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Volume 11 / Issue 003 / October 2015

BMW 7 SERIES Redefining luxury, comfort and convenience

DRIVEN

Volvo XC90 D5 AWD FIAT Punto Evo Abarth

PUBLISHING

FEATURES

Frankfurt Motor Show Duster goes to Ladakh

Tough and utilitarian Mahindra TUV300

DIESEL SHOOTOUT

Figo Aspire v Amaze v Swift DZire


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ROAD TEST

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WELCOME BULLETIN INBOX COLUMN EMISSION ZERO TECHNO BIBLE CI GARAGE THE GBU TRAILING END

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DUSTING THE CLOUDS We take Renault’s all-wheel-drive Duster to the magnificent Himalayas

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78 MAHINDRA TUV300 Mahindra enters the compact SUV segment with this new SUV

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Vento Cup racers take to Kari

Abarth’s second monster will be

Speedway for the second round

launched soon but we take it for

84 BMW X6 Enhanched abilities with some serious road presence

of the season

a spin before that

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90 TOYOTA FORTUNER 4X4 AT We finally get our hands on Toyota’s automatic 4x4

once again, this time in Germany

promises a great deal. We drive it

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to see if it delivers

Team MRF’s Pontus Tidemand

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94 AUDI A6 A good car that will never leave you wanting

FEATURES 110 MAHINDRA GREAT ESCAPE We head to Lonavala for some leisurely mud-plugging

Jehan Daruvala does India proud

dominates Rally Hokkaido and wins the APRC title 118 F1: ITALY 119 F1: SINGAPORE 120: WRC: GERMANY SPECIAL 124: WRC: AUSTRALIA

FIAT PUNTO EVO ABARTH

RENAULT KWID

Renault’s SUV-mimicking hatch

VOLVO XC90

The second coming of the tough and safe Swede is finally here

COMPARO 100 BOOT FIGHT Ford’s Figo Aspire locks horns with Honda’s Amaze and Suzuki’s DZire

COVER STORY 50

NEW BMW 7 SERIES The Bavarians are back with a bang and the new 750 Li xDrive is dressed to impress

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WELCOME When Shall We Catch Up With Them? EVERY TIME YOU DRIVE A NEW CAR FROM ONE OF THE PREMIUM manufacturers it feels that now it is going to be impossible to make a car to better the one that has just been launched, but you will be surprised that every time one of the premium manufacturers launches a new car, the previous model feels and looks totally dated compared to the new car. The new 7 Series I drove in the US sets new standards in many areas like construction, gesture control and much more. The same cannot be said about Indian manufacturers as most of the time they struggle to match what is already on sale. It is sad but you have to face the truth that the local manufacturers struggle to match their overseas counterparts in all the departments. The Frankfurt Motor Show was much bigger compared to the previous iteration two years ago. The European new car market is showing a healthy growth and that reflected on the motor show. Almost all manufacturers had a plug-in hybrid or a full electric car on display. Some of the concept cars were really stunning. This month we have quite a few first drives and road tests. We have the first drive of the all-new 7 Series at the top end and the Renault Kwid at the entry level.

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BMW 7 SERIES Redefining luxury, comfort and convenience

Motor Show 2015 Renault Duster Travelogue

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DIESEL SHOOTOUT

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All-new. Those words acquire a new meaning when it comes to moving from evolution to revolution. The Tiguan is not a nip-and-tuck, new bodywork, new engine; it’s based on a whole new platform: the MQB Story: Jim Gorde Photography: Newspress 10/CAR INDIA /October 2015

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THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS INCOMING Hot models from the Frankfurt Motor Show which are expected to arrive in India soon after their global roll-out P 12

THE TIGUAN WAS A COMPETENT AND POTENT compact SUV, but it never made it to India. There are several examples of that kind of occurrence. Now, however, things have changed. The all-new Volkswagen Tiguan is here with a more modern face, sporting a design language seen on the Passat and GTE Concepts earlier, but in a compact crossover body that’s built to handle everything from an 115-PS turbo-diesel to a 240-PS BiTurbo diesel engine, with TSI petrol motors from 125-220 PS in between. The Tiguan offers tremendous space, with spacious seating for five and 615 litres of cargo volume. Fold down the rear seats and the figure rises to 1,655 litres. It’s not just the practicality aspect, the Tiguan will raise the game for safety too. As is mandated by the Euro NCAP to qualify for a five-star rating, the Tiguan is packed with autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and what VW call Automatic PostCollision Braking System, among several essential www.carindia.in

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safety features like the Active Bonnet, which raises in the event of a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist, as well as Lane Assist. A 360° video feed from four surround cameras is also on the equipment list. Moreover, the Tiguan will also be offered with the choice of front-wheel-drive or pack a 4MOTION intelligent all-wheel driveline with Active Control. With the MQB being a modular platform, there is also talk of a long-wheelbase model, which could result in the addition of two more seats for a 5+2 version of the Tiguan as well. The Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept may be the guiding light for any development on that front. Volkswagen India have confirmed that the new Tiguan will indeed make it to our shores, and we can expect assembly at their facility at Chakan, near Pune, with power coming from the popular 2.0-litre TDI diesel with either 140 or 177 PS, with the possibility of a choice of manual or automatic transmission as well.

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TIGUAN GTE CONCEPT The new Tiguan was also shown in its environment-friendly hybrid model avatar. The highlight is the near 1,000-km range it will offer. The driveline makes use of a 130-PS combustion engine together with a 114-PS electric motor. The electric range may be just below 50 km, but the claimed 42 g/km of CO2 surely raises eyebrows.

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INCOMING

BMW 3 Series A FRESHER FACE AND UPDATED ENGINES, THE 3 SERIES GET OPTIONAL full-LED headlamps, packs more power and sports new badging in a bid to reclaim top-spot as the go-to sport-luxury compact sedan. The 320d now gets 190 PS and 400 Nm, the 330d gets the straight-six with 258 PS and 560 Nm, and in comes the 335d with 313 PS and 630 Nm. On the petrol front, the 328i is no more. Instead there’s a TwinPower Turbo 330i with 252 PS and 350 Nm. A new 340i steps in with all of 326 PS and 450 Nm. We hope to see most of these on sale here too. An all-new 330e plugin hybrid will also join the line-up.

AUDI A4/S4 A NEW AUDI A4 IS ON THE HORIZON, REVITALISED TO BE EVEN MORE frugal and refined than ever before. More tech, more gizmos and even more equipment are on the cards. In India, we can expect uprated petrol and diesel engines as well as more advanced lighting technology. With the new A4 comes a more powerful and desirable S4. S-line trim abound and that glorious TFSI V6 returns packing an even greater punch. The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 now pumps out 354 PS and 500 Nm, and, with quattro all-wheel-drive, allows a 0-100 km/h sprint of 4.7 seconds. The quattro system is 40:60 rear-biased, but can deliver 70:30, or even 15:85, depending on the situation. Audi drive select allows customising the settings for the engine, steering, transmission, sport differential and the continuous damping control (CDC). That’s not all, the new MMI also has a free text search option, like your smartphone. Expect the new S4 to make its début following the launch of the new A4 in India.

BMW 7 Series ARMED TO THE TOOTH WITH TECHNOLOGY AND THOUGHTFUL DESIGN on its side, the new 7 Series brings in a host of comfort and conveniences in one desirable German luxury package. Using the new CarbonCore lightweight construction from BMW i, the 7 incorporates CFRP and aluminium in the chassis for a lighter, stronger and more functional approach to packaging. Everything from the welcome carpet lighting and aerodynamically-conscious kidney-grille to the gesture control and wireless charging reflect how much has changed in the new 7. The engines range from a 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo diesel straight-six with 265 PS and 620 Nm, to an all-powerful twin-turbo 4.4-litre petrol V8 with all of 450 PS and 650 Nm (driven in this very issue, turn to page 50). A 740e plug-in hybrid driveline is in the pipeline as well.

BENTLEY Bentayga WHEN CREWE MAKES A CAR, IT’S USUALLY BIG, FAST AND SUPER luxurious. Now they’ve made an SUV. The newest Bentley takes ability and opulence to another level. With the twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12, complete with 608 PS and 900 Nm, it’s the most powerful production SUV in the world; and with a top speed of 301 km/h, also the fastest. The Bentayga, named after the rock formation on the island in Gran Canaria, takes signature Bentley luxury to the next level, adding all-road, allweather capability with added ground clearance and a plush ride. Expect to see it arrive here with a price-tag in the region of Rs 4 crore.

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INCOMING

FIAT 500 TURNING UP THE CUTE QUOTIENT EVEN FURTHER WAS FIAT WITH THE new 500. Visible changes include all-new headlamps, oval LED daytime lights and a new front bumper and air-dam. FIAT showed the hard-top, convertible and Lounge models of the 500, with additional alloy-wheel design choices too. The 1.2-litre and 0.9-litre TwinAir petrols, and 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel continue unchanged. We hope to see this iconic little lovely join the India line-up too.

BMW X1 MORE MUSCULAR AND AGGRESSIVE TO LOOK AT THAN THE FIRST X1, the changes aren’t merely cosmetic. This is the first X1 that will be offered with front-wheel driveline variants, as well as more capable xDrive ones. The familiar 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel, with 190 PS and 400 Nm will be the weapon of choice for BMW India. Of course, there are new engines on the cards that also include the 136-PS three-pot TwinPower Turbo diesel that is also seen in the MINI Cooper D. Overseas, there are xDrive variants, as well as more powerful petrol versions, like the 231-PS 25i xDrive model shown at Frankfurt.

FORD EcoSport QUICK TO FIX THE NIGGLES FOUND BY THOSE AROUND THE WORLD, Ford have refreshed the EcoSport to make it better than it is. A play of grey and black on the inside, a four-inch display on the centre console and faux leather trim for top-end models apart, the TDCi diesel also gets five more PS. The side-opening tail-gate has been tweaked to make it easier to access the boot when partially opened. The engine line-up in India should also receive similar updates, though we believe the 100-PS version of the 1.5-litre TDCi will make more sense considering its already available in the Figo and its Aspire sibling. The 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol and 1.0-litre EcoBoost will continue unchanged.

FERRARI 488 Spider THE FIRST TURBOCHARGED MID-ENGINED FERRARI IN A GENERATION has now received a contemporary convertible sibling. The roof comes off, the engine and output are the same, but the aural bliss gets enhanced. The 488 Spider, is, of course, the successor to the 458 Spider, which has raised the bar with its phenomenal naturally-aspirated 4.5-litre V8 that revved to an unbelievable 9,000 RPM and made 570 PS, going up to 605 PS in the 458 Speciale. In the new 488, the heart of the matter is the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that makes 670 PS and 760 Nm. All those Italian thoroughbreds are kept in check by the seven-speed F1 transmission. We should see the new 488 Spider in India shortly, with a tag of around Rs 4 crore.

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INCOMING

MERCEDES C-Class Coupé THE TWO-DOOR AVATAR OF THE C-CLASS HAS MORE IN COMMON WITH Mercedes coupé design than ever. With styling cues from the S-Class Coupé as well as the AMG GT, the new C two-door looks every bit the modern Mercedes it is. Like its four-door saloon counterpart, the C-Class Coupé also gets a similar line-up of engines, from the four-cylinder petrol and diesel Benz units to the pair of 4.0-litre BiTurbo AMG V8s with 476 PS and 510 PS; the one in the S. Of course, it remains to be seen if MercedesBenz of India will launch the Coupé here as a priority given their active launch spree this year already.

JAGUAR F-Pace JAGUAR’S FIRST SUV AIMS TO BE ALL JAGUAR AND LITTLE OR NO LAND Rover. With styling cues from the XF and F-Type, front and rear respectively, the F-Pace takes capable luxury to the next level for Jaguar. The F-Pace will be offered with a choice of four- and six-cylinder turbocharged diesel and petrol engines as well as that sweet supercharged V8 5.0 with — should Jaguar be kind and offer the R version — 550 PS and 680 Nm. All-wheel drive may be offered as standard, and we simply will not rule out a two-wheel-drive Ingenium diesel version as well. The new Ingenium is an all-new, all-aluminium 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel with either 163 or 180 PS, and a wholesome 400 Nm of torque. The transmission choices will include the ZF nine-speed automatic, with the more powerful versions getting the now familiar eight-speed unit.

MERCEDES S-Class Cabriolet THE MOST LUXURIOUS CONVERTIBLE FROM MERCEDES-BENZ THUS FAR, the S-Class Cabriolet sits above even the magnificent SL-Class. With two doors, but four seats, it makes for opulent open-top cruising for four with equal doses of style and luxury. The choice of power-plants is, as with the S-Class Coupé, a choice of twin-turbo V8 petrol motors: a 455-PS 4.7-litre ‘500’-badged motor, and a more powerful 585-PS 5.5-litre ‘63 AMG’ unit. The 500 gets the new 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic, while the AMG has the seven-speed SpeedShift MCT. Both are rear-wheel driven. Whichever driveline it is equipped with, the S-Class Cabriolet is sure to pack a punch, and makes for the closest iteration of the much-desired Ocean Drive Concept shown many moons ago.

MINI Clubman SHOWN TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE CLUBMAN IS AMONG the greatest ironies, because it is one huge MINI, complete with split doors at the rear where one would expect a tailgate. They even incorporate the new tail-lamps. Of course, the increase in size proportionally delivers an increase in interior space. So far as the engine line-up is concerned, expect to see familiar petrol and diesel drivelines, including the 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo diesel, which is a sure-shot for launch in India, as well as the S-spec turbo-petrol, if, of course, MINI India do decide to bring their new big car here.

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BULLETIN IAA Frankfurt 2015 LAMBORGHINI Huracán Spyder THE INEVITABLE TAKES SHAPE, AGAIN. LAMBORGHINI HAVE REVEALED THE HURACÁN Spyder, powered by the same V10 motor from the Huracán that makes 610 PS and 560 Nm, using a combination of direct- and indirect-injection for optimised fuel consumption and power delivery. The power is fed to all four wheels through the seven-speed paddleshift automatic transmission. The Spyder will take the battle to the super sports convertible arena which comprises the new Ferrari 488 Spider, the to-be-launched new R8 Spyder, as well as the AMG SL 63, F-Type Convertible and 911 Cabriolet, among others. We should see it in India shortly at around Rs 3.9 crore.

ROLLS-ROYCE Dawn Rolls-Royce earned the title of the ‘best car in the world’ on account of several original examples over what is now more than a century of existence still functioning with clock-work precision. Created to be the absolute best, the Rolls-Royce models, often understated in design with traditional cues, are quite large to behold. The Dawn is no exception. It spells opulence with a capital O and is, in essence, a drop-head Wraith. Two doors, a twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 with 632 PS and bespoke luxury make this one of the most exclusive convertibles on offer.

NISSAN NP300 Navara A NISSAN PICK-UP TRUCK? YES. BUT IT’S RELEVANT, AND IN A BIG WAY, because it will be the base for the new Mercedes-Benz luxury pick-up truck, dare we say, the GLT-Class, in the near future. Without doubt, the engine of choice will be the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 in ‘350 d’guise. The Nissan-Mercedes tie-up has seen the introduction of the K9K 1.5-litre diesel motor in the A-and B-Class already, with the motor powering manual versions of the 160 CDI and 180 CDI. There can never be enough GL badges, can there?

SUZUKI Baleno THE NEXT BIG HATCH FROM SUZUKI SEES THE RESURRECTION OF THE ‘Baleno’ moniker. The new premium hatchback from the company introduces the new 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbo-petrol motor, but we expect to see this model on sale in India with familiar petrol and DDiS diesel motors as well as a CVT automatic option. This will be the second model to be retailed through the specialised ‘Nexa’ showrooms, offering customers a more premium interface to interact with the company and the car.

PORSCHE 911 Carrera / S THE BOMB HAS DROPPED. THE PORSCHE 911S ARE NOW turbocharged. The Carrera and Carrera S models get an all-new 3.0-litre twin-turbo Boxer-six motor with 370 PS and 450 Nm, and 420 PS and 500 Nm respectively; increases of 20 PS and 60 Nm. That means they’re both faster and more efficient. And, with a 7,500-RPM red-line, Porsche have tried hard to retain the signature 911 character. Don’t confuse them with the 911 Turbo and Turbo S, though, for those two are more turboed than these two new turbos. 18/CAR INDIA /October 2015

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LONG HAD WE EXPECTED AN ELECTRIC crossover from Audi, and, at the IAA, they showed what could well be the Q6 e-tron — an all-electric luxury crossover to take on the likes of the Tesla Model X. With three electric motors

— one on the front axle and two at the rear — the e-tron quattro has 320 kW (435 PS equivalent) on tap, with boost mode allowing up to 370 kW (503 PS equivalent) and 800 Nm of torque, capable of 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 210

km/h. The 95-kWh battery allows a range of over 500 km with the Combined Charging System (CCS) allowing the use of both AC and DC. With a DC column of 150 kW, charging time is as short as 50 minutes.

TOYOTA Prius

TOYOTA C-HR Concept

THE HYBRID CAR THAT STARTED IT ALL, THE PRIUS, NOW IN ITS fourth-generation, takes a turn for the contemporary with sharper design language and an optimised driveline. It has a more efficient combustion engine, with a thermal efficiency of more than 40 per cent, a more advanced battery pack with a higher density, and lighter hybrid system components, all of which allow for lower emissions and fuel consumption with added range. The next-generation car will soon be seen in Toyota showrooms world-wide.

SHOWING OFF THE COMPANY’S NEW TNGA (TOYOTA NEW GLOBAL Architecture) platform, the C-HR Concept is the second one following the successful showing of the first concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. With a diamond-styling theme for the dynamic hybrid crossover, Toyota have further sharpened their five-door concept with a sensual cabin and interior together with sculpted exterior design. Hybrid technology is taken further with more advanced battery technology paired to more efficient drivelines with higher fuel economy and lower emissions.

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HOPEFULS

BORGWARD BX7 BACK AFTER AN INTERREGNUM OF OVER 40 YEARS, GERMAN AUTOmaker Borgward resurrected the brand after the grandson of the original founder began pushing for the car. The BX7 is near productionready and features a 2.0-litre T-GDI turbo-petrol motor with 224 PS and 300 Nm. It also packs all the rather cutting-edge mandatory safety equipment, including autonomous braking, pedestrian detection as well as side-wind compensation.

ALFA ROMEO Giulia THE LATEST SPORT-LUXURY SEDAN FROM THE ITALIAN MARQUE will be the one to take on some seriously established players. The 159 was the last of the Alfa saloons to make a mark and the new Giulia has its work cut out for it. With its high-performance Cloverleaf avatar also on the cards, together with some potent blown petrol and diesel motors, Alfa look set to arrive charging.

HONDA Project 2&4 IF YOU’RE A TRACK-DAY ENTHUSIAST AND A HONDA RACING FAN, THIS is your wet dream come true. The 2&4 is the result of the ‘Global Design Project’ competition that saw over 80 participants. The single-seater Project 2&4 is powered by the 999-cc motor from the RC213V-S roadlegal MotoGP machine, complete with its tuned up 215 PS at 13,000 RPM and 118 Nm at 10,500 RPM, with a 14,000-RM red-line. This one, however, uses a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to harness the power. It stands at just 995-mm tall.

INFINITI Q30 THE LATEST ENTRANT IN THE COMPACT LUXURY CROSSOVER segment, Infiniti have set their phasers to stun with the new Q30. The production model boasts of sharp creases and bold lines concealing a slew of Mercedes-sourced power units — four-cylinder petrol and diesel motors of 1.6-2.2 litre capacity with outputs going up to 211 PS. Infiniti made a charge with their F1 campaign with Red Bull and are now a global name. We hope to see them in India soon.

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VOLKSWAGEN Golf GTE Sport

ACTIVE AERODYNAMICS MAY SEEM CUTTING-EDGE BUT THE CONCEPT IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) raises the game so high, it makes current production active-aero look the equivalent of a 16-bit video game. The four-door design study seems perfectly regular concept till 80 km/h, post which the car changes completely. Eight segments extend at the rear, resulting in a length increase of 390 mm. Front bumper flaps extend 25 mm at the front and 20 mm at the rear to improve air flow around the front wheel-arches. A louvre in the front extends by 60 mm towards the rear to improve underbody air-flow. The Active Rims reduce their scoop from 55 mm to zero. The coefficient of drag at this point is 0.19! Inside, it’s even more fascinating, with optical finger navigation buttons for controls, and a 279-PS petrol-electric driveline that emits just 28 g/km.

THE GOLF IS AMONG THE BEST VEHICLES TO OWN OVERALL, BUT, GIVEN its size, price and body style, we still feel the market isn’t mature enough, especially considering that many put brand value almost above everything else when price comes into the picture. This new GTE Sport Concept, however, takes ‘desirable’ to another level. With a combination of good old petrol power, turbos and electricity, the Golf GTE pumps out over 400 PS. The 1.6-litre motor is lifted from VW Motorsport’s WRC car, and tuned down to 295 PS, while the electric support is 113 PS equivalent. Electric range is 50 km, but top speed is 280 km/h.

NISSAN Gripz NISSAN GET TO GRIPS WITH REALITY AND DELIVER A CAR WHICH THE WORLD MAY JUST HAVE been longing for — a blend of everyday commuter and weekend adventurer in one sharp and wholesome compact crossover package. Nissan say it pays tribute to their original ‘crossover’, the rally-winning (Datsun) 240Z. Power comes from the same electric motor from the Leaf, but with an efficient petrol motor to back it up when needed.

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MERCEDES Concept IAA


VISION GT

BULLETIN IAA Frankfurt 2015 BUGATTI Vision Gran Turismo

THE VISION GRAN TURISMO is more than curves and flaps with the intent of featuring in an iconic video game title, it’s basically the Chiron in disguise. The successor to the Veyron is expected to be officially unveiled soon and what better way to build up the drama than to have a Vision GT model for enthusiasts to drool on. As Car India had reported earlier, the new car would be named the Chiron and would pack a revised and more potent motor, highly expected to be a tuned up W16 with electric turbos and over 1,500 PS and 1,800 Nm.

HYUNDAI N 2025 Vision GT HYUNDAI HAVEN’T BEEN SITTING AROUND making fluid-designed cars and challenging in the World Rally Championship; no, their N-Performance division is set to take shape soon and the N 2025 Vision GT is just the way to go. No one in their right mind would imagine a slanting handshake H badge on something as futuristic and mind-blowing as this, the former, yes, but surely not the latter. The future is looking good for the Koreans.

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Ferrari launch the California T, a showroom and merchandise FERRARI HAVE OFFICIALLY MADE THEIR entry into India. The Italian marque also opened a new showroom in Mumbai and launched the California T as well. The new Ferrari showroom, Navnit Motors at the Bandra-Kurla Complex, will become fully operational this month. This includes sales and after-sales support for service and spares. Not only new customers but also previous Ferrari customers can avail service support at Navnit Motors. Meanwhile, the new turbocharged California T replaces the naturally aspirated California as Ferrari’s entry grand touring convertible. The California T is powered by a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that makes 560 Italian thoroughbreds and 755 Nm of torque. The new 3,855-cc engine, despite being 442 cc less, has about 50 per cent more torque, and is 15 per cent more efficient as well. A seven-speed twin-clutch F1-derived transmission drives the rear wheels. The California T is available at Rs 3.45 crore. And that’s the base asking price without any customisation or optional

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features, many of which are available. Ferrari had earlier divulged similar base pricing for their models on sale. Apart from their hybrid hypercar, LaFerrari, the rest of the range, including the almost-sold-out 458 Speciale, is on sale. We also expect to see the just-revealed 488 Spider, the convertible version of the 488 GTB, to join the line-up in India shortly. The pricing for the range on offer is as follows: 458 Spider: Rs 4.07 crore 458 Speciale: Rs 4.25 crore 488 GTB: Rs 3.84 crore FF: Rs 4.57 crore F12berlinetta: Rs 4.72 crore Ferrari have also tied up with popular e-commerce portal Myntra to retail official Ferrari merchandise. Myntra have launched an official online Ferrari store that will cater to the fans of the brand. The store will offer a wide range of casual clothing and apparel for men and women. These will include Ferrari branded Polo and round-neck T-shirts, shirts, jackets, sweaters, trousers, caps, sunglasses, and bags, priced between Rs 2,399 and Rs 12,300.

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Mercedes Reduce CLA Class Prices, expand footprint MERCEDES-BENZ INDIA HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT they have started local production of the CLA Class, making it the seventh car bearing the three-pointed star to be made in India. They have also started making the GLA 200 (petrol) locally. As a result of this localisation, the company has been able to slash prices of both the CLA and the GLA by Rs 1 to 2 lakh. The CLA Class now starts at Rs 30.7 lakh for the 200 CDI Style and goes up to Rs 33.9 lakh for the 200 CDI Sport. The petrol variant of the car, the CLA 200 Sport, now carries a sticker of Rs 32.9 lakh (all prices ex-showroom).

A statement issued by the company said that the local production would help Mercedes-Benz to cater to the exceptional demand that is expected with the onset of the festive season. Furthermore, this will also help the company to address the wait list of the CLA across markets. The company inaugurated three new facilities in the city of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and two in Calicut (Kerala). With these new outlets, MercedesBenz India have extended their reach to 78 dealerships in 36 cities in India, the most extensive of any luxury car-maker in India.

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Renault showcase Alaskan

Renault recently showcased the Alaskan concept, which is their second pick-up truck concept after the Oroch that was shown in Buenos Aires, in Paris. What draws attention foremost is the one-tonne Alaskan’s imposing front grille with the big Renault diamond logo at the centre. The grille is in line with the business looks many new Renault models are coming to have, including the Kwid. In a twin-cab guise, the ‘show’ pick-up has intricate LED tail-lamps on either side of the tail-gate. The dCi 190 written on chrome indents built into the flanks indicate a 190-PS four-cylinder version of a twin-turbo diesel engine. Expect a detailed preview of the Renault Alaskan in the November issue of Car India.

Surat is Home to a New Volvo Dealership VOLVO AUTO INDIA LOOK SET TO TRANSFORM Surat with their new showroom, Autobots, in Gujarat, unveiling their flagship model, the allnew XC90, there in the process. Autobots is owned by Dhaval Thakker and is located on the Piplod-Dumad Road. Spread over an area of 4,000 square feet, this stand-alone luxury retail experience offers potential customers a modern and contemporary showroom with an inviting interior design that speaks of Volvo’s new ‘Retail Experience’ concept, with a ‘cool on the outside, warm on the inside’ feel. The fully-fledged workshop is equipped with the latest diagnostic tools and equipment especially meant for servicing Volvo cars. Personalised technicians are trained for service at the dealership. Speaking on the occasion, Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India, said, www.carindia.in

”Gujarat is a very promising market for Volvo cars. The launch of the XC90 in Surat will help us capitalise on the ever-growing demand for luxury cars in the region. This would not only mark our entry into Surat but also help us foray and penetrate further into the western region. With a positive YOY growth, Volvo is one of the fastest growing luxury car-makers in India. Volvo cars will continue to strengthen its national footprint across the country and create more value for its customers. Given the expanding luxury market in India, we have launched several new models in 2015 [XC90, V40, S60 and V40 XC petrol] and continuously enhanced our service network.” The all-new XC90 has been priced at Rs 67.6 lakh for the Momentum trim, and Rs 80.9 lakh for the top-of-the-line Inscription trim, both ex-showroom, Surat, pre-octroi.

Nissan’s 200th Dealership

Nissan’s network has reached 200 dealerships now. The company recently announced the opening of Ritu Nissan in Mumbai. Led by Manoj Lalwani, Ritu Nissan has more than 13 years of experience in the automotive sales and service industry. This will be the fourth dealership in Mumbai and will provide sales and service for the Nissan as well as the Datsun brand. In the past financial year the company has opened over 18 outlets in urban as well as semiurban locations. The company aims to expand its footprint to 300 dealerships by the end of 2016.

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BULLETIN International News Ford Unveil Mustang Shelby GT350R FORD RECENTLY UNVEILED THE SHELBY GT350R, which is slated to arrive later this year. The new Mustang has also been called the most track-ready road-going Mustang ever built. Ford and Carroll Shelby developed a roadracing version of the Ford Mustang in 1965: the Shelby GT350 Competition Model. It was one of the most iconic Mustangs ever produced. The new GT350R continues this racing legacy. Under the hood, the GT350R sports Ford’s first-ever 5.2-litre, dual-overhead-cam V8 with a

flat-plane crankshaft. This massive engine churns out over 500 PS and more than 542 Nm of torque, one of the most powerful naturally aspirated engines built by the company. To help enhance the car’s performance, Ford have taken a few steps to reduce its weight by removing various components such as the airconditioning, stereo system, rear seats, trunk floorboard, tyre sealer and inflater, and the exhaust resonators, making it 59 kg lighter than the Shelby GT350. But for the enthusiasts

Hyundai’s New EV?

HYUNDAI MOTOR IS THE FASTEST growing car brand in the world and in keeping with its rapid pace, the company introduced the iX35 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle some time back. However, now the company is focusing its energies on developing a new all-electric car that is supposedly going to rival Toyota’s Prius, especially in the US market. According to numerous reports on the internet, the design of the car is aerodynamic, which 28/CAR INDIA /October 2015

helps to reduce drag and to increase efficiency. Reports on the internet also suggest that this new car will have a design similar to the next-generation Elantra and that Hyundai might release a petrolpowered version of the same as well. This new car is expected to be launched at the end of 2016, though Hyundai have not confirmed anything related to this latest happening.

seeking greater comfort, Ford offer an optional Electronic Package which includes dual-zone air-conditioning, eight-inch infotainment system, turn mirrors and seven-speaker audio system. This limited-production GT350R will be available in the US by the end of 2015. We expect to see the Mustang GT here in the near future, and since the company has unveiled the Shelby GT350R, maybe, we’ll see it arrive here soon as well.

Apollo, Man Utd Extend Partnership Reach

MANCHESTER UNITED FOOTBALL club have one of the biggest fan bases spread across all corners of the globe. Apollo Tyres, United’s commercial partner, has decided to capitalise on the club’s popularity by expanding this partnership to cover a larger geographical swathe. Now the partnership covers not just the 67 countries in Asia, Europe and a few countries of Africa, but also the whole of Africa, and a few Asian countries such as Malaysia,

Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Brunei. Apart from the football school programmes in India, Apollo also launched a limited-edition United branded tyre in its existing 15” Alnac 4G range. So even more Manchester United fans who wear their badge on their sleeves (and on their tyres) now have the chance to associate with one of the club’s foremost commercial partners. www.carindia.in


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JUST LAUNCHED

We bring you the dope on all the latest cars that are in the news

MAHINDRA TUV300 MAHINDRA RECENTLY LAUNCHED THEIR MUCHawaited TUV300 compact SUV, with its price starting at Rs 6.90 lakh and going up to Rs 9.12 lakh (exshowroom, Pune). Dubbed the “true-blue SUV” by the Indian SUV specialist, the Mahindra TUV300 brings to the table a brand-new design language where Mahindra’s exterior styling is concerned. This new compact SUV is packed with features and for more on those you may refer to our road test on page number 78.

AUDI A6 35 TFSI MATRIX AUDI RECENTLY LAUNCHED THE PETROL VARIANT OF THE FACELIFT A6 AT a price of Rs 45.90 lakh (ex-Delhi). This new A6 comes loaded with all the features seen in the A6 TDI Matrix, which was launched a month ago. The A6 35 TFSI gets a new 1.8-litre TFSI motor, which is smaller than the earlier 2.0-litre unit. However, the power and torque output stand higher at 190 PS and 320 Nm respectively. Audi have also done away with the CVT, with a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch box transferring drive to the front wheels. The new petrol A6 also gets a start/stop system which enhances its fuel efficiency. Like the diesel variant, the A6 35 TFSI also comes only in one variant.

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RENAULT DUSTER EXPLORE EDITION RENAULT INDIA HAVE LAUNCHED A SPECIAL ‘EXPLORE’ EDITION OF THE Duster, in both dCi85 and dCi110 guises, at Rs 9.99 lakh and Rs 11.1 lakh (ex-Delhi) respectively. The Explore features a slightly reworked exterior and tweaked interior. A bull-bar, auxiliary lamps, dark-chrome grille, smoked headlamps, stripes on the hood, decals and a big ‘Explore’ sticker on the outside are the major changes. Inside, a black-and-orange theme dominates the cabin, with more chrome, and orange stitching on the steering wheel. The mechanicals of the car remain unchanged.

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MERCEDES-AMG C 63 S MERCEDES-BENZ INDIA HAVE LAUNCHED THE MERCEDES-AMG C 63 S AT Rs 1.3 crore, (ex-showroom, Delhi). Awarded the ‘World Car of the Year’, the AMG C 63 S is the 10th AMG model to be launched in the country. The AMG C 63 S is powered by a familiar 4.0-litre V8 BiTurbo petrol engine that puts out a peak 510 PS at 5,500 RPM and 700 Nm, which kicks in at 1,750 RPM and stays flat till 4,500 RPM. Transmission is via the AMG SpeedShift MCT seven-speed automatic driving the rear wheels. The claimed 0-100 km/h acceleration time is 4.0 seconds with the top speed limited to 250 km/h. The car gets a techno-package worthy of its more than healthy output with the AMG Dynamic Select transmission modes offering five options: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and Individual.

AUDI A3 40 TFSI PREMIUM AUDI’S AGGRESSION IN THE ENTRY-LEVEL LUXURY SEGMENT CONTINUES with the company recently launching a brand-new variant of its entrylevel model, the A3. Called the A3 40 TFSI Premium, this new variant is available at a price of Rs 25.5 lakh (ex-Mumbai), making it the most affordable Audi in India. It uses the same 1.8-litre TFSI petrol engine, producing 180 PS and 250 Nm of torque, which served the earlier Premium+ variant. The Premium variant has replaced the earlier Premium+ variant, becoming the basic petrol-powered A3 available in the country. The Premium variant comes with less features as compared to the Premium+, but it still retains an exhaustive list of features, the most appealing of them being the price.

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MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ SHVS MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA LIMITED HAVE INTRODUCED A MILD-HYBRID diesel version of their popular sedan, the Ciaz SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki), from Rs 8.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Ciaz retains the 1.3-litre DDiS turbo-diesel motor; however, the SHVS variant now replaces the regular diesel variant. The SHVS Ciaz comes with an integrated starter generator (ISG) with torque assist, an energy recovery system (ERS), a beefed-up battery, and an intelligent idle start/stop system. All these additions have made the new Ciaz even more efficient.

FORD FIGO FORD INDIA HAVE INTRODUCED THE NEW FIGO, PACKED WITH powerful motors and new features, priced between Rs 4.3 lakh and Rs 7.4 lakh (ex-Delhi). The contemporary front end is a welcome change, as is the new interior and new engine line-up: an 88-PS 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol manual and a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol PowerShift automatic. The diesel is now a 1.5-litre unit with all of 100 PS, making this car rank among the most powerful diesel compact hatchbacks on sale.

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INBOX making a supercar right here on Indian soil for the Indian market? An affordable supercar made keeping our country’s extreme conditions in mind would be absolutely wicked! Darius Pudumji, Mumbai ON THE HORNS OF A DILEMMA First and foremost, I would like to thank the entire Car India team for your contribution to automobile journalism. Having been blessed with a girl child recently, I wish to switch from my present two-wheeler to a four-wheeler so as to be able to travel with my family on weekends and also to use the car for daily commuting. There too many options available in the market and I find myself confused. I am looking for a fuel-efficient and economical petrol hatchback that can fit within my budget. My options are the Honda Brio, which, though not equipped with ABS and airbags, I can trust on the basis of Honda’s build quality, and the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, whose review I read recently in your magazine. This car comes equipped with ABS and airbags, which makes it difficult for me to choose between the two. Please advise me. Moin Khan, Secunderabad Dear Moin, Congratulations on the new arrival in your family! The top three models of the Honda Brio come equipped with ABS, with the top two having front airbags, too, along with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) that you alluded to. You may, therefore, consider these variants of the Brio as options. As we always say, actual test-drives these two will enable you to make a final decision. HOW ABOUT AN INDIGENOUS SUPERCAR? I love the supercar coverage you carry in your magazine. It is awesome to read and really gives one a feel for what the cars are all about. I can close my eyes and almost imagine myself behind the wheel of one. What happened to DC’s Avanti? Is that going on sale in India? Does it really qualify as a supercar? And will India’s own manufacturers like Tata, Maruti, et al, or any of the others ever go about

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Dear Darius, The DC Avanti is still under development, and details about its exact date of launch, etc, are not known as yet. Stay tuned, though, because as soon as we find out, we’ll put the word out on our web-based channels such as carindia.com and our Facebook and Twitter handles, and publish the news in the magazine too. As for the Indian manufacturers entering the supercar space, this particular segment calls for a heavy investment and is very niche by its very nature. That is, perhaps, why Indian manufacturers do not see it as a viable space. Furthermore, a big part of the appeal

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of supercars is their heritage, which is an aspect that a new entrant will not be able to bring to the table. KEEP THE STORIES COMING I read the Ford Endeavour story in the September 2015 issue and I must say it was a comprehensive one. As a loyal Ford customer, I can’t wait to get my hands on one. The Everest with its 3.2-litre turbo diesel looks like a formidable offering. Thank you for bringing us the news and keep the stories coming. Avinash Mathur, Ranchi Hello, Avinash, The Everest, or the Endeavour as it will be called here, will arrive soon, so you won’t have to wait for long. It is very gratifying to read that your liked our review.

letter of the month LOOKING FOR A SAFE CAR FOR MY SON Frankly speaking, I haven’t been following automobile publications for too long. Since my son left for college and, surprising as it may sound, asked for my advice on which car I thought was fit for him, I began researching wherever I could. I found your magazine quite informative as compared to many others and I really liked your style of writing. Your website, on the other hand, proved quite a bit of trouble and would not load easily. You need to do something on that front. The cars I am looking at are the new Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 or the Renault Kwid. From what I’ve heard, the Kwid is quite a dynamic car and beats the Alto on the feel and performance fronts. Its claimed fuel economy also caught my eye. You see, I want a car which will be safe for my son. Unfortunately, however, safety seems to be non-existent in the price bracket we are looking at. Rather than having a flimsy car with no safety kit or commendable dynamics, I’d rather he had a bare-

bones car with competent handling that can be accessorised with a basic music system. Don’t you think so too? I hope we see more stringent safety regulations in the very near future, because things are really getting out of hand with each passing day. Dr Vighnesh Kadam, Pune Dear Dr Vighnesh, We’re glad to learn that you found our magazine informative. Thank you also for bringing to out attention the website issue; we will look into it forthwith. We’ve reviewed the Renault Kwid in this very issue. You may read what we think of the car on page 46. We can’t pass a definitive judgement on the safety aspect of both the aforementioned cars until they’re subjected to a standardised safety test such as the Euro NCAP. We would, however, suggest that you drive both the cars to see for yourself which one suits you better in all respects, including safety and dynamics. We wish you happy and safe motoring.

