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Maruti Suzuki Swift Review & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

The Maruti Swift has been recalled by the company for a faulty airbag controller unit. 566 units of the Swift manufactured between 7th May 2018 and 5th July 2018 will be recalled for inspection and necessary action, thereafter. Owners of these cars shall be contacted directly by Maruti Suzuki dealers for an inspection. The replacement, if any, will be free of cost, starting today. Customers can also visit the company website and log in their chassis number to check if they are affected by this recall.

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The new Swift is an extremely popular car. It was the fastest car to cross 100,000 bookings, within less than two months of its price announcement. The bookings went to a record high. The waiting period has come down drastically and the car is available within 1-2 months time, depending upon the variant. Read further to know more about the 2018 Maruti Swift. Maruti Suzuki Swift On road price starts from 5,34,544/-. Check for price details of Maruti Suzuki Swift in CarzPrice

Maruti Suzuki Swift Design

The Swift and the Dzire have been near identical twins in the past in terms of their frontal appearance, with only minor differences in the grille design. The new Swift 2018 too follows suit. The headlamps, for example, are exactly the same. The bonnet and the front fenders too, are designed in a similar fashion. But, this time around, that’s where the similarities end.

While both the Swift and the Dzire get a hexagonal front grille, the one on the Swift is bigger and doesn’t get any chrome outline. As a result, the Swift looks less bulky and more aggressive. The design of the front bumper of the Swift is also different when compared to the Dzire. While both the cars get round fog lamps, the Swift gets a thinner air dam that runs across the bumper merging with the fog lamp housings on both sides which adds a touch of sportiness.

A concealed rear door handle makes the Swift look like a 3-door hatch from the side. It does give it a clean look but it’s not the most conveniently positioned door handle.The blacked out A-pillar on the new Swift is quite upright in comparison to the new Dzire, where it is more raked and body-coloured. So both these cars look dissimilar in profile now, as against their previous generations.

The Swift never looked as good from the rear as it looks now. The proportions of the rear windscreen to the metal (on the hatch) to the plastic (bumper) appear just right now with no ungainly mass. The Swift also happens to be the first car under Maruti Suzuki Arena to not get variant badging anywhere. There’s only the DDiS insignia on the front fender of the diesel version.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cabin

We got a preview of the new Swift with the new Dzire that launched in 2017 – this can be said, to an extent, about the exterior as well, but really, it’s the interior that’s far more similar. The big difference is that it’s all black, rather than beige-and-black, and the somewhat tacky-looking faux wood has been replaced by simpler, more convincing grey plastic. We understand the sporty appeal of the all-black colour scheme, but we feel a little more brightwork, even if in the form of plastic trim would have livened up the somewhat drab ambiance. Still, there are a few more cool, new bits, like the circular central AC vents and the big rotary controls for the climate control, which operate with a solid, well-damped feel. Finally, there is a new instrument cluster with twin hooded binnacles for the speedo and tacho and red-ringed highlights. Sadly, the Dzire’s rather basic-looking central multi-info display returns; we were hoping for the Baleno’s high-res screen.

The equipment and additions, predictably, more-or-less mirror the additions we saw on the new Dzire. In the top Z+ cars, front and centre is the 7.0-inch SmartPlay touchscreen, and as with all the cars in the range, it gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and its own integrated navigation system too. There’s auto climate control, auto headlamps, a rear-view camera, voice commands, keyless entry and go, LED projector headlamps and daytime running lamps. It’s a little disappointing that the automatic versions aren’t available in this top trim, as the Z trim they are available in misses out on some desirable equipment, like the touchscreen, rear-view camera and LED lamps (just plain-looking halogens here). Still, it still gets more than just the basics though. What is nice, however, is the focus on safety; all Swifts get dual airbags, ABS, seatbelt pretensioners and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard, and Maruti says it complies with all current Indian crash test norms.

When it comes to space and comfort, the front half of the cabin, again, is identical to the Dzire’s. The seats are large and well contoured, but you realise soon enough into your drive that they’re cushioned a bit too softly, which could get uncomfortable for some over long distances. The driver’s seat is height adjustable though, and the sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel is tilt-adjustable too. While frontal visibility is good, rearward visibility is significantly hampered by the thick C-pillars; another reason we wish the rear-view camera was offered on lower trims. Check for Maruti Suzuki Swift in aryavarta.co.in  

In the back, the new car has opened up a lot more space, which is welcome, as the previous cars were seriously lacking in this respect. Legroom and headroom, though perhaps not class leading, are vastly improved now, although shoulder room will still be a tad tight for three. But that old Swift bugbear of making you feel a bit hemmed in returns, thanks to the relatively small rear windows, and this is only made worse by those stylish, high-mounted outside door handles, whose housings eat into the glass area.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance

The engines remain the same in the Swift, but it now has a lighter chassis. This has a positive effect on the performance of the current engines and also to the fuel efficiency of the car. 2018 Maruti Swift’s major seller will be the 1.2-litre petrol K-Series engine. This is the most powerful in its segment and also fun to drive. The lighter body weight delivers better performance. It is difficult for competition to beat the Swift petrol in terms of its performance. It is quiet. There is no noise or vibrations at low or even high engine speeds. This is a gem of an engine indeed. There could be a Swift RS, but we aren’t sure when. Maruti could introduce it much later on.

The diesel is a 1.3-litre unit. This segment has been moving towards petrol for the last few years. However, the 2018 Swift diesel will be a good seller still. Many consider it to be a good option even now. Also in smaller towns, people still prefer the diesel version. This engine has decent NVH, and it has good enough noise evident. The insulation is ok and still you can hear the engine at 3,000rpm. The 2018 Maruti Swift will have more than sufficient performance in both, just that the petrol will have better performance. The light body weight makes the engines perform even better.

All Maruti’s rank high in terms of fuel efficiency. The petrol and the diesel engines have good efficiency. The petrol engine in manual avatar will return 13km/l in the city, AMT will be 12km/l. The diesel manual is about 17km/l and AMT is 16km/l in the city. The power is good, but it is a bit jerky in AMT when you shift to a lower gear. Both the engines will come with 5-speed manual and AMT options. This will be another important product to top the sales chart in India.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Rideing

The new Heartect platform has worked wonders for the new Swift and it now feels more composed than ever while doing triple-digit speeds and taking curves. Although the Swift has shed some weight, it feels more planted than before in both the diesel and petrol avatars. The steering is light and it isn’t the most communicative of units, but it doesn’t feel vague and requires no idle inputs to maintain a straight line. The light steering though will be enjoyable while parking and at city speeds.What comes as a surprise is that Maruti Suzuki has resorted to a rather firm suspension setup for the third generation Swift. Except when driven over really poor roads, the relatively stiffly sprung Swift feels more confident and very controlled on the road. Over very rough surfaces, you feel the thuds clearly in the cabin. By no means is the ride uncomfortable, but it isn’t as supple as the Baleno either.

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

Maruti Suzuki Swift On-Road Price in India ranges from 5,34,544 to 9,44,180 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 .India. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Swift Verdict

The waiting period at some locations has already gone up to six months. You see, the Swift may have lost some of the original’s fun and funky DNA, notably in the dynamics department, but that hasn’t stopped buyers from lapping it up. Yes, that’s because of how strong the Swift name is, but also because, lifeless steering aside, it’s just a great hatchback. It’s got the look, for one, and that’s a big enough selling point on its own. But then it’s also got a long equipment list, good space and, crucially, a bigger boot too. It’s worth noting that it’s probably not best in class in any of these areas, but it’s close enough. We do wish, however, that Maruti gave the lower variants a bit more kit to make them look and feel a little more special. That the new Swift will be a success is practically a given, but what you need to know is that this time around, when it comes to those inherent Swift traits, sharp handling has been replaced by something else, and that’s a certain big-car maturity that’s new to the brand.

Nissan Sunny Performance & Price

Nissan Sunny Overview

The Indian car market is one of the fastest growing markets across the world and this is one reason why several automotive car manufacturers are focusing on our market, introducing several new products in various segments. This has resulted to an increase in the demands by the customers as they practicality demand everything under the sun, even in the tiniest hatchback at the least possible price. This means now car makers have to ensure introduction of more features in their products to keep the numbers coming.

