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Landing at your destination in a helicopter says that you’ve arrived, in style. While the chopper gets you there at a fraction of the time, it’s not that much faster than the Audi Q7. The Bell 206 L3 has a top speed of 241kph, while the Q7 40 TFSI maxes out at 233kph. But in the Bell 206, you can cruise at 200kph all the way, and go as the crow flies. Get the full story on page 120.

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THIS MONTH COVER STORY New cars for 2018 Our annual list of all the cars coming soon

NEWS Toyota Vios to come next year Nissan confirms launch of Kicks SUV in 2018 Urus could triple Lamborghini sales in India Tech-laden Audi A7 unveiled Tokyo motor show 2017 REPORT

TESTED Mahindra Scorpio S11 FIRST DRIVE Scorpio gets new variant and more power Audi A5 Cabriolet FIRST DRIVE A diesel convertible? An intriguing idea Honda FCV Clarity DRIVE Honda’s fuel cell vehicle feels ‘normal’ Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo DRIVE A Panamera estate, anyone? Ford EcoSport FIRST DRIVE Auto and diesel versions of updated Ford driven Ford EcoSport vs Tata Nexon COMPARISON It’s the battle of the petrol-compact SUVs

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Beyond Dubai 116 A journey to a quaint town in a loud Jeep By land or air 120 Would Sir like the Audi Q7 or the Bell 206 today? A lifesaver 136 Meeting the man who developed stability control Simply the best 138 The 2017 Pebble Beach ‘Best of Show’ in detail A convoy of legends 140 All the stars from our annual Merc Classic Car Rally

AUDI A5 CABRIOLET DRIVEN 44

FULL TEST OF JEEP COMPASS 72

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Maruti ignis FIRST REPORT 152 Ignis strikes a chord with our resident Maruti fan Abarth Punto 154 Shock therapy for our hot hatch Hyundai Elantra 155 It continues to be a friendly companion in town

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TWO-WHEELERS Bike News EICMA 2017 REPORT World’s biggest bike show had a lot for India Ducati Monster 797 FIRST RIDE Is the cheapest of the Monsters the bike for you? Royal Enfield Himalayan BS-IV FIRST RIDE Rugged Royal Enfield gets crucial updates Honda Grazia FIRST RIDE Honda goes premium with its latest scooter Avantura Choppers Pravega FIRST RIDE This made-in-India chopper is no mod job Suzuki Intruder FIRST RIDE Radically styled 155cc cruiser likes corners Living with an e-scooter Of range anxiety and finding charging points Dirt tricks Getting to grips with TVS’ rally bikes

TAKING LUXURY TRAVEL TO NEW HEIGHTS: THE AUDI Q7 AND BELL 206 120

MOTORSPORT Mexican GP RACE REPORT Title No. 4 for Hamilton Highs and lows of the racer’s 2017 campaign Aditya Patel Indian race ace ends the year on a high News F1 2021 engine plans announced Marquez wins MotoGP title at a dramatic finale

EVERY MONTH THERE WERE STARS APLENTY AT THE MERCEDES CLASSIC CAR RALLY 140

Sergius Barretto Could GM make an India comeback with EVs? Perseus Bandrawalla On collecting and preserving old SUVs Colin Goodwin Setting off in a classic car Buying Used Tough Nissan Terrano is a good used buy Ask Autocar Anything Your automotive queries answered

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Ashok appreciates the impressive legacy of the Ford EcoSport.

The price is right Thanks for a brilliant scoop on the new EcoSport, which I had been waiting for the past many months. We forget what a game changer this compact SUV was when it first came and the incredible price at which it was launched. With the Nexon now in the fray, the new EcoSport is no longer the price leader but it’s creditable that the new model has been launched at the same price as before. I hope Ford doesn’t quietly push the price up in the coming months, which seems to be a growing trend with automakers Ashok Vazarani, via email

Enter the Dragon

The Dragon engine in the EcoSport has got more attention than the car, itself; which is good thing, going forward, for Ford. With the Dragon becoming a brand in its own right (in the same way Mahindra has achieved with the mHawk and Tata is trying to do with the Revotron), this engine can become a selling point for future Fords, as well – but the engine has to deliver, as well. Let’s not forget the EcoBoost engine, which came with much acclaim but didn’t do much for sales. The fact that Ford has launched the new EcoSport without the EcoBoost engine is very telling. Arnav Bisht, via email

Staying exclusive

The new Phantom seems like a work of art and it has taken motoring nirvana to a different level. While I am sure that the experience of driving (and being driven in) a Rolls is surreal, the art gallery concept is a stroke of genius.

The Phantom is nothing short of a piece of art, according to Arun.

For owners, a Phantom is more about exclusivity, showing off and making the most of their investments – money is no object. The art gallery panel in the dashboard will now take all these values to a different level. Arun Subramaniam, Hosur

Missed shot

Ford has missed a trick by not offering an automatic version in the diesel variant of the EcoSport. The same torque converter auto could have been adapted to the diesel mill at not too high a development cost. A diesel automatic has a lot of export potential in European markets – where there is a still a substantial demand for diesel cars. Raunak Singh, Nalagarh

Untapped potential

Why does Volkswagen always miss the bus? The Ameo came late to the sub-compact segment and now the Passat is more than two years overdue, in India. It shows the lack of interest VW has in the Indian market, where for the past few years it has been on the back burner. VW started off with such a bang; and today the brand is no longer the potent force it had once promised to be. The sad part is that VW has a lot of potential with its products, which are robust and very safe. There is a new type of Indian consumer emerging – one who is informed and sophisticated. One who is willing to spend more on cars that deliver more. Vinod Khurana, via email

Between the Verna and the City, Pralhad thinks it was the Honda that deserved to win.

Missing the spark of fun

The comparison between the Honda City and Hyundai Verna was very balanced and I’m not surprised that the Verna won. I had taken a test drive in one and found that it to be very refined and plush for a mid-size sedan. Hyundai must be complimented for going all out to pamper owners with a great driving experience and good quality, all around. If there is one thing that’s missing, it’s the ‘fun to drive’ factor. Hyundais have left me cold when it comes to driving pleasure and the experience is a bit too clinical for my liking. If only Hyundai could add a little more sparkle into the dynamics. Vishal Rastogi, Indore

Honda, for the win!

You have rated the Verna the winner in your shootout with the City but I don’t agree with your result for a very simple reason. The Verna gets knocked out of the fight because back seat space is below par. While you have said so, in no uncertain terms, you could have addressed this flaw even more emphatically. Sedan buyers are typically chauffeur-driven and care more about the back seat than the driving experience. In contrast to the Verna, the City has a fantastic back seat, which you have not taken enough cognizance of. Also, Hondas are more reliable and long lasting than Hyundai cars, which you have not factored into your comparison. Pralhad Kashyap, via email

owned oil companies are gearing towards the launch of BS-VI fuel in 2020, pan-India. This calls for an investment of around Rs 1,00,000 crore! My question is that if the Indian government wants to go all electric, why do we need to invest in oil refineries and future fuels? Why should so much money be spent on going to BS-VI if it’s only a stop gap before the shift to electric mobility? S Saravanan, Chennai

No skimping on quality

After I read your Passat review I am tempted to book one simply because there is no skimping on quality. The interiors look fantastic and the feature set, too, is very appealing. Above all, I like the solid build and understated looks. I know the design isn’t exciting enough for Indian tastes but I feel the Passat will age a lot better than the others. Even the last generation Passat looks very contemporary and feels very modern. All that VW need to do now is bring the Octavia’s 1.8 TSI engine as an option. I am sure this will boost sales quite a bit as luxury sedan buyers are now gravitating towards petrol power. Kushal Jain, Indore

Kushal feels the VW Passat, though not exciting to look at, is a fantastic car.

Why BS-VI?

The Indian government has taken a stand to promote electric vehicles and said that by 2030, petrol and diesel vehicles will not be sold in India. On the other hand, government-

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Sporty design should work well but Toyota will have to enhance quality levels.

Facelifted Vios more subtle from the rear; quite different from the more aggressive nose.

EXCLUSIVE

Toyota Vios to come next year Pre-Diwali launch planned for Toyota’s Honda City rival. Will initially come with a 1.5-litre petrol engine. Seven-step CVT automatic is on the cards as well.

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apanese giant Toyota is preparing to launch its Vios sedan in India by mid-2018. The company has given itself a target of Diwali 2018 and is working hard to localise it to be able to price the car competitively and take on its natural rival, the extremely successful Honda City. It won’t be easy. And Toyota knows this.

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The company has two blockbusters on its hands, the Innova and the Fortuner that on average sell 6,000 and 2,000 units a month, but it has almost never had success with sedans or hatchbacks in India. The original Corolla, with its extremely comfortable back seat and upmarket interior, was something of a sensation when it was launched. And

the strong 1.8 engine won it a lot of fans too. But post that, real success in cars has eluded them. The Vios, however, could change all that. A car that available in several Southeast Asian markets like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, the Vios is often positioned competitively vis-à-vis the City. And it is this ‘slightly down on the City

position’ that Toyota is likely to adopt here in India as well. But does the Vios have what it takes to impress the Indian car buying public? First impressions are certainly positive. There’s an up-to-the-minute vibe to the car. The nose, especially the headlight and grille combo are extremely modern and are in line with Toyota’s global models. Under the

high-mounted grille is a very aggressive and sporty large anvil-shaped intake, finished in black. Full of slats that give it a unique look, this recently facelifted car also gets vertically aligned daylight running LEDs. The stance of the car and the rest of the detailing isn’t as aggressive. A prominent crease line runs all the way from the front wheel to the


rear of the car, the side skirt is hitched up over the rear wheel, and at the rear, there are inserts at the bottom of the bumper. The boot itself is large and practical, but not big enough to make it look disproportionate. The tail-lights, however, do look a touch oversized. Dimensionally, the Vios is shorter than the Honda City with a length of 4,420mm as against the latter’s 4,442mm, and the City has the longer wheelbase too. But like its sister car, the Etios, the Vios is wider at 1,700mm, and that gives it an advantage. The big challenge for Toyota, however, will be to get interior quality up to that of the Honda City. While the

design is quite modern with the curved dash, integrated doorpads, the deep dish instrument cluster, many of the plastics are still quite hard, and details like the touchscreen and possibly climate control system have to be updated. Space and comfort, however, are quite impressive. The cabin is wide and the front seats are big. And there’s plenty of legroom

and width at the rear as well. The Vios will come powered by a 108hp version of the 1.5-litre petrol it currently sells in India. This DOHC 16-valve engine will get dual VVT-I or Toyota’s continuously variable valve timing, higher compression pistons and a more aggressive fuel delivery system. This should allow the Vios to enjoy strong

The Vios will appeal to buyers looking for a healthy combination of ability and dependability.

sen Wide cabin will allow three pas performance, the muscular responses of the engine; something to look forward to. With automatics selling well in the segment, Toyota has also decided to launch the car with a CVT variant. The unit can be used in manual mode as well, with seven steps pre-selected. The diesel version,

k. gers to be comfy in the bac

however, hasn’t been signed off for India yet. Toyota could introduce the car with its 88hp 1.4 DDiS engine, currently under the hood of the Corolla. And to spice things up, and charge a bit of a premium, it could also launch a TRD or sportier version of the car. SHAPUR KOTWAL

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Nissan confirms launch of Kicks SUV in 2018 Based on Renault’s M0 platform, the Kicks will compete with the Captur and Jeep Compass. EXCLUSIVE

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issan has officially confirmed that it will launch the Kicks SUV in the Indian market in 2018. Speaking exclusively to Autocar India, Peyman Kargar, senior VP, Nissan Motor Co, chairman of the Management Committee for Africa, Middle East and India, said: “Our next

product for the Indian market is the Kicks and it will come next year.” Since the Terrano in October 2013, Nissan hasn’t launched a new model (other than the GT-R in December 2016) in India, and with the Kicks, it hopes to kick off (pun intended) a fresh wave of new products wearing

the company badge. “We have a pipeline of future Nissans coming to India and the model line-up is going to be global, but we will take care of Indian tastes,” said Kargar. Like the Renault Captur, the Nissan Kicks will also be based on Renault’s triedand-tested M0 platform

7.0-inch infotainment system will offer smartphone connectivity.

Locally assembled Jaguar F-Pace cheaper by Rs 20 lakh

F-Pace 20d is the sixth model from Jaguar to be locally produced.

BUYERS IN THE market for a luxury SUV can take a serious look at the Jaguar F-Pace as its price has dropped by a whopping Rs 20 lakh, thanks to Jaguar Land Rover India’s decision to begin local assembly of the vehicle at its Pune plant. Priced at Rs 60.02 lakh (ex-showroom), the 20d AWD Prestige variant is the only variant on sale currently.

The more powerful F-Pace 30d has been discontinued for now but could be reintroduced at a later stage. The significant decline in asking price of the F-Pace 20d should bode well for the SUV as despite being significantly cheaper than the 3.0-litre variants, the vehicle wasn’t competitively priced earlier. The F-Pace 20d uses JLR’s 2.0-litre, four-

EV CHARGING NETWORK IN EUROPE

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BMW, Daimler, Ford and the VW Group are to set up 400 charging stations, by 2020, under their new joint European EV charger network called Ionity. It will be Introduced first in Germany, Austria and Norway.

Nissan has confirmed that it will enter Formula E from the 2018/19 season onwards, replacing former winner and business partner Renault. The French company will now focus more on Formula 1.

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cylinder Ingenium diesel engine that develops 180hp and has a torque rating of 430Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eightspeed automatic gearbox. The Jaguar F-Pace is the sixth model from the Jaguar Land Rover line-up to be locally manufactured in India. The carmaker has said that deliveries for the locally produced SUV model have already begun from the end of last month.


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Kicks based on Duster platform but with a distinctive body shell. which also underpins the Duster. Kargar sees this as an advantage. “Having the future Kicks on a proven Alliance platform is actually an advantage, not just at an investment level but also in terms of price and quality. When you have a platform used for multiple models, then the effort you make in ensuring quality is very high.” However, unlike the previous Nissan models, which have shared styling with equivalent Renault models, the Kicks gets its own distinctive body shell which follows the Japanese brand’s family crossover design theme and

that gives it an identity of its own. On the inside, the Kicks’ dashboard will feature a centrally mounted 7.0-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, a part-digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, a flat-bottomed steering, and dual-tone upholstery inserts. Unlike the Terrano, which is essentially a badge-engineered Duster, the Kicks will have its own Nissan identity and, more importantly, won’t be obliged to get Renault’s nod for every small refresh or upgrade during its life cycle. HORMAZD SORABJEE

KOENIGSEGG AGERA RS BREAKS PRODUCTION CAR SPEED RECORD Koenigsegg’s Agera RS broke the speed record for a production car with a twoway average speed of 446.97kph at Pahrump, Nevada. The 1,360hp Agera RS has claimed the title from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport that had recorded a 431kph in 2010. Interestingly, the Agera RS also broke its own record 0-400-0kph run by 3.15sec, achieving the feat in 36.44sec, while breaking the production car speed record. It bested Bugatti’s record by 8.67sec.

TOYOTA AND SUZUKI have agreed to collaborate to produce electric vehicles (EVs) in India by 2020. On November 17, both carmakers inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) towards the purpose, building on the February 2017 agreement to explore a partnership for the Indian market. Suzuki will produce EVs for the Indian market and supply a few to Toyota, while the latter will provide technical support for the electric models. Both brands have also planned to conduct a comprehensive study for the widespread acceptance and use of EVs in India. This includes concerns about the establishment of charging stations, human resources development that includes training for after-service technicians and systems for the appropriate treatment of burnt-out batteries.

Suzuki to produce EVs for India; Toyota to provide tech support. The tie-up will leverage Suzuki’s leadership position in India, where it enjoys a market share of over 50 percent in the PV segment and Toyota’s expertise in electric vehicle technology to produce EVs suited to Indian customers. Suzuki has already announced that it will build a lithium-ion battery plant in Gujarat. The companies will also look to locally produce and source all the components required including the battery pack,

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Toyota-Suzuki to launch EVs in India by 2020

electric motors and other essential parts. Last month, Suzuki Motor Corp CEO, Toshihiro Suzuki had said that the Indian government’s push towards electrification of vehicles had the potential to catch the company by surprise. By teaming up, both Suzuki and Toyota could be better prepared to handle the many hurdles that will be thrown up as India attempts its ambitious target of going all-electric by 2030.

Alliance with Suzuki puts Daihatsu’s India plans on ice

THE RECENT TOYOTASUZUKI alliance seems to have put an end to Daihatsu’s India plans. The Toyotaowned small carmaker is likely to concentrate on the Indonesian and Malaysian markets for the time being.

Toyota itself is likely to delve into India’s small car market with the help of Suzuki and Maruti. “Suzuki is the master of small cars in the Indian market,” according to Hiroyuki Fukui, chairman of Toyota-

Kirloskar Motor, “and we, the students, have a lot to learn from the company.” Although plans haven’t been finalised yet, it appears that the two Japanese automakers will share a lot when it comes to platforms, engines and, most importantly, suppliers, the latter the key to successful localisation of quality small cars. However, what the two companies share won’t be visible or apparent like the Renault-Nissan alliance and unlike Skoda and Volkswagen, they may even avoid going head to head. SHAPUR KOTWAL

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Delhi to get BS-VI fuels from ’18 to beat pollution

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n an effort to curb the rising level of air pollution in Delhi, the Petroleum Ministry has decided to advance the introduction of BS-VI autograde fuels to April 1, 2018, in the city, two years earlier than originally planned. Furthermore, oil marketing companies have been asked to examine the possibility of making available BS-VI fuel in the NCR region by April 1, 2019. The move from BS-IV to BS-VI will primarily require fuel to have significantly lower sulphur content of 10 parts per million (ppm) compared to the current 50ppm, resulting in cleaner burning. Petrol with lower sulphur emits less NOx, CO and HC, while low sulphur diesel emits significantly

lower particulate matter (PM). Estimates suggest a BS-IV-compliant car running on BS-VI diesel could emit 50 percent less PM. Automakers said the move has eased their concerns over non-availability of such fuel by 2020, when the auto industry will fully migrate to manufacturing only BS VI-compliant vehicles on an all-India basis. Additionally, availability of BS-VI fuel in Delhi from April 2018 also gives an opportunity to vehicle manufacturers in this region to test and validate BS-VI vehicles being developed by the auto industry so as to be fully ready for the April 2020 deadline, according to auto industry body SIAM.

Self-driving Tata Hexa begins testing in the UK A SELF-DRIVING TATA Hexa variant is part of UK Autodrive, the largest autonomous and connected car trial held on public roads in the UK. Programme participants — Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Ford and Tata Motors European Technical

Centre (TMETC) — have each donated a model. The trials aim to examine how effectively will connected cars be able to ‘talk’ to each other, traffic lights and other obstacles, and test the ability to network and provide advanced information like emergency vehicle warnings. The two Tata subsidiaries, JLR and TMETC, are focusing on testing autonomous vehicle tech, using GPSconnected vehicles that are autonomous-capable but have a driver behind the wheel for safety.

The updated EcoSport gets cosmetic changes outside and inside, more equipment and a new 123hp/150Nm, 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine from the carmaker’s Dragon series of motors mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The 100hp diesel-manual continues. Price Rs 7.31-10.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals Tata Nexon, Maurti Vitara Brezza

RENAULT CAPTUR

Available in seven trims – three for the 106hp, 1.5-litre petrol and four for the 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel – the Captur slots above the Duster in Renault’s line-up. The top-spec Platine, only available with the diesel, features four airbags, LED lights, leather upholstery and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Price Rs 9.99-13.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass

FOR D ECOSPORT

Anurag Mehrotra, president and MD, Ford India and Vinay Raina, ED (Marketing, Sales and Service) with the facelifted EcoSport. changes and a large head-up display, a 10.5-inch digital instrument cluster and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering inside. The 8.8-inch iDrive display, BMW apps, navigation with 3D maps and the reversing camera are shared with the Luxury Line, though the cruise control with a braking function is new. The 252hp, 2.0-litre petrol remains. Price Rs 49.40 lakh (ex-showroom, India) Rivals None

MERCEDES-AMG CLA 45, GLA 45 FACELIFT

petrol-engined Tigor compact sedan’s line-up. Available in mid-spec XTA and top-spec XZA trims, both variants sport the same safety features and equipment as their manual versions. The 1.2L Revotron engine develops 85hp and 114Nm of torque. A new feature on the Tigor AMT is Sport mode, in addition to the Eco and City modes. Price Rs 5.75-6.22 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals Maruti Dzire, Ford Aspire, Honda Amaze

TATA HEXA DOWNTOWN EDITION

MAHINDRA SCORPIO FACELIFT Available in seven-, eightand nine-seater layouts, the refreshed SUV gets a few changes outside and in, and a more powerful 140hp, 2.2-litre diesel on top-spec trims. While most of the kit and safety features have been carried forward, the touchscreen infotainment system on the facelifted Scorpio now comes with navigation. Price Rs 9.97-16.01 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals Tata Hexa, Mahindra XUV500

While prices are unchanged for the CLA 45 and GLA 45 facelifts, they get special Aero Editions with unique styling and a high level of customer customisation. The shared 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine now produces 381hp and 475Nm of torque. Besides minor changes outside and in, new kit includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 360deg camera. Price Rs 75.20-80.67 lakh (ex-showroom, India) Rivals None

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A special-edition Hexa, the Downtown is available in a new Urban Bronze exterior finish and two package options – Absolute and Indulge. Both packs add cosmetic changes outside and inside and significantly increase the level of kit. The Hexa is otherwise unchanged with the base trim getting the 150hp/320Nm, 2.2-litre diesel and higher variants coming in at 56hp/400Nm tune. Price Rs 12.18-17.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rivals Mahindra XUV500, Toyota Innova Crysta

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NEWS TATA, WHICH HAD earlier decided to stay out of the Geneva motor show, will however take part with a much smaller stall than before. The company is said to be showcasing a sedan with coupé styling that’s based on the AMP platform.

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KIA HAS SHELVED plans to bring the Stinger to the Indian market as part of its launch strategy. The Korean brand feels that its sports coupé, which would cost over Rs 70 lakh, would have few takers and may divert the company’s efforts away from its volume models.

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Urus expected to triple Lamborghini sales in India Dealer network being beefed up to prepare for three-fold rise in demand to around 90 cars/year.

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amborghini India is looking at nearly tripling its volumes with the launch of the Urus SUV next year. “Ideally, for sportscars, India should be a much bigger market than what the number reflects but it’s not. However, demand for SUVs is high given the challenges we have with infrastructure. So with the Urus coming in, we see our volumes growing by 2.5-3 times,” Lamborghini India head

Lamborghini India head Sharad Agarwal.

Sharad Agarwal told Autocar India in an interview. At present, Lamborghini leads the Indian super sportscar segment that comprises cars with pricing upwards of Rs 2.5 crore. Of the 70-odd cars sold in the segment in 2016, over 30 were Lamborghinis. The ‘Super SUV’ as Lamborghini calls the Urus, has already brought about a significant ramp up in the company’s production capacity at its plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, doubling it to 7,000 units a year. Interestingly, the performance carmaker is beefing up its service network across the country in an effort to prepare for the launch of the Urus. This is because it anticipates a five-fold jump in the distance covered by Urus customers as compared to those owning its supercars. “A lot of customers will be driving the Urus around

10,000-15,000km a year. Currently, our supercars average around 2,0003,000km annually. So that will be a big jump. This vehicle will be used widely and customers will have to get their cars serviced faster,”Agarwal said. Lamborghini also plans to expand its dealerships across India to five by 2018, from three at present. A larger footprint will enable the Italian marque, which currently has dealerships in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru, to get more customers under its fold. At the time of going to press, the Urus had not yet been revealed. A teaser that you see here suggests the SUV remains nearly true to concept. It set to get a fourwheel steering system like the Aventador S and a traction control system with six settings: Strada (road), Sport, Corsa (track), Sabbia (sand), Terra (dirt), and Neve (snow).

NISSAN DESIGN BOSS Alfonso Albaisa is all for a new Z car in the brand’s line-up to replace the 370Z. He admitted the sportscar market was a challenging one, but said he was “personally advocating” a new Z car. “We haven’t given up on it,” he added. AS STARTED WITH the Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid, every new Porsche, likely even the next-gen 911, that wears a ‘Turbo S’ badge will be a hybrid, combining the most powerful petrol engine available with electric motors to deliver a range-topping power output. ALTHOUGH USING A Renault platform for its upcoming Kicks SUV, Nissan isn’t bound to price it at a premium over the Captur. Like it had to with the Terrano. As far as the two partners are concerned, it’s war!

TERZO MILLENNIO PREVIEWS FUTURE LAMBO TECH Lamborghini recently revealed the all-electric Terzo Millennio concept at MIT’s in-house tech conference. It showcases nextgen energy storage systems and future innovative materials, the latter enabling it to self heal’, thanks to chemicals in the micro-channels of the carbon-fibre bodywork.

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F1 champ Mika Hakkinen promotes safe driving in India

Maruti Alto regains top spot

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assenger vehicle sales in India declined marginally by 0.30 percent to 279,837 units in October 2017 as most carmakers resorted to inventory correction amid the easing festive season. Maruti Suzuki India, which sold a total of 135,128 PVs, a YoY growth of 9.25 percent, continued to dominate with seven of its models in the Top 10. The Alto (19,447 units) regained its top spot after

conceding to the hugely popular Dzire (17,447 units) for two consecutive months. The recently launched sedan saw a correction in volumes after posting record numbers in August and September. The Baleno (14,532 units) remained steady at the third spot, comfortably ahead of key rival, the Hyundai i20 (11,012 units). Other sterling performers for Maruti were the WagonR (13,043 units) followed by the Celerio

(12,209 units), Swift (12,057 units) and the best-selling SUV in India, the Vitara Brezza (11,684 units). Interesting times are in store. The recently launched facelift of the Ford Ecosport, the original compact SUV blockbuster, is all set to threaten the dominance of Maruti’s hugely popular SUV. For Hyundai, the Grand i10(14,417 units) and the steady-performing Creta sold 9,248 units. NISHANT PAREKH

DOUBLE FORMULA ONE world champion Mika Hakkinen was in India to promote Johnnie Walker’s Responsible Drinking Programme and Join the Pact campaign, which urges people to sign a pledge to never drink and drive. In New Delhi, he conducted a series of demonstration runs in a two-seater, open-cockpit Caparo T1, and is hoping to convince two million people in India to sign the pact.“What is important is

always safety,” the 49-yearold said.“Road safety is important. I think it’s very important that people always remember that staying in control is one of the most important things. It’s not all about thinking about yourself, it’s thinking about the others.” Hakkinen raced in Formula One for 11 seasons, bringing the curtain down on his career at the end of 2001. He won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999.

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Renault Duster facelift revealed RENAULT RECENTLY UNVEILED the updated Duster SUV which features subtle changes from its Dacia counterpart revealed in September this year. The key exterior design element that sets it apart is the unique shape of the grille — it still carries the wider stance but is a bit taller and merges into the front bumper neatly. The Renault Duster also gets LED daytime running lights and LED inserts for its tail-lamps, which are expectedly more upmarket. On the inside, the Renault’s

version of the Duster features rectangular air-con vents as opposed to the round units. Additionally, the steering wheel is different and looks similar to the one seen on the Renault Captur crossover. It also gets subtle chrome trim on the dashboard, steering wheel and air con buttons. As you must have read in these pages earlier, the India launch of the new Duster is still be some time away. This is because the French carmaker wants to avoid having the Duster and the recently launched Captur in the same price bracket.

Four-wheelers sold from December to get FASTag THE MINISTRY OF Road Transport & Highways has directed all four-wheelers sold on or after December 1, 2017 to be fitted with FASTags. The move is part of the government’s push for widespread adoption of digitisation and cashless payments especially after last year’s

demonetisation exercise. FASTags enable an almost non-stop movement of traffic at toll plazas by facilitating automatic deduction of toll charges. Reports estimate that the annual cost to the Indian economy due to delays on the highway is in excess of Rs 30,000 crore per year and costs occured due to fuel consumption and the decrease in speed is around Rs 60,000 crore/year. A FASTag is valid for five years and comes with SMS alerts for toll transactions and low balance.

GM’s all-electric plan calls for around 20 new models in the next six years.

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f you can’t score a goal, shift the goalpost. It’s an old maxim and one that General Motors India would do well to remember. And guess what, someone’s gone and done exactly that for GM India. As you can probably recall, GM quit the Indian market earlier this year, and Stefan Jacoby, executive vicepresident and president, GM International, said, “We determined that the increased investment required for an extensive and flexible product portfolio would not deliver a leadership position or long-term profitability in the domestic market.” What that means in simpler words is, no matter what GM did in India it couldn’t foresee a change in its market position. That, though, was with the old goalpost. Come 2030, India plans to be an all-electric vehicle nation. So how does this help GM? For one, it levels the playing field for all manufacturers, and secondly, EVs is where GM actually has a slight advantage over its rivals. It already has an EV on sale, the Chevrolet Bolt, that has received many accolades and garnered good traction in international markets. Also, the car’s electric range

is longer than the BMW i3 and the Nissan Leaf. Of course, other carmakers have electric vehicles or have announced plans for them, but many have a longer lead time and strategies a mix of fully electric and hybrid vehicles. GM, however, has rather lofty plans; last month GM CEO Mary Barra announced an all-electric path to zero emissions in what the company calls a major element towards its

GM claims its EVs will be profitable due to a new platform.  vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. Their path sees two new all-electric vehicles, based on the Bolt, which will launch in the next 18 months, following which will be at least 17 new allelectric vehicles that are due as early as 2023! More importantly, GM claims these EVs will be profitable due to a new platform and lower costs of batteries and motors.

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This can play out very well for markets like India and China as they both lean towards low-cost solutions and are intended on going all electric. Though how low could the prices go, remains to be seen. GM’s got its eye on China, a market that’s already lapping up electric vehicles. But is GM looking our way? Perhaps not. We aren’t likely to hit our 2030 target. However, we could become a large EV nation by then. And if it happens, that’s something GM could find hard to resist with its vast allelectric fleet. Also remember, GM hasn’t completely gone out of India. While it no longer sells in our market, the American giant still operates the Talegaon plant, catering to exports. This factory has an annual production capacity of 1,60,000 units. In addition, GM has also kept its technical research centre in Bengaluru operational; it’s a unit that will no doubt be working on its future EVs. So will GM be back in India? Well, a lot depends on whether or not we become a sizeable EV market in the first place. We’ll just have to wait and see if India’s electric ambition could help GM’s sparks fly.

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Tech-laden new Audi A7 unveiled Audi’s all-new sportback with mild-hybrid tech and four-wheel steering will rival the BMW 6-series Gran Coupe and upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLS.

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udi has revealed the second-gen A7 with a sharp new exterior design, a 48V electric system, a new engine with mild-hybrid properties, as well as a steel and aluminium body. Just one model has been planned for production from the outset, the A7 55 TFSI, with a 340hp/500Nm, turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol unit. Design-wise, the fivedoor layout remains, the cabin doors are once again

frameless, while the large tailgate hinges from above the rear window to provide unimpeded access to the luggage compartment. At the rear, the A7 gets an active spoiler element that deploys at speeds above 120kph. Measuring 4,969mm in length, 1,908mm in width and 1,422mm in height, it is 14mm shorter, 3mm wider and 2mm higher than the first-generation A7. Based around the latest evolution of Audi’s MLB platform, it

also adopts a wheelbase that is 13mm longer than its predecessor at 2923mm. The interior follows the lead of the latest A8 with a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, combined with a 10.1-inch multimedia infotainment display integrated within the centre of the dashboard facia and an 8.6-inch display unit mounted lower down at the base of the centre console. Additional extras include Matrix LED headlamps with laser projector units, a

A7 ‘s interior follows the A8 in terms of design and features.

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THE NEXT-GEN WRANGLER has kept the traditional Jeep styling, with marginal changes to the headlamps, grille and to the instrument cluster in the cabin. Aerodynamics have also been improved. The model will be available in different door, top and windshield combinations. A 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine will be the new entry-level unit, while

the 3.6-litre V6 continues with improved performance and efficiency. The 2.8-litre diesel will replaced with a new engine. In the cabin, there isn’t much that has changed from the outgoing model, though there is a choice between a 7.0-inch and an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the larger one getting satnav. The displays also show a

variety of information for off-roading, ranging from axle status and steering angle to the car’s altitude, longitude and latitude. The Wrangler gets a raft of safety equipment like Rain Brake Support that assists braking when wet weather is detected, and adaptive steering weighting that changes the steering setup to suit different conditions.


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PEACEFUL DRIVING Government earmarks Rs 7,00,000 crore to develop 83,677km of the road network in India by 2022.

Sportback’s tailgate opens like a hatch for easy access to boot. head-up display unit, voice control, four sound systems including a Bang & Olufsen unit offering 3D surroundsound, remote parking pilot and garage pilot. It also features up to five radar sensors, five cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner, networked by zFas central driver assistance controller. The engine has a new belt drive alternator and is mated to a lithium-ion battery and 48V electric architecture. At speeds between 55kph and

160kph, the car can coast on electric power alone. A start/stop function operates at speeds below 22kph. In combination with a front camera, the engine restarts if the car ahead moves or the driver hits the throttle. All-wheel drive and four-wheel steering come as standard, as does a seven-speed automatic. The BMW 6-series Gran Coupe and Mercedes CLS rival is expected to come to India sometime in late 2018. GREG KABLE

‘Flat light strip’ that joins the tail-lamps is a cool styling feature.

Tata Tamo Racemo wins German Design Award 2018 TATA’S TWO-SEATER sports-coupé concept, Racemo recently won the German Design Award in the Gold category for International Excellence in ‘Exceptional Product Design’. The first vehicle under Tata’s Tamo sub-brand, the Racemo is underpinned by the Moflex platform, which helps the manufacturer achieve greater freedom in surface design, efficient large-scale parts integration leading to modularity and faster times to market. The German Design Award (GDA) was launched in 2012 and is one of the most well-respected design competitions in the world, held in high regard even beyond professional circles. Following a unique

nomination process, the GDA invites only those products that set themselves apart from their rivals due to the quality of the design. This year there were more than 5,000 entries, 49 percent of them in the area of Excellent Product Design and 51 percent in the area of Excellent Communications Design. It can be recollected that in August 2017, Tata Motors shelved the Tamo sub-brand and scaled back production plans for the Racemo in a bid to cut costs and concentrate on revitalising its CV business. The Racemo was to be launched later this year. The future Tamo line-up included a small city car and an electric crossover that would also be built on the Moflex platform.

HYUNDAI IONIQ IS THE WOMEN’S WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR 2017 Hyundai’s Ioniq has been adjudged the Women’s World Car of the Year 2017, and has bagged the top honours in the Green Car category as well. All three models — the Ioniq EV, hybrid and plug-in hybrid — were considered as one car for voting purposes. The BMW 5-series pipped the Volvo S90 and the E-class as the ‘Best Luxury Car’. The Mazda CX-5 got the ‘Family Car of the Year’ award, the Ford Fiesta received the top honours in the ‘Budget Car’ category and the Peugeot 3008 was judged the ‘Best SUV/Crossover’. In the ‘Performance Car’ category, the new Honda Civic Type R was the winner. The jury for the eighth edition of the Ioniq came ahead of Mazda’s CX-5 to win Supreme award comprised 25 respected women motoring writers award. It also won the Green Car category. from 20 countries.

HOLA OLA! Ola, Microsoft tie-up for new connected vehicle platform that can be used by carmakers globally.

BAD MONTH

PV EXPORTS Shipments of madein-India cars fell 19.32 percent to 54,510 units in October 2017.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY Tesla selects China over India for EV production due to China’s favorable business policy.

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Lexus introduces NX 300h in India LEXUS RECENTLY SHOWCASED the NX 300h in India ahead of its commercial launch in January. The NX 300h is an entry point to the carmaker’s line-up in India and is available in two variants — Luxury and F-Sport. The carmaker indicated that the SUV will go on sale for around Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom, India) . The NX 300h features

sharp design cues and comes equipped with LED headlamps and tail-lamps. The cabin makes generous use of high-quality leather and gets electrically reclining rear seats, a 10.3-inch multimedia display and navigation. Additionally, the F-Sport trim comes with paddle shifters and sportier exterior styling cues. The sole engine on offer is the petrol-hybrid shared with the ES 300h sedan. The 2.5-litre unit combines with a rear-mounted electric motor to produce 197hp. The powertrain is mated to a CVT gearbox that sends power to all four wheels. The company has commenced bookings and deliveries are expected to begin in March 2018.

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visit classic car shows regularly, and apart from sportscars, grand tourers and limousines, I occasionally come across some great examples of military vehicles like jeeps and, of course, Land Rovers that have a certain charm to them. With cars from the 1970s and 1980s fast becoming collectables and being snapped up by collectors, I got thinking about why more enthusiasts do not collect old SUVs. Everyone remembers the origins of the Jeep, and the Range Rover as the original luxury SUV. In fact, Land Rover’s specialist division recently announced that they would restore and sell a handful of first-generation, twodoor Range Rover 3.5-litre V8s at prices even higher than that of a new Range Rover V8. That said, while there is a huge demand for old Toyota Land Cruisers in the country, I would like to see more SUVs from the 1970s and ’80s like Jeep Cherokees, Mitsubishi Pajeros, Nissan Patrols or ‘Jongas’ as sold to the Indian Army and the sort being saved from scrap yards and preserved. If you want something more interesting looking and modern, how about a Land Rover

Discovery in Camel Trophy avatar? In fact, I’d love to participate in a vintage car parade in something like an early Dodge Power Wagon someday. With their tank-like build quality, robust mechanicals and reliability, they would make ideal daily runners too. Of course, restoring them and keeping them running wouldn’t be easy,

I’d like to see a lot more jeeps and SUVs saved from scrap yards and preserved. 

but I’m sure it wouldn’t be harder than any sedan or sportscar from a similar generation. If you have the heart to take your classic SUV offroad, it would be great fun. With an old-school, low-ratio gearbox and the absence of electronic aids, you’d have just your skill to rely on to negotiate the terrain. Finding an old Land Rover or Willys with, say,

an original Go Devil or Hurricane engine to restore as a project car can be tough, as many of them today have transplanted diesel engines. You do not have to go in for a full-sized SUV. Just as compact SUVs are in vogue, I think something like a Mini Pajero or, better still, an original Suzuki SJ413 would be great cars to preserve too. Of course, finding one would be near impossible, but the search will be worth it and it shouldn’t break the bank either. If you can’t find a Samurai or SJ413, but want a car that’s as capable as a mountain goat offroad, extremely reliable, easy to maintain and has motorsport (rallying) heritage in India, get a Maruti Gypsy. There are plenty of nice examples available today, but five years from now, finding a good example won’t be easy. Yes, you’d miss a power steering and some refinement, but it’s great to drive with the canvas top off and the windscreen down. Being the vehicle of choice for the Indian Army for decades, and a favourite with the off-road community, the Gypsy will hold its place in history!

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NEWS

Colin Goodwin

THE GOOD LIFE A MONTH OF CLASSICS

BMW X2 will go up against the Range Rover Evoque.

BMW reveals new X2, its sporty small SUV BMW REVEALED ITS new X2 ahead of its official debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The X2 features a unique rugged design retained from the Concept X2. Among the new model’s defining styling elements is a fresh interpretation of the German car maker’s signature kidney grille.

Based on the UKL platform, the X2 also sports a short bonnet that allows the base of the windscreen to sit well forward for added interior space and squared-off wheel arches, front and rear. The cabin shares elements with the X1 including the black panel instruments and a multifunction steering wheel. The 8.8-inch touchscreen iDrive display and a heads-up display

are optional extras. Engine options include three turbocharged fourcylinder units — a 192hp, 2.0-litre petrol that drives the front wheels, a 4WD, 190hp, 2.0-litre diesel, and the current rangetopper, a four-wheel-drive, 231hp, 2.0-litre diesel. The petrol engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, while the diesel engines come paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The crossover-styled SUV is expected to launch in international markets by March 2018 and come to India sometime later next year. Talking to Autocar India, BMW’s senior VP for the Asia Pacific region, Hendrik Von Kuenheim recently said he definitely sees the X2 as part of the carmaker’s India line-up and was upbeat on the SUV’s potential for India. Local assembly and sharing parts with the X1 and X3 will help to keep costs in check when the X2 arrives in India to go up against the Range Rover Evoque. GREG KABLE

Interior shares many elements with the smaller BMW X1.

Every year the members of our sailing club jump in our old cars and go off for the weekend.

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ast month was a bit of a disaster on the car front. That’s perhaps overstating it a bit, but it was four weeks of going from one new SUV to the next. Not ideal for a car enthusiast who has never liked the breed and who, when he started out writing about cars almost 30 years ago, never imagined that one day the world would be obsessed by them. Anyway, this month has been sprinkled by a bit of magic with some great drives in a couple of proper cars. Last month, I mentioned that Evo magazine was going to bundle me off to the Lotus factory in Norfolk to drive a new version of the Evora. Turned out they didn’t have a car for us so we went to a long established dealer called Bell & Colvill, which is conveniently close to my house. Now no longer owned by Mr Bell and Mr Colvill, it is where I once borrowed an Elise for the delectation and enjoyment of the great Indian road tester, Mr Shapur Kotwal. I must have told you this before, how Shapur drove the little Lotus with much hooting of horn through sleepy Surrey villages terrifying the natives. The Elise in question was the 220 Sport, powered

by a supercharged Toyota engine which produces 223hp. We put on a few kilos as we age and the Elise is no exception. The original Series One, born in 1996, weighed around 735kg whereas the current Elises are dangerously close to a tonne thanks to a little bit more trim and luxuries like electric windows. Still terrific fun to drive. The weather was grey with steady drizzle which I love, especially in

This month has been sprinkled by a bit of magic.  a cosy car like the Lotus because it makes me glad I’m not on a motorbike. And it adds to the challenge. Unpowered steering, minimum intrusive electronics; the Lotus is as near to pure driving as you can get in a modern car. The other great drive of the month was in something spectacularly different. Every year the members of our sailing club jump in our old cars and go off for the weekend.

This year we went to Ypres, in Belgium. Being without an old car at the moment I borrowed BMW UK’s 3.0 CSL. What a fantastic car. It’s actually one of the very rare 3.2-litre engined models of which only 39 were made and none in right-hand drive. It is complete with the homologation satisfying rear wing and looks fantastic. Not partiuclarly fast by modern standards and the dampers and suspension bushings need attention, but lovely, all the same. We had a great selection of old cars including a Triumph TR2 that our friend has owned since he was 17. He’s now 67 years old. The final treat of the month was a first to Gordon Murray’s (the famed F1 designer) exhibition of 50 years of designing cars. The display was magnificent and also included cars from his own personal garage. Since selling his own McLaren F1 road car for zillions of pounds earlier this year he’s been on a massive spending spree and has bought some real crackers including a stunning De Tomaso Vallelunga. As pretty as a Ferrari Dino but powered by a 1,500cc Ford Cortina engine.

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Six all-new Hondas in next three years

Japanese carmaker’s new-model assault begins with the CR-V and secondgen Amaze in 2018; Civic and HR-V to launch in 2019; Civic to return with a diesel. New CR-V will get 7 seats and a diesel engine option.

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apanese carmaker Honda has revealed plans of a model offensive for India. Honda will kick off its onslaught in 2018 with the next-gen CR-V. For the first time, it gets a diesel engine and a third row of seats, both of which are important for Indian SUV buyers. The 158hp, 1.6-litre twin-turbo diesel engine will be paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, which should make the most of the healthy 350Nm of torque. Also due next year is the second-generation Amaze compact sedan which will

take on the popular Dzire, Xcent and Aspire. In 2019, Honda is expected to launch two models, which will fill critical gaps in its model range. Honda confirmed it will relaunch the Civic in 2019, concluding that despite a shift towards SUVs, there is potential in the executive sedan segment. Plus, it offers a direct upgrade for owners of the current City. Engine options are likely to be a 140hp, 1.8-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel. The latter, which will debut in the CR-V in mid-2018 will be manufactured locally.

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Honda launched the eighth-generation Civic in India in 2006, but after initial success, sales dwindled due to the lack of a diesel option and a shrinking segment. So, in 2013, it was discontinued, the ninth-generation car was skipped, and it will now come back in its 10th avatar. Like the eighth-generation model, the new car has a futuristic look, with a low-slung and sleek silhouette, and a fastback shape. Apart from the Civic, the HR-V is expected as well. This five-seat crossover will take on the Captur, Creta, and

Compass and is likely to use the same engines as the Civic. The big one for Honda is the next-gen City, due in 2020. It will come with a BS-VI diesel engine and a possible hybrid option too. It is expected to be plusher and packed with more features. Also in 2020, Honda will bring in the 10th-generation Accord and, unlike the current car, which is imported and comes only with a hybrid option, the new model will be locally assembled and get a conventional petrol engine variant as well.

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Q&a Yoichiro Ueno, President & ceo, honda cars india monitoring the demand for an SUV of that size. Hopefully, that model will also be beneficial for the market. So we are trying our best to get it here.

There has been a lot of interest in the HR-V. Are you planning to launch it in India? We are assessing the HR-V for India but the cost is a bit high. So we are carefully

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What will be the impact of the high taxation for hybrids under GST on Accord hybrid? We launched the Accord hybrid as a Completely Built Unit (CBU), so its price was high from the beginning. We are receiving very positive inquiries for this model. However, following the hike in its price post

implementation of GST, volumes could decline slightly. So, we are just importing the sedan based on customer demand. But the role of this model will not change; its important objective is to make customers more familiar with hybrids. Honda has seen good growth with the WR-V and the City. How do you aim to keep this momentum going? We launched the City in February and the WR-V in March, and both models are doing very well. We are

receiving a lot of positive response from the market. Thus far, those models have really helped Honda to enhance the brand image, and we are continuing the very strong marketing activities for these models, so I think these models will keep on leading Honda’s sales for a while. Why did the Mobilio not do well? Do you think the segment for MPVs is not growing and does this mean you will not be looking at the MPV segment from now on? The Mobilio was launched in

several countries. In most of the countries, this model was very well accepted. So the model itself was very good. However, the MPV segment was declining in India and the price positioning or the size of the Mobilio did not really meet the customers’ expectations. Currently, we have the BR-V, which has similar utilities like the Mobilio. In the future, if customers want high utility vehicles with seven seats, we will continue to study the market for such a vehicle as well. Hormazd Sorabjee


INTERVIEW

TAKAHIRO HACHIGO PRESIDENT & CEO, HONDA MOTOR CO

Honda’s global head talks about his company’s plans for the Indian market, strategy for electrification and the future of petrol engines. On the medium-term product plan for India. India is currently the largest market for Honda in the Asia and Oceania regions, and its importance among Honda’s global operations is expected to increase. We are committed to the Indian market and will have six new launches in the next three years and aim to further increase our sales and expand our presence. All models will be assembled as CKDs or be locally made, depending on the volume. We cannot share investment figures as there is no special investment for these vehicles. Regular investment in factory capacities and localisation of components will be made towards new car development.

technology, an important part is evolution of batteries. For this, cruising range and battery charging time hold the key. We also have to make batteries compact and lighter. If we can make technological progress in these areas, the potential for battery electric vehicles will expand. Another important aspect is charging infrastructure. But this is something that manufacturers cannot do alone and we have to work with the government and see what direction we can head towards. On Honda’s progress with 48V architecture. 48V is our strategy for hybrid vehicles. This is reflected in our strategy for the North American market. We have introduced the i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) two motor hybrid powertrains, a system which is unique to Honda, and we want to deploy this globally.

On the global electric and hybrid vehicle strategy. By 2030, 65 percent of our vehicles will have some form of electrification. Our current target is that within this 65 percent, almost 50 percent should come from hybrids and plug-in hybrids and the remaining 15 percent from zero emission vehicles, namely battery electric or fuel cell vehicles. So until 2030, at least in terms of numbers, our key players will be hybrid and plug-in hybrid. We have already achieved cumulative sales of over 2 million units of hybrid vehicles. This is because globally, customers have increasingly recognised that hybrid vehicles aren’t very different from petrol engine cars but still contribute in improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions. On the hybrid vehicle strategy for India. The six models we plan to launch by 2020 will not include any battery electric vehicles but we are considering hybrids within the line-up. When it comes to the Indian market, we still don’t know to what extent we can expect hybrids to grow nor do we fully understand how much the demand for electric vehicles is likely to increase. Therefore, we need to study more about government policies, and laws on hybrids and electrics in India, and need clarity on hybrid vehicle subsidy. We think

that hybrid vehicles can be used with the existing infrastructure in the country. So our purpose is to come up with hybrid vehicles at a price that customers will choose and that’s where our focus needs to be.

The application of hybrids is the way Honda wants to go towards electric. On the evolution of electric vehicle technology. For improvement in electric vehicle

The application of hybrids is the way Honda wants to go towards electric.

On evaluating Formula E. Currently, we believe the pinnacle of automotive racing is Formula 1. Moreover, since F1 cars use hybrid system, it’s easy to apply learning from F1 to technology used on our mass-produced cars. We were not able to deliver results that lived up to the expectations of everyone this F1 season. We were frustrated but we want to recover from this situation. Therefore, right now, we are giving our best shot to F1 and don’t anticipate that we will take part in Formula E. There is a Japanese proverb which says, ‘If you run after two hares, you will catch neither’. On improving petrol engine efficiency. Battery electric vehicles will account for only 15 percent of our total sales by 2030. So, the conventional petrols will continue to exist among 85 percent of our sales in some form. We will continue to work on petrol engines and feel there is abundant room for improvement not just technologically but also cost-wise. HORMAZD SORABJEE

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TOKYO MOTOR SHOW 2017 T

As has become the norm at international motor shows, EVs hogged the limelight at Tokyo as well. Nikhil Bhatia has the report.

he Tokyo Motor Show has evolved. Once dominated by weird and wacky concepts,

the biennial show is, today, a more serious showcase of carmakers’ steps towards electrification

and autonomous driving technology. Of course, Japanese manufacturers lead the charge with electric

concepts no more than a few years away from production. Sure, there was little of direct interest to the

HONDA SPORTS EV CONCEPT THINK THE ELECTRIC future is dull? Perhaps Honda’s Sports EV concept will help change your mind. One of the undisputed stars of the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the Sports EV concept points to an electric sportscar that will make production, perhaps by 2020. The Sports EV is the second model to be built on Honda’s dedicated new electric vehicle architecture after the Urban EV Concept,

which is now confirmed for launch in Japan, in 2019. Like the Urban EV, the Sports EV has a very retromeets-modern theme with its classic round headlights being the focal point of its front. The Sports EV has the classic long bonnet, cab backwards proportions of a conventional frontengined, rear-wheel drive sportscar with a fastback tail, thrown in for effect. In terms of size, it’s got

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a footprint similar to the Mazda MX-5. Honda hasn’t disclosed powertrain details but the Sports EV Concept will feature a light-weight energy dense battery pack with range in the region of 250km on a single charge. Honda’s cryptic statement describing the car suggests it will be somewhat of a driver’s car too. Fingers crossed that the Sports EV Concept drives as smooth as it looks.

Indian market but there was definitely plenty to see. Here are the highlights of the show.


TOKYO MOTOR SHOW 2017 IT’S HARD NOT to think of the potential of a model like the Daihatsu DN Trec in India. The concept measures 3,980mm in length and it is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine, ingredients that would qualify it as a ‘small car’ in India. Along with its upright SUV shape, it’s also in a form Indian buyers would be taken to. The DN Trec is well turned out, with short overhangs, a flat bonnet and a large glass area. A fuss-free cabin complements the DN Trec’s neat exterior. However, with a question mark now over the timing of Daihatsu’s arrival in India, don’t be in a hurry to add the DN Trec to your list of probable buys.

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TOYOTA FINE-COMFORT RIDE THE UNUSUAL FINEComfort Ride is Toyota’s idea of the luxury sedan of the future and also a showcase for its next-gen hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Significantly smaller in size, the powertrain has allowed Toyota to push the cabin dimensions across the full length and width of the Fine-Comfort Ride, with the

wheels close to each corner, each containing an electric motor. Inside, the four-seat layout can be altered to aid conversation or create personal spaces.

TOYOTA TJ CRUISER MINIVAN MEETS UTILITARIAN SUV in the TJ Cruiser. The minivan elements are in the form of the TJ Cruiser’s sliding rear doors, and humongous cargo bay. At the same time, the huge wheel arches

and block-like design, “inspired by a tool box”, says Toyota, give it the look of an SUV. You can expect something on the lines of the TJ Cruiser to join Toyota’s international line-up by 2020.

TOYOTA GR HV SPORTS LET’S FORGET THE fact that the GT 86-based and targa-roofed GR HV is a looker. The real highlight of the concept is its gearbox. The GR HV features a six-speed automatic gearbox with an H pattern shift for its manual mode. The idea is to simulate the

feel of a standard manual gearbox though there’s no clutch to operate. Crazy idea or the best of both worlds? You decide. Toyota hasn’t revealed more details of the sportscar concept but it does come with hybrid tech, suggesting the future GT 86 could go down the hybrid path too.

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NISSAN IMx

NISSAN WILL MAKE an electric crossover by 2019 and the aggressive IMx concept hints at what the production model could

look like. The concept looks sharp but only elements like its sporty coupe-like roofline and high ground clearance

NISSAN NOTE e-POWER AS REPORTED EARLIER, Nissan is considering the Note e-Power for India. The car may look humdrum in the metal but what is interesting is its range-extender powertrain. It comprises of

a petrol engine that solely acts as a generator for the electric motor that actually powers the wheels; but what will the Indian government classify it as – an EV or a hybrid?

LEXUS LS+ CONCEPT THE LS+ CONCEPT previews a raft of autonomous technology that will be offered on Lexus’ LS flagship by the year 2020. The suite of technologies under the Highway Teammate name will allow the LS to know when it joins and leaves a motorway, and will offer the driver a range of assistance, including

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automatic lane-keeping, merging and overtaking, plus automatically keeping the car at a safe distance from other vehicles. The system will also use information from other cars to warn the driver of any potential issues. The concept’s aero-enhancing styling updates could make it to the LS, too.

are likely to be carried forward. Nissan claims that mass centralisation and low centre of gravity (that result from the position

of the battery pack under the boot floor) give the EV a dynamic advantage to high-riding, conventional SUVs. Power comes from

two electric motors with a combined output of 429hp and 700Nm of peak torque, sent to all four wheels. The claimed range is 600km on one charge. The IMx concept is also meant to display Nissan’s next-gen semi-autonomous Propilot system that has been adapted to offer fully autonomous driving. The steering wheel retracts into the dashboard when the Propilot system takes over and the seats also recline to improve passenger comfort in autonomous mode.

NISSAN LEAF NISMO THE MAD CAPS at Nissan’s in-house tuning division Nismo have had a go at the second-gen Leaf. The Leaf Nismo concept looks tricked-out and the sportier body kit it comes with isn’t

for show alone – it enhances the car’s aerodynamics. High-performance tyres and a tuned suspension are also part of the upgrade. Nissan hasn’t mentioned any change to power (140hp)

but the Nismo Leaf does get a custom computer for enhanced acceleration. Interestingly, Nissan is set to start a pilot study to see the viability of bringing the standard Leaf to India.


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SUZUKI e-SURVIVOR SUZUKI DIDN’T UNVEIL the all-new Jimny (Gypsy to us in India) at the Tokyo show as expected but did have a wacky small off-road concept on display called the e-Survivior. The name seems apt for a concept that could pass off as a Suzuki-made lunar rover. Pint-sized and light, just as you’d expect from Suzuki, the e-Survivor boasts massive ground clearance and virtually non-existent overhangs suggesting superb approach, departure and ramp breakover angles. The concept’s huge wheel

arches and knobby tyres add to the effect. Of the other details, there’s seating for two, a convertible roof and a unique spherical display that shows the car in its surroundings. The concept is built on a ladder frame chassis and uses an electric drivetrain with motors in each of the wheels providing four-wheel drive traction.

MAZDA VISION COUPE CONCEPT OF ALL THE concepts on display, the one that really did it for us was the Mazda Vision Coupe. Long, low and oh-so-sleek, the fourdoor coupé has a beautiful silhouette. In keeping with Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy, the body is kept free from superfluous

elements and details. The approach extends to the cabin as well where Mazda says it has used space to create the right atmosphere. There’s no word on production but if Mazda ever builds a rival to the Aston Martin Rapide – you now know what it would look like.

MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION THE LEGENDARY EVOLUTION name made a comeback at Tokyo but not in a form you’d imagine. This e-Evolution concept hints at the shape of things to come but

largely previews what the upcoming rival for the Nissan Juke will look like. In concept form, the high riding crossover boasts of three performance electric motors; one at the front

and two at the rear. There’s permanent all-wheel drive and the bold concept flaunts autonomous driving technology, too. Interesting for sure, but not quite the Evo we are pining for.

YAMAHA CROSS HUB ANOTHER TOKYO MOTOR SHOW and another car concept from Yamaha. An outdoorsy pick-up, the quirky Cross Hub Concept is aimed at “connecting the active and urban in the lifestyles of Yamaha enthusiasts”. Two dirt bikes in the loading bay

helped get the point across. The concept features three seats laid out in a diamond arrangement to maximize space, with an interior wooden panel inspired by a boat’s deck. We’d prefer a sportscar Yamaha, thank you very much.

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F I R ST D R I V E S N E W C A R S T E ST E D A N D R AT E D

PRICE Rs 9.97-16.01 L AKH (EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI) ON SALE NOW

MAHINDRA SCORPIO The Scorpio gets more sting in its tail with a 140hp variant of the mHawk engine.

FIRST VERDICT Refreshed Scorpio offers strong performance and better drivability.

HHHHHHHHII SO GOOD n New engine boosts performance n Sixth gear a welcome addition

NO GOOD n Reverse gear hard to engage

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n Excessive wind noise from A-pillar

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he Scorpio SUV’s 2.2 mHawk engine has always been one of its highlights. Refined and smooth for a big diesel engine, strong low-end response and great drivability were the plus points that endeared it to many. However, rev it hard and the strain would become quite apparent. This lack of top-end performance

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was quite evident, especially when driving and overtaking at highway speeds; incidentally, many Scorpio customers gave a similar feedback. Now, Mahindra has given the Scorpio a new, more powerful engine variant that’s based on the same 2.2-litre mHawk engine, but retuned to develop 140hp and 320Nm of torque. This brings the Scorpio to a similar level of performance as the current XUV500; however, the latter is soon expected to get a powerincreasing performance upgrade. Along with the new engine and design facelift, Mahindra has also introduced a new top-end variant, called the S11, which features additional equipment. The new, more powerful mHawk140 engine will be available only in the S7 and S11 variants, along with the fourwheel-drive option. There’s a base S3 variant that will feature the m2DICR engine developing 75hp and 200Nm of torque. Scorpio’s existing 120hp 2.2 mHawk engine, which also

carries forward, will be available in the S5 and S7 trims. Sadly, there still is no automatic transmission on offer. Drive the mHawk140-engine Scorpio and you’ll immediately notice the increase in performance due to the additional 20hp and 40Nm of torque. Now equipped with a new Borg Warner turbocharger, the Scorpio feels so much more energetic than before and you can feel a massive surge of torque at around 1,500rpm, which remains with you until about 3,500rpm before starting to taper down. While initial acceleration has definitely improved, the mid-range is now much stronger, which should be good for highway overtaking; Mahindra only allowed us a brief drive on the company test track so we’ll know more once we have it out on the open roads. Top-end whack is also better and the engine does not run out of breath like before. To adapt to the increase in

power, Mahindra has also uprated the brakes by increasing the brakebooster’s size. The engine comes paired with an all-new six-speed gearbox; the additional gear should be good for highway cruising. It was developed in-house and is already being used on some of the company’s export models. Mahindra says it paid special attention to the unit’s shift quality, which was a common grouse with the five-speed gearbox. And you’ll notice that the shift action definitely feels better than before and also requires slightly lesser effort to change gears. What is frustrating though is engaging the reverse gear; it requires quite a bit of an effort to engage and slot into place. In fact, it can take quite a few tries to get used to. Clutch operation has improved as well and the pedal can be depressed quite easily, though its travel feels excessively long. It also uses a selfadjusting clutch unit, which prevents


Top-end performance is good and the Scorpio does not run out of breath.

Engaging reverse gear can be a task.

Reversing system gets dynamic lines.

Interiors remain similar. Quality of some plastics are tacky and lack premium feel.

New faux-leather seats look smart.

Delayed power window function is new.

Tailgate is all new and loses the plastic appliqué.

engine shutdown, while the driver’s side window gets an auto roll-up feature that slides up the glass when you lock the vehicle. Also sure to come in handy are a couple of new utility spaces, including a slot for your mobile phone near the gear lever and for your sunglasses near the rear-view mirror. Another carried-forward feature is the touchscreen infotainment system. It’s impressive overall, but sadly does not feature Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which, today, is fast becoming de rigueur. Microhybrid technology, tyre pressure monitoring system, rain-sensing wiper and automatic headlamps also get carried forward. In terms of safety, the Scorpio gets dual airbags and ABS as standard on all variants, except for the base S3. While prices for the 75hp, 2.5-litre (older) engine variant of the facelifted Scorpio start at Rs 9.97 lakh, the new-tuned 140hp, 2.2-litre engine variant starts at Rs 12.99 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi), making it more expensive than comparable Tata Safari Storme variants and just shy of Tata’s Hexa and Mahindra’s own XUV500. Also, there are still many rough edges with the facelift. The interiors aren’t great, imperfect fit and finish show in places and some desirables, like an automatic transmission, are missing as well. But the new mHawk140 engine gives the Scorpio a boost in performance and fixes the weak top-end grunt. The ample torque available throughout the rev range and the new six-speeder should make it easy to, both, amble around in the city and drive briskly on the highway. Performance-wise, it is a big thumbs-up. Plus, the Scorpio still retains its traditional butch stance. So, if you’ve been a fan of the Scorpio, you’ll love the extra sting in its tail. MARK NARAKADEN

MAHINDRA SCORPIO S11 Price L/W/H Engine Power Torque Gearbox Kerb weight

Rs 16.01 lakh* 4456/1820/1995mm 2179cc, 4-cyls, turbo-diesel 140hp at3750rpm 320Nm at 1500-2800rpm 6-speed manual 1810kg

*EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

mHawk140 uses 6th-gen Borg Warner turbo. Power up 20hp, torque by 40Nm.

it from becoming harder with age. NVH levels have improved slightly with the use of better sounddeadening material. It starts up with the typical diesel clatter but settles down later. Increase pressure on the throttle, though, and sounds do permeate the insides. But the major irritant is the driver-side A-pillar area; it’s prone to a lot of wind noise. Though suspension remains the same, Mahindra says it has tweaked the spring and damper settings to compensate for the increased weight and performance. In terms of looks, Mahindra has not fiddled around too much and the Scorpio is still a familiar sight. Up front, there’s an all-new grille which replaces the blade-like chrome slats of the previous model with a more traditional seven-slotted design. It also gets a redesigned bumper with new fog lamps, a new skid plate, subtly tweaked projector headlamps and outside mirrors that now come integrated with side indicators. The rear end has been cleaned up, the tailgate is all new and Mahindra has done away with the plastic appliqué. The Scorpio’s already good-looking tail-lamps look even better with the new red theme (previous ones were clear-look type). Overall, the Scorpio’s nip and tuck job does enough to make it look more contemporary and lends it a hint of sophistication. Inside, the S11 variant gets new additions in the form of the dark grey faux-leather seat upholstery, with a dark blue weave pattern that goes well with the cabin; the gear lever and steering wheel also get the same faux leather treatment. Apart from this, the interiors remain the same as the current vehicle. The driver’s seat gives you a commanding view outside through its vast glasshouse. Even the plastic quality remains the same and that leaves a lot to be desired; for example, the door handles feel like they could break if you pull them too hard. In terms of equipment, it gets a new dynamic parking camera that shows the vehicle’s trajectory while parking. It is a nice feature to have when you are attempting a reversing manoeuvre with a vehicle of this size. Power windows get a delayed-operation feature post

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PRICE Rs 67.51 L AKH (EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI) ON SALE NOW

AUDI A5 CABRIOLET

PHOTOGRAPHY ASHLEY BAXTER

Audi A3 convertible a bit too small for you? Full-on open-top sportscars too far out of reach? The A5 Cabriolet may just be the answer.

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FIRST DRIVES FIRST VERDICT Luxurious and surprisingly practical, but we wish it had a petrol.

HHHHHHHHII SO GOOD n Ride quality n Relative practicality

NO GOOD n Diesel engine drone n Price-to-power ratio

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he new Audi A5 arrived in India in three different flavours, and while we got to sample the Audi A5 and S5 Sportbacks in Rajasthan last month, now we’ve sampled the third – the A5 Cabriolet. Yes, we first drove the A5 Cabriolet in Spain earlier this year, and interestingly, it’s come to India in the same mechanical spec. That means Quattro all-wheel drive and a 2.0-litre diesel engine; sounds like an unusual choice for a Rs 67.51 lakh convertible, right? We’ll see how that pans out in the real world soon enough, but what about what’s on the surface? The A5, in any of its body styles, is one of the most beautiful-looking modern Audis. Small nuances in the design – like the curves over the wheel arches and the added creases in the bonnet – set it apart as an entirely different model from the A4 that it’s based on. The Cabriolet, of course, is the most different of them all; especially, in this Gotland

Green paint shade with the brickred fabric roof, it strikes me as the prettiest of the three A5s you can buy in India, top up or down. What’s immediately apparent, compared to Audi’s other convertible, the A3 Cabriolet, is that this is one you could realistically use as a four-seater for adults. Yes, four six-footers probably wouldn’t enjoy long journeys in it, but you’d be surprised how much space can be made in the back bench with a little leeway from the front; however, headroom, with the roof in place, is definitely compromised. What’s more, rear passengers get their own AC vents and temperature control. The best part is, because there’s no roof and enough foot space, when it’s time to get out of the back seat, you can simply stand up and walk out. The 380-litre boot is surprisingly commodious, and there’s even a little lever-operated drop-down ‘tray’ that reveals how much space you’ll lose once you’ve lowered the roof and eaten up another 60 litres. It’s no station wagon, but you could easily pack enough for a weekend trip for a 2+2 family. The A5 Cabriolet is quite sumptuously trimmed, with highquality leather, thick carpets and un-veneered wood. The grey upholstery might seem a bit dull, but it somehow just works on this car. However, some of the trim is part of the S-line package, which is optional. In fact, many of the goodies on this car, like the Virtual Cockpit digital dials, LED headlamps, navigation, ◊

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FIRST DRIVES ∆ flat-bottomed steering and the Bang & Olufsen sound system, are optional extras. Still, you do get cool standard features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; you also get microphones built into the front seatbelts so you can be heard even with the top down. The elephant in the room is the diesel engine. Sure, it could, maybe, work on the more practical and conventional five-door A5 Sportback, but on a convertible? Really? We were quite disappointed to hear that the A3 Cabriolet facelift would be downsizing from a 1.8 to a 1.4-litre petrol engine, but this move, on the surface, seems arguably worse. It is, perhaps, for cost reasons, as the EA288 diesel engine is assembled in India, but you can’t help but wonder why they didn’t at least give the option of the excellent EA888 2.0-litre petrol engine you can get in the Audi Q7 and the Audi TT. Fire it up and you immediately realise what we mean, as you get a big rattle that settles down to a grumbly note. It drones on a bit as you move off, and only after you’ve gotten going does the noise disappear into a hush. Once you’re cruising, however, the refinement is very impressive. The soft-top roof

Stand up, walk out. Exiting a vehicle has never been easier. does a commendable job of keeping outside noises outside – motor included – but this is a convertible, so you’re going to open the roof, right? By the way, that takes 18sec and can be done at speeds of up to 50kph. Here too, the engine note is not a bother on the move, partly because it quietens down and partly because you’ll hear the rest of the world a lot clearer, but again, come to a standstill and you will hear the

Seatbelt extender one of few low-rent bits in a superb cabin.

clatter again. This is a relatively large, twodoor car that weighs nearly 1.9 tonnes and has no roof. So yes, there is a bit of flex in the chassis that you can feel going over bumps and speed breakers. But this won’t bother you that much because this is less of a sportscar and more of a cruiser. It’s not an S5 that would urge you to push harder, and though there are drive modes

While it has enough punch, you can’t help but wonder what it’d be like as a petrol.

to turn the wick up, they only work – and very mildly so – on the steering and powertrain. The suspension is unaffected. And that suspension is really well tuned – it’s nowhere near as bouncy or floaty as the A4. In fact, this is the calibration they should have chosen for all the cars on this platform in India. It’s reasonably composed around corners too, but the real revelation is the steering, which, though not quite at the same level as a BMW or a Jaguar, is impressive for an Audi when it comes to heft and feedback. As for the way the engine performs, it’s not terrible, but in a car like this you expect more; 400Nm is a decent amount to shove this convertible around ◊

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The phenomenal standard of quality we’ve come to expect from Audi returns, but we wish there was a bit more flair in the cabin.

Finally, a convertible that could potentially seat four adults.

Quite a bit of kit, like the ‘Virtual Cockpit’ dials, is optional.

∆ and, when put to the road via a quick-shifting DSG gearbox and Quattro AWD, you get smooth performance. There’s the slight hiccup at low revs, but that’s a combination of turbo lag and the occasional hiccup from the DSG. The 190hp 2.0 TDI has just about enough gusto for this car, provided you don’t attempt drag-racing someone between the traffic lights. This car has a close rival in the form of the Mercedes-Benz C 300 Cabriolet, with the major difference, of course, being that it uses a petrol engine and not a diesel. How they compare will have to wait until we can bring them both together, but by itself, the Audi A5 Cabriolet ticks most of the right boxes. It’s got the feel-good factor in the form of a superbly appointed (if slightly plainly designed) interior, a beautiful exterior and a strong equipment list; but let’s face it, owners will spec the car up too. It scores surprisingly well on the sensible stuff as well, like space for four and their luggage, and a comfortable ride. The point of contention is really the fact that it’s powered by a diesel engine, and while it’s quiet on the move and has more than enough performance, you can’t help but wonder how much better it would’ve been with a similarly sized petrol motor. It’s more psychological than anything else, however. And if you can look past this, the A5 Cabriolet TDI Quattro makes for a superb second (or third) car, which gets you wind-in-the-hair motoring without sacrificing too much else. GAVIN D’SOUZA

AUDI A5 CABRIOLET 2.0 TDI QUATTRO Rs 67.51 lakh* 4673/1846/1383mm 4 cyls, 1968cc, turbo-diesel 190hp at 3800-4200rpm 400Nm at 1750-3000rpm 7-speed dual-clutch auto 1875kg

Acceleration (from rest) Kph sec 20 0.97 40 2.06 60 3.64 80 5.75

Kph 100 120 140 160

In-gear acceleration (in kickdown) 20-80kph 5.19sec 40-100kph 6.70sec

A sharp nose, striking LEDs, wide stance and subtly flared haunches make this one of the best-looking Audis on sale today.

Noise level (dB) Idle Idle with AC at half Full rev 50kph in auto 80kph in auto

44.2 50.7 65.6 64.5 68.0

sec 8.50 12.25 16.67 22.93

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Hydrogen pumps restricted to very few areas in the world. Tank-up takes 3 minutes.


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Clean & clear

Battery-electrics are leading the charge towards electrification but what of fuel cell vehicles? Nikhil Bhatia gets a status report after a short spin in the Honda FCV Clarity.

he Honda FCV Clarity is the first fuel cell vehicle I’ve been around and I can’t seem to understand what the fuss is all about. I’m to be driven around a short course before taking the wheel myself a few minutes later, but from whatever I’ve seen of the car in action at Honda’s R&D headquarters in Tochigi, Japan, it doesn’t seem like a science experiment on wheels. Even when I get inside, I find that the doors shut with a nice thud, the rear seat has space for three (a big deal, as I learn later) and though the seating position on the rear bench is a bit knees-up, it’s quite a comfortable place to be. It’s so, for a lack of a better word, normal; the fact that the Clarity feels like this actually means a job well done by the team responsible for the car. Feedback from FCX Clarity

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Entire fuel cell powertrain sits under bonnet. Is about the size of a petrol V6.

Lithium-ion battery provides electricity to motor when more drive power needed.

Dual tanks maximise capacity and aid packaging. Supply hydrogen at 700 bar.

(predecessor to the FCV Clarity) leasers was for a car that was as practical as a like-sized petrolpowered sedan. Honda has been working on fuel cell vehicles for over two decades and the FCV Clarity that was launched in Japan, and parts of Europe and USA last year, marks a big step in the journey. Like on other fuel cell vehicles, here too hydrogen stored onboard reacts with oxygen in a cell, creating electricity which powers the drive motor, with water being the only by-product of the process. The big breakthrough on the Clarity, however, has been in reducing the size of the fuel cell stack while increasing its volumetric power density. The FCV Clarity’s fuel cell stack is a third smaller than the FCX’s and the smaller size has allowed it to be positioned under the bonnet rather than in the centre tunnel, making a middle rear seat possible. The entire fuel cell powertrain comprising the fuel cell stack, hydrogen and air supply system, and drive mechanism are now combined in one package that is similar in dimension to a petrol V6. Peak power is 130kW or about 177hp. Two high-pressure tanks of differing sizes store the hydrogen while a lithium-ion battery pack under the floor stores electricity generated from the fuel cell and regenerative braking. Driving the Clarity feels like driving a standard battery-electric car. Initial acceleration is strong and the Clarity responds well to throttle inputs on the go, but power also tails out quite soon. Expectedly, there’s little noise except a mild

whirr from the air compressor forcefeeding air to the fuel cell stack. It’s an unemotive means of transport, really. Actually, make that unemotive means of long-distance transport. Honda claims a filling time of 3min and a cruising range of as much as 750km. Sure beats charging a battery electric vehicle every other day. So the Clarity has a long range, emits only water and uses hydrogen, only the most abundant element on earth. Sounds too good to be true? There is a catch. Hydrogen is generally found in compounds with other elements (including in fuel) and separating it is an expensive process and, depending on the method used, also polluting. Storage and distribution are other roadblocks which is why the availability of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is so far restricted to small pockets the world over. For us in India, the closest hydrogen pump is a few thousand kilometres away. You can safely rule out fuel cells coming to India in the next decade or two but who knows FCVs like the Clarity could just become the new normal elsewhere in the world in the very near future. AI

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4915/1875/1480mm 1895kg AC synchronous 177hp at 45009000rpm 300Nm at 0-3500rpm 24 litre (front)/ 117 litre (rear) Lithium-ion

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the art The Panamera is a niche car, the station wagon is a niche body style. So, wonders Gavin D’Souza, what on Earth does that make the Sport Turismo?

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he confusion starts pretty early on, actually. I’m handed a key, and as I walk up to the parade of Panameras parked before us, I click down the unlock button and walk up to the white one that lights up. But it’s not until I walk around to the back of the car to load my bag into the boot that I realise I’ve been given the key to a ‘regular’ Panamera, and not the Sport Turismo. The two are identical from the nose to the rear door, and even beyond that, the roof is raised so subtly, you might not be able to spot it at first glance. Hell, the Sport Turismo even has the same tail-light cluster as the standard car, with the band of red LEDs sitting above the word ‘Porsche’ and connecting a pair of slim 911-like lamps on either side. The roof of this estate car actually tapers downward ever so slightly, which makes you wonder, how much more space could they have possibly squeezed out of it?

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The answer to that is 50 litres, which seems like a pittance, when you consider that an estate is an entirely different body style designed for added practicality. In fact, Porsche’s own product presentation shows that the Sport Turismo can only take one suitcase more than the normal car. And thanks to the sloping roof, packing it to its rafters doesn’t take much; it doesn’t have the square loading area you’d expect from a more utilitarian body. What’s the point of that? The greater benefit, you’ll find is in how much easier it is to load now. The loading sill is far lower, carved into the bumper rather than above it, which I notice as I haul my bag over the tall lip of the regular Panamera. And, of course, this being a well-specced Porsche press-fleet car, that luggage area is lined in suede and chrome, with tasteful metal hook points for the luggage restraint straps. And, for the first time in a Panamera, you can have a bench seat in the back. Yes, no longer are you restricted to a pair of individual rear chairs, as snug and sporty as those are, but once again, this isn’t the game-changing feature you might think it is. The ‘bench’ is still made up of two ‘chairs’ and the only difference is that there’s a third seat belt, and a cushion in place of the storage console that once resided between the seats. This cushion is raised, narrow and not very comfortable, and the poor soul who’s sat here will have their legs splayed astride the wide central tunnel. So it’s only a bench in concept, and the Panamera Sport Turismo is a 4+1 seater at best. As before, this is no S-class, although when it comes to India next year, it will cost about the same as an AMG-grade S 63. Yes, headroom is more than you get in a regular Panamera, thanks to the taller roof, and legroom is pretty good too, but you still feel very cocooned back here, without the same sensation of vastness that you’d get in a proper luxury sedan. Everything else from the Panamera returns too – good things like the flawless build quality, semi-digital five-pod instrument cluster and snug bucket seats. And also things that border on the outright ludicrous, like a smudge-happy, black touch control panel for even mundane tasks like the blower speed, and air con vents that can only be adjusted via the touchscreen!

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Our Turbo S test car was a Panamera Executive with the long wheelbase. In 2020, Porsche will launch an all-electric 600hp sports sedan based on its Mission e concept, and company insiders who have already seen it swear by its looks and its capabilities. Until then, however, the company is going big on hybridisation, and soon every model line – yes, even the 911 – will have a hybrid option. The Panamera and cayenne are the obvious first candidates for this new form of propulsion, being practical, luxurious vehicles rather than outright sportscars. But this is Porsche, so of course, the electrification has been turned into performance. The Panamera 4 e-hybrid combines the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 with electric motors for a plug-in hybrid setup with 462hp and 700nm of torque. not bad. But the one we’re driving – in Panamera

executive guise – is the Turbo s e-hybrid. It adds electric motors to the Turbo’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, and the result is a ludicrous 680hp and torque that’s had to be limited to 850nm! The brakes feel a bit stiff thanks to the regeneration, eV mode is a bit eerie although the range is impressive, and the transition from electric to combustion power is an odd feeling. But there’s no denying the performance. Instant electric torque makes for intense launches and overtaking on the motorway is hilariously fun. Unfortunately, the taxes on hybrids in India means this car and the V6 e-hybrid are unlikely to be introduced here, and that’s a shame. If you want to convince the masses that electrification can be fun, this would certainly have been a good way to do it.

Going forward, all Porsche ‘Turbo S’ models will be hybrids; bulky charging apparatus eats into boot space.

Porsche says it’s halfway between a Panamera and cayenne, but that definition doesn’t do it justice.

formula in the chassis and dynamics department, Porsche somehow makes even its largest and flabbiest cars nicer to drive than anything else of a comparable size and girth. The Panamera is not a small car; it’s long and it’s wide and visibility, rearward, is not great. But once you get to grips with the dimensions, the way it drives is really something special. The Sport Turismo feels exactly the same to drive, although, if anything, the view out back is even worse, thanks to the porthole-like rear windscreen. The steering is on the heavy side, but not enough to be a burden; instead it’s a


porsche panamera sport turismo drive Think of it more as a different style statement rather than a more practical option.

good heft that keeps you on your toes, reminding you that you’re in charge of a serious piece of hardware. All but the base model have four-wheel drive, and today we’re trying out the mid-range V6 e-hybrid, which has close to no chance of making it to India, and the Turbo – the good ol’ fashioned V8 internal combustion-only model. We also drove the regular Panamera – the car I first hauled my bag into – in long-wheelbase Executive guise, but this one was the full-fat Turbo S e-Hybrid model (see box). Back to the Turbo, and I never thought I’d see the day when a twin-turbocharged car with electric power steering felt like the purer driving experience. The hybrid models, with their electric intervention, greater kerb weight and wooden regenerative brakes leave you feeling a bit disconnected. But the Turbo? Oh no, this

one lets you feel what’s going on between the steering rack and the wheels, the pedal and the brakes. And since they’ve managed to almost entirely eliminate turbo lag, power delivery is just relentless. It’s the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 550hp and 770Nm of torque as we get in our ‘normal’ Panamera in India, and with its eight-speed PDK gearbox and AWD, it will crack 100kph in 3.6sec.

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Even Porsche doesn’t quite have a properly defined handle on what the Sport Turismo is. They’re reluctant to call it a station wagon or say that it’s the more practical alternative, because it barely is. There was mention that it’s the midpoint

between a Panamera and a Cayenne, but that seems like too tenuous a description for a brand that’s a niche in itself. The best way I think it can be described is a different shape. It doesn’t have to fulfil a different purpose or play a different role. Like Audi’s sedan versus ‘Sportback’ – ultimately, one just looks a bit different. With prices expected to be not too much higher than the standard Panamera in India, that’s how buyers would have to see it too. Will there be takers? We’ll have to wait and see, but perhaps this will be the car that makes estates cool again. AI

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On the move, it’s the same incredible Panamera driving experience.

Price L/W/H Wheelbase Engine Power Torque Kerb weight Gearbox Boot volume 0-100kph

Rs 2 crore (est. ex-showroom, India) 5049/1937/1432mm 2950mm 3996cc, V8, twin-turbo petrol 550hp at 5750-6000rpm 770Nm at 1960-4500rpm 2035kg 8-speed dual-clutch auto 520-1390 litres 3.6sec (claimed)

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ford ecosport

PhotograPhy ASHLEY BAXTER

The compact SUV that kick-started it all is back with not just a fresh new face but an arsenal of mechanical changes.

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FirsT driVes FirsT VerdicT Does enough and more to get back into the game.

