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plus a 16-page Nissan booklet.
FOR GENERATIONS OF INDIANS, Jeep has been the generic name
for an off-roader. These hardy 4x4s were the staple vehicles for rural
India and even though Mahindra gave up the rights to use the Jeep
brand in 1995, it still remains a household name. However, our
association with Jeep is that of crude, rudimentary 4x4s rmly rooted
in their World War II ancestry.
Now, Chrysler-owned Jeep is coming back to India and its a far cry
from the utilitarian origins that we Indians associate the brand with.
In fact, its agship offering the Grand Cherokee, which weve driven
exclusively on Indian roads this month is an all-out luxury SUV
with impeccable off-road credentials that competes with the likes of
Mercedes and BMW. But convincing an SUV buyer to put his money
down on a Jeep instead of a coveted German brand will be the biggest
challenge for Chrysler, howsoever good its products may be.
Jeeps re-entry into the Indian market also marks the arrival of
Chrysler in India. The American car maker has toyed with the idea of
coming to India on its own since the mid-1990s but now, under the
ownership of Fiat, which has a long history in India, it was the logical
thing to do. In fact, Fiat, which has been badly struggling in India for
decades, is now banking on Jeep to give it success.
However, being full imports, Jeeps initial models for India the
Grand Cherokee and Wrangler will not be volume sellers, but will,
instead, serve as brand builders at best. Going
forward, the company plans to get more
aggressive with a smaller, Renault Duster-sized
compact SUV that will be locally assembled.
The road ahead for Jeep may be bumpier than
what its products are used to, but in SUV-
loving India, Jeeps return will certainly be
worth following.
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Back in 1965, Royal Enfield made a 250cc
motorcycle called the Continental GT. Switch
forward to today and the company is all set to
launch a painstakingly recreated version of the
original, with more than double the displacement.
(Its the one on the right if youre wondering)
Find out why Rishad Cooper thinks its the most
important motorcycle Royal Enfield makes today
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COVER STORY
Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler FIRST DRIVE 64
Jeep is back in India, and heres whats in store
NEWS
Stylish new Nissan X-trail headed for India 20
VW Polo facelift coming May 2014 25
Ford India recalls 1.66 lakh cars 29
All-new Skoda Rapid in 2014 33
Volvo to get new engine family 39
TESTED
Nissan Terrano FIRST DRIVE 76
Will it be able to do as well as the Renault Duster?
Skoda Octavia manuals FIRST DRIVE 78
We sample the entry point to the new Octavia range
Force Motors One 4x4 FIRST DRIVE 81
Does it feel like a better value proposition now?
Nissan Qashqai+2 DRIVE 84
A seven-seat SUV to sit above the Terrano
BMW Z4 sDrive35is DRIVE 89
The svelte roadster gets a power bump
Hyundai Grand i10 ROAD TEST 92
The fifth Hyundai hatchback gets a full road test
BMW 1-series ROAD TEST 102
We put the smallest Bimmer through its paces
BMW 118d vs Merc A180 CDI COMPARISON 110
Which of these luxury hatches is worth your money?
FEATURES
Frankfurt Motor Show SHOWTIME 52
The best cars from the worlds grandest car show
Michelin Pilot EXPERIENCE 122
How often do you get to drive a Formula car?
Discover India TRAVEL 129
Chettinad more to the region than just food
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GRANDEUR
Dont be fooled, this isnt just a stretched
i10. The Grand i10 is an all-new car.
FUTURAMA AT FRANKFURT
This years Frankfurt motor show had
a slew of electrics, hybrids and
exciting cars for the future.
OWNERS MANUAL
We loved the new Octavia in
DSG guise, but how do the
manual versions stack up?
NEW SET OF CLOTHES
Nissan has made quite a few
changes to its Duster twin.
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JEEP THRILLS
The Jeep brand is finally back in India.
And weve taken both the Grand Cherokee
and the Wrangler for a spin.

OUR CARS
Mercedes C 250 CDI Sport FIRST REPORT 150
Our latest long termer, clad in an AMG body kit
Mahindra Thar 152
A 6,500km round trip to the Himalayas and back
TWO-WHEELERS
Mahindra MGP30 RIDE 158
M&Ms Moto3 racer is one insane bike
Royal Enfield Continental GT RIDE 164
REs new caf racer is seriously impressive
390 Duke vs Ninja 300 COMPARISON 172
Having trouble deciding? Weve made it easier
MOTORSPORTS
F1s tech geniuses FEATURE 202
Can one man really make such a difference?
Italian Grand Prix REPORT 208
Vettel takes sixth win of 2013
Motorsport News 214
All the latest from the world of motorsport
EVERY MONTH
Colin Goodwin 45
The stars of Frankfurt
Buying Used 138
Ford Figo
IN THE BACK
Autotrader 220
Classifieds for cars
New cars and bikes from A to Z 233
Every last detail of every new vehicle
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BMWs 1-series is a real hoot to drive. But does it
manage to hold its own against Mercs A-class?
NISSANS QASH-ING IN
We get behind the wheel of Nissans
seven-seat crossover, the Qashqai+2.
ROLLING ROCKET
Thats exactly what M&Ms
successful Moto3 racer is.
ONE SERIOUSLY QUICK ENFIELD
The Continental GT is possibly the most
important Royal Enfield bike to date.

REAR-WHEEL JIVE
BMWs bringing driving fun to
the luxury hatch segment.

ITS GOT WHAT IT TAKES


You raise a good point about
Hyundai not being able to cut
it with other luxury carmakers
in your September 2013 issue.
However, that perception is
fast changing. Look at the
Elantra, which still continues
to be the best-selling car in its
class. If the new Sonata had
a diesel model, it would win
hands-down too. The Santa Fe
will give the Fortuner a run
for its money and I am sure it
will, like the Elantra, emerge
as the best-selling SUV in
its class.
Nakul Pednekar
Pune
PERFECT OCTAVE
I quite like the looks of the
new Skoda Octavia, which I
am sure the majority will find
a bit too plain Jane. I love the
styling philosophy of less
is more and the clean, crisp
lines that have a timeless
appeal to them. Even after
five years, the Octavia wont
look dated, just like the first-
generation car, which looks
like its still on sale!
Sachit Puranik
Thane
SUBTLE STYLE
As a former Octavia owner, its
great to see that the Octavia
name is back, and how! The
new car seems to be fully
loaded with the latest gizmos.
But what I really like is the
tough build you associate with
the car, just like the original.
The styling too is fantastic.
Its got an understated look
about it and, for a certain kind
of customer who doesnt want
to be seen as flashy, the Skoda
styling DNA really works.
Pratik Bhatia
Gurgaon
A STEP BACK
You say the Skoda Octavia
has set a new benchmark,
but I think going back to a
torsion beam rear suspension
set up (for the diesel) is a
retrograde step and clearly
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Hyundai is taking its own
sweet time to introduce
the new Santa Fe in India.
By the time it comes in
2014, it will already be a
year old in the international
market. According to your
magazine, Hyundai is trying
to localise the Santa Fe as
much as possible to give
it to us at a good price.
However, I feel that a long
delay in bringing Hyundais
flagship is not good for the
carmakers image.
I remember you writing
years back as to how
Hyundai would often launch
an international product in
India before other markets
it shows how important
India is. But looking at how
the Santa Fe has been
delayed, that mindset seems
to be changing.
Ankur Goswami
New Delhi
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not as good as a multi-link
design. You have pointed this
out in your test, which I read
thoroughly, and it makes me
wonder how much money a
company like Skoda really
saves by changing something
so critical as a suspension
component. The risk involved
when discerning owners
begin to tell the difference
between a dead axle and a
multi-link is too big and not
worth the cost savings.
Hardik Puranik
Noida
QUICK LIST
It took me the better part of
the weekend to go through
your bumper anniversary
issue. Every year, the story I
look forward to the most is
your track day with Narain
Karthikeyan, but this year the
turnout of cars didnt seem
as good as earlier. What I
really liked is your list of the
quickest cars over the years.
I was shocked to see the
Porsche 911 posting faster
times than the Murcielago
and even the Gallardo. I hope
you will add to this list in the
coming years.
Praveen Godbole
Mumbai
PRICE IT RIGHT
Why are Jaguar Land Rover
cars so overpriced in India?
The Range Rover and Range
Rover Sport are probably the
best SUVs in the world, but
they lose the race in India
because of their ridiculously
high prices. Jaguar and Land
Rover need to do more local
assembly in India if they are to
price their cars competitively.
Praneet Ahuja
Mumbai
GLORY FOR GL
Your shootout of all the luxury
7-seater SUVs was quite
unique, but I didnt agree with
your verdict. I can see why
your testers leaned towards
the Q7, but the brilliant 4.2 V8
diesel is not the only reason to
buy the Audi. My vote would
have gone for the Merc GL
350 CDI, which I think is the
best all-rounder of the lot and,
unlike the ageing Q7, is still
very fresh.
G S Subramaniam
Chennai
CROSS POLO NO-GO
What was Volkswagen
thinking when it launched
the Cross Polo with no
mechanical changes? I would
have at least expected larger
wheels and tyres to fill up
those massive wheel arches.
This one is going to go the
way of the Skoda Scout, which
is south.
Maneesh Telli
Nashik
NAME STINGER
Im aghast at Marutis guts
in naming its revamped
Wagon R Stingray. Its not
only inappropriate for a boxy
car, but the name has already
been used and made famous
by Chevrolet for their classic
Corvette. Ford had to drop the
original name, Everest, for
what is now the Endeavour,
because the name was pre-
registered by a spoil-sport
name-squatter. So how is it
that General Motors has not
raised a stink over Marutis
audacity in encroaching on
what should rightfully remain
its exclusive prerogative?
Phiroze B Javeri
Mumbai
Ankur is unhappy about Hyundais
delay in bringing in the Santa Fe.
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While readers Sachit and Pratik love the new Octavias looks,
Hardik thinks the diesels rear suspension is a retrograde step.
Cross Polo couldve done with
larger wheels, feels Maneesh.
Reader Subramaniam feels the Mercedes GL 350 CDI deserved
to win the luxury 7-seat SUV comparo over the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI.
News to share? Call 022-43021000 e-mail editorial@autocarin

