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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.

Jeep Compass Review & First Drive

Jeep Compass Overview

The Jeep Compass has been in news since the automaker announced its plans of introducing a vehicle built in India for specifically the Indian buyers. Well, now after a wait for over a couple of years, it is finally here. And, we are immensely delighted that FCA India – the parent company – gave it a go ahead and launched it in the Indian market. The Compass is built at the Ranjangaon production facility with around 65 percent local content. The company has presented it in three trims – Sport, Longitude and Limited – with a total of 10 variants, out which 7 are in diesel fuel trim whereas 3 are in petrol guise. The SUV’s exterior styling is based on the elder sibling, the Grand Cherokee, with several sporty elements.The interior cabin is quite innovative with a plethora of comfort features and storage spaces. Jeep has paid utmost importance to the safety of occupants as it has incorporated as many as a dozen contemporary features. The SUV would also feature a 4X4 drive system, while also getting an automatic transmission.  Jeep Compass price range in India is between 15,16,766/- to 21,37,751/, check for detail pricing of Jeep Compass in Carzprice

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Jeep Compass Design

Like they said, SUVs these days look a bit softer and have lost that brutish SUV design. The Jeep Compass’s design however, manages to be both – modern and premium-looking as well as rugged and intimidating. When you look at it in person, it doesn’t seem very large, but in the rear view mirror, it looks quite large thanks to the wide, square-ish front. What adds that premium touch is the resemblance to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. From the side, it does look quite muscular, but not in an overwhelming way – more like a lean athlete-like rather than a bulky body builder. However, the wheels look just a little too small for the rest of the body and the rear wheel isn’t positioned at the centre of the wheel arch. The rear meanwhile, looks smart and quite interesting with the LED elements in the taillights and the chrome strip running all around the car.

Jeep Compass Cabin

The interiors again reminds one of the Grand Cherokee and the upmarket feel continues inside as well. The top of the dash uses soft-touch plastics which adds to the premium feel. That said, the 7-inch touchscreen could have done without the piano black surround and could have been an inch bigger. The steering wheel feels nice to hold while the instrument pods behind it wear a simple yet appealing look. The multifunction display offers a crisp resolution and a whole lot of information. One of the highlights inside is the gear lever top which is a ball of metal with a satin finish. Thanks to drafts of cold air from the blowers it stays cool and feels nice to hold. Storage space is limited with just a small cavity behind the gear lever, followed by two cup holders behind, and a glovebox under the sliding armrest.The top of the dashboard was finished in black while its lower half and the seats were finished in white. The seats are part leather and the white hue looks good with the contrasting red stitching, but I’m afraid the seats will get covered in grime too soon and start looking dull. Of course, black hued seats are on offer as well. The quality of some of the matte black plastics like the ones on the door panels could have been better but everything inside does have a solid, built to last feel.

Yes. There’s good amount of space at the front and there’s ample legroom and kneeroom for the second row as well. I’m just an inch less than six feet in height and headroom was adequate though taller people will feel otherwise. The rear seatback is set at a comfortable angle and there’s ample under thigh support thanks to the added width of the seat squab. Seating a third person at the back could be a bit of an issue though due to the contour of the seat squab and the transmission tunnel. The feature list is impressive on the Limited version we drove, which is the top-end diesel variant. Six speakers offer a crisp audio quality and the infotainment system comes equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Limited variant also gets a reverse camera with guiding lines and the resolution of the camera is good. Headlights are bi-xenon HID units and offer good illumination in the dark.There are a few misses though. For instance, the inside rear view mirror doesn’t get auto-dimming, and even the driver’s seat has to be adjusted manually. There’s an electric park brake, though we would have liked a manual one instead. On the other hand, the tail gate has to be operated manually though that’s something we would have liked with an automative system. Also, there is no option of a sunroof, which is a glaring omission. The left side of the steering wheel houses switches for the multifunction display between the clocks, but the right side only has a set of blank switches, possibly for cruise control, which isn’t being offered currently.Audio controls sit under the steering wheel quirkily and could have been integrated on the top as well. There is a separate USB port for rear seat occupants, which is a thoughtful addition.