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Nissan had introduced the Sunny in 2011 in its petrol avatar and next year we saw the diesel variant being introduced. The Sunny is based on the Micra platform and was built with space, performance and fuel efficient as the key selling factors for the sedan. The rise in competition has raised the bar by introducing several brownies and increasing the value for money quotient. Nissan has responded to the competition by titivating its existing Sunny sedan. We find out the changes on the Nissan Sunny. Nissan Sunny  price range in India is between 7,78,090 to 11,00,998, check for detail pricing of Nissan Sunny in Carzprice.

Nissan Sunny Design

Everything about the Sunny is big. The headlamps were big and are same, just that they are much more curvy and well designed now. Nissan are calling this the new Boomerang headlamps. The grill is entire chrome with chrome strips. And a large Nissan badge in the centre. The bumper is huge and rises all the way above the grill and onto the bonnet. The bumper to houses a grill in the centre with fog lamps on either side and that too has chrome strips. I don’t think I have ever mentioned chrome so many times as here.

Looks like Nissan got a wholesaler. From the side as I have mentioned before the cabin area looks huge. The doors are large with large windows. They took Seagram’s line “Make It Large” a bit too literally. The mirrors now get side indicators. The silver alloys blend well with the chrome yet again on the door handles. The C-pillar appears like that on a notchback and even the boot has a large look to it. The tail lamp flows well from the rear panel to the bumper. And guess what? chrome yet again on the boot lid with the Nissan badge. The rear bumper has a nice fibre lip adding to the classy look. The new Nissan Sunny 2017 does stand out.

Nissan Sunny Cabin

There are even more changes on the inside; in fact, it’s an all-new approach. The 50 shades of grey interior is gone, and in its place comes one that is a lot more luxurious and interesting. You no longer feel you are sitting in a base-spec car as the new leather-wrapped steering, chrome-lined dials, piano black centre console and silver accents lift the ambience if the cabin considerably. The higher versions get leather seats and leather-covered gear knobs, and a new two-DIN audio system also provides Bluetooth and a display screen for the reversing camera. Also really nice are the steering-mounted audio controls that are finished in chrome. Built very differently from the regular plastic fare, they too lend a touch of class to the cabin.

The Sunny also has a shocking amount of room in the rear. Shoulder, head and especially legroom are segment transcending, and it feels so roomy and airy, there is absolutely no feeling of being cramped. The back seat is a bit short on thigh support, but otherwise feels really comfortable, and the feeling of space is present at the front of the cabin too. What also works well on this car is the ride quality. The Sunny absorbs the bumps and dips in the road quite easily and even really bad patches only cause some amount of juddering; so now it’s even better for being chauffeured around in. There’s also noticeably less pitch from the car. Check for Nissan Sunny in ieso2013.in

Nissan Sunny Performance

The Sunny is still being offered with the same engine options, the 1.5-litre petrol and even diesel. The petrol comes with an option of five-speed manual and CVT, while diesel comes mated to a five-speed stick shift. There are no changes mechanically in the Sunny, however the diesel’s electronically controlled module (ECM) has been recoded for some minor changes to enhance the fuel efficiency. Now, as per the ARAI fuel efficiency cycle, the Sunny diesel returns a economy of 22.7 km/l, a bump by about 1 km/l. There is no difference in the engine characteristics, when it comes to driving. The Sunny still produces the same 83bhp of power and there is no turbo lag either. The petrol engine and transmission remain untouched to any changes.

Even with its dimensions, decent performance the Sunny has managed to provide excellent fuel efficiency figures. If we consider 15 km/l on the petrol we still manage to get a distance of 600 km on one 41 litre fuel tank. That is a one stop from Mumbai to Surat and back and that is a lot in today’s times. Diesel promises a range of over 800 km, now that is just mind boggling.

Nissan Sunny Rideing

This is clearly a car for the laid back rear seats. But the well performing petrol and diesel engines request to be driven at least sometimes. Now you can not push this car along corners, because even though the steering is precise and has a light feel yet adequate feedback, the long body make the car fishtail. The suspension is soft and very well made for our Indian roads. No matter how may the ditch or undulations this car seems to dampen them very well. There is no shock or effect that filters through the seats. The NVH levels are also very low. These are clearly features of something you would find in cars way above 15 lakhs.

Nissan Sunny Safety

Nissan always has taken care of this aspect cautiously and subsequently it has returned rich dividends to the company. In Sunny sedan, it has incorporated disc as front brakes while the rear braking system is drum. This primary braking system is complimented extremely well by the trio of Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) in each and every variant of this sedan. Also, driver airbag is a standard safety feature across all the variants. The top-end trim XV D features front fog lamps which are quite helpful during inclement weather. It also has the front passenger airbag while the paid optional trim XV D (safety) comes with additional side airbags for the front seat occupants.

There are also several alert systems included in the sedan such as low fuel level warning, door ajar warning, speed sensing auto door lock, headlight on warning lamp etc. to aware the driver of the tricky circumstances ahead. The company has also installed a heap of security features to encounter the thieves and lock-pickers. Nissan Sunny comes with Immobilizer, Central Door Lock, Key Remove Warning Lamp etc. as standard security features across all the variants. Additionally, the mid-level and top-end variants feature Anti-theft Device with Alarm and Seat Belt Warning Lamps as extra security features to keep you car protected from goons as well as bullies.

Nissan Sunny Price

Nissan Sunny On-Road Price in India ranges from 7,78,090 to 11,00,998 for variants Sunny XE Petrol and Sunny XV Diesel respectively. Nissan Sunny is available in 6 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Nissan Sunny variants price in India. View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Nissan Sunny Verdict

Since the Indian debut of this sedan in 2011, It is the most complete car in all the aspects. Be it the elegant exterior appearance, be it the luxury packed interior cabin or be it the avant-garde safety features and performance, it emerges triumphant in every aspect. Except for the loose handling and not-so-brisk acceleration with the diesel variants, it is a marvel; a true peach of a car that truly deserves its sticker price. So, if petrol is your flavor and performance is your priority, then choose Nissan Sunny, unarguably.

Nissan Terrano Facelift Review & Test Drive

Nissan Terrano Overview

Nissan has launched the facelift Terrano in India today. The updated SUV gets minimal changes to the exterior while inside is where one will find the maximum number of changes. The Terrano was launched in India back in 2013 and based on the same platform which Renault uses to underpin their Duster SUV as well. The updated Terrano get 22 brand new features which have been provided to strengthen the SUV’s smarter and bolder appeal to customers.

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Nissan says that the SUV will compliment the lifestyle of today’s Indian customers. The updated Terrano although does not get any mechanical upgrades to its engine. It still continues with the same 1.6-litre petrol and the 1.5 Litre diesel unit. Transmission option for the facelift car includes a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and a six speed automated manual which is made available only with the more potent diesel variant. Nissan Terrano price range in India is between 11,19,510 to 16,18,135, check for detail pricing of Nissan Terrano in Carzprice

Nissan Terrano Design

Dimensionally, Nissan Terrano measures 4.33m in length with a width of 1.83m. Its overall height with the fixed roof rail is 1.67m. The wheelbase of 2.67m adds more to the interior spacing which is already abundant given its incredible height. Nissan Terrano has a ground clearance of 205mm, which is similar to that of Renault Duster, but is an add-on advantage that will keep this SUV going easily on any terrain.

The side profile of Nissan Terrano has angular bold lines which are different from Duster’s curvy lines. The flared wheel-arches make the Terrano look aggressive, distinguishing it from most of Nissan’s models in India. The doors have two horizontal creases in them that enhance the butch look, but it isn’t enough to alleviate the organic lines of the rest of the car. The rear end bears no similarity to any of the Nissan SUVs and it is evident that Nissan has developed a new tail lamp cluster without fiddling too much with the Duster lamps. It gets a chrome garnish to add a premium feel, but the overall appearance is rugged with roof rails and silver skid plates.

The flared up wheel arches of this SUV are endowed with a set of diamond-cut 16” machined light -weight alloy wheels in the top end variants, while the base as well as the mid variants are fitted with similar sized robust steel wheels, which certainly make the SUV look sportier. These classy rims have been further equipped with tubeless radial tyres of size 215/65 R16, which have a superior road grip on any terrain.