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Mark Walton JUAN MANUEL FANGIO is definitely dead. This indisputable fact was confirmed last month when the poor old five-time world champion was dug up and wheeled out of the family crypt in his home town of Balcarce, Argentina. The legend lives on, perhaps, but the authorities have confirmed that Fangio himself is still very much deceased, and lying in the box he was placed in back in 1995. Fangio was dug up because two men in their seventies say that he was their father, and after a long-running paternity battle an Argentinian judge finally ordered the world champion’s body be taken out of the cemetery and sent down the morgue for a DNA sample to be taken. The results will be known in a month or so. Fangio never married, but he always had a glamorous girl on his arm, so it’s not impossible that there were going to be one or two — or, perhaps, a whole pit crew — of little Juan Manuels running around. And there are family resemblances: one of the men involved in the paternity claim, Oscar Espinoza, was an F2 driver for a while, racing under the name ‘Cacho Fangio’ (he says he always knew the great man was his dad); the other, Ruben Vazquez, never raced, but he is a dead-ringer for the deceased champion. The men say they don’t want money, they just want answers, but a morbid, disrespectful part of me wonders if this isn’t an

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opportunity for something else, too. A little experiment. So I’ll come right out and say it: cloning. Come on, admit it: race fans have always argued about who’s the best driver of all time — you know, ‘was it Fangio, Clark, Senna, or Schumacher’, etc. And that debate has always been impossible to resolve, because each generation of drivers needs different skills — Fangio drove

THE CRITIC ‘Would Nuvolari, Clark and Senna beat Fangio in identical cars? We’d need to exhume them too’

the Fangio Foundation, and the family (which may be about to get bigger); plus the scientific challenges of cloning a human being from tissue that’s been dead for 20 years — putting these issues aside, there’s also the problem that a New Fangio, born in 2016, wouldn’t be ready to race for at least 20 years. In fact, in order for him to live the Original Fangio’s life, his first Grand Prix wouldn’t come till he

RACE FANS HAVE ALWAYS ARGUED ABOUT WHO’S THE BEST DRIVER OF ALL TIME — YOU KNOW, ‘WAS IT FANGIO, CLARK, SENNA, OR SCHUMACHER’, ETC big, heavy front-engined Mercs and Maseratis, Clark drove featherweight mid-engined Lotuses, Senna manhandled 1,500-PS turbo McLarenHondas. But imagine, for a moment, if we could really find out; imagine if Fangio, the actual Fangio, could go head-to-head with Hamilton and Vettel! In the same cars, on the same track! Now that is a race I’d stay awake for, perhaps even all Sunday afternoon till 4.00 pm. My plan is not without its difficulties: putting aside the complex legal and moral questions of using Fangio’s DNA in this way; and the undoubted howls of protest from

reaches 37 (Fangio was a late starter), and he’d be in his prime in his 40s. By which time Lewis Hamilton will be 70. Clearly, there’s an answer to this. We have to take Lewis Hamilton’s DNA, too, as well as Vettel’s and Alonso’s, so we can start preparing now for the unmissable Battle Royale that will be the 2055 F1 World Championship. (Max Verstappen will be all right, he’ll still only be 23.) To truly nail all those ‘best driver’ debates, though, we can’t stop there. What about Nuvolari, Clark and Senna? Would they beat Fangio in identical machinery? We’d need to exhume them too.

Jackie Stewart, we could just write him a polite letter. Picture it: it’s the year 2055, and we’re in Melbourne for the start of the new season. Bernie Ecclestone, aged 124 and still in charge of Formula One, would be doing the pit walk with Martin Brundle (cloned). There’s Fangio, squeezed into his size XXXL race-suit, lining up in the Silver Arrows with Lewis Hamilton; behind him there’s Vettel and Schumacher in the Ferraris; then Senna and James Hunt enjoying a little laugh before they climb into the two McLarens. They’re best pals. Then in the Lotuses there’s Jim Clark and his team-mate, Pastor Maldonado (after winning four world titles, Maldonado contributed his DNA on his retirement in 2021). It would be a season of epic awesomeness. And who would win? I’ll leave you to debate that.

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EMISSION ZERO

Electrifyingly Emotional

Porsche showcased the brilliant Mission E concept to a charged audience at the Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt Story: Aninda Sardar

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ACK IN THE DAY, WHEN ‘environment-friendliness’ was still a somewhat obscure term, Tesla showed the world that electric could really be electrifyingly exciting. Cut to present day Germany, Frankfurt (to be precise), and we saw Porsche showcase the brilliant Mission E to a charged audience at the Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (IAA). The Mission E is the brand’s first-ever all-electric four-seater sports car and not only does it bring to the fore some genuinely cutting-edge technology but also in a package that is unmistakably Porsche. Not to mention genuine Porsche performance. Sample the claimed 0-100 km/h acceleration time of less than 3.5 seconds and 0-200 km/h in less than 12 seconds if you don’t believe us. According to Porsche, the Mission E features the first 800-volt drive system that generates 600 PS and provides a range of over 500 kilometres. Porsche also claim that the car’s 36/CAR INDIA /October 2015

battery can be charged up to 80 per cent (good for a driving range of 400 km) in just 15 minutes. The Mission E’s drive system comprises two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM) that accelerate the vehicle and also recover braking energy. The needbased all-wheel-drive system with Porsche Torque Vectoring, which automatically distributes torque to the individual wheels, transfers the power to the road. Meanwhile, an innovative all-wheel steering system ensures accurate and sporty steering. The Mission E also boasts of a low centre of gravity, optimal weight distribution and a lightweight concept using a mix of aluminium, steel and carbon-fibre reinforced polymer. The Li-ion battery spans the entire distance between the front and rear axles and is mounted in the underbody, ensuring a uniform front to back weight distribution. The Mission E’s design language combines the best Porsche traditions of emotional sportiness with enhanced aero

efficiency. For example, integrated air guides improve airflow around the wheels and air outlets on the sides reduce overpressure in the wheel wells, reducing lift. At the same time, the much reduced sculpting of the front end shows a classic Porsche sweepback, harking back to the 918 Spyder. The Mission E gets new matrix LED headlamps and distinctive front wings and a low-cut bonnet that’s reminiscent of the 911. The line of the side windows is also similar to that of the 911; however, there are two counter-opening doors without a B-pillar. Also noteworthy is the interior where the lack of a transmission tunnel opens up space and gives the cabin an airier ambience. Four individual seats are inspired by race bucket-seats. The other aspect of the interior that captures the imagination is the innovative display and control system. The instrument cluster shows the classic Porsche five round instruments, but they are displayed virtually in Organic LED (OLED) technology. An eye-tracking system detects www.carindia.in


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1 INNOVATIVE INTERIOR: The unique instrumentation is a virtual display that adjusts itself to eliminate parallax. There is also a holographic display with gesture control 2 WHEELS OF THE FUTURE: The Mission E gets 21-inch carbon wheels up front and 22-inch carbon wheels at the rear. Although tyre specs are unknown, they will definitely be wide section tyres 3 AERODYNAMIC BEAUTY: The design of the Mission E not only gives it a classically sweptback stance that is typically Porsche but also optimises aerodynamic efficiency

which instrument the driver is viewing. He can then activate the menu of the instrument in focus by pushing a button on the steering wheel. Additionally, the 3D instruments also adjust their positioning in tandem with the driver’s to mitigate the effects of parallax. Last but not the least, the dashboard is divided into a couple of 3D layers where the upper half integrates into the driver’s display. The lower half offers a holographic display of individually selectable apps that are arranged by priority. The driver or passenger can use any of them via gestures that are detected by sensors, thus making the system virtually touch-free. The concept vehicle can also be configured externally from a tablet via Porsche Car Connect.

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BOSCH TECHNO BIBLE LEAF SPRINGS One of the oldest suspension systems, the parabolic leaf-spring set-up, also called a semi-elliptical spring, is commonly seen on SUVs and cars with a ladder-frame chassis. They use a number of curved metal plates stacked together, usually with both edges of the arc connecting the body and the centre of the curve mounted using a bracket on to the axle. Leaf springs provide a stiff ride but are ideal for varying loads and demanding conditions. They also make for a relatively cost-effective way to spring a large vehicle. Common examples are the old Land Rover Defender and Mahindra’s Thar and first-generation Scorpio.

MACPHERSON STRUT The most popular front suspension on cars today, the MacPherson Strut serves as a steering pivot as well as a suspension mount. Developed by Earle MacPherson, it uses a wishbone, or a compression link stabilised by a secondary link, that provides a bottom mounting point for the hub carrier or wheel axle. The lower arm allows both lateral and longitudinal location of the wheel. The upper part of the hub carrier is rigidly fixed to the bottom of the outer part of the strut, which, in turn, extends upwards, directly connected to the body.

DOUBLE WISHBONE

A type of independent suspension system which uses two arms of a ‘wishbone’ shape to locate the wheel. Each wishbone has two mounting points to the chassis and one at the knuckle. The shock-absorber and coil spring are mounted to the wishbones to control vertical movement. The double-wishbone design allows for optimised control for the motion of the wheel throughout suspension travel, especially over other parameters like camber and caster angles.

ESP WITH INTEGRATED INERTIAL SENSORS IN THIS VERSION OF THE ELECTRONIC STABILITY Programme, or ESP, the sensors for measuring the yaw rate and the lateral and longitudinal acceleration are integrated into the ESP control unit. In the past, these sensors were installed separately in the interior of the common housing and connected via the wiring harness to the ESP control unit. The hydraulic unit is supplied with pre-mounted isolators. This reduces the assembly cost and effort to fit the complete ESP system into the vehicle. The sensors integrated in the ESP control unit are adapted to the high temperature level in the engine compartment. A vibration-reduced and balance-optimised three-point mounting bracket of the hydraulic unit ensures that high vehicle accelerations will not distort the sensor output signal. Even driving on rough roads will not influence the ESP function.

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ANTI-ROLL BAR Commonly known as a stabiliser bar or sway bar, the anti-roll bar connects the left and right suspension at the front and rear, to fine-tune handling characteristics. The bar acts as a spring, with its ends connected to arms attached to the suspension linkages on each side via ball-joints. When both wheels take a bump equally, they move the same amount without twisting the anti-roll bar. The linkage comes into effect when individual wheel movements or body-roll compresses the suspension on either side to different levels. The bar twists when the lever arms on both sides are moved differently and the spring rate of the bar adds to that of the car’s springs. This primarily controls body-roll while cornering and also improves overall handling.

INDEPENDENT COIL SPRINGS

SHOCK-ABSORBER

Independent suspension results in a better and a more balanced ride quality, allowing more control over the steering system in some cases. Coil springs are essentially steel or, more recently, glassfibre coils mounted over a shock-absorber to provide for the car’s suspension and damping duties. They are paired with antiroll bars for added stability.

A hydraulic damping unit consisting of two tubes, one inside the other, containing spring-loaded check valves and orifices to control the flow of oil through an internal piston. It connects the upper and lower portions of a car’s suspension system and helps minimise the shock from bumps on the road. It is commonly used in conjunction with coil springs.

TRAILING ARM

AIR SPRINGS

A trailing arm is a kind of independent suspension that has a pivot axis exactly across the vehicle, or perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. In this set-up, the wheels always stay upright relative to the body, and thus tend to lean with the body in a corner. Trailing arm suspension is usually found at the rear of front-wheeldrive cars.

Air springs, used for adaptive air suspension, are part of an electronically-controlled pneumatic suspension system that connects the body to all four wheels of the car. They adjust their damping based on prevalent road conditions and the car’s speed to achieve the best possible balance between handling and ride quality. They also adjust the ground clearance depending upon speed to achieve a lower centre of gravity, improved aerodynamics and directional stability.

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FIRST DRIVE FIAT Punto Evo Abarth

ITH MY HEART on fire and my pulse racing faster as the clock ticked away, I find myself driving the second Abarth offering in India: the FIAT Punto Evo Abarth. It has less power and torque than the little pocket-rocket called the 595 Competizione (Abarth’s first offering in India) but despite the deficit, I still find myself grinning about it. This Punto put a smile on my face, read on to find out how it did that. Covered in shiny black shade, the Punto Evo Abarth is a gorgeous car to look at. The Italians are design gods for me because 90 per cent of the time their creations turn out to be awesome looking masterpieces that are aweinspiring. This car pictured here is 40/CAR INDIA /October 2015

Abarth’s iteration of the Punto Evo and even though the design is old, it still manages to strike all the right chords. To the untrained eye, it might not look anything more than beautiful, but look closely and those scorpions on the car suggest something out of the ordinary. That is the Abarth badge and it means you had better back off that puny little 1.2-litre hatch of yours or else... They are present in abundance, on the exterior as well as the interior, proudly announcing to the world that you have a fabulous hot hatch. The badges alone do the talking; however, to add some more weight to the statement, FIAT simply slapped some red racing stripes with Abarth lettering, an appropriate amount of chrome and killer looking 16-inch www.carindia.in


FIAT are making big waves with the Abarth brand in India and now, with this car, they hope to conquer the hot-hatch segment. Will it happen? We find out

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FIRST DRIVE FIAT Punto Evo Abarth

The 1.4-litre T-Jet engine has ample power on tap however, the turbo lag is what will bother you

Reflections of the standard car are evident however, the scorpion on the steering and pedals is a nice touch

“Pincher” style alloys. You really don’t need to mess with the styling when you buy one because the Punto Evo Abarth looks absolutely perfect the way it is. None the less, you can always opt to do up the interior of the car. Because when you talk of performance, you imagine a racy looking cabin, additional gauges like boost pressure gauge, a shift gauge, et cetera, and some sort of carbonfibre trim. What you get instead is a standard Punto Evo’s cabin. Yes, there are a few goodies, like the yellow and red stitching on the seats and some of that colour in the instrument console, but everything else is just good-looking, not racy good-looking. Apart from these few changes to the cabin, there is nothing new to point out. The driving position is still awkward and you have to fiddle 42/CAR INDIA /October 2015

around with the adjustment to find the least bothersome position. In addition, the rear seat space is still an issue. Fit-and-finish is decent, but the hard plastic sections still beg for improvement. With a car like this, you expect to see it loaded with features, but the car we drove came only with an average music system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. There is no infotainment screen, which is an expected feature for a car like this, no parking camera or sensors. All of that just might change because FIAT are yet to launch the car and we expect many changes to the interior in order to make this Scorpion chariot more desirable to the tech-demanding clientele. Nevertheless, one thing I wish the company doesn’t fiddle around with is that potent 1.4-litre turbocharged monster that dwells under the hood.

Many FIAT owners will be familiar with this 1.4-litre unit; what they don’t know, though, is that this guy went to Abarth. The engineers at Abarth slapped it with a turbocharger, which took the total power output to 145 PS and torque shot up to 212 Nm. Sounds intimidating, doesn’t it? I don’t often suggest this but you have to nail the throttle to experience the Abarth magic. Slot the manual five-speed gearbox into first, build up the revs and then let go the clutch and then hear and feel what 145 PS and 212 Nm of torque do to the front wheels. The Punto lunges forward with gusto, with a violent wheel-spin that lays thick black strips on the tarmac, properly displaying what this engine is capable of doing. Although I don’t suggest doing this often, I am sure enthusiastic owners will definitely do this regularly just to show off. www.carindia.in


The 1.4-litre engine is quite an aggressive beast; however, to get going I had to keep the revs above 1,700 RPM because below that there is hardly anything that happens thanks to the ever-present turbo lag. Once the RPM needle crosses 1,700, all hell breaks loose and if you are not careful enough, you see the scenery pass by at a faster than expected rate. This unit is refined and quite linear, though the turbo-lag makes it painful to drive in the city. Moreover, the close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox, which I think is appropriate for a performance hatch, has long throws and the shifts feel spongy. I hope FIAT address this issue, as this was just a pre-production model that we drove. Once I was past the dreaded turbo-lag region, I was falling in love with the performance this engine has to offer. Getting to 100 km/h from www.carindia.in

standstill took me just 10.15 seconds, although I am sure that the car is quite capable of doing the same in less than 10 seconds if it came with traction control. Anyway, the name of the game here is performance and the Punto Evo Abarth offers it in abundance. I saw the speedo needle head to 210 km/h before the traffic ahead slowed me down. Converting that to true speed I got a figure of 199 km/h, which is pretty amazing for a hot hatch. However, when it came to roll-ons I was a bit disappointed as it takes a long time to travel from 40 to 120 km/h in fourth and fifth gears, once again thanks to the turbo-lag. But with a sprint timing of 10.15 seconds and a true top speed of 199 km/h, I reckon that when it comes to performance, the Punto Evo Abarth truly shines as a hot hatch. It’s not just the performance that enthralled me, the handling of this October 2015 /CAR INDIA /43


FIRST DRIVE FIAT Punto Evo Abarth

MANY FIAT OWNERS WILL BE FAMILIAR WITH THIS 1.4-LITRE UNIT; WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW, THOUGH, IS THAT THIS GUY WENT TO ABARTH powered up Punto was also high on my mind. Overlooking the awkward driving position, I was able to enjoy this Italian’s handling on the twisty roads dotting the countryside near Pune. The steering is quick and responsive, always keeping you informed about the front wheels’ activity. I loved the precision with which it turned the front wheels, always pointing the nose in the direction I wanted it to. However, I would have loved it even more if it had some more weight added to it. The suspension, on the other

hand, was almost perfectly set up. Slightly firmer than the stock car but not too stiff, it handled our roads with ease. However, the thuds were clearly audible. On bad roads, the firmer set-up does make the car feel a bit nervous, thus hampering the ride quality a bit. However, on smooth roads it feels much better. In the twisties, I loved the way the car was hugging those corners. All I was doing was pointing the nose into the corner playing with the throttle and brake and, voilà, it was through without getting or making me nervous. Stability was good throughout. There was just enough traction from the 195/55 R16 Apollo rubber and I did feel the need for a little bit more traction as there were moments when the car was understeering when pushed hard. But most of the times it behaved in a very civil way, keeping to the selected line. Brakes, too, were impressive; after all, the Punto Evo

Abarth comes with discs on all four corners, providing more than ample anchoring power. After spending an entire afternoon with this beauty, I can say that it is one hell of a car. It has all the right ingredients of a hot hatch and it has a gorgeous design to go with that. Moreover, it has a very raw character mostly because it is a powerful hatch, which comes only with ABS and two airbags for added safety. There is no traction control or stability control right now but considering the way we Indians drive, I hope that FIAT would add these necessary safety features to the Punto Evo Abarth because it is an awesome car to drive hard and you need those safety aids to stay in one piece. We expect FIAT to price the Punto Evo Abarth below Rs 10 lakh, which will make it a truly desirable car to own. We also wish that the aforementioned issues are taken care of by the time the car is launched.

Abarth branding is prominent on the outside

Simple instrument console with Abarth colours look pretty decent

FIAT PUNTO EVO ABARTH PRICE

Rs 9-11 lakh (expected) ENGINE

1,368 cc, in-line four, turbo-petrol TRANSMISSION

Five-speed, manual, front-wheel-drive MAX POWER

145 PS @ 5,500 RPM MAX TORQUE

212 Nm @ 2,000-4,000 RPM PERFORMANCE

0-100 km/h: 10.15s

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FIRST DRIVE Renault Kwid

KWID-ESSENTIAL SMALL CAR

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The compact space has seen a lot of action, and the latest entrant should surely stir the market up. With design, features and price to drop jaws and open wallets, how does the Renault Kwid stack up against the current crop? Story: Jim Gorde Photography: Sanjay Raikar

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HEN WAS THE LAST TIME something small made a big change? There aren’t too many I can recall, especially since we live in a place where it takes something massive to make a small change. Not this time, though, because there are instances when a small change turns out to be one which will indeed make a big difference. When I first heard that Renault’s new compact car was called the Kwid, a flurry of puns flashed through my brain. Then I saw the pictures, and found out about the expected price, and my first reaction was, ‘Are you kwidding me?’ There are bits of Dacia Sandero and Duster in the new Kwid, and, to be honest, those are credible elder cousins to have. First of all, let’s make one thing perfectly clear: Renault say the Kwid has been inspired by SUV design, but are calling it a small hatchback. At the drive event, Renault head honchos simply grinned when they said that. What it is, the Kwid, is a sub-compact crossover. But they won’t be quoted calling it that. The design is aggressive, contemporary and striking all at once and the proportions too make it seem like the answer to city-car aspirants’ dreams. Why buy a subcompact hatchback when you can have a Kwid for a few quid more? Then come the numbers. At 3,679 millimetres long, 1,579 mm wide and 1,478 mm high, the Kwid is dimensionally superior to its “competition” — which basically consists of cars in the same price range. The wheelbase, at 2,422 mm, and ground clearance, at 180 mm, are both significantly more than in any of its competitors.

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Then there’s the boot space. Under that chunky rear hatch is 300 litres of rectangular area; more than what several cars twice the price offer. Fold the rear seats down, and it grows to 1,115 litres. It’s a big small car. It really is. Now, I may get flak for saying this, but the Kwid, looked at from the top-front three-quarter angle, reminded me of none other than the Chevy Camaro — a production-car design I consider to be the most aggressive in automotive history. For the uninitiated, that’s Bumblebee from the ‘Transformers’ franchise. It’s the headlamp style; especially with the turn indicator positioned between it and the butch front grille. The flared, square-ish wheel-arches look neat, but the rear looks agape. The Kwid only has 13” wheels wrapped in 155/80 rubber. It should have had the option of 14-inchers. The Kwid RxT, the top-model badge, has a lot of goodies inside. The MediaNav system appears on the centre console, as seen in the Duster, and makes entertainment, communication and connectivity much easier. The seveninch touchscreen is big and feedback from the touch interface is good. The information display is a digital affair with a large amber readout dead centre, flanked by the fuel and temperature gauges. There is no rev-counter — I want to insert a sad smiley here. The dual-tone cabin actually uses dark grey and really dark grey so it may seem a monotone at first. The steering wheel has a contrast (light) grey accent, when equipped with the optional driver airbag. There’s the safety aspect now. The public dictates buying patterns, and to keep costs in check, Renault only offer a driver airbag as an option on the top-spec RxT trim. Another couple of elements which help identify this approach are the front October 2015 /CAR INDIA /47


FIRST DRIVE Renault Kwid

Three gloveboxes in the RxT trim make for a good amount of storage space

All digital info display looks modern and quite sporty too

Touchscreen MediaNav system takes infotainment up a level

seats and the lack of adjustable head restraints. Well, I may be six feet tall, but the seats were just about good enough to hold me in place, and the contours only gave the essential support. Space is not a complaint, though. There’s a lot of it, rest assured. At the rear, it’s the same story: good space, adequate comfort, but no adjustable head-rests, and manual seatbelts. Of course, I understand, most people don’t care enough to buckle up at the rear, but I stand firm on safety, because I always do, and I missed them. On to the drive, and this is where the Kwid really plasters a smile on your face. No, it doesn’t have 265 PS and a ‘Trophy R’ badge (yet! We hope...) What it does have is 54 PS from its 799-cc in-line three all-new, all-aluminium petrol motor, accompanied by 72 Nm of torque. The peak power revs had me singing the old Steps song in my head, because Renault say it develops 54 PS at 5,678 RPM. Peak torque comes in at 4,386 RPM; try holding on to that without a tacho! The five-speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels and slots rather cleanly. Also, the ergonomics are spot-on, and, even after spending just a couple of minutes in the car, my hand found the shift lever naturally. The Renault Kwid may have an 800-cc engine that picks up slowly, but it’s light. Very light. The base car is 630 kg; the RxT here, a tad heavier. That’s 85 PS/tonne. Renault have adopted intelligent ways to reduce mass. Bolts and screws that usually total up to 20 kg are down to just eight. The intake manifold and oil sump, among other parts, are made of plastic. This further helps one crucial element: fuel economy. Renault claim 25.17 km/l, making it the most fuel-efficient petrol car on sale in India. So the Kwid doesn’t like to be revved, but its dynamics shine brighter than the sun. Just like the Duster, the suspension is so sorted. Its ride quality and driving 48/CAR INDIA /October 2015

Flat 300-litre boot with a wide loading area make it best-in-class and then some; fold down the seats and the volume grows to a huge 1,115 litres

All-new, allaluminium 800-cc three-pot SCe petrol engine delivers 54 PS and 72 Nm and is optimised for good bottom- and midrange performance

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Wheel mounts with just three bolts; note the intergrated turn indicator light

Being 180 mm off the ground makes Kwid-ditch practice easy

dynamics are better and more reassuring than some cars four times its price. The steering is not too light, but not too heavy either. The grip from the tyres could be a lot better; give it optional 14” wheels with 175s! Even so, the Kwid is planted, and it was a wet day in usually sunny Goa. The roads were not the best, too, and there was gravel on some portions, even on the blind corners, but the Kwid held its own. The rebound damping is phenomenal and it holds the road just like its big brother. The feel of the car and the assurance from it clearly – and emphatically – belie its price. There are several examples out there that wish they had such dynamics. Many buy their first car simply to go from point A to B without getting drenched in a sudden downpour. Not the Kwid, no. If you like to drive, this is a great first car. It’s planted, reassuring, and dynamically-gifted. And, then, there’s the personalisation programme. Renault have 60 accessories for the Kwid – sixty! From roof-rails and

RENAULT KWID PRICE

Rs 3.5-5.0 lakh (estimated) ENGINE

799-cc, in-line three, naturally-aspirated, petrol TRANSMISSION

Five-speed, manual, front-wheel-drive MAX POWER

54 PS @ 5,678 RPM MAX TORQUE

72 Nm @ 4,386 RPM WEIGHT

630 kg

bumper protectors to chrome accents and stylised floor mats, the Kwid offers it all, for added style and practicality. If you’re too lazy, or busy, to select from these — did I mention there’s an app for that? And to view the car, and book it too? — Renault have six packs to choose from. Chrome bits or outdoor goods, there’s one for everyone. The company also aims to improve customer satisfaction and have an ever-expanding dealer network, which will cross 200 before the end of this calendar year. The Kwid does put a smile on your face. It’s easy to drive and reassures you with its abilities on the road, and, to some extent, even off it. I tried tackling a few ditches on a barren hill. It has what is wanted by the masses, and now we must find out how well the masses take to the new Kwid on the block. The Kwid is no small change, it really isn’t. You certainly get your money’s worth. It defines Kwid pro quo.

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FIRST DRIVE BMW 7 Series

S even Sixth-generation

We were in New York recently for the global launch of the new BMW 7 Series. We drove it both on the road and a private racetrack. Here is what the experience was like Story: Aspi Bhathena Photography: BMW

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LL THE LUXURY CARS COME OUT OF Europe and England, barring the Lexus, which comes from Japan. The big three Germans — Audi, BMW and Mercedes — are constantly trying to outdo each other with their flagship models. In the past the 7 Series lost out to the competition in ride quality and luxury as the previous-generation cars were focused more on driving dynamics than on comfortable ride quality; it was a driver’s car. The global drive of the new 7 Series was held in upstate New York, about half-an-hour by chopper. The drive was split into two: 100 kilometres on the road and a track driving experience on the private Monticello circuit. The new car looks imposing with its upright stance

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and powerful presence at the front end. It is the first car from BMW to feature an active kidney grille with a visible air-flap control. The air-flap comes into play only when increased cooling is required, otherwise it remains shut. This improves the aerodynamics as well as giving the front end an even more eye-catching look due to the extra number of bars to the large kidney grille. The headlight units merge into the grille, while the light graphic of the familiar BMW circular headlights is levelled off at its upper and lower edges, giving the car a purposeful and focused look. The hood is honed perfectly to fit in with the form of the kidney grille’s upper section. The lower air intake stretches wide across the front end, the chrome in the outer edges of the intake and the horizontal contours of the LED fog and the full LED lights underline the car’s broad stance.

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FIRST DRIVE BMW 7 Series

New, definitive smart key with LCD display allows the car to be remoteparked up to 1.5 times its length

Gesture control is a world-first; has four pre-programmed gestures, plus one customisable option

TwinPower Turbo V8 petrol motor dishes out 450 PS and 650 Nm and is even more efficient Rear creature comforts now include easy tabletcontrol for vehicle functions, and wireless charging

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More space, bespoke feel and high-quality materials make the cabin feel all the more special

Laser highbeams on full-LED headlamps allow for a dynamic light spread as the situation demands

BMW 750Li xDrive PRICE

Rs 1.6 crore (estimated, ex-Delhi) ENGINE

4,395 cc, V8, twin-turbo DI, petrol TRANSMISSION

Eight-speed, automatic, all-wheel-drive MAX POWER

450 PS @ 5,500-6,000 RPM MAX TORQUE

650 Nm @ 1,800-4,500 RPM ON SALE

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The door-handles are incorporated into the character line, which now takes the form of a double swage line. For the first time, the wrap-around side window frame uses a single-piece element, elegantly incorporating the Hofmeister kink. Air-vents on the front fender spawn a chrome trim strip which runs along the lower edge of the doors. Its horizontal form accentuates the car’s finely balanced look and low centre of gravity. The prevalence of outward-curving surfaces gives the new 7 Series a powerful stance from the side on. The new car has shed 85 kg owing to its carbon core construction. The use of carbon-fibre, steel and aluminium makes the body-shell lighter and stiffer at the same time. The direction of the double swage line extends into the upper contour of the body and the light strip of the rear lights. This creates a harmonious connection between the side and the rear end of the car. Tail-lights feature LED technology and the two L-shaped light units are

connected by a chrome bar extending the full width of the boot-lid. The rear apron features exhaust tailpipes framed by chrome surrounds, adding luxurious details to the body of the new 7 Series. The design of dynamics and luxury reflects in the interior like the exterior. The interior is of the highest quality as expected of BMW; in fact, it sets a new benchmark in luxury and comfort. This is the first car in the world to have gesture control. You can increase and decrease the volume of the music system or change the track or the radio channel with a twirl of your finger. The display key gives the range of the car according to the fuel level, as also when the service is due. The upholstery is made from the finest leather and the seats lithely soak you in them and they have massage functions for further relaxation. The increased leg-room at the rear is classleading and gives you the feeling of sitting in an armchair. The rear passengers get a seven-inch touch command tablet. The Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) music system is top-of-the-line and it is worth experiencing the quality of sound reproduction. If I were to list all the features it would take up the whole magazine. The front suspension is double wishbone, with fivelink rear suspension. The standard inclusion of front and rear self-levelling air suspension endows this car with the ride comfort of a luxury sedan. The advantages of the air suspension in the front and rear are enhanced thanks to the standard dynamic damper control system. The electronically controlled dampers improve ride comfort and add to the dynamic handling qualities of this car. The braking is taken care by four ventilated discs. The 750i xDrive is powered by a 4,395-cc twin-turbo V8 engine producing 450 PS between 5,500 and 6,000 revolutions per minute and a whopping 650 Nm between 1,800 and 4,500 RPM. The V8 turbo motor is mated to

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FIRST DRIVE BMW 7 Series E32 (1986-1994)

Second-generation 7 Series brought in traction control, an integrated telephone and fax machine, and even a wine cooler. Lang long-wheelbase model, or L, made its first appearance. 750iL was the first car in the world to have high-intensity discharge headlamps

E65/66 (2001-2008)

Chris Bangle brought a radical change in design to the fourth 7. iDrive made its first appearance. Facelift in 2005 saw it become the best-selling 7 Series. Hydrogen 7, the hydrogen-powered version (E68), was introduced; only 100 were produced

F01/02 (2008-2015) E23 (1977-1986)

BMW’s first luxury sedan to use the ‘7’ nomenclature. It replaced the four-door version of the New Six (E3). More than 2,85,000 were built over the 10-plus year life-span; the longest for any 7 Series

E38 (1994-2001)

With the third-gen 7, BMW became the first in Europe to offer integrated satellite navigation; also the first 7 with a diesel engine and a five-speed automatic transmission; flagship was the 750iL Armoured (that featured in the Bond film ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’)

Stronger construction from use of carbon-fibre allows the A-pillar to be narrower for better visibility

First 7 to feature an eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive and doublewishbone front suspension. All engines were TwinPower Turbo units. Second-generation iDrive touchpad interface introduced

EfficientLightweight inspired by BMW i’s CarbonCore concept uses carbon-fibre in the construction to make it stronger and lighter

an eight-speed auto box and the power is put down on the road via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Normally, manufacturers don’t invite people to drive their luxury sedans on a racetrack but BMW are different; they wanted to show the dynamic capability of the car. On the racetrack in Sport mode the new 7 feels like a sports sedan and you can throw it round corners and it will hit all the apexes without a fuss. The loss of weight and body stiffness is evident on the racetrack. On public roads, where the road surface reminded me of conditions back home, the 7 ride quality and cabin insulation were top-class. The moment you touch the throttle pedal the V8 propels the car with a whoosh and the head-up display turns red, telling you that you are over the US speed limit of 55 mph (88 km/h). The new 7 Series has redefined luxury and dynamics at the same time and has set a benchmark for the competition. 54/CAR INDIA /October 2015

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FIRST DRIVE Volvo XC90 D5 AWD

CLASS TOP OF THE

Understanding what is needed and delivering on all counts is what it does. The all-new Volvo XC90 is here, and it’s the class-topper at the moment. We’ve been behind the wheel, on the right-hand side this time, and a couple of hours from home. Is this the one that India will value? Story: Jim Gorde Photography: Sanjay Raikar

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OU KNOW THAT KID WHO ALWAYS sits at the front of the class? Never says a word. Just takes notes of what’s needed and tries hard to understand the essence of what needs to be learned and implemented. That kid has few friends, doesn’t know exactly what needs to be done, but knows exactly where it is that they need to be. That drive to learn and do, not for the sake of being recognised, but, simply, to apply what they’ve learned to make things better, as well as try and make things better for everyone else. That kid won’t have top marks, no. There was never any cheating, or peeking into others’ papers. The effort involved to go beyond

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simply attaining high marks after evaluation of those pieces of paper — which would then lead to another piece of paper that is far more valued by the society — takes courage. Even more so to stand true in an arena where society dictates what is good and what is bad, even if they don’t know any better themselves. Enter the all-new Volvo XC90. The drive comes hot on the heels of the Euro NCAP announcement where it, like all new Volvos, earned itself a five-star safety rating, including full marks – all of 100 – in the Safety Assist category; unprecedented to say the least. We’ve already driven the new XC90 D5 AWD and T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid earlier this year in Spain, but this, now,

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FIRST DRIVE Volvo XC90 D5 AWD

is the drive on Indian soil, with the specification that will be sold here, complete with the steering wheel on the other side. And what a specification it is! ‘Inscription Luxury’ as Volvo Auto India call it, is the absolute top spec – with seven seats – that they have to offer. But before we get into trim details, look at it! The new model comes not just as a breath of fresh air, but like the crisp winds from the cold North that bring a new sense of awakening. The ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED headlamps, shaped like Mjölner, look ultra-modern, and clearly mark the XC90 out as a car from the future in the present. The large front grille, those headlamps, the ample proportions, the five-metre length and the 20-inch alloy wheels all make it a sight to behold. It was indeed quite a spectacle in the midst of barely-tamed Mother Nature where we were called upon to drive the new XC90. It’s the thoughtfulness that takes the limelight, from the technology to the design, layout and ergonomics which elevate comfort to super-luxury sedan levels. The interior is a mix of perforated Nappa leather, wood, aluminium and high-quality plastic. The centre console has lost those numerous buttons – 31 to be precise – and a nine-inch touchscreen takes their place, with just eight essential buttons to make things even easier. There is a new 12-inch intelligent driver information system (IDIS) behind the steering wheel, as well as a head-up display (HUD). Volvo have categorised the three displays as ‘now, later and whenever’. The HUD only displays important information such as the current speed and navigation data. The IDIS shows important notices in the foreground, with other information in the background. The centre console displays the rest, including various car settings. Everything from connectivity, seat heating and the tyre pressure monitor to the climate control, display, dial theme and audio settings can be accessed. Speaking of which, the Inscription trim has racked up close to 300 orders in India already, without people even having physically seen the car, because of the extensive 58/CAR INDIA /October 2015

Front seats arguably the best in the segment, now with adjustable thigh support, lumbar, side and lower bolster support, all selectable using a lever (below) and the tablet interface

Adaptive-LED headlamps have a Viking-sail inspired reflector design and turn with the steering wheel

Intelligent Driver Information System can be customised to sport one of four themes, including this red-rich ‘Sport’ dial theme

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feature list, yes, but also because of its premium sound system. A 1,400-Watt D-Class amplifier handles the Bowers & Wilkins 19-speaker set-up, including a specially-crafted wooden sub-woofer mounted in the rear, delivering audio in three unique environments optimised for the car: Studio, Stage and Concert; the last-named being arranged to replicate the acoustics of the Göteburg Konserthuset (Gothenburg Concert Hall) for a surreal surround-sound experience. It’s not just the audio. The feel of the car has changed entirely when compared to the first-generation XC90. Everything feels more premium, plusher, as if everyone who worked on the car slowed down to treat every minute 1 The central tweeter is just one of 19 speakers that make up the B&W premium sound

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2 Tablet display offers a smartphone-like swipe-menu and block-selection interface making it easy to use even on the move

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3 Water-proofed smart-key can stay close to you at all times, even if you decide to go out for a swim 4 Finely-crafted drive mode selector is bettered only by the exquisitely detailed start/stop knob

detail with maximum attention. It is very evident. Especially when you look at the old XC90 closely and see what the all-new car is like. To touch, the wood trim and aluminium accents feel immensely upmarket. The cabin itself feels so much more special. The front seats are phenomenally comfortable, and now add the extendible thigh support as well as rear and lower bolster support — all electronically-adjustable using the selector knob on the seat, and the tablet-interface. The seats themselves have thinner back-rests, freeing up more room at the rear. The third row, too, is more accommodating, with those up to 170 cm in height able to comfortably spend time there. Three rows of individual 5

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FIRST DRIVE Volvo XC90 D5 AWD

EVERYTHING ON OFFER MARKS THE XC90 OUT AS A CAR FROM THE FUTURE IN THE PRESENT air controls, four-zone climate control, with the carbonfilter based interior air quality system, keep the cabin fresh and comfortable at all times. The all-new Drive-E 2.0-litre diesel motor powers this XC90, with 225 PS and 470 Nm. While the figures may not seem class-leading – and they’re not – the motor isn’t one that feels lethargic. An eight-speed automatic drives all four wheels; keep the motor at reasonable revs, and the acceleration is more than adequate. Moreover, it’s how it feels on the move that makes all the difference. The standard air suspension and 4C active chassis ensure a wafting ride and by far the best ride quality of any Volvo sold in India yet. The artfully detailed drive mode selector lets you choose among Eco, Comfort, Dynamic and Off Road modes. ‘Eco’ lowers the car 10 millimetres, for maximum aero-efficiency, whereas ‘Off Road’ raises it to its maximum of 267 mm. In the hills, with their miserable road surface, however, it was ‘Comfort’ mode all the way. With its short overhangs, the XC90 comfortably deals with all sorts of ditches, filled to capacity with muddied rain water. The sound-deadening could be much better, but, then again, so could our roads. Things smoothed out soon thereafter but it was still narrow. Thankfully, the visibility is very good, and the near two-metre wide XC90 is easily placed. The large windscreen and the wide panoramic glass roof help the cabin feel open and airy, even with darkness setting in from the fog and imminent rain. It’s more encouraging to drive too. Even at 1.8 metres tall and just over two tonnes, it cornered through the hills as if it was on rails. Only in the tightest of hairpins was there a hint of body-roll. The gyrosensor equipped Roll Stability Control keeps dynamics in check and that inspires confidence like few other SUVs. In fact, it barely felt like an SUV. True, it is a big car, and it 60/CAR INDIA /October 2015

Tailgate has two closing options: close, or close and lock the car Boot volume is 368 litres with all seats up, with a maximum of 1,868 litres with the third and second rows folded down

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XC90 D5 AWD INSCRIPTION PRICE

Rs 77.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune) ENGINE

2.0-litre, in-line four, twin-turbo diesel TRANSMISSION

Eight-speed, automatic, all-wheel-drive MAX POWER

225 PS @ 4,250 RPM MAX TORQUE

470 Nm @ 1,7502,500 RPM WEIGHT

2,011 kg

actually feels like one. However, it doesn’t behave like one. You can throw it into a corner at 70 km/h and it will swoop in, kiss the apex, and easily power out towards the next one, all the while keeping you cosseted in luxury. There’s more good news on the efficiency front, too. The Drive-E diesel promises as high as 17 km/l litre on the highway and even more exceptional exhaust emissions; being a Euro 6-compliant engine. A thorough road test will give real-world details, but until then, the XC90 has us highly impressed. At Rs 77.9 lakh (ex-Pune), it is expensive, but compare the options and it suddenly seems very reasonable and much better value. Of course, this doesn’t have a badge that most covet, rather, it’s a badge well-known to those who value care, family and, above all, safety. The new XC90 has all those bases covered – in aluminium and concrete. It’s not the supermodel of the classroom, neither is it the sports star. It’s the nice guy, and it goes to prove that they don’t always finish last. www.carindia.in


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Third time indeed is lucky, as my third round of the Ladakh area

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Heaven and Nine Intertwine proved. Read on to know why this route must be on every driver’s bucket list

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“If there is a paradise on earth, It is this, it is this, it is this!”