Jeep Compass Engine

The 1.4 Multiair is a Fiat engine and delivers 161 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. The engine choice did surprise many with a lot of doubt on whether or not a 1.4 is good enough for a car of this size. So, first up let me allay your fears -it is not just enough, but does well. Even though the engine is surprisingly punchy – it is a bit of a slow starter though, as there is a hint of lag under 2000 rpm. But things get effortless thereafter as the gearbox is mated very well to the motor.It’s very smooth through the changes too, though it’s a bit slower to respond in heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic at times. It certainly has the smoothness to go with the Compass‘ premium appeal as well as its excellent ride quality. Like its diesel counterpart, the petrol too has the ability to swallow mostly anything that comes its way and can take on potholes or bad roads with ease. The steering feels a tad heavier but the 17-inch wheels glide over mostly all rough surfaces with no complaints. Even the mileage that you get on the automatic, 14.1 kmpl, is something that you can’t complain about.The petrol and diesel look identical of course. And the same holds true for the interior save for the auto gearshift! We have already run you through the features in our in-depth drive review on the diesel car and you can read that here. That petrol auto is only available in the higher specs is a bit odd

Jeep Compass Rideing

The Jeep Compass’s suspension set up manages to bring a bit of comfort, ruggedness and impressive handling. It gets a MacPherson strut set-up at the front and an independent Chapman strut set-up at the back with Koni’s frequency sensitive dampers. This system works like adjustable dampers without all the expensive and complicated electrical systems. It uses hydraulic valves to control how much damping happens, depending on the frequency of suspension movement – high frequency (when you drive over bad roads) will reduce damping for better ride quality, while low frequency (when on smooth roads) will increase damping for better stability and handling.

Does it work? Yes! Over bad roads, the Compass while happily absorb ruts and potholes without complaint and it also feels quite rugged. However, there is a fair amount of movement at the rear seat. At the same time, when on smooth tarmac, the Jeep Compass will stay surprisingly flat through corners even when you push it hard. At the same time, steering feels direct, weighs up well at high speeds and offers good feedback too. This makes it one of the most involving cars to drive in this price bracket.

Jeep Compass Safety

The Jeep Compass gets disc brakes at front as well as rear. The SUV comes with as many as 50 safety and security features in form of Four-channel Anti-lock Brakes, full-function Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Panic Brake Assist, Hydraulic Boost Failure Compensation, Electronic Roll Mitigation etc. Additionally, the company has incorporated 6 Airbags (side curtains for front and rear-passengers), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) and Reverse Parking Camera to further strengthen the safety of the occupants. View offers on Jeep Cars from Jeep dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Jeep Compass Price

Jeep Compass Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 15,16,766/- (Compass Sport 1.4 Multi AIR Petrol) to 21,37,751/- (Compass Limited 4X4 O 2.0 Diesel). Get best offers for Jeep Compass from Jeep Dealers in India

Jeep Compass Verdict

Come to think of it, the dynamic abilities of the Compass are what make it shine as an SUV. Be it on road or off it, the Compass gave us little to complain about with its handling. Sure, the diesel engine is a bit noisy but that’s something that hardly comes in the way of an engaging drive thanks to the well set-up suspension and responsive steering. Boot space could have been slightly better, but most buyers wouldn’t mind trading that for the excellent legroom for second-row occupants. The feature list, at least on the Limited version we drove, is up to the mark as well, which adds to the SUV’s appeal.