atsun created a buzz


when it showcased
its very affordable Go
hatchback in Delhi in
July. Car buyers were stunned
by its size, the attractive
looks and the fantastic value
proposition it presented.
Now Nissan has done it
again with the Datsun Go+
seven-seat compact MPV,
which it recently showcased
at the Indonesia motor show.
Blending an attractive design,
a spacious cabin and what
should be a very attractive
price, the new Go+ promises
to make everyone interested
in a seven seater stand up and
pay attention.
Like the Go, the Go+ has a
platform made of components
from various Nissan cars, but
engineered to be as light as
possible. Longer in overall
length than the hatchback, it
is built on the same 2,450mm
wheelbase. This helps Datsun
save a ton of money and also
helps it keep the price of the
MPV low. In comparison, MPVs
like Marutis Ertiga have a
longer wheelbase and all-new
rear doors, and this makes
them more expensive to both
engineer and produce. The
Go+, on the other hand, is
identical to the Go hatchback
all the way to the rear wheel.
All extra space for the
third row has been provided
by extending the overall
length of the car to 3995mm;
no doubt keeping in mind
Indias sub-four-metre,
compact car category, where
manufacturers making under
four-metre-long cars attract
a lower excise. The longer
overhang is where the third
row passengers sit.
Nissan has also done a good
job with the styling; the Go+
does not look too van-like. The
roof drops down towards the
rear in a sporty manner, the
strong shoulder line has been
carried all the way to the rear
of the car, and the Go+ seems
to have a character thats all
its own. To further save on
costs, Datsun has used the
same hatch at the rear as
well, with the same tail-lights
employed too. This means
that this car is nothing more
than a stretched version of
the Go hatch, with an extra
set of seats in the back and
appropriate stiffening.
In fact, up front, the cabin of
the Go+ is identical to the Go.
The dash and centre console
(with the gear lever sticking
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out of it) is the same, it gets
the same large front seats
and the space between them
has been filled here as well, in
effect, making it a bench. The
second-row seats are near
identical as well.
Whats strange is that
the second row hasnt been
split. This means that those
wishing to access the third
row will have to do it by folding
the bench flat or flipping it
entirely. But Datsun says it
has an ingenious solution
for that, so well have to stay
tuned. Space in the third row is
unlikely to be very impressive.
Those expecting Mahindra
Xylo-like third-row comfort
are likely to be disappointed.
Compact MPVs are just
that compact. The seat is
placed low on the floor and
the backrest is pretty short.
There are no headrests either.
The seat belts, like those in
the second row, are also
very basic; they dont use
an inertia reel that helps the
belt lock on impact. What
customers will, however,
appreciate is that you can
fold the third row seats flat
onto the floor, thereby
gaining more boot space.
The Datsun Go+ will be
powered by the same 1.2-litre,
three-cylinder petrol engine
that will also do duty on
the Datsun Go hatchback,
which means that power is
unlikely to be surplus either.
Unfortunately, there are no
plans to add a diesel motor as
of now.
Attractive to look at,
cleverly engineered to keep
costs down, Datsuns second
product seems to have a
lot going for it. Expected
here sometime in 2014 (the
company says it is still working
on feasibility), the real killer,
however, is likely to be its price.
Datsun maintains that all its
core products in India will fall
under the Rs 4 lakh mark. And
that means it could be priced
as aggressively as Rs 5.5 lakh.
SHAPUR KOTWAL
Gearlever mounted in stylish,
but barebones dash; note
smartphone stand.
Third row sits flat on the floor and up close to the tailgate.
1.2 petrol engine retained Likely to be less spacious than a Maruti Ertiga

Price Rs 5.5 lakh (estimated)
L/W/H 3995/1635/1485mm
Wheelbase 2450mm
Engine 3-cyls, 1198cc, petrol
Layout Front, transverse, FWD
Power 72bhp (est)
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Tyre size 155/70 R13
Kerb weight NA
The roof drops
near the end to
give it a somewhat
sporty profile.

issan has just revealed


the new X-trail at the
Frankfurt motor show
and its fresh lines, seven-
seat layout and improved
driveability and dynamics are
what Nissan says you will love
about this new car.
Put the new Nissan X-trail
next to the current car and
youll realise what a departure
the new car is from the old one.
The new X-trail has lost the
wannabe off-roader stance
and now borrows styling cues
from other cars in the Nissan
range, like the Qashqai, Juke,
Murano and Patrol. The Nissan
has an angular nose and sharp
cuts around the headlamps,
which make it look more like a
sleek crossover than a rugged
off-roader.
Its the first car to be built
on Nissans new Common
Module Family (CMF) platform.
What this basically means is
that Nissan can take parts like
the engine bay, suspension,
cabin, and front and rear
underbody sections, and mix
and match them with other
cars in the line-up for better
cost efficiency. Renault-Nissan
has stated that the CMF
architecture will be used on
11 future cars; everything
from small hatchbacks to
larger, more premium cars. In
fact, the Alliance claims that
it can save up to 30 percent
on parts alone. The CMF
system is expected to be used
in approximately 1.6 million
vehicles per year initially.
Nissan is looking at the
X-trail as a global car and it will
be assembled in five plants
worldwide and will be sold in
a staggering 100 markets
or more. The X-trail is more
clearly positioned in the
Nissan range now, and will be
the only seven-seat offering in
the line-up. In the US market,
it will replace the Rogue and in
Europe, the Qashqai +2.
The current car is decently
capable off road, and Nissan
claims that the new car will
take the same traits forward.
However, on-road capabilities
will be given more importance
this time around. The X-trail
will be available in both front-
and all-wheel-drive forms,
with the 2WD option offered
as standard. The AWD option
is Nissans electronic four-
wheel drive system, controlled
via a rotary switch on the
centre console, offering a
choice between two-wheel
drive, automatic mode or a
permanent four-wheel-drive
lock mode. The engines on
offer will include the same
2.0-litre diesel unit as in the
current car, albeit significantly
updated, and a new 1.6-litre
diesel unit as well. And theres
also the option of getting the
car with Nissans X-tronic CVT
auto transmission.
The seven-seat X-trail will
come with a sliding second
row of seats to provide a more
flexible use of space in the
cabin. The equipment levels
are also set to improve. Nissan
is aiming to make the X-trail
as efficient as possible, and
small details like the tailgate,
which is largely plastic and 7kg
lighter than the old cars, help
in this area. Nissan has also
paid a great deal of attention
to the cars aerodynamics in
the interest of efficiency, which
is a good thing. The doors open
wide (almost 80percent), to
give you unrestricted access
to the front and second rows,
and access to the third row
is improved by the sliding
middle seats. The feel of the
cabin has been softened
considerably over the earlier
car too. Black, chrome and
beige dominate the insides
and the centre console gets
a piano-black finish. New tech
on the car includes Active Ride
Control, which adjusts the
suspension after scanning the
road ahead, much like in the
new Mercedes S-class.
What Nissan has done
with the X-trail is quite a
positive move, especially
when you look at it as a value
proposition. Its cost effective
to produce, which should
translate to an aggressive
price tag around the Rs 20
lakh mark, it looks really
stylish, and it will come loaded
with tech.
Adding excitement is the
name of the game, and with
this car being built on the CMF,
Nissan has a good chance to
localise it here eventually and
get it in at an aggressive price.
KEDAR JAIDEV
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Sliding second row of seats
eases access to the third row.
Black, beige and chrome
dominate the new cabin.
New X-trail borrows
styling cues from other
cars in Nissans line-up.

he VW Polo facelift
(known internally as
the Polo GP) will go on
sale sometime in May,
2014 in the Indian market.
The freshened Polo, which
will make its European debut
early next year, is expected
to get a mild freshening up,
limited to a new bumper and
headlights. The interior is
expected to be improved as
well and, crucially, will come
with more equipment too.
The big news though is
under the hood. VWs 1.5
diesel, essentially a downsized
version of the Ventos EA189
1.6 TDI motor, will make its
debut in the VW Polo facelift.
With a cubic capacity below
1.5 litres, this new engine is
eligible for the lower excise tax
bracket for small cars.
The 1.5 TDI engine will
come with two power
outputs 89bhp and 104bhp
and will replace the 1.2-litre
three-cylinder diesel and the
1.6 TDI respectively.
The standard Polo will
get the 89bhp engine whilst
the more powerful 104bhp
variant of the 1.5 diesel,
expected with a variable-
geometry-turbo (VGT) will
power the Vento saloon and
the Polo GT TDI.
With a single engine
powering both the Polo
and Vento, VW hopes to
get sufficient economies of
scale to justify for deeper
localisation of this engine. At
the time of its introduction in
May, next year, the 1.5-litre
EA189 engine will still be
imported. However, by the
end of the year, around
30 components are likely
to be localised.
But apart from localisation,
there are other cost savings
associated with the 1.5
engine. The 1.6 Polo GT TDI,
which was launched at a
steep price of Rs 8.08 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi), is the
most expensive hatchback in
the country mainly because it
attracts the higher excise duty
rate of 27 percent as opposed
to sub-four metre cars with
diesel engines below 1.5 litres
that pay only 12 percent
excise. The substantial 15
percent lower rate of excise
translates to cost savings of
approximately Rs 50,000 to
the customer. VW is unlikely
to pass this benefit on to the
customer entirely, especially
since a freshened Polo
will carry some premium.
But even so, the facelifted
Polo 1.5 GT TDI will almost
certainly be cheaper than
the pricey 1.6 version, which
is possibly a stop-gap till the
smaller engine comes.
The Vento too will enjoy a
cost saving with the new 1.5
engine. Though it wont qualify
as a small car, VW wont have
to pay the flat Rs 15,000 tax
on diesel cars with capacities
between 1.5 and 2.0 litres.
Again, it remains to be seen
how much of this saving VW
will share with the customer.
VWs biggest concern is
fuel economy. For the Vento,
this isnt an issue and in fact,
it is likely that the
re-engineered 1.5 will be
more frugal than the 1.6 it
replaces. The worry is that
the standard 1.5 Polo wont
match the fuel efficiency of
the very frugal 1.2-litre
three-cylinder diesel thats
going to be phased out.
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Polo facelift will get very
minor external tweaks.
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LOCAL PRODUCTION OF the 1.5 TDI engine is the first
crucial step for VW in its powertrain strategy for the Indian
market and its likely that this motor will power future
products too, like the VW Taigun thats due for launch in India
in 2016. However, to shoe-horn the EA189 into the Taigun
is proving to be an engineering challenge. This compact
SUV has been packaged for VWs latest three-cylinder diesel
EA288 engine family and hence, the four-cylinder EA189
is too big. The only way to package the bigger motor into
the Taigun is by increasing the front overhang. Its a major
engineering job but proof that VW is still serious about India.
1.6 engine downsized to 1.5 litres to save excise duty.
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ahindra & Mahindra