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HESE LINES are attributed to Amir Khusrau, the Sufi musician, poet and scholar, who is said to have spoken thus about Kashmir. The beauty of Kashmir can leave you spellbound, with a vista of colours, a pleasant nip in the breeze (that can turn into a bite too), and in general a feeling of peace and serenity, taking you away from your day-to-day humdrum existence. A trip to Leh-Ladakh is a key part of the Kashmir experience. Photographers love this for the gorgeous views on offer, nature-lovers adore the fact that one view of the landscape can encompass multiple colours, and no one shies away from the all-pervading calm and contentment. It took me my first visit to Leh to understand the terminology “Leh-Ladakh” that I had heard for ages, and Google revealed that Leh is the capital of Ladakh, which is one of the largest towns of Kashmir; thus, the trip should be “to Leh” or “to Ladakh”, not “to Leh-Ladakh”. Etymology apart, Leh is a place people hope to travel to at least once Precariouslybalanced stacks of rocks are common in this area

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in their lifetimes; I, however, found myself wrapping up August 2015 with my third trip to Leh, driving a 4x4 SUV to boot! The drive started from – where else – the capital city, Delhi. Accompanying me was our newbie photographer, who was even more excited about the drive than me, this being his first experience of a travelogue (and what a place to travel to!). A delayed inbound flight pushed back our planned departure time, but we knocked off the 600+ km to our first port of call, Jammu, in a shade under 12 hours. Progress was seemingly slow, but bear in mind that we departed during peak traffic hours, and thus jostled for road space with tons of vehicles in each town we drove through. For quicker progress, always leave early and beat the rush. Roads were great on this leg and we trooped www.carindia.in

into our hotel a little after 10.00 pm. Our drive was planned such that the daily distance to be covered was not too much, to allow time for photography and for visiting important spots on the way. We expected Jammu to be cold, but it was actually quite hot. We headed towards Patnitop, and on the way we got our first taste of twisty roads and crazy drivers, seemingly straight out of a hill race from the ‘Fast and Furious’ series. Be cautious on such roads, as you never know what might pop out from around the next bend. We also hit our first (of many, as we would find out over the next few days) traffic jams, caused by a trailer carrying a train bogie down the narrow mountain roads. Thankfully, we managed to reach Patnitop before it got dark. Patnitop is a popular tourist destination in the Udhampur October 2015 /CAR INDIA /65


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TIPS FOR THE DRIVE Fuel is consumed much faster in this region due to rough roads, steep climbs, and stopand-go progress. Check in advance for fuel availability further along your route (for instance, the Leh-Manali stretch in particular has very few fuel pumps), and carry jerry cans as a backup measure

Drink enough water, even if you do not feel thirsty as such

Do not stay for too long at the high-altitude spots, especially the passes. The low oxygen could make you uneasy. Carry oxygen

Carry enough warm clothing as well as essential medicines for altitude and motion sickness

Intricatelycarved, colourful structures are aplenty

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cylinders, available at medical stores, in case someone gets particularly uncomfortable

Be extra cautious on the hilly roads and around the bends; people tend to drive at high speed and you might just be unpleasantly surprised

district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). We got up early to capture the rays of the sun filtering through the canopy of trees in the vicinity of our resort, and, after a quick breakfast, we were off towards Srinagar. Within just 10 minutes, we found ourselves ensnared by a massive traffic jam and, on the advice of the locals, we pulled up at a petrol pump and waited for an hour, even managing to grab some shut-eye in that time. When things seemed to have cleared up, we ventured back on to the road but soon enough we were caught again. As a result of the intermittent movement, which we would soon get accustomed to, we reached Srinagar a little after dusk, and it was past 9.00 pm when we managed to find ourselves a nice houseboat for the night — after all, it was

Srinagar and the gorgeous Dal Lake, so how could a mere hotel suffice? The next day it took some effort to pull ourselves away from the comfort of the houseboat and the stunning view of the Lake, but we did set off for Kargil, which is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh and is famous as the centrepiece of the 1999 war with Pakistan. Exiting Srinagar, the roads were perfectly smooth but soon enough we ran into some rough patches reminiscent of proper offroading trails at times. Apart from the road surface, we would often encounter sheep, goats and cows leisurely strolling across the road like nobody’s business. We came to our first pass of the drive, Zoji La, which is among the lowest passes in the region and played an important part in the 1999 war. A quick “click-click” and it was time to move ahead. Road www.carindia.in


quality kept alternating between good and bad and we finally made it to Kargil by dusk. The next day was a rest day, much welcome after the tough roads on the previous leg. After a leisurely breakfast, we drove down to the Suru river, a tributary of the Indus, and our SUV proudly posed (as did we) for some photographs. As with any riverside, the sand was soft and demanded caution — the best of SUVs could easily get stuck here if parked at the wrong spot and nothing short of a JCB or the Hulk would be able to rescue them. Next we drove to a village called Hundurman, located near the Line of Control. From here you can see a part of Pakistan, specifically village Brolmo in Pakistan. If you go a few kilometres further up, you can also see the villages Bilargu and Gangani in Pakistan; this second observation spot, though, is off-limits for tourists and you need special permission for this. The evening was spent at the delightful Roots Ladakh café in the Kargil market, where we lazed among the tasteful decorations and upholstery and gorged on local baked goodies and sipped hot kahwa. Now came the big drive — big not because of distance (which, incidentally, was the longest thus far on the drive), but because we were finally heading to Leh. Heading out of Kargil, the roads were all right but deteriorated pretty fast, and the

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TRAVELOGUE Renault Duster AWD experience was “enhanced” by the endless army truck convoys. It is as if they never end — you feel you could keep overtaking one truck after another yet never finish, and if you take one little stop for food or otherwise, you do it all over again. The roads became good a few kilometres later and there were a lot of sharp bends, fun to zip through. There were arrow-straight stretches, too, and it was exciting to see how fast (safely, of course) we could take our SUV. En route we did cross two passes: Namik La, such a quiet pass that it is not even to be seen on Google Maps and featuring what could be India’s highest television relay centre in the form of a Prasar Bharati relay tower, and Fotu La, with excellent approach roads and striking rock formations. We finally reached Leh, just short of which was a towering flag of India mounted inside a military compound, with the feeling of patriotism welling up inside us strongly. Our halt for the night was a tastefully done up hotel with a nice palate of bright colours and wood panelling. The following morning was the height of the drive, literally. We were headed to (supposedly, though falsely) the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung La, at a princely height of 18,380 feet above sea level. The road leading up to the pass started out well-surfaced but soon degraded exponentially and we were The locals are a friendly bunch and happy to pose for a photograph

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WHAT WE DROVE THE RENAULT DUSTER AWD (ALL-WHEEL DRIVE) PROVED TO BE A MORE THAN able choice for this ride. The SUV is very well-equipped, with convenience and safety features in equal measure. Fuel consumption, as indicated by the onboard display, was 12-13 km/l overall, excellent for this terrain. Five people can sit in reasonable comfort, with sufficient space for their luggage as well.

largely off-roading our way to the top. Once you get there, it is like a party of sorts — everyone is busy clicking pictures, posing under the Khardung La board, the colourful Buddhist prayer flags fluttering in the wind, and the wind itself biting all visitors with the cold. Boards in that area loudly advise against staying there for too long as the altitude could make you uneasy, so we took our customary photographs and quickly made our way back to Leh. The evening was spent walking through the busy Leh market, with a variety of local handicrafts and clothes available as well as some great places to eat; the latter included the Gesmo restaurant that offers yak cheese pizzas (as against cow cheese pizzas that we normally eat) as well as other goodies, and we were frequent visitors here. Khardung La dispensed with, we www.carindia.in

set off to another highlight destination — the Pangong Tso lake. As always, the roads were a mixed bag, though they got pretty bad as we approached Chang La, whose claims to fame include it being the third highest motorable road in the world (at a height of 17,586 feet). Among the cafés here is a quaint little one operated by the Indian Army, where you can pick up some souvenirs. As with other high passes, do not hang around for too long, as you are likely to feel breathless and uneasy fast. Less than five kilometres from Pangong Tso, there is a little board announcing “first view of world famous Pangong Lake”, and through a gap in the mountains you can see this bright blue spot that makes you even more eager to get there. Pangong Tso for me is a living wallpaper/postcard — it looks as good in real life as in October 2015 /CAR INDIA /69


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pictures. Absolutely breathtaking! It gets very cold there in the night, though, so we found ourselves some nice log cabins, where we spent two nights and explored the lake area during the day. The drive back to Leh was tough like the onward leg, and we were exhausted by the time we checked into our hotel. We spent the next day exploring the Hemis and Thikse monasteries and visited the Druk White Lotus School, made famous by the Hindi film ‘3 Idiots’ and, in particular, the building where two students drop a bulb on a live wire at a spot where one of the protagonists relieves himself. Exiting Leh with a somewhat heavy heart, we drove towards Sarchu. This was the longest leg of our journey so far by some distance, with 250 kilometres to be dispatched in one 70/CAR INDIA /October 2015

day. On the way, we went through three passes: Taglang La, the highest point on the Leh-Manali route, the second-highest motorable road in the world, and a very windy, very cold place; Lachulung La, the descent from which takes you through the 21-loop Gata Loops; and Nakee La, a quiet little pass marked by just a cement outpost and prayer flags. The roads were fabulous in many stretches but as we got closer to Sarchu, they got really bad. Road work and landslides en route delayed us quite a bit and we finally reached Sarchu well after dusk. Sarchu essentially is a major halt point on the Leh-Manali highway, with only tented accommodation available. We realised this the next morning (after somehow surviving the chilly night in our tents), because as far as the eye could see, there were only tents. We

So near yet so far! Another kilometre and we could have crossed over.

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wasted no time in getting out and in a few hours we parked ourselves at a nice hotel at Keylong, our next halt point. While getting there, we drove through Baralacha La, considered among the more dangerous passes with narrow roads prone to landslides. Keylong is a quiet little town, though significant as it is the administrative centre of the Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh. Keylong to Manali was another relatively quick drive, just 120 kilometres. The roads got progressively narrower, and the traffic got heavier, though the landscape was still a sight to marvel at. As we got closer to Manali, we drove through Rohtang La, whose name apparently translates to “pile of corpses�, referring to people perishing in bad weather while trying to cross the pass. Our stay at Manali was short but pleasant, and we took some time out to visit the well-known Hadimba Temple, which is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas.

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Young monks hard at work on some truly intricate paintings

The shimmering waters of the stunning Dal Lake - bliss!

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We were now in the closing stages of our drive. Heading towards the final destination, Amritsar, we took night halts at Mandi (that serves as the zonal HQ of the central zone, including the districts of Kullu, Bilaspur and Hamirpur) and then at Hoshiarpur (our entry point to Punjab, and also known as the land of saints or the land of “choes”, that is, seasonal rivulets).

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As we got closer to Amritsar, we took a diversion towards the Wagah Border. Wagah is a village located near a road border crossing, a goods transit terminal and a railway station between India and Pakistan. We got to watch the lovely Wagah border ceremony, with a flag ceremony conducted jointly by the Indian Border Security Force and the Pakistan Rangers as well as a sweet song-and-dance routine where ladies from the audience danced to patriotic tunes blaring at full volume. We wrapped up our drive on a rather auspicious note, with a visit to the Golden Temple wearing proper turbans in accordance with the spirit of the place. This drive was more of the same, yet a different experience for me. For the first time, I experienced J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab in all their beauty and splendour at a relaxed pace, not in our typical frenetic style. There is a lot to enjoy driving through these parts, so if and when you get a chance, do not think for even a minute — tank up, stock up, and get set go!

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LONG TERM Honda Mobilio i-DTEC

Sayonara

Having spent a third of a year with us, the long-term Honda Mobilio is now headed back whence it came. We bid a sad goodbye to our trustworthy companion Story: Aninda Sardar Photography: Sanjay Raikar

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ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT THE HONDA Mobilio would be the answer to people’s search for a practical, cost-effective, compact yet spacious and decently equipped people-mover. This was even before I had driven the vehicle and based solely on what I knew the vehicle would be like. Then I drove the vehicle in Nashik last year (along with a host of other auto journalists), which further convinced me that the Mobilio would be a great vehicle. But no amount of short sampling ever tells you what it’s going to be like to live with a product, day in day and day out. To answer just this particular aspect, we, at Car India, have a long-term review section. Needless to say, I was keen to put the Mobilio through the daily grind of a long-term review. A few months ago, my dormant desire to evaluate the Honda MUV’s long-term proposition came to fruition when Honda were kind enough to send a top-of-the-line

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Mobilio i-DTEC to the Car India office. I wasted no time in getting my hands on the keys and have been driving it since then, almost as if I owned the thing. And, here’s the thing: I quite enjoyed the feel of ownership that I got from the Honda Mobilio i-DTEC. The Mobilio is a good-looking vehicle; indeed Honda have worked well to give the vehicle proportions and dimensions that make it look pleasing. Speaking of dimensions, the Mobilio is a compact vehicle (for an MUV, that is). So driving it through traffic or parking it in crowded spaces (especially aided by the reverse parking camera) isn’t a problem at all. At the same time, Honda have managed to maximise in-cabin space so that at no point in time do you feel cramped inside the vehicle; even with a full complement of seven passengers on board. And here’s the party piece. With all three rows of seating in use, you still have enough cargo room for three cabin baggages in the boot.

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LONG TERM Honda Mobilio i-DTEC The Mobilio is compact on the outside but spacious on the inside. Super. And it’s also got enough room for three bags with all three rows up. Fab!

LOG BOOK Total distance covered: 4,096 km

The Mobilio also boasts of a healthy list of equipment. There is a touchscreen infotainment system that is easy to use. There’s a sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity and the aforementioned reverse parking camera. The seats fold

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up in multiple configurations in the interest of practicality. And there is a set of a-c vents for the rear passengers. Of course, not to forget the steering-mounted controls.

Fuel Efficiency: 17.9 km/l (overall) Maintenance Cost: Nil

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Under the bonnet of the Mobilio is Honda’s Earth Dreams-derived 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The 1,498-cc engine incorporates a host of technologies to provide maximum efficiency without any loss in driving pleasure, and on this count it delivers every ounce of its promise. At 3,600 revolutions the unit lets loose 100 galloping horses with 200 Nm of twist force coming in at a low 1,750 RPM. Thanks to the engine’s linear power delivery you will have an even spread of grunt throughout the rev-range. There are several advantages to this. First, you have the grunt when you want it. So overtaking is easy, as is pottering around town in top gear. Second, it’s predictable and there is no sudden rush of power to catch you unawares once the turbo has spooled up. Lastly, and importantly, it’s efficient. We have clocked an average of nearly 18 km/l over the one-third year that we have had the Mobilio with us. This includes dense traffic, highway runs, and photo shoots, etc.

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ESSENTIALS HONDA Mobilio i-DTEC FRUGAL The Mobilio’s Earth Dreams derived 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine is not only punchy but also economical.

SPACIOUS Seven adults can sit quite comfortably with three cabin baggages being accommodated in the boot.

CREATURE COMFORTS From Bluetooth connectivity to reverse parking camera to touchscreen infotainment, the Mobilio gets it all.

The only thing that I would have liked to have experienced is a service. But then again, having experienced Honda’s service in the past with another of their vehicles, it would be safe to say that Honda service would be on the ball and would sort out any or all issues quite promptly. At the end of the day, therefore, it’s an unhesitating thumbs-up for the Honda Mobilio i-DTEC. If you’ve got one, or are planning to get one, you won’t regret the ownership experience.

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uncomfortable. In true SUV fashion, you sit perched high and thus have a commanding view of the road ahead. The surprise factor is the space on offer in the second row. Despite being built to sub-four-metre specifications, there’s plenty of space on offer here. The third row gets a pair of jump seats that can be folded out of the way. Boot space, at 384 litres (which can be extended to 720), isn’t too bad either. The only issue here is access to this spacious cabin 80/CAR INDIA /October 2015

Best interior on any Mahindra yet. The TUV 300 feels richer than other Mahindra vehicles

for the TUV 300 stands tall and the floor of the vehicle can only be accessed using the footboard. Even for a tall person getting into the car straight from the ground is a bit of a stretch. Moreover, the rear door, which allows access to the middle row, is narrow. Not something that facilitates easy ingress or egress. That said, none of these are deal breakers for the Mahindra TUV 300. This newest kid off the Mahindra block is also fairly decently equipped. There’s a nice 2-DIN infotainment system that offers the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity, USB and aux-in, and there are steeringmounted controls. There are also reverse parking sensors and plenty of stowage spaces. On the whole, the TUV 300 is a practical vehicle for the garage, no doubt. But how exactly is it like to drive? Read on to find out. Under the flat expanse of the TUV 300’s bonnet hides Mahindra’s new 1,493-cc turbocharged diesel engine, christened mHawk 80. Prior to the

launch, back at the office, I had sat with the team and guessed if the ‘80’ in the name related to the engine’s power output. Turns out we were all wrong; the peak power output of the three-cylinder engine is 84 PS and max torque is 230 Nm. Wait a second, did I just say three-cylinder? Well, guess what, the engine really is a three-cylinder engine, albeit with a two-stage turbocharger. The peak power kicks in at 3,750 RPM, but, and far more importantly, the max torque is available from a lowly 1,500 revs to 2,250 RPM. Although the SUV is available with a choice of an autoSHIFT automated manual transmission (AMT), we drove the one with the five-speed manual gearbox. The first thing you notice is that despite being a three-cylinder engine, the Mahindra mHawk 80 feels fairly refined and balanced. The gear-lever travels quite a bit as you slot it into first and the clutch feels a smidge heavy. But then this is supposed to www.carindia.in


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Car Road Test 412 Overall Height 1839mm

Wheelbase 2680mm

Width 1835mm (excluding mirrors) Front Track NA, Rear Track NA Kerb Weight NA

Overall Length 3995mm

SPECIFICATIONS

TEST RESULTS

ENGINE

WHEELS & TYRES

Cylinders Three, in-line Layout Front, transverse Type Turbocharged, DI Fuel Diesel Capacity 1,493 cc Compression ratio 17.3:1 Valvegear DOHC, 4 valves/cyl

Wheel size Tyre size

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA FWD

Rack and pinion, electric power-assisted 3.25 turns

Lock to lock

HIGHLIGHTS Space Convenience Ride quality Price Handling

Front Rear

Discs Drums

Front Rear

Double wishbone Rigid axle multi link

Indicated 39 64 99 130 140

True 37.1 62.1 97.1 126.4 136.4

80-0 km/h 100-0 km/h

Seating 5+2 Head Room, F/R 1075/1030 Leg Room F (max/min) 1210/1010 Knee Room F (max/min) 840/635 Knee Room M (max/min) 850/640 Knee Room R (max/min) 1060/450 Shoulder space (M) 1380 Shoulder space (R) 500 Fuel tank 60 litres Boot space 384-720 litres

DRIVERS AIDS

Power:Weight (PS/tonne) Specific Output (PS/litre) Specific Torque (Nm/litre)

Design & Style: Powertrain: Performance: Fuel Efficiency: Dynamic Ability: Space: Creature Comforts: Driver Appeal: Safety: Interior: Suspension: Ride Quality: Handling: Steering: Braking:

NA 56.26 154.05

TOP SPEED Claimed Achieved

NA 136.38 km/h

FUEL CONSUMPTION City Highway Overall* * Overall is 25% highway and 75% city driving

OVERTAKING ACCELERATION Roll-ons Speed 40-60 60-80 80-100 100-120

3rd 3.33 4.87 4.40 NA

4th 3.75 4.14 5.81 9.61

5th 7.46 8.23 9.30 15.32

NA NA NA

TEST CONDITIONS Altitude Weather

550m above MSL Warm, light wind, wet

PERFORMANCE 200

ABS, EBD, Reverse Parking Sensor

2.55s, 28.40 m 3.30s, 46.49 m

PERFORMANCE FACTORS

ACCOMMODATION

180

CAR RATINGS

STEERING Type

BRAKES

Gear 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

BRAKING

ACCELERATION (km/h)

84 3750 4500 230 1500-2250

TRANSMISSION Five-speed, manual 1st gear 2nd gear 3rd gear 4th gear 5th gear Reverse gear Final drive Drive wheels

15” 215/75 R15

SUSPENSION

ENGINE OUTPUT Max power (PS) Power peak (rpm) Red line (rpm) Max torque (Nm) Torque peak (rpm)

IN-GEAR SPEEDS (KM/H)

160

11211 11211 11211

140

NA

100

11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11121 11111 11111 11111 11121 11111

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120

60

21.63s 13.78s 8.81s 4.40s

40

1.70s

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22.25 s

4

6

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10

12

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101.54 km/h

14

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40.63 s

22

24

26

28

Terminal speed:

129.00 km/h

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ROAD TEST Mahindra TUV300 T8

be a butch SUV; compact, but butch none the less. So such things can be dismissed as trivial. On the go, power delivery is linear and there is sufficient grunt on tap from the heart of this workhorse. Indeed, the workhorse aspect became even more apparent when I realised that I was shifting up between 1,500 and 2,000 RPM, evidence of the vehicle’s driveability. However, and contrary to what you’d expect this butch SUV to be doing, the grunt from the engine is mostly good for city use. On highways, the mHawk unit doesn’t feel powerful enough and overtaking can be a bit of work as you need to downshift and get into a lower gear each time. It’s fine as long as you can build up speed and maintain it, but once the momentum is lost (as can often happen on Indian highways) it’s a task getting it back again. The front suspension of the TUV 300 is a double wishbone affair while at the rear there’s a rigid axle multilink suspension. Add to this Mahindra’s Cushion Suspension tech

and what you get is a vehicle with excellent ride quality. There’s virtually nothing that filters in through to the cabin and therefore the passengers. You sit cosseted inside the high cabin and glide over all the irregularities of the road beneath. Unfortunately, the handling isn’t as sublime. In spite of Mahindra’s efforts to increase the rigidity of the TUV 300’s ladder frame chassis, there’s quite a bit of body-roll. It does hold its line on sweepers at late double-digit speeds and very early triple-digit velocities but show the TUV 300 a set of switchbacks and you’ll find the going less than confidence-inspiring. It’s not scary but it doesn’t give you the confidence to push harder.

The second row is surprisingly spacious in spite of the TUV 300’s sub-4m body

Headlamps get cornering function, which is probably a first in this segment

Hit the brakes as hard as you can and you’ll realise (pleasantly so) that the old Mahindra trait of the rear wanting to get ahead of the front doesn’t exist in the TUV 300. It does take a bit of time but the TUV 300 comes to a halt without too much fuss. The fact that it has ABS only helps. At the end of a couple of days of driving around in Mahindra’s new TUV 300 here are my three observations. First, the TUV 300 is well-built and finished. It’s certainly the best finished Mahindra I have seen. Second, it’s spacious and practical. Lastly, it offers excellent ride comfort. The biggest chink in the TUV 300’s armour is the powertrain, which, though adequate for the city, does not feel equal to the task on highways. On the whole, I think Mahindra have a decent product that should do well, even though there continue to be a few sharp edges that need to be rounded off. Personally, however, I wouldn’t mind a more powerful engine, slightly better set of brakes and a bit more of confidence on the handling front.

Twin jump seats fold out of the way to reveal a cavernous cargo bay The new 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine is refined and good for city use but feels lacking on highways

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Story: Jim Gorde Photography: Sanjay Raikar 84/CAR INDIA /October 2015

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exactly a whole portion of either. It works, though. BMW introduced the X6 ‘Sports Activity Coupé’ back in 2008 as a ‘09 model. It was simply one of those love-itor-hate-it models and while some questioned its capability and practicality, others admired its size, boldness and road presence; the latter of which it possessed in volumes. It even led to competition jumping to the drawing board. Overseas, the Acura ZDX and, only recently, the Mercedes GLE Coupé have been the only other similar offerings. Furthermore, it spawned a smaller sibling in the X4. So, this, the second-generation car, codenamed the F16 (with no relation to the fighter jet), October 2015 /CAR INDIA /85


ROAD TEST BMW X6 xDrive 40d

THE X6 PACKS MORE THAN DECENT PERFORMANCE AND SURPRISES WITH ITS QUICKNESS

takes the game forward for this unique offering from the Bavarian giant. What’s new? Well, look at that face. All that aggression which began with the F30 3 Series and the gorgeous F82 M4 carried over to the X5, making it look more in sync with the times. Like its more conventional SUV sibling, the new X6 gains the wide LED-loaded headlamps, a wider and meaner front grille, and even grows a bit all round, gaining a few precious millimetres that liberate more room inside. Whatever the silhouette, sloping roof and high rear end, you simply can’t deny that it certainly makes its presence felt. On the outside, the X6 is huge. It’s 30 millimetres longer than the first-gen E71 model, and a smidgen wider and taller, too. The big wheels and high ground clearance add to the dominating stance it bears. Adding to that are the mixed 275/40 and 315/35 20-inch rubber, front and rear respectively. The styling details, especially the ‘M’ badging, make it quite exciting to look at. It’s also high off the ground, at 212 mm, and offers decent approach and departure angles of 25° and 22.5° respectively. The breakover angle is 20°, but that’s because of the long 2,933-mm wheelbase. Not to worry, though, because we headed into some untamed hills to see just how much of the rough it could really handle. While we were heading to our chosen location, one thing was clear: the X6’s performance is not to be taken lightly. Not only is it high off the ground, it also packs an updated powertrain. The signature 3.0-litre straight-six TwinPower Turbo diesel engine now puts out 313 PS and 630 Nm. That’s over 200 Nm per litre of displacement! The transmission is an updated ZF 8HP eight-speed automatic unit, optimised for efficiency and linear power delivery, paired to the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive 86/CAR INDIA /October 2015

Six cylinders in line, primed and ready, deliver seven more horses than the previous car

Rear seats are comfy, leg room is good, but head room is not meant for full-size adults, at least not the really tall kinds; no skimping out on equipment though

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system. Together, they work wonders for this 2.2-tonne Bavarian behemoth. The X6 packs more than decent performance and it surprises with its quickness. True, the weight can be felt in most actions, but it’s the way the car’s systems dismiss it like an insignificant second thought that truly astonishes. It blasts to 100 km/h from standstill in just 6.7 seconds and hits a claimed 240 km/h top whack. It can handle high speeds with ease and even at 130 km/h there is so much more acceleration on tap. Even corners are handled well with only a hint of body-roll creeping in, and that too only in tight bends. It uses steel discs good enough to bring this 2,180-kg SAC to a halt from 100 km/h in just 2.99 seconds. All, of course, without the slightest bit of drama. That’s the encouraging bit. It lets you have fun, and that’s important. What’s more important is how it feels. The cabin is huge and airy, at least up front, and the seats are phenomenally comfortable. The headrest uses a hard casing with plush leather where the back of your head rests on it. Very appreciated. The multi-way adjustable seats, including the extended thigh support, make for not just ergonomic, but relaxed seating — something which lets you enjoy driving for hours on end. The conveniences match the comfort, and among the biggest boons is the 360° camera with an option to switch to just one angle if required. Night Vision is another very useful feature, especially when driving in poorly illuminated areas after dark. Finally, the inclusion of six air-vents in the dash allows for much better cooling. The dash itself and the trim surround are rather unique. The wood trim on the doors is not flat and buffed, it has a 3D feel, and, together with the aluminium accents, makes for a very elegant layout. The iDrive controller and wide centre screen make using the infotainment system easy.

Cabin is very well put-together and feels modern; vehicle functions at your fingertips

The head-up display (HUD) also shows the track list if you happen to have music playing. There’s also a 20-GB hard drive, to store your favourite tunes, and a highquality surround-sound audio system. Back to the drive. The highway was done with and the X6 was now facing a 25° incline, complete with gravel, wet grass and potholes. A little slip at first, but then the climb began; faultlessly, I may add. Small rocks the size of large burgers lay strewn all over the surface and while they weren’t sharp, they were slippery enough to cause injury if one happened to slip while on foot. Moving around, exploring the hill-side, climbing more inclines

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ROAD TEST BMW X6 xDrive 40d BMW X6 xDrive 40d M Sport (Rs 1.15 crore, ex-Delhi) 11111

Car Road Test 413 Overall Height 1702mm

Ground Clearance 212mm Wheelbase 2933mm

Width 1989mm (excluding mirrors) Front Track 1640mm, Rear Track 1706mm Kerb Weight 2180 kg

Overall Length 4909mm

SPECIFICATIONS

TEST RESULTS

ENGINE

WHEELS & TYRES

Cylinders Six, in-line Layout Front, longitudinal Type Twin-turbocharged, DI Fuel Diesel Bore x stroke 84.0 x 90.0 mm Capacity 2,993 cc Compression ratio 16.5:1 Valvegear DOHC, 4 valves/cyl

Wheel size Tyre size

20” 275/40 ZR20 (F) / 315/35 ZR20 (R)

BRAKES Front Rear

Ventilated discs Ventilated discs

BRAKING

Indicated 20 40 60 80 100 120

True 18.6 38.5 57.9 77.5 96.8 116.5

80-0 km/h 100-0 km/h

2.72s, 27.58 m 2.99s, 41.57 m

PERFORMANCE FACTORS Power:Weight (PS/tonne) Specific Output (PS/litre) Specific Torque (Nm/litre)

143.58 104.58 210.49

SUSPENSION 313 4400 5000 630 1500-2500

TRANSMISSION Eight-speed, automatic 1st gear 2nd gear 3rd gear 4th gear 5th gear 6th gear 7th gear 8th gear Reverse gear Final drive Drive wheels

4.714 3.143 2.105 1.667 1.285 1.000 0.839 0.667 3.317 3.154 AWD

STEERING Type Rack and pinion, electro-mechanical power-assisted Lock to lock 3.0 turns

HIGHLIGHTS Road presence Exclusivity Front seat comfort Equipment Feels bulky

Front Double wishbone with coil springs, active dampers, and stabiliser bar Rear Multilink, with air springs, active dampers, and stabiliser bar

ACCOMMODATION Seating Head Room, F/R Leg Room F (max/min) Knee Room F (max/min) Knee Room R (max/min) Shoulder space Fuel tank Boot space

5 970/920 1120/890 840/610 950/700 1440 85 litres 550 litres

DRIVERS AIDS ABS, EBD, DSC, DTC, HUD, 360° Camera, Night Vision, Pedestrian Alert System

Claimed Achieved

Roll-ons 40-60 60-80 80-100 100-120

City Highway Overall* * Overall is 25% highway and 75% city driving

1.28 1.71 2.09 2.72

7.5 10.0 8.13

TEST CONDITIONS Altitude Weather

550m above MSL Warm, light wind, mildly wet

PERFORMANCE 200

160

1111 11111 11111 1111 11111 1112 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11112 11112 11111 11111

FUEL CONSUMPTION

240 km/h 223.09 km/h

OVERTAKING ACCELERATION

180

CAR RATINGS Design & Style: Powertrain: Performance: Fuel Efficiency: Dynamic Ability: Space: Creature Comforts: Driver Appeal: Safety: Interior: Suspension: Ride Quality: Handling: Steering: Braking:

TOP SPEED

ACCELERATION (km/h)

ENGINE OUTPUT Max power (PS) Power peak (rpm) Red line (rpm) Max torque (Nm) Torque peak (rpm)

IN-GEAR SPEEDS (KM/H)

140 120 100 80 60

20.65s 15.89s 12.12s 9.20s 6.74s 4.81s 3.25s 1.94s

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0.94s

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14.81 s

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8

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154.53 km/h

14

16

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26.87 s

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24

26

28

Terminal speed:

196.00 km/h

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covered in rain-soaked grass had the xDrive system on its feet, but apart from a few split-second slips, there was always traction to be found. I believe the fat rubber needs to be thanked there too. I have to be honest. I didn’t really think I would like the X6. I did take the last-gen model for a spin only a couple of months ago, but spending time with it over varied terrain puts things in perspective. It isn’t exactly an agile sports car, but, as the ‘M Sport’ badge – which is earned – tells you, it is dynamically gifted. It’s got a decent 4x4 driveline, too, and it can handle quite a bit of rough terrain, even dealing with inclines. Even on the fuel efficiency front, it manages up to 10 km/litre on the highway. With just over eight km to the litre overall, a driving range of 700 km is not bad at all. The other important number is Rs 1.15 crore. That’s the exshowroom asking price for the diesel M Sport version. If you want to be different and have exclusivity at the top of your list, go right ahead and order one of these.

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Interior layout and quality are impeccable; 3D finish on the wood is unique indeed

BMW X6 M

Counter-terrorist spec Night Vision is ideal for driving in unfamiliar areas after dark

NEED A MORE POWERFUL ALTERNATIVE THAT’S not just M badges and bits, but also a genuine M heart as well? The X6 M is also expected to make its way here complete with a TwinPower Turbo V8 motor making 575 PS and 750 Nm! Price? Something upwards of Rs 1.5 crore for sure.

