Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe First Look Review

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Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe Overview

Mercedes-Benz has claimed a massive fan base in India, with a build royalty that few brands have ever displayed before. Although its niche of over-extraordinary luxury models have wooed countless enthusiasts in the country, the brand is constantly reinvigorating its flavour of build to cater to newer generations. A hand-picked example of this ever-flowing state of evolving architecture is the Coupe version of the premium SUV model, GLE.

Here is a vehicle that combines two systems of design that are supposed to be at odds with each other. On one hand, the Coupe brings a masculine and powerful visual figure to the mind of the viewer, seeming to cast its menace over any street where it prowls. At the same time, it has been effectively undercut with softer, plush themes, giving it a well balanced, feminine theme. making it easier for you to understand where this vehicle scores big and where it loses out.Check for Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe Design

As you might expect, the new GLE43 looks quite similar to the outgoing GLE400. In front, we see a comparable fascia, with downturned headlights set with daytime running lights across the top of the housings. Between the headlights is a fine black mesh grille divided by two sets of twin wings that stretch across the horizontal plane.The lower bumper was tweaked a bit, with enlarged intakes and a sharper lower lip the appears to hug the ground a little more tightly. The brushed-metal look skid plate is retained, offsetting the lowest edge of the crossover. Up top, the hood gets the same drawn back character lines as before, suggesting a sinewy, muscle-bound pose.To my eye, the front end still has that characteristic SUV “boldness,” but presents itself with a little more sportiness than before.

Moving to the flanks, the aesthetic is more or less a carryover. The shoulder line and lower character line lend it a bit of a visual rake, drawing the eye back towards the plumped-up rear fenders. Per SUV tradition, the roofline is flat and straight, unlike its coupe sibling, and the hatch forms hard angles that drop into the rear. The taillights once again wrap around into the fenders using horizontal graphics. Above are brushed metal-look roof rails.The wheels shown in these press images depict an open five-spoke design, which is similar in appearance to the rollers used on the outgoing GLE models, albeit a bit larger. Sizing looks like it comes in at 20 or 21 inches in diameter.Speaking of sizing, we expect the AMG GLE43 to have the identical curb weight and dimensions as the GLE400. For reference, we’ve provided that information in the table below.

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe Cabin

The interiors of the Mercedes GLE 450 AMG are the standard fare ones seen on the normal GLE. It goes without saying, quality is top notch everywhere and finding even one substandard quality button is difficult. The black interiors add that touch of sportiness but at the same time make the interiors feel less roomy. Again, like the exteriors, the interiors do not have AMG branding at any place which does make one feel a little odd. An AMG branded steering wheel or AMG badging on the dashboard would have been a nice touch.

The rear seats are good for two passengers however legroom and headroom is at a slight premium. The sloping roofline is to be blamed for the slight lack of headroom. The front seats are scooped to give that extra bit of room to the rear passengers. However, this car isn’t the one for primarily chauffeur driven customers. It is more suited to the ones who drive themselves. Like most European cars, the boot is very spacious and with the spare wheel neatly tucked in under the boot floor, there’s nothing to eat into the boot space either.

The infotainment system screen is well integrated into the dashboard and doesn’t look out of place as is the case with some cars from Mercedes-Benz. However, in the age of touch-screens, it is surprising that the GLE 450 doesn’t get one. Instead, one has to use the buttons located on the centre console and it does take some time getting used to. There are five driving modes – Winter, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. Another neat trick is the 180 degree camera which is particularly useful while parking the car as the rearward visibility isn’t too good.

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe Performance

The 2996cc twin turbo petrol unit under the hood of the GLE coupe is a collection of some of Merc’s best high-tech features, all roped in to create one fine package. It is a reduced capacity iteration of Merc’s old 3.5-litre V6 which did duty in the E350. The engine’s bore and stroke have changed from 92.6 x 86.0mm to 88.0 x 82.1mm. This motor features variable valve timing, direct injection and two turbochargers. It uses third generation piezo injectors from Bosch and they can open five times per firing cycle and are precisely controlled to burn only the exact amount of fuel required according to the throttle position, gear position, engine and road speed. Making 362bhp and 520Nm of torque from as low 2000rpm this motor delivers instant responses.To know more info on Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe visit Stsoft

Step on the accelerator and the motor feels smooth and well-balanced. There is loads of grunt from the word go and the motor makes light work of the 2270kg kerb weight. At full throttle the motor comes in its own and it pushes you back in the well padded seats as it gains speed in a linear manner. Take-off is very strong and thanks to the 315 section rear tyres traction is unbelievable. As a result, performance figures are more than impressive. Acceleration from rest takes you to 100kph in one seamless rush and it just takes 6.02 seconds. Keep the throttle pinned down another seven seconds and you’ll snarl past 150kph! What makes all this power so accessible is that the new 9-speed automatic works well with this motor.

It shifts seamlessly in comfort mode and the gearshifts become fast enough in sport mode for spirited driving. With all that power, what’s also impressive is that stability around long corners is fantastic too. The long wheelbase, wide stance and wide tyres give it huge amounts of grip, and there’s almost no shifting around, even at really high speeds. The Coupe also has the ability to sit calmly on the road even with the speedo wound all the way around. In the tighter stuff all that girth can get a bit unnerving initially. But with more time behind the wheel you realise that this Merc is quite adept in this environment too. Of course, there’s no getting away from all that mass, especially when it comes to successive corners and the brakes take a hammering too if you drive it hard for a considerable period of time. So while this is no Porsche Macan, it surprisingly still is a fun car to drive hard.

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe Driving

What’s immediately likeable about the GLE 450 is that every ride is not going to conclude with a potential visit to the chiropractor unlike a certain smaller AMG SUV. The GLE 450 rides on self levelling air suspension that has been tuned to feel closer to a full AMG rather than a run-of-the-mill GLE. It’s quite supple in Comfort mode but nowhere close to as soft as a stock GLE. As you move into Sport mode, the suspension drops by 15mm and becomes a little firmer while Sport+ lowers it by a whole 55mm and firms it up even more. Pleasantly, even Sport+ isn’t rock hard and I found it quite a joy to use on the smooth road to Aamby Valley.With 275-section tyres up front and gigantic 325-section rears, the GLE 450 AMG Coupe has a huge amount of traction. With so much grip and all-wheel drive, traction control almost never cuts in, but when it does it cuts power significantly until the system thinks the car is back under control.

The ESP system in this car is tuned more like that of a standard road car and when engaged, it is more intrusive than something you’d find on an AMG sportscar. It is a very large car though and can only hide its mass so much. After a few minutes of hard driving, I found the brake pedal starting to get soft in the battle to slow the beast down. The GLE is very fast but prefers to flow through the corners rather than piling in at maximum speed and torturing the brakes at every bend.The GLE 450 is comfortable enough in the real world and offers a commanding view in traffic that reduces some of the anxiety of driving such a big vehicle in a city like Mumbai. It has practical ground clearance and even has a Lift mode in the air suspension if the need to off-road ever arises. On the highway, it settles into a steady cruise but has a tendency to transfer the impact of a pothole or bump from one side of the car to the other. It’s a strange sideways jig that doesn’t change the car’s line but can definitely be felt by the passengers. It is most prevalent in Comfort mode and is one of the only issues I have with the way the GLE 450 drives.

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe Safety

We were quite impressed with the range of facilities that the brand had incorporated to shield its occupants. From airbags to strong seatbelts to advanced aid programs such as downhill speed regulator, brake assist and many others, the car enables its occupants to enjoy a safe and peaceful ride. Out of the ordinary facilities such as reversing cameras, parking assists, an electric parking brake and many others also inundate the driver, making sure that no stone is left unturned in terms of providing a secure ride.

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe Price In Hyderabad

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE Coupe On Road Price is 1,09,16,151/- and Ex-showroom Price is 91,87,139/- in Hyderabad. Mercedes Benz AMG GLE Coupe comes in 1 colours, namely . Mercedes Benz AMG GLE Coupe comes with AWD with 2996 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 367 bhp@5500-6000 rpm and Peak Torque 520 Nm@2000-4200 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 5.7 seconds . Mercedes Benz AMG GLE Coupe comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .

Mercedes Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe Bottomline

The GLE450 AMG Sport Coupe is a tough car to critique. On one side, you have that gorgeous body and good handling as positives. And on the other hand you have the well made but slightly boring interiors along with the firm and jittery ride as partial negatives. But being automotive journalists first and petrol heads a close second, we are willing to forgive these small follies in the light of what is possibly one of the better petrol engines we have driven in a while. And come to think of it, the GLE450 is a great value for money product too with its nearest competition, the BMW X6 priced almost Rs 30 lakh more. The final verdict is quite clear. The GLE450 AMG Sport coupe is not for everyone. But for those who want something different that will stand out is a sea of grey, black and white luxury SUVs, it is the perfect alternative!

 

 

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Tata Zest Hatchback First Look Review

Tata Zest Test Drive in Mumbai

Tata Zest Overview

The Zest has been drawn from the ground up, keeping all of Tata Motors’ baggage from the past aside. Work on this car began nearly three years ago involving over 6,000 engineers and technicians spread across 11 technical centers in five countries. That might seem like a lot of manpower to develop just one car, but then you have to keep in mind the Zest is not just one car – it is the seed, the progeny of things to come from Tata Motors over the next decade.