HHHHHHHHII so good n Well-sorted engines n Super-slick touchscreen

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ore often than not, facelifts are just that – cosmetic updates meant to keep a car looking fresh. Featureslist tweaks and technical changes are minimal or, at times, none at all. With the Ecosport, however, it’s pretty much the other way around. The biggest changes to the EcoSport are all under its skin. There’s the new 1.5-litre petrol unit from Ford’s Dragon series of engines that replaces the older ‘Sigma’ 1.5-litre petrol. Also gone is the six-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT), and in its place is a regular six-speed torque convertor auto ‘box. The suspension and steering have also been tweaked and the EcoSport gets more equipment, including the de rigueur touchscreen. On a side note, Ford isn’t saying they’ve discontinued the 1.0 Ecoboost petrol, but the new EcoSport doesn’t offer this as an option either. It’s likely to surprise us later with a comeback. Last month, we brought you the exclusive drive of the petrol-manual EcoSport, and this time around, we’re in Goa to drive the other two iterations – the petrol-auto and the diesel-manual. Since the styling updates are uniform across powertrain options, we’ll focus on the drive experience. Suffice to say, these two versions also get the bolder new front, with the ‘power bulge’ on the bonnet, larger headlamps with projector lens and new LED DRLs. The sides are unchanged from the previous car, except for new alloys that look neat. At the rear, the only update is a redesigned cover for the optional spare wheel. So, what are the versions like to drive then? Let’s take the petrol-auto first. This powertrain is all new. The 1.5-litre engine breathes out an impressive 123hp, just 2hp shy of the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol from the previous car. What is immediately ◊

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this facelift brings with it substantial changes under the skin.

Dash well laid out, touchscreen super clear and easy to access, if a bit too upright.

Passenger space is down on rivals. ∆ apparent is the refinement of this new engine; it’s untypical of its three-cylinder layout. You can tell Ford has spent a lot of time balancing it; there aren’t vibrations or judders typical of three-pot layouts, thanks to a balancer shaft, an optimally balanced flywheel and engine mounts set in one plane. Compared to the older engine, the Dragon’s sound levels are lower, though the auto gearbox seems louder than the manual version. Drivability is superb and the engine has enough grunt from low revs, but it doesn’t give in to spirited driving. Last month, we were quite impressed with the manual version, but this time around, in spite of an auto gearbox, the car felt slower, even in Sport mode. This could perhaps be due to the added weight; this car is about 70kg heavier and there’s also the inherent inefficiency of torque converters. When driving in traffic, the gearbox performs just fine and the drive is pretty smooth, and

Segment-first tyre pressure system. in lower ratios, it does rev until the 7,000rpm redline in Sport mode. However, in higher gears or in Normal mode, it does shift up earlier at around 6,000rpm. So, if you want to get a move on, the ‘box isn’t quick to react to pedal inputs but there are paddles behind the wheel that let you take control of the shifts. What you’ll miss here is the quick-shifting DCT, but for a relaxed drive in congested traffic, this transmission is the better option, thanks to its smooth overall feel. Moving onto the diesel engine that’s mated to the five-speed manual, it is a good carryover from the earlier car. The 1,498cc, fourcylinder unit makes 100hp and 205Nm of torque and is refined with a linear power delivery; it’s pretty responsive to throttle inputs too. You can tell it’s a diesel by the way it sounds, but the drone is never too loud. The gearbox, on the other hand, isn’t very easy to operate and needs a bit of a push, just like

Suspension is softened for a better ride but the handling still remains entertaining.

New front end and high-set hexagonal grille emphasises traditional SUV stance. on the petrol-manual version. No complaints about the clutch; it works fairly smooth. The other big change to the EcoSport is its retuned suspension. There is a huge improvement in the ride quality. Gone is the firm and hard edge of the older car and instead you get a pliant ride. Along with suspension tweaks, Ford has also fitted the top-spec car with larger 17-inch tyres with a lower 50 aspect ratio, and this has helped the EcoSport retain some of its sharp and entertaining handling. We drove around some twisty mountain bends and the EcoSport impressed us with its road holding. Tweaks to the steering, however, have made it slower off-centre; Ford says customer feedback dictated a more linear and slightly less-quick steering, but thankfully, it’s still fast enough to be entertaining around bends. On the whole, Ford has managed to strike a good ride and handling balance. Ford’s decision to update the EcoSport is a very welcome one. The styling may lack the flash value of the Nexon and it does carry forward the slightly cramped interior space, but it excels in many areas. To begin with, it has the widest choice of powertrains. Its competitors, the Nexon offers a choice of fuel but only with a manual gearbox, while the Brezza’s choice is smaller still with only a diesel-manual. With a choice of fuel and an automatic gearbox, the Ecosport does have the edge here. What’s great is that, even with the torque converter auto gearbox, it isn’t all that pricey at Rs 9.34 lakh for the higher Trend+ trim. It’s only

the top end Titanium + trim (both petrol automatic and diesel manual) that go into the Rs 10 lakh bracket, but for that price, you do get segment-unique features like six airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system and paddleshifters with the automatic transmission. The rest of the range is pretty well-equipped too. Significantly, the all-important touchscreen is slick and offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The powertrains are quite sorted; the diesel-manual is entertaining to drive, the engine has sufficient punch and it isn’t too loud. Keen drivers will find the petrol auto wanting in outright performance, but for a city runabout, it’s ideal. We tend to criticise facelifts that are mostly cosmetic. However, Ford has ensured that the changes run more than just skin-deep and, so, while the bottle may be familiar the wine’s pretty new. The compact SUV that kick-started the segment seems all set for a great run. SergiuS barretto

FoRd ecosPoRt 1.5P (AT)/1.5D Price

Rs 10.99/Rs 10.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) L/W/H 3998/1765/1647mm Wheelbase 2519mm Kerb Weight 1320kg/1304kg Engine 3 cyls, 1497cc, petrol/ 4 cyls, 1498cc, diesel Power 123hp at 6500rpm/ 100hp at 3750rpm Torque 150Nm at 4500rpm/ 205Nm at 1750-3250rpm Gearbox 6 speed AT/5-speed M Suspension Independant McPherson/ (f/r) Twist Beam

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Ford EcoSport vs tata NExoN COMPARISON Petrol-powered compact SUVs are still a rare breed. With just two options in the market today, Sergius Barretto gets behind the wheel of both to judge the winner. PhotograPhy omkar dhaS

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Ford EcoSport vs tata NExoN COMPARISON he swing from diesel to petrol has swept through most segments of the market, but SUVs, which are the natural preserve for diesel power, have been resistant to this trend. India’s bestselling compact SUV, the Maruti Vitara Brezza, doesn’t even have a petrol option yet, while the other hot-selling SUV, the Hyundai Creta is mostly sold in diesel form. But, there’s no doubt that the demand for petrol will only grow in all segments, which is why companies like Tata Motors, known for diesel vehicles, are keen to get a strong foothold in the petrol market. The Nexon we are testing here comes with the latest iteration of the Revotron engine – the all-new petrol family Tata has developed as its vanguard for the petrol market. Ford too is investing heavily in petrol power and the new EcoSport comes with Ford’s state-of-the-art Dragon engine for which India will be a global production base. The Nexon is an all-new car and marks Tata’s debut into the compact SUV segment, while Ford has massively

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The EcoSport has a more traditional SUV stance, complete with the tailgate-mounted spare. This look is further emphasised with the hexagonal grille now shifted higher on the facelift. This upright stance has worked for Ford and they are sticking with it. Tata, on the other hand, has opted for a radical coupé-like styling, but it still screams SUV, thanks to the squat stance, the broad version of Tata’s smiling grille, large wheels shrouded by massive wheel arches and a body that rides high off the

ground. It’s also hard to ignore the Nexon’s styling elements, like the contrast roof and the ceramic-like finisher around the fog lamps, below the window line and on the tailgate. For most, it’s the Nexon’s concept car-like looks that will be the deciding factor.

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With petrol engines, refinement is an important parameter, and, in this regard, the SUVs do not disappoint – their engines are refined and, despite being three-cylinder units, they are largely vibration-free and silent at idle. But it’s Ford’s Dragon unit that’s the slightly better one of the two. Tata is relatively new to the world of petrol and this becomes apparent when on the move. The new 1.2-litre turbocharged allaluminium Revotron features good tech like variable valve timing for the inlet and exhaust. Power output is also healthy at 110hp and torque is at 170Nm. However, it is let down by its drivability. Power delivery is not as ◊

Boot space is similar but EcoSport’s side opening tailgate is not as practical.

 Both SUVs offer brand-new engines, while the EcoSport’s is its strength, the Nexon’s is its weakness.

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Ford EcoSport vs tata NExoN COMPARISON

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∆ linear as its opponent, with flat spots through the range. Lifting off the throttle at lower speeds also causes a noticeable jerk. So keeping things smooth in the Nexon is quite a task, and this is a problem regardless of the drive mode you choose; Eco, however, seems to suffer the most. The Tata offers three selectable modes – City, Eco, and Sport. There is a discernible performance difference between them, where redlines are set at 5,500rpm in both Eco and City, while Sport is at 5,900rpm. Occasionally, on burying the throttle in first and second gear, we also noticed a surprising drop in power that only picks up after a couple of seconds. Although power comes in after 1,600rpm, the Nexon does manage to pull itself along better than the EcoSport at low speeds, even when dragging it to 60kph. All in all though, while the Nexon’s engine does what it’s supposed to do, Tata really needs to sort out the fuelling – it just comes off as a work in progress. The EcoSport’s Dragon engine, on the other

Space has always been a Tata hallmark and the Nexon lives up to that.

five-speed unit. The Nexon’s gearing is tall and you rarely feel like you have to shift up to a higher cog. The clutch and lever feel draw no complaints, unlike the EcoSport’s gearbox that requires you to put in some effort to carry out a shift. Fords have traditionally been the drivers’ car in their segments, but it’s the Nexon that takes the lead here. The Tata SUV outdoes the Ford with better grip through corners and lower body roll too. It’s also got the more responsive steering and is quick enough to deliver a rewarding drive experience. As with most cars from Tata, ride quality is super and bumps are absorbed with ease. This isn’t to say that the EcoSport’s ride is bad; in fact, the new car is quite an improvement over the older one, but it still has a slightly harder edge to it when compared to the Nexon.

hand, is a well-honed unit. It’s the smoother of the two and its power delivery is super. Power comes in at around 1,700rpm and it builds rapidly and in a linear fashion all the way to the 6,500rpm redline; it goes about doing its job in a fuss-free InsIde job manner. The EcoSport also edges out the Nexon Space has always been a Tata hallmark and the in the acceleration figures. The dash to 100 Nexon lives up to that. Its coupé-like roofline from standstill comes up in 12.10sec against the isn’t actually one but an effect cleverly ◊ Nexon’s 12.33sec, while 40-100kph in fourth too is quicker at 18.51secs, to the Nexon’s 19.89sec. The EcoSport also beats the Nexon at three abreast. engine in the efficiency stakes, at the rear, can se e ac sp e pl Am returning 10.39kpl in the city and 14.95kpl on the highway, against the latter’s 9.06kpl city and 13.0kpl highway figures. The Nexon offers a six-speed gearbox, while the EcoSport gets a

Lots of premium bits in Nexon but fit and finish could be better; touchscreen small but prominent.

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∆ achieved by dropping the rear window line sharply into where a rear quarter glass would reside. In reality, it’s got a gently sloped roofline that allows for ample headroom; it isn’t as much as the EcoSport but my 5ft 8in height had a four-finger gap to spare to the top. Thanks to its larger width, seating three abreast at the rear is pretty comfortable in the Nexon, but the EcoSport facelift carries forward its narrow width and that means its interiors aren’t as spacious. If space is your priority, it’s the Nexon that has a clear advantage. However, front seating comfort tells a different story. While both cars have decent seats, it’s hard to achieve an ergonomic driving position in the Tata, and the cushioning feels too firm and isn’t supportive enough. The positive is that it’s got the better side bolstering. Given Tata Motors’ track record, you can’t help but examine the Nexon’s interiors more closely, but it does impress here as the quality of materials used is excellent in most areas – the dashboard top, the knitted roof lining and the rich upholstery. There are, however, a few areas in the cabin that seem low-rent, like the blank space between the HVAC knobs and the cupholders in the centre storage bin. The Ford, on the other hand, has more uniform feel in the cabin. There are quality bits, and the buttons and knobs are well damped and easier to operate. You also get colour- selectable ambient lighting that looks cool but is limited to the front footwell. What catches your eye is the instrument dial of the EcoSport –

Ecosport’s massive A-Pillar blocks corner visibility.

Footwell ambient lighting is a nice touch in the Ford.

USB and aux-in slots are hard to reach in the Nexon.

Rear air con vent is a welcome feature on Nexon.

While Ford has opted for the traditional SUV look, Tata has given the Nexon a radical coupé style.

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Ford EcoSport vs tata NExoN COMPARISON it is rather plain-looking, with the numbers simply printed onto a flat panel and a rather small driver information display in the middle of a large swathe of plastic.

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Ford has reserved the top-end Titanium + variant for the petrol-auto and diesel-manual versions. That means you lose out on a few top-end features like side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control, auto wipers and headlamps on the manual-petrol version, which is reasonable given the price difference. What is strange though is the omission of bits like a rear-view camera, glovebox illumination and flatbed-folding rear seats. Of the two, the Nexon is the slightly better model that’s equipped with extra goodies like a park assist camera with dynamic guidelines, front fog lamps with cornering assist, rear air vents, umbrella holders with drainage, fully flat-folding rear seats, and a cooled and illuminated glovebox. That apart, the EcoSport comes with all the regular features you’d expect, including Ford’s new SYNC3 infotainment system and a large, floating 8.0-inch touchscreen. The system offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto as well as MirrorLink connectivity, but even the native user interface is quite slick and well thought out. The screen also offers a better resolution and a nice glassy finish. The Nexon comes with Tata’s ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman and is clearly the better-sounding unit here. It also offers CarPlay and Android Auto, but at 6.5-inch, the screen is smaller in size and it also lacks the sheen of the Ford unit. The Nexon system also has smaller buttons; Tata should have used the large drive mode dial for the infotainment system navigation and the buttons for the mode selection. In any case, no other car in this segment offers a dialbased menu system.

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Delivers consistently across most parameters and feels the more complete car. HHHHHHHHII 3998/1765/1647mm ourE CHOIC 2519mm 3 cyls, 1497cc, turbo-petrol 123hp at 6500rpm 150Nm at 4500rpm 5-speed manual 205/60 R16 1242kg Acceleration (from rest) Sec 1.32 2.93 5.23 7.92 12.10 17.16 24.78 13.27 18.51

Excels in style, space and ride quality, but let-down by underwhelming engine. HHHHHHHIII 3994/1811/1607mm 2498mm 3 cyls, 1198cc, turbo-petrol 110hp at 5000rpm 170Nm at 1750-4000rpm 6-speed manual 215/60 R16 1237kg Acceleration (from rest) Sec 1.21 2.55 4.87 7.74 12.33 17.48 27.48 14.62 19.89

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With the facelift, Ford has really upped the EcoSport’s game – the ride and handling has improved, and the features are what you’d expect, save for the missing rear camera. But the big improvement is the engine and it beats the Nexon by a huge margin; it’s refined, offers better performance and is easily the more enjoyable one to drive. The Tata, on the other hand, has the measure of the EcoSport in other areas. For starters, the Nexon XZ+ trim comes in at Rs 8.44 lakh; that’s over Rs 70,000 cheaper than the EcoSport Titanium that’s priced at Rs 9.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This difference, along with the Nexon’s stunning looks, will be enough for most buyers to go the Tata way. What’s more, the Tata SUV also offers better ride and handling, has more space for passengers and a few more features too. It should have been the winner then, but the Nexon does have an Achilles heel – its petrol engine. It feels unfinished and is actually flawed in its power delivery and for a car that will be primarily owner-driven, this is a big let-down. Moreover, our test car had a few niggles, with its central locking system not instilling confidence, given Tata’s quality history. So this battle then isn’t as much won by the EcoSport as it is lost by the Nexon. So, as it stands, the new kid on the block has quite a few things to learn. AI

EcoSport’s Dragon engine is the highlight of its drive experience.

In what comes as a surprise, the Nexon is dynamically better than the EcoSport.

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Impressive articulation thanks to the Fortuner’s Sigma 4 system.

The King of SUVS

Thrilling TimeS

Legendary. If you had to describe Toyota SUVs in one word, ‘legendary’ would probably come close. Whether it’s the Land Cruiser, the Land Cruiser Prado or the Fortuner, Toyota makes vehicles that are legendary in terms of quality, reliability, capability and durability. These are vehicles that can be relied on in any situation over any terrain in any weather. They are simply unbreakable. No surprise then, that Toyota SUVs are some of the most successful and soughtafter SUVs on the planet.

Imagine this: a powerful, stylish SUV – usually used to stalk city streets – is thrown into an extremely harsh environment. It has to deal with obstacles like a deep ditch, 40-degree incline, deep water, slush, a side incline and more. These are obstacles that would certainly break a car that wasn’t tough enough; and then this SUV waltzes through them as if they were absolutely nothing. That would be worth experiencing. Well, people from Chandigarh, Ambala, Ludhiana, Mohali, Shimla and Rajpura certainly thought so. They came down to the

A guest tries out the Fortuner at the water trap.


Participants get briefed on the activities ahead of them and on the capabilities of the Toyota Fortuner.

The nine-day Toyota Off-Road Camp held from November 11-19 got pulses racing in Chandigarh. Here’s what happened.

adrenaline x 4

The Toyota Fortuner powers through the slush pit.


Participant Manish Gupta and his family are elated, having completed the circuit. The 45-degree banking test is considered to be one of the toughest tests for SUVs.

Huda Grounds at Panchkula to participate in the Toyota Off-Road Camp. The star of the show was obviously the Toyota Fortuner.

The forTUner There’s no denying the presence of the Toyota Fortuner. It has always been the SUV of choice for Indians. The Fortuner is available with a choice of two powerful engines – a 166hp, 2.7-litre, four-cylinder, petrol engine with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, or a 177hp, 2.8-litre, four-cylinder, diesel engine paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The engine even has three drive modes — Power, Economy and the default Normal mode. The Fortuner comes with the advanced Sigma 4 system which gives the Fortuner its go-anywhere capability. It features an Active Traction Control (A-TRC) system that offers Limited Slip Differential (LSD). It also has Hill Assist Control (HAC) Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and electronic drive control with three switchable modes – 2WD, 4WD High and 4WD Low. These three modes allow the driver to choose a mode depending on the terrain the car will handle.

going off-road The event was set up to offer participants an authentic off-road experience. All guests were taken around the track in the Fortuner with an expert driver behind the wheel. The obstacles they would need to tackle were formidable and – for the uninitiated – very intimidating. The first element faced was acceleration and off-road braking. This would showcase the Fortuner’s performance

The Toyota fortuner can wade through an impressive 700mm of water.

and control over a surface where cars are usually not driven. Next was the deep ditch. Here, drivers would engage the Downhill Assist Control (DAC) feature that allowed the Fortuner to make a controlled descent without manually applying the brakes. Its powerful engine would propel it out of the ditch with minimal effort. This obstacle was followed by the intimidating big mound. The Fortuner would crawl up the steep incline and then brought to a stop. The Hill Assist

My overall experience was amazing. I’ve never driven off-road before. The entire setup was amazing and the whole process was smooth. It’s a very good car! Nikhil Kharbanda

Control (HAC) would help move the car forward without the need to move quickly between the brake and accelerator. The Fortuner would then proceed to drive over chicken holes and rumblers to showcase its stability and control over uneven surfaces. The next challenge was articulation where the SUV maintained perfect control thanks to Sigma 4’s LSD performance. This led to the side incline, followed by the water trap. It is unnerving to drive through deep water, but with due credit to the Fortuner, it made this look very easy. Lastly, sideways action was tested in the slush pit, followed by the final crunchy-sounding gravel pit that showcased the Fortuner’s traction control performance. After being taken through each obstacle, many participants chose to take the wheel under the guidance of expert drivers. Each of them made it through, without incident.


The deep ditch allowed the Fortuner to show off its DAC system that let it descend without touching the brake pedal. The big mound thoroughly tested the Fortuner’s Hill Assist Control system.

Here’s what some of our participants had to say: Nikhil Kharbanda: My overall experience was amazing. I’ve never driven off-road before. The entire setup was amazing and the whole process was smooth. The staff was very friendly and explained all the features of the car well. I loved the deep ditch and going downhill without touching the brakes. It was the best thing for me. It’s a very good car! I’ve recommended this event to my friends and will be returning with my father. He loves Toyotas! Manish Gupta : It was a sheer thrill. This was my first off-road session. I have an Innova Crysta but would love to change to a Fortuner and take it to the Himalayas. My family and I fell in love with its features and also with the sheer bulk of the car. This is the first time we saw features like Hill Assist Control and DAC in any car. I loved the side incline test. It felt like I’d roll over – but we didn’t! My kids also understood the importance of seat belts. Commenting on the event, Mr. N Raja, Director and Senior Vice President (Sales and Marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor

Pvt. Ltd said, “Ever since its launch in November, last year, the all-new Fortuner has enjoyed phenomenal response. It’s extremely gratifying when we see customers of this cult SUV taking immense pride in owning the vehicle. The Fortuner commands this admiration because of its impressive off-road capabilities and equally striking style and confidence on city roads, making it a complete vehicle with an impressive character. As a matter of fact, the USP of all our SUVs have been their unmatched offroading capabilities which makes Toyota ‘the King of SUVs’. Chandigarh has been a key market for Fortuner and the Toyota Off-road Camp has given us an opportunity to bring the city’s preferred SUV closer than ever before. We wanted our existing and potential customers to experience the off-roading capabilities of the new Fortuner in a terrain specially designed with steep inclines and descents, slush and deep water. We are certain the New Fortuner will continue to delight both existing customers and new customers alike,” continued Mr. N Raja.


road test No 878

Jeep compass The Jeep we’d all been waiting for came, saw and has seemingly conquered. Time then to give the Compass a reality check and see if it’s as good as it’s made out to be.

PhotograPhy Paul dewars

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model tested 1.4P Auto limited (o )/ 2.0d 4x4 limited (o ) Price Rs 15.16- 21.37 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) on sale Now 0-100kph 10.29/11.84sec top speed 190/195kph* Fuel economy (overall) 10.5/12.6kpl


ROAD TEST eep’s re-entry into India didn’t begin on the right foot. The launch of the iconic SUV brand was put on hold for a year by parent FiatChrysler Automobiles (FCA), thanks to a weakening rupee which threw Jeep’s cost structure out of the window. And when Jeep finally did decide to take the plunge, it found few takers for the fully imported Grand Cherokee and Wrangler that were simply priced out of contention. But matters are very different today. There’s a massive buzz at Jeep dealerships and it’s all thanks to the Compass. The Compass may be a small SUV in Jeep’s line-up but it’s a model with big sales potential. In fact, bookings crossed the 12,000 mark in four months since its launch, making it the most successful model from FCA in India in years. India also happens to be the mother plant for right-hand-drive Compasses and FCA has spent big (Rs 1,800 crore) to modernise its Ranjangaon facility to manufacture the SUV to the highest international standards. The benefit of local manufacture and component sourcing to you, the buyer, is keen pricing. The Compass range that comprises a petrol manual, a petrol auto, a diesel 4x2 manual and a diesel 4x4 manual starts at Rs 15.16 lakh and tops off at Rs 21.37 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). So, it’s got the right price. It’s got the right shape. But why else should the Compass interest you? A detailed road test of the petrol auto and the range-topping 4x4 diesel should give the answer.

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design & engineering First things first, the model we get in India is the all-new secondgeneration Compass. Unlike its predecessor that was born in the troubled Daimler Chrysler era (Chrysler owned Jeep), this one is a product wholly developed and built under Fiat Chrysler Automobile. Fiat’s ‘Small Wide 4x4’ monocoque platform serves as the building block for the Compass and the design started from a clean white sheet of paper. If you’ve not seen one in the metal already, you should know that the Compass is actually not as large as it appears in the pictures. The Compass’ near-4.4m length slots it in between the Hyundai Creta and the Tucson in size. What the Compass has oodles of, though, is presence. It’s a handsome and well-turned-out SUV that looks unmistakably Jeep what with that

trademark seven-slat grille, and flared, and almost-square wheel arches. The family look is strong and, when viewed from the front, the Compass can easily pass off as a junior Grand Cherokee. At the same time, the Compass’ distinctive sharkfin-like D-pillar and the manner in which the roof drops down towards the rear make it abundantly clear this is no Xerox job either. Detailing is nice and the chrome highlight that runs from the A-pillar onwards and slickly wraps itself around the rear windscreen, is particularly well executed. Styling at the rear is neat and inoffensive. If there’s anything to bring up it’s that the sizeable front overhang disturbs the proportions a wee bit. Also, the 17-inch wheels look a size too small. And what’s with the rear wheels being offset towards the front under their large wheel arches? An area where the Jeep does get a double thumbs-up is build quality. Shut lines are consistently tight, there’s not a panel that seems flimsy and everything feels properly bolted and glued. Notably, 70 percent of the Compass’ body is made from rigid high-strength steel. It’s also worth bringing in that the Compass is a Euro NCAP 5-star rated car. While the safety rating does not apply to the India-spec model (the Europeanspec model features advanced safety aids such as autonomous emergency braking as standard), it is at least reassuring to know that the Compass exhibited impressive structural integrity in each of its crash tests. The 4x4 Compass comes with Jeep’s Active Drive all-wheel-drive system that features a clever rearaxle disconnect. The system works in conjunction with the Selec-Terrain Traction Management system that offers four modes – Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud, each with its own AWD calibration and electronics settings. In the default Auto mode, engine power is channelled solely to the front wheels in the interest of best efficiency, but on detecting a need for additional traction, the driveline reconnects (all within 300 milliseconds) to send requisite power to the rear wheels. Impressively, up to 100 percent of engine power can be sent to any one of the four wheels, should the need arise, and you also have the option to manually lock the AWD system in Auto mode. Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, all Compasses run on Firestone all-season tyres, use electric power steering, and feature all-independent suspensions with frequency selective dampers. Developed by Koni, these hydraulic dampers house an additional valve that, in effect, mechanically ◊

we like 

Ride-handling balance  Tough build  Off-road ability (4x4) we don’t like

Engine refinement could be better Lacks some features  Not as spacious as rivals 

 LED on headlight is parking light. Halogen light lower down is the DRL.

 Seven-slat grille is trademark Jeep. Functional air inlet sits below.

 Lip at base of front bumper extends really low but is designed to flex.

 Look close and you’ll find some unique details on the Compass.

 Contrast roof (and bi-xenons) part of Options Pack on top-spec Compass.

 Rear wheels sit oddly offset towards the front; 17-inch rims a size too small.

 Chrome highlight that originates at A-pillar sleekly wraps around rear end.

 The Compass gets a full-size spare tyre. Adds confidence in the wild.

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 Multi-info display provides lots of data. 4x4 version get graphics for off-road modes.

 Blanked-out buttons on steering are a constant reminder that certain features have been left out.

 Driver’s audio controls are positioned on the back of the steering spokes. Easy to press by mistake.

 Dashboard looks ordinary but is really well finished.

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 Off-road mode selector feels nice and chunky. Auto mode is adept at reading driving conditions.

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the toP-sPec comPass’ 7.0-inch touchscreen is nice but isn’t the slickest of systems in terms of response. your go-to interface for audio and phone functions, the screen also houses secondary controls for the climate control system. sadly, the compass only comes with a digital compass as standard; there’s no onboard satellite navigation. Voice commands work well for handsfree operation of the audio player and air con but the system rarely catches Indian names if you try to make a call off your phone book. many, however, will simply take up the option to use android auto and apple carPlay. sound quality from the six-speaker setup is good with a pleasing depth to the notes.


ROAD TEST ∆ controls the oil flow and hence the damping force, in response to the frequency of suspension inputs. On rough surfaces (high frequency), the valve eases the flow for a smoother ride while during cornering (low frequency) oil flow is restricted for better body control.

interiors The Compass’ cabin sits at a convenient height but the wide sill can prove to be bothersome during ingress-egress. Once inside, the Compass cabin can appear ordinary at first – the plain dashboard is to blame – but soon enough you’ll realise this space has a premium air about it. There’s a generous use of soft-touch materials, bits like the chunky steering feel properly expensive and even the leather seats with their contrast stitching look like they’ve been carefully crafted. Fit and finish, in general, is of a high order and most of what you touch feels built-to-last. And to our ears, the ‘clack’ from the military grade door locks is a fitting follow-up to the ‘thunk’ on door shut. Given how well finished and upmarket the front seats look, you half expect them to come with power adjust. They don’t. Still, it’s easy to find a comfy driving position, the large seats are well cushioned and supportive, and what you also get is a fairly good view of the world outside. However, the thick A-pillar can be obtrusive at crossroads. Sitting pretty in the driver’s field of vision are the Compass’ stylish hooded instruments. The data-rich multiinformation display shows everything from odo, trip and fuel economy readings to oil temperature, coolant temperature and battery voltage. What is an eyesore, though, are the blanked-out buttons on the steering wheel. On export versions, the buttons operate cruise control, a feature that’s frustratingly been left out for India. Another irritant is the position of the driver’s audio controls on the back of the steering spokes. The buttons are not only hidden from view, but are also small and fiddly, and easy to press inadvertently. All other controls fall easy to hand and even the 7.0-inch touchscreen, that does

look lost amidst its gloss black plastic surround, is within easy reach. What is also a nice inclusion is the electronic parking brake that is standard across the Compass range. At the back, space is reasonable but not abundant. There’s a good deal of legroom (a Tucson is roomier still), but headroom will be an issue for anyone taller than 6 ft and the cabin isn’t the most accommodating to sit three abreast in either. Rear passengers will also have to contend with an upright backrest and a slightly short squab. The fantastic seat cushioning does help the comfort factor and there’s a rear air con vent and USB port as well. Each of the Compass’ doors houses a 0.5-litre bottle holder, there are two cupholders up front, two more built into the rear armrest and there’s also a usable bay under the front-centre armrest. A larger glovebox would have been welcome but the bigger need is for a dedicated bay for phones in the vicinity of the front USB, aux and 12V charging sockets. The 438-litre boot has a wide opening and is big enough for two large suitcases. You can free up more room by folding the 60:40 split rearseat backrests and you also have the option to adjust the boot floor height. You also get a full-size spare tyre (albeit on a steel rim) as standard that sits under the boot floor.

 Front seats not only look stylish but are also very comfortable.

f e At u r e s The Compass is available in three trims and, for its part, Jeep has equipped the SUV with a fair bit of safety kit as standard. All Compasses come with electronic stability control, electronic rollover mitigation, hill start assist, dual airbags and Isofix child-seat mounts on the rear seats. Unfortunately, there’s no hill descent control and only top-spec 4x4 versions get side and curtain airbags. As for creature comforts, the top-spec Limited trim gets most of what you’d like, just not all of it. The Compass Limited comes with leather seats, keyless go, dual-zone climate control, a rear air con vent, rear parking camera and a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Further, ◊

 Seat is well cushioned. Upright backrest and limited headroom are spoilers.

 Fit and finish is of a high order and most of what you touch feels built to last.

 438-litre boot is reasonably sized. 60:40 split rear seat is standard .

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Long-travel suspension and clever all-wheel-drive system give Compass genuine ability in the rough.

∆ an Options Pack on the Compass Limited adds bi-xenon headlights and the black roof as on the model pictured here. Still, the Compass misses out on cruise control, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirror, auto headlights and rain-sensing wipers. Given that all of these features (as well as a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen system) are already onboard exportspec models made in India, it’s no biggie for Jeep to incorporate them on the India car. Perhaps Jeep is leaving the door open for the introduction of a new range-topping Compass variant in the future.

e n g i n e , g e A r b ox & PerformAnce The Compass is offered with two engine options, and both units from Fiat – the 1.4-litre MultiAir turbopetrol and the 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbo-diesel – make their India debut on the Jeep. Not to be confused with the 1.4 turbo-petrol on the Abarth Punto, the MultiAir engine is unique for its hydraulically actuated variable valve timing for the intake valves. It uses a solenoid-controlled high-pressure oil chamber between each cam and intake valve; this way valve timing is extremely flexible and can offer precise variable valve

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timing in response to driving conditions like cold starts. Claimed benefits also come in improved efficiency and enhanced power. What you get is 163hp of max power, which is an impressive figure for such a small motor. Allied to the automatic Compass’ seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the engine delivers fairly good performance too; 0-100kph takes 10.29sec (the Tucson petrol auto does the sprint in 11.57sec) and kickdown acceleration is brisk as well. However, the build-up of speed is not as linear as you’d like – there’s lag under 2,000rpm, followed by a surge of power at about 2,200rpm. Extend the engine and you’ll find it to be a gutsy performer with a strong mid-range and a willingness to rev right until the 6,500rpm limiter. The engine could have been quieter though. It sounds gruff between

2,000-3,000rpm and noise levels are high in the upper band of the rev range. At low revs, you won’t hear much of the engine, but this does draw your attention to the audible sound of the gearbox shuffling through the ratios. The seven-speed auto does a fairly good job of camouflaging the petrol engine’s lack of low-end poke. Shifts are smooth and timely in town, but stop-go traffic does tend to catch it out. At higher speeds, there are times when the gearbox doesn’t feel absolutely alert to changes in throttle position too. However, adopt a more aggressive driving style and the gearbox will play ball. There’s no Sport mode and paddleshifters have also been given a miss but the electronics allow liberal access to the top-end in full auto mode, and manual mode via the gear lever. It’s fun to downshift right to 5,500rpm when attacking a series of corners.

 The Compass does justice to the Jeep badge. It can take you far off road.

High-mileage users will, however, be drawn to the diesel Compass that comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Interestingly, this 2.0-litre MultiJet II engine will, eventually, also find its way onto Tata’s all-new SUVs in the years to come but for now let’s focus on how it works on the Compass. The engine makes a healthy 173hp and 350Nm of torque in this application and the power gives the Compass the long legs frequent highway users will like. The mid-range is strong so you don’t need to downshift to overtake traffic, and there’s even ample go at 100kph in sixth gear. Just as well because power starts to taper out past 4,000rpm. In town, the diesel Compass has enough power off-boost to keep you moving with the flow of traffic. However, you’ll do well to keep the engine spinning above 1,800rpm, which is where the power comes in earnest. Swooping past traffic is a cinch. Unfortunately, the MultiJet engine is not the last word in refinement. There’s a distinct clatter from the engine, you can hear a ‘swoosh’ from the turbo when accelerating and the engine booms and strains the when you rev it hard. Quiet as a Hyundai 2.0 diesel this engine is not.


ROAD TEST Gearshifts on the six-speed gearbox are slick and you’ll love the feel of the metallic gear knob. What does make the Compass a bit troublesome to drive in slow-moving traffic is the clutch. It’s wellweighted but also snappy, so you have to modulate it with great care. In fact, the clutch action made launching the diesel Compass a tricky affair during our performance tests. We managed a 0-100kph time of 11.84sec but a more progressive clutch is sure to have resulted in a better time. For the record, in-gear timings are good, with the run from 40-100kph covered in 11.71sec, reflecting its strong overtaking ability on highways. Buyers looking for more convenience should wait for the introduction of the nine-speed automatic version of the diesel that is expected in 2018.

ride & hAndling This is the section of the Autocar road test that the Compass absolutely nails. We were blown away by the Compass’ ride quality when we drove the car for the first time around in Ranjangaon a few months ago. Recent sorties on the familiar roads of our test route in and around Mumbai have just cemented the initial impression

 It’s absolutely unfazed by bumps and is also somewhat of a driver’s car.

that this is one of the best riding cars (not just SUVs) in India today. There is a hint of firmness at all times, so sharper surface irregularities like expansion joints do filter through, but the way the suspension dismisses potholes of all sizes is just incredible. The Compass remains unfazed by bumps even taken at speed, and this just takes the feeling of security to the next level. High-speed stability in general is top-notch, with controlled movements on long wave undulations. And did we mention the Compass is somewhat of a driver’s car too? The steering, for one, is direct, wellweighted (the petrol’s is lighter but just as precise) and rich in feel. The Compass is happy to change direction and though it rolls, handling feels far from sloppy or top-heavy. The tyres will squeal in protest and the Compass will venture into understeer should you test its

limits in the bends, but for a regular jaunt up to a hill station, it makes for a rewarding drive. That said, the front-wheel-drive petrol Compass is prone to torque steer under hard acceleration so you have to keep a firm hand on the wheel. In panicbraking scenarios, the Compass’ rear end tends to feel a bit light too. Sure, braking force is strong and the rear end won’t step out of line but you don’t get the same sure-footed feel as you would in a premium European SUV either. We also noted a fair bit of tyre noise on the concrete surface of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Enough about the Compass in civilisation. How is it in the wild? Suffice to say, the 4x4 Compass does justice to the Jeep badge. This is no Wrangler but you’ll be surprised how far off-road the Compass will take you. The all-wheel-drive system reads conditions well to find grip, and the long-travel suspension ensures maximum contact between

the tyres and ground. Wading depth is a useful 330mm and there’s ample clearance for most obstacles. Don’t read too much into the mediocre 17-degree approach angle, it’s counted from the low-slung, but flexible front lip. You do miss hill descent control and once again, the snappy clutch is bothersome in precarious low-speed off-roading.

fuel economy Petrol-automatic SUVs aren’t known for shining fuel economy figures. Judged in that light, the Compass petrol automatic’s 8.5kpl city economy and 12.5kpl highway economy figures are more than just acceptable. For reference, the comparable Tucson delivers 7kpl and 11.8kpl in the town and on the highway, respectively. The 4x4 diesel Compass proved quite efficient too with fuel economy figures of 11kpl in town and 14.2kpl out cruising on the highway. We would like to point out that we conducted our fuel economy tests with the Compass’ AWD system set to Auto. The weather was fine on the days of our fuel test but inclement weather, which would have had the driveline reconnect for added traction, could have marginally impacted economy.

The Compass feels settled and secure at high speeds and makes for a great long-distance machine.

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trAnsmission Type Gearbox

Front-wheel drive/all-wheel drive 7-speed dual-clutch auto/ 6-speed manual Ratios/kph per 1000 rpm 1st 4.133/6.61, 4.154/8.07 2nd 2.368/11.52, 2.118/15.82 3rd 1.519/17.97, 1.361/24.62 4th 1.041/26.22, 0.978/34.26 5th 0.849/32.15, 0.756/44.33 6th 0.673/40.56, 0.622/53.88 7th 0.547/49.91 Final drive ratio 4.706, 3.833 :1

chAssis & body Construction Weight Tyres Spare

Five-door, monocoque 1498/1641kg 225/60 R17 Full size

susPension

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 0-190 1/4 mile

TIMe (sec) 0.85 1.77 2.45 3.18 4.12 5.01 6.04 7.37 8.74 10.29 12.20 14.63 17.21 20.49 24.08 28.85 33.64 41.89 54.81 17.90

0.60 1.54 2.15 3.08 4.18 5.20 6.76 8.47 10.01 11.84 14.77 17.18 19.90 23.00 28.26 33.43 41.12 52.38 18.73

AccelerAtion in geAr

Front independent, macPherson struts, coil springs Rear independent, multi-link, coil springs

steering

noise level (db )

brAkes Front Rear Anti-lock

Ventilated discs discs Yes

150mm 11.84s

Ground clearance figure with a full load. Unladen clearance is an impressive 208mm.

That’s the diesel 4x4’s 0-100kph time. Snappy clutch makes it hard to launch cleanly.

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870mm (max)

710mm(min)

710mm(min)

2636mm

20-80kph in kickdown/3rd gear 7.30/10.70s 40-100kph in kickdown/4th gear 6.73/11.71s

Type Rack and pinion Type of power assist electric Turning circle Na

850mm (max)

Idle Idle with AC at half Full rev 50kph in 4th gear 80kph in top gear

39.8 55.2 72.2 63.2 69.7

brAking

47 56.2 78.8 63.3 64.6

Air and now sR71 Blackbird-inspired initial Compass sketches. No coincidence then that the Compass is the most aerodynamic Jeep yet.

TeST City 8.5/11kpl Highway 12.5/14.2kpl Tank size 60 litres

Keep it down the Compass features triple door seals, acoustic windshield glass and acoustic wheel liners to keep outside noise at bay.

EPS 60 litres

What’s up DOHC? Both engines feature 16 valves but only diesel gets dOHC. Petrol uses space-saving sOHC setup to accommodate multiair hardware.

Braking news all-around disc brakes are standard fit on the Jeep. the Compass is also the cheapest car in india with an electronic parking brake.

mA x sPeeds in geAr

equiPment check list

1

44kph 6700rpm 40kph 5000rpm

2

76kph 6600rpm 78kph 4900rpm

3

118kph 6600rpm 121kph 4900rpm

4

171kph 6500rpm 165kph 4800rpm

5

190kph 5900rpm* 190kph 4300rpm

6

190kph 4700rpm* 195kph 3600rpm*

7

190kph 3800rpm*

80-0kph 28.24/29.19m, 2.57/2.90s

economy

4395mm

RPM in 7th at 100kph = 2000rpm RPM in 6th at 100kph = 1900rpm

Leather seats n CD/Aux/USB/Bluetooth Na/n/n/n Touchscreen n Apple CarPlay/Android Auto n/n Satellite navigation Na Rear-view camera n Auto climate control dual zone Auto headlights/wipers Na/Na Keyless go n Cruise control Na Paddleshifters Na Sunroof Na Airbags 6 n = available, Na=Not available

rAnge At A glAnce enGIneS 1.4 Petrol 163hp Rs 15.16- 19.67 lakh 2.0 Diesel 173hp Rs 15.99- 21.37 lakh

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autOCaR iNdia test results are protected by world copyright and may not be reproduced without the editor’s written permission. Power and torque-to-weight figures are calculated using manufacturer’s claimed kerb weight.

PRiCes aRe ex-sHOwROOm, delHi *estimated

Petrol/diesel Front, transverse 4 cyls, 1368cc, turbopetrol/ 4 cyls, 1956cc, turbo-diesel Bore/stroke 72.0/84.0, 83.0/90.4mm Compression ratio 10.0, 16.5 :1 Valve gear 4 valves per cyl, sOHC 4 valves per cyl, dOHC Power 163hp at 5500rpm 173hp at3750rpm Torque 250Nm at 2500-4000rpm 350Nm at 1750-2500rpm Power to weight 108.8/105.4 hp per tonne Torque to weight 166.9/213.3 Nm per tonne Specific output 119.2/88.4 hp per litre

1640mm

Fuel Installation Type

Width 1818mm Front track 1540mm Rear track 1540mm Rear interior width 1410mm Ground clearance 150mm Boot capacity 438 litres

910m m

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jeeP comPAss Price Rs 19.67/21.37 lakh (ex-showroom, delhi) Warranty 2 years/ unlimited km

900m

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ROAD TEST testers’ notes NIkhIl BhatIa The bi-xenon headlights have insufficient throw in low beam. saumIl shah Petrol-auto’s creep mode moves car a bit too slowly. Jay PatIl Soft finish only for front doorpads. Rear ones made of harder plastics.

s P e c A dv i c e Limited trim is best of the petrolauto and diesel Compasses. 4x2 diesel in Longitude (O) trim is value pick of the range.

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verdict

Jeep compass Made-in-India Jeep also comes across as tailor-made for India.

HHHHHHHHHI e had high expectations for the Jeep Compass and are happy to report that it delivers the goods. If the attractive design and pricing are the hooks, the Compass’ tough build, high-quality cabin and genuinely good driving experience seal the deal. Importantly, the Compass feels like a true-blue Jeep. But it is not perfect. It’s not particularly spacious for its size, the engines can get noisy and it’s missing some features as well. The last bit should be a quick fix for Jeep and we don’t see too many people unhappy to pay more money for a feature-loaded Compass. However, as with all models from FCA, our concerns go beyond the product. Fiat doesn’t have the best reputation in sales and aftersales, and there is some rub-off on Jeep too. Jeep is expanding its sales setup in India and is also offering a 2-year/unlimited km warranty to instil confidence in buyers, and we can only hope it delivers the right experience. For the moment, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. As things stand, apart from pointing Jeep in the right direction, this is the best SUV today for the money. AI

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 Add equipment like sunroof and cruise control  Offer hardcore Trailhawk version too

test scorecArd co m fo rt HHHHHHHHII Comfort up front is good but rear section not most spacious. Pe r fo r mAn ce HHHHHHHHII Petrol-auto is quick but has its chinks. Diesel is a good cruiser. r e fi n e m e nt HHHHHHHHII Both engines can sound gruff. There is some road noise too. vAlu e HHHHHHHHII Prices are inviting though some features have been left out. sAfe t y HHHHHHHHII Dual airbags and ESC standard. Six airbags for 4x4 diesel only. ride HHHHHHHHHI Bump absorption is excellent as is high-speed composure. hAn d li n g HHHHHHHHHI It’s fun to drive as SUVs go. The steering is a delight. b u i ld & q uAlit y HHHHHHHHHI Built tough and impresses for high cabin quality.

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2017 Maruti Suzuki raiD DE HiMaLaYa The 19th edition of the nation’s toughest rally puts a bevy of cars and bikes to the ultimate endurance test; Suresh Rana of Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport emerges victorious for the 11th time.


The MaruTi Suzuki raid de himalaya is inarguably the toughest rally in india. it’s been on for 19 years now, and each year is the same: rugged and uncertain terrain, bone-chilling, sub-zero temperatures, high altitudes and some of the most gorgeous scenery this country has to offer. This time around, though, there was one major difference: there was a new factory team, dressed in dynamic, hard-to-miss blue-and-silver livery. after years of racing factory cars successfully, Maruti Suzuki has united its motorsports efforts under Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport. The 19th Maruti Suzuki raid de himalaya marks

‘The 19th Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya marks the debut of Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport, and boy did they put on a show!’

The Ignis made its rallying debut in the 19th Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya.

Participation is open to riders and drivers alike, as well as to cars and bikes of all makes and models as long as they meet certain safety requirements.

All rally cars and bikes were flagged off in Manali on the first day of the Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya. the debut of this new team, and boy did they make a show! The Maruti Suzuki raid de himalaya takes place annually and spreads over roughly a week. it is divided into two formats – adventure and Xtreme. While adventure is a time-speeddistance (TSD) rally that requires participants to maintain average speeds throughout the route, Xtreme is a more challenging time trial rally.

The Xtreme rally boasted participation from several individuals and teams. TVS racing entered with a bunch of off-road-specced rTr 450s and rTr 200s, while Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport came in with cars ranging from the tried-and-tested Grand Vitara and Gypsy to everyday heroes such as the ignis, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross. The army Team also came in with a handful of bright orange


Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport proved itself at the Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya. Marshals clock-in Suresh Rana’s (quick) time at the end of a rally stage.


Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport’s cars look distinct and fresh in the blue-and-silver livery.

TVS riders put on an impressive show, bagging all podium places. Gypsies. individual entries included a range of Gypsies, a Pajero Sport, a few Grand Vitaras, a Swift and even an esteem. The Maruti Suzuki raid de himalaya this time around consisted of eight stages, starting in Manali and making its way through Spiti Valley, Leh and Ladakh before hosting a few

The S-Cross gave stiff competition to four-wheel-drive SUVs.

stages in the kargil area. The first stage started in Lahaul, himachal Pradesh and went on till kaza in Spiti Valley. Characterised by absolutely battered roads – if those trails could be called roads at all – this stage witnessed the downfall of many riders, drivers, cars and motorcycles. The rest of the stages were completed in the

Jammu and kashmir region, with the number of cars reducing steadily, stage-by-stage. The Xtreme category started off with 24 cars, but the competition had filtered down to around 10 cars by the fifth day, itself. There is a common phrase that bounces around the Maruti Suzuki raid de himalaya


Q&A

Tarun GarG

Executive Vice President – Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd

How was Maruti Suzuki’s experience at the 19th Raid de Himalaya? We are very happy with Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport’s performance at the 19th raid, despite it being one of the most challenging editions of this rally. We introduced some of our latest cars this year, namely the Vitara Brezza, S-Cross and ignis, and had an r&D team monitoring their performance throughout the rally. We’ve found the results to be quite encouraging and will be back next year with these cars in the raid. What was the reason for introducing cars like the S-Cross, Ignis and Brezza in the Xtreme category this year? For a long time we’ve been using Gypsys and Grand Vitaras in our cross-country rallies. This year, we wanted to bring in our new-age cars with the latest technology to compete in the raid to prove their mettle. and they have done well. The Vitara Brezza has stood fourth overall, and the S-Cross finished in the top six.

The Army Team’s bright orange Gypsies were heavily modded. circles: “The raid is not about competing, it’s about completing.” it is a survival challenge for men and machines. Cars, bikes, drivers, navigators, riders, marshals and stewards alike, are all put through a gruelling week and only the most

resilient emerge out the other end. The vehicles in the Maruti Suzuki raid de himalaya are subjected to nearly a week of driving/riding over the country’s harshest terrain, ranging from dry deserts to rocky riverbeds. Climatic conditions don’t quite help

What features of Maruti Suzuki cars and the brand do you want to highlight by way of participation in rallies like the Raid? Well, it’s not only about the features, it’s about an integrated marketing approach. We always believe that Maruti Suzuki is a very young and dynamic organisation. We always deliver what our customers expect from us. This is what these rallies are all about – testing our limits, being dynamic and adventurous, and taking risks.


support crew. after every stage, the service and support crew toiled over the cars, replacing worn parts and correcting mechanical problems that had popped up over the course of the day. in the words of Suresh rana, “Our service crews have worked hard on all Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport cars around the clock. Service is the backbone of this rally.” a strong service back-up has long been a mainstay of the overarching Maruti Suzuki philosophy, and it shows in Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport’s approach to rallying, too.

Suresh Rana and PVS Murthy bagged first place with a near-51-minute lead. (temperatures were regularly dipping below zero degrees, Celsius) and nor does the thin air at these high altitudes (around 17,000 feet). For a car to make it through, it has to be tough as nails, reliable, practical and well-built. in this light, the performance of the Vitara Brezza and S-Cross is most commendable. On the outset, including front-wheel-drive everyday heroes such as the ignis, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross in the Xtreme format seems foolhardy. This is the domain of rough-and-tough four-wheel-drive SuVs, after all. But then you pick up the result sheet and your eyes focus on the words ‘Vitara Brezza’ and ‘S-Cross’ in the fourth and sixth lines respectively. These cars, heroes of us everyday drivers, have managed to beat turbo-charged Gypsies and other bigger SuVs to the finish line. Their virtues, namely reliability, practicality and build quality, have enabled them to make it through six days of driving over some of the nation’s most challenging terrain in reduced atmospheric oxygen and sub-zero temperatures. it was, in fact, inspiring to see these cars braving the elements. in our regular lives, we see

them plying urban streets, ferrying men and women to work, children to school and families to vacations. here, however, they were gunning down dirt trails, splashing through canals, making their way through ankle-deep sand and climbing boulders. after six challenging days, no one was surprised when Suresh rana from Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport won the 19th Maruti Suzuki raid de himalaya by a whopping near-51minute lead. We had, after all, seen him outrun all his competitors day after day. This was the 11th Maruti Suzuki raid de himalaya that he had won – and that is no small feat. also critical to the success of Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport was its

‘Like on the roads, Maruti Suzuki’s service team was its backbone during the rally.’


The 19th Maruti Suzuki raid de himalaya concluded successfully and – most importantly – safely. The nation’s toughest rally, in the words of one marshal, “makes grown men cry” and we could see the truth in that. The Maruti Suzuki raid de himalaya is physically and mentally demanding for the cars/bikes and their drivers/ riders. it takes a special breed of men and machines to endure this rally and Team Maruti Suzuki Motorsport has proved to all that they’ve got these men and machines, all under one blueand-silver umbrella.

Final results XTREME CARS PO. naME

VEHICLE

TIME

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Maruti Suzuki Brezza Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Maruti Gypsy Maruti Gypsy Maruti Gypsy Maruti Gypsy

09:22:17 10:13:14 10:35:34 10:45:41 10:48:23 10:58:30 11:19:32 12:43:37 12:53:08 14:49:34

Suresh rana/PVS Murthy Sanjay razdan/Karan aukta Sanjay agarwal/Smitha n Dharam Pal Jangra/Sultan Padia niju nanalal/Sabatullah Khan Sandeep Sharma/Karan arya Shuchi Thakur/Shahid Salman Capt HS rathore/Divyant Mann Hav Mangal Singh/Yadav Singh amrinder Singh/Maj Pareek


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8 1 2ne0wcars

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All prices mentioned are estimated, ex-showroom.

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H at c H b a c k s maruti Suzuki WAgONR When first lAunched, the Wagonr’s boxy proportions took some time for indians to get used to, but once they were convinced of its vast interior space and practicality, the Wagonr soon became one of Maruti’s bread and butter models. suzuki already sells the third-generation model in Japan and, this time around, the designers seem to have taken a bolder path, and have further accentuated the Wagonr’s traditional tallboy look, making it look more boxier than before. up front, there are large squarish headlamps and an all-new grille. At the side, a slightly raked body-coloured B-pillar stylistically divides the car into distinct front and rear

passenger sections. there’s a prominent body line that runs across the body towards the lower edge. the rear-end styling is quite slab-sided and the tail-lamps are placed just above the rear bumper. however, for india, Maruti could tone down some of the quirkiness. interior space, practicality and

equipment will get a boost. Gearbox options will include manual and AMt.

Coming: late 2018 Engines: 1.0P Price: rs 4.2-5.5 lakh

maruti Suzuki SWIfT the hAtch thAt single-handedly gave Maruti suzuki a much-needed makeover from being a maker of reliable but staid cars, into one that is more exciting. Also, few cars in the country have a following as strong as the swift, having topped the sales charts for the better part of the decade. this distinct-looking hatch will soon be replaced by a bigger, more spacious, yet lighter

model sometime early next year. the new car retains its predecessor’s unique two-box profile and floating-roof design. But the front end, like on the new dzire, with its hexagonal grille and projector-beam headlamps on top-spec variants, makes the third-gen swift stand out. On the inside, it gets a sportier layout, replete with a twin-pod instrument cluster and a flat-

bottomed, multifunction steering wheel. like modern Marutis, all variants will come with ABs and dual front airbags as standard, while top-end variants will get auto climate control and the company’s smartPlay touchscreen infotainment system. the current car’s 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3litre diesel engines will be carried over, but for the first time, will get the option of AMt. Also, a 1.4litre turbo-petrol motor-powered swift ‘sport’ is likely to be introduced later. that’s the variant hot hatch buyers should keep an eye out for.

Coming: february 2018 Engines: 1.2P, 1.4P, 1.3d Price: rs 5-8 lakh

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new car special cover story Honda Jazz FaCEliFt

maruti Suzuki AlTO + KWID RIvAl A full rePlAceMent for india’s highest-selling hatchback ever has been a long time coming, but now Maruti may finally bring in an all-new Alto. there is buzz of an ignis-like design, so expect

the tiMe seeMs about right for honda to introduce the mid-cycle facelift of its Jazz hatchback. Already showcased at the frankfurt motor show this year, changes from the outgoing model include a new headlight signature, a revised grille, tweaked bumpers, and new metallic colour options. for india, expect it to sport a similar design, get some extra equipment and an infotainment system similar to the one on the city sedan and Wr-V crossover. engine options are expected to remain the same as the current model.

the shape and look to be a sharp departure from the current model’s. What is also expected is a far more spacious interior that is fitted with a touchscreen infotainment system. With the new Bharat stage safety norms to be implemented soon, expect the new Alto to come with safety features like anti-lock brakes as standard. in addition to the Alto, Maruti is also readying another small car to rival the kwid. design is likely to be suV-inspired and have a higher ground clearance. Both models will get Maruti’s current 800cc petrol and a 1.0-litre k-series petrol engine.

Coming: Mid 2018 Engines: 1.2P, 1.5d Price: rs 6-9.3 lakh

Coming: 2018 Engines: 0.8P, 1.0P Price: rs 2.5-4.2 lakh

Hyundai i20 FaCEliFt

tata tiago sPort

Ford Figo Cross

hyundAi kneW it had a winner on its hands with the second-generation i20 hatchback. in spite of its premium price tag, the i20 found a strong fan following, thanks to its style, performance, quality and reliability. As part of the facelift, the front gets styling tweaks which brings it more in line with the latest from hyundai. it does away with the two-part grille and in its place, is a single, large ‘cascading grille’. the headlamps seem more angular as well. expect hyundai to bump equipment levels slightly, while current engine options are expected to continue.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 1.2P, 1.4P, 1.4d Price: rs 5.5-9.5 lakh

Coming: Mid 2018 Engines: 1.2P, 1.5P, 1.5d Price: rs 5-8 lakh

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fOrd tOO is looking to cash in on the crossover craze with a beefed-up version of the figo hatchback. cosmetic enhancements include a prominent black cladding that runs across the length of the vehicle, and black alloy wheels. front and rear bumpers will also be beefed up in order to differentiate it from its hatchback sibling. in addition to the figo cross, ford is also readying facelifted versions of the figo and Aspire, with all three models getting the manufacturer’s new 1.5-litre dragon engine.

tAtA MOtOrs is revving up to launch a hotter variant of its tiago hatchback, called the tiago sport. the model is being developed by Jts – a joint venture between Jayem Automotives and tata Motors for performance vehicles. Powering it will be the 1.2-litre revotron turbo-petrol from the nexon, producing close to 110hp. the tiago sport will also feature other performance upgrades like a lowered suspension, stiffer damping and an aggressivelooking body kit to distinguish it from the regular hatchback. Price-wise, it is expected to undercut its contemporaries like the Maruti Baleno rs , Volkswagen Polo and the Abarth Punto.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 1.2P Price: rs 7 lakh

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sedan audi A8l Audi is set to take the fight to big, luxurious sedans like the BMW 7-series and the MercedesBenz s-class with its brand-new A8. Built on the MlB evo platform and using Audi’s space frame concept, the fourth-generation A8 employs exotic materials like aluminium, magnesium, carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer and hotformed steel to keep weight low. it’s more tech-

laden than ever before and even gets level 3 autonomous driving technology, which allows the driver to take their eyes off the road while the car drives itself! While this technology won’t make it to india, what we will get is the long-wheelbase A8 with a full suite of features to pamper the rear-seat passenger. the seats are electrically adjustable,

get massage functions, and even the footrests are temperature controlled. the cabin is devoid of too many buttons, with the dual touchscreens being the control centre for most functions. Buyers will be able to pick between a 3.0-litre V6, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines and a 4.0-litre V8 petrol, all of which will come with efficiency-boosting, mild-hybrid technology as standard.

Coming: late 2018 Engines: 3.0P, 4.0P, 3.0d Price: rs 1.4-1.6 crore

audi A7 stylisticAlly, the neW A7 follows the theme established with the first-generation model, but with tauter surfacing and crisper forms. the five-door layout remains; the cabin doors are frameless, while the large tailgate hinges from above the rear window to provide unimpeded access to the huge 535-litre boot. At the rear, there’s an active spoiler element that deploys at speeds above 120kph. the most dominant styling feature, however, are the exquisite full- width tail-lights; each tail-light receives 13 individual elements, joined by an illuminated light bar that stretches across the rear of the

BMW 6-sEriEs gt boot lid. On the inside, there is a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, combined with a 10.1-inch multimedia infotainment display at the centre of the dashboard facia, and an 8.6-inch display unit mounted at the base of the centre console – both offering standard touch control, with haptic and acoustic feedback qualities. the A7 too will feature hybrid versions of Audi’s 3.0 V6 in both petrol and diesel.

Coming: late 2018 Engines: 3.0P, 3.0d Price: rs 80 lakh

think Of the 6 Gt as BMW’s answer to the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz e-class. its distinctive body style is just one reason to be thrilled about the new 6-series Gt. Based on the 5-series, but with a stretched wheelbase, this is a car the chauffeur-driven will love. Air suspension will be standard for india and we will also get variable dampers and active anti-roll bars as well. it also gets a lift feature that increases ground clearance by 20mm. On the inside, the cabin is huge and very spacious, and quality levels are even better than those of the 5-series. like the 5-series, it should be available with 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines; a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel will also be offered. BMW will assemble this car in india and will price it competitively.

Coming: february 2018 Engines: 2.0P, 2.0d, 3.0d Price: rs 60-70 lakh

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Honda AMAze the first-GenerAtiOn AMAZe never quite reached the heights honda hoped it would and, while it was better than the rest in terms of sales, it always played second fiddle to the Maruti dzire. A brilliant overall package, it was let-down by its spartan interiors and evident cost-cutting. now, with the second-generation Amaze, honda is aiming to go for a more premium image and the compact sedan is likely to share styling elements with its larger sibling, the city. this

means that the new car should look a lot more sleeker and sharper than before. honda’s famous packaging should also mean that the Amaze is going to be roomier on the inside as well. expect the same set of petrol and diesel engines to be carried forward to the new car.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 1.2P, 1.5d Price: rs 6-9 lakh

three decAdes AGO, lexus became synonymous with luxury, with the launch of the ls luxury sedan. in its latest generation, the ls is packed to the gills with comfort, luxury and safety features. lexus also claims the new car is the quietest one it’s ever made, and that’s saying something. With a 421hp, 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged engine, this is expected to be a quick luxury sedan. so would you consider this over a Mercedes-Benz s-class?

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 3.5P Price: rs 1.5-2 crore

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rollS-royce PhANTOM “A PhAntOM is a Phantom is a Phantom.” these words really ring true here as it is near impossible to find its peer in the automotive realm. rolls-royce refers to the Phantom as more of ‘luxury good’, just like a yacht or private jet, and has gone the whole nine yards to appoint this car with new technologies. it hasn’t deviated too much from its predecessor in terms of style. inside, it exudes luxury, from the deeppile carpets, the trim fine-grain wood, to the soft

leather seats, the starlight roof and to the allnew ‘Gallery’, which allows owners to showcase works of art in their car. the Phantom gets its power from a 6.75-litre turbocharged V12 motor and is capable of 100kph in a scant 5.1sec. it is expected to cost rs 8 crore before options.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 6.75P Price: rs 8 crore

the first-GenerAtiOn cls introduced the ‘four-door coupé’ body style and looked quite stunning with its sloping roofline. soon afterwards, rivals BMW and Audi followed suit with their iterations of the body style, the 6-series Gran coupe and the A7 sportback, respectively. the third-generation cls will continue with the same theme as its predecessors in terms of styling and will be built on the e-class platform. however, its engines, driver assistance systems and other interior options will be from the s-class.

Coming: end 2018 Engines: 3.0P, 3.0d Price: rs 80 lakh

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ToyoTa VIOs In sPITe of ticking most of the right boxes for the India market, the Vios’ arrival in India has been long overdue. This is Toyota’s answer to the honda City and is expected to replace the etios when launched. styling is in line with Toyota’s ‘keen look’ design philosophy and the car shares some visual cues with its larger sibling, the Camry, especially in the front. It will get a spacious, premium interior and come with features like climate control, steering-mounted audio controls, and a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. higher-spec variants are likely to get a colour-coded trim on the dashboard and door pads. however, the Vios’ UsP will be safety and Toyota’s bulletproof reliability. It will be powered by stronger versions of the etios’ 1.5-litre petrol and 1.4 diesel engines. Coming: end 2018 Engines: 1.5P, 1.4D Price: Rs 8-12 lakh

ToyoTa CAMRy ToyoTa has been desperately trying to shed its image as a maker of staid cars, and with the new-generation Camry, this seems to be finally manifesting. Gone are the boring straight lines and in its place are cuts, curves and creases all around. The Japanese carmaker launched the asean-spec Camry earlier this year and that’s the model that will make it to India. style-wise, there is an aggressive new front bumper, with prominent air vents and a large central air dam. The bumper gets inserts and splitter elements finished in black, while the grille is separated

from the air dam with a body-coloured surround. Its side silhouette gets a sleeker profile with the roofline neatly flowing into the boot lid. The cabin comes with a V-shaped centre console, a large touchscreen infotainment system and a colour display in the instrument cluster. expect the same 2.4-litre petrol engine with an option of hybrid powertrain as well.

Coming: end 2018 Engines: 2.4P, 2.4P + electric Price: Rs 30-40 lakh

MErCEdEs-BEnz s-Class faCElift foR DeCaDes, many have christened mercedes’ flagship sedan as the ‘best car in the world’ and for good reason too. seldom does a carmaker get the fundamentals of luxury so right as this one does. The current generation has been a bestseller since its launch and now the stuttgart-based luxury car manufacturer will launch the model’s facelifted version. styling gets slight revisions, including a new pair of headlamps and tail-lamps, a slightly refreshed grille, revised bumpers and more chrome all around, but overall, it still remains unmistakably an s-class. on the inside it will offer more in terms of tech, creature comforts and safety. The facelift will also usher in a brand-new set of engines that will be more fuel efficient. so, by the looks of it, mercedes seems to have done enough to keep the car’s bestselling status intact.

Coming: march 2018 Engines: 3.0P, 4.0P, 3.0D Price: Rs 1.2-1.6 crore

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suv audi q5 The Q5 has been the bestselling audi for a few years now and the carmaker does not seem to want to tinker with a successful formula for the new car. It’s similar looking to the older car but the sharper styling and detailing makes it look more like a mini-Q7. It’s based on an all-new platform, which means its lighter than before, and the suspension too has been revised. The cabin is where the new Q5 really shines, with a

top-notch interior in terms of design and quality. equipment levels are impressive and it includes a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, in-car wi-Fi, an 8.3-inch free-standing screen for the MMI system with CarPlay and android auto compatibility. audi’s GlC and X3 baiter is wider and it comes with a longer wheelbase than before and this translates into more interior room and a larger boot capacity of 550 litres. a seven-speed auto gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive will be offered as standard on most variants.

audi q8 The Q8 wIll be top dog in audi’s sUV line-up when it launches in India. It is poised to take on BMw’s X7. Test mules suggest that it will retain the concept’s striking exterior design that combines the large footprint of an sUV with the sleek lines of a coupé. It shares its MlB platform with the Q7 but with a 5,020mm length, 2,040mm width and a 3,000mm wheelbase, making

Coming: January 2018 Engines: 2.0P, 2.0D, 3.0D Price: Rs 55-62 lakh

BMW X4 it even larger than a Range Rover. audi says the Q8 will use a hybrid powertrain, combining a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and an electric motor, with a total output of 450hp and 500Nm.

Coming: late 2018 Engines: 3.0P + electric Price: Rs 1.1crore

The X4 Is to the X3 what the X6 is the to X5 – a sportier, coupé-roofed sibling. In the new X4, you’ll get all the features and space of the new X3, but with less of headroom at the rear. It sits on BMw’s ClaR (Cluster architecture) structure and uses a mix of high-strength steel and aluminum. Power is most likely to come from a 360hp, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, petrol engine.

Coming: late 2018 Engines: 3.0P Price: Rs 65 lakh

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bmW X3 The new X3 promises to deliver more luxury and driving pleasure than its predecessors. Set to rival the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC, the new X3 is built on a chassis that is considerably stiffer and 55kg lighter than the one on the car it replaces. It isn’t much larger on the outsides and overall dimensions are similar to the outgoing car. Where BMW engineers and designers have made more space is between the wheels. The high-quality interior follows in the footsteps of the new

5-series, with its hexagonal form and bevelled edges. There is a slightly more space in the rear and knee room is marginally more than the earlier X3. Passengers in the rear get three-zone climate control and the rear seats can be split 40:20:40 to expand the boot space to a massive 1,600 litres. The new X3 also rides better and is nicer to drive than its predecessor. There’s also an M Performance version with a lower, stiffer suspension and 360hp on tap, making it both quick and fun to drive.

bmW X2 ThE BAvARIA-BASED CARMAKER is on a spree to fill every possible niche there is for SUvs. The X2 will be its sixth SUv and it shares the UKL platform with the X1. Designed to be sportier than the X1, it stands 49mm shorter and 69mm lower. Design-wise, the X2 is quite similar to the Concept X2 that was showcased at the 2016 Paris motor show. A BMW roundel adorns a thick C-pillar, while a taut surfacing treatment along the flanks and squared-off wheel arches lend it a rugged look.

The X2’s cabin shares plenty of elements with the X1’s, including the black panel instruments and the multifunction steering wheel. Base variants will feature front-wheel drive while four-wheel drive will be available on the top variants. The X2 will lock horns with the likes of the Range Rover Evoque.

Coming: Early 2018 Engine: 2.0P, 2.0/3.0D Price: Rs 50-60 lakh

Hyundai CrEta faCElift

Coming: Mid 2018 Engines: 2.0P, 2.0D Price: Rs 40-50 lakh

WhEn LAUnChED In 2015, the Creta hit the spot mainly due to its looks, premium feel and refined performance. A bestseller ever since, hyundai isn’t expected to make radical changes when it refreshes the model next year. Styling changes will be more in line to meet the brand’s current design philosophy, with a new grille and bumper design, modified headlamps and tail-lamps. Equipment levels are expected to get a boost and make the Creta a more enticing buy.

Coming: Mid 2018 Engines: 1.6P, 1.6D Price: Rs 9-15 lakh

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Honda CR-V There’s A new cr-V on its way here and this one is going to feature an all-new diesel engine option – a first for india. in addition to its proven 2.4-litre petrol, there’s going to be a new 158hp, 1.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that is likely to be offered with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. This fifth-generation version of the cr-V is bigger than the car it replaces and will be launched in a seven-seater guise only. This should give the cr-V an immediate advantage over like-sized rivals such as the hyundai Tucson and Jeep compass. honda has worked hard to up the premium quotient as well, there’s generous use of soft-

touch materials all around and it features a dashboard similar to the Accord hybrid’s. A 7.0inch touchscreen infotainment system offers a host of smartphone connectivity options. fully loaded variants are likely to come with dual-zone climate control, heated wing mirrors, electrically adjustable front seats and remote engine start. now with seven seats and a diesel engine option, its likely that the cr-V will be more popular than ever before.

Coming: mid 2018 Engines: 2.0P, 2.4P, 1.6d Price: rs 23-26 lakh

A mid-cycle refresh, the range rover’s styling changes include a refreshed grille with a gloss-black surround in a front bumper, and four options of headlamps, including a pixellaser option. The range rover sport line-up gets subtle changes to the grille and new led headlamps. interiors too are refreshed and more in line with the Velar. The engine line-up has been uprated for better performance and more fuel economy.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 5.0P, 3.0/4.0d Price: rs 1.2-2 crore

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Hyundai COMpACT SUV (CARlINO) hyUndAi will enTer the hot-selling compact sUV segment with a new baby sUV based on its carlino concept. when launched, it will rival the likes of the refreshed ford ecosport, maruti Brezza and Tata nexon. Keeping the Korean brand’s recent track record in mind, expect the sUV to feature highquality interiors and long equipment list. while

engine details are sketchy, we expect it to get a new 118hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, along with hyundai’s tried and tested 90hp, 1.4-litre turbo-diesel.

Coming: end 2018 Engines: 1.0P, 1.4d Price: rs 6-9 lakh

size-wise, The Velar slots right in between the evoque and the range rover sport, though it will be a strict five-seater. A highlight of its interior is the Touch Pro duo infotainment system that uses two 10-inch touchscreens and keeps switchgear to an absolute minimum. The Velar is land rover’s most road-focused sUV yet, and it does look more ramp model than off-roader. make no mistake though, for the Velar gets land rover’s full suite of off-road technology, including Terrain response 2 and an active rear-locking e-differential.

Coming: January 2018 Engines: 2.0P, 2.0d, 3.0d Price: rs 80-90 lakh

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Jaguar E-PACE JagUar’s seconD sUV, the e-Pace will rival the likes of the mercedes-benz gla, bmW’s X1 and audi’s Q3. The striking design is somewhat reminiscent of the larger f-Pace but it manages to carve its own distinct identity. The roofline and sides have been inspired by the f-Type. at the rear, there are large leD lights with a ‘chicane’ graphic. The interior is similar to that of other Jaguars, but the e-Pace gets a conventional gear stalk instead of a rotary knob gear selector for its nine-speed automatic gearbox. featuring macPherson struts

in front and multi-link setup at the rear, Jaguar says it has tuned the chassis, along with the four-wheel-drive control system and adaptive Dynamics dampers, for a sporty on-road drive. in addition to standard all-wheel-drive, the top-of-the range diesel and petrol models have active Driveline all-wheel drive.

Coming: late 2018 Engines: 2.0P, 2.0D Price: rs 50-60 lakh

JeeP RENEgADE sTill gloWing aT the success of its compass, Jeep is looking at strengthening its indian innings with this baby sUV. The renegade’s look is pure Jeep and that alone should distinguish it from all rivals. its length almost measures up to that of the Duster, but is both wider and taller than the renault. engine options are likely to include the compass’ 2.0-litre diesel and 1.4-litre turbo-petrol motors, both of which will make about 140hp. While the engines seem potent on paper, the

The Wrangler is the quintessence of Jeep and, for india, more of a capability showcase rather than a bread-and-butter model. Jeep recently unveiled the latest generation of the Wrangler internationally, and it is expected to make it to indian shores in the near future. The styling is a modern interpretation of the iconic sUV but still retains enough elements like the keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail-lamps. according the american company, the Wrangler’s tremendous 4x4 capability has been honed further and will now feature more fuel-efficient powertrains, than before.

Coming: end 2018 Engines: 3.6P, 2.0D Price: rs 70 lakh renegade is expected to outclass its rivals in terms of ride and handling – both on the road and off it. all-wheel drive, however, will only be offered on costlier, fully loaded variants. like the compass, Jeep will assemble the renegade at its ranjangaon plant, indicating a competitive starting price.

lamborghini UrUs

Coming: end 2018 Engines: 1.4P, 2.0D Price: rs 12-16 lakh

lamborghini’s firsT sUV since the lm002 is less sUV and more supercar. built on VW group’s mlb evo platform, it will feature a 48V-powered active anti-roll bar at the rear as well as a Torsen torque vectoring systemand rear-wheel steering for razor-sharp handling. Powering it is a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 that’s likely to make upwards of 600hp. The sUV’s interiors will be edgy and typically lamborghini in design, with its seating restricted to four.

Coming: end 2018 Engines: 4.0P Price: rs 5 crore

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mahindra xUV300 MahInDRa IS SYneRgISIng with its Korean subsidiary to develop two new crossovers to exploit the burgeoning small SUV space. It will be based on SsangYong’s Tivoli, and for India it will get higher ground clearance and thicker tyres. also, in a two-pronged attack, the Indian SUVmaker is readying two variants – a five-seater and a seven-seater. The smaller variant will be under four metres in length to benefit from the tax concessions. The Tata Motors nexon and the Maruti Brezza are in its crosshairs. The seven-

seater variant will square up against the hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster. expect it to come packed with features like a dual-zone auto climate control, seven airbags, a 7.0-inch touchscreen and eSP. Powering these SUVs will be either an all new 1.2-litre, direct-injection turbo-petrol or a 1.5-litre common-rail, turbo-diesel engine.

Coming: late 2018 Engines: 1.2P, 1.5D Price: Rs 7-12 lakh

SSangYong RexTON

In SPITe oF its recent facelift, the current model of the Pajero has started showing its age against its more modern competition. Mitsubishi will launch an all-new model early next year which will feature a more sophisticated and bolder design. This rugged, seven-seat SUV is larger than its predecessor, with more interior space. Cabin design has been thoroughly modernised and will come with all the features befitting an SUV at this price. Power will come from a 181hp, 2.4-litre, diesel engine that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There will be an all new switchable four-wheel-drive system with a lowrange transfer case for more hardcore off-road requirements. Price-wise expect the SUV to undercut both the endeavour and Fortuner.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 2.4D Price: Rs 30 lakh

Mitsubishi OutlandEr

The all-new RexTon from Mahindra-owned Korean carmaker SsangYong, is built on a new body-on-frame chassis. It is lighter than the vehicle it replaces, looks better, and with its massive proportions, has a strong road presence. Style-wise, it now features projector headlamps with leD daytime running lamps (DRls), a slim hexagonal grille, leD fog and cornering lamps at the front and now rides on large 20-inch alloy wheels. It measures 4,850mm in length, 1,960mm in width, 1,825mm in height and comes with a wheelbase of 2,865mm. These dimensions make it shorter in length and height when compared to the

Ford endeavour, albeit wider and with a longer wheelbase. The interior, too, is brilliantly put together, there’s a large 9.2-inch high-definition touchscreen, soft-touch plastics and quilted nappa leather upholstery. This seven-seat SUV will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to an automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive. There’s still a question mark though: will it be badged a SsangYong or be a top-of-the-line offering from Mahindra?

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 2.2D Price: Rs 28-30 lakh

wITh MoRe anD more buyers taking to petrol SUVs, this petrol soft-roader from Mitsubishi is also expected to make a comeback to India. The Minato-based carmaker has given its SUV a thorough revision with fresh styling and engineering changes, as well. It will be brought to India as an import in a single, fullyloaded variant with seating for seven people. Powering it will be a 169hp, 2.4-litre petrol engine that will send power to all four wheels via a CVT automatic.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 2.4P Price: Rs 30 lakh

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NissaN KICKs Similar to renault’S Captur, the nissan Kicks is a no-holds-barred shot at SuVs, ranging from the Hyundai Creta to the pricier Jeep Compass. the Kicks shares its robust mechanicals with the nissan terrano, built with its sharper styling, almost coupé-like profile and floating-roof design make it look a lot more attractive and modern. like the terrano, the Kicks’ interior is spacious and quite a modern affair. it comes with part-

digital instrumentation, a flat-bottomed steering wheel with audio and phone controls, a 7.0-inch touchscreen bundled with smartphone connectivity and a reverse camera, and auto-climate control. Fully loaded variants are also likely to get a 360-degree camera, side curtain airbags, and traction control. Powering the Kicks will be the

Porsche CAyeNNe tHe tHird-generation Cayenne is yet another new SuV based on the VW group’s mlB architecture. the exterior design of Porsche india’s best-selling vehicle may suggest that it is a mild revamp. However, it is, in fact, an all-new car using a body structure that is considerably lighter than before. to give it a sportier look, Porsche says that it has increased the length and width of the Cayenne, while lowering its height. at its rear, it gets a continuous lightband – a signature styling cue detail seen across the german brand’s new-generation cars. on the inside, there’s a new-style dashboard that features a combo of

same 1.5-litre diesel and 1.5-litre petrol motors offered on the terrano. its pricing, though will be on the higher side.

Coming: mid 2018 Engines: 1.5P, 1.5d Price: rs 10-15 lakh

Mini CountryMan analogue and digital instruments along with a large 12.3-inch touchscreen as in the Panamera. expect a wide range of petrols and diesels to be a part of its model line-up, as well. Porsche has pushed the envelope further when it comes to ride and handling with a sportier suspension, rearwheel steering and a whole basket of technical skullduggery. this car will help you get from point a to point B faster – while having fun, along the way.

Coming: mid 2018 Engines: 4.0P, 3.0/4.0d Price: rs 1.3-1.9 crore tHiS SuV iS the biggest mini yet and it measures 4.4m in length. Based on the same uKl platform that underpins BmW’s X1 SuV, it will also rival the audi’s Q3 and mercedes’ gla. it’s quite a practical car too, and comes with a spacious 470-litre boot. the rear seat can even slide 130mm forward and backward to liberate more legroom. all this will definitely make it much more appealing to the family-car buyer here in india. However, besides the practical bits, what sets it apart from the rest is oodles and oodles of mininess – young, fun to drive and very British. Variants for india are likely to be in Cooper S guise and powered by 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 2.0P, 2.0d Price: rs 40-45 lakh

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manuFaCturerS HaVe Found the rs 15-25 lakh price bracket to be very alluring, especially after the success of the Jeep Compass. Skoda seems to have taken notice as well. to compete, the carmaker will bring the Kodiak’s smaller sibling – the Karoq – to india. a replacement for the capable, but slowselling yeti, the Karoq is a more conventionallooking SuV than the former. also, like its main rivals the Jeep Compass and Hyundai tuscon, it is a five-seater. the Karoq is the first Skoda to come with a digital instrument panel and you can expect build and interior quality to be top-notch. Karoq is built on the VW group’s mQB platform, and will be offered in india with a 1.4 tSi petrol and a 2.0 tdi diesel engine.

Coming: end 2018 Engines: 1.4P, 2.0d Price: rs 18-22 lakh

toyota land CruiSEr Prado

tHe Prado HaS a reputation of being hard as nails with an ability to traverse any road (or lack thereof), like clockwork. the facelifted model continues to be based on the previous model’s platform but gets a number of design changes. on the outside, it gets a new hood, fenders, grille, headlamps, tail-lights, wheels and front bumper, which make the new model longer. the cabin on the refreshed model comes with a new dashboard, instruments and centre console with a new 8.0-inch infotainment screen mounted low to improve outward visibility. it will continue to share its diesel engine with its smaller sibling, the Fortuner.

Coming: late 2018 Engines: 2.8d Price: rs 90 lakh

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TaTa Q501 tHe SuCCeSS oF the nexon is proof than tata motors has hit a purple patch when it comes to passenger vehicles. now the Pune-based carmaker is aiming even higher and will launch two new SuVs – a five-seater and a seven-seater in the next financial year. targeting a starting price of rs 13 lakh, the five-seater SuV will take on the Hyundai Creta and renault Captur, while the seven-seater model is expected to cost rs 2 lakh more and square up against the Jeep Compass. Both SuVs will be based on the l550 platform

that also underpins the land rover discovery Sport. However, they will be completely different in terms of look and feel, and they won’t share engines, either. tata motors will use FCa’s 2.0-litre multijet ii engine that will be tuned to develop 140hp on the five-seater SuV and 170hp for the seven-seater model. expect both, two-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive models to part of the line-up.

Coming: end 2018 Engines: 2.0d Price: rs 13-20 lakh

VolVo XC40 it iS already being called a future global bestseller for the brand. the baby XC40 sits below the new XC60, is the third model in Volvo’s SuV line-up and will take on the likes of the BmW X1, mercedes gla and audi Q3. Built on the Swedish manufacturer’s new Compact modular architecture (Cma) platform, it shares a strong resemblance with its larger siblings, the XC60 and XC90. exterior design incorporates a clamshell bonnet and a distinctive upswept rear window while avoiding a low-roofed crossover-coupé look, making it both practical as well as stylish. inside, the XC40 is more radical, there’s 12.3-inch thin-film transistor (tFt) instrument display as standard, as well as a 9.0inch touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard

in a portrait configuration. as one would expect from something wearing a Volvo badge, safety equipment will be comprehensive and the company says that it has given the smaller SuV a similar level of protection as the larger XC90.