Its pricing then is key to the success of the Compass in our country, which is a highly price sensitive market, and we expect Jeep to price it in the 18-24 lakh rupee price bracket. The Compass is certainly a bread and butter model for the Jeep brand in India, and if priced well at the time of its launch this August, will certainly help Jeep rake in volumes and even achieve the cult status it enjoys the world over as an SUV maker.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Performance & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Overview

Think of a Baleno and the first picture that comes to my mind is the yellow rally car jumping really high up in the air. In fact Team OVERDRIVE’s very own Suresh captured the famous click more than a decade back. Production ended a few years later and the Baleno went on to become a cult car. It still is used in rallying – even I experienced one in the INRC and till date, it remains one of my best rally car experiences. Maruti Suzuki makes very different cars today, but they’ve brought back the Baleno label in the form of an all-new premium hatchback. Maruti Suzuki Baleno price range in India is between 5,27,570/- to 8,46,177/, check for detail pricing of Baleno in Carzprice

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Maruti Suzuki finally re-enter this segment. They did start the segment by introducing the Swift way back in 2005. The car was replaced with an all-new model but over the years, the car had lost that premium feel. The i20 and Jazz are a lot more appealing and have proved that larger and more expensive hatchbacks do well in India too. The new Baleno in a way is a larger and more premium Swift. It is Maruti Suzuki’s answer to Honda and Hyundai. The car was very recently premiered in Frankfurt and is now ready to go on sale in India.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Design

When Maruti decided to segregate its premium range from the usual, it made sure the difference is conspicuous in the look, feel and experience. Baleno is a chic hatchback that gets a contemporary design on the lines of rivals. Reminiscent of Swift, front features honey-comb mesh grille with sleek chrome surrounding meeting with the projector head lamps. Lower side of bumper has air-dams and fog lamps. View from side is pretty impressive too, the tapering widow glass, prominent beltline, flared wheel arches and slightly sloping roof add to the overall appeal. Get to the back and you realise how much attention Maruti has paid to the design of the car. The protruding boot make things stand out for Baleno, other key styling elements like chrome garnish beneath the raking wind-screen, pointed spoiler and well-shaped tail lamps further accentuate the chic tail.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cabin

Honestly, car wasn’t very impressed with the interior when we first saw it at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month. And Maruti executives confirmed that the cars given to us in India are closer to production, which explains why it seems a lot more likeable now. The smart all-black cabin looks upmarket and sporty, but there are plenty of parts carried forward from other Maruti Suzuki models, which steals some of the freshness away. We expected the premium-positioned Baleno to use some soft plastic parts on the dashboard and maybe leather upholstery options, which could have made the cabin even better. Apart from this there’s not much to complain about, as the fit and finish is pretty decent for the segment.

The front seats are large, comfortable and well bolstered. Thankfully, the driver’s seat is height-adjustable, which helps get a good driving position. In fact, the tilt and reach adjustable steering further helps this cause. The icing on the cake is the positioning of the switches and buttons, all of which are well within reach, making the cabin ergonomically sound.As desired in this segment, the cabin is spacious and there’s plenty of space at the back too. What’s most impressive is the excellent knee room for the rear seat passengers – something Maruti car buyers were always left desiring more for until now. India being a predominantly chauffeur-driven country, this will not go unnoticed. There’s a spacious boot too, with a very useable 339 litres of storage space.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Performance

In terms of engine options, the Baleno gets the same proven 1.2-litre K-Series and DDiS DOHC motors. The petrol engine is peppy and rev happy. Power delivery is linear and throttle response is fantastic too. The international Baleno gets the new 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet engine but there is still some time before this new motor makes it to India. The lower kerb weight, however, should make the car slightly quicker than the Swift. The 5-speed gearbox offers precise and positive shifts and is a delight to use. There’s also a CVT option offered for the first time in a Maruti Suzuki hatchback in India. The typical rubberband effect exists and is a pain when you put your foot down on the accelerator. It’s a typical CVT, so it works best in city and when driven at half throttle on the highway. Triple digit speeds come at 1,500rpm so one doesn’t have to give it the beans to extract decent performance from the engine. The fuel efficiency claimed is a best in class 21.4kmpl.