The other reason for involving so many people in this project is that the Zest is intended to be a global car. The Zest is also not just one car but two, like most modern cars in the compact segment, the platform it has been raised on spawns both a sedan and a hatchback. While the Zest is the sedan, the hatchback is named Bolt and will be introduced in the Indian market in a few months from now.View offers on Tata Zest in New Delhi at Autozhop.

Tata Zest Exterior & Style

One of the biggest consideration aspects while buying a car here in India, is the exterior design or styling. It is said, if you get the visual allure of a product right, that’s half the battle. On this front, the Zest is a huge step up over both the Vista and the Manza. The Zest still has that typical Tata smiley face, which Tata now calls the humanity line. It is the line that runs along the bottom of the grille and connects the headlamps. The headlamps look nicer too, and in this top of the line version, are projector type. The bumper with its large fog lamp housing and a reverse air dam design give the Zest an air of much-needed modernity.

In profile, the Zest doesn’t look very proportionate; it’s more like the Dzire – with a longer hood and a stubbier boot – than the Amaze which clearly is better balanced visually. But with a revised shoulder line and an upswept lower character line, it gives the Zest better road presence. It gets largest in class 15in wheels too. The design for the alloys isn’t exciting, but its size certainly helps the Zest’s stance. At the rear, the Tata Zest has LED tail lamps, a well-defined bumper and boot lid with a thick chrome line dominating proceedings.

Tata Zest Interior & Space

A much bigger surprise is the cabin, which is easily the most modern and classy looking one we’ve seen in a Tata vehicle to date. The two-tone colour scheme makes it feel really airy, and the piano-black and gunmetal grey plastic trim do liven up the dashboard. The steering wheel is smaller in diameter than the Vista’s, it has a smart new hexagonal boss and there are audio controls here too. The speedo and rev counter dials are also very attractive, with a chunky-looking 3D jewelled effect, and a detailed fuel and trip computer nestled between them. It’s not just the look that’s improved, but the quality too. The texture and finish of the plastics look and feel much better to be on par with Maruti and Honda (though not quite at Hyundai’s level). If we’re going to nitpick, panel fit still isn’t perfect, the edges of certain parts are still quite rough, and the shiny plastics still reflect too much. It’s a shame that all the leather trim from the car shown at the Auto Expo 2014 is missing, even on the top-spec car, and that there is just one cup holder in the cabin; the slim door pads could barely fit a half-litre water bottle.

A lot of work has been done to the seats as well, and the big front chairs are well cushioned and supportive. The high dashboard means shorter drivers might have to use the seat height-adjuster (only available on the top trim), but you will be comfortable over long journeys. The rear seat is like a sofa – easily wide enough for three, with good support and space in every direction. The air-conditioning – automatic climate control on the top-spec car, manual otherwise – has also been improved, and though we didn’t have a hot summer’s day to test it on, it regulated cabin temperatures very quickly and efficiently.

Finally, another talking point on the inside is the new infotainment system developed with luxury audio experts Harman (of Harman and Kardon fame). The eight-speaker audio sounds fantastic for this class of car, and gets USB, Bluetooth, aux and SD card input (no CD player though). The touchscreen infotainment system on the top-spec car is very ambitious, offering higher-segment features like a proximity display for the rear parking sensors, alternate controls and display for the air-con, vehicle settings control, and even voice commands. It gets the job done, but is a little rough around the edges; the voice commands are too few and specific, for example. The screen is a bit too reflective to easily read on the move as well, but the unit itself feels really good to use, with high-quality controls. The lower-spec car misses out on the touchscreen, and with it, some of the aforementioned features, but its unit looks neat and works well.

Tata Zest Engine & Gearbox

The Zest comes with a choice of both petrol and diesel engines and that gives the car a versatile customer appeal. The petrol is an all-new turbocharged unit, displacing 1,193cc. Tata Motors likes to claim that this is the first turbocharged engine in the segment, but let me refine that fact, the technology isn’t new to India. Ford has the 1.0-litre Ecoboost and Volkswagen, the 1.2-litre TSI, both turbocharged fuel injected engines, though to be fair to the Zest, neither of the cars these engines power belong in this segment.To know more information on Tata Zest check Basna

So the Revotron has been designed in-house by those 6,000 engineers and technicians I mentioned earlier. The word Revotron comes from blending the words ‘revolution’ and ‘tronel’ which is French for balance. Why did Tata Motors go all the way to France to add balance to their engine beats me! But they did find a fair amount of balance and what has resulted is a brilliant piece of engineering. This 1.2-litre petrol is a clean and smooth engine, it’s also effortless and finally I can say a Tata Motors engine is fun. On a short drive in and around Cansaulim in Goa, the engine revved cleanly put the car into the power band rapidly and never ever felt short of breath. The turbo kicks in around 1,200rpm and that provides torque pretty early in the rev band. You get 90PS of max power at 5,000rpm and 140Nm of torque between 1,750 and 3,500rpm which is par for the segment.

Ironically just as we went to drive this car, petrol prices were hiked by another rupee and some sixty paise per litre. For the domestic market, this engine then may not seem to be a very positive step for Tata Motors but their interests this time around have global repercussions. The petrol engine is intended to capture attention in European and Asian markets where petrol is still a popular choice of fuel. And this engine can easily hold its own against comparative Ecoboost or TSIs of this world.

The diesel engine on the other hand may still be the popular choice for India but it’s not a new engine. This is the same Quadrajet engine that is sourced from Fiat and tuned by Tata Motors. You get 90PS of max power at 4,000rpm and 200Nm of max torque between 1,750 and 3,000rpm. It’s a torquey engine but certainly not as quick as the petrol or for that matter, it does not feel as alive or energetic. That’s not to say this engine is a dud, you can get decent performance out of it, but both the Amaze and the Xcent for instance feel a bit more spirited.

To keep NVH levels in cabin comfortable there are three sound deadening layers. There is an absorptive layer inside the engine bay, followed by a reflective layer inside the cabin on the firewall. This is the wall separating the engine bay from the cabin. And finally there is another absorptive layer over the reflective one. So is the cabin a quiet place? The petrol definitely is but the diesel is also surprisingly quiet if driven calmly.

The interesting bit about both the petrol and diesel engines is the transmissions used in them. The rumours about Tata Motors going in for the AMT transmission can finally be put to rest. Yes there is an automated manual transmission in the Zest but it is provided only with the diesel. The petrol gets a regular manual transmission but bear in mind even the AMT is a manual transmission that uses the same device as Maruti did in the Celerio to actuate gears. All the AMT does is removes the need for a clutch while using an onboard computer to decide when a gear shift is necessary. The AMT has been sourced from Fiat which means it’s a Magnetti Marelli component since they alone supply this technology to Fiat worldwide.Apply car loan for Tata Zest.

The AMT transmission provides both an automatic and a manual shift experience. You get just three driving modes, ‘D’ to drive forward, ‘R’ to back it up and ‘N’ to leave it in neutral. Slip the shift lever to the left and you can then select gears manually by simply sliding the stick up or down to raise or lower the gears. You would have also noticed a small ‘S’ button just below the shifter and that essentially puts the powertrain in Sport mode. In this condition, the transmission will let the engine rev all the way to redline before it shifts a gear. In normal mode, the management system will select the optimum rev point to shift up or down depending on the engine load conditions to maximise fuel efficiency.

Tata Zest Driving Dynamics

Like space, ride quality too has been one of Tata Motors’ strong points. And the Zest is no different. It rides well at slow speeds, and even pronounced undulations, doesn’t unsettle the car too much. Tata has used what they call dual path struts at the front and revised torsion beam axle rating at the rear to achieve this. The dual path struts use a softer rubber at the point where the strut connects with the body in white giving a supple secondary ride before the spring and damper setup comes into play. This has allowed Tata engineers to firm up the latter combo a bit to achieve better cornering ability.

On the road, the Zest doesn’t feel like a go-kart or even a car where handling takes precedence. It is still more comfortable than energetic around a switchback. Not that it feels cumbersome or lazy if that’s the impression the previous line left on you. It’s just not as sharp at turn in or flat around bends or neutrally balanced to keep understeer away as an entertaining handler ought to be. The steering response and feel, on the other hand, particularly for an electrically assisted one, is impressive. It also has feel and is agreeably quick, and because it’s light and not vague, it makes driving the Zest in the city pretty easy.

Tata Zest Braking & Safety

Tata Zest comes equipped with Disc brake as front brake while Drum brake does the duties as the rear brake. This primary braking system responds instantly and to ensure much better braking, the company has also introduced the most advanced, the 9th generation Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) as secondary braking system. Tata has also blessed the Zest with Speed dependent auto door lock system and Front and rear fog lamps. But unfortunately, the XE variants in both the guises miss out on these features.

The company in a bid to avoid any mishap and make sure of maximum safety of the occupants, has also incorporated segment-first, the Corner Stability Control feature in the Tata Zest with mid and top trims. There are also dual front airbags and front seat belts with pre-tensioner & load limiter in the top-end trim. However, for the security of the vehicle; the company has come up with Immobiliser with every variant. But, the top-end trim XT also has a Perimetric alarm system that makes loud sound if any attempt of burglary or thievery is made.