Coming: mid 2018 Engines: 2.0d Price: rs 27-30 lakh

VolVo XC60 in itS lateSt avatar, the XC60 looks like a shrunken XC90. that’s not a bad thing. it stance is bigger than the current model and you get a roomier cabin which comes trimmed with nappa leather, fine wood and soft plastics. its centre piece is a 9.0-inch touchscreen, which is the command centre. it’s a Volvo, so expect class-leading safety.

Coming: december 2017 Engines: 2.0P, 2.0d Price: rs 55-60 lakh


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MPV mahiNdra U321 tHe innoVa’S moVe upmarket has left quite a void in the market for a people-mover in the rs 10-15 lakh price bracket, and it’s one that others haven’t really been able to fill yet. mahindra is now betting big on its upcoming, brand new, seven-seat mPV, which will not only fill this space but also wants to take the fight to the hot-selling and more expensive innova Crysta. the mPV which replaces the Xylo is code named u32. it comes with a monocoque construction, and will be lighter and more efficient than the Crysta and the tata Hexa, that use a heavier bodyon-frame construction. interiors will be all-new and equipped with the latest comfort and infotainment features. Seven-seater and eight-seater options are both likely, with aC vents for all three rows. the unnamed mPV will also debut a new 130hp, 1.6-litre, fourcylinder, mFalcon diesel engine that mahindra has jointly developed with Korean carmaker Ssangyong and will be a part of the carmaker’s future models.

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Coming: early 2018 Engines: 1.6d Price: rs 9-15 lakh

maruTi suzuki eRTIgA eVer SinCe itS launch in 2012, maruti’s life utility Vehicle or luV has been a consistent performer for the brand. it delivered on most parameters including performance, comfort and ownership, and was cheaper to buy than the innova and, heck – it was maruti! Come august 2018, there will be a new generation of the ertiga coming our way, and by the looks of it, maruti’s new mPV is going to be longer and slightly wider than the outgoing model. a longer rear overhang should mean more space for the thirdrow passengers, plus additional luggage space.

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the second-generation model could get a more upright stance up front with a high-set nose and front bumper. the wheels have been upsized and will now ride on 16-inch wheels. maruti is likely to offer the same 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel for now, with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that’s currently under development in-house replacing Fiat’s 1.3-litre diesel engine.

Coming: mid 2018 Engines: 1.4P, 1.3d Price: rs 7-12 lakh tHe go CroSS concept, datsun’s go+ based compact crossover grabbed a lot of attention at the 2016 auto expo. its jacked-up stance, beefy body cladding, skid plates and radical front-end styling were a far cry from its donor car’s skinny proportions and build. nissan’s sub-brand has been slow in bringing the car to the market, but with the crossover-SuV demand showing no signs of slowing down, the go Cross still holds a lot of relevance. With the right pricing, this crossover could give a much-needed boost to the brand’s flailing fortunes.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 1.2P Price: rs 6-8 lakh

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electric cars TaTa Neo (eleCTRIC) tHe ‘PeoPle’S Car’ just got a new lease of life (and a new name) by means of an all-electric powertrain. Called the tata neo, this electrified version of the nano is expected to launch later this year. the indian carmaker is first targeting the electric taxi segment where players like ola and Bengaluru-based lithium cabs use the mahindra e2o, exclusively. there are two versions of the neo eV – the fleet or taxi version will come with a modest 48V motor, while the passenger version will get 72V. We expect the neo eV to be superior to the

mahindra e2o, offering better performance and a longer range. Price-wise, as well, it should be significantly cheaper than the mahindra. Back in 2010, tata motors showcased a nano eV concept at the geneva motor show that came with a superpolymer lithium battery and promised a driving range of 160km per charge.

Coming: late 2017 Propulsion system: 30kW electric motor Price: rs 6.5 lakh

NissaN NOTe e-POweR

tata tiGor ElECtriC

tata motorS reCently pulled a rabbit out of its hat by winning a huge order to supply electric vehicles to the government and in the process outbid india’s only electric carmaker, mahindra. the tigor electric meets the criteria stipulated by government in its purchase order for eVs and will powered by an electric motor developing 30kW power and will do approximately 150km on a single charge. Whether tata motors will also sell the tigor eV to the general public remains to be seen. Currently, its only competition will be the mahindra’s eVerito electric sedan, against which the smaller and more modern tigor eV is expected to perform better and cost less.

Coming: late 2017 Propulsion system: 30kW electric motor Price: rs 12 lakh

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petrol engine car. nissan has already shipped examples of the car to study e-Power technology in the indian setting.

Coming: late 2018 Propulsion system: 1.2P + 70kW electric motor Price: rs 20 lakh

TaTa TIAgO eleCTRIC tmetC or tata motors european technical Centre is fast turning out to be a hotbed for developing the brand’s future technologies – electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, you name it! recently the centre unveiled an electric version of the tiago hatchback that uses a liquid-cooled 85kW electric drive motor tuned to develop 200nm of torque, a top speed of 135kph and 0-100kph in around 11sec. However, this powertrain is more of a

technology showcase and may not make it to the market, as of now. For india, the electric tiago is likely to share a similar powertrain with its sibling, the tigor electric, making 30kW of power and offering a driving range of around 150km.

Coming: early 2018 Propulsion system: 30kW electric motor Price: rs 11 lakh

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iF india’S limited charging infrastructure seems like a bridge too far for electric vehicles, then, nissan might just have the solution with its note e-Power. a range-extender hybrid, this electrically driven hatchback gets its battery charged using a small 1,198cc petrol engine rather than a fixed charging socket. nissan claims that it returns almost 40kpl and its performance is capable to a 2.0-litre turbo


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FErrari PortoFino

beNTley CONTINeNTAl gT BaCK in tHe day, if one was a lord, Baroness or H r H and you wished a spot of brisk motoring to the French riviera, Bentley’s Continental would have been the most likely choice for the grand tour. Fast forward to the present where the monarchy has been replaced by business oligarchs, but the narrative on the Continental gt still holds. in its latest avatar, the Continental gt promises grand touring wrapped in a cocoon

of luxury like never before. the third-generation model uses the Porsche-developed mSB (modular standard drivetrain) platform that is also used in the new Panamera and its weight has gone down by 85kg. also a new addition, is the Bentley dynamic ride – a 48-volt electric active roll-control system from the Bentayga. this makes the car even more agile than before. Propulsion comes from a Bentley’s 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 petrol engine and the Continental is capable of 0-100kph in 3.7sec with a top speed of 333kph. the insides are more akin to a luxury lounge with rich handcrafted details, yards of fine leather and the option of appointing bespoke options for the car.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 6.0P Price: rs 3-4 crore

Ferrari’S entry-leVel model gets an all-new chassis that is lighter than before. the Portofino looks sharp and aggressive, with a large radiator grille, and 488 gtB-like headlamps. Powering it is a turbocharged 600hp, 3.9-litre V8. it does a 0-100kph in 3.5sec and has a top speed of 320kph.

Coming: 2018 Engines: 3.9P Price: rs 3.2 crore

PorSChE PanaMEra SPort turiSMo

Ferrari 812 sUPeRfAsT Ferrari’S lateSt Big V12 gt has quite simply obliterated the benchmarks set by its predecessor, the F12. the 812 Superfast combines explosive performance (800hp) from its naturally aspirated V12 engine with razor-sharp handling and F1-inspired techno-wizardry to deliver one of the most supreme on-road driving experiences, today. 0-200kph takes a mere 7.9sec; 100 in under 3sec and 200 in 5 – all without 4Wd or the weight of the engine over the driven wheels. With emission norms getting tighter by the day, this could be the last nonelectrically boosted, 12-cylinder, front-engine gt from Ferrari, ever.

Coming: mid 2018 Engines: 6.5P Price: rs 5 crore

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BMW Z4

Ford MuStanG FaCEliFt

tHe tHird-generation tt is fantastic to drive. it looks sporty and comes with a suave cabin. audi is now bringing a sportier version with a 400hp, 2.5litre, five-cylinder, turbo-petrol motor that will do 0-100kph in just 3.7sec – making this the fastest tt, ever. it looks a lot meaner now as well.

BaSed on BmW’S Clar architecture, the new Z4 will be lighter than before. Styling displays all classic BmW roadster cues – a long bonnet, short overhangs and a soft-top roof. it will use a frontengine rear-wheel layout with power coming from a 250hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine.

tHe muStang got a facelift, recently with tweaks to the engine, suspension and interior. Ford has gone for a sleeker look and the bonnet has been lowered with air vents integrated into it. the grille has also been redesigned to make it a slimmer, sleeker unit.

Coming: early 2018 Engines: 2.5P Price: rs 80-90 lakh

Coming: mid 2018 Engines: 2.0P Price: rs 75 lakh

Coming: mid 2018 Engines: 5.0P Price: rs 75 lakh

in itS eFFortS to expand its line-up like never before, Porsche has introduced this sleek new estate to its Panamera line-up. measurements remain the same as the sedan, only the boot space increases. Sublime performance and physics-bending handling should be standard.

Coming: 2018 Engines: 4.0P Price: rs 1.5 crore

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One fine nOvember morning, 40 discerning guests from mumbai and Pune settled into a range of chauffeur-driven mercedes-benz cars to be whisked to the company’s plant in Chakan, near Pune. They alighted outside a modernist building housed in the north-western corner of the facility to be greeted by a board that read, ‘Centre of excellence’. The Centre of excellence is a customerfocused initiative started by mercedes-benz that allows its customers to experience the brand, in its entirety. mercedes-benz is more than just a maker of cars. it is an experience that largely revolves around its cars but also transcends them. This is what the Centre of excellence aims to underline. The guests started their day with hand-crafted beverages at Café mercedes, before settling down for a presentation by michael Jopp, vice-President of Sales and marketing for mercedes-benz india. Jopp shed light on mercedes’ past in india, its


current operations and its plans for the future. it was especially interesting to hear about what the reputed carmaker has in store for india in the coming years, ranging from exciting new technologies to futuristic powertrains. After michael Jopp’s presentation, the guests spent some time admiring the mercedes-benz vehicles put on display at the Centre of excellence. The mercedesmaybach S-class attracted many a guest: it’s hard to not be awed by its superlative luxury. The mercedes-AmG GLC 43 4mATiC Coupe also garnered much attention on account of its gorgeous profile and sporty cabin. Guests also tinkered with the iConfigurator – a unique program that allowed them to virtually explore the nearendless customisation options available on mercedes-benz cars. next on the schedule was a truly unique experience – an exclusive chance to step into the space where mercedes cars are

Guests from Mumbai and Pune, ready for a day of the holistic Mercedes-Benz experience.


The GLE 350d 4MATIC tackled steep declines and daunting side inclines with aplomb.

born. A part of the Centre of excellence experience is a visit to the mercedes-benz india assembly lines at the Chakan plant. Armed with state-of-the-art headsets, the guests were taken on a guided tour of the mercedes-benz india assembly line, where they watched – with great awe – the complete manufacturing process of a mercedes-benz car. The process starts with the body shell, immaculately painted and lifted onto the production line. from there on, all the components, systems and parts that form a mercedes are fitted on – by hand – on a high-tech, state-of-the-art assembly line. The majority of components of mercedesbenz cars in india are imported to maintain quality levels on par with those prevalent internationally, and are then hand-fitted into vehicles by highly-trained staff. it was a heartening experience for guests to watch the transformation of a body shell into a fully-functional, road-ready car. Current owners of mercedes cars felt a greater connect to the brand after watching how their prized possessions come into existence, while potential customers of the brand got a rare glimpse into the high quality of craftsmanship that goes into the making of these cars. in the words of Amal Tanna, a car collector and connoisseur from mumbai, “i am currently a mercedes owner and seeing

Guests listen with rapt attention as Mr. Jopp talks about the past and future of Mercedes in India.

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Guests are taken on a guided tour of the Mercedes assembly line where cars are put together by hand.

Current owners of Mercedes-Benz felt a greater connect to the brand after watching how their prized possessions come into existence. the facility probably justifies me owning a mercedes-benz. it makes me proud to own it and even justifies any future mercedes-benz purchases that i will make.” The Centre of excellence experience was not over yet, though. Guests were whisked

from the plant in GLe 350d 4mATiCs to an off-road course specially created by mercedes-benz to showcase the goanywhere ability of its SUvs. The course was a daunting one, consisting of steep inclines and declines, along with pits, trenches

and 35-degree side inclines. As the GLes effortlessly navigated this course, one could see guests gasp in shock and disbelief at the capabilities of these cars. At more than one occasion, the GLe had at least one wheel suspended mid-air, compelling the 4mATiC system to redirect power to those wheels that did have some traction in order to move the car along. According to Abhishek mantri, a Pune-based DJ, “i used to think the GLe was only a luxury vehicle, but now i think it can take a serious bashing. i think it’s a great vehicle, and it’s been a great experience.” After a day of immersion in the full threestar experience, guests were visibly elated. “This was a very different type of experience,” says Samit Hede, a business owner and mercedes-benz loyalist. “i have attended most of these events, like the Star Drive and the Luxe Drive, but this was quite unique.” rajen Shah, a mumbai-based jeweller, quite enjoyed his experience at the Centre of excellence, too: “my trip here has been worth every bit,” he said. “We went around the plant, we experienced the offroad track – the whole experience has just been outstanding.” After a hearty gourmet lunch, the guests started leaving one by one, stepping into the chauffeur-driven mercedes-benz cars to be whisked away in style and luxury back home.


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DUbAI TO HATTA AdVeNTUre

Away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai city, the drive to Hatta allowed the SRT to stretch its legs.

StRaighT to the Hatta

The drive to the ancient village of Hatta was the perfect outing for 475hp Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Hormazd Sorabjee has an enjoyable day of speed, sound and sightseeing. PHotograPHy SHERMAN NAZARETH he throttle response takes me by surprise as I exit the parking lot outside the FCA office in Dubai’s Internet City. You don’t expect a 2.3-tonne SUV to leap forward like a scalded cat, but that’s exactly what the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT does with just a modest dab of the throttle pedal. In fact, it took me a few hundred metres to modulate throttle inputs precisely to reign in the SRT’s sportscar-like enthusiasm for a smooth drive. There’s a purity to the SRT’s grunt which is delivered in a delightfully old-fashioned way. There are no turbochargers to boost power and no 48V hybrid system driving an electric motor to give you that extra initial kick. Instead, what you get is raw, undiluted cubic capacity – 6,417cc of it to be exact – displaced through a good old V8. This 6.4-litre Hemi engine cranks out 475hp and 637Nm of torque and channels it to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic, which again is a good old-fashioned torque converter. The Hemi has a deep-chested burble, which

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turns into a raucous snarl every time I floor it. The sound is intoxicating no doubt, but blasting from traffic light to traffic light with a wide-open throttle sucked fuel at an alarming rate, and by the time I reach The Meydan Hotel on the other ◊

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Brembo brakes come with fancy red calipers. ∆ side of the city by the race course, the fuel gauge registers a noticeable drop. But who cares in a land where the price of petrol is the equivalent of Rs 35 per litre? This is American muscle and I’m loving it. Trouble is that I can’t find the space to flex all that muscle. An SUV makes sense if you’re doing the rounds of Dubai’s shopping malls, but not if it’s one that explodes to 100kph from a standstill in 4.5sec. This is a seriously fast machine that feels more at home at the Dubai Autodrome than on Sheikh Zayed Road. To enjoy the SRT I had to break free from the city and find some interesting roads with no speed cameras. But where?

NOT THE DUBAI YOU KNOW

It’s off the beaten track and is a part of Dubai most tourists haven’t heard of. In fact, the oasis village of Hatta doesn’t feel anything like Dubai and it contrasts sharply with the giant malls and towering skyscrapers of the city. Tucked away in the Hajar mountains, Hatta has its own skyscrapers – not man-made but natural. The stark, rocky mountains looming into view look spectacular and the road that cuts through is equally scenic. There’s not much traffic here, which is great, but the best bit is that you get something that’s rare to find in a flat, desert landscape – corners! The last bit of the 130km drive from Dubai twists through the valley between the mountain ranges; I couldn’t have picked a better spot in the emirate to enjoy the SRT. The fast sweepers leading up to the Hatta Heritage Village dispel many preconceived notions. SUVs are meant to be ponderous, big and heavy but the Grand Cherokee seems to shrink in size the harder you drive it. The steering is the star of the SRT’s dynamic abilities, offering a precise and weighty feel through the chunky, flat-bottomed wheel. It’s not a particularly quick

SRT powers up the slope to Hatta dam like a ballistic missile. Barren and rocky Hajar mountains provide a spectacular backdrop.

G L I M P S E O F T H E PA S T: H AT TA H E r I TAG E V I L L AG E It’s hard to imagine that the Emiratis, pampered by vast air-conditioned malls, state-of-the art offices, lavish apartments and luxury just about everywhere you turn in dubai, had ancestors that not too long ago lived in mud huts in 50deg C heat and that to without air conditioning! the hatta heritage Village, the oldest dwelling in the dubai area, is a restored village that gives you a peak into the life of Bedouins. the fort complex has traditional mud houses that’s rebuilt with bedrooms and kitchens to show how the inhabitants once lived. Just outside the hatta heritage Village is the hatta Fort which offers some fabulous views.

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DUbAI TO HATTA AdVeNTUre

Pristine waters of the lake at Hatta dam is fast making it a tourist hot spot.

The SRT feels more at home at the Autodrome than Sheikh Zayed Road.

 steering, but allied to grippy 295/45 ZR20 Pirelli Scorpion tyres, the SRT feels hugely reassuring and can be driven way harder than I thought possible. Any doubts that American cars don’t handle well are also thrown out of the window. True, the Grand Cherokee doesn’t have the incisiveness or ability to change direction as quickly as a Cayenne, but it’s nicely tied down, especially in Sport and Track mode. The massive (and bright red) Brembo brake calipers, which have a six-pot setup in the front and a four-pot at the rear, shed speed at an unbelievable rate. Useful, when you have to suddenly slow down for a speed camera! At a short distance beyond the Hatta village is the Hatta dam and it’s here that the road gets a bit narrow and a bit bumpy in parts. The ride in the softer Auto mode is comfortable but feels

After a long day’s drive it feels good to come back to the lap of luxury. a bit unsettled over uneven surfaces, and in the stiffer Sport mode, sharp edges shudder through the cabin. The low-profile tyres also affect the ride quality and, hence, a bit of suppleness dialled into the suspension would be welcome. The route to Hatta dam ends in a steep road that takes you right up to the wall of the dam. The SRT rocketed up this near-vertical incline like a ballistic missile, the auto transmission actually upshifting on the way up! Such is the torque of the 6.4 Hemi engine. Visibility from the high-set seats is great but it’s only the sky that fills your windscreen at this crazy angle. The blue-green lake with mountains all around is a breathtaking sight, one that we got to enjoy only briefly. We were running out of light and still had a lot of filming to do. But, if you have time, you can climb down to the shore and rent kayaks and paddle

boats to enjoy the pristine waters and soak in the amazing scenery. With the sun disappearing over the horizon, we pack up for the day and hit the highway back to Dubai. The same route that took 90min in the morning takes a good two hours in the evening; we’ve caught the tail-end of rush-hour traffic. The Grand Cherokee SRT is out of its comfort zone in stop-and-go traffic, like a bull trapped in a chicken coop. Despite the cylinder deactivation, which shuts of half the cylinders when driving on a light load, even the smallest flex of the throttle has the V8 chomping at the bit. This car needs open vistas to play. We arrived back at Meydan in time for dinner after a deeply satisfying day of driving a great car, on a great road, to a great destination. What more could you want? AI

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FLYING HIGH LIVING FAST While we hop into an Audi Q7 to drive down to the city’s outskirts, some of us board a helicopter to get there. Joy Chaudhari figures out which is the better way to travel. PhotograPhy Ashley bAxter And PriyAnk ChhAPWAle

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SUV OR helICOpTeR? GoING pLAceS

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The Bell 206 is among the most popular turbine helicopters ever built. This one was built in 1992.

he Autocar India office sits below the flight path of helicopters landing in Mumbai’s racecourse. The traffic of Bell, Eurocopter and Agusta helicopters increase by late afternoon making their last sortie of the day before sundown stops chopper operations. I’ve often wondered who are these people in the choppers and where are they coming from? I don’t understand the point of private helicopters in India. Yes, they are great for defence, during natural calamities, for rescue missions, for connecting oil rigs and for politicians to tour the country during elections. There are few landing places for private helicopters in Indian cities. Mumbai, I know has only two – the Juhu aerodrome and the helipad at the racecourse. There is a helipad at the Raj Bhavan and a Navy helipad at Colaba but they are out of bounds for private citizens. So even if you are India’s richest person, you still have to drive the last few kilometres to your home after landing at the racecourse. Private aircrafts, I can understand. Time is precious, and an aircraft is a fast and

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comfortable way to criss-cross the country or the world. Helicopters are slow in comparison and have limited range; they do need less space to land and take-off though. Is the helicopter just an ego toy or a productivity machine? Since most helicopter flights operate around a 500km radius, wouldn’t a car do the job as efficiently? Yes, there obviously would be

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If we followed the maintenance schedule that choppers follow, our cars would last us a lifetime.

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a time and money penalty, but what about comfort and convenience? We decide to find out. And there’s only one way to do that – the Autocar India way. No conjectures, no guesses, no assumptions, but hard facts and quantifiable data. For that, we needed two things, a car, and a helicopter. We tackle the easy part first. Which car do we pit against the flying machine? Helicopters are known as go-anywhere vehicles not restricted by airports or airstrips. So the car too has to be


SUV OR helICOpTeR? GoING pLAceS

This petrol Q7 gets 252hp and 370Nm under the bonnet, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

a go-anywhere vehicle, and that pointed to an SUV. With their strong engines, fourwheel drive, high ground clearance and rugged build quality, SUVs promise to take you where lesser cars fear to tread. Since a chopper owner will be a high-net individual, this SUV had to be luxurious too. We turned to the SUV that had we had driven down to India from Ingolstadt – the Audi Q7. But this one is powered by a petrol engine. The Audi Q7 40 TFSI, with its Quattro system and a 252hp motor, is requisitioned for the test. Now comes the difficult part. Where do we get our hands on a helicopter? Bell and Eurocopter have no media vehicles like car manufacturers to loan us. And there are no helicopter owners in our social circles. There is only one thing we can do – charter a helicopter. Yes, it is going to be expensive, but we spare no expenses when it comes to bringing our readers a good story. I recruit the help of my two colleagues, Gavin and Nikhil. The plan is simple. Gavin will fly to Pawna Lake from Mumbai while Nikhil will drive the Audi Q7. Pawna Lake, 120km from Mumbai is a popular site for weekend tourists from Mumbai and Pune. Ringing the lake are

some sprawling properties of the rich and famous. One of these properties has a helipad and the owner has given us access to it. The stage is set for the battle. D-Day. It’s nine in the morning. Nikhil gets into the Q7 and points its nose towards Pawna. Gavin has the office driver to chauffeur him to the helipad at the racecourse. The chopper is scheduled to arrive at ten, and Gavin doesn’t want to be late. The match is on. The chopper is already waiting when Gavin arrives. It’s a Bell 206 L3 single-engine, light-utility

helicopter that can carry five passengers. In the cockpit, along with the pilot, is a flight engineer. Like in every aircraft, a chopper has to be signed off by a service engineer every time, before it can take-off. Our commercial flights don’t carry an engineer along because there are engineers at the airports they land, to sign-off the aircraft. But there are no engineers at our destination, so the engineer is on-board to certify the Bell is safe to take-off after it lands at Pawna. Just imagine getting your car signed-off by a trained engineer every time you start the engine. No wonder this 1992 model is as good as new. If we followed the stringent maintenance schedule that flying machines follow, our cars would last us a lifetime without once stalling on the road. ◊

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The Audi Q7’s standard air suspension delivers a supremely comfortable ride.

∆ While the pilot and Gavin are ready to fly, there is a hiccup. Mumbai Air Traffic Control has asked the chopper to wait since there are other aircrafts nearby. There is no option but to wait for ATC clearance. Meanwhile, Nikhil in the Audi Q7 has already reached the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine is refined, the eightspeed automatic gearbox is intuitive, and he is making good time. The 75-litre tank gives the big SUV a range of over 500km and it can easily make the run to Pawna non-stop, but Nikhil decides to take a break for a cup of tea. And as Nikhil is sipping his tea, the chopper is still waiting for clearance. The Bell, on a tankful of fuel, goes about the same distance. It burns around 140 litres of fuel every hour and the 350-litre tank is good for about a two-and-half-hour flight. The ATC clearance finally comes through and the pilot fires the Rolls-Royce 250-C30P engine, sparking life into the 11.28m-long main rotor and the 1.65m tail rotor. Unlike the elegant aerodynamic airflow over a wing in a fixed-wing

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Though 2,240kg heavy, piloting the Q7 is

easy.

airplane, the rotors of the helicopter beat the air into submission. This engine develops 650hp at the shaft. Inside the cockpit, the pilot checks that all warning lights and parameters are green before he pushes forward on the cyclic and pulls the collective up. One tonne of metal seems to dangle precariously as it leaves the ground before it climbs up and is soon a dot in the city’s skyscape.

Though the empty weight of the Bell is just 1,228kg, the maximum take-off weight is 1,882 kg. So a fully loaded Bell is still lighter than the 2,240kg kerb weight of the Q7 without passenger or luggage. Nikhil, meanwhile, is back on the road. Except for a bit of tyre noise from the wide rubbers, the cabin is a very quiet place. While Audi claims that the big SUV has a top speed of 233kph, the road conditions and traffic rules dictate a much more sober pace. You would expect the helicopter to be much faster than the Audi, but surprisingly it isn’t. The Bell’s top speed of 241kph is not that much faster than Audi’s claim of 233kph. Where it beats the car is it can maintain a cruising speed of about 200kph through most of the flight and also take a shorter route, which effectively makes it much faster. Taking off from the heart of Mumbai, Gavin gets a fantastic aerial view of the city that not many are privileged to see. And better still, he


could open the windows to take in the view. But what he didn’t count on was the rotor noise that makes any conversation in the cabin impossible, and the cramped cabin space. The Q7 costs a fraction of this Bell but scores much higher on cabin comfort. What takes three hours in the car is a 30min ride in the chopper. It’s less time than Gavin’s commute in peak traffic, from the office to the racecourse. Even if you add the drive to the helipad and waiting for ATC clearance, the chopper is still much faster than the Audi. So when the Bell lands at the helipad in Pawna, the Audi is still some distance away, not helped by the fact that Nikhil made another stop to grab a bite and relieve his bladder. Gavin’s rumbling stomach reminds him that he has not had any breakfast, and the nearest food joint is a few kilometres away. Nor is there a toilet. All he can do is wait until Nikhil shows up in the Audi Q7. So what did we learn? We already knew that helicopters were expensive to buy and maintain. We discovered that while they may be expensive, they can be noisy, cramped and sparse in creature comforts as well. And impractical, unless you have your own private helipad.

Unlike aircrafts, where the pilot-in-command sits on the left, a chopper pilot sits on the right. But there is no denying that to people for whom time is money, a helicopter makes a whole lot of sense. It’s a different high when the city’s tallest skyscrapers are like toy houses under your feet and traffic is something that you only

look down at. Yes, I won’t have a helicopter registered in my name but I have a consolation. I do have a license to drive the Audi Q7. Also, isn’t it nearly just as fast as the Bell? Can I have the keys, Nikhil? AI

You would expect the helicopter to be much faster than the Audi, but surprisingly, it isn’t.

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The Rani ki Vav is an elaborate, seven-storeyed stepwell that is one of the finest specimens of its type.

The CreTa is one of hyundai’s besTsellers, and iT is easy To see n 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Next time you visit Gujarat, you must visit Rani ki Vav, an excellent symbol of our great art and culture.” Well, we took his advice rather seriously, because this month, we found ourselves driving all the way to Gujarat specifically to visit this place that he so praised. Driving to Gujarat is always a pleasure because that state has some seriously good highways. Things were even better this time around because the car we were driving was a seriously good highway cruiser – the Hyundai Creta. The Creta is one of Hyundai’s bestsellers,

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The pristine carvings in the Vav are nearly 1,000-years old.

why – iT’s sharp-looking, and big on feaTures and ComforT. and it is easy to see why. The Creta is a sharplooking small SUV that is big on features and comfort. Its cabin is well-appointed and spacious, with supportive and comfortable seats, lots of legroom and a long list of features, while its ride quality is pliant and supple, and the performance, strong and punchy. We are driving the top-spec diesel this time, and that 1.6-litre CRDi engine really deserves applause – it is just so buttery smooth! The combination of good highways and a good highway cruiser meant that reaching our hidden gem was both easy and delightful. Rani ki Vav is an architectural marvel located in a

town called Patan in Gujarat, around 130km from Ahmedabad. Light traffic and good roads meant that we maintained a great average speed throughout, and were walking through the gates of the complex that houses the Vav even before the sun had peaked in the sky. ‘Rani ki Vav’ in Gujarati translates to ‘the Queen’s Stepwell’. This Vav, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014, is a seven-storeyed stepwell

that is about 64m long, 20m wide and a whole 27m deep. It is unlike any other monument that you might have seen. Usually, when you approach an architectural marvel, you see an awe-inspiring structure rising from the ground; though here, when you walk into the complex, all you see are well-manicured gardens. Walk towards the fenced-up area that is supposed to be the Vav and you are confronted with a sight that truly is one to behold. It is a gaping, intricately carved and sculpted hole


The darter or snakebird, has a slender neck that resembles a snake in motion.

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The Little Grebe is skilful at camouflaging itself in vegetation as it looks for food.

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The Carvings and deTailing in The rani ki vav are some in the ground, so rich in craftsmanship that it makes you stop and wonder: was this really built just to collect water? The answer to that is, well, no. The Vav, of course, was a source of water back in the day but it also held deep spiritual significance and was a place for social congregation. It was built in the 11th century by Queen Udayamati in the memory of her deceased king, Bhima I. The Vav was later flooded by the nearby River Saraswati and remained silted over until the 1980s when it was excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India. On excavation, the carvings inside the well were found to be in pristine condition. The Rani ki Vav is in the form of a stepped corridor with pillared pavilions breaking the steps at regular intervals. It was, and is, one of the largest and grandest structures of its type. The walls of the

The Ruddy Shelduck migrates all the way from Southern Europe and Central Asia.

The osprey with a fresh catch in its talons.


of The besT examples of The CrafTsmanship of ThaT Time. Vav are covered in fine and intricate carvings and sculptures. The overarching theme in the carvings is the dasavatars – the 10 incarnations of Vishnu. Sculptures of these avatars are scattered throughout the Vav, accompanied by those of sadhus, Brahmins and apsaras. The carvings and detailing in the Rani ki Vav are

Travel Tip #1 stay where we stayed: Patan is a small town, with relatively few accommodation options. We found The Grand Raveta to be the best hotel of the lot, with clean, well-furnished rooms and good service. Thol, on the other hand, has no accommodation options. Your best bet is to put up at a hotel in Ahmedabad, which is only around 30km away.

some of the best examples of the craftsmanship of its times. At the end of the corridor is the actual well, a deep cylindrical structure whose walls are, again, covered in intricate carvings. Below the last step of the well, and off limits for regular visitors, is a small gate that marks the entrance of a 30km tunnel that leads to the nearby town of Sidhpur; it was probably used as an escape route in times of war and insurgency. The tunnel is, however, blocked by stones and mud today. The Rani ki Vav truly is an excellent example of the great craftsmanship of India. It is truly amazing that such a

complicated structure was built nearly 1,000 years ago and that it survived the test of time to still stand proud today. It is nothing short of an architectural marvel, stunning and aweinspiring in every manner. After spending half a day admiring Rani ki Vav, we headed back home. We were just outside of Ahmedabad, when an easy-to-miss signboard informed us of a nearby bird sanctuary at Thol. Our photographer, an avid bird-watcher, found this extremely exciting, especially since the winter marks the beginning of the best bird-watching season on account of the influx of migratory birds looking for our relatively temperate weather. In the spirit of adventure and discovery, we promptly took the detour and soon found ourselves driving


through the gate and the bumpy dust road of the Thol Bird Sanctuary. The Thol Bird Sanctuary consists of a large artificial lake that attracts many migratory birds in the winter. More than half the birds that visit Thol in the winter months are waterbirds. We walked the periphery of the artificial lake for more than a kilometre to find a spot at the banks that gave us a vantage point for bird-watching. Our photographer is a bit of a fanatic when it comes to bird-watching and, consequently, carries around a pair of binoculars wherever he goes; this worked out just fine for me. Thol boasted a rich variety of birds, ranging from flamingos and sarus cranes to kingfishers, cormorants, darters, ducks, bee– eaters, woodpeckers and jacanas. Such was the abundance of birds at Thol that I simply had to look out at the lake and I would see a handful of different species right there in front of me. It was a fascinating activity, spotting and recognising birds. Some of them have crossed

Thol boasTed a riCh varieTy of birds, ranging from flamingos

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Travel Tip #2 patan beyond the vav: The Rani ki Vav, surprisingly, isn’t Patan’s only big attraction. Patan plays home to a large number of Patola artists, people who make the world-renowned Patola sarees. Once common attire among queens, Patola sarees are made using a special weaving technique that ensures a long life for the thread and dye. Patola sarees can cost several lakh rupees, depending on the nature of work and thread used.

great distances to get here: the greylag geese, for instant, have flown all the way from Siberia – try wrapping your head around that. As the sun set over Thol Lake, the birds began settling into their nests. We took that as our cue to leave, taking that bumpy dirt road out again. The last bit of sunlight cast the world in a strange orange light as we took to the highway once more, with the Creta happily chugging away the miles as we made our way back home.

and sarus Cranes To kingfishers, CormoranTs and darTers.


as The sun seT, we Took To The highway again, wiTh The CreTa happily Chugging away The miles as we made our way baCk home.


thE Man who savED a Million livEs More than a million people are alive today because Frank Werner-Mohn invented Electronic Stability Control (ESC) while sitting in an icy ditch. Joshua Dowling tracks down its birthplace. PhotograPhy DaniEl MaurEr tability control has saved countless lives. The guardian angel that constantly monitors steering wheel angle, tyre grip and the behaviour of cars in corners may be taken for granted these days, but it is widely regarded as the biggest advancement in road safety since the introduction of the seatbelt. Yet, few of us realise that it was invented by accident, literally. In 1989, a young Mercedes-Benz engineer, Frank Werner-Mohn, skidded off an icy road in the north of Sweden during winter testing. Sitting in a ditch, waiting for a tow truck to be summoned from the nearest town, he had a brainwave. What if the recently invented anti-lock brake system – which rapidly pulses brake pressure

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to prevent locking up – could somehow ‘talk’ to an on-board computer that measured in milliseconds the angle of the steering wheel and the slip angle of a car? The idea: to moderate engine power and/or activate the brakes on each individual corner to help prevent a skid. Supplier Bosch had a similar idea at about the same time, but its system was activated only when the brakes were applied in an emergency. Werner-Mohn’s idea was for the system to be active all the time and constantly monitor road conditions and the attitude of the car. This subtle but significant distinction led to Werner-Mohn’s idea becoming the basis for all electronic stability control systems used today.

Once back at the headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, WernerMohn and his team of engineers were given permission to build a prototype to test their theory. The first challenge was to find a gyro sensor that could measure sideways movement. So they went to a toy shop and bought a remote control helicopter – only to dismantle it to get this precious part. Eventually, they proved the theory could work but quickly discovered they needed a gyro sensor with faster processing speeds than the one in the toy. So they sourced one from a scud missile, minus the warhead, of course, to make a more durable test car. In March 1991 – after two years of intensive development by a small but dedicated team – the technology was given the green

light to go into production. That decision came quickly after one of the top Mercedes executives, who was known to be timid behind the wheel, went almost as fast as the company’s professional test drivers on an ice lake obstacle course. With the technology switched off, the novice barely made it past the first turn without skidding off course. Originally, the technology was installed in Mercedes’ S-class flagship limousine in 1995. But in 1997, a Swedish technical magazine, Teknikens Värld, flipped Mercedes’ then-new A-class hatchback during a swerve and avoid ‘moose test’. Mercedes responded by fitting its new stability control technology – previously reserved for its dearest model – to its cheapest car, before eventually introducing it across the range.


ElECTRONIC STAbIlITy CONTROl GEnEsis

In my heart, I was wounded because it was my invention and it was given away.

“We thank the journalist who did this because it expedited the roll-out of our technology,” says Werner-Mohn. But there were mixed emotions for the inventor when, soon after, Mercedes handed over the patents to its technology suppliers, and did not charge them one penny for it. In the automotive industry, car companies own the rights to the inventions of the thousands of engineers they employ. Mercedes could not build the new stability control systems fast enough to keep up with demand, so it gave its know-how to other technology companies, and allowed them to sell it to rival car brands. The aim was to reduce the cost of the technology. However, within 10 years, German authorities began to notice a reduction in single-vehicle

fatalities in cars equipped with stability control. According to some industry experts, the number of lives saved due to stability control is now in excess of one million globally. The technology is compulsory in most developed countries and is even fitted to the cheapest new cars. To commemorate the technology that so many motorists take for granted, we’ve come to Sweden to try to find the crash site that changed the course of car safety. Our journey begins in the middle of an ice lake near Arjeplog, a tiny Swedish village near the Arctic Circle whose population swells in winter as almost every major car company sets up camp for coldweather testing.

The town nearest to the crash site is about 290km south-west of Arjeplog, but the convoys of slowmoving trucks and snow ploughs double our journey time to six hours on the icy, undulating singlelane roads. The road surface is so slippery that you can barely keep your balance when standing on it to take photos of the countless moose warning signs. With stability control discreetly keeping us on the straight and narrow, we finally make it to Strömsund. However, covered in ice and snow, the roads and terrain in the north and the south of the town look the same. Thanks to some divine intervention, we find the same tow company that came to Werner-

The A-class was an early adopter of ESC to quell stability issues.

Mohn’s rescue all those years ago in this small community of 3,500 people. The business has a new owner today, but they know how to find Tommy Bjurstrom, who, as a young lad, went to work with his dad that day in 1989 to retrieve some fancy new Mercedes. Despite the language barrier between German, Swedish and English, Bjurstrom eventually figures out why we’re here and what we’re trying to find after we produce the photos of the car from 1989 – and a young Tommy with his father and the tow truck. With that, his eyes light up and he ushers us to follow his lead. We head about 4km south of the village to a nondescript stretch of straight road. The pavement has long since been redone and it could be anywhere else in rural Scandinavia. Bjurstrom stops his car and waves his arm out the window. There is still a large ditch, but the big trees have been cleared from the edge of the road. It’s a reminder that the crash in 1989 could have had dire consequences had WernerMohn’s car come into contact with the local flora. Werner-Mohn can’t believe that Bjurstrom has found the exact spot. The tow truck driver can’t believe what the fuss is all about – until we explain to him what that crash led to, and how many lives have been saved since. “In my heart, I was wounded because it was my invention and it was given away,” says WernerMohn. “But, of course, I now see the best decision was… to make it available to everyone, to spread it out to all cars.” AI

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Bjurstrom and son came to Werner-Mohn’s aid in 1989.


A boat by the beach

To win at Pebble Beach, you need to have something extra special. Siddhraj Singh tells you all about the special 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer that clinched the ‘Best of Show’ award this year. PhotograPhy Rolex

inning the Pebble Beach Concours’ coveted ‘Best of Show’ award is not easy, even if you are a billionaire. Collectors spend years looking for that special car and then spend a ton of money getting it ready. And even then, that could lead to nowhere. Pebble Beach can be brutal but there are times when people have found a winner parked in their own garage. This was the case for prominent classic car collector Bruce McCaw. The US-based businessman’s 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer won the 2017 ‘Best of Show’, a car that was lying with him for a number of years. McCaw purchased the car “in pretty good shape”, and had shown the car at Pebble several years ago, unrestored, in the Preservation Class. “The question was whether or not to restore it. I always hate to restore something that doesn’t need to be. But we finally found enough pictures to know the car needed to be restored,” said McCaw. Chassis number 35956, this car was originally

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completed as a 680 S, and the only example of its type to have the chassis finished in silver instead of black. This was done as the rolling chassis was displayed at the London Motor Show. Mercedes-Benz of London delivered this chassis, which had since been updated to the latest 700 SS specification, to a Captain Miller on behalf of Francis Curzon, the 5th Earl of Howe (no relation to Lord Curzon), who was a winner of the Mille Miglia and Le Mans, and a founder of the British Racing Driver’s Club. The S-type cars were designed by Ferdinand Porsche, and were essentially racing cars, developed from a road-going car. Compared

to the previous model, the S was lower and its engine moved back in the chassis. Both were aimed at centring the weight, for better handling. In addition, the engine capacity was increased from 6.3 to just under 6.8 litres. The engines were fitted with an engageable supercharger, which only worked when the acceleration pedal was fully depressed. This was a compromise to have the power available when really needed and still minimise the stress on the engine. The factory racer’s white colour and the scream from the supercharger that gave the cars its nickname ‘White Elephant’. With the update to 700 SS spec, this particular car’s

The unrestored 1929 S Barker Tourer was shown at Pebble Beach many years ago in the Preservation Class.


straight-six engine was enlarged to seven litres, giving it about 200hp. Once delivered to its owner, the Mercedes was sent to prominent British coachbuilder Barker & Co. for the body to be built. Howe’s specifications included pontoon side pods, sporty cycle fenders and boat-tail rear end. The whole body was done in aluminium, polished to a glossy finish on the front half while the rest of the body was painted the Howe family colour of Curzon Blue. The colour was apparently inspired by a dress a family member wore in India, which was the shade of a peacock’s eye. The car was restored back to Lord Howe’s specifications, retaining its original Marchal lighting equipment and chrome-plated wheels. The job was finished just one week before the Concours, and the car completed the 112km Tour d’Elegance, the drive preceding Pebble, despite having done just five test kilometres. Right from the tour’s start, there was a certain buzz surrounding the car. But at Pebble, all cars are special, and the judges have a habit of throwing up surprises. The Mercedes,

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though glorious, looked ‘over restored’ – a term for when a car is restored to a quality, and fit and finish level that’s higher than originally possible. But in the end, that didn’t matter. Despite entering Pebble Beach over 20 times, this was the first time McCaw had a car worthy of winning the ‘Best of Show’. Coincidently,

his car even trumped his brother John’s 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spyder which was one of the finalists. “Lord Howe gets the credit, not me,” said an elated McCaw after the Concours. “We just put the car back to what it was when he had it, as best we could.” AI

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Generations of stars A record turn out of 120 classics made the fourth edition of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally an affair to remember. Mark Narakaden brings you a report of the event.

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Roland Folger, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, flags off the 300SL to start the rally.

The rally had a couple of 300 Adenauers, the last word in luxury in the ’50s and ’60s. uman beings have long been fascinated by the magic of celestial events. Gazing into the night skies, we often seek, and find, divine interactions with stars that invoke in us a sense of fascination and awe. Back here on terra firma there are but a handful of occasions that can enthral our senses with a similar kind of splendour. Mumbaikars, recently, got a chance to witness one such celestial event – an unprecedented gathering of majestic three-pointed stars at the prestigious Mahalaxmi Racecourse that left most people starry-eyed in its majestic wake. The fourth edition of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally, held on November 12, brought together a record number of 120 classics, from the 1920s to the 1990s. There was a car from almost every Mercedes-Benz platform, from the 1950s to the 1990s. The long list included

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sportscars, coupés, luxury sedans, limousines and estates. “Nowhere else will you see a 300SL, a Nürburg, an Adenauer and every generation of the SL come together at same time in this country,” says Perseus Bandrawalla, curator of the event. The blood-red 300SL Roadster convertible was the star of the show and was driven by Yuvraj Himanshu from the royal family of Gondal. Purchased new in the year 1958 by his

father, the Maharaja of Gondal, this roadster is an actual racing thoroughbred that lapped up many victories in India’s racing scene during the 1950s and 1960s. “This car is the only one of its kind in India and two years ago, on my father’s 75th birthday, it was restored and presented back to him,” says Yuvraj Himanshu. In terms of star power, Viveck Goenka’s majestic 1929 Nürburg Tourer also shone just as brightly. The Nürburg was the first series-production ◊

Several owners bought classic Mercs just to take part in the rally.

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Old follows new. Yuvraj Himanshu’s 300SL on tail of the AMG-GT pilot car. ∆ car from Mercedes-Benz to feature an eight-cylinder engine, and Goenka unearthed this particular example from a mine and resurrected the car in a spec and authenticity so as to meet any international Concours standards. A true aficionado, Goenka also owns every generation of the S-class and brought a total of seven immaculately maintained exotics to the rally, including a black W123 250 limousine that was specially prepared for the event. From the prestigious stables of Yohan Poonawalla came two exciting models, a 190SL convertible and a 220S Fintail sedan, both of which proved to be crowd pullers. Also part of the rally were not one but two 300 Adenauers owned by Abbas Jasdanwalla and Behram Dubash, respectively. These four-door cars have pillarless door frames and were the last word in luxury from the brand in the ’50s and ’60s. Aijaz Rashid, whose love for the Mercedes-Benz 190 knows no bounds, brought three examples to the event, including one which got restored just in time for the event. Many participants, like Anosh Shroff, for

The 170Vs from th ’30s were some e of the oldest entrie s.

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Anosh Shroff bought this 230SL’ Pagoda’ in 1983 and uses it almost every day.


Mercedes-BeNZ classic car rally EVENT It’s hard to believe the Goenka’s prestine 1929 Nürburg was found in a mine in Jharkhand.

Every generation of the iconic SL sportscar was represented.

example, also had warm tales of nostalgia. His 230SL, also known as the ‘Pagoda’, has been with him since 1983. This white convertible, which he uses almost as a daily car, forms a part of some of his fondest memories, the best of which is proposing to his wife for marriage. Kabir Bhogilal remembers driving around Mumbai with his father in their 190SL. The sports convertible, which once belonged to the actor Shashi Kapoor, has been with his family for the last 35 years. Interestingly, this fourth edition of the rally saw a record number of SLs come together and each generation was represented with many fine examples. Then there was Marespand Dadachanji, a renowned restorer of vintage cars, who owns a 300TD wagon and uses it like an actual workhorse till today. Also part of the line-up was Jerxis Vandrewalla’s 500SEL sedan that once did duty as the President of India’s official state car. Besides Mumbaikars, Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts from far and wide came together to participate, some even driving down from other cities in their prized possessions. Like Ashish Limbanna and Shahrukh Cassad who drove all the way from Nagpur in Limbanna’s W110 Fintail. Vipul Lathia and Vivek Lathia journeyed from Rajkot in their 300D and 240Ds, respectively. Pradeep Naik, who has a classic car museum, drove all the way from Goa in his 300D Limousine, while Abhijit Patil, a restorer of Mercedes cars, came from Kolhapur in his 300D. Deepak Velankar, a spirited gentleman in his 60s, drove to and fro in his nearly 60-year-old Fintail from Pune on the same day. Manu Gulati also came in with his immaculately maintained Ponton from Pune. In fact, many others from Pune like Harshwardhan Apte, ◊

300SL debuted the world’s first fuel-injected engine.

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Even a lazy Sunday morning could not deter large crowds from showing up.

∆ Dhananjay Panse, and Alok Patel chose to drive down. All in the spirit of the rally. Big kudos go to the owners themselves, many of whom describe their relationship with their cars as something more akin to a love affair. They say that every painstaking effort made for their car’s restoration or upkeep is worth more than the time and money. This kind of longevity

With every year, there’s a distinct improvement in the level of restoration.

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and endurance from these classic machines is also a great testament to the build quality of a Mercedes-Benz product and has helped create an aura around the brand in this country. A lazy Sunday morning didn’t prove to be a deterrent at all for the crowd of enthusiasts and other interested folk that gathered to enjoy this carnival of classic Mercedes-Benz cars. The event drew fans even from far off places like Delhi, Bengaluru and Junagadh, like Madan Mohan of 21 Gun Salute Concours who attended

prepared for the event.

Gautam Ashra’s eighty-year-old 170V kept pace and ran flawlessly.

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Viveck Goenka participated with the highest number of cars, seven immaculate beauties.

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Mercedes-BeNZ classic car rally EVENT Q&a rolaNd Folger, md & ceo, mercedes-beNz INdIa

Deepak Velankar drove this Fintail from Pune and back.

300SL is as exquisite on the inside as it is outside.

Mumbai police did a fantastic job in managing traffic for the Classic convoy.

On India’s love affair with brand Mercedes-Benz. What we see out here today are cars that people love to drive on a day-to-day basis. I believe that over its history in India, people have recognised that Mercedes is here to stay and that we manufacture our cars specifically for the Indian market. And this is a testament to how close the brand is to the Indian heart, especially in the luxury segment.

from Delhi. After the flag-off by MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, Roland Folger, who later hopped into the 300SL for a ride, the convoy ambled its way from the Mahalaxmi Racecourse to Bandra and back via the Bandra-Worli Sealink. The sight of these beauties on the road drew cheers, applause and appreciation from many along the way. Also, it goes without saying that there were many photo-ops and selfies taken, which later peppered the social media circuit. The event’s culmination took place in a ceremony that recognised each participant and their efforts with a certificate as well a ‘grillebadge’ for their cars to wear. The first edition of the rally, held in 2014, saw around 65 cars participate. By the fourth edition, this number has almost doubled and that shows how this gathering of three-pointed stars has

On his personal favourites at the event. It’s difficult to say. There are a lot of very well-maintained cars that I would love to drive myself. I had a great chance to drive in the 300SL, which is one of my personal favourites, although I won’t ever be able to own one. And it feels nice to drive such beautiful vehicles on the road and see people lining up the streets to admire them. The eternity of beauty is best shown in cars like these.

not only grown in prestige and stature but is also proving instrumental in kindling awareness and building traction about the rich culture of classic car motoring. One car owner was only in his late teens; talk about starting them young. Interestingly, this year saw the addition of participants who were supercar owners but bought classic Mercedes-Benz cars to participate in this event. Many others who came, saw and were smitten have already embarked on the journey of finding older models of the threepointed star and restoring them, with plans to drive them in the next edition of the event. This ability to attract and inspire individuals speaks volumes of the success of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally. And as far as celestial events go, this one only seems to get bigger and glow brighter with each passing year. AI

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Large number of SLs and rare SECs were crowd-pullers.

On Mercedes-Benz’ association with the event. From a Mercedes-Benz perspective, to have such an impactful and renowned display of our vintage car set is fantastic for the brand. Here, people can have a hands-on experience of the quality and longevity of our vehicles. Also, it really opens up your heart to see the participant’s enthusiasm for the event and how emotionally connected they are towards their cars. As a brand, Mercedes-Benz really enjoys supporting this event.

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The ArT of Driving What does your car’s suspension do and how does it work? Here are the basics to understanding this important, but largely forgotten component of your car.

CAR SUSPENSION SYSTEM When you think of the performance of a car, you generally think in terms of power, torque and

the job of the suspension is to maximise

(or dampers) and anti-roll bars.

contact between the tyres and the road, to

acceleration figures. But all these figures would

provide steering stability and keep the

SpringS

be useless, and uncontrollable, if not for an ‘out of

passengers comfortable.

We’ve all experienced the way a spring works; it is

sight and out of mind’, but crucial component —

there are three fundamental components of any suspension: springs, shock absorbers

elastic, and coiled up within it is a certain amount

the suspension.

of energy that makes it extend and compress.


the springs in a car’s suspension work

it. therefore, you need dampers or shock

on the same principle. When your car is

absorbers to dissipate that energy. if you

on the road, it’s weight compresses the

had springs without dampers, when you

springs. So when the wheel encounters

hit a bump, your car would continue to

a dip in the road surface, the spring will

bounce until the energy dissipated.

extend and keep the wheel pressed down to the ground. or if it hits a bump the

Shock abSorberS

spring will compress and again keep the

So, how does a shock absorber work?

wheel in contact with the road. there are

A shock absorber is basically a fluid- or

three types of springs, coil springs, leaf

gas-filled reservoir within a tube that acts

springs and torsion bars.

as a cushion between the road and car. it

Coil springs are the

is usually placed between

most common type and

the frame of the car and the

you will see them on

wheels. the upper mount

most cars. Leaf springs

of the shock absorber

are what you would

connects to the frame, while

find in older cars, and

the lower mount connects

on trucks and heavy-

to the axle, near the wheel.

duty vehicles today. the

on the inside, the shock

torsion bar is basically a length of metal rod anchored at one end

absorber’s upper mount is connected to a piston rod, which in

to the car body, and at the other end to

turn is connected to a piston that sits in

the suspension lower link. As the wheel

a tube filled with hydraulic fluid. When

passes over a bump the bar twists. it

the car wheel encounters a bump on the

returns to its original position when the

road, causing the spring to coil and uncoil,

bump is passed and restores the car to its

the energy of the spring is transferred to

normal drive height.

the shock absorber through the upper

While springs are essential for a car’s suspension system, they alone can’t

mount, down through the piston rod and into the piston. As the piston moves,

provide a smooth ride. Why? Because

the oil is forced through tiny holes and

while springs are good at absorbing

valves into another chamber as it’s

energy, they are not so good at dissipating

compressed. this flow resistance can be altered by changing the size of the hole, which is called damping rate. the wider the aperture, the lower the resistance or damping rate, which means a softer ride. there are different types of shock absorbers like twin-tube, mono-tube, gas-filled and exterior reservoir but they work around the same principle.

anti-roll bar now let’s look at the third element of the suspension, the anti-roll bar. its purpose is to keep the car’s body from rolling in corners. An anti-roll bar is a metal rod


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a baffling number of different types suspension systems. Let’s take a look at some of the more common types.

Upper Mount

All suspension systems fall in two

Piston Rod

There are many different types of leaf-springs doing duty in different vehicles.

categories, non-independent and independent suspensions.

oil Reserve Cylinder Pressure Tube

non-independent SuSpenSion in a non-independent suspension, a rigid axle binds the left and right wheels. it is

Lower Mount ExTEnsion CyCLE

basically a solid bar kept in place by leaf CoMPREssion CyCLE

springs and shock absorbers. you can find them on trucks and some SuVs but

that spans the entire width of the axle

these haven’t been used in mainstream

packaging of the engine compartment

cars for years.

and passenger cabin. MacPherson struts

and effectively connects the left and right

are also lighter, an advantage that reduces

independent SuSpenSionS

the overall weight of the vehicle. Another

up and down, the anti-roll bar transfers

in an independent system, as the name

ease of manufacturing, as well as the

movement to the other wheel. this

says, the left and right wheels are allowed

low cost of manufacturing compared to

creates a more level ride and reduces the

to move independently.

other stand-alone suspension systems.

sides of the suspension together. When the suspension at one wheel moves

major advantage of this system is its

car’s propensity to roll whilst cornering.

MacPherson strut: one of the most

But it’s not perfect. Being a long, vertical

Almost all cars today are fitted with anti-

common types is the MacPherson strut.

assembly, it do not work well with

roll bars as standard equipment.

it’s a rather compact and lightweight

sportscars that are normally lower. the

suspension system that combines the

MacPherson struts also have problems

SuSpenSion typeS

shock absorber and coil spring into a

working with wider wheels and requires

now let’s take a look at the actual

single unit. the design means that they

extra steering effort. Wide variations of

suspension types. Car manufacturers

take up less space horizontally and as

vertical movement of the suspension,

in their infinite wisdom have given us

a result, it leaves generous room for

the kind you experience on very

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...because it is effectively anchored at this end to the other suspension components.


Ca r S U S P e N S i o N SYSt e M Double-wishbone suspension is generally found in higher end cars.

SuSpenSion alertS now that you know how a suspension works, here are the signs that your car’s suspension needs your attention. if you start feeling every bump on the road or every bump on the road makes your car bounce, get your car’s suspension checked out. you could do the ‘bounce test’, to check the health of your suspension. Press down on the front of your vehicle

uneven roads, make it difficult for the

with all your weigh, ‘bounce’ it a few times,

wishbone suspension system is cost, as it

tyres to maintain a 100 percent contact

is a more complicated design to produce.

and then release it. if it bounces up and

patch because the struts have a limited

there are many parts to the system, and

down more than three times, it’s time to

range of movement.

thus every time any of these malfunction

head to the garage. Do the same for the

Double-wishbone suspension: Another

of fail, your whole system fails. Repair,

rear suspension.

type of front independent suspension

modification and maintenance costs

is the double-wishbone suspension. it

and complexities for double wishbone

when you’re turning, it may mean that

typically uses two wishbone-shaped

suspension systems are normally higher

your shocks are failing. here are some

arms to locate or hold the wheel in

due to these reasons.

other signs to look out for – nose-dive

place. each wishbone has two mounting

Multi-link suspension: A third type

during braking, rolling to the side when cornering, or squatting down during

if you feel the vehicle pull to one side

positions to the frame and one at the

of suspension worth mentioning is the

wheel, bears a shock absorber and a

multi-link suspension. this is the latest

acceleration. yes, these occur during

coil spring to absorb vibrations. Double-

incarnation of the double-wishbone

wishbone suspensions allow for more

system. it uses three or more lateral

spirited driving, but shouldn’t happen in normal driving. Finally, take a look at your tyres.

control over the camber angle of the

arms, and one or more longitudinal arms,

wheel. the system is much more rigid

which can be angled in any direction

if the treads have worn out unevenly, this is a sign that your suspension isn’t

and stable than other suspension

allowing for better compromise between

systems, and handling performance is

ride and handling. these are more likely

holding the car evenly and is putting

increased. the drawback of the double-

to be used on performance cars.

uneven pressure on the tyres. time to get them checked. Remember, the suspension system is attached to the wheels that put down the power through the car’s tyres. All the technology and engineering in the suspension system will go to waste if you use bad tyres. it is the four fist-sized patches of your tyres that translate engineering into emotion.

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Our old diesel-AMT Ignis is gone and in its place has come a top-spec petrol-manual.

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ce a Maruti The funkiest interior to gra

outside the box. yet; they’re finally thinking

hey call me the ‘Maruti Whisperer’. No, that’s a lie; nobody calls me that, but during some Zenlike moments (pun intended, retro Maruti fans) out on the road, that’s how I feel. Maruti has launched a number of new models in the last two years, and credit where it’s due, they’ve been most generous in making sure we have at least two of their cars in our long-term fleet at any given time (I still have my fingers crossed for that Baleno RS). Now, as you might know from the report in September 2017, my daily driver is a Dzire, but before that I used a Baleno for the best part of a year and I sometimes borrow our yellow Vitara Brezza when I need to haul stuff around. They all have their unique strengths and weaknesses, but there’s something inherently ‘Maruti’ that unites them all – from tangible stuff, like the clean-but-clunky SmartPlay infotainment system, the switchgear, and the seats, to more sensory things like the sound quality of the speakers, and the way all the steering wheels offer varying degrees of disconnection from the road. And I suppose what makes me feel like the ‘Maruti Whisperer’ is finding these nuanced differences among the various models. And now it’s the turn of the Ignis. There’s one thing you should know right from the start – this isn’t the same Ignis that was in our fleet before and which appeared in the July 2017 issue. Yes, that one was red too, but the crucial difference is that it was powered by Maruti’s 1.3 diesel engine and had an AMT gearbox. And, unfortunately, because Maruti doesn’t offer the automatic Ignis in its top Alpha spec, that old car was in the mid-range Sigma spec, with no touchscreen, regular halogen lamps and a lot of the equipment missing. That was the first time I ever drove an Ignis, and the combination of engine, gearbox and de-contented specification made a poor first impression on me. This new one is much better, what with its 1.2 petrol engine, manual

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android auto gearbox, and fully loaded Alpha specification. In fact, this makes it quite similar in most respects to the Dzire I’m currently running and the Baleno I ran before that. And here’s where my ‘Maruti Whisperer’ talents start to come into play. Let’s start with the equipment list; okay, neither of the newer cars can match the Baleno, or the Brezza, for equipment, but they come close and yet they have their differences – the Dzire misses out on speed-sensitive door locks, but the Ignis has them. In exchange, the Dzire has auto headlamps, while the Ignis doesn’t. I’ve also yet to encounter an example of the SmartPlay touchscreen that works perfectly; each one has some quirk or the other. In the Ignis’ case, it sometimes refuses to turn off for hours after I leave and lock the car; music still playing and all. But now that I’ve given it a proper shot in the right spec, there’s a lot I like about the Ignis. It looks good, in a goofy, cutesy sort of way, the roof decal is nice, and the big LED headlamps look distinctive and do a great job of lighting up the road. I absolutely love the 15-inch alloy wheels too, but, unfortunately, our (rather lazy) car wash guy doesn’t. You can’t entirely blame him though. Pretty as they are, the sculpted spokes are a pain to clean thoroughly. All things considered, I enjoy the outright eccentricity of the Ignis. It’s a delightfully oddball alternative to a Grand i10 or a Figo, which now seem mundane in comparison, but personally, I always feel like I might need a bit more space from my car. So, fun as this was, it’s back to the Dzire for me. gAvIN d’SOUzA

Finally, navigation, calls and music in one place.

bug eyes Quirky, large LED headlamps turn a lot of heads.

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dirt magnets Intricate alloy wheels are difficult to clean.

test data MARUTI I g N I S ALpHA 1. 2 pE TRO L M/ T Odometer 8069km price Rs 6.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Economy 15.61kpl (overall, as tested); 13.85kpl (overall, this month) Maintenance costs None Faults SmartPlay Touchscreen sometimes stays on long after the car is turned off.

Visibility thick C-pillar makes backing out of driveways a pain.

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We start our ‘home improvement’ project by upgrading to stiffer shocks; and boy does it make a difference. he steering is oddly placed, the cabin is cramped, I don’t like the red highlights around the fog lamps, there are no parking sensors, there’s loads of turbo lag below 2,000rpm and when the power finally comes in, the engine consumes so much fuel, the numbers on the instant consumption meter are sometimes more frightening than the acceleration. You could be forgiven for thinking I don’t like this car. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. I absolutely love it, warts and all. And the main reason for that is the oldschool 1.4 turbo motor under the hood. For starters, this is the closest we have ever come to an affordable hot hatch; a genuine hot hatch, with enough power and performance to blow cars twice its price off the road. And what’s even more impressive is that it doesn’t feel all that nervous. Now 147hp can make tiny hatchbacks feel fleety and skittish. But no, this is a Fiat – it tips the scales at 1,198kg and that helps. Yes, it does struggle to put all that torque down and the soft, almost standard suspension really doesn’t help. But what we’ve done recently

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HydRaulic Feel the steering’s so good, it feels like you are turning the front wheels yourself.

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Easily confused and difficult to see in the dark, key fob is sometimes a pain.

is upgrade the dampers to stiffer Bilstein B6’s from Pete’s Performance Products, and that has made a world of a difference. The ride now is anything but comfortable. The suspension gets jiggly over even the smallest undulations in the road, and at low speeds, sharp ridges go ‘crack’ as the wheels slam over them. However, get to a corner, turn in and there is a noticeable difference. The Abarth

Turn in, even at a higher speed, and it now just sticks.

now doesn’t roll nearly as much, the deliciously weighty hydraulic steering feels even more welded to the front wheels, and then when you exit a corner, you can put a bit more power to the road too. There is still a bit too much understeer built into the Abarth, and as you get to the limits of performance,

the nose does start to push, but drive through that, keep going past it, and the car does end up feeling nice and neutral in corners. And that really is when the fun begins. Early morning excursions, as a result, are something to look forward to. Five o’clock departures, with the turbo motor drawing in the dense and cold ‘winter’ air, are an absolute blast and powering up the mountain roads above Lonavala, where we often shoot, is an absolute joy. So, now, I put my foot down at every late night opportunity, the engine pulling hard from 2,000 to 6,000rpm, and I find myself making more early morning trips just so I can enjoy the tightened-up handling. Next stop, more power from the engine. Things are going to get hotter. Shapur Kotwal

test data Fiat abarth pu nto odometer 17,120km price Rs 9.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) economy 11.75kpl (overall, as tested) 7.3kpl (overall, this month) Maintenance costs None Faults None previous report June 2017


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The Elantra made light work of our mad dash across the city. ith the task of organising the annual Classic Car Rally on our hands and with loads of running around to do, I rummaged through the Autocar India office car-key box to find a hassle-free ride, preferably automatic, that could tackle the hustle and bustle of Mumbai’s traffic. To be honest, I was hoping for something more compact than the Elantra, but I realised I made the right choice on my first drive home. In fact, the more I drove it, the more it appealed to me. The 2.0-litre petrol motor’s lowend grunt and the automatic ’box’s eagerness to drop gears at the lightest tap of the throttle impressed me. And the steering, though not the most precise, is well-weighted and makes wading through Mumbai traffic and the narrow lanes of Bandra a breeze. The ride quality too is fairly impressive on poorly surfaced roads. That said, the Elantra feels best when not pushed to its redline, as the engine feels a bit rough and strained here. And to be honest, I always drove

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the car in the Normal mode and not in ‘Sport’ or ‘Eco’. The Elantra returned a fuel economy figure of a thirsty 6.9kpl when driven in city traffic. In spite of being a short driver, I have no complaints about the overall visibility and the electric seat-adjust helped me find an ideal driving position. However, being used to seats with a memory function – very useful if the car is driven by another staffer or a valet – I missed having this feature on the otherwise wellequipped Elantra. What scored high on my list, though, was the car’s sheer userfriendliness and abundance of features. The infotainment system is great and I particularly liked the split-screen feature that lets you view the radio settings and the satnav simultaneously. The LCD screen is slightly tilted towards the driver and that gives the car a sporty, drivercentric feel. There are ample charging and USB points (four to be precise, including an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto socket); these are

extremely practical, especially for someone like me who likes to have a dashboard camera plugged in at all times. The velvet surface of the centre armrest is a nice touch as well. Also, the dual-zone air conditioning and excellent airconditioned seats are a blessing considering the weather conditions in the city. I do feel the plastic used on the dashboard and door trims could have been better and the softtouch premium feel you get on some of its European rivals is lacking here. However, there is no denying that the Elantra makes city driving absolutely stress-free and this is one area where it truly excels. perSeuS bandrawalla

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A practical crossover that’s both stylish and fairly reliable. Jay Patil tells you how to pick the best used example. GOOD FOR Strong engine, ride comfort LOOK OUT FOR Faulty high-pressure pump, clutch wear FActFile Years produced 2013-2017 Price when new Rs 9.59-12.46 lakh Engine 1,461cc, 4-cyls Power 110hp Torque 248Nm 0-100kph 11.88sec Top speed 184kph Economy 11.8/17 kpl (City/Highway) ince its launch in 2013, the Nissan Terrano has been living under the shadow of its badgeengineered cousin, the Renault Duster. Although, at first glance

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the two models do look similar, the Terrano comes with sheet-metal changes and styling differences that make it look like a premium Duster. Equipped with the same powertrains as its cousin, there is no difference mechanically, apart from the four-wheel-drive system which the Terrano loses out on. Like the Duster, the Terrano’s interiors are simple and well-built but the equipment list is scarce. So the primary reason why one would consider the Nissan over the Duster is for the exterior design. Used-car prices are quite reasonable overall,

but given that it has been a slowseller, it might feel expensive. Nissan hasn’t made any major changes to the Terrano since its launch. The first facelift came this year and there were only two special editions before that. The first was an anniversary edition which was limited to 450 units, and was available only on the top two trims, the XV and XVP. If you manage to source one for a good price, what you get is a black contrast roof, blacked-out outside mirrors, and decals on the bonnet. On the inside, you get an add-on heads-

up display, rear parking sensors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather seats. The door armrests get a wood finish. The other edition was called the ‘Terrano Groove’ and was limited

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buyer beware … n HIGH-PREssURE PUMP If the engine feels unusually lethargic or has a long starting time, it usually points towards a malfunctioning high-pressure pump and it is an expensive fix at Rs 50,000. It is common in cars that have been driven outside cities and are likely to have fallen victim to adulterated diesel. It could also be faulty piezo fuel injectors which could get clogged due to the same reason. These cost Rs 32,000 to replace.

Interior design and layout is quite basic. It misses out on several features. to just 250 units. With this, you get high-performance speakers by Rockford Fosgate, chrome accents around the fog lamps, ambient cabin lighting and LED scuff plates. It is an edition that’s hard to find and, if you do find one, it’ll be steeply priced; you’d be better off buying aftermarket speakers and accessories. One of the more interesting accessories of the Terrano was the option of adding a foldable third row of seats in the boot, but this isn’t really a safe solution and it’s best if the boot is used for luggage. In terms of reliability, the mechanicals are all borrowed from the Duster, so it’s all quite reliable.

But before signing the dotted line, closely inspect the high-pressure pump, clutch assembly, air-con compressor and the driver and passenger footwell, to spot anomalies as explained in the box on the right. If it all works out, what you’ll own is a stylish and competent crossover.

deAl oF tHe montH n I ssan TE R R an O X V PR E M I U M Price Rs 6.55 lakh (October 2013, 45,000km) Price when new Rs 15.21 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) savings Rs 8.60 lakh Where Mumbai Call 9619722230

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replacing the entire clutch assembly costs upwards of Rs 15,000, including labour.

Also worth knowing

Some owners have faced issues with the AC compressor as well. Keep in mind, a compressor costs Rs 80,000. Also, check the passenger and driver footwell for moisture as the AC drain pipe tends to leak into this area.

How much to spend

R s 5 . 5 -10 . 5 L a K H The Terrano’s low demand translates into a higher depreciation and that’s good news for buyers. Top-spec, well-maintained examples with low mileage on their odo are available at around Rs 8.5 lakh, which is nearly 55 percent of the cost of a new car. However, good bargaining skills will find you decent examples for as low as Rs 6.5-7.5 lakh.

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asKInG PRICE: Rs 6.85 L aKH Well-maintained 2014 XV Premium 110hp model, run only 42,105 km. Car courtesy S S Motor India Call 9830066022

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It flattens bad roads with aplomb and 205mm ground clearance helps too.

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Deals

The Tiguan performed better than expected and sold 1,000 units since launch.

whaT we found

maruti ciaz diesel How much? Up to Rs 1 lakh off. Maruti is offering discounts and benefits of close to Rs 1 lakh on the diesel-powered Ciaz which saw a price hike due to GST roll-out.

Vw Tiguan sold ouT for The year fter a long absence, Volkswagen finally re-entered the SUV segment this May with the Tiguan. At launch, the Tiguan was priced between Rs 27.98 and 31.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This meant it was priced far higher than the Hyundai Tucson and right into the territory of SUVs from the traditional German luxury brands like Mercedes, BMW and Audi. However, the Tiguan performed

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better than expected and is now sold out for the year, with sources telling us that Volkswagen managed to sell 1,000 units of the SUV since its launch. Though most dealers are still accepting bookings of the SUV, deliveries are being promised only in January 2018. VW sells the Tiguan in India with two trim options – Comfortline and Highline. The entry-level Comfortline is decently equipped and comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED

headlamps and DRLs, electrically adjustable heated front seats, cruise control and paddleshifters. The top-spec Highline variant gets larger 18-inch alloys, a panoramic sunroof and a reverse parking camera. In terms of safety, the SUV gets ABS, ESC, curtain and front airbags, front and rear parking sensors and rain sensing wipers. It comes with a 143hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine paired with the automaker’s seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.

deal of The monTh au d i a 3 d i e s e l u p t o R s 4 . 5 l a k h o f f AUDI’S EnTRy-lEvEl DIESEl sedan in India, the A3 has a smart-looking design and a strong 143hp diesel engine. Its ride and handling are good too. But cabin space is a bit tight, especially at the back, which means the car attracts customers who drive themselves. The facelifted model, launched earlier this year, received additional equipment but that hasn’t helped much. Dealers are offering discounts to the tune of Rs 4.5 lakh at most outlets on the diesel-powered A3 sedan.

renault duster amT How much? Up to Rs 1.10 lakh off. The top-spec Duster AMT isn’t a fast mover. In order to keep sales ticking, Renault is offering cash discounts and benefits of about Rs 1.10 lakh.

honda Jazz diesel How much? Up to Rs 85,000 off. Honda will soon bring in the refreshed Jazz to India. Discounts and benefits to the tune of Rs 85,000 are on offer.

maruti ertiga diesel

The A3 sedan takes on the likes of the Mercedes CLA in India.

How much? Up to Rs 95,000 off. Just like the Ciaz, the Ertiga diesel with Smart Hybrid technology saw a price hike due to GST, and that. To push sales, Maruti is now offering discounts on the model.

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

Bookings are still open with deliveries promised in January.


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Battery trouble in Nissan Micra Inder Pal Singh from Delhi purchased a Nissan Micra CVT in January 2016, for which he paid extra to extend the warranty cover. On the whole, he was really happy with his purchase, but, recently, his car began giving him some starting trouble. He took it to an authorised service centre where he was told that the battery needed to be replaced and could be done so under warranty. The dealer, however, stated they could not replace the battery and it could be done only by the battery supplier. Inder approached the battery maker who told him that since it was an original fitment battery, it should be replaced by the dealership itself. Worried about the starting problem getting worse, he paid Rs 5,000 and got the battery replaced, and then reached out to us for help. We got in touch with Nissan who then promptly reimbursed the cost of the battery to Inder.

SAYS Warranties for certain components like batteries and tyres are typically honoured by the companies that make the components. However, in most cases, the car manufacturers or dealers act on behalf of the customer and process the claim. In case they do not, the component suppliers can also process a warranty claim for an original fitment part. If you do find yourself in this situation, push the dealer to handle the case for you, but if they don’t, go to the authorised dealer of the company that makes the component, and not a reseller. 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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I want to buy a petrol-automatic SUV within a budget of Rs 16 lakh. I will be using the car in the city as well as on the highway. Which one would you recommend between the Hyundai Creta petrol AT SX+ and the new Ford EcoSport AT with Dragon engine? sachin More, Pune The EcoSport is cramped in comparison to the Creta which is a class higher and comes with a bigger cabin and a much larger boot. However, if you don’t need the extra space then the EcoSport 1.5 automatic, which comes with paddleshifters, is a much nicer car to drive. The Dragon engine is genuinely impressive, with superb refinement and drivability. The EcoSport’s ride and handling is better than the Creta and it’s, overall, a much better car to drive.

safe than sorry

I own a 2014 Skoda Rapid MPI automatic model which has its 4th year/60,000km service coming up. The manufacturer’s website advises changing the car’s automatic transmission fluid (ATF) and oil filter. But is it necessary? A service advisor had once said that they never changed auto transmission fluid for petrol cars, rather, they have changed it for the diesel models. Pushpak Khedkar, Navi Mumbai Theoretically, you are right. Tiptronic transmissions, like the ones on the MPI engine, are sealed for life. But practically speaking, changing the oil is recommended, unless you’re driving in ideal conditions most of the time (cruising at steady speeds, no stop and go traffic, etc). Obviously, Indian conditions being far from ideal, all automatic gearboxes take a lot of beating and, thus, ATF change is recommended on high-mileage cars (60,000km or so). It’s a practice followed world over – extreme

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temperatures, traffic and other adverse conditions deteriorate the quality of lubrication and may result in a transmission failure. So we recommend that you go ahead with the ATF change; and don’t skimp on it by getting the job done at a third-party service centre. It is a highly specialised job that needs special tools and know-how; so unless someone knows what they are doing, you could be left with a compromised transmission after a poorly executed oil change.

Play it safe

I want to purchase a hatchback for long-term use and my budget is Rs 5-6 lakh. My daily running is around 50km. Which car would be better suited for me among the Maruti Celerio, Ignis and Tata Tiago. Or are there better options? Pankaj, Delhi The Tata Tiago is the best of the lot as it is very comfortable, has a premium cabin, and feels safe and solid compared to the Marutis. However, the Tiago is not as fuel efficient as the Celerio or the Ignis, and, in the long run, may not be as trouble-free or as easy to maintain. Overall, the Tiago is still a better choice simply because it offers you a lot for your money. But, if you want to play safe, we suggest you go for the Ignis which is better than the Celerio.

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I have a 2010 Honda City but it has caused me a lot of discomfort because of its low ground clearance. Therefore, I am looking to buy a new car, and considering my budget and other requirements like mileage (I have a 40km running in the city), comfort and service, I have shortlisted the Maruti Brezza ZDi+. I have heard there’s a lag in torque on the Brezza and that results in frequent gear shifts when driving in the city. I also heard that an AMT version of the Brezza diesel is coming by end-2017. So, should I go for the ZDi+ manual or wait for the AMT? Is there any other car that meets my requirements? Parth roongta, Mumbai It’s true that the Brezza, which is powered by a Fiat-sourced 1.3 diesel engine, suffers from turbo lag or a sluggish response at low speeds that forces you to frequently shift gears. We are not sure of the launch of Brezza diesel AMT but this won’t necessarily make the Brezza more responsive as the AMT itself is not a very responsive transmission. We would suggest you buy the new EcoSport, which has been vastly improved and comes with the tried and tested 1.5 diesel from before and offers better performance and drivability than the Brezza.

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I am looking for an SUV in the Rs 3540 lakh range. I’m pretty impressed with the Skoda Kodiaq and I’ve seen cars like Audi Q3, BMW X1 and GLA. I prefer features over badge value. I’ve heard that the top models of Audi, BMW and GLA cost almost Rs 50 lakh. Please help me choose the best car (seven seats is not a priority). atharv Deo, Pune If you prefer features over the badge, the Skoda Kodiaq makes eminent sense.

Firstly, the Kodiaq has taken quality to a different level that matches luxury car brands. It is more spacious, great to drive and has come cool features too. The Kodiaq is certainly better value and as competent as the Audi Q5, BMW X1 and the Mercedes GLA.

afterMarKet exPeriMents

I am facing an issue with the front suspension of my 2004 Toyota Camry. It is really soft and I can feel every bump. The rear suspension is in good condition. I need advice on upgrading only the front suspension, and I am willing to spend up to Rs 20,000. My plan is to buy Koni shocks for the front and retain the stock springs. Will it be a good idea to only change front shocks to Koni? Can I keep the rear suspension as it is? suneesh, Thrissur Mixing and matching a critical component like suspension is just never advised. There are so many variables working towards suspension performance – bump, rebound and spring rate – that contribute to the dynamics of the car. So changing the characteristics at one end of the car can disturb that balance and, in fact, make the dynamics worse, which could make your Camry even more uncomfortable to ride in. More importantly, you could even risk making it unpredictable to drive at high speeds. If you’re on a modest budget, don’t experiment with aftermarket suspension; just try getting a complete OE replacement set instead. Find a Gabriel/KYB/Monroe distributor in your city/nearby cities. They will be able to recommend the closest OE match for your car. You may have to extend your budget a little bit, but it will be worth the reliability and peace of mind that you’ll get in exchange.

The Skoda Kodiaq has a quality that matches luxury car brands.

A DV I C E

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 (Ask Autocar Anything), the guru-cum-agony uncle, has all the answers. Email aaa@autocarindia.com

suPerior PoWer

I want to buy a new car that costs under Rs 5 lakh. My daily running is 120km for four days a week. Should I buy a petrol or a diesel? I have shortlisted the Tata Tiago, Renault Kwid, Maruti Celerio and Mahindra KUV100. rahul, Mumbai engine The KUV100’s strong diesel Your commute of 120km every nce commuting. ista g-d lon makes it ideal for day for most of the working week is quite substantial and it nicer cabin and handles better than the makes sense to go in for a diesel, Mahindra. But the KUV100’s superior which narrows down your options to the engine will make a big difference to your Tiago and the KUV100. The KUV100 commute and, for that reason mainly, has a stronger diesel engine and a we feel it should be your choice. AI lovely gearbox while the Tiago has a

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wner of a Maruti Ertiga and a Celerio, Sapna Chodankar was keen on getting a more upmarket car for her family. The car would be used to cover up to 5km a day, with highway runs being few and far between. Within a budget of Rs 9 lakh, her priorities were space, comfort, good legroom and a decent-sized boot. We asked her to consider higher-spec manual variants of the Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20 and VW Polo hatchbacks, and lower trims of entry-level mid-size sedans. But as parking space was a constraint, she opted to choose from the hatchbacks. Considering Sapna’s budget, we recommended the Jazz V MT from the list, as it offered all that she was looking for, with enough safety features to meet her needs. After a test drive, she decided to go for the Jazz for its spacious cabin and boot. What also convinced Sapna to close the deal was the premium look of the hatchback.

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Honda’s new Grazia is a handsome, feature-loaded scooter.

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NORTON-MOTOROYALE JV IS OFFICIAL First CBU bike to launch by March 2018; local manufacturing to start by end-2018.

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fter a first word at EICMA 2017 in Milan, Italy, norton Motorcycles and Kinetic Group have made their joint venture official. The legendary UK-based manufacturer, norton Motorcycles, is owned by Stuart Garner, who is also the CEo of the recently revived company. In its new JV, it will be seen joining forces with Motoroyale, Kinetic Group’s exotic motorcycle umbrella, to cater to India as well as ASEAn markets. The JV is a 51:49 split between Motoroyale and norton Motorcycles, where the latter’s prerogative will be to design and engineer its motorcycles, while continuing to own and share its intellectual property (the norton brand, design, heritage references and so on); Motoroyale’s key contributions will be localisation, homologation and manufacturing support. The norton-Motoroyale JV is eyeing a 10-14 percent share of the exotic motorcycle market and aims to sell up to 2,000 units in India in the next two to three years. Including exports to ASEAn countries, the JV targets 4,000-5,000 unit sales within three years, once manufacturing at Kinetic’s Ahmednagar plant commences by the end of 2018. The JV’s first motorcycle will go on sale in India by March 2018 and will be a limited-edition Commando 961 MKII that’ll be brought in as an import. The limited edition’s distinguishing aspects may be limited to paint and trim only. By

Ajinkya Firodia, MD, Kinetic Engineering (left) with Stuart Garner, CEO, Norton Motorcycles (centre) at the announcement.