(M&M) and its Korean
partner SsangYong
are jointly developing
a new range of petrol engines
for future Mahindra and
SsangYong products. M&M
has only diesel powertrains
in its model line-up and this
has made the company
vulnerable to any slowdown
in diesel demand. Hence,
Indias leading UV maker has
embarked on an ambitious
programme to develop a
completely new engine
family, which will include
three- and four-cylinder
engines with varying cubic
capacities. Pawan Goenka,
president of automotive and
farm equipment sectors,
M&M, confirmed his
companys strategy in
an exclusive interview
to Autocar India.
The writing is on the
wall, we cannot remain a
diesel-only manufacturer.
That wont work, not just
in India but not even for
the global aspirations that
we have. In fact, I do see
some slow down in diesel
demand and therefore, we
need to have strong petrol
engine options available.
Goenka also confirmed
that the new petrol engine
family would power a wide
range of SUVs. We are
currently working on two
engines, a three- and a four-
cylinder, coming out of the
same platform. These would
be mainstream engines for
our petrol-driven UV range
and would power vehicles
much smaller than what we
have today.
Unlike M&Ms earlier
petrol engines that were
derived from diesel engines,
the new petrol engine family
has been developed from
a clean sheet of paper.
Our earlier petrol engines
had some compromises
because they were based
on a diesel engine but our
new petrol engines will be
an independent, ground-up
development and therefore,
it will be as good as any
other petrol engine in the
market at that time, said
Pawan Goenka.
No date has been given
for the launch of Mahindras
new engine family but the
first motor, a 1.2-litre three-
cylinder petrol, is likely to
debut in the S101 Compact
SUV from the manufacturer,
but not before 2016.
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The first new petrol engine,
a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder
one is likely to power the
S101 compact SUV.
Will partner with SsangYong for new engine family; to include three - and four-cylinder motors.
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GOVERNMENT has issued
a draft notification to
classify the quadricycle
as a commercial vehicle
under the Central Motor
Vehicles Regulations
(CMVR) and once this is
approved, quadricycles
will be officially eligible
to ply on Indian roads.
The notification will
stipulate the standards
to be followed by the
vehicle here.
Accordingly, Bajaj Auto
has said that it plans
to introduce its RE60
quadricycle sometime
towards the end of 2014.
To distinguish the
quadricycle from passenger
cars, there are weight
and top speed restrictions
on these vehicles. Also,
these vehicles will only
be allowed for the taxi
and cargo segments
and not as personal
passenger vehicles.
The RE60 is ready
for production and will
be rolled out from Bajaj
Autos Aurangabad facility
in Maharashtra, pending
government sanction. The
company also has plans to
export the vehicle some
international markets.
The RE60 is powered by
a 200cc, single-cylinder,
four-stroke engine good for
an expected 18bhp and is
likely to return a 30-35kpl
fuel consumption figure.
debut in the S101 Compact
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We dont want to be a
diesel-only player.
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Renault has unveiled a new petrol engine at the recently held Frankfurt motor
show. This new engine is named TCe 125 and is a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, direct-
injection turbo-petrol unit. It produces 123bhp and around 21kgm of torque,
90 percent of which is available from as low as 1500rpm, and this should
result in good driveability. Renault has concentrated on engine efficiency
by employing lightweight materials for camshafts and the aluminum
cylinder block weighs just 10kg. Also, the use of a Teflon-coated timing
chain helps reduce overall friction further helping improve efficiency.
Just like in the Polo TSI and Fords Ecoboost engines, the TCe 125 is a
modern direct-injection turbo motor. Although these engines are quite
niche at the moment, they will slowly move towards mainstream owing to
their compact yet powerful and efficient nature. We can also expect this
engine to be part of most of Renaults portfolio. This modern motor will
definitely help Renault make a strong case for its petrol cars, which are
currently overshadowed by its DCi range of diesel engines.

fter the EcoSport,


it is now the turn of
the Figo and Fiesta
Classic to be recalled.
Ford India has initiated the
exercise to rectify issues
related to the cars steering
and rear suspension.
The problem pertains
to the rear twist beam
for all Figos and Fiesta
Classics manufactured
and sold between January
2011 and June 2012. An
abnormal noise from the
rear while the car is in
motion is an indication of a
defective rear twist beam.
Prolonged use of the car
without rectifying the issue
could lead to deteriorating
ride and handling, and
brake performance, which
could possibly result in a
breakdown.
The manufacturer will also
replace the power steering
hose for all Figos and Fiesta
Classics manufactured and
sold between January 2010
and August 2010 and from
March 2011 to November
2011. The issue is the
potential for an oil leak to
develop in the power steering
hose, which could result in
fumes emitting from the area
causing the leak. It may also
be possible for the power
steering fluid to come into
contact with the vehicles
exhaust components,
thereby creating a potential
fire hazard.
In total, 1,66,021 cars will
be recalled, the biggest such
exercise in the country.
Last year, the
manufacturer recalled
over 1.28 lakh units of the
same two cars for the same
rear twist beam and power
steering hose issues. The
only difference being that
the cars it impacted were
made between January
2008 and December 2010
and September 2010 till
February 2011.
Ford India would do well
to tighten their quality
control as recalls like this,
especially on such a large
scale, hampers customer
experience and could take a
toll on the brands image.
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a workshop. Last year, Ford had
recalled these cars for the same issue.
To rectify issues with power steering and rear suspension on the Figo and Fiesta Classic.
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Ford builds two millionth EcoBoost engine
FORDS FUEL-SAVING EcoBoost engine has come a long
way since its launch in 2009. The carmaker recently
celebrated a production milestone, whereby the two
millionth unit of the engine rolled off the production line.
EcoBoost engine delivers great performance with
lower fuel bills, a recipe that is proving incredibly popular
with consumers around the world, said Joe Bakaj, VP,
powertrain engineering for Ford. EcoBoost engines are
attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day,
and our plants are working hard to keep up with demand.
Factory output now averages more than 100,000
engines per month, up from 65,000 in 2012.
EcoBoost technology combines smaller overall size with
turbocharging, direct-injection and variable valve timing
to provide excellent performance and fuel economy. Ford
says its EcoBoost engines deliver up to 20 percent better
fuel economy than larger-displacement petrol engines.
An average of 1,00,000 engines are produced monthly.
TAVERA RECALL COULD COST GM Rs 725 CRORE
General Motors India estimates the recall of 114,000 Taveras could
cost the company around US$ 90-115 million (Rs 562-725 crore).
Irregularities in emissions testing led to a voluntary recall by GM India
to ensure that the Taveras complied to the correct emission standards.
In most cases, the fuel pump and catalytic converter were changed as
a part of the recall
to ensure that the
suspect Taveras were
compliant. This retrofit
is being carried out
authorised Chevrolet
workshops and the
upgrades shouldnt
take more than an
hour to fit.
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HYUNDAI GRAND i10
What? All-new i10 hatchback
Talking points Built on an s
extended wheelbase for India,
gets Hyundais new 1.1-litre
three-cylinder diesel motor
Prices Rs 4.29 lakh - Rs 6.41 s
lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
VWPOLO GT TDI
What? The Polo GT equipped with a 1.6-litre diesel motor
Talking points Motor is the same as the one in the VW Vento s
and Skoda Rapid. Better performance and fuel efficiency is
expected as the car is 90kg lighter than the saloons
Price Rs 8.08 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
BMW1-SERIES
What? First luxury hatchback
and most affordable model
here from BMW
Talking points 1.6-litre turbo s
petrol good for 136bhp,
2.0-litre turbo-diesel making
143bhp, all variants get eight-speed ZF gearbox
Prices Rs 20.9 lakh - Rs 29.90 lakh (ex-showroom) s
MAHINDRA SCORPIOSPECIAL EDITION
What? Special edition of Mahindras popular SUV
Talking points Added equipment like roof-mounted DVD player s
with drop down 9-inch screen, chrome alloy wheels and dual
front airbags, only 500 units to be made
Price Rs 20,000-30,000 more than top-trim car
AUDI A4 (174BHP )
What? More powerful version of Audis A4 saloon with Audi
drive select
Talking points Uprated 2.0 TDI motor makes 174bhp, Audi s
claims it will cover 0-100kph in 7.9sec and be three percent
more fuel efficient
Prices Rs 31.74 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) s
TOYOTACAMRY HYBRID
What? Hybrid version of
Toyotas premium saloon
Talking points Hybrid alliance s
of petrol and electric motor
puts out a total of 202bhp,
blue badges distinguish it from
a regular model
Price Rs 29.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
HINDUSTAN MOTORSAMBASSADOR ENCORE
What? BS IV compliant version of Hindustan Motors capable
workhorse
Talking points Carmaker claims more power and torque,
reduced emissions
Price From Rs 4.97 lakh (ex-showroom Kolkata)
MICRAXE DIESEL
What? New base diesel version
of the facelifted Micra
Talking points Chrome-plated s
grille, steering adjust, driver
side airbag and manual air-con
controls
Price Rs 5.57 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
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ahindra has paid heed


to customer feedback
and decided to give its
homegrown off-roader,
the Thar, a few updates that
would address some of the
issues on the car.
It gets a new cross bar
between the A and B pillars
that should improve body
rigidity. This should fix
the issue whereby the
old Thars B-pillars used
to flex and hit the doors
over bumpy bits.
Another important
improvement is the
deletion of the front axles
auto-locking hubs. The
new Mahindra Thar gets a
more reliable fixed flange
setup instead.
There also minor updates
on the inside the air-con
switches are now from
the Bolero VLX, the rear
seats have been lowered by
approximately 6-7mm to
improve rear headroom and
there is a simpler way to take
the roof off over the drivers
section. On the old Thar, the
canopy was attached via pins
that would break off when the
canopy was taken off. Now
the pins have been replaced
by four screws that make
it much easier to re-attach
the canopy. Also, the flimsy
inner door handles have been
replaced by stronger parts.
The best part about these
updates is that they can
be undertaken out on the
current car.
Changes can be carried out on existing model as well.
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XCLUSIVE EDITION FOR TOYOTA LIVA AND ETIOS
After a recent refresh, Toyota has now announced an Xclusive edition for its Etios saloon and
Liva hatch, based on the mid-spec of both models. The special edition gets dual-tone cream
and beige interiors, Bluetooth-equipped audio system, parking sensors, better quality seat
fabric, chrome finish on the gear lever and an Xclusive badge on the bootlid. The Xclusive
edition is expected to be priced Rs 15,000-20,000 more than the G variant on both cars.
Irregular emissions led to a voluntary recall by GM India.