Tata Zest Price in New Delhi

Tata Zest On Road Price is 6,54,475/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,70,663/- in New Delhi. Tata Zest comes in 6 colours, namely Venetian Red,Platinum Silver,Sky Grey,Pristine White,Dune Beige,Buzz Blue. Tata Zest comes with FWD with 1193 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 89 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 140 Nm@1500-4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Zest comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Tata Zest Verdict

Even a short drive in the new Tata Zest will make you forget everything about the old Indica Vista, so effective are the improvements. The design is a definite step forward and when viewed from certain angles, the car looks genuinely good. The real changes are in the engineering. The ride and handling mix is just spot on, and it’s even fun to chuck around corners. The petrol engine doesn’t quite live up to all the hype Tata put behind it, but in isolation, is very smooth and driveable, and packs adequate punch too. The AMT diesel comes with the compromises typical of this type of gearbox, but for most people in everyday driving, the price, fuel economy and immense convenience factor should outweigh the small foibles. You’ll also have little reason to complain sitting inside, apart from the lack of cabin stowage, and the top-spec car is really well kitted out too.

With the Zest, Tata Motors is taking on a hugely competitive segment dominated by three of the country’s biggest carmakers. It does have a trump card up its sleeve with the diesel auto, however, and this alone should have buyers flocking to showrooms. Tata was the company that started this segment in the first place, remember, and if it prices the Zest as competitively as it historically has its other cars, this could be the car that puts Tata back in the game.

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Mercedes Benz CLA Class Review & Test Drive

Mercedes Benz Cla Class Test Drive in Hyderabad

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Overview

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Class fits into the new breed of compact luxury sedan segment. It has to be said that Mercedes-Benz has done a great job of designing the CLA Class sedan from it’s A and B Class derived platform.

The car is ergonomically comfortable for both front and rear occupants with an acceptable amount of cabin space. However, it can be a bit tight for tall passengers. Leaving aside this glitch, the CLA feels like a full blown luxury sedan. Build quality in typical Mercedes fashion is excellent, so is fit and finish, along with good quality of materials inside the cabin.The dashboard is identical to that of the A-Class hatchback, along with all the instrumentation and switchgear. The CLA Class is a well equipped car and offers plenty of features and gizmos for occupants. View offers on Mercedes-Benz CLA Class in Mumbai at Autozhop.

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Exteriors

The CLA gets her jaw-dropping looks from her stunningly beautiful mother, the A-Class and her suavely handsome father, the CLS-Class. I’d say she’s like the teen supermodel every guy is chasing in college. I think I said some similar stuff in my review of the CLA45 AMG- this car fitted with jet propulsion. The nose is very similar to that of the A-Class but instead of getting the silver diamond grille, MB has provided the CLA with a black diamond grille for a more aggressive stance. The hood is just like it is in the AMG car, it gets two contouring lines on the bonnet that Mercedes calls “power-domes.” Call them whatever you want, those lines make the front end even more appealing than it already is. The sides get distinct lines that extend all the way to the tight rear end and culminate in beautifully laid out LED tail lamps. I don’t know how Mercedes has done it; though the car may be standing still it has a silhouette that depicts an urgency of motion.Mercedes-Benz_CLA-36

The trunk gets a tiny curve upwards that acts as a diffuser. All these design aspects and contour lines etc give the CLA the lowest drag coefficient any sedan has ever seen. With a 0.24 Coefficient of Drag (for the technically- passionate out there) the CLA is the slipperiest car in the MB stable and moves on the road causing barely any disturbance to nature’s elements, which is very good if you ask an aerodynamic geek.

This movement happens on intricately designed 17-inch rims and Continental tyres. Dimensionally the CLA has the same wheelbase as the new C-class- 2699mm. Don’t let this make you think it is based on the C-Class, this car is very much an MFA platform car. One of my favourite aspects of this car is that it comes with frameless doors. That’s right! The windows may be small but roll them down and open the door creates an immediate break in the routine framed door life of this world.

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Interiors

Mercedes-Benz has made a few differences to the interior of the CLA. Yes, it looks very fresh; though it may seem similar to the interiors of the A-Class it is not.What remains the same is the layout but the buttons are clean and new and the screen for the COMAND system has been replaced by a five-inch HD display and has been installed with the latest operating system. The same one we have seen in the new S-Class. The COMAND system now comes pre-loaded with Garmin GPS navigation and web-access via Bluetooth tethering. This feature is only active when the car is not moving but that is no reason to shy away from this beauty. The music system has been provided by Harman/Kardon and their Logic 7 set up.

That’s top notch for a car in this segment, but MB knows what they are up against and compact luxury seems to be the next big thing in the Indian market. The 5 inch HD screen and the new COMAND system go hand in handThe CLA is most likely to be owner driven and is aimed towards the young modern family. Two in the front and two in the back is ideal for this car. The coupe stance of this car does make the rear headroom on the tighter side but I doubt too many tall people will be sitting in the back seat of this car.

That is the trade-off though, sexy car = compromised headroom. It’s a pretty good deal if you ask me. The panoramic sunroof is a great touch. This makes the car look quite spacious, especially for those in the front seat.

The trunk of the CLA is bigger than any customer would imagine. I was quite taken aback when I saw it first in the AMG version. It is 470 litres and can hold quite a bit. If you have bigger stuff well Mercedes has provided the CLA with a folding rear seat so as to make for a bigger trunk. There is a small loading door as well that opens into the cabin of the car via the rear centre arm rest, this can be opened only from the trunk. Check for Mercedes Benz CLA Class in Basna

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Engine

The 2017 Mercedes CLA gets the same 2.0-litre petrol and 2.1-litre diesel engines. The variant we tested had the petrol engine. The powerplant unleashes 183 PS of power along with 300 Nm of torque. Mated to the engine is the same 7G-TRONIC gearbox that we’ve been seeing since quite a while on various Mercs. The petrol CLA has a top speed of 235 km/hr while 0-100 km/hr comes up at a notch below 8 seconds. The diesel engine is the familiar unit we’ve seen on some other Mercedes cars and we’ve always liked the oil-burner.

The petrol engine is super refined. Driveability in the city is stress-free and low-end performance is pretty good. Things get even better post 1500 RPM when the power surge starts to increase. Power delivery feels smooth all the way up to 6000 RPM without the CLA losing its beat. The mid-range is punchy and there is some steam left even at higher RPMs. At high speeds, the gearbox does a great job but it feels a bit confused at city speeds. Also, it has a tendency to upshift very early and the solution to this is to switch from Eco/Comfort to Sport. Sport mode lets you explore the full potential of the car and the exhaust sounds sweet near the redline.

The diesel engine is rather efficient while the petrol is not bad either. The AMG model could be a little more efficient.Apply car loan for Mercedes Benz CLA Class at Fincarz.

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Driving

What surprised me the most was the ride quality. For India, Mercedes has increased the ride height as compared to the global spec car but that doesn’t mean the handling has been compromised. The CLA handles as good as it looks. There is a certain suppleness and fluidity in the suspension setting. What used to be quite a thud in the A-Class has now turned into a minor blip in the CLA. At higher speeds the ride and handling gets even better giving the driver great confidence in the vehicle. Speed breakers are no issue for this car!

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Safety

The car comes with several features and sophisticated safety equipment like the tyre pressure monitoring system, PRE-SAFE system, airbags and ESP (Electronic Stability Program).

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Price in Mumbai

Mercedes Benz CLA Class On Road Price is 37,43,323/- and Ex-showroom Price is 31,70,689/- in Mumbai. Mercedes Benz CLA Class comes in 5 colours, namely Cirrus White,Night Black,Cosmos Black,Jupiter Red,Mountain Grey. Mercedes Benz CLA Class comes with FWD with 2143 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 134 bhp@3600-4400 rpm and Peak Torque 300 Nm@1600-3000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 9.8 seconds . Mercedes Benz CLA Class comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Verdict

The Mercedes CLA gets you a ticket to the high flyers club and it is targeted towards the younger generation, aka the millionaires. The car doesn’t have any major flaws. The looks are unbeatable and it is offered with some attractive colours too, thus guaranteeing you a lot of attention wherever you go, with the tri-star logo giving a good sense of self-pride. The changes aren’t major but they make sure that the Mercedes CLA continues to appeal and doesn’t feel outdated at all.

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Land Rover Discovery Performance & Price

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Land Rover Discovery Overview

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

Land Rover Discovery Style

Measuring nearly 5 meters in length and riding 1,846mm off the ground, the new Discovery is one of the largest vehicles money can buy. And now with all its Range Rover-like styling cues, it no longer looks utilitarian or old-school. As against the old car’s top-heavy stance and boxy lines, the 2017 model looks different but is still unmistakably a Discovery. After all, it retains some of the design features like the distinctive stepped roofline and a rather high waistline.

