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Datsun redi GO Review & Test Drive

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Datsun redi GO Overview

Automatic transmissions are gaining popularity in India as our roads are becoming more congested with every passing day. In order to offer its buyers the convenience of an automatic transmission in a budget, Datsun will soon launch its most affordable car, the redi-GO, with an automated manual transmission (AMT). The redi-GO shares mechanicals with the Renault Kwid and the 5-speed AMT paired with the 1.0-litre engine isn’t an exception either. We drove the redi-GO AMT in the heart of India’s capital to find out whether automating gear shifts has made the little Datsun a better city runabout.

Since the redi-GO AMT remains the same as the redi-GO 1.0, read our review of the latter to know more about the 1.0-litre engine’s performance and the exterior and interior styling. Without beating around the bush, let’s get straight to what’s new here, the 5-speed AMT.

Datsun redi GO Design

Datsun has done an amazing job with the redi-Go, with the design closely resembling the original concept. With its young, fresh styling based on Datsun’s new Yukan theme which means brave and bold in Japanese, the redi-Go also manages to make the Go siblings look outdated. The front is dominated by the large hexagonal radiator grille with its chrome surround and a matte black mesh. It does look large for the overall profile but then Datsun wants it to be a signature trait that will also be seen on its future offerings. The wraparound headlights have a sleek design with chrome detailing on the inside.

The front bumper gets a series of crease lines which makes the lower portion appear wider. Instead of fog lamps, it gets LED DRLs which we believe will only be offered in the top-end variant or as an optional accessory. The recess above the DRLs gets circular and squarish slots which make the design look unfinished. Front bumper also gets a plastic cladding to mimic a bash plate which is a smart addition.The first thing that you notice on the side profile is its height. Datsun claims that the tallboy design was not only done for aesthetics but also to provide better ingress and egress compared to that of its competition. Also, for substance on the side profile, there are two distinct character lines that flow along the length creating multiple layers. In addition, it gets flared wheel arches and bulging contours, especially on the rear. This is further accentuated with its tall ground clearance of 185mm, which is greater than that of the Alto 800 (160mm), Eon (170mm) and even the Renault Kwid (180mm).

The redi-Go measures 3,429mm in length, 1,560mm in width and 1,541mm in height which makes the redi-Go shorter than the Hyundai Eon by 66mm, wider by 10mm and taller by 41mm.On the rear profile, the sharply raked character line gels into the tailgate to create the effect of a slingshot. The clear lens tail lights have been placed at a higher position which offers better visibility to cars around you. The redo-Go’s rear bumper is wide and gets a chrome-treated exhaust pipe neatly tucked underneath. The faux skid plate can be seen on the rear bumper too. It is a step towards making the redi-Go appear like an ‘urban-cross’ (as Datsun likes to call it), but to me it just looks like a jazzy A-segment tallboy, at best.

Datsun redi GO Cabin

The instrumental cluster doesn’t feel as modern as the Kwid’s digital unit but displays the same amount of information like fuel efficiency, distance to empty, gear shift indicator and trip distances. The redi-Go shares it three-spoke steering wheel with the Go range. The centre console isn’t reminiscent of the Go though and gets a comparatively premium layout with a piano finished bezel around the single-DIN audio unit and the HVAC controls. Also, the redi-Go’s entertainment unit offers USB connectivity too which is missing in the more expensive Go series. Is it better than the Renault Kwid? Not when you consider the Duster-sourced 7-inch touchscreen system, which comes with satellite navigation system and bluetooth telephony.Check for Datsun redi GO price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Being 6’1 in height, I always have trouble crawling inside the cabin of entry-level hatchbacks, but in the redi-Go, it wasn’t the case. The tallboy cabin design was of great help. In addition, the cabin offers generous headroom. The cabin can accommodate four average-sized adults and a kid; however, taller occupants will find it uncomfortable with the shortage of kneeroom in both the rows. I also felt that the seats were tad too small. In addition, both row seats lack under thigh support as well. However, I liked the tall seat positioning which Datsun claims was done intentionally to give a better visibility of the road.

In terms of practicality, the front door panels don’t offer useful storage – maybe enough space for a tablet device or a notebook. The glove box too is shallow on space and can only hold the vehicle documents at best. Under the dash, there are cubby pockets to make space for knick knacks. The 222-litre boot is sufficient to carry one average size suitcase, but the higher placed loading lip makes it difficult to haul.There are certain areas that highlight various cost-cutting measures like the lack of enough cladding around the pillars(exposed metal instead), seat mechanism and foot well or just having one reversing lamp instead of the usual two. Justifying it by considering the price range of Rs 2.5 – 3.5 lakh won’t be right, especially when you realize that even the Renault Kwid is positioned in the same segment and offers better quality of interiors compared to the redi-Go.

Datsun redi GO Performance

All our doubts on the Datsun redi-Go getting a different tune of the engine compared to the Renault Kwid were cleared when Gerard Detourbet, managing director, 2ASDU Renault-Nissan Technology and Business Centre India clearly stated that both the motors are identical in nature.The Renault-developed 799cc petrol motor makes 54PS of power at 5,678rpm and generates 72Nm of torque at 4,386rpm. This aluminium-finished motor is claimed to be highly fuel efficient and extremely compact in construction. It weighs a mere 57kg and this was achieved with the use of a plastic oil sump and directly attaching the alternator to the engine block. This motor is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission with gear ratios identical to the Kwid. Even the claimed fuel economy remains unchanged at 25.17 kmpl. To know more details on Datsun redi GO check Lanetalab

While the Kwid hadn’t made any claims about its 0-100kmph sprint, the Datsun claims 15.9s, with a top whack of 140kmph.Crank up the motor and you hear a familiar note. The engine idles at a little less than 900rpm. The motor doesn’t feel eager at lower revs, but comes into its zone beyond the 2,800rpm mark. I liked the motor’s mid-range performance, and the car feels a bit more energetic than the Kwid. But don’t expect it to be as rev-happy as the engines in the Maruti and Hyundai rivals. That said, I appreciate its ability to cruise effortlessly at speeds of 80-90kmph in fifth gear. The engine refinement is impressive for this class, but at higher speeds, the motor noise starts seeping inside the cabin.

With two passengers, the redi-Go’s motor doesn’t feel stressed but with four, the motor demands frequent shifts within the lower gears. This was felt especially while climbing flyovers. Speaking of the transmission, the unit is not the best in the business and the shifts feel rubbery. We believe that the AMT unit, which will debut in the Kwid by June-July 2016, could make a lot of sense on the redi-Go as well.

Datsun redi GO Driving

The first thing that you notice while driving the redi-GO 1.0 AMT is the transmission’s eagerness to upshift. Feather the throttle and it shifts from first gear to second at around 15kmph, which is okay. It shifts to third at around 25kmph and to fourth between 30kmph and 40kmph; the shift from third to fourth being sooner than what an experienced driver would anticipate. It’s a great strategy for extracting the best economy from the engine but does hamper drivability in certain situations like fast-moving traffic – typical of a metro city like Delhi, where you want the engine to remain in its sweet spot. But more often than not, in D (automatic) mode the transmission tends to be in a gear too high to maintain pace with the car in front.

So, unless you’re driving in fast-moving traffic, the D-mode shift logic seems to be spot on. The redi-GO, then, is at its best in the fully automatic mode when driven in a relaxed manner; when you don’t mind a hurried driver overtaking you with just a car’s distance between you and the car in front. The downshifts and the upshifts happen with negligible head jerk and the engine turning over at a relaxed rpm.Since there are no mechanical changes compared to the redi-GO 1.0, the redi-GO AMT continues to offer a comfortable ride at city speeds. The steering is feather light at slow speeds which makes it easy to park and turn in the city. However, it feels a bit too light as speeds exceed 60kmph-70kmph.

Datsun redi GO Safety

The top-end variant of New Datsun Redi-GO features driver side airbags as well, which makes for a very good offer in this segment. Along with this, the car gets disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear to give the driver a confident drive.

Datsun redi GO Price in Bangalore

Datsun Redi GO On Road Price is 3,17,231/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,61,300/- in Bangalore. Datsun Redi GO comes in 8 colours, namely Red Sport,Lime,White,Grey,Grey Gold,Ruby,Silver,Silver Gold. Datsun Redi GO comes with FWD with 799 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 53 bhp@5678 rpm and Peak Torque 72 Nm@4386 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Datsun Redi GO comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Datsun redi GO Bottomline

The AMT in the Redigo gives prospective buyers yet another reason to consider this car. It remains a smartly-styled, practical car which is amply spacious for its size and due to its tall stance, is very user-friendly, too. The high ground clearance, light steering and nice frontal visibility make it very easy to drive; and now this automatic only makes it easier. Datsun may be making its moves very late in the segment, as compared to rivals like the Maruti Alto and the Renault Kwid, however, this Redigo does pack in a lot of strengths. For city commuting, then, the Redigo offers buyers in this segment almost everything they’re looking for – space, style, practicality and ease of driving. The Redigo 1.0-litre AMT is pegged rather aggressively to begin with, at prices ranging from Rs 3.81-3.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The AMT’s price is about Rs 20,000 more than the subsequent 1.0-litre manual transmission; this makes it the most affordable AMT in its segment.

Toyota Camry Facelift First Look Review

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Toyota Camry Overview

Toyota Camry is currently one of the best vehicles that are available in the mid-size luxury car segment. Though the sedan is a niche player in the segment, it got a big boost when the Japanese carmaker decided to assemble it in India. This gave it an edge over immediate rival Honda Accord in terms of pricing. Toyota has recently launched 2018 Camry in India, the updated car gets minor tweaks on the outside as well as inside with added goodies.