Nissan Terrano Cabin

Nissan has mildly upgraded the cabin of the Terrano in this AMT guise as a part of a mid-life update for the SUV. The dashboard is a dual-tone combination of black and beige with the former being the primary colour for most of the cabin. The layout and elements on the dashboard like the tri-pod instrument cluster, chrome laced AC vents as well as positioning of stalks and buttons has been lifted straight from the facelifted Duster.In terms of features you get electrically adjustable mirrors, 2-DIN music system and a standard AC unit. Despite this car being a top-of-the-line XV variant it lacks climate control, touchscreen music system or steering mounted audio controls. They are now expected features in this part of the market.

The quality of the plastics in the Terrano feels low rent especially when compared to its primary rival, the Hyundai Creta. There are six storage spaces in front of which two are cup holders while the rear gets two cup holders in the arm rest and one between the front seats. The rear seat back can be folded flat to expand the already massive 475-litre boot. For more info on Nissan Terrano  visit aryavarta.co.in

Where Nissan has managed to hit a few good runs is with the space and NVH insulation in the cabin. There is sufficient space in the cabin for five to sit comfortably thanks to the wide rear bench and absence of air-con blower vents. The NVH insulation on the other hand is quite good and at low speeds manages to filter out even the gravelly tone of the K9K diesel engine. However, at triple digit speeds wind and tyre noise does become quite audible.

Nissan Terrano Performance

Like we already mentioned above there are no mechanical changes under the hood of the updated Terrano. The SUV still is powered by the same 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces about 104 PS of peak power at 5, 850 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 3750 rpm. The gasoline engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel variant, on the other hand, gets the 1.5 Litre DCI unit which is available in two states of tune. The base trim diesel option produces about 85 Ps of peak power at 3750 Rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1900 rpm. The more powerful diesel option produces about 110 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 245 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. Transmission option for the diesel drivetrain includes a 6-speed manual while there is also an option of a six speed AMT as well available with the top end trim.

The mileage quotient ranks very highly of the preference list of the Indian population and the Nissan Terrano impresses on this front. The 1.5-liter Diesel engine with 108.5bhp of power output registers a mileage of 19kmpl, while the same engine with 83.8bhp of power output produces an impeccable mileage of 20.5kmpl. The 1.6-liter Petrol engine gives a mileage of 13.2 kmpl and these statistics make Terrano a fuel-efficient SUV.

Nissan Terrano Rideing

In bumper-to-bumper traffic, the creep function helps majorly in keeping the car moving. The six-speed AMT box shifts as low as 2200rpm on part throttle while spirited driving sees it make the changes closer to 3000rpm. The wide torque spread means it only has to drop one gear for quick overtakes. Cruising on the highway too is relatively easy as it does 100kmph in sixth gear at just 2200rpm. You can also control the shifts manually using the gear lever and this is particularly useful if you need engine braking. There is also an eco-mode button which cuts down on the immediacy of power delivery and shifts at a lower rpm to keep the fuel efficiency.

In terms of ride quality, the suspension is on the stiffer side but it is a boon as the car is able to maintain its composure over bad roads without sending too much back to the cabin. There is some amount of body roll due to the high stance of the SUV but again thanks to the stiffer setup it is able to stay decently agile in the corners. However, one of the things that Nissan has not addressed is the heavy kickback that one experiences over mid-corner bumps or undulations.

Nissan Terrano Safety

Nissan Terrano boasts of a staunch and robust braking system. The front wheels of the compact SUV are incorporated with discs which make braking deft. While the front axle of the SUV has an independent McPherson strut type of mechanism with a coil spring and also a highly advanced anti-roll bar; the rear axle gets a torsion beam axle along with coil springs and a similar anti-roll bar for enhanced comfort for the rear passengers. Both these systems put together ensure that the passengers as well as the SUV are stable at all times.

The top-end versions of the Terrano are equipped with the sophisticated Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with electronic brake force distribution technology, coupled with brake assist and a stability control module to further upgrade the braking mechanism of the SUV. Other safety features comprise of an engine immobilizer, central locking, driver seat belt reminder, doors-not-well-closed reminder, rear defogger, reverse parking sensor and a heated tailgate glass warning light. View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Nissan Terrano Price

Nissan Terrano On-Road Price in India ranges from 11,19,510 to 16,18,135 for variants Terrano XL P and Terrano XV D PRE 110 PS AMT respectively. Nissan Terrano is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Nissan Terrano variants price in India.

Nissan Terrano Verdict

The Indian auto market is in for a treat from Nissan in the form of a fuel-efficient SUV named Terrano that is superior to its French cousin Renault Duster. The Renault-Nissan consortium has an agreement that the donor car will be positioned below the new model and hence the prices of the Terrano are higher as compared to the Duster. The good news for Indians is that the difference between the Terrano and its French cousin is a meagre 40,000 even for the top variant in India for price sensitivity is high in India.

Fiat Linea Engine & First Drive

Fiat Linea Overview

The Italian sense of design and styling is unparallel across the world and the physical proof it is exquisitely cited by Fiat Linea. Designed over the “Centro Stile” platform, Linea is an exclusive piece-of-art that comes with a complete package of power and performance. At present, the sedan is offered with two engine options that include a petrol and a diesel engine. Apart from a beautiful exterior design, Linea incorporates latest safety features and best-in-class comfort features. Fiat presently offers this sedan in five versions that include Active, Dynamic, Dynamic Pack, Emotion, and finally Emotion Pack. Each one of these trims can be availed with diesel and petrol fuel option.  Fiat Linea On road price starts from 9,42,861 /-. Check for price details of Fiat Linea in CarzPrice.

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Fiat Linea Design

The facelifted Linea looks updated but it still has the same neat and clean proportions which definitely tells you of its classy and premium nature.Talking about the changes the big grille at the front of the car which was there from the very beginning has been changed and it now has a two slat grille which looks more sober, the air dam too looks bigger and it also has been highlighted with chrome strips which has made the front face of the car more premium. The rest of the front remained same and you will instantly recognize it as the Linea by its huge curved headlamps and a sloping bonnet. You won’t find much of a difference at the side of the car except the noticeable new alloy wheels and side rear view mirrors which gets new turn indicators.

Walk towards the rear and you will notice that the rear bumper has also been adorned with a chrome strip just like its front and a black faux diffuser which has added a tougher look to the car. The number plate now finds its place in the boot lid which is another big change that we noticed at the rear of the car.I already mentioned earlier that the Linea has always been one of the best looking cars that you will find in this segment, now with all these above mentioned changes it has become more matured and looks even more premium and will surely appeal to a large section of crowd.

Fiat Linea Cabin

Fiat Linea interiors speak fluent Italian in terms of style and looks. One has to literally sit down when they enter the car which may not be very suitable for elderly members of family. The quality of plastics and upholstery used seems good and up to the mark. The front seats offer sufficient leg room while that from rear is average. Under thigh and back support offered is superb and gets full marks in terms of seating convenience. Things may not be very comfortable for rear seat accommodators in terms of head room, therefore tall people may want to take front seat.

Dash board is cool and looks well arranged. The three spoke power steering looks pretty stylish with mounted air-con and audio controls. The bright orange light in meters and MID gives a retro look while large fonts on MID helps you know all needed information in a comprehensive way. Some of the major things that it will help you know include date of next service, average as well as instantly fuel consumption, travel time, date, time, and distance before which you need to re-fuel your car.

The well discussed “My Car” feature lets one customise features of the car as per their own convenience. It will allow you to switch on/off airbags, control beep and buzzer volume, programme speed limit, lets you decide if you want doors to close automatically or not, and several other such features. Another major noteworthy aspect is the Microsoft’s designed “Blue&Me” that connects your phone to car’s system and allows you to give voice-activated commands, receive and make phone calls, change music tracks, and have your messages read out loudly. The Blue&Me system can effortlessly store your complete phonebook and act as a backup in moment of need. The comfort is taken a level up by the strong air-conditioner that manages to keep the car cabin chilled in scorching sunlight in desert areas too. For more info on Fiat Linea visit aryavarta.co.in

The rear curtain acts as another safeguard and helps maintaining low temperature on hot days. Another special comfort aspect is the height adjustable centre arm rest for driver which is first of its kind in this segment and a commendable addition. Storage spaces are sufficient, the two cup holders, a deep glove box, and door pockets lends a helping hand in keeping your small things in place. The car carries a capacity to accommodate four people comfortably; the fifth might have to be adjusted. A boot space of 500 litres compensates all other shortcomings as it swallows your entire luggage without a hitch. Other added comforts include a rear air vent, air con vents placed under the front seat to cool rear passengers’ feet, adjustable head restraints, electrical ORVMs, door ajar warning, and a few others.