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FIrST NOrTON FOr INdIA THE CoMMAnDo 961 MKII is a naked, retrostyled, contemporary motorcycle which is available in two variants – Sport and Cafe Racer. The Sport is the more basic of the two, while the Cafe Racer gets racier bits such as an Öhlins inverted fork and clip-on handlebars. Both versions of the Commando get the same 961, parallel-twin motor which produces 78.9hp at 6,500 rpm and 90nm of torque at 5,200rpm. This

fuel-injected, pushrod motor is complaint with Euro-IV (and BS-IV) norms and offers no electronic rider assists. A fivespeed transmission is standard, although ABS, interestingly, isn’t even optional; this will have to change to comply with the upcoming norms.

(Top) The Dominator shares its motor with the Commando, but is more aggressive. (Above) The V4 RR will come to India as a CBU. the end of 2018, nortonMotoroyale will begin local production of the Commando (see box) and this will be followed by phased launches of the Dominator and the DomiRacer. Interestingly, norton Motorcycles has stated the development of an all-new range of motorcycles, which will be made available to the JV at a later stage. A high-performance 650cc twin-cylinder motorcycle is also under development, and norton would have officially revealed the direction of this platform – and the engine, in particular – by the time you read this. The parallel-twin engine in this motorcycle

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Suzuki’s maiden affordable cruiser for India , the Intruder, is based on the Gixxer platform and shares the same 155cc engine. The Intruder is priced at Rs 98,340 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and comes with ABS as standard.

The Grazia is Honda’s third all-new product for India this year. It’s powered by a 125cc engine and features an LED headlight. It’s priced between Rs 59,516 and Rs 63,888 (ex-showroom, Mumbai).

is based off one bank of cylinders from the fully faired V4 RR and will be offered in varying configurations, from 70 to 100hp. The 650 is first expected to be seen in a Scramblerstyled motorcycle which, while being a relatively high-volume model, won’t come cheap. Expect it to be priced on par, or higher, than the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled when launched in Europe towards the end of 2018. This motorcycle will also be launched in India, although perhaps in a more cost-effective configuration, and is expected to establish norton as a more mainstream manufacturer.


BIKE NEWS

TOkYO MOTOR sHOw 2017 Here’s a quick look at the hottest and most important motorcycle unveils from Japan’s largest motor show. PhotograPhy NIKHIL BHATIA disc up front with nissin ABS and an instrument cluster borrowed from the ninja 650. Expect it to be priced higher than the ninja 300’s price of Rs 3.6 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Kawasaki also unveiled the Z900RS, a retrothemed homage to the legendary Kawasaki Z1. It sports classic styling and is powered by a liquid-cooled, 948cc,

in-line four-cylinder engine, sourced from the Z900, which produces 111hp and 98.5nm of torque. Unlike the Z900, the RS gets traction control and also 300mm front discs with radial-mounted calipers. When launched in India, it will undercut the pricing of the Triumph Thruxton R while providing a more compelling riding experience.

Ninja 400 gets an all-new chassis and motor, a 6hp increment over the Ninja 300, and an H2-inspired face.

KAWASAKI KAWASAKI UnVEILED ITS new ninja 400, which will replace the ninja 300 in international markets. It features an all-new,

45hp/38nm, 399cc parallel-twin engine that is Euro-IV complaint. The ninja 400 has got a new steel trellis frame

and, at 168kg, is now 6kg lighter than the outgoing model. The motorcycle also comes with a larger 41mm telescopic fork, a 310mm

HONDA

YAMAHA

The Gold Wing gets a DCT variant and four riding modes. HonDA’S fLAGSHIp ToURER, the Gold Wing, has gotten a substantial makeover. powering the Gold Wing is a 1,833cc,

Looks great, but the Z900RS Cafe Racer (see pg 178) is prettier!

horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine which produces 126hp and 169.4nm of torque. It also gets a new six-speed manual

and a seven-speed dualclutch transmission (DCT) variant. The DCT version has a ‘creep forward and back function’ while the manual one continues to use the reverse system of its predecessor. The new Gold Wing features four riding modes (Tour, Sport, Eco, and Rain), Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), hill start assist, and cruise control. Also offered is a 7.0-inch full-colour LCD with Apple Carplay with iphone connectivity. Honda will replace the existing (current-gen) Gold Wing in India in 2018, with the DCT variant likely to be offered as well.

THE nIKEn IS Yamaha’s attempt at a sport trike – essentially an MT-09, but with two inverted forks and a pair of 15-inch wheels up front. Designed to be a corner-carver, the niken sports an 847cc,

triple-cylinder motor and is equipped with ABS, traction control, cruise control and a six-speed ’box (with an electronic quickshifter). It will be launched internationally in 2018, but we don’t expect it to go on sale in India.

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EICMA 2017

This EICMA was witness to a huge selection of fresh metal and many of these motorcycles are relevant for the Indian market!

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HERo MoToCoRp HAS taken the wraps off its much-awaited Impulse replacement, the Xpulse, but the bike is only a concept for now. Taking the legacy of the Impulse forward, the Xpulse presents a sharper focus on off-road performance, thanks to its ground clearance, off-road tyres, and minimal, purposeoriented bodywork. The Xpulse, as we predicted, features a larger front wheel, which, on the concept bike displayed at EICMA, was shod with a 21-inch Metzeler off-road tyre. It also features a long-travel conventional fork, rubber fork gaiters, a raised front fender and

a round LED headlight that’s complemented by a windscreen. The bike features an upright and commanding stance, with a one-piece seat that extends onto the fuel tank – an expected element on an enduro motorcycle. Hero did not disclose any details, but we believe the air-cooled engine is based on the upcoming Xtreme 200, which will be revealed at the 2018 Auto Expo. The engine showcased in the concept is shrouded with ample protection, which comes in the form of a compact, functionallooking crash guard (in white) and a drilled underbelly bash plate.

The frame is a new, single-downtube unit that implements a box-section swingarm and a monoshock rear suspension. Braking is handled by disc brakes at the front and rear, with ABS as standard. Hero intends for the Xpulse to be widely accessible and will get a manageable seat height. Speaking with CMD, Hero MotoCorp, pawan Munjal at the unveil, we were given to understand that the company aims to broaden its focus on motorsport and will also have more exciting products on display at the 2018 Auto Expo. As for the Xpulse motorcycle, a productionready model could go on sale by late 2018.


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ROYAL ENFIELd RoYAL EnfIELD fInALLY unveiled the Interceptor InT 650 retro-roadster and the Continental GT Twin café-racer at the 2017 EICMA. Reviving the famed Interceptor nameplate, the new bikes mark Royal Enfield’s return to twincylinder motorcycles. The motorcycles will be powered by a brand-new, 648cc, air/oil-cooled, SoHC, fuel-injected parallel-twin motor that produces 47hp at 7,100rpm and 52nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It is paired to a six-speed gearbox with a slip-assist clutch. Both, the Interceptor and the Continental GT Twins, get conventional telescopic forks, with a single disc up front and a smaller disc at the rear. ABS is standard on both and they also get gas-charged twin shock absorbers with a piggyback reservoir. A double-cradle tubular steel frame is also common between them and they sport identical upswept twin tailpipes by S&S. The shared chassis has been developed from scratch by Royal Enfield’s UK Technology Centre and Harris performance. Both bikes weigh around 200kg without fuel. The Interceptor is the standard motorcycle, with

The new Royal Enfield twins, the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650, will go on sale internationally by April 2018. an upright riding stance and comfortably set foot pegs. It features a rounded tank with mild knee recesses and a one-piece seat that ends in a slight hump. The Continental GT Twin, being a cafe racer, features a relatively more angular tank and clip-on handlebars. It also features larger heel plates, although the rearset foot pegs have been positioned similarly to those of the Interceptor. The 648cc twins will also be offered with an elaborate suite of Royal Enfield Genuine Motorcycle Accessories, both, functional and aesthetic.

r O yA L e N F I e L d U K T e c H c e N T r e RoYAL EnfIELD GAVE us a glimpse of its new advanced tech centre situated at Bruntingthorpe in the UK. The centre is a few minutes away from a large test track which allows convenient and easy testing of freshly developed prototypes and parts. The centre has a workforce of 120 people and has plans to expand that to 135 shortly. It also boasts an electrical development team, a chassis development

setup with full tooling support and will soon have two functioning engine test cells, an advanced emissions test cell and a rolling road (dyno) for full engine testing. Royal Enfield is also working on a similar tech centre for India, but on a much bigger scale.

These include engine guards, pannier mounts, slip-on exhausts, an acrylic fly screen and seat cowls. The bikes are estimated to launch in Europe by April 2018, provided they are fully productionready by then. An India launch will follow once production is ramped up to appropriate levels for our market. This will be within six months of the international launch. Expect aggressive local pricing for these bikes, somewhere between Rs 3 and 3.5 lakh, which will open a whole new price segment in our market.

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Siddhartha lal C E O , R O ya l E n f i E l d

On Royal Enfield’s new tech centre, past learnings from the Himalayan and future brand identity. How vital is the UK Technology Centre to Royal Enfield? It is very important with regard’s to getting what we want from the brand. The centre was not set up to create a halo around the brand – if it does, that’s brilliant and we’d be delighted, but that’s not the purpose. The purpose is that we make awesome motorcycles through this facility. We needed the type of competencies that we weren’t getting in India. We have some superb capabilities in India but there are some that we don’t have. There are very few people who understand the design and development of, let’s say, a higher-powered (not high-powered, but higher-powered) motorcycle. That’s not just in terms of the engine but even things like chassis dynamics, design and sophistication and maybe, to some extent, even industrial design. So, it’s really important.

best in the world, we understand that every new product from every company in the world starts off at a much higher level of fault frequency than a stable product. At present, our most stable product – the Classic 350 – has very low fault frequencies; like warranty failures, for example. They are extremely low and, largely, minor in nature. Our stable products, which constitute 95 percent of our portfolio, are doing well and we are seeing drastically improving quality numbers. It’s always the new products in any organisation that cause the bubbles and upheavals. Even there, we’ve learned how to dramatically limit the extent of faults and the duration of faults. That’s the learning and a lot of it is coming because of very early testing of fully tooled-up motorcycles. That’s on the design side, and our testing protocol has gone up immensely as well.

There’s a tech centre coming up in India too. How do you strike the balance between the UK and home? What we’re doing in India is building physical infrastructure and bringing together all our engineers who were housed in various buildings across Chennai. The balance between the UK and India already exists. The core team was always based out of India and all the products we’ve developed have come out of India. Then we hired a UK team and have been building it since. As it happens, the global product heads all sit in the UK but they all have teams back in India and are working seamlessly with them. Independently, the UK team can’t do much because they rely tremendously on India for design, detail design, validation and all the long hours on the dynos. There’s a lot of back and forth, so we travel a lot between the two countries.

Speaking of learnings, what are the lessons from your last project – the Himalayan adventure motorcycle? The first learning is to anticipate markets better. We developed the Himalayan for India but markets like the UK, USA and Europe all asked for it. We said it’s a bit underpowered for you; they still wanted it. Then we started to make Euro specs, which took time and effort. Therefore, on the new 650 twins, from day one, we’ve got the product in the highest spec that’s required anywhere in the world and the same spec will be available in all markets. The other huge learning is in

How will the tech centre impact the existing model line-up and how long will it take? Now that we’re working with the

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the product introduction and new product development processes. With the Himalayan we were fine tuning parts much later in the programme, but this time the freeze on parts is much earlier in the process. The next learning is about availability of products in the market. This will take us a lot more time because we will do it in small steps. My job now as CEO is to make sure we do the right thing. So even after production, we still don’t have to start delivery. This means that if we produce 10,000 motorcycles, but for some reason if I’m not satisfied, I will make sure I will not deliver motorcycles till we sort out the problems. Twenty years out, nobody is going to say, “Look, they delayed the 650s by a few months.” Royal Enfields have a certain flavour and have stuck to their heritage for over a century. Is that identity enough on the world stage or do you have to reinvent yourself? I’m not sure I know the answer to that right now. Obviously we have to keep evolving ourselves, but we have to keep some things constant. Again, the fact that we’re restricting ourselves to middle-weights is selfimposed. This is the absolute belief right now but it doesn’t mean that it won’t change. But right now, it won’t change. Of course, we will evolve, learn and understand the market. There are seismic shifts which are going to happen. Cities are bursting, mobility is changing, connectivity of vehicles and internet of things is happening,

If we produce 10,000 bikes, but if for some reason I’m not satisfied, I’ll make sure we don’t deliver until all the problems are fixed.

electrification is on the anvil. We would be fools to just put our heads in the sand and say: “Look, this is all that Royal Enfield is about.” Royal Enfield, therefore, has to evolve what it’s about – what we now call ‘keeping riding pure’. If that means an electric vehicle, we will, when the time comes. But, for now, and the foreseeable future, for this brand and this style of vehicle, we do believe that it is this simple, paredback, heritage-driven, accessible motorcycling which is what’s missing in the world. This is the path we’re on right now. You are not going to see the likes of a supersport from us in the next five to seven years. To put it simply, is the brand open to diverging from what you are in terms of identity? I think we want to extend our identity. I’ll tell you how we’ve already done that. When I first joined the company, nobody knew Royal Enfield, everyone knew Bullet. We decided then that the Bullet (brand) is really strong, it’s gorgeous and we love it, but we had to break the equation that Bullet was equal to Enfield was equal to Bullet. We said Bullet must retain all its character, but Enfield must go beyond Bullet. That’s the strategy we took. We introduced the Thunderbird, the Electra and other motorcycles because we wanted Royal Enfield to be a broader spectrum. We always wanted to push Royal Enfield to a slightly broader plain and the Himalayan helped us to do that. This was not a heritage-driven product for the first time in Royal Enfield’s history. So, yes, I think it will evolve but it will still stay within a certain realm of, let’s say, a type of motorcycle which is still not extreme, one which is accessible and great for daily riding. We have two or three new platforms under development, but some of them will replace existing ones, for instance, when stricter emission norms come in. Rishaad Mody


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The TRK251 is a small ADV bike.

Clear Ducati xDiavel inspiration for the 402S.

The 752S was the most powerful bike on display.

BENELLI BEnELLI HAD onE of biggest displays of brandnew products at EICMA. A number of these will be quite relevant for India, starting with the TRK251. This is essentially an adventure bike styled along the lines of the bigger TRK502 that is slated for launch in India soon. The TRK251 runs a steel trellis frame, 41mm forks and claims a dry weight of 153kg. Tyre size is the same size as the TnT25 naked – 110/70-17 up front and 150/60-17 at the rear. power comes from a 249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor that makes 25.8hp and 21.2nm of torque, similar to the one in the TnT25 but appears to produce around 2hp less. next up is the 402S which uses a new 399.3cc, paralleltwin engine, good for 39.4hp and 35nm of torque. All that

comes in a power-cruiserstyle package that takes liberal inspiration from the Ducati xDiavel. Benelli also displayed another naked bike, the 752S, that features its most powerful parallel-twin to date – a 754cc engine that produces 81.6hp and 67nm. power is slightly lower than the 85hp from the inlinefour cylinder engine on the TnT600i, but torque is significantly higher and it is produced early on in the rev range. Benelli says that the 752S has been tuned for a rich and powerful sound. Then we have the new 302S, which is a more handsome and Europeanlooking version of the TnT300 and runs the same parallel-twin motor that makes 38hp and 25.8nm. Expect it to replace the TnT 300 sometime next

The 302S is snazzy-looking TNT300 successor, while the Imperiale 400 is a Royal Enfield rival. year. finally, there’s the retro Imperiale 400 that revives a classic Benelli nameplate and is powered by a 373.5cc, air-cooled, SoHC, single-cylinder engine making a humble 19.7hp and 28nm. The Imperiale uses a tubular steel doublecradle frame, and a 41mm telescopic fork and twin

shock absorbers. Braking duties are performed by a 300mm single disc and a 240mm rear disc with standard ABS. However, the dry weight of 200kg may affect performance, especially considering its power ratings; the Royal Enfield Bullet 350, for example, weighs 183kg (kerb) and the Classic

350 weighs 192kg. Both produce 1hp more than the Imperiale. The Imperiale will be the closest and most authentic rival Royal Enfield has seen in recent history, but its success depends on how aggressively Benelli prices it. Expect to hear more about these motorcycles at the 2018 Auto Expo.

TRIUMpH TRIUMpH’S TIGER ADVEnTURE motorcycle range sees big changes for 2018, with over 200 chassis and engine updates for both. Starting with the Tiger 800, its three-cylinder engine is tweaked for better responses but now produces 94hp; 1hp down on the outgoing model. The six-speed gearbox gets a shorter first gear while the exhaust is 22 percent lighter than the previous model. The 2018 Tiger 800 features new aero diffusers, full-LED lights on top-spec models, new backlit switchgear and an adjustable screen. new Showa adjustable

Triumph’s new Tiger 1200 (left) and Tiger 800 range see a raft of mechanical changes and gain more features along the way. suspension are part of the model now. The updated 800cc adventure bike also offers six rider modes with a new ‘offroad pro’ mode and cruise control as standard on all

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but the base XR trim. The larger 1,215cc Tiger drops the Explorer nameplate and is now simply called the Tiger 1200. It comes with design changes similar to the Tiger

800, but also gets adaptive cornering lighting, backlit switches, keyless ignition and a full TfT screen instrument cluster. power is up by 2hp to 141hp and torque is at

122nm. The bike has also shed kerb weight by about 11kg, and is now at 242kg, which should contribute to its on/off-road performance. Expect the new Tigers to launch in India in 2018.


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KTM

prototype uses the same 799cc engine and has been designed as an enduro motorcycle, a segment KTM is only too familiar with. The 790 Adventure could take the role of a more aggressive and offroad-focused ADV bike in KTM’s line-up and the company’s promotion video shows it dicing in the dirt with a KTM Dakar Rally bike. If the 790’s conceptto-production time frame is anything to go by, it’s safe to expect the 790 Adventure R to be launched at the 2018 EICMA. When launched, it will compete with the likes of the Triumph Tiger 800, BMW f 850 GS, and also the upcoming Yamaha Tenere T7 that was also showcased in concept form. Reports suggest that the 790 Duke could launch In India by 2019, along with the possibility of local assembly. There’s no word on the ADV just yet.

KTM’s new 790 Duke is a compact street weapon, while the 790 Adventure R concept hints at an off-road focused machine. KTM’S BIG TICKET items at EICMA were the productionspec 790 Duke and the 790 Adventure R prototype. The 790 Duke is powered by a new 799cc, paralleltwin engine that makes 105hp and 86nm of peak torque, and is mated to a six-speed transmission. With a dry weight of 174kg, the new naked motorcycle is expected to offer thrilling levels of performance and

KTM’s wild promo video indicate that the bike will feel at home on both, the racetrack and the street. The bike’s steel trellis frame uses the engine as a stressed member, while suspension duties are carried out by a Wp 43mm upside-down (nonadjustable) fork at the front and a pre-load adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking at the front end is

taken care of by a 300mm twin-disc setup with fourpot radial-mounted calipers and a two-piston caliper on a 240mm disc at the rear. Expect KTM to bring out a more hardcore R variant with better brakes and suspension componentry, somewhere down the line. The 790 Duke features a vast array of electronic safety assists, some of which are not offered on

rival bikes currently; these include Bosch’s cornering ABS with a Supermoto mode, lean-angle-sensing traction control, wheelie control, launch control and riding modes that include a customisable Track mode. In terms of kit, the 790 Duke boasts a bidirectional quickshifter, full-colour TfT dash, adjustable handlebar and a Wp steering damper. KTM’s 790 Adventure R

LAMBReTTA THIS IS BIG news; Lambretta is set to return to India in 2019! The famed Italian brand showed off a range of new products under the V-Special model name that will be manufactured in Taiwan by SYM. Sales will begin in Europe by 2018. Behind the rebirth of Lambretta scooters is Lambretta GmbH – a JV between the Lambretta Consortium (Innocenti SA, which owns all the rights) and the Austrian KSR Group GmbH. The new Lambrettas have been penned by Kiska Design (famous for the KTM association) and are produced on a SYM platform. Three variants are available, all with four-stroke, fuel-injected engines; there’s the V50 Special (49.5cc), the V125 Special (124.7cc) and the V200 Special (168.9cc). All the V-Specials get LED headlights, a 220mm

BMW’s new F 750 and F 850 GS are being considered for India. The brand-new Lambretta V-Special comes with three engines and two body styles.

disc brake and a telescopic fork as standard. While the V125 gets a combined braking system as standard,

the range-topping V200 is the only scooter in the lineup to get a Bosch ABS unit. for India, Lambretta realises that direct imports would price them out of competition against rival firm Vespa, so the company is considering a manufacturing/assembly setup and is in the process of identifying local partners and dealer network options.

BMw THE nEW BMW f 750 GS and the f 850 GS now displace 853cc, up from the 798cc of their predecessors, the f 700 GS and f 800 GS. The new parallel-twin engine is shared, but makes different power figures in both bikes – 77hp/83nm in the f 750, and 95hp/92nm in the f 850. A different firing interval is also said to produce a ‘powerful’ sound. Another big change

comes in the form of a new monocoque frame. Both motorcycles get a new fork (an upside-down 43mm one in the case of the f 850 and a 41mm telescopic unit for the f 750), an aluminium double-sided swingarm and a monoshock. BMW’s electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) is optional. Both come with safety features including ABS, ASC, and ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’ riding modes.

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CB300R will rival the likes of the BMW G 310 R.

Africa Twin gets Adventure Sports variant.

HONdA HonDA’S EICMA HIGHLIGHTS were the neoretro CB125R, CB300R and CB1000R. The CB300R features a tubular steel frame, a 41mm upside-down front fork, a pre-load adjustable monoshock at the rear, a four-piston caliper on a 296mm front disc and a single-piston caliper on the rear 220mm disc. Impressively, it has a kerb weight of just 143kg, which should make it an aggressive performer. Besides ABS, it also gets an inertial measurement

unit, which provides precise brake force distribution for the ABS. The CB300R is powered by the current CBR300R’s 286cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, which produces 31hp at 8,500rpm and 27.5nm of peak torque at 7,500rpm, and is mated to a sixspeed transmission. Meanwhile, the CB1000R gets a firebladederived engine, which produces 143hp (up from the 123hp on the outgoing model) and 104nm of torque (6nm higher). The

Neo-retro CB1000R is now more powerful and 10kg lighter.

CB also gets ride-by-wire, which has enabled Honda to equip it with rider modes, power settings, traction control and engine braking settings. It also gets a slipper clutch and an optional quickshifter. Honda will also offer a CB1000R+ version that will come with heated grips, single-seat cowl, radiator protector, quickshifter and a few other accessories. The Africa Twin also gets a new Adventure Sports variant. featuring a larger, 24.1-litre fuel tank, a taller windscreen, longer-travel Showa suspension and 269mm of ground clearance (20mm more than the standard variant), the Adventure Sports version aims to be true to its name. The 998cc, SoHC, parallel-twin engine is updated with a new airbox and exhaust internals for an improved mid-range response and sound quality. It also gets an updated HSTC (Honda Selectable Torque Control) system, with seven levels, up from three on the standard model. All three bikes are relevant for the Indian market, but HMSI’s stance on them remains to be confirmed.

kAwAsAkI KAWASAKI’S EICMA AppEARAnCE was lined with updates to its existing range. The Kawasaki ZX-10R now gets an SE variant that features electronic semi-active suspension derived from the company’s Superbike World Championship race bike. The SE comes equipped with Showa suspension in the front and rear – a Balance free front fork and BfRC-lite shock featuring the same construction as the suspension on Kawasaki’s WSB ninja ZX-10RR race machines. It is also the first to feature Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) – a technology that has stroke sensors and adjustment solenoids built into the suspension, with a reaction

The Z900 RS Cafe Racer adds appeal to the recently unveiled Z900RS; H2 SX is a supercharged sports tourer packed with tech. time of just one millisecond. power figures, however, are identical to the 10R – 207hp at 13,000rpm (with ram air) and peak torque of 113.5nm at 11,500rpm Being a more trackfocused 10R, the SE gets new lighter seven-spoke Marchesini forged wheels, an up-down quickshifter and a new colour scheme. The big unveil, however, was the H2-based sport tourer called the H2 SX (and

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a high-spec SX SE). To focus on the mid-range punch, the supercharged engine gets new cylinders, camshaft and a supercharger. The SX weighs 18kg more than the standard H2 and also features Kawasaki’s first colour TfT LCD instrument cluster and LED cornering lights. It also gets an up-down quickshifter, Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM),

a large windscreen and heated grips. Kawasaki already sells the ZX10R and ninja H2/

H2R in India, and these models will join the line-up. We also expect the Z900 RS to arrive in 2018.


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dUCATI THE BREATHTAKInG nEW panigale V4 was the headliner among five other new bikes from Ducati at EICMA. The bike gets a brand-new 1,103cc V4 engine that makes 214hp and 123.5nm of torque. It is available in three trims – base, S, and the limited-edition Speciale that makes 226hp! The Italian bike maker has also developed a new lighter and more compact frame where the engine itself has a load-bearing function. The base V4 comes with a 43mm Showa Big piston fork (Bpf) and a Sachs shock at the rear. The S and Speciale use ohlins nIX-30 fork, rear shock and steering damper, with electronic semi-active control. next up was the new Multistrada 1260,

which borrows the new 1,262cc L-twin from the xDiavel, good for 158hp and 129.5nm of torque. The Multistrada Enduro retains the previous engine for now. for 2018, The Monster 821 gets a Euro-IVcompliant motor that makes 110hp and 86nm of torque. It also features the headlamp from the bigger Monster 1200 and gets a new full-colour TfT display. Ducati also revealed a new, higher-powered version of the Scrambler with an air-cooled 1,079cc, L-twin that produces 86hp/88nm. The 1100, unlike the 800, is big on electronics and features cornering ABS, a four-level traction control system and three riding modes. And finally, the 959 panigale gets a highspec Corse variant that

Panigale V4 is simply stunning; Multistrada gets a bigger 1,262cc motor; high-spec 959 Corse. introduces fully adjustable ohlins nI30 43mm fork, a TTX36 rear monoshock and an adjustable ohlins steering damper. power figures remain unchanged. Ducati typically offers its entire line-up in India, so all five models will make their way here. The juicy news is that they will all come from Thailand via the fTA route, V4 included, so expect exciting pricing!

2018 Monster debuts added features and striking shade of yellow; Scrambler now available with a bigger 1,079cc air-cooled engine.

YAMAHA YAMAHA SHoWCASED A number of updated motorcycles from its line-up, including visual refreshes for the MT-07 naked and

Tracer 900 sport tourer. A new Tracer 900 GT model was also revealed with a TfT LCD instrument panel, body-coloured panniers, a

Yamaha quickshifter system and a remote preload adjuster for the rear shock. The GT also gets cruise control and heated grips.

MT-09 SP gains high-spec Ohlins suspension but the Tenere T7 ADV is still in concept form.

of slightly more relevance to India is the Yamaha MT-09 Sp that adds a new front fork and a fully adjustable ohlins rear shock. Aside from the Silver Blue Carbon paint scheme, it gets 10-spoke wheels, split LED-headlights and a swingarm-mounted registration plate holder. However, Yamaha India is yet to launch the updated base model of the MT-09 that went on sale months ago internationally; so we wouldn’t hold our breath for this bike. Yamaha also showed another concept version of

its hotly anticipated Tenere T7 adventure bike. Called the T7 World Raid Concept, the bike now gains a lower seat height and a more usable fuel tank. The Dakarinspired four-projector LED headlamp system and fat front forks continue from the T7 and the bike still commands a mean, rallyfocused stance. Yamaha has announced its intention to take the prototype around the world to test in different conditions before it makes its way into production. There’s no telling whether the production T7 will eventually make it to India.

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DUCATI MONSTER 797 The bare basic Monster 797 wears its lineage on its sleeve. We tell you if it qualifies to be your first big bike. first verdict Even the traditional Monster styling and user-friendly riding package doesn’t justify the money.

HHHHHHHIII so good n Torquey motor, improved low end n Handling, grip and stability

no good n Lack of electronic rider assists n Price

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ook gorgeous, be quick, and intimidate, but only when provoked’. That’s the brief Ducati has stuck to since the Monster’s inception, and the allnew 797 (launched in June 2017) doesn’t stray from it. What has transpired alongside the Monster’s evolution, however, is a series of, well, monstrous leaps from its competitors. So, is the Monster 797 really the brightest idea Ducati has had in recent times? Let’s find out.

BEST LEFT ON THE PORCH?

Not at all; although it is unmistakably Italian. The Monster always has been an honest, no-nonsense motorcycle with deliciously modern looks. You cannot mistake it for anything but a Monster, and while every panel on this bike is new compared to those on previous generations, it has stayed true to its original essence. This is a good thing because Miguel Angel Galluzzi’s iteration of the ideal naked Ducati has evolved into a style icon that merits a purchase just for its timeless design.

IS IT quICk?

The Monster 797 is, in effect, the smallest and cheapest of the range. Within its Ducati-red tubular trellis frame, is the tried and tested, popular Desmodue 803cc L-twin engine that powers the Scrambler and its variants in identical spec. This motor produces 72.4hp at 8,250rpm, which is lesser than the output of the model it replaces – the now-defunct, made-for-Asia Monster

795 (85.8hp). Like in the Scrambler, this motor churns out a healthy 67Nm of torque at 5,750rpm, but it’s still substantially lower than the 795’s 78Nm. The engine is paired to a fairly slick six-speed transmission that is assisted by a wet-clutch mechanism which does the 797 huge favours in the urban crawl. This mechanism an important addition to the list of credentials since the 797 has nothing else to offer in the name of rider assists, barring a dual-channel ABS. Considering its price tag, the lack of features is questionable, though, they don’t impact its real-world performance too much.

FRIENDLY MONSTER

The Monster, given its street bias, has ergonomics that are relaxed and not demanding in any way, and this is obvious the instant you swing a leg over and grip the 16.5-litre fuel tank with your knees. The slightly low-set handlebar requires you to stretch out and hunch a bit, but it’s not uncomfortable. What appears

Digital instrument panel easy to read.

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clumsy, however, is the foot peg setup which is reasonably rear-set, but is marred by the pillion subframe (which also doubles as a heel plate) as it restricts you from digging your heels in, limiting your cornering stance. It’s needlessly distracting, particularly on a bike from a MotoGP-winning manufacturer.

CITY SLICkER vS RACETRACk HOuND

This is not an out-to-get-you motorcycle in any way; not unless you really want it to be one. First gear can propel you to 80kph, with second gear running out of breath just past 120kph (with a suitably throaty aural accompaniment), and it pays to anticipate wheelspin under aggressive acceleration. While the

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Bar-end weight clumsy for a Ducati. 797 does a fine job of being frantic, it comes into its element at sustained high speeds, and that’s where you notice its admirable reserves of power and torque. At 100kph, in sixth, the motor settles at the 4,000rpm mark, at which point it is in the core of its comfort zone, and this subscribes to the 797’s brief of being a beginner-friendly machine. Also, the engine crawls without any juddering (unlike on the earlier, dry-clutch equipped Monsters) even under 2,000 rpm, which helps it cope with city traffic speeds impressively.

FOR OuR ROADS

What highlights the 797’s Indiafriendly packaging is its suspension unit featuring a 43mm Kayaba USD fork (with 125mm of travel)

Sweet L-twin motor sounds throaty. and a preload/rebound-adjustable Sachs monoshock which offers 150mm of travel – brilliant for our unpredictably hostile roads. Out on the twisties, the 797’s no-nonsense running gear does little to conceal its bias towards long, sweeping curves rather than to quick, hair-trigger changes in direction. This perceptible lethargy has, perhaps, been intentionally dialled in to make things friendlier for the lessexperienced riders. Newer riders, however, will get used to the 193kg kerb weight quicker than the notso-generous lock-to-lock steering movement, something that demands caution, especially in traffic. You get to be carefree in the corners, though, thanks to the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres which give you vast reserves of grip. And considering the

Pillion sub-frame hampers rider heel.

Luggage hooks would have been nice.

797 features no rider assists, this is a good thing. The 797 is a nice way to learn how to ride a big bike, but it isn’t so nice from a value-for-money perspective. Still, it should be fun in the wet, especially towards the end of the tyres’ lives!

dUcati MONsTER 797

BuY ONE, BuT...

... only if you are comfortable with the idea of a street-focused motorcycle, and can stop dreaming about scraping knee-sliders right away. The Monster 797 is cleverly simple, but at Rs 7.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it’s not great value for money. On the other hand, the premium does buy you the Ducati badge and, most importantly, a timeless design icon. You won’t forget to thank Galluzzi, will you? RuMAN DEvMANE

Price

Rs 7.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Engine 803cc, air-cooled, L-twin Power 72.4hp at 8250rpm Torque 67Nm at 5750rpm Gearbox 6-speed Kerb weight 193kg Wheelbase 1435mm Ground clearance NA Seat height 805mm Fuel tank capacity 16.5 litres Suspension (f/r) 43mm USD fork/ monoshock Brakes (f/r) 320mm twin disc/ 245mm disc Tyres (f/r) 120/70 R17 / 180/55 R17

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royal enfield himalayan fi The Himalayan gets a number of updates and attempts to right the previous bike’s reputation of low reliability.

PhotograPhy Kuldeep chaudhari

fIrst verdIct The Himalayan retains the same feel but promises improved rideability and reliability.

HHHHHHHIII so good n A friendly and fun off-roader n Comfortable and accessible

no good n Deserves more power n Unproven reliability

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t’s been a rocky ride for the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The bike received high praise at the first ride event in Shimla, where it impressed in the environment it was designed for and named after. But then things went a bit downhill with numerous reliability issues creeping up. Royal Enfield eventually stopped the sale of the bike as it set about developing the BS-IV version. The manufacturer also used this as an opportunity to make a number of changes and improvements to address the reported issues. We’ve spent some

quality time with the new bike and here’s what we discovered. From the face of it, the Himalayan looks identical and it continues to offer a Spartan simplicity that conveys an unusual but likeable sense of ruggedness and purpose. The exposed steel frame and masses of metal tubing that make up the rear rack, the foot peg holders and front crash protection account for a big part of the design, but the exposed welds are still quite messy. But there are improvements here too. The oil cooler now gets a small metal

guard and the black plastic caps on the fairing that were prone to popping have been fixed now – they all stayed in place despite a full day of rough roads, potholes and some off-road fun. Further finish changes come in the form of a new matt-black powder coating for the fueltank cap, bar-end weights and luggage mounts below the rear seat. Apparently, the old silver finish was prone to wear quickly and the new black treatment, despite feeling coarse, should fare better in this regard. The


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Oil cooler gets a new guard, wider pipe.

RE has fixed the issue of plastic caps falling off.

New matt-black powder coating more durable.

Spartan design is similar and remains highly functional, yet oddly likeable.

switchgear continues to feel basic and the headlamp is now an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) affair. The rest remains familiar, but if you peer through the engine area, you will notice one difference, the lack of a carburettor. To meet the higher emission norms of BS-IV, Royal Enfield dropped the carb for fuel injection and the result is positive. Throttle response is quite smooth and easy to modulate. Power arrives in a thoroughly linear fashion and there are no spikes or hesitations anywhere in the rev range. If anything, the engine feels smoother than before while offering the same, lovely spread of torque from upwards of 2,000rpm. Thanks to the increased refinement, highway cruising at speeds of 90-100kph is fairly sustainable, but the engine still feels stressed above that. The five-speed gearbox is now smoother and even indulges clutchless shifts. We still believe the Himalayan deserves much more outright power, but the rideability at low revs cannot be faulted. The bike is easy to pilot in urban conditions thanks to a strong bottom end, decently weighted clutch, wide handlebar and a friendly seat height of 800mm. Heat management is given a boost through a wider pipe for the oil cooler, which enables better flow and hence improved cooling. The Himalayan runs fairly warm in traffic, but it’s nowhere close to something like a 390 Duke. The Himalayan continues to offer a fabulous ability to traverse broken roads with ease. Coupled with the neutral seating position, this is one of the most comfortable bikes for the price. Handling is stable and willing, but with a typically vague feeling from the big 21-inch front wheel. One aspect we wish was improved were the brakes. The front still has a wooden feel and requires a lot of pressure at the lever for a strong performance and there isn’t much in the way of feel from the front tyre either. ABS would have been a welcome addition. At 191kg, the Himalayan, which was already a hefty beast, has gained nine additional kilos. However, it feels well-balanced and continues to be one of the best off-roaders money can buy in India, this side of behemoths like the Tiger 800 and Africa Twin. The Himalayan is confident and easy to throw around over loose surfaces, which encourages dirt noobs like

yours truly to have a lot of fun and return in one happy piece. That said, this bike is better for what I like to call ‘a relaxed enduro’ and it doesn’t enjoy being pushed too hard. Jump it too high and the centre stand makes contact with the ground, and the engine also makes its displeasure felt if you wring its neck too much. In that sense, it retains the Royal Enfield heritage of relaxed riding, while offering a more enjoyable and engaging experience than any of its siblings. There’s no doubt that the Himalayan FI is an improvement over its predecessor, but is it more reliable? To know that, we’ll just have to wait and watch. For now, all I can say is that the bike ran well and true when I rode it. We reached out to Royal Enfield on this and we were told that the company has proactively addressed customer grievances with the previous bike and is now seeing increasing demand. Hopefully, the updates will go a long way towards ensuring that the motorcycle remains troublefree over the long term. As things stand, the Himalayan is far from perfect, but its strong personality and honest range of abilities make it quite a desirable bike. Rishaad Mody

royal enfIeld hIMAlAyAN FI Price

1.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) Engine Single-cylinder, FI Power 24.5hp at 6500rpm Torque 32Nm at 4250rpm Power to weight 128.3hp/tonne Gearbox 5-speed Kerb weight 191kg Wheelbase 1465mm Seat height 800mm Ground clearance 220mm Fuel tank 15 litres Suspension (f/r) 41mm forks/ monoshock Brakes (f/r) 300mm disc/ 240mm disc Tyres (f/r) 90/90-21 120/90-17 Acceleration (from rest) Kph Sec Kph Sec 20 1.18 80 6.98 40 2.36 100 11.60 60 4.25 120 NA In-gear acceleration 30-70kph (3rd gear) 5.54s 40-100kph (4th gear) 13.71s Efficiency City/Highway 31.2kpl/38.9kpl Braking 80-0kph 3.62s/37.94m

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honda grazia

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FirsT ride FirsT verdicT A sporty, feature-rich scooter that comes across as a better alternative to the Activa 125.

HHHHHHHIII so good n Contemporary looks and equipment n Braking and handling

no good n Seat inconvenient for tall riders

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he average Honda dealership is adequately equipped to deal with your scooter fantasies. It doesn’t matter if you are freshly licensed or a ‘been there, done that’ seasoned motorcyclist looking for respite – Honda has a scooter for almost every one of you; almost, because it so far missed a feature-rich scooter with sporty aspirations and the looks to match. The new Grazia aims to plug that void. The eighth scooter in Honda’s current line-up, the Grazia, is a 125cc model that’s decidedly sportier and ‘younger’ than the easily-likable Activa 125. The 125cc segment is a relatively small but growing one, and it also features entries from Suzuki and Piaggio, and Honda clearly isn’t one to get complacent with a solo contender. The Grazia is, essentially, Honda’s attempt to put together a scooter that offers the overall dependability of the Access 125 (or its own Activa 125, for that matter), the design appeal of the Vespa and the sporty intent of the SR150. A good idea, but is it also a feasible one? Let’s find out.

Sharp, aggressive design definitely suits the Grazia’s intentions. Black alloy wheels standard on all variants, except the base.

WHAT’S WITH THE NAME?

The Grazia is named so with respect to its premium aspirations. Contrary to what the name suggests, it isn’t a female-centric scooter; although, that’s not to say it will keep them at bay either. Honda has equipped the Grazia with an appealing feature suite that includes an LED headlight (a scooter-segment first) and a compact ‘glovebox’ in the apron (big enough for a mobile phone and a wallet). This cubby hole also has a slot for a 12V charging socket (an optional accessory on all three variants for approximately Rs 500). Also offered is a handy seat-release button positioned next to the fourin-one key slot, and a completely digital instrument cluster with a three-step eco speed indicator and

Digital instrument panel is info-packed. a tachometer. There’s a lot more but we’ll get to that in a bit.

WHAT’S IT GOT UNDERNEATH?

The plastic-bodied Grazia shares its underbone chassis with the Activa 125 (which is 1 kg heavier – but

Crude brake-lock lever is hard to use. you won’t feel the difference), and although Honda insists that there are a few differences, it hasn’t divulged the details. The front end gets a telescopic fork and a 12-inch wheel (black alloys on the top two variants), while the rear gets a shock absorber and a 10-inch wheel,

Honda has equipped the Grazia with a suite of features, including an LED headlamp.

Seat-unlock button is thoughtful. a configuration proven by the Activa 125. A 190mm disc is standard on the Deluxe (top) variant while the other variants (Standard and Standard Alloy) get a 130mm drum. The Combi-Brake System (CBS) is standard across all variants, as expected. The tyres, MRF Zappers (90/90-12 front, 90/100-10 rear), are tubeless and only the base variant gets Ceat rubber (tubeless) on pressed steel wheels.

ALL SHOW AND NO GO?

Absolutely not. The 124.9cc engine produces 8.5hp at 6,500rpm (0.2hp less than the Access 125) ◊

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The 190mm disc offers great bite. ∆ and 10.54Nm of torque at 5,000rpm (0.34Nm more than the Suzuki). These are healthy, if not competitive, figures for a scooter that weighs 107kg (kerb weight of the top variant; the Access weighs 102kg) and it clearly shows in its performance. With a 90kg+ rider on-board, the Grazia accelerates without a hiccup or any visible sign of stress, something that remains

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Pillion foot pegs lack premium finish. consistent until a speedo-indicated 75kph. The Grazia’s tachometer isn’t particularly useful for a scooter but it does come in handy when making conscious riding decisions with regards to fuel efficiency. At 40kph, for instance, the Grazia’s motor is at 4,500rpm, 50kph comes up at 5,000rpm, 60kph at 5,750rpm and 70kph at 6,750rpm. I certainly think this is a good addition to the

Still no room for a full-face helmet. Grazia’s feature list (the Mahindra Rodeo was the first to offer it, in 2009), although I wouldn’t recommend more than a quick glance at it since it doesn’t fall in the rider’s line of vision. The efficiency-conscious riders can also benefit from the three-step eco speed indicator which rests on top of the instrument cluster. This is, essentially, a wheel-speed

Dio-sourced seat not tall-rider friendly. sensing three-bar indicator (green, and easily visible in daylight as well) that is operational between 30 to 50 kph. It lights up all three bars at full efficiency, and the bars recede as you get faster, going off completely once you’re past 50kph. Naturally, Honda cannot detach itself from efficiency and, to be fair, it will only result in making the Grazia more inclusive of efficiency-


FIRST RIde leave you dissatisfied even if you were to approach it after years of living with a 100cc commuter motorcycle. It’s particularly in its element between 40 to 75 kph, and with a generously proportioned rider such as myself, it went on to indicate an 88kph top speed. More important than the speed is that it’s capable of feeling confident when being pushed towards its limits. Neither the engine nor the cycle parts feel uncomfortable at sustained high speeds and while most of us would have liked Honda to equip it with a horsepower or two more, just to set it apart from the Activa 125, it’s a desire that has its roots in want rather than need. Contributing to the Grazia’s pleasant performance is the chassis setup. The virtues of a 12-inch front wheel and a telescopic fork certainly make themselves apparent, particularly when you throw it into a corner at speed. I rode it over some pretty dusty corners and I have only ever been able to do such a thing on the 14-inch-wheeled Aprilia SR150 before. The fork doesn’t dive in too pronounced a manner, even under hard braking, although, there

was an inconsistency in the frontbrake-lever feel between the octet of test bikes available to journalists. Some scooters, such as the one I was riding, were equipped with brake levers that could be squeezed almost all the way back to the throttle, something that is probably a PDI glitch. That said, you can brake hard with confidence (due credit to the MRF Zappers) and the CBS-equipped Grazia refuses to do anything in an untowardly dramatic manner.

FEATURE PERFECT?

The most important of its features, the LED headlight, is something I couldn’t test because of the daytime-only ride, so we’ll comment on that later. The three-step eco speed indicator will certainly win favour with efficiency-conscious buyers, although, this is something that has been seen before in a different format on some other scooters. What’s not so wellexecuted is the cubbyhole, with a flip-down cover for storing and charging a mobile phone. It isn’t rubber-lined, which means your phone will get bounced around a

The Grazia proves itself as a spirited and stress-free urban commuter. A 12-inch front wheel, telescopic front fork and sticky MRF Zappers result in good comfort and stable dynamics.

fair bit. Also, ideally, it should have been a lockable unit. Also, while the underseat storage capacity is generous, it still isn’t enough to accommodate a largesized full-face helmet. I wasn’t quite comfortable on the Dio-sourced seat either, as I was seated squarely on the edge of the mild hump that demarcates the rider’s space from the pillion’s. Shorter riders wouldn’t find this to be an issue but Honda would do well to grant the Grazia an all-new seat it’s so deserving of. Lastly, for a scooter that’s positioned as a premium offering, the Grazia’s brake-lock lever (on the left-hand side) is a little crude and difficult to engage. It’s not something that should make you turn away from the scooter, but a little attention to detail goes a long way in making a lasting impression.

SHOULD IT BE YOUR NEXT?

Going by the impression the Grazia makes by being a well-rounded 125cc scooter, it should. To attempt and create a best-of-all-worlds package is tricky, particularly in the business of producing twowheelers, but the Grazia, priced at Rs 59,516 (Standard), Rs 61,446 (Alloy) and Rs 63,888 (Deluxe) (all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai) has achieved what it set out to do. At this price, it is only Rs 3,000 more expensive than the top-of-the-line Suzuki Access 125 and a mere Rs 400 pricier than the Activa 125. Buy it if you want a well-finished scooter that’s cool, contemporary, well-equipped and accommodating of every reasonable riding style. And, of course, if you want all of that with the bullet-proof reputation Honda has for its scooters. RUMAN DEvMANE

Honda grazia deLuxe Price

‘Glovebox’ is standard, 12V charger isn’t. minded customers, who aren’t the primary target audience.

CAN IT REPLACE A MOTORCYCLE?

If you have an urban-only commute with few wide open stretches, it can. The Grazia proves itself as a spirited, stress-free performer that doesn’t

Rs 63,888 (ex-showroom, Mumbai) Engine 124.9cc, singlecylinder, air-cooled Power 8.5hp at 6500rpm Torque 10.54Nm at 5000rpm Gearbox CVT Kerb weight 107kg Wheelbase 1260mm Ground clearance 155mm Seat height 766mm Fuel tank 5.3 litres Suspension (f/r) Telescopic fork/ monoshock Brakes (f/r) 190mm disc/ 130mm drum Tyres (f/r) 90/90 R12/ 90/100 R10

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FirsT ride FirsT verdicT Exclusive, personalised extension of true Americana. Good attempt, but expensive!

HHHHHHHIII so good n Presence, shock appeal, quality n Torquey motor, loud exhaust

no good n Impractical for most roads n Price will be a challenge

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ou thought this was just another chopped and elongated custom motorcycle, didn’t you? Well, it isn’t. The flashy machine you see here is called the Pravega and it’s an all-new bike from an all-new manufacturer called Avantura Choppers (see box). Now that’s not something you hear every day, but all of it is true. The Pravega is a chopper in the truest sense of the term, and is primarily aimed at motorcyclists seeking something truly exclusive. Visually, the Pravega takes you right back to Easy Rider, the iconic 1969 film that went on to establish a lasting image of the quintessential American chopper. Featuring a kicked-out chromed fork, a shiny, chromed V-Twin, a single seat, barely any tail section, and a fat rear tyre – the Pravega has everything a chopper really needs. This is a motorcycle that’s 2,627mm long, with a 2,006mm wheelbase, and weighs 347kg; if these numbers look ludicrous, wait until you see the motorcycle in the flesh. To give you a reference, the Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic (already a very large motorcycle) is 2,405mm long and has a 1,635mm wheelbase.

PhotograPhy VARUN SATHE

WHAT’S THAT SHINY THING?

If you haven’t noticed, under the gorgeous twin-tone 21-litre fuel tank is a chrome-plated, 2,000cc, V-Twin engine. This engine, the V124, is manufactured by USAbased S&S Cycle, a popular go-to brand for most Harley aftermarket engine upgrades. This fuel-injected, air-cooled engine is imported to India by Avantura and is offered in stock spec on both the motorcycles (the other being the Rudra; see Pg 191). A six-speed gearbox is standard and power is transferred to the rear wheel via a belt-drive mechanism, the preferred configuration for cruisers, including most Harley-Davidsons and Indians. Avantura does offer

a set of optional exhausts (like the one you see here) that vary in look and loudness.

than a short spin around the block and Avantura has done well to foresee India-specific issues.

IS THERE EVEN A POINT?

CAN IT BE RIDDEN EASILY?

Yes, if you see merit in an extremely individualistic motorcycle, and in showing off. Avantura will let you choose from a range of wheel designs, paint schemes, handlebars, headlights and even foot pegs (for style and reach) at the time of placing your order; quite a few of these options will come at no extra cost. What’s standard, and rightfully so, is the cleverly concealed twin shock absorber setup that helps the Pravega bypass a hard-tail setup typical of choppers; it would have been unacceptable on our roads. Another thoughtful touch is the relatively generous 150mm of ground clearance, which makes the Pravega indifferent to speed breakers of most shapes and sizes. Topping the Indianised elements on the bike is a comfortable solo seat made by American brand Mustang, which is unlike the minimal seats choppers typically feature. Those would have been extremely uncomfortable for anything more

Fairly, but you have to be cautious. Let the clutch out and you struggle to keep the Pravega going in a straight line. Ape-hangers aren’t lowspeed friendly, and the 34-degree steering rake (and a whopping 4.5inch trail) greatly contributes to the struggle. You also have to deal with the deafeningly loud exhaust note (from the non-stock pipe; the stock pipe will be softer) while you’re at it but a chopper’s primary function is showboating, so shattering eardrums indiscriminately is expected. The hydraulic clutch lightens up reasonably once the engine is running, though engaging first gear isn’t consistently smooth; at times, I could hear and feel it clunk into place, while on others it was completely devoid of feel. This is pardonable, considering this bike is amongst the first five the company has produced, and Avantura has assured its omission from the production-ready models. Gain momentum, though, and your ◊

ava n T U r a c H o p p e r s : T H e s T o r Y AvAnturA ChoppErs is a motorcycle manufacturer, on a small scale, certainly, but with the essentials in place. the company was founded by Gaurav Aggarwal, a certified chopper fanatic who was part of a pvC pipe manufacturing business. Authenticity and credibility comes from Kevin Alsop, the founder of Big Bear Choppers, usA, who is the chief design engineer at Avantura. the company has a manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Mumbai and a prospective dealer network – two are planned before March 2018, with a target for seven

dealerships in all by March 2019. helping keep the bikes premium is a range of high-end vendors, including engines from s&s, transmissions by American brand, rivera, suspension from another us brand called progressive, tyres from Avon and brake calipers from French manufacturer Beringer.

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 Once you get past the mildly turbulent initiation, you really begin to enjoy the Pravega for what it is.

∆ worries subside. Fifteen minutes into the ride, I was comfortable, cheerful even, particularly helped by the crisp morning air and the rising sun in the corner of my helmet’s visor.

ISN’T IT TRICKY?

Given the 347kg kerb weight, relatively skinny front tyre, extreme steering geometry and the nearly flat, 250-section rear tyre, the motorcycle tends to tramline quite a bit when pushed into an uneven surface or an unplanned manoeuvre. Choppers demand patience and planning, and you’d do well to keep your riding strictly to familiar roads. This isn’t a format of motorcycle that enjoys aggressive riding or mid-corner corrections too much; choppers, traditionally, are meant for typically American highways – endlessly straight, characterless even. There is, fortunately, generous cornering clearance and the Pravega allows for a fair degree of lean before it begins scraping the foot pegs.

S&S-built 2,000cc V-Twin is imported from the USA. Looks great, sounds better!

WHAT ABOuT fuN?

Once you get past the mildly turbulent initiation, you really begin to enjoy the Pravega for what it is. The amount of torque on offer (unspecified) is phenomenal

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and acceleration in each gear is thoroughly involving, especially for a motorcycle of this size. You must brace yourself for some very loud pops and bangs on a closed throttle, since these can startle you a fair bit if you don’t anticipate them. It’s easy to get the Pravega to clock 120kph (it does it in third gear), and it’s equally easy to get it to putter around at 70kph in sixth gear. Highway speeds in excess of 140kph come easily to the largecapacity motor and, ridden in moderation, a decent highway range of 200km could be achievable. That said, the large capacity V-Twin generates a noticeable quantity of vibrations, although not to an experience-souring extent. It also pays to remember that this is ultimately an air-cooled, 2,000cc engine that tends to heat up pretty quickly. My riding pants did keep the heat out but they did pick up a slight burn, courtesy the unshielded, two-into-one exhaust pipes. Avantura will do well to address this in the bikes it will sell.

uNCOMfORTABLE?

Switchgear is ergonomically laid-out.

Mustang solo seat is comfortable.

Not really. The overall ride quality is decent for a motorcycle this geometrically challenging, and the front fork’s damping ability is certainly on par with other full-size


FIRST RIde Near-flat 250-section rear tyre is a bit difficult to bank; cornering clearance is generous though.

Ignition box features fob, brand logo.

Six-piston caliper lacks bite and feel.

Side-mounted reg plate is optional. cruisers. The rear absorbs bumps, but there is constant feedback, though not to a bothersome degree. The Pravega’s relative comfort means it is reasonably usable, but don’t expect typical premium cruiser levels of isolation. In effect, you should be comfortable on tarmacladen highways (preferably on a cold morning) and still find uneven roads easy to deal with, as long as you don’t encounter a surprise pothole.

ANYTHING NOT TO LIKE?

The Pravega isn’t equipped with

ABS (it will arrive once legislation demands it in 2019), but it compensates adequately with the six-piston calipers at either end, courtesy Beringer (of France – they also make brakes for airplanes!). However, while the performance is decent, they lack feel, particularly at the front. The 21-inch wheel is partly to blame for that, but you wouldn’t associate this kind of dullness from a six-piston caliper. The rear brake, thankfully, is perfectly progressive and returns good feedback, and I found myself using it more than I usually would.

WHEN CAN I BuY ONE? The Pravega is awaiting ARAI clearance on its last few homologation tests and should be ready for sale by the time you read this. Should you buy one, though? Avantura has made the Pravega fairly accessible, though it still is purely an impractical but feel-good indulgence. It’s not particularly easy to ride, demands a certain flavour of road and costs a fortune. At Rs 21.4 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), the Pravega is costlier than many exotic motorcycles on sale in India, though its top-notch

W H aT e l s e d o e s ava n T U r a c H o p p e r s c U r r e n T lY m a K e ?

components justify it to an extent. For the first lot of motorcycles from a brand-new company, the Pravega has no serious flaws. The few niggles we encountered were not critical in nature. Should you buy one? We’d suggest you first experience the bike from close quarters and also try out its unique riding experience. More importantly, give Avantura some time before they have a reasonable sales and service network in place, something they say they’re making strides towards. RuMAN DEVMANE

avanTUra cHoppers pravega Price

AvAnturA ChoppErs’ MorE flamboyant, pricier motorcycle is the rudra. it’s a low-slung machine that’s longer than the pravega and less traditionalist too. to give you the numbers, it’s 2,908mm long and has a 2,180mm wheelbase; it makes the pravega look small. it features a more dramatic steering head angle (38 degree) which, in my brief stint astride it, made low-speed riding quite challenging. overall, though, the rudra serves the purpose of being a chopper (grabbing eyeballs and making a statement) even better than the pravega does and its rs 23.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) price tag is indicative of that.

Rs 21.4 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) Engine 2000cc, V-Twin, air-cooled Power NA Torque NA Gearbox 6-speed Kerb weight 347kg Wheelbase 2006mm Ground clearance 150mm Seat height 600mm Fuel tank 21 litres Suspension (f/r) Telescopic fork/ dual shock absorbers Brakes (f/r) Disc/Disc Tyres (f/r) 120/70 R21 / 250/40 R18

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sUzUkI INTRUDeR Suzuki’s modern, sporty cruiser is inspired by the big Intruder M1800, but is based on the Gixxer platform.

The Suzuki Intruder puts the rider in a relaxed, feet-forward riding position.

firSt verdict

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Beneath the polarising style is a competent motorcycle that’s a happier handler than cruiser.

HHHHHHHIII So good n Easy and enjoyable to ride n Attracts tremendous attention

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uzuki recently announced that it was moving its focus away from the volume segment and training its sights on premium machines instead. Now, just a month after that announcement, we’ve got our hands on the first of these premium new motorcycles. Boys and girls, brace yourself for the new Intruder, and brace you should, because this bike looks like nothing you’ve ever seen at the price point.

What is it?

Based off its big brothers – the Intruder M1800 and M800 – this motorcycle is billed as a modern, sporty cruiser and it lives up to the sporty bit by sharing a majority of its mechanicals with the Gixxer naked. The Intruder offers a similar long and flowing design to the bad boy M1800, with a head-turner of a headlamp and a long fuel tank which looks substantial, but actually holds a litre less than the Gixxer. Above this is the informative digital instrument display borrowed from

the Gixxer, which sits within an angular cowl. The front of the fuel tank features enormous extensions that swoop down to encompasses a big imitation air duct and a large Intruder logo. The rear of the fuel tank tapers down to a wide and accommodating rider seat that is split away from the flat pillion perch. At the tail, wide and chunky plastic panels extend a fair bit over the rear wheel, while the rounded grab handle and sleek LED lamp bring in some flavour of the bigger Intruder and even the Hayabusa. ◊


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∆ So, how does it all come together in person? Well, the Intruder is designed after some huge motorcycles and it too is remarkably large in the flesh. You could very well mistake it for a 400cc bike, or bigger, and therein comes the undoing of the design. The front section up to the rider seat is quite striking and does a good job of hiding away most of the small engine, but there’s not much Suzuki could do about the relatively skinny tyres. The same 100-section front and 140-section rear from the Gixxer is the maximum size Suzuki could use for this level of power before sacrificing on both performance and efficiency. The result is the typical upper-body obsessed muscleman look. Further, while the front looks eye-catching and aggressive, the rear is quite disproportionate from behind the rider seat. The funky dual-port exhaust does well to boost the Intruder’s presence, but it sticks out too much to the side and that nice silver finish is going to be prone to getting scuffed in traffic or the parking lot. Quality levels are decent, but a few plastics could use better finishing. The battering effect of our roads on that extensive bodywork should be considered

The Intruder has a very divisive design and the rear three-quarter highlights the skewed bodywork-to-wheel size ratio.

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Huge silver-finished exhaust forms the design focal point at the rear.

 The mid-range is strong, but the engine struggles upwards of 90kph.

in the long run – a couple of the test bikes had a minor buzz coming through the panels.

Big size, humBle poWer

The Intruder borrows the Gixxer’s sweet 154.9cc air-cooled mill

and will only be available with a carburettor for now. The motor is largely the same and continues to produce 14.8hp and 14Nm of torque. However, it does benefit from a revised intake with a bigger airbox, a differently tuned exhaust, as well as an additional tooth on

the rear sprocket. All this is for the benefit of a stronger mid-range punch, and the Intruder delivers well here. Meanwhile, the top end feels weaker than the Gixxer between 9,000 and 10,000rpm, but that’s probably down to the extra weight – 13kg over the naked Gixxer for a total of 148kg. City performance should be effortless, but the bike does begin to run out of breath upwards of 90kph and we suspect top speed will hover somewhere around 115kph. The engine otherwise offers all the Gixxer traits we love, with smooth and eager responses and a refined gearbox.

runs in the genes

The Intruder offers a relaxed, feet-front riding position that is accommodating for tall riders, while the low 740mm seat height means it will be friendly to riders of all sizes. It uses a modified version of the Gixxer’s frame with a brand-new subframe. The bike sees a substantial 75mm increase in wheelbase, thanks to a 20mm increase in swingarm length, and a new pivot angle that is the result of an offset rear shock positioned as such to stay clear of the bigger airbox. The tyres and brakes are also shared with the Gixxer, which means good dynamics runs in the


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Forward-set pegs get heel-toe shifter. Intruder’s genes. At low speeds, the bike feels surprisingly light and agile for something that looks so big and this should make it friendly to handle in traffic. But the Intruder really impresses on a winding road with a nicely stable feel, a willingness to change direction without much effort and generous levels of cornering clearance. Braking performance is safe and confident, and we’re thrilled to see that ABS (singlechannel) is a standard offering. The 41mm forks and a seven-step preload-adjustable rear shock are similar to the Gixxer, but have been specially tuned for this line of duty. As a result, ride comfort

Single-channel ABS comes as standard. is quite good and rough surfaces are absorbed well, but the rear shock does have slightly less travel due to the new subframe and airbox. Couple this with the feetforward riding position, and really bad speed breakers or potholes, and it can give the back a bit of a jolt. But in most scenarios, the Intruder does a great job of proving to be comfortable, yet engaging.

ConClusion

Suzuki has priced the Intruder on par with the range-topping Gixxer SF SP. Priced just under Rs 1 lakh, the Intruder is roughly Rs 16,000 more than the Bajaj

Plastic extensions for the swingarm. Avenger Street 150 and about Rs 8,000 more than the Bajaj Avenger Street/Cruise 220. Suzuki maintains that they’re not targeting these bikes and are aiming at opening a new category – the focus on premium positioning is clear here. There’s no doubt that the Intruder is a well-engineered and engaging motorcycle to ride, but as for how it looks, we’ll, that’s a deeply personal decision. Love it or loathe it, you’re definitely going to notice it and this is a bike that is sure to polarise opinion. We’re very keen to see how it’s received in our rapidly evolving market. rishaad mody

Wide exhaust needs caution in traffic.

Suzuki INTRUDeR Price

Rs 98,340 (ex-showroom, Delhi) Engine 155cc, single-cylinder, 2-valve, carburetted Power 14.8hp at 8000rpm Torque 14Nm at 6000rpm Power to weight 100hp/tonne Gearbox 5-speed Kerb weight 148kg Wheelbase 1405mm Seat Height 740mm Ground clearance 170mm Fuel tank 11 litres Suspension (f/r) Telescopic forks/ monoshock Brakes Disc Tyres (f/r) 100/80-17/ 140/60-R17

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LIVING WITH AN E-SCOOTER Siddhant Ghalla spends a couple of weeks with the Okinawa Ridge e-scooter to confront his range anxiety head on. PhotoGraPhy OmkaR dhas and ashley baxteR

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OkINAwA RIDge GOING eLecTrIc was pushing the Okinawa Ridge up a flyover on the very first day I got it. I’ll be honest: I was mighty annoyed. A bunch of scooter riders stopped to ask me if I had run out of fuel; “I wish,” I mumbled to myself. Two days later, the agony of that first experience had all but vanished. You see, the Ridge came to me with just one bar worth of charge, and that remnant juice wasn’t enough to pull the scooter and its rider up an incline. Once I had a full charge though, things were very different. But let’s start from the basics. The Ridge is a typical electric scooter – batteries under the seat and an electric motor housed in the rear wheel hub. Charging is through a regular three-pin AC socket. Unfortunately, the battery isn’t a removable unit like in some smaller e-scooters, so one needs a socket in the parking area, or an extension cord to wherever the scooter is parked. Okinawa claims a full charge can be achieved in 4-6 hours, though in my experience, you aren’t looking at anything less than seven hours. While the whole charging shebang might be novel for you, the actual riding experience won’t, which is the great thing about the Ridge. Most other e-scooters feel awkward to ride, especially in terms of ergonomics, but the Ridge is almost natural. It’s the same size as most petrol-powered scooters, adequately comfortable and decently peppy for city riding. It’ll carry two people easily (unless you’re on one bar of charge) and cruise at a heady 55kph with the throttle fully rolled open. Cruising at 55, however, comes at a cost – charge. Okinawa claims a lofty range of 80-90km for the Ridge, but keep it in Sport mode (needed to touch 55kph) and the battery runs out in around 50km. In Eco mode (speed limited to 35kph with dulled throttle responses), though, you can get nearly 70km out. Fair warning, the charge indicator isn’t particularly accurate; it was not uncommon for the number of bars to fluctuate between one and three at their own whim. There are a handful of other issues with the Ridge. The front and rear drum brakes are woefully ineffective and the silence of the electric

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You’ve got to keep a close tab on the charge!

Charging socket is on the outside under the seat hinge; charger eats into stowage space; switches are hard to reach. operation is countered by the rattling noises from loose plastic panels. Furthermore, the Ridge didn’t have a trip meter that would allow me to easily know the distance covered since full charge. Storage space is sparse; the tiny underseat storage wouldn’t take a full-face helmet, and squeezing in a half-face one would also be tricky on account of having to stash the charger there too. And finally, there’s the ergonomics of the switchgear; my fingers wouldn’t reach the turn signal switches or the horn unless I took my hand off the grips. But these problems are mere inconveniences. Living with the Ridge is actually quite pleasant. I have to travel a relatively short distance to work – a 6km round trip – which meant that a full

charge lasted me a week’s worth of office commutes. Ownership costs are laudably low, as due to the relatively fewer number of moving parts, maintenance is inexpensive. Okinawa offers three free services, after which paid services are recommended at 2,000km intervals. The battery has a limited lifespan – two years as per Okinawa’s

claim – though the actual life is determined by the number of charge cycles and usage patterns. Replacement costs around Rs 10,000, which isn’t too bad when you consider the running costs. A full charge consumes about three units of electricity, which costs a negligible amount, depending on the structure of your electricity bill. The Okinawa Ridge is a fairly amicable e-scooter to live with, but that statement comes with some caveats: your everyday mileage needs to be low and you need to have a convenient place to park and charge your scooter (constantly ‘borrowing’ power from your neighbourhood grocery store, like I did, isn’t a sustainable solution). If you can work around this, the Ridge is a realistic alternative to a standard petrol-powered scooter. AI

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rally ready!

TVS invites Rishaad Mody for a play date with its range of rally machines – right from the simple, but super-fun RTR 200 to the very, very serious Sherco TVS Dakar Rally bike. Gulp… TVS RTR 200 Rally Engine

197.8cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke, air/oil-cooled Suspension (f/r) Telescopic fork 150mm travel/monoshock 110mm travel Dry weight 115kg Seat height 790mm

verything I know about riding bikes is suddenly turned upside down. If I follow my instincts, I’m definitely going to end up in the dirt. After years of ascent, I feel like I’ve fallen off the ladder of riding knowledge and must once more begin the climb from the humble bottom rung. You see, all my motorcycling experience is centred around the sensation of grip, to the extent that I now know my way around a racetrack fairly well. But my level of off-road riding experience is restricted to a bit of fumbling around on big ADV bikes and a dash of fun on Royal Enfield Himalayan FI that you would have read about earlier in this issue. So when we arrived at TVS’ motocross track at Anekal, Karnataka, and

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watched Aravind KP warm up on his rally bike by making enormous jumps in the most matter-offact style, I felt a long-forgotten feeling setting in – a fear at the prospect of riding a motorcycle. But someone on the telly once said, “ahead of fear lies victory” (I suspect that sounds better in Hindi), so we got into our riding gear and prepared for what lay ahead. Thankfully, we had three excellent guides on hand in the form of TVS’ Dakar challengers, starting with our very own Aravind KP, Adrien Metge and insanely skilled madman, Joan Pedrero. After as much theory and “take it easy, don’t hurt yourself” we could possibly cram into our heads in such a short time, it was time to hop on the bikes. And hop many did, because the Sherco TVS

rally bikes have ludicrously tall seat heights, try 970mm on for size on the Dakar bike! For once, my long inseam proved beneficial on a motorcycle, and I could actually get my toes down on both feet. Hurray for small victories. With a smidgen of confidence back in the kitty, I set off for my first session on the RTR 450FX. This is the full-size dirt bike that TVS enters into domestic rallies with. The bike, as well as the Dakar machine, is built by French specialists Sherco along with some inputs from TVS. Since the Dakar programme began in 2015, TVS has had a more involved role in the development of these highly specialised competition machines. These learnings then go back into TVS own product development.


Now instead of diving deep into the spec sheet, I’m going to try to give you an idea of what these race-bred machines feel like to a completely untrained hand. First off, though these bikes may be intimidatingly tall, but they’re also incredibly slim. The 450FX, for example, weighs just 120kg dry, and while TVS won’t confirm a power figure, I suspect you’re looking at well over 50hp from the compact single. Gingerly releasing the clutch, I half expected the bike to either stall or loop me over backwards, but it was actually quite well behaved and set off fairly smoothly. But a few degrees more of that quick-action throttle releases a rapid burst of acceleration, which takes some getting used to. In a broad sense, the force of acceleration isn’t quite as rabid as a full-blown superbike, especially above third gear. But to feel that 140-section Michelin knobby rear tyre dramatically squirm and slide as it lays down all that power in the dirt is startling to say the least. In fact, perhaps the most alien sensation of riding in dirt is judging how much traction you have. From the looks of the surface, there’s precious little, but these tyres are incredible at hooking up and finding grip. Ultimately, I neither had the seat time nor talent (or inclination) to go hunting for the limit. An offset of all this grip is how much braking you can get done using the front brake, and when you add in the rear, stopping distances are nowhere near as long as I expected. As for the fully adjustable suspension, with 300mm of travel at the front and 330mm at the back, I was expecting a pillow-soft ride, but this is not the case. The 450FX has a hint of firmness to the damping and while it soaks in bigger jumps beautifully, it’s not quite as settled over faster bumps and ruts. This was one of the only areas where I found similarities between the rules for road riding and off-road work – it’s vital to lock onto the bike with your heels, thighs and core while leaving the upper body loose and free. Instinctively tensing up your arms is an easy mistake to make, but it quickly leads to crippling fatigue. After the RTR 450FX, I met a much more familiar machine, the RTR 200 rally bike. This bike is a much simpler machine and is fairly

TVS RTR 450FX Engine

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Complex navigation amplifies the challenge of Dakar.

 The glaring difference between the RTR 200 and the big boys isn’t so much power as suspension ability.

WP suspension on the Dakar bike is incredible. similar to the stock RTR. Modifications include strengthening the frame, lightly tuning the engine for more power as well as some modifications to the suspension damping. The RTR 200 felt a little too small for me, but it was easily the most enjoyable of the lot simply because it was that much less daunting to ride. But that doesn’t mean it was boring and there’s more than enough power to provoke the nimble chassis into snapping sideways at will. In fact, the most noticeable difference from the big boys wasn’t the significantly lower power so much as the lack of suspension sophistication, which simply couldn’t soak up bumps and jumps as effortlessly. As a special treat, we were given a short ride on the Sherco TVS Dakar bike as well! This was an incredible opportunity and, though it was brief, what immediately stood out was how plush the WP suspension felt. The Dakar bike does an incredible job at isolating minor jolts from the rider, while retaining the damping ability to soak in the incredible abuse these bikes are put through for 9,000km straight at the Dakar. The transition from the ultra-plush initial movement to immense support as the fork compresses feels almost magical. This bike is right up there with the most incredible suspension I’ve ever experienced on any form of vehicle. With all its complex instrumentation and enormous size, the Sherco TVS RTR 450 Dakar is an intimidating beast that only highlights what warriors the men are who tame it over endless swathes of the harshest terrain. Respect. AI

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new block and piston

Rs 3 lakh touReR

I am looking to buy a tourer in January 2018 and have shortlisted the Bajaj Dominar 400. Should I wait for the BMW G 310 GS? My budget can be stretched to Rs 3 lakh. swapnil, Mumbai The Bajaj Dominar is a good option and it delivers a strong, but unstressed performance and good riding dynamics. Bajaj also says it has put some work into improving NVH levels, as well as build consistency at the assembly level. However, we’d recommend waiting for the BMW G 310 GS as it should offer good performance, purpose-built touring ability and fabulous badge value. Depending on where you buy it, the bike should hopefully meet your budget or exceed it by a small amount. But, you’ll have to be quite patient because BMW has recently announced that both the G 310 R and G 310 GS will only arrive in India in the second half of 2018, as the brand is focusing on improving its sales and service network. Still, we believe that the G 310 GS will be worth the wait.

Fast, Fun highway bike

I am looking to buy a bike that is fun and comfortable to ride, and makes enough power for the highways. I am leaning more towards an adventure/ touring bike. Having owned a Duke 200 and a Thunderbird 500, I would like a proper successor. I’m 6ft tall and my budget is Rs 3-3.5 lakh. Manoj, Coimbatore From what’s currently available in

The Triumph Bonnevilles make for a lovely upgrade to a Royal Enfield.

The BMW G 310 GS has the potential to be an excellent tourer for our conditions. the market, the new 390 Duke is your best choice. The bike is very quick and will be a proper upgrade from what you owned previously. But we suggest waiting for the new BMW G 310 GS to arrive in India in the second half of the next year. Sadly, KTM’s 390 Adventure is still a long time away and hasn’t even been shown in concept form yet.

bonnie oR haRley?

I own a Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 and I am planning an upgrade to a Triumph Bonneville T120 or a Harley-Davidson Custom 1200. Since I intend to keep the bike for a long term, which one is better in terms of ride comfort, refinement and ownership experience? Or is the Triumph Speedmaster, expected to be launched in early 2018, a better option? I am more inclined towards

Triumph, but my heart says Harley. Vinay, Mumbai Every time we ride a Triumph Bonneville, we’re reminded of what a lovely upgrade it would make to a Royal Enfield. Of the Bonneville family, the T120 is our favourite for the huge spread of torque it offers, as well as the excellent refinement and relaxed but enjoyable dynamics. The Triumph is significantly ahead of the Custom 1200 in terms of comfort and refinement and the Triumph ownership experience is generally well-regarded too. The Speedmaster will be a more premium, better-finished machine with even higher levels of style, but it comes with a revised version of the Bobber’s rear suspension, which means significantly reduced suspension travel to the T120. It will have lower ground clearance too and may not be as comfortable. We’d suggest waiting for the India reviews to come out before you make a decision.

My 2008 Unicorn has covered 1,80,000km. It is now consuming a lot of oil and the service centre has said that the block and piston needs to be changed. Is there any need? And if it is changed, will it solve the problem? akshay shelar, Pune We can’t say what the problem is without having a look at the bike, but going by the huge number of kilometres your bike has clocked, it is quite possible that your engine is worse for wear and the service centre is right. For some peace of mind, you can get a second opinion from a trusted mechanic, and if the job is done well, it should solve your problem.

Reliable 200cc Machine

I am planning to buy an Apache RTR 200 for my daily commutes and frequent weekend rides. I am planning to keep the bike for at least four years. Is it a reliable motorcycle? I have a tight budget and I am avoiding the NS200 due to an earlier bad experience with Bajaj quality. Or should I instead put down some extra money and go for Yamaha FZ25? I want a reliable bike that won’t throw problems at me in the long run. pratik kumar, Hyderabad We have found the carburetted version of the Apache RTR 200 to be quite reliable and its build quality leaves nothing to complain about either. The Pulsar NS200, meanwhile, is an enjoyable machine and is currently the only bike in its segment to offer ABS, a very valuable safety feature. However, in our experience, the bike is more prone to rattling than its rivals and isn’t as smooth as we’d have liked. Since reliability is your priority, you can’t go wrong with the Yamaha FZ25. Yamahas have consistently proved to be some of the most reliable and trouble-free bikes over the long period. The FZ25 is also quite punchy and very tractable, which makes it a great commuter and a nice weekend bike as well. Unfortunately, ABS isn’t available, but based on your requirements, the FZ is worth the extra investment.

Fun coMMuteR

I want to buy a good-performance commuter bike. I have owned a Hero

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Will it be a 100cc commuter bike or a 200cc cruiser? Broken piston rings or leaking engine oil? AAA, the guru-cum-agony uncle, will troubleshoot all your two-wheeler problems. Email aaa@autocarindia.com

The TVS Apache RTR 200 is a quick and exciting commute weapon. CBZ Xtreme, Yamaha FZ-S and TVS Apache RTR 160. Of these, I liked the CBZ Xtreme and RTR 160 a lot. Now, I am considering one of these : the Suzuki Gixxer SF, Pulsar NS200, TVS Apache RTR 200 or the Yamaha FZ/Fazer250. Most of my running is in the city. sandeep, Hyderabad Considering that you enjoyed riding your previous RTR 160, we would suggest that you go with the RTR 200. Both the Yamaha FZ25 and the TVS Apache RTR 200 have similar character and feel to their smaller siblings. The FZ25 offers strong performance but a relaxed and easy riding feel. The RTR 200 may not be as quick as the Yamaha, but it is a much more engaging bike with a playful character. If you preferred the RTR 160 over the FZ-S, you will love what the RTR 200 has to offer. We recommend waiting till TVS introduces the ABS

version; the feature is a life-saver.

Mileage claiMs

Suzuki claims a mileage of 64kpl for the Access 125 but I have read user reviews which quote around 40kpl. What is the reason for such a difference and what according to you is the practical, real-world mileage of the scooter? Also, how does it compare with the Activa 4G and TVS Jupiter? Manpreet Rathore, Jodhpur Most manufacturers claim ARAI test figures, which are calculated in simulated conditions within a test lab. These figures are generally much higher than what you will receive in the real world and must be taken with a pinch of salt. In our experience, it’s fair to expect between 40-50kpl from most scooters, based on usage patterns. The Access 125 is a very likeable machine and offers strong performance with good comfort and practicality. It would be our pick of the lot you have mentioned.

to the firm and sporty suspension. For your requirements of comfort, low maintenance and reliability, the Suzuki Access 125 makes the most sense. It offers good performance, is spacious for tall riders and is low on maintenance. Another option is the new Honda Grazia that you can read about in this issue.

(too much fuel compared to air in the air-fuel ratio) or you might have worn piston rings, among other things. Either way, excessive smoke is a sign of ill health and should not be ignored. Ask your service centre to look into the matter or take the bike to another workshop for a second opinion.

which yaMaha?

I am looking for an easy city bike no heavier than 190kg. I also need something that can cruise comfortably on the highway at around 110-120kph without any vibration. I’ve shortlisted the Yamaha R3 or a second-hand Kawasaki Ninja Versys. archana kumar, via email The Versys is vastly more capable than the R3. Though it is not as sporty and will be a handful in traffic, it makes for a much more comfortable and versatile (hence ‘Versys’) bike. Also, the R3 is no longer on sale as it is not BS-IV compliant, so you’ll have to look at a second-hand bike there too. Between the two, the Versys is the only one with ABS, which further strengthens its appeal. It is, however, worth considering that the Versys will be more expensive to run. Kawasaki’s reputation for service and spares support is not very good either, but the brand is focusing on improving that. AI

Which one should I go for between the Yamaha R15 S and the FZ25? ashwin, Vijaywada Both these Yamahas are priced fairly close to each other, but they have very different characters. The R15 is a smooth, high-revving thriller that is a much better handler than the FZ25, but is less comfortable on a daily basis. The FZ25, meanwhile, is faster, much more comfortable and makes for a great commuter. The R15 is the one if you want a tight-handling bike that excites on a winding road or racetrack, but the FZ25 is the better all-rounder.

sMoky XtReMe

My Hero Xtreme is emitting too much smoke, even after a proper servicing. What can I do to reduce this? shivendra, Darbhanga There could be multiple answers here. Your bike may be running too rich

sMooth opeRatoR

The Kawasaki Versys 650 is a comfortable and versatile bike.

coMFy scooteR

Honda’s new Grazia is a 125cc scooter worth considering.

I am 6ft 2in tall and weigh 90kg, and I am looking for a scooter. Considering my physique, I am focusing on scooters around 125cc. According to my budget, I have shortlisted the Activa 125, Access 125, Vespa LX 125 and the Aprilia SR 150. I’m looking for a comfortable ride, good pillion comfort, low maintenance and long-term durability. ari jit Mukherjee, via email Of the scooters you have listed, the Aprilia SR 150 is easily the fastest and most fun to ride. However, it is not a comfortable machine, thanks

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FOUR FINGERS FOR LEwIS HAMILTON Mexican GP saw Lewis Hamilton join the super-exclusive club of four-time F1 world champions, levelling him with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost. report

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Verstappen drives a whopper to win as Hamilton bags his fourth world c’ship title.

Aditya Patel’s 2017 Blancpain GT season went down to the wire.

The Spaniard took his fourth premier class title in a dramatic season finale at Valencia.

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race debrief The Mexican GP Finishing straight

Another emphatic win for Verstappen proved that he is definitely a title contender, provided Red Bull can provide a consistently quick car.

Hamilton sealed his fourth championship title in front of a sellout crowd. Elaborate celebrations followed.

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There’s always time for a burnout, particularly when you have sealed your fourth world title.