At the back you will find a new single-piece tailgate design, which has replaced the previous horizontally split configuration. The taillights, too, are now stacked horizontally and look particularly sporty. Lastly, the offset rear number plate is a clear nod to previous-gen Discos; however, we aren’t too fond of the layout simply because it looks rather odd without a tailgate mounted spare wheel – something that the original model came with. All in all, the new car seems like a design revolution for the Discovery family – the taut bodywork highlights the enhanced volume and the more contemporary look pretty nicely.

Land Rover Discovery Space

Like the exterior, the new Discovery’s cabin benefits from the general layout and design of the Range Rover and the Sport. You get the same well layered albeit slab-like dash with a huge centre console and a snazzy-looking steering wheel. And while all the controls feel hard-wearing and durable, the air vent plastics and climate control switches could be better finished.

The Discovery’s cabin is immensely practical with multiple usable storage spaces. Besides the usual array of glove boxes and door pockets, the Disco gets a large storage box behind the rotary gear selector. There’s even a fairly big cool box under the front armrest which is a really neat feature. Lastly, there’s the hugely configurable seating arrangement in the 7-seater variant as all three rows are electrically adjustable. They feature anti-pinch and stall detection tech – if the seat is folding and it detects something, it will stop and then unfold to avoid crushing the item. Alternatively, if the seat is folded flat with an item stored on top, the seatback will not raise.

We absolutely love the high and mighty driving position and the excellent all-round visibility. As for the seat comfort, the front seats are massive and offer immense side support and even under-thigh support – they are large enough to keep you comfortable during long hauls. Similarly, there is plenty of room at the back, with a rear bench that is broad and spacious enough to accommodate three adults easily. Although the rear bench is set a tad bit low, it is superbly contoured and the low seating translates to plenty of headroom. Sadly, this new model cannot match its predecessor when it comes to the third-row seating comfort – the pair of seats is smaller and to make matters worse, there’s noticeably less thigh support. Mind you, the Discovery still has one of the best third row seats but you end up feeling short-changed because the previous car’s third row was a whole lot more accommodating.

The user interface for the 10-inch infotainment screen appears basic in comparison to some of the rivals, however, there’s no denying the quality output from the 14-speaker premium audio system. As for the rest of the features, the Discovery is fully loaded and comes with adaptive LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, 360-degree parking, a head-up display, 4-zone climate control, interior mood lighting and a tonne of safety tech. However, we would like to add that a lot of features from the spec list are optional extras.

Land Rover Discovery Gearbox

Featuring a new aluminium chassis and body panels made from similar materials, the Discovery has managed to shed nearly 480kg over its predecessor. However, at over 2.1 tonnes for this petrol-powered version, it is still a heavy car. Under the long hood sits a supercharged 3-litre V6 developing 340bhp and 450Nm of torque. It’s got more than enough punch to get the Disco up to speed and keep it there without struggling. The surprisingly effortless acceleration is aided by the brilliant 8-speed ZF gearbox that delivers creamy smooth yet quick gearshifts. To know more details on Land Rover Discovery check Resultmag

The new Discovery isn’t as nice or sporty to drive as say a BMW X5 but there is no doubting the fact that it behaves noticeably better around corners compared to its predecessor – the steering is less vague and the whole car is more reactive to steering inputs. Make no mistake, the Disco still rolls a lot and feels spongy around corners but it completely demolishes bad roads. It has an inherent ability to iron out even the sharpest of bumps and rutted imperfections with ease. Better still, the jolts typically experienced in full-size traditional SUVs are next to none. All in all, the Discovery remains thoroughly composed at low speeds but at highway speeds, there is constant vertical movement and that wallowy feeling that air suspension-equipped cars are bundled with.

A lot of the buyers are unlikely to take their Discovery off-road, but it is reassuring to know that it is more than capable at dealing with rough stuff. As standard, you get a two-speed transfer box that offers selectable high and low range gears. The system offers a standard 50/50 torque split between front and rear wheels, but uses sensors to distribute torque between the wheels depending on slippage. It’s a ‘shift on the move’ system which allows the driver to swap between high and low ratios without having to stop the vehicle, at speeds of up to 60kmph.

Land Rover Discovery Riding

The previous Discovery’s steering felt disconnected especially at high speeds, but this new one doesn’t. Sure, it doesn’t have the same taut and direct feel to the steering that a BMW X5 has but there is some noticeable improvement over the old model. Make no mistake, the Disco rolls a lot and feels spongy around corners but like its predecessor, it absolutely devours bad roads. It has an inherent ability to iron out even the sharpest of bumps and rutted imperfections with ease. Better still, the jolts typically experienced in full-size traditional SUVs are next to none. All in all, the Discovery remains thoroughly composed at low speeds but at highway speeds, there is constant vertical movement and that wallowy feeling that air suspension-equipped cars are bundled with.

A lot of the buyers are unlikely to take their Discovery off-road, but it is reassuring to know that it is more than capable at dealing with rough stuff. As standard, you get Land Rover’s full-fledged Terrain Response System and a two-speed transfer box that offers selectable high and low range gears. The system offers a standard 50/50 torque split between front and rear wheels, but uses sensors to distribute torque between the wheels depending on slippage. It’s a ‘shift on the move’ system which allows the driver to swap between high and low ratios without having to stop the vehicle, at speeds of up to 60kmph.

Land Rover Discovery Safety

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

Land Rover Discovery Price in Bangalore

Land Rover Discovery On Road Price is 94,96,086/- and Ex-showroom Price is 75,83,700/- in Bangalore. Land Rover Discovery comes in 10 colours, namely Fuji White,Baltic Blue,Firenze Red,Indus Silver,Nara Bronze,Bali Blue,Siberian Silver,Ipanema Sand,Marmaris Teal,Santorini Black. Land Rover Discovery comes with AWD with 2995 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 335 bhp@6500 rpm and Peak Torque 450 Nm@3500-5000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 7.1 seconds . Land Rover Discovery comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .

Land Rover Discovery Final Thought

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery isn’t the most luxurious full-size SUV and at Rs 1.30 crores (on-road, Mumbai) for the top-spec diesel version, it’s certainly not cheap either. However, if you value practicality and long-distance cruising you will surely appreciate the Disco’s massive interior, flexible seating option and effortless performance. So if you are after a well-built traditional SUV with a genuine off-road ability instead of a glitzy and unashamedly road-focused SUV, the new Discovery makes for a worthy choice.

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Ford Ecosport Review & First Drive

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Ford Ecosport Overview

Ford EcoSport is one of the most exciting 5-seater SUVs in India. Available in seven petrol versions and eight diesel variants, it is also one of the most popular SUVs that you will find. A glance at Ford EcoSport prices reveals that it is one of the most economical as well. Hence, Ford EcoSport is a defining SUV in many ways. One of the essential features of Ford EcoSport is the 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine. Of all Ford EcoSport variants, two have automatic transmission system whereas the remaining vehicles run on 6-speed manual gears.

Though Ford EcoSport has a body of an SUV, it is a crossover model because this SUV body sits on the chassis of a sedan. It is a muscular vehicle capable of cruising over rough terrain because of its high Ford EcoSport ground clearance. Ford EcoSport is an ideal vehicle for families that go on long trips. The salient feature of this vehicle is that it comes with a tailgate-mounted spare wheel similar to what many SUVs in India provide. Check for Ford Ecosport price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Ford Ecosport Style

While this, technically, is a mid-life facelift for the EcoSport, we have surprisingly little to write about, in this section of the review. The narrow slat that used to lie just under the bonnet has been deleted and the grill now moves higher up on the face of the EcoSport. The Ford logo now moves from the missing slat to the centre of the grill, like in the Endeavour and other Ford family cars of this generation.

The headlamps are larger and the round fog lamps below have been replaced by much larger triangular units. The bottom splitter has also received a mild redesign and the top-of-the-line Titanium Plus model receives 17-inch alloys. And that is essentially it; the sides and the rear of the EcoSport remain the same. That said, the EcoSport was always pleasant to look at and we can’t fault Ford for not messing with a design that already works well.

Ford Ecosport Space

This midlife update isn’t just a cosmetic makeover but a full-on development over the old EcoSport – a fact that is apparent the moment you step inside the cabin. Everything from the dashboard and the dials to the steering wheel is completely new – only the dash top and the gear lever seem to have been carried over. Nonetheless, we are happy to report that the new dash design isn’t as cluttered as before and is in fact rather smart looking. The biggest highlight comes in the form of the 8-inch touchscreen display that’s been placed closer to the driver’s line of sight. Featuring Ford’s infotainment system called SYNC 3, it’s surprisingly easy to operate and the UI is crisp too. It also comes with in-car connectivity systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In typical Ford fashion, the cabin is home to a mix of grey, black and silver materials – some feeling more premium than others. While the overall quality is on par with the segment, some of the plastics aren’t exactly well finished – the opening for the cubby hole around the steering column and the glove box is poorly finished. Storage is adequately addressed with two cup holders and decent-sized door pockets, although the glove-box is a touch too small. The EcoSport also gets a centrally located media bin to stow a smartphone while charging. Ford says it’s designed to accommodate a phone as large as an iPhone 7 Plus.

