Hyundai Eon Features, Performance & Driving Dynamics

Hyundai Eon Overview

The Hyundai Eon churned out decent volumes in the hatchback segment until the recent competition came out with desirable options. The Hyundai Eon competes with the segment king Maruti Alto and now goes against the Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-GO hatchbacks. The Hyundai Eon is the most expensive hatch in its segment as the Kwid and redi-GO offer more with a much lower price tag. However, the Eon still manages to boast good interior quality and exterior design compared to its rivals. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Hyundai Eon Style

Hyundai Eon is targeted at the youth of country and the flowing futuristic looks inspired by the fluidic design language make the car look very stylish. The car does not look like anything like its competitors. Hyundai has designed the car smartly. With the visible lines on both sides of the car, and great detailing done to the grille and headlamps, it does look premium and expensive.

The long swept-back headlamps, neatly-designed fog lamp scoops on the bumper, cool-looking grille, creased bonnet and muscular body with design lines flowing right from the headlamps to the tail make the small car very unique in its segment, and surely make it very aggressive and premium. With an overall length of 3495 mm and width of 1500 mm, the Eon is pretty compact and the design lines with the expressive attention to detail make the vehicle look very nice.

Hyundai sells the car in bright sizzling colours, like Pristine Blue, Maharaja Red, Sleep Silver and many others, with body-coloured bumpers, making the vehicle a good attraction on road. The quality of materials is not very good but not very bad either. Apart from the thin body it comes with, the quality of plastic and finishing is really good. Hyundai Eon is the best-looking entry-level hatchback by any means. Eon does not offer alloy wheels, but Hyundai has fitted elegant full wheel covers complete with a wheel hub in the Eon. The wheelbase of Eon is 2380 mm, which provides good stability to the car.

Eon is offered in two different sets of wheels according to the trim of the vehicle. The base- and mid-level variants – D Lite, D Lite Plus and Era, get 145/80 12-inch wheels, while the Magna, Magna Plus and Sportz variants get larger 13-inch 155/70 profile tyres. Eon comes with tubeless tyres, which increases the safety of the car.Steel rims are painted in black and covered with a 10-spoke Hyundai’s signature diamond cut type wheel cover. The wheels are connected to McPherson Strut with coil spring and torsion beam for more comfort. The anti-roll bar suspension adds more safety to the Eon.

Hyundai Eon Space

The instrumental cluster is done in a simple fashion. Also, there is an ideal gear position indicator which tells the driver to shift up or down depending on the rpm and the speed at which the vehicle is traveling.Build quality of the interiors is fantastic and has a plush feel around it. If only the EON would have had little more space than the present, it would have felt roomier inside because at present the EON feels a little tight on space. The front row legroom and headroom is decent, however the one in rear is average. The second row would seat two comfortably against three.

Our Magna+ variant had an integrated music system. The seats are very well bolstered and come with integrated headrests as well but the headrest position is not comfortable and for taller passengers.Front door pockets can hold a 1L bottle with ease. There is a storage pocket on the front dashboard. Glove box can fit commodities generously.It has a 215 litre boot space and this space can be increased by collapsing the rear seats.Overall, the EON fairs well in the interiors with. It is the best by far in any entry level car or even cars which feature in the next upper segment.

Hyundai Eon Engine

The major change and the only change being solicited since a long time now is the new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder Kappa mill. This 12-valve DOHC unit gets variable valve timing (VTVT in Hyundai speak) and uses an aluminium head and block. The overall output is now 69 PS at 6200 RPM and 94 Nm at 3500 RPM, a noteworthy hike from the 814cc powerplant. As you would expect, the boost in performance is immediately apparent as soon as you get going, the larger hearted Eon feeling much more eager and doesn’t bog down even with AC turned all the way up and four passengers sitting inside. For more details on Hyundai Eon check origo2000.com

Hyundai has tried to reduce the NVH of the car and has used a low friction timing chain. The Eon’s 0.8-litre motor does vibrate at idle and feels jerky at low speeds but that has been eliminated to quite an extent with the higher powered version. Still there are very minor vibes at idle and the same can be felt near the redline but the reduction in NVH over the regular Eon is drastic. There is very good performance on offer now and even part throttle inputs work well to gather good pace, the light weight of the car helping to quite an extent. Low-end performance is good and the mid-range is strong as well but you do have to stretch it to get to the top of the powerband, which gets noisy.

The 5-speed gearbox offers slick shifts and the clutch is light too. The gearing itself is on the taller side and first gear is good enough for around 40 km/hr, second for 85 km/hr and third takes you all the way to 130 km/hr, no signs of breathless-ness whatsoever. Our VBOX shows the Eon 1.0 does the 0-60 km/hr sprint in 5.63 seconds, while the 0-100 km/hr time is 13.28 seconds, which is very quick indeed. Top speed is close to 150 km/hr but progress post 130 km/hr is slow. The ARAI claimed mileage is 20.3 km/l and this Hyundai should return around 15 km/l in real world conditions.

Hyundai Eon Driving

The drive quality has improved drastically. The engine now builds speeds with ease. The suffocating behaviour of the engine has reduced. It holds on the power band for longer and delivers enough punch at lower engine speeds thus the potential to battle bumper to bumper traffic situations has gone up. Super smooth gear shift is an added benefit.

Steering wheel does a good job manoeuvring the Eon in city but the same is not effective on highways. It tends to lose its grip on highways and at great speeds. It remains stable till 110 – 120 km/h but the moment you push the throttle harder and try reaching 140 km/h, it is highly unstable. Agreed, it is not a car to be driven on those speeds but stability is one area, this one needs to work on.

Handling also takes a toss cause of those tiny tyres. Suspensions do a decent job of taking potholed and uneven roads. One thing worth mentioning is the cabin insulation which is fantastic. It does not feel like a cost effective small car unlike the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 which is a supreme sacrifice on performance, comfort and design. Mileage remains similar and this time too we got a mileage of 16kmpl.

Hyundai Eon Safety

Hyundai has partly taken care of the safety by equipping the vehicle with a single driver side airbag. The reinforced cage of Eon is remarkably strong and has crumple zones to absorb the impact in an event of collision. There are impact beams on the doors of the car, making it pretty safe and strong. Even the floor of the Eon has impact beams to keep the cage safe

There are self-restraining seat belts for the driver and all the passengers. Eon also offers child safety lock on the rear doors, which refrains children from opening the doors from inside the vehicle. The Eon also comes with a remote control security system for convenience. The Eon is pretty loaded on paper, but most of these features come with the top variants only. Otherwise, Eon is a pretty sorted-out vehicle. The top trim also features fog lamps and engine immobilizer, which are not generally seen in this segment. In short, the car is feature rich, but most versions don’t have them!

Hyundai Eon Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Eon On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,75,329 to 5,19,909 for variants EON D Lite and EON Magna O Optional respectively. Hyundai Eon is available in 11 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Eon variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Eon price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Hyundai Eon Conclusion

The Hyundai Eon has always made for a fine entry-level car but the lack of power did hurt those who were regularly driving over inclined roads or carrying occupants with them. With the boost in power, the Hyundai Eon makes a much stronger case for itself. Sure it is far from polished in the dynamics department and the rear seat lacks much space but when you look at the big picture, you simply can’t deny this car offers you more than your money’s worth, in terms of visuals (exterior and interiors). Only offered in Magna+ trim, the 1.0-litre Eon costs Rs. 34,000/- more than the 0.8-litre version in the same variant. For the extra money you pay, you get drastically better performance which transforms the experience of driving this car significantly.

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Honda Amaze Performance & First Drive

Honda Amaze Overview

What you are looking at here is the all-new Honda Amaze and by all new we do mean all new. It still ducks under the crucial 4 meter mark yet it doesn’t look like the old car at all. That’s because Honda has completely changed the look of it. While they were at it, the brand has also updated the mechanicals besides adding a segment first CVT gearbox for the diesel option. Here’s how all the changes and updates fare in the real world. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda Amaze Style

Speaking about the exterior, the 2018 Honda Amaze comes with a completely redesigned appearance compared to the old model. It gets a flat and muscular looking front fascia with sharp headlamps featuring integrated LED positioning lights. There is a thick and wide chrome bar and bold bumper with black housing boasting the fog lamps.

