cost structure and, according to honda insiders, would have cost no less than rs 18 lakh in india. the weakening indian rupee didn’t help matters and eventually, the project was shelved. keen to have a presence in the burgeoning small SUV segment, honda then decided to develop a suitable model on its flexible gSP platform that also underpins the Brio hatchback, amaze compact sedan and Mobilio

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There’s a reasonable amount of space in the back but seating position isn’t great. Tail gate opens low and wide. Rearmost seats flip forward to free up luggage space.

MPV. the result is the Br-V. interestingly, the platform was not developed to accommodate an SUV body style and honda had to enlarge the wheel wells to get the SUV look. also, as we’ve detailed elsewhere in the issue, honda is once again studying the hr-V (pictured here) for our market.

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The BR-V looks awkward in profile and the silhouette is more MPV than SUV. ∆ fuel economy. The ARAI-tested fuel efficiency figure of 21.9kpl makes this version of the BR-V the most fuel-efficient model among the small SUVs. The other engine of choice on the BR-V is Honda’s 119hp, 1.5-litre, i-VTEC petrol engine. This engine is available with both manual and automatic gearbox options. Interestingly, the manual gearbox is a new six-speed unit rather than the five-speed one the petrol City and Mobilio come with. Honda insiders haven’t confirmed if this gearbox will make it to the other models as well, but it’s something to expect in the near future. The petrol manual BR-V’s ARAI-tested fuel efficiency is 15.4kpl while the petrol automatic’s figure is slightly higher at 16kpl, made possible by its efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT). That the CVT gets paddleshifters for manual gearshifts (a first-in-

class feature) is what I’m more excited about. But the open stretches of NH76 is actually a bad place to acquaint myself with this auto version of the BR-V. I go full throttle at the very first opportunity and what I get in return is a whole lot of noise from the engine without the corresponding build in speed. It’s that rubber-band effect CVTs are notorious for. Pressing down hard on the accelerator has the gearbox hold revs and this brings out the engine’s noisiest side. The engine sounds gruff when this happens and particularly thrashy around 6,500rpm. For their part, the paddleshifters work without any delay and let me shuffle between the gearbox’s seven ‘steps’. However, due to the characteristics of the CVT set-up, you won’t get the same sort of connect you would with a traditional automatic or dualclutch transmission. ◊

Info display shows average fuel efficiency; petrol auto version gets paddleshifters.

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tidy but not good enough for us to make the journey to the winding roads up Mount Abu close by.

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The day ends with me developing a liking for the BR-V. The petrol automatic version comes across as well-suited to urban needs and the diesel version is also pleasant enough for average use. The BR-V is an easy-to-drive vehicle and it’s easy to picture buyers with large families being drawn to it solely for its seven seats. It’s not the cheapest of SUVs around though with prices ranging from Rs 8.75-12.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and it misses out on some crucial equipment like a touchscreen and reverse sensors as well. However, the bigger issue is how Indian SUV buyers will take to the BR-V’s shape which just doesn’t have the rugged appeal of rivals. The Maruti S-cross failed to take off for its crossover appearance and it could take a lot from Honda to convince buyers to look past the BR-V’s design and see it for the practical and competent vehicle it is. nIKHIl BHATIA

HonDa br-v p Mt vX/p Cvt vX/D Mt vX Price

Rs 11.84/11.99/12.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) L/W/H 4456/1735/1666mm Wheelbase 2662mm Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 1235/1238/1306kg Engine 4 cyls, 1497cc, petrol 4 cyls, 1498cc, turbo-diesel Power 119hp at 6600rpm 100hp at 3600rpm Torque 145Nm at 4600rpm 200Nm at 1750rpm Gearbox 6-speed manual, CVT auto, 6-speed manual Suspension (f/r) Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs/non-independent torsion beam, coil springs Brakes (f/r) Discs/drums Acceleration (from rest)* Kph (sec) (sec) 20 1.69 1.56 40 3.88 3.87 60 6.36 6.66 80 9.35 10.57 100 13.30 16.25 120 18.84 In-gear acceleration* 20-80 kph 9.29** 13.77 (in 3rd gear) 40-100kph 11.13** 16.08 (in 4th gear)

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Insulation keeps noise levels in check.

∆ It’s when I go easy that the BR-V automatic shows its best side. At mild throttles, the engine never crosses middle revs, noise levels are in check and the driving experience generally becomes more relaxing. Initial responses are also good and this makes it well-suited to the urban grind. Plan your overtaking in advance and you will get by just fine without exciting the CVT gearbox. Performance, on the whole, is good. What’s also nice is ride quality. We do feel a bit of firmness in the setup, but the suspension is absorbent enough at low speeds and contains undue body movements at high speeds too. Straight-line stability is not quite at Duster levels, but is good nonetheless. What adds to the feeling of confidence is that the steering has little slack and also has a nice weight to it. But the BR-V is a long vehicle and you can always feel its length from behind the wheel, especially around tighter bends. Handling is


redi to go first verdict a smart and spacious budget hatchback, but it has its flaws.

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n engine n Obvious cost cutting in places

THE GO AnD Go+, Datsun’s first two launches, were functional cars available at affordable prices, especially considering their size. Datsun, however, underestimated the Indian consumer’s need to have as much as possible while paying as little as possible. As a result, the Go siblings didn’t make a splash in the market, because they are poorly equipped and the cost cutting is obvious, which is something Indians these days will just not accept. Suffice

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to say, the Datsun brand needs a strong shot in the arm to get back on buyers’ radars, and lessons learnt have been ploughed back into the Redigo which comes to the market with the task of resurrecting the Datsun brand. Even with this contemporarylooking car, Datsun has its work cut out. Where the Go and Go+ went up against the likes of the Maruti WagonR and Hyundai i10, the Redigo is entering a much fiercer battlefield. It’s the budget segment, dominated by India’s bestselling car – the Maruti Alto, and recently stirred up by Datsun’s own very attractive cousin – the Renault Kwid. That’s quite a tall order for this little hatchback, with not only the weight of the entire Datsun brand bearing down on its shoulders, but also the pressure to thrive in a hugely competitive segment with some of the most critical and brand-loyal customers in the country.

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Under the skin, it uses the same

Datsun’s smart-looking new hatch is looking to break into the hotly contested budget hatchback segment. But is it good enough to cut it with the best in the business?

platform as the Renault Kwid, and that means a lot of components are shared, including the engine, gearbox and suspension. But Datsun has made it a point to give the Redigo a distinct identity. In fact, although the platform is the same, it’s been stretched and shortened in several areas for this car. It’s shorter, narrower and has a shorter wheelbase than the Kwid, but it is taller, for better interior space. It also looks completely different. Datsun calls it an ‘Urban Cross’, steering clear from too strong an SUV connotation, but as you can see, it is clearly a tall hatchback in the vein of the now-defunct Hyundai Santro. While Hyundai has been mulling over the replacement of the erstwhile Santro, Datsun cleverly swooped into this vacant space. Interestingly, however, it has crossover-like ground clearance – a class-leading 185mm, and that’s not the only best-in-class thing about the Redigo, says Datsun. Its 25.17kpl ARAI-rated fuel economy figure is another, and there’s also the promise

of lower running costs, a lower kerb weight and a claimed 0-100kph acceleration figure that’s better than all of its competitors. The Redigo’s shape may not be revolutionary, but the design itself is quite attractive. Datsun has made sure to put its big signature grille front and centre with a nice, thick chrome surround, and large upswept headlamps on either side of it. The front bumper is heavily sculpted, with a contrast-coloured faux skid plate at the base and LED daytime-running lamps (DRLs). A conscious decision was made to forego fog lamps in favour of DRLs, another class-first, because that’s what customers prefer. On to the sides, a subtle line runs from the headlamps to the tail-lamps beneath the windows, while lower down, there’s a prominent crease that rises from the base of the doors to the tail. This shows that Datsun hasn’t penny pinched when it comes to giving character to the design. And that’s a good thing in the segment where costs have had to be carefully ◊

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The dashboard has a nice flow to it and glossy black plastic insert looks good. Storage spaces are decent, while instruments and switchgear are borrowed from the bigger Go. ∆ balanced. The small and quirky tail-lamps might have made the rear look ‘pinched’, but it doesn’t thanks to the contrast-coloured insert in the bumper, the chrome strip on the boot lid and the way the tailgate curves inward in the middle.

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Slim seats surprisingly comfy and supportive. Tall position gives a great view out.

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The Redigo’s cabin is finished in two-tone grey and cream, and it’s good to see a departure from the dull ‘greige’ colour Datsun used in the older cars. This, combined with the large glass area and the tall seating position, gives it a really airy feeling. I particularly like the way the front windows taper down at the A-pillar for that last little feeling of openness. The dashboard has a nice, neat flow to it from left to right, and gets an instrument cluster identical to the Go’s. There’s the same blue analogue speedometer and a small orange digital screen that has a tachometer and detailed trip computer too. The round AC vents are familiar from the Nissan/Datsun parts bin, but what’s

new is the fixed triangular central vent that’s aimed at the rear seat for better all-round cooling. Like in the Go, the Redigo gets a large shelf for bigger objects but in addition there’s a very useful storage area below the AC controls – perfect for a mobile phone. There’s another cubby to the right of the steering wheel which can hold smaller items like your wallet. In contrast to all the generous open space, the glovebox feels like a mere token, as it’s only large enough for the car’s papers and maybe some toll tickets. Other stowage spots? Well, the door pockets are far too slim, but you do get a cupholder, a larger bottleholder and a flat tray under the handbrake. Quality levels aren’t up there with the class best – the Hyundai Eon – but the look and feel of the Redigo’s insides are certainly a touch better than the Alto’s. To make a car at this price, every automaker struggles with the dilemma of what to leave in and ◊

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first Drive ∆ what to take out. It’s a big challenge that Datsun engineers have faced as well. While low-cost bits like the externally adjusted wing mirrors and a single wiper can be justified in a Rs 2.5 lakh car, items like central locking, a three-speed wiper (there’s no ‘intermittent’ setting) and key access for the boot are missing. What really is an excessive bit of cost-cutting though, is exposed sheet metal visible in the cabin. However, Datsun says you’ll be able to buy panels from the accessories catalogue to cover these gaps and, like the Kwid, many owners are likely to spec-up their cars. In terms of safety, you do get an optional driver airbag on the top-spec car, but there’s no ABS – again, the class norm. The audio system is a nice stepup from the Go and Go+, featuring a radio, CD player, aux and USB input, as opposed to just aux. Still, we feel Datsun could have sprung for Bluetooth connectivity as well, as it would have been a huge boon for both music and telephony, at not much of a cost. The good news is the Redigo will be constantly updated, with something new added as frequently as every six months, so hopefully, this will be addressed then. But what’s a missed opportunity is a touchscreen, which is a new craze triggered by the Kwid, and again, this will come on a later version. Datsun says the Redigo has bestin-class rear seat space, and sitting here, it seems they could be right. Good use has been made of the available vertical space, and though the seatback is a bit upright, the

Lots of exposed metal in the cabin shows where the costs have been shaved; thick C-pillar causes a blind spot when backing up.

Engine lacks refinement and power delivery isn’t smooth; fixed parcel shelf doubles as structural brace, hampers loading space. space here is pretty great. Headroom is fantastic, kneeroom is more than sufficient and there’s good thigh support thanks to the tall seating position. The high ground clearance also ensures you can walk into the car, rather than dropping down into

it. The seat, however, is quite flat (as are most in this class), so don’t expect a lot of lateral support, and the narrow width of the body ensures that three-abreast seating stays an occasional luxury.

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∆ of thigh support. There’s a bit of side bolstering too, which is nice on longer drives. As is par for the class, there’s no height adjustment here, nor is there steering wheel adjustment of any sort but the fixed steering position has been finely set to suit the average height of Indian drivers. What’s more impressive than the actual space is the sensation of space that comes from the airy cabin and its large windows. That said, the thick C-pillar creates quite a large blindspot while reversing. The 222-litre boot volume is not class-leading, but it’s quite a decent amount in real-world usage. The only trouble is that the loading lip is really high and the aperture really narrow, so you’ll have to heave your luggage up and over to load it in. The backrest of the rear seat can be folded down as a single piece for a lot more luggage room. The Redigo gets a parcel tray which is nice and practical but larger pieces of luggage may be obstructed by the way supporting frame is bolted to the body.

ENGINE QUESTION

The mechanicals will be familiar if you’ve driven a Renault Kwid. A 799cc, three-cylinder petrol engine drives the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. The power output is 54hp, while the

Small glovebox can’t hold much; stereo has CD, aux, radio and USB, but no Bluetooth.

Round blank shows power windows not initially planned; centre vent is for rear seat.

‘The Redigo is a more focused city car, thanks to its high driving position, light weight and compact dimensions.’

torque is rated at 72Nm, both of which are par for the class. The experience might not be exactly the same as the Kwid, however, because while the gear ratios and final drive have come over unchanged, the motor is said to be recalibrated, likely for even better fuel economy. A kerb weight that’s about 25kg lighter than the Kwid’s will also play a part here. On start-up and idle, it comes with an acceptable three-cylinder thrum that’s not too bad, but what might irk you a bit is the vibration you’ll feel through the steering wheel, which only gets stronger as you move up to about 1,100rpm. The other thing that will annoy you is that it stutters a lot getting off the line, forcing you to feed in a little throttle to move away smoothly. Once you’ve picked up speed, however, it will potter about quite smoothly, which is what you want in town, where the Redigo will be most at home. Here, the vibrations settle down and progress is pretty smooth, and this is the zone you’ll want to keep the car in at all times. The motor will rev to just over 5,000rpm, but we wouldn’t bother taking it much past 4,500, because that’s where it becomes unbearably noisy and thrashy, and moreover, there’s not much more power to be had either. Flex your foot harder and you’ll find the mid-range has a flat power delivery. When it comes

Ride is on the firm side and feels a bit fidgety on bad roads.

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Mirrors only externally adjustable.

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Tall rear livened up by faux scuff plate, chrome strip and curved tailgate.

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to overtaking, to overcome the lack of torque, you’ll need to shift down to make sufficiently rapid progress. Overall, the engine sounds and feels a bit too crude compared to the competition. However, Datsun engineers hinted that the engine is ‘still a work in progress’ and the calibration is likely to be tweaked before launch for a smoother power delivery. The five-speed manual uses a dog-leg reverse gear, which might be a little unusual for first-time drivers, but is also a great safety feature to prevent accidentally slotting in reverse for novices. The gear-shift action is not the lightest but allied to a light and progressive clutch, driving in stop-go traffic is quite easy. The ride is acceptable by class standards, if a little on the firm side. You’ll find that it can rumble over most rough sections, but go a little faster and you will feel quite a bit of up and down movement inside the cabin. High-speed stability is not too bad either, and though there’s a fair bit of roll from the tall body, it’s decently contained. The steering is quite light but lacks feel and doesn’t self-centre easily. It’s fine for city

driving but the steering is a bit too lifeless to inspire confidence at high speeds. The Redigo does have a tight turning circle of just 9.46m, and although it perhaps takes a few too many turns to go from lock to lock, the short overhangs and compact dimensions make it one of the easiest cars to park.

REDI, STEADY

Think of this as the start of a second innings for Datsun, where the Redigo is the opening batsman – there’s a lot riding on it. The marketing reminds you that it’s a ‘Japanese’ car, so it will be reliable, that it has the ground clearance to handle our bad roads, and most of all, that it will have best-in-class running costs thanks to 98 percent localisation. All these are true, and to that list, you can add the tall proportions that, apart from providing a great driving position, also make for spacious and comfortable seating. However, the Redigo is not without fault. Signs of cost cutting, like the exposed metal in the cabin really mark it down, as do the poor driveability and levels of refinement. Yes, it’s a well-packaged product, but it doesn’t really break new ground.

What could tip the scales in its favour is the striking design, which makes the car look more premium than it is. A lot hinges on the price, of course – the car hasn’t yet been launched at the time of going to press, but we’re certain it will slightly undercut all its rivals, at a starting point of around Rs 2.5 lakh. And at that price, it will be really good value. GAVIN D’SOUZA

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Blood Brothers Born of the same architecture, bred to take the game ahead in the budget car market, the Datsun Redigo and the Renault Kwid may have similar underpinnings but are completely different in character. Shapur Kotwal & Hormazd Sorabjee find out which the better car is.

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n the beginning, there was Maruti, and there was the 800. It grew into a fortress that was deemed impossible to breach. Then came the Alto and the Alto 800, which made life even more difficult for the competition. Of course, rivals tried. Tata attempted the low sticker price approach with the Nano, Hyundai went for visual

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appeal with the fluidic Eon, and there were others too. Even Nissan had a ‘Go’ with Datsun; but real success eluded all of them. Then came the Kwid, a car that broke the mould with its SUV design cues, which made it more a crossover than a conventional hatchback. In addition, it came with features

never seen before in a budget car. The Kwid was a game changer, which rightfully earned it our 2016 Car of the Year accolade. With sales consistently close to 10,000 units a month, the Kwid has come closest to threatening Fortress Maruti. Now, Datsun which also has access to the www.autocarindia.com


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Kwid’s CMF-A platform developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance, doesn’t want to lose out. But unlike what Renault has done with the Kwid, the Japanese brand has its own take on what a budget car should be. Not having the first-mover advantage does put Datsun at a bit of a, well, disadvantage, but coming late to the party also brings the benefit of hindsight. It’s an opportunity for Datsun to learn from the Kwid, not to mention its own mistakes with the Go and Go+. The result is a completely different approach with the Redigo, which is positioned as a trendy and sophisticated urban runabout. Datsun has consciously made the Redigo as compact as possible to play to its city car credentials but more importantly, it wants to minimise the overlap (and hence cannibalisation) with the bigger Go. The Kwid, in contrast, is not as chic as its Japanese cousin, but has a more rugged personality, thanks to its crossover design. The Renault also looks half a size bigger and comes across as the more practical of the two. Both cars have a lot in common www.autocarindia.com

and yet, are like chalk and cheese. Question is, which is the better one? Time for some sibling rivalry.

SEPERATED AT BIRTH

The Redigo and Kwid look so different, it’s hard to guess that they are closely related. It’s the basic dimensions that immediately set them apart. The Kwid has more stretched out proportions with its longer wheelbase and overall length, whilst the Redigo is 250mm shorter with smaller overhangs. Park them side by side and it’s the 1,541mm tall Redigo that stands a good 63mm above the squatter Kwid. However, it’s the Redigo which is clearly the smaller of the two and hence lighter as well, weighing around 25kg less than the 670kg Kwid. In terms of design too, both cars are radically different, with each one faithful to its respective brand. You can’t mistake the Redigo for anything but a Datsun, while the Kwid is clearly a Renault. But which one looks better? It’s a tough call actually, but the Redigo, with its tightly skinned and well-sculpted body that

is so close to the original 2014 concept, is more attractive. The interplay of surfaces between the bonnet, bumper and the chin, as well as all the sharp cuts and curves, are brilliant design details. This signature Datsun grille, with its chrome surround, looks quite upmarket. The small scuff plate, intended to give the Redigo some crossover credentials, looks good too. The headlights are nicely detailed, with metallic inserts in them, and the top-of-the-line model even gets LEDs! Eat your heart out, Audi. Walk around to the side and you can’t miss the Redigo’s space-efficient profile. The stubby nose, short overhangs and tall roof, all point to the good use of vertical space. The space between the road and the underbody is best in class too. The Redigo boasts a ground clearance of 185mm (the Kwid has 180mm) which suggests this car could actually hold its own off the road as well. The rear of the Redigo looks quite distinctive too, with a deep fold that runs across the length of the tailgate. The chrome band on the base of the tailgate and the faux aluminium scuff plate ◊ JuNe 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 77


‘The Kwid has the longer wheelbase and overall length, but it’s the Redigo that stands a good 63mm taller.’

∆ look quite upmarket. The vertically stacked tail-lights accentuate the car’s height. What the Redigo’s designers have succeeded in doing is in making this low-cost hatchback look more expensive than it is, which can be half the battle won in this class. The Kwid, on the other hand, doesn’t look as upmarket as the Redigo, but instead, has a charm of its own, with a tougher and more robust look. The black cladding on the wheel arches and doors adds to its rugged appeal. Both cars come with 13-inch wheels and tyres, but unlike on the Redigo, where the three-lug steel wheels nicely fill the wheel arches, the same wheels look puny within the Kwid’s bigger, squared-off wheel envelopes. But this points to the greater suspension travel engineered into the Kwid, which we’ll get to later. What gets your attention on the Kwid is 78 AUTOCAR INDIA JuNe 2016

the wide nose. Viewed head on, the rectangular headlights and the distinctive grille, which has the Renault ‘Lozenge’ prominently on it, makes the Kwid look bigger than it is. In fact, the grille can be accessorised with chrome garnish to stand out even more, and we understand that this is one of the Kwid’s fastest-moving accessories. Clearly, even budget car owners want to stand out from the crowd. The Kwid’s rear is quite conventional looking and, unlike the vertical tail-lights on the Redigo that accentuates height, Renault has used a horizontal design to emphasise width. When we first drove it, we criticised the Kwid for its flimsy wing mirrors, and so its good to see that Renault has since upgraded them with smaller and sturdier units. It’s amazing how different both cars are

despite having the same parent – there’s not a single part in common on the surface.

ECONOMY CLASS

The stark differences between the Redigo and Kwid continue when you step into each of the cabins. The Redigo’s interior is clearly airier thanks to the elevated seats, generous glass area and the use of light colours throughout. The Kwid’s all-grey interiors and lower seating make you feel hemmed in, in comparison, but the fact is, in terms of interior space, there is not much between the two. At the back, the Redigo has a slight edge, with the taller seat liberating more kneeroom. The narrow cabins of both cars make their rear seats best for two. Travelling three up over long distances can be uncomfortable, but rear passengers get a better view out of the Kwid, because the Redigo has taller front seats which www.autocarindia.com


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block the view a bit more. Get behind the wheel and the contrasting driving positions are again immediately apparent. You sit much higher in the Redigo and the view outside is the best yet in a small car, and for beginner drivers who typically find it difficult to judge their car’s extremities, this is a big plus. This is not to say that the Kwid’s driving position is bad. It’s just that in the Renault, you sit lower which, in fact, feels a bit more natural. The Redigo’s dashboard has more niches carved out of it to make available lots of open storage space. Apart from the large shelf above the dashboard (which the Kwid also has), there are useful slots in the centre console and to the right of the steering wheel which keep your knick-knacks handy. The glovebox, however, is too tiny to store anything large and this is where the Kwid, with its two gloveboxes, really scores. www.autocarindia.com

LEDs replace fog lamps in Redigo; should be a hit.

Kwid’s digital speedo is clear and crisp; but no tacho.

High loading lip makes loading Redigo’s boot tricky.

Kwid’s massive 300-litre boot is a big selling point.

Exposed metal in Datsun a visible sign of cost cutting.

Kwid’s press-to-open glovebox mechanism is faulty.

Cubby below Redigo AC controls ideal for a cell phone.

The Kwid gets central locking, the Redigo does not.

But a big flaw is the latching mechanism for the upper lid. It’s too flimsy and tends to fail after repeated use. Renault needs to fix this fast. The Redigo has borrowed some bits from the Go and is better for it. The instrument cluster, which includes a digital rev counter, is carried over too from the bigger Datsun. The Kwid doesn’t get a rev counter but the LED display for the speedometer is quite unique and cleverly, does away with the need for instrument lighting. Both cars have nice chunky steering wheels and if you look closely, there are some common bits (at last!) like the wiper/indicator stalks and power window switches. In the Kwid, the window switches are in a more convenient position on the dash, whilst the Redigo has them on the console between the seats. A small patch on the Redigo’s front door pads to blank out the manual window winder slots suggest that the

option of power windows for the Redigo was not originally catered for. While both cars’ interiors are closely matched when it comes to design and functionality, the Redigo slips back when you start totting up the features. The Kwid’s touchscreen infotainment system is a big blow to the Redigo, whose tiny single-DIN unit looks outdated in comparison. Yes, the Redigo gets a CD player (the Kwid doesn’t) and there’s a USB port too, but the absence of Bluetooth and other features like navigation, which the Kwid has, leaves the Redigo trailing behind. Basics like an intermittent setting for the wipers and central locking are not provided, and the Kwid, with its deeper door pockets and a much larger luggage compartment, is far more practical. Although the Kwid’s interiors are basic, they feel more substantial than the Redigo’s ◊ JuNe 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 79


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Light colour scheme in Redigo cabin adds to airy ambience; triangular AC vent pointed directly at rear seats.

Datsun’s back seat is marginally higher, with a bit more space; tall driving position gives you a great view out.

a wide array of mechanical sounds filtering through. It’s not that the Kwid is particularly refined, but in comparison to the Redigo, it feels smoother and quieter, which suggests that Renault’s eight-month head start with the Kwid, has allowed customer feedback to be addressed, and to further tune the all-new, allaluminium engine. Datsun says that the Redigo’s 0-100kph time (a claimed 15.9 seconds) is faster than the Kwid’s. While we didn’t have our VBOX to verify the claim, a rudimentary side-by-side drag with both cars actually saw the Kwid edge ahead. The Kwid also has a stronger mid-range, which allows for smoother and less interrupted progress, and this makes it far nicer to drive. The gearbox on both cars feels similar, which is to say it’s a bit rubbery and not very precise, but yet, it’s light enough and doesn’t require much effort to slot through the five forward gears. If the Kwid noses ahead of the Redigo when it comes to performance, where it blows it away is with its ride and handling balance. The Datsun’s taller stance has made the Redigo’s engineers opt for a slightly stiffer suspension setup to counter body roll, and the firmness can be immediately felt. The ride is a bit jittery over uneven roads and this is exacerbated by the shorter wheelbase. Unlike the Kwid, the Redigo’s suspension travel is limited and hence, the suspension does thump and crash a bit on broken surfaces. On smoother roads, the Redigo’s ride is more than adequate, and it copes with smaller bumps and ruts well. The tight turning circle and light steering make the Redigo a breeze to park ◊

∆ scantily clad insides, where exposed sheet metal around the door pockets and C-pillar is a bit of an eyesore. The Renault’s cabin feels better insulated too and all-in-all, a clear step ahead of the Datsun’s.

ECO DRIVE

Having the same engine and gearbox and a weight difference of only 25kg, you would expect the Redigo and Kwid to be similar in the way they drive, but to our surprise, they performed quite differently. The 799cc, three-cylinder produces an identical 54hp and 72Nm, but it’s the way they deliver those numbers that makes the difference. Datsun engineers say that there is a five-10 percent difference in the state of tune and it all boils down to the engine calibration, which is different for each car. The Redigo doesn’t make a favourable first impression. Idle is quite rough and noisy, and then, when you put your foot down to take off, the car momentarily flounders. Once on the move, part throttle response is quite good and the Redigo gamely keeps up with the flow of traffic. However, floor the nicely sprung throttle pedal to the mat and you’ll encounter the engine’s frustratingly flat mid-range, which necessitates a downshift. Power delivery is far from smooth and the powerband has distinct steps, the last of which can be felt around 4,000rpm. The engine pulls quite well towards the top end, but what will discourage you from doing so is its noisy and thrashy nature. In fact, overall insulation levels are quite low on the Redigo and you can hear www.autocarindia.com

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‘Broken roads pose no problem for this pair; both have more than sufficient ground clearance.’ ∆ and wiggle through traffic, but the steering’s inherent lack of feel doesn’t quite inspire confidence at speed. The Redigo rolls a fair bit too through corners when pushed hard, but driven sensibly, it’s an easy car to drive. The Kwid’s light steering isn’t bristling with feel either, but it’s just that the more hunkereddown stance makes you feel more connected to the road and body roll is much less. But what makes the Kwid so much easier and more enjoyable to drive at speed is the brilliant suspension. It’s set-up on the softer side, but the compliance is rarely challenged thanks to the suspension’s long travel that soaks up roads that would make bigger cars flounder. The best bit is that there’s no excessive pitching either and the Kwid’s astonishingly comfortable and consistent ride is possibly its biggest strength.

BROTHER VS BROTHER

The Redigo is a big step forward for Datsun and comes across as far more contemporary than the earlier cars launched by the budget brand. With its compact dimensions, light controls and easy handling, it does a good job as a city car. But what will truly appeal to budget car buyers is how light the Redigo is www.autocarindia.com

expected to be on the wallet. With a best-in-class fuel-efficiency figure (shared with the Kwid, incidentally), the promise of cheap service and spares and, most importantly, a very aggressive price-tag, the Redigo could be the answer for those on a very tight budget. Prices are likely to start from as low as Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) with the top-of-the-line models touching not more than Rs 3.5 lakh. The very modern and striking styling, no doubt, makes the Redigo look more premium than it actually is, but will this be enough to sway buyers? At the end of the day, it’s still a conventional hatchback, unlike the Kwid,

which stands out from the crowd with its crossover design. But it’s not the style, which anyway is quite subjective, but rather the substance it has that makes the Kwid a bit better. It rides better, drives better, is better equipped and feels more refined. Yes, it will be more expensive than the Redigo, but it takes your money further, and it feels half a size bigger. Born of the same parents, the Kwid is like the more mature, elder brother. It feels more rounded and complete than the Redigo and therefore is able to nose ahead. AI

datsun RediGo VERDICT RATINg L/W/H Wheelbase Kerb weight Engine Power Torque Power to weight Gearbox Tyre size (f-r) WHAT IT COSTS Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) EqUIpmENT CHECklIST Touchscreen USB/aux CD player Bluetooth Satellite navigation ABS Driver airbag Remote locking Front power windows n =Available NA=Not Available O=Optional

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GLS is more firSt verdict A genuine seven-seater luxury SUV but doesn’t feel as modern as rivals.

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ThE GLS NAME may be new but this is essentially the facelifted version of the GL – Mercedes-Benz’s full-sized, seven-seat SUV. The new name is in line with Mercedes’ latest naming system for its SUVs and styling, at least at the front, is also in keeping with the newer lot of Mercs with more curves and contours than before. Most 84 AUTOCAR INDIA jUne 2016

notably, there’s a more rounded grille (replete with twin slats) as well as a gentler sweep to the now full LED (and adaptive) headlamps. A more shapely bonnet, stylised bumpers and full-LED tail-lamps are other elements that distinguish the GLS from its predecessor. The changes may not be comprehensive but they do help wind back the clock on the huge Merc. Mercedes has also tried to bring the GLS’ cabin up to speed, though it must be said, you don’t get the same sense of modernity as you would inside the latest Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90. There’s a sportier three-spoke steering, the instruments get a more detailed digital-info display and the top portion of the centre console has also been revised. An 8-inch screen (not a touchscreen) takes pride of place on the dash, but like the other new Mercs, the display seems tacked on to the fascia rather than an integral part of it. Still, the display does show everything in high-res

Mercedes-Benz’s largest SUV gets a new name, mildly revised styling, more features and a new nine-speed gearbox. How different is it?

clarity and what the GLS also gets is Merc’s latest COMAND Online infotainment system. The system lets you browse websites, tune into internet radio and use preset apps by connecting via a synced phone’s 3G/4G network. And for the first time, there’s Apple CarPlay too. The interface is slick and you can even enter inputs via a touchpad though a few more shortcuts would have helped ease of use.

Also new to the GLS is Dynamic Select that lets you choose between five driving modes - Comfort, Sport, Slippery, Off-Road and Individual – each with its own powertrain, steering and suspension setup. There’s also three-colour and fivestage adjustable ambient lighting now. Like the GL it replaces, the GLS also gets a panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera as well as a parking-assist function that will find

The 9-speed gearbox has helped performance.

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Dynamic Select offers five modes.

New 8.0-inch screen adds a dose of modernity to the traditional Mercedes dash. and automatically steer the SUV into a detected parking spot. Good, because you can use all the help you can get to manoeuvre the massive 5.1-metre-long SUV into place. The upside of the GLS’ large dimensions is that the cabin is also massive. The third row is perfectly habitable by two medium-sized adults for short stints and the middle row is spacious despite the wellbolstered seats not moving fore and aft as on the other full-size SUVs. however, access to the back isn’t the most convenient and even those sitting on the first two rows will have to make full use of the footboard in the trek up to the high-set cabin. The GLS is available solely in 350 d guise for now which means it comes with Merc’s creamy 3.0litre, V6 diesel engine. Power and torque figures (258hp and 620Nm) remain unchanged from before but the engine now comes mated to Mercedes’ new nine-speed 9G-Tronic gearbox in place of the GL’s www.autocarindia.com

older 7G-Tronic unit. The shorter initial ratios have helped improve performance by a bit. The GLS’ 8.2 second 0-100kph time makes it 0.7 seconds quicker than the GL to the ton and it’s quicker in kickdown acceleration too. But if you get into the numbers, you’ll find the Q7 is faster just about everywhere. Not that you’ll ever feel a lack of power with performance that’s impressive for what is a 2.4-tonne SUV. Sport mode helps get the most out of the engine but the GLS feels its best when you adopt a relaxed driving style, especially with the engine-gearbox set to Comfort. The electronics keep the transmission in the highest possible ratio and correspondingly, engine at the lowest revs. What this equates to is minimal engine noise and a relaxing driving experience. The GLS also rides reasonably well. The stock 20-inch tyres make light work of big potholes and the suspension goes about its business

quietly. But there’s no getting around the air suspension’s firmness at low speeds. Sport mode curtails body movement at speed and also adds a bit more weight to the steering but if you want a sharp-handling sevenseater, this top-heavy SUV which tends to rock and roll in corners, ain’t it. Likely to be priced in the region of Rs 80 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom, Delhi), the GLS does offer all that you’d want from a full-size luxury SUV. It’s got presence, it’s got a massive cabin, it’s got plenty of features and it’s even got a strong diesel engine. But see it in light of rivals like the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 and suddenly, the GLS doesn’t seem as special. There’s no escaping the fact that this is the facelift of a four-year-old model. But, if you must have a spacious, genuine seven-seat SUV with the three-pointed star on the grille, the GLS will give you more than enough to be happy about. NIkhIl bhATIA

Third row amongst the best around.

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Price Rs 80 lakh (est. ex-showroom, Delhi) L/W/H 5162/1982/1850mm Wheelbase 3075mm Kerb weight 2495kg Engine V6, 2987cc, turbo-diesel Power 258hp at 3400rpm Torque 620Nm at 1600-2400rpm Gearbox 9-speed automatic Tyres 275/50 R20 Acceleration (from rest) Kph (sec) 20 0.82 40 1.87 60 3.49 80 5.58 100 8.21 In-gear acceleration 20-80kph (in kickdown) 40-100kph (in kickdown)

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first Drive Quick facts3.85 crore Price from Rs , Delhi) (ex-showroom On sale now

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The new Bentayga SuV is large, imposing, powerful, expensive, luxurious and just a little bit ostentatious. every bit a Bentley, then.

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NothiNg oN the road is more conspicuous than me right now, and for a change, i’m not entirely thrilled about it. if somebody painted an elephant pink, strapped a wailing siren to its back and sent it charging across the road, i doubt anyone would even notice. Big luxurious SUVs tend to stand out a little, and Bentleys – with their surfeit of chrome and bling – stand out a lot. So, imagine what it’s like being at the wheel of a 16-foot-long, bronze-coloured Bentley SUV, stuck in bumper-to-bumper gridlock traffic on the outskirts of Mumbai. i slump down into the soft, quilted leather to try and hide myself. this is not how i felt a few hours ago. No, back then, the Big B was in its element, coursing majestically down the Bandra-Worli Sea Link with a massive reserve of power bubbling away under my right foot, waiting patiently to be unleashed. there were stares, but they were stares of recognition and acknowledgement, accompanied by more than a few thumbs up. You see, it may be rare and exclusive, but a Bentley is something most people can identify these days, if not by the Flying B logo, then certainly by the design. Big, bulging, LeD-ringed headlamps are a staple of the modern Bentley, as are the pronounced haunches, and let’s not forget the massive, massive chrome mesh grille. the Bentayga has all of that and then some. 21-inch wheels on any car, you’d think, would look like they’re scraping layers of metal out of the wheel arches, right? Not here; here, they look almost normal sitting on ◊

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∆ their 45-profile tyres, and you can get 22-inch wheels as an option! then there are the subtler details (if you can call anything on a Bentayga ‘subtle’), like the ‘B’ motif in the flank, finished here in carbonfibre, the other ‘B’ motif in the LeD taillamps. But you tend not to notice these details because all you can see is the sheer size of this thing. it’s 16 feet long and seven feet wide, and it’s hard to imagine that under that lavishly sculpted bodywork sit the mechanicals of a straight-laced Audi Q7. it’s perhaps not quite as regal looking as the Mulsanne and certainly not as purposefully sporty as a Continental or Flying Spur, but for sheer presence, there’s just nothing like it. if you see it in your rear-view mirror, you instinctively get out of the way. this, of course, doesn’t apply when you’re stationary and surrounded by trucks. in any other car, i’d have squeezed my way through the crowd and made it out in half the time, but in the world’s most expensive production SUV, i should probably just be patient. And besides, i’ve been meaning to have a poke around the new interior anyway, so what better time than now? the cabin is not so much a collection of parts as it is a series of sensations. the leather has a distinct smell to it, for example, that you don’t seem to get in any other brand of car. the Lambswool carpets are the type you’d expect to find in front of a roaring fireplace at some manor in the Scottish highlands, and i’m tempted to take my shoes off and dig my toes in. And obviously, Bentley doesn’t do faux wood; you can be sure that the polished slab across the dash is very, very real. the paddle shifters behind the leather steering wheel are solid metal of course, but just to make sure you don’t accidentally miss a shift, they’re knurled for a better grip. And yet, in the midst of all of this, one thing sticks out like a sore thumb. Yes, it’s much better than what you get in the

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The individual rear chairs are just as big, plush and comfortable as the ones in front. Continental and Flying Spur, but the handful of basic-looking black plastic buttons almost undo all the hard work that’s gone into the rest of the cabin. the touchscreen may have a shiny new Bentayga skin on top, but appears to function like the last-generation VW group unit; the new one used in Audis and Porsches just feels so much slicker. i do like the new rotary dial that lets you select drive modes and doubles up as the engine-start button though

‘The cabin isn’t a collection of parts; it is a series of sensations.’

Full-LED headlamps are delightfully intricate; washer jets hide under chrome ring. – it’s properly classy, and so are the trumpet-toggle style switches to control the AC airflow strength. We haven’t moved in almost ten minutes, and tempting as it is to jump into the back seat while we wait, even i’m not that crazy. Luckily, i did spend a few precious minutes luxuriating back there earlier today and, well, it’s just as incredible as you’d expect. this may be a plus-size SUV, but seven seats? that’s for commoners. You

could have five seats, but what would your staff think of you as you pulled up to the helipad with a bench in the back? No, you need the four-seat setup that we have here. the thrones are big, soft and unbelievably lavish. there’s more of that superb shaggy woollen carpet to soak your feet in, there’s the mandatory champagne fridge between the seats, and, of course, you can spec rear entertainment screens, in case you get tired of ◊

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∆ watching the world breeze silently by outside. Somehow, though, they’re more comfortable in ‘seat’ mode; reclining them just pushes your lower back outwards, like you’re in a dentist’s chair. While i’ve been telling you this, a gap precisely one Bentayga wide has just opened up in the traffic, and i’ve gone for it. Conspicuous it may be, but that does have one advantage – it stops people in their tracks, leaving you free to get ahead of them. Now, not content with just being the most lavish, luxurious and expensive SUV on the planet, Bentley also wanted to make sure the Bentayga was the most powerful. So forget V8s and don’t even utter the word ‘diesel’; this one gets an all-new 6.0-litre twinturbocharged W12 that pushes 608hp and 900Nm through four permanently driven wheels. And it’s capable of breaching 300kph. the thing weighs 2.44 tonnes, but you wouldn’t guess it from behind the wheel.

As the last of the traffic is behind me, i make a break for the wide open highway in utter style. Foot flat down, the Big B squats down on its rear axle, the eight-speed gearbox makes a few quick clicks down and all of the torque meets the road in one, drama-free bolt. Suddenly, there’s not a single car behind me. i’m told it’ll do 0-100kph in 4.1sec. i glance down to see a number much higher than 100 on the speedo. it sounds like a tornado, this engine. it’s not too loud, it’s not brash, but it’s not exactly tuneful either. it sounds very mechanical, like several thousand bits of metal are working in unison, and that has a charm all of its own. Not that many would ever care, but for its size and power, you can get a pretty decent touring range out of the Bentayga, thanks to its 85-litre fuel tank and the fact that it can run on just six cylinders when it’s not being pushed. And that’s the other great thing about this motor. it can break a hole in the space-time continuum if you want it to, but if

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608hp W12 is surprisingly multi-faceted.

Rotary dial lets you select from eight driving modes.

Even the paddles get a knurled finish.

Touchscreen remote handles rear seat functions.

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luxury becomes more usable when dressed in the more practical guise of a 4x4. it certainly does in india. And Rs 3.85 crore sure buys you a lot of exclusivity. At this stratospheric end of the market, there’s simply nothing like it around. oh, except the top-of-the-line Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB with the supercharged petrol V8, which costs about the same. But that car has the same problem as the S-class Maybach S 600 – it’s expensive and luxurious in the extreme, but you have to live with the knowledge that there are lesser versions of the same car in existence. Not the Bentayga. this thing is bespoke. Small wonder india’s 2016 allocation of 20 cars is already sold out. if you do happen to see one of these unicorns stuck in traffic, be sure to stop and stare for a while. GAVIN D’SOUZA

beNtley beNtayga Price Rs 3.85 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) L/W/H 5141/2223/1742mm Wheelbase 2992mm Engine W12, 5950cc, turbo-petrol Power 608hp at 5250rpm Torque 900Nm at 1250-4500rpm Gearbox 8-speed auto Fuel tank capacity 85 litres Boot volume 431 litres 0-100kph 4.1sec* Kerb weight 2440kg Tyre size 235/40 R18

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you don’t, it can behave very calm, civilised and refined – just like a Bentley should. it’s why the default driving mode when you start it up is ‘Bentley’ – halfway between Sport and Comfort. here, the car is adaptive, with the engine, gearbox and steering changing their character based on your input. in Sport, it lowers itself on its air springs, the ride and steering tighten up, while in Comfort, you get a floatier, magiccarpet-like ride. And yes, though i thought twice about tackling the truck traffic like a typical Mumbaikar a few minutes ago, in truth, it is surprisingly easy to get comfortable with this enormous SUV from behind the wheel. i pull over and step out, from thick wool carpet, to carbonfibre sill step (it extends automatically from under the car when you open the door) to hot tarmac. i walk around to the back, open the tailgate and flip out the leather picnic bench that unfolds over the electronically lowered sill. Apparently it can support 360kg of silver-spoon-fed weight. time to sit down and reflect on my life and why i’ll never be able to own one of these. it’s not hard to see why the Bentayga exists. even if you look past the growing preference for SUVs and crossovers in every segment, there’s also simply the fact that such an incredible level of

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Formula Tiguan The Tiguan is a new SUV from VW, only its second ever in India and the first of many more to come. Gavin D’Souza drives it in and around Berlin. PhotograPhy gavin d’souza & ouseph chacko

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volkswagen Tiguan | Drive

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UVs, ever so popular in India, have never been properly tapped by VW. The good news is that there are a number of SUVs from the brand on their way to us, and it all starts with this, the new Tiguan. It’s VW’s first all-new product line to be launched in India in many years, as well as its second SUV in our country after the slow-selling Touareg. Due in mid-2017, it’s the first SUV from the VW Group built on the new MQB platform, and to put it into perspective, the Tiguan will likely be priced in the region of Rs 30 lakh, which puts it right in the crosshairs of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V and the upcoming Nissan X-Trail. And though the car you see here is a five-seater designed for Europe, VW is also developing a longer, seven-seat version for developing

markets, and that could be the one that finds its way to Indian showrooms. At first glance, it seems rather simple – square and upright, with nothing but straight lines making up its understated design. There’s no strong visual impact at first, but stare at it a little longer and the details start to stand out. The all-LED headlights, for example, are intricately designed, as are the ‘serrated’ chrome strips that make up the grille. The bonnet has two sets of sharp lines that define it, and a strong shoulder line runs down the sides to meet the tail-lamps. At the back, it’s a familiar sight if you’ve seen modern VWs like the Jetta and new Passat, but even here, the tail-lamps have now been given a boomerang-like shape. Overall, it does have presence, but it’s perhaps not as striking to look

at as some of the other SUVs out there. It’s a pleasure to see VW finally trying to break away from its clean, but thus far unadventurous interior-design language. It’s still very neat, but there are signs of the mould ◊

Audi-like virtual dials will be a huge hit if offered here.

Off-road modes standard on AWD cars; effective too.

New EA288 2.0 TDI is more refined; gets 150 or 190hp.

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Simple, square LED headlamps have loads of nice detail.

All AWD Tiguans are great off road, but optional off-road bumpers, seen here, give it much better approach angles.

Slick touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto.

∆ being broken – angles on the central console and dashboard, bits of really rich-looking trim here and there, contrast stitching on some models and just altogether more modern-looking switchgear. This dashboard is all black, but as is the norm, expect the India-spec Tiguan to come with a dual-tone interior and lighter colours. As ever, there’s no compromise on fit and finish, and everything in this cabin feels solid and highquality like a German car should. It really feels as good as the new Passat in here, and it should, as the two will be in a similar price range. Let’s hope most of this car’s long equipment list makes it to India, because it’s quite generous. It’s got a heads-up display, a digital instrument cluster (like the Audi TT and Q7) surround cameras and sensors, three-zone climate control, Harman Kardon audio, heated electric front seats with memory, engine stopstart, the latest VW touchscreen with support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link, drive modes, a separate off-road mode selector dial on the AWD variants, 360-degree surround cameras and, as usual, a few radar and camerabased features like auto emergency braking, which we definitely won’t get in our market.

The space in the new Tiguan is very impressive, and in Europe, VW claims classbest figures in most dimensions. The boot, for example, with the rear seat slid forward (but not folded), can hold a whopping 615 litres of stuff. The second row is spacious enough in this configuration, but when it’s slid all the way back, legroom is at luxury sedan levels; the seatback can be reclined too. The seats are also incredibly comfortable and generously supportive, be it at the front or the back. The leather used feels rich and nice to touch, and there’s a good amount of

it on the door pads as well. There’s actually very little to fault in this cabin, except that, like the exterior, it’s maybe still a little too plain-Jane compared to rivals. As with most larger VW models, the mainstay of the Tiguan will be the 2.0-litre TDI engine, which is available in Europe in 150hp, 190hp and twin-turbo 240hp guises, with the former two likely to make it to India. There are also some petrol engine options, and both motors are available in various configurations with a sixspeed manual or seven-speed DSG dual-clutch auto, and front-wheel drive or ‘4Motion’ allwheel drive. The driving experience will be very familiar if you’ve driven one of the newer VW Group cars with this same engine – especially the Skoda Octavia or Superb. It’s a little clattery at start-up, but then it settles down into a smooth rhythm at low revs, only becoming audible again when you rev it past 3,000rpm. You have to hand it to the superb cabin insulation for this, because it also does a great job of keeping road and wind noise out, even at derestricted Autobahn speeds, as we got to experience near Berlin. The 150hp motor feels more than strong enough for a car this big,

Great outside visibility from the supportive front seats.

Superb room with seat slid back; not bad otherwise too.

Boot is well shaped and flexible thanks to sliding seat.

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‘Indians love VWs for their solid build, comfy ride and the latest tech – all of which the Tiguan has.’

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volkswagen Tiguan | Drive

Evolved VW cabin design is slightly edgier. Quality levels almost faultless. Lighter colours likely for India. The rear is understated, but L-shaped tail-lamps are a nice touch.

and there’s only the slightest delay when you pull it hard from low revs; it gets into its stride really quickly. The seven-speed DSG gearbox is, as ever, brilliant – intuitive, quick and never letting you know it’s there. What’s even more impressive is the manual – the slick, light and smooth short-throw lever is a joy to use, and there’s a great feature wherein, if you stall the car, you just have to press the clutch, and the auto stop-start system turns it on again, so you can continue on with minimal embarrassment. This is Germany, so in order to evaluate the ride quality, we had to literally take the Tiguan off the tarmac and onto a forest track, which was still a smoother surface than many of our Indian roads. The great news is that the suspension has a nice pliancy to it, just like the Jetta, and though this car feels light on its feet, when it comes to ironing out bumps, it feels just as solid as the rest of them. It’s a pretty tidy handler too, again, feeling like just a taller version of the Jetta, and though the steering is a little light, even in Sport mode, it’s got enough heft and accuracy to make quick lane changes at three-digit speeds with full confidence. VW also took us on an obstacle course to demonstrate the Tiguan’s off-roading ability using the special off-road version which has a smaller chin for better approach angles; VW is still debating which of the two versions to bring to India. It’s actually incredibly capable, with the Haldex-based AWD system sailing us over obstacles you’d think you’d need a lowrange gearbox for. You won’t be able to buy one until early 2017, and while that does seem like a long time away, there’s not much else going on in the segment to affect your decision until then, save for the new Nissan X-Trail. And it’s a decision you’re going to want to seriously consider, because the Tiguan is an incredible all-rounder. Like most VW cars, it’s perhaps not as flamboyant or exciting to look at as some Indians might like (it’s designed with European restraint, of course), but its chunky shape alone gives it a lot of presence. And what Indians love about VWs is the solid German build, the comfortable ride and the latest technology – all of which is in ample supply in the Tiguan. A lot of things remain to be seen in a car that will be locally assembled – the final fit and finish, the ride quality, the interior spec and the equipment list, but VW knows that it can’t compromise on these things in the new and discerning India. The Tiguan has a lot of promise and we can’t wait to see it on our roads. AI

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aSQ and you’ll receive Audi says it has relegated turbo lag to the history books with new tech on the India-bound SQ7. Nikhil Bhatia puts the claim to the test.

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eet the new Audi SQ7. It’s the version of the Q7 to be interested in if the standard 45 TDI’s 250hp and 6.6 second 0-100kph time don’t do it for you. This one uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel engine that makes no less than 435hp and allows the blue whale to race to 100kph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds. Peak torque is, brace for it, 900Nm and equally incredibly, it’s available from just 1,000rpm! Boost is the secret here and the low rpm thrust is made possible by the engine’s use of the world’s first electric-powered compressor. (See box) Does the tech work? Oh yes. And I don’t have

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to drive too hard on France’s speed-restricted roads to know so. The SQ7 is sharp and awake from the word go. It feels more Usain Bolt than Inzamam-ul-Haq and moves with a lightness I wouldn’t associate with a diesel-powered SUV so large. Also, the transition from electric powered compressor to single turbo to bi-turbo is seamless. There is no pronounced step up in power at any point; it’s all there right from 1,000rpm. Turbo lag? What turbo lag? As we branch off onto emptier country roads, there’s scope for a bit more focused ‘testing’. First note? The whole rev range feels like the powerband! It’s incredible how the massive SQ7

builds speed with no let up in the way it pulls from 1,000-5,000rpm. It’s fast enough to make the lastgen Q7’s 4.2 TDI version feel like a dinosaur. That sub-5 second 0-100kph time? I wouldn’t challenge the claim one bit. In fact, the seat-of-the-pants feel and overall performance puts the SQ7 in the big league of brawny petrol chugging performance SUVs. And, it sounds the part too, especially on the outside. An actuator at the exhaust amplifies the note so it rumbles every bit like a V8 should. From the driver’s seat, it’s never too loud but I think the burble and eventual roar from the tail makes for a great background score. In time, we’re driving up some fabulous hill www.autocarindia.com


Audi SQ7 TDI | Drive

HeArT of THe MATTer Passive turbocharger As mentioneD, Active turbocharger the sQ7 features a 4.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine. A lot Compressor activation valve of tech has gone into making this engine deliver the power it Electricdoes but the big news powered is the electric-powered compressor (EPC) compressor. Positioned downstream of the sQ7’s left intercooler, the system works like a turbo, except X-shaped Charge air manifold Intercooler the compressor is driven by an electric Intercooler motor rather than by a turbine and engine speeds, Audi’s valve lift system (that the flow of exhaust gases. the compressor debuts on a diesel engine) keeps one exhaust can spin at up to 70,000rpm (compared to valve closed so the entire flow reaches the first up to 2,50,000rpm in a standard turbo) in turbo. As speeds build, the second exhaust a quarter of a second and on the sQ7, it is valve opens to also activate the second turbo. designed to force-feed air into the combustion it’s important to mention that the electric chamber at extremely low engine speeds, compressor and electro-hydraulic anti-roll or what is traditionally the weak spot for bars draw power from a dedicated 48V electric turbocharged engines. then, as the first of the subsystem, the hardware for which sits under sequential turbos come on stream, the electric the third row of seats; the standard 12V system compressor switches off. continues to power the common electric Also interesting is the exhaust manifold that functions of the car. As on-board electronics features two channels, each of which supply get more complex and power sapping, expect one of the turbos. that is to say, the exhaust to see similar arrangements become the norm gases discharged from both exhaust valves of in the future. a cylinder flow through separate pipes. At low

‘You get the full effect of the engine’s 900Nm from just 1,000rpm. incredible!’ roads with the SQ7 charging up the ascent like an A380 on full thrust. It’s here that more facets of the SQ7 come into play. Our car features a sports differential, all-wheel steering and importantly, active electro-hydraulic anti-roll bars just as you’d find on the SQ7’s cousin, the Bentley Bentayga. The SQ7 does feel slightly sharper than the regular Q7 and all the tech does bring with it a bit more agility. But it doesn’t quite shrink around me as say a Porsche Cayenne would. The steering still feels a bit distant and you don’t get that final feeling of connection that you want

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from a sports SUV. But grip levels are superb, and allow me to carry big speed just about everywhere. The eight-speed gearbox also deserves praise. It’s indulgent and grants manual downshifts to the redline quite readily. Finally, how can you tell if the Q7 that whizzed by you was an SQ7? There’s not all that much but things unique to the SQ7 include its different air inlets and the silver housing for the mirrors. And if you don’t notice the quad exhausts at the end, you’ll definitely hear the sound they produce. I hope Audi also brings this sexy Sepang Blue paint option to India. On the inside, the SQ7 is identical to the stock Q7 in design but opt for aluminium trim here and alcantara lining there and what you’ll end up with will be a rather sporty cabin. The SQ7 gets all the bells and whistles you’d want and, yes, it will be available with a third row of seating as well. The SQ7 is headed to India by Diwali this year. We hear it will cost about Rs 25 lakh more than the 45 TDI which means you can expect a price in the region of Rs 1 crore (ex-showroom). For the performance and technology on offer, the SQ7 would actually make for great value. I can’t wait to see how the mighty diesel stacks up against the X5 Ms, GLE 63s, SVRs and SRTs of the performance SUV world. AI

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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

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Diesel, compact suV, Maruti. the ingredients are all there but do they make for the perfect recipe? We find out.

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PRicE Rs 9.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) On SALE Now 0-100kPH 12.96sec TOP SPEED 166kph kPL (OvERALL) 16.71 FOR Spacious and practical l Well equipped l Value for money AGAINST Ordinary build quality l Lacklustre drive experience

l Large, squared-off wheel arches

l Thick chrome bar with the Suzuki

l The LED front running lights are

l Brezza tail-lights resemble those

easily swallow 215 section tyres.

logo dominates the front grille.

meant to resemble a bull’s horns.

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Vertical and upright stance, the high ground clearance lend Brezza its SUV credentials.

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n the Beaufort Scale, a 0 to 12 measurement of wind speed, a breeze which is ranked a gentle 2-6 seems an inappropriate suffix for the Maruti Vitara ‘Brezza’ (breeze in Italian). Given the way the Vitara Brezza is flying out of showrooms, it appears that Maruti’s first sub-four-metre-long, compact SUV is more like a force 10 gale. Within two months of its launch, Maruti has sold over 13,000 units, catapulting it to the top of the SUV sales charts. What’s even more impressive is that the Brezza has achieved this with just one engine and gearbox option – the ubiquitous 1.3 diesel mated to a standard fivespeed gearbox. We’ve finally put Maruti’s hot-seller through a thorough road test to see if it warrants all the attention.

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l Dual-tone paint scheme lifts up an

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Maruti has played safe with the Vitara Brezza’s design by giving it very straightforward and conservative proportions. There are more straight lines than swooping curves and the overall shape even borders on being boxy. To pack in as much space as possible within a sub-four-metre length, the design had to be more functional than stylish. It’s unmistakably an SUV too, sitting on 16-inch rims housed in large, squared-off wheel arches and with a 198mm ground clearance. What grabs your attention are the details and there are lots of interesting elements on the Brezza.

What makes it stand out is the combination of colours of the dualtone paint scheme which also gives a floating roof effect. In fact, if you take the blackened pillars, there are three colours at play! It’s not easy executing a dual-tone paint job on a mass scale because the car requires two passes in the paint shop and has to properly masked. Other interesting design elements include the squared-off wheel arches, bull-horn styled LED front running lights (there are no bi-xenons like on the Baleno), rear light guides and a thick chrome bar that dominates the grille. There is also a scuff plate for the front and rear bumpers and cladding on the lower edges of the doors. The thick chrome strip above the rear number plate with ‘Vitara Brezza’ embossed looks quite loud but it’s something many owners will like. On the whole, the Brezza’s styling isn’t flamboyant but interesting enough to appeal to a wide range of buyers, which was, no doubt, the intention of Maruti designers. The Vitara Brezza is the first Suzuki that’s been conceived in India with a lot of inputs from Maruti engineers but it’s based on Suzuki’s global C-platform that also underpins the European Suzuki Vitara. This platform, with its 2,500mm-long

wheelbase, was chosen as it was the best starting point for packaging a spacious, grounds-up SUV. Also carried over is the packaging for four-wheel-drive which is an option in the European market but in India, the Vitara Brezza is likely to remain a strictly front-wheel-drive car only. One benefit of using a global platform is that it brings a certain level of crashworthiness, which explains its not so light 1,195kg (for the top variant) weight. Maruti claims that the Brezza will meet the Indian offset and side impact crash tests that come into effect from 2017.

inTeRiORs If you think the straightforward approach of the exterior is too boring, then the interiors will perhaps disappoint you further. The dashboard design is quite ordinary and devoid of any design flair. The only thing of interest is the neat ‘squarical’ (Maruti’s term for the squarish-circular dials) shaped dials with backlighting that can change colours. There are five mood lighting colour options – yellow, orange, blue red and white and some of these shades closely match the Brezza’s corresponding exterior colour which is quite cool. Elsewhere in the cabin, if you’ve previously owned Marutis, you’ll find many familiar bits – the steering wheel, gear lever, power ◊

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on the inside

l ‘squarical’ dials get mood lighting in five colour options. MID not as comprehensive as in Baleno.

l ZDi+ trim Brezza has a very handy dual glovebox

set-up, with the upper unit being cooled.

l peg lock for parcel tray pops out

sometimes and causes tray to rattle.

Dashboard design is devoid of design flair, is functional and build quality is average. InfotaInment The Top-spec Brezza comes with Maruti’s familiar smartplay and with MirrorLink and Apple carplay for smartphone connectivity. Android Auto is slated to come soon. Further connectivity options include Bluetooth for calls and audio, UsB, aux-in and sD card. The navigation maps are pre-loaded on an sD card. The reverse camera displays on the touchscreen that also plays movie files when stationary. controls like power, volume, etc, are touch-enabled, which isn’t ideal for a car, but there are the steering controls and voice commands to use. overall, the system is very comprehensive and regarding the sound quality, it is pretty decent with the speaker set-up provided.

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on the inside ∆ window switches and Maruti’s SmartPlay infotainment unit , all doing duty in the Brezza. While all this parts sharing may be great for saving costs, it robs the Brezza of a bit of the uniqueness. The built-to-a-cost approach is also evident in other areas like the gear lever plastic shroud that is cheap and has a sharp inner edge. The vanity light also does not come on automatically when you flip up the vanity mirror flap and a major irritant is the boot light that also has to be manually switched on, which is quite annoying if you have to grope for the light in darkness with your hands occupied. The rear parcel shelf mounting too is a simple peg in a hole that, at times, pops out and causes the shelf to rattle over bumps. Maruti has wisely spent money on a woven roof lining and plush seat fabrics which look quite premium and seriously helps lift the interiors. Plastic quality is a bit patchy though – the door pads and bins don’t feel so good to touch. But the upper bit of the dashboard is nicely textured. The Brezza wins points for the

is quite compromised because of the thick C-pillar. Hence, the rear-view camera (only on the ZDi+) and parking sensors (on the VDi upwards), do come in handy. The space inside though, is surprisingly good for a compact SUV and Maruti engineers must be applauded for arriving at a finely judged balance between luggage and passenger space. It’s the latter that has been give priority and this can be seen in back seat space which is sufficient for three. There’s adequate legroom and plenty of headroom for most average-sized adults and the generous width makes sitting three abreast fairly comfortable – you don’t have to overlap shoulders. There is also a flip-down armrest with integrated cupholders and a neat little hook in the back of the driver’s seat for a small shopping or handbag. The door pockets are quite generous and can all hold 1-litre bottles. Other storage areas include a front centre sliding armrest with a storage area, a co-driver side under seat tray, and an overhead sunglasses holder. The boot is well-shaped and reasonably large

Front seats are comfortable but a touch too soft to be supportive on long drives.

‘Space inside the compact Brezza is surprisingly good.’ equipment on offer. The car has six variants though it’s only the top-end ZDi+ that gets all the goodies including the SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment unit. The system supports Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link, while Android compatibility Maruti tells us is on its way. The top-spec also gets keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, power folding mirrors, reverse camera, and dual airbags and ABS. A driver-side airbag is standard fit on the base LDi and VDi models, but buyers have the option to purchase a safety package that offers passengerside airbag and anti-lock brakes. Other equipment is also offered at various trim levels like dual gloveboxes with the upper one cooled, electrically adjustable ORVMs, tilt steering and a heightadjustable driver’s seat. The seats of the Brezza are wellshaped but a touch too soft in the lower back area, which could get uncomfortable on really long drives. The driving position is good despite the steering adjusting only for rake and not reach but rearward visibility www.autocarindia.com

but at 328 litres, loading very large, oversized suitcases will be a challenge. If more carrying space is what you need, the boot can also be extended into a very handy full flat floor by lifting the rear seat base and folding down the 60:40 split seat backs.

engine, gearbox & performance As mentioned earlier, the Brezza is currently offered with only one engine and gearbox combination. The familiar, Fiat-sourced DDiS200 engine makes 90hp and 200Nm of torque that has powered a wide range of cars and earned notoriety for its noticeable turbo-lag at low revs. On the Brezza, however, the turbo-lag isn’t as pronounced but you still need to cross 2,000rpm for the engine to properly wake up. Beyond that mark, there is a good surge of power all the way to about 5,000rpm, just shy of the redline of 5,300rpm which is quite high for a diesel. With this, the Brezza is very comfortable cruising on highways and overtaking is quite easy, even with a full load. When it comes to acceleration, the Brezza is quite ◊

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data log

ENGINE

Diesel Front, transverse 4cyls, 1248cc, turbo-diesel Bore/stroke 69.6/82mm Compression ratio 17.6:1 Valve gear 4 valves per cyl, DOHC Power 89.73hp at 4000rpm Torque 200Nm at 1750rpm Power to weight 75.08hp per tonne Torque to weight 167.36Nm per tonne Specific output 71.89hp per litre

TraNSmISSIoN

Type Front-wheel drive Gearbox 5-speed manual ratios/kph per 1000 rpm 1st 3.545/7.48 2nd 1.904/13.92 3rd 1.206/21.98 4th 0.843/31.44 5th 0.658/40.29 Final drive ratio 4.411:1

ChaSSIS & Body Construction Weight Tyres Spare

Five-door, monocoque, SUV 1195kg 215/60 R16 Full size

SuSPENSIoN Front rear

Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs Non-independent, torsion beam, coil springs

STEErING

Type Rack and Pinion Type of power assist Electric Turning circle 10.4m

BrakES Front rear anti-lock

POtDAR DESIgN

910mm (max) 680mm (min)

770mm (max) 540mm (min)

Fuel Installation Type

Ventilated discs Drums Yes

15.32kpl Fiat-sourced ddiS diesel engine returns a class-leading city mileage.

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1640mm

Warranty

Rs 9.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) 2 years/40,000km

10 00 mm

Price

TEChNICAl lAyOUT Width 1790mm Front track 1530mm rear track 1505mm rear interior width 1350mm

99 0m m

maruTI SuzukI VITara BrEzza

2500mm 3995mm

aCCELEraTIoN kPh 0-10 0-20 0-30 0-40 0-50 0-60 0-70 0-80 0-90 0-100 0-110 0-120 0-130 0-140 1/4 mile

TImE (sec) 0.50 1.08 1.61 2.71 3.70 4.89 6.57 8.57 10.54 12.96 16.26 19.85 23.83 29.34 18.38

aCCELEraTIoN IN GEar kph 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 10-30 4.28 20-40 2.79 5.63 30-50 2.01 4.00 8.52 40-60 2.12 3.05 6.52 12.69 50-70 2.93 4.84 10.12 60-80 3.10 4.27 8.01 70-90 3.51 4.40 6.60 80-100 4.28 4.59 6.38 20-80kph (in 3rd gear) 11.77s 40-100kph (in 4th gear) 15.38s

BrakING 80-0kph

24.32m

Engine Only a diesel engine mated to a manual gearbox for now. Petrol and possibly an automatic to follow soon.

Fully loaded Brezza well equipped with a host of features similar to its larger sibling, the S-cross.

EPS

48 litres

Engineered in India One of the first Suzukis to be designed and built entirely in India using Suzuki’s global ‘C’ platform.

ECoNomy TEST

City 15.35 kpl highway 18.11kpl Tank size 48 litres

maX SPEEdS IN GEar 1

40kph 5300rpm

2

75kph 5400rpm

3

119kph 5400rpm

4

156kph 5000rpm

5

166kph 4100rpm

2.13s

rPm in 5th at 100kph = 2500rpm

Boot At 328 litres, boot is fairly small but can be extended into a fully flat floor by folding the 60:40 split middle row.

EquIPmENT ChECk LIST

Touchscreen n Cd player NA uSB/auX-in n Bluetooth connectivity n Satellite navigation n reverse camera n Steering-mounted controls n Steering adjust Rake Leather seats NA Electric folding mirrors n Cruise control n automatic climate control n rear air con vent NA keyless entry and go n rain-sensing wipers n automatic headlamps n n = Available, NA=Not Available

raNGE aT a GLaNCE ENGINES 1.3 diesel

90hp

Rs 6.99-9.68 lakh

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∆ quick and does the 0 to 100 kph in 12.96 seconds; that’s faster than the 1.5-litre Ford EcoSport diesel which takes 13.67 seconds. In-gear too, the Brezza is the faster car with a 20-80kph in third gear time of 11.77 seconds but only by the tiniest of margins, with the Ford clocking 11.97 seconds. Extracting performance though does send the drone of the diesel motor right though the cabin but drive in a relaxed manner and the engine, road and wind noise, though present, are at an acceptable level. The overall gearing is on the shorter side and cruising at 100kph in fifth gear, the engine is turning over at a fairly busy 2,500rpm but it’s not that busy as to warrant a sixth gear. The gearbox shifts lack crispness but the clutch is light and with a good

‘The Brezza is already compliant with the offset and side impact norms due in India by 2017.’ progression, making driving in startstop traffic easy.

ride & handling Handling suspension duties is the pretty standard set-up of MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear, the ground clearance is rather generous and taking rough roads or even the occasional off-road track is never a worry. What’s nice is that the ride is firm and well composed which is primarily due to a stiffer, almost European-like suspension set-up.

However, this impacts the ride quality which can be jittery over rutted surfaces. Also, at high speeds, on an uneven surface, there’s a fair bit of body movement with a slight tendency to pitch at the rear. Push through corners enthusiastically and there is some amount of roll. However, given a steering that is a bit numb, punting through corners is not something that the Brezza will encourage you to do. The Brezza comes with two tyre sizes – 205/60 R16 and larger 215/60 R16 on the Z trim cars. Our car had Apollo tyres

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which do perform quite well at soaking up bumps and providing decent road grip.

fuel efficiency It’s a Maruti and using the efficient, Fiat-sourced diesel, good fuel economy is what you would expect and the Vitara Brezza does deliver. The ARAI figure, at 24.3kpl, is the highest in its segment by a decent margin, (the Ford EcoSport has a figure of 22.27kpl). Even in our tests, the Brezza delivered good efficiency of 15.32kpl in the city and 18.11kpl on the highway, with the city efficiency figure well ahead of its rival, the EcoSport which gets 13.3 in the city and 18.6 on the highway. No doubt, the lower kerb weight of the Brezza played its part in the efficiency numbers.

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PErFormaNCE HHHHHHHIII Feels punchy thanks to a strong mid-range. rEFINEmENT HHHHHHHIII Diesel drone at higher revs but acceptable otherwise. VaLuE HHHHHHHHHI Very well equipped and at a price much lower than rivals.

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he Vitara Brezza has been a TESTErS’ NoTES particularly exciting to drive and stunning success for Maruti the build isn’t rock solid either Headlight beam moves along with engine vibration at idle. and it’s not hard to with Maruti’s built-to-a-cost Rear parcel tray can also be understand why. It’s a approach quite evident in many opened from rear seats to brilliantly conceived product that places. However, you can’t miss access boot from inside. best suits the tastes of a typical the Maruti strengths either. The Indian car buyer and is undoubtedly Brezza is practical, efficient, value for money impressive in many areas. However, there are a and will, no doubt, be reliable too. It may lack few things we would have liked better. The the character of some of its rivals but for the design, for instance, lacks flair and it’s only the price, the Brezza’s well-balanced attributes top-end cars with dual-tone paint schemes that makes this car a one-size-fits-all option that’s liven things up. The Brezza is also not hard to beat. AI

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SaFETy HHHHHHHIII ABS and dual front airbags available on all variants. rIdE HHHHHHHIII Firm and well composed but feels jittery over rutted surfaces. haNdLING HHHHHHHHII numb steering but good grip and well-controlled body roll. BuILd & quaLITy HHHHHHHIII Well put together but feels built to a cost. june 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 105


ROAD TesT

BMW 7-series

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730Ld M Sport

PRiCe Rs 1.23 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) ON SAle Now 0-100kPH 6.21sec TOP SPeed 250kph** kPl (OveRAll) 9.8 FOR Cutting-edge features l Performance l Spare tyre now standard AGAINST Functional dashboard design similar to other BMWs l Small boot

PHOTOGRAPHY kuldeep chaudhari & Omkar dhas

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The future is here with the all-new 7-series which is packed with the latest tech to win over super luxury car buyers.

l M Sport trim cars identifiable

l Air flaps behind grille open when

l 19-inch rims standard on M Sport.

l The badge says it all. New Seven

by sportier front and rear bumpers.

engine needs additional cooling.

Front and rear tyre sizes are different.

uses CFRP in its construction.

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New 7-series looks more or. dynamic than its predecess

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e’ve already driven the petrol-powered version of the latest ‘G12’ 7-series, the 750Li (April 2016), and we came away mighty impressed. However, we ended that review on a sort of ‘to be continued’ note, because it is important to factor this car – the 730Ld – the diesel version, into the equation. The simple fact is diesel is still the more popular choice for luxury cars and this makes the 730Ld the more important model for BMW in India. The 730Ld also has wider appeal on the grounds of its lower price tag. You see, where the 750Li is a full import and costs Rs 1.55 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi), prices for the India-assembled 730Ld start at Rs 1.14 crore. You can buy an imported (and pricier) 730Ld as well but that version is only for you if you want to customise it to suit your tastes. For this test, we’ve featured the locally assembled 730Ld in the higher of its two trim lines. What makes the 730Ld special? Our detailed road test reveals all.