The 2018 Toyota Camry is being offered as a perfect choice for the executive buyers as it gets high predicted reliability rating, advanced driver assist features and numerous safety aspects. Camry also gets a boost in performance and all thanks to its powerful and improved engine. The carmaker has roughly sold around 10,000 Camry till date and the most surprising bit is that about 73 percent sales come from the hybrid version. This also shows the great potential of hybrid cars in India and the reason why Toyota came out with the 7th generation model. Check for Toyota Camry price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Toyota Camry Look

The Camry was never designed to be a head turner, but this facelift has brought in some much needed oomph, particularly if you happen to view it from the front. There’s that essential bit of visual excitement to the car now. The grille has grown in size (a good thing that); the air-dam goes all trapezoidal on you and the fog-lamps plus the DRL’s have been integrated rather neatly into the revised bumper.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the Toyota badge sitting proudly, smack in the middle of things, now has a bit of blue in it. It acts as a subtle visual differentiator. It is to proudly declare to the world that you can enjoy motoring about in sheer luxury, even as you do your bit for the environment. The chrome might not be to everyone’s fancy, but it is of a gleaming high quality.

The all-new headlamps though are something that you’ll come to love. While the high-beam is still a halogen affair, the low beam and the day lamps are pure LED. View the older car and this new face lifted Camry from the side and you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference. Only the keen eyes reveal the subtle differences in the skirting on the new one.Things do get a wee bit more noticeable at the rear, for the tail-lamps do get the LED treatment and the bumper has been revised too, but that’s that. All-in-all, the new, face-lifted Camry ticks most of the right boxes on the exterior.

Toyota Camry Cabin

The first thing you notice when you enter the Camry is that the seating position is a bit low. However the cowl of the dashboard is not very high and with electric seats, it’s a breeze to get into a comfortable driving position. The interior of the Camry feels plush, well appointed and fitting to a car of this price. The dashboard has a unique Y-shaped design which looks cool. The knobs and physical buttons feel quite nice to operate and kudos to Toyota for keeping the physical buttons alive. It gets really easy to operate commands on the move. The only catch is that the quality of some plastics is not quite in the league of the Skoda Superb or the Volkswagen Passat. The cabin lacks the solidity and the heft of some German cars

Toyota has lavishly equipped the Camry with the latest in tech and comfort. The front seats are powered as well as ventilated and there’s a memory function for the driver’s seat. You also get power-reclining rear seats, powered sunshades with touch-sensitive controls in the rear centre armrest, 9-speaker JBL audio system, a reverse camera and a head-up display amongst others. When you slot into reverse, the rear windscreen sunshade automatically folds down so that you get a better view and then it comes back when you slot into D. This gets a bit annoying though when you’re parking in a tight space and need to do switch between D and R multiple times. The sound quality from this infotainment system is very good, the menus are also well laid out and navigation works great but my grouse is with the richness of the display because when compared to other premium cars, the display on this feels a step behind.

The light brown wood theme is also pleasant to your eyes and we like how there are different colours and textures on the seats. They look refreshing compared to an all-beige theme. The seats, as always are supremely comfortable. The Camry has lots of space in the front and the back and it is one of those cars you can spend hours in. The front seats offer excellent comfort and they’re designed in such a way that you don’t get tired even after really long drives. Same goes for the rear seats which offer phenomenal comfort and space is also very good. Leg room is brilliant and the best part is that the front seat can be pushed forward by the rear passenger via a couple of buttons placed on the side. The boot is also humungous, we stashed a lot of bags and it just took in everything. The Camry doesn’t disappoint when it comes to storage spaces in the cabin, with ample amount of cubbyholes and storage to keep various things. To know more information on Toyota Camry  check Ksd-media

Toyota Camry Transmission

The powertrain on the Camry Hybrid is a sublime tribute to the Gods of electro-mechanical art. You start off in pure electric mode and continue to run on battery power at low speeds. This is most helpful in choc-a-bloc traffic conditions, when the world around you is going honking mad and you’re sitting there in a calm, serene environment – sheer bliss! There is a wee bit of whine for those of you with keen ears but the major chunk of the noise is from the tires. Not obtrusive in any way, mind you – but simply a fall-out of having a propulsion system that’s way quieter than what’s usually on offer.

The 2.5 Litre petrol motor is carried over from its earlier avatar and continues to make 150+ Bhp. This is joined by an electric motor in series-parallel sequence, thereby bumping up power to over 200 Bhp. No, we didn’t get our math wrong (though there are those among us who’d argue that one plus one equals five). The lower combined output is quite simply the result of the time differential in the peak power generation of the two motors. On the road, she’ll please you with her butter-smooth power delivery and throw in a bit of a surprise every now and then, with her speed-gathering habits. The CVT ‘box does struggle when you get those ‘let’s nail the throttle’ urges (you really shouldn’t be buying a Camry for outright acceleration), but barring those rare moments, things are nice and smooth.

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again – Toyota have really nailed it with the way the Camry shifts seamlessly between the two power systems. We literally lost track on the number of times, we caught ourselves double-checking if the car was running or not in traffic. Toyota haven’t given a manual override option on the Camry, and drivers have to make do with Economy and EV modes. No there’s no ‘Go-faster’ option either, at-least not a dedicated one. But floor that throttle, wait that split-second as the CVT ‘box catches on and then hold-on. There’s this steady build-up of power as the electric motor combines its output with that of the 2.5 Litre motor under the hood that sends you surging through in whichever direction you wish to choose.

Toyota Camry Driving

Speaking of the suspension, the new TNGA architecture has enabled a sportier setup in the car. The new Camry gets well-known McPherson Strut suspension along with stabilizer bar at the front and the rear gets the dual link suspension with stabilizer bar. It helps to make the ride quite easy on the bad road conditions and surpass the jerks providing the equal amount of comfort while driven on the smooth road.The car is an utter comfortable to drive as much as the vehicle with thrice the price tag. The damped suspension and the shock absorber work extremely well and make sure the occupants remain comfortable inside. The cabin is nicely insulated from both engine and road noise.

Toyota Camry Safety

Safety is never a bother with Toyota’s India line-up. It is but natural then that the top-spec car from the company’s range gets a whole hog of safety. Toyota gives 9 airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, ESP and child seat anchorages as standard. It is likely that the Camry will score top marks in crash tests with so much on offer. The Camry offers world-class safety and it is right up there with the competition. Toyota’s service and reliability, as we all know, is top class too.

Toyota Camry Price in Chennai.

Toyota Camry On Road Price is 44,57,568/- and Ex-showroom Price is 36,95,000/- in Chennai. Toyota Camry comes in 7 colours, namely Dark Brown Mica Metallic,Silver Metallic,White Pearl Crystal Shine,Grey Metallic,True Blue Mica Metallic,Attitude Black,Greyish Blue Mica Metallic. Toyota Camry comes with FWD with 2494 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 158 bhp@5700 rpm and Peak Torque 213 Nm@4500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Toyota Camry comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Toyota Camry Final Word

The 10th generation Toyota Camry Hybrid is indeed a step up from the older car. It has so much more tech, offers excellent comfort and the powertrain is brilliant. There’s not much to dislike about this sedan actually. The new model is priced a bit lower than the outgoing car and it offers good value for this price because it comes bundled with Toyota’s stellar service and reliability. Talking about competition, well the Camry rivals the Honda Accord Hybrid which is priced significantly higher. For the price of the Camry you do get entry-level luxury saloons but for people who don’t care much about the badge and want a car that lasts for years if not a lifetime, the Camry is the one to buy.

Toyota Camry is available in two variants. The 2.5 G model is available at the price tag of Rs. 29.75 lakh while the hybrid variant gets the price tag of Rs. 37.22 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi. Toyota Camry challenges Honda Accord in the segment while Skoda Superb is also a strong contender against the luxury sedan which undercuts it by a huge margin.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Hatchback Review

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Overview

Maruti Suzuki has sold more than 22 lakh units of the WagonR ever since it was launched in 1999. This itself proves how successful this hatchback has been and continues to be ever since. Now with changing times and buyers’ increasing demands, the carmaker has launched the new-gen WagonR. It looks trendier, gets more modern creature comforts and is underpinned by Suzuki’s new A plus Heartect platform. What’s more, there’s a new powerful engine with automatic versions too. Plus, the latest iteration claims to offer better value for money than before. To know more about car loans visit Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Design

As is fairly obvious, the new car still looks pretty much like a Wagon R. The sharply sculpted headlamp edges, the handsome shoulder line that steps up and then down again as it runs along the flared waist, and the tall waterfall tail lamps increase the style quotient slightly. However, it is a surprise to us that Maruti did not build on the crisp style that they used on the previous generation WagonR Stingray. Thankfully though, it doesn’t look slab-sided like it did before.

On the upside, the new DNA makes the Wagon R kinder to the eyes thanks to its new proportions. It is longer by 56mm and also boasts a stronger footprint. The wheelbase is stretched by 35mm, to 2435mm, and the wheels have been pushed out further, by 140mm at the front and 150mm at the rear! This makes the Wagon R a much bigger vehicle now and the 165/70 R14 tyres look a bit skinny. This tall boy’s mini-MPV-like aura is a bit deceptive because the Wagon R’s length is still 45mm less than the Ignis!

Before you ask, no. There are no LED DRLs (daytime running lights) or alloy wheels on offer. Surprising, since the Stingray had these on a VXI+ variant!

