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Ford Figo Aspire Hatchback First Look Review

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Ford Figo Aspire Overview

Though the popularity of SUVs is reigning over the demand for sedans globally, there’s one particular segment of these three-box style vehicle that refuses to go down. I am talking about the sub-compact, under-4-meter sedan segment, of which India is the birthplace. Propelled by the tax rebates, this segment had and still has all the major car manufacturers gunning for it. As a result of this, we now have up to 6 models of different makes competing with each other in order to grab the biggest slice of the pie.

However, just like other budget segments, it is Maruti Suzuki that currently has the biggest portion in its plate. That said, there are customers with different requirements in the market and hence multiple options exist. One such interesting option is the Ford Aspire. The 2018 Ford Aspire has recently joined Express Drives’ long term fleet. This car is a perfect example of what you would call as an underdog.

Based on the Figo hatchback, the Aspire received its mid-life facelift last year wherein we saw it getting a minor exterior makeover, some additional features and an all-new petrol engine option. It is this very derivative, with the manual gearbox, that we will we evaluating over the course of time across varied parameters.

Ford Figo Aspire Exteriors

The original Ford Aspire (available only in America) from the 1990s was essentially a basic stripped out car for the entry level buyer and it looked like one. This new namesake thankfully does not. In fact, the new Aspire is one of the more handsome looking cars in its class especially when viewed from the front. With its large ‘Aston Martin’ inspired grille festooned in chrome in typical Ford design language. The large headlamps are not as well detailed as we would have like them to be but aren’t bad looking either. That said, although not immediately evident too, is the fact that the lower half of the front bumper does look a little abrupt and stubby which might not appeal to few. Although we expected a daytime running light option, there isn’t one and neither is there a projector headlamp setup, which is a bit of a disappointment.

The side profile of the Ford Figo Aspire is nicely sculpted and makes the most use of a well defined waistline to break up the mass of the car. The slightly flared wheel arches too look right in place.In fact, the Aspire is a genuinely well designed car that looks like it was intended to take the form that is currently is in as compared to some of the other cars in the category that look like a cut and paste job.The simple and elegant design continues around the back with considerably flat and yet well layered bootlid and bumper combination. The large chrome strip on the boot though will certainly attract the typical Indian customer. That said, the rear end does look a tad bit too plain-jane and could have certainly been tarted up a little bit more. The wheels, a set of 14-inch alloy wheels too look inspired from the older Fiesta sedan and are not as exciting as some of Ford’s other products.

Ford Figo Aspire Interiors

The Ford Figo Aspire gets a dashboard that follows Ford’s recent design philosophy to the T. The Aspire gets a prominent V design dashboard that houses an infotainment screen and an array of buttons which control the phone and media controls.Essentially, the insides of the Ford Aspire looks very similar to the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Ford Fiesta. We also like the well sculpted steering wheel and instrument cluster binnacles.We particularly like the actual speedometer and tachometer console too which is both clear to read and displays all relevant information.Check for Ford Figo Aspire price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Space

Where the Figo Aspire does score extremely high is when it comes to storage spaces….of which there are 20 of them! In fact, there was clearly a lot of thought that was put into general storage options for this new car.Our favorite is a small cubbyhole on the side of your dashboard that you could put your phone in if you decide to leave it behind in your car. Talking about storage spaces, the large 359 litre boot and the huge glovebox which incidentally is large enough to fit a laptop into.Just like its bigger brother, the Aspire has a set of comfortable and yet sporty front seats that offer a good level of comfort.

We particularly like how the seats offer a good overall level of lumbar support which could be really helpful while traversing long distances.The rear seats in particular are the some of the best in its class and offer a considerable amount of space mainly due to the well sculpted front seats. Shoulder room and head room too is great considering this is still a sub 4-meter Sedan! And not to forget, the top of the line Ford Figo Aspire does come with a beige leather interior option which is a first in class feature.

Features

The Ford Figo Aspire as expected comes loaded with all the possible gadgets that one might expect from a car in this category and then some. You obviously get Bluetooth telephony, an integrated audio infotainment system with phone controls and steering mounted audio controls. You also get a height adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat along with electronically adjustable outside rear view mirrors with an electric folding option.

Equipment

Ford has also taken an interesting approach to a smartphone mounting dock and integrated it well into the central dashboard architecture. You also get what Ford calls a MyKey which is essentially is like a central control over system settings like the speed limiter, seatbelt reminder and the infotainment volume limiter. The Ford Figo Aspire also comes with an automatic climate control and Ford’s SYNC applink that integrates your smart phone or tablet with the infotainment system. What really does impress us the most though are the safety features that the Ford Figo Aspire comes with. All versions of the Aspire come standard with ABS and two airbags. The top of the line Aspire on the other hand comes with a staggering six airbags which is a first for a car in this segment. The Figo also comes with additional features like hill start control, which too is a first in its class.

Ford Figo Aspire Performance

In an age of turbocharged engines, Ford still believes in naturally aspirated motors and the 1.2-litre engine is a clear example. It churns out 95 bhp and there’s 120 Nm of torque on offer. It’s great to drive because it’s got a strong mid- range so there’s good enough power at your disposal. In fact you don’t have to shift down all the time in order to overtake a slow moving vehicle. The petrol is mated to a new 5-speed manual unit that fits the bill. Gear shift action is well weighed and the gear lever slots into its place. The clutch is lighter than before, making it easier to drive even in stop/start traffic conditions. Even if you want to stretch the legs of this one and keep climbing on the speedometer, it’s very happy to do that.To know more details on Ford Figo Aspire check Aryavarta

High speed stability is commendable and there was no vibration on the steering wheel. There’s a bit of tyre noise and engine noise as the revs build but not too harsh to disturb the peace of the cabin.The petrol motor returns a fuel economy of 20.4 kmpl and that’s pretty impressive too. There’s also an automatic on offer but that’s with the more powerful 1.5 litre petrol motor. But sadly, we didn’t get to drive this one. The engine churns out 121 bhp and we really wish Ford brings this engine with a manual gear box. So an ‘Aspire S’, maybe?

There’s a diesel motor as well the tried and tested 1.5 litre. And I say tried and tested, because this motor does duty on the Figo, Ecosport, Freestyle and even the previous Aspire. It still makes 99 bhp and there’s 215 newton metres of torque. That torque kicks in pretty early too somewhere around 1800 rpm and so once you get past the initial lag it’s all smooth sailing. The response to the throttle input is fairly good and mid-range is extremely strong. The 5-speed gearbox slots in well and the clutch has always been light on this one. Sadly there is no automatic on offer on the diesel. Now the petrol might be great as a city car, the diesel will do well both on the highway and in the urban conditions and fuel economy is impressive too; 26 kilometres to the litre!

Ford Figo Aspire Driving

If that figure impressed you, the ride quality will too. The suspension on the Aspire facelift is very city biased and does well to handle the potholes and the speed bumps that you’d encounter. It’s only when you turn into a corner that you realise that this is very unlike a Ford because the suspension compresses to the limit and starts getting rigid; something rarely encountered on a Ford car. So, it’s not an enthusiast’s car because the steering feel lacks any emotion and you don’t feel involved as a driver. It does what it’s meant to do. It’s direct, precise, light and a treat to manoeuvre in and around the city and Ford has stuck to the brief of making a car that provides good space, has a long feature list and of course is low on cost when it comes to maintenance.

Ford Figo Aspire Safety

The Ford Aspire 2018 features standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and seatbelt reminder for the driver and front passenger. The top-spec trim gets six airbags, emergency assistance, and the AT trim features hill launch assist, ESP and traction control system.

Ford Figo Aspire Cost in Bangalore

Ford Figo Aspire On Road Price is 6,56,157/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,47,361/- in Bangalore. Ford Figo Aspire comes in 7 colours, namely Deep Impact Blue,Smoke Grey,Sparkling Gold,Tuxedo Black,Ruby Red,Oxford White,Ingot Silver. Ford Figo Aspire comes with FWD with 1196 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 87 bhp@6300 rpm and Peak Torque 112 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Ford Figo Aspire comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Ford Figo Aspire Conclusion

On the whole, the Ford Figo Aspire is a very good proposition. It isn’t run of the mill like its competition and certainly offers an angle of fun and excitement that some cars in the segment. It looks handsome, has well made interiors and drives well too. And on top of that it, it does have a set of features that not many other cars in India have.And did we mention how safe it is? All in all, as a culminated package, the Aspire might just have what it takes to repeat for Ford what the Ecosport did a few years ago. In our opinion, the Ford Figo Aspire is certainly a car to consider if you looking to buy a sub 4-meter compact sedan in the near future.