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l Streak-like welcome lights turn

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Where the last Seven looked like an evolution of its direct predecessor, the latest version of BMW’s limousine looks entirely new. The lines are tauter and BMW has gone for a sportier, more dynamic design. It appears even longer than the car it replaces, though overall length for the long wheelbase version we get in India is up by just 19mm to 5,238mm. You’ll find all of BMW’s traditional

elements here such as the kidney grille, the twin rings on each of the headlights and Hofmeister kink at the rear windows, but the execution is different. For instance, the headlights are more spread-out and now fuse into the grille that itself is larger than ever before. Interestingly, the new Seven is the first BMW to feature air flap control where the flaps behind the grille’s slats open or close depending on the engine’s cooling requirement. There are other subtle aerodynamic aids too. Look closely and you’ll spot openings at either end of the front bumpers that are there to guide the airstream past the wheels, while the vents at the sides of the body channel the air flow from the wheel wells. Chrome highlights at the base of the doors accentuate the Seven’s massive 3.2 metre wheelbase (longest in its class), but from no angle does the car look ungainly. Still, a bit more personality at the tail would have been welcome. Our M Sport trim test car’s body kit also divided opinion. Where some of us found the swoopier front bumpers with their oversized air dams and the rear bumpers with the faux diffuser well done, others found it to be overkill. The ‘standard’ Design Pure Excellence version does look more elegant while also costing around Rs 9 lakh less. However, it uses 18-inch rims (the M Sport gets

19-inchers) and also comes with LED headlights in place of the M Sport’s laser headlights (See box). The latest 730Ld is 105kg lighter than the old one, and that’s despite being loaded with a whole lot more gizmos and tech. A large part of the weight savings have come from the body itself that is made of highstrength steel, aluminium and, remarkably, carbonfibre-reinforced plastics (CFRP). In a nutshell, CFRP is light, strong and rigid but prohibitively costly. However, BMW has made giant strides in this area with its i car programme and has mastered producing this high-tech material on an industrial scale to make it relatively more affordable. In a departure from the old 7-series that got air suspension only for the rear wheels, the latestgeneration car features self-levelling air suspension at all four corners. The suspension can lift by 20mm when needed and automatically drops by 10mm when Sport mode is activated. The driving modes include EcoPro, Comfort, Comfort Plus, Sport and Sport Plus, each with pre-defined engine, gearbox, steering and damper settings. But for the first time, you can also mix and match the various settings to your liking and can even opt for Adaptive mode where the car studies driving style and automatically configures the set-up. ◊

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On The insiDe

l Parking cameras show surroundings with respect to a 3d image of the car. Gestures control view angle.

l detachable 7-inch tablet is housed in rear centre armrest.

Gives rear passengers control of a whole host of functions.

l even small screen for climate

control is touch-sensitive.

Dash looks similar to other BMWs but overall quality is superb. l Rear headrests get a soft

cushion as on the Merc S-class.

ENTERTAINmENT

THe 7-SeRieS GeTS BMW’s latest entertainment system with touch and gesture inputs for the first time. The high-resolution interface is clean and easy enough to operate. There are four USB ports in the cabin and connecting your phone to the system via Bluetooth is straightforward. Also part of the package is 20GB of on-board memory though a lot of that is taken up by the navigation system. At the rear, there are two 10-inch Hd screens that are linked to a Blu-Ray drive. The Safe on the move. Safe on the move. players screens can also be connected to external Magna O variant Magna variant via HdMi, MHl and USB ports.OThe 7-series comes gets dual front airbags. with a 600W, 16-speaker gets dual front airbags. audio system as standard. Audio quality is top rate.

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Interiors BMW cabins stick to a familiar template and unfortunately that’s something that holds true in the new 7-series too. The basic dashboard design just doesn’t look distinct enough from the older Seven’s and, for that matter, the lesser BMWs in the range. But that’s pretty much all you can fault this cabin for, which is clearly BMW’s best yet. The lacquered wood, double-stitched leather and aluminium that make up the cabin finally elevate quality to Merc S-class levels, which is a massive compliment. Detailing is incredible and you can tell BMW has given the new Seven its all. The buttons finished in aluminium look exquisite, and where there are no buttons, you’ll find a touchscreen. There’s a brilliant touch panel for the climate control setting lower down on the dash and if you poke around the cabin, you’ll also find another temperature control panel just below the air-con vents. That’s not all. You can now also operate the central screen atop the dash with touch inputs and even hand gestures (See box)! All this is in addition to the traditional rotary controller for the infotainment system. The top surface of the iDrive controller is a touchpad too and can read scribbled text; helpful when you have to feed navigation instructions or search through your phone book contacts on the go. That the central touchscreen is positioned high up and the dash cowl is low set also make life that little bit easier for the driver. Outside visibility is good and there’s also a brilliant 360-degree camera that comes handy when parking in tight spots. It shows the surroundings in respect to a 3D image of the car on the central screen which is incredibly cool. The fully digital instruments are no less techy with a different theme for each of the driving modes. As expected, the front seats are also immensely comfy though some of us did find the cushioning a touch soft over long drives. Sadly, the front seats on the locally assembled 730d don’t get ventilation and massage functions; there’s only a seat heater. There’s no heads-up display either, and is something solely offered as an option on the imported version. However, BMW has gone to town to pamper the all-important rear seat passengers. Individual 10-inch screens are standard for the rear passengers but the real talking ◊ www.autocarindia.com

…and that’s not all Display key The Seven’s tech experience starts even before you enter the car thanks to what BMW calls the Display Key (right). Similar to the one on the i8, the key features a touchscreen that displays time, service reminders, status of central locking system and distance to empty. You can also use the key to ‘pre-condition’ the car by remotely starting the fans, though it won’t start the air-con compressor. The Display Key has a range of 300 metres. In the very near future, this key will also allow Remote Parking. At the touch of a button, the car will automatically drive into or reverse out of a straight parking spot. A few years back, only James Bond’s 7-series could pull off a trick like that!

Laser lights The BMW i8 was the first car in the world to be offered with laser headlights and the feature is now available on the 7-series too. The set-up comprises standard LED low-beam headlights, and LED highbeam headlights with a laser module. What makes laser lights special? In a word, range. Where standard LED lights have a high-beam range of 300 metres, the laser lights have a high-beam range of 600 metres. The headlights really do make day of the darkest nights. Laser lights are also lighter, more compact and more energy efficient than LED lights. Expect to see this bit of technology trickle down to mass market cars in the years to come.

Gesture control The E65 7-series launched in 2001 gave the car world the revolutionary iDrive system. The latest G12 debuts another bit of tech that could find widespread application - gesture control. It sounds sci-fi because it is. Specific hand movements detected by a 3D sensor under the rear-view mirror control certain infotainment functions. Move your hand with the index finger extended towards the central screen to accept a call or swipe you hand past the screen to reject it. Or make a circular motion with your index finger to increase or decrease volume. The system can read six gestures to control as many functions. While it is a party trick, its functionality is quite temperamental.

Cabin lighting Ambient lighting isn’t new to cars of this class but BMW has taken things to the next level here. For starters, there are six different colour themes for illuminating the dashboard, footwells, doors and even the map pockets on the front seatbacks. There’s also soft lighting on the Bpillars to illuminate the rear section of the cabin. However, the defining bit is the ‘Sky Lounge’ panorama roof that’s available only on the M Sport version. Light from the side LEDs falls evenly on the top glass and illuminates graphics imprinted on its surface. And you can change the colours too. Really cool!

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on the inside ∆ point is a detachable 7-inch Samsung tablet that’s housed in the centre armrest. Via the tablet, those seated in the back can control the climate settings, entertainment system, sunroof, blinds, ambient lighting, navigation system and can even choose between two fragrances for the cabin! Oh, and the tablet can also be used to browse the internet. It really is the ultimate gizmo for backseat drivers. The rear seats themselves are no less incredible. The throne-like seats are ventilated, can be adjusted for shoulder support, backrest and seat base angle and include as many as eight types of massages. There’s even a Vitality Programme that features exercises for the back and shoulders to relieve muscular strain over long journeys. Sensors in the seats score occupants to ensure these exercises are done in an optimum manner, and it actually works well. For now, the Seven doesn’t get the option for an extendable leg rest for rear passengers à la the Audi A8 but BMW has confirmed this will be

the 730Ld M Sport to go from a standstill to 100kph. This number alone should tell you how quick the large BMW is. It’s a good half second clear of the earlier 730Ld by 100kph and 1.2 seconds ahead by 160kph. These timings make the 730Ld the quickest among its direct competitors. At the heart of the 730Ld’s performance is BMW’s latest 3.0-litre, straight six, turbo-diesel engine (code: B57). This engine will replace the older albeit identical displacement N57 engine across the BMW range in the future and will also form the basis of bi-, tri- and even quad-turbo iterations. On the 730Ld, it features a single, variable geometry turbo and relies on common-rail direct injection with piezo injectors that can supply fuel at a high pressure of 2,500bar. The engine produces 265hp and 620Nm which better the older 730Ld’s power and torque figures by 7hp and 60Nm, respectively. Add a lower kerb weight to the equation and you know why the new 730Ld is as quick as it is.

Large and comfy as they are, the front seats don’t get cooling or massage feature.

‘You can spend the better part of a day familiarising yourself with all the gizmos on board.’ offered later in the year. Still, the front passenger seat can be moved forward from the back to free up even more legroom. Not that there’s a real need for it because space is abundant as is. Middle-seat passengers do get a raw deal though with limited headroom and a hard perch. To be honest, the rear seat is designed to provide armchair comfort for two and that’s what it does best. The cabin has enough cubbys for small items but irritatingly, a bulk of the space in the glovebox is taken up by the fragrance charges for the ventilation system. Where the 7-series also loses points is for its small boot – owners going on a long holiday may need a second car for airport trips. BMW has thankfully provided a space-saver spare tyre with its own recess this time around but as a result, the boot floor is high and luggage room is quite limited for what is a large car.

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Of course, you’d want the engine and gearbox set to Sport or Sport Plus for max performance. Sport Plus with the quick-shifting eight-speed transmission set to manual lets you hold gear at the 5,600rpm the engine will rev to and for that alone, it’s great fun. Left to its own devices, the gearbox will upshift at 5,000rpm, which is still high for a diesel. There’s immense punch from 2,0005,000rpm and you won’t tire of the way the big Seven builds speed in the meat of its powerband. It also sounds throaty and rather nice when you are in the mood to play. The thing is, in the sportiest settings, throttle responses tend to be a bit too sharp which limits their utility in town. Comfort tones things down and smoothens responses, though you won’t have to bury your right foot into the carpet when you need to overtake. There’s ample power even low down in the rev range which means you can get by in the city without ever needing the rev needle to swing to the other side of 2,500rpm. It’s at these lower ◊

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data log

ENGINE

Fuel Installation Type Bore/stroke Compression ratio Valve gear Power Torque Power to weight Torque to weight Specific output

Diesel Front, longitudinal 6 cyls, 2993cc 84.0/90.0mm 16.5:1 4 valves per cyl, DOHC 265hp at 4000rpm 620Nm at 20002500rpm 147.63hp per tonne 345.4Nm per tonne 88.54hp per litre

POTDAR DESIgN

770mm (max)

1485mm

Warranty

Rs 1.23 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) 2 yrs/unlimited km

92 0m m

Price

TeChNICAl lAyOUT Width 1902mm Front track 1618mm rear track 1646mm rear interior width 1440mm Boot volume 515 litres

10 00 mm (ma 92 x) 0m m( min )

BmW 730Ld

1130mm (max) 840mm (min)

520mm (min)

3210mm 5238mm

TraNSmISSIoN

ChaSSIS & Body Construction Weight Tyres (f-r) Spare

Four-door sedan, monocoque 1795kg 245/45 R19275/40 R19 Space saver

SuSPENSIoN Front rear

Independent, double wishbone, adjustable dampers, air springs Independent, multi-link, adjustable dampers, air springs

STEErING

Type Rack and pinion Type of power assist Electric Turning circle 12.8m

BrakES Front rear anti-lock

aCCELEraTIoN kPh 0-10 0-20 0-30 0-40 0-50 0-60 0-70 0-80 0-90 0-100 0-110 0-120 0-130 0-140 0-150 0-160 0-170 0-180 1/4 mile

aCCELEraTIoN IN GEar 20-80kph (in kickdown) 4.08s 40-100kph (in kickdown) 4.60s

BrakING 80-0kph

Ventilated discs Ventilated discs Yes

6 890km The number of colour screens in the cabin. There’s another one on the remote key too.

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TImE (sec) 0.37 0.80 1.25 1.70 2.24 2.83 3.58 4.33 5.21 6.21 7.30 8.65 10.06 11.66 13.44 15.48 17.81 20.33 14.49

ECoNomy TEST

22.81m

City highway Tank size

Coast mode Lifting off the throttle between 50-160kph in Eco Pro decouples the engine and gearbox for efficient coasting.

78 litres

Aerodynamics New Seven’s aero aids, underbody cladding and optimised mirror design have cut air drag by 15 percent.

max SPEEdS IN GEar 1

54kph 5400rpm

2

85kph 5400rpm

3

127kph 5400rpm

4

157kph 5400rpm

5

205kph 5400rpm*

6

250kph 5000rpm*

7

240kph 4000rpm*

8

235kph 3000rpm*

2.03s

8.2kpl 11.5kpl 78 litres

Weight Lighter materials for the wheels, brakes and suspension helped reduce unsprung mass by 15 percent.

Wheelbase The new 7-series is marginally longer in length but the wheelbase is unchanged at 3210mm

EquIPmENT ChECk LIST

Laser headlights n heads-up display nA Touchscreen infotainment system n Gesture control n 360-degree camera n driving modes n auto start/stop n ambient air fragrance control n massage seats Rear only Extendable footrests for rear seats nA dual sunroofs n ambient lighting n rear entertainment screens n n=Available, NA=Not Available

raNGE aT a GLaNCE ENGINES 3.0 diesel 4.4 petrol

265hp Rs 1.14-1.44 crore 450hpRs 1.54-1.59 crore

rPm in 8th at 100kph = 1300rpm

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Type Rear-wheel drive Gearbox 8-speed automatic ratios/kph per 1000 rpm 1st 5.000/10.03 2nd 3.200/15.68 3rd 2.143/23.42 4th 1.720/29.18 5th 1.313/38.22 6th 1.000/50.19 7th 0.823/60.98 8th 0.640/78.42 Final drive ratio 2.563: 1


∆ speeds that anyone familiar with the old Seven will also find a marked improvement in engine refinement. The engine runs quiet and really smooth. We’re prone to sidelining the efficiency-enhancing EcoPro mode BMWs come with, but on the new Seven, it’s perfectly useable. Yes, throttle responses border on laidback but in rush-hour traffic or for relaxed cruising on the highway, it’s a smart way of maximising economy. Or perhaps keeping your chauffeur in check.

ride & handling At the very limit, the old 7-series was a blast. But in everyday driving, it felt heavy from behind the wheel and its inconsistent ride marked it down further. The new car improves on the latter fronts. The steering is light

‘The latest 7-series is as sporty as ever but there’s a greater focus on comfort this time around.’ enough in Comfort and the all-round air suspension has improved ride quality by a big margin. With the dampers set to Comfort, the 7-series deals with most imperfections with a lovely softness, though you do still feel a mild tremor in the cabin every time a wheel goes over something like an expansion joint. Comfort Plus is softer still, perhaps unnecessarily so, as it also adds more float over undulations and makes the ride feel unsettled. You can get by on the highway just fine with the suspension in Comfort but if you

plan to drive hard, you’d be best off in Sport. Yes, you sacrifice some level of bump absorption but the Seven also becomes far better tied down with more weight to the steering and feedback from it as well. Dyed in the wool BMW fans won’t be sold on the electric power steering but it is accurate and offers a great sense of control. The 730Ld’s 50:50 weight distribution also comes into play in the corners. The big BMW changes direction without delay and for a fivemetre-plus-long limousine, it feels remarkably sharp and agile.

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But for all its improvements, the 7-series still ultimately trails the Merc S-class on ride comfort and overall refinement. The Seven never manages to ride as flat or with as much pliancy as the S, though the gap is far smaller than it was in the past. There’s also a bit more road and wind noise in the Bimmer’s otherwise hushed cabin.

fuel efficiency Big luxury sedans usually deliver small fuel economy numbers. The new 730Ld did do better than we expected though. Driving the Bimmer in town, we got a respectable 8.2kpl. Relaxed cruising on the highway in EcoPro mode saw the fuel economy figure rise to 11.5kpl. Its 78-litre fuel tank gives the 730Ld a usefully large range between tank-ups.

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echnology. That’s what the TESTErS’ NoTES good handling also make this a new 7-series is all about and Central touchscreen works luxury sedan owners would love that’s what makes it special. well but rotary iDrive controller to get behind the wheel of There’s a whole lot of science is what we used most. themselves. To nitpick, ride that’s gone into the bits under the It’s easy to inadvertently quality could have been better skin and the cabin is, quite simply, activate the front-seat heating and the dashboard design could while adjusting blower speed. a tech fest. The 730Ld also does have been more special. But, all luxury better than its predecessor said, the new model puts the with higher quality interiors, better all7-series back in the game, and how. The round comfort and significantly improved S-classes, A8s and XJs of the world better refinement. The strong performance and watch out. AI

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rIdE HHHHHHHHII Vastly better than old Seven but still not the benchmark in the class. haNdLING HHHHHHHHHI Belies its size in corners and also relatively easy to live with in town. BuILd & quaLITy HHHHHHHHHH As good as you’d expect a German limo to be. Fit-finish is superb. june 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 113


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inally, we nail it. The light is perfect, the backdrop is stunning and both cars are exactly where we want them to be. The long drive up to this location has been well worth it. And with the shots in the can, we decide to head back. What’s also nice is that the sun’s about to set, so we can drive these cars like they are meant to be driven; with their tops down. Yes, we’ve been driving them all day and we’ve covered a

significant distance too, but would you flip open the roof if the outside air temperature was a blazing 38 degrees? Exactly. It’s so hot even now, I don’t expect we’ll be keeping the roofs open for long. Yes, the ambient temperature has dropped and the surrounding air isn’t as hot anymore, but I can still hear the earth ‘hiss’ as the heat dissipates and it still feels like we’re walking around on a hot plate. Then we start moving, and immediately, I

realise I’m wrong. The temperature of the air blowing in drops as soon as we pick up even a bit of speed, and with the cooler air now flowing in and swirling around us, the experience is just magic. It just is the perfect setting. The sun’s going down behind the hills, the lake is glistening and even the road we are driving on is perfectly manicured and full of interesting twists and turns. It helps no end that both these cars are fast, powerful and an absolute pleasure to drive.


Mini Cooper S Convertible vs Audi A3 Cabriolet | Feature comparison

Naturally aspirated Impractical but fun, convertibles haven’t really caught the Indian car buyer’s fancy. But things are changing, and that’s because modern drop-tops are getting more and more practical. Shapur Kotwal debates which to take home, the pugnacious Mini Cooper S Convertible or the suave Audi A3 Cabriolet? PhotograPhy priyank chhapwala

Convertibles, they do work, sometimes really well, even in our environment. Problem is they aren’t very popular here. Sure, classic car owners love them, and we always seem to enjoy the drop-top experience, but public opinion says convertibles are quite unusable in our conditions. And with good reason. Finding the right time to put the roof down, for example, is a serious challenge. Either it’s too hot, too cold, too windy, too wet or too dusty; take your

pick. And then there’s the traffic: you don’t want to be pulling the roof down in the middle of that hot, dusty, grime-filled scene. What makes matters worse is that almost all convertibles have structures that are fundamentally compromised in comparison to regular cars. Convertibles are generally created by lopping the roof (and supporting pillars) off and this means the structure lacks the natural strength of a closed tube. And then our broken roads make it worse

by transferring huge loads through the chassis which, if unchecked, can give the roof and structure a good shaking. Is it any wonder then that convertibles driven carelessly here soon feel a bit bedraggled and ‘loose’. Then there’s the fact that they aren’t very practical to begin with — the rear seats are a contortionist’s delight, you can’t fit more than a couple of toilet bags in the boot and are these cars even engineered to take on the fury of the monsoons in the first place? ◊


∆ The reality is that things aren’t much better in other markets either. Driving a convertible in Los Angles traffic is almost as bad, with exhaust from 18-wheelers and buses spewing out at you, and California, the convertible capital of the world, is almost as hot as India in summer. Even some of their roads are poor. So, owning a convertible and making full use of it isn’t just challenging in India but everywhere else too.

INTO THE WILD

But now it’s time to enjoy the cars, as the road we are driving down is only getting better and better. Corners are coming at me thick and fast, and what makes this road even more challenging

is that there’s a bit of unpredictability to the flow. I’m behind the wheel of the Mini Cooper S, but even though I’m slinging it through the corners with plenty of verve and high amounts of energy, the Mini’s chassis seems absolutely nonplussed. It’s cool, it’s calm and it’s so collected, it feels like it could be at home, with it’s feet up, listening to violin music. Looking to amp it up even more, I hit Sport mode, and now, the top-end of the engine feels even more frenzied. There’s a guttural snarl from the exhaust that I love when I put my foot down and the tacho needle shoots up the dial like the engine wants to head-butt the redline and self destruct. And the kick in the top-end is serious

indeed; it just shoots forward. Lest you forget, this bumble bee has a colossal 192 horses, kicking and screaming under the bonnet. In Sport, the steering gets weightier too. And the harder I go around corners, the better it gets. What gives it all that grip is the properly stiffened chassis, the rock-hard suspension and those wide tyres. And once I’m properly on it, it feels like the proverbial British bulldog; it just does not want to let go, once it gets its teeth in. Grip is tenacious, the steering is quick, and I absolutely love flicking it from one corner to the next. However, it doesn’t feel nearly as nice as the Cooper S with the hardtop. The steering isn’t quite as direct, it understeers a bit and it

Pop-up, anti-roll bar essential safety kit on soft-tops.

Open-top Cooper S even has a ‘virtual sunroof’ feature.

Toggle switches finished in chrome enhance retro look.

Audi roof can be used on the move up to even 50kph.

Both cars get paddles that improve driving experience.

A3’s rear vents help but air-con still not very effective.

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‘The Mini feels scrappy, always straining at the leash, while the A3 is more relaxed and suave.’

doesn’t have the same sense of agility or balance either. Still, all things considered, the driving experience gets an A+, and that’s huge for a car without a roof. I swap to the Audi next, and it immediately feels very different. This clearly is more the gentleman’s express than B-road bruiser, the Audi possessing almost none of that aggressive demeanour of the Mini. If that’s an angry bulldog, this is a friendly retriever. Whereas the Mini wears its bonnet stripes with resolve and is hard and sporty, the Audi is more relaxed, supple and light to drive. The steering, in fact, feels like it needs almost no effort from me, and guiding the A3 from apex to apex is accomplished with nothing more that a flick of the wrist. It does sort of manage to string together a set of corners and is reasonably entertaining too, but, because it rolls so much in corners, I soon lose my appetite for fast cornering. And slow right town. Still, the strong 179hp TSI engine is a delight and has loads of zing in the top-end. And its smooth, refined and cultured. Don’t get me wrong, this is still an entertaining car; just don’t expect it to thrill you like the Mini does. And isn’t as quick either, 0-100kph takes 8.59seconds compared to the Mini’s 6.78.

BACK TO CIVILISATION

Soon, we’re on the faster and straighter roads of the expressway, and it’s the Audi that feels more at home here. The more comfortable suspension setup and the sightly better cabin insulation allow it to feel more relaxed at speed and overtaking slower traffic is executed with less apparent effort. All I need to do is plant my foot on the floor, get the tacho needle to stand up to attention and allow the smooth motor to slingshot me past. It’s a breeze. We swap cars again at the next gas station, ◊ www.autocarindia.com

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‘Yes, they are a bit impractical at times,but the experience they deliver is special.’ ∆ and again, the Mini’s more hyperactive demeanour comes to the fore instantly. It’s always straining at the leash, waiting to have a go, waiting to dart this way or that, and it just doesn’t allow me to relax. What’s also not nice is that the stiff suspension is quite revealing. On the highway, I can clearly hear the wheels go ‘thwackthwack’ as they run over the expansion joints, and once we get off the cemented roads and encounter urban craters in the city, the suspension shows its hard edge again. Craters are handled with only a hint of compliance and the Mini crashes through some of the larger ones quite hard. The suspension is so stiff, lumps in the road are hopped over, so the ride feels both hard and busy. The only way I can skirt around this is to drive as fast as I can and enjoy that genuine go-kart feel you get from behind the wheel. The A3 isn’t nearly as fun, but it feels the more grown-up and refined of the two, and the suspension is supple enough to make driving in the city more comfortable. This is clearly borne out the next morning, as the A3 feels well up to tackling Mumbai’s city steets, gliding over most of the bad bits as we drive across town for our next photo stop. Still, after a bit, I’m soon craving some action, and jump back into the Mini.

INSIDE OUT

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A3’s cabin is more comfort-oriented and feels plush.

Seeing them stand cheek to jowl under the swaying palms in Bandra, otherwise known as Bollywood hills, I also instantly see the disparity. Although both are convertibles, both have two doors and both use transversely located directinjection, turbo-petrol engines, these cars are as different as chalk and cheese. The Mini, to begin with, is a hatch, and the A3 is a sedan. Whereas one is clearly designed to be a boy racer, with stripes, loud exhaust and a ‘rock n roll’ demeanour, the other is a sophisticate, that looks at doing everything with class and panache. While the Audi has sharp lines and chrome highlights all over, the Mini’s design is sure to be the more timeless of the two due to its retro look; its lines harking back to Sir Alex Issigonis’s original. On the Mini, the retro theme is also carried over to the inside. The big dial in the centre is no longer a speedo and you get Mini’s version of iDrive, but the insides too remind you of the ’70s. The large steering wheel, the toggle switches finished in chrome, the red start stop button; they all give it real character. And in this new car, there’s a bit more space in the front and a bit more width too. It can’t compete with the Audi for fit and www.autocarindia.com


finish, however. Some of the plastics on the Mini are hard and there are some not-so-nicely put together bits. This just isn’t the case on the Audi, where craftsmanship and attention to detail are just as good on many of its more expensive cousins. Every single surface you touch is beautifully built, the fit is millimetre perfect and finding a comfortable driving position is really easy too. The Audi also wins the battle for space in the back. Getting into the back, especially with the canvas roof up is extremely difficult, but once you are in the back, you are quite comfortable. Yes, you are cocooned and the backrest is a bit too upright, but the view out is stunning and the experience feels quite unique too. There’s even less space in the back of the Mini, though it is up on the earlier car, and getting in is just as difficult. But here too, a 15- or 20-minute ride is likely to be reasonably comfortable. Headroom in the back with the roof up is a bit of an issue, as it is on the Audi, but in both cases, it’s just about manageable. What is a pain in the Mini is reversing with the hood down; it’s nigh on impossible. Unlike the Audi, there’s no lid to tuck the hood under and that means, it just sits there, blocking your rearward view. All you can see now, if you turn around and look back, are double-decker buses, and the mirrors on either side are quite tiny too. The reversing camera does help a bit, but even then, reversing with any amount of confidence is seriously tough. The Audi is easier to reverse and the front seats are better, but its air-con system struggles to cope with the heat. It takes an age to cool the cabin, even with the blower on full, and that means you have to endure the loud fan for up to fifteen minutes at a time. Not nice. The A3 though, has the larger boot at 320 litres. The Mini has nothing more than a glorified glovebox, which, at 215 litres, is less than many hatchbacks. And that goes down to 160 litres with the roof partially tucked in there; so clearly, if you want to drive out for a weekend, you’re better offftossing your bags in on the back seats. Both cars have active rollover bars that pop out as soon as the car detects it is about to roll over. And both have hoods you can open and close on the move, as long as you aren’t going quicker than 50kph in the case of the Audi and 30kph in the case of the Mini. The two are matched on the time taken to open and close their tops, at 18 seconds; quite useful.

LET’S FLIP

The primary job of a convertible is to be fun. It has to thrill you, it has to entertain you and it has to put a smile on your face. It has to be practical too, but that’s a secondary requirement. Yes, the Audi A3 is a good convertible. It is comfortable, smooth, refined and comes with a gem of an engine; but it’s a bit dull. The Cooper S, on the other hand, isn’t as refined or as spacious and doesn’t ride well either, but it’s an absolute riot; a natural-born entertainer. It’s great with the top down, darts around like a go-kart when you drive it hard and is so much fun in so many different ways, it often has you laughing out loud. It’s even considerably cheaper and better value for money; and that certainly helps. AI www.autocarindia.com

VERDICT RATINg L/W/H Wheelbase Kerb weight Engine Power Torque Power to weight Gearbox Tyre size (f-r)

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Drop-top with loads of attitude; and it really does drive like a go-kart. HHHHHHHHII 3,850/1727/1415mm OUR 2495mm CHOICE 1295kg 4 cyls, 1998cc, turbo-petrol 191.6hp at 5000-6000rpm 280Nm at 1250-4600rpm 147.9hp per tonne 6-speed auto 205/45 R17

More grown-up and sophisticated, and better built too; but lacks character. HHHHHHHHII 4421/1793/1409mm 2595mm 1430kg 4 cyls, 1798cc, turbo-petrol 179.4hp at 5100-6200rpm 250Nm at 1250-5000rpm 125.4hp per tonne 7-speed dual-clutch auto 225/45 R17

PERFORMANCE* Acceleration (from rest) Kph Sec 0.94 20 2.12 40 3.29 60 4.85 80 6.78 100 9.27 120 12.52 140

Sec 1.55 2.70 4.29 6.30 8.59 11.66 15.11

IN-gEAR ACCELERATION 20-80kph (kickdown) 40-100kph (kickdown)

4.21 4.96

5.36 5.55

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Rs 34.90 lakh

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EqUIPMENT CHECKLIST Metallic paint Paddle shifters Reverse camera Heads-up display Touchscreen infotainment 17-inch wheels Electric-folding mirrors Airbags n=Standard, NA=Not Available

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Chronicles of speedI

Essential reading on Mercedes-Benz and its relationship with motorsport. Srinivas Krishnan reviews this 402-page coffee table book. Photos mercedes-benz classic archives and adil jal darukhanawala

Mercedes-Benz Winning! 120 years on the world’s greatest race tracks & in India

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f the story of Mercedes-Benz is virtually the history of the automobile, then inevitably, motorsport history and the story of the brand is strongly intertwined. The very first recorded motor race in the world – the 1894 Paris-Rouen event – saw 21 entries, of which only 15 finished the race. Of the top ten that made it to the end, nine were Daimler cars or French makes with Daimler engines, while the tenth was a Benz. The legend was already in the making. Gottlieb Daimler’s famous line “Das beste oder nichts” or “nothing but the best” could be a hollow claim if the cars did not prove themselves in front of the world. In those days, no advertising or propaganda was as effective as motorsport to prove the worth of your car. So much so that race cars featured in sales catalogues of manufacturers. ‘Race on Sunday, sell on Monday’ or ‘Racing improves the breed’ may be clichés, but these clichés have a solid grounding in fact. Motorsport helped spread the word about the performance, reliability and engineering of the cars, while attracting great general public attention. And on the other hand, ongoing efforts to make race cars perform to their optimum and be more reliable and efficient led to engineering better road-going cars – thus beginning a symbiotic relationship between motorsport and road-going cars. Right from its origins, independently as Daimler and Benz, and consequently Mercedes-Benz, the identity of the brand has since been forged at all sorts of circuits, race tracks, hill climbs, rally stages, proving grounds and even public roads. Straddling race formats and continents, with the help of driving maestros, engineering geniuses and brilliant race managers, and by sheer luck or canny strategy, Mercedes-Benz has permanently etched its name in motor racing. But factory support could not always be taken for granted. At the very beginning itself, Karl Benz made it clear that he was not in favour of motor racing. And in 1955, after a horrific accident in the 300 SLR at Le Mans, the brand officially withdrew from motorsport. Even then, people in Mercedes-Benz found ways to circumvent the management diktat that forbid participation in any form of motorsport. Whether it www.autocarindia.com


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With this sort of legacy, beginning at the very dawn of motoring, it can be a daunting task to chronicle this storied brand’s history in motorsport. But one book has just done that. Mercedes-Benz Winning! 120 Years On The World’s Greatest Race Tracks & In India by veteran motoring journalist, Adil Jal Darukhanawala is a large, 402-page hardbound book that attempts to bring to life the towering

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achievements of Mercedes-Benz in motorsport. That’s not all – the “& India” in the title indicates a separate section in the book that narrates the brand’s Indian connections and history (See box: Stars of India). Though the chapters are arranged somewhat chronologically, there is no need for the reader to go through the book in that sequence. You can open any section of the book and immerse yourself in whatever you find there – the history, the information, the images and the background are all fascinating and absorbing. The book is peppered with innumerable little-known nuggets that even the avid Mercedes-Benz fan could be reading about for the first time. This sort of information does not come by poring through dusty tomes, visiting arcane sections of libraries or even by testing the search powers of Google – it is only ◊

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‘Photos of brave race drivers, race cars, dramatic action and posters make this book a visual delight.’

∆ possible when you have spent an entire lifetime passionately observing, reading and absorbing automotive history, motorsport and the automotive industry in its entirety. The author, of course, is well-known, not just as a veteran automotive journalist, but also as a living encyclopedia on this subject.And that is evident in the enormous detailing that’s gone into the book. In fact, it was one of the racing events mentioned in the book – the 1977 LondonSydney Rally – which passed through Adil’s native city, Pune, that led him to his lifelong journey of automotive writing. The author was smitten, watching the close action of the rally cars, including several 280E MercedesBenz W123s. But does a brand like Mercedes-Benz, with its vast, continuous recorded history, need another book? The answer is yes. Other than a history of its motorsport triumphs and defeats, and highly detailed aspects about the machines and the engineering that made it possible, there’s more to the book. It has information on the development of motor racing in Fonseca & Co. were dealers its formative years, the stories not only for Mercedes-Ben z, but also for other brands of the ordinary men and women like Erskine, Lancia, Pierce -Arrow and Studebaker. who would eventually go on to 124 AUTOCAR INDIA june 2016

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mercedes-benz winning! | Book Review improvement. For one, the design and layout could have been much better, with a mix of good fonts for both headlines and text. Also, since the photos are superbly matched to the richness of the text, navigating and cross-referencing between the images ight of Lohegaon, Pune. powers down the main stra and the captions Merc-Benz 300 SL Roadster should have been more intuitive and reader-friendly. become legends, the social, cultural and business These are mere niggles. There is no taking environment of the different decades of motor away from the fact that this is an authoritative racing, the strong competitors who duelled with book. It is excruciatingly detailed yet gives the Mercedes-Benz at the races, and lots more. It puts big picture, retells history without boring you, each racing event in its proper perspective and brings to life events that we will never witness brings alive ‘how it would have been’ to the reader. again and of course, in the process, tells you What makes it more compelling are the 970 what makes the three-pointed star, a star photographs that have been used in the book. The among carmakers. Beyond this, there is that author has reportedly sifted through over 10,000 fascinating Indian section too. Though images from a vast number of sources – from the knowledge transcends boundaries, this is Mercedes-Benz archives to his own material – to really an impressive attempt by an Indian to choose what has gone into making this book. And write a book that can stand on its own merit the result is a visual delight, despite the fact that a against international contemporaries. AI dominant portion of the images are in black and white. Portraits of the enormously talented and incredibly brave race drivers who shone a century ago, sleek Grand Prix race cars that look so purpose-built and menacing, record-setting mothers of machines, powerfully dramatic racing action, period posters, wildly-splashing rally cars and even race car transporters make for captivating imagery. There are, however, Le Mans in 1989. some aspects of the book inated the legendary 24H of Sauber-Mercedes C9s dom The that could do with some

StarS of IndIa this is not just one book, but two books in one. Because the section with its own cover, Mercedes-Benz: Winning in india, could be spun off into an independent book. today, we may think of india as one of the most important car markets in the world, but the country has been an important destination for car brands for over 100 years now. some of the earliest cars ever made have trundled on dusty indian roads, and Mercedes-Benz was one of the first to be seen here. And the story of Mercedes-Benz in india has a terrific appeal. While we equate the brand’s association with tata today – starting with the tata-MercedesBenz trucks followed by the W124 E-class – what’s interesting is that it was the Birlas in the early 1950s, via hindustan Motors, who made the first move to bring the brand into india. But fate had different ideas and it led to an enduring partnership between tata and Mercedes-Benz, as well as with the Firodias. the india section has a wealth of detail on the corporate journey of the brand as well as the kind of vehicles that were manufactured here. Commercial vehicles wearing the Mercedes-Benz star played a role in building a young, independent nation and helped it stand on its own feet. But the stars of this section are undoubtedly the classic and vintage cars that are now in private hands, lovingly maintained and preserved by thoughtful owners. some of them featured in the book, which have an indian connection, are in foreign lands. Also jockeying for attention are the images and the information on the retail outlets that sold Mercedes-Benz cars as well as other brands. Essentially, it is an unparalleled reading experience for the vintage and classic car enthusiast. today, when we see our roads populated by the newer generation Mercedes-Benz models, a journey into ‘how it was like back then’ just puts things in perspective. Unmissable.

A Works W123-class 280E at the base of the Katraj Ghat on the outskirts of Pune, during the 1977 London-Sydney Rally. www.autocarindia.com

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Putting cars down on canvas W

hile some cars are substantially more artistically disposed than others, they are all, nevertheless, products of design. The art in a car may be in the form of gorgeous curves (cue, the Jaguar E-Type), perfect angles (cue, the Lamborghini Countach) or astonishing practicality (cue, the original Mini Cooper). Cars are inherently works of art, which makes them ideal subjects for art. Automotive art serves to record, often in a slightly surreal fashion, the world of the motor car. It serves to record the beauty of the Alfa Monza along with its greasy-faced, begoggled racer, or the elegance of the Ferrari GTB 275 being admired by a lady in an equally elegant evening gown. Automotive art is about finding beauty in the juxtaposition of cars and myriad surroundings.

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Vidita Singh grew up in a family of auto enthusiasts, and it shows in her many works of art. Siddhant Ghalla admires the exquisite brushstrokes of India’s only female automotive artist. PhotograPhy priyank chhapwale

To that extent, a recent exhibition in Mumbai was quite the visual treat. In the small niche of Indian automotive art, Vidita Singh has carved out a discernible space for herself. Using a variety of mediums such as oil on canvas, charcoal and watercolour, Vidita’s first solo exhibition in Mumbai put some of her finest artwork on display. Vidita Singh hails from the royal family of Barwani, an erstwhile royal kingdom in Madhya Pradesh. Her father is the renowned automotive historian and restorer, Rana Manvendra Singh, and thus, it isn’t a big surprise that she grew up in an environment dotted with cars of the exotic variety. Over the years, she has translated the deep appreciation for cars that has been imbibed in her to automotive art.

The general theme at this exhibition was the juxtaposition of vintage and classic cars against backgrounds most appropriate for their glory days. While some of these have been inspired by scenes actually witnessed by the artist, others are a figments of her vivid imagination. Cadillac Speeding, in my opinion, was one of the best works on display. It features a 1954 Cadillac Eldorado cruising on a sunny day on a road flanked by lush greenery. Motion has been captured beautifully in this painting, with the greenery reduced to flakes lost in movement, and the driver’s face smudged as he whisks by. The painting is so realistic that you may just feel the breeze as the car speeds past. Another impressive oil on canvas was the Jodhpur Delahaye. One of the artist’s personal www.autocarindia.com


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favourites, the painting focuses on a tight crop of the car’s front, viewed obliquely. This allows her to capture the most striking essence of its beauty – its tight radius curves. The gleam of the chrome, something also visible in Cadillac Speeding, seems to be something of the artist’s specialty. www.autocarindia.com

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Lancia at a Polo Match juxtaposes a classic Lancia and a polo field dotted with polo players on horsebacks. The painting evokes times of yore, when princes would drive to polo matches and park their bespoke cars on the sidelines of the resplendent turf. The intricate detailing of the Lancia’s dash is something to look out for.

With the backing of the Gaekwad Art Foundation, run by Pratap and Praggyashree Gaekwad of the Baroda royal family, Vidita is in a unique position to be at the forefront of the automotive art scene in India. You can check out more of her work on her website www.viditasingh.com. AI june 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 127


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TaTa Tiago: New begiNNiNgs The Tata Tiago sets new benchmarks for its segment. We caught up with four Tiago owners from Mumbai to find out what they think about it.


Dhavan Shah Dhavan is a 19-year-old law student who

Connecting his phone to it takes seconds.

lives in south Mumbai. he was one of the

“The speakers are amazing. i never have to

first people in the city to drive home a brand

push the volume over 8 and it goes up to 30!”

new Tata Tiago. he said that he’d been

What Dhavan loves most about his Tiago,

hunting for the right car to buy for a few

though, is how comfortable it is. The seats are

months. During his research, he learned that

soft and are at just the right height. Despite

the Tata Tiago was on its way and decided

being a shade over six feet tall, Dhavan is able

to wait for it. While he waited, he conducted

to get in and out of the Tiago easily. he says

a detailed study about its competitors to figure out which car in this segment was the best one to buy. he realised that the Tiago offered the best value proposition amongst all the other hatchbacks in its segment. it had all the features he was looking for. he was convinced that the Tiago was the best car in its segment. Dhavan also feels that the Tiago defines him as he believes that this is a car for

with other cars, it feels like you’re stepping

“Dhavan realised that the Tiago offered the best value proposition amongst all hatchbacks in this segment.”

down into them, but not with the Tiago. he can also quickly find the perfect driving position as he says that the driver’s seat is easily adjustable. “The car is extremely practical for putting the things you can carry,” says Dhavan. With 22 intuitively designed spaces, finding the right place to put things in won’t really be an issue. he likes that there are bottle holders

the youth. “The looks are obviously eye-

on every door, cup holders and places where

catching.” he believes it will be the cause of

you can safely place your mobile phone.

a lot of rubbernecking. The Connectnext

he also appreciates the thought put into

infotainment system by harman® is exactly

the glove box. it opens with just a push of

what the younger generation needs in a

a button and has space to hold a tablet. he

car. his belief was vindicated when he took

mentioned the 242-litre boot and that it has

his friends for a ride in his new Tiago. They

enough space for the bags you want to carry

were very impressed with the quality of

for a trip. he hasn’t done any of that yet, but

the 8-speaker system that came with the

can’t wait to hit the highway in his shiny

car. he loves how easy it is to set up and use.

new Tiago.


Kapil Padale Kapil is a 35-year-old manager with an iT

available, and good sound quality, it helps

services company and lives in a suburb of

me and makes my drive better.” he says it’s

the city. “i am happy to own it,” he says. The

a practical car for everyday use and has an

primary reason for him to buy this car was

extensive list of features.

because when he and his daughter walked

his friends and family were quite

into the showroom, looking at the Tiago

impressed with the Tiago’s ride quality

made them happy. They were happier

and features. “The most impressive feature

after taking a closer look. “We were more

of this car is the infotainment system. The

happy in terms of the looks that it had and

Connectnext system comes with four

the space that it had. The sound system is excellent and overall you can say that it is the best buy in this segment.” Kapil believes that the energy the car exudes matches his own. “This car gives me energy when i’m sitting in it.” The quality of the Connectnext by harman® infotainment system coupled with the space inside the Tiago adds positively to the energy, according to Kapil. he feels that the interior space is almost as good as a sedan. Kapil believes that the performance of the car even drives his performance. he says that it accelerates quickly while

“Kapil thinks that the ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman® is quite impressive and that its quality is amazing.”

speakers and four tweeters. The sound system is quite impressive and the quality is quite amazing.” he continues, “The navigation app is quite reliable because it gives us turn by turn directions whenever we go on a long drive.” Kapil says the most impressive feature about the infotainment system is the Juke car app which helps him create a playlist. “Whenever i’m going on a long drive with my wife, we usually fight over different genres of music, but this app has helped us fight less; so it has helped me a lot.” There’s another reason the Tiago

keeping him comfortable. he likes to

should hold a special place in Kapil’s

listen to music on his daily commute and

heart. after all, it arrived home on his

the infotainment system is more than up

daughter’s birthday.

to the task. “since it has the best system


RiJesh RaJan is a 28-year-old team

style. it’s very trendy in nature, the colour

leader for business development in a

in unique.” Rijesh says that whenever he

marketing research firm. he lives in

gets out for a drive in his Tiago, people stop

navi Mumbai. his first reaction to being asked about what he thought of the Tiago was “really fantastic!” When asked why he bought the Tiago he said, “it’s a brand new car from Tata and i’m a big fan of Tata as well.” a turning point for him was the smooth experience he had during the test drive. “The exteriors are really good, especially the colour – the sunburst orange that i chose as it really complements my

“Rijesh says that whenever he gets out for a drive in his Tiago, people stop to look and admire it.”

to look and admire it. “so of course, i’m very happy with my purchase.” Rijesh is relearning how to drive after a long break from being behind the wheel. he says it’s much better than the hatchback he was driving a few years ago. Because of that, his confidence when behind the wheel is now quite high. his family and friends are also very happy with his choice. a big plus for them


Rijesh Rajan is how comfortable the Tiago’s seats are.

the chrome strip that goes through it.” he

Rijesh says, “There’s enough space to

also says, “The headlamps are called 3D

comfortably accommodate five people

headlamps and they really project wide on

even on long drives. it’s very easy for me

the road. The car is very sporty and it has

because the pick up is quite good, and

a unique design language. The front has a

it’s a good car to begin with and of course,

beast of a look, so i really admire it. The

within one week i believe i will learn [how

rear looks really distinctive thanks to the

to drive].” even the dimensions of the car

tail-lamps and the lovely spoiler. i’m very,

make it easy for him to handle it in traffic.

very happy with my purchase.”

he can’t stop talking about how happy he is with the Tiago. “The car looks very stylish, especially the front. The new grille adds a lot of style to it, particularly


Dilip Pancholi Dilip is a 25-year-old store manager who

Dilip had another reason to buy the

lives in one of Mumbai’s suburbs. he says

Tiago. it was meant to be gift for his brother.

his reason for buying a Tata Tiago was very

his birthday was on april 29th, which

simple, “You literally don’t get anything

incidentally was the same day the Tiago

better than this in this segment at this price

arrived at Kapil’s home. “it’s a very big thing

point.” Dilip feels that even if you leave out

for someone who is born liking cars; he’s an

the list of features, there’s enough about the

automobile designer. he’s really in love with

Tiago to convince buyers. “The ride quality,

this. The colour that i drive is the striker Blue;

the convenience that it gives you, the ease

that’s the catchy factor of this car. The colour,

of shifting from second gear to third were all deciding factors that made me zero down on this car.” he points out, “it’s very fresh, it’s very young. it gives you the right mix of having a trustworthy company like Tata behind a modernised vehicle like the Tiago.” “Once you sit behind its wheel and are manoeuvring your car through heavy traffic, like what we experience in Mumbai, you will know why anyone will go for a Tata Tiago over its competition.” he adds, “in terms of

“This car can easily match up to a segment above in terms of ride quality, its comfort and the bang for the buck that I’m getting.”

the touch and feel is all good for youngsters like us, but our parents focus on the safety.” he mentions, “My family is really happy with the safety this car offers with the front airbags, aBs, eBD, and CsC; there’s literally nothing more that i can ask for in this car. The Tiago can easily match up to a segment above in terms of ride quality, its comfort and the bang for the buck that i’m getting.” he also loves how practical the car is to live with. The 22 storage spaces created really

ride quality and the comfort that i experience

add value for Kapil. he now has enough

when i’m driving this car; firstly, very smooth.

space for just about everything. “What i

shifting gears, as i mentioned, is very easy,

really, really appreciate in this car is the fact

even for a new learner. The car does not

that the complete touch and feel of this car

judder or jerk. also, what i’ve noticed is that

is premium. it just goes to show that Tata

the sound dampening in the car is really

has not left any stone unturned in terms of

fantastic. i don’t hear any thumping when i’m

customer service or listening to its clients and

going over a bumpy surface and the ambient

what they demanded. i’m very happy with

noise is superbly controlled by the sound

the car i purchased and there’s nothing more

insulation provided.”

i can asked for. Thank you for this Tata.”


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deals sidelIGHTS

WHAT? Audi A4 HOW MUCH? Up to Rs 5 lakh off. Audi’s popular sedan, the A4 is almost at the end of its current life cycle. Dealers are offering tempting discounts of around Rs 5 lakh on most variants.

CnG gets boost in delhi, nCR T Round 2 of odd-even scheme sees rise in retro-fitment of CNG kits. he steps taken by the government to curb vehicle pollution in Delhi by means of introducing the oddeven scheme and banning vehicles with 2,000cc-plus diesel engines has pushed a big number of Delhi car owners to embrace CNG fuel for their vehicles. Only hybrid and CNG-driven vehicles are exempt from the odd-even scheme. With the government planning to bring back the odd-even scheme more frequently, there has been a steep rise in the registration of vehicles which are being converted to CNG. We spoke to a few New Delhi-based outlets who officially convert petrol/ diesel vehicles into CNG and have

gathered that in phase two of the scheme, there were 2,500-3,000 retro-fitments undertaken in DelhiNCR alone. Converting an existing vehicle to CNG is always a cheaper alternative rather than purchasing an all-new CNG car. The CNG kit costs around Rs 30,000 and the time taken for the conversion job on a petrol car is around six hours. In terms of new sales of OE-fitted CNG vehicles, a major impact was not visible as this segment has been growing 20 percent annually for the past two-three years. The rise in retrofitment over this period has been more

gradual and based on shifting customer preferences. Interestingly, the front runners for the CNG retro-fitment were small cars going up to the midsize segment, where the Hyundai i10, Santro, Honda Jazz, Amaze and even the City were at the forefront. Maruti Suzuki offers six models with a CNG option – the Alto, Alto K10, Celerio, WagonR, Eeco and the Ertiga. These are already selling large volumes in the capital. The carmaker sold over 59,800 units of its CNG fleet in 201516 compared to 58,000 units in 201415. The WagonR was in the lead with sales of over 29,000 units, followed by the Eeco with over 11,000 units.

deal of the month

WHAT? BMW 3-series GT HOW MUCH? Up to Rs 4 lakh off. The BMW GT plugs the gap between the 3-series and the 5-series. The 3-series GT is currently available at a discount of Rs 4 lakh at most dealerships.

WHAT? NissAN TerrANo HOW MUCH? Up to Rs 75,000 off. Nissan’s stylish SUV, the Terrano gets three engine options and comes with a solid package. The Terrano is available at a discount ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 75,000 at most dealerships.

Mercedes e-class Up to Rs 6 lakh off THE CURRENT-GENERATION Mercedes E-class sedan has been on sale for quite a while. It recently received a mid-cycle refresh and also a special-edition variant. The E-class rivals the likes of the BMW 5-series, the Jaguar XF and the Audi A6 sedan and is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines. Currently, there are discounts ranging from Rs 4.5 to Rs 6 lakh depending on variant and availability. The E-class is among the best cars in its segment and is lovely to both drive and be driven around in.

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Expect discounts to continue on the E-class until the new model arrives in 2017.

WHAT? HoNdA AMAze (pre-fAcelifT) HOW MUCH? Up to Rs 50,000 off. Honda’s sedan received a mid-cycle update recently. But there are still a good number of pre-facelift cars available at a discount of around Rs 50,000, depending on location.

Discounts vary from city to city. Please check with your local dealer for exact discounts, which may not match figures quoted in this issue.

Conversion to CNG is more affordable than buying an all-new CNG car.

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deals

skoda superb petrol from rs 5 lakh

used cars

automatic gearbox the mechatronics unit or gearbox controller in the superb is infamous for breaking down. a replacement will set you back by rs 90,000.

ac compressor

a faulty ac compressor is a known skoda trait. a replacement compressor will cost as much as rs 25,000.

czech magnate

The second-gen Superb is a perfect package with supreme ride quality, great legroom and strong engines.

GOOd FOR Plush cabin, value for money lOOK OUt FOR Automatic gearbox failure, expensive spares

PhotograPhy aShley baxTer

FactFile years produced 2009-2013 Price when new From rs 18.80 lakh engine 1798cc, four-cylinder petrol Power 162hp torque 250Nm 0-100kph 9.10sec top speed 220kph economy City/highway 8.3/12.5kpl

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he Skoda Superb was and still is a car that offers unbeatable value for money. The amount and quality of features for almost half the price of a segment above makes it an irresistible proposition. The second generation of

the Superb, launched in 2009, was a huge leap forward from the first-gen car in terms of overall refinement, comfort and performance. Featuring a more radical design, the second-gen Superb drew in tons of customers to Skoda dealerships. With more focus on the back seat, Skoda made sure of miles of rear legroom and a plush ride. The independent suspension transformed the handling and ride too. The 162hp 1.8 TSI engine with the seven-speed DSG gearbox is smooth and has a nice and linear surge of power to push the Superb past 100kph under 10 seconds. Now that the third generation has

Top-class rear seat comfort and plush ride are highlights of the Superb.


wheeL speed sensors

rs 5,00,000

Cabin has a rich feel with high-quality materials and top-notch fit and finish. been launched at a price of rs 25 lakh and the prices for the second-gen car have dropped – you can grab a used example for as little as rs 5 lakh. Part of the reason is also because the car has plenty of issues. here’s what you should look out for before selecting one. The mechatronics, basically an electronic unit used by the DSG gearbox, has reported numerous cases of failure. look out for jerks and delayed responses during the shifts. a replacement unit is expensive at rs 90,000. also, check the air conditioner; Skodas are notorious for failed compressors. a replacement will cost around rs 25,000. also make

*Data supplied by Indian Blue Book

TSI motor and DSG gearbox work well together to deliver strong performance.

Used caR PRices — sKOda sUPeRb varIant ambition a/T elegance M/T elegance a/T

2009

2010

Min Max Min Max 5.00 6.25 5.35 6.75

All prices are in Rs lakh for Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore*

2011 Min 6.35 7.15 7.35

Max 7.00 7.45 7.75

2012 Min 8.00 8.35 8.50

2013

Max Min Max 8.35 8.50 8.75 8.75 8.65 9.00 9.00 9.15 9.35

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Used caR iNdex High

This 2011 model has clocked over 11,000km and is in good condition both in terms of mechanicals and cosmetics. car courtesy Shanawaz ahmed, Kolkata call 9836211041

Medium Low

Depreciation

Spares

Running costs

sure to check whether the instrument cluster is displaying the abS/eSP light. It is a sign of a faulty wheel speed sensor and costs rs 16,000 to replace. The Superb gets good brakes but for examples with more than 50,000km on the odometer, it is advisable to get them replaced. a replacement set of brake pads and brake discs for all four wheels cost rs 11,000 and rs 25,000, respectively. Finally, check if the car you shortlist is cosmetically sound as exterior parts like headlights are hugely expensive at rs 35,000. a basic servicing of the Superb every 15,000km will set you back rs 16,000-18,000. a breakup of the service and parts is also available on the Skoda India website. Maintaining a Superb then, could be hard on the wallet, but for the price, there’s nothing else like it. JaY patiL

deal OF tHe MONtH superb 1.8 tsI a/t

Price rs 5 lakh (May 2009, 68,000km) Price when new rs 21.21lakh (on-road, Delhi) savings rs 16.21lakh Where Sanjay Golani, New Delhi call 7533007343

rs 5,75,000

This 2009 Superb has covered over 69,000km. It is a first-owner car and is well maintained. The seller is open to negotiation. car courtesy Samir, Mumbai call 7666948794

rs 6,00,000

This 2010 model has over 64,000km on the odo. It is in good condition overall and the price can be negotiated. car courtesy Malik, Delhi call 9871111444

If you would like to see your used car featured here, please e-mail a picture and details to usedcars@haymarketsac.com

Some images used for representational purposes only; prices vary as per car and market conditions.

Look for the aBs/esP warning light in the instrument cluster. a faulty wheel speed sensor could trigger these warnings. a new one costs rs 16,000.

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cars we found


Will it be the small mid-sizer or the big small car? And is that a ghost in your engine or an actual problem? AAA, the guru-cum-agony uncle, has all the answers. Email your questions to: aaa@autocarindia.com

hatchback vs sUv I want to buy a family car priced between Rs 5-8 lakh. I am confused between the Maruti Baleno and the Vitara Brezza. Which one is a better pick? I have heard that the Baleno, being a Nexa product, has higher quality interiors and fit and finish than the Brezza. Is that so? Also, how different is the ride quality? Rupender Parma, Sarkaghat

lity The Baleno has a higher qua . quotient than the Brezza aaa Yes, it’s true that the Baleno has a higher quality quotient than the Vitara Brezza whose interiors are a bit basic in comparison. Also, the features in the Baleno are slightly better than the Brezza’s. However, the Brezza and Baleno are two different kinds of vehicles. One is a compact SUV and the other is a hatchback. If you want a family car that is practical and economical to run, then go for the Brezza. The Baleno is the better car to drive and the car we would pick if space is not your main criteria. Right tyRe PRessURe I have recently upgraded my 2009 Ritz ZXi tyres from 185/65/14 to 205/60/14. Please advise the correct tyre pressure for highway and city driving. Deepak arya, by email

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aaa The advisable air pressure for city use would be between 30-32 PSI and for highway use in a loaded vehicle would be between 32-35 PSI for the 205/60 R14 tyres on your Ritz. cost anD Dynamics I am confused between the Volvo XC90, Mercedes GLE 350 and BMW X5. For me, maintenance cost is the prime factor. I would like to keep the car for long, and for it to have nice driving dynamics. Should I wait for Jaguar F-Pace? When is it expected? I want to buy the car before July. Jitender, Gurgaon aaa The BMW X5 has the best driving dynamics and feels the best to drive. It is the quickest of the lot, has the strongest engine and is quite spacious too. BMWs, however, are not as good as Mercs when it comes to long-term durability, but for peace of mind, consider going in for BMW’s BSI package – a zero-cost maintenance package – to keep away service bills. The F-Pace is expected in November this year, so it’s still some time away. bUlletPRoof Reliability I am planning to buy a used 2013 model Honda Accord, driven 28,000km. Is it a hassle-free car to buy, for the long run and what about its parts and services availability? karan kapoor, Faridabad aaa All Hondas are generally bulletproof in terms of reliability, and the Accord is no exception. It’s a very comfortable large sedan, and the mileage seems to be on the low side for a car three years old. Ensure that the

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figures are genuine, doublecheck the service history and that’s about it. It will give you several years of trouble-free motoring, if maintained well. Parts and services are not an issue as the model is just three years old, and Honda has sold plenty of Accords in India. no RUbbeRbanD effect I am planning to buy an Innova GX automatic. Does it have the problem of ‘rubberband’ effect? Presently, I am using the Celerio AMT and am facing the same issue. sreeraj, Aluva aaa There are different types of automatics and each one has their own characteristics. The new Innova’s automatic transmission is a conventional torque converter which is the smoothest type of automatic transmission. We tested the Innova automatic and found it very smooth and powerful and whole-heartedly recommend

The new Innova has the smoothest auto transmissi on. it. The only downside is the price, which is quite steep. The ‘rubberband’ effect you refer to is characteristic of CVT automatics like the Baleno or Honda Jazz. The Celerio auto which is equipped with an AMT doesn’t suffer from the rubberband effect, but has a distinct pause between gearshifts which is usually noticed in AMTs. AI

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aDvitiya kathURia, JoDhPUR — chevRolet tRailblazeR Advitiya Kathuria recently approached us looking for a large seven-seat SUV that was comfortable for a family and offered good driving dynamics. He had shortlisted the Endeavour, Trailblazer, Fortuner and Pajero Sport after having read our model comparison. We helped him narrow down to the Endeavour and Trailblazer, with the latter being the most powerful and spacious SUV in the class. Following a test drive, he was impressed by the Trailblazer’s levels of comfort and performance. He booked the car stating that its price also played a part in his decision. He took delivery of the SUV and has since been happy with the large seven-seat SUV.

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cUstomeR-DealeR blame game When Mr Kanodia from Delhi took delivery of his new Toyota Camry Hybrid, he noticed a foul smell emanating from the air-con vents. However, the sales team at the dealership assured him that it was just the smell of stale air and the leather, owing to the car being stored in a garage. They guaranteed it would go away once the car had been adequately aired out. But the odour persisted even after a couple of days and the customer took the car to the dealer for inspection. A few days later, he was told that there was rodent damage in the boot, engine area and AC blower. The carcass of a rodent was also discovered in the HVAC unit – the source of the odour. While the customer insisted that the odour was present since the day of delivery, the dealer claimed the rodent had entered the car after. Unable to reach a resolution with the dealer, Mr Kanodia approached Autocar India for help. We raised this issue with Toyota, who assured us that the matter would be resolved. The carmaker repaired and replaced the damaged parts, although the customer had wanted the car to be replaced. After a few days, with no solution in sight, the customer relented, but with a decision to further pursue the matter in a consumer court.

SayS Attributing foul smell to stale air and leather is quite a weak and strange argument. The customer shouldn’t have taken delivery, if he felt something was amiss, or should have filed a complaint. But since the smell was noticed on delivery, we think Toyota should have given the customer the benefit of the doubt and could have gone the extra mile with an offer of extended warranty or free services. E-mail your grievances with your contact details, along with a photo of you and your car to helpline@autocarindia.com.

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SMOOTH SAILING As Hyundai celebrates its 20th foundation year in India, a young couple checks out the new Verna and discover why Hyundai cars are so popular in this country. MuMbai offers visitors a plethora of experiences. Marine Drive’s art Deco architecture and historical indo-saracenic buildings. Mumbai offers cinema, theatre and music. and shopping; from street vendors to designer boutiques. it offers a national park in the middle of the city and beaches teeming with street food. and seaside promenades to watch the sun set over the arabian sea. ruchita and Kashyap are not interested in any of the popular attractions of Mumbai. for most people, a three-day weekend on the calendar is an opportunity to relax and recharge. Not for ruchita though, who wants to go to rishikesh for river rafting or sky diving in New Zealand. Nor for Kashyap who wants to go caving in Meghalaya or go bungee jumping in Nepal. sunsets, flowers and the fragrance of pine do not rock their boat. they want adrenaline mixed with pain, sweat, terror or speed. serving them for the long weekend is the lithe and luxurious


Hyundai verna. With the verna at their disposal, this couple decide to take the less frequented road from Pune to Mumbai, giving the boring expressway a miss. the twists and turns of the old Pune-Mumbai highway are more engaging and the landscape more pristine. it gives them a chance to fully exploit the verna’s potent 1.6-litre CrDi diesel motor bellowing out a segment-best 128hp of addictive power. for people who tick economy over performance, there is a 1.4-litre diesel motor as well, designed to make every drop go further. Hyundai also offers a choice of two petrol engines that have the same displacement as the two diesel motors. Kashyap is an enthusiastic driver and also a motorsport fan, who prefers WrC to formula 1. the strong response of the 1.6-litre diesel motor to the flex of his right foot has the man grinning happily. it isn’t just the speed that makes Kashyap happy but the car’s confident high-speed behaviour. and the tactile connect between the steering wheel and the front wheels. Kashyap gives the verna a big thumbs for its involving drive. ruchita and Kashyap are driving to Mumbai to go sailing. While the sea is an important part of Mumbai, it remains mostly ignored by the denizens of this mega city. at the most, people use the beaches and the promenades to exercise, picnic or just relax. the nearest most people get to the sea is for a boat ride at the Gateway or a ferry ride to alibaug. few know that you can not just go sailing in Mumbai, but also learn sailing and take a boat out yourself. Without having to sell a kidney to finance it. When ruchita takes over driving duties, the thing she appreciates most in the car is the automatic gearbox. since she spends most of her time in bumper-to-bumper traffic, she is a fervent believer in automatics. the verna’s four-speed H-Matic auto transmission passes her test with its seamless shifts and sporty response. she notes that while automatics are a no-brainer on our gridlocked cities, the sporty response from this auto ’box makes it equally good on the open highway. Just tap the throttle and the four-speed box shifts down to make the

lumbering line of trucks ahead of your windscreen instantly become history in your rear-view mirror. the verna is equipped with all that you need and want in a car. Kashyap declares that the tilt and telescopic steering, rear park assist system and the electro-chromic mirror should be a must on every car to make driving easier. ruchita, on the other hand, feels that the auto air-conditioner with cluster ioniser along with the aux and usb ports are the two things that are most important. While ruchita and Kashyap have different views on their favourite feature of the verna, they both agree that this is a car that matches their personality — smart, sophisticated and refined. it’s the small, thoughtful touches in the car that adds to the luxury experience. a cooled glovebox to store her favourite chocolates. a touchscreen infotainment system that connects


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all media to play music or make phone calls seamlessly. and enough storage space to store everything from small knickknacks to big bags. to ruchita and Kashyap, the most important thing in a car is the space, and it isn’t difficult to see why. ruchita stands just an inch short of Kashyap who is six-feet tall. the verna is up to this tall couple’s demands with its spacious cabin. ruchita makes it a point to check out the rear seat too, and finds it equally comfortable. While ruchita and Kashyap are adrenalin junkies, they also like to live the good life. in Mumbai, the couple decide to check into the luxurious Westin hotel in the city’s wooded suburb of Goregaon. in the chaos of Mumbai, the hotel is an oasis of


serenity with its panoramic views and discrete service. after the long drive, the couple pamper themselves at the spa and the pool. eating lunch at its signature restaurant, seasonal tastes, on the 18th floor of the hotel, ruchita can’t decide if the food is better or the view from the sky windows. the couple have a date with sailing at the Gateway of india. Not just a leisure cruise where someone else does the sailing, but one where they get to sail the boat themselves. it’s a 25-foot sailing yacht imported from france and run by aquasail. the company teaches you to sail, amongst other things. ruchita and Kashyap have signed up for an hour-and-half session that will introduce them to the joys of sailing and give them a go at sailing the boat themselves. Kashyap is happy to find that aquasail is as fastidious about safety as Hyundai is about its cars. the verna is equipped with a full basket of safety features including a six-airbag system to cocoon them in the event of a crash. after the safety briefing and kitting up with life vests, helmets and gloves, it’s time to sail. Kashyap admits that pushing the verna around corners is a special thrill, but pushing a boat through the sea – powered by nothing else apart from the wind – is a surreal experience. ruchita’s experience explodes over her facebook page as soon as she lands back at the jetty at the Gateway. they decide to sign up for the classes. six sessions of two and half hours each will give them the skill to take the boat out to sea on their own, at a cost less than the price of a high-end phone. and once certified, they can take a membership and take to the sea, along with their friends. back on land, it’s time to say goodbye to the aquasail team and head back home. they can’t wait to get back to the sea next weekend for their first lesson. thankfully for them, they have the Hyundai verna for their adrenaline rush while on land.

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products roger crutch (easy out handle) roger CruTCh from roger motors is a 4-in-1 easy in-out car handle that offers a support system for the elderly or for people with limited mobility to enter and exit the car more easily. The handle has an ergonomic rubber grip and comes with a built-in seat belt cutter, an leD light, and a side-window breaker for emergencies. it can fit into the door latch of all types of cars, like sedans, hatchbacks and suvs. The device also helps reduce the strain on the people who assist those in need of additional support. roger Crutch is stable, which helps maintain a firm grip. The handle is priced at rs 1,480. for more details visit www.rogermotors.com.

roger’s drivelong (perfume) Drivelong Perfumes by roger motors are alcoholfree fragrances that refreshes your car’s ambience. it also helps those behind the wheel. The anti-allergic perfume stimulates the neurosenses to keep them active and alert, and reduces the fatigue of a long journey. roger Drivelong is available in two fragrances: Drivelong neuro and Drivelong medulla. it is priced at rs 625. for more details visit www.rogermotors.com.

nexen tire nexen Tire has ranked fourth out of 12 tyre brands in the Passenger Car segment of the 2016 jD Power original equipment Tire Customer satisfaction study. The study results showcased nexen Tire’s remarkable improvement in customer satisfaction from last year, and proved that the company’s products deliver customer satisfaction. The major factors in the 2016 us original equipment Tire Customer satisfaction study consist of ‘Tire ride’, ‘Tire Traction and handling’, ‘Tire Wear’, and ‘Tire appearance.’ Currently, nexen Tire owns four cutting-edge research facilities in Korea, China, the united states and europe, and three manufacturing facilities – two in Korea and one in Qingdao, China. in october 2015, the company started construction of a new tyre manufacturing plant in Zatec, Czech republic. The facility, that is understood to start operations in 2018, will feature the most advanced automation systems along with eco-friendly technologies.

Droom, The online motorplace, has launched a ‘services & repairs’ category that is aimed at making vehicle servicing more convenient, costeffective and accessible. The new category allows online vehicle-service booking through the Droom platform. services are available in three types – extensive, standard and express service & maintenance – ranging from rs 350-18,000. The facility is currently available in Delhi-nCr, mumbai and bengaluru. express service has features like extensive vehicle inspection, wheel balancing, wash and polish, and minor repairs. standard and extensive services include in-depth vehicle servicing that involves consumable replacement, engine oil filter and engine oil replacement, and brake-fluid replacement. Droom has partnered with leading vehicle-servicing vendors such as Cartisan, Pitstop, Carpathy and garagely to enable its latest category, and is targeting service fulfillment within 2-4 hours of the customer making an online booking. The category will allow Droom users to improve vehicle performance and enjoy enhanced fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance costs. for more information and to make bookings, log on to www.droom.in.

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Waxpol vinyl, leather & dashboard polish WaxPol’s solvenT-free vinyl, leather and Dashboard Polish with uv guard offers strong and lasting protection for your car interiors. The polish protects against fading, discoloration and cracking of leather, plastic, vinyl and rubber surfaces caused due to prolonged exposure to uv rays. it also helps restore and maintain the natural non-greasy look and feel of the vehicle’s interior trims and plastics with its rich shine and deep colour on interior surfaces. The polish restores life to all surfaces on the dashboard and car interiors. you can even use the polish for shoes, patent leather, bumpers, door handles, rear-view mirror housings, windshield cowlings and so on. The vinyl and leather Polish costs rs 168, while the vinyl and Dashboard Polish costs rs124. To know more visit www.waxpol.com. june 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 151

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touchscreen mirrors phone screen, giving familar look and feel.

Maruti Baleno

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Brilliantly lit with a dash of colour livening up the interiors.

5,700km report A couple of months in our long-term fleet and this new Maruti hatchback proves a popular pick among our staffers.

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he first thing I do when I get into a car these days is hunt for the USB socket to top up my battery-hungry iPhone 5S. In our long-term Baleno, you also need the Lightning USB cable to hook up to Apple CarPlay, a clever piece of software that mirrors my phone’s interface on the 7-inch touchscreen to give me a look and feel I’m familiar with. Trouble is, the simple task of plugging in isn’t that simple. I’m on the other side of 50 years and my eyesight isn’t what it used to be, and to find the USB socket that’s tucked away in a dark cubbyhole of the Baleno’s dimly lit cabin isn’t exactly easy, especially at night. So, to all the Maruti engineers, here’s some feedback; please illuminate the ever important USB socket just like your rivals Hyundai have done in the i20 so that middle-aged drivers like me don’t have to know Braille to find it. Maruti has always been stingy with its cabin lighting and switchgear, possibly because customers haven’t complained or known better, so why bother. Instead, the frugal carmaker has spent its development money on things that are more in your face, like a feature-packed infotainment system. The touchscreen is quite intuitive to use (even when I’m not hooked up to CarPlay) and accessing all the functions is easy. What I sorely www.autocarindia.com

miss, however, is a good old volume control knob instead of which there is a touch sensitive slider. It makes me constantly take my eyes off the road to adjust the volume, especially when Hrishi K’s delightful baritone thunders through the six speakers, on my favourite station 94.3 Radio One. Okay, there are steering-mounted volume buttons but nothing beats the tactile feel of a chunky knob. I must admit, I’m not a fan of allblack cabins, especially in small cars

‘May vacations mean less traffic and more pleasure behind the wheel.’ where they tend to make one feel a bit claustrophobic and the Baleno’s interiors too are a bit gloomy. But what gives a delightful splash of colour is the instrument cluster with its brilliant blue lighting. And at night, it seriously lifts the cabin. Full marks to the air-conditioning too which has successfully battled one of the worst summers in recent years. In fact, the Baleno’s air-con system is better than many Mercs’! It’s vacation time and Mumbai roads are delightfully empty which gives

me a chance to use the Baleno’s revhappy 1.2 K12 petrol engine in short bursts. It’s an engine that likes to be wound to its 6,200rpm redline which means I spend more time in first and second gears than in other cars. It’s not the most fuel-efficient way to drive I admit, but even so, the Baleno gave a pretty impressive 14.14kpl over three refills and 720km of city driving. The Baleno weighs a scant 890kg which, no doubt, helps fuel efficiency but the good thing is that the lightness doesn’t come at the expense of build quality. Mumbai’s roads test the torsional stiffness of any car and the Baleno gamely thunked through potholes, manhole covers and ruts without a shudder. It’s when schools re-open next month and the monsoon descends that mayhem will descend on our roads. Until then, I’m just going to enjoy a relatively traffic-free city in this zippy little hatch. And oh yes, I nipped into Croma to buy an extra cable which is plugged permanently into the USB slot. Sorted! hORmAzD sORAbjee

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TOUCh vOlUme CONTROl No chunky dial here, makes you take eyes off road; risky.