At the side profile too, the boxy look of the front fascia is visible and it comes with sporty alloy wheels, body coloured door handles, large glass area, LED turn indicator integrated ORVMs. Moving to the back, the taillights get a C shaped look inspired from the tenth generation Honda Civic sedan. A muscular bumper is also there, while the boot-lid gets a slightly protruding lip spoiler like part.

Honda Amaze Space

The second generation Amaze gets a completely new dashboard. Everything inside is new, starting from the 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, instrument cluster with MID display, automatic climate control buttons, design on the AC vents and a DIGIPAD 2.0 touchscreen infotainment system. The materials used inside the cabin too feel more premium. Needless to say, the dual-tone black and beige treatment on the dashboard makes the cabin feel airy and large. The steering feels good to hold and in terms of features, the new Amaze offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, cruise control, steering-mounted audio and cruise controls, push-button start, rear parking camera with sensors and electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs.

The front seats provide great comfort and support, the side bolstering deserves a special mention. Cabin space is much improved in terms of headroom, shoulder room, legroom and knee clearance. The rear seat is a much more comfortable place to be in. However, under-thigh support is strictly average for both the front and rear seats. Ingress and egress are comfortable too. The almost flat floor at the rear seat also makes the new Amaze a comfortable 5-seater compact sedan. The AC is pretty impressive and cools the cabin quickly. Honda has increased the capacity of the compressor to ensure quick cooling in our country’s tropical climate. Boot space is up by 20-litres and now measures 420-litres, which is best-in-class.

Honda Amaze Engine

Given that most of you probably are keen to know about how the diesel CVT works, we will get on with it first. To begin with, Honda has detuned the 1.5-litre diesel engine to make it work more efficiently with the CVT gearbox. As a result, it makes 80bhp and 160Nm (as against 100bhp/200Nm as standard). However, within minutes of driving the CVT equipped variant you can feel the improvements in driving comfort. Firstly, Honda has put in some work to make the engine less noisy and improved the sound deadening. The diesel clatter, as a result, is well subdued compared to the old car.For more details on Honda Amaze visit origo2000.com

Secondly, the turbo lag has gone down considerably compared to the manual. Sure, there is still that strong pull around midrange and the car will effortlessly climb up to highway speeds but the difference here is that the CVT masks nearly all of the lag with the way it works. That said, just like every other CVT, this one has a rubber band effect too which means flooring the pedal will have the revs climb up immediately. The gearbox even has an S mode which keeps the revs high for better pulling power. However, under heavy throttle you can hear a lot of diesel clatter in this mode compared to when you put it in drive.

All in all, this engine gearbox combination works better than the petrol CVT Amaze if you are after effortless performance and efficiency

Honda Amaze Driving

In terms of performance and handling capacity, the new Amaze comes impressive compared to the old model. Honda has refined the handling of this car compared to the predecessor, while performance too has been improved.As for the ride quality, the car absorbs most of the rough stuff with ease thanks to the well calibrated dampers. Still, expansion joints and sharp-edged inconsistencies can be felt in the cabin and at high speeds there is some amount of vertical movement especially when the car is loaded. It’s not a deal breaker though just a point worth making.

Honda Amaze Safety

In terms of safety features, the 2018 Honda Amaze continues to get dual airbags and ABS with EBD but now as standard across the range. The Japanese automaker’s after-sales service has been great and the network is wide-spread too.Honda Amaze gets several safety features that include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, child seat anchor points and seatbelt warning. The structure itself is capable of absorbing impact offering better protection to the occupants.

Honda Amaze Cost in Hyderabad

Honda Amaze On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,44,557 to 10,35,288 for variants Amaze E MT Petrol and Amaze V CVT Diesel respectively. Honda Amaze is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Honda Amaze variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Amaze price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Honda Amaze Conclusion

The 2018 Honda Amaze is a much more accomplished package now. Not only has it grown in size, it gets a good number of features and comes with engines which shine on both performance and efficiency front. The icing on the cake is the diesel CVT transmission which is smooth and far superior to the competition. The new Amaze offers ample amount of practicality and we think it should find many takers in the compact sedan segment.

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Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Facelift Overview & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Overview

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 a pretty important car as it successfully carries ahead the legacy of the two most important cars that have been the bread and butter of Maruti for the last three decades – Maruti 800 and Alto. While Maruti 800 was launched 26 years ago, Alto entered the Indian market 9 years back. Both the cars were received with great enthusiasm and proved to be a synonym of a famous phrase “India on wheels.” Maruti Alto 800 is a step-ahead from these two cars. A futuristic design, lighter weight, and latest comfort and safety features are the aspects that define this new mass-market car from Maruti Suzuki. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Exterior

Maruti Suzuki Engineers refer the new front face as “wavefront” design. The Wavefront design is mainly the raise in body language from the front to the rear. The Alto 800 has petal shaped clear lens headlamps. The new headlamps also have the indicators embedded in them with a prominent black partition to separate the two.Front bumper looks wide and new contours are introduced on the same to give it a modern look. The black front grille has provisions for air circulation to flow on to the engine for cooling purpose. The bonnet design has been elevated in comparison to that of the Alto to give it a more solid feel.

Side profile of the Alto 800 looks very similar to the earlier Alto although the new design has been made with more contours and lines flowing to the rear to distinguish it from the earlier model. The tail gate design has also been changed with jewel finish rear combination lamps which make the rear profile look bolder.Some of the other things that one can notice are the newly designed window panels; they have been given a nice look by making them curvy at the end which is in sync with the wave front design.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Interior

Things are quite different on the inside. You now get a dark grey tone for the dashboard and new upholstery on the door pads and seats. The front seats are decent in comfort while frontal visibility is also excellent. The Alto gets a basic audio system, front power windows, power steering and AC. The AC has good performance and it fared nicely in our hot weather. With the facelift, the Alto 800 now gets a standard left hand side mirror, child locks at the rear and an optional driver-side airbag.

At the rear, you have good head room while leg room is also pretty decent thanks to the thin front seats. Shoulder space is decent but fitting 3 passengers at the rear could be a problem. However, the seats are lacking in terms of under-thigh support. You also feel a bit claustrophobic due to the small window area. The rear seats now come with integrated head rests. The rear doors finally get child locks now. There is a bottle header in front of the gear lever which can hold a 1-litre bottle. There is also a small storage area above the glovebox. The boot is pretty compact at 177-litres.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Performance

The technical specs of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 are quite impressive with a 3-cylinder, 0.8-litre F8D power mill, which makes 48 PS against a peak torque of 69 Nm. This engine is a step-up in terms of not only power and torque, but also liveliness. It is easier to manoeuvre Alto 800 on traffic-stricken roads as compared to the previous Alto. It reacts in a much decent manner over low as well as medium speed range and gearshifts seem smoother as compared to its previous version. Unless you are crossing the 90-100 kmph speed mark, the car is a well-disciplined lad. In medium range, however, the engine begins to make some noise, which can be heard and felt easily given the low insulation of the car cabin.For more details on Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 check oksociety.in

Above 100 kmph, the engine gets really harsh and you wouldn’t hear anything except the harsh whining of engine. Along with this improved engine, Maruti Suzuki also bestows Alto 800 with a new transmission system. The new five-speed manual transmission of the car is much smoother as compared to the last one. In the city traffic, where you need to change gears frequently, it works as your best friend. The gear lever is small and handy, and doesn’t vibrate like the one noticed in Hyundai Eon. Considering the price of the car, Maruti has done a good job with the gearshift of Alto 800.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Driving

The Alto 800 has a feedback rich steering though it feels a bit heavy at crawling speeds. However, the steering is very direct and despite being such a small car, the Alto is quite fun to drive. Thanks to its small footprint, you can easily drive it around and tackling too much traffic doesn’t get easier than this. The ride is very flat at low speeds and it tends to get uncomfortable when you hit broken or uneven surfaces at even moderately high speeds. The car remains decently stable at high speeds but it’d be best if it is driven below 90 km/hr. The body feels very light and the super thin tyres have questionable grip levels.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Safety

Along with the exteriors, interiors and power train, the braking system is another domain where Maruti Suzuki has given in serious efforts to improve the quality of its offerings. Alto 800 has been blessed with disc and drum brakes on the front and rear parts respectively. The set-up works quite efficiently for this small car and strongly supports short distance braking. Although Alto 800 is devoid of advanced features like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) system, the present braking system works just perfectly with respect to the current urban traffic conditions. The suspension too has received a finishing touch with gas-filled McPherson Strut that pairs with torsion roll control equipment on front wheels.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Cost in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 3,07,525 to 4,63,419 for variants Alto 800 Standard and Alto 800 LXI CNG Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is available in 10 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 variants price in Bangalore. Check for Maruti 800 price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Round Up

The Maruti Alto 800 facelift comes with few changes but the overall package feels complete now. It is a good buy in its segment and it comes backed by Maruti’s excellent after-sales service too. The Alto 800 is priced attractively and now we know why it sells more than 20,000 units a month. Maruti has also started working on the next generation Alto, but till then, this model should suffice.

