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Ratings

Thrill-free zone 3 Tepid 33 Interesting 333 Seriously good 3333 A truly great car 33333

EXECUTIVE SEDANS

Best of the Rest

Our Choice

Skoda Octavia 2.0TDI AT. The new Octavia impresses with its chic european looks, sumptuous interiors, host of features, impressive performance and, of course, the flawless DSG box. Solid bulid quality is something that it offers like all other Skodas available.

bhp/rpm

Nm/rpm

13.9-15.1 16.0 12.7-13.9 14.9 13.1-15.1 16.1 13.6-15.2 15.3 14.0-15.0 18.3 15.6-16.6 17.6-19.5 11.7-14.8 14.6-15.9 12.4-15.7 13.6-15.1 14.9-18.1

4/1998 4/1998 4/1797 4/1797 4/1582 4/1582 4/1461 4/1997 4/1395 4/1798 4/1968 4/1968 4/1798 4/1798 4/1364 4/1390 4/1368

164/3800 164/3800 147/6500 147/6500 126/4000 126/4000 108/4000 135/6000 138/6000 178/6200 141/4200 141/4200 138/6400 138/6400 87/3800 120/5000 138/4200

380/2000 380/2000 178/4700 178/4700 260/2750 260/2750 240/1850 190/3700 250/3500 250/5000 320/3000 320/3000 173/4000 173/4000 205/2800 200/4000 320/2500

D

18.6

19.0

4/1368

138/4200

320/2500 1460

1537 1552 1500 NA 1760 NA 1360 1277 1260 1376 1340 1395 1180 1270 1230 1403 1445

10.0 10.2 10.5 12.1 10.2 10.8 13.0 13.6 NA 8.5 NA 9.1 10.0 11.5 14.0 10.6 10.9

218 210 210 190 195 NA 180 185 NA NA NA NA 195 180 170 202 210

17.3 + Engine refinement, performance, feature loaded - Cramped rear, styling feels dated 17.3 + Engine, equipment, VFM -Sub-par interiors, handling 16.3 + VFM, feature rich, refinement - Sluggish autobox, handling 16.3 + Peppy performer, equipment, styling - Not a driver's car, suspension too soft 22.7 + Feature-loaded, styling, engine refinement - Underpowered, handling 21.9 + Styling, features, engine refinement - Underpowered for its size, sluggish gearbox 20.4 + Excellent ride and handling, styling, steering feel - Seriously underpowered 13.4 + Practicallity, engineering , strong air-con - Under specced cabin 16.8 + Powerful headlamps, ride, supportive seats - No rearview camera, evident turbo-lag 14.7 + Tech-laden, powerful engine, European looks - Chassis not sporty enough 20.6 + Intiutive multimedia interface, rear seat comfort, slick gearbox - Turbo-lag 19.3 + DSG box, acceleration, quality interiors - No USB and Aux ports 14.5 + Impressive performance, efficiency, features - Feels dated overall 14.3 + Refined engine, build quality, comfortable seating - Dead steering, feels heavy 21.4 + Fuel efficiency, easy to drive, reliability - Under-powered, feels dated overall 14.7 + Space, comfort, mid range - Interiors not impressive, lacks bottom-end grunt 19.3 + Powerful engine, interior space, ride and handling - Interiors not impressive

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10

208

17.0

33332

kmpl (ARAI quoted)

Top Speed

Engine cyl/cc

14.6-15.8 16.8 13.3-14.6 15.7 13.8-15.8 16.8 14.2-16.0 16.0 13.7-14.7 17.9 15.3-16.2 17.2-19.1 12.4-15.6 15.4-16.8 13.1-16.6 13.3-14.7 14.7-17.7

0-100kmph

Delhi ex-showroom

D D P P D D D P P P D D P P D P D

Weight (kg)

Mumbai ex-showroom

Chevrolet Cruze MT(LT, LTZ) Chevrolet Cruze AT(LTZ) Hyundai Elantra 1.8 VTVT MT (S, SX) Hyundai Elantra 1.8 VTVT AT (SX) Hyundai Elantra 1.6 CRDi MT (base, S, SX) Hyundai Elantra 1.6 CRDi AT (SX) Renault Fluence 1.5 D (E2,E4) Renault Fluence 2.0 AT (E4) Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI MT (Active, Ambition) Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI AT (Elegance) Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI MT (Active, Ambition) Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI AT (Ambition, Elegance) Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 MT (J+, G, GL) Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 AT (G, VL) Toyota Corolla Altis 1.4 D (J, JS, G, GL) Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI (Trendline, Comfortline) Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI MT (Trendline, Comfortline, Highline) Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI AT (Highline)

Fuel type

Model & name

With a torquey 2.0-litre diesel engine, the Jetta is a fun to drive car. The Altis is a car that’s had great success worldwide thanks to its great all round ability. The Elantra is another good alternative, but feels underpowered. The Cruze with its powerful engine is an entertaining car.

evo rating

Rating

+ Space, engine, DSG 'box - Engine noise, styling similar to Vento

PREMIUM EXECUTIVE SEDANS

Our Choice

Best of the Rest

Volkswagen Passat AT. Worthy of being compared to cars that cost almost twice as much, the Passat is perfectly engineered to provide you with a wonderful driving experience and something that’s guaranteed to keep you smiling.