Maruti Baleno alpha 1.2 petrol Odometer 5,748km Price Rs 8.42 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) Economy 14.14kpl (overall) Maintenance costs None Faults None Previous report February 2016

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n the face of it, the Jetta’s 122hp 1.4 TSI engine doesn’t make the VW executive sedan the most exciting car in our long-term fleet, but after racking up 10,922km in its tenure with us, it has strangely become a favourite for long drives. I say strange because on the highway, you want as much power as possible to waft past slower traffic but there are other attributes that have made the Jetta a great car for the job.

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Its stability is fantastic, the boot is huge and it has an extremely tall sixth gear, which makes it quite relaxing to drive at highway speeds. This was something I had yet to experience, so when the opportunity presented itself, I took it. The plan was to take it to the family farmhouse in Dahanu, on the Gujarat border, around 200km away, but I wasn’t sure how well it would stack up compared to

FINAl RepORT 10,922km and 7 months later, we bid adieu to our long-term Jetta 1.4 TSI.

our regular drive, a slightly larger previous-gen Toyota Camry. Luggage capacity was certainly not an issue and we easily stuffed all our gear in the car’s large, 510-litre boot.

After packing up and getting ready for the drive, I was a little worried for my grandfather who suffers from lower back pain. Would the long drive in the slightly low-set back seat give

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Light clutch and smooth gearbox enable positive shifts with the convenience of a short throw.

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him aches and pains? Surprisingly, he settled in comfortably without much complaint and noticed how good the all-round support and bolstering of the seat kept him snug. more compliments from the other passengers about the cabin ambience also flowed in. The ride of the car was much appreciated, especially on the way out of mumbai, where some of the roads are just terrible. The silent cabin which effectively filtered out www.autocarindia.com

road and wind noise made it easy to chat and we settled into a good rhythm once we hit the highway. Whilst the others were discussing world affairs, I was quietly enjoying the Jetta’s driving manners. Despite being quite big, the Jetta still felt very nimble. Sure, it isn’t really a sporty sedan and doesn’t pretend to be one either, but it’s great body control gave me lots of confidence to breeze through long sweeping corners at a good clip. The sure-footedness with which it does everything is one of the Jetta’s strengths. I’ve driven this same route a hundred times before, but have yet to experience a sedan that feels as well planted as the Jetta at speed. I prefer a manual gearshift, especially on the highway and the rifle bolt action of the gear lever actually made me reach for the short throw lever more often than required. And what I came to enjoy even more was the soft and lurch-free clutch; it just makes all the difference. The engine felt a bit overwhelmed at times with five passengers and luggage, and I had to wait for larger gaps when executing overtaking manoeuvres. But that apart, the Jetta

felt right at home as a transporter. You don’t need to stop and refuel often. It has a range of about 900 kilometres that reflects a highway average of around 16.5kpl, which is pretty good for a large petrol sedan. All things considered, the Jetta really does deliver the full european car experience, and that, at a price of rs 16.72 lakh (ex-showroom, mumbai), is not too overpriced. What we did miss on the Jetta over the time it spent with us though were some of the more upmarket features. The dashboard feels well built, but is boring to look at, there’s no touchscreen infotainment system. The manual adjustment for the seats makes it feel cut-price too. Still, if you are looking to be predominantly chauffeured around and don’t mind a slight lack of features against great value and tough build, the Jetta 1.4 TSI makes for a great companion. RAyOmAND BUhARIwAllA

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the 1.4-litre, turbo-charged petrol engine at times needs a bit more power, and lacks punch off the line.

volkswagen Jetta 1.4 tsi Odometer 10,922km Price Rs 19.09 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) Test economy 12.59kpl (overall) Maintenance costs None Faults None

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Italian invasion M V agusta, the Italian bike maker, has officially made its entry into India as Motoroyale, in collaboration with Kinetic Group. It opened its first showroom in Pune and launched five of its offerings – the F4 (rs 26.87 lakh), F4 rr (rs 35.71 lakh), F3 (rs 16.78 lakh), Brutale 1090 (rs 20.10 lakh) and 1090 rr (rs 24.78 lakh). all prices are ex-showroom, Pune. among the models, the F3 800 is locally assembled as a semi-knocked-down

(SKd) unit at the bike maker’s ahmednagar facility. The new Brutale 800, is already being homologated for India and will be launched in Q1 2017. Later, Motoroyale expects to start CKd assembly of its 800s. The company has plans to open six showrooms in 2016, starting with Pune, followed by ahmedabad, Bengaluru, delhi, Chennai and Mumbai, and aims to sell about 300 bikes this year. In 2017, the bike maker intends to set-up four to five more showrooms.

Ajinkya Firodia, MD, MV Agusta India and Judah Sangaran, Far East country manager, MV Agusta were present at the launch.

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adjustable passenger PoLarIS IndIa haS floorboards, leather added the 2016 seating, anti-lock Springfield to its brakes, tyre pressure Indian Motorcycle monitoring and line-up. The new cruise control. The touring motorcycle 20.8-litre fuel tank is priced at rs 30.6 sits atop a 1,811cc lakh (ex-showroom, V-twin engine that delhi). named after produces a healthy the company’s 138.9nm of peak headquarters torque. Power is sent in Springfield, Massachusetts, The Springfield tips the scales at a portly 388kg. to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual the bike belongs gearbox. Suspension duties tourer sports a bespoke quickto the Indian Chief family of are handled by telescopic release windshield, and gets motorcycles. It features a forks up front and an air other standard features such trunk-compatible chassis for adjustable rear monoshock. as remote locking hard bags, higher loading capacity. The

Going the distance juST LaunChed In europe, the mid-capacity, twin-cylinder Tracer 700 is Yamaha’s latest motorcycle that is styled to be a sports-tourer, and is based

on its MT-07 street bike. Mechanically, there are only a few changes that Yamaha has made for the switch from MT to Tracer. The MT-07’s suspension has been retuned

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to handle the task of sport touring, and while front travel remains the same, the rear suspension has about 12mm more travel. The Tracer gets a longer swingarm that takes the wheelbase up from 1,400mm to 1,450mm. Its 689cc, parallel-twin, liquidcooled motor is good for 74.8hp of peak power and 68nm of peak torque – same as the MT-07. The Tracer 700 tips the scales with a kerb weight of 196kg – about 14kg more than the aBSequipped MT-07.

YaMaha haS LaunChed a new scooter called the Cygnus ray-Zr. Based on the ray-Z platform, this scooter was first showcased at the 2016 auto expo. The scooter has been designed around the youthful ‘real Boy’s Scooter’ theme, and sports well-sculpted and muscular elements all over. The Cygnus ray-Zr is powered by an 113cc ‘Blue Core’ engine that is an aircooled, four-stroke, SohC, two-valve unit that uses a CVT gearbox. at 103kg, the scooter weighs the same as the Fascino. The Cygnus rayZr sports a newly designed instrument cluster and has 21

litres of under-seat storage. . It will be available in a drum and disc-brake version that will be priced at rs 52,000 and rs 54,000 , respectively. (Prices ex-showroom, delhi)

The Ray-ZR’s design includes wellsculpted and muscular elements.

Li’l mountaineer TVS MoTorS haS launched a new variant of its popular Scooty Zest 110. Called the ‘himalayan highs’ edition, this special version is meant to commemorate 21-year old female rider anam hashim’s feat of riding a Scooty Zest to Khardung La in the himalayas. This feat has earned the Scooty Zest a place in the India Book of records for being the first 110cc scooter to reach the world’s highest motorable road –18,380 feet above sea level.

This limited edition is available in ‘Himalayan High Brown’ colour. www.autocarindia.com


The Indian Roadster is taken for a spin on highway roads p162 We ride the latest entrant in HD’s Sportster line-up p166 The RE Himalayan competes with the Mojo and the Thunderbird 500 p170

Getting slower, faster SuZuKI haS added a rear disc brake-equipped variant to the Gixxer line-up in India. Mechanically, it remains unchanged. The Gixxer continues to be powered by a 155cc, singlecylinder, air-cooled unit that is mated to a five-speed gearbox. It makes 14.8hp power and 14.02nm of peak torque. It also retains the SeP (Suzuki eco Performance) technology, which the company claims reduces mechanical energy loss to improve economy and performance. Suspension duties are

240mm rear disc is now standard on Gixxer SF; optional on Gixxer.

handled by telescopic forks in the front and monoshock at the rear. The bike maker is

also readying an FI variant of the Gixxer, which will launch around diwali.

Electric avenue motorcycles in India. Its first TorK MoTorCYCLeS, a production electric bike, the Pune-based company, is T6X, will have an IP over hoping to create a disruption in the field of electric motorcycles. Tork made waves when it scored a podium finish in its debut attempt at the TTXGP in 2009. The company has raised funds from angel investors including the founders of olacabs, Bhavish aggarwal and ankit Bhati, along with a group of angels led by harpreet The T6X is the sixth electric bike Grover, co-founder & Ceo of CoCubes, to build electric from the team at Tork.

battery management system, control systems, motor tuning, drivetrain, and overall product integration for over-the-air control on all aspects of the motorcycle. at the moment, the T6X is undergoing rigorous testing and certification procedures, and the company plans to have a fully working prototype ready by the end of this year. The production-ready version of the T6X is slated to be launched early next year.

safety first The MInISTrY oF road Transport and highways issued a notification stating that from april 1, 2018, all two-wheelers above 125cc will have to be equipped with anti-lock braking system (aBS). For two-wheelers with engine displacements less than or equal to 125cc, manufacturers have the choice of installing either aBS or combined brake system (CBS). In India, riding concerns primarily revolve www.autocarindia.com

Bosch is the world’s leading supplier of two-wheeler ABS. around the infrastructure and unpredictable riding conditions. By making aBS compulsory for

two-wheelers, the Indian government aims to improve road safety and reduce the number of accidents.

GlObeTROTTING DUCATI-sTyle To celebrate 90 years of Ducati, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer is planning a 30,000km 120-day odyssey around the globe. As can be expected, the journey will start from Borgo Panigale, from where the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the bike chosen for the trip, will head east. Crossing the Trans-Siberian route via Russia, Mongolia, China, and then Japan, hopping over the Pacific to the USA, the Enduro is expected to make it back home on December 15, 2016. The trip will be divided into seven stages, each of which will be completed by seven different riders. In its quest for the seven riders, Ducati is inviting applicants with a taste for riding, adventure and the written word, to help document this arduous, yet exhilarating run. The route will pass through some important places in Ducati’s history.

By the numbers hero MoToCorP SoLd 6,00,525 units in april 2016; a 14.37 percent increase in sales from the same period last year. hMSI’s official sales release mentions that its domestic share now stands at 27 percent, and it has sold 4,14,035 units in the month of april 2016. Bajaj auto has clocked total sales of 2,00,433 motorcycles in april 2016. TVS has sold 1,97,692 units while Yamaha has sold 63,942 units for the same period. Continuing its dream run, royal enfield has registered total sales of

47,037 units for april 2016 in India.

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Aras Gibieza | Interview

INTERVIEW

Aras Gibieza

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On what it takes to become a stunt rider, the evolution of the sport and its relevance. people will still want to watch it? Maybe not do it in person, but even just watch videos? Or has it lost its sheen a bit? Actually, I think it is even more popular now, because our skills have improved from what they were 10 years ago. Yes, at that time, it was something new and that made it really exciting. now, we need to push harder to keep the sport at a higher level. As long as we push hard, as long as the level is going up, the crowds are going to find it fun. Youtube views are rising, after all. This sport is not too old but not that young either and it is growing. Here in India, people are so excited after seeing me ride. I think it is 10 times more exciting to watch it live than see it on video.

As a kid, what made you think that you didn’t want to do anything else? What inspired you take up stunt riding? You should try your hand at everything. Of course, school education comes first, but later on, you can do anything else. How was your childhood? For me, I always wanted to ride. I used to race and then later, jumped into stunt biking. When I was a kid, I got my scooter and did wheelies all over my street. I really wanted to pursue my dream and given the good feedback I’m getting now, I’m glad I did. You have raced at a very high level. But how is racing different from what you do now? What is the skill-set required here? Do the same skills that work for riding flat-out on a track work when doing stunts as well, where the average speed is quite low? Stunt riding is totally different from racing. But I am thankful that I was a road racer as it helped me a great deal with stunt riding. That’s because road racing is very fast, and that gets you used to speed; you’re never afraid of it. What would be your advice to someone, say a 15-year-old, who wants to start stunt riding? What are the five tips for an aspirant? First, wear your helmet and all your safety gear. next, prepare your bike properly, don’t just put a crash cage. Third, find a proper place for riding, a closed spot, definitely not just on the street. Fourth, keep your body in good shape. Finally, follow your dream; if you really want it, you’ll make it. It doesn’t matter where you come from. If you believe in it, it’s possible. When I was 16, I used to watch MotoGP and stunt riding. But nowadays, with so many things to do as a kid, do you think that the sport still has the draw and that

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‘Stunting videos are very popular, but it’s so much more exciting to watch it live.’

In terms of tricks, do you think that the sport, maybe not you, is running out of tricks? I’ll give you an example and compare it to a Ken Block gymkhana, where it’s the same stunts and the same slides, drifts and burnouts. But we’re looking for something new. Do you think there’s more to come from stunt riding? I feel that there’s plenty more to come from this sport, and it’ll be down to training a lot. You see, sports involving bikes is very different from car sports. With cars, it’s the vehicle you look at, but with motorcycles, it is the human who’s doing a lot of the stunts; it is less technical. It’s like in MotoGP, where even if you reduce 0.5 seconds of your time, it is interesting for everyone. It’s the same in motorcycle-stunt riding. You do a trick and everyone finds it interesting. nowadays, it’s not just about you and the bike, but it’s also about how you live in your life, and how you’re preparing for the tricks, whether you’re in good shape. Because now, it’s not just about wheelies and going in circles, but it’s a lot more than that. (Interviewer: Like a gymnast on a bike) exactly! sApTARshI shUklA

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Indian Motorcycles’ latest bike to hit India is none other than its flagship, the Roadmaster. We take it for a spin to its home ground – the open road. www.autocarindia.com


Wide, open roads like the Yamuna Expressway are just the natural habitat for a motorcycle like the Roadmaster.

first vErDict Utterly charming and supremely luxurious highway tourer that is great to ride and difficult to fault, except in price.

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As the highwAy stretches into the distance, hot gusts of wind sweep its length. Unbothered, i sit behind the large windscreen of indian’s new Roadmaster, and the wide and plush saddle makes me look forward to the journey ahead. to make things even more agreeable, the torquey motor plays all the right notes without a hint of vibration from the ’bars, pegs or seat, even at 120kph. the indian Roadmaster is, in American speak, a full dresser. that is, it’s dressed up

Fairing provides ample wind protection.

Cupholder is a charming little accessory.

no gooD n Price n Rides a bit harsh over sharp bumps

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the indian Roadmaster is the embodiment of the typical American highway tourer. it gets the typical massive touring kit that you see on bikes such as the harley-Davidson electra glide. the Roadmaster has been built on the same platform as the indian Chieftain. so, while it carries over the chassis and engine, it also packs in a lot of extras for its touring role. Apart from the extremely relaxed highway-style handlebars and wide, comfortable rider’s seat, the bike gets massive storage options. these include hard panniers on either side and a gargantuan trunk at the back which can easily swallow two full-face helmets whole. And the best part is that all three of these boxes are remote lockable, from both a button on the fuel tank or the key fob. there are also a couple of boxes right over the front crash bars which extend downward along the bars, and do

n Super comfortable even for pillion n Amazingly feature-packed

Brakes have good stopping power.

with all the kit to go touring, such as wind protection, comfy seats and ergos and of course, panniers. this type of oversized and overweight motorcycle isn’t ideal for touring in india, but as i experienced, it has a flavour that’s just hard to ignore.

an excellent job of protecting your legs and feet from the elements. All combined, including all the little storage spaces in the vast front fairing and under the seats, you’re looking at about 140 litres of weather-proof luggage capacity. that’s almost the same as three average aircraft cabin permissible bags. the trunk also doubles up as an immense backrest for the pillion, and the luxurious rear seat also gets arm rests. the enormous electrically adjustable windshield on the front fairing rounds out the complete touring package. Now if you’ve noticed, i have used a lot of synonyms for the word ‘large’ in the preceding text. well, that’s because the Roadmaster is one of the biggest bikes you can buy today.

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the sheer bulk of the Roadmaster is something that really draws a lot of eyeballs on the road. But that’s not to say that it’s some monstrosity which sacrifices aesthetics for tackiness and shock value. Like all of indian’s bikes based on the Chief, the design is pure retro and features the company’s traditional front fender design as well as the illuminated warbonnet that ◊

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Gear shifts are a bit on the harder side.

Trunk can hold two full-face helmets.

Pillion seat is supremely comfortable. ∆ has graced nearly all of Indian motorcycles’ front fenders since 1947. Everything about the bike’s shape screams ‘classic’, from its two-tone paint scheme (on the bike we rode), its flowing fuel tank design and even the way the panniers taper off in the same shape as the rear fender. But even though it is a rather large bike that’s extraordinarily heavy as well at 421kg (dry), it’s just shocking how light it feels once you pick it off the stand.

Figure-skating elephant This is one bit of magic that Indian has managed to pull off with all its bikes based on the Chief. The Indian seems to shed a couple of quintals the moment you get going. This is down to the well-balanced chassis, steering geometry and suspension setup this bike has. Speaking of steering geometry, the Roadmaster (just like the Chieftain) has its forks raked in further to 25 degrees. This allows the front end to feel nimble

Compared to the Chieftain, the top of the Roadmaster’s windscreen has been flattened out to give better visibility over it. even when it has all the weight of that massive front fairing over it. The bike turns in very easily, precisely and with a lot of confidence. Making your way through traffic or even around corners is no problem at all. Even the ride quality is rather well handled. The 46mm front forks and air adjustable monoshock at the back handle big bumps rather well and the ride is very pliant for the most part. It’s over sharp bumps and potholes where the ride feels rather harsh. However, for bringing all that mass to a halt, the ABS-equipped brakes feature twin 300mm front discs and a single 300mm rear disc, providing a surprising amount of stopping power and great feel as well.

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Another important reason why the Roadmaster feels so good to ride is its lovely motor. The 1,811cc aircooled Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin motor makes 138.9Nm of torque

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and an unspecified amount of horsepower. But the highlight of the motor is just how unbelievably refined it is. It’s nearly vibe-free with bountiful torque spread across the rev range. So there’s ample thrust available in each gear and the bike accelerates very smoothly without any drama apart from a lovely rumble from its twin exhausts. The six-speed gearbox, although a little hard to operate, never mis-shifts and provides positive feedback.

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The Indian Roadmaster is an incredible experience to ride. It wows you with pretty much every aspect and is jam-packed with features which will give most cars an inferiority complex – a 200W audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, tyre pressure monitors, cruise control, just to name a few. It’s the epitome of a luxurious American highway tourer; a bike that makes short work of the longest highways and keeps you, and a pillion, thoroughly entertained and relaxed for the entire journey. But the biggest chink in its armour is the fact that most Indian roads don’t resemble American highways. That, and of

course, its price – a whopping Rs 38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)! But whatever its shortcomings, one ride and it’s impossible to not fall totally and utterly in love with this charming, marvel-worthy machine. priyadarshan Bawikar

IndIan RoadmasteR Price Rs 38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) On sale Now L/W/H 2656/1012/1572mm Wheelbase 1668mm Fuel tank capacity 20.8 litres Kerb weight 421kg (dry) Engine layout V-twin cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke Displacement 1811cc Power NA Torque 138.9 at 2600rpm Specific output NA Power to weight NA Gearbox 6-speed, 1-down, 5-up Front suspension 46mm telescopic forks Rear suspension Monoshock, air-adjustable Front brake 300mm discs Rear brake 300mm disc Wheels 10-spoke alloy Rim size (f-r) 16 inches Tyre size (f-r) 130/90 x 16 inches 180/60 x 17 inches june 2016 autoCar india 165


bad to the bone Harley has released the newest addition to its Sportster line-up in India, the 1200 Custom. It promises to get you on the road more often. Does it deliver?

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first verdict Promising and appealing, but lacks the finesse to move your soul.

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Improved brakes offer more bite. With their bad-boy appearance and thunderous exhaust notes, harleys have been characterised by their flair for showmanship and presentation. as such, the Sportster family has been the easiest way to get the trueblue harley experience. the arrival of the new 1200 Custom widens the reach of the Sportster family as it sits between the iron 883 and the Forty-eight. the Custom packs the larger 1200cc motor from the Fortyeight but promises to be the more practical option for the chronic mile munchers. We headed into the city and out onto the highway to find out what the 1200 Custom is all about.

Sculpted wheels add to the retro feel.

Heavy metal marauder

the 1200 Custom is built around the Forty-eight’s mechanicals, but is a bit larger. despite its classic, understated styling, it gets a lot of attention with the fat front tyre giving it a meaty look and a chromed-out lip over the headlight that starts to build a classic cruiser look. the touringfriendly 17-litre tank also adds to the flavour, replacing the miniscule 7.9-litre peanut tank that’s found on the Forty-eight. although the seat is slightly higher at 725mm, realistically, that’s still very low. even shorter riders shouldn’t have any issues planting their feet on the ground at standstill. the handlebar has a swept-back design when ◊ www.autocarindia.com


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∆ compared to the forward-set unit on the Forty-eight. the seating position is rather relaxed, with a nice, long seat and forward-set foot pegs. Once you settle into the saddle, you’re greeted with that familiar retro cockpit layout. there’s a single-dial analogue speedometer with a small digital display for the odometer, trip meter and tachometer. a tiny bar above the speedometer houses the neutral light, indicator lights and a fuel warning light. Unfortunately, the 1200 Custom does not come with a fuel gauge. One inconvenient feature is the switches; similar to other harley models, they sport indicator buttons on either side of the handlebar. there’s also the fact that it’s going to be impossible to reach for the right-side indicator button if you’re still on the throttle; you will need to roll off the throttle to reach this one. even the other buttons are oddly placed; unless you have extraordinarily large hands, there’s going to be a lot of fumbling for the pass light and horn button. being a harley, there are swathes of high-quality chrome distributed all over the motorcycle. the chrome five-spoke cast aluminium wheels are most certainly a testament to that. despite a slightly longer wheelbase and weighing a little more, the 1200 Custom doesn’t feel unwieldy.

That typical Harley Sportster stance is what makes the 1200 Custom look intimidating.

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thumb the starter button and the engine absolutely thunders to life. this is the same air-cooled 1,202cc, 45 degree V-twin evolution unit that’s also found on the Fortyeight. the engine vibrates massively at idle, which could seem a bit unnerving at first. there’s also harley’s signature low rumble that emanates from the staggered twinexhausts that just sounds ever so good. Now, despite the gearbox being light by harley standards, slotting into first will require some amount of force. Following which, you will be greeted with the customary violent thud. these thuds will keep making appearances all through the gear-shifts, albeit without any real menace. Once you get moving, the 96Nm of torque makes itself apparent, and the engine really gets going from just over 2,000rpm. even though torque peaks out at 3,500rpm, there is still plenty of usable performance

Switches have odd layout, hard to reach.

Lack of fuel gauge is a sore point.

Although rubber mounted, a fair amount of vibrations filter through at idle.

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17-litre tank enhances touring ability. even as the rpm counter clocks over 6,000rpm until the limiter kicks in. however, due to fuelling issues, the Custom felt a bit difficult to flow along smoothly on. an abrupt throttle and a huge chunk of torque meant that a lot of involuntary head-nodding was involved in low-speed city crawls. One way to work around it was to pick a higher gear; but even then, the throttle response didn’t feel smooth and seemed hesitant. the stout clutch on the 1200 Custom feels heavy and starts to get rather cumbersome while riding through traffic. Not to mention the massive amounts of heat that creep out from the air-cooled unit sitting right between your legs. 1,202cc and air-cooled are not features you want clubbed together in one engine on a 40deg Celsius day while crawling from traffic light to traffic light! Now, one could argue that harleys are meant for the highway; but most of us live in www.autocarindia.com


first ride Not exactly a canyon carver, the Custom still feels nimble and easy to manoeuvre.

Gear shifts feel clunky and violent.

1200 Custom badging on the airbox.

Supple seat is comfy for longer rides.

Tail-light lacks that high-quality finish. or near cities and will have to just get used to this aspect of these bigdisplacement machines. On the highway, the Custom felt better, but the troubles didn’t disappear. it seems to hit a sweet spot, gliding serenely, at 100-120kph. however, the meditative cruising experience is hard to achieve; you’re going to need a watchful right wrist to make up for the abrupt fuelling when rolling on and off the gas. the 1200 Custom returns mileage figures of 15.21kpl in the city and 18.38kpl on the highway, which is respectable for a 1,200cc motorcycle. the 1200 Custom, like most harleys, is better suited for highways with near-perfect road conditions and minimal traffic. the comfy seating posture and the supple saddle make this a potential long haul machine. harley claims to have improved the suspension setup on the 2016 line-up. however, in our experience, the suspension is firm and amplifies rippled concrete or www.autocarindia.com

tarmac in the saddle. Our indian highways are not always in the best of conditions and with a measly 2.12 inches of travel from the rear suspension, the 1200 Custom does make the going rather painful. What’s surprising is that despite having a heavy front end, the motorcycle feels easy to manoeuvre; the fat front tyre does not affect flickability much. however, the suspension setup also impacts the fun potential as the Custom tends to gets unsettled even over slight midcorner bumps; which makes holding a line an unnecessary trial. Let’s not forget, that’s 268kg of motorcycle you’re throwing around. the new, improved dual-piston disc brakes feel sharp and offer plenty of bite. however, the Michelin Scorcher 130/90 front tyre and 150/80 rear tyre can’t seem to cope with the stopping power of these brakes. the desire for more grip is highlighted by the lack of abS on the Custom. as a result of strong brakes, lack

of abS and less-than-ideal grip levels, emergency braking is quite a nervous affair. any sudden braking causes the front tyre to protest extremely loudly as the wheel heads toward a lockup.

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Price Rs 8,90,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi) On Sale Now L/W/H 2,225mm/NA/NA Wheelbase 1,530mm Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres Kerb Weight 268kg Engine Layout Air-cooled, 45 degree V-twin, four-stroke Displacement 1,202cc Torque 96Nm@3,500rpm Gearbox 5-speed manual Front Suspension 39mm fork with cartridge damping Rear Suspension Emulsion twin shocks with screw adjuster Front Brake Single disc dual-piston Rear Brake Single disc dual-piston Wheels Chrome 5-spoke cast aluminium Rim Size (f-r) 16-16 inches Tyre Size (f-r) 130/90B 16 73H 150/80B16 77H

For all the die-hard harley fans out there, the 1200 Custom is a suavelooking motorcycle at a decent price point. at rs 8,90,000 (ex-showroom, delhi), the 1200 Custom sits rs 50,000 shy of the Forty-eight and is the more practical of the two. that extra range while out touring is definitely a bonus for all the highway aficionados. its classic styling and low price tag are what make this motorcycle so appealing. however, the lack of abS eats into its appeal. Overall, the 1200 Custom falls short on fronts that sit at the very core of its promise and its genre, and that keeps it from becoming the Sportster in the line-up. sHermaN NaZaretH

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Royal enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Re Thunderbird 500 | Comparison

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ur first taste of Royal Enfield’s adventure tourer, the Himalayan, up and around Shimla made it amply clear that the motorcycle, although imperfect, was very versatile and capable. But, the unfamiliar roads and lack of open highways, not to mention torrential rain, near-zero temperatures and snow, made it harder to pin down the bike’s abilities. We had to wait a bit, but when the Himalayan turned up at our doorstep, we were packed and ready to hit the road again.

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The plan is to thrash things out in the city before hitting an assortment of B-roads, twisties and highway bits on our way down to the coast. The idea isn’t to just crunch miles rapidly, we had carefully picked out some likeminded motorcycles to keep the Himalayan company. Mahindra’s Mojo, with its rich specifications and a sporty design, presents a different flavour of touring and a tough reality check for the Himalayan. The other motorcycle here is Royal Enfield’s Thunderbird 500. Although a cruiser, it has been

used widely for touring purposes. However, the Thunderbird is here less as a direct competitor and more as a baseline to see how much of a step forward Royal Enfield has taken, if at all.

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Let’s get this straight, the playing field isn’t exactly level here. The motorcycles here don’t have the same displacements, or technology or nature. But there is sense in sticking them together. Crucially, the three motorcycles are packed within Rs 25,000 of each other, ◊

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Pirellis offer solid grip on tarmac.

∆ with the Himalayan being the cheapest and the Thunderbird the most expensive. When you look at the specification sheet though, the Thunderbird’s UCE motor helps it claw back some ground. The fuelinjected and air-cooled motor is the largest, most powerful and most torquey here. The Himalayan, despite boasting an all-new engine, the LS410, is fairly simple. This long-stroke 411cc unit is air- and oil-cooled and carburetted. Although the engine has done away with push-rods and shifted to overhead cams, it continues to use two valves in the interest of better bottom- and midrange performance. Unsurprisingly, its peak output of 24.8hp is the least of the three bikes here but its 32Nm of torque is just a shade more than the Mojo’s.

Strong bite but poor feel from disc.

But it’s the Mojo that commands the most respect for its specifications. The engine is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected unit that breathes through a four-valve head and this is the only motorcycle here that packs a six-speed gearbox. When it comes to the chassis and suspension, there’s no doubt that the Thunderbird is the simplest. It uses a single down tube frame with the engine as a stressed member. It also uses twin shock absorbers at the rear while the other two

21-litre tank perfect for long rides.

Exhaust note part-justifies extra weight.

pack monoshocks. Even though the Thunderbird is the heaviest motorcycle here, its 775mm saddle height will keep all but the shortest of riders at ease. The Mojo, once again, makes a statement with its equipment. It packs a tubular perimeter frame and is the only motorcycle here that comes with stout, upside-down forks. At 320mm, it also packs the largest front disc brake, while all three motorcycles use 240mm units at the rear.

The Himalayan, true to its class, is equipped for adventure. The core of the motorcycle is a rugged, halfduplex, split-cradle frame. Strapped onto it is its long-travel telescopic forks and linked monoshock at the rear. On-off road tyres wrapped on spoke rims promise true-blue off-roading potential. Now that we know enough about them, let’s hit the road.

‘Mojo’s engine is best enjoyed with the throttle wide open and the rev needle above 6,000rpm.’

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The three tourers steer onto the streets of Pune and turn towards the western borders of the city. In the Himalayan’s saddle, my first realisation is that the bike is quite pleasant to ride at city speeds. Firstly, the suspension is really supple at these low speeds over broken city roads. The engine too, is game to amble along just as ◊

READY RECKONER 0-60 3.6s 0-100 9.5s TOP SPEED 143kph CITY FUEL EFFICIENCY 28kpl HIGHWAY FUEL EFFICIENCY 33.4kpl SADDLE HEIGHT 815mm GrOUND CLEArANCE 173.5mm

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Royal enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Re Thunderbird 500 | Comparison Watch the three bikes take each other on using ALIVE. App details on p15.

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Rumbling through smooth and empty forest roads is enjoyable on all three motorcycles, but especially so on the Himalayan.

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Tools at the ready! Himalayan’s saree guard came loose. (That’s it!) Mojo’s mirrors dangled uselessly. Rattle on Thunderbird couldn’t be pinpointed.

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Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs RE Thunderbird 500 | Comparison ∆ long as the revs stay upwards of 2,000rpm. The torquey mid-range encourages you to change gears less and this helps cut the fatigue caused by operating the weighty clutch. And the impressive range of steering lock makes sure that tackling city traffic is no hassle either. My colleagues are keen to sample the Himalayan and so, I exchange the 800mm saddle of the Himalayan for the slightly taller 815mm saddle of the Mahindra Mojo. Strangely, despite weighing nearly as much as the Himalayan, the Mojo feels quite heavy at low speeds and a bit abrupt in the way it steers. As if to distract you, the Mojo emits an admirable sound from its twin exhausts – the volume, timbre and rasp are all just right. But the engine’s repertoire isn’t just limited to making music. Although the meat of the power on this four-valve motor builds upwards of 4,000rpm, there’s plenty of response available, even at lower speeds, to let it chug along calmly. The engine is smooth too with a light clutch and precise gearshift. At the next stop, it’s my turn to hop onto the Thunderbird. I’ll

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20-litre tank, second largest here.

admit, I’m a bit reluctant but, as soon as I plonk myself onto the saddle, I’m reacquainted with the Thunderbird’s charms. The forwardset footpegs and the high, sweptback handlebars create the sensation of being seated on a lounger. The Thunderbird’s suspension isn’t very adept at soaking up the bumps and a softer set-up would have made the going easier. Of course, the big single’s lazy thump reassuringly encourages you to play it cool.

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Twin-shocks could do with more travel.

Long muffler looks disproportionate.

‘The Thunderbird isn’t a rapid mile muncher. Enjoying its charms requires a more laidback mindset.’

Up in the forests, at the very western edge of the Deccan Plateau, the sun finally starts to feel bearable and the breeze cools down. The 40-degree heat of Pune is behind us. We’ve been running over smooth, albeit narrow, dual carriageways that sweep up and down the Western Ghats. Traffic is light, and as such, the environment is perfect to sink into these motorcycles and examine the nuances that set them apart. On these open and smooth roads, the obvious favourite should be Mahindra’s Mojo. Yes, there’s no doubt, it is the quickest and the ◊

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∆ fastest motorcycle here. Its true top speed of 143kph is nearly 15kph up on the Himalayan’s 128kph. But outright speed isn’t of prime importance for these journeys. To live up to its tourer credentials convincingly, the Mojo requires taller gearing; the current setup just doesn’t feel at ease at your typical highway speeds. A slight buzz through the ’pegs makes the going less pleasing than it could be. At an indicated 100kph, the engine feels like it’s straining at its leash to go faster, and even when you do, it doesn’t really feel satiated. The engine is best enjoyed when ridden hard, banging through the gears to keep it in the meat of the powerband like a sport bike. The Thunderbird 500 has a true top speed of 133kph, faster than the Himalayan. But, that number is purely academic because prolonged exposure to the vibrations that emanate from the motorcycle at that pace can get annoying fairly quickly. No, seriously. Trying to keep up with the other two motorcycles as they settle into their near-triple-digit cruise speeds push the Thunderbird to the edge www.autocarindia.com

Two-step adjustment for windscreen.

Unbolt rubber shoes for slushy rides.

Paper-storage bin under rider’s seat.

Discreet slot for pillion seat release.

‘Serious off-road ability arms the Himalayan with a versatility that no other bike can quite match.’

of its comfort zone. Instead, I dial down the pace, settle into the engine’s sweetspot and let the soul searching begin. On the Thunderbird 500, you could spend an entire day hovering below the 3,000rpm mark and never feel the ride is wasted. At a steady 80kph, with the thump for company, the Thunderbird transports you to the Zen temple you were looking for in the first place. I hop off the Thunderbird and onto the Himalayan and it seems like they are unrelated altogether. The engine is like nothing I have seen on a new RE, as there are barely any vibrations! Even though power trails off just over 5,000rpm, you could let the rev needle sweep past the 7,000rpm mark on that small, hard-to-read dial as often as you feel like. However, one aspect of the Himalayan that annoys each one of us no end is the combustion roar from the engine. Without this coarse, unwelcome rumbling soundtrack, we all agree, we could make peace with the rather tepid horsepower. On the road, the Himalayan feels like a lot more than the sum ◊ junE 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 177


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Easy to read, but lacks gear indicator.

Single-piece seat not very comfy.

Blue backlight odd on classic design.

Sissy bar a welcome feature for pillions.

∆ of its parts. Its ability to hang anywhere around 80-110kph and feel right at ease makes it immensely enjoyable. At a faster clip, you could decide to stick to 5,000rpm in fifth gear all day and not feel any worse for the wear. With enough pep in the mid-range, passing vehicles doesn’t require too much effort either.

on the Himalayan is the dull front brake. Pushed hard, they feel sorely lacking in feel and the level of effort required to get the full bite from the brakes make them tiresome. But, in every other way, the Himalayan is an ace. It steers with precision and confidence and strings corners with grace and fluidity. Although shod with Ceat’s Gripp XL on-off road tyres, the kind of lean angles the Himalayan carries are seriously impressive. The Mojo’s front brake is also vague and inconsistent in its feel, but there is solid bite on offer from

the brakes. The rear brake, in fact, faces just the opposite problem, for it needs only to be feathered gently to stop safely, as it is really prone to locking up and sending the bike into dangerously unwanted slides. The Mojo should have been the sportiest handler here, but sadly, it falls short. Around corners, the chassis’ shortcomings become all too apparent as the Mahindra bucks and weaves its way around corners. Riding it around corners smoothly is exasperating, as to counter the chassis’ vagueness, it requires quick and constant steering inputs, bravery, and

ultimately, belief that the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres will take care of the rest. Which, they often do, thankfully. Disappointingly, the tendency to weave can also be experienced when riding in a straight line. The Thunderbird walks its own path at its own pace. Even when it is rushed, it is easy to appreciate the lightness and predictability of its turn in. Its front brake is also the most feelsome and makes braking into corners much easier. However, don’t expect it to corner hard as it sits much lower than the other two motorcycles.

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Soon we are descending the Western Ghats, and as the road coils and writhes in front of us, all three riders go into attack mode. One serious disappointment

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As always, the descent is over before we know it and we find ourselves streaming towards the coast. The closer we get to the coast, the worse the road surface gets. At these faster speeds, the Thunderbird, although still fairly pliant, starts to feel a bit lumpy. Aside from that, its seating position and saddle do well to take the edge off the long and hot day. On the Mojo, the day feels a bit longer that it is. Its ergonomics are a strange combination of commuter-like, forward-set foot pegs, which puts it at odds with the handlebars. The seat, we all

realise, induces a sore bottom. The unresolved suspension setup doesn’t help either. Although the Mojo’s suspension muffles sharp edges and is quite absorbent at low speeds, when you go faster, it can feel quite rough and harsh over bumps. Meanwhile, the Himalayan is pampering us. The long-travel suspension absorbs a lot of the road’s roughness with composure and some of the broken sections seem to vanish under its wheels. The seating position is perfectly judged and even at the end of a long day, its terrific ride quality

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‘The difference between a good and a great motorcycle is whether you reach swiftly, or reinvigorated.’ would have you feeling fairly fatigue-free, a thought that’s echoed by all three of us. With impeccable straight-line stability, the Himalayan feels like a natural at long-distance travel.

COOlING Off

The bikes are finally resting, watching the waves lapping at the shore. As I reflect on the ride and the motorcycles, it feels amply clear that the Thunderbird 500 shouldn’t be threatened by the Himalayan. If anything, it should be thankful, as it can now be comfortable in its own skin as a charming, laidback cruiser. True, ridden backto-back with the Himalayan, the difference in build quality is all too apparent and a sore point in what is otherwise a very enjoyable oldschool cruiser.

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The Mojo is a motorcycle with much promise, but whether it’s the suspension, ergonomics or the performance, this Mahindra doesn’t quite cut it as a tourer. Sure, you could argue that the Mojo is a sport tourer, but its flawed chassis puts a sizable hole in that argument. Finally, we come to the Himalayan. This ride confirms its shortcomings and its strengths. Yes, the engine noise is absolutely annoying, the clutch is too heavy as is the brake lever, and more power would be welcome. But other than that, this package has performed as well, if not better, than expected. The Himalayan has delivered better than expected comfort, sensible, allround performance and a chassis that amplifies its versatility. Yes, the Himalayan is imperfect, but in so many ways, it is just so right. AI

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Bitten by the wanderlust bug? Our advice, dream big and take inspiration from Anji Mehra who rode from London to Mumbai, 50 years ago! sherman Nazareth delves into a wonderful tale of adventure. PhotograPhy CHRISTOPHeR eDWARDS, PAuL DeWARS

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Ride to remember | Feature

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visit to Anji Mehra’s place is like a time-warp into an era when bikers had heavy minerals in their pants instead of a bulging smart phone; a time when everything was built to last, not just look pretty. There are a few motorcycles lying around the place with dusty covers thrown over them. Stories waiting to be heard. But the motorcycle sits in a far corner. Before I can get a closer look at it, up pops Anji Mehra. He’s a gentleman filled with eons of knowledge and wisdom and yet, a short conversation with him will impress upon you the youthfulness of his nature. Not quite something you’d expect from a man whose story began in 1942. As with most of my meetings with Anji, evenings are spent sitting amongst the motorcycles. Every encounter fills me with more knowledge and little bits of history start coming to life around me. Most recently, I discovered that the lovely gong that hangs in the living room is actually an empty missile shell from World War I, circa 1915. So, a couple of cold brews set the tone; as I silently listen to his extraordinary tales of adventure. Allow me to share some of them with you. Anji moved to the UK in 1960 to study his Masters in Engineering. Of course, what he studied had much to do with what he was passionate about – motorcycles. And when one is a passionate motorcyclist, how far can the adventure bug be? So, in 1964, Mehra decided to embark on his first cross-country motorcycle trip from London to North Africa. Let’s keep in mind; this was a time when things were a lot different. A lot of luxuries that we take for granted today did not exist. No GPS, no smart phones and not too many roads around. This was a time when Michelin Maps, hands-on experience and an absolute ignorance of fear would be your best friends on a road trip. In 1964, Mehra rode his BSA Super Rocket, a 650cc twin-cylinder motorcycle, from London to the Rock of Gibraltar in Portugal. Here’s where he crossed over into Africa and rode along the northern African coastline, through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Eventually, he crossed over into Marseille, France via a boat, from where he made his way northwest through Europe and finally back to London. His first major road trip was done. But this was only a taste of things to come. By 1965, Mehra had finished his studies in the UK and it was time for him to move back home ◊ June 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 181


The deep-blue Adriatic sea is always beautiful to ride next to.

The route on the way down to the Dead Sea in Jordan.

Picture time at one of the border crossings in Turkey.

The entrance to the famous temple of Petra in Jordan.

‘Want a story to tell your kids? Aim for the impossible. Prepare carefully. And pray hard.’

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∆ to India. Now, a normal person would have just booked a flight, or even passage on a ship, for that matter. But Mehra is far from a normal person. He decided, instead, to get back on his BSA Super Rocket and ride all the way home. The trip took a whole year of planning, preparation and getting visas for all the different countries in order. Not to mention all the first-aid training he got from his wife Anne. It’s not every day you meet someone who knows how to stitch up their own wounds. The preparation was intense, after all, the three-month, 18,000km-long journey would take him and his friend Christopher Edwards, across approximately 18,000km and twelve different countries – France, Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. This meant they needed to be completely self-sufficient. So, when they hit the

The truckers were quite amused to run into bikers in the middle of the desert.

road, everything from cooking apparatus, fuel and camping gear to first aid, was strapped onto their motorcycles. Needless to say, Mehra’s BSA Super Rocket was just a roof and toilet short of being an entire house on wheels. The western part of Europe was still fairly developed for the time but the tricky part started once they crossed into Eastern Europe with nary a road in sight. In eastern Turkey, with absolutely no roads in sight, Anji and Christopher ended up following an oil pipeline that stretched for hundreds of miles, to lead them to the next human habitation. Most human interaction outside of the cities was limited to armed military personnel, truckers and wandering gypsies. While the Middle East was even more challenging as the barren desert landscape and the lack of civilisation or roads became the norm here. Sadly, Mehra’s epic journey faced an insurmountable hurdle at the border of Pakistan. 1965 was the fateful year when our neighbouring nation was at war with us and an Indian would not be granted access right through the heart of so-called ‘enemy territory’. So, he had to www.autocarindia.com


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back-track through Afghanistan and Iran to the port-town of Khorramshahr. From here, the motorcycles and their riders were loaded onto a steam-powered ocean liner and they were all ferried to the port of Bombay. After a few days on the high seas, his journey was complete; not a scratch on him or the motorcycle. His complete preparedness ensured that the BSA Super Rocket didn’t have any maintenance issues whatsoever, not even a change of cables. But that sense of adventure is something that stays with you for life. So, after a few quiet years raising his kids, Mehra started a motorcycle adventure touring company in the Himalayas with his son Asheesh in 1994, called Venture on Wheels. While many roads in the area were shut during winter, Anji spent the season restoring vintage motorcycles. He now boasts a collection of thirty-eight motorcycles that have all been restored by him and Asheesh. Some of them are so exotic, very few of us have heard of them; Marusho Lilac V-Twin, Puch split-

single, Moto Guzzi Falcone, Ariel Square Four, just to name a few. The most wonderful part is he still rides, without even a hint of rustiness! And he still rides up to the Himalayas every year! Well, as it’s been proven over time, they just don’t make them like they used to. Or, you could take a leaf out of his story and go on an adventure that could inspire the next generation. AI

Anji and Asheesh, up in the mountains of Himachal in 2001.

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rosberg wins, hamilton fights through to second. Story of 2016?

drag racing is making a comeback in india. What are the catalysts?

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Finishing straight

race debrieF by James Roberts russian Grand Prix 01.05.2016 / Sochi Autodrom

From strength to strength Rosberg collects a seventh consecutive win after Hamilton suffers yet more power-unit woes. Nico Rosberg was spotted sprinting through the paddock a few hours after the Russian GP in Sochi. In his right hand was a bottle of unopened champagne. During his spirited run, reporters tried to catch him, but for the second time this afternoon no one was able to keep up. This was Rosberg’s seventh consecutive Grand Prix victory, putting him on level with Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher, and two wins short of Sebastian Vettel’s all-time record. It was a perfect weekend. Pole, fastest lap and win, and he’s now racked up 100 points, opening a large gap over a troubled Lewis Hamilton, who finished second from a lowly tenth on the grid. Hamilton’s woes started in qualifying, with a repeat of the power-unit problem he’d suffered at the previous race in China. Subsequent investigation back at Brixworth uncovered a problem with the MGU-H’s insulation, and the turbocharger and oil pumps were replaced after debris was found in the oil system. According to the team, a similar problem occurred at the start of Q3 on Saturday and Hamilton was denied the chance to set a lap 204 AUTOCAR INDIA JUnE 2016

time. The team swiftly set in motion a midnight run to have replacement parts transported from Northamptonshire to the Black Sea resort in Sochi. Niki Lauda was able to source a plane, Paddy Lowe’s Russian PA co-handled logistics and a certain Bernie Ecclestone interrupted Toto Wolff on the phone during the team boss’ media briefing on Saturday afternoon, to play his part… “Yes, we finally sorted the plane, got the replacement part on it and Bernie sorted the customs,” confirmed Wolff after the race. “The plane landed at 2am with a box on it and within 90 seconds the box was in a car on the way to the track. I don’t want to know how Bernie sorted that out…” Fast forward to Sunday afternoon, and as the pack headed for the Turn 2 braking zone, Rosberg led, but behind him chaos was about to erupt. Kimi Räikkönen had managed to nab second from Bottas, but Daniil Kvyat misjudged his braking and rammed the back of Vettel’s Ferrari. That pitched the scarlet machine into Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, causing him to slide into the back of Sergio Pérez’s Force India. As the field scrambled around Turn 2 and into

T3, Pérez began to slow on account of a right-rear puncture, and as Vettel cautiously approached him he was once again hit by Kvyat. As he spun into the T3 tyre wall, there followed a series of foul-mouthed expletives from within the Ferrari cockpit. Vettel had calmed down by the time he spoke to media: “In the end these things happen, but obviously it’s harsh,” he said. “I don’t dislike him [Kvyat], but I think he made a mistake two weeks ago and a mistake today.” Not only was this a disaster for Vettel, but it destroyed Red Bull’s race. Both Ricciardo and Kvyat pitted for the slower medium tyre, but were unable to drive back into contention, their progress further hampered when Kvyat had to serve a ten-second stop-go penalty. “When people brake in front of you, unfortunately sometimes there is no time to react,” said Kvyat. “I had no time to react to Seb’s braking. When you are one metre behind a car at 150kph and suddenly someone brakes, it’s unavoidable. It’s not great but sometimes these things happen. It’s probably the not the nicest first lap in my career but I will learn from it.” www.autocarindia.com


russian Grand Prix stats The lowdown on everything you need to know from the weekend at Sochi. the race Fastest laP Kvyat triggered the massive crash at turn 2 that took vettel out of the race.

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Nico Rosberg, lap 52, 1min 39.094secs

the results (53 laPs) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th

nico rosberg Mercedes lewis hamilton Mercedes Kimi räikkönen Ferrari valtteri bottas Williams Felipe Massa Williams Fernando alonso McLaren Kevin Magnussen Renault romain Grosjean Haas sergio Pérez Force India Jenson button McLaren daniel ricciardo Red Bull carlos sainz Toro Rosso Jolyon Palmer Renault Marcus ericsson Sauber daniil Kvyat Red Bull Felipe nasr Sauber esteban Gutiérrez Haas Pascal Wehrlein Manor

1h 32m 41.997s +25.022s +31.998s +50.217s +74.427s +1 lap +1 lap +1 lap +1 lap +1 lap +1 lap +1 lap* +1 lap +1 lap +1 lap +1 lap** +1 lap +2 laps

*Includes a ten-second penalty for forcing another driver off the track **Includes a five-second penalty for not respecting the race director’s instructions regarding Turn 2

retirements Max verstappen Toro Rosso sebastian vettel Ferrari nico hülkenberg Force India rio haryanto Manor

33 laps – power unit 0 laps – accident 0 laps – accident 0 laps – accident

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Fastest: Ryo

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Haryanto, 206.92mph

Kvyat, 200.89mph

Fastest Pit stoP Felipe Massa, 29.551secs (entry to exit)

drivers’ standinGs 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd

nico rosberg Mercedes lewis hamilton Mercedes Kimi räikkönen Ferrari daniel ricciardo Red Bull sebastian vettel Ferrari Felipe Massa Williams romain Grosjean Haas daniil Kvyat Red Bull valtteri bottas Williams Max verstappen Toro Rosso Fernando alonso McLaren Kevin Magnussen Renault nico hülkenberg Force India carlos sainz Toro Rosso sergio Pérez Force India Jenson button McLaren stoffel vandoorne McLaren Jolyon Palmer Renault Marcus ericsson Sauber Pascal Wehrlein Manor Felipe nasr Sauber esteban Gutiérrez Haas rio haryanto Manor

100pts 57pts 43pts 36pts 33pts 32pts 22pts 21pts 19pts 13pts 8pts 6pts 6pts 4pts 2pts 1pt 1pt 0pts 0pts 0pts 0pts 0pts 0pts

constructors’ standinGs 1st Mercedes 157pts

9th Renault

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11th Manor

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5th Haas

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6th Toro Rosso 17pts bottas fought for a podium position early on, until hamilton came through the pack.

7th McLaren 8th Force India

10pts 8pts

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Vettel went to speak with his former team boss Christian Horner on the Red Bull pitwall during the race and Horner admitted later that all he could do was apologise to Vettel. The Safety Car was deployed to clear up the Vettel incident and a further Turn 2 drama involving Hülkenberg and Haryanto. When the Safety Car peeled in, Bottas reclaimed second place from Räikkönen with a sweet move into Turn 2, while behind him, Hamilton, who’d avoided the opening lap mayhem, swept past Massa for fourth. From this position, it looked as though Hamilton could at least challenge his team-mate – if he could quickly dispose of the Ferrari and second Williams ahead of him. The critical part of the race came during the one and only pitstop for the front-runners. Bottas was the first to stop on lap 16 and was stationary for just 2.7 seconds. When Hamilton stopped for soft rubber a lap later, he emerged from the pitlane after 3.2s, still behind the Williams. Two laps later, he found a way past at Turn 5. By this stage Räikkönen was still circulating, and when he stopped on lap 20 he was able to rejoin ahead of Bottas and guarantee his podium position, the 700th for Ferrari. Behind Bottas was his team-mate Felipe Massa, and Fernando Alonso – collecting his first points of the year. Magnussen was an impressive seventh for Renault ahead of a duelling Grosjean and Pérez, and Button rounded out the top ten. Up front, Hamilton’s engine was in trouble again. On lap 37, Rosberg put in the fastest lap of the race, a 1m 40.450s, and Hamilton – just 7.6s behind – went fractionally quicker, recording a 1m 40.266s. Then Hamilton’s engineer Pete Bonnington was forced to reveal the news that would end the fight for this race: “We have a water-pressure issue.” After that it was a comfortable run to the flag for Rosberg, who collected his fourth win of the season and increased his lead to 43 points. “Yeah, but it’s only four races from 21 and Lewis is going to come back, of course,” said a philosophical Rosberg. “He’s on it and as motivated as ever. So, it’s early days – we’re just taking it race-by-race.” But the remaining 15 races look pretty good for Nico, with Lewis likely to be the first to succumb to a grid penalty for replacement engine parts. Can anyone catch Rosberg this year? AI


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As drag racing slowly makes a comeback to the Indian motorsport scene, things are different compared to a decade ago the height of the sport’s popularity. So what’s new this time around? WoRdS SAPTARSHI SHUKLA PicTuReS KULdeeP CHAUdHARI, eLITe OCTAne

The latest edition of the event held earlier this About 10 years ago, the sport of drag racing in year saw 350 participants stage their machines India enjoyed popularity which the present-day for the quarter-mile rush, with 7,000 spectators motorsport scene would be envious of. Mumbai thronging their way up to the scenic locales of and Bengaluru had emerged as the hot spots Aamby Valley. for the sport, with our very own Autocar Speed The resurrection of drag racing in India Run bringing the fast-paced 400-metre action to has been spearheaded by Mumbai-based Elite Indian shores. The enthusiasts lapped it up – it Octane – headed by Rongom Tagore Mukerji, a was easy, extremely accessible and quick. The drag enthusiast and former participant himself. ideal mix of entertainment and sport and it really According to him, manufacturers adding spawned the car modification and customisation performance machinery to their Indian portfolios culture in India as well. The Audi RS6 almost pops a wheelie off the line. and an explosion of superbike and biking culture However, the events slowly dried up a few years have contributed massively to rekindling interest down the line – thanks to some isolated incidents in drag racing. and lack of venues and government permissions. A It does make sense – with a myriad categories few odd events were organised in Hyderabad and accommodating cars of all possible combinations Coimbatore, but they somehow missed the energy of engine capacity/fuels/induction, extreme and sheer scale of the Speed Run. modification and elbow grease are not the In 2013, however, the first edition of the Valley prerequisites for making it to the podium. Gone Run organised by Elite Octane brought back are the days when enthusiasts used to toil away the thrill and excitement synonymous with the in their garages until the night before the big day, erstwhile Speed Run. The annual event has since tuning engine management systems to extract seen enthusiasts from all over the country flock in the last bit of horsepower from their high-strung droves to the Aamby Valley airstrip and see what GT-R continues to rule the Esteems, Citys, Balenos and Octavia RSs. Drastic their machines could do against the clock, down a strip in terms of outright times. and cumbersome weight shedding, fibreglass quarter mile. The Aamby Valley airstrip makes for a fantastic and safe venue.

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appendages in the quest of the best possible power-to-weight ratios are now few and far in between. The modern drag enthusiast would rather drive up to Aamby Valley with his friends in his chipped Polo GT, remove the seats and spare tyre at the venue, run the quarter mile, fit back the seats and spare tyre and head back home. It is not to say that hardcore enthusiasts have disappeared or converted, there are still plenty of extreme modifications on display and while the quality and level of these tuning projects have gone up substantially, fewer people choose to go down this route. The onslaught of performance imports has definitely helped, with Nissan GT-Rs rubbing shoulders with Audi R8s and Porsches. Machinery from AMG stables and BMW M cars are also prominent along with the good old classics like the Supra and Mitsubishi Evos. It is safe to say that the future of drag racing looks bright in India on its second coming, and hopefully more events at venues spread across the country will make the sport accessible to countless other enthusiasts and take it to new heights. AI

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RoNGoM TAGoRe MukeRji, founder, Elite Octane despite having three purposebuilt racing circuits in the country, why is there an abject dearth of drag racing venues? Purpose-built tracks lack the straight-line length to run a professional drag racing event and additionally, the location of these tracks makes access tough for outstation participants, given the time, travel, transport and lodging costs involved just for two runs on the strip. The only way to make drag racing grow is to execute these events across various cities, preferably, by locating air strips or private roads as per the guidelines set by the FMSCI. Which cities will be the hotspots for drag racing in the near future? There is a lot of potential which needs to be harnessed in the right manner. I’d peg Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mysore, Kolkata, Gujarat, delhi, Goa, MP and Shillong among the ideal hotspots. drag racing has the potential to be the most accessible form of motorsport in our country. How do you think this culture can be instilled here? In 2013 and 2014, elite Octane invited 11-time World drag Racing Champion, Rickey Gadson, from the US. The reason for this was not only to help garner the desired eyeballs but also to assist the racers in India to get very important tips on mastering the art of drag racing. Young racers took Gadson’s guidance and we also saw their parents interacting with him to get an overview of this sport on a global level. We also received support from Maharashtra Tourism who

understood our vision and motive, and recognised the fact that we are providing a platform and not promoting activities like street racing. We are seeing increased participation from various backgrounds; from professional racers, tuners, college students, businessmen, ladies (mothers, housewives, and professionals) to industries like media, politics and entertainment. Workshops and training sessions with professional racers will garner a lot of support and provide positive outcome to nurture the talent we have in our country. We have tied up with Rickey Gadson drag Racing School and will be announcing special sessions which will be conducted by Gadson himself. There were some talks of an NHRA-spec drag strip coming up in the vicinity of Hyderabad. Any progress on that front that you’re aware of? It is a positive sign that institutions like nHRA are showing interest in India. However, it would remain a challenge for outstation participants unless promoted with a lot of add-ons like vehicle transport assist, etc. I am yet to hear of any further progress on the project but surely hope that it sees the light of day soon. As one of india’s prominent drag event organisers, what plans does elite octane have for the future? elite Octane Inc’s purpose is to reignite the passion for drag racing. The Valley Run series is a benchmark in terms of participation, quality of vehicles, facilities, and the venue. We will launch a national-level series and take it to four or five different cities. It will give the racers, tuners and the audience a glimpse of what the T20 of motorsports has to offer. The purpose is to make the sport a national phenomenon as compared to a location-restricted, one-off event. JUNE 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 207


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CS Santosh to compete in 2017 Dakar Rally with Hero MotoCorp Making its debut at the Merzouga Rally, the newly instated Hero MotoSports Team Rally will participate in international rallies before heading up to the Dakar rally 2017.

The team will run an upgraded version of the speedbrain 450 rally bike.

Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, has announced its foray into the world of motorcycle rallying with a strategic partnership with Speedbrain GmbH, a German off-road racing team. The newly instated Hero MotoSports Team Rally will make its debut at the Merzouga Rally (May 21 to 27) in Morocco, with an upgraded version of the Speedbrain 450 rally bike. There are several rallies in the pipeline enroute the 2017 edition of the Dakar.

Force India upgrade to determine 2017 focus The strength of Force India’s comprehensive upgrade package for the Spanish Grand Prix will determine how quickly the team switches focus to the 2017 regulations. The VJM09 will “look visually different”, according to chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer, as it will be sporting a new front wing, floor and associated bodywork, including sidepods at Barcelona. If the package proves a success, then Force

India will continue to develop it. If not, then the team will start to focus more heavily on the major changes due with the 2017 rules when the cars will be significantly Force India’s new upgrade will result in the VJM09 looking visually different. different aerodynamically. “The decisionHe added that the making process is to see what definitive decision will this package yields, and also likely be made after the to see what would be required Barcelona test. to improve it,” said Szafnauer.

Indian rider CS Santosh will be in the saddle of one of the motorcycles, making it the first Indian team-rider combo to take on the Dakar. Santosh has participated in two editions of the Dakar already, with KTM and Suzuki respectively. The move makes Hero MotoCorp the second homegrown manufacturer to participate in the gruelling Dakar Rally after TVS, who has been participating in the Dakar under a similar partnership with French manufacturer Sherco for the last two editions.

Santosh’s teammate Joaquim Rodrigues à la ‘J-Rod’ from Portugal, is a motocross and supercross factory rider, albiet new to the rallying genre. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will be headed by Wolfgang Fischer, managing director, Speedbrain, and will be under the direct supervision of Markus Braunsperger, chief technology officer, Hero MotoCorp. The team will work in close collaboration with Braunsperger’s team at the Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology.

Indycar workIng on non-poInTs race In chIna Indycar ceo Mark Miles has confirmed that he is in discussions with officials in China to hold a non-championship race in Beijing in October. When Miles became the CEO of Hulman & Company - the parent company of Indycar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - he hoped to have three races outside of the western hemisphere that would not be part of the Indycar championship, but provide an opportunity to showcase the series to other parts of the world. “At this point, arrangements for this event have not been finalised and a number of important issues must be resolved before such an event can be added to the schedule,” said Miles.

QuIck news

FIA rejects Nelson Piquet Jr’s application for F3 return Nelson Piquet Jr’s planned Formula 3 return in Pau has been called off after his application to race was rejected. Piquet had been set to make a shock one-off return to the category where he won the British title 12 years ago, driving Carlin’s fourth Dallara-Volkswagen at the Pau Grand Prix. But an e-vote of the FIA single-seater commission decided against allowing the Brazilian to compete, suggesting his participation would be “against the spirit of the championship”.

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red Bull Motogp rookies cup gets India chapter Red Bull has announced an Indian feeder series for its acclaimed Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup – which in turn serves as a feeder to the MotoGP Moto 3 championship. This initiative will give young Indian riders a chance to aspire for the pinnacle of motorcycle racing - a sport where opportunities to go up the ladder have been limited so far. The first edition of the Indian ‘Red Bull Road to

Rookies Cup’ as it has been christened, will see ten handpicked riders racing in a singlemake championship, powered by Suzuki, over three rounds which will run as a support series to the national championship including the Suzuki Gixxer Cup and will use the same race-prepped Suzuki Gixxer SF motorcycles. Multiple National Motorcycle racing champion Rajini Krishnan will be one of

Motogp: Lorenzo to join ducati in 2017 Three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo will leave Yamaha and move to Ducati on a two-year deal, starting 2017. Lorenzo entered MotoGP with Yamaha in 2008 and has won 41 races along with his 2010, ’12 and ’15 titles, but this year will mark the end of that relationship. Talk that the Spaniard would move to Ducati had intensified following teammate Valentino Rossi’s announcement of his new Lorenzo entered Motogp with yamaha in 2008.

contract extension during the Qatar Grand Prix weekend. Lorenzo was offered his own new deal at the same time but elected not to sign, with Yamaha team boss Lin Jarvis admitting he believed Lorenzo was waiting on an offer from Ducati. Having remained tightlipped about his future, Lorenzo’s 2017 decision was confirmed by press releases from Yamaha and Ducati. Lorenzo said his decision to leave Yamaha for Ducati in 2017 was prompted purely by a desire for change and new challenges.

the mentors for the young riders, along with several other instructors being roped in from India and abroad. The top two finishers of the Indian Road to Rookies Cup will be taken to Europe for further training and the rider who emerges on top will get a shot at the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. The winner of the MotoGP Rookies Cup gets a sponsored ride in the Moto3 championship for the following season.

The top rider from the Indian feeder will get a shot at the red Bull Motogp rookies cup.

WEC: Audi wins race of attrition at Spa Audi drivers Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis took a first World Endurance Championship victory together in a race of attrition at Spa. Jarvis took the flag aboard the #8 Audi R18 e-tron two laps clear of the Porsche shared by Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas, which ran for nearly all the race with reduced hybrid power levels. The winning Audi moved into the lead halfway through the fourth hour when the #5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid shared by Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima suffered major engine failure. The Toyota was a lap clear of the secondplace Audi and looked on

course for victory when Nakajima brought the smoking car into the pits. All six factory LMP1 cars encountered problems over the course of the six-hour race, although a lateaudi’s oliver Jarvis, Loic duval and change of the Lucas di grassi on the podium. rear body section of the winning We’ve had some bad luck [in Audi was precautionary. the past] so we’ll take the “It’s clear we didn’t have the good luck this weekend.” performance this weekend Those problems allowed P1 compared to the Porsche or privateer Rebellion Racing even the Toyota,” said Jarvis. to reprise the third and “But we stayed out of fourth-place finishes that it trouble and the car was achieved at the Silverstone reliable - that’s what WEC opener. endurance racing is about.

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FIA evaluating future of current WRC cars The FIA is set to table a proposal for the future of current specification World Rally Cars. The existing machinery will not be competitive against the faster and more-advanced 2017 WRC cars, but will remain homologated and therefore technically legal to compete in the World Rally Championship.”We have so many R5 cars now – that category is clearly a success. We are discussing with the manufacturers what shall we do with the old cars,” said WRC manager, Jarmo Mahonen.

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INRC and IRC 2016 calendar announced The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) has released the calendar for the 2016 Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) and Indian Rally Championship (IRC). The INRC-IRC will comprise five rounds, starting with the Coimbatore event in July and concluding in December in Chikmagalur. The Chikmagalur round is also running as the last The InRC-IRC will comprise five rounds in 2016.

round of the FIA-Asia Pacific Rally Championship. The INRC is the premier National Rally Championship exclusively for Indian Nationals driving FMSCI homologated cars. The IRC, on the other hand, is an open category restricted to overseas drivers driving imported cars, Indian drivers driving imported cars, overseas drivers driving Indian cars, and Indian drivers in Indian cars. The INRC will have three categories with a possibility

of a fourth. “The Overall category in the INRC will allow SUVs and R2 cars. The other categories are the up to 2,000cc and the FMSCI Cup,” said FMSCI rally commission chairman Ashwin Pandit. He added that there is a possibility of having a Gypsy Cup as a standalone event alongside the five rounds.

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whangarei rally: Gaurav Gill claims victory Gaurav Gill and co-driver Glenn Macneall kicked off the 2016 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship by winning the International Rally of Whangarei ahead of Germany’s Fabian Kreim to lead a 1-2 finish for Team MRF-Skoda. It is Gill’s ninth victory in the APRC and second in New Zealand, having won there previously in 2014. Driving the Race Torqueprepared Skoda Fabia R5, Gill shrugged off the overnight 4.6-second deficit to Kreim and eventually won by 30.4 seconds, despite problems with the turbo following a leak in the actuator during the first of the two loops of the

three Special Stages. “Obviously, I am extremely happy that I won today. Every win is special and today, after overcoming the overnight deficit, I opened a sizeable lead over Fabian and thereafter, my intention was to nurse it to the finish. The weather also changed overnight and we had to cope with it,” said Gill, who won two of the six Special Stages on Sunday as well. “Overall, I drove about 80-85 percent to my potential since I am learning the new car and get the setup right as it was prepared for Rally Finland. From now on, I have to be consistent and keep scoring points.”

Shahan Ali Mohsin wins Round 3 of Asia Max Karting Shahan Ali Mohsin took a win at Round 3 of the Asian Karting Championship held at the Elite Speedway in Malaysia. Driving for the Top Kart Asia team in the micro max category (8-12 years), Mohsin topped the timesheets in both practise sessions and went on to clinch pole position in qualifying. However, the first two heats proved to be troublesome for the 11-yearold from Agra. In the first heat race, Mohsin was pushed off the

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circuit and had to settle for fourth place after being unable to make much headway. The second heat saw the reigning Indian National Karting Champion retire after being hit on his right rear corner by a competitor. Mohsin finished third in the pre-finals after a tough battle and put in a strong performance to finish the final race in first place. He initially lost a position at the start of the final race but managed to recover quickly and took the lead of the race

on lap 7. Mohsin was then engaged in a tough race-long battle with Amer Harris; the duo exchanging positions a number of times. Despite being in second place at the start of the final lap, Mohsin managed to overhaul Harris, crossing the finish line just 0.097 seconds ahead. He also posted the fastest lap in both pre-finals and the finals. The win means that Mohsin now leads the overall Asia Max Championship in the Micro Max category.

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Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has no doubt Baku will be ready to host its debut grand prix in June following his latest inspection of the street circuit. azerbaijan’s capital city is scheduled to host the Grand Prix of europe on

the Azerbaijan gp will be held on June 17-19, 2016.

June 17-19, with Whiting applauding the work done so far. “the circuit will be ready. you can see the quality of all the installations wherever you look,” said Whiting. “My next trip to Baku will be at the beginning of June and i’m expecting to be able to say it will be ready then. if i had to compare one circuit to this one, it would be Singapore, but the speed here will be much higher.”

We were back in Japan for the 2016 season in the Super Formula series, with a new squad – team Le Mans and my former F1 colleague Kamui Kobayashi as my teammate. team Le Mans is one of the most famous names in Japanese motorsport, having enjoyed substantial success in all genres of motorsport.

Double world champion Fernando alonso conducted his own visit to Baku earlier this year, with the McLaren driver expecting a top speed of around 340kph.

in the pre-season tests, we had a good feeling even though this car and drivetrain were different compared to the one i drove last year. Nevertheless, we were excited and ready to go. Suzuka has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for me – i really like the flow of the circuit and the fast direction changes, and have enjoyed strong results here in the past.

Manor’s Wehrlein misses close DTM racing

however, the weekend didn’t start off the way we liked, with some rain disrupting the flow of the programme, while we were chasing the setup for what was forecast to be a dry race. Both, my teammate and i, who were on the F1 podium in Suzuka back in 2013, lacked crucial pace in practice sessions. the team managed to burn the midnight oil and improve the car slightly for qualifying on Saturday, but it wasn’t nearly enough despite hustling the car into

Wehrlein spent three seasons in Dtm before moving to F1.

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reserve duties. Switching to Grand Prix racing with Manor this year, Wehrlein has been one of the big early movers in each race, but says he misses fighting other drivers in the DTM. “The fights in the DTM are really cool, proper wheel-towheel action with contact,” he said after visiting the Hockenheim season opener. “You can’t do that in F1. The scraps were lots of good fun, really great. This was the first time this weekend that I’ve seen the cars race without taking part. “It felt weird. It obviously got the adrenaline going. I would have liked to have jumped in a car and taken part.” Wehrlein has been replaced in Mercedes’ DTM line-up by Esteban Ocon, who is both a Mercedes development driver and Renault’s F1 reserve.

Q2 and missing out on Q3 by just under half a second. Starting 13th on the grid, the race was set to be eventful as there was certainly pace in the offing thanks to the team’s quick turnaround, which could have helped me come through the pack and fight it out with the likes of WeC Champion and three-time Le Mans 24 hours winner andre Lotterer and McLaren F1 reserve Stoffel Vandoorne. the start was not too dramatic, and i managed to make good progress in the opening laps, gaining a few places and shaking off my close opponents as i closed in on the competition ahead including former F1 driver and yet another WeC star Kazuki Nakajima. however, during the pit stop which took place on lap 23, all hell broke loose as the team wasn’t ready for me to come in and amidst a flurry of activity, the front left tyre was not replaced properly and it ended up coming off soon after exiting the pits. i was negotiating the notorious Degner curve at the time and with the car’s trajectory going haywire, was unceremoniously chucked off the circuit. My teammate Kobayashi endured the same issue, however, he managed to hobble back to the pits. eventually though, it didn’t count for much, as he finished the race two laps behind the eventual winner, Naoki yamamoto. it was a weekend we wanted, as it is not exactly the best feeling to kick off the season like this and i think it sort of sets the tone for the year. On the other hand, i am hoping that the bad luck is hopefully out of the way and we will be able to achieve the results we deserve going forward. On to Okayama!