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ROAD TEST Toyota Fortuner 4x4 AT

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ROM FLAT TARMAC TO mud tracks and everything else besides, the Toyota Fortuner has always held the reputation for being a go-anywhere sport utility vehicle (SUV) that allows its passengers a taste of luxury too. While these attributes made the car quite popular across the country, there was a constant murmur of complaint from Fortuner enthusiasts regarding the fact that the car’s luxury leanings didn’t extended to having a 4x4 automatic in its bouquet of variants. Toyota took steps to address that, giving us this, the all-wheeldrive (AWD) auto variant at long last. Not much has changed on the exterior of this new Fortuner. It still takes the aggression-over-artistic styling cues identical to its other, more dated variants. The only differences that you’ll spot are a spot of chrome surrounding the fog-lamps and smoked lamps in the head and tail, apart from the new alloys that look like they’re painted in the 50th shade of grey, and the new greybronze colour scheme to go with it. Climb into this SUV, quite literally, and you’ll notice its new blacked out interior and a shiny new touchscreen infotainment system with in-built sat-nav. The cabin is roomy as ever, and the driver’s perch affords you a commanding, royal view of the undulating road ahead of you. On the safety front, you have dual front airbags now as standard. Under its bonnet the Fortuner still retains the same 3.0-litre D-4D turbo-diesel mill producing 171 PS at 3,600 revs and now, with the auto-box, churns out 360 Nm of torque between 1,400 and 3,200 RPM. Only now this engine is wedded to a five-speed automatic transmission. The big question is, how does it feel to drive? The big answer also happens to be a long one. First off, since the ’box is a conventional torqueconverter rather than a new-fangled twin-clutch directshift, it isn’t very quick or very efficient. Furthermore, it adds 30 kilos to the kerb weight as compared to its manual counterpart, further slowing down the proceedings. Open it up on the highway, and you’ll soon realise that while it isn’t the fastest SUV out there, the Fortuner isn’t too laboured either – posting an equable 12.22-second run from 0 to 100 km/h. The gearbox slots in easily and firmly, and you can choose to keep the car slotted in the fourth, third, or second, allowing you to harness all the torque for those proper off-road jaunts. The car also boasts of cruise control for those long highway drives. The ride quality on this Fortuner is the same as its predecessor’s – slightly on the softer side, allowing you to soak up the bumps without bother, but becoming less steady while switching direction at high speed. The heavy steering doesn’t help in this regard either, although it is quite responsive in terms of feedback. There is also the prominent body-roll to contend with, which, to be fair, isn’t unexpected judging by the Fortuner’s relatively ample proportions. Braking is aided by an ABS, EBD, and brake assist, with a ventilated disc set-up up front, and rather dated drums at the rear. Despite all that technology, the brakes aren’t much more than adequate. They certainly won’t infuse you with the kind of October 2015 /CAR INDIA /91


ROAD TEST Toyota Fortuner 4x4 AT

Swank interior dressed in all-black I’ve got some new shoes on! The Fortuner gets new wheels Auto ’box the jewel in this 4x4’s crown

confidence that otherwise encourages you to attempt topspeed runs. This isn’t the kind of car that will win you any track-days then, but where it does shine is when you stray off the beaten path. Take the Fortuner off road if you really want to see it shine. The 221 mm of ground clearance, locking-diff and an option to drop it into low range means off-roading is a blast, and with the addition of the autobox the whole process is that much easier, not to mention that much more fun too. We took the car on all kinds of terrain too – wet and dry mud, sand, and gravel – and the car didn’t misbehave or have to be winched out at any time. This Fortuner costs a steep Rs 30.42 lakh (OTR, Pune). And when compared to its more modern rivals, even in this new 4x4 automatic avatar is pretty old-school. It is, however, a big, bad, roomy, off-road beast, and isn’t all that exactly what you want from a proper SUV?

TAKE THE FORTUNER OFF ROAD IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE IT SHINE

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Toyota Fortuner 3.0 4x4 AT (Rs 32.33 lakh, OTR Pune) 1111

Car Road Test 414 Overall Height 1850mm

Ground Clearance 221mm Wheelbase 2750mm

Width 1840mm (excluding mirrors) Front Track 1540mm, Rear Track 1540mm Kerb Weight 2000 kg

Overall Length4705mm

SPECIFICATIONS

TEST RESULTS

ENGINE

WHEELS & TYRES

Cylinders Four, in-line Layout Front, transverse Type Turbocharged, DI Fuel Diesel Capacity 2,982 cc Compression ratio 17.9:1 Valvegear DOHC, 4 valves/cyl

Wheel size Tyre size

171 3600 4400 360 1400-3200

TRANSMISSION Five-speed, automatic 1st gear 2nd gear 3rd gear 4th gear 5th gear 6th gear Reverse gear Final drive Drive wheels

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA AWD

STEERING Rack and pinion, power-assisted 3.7 turns

HIGHLIGHTS Space Convenience Offroad ability Size & presence Brake feel

BRAKES Front Rear

Ventilated discs Drums

Front Rear

Double wishbone 4-link with lateral rod

BRAKING

Indicated 20 40 60 80 100 120

True 18.5 37.3 55.2 76.1 95.2 114.9

80-0 km/h 100-0 km/h

Claimed Achieved

Power:Weight (PS/tonne) Specific Output (PS/litre) Specific Torque (Nm/litre)

City Highway Overall* * Overall is 25% highway and 75% city driving

DRIVERS AIDS ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, VSC, Shift-lock, Reverse Camera

180 160

11111 11112 11111 11111 11121 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11121 11111 11121

2.10 2.96 3.83 5.19

7.5 9.0 7.88

TEST CONDITIONS Altitude Weather

550m above MSL Warm, light wind, wet

PERFORMANCE 200

CAR RATINGS Design & Style: Powertrain: Performance: Fuel Efficiency: Dynamic Ability: Space: Creature Comforts: Driver Appeal: Safety: Interior: Suspension: Ride Quality: Handling: Steering: Braking:

OVERTAKING ACCELERATION Roll-ons 40-60 60-80 80-100 100-120

85.50 57.34 120.72

FUEL CONSUMPTION

NA 177.86 km/h

ACCOMMODATION Seating 7 Head Room, F/R 1000/950 Leg Room F (max/min) 1190/930 Knee Room F (max/min) 860/620 Knee Room R (max/min) 920/690 Shoulder space 1150 Fuel tank 80 litres Boot space 200-600 litres

2.33s, 25.28 m 2.94s, 41.07 m

PERFORMANCE FACTORS

TOP SPEED

ACCELERATION (km/h)

Max power (PS) Power peak (rpm) Red line (rpm) Max torque (Nm) Torque peak (rpm)

Lock to lock

17” 265/65 R17

SUSPENSION

ENGINE OUTPUT

Type

IN-GEAR SPEEDS (KM/H)

140 120 100 80 60

12.22s 7.96s 4.86s 2.57s

40

0.99s

20 0

26.97s

17.76s

0

2

0-400m sprint:

18.18 s

4

TIME, SECONDS 6

8

10

12

Terminal speed:

121.15 km/h

14

16

18

20

1-km sprint:

33.86 s

22

24

26

28

Terminal speed:

150.00 km/h

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ROAD TEST Audi A6 35 TDI Matrix

THE TECH

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NOCRAT

Story: Aninda Sardar Photography: Sanjay Raikar

You would be wrong to think that the new Audi A6 Matrix is just another cosmetic upgrade. There are plenty of technology updates, along with the cosmetic ones, to make this car cutting-edge. We take the new car for a road test

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ROAD TEST Audi A6 35 TDI Matrix

M

Y FIRST MEMORY OF THE word ‘Audi’ goes back to the days when a certain cricketer by the name of Ravi Shastri (you may have heard of him) was presented with an Audi. With no internet, or computers for that matter, I had tried to imagine what this unfamiliar sounding car would be like. The only thing I hadn’t had to imagine were the four interlocked rings on the grille of the car. Cut to September of 2015 and I find myself staring once again at those four rings interlaced through each other. Moving back a couple of steps I realise that the car, an A6, is familiar too and yet not quite. Behold the new Audi A6 35 TDI Matrix, which the German company launched in grand style via a rather unconventional video press release. As you continue to stare at the car, you’ll notice several changes. For starters, the single-piece grille is wider and its six corners appear a little more striking than before. The bumper too is a re-designed unit. But far more important, the A6 now benefits from Audi’s Matrix LED headlamp technology (something we first saw on the larger and more luxurious A8). On the inside, the A6’s cabin has been upgraded even further with new wood inserts. There’s also a new nougat brown colour for the car’s high-quality Milano leather seats. Four-zone climate control is standard fitment. The A6 also gets Audi’s new next-generation modular

infotainment platform; Audi’s signature MMI Touch is also available as part of this system. All of these combine to make the Audi A6 Matrix even more luxurious than it was before. What really puts a smile on your face, however, remains hidden under that lithe-looking bonnet, for in there Audi have plonked in an uprated 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit now with seven per cent more power and which Audi claim is five per cent more fuel-efficient. Indeed, the peak power rating of this new engine is 190 PS, which is available to your right foot between 3,800 and 4,200 revolutions per The two-litre turbo diesel unit is a peach. It’s refined, efficient and powerful. What more could you want?

IT’S THE WAY IN WHICH THIS LUXURY SEDAN BUILDS SPEED THAT IS REALLY REMARKABLE. WE CLOCKED A GENUINE 211-PLUS KM/H ON OUR TEST-RUN BEFORE RUNNING OUT OF ROAD

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Whats New?

Audi MMI

Wood inserts

minute. Maximum twist force on offer is a very healthy 400 Nm that kicks in as low as 1,750 turns and stays with you all the way through to 3,000 RPM, making for a very flat torque curve — an indication of the car’s driveability. Transmission to the front wheels is taken care of via a seven-speed S Tronic twin-clutch gearbox. On the 0-100 km/h acceleration run the car gets off the line a little slower than you’d expect, but once the wheels are rolling, it picks up speed ferociously and breaches the 100 km/h mark in less than 10 seconds. The reason why this happens is because Audi’s electronics restrict engine revs from building beyond a point when you try to hit the throttle with the brakes still engaged. Numbers, however, tell only half the story. It’s the way in which this luxury sedan builds speed that is really remarkable. We clocked a genuine 211-plus km/h on our test-run before running out of road, and even then the car felt as if it could log on about 10 more km/h. The other remarkable bit is the car’s power delivery: it is like a straight line drawn with a ruler. There’s power available at every part of the rev-range to propel this 1,830-kg machine ahead with an intent that could prove to be a serious problem for many a “sporty” car. What must be mentioned is that the S Tronic transmission also does a fine job of keeping pace with the rest of the powertrain and at no point in time do you wish for a quicker shifting ’box. In true Audi spirit, the A6 is a brilliant handler. Corners, switchbacks, sweepers, straights — none of it is a problem for this car. Even at our very high testing speeds the car held its line as if it was on rails. There’s excellent feedback from the steering, which feels light at low and moderate speeds but weighs up nicely as the www.carindia.in

Seven-speed S Tronic transmission The central armrest has a nice slot for the remote control to the Audi MMI

Plenty of room at the rear of the A6 for two adults, but it’s only good for four. Best to take on a kid as the fifth passenger

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ROAD TEST Audi A6 35 TDI Matrix velocities rise. There’s just so much confidence this car gives you when you see that bend ahead that even an average driver feels like an expert. The air suspension also works its magic on the surface beneath the 245/45 R18 tyres. Ruts, patchwork, potholes and the like are kept well away from the passenger who sit ensconced in the luxury of the car’s spacious and rather silent cabin. It’s only the deepest of potholes that catch it out really. Speaking of road irregularities, an aspect that needs to be mentioned here is ground clearance. Indian roads, thanks to the wonderful maintenance job done by the authorities, require most cars to run a bit of extra ground clearance. You know, keep a bit of clearance in hand for those rainy days (applied both metaphorically as well as literally). With many a luxury car, built as they are to European specifications, the issue of sufficient ground clearance becomes a tricky one and more than once have we experienced a car’s underbody scraping on a particularly high bump irrespective of the carefully executed evasive manoeuvre by the driver. I’m happy to say that we faced none of this with the A6. There is indeed sufficient clearance for our Indian roads in this German luxury sedan. The car was launched at Rs 49.5 lakh, ex-showroom, and at that price the Audi A6 is not over-priced compared to its competitors. The thing is, at that price, it isn’t highly competitively priced either; pricing is actually par for the course. As a result the A6 doesn’t become the automatic or obvious choice but is one more option in that segment. However, as an option, it’s a brilliant one. Something that’s definitely worth your money.

A massive boot aided by a low loading lip means the A6 can take quite a bit of cargo

A thumbs up to Audi’s choice of tyre profile. Low enough to be stylish yet high enough to be practical for Indian roads

AUDI MATRIX LED HEADLIGHT TECHNOLOGY THE AUDI A6 MATRIX, AS ITS NAME implies, gets the German company’s signature all-LED headlamp technology that we first saw in the larger A8. The system uses bundles of 19 light-emitting diodes (LED) combined with four reflectors in each headlamp. The result is brilliant illumination. Surprisingly, these state-of-the-art headlamps remain on high beam permanently but still do not dazzle the drivers of oncoming vehicles. How? By switching off individual LED clusters. Clever little technological wizardry, isn’t it?

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Audi A6 35 TDI Matrix (Rs 1.35 crore, ex-Delhi) 11111

Car Road Test 415 Overall Height 1455mm

Ground Clearance NA

Width 1874mm (excluding mirrors) Front Track 1627mm, Rear Track 1618mm Kerb Weight 1830 kg

Wheelbase 2912mm Overall Length 4933mm

SPECIFICATIONS

TEST RESULTS

ENGINE

WHEELS & TYRES

Cylinders Four, inline Layout Front, longitudinal Type Turbocharged, DI Fuel Diesel Bore x stroke 81.0 x 95.5 mm Capacity 1,968 cc Compression ratio 15.5:1 Valvegear DOHC, 4 valves/cyl

Wheel size Tyre size

Max power (PS) Power peak (rpm) Red line (rpm) Max torque (Nm) Torque peak (rpm)

190 3800-4200 5000 400 1750-3000

TRANSMISSION Seven-speed, twin-clutch, automatic 1st gear 3.188 2nd gear 2.190 3rd gear 1.517 4th gear 1.057 5th gear 0.738 6th gear 0.508 7th gear 0.386 Reverse gear 2.750 Final drive 4.048 Drive wheels FWD

STEERING Type

Rack and pinion, electro-mechanical 2.25 turns

Lock to lock

HIGHLIGHTS Driver appeal Handling Ride quality Build quality Technology Safety

18” 245/45 ZR18

BRAKES Front Rear

Ventilated discs Solid discs

BRAKING

Indicated 20 40 60 80 100 120

True 19.7 38.7 57.9 76.2 95.9 114.8

80-0 km/h 100-0 km/h

Front Five-link, double wishbone with anti-roll bar, adaptive air suspension Rear Trapezoidal-link, with wishbone and anti-roll bar, adaptive air suspension

Power:Weight (PS/tonne) Specific Output (PS/litre) Specific Torque (Nm/litre)

ACCOMMODATION Seating Head Room, F/R Leg Room F (max/min) Knee Room F (max/min) Knee Room R (max/min) Shoulder space Fuel tank Boot space

5 1040/960 1120/975 920/670 825/590 1425 65 litres 530 litres

TOP SPEED Claimed Achieved

103.82 96.54 203.25

FUEL CONSUMPTION

226 km/h 211.58 km/h

City Highway Overall* * Overall is 25% highway and 75% city driving

OVERTAKING ACCELERATION Roll-ons 40-60 60-80 80-100 100-120

2.47s, 24.81 m 3.52s, 41.22 m

PERFORMANCE FACTORS

SUSPENSION

1.93 2.42 2.97 3.44

12.5 18.0 13.88

TEST CONDITIONS Altitude Weather

550 m above MSL Warm, windy, very wet

PERFORMANCE

DRIVERS AIDS ABS, EBD, ESC, Brake Assist, 360° camera

200 180

CAR RATINGS Design & Style: Powertrain: Performance: Fuel Efficiency: Dynamic Ability: Space: Creature Comforts: Driver Appeal: Safety: Interior: Suspension: Ride Quality: Handling: Steering: Braking:

ACCELERATION (km/h)

ENGINE OUTPUT

IN-GEAR SPEEDS (KM/H)

160

11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111 11111

140 120 100 80

18.36s 13.52s 9.92s 6.66s 4.37s

60

2.75s

40

1.44s

20 0

0

2

0-400m sprint:

17.07 s

4

6

TIME, SECONDS 8

10

12

Terminal speed:

134.4 km/h

14

16

18

1-km sprint:

24.26 s

20

22

24

26

28

Terminal speed:

160.0 km/h

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SHOOTOUT Ford Figo Aspire TDCi v Rivals

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SHOOTOUT Ford Figo Aspire TDCi v Rivals

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N MY 11TH STANDARD AT SCHOOL I MADE a monumental error in choosing economics as one of my elective subjects. Although I was hopeless at it (well, mostly), I did learn one thing on the first day itself – human desires are limitless. That, in fact, was lesson number one of our economics class. What I learned on that day, however, can be very aptly applied to the uniquely Indian sub-four-metre sedan segment. The average customer who buys into this category of vehicles wants his car to look good, feel premium, be loaded with gadgets, be powerful, drive well and also be fuel-efficient. In short, he (or she) wants it all, but, and that’s a big but, at a price. Manufacturers with products in this segment, therefore, have their task cut out. The biggest and most well-established player in this hotly contested part of the Indian automobile market is Maruti Suzuki. Their DZire (based on the Swift hatch) has been a hot-seller for years and continues to bring in good volumes for India’s largest passenger car-makers. The Honda Amaze (based on the Brio hatchback) is a relative newcomer but then it’s a good product overall and, with the backing of the Honda badge, the car has been accepted quite well by the demanding Indian. The latest entrant into the fray, however, comes from the allAmerican house of Ford in the form of the Figo Aspire. In the natural progression of things, we, at Car India, decided to clear the consumers’ confusion by pitting the three, in their diesel guises, against one another to find out which of these offers the biggest bang for your buck. As mentioned earlier, the DZire is the oldest member of this crew and had a virtually unchallenged run for quite a while before others appeared on the scene. In spite of competition it continues to be popular, and not without reason. Well, it isn’t much of a looker but it is compact, easy to drive, not too cramped and decently equipped. Power comes from Maruti’s tried and tested 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. With 75 PS and 190 Nm of torque on tap, the car had always felt peppy. Although it no longer sets the benchmark in the fuel economy department, it is still efficient none the less, returning 19.5 km/l overall. Driving dynamics, though not ground-breaking, are entertaining.

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When Honda launched the Amaze, we all thought, “Ah, here’s something that can break Maruti’s choke hold on the segment.” Straight up, the Amaze looked better with cleaner lines and with a boot that didn’t look like it had been slapped on as an afterthought. Like the DZire, the Amaze offered the buyer all the benefits of being compact but was far roomier. Although the DZire offers more headroom and shoulder-room, the Amaze has much better leg- and knee-room. At 400 litres, the Amaze also has the bigger boot. Thanks to its huge glass area, the feel of roominess too is higher in the Amaze. Then there’s the equipment. While the DZire is the only one here to boast of a 12V power outlet for rear passengers and automatic climate control, the Honda is the only one with a touchscreen and a sat-nav. Power comes from Honda’s Earth Dreams derived 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that puts out 100 PS and 200 Nm of torque. It’s a torquey unit that makes the car feel even peppier than the DZire; indeed the Honda sedan posts a 0-100 km/h time of 13.14 seconds, shaving over a second off the DZire’s 14.24 seconds. On the fuel economy front, too, the Amaze beats the DZire with an overall economy of 21.5 km/l. The Amaze also proves its superiority in the handling department, returning a surer feel, resulting in enhanced driver confidence. On the ride quality front, the two are not separated by miles but the Honda does have a yard or two over the Maruti over broken Indian roads. So, all other things remaining equal, the score is 1-0 in favour of the Honda Amaze. At this stage of things arrives the new Blue Oval bearing upstart. The first thing I noticed about the car was its registration number-plate from Gujarat. Now, the

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uninitiated may ask about the significance of this, but those who are in the know will realise that this is the first physical evidence of the fact that Ford’s new plant in Sanand, Gujarat, is truly operational and has gone into action in the war with the Japanese. Juxtapose the DZire, Amaze and the Figo Aspire with each other and there’s no doubt as to which wins the beauty contest. I’d pick the Ford over the other two 10 times out of 10. There’s a certain flair to the design (in spite of, or perhaps because of, the Aston Martin-esque grille) that makes it stand out in the crowd. The boot design is well integrated and, as in the Amaze, doesn’t feel like an afterthought. While you could argue that looks are subjective, what one can’t argue about is that the Ford also feels the most premium of the three. The cabin is crafted of materials that feel richer than what you see in the other two, and they’ve been fitted well, too. Although it doesn’t feel so when you simply look at the space inside, the Figo Aspire is actually roomier than the

2

3

1 The Figo Aspire has adequate legroom at the rear 2 The Amaze has the biggest boot with 400 litres of cargo space 3 The Amaze also has the most amount of rear legroom but the least shoulder room

4

4 The Swift DZire has the least legroom of the lot but the most shoulder room

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SHOOTOUT Ford Figo Aspire TDCi v Rivals The Aspire gets Ford's SYNC with AppLink system

Switchgear feels nice to touch and operate

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OUR CHOICE Parameters Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Head room Front leg room Front knee room Rear knee room Shoulder room Cabin Feel Boot space Touchscreen Voice-activated Commands Emergency Assistance Automatic Climate Control Rear 12V power outlet Fuel Economy Engine & Gearbox Maximum Power Maximum Torque Acceleration (0-100 km/h) Top Speed Handling Ride Quality Steering Feel Airbags ABS EBD ESP Hill Launch Assist Price Performance Relation

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Ford Figo Aspire TDCi Honda Amaze i-DTEC Maruti Suzuki DZire 1.3 DDiS Rs 7,73,490

Cabin

Rs 7,80,100

930-1000 mm ✓ 890-990 mm 1050-1235 mm ✓ 920-1100 mm 715-910 mm ✓ 650-900 mm 615-835 mm 720-950 mm ✓ 1315 mm 1250 mm 1 3 359 litres 400 litres ✓ Equipment X ✓ ✓ X ✓ X ✓ X X X Engine & Drive Feel 15.2 km/l 21.5 km/l ✓ 1.5 Diesel, 5 MT 1.5 Diesel, 5 MT 100 PS 100 PS 215 Nm 200 Nm 10.74 s ✓ 13.14 s 174.45 km/h ✓ 140.97 km/h 1 1 1 2 2 1 Safety ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ X ✓ ✓ X ✓ X 1 2

Rs 7,90,744 910-990 mm NA 650-870 mm NA 1340 mm ✓ 2 316 litres X X X ✓ ✓ 19.5 km/l 1.3 Diesel, 5 MT 75 PS 190 Nm 14.24 s 160 km/h 2 3 3 ✓ ✓ X X X 3

Amaze with more head-, leg- and knee-room. The DZire, however, continues to hold the shoulder-room crown. At 350 litres, the Figo Aspire loses the boot space battle to the Honda. On the equipment front, the Figo gets auto climate control and Ford’s SYNC with AppLink system with Emergency Assist (the latter places a call to a preprogrammed emergency service number via your Bluetooth sync-ed phone in the event of a crash). On the go, the Ford’s cabin is also the quietest of the lot. Under the bonnet of the Figo Aspire is Ford’s 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine. It’s quite a refined unit and quite powerful too. Unlike the other two, it doesn’t feel very peppy when you drive it but that’s deceptive, for with a 0-100 km/h time of 10.74 seconds, the Figo Aspire is the quickest of the trio, and by some margin. The car also posts the highest top speed of 174.45 km/h, compared to the Amaze’s 140.97 km/h. The DZire’s top speed sits between the two at about 160 km/h. Unfortunately, the Ford gets beaten hollow at the fuel economy stakes, managing to return an overall efficiency figure of 15.2 km/l. What the Ford does hit back with is a combination of dynamics and ride quality. It feels the most stable of the three on straights and holds its line like a train on rails on bends. Even quick and repeated direction changes fail to upset the Figo Aspire. Driving over bad roads, the Figo Aspire also offers the plushest ride quality, isolating the passengers from the road irregularities quite well. The only chink in its armour on this aspect is the steering feel, where the Amaze returns the best feedback from the wheel. The DZire, meanwhile, tails both the Honda and October 2015 /CAR INDIA /105


SHOOTOUT Ford Figo Aspire TDCi v Rivals Ford Figo Aspire TDCi Titanium (Rs 7.73 lakh, ex-Delhi) 11112

Car Road Test 416 Overall Height 1525mm

Ground Clearance 174mm Wheelbase 2491mm

Width 1695mm (excluding mirrors) Front Track 1492mm, Rear Track 1484mm Kerb Weight NA

Overall Length 3995mm

SPECIFICATIONS

TEST RESULTS WHEELS & TYRES

Cylinders Four cylinders, in-line Engine Layout Front, transverse Type Turbocharged, DI Fuel Diesel Bore x Stroke NA Capacity 1498 cc Compression ratio 16:1 Valvegear DOHC, 4 valves/cyl

Wheel size Tyre size

ENGINE OUTPUT

Front

Max power (PS) Power peak (rpm) Red line (rpm) Max torque (Nm) Torque peak (rpm)

100 3750 5000 215 1750-3000

TRANSMISSION Five-speed, manual 1st gear 2nd gear 3rd gear 4th gear 5th gear Reverse gear Final drive Drive wheels

3.583 1.950 1.231 0.951 0.756 NA 3.370 FWD

Lock to lock

14” 175/65 R14

BRAKES Front Rear

Ventilated discs Drums

SUSPENSION Independent, MacPherson struts with coil spring, anti-roll bar Rear Semi-independent twist beam with twin gas charged and oil filled shock absorbers

ACCOMMODATION Seating Head Room, F/R Leg Room F (max/min) Knee Room F (max/min) Knee Room R (max/min) Shoulder space Fuel tank Boot space

5 1000/930 1235/1050 910/715 835/615 1315 40 litres 359 litres

DRIVERS AIDS

Rack and pinion with electric power assist 3 turns

HIGHLIGHTS Handling Premium feel Features Acceleration Rear knee room Boot space

Design & Style: Powertrain: Performance: Fuel Efficiency: Dynamic Ability: Space: Creature Comforts: Driver Appeal: Safety: Interior: Suspension: Ride Quality: Handling: Steering: Braking:

Gear 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

True 44.2 81.1 120.4 158.2 174.45

80-0 km/h 100-0 km/h

3.57 s, 42.84 m 3.96 s, 52.33 m

PERFORMANCE FACTORS Power:Weight (PS/tonne) Specific Output (PS/litre) Specific Torque (Nm/litre)

NA NA NA

TOP SPEED Claimed Achieved

NA 174.45 km/h

FUEL CONSUMPTION City Highway Overall* * Overall is 25% highway and 75% city driving

OVERTAKING ACCELERATION Roll-ons Speed 40-60 60-80 80-100 100-120

3rd 2.38 2.34 2.84 6.86

4th 4.53 3.18 3.34 3.64

5th 8.29 4.87 4.62 5.32

13.7 19.8 15.2

TEST CONDITIONS Altitude Weather

550m above MSL Warm, windless, dry

PERFORMANCE 180 160

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BRAKING

Indicated 50 85 125 175 190

200

xxwer steering, optional ABS

CAR RATINGS

STEERING Type

IN-GEAR SPEEDS (KM/H)

ACCELERATION (km/h)

ENGINE

140 120 100 80 60

21.63s 16.04s 10.74s 7.40s 4.66s 2.42s

40

1.11s

20 0

0

2

0-400m sprint:

17.62 s

4

TIME, SECONDS 6

8

10

12

Terminal speed:

126.6 km/h

14

16

18

1 km sprint:

32.4 s

20

22

24

26

28

Terminal speed:

160.6 km/h

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the Ford in the steering feedback department. Where braking is concerned, it’s the Amaze that has the best brakes with the DZire coming in second and the Figo Aspire finishing last. On the safety front, all three cars get dual airbags and ABS but the Honda additionally gets EBD while the Ford benefits from ESP as well as Hill Launch Assist, which holds the car in its place for three full seconds on inclines and allows you to move your foot from the brake pedal to the throttle without the Figo Aspire rolling back. The Ford also offers the option of six airbags, the only one on the test to offer this option. On the question of ownership, the DZire does have the advantage with Maruti Suzuki boasting of the widest service and dealership network in the country among all manufacturers. However, on the all-important aspect of pricing, at Rs 7.91 lakh (Rs 7,90,744 to be exact), exshowroom, Delhi, the Maruti Suzuki DZire is the most expensive vehicle on this test. With the least bang for the buck, the DZire, therefore, stands on the lowest step of the podium. The battle for the top spot goes down to the wire with the Amaze and the Figo Aspire being separated by less than Rs 7,000, the latter being the more affordable of the two. The Amaze beats the Figo on fuel economy, boot space, steering feel and braking. It’s also got a touchscreen and a sat-nav, not to mention EBD. The Figo has better acceleration, a higher top speed, better handling and ride quality, more room and a plusher cabin. It’s also got voice activated commands, SYNC, Emergency Assistance, ESP and Hill Launch Assist. So, the two are nearly on a par with the Ford Figo Aspire just managing to edge out the Honda with its higher priceperformance relation.

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1 The Figo Aspire's engine pushes the Ford to the highest top speed in the least amount of time, with 0-100 km/h dispatched in 10.74 seconds

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FEATURE Mahindra Adventure Great Escape

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THE TRAIL Story: Ryan Lee Photography: Aditya Dhiwar

Mahindra Adventure invited Car India to experience the 124th edition of the Mahindra Great Escape at Lonavala, near Pune. Here is all the action

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N KEEPING WITH THEIR CUSTOM TO go off the beaten path, Mahindra Adventure recently organised an off-roading weekend at Lonavala, near Pune. With over 100 of the company’s 4WD machines taking part in various events such as the 10-km jungle drive, 2WD obstacle course and the Mahindra Off-road Trophy, the whole atmosphere was electrifying. The participants were allowed to take part in any of these events. As for myself, I am an off-road enthusiast, so I decided to take part in the trophy challenge, which is an extreme off-roading event. What a way to start a weekend! After a sumptuous breakfast all the participants were briefed about the event, the different challenges involved, and the points system. There were three stages: a stream crossing, the slush pit, and the rock crawl. Each participant would be marked on skill and vehicle preservation. 110/CAR INDIA /October 2015

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After the briefing, it was time to rock and roll. I was given the key to a 2015 Mahindra Thar. Highly excited, I was ready to put the Thar to the test. The first challenge was the stream crossing. Here we had to drive through a slushy slope into the stream, take a U-turn, and drive back out. The task was not difficult; the only problem was the slushy part. By the time I got behind the wheel, the slope was like a river of mud. As the countdown began, I slotted the Thar in the second and let go. The car slowly made its way down the slope without getting stuck. The stream crossing was not very tricky — with proper wheel placement and by inching forward I crossed the stream with ease. The steering on the new Thar felt much lighter and easier to manoeuvre as compared to the old one’s. It was time to make my way to the top without getting stuck. After gaining some momentum, I started the climb. Slotting the Thar in the second and with some throttle modulation, I made it till the finish-line within the given time and without getting stuck. The next obstacle was the slush pit. The first few competitors got stuck half way through the trail and were asked to park by the side; the reason being the wheels would get covered with wet mud and the Thar would lose all grip, ending up spinning away to glory. By the time it was my turn, the track was riddled with ruts, thus making it all the more difficult. But thanks to the rear diff lock and immense 247 Nm of torque I came out triumphant. The last challenge, the rock crawl, was the trickiest, for it involved going through a small muddy course and then climbing through huge boulders to get out on the other side. This was the most difficult and challenging course, and here the vehicle, spotter and driver had to work in complete harmony to get to the other side. It was my turn to rise and shine. After clearing the slushy bit it was time to tackle the boulders. It was at this course that I really experienced the significance of a diff lock, and just how much it helps to get one out of sticky situations. Precise wheel placement and throttle control proved to be the key to my success. All in all, the Mahindra Great Escape is a brilliant event that perfectly showcases the capabilities of the Indian car-maker’s products. The event allowed all us participants to get a good idea of what these cars are capable of when driven over mud and rock.

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SPORT Volkswagen Vento Cup

KARMINDER EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Karminder led the championship amid red flags and restarts and several other incidents at the Kari Motorway in Coimbatore while Ishaan clinched his first podium of the season in the second round of the Volkswagen Vento Cup championship

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IT WAS A FLAG-TO-FLAG VICTORY FOR pole-sitter Anindith Reddy in race one, ahead of Ishaan Dodhiwala who clinched the first podium of the season. Completing the podium in third place was championship leader Karminder who won the second race on Sunday. Ishaan retained the second place ahead of Anindith in third in the second race.

Pole-sitter Anindtih clinched the first place in Race 1 with Ishan close on his heels. Karminder took the final spot on the podium

Race One Despite having qualified second behind Anindith, the 2010 Polo R Cup champion, Sailesh Bolisetti, suffered a DNF after being pushed off the track on the very first lap. Taking advantage of this, third qualifier Raghav Sharma moved up to second place. Karminder, who had qualified fifth, progressed to the fourth place behind Ishaan. While the front-runners maintained a follow-the-leader stance, the mid-field saw some serious action leading up to the red flag situation caused due to Harkishan Wadia losing control of

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Harikishan Wadia lost control of his car at turn eight and ended up T-boning Raghav Sharma’s car before hitting the tyre-wall

Race 1 had to be restarted following Harikishan’s shenanigans in the gravel

Sailesh Bolisetti’s Race 1 ended abruptly after running wide at the very first corner of the race

his car in corner eight before the right-left-right chicane. Harkishan ran straight across the gravel trap and ended up T-boning Raghav Sharma’s car before hitting the tyre-wall. Following this, race direction enforced a restart with Anindith in the lead once again, ahead of Ishaan and Karminder. Rithvik Thomas, who qualified 10th, progressed commendably in the race and finished in the fourth place ahead of Vigneshwar Devarajan who had qualified eighth. Major championship contender Sailesh Bolisetti settled for a DNF which led to him starting from the back of the grid in race two. Race Two Race two started with a reverse grid formation which put the top eight from race one in a reverse formation. Karminder, who started sixth, progressed quickly in the initial laps of the race and began extending lead. Behind him, Ishaan put on a tough fight and swapped a fair share of paint with top rival Anindith who started the race in the eighth place. Pradeep Rao benefited greatly from the reverse grid formation and finished fourth, ahead of Sailesh, who put on a commendable performance starting from the back of the grid. The battle for the sixth, seventh and eighth places saw some nail-biting action among Raghav, Sahil and Rithvik completing the race in that order. Sahil Gahuri, who started from the second position, was awarded a 10-second penalty for overtaking under the yellow flag and subsequently finished in the seventh place. Commenting on a fantastic victory, an ecstatic Karminder said, “I am very happy to be back on the top spot of the podium. The start of the race was perfect for me

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An elated Karminder took the top step in Race 2 followed by Ishaan in second and Anindith in third place

and getting ahead of everyone in the very first lap of the race was the most important part of the race for me. During the first round, too, I had started down the order and come up to win. This time I have repeated the success and I have taken the all-important points in the championship.” Karminder’s consistent performance has put him at the top of the championship charts with 200 points. However, his closest rival, Anindith, follows him closely with a gap of just four points. Although Anindith leads Ishaan with a hefty gap of 38 points, the latter is a formidable competitor, one to watch out for in the future. The next round of the Vento Cup will be held at the Buddh International Circuit in October.

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SPORT JK Tyre Championship

Sensational Weekend at Kari

When the top 10 of the grid qualify within less than a second of each other, you are guaranteed of a tooth-and-nail fight when the lights go out. The second round of the JK Tyre Championship kept us on the edge of our seats as the drama unfolded

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took the second place ahead of Kush. Ananth Shanmugan moved a place in the ranks and finished fourth, ahead of Akash Gowda, Karthik Tharani and international driver Constantino Peroni. It was a less than perfect race for BRDC driver Akhil Rabindra who finished eighth. JK FB02 Race Two Krishnaraj Mahadik put on a tough fight to Vishnu Prasad who overtook him on the very first lap. However, Mahadik fought back to regain the lead on lap three and retained it to the chequered flag. Behind them Kush Maini sought an opportune moment eagerly but was unable to overtake.

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The JK FB02 category fielded a sparse but an extremely competitive grid of 12 cars

The Formula LGB F4 series fielded a competitive 21car grid

Clearly disappointed with his performance in the first race, Akhil Rabindra charged from the eighth place and progressed to fourth. A safety car period worked in his favour and he was able to close the gap on Kush in third place who was troubled by a faulty gear-shifter. Riding on his vast experience, Akhil exploited the situation and overtook Kush to take the final spot on the podium, behind Mahadik and Vishnu. JK FB02 Race Three Ananth Shanmugan’s progress throughout was a linear one culminating with him taking his first win in the final race of the weekend. Ananth led a clean flag-to-flag race without stepping a toe out of the racing line but Vishnu’s presence ensured that he would not have an easy race ahead of him. Vishnu made a Hail Mary pass in the last two laps of the race but was unable to overtake a consistent Ananth. A fierce battle ensued behind them for the final spot on the podium which ended in Karthik Tharani taking the third place. Constantino finished the race in fourth place. Close on his heels was Kush, followed by Nayan. Race two winner Krishnaraj finished in a disappointing seventh place, ahead of Sandeep Kumar, Akhil Rabindr and Akash Gowda.

LGB Formula 4 Race Two Race two had to be restarted due to a five-car pile-up on the opening lap itself. The incident relegated Karthik Shankar, Sudarshana Rao and Rohit Khanna out of the race. The restarted race saw a close battle among Ajay Kini, Raghul, Chittesh Mandody and Diljith. Diljith was forced off the track on the 11th lap of the 15-lap race due to a hit from the back. The race ended with Ajay Kini taking his second win of the weekend ahead of Raghul and Krishnaraj.