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Cabin

Like the old car it is easy to get in and out of the new Wagon R thanks to the wide opening door and the ideal seat height. Once inside you are greeted by a cabin that looks much more contemporary as compared to the old car. It’s a well thought out cabin as all the frequently used features like the infotainment system and air con controls are placed higher up. Unlike the old car the new Wagon R now gets the top ZXi variant that adds a lot more features than before. The seven inch touchscreen infotainment system dominates proceedings. It’s a brand-new unit and it features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Maruti has also developed a SmartPlay Studio app that connects to the system. Through this app you get music, offline navigation and many more features. The screen quality and touch sensitivity is good too. Overall interior fit and finish has taken a big step-up over the old car, but still it isn’t as good as the recently launched Santro in this respect.

Thanks to the bigger body and better packaging interior space has grown in all directions. The front seats are accommodating and offer good support. But it’s at the back where space and comfort has taken a big leap forward. The new Wagon R offers much more knee room and the wider cabin gives it an airy ambiance. As compared to the Hyundai Santro, the new Wagon R has 30mm more knee room, 70mm more headroom and 70mm more shoulder room. This results in a car that can easily accommodate three adults at the back in good comfort. The rear bench itself is well shaped and the upright backrest gives good good support too. What would have made the rear seat even better is better under thigh support and adjustable headrests.

Boot space is humongous for a car of this size. You get a massive 341 litres of luggage space and the boot is deep and well-shaped too. To put things into perspective, the Wagon R’s boot is 50mm longer, 10mm wider and 100mm taller than the Hyundai Santro’s 235 litre boot. You also get 60:40 split folding rear seats for added convenience.

Although there are plenty of storage spaces in the cabin this is one aspect where the new Wagon R doesn’t improve upon its predecessor. You do get large door pockets, storage in front of the gearlever and a decently sized glovebox. But it misses out on unique storage options like the twin gloveboxes and cup holder in front of the AC vent of the old car.

In the top ZXi trim the Wagon R comes equipped with touchscreen infotainment system which houses Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and bluetooth telephony. Apart from this the Wagon R gets all the basics like air conditioning, key-less entry, parking sensors and a comprehensive trip computer. Missing equipment includes seat height adjust, reversing camera, rear air con vents and alloy wheels. In terms of safety, Maruti is offering single airbags (dual for top variants) and ABS with EBD as standard across the range. You don’t get ISOFIX anchor points which is glaring omission in our eyes. (None of its rivals offer this features as well)

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Performance

The older 67bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit continues to power the lower variants. On the other hand, a more powerful 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine is seen under the hood of the top-end variants of the WagonR. This is the one we sampled and it clearly comes across as a peppy and refined engine. It’s the same unit from the Swift and the Ignis, producing 82bhp and 113Nm of torque. This may or may not be the fastest off the mark, but it certainly helps attain speeds quickly and make progress swiftly. The engine is responsive, rev-happy and also makes the WagonR feel smoother. It becomes noisy only post 5,000rpm, the territory where there hardly would be any need to rev to. Otherwise, the car nicely marches along thanks to the readily available torque. The punchy mid-range is respectable to get going in at 2,500-3,000rpm. The lighter kerb weight of 825-845kgs further helps its case in moving around effortlessly. For more information on Maruti Suzuki Wagon R  check Kotra

As for the five-speed manual transmission, the gears slot in well and the short throws and light controls help in making driving an easy affair. What’s more interesting, is the AGS (AMT gearbox) that eliminates the use of the clutch and adds to the ease in traffic. There’s almost no delay in shifting to higher gears and with a sudden change in throttle input, it slots into a lower gear without any fuss. Thankfully, the head nod akin to most AMTs isn’t prominent here and builds a strong case for being one of the smoothest AMTs available in its segment.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Driving

But where the Wagon R has improved the most is in terms of its ride. Over any surface, at any speed, the Wagon R felt unfazed and the refined suspension simply goes about its job, keeping you isolated from the biggest of potholes. It’s only at low speeds that you feel some stiffness and the sharp bumps do jar you a bit. We drove the car on the in and around Udaipur. With hardly any corners to speak of, it was difficult to assess its handling prowess. But first impressions are pretty positive. The steering though a little vague at first feels surprisingly direct as you add more lock and the Wagon R felt rock steady at high speeds too. What has also helped the new Wagon R’s dynamics is the new torsion beam rear suspension as compared to the rudimentary ITL (Isolated Trailing Link) setup on the old car.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Safety

Higher levels of safety on the new Wagon R start with the platform. The Heartect platform uses 40 per cent high-strength steel and this improves the rigidity of the chassis. Along with this Maruti is offering ABS with EBD, seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters as standard. Dual airbags are offered as standard only on the top end Z variant. In all other variants, the passenger airbag is an option.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Price in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 4,93,374 to 6,10,853 for variants Wagon R LXI and Wagon R VXI AMT Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is available in 6 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R variants price in Chennai. Check for Wagon R price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Summing Up

There are very few reasons not to. The new Wagon R is a huge step ahead of its predecessor in almost every department. That is a huge compliment for a car that was already selling in big numbers. It gets a more premium cabin, good interior space, loads of equipment, is very practical and more importantly, it now drives well too. What makes the deal even sweeter is the price which is in the same ballpark as the old car. So like before, the new Wagon R remains a hatchback that is great value for money but unlike the old car, it is less compromised and has improved in almost every department.

For the very first time, the new WagonR is available with the top end ZXI variant. The base LXI and the mid-level VXI variant are also offered. The Wagon R is offered with a choice of two petrol engines and two transmission options. The base L variant is available only with the 1-litre engine and a manual gearbox. The V variant can be had with a 1-litre or 1.2-litre engine, while the top end Z variant is offered only with the 1.2-litre engine. The automatic gearbox, the AMT or AGS, is available from the V variant onwards.  For price details  on Maruti Wagon R check AutoZhop.

None of these variants get alloy wheels but the LXI variant does with smaller 13” rims compared to the 14” on the higher variants. The Wagon R is available in six colours: Silky Silver, Magna Grey, Autumn Orange, Nutmeg Brown, Poolside Blue and Superior White.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Facelift Performance & Test Drive

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Maruti Suzuki S Cross Overview

Maruti Suzuki India Limited has launched the all new S-Cross in India and has priced it at Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The S-Cross facelift will be available in four variants- Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha and it comes with a reworked body styling and some new features making it a better offering than before. Maruti Suzuki has worked quite a lot on the S-Cross facelift and the company, along with its suppliers, has invested over Rs 100 crore towards development of the new car because of which it comes with over 95% localizat ion. Check for Car loans at Fincarz.

The new S-Cross facelift will continue to be retailed via Maruti’s premium dealership chain – Nexa and like the current Nexa products will boast some new premium features. For instance, the updated Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will come with an all-new face dominated by a new chrome grille and a pair of redesigned headlamps. Projector lights with LED DRLs, new beefier front bumper with a wider airdam, and restyled foglamps are some of the new addition we’ll see. The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross facelift will also feature a sportier set of alloy wheels and redesigned ORVMs with integrated turn signal lights. The top-spec model is likely to get LED taillamps, while there will be a revised rear bumper as well.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Exteriors

Designing has been a bit of a sore point of the S-Cross as it resembles a crossover and not an SUV. The facelift comes with a bigger 10-slat grille and larger headlamps which make the car look butch, on the side there’s cladding which further enhance the car’s appeal. On the back you get LED elements however housing remains the same. This time around, you also get wider tyres that provide better grip and improve the handling somewhat.

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross images reveal its low profile and low ground clearance which give it a crossover-like stance. Front, in particular, bears resemblance with the dated SX4 sedan no more available in India. A set of projector head lights infused with LED daytime running lights is the first thing you would notice. Radiator grille in front comes with 10 vertical slats. Lower bumper comes equipped with fog lights surrounded by dash of chrome elements. The black cladding present all around lends the requisite sporty appearance. Side view is impressive. The SUV doesn’t seem to be under-tyred and the creases ascend from front to rear, stretched up till the tail lamps. Window frame gets four glass parts.

The outside door handles and rear view mirrors are painted in body colour. ORVMs get integrated LED turn indicators and can be adjusted electrically. The 16-inch alloy wheels feature multiple spokes. Roof rails are equipped atop but they are not functional. Rear is impressive; the angular tail lights are striking while the integrated rear spoiler looks sporty. The M symbolizing Maruti has been dropped, featuring Suzuki’s S. Besides, a rear wiper, reflectors at the bottom of black bumper and a hint of silver insert ornate the rear profile. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Color options include Nexa Blue, Caffeine Brown, Granite Grey, Premium Silver, Pearl Arctic White and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross variant options include Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Interiors

The interiors are quite familiar and largely carried over, and, though there are more soft-touch materials, the overall cabin feels quite plasticky and lacks the luxury quotient of cars in this price bracket. The touchscreen display is the same, but it now supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We had a go at the latter and found it nice to be able to use the phone functions from the car’s screen; but the system is a bit slow to respond. On the top two variants, the dashboard uses a new, high-gloss piano-black treatment and also gets some satin-polished chrome trim. If you opt for the top Alpha variant, you’ll get leather upholstery as well.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive and the driving position is quite adjustable thanks to rake and reach adjustment for the steering wheel. The rear remains quite spacious and comfortable, but passengers at the back will miss having AC vents. The 375-litre boot houses an additional 12V power outlet and is large enough to hold luggage for a short vacation. The seats fold flat in a 60:40 split, allowing you to further increase space as needed.