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Honda BR-V Review & Performance

Honda BRV Overview

Honda BR-V is the new generation compact SUV from Honda, introducing the luxury and performance of premium SUVs to mid-segment price standards. Honda BR-V 2016 is made strong with new ACE body structure and poses a bold image on the road with its stylish exteriors.The interior comfort level is enhanced with superior quality upholstery, and finest quality of interior fit and finish. Honda BR-V is available in five variants – E, S, V, V, CVT and the top variant VX with leather package. Honda BRV  price range in India is between 9,10,759/-to 13,27,470/, check for detail pricing of Honda BRV in Carzprice

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Honda BRV Design

The Honda BR-V looks good, but there are too many things that make it look too similar to the Mobilio MUV. This is not the case with any of the other cars based on the Brio platform – the Amaze and the Mobilio have their own identities. The BR-V on the other hand, at first glance at least, looks like a Mobilio which has been given a facelift and given some new accessories. That said, the BR-V has a handsome face with the sleek headlamps, a re-imagined Honda signature wing-like chrome grille, aggressive front bumper with a silver faux skid-plate and clam-shell bonnet.

The side profile with the black lower-cladding, large 16-inch aggressive looking 5-spoke alloy wheels, large doors, stretched windows with a generously large rear quarter-glass, and the roof-rails is well proportioned. The chrome handles and the chrome strips at the bottom of the doors look quite nice for a change. Many other companies can learn a thing or two from the BR-V in this matter. Move to the rear and you get to see the other important sector where designers from the company spent a lot of time. The new tail-lamps which stretch from side-to-side (the centre part consists of reflectors only, though) makes the BR-V look wider.

However, the BR-V is not an SUV, and is at best a crossover. It does sit higher than the Mobilio though, with a ground clearance of more than 210mm the BR-V is at par with the Renault Duster AWD.

Honda BRV Cabin

The Honda BR-V gets black-and-grey interior across all variants of the crossover. The top-of-the-line VX variant gets a leather pack – the seats, armrests on the doors, and the steering-wheel wrap are all leather. The steering wheel with the multimedia control buttons, the ‘3D’ instrument cluster, a slab-like face for the centre-console with piano black trim, rectangular A/C vents, silver highlights, the integrated multimedia console and the climate control system – everything looks familiar, in a good way. The piano black trim on the centre console is a dust and fingerprint magnet, and can disrupt easy viewing of the multimedia screen or the climate control display. However, the manual-adjust lever for cliimate control re-circulation button stands out like an eyesore.

The seats are comfortable enough for short to medium duration drives, but can be painful if used for long inter-city journeys. That said, there is no dearth of legroom, knee room, head room or shoulder room in the front two rows but short seat bases and thinner than usual seats mean that your thighs and bottom will be uncomfortable if you sit on these seats for hours on end. While some passengers may feel the heat, thanks to the uncomfortable seating, the climate control system can keep things cool in the cabin. As the BR-V is a big crossover, it gets roof-mounted A/C vents to keep the second and third-row seats cool.

You can slide and recline the front two rows to get the best seating position, captain seats in the second row would have been more appealing though – Honda is not offering captain seats on any of the variants of the BR-V, but accessories dealers around the country should be able to offer you alternatives soon after the crossover is launched. The third row of seats, as was the case with the Mobilio, should be used to seat children for longer journeys . Getting into the third row is easy as the second-row seats fold forward with ease with a use of a single lever. Even with the third deployed, the BR-V has a decent luggage space of 223-litres. This can also be improved if you fold forward the third-row seats, which frees up 691-litres of space.

Features is a section where the BR-V is most disappointing. For a crossover that is going to cost you more than Rs. 10 Lakh, ex-showroom, it does not offer a touchscreen infotainment system, rear-view camera, auto-folding mirrors, auto-dimming IRVM, auto-headlamps, cruise control etc. Some of these features could have been overlooked if the cost cutting around the car wasn’t so obvious. The metal and the plastics flex on touch, the plastics on the inside feel rough and belong to a segment much lower, the sound deadening material used is inadequate, especially in the diesel variants.

Honda BRV Performance

The Honda BR V is powered by two engines, a 1,497 cc i-VTEC petrol and a 1,498 cc i-DTEC diesel. Power and torque generated in the petrol variants of the MPV are 117.3 hp at 6,600 rpm and 145Nm at 4,600 rpm. On the other hand, the diesel produces 98.6hp at 3,600 and 200Nm at 1,750 rpm. Both engines are responsive but there is a bit of clatter from the diesel engine in the cabin.The Honda Mobilio has two gearbox options, a 6 speed manual for the petrol along with a CVT automatic transmission. The diesel engine can only be ordered with a 6-speed gearbox. Both units are refined and gear changes are seamless and the light clutch adds to driving convenience. However, given the increasing popularity of automatics, the diesel engine too should have had one.

Claimed mileage of the Honda BR V is 15.4 km/l for the manual petrol, 16 km/l for the CVT petrol and an impressive 21.9 km/l, which is one of the best in its segmentThe Honda BR-V mileage comes to be 15.4 kmpl for the petrol version with the 1.4 L i-VTEC engine. In the CVT variant, mileage of 16 kmpl is reliable.The diesel i-DTEC engine can deliver an ARAI-claimed mileage of 21.9 kmpl. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Honda BRV Rideing

The drive quality of Honda BR-V is enhanced with electric power steering, and easy accessibility to control lever of acceleration, clutch and brake, assuring stress-free long drives. The strong build quality, tough suspension and the superior quality of interiors offer great comfort to the occupants.

Honda BRV Safety

The Honda BR-V is a great handler. Especially the petrol engine. Ride is not too supple and not too stiff and the steering offers right amount of feedback. Throw the BR-V petrol into a corner and you would come out at the other end gracefully. However, this car is in no way meant to do lap times. On the safety front, the BR-V gets ABS and dual front airbags as standard across all variants. This is a good move considering the car priced slightly higher.

Honda BRV Price

Honda Brv Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 9,10,759/- (BRV E Petrol) to 13,27,470/- (BRV VX Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Brv from Honda Dealers in India

Honda BRV Verdict

Honda BR-V is a compact SUV from the brand Honda making a grand entry into the premium compact SUV segment. The Honda BR-V price ranging from Rs. 7.9 to 12.9 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) encourages the customers in choosing from a wide range of options.

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Nissan Micra Active Performance & First Drive

Nissan Micra Active Overview

The contemporary styling and practical drivability make the Micra Active a perfect urban hatchback. It is basically a more affordable version of the Micra. Under the hood, the Micra Active has a 1.5-litre powertrain mated with a five-speed manual transmission for front wheel power distribution.Priced at Rs 4.55 lakh, Micra Active is primarily a lucrative version of the regular Micra or in simple words it is the old Micra bereft of some features. Slotted beneath Micra in the line-up, it retains the basic contours, although, minor tweaks are made to differentiate both. The Micra Active range is spread across three variants powered by the 1.2 litre petrol engine mated to a manual transmission. Book a test drive for Micra Active in Tryaldrive

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Nissan Micra Active Exterior

The Nissan Micra Active exterior remains unchanged on the styling front, except for the new integrated indicators on the door mirrors. Rest of the features on the new Micra, like the auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, etc., have been carried over from the preceding model. Retaining the same silhouette, Nissan has skimmed few design elements from the Active version such as the chrome accents and fog-lamps. Bumper in front is wider and rear section gets an ‘Active’ badge.

Nissan Micra Active Interior

Interior styling is similar to the pre-facelift version of Micra armed with basic features found in other hatchbacks in the segment. Akin to the exterior, the cabin too does not get any styling update; however, Nissan Micra Active interiors continue to feature auto climate control, steering-mounted controls, etc. The top-spec XV trim gets a new 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system supported by MirrorLink, whereas Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are missing.