Skoda Rapid Facelift Review & Test Drive

Skoda Rapid Test Drive in Pune

Skoda Rapid Overview

Isn’t it nice to see how some automobile companies are getting technologies from high-end car models and planting these into sub-R10 lakh models? Last year we saw a few such cars and, of these, two were from Volkswagen—Polo GT TSI and Vento TSI. Both these models were powered by Volkswagen’s TSI engines—which are compact, powerful and use less fuel when compared to bigger, normally-aspirated engines—and both these models were equipped with the company’s direct-shift gearbox, called the DSG.

But then if Volkswagen gives its cars such technologies, can Skoda be far behind? After all, both are siblings. Last month Skoda launched its new Rapid, powered by the new 1.5 TDI engine and, of course, the DSG gearbox.

First, what is a DSG gearbox? It is a direct-shift gearbox which houses two clutches with two drive shafts. Clutch 1 engages 1st, 3rd, 5th and reverse gears, while clutch 2 engages 2nd, 4th and 6th gears. When a gear change is made, the next gear is already pre-selected but not yet engaged. It takes just three to four hundredths of a second for one clutch to engage while the other is released. The gear change is not noticeable to the driver and is achieved without any interruption in the power flow.

Skoda Rapid Design

Like the Octavia, the Skoda Rapid has also been an underrated car and we strongly believe that the Czech based car manufacturer should have introduced this facelift at least a year ago, but well, better late than never. The updated Rapid now gets a new front look which is more in line with Skoda’s family design that we have seen on the Octavia, Superb and the recently unveiled Kodiak. The face gets a new grille, which is surrounded by a chrome accent piece and angular headlamps ensuring the aggressive look that designers at Skoda intended.

The new sharper bumper that gets a large honeycomb air intake compliments it and fog lamps on either side. The rear of the car also gets some minor changes. These include a revised bumper and addition of chrome strip on the boot lid, which feels just a bit overdone and reminds one of the Vento. It also gets redesigned alloy wheels, a boot-lip spoiler and re-profiled tail-lamps. The top-end variant of the car also gets LED daytime running lights as a part of the dual barrel headlamp. Although the side profile has remained almost unchanged, the overall design does make the car look younger and fresher.

Skoda Rapid Cabin

The dashboard is identical to the earlier Rapid’s, which in turn is shared with the VW Vento. The dash design is restrained, but everything is where you expect it to be. Taking centre stage is a new large and reasonably crisp 6.5-inch touchscreen that comes with USB, AUX and Bluetooth support as well as MirrorLink connectivity. Other new equipment include rain-sensing wipers and electronically-folding exterior mirrors, which help bridge the gap between the Rapid and better-equipped rivals. Skoda’s trademark ‘clever features’ are manifest in the form of a cardholder clip in the centre console to hold all your toll passes and the likes.View offers on Skoda Rapid in Bangalore at Autozhop

Other notable equipment include a tilt-and-telescopic steering adjust, automatically-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, cooled glovebox, climate control, rear AC vent, one-touch power windows and remote-controlled opening and closing of windows. Certain features are prominently missing, though, such as a rear camera and an engine start/stop button.

The Rapid is reasonably comfortable to sit in. The front seats are generally comfortable, with side-bolstering to hold you in place, and a large-enough seat cushion to support your thighs. Their lumbar section, however, feels a bit hollow and might irk you on longer drives. The rear seats are firm and supportive, offering adequate thigh support and legroom and good amounts of knee room; you won’t get the same sense of space as rivals like the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, though. Frontal visibility for rear passengers is also not the best on account of the large front seats. However, the provision of a front, as well as rear armrest, is appreciated.

The Rapid’s 460-litre boot is not the roomiest in its segment, and the protruding wheel arches make it less-than-ideally shaped. However, the loading lip is wide and low, offering easy access. The lack of a boot-open button on the boot itself is slightly annoying – a little button inside the driver’s door needs to be yanked every time the boot has to be opened, though it is nice that the spring-loaded lid opens fully.

Skoda Rapid Engine

While the Rapid also gets the 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine, we drove the new 1.5-litre TDI diesel equipped with the DSG. (Both engines produce a maximum power of about 105 bhp.) First, the NVH levels are so good that once you shut the doors of the car, the diesel engine clatter almost disappears. The best thing about the new engine is its turbocharger—as soon as the engine reaches 1800-2000rpm, the turbocharger kicks in and provides a massive boost to the car. In fact, the effect is such that you feel everything around you is being fast-forwarded.To know more information on Skoda Rapid  check Kmindia

The DSG, expectedly, shifts gears at the speed of thought. While driving the Rapid within city limits is quite convenient—it’s got a tight turning radius and ample ground clearance—it is on the highway that the car shows what it is capable of. Find a smooth road, shift into the Sport mode, floor the accelerator, and the Rapid will leave many other mid-size sedans behind. It’s not that this performance comes at the cost of fuel-efficiency. The claimed mileage of the Rapid diesel is 21.14 kmpl for the manual and 21.66 kmpl for the DSG.

Skoda Rapid Riding

The Rapid’s suspension set-up is unchanged from before, which is not a bad thing at all. The low-speed ride is sufficiently absorbent, and only the largest of potholes thumps through to the cabin. As you speed up, you notice that the very softness of the suspension that makes it absorbent also makes the car bob slightly on undulating roads, but never to a point that it feels uncomfortable. Stability, on the whole, is quite good, making the Rapid an acceptable highway cruiser.The Rapid scores well in terms of handling too. While the steering does not offer too much feedback, it is light and accurate, rendering the car amply suitable for city driving. However, around corners, it does not feel tight or agile, and as such, isn’t a car that you will confidently swing into bends.

Skoda Rapid Safety

The new Skoda Rapid gets disc brakes with inner cooling, with single/piston floating caliper at the front, while drum brakes are at the helm of affairs at the rear. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and dual airbags are offered as standard safety features across the entire variant lineup. In addition, several sophsticated safety features, such as Electronic Stability Control, Hill Hold Control, Parktonic Rear Parking Sensors, automatically-dimming rear view mirror, etc., are on offer with the top-end grades.Apply car loan for Skoda Rapid at Fincarz.

Skoda Rapid Price in Bangalore

Skoda Rapid On Road Price is 9,82,273/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,99,599/- in Bangalore. Skoda Rapid comes in 1 colours, namely Candy White. Skoda Rapid comes with FWD with 1598 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 103 bhp@5200-5250 rpm and Peak Torque 153 Nm@3750-3800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Skoda Rapid comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Skoda Rapid Verdict

Skoda has been making decent cars right from the beginning, and Rapid has been one of the company’s best-seller in India due to its exquisite appearance, premium cabin and power-packed performance. The Skoda Rapid 2017 price is also aggressive, with a lot more features added. However, the company needs to work heavily on the after-sale department as it is where Skoda is crippled. The non-availability and expensiveness of spare parts is a major issue that Skoda needs to address as early as possible, if it intends to consolidate its position in the Indian market and retail higher volumes.

Honda Jazz Hatchback First Look Review

Honda Jazz Test Drive in Pune

Honda Jazz Overview

The 2018 Honda Jazz facelift has arrived, and unlike the usual MMC or minor model change (that takes place halfway through a car’s generational lifespan), this one is just an update. Oh that is not me but Honda Car India saying that! So showing up to drive it, I had very limited expectations. Now the Honda Jazz was always a capable and well-appointed premium hatchback, though we have argued about how it could have been better in dynamic terms – and on some equipment. And well, it would have been great to have the Jazz come to us in the RS variant with a 1.5-litre heart. But that has sadly not transpired. So while the dynamics have not got that booster I’d have liked, the equipment certainly has. And to qualify as a facelift there is some tweaking on the exterior too.

Honda Jazz Exterior & Style

Stare all you want at the front fascia of the new Jazz and it will still be unlikely that you will see something that you haven’t seen before. No DRLs or even projector lamps for this update. From the front, the 2018 Honda Jazz still looks almost identical, although you start to see the visual cues once you start moving to the rear following the flanks. The first difference you’ll notice is the fact that chrome door handles with keyless ingress button have now been integrated, although this change is limited to the top-trim diesel and the petrol CVT. View offers on Honda Jazz in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

However, if you really want to tell the Jazz apart from the outgoing model, look to the tail-lamps. The 2018 Honda Jazz gets a full new set of LED tail-lamps that now flow better from the pillar to the tail-piece making it much more appealing to look at. In order to give it a better outline, the new tail-lamp also has a tubular LED that runs from the top to the bottom in the new 2018 Honda Jazz.