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Four-time Hammertime lewis Hamilton cemented his place among F1’s elites by clinching a fourth world championship at the Mexican GP. sebastian Vettel’s troubles may have decided the battle early, but they only brought forward what was inevitable. Make no mistake, this was Hamilton’s year. words ABHisHek tAkle PiCTUrEs lAt

Fangio, Prost, Schumacher, Vettel. Until last month’s Mexican Grand Prix, these were the only four drivers in Formula One history to have won the world championship at least four times. But on that late-October Sunday, Lewis Hamilton added his name to the roll call of the greatest of Formula One’s greats. As he sliced through the thin air and autumn sunshine of Mexico City’s high-altitude Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in his Mercedes, Hamilton elevated himself to even more rarefied heights. One of 33 drivers to have won the Formula One title since the first running of the

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championship in 1950, and among the 16 to have achieved the feat multiple times, Hamilton became only the fifth driver to have done so four times... ... only the fifth, of the 33 who have won the title, over 68 years of Formula One racing. “It’s like I’m in space,” the 32-year-old said after the race. “Of course there’s all the energy from all the people around you and you’re riding on cloud nine, but it takes a while for it to really, truly sink in.” Warring emotions flooded his mind. There was the disappointment of winning the

title with a ninth-placed finish. He had, after all, had the time to plan out his title celebrations. His chief rival Sebastian Vettel’s run of problems had swung the momentum his way, making a Hamilton triumph a matter of if not when. He wanted to seal it with a win and no less. He won his first title by finishing fifth, snatching the place at the last corner of the last lap of the last race of the season. His two titles since were both sealed with a win. A ninthplaced finish wasn’t in the script. That disappointment vied with the obvious elation of winning the title itself. After all,


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if ninth felt underwhelming, his season was anything but. He was up against a resurgent Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel. Vettel and Hamilton had swept to seven of the last nine world championships between them, with the German winning four and Hamilton three. Only Jenson Button’s fairytale 2009 triumph and Nico Rosberg’s gritty win last year had broken the pair’s otherwise exclusive stranglehold on Formula One’s top prize. And yet, they had never engaged in a full-blown title battle, something Hamilton had been yearning for. This year, he had finally been handed his chance to measure himself against another driver regarded as one of the best of his generation and counted among the all-time greats. He had taken him on and beaten him. For all the problems – the Singapore crash, engine problems in Malaysia, a faulty sparkplug in Japan – that had derailed Vettel’s title bid, Hamilton had proven himself the better driver. At one stage, especially after Ferrari’s Monaco one-two that gave Vettel a 25-point advantage in the overall standings, the German had appeared on course for a fifth title. But where the pair went into Formula One’s

annual summer break on four wins each, Hamilton found a new level in the season’s second half. He became the season’s first back-to-back winner at the Italian Grand Prix, where he also relieved Vettel of the overall championship lead that the Ferrari driver had held all year. He won five of the seven races up to and including the Mexican Grand Prix. The records tumbled. He surpassed boyhood idol Ayrton Senna’s haul of pole positions in June at the Canadian Grand Prix. In August, he equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time pole-position record. In October, he took pole position in Austin, Texas, to claim his 117th front-row start and yet another of the seven-time world champion’s records. He’s now also the most successful British driver ever. Having grown up in council housing in the small town of Stevenage, the rapidity of his ascent has stunned Hamilton himself. “My goal never was to reach Michael,” he said. “I wanted to match Ayrton. But now I am beyond that and now the dreams could expand into an area I was never planning.” Sitting pretty on a haul of four titles, 62 wins and 72 pole positions, the sky is now the limit for Lewis Hamilton. AI

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So, So close!

Gt ace aditya patel’s 2017 Blancpain Gt Series asia campaign ended on a dream note, almost! Despite losing out on the title by the smallest possible margin, it was an exemplary season nevertheless. words SaptarShi Shukla PiCTUrEs Blancpain Gt SerieS aSia

For most young drivers, the end of one season brings up the same looming question: what now next year? It’s a dreaded time for young aspirants as they scramble to put together sponsorship and deals to seal their next season’s programmes. A lot of time and money is spent testing different machinery to understand which is likely to be the most competitive series for them, followed by negotiations with teams to crack the best possible deals. Essentially, a lot of groundwork and investment has to be done even before the season starts and drivers end up being burned out even before the lights go out for the first race. Not for Aditya Patel, though. The Indian driver is deservedly an established GT ace, and thanks to backing from Audi India, has had a steady career in the GT3 category for many years now, one of the quickest tin-top categories in the world. In India, the number of drivers backed by manufacturers can be counted on one hand, maybe even one finger – this just cements Aditya’s credentials as a consistent performer

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Patel and Gilbert didn’t put a foot wrong at Zhejiang despite torrid conditions.

who can deliver the goods year after year. And in 2017, he was probably closest to delivering his first major GT title than he had ever been in the inaugural season of the Blancpain GT Series Asia and missing out by a single point must have definitely been heartbreaking. “Yes of course there’s a little disappointment,” says Patel recapping his season. “We can look back on many things that could’ve lost us the title but it’s done and we knew we were extremely strong, with more podiums than anyone else on the grid, and that’s encouraging,” he adds. Driving for the same team, OD Racing, and partnering the same teammate, quick Aussie Mitch Gilbert, meant there weren’t too many variables for Aditya this season, and this enabled him to focus on the important things. However, with a strong line-up of drivers announced ahead of the season and not knowing where they stood in terms of car performance ahead of the season-opener at Sepang Circuit meant a lot of


things were still up in the air. “We really didn’t know what to expect before we got to Sepang. We had done only one day of pre-season testing and Blancpain began dropping some big driver names. We knew it would be a tough one!” he recalls. “We did work towards having a good car under us and that was key at Sepang. A win and a second place there was pretty much the perfect start.” Things didn’t go to plan in as the series moved to neighbouring Thailand. Buriram International Circuit is a tough layout and muggy weather didn’t make things better. The Mercs and the Ferraris ended up being

the championship along with his teammate Maximilian Buhk. After a couple of months’ summer break, the championship returned to Japan, this time to Fuji Speedway. But it didn’t turn things around either and the OD Racing Squad struggled like most other Audis, thanks to the Balance of Performance (BOP) regulation which forces cars to carry more ballast and restricts the size of air and fuel intakes. It was particularly punishing on the long straights of the Japanese venue – both Patel and Gilbert couldn’t do better than eighth place and came away with just a couple of points. Hunter Abbott and Maximilian Buhk once again

Coming into the final round at Zhejiang, it was clear that Patel and Gilbert had an outside chance of winning the title which was now a three-way fight. “We went in with a completely different mindset. Our plan was to win both races and see where that takes us. Easier said than done, but at least we had a plan,” chuckles Aditya. It was an extremely wet weekend throughout but both drivers did their job in qualifying by clinching front row spots for both races. After the duo won the first race, it was all down to the final race and it couldn’t have been more finely poised before starting behind the Safety Car thanks to the very wet conditions. The three remaining championship contenders had all incurred a mix of benefits and disadvantages. Gilbert lined up on pole but would have a 10sec success penalty to serve during the driver change with Patel, Abbott and co-driver Maximilian started fifth and would be stationary for an additional 5sec, and Lee and Thong were starting eighth but racing handicap-free. An eventful race later, Patel crossed the line 2.5sec in lead, but a fourth place finish for Hunter Abbott sealed the title for the Mercedes duo by merely one point. It was heartbreak for Patel and Gilbert but that’s what motorsport is all about – being so close yet so far. It was an incredibly competitive season with the top three finishers covered in just three points! “We missed out on the title by a single point but that’s racing. We did everything we could and couldn’t have done any more,” said Aditya. Despite the close finish, the 29-year old hasn’t thrown in the towel yet and even though nothing is confirmed yet, a repeat assault on the title seems is likely to be on the cards for the 2018 season. AI

Thanks to BoP rules, machinery in the Blancpain GT series is evenly matched.

stronger compared to the R8 LMS GT3 and an incident in race one led to a DNF as well. However, a hard-fought podium in race two brought things back on track somewhat but wasn’t enough to have Gilbert and Patel retain their championship lead. As the Blancpain GT Series Asia moved further east to Japan – Suzuka was a new venue for Patel and both OD Racing drivers were able to put the car on the front row in qualifying for the two races. A third place finish in race one was followed by a massive tyre blowout of Patel in race two, while he was leading the race. It was a definite setback and allowed British driver Hunter Abbott to clinch the top spot and lead

capitalised on their woes and came away with a solid 50 points thanks to a double win in his Mercedes AMG GT3. “From this point, we knew fighting for the title would be tough”, reminisces Aditya. As the championship moved to China for the final two rounds, it was an all-or-nothing situation for the Indian. At the penultimate round in Shanghai, both Patel and Gilbert were thankfully back on pace and two good qualifying positions gave them the chance to fight for podiums. Eventually, they came away with a second and third place and found themselves 28 points behind new championship leaders, Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong.

‘Backing from a manufacturer cements aditya’s credentials as a consistent performer.’

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F1 2021 engine plans announced New design parameters to restrict development costs and discourage extreme designs. Formula One cars will continue using the current 1.6-litre V1 turbo-hybrid engines from 2021, but with some major changes. The proposal for 2021 will see the current engines running at 3,000rpm higher “to improve the sound.” In order to try to simplify the internals of the power unit, the MGU-H will be removed, and several prescriptive design parameters will be introduced to “restrict development costs and discourage extreme designs and running conditions”. These will include internal and external parameters, with the latter allowing for what the FIA described as “a plug-and-play engine/ chassis/transmission swap capability”.

The regulations also aim to level the playing field between teams and manufacturers.

A single turbo with dimensional constraints and weight limits will be mandated, while a standard energy store will be introduced alongside control electronics, which have long been standard in F1. The MGU-K will be made more powerful, with a focus on manual driver deployment of additional power, similar

to the way KERS was used when it was introduced into F1 in 2009. This feature will also give drivers the option to save energy over several laps to increase the tactical elements involved in racing. F1 teams met with the FIA, the commercial rights holder and potential new

manufacturers in Paris to discuss the objectives for the new engine rules that will be introduced for the 2021 season. Work will continue for another 12 months on the details of the new engine specification, without which, the FIA said, the design and development of the new power units will not be possible. This

ensures that F1’s existing manufacturers will continue working on their current engines through 2018. An FIA statement added that “during 2017 and 2018, the FIA and F1 will also work with the teams to establish test and development restrictions as well as other cost containment measures.” F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn added: “The 2021 power unit is an example of the future way in which the FIA as regulators, F1 as commercial right holders, the teams and the manufacturers as stakeholders, will work together for the common good of the sport. Aim is to provide a powertrain that is simpler, cheaper and noisier.”

Massa confirms F1 retirement Ferrari warns it could Felipe Massa has announced that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the 2017 season. A veteran of 267 Grand Prix starts, Massa had announced that he would quit F1 at the end of last year, but was enticed back by Williams to replace Mercedes-bound Valtteri Bottas ahead of the current campaign. Earlier this year, the Brazilian racer had said he was keen to stay on for a

16th season, but would only do so with Williams. However, the team has been in no rush to announce who will partner Stroll next year with a number of drivers in contention.

Massa, who is expected to move to Formula E in the future, announced the news himself via social media. In a team statement, he later said: “I have now enjoyed four great years with the team, but my career in Formula 1 will finally come to an end. I am looking forward to ending on a high note and preparing for a new chapter in my career.”

quit F1 over new rules call with analysts to discuss Ferrari has questioned Ferrari’s latest financial Liberty Media’s plans for results, president Sergio Formula 1 by warning it Marchionne said he was is prepared to walk away unimpressed with certain from Grand Prix racing directions that Liberty had after 2020. proposed, including the Mercedes and Renault future engine rules. had expressed concern that engine proposals for 2021 would start a needless arms race that could damage F1, but Ferrari has gone a step further and said it could quit completely if it was Ferrari has been left unimpressed not happy. with F1’s future direction. In a conference

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Kvyat a contender for Williams 2018 F1 seat Daniil Kvyat has joined the list of drivers under consideration for a 2018 Williams Formula 1 seat. Robert Kubica, Paul di Resta and Pascal Wehrlein have been rumoured to be potential candidates, but chief technical officer Paddy Lowe has always maintained his team has to assess any qualified and available driver. Additionally, Lowe insists the team does not have a deadline to make a decision.

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Marquez wins MotoGP title at a dramatic finale Marc Marquez sealed his fourth MotoGP title after finishing third in the season finale at Valencia won by Dani Pedrosa, as Andrea Dovizioso’s championship hopes ended with a late crash. Dovizioso needed to win the race and hope polesitter Marquez couldn’t finish inside the top 11, and the Italian made quick progress from ninth on the grid to settle into fifth behind Ducati teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Marquez led the opening laps, but looked over his

shoulder as he allowed Tech 3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco ahead at Turn 6 on the fourth lap, and settled into a rhythm behind the Frenchman. It wasn’t until the 20th lap of a tense 30-lap encounter that the order changed, as Marquez briefly passed Zarco, only to be overtaken straight back. Marquez was soon back on the attack, passing on lap 23, but he almost blew what looked to be a safe title as he misjudged his braking into Turn 1 on the following lap

and ran wide into the gravel. Keeping his works Honda upright, he managed to rejoin in fifth, behind Zarco, Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Dovizioso. After Dovizioso started to drop back, Lorenzo then crashed out at Turn 4 with six laps remaining, before Ducati’s hopes of a first title in a decade crumbled as Dovizioso fell at Turn 8 on the same tour. That promoted Marquez to third, which was enough to beat Dovizioso to the title by 36 points.

Nissan to take over Renault’s FE operations

Nissan has confirmed it will enter Formula E from the 2018/19 season. The Japanese manufacturer will

enter the electric singleseater series in place of Renault who decided to withdraw from Formula E

at the end of the 2017/18 season in order to focus efforts on its Formula 1 works outfit. Nissan and Renault are part of the same motorsport group and discussions have been ongoing for some time about replacing the French marque with the Nissan brand. As e.dams holds Renault’s Formula E entry, it is expected to operate the Nissan team, which will utilise a powertrain that bears the Nissan name but one that has been developed by Renault for the past two years.

Ogier clinches WRC championship at Rally GB Sébastien Ogier sealed the 2017 World Rally Championship with third place for M-Sport on Rally GB, as Elfyn Evans claimed a dominant first win for himself and DMACK. Wales was tipped as one of the events where DMACK’s tyre would be advantageous, and Evans used it to dominate from the start of the forest stages on the first day. Evans and co-driver Dan Barritt got their lead up to close to a minute by the rally’s halfway point and then protected it to the finish, ultimately winning by a massive 37.3sec. The intrigue was all in the championship fight, with Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak needing to outscore Ogier in Wales by eight and seven points, respectively, to maintain even a mathematical possibility of denying him in Australia. Neuville recovered from a scrappy start to advance up the order and

reach second, while Ogier began to struggle for pace and slipped back to fourth behind Tanak. Then heavy fog on the first of Saturday’s two night stages prompted a huge shake-up. Neuville and Tanak both struggled, falling from second to third and third to sixth, respectively. Ogier went off the road, picked up a puncture and then had to tackle the day’s final stage with only three working brakes due to damage – yet in a “miracle” drive still managed to end the evening in second place. Neuville quickly regained second on Sunday morning and pulled away from Ogier. Though Jari-Matti Latvala, Andreas Mikkelsen and Tanak all closed in on Ogier, with the quartet covered by just 7.5sec going onto the final stage, the champion held third place and picked up a couple of powerstage bonus points to put the matter beyond doubt.

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Manor to join LMP1 with Ginetta Manor will step up to the LMP1 division of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) for the 2018/19 ‘superseason’, becoming the first team to commit to using Ginetta’s new prototype. Manor entered the WEC at the start of the 2016 campaigns in the LMP2 class, and has spent the last two seasons running ORECA machinery in the secondary prototype division. The Manor-Ginetta project will be a one-car effort. The team is yet to name drivers for its new venture.

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Alonso to participate in 2018 Daytona 24 Hours

Porsche seals WEC title in Shanghai as Toyota wins Porsche wrapped up both World Endurance Championship titles in Shanghai at the end of a race dominated by Toyota. Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber were already on course to seal the drivers’ crown with third place when race leader Jose Maria Lopez was involved in an incident that sent the #7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID into the pits for repairs and promoted the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid to second. Damage to the left-rear suspension and driveshaft prevented the Toyota onetwo that would have kept the manufacturers’ title mathematically open going into the Bahrain finale in two weeks’ time. The incident for the Toyota Lopez shared with Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway allowed the sister

car driven by Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima a clear run to the victory that had looked likely for the majority of the six-hour race. Buemi, on new tyres, was closing down on Lopez and less than 2.0sec behind when the leader tagged the #91 GTE Pro class Porsche driven by Richard Lietz in Turn 3. The Swiss had just taken second place from Nick Tandy in the #1 Porsche when race leader Lopez spun after contact with WEC debutant Nico Muller in the G-Drive LMP2 ORECA in the opening hour. The #8 Toyota was in the ascendency for the rest of the race, though different tyre strategies meant it was behind when the sister car hit problems. The Toyota

TS050s, which incorporated new developments had a clear edge over the Porsches around the Shanghai International Circuit. Both 919 Hybrids were a lap down after four hours of the race. Tandy, Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer had the faster of the two Porsches in China, but an engine sensor issue in the opening hour resulted in more than a minute’s loss. Lotterer, however, was only 20sec behind Bernhard at the finish. Repairs to the #7 Toyota cost it seven laps and left it down in fourth at the chequered flag.

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso will join the United Autosports LMP2 team for an assault on the Daytona 24 Hours in January, 2018. The McLaren F1 driver will team up with European Formula 3 champion Lando Norris and Phil Hanson at the wheel of one of United’s Ligier JSP217 prototypes for the IMSA SportsCar Championship season opener. There have been suggestions that his participation in the event could be a precursor to an attack on the Le Mans 24

Hours. The Spaniard’s new McLaren deal is understood to ensure he is available to race at Le Mans next year, should the opportunity arise. “The Daytona 24 Hours is the most iconic US endurance race and one of the world’s great races,” said Alonso. “Everyone knows it. It’s not part of the Triple Crown [of Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Le Mans victories] but, as I have always said, my aim is to be a complete driver and this experience will help me in the preparation for any other endurance race I might take part in.”

Sauber rules out using Ferrari parts in 2018 Sauber has decided against taking non-listed parts from Ferrari next season because of the complications it would cause to its 2018 car design. The Swiss-based team has been evaluating ways Sauber will not follow in to extend its technical Haas’ footsteps to buy partnership with Ferrari, and Ferrari parts. one option was to adopt a Haas approach of buying some parts from the Italian manufacturer. Sauber team principal Fred Vasseur says it has decided not to pursue that because its 2018 car design is already advanced. When asked about using non-listed parts, Vasseur said: “It is not an easy step also because we were already in the process to develop the car in the wind tunnel, and to take some parts from another car and add it to an ongoing project, it is not ideal. “For the future we can extend the parameters and have a much better approach if we sort the deal earlier in the season,” he added.

QuiCk nEWS

Andretti signs Blomqvist for FE 2017/18 BMW factory driver Tom Blomqvist has been named as Andretti Autosport’s second Formula E driver for season four. Blomqvist replaces Robin Frijns at Andretti for the new season and is set to make his Formula E debut. He is also expected to remain part of BMW’s DTM line-up. Andretti and BMW had already considered the prospect of sharing the #27 entry between Sims and Blomqvist, and Sims could still race if Blomqvist ends up with a clashing commitment.

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in conversation with

Tom Kristensen Nine-time Le Mans winner

What does a racing driver who’s won the 24 Hours of Le Mans a record nine times do after retirement? Siddhraj Singh speaks to Mr Le Mans himself, Tom Kristensen, about retirement and the shift to historic racing. PiCTURES Siddhraj Singh What is the biggest difference you have noticed in the shift from racing modern prototypes to now racing vintage cars?

‘Getting to drive a variety of cars feels special and that only happens at heritage motorsport events.’

Once you put your helmet on, you always want to do your best. But now I go to vintage motorsport events just to enjoy myself and I don’t feel I have to win. Of course, it is important to remain focused and concentrate when driving the cars, as they are treasured enormously by their owners and are often incredibly valuable – they are sometimes the best from that particular period. I look forward to receiving an invitation to Goodwood Revival even more so now that I am retired. The quality of the cars and the level of grip they had were very different then, as were their aerodynamics – this meant you were sliding a lot and it was even more important to find a rhythm. Also, I find driving a car for the first time is one of the greatest challenges in vintage motor racing – it is a very intense feeling and really allows you to get into the spirit of the event. Do you ever feel like returning to racing contemporary cars, perhaps in a different form (i.e.) Rallycross?

I was very comfortable with my decision to retire; it

was the right time for me and I felt completely at peace with my decision. I am fortunate to still be involved in the industry and I enjoy my role at Audi enormously. I am also a brand ambassador for Rolex and being Grand Marshal at the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona was definitely a highlight, as I was participating in the ultimate gentleman’s 24-hour race at Le Mans. Driving a variety of cars is a very special feeling and that only really happens at heritage motorsport events. For example, each of the five years I have been to Goodwood Revival, I have driven a different car in each class, which I’ve really enjoyed and find challenging. What have been your highlights during the Monterey Classic Car Week so far?

The highlights for me have been seeing the enormous variety and depth of cars on show at the different events throughout the week. The amount of cars on the track at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is phenomenal. At Laguna Seca, I was particularly struck by the drivers’ laid-back approach to racing – it is all about celebrating the heritage of our sport, far more than the competition. It creates a lovely atmosphere, truly unique and far away from real competition. AI

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ASTON MARTIN DB11

DB11 Long, low and luxurious as it is, the DB11 is not just another GT from Aston Martin; it marks a revolution for the specialist carmaker. Just about everything on it – including the turbocharged V12 – is new and, on the whole, it feels sensational. Wish we had the roads to enjoy one. 427.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

5204/V12

608/700

RAPIDE S A soulful V12, four doors and four seats. It’s been around for a while now but the shape remains distinctive enough to set it apart from other four-door super sedans. It’s quite special to drive on the right roads too. That said, it isn’t as complete a four-door sports sedan like a Porsche Panamera – the rear seats are pretty cramped. Rapide S Vantage

350.00** 435.00**

NA

NA

NA

5935/V12

477/600

VANTAGE The Vantage is relatively small as Astons go but is just as sexy as the rest. However, it has been around for a while and feels a bit outdated today. Truth is, for similar money, you can get more powerful, more accomplished sportscars. The V12 is more extreme than the V8, but power and performance figures aren’t impressive in the face of rivals. V8 Vantage V8 Vantage S V12 Vantage S Vanquish

NA NA NA

280.00** 320.00** 385.00**

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

4735/V8 4735/V8 5935/V12

426/470 436/490 573/620

VANQUISH The Vanquish is Aston’s sportiest, most expensive grand tourer. It is also Aston’s best offering, wrapping comfort with all the trappings you’d expect from a supercar and that includes the handling, brakes and sense of occasion. It is expensive though. Vanquish AUDI A3

NA

550.00**

NA

NA

NA

5935/V12

577/630

A3 The A3 is a smart-looking car and is rather nice to drive. The diesel engine is strong, the new 1.4-litre petrol motor is more than adequate, and ride and handling are good too. It’s not roomy in the back but for a driver-owner the A3 is an excellent introduction to Audi. The convertible is pricey but rather nice. 35TFSI Premium Plus 35TFSI Technology 35TDI Premium Plus 35TDI Technology 35TFSI Cabriolet A4

37.75 39.94 40.58 42.54 56.73

38.42 42.89 40.35 44.50 63.33

36.60 40.86 38.57 42.53 56.38

34.38 37.09 41.53 44.93 37.90

39.99 44.82 42.22 46.71 61.37

1395/4 1395/4 1968/4 1968/4 1395/4

150/250 150/250 143/320 143/320 150/250

A4 It may not have the most distinctive of shapes or be the most exciting car to drive but with its incredibly well-finished cabin, ample rear seat space and long equipment list, the new A4 offers plenty to the average luxury sedan buyer. The 1.4 petrol is pleasant but the diesel is the one to go for. 30TFSI Premium Plus 30TFSI Technology 35TDI Premium Plus 35TDI Technology A5

45.80 49.39 49.16 52.83

47.58 51.28 49.83 53.51

45.42 48.93 47.71 51.22

46.89 50.66 49.61 50.70

49.76 53.75 52.36 NA

1395/4 1395/4 1968/4 1968/4

150/250 150/250 190/400 190/400

A5 The A5s are Audis for individualists. The Sportbacks seduce with their style. The Cabriolet delivers that open air experience. The 2.0 diesel does its job well but if it’s driving pleasure you want, choose the S5. Rear seat headroom is limited in the Sportbacks but, then, that is the price to pay for style. A5 Sportback A5 Cabriolet S5 Sportback A6

54.02** 67.51** 70.60**

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

64.84 81.01 NA

NA NA NA

1968/4 1968/4 2995/V6

190/400 190/400 354/400

A6 A mid-life update in 2015 added improved connectivity, safety features and LED headlights to the long list of reasons to be interested in an A6. The diesel engine is powerful and the petrol is rather nice too. Sadly, there is no V6 engine or Quattro all-wheel drive for the sedan. The RS6 Avant is bonkers, marrying supercar performance to genuine estate practicality. 35TFSI Premium 35TFSI Matrix

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

C U A B T N

ASTON MARTIN DB11

DB11 Rapide S

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

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60.78 62.74

61.23 63.57

57.49 62.15

60.39 60.04

61.76 68.57

1798/4 1798/4

190/320 190/320

FOR Styling, sumptuous cabin, V12. AGAINST Unusable rear seats, price. VERDICT The DB11 is a huge leap forward for Aston in terms of technology and engineering. 8/A

P

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4739/1940/1279mm Wheelbase 2805mm Tyre size 255/40 R20(F), 295/35 R20(R) Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1770kg Fuel tank 78 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A

FOR The V12’s soulfulness, tight handling. AGAINST Cramped rear seats. VERDICT It’s different.

6/A

P

P P P

— — —

— — —

A

P

— — —

— — —

A A A

P P D D P

— — — — 8.97 220 8.97 220 — —

A

P P D D

— — — —

210 210 — —

— — — — 5.41 7.14 5.41 7.14 — —

A A A A A

D D P

— — —

— — —

P P

— —

233 233

3

3

7 Re 3

7 33 3 3 33 3

— — — —

— — —

— —

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

El/El

F/R 7

7/7

El/3

3

— — — —

— — —

— —

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

El/El El/El El/El

R R R

7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7

El/3 El/3 El/3

7 7 7

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

El/El

F/R 7

7/7

El/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

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

3 3 3 3 3

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

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

7 3 7 3 7

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

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

3 3 3 3 3

3

3 3 Re 3

7 33 3 3 33 3

3 8 3 Vantage

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

3 3 3

3 3 3

7 Re 3 7 Re 3 7 Re 3

7 33 3 3 33 3 7 33 3 3 33 3 7 33 3 3 33 3

3

3

7 7 7 7 7

3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 Vanquish

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

7 Re 3

7 33 3 3 33 3

3 6 3 AUDI A3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 35TFSI NA/NA/19.20 35TDI 12.3/17.5/20.38 7 3 7 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

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

7 3 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 6

3 3 3 3 3 A4

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 30TFSI NA/NA/17.84

SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A A A 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

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

El/3 El/3 El/3 El/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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4733/1843/1386mm Wheelbase 2824mm Tyre size 245/40 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 480 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1670-1875kg Fuel tank 54-58 litres Warranty NA, SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A A A

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

El/El El/El El/El

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

7/3 7/3 7/3

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

3 3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4933-4979/1874-1936/1455-1461mm Wheelbase 29122915mm 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 A A

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

El/El El/El

F/R 3 F/R 3

7/3 7/3

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

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 3 7 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

8 8 8 8

3 3 3 3 A5

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

7 3 3 3 3 33 3 3 8 7 3 3 3 3 33 3 3 8 7 3 3 3 3 33 3 3 8

3 3 3 A6

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

7 33 3 3 7 7 3 3 8 7 33 3 3 7 3 3 3 8

 = 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 8 3 Rapide S

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

Tyre size 225/50 R17 Turning circle dia 11.4m Trunk volume 480litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1450kg Fuel tank 54 litres Warranty NA

FOR Equipment, ride comfort, supercar performance (RS6 Avant). AGAINST No V6 or AWD option on sedan. VERDICT A great luxury sedan that’s better value now. 7/A 7/A

7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4726/1842/1427mm Wheelbase 2820mm

FOR Style, cabin quality, performance (S5). AGAINST Uninvolving steering (A5s), limited rear headroom (Sportback). VERDICT For those who find the A4 too regular. 7/A 7/A 8/A

El/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4423/1793/1409mm Wheelbase 2595mm Tyre size 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 425 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1415-1490kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Cabin quality, overall refinement. AGAINST No quattro versions, rear backrest is upright. VERDICT A luxury sedan that ticks the right boxes. 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A

7/7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4380/1865/1241mm Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 255/35 R20(F), 305/30 R20(R) Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1680kg Fuel tank 80 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Ride comfort, high-quality cabin. AGAINST Mediocre rear space, mirrors offer limited view. VERDICT A proper scaled-down Audi sedan. 7/A 7/A 6/A 6/A 7/A

F/R 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4385/1865/1260mm 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 Feels special, great mix of thrill and comfort. AGAINST Expensive. VERDICT If you want the quintessential Aston experience. 8/A

El/El

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5020/2140/1350mm 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 Aston charm, engine note. AGAINST Feels a touch old today. VERDICT There are better cars out there for the same money.

7/A 7/A 7/A

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

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

3 3


AU D I t o AU D I

NEW CARS A-Z

A8 Laden with tech, powered by strong engines and with 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 7-series, and that could be a put-off for buyers. 50TDI Premium 50TDI Premium Plus Q3

137.46 143.74

146.23 153.10

133.94 142.61 149.54 140.23 143.75 156.69

2967/V6 2967/V6

250/580 250/580

Q3 Audi has done well to keep its baby SUV fresh even years after its arrival. It is attractive, the cabin is well put together and it gets all the luxury essentials as standard. While the 1.4 petrol offers good performance and the 150hp diesel is adequate, only the 184hp diesel gets all-wheel drive. 30TFSI Premium 30TDI Premium 35TDI Premium Plus 35TDI Technology Q5

39.51 42.61 46.13 49.79

40.56 42.67 46.23 50.97

39.29 41.46 44.83 48.34

40.62 42.22 42.22 50.38

42.76 46.96 49.05 53.04

1395/4 1968/4 1968/4 1968/4

58.04 61.64 66.16

62.70 66.59 71.49

58.10 61.62 66.05

60.87 64.69 69.49

58.42 68.78 65.10

1968/4 1968/4 1968/4

150/250 150/340 184/380 184/380

81.56 89.49 88.19 87.34 97.66

67.76** 74.43** 86.69 NA 96.01

81.86 89.63 86.31 87.56 94.08

71.08** 90.73 78.07** 99.56 90.46 95.78 93.04 NA 98.70 104.61

1984/4 1984/4 2967/V6 2967/V6 2967/V6

176/380 176/380 176/380

170.78

186.16

171.19

NA

209.00

3993/V8

252/370 252/370 245/600 245/600 245/600

292.49

321.43

296.27

NA

332.98

5204/V10

560/700

77.22

84.37

76.39

71.89

83.53

2995/V6

610/560

333/440

TT There’s no doubt that this third-gen TT is the best one yet. It looks fantastic, the cabin looks and feels 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

73.54

81.69

74.58

NA

83.60

1984/4

D D

6/A 7/A 7/A 7/A

P D D D

— — — —

— — — —

— — — —

7/A 7/A 7/A

D D D

11.21 11.21 11.21

— — —

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

P P D D D

— — 6.95 6.95 6.95

— — — — —

8/A

P

3.93 250

230/370

7/A

P

A A

P

— — — —

A A A A

6.60 8.16 6.60 8.16 6.60 8.16

A A A

P

5.81 250

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

El/EL El/EL

F/R 3 F/R 3

7/3 7/3

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 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

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 3

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

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

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

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

El/El El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

3 3 3

— — — — 4.68 5.48 4.68 5.48 4.68 5.48

A A A A 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

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

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

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3

A

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

3

A

3.01 4.76

3/3 3/3

3

7/3 3

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 50TDI NA/NA/6.0

7 33 3 3 7 3 3 7 33 3 3 7 3 3

3 3 3 3

A

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

3

3

7/3 3

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

3

3 8 3 8

3 3 Q3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

6 6 6 6

3 3 3 3 Q5

3 8 3 8 3 8

3 3 3 Q7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 45TDI 8.3/12.5/NA

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

3

3 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 3 7 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

8 8 8 8 8

3 3 3 3 3 RS7

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

3 3 Re 3

7 33 3 3 7 3 3

3 6

3 R8

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* V10 NA/NA/NA

3

3

7 Re 3

3

3 3 Re 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4177/1966/1353mm 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 3/3 3/3

3 3 3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4718/1854/1382mm 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 A

3 3 A8

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 30TDI NA/NA/14.1

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4426/1940/1240mm Wheelbase 2650mm Tyre size 245/35 R19, 295/35 R19, 245/30 R20, 305/30 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Kerb weight 1630kg Fuel tank 73 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

7 33 3 3 7 3 3 3 8 7 33 3 3 7 3 3 3 8

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5012/1911/1419mm Wheelbase 2915mm Tyre size 275/35 R20 Turning circle dia11.9m Trunk volume 535 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1920kg Fuel tank 75 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

2.70 3.24

C U A B T N

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

FOG LAMPS

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

ESP ABS

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

3 3

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

3 3

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

El/3 El/3

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

7/3 7/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5052/1968/1740mm 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 min/max 52/58cm Headroom 90cm Width 144cm

FOR Cabin quality, supple ride, user friendly. AGAINST Steering feels numb, significantly pricier than before. VERDICT Latest TT has the go to match the show. 6/A

F/R 3 F/R 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4629/1880/1653mm Wheelbase 2807mm Tyre size 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 540/1560 litres Ground clearance 201mm Kerb weight 1830-1935kg Fuel tank 75 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 59/82cm Headroom 94cm Width142cm

3.50 330 2.44 2.49

El/El El/El

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4388/1831/1608mm Wheelbase 2603mm Tyre size 235/55 R17 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 460 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1565-1630kg Fuel tank 64 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 59/80cm Headroom 95cm Width 134cm

FOR Smooth, punchy V6, ride quality. AGAINST Dash looks dated, numb steering. VERDICT Great mix of comfort and performance but a bit soulless. 7/A

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

6.61 250 4.60 6.68 6.61 250 4.60 6.68

FOR Usability, performance, friendly on the limit. AGAINST Firm ride. VERDICT A fast and relatively friendly supercar.

S5 Think of the S5 as the standard A4’s glamorous cousin. The sportback tail gives it a lot more distinction, while the V6 gives it oomph. Frameless windows and faux carbonfibre detailing add a sense of occasion to the reasonably spacious and practical cabin. However, the A4-like dash looks dated. S5 Sportback TT

8/A 8/A

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

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5265/1949/1471mm 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 Space, comfort, interior quality. AGAINST Doesn’t have the presence of its rivals. VERDICT Absolutely competent if a bit too understated.

FOR Looks, performance, tech-laden interiors. AGAINST Steering could offer more feel. VERDICT Glamorous alternative to German sports sedans.

R8 The original R8 was remarkable and the new one takes things up a notch. It’s blisteringly fast, drives like a track car, is beautifully built on the inside and looks stunning. And, compared to other 600hp plus supercars, it offers reasonable value as well. The ride is firm, but this is still a supercar you can use every day. R8 V10 Plus Coupe S5

A A

FOR Attention to detail, refinement, performance (diesel). AGAINST Spare wheel limits use of third row. VERDICT Cutting-edge SUV that’s a fitting successor to the original Q7.

RS7 Audi’s part coupé, part sedan is now sold solely in monstrous RS7 form. And this means it’s got supercar performance to go with the supermodel looks. It is easy to drive fast, thanks to the grip on offer, but lacks a bit in driver involvement. The RS7 is expensive but few cars offer this sort of performance for the money. RS7 Sportback R8

8.58 226 — — 3.75 250 2.66 3.13

FOR Ride quality. AGAINST Cabin looks a bit dated. VERDICT A good package but will be replaced in 2017.

Q7 The new Q7 feels like it’s made a two generation leap over its predecessor. The superbly executed cabin and high level of refinement are just a few of the things that make it the benchmark among premium luxury SUVs. New petrol is nice but the diesel’s the one to go for. The spare wheel in the cabin is a big irritant. 40TFSI Premium Plus 40TFSI Technology 45TDI Premium Plus 45TDI Premium Plus (Nav) 45TDI Technology RS7

D P

FOR Smooth engines, equipment, SUV-like driving position. AGAINST Top versions are expensive, overly light steering. VERDICT Smart and competent small SUV that delivers the Audi experience.

Q5 The Q5’s last update brought with it revised styling and a bit more equipment. But even that was a long time ago. The cabin, especially, doesn’t look special enough by today’s standards. Reasons to be interested in the Q5 include its spacious cabin, nice engine, and pleasant ride and handling balance. 30TDI Premium 30TDI Premium Plus 30TDI Technology Q7

7/A 8/A

TOP SPEED (KPH)

191/400 560/700

0-100KPH (SECS)

1968/4 3993/V8

FEATURES

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

63.26 64.96 69.83 157.63 138.00** 185.37

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

65.81 179.53

CHENNAI

65.26 161.83

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

35TDI Matrix RS6 Avant A8

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

3

3

7 Re 3

7 33 3 3 7 3 3

3 8

3 S5

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

7 33 3 3 7 3 3

3 6

3 TT

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* TT NA/NA/14.33

7 33 3 3 7 3 3

3 4

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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B E N T LE Y t o B M W SAFETY

C U A B T N

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

BENTLEY Bentayga

BENTLEY Bentayga

FOR Performance, luxury, ride quality. AGAINST Design may divide opinion, exorbitant options. VERDICT Everything you’d expect an SUV from Bentley to be.

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. It costs the earth but you’ll still have to get in line for one. Bentayga W12 Continental

385.00** 402.32**

NA

NA

NA

5950/W12

608/900

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 sportscar 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

309.99** 289.88** 346.39** 308.62** 339.67** 317.54** 379.71** 338.16**

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

5998/W12 3993/V8 5998/W12 3993/V8 5998/W12 3993/V8 5998/W12 3993/V8

575/700 507/660 625/800 528/680 575/700 507/660 625/800 528/680

FLYING SPUR Bentley’s take on a large four-door, uberluxury sedan. Think of the Flying Spur as a Rolls- Royce with sporting intentions and you’ll see it for what it is. The ‘standard’ 507hp V8 will do just well, though if you have oil wells to keep it running, consider the 625bhp W12 version. The Spur is also surprisingly agile for a car this size. Flying Spur V8 Flying Spur W12 Mulsanne

285.00** 330.00**

398.24 393.49

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

3993/V8 5998/W12

507/660 625/800

MULSANNE Even more exclusive than a Flying Spur, the Mulsanne embodies everything Bentley stands for. And that means it’s sportier than a comparable Rolls-Royce. But we think the Mulsanne is a bit too driver-focused for its chauffeur-driven clientele and doesn’t have the pillowy ride you expect of a car like this. No complaints about the brilliant cabin though. Mulsanne Mulsanne Speed BMW 3-series

553.53** 553.53** NA 690.00**

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

6752/V8 6752/V8

50.10 52.95 45.47 48.26 50.83 52.22 55.25 57.20 52.35 56.92 55.25 145.00 151.42

51.00 47.75 50.20 54.77 53.98 50.53 53.10 57.91 45.93 42.28 44.52 48.60 48.84 44.96 47.30 51.62 51.07 46.15 50.56 52.82 51.07 48.64 51.17 55.77 56.11 51.65 54.31 57.99 58.01 53.41 56.10 61.16 52.61 47.57 52.10 54.60 58.13 54.42 57.19 62.29 58.13 NA 60.46 57.91 131.85** 140.92 147.69 160.03 ** 134.10 144.04 150.96 163.56

1998/4 1998/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1998/4 1998/4 2979/6 2979/6

512/1020 537/1100

60.85 62.15 66.58 76.56

62.21 63.27 67.88 77.60

58.17 58.17 62.41 71.34

61.08 61.08 65.57 74.90

70.73 70.73 80.01 NA

1998/4 1995/4 1995/4 2993/6

P

A

FOR Performance, cross-continent comfort. AGAINST A few cheap bits in the cabin, ride could be more cosseting. VERDICT Quite the polished brute. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

P P P P P P P P

— — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — —

A A A A A A A A

FOR Sporty character, exclusivity. AGAINST Tyre noise, a few cheap bits in the cabin. VERDICT Want a fun-to-drive, uber-luxury sedan? This is it. 8/A 8/A

P P

— —

— —

— —

— —

8/A 8/A

P P

5.3 —

296 —

— —

252/350 252/350 190/400 190/400 190/400 190/400 190/400 190/400 190/400 252/350 252/350 431/550 431/550

250/350 190/400 190/400 258/560

8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 7/A 7/A

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

— — — — 7.58 — 7.58 — 7.58 — 7.58 — 7.58 — — — — — — — — — 4.73 250 4.73 250

— — 4.60 4.60 4.60 4.60 4.60 — — — — 3.10 3.10

D D D D

— — — 5.7

— — — 250

— — — —

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

3

3 3 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 3/3 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

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

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

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

A A

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

El/El El/El

F/R 3 F/R 3

7/7 7/7

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

A A

— — 5.92 5.92 5.92 5.92 5.92 — — — — 3.20 3.20

— — — —

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

El/El El/El

F/R 3 F/R 3

7/7 7/7

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 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

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

3/3 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 7/3 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

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

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 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

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

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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

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 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 Flying Spur

3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

7 33 3 3 33 3 7 33 3 3 33 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 8 3 3 8 3 BMW 3-Series

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 320d NA/NA/22.69 330i NA/NA/16.05 320d GT NA/NA/21.76 330i GT NA/NA/15.34 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

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 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 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 5-Series

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

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

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

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 8 3 3 8 3 Mulsanne

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4936/1868/1479mm Wheelbase 2975mm Tyre size 245/45 R18 Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume 520 litres Ground clearance 158mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A A A A

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 33 3 3 33 3 7 33 3 3 33 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4633-4671/1811-2031/1429-1424mm 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 A A A A A A A A A A A A A

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5575/1926/1521mm 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 — —

3 8 3 Continental

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5295/1976/1488mm 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 Tech, comfort and dynamic balance. AGAINST Safe styling, slightly upright rear seat. VERDICT Exciting and tech-laden new 5 is a return to form for BMW.

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

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

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4806/1943/1404mm Wheelbase 2746mm Tyre size 275/40 R19 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 358 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2320kg Fuel tank 90 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Strong engines, exciting handling, spacious cabin. AGAINST Cabin doesn’t feel as special as its rivals. VERDICT Updates help bring the 3-series back into the limelight.

5-SERIES The latest 5-series puts the focus back on driving pleasure, and how. The sole petrol version promises strong performance, and of the diesels, while the 2.0-litre engine is good, the 3.0 is great. Impressively, BMW has also packed the car with gizmos such as gesture control and remote parking. Rear seat space is down on the new E-class but overall comfort is still really impressive. 530i Sport Line 520d Sport Line 520d Luxury Line 530d M Sport

8/A

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5140/1998/1742mm Wheelbase 2995mm Tyre size 285/40 R22 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 431-1774 litres 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 Ride could be more cosseting, price. VERDICT When a Rolls is too old-school for you.

3-SERIES A slight visual makeover, a strong diesel engine and the addition of a petrol engine have helped update the 3-series sedan. It remains an exciting car to drive but spacious as the cabin is, it lacks the wow factor of something like a Merc C-class. Unique 3GT adds space to the package while the utterly desirable M3 and M4 add spice to the line-up. 330i Sport Line 330i M Sport Edition 320d Prestige 320d Edition Sport 320d Sport Line 320d Luxury Line 320d M Sport 320d GT Luxury Line 320d GT Sport Line 330i GT Luxury Line 330i GT M Sport M3 M4 5-series

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

3 3 3 3

6 6 6 6

3 3 3 3


BMW to BMW

NEW CARS A-Z

142.45 154.32 212.06

144.90 134.31 140.89 146.86 121.90** 145.57 152.62 155.75 221.54 206.70 216.27 234.33

2993/6 2993/6 4395/V8

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. 313/630 313/630 560/680

7-SERIES Cutting edge in every sense, loaded with gadgets and with an even greater focus on luxury than ever before, the new 7-series is a model you can’t ignore. It’s just down on the S-class in terms of overall comfort, but with its strong engines and rewarding handling, it’s the sportiest of the luxury limos. The M760Li is arguably the fastest way to get to office. 138.75 146.86 149.69 148.58 185.87 193.52 273.46 273.46

141.68 150.06 152.97 148.67 184.85 191.57 262.28 262.28

130.31 138.01 164.10 143.92 180.39 187.86 266.04 266.04

136.78 150.94 171.88 150.94 188.83 196.57 278.02 278.02

148.05 156.74 178.80 163.42 204.62 213.07 301.40 NA

2993/6 2993/6 2993/6 2998/6 4395/V8 4395/V8 6592/V12 6592/V12

265/620 265/620 265/620 326/450 450/650 450/650 610/800 610/800

i8 The BMW i8 is the zen-like, sustainable, low-emissions, petrol-electric, ‘new premium’ German sportscar of the future. Expressions of concept don’t get much more complicated. But, the most important word in that string gets crowded out by its louder neighbours, and that’s undoubtedly ‘sportscar’. i8 X1

301.58

263.80

295.70 322.31 333.99

1499/3

362/570

X1 The new X1 is a marked departure from its rear-wheel-drive predecessor. Built on BMW’s new front-wheel-drive platform, it looks more convincing an SUV, and cabin space is the new bestin-class. The X1 also tops the scorecards in performance and is exciting to drive as small luxury SUVs go. Opt for the all-wheeldrive xDrive version and you’ll get some off-road ability too. sDrive 20i xLine sDrive20d Expedition sDrive20d xLine xDrive20d xLine xDrive20d M Sport X3

42.99 39.24 43.90 42.92 51.23

43.49 39.38 44.23 47.43 51.87

40.72 36.27 40.72 42.03 47.75

44.05 38.35 42.94 42.94 50.32

46.83 41.80 46.83 45.07 54.77

1998/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4

191/280 190/400 190/400 190/400 190/400

X3 The X3 SUV makes an impression primarily on how good it is to drive. There’s a new petrol engine on offer, the popular 2.0-litre diesel engine does the job and there’s a strong 3.0-litre straight-six diesel that really complements the X3’s engaging dynamics. It’s well-equipped too but the rear seat isn’t the best. xDrive20d Expedition xDrive20d xLine xDrive28i xLine X5

58.70 63.39 63.36

59.68 64.66 64.35

54.94 59.51 59.36

57.75 62.48 64.90

62.88 68.04 67.92

1995/4 1995/4 1997/4

190/400 190/400 245/350

X5 The X5 is sharp to drive and even with the ‘standard’ petrol and diesel engines, it is quick. The cabin is richly appointed and looks modern but discount the third row of seats; the knees-up seating position is really uncomfortable. Ride quality is also good on the standard 18-inch rims. The optional larger wheels look sexy but corrupt the ride. X5 M is a brute. xDrive30d Expedition xDrive30d Design Pure xDrive35i Design Pure xDrive30d Design Pure 5+2 xDrive30d M Sport X5 M X6

80.88 89.45 84.38 90.21 95.80 198.02

86.37 77.26 84.15 85.76 90.83 83.58 86.05 95.23 85.79 78.85 86.54 88.95 90.16 81.53 89.44 91.95 97.39 89.61 92.35 102.04 162.00** 192.79 198.50 206.49

2993/6 2993/6 2979/6 2993/6 2993/6 4395/V8

258/560 258/560 306/400 258/560 258/560 575/750

X6 Not to everyone’s taste, but you have to admit that the SUV and coupé combination is interesting. Even more interesting is the 313hp, 3.0-litre diesel. The X6 isn’t the most comfortable SUV around and isn’t the most spacious either, but it drives well (considering its weight) and is a guaranteed head-turner. It is expensive, though. The full-blown X6M is incredibly fast. xDrive40d M Sport

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

6-Series Gran Coupe

6-SERIES GRAN COUPE The 6-series Gran Coupé 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 price to pay for the style – the rear seats and roofline are low.

730Ld Pure Design Ex 730Ld M Sport 730Ld Pure Design Ex (CBU) 740Li Pure Design Ex 750Li Pure Design Ex (CBU) 750Li M Sport (CBU) M760Li M760Li V12 Excellence i8

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

C U A B T N

6-series Gran Coupe

640d Eminence 640d Design Pure Exp M6 7-series

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

149.48

120.00** 140.51 144.96 159.58

2993/6

313/630

8/A 8/A 7/A

D D P

6.07 250 6.07 250 — —

3.73 4.35 3.73 4.35 — —

A A A

FOR Performance, technology and gizmos, interior quality. AGAINST Dash is similar to lesser BMWs. VERDICT Feature-rich luxury sedan sets a benchmark for technology. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

D D D P P P P P

6.21 6.21 6.21 — — — — —

— — — — — — — —

4.08 4.60 4.08 4.60 4.08 4.60 — — — — — — — — — —

P/E

250

A A A A A A A A

P D D D D

— 8.61 8.61 8.61 8.61

— — — — —

— 5.46 5.46 5.46 5.46

— 6.41 6.41 6.41 6.41

A

D D P

9.28 210 5.66 6.99 9.28 210 5.66 6.99 — — — —

A A A A A

D D P D D P

— 7.05 — 7.05 7.05 4.22

— — — — — —

— 4.54 — 4.54 4.54 3.48

— 5.61 — 5.61 5.61 3.35

A A A

D

5.78 240

3.91 4.89

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

3 3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

7 33 3 3 7 3 3 7 33 3 3 7 3 3 7 33 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

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

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 3/7 7/3 3

El/El

F/R 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 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

R R R R 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

3 3 3 3 3

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

El/El El/El El/El

F/R 7 F/R 7 F/R 7

3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

A A A A A 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 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

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

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 7/3 3

El/El

F/R 3

7/3

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

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 i8

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* i8 NA/NA/47.45

7 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3

3 6

3 X1

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* sDrive20i NA/NA/16.3 sDrive20d NA/NA/20.68 xDrive 20d NA/NA/20.68 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 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 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

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

6 6 6 6 6

3 3 3 3 3 X3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* xDrive20d 9.1/12.7/18.56 xDrive28i NA/NA/13.77 7 33 3 3 7 7 3 7 33 3 3 7 3 3 7 33 3 3 7 3 3

3 6 3 6 3 6

3 3 3 X5

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* xDrive30d NA/NA/15.35 xDrive35i NA/NA/11.33

3 3 3 3 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4909/1989/1689-1702mm 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 2180-2340kg Fuel tank 85 litres Warranty 2 years Unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 61/83cm Headroom 91cm Width 142cm A

3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 7-Series

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 730Ld 8.2/11.5/16.77 740Li NA/NA/12.5 750Li NA/NA/12.05 M760Li NA/NA/7.8

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4886/1938-1985/1762mm 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 2350kg 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 and pricey. VERDICT Distinctive but not quite as desirable as the original. 8/A

7/7 7/7 7/7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4657/1881/1678mm 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

FOR Performance, handling. AGAINST Third-row seat comfort, ride quality on optional wheels. VERDICT The vehicle that put ‘Sport’ in SUV is now better than ever before. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4439/1821/1598mm 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

FOR Great to drive, 3.0 diesel engine’s performance. AGAINST Second-row seating position. VERDICT The driver’s mid-size luxury SUV. 8/A 8/A 8/A

El/El El/El El/El

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4689/1942/1297mm Wheelbase 2800mm Tyre size 245/40 R20, 215/45 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 154 litres Ground clearance 117mm Kerb weight 1485kg Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty 2 years Unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Fun to drive, spacious cabin. AGAINST 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 8/A

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

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 640d NA/NA/17.54 M6 NA/NA/10.1

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5212-5238/1902/1479mm Wheelbase 3210mm Tyre size 245/40 R20(F) 275/35(R) R20 Turning circle dia 12.7m Trunk volume 500 litres Kerb weight 1980-1990kg Fuel tank 82 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 84/113cm Headroom 92cm Width 144cm

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4894-5011/1894-1899/1369-1395mm 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

3 3 Re 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 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

6 6 6 6 6 8

3 3 3 3 3 3 X6

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* xDrive40d NA/NA/15.87

7 33 3 3 7 3 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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Z4 Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, classic roadster shape – there’s a lot of appeal in the Z4. It may not be the last word in driving thrills in this segment, but it makes a pretty convincing case for itself with an engine that loves to rev and a stirring soundtrack. The folding metal hard-top also gives you some measure of practicality. sDrive35i Prestige sDrive35i Design Pure DATSUN Go

94.39 95.54

80.90** 82.00**

91.44 92.55

96.17 97.38

104.11 105.39

2979/6 2979/6

3.77 4.35 4.59

4.49 4.77 5.01

3.96 4.45 4.66

3.83 4.24 4.65

4.03 4.59 4.83

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3

306/400 306/400

4.38 5.15 5.41

5.15 5.61 5.89

4.56 5.21 5.48

4.44 4.82 5.51

4.59 5.45 5.74

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3

68/104 68/104 68/104

68/104 68/104 68/104

REDIGO The ultimate step in its goal to be a modern budget car brand, Datsun has targeted the Maruti Alto, with the Redigo. It’s done this with an eye-catching design, good ground clearance and a killer price tag. However cost-cutting is evident and even in this bare-bones segment, it feels a bit stripped down. D A T T(O) S 1.0L FERRARI 488 GTB

2.81 3.47 3.70 3.80 3.96 3.57**

3.11 3.81 4.06 4.17 4.34 NA

2.85 3.48 3.72 3.82 3.99 NA

2.85 3.34 3.64 3.77 3.93 NA

2.90 3.63 3.88 4.27 4.45 NA

799/3 799/3 799/3 799/3 799/3 999/3

54/72 54/72 54/72 54/72 54/72 68/91

488 GTB The 488 GTB is the latest in a line of mid-engined V8 Ferraris. The big difference? This one is turbocharged. However, Ferrari has worked its magic to get the engine to deliver massive thrills and it even sounds damn nice. Just be prepared to write a big cheque and wait a long time for delivery. 488 GTB California T

388.00** 405.00**

NA

NA

NA

3902/V8

669/760

CALIFORNIA T A front-engined Ferrari with a foldable hard-top is what the California is. It’s softer than the other thoroughbreds in the Ferrari line-up and that’s what makes it that little bit more suitable to India. But be in no doubt, the California T is no slow coach. It will gladly show its thrilling side when prodded. California T GTC4Lusso

NA

330.00**

NA

NA

NA

3855/V8

560/755

GTC4LUSSO Like the FF it replaces, the GTC4Lusso doesn’t conform to Ferrari’s supercar template. The shooting brake design divides opinion but provides practicality you wouldn’t associate with the brand. The V12 engine is properly epic and offers more performance than you could want. GTC4Lusso GTC4Lusso T

520.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

6262/V12

690/697

GTC4LUSSO T The GTC4Lusso T is meant to appeal to younger buyers. The V12 engine has been replaced by a more fuel-efficient twin-turbo V8 mill. The GTC4Lusso T also misses out on the V12’s four-wheeldrive system but keeps the innovative 4RM-S rearwheel-steer technology. GTC4Lusso T

420.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

3855/V8

7/A 7/A

P P

6.18 250 6.18 250

4.13 4.43 4.13 4.43

5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P

14.54 155 16.56 22.05 14.54 155 16.56 22.05 14.54 155 16.56 22.05

P P P

A A

P P P P P P

— — — — — —

17.67 17.67 17.67 17.67 17.67 —

— M M

— M M

P

28.22 28.22 28.22 28.22 28.22 —

— M M M M M

A

P

A

FOR Performance, handling, practicality. AGAINST Exorbitant, design not to all tastes. VERDICT The fastest way to transport four adults. 7/A

P

7/A

P

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

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

FOG LAMPS

El/El El/El

F/R 3 F/R 3

7/7 7/7

El/3 El/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 7

7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7

7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3

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

7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7

7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3

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 7/7 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

7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 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

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7

7 7 7 7 7 7

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

7

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

7

A

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

7

3 3

3 3

7 In 3 7 In 3

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/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

3

3

3

3

3 6 3 3 6 3 DATSUN GO

7 33 3 3 7 3 3 7 33 3 3 7 3 3

7 In 7 7 In 7 7 In 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 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 In 7 7 In 7 7 In 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In

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 7 7 7 7 7 7  7 Redigo

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 0.8 Petrol 15.79/19.97/25.17 1.0 petrol NA/NA/22.5kpl 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 33 3 7 33 3 7 33 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 1 7 7 1 7 FERRARI 488 GTB

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

7 In 7

7 In 7

7 In 7

7 33 3 3 7 3 3

3 6 3 California T

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

7 33 3 3 33 3

3 6 3 GTC4Lusso

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* NA/NA/6.54kpl

7 33 3 3 33 3 3 6 3 GTC4Lusso T

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* NA/NA/8.62kpl

3

7 In 7

7 33 3 3 33 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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ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol 12.8/17.9/20.63

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4922/1980/1383mmmm Wheelbase 2990mm Tyre size 245/35 ZR20, 295/35 ZR20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 450-800 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1865kg Fuel tank 91 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A

3 8

7 33 3 3 7 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* sDrive35i NA/NA/10.37

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4568/1952/1213mm 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 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

C U A B T N

ESP ABS

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

3 3 Re 3

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

3

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4922/1980/1383mm Wheelbase 2990mm Tyre size 245/35 ZR20, 295/35 ZR20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 450-800 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1920kg Fuel tank 91 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Performance, handling, practicality. AGAINST Exorbitant, design not to all tastes. VERDICT The fastest way to transport four adults. 610/760

El/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4569/1910/1320mm Wheelbase 2669mm Tyre size 245/40 R19, 285/40 R19 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

FOR Foldable hard-top, performance. AGAINST Engine could be louder, noticeable turbo lag at times, price. VERDICT A fine grand tourer with a strong dose of Ferrari character. 7/A

7/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3429/1560/1541mm Wheelbase 2348mm Tyre size 155/80 R13 Turning circle dia 9.4m Trunk volume 220 litres Ground clearance 185mm Kerb weight 645kg Fuel tank 28 litres Warranty 2 years/ unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/83cm Headroom 94cm Width 138cm

FOR Manic performance, extremely communicative steering. AGAINST Slightly less exciting than the 458, price, exorbitant options. VERDICT Turbo or not, Ferrari has nailed it. 7/A

F/R 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3995/1635/1490mm 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 13.96 161 16.63 21.33 13.96 161 16.63 21.33

18.92 18.92 18.92 18.92 18.92 —

El/El

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3785/1635/1485mm 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

FOR Unique design, price, airy cabin. AGAINST Engine, some obvious cost cutting. VERDICT A smart and spacious budget hatchback but has its flaws. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4239/1790/1291mm 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 Peppy engine, easy to drive. AGAINST Third row for kids only, cheap interiors. VERDICT Best at carrying five with their luggage at this price point. 5/M 5/M 5/M

LEATHER SEATS

A

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

AC

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

FOR Peppy engine, easy to drive. AGAINST Plenty of cost cutting, sales and service network still small. VERDICT Well priced, practical and easy to drive, but feels built to a cost.

GO+ You could think of the Go+ as the estate version of the regular Go. It’s slightly larger than the standard Go, but importantly features a third row of seats. However, access to the last two seats and space are poor, making the Go+ a 5+2 seater at best. On other fronts, the Go+ feels just like the Go. D A T Redigo

P

FOR Rev-happy motor, classic roadster appeal. AGAINST Cramped cabin. VERDICT Has plenty of sex appeal, could be more thrilling to drive.

GO The Go comes across as a well-thought-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. It is affordable but does feel too pared down, lacking many creature comforts. D A T Go+

8/A

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

575/750

TOP SPEED (KPH)

4395/V8

FEATURES

0-100KPH (SECS)

198.26 204.12 224.33

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

207.32

CHENNAI

203.63

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

X6 M Z4

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

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

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NA

472.00**

NA

NA

NA

6262/V12

FOR Titanic engine and performance. AGAINST Overly sharp steering, price. VERDICT Thrilling in every way that a front-engined V12 Ferrari should be.

741/686

ABARTH 595 A halo product for Fiat in India, the chic Abarth 595 packs a solid punch and is guaranteed to leave you grinning from ear to ear. The automated manual gearbox is the weak link in the package, the ride is quite unyielding for everyday use and being an import it’s very expensive, but it’s a car with a very raw appeal. 34.58

39.06

NA

NA

38.11

1368/4

7.75 8.74 8.20 9.13 10.03 11.04

7.90 8.94 8.57 9.56 10.51 11.40

8.67 9.58 8.72 9.63 10.48 11.67

7.76 8.79 8.30 9.26 10.17 11.14

8.35 9.45 8.57 9.57 10.53 11.70

1368/4 1368/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1368/4

160/230

90/115 90/115 93/209 93/209 93/209 142/210

LINEA Fiat’s attempt to infuse a feel-good factor to its mid-size sedan has worked well. The exterior is attractive as ever and the refreshed cabin looks modern with an all-round improvement in design, materials and features. Most buyers opt for the diesel but it’s the punchy 1.4 turbo-petrols (especially in the new 125 S) that gel best with the Linea’s well-balanced chassis. FIRE Active T-jet Emotion Active Multijet Dynamic Multijet Emotion Multijet Linea Classic

8.06 10.99 9.67 10.42 11.06

8.24 11.46 10.08 10.89 11.58

8.81 11.26 10.24 11.04 11.26

8.17 11.33 9.81 10.60 11.26

8.48 11.79 10.20 11.02 11.72

1368/4 1368/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

89/115 125/208 93/209 93/209 93/209

LINEA CLASSIC The original Linea soldiers on as the Linea Classic. It’s a solid package, has a big car feel and the best ride in its class. Fiat has skimped on essential equipment and the engines are very mediocre but for the money, it’s acceptable. FIRE Classic Multijet Classic Multijet Classic + Multijet Classic + Premium Punto Evo

7.27 8.55 9.36 11.18

7.51 8.85 9.52 NA

7.68 8.89 9.54 NA

7.61 8.82 9.49 7.62

7.91 9.25 9.98 NA

5.46 7.29 7.98 8.59 10.80

5.77 7.62 8.34 8.99 11.30

5.76** 7.66 8.34 8.96 11.25

5.69 7.39 8.08 8.71 11.14

5.76 7.59 8.32 8.97 11.60

1368/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

1172/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1368/4

90/115 76/197 76/197 76/197

5.06 6.30

5.69 7.10

4.80** 5.89**

5.95 6.90

4.65** 5.73**

1172/4 1248/4

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10.58 205

6.76 7.42

M

FOR Great ride quality, strong petrol engine. AGAINST Boot access inconvenient, odd driving position, small dealer network. VERDICT Not perfect but works as a crossover for the style conscious. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P D D D P

— — 15.10 15.10 15.10 9.19

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— — 11.61 11.61 11.61 10.68

— — 13.80 13.80 13.80 15.19

M M M M A A

FOR Fantastic ride, smart interiors, performance (T-jet). AGAINST Rear seat not as spacious as rivals, small dealer network. VERDICT Not the best in segment but more exciting to drive than rivals. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P D D D

15.14 10.84 17.81 17.81 17.81

182 — 170 170 170

14.04 10.64 14.28 14.28 14.28

18.67 14.41 16.45 16.45 16.45

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P D D D

15.14 18.92 18.92 18.92

182 155 155 155

14.04 13.86 13.86 13.86

18.67 16.03 16.03 16.03

68/96 93/209 93/209 93/209 147/210

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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7 In 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3989/1687-1706/1505-1542mm Wheelbase 2510mm Tyre size 205/55 R16, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 155-205mm Kerb weight 1190-1255kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 60/84cm Headroom 91cm Width 127cm 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7

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

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

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

7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

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

In/7 EI/7 In/7 EI/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7 7 7

M A M A A

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

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

7 3 7 7 3

7/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 R 7 R R

7 7 7 7 7

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

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

3 3 3 3 3

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

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

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

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

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

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 3

In In In In In In

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 3 3 7

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

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

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

7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7

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

In/7 In/7 EI/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In

3 3 3 3 3

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

7/7 7/7

7 7

7 7

7/3 7/3

In/7 In/7

7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 33 7 33

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 7

3 3 3 3 3 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 Linea

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 7 3 Linea

7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 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 3 3

In In In In

7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 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 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 Punto Evo

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

In In In In In

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 3 3 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3987/1687/1495mm Wheelbase 2510mm Tyre size 165/80 R14 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 185-195mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA M M

3 2 7 Avventura

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3989/1687/1505-1525mm Wheelbase 2510mm Tyre size 165/80 R14, 195/60 R15, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10m Trunk volume 280 litres Ground clearance 155-195mm Kerb weight 1095-1198kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 60/84cm Headroom 91cm Width 127cm M M M A A

3 FIAT Abarth 595

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.4 Petrol NA/NA/14.4 1.3 Diesel NA/NA/20.5

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4560/1730/1487mm 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 M M M M

3 6

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4596/1730/1487/1494mm 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

FOR Feels tough, ride quality. AGAINST Lacks any frills, dull engines, small dealer network. VERDICT Doesn’t cost much but doesn’t offer much either. 68/96 76/197

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

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3657/1627/1485mm 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

FOR Fantastic ride and handling, performance (Abarth). AGAINST Engines lack punch (except T-jet), small dealer network. VERDICT Oozes style both inside and out, let down by a poor dealer network.

PUNTO PURE The original Punto has been reincarnated as the Punto Pure and it caters to buyers on a tight budget. It gets basic equipment and the engines don’t excite either. What the Pure does offer is the strong build and excellent ride comfort that have been hallmarks of the Punto for not so much money. 1.2 Fire 1.3 Multijet

P

FOR Solid build, great ride. AGAINST Limited rear headroom, small dealer network. VERDICT Pared down but good enough for the money.

PUNTO EVO The Punto Evo looks hot from the outside, quite swanky on the inside and rides superbly well. It’s also reasonably good to drive, though the awkward driving position takes some getting used to. Taxi-spec Pure is avoidable while the Abarth on the other end of the range is a proper hot hatch for not-so-big money. 1.2 Fire Pure 1.3 Multijet Active 1.3 Multijet Dynamic 1.3 Multijet Emotion 1.4 T-jet Abarth Punto Pure

7/A

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4618/1942/1273mm 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

FOR Zesty, agile handling, capable track-day performance. AGAINST Rock-hard ride, limited rear space, price. VERDICT There’s something about the 595’s enthusiasm that is hard to dislike.

AVVENTURA More than just a Punto with body cladding, the Avventura and its 205mm ground clearance makes it more of a crossover than rivals. But it has its flaws. The diesel engine isn’t very tractable. Still, the car’s fantastic ride quality, chic interiors and tastefully styled exteriors make it appealing. The Abarth offers good performance but the suspension lets it down. 1.4 Fire Active 1.4 Fire Dynamic 1.3 Multijet Active 1.3 Multijet Dynamic 1.3 Multijet Emotion 1.4 T-jet Abarth Linea

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

F12 Berlinetta

F12 BERLINETTA 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 a decent-sized boot this is still a car that, at heart, is dominated by its performance. But what performance. And what drama.

Abarth 595 Competizione Avventura

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

C U A B T N

F12 Berlinetta

F12 Berlinetta FIAT Abarth 595

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

7 3 3 3 3

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 7 3 7 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 Punto Pure

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol NA/NA/15.7 1.3 Diesel NA/NA/20.3

7 7

7 7

7 In 7 7 In 7

7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 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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C U A B T N

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

Urban Cross

Urban Cross

URBAN CROSS You can think of the Urban Cross as a raised Punto Evo or as an Avventura without the tailgate-mounted spare wheel. Either way, what you get is an attractive hatchback with lots of ground clearance – helpful on our roads. It shares the larger traits, both good and bad, with the aforementioned Fiats. 1.3 Multijet Active 1.3 Multijet Dynamic 1.3 Multijet Emotion 1.4 T-jet Abarth Emotion FORCE MOTORS Gurkha

7.81 8.50 9.29 10.84

8.17 8.89 9.73 11.33

8.23 8.92 8.53** 11.14

7.92 8.62 9.42 11.18

8.14 8.87 9.72 11.55

1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1368/4

93/209 93/209 93/209 142/210

GURKHA The overhauled Gurkha gets a new chassis, gearbox, suspension and cosmetic updates. Of the two variants, the Xplorer is the serious off-roader equipped with four-wheel drive, a low range and locking differentials. The Xpedition is for those seeking some degree of on-road comfort and is rear-wheel drive only. Xplorer 3-door Xplorer 5-door Xpedition 5-door FORD EcoSport

9.88** 9.35** 8.19**

9.56** 9.13** 7.95**

10.27** 11.90** 8.94**

9.71** 10.79 9.50

9.71** 10.30 8.98

2596/4 2596/4 2596/4

8.31 9.12 10.57 10.38 12.83 9.26 10.03 10.48 11.33 12.75

8.72 9.57 11.09 10.88 13.11 9.74 10.55 11.02 11.91 13.08

8.21 9.01 10.26 11.22 11.26 9.02 9.78 10.21 11.04 11.76

8.36 9.20 10.67 10.48 13.20 9.16 9.95 10.40 11.26 12.52

8.74 9.61 10.87 10.95 13.58 9.58 10.40 10.87 11.76 13.19

1497/3 1497/3 1497/3 1497/3 1497/3 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

85/230 85/230 85/230

123/150 123/150 123/150 123/150 123/150 100/205 100/205 100/205 100/205 100/205

ENDEAVOUR A traditional SUV it may be but the Endy feels modern. It has luxurious interiors, and the steering and suspension setup make it great to drive – both at low and high speeds. There’s plenty of engine and gearbox combinations to choose from but we’d recommend the standard 2.2-litre diesel engine – it’s got adequate performance and also runs quieter than the 3.2-litre diesel. 2.2l 4X2 Trend A/T 2.2l 4X2 Titanium A/T 3.2l 4X4 Titanium A/T Figo

30.03 33.86 37.47

30.91 34.86 38.92

28.36 31.97 35.69

30.36 34.25 38.26

31.91 36.00 40.22

2198/4 2198/4 3198/5

160/385 160/385 200/470

FIGO As a package, the new Figo has everything Indian car buyers want. Its practicality will appeal to a buyer looking for a family car and those looking for safety will be impressed too. The strong diesel is the pick of the range while the Sports Editions are not just visually appealing but also add slightly to the drive too. Cabin quality could have been better though. 1.2 Base 1.2 Ambiente 1.2 Trend 1.2 Titanium 1.2 Sports Edition 1.2 Titanium+ 1.5 Titanium A/T 1.5 Base 1.5 Ambiente 1.5 Trend 1.5 Titanium 1.5 Sports Edition 1.5 Titanium+ Figo Aspire 1.2 Ambiente 1.2 Trend 1.2 Titanium

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3989/1706/1542mm Wheelbase 2510mm Tyre size 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 151-156mm Kerb weight 1210-1215kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Ground clearance, ride quality, exciting petrol engine. AGAINST Not special enough. VERDICT A good cross hatchback, not a great one. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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FOR Engines, ride and handling balance, equipment. AGAINST Narrow cabin, visibility. VERDICT Substantial updates make the Ecosport hard to ignore. 5/M 5/M 6/A 5/M 6/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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5.79 6.16 6.63 7.05 7.63 7.91 9.15 7.03 7.47 7.92 8.25 8.84 9.15

5.44 5.75 6.31 6.70 7.25 7.18 8.70 6.50 6.91 7.40 7.71 8.26 8.18

5.54 5.86 6.50 6.96 7.53 7.34 9.03 6.64 7.06 7.63 8.00 8.57 8.38

5.73 6.18 6.85 7.34 7.94 7.81 9.52 6.94 7.39 8.04 8.44 9.04 8.88

1196/4 1196/4 1196/4 1196/4 1196/4 1196/4 1499/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

88/112 88/112 88/112 88/112 88/112 88/112 112/136 100/215 100/215 100/215 100/215 100/205 100/205

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/A 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

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6.10 6.64 6.84

6.60 7.18 7.54

6.27 6.76 7.05

6.41 6.98 7.33

6.75 7.36 7.72

1196/4 1196/4 1196/4

88/112 88/112 88/112

5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P

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

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7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

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7 7 7 7

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3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

In In Re Re

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 3 3 7

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

M/7 M/7 M/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

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

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

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 R R R 7 7 R R R

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

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

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

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

A A A

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

M/7 M/7 M/7

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

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

7 7 7

7 Ex 7 7 Ex 7 7 Ex 7

7 7 7

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

El El El El El El El El El El

7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 7 7 7 7 3 7 3 7 7 3 7 3 2 7 3 7 3 2 7 FORCE MOTORS Gurkha

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 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

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

3 3 3

7 3 El 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 El 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 El 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3

3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 3 3 2 7 3 6 3 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 6 3 Endeavour

3 2 3 6 3 6

3 3 3 Figo

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol NA/NA/18.16 1.5 Diesel NA/NA/25.83

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 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 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

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

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

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 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

Ex El El El El El El Ex El El El El El

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3

15.87 22.05 15.87 22.05 15.87 22.05

M M A

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

7/7 7/7 M/7

7 7 7

7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7

In/7 El/7 El/3

7 3 3

7 3 3

7 7 7

7 El 7 7 El 7 7 El 3

7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 3 7 3 7 3 33 7 3 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 3 7 3 33

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3

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

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 7

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 Figo 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 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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7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 FORD EcoSport

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 4X2 AT 8.1/11.8/NA 3.2 4X4 AT 7/10.3/NA

M M M A A A A M M M A A A

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 37 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3

1.5L M/T petrol NA/NA/17.0 1.5L A/T petrol NA/NA/14.8 1.5L diesel NA/NA/23.0

— — — — — — 6.68 11.62 11.62 11.62 11.62 11.62 11.62

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

3 3 3 3

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3886/1695/1525mm 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 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3

3 3 3 3

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4892/1860/1837mm 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

FOR Safety kit, roomy interiors, performance (diesel). AGAINST Interior quality, automatic gearbox isn’t particularly smooth. VERDICT Lacks a bit of sparkle but the new Figo does fit the bill as a great all-rounder.

5.20 5.51 6.18 6.62 7.35 6.82 8.81 6.39 6.70 7.56 7.93 8.49 8.35

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3998/1765/1655mm Wheelbase 2519mm Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 352 litres Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1220-1320kg Fuel tank 52 litres Warranty 2 years/1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/87cm Headroom 96cm Width 126cm

FOR Tough build, ride and handling. AGAINST Third-row space, 3.2-litre engine is noisy. VERDICT The best seven-seat SUV for the money.

6/A 6/A 6/A

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

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3992-4342/1790/2055mm Wheelbase 2400-2750mm Tyre size 245/70 R16 Turning circle dia 11.3-12.5 Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 63 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Off-road ability, rugged appeal, proven engine AGAINST Low on equipment, small dealer network, expensive. VERDICT A very capable and focused off-roader, but sparsely equipped.

ECOSPORT Ford has gone all-out to bring the Ecosport back with a comprehensive update. Frontal styling is in tune with larger Fords, there’s an all-new dashboard and lots more equipment too, including a superb new touchscreen infotainment system. A new 3-cylinder engine is the sole petrol unit but its performance impresses. The smooth diesel remains likeable as before. 1.5 Ambiente 1.5 Trend 1.5 Trend+ A/T 1.5 Titanium 1.5 Titanium+ A/T 1.5 Ambiente 1.5 Trend 1.5 Trend+ 1.5 Titanium 1.5 Titanium+ Endeavour

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

1 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 6 7 2 3 1 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 6 7 Aspire 2 7 2 7 2 7


FO R D t o H O N DA

NEW CARS A-Z

FIGO ASPIRE Ford’s first compact sedan is spacious, practical and comfortable. There’s a welcome emphasis on safety too, but it does lack some features and the cabin doesn’t feel as premium as rivals’. The strong diesel is the one to go for; Sports Edition’s tweaked suspension spices up the driving experience a bit. 1.2 Sports Edition 1.5 Titanium A/T 1.2 Titanium+ 1.5 Ambiente 1.5 Trend 1.5 Titanium 1.5 Sports Edition 1.5 Titanium+ Mustang

7.53 9.41 7.94 7.60 8.21 8.51 8.89 9.31

7.93 9.90 8.55 8.02 8.66 8.98 9.38 10.05

7.43 9.29 7.83 7.49 7.98 8.27 8.65 9.06

7.71 9.66 8.13 7.67 8.29 8.59 8.98 9.40

8.13 10.17 8.58 8.08 8.74 9.06 9.47 9.91

1196/4 1499/4 1196/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

77.33

90.64

80.34

86.48

91.34

4951/V8

88/112 112/136 88/112 100/215 100/215 100/215 100/215 100/215

401/515

ACCORD HYBRID The Accord is back but this time it’s available only as hybrid. The technology is clever and guarantees great fuel economy, but the driving experience is quite insipid. Comfort remains great as ever but this being an import, is really pricey. 2.0 i-VTEC Hybrid Amaze

49.46

52.92

40.99**

52.38

51.25

1993/4

6.00 6.42 8.21 7.78 8.21 9.28 7.54 8.50 9.07 9.49

6.51 7.46 8.66 8.22 8.66 9.79 8.07 8.94 9.54 9.95

6.19 7.07 8.17 7.76 8.17 9.21 7.53 8.36 8.90 9.32

6.30 7.22 8.37 7.95 8.37 9.46 7.70 8.57 9.14 9.58

6.60 7.56 8.78 8.34 8.78 9.92 8.06 8.99 9.60 10.05

1198/4 1198/4 1199/4 1198/4 1198/4 1199/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

145/175

88/109 88/109 90/110 88/109 88/109 90/110 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200

BRIO Honda’s cheerful hatchback makes for a great city runabout. A peppy petrol engine gives it the necessary go and its small dimensions and light controls make it an easy car to live with. A new dashboard has also done its bit to spruce up the formerly plain cabin. 1.2 i-VTEC E 1.2 i-VTEC S 1.2 i-VTEC VX 1.2 i-VTEC VX A/T BR-V

5.11 5.64 6.42 7.53

5.50 6.09 6.94 7.92

5.18 5.72 6.51 7.42

5.43 6.00 6.83 7.77

5.59 6.22 7.13 8.12

10.06 11.09 12.90 13.96 14.13 11.25 13.29 14.28 15.48

10.46 11.87 13.06 14.13 14.30 12.04 13.40 14.40 15.61

9.85 11.22 12.30 13.28 13.43 11.14 12.37 13.31 14.42

10.37 11.35 13.52 14.72 14.77 11.35 13.61 14.63 15.86

10.75 11.85 13.83 15.27 15.13 11.85 13.92 14.98 16.45

1198/4 1198/4 1198/4 1198/4

1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

P P P D D D D D

— — — — — — — —

15.87 — 15.87 10.08 10.08 10.08 10.08 10.08

22.05 — 22.05 12.60 12.60 12.60 12.60 12.60

A A A M M A A A

P

CVT

P/E

A

P P P P P P D D D D

13.27 13.27 15.00 13.27 13.27 15.00 12.97 12.97 12.97 12.97

140 140 139 140 140 139 140 140 140 140

14.09 14.09 9.86 14.09 14.09 9.86 13.53 13.53 13.53 13.53

25.87 25.87 11.83 25.87 25.87 11.83 15.09 15.09 15.09 15.09

89/109 89/109 89/109 89/109

119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A

P P P P

— — — —

— — — —

— — — —

— — — —

A

P P P P P D D D D

11.84 11.84 11.84 11.84 12.53 14.50 14.50 14.50 14.50

— — — — — — — — —

11.97 11.97 11.97 11.97 8.57 13.11 13.11 13.11 13.11

17.41 17.41 17.41 17.41 10.61 15.34 15.34 15.34 15.34

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

7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 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

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

3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

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

El/El

R

3 3/3

El/3

7

3

3

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

3

M M M A A A M M A A

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 3/7 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

7/7 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

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

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

El El El El El El El El

3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 33 3 3 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 33 3 3 7 7

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

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

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

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

7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 M/3 M/3

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

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

In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7

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

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

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

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

7/7 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

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

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

7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS

3 2 7 3 2 3 3 6 7 7 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 6 7 Mustang

3 8 3 HONDA Accord Hybrid

7 33 7 3 3 7 3

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

3

3 3 Re 3

7 33 3 3 33 3

3 8 7 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 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

In In In In In In In In In In

7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 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

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 2 2 2 7 7 2 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Brio

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T Petrol NA/NA/18.5 A/T Petrol NA/NA/16.5

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

In In In In

7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4453/1735/1666mm Wheelbase 2660mm Tyre size 195/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6-11m 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 73/97cm Headroom 101cm Width 132cm M A A A A M A A A

7 3 7 7 7 7 7 7

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3610/1680/1500mm Wheelbase 2345mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9-9.4m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 920-970kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64cm/88cm Headroom 90cm Width 128cm M M M M

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR) 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3990/1680/1505mm Wheelbase 2405mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9-9.4m Trunk volume 400 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 940-1075kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Flexibility of 7 seats, easy to drive. AGAINST Looks similar to Mobilio, no touchscreen. VERDICT Not a true SUV but is a smart option for large families. 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M CVT 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4933/1849/1464mm Wheelbase 2776mm Tyre size 235/45 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1620kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 3 year/ unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Spacious cabin, peppy petrol engine. AGAINST Suspension a bit firm, still not as refined as rivals. VERDICT Updates have made the good Amaze better. 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

C U A B T N

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol NA/NA/18.16 1.5 Diesel NA/NA/25.83

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4784/2080/1391mm Wheelbase 2720mm Tyre size (Front) 255/40 R19 (Rear) 275/40 R19 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 383 litres Ground clearance 137mm Kerb weight 1770kg Fuel tank 60.9 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Big V8 engine, good equipment list. AGAINST Cabin doesn’t feel premium enough for the price VERDICT A car for your wild side.

6/A

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS) 13.64 — 13.64 11.03 11.03 11.03 11.03 11.03

FOR Peppy performance, easy to drive. AGAINST Tiny boot, suspension a bit firm. VERDICT One of the best city cars around, but it’s a touch pricey.

BR-V The BR-V’s USP is that it comes with seating for seven. It offers a pleasant driving experience, decent comfort and is reasonable value thanks to its sensible pricing. However, it lacks 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 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

5/M 6/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3995/1695/1525mm 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

FOR Green image, comfort. AGAINST Expensive, unexciting to drive. VERDICT Comfortable and has green credentials, but overpriced.

AMAZE The Amaze always had a spacious cabin, a genuinely useable boot and offered the option of a peppy petrol and an efficient diesel engine. The facelift has addressed some of its weaknesses. The new dash looks far richer than before, the diesel runs quieter and the exterior has been made more appealing too. In all, it’s a well-rounded package. 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

FEATURES

FOR All-round comfort, powerful diesel engine, safety equipment. AGAINST Petrol engine lacks punch, auto isn’t particularly smooth. VERDICT Misses out on some frills but undoubtedly a sensible compact sedan.