THE NEXT-GENERATION Ford Figo will make
its world debut at the Delhi Auto Expo in February
2014. Codenamed B562, this new hatchback, based
on Fords B2E platform, which has spawned the
Fiesta and EcoSport, will eventually replace the Figo
when it goes on sale in the rst half of 2015.
HYUNDAI IS DEVELOPING a sub-four metre
compact SUV on the companys IB platform that
will also spawn the next-generation i20. This new
SUV will share its mechanicals with the new i20
and is likely to go on sale by the end of 2014 with an
expected price of Rs 7-9 lakh. This will be the second
compact SUV Hyundai is planning. A bigger, all-new
Duster rival (codename: GC) is also being developed.
VW IS PLANNING to spice up the design of its
future models in India. Customer feedback has said
that the designs of the current VW portfolio are a
touch too bland for Indian tastes. Future facelifts
of India-specic models are likely to be given more
aggressive styling.
THE NEXT-GENERATION Fiat Linea will be
developed on the Fiat 500L platform. This all-new
car will rst make its debut in Italy and then in
India sometime in 2015. Before which, Fiat plans
to introduce the facelifted Linea, set for launch
here soon.
THE SWING IN demand for petrol cars has
prompted Tata Motors to accelerate its petrol
powertrain development. The company is currently
working on a 1.2 turbo-petrol developing around
80bhp, based on the old Xeta motor.
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Figo to be replaced by B562 in 2015.
Facelift to be followed by all-new model in 2015.

he current Skoda
Rapid has been around
since late-2011 and
Skoda is planning to
give it a new look in 2014.
Skoda had introduced
the Rapid in India before
launching it in European
markets. The European
Rapid that followed has
similar styling as the new
Octavia and looks more
contemporary than the
Indian car. It is also larger
and more importantly, has
a wheelbase advantage
of 50mm, making it a bit
more spacious at the back.
Skoda plans to update
the looks of the Indian
car by late-2014. The
European Rapid is a
notchback/hatchback and
hence Skoda will retain
the current Rapids rear
to keep it a saloon for
the Indian market. This is
mainly because Indians
prefer saloon cars over
hatchbacks as they are
perceived to be more
premium. Also, the three-
box design is cheaper
to manufacture than a
notchback, which further
benefits Skoda.
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SKODAS RAPID SALOON has done rather poorly in terms
of sales and now, the carmaker has introduced a new 5X5
Experience scheme to attract buyers.
The package includes a five-year extended warranty and
a preventive maintenance schedule for the same period
that covers scheduled upkeep costs. Buyers will also be
able to avail of a loan to buy the car at an interest rate of
7.99 percent. Additionally, theres a free five-year road-side
assistance programme and free insurance for the first year
on offer.
The Skoda Rapid is available with two engine options a
1.6-litre petrol that comes mated to a five-speed manual
or a six-speed automatic gearbox and a 1.6-litre diesel that
comes with a five-speed manual gearbox.
THE WEAKENING RUPEE
continues to take its toll
on the Indian automobile
industry with Toyota
becoming the latest
carmaker here to
announce a hike in prices
across its model range
on offer here. Prices
will be raised by upto
Rs 24,000 with effect
from September 21.
The manufacturer said
that the Etios, Etios Liva,
Innova and Corolla Altis will
all be dearer by 1.5 percent.
Due to inflation, the
falling rupee and increase
in the cost of materials, the
company was forced to pass
on the increase in cost to
the customers, sources
in Toyota said.
The Innova will be
costlier by Rs 7,000
-11,000 depending
on the variant while
the Corolla Altis will
be dearer by Rs 11,000-
24,000 across the
trim range.
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Maruti Alto Maruti Alto
Maruti Swift Maruti Swift
Maruti Dzire Maruti Dzire
Maruti Wagon R Maruti Wagon R
Hyundai Eon Hyundai Eon
Mahindra Bolero Mahindra Bolero
Honda Amaze Honda Amaze
Hyundai i10 Hyundai i10
Hyundai i20 Hyundai i20
Ford EcoSport Ford EcoSport
17,124
14,152
13,723
12,748
7,991
7,030
6,242
6,017
5,695
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assenger car sales
recorded their first
increase in this year,
increasing by 15 percent
on a small base, thanks to a
strike that cut significantly
into Marutis sales in August
last year. Thus, Marutis
sales rose 51 percent with
the Alto topping at 17,124
units. It also wrapped up the
first four slots with the Swift
selling 14,152 units, followed
by Dzire, 13,723 units and
WagonR, with its newest
avatar, the Stingray, selling
12,748 units.
Among premium compacts,
the i20 sold 5,695 units and
the VW Polo sold 2,908 units.
In the mid-size segment,
the Amaze marked another
superlative performance with
6,242 units sold.
However, the most exciting
developments were in the
SUV segment where an
interesting battle is on the
cards between the EcoSport
and the Duster. While the
EcoSport notched up 5,372
units, marking its second
consecutive appearance
in the Top 10, the Renault
Dusters sales graph has
shown a declining trend and
only 2,967 units were sold
in the month, its lowest tally
since its debut. The Bolero,
which has seen a dip in sales
in this financial year, sold
7,030 units
In the luxury segment,
Audi sold 875 units.
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ONE YEAR AGO
OCTOBER 2012
Our cover was split
between the Chevy
Sail U-VA and the
M&M Quanto. We
also gave you a
sneak peek of a
supercharged BMW
M3! We compared the best
cars to be
chauffeur-driven in
and also conducted
an executive
saloon shootout.
To wind up matters,
we pit the BMW Z4
and the Mercedes
SLK 350 against
each other.
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Camry vs Sonata vs Superb vs Accord
77bhp 1.3 diesel
85bhp 1.2 petrol
Rs 4.2-6.5 lakh
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98bhp 1.5, 3-cyl diesel
Rs 5.9-7.7 lakh
5+2 seating
PLUS All-new Range Rover New Hyundai Santa Fe Bajaj Discover 125ST tested
FIVE YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 2008
The cover had the
refreshed Honda
City, a generation
older than the one
selling in India right
now. We also learnt
that another facelift
for the City was due to reach
our shores by end
of the year. We
tested the BMW
650i and the 520d
and compared the
Toyota Altis and the
Honda Civic. We
also took the
monstrous Yamaha
VMAX for a spin in California.
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FIRSTRIDE
EXCLUSIVEFIRSTDRIVE
YamahaFZ-16
Ultimatesupercartest
LambovFerrarivPorsche
SCOOP!
120bhp VTEC
Rs8-9lakh
Shootout Altis takes on Civic
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Can the new Toyota better the benchmark?
Honda ready
toshock with
all-newsaloon
Megane
forIndia
Weunveil
Renaults
bigplan
COMPARISON
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good as it looks
TEN YEARS AGO
OCTOBER 2003
Our cover story was
about the 50 new
cars for 2004 which
included a range of
Audis and BMWs as
well as the Honda
City and Octavia
L&K. We showed you Indias
50 best roads. And,
we compared the
Gallardo and the
911, as well as the
CR-V, Grand Vitara
and Forester. We
also exclusively
drove the
dramatically-styled
Honda Rune.
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cars rise about 15 percent
over last years figures, the
first such positive swing
in the industry hit by the
slowing economy and
weakening rupee. However,
according to Society
of Indian Automobile
Manufacturers, this trend
is unlikely to continue as
the currency is unlikely to
appreciate in value anytime
soon. The rupee declined
about 20 percent over
the last six months,
affecting the Indian auto
industry which imports
a lot of components.
The sales jump was led
by Maruti Suzuki which
recovered from internal
unrest recently.
Although carmakers
are hoping that festive
months and accompanying
discounts may push sales,
in this slowing market,
sales sentiment is unlikely
to see considerable change.

aguar is preparing a
slew of new compact
luxury cars based
on its new compact
Premium Lightweight
Architecture known as iQ
(AL). It showcased a concept
for what could be one of
these, the new C-X17 SUV,
at the Frankfurt Motor Show
earlier this month. While the
dimensions of this new SUV
werent exactly compact,
whats clear is that Jaguar is
finally going down the SUV
path. In fact, insiders say a
successful SUV would be key
to the success of the platform.
What Jaguar also plans to do
is make sure it delivers the
DNA of a Jaguar in its new
SUV, so while Land Rovers
and Range Rovers may focus
on off-road prowess, the new
SUV will be tuned for on-road
performance.
Jaguars C-X17 concept
may have whet the appetite
of many luxury SUV buyers
at the Frankfurt show, but
as Autocar India has learnt,
this is just the tip of the
iceberg as far as new
compact products go.
Word is that the Coventry-
based, Indian-owned maker
of big cats has plans for many
new products. Basically a
rear-wheel-drive platform,
with the option of four-
wheel-drive for cars like the
SUV, the most important
and challenging product
for Jaguar will be the new
compact saloon. Taking on
the BMW 3-series, Audi
A4 and Merc C-class is no
easy task, and Jaguar has
the legacy of the not-so-
successful Ford Mondeo-
based X-type to contend with.
Ralf Speth, CEO of JLR puts
it plainly, We are clear, we
want to make a statement and
deliver the right product for
our customers.
JLR is aware that this
will be the first aluminium
car in the segment and that
could make it expensive. But
it wants to deliver fantastic
handling and great efficiency
in the same package; and it
isnt too shy about pricing
the car at a premium. It has
to recover its 1.5 billion GBP
investment after all. There
will also be both larger and
more compact cars built on
the iQ (AL) platform. The
architecture is flexible enough
to be used for cars as long as
five metres, which could mean
that it is likely to underpin
the new XF as well, and whos
to say Jaguar wont take
on the sporty and compact
hatchbacks currently being
produced by the German Big
Three. One things for sure;
there are some real exciting
times ahead for Jaguar.

Although compact, future
Jags based on this platform
might be expensive owing
to heavy use of aluminium.
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MARUTI LAUNCHES SPECIAL EDITION SWIFT
Maruti has launched a special edition of the Swift hatchback the
Swift XDI. Based on the base diesel LDi trim, the Swift XDI comes
with additional features such as a double-DIN music system, front
power windows, art-leather seat covers, tilt-steering, keyless entry,
rear parking sensors, special door sills and wing mirrors with turn
indicators and front fog lamps.
The Swift XDi is priced at Rs 6.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Jaipur).
Maruti is also offering an exchange bonus of Rs 20,000 and a
loyalty bonus of Rs 15,000 on the Swift XDi.
Wing mirrors with turn indicators and new front fog lamps.
A small, RWD saloon could be based on the new platform.
New compact premium lightweight architecture will form basis of many new models from carmaker.
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ECOSPORT PRICE HIKED, OTHER
FORDS LIKELY TO FOLLOW SUIT
Barely months
into its launch,
the EcoSport
emerged as an
extremely popular
car in our market.
First, the waiting
periods stretched
to months and
then, dealerships
stopped taking
bookings altogether. Now, prices for the
compact SUV have also been raised by around
Rs 26,000-41,000, depending on the variant.
The price rise means that the starting price
for the 1.5-litre petrol Ambiente variant is
now Rs 5.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), up by
Rs 26,000 from Rs 5.59 lakh. Similarly, the top-
spec 1.5-litre Titanium (O) diesel trim now costs
Rs 9.40 lakh, up from Rs 8.99 lakh, while the
1.0-litre Titanium (O) EcoBoost variants price
has gone up by Rs 41,000 to Rs 8.69 lakh.
Additionally, the carmaker has left out two
listed features keyless go and push-button
start on the Titanium variant to differentiate
it from the Titanium Option Plus pack. Dealers
also said that Fords entire range here is likely
to see a 1 to 5 percent rise in price in the
coming months.