Nissan Micra Active Performance

The Nissan Micra Active specifications have been carried over from the preceding model. It uses the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that puts out maximum power of 76 bhp against top torque of 104 Nm. Diesel variants too get the same 1.5-litre oil burner, which emanates 63 bhp and 160 Nm peak torque. The conventional five-speed manual gearbox is standard along and it gets an optional CVT.

Nissan Micra Active Driving

In terms of performance, the Nissan Micra Active 2018 specifications see no change as it continues to derive power from the same petrol and diesel engines as the previous model.Force to stop vehicle is derived from ventilated disc brakes at front axle and drum units at rear axle.

Nissan Micra Active Safety

Safety equipment on the Micra Active include driver airbag standard across line-up. Other features like passenger airbag, ABS with EBD & brake assist and driver seat belt warning indicator are available only on the top-spec variant. Centre door locking, speed sensing auto door locking, speed sensing auto door lock etc.

Nissan Micra Active Cost In New Delhi

Nissan Micra Active Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 4,59,259/- (Micra Active XL) to 5,48,395/- (Micra Active XV S). Get best offers for Nissan Micra Active from Nissan Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Micra Active price In New Delhi at Carzprice

Nissan Micra Active Conclusion

Changes made to the 2018 Nissan Micra Active are primarily reserved to the additional features. Safety bits like dual airbags and rear parking sensors are now standard across the range, though anti-lock-braking system and brake assist are restricted to the top-spec XV trim. Unlike the Nissan Micra 2018, it misses out on the rear parking camera and rear spoiler. Besides, the model carried an affordable price tag, which makes it a suitable option in the B segment.

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Mahindra Verito Vibe Review & First Drive

Mahindra Verito Vibe Overview

Verito Vibe is appreciated for comfort and power-packed performance that it offers. It is one of those vehicles that have added to the success achieved by Mahindra. The rugged looks and powerful performance of this vehicle have won many hearts. The efficient suspension system and reliable braking mechanism make it a good buy at this reasonable price. Great safety quotient, specious interiors and affordable maintenance cost are of the USPs of this model.Mahindra, the leading utility vehicles maker of India, recently entered the lucrative compact sedan segment with Verito Vibe. Verito is the only vehicle in Indian automotive market that is available in sedan and compact sedan version. The car bears a stark resemblance to its Logan that was re-launched as Verito a few years ago. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mahindra Verito Vibe Exterior

To being with the outer appearance, the vehicle comes equipped with various attractive features that make it look distinct and stylish.The front fascia is quite appealing and comes with a wide & fashionable grille on the front end.The base and the middle trim are integrated with matte black top as well as the bottom bezel. On the other hand, the top variant is fitted with a glossy carbon front grille. For clean visibility, the front windscreen is mated with a washer and a pair of 2-speed option wipers. To give away a uniform look to the vehicle, the front as well as the rear bumpers comes painted in body colour. In top models, side mouldings are provided which are painted in body colour.The external wing mirrors and outside door handles are designed in body colour for mid-level and top variants only. To enhance the rear looks of this variant, high mount stop lamp onto its windshield are integrated. Fog lights with clear lens are fixed into the front bumper of the high end trims.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Interior

Space is one of the main issues that often co-related with compact vehicles be it a sedan or a SUV. But with Verito Vibe, space is one thing you need least to be worried about. Apart from space, Mahindra has given a premium look to the interiors and several impressive features that make this car look refreshing and spicy. The first thing that impresses is a light color dashboard with smart black colored finishing touches. The large steering wheel with a big horn pad is backs by tachometer, speedometer, and a bright orange digital gauge that aids visibility in day light too. The center console is marked with two round shaped AC vents, a CD player, and within reach controls.

The fabric inserted door trims and plush fabric upholstery give add premium flair to car’s cabin. The dual tones seats offer comfort along with sufficient elbow room and shoulder room. The rear seats are wide and can comfortably accommodate three full size adults. All seats are accompanied with head restraints ensuring utmost comfort to their accommodators.Along with ample space, the car cabin has been blessed with numerous storage spaces that can accomplish all your big and small storage needs. A large parcel shelf, a mobile holder, a bottle holder, map pockets, and a rear parcel shelf are some of the noteworthy storage spaces offered in the top model of the car to add to passengers comfort. Apart from these major comfort features offered in the car include a powerful air conditioner, cabin heater, a 2DIN CD player, USB interface, AUX-in support, remote control for music player, head restraints over all seats, theatre dimming lights, a bright trunk room light, rear windscreen defogger, power steering and windows, central lock, day/night rear view mirror, a computerized driver information system, a handy gear shift knob with silver finish, headlight on warning buzzer, sun visors for driver and front co-passenger, and a few others.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Performance

Considering the heavy inclination of Indian buyers towards diesel, Mahindra played safe offered all four version of Verito Vibe with only diesel fuel option. The car has been loaded with a 1.5-litre Renault K9K series dCi engine. The engine has been detuned a bit in respect to this compact sedan and it churns 65PS@4000RPM against a maximum torque of 160Nm@2000RPM.The power:weight ratio of the car is good because of which it delivers an acceptable mileage figure. The car remains quite firm as you start the engine which is one of the biggest unique things about this car considering typical Mahindra vehicles that shook you up as soon as its engine sparks to life. The NVH level is low and you don’t feel it is a diesel engine unless you are on highways and cruise the car speed above 100kmph. Another praiseworthy feature of this engine is its tractability, manoeuvring through city roads is easy with minimum requirement of downshifts. The light clutch adds another plus point that helps improving overall driving experience of the car. The 5-speed transmission of the car efficiently delivers the power output to its wheels.

The 1.5-litre K9K series dCi power mill of Mahindra Verito Vibe delivers an appreciable mileage of 20.8kmpl as certified by ARAI. With cherry on tops, Vibe has been bestowed with a fuel tank capacity of 50-liters which means a single tank will offer you a 1040kms long ride when filed completely. The real world and road conditions may bring the ultimate figure down by a few kilometres, but otherwise you would love this car for its fuel efficiency. The figure that has been certified by ARAI is that for highways, so scene might be a bit different within city roads.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Driving

Chopping the Verito’s tail hasn’t had much of an impact on the handling. The Vibe feels just the same as the Verito and that means a benign, dynamic character. The Vibe doesn’t enjoy darting into corners or carving up a twisty road but handling is predictable and inspires confidence at high speeds.As for the ride, there weren’t any potholes or bumps on M&M’s Chakan test track to give us a real-world perspective but, the slight undulations on the track were quite easily taken care of, with the Vibe maintaining a flat ride. Mention must be made of the relatively tall profile 185/70 R14 tyres, which promise to do a good job in rounding off sharp edges and potholes.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Safety

Apart from ABS and EBD, this trim comes equipped with an airbag on the driver side which reduces risk of injuries at the time of accidents.The collapsible function of the steering column helps in avoiding injuries to the chest during collision. Fixed seatbelts are available in the base trim but the high end trims come with adjustable front seatbelts. Apart from these, an immobilizer is mated in all the variants of this vehicle. It helps in freezing the engine at the time of unauthorized entry to the vehicle. The rear doors are integrated with child lock system which makes this vehicle child friendly.The entire series of this vehicle is blessed with an efficient suspension mechanism and reliable braking system. A set of disc brakes is fitted in the front wheels while the rear wheels have a set of standard drum brakes. For enhanced braking efficiency and excellent grip, the top end variants are equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS).Along with ABS, this series comes with an electronic brake force distribution (EBD) for better control over the vehicle. A McPherson strut with wishbone link is mounted on the front axle. The rear one is incorporated with H-section torsion beam with deflection-coil spring.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Price in Mumbai

Mahindra Verito Vibe Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 6,52,291/- (Verito Vibe D2) to 7,43,491/- (Verito Vibe D6 ABS). Get best offers for Mahindra Verito Vibe from Mahindra Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Verito Vibe price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Mahindra Verito Vibe Conclusion