Fiat Linea Performance

Fiat offers Linea with two engine options a 1.4-litre FIRE petrol power mill and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel power mill. Both engines have been placed transversely under the hood and use a 5-speed manual transmission to deliver power to front wheels. The petrol versions of the car are powered by a 1.4-litre FIRE petrol engine that displaces 1368cc to deliver power worth 91PS against a peak torque of 115Nm. A lag may be felt at higher speed as the engine can manage to pull the 1240kgs kerb weight of the car at lower speeds only. But that doesn’t mean it is slow, the car speedily accelerates from 0-100kmph speed in just 16 seconds and attains a top speed of 165kmph.

The diesel version of the car, on the contrary, is powered by a 1.3-litre 16 valve engine whose power and performance is enhanced by Multijet and Dual OverHead Camshafts (DOHC). The DOHC and Multijet not only enhances the efficiency of this engine but also help in improving its performance. The engine smoothly manages to delivers power worth 86PS along a maximum torque of 203Nm. The Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) supports the engine’s performance and helps it in gliding from rest to 100kmph speed within 15 seconds. The diesel version of Fiat Linea carries ability to attain a maximum speed of 170kmph.

Out of the two fuel options offered with this sedan it is its diesel version that makes it especially proud in terms of mileage. Fiat Linea delivers an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 20kmpl with its diesel engine. The fuel tank of the car bears a capacity to store 45-litres of fuel in one go which means with the diesel version you can easily travel a distance of 900kms in one go. The petrol version on the other hand delivers mileage of 15kmpl as certified by ARAI. The range of distance that can be covered via this version with a full tank is 675kms, not bad considering its cost and segment.Fiat Linea in Tryaldrive.

Fiat Linea  Rideing

Coupled with decent power output and five-speed manual transmission system, the diesel version of Linea attains a top speed of 165 kmph. Along with this, the car attains a speed of 100 kmph from standstill in just 13.8 seconds. On the other hand, the T-Jet petrol version achieves the same feat in around 11.14 seconds with a top speed of 170 kmph. The FIRE petrol engine propels the Linea to clock a top speed of around 160 kmph with 0-100 kmph in just 15 seconds.

Along with a decent output, the Linea is also blessed with a decent braking mechanism. The T-Jet Active version is featured with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which ensures a smooth braking and no skidding even at high speeds. Along with, the proficient suspension system of this car ensures that it remains stable and balanced even in non-favorable driving conditions.

Fiat Linea Safety

Fiat Linea is blessed with a number of safety features, which make it a reliable option to drive. Advancements like engine immobilizer with rolling code ensure that no outsider slips inside the car without the permission of the driver/occupants. Linea has a special fire prevention system that ensures that all the passengers are safely removed out of the car in case of fire. Other safety features of Linea include double crank prevention system, driver seat belt warning light, ABS and brake assist.

Fiat Linea Price

Fiat Linea On-Road Price in India ranges from 9,42,861 to 11,77,267 for variants Linea 1.4L Active Fire and Linea 1.4L T JET Emotion 125 S respectively. Fiat Linea is available in 5 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Fiat Linea variants price in India. .

Fiat Linea Verdict

Fiat Linea sets a high benchmark in C segment with its stunning looks, well done interiors, and above par driving dynamics. The car gives a tough competition to all its rivals now only in terms of style and design but also in terms of power and performance. The exteriors have been done really well which allows the car to enjoy a huge fan following. The excessive use of chrome gives it an upmarket appeal which is one of the favourite features in Indian automotive market. The acceptable ground clearance in combination with a strong suspension system makes it a suitable choice with respect to Indian roads. Those looking for long trips and frequent air port trips would love to have this car as the boot space easily swallows entire luggage, a higher bay though ask for long hands to place the luggage.

Datsun GO Facelift Overview & Performance

Datsun GO Overview

Datsun GO has received an update after a gap of four years. Changes to the hatchback have been made on the cosmetic front and it gets additional features that make it a better package altogether. In addition, the car maker has added new colour options to the carline. Styling changes have been made to the five-seat layout cabin; it now comes layered with a premium instrument cluster, sporty bolster cushioning and a host of other bits. Packed with the above changes, the Datsun GO price in India is pegged competitively. Datsun GO On road price starts from 3,53,701 /-. Check for price details of Datsun GO in CarzPrice.

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Datsun GO Design

The first thing that will catch your attention is the redesigned bumper which now also houses vertical LED daytime running strips – offered for the first time and only offered in top-spec trim – integrated into the blacked-out inserts. The new bumper design is aggressive and modern, which uplifts the GO’s demeanour to a large extent. Although the grille remains more or less unchanged, the redesigned mesh and its contrasting surrounds make it a lot more appealing than before. The most important update is the addition of the 14-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels – another first – in the top-spec trim. Previously, Datsun offered only steel rims and even this was for the T (O) guise.

At the rear, the changes are limited to the restyled bumper. Then there is the new body colour option – Amber Orange for the GO and Sunstone Brown for GO Plus – which also adds to the appeal. On the downside, you can still find uneven panel gaps all around the car. Overall, the quirky design of the GO (and the GO Plus) has been further enhanced with the updates and they get a proper JDM styling, making both the cars a considerable alternative

Datsun GO Cabin

The interiors have been given a heavy revision. The dashboard gets a new design which looks more appealing than the older cars. The GO gets a full black layout for the dash while the GO+ gets a dual-tone theme. Fit and finish has improved a lot and so has the quality of materials used in the cabin. The handbrake has been moved to its conventional location. The older GO came with only speakers and a port to mount your phone but now it gets a Blaupunkt touchscreen audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, etc. Sound quality is just average though. The USB port has been placed a bit inconveniently below the centre console.

Datsun claims that the vehicles come with anti-fatigue seats but honestly the front seats are quite thin and they lack proper support for the under-thigh while support for the back is good. Also the centre console which houses the gear lever is very large and it keeps hitting the knee of the driver and front passenger which gets really annoying because leg space is already very less. The seats aren’t very wide though. The rear seats offer average comfort but knee room is limited, more so when there’s a tall passenger sitting upfront. The GO has enough boot space for a couple of small bags while the GO+ comes with a third row which again has extremely limited space and isn’t suited to full-size adults. With the third row up, boot space in the GO+ is very negligible but with the last row folded, the cargo capacity gets increased drastically.

Datsun GO Performance

Under the hood of the GO and GO Plus is the same 1,198cc three-cylinder petrol motor as the older models. We know the older car was peppy in nature, and with the same Micra-sourced engine, this characteristic should have been retained. But to our surprise, this isn’t the case. Off the line, the Datsun is smooth but once on the move, there is no low-end grunt whatsoever. Under 2,000 rpm, there is no torque from the engine and it has to be revved higher to gain any kind of moment. Check for Datsun GO in aryavarta.co.in  

The motor feels best in the mid-range (past 2,500rpm) which was decent for both city and highway commute. In higher gears, the revs take their own sweet time to climb, and the speed gathered isn’t as much as you’d expect. Moreover, keeping the revs high in a city vehicle seems a bit ridiculous, because the engine noise at the higher rpm is anything but pleasant.But the biggest issue is its notchy gearbox. There’s a rubbery feel to it, and shifting gears is cumbersome, especially in traffic. It takes unnecessary effort sometimes to slot in the gear, and this gearbox is not meant for quick shifting.

Datsun GO Rideing

The suspension set up on the GO is pliant for our roads. The ride isn’t very plush but it is comfy enough unless the roads get really bad. The suspension travel is long and the GO siblings have a significant amount of body roll, which feels even more pronounced in the GO+ and sudden lane changes aren’t confidence inspiring. The steering doesn’t provide much feedback and is kind of vague. Braking performance is also pretty average and pedal doesn’t have a sharp bite.