The final race of the LGB category was an eventful one with eight DNFs; only 13 of the 21 cars finished the race

LGB Formula 4 Race Three The action doubled in the final race of the weekend. Only 13 of the 21 cars managed to finish the race while the other eight were relegated. The action-packed race called for the safety car period on two occasions. A closely fought battle amongst the top eight for the podium saw Ajay Kini emerge victorious with his smooth and flawless driving style. Raghul Rangaswamy, who started from the fifth place, progressed through the ranks and took the second spot. Starting from the 10th place, Diljith moved up in the ranks and despite all incidents managed to take the final spot on the podium.

LGB Formula 4 Race One The LGB Formula 4 category never fails to keep the fans on the edge with lots of action. In race one itself the safety car had to be summoned twice. Pole-sitter Ajay Kini led a clean flag-to-flag race. Eleventh qualifier Raghul Rangaswamy took advantage of the multiple spin-outs and incidents in the race to take the second place. Diljith TS of Avalanche Racing, who had qualified ninth, made his way through the grid to take the third place, ahead of Karthik Shankar and Vishnu Prasad, who was followed by close rival Krishnaraj Mahadik.

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SPORT Jehan at Nürburgring

The young Mumbaikar proved to be highly competitive at the legendary Green Hell

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EHAN DARUVALA, WHO IS A GRADUATE OF the Sahara Force India Academy, recently did India proud at the iconic Nürburgring racetrack in two different events. His first time at the Green Hell saw him participate in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series where, in race one, his performance was unbelievably good. Being a rookie at Nürburgring, the qualifying session saw the young driver struggle, but he had the pace to place himself ninth on the starting grid in race one. As the lights went out, Jehan was quick to overtake the car in front of him to move into eighth. Soon thereafter he managed to climb one more place by overtaking another car. He eventually managed to finish seventh out of 35, which goes to show his exceptional talent. In race two, however, Jehan wasn’t so lucky. Torrential rain meant that the race started with the safety car out on the track but

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JEHAN’S NÜRBURGRING FEAT Story: Ravi Chandnani Photography: Rayo Racing Jehan’s hopes were dampened when his car lost drive, forcing him to retire. Nevertheless, his performance in the first race was enough to get him the ‘Best Rookie of the Race’ award and a special place on the podium. Jehan returned to Nürburgring the following week to continue his participation in the NEC series wherein his performance was commendable in both the races. In the practice sessions the youngster was on top of the time-sheets. During qualifying all the drivers were gunning for a front-row start, but Jehan’s superb pace enabled him to start from the second row. Race one of NEC series at Nürburgring saw Jehan fight his way throughout the race. He managed to defend his fourth place till it started raining and the race was restarted. After the lights went out again Jehan was able to fight for a while, though wet conditions only allowed him to finish fifth. His impeccable performance also won him the ‘Best Rookie Trophy’ and a place on the podium. Race two turned out to be even more dramatic with the safety car being deployed for a brief time. Jehan started off in third and continued to remain in three until he was challenged by a Belgian driver who eventually overtook him. However, with the track still wet, the front running pair of Deletraz and the race leader, Sasahara, ran wide into a corner which elevated the Belgian into the lead and placed Jehan in second spot. Jehan defended his second place well, eventually finishing behind the Belgian, Max Defourny, who won the race. This gave Jehan his second and well-deserved podium. Jehan is currently sixth overall in the NEC championship and he is trailing Max Defourny, who is leading the Rookies’ Championship by 10.5 points. With three more races to go, it will be exciting if Jehan can garner enough points to knock the Belgian off the number one spot to take the Rookie Championship and move up in the overall standings.

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SPORT APRC Japan

TEAM MRF REIGN SUPREME Report: Harket Suchde

Pontus Tidemand and his MRF Škoda team clinch the top spots in the penultimate round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC)

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S THE DUST SETTLED ON A rainy weekend of rallying competition at the Rally Hokkaido, Japan, one team stood head and shoulders above the throng: Team MRF Škoda. The big prizes of APRC title, team championship, and manufacturer’s trophy were all won through some stellar driving on the part of the ace Swedish duo, Pontus Tidemand and his co-driver Emil Axelsson. In fact, Tidemand didn’t just win the round, but completely dominated it, crossing the finishing line a massive 12 minutes before second-placed Michael Young of Cusco Racing and a whole 15 minutes ahead of Hitoshi Takayama of Immens Motorsport in third.

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Axelsson (L), Tidemand (R) with trophies aloft

Tidemand’s team-mate and Indian rally stalwart Gaurav Gill was forced to retire in the very first Special Stage due to a technical problem with his Škoda Fabia S2000. Gill said, “I drove to the start of the day’s first Stage and that was when I realised that there was a problem with the car. The front drive-shaft had broken and there was no drive in the car, but I managed to finish the Stage before pulling out. Obviously, I am extremely disappointed as I was looking forward to the event and hoping to win to stay in the Championship.” Gill was trailing Tidemand by 43 points at the start of the Rally Hokkaido and hence needed all the points to stay in the title race. Tidemand also had words for Gill’s ill-fate in his victory address. He said, “It would have been great had Gill been around to fight with it. It was unfortunate that he had to retire, but that is motor sport. However, I am extremely happy to win the championship on début and I would like to thank the team members, MRF Tyres and others who have been part of my success. When I decided to race in the APRC, I did not know anything about the conditions or the competition, but I enjoyed all the rallies, though I would have liked the fight with Gill to extend to the last round in China.” Gill still has the second place and top spoils in the Asia Cup to fight for with one APRC and two Asia Cup rounds still to go.

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SPORT F1 Italy

QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY SPEED

Story: Jim Gorde Photography: DPPI

One new and one old Mercedes-AMG power-unit and two charging Ferraris at home at the temple of speed as round 12, the fastest on the calendar, threw up some interesting outcomes

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EWIS HAMILTON MAY HAVE grabbed pole, but the Ferraris stole his thunder with a lightning-quick performance from Raikkonen seeing him take P2 just 0.2 of a second behind, with team-mate Vettel another fraction of a second behind. Rosberg could only manage P4. Mercedes-AMG had opted to use their tokens and bring in a new-spec engine to Italy, mainly for better reliability and efficiency. No other teams — neither Williams, nor Lotus nor Force India — got this specification. Insiders said that Mercedes-AMG have found a good 40 PS since the start of the season in Melbourne just by switching to better quality fuel. Raikkonen seemed to be the man on the move in qualifying and painted the online town red. However, once the lights went out, the only thing he didn’t do was move. With a slow start, P2 soon became P20 at one point of time and Hamilton rocketed off into the distance; Vettel slowly losing ground in second. The Williams were strong as well and Rosberg found himself fighting with them for position. Raikkonen was already climbing up the order steadily, crossing the line in 14th at the end of lap one. Lap 10 was a bit worrisome for Rosberg as the team radio warned him about potential brake issues. He was busy chasing down Bottas. Another revelation came from Button and his McLaren-Honda. Honda engineers claimed they had more power than Renault, but, on lap 16, young Verstappen held his own against the Brit, even though the McLaren was flat out with DRS open. Raikkonen, rather, Merhi, had a tense moment at the end of lap 29, when he almost went into the Ferrari at the entrance of the pit-lane, locking up to avoid a collision before the white line.

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Blue smoke from the ‘old’ AMG unit signalled the end for the unit and Rosberg’s race

Five laps to go, and Lewis’ radio asked him to put in fast laps and build a gap. The right front tyre seemed to be the problem, but the team told him “no questions”. With three laps to go, Rosberg suffered an engine failure, spewing blue smoke as his ‘old’ Mercedes power-unit let go. Hamilton was again told to “stabilise the pace”. He crossed the line 25 seconds ahead of Vettel, with Massa finishing third after Rosberg’s exit and a fight with his team-mate, Bottas. Raikkonen managed a decent fifth place. Seventh victory for Lewis this year; at least the trophy is different

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SPORT F1 Singapore

Horse and Bull Tale A

Starting from pole after a stormer of a qualifying lap, Vettel stayed ahead to claim the Prancing Horse’s third victory this season, leaving the Silver Arrows well behind them

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RIGHT LIGHTS SHOWING THE way, Vettel got a great start off pole and rocketed into the lead with the Red Bulls and Mercedes-AMGs left to play catch-up. A stalled Verstappen had to begin from the back of the grid. At the end of the first lap, Vettel was three seconds ahead of Ricciardo. The lead continued to grow and the Ferrari was in a class of its own. The engine upgrade had put them on a par with AMG power. Lap 13 saw contact between Hulkenberg and Massa, whose Williams was exiting the pit-lane. The Hulk was out, as was the Safety Car. Four laps later, debris cleaned, the race was back on and Vettel began racing again. Hamilton, however, was suffering from some sort of problem and began dropping places, eventually retiring from 18th place. Rosberg, meanwhile, was up to fourth. Safety Car again as a man decided to take a stroll on the track. As he sauntered off into the crowd again, it was race back on, but not before half the field had pitted, including all the front-runners. With 20 laps to go, it was green and the action was back on; Vettel taking the advantage and controlling the pace on

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The reddest podium of recent time; Ferrari seem to be back

Hulk saw Massa coming but thought he was faster; stewards slapped him with a three-place grid penalty for Japan.

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the track, difficult as it was to overtake. There was more contact between Button and Maldonado resulting in the McLaren’s front wing coming off, before being destroyed by a charging Sainz. The race went on. Verstappen was the man on the move, having fought his way up to eighth place, boldly challenging Grosjean and coming out ahead. The two Lotus cars dropped down the order, finishing ahead only of the two Manor cars, with Rossi, in his first race for Manor, finishing 14th. Vettel took a popular victory and the fireworks went off. Fastest-lap man Ricciardo was second, with Raikkonen in third, putting Ferrari back on the map in the championship, but still quite a distance away from the leaders. DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER STANDINGS Lewis Hamilton Sebastién Ogier Nico Rosberg Jari-Matti Latvala Sebastian Vettel Mads Østberg

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CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS CHAMPIONSHIP MANUFACTURER Mercedes-AMG Volkswagen Ferrari Citroën Williams Mercedes Hyundai

257 141 139

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SPORT WRC Germany

HOME RUN FOR VOLKSWAGEN It was redemption for Volkswagen Motorsport at Rally Germany with a one-two-three finish after disappointment last year Story: Jim Gorde Photography: DPPI

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T WAS A HOT, SUNNY DAY IN Germany as the WRC came to Trier for the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Volkswagen Motorsport were beaming with the possibility of clinching another driver’s title with Sébastien Ogier in a spot where this could actually happen with four rounds still to go. It was one-two-three for VW in the first two stages with Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen staying ahead of the rest in the time-sheets. Latvala was quicker than his team-mate in the third stage at the scenic Moselland. The order resumed for the next four stages, with Ogier getting the jump on Latvala for Moselland 2, stage seven. It was Ogier, Latvala and Sordo at the top of stage eight. A surprise from Evans on stage nine saw him in second. Latvala, meanwhile, was back on top at Bosenberg for stage 10. The Arena Panzerplatte on army turf then beckoned with a live mine-field just round the bend. With three short and two long stages, it was a challenge for the drivers, many of whom preferred the tight corners and reasonably long straights. The spread of the arena, even at 2.87 km, allowed the sea of rally fans to get a great view of multiple areas. The Panzerplatte Long stage, at over 45 km, is one of the longest stages on the calendar. Ogier was on top in four of the five Panzerplatte stages, a performance which almost sealed his position at the top, although Latvala was quickest in the quick Arena

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Nothing like a military base to unleash the potential of the car

Panzerplatte 3 for stage 15, as well as in the previous stage, Grafschaft 2. It was off to wine country and Stein and Wein with the hills and forests where Evans’ strong performance gave him the stage win; the only non-VW stage winner of the Rally. Ogier was at the top and 23 seconds ahead of Latvala, who did manage to gain time in the two Dhrontal stages but ended up finishing second overall. Mikkelsen was under pressure from Sordo, who was charging in his Hyundai, but managed to stay ahead in the time-sheets by 12.7 seconds.

Special garlands for the entire team to celebrate their 1-2-3 home victory

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SPORT Interview: Willy Rampf

TECH TRANSITION

How different from each other are the worlds of Formula 1 and WRC from the technology perspective? Car India spoke to Willy Rampf, technical director at Volkswagen Motorsport, who has held the same position at the Sauber F1 Team prior to joining VW Interviewed by: Jim Gorde

Car India (CI): How different is WRC from F1? Different terrain to deal with, and not just dry or wet. A completely different experience? Willy Rampf (WR): Very different. In WRC, the car is set up for mechanical grip and not aerodynamic grip with the tyres and components. In F1, they have titanium and carbon-fibre and many other options; we have to work with limited materials. We start with a standard car chassis and make it lighter, stronger and wider with better bodywork. They [F1 teams] have telemetry to get information about the car from both the car and the driver, but here we have to rely on driver feedback more than anything else. Of course, we have great drivers. [Sébastien] Ogier is a constant. He is constantly fast. Jari Matti [Latvala] is a great driver, as is [Andreas] Mikkelsen.

CI: What’s are the main differences so far as the pit-stops are concerned?

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WR: The main difference is obviously the number of mechanics and how much we can work on the car. The time limits require us to do many things as they [the drivers] cannot come in at any time, just after stages.

CI: Is it possible that there is less pressure overall in WRC than in F1? WR: No, there’s always pressure to perform. We have to be faster and consistent.

CI: Things are looking good for Volkswagen Motorsport this year. How was it possible to make the car even faster? WR: We have to continuously work on the cars to improve performance. If something can be changed which will make the slightest difference, we do it. We have to find every last second and try to make things as light as possible and improve quickness in any area.

CI: What are the immediate priorities

before a rally weekend? WR: Get the car ready and set up as best as we can. We have to make sure that everything is perfectly set up for both the conditions and the drivers.

CI: What has been or what is your greatest challenge? WR: The greatest challenge is getting the most out of the car with very limited room in several areas to work around with it. The regulations are very tight and we have to optimise everything. There are several places where we can say that a component can be lighter. Of course, we can’t have lighter but less strong. Things happen and we have to learn from it. If something breaks, we have to analyse why it broke and ensure it doesn’t happen again. We can make it stronger, but, at the same time, it shouldn’t be heavier. It has to be stronger but just as light. The challenge is finding the perfect balance and knowing which way to take.

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SPORT WRC Behind the Scenes

Know? Did You

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at every round of the World Rally Championship (WRC). Having spent some time with Volkswagen Motorsport in Trier at Rally Germany, we got some insights into the goings-on on a Rally weekend Compiled by: Jim Gorde

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The Polo R WRC makes 318 PS and 430 Nm from a turbocharged 1.6-litre fourcylinder petrol engine

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To save weight, the sponsor logos are now the stick-on adhesive kind and are not painted on

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A six-speed sequential racing gearbox drives all four wheels via a ZF doubledisc sintered metal clutch

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Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h can be achieved in as low as 3.9 seconds; top speed is just 200 km/h — agility is top priority

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With a minimum weight of 1,200 kg, the power-to-weight ratio is 265 PS/tonne

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Cars are packed in containers, minus the tyres, when travelling between rounds to make for easier logistics

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Quick service? Team mechanics can replace suspension units in four minutes and a gearbox in just 11 minutes

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Safety note teams drive the stages before the competitors to ascertain the type of tarmac and any changes in terrain or even weather

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Asphalt rally tyres are hard-compound and run an asymmetrical tread pattern to offer maximum traction and durability

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The stick-shift lever has made way for steering-mounted paddle-shifters

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At Rally Germany, the drivers cover 1,227 km over the 21 stages. Each driver gets 54 tyres. Volkswagen Motorsport arrived on the scene with 162 tyres for their three drivers. Up to five kg in rubber is lost during competition

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Arena Panzerplatte and Panzerplatte Long stages in Baumholder are on military turf. ‘Hinkelsteins’ are large boulders which can prove to be car-breaking if drivers are not careful

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SPORT WRC Australia

Story: Ravi Chandnani Photography: DPPI

HAT-TRICK FOR SÉBASTIEN OGIER The French rally ace takes home the title trophy by winning the rally down under

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NCE AGAIN IT IS TIME FOR team Volkswagen Motorsport to celebrate as their French rally ace, Sébastien Ogier, lifted the champion’s trophy at the 10th round of the competition held in Australia. The first two days of the rally were nothing short of treacherous for the Frenchman as he had to struggle with the gravel-strewn stages. On day two, however, Ogier was back in action, winning stages 11 and 12. On Sunday, Ogier seemed invincible as he continued to dominate the rally, winning the final five stages and eventually taking victory in rally Australia. Meanwhile, behind Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala was the man who enjoyed yet another podium as the Finnish rallyist managed to finish in the runners-up spot. However, his rally almost ended up in a retirement because the alternator warning light came on during the penultimate stage. After a quick belt change the Finn was out on gravel, throttling his way to the podium. The fight for the final podium place saw Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT driver Kris Meeke slug it out with Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen. On Sunday Meeke got some breathing space when VW driver Mikkelsen reached late for a mid-leg service, earning a 10-second penalty. This ensured Meeke a place on the podium whereas Mikkelsen was relegated to fourth. With Ogier winning the race and Latvala finishing on

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Championship won, it was time for celebration for VW Motorsport

the podium, it was time for Volkswagen Motorsport to celebrate as the team also won the manufacturers’ title. The celebration held greater significance for Ogier because he became the second French rally driver to win three championships after compatriot Sébastien Loeb (nine championships). He also joined the ranks of great rally drivers like Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Mäkinen (four titles each) who are the only drivers to win more than two titles. The next round of WRC will be held in France where the battle for the number two spot will continue between the remaining two Volkswagen drivers, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen.

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S-wagatam Cross

We welcome the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross into the Car India long-term fleet

M

ARUTI SUZUKI LAUNCHED the S-Cross with quite a bit of fanfare. The S-Cross also became the first car to be retailed by Maruti via the Nexa chain of outlets that promises a premium retail experience for buyers. More significantly, the S-Cross was the platform on which the Indian manufacturer made the début of their new

DDiS 320 diesel engine, a 1.6-litre turbocharged unit that is the bigger brother of the venerable 1.3 DDiS. The S-Cross DDiS 320 is the latest vehicle to join the Car India long-term fleet. Earlier, when we had conducted a road test of the vehicle, we had realised that this vehicle could be a winner for Maruti. This despite a few chinks in its

armour. So it was a good purchase proposition. From here onwards, however, we shall evaluate the ownership experience of the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and tell you, our readers, if the ownership experience can support a product that is inherently good. Stay tuned for updates. — Aninda Sardar

For the Cellular Family

Maruti’s Celerio diesel offers a genuinely cost-effective diesel powertrain for families that don’t require a big car but desire diesel economy none the less

T

HE MARUTI SUZUKI Celerio is a fairly practical hatchback for a nuclear family. It isn’t the hottest looking hatch in town but it’s compact and easy to drive and park. Yet the Celerio isn’t too bad on space and offers moderately comfy seating for four adults and a bit of luggage too. It’s decently equipped too. Most importantly, Maruti have rolled all these desirable attributes into one pocket-friendly package. Perhaps, the only thing lacking was a diesel powertrain option. Recently,

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Maruti Suzuki have rectified that lone shortcoming with the introduction of the Celerio DDiS, which features the company’s latest 800-cc twin-cylinder diesel engine. When we tested the car, we realised that though the engine makes quite a racket, it’s still peppy enough for city use and very efficient. This is the car that we now welcome into the Car India long-term fleet. Stay tuned for updates on life with the Maruti Suzuki Celerio DDiS 125. — Ramnath S Chodankar

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T H E G O O D T H E B A D & T H E U G LY INDIA’S PUNCHIEST CAR BUYING GUIDE INDEX 130 132 134 125 136 137

OVERALL RATING

TESTED

ALLOY WHEELS

MUSIC SYSTEM

AIRBAGS

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

GBU

ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Ferrari California T 2. Porsche 911 3. Mercedes S-Coupé 4. Lamborghini Huracán V8 Coupé V8 Roadster V8 S Coupé V8 S Roadster V12 S Coupé V12 S Roadster

280.00* 299.00* 305.00* 325.00* 375.00* 400.00*

4735/8 4735/8 4735/8 4735/8 5935/12 5935/12

7A 7A 7A 7A 7A 7A

470 470 490 490 620 620

426 426 436 436 573 573

1630 1710 1610 1690 1665 1745

80 80 80 80 80 80

NA NA NA NA NA NA

275/35 R19 275/35 R19 285/35 R19 285/35 R19 295/30 R19 295/30 R19

     

     

NA NA NA NA NA NA

290 290 305 305 330 323

NA NA NA NA NA NA

     

     

     

     

NA NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA NA

78

NA

295/30 R20

NA

295

NA

 

NA

NA

DB9 For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Porsche 911 Turbo 2. Bentley Continental GT Coupé

410.00*

5935/12

6A

620

517

1785

138 140 141 142 144 146

VANQUISH For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Bentley Continental GT Speed 2. Ferrari F12berlinetta 3. Lamborghini Aventador Coupé Volanté

435.00* 470.00*

5935/12 5935/12

8A 8A

630 630

576 576

1739 1844

80 78

NA NA

305/30 R20 305/30 R20

 

 

NA NA

324 317

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

NA NA

90.5

NA

295/35 R20

NA

306

NA

 

NA

NA

RAPIDE For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Porsche Panamera 2. Mercedes-Benz S-Class Rapide S

425.00*

5935/12

8A

630

560

1990

AUDI A3 For: Refinement, performance, ride, handling, build quality. Against: Rear space. Verdict: Sporty, but comfortable family sedan. Alternatives: 1. Skoda Superb 2. Volkswagen Jetta 3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class 4. BMW 1 Series 5. Volvo V40 40 TFSI Premium+ 35 TDI Attraction 35 TDI Technology 40 TFSI Cabriolet

A4

31.40* 24.56* 34.06* 44.75*

1798/4 1968/4 1968/4 1798/4

7A 6A 6A 7A

250 320 320 250

180 143 143 180

NEW THIS MONTH

1295 1340 1340 1430

50 50 50 50

425 425 425 320

225/45 R17 205/55 R16 225/45 R17 225/45 R17

   

   

8.26 10.0 10.0 8.76

220 196 196 220

11.88 15.75 15.75 11.88

   

   

   

   

Dec 14 NA Aug 14 Jan 15

11111 NA 11111 11111

   

   

9.64 8.4 8.4 6.09

225 196 196 250

11.25 13.25 13.25 8.25

   

   

   

   

Jun 12 NA Jan 14 Oct 12

11111 NA 11111 11111

For: Audi technology. Against: Price. Verdict: A refined and comfortable car. Alternatives: 1. BMW 3 Series 2. Volvo S60 3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class 35 TFSI Premium 35 TDI Premium 35 TDI Technology S4 TFSI quattro

32.68* 36.42* 40.79* 52.64*

1798/4 1968/4 1968/4 2995/6

CVT CVT CVT 7A

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ SHVS

320 350 350 440

170 177 177 333

1545 1595 1595 1780

63 63 63 61

480 480 480 480

225/55 R16 225/55 R16 225/50 R17 245/40 R18

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT

Taking clean motoring further is A6 India's first affordable diesel smart For: Refinement, NVH torque levels, ride quality. Against: Price. Verdict: Sets a new benchmark in its segment. hybrid car. Withinteriors, start/stop, Alternatives: 1.it's Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2. BMW 5 Series 3. Jaguar XF 4. Volvo S80 assist and ERS, a worthy choice 35 TFSI Premium 45.28* 1984/4 CVT 320 180 1640 75 530 225/55 R17   9.42 226 9.13 Rs 8.23 lakh (ex-showroom). 35from TDI Premium 44.10* 1968/4 CVT 380 177 1660 75 530 225/55 R17   9.5 220 13.8 35 TDI Technology S6 TFSI quattro

53.68* 95.25*

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1968/4 3993/8

CVT 7A

380 550

177 420

1660 1895

75 75

530 530

225/55 R17 255/40 R19

 

 

9.5 5.39

220 220

13.8 8.13

Out with the Freelander and in with the all-new Discovery Sport. Modern and more contemporary, it packs more ability and tech     Jan 14 11111 making   ita fantastic  NAall-rounder. NA  

 

   

Dec 11 Nov 13

11111 11111

148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155

ASTON MARTIN, AUDI BENTLEY, BMW DATSUN, FERRARI FIAT, FORCE MOTORS FORD, GENERAL MOTORS HINDUSTAN MOTORS, HONDA HYUNDAI ICML, ISUZU, JAGUAR LAMBORGHINI, LAND ROVER MAHINDRA MARUTI SUZUKI MASERATI, MERCEDES-BENZ MINI, NISSAN, PORSCHE PREMIER AUTO, RENAULT, ROLLS-ROYCE SSANGYONG, SKODA, SUZUKA RACING TATA MOTORS TOYOTA VOLKSWAGEN VOLVO

LEGENDS

PRICES On the road, Pune BO: Available only By Order : Ex-showroom price listed NA: Price not available

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FEATURES F: Front only O: Optional equipment

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AIRBAGS

MUSIC SYSTEM

ALLOY WHEELS

275/35 R19 275/35 R19 285/35 R19 285/35 R19 295/30 R19 295/30 R19

     

     

NA NA NA NA NA NA

290 290 305 305 330 323

NA NA NA NA NA NA

     

     

     

     

NA NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA NA

78

NA

295/30 R20

NA

295

NA

 

NA

NA

TESTED

OVERALL RATING

POWER WINDOWS

NA NA NA NA NA NA

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

80 80 80 80 80 80

TYRE SIZE

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

TRACTION CONTROL

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Ferrari California T 2. Porsche 911 3. Mercedes S-Coupé 4. Lamborghini Huracán V8 Coupé V8 Roadster V8 S Coupé V8 S Roadster V12 S Coupé V12 S Roadster

280.00* 299.00* 305.00* 325.00* 375.00* 400.00*

4735/8 4735/8 4735/8 4735/8 5935/12 5935/12

7A 7A 7A 7A 7A 7A

470 470 490 490 620 620

426 426 436 436 573 573

1630 1710 1610 1690 1665 1745

DB9 For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Porsche 911 Turbo 2. Bentley Continental GT Coupé

410.00*

5935/12

6A

620

517

1785

VANQUISH For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Bentley Continental GT Speed 2. Ferrari F12berlinetta 3. Lamborghini Aventador Coupé Volanté

435.00* 470.00*

5935/12 5935/12

8A 8A

630 630

576 576

1739 1844

80 78

NA NA

305/30 R20 305/30 R20

 

 

NA NA

324 317

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

NA NA

90.5

NA

295/35 R20

NA

306

NA

 

NA

NA

RAPIDE For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Porsche Panamera 2. Mercedes-Benz S-Class Rapide S

425.00*

5935/12

8A

630

560

1990

AUDI A3 For: Refinement, performance, ride, handling, build quality. Against: Rear space. Verdict: Sporty, but comfortable family sedan. Alternatives: 1. Skoda Superb 2. Volkswagen Jetta 3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class 4. BMW 1 Series 5. Volvo V40 40 TFSI Premium 35 TDI Attraction 35 TDI Technology 40 TFSI Cabriolet

25.50* 24.56* 34.06* 44.75*

1798/4 1968/4 1968/4 1798/4

7A 6A 6A 7A

250 320 320 250

180 143 143 180

1295 1340 1340 1430

50 50 50 50

425 425 425 320

225/45 R17 205/55 R16 225/45 R17 225/45 R17

   

   

8.26 10.0 10.0 8.76

220 196 196 220

11.88 15.75 15.75 11.88

   

   

   

   

Dec 14 NA Aug 14 Jan 15

11111 NA 11111 11111

   

   

9.64 8.4 8.4 6.09

225 196 196 250

11.25 13.25 13.25 8.25

   

   

   

   

Jun 12 NA Jan 14 Oct 12

11111 NA 11111 11111

  

  

     

Oct 15 Oct 15 Nov 13

11111 11111 11111

A4 For: Audi technology. Against: Price. Verdict: A refined and comfortable car. Alternatives: 1. BMW 3 Series 2. Volvo S60 3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class 35 TFSI Premium 35 TDI Premium 35 TDI Technology S4 TFSI quattro

32.68* 36.42* 40.79* 52.64*

1798/4 1968/4 1968/4 2995/6

CVT CVT CVT 7A

320 350 350 440

170 177 177 333

1545 1595 1595 1780

63 63 63 61

480 480 480 480

225/55 R16 225/55 R16 225/50 R17 245/40 R18

A6 For: Refinement, interior, equipment, ride quality. Against: Price. Verdict: Sets a new benchmark in its segment. Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2. BMW 5 Series 3. Jaguar XF 4. Volvo S80 35 TFSI Matrix 35 TDI Matrix S6 TFSI quattro

45.90* 49.50* 95.25*

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1798/4 1968/4 3993/8

7A 7A 7A

320 400 550

190 190 420

1780 1830 1895

75 75 75

530 530 530

245/40 R18 245/40 R18 255/40 R19

  

  

NA 9.92 5.39

233 226 250

NA NA 8.13

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POWER WINDOWS

AIRBAGS

MUSIC SYSTEM

ALLOY WHEELS

8.75 8.13 NA NA

   

   

   

   

Jun 14 Mar 15 NA NA

11111 11111 NA NA

 

Apr 15

11111

 

Dec 13

11111

 

Aug 15

11111

TESTED

OVERALL RATING

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

ASTON MARTIN AUDI

A8 L For: Luxury at its best. State-of-the-art technology. Against: Price. Verdict: The new king of the ring. Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2. BMW 7 Series 3. Jaguar XJ 50 TDI quattro Premium 60 TDI quattro 60 TFSI quattro W12 FSI quattro

108.95* 132.74* 137.72* 187.15*

2967/6 4134/8 3993/8 6299/12

8A 8A 8A 8A

580 850 600 625

250 385 435 500

1935 2170 2050 2150

82 82 82 82

520 490 490 490

235/55 R18 235/55 R18 235/55 R18 255/45 R19

   

   

7.02 5.04 NA NA

250 250 250 250

TT COUPÉ For: A fun little sports car for everyday use. Against: Space. Verdict: A sportscar for the price of a luxury sedan. Alternatives: 1. BMW Z4 2. Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 45 TFSI quattro

60.34*

1984/4

6A

370

230

1335

55

305

245/40 R18

6.03

250

11.5

RS 5 COUPÉ For: Performance, usability. Against: Price, fuel economy. Verdict: If you want an everyday sports car to use, this is it. Alternatives: 1. BMW M4 Coupé 4.2 FSI quattro

108.79*

4163/8

7A

430

450

1725

64

455

265/35 R19

5.9

250

5.0

RS 6 AVANT For: Space, performance, practicality. Against: Price. Verdict: An enthusiast family car with several reasons to justify its purchase. Alternatives: None as yet. 4.0 TFSI quattro

135.00*

3993/8

8A

700

560

1950

75

565

285/30 R21

4.32

250

4.75

RS 7 SPORTBACK For: Luxury factor of an A8 with fun factor of a coupé. Against: Rear headroom. Verdict: A driver's luxury car with an attitude. Alternatives: 1. BMW M6 Gran Coupé 4.0 TFSI quattro

140.21*

3993/8

8A

700

560

1920

75

535

275/35 R20

4.48

250

4.75

 

May 14

11111

261 NA

NA NA

 

 

   

Apr 13 NA

11111 NA

182 210 210

15.5 13.5 13.5

  

  

     

Feb 14 May 12 NA

11111 11111 NA

200 200 225

12.8 12.8 9.0

  

  

     

Feb 13 NA Mar 14

11111 NA 11111

216 216

9.5 9.5

 

 

   

NA Sep 09

NA 11112

R8 For: Performance, design, usability. Against: Price. Verdict: An incredibly well-rounded performance car. Alternatives: 1. Porsche 911 Turbo 2. Jaguar F-Type V10 Coupé V10 Spyder

199.86* 219.62*

5204/10 5204/10

7A 7A

530 530

525 525

1720 1820

90 80

100 100

295/30 R19 295/30 R19

 

 

4.04 NA

Q3 For: All the luxuries of a ‘Q’ SUV in a small package. Against: Price. Verdict: Small, but still a Q. Alternatives: 1. BMW X1 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country 3. MINI Countryman 4. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class TDI S Edition 35 TDI quattro Premium 35 TDI quattro Premium+

28.99* 35.59* 37.50*

1968/4 1968/4 1968/4

6 7A 7A

320 380 380

140 177 177

1520 1660 1660

64 64 64

460 460 460

235/55 R17 235/55 R17 235/55 R17

  

  

11.1 9.05 9.05

Q5 For: Performance, refined diesel engine. Against: Price. Verdict: Scaled down Q7, makes sense. Alternatives: 1. Volvo XC60 2. Land Rover Discovery Sport 3. BMW X3 4. Mercedes-Benz ML-Class 30 TDI quattro Premium 30 TDI quattro Technology 45 TDI quattro Technology

49.45* 56.02* 62.95*

1968/4 1968/4 2967/6

7A 7A 7A

380 380 580

177 177 245

1820 1820 1860

75 75 75

540 540 540

235/65 R17 235/65 R17 235/65 R17

  

  

9.6 9.6 7.25

Q7 For: Size, performance. Against: Price. Verdict: If size matters, then the Q7 has to be the choice. Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2. Volvo XC90 3. BMW X5 35 TDI quattro Premium 35 TDI quattro Technology

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64.35* 79.71*

2967/6 2967/6

8A 8A

550 550

245 245

2345 2375

100 775 100 775

255/55 R18 265/50 R19

 

 

9.15 9.15

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ALLOY WHEELS

OVERALL RATING

MUSIC SYSTEM

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

TESTED

AIRBAGS

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT For: A Bentley with Le Mans heritage. Against: Price, service back-up. Verdict: Makes the rest of the range look pre-historic. Alternatives: 1. Aston Martin DB9 2. Ferrari FF GT V8 GT V8 S GT GT Speed GTC V8 GTC V8 S GTC GTC Speed

325.89* 351.04* 353.85* 399.43* 360.36* BO 387.40* BO

3993/8 3993/8 5998/12 5998/12 3993/8 3993/8 5998/12 5998/12

8A 8A 8A 8A 8A 8A 8A 8A

660 680 720 820 660 680 720 820

507 528 590 635 507 528 590 635

2295 2295 2320 2320 2470 2470 2495 2495

90 90 90 90 90 90 90 90

358 358 358 358 260 260 260 260

275/40 R20 275/40 R20 275/40 R20 275/35 ZR21 275/40 R20 275/40 R20 275/40 R20 275/35 ZR21

       

       

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

303 309 319 331 301 308 314 327

FLYING SPUR For: Fast and agile for a 2.5-tonne car. Against: Price, service back-up. Verdict: A really fast saloon. Alternatives: 1. Rolls-Royce Ghost 2. Aston Martin Rapide S 3. Audi A8 L W12 4. Mercedes-Benz S-Class Flying Spur V8 Flying Spur W12

310.00* 340.00*

3993/8 5998/12

8A 8A

660 800

507 625

2450 2475

90 90

475 475

275/45 R19 275/45 R19

 

 

NA NA

NA NA

MULSANNE For: Luxury, opulence, exclusivity. Against: Price, service back-up. Verdict: If you ever wanted to experience locomotive torque... Alternatives: 1. Rolls-Royce Phantom Mulsanne Mulsanne Speed

553.53* 599.03*

6752/8 6752/8

8A 8A

1020 1100

512 537

2685 2685

96 96

443 443

265/45 R20 265/45 R20

 

 

NA NA

NA 296

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

 

Nov 13

11111

  

  

     

NA Aug 12 NA

NA 11111 NA

NA 11111

BMW 1 SERIES For: Fun to drive, spacious, rear-wheel drive. Against: Price. Verdict: If you want a BMW badge in your garage... Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2. Audi A3 3. Volvo V40 118d Sport

29.50*

1995/4

8A

320

143

1420

43

NA

225/45 R17

9.51

187

11.0

3 SERIES For: Performance, fuel efficiency. Against: Ride quality. Verdict: If you are looking for performance, look no further. Alternatives: 1. Audi A4 2. Volvo S60 3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class 320d Prestige 320d Luxury M3

34.90* 38.90* 117.00*

1995/4 1995/4 2979/6

8A 8A 7A

380 380 550

184 184 431

1495 1490 1595

57 57 60

480 480 480

225/55 R16 225/50 R17 275/40 ZR18

  

  

8.03 8.03 NA

235 235 250

13.5 13.5 NA

3 SERIES GRAN TURISMO For: Refinement, usablability, space, big boot. Against: Down on thrills, price. Verdict: A practical, fun and exclusive car. Alternatives: 1. Audi A4 2. Volvo S60 3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class 320d GT Sport 320d GT Luxury

39.90* 42.90*

1995/4 1995/4

8A 8A

380 380

184 184

1640 1640

60 60

520 520

225/50 R18 225/50 R18

 

 

9.05 9.05

208 208

13.25 13.25

 

 

   

NA Jul 14

250

NA

 

NA

4 SERIES For: The sportier 3 Series with two doors less. Against: Price. Verdict: The present-day M3 Coupé. Alternatives: 1. Audi RS 5 M4 Coupé

119.00*

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2979/6

7A

550

431

1612

60

445

275/40 ZR18

NA

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POWER WINDOWS

AIRBAGS

MUSIC SYSTEM

ALLOY WHEELS

NA NA 10.0 3.3

   

   

   

   

NA NA Jan 14 Nov 12

NA NA 11111 11111

10.0 10.0 NA

  

  

     

Jan 13 NA NA

11111 NA NA

TESTED

OVERALL RATING

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

   

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

   

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

AUDI BMW

5 SERIES For: Performance, driving pleasure. Against: Price. Verdict: Refined mile-muncher. Alternatives: 1. Audi A6 2. Mercedes-Benz E-Class 3. Jaguar XF 4. Volvo S80 520d Prestige Plus 520d Luxury 530d M Sport M5