olvo is claiming a
revolution in diesel
technology as it
introduces an all-new
family of engines.
From the autumn, Volvo
will roll out its 2.0-litre, four-
cylinder DRIVE-E diesel and
petrol engines, initially in the
S60, V60 and XC60. These
will replace eight existing
engine families across all
model lines and spell the end
of Volvos with five, six and
eight cylinders.
The engines will be offered
with different levels of
turbocharging and, in some
instances, mated to front
or rear-mounted hybrid
systems for front or all-
wheel drive. They will power
anything from a super-frugal
economy model to cars with
performance comparable to
that of a V8.
Each will be hooked up
to a new eight-speed
automatic or enhanced
six-speed manual.
The diesel breakthrough,
Volvo claims, is with its i-Art
injection technology. Each
injector in the common rail is
fitted with a small computer
that ensures the optimum
amount of fuel is injected into
each cylinder at a pressure
of up to 2500 bar, rather
than each injector providing
a constant, single shot at
a lower pressure. Improved
economy, performance and
sound levels are all promised.
The first DRIVE-E diesel
engine to get the i-Art
technology will be the D4 unit
with 179bhp. Diesels with
between 118bhp and 227bhp
will be offered.
The Volvo-designed and
developed DRIVE-E family,
which was known as Volvo
Engine Architecture (VEA)
through its development,
also includes petrol units
that span 138bhp to more
than 300bhp.
The first petrols will be a
302bhp T6 and a 230bhp T5.
Higher-performance petrols
feature a supercharger
as well as a turbocharger
to provide a more linear
torque curve and a normally
aspirated feel.
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CARMAKERS THE WORLD
over are getting on
board with the trend of
manufacturing electric
and hybrid cars with many
already having entered
the race while others are
starting off. Sources in
the VW Group revealed
that the company was
planning to aggressively
approach the electric and
hybrid car market and
gain the top spot in the
market by 2018. VW boss
Martin Winterkorn said
the company has 70,000
employees trained in
every aspect of electric
drivetrain technology and
outlined that the company
chiefly through VW,
Audi, Seat and Skoda
would have 14 electric
and hybrid cars on sale
by the end of next year.
He said plug-in vehicles
had the greatest sales
potential at present.
VW plans to base all its
first-generation electric
and hybrid cars on
existing vehicles, so that
it can build them on the
same production line as
the standard models.
From highly-efficient,
eco-friendly diesel,
gasoline and natural
gas-fuelled engines to
classical hybrids, purely
battery-driven vehicles
and plug-in hybrids no
other automaker can
match the broad range
we have to offer, said
Winterkorn, adding, The
electric car cannot be a
compromise on wheels, it
must convince customers
in every respect.
VW unveiled its
e-Up and e-Golf at the
Frankfurt motor show.
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ACCORDING TO NISSAN
technical chief Andy Palmer,
Daimler and Renault-Nissan
are mulling a joint research
project into the feasibility
of a new shared front-wheel
drive platform. He said
that Daimler will need a
successor to the current
MFA architecture (used by
the A-class and B-class),
while Nissan, Renault and
Infiniti want more cars
in this segment.
The JC1 (joint compact
first generation) structure,
as the new platform could be
called, is planned to support
at least two different
wheelbase lengths, varying
track widths and both front-
and four-wheel-drive layouts.
Palmer said, Step
two would be common
manufacturing.
Daimler and Renault-
Nissan are also planning
to team up on the current
MFA platform, and the
new Infiniti Q30 hatchback
could be spun off this
platform in 2015.
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TATA MOTORS HAS
declared intentions of
imposing more control
over the quality of its
parts with a vendor
downsizing exercise.
Tata Motors managing
director Karl Slym said
that there was often an
inconsistency in parts
quality owing to the fact
that the same components
were manufactured by
different suppliers. This
issue would be resolved by
ensuring a single supplier
for each of the parts and
giving the carmaker better
control over quality.
The vendor downsizing
will happen in a phased
manner. In the next four
years or so, Tata Motors
plans to reduce its current
over 1,200-strong vendor
base to about 300-400
vendors. The company
is hopeful of a dramatic
increase in quality levels on
their cars after this exercise.
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Jaguars C-X17 SUV concept
is a great step forward by
the carmaker, Colin thought.

ne day, I woke up
and decided that I
had to work at a car
magazine. It was
1987 and I was 24
years old with nine jobs
already behind me. After a
lot of letter writing, I got a
job at Car magazine, not as
a journalist but as a copy
chaser. One morning, I
met Richard Bremner (one
of the nest writers about
cars) in the ofce. He had
a suitcase in hand.
Hi Richard, where are
you off to?
Italy.
What are you doing
there?
Driving the new F40
at the Ferrari factory in
Maranello.
I knew at that moment
that I was in the right
place and would stop
at nothing to become a
journalist like Richard.
All I wanted to do was
drive fast cars and write
about them. Eventually,
with a lot of help from
people like Bremner, I
got there. Back then, I
wasnt much interested
in the car industry itself
because Id rather be out
on a moorland road with
400bhp under my right
foot than sitting in an
ofce interviewing a CEO.
However, over the years,
I have become intrigued
by the car business. Ive
seen mistakes being made,
companies fail, bad cars
arrive and legends being
created. The French trying
to sell luxury cars in the
UK and British start-up
sports car companies
proclaiming theyre the
new Porsche only to vanish
a few prototypes later.
All this brings me to
the Frankfurt motor show.
The undoubted star of
the show was the Jaguar
C-X17 SUV concept. I cant
think of a worse managed
car company over the last
couple of decades. Dull
retro designs like the
S-type, an attempt to palm
off a Ford Mondeo-based
saloon onto a market that
wanted to buy a BMW
3-series. Then there was
the half-cocked entry into
F1 when it should have
concentrated on sports car
racing. Things are different
today. The XF and XJ
saloons look modern and
the F-Type, well, it just
looks sexy. For years, Ive
thought that Jaguar should
build an SUV. After all,
the success of the Porsche
Cayenne did show that
there was a demand for a
sports-orientated 4x4. I
am quite cthat the C-X17,
or whatever it is called
in its nal form, will be a
success.
The Frankfurt show is
so huge that cars are used
to transport journalists
around the place. This year,
BMW had a eet of electric
i3s to do the job. As much
as I am not a fan of electric
cars, it has to be admitted
that the i3 looks quite
brilliant. And so does the
i8. What else at Frankfurt?
The full production version
of the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Also at Frankfurt was the
Caterham. This minimalist
little sportscar is going
to be an absolute hoot to
drive. Last month, I also
bored you about my new
aeroplane which I ew
to Goodwood. Talking
of Goodwood, its the
Revival this weekend and
I shall be heading there.
In the old Mercedes SL,
because one has to arrive
in style at the worlds best
historic festival.
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on Daimlers current MFA front-wheel-drive platform.
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DOES THE PRICE HIKE LOWER THE ECOSPORTS APPEAL?
Most buyers will now more readily consider other SUVs like
the Duster while some remain convinced about the Ford.
Ford EcoSport sales
With 5,372 units sold,
Fords compact SUV hits
the highest figures yet.
Maruti notches car
delivery record
Maruti delivered a
record 1,532 new cars
on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Indian WSBK race
cancelled
Round slated for
November 2013 at
the Buddh Intl.
Circuit cancelled.
Diesel sales losses
build subsidy burden
The government is
losing Rs 486 crore
daily owing to subsidies.

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ercedes managed to
pull off a successful
drive of its S-class
Intelligent Drive
prototype, an S 500 hybrid,
last month as it traversed
a 103km route in Germany.
The carmaker has now
announced that it will
launch a self-driven car
within the decade.
According to regulations,
the car had to carry
passengers but they would
not be allowed to interfere
with the cars operations at
any point. The car traversed
a route that was a mix of
open stretches and crowded
city roads.
The S-class Intelligent
Drive operates via sensors
and accurate mapping,
scanning the road around it
for obstacles while working
in accordance with sat-nav
maps. Systems include a
stereo camera, two long-
range radars, four short-
range radars, a colour camera
to read traffic lights and
a rear-facing camera that
cross-references the view
with the mapping, to ensure
the car is locating its position
accurately. All the sensors
the car used, the company
claims are production based.
Mercs head of R&D,
Thomas Weber, explained
that for the car to reach
production, three things
needed to be dealt with.
First, more advanced
computing power for data
to be processed in greater
quantities and faster. Second,
optimised mapping for
complete reliability. Third,
the need for laws to be
introduced to accommodate
the adoption and evolution of
such technology.
This is a technical
revolution, and such things
take time, said Weber. For
instance, if it stops at a zebra
crossing and the person
crossing waits and motions
for the car to go, it still waits
it cannot read gestures yet.
But, in time, it will.
At Mercedes we want
to be the first to offer a
car that can drive in an
autonomous fashion, and
my understanding is that will
happen this decade.
Mercedes is already
working with the German
authorities to adapt
regulations to allow
autonomous driving. It has
identified three types of
autonomous driving around
which to develop regulations:
partially autonomous, where
the driver must constantly
monitor the road, highly
automated, where the
driver can engage in some
non-driving activities, and
fully autonomous, where
the driver need not monitor
the road at all. The former
is already available on the
Mercedes E-class and S-class,
via their Distronic Plus and
Steering Assist systems,
which steer the car through
traffic jams.
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HONDAS NEW DESIGN CONCEPT
Honda has announced that it will apply a new
design concept to all its cars globally. Known as
H design, the concept, the carmaker claims, will
incorporate advanced technology, attractive
styling on the exterior and interior, and what
Honda calls Solid Wing Face for its distinctive
grille design. The first car to use the new design
concept is the 2014 Honda Fit (Jazz) which
made its debut in Japan recently.
Carmaker working with governments for laws allowing autonomous cars.
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Yes, Id rather wait
for Nissan Terrano
25%
No, still a fanntastic
value proposition iti
30%
Yes, its tougher
to choose between
rt and Duster EcoSpor
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S-class Intelligent Drive
operates via sensors
and accurate mapping.