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El/El M/M El/El El/El El/El El/El

R R R R R R

7 7 7 7 3 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 40TFSI 9.8/14.2/16.60 35TDI 12.3/17.5/20.38

3/3/3/7 7 3 Re 3/3/3/7 7 3 Re 3/3/3/7 7 3 Re 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re

3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS Length 4701-4716mm Width 1826mm Height 1406-1427mm Wheelbase 2808-2811mm Tyre size 225/55 R16, 225/50 R17, 245/40 R18 Turning circle dia 11.4m Trunk volume 480litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1545-1755kg Fuel tank 61-63 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 59/84cm Headroom 90cm Width 138cm 6.92 6.31 6.31 6.31

FOR Equipment, ride comfort, everyday usability (Avant). AGAINST Underwhelming engine, no V6 or AWD option. VERDICT The sharperlooking A6 is a little better value now. 7/A

El/El F/R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4385mm Width 1865mm Height 1260mm Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 235/40 R19(F), 275/35 R19(R) Turning circle dia 11.1m Trunk volume 300 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1630kg Fuel tank 80 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Quite hardcore, strong brakes. AGAINST Not the best in its class, small dealer network. VERDICT A more hardcore version of the V8 vantage. 7/M

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 5020mm Width 2140mm Height 1350mm Wheelbase 2989mm Tyre size 245/40 R20(F), 295/35 R20(R) Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1990kg Fuel tank 90.5 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Soft ride, smooth engines. AGAINST Rear seat thigh support. VERDICT Wide range and attractive pricing make the A4 a good place to step into entry-level German luxury.

A6 You’ll agree Audi has done its homework on the Indian customer. The diesel is the most popular engine, and with the added power has come better efficiency too. The new dual-clutch gearbox is better in every way than the CVT, the added connectivity and safety features are just what people want these days. You have to hand it to Audi for bringing its latest headlamp tech to a more mainstream segment. 55.65 58.23

P

FOR Ride comfort, strong petrol engine. AGAINST Mediocre rear space, mirrors offer limited view. VERDICT Capable compact luxury sedan that sets the bar high for the segment.

A4 The mid-life facelift has brought a whole host of subtle improvements to the A4. Audi has also been clever with engines – there’s a smooth 1.8-litre petrol and the 2.0-litre 174bhp diesel.

41.86 43.74 45.06 44.63 43.22 46.82 49.65 51.76

6/M

DIMENSIONS Length 4720mm Width 1875mm Height 1282mm Wheelbase 2740mm Tyre size 235/40 R19(F), 275/35 R19(R) Turning circle dia 12m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1785kg Fuel tank 78 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Feels special, great mix of thrill and comfort. AGAINST Expensive, small dealer network. VERDICT If you want the quintessential Aston experience.

A3 The A3 is undoubtedly a smart-looking car, but to us, its appeal centres around how brilliant it is to drive. The petrol is motor is smooth and punchy, while the solid and stiff chassis translates to top-class ride and handling. For an enthusiast, the A3 ticks the right boxes.

Matrix 35TFSI

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ASTON MARTIN DB9 DB9 Aston Martin describes the DB9 as timeless and elegant and that’s exactly what it is. It isn’t cutting-edge among the current crop of supercar GTs but it still is desirable and appealing.

35TFSI Premium 35TDI Premium 35TDI Premium Plus 35TDI Technology A6

ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

ASTON MARTIN to AUDI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3

El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R

7 7 7 3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3

6 6 6 6 6 6

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

6 6 6 6

3 3 3 3 A6

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 35TFSI NA/NA/15.26 35TDI NA/NA/18.53

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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3 3 3 3 3 3 A4

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 35TFSI 8.5/12.5/15.6 35TDI 10.2/14.3/17.1 S4 NA/NA/10.3

DIMENSIONS Length 4933-4979mm Width 1874-1936mm Height 14551461mm Wheelbase 2912-2915mm Tyre size 255/40 R19, 225/55 R17, 275/35 R20 Turning circle dia 11.9m Trunk volume 530-1680 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1735-2025kg Fuel tank 65-75 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 66/86cm Headroom 92cm Width 136cm —

3 3 3 3 3 3

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A7 The A7 is essentially a sedan with a coupé-like roofline for those who don’t want a regular sedan. It’s definitely got presence and the engines to match – there’s a 3.0-litre V6 diesel and an atomic bomb of a twin-turbo V8 in the RS7. The A7 may not be as practical as a regular sedan thanks to its lower stance, but what it lacks in this respect it makes up for in pizzazz. A7 Sportback RS-7 Sportback A8

101.91 86.89** 130.71** 128.75**

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

2967/V6 245/699 3993/V8 251/699

A8 Laden with tech, powered by strong engines and all the space and quality you would expect of Audi’s range-topper. The A8’s problem then is that it looks a bit generic and simply doesn’t have the presence of its rivals, especially the new S-class, and that could be a put-off for buyers. 60TFSI 50TDI Premium 60TDI W12 6.3 FSI Q3

159.61 131.49 157.33 216.33

184.21 148.14 177.66 249.20

159.13 134.14 153.50 204.49

167.79 142.61 161.78 220.27

144.47 114.57 139.33 195.77

3993/V8 2967/V6 4134/V8 6299/W12

435/600 259/580 384/850 500/623

Q3 This SUV represents one of Audi’s cleverest moves. The updated Q3 may drive the same as before, paddle shifters aside, but it’s clear the other two shortcomings have been addressed. The added equipment brings it up to speed with the rest, and the bold new face is definitely more eye-catching than before. 30TDI M/T S Edition 35TDI Premium 35TDI Premium Plus Q5

36.49 38.06 41.95 43.64 47.24 49.15

36.62 37.97 43.73 43.76 44.09 49.39

30.43 35.12 36.64

1968/4 1968/4 1968/4

140/320 176/380 176/380

Q5 The Q5 was recently face-lifted and given a few minor updates that do make it feel a bit fresher. There’s a bit more equipment as well and a decent set of engines to choose from. However, it is getting a bit long in the tooth. It is also bigger than the Q3.

30TDI Premium 30TDI Premium Plus 30TDI Technology 45TDI Technology Q7

57.41 60.97 65.46 73.13

62.68 65.11 65.95 60.52

57.25 59.91 60.74 63.69 65.13 68.45 73.27 77.68

48.19 51.25 55.10 79.87

1968/4 1968/4 1968/4 2967/V6

172/350 172/350 172/350 248/578

87.22 93.72

90.27 97.08

86.60 91.80 92.97 98.70

NA NA

2967/V6 245/600 2967/V6 245/600

7/A 8/A

192.93 157.31** 225.62 214.41** 248.00** 259.16** NA 297.00** 247.86 202.60**

196.91 207.46 NA 229.75 242.55 NA 292.23 NA NA NA NA NA 247.36 266.41 302.98

4163/V8 5204/V10 5204/V10 5204/V10 5204/V10

429/422 525/529 609/559 570/539 525/529

8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

72.96 62.95** 73.32 71.89

D P

P D D P

— 2.83 — —

— 6.61 — —

6/M 7/A 7/A

D D D

D D D D

— — — —

D D

3.07 6.95 — 3.07 6.95 —

87.00 2995/V6 333/440 7/Stronic

P P P P P

— 2.42 — — —

— 4.40 — — —

6.60 6.60 6.60 4.31

8.16 8.16 8.16 5.32

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3

El/EL El/EL El/EL El/EL

F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3

4.68 5.48 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 4.68 5.48 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/M El/M El/M

3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 50TDI NA/NA/6.0 60TFSI NA/ NA/16.7 60TDI NA/NA/7.5 W12 FSI NA/NA/11.3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

8 8 8 8

3 3 3 3 Q3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 35TDI 10.5/14/15.73 30TDI NA/NA/17.3

El/El El/El El/El El/El

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

8 8 8 8

3 3 3 3 Q7

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3 R8

3 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* V8 NA/NA/8.0 V10 NA/NA/7.6

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4718mm Width 1854mm Height 1382mm Wheelbase 2811mm Tyre size 245/40 R18 Turning circle dia 11.5m Trunk volume 480-1283 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1820kg Fuel tank 61 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 45TDI 8.3/12.5/NA

DIMENSIONS Length 4426mm Width 1940mm Height 1240mm Wheelbase 2650mm Tyre size 235/40 R18, 285/35 R18, 235/35 R19, 295/30 R19 Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume 112 litres Kerb weight 1555-1620kg Fuel tank 73-90 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

6 6 6 6 6

3 3 3 3 3 S5

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

— — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 314 3.04 3.04 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 A8

DIMENSIONS Length 5052mm Width 1968mm Height 1740mm Wheelbase 2994mm Tyre size 255/60 R18 255/55 R19 Turning circle dia 12.4m Trunk volume 295-1955 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2330kg Fuel tank 75 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom 52/58cm Headroom 90cm Width 144cm

FOR Smooth, punchy V6, ride quality. AGAINST Looks similar to an A4, numb steering. VERDICT Great mix of comfort, performance at a good price but a bit soulless. P

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* A7 Sportback NA/NA/14.4

7 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 7 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3 7 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3 Q5 DIMENSIONS Length 4629mm Width 1880mm Height 1653mm ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Wheelbase 2807mm Tyre size 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.6m Indian Driving Cycle* Trunk volume 540/1560 litres Ground clearance 201mm 30TDI NA/NA/14.1 Kerb weight 1830-1935kg Fuel tank 75 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited 45TDI NA/NA/13.2 mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 59/82cm Headroom 94cm Width 142cm

FOR Usability, performance, friendly on the limit. AGAINST Doesn’t have the pedigree of the more famous thoroughbreds. VERDICT A practical supercar if there ever was one. 7/Stronic 7/Stronic 7/Stronic 7/Stronic 7/Stronic

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 A7

DIMENSIONS Length 4388mm Width 1831mm Height 1608mm Wheelbase 2603mm Tyre size 215/65 R16 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 460 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1520-1660kg Fuel tank 64 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 59/80cm Headroom 95cm Width 134cm

FOR Attention to detail, refined performance. AGAINST Rear styling, odd spare wheel positioning. VERDICT High-tech SUV that feels two generations ahead of the older Q7. 8/A 8/A

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

— — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 250 4.60 6.68 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

4.40 9.99 202 9.78 12.05 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 3.58 8.35 212 5.73 6.68 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 3.58 8.35 212 5.73 6.68 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

5.04 11.21 5.04 11.21 5.04 11.21 2.97 6.54

El/El F/R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 5265mm Width 1949mm Height 1471mm Wheelbase 3122mm Tyre size 235/55 R18/R19 Turning circle dia 12.7m Trunk volume 510 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2010-2050kg Fuel tank 82 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 75/101cm Headroom 92cm Width 147cm

FOR V6 diesel’s performance, manageable size. AGAINST Doesn’t feel all that special anymore. VERDICT Nice engines and quite practical, but a bit old now. 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 4969-5012mm Width 1911-2139mm Height 14191420mm Wheelbase 2915mm Tyre size 255/45 R18, 275/35 R20 Turning circle dia 11.9m Trunk volume 535 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1770-1995kg Fuel tank 65-75 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

3.11 6.67 — 4.39 5.31 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 2.08 3.93 250 2.70 3.24 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Ride-handling balance, smooth powertrain, SUV-like driving position. AGAINST Lifeless steering. VERDICT Better without a big bump in the price.

S5 For money the S5 is considerably more glamorous and not just for its relative rarity. Nothing wrong with the crisp way it tackles corners. It’s the usual solid Audi look and feel with added flourishes such as terrific S5-specific seats. There’s good luggage and passenger space too.

S5 Sportback

— 8.58 226 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 1.97 3.75 250 2.66 3.13 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Space, comfort, interior quality. AGAINST Doesn’t have the presence of its rivals. VERDICT Absolutely competent if a bit too understated.

R8 By supercar standards, the R8 is practical. Nothing else packs so much power and excitement in such a reasonable price (by supercar standards) either. It’s friendly to drive slowly and is safe when you are near its limits as well. India may not be the best place to own a supercar but if you wanted to, the R8 would be close to the top of the list. You get to choose between a V8 and a V10 too. R8 V8 Coupe R8 V10 Coupe R8 V10 Plus Coupe R8 LMX R8 V10 Spyder S5

FEATURES

FOR Looks, performance, tech-laden interiors. AGAINST Not as spacious as a regular sedan, RS7 should be more involving to drive. VERDICT For when the whole neighborhood is packed with regular German sedans.

Q7 The new Q7 is an SUV that, in many areas, feels like it’s made a two generation leap over its illustrious predecessor. The superbly executed cabin, strong performance and high level of refinement lead the long list of reasons you should be interested in one. There’s no doubt that the new Q7 sets new benchmarks in the premium luxury SUV segment in several areas. 45TDI Premium Plus 45TDI Technology R8

TOP SPEED (KPH)

D P

0-100KPH (SECS)

7/A 8/A

0-60KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

61.10 63.74 60.89 64.03 51.49 1968/4 191/400 135.00** 142.00** 161.77 138.00** NA 3993/V8 560/700

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

Matrix 35TDI RS6 Avant A7

MUMBAI

DELHI

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PERFORMANCE

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

AUDI to AUDI


RS 5 FOR Supercar performance, everyday usability. AGAINST Thirsty engine, steering is quite numb. VERDICT The automotive equivalent of a jack hammer.

123.14 142.70 128.16 131.72 139.20 4163/V8 456/429 7/Stronic TT There’s no doubt that this is the best Audi TT yet. It looks fantastic, the beautifully executed cabin makes you feel special, and it now drives a lot more in sync with the way it looks. For the price, the blend of style, performance, usability and its ability to make you feel like a million bucks is hard to match.

TT BENTLEY MOTORS Bentayga

71.15 82.00

73.54

NA

62.95

1968/4

385.00** 402.32**

NA

NA

NA

6/A

230/370

356.77** 329.34** 401.40** 353.99** 364.18** 391.19** 440.72** 391.15**

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

5950/W12 608/900

5998/W12 3993/V8 5998/W12 3993/V8 5998/W12 3993/V8 5998/W12 3993/V8

8/A

310.00* 398.24 340.00** 393.49

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

575/700 507/660 625/800 528/680 575/700 507/660 625/800 528/680

8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

4000/V8 507/660 5998/W12 625/800

553.53**

NA

NA

NA

NA

8/A 8/A

6752/V8 512/1019 8/A

1 SERIES The 1-series is the only rear-wheel-drive hatchback around and that is its USP. BMW has also endowed it with a strong engine in its class. There’s good space and the tuned-for-India suspension does a good job of battling our roads.

118d Sport Line 3 Series

29.90** 37.40

36.75 36.55

37.53

1995/4 1450/320

36.90** 44.57 42.70** 51.52

41.92 45.06 48.49 52.08

47.33 54.70

1998/4 1998/4

184/270 184/270

P

P P P P P P P P

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— — — — — — — —

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— — — — — — — —

P P

— —

— —

— —

— —

5.3 296

8/A

D

— — — — — — — —

D D

— —

— —

— —

— —

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3 Continental

DIMENSIONS Length 4806mm Width 1943mm Height 1404mm Wheelbase 2746mm Tyre size 275/40 R19 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 358litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2320kg Fuel tank 90 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

— —

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

El/El

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

El/El F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 Flying Spur

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 118d 14.2/18/20.58

7 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 Series

DIMENSIONS Length 4633-4671mm Width 1811-2031mm Height 14291424mm Wheelbase 2810-2830mm Tyre size 225/55 R16, 225/35 R20, 225/45 R18 Turning circle dia 11.3m Trunk volume 480 litres Ground clearance 120-157mm Kerb weight 1420-1630kg Fuel tank 57 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA — —

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 BMW 1 Series

DIMENSIONS Length 4329mm Width 1765mm Height 1440mm Wheelbase 2690mm Tyre size 225/45 R17 Turning circle dia 10.9m Trunk volume 360-1200 litres Ground clearance 157mm Kerb weight 1345kg Fuel tank 52 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 54/78cm Headroom 93cm Width 135cm —

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 Mulsanne

DIMENSIONS Length 5575mm Width 1926mm Height 1521mm Wheelbase 3266mm Tyre size 265/45 ZR20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2585kg Fuel tank 96 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA —

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* TT NA/NA/14.33

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 4 3 BENTLEY MOTORS Bentayga

DIMENSIONS Length 5295mm Width 1976mm Height 1488mm Wheelbase 3065mm Tyre size 275/35 R21 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2475kg Fuel tank 100 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Strong engine, thrilling handling. AGAINST Cabin doesn’t feel as special as its rivals. VERDICT New diesel engine and a tweaked suspension bring the 3-series back into the limelight. 8/A 8/A

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 TT

DIMENSIONS Length 5140mm Width 1998mm Height 1742mm Wheelbase 2995mm Tyre size 285/40 R22 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 358litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2440kg Fuel tank 85 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Beautiful cabin, driver thrills. AGAINST Doesn’t have the pillowy ride you expect. VERDICT When a Rolls is too oldschool for you. P

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* RS5 NA/NA/9.2

DIMENSIONS Length 4177mm Width 1966mm Height 1353mm Wheelbase 2505mm Tyre size 245/40 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1410kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

2.96 5.81 250 3.01 4.76 3/3 3/3 3/3 3 7/3 3

FOR Strong engine, good ride, entertaining handling. AGAINST Awkward styling. VERDICT A unique luxury hatch but not great value even by this class’ standards.

3 SERIES The BMW 3 Series has received a mid-life facelift for the 2016 model year. The more solid mountings have in turn allowed BMW to increase the car’s suspension spring and damper rates without adversely affecting its refinement levels. It’s hardly had a transformative effect, but has nonetheless been able to create an overall impression. 320i Prestige 320i Luxury Line

P

FOR Sporty character, exclusivity. AGAINST Tyre noise, a few cheap bits in the cabin. VERDICT Want a fun-to-drive, uber- luxury saloon? This is it.

MULSANNE Even more exclusive than a Flying Spur and aimed at the ownerdriver. However, we think the Mulsanne is a bit too driver-focused and doesn’t have the cosseting ride you expect of a car like this. The flip side is that a Mulsanne will run rings around a Phantom on a twisty road and if that’s what you’re looking for in your big limo, look no further. Mulsanne BMW 1 Series

3.80 3.73 3/3 3/3 3/3 3 7/3 3

FOR Performance, cross-continent comfort. AGAINST A few cheap bits in the cabin, ride not as cosseting as you expect. VERDICT Quite the polished brute.

FLYING SPUR Bentley’s take on a large, four-door, uber-luxury saloon. Think of the Flying Spur as a Rolls- Royce with sporting intentions and you’ll see it for what it is. There’s a 500bhp V8 available but for this car, we would go with the brutally quick 616bhp W12. The Spur is also surprisingly agile for a car this size. Flying Spur V8 Flying Spur W12 Mulsanne

2.17 4.54 —

FOR Performance, luxury, ride quality. AGAINST Price, design may divide opinion. VERDICT Everything you’d expect an SUV from Bentley to be.

CONTINENTAL Two doors, shorter body, lighter weight (relative as it still weighs 2,320kg) and the same engines as the Flying Spur with a range of power outputs. The Continental is a big coupé that aims to blend the sporty characteristics of a sports car with proper luxury. GT W12 GT V8 GT Speed W12 GT V8 S GTC W12 GTC V8 GT Speed Convertible GT V8 S Convertible Flying Spur

P

DIMENSIONS Length 4649mm Width 1860mm Height 1366mm Wheelbase 2751mm Tyre size 265/35 R19 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1725kg Fuel tank 64 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 50/78cm Headroom 89cm Width 125cm

FOR Cabin quality, supple ride, user friendly. AGAINST Steering feels numb, significantly pricier than before. VERDICT Nicer to drive, performance is usable in our conditions.

BENTAYGA Bentley has clearly hit the ball out of the park with the Bentayga. It’s the fastest, most expensive and most sinfully luxurious SUV currently available, and for that alone, it deserves applause. But it also costs the Earth. Bentayga W12 Continental

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL RS 5

RS 5 In one word, it’s a brute. Naturally aspirated V8, 8500rpm redline, all-wheel drive and a growling-mad soundtrack. Standard features include four seats (although the rear is cramped) and a usable boot. The RS5 may not be the precision tool the BMW M3 is but then again, the way it reels in the horizon makes up for all that. RS5 Coupe TT

ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

AUDI to BMW

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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5 SERIES It’s been face-lifted, has had a mild update to the interiors, gets a bit more equipment and is now all the more better for it. The 5-series appeal lies in its range of engines – there’s the frugal 2.0-litre diesel and a powerful 3.0-litre diesel. Those who want a petrol 5-series will be disappointed – there’s only the mental M5 available. Well, maybe they won’t be disappointed. In all other aspects, the 5 is a competent car – it rides well, is spacious, and the rear seats are comfy if not very airy. 520d Prestige 520d Modern Line 520d Luxury Line 520i Luxury Line 530d M Sport M5 6 Series

52.40** 60.26** 52.40** NA 59.90** 132.00**

62.84 61.97 67.50 NA 76.96 129.70**

57.74 58.64 61.79 NA 70.45 149.05

59.55 57.74 60.72 63.89 66.00 67.16 NA NA 75.32 76.66 164.52 168.51

1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1998/4 2993/6 4395/V8

184/400 184/400 184/400 184/270 259/560 560/680

FOR Frugal and strong diesels, brilliant eight-speed auto, ride. AGAINST No spare wheel, rear seats can make you feel hemmed in. VERDICT A good all-rounder but it’s been around for sometime now. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 7/A

6 SERIES The 6-series is for those who want something more than a regular 5-series. With its low, brooding shape and strong engines, it delivers just that. The 640d is powerful and frugal and the M6 is powerful and thirsty. There is a small price to pay for the style – the rear seats and roofline are low – then again, it’s the kind of car that you would rather drive than sit in the back. 640d Eminence 640d Design Pure Exp M6 Gran Coupe 7 Series

111.50** 144.90** 126.00 139.34 133.02 2993/6 313/630 118.50** 121.90** 133.87 147.81 141.15 2993/6 313/630 172.10** 221.54 194.13 214.63 220.13 4395/V8 560/680

143.81 153.76 188.18 201.21 207.72

125.58 134.57 158.17 168.41 175.03

141.98 151.78 176.00 188.10 194.15

140.70 150.79 177.28 189.89 196.20

2993/6 2993/6 2993/6 4395/V8 4395/V8

265/620 265/620 265/620 450/650 450/650

4.20 4.20 4.20 — 2.75 2.80

9.09 9.09 9.09 — 6.11 4.95

— — — — 250 250

5.13 5.13 5.13 — 4.01 3.54

8/A 8/A 7/A

D D P

6.71 6.71 6.71 — 4.60 3.50

D D D P P

— — — — —

— — — — —

— — — — —

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3 3

— — — — —

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5

8 3 8 3 8 3 8 3 8 3 8 3 7 3 7 3 Series

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 6

6 3 6 3 6 3 6 3 6 3 6 3 Series

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 7 Series

DIMENSIONS Length 5212-5238mm Width 1902mm Height 1479mm Wheelbase 3210mm Tyre size 245/40 R20(F) 275/35(R) R20 Turning circle dia 12.7m Trunk volume 500 litres Kerb weight 19801990kg Fuel tank 82 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA — — — — —

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 520d 10/14.5/18.48 530d 7.9/13.8/16.20

DIMENSIONS Length 4894-5011mm Width 1894-1899mm Height 13691395mm Wheelbase 2855-2968mm Tyre size 265/35 R20 (F), 295/30 R20 (R) Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 450 litres Ground clearance 123mm Kerb weight 1845-2015kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 2 years Unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

8 8 8 8 8

i8

3 3 3 3 3 i8

i8 The BMW i8 is the zen-like, sustainable, low-emissions, petrol-electric, ‘new premium’ German sports car of the future. Expressions of concept don’t get much more complicated. But, while the two most important words in that string get crowded out by their louder neighbours, they are undoubtedly ‘sports car’. i8 X1

229.00** 263.80 258.02 290.00 290.00 1499/3

362/570

FOR Style, near-silent drive, comfortable. AGAINST Doesn’t respond well to being driven hard. VERDICT The BMW i8 doesn’t quite feel as exciting as it does fast. 6/A

X1 BMW’s design team has provided the new X1 with a more-rugged appearance and it is clearly superior to its hugely successful predecessor in almost all areas. The adoption of the UKL platform has allowed the design team to endow the X1 with an altered silhouette featuring a significantly shorter bonnet and longer roofline. sDrive20d Expedition sDrive20d xLine xDrive20d xLine xDrive20d M Sport X3

29.90** 33.90** 35.90** 39.90**

38.88 43.79 46.25 50.06

34.39 38.89 41.14 45.63

36.58 41.43 43.85 48.69

38.22 43.26 45.79 50.83

1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4

190/400 190/400 190/400 184/380

46.90** 60.50 53.50** 65.04

55.42 59.10 62.72 66.97

60.31 66.98

1995/4 1995/4

190/400 190/400

250

FOR Still fun to drive, overall comfort. AGAINST Some plastics, ground clearance could be an issue off-road. VERDICT Very different from the original X1 but also better in most ways. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

X3 Bigger than an X1, smaller than an X5. The X3 finds the right balance between SUV-like space and sedan-like compactness and that makes it almost perfect for our roads. It is a really wellthought-out, well-engineered car that is fun to drive and comes with strong diesel engines. It is quite well equipped too. xDrive20d Expedition xDrive20d xLine

P/E

DIMENSIONS Length 4689mm Width 1942mm Height 1297mm Wheelbase 2800mm Tyre size 245/40 R20, 215/45 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 154 Ground clearance 117 Kerb weight 1485kg Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty 2 years Unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

D D D D

3.69 3.69 3.69 3.69

8.61 8.61 8.61 8.61

— — — —

5.46 5.46 5.46 5.46

FOR Quieter engine, great to drive. AGAINST Second row seating position, still no spare wheel. VERDICT The new engine enhances refinement on otherwise accomplished X3. 8/A 8/A

D D

6.41 6.41 6.41 6.41

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 X1

DIMENSIONS Length 4439mm Width 1821mm Height 1598mm Wheelbase 2670mm Tyre size 225/55 R17, 225/50 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 155mm Kerb weight 1550kg Fuel tank 51 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3

El/El El/El El/El El/El

R R R R

7 7 7 7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS Length 4657mm Width 1881mm Height 1678mm Wheelbase 2810mm Tyre size 225/60 R17 Turning circle dia 11.9m Trunk volume 550/1600 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1715kg Fuel tank 67 litres Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/90cm Headroom 94cm Width 142cm

3.94 9.28 210 5.66 6.99 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 3.94 9.28 210 5.66 6.99 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* i8 NA/NA/47.45

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

6 6 6 6

3 3 3 3 X3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* xDrive20d 9.1/12.7/18.56

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

ESP ABS

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3.23 6.07 250 3.73 4.35 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 3.23 6.07 250 3.73 4.35 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 — — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Performance, technology and gizmos, interior quality.. AGAINST Price. VERDICT Feels special enough to justify its positioning but it’s pricey. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4899-4910mm Width 1860-1891mm Height 14561464mm Wheelbase 2964-2968mm Tyre size 225/55 R17, 245/45 R18, 255/55 R17, 265/35 R20, 295/30 R20 Turning circle dia 11.4-12.6m Trunk volume 520 litres Ground clearance 142mm Kerb weight 17951870kg Fuel tank 70-80 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63-64/87-100cm Headroom 90-92cm Width 140-148.5cm

FOR Head-turning styling, powerful engines, grand touring abilities. AGAINST Quite heavy, so not particularly agile. VERDICT 5-series too common and a Bentley too expensive? This could be for you.

7 SERIES The 7-series luxury sedan has long played second fiddle to the S-class, but the Bavarian automaker plans to change that with this new car. It is lighter, more spacious, and loaded to the gills with luxury and gadgetry. It gets minor styling upgrades, both on the outside and inside and a new M Sport variant. 730Ld Pure Design Ex 111.00** 730Ld M Sport 119.00** 730Ld Pure Design Ex (CBU) 140.00** 750Li Pure Design Ex (CBU) 150.00** 750Li M Sport (CBU) 155.00**

D D D D D P

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

5.92 5.92 5.92 5.92 5.89 5.89 3.20 3.20

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

4.60 4.60 4.60 4.60 4.75 4.75 3.10 3.10

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

— — — — 225 225 250 250

SAFETY

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

7.58 7.58 7.58 7.58 7.83 7.83 4.73 4.73

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

3.37 3.37 3.37 3.37 3.58 3.58 2.74 2.74

LEATHER SEATS

D D D D D D P P

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 7/A 7/A

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

190/400 190/400 190/400 190/400 184/400 184/400 431/550 431/550

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 2979/6 2979/6

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

45.78 46.19 52.32 53.26 52.32 53.26 55.95 57.04 57.26 55.17 53.63 51.38 149.99 149.48 154.83 154.62

0-100KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA 41.22 47.52 47.52 50.89 52.58 49.21 135.56 140.06

0-60KPH (SECS)

35.90** 46.98 41.50** 53.62 41.50** 53.62 44.50** 57.30 44.50** 57.43 41.50** 53.74 112.00** 131.85** 124.00** 134.10**

FEATURES

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

320d Prestige 320d Sport Line 320d Luxury Line 320d M Sport 320d GT Luxury Line 320d GT Sport Line M3 M4 5 Series

MUMBAI

DELHI

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PERFORMANCE

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

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BMW to BMW


X5 BMW’s full-size SUV is available only with a 3.0-litre diesel for now but given the way it drives, that’s all you need. Seven-seat capability, refreshed interiors, more equipment and a mild face-lift help it up its game. It is real fun to drive, doesn’t have the slop of some of BMW’s newest sedans when you’re really pushing it and the ride is pretty good as well. xDrive30d Expedition xDrive30d Design Pure xDrive30d Design Pure 5+2 xDrive30d M Sport X5 M X6

65.90** 69.90** 72.90** 75.90** 157.00**

84.46 89.62 93.30 97.36 162.00**

77.39 82.12 85.49 89.20 177.15

83.99 84.81 2993/6 89.08 89.86 2993/6 92.71 93.64 2993/6 97.30 101.89 2993/6 195.39 NA 4395/V8

259/560 259/560 259/560 259/560 575/750

FOR Performance, ride and handling. AGAINST Rear seat comfort not the best, no spare wheel. VERDICT The vehicle that put ‘Sport’ in SUV is now better than ever before. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

X6 Not to everyone’s tastes, but you have to admit the combination of SUV and coupé is interesting. Even more interesting is the 3.0-litre 306bhp diesel under the hood. Know that the X6 isn’t the most comfortable SUV around and, despite its size, isn’t the most spacious either but it drives well (despite its weight) and is a guaranteed head-turner. xDrive40d M Sport X6 M Z4

117.00** 120.00** 132.47 145.75 150.68 2993/6 313/630 162.20** 207.32 183.00 201.44 NA 4395/V8 577/750

74.90** 70.90** 84.54 93.58 75.90** 71.90** 85.67 94.79

96.04 97.30

2979/6 2979/6

306/400 306/400

8/A 8/A

1608.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

7/A 7/A

4.81 5.16 4.76 5.67 5.17 6.18 5.86 6.24 6.59 7.52

5.30 5.69 5.56 6.25 6.09 6.60 6.54 6.96 7.40 7.93

4.95 5.31 5.44 5.84 5.97 6.29 5.91 6.30 6.82 7.27

5.05 5.35 5.33 5.85 5.79 6.68 6.22 6.63 7.18 7.73

4.85 5.14 5.44 5.63 5.97 6.78 5.78 6.11 6.59 7.85

7993/W16 1014/1245 7DSG

28.93 33.05 31.48 35.61

28.38 28.89 30.88 31.42

29.27 31.91

1199/4 78/107 5/M 1199/4 78/107 5/M 1199/4 78/77/107 5/M 1199/4 78/107 5/M 1199/4 78/77/107 5/M 1199/4 78/107 5/M 936/3 57/143 5/M 936/3 57/143 5/M 936/3 57/143 5/M 936/3 57/143 5/M

2231/4 2231/4

187/400 187/400

CRUZE The updated Chevrolet Cruze brings with it tweaked styling and more equipment. It gets Chevrolet’s MyLink touchscreen infotainment system which attracts buyers. Even at the new price level, the Cruze will still be among the most affordable of the executive sedans on offer today. LT LTZ M/T

16.39 17.40 19.27 20.39

15.81 16.81 18.09 20.09

17.50 20.04

1998/4 1998/4

— — — — —

— 4.54 4.54 4.54 3.48

— 5.61 5.61 5.61 3.35

D P

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

P P

P

166/360 166/360

P P P/LPG P P/LPG P D D D D

D D

D D

3 3 3 3 3

6.13 14.86 159 6.13 14.86 159 — — — 6.13 14.86 159 — — — 6.13 14.86 159 6.86 18.59 145 6.86 18.59 145 6.86 18.59 145 6.86 18.59 145

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

El/El F/R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7

El/M El/M

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4597mm Width 1788mm Height 1477mm Wheelbase 2685mm Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.9m Trunk volume 450 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1525-1560kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

4.57 10.22 215 13.39 14.96 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 4.57 10.22 215 13.39 14.96 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

M/7 M/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/7 R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

6 6 6 6 8

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 6 3 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 6 3 BUGATTI Veyron ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3 6 3 CHEVROLET Beat ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol 11.5/15.3/18.61 1.2 LPG NA/NA/13.30 1.0 Diesel 16/19.1/25.44 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In Re Re Re In In Re Re

7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 1 7 3 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 3 2 7 Captiva

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T NA/NA/14.6 A/T 8/11.1/12.1

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 Cruze ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.0 M/T 10.8/15.7/17.3 2.0 A/T 9.8/15.3/NA

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 7

3 2 7 3 4 7

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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3 3 3 3 3 X6

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 Z4 ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* sDrive35i NA/NA/10.37

DIMENSIONS Length 4660mm Width 1870mm Height 1755mm Wheelbase 2705mm Tyre size 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 465litres /930litres Ground clearance 197mm Kerb weight 1820-1910kg Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 2 years, 50,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/90cm (2nd row) Headroom 90cm (2nd row) Width 145cm (2nd row)

5.08 11.72 177 11.48 12.45 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 4.41 10.97 — 6.79 8.71 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* xDrive40d NA/NA/15.87

DIMENSIONS Length 3640mm Width 1595mm Height 1520mm Wheelbase 2375mm Tyre size 155/70 R14, 165/65 R14 Turning circle dia 8.9m Trunk volume 170 litres Ground clearance 165-175mm Kerb weight 965-1027kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 3 years or 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/80cm Headroom 90cm Width 124cm 22.43 22.43 — 22.43 — 22.43 16.48 16.48 16.48 16.48

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* xDrive30d NA/NA/15.35

DIMENSIONS Length 4462mm Width 1998mm Height 1204mm Wheelbase 2710mm Tyre size 265/680 R20, 365/710 R21 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1888kg Fuel tank 100 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

15.99 15.99 — 15.99 — 15.99 14.11 14.11 14.11 14.11

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 X5

DIMENSIONS Length 4909mm Width 1989mm Height 1689-1702mm Wheelbase 2933mm Tyre size 255/50 R19 (Front) & 285/45 R19 (Rear) Turning circle dia 12.8m Trunk volume 570/1450 litres Ground clearance 212mm Kerb weight 2180-2340 kg Fuel tank 85 litres Warranty 2 years Unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 61/83cm Headroom 91cm Width 142cm

3.20 6.18 250 4.13 4.43 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 3.20 6.18 250 4.13 4.43 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

FOR Touchscreen easy to use, refined engine. AGAINST Down on space to rivals, cabin quality could be better. VERDICT Gets more features, but it’s still not rounded enough to worry other executive sedans. 6/M 6/M

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4239mm Width 1790mm Height 1291mm Wheelbase 2496mm Tyre size 225/40 R18 (F) 255/35 R18 (R) Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 180/310 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1525kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Spacious, flexible interiors, strong diesel engine. AGAINST Quality levels not up there with European and Japanese rivals. VERDICT Still a great soft-roader. 6/M 6/A

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

2.56 5.78 240 3.91 4.89 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 — — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Styling, comfortable ride, fuel efficiency (diesel). AGAINST Noisy diesel, average performance, small boot. VERDICT Plenty of style in a reasonably priced package.

CAPTIVA The massive grille gives the Captiva its much-needed SUV looks. It comes with a strong diesel engine, manual and automatic transmissions that come in two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive form respectively. It’s a seven-seater too but, truth be told, it is a bit long in the tooth and has fallen off the radar of most buyers. LT 2WD M/T LTZ AWD A/T Cruze

— 7.05 7.05 7.05 4.22

FOR Monumentally fast, easy to drive. AGAINST Not cheap. VERDICT Could be the last of its kind.

BEAT With a starring role in the Transformers movie, a lot of the Beat’s uniqueness lies in its concept car looks. Under that skin is more good news – it feels well built, rides well and comes with decent comfort and practicality. The diesel Beat works as a great urban runabout as well and the petrol comes with an LPG option as well. 1.2 PS 1.2 LS 1.2 LS LPG 1.2 LT 1.2 LT LPG 1.2 LTZ 1.0 PS 1.0 LS 1.0 LT 1.0 LTZ Captiva

— 3.02 3.02 3.02 2.20

FOR Rev-happy motor, classic roadster appeal. AGAINST Cramped cabin. VERDICT Has plenty of sex appeal, could be more thrilling to drive.

VEYRON The Veyron among many things is good, bad, ferocious and obedient. It could be called needless as well. An extravagance that can be indulged in by only a handful of people. It’s a lesson that teaches us that nothing is impossible. Veyron Grand Sport CHEVROLET Beat

D D D D P

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4886mm Width 1938-1985mm Height 1762mm Wheelbase 2933mm Tyre size 255/55 R18, 255/50 R19, 285/45 R19 Turning circle dia 12.8m Trunk volume 570/1450 litres Ground clearance 209mm Kerb weight 2350 kg Fuel tank 85 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Unique looks, performance. AGAINST Firm ride, impractical. VERDICT Distinctive looks, bomb of an engine, but poor dynamics.

Z4 Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, classic roadster shape – there’s lots of appeal in the Z4. It may not be the last word in driving thrills in this small segment, but it makes a pretty convincing case for itself with an engine that loves to rev, a stirring soundtrack and long-nose, shortboot looks. The folding metal hard-top also gives you some measure of practicality. sDrive35i Prestige sDrive35i Design Pure BUGATTI Veyron

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

LEATHER SEATS

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

D

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

TOP SPEED (KPH)

8/A

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

0-100KPH (SECS)

258/560

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

0-60KPH (SECS)

2993/6

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

70.48 75.32

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

KOLKATA

76.96

CHENNAI

MUMBAI

59.90**

FEATURES

76.71

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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

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ENJOY Compact, spacious and comfortable best describe the Enjoy. It steers and drives well and the diesel engine is sufficiently powerful. What might put you off are the overall levels of fit and finish that simply can’t hold a candle to the likes of the Innova, Ertiga or the Evalia. 1.4 LS 8-seater 1.4 LS 7-seater 1.4 LT 7-seater 1.4 LTZ 7-seater 1.3 TCDi LS 8-seater 1.3 TCDi LS 7-seater 1.3 TCDi LT 7-seater 1.3 TCDi LTZ 7-seater Sail U-VA

7.37 7.90 7.40 7.93 8.08 8.66 9.05 9.71 9.01 9.69 9.04 9.72 9.60 10.32 10.47 11.24

7.23 7.50 7.16 7.53 7.93 8.22 8.89 9.21 8.71 8.72 8.74 9.06 9.28 9.62 10.12 10.48

6.77 6.92 7.54 8.43 8.13 8.30 8.62 8.80

1399/4 1399/4 1399/4 1399/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

100/130 100/130 100/130 100/130 75/173 75/173 75/173 75/173

FOR Comfy ride, cabin and space. AGAINST Interiors feel downmarket, lacks overall refinement. VERDICT Practical and spacious but lacks sophistication. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

SAIL U-VA The Sail UV-A, in a sentence, is a large, spacious and practical hatch that is somewhat lacking in flair. It is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol with the option of the tried-and-tested 1.3-litre Multi-jet diesel as well. The interiors are boring but if you generally buy with your head (rather than your heart) you might just like its no-nonsense practicality a lot. Higher versions are quite expensive though. 1.2 PS 1.2 LS 1.2 LS ABS 1.2 LT ABS 1.3 PS 1.3 LS 1.3 LS ABS 1.3 LT ABS Sail

5.26 5.80 6.05 6.60 6.44 7.25 7.43 8.38

5.81 6.41 6.68 7.51 7.17 7.80 7.99 8.99

5.47 6.03 6.29 7.08 6.63 7.22 7.40 8.33

5.58 6.15 6.42 7.23 6.76 7.37 7.55 8.50

5.36 5.92 6.17 6.95 6.51 7.09 7.26 8.18

1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

84/109 84/109 84/109 84/109 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190

SAIL All said, the updated Sail diesel still is an interesting package. It doesn’t look like a truncated sedan, is quite spacious, and the punchy motor makes it fairly good to drive as well. That said, the updated cabin, though nicer, still lacks the premium feel of some of its rivals. 1.2 PS 1.2 LS 1.2 LS ABS 1.2 LT ABS 1.3 TCDi PS 1.3 TCDi LS 1.3 TCDi LS ABS 1.3 TCDi LT ABS Trailblazer

6.36 6.99 7.53 8.09 8.10 8.57 8.94 9.64

7.01 7.66 8.11 8.68 8.71 9.22 9.61 10.36

6.41 7.02 7.43 7.95 7.84 8.29 8.64 9.33

5.70 6.28 6.55 7.38 7.00 7.62 7.81 8.79

6.29 6.90 7.29 7.80 7.69 8.14 8.48 9.15

1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

30.87 34.90

30.52 32.92

27.49**

2776/4

5.74 14.89 165 5.74 14.89 165 5.74 14.89 165 5.74 14.89 165 7.58 21.36 147 7.58 21.36 147 7.58 21.36 147 7.58 21.36 147

12.88 12.88 12.88 12.88 14.38 14.38 14.38 14.38

20.27 20.27 20.27 20.27 18.76 18.76 18.76 18.76

FOR Spacious interiors, ride quality. AGAINST Hard rear seats, unexciting interiors. VERDICT Competent and practical but could have been more exciting. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P P D D D D

5.84 14.66 162 5.84 14.66 162 5.84 14.66 162 5.84 14.66 162 6.12 15.25 165 6.12 15.25 165 6.12 15.25 165 6.12 15.25 165

14.91 14.91 14.91 14.91 11.82 11.82 11.82 11.82

24.17 24.17 24.17 24.17 14.72 14.72 14.72 14.72

FOR Light steering.AGAINST Patchy cabin quality, power window switches badly placed. VERDICT The interiors feel plusher now. Package is limited by average quality. 84/109 84/109 84/109 84/109 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190

TRAILBLAZER The Trailblazer’s engine and the performance it can deliver grabs the limelight the moment we leave behind the rutted tracks and drive on proper tarmac stretches. The engine feels very responsive, the build-up of speed is brisk and performance seems really impressive for this heavy SUV. 2WD LTZ

P P P P D D D D

199/499

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P P D D D D

6.01 14.52 — 6.01 14.52 — 6.01 14.52 — 6.01 14.52 — 6.38 15.48 163 6.38 15.48 163 6.38 15.48 163 6.38 15.48 163

15.59 23.93 15.59 23.93 15.59 23.93 15.59 23.93 12.45 14.31 12.45 14.31 12.45 14.31 12.45 14.31

FOR Strong engine, feels tough. AGAINST No four-wheel drive or transmission options, heavy steering. VERDICT Big and bold SUV that brings a certain modernity to its segment. 6/A

D

3.93 9.89

M/7

R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4305mm Width 1680mm Height 1750mm Wheelbase 2720mm Tyre size 175/70 R14 Turning circle dia 11m Trunk volume 195litres /630litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1273-1345kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 3 years, 45,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 73/85cm Headroom 98cm Width NA 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 R R 7 7 R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3/3 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/3 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7

3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4878mm Width 1902mm Height 1838mm Wheelbase 2845mm Tyre size 265/60 R18 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 205-1830 litres Ground clearance 253mm Kerb weight 2068kg Fuel tank 76 litres Warranty 3 years/ 100,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

5.64 7.33 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El

3 3 3/3 3/7

El/3

7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3

ESP ABS 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 Sail

7 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 U-VA

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol NA/NA/18.2 1.3 Diesel 13.1/19/22.1

DIMENSIONS Length 4249mm Width 1690mm Height 1503mm Wheelbase 2465mm Tyre size 175/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.3m Trunk volume 370 litres Ground clearance 168mm Kerb weight 1124kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 3 years or 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/ max 66/88cm Headroom 91cm Width 134cm 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

3 4 7 Enjoy

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.4 Petrol NA/NA/13.7 1.3 Diesel 12.3/16/18.2

DIMENSIONS Length 3946mm Width 1690mm Height 1503mm Wheelbase 2465mm Tyre size 175/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.3m Trunk volume 248 litres Ground clearance 174/168mm Kerb weight 1065-1124kg Fuel tank 40-42 litres Warranty 3 years or 100,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 66/88cm Headroom 91cm Width 134cm 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 7

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 1 2 7 7 1 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Sail

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/18.2 Diesel 12.9/18.7/22.1

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 1 7 3 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 1 7 3 2 7 Trailblazer

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 7/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 2 3

DATSUN GO

DATSUN GO GO As the brand’s first offering, the Go comes across as a wellthought-out budget hatchback. You get a spacious cabin, a big boot and what is arguably the peppiest engine in its segment. It is easy to drive and fuel economy is good as well. If only it didn’t feel so pared down.

D D1 A T GO+

3.62 3.59 3.90 4.35

4.33 4.02 4.64 5.14

3.84 3.87 4.11 4.49

3.85 3.91 4.15 4.62

4.06 4.08 4.37 4.88

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3

68/104 68/104 68/104 68/104

FOR Practicality, easy to drive. AGAINST Plenty of cost cutting, sales and service network still tiny. VERDICT Well priced, practical and easy to drive, but feels built to a cost. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

GO+ The Go+ offers a fresh take on affordable mobility for larger families. It’s the only one in its class with seven seats and the best at carrying five with their luggage at this price point. So, if space is your prime concern, look no further. D D1 A

4.22 4.40 4.44

5.00 4.69 5.23

4.44 4.47 4.65

4.49 4.54 4.72

4.75 4.76 4.99

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3

68/104 68/104 68/104

P P P P

5.53 14.54 155 5.53 14.54 155 5.53 14.54 155 5.53 14.54 155

16.56 22.05 16.56 22.05 16.56 22.05 16.56 22.05

FOR Engine, ride, handling. AGAINST Third row for kids only, cheap interiors. VERDICT Nice to drive and practical but feels built to a price. 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P

DIMENSIONS Length 3785mm Width 1635mm Height 1485mm Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 155/70 R13 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 265 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 788kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years/ unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/80cm Headroom 88cm Width 125cm 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7

7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol 12.8/17.9/20.63

7 7/7/7/7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1635mm Height 1490mm Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 155/70 R13 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 48/350 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 788kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years/ unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/76cm Headroom 94cm Width 125cm

— 13.96 161 16.63 21.33 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7 — 13.96 161 16.63 21.33 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7 — 13.96 161 16.63 21.33 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7/3 3/3 Ex/7 7 7 7/3 3/3 Ex/7 7 7 7/3 3/3 Ex/7

7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

In In In In

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 GO+

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol 12.6/17.7/20.6

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7

7 7 In 7 7 7 7 7 In 7 7 7 7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

LEATHER SEATS

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

D

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

TOP SPEED (KPH)

6/A

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

0-100KPH (SECS)

166/360

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

0-60KPH (SECS)

1998/4

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

19.21 21.34

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

20.46 21.64

FEATURES

21.28

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

LTZ A/T Enjoy

PERFORMANCE

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

BANGALORE

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

CHEVROLET to DATSUN


458 SPECIALE The Ferrari 458 Speciale is a car with which we could pick fault. It’s an imposing drive; at times, a bit too direct and responsive. It’s a relatively easy target for cheaper performance cars on straight-line punch. But frankly, so what? The Speciale wins you over because it’s such a pure, uncorrupted driver’s car. 458 Speciale 458 Spider

NA

425.00**

NA

NA

NA

4497/V8 605/539

458 SPIDER The key question is whether the Ferrari 458 Spider has lost much of the Italia’s rigidity. You can occasionally feel a quiver through the car, but in no way does it feel loose structurally. Overall the Ferrari 458 Spider gels tremendously well. You do lose that final ‘edge’ of the coupe version, but in terms of dynamism and exhilaration you lose virtually nothing. 458 Spider 488 GTB

NA

407.00**

NA

NA

NA

4497/V8 568/539

388.00** 405.00**

NA

NA

NA

3902/V8 669/760

7/A

NA

330.00**

NA

NA

NA

3855/V8 560/755

FF Perhaps the most interesting thing about the FF is the absence of a direct rival. The Ferrari FF is remarkably well packaged, with plenty of interior space (yes, it really seats four), a decent load bay, and a refined and comfortable cabin. FF F12berlinetta

NA

457.00**

NA

NA

NA

6263/V12 661/686

7/A

NA

472.00**

NA

NA

NA

6262/V12 741/686

P

P

7/A

P

7 7 7/3 3/3 Ex/7

DIMENSIONS Length 4571mm Width 1951mm Height 1203mm Wheelbase 2650mm Tyre size 245/35 ZR20, 305/30 ZR 20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1395kg Fuel tank 86 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4568mm Width 1952mm Height 1213mm Wheelbase 2650mm Tyre size 245/35 R20, 305/30 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 230 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1475kg Fuel tank 78 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

ABARTH 595 The 595 is the high-performance version of the Abarth 500, which in turn is the high-performance version of the Fiat 500 hatchback. It rivals the Mini Cooper S as a high-performance premium hatchback and imported as a CBU. It would be better were its springs and its price not quite so unyielding, but it’s a car with charm and a very raw, very real appeal.

P

5.63

6.13

6.10

5.92

6.22

1172/4

91/96

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3 California T DIMENSIONS Length 4569mm Width 1910mm Height 1320mm ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Wheelbase 2669mm Tyre size 245/40 R19, 285/40 R19 Indian Driving Cycle* Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 339 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1729kg Fuel tank 78 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

FOR Zesty, agile handling, capable track-day performance. AGAINST Rock-hard ride, limited rear space. VERDICT There’s something about the Competizione’s enthusiasm that is hard to dislike.

5/M

P

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3 FF

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3 F12berlinetta

DIMENSIONS Length 4618mm Width 1942mm Height 1273mm Wheelbase 2720mm Tyre size 255/35 R20, 315/35 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1630kg Fuel tank 92 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3657mm Width 1627mm Height 1485mm Wheelbase 2300mm Tyre size 205/40 R17 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 105mm Kerb weight 1155kg Fuel tank NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

7.21 18.16 143 15.27 21.72 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/3 In/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3 FIAT Abarth 595 ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

Abarth 595 Competizione 29.85** NA NA NA NA 1368/4 160/210 5/A P 5.00 10.58 205 6.76 7.42 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 7/7 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/7 7 3/3/3/7 Avventura AVVENTURA All told, the Avventura is a great effort. Sure, there are some FOR Great ride quality, strong engine. DIMENSIONS Length 3989mm Width 1687-1706mm Height 1505-1542mm shortcomings – the driving position is odd, the engine isn’t very tractable by AGAINST Odd driving position, raised Wheelbase 2510mm Tyre size 205/55 R16, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10m today’s standards and it could do with a bit more equipment. But its fantassuspension can’t put the power down. Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 155-205mm Kerb weight 1190-1255kg tic ride quality, chic interiors and tastefully styled exteriors make it rather VERDICT A genuine crossover and it’s Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: desirable. The Avventura powered by Abarth is a good combination of strong supremely stylish too. Legroom min/max 60/84cm Headroom 91cm Width 127cm performance and attractive design. 1.4 Fire Active 7.72 7.90 8.16 7.76 8.35 1368/4 90/114 5/M P — — — — — 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7 7/7 7 7 7/3 3/3 In/7 7 7/7/7/7 1.4 Fire Dynamic 8.71 8.94 9.18 8.79 9.45 1368/4 90/114 5/M P — — — — — 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 M/7 7 7 7/3 3/3 EI/7 7 3/3/3/3 1.3 Multijet Active 8.62 8.95 8.95 8.63 9.20 1248/4 93/209 5/M D 6.05 15.10 — 11.61 13.80 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7 7/7 7 7 7/3 3/3 In/7 7 7/7/7/7 1.3 Multijet Dynamic 9.50 9.88 9.85 9.54 10.16 1248/4 93/209 5/M D 6.05 15.10 — 11.61 13.80 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 M/7 7 7 7/3 3/3 EI/7 7 3/3/3/3 1.3 Multijet Emotion 10.13 10.54 10.49 10.40 10.84 1248/4 93/209 5/M D 6.05 15.10 — 11.61 13.80 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 7 7 3/3 3/3 El/7 7 3/3/3/3 1.4 T-jet Abarth 11.21 11.89 11.61 NA 12.73 1368/4 145/212 5/M P 4.02 9.19 — 10.68 15.19 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7 7/3 7 M/7 3 7 3/3 3/3 El/7 7 7/3/3/3 Punto Evo PUNTO EVO All told, the Punto in Evo avatar looks hot from the DIMENSIONS Length 3989mm Width 1687mm Height 1505-1525mm Wheelbase FOR Fantastic ride and handling, supremely outside, quite swanky on the inside and rides superbly well. It’s 2510mm Tyre size 165/80 R14, 195/60 R15, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10m stylish. AGAINST Engine lacks punch(except also reasonably good to drive if the awkward driving position Trunk volume 280 litres Ground clearance 155-195mm Kerb weight 1095-1198kg T-Jet), awkward driving position. does not bother you. Go for the Abarth if outright performance Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: VERDICT Oozes style both inside and out, is what you’re looking for. Legroom min/max 60/84cm Headroom 91cm Width 127cm let down by a poor dealer network. 1.2 Fire Active

ESP ABS

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

FOR Titanic engine and performance. AGAINST Overly sharp steering. VERDICT Thrilling in every way that a front-engined V12 Ferrari should be. 7/A

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3 488 GTB

7/A

7 7 7 FERRARI 458 Speciale

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3 458 Spider

DIMENSIONS Length 4907mm Width 1953mm Height 1379mm Wheelbase 2990mm Tyre size 245/35 R20, 295/35 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 450 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1880kg Fuel tank 91 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

7 7 In 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 4527mm Width 1937mm Height 1211mm Wheelbase 2650mm Tyre size 235/35 R20, 295/35 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 230 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1535kg Fuel tank 86 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA —

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

7 7/3/3/3

FOR Clever all-wheel drive system, boot space, remarkably tractable. AGAINST Different Ferrari vibe, gearbox hesistance at low speed. VERDICT The FF could be the compelling purchase of a lifetime. P

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

LEATHER SEATS

FOR Makes for a fine grand tourer. AGAINST Fairly quiet engine, noticeable lag. VERDICT Ultimately the Ferrari California T can hold its own against anything that’s meant to do a similar job.

F12BERLINETTA Supercar, not GT car – you’ll note that we’re inclined to make the distinction. Because although the F12 has an extremely habitable interior and decent-size boot – plus a vast fuel tank that turns its laughable economy into a usable range – this is still a car that, at heart, is dominated by its performance. But what performance. And what drama. F12berlinetta FIAT Abarth 595

P

FOR Extremely communicative steering. AGAINST Just a wee bit less exciting than the earlier one. VERDICT The most docile-handling mid-engined cars driven.

CALIFORNIA T Is it better than its predecessor? Yes. Leagues better. The old California wasn’t a duffer, but it never quite pulled off the trick of either riding properly or maintaining correct control of its body movements. This one does both, at the same time. In fact, it rides particularly well, regardless of in which position (Comfort or Sport) you place the manettino, which brings stiffer damping. California T FF

7/7

FOR Terrific steering response, cornering ability. AGAINST Clatters over undulations. VERDICT The compromise of the convertible is minimal.

488 GTB This is the first series-production Ferrari to have active aerodynamics, via a rear diffuser that will sometimes stall itself, lessening downforce but also drag. The 488 GTB is, then, the archetypal supercar refined, honed, tweaked and… perfected? Not quite as perfect as the graphs would have you believe. But as close as it currently gets. 488 GTB California T

— 13.96 161 16.63 21.33 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

FOR Incredible handling, Extravagant performance. AGAINST Not quite the last word in outright supercar pace. VERDICT Possibly the most exciting and uncompromising driver’s car. 7/A

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

P

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

5/M

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

68/104

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

1198/3

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

5.79

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

5.47

TOP SPEED (KPH)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

5.43

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

6.02

0-60KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

5.18

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

T FERRARI 458 Speciale

PERFORMANCE

CHENNAI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

KOLKATA

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

MUMBAI

MODEL DETAILS

FERRARI to FIAT

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

7

7/7/7/7

3 7 In 3 3 7

3 2 7 Avventura ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.4 Petrol NA/NA/14.4 1.3 Diesel NA/NA/20.5

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3

In In In In In In

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 Punto Evo ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol 9.7/15/15.8 1.4 Petrol 10.2/14.6/14.4 1.3 Diesel 13.7/17.5/21.2 1.3 Diesel 93PS 12.8/17.6/20.5 7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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LINEA CLASSIC It’s a solid package. It is value for money, has a bigcar feel and the best ride in its class. Like the Punto, it feels robust as well. Fiat has skimped on some essential equipment though (possibly in a bid to price the car well) and the engines are very mediocre, since the T-Jet isn’t available in the Classic. Classic FIRE Classic Multijet Classic + Multijet Linea

7.35 8.64 9.28

7.51 8.85 9.52

7.68 8.89 9.54

7.61 8.82 9.49

7.95 9.22 9.91

1368/4 1248/4 1248/4

89/115 76/197 76/197

7.97 9.48 10.80 11.69 10.27 11.99 12.56

8.42 9.62 10.97 11.67 10.45 11.93 12.49

8.66 10.06 11.42 12.03 10.52 11.87 12.42

8.56 9.47 10.83 12.32 10.16 12.35 12.96

8.94 10.26 11.70 12.35 10.93 12.72 13.33

1368/4 1368/4 1368/4 1368/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

89/115 114/207 114/207 114/207 93/209 93/209 93/209

5/M 5/M 5/M

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

FORCE ONE The Force One’s strengths lie in its tremendous cabin space, Mercedes-sourced engine and tough suspension that make it ideal for our rural roads. Some variants are pretty well equipped but otherwise a bit too crude to really give the other seven-seater SUVs in the market a run for their money. There is a 4x4 version as well. SX 4x2 6-seater SX 4x2 7-seater LX 4x4 7-seater

12.55 13.88 12.10** 13.04 12.46 13.79 15.30 12.93 13.77 NA NA NA

15.44 15.35 NA

2149/4 2149/4 2149/4

141/321 141/321 141/321

P D D

6.21 15.14 182 4.47 11.05 191 4.47 11.05 191 4.47 11.05 191 7.12 17.81 170 7.12 17.81 170 7.12 17.81 170

14.04 18.67 11.94 15.52 11.94 15.52 11.94 15.52 14.28 16.45 14.28 16.45 14.28 16.45

FOR Strong engine, cabin space. AGAINST High floor, low seats, dated looks, overall quality. VERDICT A robust SUV that’s rough around the edges. 5/M 5/M 5/M

D D D

DIMENSIONS Length 4560mm Width 1730mm Height 1487mm Wheelbase 2603mm Tyre size 195/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 500 litres Ground clearance 185mm Kerb weight 1180-1230kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 65/86cm Headroom 87cm Width 134cm 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7/3 3/3 7 7 7/3 3/3 7 7 7/3 3/3

M/7 M/7 M/7

3 7/7/7/7 3 7/7/7/7 3 3/3/7/7

DIMENSIONS Length 4596mm Width 1730mm Height 1487/1494mm Wheelbase 2603mm Tyre size 195/60 R15, 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 500 litres Ground clearance 185/190mm Kerb weight 1258-1268kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 65/86cm Headroom 87cm Width 134cm 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 3 7 7 3

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 R R 7 R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3/3/7/7 3/3/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4860mm Width 1780mm Height 1885mm Wheelbase 3025mm Tyre size 235/70 R16, 245/70 R16 Turning circle dia 12m Trunk volume 215 litres Ground clearance 202/205mm Kerb weight 1860kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 82/102cm Headroom 95cm Width 139cm

5.64 13.38 160 12.36 16.70 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 5.64 13.38 160 12.36 16.70 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 — — — — — 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

M/7 M/7 M/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

7 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 3 7 7 3 3 3

In In In In In In In

7 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 3 7 7 3 3 3

ESP ABS

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/3/3/3

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 2 7 Linea Classic

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.4 Petrol 9.4/13.4/14.9 1.3 Diesel 13.2/17.2/19.5 3 3 In 7 7 7 3 3 In 7 7 7 3 3 In 3 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 Linea

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.4 Petrol 9.4/13.4/14.9 1.4 T-jet Petrol 10.3/15.4/15.7 1.3 Diesel 13.4/17.3/20.4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

In In Re Re In Re Re

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 7 3 2 7 FORCE MOTORS Force One ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ * Indian Driving Cycle 4x2 9.8/11.9/NA

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7

FORD Ecosport

3 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 FORD Ecosport

ECOSPORT Ford has thrown everything at the EcoSport to make it a truly remarkable package. Its appealing styling, extremely competent engines and the ride and handling are really well sorted. The base petrol version is particularly well priced and has most of the equipment you need. 1.5 Ambiente 1.5 Trend 1.0 Trend+ (Ecoboost) 1.5 Titanium 1.5 Titanium A/T 1.0 Titanium+ (Ecoboost) 1.5 Ambiente 1.5 Trend 1.5 Trend+ 1.5 Titanium 1.5 Titanium+ Endeavour

7.64 8.44 9.29 9.72 10.88 11.70 8.47 9.28 9.82 10.58 12.64

8.86 10.00 10.92 11.38 12.71 12.64 10.49 11.37 12.05 12.88 13.59

8.24 9.34 10.21 10.63 11.79 11.74 9.63 10.44 10.98 11.74 12.40

7.98 8.81 9.70 10.15 11.37 11.16 8.71 9.55 10.10 10.89 11.56

8.36 9.23 10.16 10.63 11.91 11.69 9.13 10.00 10.58 11.40 12.11

1499/4 1499/4 999/3 1499/4 1499/4 999/3 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

FOR Smooth powertrain, ridehandling balance.AGAINST Narrow cabin, small boot. VERDICT The EcoSport is now even better and without a big hike in price. 112/140 112/140 125/170 112/140 112/140 125/170 100/205 100/205 100/205 100/205 100/205

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

ENDEAVOUR The new Endeavour is clearly aiming for the top. It is the most modern of the crop of traditional SUVs, it has the most luxurious interiors and the new steering and suspension make it a joy to drive, both at low and at high speeds. And with so many versions and options available, it’s more than likely you’ll find the right one for you. 2.2l 4X2 Trend 2.2l 4X4 Trend 2.2l 4X2 Trend A/T 2.2l 4X2 Titanium A/T 3.2l 4X4 Trend A/T 3.2l 4X4 Titanium A/T

29.44 31.29 30.02 31.76 32.51 34.38

29.04 31.30 29.95 32.09 32.58 34.54

27.04 29.12 27.88 29.86 30.31 32.08

30.81 32.76 31.42 33.24 34.03 35.99

32.11 34.13 32.74 34.64 35.46 37.50

2198/4 2198/4 2198/4 2198/4 3198/5 3198/5

160/385 160/385 160/385 160/385 200/470 200/470

P P P P P P D D D D D

6.18 14.01 — 6.18 14.01 — 5.79 12.54 175 6.18 14.01 — 6.18 14.01 — 5.79 12.54 175 5.72 13.67 158 5.72 13.67 158 5.72 13.67 158 5.72 13.67 158 5.72 13.67 158

— — — — 12.30 15.54 — — — — 12.30 15.54 11.97 20.70 11.97 20.70 11.97 20.70 11.97 20.70 11.97 20.70

FOR Tank-like build, ride and handling, refinement. AGAINST Slow auto box, third-row space, kerb weight. VERDICT A long time coming but well worth the wait. 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/A 6/A 6/A

D D D D D D

— — — — — — 5.13 12.68 177 5.13 12.68 177 4.66 11.22 177 4.66 11.22 177

— — 7.37 7.37 6.34 6.34

DIMENSIONS Length 3999mm Width 1765mm Height 1708mm Wheelbase 2520mm Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 362 litres Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1259-1297kg Fuel tank 52 litres Warranty 2 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/87cm Headroom 96cm Width 126cm 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 R R R 7 7 7 R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.0L petrol 11.8/17/18.9 1.5L M/T petrol NA/NA/15.8 1.5L A/T petrol NA/NA/15.6 1.5L diesel 13.3/18.6/22.7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7/3/3 7/7/3/3 7/7/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/3/3 7/7/3/3 7/7/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4892mm Width 1860mm Height 1837mm Wheelbase 2850mm Tyre size 265/60 R18 Turning circle dia 11.7m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 225mm Kerb weight 2238-2394kg Fuel tank 80 litres Warranty 2 years/1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 70/95cm Headroom 91cm Width 145cm — — 9.57 9.57 8.58 8.58

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3 3

M/7 R 3 3/3 M/7 R 3 3/3 M/7 R 3 3/3 M/7 F/R 3 3/3 M/7 R 3 3/3 M/7 F/R 3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

El El El El El El El El El El El

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 7 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 6 3 3 6 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 6 7 Endeavour

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

El El El El El El

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

2 2 2 6 2 7

3 3 3 3 3 3

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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3/3 EI/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 In/7 3/3 EI/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

7/3 3/3 7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

7 7 7 7 7 7 3

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

3/7 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7

6.21 15.14 182 14.04 18.67 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 7 — 18.92 155 13.86 16.03 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 7 — 18.92 155 13.86 16.03 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7

FOR Fantastic ride, rich interiors AGAINST Rear seat not as spacious as rivals. VERDICT Face-lift brings Linea back in contention in the midsize sedan space P P P P D D D

3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3

LEATHER SEATS

15.27 21.72 14.11 19.53 12.57 15.22 12.57 15.22 12.57 15.22 12.40 14.23 11.28 17.49

FOR Solid build, great ride. AGAINST Below-par performance, tight rear headroom. VERDICT Still a great-looking car for the money.

LINEA Fiat’s attempt to infuse a feel-good factor with this face-lift has worked rather well. The hugely refreshed cabin feels every bit as modern as you would expect and there’s an all-round improvement in design, materials and features. The engines on offer are also better than what’s in the Classic with the strong petrol T-Jet and the 92bhp version of the 1.3-litre Multi-jet diesel. Active FIRE T-jet Active FIRE T-jet Dynamic FIRE T-jet Emotion FIRE Active Mutijet Dynamic Multijet Emotion Multijet FORCE MOTORS Force One

7.21 18.16 143 6.28 16.58 144 6.79 17.84 153 6.79 17.84 153 6.79 17.84 153 6.01 15.88 171 4.28 9.54 —

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

P P D D D D P

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

91/96 90/114 76/197 76/197 76/197 93/209 147/210

TOP SPEED (KPH)

1172/4 1368/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1368/4

FEATURES

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

6.64 6.56 8.96 8.62 7.29 7.22 8.10 8.04 8.88 8.84 9.32 9.07 11.54 12.26

0-100KPH (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

6.15 6.59 8.59 8.82 7.06 7.35 7.85 8.18 8.63 8.98 8.87 9.43 11.26 11.89

0-60KPH (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

6.80 9.28 7.49 8.35 9.19 9.45 12.64

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

1.2 Fire Dynamic 1.4 Fire Emotion 1.3 Multijet Active 1.3 Multijet Dynamic 1.3 Multijet Emotion 1.3 Multijet 93PS SPORT 1.4 T-jet Abarth Linea Classic

PERFORMANCE

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

BANGALORE

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

FIAT to FORD


Figo

Figo FIGO The new Figo is a well-engineered car. As a package, it has everything Indian car buyers want. Its power and grown up dynamics will keep keen drivers happy, its practicality will appeal to a buyer looking for a family car and those looking for safety will be impressed too.

1.2 Base 1.2 Ambiente 1.2 Trend 1.2 Titanium 1.2 Titanium+ 1.5 Titanium A/T 1.5 Base 1.5 Ambiente 1.5 Trend 1.5 Titanium 1.5 Titanium+ Figo Aspire

4.97 5.34 5.77 6.54 7.42 8.18 6.11 6.58 7.26 8.06 8.78

5.54 5.89 6.38 7.22 7.99 8.80 6.97 7.32 7.82 8.68 9.46

5.26 5.59 6.05 6.85 7.57 8.15 6.40 6.76 7.20 7.99 8.75

5.40 5.73 6.21 7.04 7.78 8.57 6.68 7.02 7.49 8.32 9.06

5.59 5.94 6.49 7.36 8.14 8.97 6.98 7.34 7.84 8.70 9.48

1196/4 1196/4 1196/4 1196/4 1196/4 1499/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

FOR Safety kit, roomy interiors, plenty of features. AGAINST Interior quality. VERDICT The new Figo fits the bill as a great all-rounder. Much like the last one did.

88/112 88/112 88/112 88/112 88/112 112/136 100/215 100/215 100/215 100/215 100/205

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

FIGO ASPIRE The Aspire may not be as special to drive as other Fords (including the Classic it is to replace) but it does offer everything to help it appeal to a wide buyer base. Ford has clearly spent a lot of money to give buyers what they want, be it in terms of newer concerns as connectivity and safety or in traditional requirements of space, comfort and efficiency. 1.2 Ambiente 1.2 Trend 1.2 Titanium 1.5 Titanium A/T 1.2 Titanium+ 1.5 Ambiente 1.5 Trend 1.5 Titanium 1.5 Titanium+ HONDA Amaze

5.83 6.61 7.78 9.21 8.38 7.32 8.14 9.14 9.76

6.43 7.30 8.36 9.91 9.02 7.88 8.77 9.85 10.52

6.09 6.94 7.92 9.17 8.58 7.24 8.06 9.08 9.69

6.27 7.12 8.15 9.66 8.79 7.56 8.41 9.44 10.08

6.56 7.45 8.54 10.12 9.21 7.91 8.80 9.89 10.56

1196/4 1196/4 1196/4 1499/4 1196/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

5.78 6.80 8.02 7.59 8.02 9.12 7.28 8.26 8.84 9.26

6.42 7.43 8.67 8.20 8.67 9.84 7.98 8.89 9.51 9.94

6.22 7.15 8.28 7.85 8.28 9.36 7.55 8.41 8.98 9.41

6.13 7.10 8.26 7.83 8.26 9.39 7.52 8.41 9.00 9.45

6.46 7.47 8.76 8.26 8.71 9.92 7.91 8.87 9.49 9.95

1198/4 1198/4 1199/4 1198/4 1198/4 1199/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

88/112 88/112 88/112 112/136 88/112 100/215 100/215 100/215 100/215

5/M 5/M 5/M 6/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

7.74 4.97 5.36 5.72 6.34 6.51 7.19 7.71

5.22 5.49 5.92 6.33 6.79 7.35 7.74 8.29

5.01 5.26 5.65 6.03 6.46 6.98 7.34 7.85

5.09 5.34 5.75 6.13 6.60 7.14 7.50 8.03

5.26 5.51 5.93 6.43 6.91 7.48 7.85 8.41

1198/4 1198/4 1198/4 1198/4 1198/4 1198/4 1198/4 1198/4

88/109 88/109 90/110 88/109 88/109 90/110 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200

9.66

10.82

9.94

10.21

10.71

1497/4

— — — — — 6.93 9.76 9.76 9.76 9.76 9.76

— — — — — 6.68 11.62 11.62 11.62 11.62 11.62

P P P P P D D D D

7.07 13.64 7.07 13.64 7.07 13.64 — — 7.07 13.64 4.68 11.03 4.68 11.03 4.68 11.03 4.68 11.03

— — — — — — — — —

15.87 22.05 15.87 22.05 15.87 22.05 — — 15.87 22.05 10.08 12.60 10.08 12.60 10.08 12.60 10.08 12.60

5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P P P P D D D D

5.64 13.27 140 5.64 13.27 140 — — — 5.64 13.27 140 5.64 13.27 140 — — — 5.89 12.97 140 5.89 12.97 140 5.89 12.97 140 5.89 12.97 140

14.09 14.09 — 14.09 14.09 — 13.53 13.53 13.53 13.53

25.87 25.87 — 25.87 25.87 — 15.09 15.09 15.09 15.09

FOR Clever packaging, fun to drive. AGAINST Small boot. VERDICT An upmarket hatch that offers the Honda peaceof-mind ownership experience. 89/109 89/109 89/109 89/109 89/109 89/109 89/109 89/109

BR-V The Honda BR-V is the only model in its class to seat seven. It looks good, offers a pleasant driving experience, and its fuel-efficient engines will appeal to Indian buyers. However, it doesn’t have the rugged appeal of an SUV, and its similarity to the Mobilio might not go down well with image-conscious buyers. 1.5 i-VTEC E

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 5.12 11.11 180 4.66 10.55 176 4.66 10.55 176 4.66 10.55 176 4.66 10.55 176 4.66 10.55 176

FOR Spacious cabin, upmarket dash, seamless CVT gearbox. AGAINST Suspension a bit firm, still not as refined as rivals. VERDICT The effective CVT and new dash makes a good car even better.