44.90* 49.90* 59.90* 130.00*

1995/4 1995/4 2993/6 4395/8

8A 8A 8A 7A

400 400 540 680

190 190 258 560

1695 1700 1785 1945

70 70 70 80

520 520 520 NA

225/55 R17 245/45 R18 275/40 R18 295/35 R19

NA NA 6.21 5.9

234 234 250 250

6 SERIES GRAN COUPÉ For: One of the most beautiful four-door coupés. Against: Price. Verdict: Still an unmatched style statement. Alternatives: 1. Audi RS 7 2. Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 640d Eminence 640d DPE M6 Gran Coupé

110.00* 117.00* 171.00*

2993/6 2993/6 4395/8

8A 8A 7A

630 630 680

313 313 560

1865 1865 1950

70 70 70

NA NA NA

275/35 R19 275/35 R19 295/30 ZR20

  

  

5.7 5.7 NA

250 250 NA

7 SERIES For: Loaded with cutting-edge technology. Against: Price. Verdict: More stylish and more capable than its predecessor. Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2. Audi A8 3. Jaguar XJ 730Ld Prestige 730Ld Signature ActiveHybrid 7L 750Li 760Li

92.50* 125.20* 141.00* 145.90* 194.90*

2993/6 2993/6 2979/6 4395/8 5972/12

8A 8A 8A 8A 8A

560 560 500 650 750

258 258 354 450 544

1975 1975 2045 2055 2250

80 80 80 82 82

500 500 500 500 500

245/50 R18 245/50 R18 245/50 R18 275/40 R19 275/40 R19

    

    

7.3 7.3 NA 6.6 NA

250 250 250 250 250

9.1 9.1 NA 6.2 NA

    

    

    

    

NA Jul 13 NA Feb 11 NA

NA 11111 NA 11111 NA

 

6.63 6.63

250 250

5.88 5.88

 

 

   

NA Feb 14

NA 11111

250

NA

 

NA

 

Mar 13

Z4 For: Performance, fun factor. Against: Nothing, really. Verdict: A mature sportscar for two. Alternatives: 1. Mercedes SLK-Class 2. Porsche Boxster sDrive 35i Prestige sDrive 35i DPT

72.90* 73.90*

2979/6 2979/6

7A 7A

400 400

306 306

1600 1600

55 55

310 310

255/35 R18 255/35 R18

 

i8 For: Style, efficiency, feel, performance. Against: Price. Verdict: The future of BMW on sale today. Alternatives: None i8 Coupé

229.00*

1499/3

6A

570

362

1490

NA

NA

215/45 R20

NA

NA

X1 For: Price, fuel efficiency. Against: Stiff ride, tight fit for four. Verdict: One of the easiest ways to get into the BMW family. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q3 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country 3. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 4. MINI Cooper Countryman sDrive 20d xLine

37.90*

1995/4

8

380

184

1565

61

420

225/50 R17

8.8

200

12.87

11112

X3 For: Performance, rear leg-room. Against: Price, doesn’t handle like a BMW. Verdict: A big improvement, but not quite there. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q5 2. Volvo XC60 3. Land Rover Discovery Sport xDrive 20d Expedition xDrive 20d xLine xDrive 30d M Sport

46.90* 51.90* 59.90*

1995/4 1995/4 2993/6

8A 8A 8A

400 400 560

190 190 258

1715 1715 1895

67 67 67

NA NA NA

225/60 R17 245/50 R18 245/50 R18

  

  

9.56 9.56 NA

210 210 210

10.6 10.6 NA

  

  

     

NA NA NA

230 230 230

7.63 7.63 7.63

  

  

     

NA NA Jul 14

NA NA NA

X5 For: Wieldy, handsome, brisk. Against: Third row space very limited. Verdict: A good all-round SUV. Alternatives: 1. Volvo XC90 2. Audi Q7 3. Mercedes-Benz ML-Class 4. Land Rover Discovery xDrive 30d Expedition xDrive 30d DPE 5-st xDrive 30d DPE 7-st

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65.90* 69.50* 72.90*

2993/6 2993/6 2993/6

8A 8A 8A

560 560 560

258 258 258

2145 2145 2145

85 85 85

650 650 650

255/55 R18 255/55 R18 255/55 R18

  

  

7.15 7.15 7.15

NA NA 11111

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OVERALL RATING

TESTED

AIRBAGS

ALLOY WHEELS

POWER WINDOWS

NA

MUSIC SYSTEM

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

X6 For: Road presence. Against: Rear space, seats only four. Verdict: Radical design is an attention magnet. Alternatives: 1. Porsche Macan 2. Land Rover Range Rover Sport xDrive 40d M Sport

115.00*

2993/6

8A

630

313

2110

85

580

285/40 R19

NA

240

 

NA

NA

DATSUN GO For: Space, efficiency, price. Against: Safety, especially for rear occupants, NVH levels. Verdict: Good buy for the price, but safety has been utterly compromised. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Alto 2. Hyundai Eon 1.2 P D 1.2 P T 1.2 P NXT

3.82 4.76 4.76

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3

5 5 5

104 104 104

68 68 68

790 810 810

35 35 35

265 265 265

155/70 R13 155/70 R13 155/70 R13

-

-

14.13 14.13 14.13

156.3 156.3 156.3

14.25 14.25 14.25

F F

 

-

-

NA May 14 NA

NA 1112 NA

NA NA

F

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

NA

 

NA

NA

GO+ For: Space, efficiency, price. Against: Safety, boot space, NVH levels. Verdict: Seven-seater with limited boot space. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2. Honda Mobilio 1.2 P D 1.2 P T

4.46 5.47

1198/3 1198/3

5 5

104 104

68 68

NA NA

35 35

48 48

155/70 R13 155/70 R13

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

FERRARI CALIFORNIA T For: The first step to the prancing horse. Against: Price. Verdict: Extremely capable and stylish grand-tourer. Alternatives: 1. Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet 2. Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster California T

330.00*

3855/8

7A

755

560

1729

78

240

285/40 ZR19

NA

316

458 For: That engine. Against: Price, it's gone too soon. Verdict: Will go down in history as one of the finest sports cars of all time. Alternatives: 1. Lamborghini Huracán 2. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 3. Aston Martin V12 Vantage S 458 Spider 458 Speciale

407.00* 425.00*

4499/8 4499/8

7A 7A

540 540

570 605

1535 1395

86 86

230 230

295/35 ZR20 305/30 ZR20

 

 

NA NA

320 325

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

NA NA

NA

 

NA

NA

 

NA

NA

 

NA

NA

488 GTB For: Turbo engine's comeback. Against: Price. Verdict: Borderline hypercar power in a compact package. Alternatives: 1. Lamborghini Huracán 2. Aston Martin V12 Vantage S 488 GTB

384.00*

3902/8

7A

760

670

1475

78

230

305/30 ZR20

NA

330

FF For: Those two extra seats. Against: Those two gearboxes, price. Verdict: The only AWD Ferrari for four on sale. Alternatives: 1. Bentley Continental GT Speed 2. Rolls-Royce Wraith FF

457.00*

6262/12

7A

683

660

1880

91

450

295/35 R20

NA

NA

NA

F12BERLINETTA For: Monstrous power. Against: Monstrous price. Verdict: The essential Ferrari; armed to the tooth with cutting-edge tech. Alternatives: 1. Lamborghini Aventador 2. Aston Martin Vanquish F12berlinetta

472.00*

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6262/12

7A

690

740

1525

92

320

315/35 ZR20

NA

340

NA

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OVERALL RATING

  

TESTED

AIRBAGS

     

ALLOY WHEELS

POWER WINDOWS

10.7 10.7 NA 18.9 18.9 NA

MUSIC SYSTEM

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

BMW FORCE MOTORS

FIAT PUNTO EVO For: Looks, value for money. Against: Rear seat, fit and finish. Verdict: Good-looking and fun to drive hatch. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo 2. Hyundai Elite i20 3. Toyota Etios Liva 1.2 FIRE P Active 1.2 FIRE P Dynamic 1.4 FIRE P Emotion MultiJet D Active MultiJet D Emotion MultiJet D Sport 93

5.33 5.98 7.75 6.15 7.95 8.37

1172/4 1172/4 1368/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5 5 5

96 96 115 197 197 209

68 68 90 76 76 93

1090 1090 1115 1130 1130 1144

45 45 45 45 45 45

280 280 280 280 280 280

165/80 R14 165/80 R14 195/60 R15 165/80 R14 195/60 R15 195/60 R15

-

   

18.3 18.3 NA 17.5 17.5 NA

154.2 154.2 NA 154.5 154.5 NA

    -    

Nov 09 NA NA NA Aug 09 NA

1112 NA NA NA 11112 NA

NA NA NA Nov 14

NA NA NA 11112

AVVENTURA For: Style, ride quality, comfort, equipment. Against: Turbo lag (diesel). Verdict: Butch crossover with hatchback practicality. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Cross Polo 2. Hyundai i20 Active 3. Toyota Etios Cross FIRE 90 Active FIRE 90 Dynamic MultiJet 90 Active MultiJet 90 Emotion

6.14* 7.24* 7.07* 8.41*

1368/4 1368/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5

115 115 209 209

90 90 93 93

1190 1195 1240 1255

45 45 45 45

280 280 280 280

205/55 R16 205/55 R16 205/55 R16 205/55 R16

-

NA NA NA 17.04

NA NA NA 156.8

NA NA 16.0 16.0

   

 

NA

210

NA

 

   

500 For: Style, performance, heritage. Against: Price. Verdict: Contemporary take on an Italian icon. Alternatives: 1. MINI Cooper S Abarth 595 Competizione

29.85*

1368/4

6A

230

160

1035

35

185

205/40 R17

NA

NA

LINEA For: Looks, equipment. Against: Engine feels breathless at high revs, rear space. Verdict: Elegant and practical at the same time. Alternatives: 1. Ford Fiesta 2. Honda City 3. Volkswagen Vento Classic 1.4 FIRE P Classic MultiJet D Classic MultiJet D Plus 1.4 FIRE P Active 1.4 FIRE P Dynamic T-Jet P Active T-Jet P Emotion MultiJet D Active MultiJet D Emotion

6.81 8.10 8.73 8.14 9.26 8.80 10.24 9.54 11.11

1368/4 1248/4 1248/4 1368/4 1368/4 1368/4 1368/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

115 197 197 115 115 207 207 209 209

90 76 76 90 90 114 114 93 93

1180 1210 1210 1180 1180 1230 1230 1210 1210

45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45

500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500 500

175/65 R14 175/70 R14 175/70 R14 195/60 R15 195/60 R15 195/60 R15 205/55 R16 195/60 R15 205/55 R16

-

    

13.9 19.48 19.48 13.9 13.9 NA 12.5 11.8 11.8

170 153.3 153.3 170 170 NA 173.5 168 168

12.3 18.5 18.5 12.3 12.3 NA 11.25 16.3 16.3

        

  

- -          

NA NA Jan 14 NA Mar 09 NA Apr 14 NA Jan 09

NA NA 1111 NA 11112 NA NA NA 11112

NA NA NA NA

235/70 R16 235/70 R16 235/70 R16 245/70 R16

-

  

NA 15.5 15.5 NA

NA 162 162 NA

NA 9.12 9.12 NA

   

-

-      

NA Dec 11 Dec 11 NA

NA 1112 1112 NA

  

-

     

NA NA NA

FORCE MOTORS FORCE ONE For: Space, Mercedes drivetrain. Against: Upgrade still doesn’t offer airbags. Verdict: Spacious and rugged. Alternatives: 1. Mahindra XUV500 EX BS III SX 2.2 7-str SX 2.2 6-str LX 2.2 4x4

11.13 14.80 14.88 16.71

2596/4 2149/4 2149/4 2149/4

5 5 5 5

230 321 321 321

82 141 141 141

NA NA NA NA

70 70 70 70

GURKHA For: Off-road ability. Against: On-road ability. Verdict: All the off-roader one would ever need, and at a decent price too. Alternatives: 1. Mahindra Thar Soft Top 4x2 Soft Top 4x4 Hard Top 4x4

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7.49 9.94 10.12

2596/4 2596/4 2596/4

5 5 5

230 230 230

82 82 82

NA NA 1460

63 63 63

NA NA NA

235/70 R16 245/70 R16 245/70 R16

-

-

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

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    

      

OVERALL RATING

-     -  

TESTED

   

ALLOY WHEELS

AIRBAGS

F   F 

MUSIC SYSTEM

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

FORD FIGO ASPIRE For: Styling, practicality, equipment. Against: Petrol 1.2 needs more punch. Verdict: Exciting new compact sedan. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 2. Honda Amaze 3. Hyundai Xcent 4. Chevrolet Sail 1.2 Ambiente (P) 1.2 Titanium+ (P) 1.5 Titanium A/T (P) 1.5 TDCi Ambiente 1.5 TDCi Titanium+

4.90* 7.25* 7.80* 5.90* 8.25*

1196/4 1196/4 1499/4 1498/4 1498/4

5 5 6A 5 5

112 112 136 215 215

88 88 112 100 100

NA NA NA NA NA

42 42 42 40 40

359 359 359 359 359

175/65 R14 175/65 R14 175/65 R14 175/65 R14 175/65 R14

 -

  

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

ECOSPORT For: Trendsetter, first sub-4 metre SUV, benchmark turbo-petrol engine. Against: Space. Verdict: Good, fun urban SUV. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Creta 2. Toyota Etios Cross 3. Volkswagen Cross Polo 4. Renault Duster 1.5 Ambiente (P) 1.5 Titanium (P) 1.5 Titanium A/T (P) EcoBoost Titanium (P) EcoBoost Titanium O (P) 1.5 TDCi Ambiente 1.5 TDCi Titanium O

7.95 10.17 11.41 10.65 11.32 9.43 12.28

1499/4 1499/4 1499/4 999/3 999/3 1498/4 1498/4

5 5 6A 5 5 5 5

140 140 140 170 170 204 204

112 112 112 125 125 91 91

1200 1200 1268 1259 1259 1248 1290

71 71 71 71 71 71 71

364 364 364 364 364 364 364

195/65 R15 205/60 R16 205/60 R16 205/60 R16 205/60 R16 195/65 R15 205/60 R16

-

    

NA NA NA 12.2 12.2 14.1 14.1

NA NA NA 181.7 181.7 165.9 165.9

NA NA NA 12.75 12.75 NA NA

F     F 

    

NA NA NA NA Dec 13 NA Jun 13

NA NA NA NA 11112 NA 11112

GENERAL MOTORS SPARK For: Refined, efficient and frugal engine, great cabin and ride. Against: Gearbox could have been better. Verdict: A great compact car with hardly any flaws. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 2. Hyundai Grand i10 3. Tata Indica Xeta 1.0 1.0 LT

4.29 4.96

995/4 995/4

5 5

90 90

63 63

1075 1095

38 38

NA NA

155/70 R13 155/70 R13

-

-

16.0 16.0

152 152

15.97 15.97

-

-

NA May 07

NA 11112

13.63 13.63 NA NA

  

 

O

NA Feb 10 NA Aug 11

NA 1111 NA 1111

BEAT For: Price, good value for money, looks. Against: Fuel efficiency, no remote locking system. Verdict: Sporty to drive with futuristic looks. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Ritz 2. Hyundai Grand i10 3. Honda Brio 1.2 PS 1.2 LT (O) 1.0 TCDi PS 1.0 TCDi LT (O)

5.02 6.43 6.04 7.47

1199/4 1199/4 936/3 936/3

5 5 5 5

108 108 150 150

80.5 80.5 58.5 58.5

965 965 1027 1027

35 35 35 35

170 170 170 170

155/70 R14 155/70 R13 165/65 R14 165/65 R14

-

-

14.2 14.2 22.5 22.5

157.2 157.2 148.5 148.5

SAIL HATCHBACK For: Interior space. Against: Performance fails to excite. Verdict: A good city car with good amount of space Alternatives: 1. FIAT Punto Evo 2. Ford Figo 3. Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 1.2 LT ABS 1.3 TCDi 1.3 TCDi LT ABS

5.55 7.21 6.75 8.51

1199/4 1199/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5

113 113 205 205

86 86 78 78

1065 1065 1124 1124

42 42 42 42

248 248 248 248

175/70 R14 175/70 R14 175/70 R14 175/70 R14

-

 

NA NA 16.56 16.56

NA NA 163 163

NA NA 15.25 15.25

 

 

-   -  

NA NA NA Jan 13

NA NA NA 11112

15.9 15.9 17.3 17.3

161 161 NA NA

10.0 10.0 15.25 15.25

 

 

-   -  

NA Feb 13 NA Feb 13

NA 1111 NA 1111

SAIL For: Price, interior space. Against: Performance. Verdict: A spacious and comfortable sedan. Alternatives: 1. Honda Amaze 2. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 3. Tata Zest 1.2 1.2 LT ABS 1.3 TCDi LS 1.3 TCDi LT ABS

6.53 8.11 8.00 9.54

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1199/4 1199/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5

113 113 205 205

86 86 78 78

1065 1065 1124 1124

42 42 42 42

370 370 370 370

175/70 R14 175/70 R14 175/70 R14 175/70 R14

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OVERALL RATING

TESTED

ALLOY WHEELS

MUSIC SYSTEM

AIRBAGS

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

FORD HONDA

CRUZE For: Diesel engine, performance, interior. Against: Turbo lag. Verdict: Has got the right ingredients to be a great seller for GM. Alternatives: 1. Skoda Octavia 2. Toyota Corolla Altis 3. Hyundai Elantra LT LTZ LTZ AT

17.26 19.12 20.38

1991/4 1991/4 1991/4

6 6 6A

380 380 380

166 166 166

NA NA NA

60 60 60

450 450 450

205/60 R16 205/60 R16 205/60 R16

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NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

  

  

     

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

168.2 168.2 150.3 150.3

NA NA NA NA

   

 

-   -  

NA May 13 NA May 13

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

13.5 NA

178.1 NA

10.62 NA

 

 

   

May 12 NA

1111 NA

20.0 20.0 12.62 12.62

   

  

-      

NA NA Dec 12 NA

NA NA 11112 NA

-       -  

NA Sep 13 NA NA NA NA May 13

NA 11111 NA NA NA NA 11111

ENJOY For: Space, handling, good alternative to the Ertiga. Against: Feels underpowered. Verdict: Good family car. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2. Renault Lodgy 3. Mahindra Quanto 1.4 LS-8 1.4 LTZ-7 1.3 TCDi LS-8 1.3 TCDi LTZ-7

7.41 9.12 8.94 10.39

1399/4 1399/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5

131 131 173 173

102 102 75 75

1260 1260 1345 1345

50 50 50 50

NA NA NA NA

175/70 R14 175/70 R14 175/70 R14 175/70 R14

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15.03 15.03 20.73 20.73

NA 1111 NA 1111

CAPTIVA For: Punchy, refined and efficient engine, looks. Against: Gearbox, low-rev response could be better. Verdict: A diesel alternative to the CR-V. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Santa Fe 2. Honda CR-V 2.2 LT MT FWD 2.2 LTZ AT AWD

30.76 33.48

2231/4 2231/4

6 6A

400 186.5 400 186.5

1881 1981

65 65

465 465

235/65 R17 235/65 R17

 

 

NA NA

HINDUSTAN MOTORS MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT For: Pedigree, chassis, reliability. Against: Interior, price. Verdict: A very competent off-roader. Alternatives: 1. Toyota Fortuner 2. Chevrolet Captiva 3. Isuzu MU-7 2.5 DI-D 4x4 MT 2.5 DI-D 4x2 AT

25.28* 24.98*

2477/4 2477/4

5 5A

400 350

178 178

2040 1935

70 70

NA NA

265/65 R17 265/65 R17

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 

HONDA BRIO For: Engine refinement, fuel efficiency. Against: Boot space. Verdict: An overall value-for-money package. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai i10 2. Maruti Suzuki Ritz 3. Chevrolet Beat 4. Toyota Etios Liva i-VTEC E MT i-VTEC VX BL AVN MT i-VTEC VX AT i-VTEC VX BL AVN AT

4.94 7.01 7.38 7.93

1198/4 1198/4 1198/4 1198/4

5 5 5A 5A

109 109 109 109

88 88 88 88

920 930 970 970

35 35 35 35

NA NA NA NA

175/65 R14 175/65 R14 175/65 R14 175/65 R14

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13.03 13.03 16.3 16.3

141 141 140 140

AMAZE For: Interior space and fuel efficiency. Against: Quality of interiors. Verdict: A new benchmark in the sub four-metre category. Alternatives: 1. Ford Figo Aspire 2. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 3. Hyundai Xcent 4. Toyota Etios i-VTEC (P) E i-VTEC (P) VX (O) MT i-VTEC (P+CNG) S+ i-VTEC (P) S AT i-VTEC (P) VX AT i-DTEC (D) E i-DTEC (D) VX (O)

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6.22 8.75 7.51 8.32 9.29 7.52 9.71

1198/4 1198/4 1198/4 1198/4 1198/4 1498/4 1498/4

5 5 5 5A 5A 5 5

109 109 109 109 109 200 200

88 88 88 88 88 100 100

940 950 NA 990 995 1045 1055

35 35 35 35 35 35 35

400 400 NA 400 400 400 400

175/65 R14 175/65 R14 175/65 R14 175/65 R14 175/65 R14 175/65 R14 175/65 R14

-

    

13.03 13.03 NA NA NA 11.3 11.3

141.4 141.4 NA NA NA 191.3 191.3

20.0 20.0 NA NA NA 21.5 21.5

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MUSIC SYSTEM

ALLOY WHEELS

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OVERALL RATING

AIRBAGS

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TESTED

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

JAZZ For: Interior, comfort, ride quality. Against: Not much, except a bit of engine noise (diesel). Verdict: Good all-rounder. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo GT 2. Hyundai Elite i20 3. FIAT Punto Evo i-VTEC (P) E MT i-VTEC (P) VX MT i-VTEC (P) S CVT i-VTEC (P) V CVT i-DTEC (D) E i-DTEC (D) VX

6.26 8.58 8.23 9.24 7.65 10.11

1198/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1498/4 1498/4

5 5 CVT CVT 6 6

110 110 110 110 200 200

90 90 90 90 100 100

1007 1044 1066 1066 1120 1155

40 40 40 40 40 40

354 354 354 354 354 354

175/65 R15 175/65 R15 175/65 R15 175/65 R15 175/65 R15 175/65 R15

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   

NA NA NA NA 12.84 12.84

NA NA NA NA 166.9 166.9

NA NA NA NA 20.5 20.5

NA NA NA NA NA Sep 15

NA NA NA NA NA 11112

        

NA Mar 14 NA Mar 14 NA Feb 14

NA 11112 NA 11112 NA 11112

CITY For: Punchy engine, class-leading interior, equipment levels. Against: High-speed stability. Verdict: Exceptional combination of unmatched performance and fuel-efficiency. Alternatives: 1. Skoda Rapid 2. Volkswagen Vento 3. Ford Fiesta 4. FIAT Linea i-VTEC (P) E MT i-VTEC (P) VX(O) MT i-VTEC (P) SV CVT i-VTEC (P) VX CVT i-DTEC (D) E i-DTEC (D) VX(O)

8.75 11.96 11.36 13.21 10.14 13.68

1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1497/4 1498/4 1498/4

5 5 CVT CVT 6 6

145 145 145 145 200 200

119 119 119 119 100 100

1029 1065 1070 1085 1125 1165

40 40 40 40 40 40

510 510 510 510 510 510

175/65 R15 175/65 R15 175/65 R15 175/65 R15 175/65 R15 175/65 R15

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10.2 10.2 11.3 11.3 10.49 10.49

194 194 169.3 169.3 175.6 175.6

17.0 17.0 14.2 14.2 19.5 19.5

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MOBILIO For: Space, ergonomics, efficiency, practicality. Against: Interior elements could be better. Verdict: Extremely practical everyday car. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2. Renault Lodgy 3. Toyota Innova i-VTEC (P) E i-VTEC (P) V(O) i-DTEC (D) E i-DTEC (D) V(O) i-DTEC (D) RS(O)

7.80 11.09 9.46 12.56 13.85

1497/4 1497/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

5 5 5 5 5

145 145 200 200 200

119 119 100 100 100

1131 1161 1214 1246 1246

42 42 42 42 42

NA NA NA NA NA

185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15

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12.18 12.18 14.08 14.08 14.08

151.73 151.73 159.06 159.06 159.06

13.9 13.9 17.5 17.5 17.5

    

  

-   -    

NA Nov 14 NA Oct 14 NA

NA 11112 NA 11112 NA

12.2 NA 12.17

NA NA NA

9.0 NA 7.87

  

  

     

Jun 13 NA Jul 13

11112 NA 11112

 

 

-

NA Dec 11 NA NA NA NA

NA 1111 NA NA NA NA

-

-

Dec 07 NA NA

11112 NA NA

CR-V For: Car-like driving experience, comfort. Against: Price. Verdict: A great SUV just got better. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 2. Chevrolet Captiva 3. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.0 MT 2.0 AT 2.4 AT 4x4 AVN

24.92 26.98 29.60

1997/4 1997/4 2354/4

6 5A 5A

190 190 226

156 156 190

1470 1500 1600

58 58 58

NA NA NA

225/65 R17 225/65 R17 225/65 R17

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HYUNDAI EON For: For: Modern design, space, quality of interiors, fit & finish. Against: Steering feel. Verdict: Ready to take on the Alto. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Alto 2. Datsun Go 3. Chevrolet Spark D-Lite Sportz Era+ LPG Magna+ LPG 1.0 Kappa Magna+ 1.0 Kappa Magna+(O)

3.67 4.87 4.45 4.85 4.85 5.03

814/3 814/3 814/3 814/3 998/3 998/3

5 5 5 5 5 5

74.5 74.5 74.5 74.5 94 94

56 56 56 56 69 69

725 725 NA NA NA NA

32 32 32 32 32 32

215 215 NA NA 215 215

145/80 R12 155/70 R13 145/80 R12 155/70 R13 155/70 R13 155/70 R13

-

-

18.62 18.62 18.62 18.62 NA NA

132.2 132.2 132.2 132.2 NA NA

17.75 17.75 NA NA NA NA

F F F F

i10 For: Great looks, interiors, gear shift, ride quality. Against: Fuel economy. Verdict: Best car to come out of the Hyundai stable. Alternatives: 1. Chevrolet Beat 2. Maruti Suzuki Celerio 3. Nissan Micra Era Sportz GLS Sportz GLS LPG

4.89 5.56 5.84

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1086/4 1086/4 1086/4

5 5 5

99 99 99

69 69 69

860 860 860

35 35 35

225 225 218

155/80 R13 155/80 R13 155/80 R13

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-

15.52 15.52 15.52

156.2 156.2 156.2

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OVERALL RATING

TESTED

ALLOY WHEELS

MUSIC SYSTEM

AIRBAGS

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

HONDA HYUNDAI

GRAND i10 For: Interior quality, space, practicality, handling, value for money. Against: Lack of top-end punch from the diesel engine. Verdict: Very practical car in and out of town. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Ritz 2. Ford Figo 3. Nissan Micra 4. Renault Pulse LPG 1.0 Magna VTVT 1.2 Era VTVT 1.2 Asta O VTVT 1.2 Asta AT CRDi 1.1 Era CRDi 1.1 Asta O

5.99 5.36 6.63 7.33 6.65 8.14

998/3 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1120/4 1120/4

5 5 5 4A 5 5

90 114 114 114 160 160

67 83 83 83 71 71

NA NA NA NA NA NA

34 41 41 41 41 41

256 256 256 256 256 256

165/65 R14 165/65 R14 165/65 R14 165/65 R14 165/65 R14 165/65 R14

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NA 13.51 13.51 NA 23.55 23.55

NA 167.8 167.8 NA 148.2 148.2

NA 14.25 14.25 NA NA NA

 F   F 

 

   

NA NA Apr 14 NA NA Oct 13

NA NA 11112 NA NA 11112

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NA NA NA Oct 14

NA NA NA 11112

   

NA NA NA May 15

NA NA NA 11112

   

ELITE i20 For: Interior, equipment, ride quality, looks. Against: Underpowered petrol engine, turbo-lag in diesel engine, high-speed stability. Verdict: One of the best looking hatches. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo 2. FIAT Punto Evo 3. Maruti Suzuki Swift VTVT 1.2 Era VTVT 1.2 Asta CRDi 1.4 Era CRDi 1.4 Asta

6.09 7.97 7.72 9.62

1197/4 1197/4 1396/4 1396/4

5 5 6 6

115 115 220 220

83 83 90 90

NA NA NA NA

45 45 45 45

285 285 285 285

185/70 R14 195/55 R16 185/70 R14 195/55 R16

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NA NA 13.76 13.76

NA NA 172.75 172.75

NA NA 19.5 19.5

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i20 ACTIVE For: Interior, equipment, ride height, practicality, looks. Against: Dynamics could be better. Verdict: Capable crossover conversion. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 2. Volkswagen Cross Polo 3. FIAT Avventura 4. Toyota Etios Cross VTVT 1.2 VTVT 1.2 S CRDi 1.4 CRDi 1.4 SX

7.30 8.10 8.70 10.11

1197/4 1197/4 1396/4 1396/4

5 5 6 6

115 115 220 220

83 83 90 90

NA NA NA NA

45 45 45 45

285 285 285 285

185/65 R15 195/55 R16 185/65 R15 195/55 R16

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NA NA 16.17 16.17

NA NA 158.3 158.3

NA NA 19.5 19.5

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XCENT For: Interior, equipment, NVH levels. Against: Feels underpowered, soft suspension. Verdict: A fitting replacement for the Accent. Alternatives: 1. Honda Amaze 2. Maruti Suzuki DZire 3. Ford Figo Aspire 4. FIAT Linea Classic VTVT 1.2 VTVT 1.2 SX O VTVT 1.2 S O AT VTVT 1.2 SX O AT CRDi 1.1 CRDi 1.1 SX O

5.62 7.76 7.53 8.61 6.68 8.84

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1120/4 1120/4

5 5 4A 4A 5 5

114 114 114 114 180 180

83 83 83 83 72 72

NA NA NA NA NA NA

43 43 43 43 43 43

NA NA NA NA NA NA

165/65 R14 175/60 R15 165/65 R14 175/60 R15 165/65 R14 175/60 R15

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NA NA NA NA 20.99 20.99

NA NA NA NA 152.3 152.3

NA NA NA NA 16.25 16.25

F    F 

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NA NA NA NA NA May 14

NA NA NA NA NA 11112

NA 192.7 NA NA 191 NA

NA 13.5 NA NA 16.25 NA

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NA Jun 11 NA NA Jul 11 NA

NA 1111 NA NA 1111 NA

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NA NA NA Dec 13

NA NA NA 1111

VERNA 4S For: Many available trim levels, equipment, fresh design. Against: Not much. Verdict: Value for money. Alternatives: 1. Honda City 2. Volkswagen Vento 3. Skoda Rapid 4. FIAT Linea 5. Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz VTVT 1.4 VTVT 1.6 S (O) AT VTVT 1.6 SX CRDi 1.4 CRDi 1.6 SX CRDi 1.6 SX AT

9.18 12.03 12.08 10.67 13.74 14.56

1396/4 1591/4 1591/4 1396/4 1582/4 1582/4

5 5 4A 6 6 4A

136 155 155 220 260 260

107 123 123 90 128 128

NA NA NA NA 1191 NA

43 43 43 43 43 43

NA NA NA NA NA NA

185/65 R15 195/55 R16 195/55 R16 185/65 R15 195/55 R16 195/55 R16

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NA 11.48 NA NA 10.8 NA

ELANTRA For: Looks, equipment. Against: Handling at high speed. Verdict: One of the better looking cars in the segment. Alternatives: 1. Skoda Octavia 2. Toyota Corolla Altis 3. Renault Fluence VTVT 1.8 S VTVT 1.8 SX AT CRDi 1.6 CRDi 1.6 SX AT

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15.86 18.55 16.67 20.29

1797/4 1797/4 1582/4 1582/4

6 6A 6 6A

178 178 260 260

150 150 128 128

1206 1225 NA NA

56 56 56 56

NA NA NA NA

205/60 R16 205/60 R16 205/60 R16 205/60 R16

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NA NA 11.04 11.88

NA NA 189 180.2

NA NA 13.87 11.25

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OVERALL RATING

TESTED

ALLOY WHEELS

MUSIC SYSTEM

AIRBAGS

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

CRETA For: Space, interior, practicality. Against: High-speed stability. Verdict: Capable as a city runabout and for a highway jaunt. Alternatives: 1. Ford Ecosport 2. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 3. Nissan Terrano 4. Mahindra XUV500 VTVT 1.6 VTVT 1.6 SX+ CRDi 1.4 CRDi 1.4 S+ CRDi 1.6 SX (O) CRDi 1.6 SX+ AT

10.11 13.27 11.13 13.58 16.11 16.09

1591/4 1591/4 1396/4 1396/4 1582/4 1582/4

6 6 6 6 6 6A

151 151 220 220 260 260

123 123 90 90 128 128

NA NA NA NA NA NA

55 55 55 55 55 55

NA NA NA NA NA NA

205/65 R16 205/65 R16 205/65 R16 205/65 R16 215/60 R17 205/65 R16

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NA NA NA NA NA 12.04

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 160.17 11.12

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NA NA NA NA NA Aug 15

NA NA NA NA NA 11112

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  

     

NA NA Apr 14

NA NA 11112

SANTA FE For: Feature-packed, engine. Against: Image, price. Verdict: Establishing Hyundai as a premium brand. Alternatives: 1. Chevrolet Captiva 2. Toyota Fortuner 3. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport CRDi 2WD CRDi 2WD AT CRDi 4WD AT

32.97 34.39 36.95

2199/4 2199/4 2199/4

6 6A 6A

420 436 436

197 197 197

1896 1934 2001

64 64 64

NA NA NA

235/60 R18 235/60 R18 235/60 R18

  

NA NA 9.31

NA NA 184

NA NA 9.13

ICML EXTREME For: Value for money, suspension. Against: Poor NVH levels, fit and finish, low end grunt. Verdict: Good MUV alternative. Alternatives: 1. Tata Sumo 2. Mahindra Bolero 3. Chevrolet Tavera LD CRD-Fi 9-seater VD CRD-Fi 7-seater

7.88* 9.28*

1994/4 1994/4

5 5

270 270

120 120

1738 1738

50 50

NA NA

205/65 R15 205/65 R15

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

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-

-

NA NA

NA NA

76 76

NA NA

245/70 R16 245/70 R16

-

 

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

-

-

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

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     

     

Jun 14 NA NA Jun 13 Apr 12 NA

ISUZU MU-7 For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Toyota Fortuner 2. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport MU-7 MU-7 AT

19.99* 23.90*

2999/4 2499/4

5 5A

360 333

163 163

1900 NA

D-MAX For: Value for money. Against: Bare bones equipment list. Verdict: First Japanese pick-up in India. Alternatives: 1. Tata Xenon 2. Mahindra Scorpio Getaway Space Cab Space Cab Arch

6.09* 6.99*

2499/4 2499/4

5 5

294 294

136 136

1655 1650

76 76

NA NA

215/70 R15 215/70 R15

-

-

NA NA

JAGUAR XF For: Performance, looks, brand. Against: Space, service and availability, price. Verdict: A true British car with good looks. Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2. BMW 5 Series 3. Audi A6 4. Volvo S80 2.0i Petrol Luxury 2.2d Executive 2.2d Aero Sport 2.2d Luxury V6d S Premium Luxury R Supercharged Petrol

64.66 52.08 60.91 64.87 72.68 139.55

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1999/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2993/6 5000/8

8A 8A 8A 8A 8A 8A

340 450 450 450 600 625

240 190 190 190 275 510

1700 1780 1780 1780 1820 1891

68 68 68 68 68 70

500 500 500 500 500 500

235/55 R17 235/55 R17 235/55 R17 235/55 R17 245/45 R18 275/30 R20

     

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8.68 9.53 9.53 9.53 8.03 NA

250 225 225 225 250 250

8.12 9.75 9.75 9.75 NA NA

     

11111 NA NA 11111 11111 NA

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6.0 7.12 7.12

  

  

     

Oct 15 NA Feb 14

11111 NA 11111

     

     

NA NA 4.06 NA NA NA

260 275 300 300 275 300

NA NA 4.75 NA NA NA

     

     

     

NA NA Mar 15 NA NA NA

NA NA 11111 NA NA NA

TESTED

OVERALL RATING

8.7 7.47 7.47

ALLOY WHEELS

AIRBAGS

  

MUSIC SYSTEM

POWER WINDOWS

  

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

HYUNDAI LAND ROVER

XJ For: Luxury, space. Against: Price. Verdict: Don’t want a German luxury car? This is the one for you. Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2. Audi A8 3. BMW 7 Series 2.0i Petrol Portfolio V6 Diesel Premium Luxury V6 Diesel Portfolio

113.05 114.40 121.80

1999/4 2993/6 2993/6

8A 8A 8A

340 600 600

240 275 275

1824 1988 1988

82 82 82

520 520 520

275/40 R19 245/45 R18 275/40 R19

F-TYPE For: Exclusivity, power. Against: Price. Verdict: Exciting and raw sportscar. Alternatives: 1. Audi R8 2. Porsche 911 3. Maserati GranTurismo/GranCabrio V6 Coupé V6 S Coupé R Coupé R AWD Coupé S Convertible R Convertible

134.00* 140.00* 197.00* BO 150.00* 188.00*

2995/6 2995/6 5000/8 5000/8 2995/6 5000/8

8A 8A 8A 8A 8A 8A

450 460 680 680 460 680

340 380 550 550 380 550

1577 1594 1650 1730 1604 1665

72 72 70 70 72 72

407 407 407 407 196 196

NA NA 295/30 ZR20 295/30 ZR20 NA 295/30 ZR20

     

LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Ferrari 488 GTB 2. Porsche 911 Turbo S 3. Aston Martin Vantage V12 S LP 610-4 LP 620-2

345.00* BO

5204/10 5204/10

7A 7A

560 560

610 620

1422 1270

90 90

NA NA

305/30 ZR20 305/30 ZR20

 

 

NA NA

325 NA

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

NA NA

90 90 90

NA NA NA

335/30 ZR20 335/30 ZR20 355/25 ZR21

  

  

NA NA NA

350 350 NA

NA NA NA

  

  

     

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

  

  

     

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

AVENTADOR For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Ferrari F12berlinetta 2. Aston Martin Vanquish LP 700-4 LP 700-4 Roadster LP 750-4 Super Veloce

485.00* 545.00* BO

6498/12 6498/12 6498/12

7A 7A 7A

690 690 690

700 700 750

1575 1565 1525

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT For: Off-road capability, comfort. Against: Price. Verdict: Good all-round SUV with Land Rover off-road ability. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q5 2. BMW X3 3. Volvo XC60 TD4 S 5-seater SD4 HSE Luxury 5-seater SD4 HSE Luxury 7-seater

46.10* 60.70* 62.18*

2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

9A 9A 9A

400 420 420

150 190 190

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

235/65 R17 235/60 R18 235/60 R18

  

  

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

DISCOVERY 4 For: Off-road capability, luxury, comfort. Against: Price, service network. Verdict: Has got Land Rover off-roading heritage. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q7 2. Volvo XC90 3. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class TDV6 SE TDV6 HSE

108.00 112.35

2993/6 2993/6

8A 8A

600 600

249 249

2570 2570

82 82

280 280

255/55 R19 255/55 R19

 

 

NA NA

180 180

NA NA

 

 

   

NA 192.8 NA NA

NA 11.25 NA NA

   

   

   

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE For: Contemporary looks, ride quality, equipment, handling, off-road ability. Against: Space, price. Verdict: If you want style and don’t mind the price, go for it. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q5 2. Volvo XC60 SD4 Pure SD4 Dynamic SD4 Prestige Si4 Dynamic Coupé

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2197/4 2197/4 2197/4 1999/4

9A 9A 9A 9A

420 420 420 340

190 190 190 240

1700 1715 1715 1640

57 57 57 57

575 575 575 550

235/65 R17 235/60 R18 235/60 R18 235/60 R18

   

   

NA 10.76 NA NA

   

NA Jun 15 NA NA

NA 11111 NA NA

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210 210 NA

8.12 8.12 NA

  

  

     

NA Dec 13 NA

NA 11111 NA

    

    

NA NA 7.29 7.29 NA

NA NA 218 218 NA

NA NA 9.0 9.0 NA

    

    

    

    

NA NA Jun 13 NA NA

NA NA 11111 NA NA

TESTED

OVERALL RATING

7.97 7.97 NA

ALLOY WHEELS

AIRBAGS

  

MUSIC SYSTEM

POWER WINDOWS

  

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

RANGE ROVER SPORT For: Luxury. Against: Price. Verdict: If you want to stand out from the crowd... Alternatives: 1. Porsche Cayenne 2. Toyota Landcruiser 200 3. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SDV6 S SDV6 HSE SCV8 Autobiography

141.80 194.20 214.70

2993/6 2993/6 5000/8

8A 8A 8A

600 600 625

292 292 510

2115 2115 2310

80 80 105

NA NA NA

255/55 R19 255/50 R20 255/50 R20

RANGE ROVER For: Luxury of a limo. Against: Price. Verdict: Great off-roading ability with luxury. Alternatives: 1. Toyota Landcruiser 200 2. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class TDV6 HSE TDV6 Vogue SDV8 Vogue SE SDV8 Autobiography SCV8 Autobiography

188.00 214.00 223.80 263.80 271.70

2993/6 2993/6 4367/8 4367/8 5000/8

8A 8A 8A 8A 8A

600 600 700 700 625

258 258 339 339 510

2160 2160 2360 2360 2330

85 85 105 105 105

909 909 909 909 909

255/55 R19 255/55 R19 255/50 R20 255/50 R20 255/50 R20

RANGE ROVER L For: Even more luxury than the standard Range Rover. Against: Price. Verdict: The first of the super-luxury SUVs. Alternatives: None TDV6 Vogue SDV8 Vogue SE SDV8 Autobiography SCV8 Autobiography

218.00* BO BO 276.00*

2993/6 4367/8 4367/8 5000/8

8A 8A 8A 8A

600 700 700 625

258 339 339 510

NA NA NA NA

80 105 105 105

NA NA NA NA

255/50 R20 255/50 R20 275/45 R21 275/45 R21

   

   

NA NA NA NA

NA 217 217 225

NA NA NA NA

   

   

   

   

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

75 81 81

NA NA NA

-

-

  

-

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA

-  

MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA E20 For: Zero-emissions. Against: Space, range, price. Verdict: Electric car good enough for short city drives. Alternatives: None T01 T2 Premium T20 Quick2Charge

5.64 6.52 6.94

I/Motor I/Motor I/Motor

A A A

53.9 53 53

20 26 26

813 830 830

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

155/70 R13 155/70 R13 155/70 R13

-

-

NA NA NA

VERITO VIBE For: Fuel efficiency, space. Against: Design could be smarter. Verdict: Spacious and frugal compact saloon. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 2. Honda Amaze 3. Tata Zest D2 D6

6.38 7.35

1461/4 1461/4

5 5

160 160

65 65

1150 1150

50 50

330 330

185/70 R14 185/70 R14

-

NA 16.04

NA 153

NA Jul 13

NA 1111

VERITO For: Space, gearbox, ride and price. Against: Lack of power, poor fit and finish, ergonomics. Verdict: Spacious, comfortable and practical. A great sedan for a tight budget. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 2. Hyundai Xcent 3. Tata Manza 1.4 G2 1.4 G4 1.5 D2 1.5 D6

6.04 6.29 7.29 8.31

1390/4 1390/4 1461/4 1461/4

5 5 5 5

110 110 160 160

75 75 65 65

1080 1080 1140 1140

50 50 50 50

510 510 510 510

185/70 R14 185/70 R14 185/70 R14 185/70 R14

-

NA NA 16.82 16.82

NA NA 152 152

NA NA 16.75 16.75

  

-

NA NA NA NA

-

 -

-

Mar 11 NA NA

NA NA NA NA

THAR For: Off-roading capability, attention grabber. Against: Dated, build quality. Verdict: A vehicle for masses who have to tackle rough terrain on a daily basis. Alternatives: 1. Force Motors Gurkha CRDe Di 2WD Di 4WD

8.03* NA NA

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2498/4 2523/4 2523/4

5 5 5

247 105 182.5 64 182.5 64

1670 2090 2090

60 45 45

NA NA NA

235/70 R16 P 185 R16 P 185 R16

-

-

18.41 NA NA

134 NA NA

11.75 NA NA

-

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ALLOY WHEELS

OVERALL RATING

MUSIC SYSTEM

-

-

NA

NA

NA

-

-

NA

-

17.35 17.35

140.8 140.8

11.25 11.25

-

NA Nov 12

NA 1112

  

-     

NA NA Oct 15 NA

NA NA NA NA

-     

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

TESTED

AIRBAGS

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

LAND ROVER MAHINDRA

BOLERO For: Rugged, reliable, do-it-all MUV. Against: Lacks refinement. Verdict: : Get one if you have to haul a large number of people over bad roads. Alternatives: 1. ICML Extreme 2. Tata Sumo ZLX

7.82*

2523/4

5

195

63

NA

60

NA

215/75 R15

NA

QUANTO For: Space. Against: Looks, handling. Verdict: Good space for a four-metre car. Alternatives: 1. Mahindra Bolero 2. Premier Rio 3. Tata Sumo Gold C2 C8

6.94 8.71

1493/3 1493/3

5 5

240 240

100 100

1640 1640

55 55

690 690

205/65 R15 205/65 R15

TUV 300 For: Space, interior, ride quality, driving range, diesel automatic option. Against: Handling. Verdict: Compelling proposition. Alternatives: 1. Ford Ecosport 2. Premier Rio 3. Chevrolet Enjoy T4 T6+ AMT T8 T8 AMT

6.90* 8.52* 8.40* 9.12*

1493/3 1493/3 1493/3 1493/3

5 5A 5 5A

230 230 230 230

84 80 84 80

1640 1640 1640 1640

60 60 60 60

384 384 384 384

215/75 R15 215/75 R15 215/75 R15 215/75 R15

-

  

21.63 NA 21.63 NA

133.6 NA 133.6 NA

NA NA NA NA

   

XYLO For: Value for money, interior, engine. Against: Unsettled ride. Verdict: The best bang for your buck in the MUV segment. Alternatives: 1. Chevrolet Tavera 2. Honda Mobilio 3. Toyota Innova D2 mDI D4 mDI H4 mHawk H9 mHawk

8.57 9.08 9.81 12.32

2489/4 2489/4 2179/4 2179/4

5 5 5 5

220 220 280 280

94 94 120 120

1800 1800 1800 1800

55 55 55 55

234 234 234 234

205/65 R15 205/65 R15 215/75 R15 215/75 R15

-

 

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

  

SCORPIO For: Smooth, tractable mHawk engine, good value. Against: High-speed dynamics. Verdict: The best budget SUV around. Alternatives: 1. Tata Safari Storme 2. Renault Duster 3. Hyundai Creta S2 m2DICR S4 mHawk S4+ mHawk 4WD S10 mHawk S10 mHawk 4WD S10 mHawk AT S10 mHawk 4WD AT

7.93* 8.55* 10.57* 11.41* 12.50* 12.57* 13.75*

2523/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

5 5 5 5 5 6A 6A

200 280 280 280 280 280 280

75 120 120 120 120 120 120

1890 1890 1990 1900 2000 1930 2030

60 60 60 60 60 60 60

460 460 460 460 460 460 460

215/75 R15 235/65 R17 235/65 R17 235/65 R17 235/65 R17 235/65 R17 235/65 R17

-

    

NA 15.62 NA 15.62 NA NA NA

NA 158.6 NA 158.6 NA NA NA

NA 11.88 NA 11.88 NA NA NA

      

    

   

   

NA NA NA Nov 14 NA NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

 

-

 

-

NA NA

181.3 181.3 NA 181.3 NA

11.0 11.0 NA 11.0 NA

    

    

    

   

NA Nov 11 NA NA NA

NA NA NA 1111 NA NA NA

SCORPIO GETAWAY For: Tons of luggage space, value for money. Against: Cramped interiors, poor high-speed handling. Verdict: Fun, inexpensive vehicle for the outdoor people. Alternatives: 1. Tata Xenon 2. Isuzu D-Max Getaway 4x2 Getaway 4x4

8.69 9.78

2609/4 2523/4

5 5

283 195

115 63

1910 NA

55 60

460 NA

235/70 R15 215/75 R15

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

XUV 500 For: Price, performance, space. Against: Gear shift, interior fit-and-finish. Verdict: Value for money. Alternatives: 1. Renault Duster 2. Nissan Terrano 3. Skoda Yeti 4. Hyundai Creta W4 W8 W8 AWD W10 W10 AWD

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11.21* 14.18* 14.99* 14.99* 15.99*

2197/4 2197/4 2197/4 2197/4 2197/4

6 6 6 6 6

330 330 330 330 330

140 140 140 140 140

1785 1785 1865 1785 1865

70 70 70 70 70

NA NA NA NA NA

235/65 R17 235/65 R17 235/65 R17 235/65 R17 235/65 R17

   

    

12.8 12.8 NA 12.8 NA

NA 1111 NA NA NA

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AIRBAGS

MUSIC SYSTEM

ALLOY WHEELS

NA NA NA

-

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

F F

 -

 

-

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

-

NA NA NA Jun 10

TESTED

OVERALL RATING

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

MARUTI SUZUKI ALTO 800 For: : Value for money. Against: High NVH levels. Verdict: One of the highest-selling cars in the country. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Eon 2. Datsun Go 3. Chevrolet Spark LXi LXi Green CNG VXi (O)

3.73 4.29 4.14

796/3 796/3 796/3

5 5 5

69 69 69

48 48 48

720 815 725

35 35 35

NA NA NA

145/80 R12 145/80 R12 145/80 R12

-

-

19.38 NA 19.38

NA NA NA

ALTO K10 For: Fuel efficiency, service. Against: Ride quality, space. Verdict: A convenient entry-level automatic option. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Santro Xing 2. Chevrolet Spark LX LXi Green CNG VXi (O) VXi AMT

3.82 4.58 4.48 4.78

998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3

5 5 5 5A

90 78 90 90

68 59 68 68

740 835 755 755

35 35 35 35

177 NA 177 177

155/65 R13 155/65 R13 155/65 R13 155/65 R13

-

-

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

WAGON R For: Flexible interior, tallboy design, fuel efficiency, easy to get in and out of. Against: Notchy gearshift, body roll, bland interior. Verdict: A good city runabout. Alternatives: 1. Nissan Micra Active 2. Hyundai i10 3. Chevrolet Beat LXi LXi Green CNG VXi VXi (O)

4.73 5.23 5.07 5.44

998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3

5 5 5 5

90 90 90 90

68 68 68 68

860 960 870 885

35 35 35 35

NA NA NA NA

145/80 R13 145/80 R13 155/65 R14 155/65 R14

-

16.32 16.32 16.32 16.32

150.7 150.7 150.7 150.7

15.5 15.5 15.5 15.5

 

 

35 35

NA NA

155/65 R14 155/65 R14

-

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

F 

-  

NA NA NA 1112

STINGRAY For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai i10 2. Chevrolet Beat 3. Ford Figo LXi VXi (O)

4.96 5.66

998/3 998/3

5 5

90 90

68 68

870 885

NA NA

NA NA

CELERIO For: Convenience, price. Against: Slow shifts (AMT), safety. Verdict: Affordable compact with a smooth petrol AMT and frugal diesel. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Grand i10 2. Honda Brio 3. Nissan Micra LXi VXi AMT ZXi AMT ZXi O VXi Green CNG LDi ZDi O

4.63 5.55 5.90 5.86 5.54 5.66 6.89

998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 998/3 793/2 793/2

5 5A 5A 5 5 5 5

90 90 90 90 90 125 125

68 68 68 68 68 47.5 47.5

810 NA NA 830 NA 780 800

35 35 35 35 35 35 35

235 235 235 235 235 235 235

155/80 R13 165/70 R14 165/70 R14 165/70 R14 165/70 R14 155/80 R13 165/70 R14

-

 

NA 18.34 18.34 NA NA 26.1 26.1

NA 153.4 153.4 NA NA 132 132

NA 13.88 13.88 NA NA 21.83 21.83

     

  

- -    - -  

NA May 14 NA NA NA NA Aug 15

NA 1111 NA NA NA NA 1111

  

 

- -   -  

NA NA Jul 09 NA NA

NA NA 1111 NA NA

RITZ For: Ride quality, frugal engines. Against: Weak top end (petrol). Verdict: A tall boy family alternative to the Swift. Alternatives: 1. FIAT Punto Evo 2. Hyundai Grand i10 3. Nissan Micra LXi VXi AT ZXi LDi ZDi

5.29 6.71 6.42 6.57 7.71

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1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 4A 5 5 5

114 114 114 190 190

87 87 87 75 75

1005 1035 1030 1100 1125

43 43 43 43 43

236 236 236 236 236

165/80 R14 165/80 R14 185/70 R14 165/80 R14 185/70 R14

-

  

14.92 NA 14.92 14.71 14.71

162.1 NA 162.1 170 170

17.4 NA 17.4 20.75 20.75

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TESTED

AIRBAGS

 

ALLOY WHEELS

POWER WINDOWS

17.6 17.6 19.5 19.5

MUSIC SYSTEM

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MARUTI SUZUKI MARUTI SUZUKI

SWIFT For: Service network, reliablity. Against: Looks like the old car. Verdict: Buy it for ride quality and space. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo 2. FIAT Punto Evo 3. Hyundai Elite i20 4. Ford Figo LXi ZXi LDi ZDi

5.43 7.26 6.94 8.61

1197/4 1197/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5

115 115 190 190

85 85 75 75

935 965 1050 1060

42 42 42 42

237 237 237 237

165/80 R14 185/65 R15 165/80 R14 185/65 R15

-

 

14.35 14.35 14.26 14.26

170 170 165 165

-   -  

NA Nov 11 NA Nov 11

NA 1111 NA 11112

DZIRE For: Frugal, powerful and practical diesel mill, great value. Against: Isn’t too good to look at. Verdict: Tough to find a better entrylevel saloon at this price. Great car, if only it looked a bit better. Alternatives: 1. Mahindra Verito 2. Tata Zest 3. Toyota Etios LXi ZXi VXi AT LDi ZDi

6.12 8.04 7.88 7.56 9.21

1197/4 1197/4 1197/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 4A 4A 5 5

114 114 114 190 190

87 87 87 75 75

935 965 965 1045 1070

42 42 42 42 42

316 316 316 316 316

165/80 R14 185/65 R15 165/80 R14 165/80 R14 185/65 R15

-

 

NA NA NA 14.24 14.24

NA NA NA 160 160

NA NA NA 19.3 19.3

  

  

-     -  

NA NA NA NA Mar 12

NA NA NA NA 11112

  

        

NA NA NA NA NA Apr 15

NA NA NA NA NA 1111

CIAZ For: Feature-packed. Against: Rivals are quicker and slightly faster. Verdict: A contemporary all-round package. Alternatives: 1. Ford Fiesta 2. Honda City 3. Hyundai Verna 4. FIAT Linea VXi ZXi+ VXi+ AT ZXi AT VDi SHVS ZDi+ SHVS

8.53 10.63 10.50 11.28 8.23* 10.17*

1372/4 1372/4 1372/4 1372/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 4A 4A 5 5

130 130 130 130 200 200

92.5 92.5 92.5 92.5 90 90

1010 1010 NA NA 1105 1105

50 50 50 50 50 50

510 510 510 510 510 510

195/65 R15 205/60 R16 195/65 R15 205/60 R16 195/65 R15 205/60 R16

-

  

NA NA NA NA 13.62 13.62

NA NA NA NA 168.9 168.9

NA NA NA NA 16.75 16.75

     

OMNI For: Affordablility, space, maintenance. Against: Safety, equipment. Verdict: Cheap van with dangerously dicey dynamics and unprecedented safety issues. Alternatives: None 5-Seater 8-Seater

3.17 3.20

796/3 796/3

4 4

59 59

35 35

785 800

35 35

NA NA

145/70 R12 145/70 R12

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

-

-

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

-

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

EECO For: Price, space, engine power and refinement. Against: Boxy looks, hard suspension. Verdict: Practical and affordable option for big middle-class families, good option for car pooling. Alternatives: 1. Datsun Go+ 5-Seater STD 7-Seater STD 5-Seater AC 5-Seater AC Green

3.80 4.00 4.17 4.85

1196/4 1196/4 1196/4 1196/4

5 5 5 5

102 102 102 102

73 73 73 73

908 928 923 923

40 40 40 40

NA NA NA NA

155 R13 155 R13 155 R13 155 R13

-

-

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

-

-

-

NA NA 13.6 13.6

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 

-   -  

ERTIGA For: Value for money, fuel efficiency. Against: You either have the third row of seats or luggage space. Verdict: A good car in its segment. Alternatives: 1. Honda Mobilio 2. Renault Lodgy 3. Chevrolet Enjoy LXi ZXi LDi ZDi

7.23 8.94 8.98 10.48

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5 5 5 5

130 130 200 200

95 95 90 90

1760 1760 1845 1845

45 45 45 45

NA NA NA NA

185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15

-

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NA NA 14.72 14.72

NA NA 164.4 164.4

NA NA NA Aug 12

NA NA NA 11112

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MUSIC SYSTEM

   

   

   

   

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

-

-

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

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TESTED

AIRBAGS

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

S-CROSS For: Ride quality, features, practicality, safety. Against: Tyre grip level, dated looks. Verdict: Practical and safe family car. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Creta 2. Ford EcoSport 3. Renault Duster DDiS 200 Sigma DDiS 200 Alpha DDiS 320 Delta DDiS 320 Alpha

8.34* 10.75* 11.99* 13.74*

1248/4 1248/4 1598/4 1598/4

5 5 6 6

200 200 320 320

90 90 120 120

NA NA NA NA

45 45 45 45

NA NA NA NA

205/65 R16 215/60 R17 215/60 R17 215/60 R17

-

   

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

GYPSY For: Off-road ability. Against: On-road ability. Verdict: One of the oldest and most proven serious off-roaders in India. Alternatives: 1. Mahindra Thar 2. Force Gurkha Soft Top Hard Top

6.26* 6.40*

1298/4 1298/4

5 5

103 103

80 80

985 1020

40 40

NA NA

205/70 R15 205/70 R15

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

GRAND VITARA For: Good looks, well-priced in its class. Against: Harsh ride, thirsty engine. Verdict: Well-rounded on/off-roader. Alternatives: 1. Honda CR-V 2. Chevrolet Captiva MT AT

22.68* 24.61*

2393/4 2393/4

5 4A

225 163.5 225 163.5

1614 1636

66 66

398 398

225/65 R17 225/65 R17

-

 

12.01 NA

179 NA

9.0 NA

Aug 09 NA

1111 NA

MASERATI GHIBLI For: Style, driver appeal. Against: Price. Verdict: The only Italian option in the German-dominated sport-luxury segment. Alternatives: 1. (Size-wise) Jaguar XF, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class 2. (Price-wise) Porsche Panamera, Mercedes S-Class Ghibli Diesel

110.00*

2987/6

8A

600

275

1835

70

500

235/50 R18

NA

250

NA

 

NA

NA

NA NA

250 307

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

285 298

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

285 289

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

NA NA

 

   

Sep 13 NA

11111 NA

   

NA Apr 15

NA NA

NA NA May 15 Aug 14

NA NA 11112 11112

QUATTROPORTE For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: An Italian four-door sport-luxury car with distinct road presence. Alternatives: 1. Porsche Panamera 2. Aston Martin Rapide S Quattroporte Diesel Quattroporte GTS

150.00* 220.00*

2979/6 3899/8

8A 8A

550 650

410 530

1760 1900

80 80

530 530

245/45 R19 285/30 R20

 

 

GRANTURISMO For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: Italian GT which doesn't cost the Earth. Alternatives: 1. Jaguar F-Type 2. Porsche 911 3. Aston Martin Vantage 4. Mercedes S-Coupé GranTurismo Sport MC Shift

180.00* BO

4244/8 4691/8

7A 7A

460 520

405 460

1880 1880

86 86

260 260

285/40 R19 285/35 R20

 

 

GRANCABRIO For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: If you want an Italian GT and want to feel the wind in your hair. Alternatives: 1. Jaguar F-Type 2. Porsche 911 Cabriolet GranCabrio MC Sport LIne

200.00* 280.00*

4691/8 4691/8

6A 6A

510 520

450 460

1980 1973

75 75

173 173

285/40 R19 285/35 R20

 

 

MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS For: Your entry into luxury, fun to drive. Against: Space, ride quality, value for money. Verdict: A fun hatch, but at a price. Alternatives: 1. MINI Cooper 2. BMW 1 Series 3. Volvo V40 A 180 Sport A 200 CDI Sport

35.48 36.78

1595/4 2143/4

7A 7A

200 300

122 136

1395 1475

50 50

341 341

225/45 R17 225/45 R17

 

 

9.23 NA

201 NA

9.5 NA

 

B-CLASS For: Badge, space. Against: Price, refinement, noisy diesel engine. Verdict: Spacious premium hatch with solid build quality. Alternatives: 1. MINI Cooper Countryman 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country B 180 Sport B 200 CDI Sport

37.23 38.53

1595/4 2143/4

7A 7A

200 300

122 136

1425 1505

50 50

486 486

225/45 R17 225/45 R17

 

 

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

 

 

CLA-CLASS For: Performance, handling, dynamics. Against: Ground clearance, rear headroom. Verdict: Nimble and stylish four-door coupé. Alternatives: 1. Audi A3 2. Audi TT CLA 200 Sport CLA 200 CDI Style CLA 200 CDI Sport AMG CLA 45 4MATIC

32.90* 30.70* 33.90* 91.67

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1991/4 2143/4 2143/4 1991/4

7A 7A 7A 7A

300 300 300 450

184 136 136 360

1395 1500 1500 1585

50 50 50 56

470 470 470 470

225/50 R17 225/50 R17 225/50 R17 235/40 R18

   

   

NA NA 9.69 5.98

NA NA 220 250

NA NA 14.5 8.0

   

   

   

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   

7.85 NA 8.35 NA

235 233 233 250

NA NA 11.75 NA

   

   

   

   

Dec 14 NA Mar 15 NA

11112 NA 11112 NA

    

    

9.84 8.93 6.99 4.89 6.2

233 242 250 250 250

9.0 10.87 9.38 4.25 5.88

    

    

    

    

Nov 13 Sep 13 Feb 15 Dec 13 Sep 15

11111 11111 11111 11111 11111

 

NA

  

     

Jul 14 Jan 14 NA

TESTED

OVERALL RATING

POWER WINDOWS

   

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MARUTI SUZUKI MERCEDES-BENZ

C-CLASS For: The three-pointed star. Against: Price. Verdict: Fun to drive executive saloon with good ride quality too. Alternatives: 1. Audi A4 2. BMW 3 Series 3. Volvo S60 C 200 C 220 CDI Style C 220 CDI Avantgarde AMG C 63 S

47.17 46.77 49.18 130.00*

1991/4 2143/4 2143/4 3982/8

7A 7A 7A 7A

300 400 400 700

184 170 170 510

1465 1655 1655 1730

41 41 41 66

480 480 480 435

225/50 R17 225/50 R17 225/50 R17 265/35 R19

E-CLASS For: Technology, status symbol. Against: Price. Verdict: Executive alternative to Audi. Alternatives: 1. Audi A6 2. BMW 5 Series 3. Jaguar XF 4. Volvo S80 E 200 E 250 CDI E 350 CDI AMG E 63 E 400 Cabriolet

58.35 61.99 73.07 165.70 101.08

1991/4 2143/4 2967/6 5461/8 2996/6

7A 7A 7A 7A 7A

300 500 620 720 480

184 204 265 557 333

1720 1800 1915 1845 1845

80 80 80 66 66

540 540 540 540 390

245/45 R17 245/45 R17 245/45 R17 285/35 R18 235/45 R17

CLS-CLASS For: Distinctive, better to drive than the E-Class. Against: Lack of rear head room. Verdict: Refreshing new looks. Alternatives: 1. BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé CLS 250 CDI

98.53

2143/4

7A

500

204

1735

59

475

245/45 R17

NA

242

NA

NA

S-CLASS For: Luxury, comfort, the tag of ‘World’s Best Car’. Against: Price. Verdict: Elegant looks with top-of-the-line luxury features. Alternatives: 1. Audi A8 2. Jaguar XJ 3. BMW 7 Series S 350 CDI L S 500 L AMG S 63 L

138.17 172.20 248.00*

2987/6 4663/8 5461/8

7A 7A 7A

620 700 900

258 455 585

2132 2200 2070

70 80 70

530 530 510

245/50 R18 245/45 R19 285/40 R19

  

  

7.94 5.51 NA

250 250 250

8.75 4.87 NA

  

11111 11111 NA

S-CLASS COUPÉ For: Luxury, dynamics, equipment. Against: Price, weight. Verdict: S-Class luxury in a driver's car with two less doors. Alternatives: 1. Maserati GranTurismo 2. Bentley Continental GT S 500 AMG S 63

263.77 336.56

4663/8 5461/8

9A 7A

700 900

455 585

2030 2070

80 80

400 400

245/50 R18 255/45 R19

 

 

NA NA

250 250

NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

NA NA

 

 

6.9 6.29

250 250

7.7 5.75

 

 

   

Nov 11 Feb 14

11111 11111

SLK-CLASS For: A full-fledged sports car. Against: Price. Verdict: Have the money? Buy it. Alternatives: 1. Audi TT 2. Porsche Boxster 3. BMW Z4 SLK 350 AMG SLK 55

98.34 161.84

3498/6 5461/8

7A 7A

370 540

306 421

1570 1610

60 70

335 335

245/40 R17 255/35 R18

GLA-CLASS For: Build quality, all-weather ability. Against: Not really for the off-road. Verdict: Compact crossover with the three-pointed star. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q3 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country 3. BMW X1 4. MINI Countryman GLA 200 Sport GLA 200 CDI Style GLA 200 CDI Sport AMG GLA 45 4MATIC

44.21 38.79 42.40 94.83

1991/4 2143/4 2143/4 1991/4

7A 7A 7A 7A

300 300 300 450

184 136 136 360

1525 1585 1585 1580

50 50 50 56

421 421 421 421

235/50 R18 235/50 R18 235/50 R18 235/45 R19

   

   

NA NA NA 6.71

NA NA NA 250

NA NA NA NA

   

   

   

   

NA NA NA Dec 14

NA NA NA 11111

  

  

     

NA Jun 12 Jul 14

NA 11112 11111

ML-CLASS For: Great soft-roader with a brand image. Against: Equipment level. Verdict: State-of-the-art technology and looks. Alternatives: 1. BMW X5 2. Volvo XC60 3. Porsche Cayenne ML 250 CDI 4MATIC ML 350 CDI 4MATIC AMG ML 63 4MATIC

69.46 83.06 192.46

2143/4 2987/6 5461/8

7A 7A 7A

500 620 760

204 258 557

2150 2175 2345

70 70 93

690 690 690

255/55 R18 255/50 R19 265/45 R20

  

  

NA 7.5 5.25

212 224 250

NA 9.0 4.38

GL-CLASS For: Build quality, go-anywhere ability. Against: Expensive, bland styling. Verdict: Joint family car for jewellers and businessmen. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q7 2. Toyota Land Cruiser 200 3. Land Rover Range Rover Sport GL 350 CDI 4MATIC AMG GL 63 4MATIC

94.63 226.27

2987/6 5461/8

7A 7A

620 760

258 557

2175 2580

100 620 100 620

295/40 R21 295/40 R21

 

 

8.76 5.63

220 250

7.75 4.25

 

 

   

Aug 13 Jun 14

11112 11111

 

Oct 15

11111

G-CLASS For: Performance, off-road capability. Against: Price, fuel efficency. Verdict: The car to have if you want to be different. Alternatives: 1. Porsche Cayenne Turbo 2. Land Rover Range Rover Sport AMG G 63 4MATIC

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5461/8

7A

760

544

2550

96

480

275/55 R19

5.86

250

NA

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ALLOY WHEELS

   

   

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

 

NA

NA

TESTED

MUSIC SYSTEM

AIRBAGS

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

MINI COOPER For: Performance, looks. Against: Ride quality, no spare wheel, space, price. Verdict: Iconic small car with a hefty price-tag. Alternatives: 1. FIAT 500 2. Mercedes-Benz A-Class 3. BMW 1 Series 4. Volvo V40 Cooper D 3-door Cooper D 5-door Cooper S 3-door Cooper Convertible

28.50* 31.90* 31.50* 33.90*

1496/3 1496/3 1998/4 1598/4

6A 6A 6A 6A

270 270 280 160

115 115 192 122

1225 1280 1220 1165

40 40 44 40

211 278 211 125

195/55 R16 195/55 R16 195/55 R16 195/55 R16

   

   

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

   

   

COOPER COUNTRYMAN For: A big and spacious MINI. Against: Ride quality, price, no spare wheel. Verdict: Buy the Countryman if you want a MINI. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q3 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country 3. BMW X1 4. Mercedes-Benz B-Class, GLA-Class D Countryman

36.50*

1995/4

6A

270

112

1310

47

350

205/45 R17

11.1

NA

11.62

NISSAN MICRA For: Good space given its compact footprint, visibility, easy to drive. Against: Engine refinement, build doesn’t feel tough enough. Verdict: Value-for-money hatchback. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo 2. Hyundai Grand i10 3. Ford Figo Active XE (P) Active XV SP (P) XL (P) XL CVT (P) XE DCi XV Premium DCi

4.13 5.89 6.06 7.76 6.85 8.88

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1461/4 1461/4

5 5 5 CVT 5 5

104 104 104 104 160 160

68 68 76 76 64 64

860 860 860 860 945 945

41 41 41 41 41 41

251 251 251 251 251 251

155/80 R13 165/70 R14 165/70 R14 175/60 R15 165/70 R14 175/60 R15

-

  

NA NA 13.51 17.2 15.21 15.21

NA NA NA 140.3 NA 166

NA NA 15.1 10.5 17.1 17.1

   

     

-  -   -  

NA NA NA Sep 13 NA Jan 11

NA NA NA 1111 NA 1111

11.75 11.75 NA 15.75 15.75

F   F 

    

-   -  

NA NA NA NA Mar 12

NA NA NA NA 1111

NA NA NA 12.25 12.25

    

    

 -      

NA NA NA NA Jan 14

NA NA NA NA 1111

 

   

NA Oct 09

NA 11112

SUNNY For: Ride quality, interiors and space. Against: Fuel efficiency. Verdict: Comfortable car, especially if chauffeur-driven Alternatives: 1. Mahindra Verito 2. Tata Manza 3. Ford Fiesta 4. Toyota Etios 5. Maruti-Suzuki Swift DZire XE (P) XL (P) XL CVT (P) XE DCi XV Premium DCi

8.67 9.58 11.15 10.23 12.85

1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1461/4 1461/4

5 5 CVT 5 5

134 134 134 200 200

99 99 101 86 86

998 1022 1040 1092 1097

41 41 41 41 41

490 490 490 490 490

185/70 R14 185/70 R14 185/70 R14 185/65 R14 185/65 R15

-

    

12.8 12.8 NA 13.44 13.44

NA NA NA 168.3 168.3

TERRANO For: Handling, ride quality. Against: Rear leg space. Verdict: A well-engineered car and good value for money. Alternatives: 1. Force Motors Force One 2. Mahindra Scorpio 3. Renault Duster XL Petrol XE dCi 85 XL O dCi 85 XL dCi 110 XV Premium dCi 110

12.81 12.94 14.54 14.77 16.32

1598/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

5 5 5 6 6

145 200 200 248 248

104 85 85 110 110

1755 1749 1764 1759 1787

50 50 50 50 50

475 475 475 475 475

215/65 R16 215/65 R16 215/65 R16 215/65 R16 215/65 R16

-

   

NA NA NA 12.46 12.46

NA NA NA 169 169

TEANA For: Refinement. space, features. Against: Outright performance, service, spares. Verdict: An exceptionally good car for those who like being chauffeur-driven. Alternatives: 1. Skoda Superb 2. Audi A3 250 XL 250 XV

26.13 30.69

2496/6 2496/6

4A 4A

228 228

182 182

1506 1537

70 70

448 448

205/65 R16 215/55 R17

 

 

10.58 10.58

205 205

10.25 10.25

 

X-TRAIL For: Compact size, capable soft-roader. Decent off-roading ability. Against: Lack of lowdown power, not a serious off-roader, lack of third-row seats. Verdict: Good soft-roader with automatic option. Alternatives: 1. Toyota Fortuner 2. Hyundai Santa Fe LE MT SLX MT SLX AT

28.34 31.41 33.69

1995/4 1995/4 1995/4

6 6 6A

320 320 320

150 150 150

1618 1630 1663

65 65 65

603 603 603

215/65 R16 215/60 R17 215/65 R17

 

  

10.75 10.75 NA

197 197 NA

14.0 14.0 NA

  

  

     

NA Oct 09 NA

NA 11112 NA

 

 

   

NA Aug 15

NA 11111

PORSCHE BOXSTER For: Handling, sports car feel with a soft top. Against: Price. Verdict: The first step into the Porsche sports car family. Alternatives: 1. BMW Z4 2. Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Boxster S Boxster GTS

100.14* 112.90*

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3436/6 3436/6

7A 7A

360 370

315 330

1370 1375

64 64

280 280

265/45 ZR18 265/35 ZR20

 

 

NA 5.81

277 279

NA 5.25

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AIRBAGS

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POWER WINDOWS

NA NA NA

MUSIC SYSTEM

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MINI PREMIER AUTO

CAYMAN For: Probably the best handling sportscar on sale today. Against: Price, thanks to our import duty structure. Verdict: If you can’t afford a 911, this is your best bet. Alternatives: 1. Audi TT 2. Jaguar F-Type V6 Cayman S Cayman GTS Cayman GT4

102.60* 115.36* 127.46*

3436/6 3436/6 3800/6

7A 7A 6

370 380 420

325 340 385

1350 1345 1340

64 64 54

150 150 150

265/40 ZR19 265/35 ZR20 265/35 ZR20

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6.2 NA NA

283 285 295

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Nov 13 NA NA

11111 NA NA

NA NA NA 11111 NA 11111 NA NA NA NA

911 For: Over 50 years later, still one of the most desired and revered sports cars. Against: Price. Verdict: Iconic sportscar keeps getting better. Alternatives: 1. Jaguar F-Type V8 2. Audi R8 3. Aston Martin Vantage Carrera Carrera 4 Carrera S Carrera 4S Targa 4 Targa 4S Targa 4 GTS Turbo Turbo S GT3

135.49* 145.30* 155.61* 164.94* 156.10* 175.25* 189.48* 210.10* 252.32* 197.34*

3436/6 3436/6 3800/6 3800/6 3436/6 3800/6 3800/6 3800/6 3800/6 3799/6

7A 7A 7A 7A 7A 7A 7A 7A 7A 7A

390 390 440 440 390 440 440 660 700 440

350 350 400 400 350 400 430 520 560 475

1380 1430 1395 1445 1560 1575 1580 1595 1605 1430

64 68 64 68 68 68 68 68 68 64

135 125 135 125 125 125 125 135 135 125

285/35 R19 295/35 R19 295/30 R20 305/30 R20 295/35 R19 305/30 R20 305/30 R20 305/30 R20 305/30 R20 305/30 R20

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NA NA NA 5.23 NA 5.59 NA NA NA NA