Mahindra Verito Vibe is a low maintenance – high mileage car and is a perfect option for regular usage in all Indian families. The car presents an optimum combination of robustness, performance, comfort, and mileage which are basic needs of regular car buyers. Through its sophisticated comfort features, unique design, competitive price, and great mileage, this compact sedan carries all potential to give you best value for your money. Competitive pricing and above average engine performance are some of the main reasons that make this car stand apart from its major competitors. Though Mahindra is a new player in sedan segment, but the brand in itself is a symbol of reliability and trust among Indian consumers. So, Verito Vibe can be trusted in terms of quality, features, and after sales service. A large network of dealerships and service centres ensures that you wouldn’t be at loss in any part of country whenever you have any problem with your car. Compact sedan segment is a very lucrative segment as the cars offered under this section offer all comforts and benefits of a bigger vehicle in small size and lesser price. Be it its exteriors, interiors, drivability, or power train, Verito Vibe wouldn’t be disappointing you on any front. The powerful 1.5-litre K9K series engine accompanied by its light weight body (kerb weight = 1155kgs) results in a better fuel efficiency. Adding another feather to it is its low maintenance that reduced its ownership costs to minimum making it one of the best in-budget options in respect to common Indian buyers. The smooth gearshifts and a light clutch ensure a refreshing driving experience within city as well as on highways. The design of the car may not appeal to all but interior comforts, safety measures, as well as overall convenience level of the car covers this small drawback very smoothly. Standard comfort features like air conditioning, heater, power steering, and a brilliantly designed instrument cluster have been offered across all three versions of the car ensuring a comfort-oriented ride in the most cost-effective manner to all its buyers. Mahindra Verito Vibe is one of the most affordable, value for money, reliable compact vehicles which can be trusted for its power, performance, and robustness.

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Toyota Etios Liva Facelift Review & Test Drive

Toyota Etios Liva Overview

Toyota has launched the new dual-tone Etios Liva with two engine options and across a total of four variants. The dual-tone Etios Liva’s price starts at Rs 5.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) and goes up to Rs 7.61 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the top-end diesel variant. Toyota Etios Liva gets a sporty roof spoiler, new dual-tone painted contrast roof and pillars, black finish on the front grille, chrome fog lamp bezels, electrically-foldable ORVMs, and diamond cut alloy wheels. Inside, it receives a piano black finish instrument panel, optitron combimeter rear removable headrests, adjustable front headrest, and 3D textured seat fabric. For information on contact details of Toyota car dealers in Hyderabad

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The new generation Dual-Tone Etios Liva is a whole package with the best in class safety features, fuel efficiency, space, stylish looks, quality and performance. It sets a benchmark in safety with standardized dual air bags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) across all grades which is the first in the industry. New ISOFIX child seat locks for all models and all grades has been added to ensure safety of children. We are confident that Indian customers will appreciate the most trendiest hatchback in town

Toyota Etios Liva Exterior

With an aerodynamic body structure and modified features, its exteriors look quite attractive. Its side profile is defined by visible character lines. The door handles and outside rear view mirrors (integrated with side turn blinker) are painted in body color. Its flared up wheel arches are fitted with a set of 14-inch steel wheels, which have full wheel covers and are covered with 175/70 R14 sized tubeless tyres . The front fascia is designed with a well designed radiator grille with grey finish and it is embedded with a prominent chrome plated company’s insignia. This grille is flanked by a radiant headlight cluster that is integrated with high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Its body colored bumper has a wide air intake section for cooling the engine. The windscreen is made of green tinted glass and is integrated with a pair of intermittent wipers. The rear end is elegantly designed with stylish tail light cluster, body colored bumper with a pair of reflectors and an expressive boot lid, which is embossed with variant badging. The windshield is integrated with a high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety aspect. This hatchback is designed with an overall length of 3775mm, a total width of 1695mm and a decent height of 1510mm. It has a large wheelbase of 2465mm and a minimum ground clearance of 170mm.

Toyota Etios Liva Interior

With the exteriors done and dusted, let’s check what the Etios Liva has to offer once you step inside the cabin. In all honestly, there is not much. You continue to get the same simplistic and basic cabin layout, which is a bit of a turn-off as there was indeed quite a lot of scope for improvement.

First its the steering wheel, which ergonomically feels a bit to large to handle; however it does get mounted controls for the 2-din music system. Talking about the music system, this piece in itself feels outdated, especially if you were to compare it with the ones available on the competition. The dial for operating the air-con control module are very basic while the ones for door locks, exterior mirror adjustment and headlamp leveling feel a bit awkwardly placed.

With the update, Toyota has now revamped the centrally mounted instrument cluster and now it gets a digital tachometer, in addition to the back-lit speedometer, which now looks significantly better than the earlier one. Ergonomically, the Etios Liva’s cabin offers decent storage space, comfortable seats with good shoulder and under thigh support. To sum it up, the interiors of the Etios Liva are a love it or hate it affair, they have been designed not to look good but to work well, which they will for sure.

Toyota Etios Liva Performance

There was a lot of talk of the Liva getting the big 1.5-litre engine from the sedan, but anyone who knows the Indian market would know that the hatch would be looking to exploit the maximum benefits of the excise duty concessions that the Indian government has on offer for small cars. That means that under the Etios Liva hood is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine (Read :Engine & Transmission). On paper, it isn’t all that bad, 80PS @ 5600rpm and 104Nm @ 3100rpm. In fact the figures are pretty close to most of the competition and better than some as well. Coupled with the Liva’s approximately 900 kg kerb weight, it should also make for a great power-to-weight ratio to score high on performance. But somehow, that’s not the case because the Etios LIVA’s brief seems to be rather straight forward – better efficiency. With the gear ratios matched to make life in the city easier, the car does feel peppy enough at low revs and accelerates cleanly off the line, but the excitement tapers off much too soon and you really need to work the engine to get past 120km/h.

Our instrumented tests did see the car cross the 150km/h mark but it took a lot of patience and even more stretches of empty roads to get there. The 5-speed manual gearbox may be the culprit here with gear ratios more conducive for city driving rather than highway cruising. But that does have a rather positive effect on its fuel efficiency. The ARAI certified stat reads 18.3kmpl cumulative but real world conditions should see you get about 14.3kmpl in the city and 16.1kmpl on the highway. Considering the prices of petrol today, that’s a welcome proposition indeed! All through the test, the Liva’s gearbox provided positive feel and slick shifts all the way to fifth. Predictably, the Liva didn’t scorch the acceleration runs, taking over 17 seconds to cross the 100km/h mark.

Toyota Etios Liva Driving

What impresses most is the steering. We realized a turning circle radius of 4.8M, which means taking the car out from narrow spaces will never be a problem. Changing gears is very smooth and one can easily change gears while driving. The car’s ride is very smooth and comfortable. The Toyota Etios Liva’s AC is good and powerful and one could feel the effectiveness of the same quickly after turning it on. One more point here is that the glove box is also provided with blower inputs and hence cooling takes place in glove box, making it a good storage for things like chocolates, cool drink bottles etc. Also cup holders have been provided in each door and near the dash which adds to comfort as expected from a premium hatch.

Major humps in the road are overcome with comfort thanks to the high quality suspension. There was no discomfort after the front wheels crossed hump, and there was enough ground clearance to clear the humps without scraping the ground.The car’s pick up is good and we could reach 60 to 80KMPH easily and smoothly in city traffic. While we pushed the car, we were able to touch 150 on the highways. The positioning of Instrument cluster in the middle though innovative, makes it difficult to gauge the speed of the car.Parking of the Etios Liva was easy and we could confidently park the car with minimum space for turning the car.

Toyota Etios Liva Safety

Toyota has taken care of the safety of the passengers inside and a s a result they actually have loaded the LIva hatchback with ABS and EBD which comes as standard across all its grades. Furthermore the hatch also gets duel front SRS airbags as well. There is also an optional rear parking sensors as well with the car.

Toyota Etios Liva Price in Mumbai

Toyota Etios Liva Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 5,48,196/- (Etios Liva G) to 7,39,342/- (Etios Liva VXD Dual Tone). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Liva from Toyota Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Etios Liva price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Liva Verdict

Let us get this straight, making affordable cars in India is a tough task and so far Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have been successful. The Etios Liva is a good hatchback to buy and for the price you can expect a little better quality. However, the interior styling could have been better. The biggest USP of this hatchback is the Toyota badge and bullet proof reliability of this Japanese manufacturer. The top-of-the-line variant of the Liva diesel costs about Rs 8 lakhs, there are cars with more features available at this price, but most of them lack the refinement and experience of that Toyota promises. You can’t expect the same high Lindt standards for that price, which the Swiss company has set with its other range of chocolates. However, the company will deliver better product than a Cadbury and so is Toyota. They have made a lot of changes in the Etios family, we expect them to sort out the remaining ones too.