MUSTANG With a big V8 engine, long bonnet and rear wheel drive this is a true American muscle car. Ford has brought to India the V8 and skipped the smaller engines. Equipment wise too, the car is well loaded. However, it does not have the fit and finish of some of the exotic German metal but makes up for it in sheer oomph and iconic appeal. Mustang GT Fastback HONDA Accord Hybrid

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 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

7 7 7 7

7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 BR-V

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T Petrol NA/NA/15.4 CVT Petrol 11.01/14.01/16 M/T Diesel 13.88/20.04/21.9 7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

In In In In In In In In In

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 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 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 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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7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7


H O N DA t o H Y U N DA I SAFETY

C U A B T N

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

City

City

CITY The ever-popular City has got a nip and tuck, more features and a new range-topping ZX trim. It remains a midsize sedan that’s big on space and comfort. Petrolheads will like the VTEC engine while efficiency-minded buyers can opt for the frugal diesel version. However, the diesel is noisy, the build lacks heft and top versions are expensive. 1.5 i-VTEC S 1.5 i-VTEC SV 1.5 i-VTEC V 1.5 i-VTEC V CVT 1.5 i-VTEC VX 1.5 i-VTEC VX CVT 1.5 i-VTEC ZX CVT 1.5 i-DTEC SV 1.5 i-DTEC V 1.5 i-DTEC VX 1.5 i-DTEC ZX CR-V

9.53 10.66 11.09 13.30 13.42 14.77 15.54 12.71 13.63 15.14 15.94

9.94 11.11 12.23 13.47 13.61 14.99 15.76 12.84 13.78 15.30 16.11

9.44 10.53 11.59 12.74 12.87 14.17 14.89 11.96 12.83 14.23 14.97

9.98 11.16 11.35 14.10 14.28 15.69 16.49 13.21 14.19 15.73 16.56

10.41 11.63 11.85 14.49 14.69 16.15 16.97 13.59 14.59 16.19 17.04

1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 119/145 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200

CR-V Versatile, capable and comfortable, the CR-V is a fine all-rounder. It’s just that Honda refuses to offer a diesel in the CR-V and that’s a shame – it will have much wider appeal with an oil-burner. Stick to the 2.0-litre engine version if you don’t have real use for 2.4-litre version’s all-wheel-drive system. 2.0 2WD 2.0 2WD 2.4 AWD Jazz

25.31 27.62 30.24

26.72 28.83 31.53

24.17 26.04 28.50

27.28 29.40 32.15

28.31 30.52 33.39

1997/4 1997/4 2354/4

156/190 156/190 190/226

JAZZ The Jazz should be on top of your list if space and practicality are paramount. However, the flexible ‘magic’ rear seats are only offered on the top trim. Helping it’s case is the fact that it is offered with a diesel engine and in petrol auto form meaning there’s a version 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 WR-V

6.41 7.28 8.47 7.76 8.14 9.30 8.68 8.19 8.94 9.39 9.89 10.36

6.88 7.61 8.86 8.12 8.52 9.73 9.08 8.58 9.37 9.85 10.38 10.87

6.53 7.22 8.37 7.68 8.08 9.20 8.59 7.98 8.72 9.15 9.65 10.10

6.81 7.53 8.74 8.02 8.43 9.61 8.97 8.35 9.12 9.57 10.10 10.57

7.08 7.84 9.11 8.35 8.78 10.02 9.35 8.69 9.50 9.97 10.53 11.03

1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1199/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

90/110 90/110 89/110 90/110 90/110 89/110 90/110 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200 100/200

WR-V The WR-V is more than just a jacked-up Jazz. Bespoke styling, a re-tuned suspension and additional features give it a distinct persona. The good thing is it remains as practical and likeable as the Jazz. The diesel engine is frugal but noisy and the petrol engine lacks punch. Pricing is also on the higher side. 1.2 i-VTEC S 1.2 i-VTEC VX 1.5 i-DTEC S 1.5 i-DTEC VX HYUNDAI Creta

8.53 9.87 9.84 11.17

8.90 10.30 10.29 11.67

8.55 9.88 9.70 11.11

8.84 10.21 10.02 11.35

9.22 10.65 10.46 11.85

1199/4 1199/4 1498/4 1498/4

90/100 90/100 100/200 100/200

CRETA Buyers looking for a small SUV will be pleased to know the Creta is well built, comfortable inside and well equipped. It’s easy, if not engaging, to drive and feels reasonably composed as well. Of the three engines on offer, it’s the 1.6-litre diesel that we recommend. Some versions are on the pricier side. 1.6 E 1.6 E+ 1.6 SX+ 1.6 SX+ Dual Tone 1.6 SX+ A/T 1.4 CRDi E 1.4 CRDi S 1.4 CRDi S+ 1.6 CRDi VGT S+ A/T 1.6 CRDi VGT SX 1.6 CRDi VGT SX+ 1.6 CRDI VGT SX+ Dual Tone 1.6 CRDi VGT SX+ A/T 1.6 CRDi VGT SX (O)

10.42 11.20 13.74 14.17 14.88 11.62 13.20 14.24 15.97 14.59 15.73 16.17 17.02 16.94

11.09 11.91 14.46 14.91 15.66 11.78 13.89 14.98 16.80 15.34 16.54 17.00 17.90 17.81

10.04 11.18 13.86 14.29 15.03 10.94 13.10 14.13 15.88 14.51 16.07 16.07 16.94 16.85

10.71 11.51 14.43 14.88 15.63 10.71 13.60 14.70 16.49 15.05 16.25 16.70 17.59 17.51

11.24 12.09 14.92 15.39 16.17 12.61 14.08 15.21 17.05 15.57 16.80 17.27 18.20 18.12

1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4

123/151 123/151 123/151 123/151 123/151 90/220 90/220 90/220 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260

FOR Efficient engines, equipment, comfort. AGAINST Noisy diesel, top versions are pricey. VERDICT A mid-size sedan that offers lots but for a price.. 5/M 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M CVT CVT 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

P P P P P P P D D D D

10.13 10.13 11.84 10.13 10.13 10.13 11.84 14.75 14.75 14.75 14.75

193 193 — 193 193 193 — 183 183 183 183

12.82 12.82 8.42 12.82 12.82 12.82 8.42 13.30 13.30 13.30 13.30

17.22 17.22 — 17.22 17.22 17.22 — 14.98 14.98 14.98 14.98

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4440/1695/1495mm Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 175/65 R15, 185/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 510 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1058-1175kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 3 years/unlimited kilometer SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 75/100cm Headroom 91cm Width 132.8cm M A A A A A A A A A A

FOR Comfortable ride, strong engines. AGAINST Hard interior plastics, lethargic five-speed auto, no diesel option. VERDICT Amazing versatility. If only it had a diesel motor. 6/M 5/A 5/A

P P P

10.52 — 11.13

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12.12 15.42 — — 7.34* 8.40*

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

14.20 14.20 14.89 14.20 14.20 14.89 14.20 12.11 12.11 12.11 12.33 12.33

172 172 165 172 172 165 172 167 167 167 — —

14.96 14.96 9.86 14.96 14.96 9.86 14.96 12.76 12.76 12.76 11.87 11.87

21.25 21.25 12.20 21.25 21.25 12.20 21.25 15.33 15.33 15.33 14.40 14.40

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

12.70 12.70 12.70 12.70 — — — — 11.53 10.81 10.81 10.81 11.53 10.81

184 184 184 184 — — — — 178 188 188 188 178 188

14.07 14.07 14.07 14.07 — — — — 6.83 11.52 11.52 11.52 6.83 11.52

19.59 19.59 19.59 19.59 — — — — 9.07 12.42 12.42 12.42 9.07 12.42

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

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7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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7/7 El/7 El/7

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

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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 3/7 7/3

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M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

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

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

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

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7/7 7/7 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 R R R 7 7 R R R R R R R

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

ln/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 ln/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 EI/3 EI/3 EI/3 EI/3 EI/3

7 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 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

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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3 6 3 6 3 6

7 7 7 Jazz

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 2 7 2 7 WR-V

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

In In In In

3 7 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 7 3

El El El El El El El El El El El El El El

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

7 3 7 3

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3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 HYUNDAI Creta

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.6 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 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 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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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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4270/1780/1630mm Wheelbase 2590mm Tyre size 205/65 R16, 215/60 R17 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 405 litres Ground clearance 190mm 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 M M A A A M M M M A A A A A

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3999/1734/1601mm Wheelbase 2555mm Tyre size 195/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 363 litres Ground clearance 188mm Kerb weight 1087-1204kg Fuel tank 40 Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Refinement, fit and finish, user-friendly. AGAINST Lacks proper SUV credentials, some variants pricey. VERDICT Very likeable urban SUV. 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3955/1694/1544mm Wheelbase 2530mm Tyre size 175/65 R15, 175/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.2m Trunk volume 354 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1007-1155kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 2 years/40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 71/94cm Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Spacious cabin, equipment. AGAINST Pricey, no automatic option. VERDICT One of the better crosshatchbacks on sale today. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4545/1820/1685mm Wheelbase 2620mm Tyre size 225/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.08m Trunk volume 589 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 1470-1600kg 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

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. 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

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

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H Y U N DA I t o H Y U N DA I

NEW CARS A-Z

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

C U A B T N

Elantra

Elantra

FOR Price, refinement. AGAINST Base models miss key features. VERDICT A capable executive sedan that’s worth a serious look.

ELANTRA The new Elantra looks contemporary, gets a new petrol engine and is priced aggressively too. However, the range is not as well equipped as before, and the real goodies are reserved for the top automatic trim. While the sedan won’t rile up the segment, it does have some serious potential. 2.0 Nu S 2.0 Nu SX 2.0 Nu SX A/T 2.0 Nu SX(O) 2.0 Nu SX(O) A/T 1.6 CRDi VGT S 1.6 CRDi VGT SX 1.6 CRDi VGT SX(O) 1.6 CRDi VGT SX(O) A/T Eon

14.92 17.11 18.34 19.12 20.68 17.45 19.26 20.74 22.45

15.52 17.88 19.17 19.98 21.61 18.23 20.16 21.70 23.50

16.91 18.39 19.64 17.04** 18.48** 17.45 18.34 19.87 21.32

15.68 18.05 19.35 20.19 20.94 17.30 19.14 20.64 21.85

16.22 18.67 20.06 20.93 22.65 18.71 20.72 22.32 24.18

1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4

152/192 152/192 152/192 152/192 152/192 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260

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 let-down 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. 0.8 iRDE D-lite 0.8 iRDE D-lite + 0.8 iRDE D-lite + (O) 0.8 iRDE Era + 0.8 iRDE Era + (O) 0.8 iRDE Era + LPG 0.8 iRDE Era + (O) LPG 0.8 iRDE Magna + 0.8 iRDE Magna + (O) 0.8 iRDE Magna + LPG 0.8 iRDE Sportz 1.0 litre Kappa Magna (O) 1.0 litre Kappa Magna (O) opt Grand i10

3.61 3.95 4.05 4.09 4.21 4.34 4.47 4.46 4.56 4.62 4.75 4.90 5.00

3.92 4.29 4.40 4.44 4.57 4.54 4.49 4.80 4.93 4.76 5.14 5.30 5.41

3.69 3.97 4.08 4.13 4.10 4.42 4.54 4.48 4.59 4.77 4.80 5.05 NA

3.74 4.03 4.14 4.18 4.30 4.24 4.15 4.59 4.66 4.57 4.87 5.13 5.23

3.94 4.27 4.38 4.42 4.55 4.62 4.92 4.81 4.92 5.14 5.14 5.30 5.41

814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 998/3 998/3

56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 56/75 69/94 69/94

GRAND i10 The big-selling Grand i10 is practical and well-built, and with the recent round of updates, it offers even more. Topspec cars get more features, the petrol engine has been made more efficient and the enlarged diesel unit provides greatly improved performance. Ride quality is better too. 1.2 Kappa Era 1.2 Kappa Magna 1.2 Kappa Magna A/T 1.2 Kappa Sportz 1.2 Kappa Sportz (O) 1.2 Kappa Sportz (O) A/T 1.2 Kappa Asta 1.2 U2 CRDi Era 1.2 U2 CRDi Magna 1.2 U2 CRDi Sportz 1.2 U2 CRDi Sportz (O) 1.2 U2 CRDi Asta i20

5.04 5.75 6.51 6.21 6.53 7.64 7.17 6.29 7.05 7.52 7.85 8.33

5.46 6.25 7.07 6.75 7.08 8.08 7.59 6.94 7.51 8.01 8.37 8.87

5.25 5.97 6.83 6.45 6.80 7.77 7.28 6.51 7.05 7.53 7.87 8.36

5.24 5.97 6.82 6.46 6.80 7.77 7.29 6.48 7.03 7.52 7.86 8.35

5.48 6.36 7.21 6.87 7.22 8.26 7.75 6.91 7.49 8.01 8.37 8.88

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83/114 83/114 83/114 83/114 83/114 83/114 83/114 71/160 71/160 71/160 71/160 71/160

i20 The i20, with its stylish design, well-appointed interiors and a long features list, appeals to the Indian hatchback buyer. It may not be engaging to drive but works just fine for average use. The engines won’t get your pulse racing but is refined and efficient. The pricier i20 Active gets SUV-inspired cladding but not much else. 1.2 Kappa Era 1.2 Kappa Magna Exec. 1.4 Dual VTVT Magna A/T 1.2 Kappa Sportz 1.2 Kappa Asta 1.2 Kappa Asta Dual Tone 1.2 Kappa Asta (O) 1.4 U2 CRDi Era 1.4 U2 CRDi Magna Exec. 1.4 U2 CRDi Sportz 1.4 CRDi Asta 1.4 CRDI Asta Dual Tone 1.4 CRDi Asta (O) i20 Active Kappa VTVT i20 Active Kappa VTVT S i20 Active Kappa VTVT SX i20 Active CRDi

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

5.79 6.54 10.20 7.24 7.81 8.08 8.71 7.59 8.20 8.71 9.35 9.62 10.23 7.50 8.38 9.27 9.10

6.29 7.10 10.73 7.67 8.27 8.56 9.22 8.11 8.75 9.30 9.97 10.26 10.91 7.97 8.89 9.82 10.71

6.14 6.86 10.34 7.38 7.98 8.26 8.90 7.63 8.26 8.78 9.43 9.71 10.33 7.67 8.48 9.49 9.19

6.10 6.82 10.21 7.35 7.94 8.22 8.88 7.59 8.21 8.74 9.40 9.68 10.30 7.68 8.49 9.51 9.22

6.38 7.21 11.01 7.81 8.44 8.74 9.42 8.08 8.73 9.29 10.01 10.31 10.96 8.11 9.07 10.07 9.82

1197/4 1197/4 1368/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1396/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1396/4

6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/A

P P P P P D D D D

9.32 9.32 10.46 9.32 10.46 10.94 10.94 10.94 11.37

— — — — — — — — —

12.75 12.75 — 12.75 — 11.54 11.54 11.54 —

16.32 16.32 — 16.32 — 15.52 15.52 15.52 —

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4570/1800/1465mm Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 458 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1271-1408kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 57.6/80.1cm Headroom 92.1cm Width 139cm M A A A A M A A A

FOR Styling, interior quality. AGAINST Mediocre engine (0.8-litre), lifeless steering. VERDICT Stylish hatch that brings a touch of class to the segment. 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/L P/L P P P/L P P P

17.60 17.60 17.60 17.60 17.60 — — 17.60 17.60 — 17.60 — —

142 142 142 142 142 — — 142 142 — 142 — —

16.86 16.86 16.86 16.86 16.86 — — 16.86 16.86 — 16.86 — —

26.49 26.49 26.49 26.49 26.49 — — 26.49 26.49 — 26.49 —

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

13.40 13.40 — 13.40 13.40 — 13.40 20.25 20.25 20.25 20.25 20.25

168 168 — 168 168 — 168 149 149 149 149 149

13.56 13.56 — 13.56 13.56 — 13.56 14.24 149 149 149 149

24.25 24.25 — 24.25 24.25 — 24.25 17.23 17.23 17.23 17.23 17.23

— M M M M M M M M M M M M

5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M

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

15.71 15.71 — 15.71 15.71 15.71 15.71 12.85 12.85 12.85 12.85 12.85 12.85 — — — —

167 167 — 167 167 167 167 181 181 181 181 181 181 — — — —

16.16 16.16 — 16.16 16.16 16.16 16.16 12.43 12.43 12.43 12.43 12.43 12.43 — — — —

26.26 26.26 — 26.26 26.26 26.26 26.26 13.84 13.84 13.84 13.84 13.84 13.84 — — — —

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 7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3

M/7 M/7 M/7 El/7 El/7 M/7 M/7 El/7 El/7

7 R R R R 7 R R R

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

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

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3

In In In In El In In In El

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

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 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 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 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 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

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/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 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 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 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

M M M M M M A M M M M A

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

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

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

7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 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 M/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7

7 7 7 R R R R 7 7 R R R

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 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

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

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

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

3/7 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

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 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 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 R R R 7 7 7 R R R 7 R R 7

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 7

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

In/7 El/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 In/7 El/7 El/3 El/3 El/3 El/3 ln/7 El/3 El/3 ln/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 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 3 3 7

7 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 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 2 2 2 6 2 2 2 6

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Eon

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7

7 7 7 7 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 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 Grand i10

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Kappa M/T 11.7/16.3/NA 1.2 U2 CRDi M/T NA/NA/NA

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Re Ex Ex Ex Ex Re

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 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 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3985-3995/1734-1760/1505-1555mm Wheelbase 2570mm Tyre size 185/70 R14, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 285 litres Ground clearance 170-190mm Kerb weight 1080-1200 kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/84cm Headroom 95cm Width 130cm. M M M M A A A M M M A A A M M A M

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 0.8L 13.7/17.2/21.1 1.0L NA/NA/20.3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3765/1660/1520mm 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

FOR Cabin space, equipment, premium looks. AGAINST Lacks driver appeal, top-end versions pricey. VERDICT Feels every bit a premium hatch. 83/114 83/114 100/132 83/114 83/114 83/114 83/114 90/220 90/220 90/220 90/220 90/220 90/220 83/115 83/115 83/115 90/220

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3495/1550/1500mm 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

FOR Cabin quality, practicality, ease of use.AGAINST Limited safety kit on lower trims. VERDICT One of Hyundai’s best cars. 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 8.1/11.8/NA Petrol A/T 8.7/12.5/NA Diesel M/T 14.1/17.7/NA Diesel A/T 11.1/15.1/NA

In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In In

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 7

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 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 i20

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 7 7 7 3 3 7 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 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 7

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 3 7

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 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 7

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 7

2 2 2 2 2 2 6 2 2 2 2 2 6 2 2 6 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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H Y U N DA I t o JAG UA R

TUCSON The attractive Tucson plugs the gap between the Creta and Santa Fe in Hyundai’s SUV line-up, and does so rather well. While sold only as a five-seater, it offers a good degree of luxury and comes well equipped too. It’s fairly nice to drive but we’d recommend the strong diesel engine versions. It’s not a hardcore off-roader but all-wheel drive does add versatility. Nu 2.0 2WD MT Nu 2.0 2WD GL A/T R 2.0 2WD MT R 2.0 2WD GL A/T R 2.0 4WD GLS A/T Verna

21.93 25.24 24.90 27.12 28.78

21.55 25.31 24.35 27.64 30.91

21.79 25.04 24.87 27.04 25.19**

21.69 25.26 24.03 27.05 30.28

22.46 26.39 24.88 28.26 31.64

1999/4 1999/4 1995/4 1995/4 1995/4

155/192 155/192 185/400 185/400 185/400

VERNA Smartly styled, well-finished and loaded with kit, the attractively priced new Verna makes for an enticing package with improved dynamics. The driving experience is far more than just satisfactory with pleasant engines and good-to-use manual and auto gearboxes. Rear seat space, however, is at a premium. 1.6 VTVT E 1.6 VTVT EX 1.6 VTVT EX A/T 1.6 VTVT SX 1.6 VTVT SX (O) 1.6 VTVT SX (O) A/T 1.6 CRDi E 1.6 CRDi EX 1.6 CRDi EX A/T 1.6 CRDi SX 1.6 CRDi SX + A/T 1.6 CRDi SX (O) Xcent

9.00 10.43 12.05 10.86 13.02 14.31 10.74 12.04 13.69 13.34 15.08 14.86

9.32 10.81 12.39 11.26 13.39 14.72 11.15 12.22 14.02 13.66 15.44 15.22

7.99** 9.06** 10.22** 9.49** 11.08** 12.23** 9.19** 9.99** 11.39** 11.11** 12.61** 12.39**

9.24 10.72 12.70 11.16 13.73 15.09 10.87 12.41 14.12 13.76 15.55 15.33

9.67 11.25 13.13 11.72 14.19 15.60 11.41 12.83 14.60 14.23 16.08 15.85

1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1591/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4 1582/4

123/151 123/151 123/151 123/151 123/151 123/151 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260 128/260

5.84 6.49 7.05 7.93 7.53 8.37 7.18 7.81 8.19 8.69 9.54 5.83 6.04

6.42 7.06 7.47 8.40 7.98 8.87 7.63 8.31 8.72 9.24 10.15 NA NA

6.16 6.77 7.18 8.08 7.68 8.55 8.87 7.83 8.24 8.74 9.61 NA NA

6.23 6.86 7.26 8.17 7.76 8.63 7.28 7.91 8.31 8.81 9.69 NA NA

6.52 7.19 7.60 8.57 8.13 9.05 7.63 8.30 8.71 9.24 10.19 NA NA

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1186/3 1186/3 1186/3 1186/3 1186/3 1197/4 1197/4

83/114 83/114 83/114 83/114 83/114 83/114 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190 83/114 83/114

D-MAX V-CROSS Isuzu’s lifestyle pick-up is a more premium option to the Tata Xenon and the Scorpio Getaway. It’s surprisingly rounded. Pricing isn’t unreasonable either especially given that it shares a lot with Chevy’s Trailblazer. 4x4 M/T MU-X

13.30**

15.41

13.65** 13.50**

16.39

2499/4

136/320

MU-X Isuzu’s new flagship SUV is a big step up from its predecessor, the MU-7. The big, brawny SUV is well kitted out, has a spacious and well put-together cabin and can be optioned with four-wheel drive. As for now, it’s available with only an automatic gearbox. It is cheaper than most rivals but also falls short of the established class standards on many counts. 4x2 A/T 4x4 A/T JAGUAR F-type

23.99** 25.99**

30.58 33.09

24.63** 24.34** 26.68** 26.37**

28.16 30.49

2999/4 2999/4

177/380 177/380

F-TYPE Jaguar’s F-Type is a thrill a minute. You get a choice of a V6, V8 and a supercharged V8, a mental soundtrack, and a thoroughly enjoyable drive. It rides well too, making it ideal for our conditions. Shame about the price then. Coupe

151.41

163.21

140.55 148.44 157.67

2995/V6

6/M 6/A 6/M 6/A 6/A

P P D D D

— 11.57 — 9.48 —

— — — — —

— — 6.56 8.74 — — 5.34 7.03 — —

5/M 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

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M A M A A

14.23 14.23 14.23 — 14.23 14.23 — — — — — — —

172 172 172 — 172 172 — — — — — — —

13.67 13.67 13.67 — 13.67 13.67 — — — — — — —

22.17 22.17 22.17 — 22.17 22.17 — — — — — — —

M A A A A A M A A A A A

M M M M M A M M M M A M M

FOR Engine,stable ride, rugged appeal. AGAINST Cramped backseat. VERDICT An interesting option for lifestyle buyers. 5/M

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A

8/A

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

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

7 3 7 3 3

M/7 El/7 M/7 El/7 El/7

R R R R 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

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 3/7

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 3/3 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 3 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

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 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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

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

7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 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 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 R R R R 7 7 R R R 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 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

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

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 7

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

3/7

7

7

3/3

El/3

3

3

A A

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

El/7 El/7

7 7

3 3/3 3 3/3

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

3 7 El 3 3 3 3 El 3 3 3 7 El 3 3 3 3 El 3 3 3 3 El 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 7 7

7

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/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

ESP ABS 7 7 7 7 3

3 3 3 3 3

2 7 6 7 2 7 6 7 6 7 Verna

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.6 Petrol M/T NA/NA/NA 1.6 Petrol A/T NA/NA/NA 1.6 Diesel M/T-A/T NA/NA/NA 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3

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 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 7

In In In In In Re In In In In Re In In

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 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 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

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 4 7 4 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 4 7 Xcent

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

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 7

7 — 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 7

7 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 7 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 ISUZU D-Max V-Cross 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 7 7

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

7 33 3 3 3 7 7

3 2 7 MU-X

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 4x2 A/T NA/NA/13.8

3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3

3

7 Ex 3

3 2 3 3 2 3 JAGUAR F-type

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

7 33 3 3 33 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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ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.0 2WD petrol 7/11.8/NA 2.0 2WD diesel 10.35/12.7/NA

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4470/1923/1308-1321mm 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 Warranty NA Kerb weight 1614-1665kg Fuel tank 72 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A

C U A B T N

3 3 In 3 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 In 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3995/1660/1520mm 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 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/89cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

3 3

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

7 7

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

El/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4285/1860/1850mm Wheelbase 2845mm Tyre size 255/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 235-1830 litres Ground clearance 220mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Thrilling drive, mental exhaust note. AGAINST Expensive. VERDICT Feels like an old-school brute and that’s what makes it special. 340/450

3 7/3 3 3/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5295/1860/1840mm 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 Spacious cabin, low-speed ride. AGAINST Engine refinement, heavy steering. VERDICT An SUV with the essentials but not a match for established rivals. 5/A 5/A

R R

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4440/1729/1475mm Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 185/65 R15, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 480 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom 95cm Width NA

FOR Smart interiors, fit and finish. AGAINST Lower versions lack some safety essentials. VERDICT An easy-to-like and easy-tolive with compact sedan . P P P P P P D D D D D P/C P/C

M/7 M/7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4475/1850/1660mm Wheelbase 2670mm Tyre size 225/60 R17, 225/55 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 513 litres Ground clearance 172mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 62 litres Warranty 3 year, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 60.2/72.5cm Headroom 97.4cm Width 141cm

FOR Refinement, cabin quality. AGAINST Limited rear seat space, autos not available in top-spec. VERDICT A shrunken-down Elantra. 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/A 6/M

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

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

M A

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

— —

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

— —

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

— —

LEATHER SEATS

— —

FOR Roomy cabin, equipment, strong diesel engine. AGAINST Petrol engine isn’t great. VERDICT The right SUV at the right price.

XCENT The refreshed Xcent’s styling may divide opinion but under the skin, the car remains a well thought-out and well put-together compact sedan. It’s got a large boot and the cabin offers good space for four. The petrol engine is pleasant while the peppy new diesel addresses the original Xcent’s major weakness. The suspension is better too. 1.2 Kappa E 1.2 Kappa E+ 1.2 Kappa S 1.2 Kappa S A/T 1.2 Kappa SX 1.2 Kappa SX(O) 1.2 U2 CRDi E 1.2 U2 CRDi E+ 1.2 U2 CRDi S 1.2 U2 CRDi SX 1.2 U2 CRDi SX(O) Prime CNG T Prime CNG T+ ISUZU D-Max V-Cross

D D

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

6/M 6/M

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

90/220 90/220

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

1396/4 1396/4

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

10.75 11.72

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

10.05 11.07

AC

BENGALURU

10.01 10.80

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

CHENNAI

10.66 11.93

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

KOLKATA

10.02 10.91

FEATURES

TOP SPEED (KPH)

MUMBAI

i20 Active CRDi S i20 Active CRDi SX Tucson

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

PERFORMANCE

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

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

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

MODEL DETAILS

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

3 6

3


JAG UA R t o J E E P

NEW CARS A-Z

F-PACE Jaguar’s first ever SUV feels like a Jag through and through. It will excite the keen driver but you’ll need the strong 3-litre diesel to make the most of the chassis’s potential. It’s comfy too. But it’s pricier than it ought to be. 2.0 Pure 2.0 Prestige 3.0 R-Sport XE

85.97 97.20 147.74

92.93 105.43 160.38

NA NA NA

84.97 96.54 147.28

85.59 93.01 127.53

1999/4 1999/4 2993/V6

43.04 47.56 52.30 44.82 49.41 54.28

41.73 46.21 50.92 43.31 47.85 52.66

46.79 52.70 54.34 39.31** 43.19** 47.61**

49.67 54.34 59.64 49.63 54.29 59.59

44.16 48.98 54.04 45.08 49.87 54.96

1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1999/4

180/430 180/430 300/700

68.81 76.04 56.90 62.73 71.82

59.36 67.21 54.67 60.45 69.43

NA NA NA NA NA

70.18 76.71 61.50 70.49 77.01

63.21 71.65 57.19 63.28 72.77

1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1999/4

199/320 199/320 240/340 180/430 180/430 180/430

119.03 120.53 130.16

115.36 101.40** 122.95 123.45 113.96 100.20** 123.87 121.95 122.68 107.82** 133.39 131.33

1999/4 2993/V6 2993/V6

240/340 240/340 180/430 180/430 180/430

240/340 300/700 300/700

COMPASS Jeep’s made-in-India SUV also comes across as a made-for-India SUV. It’s built tough, offers a brilliant ride quality, a punchy diesel, sorted handling, and has genuine Jeep-worthy off-road ability. While some rivals are more spacious, its price will help make peace with the Compass’ few blemishes. 1.4 MultiAir Sport 1.4 MultiAir Limited 1.4 MultiAir Limited (O) 2.0 Multijet Sport 2.0 Multijet Longitude 2.0 Multijet Longitude (O) 2.0 Multijet Limited 2.0 Multijet Limited (O) 2.0 Multijet Limited 4x4 2.0 Multijet Limited (O) 4x4 Grand Cherokee

17.59 21.95 22.76 19.03 20.25 21.21 22.19 23.04 24.50 25.34

17.88 22.32 23.15 19.26 20.50 21.48 22.47 23.34 25.02 25.89

14.99** 18.74** 19.44** 15.49** 16.49** 17.29** 18.09** 18.79** 19.99** 20.69**

18.51 23.06 23.91 19.50 20.75 21.73 22.73 23.60 25.09 25.95

18.87 23.56 24.44 19.98 21.27 22.28 23.31 24.21 25.97 26.87

1368/4 1368/4 1368/4 1956/4 1956/4 1956/4 1956/4 1956/4 1956/4 1956/4

94.56 107.05 132.45

122.94 135.71 147.07

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA 120.21 130.26

2987/V6 2987/V6 6417/V8

8/A 8/A 8/A

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P P P D D D

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

P P D D D

7.62 7.62 9.04 9.04 9.04

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P D D

8.65 — 6.43

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162/250 162/250 162/250 173/350 173/350 173/350 173/350 173/350 173/350 173/350

6/M 7/A 7/A 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

P P P D D D D D D D

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5.32 5.32 6.70 6.70 6.70

5.54 5.98 — — 4.17 4.60

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A A A

A A A A A A

8/A 8/A 8/A

D D P

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3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

Ex Ex Ex Ex

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

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

El/El El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

3 3 3

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5.99 7.54 5.99 7.54 — —

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

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

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

7 3 3 7 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

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

3 3 3 3 3 3

A A A A 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

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

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

3 3 3 3 3

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

El/El El/El El/El

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

7/7 7/7 7/7

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

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

7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

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

7 3 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

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

El/El El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/3 El/3

7 7 7

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

6 3 6 3 6 3 6 3 F-Pace

3 6 3 6 3 6

3 3 3 XE

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

In In In In In In

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

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

8 8 8 8 8 8

3 3 3 3 3 3 XF

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

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

In In In In In

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 7 33 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 7 33 3 3

3 3 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 In 3 7 In 3 7 In 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 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

3 3 3 3 3 XJ

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

7 33 3 3 33 3 7 33 3 3 33 3 7 33 3 3 33 3

3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 JEEP Compass

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/NA Diesel NA/NA/17.1kpl (16.3kpl 4x4)

El El El El El El El El El El

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4828-4826/1943-1954/1749-1802mm Wheelbase 2915mm Tyre size 265/50 R20, 265/60 R18, 295/45 ZR20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 1025 litres Warranty NA Ground clearance 206-210mm Kerb weight 2432-2458kg Fuel tank 93.5 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A A A

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 El 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 El 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 El 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4395/1818/1640mm Wheelbase 2636mm Tyre size 225/60 R17 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 408-1191 litres Warranty NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1537-1641kg Fuel tank 60 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A A A A A A A A A A

3 3 3 3

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5255/2105/1460mm Wheelbase 3157mm Tyre size 245/50 R18, 275/45 R18 Turning circle dia 12.3m 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 A A A

C U A B T N

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5067/2091/1457mm Wheelbase 2960mm Tyre size 245/45 R18 Turning circle dia 11.61m Trunk volume 505 Litres Warranty NA Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 66-74 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Performance (SRT), off-road ability. AGAINST Fit and finish, price (diesel). VERDICT A plush and rugged luxury SUV that can go anywhere.

243/570 243/570 475/637

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4731/2175/1651mm Wheelbase 2874mm Tyre size 255/60 R18, 255/55 R19 Turning circle dia 11.78m Trunk volume NA Warranty NA Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 60-66 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Distinctive looks, diesel engine performance. AGAINST Showing its age. VERDICT Not class-best, but one we’d highly recommend nonetheless. 8/A 8/A 8/A

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4795/1850/1416mm 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

— — — — 4.40 4.99 — — — — — —

4.48 4.48 5.26 5.26 5.26

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

ESP ABS

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

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

3 3 3 3

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

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

FOG LAMPS

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

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

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

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

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

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

A A A A

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

— — — —

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

LEATHER SEATS

— — — —

FOR Ride quality, punchy diesel engine, value. AGAINST Missing features, few petrol variants. VERDICT A Jeep you’d find hard to resist.

GRAND CHEROKEE Jeep’s flagship SUV is big in size and presence. The cabin is spacious and comfy, but is let down by low-rent plastics. It’s good to drive on road but really comes alive in the rough. Unfortunately, the diesels are expensive and actually make the 475hp SRT come across as decent value. 4X4 Limited 4X4 Summit SRT

— — — —

FOR Handling, petrol performance. AGAINST Diesel engine refinement could be better, top versions expensive. VERDICT An entertaining drive but not quite a game-changer like the original XF.

XJ The XJ doesn’t feel as clinical as its German rivals and comes across as a car with soul. It is the oldest of its contemporaries but styling, trim and a diesel engine updates have helped bring it up to speed. The diesel V6 offers characterful performance and even the four-cylinder petrol is surprisingly able. 2.0 Portfolio 3.0 Premium Luxury 3.0 Portfolio JEEP Compass

— — — —

FOR Ride and handling, strong petrol engine. AGAINST Rear legroom average. VERDICT Arguably the most evocative of the mid-size luxury sedans.

XF The new XF is a rewarding car to drive. It’s got a great steering, handles well and, on the right roads, will put a smile on your face especially the 240hp petrol variants. The new diesel engine works well enough too. While it’s more spacious and luxurious than before, the cabin could have been more special. 25T Prestige 25T Portfolio 20d Pure 20d Prestige 20d Portfolio XJ

P P P P

FOR Handling, performance (3.0 diesel). AGAINST Expensive. VERDICT A proper sports SUV, but a pricey one too.

XE The ‘baby Jag’ is here and it’s as dynamic and driver-centric as Jaguar promised. It looks the part too and the cabin also has a certain warmth to it. Space in the back is down on rivals but then this is a car that’s best enjoyed from behind the wheel. 2.0 Pure 2.0 Prestige 2.0 Portfolio 2.0 Pure 2.0 Prestige 2.0 Portfolio XF

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

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

379/460 550/680 379/460 495/625

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

2995/V6 5000/V8 2995/V6 5000/V8

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

182.15 263.06 200.01 259.21

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

148.44 231.00 181.10 212.86

AC

BENGALURU

155.02 210.11 171.36 201.54

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

CHENNAI

223.97 244.05 202.26 223.97

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

KOLKATA

168.61 238.32 191.07 197.29**

FEATURES

TOP SPEED (KPH)

MUMBAI

S Coupe R Coupe V6 S Convertible V8 S Convertible F-Pace

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

PERFORMANCE

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

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

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

MODEL DETAILS

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 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

3 3 2 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 Grand Cherokee

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

3 3 El 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 El 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 El 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 7 3 7 3 7

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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Wrangler Unlimited

WRANGLER UNLIMITED You can’t really compare the Wrangler to other SUVs. If you do, you’ve missed the point of this being a vehicle that is one of the best off-roaders around. The steep pricing though may discourage some buyers. But for sheer offroading ability and aficionados, there are few other SUVs like it. 68.58 81.19

NA 94.06

NA NA

87.78 82.06

80.78 70.23

3604/V6 2776/4

284/347 200/460

AVENTADOR S 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. The new Aventador S’ four-wheel steering adds an agility the old car lacked and, believe it or not, the V12 now makes even more power. Still, it’s a car only for the brave. Coupe Huracan

501.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

6498/V12

740/689

HURACAN Dramatic to look at, incredibly quick, loaded with technology and very usable in our conditions, the Huracán takes Lamborghini’s V10 supercar to an all-new level. The RWD Huracán adds a bit more connection to the driving experience but is not for the novice. The hardcore Performante adds more power but for a price. AWD Coupe AWD Spyder RWD Coupe RWD Spyder AWD Performante LAND ROVER Discovery

343.00** NA 389.00** NA 299.00** 299.00** 345.00** NA 397.00** NA

NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA

5204/V10 5204/V10 5204/V10 5204/V10 5204/V10

88.17 91.88 95.56 101.17 107.77 103.40 111.95 117.18 124.52 133.62

87.87 91.79 95.67 101.59 108.55 100.91 109.66 115.01 123.44 131.26

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

81.89 85.60 89.29 94.90 102.00 94.26 103.00 108.00 115.00 124.00

85.27 89.14 92.98 98.83 105.98 98.15 107.05 112.35 119.75 128.98

2995/V6 2995/V6 2995/V6 2995/V6 2995/V6 2993/V6 2993/V6 2993/V6 2993/V6 2993/V6

610/560 610/560 581/539 581/539 640/600

340/450 340/450 340/450 340/450 340/450 247/600 247/600 247/600 247/600 247/600

DISCOVERY SPORT If you want your mid-size luxury SUV to ferry you to office and traverse tough off-road trails on the weekend, look no further than the Discovery Sport. Under its handsome skin is some serious off-road wizardry. The Discovery Sport is pleasant to drive and be driven in but avoid the optional third row; space is too tight for regular use. Si4 HSE (5 Seater) Si4 HSE (7 Seater) 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

65.62 66.85 55.91 59.34 63.37 67.68 66.85 64.66 76.87

74.56 70.59 60.96 68.45 67.33 68.60 73.07 77.55 79.71

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

77.86 79.73 59.14 65.50 67.37 68.64 70.51 77.86 79.73

NA NA 62.09 68.70 70.71 71.84 73.84 81.75 85.74

1999/4 1999/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

240/340 240/340 150/400 150/400 150/400 150/400 150/400 191/420 191/420

RANGE ROVER It’s very pricey, but then again, it gets you luxury sedan-like comfort and Land Rover-like go-anywhere ability in one imposing package. The interiors are luxurious, and the high-set driving position makes it more appealing. The LWB adds even more space, but for a substantial price. 3.0 TDV6 HSE 3.0 TDV6 Vogue 4.4 SDV8 Vogue SE 4.4 SDV8 Autobiography 5.0 V8 Autobiography 5.0 V8 SVAutobiography 3.0 TDV6 LWB Vogue 4.4 SDV8 LWB Vogue SE

210.55 202.97 251.91 260.67 262.32 340.63 217.62 264.06

226.92 277.06 265.23 316.47 288.53 NA 292.90 343.50

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

220.92 NA 251.16 NA 238.26 NA 308.05 NA 317.33 NA NA NA 240.22 295.16 311.64 363.14

2993/V6 2993/V6 4367/V8 4367/V8 5000/V8 5000/V8 2993/V6 4367/V8

FOR Sheer off-road ability, timeless looks. AGAINST Gearbox, back seat, price. VERDICT One of the best off-roaders in the world, but it’s not cheap. 5/A 5/A

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DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4583/1877/1829-1860mm Wheelbase 2947mm Tyre size 245/75 R17 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 884 litres Warranty 2 year/ unlimited km Ground clearance 238mm Kerb weight 2119kg Fuel tank 85 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A A

FOR Epic engine, is a riot to drive. AGAINST Unyielding ride, wildly expensive. VERDICT Tremendously exciting but hugely impractical. 7/A

P

247/600 247/600 339/739 339/739 551/680 551/680 247/600 339/739

7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A

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— — 7.01 7.01 7.01 7.01 7.01 — —

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A A A A A A A A A A

D D D D P P D D

7.90 7.90 8.20 8.20 — 5.23 7.90 8.20

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4.86 4.86 5.17 5.17 — 3.04 4.86 5.17

3/3 3/3

Ex/7 Ex/7

7 7

3 3

7 7

7 In 7 7 In 7

7 33 3 3 33 3 3 2 3 7 33 3 3 33 3 3 2 3 LAMBORGHINI Aventador S

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Coupe 3.6/8.8/NA

3

3

7 In 7

7

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

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

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

7 7 7 7 7

— — 9.04 9.04 9.04 9.04 9.04 — —

5.90 5.90 6.13 6.13 — 4.04 5.90 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

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

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

3 3 3 3 3 3 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

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

A A M A A A A A 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 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

3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

El/El El/El 7/7 7/7 7/7 El/El El/El El/El El/El

F/R F/R 7 F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R F/R

3 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

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

3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In

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

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

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 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 7 7

3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 LAND ROVER Discovery

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 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 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

3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 8 3 Discovery Sport

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 150 HP NA/NA/12.83 2.2 191 HP NA/NA/12.51-12.97

3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

Re Re 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 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 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 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 3 3 3 7 3 Range Rover

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

Re 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 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 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 6 3 Huracan

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4999-5199/2034/1835mm 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 A A A A A A A A

7 3 3 3 33 3

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4600/1894/1724mm 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

FOR Waftability, go-anywhere ability, proper luxury. AGAINST Exorbitant 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

7/7 7 7/7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4988/2220/1888mm Wheelbase 2922mm Tyre size 235/70 R19 Turning circle dia 12.3m Trunk volume 280-2558 litres Warranty NA Ground clearance 284mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 89 (P)/85 (D) litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR All round 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 9/A 9/A

M/7 M/7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4459/1924/1165mm 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

FOR Practicality, all-round ability. AGAINST Diesel versions are pricey. VERDICT A seven-seat SUV for the adventurer. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

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

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4797/2030/1136mm Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 255/30 R20, 355/25 R21, 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

FOR Performance, surprisingly usable. AGAINST Steering could have been more feelsome. VERDICT A Lamborghini you could use every day.

DISCOVERY The new Discovery differentiates itself from fullsize, seven-seat luxury SUV rivals with its promise of genuine go-anywhere ability. Space in the plush cabin is abundant and there’s practicality built into every aspect. Diesel Discoverys are expensive but the petrol offers lots of SUV for the money. 3.0 L Petrol S 3.0 L Petrol SE 3.0 L Petrol HSE 3.0 L Petrol HSE Luxury 3.0 L Petrol First Edition 3.0 L Diesel S 3.0 L Diesel SE 3.0 L Diesel HSE 3.0 L Diesel HSE Luxury 3.0 L Diesel First Edition Discovery Sport

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

C U A B T N

Wrangler Unlimited

3.6 V6 4X4 2.8 4X4 Unlimited LAMBORGHINI Aventador S

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

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L A N D ROV E R t o M A H I N D R A

NEW CARS A-Z

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE The Evoque is the fashion icon of the Rangie line-up; we’ve still not tired of the chunky look. And it’s as capable as any other Rangie and more accommodating than its tapering roofline would suggest. Local assembly has helped bring prices down making it even more appealing. 2.0 Pure 2.0 SE 2.0 SE Dynamic 2.0 HSE 2.0 HSE Dynamic 2.0 SE Range Rover Sport

54.88 60.66 63.11 66.55 72.75 58.24

59.49 65.74 68.32 71.92 78.55 66.27

NA 62.67 NA 68.10 74.31 NA

60.39 67.72 NA 74.30 81.42 NA

NA 68.92 NA 75.02 82.02 NA

1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1999/4 1999/4

179/430 179/430 179/430 179/430 179/430 241/340

RANGE ROVER SPORT To many, the Sport is a more sensible alternative to the full-blown Range Rover. It’s as luxurious, nearly as capable and costs a bundle less. The Sport’s also nice to drive but despite the name, it leans more towards luxury. Unless, of course, you opt for the ballistic SVR version. 3.0 V6 S 3.0 V6 SE 3.0 V6 HSE 5.0 V8 SC Autobiography 5.0 V8 SC SVR LEXUS ES

114.72 132.99 150.05 191.97 218.11

155.30 176.66 202.84 230.72 268.57

130.23 147.43 95.68 195.68 NA

146.43 166.35 190.99 220.24 256.35

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

ES The ES300h is the most affordable Lexus on sale in India but it’s still not cheap. The price seems even more inflated when you consider the ES has its roots in the Toyota Camry. That said, it is smart on the outside and luxurious on the inside as any Lexus worth its leather. The sole hybrid powertrain should also be of interest to eco-conscious buyers. ES300h LX

55.27**

NA

NA

NA

NA

2494/4

160/213

LX In a nutshell, the big, burly LX is Lexus’ version of the Toyota Land Cruiser LC200. The LX has got a whole lot more frills than the Toyota and the cabin is far plusher, but the overall ambience is down on cheaper European SUVs. The diesel engine is sufficient and the LX is incredible off road, but it’s hard to justify the price. LX450d RX

275.00

NA

NA

NA

NA

4461/V8

265/650

RX With a design that’s bold and very ‘in your face’, Lexus’ mid-size SUV draws attention. The high-quality cabin is interestingly styled but rear headroom could be an issue for tall passengers. There’s a powerful petrol-electric hybrid powertrain on offer but no diesel. The bigger issue is pricing (upwards of Rs 1 crore), making the RX unjustifiably expensive. Luxury F Sport MAHINDRA Bolero

107.29** 109.61**

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

3456/V6 3456/V6

262/335 262/335

BOLERO Mahindra’s all-time 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 compromised and the ageing platform isn’t great on safety either. Plus Non AC Plus AC SLE SLX ZLX Power+ SLE Power+ SLX Power+ ZLX Getaway

6.43** 6.80** 9.11 9.73 10.01 8.16 8.89 9.28

8.87 9.37 9.13 9.73 10.01 8.46 9.23 9.64

8.62 9.05 9.07 9.67 9.95 8.12 8.82 9.20

8.68 9.55 9.47 10.15 10.43 8.37 9.11 9.51

9.29 9.77 9.66 10.31 10.61 8.53 9.27 9.68

2523/4 2523/4 2523/4 2523/4 2523/4 1493/4 1493/4 1493/4

63/195 63/195 63/195 63/195 63/195 71/195 71/195 71/195

GETAWAY The Getaway caters to those looking for a rugged pick-up with some creature comforts. The rear seats are cramped and uncomfortable but then again, the big load bay is more than enough to carry all your camping equipment. Off-road, the 4WD system comes rather handy. 2WD 4WD

8.61** 9.60**

11.09 12.45

8.12** 9.12**

8.03** 9.02**

11.02 12.63

2609/4 2609/4

117/278 117/278

FOR Stylish looks, go-anywhere ability. AGAINST Nine-speed gearbox could be smoother. VERDICT Stylish SUV that’s as much at home in mud as it is in Madrid. 9/A 9/A 9/A 9/A 9/A 9/A

D D D D D P

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P/E

A A A A A

D

A

P/E P/E

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— —

— —

3 3 3 3

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 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

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

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

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 El/3 El/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

Re Re El El El 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 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

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

3

3

A

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

3

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

El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3

D D D D D D D D

25.61 25.61 25.61 25.61 25.61 21.67 21.67 21.67

124 124 124 124 124 — — —

16.56 16.56 16.56 16.56 16.56 12.86 12.86 12.86

24.17 24.17 24.17 24.17 24.17 19.22 19.22 19.22

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FOR Off-road ability, rugged build. AGAINST Uncomfy rear seats, bumpy ride. VERDICT If you want a pick-up with a good mix of utility and off-road ability. 5/M 5/M

D D

18.17 147 15.01 19.03 18.17 147 15.01 19.03

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 3/3 3/3

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

7/7 7/7 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 7/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

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 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7

7 7 7 3 3 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

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

7/7 7/7

7 7

7 7

7/7 7/7

In/7 In/7

3 3

3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

8 3 8 3 8 3 8 3 Evoque

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 3 3 7 3 33 3 3 7 3 33 3 3 7 3 33 3 3 7 3 33 3 3 7 3 33 3 3 7 3 Range Rover Sport

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

8 3 8 3 8 3 8 3 8 3 LEXUS ES

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

3 3 Re 3

7 33 3 3 7 3 3

3 10

3 LX

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

3 3 Re 3

7 33 3 3 7 3 3

3 10

3 RX

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

3 3 El 3 3 3 El 3

7 33 3 3 7 3 3 7 33 3 3 7 3 3

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 7 7 7 7 7

7 7

3 Ex 7 3 Ex 7

3 10 3 3 10 3 MAHINDRA Bolero

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.5L m2DiCR 10.79/13.34/15.4 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 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 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Getaway

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Getaway 9.1/11.4/15.9

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5098/1770/1874mm 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 M M

3 3 3 3

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

FOR Feels unbreakable, torquey engine. DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3995-4494/1745/1880-1977mm Wheelbase 2680mm AGAINST Crude, not too spacious. Tyre size 215/75 R15 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume NA VERDICT Great if you want a rugged work-horse Ground clearance 180mm Fuel tank 60 litres. Warranty 1 year unlimited mileage that’s one step above a pure utility vehicle. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom 68/79cm Headroom 99.5cm Width 128.5cm 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

33 3 3 33 3 3 33 3 3 33 3 3 Range Rover

C U A B T N

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4890/1895/1685mm Wheelbase 2790mm Tyre size 235/65 R18 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 195mm Kerb weight 2100-2210kg Fuel tank 65 Warranty 3 year/ 1,00,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A A

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

3 3 3 3

ESP ABS

3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5080/1980/1865mm Wheelbase 2850mm Tyre size 285/60 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 225mm Kerb weight 2660-2840kg Fuel tank 93 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NAHeadroom NA Width NA

FOR Interior feels special. Very comfortable seats. AGAINST Exorbitantly priced, no diesel engine. VERDICT Unique in many ways but just too expensive. CVT CVT

3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4915/1820/1450mm Wheelbase 2820mm Tyre size 215/55 R17 Turning circle dia 11.4m Trunk volume 425 litres Ground clearance 151mm Kerb weight 1705kg Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 3 year/ 1,00,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Image, off-road ability. AGAINST Overpriced, lumpy ride. VERDICT Exorbitant luxury SUV that will get you to places few others can. 6/A

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4850-4856/1983-2073/1780mm 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

FOR Pleasant cabin, green image. AGAINST Overpriced. VERDICT Lexus’ version of the Camry. Interested?

CVT

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

3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4465/1900/1635mm Wheelbase 2660mm Tyre size 225/65 R17, 235/60 R18 Turning circle dia 11.30m Trunk volume 575 litres Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 1766-2350kg Fuel tank 57 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Superb build, comfort. AGAINST Not as sporty to drive as you expect it to be price. VERDICT A significantly cheaper alternative to the big Range Rover. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

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

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

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

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

3 3 3 3

FOG LAMPS

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

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

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

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

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

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

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

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

LEATHER SEATS

A A A A

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

5.17 6.13 — — 5.17 6.13 — —

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

— — — —

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

8.20 — 8.20 —

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

D P D P

FEATURES

AC

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

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

339/739 551/680 339/739 551/680

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

4367/V8 5000/V8 4367/V8 5000/V8

TOP SPEED (KPH)

299.65 354.71 304.93 371.99 311.64 NA 320.51 NA

0-100KPH (SECS)

NA NA NA NA

PERFORMANCE

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

357.84 368.08 494.30 508.32

BENGALURU

KOLKATA

258.58 324.77 456.92 461.72

CHENNAI

MUMBAI

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

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

7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

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MAHINDRA to MAHINDRA

KUV100 NXT

KUV100 NXT Mahindra has smartened up the KUV with some visual updates but the proportions remain comical and the SUVinspired styling is a love it or hate it affair. The cabin is spacious and interestingly enpough can be had with six seats too. The KUV100 is easy to drive and reasonably well equipped too. 5.03 5.50 5.93 6.78 7.37 6.21 6.52 7.19 8.15 8.56

5.36 5.82 6.34 7.20 7.62 6.67 6.96 7.52 8.43 8.87

5.45 5.87 6.29 6.94 7.32 6.60 6.84 7.30 8.03 8.38

5.45 5.90 6.27 7.00 7.41 6.63 6.89 7.29 8.06 8.55

5.27 5.79 6.27 6.51 7.66 6.33 6.80 7.37 8.32 8.76

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3

83/115 83/115 83/115 83/115 83/115 78/190 78/190 78/190 78/190 78/190

NUVOSPORT The NuvoSport is the updated Quanto. But then, with a new chassis, engine and automatic gearbox, it’s practically new. Sadly, it’s retained some of the Quanto’s biggest sore points like ergonomics and quality. The AMT is difficult to drive with a delayed creep function and jerky and slow shifts. For the price, it really doesn’t bring enough to the table. 1.5 mHAWK N4 1.5 mHAWK N4+ 1.5 mHAWK N6 1.5 mHAWK N6 AMT 1.5 mHAWK N8 1.5 mHAWK N8 AMT Ssangyong Rexton

8.97 9.41 10.20 10.95 11.09 12.26

9.30 9.70 10.55 11.32 11.47 12.41

9.00 9.39 10.16 10.86 11.01 11.79

9.03 9.44 10.25 10.98 11.14 12.45

9.25 9.67 10.51 11.28 11.45 12.62

1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3

100/240 100/240 100/240 100/240 100/240 100/240

REXTON Smart looking, well equipped and well priced. The Rexton is a relaxing SUV to drive and for average city speeds, 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 RX6 MT RX7 A/T AWD Scorpio

23.23 28.30 29.95

25.32 28.50 30.16

20.75 22.58 23.06

22.24 28.64 30.32

23.53 27.91 29.64

2696/5 2696/5 2696/5

164/340 164/340 186/402

SCORPIO The new Scorpio’s styling is much sharper, the featurepacked cabin feels several generations superior and, crucially, it 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. If only the ride was less bouncy. Automatic version isn’t great but is fine for average city use. S2 S4 S4 + S4 + 4WD S6 + S8 S10 S10 4WD Thar

11.03 12.45 12.92 14.34 14.08 15.27 16.03 17.34

11.84 13.16 13.68 15.11 15.02 16.22 17.06 18.52

10.90 11.77 12.25 11.50 13.48 14.56 15.34 16.69

11.60 13.72 14.27 15.74 15.46 16.88 17.75 19.26

11.76 13.78 14.34 15.85 15.73 17.02 17.92 19.47

2523/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

75/200 120/280 120/280 120/280 120/280 120/280 120/280 120/280

THAR The Thar has always been a functional 4X4 built for real off-roading. Its ability to negotiate rough terrain is genuine, and the inclusion of the locking rear differential makes it that bit more capable. There isn’t much by way of creature comforts so it’s not an ideal choice as an everyday vehicle. It’s also expensive for what you get. CRDE 4X4 TUV300

10.44

10.71

10.32

10.45

10.75

2498/4

105/247

TUV300 If you want the Scorpio’s tough, rugged appeal in a smaller, more affordable package, this is the way to go. While it’s not perfect and the looks will divide opinion, the TUV300 is one of Mahindra’s better efforts. The 100hp version is the one to go for; the 85hp’s performance is inadequate for highway use. The AMT gearbox is best avoided. mHawk80 T4 mHawk80 T4+ mHawk80 T6 mHawk80 T6+ mHawk80 T6+ A/T mHawk80 T8

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

C U A B T N

KUV100 NXT

1.2 mFALCON G80 K2 1.2 mFALCON G80 K2+ 1.2 mFALCON G80 K4+ 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 K6+ 1.2 mFALCON D75 K8 NuvoSport

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

8.97 9.38 9.72 10.02 10.85 10.71

9.27 9.69 10.06 10.36 11.23 10.98

8.69 9.08 9.42 9.70 10.49 10.30

8.94 9.35 9.71 10.01 10.65 10.81

9.19 9.62 9.99 10.30 11.22 11.09

1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3

84/230 84/230 84/230 84/230 80/230 84/230

FOR Value, practical cabin, safety kit. AGAINST Oddball proportions, unexciting engines. VERDICT Refreshingly different and easier on the eye but still falls short of class-best. 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 D D D D D

15.13 15.13 15.13 15.13 15.13 14.85 14.85 14.85 14.85 14.85

157 157 157 157 157 146 146 146 146 146

13.54 13.54 13.54 13.54 13.54 11.88 11.88 11.88 11.88 11.88

13.59 13.59 13.59 13.59 13.59 19.80 19.80 19.80 19.80 19.80

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3700/1735/1655mm Wheelbase 2385mm Tyre size 185/65 R14, 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10.1m Trunk volume 243-473 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 1095-1140kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/89cm Headroom 90cm Width 127cm M M M M M M M M M M

FOR Low-end torque, space, practicality. AGAINST Interior design, quality, bouncy ride. VERDICT Lacks sophistication of rivals and seems unnecessary after the TUV3OO. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A

D D D D D D

17.22 17.22 17.22 21.09 17.22 21.09

149 149 149 147 149 147

10.95 10.95 10.95 10.91 10.95 10.91

14.43 14.43 14.43 14.90 14.43 14.90

D D D

— 180 — — — 180 — — 10.92 194 6.86 8.66

M M M M M M

D D D D D D D D

— 13.44 13.44 13.44 13.44 13.44 13.44 13.44

— 165 165 165 165 165 165 165

— 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

A A A

D

M M M M M M A A

D D D D D D

17.45 138 13.41 13.87

19.52 19.52 19.52 19.52 22.63 19.52

147 147 147 147 147 147

11.79 11.79 11.79 11.79 11.74 11.79

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

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

In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Ex Ex Ex Re Re Ex Ex Ex Re Re

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 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

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

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

7 7 7 7 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

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

7/7 7/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3

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

El/7 El/7 El/7

R R R

7 7 7

3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

3 3 3

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

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

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 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 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 R R R

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

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

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 ln/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3

M

16.02 16.02 16.02 16.02 15.64 16.02

7/7 7/7 7/7

7/7 7

7/7

7

7

7/7

Ex/7

7

7

7

7 7 7 7 7 7

Ex Ex El El El El

7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 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

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

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 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

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

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

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 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 3 Ssangyong

3 In 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 In 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 In 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Rexton

3 2 7 3 6 3 3 6 3 Scorpio

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 4x2 11.1/14/15.4

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 2 2 2 2 2 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Thar

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.5 CRDe NA/NA/13.28

7 Ex 7

7

7 7 7 7 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

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

El El El El El El

7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7

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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ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* RX5/RX6 MT NA/NA/12.4 RX7 AT NA/ NA/11.18

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3995/1835/1839mm 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 M M M M M M

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.5 Diesel M 11/15/13 1.5 Diesel AMT 10.7/13.6/12.15

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3920/1726/1930mm 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

FOR Space, practicality, tough build. AGAINST Bouncy ride, AMT auto far from sorted, mediocre performance. VERDICT Tough, spacious, practical compact SUV but lacks sophistication. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4456/1820/1195mm 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 Genuine off-road ability, feels tough. AGAINST Ergonomics, pricey. VERDICT Capable but more an enthusiast’s tool than an allround package. 5/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4755/1900/1785-1840mm 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 Strong engine, equipment. AGAINST Driving dynamics not perfect, poor ergonomics. VERDICT Tough SUV that works as everyday transport. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3985/1850/1870mm 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

FOR Well equipped, well priced. AGAINST Old-school auto transmission, noisy engine. VERDICT Good value, if you can overlook the badge. 5/M 5/M 5/A

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

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol 11/13/13.25 1.2 Diesel 15.5/17.3/15.15

7 3 3 3 3 3

7 2 7 2 2 2

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M A H I N D R A t o M A H I N D R A E LEC T R I C

VERITO Space, practicality and economy. The Verito provides a great mix of these three in addition to which the engine is surprisingly nice in town and the ride quality is really good too. Just don’t expect any frills. The cabin looks and feels a generation old now. Image as a taxi doesn’t help its case either. D2 D4 D6 D6 Executive Verito Vibe

8.17 8.44 9.25 9.02

9.12 9.42 10.29 10.61

7.05 7.29 7.96 8.68

8.62 8.91 9.76 8.36

8.55 8.83 9.66 10.28

1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

65/160 65/160 65/160 65/160

VERITO VIBE Chop the boot off a Verito and you’ll get the Vibe. The boot is quite big but it’s got a tiny opening that doesn’t allow you to use its potential fully. On other counts, the package offers good space and absorbent suspension, but also a dull cabin and few modern-day goodies. D2 D4 D6 XUV500

7.21 7.53 8.26

7.95 8.28 9.05

6.34 6.62 7.26

7.61 7.94 8.70

7.56 7.88 8.62

1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

65/160 65/160 65/160

XUV500 With the XUV500’s styling revamped, cabin ambience improved and even more features added, the seven-seat SUV makes a more compelling case now. Also, thanks to suspension improvements, it’s a bit nicer to drive, and there’s the option of a smooth automatic version too. What continues to let the XUV down is the inconsistent quality and the lack of overall finesse. W4 4x2 W6 4x2 W6 4x2 A/T W9 4x2 W9 4x2 A/T W10 4x2 W10 4x2 A/T W10 AWD W10 AWD A/T Xylo

15.20 16.80 17.33 15.45** 16.53** 19.96 21.18 21.29 22.51

15.51 17.12 18.18 18.88 20.17 20.31 21.54 21.61 22.84

14.18 15.61 16.55 NA NA 18.49 19.55 19.62 20.71

15.49 17.11 18.17 18.70 20.00 20.31 21.54 21.62 22.85

15.73 17.39 18.48 19.20 20.53 20.68 21.94 22.03 23.29

2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 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

XYLO The Xylo is really spacious, can seat up to eight and has a choice of diesel engines. It is easy to drive and, typical of a Mahindra, offers quite a lot of equipment for not too much money. But for a vehicle that will see a lot of highway action, high-speed ride and handling leave a lot to be desired and quality could be better too. D2 MAXX D2 D4 H4 H4 ABS + Airbag H8 ABS + Airbag MAHINDRA ELECTRIC e2o Plus

10.37 10.61 11.13 11.40 12.33 14.12

10.64 10.89 11.41 11.69 12.35 14.13

9.76 9.97 10.44 11.21 10.77 12.92

9.64 10.60 11.11 11.27 11.55 14.14

10.72 10.97 11.50 11.78 12.68 14.52

2489/4 2489/4 2489/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

5.46** 5.95** 8.46**

7.87 8.28 10.97

6.96** 7.33** 9.67**

8.31 9.14 12.64

7.90 8.68 11.79

Elctrc mtr Elctrc mtr Elctrc mtr

93/218 93/218 93/218 124/280 124/280 124/280

26/70 26/70 41/91

eVerito The eVerito is the fully electric version of the Verito and in that sense, is a far more practical option to the small e2o. Its electric motor produces the equivalent of just 41hp so don’t expect electrifying performance. Mahindra claims a max range of 100km on a full charge. D6 variant gets fast charging (80 percent charge in under 2 hours) and is the best choice. D2 D4 D6

9.50** 9.80** 10.00**

12.15 12.17 12.45

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

10.97 11.23 11.49

Elctrc mtr Elctrc mtr Elctrc mtr

FOR Space and practicality, agreat ride, reliability. AGAINST Boxy looks, feels dated. VERDICT Look beyond the boxy appearance and you’ll find a very practical car. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

D D D D

17.15 17.15 17.15 17.15

144 144 144 144

12.61 12.61 12.61 12.61

16.87 16.87 16.87 16.87

M M M M

FOR Spacious and comfortable, predictable manners. AGAINST Styling, small boot aperture. VERDICT Spacious but too basic for its own good. 5/M 5/M 5/M

D D D

16.07 144 12.45 15.92 16.07 144 12.45 15.92 16.07 144 12.45 15.92

D D D D D D D D D

— — 11.94 — 11.94 — 11.94 12.34 —

41/91 41/91 41/91

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

D D D D D D

M M M

E E E

— — — — — — 179 6.79 — — — — 179 6.79 — — — — 179 6.79 — 179 12.36 13.26 — — —

— — —

— — —

M A A A A A A A A

M M M M M M

E E E

— — —

— — —

— — —

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

El El El El El El El

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4277/1740/1540mm 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 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

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

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

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

7/7 In/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7

7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

In In In In

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

7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7

7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7

Ex/7 In/7 El/7

7 7 7

7 7 3

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

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

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

— — —

— — —

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

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

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

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 M/7

7 7 7 7 7 R

7 7 7 7 7 7

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

In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7

7 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 3

M M M

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

7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7

3 3 3

7/3 7/3 7/3

El/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7

7 7 7

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

7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7

7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7

In/7 El/7 El/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

7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 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 Verito

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.5 Diesel 13.6/19.3/20.80

7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 7 33

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 7 3 1 7 3 1 7 Verito Vibe

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.5 dCi 13.7/19.3/20.8

7 Ex 7 7 Ex 7 7 Ex 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 7 7

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

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 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 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 2 2 6 6 6 6 6 6

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 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 3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7

7 Re 3 7 Re 3 7 Re 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4247/1740/1540mm Wheelbase 2630mm Tyre size 185/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.5m Trunk volume 510 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight NA Battery 72V Lithium-ion SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA M M M

C U A B T N

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

ESP ABS

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3590/1575/1585mm Wheelbase 2258mm Tyre size 165/60 R14 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 135 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 932-990kg Battery 48/72V Lithium-ion SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Zero emissions, spacious cabin. AGAINST Limited range, lack of dedicated electric charge points. VERDICT Without the infrastructure to support it, it’s not a viable alternative to regular sedans yet. A A A

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4520/1850/1895mm 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

— — — — — — — — — — — 12.97 161 10.56 12.54 12.97 161 10.56 12.54 12.97 161 10.56 12.54

— — —

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4585/1890/1785mm 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 Spacious cabin, green quotient. AGAINST Long battery charging time, limited range. VERDICT Feels closer to a mainstream car, but has its limitations. A A A

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3991/1740/1540mm 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 Equipment, flexibility of seven seats. AGAINST Inconsistent quality, crude manual gearbox. VERDICT Not perfect but feels more sorted than before. 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/A

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

FOG LAMPS

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

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

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

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

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

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

M M M M M M M

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

LEATHER SEATS

22.63 147 11.74 15.64 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

D D D D D D D

FOR Price, strong engine, space and comfort. AGAINST Sloppy handling, average cabin quality. VERDICT Spacious but feels crude compared to newer lot of MPVs.

e2o PLUS Compared to the erstwhile e2O, the Plus makes more sense thanks to the practicality of its rear doors and surprisingly spacious cabin. However, the long charging time, limited range (140km) and high price mean it’s still hard to look at as an alternative to a conventional hatchback. P4 P6 P8 eVerito

5/A 5/M 5/A 5/A 5/A 5/A 5/A

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

80/230 100/240 100/240 100/240 100/240 100/240 100/240

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

12.45 11.14 12.45 11.68 13.02 11.86 13.21

FEATURES

AC

BENGALURU

11.58 10.98 11.54 11.33 12.74 11.50 12.92

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

CHENNAI

11.27 10.46 11.35 9.92 10.67 10.07 10.82

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

KOLKATA

11.84 11.19 12.05 11.72 12.81 11.90 12.99

TOP SPEED (KPH)

MUMBAI

11.54 10.80 11.59 11.31 12.66 11.48 12.83

PERFORMANCE

0-100KPH (SECS)

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

mHawk80 T8 A/T mHawk100 T8 mHawk100 T8 A/T mHawk 100 T10 mHawk 100 T10 A/T mHawk 100 T10 (DT) mHawk 100 T10 A/T (DT) Verito

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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

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

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

MODEL DETAILS

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33

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 3 7 7 7 MAHINDRA

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 ELECTRIC e2o Plus

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* e2o NA/NA/110-140km on full charge 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 33 7 7 3 3 3 33 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 eVerito

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* eVerito NA/NA/110km on full charge

7 7 7

7 7 7

7 In 3 7 In 3 7 In 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 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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M A RU TI t o M A RU TI SAFETY

C U A B T N

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

MARUTI Alto 800

MARUTI Alto 800

ALTO 800 Maruti has updated the Alto 800 with a slight redesign and tweaks to the engine to make it even more efficient. The Alto is surprisingly zippy, feels nimble in town and ride quality is also quite nice. The cabin, though, is cramped and still doesn’t get goodies like a touchscreen like the Renault Kwid does. What the Alto does offer is the Maruti peace-of-mind ownership experience for small money. Std Std (O) LX LX (O) LXi LXi (O) VXi VXi (O) LXi CNG LXi (O) CNG Alto K10

2.83 2.87 3.20 3.24 3.49 3.53 3.70 3.73 4.16 4.20

3.11 3.18 3.52 3.54 3.71 3.77 3.93 4.00 4.25 4.32

2.97 3.04 3.35 3.42 3.63 3.70 3.85 3.91 NA NA

3.08 3.15 3.47 3.54 3.77 3.84 3.99 4.06 4.37 4.50

3.12 3.19 3.52 3.59 3.83 3.90 4.06 4.13 4.56 4.63

796/3 796/3 796/3 796/3 796/3 796/3 796/3 796/3 796/3 796/3

48/69 48/69 48/69 48/69 48/69 48/69 48/69 48/69 41/60 41/60

ALTO K10 A good option for those who feel the standard Alto 800 lacks zing, the K10 is also surprisingly fun to drive as budget hatchbacks go. The AMT version works well for typical city use and also delivers similar fuel economy as the manual car. What’s nice is that the interior aesthetics have taken a big step forward but the cabin is cramped for family usage. LX LX (O) LXi LXi (O) LXi CNG LXi (O) CNG VXi VXi (O) VXi AGS VXi (O) AGS Baleno

3.71 3.77 3.89 3.95 4.67 4.66 4.07 4.24 4.47 4.11**

3.94 4.01 4.13 4.20 4.84 4.75 4.32 4.55 4.86 4.92

3.92 3.98 4.09 4.16 4.28** 4.34** 4.27 4.47 4.79 4.85

4.01 4.08 4.20 4.22 4.14 4.52 4.39 4.62 4.86 4.97

4.07 3.49** 4.27 4.43 5.03 4.30** 4.47 4.70 5.09 5.18

998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3

68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 59/78 59/78 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90

BALENO The largest of Maruti’s hatchbacks, the Baleno is attractive, spacious and in top-spec form, at least, well equipped. Commendably, ABS and dual airbags are standard across the range. The 1.2 petrol and 1.3 diesel engines are efficient while the RS version’s turbocharged, three-cylinder motor is reasonable fun. Cabin quality isn’t great but on the whole the Baleno is a smart choice. 1.2 K12 Sigma 1.2 K12 Delta 1.2 K12 Delta A/T 1.2 K12 Zeta 1.2 K12 Zeta A/T 1.2 K12 Alpha 1.0 Boosterjet RS 1.3 DDiS 190 Sigma 1.3 DDiS 190 Delta 1.3 DDiS 190 Zeta 1.3 DDiS 190 Alpha Celerio

5.89 6.66 8.02 7.51 8.70 8.30 9.85 7.47 8.21 8.91 9.71

6.19 7.03 8.23 7.73 8.94 8.54 9.78 7.70 8.50 9.23 10.07

6.06 6.84 7.99 7.51 8.66 8.28 9.45 7.36 8.11 8.78 9.57

6.33 7.15 8.34 7.85 9.04 8.65 9.88 7.69 8.47 9.17 9.99

6.46 7.31 8.55 8.03 9.27 8.87 10.13 7.87 8.68 9.41 10.26

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 998/3 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

84/115 84/115 84/115 84/115 84/115 84/115 102/150 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190

CELERIO Odd name, but the car itself is surprisingly practical. Spacious, comfortable and reasonably equipped, it’s offered with a fuel efficient automated manual transmission option as well. The petrol Celerios make for stress-free city cars. LXi LXi (O) VXi VXi A/T VXi (O) VXi (O) A/T VXi CNG VXi (O) CNG ZXi ZXi A/T ZXi (O) ZXi (O) A/T Ciaz 1.4 VVT Sigma 1.4 VVT Delta 1.4 VVT Delta A/T

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

FOR Fair performance, low-speed ride, affordability. AGAINST Cramped cabin, a few essential features missing. VERDICT The long-standing budget champion but there are better options now. 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 P P/C P/C

18.34 18.34 18.34 18.34 18.34 18.34 18.34 18.34 — —

— — — — — — — — — —

18.09 18.09 18.09 18.09 18.09 18.09 18.09 18.09 — —

30.84 30.84 30.84 30.84 30.84 30.84 30.84 30.84 — —

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3430/1490/1475mm Wheelbase 2360mm Tyre size 145/80 R12 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 177 litres Ground clearance 160mm Kerb weight 695-812kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA — — M M M M M M M M

FOR Peppy engine, easy to drive. AGAINST Narrow cabin, lacks some equipment. VERDICT A peppier Alto.

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/A

P — — P — — P — — P — — CNG — — CNG — — P — — P — — P 15.49 142 P 15.49 142

P P P P P P P D D D D

12.60 12.60 13.20 12.60 13.20 12.60 — 12.92 12.92 12.92 12.92

171 171 — 171 — 171 — 172 172 172 172

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 9.85 12.27 9.85 12.27

13.65 13.65 7.90 13.65 7.90 13.65 — 11.94 11.94 11.94 11.94

M M M M M M M M M M

4.91 5.07 5.29 5.78 5.47 5.96 5.79 5.96 5.58 6.07 6.13 6.27

4.79 4.93 514 5.03** 5.31 5.19** 5.22** 5.37** 5.42 5.29** 5.94 5.46**

4.81 5.04 5.11 5.65 5.34 5.88 5.23** 5.38** 5.46 5.99 6.09 6.03

5.10 5.26 5.49 5.91 5.67 6.25 6.29 6.47 5.79 6.37 6.43 6.57

998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3

68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 59/78 59/78 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A

P P P P P P P/CNG P/CNG P P P P

8.77 9.23 10.53

9.12 9.62 10.93

8.97 9.45 10.71

9.44 9.94 11.26

9.62 10.14 11.51

1373/4 1373/4 1373/4

92.2/130 92.2/130 92.2/130

5/M 5/M 4/A

P P P

14.24 14.24 15.41 15.41 14.24 14.24 — — 14.24 15.41 14.24 15.41

158 158 158 158 158 158 — — 158 158 158 158

13.95 13.95 — — 13.95 13.95 — — 13.95 — 13.95 —

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

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 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 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 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 Ex/7 Ex/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 7 7 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 Ex Ex Ex In In 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 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 33 3 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

20.54 20.54 9.95 20.54 9.95 20.54 — 14.87 14.87 14.87 14.87

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

7/7 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 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

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

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 7 7 7 3 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

M A A A A A A M A A A

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

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

7/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 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 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 R R R R R R 7 R R R

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3

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

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

7 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

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 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In In In In

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

20.57 20.57 — — 20.57 20.57 — — 20.57 — 20.57 —

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 7/7 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 3/7 7/7

7 7 7 7 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

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 In/7 In/7 In/7 In/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 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

12.02 178 11.32 16.20 12.02 178 11.32 16.20 — — — —

M A A

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

7/7 M/7 M/7

7 R R

7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7

El/7 El/7 El/7

3 3 3

7 3 3

7 7 7

3 El 3 3 El 3 3 El 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

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 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 7 3 3 3

In In In In In In In In In In In In

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 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 1 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 1 7 Baleno

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 Celerio

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T NA/NA/23.1 Petrol A/T NA/NA/23.1 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 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 7 7 7 7

7 33 3 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 3 7 7 7 7 33 3 3 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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7 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 Alto K10

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3695/1600/1560mm Wheelbase 2425mm Tyre size 155/80 R13, 165/70 R14 Turning circle dia 9.4m Trunk volume 235 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 815-925kg Fuel tank 35 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/90cm Headroom 95cm Width 125cm 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T NA/NA/24.07 A/T 12.33/NA/24.07 CNG NA/NA/32.26km/kg

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3995/1745/1500mm 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 Smooth petrol engine, efficiency. AGAINST Insipid styling VERDICT A pleasant city car you can’t go wrong with.

4.68 4.83 5.04 4.91** 5.20 5.07** 5.72 5.87 5.32 5.17** 5.83 5.26**

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3545/1295/1475mm 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

FOR Spacious cabin, fuel efficiency (1.2 and 1.3), equipment (Alpha trim). AGAINST RS version is pricey, auto not available in top trim. VERDICT A nice package with plenty going for it. 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/24.7 CNG NA/NA/NA

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CIAZ The Ciaz is among the largest cars in the segment, offers plenty by way of space and comfort and there’s a fair bit of equipment too. Neither the petrol nor diesel engines are exciting but both score on efficiency. The Ciaz is a safe and sensible choice but price revisions following the adoption of the GST have made the diesel version (that is taxed as a hybrid) expensive. 1.4 VVT S 1.4 VVT Zeta 1.4 VVT Zeta A/T 1.4 VVT Alpha 1.4 VVT Alpha A/T 1.3 DDiS SHVS Sigma 1.3 DDiS SHVS Delta 1.3 DDiS SHVS S 1.3 DDiS SHVS Zeta 1.3 DDiS SHVS Alpha Dzire

10.65 9.96 11.26 10.59 12.20 9.09 9.55 13.70 10.30 10.99

9.70** 10.32 11.23 11.05 12.48 11.37 12.20 11.77** 12.73 14.13

10.69 10.16 11.01 10.77 12.03 10.79 11.34 13.12 12.20 12.99

11.43 10.68 11.47 11.30 13.46 11.32 12.52 14.47 13.19 14.32

11.70 10.92 11.79 11.57 13.40 11.60 12.67 14.63 13.54 14.49

1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 1373/4 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 90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200

DZIRE The third-generation Dzire is a more wholesome package than its predecessors. There’s more cabin space and the larger boot has enhanced practicality too. Top variants are well equipped but a touch pricey. The petrol is smooth and enjoyable, while the diesel is very efficient though a bit clattery. Both engines can also be had with automatic gearbox options. LXi VXi VXi A/T ZXi ZXi A/T ZXi+ ZXi+ A/T LDi VDi VDi A/T ZDi ZDi A/T ZDi+ ZDI+ A/T Eeco

6.08 7.18 7.70 8.02 8.55 9.01 9.54 7.51 8.46 8.96 9.33 9.82 10.33 10.81

6.27 7.27 8.11 8.03 8.90 9.04 9.96 8.08 8.50 9.37 9.34 10.25 10.37 11.32

6.15 7.14 7.65 7.89 8.40 8.86 9.38 7.76 8.20 8.71 9.03 9.55 10.01 10.52

6.26 7.29 7.82 8.08 8.61 9.09 9.62 7.96 8.42 8.95 9.29 9.82 10.30 10.84

6.43 7.51 8.06 8.30 8.85 9.35 9.90 8.18 8.66 9.21 9.53 10.08 10.58 11.13

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3.64 4.00 4.44 4.82 3.86

3.94 4.31 4.61 4.96 4.16

3.98 4.33 3.91** 4.27** 4.19

4.21 4.56 3.92** 4.28** 4.41

4.17 4.56 5.04 5.42 4.40

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ERTIGA A great balancing act between size, practicality and ease of use, the Ertiga has the ability to seat seven, yet feel compact enough to be easy to drive. The petrol engine offers fair performance and is available with an automatic too. The diesel suffers from turbo lag at low speeds and has also become a lot more expensive following the implementation of GST. LXi LXi (O) VXi VXi CNG VXi A/T ZXi ZXi+ LDi SHVS LDi (O) SHVS VDi SHVS ZDi SHVS ZDi+ SHVS Gypsy

7.16 7.48 8.64 9.33 9.78 9.32 9.97 10.07 9.97 10.97 11.51 12.64

7.56 7.97 8.85 9.22 10.02 9.51 10.18 10.37 10.46 11.31 12.20 12.72

7.47 7.87 8.71 8.56** 9.83 9.39 10.02 10.00 10.09 10.87 11.57 12.10

7.88 8.29 9.17 9.56 10.34 9.87 10.54 10.54 10.62 11.45 12.80 13.38

8.02 8.44 9.35 10.22 10.56 10.08 10.76 10.73 10.83 11.67 12.87 13.46

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GYPSY It’s light and so, very capable off-road. Little wonder that it remains popular with the Indian army. It is tough and reliable but there’s no equipment to speak of. 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 a budget, this is it. King Soft Top King Hard Top

7.11 7.28

7.38 7.55

7.02 7.18

7.22 7.39

7.80 7.98

1298/4 1298/4

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AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS 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 Dzire

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T NA/NA/22.0 Petrol A/T NA/NA/22.0 Diesel M/T NA/NA/28.4 Diesel A/T NA/NA/28.4 In El El El El El El In El El El El El El

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3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Eeco

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/15.10 CNG NA/NA/20.00km/kg Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

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ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 10.2/14.8/16.02

In In Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex In In Ex Ex Ex

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DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4010/1540/1875mm (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 — —

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 7/3 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/3 7/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4265/1695/1685mm 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

FOR Absolutely phenomenal off the road. AGAINST Absolutely terrible on it. VERDICT Serious off-roaders apply here.

5/M 5/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3675/1475/1800mm 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

FOR Flexible cabin, fuel efficiency (diesel), good value (petrol). AGAINST Diesel engine turbo lag, third row access could be better. VERDICT A sensible buy for large families. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

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ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 11.5/17.2/20.73 Petrol A/T NA/NA/19.12

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3995/1735/1515mm Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 185/65 R15, 165/80 R14 Turning circle dia 9.6m Trunk volume 378 litres Ground clearance 163mm Kerb weight 860-990kg Fuel tank 37 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Comfy ride, spacious cabin, frugal engines.AGAINST Clattery diesel engine, top variants pricey. VERDICT A more substantial offering this time around and a serious contender for class best. 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A

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

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4490/1730/1485mm 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

FOR Spacious cabin, comfortable ride. AGAINST Petrol motor a bit lacklustre, unexciting to drive, diesel versions pricey. VERDICT The Ciaz may lack sparkle but it does everything well. 4/A 5/M 4/A 5/M 4/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

FEATURES

FOR Spacious cabin, price. AGAINST Poor equipment levels, no diesel option. VERDICT The cheapest A-to-B transport for the large family.