The DDiS unit used doesn’t feature a VGT, so power output is not 90PS but 75PS instead. While the motor offers good driveability and best in class claimed efficiency (27.39kmpl), the more powerful motor seen in the Ciaz and S-Cross would have made it more appealing. Besides, rivals like the i20 and Jazz produce more power. That aside, the engine is refined but engine clatter and noise are slightly on the higher side. NVH levels, however, are lower than the Swift. The 5-speed transmission is tuned well and makes good use of the 190Nm torque.Fuel economy for diesel engine is rated at 27.39 km/l and petrol trims are claimed to deliver 21.4 km/l. The light body weight infers good power to weight ratio which reflects in the performance both in terms of fuel efficiency and while on the go.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rideing

Another highlight of the Baleno is its ride. The suspension is set up well for Indian roads. The car doesn’t crash into potholes or bad surfaces and instead, glides over them. There’s also 170mm of ground clearance. We drove over a few bad surfaces and never once did the belly scrape. The steering feel is a lot like the Swift. The electric setup is light at low speeds and weighs up slightly as speeds increase. There is body roll but is controlled and never a concern. High speed stability is impressive though. The new platform is lighter (kerb weight is just 865-910kg, depending on the variant) and more rigid than the Swift’s but that doesn’t make it a better handler. The Baleno is still a good choice when it comes to dynamics especially when compared to its rivals.The Baleno is an international model for Suzuki and is based on an all-new platform, which will underpin future Maruti models including the next generation Swift. In spite of being larger than the current Swift, the Baleno is 100kg lighter and said to be 10 per cent stronger. This not just helps it meet the stringent European safety norms, but also offers excellent power to weight ratio.

The ride quality of the new Baleno is far superior to any of the recent models launched by Maruti Suzuki in India. In fact, we could go so far as to say that it is probably the best. It rides with a certain poise and confidence, and seemed extremely surefooted on the Jaipur highway. The steering is light and reasonably communicative, more in tune for city use. It’s a large car, but there’s hardly any bodyroll or wallowing. Brakes, too, are good for their job, with ABS and EBD ensuring it stops quickly and safely.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Safety

Dual front airbags for driver and co-passenger and ABS with EBD are standard across variants. The only feature that is exquisite to the top-spec variant is the reverse parking camera. Other eminent equipment aboard include anti-theft security system, front disc brakes, dual horn, auto head lamps, front fog lamps, front seat with belt pre-tensioners and force limiters, pinch guard power window for driver, auto dimming IRVM, driver side seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors, rear wiper and washer and rear defogger.View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

On the outside, Baleno gets body coloured door handles in lower trims and chrome finished door handles on higher variants. Honey-comb front grille gets chrome accent, ORVMs come with mounted indicators, back doors get spoiler, projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps with LED. Cabin gets metal finish door handles, multi information speedometer with display and leather wrapped steering wheel.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Price

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,27,570/- (Baleno Sigma Petrol) to 8,46,177/- (Baleno Alpha CVT Petrol). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Baleno from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Verdict

The Baleno offers good features but the comfort features vary with the variant. However, all trims offer standard ABS, EBD and dual-airbags. This is a good move from Maruti Suzuki and all other models should offer the same too. The car will be available in four trim levels, namely Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha in both petrol and diesel variants (For more details, read Maruti Suzuki Baleno: Variants explained). The CVT petrol is only available in the Delta (petrol) trim.The Baleno is Maruti Suzuki’s second Nexa product but that doesn’t mean the car has to be priced higher than rivals. We expect prices to be on par with the i20 and Jazz. If it is priced lower, it makes it all the better for the country’s largest carmaker. (Team OD: The Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been launched in India at a rather competitive price of Rs 4.99 lakh). The Baleno has officially returned and has all it takes to get the competition worried.

Jaguar XE Facelift First Drive & Performance

Jaguar XE Overview

The new Jaguar XE sports saloon has been officially launched in India at the 2016 Auto Expo. The most attainable offering from the car maker rivals the likes of Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-Series as well as the Audi A4 in the segment offering the highly appreciated styling coupled with frugal yet powerful engines on board.