Honda Jazz Interior & Space

The new Jazz’s paint job is excellent and it now has a signature orange body colour. We personally liked the Carnelion Red that also sits so well on the Honda City. 15-inch alloys fill out the wheel arches well. Luggage capacity is 354 litres and can be expanded by folding down rear seats. The rear seats backrest can also be inclined by about 5 degrees to allow back-benchers a more relaxed seating position. Six-footers will find that the roof is also tall enough to give them comfy accommodation unlike a few other hatches.

The cabin is a big change in fit and finish quality and the quality of materials used. This looks so much like the Honda quality we have come to expect. A driver-oriented layout for the dashboard, a digital instrument cluster with changing LED prompters to tell you if you are driving economically and a central infotainment system with an option of a larger touchscreen system are the highlights. Steering mounted controls, a touchscreen climate control system and more premium trim elements on the dash are available in higher trim variants. The theme of the cabin is black and grey with two different seat trims.To know more information on Honda Jazz  visit Kmindia

The amount of legroom at the rear is the big surprise element in the new Jazz’s cabin. Much of the additional wheelbase has been leveraged to increase kneeroom. The fuel tank profile has also been reduced to ensure that cabin’s floor is flatter allowing for an increase in the track for seat adjustment.

Honda Jazz Engine & Transmission

The new Jazz is being offered with a petrol and a diesel engine option. The petrol engine is the 1.2-litre i-VTEC generating 90PS of peak power and 110Nm of peak torque. This engine is paired with either the 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT (continuously variable transmission) gearbox. The engine is the predictably refined petrol powertrain from Honda with the manual gearbox offering slick, short shifts. The CVT is as much a delight use, thanks to the steering-mounted paddle shifters that are being offered by Honda, finally. So, even if you find the eco-conscious CVT a bit too slow to kick down and help you with the overtake manoeuvre, you can now take control, blip the paddles and go down the gears and go on.

The diesel engine on offer is the 1.5-litre i-DTEC in the same state of tune and with the same 6-speed manual gearbox as is currently on offer in the Honda City. Generating 100PS of peak power and 200Nm of peak torque, this engine is quite a gem in terms of how tractable it is and the amount of low end torque available from as low as 1,400rpm makes it very useable in city driving conditions. It was a bit noisy in the City’s cabin and it continues to be so in the Jazz too. But the clatter of the diesel engine and general noise levels are very much tolerable at low rpms. It is only past the 2,500 rpm levels that the noise starts intruding.

Both the engines offer adequate power and torque, the lag in delivery is there, but is fairly short before the car pulls ahead clean. Gear stick shift quality is great, though a bit prominent and ‘notchy’.

Honda Jazz Ride & Handling

The Jazz’s ride quality is also a good balance of stiffness and accommodation. The rains had started in Goa and there were patches of rough road in places, though overall this tourist-friendly city’s roads are always clean. There is almost no body roll and the Jazz steering also felt quite precise for a car in this class. We would have liked a wider tyre, but with the car still focused on delivering good mileage this would have been a problem.

Honda Jazz Safety & Security

Braking power on the hatchback is derived from front disc and rear drum brakes. As for safety, features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensor, speed-sensing auto door lock and day/night inside rear view mirror are standard across line-up.

Honda Jazz Price in Ahmedabad

Honda Jazz On Road Price is 8,10,142/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,41,500/- in Ahmedabad. Honda Jazz comes in 6 colours, namely Sunset Orange,Golden Brown Metallic,Urban Titanium Metallic,Taffeta White,Carnelian Red Pearl,Alabaster Silver Metallic. Honda Jazz comes with FWD with 1199 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 89 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 110 Nm@4800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Honda Jazz comes with Manual Transmission with FWD..Check car loan for Honda Jazz at Fincarz.

Honda Jazz Vedict

The Jazz is finally looking super promising with its build quality and overall appeal. Honda officials claim that they are absolutely sure that they will be pricing this new model aggressively thanks to localisation. We will wait to see if they keep their promise.

Land Rover Discovery Sport First Drive Review

Land Rover Discovery Sport Test Drive in Hyderabad

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.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Design

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport images show its stylish exterior. A series of unique aesthetics add to the SUV’s sporty cues and muscular stance. At front, it gets a sleek grille, redesigned bumper, and premium LED automatic headlights with LED DRLs. The Dynamic design pack is exclusive on HSE Luxury and the exterior advancements comprise a chrome Tailpipe Finisher, Body Styling Kit, Black Pack with Unique Black Grille and also the Red ‘Sport’ badge and a distinct Black Rear License Plate Plinth.View offers on Land Rover Discovery Sport in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Cabin

The interior has been more extensively revamped and Land Rover’s latest infotainment and technology systems have been adopted. The firm’s Touch Pro infotainment system, which features a 10.25-inch touchscreen and is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is standard. A lower interface, which incorporates controls for the heating and ventilation systems and Terrain Response, is offered as an option. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is also available, along with a colour head-up display. An optional wireless smartphone charger is offered, as are up to eight USB ports. Passengers in the second row of seats also gain AC controls.

The Discovery Sport’s driver assistance technology has been upgraded, too. New features include the ClearSight Ground View system originally introduced on the Evoque. This ‘invisible bonnet’ concept uses cameras in the front grille and door mirrors to project a feed onto the central screen showing what is underneath the vehicle, to aid manoeuvring in tight city streets or off road.

Accompanying this, is a new ‘smart rear-view mirror’, which works as a normal mirror but on request will use an HD screen to display the feed from a rear-facing camera with a 50deg field of vision. Land Rover says this will ensure better rear visibility when the car is full and in low-light conditions. Among the other driver assistance features are front and rear parking aids, a rear camera, autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist. A number of packs offer extra options.

Land Rover has also worked to increase the Discovery Sport’s practicality and comfort by adding a new 40/20/40 split in the second row of seating that, the firm says, offers up to 24 seat combinations. There’s leg room of up to 968mm in the second row and 655mm in the third. There has also been a focus on increasing storage in the cabin and Land Rover claims the central cubby and redesigned door bins offers 48 litres of storage, a 25 percent increase on the previous model’s. In five-seat form, the boot capacity to the roofline is 1,179 litres – up from 981 in the outgoing Discovery Sport – rising to 1,794 litres with the rear seats folded. The firm has also increased the fuel tank capacity from 54 to 65 litres.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Engine

The 2-litre Ingenium diesel motor truly is a gem. It is very refined, and at idle I could barely feel any vibrations creeping in. Step on the throttle though and you do hear some engine noise, but it’s well within what’s acceptable.This engine is available in two states of tune, depending on the variant. The one on the test is the HSE trim (7-seater) and its motor produces 150PS (180PS in the HSE Luxury trim) and 382Nm of torque that peaks at 1,750rpm. Now 150PS may not sound like much, but it’s the way the power is delivered that makes it so impressive.

The 9-speed gearbox has well-spaced ratios and you’ll find the engine revving at a relaxed 1,500rpm while cruising at 105kmph. That said, the gearbox is a tad slow to respond when you go pedal to the metal. This is also the case while driving in Sports mode or using the paddle shifts to go up or down the gears. We recorded a 0-100kmph time of 12.1 seconds which is decent for this size of an SUV. The lower state of tune and 9-speed gearbox also make it frugal at the pumps. It delivered 11.1kmpl in the city and 15.4kmpl on the highway.

Coming to the fuel economy, the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport mileage is rated at a decent 10.68 km/h. One must note that the real-time figure may vary as compared to the claimed mileage.To know more info on Land Rover Discovery Sport check Kmindia

Land Rover Discovery Sport Riding

The Discovery Sport’s suspension set-up offers a great blend of ride and handling. Driving over Mumbai’s monsoon ravaged roads, I barely lifted off the throttle, as the suspension went about ironing out every pothole and bump. On the flipside, there is a bit of body roll when cornering hard, but it’s not unnerving at any point. In fact, the quick steering and the grip levels from the Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season tyres instil a lot of confidence, in case you get enthusiastic.

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 Bangalore

Land Rover Discovery Sport On Road Price is 56,05,438/- and Ex-showroom Price is 44,67,099/- in Bangalore. Land Rover Discovery Sport comes in 6 colours, namely Santorini Black,Firenze Red,Scotia Grey,grey,Loire Blue,Indus Silver. Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with AWD with 1999 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 148 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 382 Nm@1750-2250 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 10.3 seconds . Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .

Land Rover Discovery Sport Verdict

The Discovery Sport still feels more hardy than sporty and lacks sophistication that its rivals offer. However, if a seven-seat SUV with Land Rover DNA is what you’re looking for, the petrol Discovery Sport fits the bill over the diesels. That’s because at Rs 58 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it’s just a bit costlier than the 150hp diesel seven-seat HSE (Rs 56.82 lakh), but importantly, a good Rs 6 lakh cheaper than the fully loaded 190hp diesel. Also, it’s the better performer, it’s nicer to drive, is more refined, and with the uncertainty looming over big diesel-engined cars, it’s also the safer option.

Mercedes Benz GLS Class Review & First Drive

Mercedes Benz Gls Test Drive in Chennai

Mercedes Benz GLS Class Overview

The Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition has been launched. Known as the S-Class of SUVs, the GLS is priced at INR 86.90 Lakhs (Ex-showroom India). There are two versions, priced identically. The GLS 350 d comes with a 3.0-litre, V6 diesel engine producing 258bhp of power and 620 Nm of peak torque. The GLS 400 features a V6 petrol engine that delivers 333 bhp and 480 Nm of torque. With the GLS Grand Edition, Mercedes-Benz continues to raise the bar and offer best in class performance, premium luxury, cutting edge technology, and plush interiors, which are inspired by the flagship luxury sedan–the S-Class.

Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes- Benz India said, “The GLS popularly referred to as the ‘S-Class of SUVs’, boasts of unparalleled levels of luxury combined with impressive comfort, agile dynamics and also best-in-class safety. Put to everyday use or venturing off the beaten track, the GLS never disappoints and effortlessly meets all requirements. Indians have a penchant for SUVs and this has pushed India to emerge as the Top 6 markets globally for the GLS, reiterating the vehicles unmatched popularity. We are extremely confident that the ‘GLS Grand Edition’ will continue to remain at the top of customer preference creating new benchmark. Mercedes-Benz India will keep striving to push the boundaries in the luxury automotive segment by driving innovation and excellence not only in our wide product line-up, but also in our customer service offerings and the overall vehicle ownership. View offers on Mercedes Benz GLS Class in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Mercedes Benz GLS Class Exteriors

The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a full sized super-luxury SUV that follows the same design silhouette like the rest of the German car maker’s models. Earlier, the ML-Class was replaced with the GLE nomenclature and now thw GL has been replaced with the GLS. But, this is not just a badge change but a lot of other improvements and adaptive-ness to suit Indian road conditions. The most obvious change is at the front with the GLS getting a new face. The highlight is the full-LED, adaptive headlights that look like the ones on the S-Class. Other changes include a more rounded, muscular twin-slat grille; as also a redesigned bumper and hood that add more oomph to the SUV’s personality. Changes at the rear are limited to a revised bumper and full-LED tail lights which look similar to the older GL from a distance.

The GLS looks a lot more appealing. It’s a design that will make you soak in the details – though it is more muscular and well-balanced, exactly the way a big and brawny SUV. . At over five metres, the GLS is one of the biggest SUVs in the country, and is longer and wider than a lot of other full-sized luxury ones. The large exterior dimensions translate to acres of space inside, and the GLS is one of the largest SUVs, with genuine space for seven adults.

Mercedes Benz GLS Class Interiors

The large exterior dimensions translate to acres of space inside, and the GLS is one of the largest SUVs, with genuine space for seven adults. The third row offers enough space to seat two people, though getting in is a bit of a task as the second row seats do not slide forward and can only be tumbled. However, the second row is the place to be with its kind of legroom, headroom, kneeroom and, of course, comfort. The rich feel from the plush leather seats adds to the luxurious experience of being wrapped in the back seat. The best seat for the target audience.

Front seats also offer great comfort, allowing you to sink into its the comfort offering excellent under-thigh support. The commanding stance of the SUV also adds to the character of sitting in the front seat. The design of the dashboard is rather dated and has the typical Mercedes-Benz layout but there is nothing to complain about. Top-notch quality is witneessed right from the fit and finsh and the feel of the buttons.

Steering wheel and revised instrument cluster is the first thing you will notice. Display for the latest generation COMAND system is an 8-inch unit that sits on top of the dashboard. The COMAND system comes with Apple CarPlay that is a boon for iPhone users. The ambience inside is courtesy to the mood lighting and one can choose from three colours and five variable adjustments. Features like a large panoramic sunroof, temprature controlled cup holders and electric fold for the third row seats are also on offer. The infotainment screen also doubles up as display for the 360-degree camera which makes parking or maneuvering this massive SUV in tight spots extremely easy.

Mercedes Benz GLS Class Engine

The Mercedes GLS is offered in only one guise – the GLS350d. It is the same 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that was offered on the previous version too. The oil-burner pumps out 258 HP of power and 620 Nm of torque but what has changed is the fact that the engine is now coupled to a new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission instead of the earlier 7-speed unit. The brute touches 100 km/hr from standstill in 8.3 seconds which is quick enough for an SUV of this size. To know more info on Mercedes Benz GLS Class check Kmindia

The engine has good enough grunt for regular driving but the oil-burner itself sounds a bit coarse and feels rough at higher RPMs. Torque delivery at lower RPMs is good while the mid range also has a pretty good power band. The GLS never feels out of steam and even if you want to push the vehicle, the SUV won’t disappoint at all. You get the usual driving modes like Eco, Comfort, Individual and Sport. In Sport mode, the SUV moves with much more urgency and even the steering and suspension feel tightened up.

Talking about the new gearbox, it certainly is very smooth and decently quick in shifting cogs. Gear shifts happen a notch above the 1500 RPM mark under normal driving conditions. In city conditions, sometimes the transmission feels confused while choosing the correct cog. It even makes the GLS a very good cruiser with 100 km/hr coming up at 1400 RPM in top gear. We managed to extract a fuel efficiency figure of 8-9 km/l under mixed driving conditions.

Mercedes Benz GLS Class Driving

The DYNAMIC Select lets you choose vehicle settings depending on the terrain you are driving on namely Individual, Sport, Comfort, Slippery and Off-road with each mode having its own characteristics with regards to steering inputs, suspension and engine responses. Ride quality on the GLS is impeccable and the mammoth SUV can soak in pot holes with utter ease. That said, there is a considerable feel of large speed breakers. Apply car loan for Mercedes Benz GLS Class at Fincarz.

Mercedes Benz GLS Class Safety

The GLS comes with a plethora of safety features such as Adaptive High Beam Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist, PRE-Safe, 8 airbags, Downhill Speed Regulation, 360-degree camera parking package, etc. Talking about after-sales service, we’ve said it a number of times that Mercedes excellent service among premium automakers and their service network is also widely spread across the country.

Mercedes Benz GLS Class Price in Bangalore

Mercedes Benz GLS On Road Price is 1,09,17,566/- and Ex-showroom Price is 85,67,000/- in Bangalore. Mercedes Benz GLS comes in 6 colours, namely Cavansite Blue,Citrine Brown,Obsidian Black,Diamond White Bright,Tenorite Grey,Iridium Silver. Mercedes Benz GLS comes with AWD with 2996 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 333 bhp@5250-6000 rpm and Peak Torque 480 Nm@1600-4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 6.6 seconds . Mercedes Benz GLS comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .

Mercedes Benz GLS Class Verdict

The Mercedes GLS is certainly the biggest SUV in its segment and offers oodles of space along with a good engine and gearbox combo and plenty of features to play with. However, something seems to be missing as the GLS certainly doesn’t feel like the S-Class of SUVs. Mercedes has crafted the vehicle nicely but it seems to be missing a ‘wow’ factor that doesn’t make you feel as special as it should, especially when compared to newer rivals like the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90. If your priorities are space, comfort and road presence, the Mercedes GLS is a certainly a good choice in the full size luxury SUV segment.

Land Rover Discovery Review & Test Drive

Land Rover Discovery Test Drive in Hyderabad

Land Rover Discovery Overview

The Land Rover Discovery 2017, the much- awaited SUV, has finally hit the Indian shores. The new design of the Discovery is not as tough and rugged as the old Discovery, but feels really futuristic with that box look being given new curvy edges, sharp looks and a blocky back. The new LED headlamps give it the look of a Range Rover. This new 7- seater Land Rover Discovery gets a completely new aluminum monocoque frame, making it lighter and hence making it more efficient. The SUV still drives like a Discovery, not like a Range Rover or Range Rover sport in any way; it’s all smooth and easy to go with minimal engine noise getting inside the cabin. View offers on Land Rover Discovery in Chennai at Autozhop.