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Mahindr Verito Hatchback Review & Test Drive

Mahindra Verito Overview

Known for producing utility vehicles, Mahindra tapped into the sedan segment with Verito, earlier named Logan. The sedan has witnessed several changes over the years in a bid to improve in terms of looks to sustain cut-throat competition in the segment. Rugged looks, spacious cabin and a reliable diesel engine make Verito a dependable sedan.Priced affordably between Rs 7.27 lakh to Rs 8.21 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the muscular sedan was previously sold under the Logan nameplate. Verito was initially available in petrol and diesel fuel options, but currently it plonks a 1.5 litre, four cylinder engine good for 64bhp and 160Nm. There is ample space for occupants to be seated comfortably inside. Renewed styling, new dashboard and additional features add more comfort to the interior. For information on contact details of Mahindra car dealers in Hyderabad 

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Mahindra Verito Exterior

The original Logan was designed to be a cheap, economical and practical sedan, and the Verito keeps the same characteristics of its predecessor.The design is simple and robust and this is not a car that you’ll fall in love with but for the buyers in this class the design is the most important. The Verito however has other qualities and it’s a good choice for daily commuting.

The Verito has generous dimensions and to differentiate it from the Logan Mahindra has changed the radiator grille which now carries the Mahindra Logo. Also new are the ski racks and side cladding which is a first for a sedan in the Indian market. At the rear the Verito gets a chrome rear appliqué and the rear spoiler. The rest of the car is identical to the Logan and the Verito is available Fiery black, Toreador red, Mist silver, Diamond white, Rocky beige, and Java brown.

Mahindra Verito Interior

Mahindra Verito’s interior dimensions are generous and you get a practical and roomy cabin. The Verito is 4247 mm long, 1740 mm wide and has a height of 1540 mm. Interior space is it’s strength and the rear seats have plenty of leg and head room and can accommodate comfortably 3 adult passengers. The road visibility is very good and the broad mirrors allow you to see in every direction.Like the exteriors the interior styling too can be best described as modest. Just like the Logan the Verito too features a lot of storage places and you also get a lot of cheap plastics. The use of cheap plastic however does manage to keep the price of the car low.You don’t get an exorbitant feature list with the Verito but it has everything it needs to be practical. For the rear seats you get triple headrests, gradual dim cabin lights, air conditioner, power steering, power windows, driver information system and a rear defogger. At 510 litres the Verito’s boot is good for a big family. On the Verito you also get ABS with EBD and Driver Airbag.

Mahindra Verito Performance

The Mahindra Verito is powered by a 3-phase 72V induction motor that promises 30.5kW of power and 91Nm torque. A single-speed transmission transfers all this power to the front wheels. The 200Ah Li-ion battery in the car powers all the ancillary functions, including the music system, AC and headlamps. It also charges the 12V battery which is used for the start up. Starting the car is also an art in itself. You turn the key, but it doesn’t go all the way like in your conventional fuelled car. 15 seconds after turning the key, you hear a slight noise –– a subtle ding from the rear of the car, signalling that the car is ready now. After this audible cue, you have to press the drive button located on the lower right side of the dashboard. At this point, the car starts to creep forward. For further progress, select F on the gear lever and you start to move ahead at a reasonable pace. For an additional boost, shift to the B mode which is the phase that I preferred to be in for the entire duration of my drive. In this mode, you get a slight boost. That being said, even in B mode, the driving experience is quite sedate and I wouldn’t really call it an electrifying.

The Mahindra Verito takes a fair bit of time to climb to 40kmph from naught, not ideal for quick getaways…or if you plan on robbing a bank. Mahesh Babu, the CTO of Mahindra Electric, claims that the 0-40kmph as well as 0-60kmph sprints are much faster than what one can achieve in the e2o. The maximum speed I managed to see was 56kmph and it took some time getting there. Achieving Mahindra’s claimed top speed of 86kmph will take both a long time and a long stretch of road.

Mahindra Verito Driving

The entering of the Verito is quite easy. The sitting position can be adjusted to and fro and also height can be adjusted with the lever provided manually. Once we started the engine, smooth steering welcomes the driver to have a pleasurable ride.The Verito’s pedals are easy to handle. We went to have a drive in the busy Hosur road of Bangalore where performance matters most, as there is a mixture of heavy traffic and signals, as well as free roads and few humps.With the super smooth steering and fast pick up, the Verito’s handling is good. The indicator switch is provided on the left side rather than the conventional right side, which indicates the same design used in France by Renault rather than being redesigned as per Indian norms. The taking of turns, acceleration and braking are classy and give a sense of confidence with respect to performanceThere is ample of leg space at both front and rear seats. The cushioning of rear seat is good enough to ensure comfort for the rear seat passenger with good lumbar support, texture of seats and head restraints.

Mahindra Verito Safety

The safety quotient has been given great attention in designing this model. In the top end variant, the driver is provided with an airbag. This trim has an collapsible steering column, which adds to the safety by collapsing down in case of a head-on collision and making it easy for the airbag to deploy. The front and rear head restraints are adjustable as per the passenger preference. The front seat belts can be adjustable as per the convenience. The engine immobiliser is an advanced technology that freezes the engine when it suspects an unauthorized access. Child proof rear door locks that are built into this car is a family friendly factor which additionally is backed with electrical rear window child lock. The day and night rear view mirror is fitted as a standard feature. The front and rear windshield is laminated. Furthermore, it has got halogen headlamps to it as well. While, the Executive Edition has been bestowed with blue vision headlamps.

Mahindra Verito Cost in Mumbai

Mahindra Verito Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 7,42,741/- (Verito D2) to 8,41,190/- (Verito D6). Get best offers for Mahindra Verito from Mahindra Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Verito price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Mahindra Verito Bottomline

The Mahindra Verito is a sub 4-metre Verito in the true sense. It is identical to the Verito in every aspect except the rear end design and boot capacity. While the hinged boot isn’t much practical, it has helped Mahindra in saving costs of development and production. So does the Verito Vibe make sense? When you factor in the Verito Vibe costs a good Rs. 80,000/- less than the regular Verito, things start making to the mind. If you can live with the rather unconventional rear and boot, the Verito Vibe makes a good case for those who want a practical hatchback which can carry five in reasonable comfort while delivering exceptional fuel efficiency at this price point.

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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview & Transmission

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview

When it comes to cars in India, one has to admit that Maruti leads the pack. Starting from the initial foray into the car market with the Maruti 800, this Company has come a long way. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the latest of the beauties to roll out of the Maruti stable. Maruti is the master at building these compact vehicles that suit every kind of budget in the country. Looking at the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza price list, one can say that this car has the capacity of following the same tradition. Check for Maruti cars Price, Review, Features & Specifications at CarzPrice

You have this beautiful vehicle in seven different models ranging from the LDi, VDi, ZDi, and others. The best part of all Maruti cars is the beautiful exteriors. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza exterior is undoubtedly the highlight of this vehicle. You get this beautiful vehicle in a range of exotic colours ranging from Blazing Red to Fiery Yellow and Premium Silver to Granite Grey. If you look at the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza images, it can give you the goose bumps. You cannot help but admire the beauty of the design. In addition to the exquisite exteriors, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza interior is admirable as well. This vehicle is one of the more spacious of vehicles from Maruti. You will definitely get a better idea when we describe the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza interior in detail. You judge the popularity of the vehicle from its looks and mileage. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza diesel variant does offer an impressive mileage of 24.3 kmpl. This mileage forms an important observation in many a Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza review. The best part of this vehicle is that all the seven variants perform equally on the mileage front. This vehicle can adorn the portico of any house in town.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Design & Style

Like all the other prominent names in the compact SUV segment, the Vitara Brezza too has the muscular and stubby stance which makes it larger than what it actually is. The lifted off frontal stance with a boxy design with clear lines make it look a bit old school, but then, there are some clear details in its design, which makes it an SUV of today’s times. The Vitara Brezza is actually based on the XA-Alpha concept which Maruti Suzuki previewed few years ago at the Delhi Auto Expo, and while it isn’t as flashy as the latter and has got a much toned down design in its production guise, it gets a number of design cues and features, making it a contemporary vehicle.Starting off from the front, the Vitara Brezza gets a lifted off stance with a chunky looking chrome grille, which gets squared off fins within it clearly inspired from the XA-Alpha’s front grille. The headlamps have a simple rounded rectangle like design, but then, they do get funky looking projector bulbs with daytime running LEDs. The front bumper too has a bulgy design, with black claddings and prominent positioning of fog lamps with turn indicators placed above them, which is something other vehicles in its segment are not having.