The S-Cross has a good feature set in the top model, including auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and more. The switchgear is shared with most Maruti products and you don’t get the lovely full-colour multi-information display from the Baleno. Buyers at this price point will have liked the option of a sunroof too. Happily, the S-Cross now offers dual airbags, ABS and rear Isofix mounts as standard on all variants. The vehicle has been tested at Maruti’s state-of-the-art R&D facility at Rohtak and the company says it is fully compliant with the upcoming safety regulations, including frontal offset crash, side impact and pedestrian safety.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Gearbox

The Maruti S-Cross was launched with two diesel engines earlier, both sourced from Fiat, one being the 1.3-litre unit which needs no introduction while the other was the 1.6-litre unit that belted out 120 BHP and 320 Nm, it was quite a fun motor but being imported, was costly. Maruti has now ditched the big 1.6-litre oil burner and the S-Cross is now only available with a 1.3-litre engine.

Better known as DDiS 200, this motor, as you guessed it, produces 200 Nm of torque and 89 BHP of power. Changes have been made to this engine, it now gets SHVS aka Suzuki’s smart hybrid tech along with engine stop-start, brake energy regeneration and an integrated starter generator motor which has a mild torque assist function, thereby improving acceleration slightly. The most obvious benefit is a boost in fuel economy from the previously claimed 23.65 km/l to 25.1 km/l.

The 1.3-litre engine is more than up to the job to get the Maruti S-Cross moving as in city conditions, one won’t miss the bigger engine. However, out on the highway, the performance of the smaller diesel mill isn’t in the same league as it is slower to reach to the ton and thereafter as well. One needs to work the gearbox to extract the best from the engine, more so because there is low-end lag and the powetrain only wakes up past 2000 RPM, redlining all the way at 5300 RPM. NVH too isn’t the best and the engine has started to show its age with the drivetrain being quite vocal at high engine speeds. The 5-speed gearbox offers short throws but the shifts aren’t smooth and at times you have to try twice to get to a gear, the clutch is also on the heavier side.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Driving

Indians prefer buying an SUV these days, mostly due to the uneven road conditions. So Maruti Suzuki has also made sure on optimising the S-Cross’ McPherson struts and torsion beam coil spring suspension according to such road conditions. As a result, the S-Cross offers a comfortable ride even on rough tarmac and over small potholes. Sure there is side-to-side movement of passengers at slow speeds, but the damping settings are well adjusted to take such paths with ease. Still the suspension is a bit towards the firmer side, so sharper potholes do sent a jolt into the cabin.For more info on Maruti S Cross check Tamc2011

On the brighter side, this helps the S-Cross remain flat around corners and makes it stable at higher speeds. But then again, even if the steering has a good feedback, it would have been a delight if it would have been more direct. Nonetheless, the wider 215-section high profile JK tyres stick to the road like a slug and boost confidence to go around bends faster. The sure-footed crossover has all disc brakes with remarkable bite. Thanks to this combination, the S-Cross didn’t lose its poise even under hard braking.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Safety

Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child mounts come standard across the S-Cross range, kudos to Maruti for that. However, there are no side and curtain airbags like the European-spec S-Cross which scored a full 5 stars in the Euro and ASEAN NCAP crash tests. However, the S-Cross facelift also gets all 4 disc brakes. We all are aware what is the reach of Maruti’s network in India. A service centre can be found even in the remotest of areas. However, the S-Cross facelift will retail only through the NEXA channel, which is quite less in number when compared to the regular Maruti dealerships.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Cost in Chennai 

Maruti Suzuki S Cross On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 10,12,088 to 13,73,728 for variants S Cross DDiS 200 Sigma and S Cross DDiS 200 Alpha respectively. Maruti Suzuki S Cross is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki S Cross variants price in Chennai. Check for S Cross price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Summing Up

Not much details of the Indian spec S-Cross is available at this moment but expect the facelift Crossover to get this completely new aggressive design which definitely has made the Crossover appear less like a sedan and more SUV’ish just like we mentioned earlier. The interior however won’t see much of change inside but expect it to get an updated infotainment system. The biggest change however is expected under the hood of the car, the facelift Crossover will most probably get a completely new 1.5 Litre petrol engine under the hood. However we also do feel that Maruti might also introduce the 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit as well which will debut in the India market with the all new Baleno RS in March.

BMW 5 Series Facelift Review & First Drive

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BMW 5 Series Overview

It has almost become a norm to launch a vehicle in both petrol and diesel variants. At least when it comes to the Indian automobile market, one cannot think of launching a high priced car without enough fuel economy to please the customers. Not just India, most of the global developing nations face the concern of fuel. And it has gone beyond mere fuel economy, it is now a matter of accessibility too.Apply Car loan for Skoda Rapid.

One cannot find enough fuel around the world hence the additional avenues such as electric and hybrid car technologies are at an all time high. So when a big manufacturer like BMW enters Indian market, they take note of it too. The BMW 5 Series is one such class that is offered in both petrol and diesel variants in India. The vehicle is impressive due to the unending list of offerings that have been offered in terms of exterior specifications, interior features, a range of engine performances and most importantly different fuel options. However India has only diesel variants at the moment. So this can be seen as an expansion strategy by BMW where it is specifically targeting fuel economy vehicles.

BMW 5 Series Exteriors

The first thing which will catch your attention is the fact that the new 5 series borrows most of its design cues from the new BMW design language and also from the bigger flasgship 7 series sedan. What is even more interesting is also the fact that the 5 series is actually also longer, wider and taller than its predecessor.

If we talk about other aspects of styling the 5 series sedan now shares the same front face with the updated BMW range of cars. The new face now features bigger and slightly wider front grille. While the headlamp units too looks flatter and slightly more aggressive, the headlamp units in particular gets adaptive LED lamps with BMW selective beams.

The side profile of the car now looks even more pronounced and looks like a miniature version of the 7 series sedan. Just like the 7 series the 5 series too has that character line on top of the side skirts area. The newly designed wheel too looks good on the new car. Towards the rear the new 5 series gets mild updates as well which includes new duel tail pipes and also updated taillamp units as well.

The new 5 series also gets sports design package as standard. This package gets includes new aero kit and performance upgrades. The sports package will also include larger wheels and tyres as well along with a tweaked suspension setup.

BMW 5 Series Interiors

Just like the exterior the interior too borrows its styling heavily from the bigger 7 series sedan as well. The sedan is also longer and more spacious and as a result the rear passengers can enjoy an extra amount of knee and leg room. The front passengers get sports seats as standard which can be adjusted in 16 different ways. BMW also offers 20 ways adjustable seats as well s an option which can be also equipped with an optional additional massage function.

We are also happy to inform you that the new 5 Series not only has borrowed only the styling from the bigger 7 series but also some of its technological features as well. The sedan has now gets a bigger heads up display whose size now has been increased by 70 percent. The sedan also features BMW’s latest generation i drive system as well. The new infotainment system displays navigation, telephone and entertainment features, plus vehicle functions, on a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. The entire system can be operated with the help of iDrive Controller, by voice command or gestures and even by touching the display controls directly. For the comfort of the passengers inside the interior gets four-zone climate control complete with ionisation and discreet air fragrancing. The entire cabin is also quiter than before all the thanks goes to the acoustic glazing for the windscreen and the acoustic headliner.

Just like the bigger 7 series the 5 series too now gets the optional Remote Parking system which allows the person manouver their car in the tightest parking spaces by just using the car key. The car remains connected with the rest of the world via the help of Apple CarPlay, and WiFi hotspot. For more information on BMW 5 Series  check Kotra

BMW 5 Series Gearbox

All the variants are interestingly of a 2.0 litre capacity with only the BMW 5 Series 530d M Sport and BMW 5 Series GT 530d LE offered as a 3.0 litre engines. The engine performance of the BMW 5 Series 525d Luxury+ is slightly tweaked to offer higher power compared to the usual engine variant. The three key variants however are BMW 520d, BMW 525d and BMW 530d. The BMW 530d produces a maximum output of 258 bhp and the torque reaches a peak of 540 Nm at 1500 rpm. The BMW 525d however offers 218 bhp out maximum output. The third variant BMW 520d does not fall short in terms of performance and generates a maximum output of 184 bhp decent 380 Nm or torque at mere 1750 rpm which shows the effective power distribution inside the vehicle. Following Common Rail Direct Injection in combination with a turbocharger, the BMW 520d offers a top speed of a remarkable 231 kmph.

Since all the variants are predominantly diesel oriented, they come with impressive mileage. BMW 530d offers an impressive mileage of 14.69 kmpl while the BMW 525d offers a slightly higher 17.09 kmpl. However most impressive of the lot is the BMW 520d which generates 18.48 kmpl mileage. The emission figures of all the vehicles comply the national regulations and are noted to be at 154.75 gms per kilometre and 114.47 gms per kilometre for BMW 525d and BMW 520d respectively.

BMW 5 Series Driving

One might argue that it is solely the innovative chassis that offers the unique driving experience to BMW that it has. The aluminium structure of the chassis manages to create a perfect mix or strength, agility and light weight characteristics enabling an aerodynamic ride. The chassis is sporty enough to allow the car to be ridden with ease on any terrain without anything to hamper the experience. Driving Experience Control is another key feature in the vehicle which allows the driver to choose between a Comfort Mode or ECO PRO mode or the Sport Mode. Among these, the ECO PRO mode creates an optimum solution to the accelerator, air conditioner or heater and transmission channel so as to create a perfect mix of all the resources available in the car that might hamper the fuel efficiency. The eight speed automatic transmission too helps in offering a fluidic riding experience despite the diesel roots of the engine.

BMW 5 Series Safety

The driver assistance systems offered with the new BMW 5-Series include an all-new Parking Assistant, Top View cameras, and Frontal Collision Warning with application of the brakes when ordered with Active Cruise Control plus Stop & Go. Other driver assistance features available include Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, a Head-Up Display, BMW Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection. The handling is brilliant and the car just flows unlike any other.