BRIO The Brio simply feels like it belongs in a class above. It drives and rides well and has a spacious cabin. It’s only the tiny boot that limits its highway abilities and makes it more suited to the role of a city runabout. 1.2 i-VTEC E 1.2 i-VTEC EX 1.2 i-VTEC S 1.2 i-VTEC V 1.2 i-VTEC VX 1.2 i-VTEC VXBL 1.2 i-VTEC VX AT 1.2 i-VTEC VXBL AT BR-V

P P P P P P D D D D D

DIMENSIONS Length 3886mm Width 1695mm Height 1525mm Wheelbase 2491mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume 257 litres Ground clearance 174mm Kerb weight 995-1048kg Fuel tank 40-42 litres Warranty 2 years/ 1,00,000 kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/88cm Headroom 94cm Width 133cm

FOR All-round comfort, powerful diesel engine, safety equipment. AGAINST Lacks few features, petrol engine lacks punch. VERDICT Delivers almost everything you’d want from a compact sedan.

AMAZE The refreshed Amaze is identifiable by its bolder styling, particularly so at the front-end. Below this bold new grille sits a large, all-new bumper which features a revised air dam and large faux air intakes with fog lights in them. Without bringing the whole bunch of compact sedans together, it’s hard to tell where the new Amaze stands. But in isolation, this is the best the Amaze has been. 1.2 i-VTEC E 1.2 i-VTEC S 1.2 i-VTEC S CVT 1.2 i-VTEC SX 1.2 i-VTEC VX 1.2 i-VTEC VX CVT 1.5 i-DTEC E 1.5 i-DTEC S 1.5 i-DTEC SX 1.5 i-DTEC VX Brio

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

FORD to HONDA

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/A

P P P P P P P P

5.48 12.86 140 5.48 12.86 140 5.48 12.86 140 5.48 12.86 140 5.48 12.86 140 5.48 12.86 140 6.29 15.09 — 6.29 15.09 —

6/M

P

NA

NA

NA

14.55 21.84 14.55 21.84 14.55 21.84 14.55 21.84 14.55 21.84 14.55 21.84 8.36 12.37 8.36 12.37

NA

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 7/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 37 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 In/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/3 El/3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/3/3 7/7/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/3/3 7/7/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1695mm Height 1525mm Wheelbase 2491mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume 359 litres Ground clearance 174mm Kerb weight 995-1048kg Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty 2 years/ 1,00,000 kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 In/7 El/7 El/3 El/3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3990mm Width 1680mm Height 1505mm Wheelbase 2405mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9-9.4m Trunk volume 400 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 9401075kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3

In/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 In/7 El/7 El/3 El/3

NA

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 In/7 3/3 In/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7

7/7

7 7 3/7 3/7

M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Ex El El El El El Ex El El El El

7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 1 7 7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 6 7 3 3 2 3 7 7 1 7 7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 6 7 Figo Aspire

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

El El El El El El El El El

7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 7

7 2 7 7 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 6 7 7 2 7 7 2 7 3 2 7 3 6 7 HONDA Amaze

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 i-VTEC M/T 12.5/17/18 1.5 i-DTEC M/T 15.2/20.8/25.8

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7 7 7/3/3/3 7 3 In 7 7 7 7/3/3/3 7 3 In 7 7 7 7/3/3/3 7 3 In 3 7 7 7/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 7 7 7/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7 7 7/3/3/3 7 3 In 7 7 7 7/3/3/3 7 3 In 3 7 7 7/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 Brio

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 M/T Petrol 12.7/17.4/18.4

7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4453mm Width 1735mm Height 1666mm Wheelbase 2660mm Tyre size 195/60 R16 Turning circle dia 5.3-5.5m Trunk volume 223-691 litres Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 1199-1306kg Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/ max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7

7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol NA/NA/18.16 1.5 Diesel NA/NA/25.83

DIMENSIONS Length 3610mm Width 1680mm Height 1500mm Wheelbase 2345mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 920-940kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64cm/88cm Headroom 90cm Width 128cm

FOR Flexibility of seven seats, easy to drive. AGAINST Lacks the rugged appeal of an SUV, missing key equipment like a touchscreen. VERDICT It may not have the appeal of its rivals, but is an ideal option for large families.

119/145

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol NA/NA/18.16 1.5 Diesel NA/NA/25.83

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 BR-V

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.5 M/T Petrol NA/NA/15.4 1.5 A/T Petrol NA/NA/16 1.5 M/T Diesel NA/NA/21.9 7/7/7/7

7 7 In 7 7 7

7 2 7

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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8.86 9.61 10.19 12.19 10.85 12.27 12.62 12.62 13.53 10.40 11.15 12.03 12.80 13.96 14.31 14.31

9.45 10.24 10.86 12.21 11.67 12.85 13.22 13.22 14.17 11.11 12.02 12.54 13.35 14.56 14.94 14.94

9.05 9.82 10.40 11.56 11.06 12.15 12.49 12.17 13.39 10.49 11.24 11.72 12.47 13.57 13.90 13.55

9.21 10.01 10.63 12.21 11.29 13.00 13.36 13.36 14.31 10.67 11.95 12.47 13.29 14.48 14.84 14.84

9.65 10.49 11.12 12.59 11.83 13.42 13.78 13.65 14.78 11.19 12.00 12.87 13.70 14.94 15.32 15.18

1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200

CR-V Versatile, capable and comfortable, there’s little out there that can challenge the CR-V’s all-round abilities. It’s just that Honda refuses to offer a diesel engine in the CR-V and that’s a shame – the CR-V will have much wider appeal with an oil burner under the hood. 2.0 2WD 2.0 2WD 2.4 AWD 2.4 AWD AVN Jazz

24.94 26.60 26.99 28.77 29.60 31.54 27.92 30.45

24.92 25.92 26.91 28.02 29.50 28.24 28.27 30.08

27.16 29.37 31.96 32.20

1997/4 1997/4 2354/4 2354/4

6.00 6.55 6.82 7.25 7.81 8.40 7.43 7.90 7.81 8.32 8.75 9.37 8.36 8.90 7.70 8.20 8.43 8.99 9.01 9.61 9.52 10.16 10.07 10.76

6.33 6.41 7.01 7.10 7.95 8.33 7.59 7.72 8.00 8.14 8.90 9.33 8.59 8.70 7.76 7.89 8.49 8.65 9.05 9.24 9.57 9.78 10.11 10.34

6.70 7.42 8.72 8.08 8.52 9.77 9.10 8.26 9.05 9.66 10.23 10.82

1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

156/190 156/190 190/226 190/226

7.85 9.05 10.47 11.53 9.64 10.48

8.36 9.64 11.16 11.93 10.29 11.20

8.24 9.42 10.83 11.18 9.95 10.78

8.39 9.61 11.05 12.32 10.17 11.03

8.85 10.10 11.53 12.31 10.61 11.52

1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1498/4 1498/4

P P P P P P P P P D D D D D D D

4.44 10.13 193 4.44 10.13 193 4.44 10.13 193 5.68 11.84 — 4.44 10.13 193 4.44 10.13 193 4.44 10.13 193 4.44 10.13 193 5.68 11.84 — 6.00 14.75 183 6.00 14.75 183 6.00 14.75 183 6.00 14.75 183 6.00 14.75 183 6.00 14.75 183 6.00 14.75 183

12.82 12.82 12.82 8.42 12.82 12.82 12.82 12.82 8.42 13.30 13.30 13.30 13.30 13.30 13.30 13.30

17.22 17.22 17.22 — 17.22 17.22 17.22 17.22 — 14.98 14.98 14.98 14.98 14.98 14.98 14.98

6/M 5/A 5/A 5/A

P P P P

4.82 10.52 — — 5.40 11.13 5.40 11.13

90/110 90/110 89/110 90/110 90/110 89/110 90/110 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200

5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

P P P P P P P D D D D D

6.08 14.20 172 6.08 14.20 172 6.97 14.89 165 6.08 14.20 172 6.08 14.20 172 6.97 14.89 165 6.08 14.20 172 5.09 12.11 167 5.09 12.11 167 5.09 12.11 167 4.94 12.33 -— 4.94 12.33 —

14.96 21.25 14.96 21.25 9.86 12.20 14.96 21.25 14.96 21.25 9.86 12.20 14.96 21.25 12.76 15.33 12.76 15.33 12.76 15.33 11.87 14.40 11.87 14.40

FOR Spacious, flexible cabin, easy to drive. AGAINST Dashboard is a bit basic, rear seat set too low. VERDICT A stylish, easy-to-drive and versatile MPV from Honda. 119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 100/200 100/200

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P P D D

— — — — — —

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

11.07 150 11.07 150 11.07 150 11.07 150 14.88 143 14.88 143

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3

El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 M/7 El/7 El/3 El/3

7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3

7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

14.27 20.51 14.27 20.51 14.27 20.51 14.27 20.51 14.38 16.61 14.38 16.61

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3 3

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3

7/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

M/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 M/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7

7 7 7 3 7 3

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 7 7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 ln/7 El/3

In In In In In In In In

3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 City

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 CR-V ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.0 M/T NA/NA/13.7 2.0 A/T NA/NA/13.7 2.4 A/T NA/NA/12

3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

6 7 6 7 6 7 6 7 Jazz ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 M/T Petrol 12.3/16.9/18.7 1.2 A/T Petrol 11.4/16.1/19 1.5 M/T Diesel 14.4/19.8/27.3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4386mm Width 1683mm Height 1603mm Wheelbase 2652mm Tyre size 185/65-R15 Turning circle dia 10.4-10.08m Trunk volume 223 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1160-1245kg Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/93cm Headroom 99cm Width 127cm 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 11/17/17.4-17.8 Petrol CVT NA/NA/18 Diesel 14.2/19.5/25.1-26

DIMENSIONS Length 3955mm Width 1694mm Height 1544mm Wheelbase 2530mm Tyre size 175/65 R15, 175/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.2m Trunk volume 354 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 10071155kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 2 years/40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3

7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 3 3 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3

In In In In In Re Re Re Re In In In In Re Re Re

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

In In In In

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In In In In In

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Mobilio

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.5 M/T Petrol NA/NA/17.3 1.5 M/T Diesel 13.8/18.2/24.2

7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3

7 7 3 3 7 7

7 3 3 3 7 3

In In In In In In

7 3 3 3 7 3

7 7 3 3 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 2 2 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

DIMENSIONS Length 4545mm Width 1820mm Height 1685mm Wheelbase 2620mm Tyre size 225/65-R17 Turning circle dia 11.08m Trunk volume 589 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 14701600kg Fuel tank 58 litres Warranty 2 years/40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 71.5/93.5cm Headroom 96cm Width 142.5cm

— 12.12 15.42 3/7 — — — 3/3 — 7.34* 8.40* 3/3 — 7.34* 8.40* 3/3

FOR Massive cabin, efficient engines. AGAINST No top-end model (automatic), diesel engine is noisy. VERDICT A well-rounded hatchback that’s more practical than exciting.

MOBILIO For many, the Mobilio’s smart looks, especially from the side and rear, the spacious and airy cabin, decent luggage space, strong engines and well-sorted dynamics justifies the premium over the competition. The Mobilio isn’t just a practical and capable people-mover, but a proper upmarket family car. 1.5 i-VTEC E 1.5 i-VTEC S 1.5 i-VTEC V 1.5 i-VTEC V (O) 1.5 i-DTEC E 1.5 i-DTEC S

5/M 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M CVT 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4440mm Width 1695mm Height 1495mm Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 175/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 510 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 10291165kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 75/100cm Headroom 91cm Width 169.5cm

FOR Comfortable ride, strong petrol motor. AGAINST Hard interior plastics, lethargic fivespeed auto, no diesel option. VERDICT Amazing versatility. All it needs is a diesel motor.

JAZZ If space and versatility are paramount, there is quite simply no better option than the Jazz. Helping the Jazz’s case this time around is the fact that it can be had with a diesel engine and even in petrol automatic form meaning there’s a version of the car for every type of hatchback buyer. 1.2 i-VTEC E 1.2 i-VTEC S 1.2 i-VTEC S CVT 1.2 i-VTEC SV 1.2 i-VTEC V 1.2 i-VTEC V CVT 1.2 i-VTEC VX 1.5 i-DTEC E 1.5 i-DTEC S 1.5 i-DTEC SV 1.5 i-DTEC V 1.5 i-DTEC VX Mobilio

FOR Efficient engines, classleading equipment and space. AGAINST Noisy diesel, skinny tyres. VERDICT The benchmark midsize sedan.

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

ESP ABS

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

TOP SPEED (KPH)

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

0-100KPH (SECS)

P P P P D D D D

SAFETY

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

0-60KPH (SECS)

6/M 6/M 6/M CVT 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200

LEATHER SEATS

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

12.44 13.68 14.85 15.04 12.44 13.79 14.86 16.17

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

12.07 13.25 14.36 14.54 11.44 13.34 14.39 15.65

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

BANGALORE

11.27 12.35 13.36 13.52 11.23 12.44 13.41 14.57

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

CHENNAI

11.78 12.96 14.08 14.25 11.98 13.30 14.34 15.60

CITY The fourth-generation catapults ahead of the competition. It is packed with features, has brilliantly comfortable seats, a powerful petrol, a responsive diesel, a cleverly packaged cabin and much better interior quality than before. All these take it straight to the top of its game. 1.5 i-VTEC E 1.5 i-VTEC S 1.5 i-VTEC SV 1.5 i-VTEC SV CVT 1.5 i-VTEC V 1.5 i-VTEC VX 1.5 i-VTEC VX(O) 1.5 i-VTEC VX(O) BL 1.5 i-VTEC VX CVT 1.5 i-DTEC E 1.5 i-DTEC S 1.5 i-DTEC SV 1.5 i-DTEC V 1.5 i-DTEC VX 1.5 i-DTEC VX(O) 1.5 i-DTEC VX(O) BL CR-V

FEATURES

10.92 12.34 1340 13.56 11.09 12.71 13.70 14.91

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

1.5 i-VTEC S 1.5 i-VTEC V 1.5 i-VTEC VX 1.5 i-VTEC V CVT 1.5 i-DTEC E 1.5 i-DTEC S 1.5 i-DTEC V 1.5 i-DTEC VX City

PERFORMANCE

KOLKATA

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

MUMBAI

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

DELHI

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

HONDA to HONDA


CRETA Buyers looking for a compact or mid-size SUV will be pleased to know that the Creta is well built, comfortable inside and very well-equipped. It feels reasonably composed and easy to drive and what helps further is that the 1.6-litre diesel engine is one of the best around. 1.6 Base 1.6 S 1.6 SX+ 1.6 SX+ A/T 1.4 CRDi Base 1.4 CRDi S 1.4 CRDi S+ 1.6 CRDi VGT SX 1.6 CRDi VGT SX+ 1.6 CRDi VGT SX+ A/T 1.6 CRDi VGT SX (O) Elantra

10.46 12.05 13.78 14.95 11.56 13.35 14.40 14.76 15.92 17.25 17.16

11.13 12.62 14.45 15.68 12.44 13.93 15.03 15.42 16.64 18.04 17.95

9.87 10.96 10.98 14.68 10.80 11.87 13.03 13.25 14.47 15.48 15.51

10.66 12.34 14.36 14.36 12.16 13.35 14.62 14.99 16.20 17.44 17.47

11.19 12.75 14.84 16.19 12.65 13.88 15.20 15.57 16.82 18.12 18.14

1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4

123/151 123/151 123/151 123/151 90/220 90/220 90/220 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260

ELANTRA With the Elantra, Hyundai has gone further to cement its core strengths. It looks even better than before, has a plush, new-look cabin and, as with every Hyundai, it also sports a lengthy features list. Elantra may not be as sophisticated as its European rivals or exceptional in any one area, but remains a very well-rounded car. 1.8 VTVT S 1.8 VTVT SX 1.8 VTVT SX A/T 1.6 CRDi VGT Base 1.6 CRDi VGT S 1.6 CRDi VGT SX 1.6 CRDi VGT SX A/T Eon

17.29 18.79 20.06 18.22 19.15 20.74 22.25

17.96 19.52 20.85 18.85 19.82 21.46 23.03

14.97 16.36 17.48 15.49 16.31 17.67 18.80

18.25 19.84 21.19 18.83 19.79 21.44 23.01

18.86 20.50 21.90 19.46 20.45 22.16 23.79

1797/4 1797/4 1797/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4

150/178 150/178 150/178 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260

EON What the Eon does is inject a degree of desirability into the budget car segment. It is rather well equipped by segment standards and has smart interiors. The 800cc engine is a bit of a letdown and does feel gutless at times, so the 1.0-litre engine will be the better bet if you plan to travel full-up a lot of the time. D-lite D-lite + D-lite + LPG Era + Era + LPG Magna + Magna + LPG Magna + (O) 1.0 litre Kappa Sportz Grand i10

3.58 3.86 3.60 4.01 4.30 4.35 4.66 4.83 4.68

3.85 4.15 4.41 4.31 4.54 4.68 4.76 5.17 5.02

3.46 3.22 3.61 3.47 3.75 3.79 4.08 4.07 4.10

3.72 4.03 4.04 4.20 4.39 4.56 4.54 5.04 4.89

3.90 4.21 4.17 4.38 4.71 4.75 5.09 5.26 5.09

814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 998/3 814/3

5.36 6.18 5.89 5.57 6.21 6.00 6.65 6.13 6.29 6.95 7.29 6.82 7.30 6.44 6.65 7.33 7.65

5.75 6.35 6.14 5.97 6.55 6.44 7.04 6.74 6.76 7.36 7.65 7.15 7.73 6.92 7.25 7.80 8.05

5.32 5.63 NA NA 5.08** 4.99** 5.54 5.86 6.85 NA 5.98 6.32 NA NA 6.16 6.65 6.29 6.63 7.17 7.40 7.12 7.49 6.64 7.00 NA NA 6.35 6.69 6.57 6.92 7.02 7.39 7.32 7.71

5.90 NA 6.62 6.20 6.66 6.55 NA 6.66 7.01 7.88 7.93 7.40 NA 7.12 7.36 7.86 8.19

1197/4 1197/4 998/3 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1120/3 1120/3 1120/3 1120/3

FOR Refinement, fit and finish, user friendly. AGAINST Lacks proper credentials, some varients pricey. VERDICT A perfect blend of SUV appeal and everyday usability. 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M

P P P P D D D D D D D

5.45 12.70 184 5.45 12.70 184 5.45 12.70 184 — — — — — — — — — — — — 4.40 10.81 188 4.40 10.81 188 5.05 11.53 178 4.40 10.81 188

P P P D D D D

4.79 10.45 210 4.79 10.45 210 5.40 12.07 191 4.47 10.28 191 4.47 10.28 191 4.47 10.28 191 4.58 10.92 —

56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 69/94 56/75

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P/L P P/L P P/L P P

6.46 17.60 6.46 17.60 — — 6.46 17.60 — — 6.46 17.60 — — — — 6.46 17.60

142 142 — 142 — 142 — — 142

14.07 19.59 14.07 19.59 14.07 19.59 — — — — — — — — 11.52 12.42 11.52 12.42 6.83 9.07 11.52 12.42

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P CNG P/L P CNG P CNG P P CNG P P CNG D D D D

5.36 13.40 168 — — — — — — 5.36 13.40 168 — — — 5.36 13.40 168 — — — 5.36 13.40 168 5.36 13.40 168 5.36 13.40 168 — — — 5.36 13.40 168 — — — 6.85 20.25 149 6.85 20.25 149 6.85 20.25 149 6.85 20.25 149

13.33 18.10 13.33 18.10 6.65 9.34 14.95 15.92 14.95 15.92 14.95 15.92 6.89 8.86

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 R R 7 7 R R R R R

7 7 3 3 7 7 3 7 3 3 3

7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/3 7/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7

ln/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 ln/7 El/7 El/7 EI/3 EI/3 EI/3 EI/3

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7 3 3 7 7 3 3

M/7 El/7 El/7 M/7 M/7 El/7 El/7

R R R R R R R

3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/7 El/3 El/3 EI/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 In/7 In/7 Ex/7 In/7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/7 7/7 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 R R R R R R R R 7 7 R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 In/7 El/7 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3

In In In In

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 HYUNDAI Creta

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T P 9.5/14.5/15.2, 1.6 M/T D 12.5/17.5/19.6, 1.6 A/T D 11.5/16.5/17 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 6 7 Elantra

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 7 7 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 6 6 2 2 6 6

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Eon

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 0.8L 13.7/17.2/21.1 1.0L NA/NA/20.3

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 3/3/3/3 7 7 In 7 3/3/3/3 7 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T Petrol 9.8/14.4/NA M/T Diesel 12.8/17/22.7 A/T Diesel 11.2/16.2/NA

DIMENSIONS Length 3765mm Width 1660mm Height 1520mm Wheelbase 2425mm Tyre size 165/65 R14 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 256 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1093kg Fuel tank 43 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/89cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm 24.25 — — 24.25 — 24.25 — 24.25 24.25 24.25 — 24.25 — 17.23 17.23 17.23 17.23

3 3 3 3

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7 3 7 3

ESP ABS

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

7 7 7 7

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS Length 3495mm Width 1550mm Height 1500mm Wheelbase 2380mm Tyre size 145/80 R12, 155/70 R13 Turning circle dia 9.1m Trunk volume 215 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 715-795kg Fuel tank 32 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/80cm Headroom 90cm Width 116.5cm

16.86 26.49 16.86 26.49 — — 16.86 26.49 — — 16.86 26.49 — — — — 16.86 26.49

13.56 — — 13.56 — 13.56 — 13.56 13.56 13.56 — 13.56 — 14.24 14.24 14.24 14.24

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4530mm Width 1775mm Height 1470mm Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 485 litres Ground clearance 167mm Kerb weight 1259-1329kg Fuel tank 56 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/86cm Headroom 94cm Width 132cm

FOR Easy-to-drive city car, fuel efficient. AGAINST Diesel lacks punch. VERDICT User-friendly and attractive city car that’s good value. 83/114 70.9/100 67/90 83/114 70.9/100 83/114 70.9/100 83/114 83/114 70.9/100 83/114 83/114 70.9/100 71/160 71/160 71/160 71/160

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 4270mm Width 1780mm Height 1630mm Wheelbase 2590mm Tyre size 205/65 R16, 215/60 R17 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 405 litres Ground clearance 190 Kerb weight 1265-1350kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 66/90cm Headroom 99cm Width 134cm

FOR Stylish design, value for money. AGAINST Bouncy high-speed ride, low-rev engine responses. VERDICT A fine allrounder that’s easy to live with. 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/A

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

14.38 16.61 14.38 16.61 14.38 16.61 14.38 16.61

FOR Styling, interior quality. AGAINST Mediocre engine. VERDICT Stylish hatch that brings a touch of class to the segment.

Grand i10 Another example of Hyundai’s expertise at making desirable small cars. Attractive styling, loaded with equipment and a frugal diesel engine option all packed into one well-priced hatchback. The diesel may not have much punch but it is responsive enough in the city. 1.2 Kappa Era 1.2 Kappa Era CNG 1.0 Kappa Magna LPG 1.2 Kappa Magna 1.2 Kappa Magna CNG 1.2 Kappa Sportz 1.2 Kappa Sportz CNG 1.2 Kappa Sportz A/T 1.2 Kappa Asta 1.2 Kappa Asta CNG 1.2 Kappa Asta A/T 1.2 Kappa Asta (O) 1.2 Kappa Asta (O) CNG 1.1 CRDi Era 1.1 CRDi Magna 1.1 CRDi Sportz 1.1 CRDi Asta

14.88 143 14.88 143 14.88 143 14.88 143

LEATHER SEATS

— — — —

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

D D D D

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

0-60KPH (SECS)

1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

13.26 14.09 14.53 15.36

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

12.92 13.73 14.40 15.21

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

12.14 12.45 12.93 13.71

TOP SPEED (KPH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

12.73 13.56 14.10 14.78

0-100KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

12.21 13.65 12.86 14.30

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

1.5 i-DTEC V 1.5 i-DTEC V (O) 1.5 i-DTEC RS 1.5 i-DTEC RS (O) HYUNDAI Creta

PERFORMANCE

CHENNAI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

KOLKATA

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

MUMBAI

MODEL DETAILS

HONDA to HYUNDAI

DELHI

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Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

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ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Kappa M/T 11.7/16.3/NA 1.1 CRDi M/T 15.4/19.6/NA 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Ex Ex Re Re

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 2 2 7 7 7 7

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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i10 It’s old but it still makes sense for people who want a reasonably cheap city car. It’s got good space inside and the 1.1-litre petrol engine is quite peppy, at least at lowspeed situations. The suspension is soft and deals with city roads well too. 1.1 Era 1.1 Magna 1.1 Magna LPG 1.1 Sportz 1.1 Sportz LPG i20 Elite

4.80 5.05 6.05 5.37 5.68

5.10 5.37 5.79 5.72 5.78

4.77 4.99 5.01 5.27 4.46** 4.38** 5.34 5.60 4.75** 4.66**

5.21 5.49 5.35 5.84 6.26

1086/4 1086/4 1086/4 1086/4 1086/4

i20 ELITE It’s easy to say that the i20 is not the car for anyone looking for an engaging driving experience. Sure, it betters the old i20 in almost every way, but dynamics are still not its strongest suit. Where the i20 does come together is as an all-rounder. 1.2 Kappa Era 1.2 Kappa Magna 1.2 Kappa Sportz 1.2 Kappa Asta 1.2 Kappa Asta (O) i20 Active Kappa VTVT i20 Active Kappa VTVT S i20 Active Kappa VTVT SX 1.4 U2 CRDi Era 1.4 U2 CRDi Magna 1.4 U2 CRDi Sportz 1.4 CRDi Asta 1.4 CRDi Asta (O) i20 Active CRDi i20 Active CRDi S i20 Active CRDi SX Santa Fe

6.01 6.82 7.41 7.98 8.39 7.40 8.20 9.02 7.62 8.28 8.93 9.49 9.91 9.03 9.85 10.70

6.58 7.26 7.93 8.50 8.94 7.91 8.76 9.64 8.21 8.92 9.62 10.21 10.66 9.72 10.60 11.51

6.28 6.45 6.95 7.12 7.61 7.78 8.11 8.34 8.53 8.76 6.77** 7.72 7.51** 8.56 8.28** 9.43 6.78** 7.85 8.16 8.54 8.80 9.21 9.39 9.78 9.80 10.21 8.05** 9.29 8.79** 10.13 9.56** 11.01

6.78 7.49 8.18 8.78 9.22 8.13 9.00 9.92 8.31 9.03 9.74 10.34 10.79 9.83 10.71 11.64

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4

83/114 83/114 83/114 83/114 83/114 83/115 83/115 83/115 90/220 90/220 90/220 90/220 90/220 90/220 90/220 90/220

SANTA FE The Santa Fe mixes a near-200bhp diesel engine with strong styling and a well-appointed, spacious cabin, and ticks all the boxes on the SUV owner’s wish-list. It’s a bit bouncy at speed and costs north of Rs 30 lakh though. 4x2 4x2 A/T 4x4 A/T Verna

33.36 34.48 34.48 36.01 37.00 38.64

30.25 34.17 31.21 35.68 33.57 38.29

35.69 37.27 40.00

2199/4 2199/4 2199/4

197/420 197/436 197/436

VERNA On the whole, there’s little seriously wrong with the car anymore. Sure, it’s still not the most exciting mid-size sedan to drive, but the reworked suspension has addressed its shortcomings in the ride and handling departments to a large extent. The engines too will not thrill you, but they more than get the job done. 1.4 VTVT Base 1.6 VTVT S 1.6 VTVT S A/T 1.6 VTVT SX 1.6 VTVT SX A/T 1.6 VTVT SX (O) 1.4 CRDi Base 1.6 CRDi S 1.6 CRDi S A/T 1.6 CRDi SX 1.6 CRDi SX (O) 1.6 CRDi SX (O) A/T Xcent

8.85 10.21 11.19 11.01 12.24 12.51 10.45 12.19 13.22 13.03 14.49 15.47

9.34 10.78 11.95 11.73 12.72 12.99 11.08 12.62 13.71 13.49 15.01 16.01

8.94 10.29 11.30 11.10 12.03 12.30 10.41 11.81 12.75 13.29 13.96 14.90

9.11 10.53 12.06 11.37 12.84 13.14 10.58 12.48 13.55 13.35 14.88 15.86

9.62 11.11 12.54 11.98 13.35 13.63 11.22 13.02 14.15 13.92 15.50 16.53

1396/4 1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1396/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4

107/135 123/155 123/155 123/155 123/155 123/155 90/220 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260

XCENT Hyundai’s stab at the sub-four-metre sedan segment is arguably the best one we’ve seen yet. With a pair of competent engines, a class-leading equipment list, comfortable, spacious interiors and a big boot, the Xcent showcases how serious Hyundai is about taking a chunk out of the Maruti Dzire’s and Honda Amaze’s pie. 1.2 Kappa Base 1.2 Kappa Base CNG 1.2 Kappa S (O) 1.2 Kappa S (O) A/T 1.2 Kappa SX (O)

5.66 6.21 6.23 6.51 7.87

6.18 7.09 7.00 7.09 8.38

6.11 NA 6.51 7.19 7.85

6.13 NA 6.52 7.33 8.13

6.35 NA 6.97 7.83 8.62

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4

83/114 70.9/100 83/114 83/114 83/114

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P P P

R 7 7/3 3/3 El/3

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7

6/M 6/A 6/A

D D D

— — 4.15 9.53 4.15 9.53

— — —

FOR Cabin quality, overall refinement. AGAINST Still not a driver’s car, rear seat is too low. VERDICT Well-rounded as before and now a lot better to drive. 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 4/A 5/M 6/M 6/M 4/A 6/M 6/M 4/A

P P P P P P D D D D D D

— — — 4.92 11.49 191 5.48 12.49 175 4.92 11.49 191 5.48 12.49 175 4.92 11.49 191 — — — 4.16 9.72 191 — — — 4.16 9.72 191 4.16 9.72 191 — — —

— — 12.65 18.30 7.48 9.33 12.65 18.30 7.48 9.33 12.65 18.30 — — 12.17 15.25 — — 12.17 15.25 12.17 15.25 — —

FOR Smart interiors, fit and finish, equipment list. AGAINST Suspension can get thumpy, diesel could use a bit more power. VERDICT The best in the segment. Need we say more? 5/M 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M

DIMENSIONS Length 4690mm Width 1880mm Height 1690mm Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 235/60 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 185mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 64 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

— — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 5.93 7.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 5.93 7.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/M El/M El/M

R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3 3

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 R R R R R 7 R R R R R

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3

3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

R R R R R

7 7 3 3 3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

In In In In In

7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 i20 Elite

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol 11.5/15.2/NA 1.4 Diesel 13.8/19.5/NA 7 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 7 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In

7 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 2 7 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 7 2 3 2 3 2 7 2 7 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 7 2 3 2 3 2 Santa

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Fe

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 7 3 2 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 7 3 2 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 3 3 6 3 Verna ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.6 Petrol M/T 9.8/15.3/NA 1.6 Petrol A/T 8.5/14.1/NA 1.6 Diesel M/T 13.9/17.9/NA 1.6 Diesel A/T 11.5/15.3/NA 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1660mm Height 1520mm Wheelbase 2425mm Tyre size 165/65 R14, 175/60 R15 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 407 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 43 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/89cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm

P 5.80 14.23 172 13.67 22.17 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 CNG — — — — — 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 P 5.80 14.23 172 13.67 22.17 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 P — — — — — 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 P 5.80 14.23 172 13.67 22.17 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7 7 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 4375mm Width 1700mm Height 1475mm Wheelbase 2570mm Tyre size 185/65 R15, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 465 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1071-1191kg Fuel tank 43 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 65/88cm Headroom 87cm Width 130cm 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3 2 7 i10 ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ * Indian Driving Cycle 1.1 12/16.3/19.81

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 3/3/3/3 7 7 3/3/3/3 7

FOR Cabin space, equipment, premium DIMENSIONS Length 3985-3995mm Width 1734-1760mm Height 1505-1555mm looks. AGAINST Lacks driver appeal, Wheelbase 2570mm Tyre size 185/70 R14, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m top-end versions pricey. VERDICT Not Trunk volume 285 litres Ground clearance 170-190mm Kerb weight 1080-1200 very engaging to drive but feels every kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS bit a premium hatch. Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/84cm Headroom 95cm Width 130cm 5/M P 6.55 15.71 167 16.16 26.26 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7 7/7 7 7 7/3 3/7 In/7 7 7/7/7/7 5/M P 6.55 15.71 167 16.16 26.26 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 7/7 7 7 7/3 3/7 El/7 7 7/3/3/3 5/M P 6.55 15.71 167 16.16 26.26 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 M/7 R 3 7/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/3/3/3 5/M P 6.55 15.71 167 16.16 26.26 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 R 3 7/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/3/3/3 5/M P 6.55 15.71 167 16.16 26.26 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 R 3 3/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/7/3/3 5/M P — — — — — 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 7/7 7 7 7/3 3/7 ln/7 7 7/3/3/3 5/M P — — — — — 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 R 3 7/3 3/7 El/3 7 3/3/3/3 5/M P — — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 R 3 3/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/7/3/3 6/M D 5.34 12.85 181 12.43 13.84 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7 7/7 7 7 7/3 3/7 In/7 7 7/7/7/7 6/M D 5.34 12.85 181 12.43 13.84 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 7/7 7 7 7/3 3/7 El/7 7 7/3/3/3 6/M D 5.34 12.85 181 12.43 13.84 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 M/7 R 3 7/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/3/3/3 6/M D 5.34 12.85 181 12.43 13.84 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 R 3 3/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/3/3/3 6/M D 5.34 12.85 181 12.43 13.84 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 R 3 3/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/7/3/3 6/M D — — — — — 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 7/7 7 7 7/3 3/7 ln/7 7 7/3/3/3 6/M D — — — — — 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 R 3 7/3 3/7 El/3 7 3/3/3/3 6/M D — — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 R 3 3/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/7/3/3 FOR Spacious cabin, equipment, powerful engine. AGAINST Price, doesn’t like being driven hard. VERDICT Pricey but ticks all the boxes.

ESP ABS

7 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 7

DIMENSIONS Length 3585mm Width 1595mm Height 1550mm Wheelbase 2380mm Tyre size 155/80 R13 Turning circle dia 9.5m Trunk volume 225 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 860-935kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/85cm Headroom 93cm Width 125cm

5.95 15.55 149 14.67 20.64 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 5.95 15.55 149 14.67 20.64 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 — — — — — 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 5.95 15.55 149 14.67 20.64 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 — — — — — 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

SAFETY

3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In In In In In

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 4 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 4 7 4 7 Xcent

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 11.5/16.3/19.1 Petrol A/T NA/NA/15.1 Diesel M/T 16.2/20.3/24.4 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

In In In In In

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 2 2 2

7 7 7 7 7

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

M/7

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

6.85 20.25 149 14.24 17.23 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

FOR Responsive engine, low-speed ride. AGAINST Dated, wallowy ride at the rear. VERDICT Works well as a city car. 69/99 69/99 69/99 69/99 69/99

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

D

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

5/M

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

71/160

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

1120/3

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

8.59

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

8.09

TOP SPEED (KPH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

7.68

0-100KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

8.37

0-60KPH (SECS)

CHENNAI

8.01

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

1.1 CRDi Asta (O) i10

PERFORMANCE

KOLKATA

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

MUMBAI

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

DELHI

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

HYUNDAI to HYUNDAI


MU-7 Isuzu has a reputation for making hard-wearing, bullet-proof, reliable SUVs and pickup trucks and that’s exactly what the MU-7 is. It feels tank-like in its toughness, the styling is right and the engine is strong. However, at present, it is not as well equipped as its rivals and the dealer network is tiny. MU-7 High 4x2 M/T MU-7 Premium 4x2 A/T D-Max V-Cross

20.95** 20.82** 21.63** 21.31** 21.25** 2999/4 23.55** 23.41** 24.23** 23.91** 23.85** 2999/4

163/360 163/332

D-Max V-Cross Isuzu’s aiming to create the lifestyle pick-up segment with the V-Cross, which is heavily based on the big, burly Chevy Trailblazer. It offers a more premium option over the Tata Xenon and the upcoming Scorpio Getaway. 4x4 M/T JAGUAR F-type

NA

12.29** 12.63** 12.49**

NA

2499/4

136/320

JAGUAR F-TYPE It’s pricey. What you get is with a choice of a V6, V8 and a supercharged V8, a completely mental soundtrack, and a thoroughly enjoyable driving experience. It rides well too and that makes it all the more conducive to our environment. Shame about the price then. F-type Coupe F-type S Coupe F-type R Coupe F-type V6 S Convertible F-type V8 S Convertible XE

142.14 156.19 212.52 173.47 197.29**

163.21 223.97 244.05 202.26 223.97

140.55 155.02 210.11 171.36 201.54

148.44 148.44 231.00 181.10 212.86

200.81 207.08 253.00 222.79 259.21

2995/V6 2995/V6 5000/V8 2995/V6 5000/V8

340/450 379/460 550/680 379/460 495/625

JAGUAR XE Jaguar has now launched a car that feels as good inside, is virtually accommodating and for the most part better to drive. There’s still a little work to be done to it make it as appealing as the XE deserves, but there is no doubt about its abilities. XE 2.0 Pure XE 2.0 Portfolio XF

45.27 54.38

47.90 57.55

46.79 48.93 54.34 56.94

NA NA

1999/4 1999/4

57.98 60.82 55.20 57.60 59.63 62.26 69.37 72.52

56.74 61.42 57.10 57.16 65.97 61.81 59.98 71.89

65.56 1999/4 61.24 2179/4 66.57 2179/4 NA 2993/V6

199/320 240/339

240/339 190/449 190/449 274/600

112.23 118.62 101.40** 121.15 99.47** 1999/4 240/340 115.57 121.61 100.20** 119.69 98.27** 2993/V6 300/700 124.47 130.99 107.82** 128.65 105.83** 2993/V6 300/700

JAGUAR XK Grand Tourers don’t come more comfortable than the XK. It makes for a brilliant long-distance car with an effortless V8 under the hood. That said, the V8 will run happily on regular fuel which makes it all the more easier to take it all over the country should you wish to do so. Need something more hardcore? There’s the XKR-S – it’s a beast and a thrilling one at that. XKR Coupe XKR Convertible XKR-S

145.03 153.06 135.06 146.20 NA 162.50 135.06 146.20 171.06 164.23 165.19 155.15

NA NA NA

FOR Acres of room inside, feels tough and well built. AGAINST Tiny dealer network. VERDICT A no-nonsense, oldschool SUV. 5/M 4/A

D D

5.14 11.72 — — — —

D

P P P P P

— — — — —

— — — — —

— — — — —

8/A 8/A

P P

— — — 3.43 6.98 —

5000/V8 510/625 5000/V8 510/625 5000/V8 550/680

8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

P D D D

3.90 4.02 4.02 3.41

8.65 9.24 9.24 7.34

— — — 250

P D D

3.90 8.65 — — — — 3.10 6.43 —

P P P

— — —

— — —

— — —

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 In/7 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

— — — — —

3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

— — — — —

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3

3/7

7 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

5.98 7.08 7.08 5.51

3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3

2 7 2 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 ISUZU MU-7

3 3/3/3/7 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 2 7 3 3/3/3/7 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 2 7 D-Max V-Cross ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 — 3 7 7

3 2 7 JAGUAR F-type

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 7 3 3

El/El R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 7 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

7 7 7 7

In In In In

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 XJ

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3 XK

DIMENSIONS Length 4794-4804mm Width 1892mm Height 1312-1329mm Wheelbase 2752mm Tyre size 255/35 R20, 255/30 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000 km Kerb weight 1660-1800kg Fuel tank 71 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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3 3 3 3 3 XE

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 5255mm Width 2105mm Height 1460mm Wheelbase 3157mm Tyre size 245/50 R18, 275/45 R18 Turning circle dia 12.3 Trunk volume NA Warranty NA Kerb weight 1774kg Fuel tank 77-80 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

— — —

In In In In In In

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 7 3 3 3 3 XF DIMENSIONS Length 4961mm Width 1877mm Height 1460mm ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ * Wheelbase 2909mm Tyre size 235/55 R17 Turning circle dia 11.4m Trunk Indian Driving Cycle volume 500 Litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000 km Kerb weight 1820kg XF 3.0 Diesel 8.5/13.0/13.53 Fuel tank 70 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 65/89cm Headroom 89cm Width 141cm

5.54 5.98 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 4.17 4.60 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

— — —

7 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3 7 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 4795mm Width 1850mm Height 1416mm Wheelbase 2835mm Tyre size 225/55 R17 Turning circle dia 11.7m Trunk volume 455 litres Warranty NA Kerb weight 1547kg Fuel tank NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

— — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 4.40 4.99 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

5.54 5.79 5.79 5.14

7/7 7/7

3 3 7 3 3 3

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 7 7 3 3

ESP ABS

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

R R 7 R R R

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

LEATHER SEATS

M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

DIMENSIONS Length 4470mm Width 1923mm Height 1308-1321mm Wheelbase 2622mm Tyre size 245/40 R19, 255/35 R20, 275/35 R19, 295/30 R20 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 200 Litres Kerb weight 1614-1665kg Fuel tank 72 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Ride, performance. AGAINST It’s been around for some time now. VERDICT Still one of the best allround GTs around. 6/A 6/A 6/A

7 7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS Length 5295mm Width 1860mm Height 1840mm Wheelbase 3095mm Tyre size 245/70 R16 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 225mm Kerb weight 1905kg Fuel tank 76 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Still looks good, performance, price. AGAINST Lacks refinement of rivals, showing its age. VERDICT Still not class best, but one we’d highly recommend nonetheless. 8/A 8/A 8/A

7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3

8.58 13.27 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 — — 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Thrilling to drive, mental exhaust note, nice ride. AGAINST Expensive. VERDICT In one word, mental. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 4955mm Width 1800mm Height 1805mm Wheelbase 3050mm Tyre size 245/70 R16 Turning circle dia 12.4m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 19401945kg Fuel tank 76 litres Warranty 3 years, 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR NA AGAINST NA VERDICT Has a lot of potential and with its competitive pricing, may find many takers too. 5/M

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

— — 16.94 16.94 16.94 16.94

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

— — 13.06 13.06 13.06 13.06

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

— — — — — — 6.39 18.61 156 6.39 18.61 156 6.39 18.61 156 6.39 18.61 156

FOR Strong performance, excellent ride. AGAINST Rear seat headroom and support, cheap bits on the inside. VERDICT For those who think there are too many Es, 5s and A6s around.

JAGUAR XJ The 2016 Jaguar XJ sedan gets new LED headlights, and the inside gets better quality leather seating. It gets minor styling tweaks, a rear spoiler, sport seats and special trim on the inside. The sedan’s infotainment system also receives a thorough revamp with Jaguar’s InControl Touch Pro system. 2.0 Portfolio 3.0 Premium Luxury 3.0 Portfolio XK

CNG P D D D D

FOR Ride and handling, interior. AGAINST Less rear legroom than most of its rivals, boot space. VERDICT A car capable of taking on established players at their own game.

JAGUAR XF The XF is a good alternative to the German brigade. The engines are smooth, the XF is relaxing to drive and it rides well. It’s just that the rear seats aren’t the most spacious and the interiors are looking a bit dated and cheap now. XF 2.0 Petrol XF 2.2 Diesel Executive Ed. XF 2.2 Diesel Luxury XF 3.0 Diesel XJ

5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

1197/4 70.9/100 1197/4 83/114 1120/3 72/180 1120/3 72/180 1120/3 72/180 1120/3 72/180

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

7.88 9.49 7.52 8.56 8.46 9.86

FEATURES

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

BANGALORE

7.40 9.00 7.20 7.99 7.87 9.30

TOP SPEED (KPH)

CHENNAI

7.17 8.69 6.83 7.60 7.90 8.95

0-100KPH (SECS)

KOLKATA

9.91 9.21 7.42 8.40 8.63 9.72

0-60KPH (SECS)

MUMBAI

8.40 8.70 6.90 7.83 7.83 9.06

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

1.2 Kappa SX (O) CNG 1.2 Kappa SX (O) A/T 1.1 CRDi Base 1.1 CRDi S 1.1 CRDi S (O) 1.1 CRDi SX (O) ISUZU MU-7

HYUNDAI to JAGUAR

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

MODEL DETAILS

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LAMBORGHINI Aventador AVENTADOR A V12 Lamborghini has to be a hairy old beast. The Aventador is just that with a lot of new tech and a bit more manners under its angular skin. It is brutal, unhinged, provocative, demented, and also surprisingly grown up. Seriously, the kicks it can provide, in the manner it provides them, is what makes it special.

LP700-4 LP700-4 Roadster Huracan

375.00** 483.73** 655.00** 660.00**

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

6498/V12 700/689 6498/V12 700/689

HURACAN Brilliant to look at, incredibly quick, loaded with technology and very useable in our conditions, the Huracán doesn’t just replace the Gallardo, it takes Lamborghini’s V10 supercar to an all-new level. The Huracán LP580-2 gets revised bumpers designed to increase downforce over the front wheels. Huracan LP610-4

343.00**

Huracan LP610-4 Spyder Huracan LP580-2

389.00** NA 299.00** 299.00**

NA

FOR Epic engine, is a riot to drive. AGAINST Unyielding ride ride. VERDICT Tremendously exciting, hugely impractical. 7/A 7/A

P P

DIMENSIONS Length 4780mm Width 2030mm Height 1136mm Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 255/35 R19, 305/35 R19, Turning circle dia 12.5m Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1575kg Fuel tank 90 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Front seat: Legroom min/max 67/81cm Headroom 92cm Width 138cm

1.66 3.28 350 3.57 4.22 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 1.66 3.28 350 3.57 4.22 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

FOR Monumental performance, surprisingly useable. AGAINST Handling could have been better. VERDICT Thoroughly modern supercar that’s brutally quick.

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* LP-700 3.6/8.8/NA

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3 Huracan

DIMENSIONS Length 4459mm Width 1924mm Height 1165mm Wheelbase 2620mm Tyre size 245/35 R19, 305/30 R20, Turning circle dia 11.5m Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1389-1422kg Fuel tank NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Front seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

NA

NA

NA

5204/V10 610/560

7/A

P

3.2 325

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

5204/V10 610/560 5204/V10 581/539

7/A 7/A

P P

— —

3.2 324 3.4 320

— —

— —

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3

LAND ROVER Discovery 4

LAND ROVER Discovery 4 DISCOVERY 4 The bird’s eye from the driver’s seat, the smooth, cultured V6 diesel and the superb ride are what make the Discovery 4 feel special. It looks a bit too boxy for some people’s tastes but that’s the very thing that makes the Disco’s interiors spacious and comfortable. Very capable off-road despite all the luxury it packs as well.

3.0 V6 SE 3.0 V6 HSE Discovery Sport

128.35 139.20 130.92 136.05 166.12 2993/V6 247/600 138.29 149.40 139.50 147.40 179.44 2993/V6 247/600 DISCOVERY SPORT True to its brand, the Discovery Sport promises to be quite a capable off-roader. The car can wade through 600mm water and also comes with a Terrain Response system. Although the car is based on the same platform as the Range Rover Evoque, it is 9 inches longer and also offers improved headroom as it doesn’t get the Evoque’s sloping roofline.

TD4 S Base TD4 SE (5 Seater) TD4 SE (7 Seater) TD4 HSE (5 Seater) TD4 HSE (7 Seater) SD4 HSE Luxury (5 Seater) SD4 HSE Luxury (7 Seater) Range Rover

55.27 61.20 62.95 64.14 65.89 72.76 74.51

56.31 64.33 66.17 67.42 69.27 76.51 78.36

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

56.00 62.00 63.00 67.00 74.00 74.00 75.00

62.09 68.70 70.71 71.84 73.84 81.75 85.74

2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

150/400 150/400 150/400 150/400 150/400 191/420 191/420

RANGE ROVER The new Range Rover is hugely expensive, but then again when you get Rolls-Royce-like luxury and Land Rover-like goanywhere ability in one imposing package. The price is almost justified, the interiors are properly luxurious and well-appointed, and the penthouse-like driving position makes it all the more appealing. 3.0 TDV6 HSE 3.0 TDV6 Vogue 4.4 SDV8 SE 4.4 SDV8 Autobiography 5.0 V8 Autobiography 3.0 TDV6 LWB Vogue 4.4 SDV8 LWB SE 4.4 SDV8 LWB Autobiography 5.0 V8 LWB Autobiography 4.4 SDV8 LWB Autobio. Black 5.0 V8 LWB Autobio. Black Range Rover Evoque

210.55 239.41 285.46 293.65 295.94 251.74 295.24 307.56 309.50 432.34 431.59

226.92 NA 220.92 NA 2993/V6 247/600 258.00 NA 251.16 NA 2993/V6 247/600 307.64 239.51 299.46 NA 4367/V8 339/739 316.47 NA 308.05 NA 4367/V8 339/739 326.01 243.36 317.33 NA 4999/V8 510/625 284.32 NA 240.22 295.16 2993/V6 247/600 333.45 NA 311.64 363.14 4367/V8 339/739 347.37 NA 299.65 354.71 4367/V8 339/739 357.31 NA 304.93 371.99 4999/V8 510/625 494.30 NA 311.64 NA 4367/V8 339/739 508.32 NA 320.51 NA 4999/V8 510/625

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE Where the newer Evoque is identical as before is in its ability off-road, tight body control around bends, stylish cabin and how there’s more space than the radical shape would have you believe. The facelift comes equipped with a hands-free tail-gate function which allows the owners to open the tailgate by waving their foot under the rear bumper. 2.2 Pure (5-door) 2.2 SE (5-door) 2.2 HSE (5-door)

56.43 63.28 69.43

59.37 66.60 73.10

56.12 57.67 62.67 64.71 68.10 70.54

61.54 68.92 75.02

2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

191/420 191/420 191/420

FOR Go-anywhere ability, relaxing to drive. AGAINST Boxy styling. VERDICT Awesome blend of luxury and go-anywhere ability. 8/A 8/A

D D

— —

— —

— —

— —

DIMENSIONS Length 4838mm Width 2176mm Height 1837mm Wheelbase 2885mm Tyre size 235/70 R19 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 280-2558 litres Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage Ground clearance 185mm Kerb weight 2718kg Fuel tank NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA — —

FOR all rond ability, tough build. AGAINST Uncomfortable third row on seven-seat versions, 191hp version is pricey. VERDICT Capable SUV with a personality very distinct from its rivals. 9/A 9/A 9/A 9/A 9/A 9/A 9/A

D D D D D D D

4.65 11.56 4.65 11.56 4.65 11.56 4.65 11.56 4.65 11.56 — — — —

— — — — — — —

7.01 7.01 7.01 7.01 7.01 — —

D D D D P D D D P D P

3.57 3.57 3.68 3.68 — 3.57 3.68 3.68 — 3.68 —

7.90 7.90 8.20 8.20 — 7.90 8.20 8.20 — 8.20 —

— — — — — — — — — — —

4.86 4.86 5.17 5.17 — 4.86 5.17 5.17 — 5.17 —

FOR Stylish looks, go-anywhere ability. AGAINST Gearbox could be smoother, touchscreen feels slow. VERDICT Even nicer to look at now, and more in line with the new Range Rover family template. 9/A 9/A 9/A

D D D

4.03 10.06 — 4.03 10.06 — 4.03 10.06 —

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3 Discovery Sport

DIMENSIONS Length 4600mm Width 1894mm Height 1724mm Wheelbase 2741mm Tyre size NA Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 65 litres Ground clearance 212mm Kerb weight 2000kg Fuel tank NA Warranty 3 years/1.00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 9.04 9.04 9.04 9.04 9.04 — —

FOR Waftability, go-anywhere ability, proper luxury. AGAINST Price. VERDICT Everything a Range Rover stands for, only better. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 El/El El/El El/El El/El

7 F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

7 7 7 3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 148bhp NA/NA/12.83 2.2 188bhp NA/NA/12.51-12.97

El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3

3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4999-5199mm Width 2034mm Height 1835mm Wheelbase 2922-3120mm Tyre size NA Turning circle dia 12.3-13m Trunk volume 535 litres Ground clearance 225-275mm Kerb weight 2687-2717kg Fuel tank NA Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 5.90 5.90 6.13 6.13 — 5.90 6.13 6.13 — 6.13 —

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

M/M R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Range

7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 Rover

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS Length 4465mm Width 1900mm Height1635mm Wheelbase 2660mm Tyre size 225/65 R17, 235/60 R18 Turning circle dia 11.30m Trunk volume 575 litres Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 17662350kg Fuel tank 57 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,00 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

6.62 8.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 6.62 8.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 6.62 8.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 3.0 V6 6.5/9.5/NA

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Re 3 3 Re 3 3 Re 3 3 Re 3 3 Re 3 3 Re 3 3 Re 3 3 Re 3 3 Re 3 3 Re 3 3 Re 3 3 Range

3 3 10 3 3 3 10 3 3 3 10 3 3 3 10 3 3 3 10 3 3 3 10 3 3 3 10 3 3 3 10 3 3 3 10 3 3 3 10 3 3 3 10 3 Rover Evoque

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 7/7/3/3 7 7 Re 3 7 3 3 7 3 3 7/7/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 El 3 3 3 3 7 3

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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LAMBORGHINI Aventador

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

ESP ABS

LAMBORGHINI to LAND ROVER


RANGE ROVER SPORT It’s based on the full-size Range Rover and shares its all-aluminium chassis. It weighs 420kg less than the old Range Rover Sport and this weight loss definitely makes it more Sport than before. This, blended with the uncompromising luxury you expect from a Range Rover, lies at the heart of the Sport’s appeal. Don’t expect it to run rings around a Porsche Cayenne though. 3.0 V6 S 3.0 V6 SE 3.0 V6 HSE 5.0 V8 SC Autobiography 5.0 V8 SC SVR MAHINDRA Bolero

134.06 152.22 174.83 197.31 229.65

144.46 164.03 188.40 226.56 263.70

130.23 134.41 147.43 152.24 95.68 175.08 195.68 201.71 NA 225.00**

166.22 199.11 NA 245.59 235.00**

2993/V6 2993/V6 2993/V6 4999/V8 5000/V8

292/600 292/600 292/600 510/625 551/681

BOLERO Mahindra’s bestseller has made a reputation for being rugged and reliable, which is why it is so popular in rural areas. However, as a personal car, it is too crude and too compromised and isn’t that great on space either. The ageing platform isn’t that great on safety either.

4.03 10.06 —

D D D P P

— — — — 2.48

— — — — 5.23

— — — — —

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

FOR Feels unbreakable, torquey common-rail engine. AGAINST Crude, not too spacious. VERDICT Great if you want a rugged workhorse that’s one step above a pure utility vehicle.

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 El 3 3 3 3 7 3 Range Rover Sport

DIMENSIONS Length 4850-4856mm Width 1983-2073mm Height 1780mm Wheelbase 2923mm Tyre size 235/70 R19, 275/45 R21 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 280-2558 litres Ground clearance 227mm Kerb weight 2335-2675kg Fuel tank NA Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

— — — — — — — — 3.04 4.04

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

6.62 8.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Superb build, comfy seats. AGAINST Not as sporty to drive as you expect it to be. VERDICT A significantly cheaper alternative to the big Range Rover. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

D

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

9/A

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

191/420

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

2179/4

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

82.02

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

77.21

TOP SPEED (KPH)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

74.31

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

80.12

0-60KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

76.09

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

2.2 HSE Dynamic (5-door) Range Rover Sport

PERFORMANCE

CHENNAI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

KOLKATA

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

MUMBAI

MODEL DETAILS

LAND ROVER to MAHINDRA

DELHI

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3 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4107-4494mm Width 1745mm Height 1880-1977mm Wheelbase 2680mm Tyre size 215/75 R15 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 180mm Fuel tank 60 litres. Warranty 1 year unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom 68/79cm Headroom 99.5cm Width 128.5cm

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 MAHINDRA Bolero

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.5L m2DiCR 10.79/13.34/15.4

Plus Non AC

6.43**

8.22

6.58**

8.57

8.56

2523/4

63/195

5/M

D

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

Plus AC

6.80**

8.69

6.96**

9.04

9.22

2523/4

63/195

5/M

D

3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7

SLE

8.92

8.74

8.66

9.09

9.27

2523/4

63/195

5/M

D

8.67 25.61 124 16.56 24.17 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7

SLX

9.53

9.56

8.03

9.72

9.93

2523/4

63/195

5/M

D

8.67 25.61 124 16.56 24.17 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

3 3/3/7/3

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7

ZLX Getaway

9.72

9.64

8.20

10.00

10.32

2523/4

63/195

5/M

D

8.67 25.61 124 16.56 24.17 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

3 3/3/7/3

7 7 Ex 7 3 7

7 7 7 Getaway

GETAWAY With the Bolero PikUp and its variants handling the utility pickup segment, the Getaway and its Scorpio-based underpinning is more of a lifestyle vehicle. The engine’s responsiveness and shift-onthe-fly 4WD system makes it quite capable off-road. The rear seats are cramped and uncomfortable but then again, the big load bay is more than enough to carry all your camping equipment. Getaway 2WD Getaway 4WD KUV100

8.61** 8.28** 9.60** 9.25**

8.12** 8.03** 9.12** 9.02**

10.44 11.64

2609/4 2609/4

117/278 117/278

FOR Off-road ability, rugged build. AGAINST Uncomfy rear seats, bumpy ride. VERDICT If you want a good mix of utility and off-road ability. 5/M 5/M

D D

FOR Value, clever bits in the cabin. AGAINST Oddball proportions, unexciting engines. VERDICT A hatchback that’s refreshingly different but falls short of class-best.

KUV100 With its ‘love it or hate it but you can’t ignore it’ styling, clever interiors and SUV appeal, the KUV100 could be the cat amongst the pigeons in the hatchback segment. It’s an easy car to drive as well and this only helps the small Mahindra’s case.

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Getaway 9.1/11.4/15.9

DIMENSIONS Length 5098mm Width 1770mm Height 1874mm Wheelbase 3040mm Tyre size 245/75 R16 Turning circle dia 12.9m Trunk volume 1540mm x 780mm (width x height) Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 2050kg Fuel tank 80 litres Warranty 2 years or 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 77/88cm Headroom 101cm Width 144cm

7.06 18.17 147 15.01 19.03 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 7.06 18.17 147 15.01 19.03 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7 7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7 7 7 7/7 3/7

In/7 In/7

3 3

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7

DIMENSIONS Length 3675mm Width 1715mm Height 1655mm Wheelbase 2385mm Tyre size 185/65 R14 Turning circle dia 10.1m Trunk volume 243-473 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 1095-1140kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years or unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/89cm Headroom 90cm Width 127cm

3 3 Ex 7 7 7 3 3 Ex 7 7 7

5.10 5.34 5.53 5.77 6.18 6.42 6.96 6.07 6.31 6.51 6.98 7.47 7.72

5.29 5.55 5.71 5.97 6.41 6.67 7.06 6.35 6.62 7.04 7.26 7.54 7.81

5.52** 5.74** 5.88** 6.10** 6.54** 6.76** 7.10** 4.70** 4.92** 5.06** 5.28** 5.66** 5.89**

6.50 6.76 6.91 7.17 7.67 7.92 8.31 5.48 5.74 5.89 6.15 6.58 6.83

5.55 5.82 6.03 6.30 6.75 7.02 7.42 6.65 6.92 7.08 7.35 7.87 8.14

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3

82/115 82/115 82/115 82/115 82/115 82/115 82/115 77/190 77/190 77/190 77/190 77/190 77/190

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P P P P P D D D D D D

6.46 15.13 157 6.46 15.13 157 6.46 15.13 157 6.46 15.13 157 6.46 15.13 157 6.46 15.13 157 6.46 15.13 157 5.57 14.85 146 5.57 14.85 146 5.57 14.85 146 5.57 14.85 146 5.57 14.85 146 5.57 14.85 146

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3

1.2 mFALCON D75 K8 NuvoSport

8.10

8.21

6.23**

7.22

8.55

1198/3

77/190

5/M

D

5.57 14.85 146 11.88 19.80 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

3 7/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 7

NUVOSPORT The NuvoSport is the updated Quanto. But then, with a new chassis, new engine and new automatic gearbox, it’s practically an all-new car. Sadly it’s had to retain some of the Quanto’s biggest sore points like the interior ergonomics and quality. AMT is difficult to drive with a delayed creep function and jerky and slow shifts. For the premium, it really doesn’t bring enough to the table.

FOR Low end torque, space, practicality, tough build. AGAINST Interior design, quality, bouncy ride. VERDICT Lacks sophistication of rivals and seems unecessary after TUV3OO.

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/7 7/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7/3/3/3 7 7 Re 3 3 7 7/3/3/3 7 7 Re 3 3 7 7/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7/3/3/3 7 7 Re 3 3 7 7/3/3/3 7 7 Re 3 3 7

DIMENSIONS Length 3985mm Width 1850mm Height 1870mm Wheelbase 2760mm Tyre size 215/65 R16 Turning circle dia 10.2m Trunk volume 412-850 litres Ground clearance 176mm Kerb weight 2220 kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 70/92cm Headroom 95cm Width 148cm

7 7 7 7 7 7 KUV100

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol 11/13/13.25 1.2 Diesel 15.5/17.3/15.15

1.2 mFALCON G80 K2 1.2 mFALCON G80 K2+ 1.2 mFALCON G80 K4 1.2 mFALCON G80 K4+ 1.2 mFALCON G80 K6 1.2 mFALCON G80 K6+ 1.2 mFALCON G80 K8 1.2 mFALCON D75 K2 1.2 mFALCON D75 K2+ 1.2 mFALCON D75 K4 1.2 mFALCON D75 K4+ 1.2 mFALCON D75 K6 1.2 mFALCON D75 K6+

13.54 13.59 13.54 13.59 13.54 13.59 13.54 13.59 13.54 13.59 13.54 13.59 13.54 13.59 11.88 19.80 11.88 19.80 11.88 19.80 11.88 19.80 11.88 19.80 11.88 19.80

7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 2 7 2 7 2 2 7 2 7 2 7 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 2 7 NuvoSport

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.5 Diesel M 11/15/13 1.5 Diesel AMT 10.7/13.6/12.15

1.5 mHAWK N4

8.56

8.92

7.81**

8.67

9.12

1493/4

101/115

5/M

D

6.92 17.22 149 10.95 14.43 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 7/7

7/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7

1.5 mHAWK N4+

8.93

9.29

8.13**

9.04

9.51

1493/4

101/115

5/M

D

6.92 17.22 149 10.95 14.43 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3

7/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

3 2 7

1.5 mHAWK N6

9.72

10.14

8.86**

9.86

10.37

1493/4

101/115

5/M

D

6.92 17.22 149 10.95 14.43 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

7 7/3/3/3

7 7 El 3 3 7

3 2 7

1.5 mHAWK N6 AMT

10.46 10.91

9.51** 10.59

11.14

1493/4

101/115

5/A

D

9.64 21.09 147 10.91 14.90 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

7 7/3/3/3

7 7 El 3 3 7

3 2 7

1.5 mHAWK N8

10.59 11.06

9.65**

10.75

11.30

1493/4

101/115

5/M

D

6.92 17.22 149 10.95 14.43 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

M/7

3 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

3 7/3/3/3 3 7 El 3 3 7

3 2 7

1.5 mHAWK N8 AMT

11.33 11.83 10.31** 11.99

12.41

1493/4

101/115

5/A

D

9.64 21.09 147 10.91 14.90 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

M/7

3 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

3 7/3/3/3 3 7 El 3 3 7

3 2 7

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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Quanto

Quanto QUANTO On it’s way out the Quanto, like the Nuvosport that replaces it is no small car (at least till the middle row) but it qualifies as a small car in the Indian government’s eyes thanks to its sub-four- metre length and 1.5-litre diesel engine. Mahindra says it’s a seven-seater but don’t be fooled – the side-facing third row seats are incredibly narrow and it’s a squeeze sitting on them.

C2 C4 C6 C8 Ssangyong Rexton

7.98 8.62 9.16 9.75

8.06 8.71 9.26 9.87

7.10 7.70 8.35 8.85

7.79 8.42 8.95 9.53

8.46 9.14 9.72 10.35

1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3

100/240 100/240 100/240 100/240

FOR Good value, sturdy. AGAINST Cabin quality, tight third row, looks. VERDICT Versatile and good value but has its quirks. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

REXTON Smart looking, well equipped and well priced. The Rexton is a very relaxing SUV to drive and the ride is good as well. The Rexton undercuts its rivals on price and this is its biggest draw. Downsides include the sluggish automatic transmission (you can opt for a manual) and the fact that SsangYong is a relatively unknown brand. RX5 MT TOD RX6 MT TOD RX7 AT AWD Scorpio

23.23 24.63 26.46 27.49 28.01 29.12

20.75 22.24 22.58 28.29 23.06 29.96

23.53 29.43 31.17

2696/5 2696/5 2696/5

164/339 164/339 187/420

10.28 11.85 13.85 12.36 13.13 12.59 13.56 14.77 15.56 15.63 16.94 17.01

10.43 11.20 12.69 11.63 13.24 12.64 13.08 14.11 14.89 15.48 16.25 16.92

9.51 10.30 12.40 10.38 11.50 11.55 11.86 12.78 13.49 14.70 14.72 16.05

10.95 12.24 14.22 12.77 14.22 12.24 13.88 15.21 16.03 16.90 17.47 18.42

11.18 12.34 14.33 12.88 14.38 13.60 14.19 15.40 16.24 17.09 17.73 18.65

2523/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

75/200 122/280 111/280 122/280 122/280 122/280 122/280 122/280 122/280 122/280 122/280 122/280

5/M 5/M 5/A

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/A 5/M 6/A

THAR The Thar has always been a functional 4X4 built for real off-roading. Its ability to negotiate rough terrain is genuine, and being tough and durable, it’s perfect for the job. An iconic vehicle which has loads of character is now a touch more comfortable to sit in and use as everyday transport. The inclusion of the locking rear differential also makes it a bit more capable. 4X4 CRDE TUV300

10.01

9.93

7.08

9.69

10.52

2498/4

105/246

8.50 8.91 9.26 9.55 10.38 10.24 11.07 8.98** 9.72**

8.41 8.06 8.65 8.83 8.46 9.07 9.19 8.82 9.42 9.50 9.10 9.72 10.36 9.91 10.57 10.22 9.77 10.42 11.09 10.58 11.27 8.86** 9.37** 9.14** 9.60** 10.13** 9.89**

8.93 9.36 9.73 10.04 10.93 10.79 11.68 10.79 11.68

1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3

85/230 85/230 85/230 85/230 82/230 85/230 82/230 102/240 102/240

5/M

8.17 8.44 9.25

8.34 8.62 9.46

7.05 7.29 7.96

8.28 8.56 9.39

8.52 8.81 9.67

1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

15.28 15.28 15.28 15.28

D D D

D

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A

D D D D D D D D D

5/M 5/M 5/M

D D D

7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7

— — — 5.15 13.44 165 5.15 13.44 165 5.15 13.44 165 5.15 13.44 165 5.15 13.44 165 5.15 13.44 165 5.15 13.44 165 5.15 13.44 165 — — — 5.15 13.44 165 — — —

— 10.34 10.34 10.34 10.34 10.34 10.34 10.34 10.34 — 10.34 —

— 12.98 12.98 12.98 12.98 12.98 12.98 12.98 12.98 — 12.98 —

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

11.79 11.79 11.79 11.79 11.74 11.79 11.74 — —

7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/7 In/7 3/7 In/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 3/3/3/3 3

El/7 El/7 El/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 R R R R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 ln/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

16.02 16.02 16.02 16.02 15.64 16.02 15.64 — —

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4277mm Width 1740mm Height 1540mm Wheelbase 2630mm Tyre size 185/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.5m Trunk volume 510 litres Ground clearance 172mm Kerb weight 1080-1140kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 2 years / 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/82cm Headroom 92cm Width 141cm

6.07 17.15 144 12.61 16.87 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7 6.07 17.15 144 12.61 16.87 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7 6.07 17.15 144 12.61 16.87 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7 7/7 7 7 7/7 3/3 In/7 7 7 7/7 3/3 El/7

Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 3 7 7 3 3 7 3 2 7 Ssangyong Rexton

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* RX5/RX6 MT NA/NA/12.4 RX7 AT NA/ NA/11.18

7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 4x2 11.1/14/15.4

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Thar

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.5 CRDe NA/NA/13.28

7/7/7/7

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1835mm Height 1839mm Wheelbase 2680mm Tyre size 215/75 R15 Turning circle dia 10.7m Trunk volume 384 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1626-1654kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/86cm Headroom 97cm Width 145cm 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7 7 7 7

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 7 3 2 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 3 3 6 3 Scorpio

DIMENSIONS Length 3920mm Width 1726mm Height 1930mm Wheelbase 2430mm Tyre size 235/70 R16 Turning circle dia 11.5m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1675kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 2 years or 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 72/78cm Headroom 98cm Width NA

6.10 17.45 138 13.41 13.87 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7.72 19.52 147 7.72 19.52 147 7.72 19.52 147 7.72 19.52 147 10.2122.63 147 7.72 19.52 147 10.2122.63 147 — — — — — —

7/7 7 7/7 7 M/7 7 M/7 F/R

DIMENSIONS Length 4456mm Width 1820mm Height 1195mm Wheelbase 2680mm Tyre size 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 10.8-11.3m Trunk volume 820 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1820-2610kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 2 years or 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/86cm Headroom 102cm Width 147cm

FOR Space and practicality, great ride. AGAINST Boxy looks, doesn’t feel too upmarket. VERDICT Look beyond the box and you’ll find a very practical car. 66/160 66/160 66/160

3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

— — 180 — — 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 — — 180 — — 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 4.30 10.92 194 6.86 8.66 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Refinement, strong engine, equipment. AGAINST Driving dynamics still not perfect, poor ergonomics. VERDICT Vastly improved and much nicer to drive too. D D D D D D D D D D D D

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.5 Diesel 11.4/16.1/17.2

DIMENSIONS Length 4755mm Width 1900mm Height 1785 - 1840mm Wheelbase 2835mm Tyre size 235/75 R16 Turning circle dia 11.4m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 252mm Kerb weight 1986 - 2000kg Fuel tank 78 litres Warranty 3 years or 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Space, practicality, tough build. AGAINST Bouncy ride, AMT auto far from sorted, slightly under powered. VERDICT Tough, spacious, practical but lacks sophistication.

VERITO Space, practicality and economy. The Verito provides a great mix of these three if you’re not too bothered by the squarish image it projects. It really is an accomplished car and the fantastic ride is a particular talking point.

D2 D4 D6

12.40 12.40 12.40 12.40

FOR Improved interior bits, auto locking differential. AGAINST Ergonomics, still rough around the edges. VERDICT Mahindra’s off-roader is now more user-friendly.

TUV300 While it’s not perfect, we will say the TUV300 is one of Mahindra’s better efforts, and if you think monocoque SUVs are not ‘real’ SUVs, or you want the Scorpio’s tough, rugged appeal in a smaller, more affordable package, this is the way to go. 100hp version, the one to go for, for better highway performance. T4 T4+ T6 T6+ T6+ A/T T8 T8 A/T T8 mHawk100 T8 mHawk100 A/T Verito

6.43 16.00 143 6.43 16.00 143 6.43 16.00 143 6.43 16.00 143

FOR Well equipped, well priced, looks. AGAINST Old-school auto transmission. VERDICT Good value if you can overlook the badge.