The side profile of the Vitara Brezza does get a rather clean profile with two sharp creases – one running from the front headlamp and ending up on the rear door, and the other being below of it which starts on the rear door and ending up in the rear tail lamp. The black colored body cladding form the front bumper is extending all the way onto the sides as well, giving it a lofty stance, which is further complemented with its high 200mm ground clearance. The top most variant of ZDI+ gets a dual tone treatment for its roof, which gives it a stance of a floating roof. The doors and mirrors have got very mild design, making the overall side profile appear boxy. However, the 5-spoke alloy wheels have been given a very nice and upmarket design treatment.At the rear, the Vitara Brezza has got a bulky stance, thanks to the wide profile accentuated by two big trapezoidal tail lamps and a big thick chrome bar with the name of the car embodied on it, much like what we have already seen on the Renault Duster. These tail lamps do get the same kind of LED light guides as on the front headlamps.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Cabin & Comfort

First thing you would notice about the cabin is the comfortable ingress and egress. You just walk inside the cabin, which is also a boon for people having knee problems. The three spoke steering wheel looks familiar but the dashboard is entirely new. There is a neat looking centre console which is enclosed with a gloss black outline. The dashboard is all black but gets silver elements in the middle. The air vents are sizeable and the auto climate control works really well to cool the cabin quickly. The lower half of the centre console has well laid out uncluttered buttons which feel nice and premium to use. Overall quality of the cabin is good but in some places you might find hard plastics and components (window controls, steering stalks) that are shared with older Maruti cars.You get a neat looking instrument cluster which has some fancy tricks up its sleeve. You can change its colour to white, orange, blue, red and yellow. The infotainment system is well kitted up having a nice big touch screen with good touch quality. It offers Apple CarPlay connectivity along with MirrorLink so you can seamlessly stay connected with your phone through the car. The audio quality is above average and many won’t feel the need of changing the speakers. It also offers navigation system which isn’t intuitive to use if you have a habit of using Google Maps. The big screen also doubles up as a reverse parking camera display that is very convenient in congested situations.

The best part about the cabin of the Vitara Brezza is the driving and upright seating position that adds to the confidence while driving. The steering and seat is height adjustable and has a good range so both tall and short people will find a comfortable position to drive. The large glass area ensures that the cabin feels airy despite having a dark interior theme. Maruti has offered clever storage spaces across the cabin including two gloveboxes, the upper one is a cool box while the lower glovebox is the conventional storage to keep documents and essentials. There is a front sliding arm rest with storage, front passenger side under seat storage, 1-litre bottle holder on all the doors, coat hanger, seatback pockets and hook, front cup holders, sunglass holder, rear arm rest with cupholders and more.

The seats are quite supportive and well padded for long trips. There is a good sense of space at the rear too and you have ample amount of legroom for average height adults but tall passengers might find the legroom limited to some extent. Shoulder room is decent too for three passengers at the rear. Head room is excellent, even for tall people. Maruti could have added air vents for the rear passengers but the AC works quite well and you won’t feel the need of it. The engineers have carved out excellent boot space of 328-litres in the Vitara Brezza which can accommodate your luggage for weekend getaways. The best part about luggage space is that the rear seat folds flat down and it is flexible too with 60:40 split. Some of the key features of the Vitara Brezza include cruise control, auto headlamps, auto wipers, keyless entry with push button start, reverse camera and sensors, power foldable ORVMs and more.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Engine & Transmission

The Brezza has been launched with a single engine option – the ubiquitous DDiS200 unit. The Fiat-sourced four-cylinder, 1.3-litre turbo-diesel engine produces 89bhp and a strong 20.4kgm. First impressions are that it is adequately powered with a nice, beefy mid-range; a well-known characteristic of this engine. It’s surprisingly quick too – the 1,197kg Vitara Brezza sprints to 100kph from rest in under 13 seconds, making it quicker than the 1,290kg Ford EcoSport. The Vitara Brezza’s strong mid-range is best experienced in the 40-100kph dash in fourth gear which is dismissed in 15.2 seconds; quicker than the EcoSport’s time for the same increment!

However, this engine is also known for its sluggishness at low revs which continues to be its weak link. Though Maruti has worked to minimise the turbo lag in successive models using this same motor, in the Vitara Brezza too, you can’t miss the fact that below 2,000rpm the engine isn’t quite awake. Although this compact SUV, which comes with reworked gear ratios will amble along quite happily on a part throttle to keep up with the flow of traffic, it’s when you mash your right foot down hard that the engine gets bogged down, especially in the relatively tall third gear. Cross the 2,000rpm mark and there’s a sudden rush of power which doesn’t abate until 5,000rpm. In fact, this engine maxes out at a remarkably high (for a diesel) 5,300rpm, which encourages you to make good use of the strong mid-range and top end. As a result, the Vitara Brezza is a comfortable highway cruiser with ample reserve for overtaking. However, a more linear power delivery and more torque deeper down would have made the Vitara Brezza more entertaining to drive. Hence, to get the most out of this engine you need be in the right gear at all times and this leads us to the gearshift, which again is nothing to write home about. It’s accurate but a touch sticky and lacks the crispness we have now come to expect from most cars in this price bracket. The clutch though is fairly light with good progression, which take the sting out of stop-start driving. For information on contact details of Maruti car dealers in Bangalore

Where the Vitara Brezza impressed us was with its refinement. Sure, there’s no escaping the characteristic drone of the Fiat diesel that filters into the cabin at higher revs, but the Vitara Brezza does feel nicely hushed when driven in a relaxed manner, with road and wind noise well contained.The Vitara Brezza’s suspension comprises front MacPherson struts and a torsion beam at the rear, but what’s noteworthy is that ground clearance is at an impressive 198mm. Base and middle-spec versions get 16-inch tyres while top-end models get 215/60 R16 tyres as standard. Our ZDi+ version came with the bigger 16-inch wheels and did a good job of smothering potholes and bigger ruts in true SUV fashion. However, the suspension is on the firmer side and the thud from sharper edges filter through. Also, on uneven surfaces the ride feels a tad lumpy, but never to the point of being uncomfortable. In fact, the Vitara Brezza does a good overall job of isolating passengers from the road and copes admirably with rough surfaces. The fat Apollo Tyres on our ZDi+ car no doubt soaking up a lot of the shocks.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Ride & Handling

To compensate for the tall height and the heavy diesel engine up front, the Brezza gets a stiff suspension setup. This becomes very apparent when you attack the corners, as the compact SUV manages to keep body roll controlled. The downside to this, is a lot of thudding and crashing over potholes – which can get quite taxing on a day to day basis. Highway manners are confidence-inducing as well. The Brezza doesn’t float or feel bouncy as it goes about chugging miles.

The steering is well-weighted, and shouldn’t be a problem inside the city or on the highways. You can have a bit of fun with it around the twisties as well, the wheel does have adeqaute amount of feedback to offer. Yes, there’s a hint of understeer if you push it hard, but it quickly corrects itself the moment you lift off the throttle.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety & Security

ABS, EBD and dual front airbags for driver and co-passenger are among the vital safety features aboard. While driver side airbag is standard across line-up, the co-passenger side airbag is offered only on the top-spec variant. Other features such as front seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters, front fog lamps etc also also be available on the SUV. Along with the aforementioned features the Z trims will come with projector head lamps in front, automatic AC, LED daytime running lights, piano finish for centre console, 16 inch alloy wheels, 60:40 split rear seat, steering mounted controls for audio, height adjuster for driver, rear wiper with washer, rear centre arm rest, fog lamps in front and faux skid plates on bumpers. And the range topping ZDi+ variant comes with few extras such as cooled glove box, automatic head lamp, rain sensing wiper, electrically folding wing mirrors, arm rest in front, navigation and reverse parking camera display, push button start and cruise control.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Price

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,49,184/- (Vitara Brezza LDI Optional) to 9,97,154/- (Vitara Brezza ZDI Plus Dual Tone). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Vitara Brezza price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Verdict

The Maruti Vitara Brezza is a game changer for the automaker as it has all the traits of becoming yet another volume spinner for the company. The price positioning is very aggressive in the segment, the amount of features on offer will woo buyers, the SUV stance is quite appealing, it has a fuel efficient motor and the Maruti badge further attracts a lot of trust on this product. The only drawbacks we could find out were turbo lag under 2000 RPM and cabin noise at high speeds. Otherwise the Brezza is a good all rounder and ticks the right boxes for different types of buyers in varying age groups. After a good while there is a serious threat to the compact SUV segment and an uphill battle for other players to keep up the volumes.