Land Rover Discovery Exteriors

The new aluminium platform of the Discovery meant it will not just be lighter but even have better performance and efficiency. This new SUV finally gets a monocoque chassis, which also helps to reduce its weight further. In terms of dimensions, there isn’t a major change in the size, however the new Discovery does feel a lot more stylish and aggressive. The sleek headlamps along with a Range Rover like front grille, and there are cuts on the front bumper. Clamshell hood continues, while the step up root too exists in the new design. Discovery has seen a drastic change in its design, not just to make it modern but even premium.

New LR platforms are lighter, and hence the new Discovery for the first-time gets an aluminium body and a monocoque. This has reduced its weight by 480 kilograms. 85% of the body is made of aluminium of which 43% is recycled. This says a lot about Discovery, which was a gas guzzled and now seems to be the next most efficient model on offer.

Land Rover Discovery Interiors

Finally! All new interiors on the Discovery. The outgoing version did have a very functional styling, and so does the new one. But this feels premium and plush. If you have been in a Discovery Sport, then it won’t be a new place for you, and yes the steering wheel seems to be borrowed from the Range Rover. Land Rover has ensured the addition of multiple features that makes the Discovery at par with the other. A large touchscreen system comes with Apple CarPlay, reversing camera and maps.

Things don’t end there. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery comes with 5+2 seating arrangement for the first time. Terrain Response 2 has been introduced and InControl Pro as well. With a boot space of 1,137 litres when the third row is flipped down and 2,406 litres when even the second row is toppled down. There will be a long wheelbase version of the Discovery in the near future. This will be a more luxurious version.

Land Rover Discovery Engine

The Land Rover Discovery price in India starts from Rs. 68.05 (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) and goes up to more than Rs. 1 Crore if you go for the top-end variant. The new Discovery comes with 2 engine options: 3.0 L turbocharged diesel and 3.0 L supercharged petrol both mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and being 6- cylinder engines. The Land Rover Discovery specifications for the engine are, 190 bhp of power and 600 nm of torque for the diesel engine, while the petrol engine is sportier, producing 250 bhp of power and 450 Nm of torque. You also get the terrain response with lower gear ratios. To know more info on Land Rover Discovery  check Kmindia

The new Land Rover Discovery mileage has gone up due to the loss of weight. The earlier Discovery used to give around 11 kmpl of mileage, while the new one gives around 13 kmpl, which is not bad at as this kind of efficiency and does justice to the Land Rover Discovery price

Land Rover Discovery Driving

The Land Rover Discovery reviews give a good grade to the performance and handling of the car. The engine is responsive and doesn’t disappoint you when the gas pedal is grounded. The diesel version goes from 0-100 kmph in 8.1 seconds with a top speed 208 kmph and the petrol version hits the 100 kmph mark a second faster than the diesel one, with a top speed being 7 kmph faster than that of the diesel one. Also, the handling has been improved because of the weight loss; it’s not that sharp atin the corners like Audi Q7 but good enough for an SUV of this size. Also, Land Rover reckons that this Discovery goes further off-road than any other car that they’ve made before, with water wading capacity of 900 mm, Terrain Response 2 (not present in the S variant) and off-road system that can take it to places.

Land Rover Discovery Safety

The Land Rover Discovery features really good brakes with one of the best braking systems that allows safe and sound sudden halts, also housing a lot of safety features, like Electronic air suspension Stop/Start technology, Hill Descent Control (HDC) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA ), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Gradient Acceleration Control (GAC), front side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a trip computer. All these features are not available in the basic variants. These safety features are enough to keep you and your family safe and sound.

Land Rover Discovery Price in Chennai

Land Rover Discovery On Road Price is 91,18,418/- and Ex-showroom Price is 75,83,700/- in Chennai. Land Rover Discovery comes in 10 colours, namely Fuji White,Baltic Blue,Firenze Red,Indus Silver,Nara Bronze,Bali Blue,Siberian Silver,Ipanema Sand,Marmaris Teal,Santorini Black. Land Rover Discovery comes with AWD with 2995 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 335 bhp@6500 rpm and Peak Torque 450 Nm@3500-5000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 7.1 seconds . Land Rover Discovery comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .

Land Rover Discovery Verdict

The Land Rover Discovery is a very practical car being the most capable amongst its competitors which are the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Mercedes GLS and the BMW X5. It might not be the best in terms of performance among the competition but really gives you more value than the money spent on buying it. The features provided are also unique. Al though it looks smaller than the old Discovery, it is actually is quite similar in terms of size. The engines could have been more powered, but these 3.0 L petrol and diesel engines are really impressive. The Land Rover Discovery images can be seen on the Autoportal website, looking all glorious and ready to conquer terrains.

BMW X6 Facelift Review & First Drive

Bmw X6 Test Drive in Chennai

BMW X6 Overview

The BMW X6, which was first launched in 2008, pioneered the now burgeoning coupe-SUV segment. And now, there’s a new one! It gets BMW’s latest design language, technological features and other updates too. Set to go on sale in select international markets by the end of 2019, BMW has confirmed that the new X6 will be available in four variants – xDrive 30d, xDrive 40i, M50d and M50i.

It has also grown in size when compared to the outgoing model. The new X6 is 26mm longer (4935mm) and 15mm wider (2004mm) while the wheelbase has increased by 42mm (2975mm). Its sporty stance is further enhanced by the wider front track and 6mm lower height (1696mm). In terms of exterior design, the new X6 also features the latest iteration of BMW’s signature kidney grille design, now bigger in size and also illuminated for the first time. It also gets the optional BMW Laserlight feature with LED headlights. View offers on BMW X6 in Mumbai at Autozhop.

BMW X6 Exterior & Look

Outlandish is the first world that your brain churns when you see the new BMW X6M. The grand proportions of muscles and contours flowing all over this jacked up coupe inspired vehicle ditch the conventionally boring straights and squares of an orthodox SUV design.

Bold and brash is the front profile with large headlights further accentuating its menacing presence. The larger kidney grille gets a bright surround and also features vertical slats along with a camera nicely slotted under the model label. The long and contoured hood features character lines that drop a hint of the beasty of a motor underneath it. The front bumper looks interestingly complicated with multiple scoops and fog lamps. These air pockets lend a visual appeal for sure as they look capable of swallowing a hatchback but also offer functional value to help cool the motor inside.

While the front face is similar to that of the X5M, the X6M is a tad wider in profile. However, the similarities end at the face itself because when you see the X6M along its length, it looks like no other vehicle with its sloping roofline which flows in an angular way from the front before merging with the shot and butch rear. The shoulder line remains strong as it climbs all the way to the rear.

It being a vehicle of larger dimensions doesn’t look bulky at all. The contrasting combination of a SUVish car with a sedan like window line gives it an amazing silhouette. Also, adding an important touch to the rear half is a strong profile line which highlights the rear wheel arch, breaking the mono flow on the wedge line running along the shoulder.This one too runs on M special 20-inch wheels with Pirelli PZero tyres; they look absolutely smashing especially with the five spoke machined finish on the alloys. The rocker molding on the lower half are placed lower on the M models and blend well with the side skirts.

BMW X6 Interior & Cabin

Climb into these high riding SUVs and you are greeted by familiar looking cabins. Up front, in both these cars, the space is fantastic and there’s enough headroom, legroom and width. The sporty front seats have wide range of adjustments that allows you to find an ideal driving position with ease. The seats are also finished in fine-grain Merino leather with contrast stitching and they also sport an M badge in the back rests. Both these cars have a similar cabin as compared to the standard car. But to help them stand out BMW has added M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, Head-Up display, door sill plates with M logo and a bespoke M gearshift lever.

And it’s not just the seats and the upholstery that brag the M badge, but there is also an M- spec instrument cluster that displays loads of information. The centre console boasts of an iDrive screen which is controlled via the round knob located next to the gearshift lever. The cabin is ergonomically friendly with minimal buttons scattering the cabin. Moving to the rear while the X5 has a very comfortable seat with loads of space, the same can’t be said of the X6. Due to the tapering roof-line BMW had to scoop out the cabin roof to allow as much headroom as possible. But there’s no getting away from the fact that anyone of above-average height will probably feel cramped, especially given the X6’s small rear windows. Even the rearward visibility through that small rear windshield is heavily restricted which makes reversing and parking a nightmare.

BMW X6 Engine & Transmission

Can this one do doughnuts on a track?” is what I asked to the trainer, not expecting to see what happened next. Before I narrate my track experience with the new X6M, there is some vital piece of information that you should know. The X6M weighs 2.3-tonnes and is dimensionally larger than many SUVs but at the same time is not a shy character because it makes use of a 4.4-litre TwinTurbo V8 engine.