SCORPIO It is amply clear that the improvements to the new Scorpio run wide and deep to make it better in every respect. The styling is much sharper, the feature packed cabin feels several generations superior and, crucially, the Scorpio is much nicer to drive. The high seating position, great visibility and strong engine give you a sense of control, which is a big part of the Scorpio’s appeal. S2 S4 S4 4WD S4 + S4 + 4WD S6 S6 + S8 S10 S10 A/T S10 4WD S10 A/T 4WD Thar

D D D D

DIMENSIONS Length 3985mm Width 1850mm Height 1880mm Wheelbase 2760mm Tyre size 205/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 690 litres Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 1640 kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 years/ 50,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/85cm Headroom 96cm Width 149cm

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7 TUV300

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel M/T 11.4/15.5/13.49

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

El El El El El El El El El

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Verito

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.5 Diesel 13.6/19.3/20.80

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7 7 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 1 7

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

FEATURES

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

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MAHINDRA to MAHINDRA


VERITO VIBE Quirky looks aside, the Vibe is every bit as spacious as the Verito right up to its rear seats. The boot is quite big as well but it’s got a tiny opening that doesn’t allow you to use its potential fully. It’s a small car in the Indian government’s eyes but a large and spacious hatch by any other measure. Like the Verito, the Vibe’s ride is particularly fantastic. D2 D4 D6 XUV500

7.21 7.53 8.26

7.38 7.71 8.45

6.34 6.62 7.26

7.34 7.66 8.39

7.51 7.85 8.61

1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

64/160 64/160 64/160

XUV500 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. The automatic uses an all-new six-speed torque converter. At the same time, the XUV has become better to drive too. W4 4x2 W6 4x2 W6 4x2 A/T W8 4x2 W8 4x2 A/T W8 AWD W10 4x2 W10 4x2 A/T W10 AWD W10 AWD A/T Xylo

14.24 15.86 14.29** 17.88 17.95 18.18 18.92 18.94 19.48 20.45

13.97 15.42 NA 17.53 18.81 18.55 18.61 19.82 19.86 21.08

12.78 14.11 NA 16.02 18.17 17.00 16.97 19.16 18.12 20.32

14.78 16.34 14.62 18.42 19.50 19.48 19.48 20.54 20.79 21.84

15.06 16.68 NA 18.82 19.94 19.91 19.92 20.36 21.27 22.35

2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

9.77 10.02 10.52 11.27 11.11 13.33 12.71 14.34

9.59 9.83 10.33 10.65 10.92 12.14 12.71 13.73

8.59 8.19 8.61 10.18 10.46 11.30 11.75 12.70

9.22 9.42 9.87 10.02 10.46 12.14 12.99 14.03

10.19 10.45 10.98 11.29 11.79 13.89 13.45 14.97

2489/4 2489/4 2489/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

140/330 140/330 140/330 140/330 140/330 140/330 140/330 140/330 140/330 140/330

6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/A

5.92** 4.94** 6.43** 5.38**

4.94** 5.38**

NA NA

92/218 92/218 92/218 122/275 122/275 122/275 122/275 122/275

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

2.87 3.27 3.52 3.67 3.84 4.15

3.16 3.59 3.85 4.01 4.19 4.36

2.99 3.40 3.65 3.81 4.01 3.70**

3.56 3.59 3.85 4.01 4.22 3.62**

5.22 Elctrc mtr 25.8/53 5.75 Elctrc mtr 25.8/53

3.31 3.76 4.03 4.20 4.42 3.66**

796/3 796/3 796/3 796/3 796/3 796/3

A A

3.62 3.80

3.96 4.15

3.81 3.98

3.97 4.16

3.83 4.35

998/3 998/3

D D D D D D D D D D

48/69 48/69 48/69 48/69 48/69 48/69

68/90 68/90

D D D D D D D D

E E

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P P P P/C

— — — — — — 5.24 12.97 5.24 12.97 5.24 12.97 5.24 12.97 5.24 12.97

— — — 161 161 161 161 161

12.87 — 12.87 —

— —

6.13 16.92 141 6.13 16.92 141 6.13 16.92 141 6.13 16.92 141 6.13 16.92 141 — — —

P P

— —

— —

— —

7/7 7/7 7/7

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

7 R R R R R R R R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 R R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

— —

3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

7/7 7/7

7 3 7/3 7/7 7 3 7/3 7/7

El/7 El/7

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/7

7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

Ex/7 Ex/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7

3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7 7/7

7 7 7/3 7/7 7 7 7/3 7/7

In/7 In/7

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 1 7 XUV500

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 mHawk 4x2 10.2/14.3/15.1

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

El El El El El El El El El El

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 7 2 7 2 7 6 7 6 7 6 7 6 7 6 7 6 7 6 7 Xylo

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* H4/H8/H9 (mHawk) 10.1/14.4/14.02 D2/D4 (mDI) NA/NA/14.88 7 7/7/7/7 7 3 7 7/7/7/7 7 3 7 7/7/7/7 7 3 7 7/7/7/7 7 3 7 7/7/7/7 7 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 7 3 MAHINDRA

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 REVA e2o

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* e2o 75/NA/100km on full charge

— 3/3/3/3 7 — — 3 — 7 — 3/3/3/3 7 — — 3 — 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 MARUTI Alto 800

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Standard 13.3/17.8/22.74 CNG NA/NA/30.46km/kg

7 7/7/7/7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7/7/7/7 7 3/3/3/7 7 3/3/3/7 7 7/7/7/7

DIMENSIONS Length 3545mm Width 1295mm Height 1475mm Wheelbase 2360mm Tyre size 155/55 R13 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 177 litres Ground clearance 160mm Kerb weight 740-835kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/83cm Headroom 91cm Width 112cm — —

ESP ABS

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 7 7

DIMENSIONS Length 3395mm Width 1490mm Height 1475mm Wheelbase 2360mm Tyre size 145/80 R12 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 177 litres Ground clearance 160mm Kerb weight 695 - 725kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/83cm Headroom 91cm Width 112cm

22.29 22.29 22.29 22.29 22.29 —

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

7 7 7/7 3/7 Ex/7 7 7 7/7 3/3 In/7 7 7 7/7 3/3 El/7

3 1 7 Verito Vibe

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.5 dCi 13.7/19.3/20.8

DIMENSIONS Length 3280mm Width 1514mm Height 1560mm Wheelbase 1958mm Tyre size 155/70R13 Turning circle dia 7.8m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 830kg Battery 48V Lithium-ion SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

— —

— —

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 7

DIMENSIONS Length 4520mm Width 1850mm Height 1895mm Wheelbase 2760mm Tyre size 215/75 R15 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 186mm Kerb weight 1830kg Fuel tank 55 litres. Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 75/95cm Headroom 97cm Width 148cm

— — — — — — 10.56 12.54 10.56 12.54 10.56 12.54 10.56 12.54 10.56 12.54

13.16 13.16 13.16 13.16 13.16 —

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

12.36 13.26 12.36 13.26 6.72 9.06 12.36 13.26 6.72 9.06 12.36 13.26 12.36 13.26 6.72 9.06 12.36 13.26 6.72 9.06

FOR Peppy engine, easy to drive. AGAINST Narrow cabin, skinny tyres. VERDICT A big upgrade over the old K10. Auto ’box increases appeal. 5/M 5/M

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

LEATHER SEATS

5.56 12.34 179 5.56 12.34 179 5.77 13.16 — 5.56 12.34 179 5.77 13.16 — 5.56 12.34 179 5.56 12.34 179 5.77 13.16 — 5.56 12.34 179 5.77 13.16 —

El/7

DIMENSIONS Length 4585mm Width 1890mm Height 1785mm Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume 93 litres Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1785kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 3 years or 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/88cm Headroom 96cm Width 147cm

FOR Improved performance, low speed ride, affordability. AGAINST Cramped cabin, a few essential features missing. VERDICT The de facto choice if you don’t have much of a budget.

ALTO K10 The Alto K10 is by far the most fun-to-drive car in its segment, and the automatic (though not as peppy) is claimed to be as fuel efficient as the manual. And more importantly, it makes easy work of urban traffic. What’s also nice is that the interior aesthetics have taken a big step forward. LX K10 LXi K10

— 16.07 144 12.45 15.92 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7 — 16.07 144 12.45 15.92 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7 — 16.07 144 12.45 15.92 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

FOR Low running costs, ecofriendly, good urban commuter. AGAINST Expensive, still not practical. VERDICT Feels closer to a mainstream car but has its limitations.

ALTO 800 An all-new design, fresh interiors and a revamped engine have transformed Maruti’s bestseller to make it better than before. It’s still cramped though and feels basic but for the money, there’s little out there that can challenge its Maruti peace-of-mind ownership experience, large aftersales network and reasonable maintenance strengths. Alto 800 Std Alto 800 LX Alto 800 LXi Alto 800 VXi Alto 800 VXi Airbag Alto 800 LXi CNG Alto K10

D D D

7 7 7/7 3/3

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 3991mm Width 1740mm Height 1540mm Wheelbase 2630mm Tyre size 185/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.5m Trunk volume 330litres Ground clearance 172mm Kerb weight 1155kg Fuel tank 50litres Warranty 3 years, 1,00,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Price, strong engine, space and comfort. AGAINST Sloppy handling. VERDICT Value-for-money alternative to the Innova.

e2o India’s only mainstream electric car, the e20 is surprisingly nice. It’s smooth, quiet, easy to drive and is high on tech. However, the limited practicality of its two doors and the limited range on a full charge makes it hard to justify the money Mahindra Reva is asking for one. T2 T20 Quick2Charge MARUTI Alto 800

7/7

FOR Full-size SUV, flexibility of 7 seats. AGAINST Inconsistant quality, lacks mechanical finess. VERDICT Still has some rough edges but is much improved.

XYLO The Xylo has also proved hugely successful for Mahindra and why not. It’s really spacious, can seat up to eight people, has a choice of diesel engines and the looks are now more digestable. It is easy to drive and, typical of a Mahindra, offers quite a lot of equipment for not too much money. D2 MAXX D2 D4 H4 H4 ABS H8 ABS H8 ABS + Airbag H9 MAHINDRA REVA e2o

6.07 17.15 144 12.61 16.87 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Spacious and comfortable, predictable manners. AGAINST Quirky styling, small boot aperture. VERDICT Sensible, spacious and comfortable. 5/M 5/M 5/M

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

D

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

5/M

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

66/160

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

1461/4

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

10.28

FEATURES

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

8.36

TOP SPEED (KPH)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

8.68

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

10.03

0-60KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

9.02

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

D6 Executive Verito Vibe

PERFORMANCE

CHENNAI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

KOLKATA

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

MUMBAI

MODEL DETAILS

MAHINDRA to MARUTI

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

Ex Ex Re Re Re Re

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 O 7 7 O 7 7 O 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 O 7 Alto K10

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T NA/NA/24.07 A/T 12.33/NA/24.07 CNG NA/NA/32.26kgm 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7

7 7 In 7 7 7 7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 O 7

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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BALENO The Baleno is Maruti’s all-new premium hatchback. Name apart, it has nothing in common with Maruti’s mid-size sedan from a decade ago. There are a lot of new elements like the V-shaped grille, still distinctively Suzuki, but yet refreshingly new. But it’s not solely the size that will get your attention. 1.2 K12 Sigma 1.2 K12 Delta 1.2 K12 Delta A/T 1.2 K12 Zeta 1.2 K12 Alpha 1.3 DDiS 190 Sigma 1.3 DDiS 190 Delta 1.2 K12 Zeta A/T 1.3 DDiS 190 Zeta 1.3 DDiS 190 Alpha Celerio

5.73 6.44 7.80 7.29 8.08 7.33 8.09 8.35 8.78 9.59

6.11 6.88 8.13 7.59 8.42 7.57 8.35 8.90 9.08 9.92

6.08 6.77 7.50 7.43 8.22 7.26 8.00 8.61 8.67 9.46

6.22 6.99 8.22 7.69 8.51 7.63 8.40 8.87 9.11 9.95

6.44 7.23 8.51 7.96 8.82 7.87 8.67 9.25 9.41 10.31

4.44 4.66 4.46 4.91 4.77 4.98 4.76 5.54 5.48 5.61 5.11 5.02 5.59 5.60 5.35 5.56 5.67 5.89 6.00 6.52

4.77 5.00 5.33 5.56 5.12 5.36 5.67 5.91 5.68 5.82 5.47 6.02 6.20 6.00 5.79 6.04 6.15 6.40 6.52 7.08

4.15 4.36 4.67 4.66** 4.46 4.66 4.97 5.18 5.13 5.26 4.77 5.28 5.41 5.24 4.92 5.13 5.23 5.44 5.54 6.01

4.79 5.03 5.34 5.57 5.09 5.82 5.64 5.87 5.01 5.13 5.44 5.15 5.93 6.14 5.70 5.94 6.00 6.24 6.36 6.90

4.98 5.22 5.55 4.60** 5.33 6.20 5.58 5.90 5.05 5.18 5.70 5.20 6.32 6.48 5.93 6.23 6.34 6.59 6.71 7.29

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1248/4 1248/4 1197/4 1248/4 1248/4

998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 793/2 793/2 793/2 793/2 793/2 793/2

88/115 88/115 88/115 88/115 88/115 75/189 75/189 88/115 75/189 75/190

5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M

68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 58/89 58/89 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 48/125 48/125 48/125 48/125 48/125 48/125

5/M 5/M 5/A 5/A 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

8.48 8.65 9.11 10.41 9.84 11.13 10.46 12.07 10.62 9.38 9.54 10.04 10.84 11.96 12.08

8.98 9.19 9.67 11.03 10.39 11.44 11.15 12.53 10.89 9.99 10.16 10.68 11.21 12.56 12.68

8.41 8.70 9.05 10.32 9.85 11.11 10.49 NA NA 9.56 9.73 10.22 10.89 11.74 11.74

8.87 9.33 9.81 11.16 10.28 12.25 10.90 13.12 11.06 9.94 10.10 10.61 11.20 12.72 12.85

9.51 9.72 10.22 11.64 11.03 12.66 11.70 NA 11.57 10.38 10.54 11.07 11.93 13.08 13.21

1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

92.2/130 92.2/130 92.2/130 92.2/130 92.2/130 92.2/130 92.2/130 92.2/130 92.2/130 90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200

5/M 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 4/A 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

EECO Its USP is that it is the cheapest way to transport more than five people and their luggage. It is priced well and is reasonably spacious. There’s no diesel option though.

Std 5-Seater

3.54

3.96

3.85

4.10

4.20

1196/4

P P P P P D D P D D

5.36 12.60 171 5.36 12.60 171 5.95 13.20 — 5.36 12.60 171 5.36 12.60 172 4.96 12.92 172 4.96 12.92 172 5.95 13.20 — 4.96 12.92 172 4.96 12.92 172

13.65 13.65 7.90 13.65 13.65 11.94 11.94 7.90 11.94 11.94

20.54 20.54 9.95 20.54 20.54 14.87 14.87 9.95 14.87 14.87

5/M

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 3/3/3/7 3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 R R R R 7 R R R R

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 In/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3600mm Width 1600mm Height 1560mm Wheelbase 2425mm Tyre size 155/80 R13, 165/70 R14 Turning circle dia 9.4m Trunk volume 235 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 810-900kg Fuel tank 35 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/90cm Headroom 95cm Width 125cm

P P P P P P P P P/CNG P/CNG P P P P D D D D D D

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

6.22 14.24 158 6.22 14.24 158 6.75 15.41 158 6.75 15.41 158 6.22 14.24 158 6.22 14.24 158 6.75 15.41 158 6.75 15.41 158 — — — — — — 6.22 14.24 158 6.75 15.41 158 6.75 15.41 158 6.22 14.24 158 7.55 22.66 138 7.55 22.66 138 7.55 22.66 138 7.55 22.66 138 7.55 22.66 138 7.55 22.66 138

13.95 20.57 13.95 20.57 — — — — 13.95 20.57 13.95 20.57 — — — — — — — — 13.95 20.57 — — — — 13.95 20.57 15.72 18.84 15.72 18.84 15.72 18.84 15.72 18.84 15.72 18.84 15.72 18.84

P P P P P P P P P D D D D D D

5.27 12.02 178 5.27 12.02 178 5.27 12.02 178 — — — 5.27 12.02 178 — — — 5.27 12.02 178 — — — 5.27 12.02 178 6.77 15.54 182 6.77 15.54 182 6.77 15.54 182 6.77 15.54 182 6.77 15.54 182 6.77 15.54 182

P

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 R R R R R R R 7 7 R R R R

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

O 7 7 7 O 7 7 7 Baleno

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 13.4/21.4/15.7 Petrol A/T 13/21.4/14.9 Diesel M/T 14.92/27.39/18.1 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In In In

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Celerio

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 3 7 3 7 3

7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 1 7 1 7 2 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 1 7 2 7 Ciaz

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 11.5/17.2/20.73 Petrol A/T NA/NA/19.12

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3675mm Width 1475mm Height 1800mm Wheelbase 2350mm Tyre size 155 R13 Turning circle dia 9.0m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 160mm Kerb weight 908-928kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA —

In In In In

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T NA/NA/23.1 Petrol A/T NA/NA/23.1 Diesel M/T 16.7/20.9/27.6

DIMENSIONS Length 4490mm Width 1730mm Height 1485mm Wheelbase 2650mm Tyre size 185/65 R15-95/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 510 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 1010-1130kg Fuel tank 43 litres Warranty 2years/40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 74/97cm Headroom 90cm Width 134cm

11.32 16.20 11.32 16.20 11.32 16.20 — — 11.32 16.20 — — 11.32 16.20 — — 11.32 16.20 11.4 15.41 11.4 15.41 11.4 15.41 11.4 15.41 11.4 15.41 11.4 15.41

7 7 7 7

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

El El El El El El El El El El El El El El El

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3

1 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 1 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Eeco

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/15.10 CNG NA/NA/20.00km/kg

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

ESP ABS

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

7 7 7 7

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER) 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

LEATHER SEATS 7 7 7 7

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

FOR Smooth engine, ride and handling, running costs (D). AGAINST Cabin not very wide. VERDICT Ticks all the small car must-have boxes.

FOR Spacious cabin, price. AGAINST Poor equipment levels, no diesel option. VERDICT The cheapest A-to-B transport for the large family. 73/101

7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1745mm Height 1500mm Wheelbase 2520mm Tyre size 185/65 R15, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume 339 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 890-985kg Fuel tank 37 litres Warranty 2 years/40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 70/97cm Headroom 89cm Width 133cm

FOR Spacious cabin, comfortable ride. AGAINST Petrol motor a bit lacklustre, exteriors and interiors could have been better. VERDICT Maruti’s big-on-spaceand-comfort midsize car.

CIAZ The Ciaz could have done with a bit more character, especially for a company like Maruti, which needs to make a mark in this segment. But though it’s not the sportiest or the most exciting car to drive, it’s the car you can’t go wrong with. And this makes it a very sensible buy. VXi M/T VXi (O) M/T VXi+ M/T VXi+ A/T ZXi M/T ZXi A/T ZXi+ M/T ZXi+ A/T ZXi+ RS M/T VDi SHVS M/T VDi (O) SHVS M/T VDi+ SHVS M/T ZDi SHVS M/T ZDi+ SHVS M/T ZDi+ RS SHVS M/T Eeco

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

FOR Performance, fuel efficiency, price. AGAINST Cabin quality, lacks premium feel of rivals. VERDICT Ticks all the right boxes and gives the best bang for the buck.

CELERIO Odd name, but the car itself is surprisingly practical. Spacious, comfortable and well equipped and it’s got a fuel efficient Automated Manual Transmission option as well. The Celerio is quite the good all-rounder. The diesel is perfect if all you’re looking for is a practical and efficient car. LXi M/T LXi (O) M/T LXi A/T LXi (O) A/T VXi M/T VXi (O) M/T VXi A/T VXi (O) A/T VXi M/T CNG VXi (O) M/T CNG ZXi M/T ZXi A/T ZXi (O) A/T ZXi (O) M/T LDi M/T LDi (O) M/T VDi M/T VDi (O) M/T ZDi M/T ZDi (O) M/T Ciaz

CNG — — — — — 3/7 P — — — — — 3/7 P 6.69 15.49 142 9.85 12.27 3/7 P — — — — — 3/7

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

59/78 68/90 68/90 68/90

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

NA 4.55 5.09 4.79

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

4.14 4.35 4.86 4.59

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

NA 4.16 4.69 4.37

TOP SPEED (KPH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

4.73 4.35 4.86 4.59

0-100KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

LXi K10 CNG VXi K10 VXi AGS K10 VXi (O) K10 Baleno

0-60KPH (SECS)

CHENNAI

4.51 3.98 4.47 4.57

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

KOLKATA

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

MUMBAI

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

DELHI

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

MARUTI to MARUTI


ERTIGA A great balancing act between size, practicality and ease of use, the Ertiga has the ability to seat seven and yet be compact enough to be easy to drive. The diesel engine has quite a bit of lag but that’s the only real fault we can level at it. LXi LXi (O) VXi VXi A/T ZXi ZXi+ LDi LDi (O) VDi ZDi ZDi+ Gypsy

6.97 7.41 8.45 9.82 9.13 9.78 8.67 8.74 9.46 10.09 10.58

7.58 8.01 8.92 10.13 9.60 10.29 9.23 9.31 10.07 10.70 11.22

7.19 7.59 8.43 9.55 9.10 9.74 8.83 8.91 9.62 10.25 10.73

7.77 8.19 9.09 10.29 9.81 10.49 9.22 9.30 10.04 10.69 11.19

8.09 8.54 9.47 10.73 10.22 10.94 9.61 9.70 10.47 11.15 11.67

1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

92/130 92/130 92/130 92/130 92/130 92/130 90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200

5/M 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

7.29 7.27

7.02 7.18

7.22 7.39

7.94 8.13

1298/4 1298/4

83/103 83/103

5/M 5/M

OMNI Simple formula. Maximum space, efficient engine, least expensive to run and buy, the Omni would be the perfect vehicle for the Indian budget and driving conditions if it weren’t for the fact that it is so unsafe.

Omni 5-seater Omni 8-seater Ritz

2.91 2.92

3.22 3.24

3.11 3.13

3.38 3.40

3.40 3.42

4.75 5.39 5.61 6.92 6.04 6.11 6.64 6.93 7.54

5.40 5.82 6.13 7.29 6.56 6.80 7.20 7.42 7.99

5.17 5.57 5.86 6.97 6.27 6.36 6.73 6.93 7.39

5.36 5.78 5.82 7.50 6.50 6.62 6.77 7.00 7.69

5.62 5.98 6.05 7.64 6.90 7.05 7.28 7.28 8.20

796/3 796/3

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

35/59 35/59

4/M 4/M

9.19 10.00 11.28 12.49 12.11 13.31 14.21

9.54 10.37 11.05 12.64 12.27 13.48 14.40

9.18 9.97 10.63 11.99 11.65 12.77 13.62

9.76 10.59 11.37 13.30 12.91 14.16 15.10

10.20 11.07 11.93 13.69 13.28 14.57 15.54

1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1598/4 1598/4 1598/4

87/114 87/114 87/114 87/114 87/114 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190

5/M 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

5.26

5.58

4.87

5.57

5.83

1197/4

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

P P P P P P D D D D D

5.56 13.56 158 5.56 13.56 158 5.56 13.56 158 5.56 13.56 158 5.56 13.56 158 5.56 13.56 158 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

12.58 12.58 12.58 12.58 12.58 12.58 — — — — —

P P

5.92 16.39 — 5.92 16.39 —

P P

— —

— —

— —

P P P P P D D D D

5.61 13.33 160 5.61 13.33 160 5.61 13.33 160 — — — 5.61 13.33 160 5.71 15.18 160 5.71 15.18 160 5.71 15.18 160 5.71 15.18 160

90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200 120/320 120/320 120/320

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

D D D D D D D

5.39 13.72 — 5.39 13.72 — 5.39 13.72 — 5.39 13.72 — 5.03 11.50 186 5.03 11.50 186 5.03 11.50 186

17.39 17.39 17.39 17.39 17.39 17.39 — — — — —

5/M

P

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7

7 7 7 7

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/7 7/7 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7

7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

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7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7 7/7

7 7 7/7 7/7 7 7 7/7 7/7

Ex/7 Ex/7

7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/7 3/3/3/7 3/3/3/7 3/3/3/7 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/7 3/3/3/7 3/3/3/7

7 7

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7

DIMENSIONS Length 3370mm Width 1410mm Height 1640mm Wheelbase 1840mm Tyre size 145R 12 LT 6PR radial Turning circle dia 8.2m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 785-800kg Fuel tank 36 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 82/88cm Headroom 87.5cm Width NA — —

23.70 23.70 23.70 — 23.70 15.76 15.76 15.76 15.76

13.37 15.47 13.37 15.47 13.37 15.47 13.37 15.47 12.36 13.26 12.36 13.26 12.36 13.26

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7 7/7

7 7 7/7 7/7 7 7 7/7 7/7

Ex/7 Ex/7

7 7

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7

DIMENSIONS Length 3715mm Width 1680mm Height 1620mm Wheelbase 2360mm Tyre size 185/70 R14, 165/80 R14 Turning circle dia 9.4m Trunk volume 178 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 1005-1110kg Fuel tank 43 litres Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 61/84cm Headroom 96cm Width 125cm 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 3 7 7 3

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 R R R R R R

7 7 3 3 7 7 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

7 7 3 3 7 3 3

3/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3850mm Width 1695mm Height 1530mm Wheelbase 2430mm Tyre size 165/80 R14, 185/65 R15 Turning circle dia 9.6m Trunk volume 204 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 960-1080kg Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/88cm Headroom 91cm Width 126cm

5.98 14.24 168 16.28 28.18 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 7/3

In/7

7 7 7 7

Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Ertiga

1 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 1 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Gypsy ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/11.96 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

In In Ex Ex Ex Ex In In Ex Ex Ex

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 Omni ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/14.70 LPG NA/NA/10.9

7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 Ritz ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ * Indian Driving Cycle Petrol M/T 11.8/16.7/18.50 Petrol A/T NA/NA/17.16 Diesel 14.6/19.3/23.20

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 3 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 3 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 3 7 In 7 3/3/3/7 3 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 3 7 In 7 7/7/7/7 3 7 In 7 3/3/3/7 3 7 In

DIMENSIONS Length 4300mm Width 1765mm Height 1590mm Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 353 litres Ground clearance 180 Kerb weight 1180-1275kg Fuel tank 48 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3

7 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 10.2/14.8/16.02

DIMENSIONS Length 4010mm Width 1540mm Height 1875mm (hard-top), 1845mm (soft-top) Wheelbase 2375mm Tyre size 205/70 R15 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 985-1050kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Smooth engines, ride and handling. AGAINST Small boot, not the most spacious big hatch around. VERDICT Still the one the others aspire to be. 84/115

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS Length 4265mm Width 1695mm Height 1685mm Wheelbase 2740mm Tyre size 185/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 185-735 litres Ground clearance 185mm Kerb weight 1135-1265kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 72/96cm Headroom 100cm Width 133cm

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14.67 14.67 14.67 — 14.67 13.91 13.91 13.91 13.91

7 7 7 7

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

LEATHER SEATS

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

ESP ABS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

7 7 7 7

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

3/7 7/7 3/7 7/7

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

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SAFETY

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

TOP SPEED (KPH)

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FOR Comfortable cabin, loaded with features. AGAINST Noisy engine, lacks road presence. VERDICT Very capable premium crossover.

SWIFT It’s been around for some time but it is arguably the best big hatch around. It is desirable thanks to its styling, the strong engines, the smart interiors and the Maruti peace-ofmind ownership factor. The facelift has added equipment but there’s hardly any visual changes to write home about. LXi

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FOR Refinement, high seats, user friendly. AGAINST Small boot, turbo-lag (D). VERDICT A good city runabout for the family.

S-Cross Maruti is clear that the S-Cross is meant to be a crossover and not an all-out SUV, so perhaps it’s best not to look at it that way. Seen purely as a premium car, it ticks most of the right boxes – it’s well equipped, has a strong engine, a high quality cabin, loads of space and pretty good comfort as well. 1.3 DDiS 200 Sigma 1.3 DDiS 200 Delta 1.3 DDiS 200 Zeta 1.3 DDiS 200 Alpha 1.6 DDiS 320 Delta 1.6 DDiS 320 Zeta 1.6 DDiS 320 Alpha Swift

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FOR Price, utility. AGAINST Crash safety is appalling. VERDICT The cheapest peoplemover around, but you’ll need to really trust the higher powers.

RITZ The Ritz is positioned below the Swift and priced competitively. This car blends a pair of great engines from the Swift with better space, comfort and value. It even comes with an automatic transmission option making it a great city runabout.

LXi VXi VXi ABS VXi A/T ABS ZXi LDi VDi VDi ABS ZDi S-Cross

— — — —

FOR Absolutely phenomenal off-road. AGAINST Absolutely terrible on it. VERDICT Serious offroaders apply here.

a budget, this is it. 7.06 7.22

P P P/C P

FOR Flexible cabin, fuel efficiency (D), good value (P). AGAINST Lots of turbo lag (D), third row access could be better. VERDICT The ideal Indian family car.

GYPSY It’s light and so, hugely capable off-road. Little wonder then that the Gypsy remains popular with the Indian army. It is tough and reliable but comes with even less equipment than the Mahindra Thar. The all-round leaf springs and live axles also give it an appalling ride on the road and there’s no diesel engine option. Still, if you’re looking for go-anywhere capability on King Soft Top King Hard Top Omni

0-100KPH (SECS)

1196/4 73/101 5/M 1196/4 73/101 5/M 1196/4 73/64/101 5/M 1196/4 73/101 5/M

FEATURES

0-60KPH (SECS)

4.56 3.90** 4.25** 4.41

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

4.17 4.45 3.91** 3.92** 4.27** 4.28** 4.03 4.30

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

4.27 4.56 4.95 4.12

BANGALORE

KOLKATA

3.89 4.30 4.72 3.75

CHENNAI

MUMBAI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

AC 5-Seater Std 5-Seater CNG AC 5-Seater CNG Std 7-Seater Ertiga

MARUTI to MARUTI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 3 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3 2 7 S-Cross

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* DDiS 200 NA/NA/23.65 DDiS 320 12.1/17.8/22.70

7 7 3 3 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

EI El El El El El El

7 7 3 3 7 3 3

7 7 3 3 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Swift

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 12.6/17/20.4 Diesel 14.6/19.5/25.2 7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX 7/7/7/7

5.86

4.99

5.90

5.88

1197/4

84/115

5/M

P

5.98 14.24 168 16.28 28.18 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 7/3

6.03

6.37

5.56

6.41

6.72

1197/4

84/115

5/M

P

5.98 14.24 168 16.28 28.18 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

VXi (O)

6.25

6.61

5.77

6.65

6.97

1197/4

84/115

5/M

P

5.98 14.24 168 16.28 28.18 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 7

3 2 7

ZXi

7.14

7.45

6.50

7.48

7.84

1197/4

84/115

5/M

P

5.98 14.24 168 16.28 28.18 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 El 3 3 7

3 2 7

LDi

6.63

7.05

6.11

7.12

7.36

1248/4

75/190

5/M

D

5.30 13.65 165 12.63 13.91 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 7/3

In/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

LDi (O)

7.08

7.42

6.32

7.35

7.61

1248/4

75/190

5/M

D

5.30 13.65 165 12.63 13.91 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 7/3

In/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 In 7 7 7

3 2 7

ESP ABS

5.48

VXi

KOLKATA

LXi (O)

7 7 In 7 7 7

3 2 7

VDi

7.39

7.90

6.73

7.83

8.14

1248/4

75/190

5/M

D

5.30 13.65 165 12.63 13.91 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

7

7/7/7/7

3 7 In 7 7 7

3 7 7

VDi (O)

7.53

8.05

6.85

7.97

8.29

1248/4

75/190

5/M

D

5.30 13.65 165 12.63 13.91 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

7

7/7/7/7

3 7 In 7 7 7

3 2 7

ZDi Swift Dzire

8.52

8.90

7.57

8.80

9.20

1248/4

75/190

5/M

D

5.30 13.65 165 12.63 13.91 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 El 3 3 7

3 2 7 Swift Dzire

SWIFT DZIRE Maruti’s take on the sub-four-metre sedan has proved to be the most popular yet. It’s not the most spacious but it is well equipped, has interiors that befit a sedan, and the boot is big enough for a weekend trip as well. The facelift has added a few features. LXi LXi (O) VXi VXi (O) VXi A/T VXi A/T (O) ZXi LDi LDi (O) VDi VDi (O) ZDi ZDi A/T Vitara Brezza

5.16 5.85 6.58 7.02 7.69 6.91 7.86 7.01 7.24 8.11 8.25 9.21 9.56

6.19 6.47 7.02 7.26 7.89 7.21 8.12 7.47 8.08 8.42 8.57 9.54 10.14

5.39 5.51 6.14 6.34 7.01 7.21 7.12 6.67 6.88 7.19 7.31 8.18 9.56

6.04 6.36 6.94 7.17 6.78 6.99 8.06 7.45 7.83 8.20 8.35 9.34 9.92

6.40 6.45 7.32 7.56 8.35 8.59 8.47 7.99 8.24 8.85 8.80 9.82 10.43

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1695mm Height 1555mm Wheelbase 2430mm Tyre size 185/65 R15, 165/80 R14 Turning circle dia 9.6m Trunk volume 316 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 9601080kg Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/88cm Headroom 91cm Width 126cm

FOR Ride, refined engines, easy to drive (AMT). AGAINST Looks awkward, bit pricey for tech offered (AMT). VERDICT Cheaper, better and even more Dzirable. 84/115 84/115 84/115 84/115 84/115 84/115 84/115 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 4/A 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A

VITARA BREZZA Maruti may be king in the small car space, but what the carmaker’s line-up lacked was a compact SUV model. The all-new Vitara Brezza plugs that gap in India’s largest car manufacturer’s product mix. It’s not particularly exciting to drive and lacks a bit of emotion, but for practicality and as an everyday family transport, it’s hard to beat.

P P P P P P P D D D D D D

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 5.18 13.40 168 5.18 13.40 168 5.18 13.40 168 5.18 13.40 168 5.18 13.40 168 — — —

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — 11.80 13.71 11.80 13.71 11.80 13.71 11.80 13.71 11.80 13.71 — —

FOR Spacious, practical cabin, well priced. AGAINST Mediocre bottom-end performance, lacks emotion. VERDICT Not revolutionary in any way but ticks all the boxes that matter.

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 R 7 7 7 7 R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 In/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 In/7 In/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1790mm Height 1640mm Wheelbase 2500mm Tyre size 215/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 328 litres Ground clearance 198mm Kerb weight 1170-1195kg Fuel tank 48 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T NA/NA/20.85 Petrol A/T NA/NA/17.4 Diesel M/T 14.6/19.8/26.59 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In In In In In In

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 2 7 Vitara Brezza

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel NA/NA/24.3

1.3 DDiS 200 LDi

8.01

8.40

8.38

8.36

8.71

1248/4

90/200

5/M

D

4.89 12.96 — 11.77 15.20 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 7 7 In 7 7 7

7 1 7

1.3 DDiS 200 LDi (O)

8.16

8.56

8.53

8.52

8.87

1248/4

90/200

5/M

D

4.89 12.96 — 11.77 15.20 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 7 7 In 7 7 7

3 2 7

1.3 DDiS 200 VDi

8.73

9.30

9.27

9.25

9.67

1248/4

90/200

5/M

D

4.89 12.96 — 11.77 15.20 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

R 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 7 7 El 7 7 7

7 1 7

1.3 DDiS 200 VDi (O)

8.87

9.45

9.42

9.40

9.82

1248/4

90/200

5/M

D

4.89 12.96 — 11.77 15.20 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

R 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 7 7 El 7 7 7

3 2 7

1.3 DDiS 200 ZDi

9.77

10.21

10.17 10.14

10.65

1248/4

90/200

5/M

D

4.89 12.96 — 11.77 15.20 7/3 3/7 7/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 3/7 3/7

El/7

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 El 3 3 7

3 2 7

1.3 DDiS 200 ZDi (O)

11.05 11.69

11.32 11.30

12.02

1248/4

90/200

5/M

D

4.89 12.96 — 11.77 15.20 7/3 3/7 7/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 3 3/7 3/7

El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 El 3 3 7

3 2 7

Wagon R

Wagon R WAGON R Incredibly user-friendly, extremely easy to drive and comfortable enough. The Wagon R’s class- leading economy, affordable price and hassle-free ownership experience explain why it is still so popular. The addition of the Automatic variants add a clutchless convenience making Maruti’s tall-boy even more appealing.

FOR Effortless to drive, lots of cabin space. AGAINST Not a great highway car, boxy looks, inherent AMT jerkiness. VERDICT A very practical, easy-to-live with hatchback for reasonable money.

DIMENSIONS Length 3599mm Width 1495mm Height 1700mm Wheelbase 2400mm Tyre size 145/80 R13, 155/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 180 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 860-960kg Fuel tank 35 litres (P) Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 12.4/17.0/18.9 CNG NA/NA/26.20km/kg

LXi

4.54

4.86

4.68

4.92

5.10

998/3

68/90

5/M

P

6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 7/7

In/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

LXi (O)

4.90

5.25

5.07

5.30

5.50

998/3

68/90

5/M

P

6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 7/7

In/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 In 7 7 7

3 2 7

LXi CNG

5.14

5.27

4.51** 4.45**

4.46**

998/3 68/59/90/76 5/M

3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 7/7

In/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

VXi

4.82

5.72

4.95

5.16

5.41

998/3

68/90

5/M

P

6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/7

El/7

7 3/3/3/7 3 7 In 3 3 7

7 7 7

VXi A/T

4.84

6.06

5.49

5.72

5.97

998/3

68/90

5/A

P

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/7

El/7

7 3/3/3/7 3 7 In 3 3 7

7 7 7

VXi (O)

5.18

5.51

4.99

5.55

6.44

998/3

68/90

5/M

P

6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/7

El/7

7 3/3/3/7 3 7 In 3 3 7

3 2 7

VXi (O) A/T

5.35

6.11

5.86

6.10

6.39

998/3

68/90

5/A

P

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/7

El/7

7 3/3/3/7 3 7 In 3 3 7

3 2 7

P/CNG

— — —

— — —

— — —

— — —

— — —

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

Wagon R Stingray

Wagon R Stingray WAGON R STINGRAY It is a stylish alternative to the Wagon R and no, there is no small block V8 under the hood. The Stingray’s sole purpose is to clothe the Wagon R in sexier togs and that’s about it. The Stingray has all the positives of the regular Wagon R and is mechanically identical to it as well.

FOR Spacious and comfor-table rear seats, a bit more oomph factor. AGAINST Not a great highway car. VERDICT The sexiest box around. And practical too.

DIMENSIONS Length 3636mm Width 1475mm Height 1670mm Wheelbase 2400mm Tyre size 155/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 180 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 870-885kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years, 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 12.4/17.0/18.9

LXi

4.73

5.07

4.88

5.13

5.33

998/3

68/90

5/M

P

6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3 In/7

7

7/7/7/7

3 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

LXi (O)

5.09

5.47

5.28

5.51

5.73

998/3

68/90

5/M

P

6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3 In/7

7

7/7/7/7

3 7 In 7 7 7

3 2 7

VXi

5.04

5.41

5.19

5.41

5.66

998/3

68/90

5/M

P

6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

7 7 7

VXi A/T

5.54

5.97

5.74

5.96

6.29

998/3

68/90

5/A

P

VXi (O)

5.40

5.80

5.60

5.79

6.11

998/3

68/90

5/M

P

VXi (O) A/T

5.37

6.11

6.11

6.35

6.70

998/3

68/90

5/A

P

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 3 7

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 3 7

7 7 7

6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 3 7

3 2 7

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 3 7

3 2 7

— —

— —

— —

— —

— —

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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REAR CENTRE ARMREST 7

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

In/7

BANGALORE

0-100KPH (SECS)

SAFETY

CHENNAI

0-60KPH (SECS)

FEATURES

MUMBAI

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

PERFORMANCE

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

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MASERATI Ghibli GHIBLI We never expected the Ghibli to be flawless, and nor will many of its customers. Most who want a car thought through to the last detail will buy a German premium saloon and live with the conservatism of that decision. But the sense it leaves is not of how good it is, but of how much better it could and should have been. Ghibli Diesel GranCabrio

110.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

2987/V6 275/600

FOR Standout appearance, cabin ambience. AGAINST Stiff ride, heavier than it should be. VERDICT It still charms and it’s the most rounded Maserati ever created. 8/A

GRANCABRIO The GranCabrio is a genuine and exciting four seat convertible. It’s impeccably built and there’s reasonable room for two people in the back, even if they will be blown about a bit on longer, faster journeys. GranCabrio

200.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

4691/V8 439/490

D

FOR Elegant styling, usable rear seats, charismatic V8. AGAINST Compromised dynamics, small boot. VERDICT The GranCabrio is elegant, exciting, if dynamically flawed. 8/A

P

El/El

7 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4881mm Width 1915mm Height 1380mm Wheelbase 2942mm Tyre size 245/35 R20 (F), 285/35 R20 Turning circle dia 10.7m Trunk volume 173 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2350kg Fuel tank 75 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 7 7 3 3 6 7 GranTurismo

GRANTURISMO Even stationary, the GranTurismo embodies the romanticism and excitement of a Maserati. The interior marks a step forward for the brand, and on the move the GT continues the company’s renaissance, with a genuinely sporting balance and a high-revving V8 rich in character. 180.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

4244/V8 411/461

FOR Interior space, agile handling. AGAINST Seating position, underwhelming brakes. VERDICT For the first time in a long time, you no longer need make excuses to buy and run a Maserati. 8/A

P

DIMENSIONS Length 4881mm Width 2056mm Height 1353mm Wheelbase NA Tyre size 245/40 R19 (F), 285/40 R19 (R) Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1995kg Fuel tank NA Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 7 7 7

Quattroporte

3 6 7

Quattroporte QUATTROPORTE The Quattroporte’s interior fit, finish and ergonomics are a class above its coupé and cabrio stablemates, even if the action of some moving parts can’t match German benchmarks. Nevertheless, it’s a generous and luxurious space, despite a slight visibility penalty from that sliver-like glasshouse.

Quattroporte Diesel Quattroporte GTS MERCEDES-BENZ A-class

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 7 7 7 3 8 7 GranCabrio ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

GranTurismo

GranTurismo

ESP ABS

MASERATI Ghibli ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 4971mm Width 1945mm Height 1461mm Wheelbase 2998mm Tyre size 235/50 R18 Turning circle dia 11.7m Trunk volume 500 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1835kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/ max NA Headroom NA Width NA

3.25 7.22 250 4.13 4.79 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

MASERATI to MERCEDES

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

150.00** 220.00**

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

2987/V6 275/660 3799/V8 530/710

DIMENSIONS Length 5262mm Width 1948mm Height 1481mm ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Wheelbase 3171mm Tyre size 245/45 R19(F), 275/40 R19(R), 285/35 Indian Driving Cycle* R20(R) Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 530 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1885-1900kg Fuel tank 70-80 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA D — — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 7 7 7 3 6 7 P 2.63 5.13 307 3.52 3.97 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 7 7 7 3 6 7 MERCEDES-BENZ A-class FOR Looks, build quality. ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ DIMENSIONS Length 4299mm Width 1780mm Height 1433mm AGAINST Mediocre engines, price. Indian Driving Cycle* Wheelbase 2699mm Tyre size 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia NA Trunk VERDICT Beautifully built, stunning volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 56 litres A180 Petrol NA/NA/15.50 to look at and dynamically sorted. Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA A200d Diesel NA/NA/20.06 All it needs now is more grunt. Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Plenty of rear room, styling. AGAINST Lack of strong service network, lacks certain finesse. VERDICT The GTS could sway you into the showroom. 8/A 8/A

A-CLASS It’s for someone who already has a couple of expensive cars and needs a premium runabout. The A-class is every bit what Merc stands for – well built, stunning to look at and high quality interiors. If only the engines were more exciting. The facelift is equipped with Mercedes’ Dynamic Select system with three driving modes. A180 Sport

31.54

35.67

30.98 33.35

36.53

1595/4

124/200

7/A

P

4.30 9.76 202 6.06 7.57 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3

A200d Sport

33.76

36.97

32.15 34.52

37.81

2143/4

136/300

7/A

D

3.92 8.71 —

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3

5.63 6.81 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

B-class B-CLASS Yes, this B-class facelift has added a lot more to the Bclass package - it now looks and feels more modern and luxurious, the equipment list has grown, and the more powerful engine gives it the oomph it always needed.

B180 Sport B200 CDI Sport C-class

32.91 35.01

37.41 38.71

34.22 36.43 35.36 37.65

38.22 39.50

1595/4 2143/4

123/199 136/299

FOR Space and practicality, relaxing to drive. AGAINST Suspension feels harsh over sharp edges. VERDICT Cosmetic and diesel engine updates gives the B’ the much needed boost. 7/A 7/A

C-CLASS The new C-class is very much a baby S-class in character, in that its main focus is to deliver a proper luxury experience. As enthusiasts, we miss the mechanical purity of the old C-class, but for most owners, the new chassis will deliver more driving agility than they will ever find cause to use. C 200 Avantgarde C 220 CDI Style C 220 CDI Avantgarde C 250d C 63 S AMG

46.42 46.25 49.44 52.66 148.36

49.88 45.27 51.42 49.87 44.13 49.21 51.96 46.40 52.89 55.78 NA NA 168.55 NA NA

52.70 51.39 54.01 57.90 169.57

1991/4 2143/4 2143/4 2143/4 3982/V8

183.5/300 170/400 170/400 204/500 510/700

P D

4.53 10.2 192 6.53 8.38 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 — — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Cabin design and quality, extensive equipment list. AGAINST Ride not as good as before. VERDICT Feels like a junior S-class. 7/A 7/A 7/A 9/A 7/A

P D D D P

3.66 3.84 3.84 — 2.44

8.11 8.49 8.49 — 4.26

235 250 250 — 250

4.66 5.65 5.65 — 2.82

B-class ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* B180 Petrol 9.5/14.2/14.81 B200 Diesel NA/NA/18.98

DIMENSIONS Length 4393mm Width 1786mm Height 1557mm Wheelbase 2699mm Tyre size 205/55 R16, 225/45 R17 Turning circle dia 11.0m Trunk volume 486/1545 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1425-1577kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 61/87cm Headroom 95 cm Width 135 cm El/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 C-class

DIMENSIONS Length 4686-4756mm Width 1810-1839mm Height 1426-1442mm Wheelbase 2840mm Tyre size 225/50 R17, 245/35 R19 Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume 435-480 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1545-1730kg Fuel tank 66 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 49.1/68.6cm Headroom 94.2cm Width 146.2 6.05 6.76 6.76 — 2.98

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3

3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* C200 Petrol NA/NA/14.74 C220 Diesel NA/NA/19.27 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

CLA-class

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3

CLA-class CLA-CLASS If there is one reason to buy the CLA, it’s got to be the stunning styling. It turns heads and makes you feel special, just what first-time Mercedes buyers will certainly want. The CLA 45 doesn’t feel quite like a traditional AMG, lacking the drama and excitment that the bigger cars deliver so well.

FOR Stunning looks, quality interiors. AGAINST Understated performance, rear headroom. VERDICT A very competent luxury car, but style is still its strongest point.

DIMENSIONS Length 4630-4691mm Width 1777mm Height 1416-1432mm Wheelbase 2699mm Tyre size 225/45 R17, 205/55 R16, 235/40 R18 Turning circle dia 11-11.04m Trunk volume 470 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1510-1650kg Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 49.5/69cm Headroom 90.5cm Width 141cm

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

CLA 200 Sport

40.05

41.10

40.70 43.22

43.92

1991/4

184/300

7/A

P

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

CLA 200 CDI Style

36.89

39.07

36.72

38.94

41.04

2143/4

136/300

7/A

D

4.34 9.53

6.03 7.28 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

CLA 200 CDI Sport

41.96

41.83

41.72 44.32

43.95

2143/4

136/300

7/A

D

4.34 9.53

6.03 7.28 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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CLS-CLASS The CLS was designed to turn heads and in this facelifted form, it continues to do so with consummate ease. Sure, it’s not the most practical or even the most comfortable of large sedans but it offers a certain degree of glamour that makes it unquestionably tempting. The new 2.1-litre diesel engine is also up to the job if out and out performance is not high on your list of must-haves. CLS 250 CDI

88.86

98.52 87.87** 94.14

97.88

2143/4

207/500

D

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 CLS-class

DIMENSIONS Length 4940mm Width 1881mm Height 1416mm Wheelbase 2874mm Tyre size 245/45 R17 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 475 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1850kg Fuel tank 80 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

2.64 5.43 250 4.18 4.49 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Looks attractive, now with a diesel engine. AGAINST Low roof translates to less headroom. VERDICT In effect, the CLS is no longer solely an emotional choice. It’s become one that makes better financial sense too. 7/A

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

P

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

7/A

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

360/450

TOP SPEED (KPH)

1991/4

FEATURES

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 9 3

E-class

E-class E-CLASS The latest E-class looks better, rides better and has more features. It is arguably the best car in its segment right now. The E350 CDI manages to deliver sufficient thrills while still being an uncompromised luxury car in every other way. Lovely to drive and be driven in.

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* E200 Petrol NA/NA/13.82 E250 CDI Diesel 9.2/14.5/17.27

DIMENSIONS Length 4703-4879mm Width 1786-1854mm Height 13981474mm Wheelbase 2760-2874mm Tyre size 255/40 R18, 235/45 R17, 245/45 R17, 245/40 R18, 285/35 R18 Turning circle dia 10.6-11.1m Trunk volume 300-540 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 17201845kg Fuel tank 66-80 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Refinement, effortless to drive, solid build. AGAINST Steep price for the E350 CDI. VERDICT The perfect blend of old-world charm and modern technology.

E 200 Avantgarde

56.86 60.26

54.99 58.34

63.29

1991/4

187/300

7/A

P

4.09 9.47

5.50 7.14 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3

E 250 CDI Avantgarde E 350 CDI Avantgarde

59.00 69.76

57.48 69.18

64.32 77.42

2143/4 204/500 2987/V6 267/619

7/A 7/A

D D

3.56 8.31 242 5.85 7.31 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 3.24 7.09 250 4.38 5.04 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3

2.83 4.86 250 3.04 3.58 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 G-class

63.93 76.00

61.03 73.63

E 400 Cabriolet

89.20 101.07 90.14 96.59

103.42 2996/V6 338/480

7/A

P

E63 AMG G-class

146.56 165.79 146.68 158.38 164.80 5461/V8 558/700

7/A

P

G-CLASS Yes it has three differential locks and full-time four-wheel drive but Merc’s hardiest off-roader is really not an off-roader in India. The only G-class available is the G63 AMG and with a fire-belching 543hp twinturbo petrol V8 and road tyres, it’s more of an SUV trying to be a sports car. There is rugged appeal in its square lines and no doubt you’ll be able to confidently drive over bad roads thanks to the ground clearance. G63 AMG

220.30 244.90 220.30 242.86 265.33 5461/V8 543/760

DIMENSIONS Length 4763mm Width 1855mm Height 1938mm Wheelbase 2850mm Tyre size 275/55 R19, 275/50 R20 Turning circle dia 13.26m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2550kg Fuel tank 96 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Straight-line performance, thunderous exhaust. AGAINST Price, old-world dynamics. VERDICT Outrageous in so any ways, but you’ll still want one. 7/A

P

3.06 5.42 —

3.14 4.23 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* G63 AMG NA/NA/7.25

7 3/3/7/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

GL-class

GL-class GL-CLASS The 350 CDI is refined, torquey and comfortable. It’ll also make you the laziest person on earth with all its electrically operated gizmos. It’s a proper seven-seater and though the ride can be a bit lumpy, it is quite comfortable overall. Also available as the GL 63 AMG which is, quite frankly, a monster and quite the overkill as well.

GL 350 CDI GL 63 AMG

DIMENSIONS Length 5099-5146mm Width 1920-1982mm Height 1840-1850mm Wheelbase 3075mm Tyre size 275/55 R19, 295/40 R21 Turning circle dia 12.1m Trunk volume 300-2300 litres Ground clearance 307mm (max) Kerb weight 2175-2580kg Fuel tank 100 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/86cm Headroom 100cm Width 148cm

FOR Flexible, spacious interiors, Nice blend of onand off-road ability. AGAINST Slightly lumpy ride. VERDICT A premium sevenseater like no other.

92.66 97.85 89.57 95.37 99.12 2987/V6 258/619 202.11 226.26 201.32 216.36 230.26 5461/V8 558/700

7/A 7/A

D P

3.76 8.91 220 5.49 7.40 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 2.88 5.57 250 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* GL350 Diesel 6.5/10.5/11.61

3 3/3/7/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/7/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

GLA-class GLA-CLASS Desirable on the outside, comfy enough on the inside and pleasant to drive, the GLA diesel then is an interesting new prospect for those looking to buy their first luxury car. Don’t be surprised if the GLA goes on to become Mercedes’ best seller in India. The GLA 45 is fast enough and furious enough to do justice to the AMG name.

GLA-class ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* GLA Diesel 11/14.5/17.9

DIMENSIONS Length 4417mm Width 1804mm Height 1494mm Wheelbase 2699mm Tyre size 235/50 R18, 235/45 R19 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 183mm Kerb weight 1525-1720kg Fuel tank 100 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Well-finished cabin, loaded with features. AGAINST Diesel engine needs more power, limited cabin space. VERDICT More practical than sporty, GLA diesel is a very likeable package.

GLA 200 Sport

41.17 42.32

41.99 44.44

45.20

1991/4

187/300

7/A

P

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3

GLA 200 CDI Style

38.33 39.45

37.29

40.47

41.41

2143/4

136/300

7/A

D

4.22 9.51 205 5.62 7.10 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 7

GLA 200 CDI Sport

43.11 43.06

40.69 45.54

45.23

2143/4

136/300

7/A

D

4.22 9.51 205 5.62 7.10 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3

GLA 45 AMG GLE-class

84.35 94.85

84.35 90.35

96.33

1991/4

360/475

7/A

P

2.87 5.13 250 4.53 4.66 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 GLE-class

GLE-CLASS Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling SUV in India has been given a facelift and in the process, a name change as well. The M-class now renamed the GLE, is the first model to be launched with Mercedes-Benz’s new nomenclature. For the average SUV owner, the GLE ticks all the right boxes. It’s spacious, easy to drive and is of top-notch quality.

225

DIMENSIONS Length 4819-4891mm Width 1935-2003mm Height 17191796mm Wheelbase 2915mm Tyre size 255/50 R19, 265/45 R20, 275/45 R21, 315/40 R21Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 651-2010 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2150-2220kg Fuel tank 93 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Overall refinement, comfortable ride. AGAINST No 7 seat option, not as sporty as rivals. VERDICT New styling and more kit add much to the already well-rounded SUV.

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

GLE 250d

70.61

76.71 61.54** 60.96**

80.96

2143/4

207/500

9/A

D

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

GLE 350d

84.73

89.95 71.80** 71.13**

94.96

2987/V6 258/620

9/A

D

3.36 7.64

4.36 5.58 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

86.40**

114.72 2996/V6 367/520

9/A

P

2.68 5.71 250 3.96 4.42 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 GT S

GLE 450 AMG Coupe GT S

NA

NA

89.50

GT S The Mercedes-AMG GT S is the full AMG package in its purest distilled form. The few flaws pale in comparison when you look at the bigger picture – this is a car that will thrill owners, casual or enthusiast, on various level. It’s got the raw power delivery, it’s got the luxury, it’s got the slightly frisky rear end and, of course, it’s got the incredible V8 soundtrack. GT S AMG

320.00 320.00

NA

NA

282.61 3982/V8 510/650

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FOR Strong, wide powerband, styling, engine note. AGAINST Firm ride, carbon ergonomics. VERDICT A great mix of looks, thrills and serious capability. One sportscar for all kinds of people. 7/A

P

2.13 3.82 —

DIMENSIONS Length 4546mm Width 1939mm Height 1288mm Wheelbase 2630mm Tyre size (F) 265/35 R19 (R) 295/30 R20 Turning circle dia 11.50m Trunk volume 285-350 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1645kg Fuel tank 75 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/ max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

2.43 3.17 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 — Re 7 3 3 3 8 3

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

81.51 90.90

0-100KPH (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

CHENNAI

MUMBAI 91.66

KOLKATA

DELHI 80.74

0-60KPH (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

93.15

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

CLA 45 AMG CLS-class

PERFORMANCE

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

BANGALORE

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

ESP ABS

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Maybach S-class

Maybach S-class MAYBACH S-CLASS The Mercedes-Maybach is the apex of the Mercedes-Benz’s opulence and technology for those who can afford its astronomical asking price. With the Mercedes-Maybach, the German automaker is targeting a niche carved out by the RollsRoyce Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur.

S500 S600 S-class

192.36 202.31 299.47 340.02

NA NA

203.62 232.37 4663/V8 459/700 315.88 349.25 5980/V12 530/830

FOR Appeal, space, comfort and technology. AGAINST Price. VERDICT Exceptional in many ways and never less than good in others. 9/A 7/A

S-CLASS The latest S-class doesn’t just raise the bar, it obliterates it. It’s a great mix of technology and Merc’s traditional values. The interiors can give a Bentley a run for its money and the engine is effortless. This is one of those cars that exceeds what you expect of it.

P P

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DIMENSIONS Length 5453mm Width 1899mm Height 1498mm Wheelbase 3365mm Tyre size NA Turning circle dia 12.9m Trunk volume 500litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2280-2335kg Fuel tank 80 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA — —

FOR Sumptuous interiors, beautiful ride, refinement. AGAINST Expensive. VERDICT There’s a reason why it’s called the best car in the world.

S350 CDI

131.57 138.37 130.63 139.41 147.26 2987/V6 258/620

7/A

D

S400 S500 Coupe S63 AMG Coupe

145.91 154.07 NA 158.92 164.38 2996/V6 333/480 232.66 263.76 234.93 252.32 262.51 4663/V8 455/700 296.92 336.55 299.72 300.38 339.56 5461/V8 585/900

7/A 9/A 7/A

P P P

— — —

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/7/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/7/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 S-class

DIMENSIONS Length 5027-5116mm Width 1899-1913mm Height 1411-1496mm Wheelbase 2945-3035mm Tyre size 245/45 R19, 245/50 R18, 255/45 R19, 285/40 R19 Turning circle dia 11.6-12.3m Trunk volume 400-530 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 20302200kg Fuel tank 80 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 71/99cm Headroom 94cm Width 144cm —

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* S500 Petrol 4.95/7/NA

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3

— — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 5.07 250 2.86 2.94 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3

SLK-class

SLK-class SLK-CLASS The SLK 350 is a bit lukewarm to drive – it’s more of a poser’s car than the sports car it’s supposed to be. The SLK 55 AMG, on the other hand, is a whole lot more exciting. Those looking for pure driving thrills should look elsewhere.

SLK 350 SLK 55 AMG

86.17 98.33 86.17 94.24 95.98 3498/V6 309/360 142.69 161.84 143.98 154.58 160.81 5461/V8 422/550

FOR Junior SLS looks, everyday usability. AGAINST Fidgety ride, poor steering. VERDICT Stylish and powerful (AMG), but isn’t the ultimate driving machine. 7/A 7/A

P P

DIMENSIONS Length 4146mm Width 2006mm Height 1300mm Wheelbase 2430mm Tyre size 235/40 R18, 255/35 R18 Turning circle dia 10.5m Trunk volume 335 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1610kg Fuel tank 70 litres. Warranty 3 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

3.06 6.48 250 3.88 5.03 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — 5.97 — 3.57 4.55 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 — Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 7 3/3/3/3 3 — Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

MINI

MINI

Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper FOR Sizzling performance, retro appeal. AGAINST Expensive options, not very practical. VERDICT Expensive but extremely desirable and fun to drive.

MINI COOPER With the Cooper S, you will get a car that is much more fun to drive and, according to us, the pick of the range. If you want to buy a Mini just to make a style statement, you might as well have the more sensible diesel. But if there’s even a little bit of an auto enthusiast in you, the Cooper S has to be it. Mini Cooper S 3-Door Mini Cooper D 3-Door Mini Cooper D 5-Door Mini Cooper S Convertable Mini Cooper Countryman

34.65** NA 28.60** 31.85** 31.94** 35.20** 34.90** 36.47**

NA NA NA NA

NA 39.55 44.27 NA

NA 40.93 45.19 NA

1998/4 192/300 6/A 1496/3 115.5/270 6/A 1496/3 115.5/270 6/A 1998/4 192/280 6/A

MINI COOPER COUNTRYMAN Not so mini anymore, the Countryman competes with other premium luxury hatchbacks like the Merc A-class and the BMW 1-series. What it offers is iconic Mini styling in a much bigger, more practical package. It’s available with a diesel engine and like the Cooper, the Countryman is also an entertaining drive. It’s more realistically priced as well. Mini D Countryman MITSUBISHI Pajero Sport

25.60**

32.41

NA

NA

NA

1995/4

112/270

6/A

PAJERO SPORT The Pajero Sport is a well-engineered SUV that would make great alternative to the Fortuner if it weren’t for the inefficient aftersales. It is a very accomplished vehicle and Mitsubishi’s years at the Dakar Rally shines through in the Pajero Sport’s suspension. The way it allows you to hammer it over bad roads without losing control is simply breathtaking. It’s very capable off-road as well. 4x2 A/T 4x4 M/T NISSAN Micra

25.35** 25.68** 25.68** 25.57** 25.68** 25.85** 26.19** 26.19** 26.06** 26.19**

2477/4 2477/4

178/350 178/400

5/A 5/M

MICRA Easy to drive, spacious cabin and fresh looks, there’s a lot to like about the new Micra. If you want a compact, hassle-free city runabout, the new Micra is worth a look.

XL (Petrol) XL CVT (Petrol) XL (O) (Petrol) XV CVT (Petrol) XE (Diesel) XL (Diesel) XL (O) (Diesel) XV (Diesel)

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

MERCEDES to NISSAN

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

5.91 7.35 6.56 8.08 6.34 7.32 7.92 8.54

5.42 7.42 7.10 8.19 6.97 7.27 8.19 8.53

6.14 8.06 6.73 8.06 6.61 7.08 7.64 8.22

6.27 7.58 6.94 8.32 6.83 7.42 8.03 8.65

6.68 8.09 7.21 8.89 7.29 7.93 8.24 9.24

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

76/104 77/104 76/104 77/104 64/160 64/160 64/160 64/160

P D D P

3.18 4.25 4.25 —

6.44 9.94 9.94 —

250 4.50 4.93 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 204 6.13 7.75 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 204 6.13 7.75 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

FOR Funk interiors, peppy engine. AGAINST Firm ride, cabin ergonomics. VERDICT The most practical Mini ever, but it’s still not that practical. D

P P P P D D D D

3 3 3 3

5.59 14.23 153 7.17 17.88 — 5.59 14.23 153 — — — 6.09 15.98 148 6.09 15.98 148 6.09 15.98 148 6.09 15.98 148

16.08 22.94 9.22 13.30 16.08 22.94 — — 12.22 15.48 12.22 15.48 12.22 15.48 12.22 15.48

M/M M/M M/M M/M

F/R F/R F/R F/R

7 7 7 7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

7 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Mini Cooper D 11/16.8/NA

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4097mm Width 1789mm Height 1561mm Wheelbase 2595mm Tyre size 225/45 R18 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 350-1170 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 13351410kg Fuel tank 47 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 60/85cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm M/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

El/M El/M

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 In/7 In/7 El/3 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/3

7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 Mini Cooper Countryman

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel 10.5/14.7/NA

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T 9.5/13/NA

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7

DIMENSIONS Length 3825mm Width 1665mm Height 1525-1530mm Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 165/70 R14, 175/60 R15 Turning circle dia 9.3m Trunk volume 251 litres Ground clearance 150-154mm Kerb weight 930kg Fuel tank 41 litres Warranty 2 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/84cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3

3 3 3 3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 MITSUBISHI Pajero Sport

DIMENSIONS Length 4695mm Width 1815mm Height 1840mm Wheelbase 2800mm Tyre size 265/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 215mm Kerb weight 1935kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 74/93cm Headroom 92cm Width 140cm

5.29 11.40 — 7.05 8.78 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 5.63 12.45 — 12.56 16.04 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Easy to drive, spacious cabin. AGAINST Delayed throttle responses (CVT), firm ride. VERDICT A great city car but a bit dull to drive. 5/M CVT/A 5/M CVT/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

4.73 11.87 180 6.70 9.32 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Strong engine, ride quality. AGAINST Poor aftersales, rolls about quite a bit. VERDICT Good old-school SUV. D D

DIMENSIONS Length 3850m Width 1727mm Height 1415mm Wheelbase 2495mm Tyre size 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 211 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1150-1295kg Fuel tank 44 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 50/72cm Headroom 94cm Width 118cm

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 2 3 3 2 3 NISSAN Micra ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 11.8/17.5/18.44 Petrol A/T NA/NA/19.34 Diesel 14.6/19.5/23.08 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3

1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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MICRA ACTIVE With the new Micra around, the Micra Active focuses on the lower half of the hatchback segment. On price, it competes with cars like the Alto K10 and the Hyundai i10 and it is decent value. It gets the same 1.2-litre petrol motor as the new Micra but there’s no diesel or automatic option. XE XL XV XV S Sunny

3.89 5.03 5.45 5.73

4.37 5.42 5.77 6.03

3.59 5.18 5.53 5.79

4.19 5.29 5.73 6.03

5.58 5.53 6.05 6.43

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3

68/104 68/104 68/104 68/104

SUNNY The Sunny comes really close to delivering a winning performance. It’s the biggest on the inside, the updated cabin is really good and the equipment count has gone up substantially as well. Additionally, the ride is comfortable, the engine is refined and punchy and it is quite agreeable to drive. XE XL XL Auto XE XL XV XV Premium Leather XV Premium Safety Terrano

8.99 9.43 10.78 10.04 10.77 11.39 12.80 12.26

8.79 9.68 11.89 10.33 11.07 12.04 12.61 12.37

8.59 9.02 11.01 9.47 10.14 11.08 11.81 11.38

9.14 9.58 11.03 10.05 10.79 11.42 12.88 12.41

9.79 10.27 11.85 10.78 11.57 12.03 13.68 13.19

1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

99/134 99/1334 101/134 85/200 85/200 86/200 86/200 86/200

11.28 11.39 14.30 13.69 13.68 15.94 16.34

12.15 12.30 13.49 13.84 14.04 15.15 16.28

11.65 11.59 12.74 13.06 13.27 14.35 14.70

11.59 11.53 13.83 13.74 13.97 16.16 16.57

12.21 12.16 14.61 14.52 14.76 15.96 16.35

1598/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

104/145 85/200 85/200 85/200 110/248 110/248 110/248

5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

142.33** 139.71** 146.23** 163.49** 160.48** 167.96** 155.75** 152.88** 160.01** 176.39** 173.14** 181.21** 148.63** 145.30** 152.03** 161.00** 158.07** 165.39** 168.00** 164.94** 172.58** 181.00** 177.70** 185.93** 159.00** 156.10** 163.33** 178.50** 175.25** 183.37** 201.00** 197.34** 206.48** 225.92** 221.76** 232.10** 266.17** 261.27** 273.45** 239.34** 234.93** 245.88** 281.64** 276.46** 289.35**

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

144.86** 166.39** 158.52** 179.52** 150.63** 163.86** 170.99** 184.22** 161.83** 181.67** 204.57** 229.94** 270.90** 243.59** 286.65**

3436/6 3800/6 3436/6 3800/6 3436/6 3436/6 3800/6 3800/6 3436/6 3800/6 3799/6 3800/6 3800/6 3800/6 3800/6

355/389 406/439 355/389 406/439 355/389 355/389 406/439 406/439 355/389 406/439 482/439 527/660 568/700 527/660 568/700

6.22 15.50 153 6.22 15.50 153 6.22 15.50 153 6.22 15.50 153

14.72 14.72 14.72 14.72

21.92 21.92 21.92 21.92

P P P D D D D D

5.23 12.58 179 5.23 12.58 179 — — — 5.15 12.89 169 5.15 12.89 169 5.15 12.89 169 5.15 12.89 169 5.15 12.89 169

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

P D D D D D D

13.78 20.36 13.78 20.36 — — 12.66 15.13 12.66 15.13 12.66 15.13 12.66 15.13 12.66 15.13

P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

— — — — — 3/7 — — — — — 3/7 — — — — — 3/7 — — — — — 3/7 4.72 11.88 184 11.03 12.31 3/7 4.72 11.88 184 11.03 12.31 3/7 4.72 11.88 184 11.03 12.31 3/7

— — — 2.25 — — 2.58 — — — — — — — —

— — — 4.49 — — 5.09 — — — — — — — —

3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7

7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 In/7 In/7 In/7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7

7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 R R 7 R 7 R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 El/7 El/7 In/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 3

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/7 M/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

3 7 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

In In In In

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 Sunny

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.5 Petrol M/T 11.5/16.4/16.95 1.5 Petrol A/T 10.7/16/17.97 1.5 Diesel 13.7/18.8/22.71

7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

In Re Re In Re Re Re Re

7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 1 7 3 1 7 3 1 7 3 1 7 3 1 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 4 7 Terrano

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/13.24 Diesel 84 NA/NA/20.45 Diesel 108 11.8/17/19.01 3 7 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 3

In Re Re Re Re Re Re

3 7 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 1 7 7 1 7 3 1 7 3 2 7 3 1 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 PORSCHE 911

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Carrera 4S 5.1/7.5/NA

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Boxster

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Boxster BOXSTER The Boxster is all of Porsche’s dynamic genius with the midengine layout advantage. It really is something else and one of those rare sports cars that make you feel instinctively at ease with it thanks to the perfectly weighted, communicative controls. Apart from the price, there’s really no downside to this Porsche.

Boxster S Boxster GTS

105.18** 103.25** 108.06** 118.60** 116.42** 121.84**

NA NA

107.05** 3436/6 120.71** 3436/6

319/360 330/370

FOR Mind-blowing to drive, thrilling flat-six rasp. AGAINST Pricey options. VERDICT A sublime driving experience. 7PDK 7PDK

P P

— —

— —

— —

— —

DIMENSIONS Length 4329-4404mm Width 1801mm Height 1295-1273mm Wheelbase 2475mm Tyre size (Front) 235/35 R19 (Rear) 265/35 R19 Turning circle dia 11.1m Trunk volume 150/ 130 litres Ground clearance 95mm Kerb weight 1385kg Fuel tank 64 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA — —

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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ESP ABS

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 11.8/17.5/19.49

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 3/3/3/3 7 7 3/3/3/3 7

DIMENSIONS Length 4427mm Width 1808mm Height 1300-1310mm Wheelbase 2350mm Tyre size (Front) 235/35 R19 (Rear) 295/30 R19 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1420-1520kg Fuel tank 64 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

— — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — 3.30 3.80 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 298 3.32 4.00 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 3 7 3 4 7 Micra Active

DIMENSIONS Length 4331mm Width 1822mm Height 1671mm Wheelbase 2673mm Tyre size 215/65 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 475 litres Ground clearance 205mm Kerb weight 1755-1787kg (gross) Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 2 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/82.5cm Headroom 95cm Width 138.5cm

FOR Involving to drive, dynamics, usability. AGAINST Expensive options, limited range. VERDICT A sports car you can use everyday. 7PDK 7PDK 7/PDK 7/PDK 7PDK 7PDK 7PDK 7PDK 7PDK 7PDK 7PDK 7PDK 7PDK 7PDK 7PDK

7 3 7/3 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4455mm Width 1695mm Height 1515mm Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 185/70 R14, 185/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 490 litres Ground clearance 161mm Kerb weight 998-1097kg Fuel tank 41 litres Warranty 2 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 77/102cm Headroom 87cm Width 129cm

FOR Comfort, flexable engine. AGAINST Plain interior. heavy clutch (Terrano 110 diesel). VERDICT A competent compact SUV that ticks all the boxes.