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Ford Figo Aspire Engine & Gearbox

Ford Figo Aspire Overview

The Indian market saw a big shake up in 1990s when foreign car makers were invited with open doors to the country. Ford was among the first few to enter in 1997 and although the Blue Oval has been in the country since almost two decades now, they haven’t been able to dominate with a significant market share. This is set to change as the company brought in the Figo, got a terrific response and decided to invest more money in India. Then the EcoSport came, an even bigger success and more and more Indians brought home their first Ford. Now the American automaker is set to launch the Figo Aspire, a car which will further boost Ford’s sales numbers in India as it sits in the highly competitive yet volume churning compact sedan space. Has Ford nailed it yet again? A drive around Udaipur helps us get our answer. Check On Road Price of Figo Aspire in Carzprice

Ford Figo Aspire Design & style

The new Figo Aspire as already mentioned above is the sub compact sedan based on the new generation Figo hatch, so except the extended boot at the rear everything while everything else looks identical to the new Figo hatchback which will be launched in the market after the sedan.

Ford retained the typical styling DNA even in this new sedan and that is quite obvious from the typical Ford Trapezoidal grille towards the front which gets the four slats while the long elongated headlamps adds the little touch of sportiness to the front face, the Blue oval logo has found its place on the tip of the front hood while talking about the front hood the new hood looks sculpted and has also got two vertical crisp lines on them which starts from the windshield and end towards the Ford logo placed towards the front tip. Besides these there is nothing much interesting to describe towards the front except the raked windshield and some sweeping lines towards the front hood which according to Ford conveys a sense of movement.

Towards the side profile there is a distinct character line which starts from just behind the front headlamps and blends perfectly towards the rear taillamps. You will also love the blacked out B pillar which adds a premium touch to the side profile so are the 8 spoke alloy wheels and side blinkers integrated with the ORVMs (available only on top end variants), the other variants will get side turn indicators placed on the fenders.

Walk towards the rear of the sedan and the extended boot has been perfectly blended with the overall design so the car’s shape does not appear boring or odd. The smaller wrap around tailamps looks stylish but unfortunately does not get LED configuration to them while the chrome finished slat runs across the rear boot of the car while the rear bumper gets some Black treatment towards the lower half which adds the premium feel to the overall sedan.

Ford Figo Aspire Cabin & Comfort

Step inside and one is greeted by a stylish interior. The dashboard seems familiar because the design theme is similar to the EcoSport. The steering wheel, centre console and information screen look very similarto the EcoSport and Fiesta. There are dual-tone black/beige dash and beige seats and door pads. Depending on the variant, there’s either gloss black or silver finished inserts.

There are controls on the steering wheel too. The light blue backlit instrument cluster is pleasant looking but the dials could have been slightly larger. The air vents in the side are circular and feature chrome detailing in the top variant. Headlamp switches are new and placed below the driver side air vent. The boot release button is also placed next to it and is easy to access. The auto climate control switches feel premium and are well detailed. Quality as well as fit are good and are improved over the EcoSport

Ford claims there are as many as 20 storage points inside the car. There’s a storage point on the side of the dashboard that can be accessed when the door is open. Door mounted bottle holders are large and can accommodate more than one bottle if needed.

The seats are comfortable and even feature leather upholstery (first in segment). There is good support up front but the rear seats could have offered more support and could have been madelarger. The rear kneeroom isn’t best in segment but is still very impressive. The front seats have been scooped out to maximize room at the rear. Shoulder room isn’t a lot, so three adults in the back can be a squeeze. The floor isn’t fully flat too so it is good only for two adults. A rear armrest is also offered.Boot space at 359 litres isn’t as much as the Amaze or the Xcent but it is quite usable. The loading height is good and the boot is deep too.

Ford Figo Aspire Engine & Gearbox

The Ford Figo Aspire will be available with two petrol and one diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre four cylinder petrol and the 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel will come mated to the five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.5-litre petrol will be available with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The 1.5-litreTDCi diesel is tuned to produce 99bhp and 215Nm of torque making it the most powerful car in the segment, marginally higher than the Honda Amaze. At standstill and low speeds, the engine is harsh and there is prominent clatter in the cabin, also a light buzz can be felt on the steering wheel and pedals. The harshness goes down as the rpm increases and engine feels pretty smooth over 2,000 rpm. We are however willing to live with it for the kind of performance it has to offer. The car is quick, getting to 100kph is easy and cruising in triple digits even more so. There is no turbo lag and the healthy bottom-end torque helps quickly getting from 60kph to 100kph without downshifting to the fourth gear. The clutch is light and easy to use even in the city traffic, though the gear shifts require a little extra effort. The ARAI efficiency of the diesel car is rated at 25.83kpl and we managed to get 15.5kpl in our test drive.

The petrol car on the other hand feels relatively underpowered. The Ti-CVT is good to deliver 87bhp and 112Nm, though the tuning, as expected, has been for efficiency. The engine refinement is top notch and driving around in the city is going to be comfortable. The performance isn’t too bad, it can get off-the-line quickly and there is decent midrange to get to 100kph in respectable time, but going past 120kph requires some efforts. The engine needs to be put under lot of stress, though we didn’t mind doing that since it sounds incredible at high rpms. While the ARAI efficiency of the petrol is decent as well at 18.16kpl, we expect the real time efficiency to be much lower at around 12kpl.

The 1.5-litre petrol was not part of the first drive, though we are looking forward to driving it soon. Our experience with the Fiesta AT tells us that the dual-clutch PowerShift transmission is fantastic and the 110bhp and 136Nm will feel even better in the smaller, lighter car.

Ford Figo Aspire Driving Dynamics

Unlike the Fiesta, which is an outright handler, the Aspire seems to have sacrificed some of the corner-carving skills in favor of a comfortable ride. We tested the Figo Aspire on the splendid highways around Udaipur, which means that we are yet to sample the ride quality on the broken tarmac. However, the Aspire dismissed most of the small speed humps and slightly rough patches of road with quite an aplomb. The car is adept at gliding over most of the irregularities and our guess is that only the biggest of the craters would unsettle this car’s composure. High speed stability is pretty fantastic, especially when you remind yourself that we are talking about a budget-end sedan here. The steering, which is an Electric Power Steering (EPS) unit, isn’t light and offers at least some feedback. However, it doesn’t weigh up well with speed and the performance-enthusiast might be left slightly disappointed here. The top-of-the-line Titanium variant we drove comes with 14-inch rims that are shod with 145/65 rubber. Grip levels are decent and it is particularly easy to push this car hard into a corner. However, like we said, the Aspire is not as sure-footed as the Fiesta, which means that the slightly soft-sprung suspension doesn’t inspire enough confidence for mid-corner corrections. The Figo Aspire gets ventilated disc brakes at front and drum brakes at the rear. Braking is pretty strong and ABS ensures that the car stops in a straight line. For information on contact details of Ford car dealers in Bangalore

Ford Figo Aspire Safety & Security

Ford has given special attention to the safety of the occupants inside and thus the new sedan comes with robust passenger cage created from high-strength steel, both driver and passenger side airbags and for the first time in the history of Indian auto industry Ford has even provided side and curtain airbags for the occupants as an option. The top end trims also gets ABS and EBD and also hill assist which is available only with the auto transmission variant though

Ford Figo Aspire Price

Ford Figo Aspire Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,47,361/- (Figo Aspire 1.2P Ambiente MT) to 8,10,275/- (Figo Aspire 1.5D Titanium Plus MT). Get best offers for Ford Figo Aspire from Ford Dealers in Hyderabad  Check for Figo Aspire in Hyderabad

Ford Figo Aspire Verdict

The Aspire is a very impressive package which is arguably the best to drive in the segment and is incredibly spacious for a car in the sub-four-meter category. There are plenty of smart storage spaces around the cabin and they have created a smart docking station for devices at the top of the centre console to make it user-friendly for today’s consumers, with an easy to use charging port

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