BMW 5 Series Price in Bangalore

Bmw 5 Series On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 66,55,468 to 82,93,039 for variants 5 Series 520d Sport Line and 5 Series 530d M Sport respectively. Bmw 5 Series is available in 3 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Bmw 5 Series variants price in Bangalore. Check for BMW 5 Series price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

BMW 5 Series Summing Up

The new 5 series sedan definitely hasn’t changed a lot in terms of overall styling what BMW did instead is that they have actually moulded the 5 series with their modern design language and styling which the other BMW cars too adopted as well. There is denying the fact that the new 5 series is a technologically advanced machine which and also is one of the most fuel efficient sedans now on pen and paper. This new sedan surely will give its rivals some hard time when it finally makes its presence felt in the Indian market by next year end. For price details on Bmw 5 Series visit AutoZhop.

Skoda Kodiaq Performance & Test Drive

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Skoda Kodiaq Overview

Unquestionably, SUVs these days are one of the most preferred segments. Right from compact SUVs to mid-size and full-fledged luxury SUVs, buyers are not deterred from choosing one of their favourites. So, bringing the premium Skoda Kodiaq in the Indian market was not at all surprising. But it was certainly a moment of surprise for Endeavour and Fortuner enthusiasts, the two stalwarts which are ruling this segment for a long time. The Czech automaker showcased its production version in August 2016.Check for SBI Car Loan.

The Kodiaq is based on the Vision S revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. Its global debut was made at the Paris Motor Show 2016. The Skoda Kodiaq is a premium vehicle that handles mild off-roading and good for day to day driving. It’s a perfect option for the buyers who want something more premium and luxurious against its rivals. The Kodiaq with attractive styling, exude class and the use of fast DSG transmission makes it one of the most drivable SUVs in its class.

 Skoda Kodiaq Exteriors

The Kodiaq will be Skoda’s flagship model in India, positioned right above the Superb. It looks sophisticated, considering Skoda has made use of crystalline design elements. The front end is sharp-looking with those sleek all LED headlamps and the black Skoda ‘butterfly’ grille, which is a standard in all Skoda models. What stands out right away is the fact that the ‘compactness’ of the car comes through neat edges and lines all over the car. The sculpted bonnet along with the very prominent shoulder lines gives it an appearance of all muscle and no bulk.

There are hardly any curves anywhere. The stance of the car is as aggressive and muscular as an SUV could possibly have. But there is no mistaking the air of sophistication and elegance that Skoda cars are associated with. Adding to the muscle are the square-ish wheel arches with a touch of plastic cladding that houses 18-inch alloy wheels. Internationally, the Kodiaq gets 19-inch wheels but for Indian road conditions, the company believed 18-inch wheels to be perfect.

 Skoda Kodiaq  Interiors

Step inside the Kodiaq and you might be reminded of the Superb’s interior, but it does get a new dashboard design. It is a mix of soft plastics in black and beige, with a black textured plastic panel separating the two. The plastic panel was the only design element we did not like in the otherwise cheery and premium interiors and we would rather prefer a wood-finished veneer instead. There are large, vertically mounted air-con vents that’ve been designed for better airflow and noise control. You get two glove compartments: a regular cooled unit and one above, both opened via buttons on the dash. There are cubby holes below the steering too, along with storage spots in the centre console.The Kodiaq abroad gets an all-black interior but here it is a mix of black and beige, with beige leather seats. This cabin is a cheery place to be in and quite comfortable as well. The seats offer fantastic support, especially the front ones, both of which get electrical adjustment for height, reach and lumbar support. The glasshouse effect of the cabin is accentuated by a large panoramic sunroof, so you do feel like you’re sitting in a really big car.

The rear have wide-opening doors that are heavy and take an effort to shut from the inside. Getting into the cabin is as easy as walking in; no need to climb up into the cabin like other SUVs. The middle row seats offer oodles of legroom, even with a 5ft 8in driver sitting in the driver’s seat. They are adjustable and can be moved forward by 18cm. The seat-back rest angle can also be reclined to a certain degree. A unique touch is the Kodiaq’s power nap package. It includes two pillows, window-mounted sun blinds and two blankets that are neatly bundled into pouches mounted at the back of the front seats. The highlight, though, is the lateral support extensions on the 2nd row headrests. These allow the occupants to hold their head in place if they wish to take a nap. We felt that this novel feature could do with more cushioning. The AC unit has tri-zone climate control. It offers three individual settings for the driver, co-driver and the middle row seat occupants. The middle row gets just two central AC vents and could do with roof- or pillar-mounted vents for better cooling.For Skoda Kodiaq visit Kotra

The last row also does not get AC vents. The seats work for small adults but for someone above 5ft 8inch, you will be sitting with your knees close to your chest. Access to the split last row is also narrow and not as easy as, say, an Innova.Another interesting feature is the hands-free tailgate. Simply wave your foot below the bumper and the tail gate opens. Along with electronic actuation, the tailgate can also be adjusted to open to a certain height for shorter users. The boot light is a small unit that can be removed and used as an LED torch. The boot partition screen also hides below the boot floor for a cleaner look.Boot space is 270 litres with all rows up. With the split rear seat folded flat, boot space rises to 630 litres. With the middle and rear seats dropped down, boot space is a cavernous 2005 litres, enough to swallow a refrigerator.

 Skoda Kodiaq  Performance

Now while we’ve previewed the Kodiaq extensively in the last few months, this is the first time we’re getting to drive it. Getting the specs out of the way first – it will come to India with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine making 180hp and 250Nm, as well as a 2.0-litre TDI diesel making 150hp and 340Nm. There’s also a version of the 2.0 TDI with 190hp and 400Nm, but this one is designed for Euro 6 emissions norms, and so might not make it to India initially, as it would have to be modified to suit our poor fuel quality. There will also be AWD on top variants, and both engines come with either six-speed manuals or seven-speed DSG automatics. Interestingly, the automatics will get priority in the range this time – Skoda India has learnt its lesson from the Yeti, which is still only available as a manual.

The petrol engine first, and it’s everything we’ve come to expect from a TSI motor. It’s smooth and refined and builds up all its power really early on, making it quite enjoyable to drive. For such a large car, it weighs a not-too-shabby 1,695kg, and as a result is able to sprint to 100kph in a claimed 8.0sec. The DSG gearbox too is as impressive as we’ve come to expect, with smooth and quick shifts exactly when they’re meant to happen.The 150hp diesel is impressively refined too, but that also has to do with the Kodiaq itself, which is great at shutting out outside noise. It’s very peppy off the line, sacrificing some top-end oomph in the process, but then with 340Nm on call, you really can’t complain, especially with a claimed 0-100kph time of 8.9sec. Each shift from the seven-speed DSG can be felt a little bit more here than in the petrol, but it’s not to the point of being uncomfortable.

 Skoda Kodiaq  Driving

Well, driving a Skoda is always a pleasure. Be it hatchbacks or sedans or even the Kodiaq SUV. There are some things which bring a smile to your face in the way a Skoda does.Skoda Kodiaq is not an outrightly powerful machine and is aimed towards relaxed driving. It has a high quality ride which gives you more of a sedan feel rather than an SUV.The suspension has some amount of stiffness which is felt at slow speeds, but this helps in the vehicle retaining its composure at high speeds.

There is minimum body roll and pitch and this goes a long way in adding to the ride comfort.The Kodiaq also gets 4X4, hence it is useful for situations when you need to go a bit off-road. That maybe on steep inclines with loose soil or in slushy areas ,which would have some amount of wheel spin. Though not a hardcore off-roader, the Kodiaq will definitely manage to get you out of quite a lot situations. In terms of safety, the Kodiaq comes with nine airbags and of course ABS with EBD is standard. For price details on Skoda Kodiaq check AutoZhop.

 Skoda Kodiaq  Safety

It comes packed with features and equipment, some of which are unique and innovative. For instance, the retractable door protector that juts out of the front door edges each time the door is opened, and hides itself inside when you shut the door. It will help avoid scratching the paint on the doors or hitting the door onto another car in tight spaces. Then there’s the two umbrellas stashed into dedicated pockets on both front doors. Move to the boot, and you have a light that illuminates the area but can be detached and used as a flashlight.

The Kodiaq gets 9 airbags, higher than most premium SUVs, compact luxury SUVs included. It also gets multi-collision braking and a fatigue alert system. In terms of features the Kodiaq gets the same 8-inch capacitive touch display. The infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity. You can also control the infotainment system using Skoda’s boss connect app via your smartphone. The Kodiaq gets 10 colour ambient lighting like the Octavia, while a digital voice enhancement system plays the driver’s voice to occupants via the audio system’s microphone and speakers for better audibility, though the cabin itself feels very quiet.

 Skoda Kodiaq  Price in Hyderabad

Skoda Kodiaq On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 42,00,989 to 43,78,116 for variants Kodiaq Style 4×4 and Kodiaq Laurin Klement 2.0 TDI AT respectively. Skoda Kodiaq is available in 2 variants and 4 colours. Below are details of Skoda Kodiaq variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Kodiaq price in Hyderabad at Cazrprice.

 Skoda Kodiaq  Summing Up

So where does the Kodiaq sit? In terms of size, Hyundai’s Santa Fe would be the Kodiaq’s closest rival. But, its sophisticated and car-like nature would make it an obvious choice for those who have yearned for a Honda CR-V but wanted a diesel option. In terms of pricing, it will be pegged on par with the Skoda Superb, and that means it will crop up on the radar of anyone looking to buy any SUV, from the Tucson to the Endeavour.

Its European design and build quality could tempt entry-level luxury SUV customers who don’t want to sacrifice on the space or the third row of seats. Yes, this Skoda isn’t invigorating to drive, but this large seven-seat SUV it appeals to the head with its car-like manners, easy drivability, roominess and sense of premiumness. The Skoda Kodiaq is sure to be quite sought after when it arrives in India before Diwali in 2017!