911 The latest 991-generation 911 may look similar to the old 997, but there are comprehensive changes to it to improve stability and get more power out of the engine. It also is the first 911 to feature electric steering. It is properly engaging to drive and one of the most practical and usable sports cars around. And that’s just the base Carrera. Move up the board to a Turbo S or a GT3 and the experience simply becomes surreal. Carrera Carrera S Carrera Cabriolet Carrera S Cabriolet Carrera 4 Carrera 4 Cabriolet Carrera 4S Carrera 4S Cabriolet Targa 4 Targa 4S 911 GT3 911 Turbo 911 Turbo S Turbo Cabriolet Turbo S Cabriolet

P P P P

M/7

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 3780-3801mm Width 1665mm Height 1530mm Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 155/80 R13, 165/70 R14 Turning circle dia 9.3m Trunk volume 251 litres Ground clearance 154mm Kerb weight 930-1008kg Fuel tank 41 litres Warranty 2 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/84cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm

FOR Space, responsive and smooth engine. AGAINST Light build, low seats. VERDICT A good all-round product that feels more premium now.

TERRANO It is hard not to look at the Terrano and not turn back for a second glance. Under the skin it is a Renault Duster and this is no bad thing. Like the Duster, it’s got a pair of great diesel engines, an adequate petrol engine, high ground clearance and a decent ride. There’s no allwheel-drive version though and it costs a bit more than a Duster. XL Petrol XE 85 Diesel XL 85 Diesel XL Plus 85 Diesel XL 110 Diesel XV 110 Diesel XV Premium 110 Diesel PORSCHE 911

6.09 15.98 148 12.22 15.48 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

FOR Maneuverability, quality interiors. AGAINST Flat seats, a bit basic. VERDICT User-friendly city car that’s good value for money. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

D

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

5/M

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

64/160

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

1461/4

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

9.46

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

8.85

TOP SPEED (KPH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

8.57

0-100KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

8.95

0-60KPH (SECS)

CHENNAI

8.74

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

XVP (Diesel) Micra Active

PERFORMANCE

KOLKATA

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

MUMBAI

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

DELHI

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NISSAN to PORSCHE


Cayenne

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

PORSCHE to RENAULT

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

Cayenne CAYENNE It is easily the most fun SUV around. It handles like a Porsche and even the base 3.0-litre diesel is an exciting car to drive. The interiors are beautifully built and designed and the Cayenne is probably the most suitable Porsche for India.

FOR Fantastic dynamics, now decently equipped. AGAINST Firm ride, expensive. VERDICT Superb all-rounder, but not much by way of sex appeal.

DIMENSIONS Length 4855mm Width 2165mm Height 1705mm Wheelbase 2895mm Tyre size 275/45 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 540-670 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2100-2355kg Fuel tank 85-100 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

Cayenne Diesel

101.18** 99.32** 103.95**

NA

102.98** 2967/V6 245/549 8Triptrnc

D

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

Cayenne S

123.84** 121.56** 127.23**

NA

126.04** 3604/V6 420/550 8Triptrnc

P

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

Cayenne S Diesel

125.75** 123.44** 129.19**

NA

127.99** 4134/V8 385/843 8Triptrnc

D

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

Cayenne Turbo

185.89** 182.47** 190.97**

NA

189.19** 4806/V8 520/700 8Triptrnc

P

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

3.20 7.40

5.01 5.74 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

Cayman

Cayman CAYMAN Think of a Boxster with a roof (and a stiffer chassis thanks to the added bracing of the metal roof) and you have the Cayman. It is even more of a driver’s car than the Boxster and there are few coupes on the planet that can match its sheer dynamic abilities.

Cayman S Cayman GTS

107.76** 105.78** 110.71** 121.18** 118.95** 124.49**

NA NA

109.68** 3436/6 123.33** 3436/6

FOR Handling, grip and balance, performance. AGAINST Pricey. VERDICT One of the best there is. 7PDK 7PDK

330/370 340/380

P P

— —

— —

— —

DIMENSIONS Length 4341-4404mm Width 1801mm Height 1284-1305mm Wheelbase 2475mm Tyre size (Front) 235/40 R18 (Rear) 265/40 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1340kg Fuel Tank 64 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA — —

— —

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

Macan

Macan MACAN The Porsche Macan is a sportscar you can drive really hard over almost every road you come across. Its combination of outright athleticism, good ground clearance and fantastic body control make it unique.

Macan S Diesel Macan Turbo Petrol

108.61** 106.62** 111.59** 111.00** 108.98** 114.03**

NA NA

FOR Ballistic powertrain, deft handling, all-terrain ability. AGAINST Price. VERDICT Incredible driver’s SUV now has the powertrain to match.

110.55** 2967/V6 244/580 7PDK 112.97** 3604/V6 400/550 7PDK

D P

DIMENSIONS Length 4699mm Width 1923mm Height 1624mm Wheelbase 2807mm Tyre size 265/45 R20, 295/40 R20 Turning circle dia 11.96m Trunk volume 500 litres Ground clearance 230mm Kerb weight 1925kg Fuel tank 60 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 57/82cm Headroom 92cm Width 138cm

2.99 6.70 230 4.20 5.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 — — 266 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* S diesel 8.1/11.1/NA

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

Panamera

Panamera PANAMERA Porsche’s shot at a four-door sedan, the Panamera is beautiful to drive (not so beautiful to the eye though) and the interiors are simply in a league of its own. It doesn’t have the most spacious rear seats and the car is quite pricey, which is why you don’t see too many on our roads.

FOR Sports-car-like handling, performance, cabin quality. AGAINST Price, small boot. VERDICT Expensive.

DIMENSIONS Length 4970mm Width 1931mm Height 1418mm Wheelbase 2920mm Tyre size 255/45 R19, 285/40 R19 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 432-445 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1770-1970kg Fuel tank 80-100 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/87cm Headroom 97cm Width 134cm

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Panamera S 4.5/8.0/NA

Panamera

117.00** 114.87** 120.19**

NA

119.09** 3605/V6 314/400 7PDK

P

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

Panamera 4

119.50** 117.32** 122.76**

NA

121.62** 3605/V6 314/400

7PDK

P

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3

Panamera Diesel Diesel Edition Gran Turismo Panamera GTS Panamera Turbo Panamera Turbo S PREMIER Rio

109.43** 107.42** 112.42** NA 104.00** NA 150.00** 147.27** 154.09** 185.00** 181.63** 190.04** 233.00** 228.75** 239.35**

NA NA NA NA NA

111.38** NA 152.67** 188.29** 237.14**

8TriptronicS 8TriptronicS 7PDK 7PDK 7PDK

D D P P P

El/El El/El El/El El/El El/El

3 3 3 3 3

2967/V6 2967/V6 4806/V8 4806/V8 4806/V8

253/550 250/550 446/520 527/700 578/750

RIO The Multijet diesel has definitely improved the Rio but it’s still quite a mediocre product at best. It does look quite nice though and it was the first, sub-four-metre SUV in the country.

GX GLX DX LX RENAULT

5.11 6.42 6.94 7.36

5.91 6.41 6.98 7.40

4.98** 5.44** NA NA

7.52 7.85 8.25 8.69

NA NA NA NA

1173/4 1173/4 1248/4 1248/4

76/104 76/104 72/182 72/182

3.13 6.62 — — — — — — — — — — — — —

4.11 4.79 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

FOR Low speed ride, cityfriendly size. AGAINST Sluggish performance, interior quality. VERDICT The Multijet Rio is the best one yet but it still has a long way to go. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P D D

7.88 19.39 — 7.88 19.39 — 6.81 20.26 143 6.81 20.26 143

21.80 21.80 14.78 14.78

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3

F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3970mm Width 1570mm Height 1730mm Wheelbase 2420mm Tyre size 205/70 R15 Turning circle dia 9.4m Trunk volume 454 litres Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 10801145kg Fuel tank 46 litres Warranty 3 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/87cm Headroom 92cm Width 128cm 39.05 39.05 17.94 17.94

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7

3/7 7/3 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 PREMIER Rio

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel 13.8/17/NA

7 7/7/7/7 3 7 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 7 7/7/7/7 3 7 7 3/3/3/3 3 7

Ex Ex Ex Ex

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 RENAULT

Duster

Duster DUSTER With the facelift, the Renault Duster has addressed some of its lesser points. The cabin looks little bit plusher than before and the top-spec versions get more equipment. The new model has done its bit to freshen up the design and without losing its tough and honest air.

Standard 85 PS RXE 2WD RXL 2WD RXE 85 PS 2WD RXL 85 PS 2WD RXS 85 PS 2WD RXZ 85 PS 2WD RXL 110 PS 2WD RXL 110 PS 2WD AMT RXZ 110 PS 2WD

10.57 9.58 10.46 10.79 12.07 12.64 13.44 12.98 13.67 14.36

12.09 10.89 11.94 12.33 13.31 13.92 14.78 14.29 15.03 15.76

10.88 10.05 10.94 11.10 11.99 12.54 13.32 12.87 13.54 14.20

11.02 10.17 11.08 11.25 12.68 13.28 14.11 13.63 14.34 15.05

11.41 10.55 12.20 11.65 12.95 13.56 14.42 13.93 14.67 15.41

1598/4 1598/4 1598/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

104/148 104/148 104/148 85/200 85/200 85/200 85/200 110/245 110/245 110/245

FOR AMT adds convenience, ride quality. AGAINST Cabin still doesn’t feel as premium. VERDICT Small upgrades and automatic option makes it a rounder SUV. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M 6/A 6/M

P P P D D D D D D D

— — — — — — — — — 5.51 14.54 — 5.51 14.54 — 5.51 14.54 — 5.51 14.54 — 6.71 12.83 172 6.16 14.01 — 6.71 12.83 172

— — — 12.12 12.12 12.12 12.12 9.08 6.83 9.08

— — — 15.37 15.37 15.37 15.37 9.96 9.07 9.96

DIMENSIONS Length 4315mm Width 1822mm Height 1695mm Wheelbase 2673mm Tyre size 215/65 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 410-475 litres Ground clearance 205-210mm Kerb weight 1770-1889kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3

3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 R 7 R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 El/7 El/3 In/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/13.06 Diesel 85 NA/NA/19.87 Diesel 110 11.5/16.8/19.6 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3 7/3/3/3

7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 1 7 1 1 2 1 1 2

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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FLUENCE It is a beautiful-looking sedan and one that is comfortable as well. The interiors are nice, if a bit quirky, and the ride and handling characteristics are properly sorted. The engine isn’t as powerful as what the rivals offer, but it has adequate power. E2 M/T E4 M/T Koleos

17.89 18.59 19.76 20.54

17.00 18.01 18.79 20.04

19.20 21.21

1461/4 1461/4

28.30 29.89 32.09 33.88 33.35 35.21

27.05 29.70 30.67 33.71 31.87 35.04

26.96 35.08 36.47

1995/4 1995/4 1995/4

110/240 110/240

6/M 6/M

2.98 3.37 3.45 3.64 4.00 4.11

3.41 3.78 3.82 4.04 4.40 4.50

3.29 3.68 3.85 3.96 4.32 4.43

3.33 3.76 3.84 4.04 4.41 4.53

3.44 3.88 3.97 4.17 4.56 4.68

799/3 799/3 799/3 799/3 799/3 799/3

150/320 173/360 173/360

54/72 54/72 54/72 54/72 54/72 54/72

LODGY The Renault Lodgy may not look appealing but under the boxy shape is a practical, spacious and comfortable cabin. The 1.5-litre diesel motor offers a superb mix of performance and economy while the ride and handling is best among MPVs. Third-row seating, however, could be better and Renault’s dealer network is still behind rivals. Standard 85 PS RxE 85 PS RxL 85 PS RxZ 85 PS RxL 110 PS RxZ 110 PS (8-seater) RxZ 110 PS (7-seater) RxZ Stepway 110 PS (8-st) RxZ Stepway 110 PS (7-st) Pulse

9.76 10.68 11.36 13.27 12.21 13.98 14.34 14.03 14.37

10.42 11.38 12.21 13.79 12.69 14.52 14.88 15.01 15.37

9.96 10.88 11.56 13.03 12.00 13.72 14.06 14.17 14.52

10.12 11.06 12.27 13.86 12.75 14.59 14.96 15.08 15.45

10.61 11.60 12.68 14.33 13.18 15.09 15.47 15.59 15.97

1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

6/M 6/M 6/A

4.98 5.64 6.40 7.11 7.05 7.83

5.35 6.24 6.86 7.47 7.65 8.13

5.20 6.04 6.69 7.31 7.14 8.11

5.23 6.02 6.75 7.37 8.19 8.02

5.33 6.25 6.95 7.65 8.52 8.42

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

85/200 85/200 85/200 85/200 110/245 110/245 110/245 110/245 110/245

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

8.43 9.31 10.61 11.95 9.81 10.44 11.30

8.66 10.14 10.94 12.13 10.54 10.60 11.62

9.94 9.25 10.86 11.92 9.91 10.50 10.54

9.02 9.34 11.39 12.95 10.38 10.56 11.03

8.70 9.40 11.02 12.06 10.04 11.00 11.49

1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

D D D

P P P P P P

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

D D D D D D D D D

147 147 147 147 147 147

17.13 17.13 17.13 17.13 17.13 17.13

— — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — —

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P D D D

— — — — — — 6.35 16.20 6.35 16.20 6.35 16.20

29.45 29.45 29.45 29.45 29.45 29.45

— — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — —

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

5/M 5/M CVT/A CVT/A 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P P D D D

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

— — — — — — 5.48 12.11 177 5.48 12.11 177 5.15 12.89 169 5.15 12.89 169 5.15 12.89 169

M/M R 7 3/3 3/3 El/7 M/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

M/M El/El El/El

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

— — — — 6.72 9.17 6.72 9.17 12.66 15.13 12.66 15.13 12.66 15.13

3/3 7/7 3/3 7/7 3/3 7/7 3/3 7/7 3/3 7/3 3/3 7/3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7

M/M M/M M/M M/M M/M M/M

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3

Ex/3 Ex/3 Ex/3 Ex/3 Ex/3 Ex/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 R 7 R R R R

7 7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/7 3/3 7/7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

ln/7 ln/7 ln/7 El/7 ln/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 In/7 El/3 El/7 El/7 El/3

3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 3 7 7 3

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 EI/7 EI/7 El/3 In/7 EI/7 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 4x2 M/T NA/NA/17.15 4x4 M/T NA/NA/16.26 4x4 A/T NA/NA/14.56

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 El 3 3 7 3 4 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 El 3 3 7 3 4 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 El 3 3 3 3 6 7 Kwid ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 15.3/21.5/18.4

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7 3/3/3/3 7 7 7 3/7/3/3 3 7 7 3/7/3/3 3 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 7

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

In In In In In In

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Lodgy

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 85 PS NA/NA/21.04 110 PS 12.3/17.5/19.98 7 7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 1 7 2 7 1 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Pulse

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 ln 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 ln 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 ln 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 ln 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 ln 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 ln

DIMENSIONS Length 4425mm Width 1695mm Height 1505mm Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 185/70 R14, 185/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 490 litres Ground clearance 161mm Kerb weight 1005-1085 kg Fuel tank 41 litres Warranty 2 year/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 77/102cm Headroom 87cm Width 128cm 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

ESP ABS

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 7 3 2 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 4 3 Koleos

DIMENSIONS Length 4498mm Width 1751mm Height 1697mm Wheelbase 2810mm Tyre size 185/65 R15 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 174mm Kerb weight 1299-1368kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 2 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel 11.5/16.5/21.8

DIMENSIONS Length 3805mm Width 1665mm Height 1525-1530mm Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 165/70 R14, 170/60 R15 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 251 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1070kg Fuel tank 41 litres Warranty 2 year/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

— — — 3/7 — — — 3/3 — — — 3/3 — 12.52 10.27 3/3 — 12.52 10.27 3/3 — 12.52 10.27 3/3

FOR Comfortable ride, space and practicality, responsive auto. AGAINST Low seating, expensive. VERDICT Practical but pricey for what you get. 99/134 99/134 99/134 99/134 86/200 86/200 86/200

3 7/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 2 7 3 7/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 2 7 Fluence

DIMENSIONS Length 3679mm Width 1579mm Height 1478mm Wheelbase 2422mm Tyre size 155/80 R13 Turning circle dia 10.0m Trunk volume 300 litres Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 669kg Fuel tank 28 litres Warranty 2 years/50,000 kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 56/74cm Headroom 91cm Width 121cm

FOR Looks, spacious interiors. AGAINST Low rear seat, dull cabin. VERDICT French flair to the B-segment. 76/104 76/104 76/104 64/160 64/160 64/160

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

— — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 4.86 10.99 — 10.63 11.85 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 — — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

6.65 16.93 6.65 16.93 6.65 16.93 6.65 16.93 6.65 16.93 6.65 16.93

R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3 R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4520mm Width 1855mm Height 1865mm Wheelbase 2690mm Tyre size 225/60 R17 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 450 litres Ground clearance 206mm Kerb weight 1692-1794kg Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 2 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Space and practicality, strong engines, long range. AGAINST Boxy styling, heavy clutch, third row difficult to access and has insufficient foot space. VERDICT Practical MPV that’s ideal for long distance travel.

SCALA Under that attractive skin, it’s a Sunny. It has capable motors, good ride and handling, a spacious cabin and boasts decent quality. Then again, so does the Sunny and that makes the premium that Renault is charging difficult to justify.

RxE (P) RxL (P) RxL A/T (P) RxZ A/T (P) RxE (D) RxL (D) RxZ (D)

5.93 12.95 175 14.99 14.02 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 5.93 12.95 175 14.99 14.02 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Price, design, boot space. AGAINST Engine, small fuel tank. VERDICT Unique budget car that breaks the mould but not your pocket.

PULSE The Pulse is a well-rounded package and its striking exterior design could win hearts too. It rides and handles well and the torquey diesel motor makes it easy to drive in traffic. The interiors are spacious and it’s quite the practical city hatch. RxE (P) RxL (P) RxZ (P) RxL (D) RxL ABS (D) RxZ (D) Scala

D D

M/7 M/7

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 4618mm Width 1813mm Height 1488mm Wheelbase 2703mm Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 530 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 13601380kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 2 year/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 60/84cm Headroom 93cm Width 133cm

FOR Great highway cruiser. AGAINST Price. VERDICT A comfy crossover but not very cheap.

KWID Renault has been clever to tap into the cravings of the market with the Kwid. It’s got the essentials - space, comfort and practicality - just spot on and in many ways, sets new benchmarks for the segment.

Standard Petrol RxE Petrol RxE (O) Petrol RxL Petrol RxT Petrol RxT (O) Petrol Lodgy

6.83 9.07 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 — — 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

FOR Brilliant ride and handling, terrific air-con. AGAINST Engine could be more powerful. VERDICT A nice option to mainstream rivals.

KOLEOS It looks smarter, the engine has been improved and the Koleos, like the Fluence, makes for a nice option to its more mainstream rivals. It’s not particularly cheap but it is quite well equipped. 2.0 2WD M/T 2.0 4WD M/T 2.0 4WD A/T Kwid

6.16 14.01 — — — —

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

D D

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

6/A 6/M

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

110/245 110/245

TOP SPEED (KPH)

1461/4 1461/4

FEATURES

7 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 7 3 3

1 7 1 7 2 7 1 7 1 7 2 7 Scala

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 11.5/16.4/16.95 Petrol A/T 10.7/16/17.97 Diesel M/T 13.5/18.6/21.64

3/3/7/3 7 3 ln 7 3/3/7/3 7 3 ln 3 3/3/7/3 7 3 ln 3 3/3/7/3 3 3 Re 3 3/3/7/3 7 3 ln 7 3/3/7/3 7 3 ln 3 3/3/7/3 3 3 Re 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

1 2 2 2 1 2 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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14.87 15.77 15.64 16.60

0-100KPH (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

15.05 16.50 15.85 17.35

0-60KPH (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

16.14 17.00

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

RXZ 110 PS 2WD AMT RXZ 110 PS AWD Fluence

PERFORMANCE

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

BANGALORE

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

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RENAULT to RENAULT


ROLLS-ROYCE Ghost Series II

430.00** 450.00** 490.00** 493.00**

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

6592/V12 570/780 6592/V12 570/780

FOR Comfortable ride, waftability like no other (except maybe the Phantom). AGAINST Price. VERDICT The baby of the family, but every bit a Rolls-Royce. 8/A 8/A

PHANTOM SERIES II The Phantom is the ultimate Rolls. Think Ghost multiplied by three and you’ll get the picture. It’s been around for some time, but has lost none of its imposing character. It will get you noticed like nothing else. Phantom Phantom EWB Drophead Coupe Coupe Wraith

640.00** 750.00** 745.00** 698.00**

646.00** 754.00** 750.00** 700.01**

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

6749/V12 6749/V12 6749/V12 6749/V12

460/720 460/720 460/720 460/720

460.00** 470.00**

NA

NA

NA

8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

19.16 23.32 23.97 21.77 23.29 24.25 26.33

20.01 24.59 25.28 22.66 24.45 25.41 27.64

16.92 20.66 NA 18.75 19.85 21.90 NA

20.41 24.15 25.62 22.77 24.37 25.33 27.55

21.02 24.02 26.65 23.46 25.32 26.12 28.64

6592/V12 632/800

1395/4 1798/4 1798/4 1968/4 1968/4 1968/4 1968/4

8/A

9.08 9.52 10.31 10.56

8.62 9.60

9.59 10.89

9.96 11.32

1598/4 1598/4

1.6 MPi M/T Elegance 9.64 11.10 10.01 9.88 10.28 1598/4 1.6 MPi M/T Elegance Plus 10.18 11.50 10.49 10.50 10.76 1598/4 1.6 MPi A/T Elegance 10.84 12.40 11.22 11.02 11.59 1598/4 1.6 MPi A/T Elegance Plus 11.59 12.81 11.60 12.72 12.07 1598/4 1.5 TDI M/T Active 10.43 11.14 10.14 10.78 11.22 1498/4 1.5 TDI M/T Ambition 12.06 12.58 10.56 12.59 12.93 1498/4 1.5 TDI M/T Elegance 10.89 12.63 11.16 11.16 11.42 1498/4 1.5 TDI M/T Elegance Plus 11.72 13.04 11.54 12.69 11.77 1498/4 1.5 TDI A/T Ambition 13.52 13.64 12.74 14.12 14.50 1498/4 1.5 TDI A/T Elegance 12.67 14.25 12.63 12.99 13.89 1498/4 1.5 TDI A/T Elegance Plus 13.12 14.66 13.10 13.45 13.57 1498/4 Superb SUPERB Skoda’s new updated Superb now has a lot of clever touches. The Superb is unlikely to be cheap but it will not diminish the enthusiasm Indian luxury car buyers are likely to have for it. If there was a luxury car bargain of the decade, this would be it, it’s that good. 1.8 TSI M/T Style 1.8 TSI A/T Style

27.86 29.33 29.33 30.87

26.14 29.54 27.55 31.11

30.73 32.36

1798/4 1798/4

4.7 5.0

— —

— —

— —

P P P P

— — — —

— — — —

— — — —

— — — —

140/250 180/250 180/250 143/320 143/320 143/320 143/320

P

6/M 7/A 7/A 6/M 6/A 6/A 6/A

P P P D D D D

— 4.12 4.12 — 4.34 4.34 4.34

— 8.01 8.01 8.84 9.35 9.35 9.35

— 220 220 205 205 205 205

— 4.95 4.95 10.03 5.32 5.32 5.32

— — — —

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3

El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3 7/3 3

DIMENSIONS Length 4659mm Width 1814mm Height 1476mm Wheelbase 2688mm Tyre size 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 590-1580 Ground clearance 155mm Kerb weight 1260-1395kg Fuel tank 50 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/94cm Headroom 95cm Width 138cm — 5.53 5.53 12.05 6.93 6.93 6.93

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

M/7 El/M El/M M/7 M/7 El/M El/M

R F/R F/R R R F/R F/R

7 7 3 7 7 7 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

4.85 11.20 183 11.70 17.60 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7 7 4.85 11.20 183 11.70 17.60 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7 M/7

7 7 7/7 3/7 7 7 7/7 3/7

5/M 5/M 6/A 6/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 7/A 7/A 7/A

P P P P D D D D D D D

4.85 11.20 183 4.85 11.20 183 5.96 13.57 175 5.96 13.57 175 5.43 11.90 186 5.43 11.90 186 5.43 11.90 186 5.43 11.90 186 — — — — — — — — —

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 R 7 R 7 7 7 R 7 7 R

17.60 17.60 10.49 10.49 10.88 10.88 10.88 10.88 — — —

FOR Luxurious cabin, comfortable ride, performace. AGAINST Interiors lack drama, doesn’t feel as sporty as before. VERDICT New model carries forward the Superb legacy with elan. P P

4.21 8.42 — 4.27 8.52 —

3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3 3/3/7/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 3 7 3 7 7 7 3 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

In/7 El/7

3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/7 In/7 3/7 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/7 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

El/M F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/M F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

8 3 8 3 8 3 8 3 Wraith

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

7 3 3 7 7 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 3 6 3 8 3 2 3 2 3 6 3 8 3 Rapid

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 9.4/15.1/15 Petrol A/T 8.2/14.5/14.3 Diesel M/T 13.7/17.9/21.14 Diesel A/T NA/NA/21.66

3 7/7/7/7 7 3 Re 7 7 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 7

DIMENSIONS Length 4861mm Width 1864mm Height 1483mm Wheelbase 2841mm Tyre size 215/55 R17 Turning circle dia 11.1m Trunk volume 625-1760 litres Ground clearance 149-164mm Kerb weight 1494-1565kg Fuel tank 66 litres Warranty 2 years/ 1,00,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 70/95cm Headroom 90cm Width 141cm

9.85 12.56 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3/3/7/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 SKODA Octavia ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.4 TSI M/T Petrol NA/NA/16.8 1.8 TSI A/T Petrol 9.5/14/14.7 2.0 M/T Diesel 12.5/17.2/20.6 2.0 A/T Diesel 12/17/19.3

DIMENSIONS Length 4386mm Width 1699mm Height 1466mm Wheelbase 2552mm Tyre size 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 460 litres Ground clearance 168mm Kerb weight 1145-1210kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 year/unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 70/93cm Headroom 91cm Width 131cm

P P

180/320 6/M 180/250 7DSG

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

5/M 5/M

11.70 11.70 7.94 7.94 9.62 9.62 9.62 9.62 — — —

3 3/3/7/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/7/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 Phantom Series ii

DIMENSIONS Length 5269mm Width 1947mm Height 1507mm Wheelbase 3112mm Tyre size 255/45 R20, 285/40 R20 Turning circle dia 12.7m Trunk volume 470 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2360kg Fuel tank 83 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Spacious cabin, strong performance, ride. AGAINST Some features missing, average build, price (diesel auto). VERDICT The compact saloon that gets almost everything right. 105/153 105/153 105/153 105/153 105/153 105/153 105/250 105/250 105/250 105/250 105/250 105/250 105/250

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 5612-6092mm Width 1987-1990mm Height 15661640mm Wheelbase 3320-3820mm Tyre size 255/50 R21, 285/45 R21 Turning circle dia 13.1-13.8m Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 26352745kg Fuel tank 80-100 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Strong engines, spacious interiors. AGAINST Doesn’t feel like a tank anymore. VERDICT Sets the benchmark in this segment.

RAPID The Rapid TDI, with the addition of a hi-tech dual clutch gearbox, has become more alluring than ever before. The fact that the Hyundai Verna is the only rival, and comes with an old-school four-speed auto, makes it look even better. The Black package and new features only make it better.

1.6 MPi M/T Active 1.6 MPi M/T Ambition

— —

FOR Smooth, swift, refined. AGAINST Price. VERDICT Feels more youthful than its brethren.

OCTAVIA It’s bigger than ever before, the interiors are far more sophisticated, and there’s a new 1.4-litre turbo petrol on offer as well. The 1.8-litre TSI makes even more power now but enthusiasts will be disappointed to know Skoda isn’t offering a manual gearbox with this engine. It’s a move that points at how Skoda wants to move the Octavia upmarket. What’s sad is that the Octavia doesn’t have the heft of the Laura or the original Octavia. It is still a very practical, very desirable sedan though. 1.4 TSI Ambition M/T 1.8 TSI Elegance A/T 1.8 TSI Style Plus A/T 2.0 TDI Ambition M/T 2.0 TDI Ambition A/T 2.0 TDI Elegance A/T 2.0 TDI Style Plus A/T Rapid

P P

DIMENSIONS Length 5399-5569mm Width 1948mm Height 1550mm Wheelbase 3295-3465mm Tyre size 255/50 R19 Turning circle dia 13.4-14.0m Trunk volume 490 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2360-2420kg Fuel tank 82.5 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Sheer class, more agile that its size suggests. AGAINST Exorbitant price. VERDICT If you are a king, or want to feel like one.

WRAITH A Rolls-Royce coupe. It’s big and has even more power than the Phantom. It’s even more exclusive as well.

Wraith SKODA Octavia

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ROLLS-ROYCE Ghost Series ii

GHOST SERIES II An icredibly silent cabin, a purring V12 and an unbelievably good ride mixed with plenty of old-world charm is what makes the Ghost what it is. It is a BMW 7-series under the skin, but BMW has made sure that you know you’re in a Rolls-Royce the minute you step into it. Beautiful details like the shag pile carpets and the superbly comfortable seats make the Ghost the excellent car it is. Ghost Series II SWB Ghost Series II EWB Phantom Series II

ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

ROLLS-ROYCE to SKODA

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Superb ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M 8.9/14.2/11.55 Petrol A/T 8.5/12.7/10.6 Diesel A/T 10.1/14.6/12.35 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 7 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

7 2 7 3 2 7

3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 7/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 3 7/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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YETI For a certain few, it’s the premium feel, the strong engine and those solid mechanicals under the skin that make the Yeti worth its price tag. Skoda is aware that this audience is small, but it wants to give them exactly what they want, and if you are one of those people, the Yeti is a fantastically capable urban SUV. Elegance 4x2 Elegance 4x4 TATA Aria

25.05 26.61 27.11 28.78

22.89 26.20 24.80 28.36

27.16 29.61

1968/4 1968/4

110/250 140/320

12.50 13.35 15.01 16.15 18.34 19.87

11.76 12.75 14.28 15.52 17.48 18.98

13.95 16.87 20.59

2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

150/320 150/320 150/320

5/M 6/M

D D

D D D

DIMENSIONS Length 4222mm Width 1793mm Height 1691mm Wheelbase 2578mm Tyre size 215/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10m Trunk volume 416 litres Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 14451543kg Fuel tank 55-60 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/90cm Headroom 100cm Width 135cm

XE Revotron XM Revotron XMS Revotron XT Revotron XE Quadrajet XM Quadrajet XMS Quadrajet XT Quadrajet Indica

5.25 6.01 6.27 7.10 6.57 7.31 7.74 8.48

5.63 6.46 6.74 7.55 7.12 7.87 8.14 8.96

5.19 5.99 6.25 6.99 6.38 7.07 7.33 8.06

5.23 6.05 6.32 7.09 6.59 7.30 7.55 8.33

5.90 6.81 7.10 7.91 7.40 8.15 8.42 9.24

1193/4 1193/4 1193/4 1193/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

90/140 90/140 90/140 90/140 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3 TATA Aria DIMENSIONS Length 4780mm Width 1895mm Height 1780mm ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ * Wheelbase 2850mm Tyre size 235/70 R16 & 235/65 R17 Indian Driving Cycle Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 200mm 2.2 Diesel 4x2 10/13.9/15.05 Kerb weight 1990-2220kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 36 months, 2.2 Diesel 4x4 9.8/13.8/15.05 1,00,000kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 75/97cm Headroom 97cm Width 150cm

— — — — — 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 — — — — — 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 6.44 14.79 — 12.48 14.85 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Superb ride, spacious cabin, well equipped. AGAINST Small boot, petrol engine needs more fine-tuning. VERDICT Offers almost all that’s expected from a big hatch. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

INDICA Yes the original Indica is still around (with updates of course) and it’s quietly concentrating on the budget/taxi end of the market. It’s got CNG versions and, for the price, there’s still little out there that can challenge the space it offers. However, it feels crude and basic and there are some serious ergonomic issues. If you can stretch your budget, there are better cars out there. emax GLS CNG emax GLX CNG eV2 LS eV2 LX Indigo eCS

4.63 4.92 5.46 5.98

4.79 5.09 5.92 6.49

NA NA 5.53 6.01

NA NA 5.72 6.21

5.81 6.31 6.01 6.65

1193/4 1193/4 1396/4 1396/4

49.8/85 49.8/85 70/140 70/140

5.31 5.72 5.75 6.03 6.06 6.56 6.99 7.18

5.72 5.82 6.03 6.16 6.37 7.17 7.39 7.67

NA NA 5.70 NA 6.02 6.72 6.91 7.41

6.13 NA 5.99 NA 6.45 6.70 6.89 7.31

NA NA 6.24 NA 6.61 6.90 7.17 7.56

1193/4 1193/4 1193/4 1193/4 1193/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4

65/100 56/89 65/100 56/89 65/100 70/140 70/140 70/140

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

6.67

7.20

6.84

7.21

7.19

1368/4

90/116

15.92 15.92 15.92 15.92 13.34 13.34 13.34 13.34

25.49 25.49 25.49 25.49 15.79 15.79 15.79 15.79

P/CNG — — P/CNG — — D 5.84 15.93 D 5.84 15.93

— — — — — — — 12.83 17.82 — 12.83 17.82

FOR Fuel economy, spacious cabin. AGAINST Cabin quality, ergonomics. VERDICT Lots of improve-ments, but still not up to the mark. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

MANZA It may not have the flair or the outright appeal of some of its rivals, but the Manza fights back with serious cabin space, quite a lot of equipment (Club class), comfortable seats and a pair of refined engines. The diesel Quadrajet is our pick.

Safire GLS

6.28 15.81 160 6.28 15.81 160 6.28 15.81 160 6.28 15.81 160 6.01 16.58 155 6.01 16.58 155 6.01 16.58 155 6.01 16.58 155

FOR Space, comfort, responsive diesel . AGAINST Painful driving position, quality and refinement. VERDICT Best used as a taxi.

INDIGO eCS The first ‘sedan’ to take advantage of the sub-fourmetre rule, the Indigo eCS undercuts the Maruti Dzire and the Honda Amaze on price. A lot of improvements have been made to the car over the years, but it’s still nowhere close to the Amaze, Dzire or even the new Xcent in terms of refinement, desirability or feel-good factor. It is an old car and this is quite obvious. GLS emax GLS CNG GLX emax GLX CNG GVX LS CR4 LX CR4 VX CR4 Manza

P P P P D D D D

El/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 3/3 3/3 El/7 R 7 3/3 3/3 El/7 R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 7/7/7/7 3 3 Ex 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 2 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 6 3

5/M

P

Bolt ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 11.4/16.1/NA

DIMENSIONS Length 3825mm Width 1695mm Height 1562mm Wheelbase 2470mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 & 175/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.2m Trunk volume 210 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1095-1160kg Fuel tank 44 litres Warranty 3 years, 1,00,000kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 73/92cm Headroom 92cm Width 138cm 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3

3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 In/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 In/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7 3/3 El/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3690mm Width 1665mm Height 1485mm Wheelbase 2400mm Tyre size 165/65 R13/R14 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume 220 litres Ground clearance 165-170mm Kerb weight 9801000kg Fuel tank 37 litres Warranty 18 months/unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/75cm Headroom 92cm Width 133cm 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/3 3/7

3/7 7/3 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7/3 3/3 7/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 R 7 7 R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

ln/7 ln/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 In/7 El/7 El/7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

In/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7 3/3/3/3 3 7

In In In In In In In In

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 Indica

In In In In

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Indigo eCS

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/15.6 Diesel 15.3/19.6/25

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4413mm Width 1703mm Height 1550mm Wheelbase 2520mm Tyre size 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10.2m Trunk volume 460 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1100 - 1210kg Fuel tank 44 litres Warranty 2 years or 75,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 74/91cm Headroom 88cm Width 137cm

6.55 15.30 170 12.73 17.03 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel 15.3/19.3/25

DIMENSIONS Length 3988mm Width 1620mm Height 1540mm Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 10.0m Trunk volume 380 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 10651110kg Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 72.5/92cm Headroom 87cm Width 133cm

P — — — — — 3/7 P/CNG — — — — — 3/7 P — — — — — 3/7 P/CNG — — — — — 3/7 P — — — — — 3/7 D 6.20 16.15 — 13.22 19.45 3/7 D 6.20 16.15 — 13.22 19.45 3/7 D 6.20 16.15 — 13.96 17.98 3/7 FOR Cabin space, features. AGAINST Inconsistent cabin quality, awkward looks. VERDICT Great space and more goodies make the Manza better value.

ESP ABS

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 4x2 NA/NA/17.72 4x4 11.3/16.3/17.67

Bolt BOLT The Bolt’s strengths do outweigh its lesser points. Overall refinement is very good, the ride quality is excellent and cabin space remarkable. The nice-to-drive Bolt also gives lots by way of features. And with the mentioned prices the Bolt makes for good value. Tata has the right product at a nice price. Let’s hope it can deliver on durability too this time around.

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

3 7/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 3 7/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 3 7/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 Yeti

7 7 3 3 3 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Manza

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Safire Petrol 10.5/14.7/13.70 Quadra Diesel 11.6/17.1/21.02

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/M F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

4.81 11.76 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 4.37 10.78 190 10.56 13.70 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Space, comfort, cruising ability. AGAINST Fit and finish. VERDICT Capable and comfortable people-mover that deserves to do better. 5/M 5/M 5/M

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

— — —

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

— — —

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

4.27 8.52 — 3.51 7.83 — 3.51 7.83 —

FOR Fun to drive, equipment and build quality. AGAINST No petrol or automatic options, pricey. VERDICT A premium compact SUV that is brilliant to drive.

ARIA Big, spacious and comfortable. The Aria could have given the Innova a run for its money, especially since it has the better engine. What let it down was Tata choosing to launch it fully loaded, with 4x4 and a hefty price for a Tata. Later 4x2 versions represented better value. Where it doesn’t match the Innova is on interior quality. Pure LX 4x2 Pleasure 4x2 Pride 4x4

P D D

FEATURES

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

180/250 7DSG 177/350 6DSG 177/350 6DSG

TOP SPEED (KPH)

1798/4 1968/4 1968/4

0-100KPH (SECS)

36.30 35.66 39.60

0-60KPH (SECS)

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

30.95 34.89 30.38 34.28 33.91 38.05

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

32.89 34.56 33.01 34.55 36.64 38.30

BANGALORE

1.8 TSI A/T L&K 2.0 TDI CR A/T Style 2.0 TDI CR A/T L&K Yeti

MUMBAI

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

SKODA to TATA


9.09 9.41

9.73 10.07

7.23** 7.51**

9.29 9.72

7.06** 7.34**

2179/4 2179/4

120/250 120/250

5/M 5/M

NANO It’s all about looking at the bigger picture with this tiny car. The in-built flaws of its original, budget-driven design remain — the top-heavy shape, tiny wheels, limited cabin storage and small boot — but you really have to hand it to Tata Motors for trying to bring it up to speed with the competition.

XE XM XMA XT Twist XTA Safari

2.34 2.72 3.17 2.77 3.38

2.66 3.09 3.58 3.32 3.81

2.53 2.87 3.29 2.94 3.50

2.56 2.95 3.40 3.16 3.61

2.75 3.14 3.61 3.37 3.82

624/2 624/2 624/2 624/2 624/2

11.22 11.42 13.03 12.85

9.75 11.05 11.18 12.90

11.66 13.69

2179/4 2179/4

38/51 38/51 38/51 38/51 38/51

4/M 4/M 5/A 4/M 5/A

12.61 14.80 16.65 18.24 15.56 17.12

12.90 14.66 15.87 17.47 16.75 18.40

11.33 13.25 14.95 16.41 15.06 16.58

12.40 14.69 16.76 18.41 16.30 17.92

12.45 14.82 17.52 19.24 16.56 18.25

2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

140/320 140/320

5/M 5/M

140/320 140/320 140/320 140/320 156/400 156/400

7.71 7.91 8.02 8.53 8.50 9.26

8.16 8.37 8.29 8.91 8.77 9.71

7.78 6.60 8.06 8.52 8.48 9.22

7.95 6.48** 8.21 8.72 8.63 9.49

8.88 8.94 8.59 9.74 9.03 10.55

2956/4 2956/4 2956/4 2956/4 2956/4 2956/4

D D

P P P P P

D D

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M 6/M

D D D D D D

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

TIAGO Tata has clearly put its heart and soul into the Tiago and the result is very impressive. The Tiago looks attractive, comes with plenty of equipment and has a cabin that could very well belong to a more expensive car. However, the lacklustre engines take much away from what is otherwise a well-rounded package.

D D D D D D

8.92 27.78 8.92 27.78 12.2 37.86 8.92 27.78 12.2 37.86

111 111 112 111 112

8.75 25.87 121 8.75 25.87 121 8.75 25.87 121 8.75 25.87 121 8.75 25.87 121 8.75 25.87 121

In/7 In/7 El/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7

7 3 3 7 7 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

7/7 7/7

7 7 3/3 7/7 7 7 3/3 7/7

In/7 In/7

7 7

22.68 45.37 22.68 45.37 19.10 36.55 22.68 45.37 19.10 36.55

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7

7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7

13.37 14.66 13.37 14.66 13.37 14.66 13.37 14.66 — — — —

7 7 3/3 3/7 7 7 3/3 3/7

El/7 El/7

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 R R R R

7 7 7 7 7 7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

FOR Attractive design, spacious cabin, well priced. AGAINST Unimpressive engines, lower variants sparsely equipped. VERDICT Tata’s latest hatchback is also its best yet.

7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/3 3/3

7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 In/7 In/7 In/7

3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 3/3/3/3 3

7 3 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 Movus

7 7 7 7 7 7 Nano

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Safari

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 Diesel 8.7/13.1/11.57

3 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 3 7 7 7 7 3 3/3/7/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 7 7 7 Safari Storme ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel 10.1/13.2/NA Diesel Varicor 13.9/NA/NA

7 3 3 3 3 3

7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4258mm Width 1700mm Height 1925mm Wheelbase 2400mm Tyre size 215/75 R15 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 190mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 36 months/1,00,000 kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/76cm Headroom 94cm Width 123cm

18.37 21.15 18.37 21.15 18.37 21.15 18.37 21.15 18.37 21.15 18.37 21.15

In In In In In In In

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T 15.1/20.6/25.4 A/T 12.12/NA/21.9

DIMENSIONS Length 4655mm Width 1855-1965mm Height 1922mm Wheelbase 2650mm Tyre size 235/70 R16 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 981 litres Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 2095 - 2665kg Fuel tank 63 litres Warranty 36 months/1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 75/95cm Headroom 95cm Width 149cm 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 Diesel NA/NA/13.5

DIMENSIONS Length 4650mm Width 1918mm Height 1925mm Wheelbase 2650mm Tyre size 235/70 R16 Turning circle dia 12.0m Trunk volume 981 litres Ground clearance 205mm Kerb weight 2040kg (4x2), 2170kg (4x4) Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 36 months/1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/88cm Headroom 96cm Width 136cm 7/7 M/7

3 3 3 7 3 3 3

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3

ESP ABS

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS Length 3164mm Width 1495mm Height 1652mm Wheelbase 2230mm Tyre size 135/70 R12 (front) & 155/65 R12 (Rear) Turning circle dia 8.0m Trunk volume 94 litres Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 695-765kg Fuel tank 24 litres Warranty 4 years/ 60,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 65/83cm Headroom 94cm Width 122cm

5.76 15.16 156 13.76 15.96 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7 5.76 15.16 156 13.76 15.96 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

5.98 14.06 168 5.98 14.06 168 5.98 14.06 168 5.98 14.06 168 — — — — — —

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER) 7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

LEATHER SEATS 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

6.32 17.04 141 15.13 19.01 7/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7 6.32 17.04 141 15.13 19.01 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

FOR Space, cruising ability. AGAINST Heavy clutch, basic interiors. VERDICT For the large family on a budget. 85/250 85/250 85/250 85/250 85/250 85/250

7/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 4421mm Width 1853-1780mm Height 1940mm Wheelbase 2250mm Tyre size 215/75 R15 Turning circle dia 10.7m Trunk volume 150 litres Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 1940kg Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 3 years / 1,50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/88cm (bench seats) Third row: 70cm Headroom (mid row) 99cm Width (mid row) 143cm

FOR Good ride comfort, spacious cabin. AGAINST Dated interior, top heavy dynamics. VERDICT Tata’s ageing warhorse gets yet another shot of botox. The extra power adds appeal.

SUMO GOLD For a large family on a budget, the Sumo Gold makes a good case for itself. The decent common-rail engine, people-cramming capacity and great ride is the current best in class. Improved NVH and a better ride wrap up the package. It still feels crude though. 3.0 CR4 CX 3.0 CR4 CX PS 3.0 CR4 LX 3.0 CR4 EX 3.0 CR4 FX 3.0 CR4 GX Tiago

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3

FOR Space, comfort. AGAINST Quality niggles, sidefacing third row. VERDICT If you like a bird’s-eye view of things.

SAFARI STORME The incremental improvements have made the 2015 Safari Storme the best Safari ever, but is it good enough to buy? The revised interior, extra power, lighter clutch, and a less truck-like driving position have made it far more user-friendly whilst the time-honoured traits of super visibility, great cruising ability and all-round comfort haven’t been compromised. 2.2 LX 4x2 2.2 EX 4x2 2.2 VX 4x2 2.2 VX 4x4 2.2 Varicor 400 VX 4x2 2.2 Varicor 400 VX 4x4 Sumo Gold

17.03 17.03 17.03 15.53 15.53 15.53 15.53

FOR Easy maneuverability, fuel efficiency, space. AGAINST Choppy ride, boot space isn’t good for much luggage. VERDICT Few flaws aside, it excels in the city; superb value.

SAFARI Big and handsome, the Safari’s USP is its high driving position and the view it affords. None of the other SUVs offer the same. It still suffers from quality niggles though the 140hp common-rail engine delivers more power and some refinement.

2.2 DiCOR LX (4X2) 2.2 DiCOR EX (4X2) Safari Storme

12.73 12.73 12.73 13.73 13.73 13.73 13.73

FOR Comfy seats, driveability, value for money. AGAINST Gearshift, some cheap plastics. VERDICT A credible rival to the Xylo.

MOVUS The Tata Movus is basically a rebranded version of the Sumo Grande. The Movus is available in two variants – CX and LX – and comes with the options of seven, eight or nine seats and offers flexible seat layout options.

CX LX Nano

6.55 15.30 170 6.55 15.30 170 6.55 15.30 170 5.83 14.54 168 5.83 14.54 168 5.83 14.54 168 5.83 14.54 168

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

P P P D D D D

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

90/116 90/116 90/116 90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

1368/4 1368/4 1368/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

7.54 8.01 9.18 7.58 8.50 9.30 10.48

FEATURES

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

7.14 7.35 8.78 7.15 8.02 8.79 9.91

TOP SPEED (KPH)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

6.83 7.24 8.63 7.16 9.21 8.27 9.21

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

7.47 7.92 9.05 7.56 8.46 9.24 10.38

0-60KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

7.11 7.55 8.59 7.17 8.03 8.78 9.88

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

Safire GLX Safire GVX Safire GEX Quadrajet LS Quadrajet LX Quadrajet VX Quadrajet EX Movus

PERFORMANCE

CHENNAI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

KOLKATA

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

MUMBAI

MODEL DETAILS

TATA to TATA

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

7 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 7 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 Sumo Gold

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 3.0 CR4 9.17/12.06/15.3

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 7/7/7/7 7 7 3/3/7/3 3

DIMENSIONS Length 3746mm Width 1647mm Height 1535mm Wheelbase 2400mm Tyre size 155/18 R13, 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 242 litres Ground clearance 165170mm Kerb weight 930-1080kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

7 7 7 7 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Tiago

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

Revotron XB

3.61

3.92

3.37**

3.80

4.12

1199/3

85/114

5/M

P

3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/3 In/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 El 7 7 7

7 7 7

Revotron XE

4.03

4.38

3.78**

4.26

4.59

1199/3

85/114

5/M

P

3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

O/7

7 7 7/3 3/3 In/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 El 7 7 7

7 O 7

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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FEATURES

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

O/7

7 7 7/3 3/3

ln/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 El 7 7 7

7 O 7

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

O/7

R 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 7/3/3/3

7 7 El 7 7 7

7 O 7

Revotron XZ

5.29

5.74

4.97**

5.54

5.98

1199/3

85/114

5/M

P

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 7

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 7/3/3/3 3 7 El 3 3 3 3 2 7

Revotorq XB

4.51

4.90

4.14**

4.66

5.09

1047/3

70/140

5/M

D

3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/3 In/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 El 7 7 7

7 7 7

Revotron XE

4.91

5.31

4.50**

5.07

5.51

1047/3

70/140

5/M

D

3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

O/7

7 7 7/3 3/3 In/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 El 7 7 7

7 O 7

Revotron XM

5.34

5.78

4.91**

5.47

5.98

1047/3

70/140

5/M

D

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

O/7

7 7 7/3 3/3

ln/7

7

7/7/7/7

7 7 El 7 7 7

7 O 7

Revotron XT

5.67

6.14

5.22**

5.84

6.40

1047/3

70/140

5/M

D

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

O/7

R 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 7/3/3/3

7 7 El 7 7 7

7 O 7

Revotron XZ Vista

6.26

6.79

5.78**

6.46

7.06

1047/3

70/140

5/M

D

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 7

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 7/3/3/3 3 7 El 3 3 3 3 2 7 Vista

MUMBAI

DELHI

VISTA Lots of space, a pliant ride and refined engines are the Vista’s strongpoint. Tata has improved it over the years, but it is on its way out with the arrival of the new Tata Bolt. The boot is small for a car of this size. Qjet 75PS LS Tech Qjet 75PS VX Tech Xenon XT

6.20 7.21

6.70 7.53

6.05 6.80

6.45 7.27

6.74 7.59

1248/4 1248/4

FOR Spacious cabin, improved interiors, ride. AGAINST Lacks excitement, small boot. VERDICT Wait for the Bolt. 75/190 75/190

5/M 5/M

XENON XT The Xenon is a lifestyle pick-up truck, much like the Mahindra Getaway. It’s too big to use as an everyday car, but if you want to get noticed and also indulge in a spot of off-roading, there’s little else that will let you do it in as much style as the Xenon does for this budget. Tata does have a basic 4x2 version for commercial use as well.

EX 4X2 EX 4X4 Zest

11.37 1210 12.95 13.34

11.49 12.36 12.65 13.61

12.46 13.75

2179/4 2179/4

140/320 140/320

D D

DIMENSIONS Length 3795mm Width 1695mm Height 1550mm Wheelbase 2470mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 10m Trunk volume 232 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1075-1140 Fuel tank 37 litres Warranty 24 months/ 75,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 72/92cm Headroom 89cm Width 136cm

6.36 16.36 151 11.79 14.87 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7 6.36 16.36 151 11.79 14.87 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

FOR Torquey engine, stylish. AGAINST Refinement, bumpy ride at the rear. VERDICT Great for the weekend drive and camping trips.

5/M 5/M

ZEST The Zest has a lot going for it. The interiors look fresh, the quality is perfectly acceptable and the spacious cabin is very comfortable. That it has the most comfortable ride and is the cheapest in its segment just adds to its appeal.

D D

7/7 7/7

7 7 7/3 7/7 In/7 7 7 7/3 3/3 In/7

6.44 14.82 161 14.98 17.18 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 6.44 14.82 161 14.98 17.18 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

FOR Modern cabin, ride comfort. AGAINST Average engine, small boot. VERDICT Good package let down by a dull petrol engine.

7/7 7/7

7 7 7/3 3/7 7 7 7/3 3/7

El/7 El/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Quadrajet 75 13.6/16.7/20.9

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7 7 7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS Length 5125mm Width 1860mm Height 1765mm Wheelbase 3150mm Tyre size 205/80 R16 Turning circle dia 12m Trunk volume 1280x870mm (Load Width x height) Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1860-1990kg Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 2 years, 75,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 66/83cm Headroom 95cm Width 134cm

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

P

ESP ABS

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

P

5/M

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

5/M

85/114

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

85/114

1199/3

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

1199/3

5.31

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

4.95

4.90

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

4.55

4.40**

LEATHER SEATS

0-100KPH (SECS)

4.09**

5.09

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

0-60KPH (SECS)

4.73

4.70

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

4.36

Revotron XT

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

Revotron XM

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

SAFETY

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

PERFORMANCE

BANGALORE

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

CHENNAI

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

KOLKATA

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

7 7 7 3 7 7 Xenon XT

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 Diesel 9.2/12.9/13.49

7 7

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1706mm Height 1570mm Wheelbase 2470mm Tyre size 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10.2m Trunk volume 360 litres Ground clearance 165-175mm Kerb weight 1115-1170kg Fuel tank 44 litres Warranty 2 years, 75,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 72/91cm Headroom 90cm Width 137cm

3 7 Re 3 7 7 3 7 Re 3 7 7

3 7 7 3 7 7 Zest

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 11.2/16.1/17.6 Diesel NA/NA/23

XE Revotron

5.72

6.26

5.33**

5.83

6.55

1193/4

90/140

5/M

P

— 13.74 — 15.25 24.24 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

XMS Revotron

6.65

7.24

6.19**

6.79

7.64

1193/4

90/140

5/M

P

— 13.74 — 15.25 24.24 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 7

3 2 7

XE Quadrajet 75PS

7.12

7.74

6.52**

7.18

8.06

1248/4

75/190

5/M

D

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/3

ln/7

7

7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

XM Quadrajet 75PS

7.95

8.46

7.13**

7.86

8.77

1248/4

75/190

5/M

D

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 7 7 In 7 7 7

7 7 7

XMS Quadrajet 75PS

8.26

8.78

7.41**

8.18

8.97

1248/4

75/190

5/M

D

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 7

3 2 7

XMA Quadrajet 90PS

8.89

9.48

8.00**

8.83

9.79

1248/4

90/200

5/A

D

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 7 7 In 7 7 7

3 7 7

XT Quadrajet 90PS

8.94

9.53

8.04**

8.88

9.84

1248/4

90/200

5/M

D

6.15 14.78 — 11.35 14.63 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 7

3 2 7

XTA Quadrajet 90PS

9.83

10.48

8.86**

9.81

10.63

1248/4

90/200

5/A

D

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 7

3 2 7

3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

7/7/7/7

TOYOTA Camry

TOYOTA Camry CAMRY Excellent as a chauffeur-driven car. Its sumptuous seats, superb ride, smooth engine and slurry gearshifts make it so. Now mildly improved over the earlier version, the updated Camry Hybrid is a perfectly agreeable and practical large executive sedan. It’s now better suited to its role as a quasi-luxury car – it rides better and is better insulated.

FOR Brilliant ride, the back-seat experience. AGAINST Won’t get your pulse racing, price. VERDICT It’s more aggressive looking, but still green, efficient and really comfortable.

DIMENSIONS Length 4850mm Width 1825mm Height 1480mm Wheelbase 2775mm Tyre size 215/55 R17, 215/60 R16, Turning circle dia 11m Trunk volume 484 litres Ground clearance 160mm Kerb weight 1475kg Fuel tank 65-70 litres Warranty 3 years/100,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 72/97cm Headroom 93cm Width 140cm

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol A/T 8.2/12/12.98 Hybrid 14.1/NA/19.16

2.5 A/T

34.58

37.23

28.19 28.82

35.81

2494/4

181/233

6/A

P

4.21 9.23 228 5.47 6.73 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El

R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 7 7

Hybrid Corolla Altis

37.92

40.74

32.35

39.67

2494/4

160/213

CVT

P

4.44 9.20

El/El

R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 7 7 Corolla Altis

35.75

COROLLA ALTIS With its sharp looks, it’s clear Toyota wants the new Altis to appeal to a younger crowd. The interiors have been completely revamped, there’s more space inside, more equipment and the car is even more comfortable than before. It still may not have the dynamic abilities of its rivals (read Octavia and Jetta), but it is a whole lot more involving to drive than any Corolla before it.

6.57 8.26 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Comfortable, practical, reliable. AGAINST A bit of road noise, not as dynamically accomplished as rivals. VERDICT Citius, Altis, Fortius.

DIMENSIONS Length 4620mm Width 1775mm Height 1475mm Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 195/65 R15, 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 470 litres Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 1180-1270kg Fuel tank 55 litres. Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000 kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel M/T 12.1/17.1/NA

1.8 JS

15.82 15.91

13.85 14.83

16.46

1798/4

140/173

6/M

P

4.71 10.08 — 11.36 16.43 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 7 7 ln 3 7 7

3 2 7

1.8 G

17.53 18.52

15.76

16.91

18.98

1798/4

140/173

6/M

P

4.71 10.08 — 11.36 16.43 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 ln 3 7 7

3 2 7

1.8 G A/T

19.01

20.07

17.20 18.45

20.57

1798/4

140/173

7/A

P

5.64 11.54 —

6.72 8.76 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 7

3 2 7

1.8 GL

19.40 20.48

17.55 18.85

20.98

1798/4

140/173

6/M

P

4.71 10.08 — 11.36 16.43 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/7

R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 7

3 2 7

1.8 VL A/T

21.12 22.29

19.20 20.65

22.19

1798/4

140/173

7/A

P

5.64 11.54 —

6.72 8.76 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/7

R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 7

3 2 7

D-4D J

17.38 18.28

14.98 16.00

18.47

1364/4

88/205

6/M

D

5.35 14.05 168 14.51 15.07 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

7

7 7 ln 3 7 7

3 2 7

D-4D JS

16.99 17.88

15.60 16.73

18.07

1364/4

88/205

6/M

D

5.35 14.05 168 14.51 15.07 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 7 7 ln 3 7 7

3 2 7

D-4D G

19.24

17.15

18.39

20.42

1364/4

88/205

6/M

D

5.35 14.05 168 14.51 15.07 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 7 7 ln 3 7 7

3 2 7

D-4D GL

20.53 21.57

18.92 20.34

21.91

1364/4

88/205

6/M

D

5.35 14.05 168 14.51 15.07 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/7

R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 7 7 ln 3 7 7

3 2 7

20.23

7/7/7/7

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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TATA to TOYOTA


Etios

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

TOYOTA to TOYOTA

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

Etios ETIOS Designed for the practical man, the Etios’s biggest problem is that it’s as exciting as a scoop of vanilla. What it does have in its favour are the spacious interiors, easy to drive nature, big boot and loads of storage space.

J G V VX JD GD VD VXD Etios Liva

7.26 7.79 7.60 8.15 8.04 8.31 8.74 9.37 8.66 9.29 9.00 9.65 9.44 10.21 10.15 10.89

6.26 6.77 7.60 8.05 7.44 7.85 8.63 9.05

7.52 7.87 8.39 9.04 8.81 9.16 9.68 10.32

7.82 8.18 8.73 9.41 9.17 9.53 10.08 10.76

1496/4 1496/4 1496/4 1496/4 1364/4 1364/4 1364/4 1364/4

90/132 90/132 90/132 90/132 68/170 68/170 68/170 68/170

FOR Comfortable seats, easy to drive. AGAINST Bland as white. VERDICT An ideal A to B family car for India. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

ETIOS LIVA The hatchback version of the Etios, the Liva too has been specifically engineered to be practical and sensible rather than exciting. Toyota has Sportivo versions (body kit, more power) but even these fail to excite. The car is easy to drive and will be hassle-free to own though. Also, like the Etios, the plastics are quite iffy in places. J G V VX TRD Sportivo D-4D JD D-4D GD D-4D VD D-4D VXD D-4D TRD Sportivo Cross G Cross V Cross D-4D GD Cross D-4D VD Fortuner

5.69 5.87 6.41 7.15 8.03 7.39 7.59 7.98 8.55 8.56 7.22 9.05 8.96 9.15

6.20 6.52 7.00 7.66 8.27 7.95 8.28 8.58 9.19 8.85 7.79 9.74 9.52 9.88

5.26 5.50 6.36 7.14 7.59 6.35 6.74 7.50 7.89 7.59 6.49 8.30 7.87 8.32

6.05 6.35 6.81 7.45 8.02 7.60 7.90 8.19 8.77 8.44 7.57 9.45 9.08 9.42

6.23 6.55 7.03 7.67 8.32 7.86 8.17 8.47 9.08 8.75 7.84 9.81 9.42 9.77

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1496/4 1364/4 1364/4 1364/4 1364/4 1364/4 1197/4 1496/4 1364/4 1364/4

80/104 80/104 80/104 80/104 90/131 68/170 68/170 68/170 68/170 68/170 80/104 90/131 68/170 68/170

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

25.70

30.83

31.47

2982/4

171/343

11.77 11.77 11.77 11.77 13.08 13.08 13.08 13.08

15.69 15.69 15.69 15.69 16.08 16.08 16.08 16.08

P P P P P D D D D D P P D D

6.10 15.93 169 6.10 15.93 169 6.10 15.93 169 6.10 15.93 169 4.79 11.88 — 5.80 15.86 — 5.80 15.86 — 5.80 15.86 — 5.80 15.86 — 5.80 15.86 — 6.10 15.93 169 4.79 11.88 — 5.80 15.86 — 5.80 15.86 —

5/M

D

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 R 7 7 7 R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7/7 37 3/7 3/7 7/7 37 3/7 3/7

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

16.33 26.67 16.33 26.67 16.33 26.67 16.33 26.67 11.42 17.72 12.37 15.33 12.37 15.33 12.37 15.33 12.37 15.33 12.37 15.33 16.33 26.67 11.42 17.72 12.37 15.33 12.37 15.33

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 7/3 3/7 7/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 R R 7 7 7 R 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS Length 4705mm Width 1840mm Height 1850mm Wheelbase 2750mm Tyre size 265/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.2-11.8m Trunk volume 200-1000 litres Ground clearance 220mm Kerb weight 1850-2000kg Fuel tank 80 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 71/94cm Headroom 93cm Width 141cm —

7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/7 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/7 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3775-3895mm Width 1695-1735mm Height 15101555mm Wheelbase 2460mm Tyre size 175/65 R14, 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 9.6m Trunk volume 251 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 890-1030kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years, 1,00,000kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/90cm Headroom 90cm Width 137cm

FOR Peppy performance, tough build. AGAINST Bumpy ride. VERDICT A really wellrounded package that has few peers.

all these years. 29.44 31.56

4.77 11.38 181 4.77 11.38 181 4.77 11.38 181 4.77 11.38 181 5.92 15.88 163 5.92 15.88 163 5.92 15.88 163 5.92 15.88 163

DIMENSIONS Length 4265mm Width 1695mm Height 1510mm Wheelbase 2550mm Tyre size 175/65 R14, 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume 595litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 900-1005kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years, 1,00,000kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/91cm Headroom 90cm Width 137cm

FOR Space, easy to drive, responsive engines. AGAINST Not exciting to drive, hard plastics. VERDICT Practical big hatch but not terribly exciting.

FORTUNER Still unquestionably the best buy in this segment, the Fortuner appeals thanks to its size, butch looks and comfy interiors. The automatic (available both in 2WD and 4WD) is perfect for those who want to trudge the urban jungle or comfortably take it off-road (where it is very capable). It’s easy to see why the Fortuner has remained popular 4x2 M/T

P P P P D D D D

3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/ 3 3

El/7

7 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 11.8/16.8/16.78 Diesel 14.2/19/23.59 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 2 7 7 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 7 2 7 7 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 Etios Liva

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol 12.1/16.7/17.7 1.5 Petrol NA/NA/16.78 1.4 Diesel 14.5/19.3/23.5 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/7 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/7

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In In In In In In In

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 7 3 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 2 7 7 2 7 7 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 7 2 7 7 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 Fortuner

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 3.0 M/T 9.3/12.9/12.55 3.0 A/T 7.8/12.7/11.88

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7

3 2 7

3 = Standard, 7 = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.

THE JOY OF SPECS

Autocar’s star ratings explained

TATA TIAGO THE BASE TIAGO XB (Petrol Rs 3.20 lakh; Diesel Rs 3.95 lakh) only gets the bare basics such as blower, internally adjustable wing mirrors, power steering and a tachometer. The XE, for an added premium (Petrol Rs 3.60 lakh; Diesel Rs 4.30 lakh), adds air-conditioning and front power outlet to the feature list. The XM (Petrol Rs 3.90 lakh; Diesel Rs 4.70 lakh) gets a fair bit of kit such as follow-me-home headlamps, speed-sensing door locks, remote and central locking, and power windows front and rear. The XT trim, for Rs 30,000 extra (Petrol Rs 4.20 lakh; Diesel Rs 5.00 lakh), adds a Harman-sourced infotainment system with four speakers, Bluetooth, aux, USB and turn-by-turn voice navigation, rear-parking sensors and electric adjust wing mirrors. The top-ofthe-line XZ (Petrol Rs 4.75; Diesel Rs 5.54 lakh) additionally gets you alloy wheels, four tweeters for the audio system, steering-mounted controls, dual airbags, ABS, fog lamps, cooled glovebox, rear wash wiper and driver seat height adjust. The XE, XM and XT trims get airbags as an add-on option. The XT trim makes for a good buy with its aggressive price-tag and a feature list that can rival top trim variants of its rivals, while the option of dual airbags also covers the safety front.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

IIIIIIIIII 0-20%: Inherently dangerous/unsafe. Tragically, irredeemably flawed. HIIIIIIIII 20-35%: Appalling drive. Massively significant failings. HHIIIIIIII 35-50%: Very poor. Fails to meet any accepted class boundaries. HHHIIIIIII 50-60%: Poor. With acceptable class boundaries in a few areas. Remains un-recommendable. HHHHIIIIII 60-65%: Off the pace. Below average in nearly all areas. HHHHHIIIII 65-70%: Acceptable. About average in key areas, but disappoints. HHHHHHIIII 70-75%: Competent. Above average in some areas, average in others. Outstanding in none. HHHHHHHIII 75-80%: Good. Competitive in certain key areas. Commendable. HHHHHHHHII 80-85%: Very good. Very competitive in key areas, competitive in secondary areas. HHHHHHHHHI 85-92%: Excellent. Near class-leading in key areas, and in some ways outstanding. HHHHHHHHHH 93%+: Brilliant, unsurpassed. All but flawless. * For complete vehicle road test and analysis, visit autocarindia.com

 = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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INNOVA Still a strong seller. Its reliability, comfy seats, frugal engine and a few updates have ensured it stays this way. The engine is feeling its age now and some rivals with more powerful engines are better cruisers on the highway. However, none of them have the rocksolid reputation the Innova has. Toyota offers it in a wide range of trims that makes it work well as a taxi or a personal car.

TATA TIAGO

15.85 16.64 14.11 16.56 15.91 16.69 10.75** 16.62

16.87 16.93

2494/4 2494/4

102/200 102/200

5/M 5/M

D D

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4585mm Width 1760mm Height 1760mm Wheelbase 2750mm Tyre size 205/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 758-1128 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1575-1680kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 3 years/100,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom 69/92cm Third row: min/max 64/67cm Headroom (mid/3rd rows) 95/87cm Width 141cm

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Innova

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.5 Diesel 10.3/13.8/13.31

Autocar’s star ratings explained

6.60 17.50 146 14.39 19.50 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 7/7 7 7 7/7 7/7 El/7 6.60 17.50 146 14.39 19.50 3/7IIIIIIIIII 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 7/7 7 7 3/3 7/7 El/7 0-20%: Inherently

3 3 3 3 3

3

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 2 7 7

3 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7Tragically, 7 7 7 2 dangerous/unsafe.

(ALL PRICES EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI)

BASE TIAGO XB (Petrol 2.5 THE GX 7-seater 16.51 17.29 11.74** 17.27 17.56 2494/4 102/200 5/M D 6.60 17.50 146 14.39 19.50 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 M/7 7 7 7/7 3/7flawed. El/7 3 7/7/7/7 7 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 2 7 irredeemably ** 3.20 lakh; Diesel Rs 3.9517.34 lakh) only 2.5 Rs GX 8-seater 16.57 11.78 17.33 17.62 2494/4 102/200 5/M D 6.60 17.50 146 14.39 19.50 3/7HIIIIIIIII 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 M/7 7 7 3/3 3/7 El/7 drive. 3 7/7/7/7 7 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 2 7 20-35%: Appalling Massively significant the bare basics such blower, 2.5 gets VX 7-seater 18.86 as19.74 13.62** 19.71 19.97 2494/4 102/200 5/M D 6.60 17.50 146 14.39 19.50 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/ 3 7 M/7 7 3 7/7 3/3 El/7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 2 7 failings. 2.5 internally VX 8-seater adjustable wing 18.92 mirrors, 19.80 13.66** 19.76 20.03 2494/4 102/200 5/M D 6.60 17.50 146 14.39 19.50 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/ 3 7 M/7 7 3 3/3Very 3/3 poor. El/7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3any Ex 3accepted 3 7 3 2 7 HHIIIIIIII 35-50%: Fails to meet ** 2.5 power ZX 7-seater 19.68 17.03 19.36 20.83 2494/4 102/200 5/M D 6.60 17.50 146 14.39 19.50 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/ 3 7 M/7 7 3 3/3 3/3 El/7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 2 7 steering and a 19.66 tachometer. The class boundaries. Innova Innova Crysta HHHIIIIIII 50-60%: Poor. With acceptable class boundaries XE,Crysta for an added premium (Petrol INNOVA new Innova Crysta is a huge step forward FOR More space than before, DIMENSIONS Length 4735mm Width 1830mm Height 1795mmRemains un-recommendable. ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ in a few areas. Rs 3.60 lakh; Diesel RsCRYSTA 4.30Toyota’s lakh), over the earlier car. Clearly more attractive and upmarket, it is also strong engines, better equipped. Wheelbase 2750mm Tyre size 205/6560-65%: R16,215/55 R17Off Turning Indian Drivingin Cycle* HHHHIIIIII thecircle pace. Below average nearly adds air-conditioning and front more comfortable, betterpower built and more lavishly equipped on the AGAINST Price, weight, interior dia 5.4m Trunk volume 300-1800 litres Ground clearance 167mm Kerb 2.4 MT NA/NA/15.1 allWarranty areas.NA SEAT DIMENSIONS inside.list. It alsoThe comesXM with a(Petrol pair of strong But it’s a Diesel whole quality. VERDICT Bigger, weight 1855-1870kg Fuel tank 55 litres 2.8 AT NA/NA/14.29 outlet to the feature Rs engines. 3.90 lakh; Rs 4.70plastic lakh) gets 65-70%: About average in key lot costlier with prices that are more executive sedan than MPV. bolder and even better; this is RearHHHHHIIIII seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA WidthAcceptable. NA a fair bit of kit such as follow-me-home headlamps, speed-sensing door locks, easily the new MPV benchmark. areas, but disappoints. remote and central locking, and power windows front and rear. The XT trim, for HHHHHHIIII 70-75%: Competent. Above average in some 2.4 Rs E MT 7-seaterextra (Petrol NARs 4.20 NA lakh; NA Diesel NA NA 5.00 2393/4 150/200 D 5.34 13.11 — 10.58 13.08 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 30,000 Rs lakh), adds 5/M a Harman-sourced areas, average in others. Outstanding in none. 2.4 infotainment E MT 8-seater system with NA four NA speakers, NA NABluetooth, NA 2393/4 5/Mturn-by-turn D 5.34 13.11 — 10.58 13.08 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — aux, 150/200 USB and HHHHHHHIII 75-80%: Good. Competitive in certain key areas. 2.4 voice G MT 7-seater NA 17.35 sensors 14.24** 17.16 17.55 2393/4 5/M D The 5.34 13.11 — 10.58 13.08 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — navigation, rear-parking and electric adjust150/200 wing mirrors. top-ofCommendable. ** 2.4 the-line G MT 8-seater 14.29 17.21 lakh) 17.61 additionally 2393/4 150/200 D 5.34wheels, 13.11 — 10.58 13.08 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — XZ (Petrol Rs NA 4.75;17.40 Diesel Rs 5.54 gets5/Myou alloy HHHHHHHHII 80-85%: Very good. Very—competitive in key 2.4 four GX MTtweeters 7-seater for the audio NA 18.40 15.91 18.25 18.65 2393/4controls, 150/200 dual 5/M airbags, D 5.34 13.11 R 7 competitive 7/3 3/3 El/7 in3secondary 7/7/7/7 7 areas. 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 3 7 system, steering-mounted ABS, — 10.58 13.08 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7 7/7areas, 2.4 GX MT 8-seater NA 18.45 15.96 18.31 18.71 2393/4 150/200 5/M D 5.34 13.11 — 10.58 13.08 3/7HHHHHHHHHI 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7 7/7 R 7 3/3Excellent. 3/3 El/7 Near 7 7/7/7/7 7 3 Ex 3in3key 7 3 3 7 85-92%: class-leading fog lamps, cooled glovebox, rear wash wiper and driver seat height adjust. The XE, 2.8 GX AT 7-seater NA 19.98 17.26 19.80 20.25 2755/4 174/200 6/A D 5.34 11.46 — 6.70 8.84 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7 7/7 R 7 and 7/3 in 3/3 El/7 ways 3 7/7/7/7 7 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 3 7 areas, some outstanding. XM and XT trims get airbags as an add-on option. The XT trim makes for a good 2.8 GX AT 8-seater 20.03 17.31 19.86 20.30 2755/4 174/200 6/A D 5.34 11.46 — 6.70 8.84 3/7HHHHHHHHHH 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7 7/7 R 7 Brilliant, 3/3 3/3 El/7 7 7/7/7/7 All 7 but 3 Ex flawless. 3 3 7 3 3 7 93%+: unsurpassed. buy with its aggressiveNAprice-tag and a feature list that can rival top trim variants of 2.4 VX MT 7-seater NA 21.85 18.93 21.67 22.08 2393/4 150/200 5/M D 5.34 13.11 — 10.58 13.08 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 vehicle 7 M/7 road R 3 7/3 3/3 El/7 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 3 7 * For complete test and analysis, visit autocarindia.com its rivals, while the option of dual airbags also covers the safety front. 2.4 VX MT 8-seater

NA

21.91

18.98 21.72

22.14

2393/4

150/200

5/M

D

5.34 13.11 — 10.58 13.08 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7

M/7

R 3 3/3 3/3

2.4 ZX MT 7-seater

NA

24.42

20.95

23.98

24.49

2393/4

150/200

5/M

D

5.34 13.11 — 10.58 13.08 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3

M/7

R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 7 7

2.8 ZX AT 7-seater

NA

26.02

22.30 24.09

26.32

2755/4

174/200

6/A

D

4.78 11.46 —

M/7

R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 7 7

6.70 8.84 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3

El/7

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7

3 3 7

* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards.