EECO Its USP is that it is one of the cheapest way to transport more than five people and their luggage. It is cheap to buy, cheap to run and is reasonably spacious too. But don’t expect much more of the utilitarian Eeco. Std 5-Seater AC 5-Seater Std 5-Seater CNG AC 5-Seater CNG Std 7-Seater Ertiga

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

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ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/11.96

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REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

Ignis

Ignis

IGNIS The Ignis is Maruti’s hatchback for the youth; its distinctive and polarizing looks give it a very different vibe. However, at its core, the Ignis still feels like a Maruti. Unsurprisingly, it’s efficient, but surprisingly also spacious for its small footprint. However, the hatch is pricey for what you get. 1.2 K12 Sigma 1.2 K12 Delta 1.2 K12 Delta A/T 1.2 K12 Zeta 1.2 K12 Zeta A/T 1.2 K12 Alpha 1.2 K12 Alpha A/T 1.3 DDiS Delta 1.3 DDiS Delta A/T 1.3 DDiS Zeta 1.3 DDiS Zeta A/T 1.3 DDiS Alpha 1.3 DDiS Alpha A/T Omni

5.15 5.80 6.55 6.41 7.19 7.63 7.01** 7.40 8.03 7.99 8.62 9.00 8.08**

5.33 6.04 6.68 6.58 7.21 7.55 6.99** 7.46 8.11 8.02 8.67 8.95 8.09**

5.23 5.90 6.67 6.41 7.01 7.33 7.92 7.13 7.73 7.65 8.25 8.49 9.10

5.44 6.14 6.76 6.67 7.29 7.63 8.26 7.42 8.05 7.95 8.58 8.85 9.50

5.49 6.27 6.92 6.81 7.46 7.81 8.54 7.60 8.25 8.16 8.80 9.09 9.85

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

83/113 83/113 83/113 83/113 83/113 83/113 83/113 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190 75/190

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. 5-seater 8-seater S-Cross

2.98 3.00

3.26 3.28

3.24 3.26

3.47 3.49

3.50 3.52

796/3 796/3

9.80 10.82 11.49 13.39

10.15 11.21 11.90 13.67

9.42 10.41 11.06 12.49

9.77 10.67 11.44 13.46

10.22 11.30 12.00 14.05

1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

35/59 35/59

90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200

SWIFT The Swift’s been around for some time but buyers can’t seem to get enough of it. It is desirable thanks to its styling, the strong engines, the tight handling and the smart interiors. It is down on space to most rivals so isn’t the most practical hatchback for family buyers. LXi LXi (O) VXi VXi (O) ZXi LDi LDi (O) VDi VDi (O) ZDi Vitara Brezza

5.26 5.41 6.25 6.40 7.31 6.79 7.21 7.63 7.67 8.70

5.59 5.82 6.40 6.58 7.39 7.16 7.35 7.87 7.96 8.78

5.57 5.72 6.29 6.46 7.25 6.90 7.08 7.57 7.66 8.44

5.72 5.95 6.53 6.71 7.53 7.22 7.40 7.92 8.01 8.83

5.85 5.79 6.68 6.99 7.71 7.28 7.60 8.03 8.26 9.01

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VITARA BREZZA Given Maruti’s expertise in making small cars, its compact SUV had better be good. And for the most part, it is. It’s practical, spacious, well equipped and even with the sole engine on offer, is reasonably good to drive. Thing is, the Vitara Brezza doesn’t go much beyond the brief and is more a rational buy rather than an emotional one. 1.3 DDiS 200 LDi 1.3 DDiS 200 LDi (O) 1.3 DDiS 200 VDi 1.3 DDiS 200 VDi (O) 1.3 DDiS 200 ZDi 1.3 DDiS 200 ZDi+ Wagon R

8.42 8.57 9.03 9.17 10.08 11.21

8.56 8.71 9.34 9.49 10.23 11.38

8.26 8.40 9.00 9.14 9.84 10.93

8.62 8.77 9.39 9.53 10.27 11.41

8.74 8.89 9.57 9.72 10.52 11.68

1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200 90/200

WAGON R User friendly, easy to drive and comfortable enough. The car’s class-leading economy, affordable price and hasslefree ownership experience explain why it’s still so popular. The automatic variants provide clutchless convenience and makes it even more appealing. The Stingray is now discontinued but the new top trim carries forward its distinctive styling. LXi

4.65

4.84

4.79

4.97

5.02

998/3

5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A

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

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M M M M M A A M M M M A A

68/90

4/M 4/M

P P

— —

— —

— —

— —

— —

FOR Practical, equipment. AGAINST Looks not to all tastes; no AWD, petrol or auto options. VERDICT Pleasant but just not SUV enough for Indians. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

D D D D

— — — —

— — — —

— — — —

P P P P P D D D D D

14.24 14.24 14.24 14.24 14.24 13.65 13.65 13.65 13.65 13.65

168 168 168 168 168 165 165 165 165 165

16.28 16.28 16.28 16.28 16.28 12.63 12.63 12.63 12.63 12.63

— — — —

M M A A

D D D D D D

12.96 12.96 12.96 12.96 12.96 12.96

166 166 166 166 166 166

11.77 11.77 11.77 11.77 11.77 11.77

28.18 28.18 28.18 28.18 28.18 13.91 13.91 13.91 13.91 13.91

M M M M A M M M M A

P

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

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 7 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

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

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 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3

15.20 15.20 15.20 15.20 15.20 15.20

16.9 152 15.69 23.56

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

7/7 7/7

7 7

7 7

7/7 7/7

Ex/7 Ex/7

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 3/3 3/3

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

7 7 7 3

7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 R R R

7 7 3 3

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

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

7 7 3 3

7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3

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

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

3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7/3 7/7 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 M/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7

7 7 7 7 R 7 7 7 7 R

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

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 7 7 7 7

M M M M A A

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

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

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

3/7 3/7 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

7 7 R R R R

7 7 7 7 7 3

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

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

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 Ex 7 7 Ex 7

7 7

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

7/7

7

7

3/3

In/7

7

7

7

7 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

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 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 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

EI El El El

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In El In In In In El

7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3

7 7 3 3

7 7 3 3

7 7 7 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 Omni

7 7 7 7 7 7 S-Cross

3 3 3 3

2 2 2 2

7 7 7 7 Swift

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 12.6/17/20.4 Diesel 14.6/19.5/25.2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 3 3 33 3 3 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 3 3 33 3 3 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 7 3 7 7 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 Vitara

7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 Brezza

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel 15.35/18.11/24.3

7 7 7 7 7 7

In In El El El El

7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7

7 In 7

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 1 7 3 2 7 7 1 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 Wagon R

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 12.4/17.0/18.9 CNG NA/NA/26.20km/kg

7

7 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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3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* DDiS 200 NA/NA/23.65

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3599-3636/1495/1700mm Wheelbase 2400mm Tyre size 145/80 R13, 155/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 180 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 870-965kg Fuel tank 35 litres (P) Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA M

7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/14.70

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3995/1790/1640mm 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 68/91cm Headroom 99cm Width 135cm

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. 5/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3850/1695/1530mm 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

FOR Spacious, practical cabin, well priced. AGAINST Mediocre bottom-end performance (diesel), no petrol engine. VERDICT Not revolutionary in any way but ticks all the boxes that matter. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4300/1785/1595mm Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 215/60 R16 Turning circle dia 11.0m Trunk volume 375-810 litres Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 1215-1240kg Fuel tank 48 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 If space isn’t a concern, the best hatchback for the money. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/20.89 Diesel NA/NA/26.80

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3370/1410/1640mm 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

FOR Price, utility. AGAINST Crash safety is appalling. VERDICT The cheapest peoplemover around, but you’ll need to really trust the higher powers.

S-CROSS Look at the S-Cross objectively and you’ll find a car that’s fairly spacious, practical and well equipped, and one that comes with the peace of mind only a Maruti offers. Unfortunately, the crossover shape hasn’t cut ice with SUV crazy Indian buyers, and the aged 1.3 diesel engine does the otherwise likeable S-Cross no favours either. 1.3 DDiS 200 Sigma 1.3 DDiS 200 Delta 1.3 DDiS 200 Zeta 1.3 DDiS 200 Alpha Swift

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3700/1690/1595mm Wheelbase 2435mm Tyre size 175/65 R15 Turning circle dia 9.4m Trunk volume 260 litres Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 825-960kg Fuel tank 32 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Safety kit, equipment. AGAINST Pricey, AMT gearbox slow to shift. VERDICT Funky, easy-to-drive hatch with plenty of character.

7 7

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M A RU TI t o M E RC E D E S - B E N Z

GHIBLI We never expected the Ghibli to be flawless, and nor will many of its customers. But the sense the Ghibli 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

200.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

4691/V8

275/600

180.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

4244/V8

439/490

150.00** 220.00**

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

2987/V6 3799/V8

411/461

31.89 33.73

34.33 35.90

30.98 34.13

35.49 36.77

35.63 36.91

1595/4 2143/4

275/660 530/710

124/200 136/300

B-CLASS A-class too impractical for you? Then you’d do well to consider the B-class. It gets you the space and practicality of a mini MPV yet has all the trappings of a new-age Mercedes. The cabin feels rich, there’s plenty of equipment and the driving experience is quite good too. Just don’t expect it to match an A-class for sex appeal. B 180 Sport B 200 d Sport C-class

34.15 36.05

37.20 38.51

34.22 36.40

38.04 39.32

38.19 39.47

1595/4 2143/4

48.97 46.89 50.10 53.34 72.23 88.85 160.08

49.48 48.36 47.95 46.05 51.51 50.02 55.62 52.43 77.15 60.40** 94.82 75.30** 168.55 155.00**

39.32 37.54

40.22 38.20

39.38 41.27

8/A

D

7.22 250

8/A

P

8/A

P

8/A 8/A

D P

— — 5.13 307

A

P D

9.76 202 8.71 —

123/199 136/299

7/A 7/A

P D

A

1991/4 2143/4 2143/4 2143/4 1991/4 2996/V6 3982/V8

184/300 170/400 170/400 204/500 245/370 367/520 510/700

7/A 7/A 7/A 9/A 9/A 9/A 7/A

P D D D P P P

8.11 8.49 8.49 7.89 — 4.26

235 250 250 — — 250 250

— — 3.52 3.97

41.77 39.00

44.15 40.58

1991/4 2143/4

184/300 136/300

7/A 7/A

P D

— 9.53

— —

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In In

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

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

El/El

7

7

3/3

El/3

3

3

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

El/El

R

7

3/3

El/3

3

3

A

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

El/El

R

7

3/3

El/3

3

A A

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

El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/3

3 3

A A

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

El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/3

3 3

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

El/M El/M

F/R 7 F/R 7

3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3 Re 7

3 3 Re 7

3

3 3 Re 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 2 7 7 7 7 3 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 2 7 3 2 7  1 7  1 7 MASERATI Ghibli

3 8 3 GranCabrio

7 33 3 3 7 3 3 3 6 3 GranTurismo

7 33 3 3 7 3 3 3 6 3 Quattroporte

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

3 3

3 3 Re 7 3 3 Re 7

7 33 3 3 33 3 3 6 3 7 33 3 3 33 3 3 6 3 MERCEDES-BENZ A-class

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* A180 Petrol NA/NA/15.50 A200d Diesel NA/NA/20.06

3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 7 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 7 3

3 3

3 7 3 3 7 3 B-class

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* B180 Petrol 9.5/14.2/14.81 B200 Diesel NA/NA/18.98

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3

3 7 3 3 7 3 C-class

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 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

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

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

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

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

— — 6.03 7.28

A A

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

El/El El/7

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

El/3 El/3

3 3

7 7

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

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

A A A A A A A

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

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

6.05 6.76 6.76 6.45 — 2.98

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 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 33 3 3 33 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4686-4756/1810-1839/1426-1442mm 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 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4393/1786/1557mm 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 A A

C U A B T N

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4299/1780/1433mm Wheelbase 2699mm Tyre size 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

6.06 7.57 5.63 6.81

4.66 5.65 5.65 5.49 — 2.82

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4881/2056/1353mm 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

FOR Cabin design and quality, extensive equipment list. AGAINST Ride can feel harsh, rear seat lacking in thigh support. VERDICT Feels like a junior S-class.

53.70 51.12 54.95 59.34 77.66 99.11 169.67

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5262/1948/1481mm Wheelbase 3171mm Tyre size 245/45 R19(F), 275/40 R19(R), 285/35 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

10.2 192 6.53 8.38 — — — —

50.25 48.99 51.50 55.78 60.87** 75.09** 134.09**

In/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4881/1915/1380mm 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

FOR Looks, build quality. AGAINST Mediocre engines, limited visibility, price. VERDICT Beautifully built, stunning to look at and dynamically sorted. All it needs now is more grunt. 7/A 7/A

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4971/1945/1461mm 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

4.13 4.79

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

ESP ABS

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

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

FOG LAMPS

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

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

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

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

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

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

M M M M M M M M M

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

LEATHER SEATS

23.56 — — 23.56 — 23.56 — 23.56 —

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

15.69 — — 15.69 — 15.69 — 15.69 —

FOR Space and practicality, relaxing to drive. AGAINST Suspension feels harsh over sharp edges. VERDICT Mini-MPV practicality, Mercedes luxury in one package.

C-CLASS The C-class is very much a baby S-class in character, in that its main focus is to deliver a proper luxury experience. It’s nice to drive but a more supportive rear seat would have made it better to be driven in. C 43 offers exploitable performance, but opt for the C 63 if you want the full AMG experience. Cabriolet retains calm character of sedan. C 200 Avantgarde C 220 d Style C 220 d Avantgarde C 250 d Avantgarde C 300 Cabriolet C 43 AMG C 63 S AMG CLA-class CLA 200 Sport CLA 200 d Style

152 — — 152 — 152 — 152 —

FOR Plenty of rear room, styling. AGAINST Lacks certain finesse. VERDICT An exotic option to the full-size luxury sedans.

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 with high-quality interiors. It does feel small on the inside but thankfully, the thrashy ride quality of the first lot of A-classes has been resolved. It does need stronger engines. A 180 Sport A 200 d Sport B-class

16.9 — — 16.9 — 16.9 — 16.9 —

FOR Interior space, agile handling. AGAINST Seating position, brakes. VERDICT For the first time in a long time, you no longer need to make excuses to buy and run a Maserati.

QUATTROPORTE The Quattroporte’s interior fit, finish and ergonomics are a class above its coupé and cabrio stablemates. Nevertheless, it’s a generous and luxurious space, despite a slight visibility penalty from that sliverlike glasshouse. Quattroporte Diesel Quattroporte GTS MERCEDES-BENZ A-class

P P/CNG P/CNG P P P P P P

FOR Styling, rear seats, charismatic V8. AGAINST Dynamics, small boot. VERDICT The GranCabrio is elegant, exciting, if dynamically average.

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. GranTurismo Quattroporte

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A

FOR Appearance, cabin ambience. AGAINST Stiff ride, too heavy. VERDICT The most rounded Maserati ever created.

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 GranTurismo

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

68/90 68/59/90/76 68/59/90/76 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90 68/90

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

5.51 5.66 5.88 5.35 5.80 5.78 6.32 5.66 6.24

AC

BENGALURU

5.34 4.45** 5.46 5.22 5.76 5.59 6.13 5.54 6.08

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

CHENNAI

5.14 4.51** 5.04** 5.07 5.61 5.42 5.98 5.38 5.97

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

KOLKATA

5.21 5.27 5.49 5.14 5.68 5.51 6.05 5.47 6.22

FEATURES

TOP SPEED (KPH)

MUMBAI

5.00 5.25 5.45 4.94 4.84 5.28 5.35 5.25 6.05

PERFORMANCE

0-100KPH (SECS)

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

LXi (O) LXi CNG LXi CNG (O) VXi VXi A/T VXi (O) VXi (O) A/T VXi+ VXi+ A/T MASERATI Ghibli

NEW CARS A-Z ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

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

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

MODEL DETAILS

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

33 33 33 33 33 33 33

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 7 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 33 7 3 7 3 3 7 33 7 3 7 3 3

3 7 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 CLA-class 3 6 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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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 want. It’s not perfect though. Cabin space is limited, the diesel engine is noisy and it isn’t a driver’s car in the true sense. The CLA 45 is quick but lacks the drama and excitement of the larger AMGs. CLA 200 d Sport CLA 45 AMG CLS-class

41.36 86.00

42.09 91.79

36.74 81.51

41.77 90.90

44.76 91.02

2143/4 1991/4

136/300 381/475

CLS-CLASS The CLS was designed to turn heads and it does so with ease, though it’s not the most practical or even the most comfortable. The new 2.1-litre diesel engine is also up to the job if out and out performance is not high on your list. CLS 250 d E-class

95.35

98.52

87.87**

94.14

98.86

2143/4

207/500

E-CLASS Mercedes has pulled one out of the hat with the new E. And that’s because India gets the long-wheelbase version which means rear-seat space is ideal for the chauffeur-driven. While well-equipped, some features are reserved for the 350d. It is pricey in light of rivals but you get a lot more car for the money. E 200 LWB E 220d LWB E 350d LWB G-class

64.70 67.26 81.72

66.71 69.03 83.63

65.06 55.52** 80.33

69.21 70.42 85.46

72.06 73.31 89.50

1991/4 1950/4 2987/V6

184/300 194/400 258/620

G-CLASS The only G-class available here is the G 63 AMG and with a 543hp petrol V8 and road tyres, it’s more of an SUV trying to be a sports car. It sounds incredible and is mad quick, but is also a sports SUV you’d buy more for its charisma. G 63 AMG G 63 AMG Edition 463 GLA-class

248.12 263.11

244.90 220.30 242.86 259.13 221.19** NA 250.05 263.52

5461/V8 5461/V8

572/760 572/760

GLA-CLASS Desirable, well-finished and affordable relative to larger Mercs, the updated GLA is an interesting prospect for those looking to buy their first luxury car. Front-wheel-drive versions don’t cut ice as SUVs do and ride isn’t the best but the GLA’s got immense star appeal and that’s its calling card. GLA 200 Sport GLA 200 d Style GLA 200 d Sport GLA 220 d 4Matic GLA 45 AMG GLC-class

39.07 37.54 41.36 44.83 88.99

39.55 38.22 42.12 45.66 94.97

41.99 38.13 40.69 45.07 84.35

41.50 39.01 43.03 46.67 90.35

45.61 42.98 46.98 50.82 96.18

1991/4 2143/4 2143/4 2143/4 1991/4

183/300 136/300 136/300 170/350 360/475

GLC-CLASS It’s a great all-rounder and though it may not be as engaging to drive as some rivals, it does offer good comfort and refinement. The GLC300, with its brisk performance, supple ride and hushed cabin, is our pick of the range. GLC 220 d Style GLC 220 d Sport GLC 300 Sport GLC Coupé

56.62 60.79 59.95

57.77 62.02 61.43

63.98 63.98 64.21

59.07 63.45 63.94

61.50 66.07 66.58

2143/4 2143/4 1991/4

170/400 170/400 245/370

GLC COUPÉ The GLC 43 Coupe looks distinctive, the 3.0 V6 engine delivers the go to match the show and it also handles like an AMG should. Good ride quality, high ground clearance and adequately spacious rear seats means there’s a degree of everyday useability built into it as well. GLC 43 AMG Coupe GLE-class

88.50

NA

NA

89.75

NA

2996/V6

367/520

GLE-CLASS The M-class, now renamed the GLE, is an SUV that puts comfort above all else. It has great ride quality and a comfy cabin; the 350 d, with its smooth V6 diesel engine, is rather pleasant to drive. Cheaper 250 d gets a four-pot motor and misses some features but for the price, it’s a great buy. GLE 400 GLE 250 d GLE 350 d GLE Coupé

85.30 75.02 86.77

87.43 76.56 88.55

83.58 73.87 85.49

91.20 78.42 90.79

94.66 81.80 93.82

2996/V6 2143/4 2987/V6

333/480 207/500 258/620

GLE COUPÉ Merc’s rival to the X6, the GLE Coupé is a head turner. It’s visibly different from the standard GLE but doesn’t trade comfort or practicality for aesthetics. The rear seats are perfectly useable and the cabin is luxurious. The GLE 43 AMG is not a full-blown AMG but is quick and well priced too. GLE 43 AMG Coupe

109.91

86.40**

NA

106.00 114.72

2996/V6

367/520

FOR Stunning looks, quality interiors. AGAINST Understated performance, limited rear headroom. VERDICT Does luxury well but style is still its strongest point. 7/A 7/A

D P

9.53 —

— —

6.03 7.28 — —

A A

D

P D D

— — —

— — —

— — —

— — —

A

P P

5.42 — 5.42 210

3.14 4.23 3.14 4.23

A A A

P D D D P

— 9.51 9.51 — 5.13

225 — — 205 5.62 7.10 205 5.62 7.10 — — — 250 4.53 4.66

A A

D D P

8.56 8.56 7.49

— — —

A A A A A

P

5.04 6.39 5.04 6.39 4.77 5.84

A A A

P D D

— — 7.64

— — —

A

P

5.71 250

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

3

3

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

El/El El/El El/El

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

7/7 7/7 7/7

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

7 7 7

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

El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/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 3/3 3/3

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

7 7 7 7 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

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

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

— — — — 4.36 5.58

3.96 4.42

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

El/El El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

7 7 7

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

7

A A A

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

El/El El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

7 7 7

3 3 Re 3

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

7

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

3 7 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 G-class

7 33 7 3 7 3 3 7 33 7 3 7 3 3 7 33 7 3 7 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* G63 AMG NA/NA/7.25

3 3 Re 3 3 3 7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 7 7 3 7 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

3 6 3 3 6 3 GLA-class

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* GLA Diesel 11/14.5/17.9

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

7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7

3 7 3 3 7 7 3 7 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 GLC-class

3 3 3 3 3

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

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 GLC

3 3 Re 3

3 7 3 GLE-class

3 33 7 3 33 3

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

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3

3 3 Re 3

7 3 7 3 7 3 Coupé

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

3 3 3 GLE

6 3 6 3 6 3 Coupé

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

7 33 7 3 7 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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AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

3 9 3 E-class

7 33 7 3 7 3 3

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4891/2003/1719mm Wheelbase 2915mm Tyre size 275/45 R21, 315/40 R21 Turning circle dia 11.8 Trunk volume 650-1720 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2280kg Fuel tank 93 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A

ESP ABS

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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

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

3 6 3 3 6 3 CLS-class

7 33 7 3 7 3 3 7 33 7 3 7 3 3

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4819-4891/1935-2003/1719-1796mm Wheelbase 2915mm Tyre size 255/50 R19, 265/45 R20, 275/45 R21, 315/40 R21 Turning 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 Performance, comfort for four. AGAINST Doesn’t sound special enough. VERDICT Stylish coupé-crossover with a good measure of practicality too. 9/A

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4728/2096/1587mm Wheelbase 2873mm Tyre size 235/55 ZR19 Turning circle dia 12.1m Trunk volume 491-1400 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1855kg Fuel tank NA Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Refinement, comfy ride. AGAINST No seven-seat option, not as sporty as rivals. VERDICT New styling and more kit add much to the already well-rounded SUV. 7/A 9/A 9/A

7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4656/1890/1639mm Wheelbase 2873mm Tyre size 235/60 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 550 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1871-1954kg Fuel tank 100 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Performance, exhaust note. AGAINST Small boot. VERDICT Sportscar performance meets SUV practicality. 9/A

3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4417/1804/1494mm 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 Looks, spacious cabin. AGAINST Not very engaging to drive. VERDICT A well rounded luxury SUV with great appeal. 9/A 9/A 9/A

El/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4763/1855/1938mm 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 Well-finished cabin, star appeal. AGAINST Diesel engines are noisy, not as practical as rivals. VERDICT More style than substance but desirable nonetheless. 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5063/1860/1494mm Wheelbase 3079mm Tyre size 225/55 R17 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1920kg Fuel tank 66 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Performance, thunderous exhaust. AGAINST Price, old-world dynamics. VERDICT Outrageous in so many ways, but you’ll still want one. 7/A 7/A

El/El El/El

C U A B T N

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4940/1881/1416mm 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 Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Rear seat space and comfort, V6 diesel engine. AGAINST Four-cylinder trims miss out on some features. VERDICT The ideal large luxury sedan for the chauffeur-driven. 9/A 9/A 9/A

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

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4630/1755/1432mm Wheelbase 2699mm Tyre size 225/45 R17, 205/55 R16, 235/40 R18 Turning circle dia 11m Trunk volume 470 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1510-1650kg Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 49.5/69cm Headroom 90.5cm Width 141cm

FOR Design, now with a diesel engine. AGAINST Low roof translates to less headroom, no petrol engine option. VERDICT Luxury sedan with star appeal. 7/A

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

NEW CARS A-Z

3 6

3


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ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

C U A B T N

GLS-class

GLS-class

GLS-CLASS The GLS is Merc’s full-size, seven-seat SUV. There’s a V6 petrol and a mad AMG version of offer too, but it’s the smooth V6 diesel that most buyers are drawn to. The GLS is a great choice for those who need a third row of seats but it doesn’t feel quite as modern as rivals. GLS 400 GLS 350 d GLS 63 AMG AMG GT

94.42 96.48 217.90

96.82 95.09 101.00 105.54 98.50 95.04 101.00 105.44 183.03** 160.59** 250.52 225.85

2996/V6 2987/V6 5461/V8

333/480 258/620 585/720

AMG GT The Mercedes-AMG GT line is the full AMG package in its purest distilled form. The few flaws (a firm ride for one) pale in comparison to the bigger picture. It’s got raw power, luxury, slightly frisky rear end and, of course, the incredible V8 soundtrack. Hardcore GT R takes things up a few notches. GT S GT Roadster GT R S-class

281.81 320.00 208.54** 208.54** 263.52 219.00** 219.00** 219.00** 263.05 273.96 223.00** 223.00** 223.00** 267.85 278.95

3982/V8 3982/V8 3982/V8

510/650 469/630 585/700

S-CLASS The latest S-class didn’t just raise the bar, it obliterated it. It’s a great mix of tech and tradition. The interiors can give a Bentley a run for its money and the engines are effortless. Pricier Maybach versions are the apex of Mercedes-Benz’s opulence and technology. Coupe and Cabriolet are expensive but simply brilliant. S350 d

138.11

140.98

S400 Maybach S500 Maybach S600 S500 Coupe S500 Cabriolet S63 AMG Coupe SLC-class

147.83 211.35 303.88 232.84 266.38 320.09

151.57 152.55 158.43 211.81 213.16 226.72 340.02 179.90** 315.88 263.76 234.93 252.32 271.02 208.00** 208.00** 336.55 299.72 300.38

139.53 144.79 150.86 159.28 228.10 347.94 264.96 263.96 319.25

93.90

100.19

79.42** 79.42** 79.42**

34.65** 28.60** 31.94** 34.90**

NA 31.85** 35.20** 36.47**

NA NA NA NA

NA 39.55 44.27 NA

NA 40.93 45.19 NA

37.90**

NA

NA

NA

NA

25.60**

32.41

NA

NA

NA

79.41

67.88**

68.48**

81.54

86.36

— — 5.59 6.41 — —

7/A 7/A 7/A

P P P

3.82 3.82 3.82

— — —

2.43 3.17 2.43 3.17 2.43 3.17

7.92

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 5.07 250 2.86 2.94

192/300 114/270 114/270 192/280

1998/4

192/280

1995/4

112/270

3200/4

A A A

5.09 6.32

A A A A A A A

FOR Punchy engine, foldable hard-top. AGAINST Not as sharp as rivals. VERDICT Feels far removed from the SLK, but in a good way. 9/A

P

5.16

P D D P

2.97 3.50

A

P

6.44 250 4.50 4.93 9.94 204 6.13 7.75 9.94 204 6.13 7.75 — — — —

220

A A A A

D

11.87 180

A

5/A

D

6.70 9.32

7 7 7

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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

El/El El/El El/El

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

7/7 7/7 7/7

El/3 El/3 El/3

7 7 7

3 3 3

3 3 3

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

El/El

F/R 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

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

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

3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7

El/3

3

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

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 33 7 3 7 3 3 3 33 7 3 7 3 3 3 33 7 3 7 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re Re

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

7

7

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

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

3 3 3 3

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

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

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

7 33 7 3 3 7 33 7 3 3 3 33 7 3 3 3 33 7 3 3 7 33 7 3 3 7 33 7 3 3 7 33 7 3

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

M/M

R

7

3/3

El/3

7

3

3

A

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

M/M

F/R 7

3/3

El/3

7

3

3

Re Re Re Re

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

El/El

R

7

3/3

El/3

3

3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3

3 8

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 8 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 SLC-class

3

7 33 7 3 7 3 3

3 8 3 MINI Mini Cooper

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

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

   

3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 3 Mini Clubman

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/13.84

7 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 7  3 3 2 3 Mini Cooper Countryman

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel 10.5/14.7/NA

7 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 7  3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4900/1875/1900mm Wheelbase 2780mm Tyre size 265/60 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 235mm Kerb weight 2335kg Fuel tank 88 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A

3 8 3 3 8 3 3 8 3 S-class

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

— Re 3

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 GT

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* S500 Petrol 4.95/7/NA S350 Diesel 7.2/11.2/NA

3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 8 3 8 3 8 AMG

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

— Re 7 — Re 7 — Re 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4097/1789/1561mm Wheelbase 2595mm Tyre size 225/45 R18 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 350-1170 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1335-1410kg Fuel tank 47 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 60/85cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm

FOR Go anywhere ability, smooth engine. AGAINST Overpriced, feels outdated. VERDICT An indulgence for the ardent off-roader but not much more. 192/441

3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4253/1800/1441mm Wheelbase 2670mm Tyre size 225/45 R17 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 360-1250 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1435kg Fuel tank 48 litres Warranty NA, SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Funky interiors, peppy engine. AGAINST Firm ride, cabin ergonomics. VERDICT The most practical Mini ever, but it’s still not that practical.

6/A

El/3 El/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3850/1727/1415mm 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

FOR Added space and practicality, unique. AGAINST Expensive, pricey options VERDICT The most unique of the modern Minis. 8/A

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4142/1817/1304mm Wheelbase 2430mm Tyre size 235/45 ZR18 - 255/35 ZR18 Turning circle dia 10.52m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1615kg Fuel tank 60 litres. Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NAHeadroom NA Width NA

FOR Go-kart-like handling, sizzling performance (Cooper S). AGAINST Expensive options, not very practical. VERDICT Expensive but extremely desirable and fun to drive. 6/A 6/A 6/A 6/A

El/El El/El El/El

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5027-5116/1899-1913/1411-1496mm Wheelbase 29453035mm 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 2030-2200kg Fuel tank 80 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 71/99cm Headroom 94cm Width 144cm

P P P P P P

1998/4 1496/3 1496/3 1998/4

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

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4546/1939/1288mm Wheelbase 2630mm Tyre size (F) 265/35 R19 (R) 295/30 R20 Turning circle dia 11.47m Trunk volume 285-350 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1630-1645kg Fuel tank 75 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/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. D

367/520

A A A

FOR Strong and wide powerband, styling, engine note. AGAINST Firm ride, price. VERDICT The best of AMG.

7/A 9/A 7/A 9/A 9/A 7/A

MONTERO The Montero is back and it’s not a new model but a refresh. In essence, this is an old-school SUV that feels best in the rough thanks to its four-wheel-drive. Unfortunately, it is really expensive and simply cannot match similar-priced SUVs in luxury. GLS 4x4 A/T

— — —

7/A

MINI COOPER COUNTRYMAN It’s a Mini in name, not in size. The Countryman competes with other luxury hatchbacks like the A-class and the 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 smaller Minis, the Countryman is also an entertaining drive. It’s realistically priced as well. D Countryman MITSUBISHI Montero

— 8.21 4.6

333/480 459/700 530/830 455/700 442/700 585/900

MINI CLUBMAN The Clubman is unique. Mini’s take on an estate; the side-hinged, two-door boot opening is its defining feature. The Cooper S is the sole version on sale for now and promises much in terms of performance. It is pricey but the Clubman is well equipped, and like other Minis, can be extensively customized too. S Clubman Mini Cooper Countryman

P D P

258/620

MINI COOPER The classic Mini 3 Door is so much more than a style statement. This will have you grin at the very sight of a corner, especially in exciting Cooper S petrol guise. It feels compact, tight and is an absolute riot. 5 Door is almost as much fun, marginally more practical but still not particularly spacious. Convertible is superb in the right kind of weather. Cooper S 3-Door Cooper D 3-Door Cooper D 5-Door Cooper S Convertible Mini Clubman

7/A 9/A 7/A

2987/V6

2996/V6

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5162/1982/1850mm Wheelbase 3075mm Tyre size 275/50 R20 Turning circle dia 12.40 Trunk volume 680-2300 litres Ground clearance 307mm (max) Kerb weight 2495kg Fuel tank 100 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Genuine space for seven, refined engine. AGAINST Getting in and out of high cabin, ride feels unsettled at times. VERDICT A proper seven-seat luxury SUV.

2996/V6 4663/V8 5980/V12 4663/V8 4663/V8 5461/V8

SLC-CLASS The SLK is now the SLC. Styling is now in line with modern Mercs, but the cabin makeover isn’t quite as comprehensive. Though not a full-blown AMG or an equivalent of a Boxster, the SLC 43 still offers plenty of thrills. And like the SLK, the SLC’s talking point is its hard-top foldable roof. SLC 43 AMG MINI Mini Cooper

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BENGALURU

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

DELHI

NEW CARS A-Z

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

3 6 3 MITSUBISHI Montero

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

3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 3 3 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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M I T S U B I S H I t o P O RS C H E SAFETY

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION C U A B T N

ESP ABS

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

Pajero Sport

Pajero Sport

PAJERO SPORT The Pajero Sport is well-engineered, but is showing its age. The engine isn’t the most refined either but the way it allows you to hammer it over bad roads remains amazing. It’s very capable off-road as well. Mitsubishi’s limited sales and service support is something to keep in mind. 4x2 A/T 4x4 M/T NISSAN GT-R

31.75 32.22

27.12** 27.52**

27.45** 27.86**

32.40 32.87

34.36 34.86

2477/4 2477/4

178/350 178/400

GT-R India gets the facelifted ‘Godzilla’ but the GT-R has been around since 2007. It’s brilliant around corners, shines on the drag strip and has a supercar slayer reputation. It’s not as well priced as we hoped but you simply won’t regret buying one. GT-R Micra

199.00**

NA

NA

NA

261.11

3799/V6

570/637

MICRA Easy to drive, spacious and efficient, the Micra may not be as rounded as rivals. But if you want a compact, hassle-free city runabout, the Micra is worth a look. The diesel is incredibly efficient though the petrol automatic is our pick of the range. Reduced pricing for the automatic make it more interesting. XL CVT XV CVT XL D XL (O) D Micra Active

6.65 7.92 7.71 8.46

7.26 8.40 8.20 8.99

6.76 7.85 7.52 8.26

6.84 7.94 7.61 8.35

7.21 8.41 8.05 8.85

1198/3 1198/3 1461/4 1461/4

77/104 77/104 64/160 64/160

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4695/1815/1840mm 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

FOR Strong engine, off-road ability, automatic transmission. AGAINST Poor aftersales, dated cabin. VERDICT Good old-school SUV. 5/A 5/M

D D

11.40 12.45

— —

7.05 8.78 12.56 16.04

A A

FOR Performance, handling. AGAINST Pricey. VERDICT Every boy racer’s fantasy. 6/A

P

3.61

3.69 3.54

A

P P D D

17.88 — 9.22 17.88 — 9.22 15.98 148 12.22 15.98 148 12.22

5.21 5.57 6.16

5.68 6.08 6.70

5.27 5.65 6.25

5.30 5.68 6.49

5.50 5.91 6.63

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3

68/104 68/104 68/104

SUNNY On paper, the Sunny much going for it; a roomy cabin, a pair of efficient engines and decent equipment levels. Unfortunately, the Sunny doesn’t deliver that premium experience buyers are drawn to nor is it exciting to drive. Petrol auto offers convenience, diesel offers low running costs. XE XL XV CVT XE D XL D XV D XV D Premium Safety Terrano

8.03 8.72 10.36 8.77 9.27 10.56 13.13

8.49 9.21 10.92 9.28 9.80 11.15 13.89

7.92 8.61 10.25 8.53 9.02 10.29 12.09

8.19 8.90 10.60 8.82 9.33 10.64 13.00

8.41 9.16 10.97 9.06 9.60 11.01 13.62

1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

99/134 99/134 101/134 85/200 85/200 86/200 86/200

TERRANO Nissan’s version of the Renault Duster, the updated Terrano has a cabin makeover and more equipment including a 7.0-inch touchscreen. At its core, the Terrano remains a tough small SUV with especially good long distance abilities. The diesel engines are the ones to go for. AMT works well enough in town. Petrol XL 85 Diesel XE 85 Diesel XL Plus 110 Diesel XV Premium 110 Diesel XV P AMT PORSCHE 718 Boxster

11.29 11.48 14.33 16.33 16.96

11.92 11.77 14.64 16.66 17.41

11.18 11.19 13.55 15.46 16.06

11.65 11.33 13.74 16.32 16.96

11.99 12.01 15.29 17.12 17.79

1598/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

104/145 85/200 85/200 110/248 110/248

718 BOXSTER The Boxster is all of Porsche’s dynamic genius with the mid-engine layout advantage. It’s one of those rare sports cars that make you feel instinctively at ease. So, it’s a bit of a shame to say the new 718 model’s flat-four engines lack the aural drama and linearity of the old flat sixes. Boxster 718 Cayman

85.53**

NA

NA

NA

NA

1988/4

300/380

718 CAYMAN Think of a Boxster with a roof and you have the Cayman. It is even more of a driver’s car than the Boxster and few other coupes can match its dynamic abilities. New turbocharged four-cylinder engines are up to the job but you can’t blame us for missing the flat sixes. Cayman

81.63**

NA

NA

NA

NA

1988/4

300/380

5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P

13.30 13.30 15.48 15.48

M A M M

P P P D D D D

15.50 153 14.72 21.92 15.50 153 14.72 21.92 15.50 153 14.72 21.92

12.58 12.58 — 12.89 12.89 12.89 12.89

179 179 — 169 169 169 169

13.78 13.78 — 12.66 12.66 12.66 12.66

M M M

P D D D D

20.36 20.36 — 15.13 15.13 15.13 15.13

M A A M A A A

P

— — — — — — — — — — — — 11.88 184 11.03 12.31 — — — —

M M M M M

P

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

7 7

3 Ex 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

3

3

3

7 El 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

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

7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

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

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

7 7 7 7

7 3 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

Ex Ex Ex Ex

3 2 3 3 2 3 NISSAN GT-R

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

7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7

7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3

In/7 In/7 In/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 3/3 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/3

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

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

7 7 3 7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 R R 7 R R 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

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

7 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol A/T NA/NA/19.34 Diesel 14.6/19.5/23.08

In Re Re In Re Re Re

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

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

7 7 7 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 R R

7 7 7 7 7

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

El/7 M/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

3 7 3 3 3

3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 3

Re Re Re Re Re

A

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

El/El

R

7

7/7

El/3

7

3

3

A

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

El/El

R

7

7/7

El/3

7

3

3

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

3 3 7 3 Micra

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 7 3 3 3

7 Re 3

7 Re 3

7 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 3 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 1 7 7 1 7 3 2 7 Sunny

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

1 7 1 7 2 7 1 7 1 7 2 7 4 7 Terrano

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/13.24 Diesel 85 NA/NA/20.45 Diesel 110 11.8/17/19.01 3 7 3 3 3

3 7 3 7 7

3 7 3 3 3

3 7 3 3 3

3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 3

3 1 7 7 1 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 PORSCHE 718 Boxster

7 7 7 7 7

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

7 33 3 3 3 3 3 6 3 718 Cayman

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

7 33 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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1 7 2 7 1 7 1 7 Active

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4379/1801/1295mm Wheelbase 2475mm Tyre size (Front) 235/45 R18 (Rear) 265/45 R18,(Front) 235/40 R19 (Rear) 265/40 R19 Turning circle dia 11m Trunk volume 150 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1365-1385kg Fuel Tank 54-64 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA —

3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 11.8/17.5/19.49

7 In 7 7 In 7 7 In 7

7 7 7 7 7 3 3

3 6 3 Micra

7 33 3 3 33 3

7 7 33 3 3 33 7 7 33 7 7 33

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4379/1801/1280-1281mm Wheelbase 2475mm Tyre size (Front) 235/45 R18 (Rear) 265/45 R18,(Front) 235/40 R19 (Rear) 265/40 R19 Turning circle dia 11m Trunk volume 150 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1365-1385kg Fuel tank 54-64 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Handling, grip, performance. AGAINST Four-cylinder engines don’t sound special enough. VERDICT One of the best handling sports cars around. 7/A

3/3 3/3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4331/1822/1671mm 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 Mind-blowing to drive. AGAINST New 4-cyl motors lack emotion. VERDICT A sublime driving experience but it will take time to get used to the four-cylinder engines. 7/A

7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4455/1695/1515mm 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 Tough build, ride comfort. AGAINST Heavy clutch, no AWD version. VERDICT The update has made it a far better proposition. 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M 6/A

R R

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3780-3801/1665/1530mm 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, smooth diesel engine. AGAINST Light build, low seats. VERDICT A good all-round product but lacks appeal. 5/M 5/M CVT 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

El/M El/M

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3825/1665/1525-1530mm 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

FOR Easy to drive, spacious cabin, price (CVT). AGAINST Clunky ride, refinement. VERDICT A good city car but a bit dull to drive. CVT CVT 5/M 5/M

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

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T 9.5/13/NA

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4710/1895/1370mm Wheelbase 2780mm Tyre size 255/40 R20, ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ 285/35 R20 Turning circle dia 12.2m Trunk volume 315 litres Ground Indian Driving Cycle* clearance 105mm Kerb weight 1752kg Fuel tank 74 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

MICRA ACTIVE With the Micra around, the Micra Active focuses FOR Manoeuvrability, efficiency. on the lower half of the hatchback segment. On price, it competes AGAINST Flat seats, a bit basic. with cars like the Hyundai i10 and Tata Tiago and is decent value. VERDICT No-frills city car that’s It gets the same 1.2-litre petrol motor as the new Micra but there’s user-friendly. no diesel or automatic option. It is basic but does the job well. XL XV XV S Sunny

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

3 6

3


P O RS C H E t o R E N AU LT

NEW CARS A-Z

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

C U A B T N

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

911

911

911 Evolution is part and parcel of the 911’s life and this time around, it’s the new 3.0-litre turbocharged engines that are the talking point. There’s more power and performance is manic but some bottom-end zing is missing. It’s still incredibly involving to drive and usable everyday. Like every 911 before. Carrera Carrera S Carrera Cabriolet Carrera S Cabriolet 911 Turbo 911 Turbo S Turbo Cabriolet Turbo S Cabriolet 911 GT3 Cayenne

142.33** 163.49** 155.75** 176.39** 225.92** 266.17** 239.34** 281.64** 231.00**

139.71** 160.48** 152.88** 173.14** 221.76** 261.27** 234.93** 276.46** 231.00**

146.23** NA 167.96** NA 160.01** NA ** 181.21 NA 232.10** NA 273.45** NA 245.88** NA 289.35** NA 231.00** 231.00**

144.86** 166.39** 158.52** 179.52** 229.94** 270.90** 243.59** 286.65** 231.00**

2981/6 2981/6 2981/6 2981/6 3800/6 3800/6 3800/6 3800/6 3996/6

370/450 420/500 370/450 420/500 540/710 580/750 540/710 580/750 500/460

CAYENNE The Cayenne is easily the most fun large SUV around. It handles like a Porsche should and even the base diesel is exciting to drive. The interior is beautiful and now gets plenty of kit as standard. However, it is still priced way above rivals. Cayenne Diesel Cayenne S Cayenne S Diesel Cayenne Turbo Macan

101.18** 99.32** 123.84** 121.56** 125.75** 123.44** 185.89** 182.47**

103.95** 127.23** 129.19** 190.97**

NA NA NA NA

102.98** 126.04** 127.99** 189.19**

2967/V6 3604/V6 4134/V8 4806/V8

245/549 420/550 385/843 520/700

MACAN Porsche has shown genuine brilliance by coming up with a mid-sized SUV that handles like a sportscar. Its mix of athleticism, good ground clearance and fantastic body control make it utterly desirable. ‘Base’ 2.0 petrol is sporty enough and a good entry point to the Macan line-up. Diesel Macan is unduly expensive. Macan S Diesel Macan 2.0 Petrol Macan Turbo Petrol Panamera

108.61** 106.62** 111.59** NA 76.84** NA 111.00** 108.98** 114.03**

NA NA NA

122.64 NA 136.13

2967/V6 1984/4 3604/V6

244/580 252/370 400/550

PANAMERA In a nutshell, the second generation grand tourer is prettier, faster and comfier. You’d want to be the one behind the wheel but should you require more rear seat space, there’s the long-wheelbase Executive variant on offer too. Only the Turbos are available in India for the moment. Turbo Turbo Executive PREMIER Rio

NA NA

193.00** 206.00**

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

3996/V8 3996/V8

550/770 550/770

RIO The Rio was the first sub-four metre compact SUV in India and that’s its claim to fame. It’s available with a Fiat-sourced 1.3 Multijet engine but that’s possibly the best part of the package. It looks dated, is tight on space and quite simply doesn’t drive as well as a modern car should. GX GLX DX LX RENAULT Captur

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

CAPTUR Merely looking at the chic and European Captur, you’d be hard pressed to think it shares its platform and major mechanicals with the Duster. The Captur has a smartly styled cabin but interior plastics could be better and space is only comparable to a Duster. Performance is adequate though ride quality is the real highlight. RXE Petrol RXL Petrol RXT Petrol Mono tone RXE Diesel RXL Diesel RXT Disesel Mono tone Platine Diesel Mono tone Duster

11.69 13.01 13.71 13.38 14.60 15.29 16.18

12.37 13.85 14.59 14.28 15.69 16.43 17.38

9.99** 11.13** 11.75** 11.92** 11.39** 12.53** 13.15**

11.74 13.70 14.44 14.03 15.38 16.13 17.08

12.05 13.88 14.22 14.85 15.60 16.58 17.56

1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

106/142 106/142 106/142 110/240 110/240 110/240 110/240

DUSTER With its last update, the Duster got an added dose of style, a slightly plusher cabin and more equipment. The diesel engines are nice, ride quality is superb and there’s even the option of a very capable all-wheel-drive-equipped version. Diesel AMT and petrol CVT version adds convenience to the honest package. 106 PS RxE 106 PS RxL

9.46 10.32

10.67 11.59

10.31 11.21

10.06 10.97

10.14 11.23

1498/4 1498/4

106/142 106/142

FOR Dynamics, ride comfort, usability. AGAINST Expensive, odd spare wheel positioning. VERDICT A sports car you can use every day. 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A 7/A

P P P P P P P P P

— — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — —

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4499-4507/1808-1880/1289-1297mm Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size (Front) 235/40 R19 (Rear) 295/35 R19, (Front) 245/35 R20 (Rear) 305/30 R20 Turning circle dia 10.6-11.2m Trunk volume 115-145 Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1450-1670kg Fuel tank 64-68litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA A A A A A A A A A

FOR Fantastic dynamics, comfort. AGAINST Expensive. VERDICT Great all-rounder but pricier than it ought to be. 8/A 8/A 8/A 8/A

D P D P

7.40 — — —

— — — —

D P P

6.70 230 — — — 266

5.01 5.74 — — — — — —

A A A A

P P

— —

— —

4.20 5.39 — — — —

— —

A A A

P P D D

19.39 — 21.80 19.39 — 21.80 20.26 143 14.78 20.26 143 14.78

— —

A A

P P P D D D D

— — — — — — —

— — — — — — —

— — — — — — —

39.05 39.05 17.94 17.94

M M M M

P P

— —

— —

— —

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

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

7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 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

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

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

Re Re Re Re

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

El/El El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

3 3 3

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

El/El El/El

F/R  3/3 F/R 3 3/3

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

— — — — — — —

— —

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

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

3/7 3/7 3/7 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

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

A A A A A A A

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

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

7 7 3 7 7 3 3

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

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

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 7 7 3 3

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

7/7 7/7

7 7

7 7

7/3 7/3

In/7 El/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 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

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

Ex Ex Ex Ex

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7

In In In In In In In

3 3 3 3

6 3 6 3 6 3 6 3 Macan

3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 Panamera

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

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 Cayenne

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* S diesel 8.1/11.1/NA

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3  3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3  3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3  3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4315/1822/1695mm 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 M M

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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

3 8 3 3 8 3 PREMIER Rio

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel 13.8/17/NA

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4329/1813/1619mm Wheelbase 2673mm Tyre size 215/65 R16 / 215/60 R17 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 392 litres Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Excellent ride quality, all-wheeldrive ability. AGAINST Cabin still doesn’t feel very premium. VERDICT Not as polished as new rivals but still rugged and likeable. 5/M 5/M

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3970/1570/1730mm Wheelbase 2420mm Tyre size 205/70 R15 Turning circle dia 9.4m Trunk volume 454 litres Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1080-1145kg Fuel tank 46 litres Warranty 3 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/87cm Headroom 92cm Width 128cm

FOR Excellent ride quality, keen pricing. AGAINST Average interior plastics, no AWD or auto versions. VERDICT All that we like about the Duster in a more stylish package. 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5049-5199/1937/1432mm Wheelbase 2950-3100mm Tyre size 275/40 R20, 315/35 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 500 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 90 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR City-friendly size. AGAINST Sluggish performance, interior quality. VERDICT Outclassed by nearly everything in its price range. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4699/1923/1624mm 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

FOR Performance, handling. AGAINST Price, expensive options. VERDICT Looks and drives like a four door Porsche sportscar should. 8/A 8/A

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4855/2165/1705mm 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

FOR Brilliant handling, all-terrain ability. AGAINST Price, not as spacious as similar-sized SUVs. VERDICT A sportscar on stilts. 7/A 7/A 7/A

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*

3 3 3 3 3 3 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

3 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 3 7 7 RENAULT Captur

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol NA/NA/13.87kpl Diesel NA/NA/20.37kpl 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

7 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 3 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 4 7 Duster

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 Ex 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 3 3 7 7 7

3 7 3 1

*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 CARS A-Z

KWID The Kwid is a success and it’s not just down to the distinctive SUV-inspired shape. It’s got the essentials – space, comfort and practicality – just spot on. It’s a desirable budget hatchback and that is a big compliment. The 1.0-litre engine is the one to go for. AMT gearbox adds convenience. Standard RxE RxE (O) RxL RxT RxT (O) 1.0 RxL 1.0 RxL A/T 1.0 RxT 1.0 RxT (O) 1.0 RxT (O) A/T Lodgy

3.22 3.69 3.47 3.97 4.33 4.47 4.21 4.47 4.58 4.72 5.04

3.57 4.06 4.22 4.37 4.72 4.87 4.63 4.98 4.98 5.13 5.49

3.52 3.95 3.85 4.21 4.54 4.65 4.60 4.90 4.93 5.06 5.37

3.31 3.79 3.80 4.09 4.46 4.60 4.34 4.69 4.71 4.87 5.18

3.37 3.88 3.97 4.19 4.57 4.72 4.45 4.80 4.83 4.98 5.34

799/3 799/3 799/3 799/3 799/3 799/3 999/3 999/3 999/3 999/3 999/3

54/72 54/72 54/72 54/72 54/72 54/72 68/91 68/91 68/91 68/91 68/91

LODGY Under the Lodgy’s boxy shape is a practical, spacious and comfy cabin. There is seating for up to eight but thrid row access isn’t the best. The 1.5-litre diesel offers a mix of performance and economy while ride and handling is the best among MPVs of its price. Stepway adds distinction to the styling. 85PS Standard (8-seater) 85PS RxE (8-seater) 85PS RxE (7-seater) 85PS RxL Stepway (8-st) 85PS World Edition RxL 85PS RxZ Stepway (8-st) 110PS RxL Stepway (8-st) 110PS World Edition RxL 110PS RxZ Stepway (8-st) 110PS RxZ Stepway (7-st) Pulse

9.38 10.48 10.48 11.47 11.48 12.81 12.71 12.72 13.74 14.09

10.34 11.50 11.50 12.63 12.02 13.62 13.53 13.05 14.57 14.93

9.62 10.70 10.70 11.67 11.68 12.49 12.41 12.41 13.37 13.70

9.90 11.03 11.03 12.14 12.44 13.56 13.17 13.46 14.52 14.88

9.83 10.96 10.96 11.81 11.81 13.29 13.19 13.20 14.23 14.59

1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

85/200 85/200 85/200 85/200 85/200 85/200 110/245 110/245 110/245 110/245

PULSE Renault’s version of the Nissan Micra is smart looking, but doesn’t stand out for anything in particular. It’s easy to live with and the torquey diesel motor makes it pleasant to drive in traffic, the interiors are spacious and it’s quite practical too. However, low sales are likely to force Renault to axe it soon. RxE (P) RxL (P) RxZ (P) RxL (D) RxL ABS (D) RxZ (D) Scala

4.98 5.68 6.40 6.99 7.05 7.76

5.35 6.24 6.86 7.81 7.85 8.13

5.20 6.29 6.69 7.31 7.63 8.11

5.23 6.03 6.75 7.38 8.21 8.02

5.33 5.99 6.95 7.65 7.36 8.20

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

76/104 76/104 76/104 64/160 64/160 64/160

SCALA The Scala is Renault’s mid-size sedan though under the skin, it’s a Nissan Sunny. It has capable motors, decent ride and handling and a spacious cabin. But Renault hasn’t done enough to improve it over the years and today, it doesn’t match up to the class bests. Moreover, it could be discontinued soon. RxE (P) RxL (P) RxL A/T (P) RxZ A/T (P) RxE (D) RxL (D) RxZ (D) ROLLS-ROYCE Dawn

8.72 9.01 10.61 11.95 10.17 10.79 10.78

8.66 9.91 10.94 12.13 10.54 10.76 11.86

9.94 9.71 10.86 11.92 9.91 10.50 10.54

9.03 9.35 11.40 13.07 10.40 10.57 11.04

8.70 9.16 11.02 12.06 10.86 10.37 10.84

1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

99/134 99/134 99/134 99/134 86/200 86/200 86/200

DAWN Rolls-Royce’s latest convertible takes open top motoring to another level. As luxurious as other Rolls and just as refined with the roof up, it’s claimed to be the quietest drop-top on sale today. A 6.6-litre V12 allows it to waft at an incredible clip too. Dawn

625.00** 625.00**

NA

NA

NA

6592/V12

632/820

FOR Price, design, boot space. AGAINST Dull engine (0.8), small fuel tank. VERDICT Unique budget car that breaks the mould but not your pocket. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/M 5/A

P P P P P P P P P P P

16.93 16.93 16.93 16.93 16.93 16.93 — 16.10 — — 16.10

147 147 147 147 147 147 — — — — —

17.13 17.13 17.13 17.13 17.13 17.13 — 9.11 — — 9.11

29.44 29.44 29.44 29.44 29.44 29.44 — 11.97 — — 11.97

D D D D D D D D D D

— — — — — — 11.47 11.47 11.47 11.47

— — — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — 11.64 11.64 11.64 11.64

— — — — — — 14.40 14.40 14.40 14.40

— M M M M M M M M M M

P P P D D D

— — — 16.20 16.20 16.20

— — — — — —

M M M M M M M M M M

P P P P D D D

— — 12.11 12.11 12.89 12.89 12.89

— — — — — — 12.52 10.27 12.52 10.27 12.52 10.27

M A A A A A

P

— — — — — — 177 6.72 9.17 177 6.72 9.17 169 12.66 15.13 169 12.66 15.13 169 12.66 15.13

3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

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

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

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

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 3 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

In In In In In In In In In In In

3/7 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 3/3 3/3 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

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 7 R 7 R R 7 R R

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

ln/7 ln/7 ln/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

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

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

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

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

7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

M A A A M A A

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

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

In/7 EI/7 EI/7 El/3 In/7 EI/7 El/3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

A

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

3

3

C U A B T N 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 3 3

1 7 7 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2

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 7 3 3 3

3 7 7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 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 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 33 7 7 7 3 3 3 33 7 7 33 3 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 33 7 7 7 3 3 3 33 7 7 7 3 3 3 33 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Kwid

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 1 7 1 7 Lodgy

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 85 PS NA/NA/21.04 110 PS 12.3/17.5/19.98 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 3 7 3 3 7 3 3

7 7 7 3 7 3 3 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 7 3 3 7 7

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 7 3 3 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 3 3

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 1 7 1 7 2 7 1 7 1 7 2 7 2 7 Pulse

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

ln ln ln ln ln ln

7 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3

ln ln ln Re ln ln Re

7 7 7 7 33 7 7 7 7 33

7 7 3 7 7 3

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 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 7 3 3 3 7 3 3

3 3 Re 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

33 33 33 33 33 33 33

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 1 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 1 7 7 3 2 7 7 3 2 7 ROLLS-ROYCE Dawn

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

7 3 7 3 3 7 3 3

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.

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ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 15.3/21.5/18.4

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5285/1947/1502mm Wheelbase 3112mm Tyre size NA Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2560kg Fuel tank NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA —

3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

ESP ABS

3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4425/1695/1505mm 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

FOR Power, grace. AGAINST Price. VERDICT For when the sky is the limit Literally. 8/A

3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3805/1665/1525-1530mm 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

FOR Comfortable ride, space and practicality. AGAINST Low seating, dull cabin, poor resale value. VERDICT Practical but unexciting. 5/M 5/M CVT CVT 5/M 5/M 5/M

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4498/1751/1697mm 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 65/87cm Headroom 100cm Width 142cm

FOR Spacious interiors, torquey diesel engine. AGAINST Low rear seat, dull cabin, poor resale value. VERDICT Japanese hatchback with some French flair. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

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 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3679/1579/1478mm 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 Space and practicality, efficient engines. AGAINST Boxy styling, heavy clutch, third row access. VERDICT Practical MPV that’s ideal for long distance travel. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

7 7 7 7 7 R 7 R R R R

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

FOG LAMPS

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

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

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

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

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

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

M M M M M A M M A A A

— — — — 14.54 — 12.12 15.37 14.54 — 12.12 15.37 14.54 — 12.12 15.37 14.54 — 12.12 15.37 14.54 — 12.12 15.37 12.83 172 9.08 9.96 14.01 — 6.83 9.07 12.83 172 9.08 9.96 14.01 — 6.83 9.07 — — — —

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

P D D D D D D D D D D

LEATHER SEATS

CVT 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/A 6/M

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

106/142 85/200 85/200 85/200 85/200 85/200 110/245 110/245 110/245 110/245 110/245

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

1498/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

12.11 11.40 11.64 13.17 13.37 14.47 14.22 14.97 15.50 16.22 17.07

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

12.76 11.14 11.37 13.03 13.26 14.35 14.00 14.73 15.38 16.11 16.95

FEATURES

AC

BENGALURU

12.36 11.30 11.52 12.76 12.74 13.76 13.64 14.40 14.72 15.40 16.17

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

CHENNAI

12.97 11.88 12.07 13.85 13.61 14.69 14.72 15.48 15.70 16.43 17.24

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

KOLKATA

11.99 10.97 11.19 12.62 12.91 13.98 13.39 14.10 14.95 15.66 16.48

TOP SPEED (KPH)

MUMBAI

106 PS RxS CVT 85 PS Standard 85 PS RXE 85 PS RXL 85 PS RXS 85 PS RXZ 110 PS RXL 110 PS RXL AMT 110 PS RXZ 110 PS RXZ AMT 110 PS RXZ AWD Kwid

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

PERFORMANCE

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

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

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

MODEL DETAILS

3 8

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RO LL S - ROYC E t o TATA

NEW CARS A-Z

ESP ABS

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

C U A B T N

Ghost

Ghost

GHOST An incredibly silent cabin, a purring V12 and an unbelievably good ride mixed with plenty of old-world charm are what make the Ghost what it is. It is a last-gen 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. Ghost SWB Ghost EWB Wraith

430.00** 450.00** 490.00** 493.00**

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

6592/V12 6592/V12

570/780 570/780

WRAITH The four-seat Wraith coupé is the closest to a sports car Rolls-Royce has ever made. It’s as refined and luxurious as its stablemates but more exciting and dramatic. The fastback shape gives it a distinction. Not to forget the 6.6-litre V12 which helps propel the coupé to 100kph in just 4.4 seconds. Wraith SKODA Kodiaq

460.00** 470.00**

NA

NA

NA

6592/V12

632/800

KODIAQ The Kodiaq is all that we like about Skodas in a shape Indians like. Well-finished insides come loaded with kit and it rides and drives with sophistication. A compelling package though it isn’t a full seven-seater and the diesel is slightly underpowered. 2.0 TDI Style Octavia

40.92

41.93

NA

41.81

43.33

1968/4

1150/340

OCTAVIA The Octavia is bigger than rivals with interiors that are more sophisticated and offers more equipment. It’s great to drive too. Engines include a punchy 2.0 diesel, a surprisingly nice 1.4 turbo-petrol and an exciting 1.8 turbo-petrol. But if you love to drive, the RS will give you thrills that few cars at this price can. 1.4 TSI Ambition M/T 1.8 TSI Style A/T 1.8 TSI Style Plus A/T 2.0 TDI Ambition M/T 2.0 TDI Style M/T 2.0 TDI Style A/T 2.0 TDI Style Plus A/T RS 230 Rapid

18.37 22.50 25.24 20.88 23.38 25.25 28.16 29.59

18.47 22.63 24.76 20.96 23.46 25.56 27.55 30.11

17.18 20.65 23.17 18.80 21.05 22.73 25.36 24.62**

19.11 23.43 26.09 21.33 23.28 25.79 28.76 30.87

19.73 24.19 26.34 22.02 24.65 26.86 28.83 32.20

1395/4 1798/4 1798/4 1968/4 1968/4 1968/4 1968/4 1984/4

140/250 180/250 180/250 143/320 143/320 143/320 143/320 230/350

RAPID Skoda’s mid-size sedan gets a fillip with an attractive facelift and a punchy new diesel engine. Higher versions get more equipment too. As before, the strong build and good comfort are things that make the Rapid worth serious consideration. 1.6 MPI M/T Active 1.6 MPI M/T Ambition 1.6 MPI A/T Ambition 1.6 MPI M/T Style 1.6 MPI A/T Style 1.6 MPI M/T Monte Carlo 1.6 MPI A/T Monte Carlo 1.5 TDI M/T Active 1.5 TDI M/T Ambition 1.5 TDI A/T Ambition 1.5 TDI M/T Style 1.5 TDI A/T Style 1.5 TDI M/T Monte Carlo 1.5 TDI A/T Monte Carlo Superb

9.72 10.74 12.66 12.48 13.93 12.62 14.03 11.19 12.73 14.18 14.12 15.45 14.83 16.14

10.05 11.11 12.88 12.96 14.45 13.32 14.80 11.58 12.88 14.35 14.90 16.25 15.25 16.60

9.23 10.20 11.63 11.46 12.80 10.75** 11.97** 10.66 11.65 12.99 12.93 14.15 12.46** 13.57**

9.97 11.02 13.20 13.28 14.80 12.99 14.45 11.29 12.97 14.46 14.39 15.53 14.95 15.67

10.35 11.45 13.53 13.61 15.18 14.05 15.62 11.74 13.30 14.83 15.40 16.80 15.84 17.23

1598/4 1598/4 1598/4 1598/4 1598/4 1598/4 1598/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

105/153 105/153 105/153 105/153 105/153 105/153 105/153 110/250 110/250 110/250 110/250 110/250 110/250 110/250

28.97 30.87 34.33 34.36 37.89

30.16 32.12 34.10 35.56 39.04

26.64 28.40 31.58 30.94 34.13

30.56 32.55 36.44 35.44 39.33

31.58 33.65 37.71 36.66 40.72

1798/4 1798/4 1798/4 1968/4 1968/4

180/320 180/250 180/250 177/350 177/350

ARIA Big, spacious and comfortable. The Aria could have given the Innova a run for its money but, sadly, the execution let it down. Tata has rationalised prices over the years but it still comes across as a touch pricey for what it offers. Performance is fair but the Aria feels too heavy in town. Pure LX 4x2

FOR Incredible luxury, waftability like few others. AGAINST Price. VERDICT The baby of the family, but every bit a Rolls-Royce. 8/A 8/A

P P

4.7 5.0

— —

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5399-5569/1948/1550mm 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

— —

— —

A A

FOR Luxury, effortless performance. AGAINST Price. VERDICT Everything that a dynamic Rolls-Royce should be. 8/A

P

D

A

P P P D D D D P

— 8.01 8.01 8.84 8.84 9.35 9.35 -

— 220 220 205 205 205 205 -

— 4.95 4.95 10.03 10.03 5.32 5.32 -

A

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

— — — — — — — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — — — — — — —

7/7 7/7

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

7 3 7 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 7 3 3

— 5.53 5.53 12.05 12.05 6.93 6.93 -

— — — — — — — — — — — — — —

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/7

El/3

3

3

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

El/El

F/R 7

3/3

El/3

3

3

A A A A A A A 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 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 3 7 3 3 3 3

M/7 M/M El/M M/7 M/M M/M El/M El/M

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

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

7 3 7 3 3 7 3 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

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

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

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

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7/7 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 R R R R R R 7 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 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

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

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 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 Re Re Re Re Re Re Re

3 9 3 Octavia

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.4 TSI M/T Petrol NA/NA/NA 1.8 TSI A/T Petrol NA/NA/15.1 2.0 M/T Diesel NA/NA/NA 2.0 A/T Diesel NA/NA/NA 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4413/1699/1466mm Wheelbase 2552mm Tyre size 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 460 litres Ground clearance 163mm Kerb weight 1111-1228kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 4 year/1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA M A A A A A A M A A A A A A

3 8 3 SKODA Kodiaq

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* NA/NA/16.25

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 8 3 3 8 3 Wraith

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4659-4689/1814/1476-1496mm Wheelbase 2688-2679mm Tyre size 205/55 R16,225/45 R17 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 590 litres Ground clearance 141-155mm Kerb weight 1376kg Fuel tank 50 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Well built, strong performance (diesel). AGAINST Dull petrol engine. VERDICT Skoda traits in a mid-size package. 5/M 5/M 6/A 5/M 6/A 5/M 6/A 5/M 5/M 7/A 5/M 7/A 5/M 7/A

F/R 3 F/R 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4697/1882/1665mm Wheelbase 2791mm Tyre size 235/55 R18 Turning circle dia 12.2m Trunk volume 000 litres Ground clearance 188mm Kerb weight 1799kg Fuel tank 63 litres Warranty NA, SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Strong engines, spacious interiors. AGAINST Lacks the heft of earlier Skodas, no manual for 1.8 TSI petrol. VERDICT Expensive but arguably the most complete executive sedan. 6/M 7/A 7/A 6/M 6/M 6/A 6/A 6/A

El/El El/El

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5269/1947/1507mm 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 Quality, ease of use, feature packed. AGAINST Limited third row space, sole trim on pricey side. VERDICT It’s a Superb on stilts. 7/A

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

7 7 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

4 3 4 3 8 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 8 3 8 3 Rapid

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

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 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 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 3 7 3 7 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 2 2 2 2 2 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3 3

2 2 2 2 2 2 2

7 7 7 7 7 7 7

Superb

SUPERB The latest Superb has little direct competition but even if it had, it would stand out. It’s superb on space and it’s nice to drive. It’s got the latest of equipment too but if pushed to bring up negatives, it would be the generic dash and the fact that it doesn’t feel as solid as its predecessor. 1.8 TSI M/T Style 1.8 TSI A/T Style 1.8 TSI A/T L&K 2.0 TDI CR A/T Style 2.0 TDI CR A/T L&K TATA Aria

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

12.50

15.13

14.02

15.03

14.00

2179/4

150/320

FOR Luxurious cabin, comfortable ride, performance. AGAINST Interiors lack drama. VERDICT New model carries forward the Superb legacy with elan. 6/M 7/A 7/A 6/A 6/A

P P P D D

8.42 8.52 8.52 7.83 7.83

— — — — —

9.85 4.55 4.55 4.79 4.79

12.56 5.96 5.96 5.86 5.86

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4861/1864/1483mm 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 A A A A A

FOR Space, comfort, cruising ability. AGAINST Fit and finish, poor resale value. VERDICT Capable and comfortable people-mover that deserves to do better. 5/M

D

3/3 3/3 3/3 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/M El/M El/El El/M 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

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

Re Re Re Re Re

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol M/T 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 3

7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4780/1895/1780mm Wheelbase 2850mm Tyre size 235/70 R16 & 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1990-2220kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 36 months, 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 75/97cm Headroom 97cm Width 150cm M

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

7/7

7

7

3/3

El/7

3

3

7

3 Ex 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

3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3

8 3 8 3 8 3 8 3 8 3 TATA Aria

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 Diesel 4x2 10/13.9/15.05 2.2 Diesel 4x4 9.8/13.8/15.05 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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TATA t o TATA

BOLT See the Bolt in light of the humdrum Vista and you’ll figure what an improvement Tata has made over the years. Cabin space is good, the ride quality is excellent and overall refinement is also impressive. The nice-to-drive Bolt also gives lots by way of features. Prices are competitive but the fully-loaded versions are a touch pricey. XE Revotron XM Revotron XMS Revotron XT Revotron XE Quadrajet XM Quadrajet XMS Quadrajet XT Quadrajet Hexa

5.11 5.84 6.09 6.90 6.32 7.04 7.44 8.18

5.72 6.52 6.79 7.55 7.10 7.82 8.06 8.87

5.44 6.18 6.44 7.15 6.64 7.29 7.52 8.25

5.50 6.27 6.54 7.27 6.76 7.44 7.68 8.44

5.66 6.52 6.80 7.58 7.03 7.74 7.99 8.78

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

HEXA Tata has given the Hexa its all, and it shows. The big people mover looks attractive, is packed with equipment and has a cabin that feels premium. Great ride quality is another highlight. Performance is reasonable too, but you’ll be better off with the automatic; the manual gearbox is not nice to use. Price reduction following GST has made the big Tata great value. Varicor 320 XE (7-seater) Varicor 400 XM (7-seater) Varicor 400 XMA (7-seater) Varicor 400 XT (6/7-seater) Varicor 400 XTA (6/7-st) Varicor 400 XT 4X4 (6/7-st) Indica

14.13 16.36 17.79 19.13 20.47 20.60

14.46 16.51 17.97 19.48 20.84 20.98

13.73 15.58 16.89 18.24 19.47 19.59

14.51 16.54 17.98 19.47 20.82 20.95

14.80 16.89 18.36 19.94 21.32 21.46

21794 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

150/320 156/400 156/400 156/400 156/400 156/400

INDICA The original Indica is still around. Concentrating on the budget/taxi end of the market, it’s got a CNG version and, for the price, it almost doesn’t have a challenger for space. However, it feels crude and there are some serious ergonomic issues. If you can stretch your budget, there are better cars out there. emax GLS CNG eV2 LS eV2 LX Indigo eCS

4.82 5.68 6.19

5.03 6.11 6.67

NA 5.87 6.38

NA 6.08 6.62

5.81 6.01 6.70

1193/4 1396/4 1396/4

5.57 6.68 7.13

5.98 7.32 7.53

6.11 6.96 7.16

7.09 6.98 7.17

7.09 7.24 7.45

1193/4 1396/4 1396/4

9.09 9.41

9.73 10.07

7.23** 7.51**

9.29 9.72

7.06** 7.34**

2179/4 2179/4

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

P P P P D D D D

15.81 15.81 15.81 15.81 16.58 16.58 16.58 16.58

160 160 160 160 155 155 155 155

15.92 15.92 15.92 15.92 13.34 13.34 13.34 13.34

5/M 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/A 6/M

D D D D D D

— — 12.28 — 12.28 14.21

— — — — — —

49.8/85 70/140 70/140

5/M 5/M 5/M

P/CNG — D 15.93 D 15.93

— — —

5/M 5/M 5/M

120/250 120/250

P D D

— 16.15 16.15

— — —

25.49 25.49 25.49 25.49 15.79 15.79 15.79 15.79

M M M A M M M A

D D

3 3

7 7

— — — — 7.44 9.73 — — 7.44 9.73 10.83 12.72

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

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

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

In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

M M M A A A

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

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

7 7 7 3 3 3

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 R R R R R

7 7 7 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

3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 3 3 3

3 Ex 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In In In In In In

M M M

— — 13.22 19.45 13.22 19.45

17.04 141 15.13 19.01 17.04 141 15.13 19.01

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

7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7

7 7 7

7/3 7/3 3/3

In/7 In/7 In/7

7 7 7

7 7 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 3 7 7 33 3 3 3 3 33 3 3 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 3 7 7 33 3 3 3 3 33 3 3

— M

FOR Easy manoeuvrability, visibility, space. AGAINST Choppy ride, boot space isn’t good for much luggage. VERDICT Has its flaws but works fine as a budget city car.

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

7/7 7/7 7/7

7 7 7

7 7 7

7/3 7/3 7/3

ln/7 In/7 El/7

7 7 7

7 7 3

7 7 7 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

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 3 3 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 7 7 7 7 2 7 2 7 Hexa

7 3 3 3 3 3

7 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

3 3 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3

2 7 2 7 2 7 6 3 6 7 6 3 Indica

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel 15.3/19.3/25

7 In 7 7 In 7 7 In 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 3 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 In 7 7 In 7 7 In 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 3 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Movus

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4421/1853-1780/1940mm Wheelbase 2250mm Tyre size 215/75 ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ R15 Turning circle dia 10.7m Trunk volume 150 litres Ground clearance 180mm Indian Driving Cycle* Kerb weight 1940kg Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 3 years/1,50,000km 2.2 Diesel NA/NA/13.5 SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/88cm (bench seats) Third row: 70cm Headroom (mid row) 99cm Width (mid row) 143cm 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

3/3 3/3

In/7 In/7

7 7

7 7

7 7

7 Ex 7 7 Ex 7

7 7

2.86 3.26 3.73 3.48 3.95

2.96 3.32 3.53 3.75 3.94

2.80 3.17 3.61 3.38 3.81

2.92 3.52 3.75 3.51 3.94

624/2 624/2 624/2 624/2 624/2

38/51 38/51 38/51 38/51 38/51

4/M 4/M 5/A 4/M 5/A

P P P P P

27.78 27.78 37.86 27.78 37.86

111 111 112 111 112

22.68 22.68 19.10 22.68 19.10

45.37 45.37 36.55 45.37 36.55

— M M M M

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

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

Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7 Ex/7

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7

6.49 7.39 8.27 9.55

6.86 7.61 8.62 9.84

6.68 7.45 8.29 9.54

6.98 7.72 8.63 9.94

7.16 7.93 8.89 10.29

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3

110/170 110/170 110/170 110/170

6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

P P P P

12.33 12.33 12.33 12.33

153 153 153 153

14.62 14.62 14.62 14.62

19.89 19.89 19.89 19.89

M M A A

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

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

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

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

7 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7

7 R R R

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

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

7 7 7 3

7 7 7 3

7 7 In 7 7 Re 7 3 Re 3 3 Re

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 Nano

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* M/T 15.1/20.6/25.4 A/T 12.12/NA/21.9

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3164/1495/1652mm 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

2.55 2.92 3.36 3.13 3.56

Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 7 33

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3

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

7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3

7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 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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7 3 Bolt

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3988/1620/1540mm Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 10.0m Trunk volume 380 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1065-1110kg Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 72.5/92cm Headroom 87cm Width 133cm M M M

3 2 3 6

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 11.4/16.1/NA

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3690/1665/1485mm Wheelbase 2400mm Tyre size 165/65 R13/R14 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume 220 litres Ground clearance 165-170mm Kerb weight 980-1000kg Fuel tank 37 litres Warranty 18 months/unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/75cm Headroom 92cm Width 133cm

— — 12.83 17.82 12.83 17.82

C U A B T N

ESP ABS

3 3

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

El/7 El/3

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

7 3/3 3 3/3

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA R R

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4788/1903/1791mm Wheelbase 2850mm Tyre size 235/70 R16, 235/55 R19 Turning circle dia 11.5m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 3 year, 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Seating for nine, value for money. AGAINST Crude, cheap plastics. VERDICT A tool to transport people but not much more. 5/M 5/M

M/7 M/7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3825/1695/1562mm 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, 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 73/92cm Headroom 92cm Width 138cm

FOR Fuel economy, spacious cabin. AGAINST Cabin quality, ergonomics. VERDICT Outdated but an option if you must have a compact sedan on a budget. 65/100 70/140 70/140

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

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

M A

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

— — 12.48 14.85

LEATHER SEATS

— —

FOR Ride quality, seat comfort, automatic transmission. AGAINST Cumbersome manual gearbox, feels its size in town. VERDICT A Tata you wouldn’t mind spending big money on.

NANO In latest ‘GenX’ form, the Nano gets some creature comforts and is a bit more practical. There’s an AMT too, which ties in well with the car’s strengths of great space, excellent visibility and easy manoeuvrability. It’s not perfect but feels more like the compact city car it was always meant to be. XE XM XMA XT Twist XTA Nexon Revotron XE (Petrol) Revotron XM (Petrol) Revotron XT (Petrol) Revotron XZ+ (Petrol)

— 14.79

FOR Excellent ride, spacious cabin, well equipped. AGAINST Small boot, petrol engine lacks punch. VERDICT A big leap for Tata and a genuinely capable hatchback.

MOVUS The Tata Movus is a rebranded and no-frills 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. Fair for the money but falls short of established standards on most counts. CX LX Nano

D D

FOR Space, 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-four-metre rule, the Indigo eCS undercuts other compact sedans on price substantially. But it’s not targeted at the typical compact sedan buyer and is best seen as a tight budget option. It is an old car and this is quite obvious. GLS LS CR4 LX CR4 Movus

5/M 5/M

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

150/320 150/320

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

2179/4 2179/4

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

16.69 20.10

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

17.88 21.60

FEATURES

AC

BENGALURU

14.28 17.48

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

CHENNAI

17.96 21.73

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

KOLKATA

15.01 18.34

TOP SPEED (KPH)

MUMBAI

Pleasure 4x2 Pride 4x4 Bolt

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

PERFORMANCE

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

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

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

MODEL DETAILS

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

NEW CARS A-Z

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Nexon 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7


TATA t o TATA

NEW CARS A-Z

7.90 8.51 9.36 10.65

8.15 8.79 9.66 11.00

7.78 8.50 9.22 10.47

8.13 8.83 9.61 10.92

8.35 9.08 9.93 10.30

1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4

110/260 110/260 110/260 110/260

6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M

SAFARI The Storme’s revised interior, extra power and less truck-like driving position makes it far more user-friendly, while time-honoured traits like super visibility, great cruising ability and decent comfort haven’t been compromised. It’s still too old to consider as an alternative to the newer lot of SUVs though. Storme 2.2 LX 4x2 Storme 2.2 EX 4x2 Storme 2.2 Varicor 400 VX 4x2 Storme 2.2 Varicor 400 VX 4x4 Sumo Gold

12.59 14.89 16.53 18.41

13.00 14.84 16.68 18.58

11.69 13.90 15.53 17.25

12.69 15.03 16.83 18.73

12.96 15.37 117.21 19.22

2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

150/320 150/320 156/400 156/400

7.80 7.98 8.57 9.31

8.74 8.94 9.48 10.30

8.33 6.60** 9.04 9.79

8.60 8.78 9.36 10.14

8.73 8.96 9.54 10.31

2956/4 2956/4 2956/4 2956/4

85/250 85/250 85/250 85/250

5/M 5/M 6/M 6/M

3.60 4.26 4.61 4.94 5.33 5.54 5.94 4.46 5.03 5.47 5.81 6.41

3.90 4.60 4.95 5.31 5.80 5.94 6.39 4.87 5.47 5.94 6.30 6.95

3.97 4.60 4.93 5.25 5.64 5.85 6.28 4.82 5.36 5.80 6.14 6.74

3.96 4.65 4.95 5.30 5.72 5.93 6.38 4.85 5.43 5.84 6.19 6.82

4.03 4.75 5.09 5.45 5.88 6.02 6.64 4.93 5.53 6.00 6.44 7.10

1199/3 1199/3 1199/3 1199/3 1199/3 1199/3 1199/3 1047/3 1047/3 1047/3 1047/3 1047/3

85/114 85/114 85/114 85/114 85/114 85/114 85/114 70/140 70/140 70/140 70/140 70/140

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

5.17 5.54 5.94 5.75** 6.43 6.22** 6.62 6.14 6.48 7.13 7.67 7.99

5.47 5.90 6.30 5.77 6.85 6.31 7.15 6.56 6.96 7.41 7.97 8.31

5.37 5.77 6.16 5.97** 6.67 6.44** 6.95 6.30 6.67 7.09 7.61 7.91

5.58 6.02 6.42 6.66 6.96 7.19 7.25 6.47 6.97 7.40 7.95 8.27

5.70 6.14 6.62 7.05 7.19 7.61 7.49 6.78 7.12 7.64 8.20 8.55

1199/3 1199/3 1199/3 1199/3 1199/3 1199/3 1199/3 1047/3 1047/3 1047/3 1047/3 1047/3

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

11.37 12.95

12.12 13.36

11.49 12.65

12.36 13.61

11.41 12.69

2179/4 2179/4

12.95 12.95 12.95 12.95

D D D D

14.06 168 13.37 14.66 14.06 168 13.37 14.66 — — — — — — — —

D D D D

25.87 25.87 25.87 25.87

121 121 121 121

18.37 18.37 18.37 18.37

21.15 21.15 21.15 21.15

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

15.27 15.27 15.27 15.27 — 15.27 — 17.52 17.52 17.52 17.52 17.52

— — — — — — — — — — — —

15.65 15.65 15.65 15.65 — 15.65 — 16.23 16.23 16.23 16.23 16.23

23.13 23.13 23.13 23.13 — 23.13 — 20.06 20.06 20.06 20.06 20.06

85/114 85/114 85/114 85/114 85/114 85/114 85/114 70/140 70/140 70/140 70/140 70/140

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/A 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

140/320 140/320

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

— — — — — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — — — — — — —

M M A A

D D

14.82 161 14.98 17.18 14.82 161 14.98 17.18

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 7 7 7

7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7

7 R R R

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

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

7 7 7 3

M M M M

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

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

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

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

7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 R R

7 7 7 7

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

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

7 3 3 3

7 7 7 3

7 7 In 7 7 Re 7 3 Re 3 3 Re

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

7 3 3 3

— 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 3/3

7/7 7/7 7/7 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

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7

Ex/7 Ex/7 In/7 In/7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3

Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3

7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Safari

7 3 3 3

7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 3 7 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

Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 3

7 7 7 7

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 7 7 Tiago

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3746/1647/1535mm Wheelbase 2400mm Tyre size 155/18 R13, ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 242 litres Ground Indian Driving Cycle* clearance 165-170mm Kerb weight 930-1080kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 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 3/3 3/3 7/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/3

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

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 /7 /7 /7 /7 M/7 M/7 7/7 /7 /7 /7 M/7

7 7 7 R R R R 7 7 7 R R

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

In/7 In/7 ln/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 In/7 In/7 ln/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 7 3 3 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

In In In In In In In In 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 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 3 7 7 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 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 3 3 7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 7 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

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

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 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

In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 In/7 In/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

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

7/7 7/7

7 7

7 7

7/3 7/3

El/7 El/7

7 7

3 3

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 3

7 7  7  7  7  7 2 7 2 7 7 7  7  7  7 2 7 Tigor

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

In In In Re Re Re Re In In In Re Re

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 Ex 3 7 Ex 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7 3

7 7 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7 3 7 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 7 7 7 7 3 7 3 2 3 2 Xenon

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 XT

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.2 Diesel 9.2/12.9/13.49

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 5125/1860/1765mm 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 M M

3 3 3 3

3 7 7 7 3 3 33 3 3 33 3 3 33

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3992/1677/1537mm Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 155/80 R13, 175/65 R14, 175/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10.2m Trunk volume 420 litres Ground clearance 165-170 Kerb weight 1035-1130kg Fuel tank 35 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA M M M M M M A M M M M A

7 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Diesel 10.1/13.2/NA Diesel Varicor 13.9/NA/NA

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4258/1700/1925mm 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 — — M M

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

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ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Revotron 9.06/13.0/NA Revotorq 14.0/18.0/NA

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4655/1855-1965/1922mm 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 Width149cm

FOR Torquey engine, stylish. AGAINST Refinement, bumpy ride at the rear. VERDICT Great for the weekend drive and camping trips. 5/M 5/M

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS) 11.02 11.02 11.02 11.02

FOR Value, ride quality. AGAINST Unexciting engines, no AMT as yet. VERDICT Stylish compact sedan that also plays the value card.