 

Land Rover Discovery Sport Review, Features & Specifications

Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a perfect amalgamation of British luxury and off-road capabilities. It happens to be Land Rover’s most affordable SUV and is less expensive and more adventurous than its rivals. Also, the 3rd-row seat give it an edge over competition. The 4-cylinder, 2.0-L diesel engine from the Ingenium family offers an increased power output of 237 bhp, though the base model is still equipped with 134 bhp unit. The Land Rover Discovery Sports price in India has been tagged competitively, which makes it a viable option in the segment.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport Look

Off the bat, you can make out a new grille and front fascia from the Land Rover Discovery Sport test mule. It’s hard to tell exactly how those elements will end up looking when the wraps are taken out, but the lighting fixture, in particular, has two horizontal LEDs sitting at the bottom. The current Discovery Sport doesn’t have those.The grille, for its part, looks more upright, but that could be the wraps playing tricks on us. Check for Car Loan Interest Rate at Fincarz.

Even the lower intakes look different, too. That could be the case, but it could also be the case of the body wrap, once again, doing its best job at misdirecting us.The SUV’s profile looks similar to the current model. That’s expected considering that we’re only dealing with an updated look here. The rear section is interesting, though, because there are no cutouts. We do see what looks to be a pair of exhaust outlets on one side, but it’s really hard to tell given the angles from which some of the photos were taken.

Our resourceful spy sleuths did tell us that the test prototype is a hybrid mode, and that would explain the lack of cutouts in the rear. How’d they figure that out, you ask? Apparently, the Discovery Sport test mule had “hybrid” written on a yellow sticker on the windshield. Go figure.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Comfort

The interior design, fit and finish everything seems to be built with longevity in mind. The car’s interior has been carried over from the diesel, except that it uses a different tachometer because this is a petrol car. The high-set seats and the low dash offer a nice view outside. We especially love how the rotary gear rises when you start the car and then there are those nice-looking air-con dials too. It comes with only a seven-seat configuration with this petrol engine.

While the third-row seats may be good only for kids, it folds flat onto the floor, offering over a 1,000 litres of luggage space. The middle row passengers get seats which are supportive and can be moved fore and aft to maximise legroom or free up knee room for the last row. Space, in general, is good while the large windows along with a panoramic glass roof allow enough light into the cabin.

Land Rover has also given the cabin lots of recesses for small items and thoughtfully equipped it with seven USB charging points, one for each occupant. What you won’t like is the infotainment system which works and feels outdated and should be out of place in a car this expensive. All this said The Discovery Sport is a comfortable SUV with great built quality As expected from a Land Rover .

Land Rover Discovery Sport Gearbox

The Discovery Sport isn’t new but it now gets a petrol engine option. The unit is from the Ingenium family – similar to what was introduced earlier in the Velar (with more power). Earlier this May, Land Rover announced the availability of this new engine in its entry-level SUV, the Discovery Sport and entry-level Range Rover brand, Evoque. It’s a 1997cc, four-cylinder unit with 237bhp of peak power and 340Nm of maximum torque. This is mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and you also get Land Rover’s 4×4 system with pre-programmed off-road modes. For more info on Land Rover Discovery Sport check kotra

With diesel falling out of favour with the authorities due to “environmental” issues, there has been a renewed interest in petrol engines. SUVs and petrol engines have never been considered traditional partners unless when it comes to niche, specially-made performance SUVs. Nevertheless, the Discover Sport is as rugged and conventional as sports utility vehicles get. Still, Land Rover deemed it only logical to offer the petrol option considering there might be some takers.

A 2.0-litre petrol in a two-tonne SUV might sound a bit iffy but this one doesn’t disappoint. The unit may not be the smoothest-sounding engine but you will notice the relatively low levels of clatter and vibration inside the cabin almost immediately. It builds revs easily and the torque comes in early. Despite its size and weight, the Discovery Sport petrol can sprint with ease and you certainly – under most circumstances – will not miss the low-end grunt the diesel offers.

What also helps the cause immensely is the super-smooth nine-speed gearbox. More cogs mean better fuel efficiency and also the option of getting into the most appropriate slot to make the most of the engine power. The gear knob is the dial on the centre tunnel and it – as expected – rises when you switch on the vehicle. The Sport mode holds the revs longer and manages to squeeze out more power and pass it onto the wheels. Land Rover’s capable 4×4 system means there is no dearth of grip under most scenarios – from seriously bad roads to super-smooth and fast corners.

While there is enough mechanical grip (ironically, it comes with rubber called Wrangler!) but then there is no missing the fact that this a full-sized SUV. Building up speed isn’t an issue but use the power with restrain because once in a while, the inherent high centre of gravity will make its presence felt. Pitch and roll can be felt during quick lane changes or sudden steering inputs but the car handles it with grace and the Disco Sport will dance to your tunes rather obediently.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Driving

The Land Rover Discovery Sport review gives a peek into the premium SUV’s on-road performance and passenger comfort. It also delivers increased low-speed agility as well as greater steering precision and enhanced high-speed stability.The suspension is stiff, sharp undulations filter into the cabin. The low-speed ride is a bit firm, but the Disco gains composure as speeds rise. In fact, at high- speeds the handling is safe and predictable rather than sporty. On the flipside, there is a bit of body roll when cornering hard, but it’s not a major concern at any point.

Talking about its Off-road ability it comes with Land Rover’s 4×4 system with pre-programmed off-road modes that alters the Disco’s characteristics to suit a particular terrain (mud, sand, grass, gravel) mated to its 200mm ground clearance .Hence there is no dearth of grip under most scenarios – from seriously bad roads to super-smooth and fast corners.  For more offers on Land Rover Cars in Mumbai check AutoZhop

Land Rover Discovery Sport Safety

The Land Rover Discovery Sport gets disc brakes at both ends. On the safety front, it comes with advanced driver assistance features like- speed limiter, cruise control, lane departure and emergency braking. The Driver Pack comprises traffic sign recognition, driver condition monitor, adaptive speed limiter and blind spot monitor.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Price in Gurgaon

Land Rover Discovery Sport On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 48,74,723 to 60,03,301 for variants Discovery Sport 2.0l Diesel Pure 5 Seats and Discovery Sport 2.0l Diesel HSE Luxury 5 Seats respectively. Land Rover Discovery Sport is available in 2 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Land Rover Discovery Sport variants price in Gurgaon. Check for Discovery Sport price in Gurgaon at Carzprice.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Summing Up

The Discovery Sport, though an entry-level model for Land Rover, is a fine example of how you would want a full-sized SUV to be. It’s unmistakably Land Rover in design, comes with heaps of off-road ability and offers lots of comfort with the added advantage of an extra row of seats. The petrol engine adds a dash of finesse to the overall 4×4 ruggedness. It’s relatively quieter but doesn’t bail out the driver when it comes to offering a supply of power and torque when needed. The gearbox is clever and manages to eke out the best from the engine and works well in tandem with the four-wheel drive system. Typically, ride has gotten a bit choppy and you may want to not drive it like a sedan just to keep things sane and planted inside the cabin. Land Rover claims a 0-100kph time of 7.9 seconds for this car which we have little to doubt and a 12.5kpl fuel efficiency figure under test conditions. During our test cycle, we could garner only around 10.8 on the highway and 9.9 in the city but we will update that after the standard TG fuel test cycle soon. Nevertheless, there is more to like about this motor and considering its capability, it comes across as a cleverer option too.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview & Driving Dynamics

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

The 3rd generation of an absolute icon – the very popular new Maruti Suzuki Swift – India’s most loved hatchback – is here. The new 2018 Swift adds some oomph and also a lot of modernity. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift certainly looks really contemporary straight away. And a lot of that modernity is really coming in from the daytime running lights or DRL. The entire headlamp cluster is well finished. The car’s rear sports taillights that wrap around the fenders and complement the new design up front.

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The two-tone 15″ alloys (only on the ZXi+ or ZDI+) are nicely finished. The new 2018 Swift is 40 mm wider, has a 20 mm longer wheelbase, 58 litres more cargo space in the boot, and yet sits 10 mm shorter than the outgoing car. The orange paintwork on my first test car (ZXi+ petrol manual) is a new shade – Lucent Orange. There’s a new dark midnight blue, dark grey, white, silver, and the trademark solid red. And yes I have that with me too. The Fire red car with me is the ZDi AGS or automatic. That’s a first for Maruti Suzuki – offering petrol and diesel with automatic at the very start on the 2018 Swift. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Design

Clearly, this is a new Swift. Every design detail and shape has been changed. Still, it manages to retain a silhouette that is unmistakable for anything but a Swift. The front end is fairly familiar, as we’ve seen it before on the new Dzire. However, the Swift’s bumper and grille design are a bit different, and it’s missing the chrome elements from its sedan counterpart. And that makes the front of this new hatchback look a bit mundane. The LED headlights with LED DRLs do look great, but unfortunately, they’re only available on the Z+ variant. And the conventional headlights… well, they’re a bit too plain. The familiar Swift elements such as the flared wheel arches are there, but they now feel a bit better integrated into the car’s rounded shape. It does look pretty good from its side profile though, with its blacked out A and B pillars, and semi-blacked out C pillar. That gives it even more of a floating roof effect than before, and the body-coloured part of the C-pillar does have a lovely fin shape to it.