The new version of Jaguar’s most affordable offering, the XE saloon was launched in Indian market at the 13th edition of Auto Expo earlier in 2016. With significant changes made to the saloon both on cosmetic and mechanical front, the new XE surpasses its predecessor in terms of performance, looks and fuel efficiency. Apart from the all-new monocoque platform composed of lightweight aluminium, the saloon uses newly developed engine from Jaguar’s Ingenium family of engines, claimed to be fuel-efficient in nature. The saloon is currently available with a petrol engine and the diesel variant is expected to launch shortly. Jaguar XE  On road price starts from 35,83,811/-. Check for price details of Jaguar XE in CarzPrice

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Jaguar XE Design

You’d find it hard to ignore the brilliance of Ian Callum’s design, of how he has been able to add classic sportscar proportions (long hood, small cabin, stubby boot) to a 4-seater sedan. The sad bit is that, at least in India, the XE is only offered in very ‘safe’ paint options – the Loire Blue colour you see here is the most exciting one of the five available.Still, the Jaguar XE is a sexy looking car – there’s a sort of tension along the body of the car, to make it look like a cat preparing to pounce. The highlights at the front include the headlamps with the signature ‘J-blade’ DRLs, the flowing hood with the prominent power bulge and the recessed grille with the Red Growler badge.

When looked at from the side, the chrome vents on the front fenders, chrome highlights around the windows and the Red Growler wheel centre caps catch your eye. The 17-inch wheels and the 225/55 section tyres look a bit out of sync with the sporty design, but there is a reason for them being the way they are. More on that later.Move to the rear and the XE seems to have suddenly become a bit ungainly, especially because of the rather large taillamp cluster which clashes with the otherwise lithe design of the car. The F-Type inspired lights, with the unique LED guides do look good at night though. Finishing up the highlights are the leaping Jaguar badge on the bootlid and the twin-pipe exhausts poking out near the bottom of the bumper.

Jaguar XE Cabin

The cabin looks great as well with a smart speedboat like wrap-around dashboard that merges into the doors. The handsome tan leather seats are very supportive and the Jaguar XE Portfolio is loaded with features including power steering adjust and a a nice sounding Meridian audio system. Jaguar’s new InControl infotainment system works off a new 8-inch touchscreen display that features great looking graphics and has a navigation function. Truth be told though, Google maps are way more convenient to use. The downside with the Jaguar XE is its tight cabin. Rear knee room is just about adequate and passengers will rub their knees on the seat if there’s a tall person seated up front. A very large transmission tunnel also makes this a strict four seater unless absolutely necessary to fit a fifth person in. Even the boot isn’t very spacious. In terms of sheer space, the Jaguar XE can’t hold a candle to something like a run of the mill Honda City.The sublime interior matches well with the posh looks. Right from the dual colour scheme to the top-notch quality material used inside to the high-end comfort features, the new XE offers a snug cabin. Although there is enough space inside, but the low placed seats are a bit of a let-down.

Jaguar XE Performance

Jaguar XE is a front-engined, rear-wheel driven sedan! You get that vibe the moment you lower yourself into the car – you are sat low with your legs stretched forward, the steering wheel is chunky, you gaze longingly past the two large analogue meters to see a long hood stretching out in front of you.Thumb the pulsating starter and the XE comes to life with a distant growl, the gear selector rises from the centre console and the digital screen in between the display shows the leaping Jaguar motif. Select ‘Dynamic’ mode (other modes include Normal, Eco and Rain/Ice/ Snow) and the instrument cluster turns red, the throttle becomes sharper, the gearbox preps to hold the revs longer and shift quicker, and the steering firms up a bit.The 2.0-litre, ‘Ingenium’ JLR proprietary engine develops 180PS of maximum power at just below the 4,800rpm redline, while 430Nm of peak torque is delivered from as low as 1,750rpm. Paired to an 8-speed ZF-designed automatic, the XE has the right formula on paper. Driving it like you stole it makes you feel that the formula is working; dial in the fact that the XE is fitted with nice paddle shifters behind the wheel to give you that feeling of being in control.