Fords Asia Pacific operation has
had one of its most profitable
quarters yet. Tell us about it.
We did have a very good second
quarter with a profit of US$ 177
million (Rs 1,154 crore) and I am
very proud of my team particularly
for this accomplishment.
I think this is real evidence of the
One Ford plan really working, and
you dont have to look beyond Asia
Pacific to know that it is. Ten years
ago, we could never have invested
this heavily in our plants, in our
capacity, and also in the new
products to get these results from
what we are doing. So our ability to
be really cohesive as a company,
rally behind the One Ford plan, has
enabled us to have the financial
resources, the right people and the
product portfolio to really grow in the
Asia Pacific region.
Is your growth coming mainly
from the small car segment,
and what about SUVs?
Certainly, the small car or B-segment
cars are important if you look at the
segmentation throughout the region.
I would say looking forward, and by
the time we get to 2020, the small car
segment would count for a little bit
over 50 percent of the global volume.
So if one of these emerging markets
come into fruition, its in the small
car area.
The other fast-growing segment
is SUVs and thats whats really given
us additional strength in both China
and now in India. We now have our
full complement of the SUV family in
China with the EcoSport, Kuga, Edge
and then we have the Explorer. And
we have just introduced the EcoSport
in India which is doing very well.
Are you concerned about the
way the Indian economy is going
and the impact it has had on the
Indian market?
When we think about India, we are
really here for the longer term and we
see a bright future for India and thats
why we are continuing to invest.
Recently, I was at our Sanand plant
and we are making great progress.
Thats an investment of about a
billion dollars in a fully integrated
manufacturing facility. When we
complete Sanand, in combination
with Chennai we would have a
440,000 vehicle capacity and about
610,000 engine capacity. So, the
investments we are making in India
are true indications of what our
longer term ambition is.
In any given time around the world,
you have different macro-economic
factors that are moving up and down
and while we monitor them, we make
some interim minor adjustments. But
weve got to keep an eye on our long-
term trajectory and for India the 3.5
million unit market size, which we are
going to hit this year, is going to go to
nine million by 2020 and we want to
be part of that growth.
Has the sudden devaluation of the
rupee made India a more attractive
export base for Ford and will you
focus more on exports?
Weve been monitoring the rupee
and it hasnt changed our immediate
plans. We are developing our strategy
here in India, which is a combination
of fulfilling domestic demand but also
taking the opportunity to export. We
are already exporting the Figo to 37
countries. We have started to export
the EcoSport out of Chennai as well.
So as we move forward, we want
to make sure weve got the flexibility
in our manufacturing to manage the
ups and downs, perhaps in domestic
industry. So if domestic industry is
down, we can offset that and maintain
higher exports. We think we have a
good balance right now.
You are very optimistic right now
about India but what would you like
the government to do to improve the
business environment?
I think consistency of policy. India
is very complicated right now its
got high inflation, high interest, its
got the rupee moving around, the
elections are yet to come. So there is
a lot of uncertainty right now in the
near term and you would see some of
that in the softening of the industry.
But, once again, I am looking at a
much longer term trend basis and I
hope the government will take a look
at the policies because it needs to
make India more investment-friendly.
Where do you see India in terms of
market size for Ford?
By 2020, I see India as number three
behind China, which will very clearly
be number one, and the US car
market which will be second.
HORMAZD SORABJEE
INTERVIEW
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GROUPVICE-PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT,
ASIA PACIFIC, FORD MOTORCOMPANY
On how the One Ford plan is helping Ford grow in the Asia Pacific region, why it continues
to invest in India, and how flexibility in manufacturing helps manage the ups and downs.
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AUDIS NANUK (WHICH


means polar bear in Inuit)
concept was a pleasant
surprise on the motor show
floor and hints at a very
ambitious idea the supercar
you can use on any surface.
The Nanuk looks very
similar to the ItalDesign
Giugiaro 4x4 Parcour
concept, which isnt too
much of a surprise, because
the Nanuk was also penned
by the same famous design
house. At its core, its a two-
seater, mid-engined supercar
but it has a high ground
clearance and, Audi claims,
the ability to be driven on
gravel and dirt tracks.
Audi uses a newly
developed 5.0-litre diesel V10
which produces a thumping
544bhp and 102kgm sent
to all four wheels (this is an
Audi, after all) through a
seven-speed S-tronic dual-
clutch automatic gearbox.
Although its made entirely
from aluminium and carbon-
fibre, the Nanuk tips the
scales at a portly 1900kg,
but Audi says itll still do
100kph in 3.8 seconds.
More significant is the fuel-
efficiency claim of 15.4kpl,
which is impressive for a
supercar, let alone one that
also doubles as an off-roader.
The Nanuk throws up a
lot of interesting questions,
but we think Audi with its
famous rally heritage sees
the concept of a high-riding,
all-terrain supercar as
something thats feasible. It
would certainly be great for
Indian roads and conditions.

he 2013 Frankfurt Motor


Show will always be
remembered as the show
that signaled Europes
plunge into the electric and
hybrid car business. While
there have been plenty of
prototypes in earlier years and
masses of show cars, this year
saw
a veritable explosion of ready-
for-market electrics. The
VW Group unveiled two pure
electric cars, Audi displayed
the A3 and Quattro
Coup hybrid, and VW said the
Group would launch 14 electric
and hybrid vehicles before the
end of 2014. This years show
also saw the coming to market
of BMWs range of electric
cars, prefixed with an i. The
simply stunning i8 was seen for
the first time in full production
trim and BMW even showcased