The top-spec Z+ variant also gets the 15” precision-cut alloy wheels, which if we’re being honest, look a bit chintzy. We really do prefer the more conventional look of the 15” alloys from the Z variant. The look at the back is most distinctive though, and that’s where it deviates the most from the Swift of old. The squared tail lights with their C-shaped LED strips look great and have a Mini-esque quality to them. Overall though, this new Swift doesn’t stand out amongst the crowd as much as the original one did – there’s little “wow” factor here. But the overall design is inoffensive and should have a fairly broad appeal.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cabin

The Swift gets an all-black cabin with deep grey inserts on the dashboard and the steering wheel. While the cabin does look sporty and better put together than before, it’s still very much like other Maruti Suzuki cars in terms of the plastic quality and materials used. An important thing to mention here is that the dashboard design now is not a carbon copy of the Dzire. The aircon vents in the middle, for example, are circular in shape in the Swift while they’re trapezoidal in the Dzire. The aircon knobs of the Swift are also circular and different from the ones on its compact sedan sibling. These are also more premium-looking and can be operated without taking eyes off the road. Overall, even though the Swift shares a lot of interior components with the Dzire, it’s now unique in its own ways.

The front seats are very supportive and are cushioned at the right places — around the back, shoulders and the lumbar. The driver’s seat is adjustable for height but the steering is only adjustable for rake. A telescopic steering would have been a welcome addition, especially since taller drivers can take the liberty to stretch their legs further, thanks to more leg space at the front compared to the outgoing model. The view out from the front seat is excellent with the upright A-pillar not hindering side vision at all. Turning the Swift or parking it front-first will be easy for most drivers.

Lack of knee room at the rear was one of the shortcomings of the previous generation Swift and that has been addressed in the new version. Thanks to the new Heartect platform, there’s more space inside the cabin as the wheelbase has improved by 20mm. It is now possible for two adults, at least 5’8”, to sit one behind the other without compromising on rear knee room. The boot space has also improved by 58 litres although the loading lip is inconveniently high. Check for Maruti Suzuki Swift in origo2000

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance

Maruti Suzuki has gone with its tried and tested duo of engines, the 1.2 K12 petrol and the 1.3 DDiS or Fiat-derived diesel multijet. Many of us motoring hacks are going to get hassled about this – and ask why we aren’t getting new engines. This is the 3rd Swift with the same engines! But think about it from the market and the buyers’ point of view and Maruti doesn’t need to bother! Nothing wrong with these engines. They are nice and efficient; peppy and exciting to drive. But it would still have been nice to have new engines! The petrol engine comes across as refined and well tuned, but its character is rather predictable given how well we know it from the old Swift and the Baleno, and the Ignis. I have driven the new Swift in Europe with the 1-litre boosterjet engine and I have to say that the car is an admirable performer. The engine is raring to go and I really wish that we had that as the standard engine here. Having said that the 1.2 certainly delivers the goods. It’s pretty quick, it’s nice and responsive with the manual gearbox, it gives you pretty satisfying performance and is really the pick of the pack for me when it comes to the four drivetrain iterations that we are getting.

Remember that you also get the AGS or the AMT version with the petrol and diesel engines On the petrol you get 82 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. We live in hope as there is an indication from Suzuki Japan that India will get the Swift Sport and also likely the petrol-electric hybrid model. So I do think that between now and 2020 Maruti will keep exciting us with much fun on the petrol Swift. Of course there could be some customisation fun too with the contrast roof and other goodies being considered in the future as well. After all the Swift has been a model that’s traditionally been the most heavily customised by Maruti buyers.

The diesel engine itself is an absolute gem. It certainly does the job, and has ample torque on it – 190 Nm and the power output is 74 bhp. All numbers are completely unchanged from the outgoing model. The diesel manual should have got the 90 bhp tune on the engine in my opinion. It would have created a superb separation between the AMT and manual too. That would also have created some fun and added to the car’s sporty appeal. That said the 74 bhp version is certainly not dull, though the AMT can be. The AMT takes some getting used to and is very convenient to have in city traffic of course. What I would have liked to see of course is Maruti offering the top end also as an option with the AMT. Another miss. The AMT is definitely a lot smoother and changes are quicker than what we have seen on Maruti’s first AGS. The drivetrain feels almost exactly like it does on the new Dzire though and again I feel Maruti should have done more to give the Swift its own character. Check for low interest car loans on Maruti Swift at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Rideing

The original Swift quickly became a hit amongst enthusiasts thanks to its brilliant handling abilities. Its chuckable nature made it a lot of fun to throw around corners, and it was reasonably planted through the turns as well. Sadly, these nippy handling characteristics of the car were watered down in the second generation model, in a bid to make it more “family friendly”. But we’re really glad to say that this new Swift brings back the original’s handling prowess, and then some.

The new Heartec chassis and revised suspension all around have made the Swift a much more able handler than it ever was. You can just throw it into a corner and the car responds with gusto. Turn the steering and the nose rapidly points exactly where you wanted it to. But the bigger surprise here is that no matter how fast you enter a corner, there is absolutely no sign of understeer – the Swift just holds its line. There is no sign of wallowing through the bends either, thanks to the new suspension setup. And even the Bridgestone Ecopia tyres (185/65 R15 on the Z and Z+ variants) do a great job of providing plenty of grip. They do tend to make a bit of squealing noise when you go really hard on the brakes though, but that’s the only real drama they throw your way.

Even on the brakes, the chassis maintains its composure really well, giving you the confidence to drive harder and faster. In our short drive up and down the winding roads at Aamby Valley, the only limiting factor of how fast this Swift could corner was our own ability… and courage.The only slight concern here was the lack of feedback from the steering. It’s a real struggle to figure out what the front wheels are doing – something that has been the scene with the second generation Swift as well. This vague front feel was alleviated a little on the diesel variant, thanks to a bit more weight on the front end. With this Swift, you have to learn to trust the chassis too, but when you do, it really pays off.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

Safety features for the Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 include dual front airbags, ABS along with EBD, Isofix child seat, brake assist and others. The braking duties are handled by the disc brakes towards the front along with the drum brakes towards the rear end.The new Swift will be available in 4 variants – L, V, Z, and Z+. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, front seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters, and Isofix child seat anchors are standard across the variant lineup. AMT will be available in the V and Z variants only. The top Z+ variant of the Swift gets the following features:

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price in Ahmedabad

Maruti Suzuki Swift On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 5,87,557 to 9,60,760 for variants Swift LXI and Swift ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Swift variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Swift price in Ahmedabad at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Round Up

Maruti Suzuki delayed the launch of the Swift in India by bringing in its compact sedan sibling, the Dzire, first, which gave us an idea of what to expect from the third-generation Swift. Being based on the Heartect platform has made it a better dynamic package than before with additional room in the cabin as well. What was always missing on the Swift, an automatic transmission, is also there now.

What was unexpected is how Maruti Suzuki has given the Swift its original sporty character that takes this hatchback off the safe path that Maruti could have chosen to follow. The big question, then, is – is the third-generation Swift better than the one that it replaces? While the Swift has become more practical, it is the additional fun to drive quotient that makes it standout this time around. The new-gen Swift, then, is a package that is more of the same, sensible and exciting.

Mahindra Verito features ,Performance & Test Drive

Mahindra Verito Overview

The newest offering from Mahindra called the Verito is a rebadged model of company’s proven workhorse Logan. With the divorce of Mahindra from Renault, the car has gone under the styling knife of Mahindra and gets a new front grille, less boxy headlamps, revised front and rear bumper, new boot lid design, clear lens tail lamps and new alloy wheels. Apart from new features, the sedan offers a value for money prospective which is a fundamental feature of Mahindra vehicles. The sedan’s ex-showroom (New Delhi) price range varies between Rs.5.27 lakhs to Rs.7.88 lakhs.

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As the competition in the segment growing by day with manufacturers rolling out new compact sedans, Verito comes loaded with features and more practicality. Verito is popular in the taxi market which creates an image problem with the customers which is well addressed by Mahindra this time. Book a test drive for Verito in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Mahindra Verito Exteriors

The Mahindra e-Verito looks fresher than its eight-year-old design would suggest. There is an extra dash of something on the grille that Indians usually like – chrome. It sits atop the bumper. Other parts including the sides and rear are identical to the conventional powered sedan. However, peek closely and you will find the electric Fast Charging port in a fetching silver and blue colour on the left front fender, along with a big blue decal screaming ‘Verito electric’. Similarly, at the rear, there is a green ‘e’ ahead of the Verito badge and an ‘Electric’ motif. Strip the car of the badges and the charging port, and you’re left with a regular Verito.

Mahindra Verito Interiors

Since this is an electric vehicle, there are many changes inside the cabin. This includes the large dial with a brushed aluminium ring surrounding it. There is also a small blue backlit digital unit that shows the mode you’ve selected for driving the car. Flanking it are the State of Charge (SOC) and the efficiency meters – both represented by simple bars. A single-din music system that supports AUX and CDs handles the infotainment part. It isn’t easily visible on the go as it is placed very low. The glovebox is fairly large and illuminated too. Sadly though, the e-Verito lacks modern gadgets that we have so become used to – steering-mounted controls, touchscreen multimedia system, climate control et al. There is also no height-adjustable driver’s seat, electrically adjustable ORVMs or even proper bottle holders in the door.

Mahindra though has retained the USP of the Verito –– comfortable seating for five and a large boot of 510 litres. How isn’t the boot space compromised, given that this is an electric car and the batteries are expected to be at the rear? The Li-ion battery pack is placed right where the petrol/diesel motor used to be, helping retain the boot space from the regular sedan.