AUTOCAR INDIA TOP FIVES Maruti Baleno CVT

Rs 6.87 – 7.48 lakh

The Baleno boasts a spacious cabin, peppy engine and a good combination of ride and handling at a relatively affordable price. The interiors though seem a bit dull and the gearbox isn’t the best on highways. HHHHHHHHII

3 Honda Jazz CVT

Rs 7.62 – 8.12 lakh

The Jazz features a spacious, comfortable and well-equipped cabin backed by typical Honda reliability. It’s also the only car here to get paddle shifters. The MPV-like styling may not appeal to everyone and it’s on the expensive side. HHHHHHHHII

4 Ford Figo automatic

Rs 7.20 lakh

The Figo uses the largest and most powerful engine of the lot and is the only other car here to use a dual-clutch gearbox. The spacious cabin is well equipped and put together though it lacks the driving pleasure of some of its rivals. HHHHHHHIII

1

VW Polo GT TSI

Rs 8.98 lakh

The best driver’s car here, the Polo uses a high-tech turbo-petrol engine paired to a lightningquick seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox. The well-equipped cabin features typical German build quality though space isn’t the best. HHHHHHHHII

5

Hyundai Grand i10 auto

Rs 6.51 lakh

The most affordable car here, the Grand i10 features a well-equipped cabin, a reasonably peppy engine and offers good value for money. The automatic gearbox though is an old-school four-speed unit and is dull to drive. HHHHHHHIII

PRICES FOR TOP FIVES ARE EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI.

2

*In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3 3 3 3 3

ESP ABS

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

7 7 7 7 7

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

3 3 3 3 3

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

7/ 3 7/ 3 7/ 3 7/ 3 7/ 3

SAFETY

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

LEATHER SEATS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

— — — 3/3 — 7.02 9.38 3/3 — — — 3/3 174 12.43 16.17 3/3 — 7.39 10.86 3/3

FOR Comfort, interiors. AGAINST Needs stronger engines, top variants pricey. VERDICT Still arguably the best in its segment.

THE JOY OF SPECS

2.5 G 7-seater 2.5 G 8-seater

— — 4.80 11.57 — — 5.32 12.74 4.83 12.32

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

D D D D D

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

5/M 5/A 5/A 5/M 5/A

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

144/343 169/360 144/343 171/343 169/360

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

2494/4 2982/4 2494/4 2982/4 2982/4

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

30.59 32.69 31.83 33.74 34.97

TOP SPEED (KPH)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

30.36 26.30 32.78 26.80 31.54 28.59 33.82 27.18 35.05 27.39**

0-100KPH (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

MUMBAI

KOLKATA

DELHI 27.10 30.60 28.36 31.59 32.75

0-60KPH (SECS)

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

29.76 32.01 30.94 33.02 34.21

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

4x2 M/T TRD Sportivo 4x2 A/T 4x2 A/T TRD Sportivo 4x4 M/T 4x4 A/T Innova

PERFORMANCE

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

BANGALORE

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

CHENNAI

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

TOYOTA to TOYOTA


Land Cruiser LC200

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

TOYOTA to VOLKSWAGEN

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW NEWCARS CARSA-Z A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

Land Cruiser LC200 LAND CRUISER LC200 It’s a giant and driving it feels like you are driving your living room through traffic. It is legendary in its reliability, is massive on the inside, comfortable and has all the presence you could ask for. It doesn’t have the sheer quality or the fit and finish of the Germans, but its ability to survive a nuclear war is unparalleled. It’s not cheap though.

200 Premium

136.26 151.85 120.00 119.00 124.30 4461/V8 265/650

FOR Road presence, off-road ability, luxury. AGAINST Pricey, doesn’t have the sheer quality of its rivals. VERDICT It is a legend. Enough said. 6/A

D

5.24 13.10 —

DIMENSIONS Length 4950mm Width 1980mm Height 1910mm Wheelbase 2850mm Tyre size 285/60R18 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 225mm Kerb weight 3350kg Fuel tank 93 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000 kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

6.83 9.12 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 4.4 Diesel 5.3/8.5/9.65

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 3 3

Land Cruiser Prado

Land Cruiser Prado LAND CRUISER PRADO Another legend from Toyota and one that was the favourite of the Bollywood bunch (along with the Mitsubishi Pajero) before the Q7 came along. As capable as its bigger brother off-road and has almost as much street cred. The Prado’s only problem is that it has the same engine as the Fortuner and that’s a shame, considering it costs twice as much. The engine is capable though, so it’s not a big issue.

Prado 4x4

103.19 115.77 87.36** 86.35** 111.29 2982/4

172/410

FOR Off-road ability, torquey engine, long equipment list. AGAINST Dull driving experience. VERDICT The most capable off-roader at this price. 5/A

D

DIMENSIONS Length 4760mm Width 1885mm Height 1880mm Wheelbase 2790mm Tyre size 265/ 60 R18 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 620 litres Ground clearance 220mm Kerb weight 2140kg Fuel tank 87 litres Warranty 3 years/100,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA —

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/ 3 3 El/3 F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway Indian Driving Cycle* 3.0 Diesel NA/NA/11.13

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 7 3

Prius

Base 1.8 1.8

43.41 45.34

49.29 51.51

28.37 29.86 29.73 31.32

33.68 35.30

1798/4 1798/4

100/142 100/142

Prius ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Prius 15.1/18.7/23.94

FOR Fuel efficiency, high tech. DIMENSIONS Length 4460mm Width 1745mm Height 1510mm AGAINST Exorbitant price, stiff ride. Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 195/ 65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.4m VERDICT For the rich tree hugger. Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1390-1395kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years/100,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/96cm Headroom 88cm Width 135cm

PRIUS At Rs 40 lakh, the Prius is certainly an emotional buy, although emotions are the last thing to stir when driving one. It is practical and spacious and well appointed, but at this price it just doesn’t cut it. A good diesel will also return better fuel efficiency than the Prius. Buy only if you want to make an emotional statement. CVT CVT

P P

4.90 10.96 NA 6.78 8.80 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 4.90 10.96 NA 6.78 8.80 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

M/7 M/7

7 3 3/3 3/3 7 3 3/3 3/3

El/7 El/7

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 3 7 3 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 3 7

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle

3 7 7 3 7 7

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle BEETLE With a revised exterior design, larger dimensions, extensively reworked interior, greater space and more modern underpinnings, Volkswagen is hoping to attract a greater number of male buyers to the Beetle than before. It draws heavily on both the iconic original and its more contemporary replacement.

1.4 TSI

28.73** 28.73**

NA

NA

NA

1395/4

150/250

FOR Retro looks, powertrain, ride quality. AGAINST Price. VERDICT No longer just fashionable, but a capable allrounder as well. 7/A

P

4.37 9.22

DIMENSIONS Length 4278mm Width 1808mm Height 1486mm Wheelbase 2524mm Tyre size 215/60 R16 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 136mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

5.59 6.56 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

M/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 7/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

Jetta

Jetta JETTA The Jetta is built like a tank, performance from the diesel motor is strong and there’s quite a lot of equipment. The Jetta isn’t cheap but then again, if you’re looking for a well-engineered, tough sedan, this is it. The seats are a bit low, but they are very comfortable.

FOR Quality, space, comfort, strong mid-range (D), ride and handling. AGAINST Staid interiors, low rear seats. VERDICT Smart, understated executive saloon.

DIMENSIONS Length 4644mm Width 1778mm Height 1453mm Wheelbase 2633mm Tyre size 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia 11m Trunk volume 510 litres Ground clearance 159mm Kerb weight 14451460kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 66/91cm Headroom 92cm Width 135cm

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.4 TSI M/T NA/NA/14.69 2.0 TDI M/T 11.7/16.7/19.33 2.0 TDI A/T 11.8/16.8/16.96

1.4 TSI Trendline M/T

16.84

17.27

16.57 17.25

18.41

1390/4

122/200

6/M

P

4.79 10.56 — 11.12 13.60 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/M

1.4 TSI Comfortline M/T

18.60

19.09

18.31 19.08

20.35

1390/4

122/200

6/M

P

4.79 10.56 — 11.12 13.60 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

2.0 TDI Trendline M/T

18.64

19.04

17.95

18.72

19.94

1968/4

140/320

6/M

D

5.02 10.92 — 11.38 14.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/M

2.0 TDI Comfortline M/T

20.90

21.35

20.13 21.04

22.37

1968/4

140/320

6/M

D

5.02 10.92 — 11.38 14.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/7 3 3 In 3 7 3 3 6 3

2.0 TDI Highline M/T

23.15

23.87

22.31 23.35

25.01

1968/4

140/320

6/M

D

5.02 10.92 — 11.38 14.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

El/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/7 3 3 In 3 7 3 3 6 3

2.0 TDI Highline A/T

24.38

25.14

23.50

26.33

1968/4

140/320

6/A

D

4.39 10.02 208 6.22 7.81 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

El/M F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/7 3 3 In 3 7 3 3 6 3

24.59

7 7 3/3 3/3 7 7 3/3 3/3

El/7 El/7

7 3/3/3/7

7 3 In 3 7 3 3 6 3

3 3/3/3/7 3 3 In 3 7 3 3 6 3 7 3/3/3/7

7 3 In 3 7 3 3 6 3

Polo

Polo POLO With this facelift, there’s little doubt that VW has upped the new Polo’s game substantially. Yes, the new Polo may still be bit cramped in the rear, but it is now more attractive, much nicer to drive and better equipped on the inside. The new VW Polo is well and truly back in the game.

FOR Smooth, torquey diesel, fantastic build quality. AGAINST Rear leg room is tight. VERDICT With its new engine and updates, the Polo is back in business.

DIMENSIONS Length 3971mm Width 1682mm Height 1469mm Wheelbase 2469mm Tyre size 175/70 R14, 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 9.94m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1033-1158 Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 56/78cm Headroom 90cm Width 128cm

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol 10.9/15.5/16.47 GT TSI 10.5/15.9/17.2 GT TDI NA/NA/19.78 1.5 Diesel 14/18.9/20.14

1.2 MPI Trendline (Petrol)

5.93

6.32

6.13

6.41

6.71

1198/3

75/110

5/M

P

6.61 16.50 154 16.83 23.04 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/3 In/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 2 7

1.2 MPI Comfortline (Petrol)

6.60

7.04

6.83

7.10

7.47

1198/3

75/110

5/M

P

6.61 16.50 154 16.83 23.04 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/3

EI/7

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 3 7

3 2 7

7

7/7/7/7

1.2 MPI Highline (Petrol)

7.80

8.12

7.87

8.17

8.59

1198/3

75/110

5/M

P

6.61 16.50 154 16.83 23.04 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 3 7

3 2 7

Cross Polo (Petrol)

8.48

8.83

8.55

8.89

9.33

1198/3

75/110

5/M

P

6.61 16.50 154 16.83 23.04 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 3 7

3 2 7

GT TSI (Petrol) A/T

10.07

10.49

10.17 10.56

11.10

1197/4

105/175

7/A

P

4.98 11.02 190 6.48 8.10 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 3 3 3 2 7

1.5 TDI Trendline (Diesel)

7.80

8.14

7.75

8.08

8.52

1498/4

90/230

5/M

D

5.26 13.08 167 9.59 11.51 3/7 3/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/3 In/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 2 7

1.5 TDI Comfortline (Diesel)

8.85

9.23

8.79

9.12

9.65

1498/4

90/230

5/M

D

5.26 13.08 167 9.59 11.51 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/3

EI/7

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 3 7

3 2 7

El/7

7

7/7/7/7

1.5 TDI Highline (Diesel)

9.60

10.02

9.54

9.89

10.46

1498/4

90/230

5/M

D

5.26 13.08 167 9.59 11.51 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 3 7

3 2 7

Cross Polo (Diesel)

10.20

10.65

10.14 10.52

11.11

1498/4

90/230

5/M

D

5.26 13.08 167 9.59 11.51 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 3 7

3 2 7

GT TDI M/T (Diesel)

10.35

10.81

10.29 10.67

11.26

1498/4

105/250

5/M

D

4.93 11.52 —

M/7

R 7 7/3 3/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 3 7

3 2 7

9.91 11.25 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

El/7

3 = Standard, 7 = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.  = Standard,  = Not available,  = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. **Ex-showroom prices.

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Vento

Vento VENTO The Vento is a spacious and comfortable sedan with special attention given to the rear seats. It has a strong diesel, a high-tech petrol motor and a stronger build. The updated Vento gets a tweaked face thanks to the restrained-yet-smart use of chrome and reprofiled headlamps. It gets brand new alloys; and at the rear too, the bumper and tail-lights have been slightly restyled.

1.6 MPI Trendline M/T (P) 1.6 MPI Comfortline M/T (P) 1.2 TSI Comfortline A/T (P) 1.6 MPI Highline M/T (P) 1.2 TSI Highline A/T (P) 1.5 TDI Trendline M/T (D) 1.5 TDI Comfortline M/T (D) 1.5 TDI Comfortline A/T (D) 1.5 TDI Highline M/T (D) 1.5 TDI Highline A/T (D)

9.14 10.22 11.84 11.23 12.88 10.68 12.11 13.59 13.23 14.66

9.51 10.64 12.13 11.81 13.20 11.16 12.35 13.88 13.51 14.97

9.22 10.31 11.70 11.34 12.74 10.62 11.66 13.10 12.75 14.13

9.57 10.69 12.59 12.26 13.70 11.01 12.60 14.15 13.77 15.26

10.09 11.27 13.11 12.72 13.64 11.64 13.11 14.71 14.32 15.85

1598/4 1598/4 1197/4 1598/4 1197/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

105/153 105/153 105/175 105/153 105/175 105/250 105/250 105/250 105/250 105/250

FOR Brilliant diesel, cabin space. AGAINST Uninspiring handling. VERDICT Versatile and dependable saloon.

5/M 5/M 7/A 5/M 7/A 5/M 5/M 7/A 5/M 7/A

P P P P P D D D D D

5.09 12.18 187 5.09 12.18 187 5.14 11.24 — 5.09 12.18 187 5.14 11.24 — 5.03 11.90 186 5.03 11.90 186 — 12.25 — 5.03 11.90 186 — 12.25 —

DIMENSIONS Length 4390mm Width 1699mm Height 1467mm Wheelbase 2552mm Tyre size 175/70 R14, 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 454 litres Ground clearance 163mm Kerb weight 1121-1233kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 66/85cm Headroom 92cm Width 132cm

13.40 22.61 13.40 22.61 6.75 8.56 13.40 22.61 6.75 8.56 9.62 10.88 9.62 10.88 6.83 9.12 9.62 10.88 6.83 9.12

3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

R R R R R R R R R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

In/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 9.2/15.3/15.04 Petrol A/T NA/NA/16.93 Diesel M/T 13.3/17.3/20.34 Diesel A/T NA/NA/21.21 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 7/7/7/7 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

In Re Re Re Re In Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 7 3 7 7 3 7 3

VOLVO

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

VOLVO

S60

S60 FOR Great on power-to-price ratio, attractive styling. AGAINST Lacks drama of the old T6, cabin feels a bit dated. VERDICT Not the driver’s car we hoped for but 310hp doesn’t come cheaper.

S60 Volvo’s updates to the S60 means it doesn’t come across as the oldest car in its segment. Styling is eye-catching and the new 2.0-litre diesel and petrol T6 engine offer good performance. It’s not as exciting to drive as rivals nor is it the most luxurious, but it is still a well rounded package. The unique Cross Country, with its 201mm ground clearance and all wheel drive, is an interesting buy for the adventurous. T6 Inscription

52.37

57.70

51.35 54.62

58.59

1969/4

310/400

8/A

P

3.52 6.87 —

D4 Kinetic D4 Momentum D5 Inscription Cross Country Inscription

41.68 45.07 49.60 47.05

48.58 51.99 55.93 51.67

37.33 40.13 41.99 46.89 46.55 51.51 46.26 NA

44.90 49.91 56.46 NA

1969/4 1969/4 2400/5 2400/5

183/400 183/400 218/440 193/420

8/A 8/A 6/A 6/A

D D D D

— — 3.81 3.81

— — 8.19 8.26

DIMENSIONS Length 4635mm Width 1899mm Height 1484mm Wheelbase 2776mm Tyre size 235/40 R18 Turning circle dia 11.3m Trunk volume 380 litres Ground clearance 136-201mm Kerb weight 1570-1665kg Fuel tank 67.5 litres Warranty 2 years, 60,000kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 69/95cm Headroom 91cm Width 140cm

3.64 4.37 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

— — — — — — 230 5.74 6.22 — 5.22 6.23

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3

El/El

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

El/El R El/El R El/El R El/El F/R

7 7 7 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* D5 9.5/13.4/NA

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3 3 3 3 3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

S80

6 6 6 6

3 3 3 3

S80 S80 Comfort, safety and a completely relaxing experience define the Volvo S80. The seats are the best in class but the car, in keeping with its laidback nature, isn’t very involving to drive. It makes for an interesting alternative to the German trio, but not an entirely convincing one.

D4 Momentun D5 Inscription

53.78 58.09

NA NA

NA NA

56.24 61.10

61.05 65.83

2000/5 2400/5

183/400 218/440

FOR Safety, high quality, value. AGAINST Dull styling, the V8 shouldn’t have been discontinued. VERDICT Worth a look if you’re tired of the Germans. 6/A 6/A

D D

5.01 12.01 — 3.73 8.20 —

DIMENSIONS Length 4851mm Width 1907mm Height 1493mm Wheelbase 2835mm Tyre size 225/50 R17 Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume 480 litres Ground clearance 151mm Kerb weight 16301729kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 2 years, 60,000kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/84cm Headroom 91cm Width 144cm

6.21 7.57 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 5.46 6.11 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* D4 9.8/13.8/NA

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3

V40

V40 V40 Looks sharp, has quality interiors and like all Volvos, is crammed with safety features and equipment. It drives well and is powered by a punchy diesel as well. The rear seats are a bit cramped but then again, so are the competition’s. The Cross Country gets you additional body cladding but no more in terms of off-road ability.

D3 Kinetic D3 R-Design Cross Country D3 Inscription Cross Country T4 Momentum XC60

31.78 35.40 41.20 33.93

39.03 40.31 46.33 38.53

30.11 32.06 34.10 35.66 NA NA NA NA

NA NA 45.74 34.75

1984/5 152/350 1984/5 152/350 1984/5 150/350 1596/4 179/240

FOR Equipment and safety, performance, striking design. AGAINST Crashy ride, limited rear headroom. VERDICT Stylish, well-rounded and generally likeable hatchback. 6/A 6/A 6/A 6/A

XC60 It’s a solidly put together compact SUV that scores well on comfort and performance. It’s not the most exciting to drive, but on all other counts, it has plenty of appeal.

D4 Kinetic D4 Momentum D5 Inscription

56.60 65.33 60.41 69.58 66.64 74.56

53.09 55.04 56.70 62.68 60.90 68.43

59.15 64.52 69.76

1969/4 1969/4 2400/5

D D D P

3.86 3.86 3.86 —

8.68 8.68 8.68 —

205 5.88 6.57 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 205 5.88 6.57 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 205 5.88 6.57 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

FOR Superb seats, absorbent ride. AGAINST Not as spacious as rivals. VERDICT Grown up just a bit more.

183/400 183/400 218/440

8/A 8/A 6/A

D D D

DIMENSIONS Length 4369mm Width 1783mm Height 1420mm Wheelbase 2647mm Tyre size 225/45 R17 Turning circle dia 10.9m Trunk volume 335 litres Ground clearance 133-145mm Kerb weight 1485-1582kg Fuel tank 62 litres Warranty 2 years, 60,000kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3

El/El El/El El/El El/M

F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 3 3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 El/7 3/3 El/3 3/3 El/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle*

7 7 3 3

DIMENSIONS Length 4644mm Width 2120mm Height 1672mm Wheelbase 2774mm Tyre size 235/60 R18 Turning circle dia 12.1m Trunk volume 495 litres Ground clearance 230mm Kerb weight 1921kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 2 years, 60,000kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 65/93cm Headroom 95cm Width 140cm

— — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 — — — — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 4.55 9.90 198 6.43 7.30 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/M 7 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3 3/3/3/3

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

8 3 8 3 8 3 8 3 XC60

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* D5 9.0/12.2/NA

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3

XC90

XC90 XC90 The new XC90 may not be sleek and svelte like other luxury SUVs, and no doubt, the quest for greater interior room has led to a fairly boxy shape. But the big Volvo has lots of road presence and interesting details that make it stand out from the crowd. The grille, with its vertical slats and a new Iron Mark badge, is quite prominent, but the stand-out LED daytime running lights will be the signature for future Volvos as well.

D5 Momentum D5 Inscription

85.41 96.65 81.67 90.95 96.47 110.53 92.45 111.79

82.86 99.37

1969/4 1969/4

228/470 228/470

8/A 8/A

FOR Chunky design, classy interiors. AGAINST Slow gearbox, lacks grunt on the highway. VERDICT Fresh, mordern and an alluring take on the luxury SUV. D D

4.10 9.14 4.10 9.14

— —

DIMENSIONS Length 4950mm Width 1923mm Height 1776mm Wheelbase 2984mm Tyre size 275/45 R20 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 1868 litres Ground clearance 227-267mm Kerb weight 2060kg Fuel tank 71 litres Warranty 2 years, 60,000kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 54.5/66.5cm Headroom 93cm Width 142cm

5.82 6.90 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3 5.82 6.90 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3 El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* D5 9.1/13.1/11.1

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3

* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. *In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. ***Ex-Maharashtra prices.

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ESP ABS

FOG LAMPS REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL, E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

BANGALORE

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NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC) NO. OF CYLINDERS

STROKE 2/4

MAXIMUM* POWER (HP)

NO. OF GEARS/VARIATOR (V)

START (KICK/ELECTRIC)

OVERALL LENGTH (MM)

HEIGHT (MM)

WHEELBASE (MM)

GROUND CLEARANCE (MM)

KERB WEIGHT (KG)

BAJAJ AUTO Platina Platina ES Discover 100 4G Discover 100 5G Discover 100 T Discover 125 DTS-i (Drum) Discover 125 DTS-i (Disc) Discover 125 ST Discover 150 DTS-i Discover 150 F Pulsar 135LS Pulsar 150 DTS-i Pulsar 180 DTS-i Pulsar 220 F Pulsar 200 NS Pulsar RS 200 STD Pulsar RS 200 (ABS) Avenger 220 DTS-i BMW MOTORRAD R 1200 R R 1200 GS R 1200 GS Adventure R 1200 RT K 1300 R K 1300 S S 1000 RR HP2 Sport K 1600 GT K 1600 GTL DSK BENELLI TNT 300 TNT 600i TNT 600GT TNT 899 TNT R DSK HYOSUNG Aquila 250 GT650R GT650N GV650 Aquila pro ST7 GT250R DUCATI Hypermotard Hypermotard SP Hyperstrada Monster 795 Monster 796 S2R Monster 796 ABS Corse Stripe Monster 821 Dark Monster 821 Monster 1200 Monster 1200 S Monster 1200 S Stripe 1299 Panigale 1299 Panigale S Panigale R 899 Panigale 899 Panigale White Diavel Diavel Carbon Red

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PRICES IN 1000S (ON-ROAD)

45.9 53.8 50.6 52.3 58.0 52.9 55.1 63.6 53.7 68.9 61.6 70.8 74.3 84.3 96.7 138.0 150.0 78.6

99.3/1 102/1 94.3/1 94.3/1 102/1 124.6/1 124.6/1 124.5/1 144.8/1 144.9/1 134.6/1 149/1 178.6/1 220/1 199.5/1 199.6/1 199.6/1 220/1

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

8.2 8.1 7.6 7.6 10.1 10.8 10.8 12.8 13 14.3 13.5 15 17 21 23.2 24.2 24.2 19

4 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 5

K E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

1990 2000 2040 2040 2038 2035 2035 1980 2035 2038 1995 2055 2055 2035 2017 1999 1999 2195

1090 1060 1087 1087 1070 1087 1087 1078 1087 1117 1045 1060 1035 1165 1195 1114 1114 1070

1275 1255 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1305 1325 1320 1320 1350 1363 1355 1355 1475

167 190 162 162 165 165 165 170 165 165 170 165 165 165 167 157 157 169

113 108 115 115 121 119.2 119.2 124.5 121 132 122 143 147 152 145 165 165 155

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

1665.6 1858.1 2071.1 2294.1 1919.2 2192.6 2109.5 2993.3 2699.4 2962.9

1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1293/4 1293/4 999/4 1170/2 1649/6 1649/6

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

110 110 110 110 173 175 193 133 160 160

6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

E E E E E E E E E E

2145 2210 2240 2230 2228 2182 2056 2135 2324 2489

1273 1450 1520 1430 1095 1221 1138 1163 1440 1465

1495 1507 1510 1485 1585 1585 1432 1485 1680 1680

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

223 229 256 259 243 254 206.5 199 332 348

322.6 586.7 638.9 1077.7 1336.5

352.8 612.6 670.1 1108.3 1371.5

300/2 600/4 600/4 899/3 1131/3

4 4 4 4 4

36.2 83.9 83.9 119.3 135.2

6 6 6 6 6

E E E E E

2115 2160 2150 2100 2100

1130 1180 1280 1050 1050

1410 1480 1470 1443 1443

160 150 150 150 150

185 231 243 202 202

312.5 532.9 433.6 582.6 661.0 322.4

318.0 560.0 452.0 615.0 687.0 323.0

249/2 647/2 647/2 647/2 678/2 249/2

4 4 4 4 4 4

26.2 72.6 72.6 74 61.7 28

5 6 6 5 5 5

E E E E E E

2282 2090 2095 2330 2470 1090

1096 1135 1100 1150 1135 1130

1515 1435 1445 1670 1690 1435

150 165 165 160 155 155

179 215 208 240 244 188

1126.8 2127.6 1237.4 790.1 900.7 900.7 1011.3 1066.5 2210.5 2702.6 2857.4 3598.3 4433.2 5113.2 1458.6 1491.9 1547.0 1893.7

1192.2 NA 1310.1 779.9 897.7 NA NA NA 2356.8 2881.1 NA 3835.2 4724.7 NA 1545.7 NA 1649.9 2019.3

821.1/2 821.1/2 821.1/2 803/2 803/2 803/2 821/2 821/2 1198.4/2 1198.4/2 1198.4/2 1285/2 1285/2 1285/2 898/2 898/2 1198/2 1198/2

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

108.5 108.5 108.5 85.8 85.8 85.8 112 112 133.2 133.2 133.2 202.2 202.2 202.2 146 146 160 160

6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

2100 2110 2095 2100 2114 2114 2114 2114 2200 2200 2200 2075 2075 2075 2075 2075 2235 2235

1150 1220 1320 1060 1079 1079 1079 1079 1040 1040 1040 1110 1110 1110 1110 1110 1192 1192

1500 1505 1490 1450 1450 1450 1450 1450 1510 1510 1510 1637 1637 1637 1637 1637 1580 1580

120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120

198 194 204 188 188 188 188 188 209 209 209 179.5 179.5 179.5 193 193 239 239

44.6 51.0 48.6 50.2 55.8 50.7 52.9 61.1 51.6 67.1 59.1 69.6 73.0 83.6 94.7 133.0 145.0 77.5

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STROKE 2/4

MAXIMUM* POWER (HP)

NO. OF GEARS/VARIATOR (V)

START (KICK/ELECTRIC)

OVERALL LENGTH (MM)

HEIGHT (MM)

WHEELBASE (MM)

GROUND CLEARANCE (MM)

KERB WEIGHT (KG)

1945.1 4122.0

2074.1 NA

1198/2 1198/2

4 4

160 160

6 6

E E

2235 2235

1192 1192

1580 1580

120 120

239 239

634.4 744.3 849.6 969.8 1119.8 1340.3 1123.8 1415.2 1294.2 1645.1 1722.1 1793.5 2398.4 2515.0 2707.5 3909.5

649.8 759.0 NA 981.4 NA NA 1135.2 1414.2 1304.6 1654.0 1730.5 1801.5 2162.9 2476.7 2664.8 3835.9

883/2 883/2 883/2 1202/2 1202/2 1202/2 1584/2 1585/2 1584/2 1584/2 1584/2 1584/2 1250/2 1584/2 1584/2 1803/2

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

50* 50* 50* 60* 60* 90 65* 65* 65* 65* 65* 65* 115* 65* 65* 80*

5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 6 6

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

2215 2245 2245 2255 2245 2225 2355 2330 2345 2396 2396 2405 2460 2465 2430 2535

1115 1120 1155 1065 1140 1160 1285 1130 1175 1130 1130 1408 1060 1435 1340 1435

1500 1510 1520 1520 1510 1515 1630 1620 1625 1635 1635 1635 1715 1625 1625 1635

100 120 141 100 130 150 120 125 120 130 130 131 140 145 125 125

260 260 260 260 260 260 305 325 310 330 330 341 307 368 368 430

44.6 48.3 39.4 42.1 46.1 45.8 50.0 42.7 46.6 50.5 53.6 47.6 53.5 49.5 55.9 65.6 60.5 61.4 71.9 69.7 71.4 83.9 105.5

49.5 50.7 39.6 42.8 46.9 46.6 50.9 43.5 47.3 51.2 54.4 48.4 54.4 50.4 56.3 66.3 61.6 62.3 70.3 70.8 72.7 86.7 109.3

102/1 109/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 124.7/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 124.7/1 124.8/1 124.7/1 149.1/1 149.2/1 149.2/1 149.2/1 223/1 223/1

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

7 8.2 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.4 7.4 7.7 7.7 7.7 9 7.8 7.8 7.8 9 9 11 13.4 14.4 14.4 13.2 17 17.6

V V 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

E E K E E K K E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

1750 1780 1965 1965 1965 1970 1970 1965 1965 1965 1995 1980 1980 1980 2005 2005 2010 2040 2080 2080 2100 2125 2110

1100 1165 1045 1045 1045 1040 1040 1095 1095 1095 1095 1075 1075 1075 1070 1070 1095 1120 1145 1095 1160 1160 1175

1240 1240 1235 1235 1235 1230 1230 1230 1230 1230 1265 1235 1235 1235 1265 1265 1270 1290 1325 1325 1360 1355 1350

125 155 165 165 165 159 159 160 160 160 150 165 165 165 150 150 175 160 145 145 245 150 159

104 110 107 110 110 109 109 107 107 107 121 119 119 119 129 129 129 138 143 146 134 150 159

51.3 53.6 50.2 54.9 60.4 47.6 50.8 55.4 54.6 63.9 58.9 74.1 79.8 75.9 135.0 174.0 1291.9 1690.1

55.4 57.8 54.1 59.2 64.9 52.0 53.9 59.7 58.8 68.7 63.4 78.1 84.0 80.0 141.0 182.0 1392.8 1813.1

109/1 109.2/1 109.2/1 109/1 124.9/1 109.2/1 109/1 109/1 109/1 124.7/1 124.6/1 149.1/1 162.7/1 149.1/1 149.4/1 249/1 998/4 999.8/4

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

8 8 8 8 8.6 8.2 8.2 8.5 9 11 10.3 13.3 14.5 14 17.5 25.8 125 174

V V V V V 4 4 4 4 5 4 5 5 5 6 6 6 6

E E E E E E K E E E E E E E E E E E

1788 1761 1795 1802 1814 2009 2009 2022 1972 2012 2015 2095 2045 2045 2000 2035 2105 2080

1143 1149 1115 1162 1151 1074 1074 1095 1075 1113 1070 1100 1060 1060 1120 1125 1095 1130

1238 1238 1238 1256 1260 1258 1258 1285 1262 1271 1265 1340 1324 1325 1305 1370 1445 1410

160 153 165 145 155 179 179 161 180 173 175 168 150 175 190 145 130 130

105 108 103 111 110 105 105 108 108 129 122 146 135 135 138 165 217 199

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ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC) NO. OF CYLINDERS

Diavel Carbon White Diavel Titanium HARLEY-DAVIDSON 883 Superlow Iron 883 XL 883R Roadster XL 1200X Forty-Eight XL 1200N Nightster XR 1200X Street Bob Fat Bob Super Glide Custom Fat Boy Fat Boy Special Heritage Softail Classic Night Rod Special Road King Street Glide Ultra Classic Electra Glide HERO Pleasure Maestro HF Dawn HF Deluxe HF Deluxe Eco Splendor Plus Splendor i-Smart Splendor NXG Splendor Pro Splendor Pro Classic Super Splendor Passion Pro Passion Pro TR Passion XPRO Glamour Glamour PGM-FI Ignitor Achiever Xtreme Hunk Impulse Karizma Karizma ZMR HONDA Dio Activa 3G Activa i Aviator STD Activa 125 STD CD 110 Dream Dream Neo Dream Yuga CB Twister Self-Drum-Alloy CBF Stunner Self-Disc-Alloy CB Shine Self-Drum CB Unicorn CB Unicorn 160 CB Trigger STD CBR 150R STD CBR 250R STD CB1000R CBR1000RR

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

PRICES IN 1000S (ON-ROAD)

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC) NO. OF CYLINDERS

STROKE 2/4

MAXIMUM* POWER (HP)

NO. OF GEARS/VARIATOR (V)

START (KICK/ELECTRIC)

OVERALL LENGTH (MM)

HEIGHT (MM)

WHEELBASE (MM)

GROUND CLEARANCE (MM)

KERB WEIGHT (KG)

VFR 1200F VT1300C Goldwing - Airbag Goldwing INDIAN MOTORCYCLE Classic Vintage Chieftain KAWASAKI Ninja 300 Ninja 650 Z800 Z1000 Ninja 1000 Versys 1000 ZX-10R ZX-14R Ninja H2 KTM KTM 200 Duke KTM 390 Duke KTM RC200 KTM RC390 LML NV DLX KS NV ES NV KS NV ES NV LS NV LS Select 4 KS Select 4 ES MAHINDRA 2 WHEELERS Kiné Flyte Duro DZ Rodeo RZ Pantero Centuro O1 Centuro N1 Gusto DX Gusto HX Gusto VX PIAGGIO Vespa Vespa VX Vespa S Vespa Elegante ROYAL ENFIELD Bullet 500 Bullet 350 Electra Twinspark Thunderbird 350 Thunderbird 500 Classic 350 Classic 500 Classic Desert Storm Classic Chrome Continental GT SUZUKI Access 125 Swish 125

HONDA to SUZUKI

PRICES IN 1000S (ON-ROAD)

1926.3 1529.8 3150.0 2850.0

2060.7 1666.8 3150.0 2850.0

1237/4 1313/2 1832/6 1832/6

4 4 4 4

172 57 115.1 115.1

6 5 5 5

E E E E

2250 2575 2630 2630

1220 1150 1455 1455

1545 1805 1689 1689

125 126 125 125

267 303 410 423

2650.00 2950.00 3300.00

NA NA NA

1811/2 1811/2 1811/2

4 4 4

NA NA NA

6 6 6

E E E

2630 2634 2571

1176 1490 1529

1730 1730 1669

140 142 140

370 379 385

386.1 551.3 832.9 1378.5 1378.5 1422.0 1725.6 1857.9 3202.4

394.0 562.3 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

296/2 649/2 806/4 1043/4 1043/4 1043/4 998/4 1441/4 998/4

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

38.5 71.1 111 140 140 118.4 209.9 197.3 197.3

6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

E E E E E E E E E

2015 2110 2100 2045 2105 2240 2075 2170 2085

1110 1180 1050 1055 1230 1465 1115 1170 1125

1405 1410 1445 1435 1445 1519 1425 1480 1455

140 130 150 125 135 150 135 125 130

172 211 229 221 231 250 201 268 238

144.5 200.0 177.0 227.0

147.1 203.6 180.0 230.0

199.5/1 373.2/1 199.5/1 373.2/1

4 4 4 4

25 43.5 25 42.9

6 6 6 6

E E E E

2002 2002 1978 1978

1274 1274 1098 1098

1367 1365 1340 1340

165 165 178.5 178.5

136 154 137.5 166

50.28 54.43 44.58 49.53 67.00 61.70 53.15 57.30

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

147.5/1 147.5/1 149.5/1 149.5/1 147.5/1 149.5/1 147.5/1 147.5/1

4 4 2 2 4 2 4 4

8.67 8.67 7.89 7.89 8.67 7.89 8.67 8.67

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

K E K E E E K E

-

820 820 820 820 820 820 830 830

1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235

-

116 116 104 104 120 104 119 123

37.9 47.3 50.1 53.3 49.2 54.9 51.7 50.5 52.7 54.9

37.1 52.3 52.6 55.0 49.4 57.6 55.4 56.8 59.1 61.3

71.5/1 124.6/1 124.6/1 124.6/1 106.7/1 106.7/1 106.7/1 109.6/1 109.6/1 109.6/1

2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

4.2 8 8.1 8.1 8.4 8.4 8.4 8 8 8

V V V V 4 4 4 V V V

E E E E E E E E E E

1765 1790 1814 1790 2000 2031 2031 1825 1825 1825

1060 1100 1275 1110 1050 1111 1111 1188 1188 1188

1225 1245 1270 1245 1265 1265 1265 1275 1275 1275

120 130 155 154 165 173 173 165 165 165

82 106 114 111 120 120 120 121 121 121

78.6 83.4 87.7 91.8

83.0 87.0 92.0 102.0

125/1 125/1 125/1 125/1

4 4 4 4

10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5

V V V V

E E E E

1770 1770 1770 1770

1140 1140 1140 1140

1290 1290 1290 1290

155 155 155 155

114 114 114 114

153.8 106.7 119.6 138.5 176.6 127.4 163.3 165.9 173.4 205.0

NA 111.5 125.0 144.8 184.2 133.1 170.4 173.0 180.9 214.1

499/1 346/1 346/1 346/1 499/1 346/1 499/1 499/1 499/1 535/1

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

26.1 19.8 19.8 19.8 27.2 19.8 27.2 27.2 27.2 29.1

5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

E K E E/K E/K E E E E E

2140 2140 2140 2060 2060 2150 2130 2130 2130 2060

1110 1120 1120 1205 1205 1080 1050 1050 1050 1070

1370 1370 1370 1350 1350 1370 1370 1370 1370 1360

135 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140 140

193 180 183 192 195 182 187 187 187 184

47.0 50.5

51.2 54.9

124/1 124/1

4 4

8.6 8.6

V V

E E

1780 1780

1125 1140

1250 1250

160 160

115 110

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MAXIMUM* POWER (HP)

NO. OF GEARS/VARIATOR (V)

START (KICK/ELECTRIC)

OVERALL LENGTH (MM)

HEIGHT (MM)

WHEELBASE (MM)

GROUND CLEARANCE (MM)

KERB WEIGHT (KG)

41.9 44.0 51.1 52.8 50.4 52.6 54.3 83.5 93.5 69.5 1403.8 936.2 1376.3 1376.3

45.9 48.1 54.0 55.7 53.4 55.6 57.3 88.1 97.5 73.7 1403.8 936.2 1376.3 1376.3

112.8/1 112.8/1 124/1 124/1 124/1 124/1 124/1 155 155 149.5/1 999/4 1255/4 1340/4 1783/2

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

8.3 8.3 8.6 8.6 8.6 8.6 8.6 14.6 14.6 13.8 185.5 98 198 125

4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 5

K E E E K E E E E E E E E E

2030 2030 2035 2035 2035 2035 2035 2050 2050 2095 2045 2130 2190 2480

1070 1070 1075 1075 1075 1075 1075 1030 1085 1120 1130 1235 1165 1185

1260 1260 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1330 1330 1340 1405 1485 1480 1710

165 165 160 160 160 160 160 150 160 160 130 135 120 130

112 112 128 128 128 128 128 135 139 149 205 250 260 347

681.2 790.3 813.2 893.7 1242.1 1201.2 1362.2 1303.1 1423.8 2093.0 1561.9 1810.5 2374.7

706.3 818.2 841.7 925.2 1283.4 1241.2 1407.1 1343.7 1468.9 2158.0 1611.5 1867.3 2447.8

865/2 865/2 865/2 675/3 1050/3 675/3 675/3 800/3 800/3 1215/3 1699/2 1699/2 2294/3

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

60 60 60 78.2 132.8 117 117 94 94 135 96.6 96.6 145.5

5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5

E E E E E E E E E E E E E

2115 2230 2150 2055 2100 2045 2100 2215 2215 2248 2340 2340 2500

1130 1100 1095 1060 1110 1112 1110 1390 1390 1410 1120 1120 1165

1490 1500 1490 1410 1435 1375 1435 1545 1545 1530 1615 1615 1695

140 140 150 140 140 140 140 165 170 170 140 140 140

225 230 230 188 214 187 214 221 221 266.5 339 380 367

44.9 47.5 51.8 54.7 52.0 47.4 44.1 48.0 50.3 53.6 55.6 57.8 80.0 84.7 95.0

46.8 36.0 58.0 62.0 56.5 49.8 52.0 50.1 52.5 55.6 58.8 61.1 78.4 85.0 96.8

87.8/1 87.8/1 109.7 109.7 109.7/1 109.7/1 99.7/1 99.7/1 109.7/1 109.7/1 124.5/1 124.5/1 159.7/1 177.4/1 177.4/1

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

5 5 7.9 7.9 8 8.2 7.5 7.5 8.2 8.4 10.9 10.9 15.2 17.3 17.3

V V V V V 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5

E E E E E K K E E E E E E E E

1735 1735 1770 1834 1834 2005 2005 2005 2005 1975 1985 1985 1976 2085 2085

1065 1065 1139 1115 1115 1055 1095 1095 1095 1060 1065 1065 1100 1100 1100

1230 1230 1250 1275 1275 1240 1250 1250 1250 1260 1265 1265 1260 1326 1326

135 135 130 150 150 181 165 165 165 165 165 165 180 180 180

95 96 97 108 110 118 99 99 104 110 116 116 136 137 137

53.5 55.9 40.4 48.6 55.2 49.5 65.3 64.0 60.7 78.8 76.4 78.6 83.8 84.2 121.6 956.7

56.3 58.1 44.4 52.2 59.1 63.7 NA 65.0 68.5 NA 79.9 82.5 NA 88.3 129.8 993.4

113/1 113/1 105.6/1 106/1 123.7/1 123.7/1 149/1 153/1 153/1 149/1 153/1 153/1 149/1 153/1 149.8/1 998/4

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

7 7 7.6 7.6 10.8 11 11.9 12.1 12.1 12.9 14 14 12.9 14 17 150

V V 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6

E E K E E E E K E E E E E E E E

1835 1835 2000 2000 2065 2065 2050 2050 2050 1990 1975 1975 1990 1975 1995 2140

1090 1090 1075 1050 1100 1100 1100 1100 1100 1050 1045 1045 1115 1045 1070 1065

1270 1270 1260 1290 1300 1300 1320 1320 1320 1330 1335 1335 1330 1335 1290 1460

128 128 160 173 160 155 165 165 165 160 160 160 160 160 160 135

104 104 113 123 127 128 134 132 132 132 137 137 137 141 131 214

MUMBAI

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC) NO. OF CYLINDERS

Hayate (Kick) Hayate (Self) Slingshot (Drum) Slingshot (Disc) Slingshot Plus (Drum, Kick) Slingshot Plus (Drum, Self) Slingshot Plus (Disc, Self) Gixxer Gixxer SF GS 150R GSX-R1000 Bandit 1250S Hayabusa Intruder TRIUMPH Bonneville Bonneville T100 Thruxton Street Triple ABS Speed Triple ABS Daytona 675 ABS Daytona 675 R ABS Tiger 800 XRx Tiger 800 XCx Tiger Explorer XC ABS Thunderbird Storm Thunderbird LT Rocket III Roadster ABS TVS Scooty Pep + Scooty Streak Scooty Zest 110 Jupiter Wego Max 4R Star Sport (Kick) Star Sport (Self) Star City 110 (Self) Jive Phoenix (Drum) Phoenix (Disc) Apache RTR 160 Apache RTR 180 Apache RTR 180 (ABS) YAMAHA Ray Ray Z Crux YBR 110 YBR 125 SS125 SZ-RR SZ-R SZ-X FZ-S V2.0 FZ-16 FZ-S Fazer FI Fazer YZF-R15 FZ1

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LICENCE TO ESCAPE.

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Whether it’s from the city or just everyday stress, the new Renault Duster is designed to be the perfect escape. Find out why.

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RENAULT DUSTER

BREAK FREE Sometimes, it all just gets to you; the job, the responsibilities, and the endless list of things to attend to. There needs to be something to balance it all out. A little break every so often. An oasis of calm. A place where you’re comfortable and in control. That place is the new Renault Duster. Whether you’re trying to escape a crazy day or the city itself, the new Renault Duster makes for the perfect partner.

UPGRADE The old Renault Duster offered the best of what was available when it was launched. The new Renault Duster took all the good stuff and made it great. Renault successfully took an old favourite and made it into a new sensation. So, what makes it ideal for an escape? It gives you the comfort of the familiar with the thrill of something completely new. Let’s check out more.

ADVENTURE ON THE OUTSIDE One look at the new Renault Duster and you know it’s ready to take on anything. The strong lines of the dual-winged front

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The dualwinged front grille and the hawkeye cluster headlamps add a new dimension to the Renault Duster.

The new Renault Duster is at home on winding highways and while climbing over rocks.


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grille continue to the rear. The new hawkeye cluster headlamps look ready to light the way to anywhere. Gunmetal-finish alloy wheels and brushed silver cladding with scuff plates at the front and rear enhance the Duster’s SUV appeal. There’s no mistaking the Renault Duster’s iconic stance familiar to everyone on Indian roads. There’s also no mistaking that it’s all new now. Adding attitude are the chunky kayak roof rails with the Duster name unmistakably etched on their sides. Adding a premium

There’s no mistaking the Renault Duster’s iconic stance familiar to everone on Indian roads. There’s also no mistaking that it’s all new now.


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touch are electrically adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators. The experience is completed with the signature waterfall LED tail-lamps. The new Renault Duster is a headturner that’s ready for adventure.

STYLISH ON THE INSIDE Escape from the stress of the commute with the inviting, comfortable crimson-black softtouch interiors of the new Renault Duster. The eight-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, front and rear armrests with cup holders, steering-mounted audio controls, new AC and anti-pinch window system ensure that your comfort is never compromised.

EASY PRACTICALITY The spacious Renault Duster can carry your entire world in comfort. The front seats and second row allow enough space for everyone. The large, 475-litre boot can easily carry all the luggage. In addition to that, a host of comforts and conveniences make the Renault Duster the perfect vehicle for your adventures. And thanks to its space and practicality, the special people in your life can escape with you.

TREAD ANYWHERE The new Renault Duster can take you wherever your heart desires. Its 210mm ground clearance gives you the confidence to drive over potholes on the road and drive it off the road when you choose to. The high approach and departure angles let you go where there are no roads. And the formidable 4WD system gives you the traction you need to get in and out of any situation. Wherever you go, you go in comfort. The new Renault Duster AWD comes equipped with independent pseudo MacPherson suspension at the front and

Switch the new Renault Duster to 4WD and be amazed at its ability to go anywhere.

Safety first. That’s why the new Renault Duster is equipped with dual airbags

A host of comforts and conveniences make the Renault Duster the perfect vehicle for all adventures. Thanks to its space and practicality, the special people in your life can escape with you.


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The new Renault Duster makes its own road.

multilink suspension at the rear. This makes it tough, and gives it the ability to go anywhere while making your drive confident and comfortable.

AN EFFORTLESS DRIVE

There’s enough space for everyone in the Duster. With a 475-litre boot, there’s space for their stuff too.

Escaping with the new Renault Duster doesn’t require special effort. Just get in and let the power of the 1.6 K4M petrol engine or the 1.5dCi HP diesel engine drive you away with ease. The 1.6 K4M petrol engine generates 104hp while the 1.5dCi HP diesel engine is available in two states of tune –


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85hp and 110hp. It even has an Eco mode option that delivers 10 percent more fuel efficiency from an already very efficient engine. Powerful, efficient and practical; it’s time for you to imagine crosscountry escapes with the new Renault Duster.

THE EASY-R DRIVE The 1.5dCi HP diesel engine producing 110hp is also available with India’s first six-speed Easy-R AMT which makes escaping the hassle of stop-and-go traffic in the city simple. On the highway, it allows for effortless cruising.

ESCAPE WORRY The new Renault Duster comes prepared for adventure. It arrives packed with world-class safety and security features that ensure you are safe even in extreme circumstances. ABS, ESP and

Powerful, efficient and practical; it’s time for you to plan crosscountry escapes with the new Renault Duster.

The six-speed Easy-R AMT system makes driving in traffic easy. Seamlessly switch to manual when you want to take control.

EBD with Brake Assist keep you in control at all times. The speedsensitive auto locks secure the doors when you set off while the impact sensing door unlock allows for a quick getaway. The Hill Start Assist holds the new Renault Duster in place and makes driving uphill effortless on challenging terrain. The monocoque body provides torsional rigidity, enhanced handling and protection. Dual front airbags absorb heavy impacts. The reverse parking camera with guidelines and rapid deceleration warning adds peace of mind. Add to that an evolved T4 electrical and electronics architecture and a new CMO 10-engine compartment that enables safety and gives you a superior driving experience.

ESCAPE BOREDOM The new Renault Duster comes


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loaded with technology to make driving a pleasure. Steeringmounted controls, a multiinformation display, cruise control and a gear shift indicator makes driving easy. The innovative 7-inch MediaNav system entertains, navigates and allows for hand-free calling.

ESCAPE MONOTONY The new Renault Duster comes with a range of options and accessories that allow you to make your Renault Duster unique. The new Renault Duster

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The innovative 7-inch MediaNav system entertains, navigates and allows for handsfree calling. The Renault Duster comes loaded with technology to make driving a pleasure.


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Off the road, the new Renault Duster turns into a hardcore, take-onanything SUV.

The Renault Duster’s large boot swallows all your luggage.

is available in seven attractive colours, so you can pick your favourite. Liven up the rear with a strip of chrome or add cladding to make those distinctive waterfall LED tail-lamps even more stylish. Add robustness with door sill side protectors and running boards. Protect your Renault Duster from abrasions and splashes with front and rear wing extenders. Make your Renault Duster the toughest looking one on the road. So, what are you waiting for? It’s your time to escape.


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FIRST DRIVE

A revitalised Tata Motors has a lot to prove with the new Tiago hatchback. Does its small car deliver? TATA MOTORS HAS been on a journey of reinventing itself for quite sometime now, but it is the car you see on these pages that puts things in high gear. It’s called the Tiago and is Tata’s entry into the midsize hatchback segment where the Maruti Celerio currently reigns supreme. What makes it particularly interesting is that, 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. The base floorpan comes from the original Indica, but this apart, the Tiago shares little with any Tata to date. In that sense, the Tiago will tell us just how much Tata has progressed and if indeed, this time around, the carmaker is ahead of the curve.

DIFFERENT STROKES

QUICK FACTS5.9 lakh

Prices Rs 3.9, Delhi) (est, ex-showroomth On sale This mon

See the Tiago in the flesh and you won’t notice an immediate resemblance to any other Tata model. The Tiago is a clean-sheet design, styled with inputs from Tata’s Pune, UK and Italy design studios, and is a car that looks very appealing. Tata’s traditional

smiling grille finds its way to the front-end, but the treatment is very modern. It uniquely arcs outwards and flows back naturally into the large swept-back headlamps at either end. The front bumper that houses the fog lamps is neatly done too while further up, the raised bonnet adds a good deal of definition to the design. View it in profile and you’ll like the Tiago for its nice, sporty stance. The 14-inch alloy wheels fill out the arches well and this is a departure from previous Tata hatchbacks, which looked like they were standing on their toes. Elsewhere, elements such as the bold waist line, upward sweep of the windows and chunky C-pillar are in line with contemporary trends, but from certain angles, their combined effect does give the Tiago a passing resemblance to the new Ford Figo. Before you suspect any misdeed, know that both cars were at the drawing boards around the same time, so this is more a coincidence than a case of aping. For its part, the Tiago’s rear end looks distinctive with spread-out ◊

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FIRST VERDICT Brand new in every way and a big step forward for Tata.

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SO GOOD n Upmarket cabin n Equipment levels

NO GOOD n Unexciting engines

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On April 6, 2016, Tata unleashed a shockwave in the Indian automotive industry. It launched the Tiago, an all-new mid-sized hatchback starting at an unbelievable price of Rs 3.20 lakh. It wasn’t just the price. With every variant, the Tata Tiago managed an

incredible price-to-value ratio. With goodies like alloy wheels, dual airbags, ABS, a ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman® and many more, the Tiago has become a serious contender in its segment. How serious it is, needed to be tested.

The results were as expected; the Tiago won clear victories against its powerful and well-established rivals. We’ve put together a collection of excerpts that show how the Tata Tiago has driven ahead of its competitors.

FIRST DRIVE: EXCERPTS FROM ‘HIGH STAKES’, PUBLISHED IN AUTOCAR INDIA MAGAZINE, JANUARY 2016. ENGINE AND POWER

The 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine (different from the Bolt’s four-cylinder unit) is a grounds-up design and uses lightweight, allaluminium construction, a four-valve-per-cylinder DOHC setup and variable cam timing for the intake.

The two drive modes, namely City and Eco, basically change engine characteristics to suit requirements of power or efficiency at the touch of a button.

RIDE QUALITY

Good noise insulation also means

you don’t hear much of what the suspension’s up to. There’s a good degree of confidence at higher speeds too. Straight-line stability is big-car good and it’s hard to unsettle the Tiago. The steering has a nice amount of heft which is reassuring.


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DESIGN AND QUALITY

See the Tiago in the flesh and you won’t notice an immediate resemblance to any other Tata model. The Tiago is a clean-sheet design, styled with inputs from Tata’s Pune, UK and Italy design studios, and is a car that looks very appealing. Tata’s traditional smiling grille finds its way to the front end, but the treatment is very modern. View it in profile and you’ll like the Tiago for its nice, sporty stance. The cabin is the biggest surprise on the Tiago. It’s well-designed and spacious as it rightfully should be, but what will bowl

VERDICT

you over is how upmarket it feels. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into everything, right from the choice of seat fabric to the rich roof lining. The plastics are also of a high standard and in fact, the textured finish on the dash top is something you won’t find even on some more expensive cars. …sound quality from the fourspeaker and four-tweeter setup is really impressive with a depth you wouldn’t expect from a factory-fit system. There’s also the unique Juke Car app that allows each occupant to add songs from their

device (via mobile hotspot) to a playlist on the phone paired with the audio player. So, no quarrelling over music on long journeys! Tata has responded to feedback on the insufficient storage in the Bolt by giving the Tiago lots of space for small items. The glovebox’s soft release via a neatly integrated button on the dash is a superb touch that just shows you the lengths Tata’s gone to, to give the cabin a premium ambience. The Tiago scores well on comfort too. Up front, occupants get a good sense of space and seat comfort on the whole is good.

n Tata has clearly put its heart and soul into the Tiago and the result is very impressive. The Tiago looks attractive, comes with plenty of equipment and has a cabin that could very well belong to a more expensive car. The Tiago also manages to tackle our imperfect roads with aplomb and is an easy car to handle. n For a car as well turned out as the Tiago, the price proposition would be one of immense value. n With the Tiago, Tata has a chance to repeat history.


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A FIRST COMPARISON

Excerpts from ‘Small torque’, published in Autocar India Magazine, January 2016.

The well-proportioned Tata looks fresh and chic. It’s well thought out too. Outside visibility is good and there’s lots of space to store odds and ends.

DESIGN Tata has outdone itself by giving the Tiago a cabin that wouldn’t seem out of place on a more expensive car. The dashboard is smartly laid-out but it’s really the quality of materials that makes the cabin feel special. The textured finish to the dash, the rich seat fabrics, the roof lining and even the damped operation of the glovebox lid lend this space a premium ambience.


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Small torque

Tata diesel is more powerful but not as responsive.

Twin-cylinder Maruti engine is poor on refinement.

C

ars with big diesel engines may be in the news for all the wrong reasons but the two models you see here are as far away from the controversies as can be. While it helps that they are not luxury cars by any stretch of the imagination, what is keeping and will keep the unwanted attention off them is that they run amongst the smallest and most efficient diesel engines in the business. The Maruti Celerio is actually a record holder in this regard. Its twin-cylinder, 0.8-litre turbodiesel unit is the smallest passenger car diesel engine in India and its ARAI-tested fuel economy of 27.62kpl, the best among all small cars. Tata’s latest three-cylinder, 1.05-litre turbo-diesel engine that debuts on the new Tiago is not a whole lot larger as engines go and here too, there’s the promise of 25kpl plus economy in the Indian Driving Cycle. In essence, these are cars tailor-made for those looking at low running costs. But which one offers the more complete package? Read on.

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LOOK AROUND

We won’t go too deep into the subjective issue of design and styling but we think you’ll agree when we say the Tiago has the more appealing form. The well-proportioned Tata looks fresh and chic, and a whole lot more interesting than the Celerio that looks almost nondescript in comparison. This holds true for their cabins as well. Tata has outdone itself by giving the Tiago a cabin that wouldn’t seem out of place on a more expensive car. The dashboard is smartly laid out but it’s really the quality of materials that makes the cabin feel special. The textured finish to the dash, the rich seat fabrics, the roof lining and even the damped operation of the glovebox lid lend this space a premium ambience. It’s well thought out too. Outside visibility is good and there’s lots of space to store odds and ends. Count the number of storage spaces and you’ll find the Celerio’s cabin closely matches the Tiago’s in practicality. But, it’s a level or two down on design and execution. Sure, the www.autocarindia.com

two-tone theme adds colour in the cabin but material quality is nowhere near as nice as the Tata. Again, where the simple dashboard places the important controls within easy reach and even houses the high-set gear lever, it looks staid and unremarkable. The Celerio’s front seats, with their fixed headrests, don’t appear special either but they do offer good comfort. The rear seat is comfortable and supportive too but where it makes a mark is in terms of space. Legroom is really impressive and there’s more than adequate headroom as well. The large windows further help the airy feeling inside. Maruti designers have really made the most of the Celerio’s small footprint. The Tiago’s cabin is roomy in its own right but there’s no missing it’s got the smaller rear windows and less rear leg- and headroom. Some might find the rear seat backrest a touch too reclined too. Up front, drivers will like the inclusion of a dead pedal but the somewhat lack of thigh and shoulder support could be

bothersome over long journeys.

EYE ON THE FEATURE

Power windows, electric mirror adjust, heightadjustable driver’s seats, steering-mounted audio controls, audio systems with USB, aux-in and Bluetooth for music streaming and telephone functions are some of the features you can expect on the top-spec versions of both these cars. However, the Tiago goes one up on the Celerio with its more comprehensive sound system which includes four speakers plus four tweeters. The Tiago’s infotainment system can also be hooked up to your smartphone to relay sat-nav instructions. Rear parking sensors and a cooled glovebox are some of the other features exclusive to the Tiago. The Celerio does offer the versatility of a split rear seat though. In terms of safety, the top versions of both cars get dual airbags and ABS, though neither car offers the protection of adjustable rear headrests.

EVERY CC COUNTS

Small engines are good for fuel economy, not so much for power and performance. In this respect, the Celerio seemingly enters the competition with a big disadvantage. Its two-pot motor churns out just 47bhp though peak torque is an acceptable 12.7kgm. The Tiago’s larger three-cylinder mill, on the other hand, makes a far more respectable 69bhp and 14.2kgm. No prizes for guessing which car has the edge in flat-out performance. Where the Tiago does the 0-100kph dash in 17.52 seconds, the Celerio takes a yawn-inducing 22.66 seconds. And thanks to the way they are geared, the Celerio will also max out at just 138kph where the Tiago will pull to 161kph. But, don’t write off the Celerio just yet. Weighing in at 900kg, it’s a full 180kg lighter than the Tiago diesel. Correspondingly, it has the more favourable torque-to-weight ratio, the benefit of which you can experience on the move. So long as you are in the right gear for a particular speed, it feels more responsive to ◊ JANUARY 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 77

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The Tiago’s infotainment system can also be hooked up to your smartphone to relay satnav instructions. Rear parking sensors and a cooled glovebox are some of the other features exclusive to the Tiago.

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FEATURES Power windows, electric-mirror adjust, height-adjustable driver’s seats, steering-mounted audio controls, audio systems with USB, aux-in and Bluetooth for music streaming and telephone functions are some of the features you can expect on the top-spec versions of both these cars. However, the Tiago goes one up on the Celerio with its more comprehensive sound system which includes four speakers plus four tweeters.

In terms of safety, the top versions of both cars get dual airbags and ABS, though neither car offers the protection of adjustable rear headrests.


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…the Tiago that feels more sure-footed at all times with a likeable big-car heft in the manner it drives. The Tiago has the nicer steering too.

POWER

RIDE QUALITY In the corners, the Celerio comes across as an easy handler but higher grip levels and the sportier dynamics means the Tiago is the car that you’ll enjoy more.

Small engines are good for fuel economy, not so much for power and performance. In this respect, the Celerio seemingly enters the competition with a big disadvantage. Its two-pot motor churns out just 47bhp though peak torque is an acceptable 12.7kgm. The Tiago’s larger three-cylinder mill, on the other hand, makes a far more respectable 69bhp and 14.2kgm. No prizes for guessing which car has the edge in flat-out performance. Where the Tiago does the 0-100kph dash in 17.52 seconds, the Celerio takes a yawninducing 22.66 seconds. And thanks to the way they are geared, the Celerio will also max out at just 138kph where the Tiago will pull to 161kph.


TATA TIAGO REVOTORQ XZ

MARUTI CELERIO ZDI (O)

RATING Length Width Height Wheelbase Kerb weight Engine Power Torque Power to weight Torque to weight Gearbox Tyre size

Feels lazy in town but is the far nicer overall package HHHHHHHIII 3746mm OUR 1647mm CHOICE 1535mm 2400mm 1080kg 3 cyls, 1047cc, turbo-diesel 69bhp at 4000rpm 14.3kgm at 1800-3000rpm 63.9bhp per tonne 13.2kgm per tonne 5-speed manual 175/65 R14

Has its strengths but crude engine is hard to overlook HHHHHHIIII 3600mm 1600mm 1560mm 2425mm 900kg 2 cyls, 793cc, turbo-diesel 46.9bhp at 3500rpm 12.7kgm at 2000rpm 52.1bhp per tonne 14.1kgm per tonne 5-speed manual 165/70 R14

PERFORMANCE Acceleration (from rest) Kph 20 40 60 80 100 120

Sec* 1.49 3.77 7.04 11.33 17.52 26.77

Sec 1.17 3.68 7.55 13.13 22.66 40.51

ACCELERATION Through gears (sec) 20-80 (in 3rd gear) 40-100 (in 4th gear)

16.23 20.06

15.72 18.84

WHAT IT COSTS Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 5.9 lakh**

Rs 5.78 lakh

VERDICT

VERDICT

…the Tiago that brings in a degree of desirability. It’s attractively styled, comes with a well-finished interior and promises to come loaded with features. The engine isn’t the liveliest around but the overall driving experience makes up for the lack of pep. In fact, if you see the Tiago in entirety, you’ll find it has more going for it than against it. With the new Tiago, the budget end of the diesel hatchback segment is Tata’s for the taking.

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*Tiago acceleration figures in City mode **Estimated

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The real tug only comes in after 3,000rpm and from there on, performance is pretty strong, and smooth, especially for a car in this class. In fact, when wound nicely, the Tiago feels much smoother and more powerful than any of the competition.

RIDE AND HANDLING

What’s also quite brilliant and very grownup is ride quality. Tata has used a supple spring setting to tackle our really bad road conditions and that, along with the right tyre choice, allows the Tiago to be one of the best-riding hatchbacks on sale in either

this class or the next. Big bumps and rutted roads are absorbed completely and the best bit is that the ride quality is hushed and silent as well; so, bad roads don’t trouble this car at all. Now ordinarily, with such a supple ride, you’d expect some penalties in the handling department, but no. And it even aces it in corners. It feels pliant and composed with only a bit of body roll.

EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY

Top variants of both cars get alloy wheels, fog lamps, a rear

windscreen wiper, turn indicators on the electrically adjustable outside rear-view mirrors, tilt steering, steering-mounted audio controls, day/night internal rear view mirrors and an audio system with a CD player, MP3 player, Bluetooth, aux-in and USB connectivity. The Tiago additionally gets parking sensors, a cooled glovebox and a Harmandeveloped eight-speaker infotainment system with navigation command. Additionally, the Tiago gets Electronic Brake Distribution, stability control, speed-sensing door locks and seatbelt pretensioners for four seats.


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Tata Tiago vs Maruti Celerio vs Hyundai i10

PETROL HATCHBACKS

BRAVE NEW WORLD Road Test Centre

The contenders

Tata Tiago XZ List price Rs 4.75 lakh The Tiago is a game changer for Tata. It’s big on space, power, yet small on price, can it trump the reigning champion?

Maruti Celerio ZXi (O) List price Rs 5.10 lakh The Celerio is capable with all the ingredients of a good small car, but can it still hold a candle to the competition?

Hyundai i10 Sportz List price Rs 4.90 lakh Hyundai’s old warrior is still the sales hero. But, it’s showing its age now. Does it still have what it takes to beat the other two?

All prices ex-showroom, Delhi

TEST CENTRE

Tata’s attractive new Tiago guns for the well-established Maruti Celerio and Hyundai i10. Question is, is it comfortable enough and as nice to drive as the competition?

Photography Paul Dewars, Ashley Baxter

What’s new? TATA’S NEW HATCHBACK is a car that promises a lot. It looks like a fresh breath of air both on the inside and out, it has a capable set of engines and it comes loaded with features that others in its class lack. Still, it’s up against some seriously entrenched competition. The Indian hatchback market has always had Maruti sitting at the head of the table controlling

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The contenders

Tata Tiago XZ List price Rs 4.75 lakh The Tiago is a game changer for Tata. It’s big on space, power, yet small on price, can it trump the reigning champion?

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Maruti Celerio ZXi (O) List price Rs 5.10 lakh The Celerio is capable with all the ingredients of a good small car, but can it still hold a candle to the competition?

Hyundai i10 Sportz List price Rs 4.90 lakh Hyundai’s old warrior is still the sales hero. But, it’s showing its age now. Does it still have what it takes to beat the other two?

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things. This is even more prevalent today, with the company sitting pretty with a market share of 52 percent. Even today, you could be forgiven for walking into a Maruti showroom and just writing a cheque out for a Maruti hatchback that suits your budget. You’d get all the dependability and fantastic service associated with the brand, and you’d get a very capable car too.


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PETROL HATCHBACKS of features, even on the highest variant of the Hyundai, a more reasonably priced i10 Magna at Rs 4.62 lakh makes more sense. The most expensive of the lot is the Maruti Celerio ZXi (O)

priced at Rs 5.10 lakh. However, given the small difference in features between the top two variants, you could even consider buying the lower spec ZXi which costs Rs 4.63 lakh, or

an even lower VXi variant at Rs 4.33 lakh. On the warranty front, Hyundai is way ahead of the competition, offering two years/unlimited km warranty for the i10. Maruti offers a more

modest two years/40,000km warranty with the Celerio and all their other models whereas Tata offers a two years/ 75,000km warranty with the Tiago.

Our verdict

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Tata Tiago XZ For Ride and handling, value for money Against Engine vibrations Verdict Feels from a segment above, plenty of car for the money

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Maruti Celerio ZXI (O)

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Hyundai i10 Sportz

‘See how other petrol hatchbacks compare on Page 87.’ For Spacious cabin, easy to drive Against Seats are flat, lacklustre and boring interiors Verdict Does everything well but lacks sparkle THE HYUNDAI I10 is a very capable car in its own right, but here, in this company, it feels a bit outdated and out-classed. It isn’t easy, trying to compete with these newer and better-equipped products and here, put side by side with the best new cars in

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For Easy to drive, rev-happy engine Against Narrow cabin, bouncy ride, dated interior Verdict Still capable but showing its age now

its class, it shows. Maruti’s Celerio is much more accomplished and in many ways, is just as good as the Tata. It even has a more responsive engine, a better gearbox and a more spacious cabin, and then there’s the widespread service network

and proven reliability that give it a leg up too. Still, the winner of the test is the Tata. It may not have a history of making successful petrol-engined small cars, but here, at this price and with these features and fundamental strengths, it is quite clearly the car to beat.

It comes loaded with kit, the performance is good, the design and build of the cabin are a step ahead and the more mature ride and handling, combined with the attractive price, make the Tiago the one to buy. More car per car, yeah the Tiago is it.

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A feature exclusive to the Tiago is the Eco driving mode which enhances fuel economy substantially.

INTERIORS

Pound for pound, the interior of the Tiago is, without a doubt, the best installed on a Tata car yet. The plastics, far from being hard and cheap, have a plush finish to them and that lifts the ambience of the entire cabin. And the Tata has paid rapt attention to the details as well. So, along with the new, flowing design and appealing layout, you also get piano black accents, chrome rings on the knobs and buttons and other details that lift the dash and centre console to a whole new level. The steering too is compact and easy to hold. And the gear

stalks ooze quality and feel plush. The main highlights of the Tiago’s interior though, are the seats. The perfectly cushioned front seats have just the right amount of suppleness and are quite supportive as well, with great lumbar support. The top XZ trim also gets manual height adjust for finding the perfect driving position. Passengers in the rear are equally comfortable with the rear bench offering the same comfort and snug feel in the back. Enhancing the inside experience further is Tata’s ConnectNext infotainment system connected to Harmandeveloped speakers that are easily the best in class. Featuring four speakers

and a pair of separate tweeters, the audio system is clear and sonorous.

BUYING AND OWNING

Surprisingly, the newest car with the most features is the least expensive here. The fully loaded Tata Tiago XZ Revotron is aggressively priced at Rs 4.75 lakh, making it an absolute steal. ...the winner of the test is the Tata. It may not have a history of making successful petrol-engined small cars, but here, at this price and with these features and fundamental strengths, it is quite clearly the car to beat. It comes loaded with kit, the performance is good, the design and build of the cabin are a step ahead, and the more mature ride and handling, combined with the attractive price, make the Tiago the one to buy. More car per car, yeah the Tiago is it.


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