Yes, our previous review car too features the same motor but the dynamics of X5M and X6M are worlds apart. The former is a well behaved car with a larger heart but the X6M is a totally rebel when it comes to following conventional rules. It just wants an excuse to stop the mundane and let its free spirit take over, leaving you in a state of awe. The acceleration timing of 0 to 100 kmph in 4.2 seconds is a tad lower than a M6 and it is a great deal because the M6 is a sedan designed to cheat air resistance whereas this one is a muscular thorough bred SUV.

Get the motor cranked up and you can just hear an angry rumble of the motor. It is only when you let your foot loose, the motor starts creating symphony from an army of eight cylinders playing in unison to make sure you understand what you are dealing with here. The eight-speed transmission is fantastic at whipping all of that horsepower and channelizes them properly to all the four wheels. It is still not a dual clutch performance spitting gearbox but the Steptronic unit does succeed in mirroring it. There is also a way to alter the shift points in order to make the motor hold on to particular revs for a longer duration before shifting to the next.

Once the beast is rolling, you can’t help but concentrate all your senses on the steering wheel and the road ahead, provided you want to test the true potential of this monster. The steering input is direct and it can be further improved by altering the setting on the console. It drives like a proper performance car on auto settings but it is only when all the M-spec modes are switched on, tweaking the performance characteristics of the X6M, that you understand and feel what this car is capable of doing. To know more details on BMW X6 check Kmindia

BMW X6 Driving Dynamics

Dynamically, both these SUVs feel more cultured, rather than nerve-wracking. They ride on an electronically controlled front and air suspension at the rear. They also sit around 10mm lower than the standard models. The Drive Select system allows you to alter their character, with more direct throttle and heavier steering in Dynamic mode and more absorbent damping in Comfort setting. The cars ride on 20-inch standard Pirelli P Zero tyres and the amount of grip they offer is staggering. You can carry loads of speed through the fast corners and these SUVs only feel heavy and ungainly in the slower corners. Even the intelligent all-wheel-drive system give them loads of traction and helps put all the 567 horses down with minimal drama.

However, the steering, though nicely weighted, lacks the ultimate feedback and feels slightly artificial. The X6 M like its appearance feels sportier than the X5 with a sharper turn-in and in general, it feels more agile. Both these cars felt quite stiffly sprung, but we can only tell you more when we drive them on the road. The braking power comes from the huge M-spec brakes and they felt reassuring with good pedal feel.

BMW X6 Safety & Security

Among the safety features on offing six airbags, stability control, traction control, dynamic stability control including dynamic traction control, cornering brake control, side impact protection, engine vehicle immobilizer, crash sensor and hill descent control are included.

BMW X6 Price in Mumbai

Bmw X6 On Road Price is 1,07,10,825/- and Ex-showroom Price is 92,20,000/- in Mumbai. Bmw X6 comes in 9 colours, namely Sparkling Storm Brilliant Effect (metallic),Alpine White,Glacier Silver (metallic),Space Grey (metallic),Black (non Metallic),Flamenco Red Brilliant Effect (metallic),Black Sapphire (metallic),Carbon Black (metallic ),Mineral Silver (metallic). Bmw X6 comes with 4WD with 2979 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 302 bhp@5800-6400 rpm and Peak Torque 400 Nm@1200-5000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 4WD and reaches 100 KMPH at 6.4 seconds . Bmw X6 comes with Automatic Transmission with 4WD . Apply car loan for Bmw X6.

BMW X6 Verdict

Good things don’t come cheap, and in the case of these two SUVs this statement is more than true. The X6 M is priced at Rs 1.6 crore and the X5 M at Rs 1.55 crore. While the X5 M scores highly in terms of practicality with its big boot and comfortable cabin, the X6 M on the other hand scores a big zero. It is a bit cramped and even the boot is tiny as compared to the X5. But then it looks different and it surely packs more appeal than the X5.

But where both these SUVs excel is in the way they can outrun most sports cars and stand out of the crowd in most parking lots. But what’s really appealing is the fact that these cars can feel at home on a smooth race track as they can on our rough roads.

Renault Kwid Facelift First Drive Review

Renault Kwid Test Drive

Renault Kwid Overview

The Renault Kwid has gone from a radical concept that was the very first showcase of the 2014 Auto Expo, to a budget hatchback that is now one of India’s best-selling cars. The Renault Kwid is the French carmaker’s way of saying a budget car doesn’t have to be bland. This little hatchback is the first formidable rival the Maruti Alto has had in years and the Kwid continues to enjoy a great deal of popularity across India.

While its biggest selling points, initially, were the SUV-esque styling, its ride quality, and the touchscreen infotainment system, it’s now more versatile with 1.0-litre and AMT options available as well. Is it something you ought to consider buying? Let’s find out! The Renault Kwid offers a practical and feature-loaded package at prices on par with all of its rivals. Not only is it more spacious than its rivals but also offers a host of segment-first goodies.

Renault Kwid Design

On the outside except for the Easy-R badge, the Kwid AMT remains identical to the recently launched 1.0-litre version. So you get the familiar mini crossover stance, which makes it look distinctive and imposing. The large upright honeycomb grille, high bonnet and chunky headlamps further add to its SUV-like styling and the flared wheel arches with plastic cladding gives it a mini Duster look. The chequered 1.0 litre decals pasted across the doors distinguish it from the lower 800cc variants and the chunkier silver mirrors look upmarket (but you still don’t get internal adjustment).

Renault Kwid Cabin

Think of the interior updates as an attempt by Renault to polish off all the tiny rough edges. In other words, they are not extensive. That said, the brand has added quite a few noteworthy features across the variants that we totally approve of. For starters, all variants now come with emergency locking retractor (ELR) for the rear seatbelts. It allows the belt to freely extend and retract with occupant movement, yet locks the belt instantly in the event of a crash. Secondly, the AMT and RXT(O) variants also get a 12 volt charging socket and more importantly, a rear parking camera with display integrated into the existing touchscreen system. Meanwhile, the mid-level RXL now gets front power windows and remote central locking as standard.

The dash design and layout of materials has been carried over from the old car which is not a bad thing at all. Sure, you are seated in a sea of black and grey plastics but the thing is, most of the controls are hardwearing and feel solid to operate. I wish I could say the same for the air vents and the boot/fuel release which feel quite low rent. Thankfully, this AMT variant gets contrasting red inserts for the seat backrests and piano finish for the centre console which do their bit in lifting up the overall ambience.

Seat comfort up front is impressive for a car of this size, with adequate bolstering and back support. Overall you wouldn’t feel as helmed in as you would sitting in a Maruti Alto K10 or the Datsun redi-GO. Thanks to the class-leading 2422mm of wheelbase, even the nearly flat rear bench is comfortable with good amount of leg room and thigh support. However, it’s only comfortable for two adults – adding a third occupant in the rear in this narrow cabin is best avoided. For more details on Renault Kwid Visit Kmindia

Renault Kwid Engine

Petrol

0.8 SCe

The engine on the Kwid is an all new 800cc unit. Point to be noted, 50% of the total development cost of the Kwid was diverted towards the development of the engine. With such high focus towards the engine, Renault has ended up developing one of the most fuel efficient petrol engines in India! ARAI ratings stand at 25.17kmpl. In comparison, ARAI ratings for the Alto stands at 22.74kmpl and Eon at 21.1kmpl.

The 3-cylinder unit develops 54PS of power and 72Nm of torque, and is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox only. The engine feels comfortable with a couple of people in the vehicle, but load it with passengers and some luggage – it does tend to struggle. The engine is meant to be a city slicker, so do not expect outright performance. It does just enough to take one from point A to point B without too much drama.

The sour point? Well, it isn’t the most refined motor around. Other than the inevitable three-cylinder drone, the engine fails to keep its voice down. This becomes even more apparent when you get to the upper half of the rev range. The Alto and the Eon, in comparison, are much quieter both at idle, and on the move.

1.0 SCe

The 1.0-litre motor is available in the top-spec RXT and RXT (O) variants only, and shares its architecture with the 0.8-litre unit. Renault has increased the bore and stroke of the smaller engine to achieve the bigger displacement, and strengthened the drive shaft to account for the added power. The added 14PS of power doesn’t make itself apparent right away. However, you do feel that the Kwid feels much more composed and relaxed as it gathers pace. Expectedly, highway performance is much better and the engine doesn’t feel strained doing triple digit speeds. But, it isn’t too different from its 0.8-litre in terms of noise, vibration and harshness. It is equally vocal, and sounds gruff when driven hard.