Outward visibility remains unchanged which means the EcoSport is still slightly more difficult to navigate than its rivals. The high-set dash, thick A-pillars and a small rear glass seriously limit overall visibility. Thankfully, the front seats are now wider and feature softer cushioning. While there’s a great deal of headroom and lateral support, the passenger side knee room isn’t as generous as the driver side – the centre console is angled more on the passenger side and fouls with their knees.

At the rear, you will find a better sense of legroom thanks to the scooped out front seats – they do work and liberate more knee room. The headroom, meanwhile, is plentiful as always and the softer cushioning is great, too. The rear bench has good amount of contours, but seating three at the rear is still a squeeze.Ford India has really upped the game in terms of features. Besides the usual stuff like climate control, height adjustable driver’s seat, electric mirrors and alloy wheels, you get a lot of niceties like projector headlamps, leather seats, daytime running LEDs, 6 airbags, ABS, tire pressure monitoring system and that brilliant 8-inch infotainment system.

Ford Ecosport Gearbox

What about from behind that all-new steering wheel? For our first impressions we got to sample the all-new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor dubbed ‘Dragon’. Replacing the old EcoBoost turbocharged engine, this new naturally aspirated motor is coupled to a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters in our test car. The engine makes 123bhp and 150Nm of torque and while these outputs look alright, the EcoSport is a heavy car. This puts demand on every horsepower and Nm. Ultimately, this three-cylinder motor/auto box combo is impressive in the city, with good low-end response from the motor and smooth shifts from the torque converter. This engine is surprisingly refined, too, as long as you don’t floor it hard.

The EcoSport with this powertrain is no driver’s car. Flat out, progress is hardly thrilling as the engine struggles to pull the car’s heft – this is down to the weak midrange. That said, this engine pulls surprisingly hard at the top-end. Similarly, the 6-speed torque converter is no DCT – though the upshifts are fairly quick, it’s constantly hunting for the right gear, something that’s unnerving when going through the corners flat out. Overall, it’s a decent, no-nonsense auto box that does a good job of adding convenience to your daily drives.

The old EcoSport was often praised for its planted feel, and while it rode comfortably it erred towards firm. This resulted in a car with good body control that definitely put the ‘Sport’ into its name. For the 2017 model, Ford claims they have worked on optimizing the suspension bushes although we would like to add that this new car rides more or less the same as its predecessor. Over a mixed array of surfaces, we found the ride and handling to be about what you would expect from the Blue Oval. There is still a hint of firmness to the way this thing rides over bad roads, but the upshot is that you get a car that holds its line brilliantly through the corners and remains composed at high speeds. Similarly, the steering feels just as direct and quick at initial turn-in despite being worked on for a softer bite. To know more info on Ford Ecosport  check Resultmag

Ford Ecosport Driving

Ford says the only changes it has made to the suspension is to the bushes, but this seems to have made quite a difference in the way the car rides. It goes over bumps and speed breakers in a much more composed fashion and while the suspension is still quite sporty, i.e. firm, there is very little sound that makes way into the cabin. Only really sharp bumps like level changes and rumble strips make their presence felt in the cabin. But those apart, the EcoSport is a very quiet place to ride in. Even road and engine noise at city speeds is very nicely controlled and this makes for an even more comfortable experience.

Like all Fords, steering feel is excellent and this combines well with the sporty suspension setup around corners. There is still some body roll that comes from the tall boy stance and the short wheelbase, but it’s still fairly well controlled. Together, they keep the sporty edge, that the EcoSport had, alive even today. What could do with some improvement though, are the Bridgestone Ecopia 205/50R17 tyres which don’t feel as if they offer as much grip as we know this chassis can handle.

Ford Ecosport Safety

Ford EcoSport has excellent front and rear suspensions to ensure that its passengers enjoy a comfortable ride. The high Ford EcoSport ground clearance also plays a vital role in this aspect. The lower end models have tyre size of 195/65R15 whereas its top models come with 17-inch alloy wheels. Ventilated disc brakes for the front wheel and drum brakes for the rear are good enough to bring the vehicle to an immediate halt. It comes with ABS and EBD so that the car does not skip or topple over when you apply sudden brakes in an emergency. All variants except for four Titanium models come with two airbags for driver and front seat passenger. The Titanium Plus models have six airbags to protect all passengers. Additional standard safety features include warnings for ‘door ajar,’ engine immobiliser, child safety locks, and a central locking system.

Ford Ecosport Cost in Chennai

Ford EcoSport On Road Price is 9,00,771/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,82,300/- in Chennai. Ford EcoSport comes in 8 colours, namely Mars Red,Moondust Silver,Golden Bronze,Smoke Grey,Chill Metallic,Kinetic Blue,Panther Black,Diamond White. Ford EcoSport comes with FWD with 1499 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 110 bhp@6300 rpm and Peak Torque 140 Nm@4400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Ford EcoSport comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Ford Ecosport Final Thought

Ford EcoSport reviews show that many people prefer the Ford SUV to its competitors because of various reasons. One principal reason is the ease of handling the Ford EcoSport. India has an excellent domestic market for Ford EcoSport. Customers appreciate this compact SUV as Ford has rectified various errors from the previous generation of this vehicle. The pricing of Ford EcoSport is also one of the crucial factors for its popularity.

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno First Drive Review

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno Overview

Maruti Suzuki Baleno gets a mid-life update with fresh set of cosmetic and added features inside the cabin. The vehicle is available in four trims – Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The vehicle is available in petrol and diesel engine options. The vehicle is available in six colour options – pearl artic white, premium silver, nexa blue, autumn orange, phoenix red and magma grey.

The Baleno hatchback now features a revised bumper which sports a wider centre air-dam and air ducts on either side which are surrounded by the C-shaped profile. The new grille features a three-dimensional detailing and has been slightly tweaked to make the face look wider. The vehicle now gets precision cut two tone 16-inch alloy wheels.

For freshness, the Baleno now gets black interiors with premium blue detailing. The hatchback gets a dual tone seat fabric design and an upgraded next generation Smartplay Studio connected infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The device also gives out vehicle information and alerts on low fuel, parking brake, etc. Standard safety features includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts and rear parking sensors are standard.

Under the hood, the Baleno is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that generates 84bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. The diesel on the other hand gets a 1.3-litre engine that generates 75bhp of power and 190Nm of torque. Both the engines get a five speed manual as standard, while the petrol offers a CVT option.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Exteriors

The highlighting feature of Maruti Suzuki Baleno cars is its sporty look. A glance at Baleno images shows a unique and extravagant appeal. Its wide stance makes it appear like a big car. However, it has modest specifications. The Baleno length is 3995mm whereas its width and height are 1745mm and 1510mm respectively. Its wheelbase of 2520mm makes Suzuki Baleno an extremely stable car. Baleno ground clearance of 170mm is better than that of other hatchbacks in its segment. It is not a high ground clearance, but can still sail over obstacles on the roads.

Its angular headlights complement the beauty of this car. The robust grille with the Suzuki symbol presents an imposing sight. Some of its variants come with attached fog lamps whereas the base models have provisions for the same. Specific Baleno models come with black alloy wheels. However, the characteristic features present in all Baleno variants are LED rear combination lamps and rear parking assist sensors. Baleno comes in six beautiful colours, such as Magma Grey, Nexa Blue, Pearl Arctic White, Premium Silver, Phoenix Red, and Autumn Orange.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Interiors

This is the most important part of the car, as this is where majority of the time is spent. The interiors of Marutis have been highly appealing, be it the Celerio or even Ciaz or the new Swift. The Baleno is no exception and this is the new hatchback that gets a new set of interiors. The Baleno gets a new set of interiors and the dashboard is highly appealing. Pictures don’t do justice to this hatchback’s interiors as they do look stylish and are premium.

The steering wheel is the next-generation Maruti design and it has a new instrument cluster with a TFT screen that shows current fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency, distance to empty, current torque and power being used. The top-of-the-line variant gets Apple’s CarPlay system that is a good integration of the latest technology in a car. Maruti claims that Android Auto will also be soon added to this list.

The space on the Baleno is good in both the rows, however it is a bit uncomfortable at the rear as the recline is limited. There are no rear AC vents, but still the cooling is good enough. We still have to test this product in the heats of Indian summer and give a complete feedback. The Baleno’s ergonomics is well-sorted and there are no negatives that we could find.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Transmission

While the S-Cross got a brand new diesel, the Baleno unfortunately has to do with the tried and tested mills. Petrol is the same 1.2 litre K-Series engine which pushes out 85 PS @ 6000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque @ 4000 rpm. While the engine feels refined and linear in its power delivery its feels just like a Swift when it comes to performance. The diesel too gets the same DDiS mill from the Swift with 75 PS and 190 Nm which is a tad bit disappointing considering the 90 PS tune would have been ideal. While the diesel offers slightly more punch compared to the petrol, it feels noisier with the diesel clatter filtering into the cabin

Both the engines come mated to the 5-speed gearbox which works well in the diesel but feels a tad bit notchy in the petrol. There is also an option of a CVT gearbox for people wanting an automatic. The gearbox has the typical rubber-band effect of most CVT’s when you put your foot down, but then for most of its in town use feels quite adept. We can’t help feel that Maruti could have offered or should in the future at least offer more powerful engine options considering how capable the platform is. But what you do get is class-leading fuel efficiency with the petrol claiming 21.4 kmpl and the diesel a whopping 27.9 kmpl.To know more information on Maruti Baleno visit Resultmag

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Driving

The ride of the Baleno car is very good. We have only driven the 195/55R16 (top-of-the-line variant) and yet to experience the other variant that comes shod with smaller tyres. But the ride will more of less remain the same. The suspension absorbs all the bumps with ease making it a smooth ride. On the other hand, the handling of the Baleno is just more evolved than the Swift. The alacrity of the chassis is a lot more superior to the other Maruti products thanks to the lighter weight chassis. This not just enhances the power and efficiency, but also improves the driving dynamics. The steering wheel too is light and feels comfortable to drive in city. It does weigh up a bit making it a joy to drive on the highways too.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Safety

Baleno cars come with high-quality suspension, such as Macpherson Strut for the front wheels and Torsion Beam for the rear, to ensure that its passengers get an uneventful driving experience, even on bumpy countryside roads. Baleno tyre size of 195/55R16 is ideal for a hatchback of this size. Ventilated disc brakes on all wheels prevent skidding on slippery roads. A manual handbrake makes it possible for Baleno cars to remain stationary while parking as it prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards.