Datsun GO Safety

The Datsun GO features safety bits such as driver side airbag, co-passenger airbag, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking sensors, central locking and driver seatbelt warning as standard across the line-up. It additionally comes with rear washer, rear defogger and rear wiper. Braking power on the entry-level hatchback is derived from disc front brakes and rear drum units.View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Datsun GO Price

Datsun Go On-Road Price in India ranges from 3,53,701 to 4,82,229 for variants Go D and Go Remix Limited Edition respectively. Datsun Go is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go variants price in India

Datsun GO Verdict

The Datsun GO 2018 facelift gets styling changes on the outside as well as inside. Datsun has also packed additional features such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, which is a segment-first feature. Overall, it is a better package than the pre-facelift version.The Datsun GO siblings feel better than before now but there is still a lot of room for improvement. If you really need a 7-seater on a tight budget, the GO+ is the only choice in the market but if you just need a regular hatchback, the GO is a decent proposition if the car will be used strictly within the city. Hyundai is going to launch the all new Santro very soon and this is one car that is likely to have an upper hand over the GO. Cars like the Tata Tiago also make for a good choice, if you can stretch your budget slightly.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Overview & Performance

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Overview

Mercedes has recently taken the covers off the facelift GLA Class which will be sold as the 2018 model. The car was recently unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The GLA was launched for the first time back in 2013 and it impressed everyone with its handling and refinement characteristics. Some of the main highlights of Mercedes first compact SUV included dynamic design, light footed handling and offcourse the premium interior. This new SUV also helped Mercedes become the broadest SUV range over all the other premium European car manufacturers. Mercedes Benz GLA Class  price range in India is between 36,71,912 to 44,02,720, check for detail pricing of Mercedes Benz GLA Class in Carzprice

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Mercedes Benz GLA Class Design

Yes, the GLA is an SUV but that does not mean you start vacating your parking space or think of getting more area to keep this one as it is very compact in dimensions. Unlike traditional SUVs, this one chooses to look more crisp than brawny.It might remind you of the A-Class but see it in real and the bigger car gets elevated. A pronounced radiator grille with twin slats and a handsome Mercedes Benz logo is the new face of all portfolio cars. It gives a familiar look to all models without making them look like twins. On the hood of the GLA are parallel running power bulges.There is a large air intake on the front bumper which has been treated in a glossy aluminium finish. The air pockets on both corners of the bumper look smart too. Adding to the front face are the newly designed Bi-Xenon headlights with LED day time lights. The LED curve which is now seen on all cars including the newly revealed AMG GT looks extremely stylish.

The side profile gets flared wheel arches. These arches and the lower running board area have plastic cladding making it look tough. We liked the 18inch alloys which Mercedes offers as standard equipment. While we say it is part of the standard list, these models cannot be termed as ‘reasonably’ priced because of the complicated designs and list of additions it gets over the A-Class.It shares its wheelbase with the premium hatch and that’s the only similarity in dimensions as the GLA is a longer vehicle. Visually, it looks bigger. This one has a ground clearance of 183mm meaning it is more capable to take soft roads in addition to tight manoeuvring on normal tarmac. The same can be vindicated with the fact of 235/50 R18 tyres being offered as standard.

What we loved about the styling are the design lines flowing in tandem. It is a SUV, which has been styled like a coupe especially the rhythmically flowing window section along with the character lines on the side profile. The C-Pillar flows smoothly on the waist line carrying the dynamic stance to the wide tail gate.Many would agree that the rear profile of the GLA  Class leaves a better impact than the front and side combined together. It is simply the attention to detailing like the split tail lights which are connected with a chrome lining or the lower exhaust surround which gets a brushed glossy finish with twin sporty exhausts.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Cabin

Now step inside and this is when you can’t make any difference between the A siblings if you are not a keen observer. Only way to feel the difference is the seat height, which is slightly above the average sedan height but in the world of SUVs, it is still low. What changes in the GLA facelift you ask? Well, nothing major apart from the new three-spoke steering wheel, ambient lighting with 12 colours and a bigger 8-inch infotainment display that now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The steering now has a 3D effect to it, the horn pad jutting out, looks nice. The screen is bright and clear but it’s not touch, you have to control it via the COMMAND system knobs. Otherwise everything is similar and the dashboard looks quite attractive, specially the slightly updated instrument cluster. I also like the way the aircon vents are styled, practical yet flashy. However, I really can’t digest the fact that a Rs. 40 lakh + Mercedes doesn’t come with auto climate control! It doesn’t even have a reverse parking sensor but thankfully gets a camera.

What you would like in the GLA is the fantastic quality, consistency and the feel of materials. Everything is top notch, the equipment list is quite strong too, push button start, panoramic sunroof, electric seats, driving modes, electric tailgate, etc. The seats also get soft leather which smells nice too. Now the rear seat experience is average if you have the SUV practicality in mind because headroom for tall passengers is limited and because of the huge transmission hump, the middle passenger might find it a squeeze. The tailgate now is electrically operational. The boot is quite big and accommodating but the spare space saver wheel just eats up a lot of space. For more info on GLA Class visit  aryavarta.co.in 

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Performance

The GLA range of SUV’s includes GLA 180 (petrol), GLA 200 (petrol), GLA 250 (petrol), GLA 250 4MATIC. The diesel variant on the other hand consists of the GLA 180 d (diesel), GLA 200 d (diesel), GLA 200 d 4MATIC (diesel), GLA 220 d (diesel) and GLA 220 d 4MATIC (diesel).The Mercedes GLA is available in the Indian market the GLA 200 and the GLA 200 and the GLA 200 D variants. The GLA 200 is powered by the 2.0 Litre, four cylinder unit which is capable of producing about 183 Hp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque in between 1800-2400 rpm. The GLA 200 D on the other hand gets the 2.2 Litre inline 4 diesel model which produces about 136 Hp of peak power and 300 Nm of torque in between 1600 to 3000 rpm. Both the engines are paired to a 7G-DCT 7 speed dual clutch transmission.The 2018 Mercedes GLA gets a new model in the form of GLA 220 4MATIC, this variant is powered by 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 135 kW (184 hp) and 300 Nm of torque.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Rideing

Mercedes has upped its game in the dynamics department with the newer lot of cars. Same is the case with the GLA and its ride and handling balance. I really like the way it soaks bumps and takes undulations. You won’t feel out of place on bad Indian roads with this pliant ride quality. Well, ride has been Mercedes’ forte always but they have managed to strike the right balance of handling as well. The nose turns in quickly with your steering inputs and the feedback isn’t numb. It provides consistent feel while cornering and you know where it’s going. Body roll is there but it’s not to the extent that you get annoyed, the roll is controllable. I was a bit disappointed with the brakes of my test car because the previous publication who got hold of it had tested it on the BIC. The brake pads were worn off and the pedal feel was inconsistent.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Safety

Safety is a big priority for the three-pointed star and the GLA gets high-tech equipment including ABS, ESP, 6 airbags, hill descent control, tyre pressure monitoring system, attention assist, etc. Mercedes is spreading its foothold in the Indian market rapidly and the network is getting quite strong pan India. In this scenario you need not worry about the after sales, which is quite manageable even in non-metro cities. Yes, it is a German luxury car and you should be ready for heavy bills if you damage a crucial part.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Price

Mercedes Benz Gla Class On-Road Price in India ranges from 36,71,912 to 44,02,720 for variants GLA Class 200 d Style and GLA Class 220 d 4MATIC respectively. Mercedes Benz Gla Class is available in 4 variants and 4 colours. Below are details of Mercedes Benz Gla Class variants price in India. View offers on Mercedes Cars from Mercedes dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Verdict

The Mercedes GLA gets additional equipment which definitely has helped the GLA to become even more value for money product. The improved aerodynamics on the other hand will help improve the overall fuel efficiency figures and also at the same time improve its overall handling. The interior too received its own significant updates as wellThere are some Android users who find their phone value for money and there are some Apple users who are addicted to the ecosystem and feel satisfied using the expensive phone. Same is the case with feature loaded full-sized 7-seater SUVs and compact luxury SUVs. Those who are living the ecosystem of luxury cars and can afford a Rs. 40 lakh compact SUV, the GLA is a beautiful car. You not only arrive in style and turn heads on signals but you also feel relaxed and comfortable driving the Merc.