XENON XT The Xenon is a lifestyle pick-up truck, much like the Mahindra Getaway. It’s too big and bouncy to use as an everyday car, but it’s sensible if you have to lug bulky equipment and camping gear often. Equipped with 4x4, it’s reasonably capable off-road too. Tata does have a basic 4x2 version for commercial use as well. EX 4X2 EX 4X4

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FOR Design, spacious cabin, well priced. AGAINST Unimpressive engines, lower variants sparsely equipped.VERDICT Competent hatchback that scores big on value.

TIGOR The compact sedan derivative of the Tiago balances style and practicality; that sleek tail section is home to a class-leading 420-litre boot. It’s got a pleasant cabin with ample space and is well-equipped. Ride and handling are also impressive but neither engine excites. Still, seen as a package, the Tigor comes across as a great value. Revotron XE Revotron XM Revotron XT Revotron XTA A/T Revotron XZ Revtron XZA A/T Revotron XZ(O) Revotorq XE Revotorq XM Revotorq XT Revotorq XZ Revotorq XZ(O) Xenon XT

13.68 13.68 13.68 13.68

FOR Space, cruising ability. AGAINST Basic interiors. VERDICT For the large family on a budget.

TIAGO The Tiago is an impressive small car. It’s 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 and well-priced package. AMTequipped Tiago is the version urban buyers should go for. Revotron XB Revotron XE Revotron XM Revotron XT Revotron XTA A/T Revotron XZ Revotron XZ A/T Revotorq XB Revotorq XE Revotorq XM Revotorq XT Revotorq XZ Tigor

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SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3994/1811/1607mm Wheelbase 2498mm Tyre size 195/60 R16, 215/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.2m Trunk volume 350 litres Ground clearance 209mm Kerb weight 1237-1305kg Fuel tank 44 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 73/93cm Headroom 94cm Width 137cm

FOR Good ride comfort, spacious cabin. AGAINST Interior still feels dated, top-heavy dynamics. VERDICT Tata’s ageing warhorse gets yet another shot of botox.

SUMO GOLD For a large family on a budget, the Sumo Gold makes a good case for itself. The tractable engine, peoplecramming capacity and decent ride make it fair for long distance use. However, the Sumo is a 20-year-old product, so don’t expect it to match modern standards on other counts. 3.0 CR4 CX 3.0 CR4 CX PS 3.0 CR4 EX 3.0 CR4 GX Tiago

FEATURES

FOR Style, ride quality, value. AGAINST Petrol engine is underwhelming, inconsistent quality. VERDICT High on style compact SUV that’s big on content too.

NEXON The Nexon is Tata’s very fashionable take on the compact SUV. It’s nice on the inside, space and comfort are good and even ride and handling are impressive. And to top it all, pricing is keen as well. Of the two engines, the diesel is the one to go for; the petrol doesn’t feel completely sorted. Revotron XE (Diesel) Revotron XM (Diesel) Revotron XT (Diesel) Revotron XZ+ (Diesel) Safari

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

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REAR CENTRE ARMREST

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DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

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STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

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AC

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20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

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

BENGALURU

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

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

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Zest

Zest

ZEST Tata’s compact sedan 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. Revotron XE Revotron XM Revotron XMS Revotron XT Quadrajet 75PS XE Quadrajet 75PS XM Quadrajet 75PS XMS Quadrajet 90PS XMA Quadrajet 90PS XT Quadrajet 90PS XTA TOYOTA Camry

5.68 6.39 6.58 7.39 6.97 7.79 8.09 8.72 8.75 9.66

6.37 7.11 7.32 8.00 7.78 8.48 8.78 9.51 9.55 10.50

6.07 6.75 6.96 7.58 7.28 7.92 8.20 8.86 8.89 9.77

6.20 6.92 7.14 7.78 7.48 8.15 8.44 9.12 9.16 10.08

6.30 7.13 7.35 8.01 7.70 8.41 8.70 9.38 9.42 10.41

1193/4 1193/4 1193/4 1193/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

90/140 90/140 90/140 90/140 75/190 75/190 75/190 90/200 90/200 90/200

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34.34 42.91

37.02 45.19

28.19 32.35

36.68 44.88

38.14 47.71

2494/4 2494/4

181/233 160/213

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COROLLA ALTIS A styling update has added a touch of desirability to the safe and sensible Corolla Altis, while subtle tweaks on the inside have enhanced its spacious cabin’s ambience. The mechanical package is unchanged so ride quality remains good and handling remains inert. You’d be better off with the petrol engine; the diesel is dull and noisy. 1.8 G 1.8 G CVT 1.8 GL 1.8 VL CVT D-4D G D-4D GL Etios

17.99 19.83 20.71 22.51 19.99 21.93

19.07 20.97 21.87 22.89 21.07 23.05

18.20 20.02 20.88 22.65 19.75 21.61

19.46 21.39 22.30 24.18 21.15 23.12

19.88 21.91 22.86 24.84 21.65 23.72

1798/4 1798/4 1798/4 1798/4 1364/4 1364/4

140/173 140/173 140/173 140/173 88/205 88/205

6/M CVT 6/M CVT 6/M 6/M

ETIOS With the facelift, Toyota has sought to add some spice to the bland Etios. It’s still not a car that will get your pulse racing, but it remains an immensely practical choice thanks to its spacious cabin and enormous boot. Standard airbags and ABS are a big plus too. GX V VX GXD VD VXD Etios Liva

7.69 7.99 8.67 9.04 9.34 10.04

8.32 8.71 9.35 9.76 10.15 10.81

7.95 8.29 8.96 9.18 8.59 10.19

8.02 8.40 9.03 9.27 9.65 10.28

8.29 8.70 9.37 9.65 10.05 10.72

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5.80 6.06 6.31 7.03 7.50 7.76 7.95 8.42 7.24 8.92 8.65 8.98

6.43 6.81 6.98 7.60 8.13 8.52 8.61 9.10 7.92 9.68 9.43 9.78

5.45** 6.35 6.52 7.10 6.81** 7.95 8.05 7.55 6.49 8.30 7.87 8.32

6.25 6.62 6.78 7.40 7.78 8.15 8.24 8.71 7.69 9.39 9.01 9.35

NA 6.78 6.95 7.59 NA 8.40 8.49 8.99 7.92 9.75 9.32 9.71

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1364/4 1364/4 1364/4 1364/4 1197/4 1496/4 1364/4 1364/4

80/104 80/104 80/104 80/104 68/170 68/170 68/170 68/170 80/104 90/132 68/170 68/170

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31.85

26.70**

31.99

33.18

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16.33 16.33 16.33 16.33 12.37 12.37 12.37 12.37 16.33 11.42 12.37 12.37

26.67 26.67 26.67 26.67 15.33 15.33 15.33 15.33 26.67 17.72 15.33 15.33

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

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7 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4795/1855/1835mm Wheelbase 2745mm Tyre size 265/65 R17, 265/60 R18 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 225mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 80 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A

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

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R

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El/3

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7 7 7 7 7 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 2 7 3 7 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 TOYOTA Camry

3 7 7 3 9 7 Corolla Altis

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

3 3 3 3 3 3

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3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 3 2 7 Etios Liva

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 Petrol NA/NA/18.16 1.5 Petrol NA/NA/16.78 1.4 Diesel NA/NA/23.59 7 7 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

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

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 = 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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ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 petrol M/T NA/NA/16.78 1.5 diesel M/T NA/NA/23.59

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3775-3895/1695-1735/1510-1555mm Wheelbase 2460mm Tyre size 175/65 R14, 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 9.6m Trunk volume 251 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years,1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/90cm Headroom 90cm Width 137cm M M M M M M M M M M M M

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3

7 33 3 3 3 7 3 7 33 3 3 3 7 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4620/1775/1475mm Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 195/65 R15, 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 470 litres Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 1220-1310kg Fuel tank 43-55 litres Warranty 3 years/1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol A/T 8.2/12/12.98 Hybrid 14.1/NA/19.16

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4369/1695/1510mm Wheelbase 2550mm Tyre size 175/70 R14, 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume 592litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years, 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/91cm Headroom 90cm Width 137cm

FOR Reliability, comfort for seven. AGAINST Lacks some features, pricier than rivals. VERDICT More desirable now, but dependable as ever. P

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4850/1825/1480mm Wheelbase 2775mm Tyre size 215/55 R17, 215/60 R16, Turning circle dia 11m Trunk volume 484 litres Ground clearance 160mm Kerb weight 1490-1635kg Fuel tank 65-70 litres Warranty 3 years/100,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 72/97cm Headroom 93cm Width 140cm

FOR Spacious cabin, easy to drive, safety equipment. AGAINST Unexciting. VERDICT A big hatch for the practical buyer.

FORTUNER The new Fortuner is here and it successfully takes the mantle from the hugely popular original. Styling is modern, the interior is a lot comfier and more luxurious than before, and it’s better to drive than before. There’s a petrol engine on offer but the diesels will prove more efficient. The new Fortuner is quite expensive but you do get bulletproof reliability as part of the deal. 2.7 4X2 M/T

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FOR Spacious cabin, safety features as standard. AGAINST Unexciting. VERDICT An ideal A to B family car for India.

ETIOS LIVA Toyota’s hatchback gets a new face but under the skin it remains a practical and sensible urban tool. The Liva is big on space and what should further endear it to buyers is the fact that airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard across the range. The Etios Cross gets body cladding but no off-road ability. G GX V VX GD GXD VD VXD Cross G Cross V Cross GD Cross VD Fortuner

13.74 13.74 13.74 13.74 — — — — 14.78 —

FOR Back-seat experience, hybrid is cheap to run. AGAINST Some cabin plastics feel cheap, unexciting to drive. VERDICT Comfortable, sensible large sedan. Hybrid costs too much now.

CAMRY If the back seat is where you spend most of your time, the Camry is the car for you. Sure, the seating position could be a bit better but you can recline the rear backrest and there’s lots of space to spread out after a hard day at the office. Unfortunately, the popular hybrid version has become expensive after the implementation of GST. The standard petrol engine is unexciting. 2.5 A/T Hybrid Corolla Altis

P P P P D D D D D D

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* Petrol 11.2/16.1/17.6 Diesel NA/NA/23

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3995/1706/1570mm 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

FOR Modern cabin, ride comfort. AGAINST Average petrol engine, inadequate cabin storage. VERDICT Good package let down by a dull petrol engine.

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INNOVA CRYSTA Toyota’s new Innova Crysta is a huge step forward over the earlier Innova. Clearly more attractive and upmarket, it is also more comfortable, better built and more lavishly equipped on the inside. It also comes with a trio of strong engines. But it’s a whole lot costlier, with prices that are more executive sedan than family MPV. 2.7 GX MT 7-seater 2.7 GX MT 8-seater 2.7 GX AT 7-seater 2.7 GX AT 8-seater 2.7 VX MT 7-seater 2.7 ZX AT 7-seater 2.4 G MT 7-seater 2.4 G MT 8-seater 2.4 GX MT 7-seater 2.4 GX MT 8-seater 2.8 GX AT 7-seater 2.8 GX AT 8-seater 2.4 VX MT 7-seater 2.4 VX MT 8-seater 2.4 ZX MT 7-seater 2.8 ZX AT 7-seater 2.7 Touring Sport 7-str 2.7 Touring Sport AT 7-str 2.4 Touring Sport 7-str 2.8 Touring Sport AT 7-str Land Cruiser LC200

16.17 16.26 17.41 17.51 19.48 22.89 16.26 16.31 17.96 18.06 19.46 19.56 21.38 21.43 23.60 25.11 19.79 22.93 23.47 26.48

17.23 17.33 18.51 18.61 20.64 24.14 17.89 17.94 18.84 18.94 20.37 20.47 22.31 22.37 24.57 26.44 21.70 25.27 24.47 27.76

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17.53 17.64 18.83 18.94 21.00 24.66 17.56 17.61 18.86 18.96 20.38 20.48 22.43 22.48 24.68 26.10 21.87 25.27 24.24 27.29

17.12 17.22 18.43 18.54 20.66 24.26 17.24 17.29 19.17 19.28 20.77 20.88 22.80 22.86 25.39 27.02 22.55 26.36 25.23 28.48

2694/4 2694/4 2694/4 2694/4 2694/4 2694/4 2393/4 2393/4 2393/4 2393/4 2755/4 2755/4 2393/4 2393/4 2393/4 2755/4 2694/4 2694/4 2393/4 2755/4

166/245 166/245 166/245 166/245 166/245 166/245 150/343 150/343 150/343 150/343 174/360 174/360 150/343 150/343 150/343 174/360 166/245 166/245 150/343 174/360

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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. VX Land Cruiser Prado

159.65

165.34

120.00 165.79 177.04

4461/V8

265/650

6/A

LAND CRUISER PRADO Another legend from Toyota, the Prado is 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 three times as much. The engine is capable though, so it’s not a big issue. Prado 4x4 Prius

105.26

115.01

87.36** 110.08 116.23

2982/4

173/410

5/A

PRIUS Radical. That’s the new Prius for you. With its extroverted concept car-like looks, it’s sure to grab eyeballs on Indian roads, though we aren’t quite sure if for the right reasons. At its core though, the Prius remains a well-meaning hybrid that puts fuel economy and low emissions above all else. It is pricey but few cars boast of green credentials as the Prius. Z8 (Hybrid) VOLKSWAGEN Ameo

50.77

56.63

43.04**

54.79

57.96

1798/4

98/142

CVT

AMEO VW’s first-ever compact sedan, the Ameo, has all the strengths of the Polo hatch it’s based on, particularly that solid German build. And it’s well-equipped too. But, like the Polo, the rear seat is down on rivals in terms of space. The three-cylinder petrol engine is so-so but the diesel is strong and punchy. Diesel auto is pricey but feels eons ahead of rivals. 1.2 MPI Trendline 1.2 MPI Comfortline 1.2 MPI Highline 1.5 TDI Trendline 1.5 TDI Comfortline 1.5 TDI Comfortline A/T 1.5 TDI Highline 1.5 TDI Highline A/T Beetle

6.09 7.19 8.41 7.49 8.92 10.57 9.83 11.48

6.55 7.52 8.69 7.86 9.35 10.89 10.31 11.85

6.14 7.06 8.16 7.25 8.63 10.06 9.52 10.94

6.49 7.45 8.59 7.67 9.11 10.45 10.03 11.38

6.84 7.84 9.04 8.05 9.56 10.87 10.28 11.83

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

75/110 75/110 75/110 110/250 110/250 110/250 110/250 110/250

5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 7/A 5/M 7/A

BEETLE VW’s icon is back in India and this time around, it’s got some serious strengths to bolster its vanity value. The engine, for one, feels thrifty and the grown up dynamics allow for quite a bit of fun behind the wheel. There are some retro details in the surprisingly roomy 2+2 cabin but we’d have liked more distinction. Pricing is prohibitively high. 1.4 TSI

34.63

38.17

34.13

33.39

33.56

1395/4

150/250

7/A

FOR Spacious cabin, strong engines, plenty of equipment. AGAINST Price, weight. VERDICT Bigger, bolder and better; this is easily the new MPV benchmark. P P P P P P D D D D D D D D D D P P D D

— — — — — — 13.11 13.11 13.11 13.11 11.46 11.46 13.11 13.11 13.11 11.46 — — 13.11 11.46

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

— — — — — — 9.86 9.86 9.86 9.86 6.70 6.70 9.86 9.86 9.86 6.70 — — 9.86 6.70

— — — — — — 11.93 11.93 11.93 11.93 8.84 8.84 11.93 11.93 11.93 8.84 — — 11.93 8.84

13.10

6.83 9.12

M M M M A A — — M M M M A A A A A A A A

A

A

15.80 15.80 15.80 — — — — —

— — — — — — — —

14.75 21.32 14.75 21.32 14.75 21.32 — — — — — — — — — —

A

M M A M M M A A

FOR Retro looks, powertrain, ride quality. AGAINST Price. VERDICT More than a style icon now. P

9.22

5.59 6.56

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 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 — — 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 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 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 El/7 — — 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

R R R R R R — — R R R R R R R R R R R R

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

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

3 7 3 7 3 3 — — 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3 — — 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 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

In In In In In In — — In In In In In In In In In In In In

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

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

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

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

7/7 M/7 M/7 7/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 R 7 7 7 R R

7 7 3 7 7 7 3 3

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

In/7 EI/7 El/3 In/7 EI/7 EI/7 El/3 El/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 3 3 3 3 — — 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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

M/M

F/R 7

3/3

El/3

7

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 Innova

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 3 7 3 Crysta

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 33 — — — — 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33

7 7 7 7 3 3 — — 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3 — — 7 7 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 33 — — — — 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 3 7 3 7 33 33 33 33 33 33 Land

7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 3 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 Cruiser

3 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 7 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 LC200

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 4.4 Diesel 5.3/8.5/9.65

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway Indian Driving Cycle* 3.0 Diesel NA/NA/11.13

3 7 3 Prius

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 VOLKSWAGEN Ameo

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 1.2 MPI NA/NA/17.83 1.5 TDI M/T NA/NA/21.66 1.5 TDI A/T NA/NA/21.73 7 7 3 7 7 7 3 3

In In In In In In In In

7 7 3 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4278/1808/1486mm 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 A

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3

3

7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* 2.4 MT 10.6/14.3/15.1 2.8 AT 9.2/13.2/14.29

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3995/1682/1483mm Wheelbase 2470mm Tyre size 185/60 R15 Turning circle dia 9.94m Trunk volume 330 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1044-1184kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited km 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 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 10 3 Land Cruiser Prado

3

3

C U A B T N

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4540/1760/1490mm Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 195/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.2m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 43 litres Warranty 3 year/ 1,00,000kmSEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Equipment, price, premium feel. AGAINST Petrol engine refinement, rear seat space. VERDICT An unexpected value proposition that feels premium, but is a bit short on practicality. P P P D D D D D

3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4760/1885/1880mm 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

FOR Excellent fuel economy, clever hybrid system. AGAINST Expensive, unexciting to drive. VERDICT Wealthy green motorists need only apply. P/E

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4950/1980/1910mm Wheelbase 2850mm Tyre size 285/60R18Turning 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

FOR Off-road ability, torquey engine, long equipment list. AGAINST Dull driving experience. VERDICT The most capable off-roader at this price. D

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

3 3 3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4735/1830/1795mm Wheelbase 2750mm Tyre size 205/65 R16,215/55 R17 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 300-1800 litres Ground clearance 167mm Kerb weight 1855-1870kg Fuel tank 65/55 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/87cm Headroom 95cm Width 145cm

FOR Road presence, off-road ability. AGAINST Exorbitant price, doesn’t have the sheer quality of its rivals. VERDICT It’s a legend. Enough said. D

R R R R R R

ESP ABS

El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7 El/7

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

3 3 3 3 3 3

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

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

FOG LAMPS

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

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

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

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

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

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

A A A A A A

— — — — — — — — 7.49 0.06 — —

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

— — — — — —

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

— — — — 12.02 —

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

P D D D D D

LEATHER SEATS

6/A 6/M 6/A 6/M 6/A 6/A

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

166/245 177/420 177/450 177/420 177/450 177/450

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

2649/4 2755/4 2755/4 2755/4 2755/4 2755/4

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

35.26 35.15 38.14 38.39 40.61 40.00

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

33.94 33.85 36.56 36.78 38.89 35.86

FEATURES

AC

BENGALURU

28.39** 28.30** 29.92** 30.83** 31.90** 31.57**

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

CHENNAI

33.80 34.27 37.01 37.23 39.36 31.43**

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

KOLKATA

31.59 32.46 35.13 35.34 37.43 36.88

TOP SPEED (KPH)

MUMBAI

2.7 4X2 A/T 2.8 4X2 M/T 2.8 4X2 A/T 2.8 4X4 M/T 2.8 4X4 A/T 2.8 4x2 A/T TRD Sportivo Innova Crysta

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

PERFORMANCE

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

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

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

MODEL DETAILS

3

7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 7 7 7 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

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Beetle

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

7 Re 3

7

7 3 3 3 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

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

C U A B T N

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

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

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

NEW CARS A-Z

GTI

GTI

GTI It’s easy to dismiss the GTI as just another Polo. But this one’s got just three doors and a bomb of an engine under the hood. It’s impressively fast and the handling makes it a bona fide hot hatch. A good ride and genuine easy-to-drive manners make it a fun car for everyday use. Unfortunately, you’ll need big pockets to own one. GTI Jetta

30.06

30.10

NA

25.01

24.74

1798/4

192/250

FOR Performance, handling. AGAINST Expensive VERDICT The ultimate sleeper performance car 7/A

JETTA If you want a taste of the real Volkswagen, step inside the Jetta. It feels built like a tank, quality levels are amazing and it rides with a poise you’d only find in a German car. The Jetta is expensive and doesn’t get the latest equipment but is still the best of the executive sedans. 1.4 TSI Trendline M/T 1.4 TSI Comfortline M/T 2.0 TDI Trendline M/T 2.0 TDI Comfortline M/T 2.0 TDI Highline M/T 2.0 TDI Highline A/T Passat

16.89 18.65 18.71 20.97 23.22 24.44

17.29 19.11 19.06 21.37 23.89 25.16

16.76 18.52 18.16 20.36 22.56 23.76

18.61 20.50 20.11 22.48 24.84 26.13

18.39 20.46 19.99 22.39 25.02 26.34

1390/4 1390/4 1968/4 1968/4 1968/4 1968/4

122/200 122/200 140/320 140/320 140/320 140/320

29.99** 32.99**

36.04 39.61

NA NA

36.04 39.64

NA NA

1968/4 1968/4

177/350 177/350

6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/M 6/A

6/A 6/A

POLO The Polo is not the largest of the hatchbacks nor is it the cheapest. What it is, is a small car for those who value quality over all else. The Polo feels well built and the cabin feels premium. The 1.2 petrol is lacklustre but the diesels are punchy and the 1.2 turbopetrol is borderline exciting. 1.2 MPI Trendline (Petrol) 1.2 MPI Comfortline (Petrol) 1.2 MPI Highline (Petrol) 1.5 TDI Trendline (Diesel)

6.00 6.93 7.94 7.95

6.55 7.35 8.40 8.49

6.05 6.80 7.80 7.70

6.38 7.17 8.20 8.11

6.71 7.53 8.62 8.54

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1498/4

75/110 75/110 75/110 90/230

A

FOR Quality, space, comfort, diesel engine. AGAINST Staid interiors, pricey. VERDICT Smart, understated executive sedan with lots to offer.

PASSAT VW’s large sedan is back and hopes to win you over with its combination of space and luxury. It has the size and presence but styling is typically understated. The cabin is richly finished and there’s lot of goodies included too. As for weaknesses, the powerful diesel engine can get audible at times and you can also hear the suspension rather often. Comfortline Highline Polo

P

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3976/1682/1452mm Wheelbase 2468mm Tyre size 215/45 R16 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1273kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

P P D D D D

10.56 — 10.56 — 10.92 — 10.92 — 10.92 — 10.02 208

11.12 11.12 11.38 11.38 11.38 6.22

13.60 13.60 14.39 14.39 14.39 7.81

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— —

— —

— —

A A A A A A

P P P D

16.50 16.50 16.50 13.08

154 16.83 23.04 154 16.83 23.04 154 16.83 23.04 167 9.59 11.51

F/R 7

3/3

El/3

7

3

3

7 Re 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

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 El/M El/M

7 F/R 7 F/R F/R F/R

7 7 7 7 7 7

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

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

7 3 7 3 3 3

7 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

In In In In In In

A A

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

El/7 El/El

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

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 El 3 3 3 El 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 3971/1682/1469mm 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 M M A M

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

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

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

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

7 7 7 7

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

7 7 R 7

7 7 7 7

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

In/7 EI/7 El/3 In/7

7 7 7 7

7 3 3 7

7 3 3 3 3 7 3

3 6 3 Jetta

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 7 7 7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4767/1832/1456mm Wheelbase 2786mm Tyre size 215/60 R16 / 215/55 R17 Turning circle dia 11.7m Trunk volume 586 litres (expandable to 1152 litres) Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1535-1550kg Fuel tank 66 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Torquey diesel engines, fantastic build quality. AGAINST Rear leg room is tight. VERDICT Not the most rounded hatchback but has its special appeal. 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M

M/M

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4644/1778/1453mm Wheelbase 2633mm Tyre size 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia 11m Trunk volume 510 litres Ground clearance 159mm Kerb weight 1445-1460kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 66/91cm Headroom 92cm Width 135cm

FOR Cabin space, loaded with equipment. AGAINST Gruff engine, some suspension noise. VERDICT An elegant car for the understated executive. D D

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

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

33 33 33 33 33 33

7 3 7 3 7 7

7 3 7 3 3 3

7 7 7 7 3 3

7 7 7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3

6 3 6 3 6 3 6 3 6 3 6 3 Passat

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* NA/NA/17.42kpl

7 7

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 3

3 9 3 9

3 3 Polo

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 7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

Ex Ex Ex Ex

7 7 7 7 3 3 33 3 3 33 7 7 7 7

7 3 3 7

7 3 3 7

7 7 3 7

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

3 3 3 3

2 2 2 2

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.

T H E J OY O F S P E C S

AU T OCA R ’S S TA R R AT I N G S E X P L A I N E D

The updated KUV100 gets the addition of an NXT badge and a few mechanical changes, as well as tweaks to the exterior and interior. It continues with the older model’s 84hp, 1.2-litre petrol, and 78hp, 1.2-litre diesel engines mated to a fivespeed manual gearbox, but changes have been made to the engines’ mountings for improved vibration damping. The suspension has also been tweaked. The base K2 trim (Rs 4.39 lakh onwards) comes with 14-inch steel wheels, a rear spoiler, air conditioning, and ABS with EBD. The K+ adds dual front airbags for about Rs 40,000 more. The K4+ variant (Rs 5.24 lakh onwards) gets front and rear power windows, driver’s seat height adjust, covers for the 14-inch wheels and a folding rear seat. The K6+ (from Rs 6.04 lakh) gets 15-inch wheels, an engine start-stop function, remote central locking, a rear wiper and defogger, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, steering-mounted controls for the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, speed-sensing door locks and follow-me-home headlamps. The top-spec K8 (from Rs 6.40 lakh), additionally, gets a dual-tone exterior finish, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, all-black interiors, a rear centre armrest, a cooled glove box, electric folding outside mirrors, navigation with MapMyIndia, rear parking sensors and Isofix child seat mounts. Our pick is the K8 as it is sensibly priced and offers the highest level of kit and safety features.

ALL PRICES EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

M A H I N D R A K U V 100 N X T

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

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TIGUAN Volkswagen wants you to see the Tiguan as a rival to the X1s, GLAs and Q3s of the world. It is just as well put together as its German rivals, yet feels more spacious. The engine could have done with more power but this is a car that can comfortably do a 1000km stint without breaking into a sweat. It is expensive but the long list of features helps justify the price to an extent. Comfortline 4Motion Highline 4Motion Vento

32.15 36.08

33.89 37.93

30.53 34.26

33.17 37.22

33.35 37.44

1968/4 1968/4

143/340 143/340

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 boasts a tough build. VW has updated it and given it plenty of features too, making it fair value for money. 1.6 MPI Trendline M/T 1.6 MPI Comfortline M/T 1.2 TSI Comfortline A/T 1.6 MPI Highline M/T 1.2 TSI Highline A/T 1.6 MPI Highline Plus M/T 1.2 TSI Highline Plus A/T 1.5 TDI Trendline M/T 1.5 TDI Comfortline M/T 1.5 TDI Comfortline A/T 1.5 TDI Highline M/T 1.5 TDI Highline A/T 1.5 TDI Highline Plus M/T 1.5 TDI Highline Plus A/T VOLVO S60 D4 Kinetic D4 Momentum D5 Inscription

D D

— —

— —

— —

— —

A A

9.91 11.02 12.68 12.20 13.43 13.28 14.82 11.65 12.96 14.51 14.13 15.62 15.22 16.71

9.15 10.22 11.73 11.32 12.76 13.84 13.89 10.60 11.82 13.25 12.90 14.28 13.91 15.42

9.65 10.75 12.72 12.41 13.84 13.52 13.84 11.17 12.96 14.38 14.14 15.49 15.24 16.59

10.10 11.26 12.95 12.87 14.16 14.02 14.09 11.76 13.43 15.04 14.65 15.79 15.78 16.91

1598/4 1598/4 1197/4 1598/4 1197/4 1598/4 1197/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

105/153 105/153 105/175 105/153 105/175 105/153 105/175 110/250 110/250 110/250 110/250 110/250 110/250 110/250

5/M 5/M 7/A 5/M 7/A 5/M 7/A 5/M 5/M 7/A 5/M 7/A 7/A 7/A

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

12.18 12.18 11.24 12.18 11.24 12.18 11.24 — — — — — — —

187 187 — 187 — 187 — — — — — — — —

39.61 45.71 50.53

49.01 53.44 55.93

37.33 41.99 46.55

41.18 47.78 52.81

42.86 49.32 54.40

1969/4 1969/4 2400/5

183/400 183/400 218/440

8/A 8/A 6/A

D D D

— — — — 8.19 230

13.40 13.40 6.75 13.40 6.75 13.40 6.75 — — — — — — —

3 3 3 3

7 7 7 7

7 7 7 7

Ex Ex Ex Ex

3 3 3 3

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

El/7 El/7

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

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

3 3 3 3

C U A B T N 3 3 3 3

7 7 3 7

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

7 3 7 7

7 7 7 7

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 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 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

7 7 7 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 3 3 3 3

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7 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 R R R R

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

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

7 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

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

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 3 7 7 7 7 33 3 3 7 7 3 7 33 3 3 3 7 7 7 33 3 3 3 7 3 7 33 3 3 3 7 7 7 33 3 3 3 7 3 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 33 3 3 7 7 7 7 33 3 3 7 7 3 7 33 3 3 3 7 7 7 33 3 3 3 7 3 7 33 3 3 3 7 3 7 33 3 3 3 7 3

— — — — 5.74 6.22

A A A

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

El/El El/El El/El

R R R

7 7 7

3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

3 3 3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

7 33 3 3 7 7 3 7 33 3 3 7  3 7 33 3 3 7 3 3

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

3 6 3 3 6 3 Vento

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

M A A A A A A M A A A A A 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

2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 Tiguan

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

22.61 22.61 8.56 22.61 8.56 22.61 8.56 — — — — — — —

3/7 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

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

7 7 7 7

ESP ABS

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

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4390/1699/1467mm 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

FOR Tough build, nice engines. AGAINST Ride can get bouncy at high speeds. VERDICT A well put together sedan that appeals to the head.

9.31 10.39 12.06 11.71 13.11 12.91 14.27 10.94 12.49 14.00 13.63 15.08 14.83 15.93

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

7 7 7 7

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4486/1839/1672mm Wheelbase 2677mm Tyre size 215/65 R17 - 235/55 R18 Turning circle dia 11.5m Trunk volume 615 - 1655 litres Ground clearance 149mm Kerb weight 1720kg Fuel tank 71 litres Warranty 2 year/ unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Long distance ability, spacious cabin, quality AGAINST Pricey, lacks ample road presence VERDICT Every bit a solid, highquality German SUV. 7/A 7/A

7 R R R

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

M/7 M/7 M/7 M/7

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

7 7 7 7

FOG LAMPS

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

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

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

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

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

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

M A A A

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR) PARKING CAMERA

13.08 167 9.59 11.51 13.08 167 9.59 11.51 11.02 190 6.48 8.10 11.52 — 9.91 11.25

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST (DRIVER/PASSENGER)

D D P D

LEATHER SEATS

5/M 5/M 7/A 5/M

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

90/230 90/230 105/175 105/250

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

1498/4 1498/4 1197/4 1498/4

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

POWER (HP)/TORQUE (NM)

9.63 10.48 11.25 11.44

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

9.15 9.97 10.58 10.74

FEATURES

AC

BENGALURU

8.70 9.48 10.18 10.33

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

CHENNAI

9.57 10.41 10.95 11.33

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

KOLKATA

8.98 9.78 10.35 10.67

TOP SPEED (KPH)

MUMBAI

1.5 TDI Comfortline (Diesel) 1.5 TDI Highline (Diesel) GT TSI (Petrol) A/T GT TDI M/T (Diesel) Tiguan

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and vary from time to time.

PERFORMANCE

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

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

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

MODEL DETAILS

7 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 3 3

In Re Re Re Re Re Re In Re Re Re Re Re Re

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 VOLVO S60 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 6 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 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.

AUTOCAR I N D IA TO P FIVES

P E T R O L C R O S S - H AT C H B AC K S Hyundai i20 Active

1

Honda WR-V

HHHHHHHII

Rs 7.67 – 9.92 lakh

The SUVesque design, high seating position, interior space and practicality help the WR-V score high. It also offers a good ride and handling package, slick gear shifts and a decent level of kit. The 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol and 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engines aren’t thrilling but they get the job done efficiently.

HHHHHHIII

Rs 6.70 – 9.88 lakh

The i20 Active boasts a nicely finished cabin, an extensive features list at this price, including a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a rear AC vent and six airbags in the top-spec trim. It comes with an efficient and refined (if dull) 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol and a 90hp, 1.4-litre diesel engine.

3

Toyota Etios Cross

4

Fiat Urban Cross

5

Fiat Avventura

HHHHHIIII

Rs 6.36 – 7.81 lakh

HHHHHIIII

Rs 6.78 – 9.78 lakh

It’s more affordable than the competition, while offering the interior space and safety features to match, and three engine options – an 80hp, 1.2-litre and a 90hp, 1.5-litre petrol engines, and a 68hp, 1.4-litre diesel motor. However, it loses out on a touchscreen infotainment system and electrically adjustable wing mirrors. Competitive pricing, a powerful 142hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine, sturdy build quality, and a good ride and handling package are the highlights of this Punto hatchback-based crossover. However, it feels old compared to its competition and has the same issues as the hatchback, like the odd driving position.

HHHHHIIII

Rs 7.12 – 9.89 lakh

The Avventura shares its strengths and weaknesses with the Urban Cross and costs a small premium over its Punto-based sibling. The extra money gets you a slightly beefier design, a bootmounted spare, off-road gauges and a compass on the inside to provide that true off-roader feel. The same 93hp, 1.3-litre diesel and 140hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engines are on offer.

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NEW CARS A-Z

S60 Volvo’s mid-size luxury sedan is in the latter part of its life cycle but looks eye-catching as ever. However, its cabin is down on space and tech compared to rivals. Modern 2.0 diesel versions are pleasant while the 367hp Polestar is a bargain for the performance it offers. The Cross Country, with its 201mm ground clearance and all-wheel drive, is a unique proposition. Cross Country Inscription Polestar S90

52.76 64.67

57.46 53.10**

46.26 51.85 53.10** 53.10**

56.83 70.82

2400/5 1969/4

193/420 367/470

S90 Volvo’s new luxury sedan has its focus clear – it’s a car that puts com-fort above all else. It’s got a beautifully finished cabin, lots of features and offers good levels of refinement. And, while not exciting, it is an easy big car to drive. The rear seat could have been better shaped but it’s not a deal breaker. D4 Inscription

69.65

75.65

54.50**

71.58

74.62

FOR Attractive design, pleasant diesel engines, Polestar performance. AGAINST Cabin looks a bit dated. VERDICT Past its prime but a stylish alternative to the German brigade. 6/A 8/A

D P

8.26 —

— —

5.22 6.23 — —

A A

190/400

8/A

D

8.50

5.29 6.55

El/El El/El

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

El/3 El/3

3 3

3 3

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

AIRBAGS (NO.) TRACTION CONTROL

ESP ABS

C U A B T N

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* D5 9.5/13.4/NA

3 3 Re 3 3 3 Re 3

7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3 7 3 3 3 3 7 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4963/2019/1433mm Wheelbase 2941mm Tyre size 245/45 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 152mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA A

CD/USB/AUX/BLUETOOTH/ TOUCHSCREEN/NAVIGATION

REAR AC VENTS BOOT RELEASE REAR DEFOGGER REAR WASH WIPE

FOG LAMPS

DRLs (DAY TIME RUNNING LED)

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/ ELECTRIC RETRACT)

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

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

SAFETY

INFOTAINMENT

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4635/1899/1484mm 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

FOR Superb interiors, value. AGAINST Rear seat could be better. VERDICT A Volvo that you’ll find hard to say no to.

1969/4

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

FEATURES

AC

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

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

BENGALURU

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

DELHI

MUMBAI

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

3 6 3 6

3 3 S90

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

3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 7

V40

3 V40

V40 The facelifted V40 offers some degree of personalization with a wider range of upholstery colours. It’s well equipped and in an India-first gets a pedestrian airbag. It drives well but isn’t the most exciting or comfy of luxury hatches. The Cross Country gets added body cladding but no more in terms of off-road ability. D3 Kinetic D3 R-Design Cross Country D3 Inscription Cross Country T4 Momentum V90

33.77 38.05 39.14 35.31

39.03 41.49 47.67 38.87

30.11 34.10 35.15 33.32

32.36 36.00 41.04 34.23

36.93 41.33 42.35 37.74

1984/5 1984/5 1984/5 1596/4

152/350 152/350 150/350 179/240

V90 Every bit as practical as estates are expected to be, the V90 Cross Country distinguishes itself with some amount of off-road ability courtesy its all-wheel-drive system and raised suspension. It is powerful, attractive, and comes with a beautifully put together cabin. And with so many goodies on board you get a lot of car for the money. D5 Inscription

76.84

71.54

NA

72.01

82.17

1969/4

235/480

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4369/1783/1420mm 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

FOR Superb seats, safety kit. AGAINST Crashy ride, limited rear visibility. VERDICT Stylish, well-rounded and generally likeable hatchback. 6/A 6/A 6/A 6/A

D D D P

8.68 205 5.88 6.57 8.68 205 5.88 6.57 8.68 205 5.88 6.57 — — — —

A A A A

D

230

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/M

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

3 3 3 3

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

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

7 7 3 3

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4938/2019/1542mm Wheelbase 2941mm Tyre size 245/45 R20 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 590 litres Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Practicality, features, good off-road. AGAINST Estate body style has limited appeal in India. VERDICT A unique alternative to luxury SUVs. 8/A

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

A

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

El/El

F/R 3

7/3

El/El

3

3

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

7 7 7 7

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

7 7 7 7

7 7 3 

3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3

8 8 8 8

3 3 3 3 V90

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

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

XC60

3 8

3

XC60

XC60 The swoopy XC60 is Volvo’s take on a mid-size luxury SUV and for the most part, it is good. It has great seats, it’s well equipped and it’s well priced too, especially considering it’s a full import. But the XC60 can’t quite match newer rivals like the BMW X3, Merc GLC and Land Rover Discovery Sport. D4 Kinetic D4 Momentum D5 Inscription

55.92 60.11 64.40

65.91 72.00 77.09

53.09 56.70 60.90

55.62 63.28 69.08

60.65 65.10 69.09

1969/4 1969/4 2400/5

FOR Superb seats, styling. AGAINST Has started to feel old. VERDICT Not as appealing a package as it once was.

183/400 183/400 218/440

8/A 8/A 6/A

D D D

— — — — — — — — 9.90 198 6.43 7.30

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4644/2120/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 Width140cm A A A

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

El/M El/El El/El

7 7 F/R 7 F/R 7

3/3 3/3 3/3

El/3 El/3 El/3

3 3 3

3 3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* D5 9.0/12.2/NA

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 7  3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 3 3

XC90

3 8 3 8 3 8

3 3 3

XC90

XC90 The new XC90 is hugely promising. It’s neatly styled, the cabin is soothing and the third row is useable too. The four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine has adequate grunt but at times, you do miss the additional refinement a larger engine would have brought with it. Luxurious T8 Excellence a serious alternative to full-size luxury sedans.

DIMENSIONS L/W/H 4950/1923/1776mm 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

FOR Chunky design, classy interiors, technology. AGAINST Diesel down on refinement to sixcylinder rivals, firm low-speed ride. VERDICT Fresh, modern and an alluring take on the luxury SUV.

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ Indian Driving Cycle* D5 9.1/13.1/11.1

D5 Momentum

85.93

103.82

82.79

91.82

94.70

1969/4

228/470

8/A

D

9.14

5.82 6.90

A

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 7

3

D5 Inscription

104.03

121.34

96.60

112.86 111.65

1969/4

228/470

8/A

D

9.14

5.82 6.90

A

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 7

3

T8 Excellence

148.83

130.00** 127.50** 127.50** 173.88

1969/4

407/640

8/A

P/E

A

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

El/El

F/R 3 3/3

El/3

3

3

3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 7

3

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E E E

780 810 870

1365 NA NA

155 NA NA

122 NA NA

6.5 15 12

99.27/1 99.27/1 99.27/1 99.27/1 102/1 102/1 102/1 102/1 124.6/1 124.6/1 124.5/1 124.5/1 149.5/1 134.66/1 149/1 178.6/1 220/1 160.3/1 199.5/1 199.5/1 149.5/1 199.5/1 199.5/1 199.5/1 150/1 220/1 220/1 373.3/1 373.3/1

8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 11 11 10.7 10.7 12 13.6 14 17 20.9 15.5 23.5 23.5 17 23.5 24.5 24.5 14.5 19 19 35 35

8.05 8.05 8.05 8.05 8.6 8.6 8.6 8.6 10.8 10.8 10.9 10.9 12.7 11.4 13.4 14.22 18.55 14.6 18.3 18.3 13 18.3 18.6 18.6 12.5 17.5 17.5 35 35

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 5 6 6 6 5 5 5 6 6

K K K E K E E E K/E K/E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

NA NA NA NA 798 798 798 807 800 800 780 780 780 NA NA NA NA 805 805 805 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

1235 1235 1235 1235 1255 1255 1255 1255 1305 1305 1315 1315 1315 1325 1320 1345 1350 1363 1363 1363 1363 1363 1355 1355 1480 1490 1490 1453 1453

169 169 169 169 190 190 190 200 165 165 165 165 165 165 165 165 165 170 167 167 170 167 157 157 169 169 169 157 157

109 108 109 108 108 108 108 111 120.5 120.5 133 133 137 121 144 145 150 142 152 152 143 153 165 165 148 150 155 182 182

10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5 11 11.5 11.5 11.5 8 8 13 13 13 8 15 15 15 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 14 14 14 13 13

1665.6 NA NA NA NA NA NA 1858.1 NA NA 2071.1 NA NA NA NA NA NA 2294.1 NA 2109.5 NA 2962.9 NA

1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 1170/2 999/4 999/4 999/4 999/4 1170/2 1170/2 999/4 999/4 1649/6 1649/6

125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 110 110 165 165 165 165 125 125 199 199 160 160

125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 116 116 114 114 114 114 125 125 113 113 175 175

6 6 6 6 6 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 E E E E E

760-820 760-820 760-820 760-840 760-840 850-870 850-870 850-870 890-910 890-910 890-910 820 805 814 814 814 840 805-825 805-825 815 815 750 750

1515 1515 1515 1527 1527 1507 1507 1507 1510 1510 1510 1522 1487 1439 1439 1439 1548 1485 1485 1438 1438 1618 1618

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

232 232 232 236 236 244 244 244 263 263 263 220 222 202 202 202 216 276 276 208 208 350 350

18 18 18 18 18 20 20 20 30 30 30 17 18 17.5 17.5 17.5 20 25 25 17.5 17.5 26.5 26.5

NA NA NA

249/1 300/2 300/2

28.6 38.3 38.3

21.6 26.5 26.5

6 6 6

E E E

NA NA NA

1400 1410 NA

160 160 150

159 196 198

17 16 14

45.9 53.3 46.1 NA 45.9 60.9 NA NA 66.7 54.2# 74.2 NA 81.0 77.1 92.2 98.7 111.8 97.0 117.8 NA 94.0 107.0 149.8 NA 97.3 106.3 107.1 168.0 184.0

WHEELBASE (MM)

V 6 6

SEAT HEIGHT (MM)

11.4 90 90

START (KICK/ELECTRIC)

10.4 95.2 95.2

83.0 1486.0 1547.3

NO. OF GEARS/VARIATOR (V)

154.8/1 896/2 896/2

MUMBAI

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (LITRE)

265.8 329.0# 445.9

KERB WEIGHT (KG)

1520.0# 1570.0# 1580.0# 1720.0# 1620.0# 1980.0# 1930.0# 1620.0# 2130.0# 2180.0# 1780.0# 1620.0# 1820.0# 1720.0# 1820.0# 1920.0# 1880.0# 1880.0# 2230.0# 1920.0# 2180.0# 2630.0# 2900.0#

GROUND CLEARANCE (MM)

45.0 45.8 38.0 41.9# 44.6 53.0 45.6# 46.7# 59.0 53.6# 64.0 59.6# 72.0 69.0 85.0 91.0 104.0 90.0 1.09# 1.10# 90.0 105.0 137.0 133.7# 90.0 99.0 99.0 159.6 175.2

MAXIMUM* TORQUE (NM)

79.5 NA NA

MAXIMUM* POWER (HP)

APRILIA SR 150 Shiver 900 Dorsoduro 900 BAJAJ AUTO CT 100 Spoke CT 100 Alloy CT 100B CT 100 ES Alloy Platina Platina 100 Spoke ES Platina 100 Alloy ES Platina ComforTec Discover 125 Drum Discover 125 Disc V12 Drum V12 Disc V15 Pulsar 135LS Pulsar 150 Pulsar 180 Pulsar 220F Pulsar NS 160 Pulsar NS 200 Pulsar NS 200 ABS Pulsar AS 150 Pulsar AS 200 Pulsar RS 200 Pulsar RS 200 ABS Avenger Street 150 Avenger Street 220 Avenger Cruise 220 Dominar 400 Dominar 400 ABS BMW MOTORRAD R 1200 R Standard R 1200 R Exclusive R 1200 R Style R 1200 RS Dynamic Plus R 1200 RS Standard R 1200 GS Dynamic Plus R 1200 GS Pro R 1200 GS Standard R 1200 GS Adventure Dynamic Plus R 1200 GS Adventure Pro R 1200 GS Adventure Standard R nineT Scrambler R nineT S 1000 R Standard S 1000 R Sport S 1000 R Pro S 1000 XR R 1200 RT Standard R 1200 RT Pro S 1000 RR Standard S 1000 RR Pro K 1600 GTL Standard K 1600 GTL Pro DSK BENELLI TNT 25 TNT 300 ABS 302R

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC) NO. OF CYLINDERS

PRICES IN 1000S (ON-ROAD)

DELHI

MODEL DETAILS


DS K B E N E LLI t o H E RO

NEW BIKES A-Z GROUND CLEARANCE (MM)

KERB WEIGHT (KG)

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (LITRE)

6 6

E E

NA NA

1480 1470

150 150

231 243

15 27

249/2 249/2 647/2 647/2

26.6 28.4 73.7 75

21.4 22.1 60.9 62.1

5 5 6 5

E E E E

710 830 830 690

1515 1435 1445 1670

155 155 165 140

179 188 215 240

14 17 17 16

WHEELBASE (MM)

54.6 54.6

SEAT HEIGHT (MM)

85 85

START (KICK/ELECTRIC)

600/4 600/4

NO. OF GEARS/VARIATOR (V)

MAXIMUM* TORQUE (NM)

NA NA

MAXIMUM* POWER (HP)

717.2 743.7

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC) NO. OF CYLINDERS

TNT 600 i TNT 600 GT DSK HYOSUNG Aquila 250 GT250R GT650R Aquila Pro DUCATI Scrambler Icon Scrambler Classic Scrambler Full Throttle Scrambler Desert Sled Scrambler Cafe Racer Monster 797 Monster 1200 Monster 1200 S Hypermotard 939 Hyperstrada 939 SuperSport SuperSport S Multistrada 950 Multistrada 1200 Multistrada 1200 S Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak Multistrada 1200 Enduro 959 Panigale 1299 Panigale R Final Edition XDiavel XDiavel S HARLEY-DAVIDSON Street 750 Street Rod Iron 883 Forty-Eight 1200 Custom Roadster Street Bob Fat Bob Fat Boy Heritage Softail Classic Road King Street Glide Special Road Glide Special CVO Limited HERO Pleasure Pleasure (Alloy) Maestro Edge Maestro Edge (Dual-tone) Duet LX Duet VX HF Deluxe (Kick-Spoke) HF Deluxe (Kick-Alloy) HF Deluxe (Self start-Spoke) HF Deluxe (Self start-Alloy) HF Deluxe ECO Splendor+ (Kick-Spoke) Splendor+ (Kick-Alloy) Splendor+ (Self start-Alloy) Splendor Pro (Kick) Splendor Pro (Self start) Passion Pro i3s (Drum-Spoke)

MUMBAI

PRICES IN 1000S (ON-ROAD)

DELHI

MODEL DETAILS

327.5 374.3# 551.7 603.8

352.0 342.6# 604.0 669.0

932.0# 932.0# 932.0# 932.0# 932.0# 777.0# 2372.9 2899.9 1216.1 1334.5 1208.0# 1339.0# 1624.5 1624.5 1849.3 NA 1957.8 1570.3 5472.8 1782.8 1847.0#

932.0# 932.0# 932.0# 932.0# 932.0# 1038.3 2746.0 3400.0 1500.0 NA 1208.0# 1339.0# 1627.0 1920.8 2181.3 NA 2308.1 1840.0 6300.0 2218.1 NA

803/2 803/2 803/2 803/2 803/2 803/2 1198/2 1198/2 937/2 937/2 937/2 937/2 937/2 1198.4/2 1198.4/2 1198.4/2 1198.4/2 955/2 1285/2 1262/2 1262/2

73 73 73 73 73 73 147 147 110 110 110 110 113 152 152 152 152 150 209.4 152 152

67 67 67 67 67 67 124 124 95 95 93 93 96 128 128 128 128 102 142 126 126

6 6 6 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 E E E

770-810 790 790 840-860 790 805 795-820 795-820 810 810 810 810 840 825-845 825-845 825-845 850 810 830 755 755

1445 1445 1445 1505 1445 1435 1485 1485 1493 1485 1478 1478 1594 1529 1529 1529 1594 1431 1443 1615 1615

NA NA NA 238 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

186 192.5 186 207 186 193 213 211 204 210 210 210 229 232 235 231 254 200 190 247 247

13.5 13.5 13.5 13.5 13.5 16.5 16.5 16.5 16 16 16 16 20 20 20 20 30 17 17 18 18

578.7 678.4 938.6 1113.6 1089.2 1147.1 1242.0 1520.3 1910.3 2076.8 3160.8 3749.9 4003.4 5986.9

625.9 NA 1006.6 1196.4 1161.4 1220.5 1349.3 1640.1 2037.8 2210.9 3568.7 4191.7 4395.2 6678.2

749/2 749/2 883/2 1202/2 1202/2 1202/2 1585/2 1585/2 1690/2 1690/2 1745/2 1745/2 1745/2 1868/2

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

59 62 70 96 96 96 118 121 125 124 150 150 150 165

6 6 6 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

720 765 760 710 725 785 675 690 670 690 705 685 685 760

1520 1510 1515 1495 1530 1505 1625 1620 1635 1635 1625 1625 1625 1625

145 205 140 110 105 150 110 125 130 131 135 125 120 125

233 238 256 252 268 259 304 321 333 347 379 376 388 431

13.1 13.1 12.5 7.9 17 12.5 17.8 18.9 18.9 18.9 22.7 22.7 22.7 22.7

102/1 102/1 110.9/1 110.9/1 110.9/1 110.9/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1 97.2/1

7 7 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4

8.1 8.1 8.7 8.7 8.7 8.7 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1

V V V V V V 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

E E E E E E K K E E K/E K K E K E E

NA NA NA NA NA NA 805 805 805 805 805 785 785 785 785 785 795

1240 1240 1261 1261 1245 1245 1235 1235 1235 1235 1235 1230 1230 1230 1230 1230 1235

125 125 155 155 155 155 165 165 165 165 165 159 159 159 159 159 165

101 101 110 110 116 116 107 107 110 110 112 109 109 112 NA 112 115

5 5 NA NA NA NA 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5 10.5 11 11 11 11 11 12.5

53.9 55.6 58.6 59.7 47.9# 57.6 42.4# 53.1 45.0# 54.0 46.9# 47.9# 57.5 58.6 49.6# 51.5# 51.3#

63.1 51.6# 66.8 67.9 51.1# 66.8 38.5# 39.3# 45.1# 57.1 47.0# 47.4# 47.9# 61.0 50.1# 51.9# 62.7

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KERB WEIGHT (KG)

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (LITRE)

GROUND CLEARANCE (MM)

8.4 8.4 9.5 9.1 9.1 9.1 11.7 11.6 11.6 13.6 13.6 15.8 15.8 20.3

8.1 8.1 9 10.4 10.4 10.4 11 11 11 12.8 12.8 13.5 13.5 19.7

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

795 795 NA NA 790 790 NA NA NA NA NA 800 800 810

1235 1235 1245 1265 1265 1265 1262 1262 1262 1290 1290 1325 1325 1360

165 165 165 150 150 150 159 159 159 160 160 163 163 145

115 116 115 121 129 129 127 126 127 139 139 146 147 157

12.5 12.5 8.5 13 13.6 13.6 10 11 11 13 13 12.1 12.1 15.3

48.8 55.3 44.3# 59.1 52.5# 57.1 68.2 60.5# 62.9# 62.5 58.1# NA NA NA 55.0 48.7# 46.9# 49.0# 59.5 51.1# 62.9 65.2 58.3# 70.1 59.8# 62.7# 72.5 64.3# 66.2# 71.6# 87.3 NA 95.7 77.3# 731.48# 1392.8 1901.7# 2335.7# 3216.2# 1314.3#

109.1/1 109.1/1 109.1/1 109.1/1 109.1/1 109.2/1 124.9/1 124.9/1 124.9/1 109.2/1 109.2/1 124.9cc/1 124.9cc/1 124.9cc/1 109.2/1 109.2/1 109.2/1 109.2/1 109.2/1 109.2/1 109.2/1 109.2/1 109.2/1 124.73/1 124.73/1 124.73/1 124.73/1 124.73/1 124.73/1 149.2/1 162.71/1 162.71/1 162.71/1 162.71/1 648.72/4 998/4 999/4 999/4 1832/6 999.11/2

8 8 8 8 8 8 8.6 8.6 8.6 8 8 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 10.3 10.3 10.3 10.3 10.3 10.3 12.9 14 14 15.3 15.3 86.5 125 191.7 191.7 118.3 88.4

8.9 8.9 8.9 8.9 9 9 10.5 10.5 10.5 8.9 8.9 10.5 10.5 10.5 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 10.3 10.3 10.3 10.3 10.3 10.3 12.8 13.9 13.9 14.8 14.8 62.9 99 114 114 167 91.9

V V V V V V V V V V V V V V 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 5 6

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E K E K E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

765 743 743 765 765 765 765 765 765 790 790 766 766 766 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 810 825 832 834 NA 820-840

1286 1241 1241 1238 1238 1238 1260 1260 1260 1256 1256 1260 1260 1260 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1285 1266 1266 1266 1266 1266 1266 1336 1324 1324 1346 1346 1449 1445 1405 1405 1690 1574

156 154 154 158 153 165 155 155 155 145 145 155 155 155 179 179 179 179 179 179 179 180 180 157 157 157 160 160 160 179 150 150 164 164 133 130 130 129 125 250

101 102 102 103 108 103 NA NA 108 105 105 NA NA 107 NA NA NA 109 NA 109 109 NA 111 NA NA 123 NA NA 123 145 134 136 138 140 215 222 196 195 413 245

3.8 3.5 3.5 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 6 6 5.3 5.3 5.3 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8.5 8.5 10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5 13 12 12 12 12 17.3 17 16 16 25 18.8

1130.71/2 999.61/2 1811 1811 1811 1811

101.6 79.1 74.1 74.1 74.1 74.1

97.7 88.8 138.9 138.9 138.9 138.9

6 5 6 6 6 6

E E E E E E

635 643 660 660 660 660

1562 1562 1730 1730 1730 1701

135 135 140 140 140 142

244/255** 242/252** 341/356** 341/357** 374/388** 376/391**

12.5 12.5 20.8 20.8 20.8 20.8

NA NA NA NA NA NA

WHEELBASE (MM)

97.2/1 97.2/1 109.1/1 124.7/1 124.7/1 124.7/1 124.7/1 124.7/1 124.7/1 149.1/1 149.1/1 149.2/1 149.2/1 223/1

SEAT HEIGHT (MM)

51.9# 64.8 67.0 67.2 74.6 76.8 86.7 61.6# 63.5# 79.0 80.1 87.4 90.8 NA

START (KICK/ELECTRIC)

MAXIMUM* TORQUE (NM)

1506.1 1392.6 2440.6 2523.8 3221.1 3938.9

MAXIMUM* POWER (HP)

42.8 NA NA 53.1 50.8# 51.3 61.5 57.0# 61.4# 56.3 56.5# 57.9# 59.8# 62.3 48.9 47.1# 45.2# 47.4# 54.4 50.3# 56.4 58.6 56.9# 60.8 58.2# 61.0# 69.9 63.2# 65.2# 69.9# 80.6 NA 89.2 75.6# 730.0# 1291.9 1760.9# 2170.6# 2995.0# 1306.9#

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC) NO. OF CYLINDERS

52.1# 54.0# 55.0# 55.8# 56.2# 58.1# 69.5# 58.9# 60.9# 63.9# 64.9# 76.2# 79.3# NA

MUMBAI

Passion Pro i3s (Drum-Alloy) Passion Pro i3s (Disc-Alloy) Splendor iSmart 110 Super Splendor Glamour (Drum) Glamour (Disc) Glamour Programmed Fi New Glamour (Drum) New Glamour (Disc) Achiever 150 (Drum) Achiever 150 (Disc) Xtreme Sports (Disc) Xtreme Sports (Double disc) Karizma ZMR HONDA Navi CLIQ Standard CLIQ with Graphics Dio Activa 4G Activa i Activa 125 Std Activa 125 Std (Alloy) Activa 125 DLX Aviator DLX Aviator (Disc) Grazia Standard Grazia Alloy Grazia Deluxe CD110 Dream (Kick) CD110 Dream (Self start) CD110 Dream (Kick-Carrier) CD110 Dream (Self start-Carrier) Dream Neo Dream Neo (Carrier) Dream Yuga Livo (Drum) Livo (Disc) CB Shine (Drum) CB Shine (Disc) CB Shine (Disc) CBS CB Shine 125 SP STD CB Shine 125 SP DLX CB Shine 125 SP CBS CB Unicorn 150 CB Unicorn 160 STD CB Unicorn 160 CBS CB Hornet 160R STD CB Hornet 160R CBS CBR650F CB1000R CBR1000RR CBR1000RR SP Goldwing Africa Twin DCT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE Scout Scout Sixty Chief Dark Horse Chief Classic Chief Vintage Springfield

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

NO. OF GEARS/VARIATOR (V)

PRICES IN 1000S (ON-ROAD)

DELHI

MODEL DETAILS


I N D I A N M OTO RCYC LE S t o PI AG G I O

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (LITRE)

6 6 6 6

E E E E

660 660 673 673

1668 1668 1668 1668

142 142 140 140

376/391** 362/377** 414/428** 392/406**

20.8 20.8 20.8 20.8

409.3 600.4 351.9 563.2 859.3 1733.0 1789.5 1112.3 2085.8 2438.2 2183.3 3700.3 3990.0 6990.0 729.3 1427.2 498.0 753.0 310.0 417.0

443.7 651.2 378.3 613.3 1017.0 1953.0 2079.0 1215.0 2421.0 2808.0 2529.0 NA NA NA 786.6 NA 487.8# 743.0# 299.5# 406.5#

296/2 649/2 249/2 649/2 948/4 1043/4 1043/4 1043/4 998/4 998/4 1441/4 998/4 998/4 998/4 649/2 1043/4 99/1 249/1 112/1 144/1

39 72.1 32 68 125 142 142 142 200 200 200 200 200 310 69 120 NA NA 7.3 NA

27 64 21 65.7 98.6 111 111 111 113.5 113.5 158.2 133.5 133.5 165 64 102 NA NA 8 NA

6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 4 5

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E K K K/E K/E

785 805 785 790 795 815 815 815 835 835 800 825 825 NA 840 840 870 940 680 860

1405 1410 1400 1410 1450 1435 1435 1440 1440 1440 1480 1455 1455 NA 1415 1520 1310 1475 1075 1330

140 130 145 130 130 125 125 130 145 145 125 130 130 NA 170 150 330 320 215 315

172 211 168 208 208 221 221 239 204/206 206 269 238 238 NA 216 250 77 104.5 76 99

17 16 17 15 17 17 17 19 17 17 22 17 17 17 21 21 NA 6.4 3.8 5.8

166.1 199.6 263.2 198.6 268.7

199.5/1 248.8/1 373.2/1 199.5/1 373.2/1

25 30 43.5 25.8 43.5

19.2 24 37 19 37

6 6 6 6 6

E E E E E

810 830 830 820 820

1367 1357 1357 1340 1340

178 185 185 178.5 178.5

128** 147** 149** 137.5** 147**

10.5 13.4 13.4 10 10

124.6/1 109.6/1 109.6/1 109.6/1 109.6/1 109.6/1 124.6/1 124.6/1 124.6/1 124.6/1 106.7/1 106.7/1 106.7/1 106.7/1 106.7/1 295/1

8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.7 8.7 8.2 8.2 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 27.2

9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 9 9 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 30

V V V V V V V V V V 4 4 4 4 4 6

K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E E E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E E

790 770 735-770 735-770 735-770 735-770 770 735-770 780 780 800 800 800 800 800 814.5

1270 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1245 1245 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1465

155 165 165 165 165 165 165 165 154 154 173 173 173 173 173 173.5

114 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 126 126 126 126 126 165

6.5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4.5 4.5 12.7 12.7 12.7 12.7 12.7 21

853/2 853/2 1151/2 1380/2 1380/2 1380/2 1380/2

55 55 110 96 96 96 96

62 62 108 121 121 121 121

6 6 6 6 6 6 6

E E E E E E E

780 780 800 740 720-740 720-740 740

1465 1465 1544 1685 1695 1695 1700

NA NA 185 165 165 165 NA

199 199 222 346 299 314 341

15 15 NA 20.5 20.5 20.5 20.5

125/1 125/1 125/1 125/1 150/1

10.1 10.1 10.1 10.1 11.6

10.6 10.6 10.6 10.6 11.5

V V V V V

E E E E E

770 770 770 770 770

1290 1290 1290 1290 1290

155 155 155 155 155

114 114 114 114 114

NA NA NA NA NA

163.7 196.3 255.8 195.3 261.1 46.2# 46.7# 49.3# 51.3# 53.3# 48.1# 49.4# 54.1# 47.5# 49.9# 49.9# 52.3# 53.1# 47.1# 43.3# NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 81.3 93.2 98.1 NA 101.0

47.8# 49.3# 51.9# 53.9# 55.9# NA 51.9# 56.6# 47.9# 50.4# 51.4# 53.6# 54.5# 48.5# 44.6# NA 1680.9 1684.9 2057.3 2821.1 2746.3 2801.4 3532.1 81.4 93.7 98.7 87.0# 101.7

KERB WEIGHT (KG)

138.9 138.9 138.9 138.9

GROUND CLEARANCE (MM)

74.1 74.1 74.1 74.1

WHEELBASE (MM)

1811 1811 1811 1811

SEAT HEIGHT (MM)

NA NA NA NA

START (KICK/ELECTRIC)

MAXIMUM* TORQUE (NM)

4052.5 3316.8 4476.7 4476.3

MUMBAI

MAXIMUM* POWER (HP)

NO. OF GEARS/VARIATOR (V)

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC) NO. OF CYLINDERS

Chieftain Chieftain Dark Horse Roadmaster Roadmaster Classic KAWASAKI Ninja 300 Ninja 650 Z250 Z650 Z900 Z1000 Z1000R Ninja 1000 Ninja ZX-10R Ninja ZX-10RR Ninja ZX-14R Ninja H2 Ninja H2 Carbon Ninja H2R Versys 650 Versys 1000 KX 100 KX 250 KLX 110 KLX 140 KTM 200 Duke 250 Duke 390 Duke RC200 RC390 MAHINDRA 2 WHEELERS Duro DZ Gusto 110 DX Gusto 110 HX Gusto 110 VX Gusto 110 VX Special Gusto 110 RS Gusto 125 DX Gusto 125 VX Rodeo UZO 125 Std Rodeo UZO 125 Centuro XT Centuro NXT Centuro Disc Brake Centuro Rockstar Centuro Rockstar Kick Alloy Mojo MOTO GUZZI V9 Bobber V9 Roamer Griso 1200 8V SE California 1400 Audace Eldorado MGX-21 PIAGGIO Vespa LX 125 Vespa VXL 125 Vespa SXL 125 Vespa Red Vespa VXL 150

NEW BIKES A-Z

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PI AG G I O t o T VS

NEW BIKES A-Z GROUND CLEARANCE (MM)

KERB WEIGHT (KG)

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (LITRE)

11.5 11.5

V V

E E

770 770

1290 1290

155 155

114 114

NA NA

130.9 146.8 191.4 168.2 216.5 156.3 202.6 205.9 NA NA 214.8 239.8 190.8

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

346/1 346/1 499/1 346/1 499/1 346/1 499/1 499/1 499/1 499/1 499/1 535/1 411/1

20.1 20.1 27.6 20.1 27.6 20.1 27.6 27.6 27.6 27.6 27.6 29.5 24.8

28 28 41.3 28 41.3 28 41.3 41.3 41.3 41.3 41.3 44 32

5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

K K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E E

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 800

1370 1370 1360 1350 1350 1370 1360 1360 1360 1360 1360 1360 1465

135 135 135 135 135 135 135 135 135 135 135 140 220

183 187 194 165 197 192 194 194 194 194 194 192 191

13.5 13.5 13.5 20 20 13.5 13.5 13.5 13.5 13.5 13.5 13.5 15

55.2 56.3 62.7 66.3 65.1 68.0 60.9 89.3 93.2 94.3 102.7 106.9 93.8 99.3# 109.6 113.8 98.3# 1225.0# 1270.0# 1900.0# 2200.0# 1387.6#

48.8# 59.5 67.0 71.0 69.0 73.0 64.3 94.0 104.4 90.4# NA NA 95.0 94.2# 96.3# 108.0 NA 1234.2# 1279.2# 1908.6# 2208.6# 1397.6#

112.8/1 112.8/1 124/1 124/1 124/1 124/1 113/1 154.9/1 154.9/1 154.9/1 154.9/1 154.9/1 154.9/1 154.9/1 154.9/1 154.9/1 154.9/1 999/4 999/4 999/4 999/4 1340/4

8.6 8.6 8.7 8.7 8.7 8.7 8.7 14.8 14.8 14.8 14.8 14.8 14.8 14.8 14.8 14.8 14.8 145.5 145.5 202 202 199.7

8.8 8.8 10.2 10.2 10.2 10.2 9.3 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 105.9 105.9 117.6 117.6 155

V V V V V V 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

765 765 780 780 780 780 795 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 780 740 810 810 825 825 805

1250 1250 1265 1265 1265 1265 1305 1330 1330 1330 1330 1330 1330 1330 1330 1330 1405 1460 1460 1410 1410 1480

160 160 160 160 160 160 165 160 160 160 160 160 160 160 160 160 170 140 140 NA NA NA

98 98 102 102 102 102 107 135 135 140 140 140 135 139 139 139 148 209 209 202 203 266

5.2 5.2 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.6 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 17 17 16 16 21

911.5 1026.6 1059.9 822.4 1292.6 992.9 1055.0# 810.0# 1149.0# 1069.0# 1214.6# 1250.4 1391.2 1519.7 1642.0 1875.0#

1022.9 1058.5 1092.7 921.9 1442.2 1023.7 1055.0# 810.0# 1149.0# 1069.0# 1214.6# 1391.5 1549.2 1693.1 1830.1 1875.0#

900/2 1200/2 1200/2 900/2 1200/2 765/3 765/3 900/2 1050/3 675/3 675/3 800/3 800/3 800/3 800/3 1215/3

55 80 77 55 97 113 123 55 126.7 118.5 118.5 95 95 95 95 139

80 105 106 80 112 73 77 80 104.8 70.2 70.2 79 78 78 79 123

5 6 6 5 6 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

790 785 690 750 810 810 825 750 825 830 830 790-830 810-830 790-860 840-860 837-857

1450 1445 1510 1415 1415 1410 1410 1415 1435 1375 1375 1530 1530 1545 1545 1520

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

213** 224** 228** 198** 203** 166** 166** NA 186** 167** 167** 199** 201** 204** 215** 253

14.5 14.5 9.1 12 14.5 17.4 17.4 12 17.5 17.4 17.4 19 19 19 19 20

99.7/1 99.7/1 87.8/1 109.7/1

4.4 4.4 5 8

6.5 6.5 5.8 8.4

1 1 V V

K K E E

NA NA NA 760

1215 1215 1230 1250

NA NA 135 NA

80 80 95 97

4 4 5 5

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37.5 37.3 45.4 54.8

38.6 38.4 48.1 58.9

WHEELBASE (MM)

11.6 11.6

SEAT HEIGHT (MM)

150/1 150/1

START (KICK/ELECTRIC)

105.9 101.3

NO. OF GEARS/VARIATOR (V)

MAXIMUM* TORQUE (NM)

105.2 NA

MUMBAI

MAXIMUM* POWER (HP)

Vespa SXL 150 Vespa Elegante 150 ROYAL ENFIELD Bullet 350 Bullet ES Bullet 500 Thunderbird 350 Thunderbird 500 Classic 350 Classic 500 Classic Desert Storm Classic Squadron Blue Classic Battle Green Classic Chrome Continental GT Himalayan SUZUKI Let’s (Mono colour) Let’s (Dual-tone colour) Access 125 (Drum) Access 125 (Disc) Access 125 SE (Drum) Access 125 SE (Disc) Hayate EP Gixxer (Rear drum) Gixxer (Rear disc) Gixxer SF Gixxer SF Fi (Moto GP Edition) Gixxer SF Fi (Metallic matte black) Gixxer SP Gixxer SF SP Gixxer SF ABS Gixxer SF Fi ABS Suzuki Intruder 150 GSX-S1000 ABS GSX-S1000F ABS GSX-R1000 ABS GSX-R1000R ABS Hayabusa TRIUMPH Bonneville T100 Bonneville T120 Bonneville Bobber Street Twin Thruxton 1200 R Street Triple S Street Triple 765 RS Street Scrambler Speed Triple Daytona 675 Daytona 675 R Tiger 800 XR Tiger 800 XRx Tiger 800 XCx Tiger 800 XCa Tiger Explorer XCx TVS XL 100 XL 100 Comfort Scooty Pep+ Scooty Zest 110 (Himalayan series)

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CC) NO. OF CYLINDERS

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T VS t o YA M A H A

NEW BIKES A-Z FUEL TANK CAPACITY (LITRE)

GROUND CLEARANCE (MM)

E E E E E E E K K E K E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

760 NA NA 765 765 765 765 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 800 800 800

1250 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1275 1236 1236 1236 1260 1260 1260 1260 1260 1260 1260 1300 1300 1300 1326 1326 1326 1353 1353 1353

NA NA NA 150 150 150 150 170 170 170 172 172 172 172 175 175 175 165 165 165 165 165 165 180 180 180

97 NA NA NA NA NA NA 108.5 108.5 108.5 109 109 109 109 112 113 113 137 137 137 139 139 139 148.5 148 149

5 5 5 5 5 5 5 12 12 12 10 10 10 10 8 8 8 NA NA NA NA NA NA 12 12 12

24.8 24.8 24.8 24.8

23 23 23 23

6 6 6 6

E E E E

NA NA NA NA

1545 1545 1545 1545

200 200 200 200

179 NA NA 177

18 18 18 18

7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.1 7.5 7.5 8.3 8.3 8.3 8.3 12.1 12.1 13.2 13.2 13.2 13.2 17 17 20.9 20.9 115 200 200 200.1

8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.5 8.5 10.1 10.1 10.1 10.1 12.8 12.8 12.8 12.8 12.8 12.8 15 15 20 20 87.5 112.4 112.4 166.8

V V V V V V V 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 5 5 6 6 6 5

E E E E E E E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E K/E E E E E E E E E E E E E

760 775 775 775 775 775 775 785 785 805 805 805 805 800 800 790 790 790 790 800 800 795 795 815 855 860 775

1270 1270 1270 1270 1270 1270 1270 1255 1255 1265 1265 1265 1265 1320 1320 1330 1330 1330 1330 1345 1345 1360 1360 1440 1405 1405 1700

128 104 130 105 130 103 130 103 130 104 130 102 130 103 175 98 175 98 180 112 180 112 180 112 180 113 165 134 165 134 160 132 160 132 160 132 160 137 NA 136 NA 134 160 148 160 148 135 188 (191 ABS) 130 199 130 200 140 310

KERB WEIGHT (KG)

V V V V V V V 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

WHEELBASE (MM)

8.4 8.4 8.4 8 8 8 8 7.8 7.8 7.8 8.7 8.7 8.7 8.7 9.4 9.4 9.4 13.1 13.1 13.1 15.5 15.5 15.5 18.1 18.1 18.1

SEAT HEIGHT (MM)

MAXIMUM* TORQUE (NM)

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7.8 7.8 7.8 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 9.6 9.6 9.6 15.2 15.2 15.2 17 177.4/1 177.4/1 21 21 21

START (KICK/ELECTRIC)

MAXIMUM* POWER (HP)

Scooty Zest 110 (Matte series) 56.4 60.6 109.7/1 Wego (Drum) 59.8 62.8 109.7/1 Wego (Disc) 62.9 55.5# 109.7/1 Jupiter 57.7 63.0 109.7/1 Jupiter ZX 60.7 65.6 109.7/1 Jupiter ZX (Disc) 63.0 67.9 109.7/1 Jupiter Classic 64.0 74.0 109.7/1 Sport (Kick-Spoke) 44.0 36.9# 99.77/1 Sport (Kick-Alloy) 49.6 39.8# 99.77/1 Sport (Electric-Alloy) 52.8 57.1 99.77/1 Star City Plus (Kick-Mag) 52.9 47.4# 109.7/1 Star City Plus (Electric-Mag) 57.4 59.7 109.7/1 Star City Plus (Electric-Mag Gold) 58.4 60.9 109.7/1 Star City Plus (Dual-tone) 50.8# 50.8# 109.7/1 Victor (Drum) 60.2 62.7 109.7/1 Victor (Disc) 62.4 65.0 109.7/1 Victor Platinum Edition 63.4 NA 109.7/1 Apache RTR 160 88.0 88.9 159.7/1 Apache RTR 160 (Rear disc) 90.6 91.4 159.7/1 Apache RTR 160 Matte Red 92.4 NA 159.7/1 Apache RTR 180 92.3 95.3 177.4/1 Apache RTR 180 ABS 105.1 107.0 177.4/1 Apache RTR 180 Matte Red 94.2 NA 177.4/1 Apache RTR 200 4V (FI) 106.2 107.0 197.75/1 Apache RTR 200 4V Pirelli 111.7 115.4 197.75/1 Apache RTR 200 Fi4V 100.7# NA 197.75/1 UM MOTORCYCLES Renegade Commando 176.1 180.4 279.5/1 Renegade Commando Mojave 180.9 183.9 279.5/1 Renegade Commando Classic 189.4 192.4 279.5/1 Renegade Sports S 171.7 176.0 279.5/1 YAMAHA Ray Z 57.7 64.9 113/1 Ray ZR (Drum) 60.6 67.9 113/1 Ray ZR (Disc) 63.3 70.7 113/1 Ray ZR (Disc Darknight) 64.3 58.0# 113/1 Alpha (Drum) 58.7 66.4 113/1 Alpha (Disc) 62.2 70.1 113/1 Fascino 61.8 69.6 113/1 Saluto RX 54.4 48.0# 110/1 Saluto RX (Darknight) 55.5 49.0# 110/1 Saluto 125 (Drum) 61.1 55.9# 125/1 Saluto 125 (Matte Green Drum) 62.2 56.9# 125/1 Saluto 125 (Disc) 63.8 73.0 125/1 Saluto 125 (Matte Green Disc) 64.8 59.3# 125/1 SZ-RR V2.0 77.5 83.7 149/1 SZ-RR V2.0 (Matte Green) 78.6 68.8# 149/1 FZ FI 92.1 81.0# 149/1 FZS FI 95.4 100.9 149/1 FZS FI (Matte Green) 95.4 84.0# 149/1 FAZER FI 99.9 106.7 149/1 YZF-R15 130.4 115.7# 149/1 YZF-R15s 133.8 137.4 149/1 FZ25 134.6 141.5 249/1 Fazer 25 145.6 152.8 249/1 MT-09 1136.1# NA 847/3 YZF-R1 2474.7# NA 998/4 YZF-R1M 3354.3# NA 998/4 V-Max 2694.6# NA 1679/4 L= L Configuration, V= V Configuration, * = Estimated power, ** = Dry weight, # = Ex-showroom prices

NO. OF GEARS/VARIATOR (V)

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MUMBAI

PRICES IN 1000S (ON-ROAD)

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MODEL DETAILS

5 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.2 7.2 7.2 7.6 7.6 7.6 7.6 14 14 12 12 12 12 12 12 14 14 14 17 17 15

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ground controL The Indian Air Force recently conducted a two-hour emergency drill at the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. 15 IAF planes, including the 70,000kg C-130J Super Hercules transport craft carrying 200 Garud Special Forces commandos, along with a few Sukhoi 30s and Mirage 2000s (pictured), used the highway as an emergency runway.

Angad Singh Zone5 Aviation

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Instagram user pogforever

2 sure insured Funny one-liners at the back of a truck isn’t new but this one spotted in Sri Lanka assures other road users of its insurance status. If this guy hits you, at least you can hope to get your money’s worth.

simuLAtion LAmbo

Most gamers would go great lengths for a chance to drive the supercars from Forza Motorsport in real life, but not this exotic car owner. He has turned a proper Lamborghini Aventador into the perfect racing simulation machine. Talk about bringing reality to the virtual world!

mini mercedes Autocar India’s Mercedes Classic Car Rally attracts a wide variety of Mercs that leave the crowd spellbound. But this unofficial entrant, a toy modelled after the SLS AMG really stood out from the crowd; it drew the most oohs and awws..

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3 you spy

You snap ’em, we print ’em CAR FoRd KA FACeliFt CAught outsKiRts oF gujARAt spotted A seCRet CAR oR biKe?

Autocar India reader Deepak Ashara spotted this Ford Ka facelift (likely to be sold as the updated Figo hatchback in India) undergoing testing in Gujarat. This left-hand-drive model, manufactured at the American carmaker’s facility in Sanand, will be exported to Mexico and Europe. The camouflage hides what looks like a slightly tweaked front bumper design under the Aston Martin-inspired grille. The rest of the hatchback is similar to the present car, from the creases on the doors to the tail-lamp. For India, the Figo hatchback and Aspire sedan will get a mid-life facelift in early 2018, and the highlight will be a new 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor from Ford’s Dragon series of engines. The 123hp, 1.5-litre, three-cylinder Dragon petrol engine made its debut on the recently launched EcoSport facelift.

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