Honda Accord 2.4 MT Honda Accord 2.4 AT Hyundai Sonata 2.4 GDi MT Hyundai Sonata 2.4 GDi AT Nissan Teana 250 (XL,XV) Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI MT (Ambition, Elegance) Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI AT (Elegance) Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI AT (Ambition, Elegance) Toyota Camry 2.5 AT Toyota Camry Hybrid Toyota Prius (Z5, Z6) Volkswagen Passat MT(Trendline) Volkswagen Passat AT (Comfortline, Highline)

P P P P P P P D P P P D D

21.0 21.8 19.7 21.9 22.7-26.7 19.1-21.0 22.7 23.8-25.7 26.0 31.2 30.4-32.7 21.6 26.7

20.3 21.1 18.8 20.9 21.6-25.5 18.6-20.4 22.0 23.1-24.9 24.5 29.8 29.3-31.4 22.1 25.3-27.3

4/2354 4/2354 4/2359 4/2359 V6/2496 4/1798 4/1798 4/1968 4/2494 4/2494 4/1798 4/1968 4/1968

178/6500 178/6500 198/6300 198/6300 180/6000 160/6200 160/6200 140/4200 179/6000 158/5700 134/5200 168/4200 168/4200

The Superb, is like it’s name suggests, making this car a joy to drive. While the Accord is a typical Honda, with a silky smooth engine and good performance. The Camry offers great ride quality and comfort, but a vanilla driving experience.

222/4300 1500 9.1 222/4300 1525 11.5 250/4250 1425 9.0 250/4250 1500 10.3 228/4400 1537 10.8 250/4500 1533 8.7 250/4500 1567 9.0 320/2500 1608 11.1 233/4100 1475 9.2 213/4500 1625 7.6 142/4000 1415 10.9 350/2500 1555 9.0 350/2500 1555 8.7

225 220 210 200 215 220 222 205 230 188 173 218 222

12.9 11.8 13.1 12.2 11.1 13.1 13.7 17.2 13.0 19.2 23.9 18.8 17.7

+ Ride quality, refinement, space - Dated styling, not well equipped + Comfortable rear seats, pliant ride, space - Steering feels spongy, lacks features + Impressive styling, engine, spacious cabin - Unimpressive drive, refinement + Design, engine, comfort - Uninvolving to drive, gearbox performance + Rear seat comfort, equipment - Expensive, dull drive + Massive space, equipment list - Mediocre ride quality + Almost like a limo, feature rich - Ground clearance + Luxurious, impressive feature list - Ride quality, needs more power + Refreshed styling, great ride, high-quality plastics - Expensive, dull to drive + Hybrid, efficiency, great ride, high-quality plastics - Go green but at a price + Efficiency, futuristic design - Too expensive, limited rear visibility + Overall package, ride, equipment - Bland styling and driving experience + Powerful engine, DSG gearbox, feature list - Dull driving experience

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LUXURY HATCHBACKS

Our Choice

Best of the Rest

BMW 1 Series. The 1 Series offers BMW’s brilliant rear-wheel-drive package in a hatchback. With its punchy diesel engine, it has great power delivery while the chasis is balanced aiding in great handling. The only drawback is, the looks are a bit subjective.

BMW 1 Series 116i Prestige BMW 1 Series 118d (Prestige, Sport line, Sport plus) Mercedes-Benz A-Class 180 Sport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 180 CDI Style Mercedes-Benz B-Class 180 (base, Sport) Mercedes-Benz B-Class 180 CDI Style Mini Cooper/ Convertible Mini Cooper S

P D P D P D P P

22.9 22.9 4/1598 25.9-32.9 25.9-32.9 4/1995 27.5 27.3 4/1595 26.5 26.3 4/2143 25.7 23.1-26.8 4/1595 24.7 25.7 4/2143 26.6-33.2 26.6-33.2 4/1598 29.9 29.9 4/1598

136/4400 143/4000 122/5000 107/4400 122/5000 107/4400 122/6000 184/5500

220/1350 320/1750 200/4000 250/2800 200/4000 250/2800 160/4250 240/5000

With its smart looks and an involving driving experience, the A-Class can make a lot of bigger and more expensive cars hang their heads in shame over the twisties. The Mini Cooper S provides a fun driving experience while being a real looker.

1375 1490 1395 1505 1425 1565 1190 1240

8.5 8.9 9.2 10.6 10.2 10.7 10.4 7.2

210 210 202 190 190 190 197 223

16.3 20.6 15.5 20.7 14.8 19.0 15.6 15.6

+ Appealing design, peppy performance, sportscar ergonomics - Front-end styling + Styling, performance, practicality - Costs as much as a 3-Series + Smashing looks, most affordable three-pointed star - Cramped rear, rear visibility + Gorgeous styling, comfort, features - Firm ride, rear seat comfort + Space, utility, comfort - Uninvolving to drive, weight is felt + Quality interiors, features, efficiency - Sluggish, bulky + Desirable, engaging to drive, improved space - Difficult rear ingress and egress + Driving experience, zesty engine, funky interiors - Ride too stiff, limited space

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