Hyundai Grand i10 Performance & First Drive

Hyundai Grand i10 Overview

Hyundai, the second largest car maker in India is on a product offensive with eight new products slated to go on sale in India by the year 2020. The first among these will be the all-new Hyundai Santro which will sit below the Hyundai Grand i10. And while the Grand i10 still looks quite good, the company has already started testing the next generation model that has been spotted testing along with the Hyundai Carlino. Hyundai Grand i10 price range in India is between 5,30,257 to 8,67,300, check for detail pricing of Hyundai Grand i10 in Carzprice

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Hyundai Grand i10 Design

As part of the 2017 update, the new Hyundai Grand i10 gets three big changes on the outside. In this top of the line Asta trim, it gets a more sculpted front bumper with day time running LED lights. These bumpers, says Hyundai, besides giving the Grand a sportier presence, also helps the car’s aeros creating an air curtain around the front wheels. The end result is better fuel economy.

The rear bumper is new too. And though it doesn’t have any functional benefit, it does give the Grand that hint of freshness its rear-end needed so badly. The alloy wheel design is new too. Among the smaller changes is a revised grille, a longer antenna and the keyless entry access button is now only on the driver’s side. So, have these changes given the Grand a new lease on life? Not visually. It still looks a little staid against its newest challenger, the Ignis.

Hyundai Grand i10 Cabin

Inside the new hatchback still retains the dual tone beige and black interior with the touches of chrome and silver accents. Apart from the duel tone dashboard the seat upholstery also has been finished in Duel tone colours as well.

The newest addition to the interior is the large 7.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system which also features smartphone connectivity Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link. This infotainment system can easily connect with Smartphone navigation interface and also features a dedicated voice recognition button positioned on the steering wheels which promises to provide safe driving experience.

The rest of the interior however has been carried over from the pre-facelift variant. The ASTA trim now gets an automatic climate control system as standard.

Hyundai Grand i10 Performance

But the performance, courtesy the new diesel engine, is outstanding on the new Grand i10 1.2 D. It displaces 1186cc and makes 75bhp. But more importantly, the torque rating is up to 190Nm from 160Nm on the older 1.1-litre engine. The specs on paper finally put it on par with the Maruti Suzuki Swift or even the Ignis for that matter. The gearbox meanwhile is a five-speed manual and there’s no automatic option on offer just yet.On the road, the Grand i10 proves to be quicker than the Swift. It only took 13.2 seconds to complete the 0-100kmph run and another five seconds to go past the 400m mark from a standstill. There’s a dramatic improvement in the car’s driveability as well compared to the older Grand i10. The 1.2D is four seconds quicker in the 40-100kmph-tractability test against the 1.1-litre diesel powered Grand. What’s more, Hyundai says, the drop in fuel efficiency isn’t significant on the new car.

One can feel this difference even without the help of a VBOX. The throttle response is sharper, there’s more grunt all across the rev range, and courtesy the gearing, one can’t really feel the turbo lag on the new car either. The 1.2D Grand i10 pulls cleanly all the way to 4,500rpm and though it gets noisy past 3,500rpm, one doesn’t really need to go there. Keep the Grand i10 1.2D between the 1,500 to 2,500rpm and it is happy to motor around in this rev range all day be it in the city or doing triple digit speeds on the highway.

Hyundai Grand i10 Driving

Ride is another strong quality of the Grand i10. It might seem a bit noisy over poor surfaces. But, the absorption quality and the suspension’s ability to keep all the tyres connected to the road no matter the size of bumps and potholes or the frequency and amplitude of road ripples, is excellent. It does make for a comfortable car.

Hyundai Grand i10 Safety

Talking about the safety features, the facelift Grand i10 gets advanced safety features like Rear Parking Assist System with Dual Airbags, ABS, Reverse Parking Sensors and newly introduced Rear Parking Camera which displays all the output on the newly added 7.0 Inch touchscreen monitor.

Hyundai Grand i10 Price

Hyundai Grand I10 On-Road Price in India ranges from 5,30,257 to 8,67,300 for variants Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol and Grand i10 1.2 Asta Diesel respectively. Hyundai Grand I10 is available in 10 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Grand I10 variants price in India. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Hyundai Grand i10 Verdict

The only aspect we haven’t touched upon yet is the new Grand i10’s dynamic ability. For starters, it feels stable and safe at three digit speeds on the highway, so that’s well covered. It’s got decent brakes too. But, if you love driving, the Grand i10 might not appeal to you. The steering lacks feel, the chassis seems mute and though it feels up to the task of taking on quick direction changes, it really isn’t a car that excites.

But, if you are looking for a practical, comfortable, usable and easy to live with diesel-powered hatchback, the new Grand i10 fits the bill. It’s well equipped too in this Asta trim. And with the current generation Swift on its swan song, not to mention the Ignis’ polarising appeal, the Grand really has it good with at least another three years left in it and a design that’s certainly more palatable.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

Call it a hatchback cum SUV or a blend of crossover and hatchback, Maruti Suzuki Ignis is a sub-4 meter vehicle serving as one of the most popular models in company’s portfolio. Maruti Suzuki India has tagged Ignis as the premium urban compact car. Before its launch everybody thought that Ignis is the premium car but soon all the opinions became thwarted as it came out to be one of the most affordable cars being sold via premium NEXA showroom. Maruti Ignis is built on the same platform that underpins the Boleno. A funky crossover, Maruti Ignis is an interesting vehicle mainly designed for the youth with attractive looks, premium interiors, advanced features, powerful and fuel efficient engine, all packed in reasonable price tag. Maruti Suzuki Ignis price range in India is between 4,67,464/-to 7,66,301/, check for detail pricing of Maruti Suzuki Ignis in Carzprice

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Design

The first thing one would notice is the unconventional design language! The LED projector headlamps with a U-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps will ask for a second glance. Mated to the black and chrome grille, the Suzuki logo, as well as the large front bumper give the compact crossover a front fascia that hasn’t been usually seen on a Maruti Suzuki car, the Baleno and Ciaz being the exceptions here. Move to the side and there the 15-inch alloy wheel, available on the Zeta and Alpha trims with 175/65 section rubber add to the raised stance of the vehicle. The strong shoulder line with a large glass area clearly states that this is no conventional hatchback, but a compact crossover which cannot be missed. The only odd looking part (for some) in the Ignis is the three slats on the C-pillar.

The rear is where the company follows its simple design language, but with a dash of earthy design and the large tail lamps with the number plate housing, exude it. And it’s not that the Ignis can be purchased in just a fixed set of exterior colours. The car can be customised according to each buyer’s taste and Maruti Suzuki would do it, at an additional cost. So, no voiding warranty and you also give a unique character to your car.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Cabin

The Maruti Ignis interior is finished in dual-tone Black and Ivory shades. The illuminated instrument cluster with carbon fibre texture on louvers and speedometer is delightful. The infotainment system gets smartphone connectivity experience with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link – a first-in-segment feature! It is the first car in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio to offer Android Auto feature, which enables the occupants to connect their Smartphone with the infotainment, hence make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music and audio books. In addition, Android Auto also helps in getting real-time traffic update via Google Navigation and access to other supported apps.

Maruti Ignis comes with decent cabin space for the occupants. The headroom and leg room for the front and rear occupants is praiseworthy. The boot capacity at 265 litre is also acceptable and it can be extended with 60:40 rear split. The cockpit-styled AC Panel, AC switches and EDM-inspired illumination in the speedometer are a few fresh things that Ignis offers.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance

The car is powered by tried and tested 1.2L K-series petrol unit which produces 83PS and 113Nm of max torque. The same engine is working quite well in other Maruti cars including Swift, Baleno and Dzire and the performance feels no different. The powertrain is refined and smooth and loves to be revved hard. At time it can be a blast to drive too, thanks to the low kerb weight at 865kgs.

Further, the 5-speed manual gearbox is slick to operate with the light clutch promoting the positive action. The engine is punchy enough in the low and mid-range which makes it potter in and around the city quite swiftly. Having said that, it is easy to leave the engine soaring between 1000-2000 rpm when commuting within city premises. Coming to the automatic transmission, the AMT does the job right job of swapping gears. In fact, the response time of the downshifts is much better in certain situations.

There is also a manual mode but that is ideal only in relaxed driving mood since the logic of the gearbox keeps you in search for power and left you waiting till the response comes. But what one would need to get accustomed at times is that the car pounces forward even if you have put your foot off the throttle while turbo spooling continues to feed the powertrain. At highway driving as well, the AMT seems to be more comfortable as the driver builds up speed in moderate manner. This means comfortable cruise with the occupants having smoother experience.