All Baleno variants come with dual airbags for driver and front seat passenger. Rear sensors with camera allow you to park your Baleno without any problems. ABS and EBD provide incident-free braking as it prevents skidding of the wheels when you apply sudden brakes. An engine immobiliser system proves handy because no can operate the engine without inserting the vehicle’s keys into the ignition. Other safety features include child safety locks and a central locking system.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Cost in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Baleno On Road Price is 6,72,696/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,54,689/- in Bangalore. Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes in 14 colours, namely Premium Urban Blue,Metalic Premium Silver,Pearl Arctic White,Ray Blue (RS),Autumn Orange (RS),Fire Red (RS),Granite Gray,Ray Blue,Premium Urban Blue (RS),Autumn Orange,Premium Silver (RS),Granite Gray (RS),Fire Red,Pearl Arctic White (RS). Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 83 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .Check for Maruti Baleno price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Final Thought

The Baleno is based on the new, Suzuki fifth-generation platform that is lighter, rigid and safer. Designs are subjective and the Baleno doesn’t top the list when it comes to styling, but what it gets is a complete package from the country’s best-selling car maker. The interior quality, the space and the drivability is one of the best in its segment. Maruti is ticking all the correct boxes with the Baleno and this is what the customers need. This is the new-generation Maruti and it stands strong, sending a signal to the competition that it is not going to stay quiet and it will not give up its market share. It is there to lead and hold on its market share. The Baleno is the first one and many more are coming in.

Maruti Suzuki is once again flexing its muscles with the Baleno and this is the segment that is already on a rise. The brand value adds on to it and it makes it a great option to buy, especially the petrol. Once the price tags are revealed that is when we can give a clear opinion. The only think that will stop buyers from getting a Baleno is the badge value that Maruti Suzuki holds in the premium segment at the moment in the premium segment.

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Honda Accord Performance & Price

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Honda Accord Overview

Honda Accord has been a prominent name among the elite class buyers in the Indian market. The previous-generation Accord bagged several accolades from the auto aficionados as well as the buyers due to its striking exterior appearance, luxurious interior cabin and imperious performance. However, the Japanese automaker discontinued the saloon a couple of years back because of unsatisfactory sales figures and did not launch the facelift model instantly.

After a tumultuous wait of over two years, the company has reintroduced the Accord saloon in India, albeit in a hybrid avatar. The ninth-generation model was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in February and the extravagant response that it got from the buyers catapulted Honda to bring it to the Indian shores.

Identical to the preceding model, it would be sitting at the top of company’s vehicle line-up, while being continued to be retailed as a CBU. Needless to say, the new-generation Accord is smaller, lighter and advanced than its predecessor. Unfortunately, despite being a hybrid vehicle, it wouldn’t receive benefits from the FAME scheme of the Indian government as it is not being locally assembled. Honda Accord Hybrid would take on the likes of Toyota Camry Hybrid and the yet-to-be-launched Volkswagen Passat GTE.

Honda Accord Exteriors

What made Honda decide on the Hybrid? Statistics clearly show that the Camry sells more in the Hybrid form and that was reason enough for Honda to follow suit. It isn’t the first time Honda is bringing the Hybrid technology to India. Honda had launched the Civic Hybrid previously with little success as this car was much ahead of its time. This time however, the Japanese manufacturer is confident that the Accord will shake up the segment. We took the Accord for a short spin in Hyderabad to find out more.

The design has got a lot of modern elements while keeping the original design DNA intact. This means this car has an unmistakable silhouette with the right proportions. The most striking feature being the LED headlamps and tail lamps. The Accord has grown in size over the years and it looks much more sophisticated with a certain sense of opulence. The 18-inch alloys look pretty neat too. Indians love chrome and the new chrome grille will only add to the desirability.

Honda Accord Interiors

The interiors are quite fresh with some impressive quality, fit and finish. The cabin is put together with an atmosphere of luxury all around. The Accord is equipped with an endless list of features such as remote start with pre-cooling or heating the car with the key, 7-inch touch screen audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rain sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, blindspot monitoring system (LaneWatch), electronic sunroof and the list just goes on and on. The instrument cluster looks quite futuristic too. The seats are comfortable and there is decent space in the boot, inspite of the batteries eating up some amount of boot space. The Accord comes with run-flat tyres and Honda is not offering a spare. However, there is a puncture repair kit in the boot.

Honda Accord Transmission

The all-new Honda Accord Hybrid derives its power from the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive hybrid system, which features a 2.0 L 4-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine and 2 electric motors. The electric motors are powered by a 1.3 kWh Lithium-Ion battery. The total power output is 211 bhp, out of which the petrol mill generates 145 bhp. The engine is linked to an e-CVT automatic transmission, which transmits the power to the front wheels. Honda Accord Hybrid offers three driving modes: EV, Hybrid and Engine. In the EV Mode, the power is provided by the electric motors as they draw it from the Lithium-ion battery. For more info on Honda Accord check Resultmag

In the Hybrid mode, the petrol engine powers the generator motor, which then provides energy to the driving motor. In case of the Engine mode, the petrol motor powers the wheels directly. Besides the aforementioned three driving modes, two additional driving modes, Sport and Economy, can be activated by pressing the buttons on the centre console. The hybrid sedan is being hailed as the most refined and fuel-efficient hybrid model in its segment.

Honda Accord Hybrid mileage reaches an impressive figure of 23.1 kmpl (ARAI specified), which makes it the most fuel efficient hybrid sedan in the segment.

Honda Accord Riding

Power delivery is quite linear. There is a bit of lag once you floor the pedal, but after this the Accord pulls smoothly to the redline. NVH levels are excellent and you can barely hear the engine (in the Engine mode). When the car is running only on the batteries, it is eerily quiet. The Accord automatically decides on the driving mode based on the conditions such as speed and the charge status of the battery. Ride quality is excellent at both low and high speeds. We particularly liked the slow speed ride as the suspension soaks most the surface irregularities on the tarmac. Since most buyers will be chauffeured around, the rear ride is important and is quite comfortable. The steering offers decent amount of feedback and weighs up well as the speeds pick up. Brakes offer good bite and the car stops without any drama. The tyres offer good levels of grip.

Honda Accord Safety

The Honda Accord Hybrid sedan gets ventilated disc brakes at the front wheels, while solid discs do the duty at the rear wheels. In terms of safety, Honda Accord Hybrid specifications have gone a level ahead, and some never-seen-before features have been introduced in the form of ‘LaneWatch’ Blind Spot Monitoring System, Multi-angle Rear View Camera and Active Cornering Lights.

In addition, the sedan also comes with an array of safety features, such as 6 airbags, 3-point seatbelt for each seat, front seatbelts with pre-tensioner and load limiter, Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS), Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control, Brake Assist, and Hill Start Assist (HSA) as standard.

Honda Accord Price in Hyderabad

Honda Accord On Road Price is 52,02,816/- and Ex-showroom Price is 43,53,104/- in Hyderabad. Honda Accord comes in 4 colours, namely Lunar Silver Metallic,Modern Steel Metallic,Crystal Black Pearl,White Orchid Pearl. Honda Accord comes with FWD with 1993 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 181 bhp@5000-6000 rpm and Peak Torque 315 Nm@2000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at Electric Power Steering . Honda Accord comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Accord price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Honda Accord Final Thought

Undoubtedly, Honda Accord Hybrid is one of the prettiest cars in its segment, but it has been priced absolutely bizarrely. In the same segment, Toyota Camry is nearly Rs. 6 Lakh cheaper than the Accord Hybrid. Honda needs to contemplate local production to bring down the Honda Accord Hybrid price and remain in the competition.

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Tata Tiago Facelift Review

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Tata Tiago Overview

Tata Motors is now offering the Tiago AMT on the XT variant. This variant is called as the XTA. This is the mid-variant and it will have all the features that XT variant offers. This will make the XTA a more affordable option for many looking at getting a car that is more affordable than Tata Tiago was sort of a revolution in the hatchback space, when launched. The entire package was so attractive that it immediately attracted buyers towards it. The Tiago is a much improved car over earlier Tata cars.