In spite of using a lot of aluminium, the XE still weighs 1.5 tonnes, and that reflects in our test figures – the XE managed to complete the 0-100kmph run in 8.7 seconds, while the almost 100kg lighter Audi A4 35TDI did the same 0.8 seconds quicker.Where the XE really begins to feel like the 3 Series rival it is meant to be, is when you drive it on the twisties. The chassis feels playful, egging you to push the limits on every corner. Switch off the traction control and the XE will step out, but in a very non-seat-staining way. Confidence is further enhanced thanks to the quick, direct steering. The XE’s dynamics beg you to question if the package would have been even better with larger wheels and fatter and stickier rubber.

Jaguar XE Rideing

Making up for the cramped cabin is the fact that the driver is going to have a big smile on his face. The Jaguar XE has a sharp chassis with a quick and direct electrically assisted steering that actually offers a decent amount of feedback. On a twisting road, the Jaguar XE keeps the driver entertained with good front end grip and a rear that isn’t shy to move around a little on corner exits if you turn off the traction control. There isn’t quite enough power to make it drift at will but if you throw it into a corner aggressively it will willing slide. Understeer is well controlled and only comes up when the pace gets very high. Braking performance is strong and consistent and the pedal has a lovely firm feel.

The Jaguar XE has a taut feeling chassis but the good news is that it is not too stiff for our roads. It feels a little firm but remains supple throughout. Even when it hits a pothole there’s never that thud that makes you cringe with the fear that something may have broken. The fat tyres on those small 17-inch wheels are definitely helping here but if you don’t like the look, Jaguar will sell you an optional 18- or even 19-inch wheels. Ground clearance is decent too and we didn’t have any issues with speedbreaker scraping. Overall, the XE rides quite well and also has excellent noise isolation. View offers on Jaguar Cars from Jaguar dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop 

Jaguar XE Safety

Among the various safety equipment armed in the new XE pedestrian contact sensing, interior door handle with separate locking switch, emergency brake assist, power operated child locks, multiple airbags, passive head restraints, ventilated disc units etc are included. On the outside, XE gets a pair of power-folding ORVMs that can be adjusted electrically. Besides, the ORVMs come with integrated clear lens indicators along with puddle lamps and get heated, electrochromic and memory functions. Rain sensing wipers, heated rear screen, panoramic sunroof with electric blinds are some of the other vital external features. The snug interior gets leather upholstered seats, 10 way adjustable electric front seats, driver’s seat with memory function, multi-function power adjustable steering wheel and fixed rear seat with rear armrest including cup-holders among several others.

Jaguar XE Price

Jaguar Xe Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 35,83,811/- (XE Pure) to 44,70,455/- (XE Portfolio Diesel). Get best offers for Jaguar Xe from Jaguar Dealers in India

Jaguar XE Verdict

The Jaguar XE is a rather excellent car, but only if rear seat comfort is not a priority. It keeps the driver entertained and is otherwise a highly refined and thoroughly luxurious machine. As of now, there’s no diesel engine on offer and the Jaguar XE Portfolio at Rs 55.7 lakh (all prices on-road Mumbai) is quite an expensive proposition. The Jaguar XE Pure on the other hand costs Rs 47.9 lakh, which is also about Rs 70,000 more than a Mercedes-Benz C200. That might sound like a much better deal but aside from the 40 less horses, the Pure also loses out on some features. Instead of a 380W 11-speaker Meridian system it only gets a 80W 6-speaker system and the bi-xenon HID lamps are replaced by a set of halogen headlamps. Even the keyless entry has been dropped. Jaguar would do well to offer a Portfolio version with the 200PS engine. Till then, watch this space to see how the Jaguar XE stands up to its rivals. We’ll have a comparison coming up soon.