Where the 0.8-litre engine keeps you wanting for a bit more grunt every now and then, the 1.0 feels just right. 0-100kmph takes 13.90 seconds, which is far from impressive, but on par with commuter hatchbacks from segments above like the Ford Freestyle petrol and Maruti Suzuki Swift diesel. This, in no small part, can be credited to the Kwid’s light weight. This engine complements the Kwid’s city characteristics much better, and is our pick of the lot. Additionally, while this engine is more powerful than the 0.8SCe, it’s still plenty efficient, delivering a tested mileage of 20kmpl in the city and 23.02kmpl on the highway.

1.0 SCe AMT

To take on the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AGS, Renault introduced the AMT variant of the Kwid. The two-pedal version costs Rs 30,000 over its manual counterpart. For the convenience it offers, the Kwid ‘Easy-R’ does justify the extra price.

The AMT is among the best we’ve driven in the budget segment, and shift shocks are minimal. The gearbox picks up throttle inputs reasonably well and makes progress swiftly. Back when it was launched, this transmission did not offer the much needed creep function. However, the 2018 Renault Kwid does get it, with Renault labelling it “Traffic Assist”. Simply put, this feature (which was available with the Datsun redi-go AMT) makes the car creep forward at crawl speeds, without constantly pressing the accelerator while making progress in bumper-to-bumper traffic. That said, there’s still no manual mode to help the driver take control of gear changes when needed. We wouldn’t call this a major miss, since the gearbox figures out the right gear almost every single time (albeit with a slight lag), so you wouldn’t really miss it on a day-to-day basis. Apply car loan for Renault Kwid.

However, there is a stark difference in outright performance compared to the Kwid 1.0-litre manual. 0-100kmph, for example, takes 17.44 seconds; a full 3.5 seconds slower than the Kwid MT. This gap is more heavily pronounced in our fuel-efficiency tests, where the Kwid AMT delivered 16.28kmpl in the city and 19.09kmpl on the highway. Approximately 4kmpl less in both cases.

Renault Kwid Riding

In terms of handling, the Kwid retains its light steering feel (good for puttering around town) but there is more body roll than what’s expected and the steering itself is devoid of feel. However, when it comes to tackling bad roads, the little Renault is hard to fault. The long travel suspension that otherwise makes the Kwid lean into the corners allows it to maintain composure over pothole-riddled roads. Sure, the ride quality is slightly bouncy under full load, it is still impressive overall and like the Duster, the Kwid tackles bad roads with relative ease, especially for a car of this size.

Renault Kwid Safety

The Kwid gets a driver side airbag as standard but a passenger airbag isn’t available even as an option. Other standard safety equipment on offer include ABS, driver and co-passenger seatbelt alert and 3-point ELR seatbelts for two rear seat occupants. The middle passenger still gets a lap belt. The Renault Kwid is also offered with a rear parking camera, the only one in the group.

Renault Kwid Price in Mumbai

Renault Kwid On Road Price is 3,29,145/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,75,999/- in Mumbai. Renault Kwid comes in 5 colours, namely Fiery Red,Moonlight Silver,Planet Grey,Electric blue,Ice Cool White. Renault Kwid comes with FWD with 799 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 53 bhp@5678 rpm and Peak Torque 72 Nm@4400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 16.8 seconds . Renault Kwid comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .View offers on Renault Kwid at Autozhop.

Renault Kwid Verdict

The AMT ‘box has made the Kwid a great urban tool and for a person who has never experienced a dual clutch or a torque converter before. This basic ‘auto’ gearbox is quite good thanks to its smooth shifting nature. It does have some shortcomings like the lack of a manual mode and a creep function, but on the whole, the AMT has become our choice in the Kwid line-up. It just makes the Kwid a more rounded package. With an expected price hike of around Rs 30,000 and with no penalty as far as fuel economy is concerned, the Easy-R variant is the one to go for if you are looking at buying the Kwid.

BMW X1 Facelift First Drive Review

Bmw X1 On Road Price In Bangalore

BMW X1 Overview

This is the second generation of BMW’s smallest SAV or Sports Activity Vehicle. Now, BMW prefers calling their SUVs, SAVs, for these are mainly designed for road use with a hint of off-roading ability thrown in. And, the BMW X1, which was hitherto only available with a rear-wheel drive configuration in India, wasn’t even a proper SAV. It was more like a tall estate.

Now, with the new X1, with its more muscular design, higher ground clearance and an all-wheel drive system, it does get closer to SAV status. And there’s more. The new X1 is taller with higher seating, comes with more equipment as standard, and has a higher claimed mileage tag as well. Plus, it is based on BMW’s all new UKL front-wheel drive platform that also underpins the new Minis, so it is cost effective to produce, and possibly cost effective to run as well.

The new BMW X1, which goes head-on against the likes of the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes GLA, is still only available with one engine and gearbox combo – a 4 cylinder, 1995cc, diesel mated to a torque convertor 8-speed automatic. But, you can have it in three trims – Expedition, xLine and M Sport. The car you see here is the xLine.

BMW X1 Design

With a heavy dose of styling, this is for the first time that the X1 is offered as an FWD car with a new platform. The X1 not just looks big but is larger and taller while carrying forward the X family’s legacy. BMW has increased the width by 21mm and height by 53mm while the length has reduced by 36mm. The front fascia sports a protruding front grille with its traditional kidney shape and circular headlamps with LED DRLs. The sporty look is retained with the plastic cladding, a roof-mounted spoiler, sloping roofline, wrap-around tail lamps and dual exhaust pipes. The new X1 is lighter than the earlier model by 135kg thanks to the extensive use of aluminium in its construction.

BMW X1 Cabin

The new X1 gets an all-new interior. The design for the dash, the gear shifter as well as the door inserts is new. But, the feeling of familiarity is omnipresent inside the X1. Blame it on the aircon or the basic iDrive controls, or the power window and starter button, but almost everything that one touches on the new X1, seems borrowed. Even the instrumentation is old-school BMW. For more information on BMW X1  check Kmindia

What’s also old-school BMW, and in a good way we might add, is the overalllevel of quality and fit and finish. One can’t fault the new X1 for it. It might be part of BMW’s entry-level fleet, but it feels decently upmarket nonetheless. What also works in the new X1’s favour is the interior room. The SAV is visually more spacious, not just compared to the older car, but compared to its competition too. The transverse engine layout has clearly worked wonders here. It has a huge front windscreen, which aids both visibility and the feeling of space. Plus, the glass area all round is large leaving you feeling airy and less hemmed in; something the Mercedes and even Audi can’t boast of in this class.

We also like the rear seats. These aren’t very large but they are supportive. The firmness is just right and with a reclining backrest, finding a comfy seating posture even on longer drives comes easy. Add the increased knee, shoulder and headroom to the mix (compared to the older X1), and one can actually be chauffeured around in this one. The front seats though aren’t as impressive and could have been more accommodating. The boot meanwhile is big too – over 500 litres – and with split and fold function for the rear backrest and a reasonably low loading lip height, the new X1 isn’t short on flexibility either.

As far as equipment goes, this mid-level xLine trim is pretty sorted. It gets a sunroof, besides two zone climate control, electric powered front seats with memory for the driver, a nice sounding audio system with Bluetooth, Aux and USB connectivity, a good assortment of storage spaces, cruise control and keyless start. The X1 also gets parking sensors, but only for the rear. And there’s no reversing camera either. Safety wise, it ticks enough boxes: six airbags, ABS, Cornering Brake Control, and stability and traction control come as standard on all trims.

BMW X1 Engine

The new BMW X1 only gets a diesel engine. The engine, a 1995cc, 4-cylinder unit, might displace the same capacity as the older X1, but it is all new. It is part of a new generation of modular engines that power both BMW and Mini cars. The new engine is lighter, more efficient, and thanks to a new common rail system that pushes out fuel at a higher 2000 bar of pressure, there’s no dearth of usable torque either. It is quiet too, at least in the lower revs. But, gun it – which you wouldn’t mind given the easy revving nature of this diesel engine – and there’s enough and more noise that can be heard inside the cabin.

The twin scroll turbo engine makes 188bhp and 400Nm of torque under the X1’s now shortened hood. This puts the new SAV right on top in the output stakes in its class. No wonder, it accelerates off the line with vigour. Plus, there’s launch control to help things along; under full bore acceleration the X1 posted a sub eight second 0-100kmph time. The gearbox, an 8-speed auto, works well too. It is quick to respond to inputs via the paddle shifters and even in full auto mode, it has this uncanny habit of selecting the right gear, almost every time; city driving or otherwise.