This is an all new car at is designed from scratch. It is an all new product. This comes after a long time from Tata. It is well packaged and hence becomes a compelling buy. The New Tata Tiago 2017 is a subtle looking car, but is a winner when it comes to its price point and the features it offers. Is the new Tata Tiago 2017 a worthy buy? Is it built to be reliable? We tell you in our detailed Tata Tiago Review.

Tata Tiago Exteriors

When you look at the Tiago as a layman you won’t be able to make out that it’s a Tata car. That typical silhouette of the Indica hatch which is evident on the Bolt is totally gone, one will also appreciate the uneven gap (a trait on older Tatas) between the body and wheels is gone. The Tiago looks fresh and up to date with Tata’s new design direction, getting inputs from its design studios in Pune, Italy and the UK. The front end gets a neat smiling face (Humanity line in Tata speak) having a wide grille connecting the sleek headlamps up front. The bonnet is flat that lends it some length and the bumper has a clean design integrating circular fog lamps. The Tata logo on the grille gets a 3D touch while there are 6 body colours on offer.

The side profile of the Tata Tiago looks aerodynamic having consistent lines unlike other Tata hatchbacks with rounded and circular design elements. There is a strong crease that rises across the length of the car and blackened B-pillar to give a sporty appeal. The rear section looks complete with the jewel shaped tail lamps and muscular lines on the tail gate. The rear bumper is dual tone and gets a black panel to cut the visual bulk (there is a dummy space for a rear fog which isn’t there but will be equipped on export models). The Tiago gets a roof mounted spoiler (with gloss black air winglets which Tata likes to call spats), circular shaped rear defogger (influenced from a maze and similar to what we have seen on a recent Land Rover) with wiper. All in all a very well proportioned design from all angles makes the Tata Tiago look smart.

Tata Tiago Interiors

The cabin is the biggest surprise on the Tiago. It’s well designed and spacious as it rightfully should be, but what bowls you over is how well finished it is too.Tata has really upped its game in this department and has gone the whole hog to make the cabin look and feel more special than some premium hatchbacks. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into everything right from the choice of seat fabric to the rich knitted roof lining. The plastics are also of a high standard and, in fact, the textured finish on the dash top is something you won’t find even on some more expensive cars like the new Maruti Baleno. The silver shroud around the instruments is the only bit that looks tacky. Drivers will, however, like the meaty steering wheel (shared with the Zest and Bolt), chunky column stalks and good all-round visibility afforded by the large windows and low dashboard.

The two-tone dash may not be radical in layout (the body-coloured side air vents are optional) but it does look smart and positions the important controls for easy access. As with all new Tatas, there’s a lot to talk about the Tiago’s Harman-developed infotainment system. For one, sound quality from the four-speaker and four-tweeter set-up is really impressive. There’s no touchscreen here but the system does offer aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and telephone functions. Additionally, the system can be synced to a phone to display and readout turn-by-turn navigation instructions. There’s also the unique Juke Car app that allows each passenger in the car to add songs from their device (via mobile hotspot) to a playlist on the phone paired with the audio player. So, no quarrelling over music on long journeys! What could be a sticky issue is the air conditioning. The air-con vents feel solid to operate but have limited reach, the blower is loud and the knobs feel a bit too mechanical in operation. The bigger concern is that the aircon didn’t cool the cabin quickly or effectively.

On the plus side, Tata has responded to feedback on the insufficient storage in the Bolt by giving the Tiago lots of space for small items. There’s a bottle holder on each door (albeit good for slim 0.5-litre bottles only), two cupholders near the gear lever, a shelf at the driver’s end of the dashboard and a bay to hold mobile phones at the base of the centre console. What’s more, the glovebox is cooled and features a dedicated recess to hold tablet devices. The glovebox’s soft release via a neatly integrated button on the dash is a superb touch. Also worth a mention is that the driver’s footwell is spacious and there’s a dedicated dead pedal too. Io know more information on Tata Tiago visit Origo2000

Up front, occupants get a good sense of space and seat comfort is good though some may find the seat base a tad short. The last bit is a departure from other Tata cars whose front seats offer almost excessive thigh support. Rear seat passengers have it quite nice. There’s a good deal of space, the large windows let in plenty of light and the seat is well cushioned. The single-piece rear seat backrest can also be folded forward to free up more luggage room though the 240-litre boot can hold plenty as is.

Tata Tiago Transmission

Not only is the Tiago new inside and out, it also happens to be the launch vehicle for Tata’s new three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Both engines come mated to five-speed manual gearboxes though automated manual transmission options will be offered in the future.

The 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine is a grounds-up design and uses lightweight all-aluminium construction, a four valve per cylinder DOHC setup and variable cam timing for the intake. It’s an undersquare engine with bore and stroke measuring 77mm and 85.8mm respectively. Peak power is 83.8bhp (at 6,000rpm) while max torque of 11.6kgm is produced at 3,500rpm.

Respectable as the above numbers are, the petrol Tiago isn’t a very lively performer. The engine doesn’t rev particularly quickly and performance is adequate and no more. The feeling is that you always have to work the engine to bring out its best; a tall third gear only makes this more evident in slow moving city traffic. In stop-go traffic, you’ll also notice power delivery to be jerky. You can sense the fuel cut off the moment you lift off the throttle. The clutch is light, but not very progressive, and the gearbox also requires effort to slot in at times. Refinement levels are fair at low revs though the thrum from the three-cylinder engine can get intrusive, especially at the 3,000rpm mark when a bit of resonance filters into the cabin.There’s also a bit of a judder just after you engage the clutch and floor the throttle.

To be honest, it’s the three-cylinder Revotorq turbo-diesel engine that seems a lot nicer. This 1.05-litre engine is actually a downsized (and thoroughly modernised) version of the Indica’s 1405cc, four-cylinder diesel unit. The block is cast iron while the aluminium head houses twin cams and four valves per cylinder. The engine’s 69bhp at 4,000rpm and 14.27kgm from 1,800-3,000rpm make it far more powerful than the Celerio’s two-cylinder diesel unit. Check for HDFC car loan at Fincarz.

Start the engine and there’s no escaping this is a small displacement three-cylinder motor. There are vibrations but it’s not all that bad. The engine also takes time to wake up but builds speed reasonably well from about 1,500rpm though the real power comes in only post 1,800rpm. Thereon, the engine pulls sufficiently but again it doesn’t feel particularly peppy. That’s to say it gets the job done but doesn’t excite in the least. The powerband is narrow and by 3,500rpm you know the engine is done with its best. At this point, the engine also gets noisy with a rough roar for a note and this gives even less reason to rev it to 4,000rpm and beyond. Drivers will find the clutch light but snappy (more so than the petrol) in the way it engages. The gearbox too is not as crisp as the competitions’.

Tata Tiago Driving

The Tata Tiago is very impressive when it comes to its ride quality. It is easily the best in its segment. The Tiago’s suspension is well tunes to offer a pliant ride. The ride is well-cushioned and absorbs most bumps and potholes with comfortable ease. Tata has traditionally been good in this department and gets better with the Tiago. The handling is also pretty good for city driving. The steering is light and responsive. This makes it easy to park in tight spots. On the highway the car doesn’t lose its composure and one can easily cruise at 130 km/h. The car remains steady. We wish the brakes were slightly better.

Tata Tiago Safety

In terms of safety, Tata Motors has provided front driver and passenger airbags along with ABS and EBD including cornering stability control that works with the ABS. There is speed-sensing auto door lock function along with immobiliser for the owner to feel safe about the car. With the HORIZONEXT program, Tata is making sure to improve their after sales service quality and it has come a long way compared to the old days. However, there is still some room left for better service quality. Tata has a wide network and reach across the country including Tier-II and Tier-III areas.

Tata Tiago Cost in Hyderabad

Tata Tiago On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,06,477 to 7,30,921 for variants Tiago Revotron XE and Tiago Revotorq XZ respectively. Tata Tiago is available in 20 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Tata Tiago variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Tiago price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Tata Tiago Final Thought

Tata has clearly put its heart and soul into the Tiago and the result is very impressive. The Tiago looks attractive, comes with plenty of equipment and has a cabin that could very well belong to a more expensive car. The Tiago is also designed to tackle our imperfect roads with ease and is an easy car to handle. Unfortunately, the lacklustre engines take much away from what is otherwise a well-rounded package. However, Indian buyers might be willing to make a compromise on the driving experience in return for good fuel efficiency. The petrol Tiago (in Eco mode) gives an impressive 23.5kpl and the diesel is even more fuel-efficient. What these figures translate to in the real world remains to be seen.

The Tata Tiago goes on sale later this month and is likely to be priced very aggressively. The base petrol model will be well under Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the diesel won’t be far off that mark either. But it’s not just promise of value for money, but the premium look and feel the Tiago offers in this segment that could make it a winner and the car that puts Tata Motors back in the race.

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Fiat Linea Facelift Engine & Performance

Fiat Linea On Road Price In Hyderabad

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. Check car loan for Fiat Linea.