C-X17 hints at what a future production
compact SUV from Jag could look like.
R8-based Nanuk follows
ItalDesigns Parcour concept.
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us a glimpse of what were going to be
driving in the future. Pure electric cars,
hybrids and a slew of exciting new cars.
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the i3 by driving journalists
around in it. Not to be left
out of the party, Mercedes-
Benz revealed the production
version of the new electric
B-class. Sales of pure electric
cars currently stand at a mere
fraction of total car sales, but
manufacturers expect them
to double or treble from here
on. Thats despite things like
range, charging time and
exorbitant initial costs yet to
be resolved. Hybrids though
have already captured the
hearts and minds of car
buyers and Frankfurt was
full of them. Also here was a
hearty selection of concept
cars, supercars, new SUVs
and plenty of regular new
hatchbacks and luxury
saloons. Allow us to give you
a glimpse into the worlds
greatest motor show.
AUDI CLAIMS THAT the
Quattro Coup concept is
more than just a flight of
fancy and is intended to
preview a production car that
will sit above the R8 at the
very top of Audis range as a
technical and performance
flagship. This new plug-in
hybrid concept celebrates
30 years since the original
Quattro appeared at the 1983
Frankfurt Motor Show. It will
pack a combined 690bhp
from its hybrid system,
making it potentially the
most powerful road-going
Audi ever. The powertrain for
the new concept mixes the
co-developed Audi/Bentley
twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that
develops 552bhp, coupled to
a 148bhp electric motor and
a liquid-cooled lithium ion
battery pack. It has a claimed
0-100kph time of 3.7 seconds
and a top whack of 305kph.
Audis quattro all-wheel-drive
system also features a sport
differential on the rear axle.
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THE C-X17 CONCEPT
previews an upcoming SUV
thats part of a range of
future compact Jaguar cars.
The company currently sells
below 1,00,000 cars a year,
and with its new range of
cars, is looking to boost this
number to 7,50,000 a year
by 2020. The C-X17 previews
an all-new, lightweight and
stiff aluminium monocoque
architecture that Jaguar
states will underpin a lot
of future models. The
structure is also scalable,
enabling flexible high-volume
production. The C-X17,
though stunning to look at,
is only a concept and will not
make production in the form
shown at Frankfurt.
It only provides a general
guide to the look and
proportions of the new range
of compact Jags. However,
we wouldnt be surprised if
the actual production version
of this SUV sports styling
cues heavily borrowed from
this concept. The upcoming
baby Jaguar saloon will also
use the same platform.
VOLKSWAGEN HAS
SUDDENLY gone electric in a
big way. It showcased not one
but two electric cars at the
show. The first, its best-seller
the Golf, and the other a car
it calls a world championship
in efficiency the e-Up.
The e-Golf will rival
cars like the Nissan Leaf
and comes powered by a
113bhp electric motor. So
performance is quite normal;
it does 0-100kph in 10.4
seconds and can hit an
electrically limited top speed
of 140kph. Its large lithium-
ion batteries give it good
range too and under ideal
conditions the Golf can cover
a total distance of 190km.
The new Golf platform was
designed from day one to
accept a large battery pack.
264 individual cells mean the
car has a battery capacity
of 24.2kWh. The nominal
voltage of the battery is 312
volts. The battery, however,
needs 13 hours for a full
charge. Else you can opt
for a faster charger from
Volkswagen that takes eight
hours to charge.
No-wash warning for engine. Battery meter for fuel gauge.
81bhp electric motor in e-Up. Buttons for various modes.
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mainstream electric cars.
Quattro Coup makes a whopping 690bhp
and will sit above the R8 in Audis range.
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BMW took the wraps off the successor to the 3-series coup,
the 4-series. Its based on the same capable platform as the
current 3-series and, yes, theres an M version as well!
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The improved Discovery comes with a revised, more butch
exterior, a cleaner and more efficient diesel engine, and added
equipment. And no more Land Rover badging its a Discovery!
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Under the hood of the S is a 521bhp version of Bentleys twin-
turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, up 21bhp on the standard V8. The
result is that it gets to 100kph in 4.3sec, thats 0.3sec quicker.
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of the existing cars monocoque steel platform. BMW will plonk
a four-cylinder engine into the X5 for the first time ever.
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but under heavy disguise
and now, BMW has taken
the wraps off its supercar of
the future. The i8 marks the
manufacturers first attempt
at a plug-in hybrid supercar.
The production versions
styling is quite similar to the
concept with the overlapping
panels up front and the
C-pillar covers extended
rearwards. The body shell is
made entirely of carbonfibre-
reinforced plastics that sit on
top of an aluminium chassis.
The car features doors that
are hinged by the A-pillar and
open upwards and outwards,
fins in front of the wheels
and, at the rear, separate
wheel housings.
On the inside, it gets an
electric speedo and a three-
spoke steering wheel. All the
glass in the car is chemically
hardened Gorilla glass that
is used in smartphones. The
front wheels are driven by a
128bhp electric motor, while
the rear wheels are driven by
BMWs new 1.5-litre three-
cylinder turbocharged petrol
engine that makes 228bhp.
The combined output of the
electric and petrol motor is
348bhp and 56.13kgm.
The carmaker claims the
i8 can go 499km on hybrid
power and, in pure electric
mode, the lithium-ion battery
can power the car for around
35km.
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THE SHOW MARKED the
first time the Porsche 918
Spyder has been seen in final
production form. However,
it will be limited to only 918
examples, in left-hand drive
only. This 344kph hybrid
two-seater is based around
a carbon-fibre monocoque,
comes clothed in composite
plastic body panels, and uses
a bespoke chassis fashioned
from aluminium, magnesium
and titanium.
Power comes from a
mid-mounted, naturally
aspirated 4.6-litre V8
petrol engine that produces
599bhp, electric power is
154bhp. The extremely
low kerb weight of 1634kg
helps it sprint to 100kph in
an astonishing 2.8 seconds;
a feat thats all the more
remarkable considering its
got a petrol-electric hybrid
powertrain and battery
pack. Its not surprising then
that the 918 Spyder is the
fastest Porsche road car yet.
Front wheels get
power from a 128bhp
electric motor...
....and the rear is
driven by a 228bhp
three-cyl petrol.
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MERCEDES PRODUCTION
GLA was one of the stars at
Frankfurt. What makes it even
more exciting is that this
first-ever rival to the BMW X1
and Audi Q3 is slated to come
to India as early as next year.
This is the fourth car to be
built on Mercs compact MFA
front-wheel-drive platform.
And despite the GLA
having the same 2699mm
wheelbase as the A-class, it
is 125mm longer. Mercedes
has toned down some of the
more outlandish elements on
the production GLA. The car
will be offered with a range of
four-cylinder petrol and diesel
engines; the four-wheel-drive
versions are not expected
immediately.
In the GLA, you are
perched slightly higher than
in the A-class, and the cabin
is similar to the other cars
in the MFA range with the
SLS-style vents, central
infotainment screen, centre
console design and the
steering wheel all carried over
from the A-class, B-class and
CLA. It is capable of seating
five and the rear seats have a
decent amount of space.
You are sat low, so comfort
is only decent. That, however,
isnt as much of an issue as
visibility. The tall headrests
block your view, and the view
out from the windows is poor
too. Boot space stands at
421 litres with the seats up,
and can be extended to 836
litres with the seats folded.
Like the rest of the cars in
this range, the GLA comes
laden with a lot of technology
and features. Expect the car
to roll into the Indian market
sometime next year.
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Mercedes is
expected to bring
the GLA here next year.
The production version
of the iV-4 will be more
conservatively styled.
Despite sharing
the same wheelbase
as the A-class, the
GLA is 125mm longer.
SUZUKIS IV-4 CROSSOVER
concept is based on an
all-new platform that is
expected to underpin the
carmakers future models.
The styling is dominated by
heavily sculpted lines and, up
front, an illuminated five-bar
front grille. Other interesting
details include a clamshell
bonnet, roof-top spotlights
and daytime running
lamps. At the rear, there
are blackened mouldings, a
chrome diffuser and angular
tail-lamps. All the futuristic
styling cues, however, are
unlikely to be carried over to
the production version.
Suzuki has said four-
wheel drive will be available
as well. Under the hood,
Suzuki is likely to offer both
petrol and diesel options.
You can expect a production
version of the iV-4 to arrive
in Indian showrooms to take
on countless other SUVs that
will, no doubt, be present
around the Rs 10 lakh mark.
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THE RENAULT-OWNED
Dacia brand has just given
its popular Duster a facelift.
The Duster has lost a bit
of ground ever since Ford
launched the EcoSport, and
with Nissan already accepting
bookings for the Terrano,
its got even more of an
uphill task. Now, the revised
exterior will give the Duster
more appeal. The front gets a
radical look with a cheese-
grater-like grille and new
double-optic headlamps with
daytime running lights.
At the rear, the Duster
remains about the same,
theres just a few subtle
additions of chrome and a
chunkier roof rail to give it a
more upmarket feel. The left-
hand-drive car showcased
has a revised dashboard,
with a much improved centre
console. This update couldnt
have come sooner as the
Duster is slowly losing favour
in the Indian buyers eyes.
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A LIGHTWEIGHT
PERFORMANCE version of
the 458 Italia was Ferraris
centrepiece at the show.
Dubbed the 458 Speciale,
Ferrari claims that it
features innovations that
will find their way on many
of Ferraris future cars. The
modifications on the Speciale
focus on its drivetrain,
dynamic capabilities and
aerodynamics. Power comes
from a modified version
of the standard 458s V8,
with 597bhp and a massive
55kgm of torque.
These specs make it the
most powerful naturally-
aspirated V8 ever made by
the company. Whats more,
a dry weight of 1290kg
helps it get to 100kph in
a none-too-shabby 3.0sec
and a 0-200kph time of 9.1
seconds. But considering
Ferraris credentials, did we
expect any less?
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MERCEDES-BENZ TOOK the
wraps off the S-class coup
concept at the show. The car
gives strong clues about the
upcoming CL that is based on
the S-class.
Measuring 5005mm long
and 1958mm wide, with a
2945mm wheelbase, this is
one substantial machine. The
coup has been designed
using the companys new
styling theme, characterised
with raised ridges running
from the front wings to the
rear wheel arch.
The long bonnet gives it
what Merc calls a cowering
greenhouse, the impression
that the cabin sits well back
behind the front wheels.
Powering the concept is a
twin-turbo V8 that develops
449bhp and 71kgm of torque.
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TOYOTA DOESNT WANT
you to think of the Yaris as a
boring car. So it has come up
with this the Yaris Hybrid-R
concept. The car uses a
Toyota Motorsport-developed
1.6-litre petrol engine mated
to two electric motors
for a combined output of
400bhp. Energy recovered
from braking is stored in a
super-capacitor and fed back
into the powertrain to provide
a boost.
New headlamps come with
daytime running lights.
Speciale tech
will trickle down to
future Ferraris.
Hybrid Yaris
developed by
Toyota Motorsport.
S-class coup concept
previews upcoming CL.
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We knew the guys at Brabus are sort of insane, but after they
showed us this 690bhp monstrosity, a version of Mercs already
powerful G63 6x6, we can confirm theyve got the certificate.
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NISSANS PLAN FOR the
new X-Trail is quite ambitious.
Renault-Nissan boss Carlos
Ghosn stated that the X-Trail
will be built in five plants
worldwide and sold in over
100 markets. It will also
replace the US market-only
Rogue and become a global
car for Nissan. Whats more,
the new X-Trail will introduce
the Common Module Family
platform that will form
the basis of most of its
cars, ranging from small
hatchbacks to large premium
offerings.
The new X-Trail has been
given a much clearer position
in the Nissan family and will
be the carmakers sole seven-
seater in the SUV segment.
Highlights of the new car?
Nissan promises more road-
biased ride and handling than
the outgoing car, all the while
retaining the outgoing cars
off-road ability. The current
X-Trails 2.0-litre engine
will also be significantly
updated, optionally mated
to Nissans X-Tronic CVT
auto transmission.
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Not just your average 208. Its powered by a 3.2-litre, 875bhp
twin-turbo V6 and hits 100kph in 1.8sec! Rally legend Sbastien
Loeb smashed the Pikes Peak hill climb record in this very car.
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It will take part in next years electric racing series and is
powered by a 268bhp electric motor. Standard output is
178bhp, and 268bhp is unlocked via a push-to-pass button.
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New X-Tronic CVT box
is available as an option.
its
capable Yeti a mid-life
makeover. The first thing you
will notice is that the round
foglamps are history. The car
gets a new grille, rectangular
headlamps with daytime
LEDs, revised C-shaped tail-
lights, and a tweaked tailgate.
The refreshed Yeti is
available in two versions
the City and the Outdoor. The
Outdoor is the more rugged
looking of the two, and comes
with the option of four-wheel
drive, while the City is only
available as a two-wheel-drive
car. On the inside, its got
a new steering wheel, new
dashboard trim, an automatic
parking system and a rear-
view camera.
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bystander condently
tells his friend as
he points at the
Wrangler. Its a
harmless comment,
but one that reveals an important
point. In the mind of the average
Indian, a Jeep is rugged and
utilitarian Mahindra. Sophistication
and expensive looks just dont
gure in the equation and the rst
thing Jeep will have to do in India
is get over the basic and crude off-
roader hangover brought on by its
illustrious but now vintage forebears.
Also, whats gone largely
unnoticed in India is the sea
change that Jeeps (the American
ones) have undergone over the
past 70 years. You can forget your
slow, uncomfortable memories
of Jeeps the two we are driving
today are completely different from
what we are used to. The Wrangler
Unlimited, for example, has 197bhp
and coil springs, while the Grand
Cherokee is an American bestseller
and, as Jeep puts it, the most
awarded SUV of all time.
Thats not saying these two have
gone the soft way of many a modern
SUV these are Jeeps and they
have a reputation to keep. So both
come with proper off-road gear that
includes low-range transfer cases,
chassis as solid as tree trunks and
thorough off-road engineering.
The Fiat-Chrysler alliance will
bring Jeep into India by the end of
the year and, for now, both these
SUVs will be fully imported and sold
through Jeep Studios within Fiat
showrooms. Jeep plans to offer the
three-door and ve-door versions of
the Wrangler with petrol and diesel,
manual and automatic options, while
the Grand Cherokee will be offered
with a 3.0-litre diesel V6 and an
eight-speed automatic.
We drive the two vehicles that
best dene (or should that be
redene) what a Jeep is all about.
GRAND CHEROKEE
People rst notice the slit-like
headlamps and the aggressively
shaped daytime running lamps
incorporated in them. Then they
see the big seven-slat grille, the
broad shoulders and squared-off
wheelarches; jaws simply drop. So
the Grand Cherokee has presence.
What is surprising is that after all the
drama of the nose, the rear is quite
generic it looks a bit like a Fortuner
from afar. That and the massive
chrome wheels that this Overland
Summit variant comes with, are the
only possible turnoffs of an otherwise
butch looking SUV.
Open the door, and youre greeted
with a rather high seat theres no
foot board to assist your ascent into
the cabin. Unless the air suspension
is at its lowest Park setting, you have
to climb into the seats. You will nd
them broad and accommodating
with more than enough adjustment
on the seat and steering to t almost
all sizes. Then there are the rear
seats, which are a bit low, but have
plenty of space and adequate thigh
support. Tall people will nd the
seat squab a bit short, but its an
airy place to be thanks to the big
windows and panoramic sunroof.
There is no third row the Grand
Cherokee is strictly a ve-seater, but
the ipside is a big 1544-litre boot
and space for an almost full-size
spare wheel.
Back in the drivers seat, youll
see the dashboard dominated by
an 8.9-inch touchscreen and, despite
that, a huge array of buttons on
the steering wheel and the centre
console. All those buttons control
the Cherokees long list of features
activating the voice control, scanning
through the gazillion menus on the
instrument cluster screen, controlling
the air-suspension and the four-
wheel-drive system, and setting the
radar-based adaptive cruise control.
It takes time to learn what they
Jeep is starting its second Indian innings,
this time around with Fiat. Ouseph Chacko
takes a Grand Cherokee and a Wrangler on
and off road to see how true the legend is.
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Rear seats very spacious and comfy, but are a tad low.
are the steering audio controls,
for example, are behind the steering
wheel where your ngertips normally
are. The list of equipment is long
on this impressively named Summit
variant panoramic sunroof, heated
and ventilated seats, a heated steering
wheel, SD card, USB and aux-in
ports, sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity,
parking sensors, keyless entry and go,
reversing camera, an electric tailgate,
two USB slots for the rear passengers
it goes on and on.
Driving the Grand Cherokee
is a soothing and invigorating
experience and its excellent chassis
(borrowed and improved from the
2012 Mercedes-Benz M-class) and
beautifully smooth drivetrain make
it that way. Under the hood is a
3.0-litre V6 diesel that starts with
a cultured hum, much like the V6
under the hood of an M-class. It is