Now, in a fuel-efficiency sensitive segment, the Ignis being light (maximum kerb weight of kg) has a claimed mileage figure of 20.68 kmpl for the petrol and 26.9 kmpl for the diesel variants. In our short drive, the system indicated that for each litre of fuel, the petrol covered approximately 14 km and the diesel crossed 17 km easily. Compared to the real-world scenario and when compared in its segment, these numbers are reasonable and light on the owner’s pocket.Fuel economy figures of Ignis falls in the more than acceptable range. The car gives ARAI certified mileage of 20.89kmpl which is still good when we put it to compare with the rivals.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Rideing

If there is one compromise that a car with a tall stance has to do with better ground clearance, it is the ride and handling bit. The handling is neutral and during our short test, the suspension setup was neutral. Over normal curves, there is a little body roll, but nothing is unsettling and on straight highways, the stability is impressive. There is ample feedback from the electric power steering on the highway as well as the in the city. Since most of our driving included commuting through urban areas with a little high-speed use, it is safe to say that the ride and handling is one of the better-tuned ones in its segment.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety

The car features disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. They are good but performance is not exceptional, however, in hard braking conditions, the vehicle doesn’t feel unnerved to stop in a straight line. The car can do better if fitted with wider set of tyres. ABS which is standard comes to rescue only in hard braking conditions, especially in emergency.Other standard fitment includes dual airbags, ISOFIX rear child seat mount, speed sensing auto door lock and driver seat belt reminder. Other key features include rear parking sensors with rear parking camera, rear defogger and rear wiper. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Price

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 4,67,464/- (Ignis 1.2 Sigma MT) to 7,66,301/- (Ignis 1.3 Alpha MT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ignis from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Verdict

At the launch event, Maruti Suzuki’s head honcho announced that Ignis had received nearly 6000 bookings in the fortnight prior to the launch. This automatically shows the faith of Indian buyers in a Maruti product, and Maruti Ignis, with its salient features, sufficiently good ride quality and belligerent pricing, won’t disappoint the buyers. In all, it is an excellent product developed for city driving, pre-dominantly.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Engine & Test Drive

Maruti Ertiga Overview

The first generation Maruti Ertiga tasted huge success, thanks to its sheer practicality, fuel efficient engines and a compact silhouette that could seated 7 passengers. The pricing too was quite attractive and competitive. Since its six years of existence, Ertiga has managed to create a success story of its own, making it one of the popular MPVs among others. So, to continue with the same spree, Maruti Suzuki introduced the second-gen model of Ertiga with the competitive pricing, more comfort features and fresh set of engine options. The new Ertiga comes with the all-new design along with an all-new Heartect platform. Just by looking at the new MPV one can say that it’s a better car as compared to its older model. The second-gen Ertiga do offers extra to the buyers with new design and advanced features while retaining its value proposition by competitive pricing.  Maruti Ertiga On road price starts from 6,44,625/-. Check for price details of Maruti Ertiga in CarzPrice.

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Maruti Ertiga Design

The all-new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has a fresh design and it only takes a short glance to realise this. The highlight is the front, which looks straight out of a car and looks good. The chrome studded grille is a first for this price-segment and has been done tastefully to give the vehicle a premium look. Flanking the grille on either sides are sleek headlamp units with projectors that not only bring some sharpness to the design but provide good illumination as well. Tie all these up with a new hood and smart looking bumper and what you get is a front that is no longer boring to look at but has some desirable elements too.

From the side, the new Maruti Ertiga leaves a long impression on your eyes and that’s because it is longer than its predecessor. However, the strong shoulder line running from the tail lamp up to the front accentuates the length and the new alloy wheels also play a considerable part in offsetting the visual fatigue of length. Similar to the front, the rear is completely new and it’s the vertically-stacked tail lamps that take the center stage here. Yes, they are similar to Volvo SUVs but that’s only a good thing on a Maruti. The sharp lines on the boot lid and the bumper compliment the overall design further and make the new Ertiga a good vehicle to look at from the front and rear.

Overall, the biggest change for me in terms of design in the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the fact that it no longer is a bland-looking MPV. Instead, it looks younger, smart and appealing, which should make it appealing to young buyers, something the previous Ertiga wasn’t good at.

Maruti Ertiga Cabin

The cabin is the place where there are more chances of sealing the deal. And since Ertiga is known for its sheer practicality, it would be better to start with the practical aspects of the car. The interior beige interiors lends a sense of roominess inside augmented by massive glass area so much so that one would find it difficult to differentiate between a windshield and the second row door window. All the three rows can be reclined along with adjustable headrests functionality, and this comes as standard. Pretty cool!

Egress especially for the elderly would be more convenient as the floorpan is quite low and the middle door looks like a gate. Coming to the cabin space, each row can absorb adults, even 6-footers but the second row is little constricted but still usable, however. While comparing to the older Ertiga, there is not much difference in terms of space in the first and second row, but the third row does have improved shoulder, head and kneeroom. This also makes the second generation Ertiga more of a true 7-seater MPV. Even the third rowers will get some benefit from the ergonomically placed rear AC blower at the second row.

This brings us to the quality of the auto AC unit which is fortunately doesn’t look like an aftermarket fitment while the AC vents are styled like those we have seen in Audi cars. The SmartPlay infotainment unit is the same unit working in other Maruti cars and it works pretty well. Then there is solid looking flat-bottomed steering wheel with smoothly finished wooden inserts reflects the effort of the carmaker towards making a special car. The dashboard is fresh unlike the earlier one which was a straight lift from Swift. Though, the interiors of the car are upmarket, the plastic quality is average and it’s nothing great when it comes to fit and finish.

The ‘second generation’ tag comes with some speciality and it can be seen in first in class ventilated cupholders, colour multi-information display and 12V charging sockets for all the three rows. The new MID with coloured TFT which is also working in the new Ciaz features tachometer and gives relevant vehicle information including gear shift indicator, digital clock, outside temperature, distance to empty and fuel consumption. The car also get a big boot space of 209L with all the seats occupied while folding third and second row can expand the boot space to 550L and 803L respectively. The third row also has reclining feature that allows you to adjust between the passenger comfort and luggage space. For extra space, the carmaker has given two cubbies underneath the boot floor, enough for a backpack of a toddler.

Though the car is feature loaded with aspects such as push engine start/stop switch, electrically adjustable/foldable ORVM and automatic climate control, there are some misses. The car does not have auto headlamps, no steering reach adjustment while the cruise control is also missing, may be the company wanted to keep the price tag within the reach of the middle income families. Overall, the carmaker has done a pretty decent job in enhancing the cabin comfort and space in the new Ertiga.

Maruti Ertiga Performance

In terms of engine and gearbox, the biggest change in the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the inclusion of a new 1.5 litre petrol engine, which we saw making its debut in new Ciaz. In is in similar state of tune it develops 104 hp and 138 Nm of torque. This engine also comes with the updated SHVS technology, which we saw in Ciaz and this comes with lithium-ion battery, resulting in higher output and efficiency. The system stores braking energy and it uses it back at the time of acceleration which Maruti Suzuki terms as a Torque Assist. This results in improved fuel-efficiency. This was a short drive but we’ll soon do a detailed test of the car to find its real-world efficiency.

The motor is quite smooth to start with and has adequate power to move around the vehicle with ease. Even on the highways while overtaking the long trailers there is enough power on tap. The other engine option is the tried and tested 1.3 litre diesel engine with a manual gearbox only. In terms of noise vibration and harshness levels the insulation isn’t exceptionally good and it isn’t bad as well so it is at a point where sound that filters into the cabin will not bother you but a slight improvement could have been made as far as the decibel levels are concerned.

The 5-speed manual gearbox works well it is paired well to the engine and the automatic transmission also does a good job but is primarily aimed at someone looking at urban use. Gearshifts happen at a reasonably good pace but the lack of any option to shift manually is a miss.

Maruti Ertiga Rideing

Maruti Suzuki are the masters in suspension tuning and it’s no different with the Ertiga new model. The ride at slow city speeds is comfortable and the suspension soaks up most bumps with complete aplomb. As speeds rise, the suspension manages to feel planted and reassuring. The steering has decent feedback too. This car errs on the side of comfort so don’t expect it to be an adroit handler. But also remember that MPVs are meant for comfort and so the steering feedback is in line with that. There is generous body roll around corners but it is always under control.