It’s story of elegance starts somewhere from its Maserati like bi-parted grille that is closely guarded by a pair of twin pod lights. This front end smoothly merges into its wheel arches, waistline, and a wide windscreen. The only feature distinguishes between its petrol and diesel version is the placement of ‘Multijet’ badge that lies on left of Fiat’s badge. The rear mirrors the front end as a bright shadow with identical boot lid and bumper along with a cluster of tail lights. On the interior front the car presents a clear picture of Italian style and design. The ergonomically designed cabin speaks a user –friendly language with comfort oriented features such as electrical ORVMs, twin barrel headlamps, centrally integrated music system, USB connectivity, steering mounted audio controls, ample number of storage cubicles, large glove box, and so on.

Linea in every aspect epitomises what Fiat stands for be it design, looks, comfort, or power. The 1.4-litre FIRE and 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine brings the power quotient of this car at par with several other powerful options such as Swift Dzire, Indigo Manza, and a few others. The car is a boon in terms of driving dynamics and handling. The light steering and strong suspension system of the car adds up to the driving pleasure, and the car outclasses several other Indian cars in terms of handling. It is a perfect option in C segment for those looking to drive a vehicle with stunning looks, great design, awe inspiring driving dynamics, and superb power + mileage.

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. The rear curtain acts as another safeguard and helps maintaining low temperature on hot days. For more info on Fiat Linea  visit Basna

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 hasn’t made any changes under the hood of the car and the new facelift is available with 2 engine options. This car has been here in the Indian market since 2009 and most of you are well aware of its engine still for those who don’t know below given are the engine options for the Linea:

– The 1.4 Liter 4 cylinder Multijet diesel engine which now generates even more power 92 bhp at 4000 rpm to be exact and 209 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. Whereas the other 1.4 Liter 4 cylinder T-Jet Turbo Petrol engine generates about 112 bhp of power at 5000 rpm and 207 Nm of torque at 2200rpm. There is still no option for an automatic gearbox so both the engines are mated to a conventional 5 speed gearbox which has a reputation of being one of the smoothest in its segment.

The Linea perhaps has the most impressive ground clearances of 185 mm which makes the handling even better. It uses an Independent wheel, helical coil springs, double acting telescopic dampers and stabilizer bars at the front and Torsion beam, Helical coil springs, double acting telescopic dampers and stabilizer bars at the rear of the car as its suspension setup. It also uses a ventilated discs at the front and solid discs at the rear for the petrol and drums for the (Diesel) variants.

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 Riding

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. Request drive Test for Fiat Linea.

Fiat Linea Safety

The following are the safety features are available with the Fiat Linea:

– 3-Point ELR Seat belts with Pretensioners & Load Limiters

– Front ventilated disc brakes and rear drum brakes

– Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with EBD

– Automatic Door Lock

– Central Door Locking

– Double Crank Prevention System

– Driver Seat Belt Warning Light with Buzzer

– Dual Stage Front Airbags with Early Crash Sensors

– Exact Door Open Indicators

– Fire Prevention System (FPS)

– Immobiliser with Rolling Code (FCS)

Fiat Linea Price in Hyderabad

Fiat Linea On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,27,699 to 10,66,238 for variants Linea 1.4L Active Fire and Linea 1.4 Dynamic Advanced Multijet respectively. Fiat Linea is available in 3 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Fiat Linea variants price in Hyderabad. View offers on Fiat Linea at Autozhop.

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.

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Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Facelift First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 On Road Price In Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Overvire

Maruti Suzuki introduced the Alto K10 back in the year 2010, and got its first facelift in 2014. Alto nameplate is the Maruti’s all-time best selling brand. Its simple design and powerful and fuel-efficient engine pleases all. Where driving a big car becomes a challenge in urban areas, Alto K10 comes into the picture. To differentiate the car from Alto 800, the company has used sharp cuts and creases on the outside and inside too has been given a different pattern. Maruti Alto K10 is mainly targeted towards the enthusiastic customers who are seeking for the powerful hatch in the small car segment.Check for SBI Car loan at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Design

The Alto K10 is 125mm longer and 55 kgs heavier then its F8 sibling, which is something you won’t really notice, what you would however notice is the new headlights, grille, bumper, fog lamps, mirrors and tail lamps. Although all this is nothing revolutionary, it is a welcome change considering the company had a price target to meet. The Alto K10 looks modern with these changes, but does not really stand out of the crowd (which the Beat does). Door mouldings and body coloured bumpers gel well with the overall design of the car. A chrome strip now runs on top of the front grille, which is now larger.The full wheel cover design seems to have been inspired from the Swift wheel cover. They look decent.The rear tail lamp design seem to have some sort of inspiration from the Chevrolet Spark.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Cabin

Where the Alto K10 is vastly different from the Alto 800 is the interiors. While both cars have similar AC vents (side ones), the dashboard is as different as chalk and cheese. The Alto K10’s dashboard is a nice unit which looks quite attractive and gets piano black finish on the centre console and some silver inserts for a sporty feel. The cabin is a dual-tone unit that adds airiness and quality inside is good although there are some rough edges which aren’t glaringly obvious at first sight. The way the centre console has been designed makes the Alto K10’s dashboard look wider than it actually is. The 3-spoke steering is nice to hold and the car gets front power windows, buttons for which are unconventionally placed in the centre, there are no rear power windows

The manual variant of the Alto K10 gets a cubbyhole and cupholders in front of the lever but in the AMT variant, this is missing as the lever takes more space. The car gets a smart hook next to the glovebox for hanging small things. The instrument cluster is a funky looking unit (Maruti calls it speedy finish) with a nice design having red markings and white fonts. There is a display under the speedometer which carries twin trip meters, odometer, gear indicator (AMT) fuel meter and time. The right side on the console has tell-tale lights and as they don’t blink all the time, the meter looks a bit empty.

The Maruti Alto K10 is the premium version of the Alto but isn’t loaded with a ton of features to boast about. Bluetooth is absent which comes as a surprise because the world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano has it. The audio system offers CD, USB and AUX functions and sound quality is strictly average. None of the Alto’s seats come with adjustable headrests and due to the narrow cabin, it’s best to seat two at the rear and not squeeze in three. The front seats are quite comfortable and although the Alto K10 carries the same wheelbase as the Alto 800, rear seat legroom is better thanks to the scooped front seat back, resulting in thinner front seats (one can at times feel the knees of the rear passenger on his back). Still legroom is just average while headroom is adequate. Boot space is decent for a car of this size. For more info on Maruti Alto K10  visit Basna

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Performance

The K10’s claim to fame has always been its engine. The K-series all aluminium 998cc motor was an easy revving, potent and fuel efficient one. On the new K10, this engine has been honed further. The engine is now lighter, there’s less friction and it is mated to a new 5-speed gearbox. Maruti claims a significant improvement in fuel efficiency. The K10 has an ARAI specified fuel economy of a 24.07kmpl. Now it only makes 68PS but when you factor in its weight of just 755kg, you know this isn’t going to be a boring car to drive. And it isn’t! The engine does get noisy when revved but it doesn’t hesitate no matter how hard you push it and the gear shifts are easy and precise

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Riding

The benefits of the new engine-transmission pack coupled to the strengthened underpinnings show to good effect when out on the road. The car rides very assuredly and there is none of the hip-hop associated with the rear end dancing on slightly rough surfaces on a light car with rudimentary suspension. What we have here is one sorted out package which delivers miles and smiles with gusto. The punchy manner in which the car drives out of corners and over hilly roads is a delight and the sensory delights from the cable actuated transmission system (the Alto F8D employs a link-type shift actuator) are a bonus.

For the record, the transmission is from the same family as employed in the A-Star but with obviously revised ratios of course for duty in the Alto K10. The torque is just right at the correct shift points and makes for a car which provides brisk progress whenever you want it and whatever be your style of motoring. In many an occasion this sort of performance made me think about the original Suzuki Zen which was just as perky and fun to drive. Book Maruti Suzuki Alto K10  Test Drive.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Safety

The braking is at par with the contemporaries and progressive with a better bite on the road. The braking system works in line with the regular driving style but not tuned for hard driving. Not much can be expected when it comes to safety features in budget hatchbacks. But you still get optional driver side airbag, central locking, engine immobilizer and child safety lock.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,13,865 to 5,14,967 for variants Alto K10 LX and Alto K10 VXI AGS Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is available in 8 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 variants price in Hyderabad.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Verdict

At an ex-showroom price of just 4 lacs, the Alto K10 AMT oozes practicality. It is no longer the cheapest one around with the Tata Nano coming in at a lakh less, but it is definitely more upmarket and comes with a very peppy 1.0 litre motor. It may not be as dynamically sorted or as good looking as we would have liked it to be, but it does make those long daily commutes that much easier without the usual cost of owning an automatic being reflected in your bank balance. Kudos to Maruti for plonking the 1.0 litre K-Series motor in the Alto and coupling it with the 5-speed AMT! The Alto K10 AMT is surely among the most sensible hatchbacks around. Thus car will not win many traffic-light GPs, it won’t encourage you to attack corners, and it will not turn many heads either. But it will keep your left foot happy and make those boring daily commutes through jam-packed roads that much easier, without burning a big hole in your pocket. Practical and peppy, the Alto K10 impresses!

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