Mahindra Verito Gearbox

Mahindra is a master of all when it comes to powering the vehicles. Though Verito is available in both diesel and petrol, but its diesel engine needs a special mention here. The 1.5-litre 4 cylinder diesel engine is pretty frugal and delivers quite an appreciable performance over city roads. It carries an ability to deliver power worth 66PS against a peak torque of 160Nm. The engine’s worth is already proved as it is a regular power source of several other cars like Renault Scala, Nissan Micra, Renault Pulse, Nissan Terrano, Fluence, and several others.

The petrol version on the other hand is powered by a 1.4-litre engine that displaces 1390cc to deliver power worth 76PS against a peak torque of 110Nm. Both these engines mate with a 5-speed manual transmission. All the versions of Mahindra Verito are available with BSIII and BSIV compliant versions of these power mills. The gear ratio is great that is another feather in its cap with respect to city and highway drives. For Mahindra Verito check painpeters.com

The inspiring model Renault Logan has always been known for its high mileage and the legacy is continued by Verito. The car gives similar fuel efficiency like Logan which makes it one of the most appealing sedans in C1 segment. Both petrol and diesel engine of this car have been equipped with SOHC and MPFI systems which play a great role in improving its fuel efficiency. The petrol version of Mahindra Verito delivers mileage of 11.3kmpl on city roads and 15.7kmpl over highways as rated by ARAI. The diesel engine, on the contrary, delivers a mileage of 18kmpl on city roads and 21kmpl over freeways as confirmed by ARAI. The fuel tank of Verito bears a capacity to store fuel worth 50-litres which means the diesel version of the car has a range of 1050kms while the petrol version has of 785kms.

Mahindra Verito Driving

To be honest, I got to drive the e-Verito for only a couple of hours, and because of the aforementioned range anxiety, we didn’t take her far from the confines of Delhi’s smooth tarmac. Not much has changed from the stock Verito in terms of suspension hardware, and the gross weight (kerb weight is 1,200kg) of 1,700kg is only 70kg more than the the standard Verito. As expected, ride quality remains comfortable, but I did feel that the steering felt a little heavier than the standard Verito. Special mention must be made here about the brakes. They were super sharp and had to be only feathered to bring the vehicle to a halt.

Mahindra Verito Safety

Mahindra Verito is loaded with a sound braking system that plays an important role in bringing down car’s speed whenever required. The front end braking is taken care by disc type brakes while rear end is controlled by drum type. The safety aspect of the process is taken care by Anti lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system that helps avoiding car sliding by distributing the brake force equally between all four tyres.

Mahindra Verito is loaded with a sound braking system that plays an important role in bringing down car’s speed whenever required. The front end braking is taken care by disc type brakes while rear end is controlled by drum type. The safety aspect of the process is taken care by Anti lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system that helps avoiding car sliding by distributing the brake force equally between all four tyres. Mahindra

Other measures that Mahindra has added to ensure safety of car’s passengers are central lock, remote door lock, keyless entry, rear & side impact beams, halogen headlights, collapsible steering column, electrical child lock for rear windows, adjustable front and rear seat head restraint, prismatic day/night rear view mirror, and several others. /> Other measures that Mahindra has added to ensure safety of car’s passengers are central lock, remote door lock, keyless entry, rear & side impact beams, halogen headlights, collapsible steering column, electrical child lock for rear windows, adjustable front and rear seat head restraint, prismatic day/night rear view mirror, and several others.

Mahindra Verito Price in Chennai

Mahindra Verito On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 8,37,970 to 9,55,405 for variants Verito D2 and Verito D6 respectively. Mahindra Verito is available in 3 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Verito variants price in Chennai. Check for Verito price in Chennai at Crazprice.

Mahindra Verito Verdict

Mahindra Verito is a perfect option for those looking for a sedan that gives high performance along with appreciable mileage. The car looks pretty good in terms of design, style, and features though may seem a step back as compared to its close rivals. This Verito is aimed to the people who want the sedan experience for a hatch like price. The Verito is well priced that ensures true value for money. The top variant gets all the bells and whistles a premium car can get including the ABS & EBD. The wider wheelbase of the car offers ample space within the car cabin which has been used in quite an economical way. The front as well as rear seats offer plenty of leg, elbow, and shoulder room and carry a grand ability to accommodate five adults without a hitch. Apart from space, comfort features are in ample number and help giving an upmarket look but keeps cabin cozy and comfortable.

Nissan Micra Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Nissan Micra Overview

Nissan Micra 2018 is primarily an updated version of the hatchback, which gets additional comfort and safety features. There are no changes to the exterior and interior styling. It also retains the same mechanical set-up, which means that it continues featuring the same petrol as well as diesel engines. Transmission choices have also been retained. The Nissan Micra variants include XL and XV trims in manual and CVT options. With the addition of new features, the Nissan Micra price in India receives a slight bump. Book a test drive for Nissan Micra in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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Nissan Micra Exterior & Look

The Nissan Micra was a cute-looking hatchback, and now it gets a more aggressive stance, as the new front of the vehicle resembles somewhat the Nissan Juke. We say so, either because it does look similar or the Juke-R is one of our favourites. The front grille gets the V-shaped chrome front grille with new headlamp design, like that of the 370Z. The honeycomb grille and the headlamp design melds well with the redesigned crown hood with prominent strakes. Even the front bumper has been reshaped and so are the fog lamps, which are now triangular in shape.

The silhouette of the Micra remains untouched, however a new design for the alloys has been incorporated. The boomerang has been retained on the roof. The rear too is the same, however it now gets a new set of tail lamps with LED cluster, than the conventional bulb. The changes are minimal and are effective, making the Micra distinguish from its previous styling.

Nissan Micra Interior & Space

Again, the changes on the inside are subtle but noticeable. The centre console has been revamped and it now it’s a piano black finish— which is glossy— and has rectangular air-con vents than the circular. The music system has been changed, and this one gets USB and even Bluetooth connectivity. Reverse parking camera and steering mounted audio controls are other new features.The material of the seats has been changed too and the same material is used on the door pad. Everything else remains untouched. The instrument cluster, the gear knob, the power window switches and even the design of the steering wheel.

The range topping Micra, which is the XV Premium is available only in diesel version and it gets i-Key (keyless entry and push start and stop), electrically folding mirrors, steering mounted audio controls, alloy wheels, ABS, rear parking camera and even Bluetooth connectivity. The Micra is still a feature-rich product and good value for money too.

Nissan Micra Engine & Gearbox

Nissan is offering the Micra with two engine options, first being the HR12DE petrol that is the 75bhp, 1.2-litre three-cylinder mill and the second is the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine. The petrol now comes with a five-speed manual transmission and the second option is the CVT. For Nissan Micra check ieso2013.in  

We had always loved the petrol engine of the Micra as it was highly refined, and even the power delivery is linear. It never felt like a three-pot mill ever and has been amazing when it comes to the driving characteristics of the vehicle. This petrol engine now comes with a CVT box option that makes it effortless for those who drive within in the city. This is the same XTronic technology that we had witnessed in the Sunny too. With no gears, the shifts are smooth. However, the lag is felt when you floor the throttle. The general characteristic of the CVT box is to rev close to the redline when given the beans. The mileage for the Micra CVT hasn’t been released officially by ARAI, but Nissan is confident of the figure being above 19, exceeding the fuel efficiency of the manual transmission under the ARAI test cycle.

The diesel engine on the Micra is the same K9K that churns about 64bhp of power. This diesel is loud on the outside, however the insulation on the inside makes it quiet, as no engine sound intrudes into the cabin. The power delivery is linear like any petrol car and there is no sign of any turbo lag. This engine doesn’t have outright performance, but are brilliant drivability. Lug it into a higher cog, and it will potter around in city traffic and overtake with ease. The engine shows no sign of struggle at low crank speed. Only drawback in this powertrain is the gear box. The shifts on this box are a tad rubbery.

Nissan Micra Driving Dynamics

The steering is light and easy to use, especially in the cut and thrust of Mumbai’s unruly traffic. At the same time, it’s quite accurate, making the Micra a good handler. The decent dynamics are also evident in how willing the car is to being chucked around corners. Yes, the suspension is soft and this leads to a bit of body roll, but nothing that will take away from the driver’s confidence. Also, the soft suspension setup allows the Nissan to manoeuvre broken roads efficiently and quietly. Aside from its good urban manners, the Micra does pretty well on the highway too, owing in part to the strong responses from the petrol motor as you pile on the revs, and in part to the good straightline stability. What takes away from the otherwise decent driving experience are the weedy tyres. They don’t afford much grip and will prevent you from being adventurous in this car.

Nissan Micra Braking & Safety

The new Nissan Micra features ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum units at the back. Safety features on the Nissan Micra 2018 include standard dual frontal airbags, driver’s seat belt warning indicator, standard rear parking sensors and speed warning. In terms of features, even this middle-trim car is well specced. There are useful features like keyless go, which is extremely handy when you need to get in, but have your hands full. The Bluetooth audio system works well, but there aren’t any steering-mounted controls. Of note is that on this mid-level car, the horn extends to the sides of the wheel and this allows for seamless driving (this feature isn’t available on higher trims).

Nissan Micra Cost in Chennai

Nissan Micra On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 7,06,248 to 15,97,363 for variants Micra XL CVT and Micra DCI XL Comfort respectively. Nissan Micra is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Nissan Micra variants price in Chennai. Checkfor Micra Price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Nissan Micra Verdict

The tweaks to 2018 Nissan Micra are strictly restricted to features update. While the dual airbags are now standard across the range, the ABS and EBD are missing in the base trim. Overall, it is now a better package than before.Micra gets some prominent changes and upgrades too. The added bells and whistles are now becoming the must-have features in sedan and we believe these features will soon trickle down into the hatchback segment. We expect a minor hike in the price with these new added brownies and the CVT will be about Rs 50,000 more than the Micra petrol manual.