Maruti Ertiga Safety

The brakes are progressive and have considered bite force. And the icing on the cake is that the carmaker has further bolstered the braking mechanism by adding ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as part of standard fitment package. Other standard features include ISOFIX child seat anchorage in the second row, rear parking sensors and high speed alert system.Move up in the variant list and you will find options such as ESP, Hill Hold Assist, front seat belt height adjuster, front fog lamps and reverse parking camera.

Maruti Ertiga Price

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 6,44,625/- (Ertiga LXI) to 10,51,922/- (Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Ertiga Verdict

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes out as a winner when looked at from an overall perspective and has a lot of good things going for it. It’s got a good looking design, spacious cabin, good features, a smart infotainment system and it drives and rides well too. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is priced between Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 10.90 lakh and is nicely feature packed across the variant range. Right now the vehicle has no direct competition although it is being compared to the Mahindra Marazzo. However, keep in mind Marazzo is not a direct rival to Ertiga. It is a vehicle from different segment a slightly more premium vehicle and till the time the new Ertiga has no direct rival it is going to enjoy good sales and will build further on the success of the older model.

Audi A4 Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Audi A4 Overview

Audi A4 is the sedan that combines technology and aesthetics to provide the most refined experience to the buyers. The vehicle has propelled into a new generation and has become more advanced. This time Audi A4 has received a plethora of changes that make the vehicle a much better product. The fight between the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and BMW 3 Series has chronicled over the passing time. Mercedes and BMW have already updated their cars for better sales, its Audi’s turn now to bring the A4 at par with the competition. The car was launched back in April 2017 with a new diesel engine which is now more powerful and fuel efficient than the earlier one. Audi A4  On road price starts from 38,92,397/-. Check for price details of Audi A4  in CarzPrice

 

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Audi A4 Design

The new Audi A4 at first glance doesn’t look too different from its predecessor and it’s hard to make out if this one’s a facelift or a new model. Audi says this is a completely new car with no component sharing between it and the older model. While I’m certain Audi is right about that, the A4 doesn’t look what one would expect an all-new version to be like. Zoom in on the details or walk closer and it becomes clear that the A4 now looks much more stately, premium and pricey.

The sharp LED headlamps with a dynamic DRL design flank the trademark Audi grille draped in chrome. The long hood now features a clamshell design, which along with the shoulder line lend the side profile a hint of dynamism. The new A4 is longer by 25 mm than the older car, which should help space inside the cabin but more on that in a bit. Moving on to the rear, once again everything is new but the only thing that really stands out is the new LED tail lamp cluster with dynamic turn signals.

Audi A4 Cabin

The cabin is a lot more different from the previous model. In fact, the design of the dashboard is reminiscent of the new Q7 SUV. The carmaker has focused the design for a more driver-centric approach. And this can be seen in the new smart and sharp 12.3-inch MID display that has ditched the conventional looking dials. The instrument cluster now sports a large speedometer and tachometer imparting a plethora of information. The driver can also switch views to get information such as tank range, average efficiency besides music and navigation maps. All these amenities would prevent the driver from distraction.

Coming to the design and built quality, the dashboard features wooden screen running across the length. The ac vents sits just above the wooden dashboard panel and looks like running end to end with the dashboard. And once again, the traits of the Q7 are evident. The 7 inch infotainment system at the centre is fixed though it looks like a pop-up unit offered in many other Audi cars. The cabin of the new A4 also features state-of-the- art MMI which is now loaded with more features. The controls are fresher and the unit is slick to operate. Then there is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for easing out your job of music and phone calls on the go.

For more convenience, the front armrest has been bestowed with 2 USB slots, Aux-in ports, SC card slots as well as a SIM card slot. So, there is no dearth of connectivity be it music, handling phone calls, WiFi or the internet. This is not the end, the same front armrest also contains wireless phone charging dock so your devices are never out of juice. Buttons and switches look elegant and are also touch sensitive. This means unless you have the intention of changing the setting of the AC, a mere touch on the panel can give you the needed information. The yatch-like drive mode selector seems to be lifted from A8 which does add to the premium feel.

In terms of seating, the carmaker has provided a wide range of seat adjustments with both driver and passenger side getting full set of controls. The seats are upholstered in leather or pashmina beige. The increase in the dimensions has translated into increased passenger comfort. There is a generous amount of comfort not only on the front but the legroom and headroom at the rear are astonishingly good. Other luxurious highlights of the car include glass sunroof, triple-zone climate control, electrically foldable ORVM and engine start/stop button among others.

Audi A4 Performance

The new model comes with 3 engine options – the 1.8 TFSI with 170bhp, which starts at just under 28 lakhs (ex-showroom), the 2.0 TDI with 143bhp, which starts at just under 30 lakhs, and the (current) top-of-the-line 3.0 TDI Quattro that produces 245bhp, but costs almost 40 lakhs. Both the 1.8 petrol and 2.0 litre diesel come with front-wheel drive and CVT gearboxes to maximise efficiency (and reduce cost), while the 3.0 TDI has Audi’s S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. Now, after having fallen in love with the 177bhp 2.0 TDI Quattro, mated to a 7-speed S-tronic, in the Q3, I can’t quite figure out why Audi doesn’t provide the option of this configuration in the Audi A4 – as opposed to the much more expensive, and therefore very low volume, 3.0 TDI.

Right, that’s enough numbers – so, how does the car feel? We started out on a small autocross track set up in the parking lot of the BIC to get a feel for the 1.8TFSI. The first thing you notice is that the new electro-mechanical steering provides a little more feedback than it does in the A6. It weighs up nicely at speed, and the Audi A4 certainly goes where you point it. The course was set up in such a manner so as to experience quick direction changes, as well as grip levels through a winding hairpin bend. And, with the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) on, the electronics control the chassis with such precision that you can virtually drive the entire course with your foot flat to the floor – in the knowledge that the ESP will sort out the chassis dynamics for you.

Audi A4 Rideing

Ride and handling in the new A4 is massively better than the older version and that makes a strong case for chauffeur-driven buyers. The steering too is better than the older car’s and weighs up adequately but still doesn’t transmit enough feedback through corners. The corners themselves are handled in an acceptable manner and one has to keep in mind that this is a front-wheel driven car and doesn’t come with the famed Quattro technology. Pushing the car hard around corners results in understeer, although body-roll isn’t much.

Overall, the new A4 30 TFSI is a car that will do the job of moving around within cities and between them on highways with ease but will not end up putting a smile on the driver’s face. During our test, the car did the 0-100 km/h sprint in 8.72 seconds (using a hand-held GPS device) and returned an average fuel-efficiency of 12.17 km/l, comprising mostly of city traffic. The acceleration numbers might not be exciting but the fuel-efficiency ones surely are impressive.

Audi A4 Safety

Coming to the braking department, it’s very much predictive without any guesswork. The car can quickly shed the speed in the straight line without any fuss. In terms of safety, the car comes loaded with top-notch safety kit including 8 airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, vehicle stability control system and hill assist. Other aspects include front and rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, warning triangle, first aid kit, tyre pressure monitoring system and anti-theft device among others. View offers on Audi Cars from Audi dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Audi A4 Price

Audi A4 Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 38,92,397/- (A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus) to 44,14,873/- (A4 35 TDI Technology). Get best offers for Audi A4 from Audi Dealers in India

Audi A4 Verdict

The new Audi A4 is a great improvement over the last model in terms of features, comfort and efficiency. It doesn’t feel quite up there when it comes to exterior design and driving fun though. The way I see it, the new A4 is an ‘in-betweener’ in its segment since it does a bit of everything without really being the outright leader in any one area. This isn’t a bad thing though, especially in India, where people demand everything from their cars. Being an ‘in-betweener’ is actually the strength of the A4 as it will appeal to a wider range of consumers.So if you are in the luxury market and are more inclined towards being cocooned in a cabin with modern tech and a smart infotainment system, the new A4 fits the bill. For chauffeur-driven buyers too the A4 is a good option as it’s comfortable and fuel-efficient. Where the car misses out is on driving fun so if that’s your prerogative, the new A4 30 TFSI isn’t the car for you.