289 285 304 299 282 296 301 315 318 315

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

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NA NA NA Apr 13 NA May 15 NA NA NA NA

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NA NA NA NA NA NA

286 282 301 296 315 318

NA NA NA NA NA NA

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NA NA NA NA NA NA

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911 CABRIOLET For: Performance, style. Against: Price. Verdict: 911 performance with the top down. Alternatives: 1. Jaguar F-Type 2. Maserati GranCabrio 3. Ferrari California T Carrera Carrera 4 Carrera S Carrera 4S Turbo Turbo S

148.25* 158.07* 167.88* 177.70* 223.85* 267.04*

3436/6 3436/6 3800/6 3800/6 3800/6 3800/6

7A 7A 7A 7A 7A 7A

390 390 440 440 660 700

350 350 400 400 520 560

1450 1500 1465 1515 1665 1675

64 68 64 68 68 68

135 125 135 125 135 135

285/35 R19 295/35 R19 295/30 R20 295/30 R20 305/30 R20 305/30 R20

NA NA NA NA NA NA

MACAN For: A sports car with high ground clearance. Against: Price. Verdict: A compact SUV off the road, a sports car on it. Alternatives: 1. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2. Mercedes GLA45 AMG Macan S Diesel Macan Turbo

98.18* 108.98*

2967/6 3604/6

7A 7A

580 550

245 400

1880 1925

60 75

500 500

255/55 R18 255/55 R18

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7.22 5.23

204 266

13.52 NA

Aug 14 Jun 15

11111 11111

CAYENNE For: A big sports car with high ground clearance. Against: Price and fuel efficiency. Verdict: If you want a car with a good ground clearance and performance, this is it. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q7 2. Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3. BMW X5 Cayenne Diesel Cayenne S Diesel Cayenne Cayenne S Cayenne GTS Cayenne Turbo Cayenne Turbo S

102.10* 118.80* 97.55* 116.34* 137.62* 174.76* 247.92*

2967/6 4134/8 3598/6 3604/6 3604/6 4806/8 4806/8

8A 8A 8A 8A 8A 8A 8A

550 850 400 550 600 750 800

245 385 300 420 440 520 570

2110 2215 2040 2085 2110 2185 2235

85 85 85 85 85 100 100

670 670 670 670 670 670 670

255/55 R18 255/55 R18 255/55 R18 255/55 R18 255/55 R18 265/50 R19 275/45 R20

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221 252 230 259 262 279 284

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

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259 257 244 288 305 310

NA NA 9.0 NA NA NA

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NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

PANAMERA For: Luxury and performance. Against: Price. Verdict: A 2+2 grand touring package from Porsche. Alternatives: 1. Bentley Flying Spur 2. Aston Martin Rapide 3. Mercedes-Benz S-Class Panamera Panamera 4 Panamera Diesel Panamera GTS Panamera Turbo Panamera Turbo S

114.87* 117.32* 113.98* 147.27* 181.63* 228.75*

3604/6 3604/6 2967/6 4806/8 4806/8 4806/8

7A 7A 8A 7A 7A 7A

400 400 550 520 700 750

310 310 250 440 520 570

1730 1820 1900 1925 1970 1995

80 80 80 100 100 100

445 445 445 445 432 432

275/45 ZR18 275/45 ZR18 275/45 ZR18 275/45 ZR18 285/40 ZR19 285/40 ZR19

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NA NA 6.71 NA NA NA

NA NA 11111 NA NA NA

PREMIER AUTO RIO For: Creates a new segment in India, efficient diesel engine. Against: Overall quality could be better. Verdict: A decent offering by Premier, could do with better finishing on the inside. Alternatives: Mahindra Quanto GX GLX CRDi4 DX CRDi4 LX

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7.06 7.37 7.63 7.98

1173/4 1173/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5

104 104 189 189

76.6 76.6 72 72

1080 1080 1145 1145

46 46 46 46

454 454 NA NA

205/70 R15 205/70 R15 205/70 R15 205/70 R15

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NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

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OVERALL RATING

TESTED

ALLOY WHEELS

MUSIC SYSTEM

AIRBAGS

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

RENAULT KWID For: Ride, handling, space, practicality. Against: Safety equipment. Verdict: Very capable compact car with excellent ride quality. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Eon 2. Maruti Suzuki Alto 3. Datsun Go Std RxT (O)

2.57* 3.53*

799/3 799/3

5 5

72 72

54 54

630 660

28 28

300 300

155/80 R13 155/80 R13

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

F

O

NA NA

NA NA

PULSE For: Good cabin space and visibility Against: Engine refinement and build quality not as good as in he other hatchbacks. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo 2. Maruti Suzuki Swift 3. Hyundai i10 4. Ford Figo 5. Nissan Micra RxL (P) RxL DCi RxZ DCi

5.77 7.12 7.93

1198/3 1461/4 1461/4

5 5 5

104 160 160

76 64 64

NA NA NA

41 41 41

251 251 251

NA 165/70 R14 175/60 R15

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NA 15.2 15.2

NA 166 166

NA 17.1 17.1

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- -  

490 490 490 490 490 490

185/70 R14 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15

-

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NA NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA NA

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181 181

13.25 13.25

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NA NA Mar 12

NA NA 1111

SCALA For: NA Against: NA Verdict: NA Alternatives: 1. Ford Fiesta 2. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 3. Nissan Sunny RxE (P) RxL (P) RxL (P) CVT RxE DCi RxL DCi RxZ DCi

8.50 8.80 10.14 9.98 10.14 10.60

1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

5 5 CVT 5 5 5

134 134 134 200 200 200

99 99 99 86 86 86

1010 1010 1028 1085 1085 1085

41 41 41 41 41 41

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NA NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA NA

FLUENCE For: Good ride quality, looks. Against: Underpowered engine. Verdict: Good D-segment alternative. Alternatives: 1. Skoda Octavia 2. Toyota Corolla Altis 3. Hyundai Elantra Diesel E2 Diesel E4

17.20 19.06

1461/4 1461/4

6 6

240 240

110 110

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

205/60 R16 205/60 R16

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12.79 12.79

Sep 11 NA

1111 NA

LODGY For: Space, practicality, flexibility. Against: Fit-and-finish. Verdict: Extremely capable and practical people carrier. Alternatives: 1. Honda Mobilio 2. Mahindra Xylo 3. Toyota Innova DCi85 Std 8-st DCi85 RxZ 8-st DCi110 RxL 8-st DCi110 RxZ 7-st DCi110 Stepway 7-st

9.65 13.13 12.16 14.20 12.29*

1498/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

5 5 6 6 6

200 200 245 245 245

86 86 110 110 110

1345 1345 1368 1368 1368

50 50 50 50 50

207 207 207 207 207

185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15

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NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA

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NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA

DUSTER For: Handling, ride quality, safety. Against: Rear leg space, quality of plastics. Verdict: Well-engineered car, great value for money. Alternatives: 1. Mahindra XUV500 2. Nissan Terrano 3. Hyundai Creta Petrol RxE Petrol RxL DCi85 RxE DCi85 RxL O DCi85 Explore DCi110 Explore DCi110 RxL DCi110 RxZ+ O Nav DCi110 RxZ AWD

9.55 10.84 10.56 13.39 11.67 12.96 13.10 15.94 16.26

1598/4 1598/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4 1461/4

5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6

145 145 200 200 200 248 248 248 245

104 104 85 85 85 110 110 110 110

1204 1204 1222 1222 1222 1245 1245 1245 1334

50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50

475 475 475 475 475 475 475 475 410

215/65 R16 215/65 R16 215/65 R16 215/65 R16 215/65 R16 215/65 R16 215/65 R16 215/65 R16 215/65 R16

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NA NA NA NA NA 12.46 12.46 12.46 14.35

NA NA NA NA NA 168.4 168.4 168.4 165.9

NA NA NA NA NA 12.25 12.25 12.25 11.25

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NA NA NA NA NA NA NA Oct 12 Oct 14

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 1111 1111

1692 1750 1794

65 65 65

450 450 450

225/60 R17 225/60 R17 225/60 R17

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NA NA NA

NA NA NA

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NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA

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NA NA

NA NA

KOLEOS For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Santa Fe 2. Nissan X-Trail Koleos 4x2 MT Koleos 4x4 MT Koleos 4x4 AT

27.47 31.24 32.14

1995/4 1995/4 1995/4

6 6 6A

320 360 360

150 173 173

ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST For: Luxury, brand value. Against: Price? Verdict: The most attainable step to the iconic British luxury brand. Alternatives: 1. Bentley Flying Spur Ghost Ghost Extended

450.00* 535.00*

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6592/12 6592/12

8A 8A

780 780

570 570

2360 2420

82.5 490 82.5 490

255/50 R19 255/50 R19

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250 250

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NA NA

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NA NA NA NA

240 240 250 240

NA NA NA NA

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NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

TESTED

OVERALL RATING

AIRBAGS

NA NA

ALLOY WHEELS

POWER WINDOWS

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MUSIC SYSTEM

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

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0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

RENAULT SUZUKA

WRAITH For: Road presence. Against: Price. Verdict: The definitive high-roller. Alternatives: 1. Bentley Continental GT Speed Wraith Wraith Bespoke Audio

466.00* 545.00*

6592/12 6592/12

8A 8A

800 800

632 632

2360 2360

83 83

470 470

285/40 R20 285/40 R20

PHANTOM For: Massive presence. Against: Massive presence. Verdict: Out of my way, little man. Alternatives: 1. Bentley Mulsanne Phantom Phantom Extended Phantom Coupé Phantom Drophead

800.00* 900.00* BO BO

6749/12 6749/12 6749/12 6749/12

8A 8A 8A 8A

720 720 720 720

460 460 460 460

2560 2670 2580 2630

100 100 100 80

460 460 395 315

285/45 R21 285/45 R21 285/45 R21 285/45 R21

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SSANGYONG REXTON For: Space, good quality of interiors Against: Body-roll, spongy brake feel. Verdict: A good pick for those looking for a more affordable option in the segment Alternatives: 1. Toyota Fortuner 2. Isuzu MU-7 RX5 (MT) RX6 (MT) RX7 (AT)

21.64 22.50 24.42

2696/5 2696/5 2696/5

5 5 5A

340 340 402

162 162 184

2760 2760 2760

78 78 78

NA NA NA

235/75 R16 235/75 R16 235/75 R16

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NA NA 10.6

NA NA NA

NA NA 6.87

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NA NA Dec 12

NA NA 1111

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NA Jan 12 NA NA NA Nov 14 NA Nov 14

NA 11112 NA NA NA 11112 NA 11112

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NA NA Aug 14 Dec 14

NA NA 11112 11112

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ŠKODA RAPID For: Build quality, high speed stability and ride Against: Service, engine clatter Verdict: Solid car, but let down by poor service. Alternatives: 1. Ford Fiesta 2. Honda City 3. Hyundai Verna 4. Volkswagen Vento Active MPI Elegance+ Black MPI Elegance MPI AT Elegance+ Black MPI AT Active TDI Elegance+ Black TDI Ambition TDI AT Elegance+ Black TDI AT

6.99* 8.82* 9.29* 9.82* 7.99* 9.72* 10.79* 10.92*

1598/4 1598/4 1598/4 1598/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

5 5 6A 6A 5 5 7A 7A

153 153 153 153 250 250 250 250

105 105 105 105 105 105 105 105

1145 1145 1180 1180 1206 1228 1182 1210

55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55

460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460

185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15

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11.8 11.8 NA NA 13.84 13.84 12.74 12.74

188.5 188.5 NA NA 176.3 176.3 179.3 179.3

14.1 14.1 NA NA 17.5 17.5 17.25 17.25

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OCTAVIA For: Loaded with technology, performance, equipment list. Against: Price. Verdict: A genuine D-segmenter loaded with goodies. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Jetta 2. Chevrolet Cruze 3. Toyota Corolla Altis 4. Hyundai Elantra Ambition 1.4 TSI Elegance 1.8 TSI AT Ambition 2.0 TDI Elegance 2.0 TDI AT

15.96* 19.30* 17.55* 20.22*

1390/4 1798/4 1968/4 1968/4

6 7A 6 6A

250 250 320 320

140 180 143 143

1260 1376 1340 1395

50 50 50 50

590 590 590 590

205/55 R16 205/55 R16 205/55 R16 205/55 R16

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NA NA 11.14 9.52

NA NA 196.5 200

NA NA 13.5 12.75

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SUPERB For: Performance, comfort, luxury, presence, build, equipment. Against: The badge. Verdict: Genuinely well-equipped sedan. Alternatives: 1. Nissan Teana 2. Toyota Camry 1.8 TSI (P) 1.8 TSI (P) AT 2.0 TDI AT

21.26* 22.89* 25.78*

1798/4 1798/4 1968/4

6 7A 6A

250 250 320

160 160 140

1586 1598 1644

60 60 60

565 565 565

205/55 R16 205/55 R16 205/55 R16

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9.25 NA 10.92

219 NA 198

11.62 NA 11.5

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Jun 10 NA May 09

11112 NA 11112

NA Dec 10

NA 11112

YETI For: Space, comfort, practicality, safety. Against: Styling? Verdict: Multi-tasker, offers car comfort and SUV capability. Alternatives: 1. Renault Duster 2. Mahindra XUV500 3. Chevrolet Captiva Elegance 4x2 Elegance 4x4

19.73* 21.40*

1968/4 1968/4

5 6

250 320

110 140

1445 1543

55 60

416 416

215/60 R16 215/60 R16

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NA 11.63

NA NA

NA 14.1

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A A A

NA NA NA

7.5 8.1 17

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

NA x 7 NA x 8 NA

-

-

NA NA NA

65 65 80

NA NA NA

-

-

-

SUZUKA RACING ATV For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: NA A24 110 A54 125 A64 250

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1.76 1.78 1.93

110/1 125/1 250/1

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NA NA NA

NA NA NA

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AIRBAGS

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POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

TATA MOTORS NANO For: Sheer value for money, space, price. Against: Built to a price. Verdict: A real ‘car’ for a very, very low price. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Alto 800 2. Hyundai Eon GenX XE GenX XT GenX XMA GenX XTA emax CNG CX emax CNG LX

2.14* 2.64* 2.84* 3.05* 2.78 3.06

624/2 624/2 624/2 624/2 624/2 624/2

4 4 5A 5A 4 4

51 51 51 51 45 45

38 38 38 38 33 33

695 735 755 765 745 745

24 24 24 24 15 15

110 110 94 94 80 80

155/65 R12 155/65 R12 155/65 R12 155/65 R12 155/65 R12 155/65 R12

-

-

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

INDICA For: Frugal diesel, space, economical to run and maintain. Against: Refinement, build quality, NVH levels. Verdict: One of the cheapest cars to own and run. Alternatives: 1. Chevrolet Sail U-Va 2. Toyota Etios Liva 3. Maruti Suzuki Ritz eV2 LS CR4 eV2 LX CR4

4.80 5.53

1396/4 1396/4

5 5

140 140

70 70

1080 1080

37 37

220 220

155/80 R13 165/65 R14

-

-

16.02 16.02

155.6 155.6

18.5 18.5

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-

-

-

NA May 11

18.0 18.0

-

-

NA NA

12 12 NA NA

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NA 1112

INDICA VISTA For: Reliable and efficient diesel, space, economical. Against: Refinement, build quality, NVH levels. Verdict: Easy to own and maintain. Alternatives: 1. Chevrolet Sail U-Va 2. Toyota Etios Liva 3. Maruti Suzuki Ritz LS Quadrajet D VX Tech Quadrajet D

6.24 7.05

1248/4 1248/4

5 5

190 190

75 75

1140 1140

37 37

232 232

175/65 R14 175/65 R14

-

17.22 17.22

NA NA

NA NA

BOLT For: Space, features. Against: Refinement, efficiency. Verdict: Decent package which could be much better. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Swift 2. Toyota Etios Liva 3. Hyundai Grand i10 Revotron (P) XE Revotron (P) XT Quadrajet XE Quadrajet XT

5.15 6.99 6.35 8.08

1193/4 1193/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5

140 140 190 190

90 90 75 75

1095 1125 1132 1160

44 44 44 44

210 210 210 210

175/65 R14 175/65 R15 175/65 R14 175/65 R15

-

 

14.78 14.78 NA NA

161.1 161.1 NA NA

NA Apr 15 NA NA

NA 1111 NA NA

NA Oct 14 NA NA Dec 14 NA

NA 1111 NA NA 1111 NA

ZEST For: Equipment, ride quality, safety. Against: Fit-and-finish, petrol engine driveability. Verdict: A big step up from the Indigo CS. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 2. Hyundai Xcent 3. Mahindra Verito Revotron (P) XE Revotron (P) XT Quadrajet XE Quadrajet XT Quadrajet XMA Quadrajet XTA

5.59 7.22 6.75 8.40 8.34 9.26

1193/4 1193/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5 5A 5A

140 140 190 200 200 200

90 90 75 90 90 90

1115 1135 1152 1155 1170 1170

44 44 44 44 44 44

390 390 390 390 390 390

185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15

-

   

14.08 14.08 NA NA 17.37 17.37

159 159 NA NA 153.7 153.7

11.5 11.5 NA NA 15.9 15.9

F  F   

  

   

14.41 14.41 14.07 14.07

NA NA 167 167

13.5 13.5 17.1 17.1

  

-

-     -

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

     

MANZA For: Value for money, comfort, space. Against: Plastic quality. Verdict: Tata’s best sedan yet Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 2. Honda Amaze 3. Toyota Etios Safire GLS (P) Safire GEX (P) Quadrajet LS D Quadrajet EX D

6.65 8.43 6.78 9.21

1368/4 1368/4 1248/4 1248/4

5 5 5 5

116 116 200 200

90 90 90 90

1100 1125 1200 1210

44 44 44 44

460 460 460 460

185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15

-

 

MOVUS For: Practical, spacious, cheap to own and maintain. Against: Build quality, ride and handling. Verdict: Good, rugged option for tour operators and rural customers. Alternatives: 1. Chevrolet Tavera 2. Mahindra Bolero. DiCOR LX DiCOR GX

9.24 10.60

2179/4 2179/4

5 5

250 250

120 120

1705 1705

65 65

NA NA

235/70 R16 235/70 R16

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

NA NA

-

-

NA NA

NA NA

  

-

-    

NA NA NA

NA NA NA

XENON For: Dual-purpose utility. Against: Build, ride quality. Verdict: Can be used as a pick-up; avoid unless necessary. Alternatives: 1. Mahindra Scorpio Getaway 2. Isuzu D-Max DiCOR 4x2 XT EX 4x2 XT EX 4x4

NA 10.77 11.89

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2956/4 2179/4 2179/4

5 5 5

300 320 320

112 140 140

1700 1900 1990

65 65 65

NA NA NA

215/70 R16 235/70 R16 235/70 R16

-

 

NA NA NA

143 NA NA

NA NA NA

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MUSIC SYSTEM

ALLOY WHEELS

9.0 9.0

 

-

-

NA Nov 07

NA 1111

   

 

     

NA NA NA Jul 15

NA NA NA 1111

NA Sep 11 NA Nov 10

NA 1111 NA 1111

NA Aug 11 NA NA NA NA

NA 11112 NA NA NA NA

TESTED

OVERALL RATING

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

TATA TOYOTA

SAFARI For: Big, spacious, rides well, mile munching capability. Against: Not efficient, build, refinement, body roll. Verdict: Big, spacious and comfortable, but not nimble. Alternatives: 1. Force One 2. Mahindra Scorpio LX DiCOR 4x2 EX DiCOR 4x2

10.07 11.51

2179/4 2179/4

5 5

320 320

140 140

2115 2115

65 65

981 981

235/70 R16 235/70 R16

-

15.2 15.2

159.2 159.2

SAFARI STORME For: Space, off-road ability, soft ride. Against: Build, handling. Verdict: If you want an affordable big SUV, this is it. Alternatives: 1. Force One 2. Mahindra Scorpio LX EX VX 4x2 VX 4x4

12.33 13.24 15.06 16.58

2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

5 5 5 5

320 320 320 320

150 150 150 150

2000 2000 2000 2095

55 55 55 55

981 981 981 981

235/70 R16 235/70 R16 235/70 R16 235/70 R16

-

   

NA NA NA 15.79

NA NA NA 150.4

NA NA NA NA

ARIA For: Gearshift, engine refinement, safety kit. Against: Not enough space optimisation, price. Verdict: Lots of kit, but too expensive. Alternatives: 1. Toyota Innova 2. Honda Mobilio 3. Renault Lodgy 4. Mahindra Scorpio Pure 4x2 Pleasure 4x2 Prestige 4x2 Pride 4x4

13.59 15.09 17.04 18.91

2179/4 2179/4 2179/4 2179/4

5 5 5 5

320 320 320 320

140 140 140 140

NA NA NA NA

60 60 60 60

NA NA NA NA

235/70 R16 235/70 R16 235/65 R17 235/65 R17

   

15.38 15.38 15.38 15.35

171 171 171 178

11.6 11.6 11.6 10.62

   

  

     

TOYOTA ETIOS LIVA For: Drivability, space. Against: Single wiper doesn’t clean windscreen properly, interior quality. Verdict: Good value for money. Alternatives: 1. Ford Figo 2. Hyundai Grand i10 3. Nissan Micra 1.2 (P) J 1.2 (P) V SP 1.5 (P) TRD Sportivo D-4D JD D-4D TRD Sportivo D-4D V D SP

5.55 7.10 7.21 6.88 7.91 8.22

1197/4 1197/4 1496/4 1364/4 1364/4 1364/4

5 5 5 5 5 5

104 104 132 170 170 170

80 80 90 68 68 68

890 920 925 980 995 980

45 45 45 45 45 45

251 251 251 251 251 251

175/65 R14 175/65 R14 185/60 R15 175/65 R14 185/60 R15 175/65 R14

-

    

14.94 14.94 NA 17.01 17.01 17.01

NA NA NA NA NA NA

17.75 17.75 NA 19.0 19.0 19.0

    

     

-     -    -

104 132 170 170

80 90 68 68

935 950 1015 1030

45 45 45 45

251 251 251 251

185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15

-

  

NA NA NA 17.01

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA 19.0

   

   

   

171 171 171 171 160 160

17.75 17.75 17.75 17.75 18.75 18.75

    

     

- O O     -  

NA NA Jan 11 NA NA Oct 11

NA NA 11112 NA NA 11112

    

    

    

NA NA NA NA Aug 14

NA NA NA NA 11112

   

Sep 12 NA

11112 NA

ETIOS CROSS For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Cross Polo 1.2 (P) G 1.5 (P) V D-4D GD D-4D VD

6.65 8.52 8.05 8.51

1197/4 1496/4 1364/4 1364/4

5 5 5 5

   

NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA

ETIOS For: Fuel efficiency, space, driveability. Against: Quality of interior plastics. Verdict: Good work horse. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Xcent 2. Mahindra Verito 3. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 1.5 (P) J 1.5 (P) G 1.5 (P) V SP D-4D JD D-4D G D D-4D V D SP

6.67 7.09 8.76 7.94 8.37 9.60

1496/4 1496/4 1496/4 1496/4 1364/4 1364/4

5 5 5 5 5 5

132 132 132 132 170 170

90 90 90 90 68 68

900 915 930 930 990 1005

45 45 45 45 45 45

595 595 595 595 595 595

175/65 R14 175/65 R14 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 175/65 R14 185/60 R15

-

O   O 

11.57 11.57 11.57 11.57 16.18 16.18

COROLLA ALTIS For: Good mix of performance, interior and ride quality. Against: Does not excel in any particular field. Verdict: Potent performer with a Toyota badge. Alternatives: 1. Skoda Octavia 2. Hyundai Elantra 3. Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 (P) J S 1.8 (P) GL 1.8 (P) VL CVT D-4D J D-4D GL

14.87 18.63 20.34 16.21 20.39

1794/4 1794/4 1794/4 1364/4 1364/4

6 6 CVT 6 6

173 173 173 205 205

140 140 140 88 88

1180 NA 1270 1230 1270

50 50 50 50 50

470 470 470 470 470

195/60 R15 195/60 R15 205/55 R16 195/65 R15 205/55 R16

-

    

NA NA NA 13.35 13.35

NA NA NA 177.6 177.6

NA NA NA 17.75 17.75

    

CAMRY For: Space, comfort, lavish interior, equipment. Against: Size, not performance oriented. Verdict: Perhaps the most comfortable chauffeur-driven car in its segment. Alternatives: 1. Skoda Superb 2. Nissan Teana Petrol Hybrid

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2494/4 6A 2494/4 E-CVT

233 NA

181 205

1475 1625

70 65

535 535

215/60 R16 215/55 R17

 

 

10.36 NA

194 NA

NA NA

 

 

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TESTED

 

ALLOY WHEELS

AIRBAGS

 

MUSIC SYSTEM

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (C/CYLINDERS)

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

MODEL NAME

GBU

PRIUS For: : Environment-friendly nature, fuel efficiency. Against: Price. Verdict: For the environment-conscious car buyer. Alternatives: None as yet Z5 Z6

50.76 52.90

1798/4 1798/4

CVT CVT

142 142

99 99

1395 1395

45 45

NA NA

195/65 R15 195/65 R15

 

 

11.68 11.68

175.4 175.4

16.5 16.5

NA Jul 10

NA 11112

  - -    

NA NA NA Aug 05 NA

NA NA NA 11112 NA

     

     

     

NA NA NA Apr 12 NA Sep 15

NA NA NA 11112 NA 1111

 

Jan 10

11112

 

Jul 09

11112

   

INNOVA For: Refinement, ride, handling, performance, space, interior. Against: Not much. Verdict: Capable machine that is tough to fault. Alternatives: 1. Tata Aria 2. Chevrolet Tavera 3. Mahindra Xylo 2.0 Petrol VX 7-st D-4D G 8-st D-4D GX 7-st D-4D VX 8-st D-4D Z 7-st

17.31 15.24 15.84 18.34 19.12

1998/4 2494/4 2494/4 2494/4 2494/4

5 5 5 5 5

181 200 200 200 200

132 102 102 102 102

1585 1660 1675 1680 1700

55 55 55 55 55

NA NA NA NA NA

205/65 R15 205/65 R15 205/65 R15 205/65 R15 205/65 R15

-

    

NA 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5

NA 151.2 151.2 151.2 151.2

NA 12.0 12.0 12.0 12.0

   

   

FORTUNER For: Space, refinement, value. Against: Big, cumbersome in traffic. Verdict: Good combination of on- and off-road vehicle. Alternatives: 1. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2. Chevrolet Captiva 3. Nissan X-Trail 2.5 MT TRD Sportivo 2.5 AT TRD Sportivo 3.0 MT 3.0 AT 3.0 4x4 MT 3.0 4x4 AT

29.71 30.93 29.50 30.72 31.11 32.33

2494/4 2494/4 2982/4 2982/4 2982/4 2982/4

5 5A 5 5A 5 5A

343 343 343 360 343 360

144 144 171 171 171 171

1850 1880 1880 1890 1970 2000

80 80 80 80 80 80

NA NA NA NA NA NA

265/65 R17 265/65 R17 265/65 R17 265/65 R17 265/65 R17 265/65 R17

     

     

NA NA NA 11.6 NA 12.22

NA NA NA 179.1 NA 177.86

NA NA NA 9.12 NA 7.88

     

LANDCRUISER PRADO For: Off-road credentials, road presence. Against: Price, body roll. Verdict: Its a good off roader with a comfortable ride Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2. BMW X5 3. Porsche Cayenne VX-L

117.20

2982/4

5A

410

173

2380

87

620

265/60 R18

13.2

156

8.9

LANDCRUISER 200 For: Super-luxurious, smooth, powerful, refined. Against: Poor fuel efficiency, expensive to buy and run, old-hat image. Verdict: If you can afford one, think of it as a Lexus LX for bad roads! Alternatives: 1. Audi Q7 2. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class VX

156.60

4461/8

6A

650

265

2725

93

620

285/60 R18

10.71

210

5.92

VOLKSWAGEN POLO For: Beautifully built, great interiors, drivability Against: Cramped rear, some essential features missing. Verdict: Probably the most complete hatchback on sale currently. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Elite i20 2. Toyota Etios Liva 3. Maruti Suzuki Swift 1.2 MPi Trendline 1.2 MPi Highline Cross Polo MPi GT TSi (P) 1.5 TDi Trendline 1.5 TDi Highline Cross Polo TDi GT TDi

6.12 7.41 8.09 9.67 7.78 9.09 9.72 9.84

1198/3 1198/3 1198/3 1197/4 1498/4 1498/4 1198/3 1498/4

5 5 5 7A 5 5 5 5

110 110 110 175 230 230 110 250

75 75 75 105 90 90 75 105

1033 1053 1063 1140 1126 1158 1063 1158

45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

175/70 R14 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 175/70 R14 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15

 -

     

16.64 16.64 16.64 10.31 15.03 15.03 16.64 NA

169 15.4 169 15.4 169 15.4 NA 12.87 156.47 17.5 156.47 17.5 169 15.4 NA NA

     

       

     

     

NA Mar 10 NA Jul 13 NA Aug 14 NA NA

NA 11111 NA 11112 NA 11112 NA NA

       

       

       

   

NA Oct 10 NA Dec 13 NA NA NA Dec 14

NA 11112 NA 11112 NA NA NA 11112

VENTO For: Space, ride quality, handling and build quality Against: Availability, engine clatter Verdict: A complete sedan. Alternatives: 1. Honda City 2. FIAT Linea 3. Skoda Rapid 1.6 MPi Trendline 1.6 MPi Highline TSi Comfortline DSG TSi Highline DSG TDi Trendline TDi Highline TDi Comfortline DSG TDi Highline DSG

9.01 10.61 11.22 12.00 10.47 12.18 13.19 13.75

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1598/4 1598/4 1197/4 1197/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4 1498/4

5 5 7A 7A 5 5 7A 7A

153 153 175 175 250 250 250 250

105 105 105 105 105 105 105 105

1120 1140 1188 1204 1190 1222 NA 1232

55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55

460 460 460 460 460 460 460 460

175/70 R14 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 175/70 R14 185/60 R15 185/60 R15 185/60 R15

-

       

11.87 11.87 11.68 11.68 13.84 13.84 12.74 12.74

186.2 186.2 177.3 177.3 176.3 176.3 179.3 179.3

14.1 14.1 12.5 12.5 17.5 17.5 17.25 17.25

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ALLOY WHEELS

NA NA NA NA NA 205

11.25 11.25 NA NA NA 14.25

     

     

     

     

NA Aug 12 NA NA NA Oct 11

NA 1111 NA NA NA 11112

NA 200

NA 11.0

 

 

   

NA Aug 15

NA 11112

 

   

NA Aug 13

NA 11112

    

    

    

    

NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA

 

 

   

NA NA

NA NA

   

   

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TESTED

OVERALL RATING

POWER WINDOWS

AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM

TRACTION CONTROL

TYRE SIZE

FUEL TANK CAPACITY (IN LITRES) BOOT SPACE (IN LITRES)

KERB WEIGHT (IN KG)

MAX POWER (IN PS)

MAX TORQUE (IN Nm)

NO. OF GEARS

CUBIC CAPACITY (CC/CYLINDERS)

MODEL NAME

PRICE (IN LAKH RUPEES)

TOYOTA VOLVO

JETTA For: Build quality, steering response, stability, suspension Against: Price. Verdict: Makes tremendous sense for India. Alternatives: 1. Skoda Octavia 2. Toyota Corolla Altis 3. Chevrolet Cruze 1.4 TSi Trendline 1.4 TSi Comfortline 2.0 TDi Trendline 2.0 TDi Comfortline 2.0 TDi Highline 2.0 TDi Highline DSG

16.56 18.33 18.30 20.58 22.84 24.26

1390/4 1390/4 1968/4 1968/4 1968/4 1968/4

6 6 6 6 6 6A

200 200 320 320 320 320

122 122 140 140 140 140

1445 1445 1445 1445 1445 1460

55 55 55 55 55 55

527 527 527 527 527 527

205/55 R16 205/55 R16 205/55 R16 205/55 R16 205/55 R16 205/55 R16

   

     

11.57 11.57 NA NA NA 10.54

VOLVO V40 For: Safety, build quality, styling. Against: Ride height. Verdict: Smart and safe urban luxury hatchback. Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2. BMW 1 Series 3. MINI Cooper D3 Kinetic D3 R-Design

24.75* 27.70*

1984/5 1984/5

6A 6A

350 350

150 150

1570 1575

60 60

335 335

225/50 R17 225/50 R17

 

 

NA 9.48

V40 CROSS COUNTRY For: Safety, interiors, performance, fuel efficiency. Against: Stiff ride, price. Verdict: Good option if you don’t want a German. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q3 2. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 3. BMW X1 4. MINI Countryman T4 (Petrol) D3 (Diesel)

27.00* 32.50*

1596/4 1984/5

6A 6A

240 350

180 150

1485 1582

62 60

324 335

225/50 R17 225/50 R17

 

 

NA 9.48

NA 200

NA 11.0

 

S60 For: Safety, handling, ride quality, performance. Against: Fuel efficiency, price. Verdict: Good-looking and sporty Volvo. Alternatives: 1. Audi A4 2. BMW 3 Series 3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class D4 Kinetic D4 Summum D4 R-Design D5 Summum T6 (Petrol)

32.40* 35.25* 40.25* 38.35* 42.00*

1969/4 1969/4 1969/4 2400/5 1969/4

8A 8A 8A 6A 8A

400 400 400 440 400

181 181 181 215 306

1652 1652 1652 1680 1675

67.5 67.5 67.5 67.5 67.5

380 380 380 380 380

215/50 R17 235/40 R18 235/40 R18 235/40 R18 235/40 R18

    

    

NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA 230

NA NA NA NA NA

S80 For: Build quality, safety, comfort. Against: Fuel efficiency, brand appeal. Verdict: Understated, solidly built luxury car. Alternatives: 1. Audi A6 2. BMW 5 Series 3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4. Jaguar XF D4 Summum D5 Summum

42.58* 46.20*

1969/4 2400/5

8A 6A

400 440

181 215

1704 1730

70 70

480 480

225/50 R17 225/50 R17

 

 

NA 8.10

NA NA

NA 10.75

XC60 For: Safety, features ,style. Against: Slow gearbox (D5). Verdict: Practical, safe and value for money family luxury car. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q5 2. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 3. Mercedes-Benz ML-Class 4. BMW X3 D4 Kinetic D4 Summum D4 R-Design D5 AWD Summum

43.50* 46.60* 52.00* 50.20*

1969/4 1969/4 1969/4 2400/5

8A 8A 8A 6A

400 400 400 440

181 181 181 215

1854 1854 1854 1915

70 70 70 70

495 495 495 495

235/65 R17 235/60 R18 235/60 R18 235/60 R18

   

   

9.82 9.82 9.82 9.5

197.2 197.2 197.2 197.7

11.0 11.0 11.0 10.0

   

NA NA Jul 15 Jan 11

NA NA 11112 11112

XC90 For: Comfort, safety, technology, handling, style. Against: Brand value still not up there. Verdict: Most advanced Volvo yet. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q7 2. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 3. BMW X5 4. Land Rover Discovery D5 Momentum D5 Inscription

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64.90* 77.90*

1969/4 1969/4

8A 8A

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Body-on-ladder Construction 4x4s Compiled by: Ryan Lee

Mitsubishi Pajero One of the most iconic 4WD SUVs globally, the Pajero is named after leopardus pajeros, the Pampas cat native to southern Argentina. Over the years, the Pajero has been known by other names: ‘Montero’ (meaning ‘mountain hunter’) in Spain and India, and ‘Shogun’ in the United States of America.

Mahindra Thar

The Thar was introduced in 2010 to fill the void left by the MM540 and it is the company’s flagship off-road vehicle, capable of conquering every terrain that may come its way.

Toyota Land Cruiser Tata Safari The first SUV to be designed and built entirely in India. This true-blooded Indian beast is also capable of tackling varied terrain. We recently tested the Storme and it did conquer the unbeaten path.

Another name synonymous with desert drives and dune-bashing also happens to be one of the company’s longest running car series. Toyota introduced the Land Cruiser as the company’s Jeep-like vehicle in 1951. Since its introduction, the LC has proved its mettle and is still going strong.

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy The Gypsy has been around for decades and is based on the Suzuki Jimny series. The Indian Army uses the Gypsy as its chariot, because it is primarily an off-road vehicle, ready to drive on rough or no roads.

Mercedes G-Wagen

Mahindra Scorpio

Force Gurkha

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, also known as the G-Wagen, is short for ‘Geländewagen’, which means cross-country vehicle. The G-Wagen is a 4x4 (and 6x6) luxury SUV with three differential locks, a bonus while getting out of tricky offroad situations.

The Mahindra Scorpio was the company’s first SUV that was successfully built and accepted by the global market. Recently we drove the Scorpio from Chandigarh to Kaza and it tackled the battered mountain roads with ease.

The Gurkha name is associated with the company’s monstrous off-roader, the RFC Gurkha. But the road-legal SUV is no less, as it borrows more than a few features from its sibling, making it a hardcore and capable offroading SUV.

Ford Endeavour

Toyota Fortuner

Ford built the Endeavour with the tag-line ‘purpose-built capability’. It has the ability to conquer any terrain, be it sand, snow or rock; the Endeavour takes it all in its stride. The Endeavour is the company’s toughest SUV available in India.

The Toyota Fortuner, also known as the Toyota SW4, is built on the Toyota Hilux pick-up truck platform, known for its ruggedness and ability to tackle different terrains. We recently took the Fortuner on a 6,000-kilometre journey and it took a lot of battering, but it took everything in its stride with commendable aplomb.

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