And it gets three driving modes – Eco Pro for fuel efficiency, Comfort for relaxed driving and Sport for those few occasions when you are feeling up to driving enthusiastically. The modes alter the throttle response, the gearshift times and the steering weight. Sport works best as it improves throttle response, adds weight to the steering, and allows better control via the paddle shifters. What the modes fail to change though is the ride quality of the X1.

BMW X1 Riding

The powerful 1995cc mill along with the 8-speed transmission gearbox gives the SUV enormous power that allows it to reach its top speed of 219kmph in no time. The pickup is also smooth and it crosses 100kmph from standstill in just 7.6 seconds. For a bump free ride, it has an advanced M Sports suspension system that keeps the car running smoothly even on uneven roads. Request BMW X1 Test Drive.

BMW X1 Safety

For braking, BMW X1 has powerful ventilated disc brakes for all the tyres with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. In addition, it also include six airbags, three point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters, the cornering brake control, dynamic stability as well as traction control, ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, emergency spare wheel, and side impact protection among a host of others.

BMW X1 Price in Bangalore

Bmw X1 On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 44,23,116 to 56,96,445 for variants X1 sDrive20d Expedition and X1 xDrive20d M Sport respectively. Bmw X1 is available in 2 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Bmw X1 variants price in Bangalore. View offers on BMW X1 at Autozhop.

BMW X1 Verdict

The new BMW X1 can be had in three trims. The entry-level trim, called Expedition, only comes in front wheel drive format. It is the most sober to look at given it is devoid of any frills on the outside and it is the least equipped on the inside compared to the other two trims. It is the variant we would avoid. Next up is the xLine that can be had both in front wheel and all wheel drive forms.

Compared to the Expedition, the xLine gets a smarter gearbox with paddle shifters, more jewellery on the outside, a sunroof and a whole lot more tech on the inside as well. There’s ambient lighting, sportier seats, and a nicer steering wheel among other adornments.Apply car loan for BMW X1 .

Finally, there’s the M Sport. Only available as an all wheel drive, it gets more aggressively designed bumpers, side skirts, nicer looking 18-inch wheels, HUD, navigation, and an exclusive paint finish called Estoril blue. And, it is the most expensive, by a margin. BMW wants a little over Rs 40 lakh for it (ex-showroom, mind) compared to Rs 35 lakh for the xLine and a tad under Rs 30 lakh for the Expedition.

Hyundai Xcent First Drive Review

Hyundai Xcent On Road Price In Hyderabad

Hyundai Xcent Overview

The Hyundai Xcent hasn’t been a blockbuster product for the Korean carmaker. Sure, it sells around 2,500 units or thereabouts on a monthly basis, which is exactly what most other compact sedans like the Ford Aspire, the Tata Zest and the Volkswagen Ameo sell. So, no fire there.But, when you consider that Hyundai has the second largest market share in the passenger car segment, and most of its other successful models (read the Grand i10 and the Creta) sell in excess of 10,000 units a month, one simply can’t term the Xcent a success. Hyundai, understandably, wants to change that. Check for car loan interest calculator

Right on cue then, three years after the Xcent was first launched, here’s the facelifted version of the car. Hyundai believes, with the styling changes and the addition of a few more features, the Xcent now has what it takes to get the cash registers ringing. Lets find out…

Hyundai Xcent Design

This time around, Hyundai has tried to apply maximum effort to implement the design scheme from the high-end models in its portfolio such as Elantra. This has resulted in new ‘cascading styled’ grille that looks similar to the elder sibling. This also makes the Xcent looks different from the Grand i10 for which it has been taunted for many years. But for many, the older set-up with slender grille joining the headlamps would have been more appropriate. Another noticeable change at the front is the revamped headlamps and the revised bumper which now houses daytime running LEDs, positioned above the fog lamps.

There aren’t many changes at the side profile except the wheels are larger than before and a new set of 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. However, it’s the rear that has gone through a huge makeover. The smaller tail-lights of the previous model have now been replaced by wrap-around units, adding nice width to the car. The taillights setup look like a typical Audi. Then there is matte-black strip running across the rear bumper that further adds to the muscularity. Other changes include shark fin antenna at the top and the 1.2D badging on the front right fender. Overall, the changes done by the carmaker at the outside will compel you to make a nod of appreciation.

Hyundai Xcent Cabin

Not much has changed on the inside of the 2017 Hyundai Xcent. The dash, the vents, the various buttons, and even the stowage spaces remain unchanged. It retains its large cooled glovebox too. The new Xcent uses the same large multifunctional steering as well with the only addition being a voice activation button. It is still only adjustable for rake, by the way. The seat fabric design is new, but otherwise in terms of cushioning, support and seating comfort, it is identical to the older car. So, it’s still reasonably comfortable to spend long hours in both front and back.

What’s significantly new though, is the infotainment system. Like on the Grand i10, the new system gets a wider touchscreen and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The latter mirrors a few functions of your phone on the screen simplifying access to related apps on the move. The new system besides offering Bluetooth connectivity and various audio input options, also doubles up as a reversing camera screen. Earlier, the Xcent used an inside rear-view mirror integrated screen which was too small to offer a clear view.

Otherwise the feature list for this top of the line variant remains the same with single zone climate control, rear AC vents, rear parking sensors, electric ORVMs with fold function, a basic trip computer, and keyless entry and start. For more information on Hyundai Xcent  visit Kmindia

Hyundai Xcent Engine

Our test car is powered by the new 1.2-litre diesel. It’s a three-cylinder engine that makes 75bhp. But, thanks to the additional torque compared to the older 1.1-litre engine, it hauls the Xcent around with more ease. It isn’t exactly quick. But, the improvement in drivability is significant. It makes driving the new car in the city and out on the highway a more relaxing affair.

The turbo lag is less pronounced, the throttle response is crisper and the car now requires less shifts to keep the desired pace. The new engine works best between 1,600 to 4,000rpm. Revving it higher is a bit pointless, as things only get louder with no meaningful increase in the rate of progress. The gearshifts meanwhile are short throw and precise and the clutch is light too, which works well in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Given that Hyundai hasn’t bothered with other mechanical changes on the new Xcent, the ride and handling remains almost the same as before. The ride is still plush at low speeds, and with decent visibility and maneuverability, the Xcent makes for an easy car to live within the city. But, the soft suspension setup doesn’t cope very well with the increase in speed.

Hyundai Xcent Riding

In terms of ride and handling, the new Xcent is pretty similar to the older car. So, the ride at low speeds is quiet and comfortable but it does get noisy and a bit harsh at higher speeds and over poor roads. The handling, thanks to the lack of connect from both the steering and the chassis in general, is not the most involving. The new Xcent will go around bends without feeling wayward or loose, yes, but it’s not something you look forward to like you would in the Amaze or even the Dzire. Request Hyundai Xcent Test Drive.

Hyundai Xcent Safety

Braking has never been a problem in Hyundai cars and Xcent is no exception. The responsibility of braking lies on the disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. The braking system does its job quite judiciously with strong bite force. Looking at the growing safety concerns as well as the competition among the peers, the carmaker has decided to give dual airbags as standard fitment in the car.

However, it would have been better to have included ABS as a part of standard safety feature to keep pace with the competition. Nevertheless, the ABS, rear parking sensors, engine immobilizer, central locking, keyless entry and front fog lamps, all can be availed in higher models.

Hyundai Xcent Price

Hyundai Xcent On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,63,932 to 10,12,393 for variants Xcent E Petrol and Xcent SX Diesel Optional respectively. Hyundai Xcent is available in 9 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Xcent variants price in Hyderabad.View offers on Xcent at Autozhop.

Hyundai Xcent Verdict

Hyundai is calling this one a stylish family sedan for the young and modern Indian family. Phew, that is a very long tag line. But, the good news for Hyundai is that the new Xcent comes close to justifying it. It’s more stylish that before, yes. And since it can seat four (yes, the seats are comfy too), it’s good for a nuclear family. As for the young and modern, well almost every car in this class now has a similar feature / tech list. So, there’s no real USP there. Our suggestion would be to buy it if you are looking for a no-nonsense car with good service backup.

Hyundai Xcent is offered in six different variants namely E, E+, S, S (AT), SX and SX (O). Talking about the pricing details, Hyundai Xcent’s base trim has been tagged at Rs. 5.54 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 6.42 lakh for the diesel trim. Its top ranging model gets the price tag of Rs. 7.65 lakh for petrol and goes up to Rs. 8.58 lakh for the diesel one. The top-selling variant 1.2 VTVT S trim is tagged at Rs. 6.5 lakh. The updated Xcent has really upped the game against Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Vento and Tata Tigo in the space, where it has been finding hard to make its place for a couple of years.