Broad, accommodating front seats have lots of adjustment.
GCs Selec-Terrain system similar to the one in Land Rovers. Air suspension lowers car by 1.5 inches for easy loading.
Dashboard is smartly
designed, but quality of
materials not as good
as German rivals.
The Grand Cherokee is
very capable off road.
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mated to ZFs eight-speed
automatic transmission that
complements this engines 237bhp
and 58.07kgm excellently. The
engine doesnt rev much even
at out and in Sports mode, the V6
upshifts at 4,000rpm. But with the
linear way this engine makes power,
4,000rpm is all you need. Its no
slouch either our VBox clocked it
at 9.02sec to 100kph, which isnt as
fast as its German rivals, but is still
plenty quick.
Its fantastically stable at speed
too, with a at ride, unshakeable
composure and a barely audible
engine and this, along with the
long legs of the eight-speed
gearbox, makes the Grand Cherokee
a phenomenal tourer. Its got
tremendous grip, the air suspension
ably keeps body movements in
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You sit uncomfortably upright and the squab is very short. Seat position in relation to pedals and steering not the best.
Simple lever to engage 4WD. No complex electronics here. Split tailgate gives you access to an 890-litre boot.
With 197bhp from a
2.8-litre four-cylinder
diesel, the Wrangler is
no slouch. The turning
circle is huge though.
Fit and finish are good
and plastics are hard
wearing. The interiors
are full of clever bits.
Fit and finish are good
and plastics are hard
wearing. The interiors
are full of clever bits.
check and the reasonably direct steering masks
the SUVs not so inconsiderable 2,406kg.
It is in stop-start trafc that you notice that the
Grand Cherokees gearbox jerks as it engages rst
gear, and you have to be extremely gentle with
the throttle to get around this. You also notice
that visibility is a bit limited by the thick A-pillar
(thanks to stringent roll-over regulations in the
US). Apart from this, though, it is quite nimble for
its size, and the massive screen means you dont
have to squint to see what the rearview camera is
showing you.
And now, onto the faults. The single biggest
complaint we have is with the interiors sure, the
top half of the dashboard is covered in soft-touch
materials and theres a nice slab of black coloured
wood that runs the breadth of the dash, but its the
lower half thats a bit off sync. Its made up of well-
nished, but hard plastic that simply doesnt feel of
as high quality as you would expect in a luxury car.
Then theres the touchscreen, which isnt as slick
as, say, BMWs iDrive or Audis MMI systems,
and even the seven-inch screen between the dials
has some annoyingly downmarket fonts and even
cheap-looking overlapping text! The controls are
also not the most intuitive Jeep has gone for
a single super stalk like Mercedes, with
wiper, headlight and indicator controls on it.
Then theres all the confusing buttons on the
steering wheel 22 of them, to be precise that
simply dont have the tactility that the Germans
seem to manage so easily. The big slab of silver
plastic on the centre console is pretty Toyota
Land Cruiser as well. Its not terrible, but what
the Grand Cherokees cabin is sorely missing is
that last bit of attention to detail that makes the
German cars feel special.
THE WRANGLER UNLIMITED
Our test car is the Wrangler Unlimited Overland
Sahara. As its incredibly cool name suggests, it is
an unashamedly rugged off-roader that has plenty
of character. By that we mean it can be crude but
completely lovable, in a Harley Davidson, Zippo
lighter kind of way.
What we loved about it the instant we laid eyes
on it, though, are its timeless looks youll
see all the Jeep design traits we know
and which have inuenced
so many SUVs today
seven-slat grille,
big fenders
Dial up 4WD info on the screen between the dials.
Rear seat passengers get USB ports, seat heating.
Audi A8-like gearlever controls an eight-speed auto.
Grand Cherokee comes with an almost full-size spare.
GRAND CHEROKEE
front and rear, clamps to hold the bonnet down,
exposed door hinges and a tailgate-mounted spare.
Under its rugged exterior is a body-on-
ladder-frame chassis that has live axles at both
ends. Suspension is by way of coil springs and
leading arms and, unlike the Cherokee, theres a
reassuringly mechanical four-wheel-drive setup.
Even the driving position is evocative. Use the
rock-slider footboard to climb up into the seats and
youre looking out through a pillbox windscreen
with a very upright dashboard in front of you. Its
all black plastic, solidly built and hard wearing,
but not too plush, and you notice how the speakers
are mounted on the ceiling (so they dont drown
when you go water wading, we presume). Theres
no automatic climate control, no powered seats
and no parking sensors, but you do get power
windows and a high-mounted music system that
has Bluetooth connectivity and voice control.
The pedal positions are weird in relation to the
seat and the steering wheel the throttle pedal
has exceptionally long travel and when you adjust
the seat to comfortably reach full throttle with
your leg, the steering is too close. There is no
reach adjustment for the steering to counter this
and the stretching you have to do makes your feet
hurt after an extended period at the wheel. The
rear seats are quite military too despite the
wheelbase being stretched 500mm for this ve-
door Wrangler, the door aperture is small, the
seat back is uncomfortably upright and the seat
squab has been designed for people with
very short legs.
Long wheelbase not as capable as three-door version.
Its easy to remove the roof panels. Note standard roll cage.
The Wrangler has a fantastic 44.6-degree approach angle.
Rear visibility is severely restricted. No parking sensors.
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SOMETIME IN THE early 1940s, KC
Mahindra met Barney Roos the inventor
of the Jeep in America. During World
War II, the Jeep had earned a reputation
of being extremely tough, being able to
handle the rugged terrain of the battlefield.
Impressed by its capabilities, Mahindra
thought of it as an ideal vehicle for India,
which at the time had no real road infrastructure (do we now?). On October
2, 1945, the Mahindra brothers and Ghulam Mohammed set up a company
M&M and signed a deal with Kaiser Jeep Corporation to assemble the
American Willys Jeeps in India. The model they assembled was the CJ3B
Jeep and barely a couple of months after Indias independence, the first
batch of 75 CKD Jeeps was assembled in what was then known as Bombay.
Soon after, M&M started manufacturing Jeeps, and the first completely
indigenous Jeep rolled off the factory line in 1954. Mahindra used the Jeep
name on its models right upto the mid 90s, with the MM540 being the last
model to wear this iconic name.
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GRAND CHEROKEE
This Grand Cherokee Summit has
a whole lot of technology helping
it live up to its reputation. First,
theres the Selec-Terrain system
thats a lot like Land Rovers
Terrain Response system. So all
you have to do is to select what
kind of terrain you are driving over
on the rotary dial (choose between
Sand, Mud, Snow, Rock or simply
leave it in Auto) and the system
will electronically adjust up to
twelve different settings for the
throttle control, gearshift points,
transfer case, traction control and
stability control.
The air suspensions standard
ride height has a ground clearance
of 205mm. Off-road One raises
it to 238mm and Off-road Two
increases if to a whopping 271mm
for rock crawling (A VW Touareg can
pick its skirts up by a full 300mm
though). Wheel articulation from
the all-independent suspension isnt
great, but its got a full-time four-
wheel drive system and a transfer
case that has the ability to transfer
100 percent of torque to the axle
that has traction. Theres also an
electronic limited-slip differential
for the rear axle that can, again,
transfer 100 percent of the power
to one wheel. Its also got a low
range ratio of 2.72:1.
Its quite astonishing how capable
this big Jeep is. We took it through
slush, water and some articulation
bits and it made it through without a
fuss. Even with the handicap of road-
biased Continental Cross Contact
tyres the Grand Cherokee was very
capable. Jeep claims (with the front
air dam removed) an impressive
34.3 degree approach angle, a
29.3 degree departure angle and a
23.1 ramp-over angle with the air-
suspension set at Off-road Two.
WRANGLER
You get two levers in the cabin,
one for the five-speed automatic
and another for the four-wheel
drive system that has 2H, 4H,
Neutral and 4L modes; thats it.
The low range ratio is identical to
the Cherokees 2.72:1, but with
shorter overall gearing, you do get
greater control when rock crawling.
What makes the Wrangler really
impressive is the serious thought
thats gone into making it a capable
off-roader. The axles are a proven
Dana 30 front axle and Dana 44
rear axle and with an optional
limited slip rear differential. A look
under the car will show you how flat
the underbody is, how everything
important is kept well out of harms
way. Youll also see a beefy transfer
case protector plate. The Wrangler
has a 44.6 degree approach angle,
a 40.6 degree departure
angle and a
25.5 degree
rampover angle.
Were not sure
if Jeep will offer
the Rubicon version
of the Wrangler here,
but its specs are
so impressive
they have to be
mentioned. It
has electric front
and rear locking
differentials, front
anti-roll bars that can
be disconnected (for
greater articulation),
a 4.0:1 low ratio and
32-inch tyres!
The Wrangler is also a ve-
seater and thanks to the roll cage
running through it, removing the
roof and doors (which you can
do with a bit of effort) apparently
doesnt affect body stiffness.
Start the 2.8-litre four-cylinder
common-rail diesel and it settles
into an audible clatter. It makes an
impressive 197bhp and 46.90kgm of
torque, so it isnt slow, not close to it
even. 100kph comes up in 10.79sec
and we saw 180kph on the speedo.
What is annoying is the ve-
speed automatic gearbox. Its always
hunting through gears, sometimes
refusing to downshift or upshift and
rarely second-guessing what you
actually expect it to do. The long
throttle travel also means the dull
initial throttle response transforms
into a sudden surge of torque when
you further depress the pedal, and
its accompanied by quite a lot of
engine noise.
Then theres the ride, which is
quite lumpy at low speeds, shudders
over expansion joints and doesnt
quite settle down even at speed
(typical live-axle characteristics) and
the handling, which thanks to the
vague steering and soft suspension,
isnt the most fun. A rened, fun-to-
hustle vehicle this is not, and those
looking for such should walk away.
What it is, then, is a clearly off-
road-biased vehicle thats much
more rened than before. It cant
hold a candle to the dynamics
of a modern soft-roader, but by
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it is quite rened and handles
and rides very well.
Its when you switch the smaller
gearlever into 4L mode that it all
comes together. That sluggish initial
throttle response thats annoying
on the road gives you incredible
throttle control over tricky terrain,
and the slow steering and soft
suspension allow you lots of
control and good amounts of wheel
articulation. On its off-road tyres
(Goodyear Wranglers, of course)
it felt unstoppable, getting through
most climbs and slush with little
effort or wheelspin. It is off-road
that the Wrangler really feels special.
TO JEEP OR NOT TO JEEP?
It is an iconic brand and that by itself
will have a lot of people waiting at
showrooms. What might get you
to think twice though are the prices
an expected Rs 30-35 lakh for
the three-door and ve-door
Wranglers, and Rs 60 lakh for
the Grand Cherokee.
The latter makes quite a
strong case for itself. It pretty
much competes head on with the
competition on price, but has a
lot more equipment and is quite
enjoyable to drive or be driven
around in. And, while we doubt
many owners will go near that low
ratio button on the dashboard,
its likely that most will be happy
simply knowing their car has a full
range of abilities. If only it had a
cabin that felt more special, the
Grand Cherokee would have been
almost unbeatable.
As for the Wrangler, you cant
really compare it to other cars
in its price bracket because its
very different from them. If you
do, youve missed the point of a
vehicle that is probably one of the
best off-roaders around. Sadly, at
its expected price, it will be way
out of reach of most of its patrons
especially hardcore off-road
enthusiasts and that is a shame
as the Wrangler is so much better
than what we have here already.
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L/W/H 4875/1943/1792mm 4583/1877/1829mm
Wheelbase 2915mm 2947mm
Kerb weight g 2406kg g 2078kgg
Engine g V6, 2987cc, turbo-diesel 4 cyls, 2776cc, turbo-diesel y
Installation Front, longitudinal g Front, longitudinal g
Bore/Stroke 83.0/92.0mm 94.0/100mm
Power 237bhp at 3600rpm p p 197bhp at 3600rpm p p
Torque q 58.07kgm at 2000rpm g p 46.90kgm at 1600-2600rpm g p
Power to weight g 99.75bhp per tonne p p 94.80bhp per tonne p p
Suspension F&R Independent, Non-independent, live axle,
air suspension p leading arms, coil springs g p g
Gearbox 8-speed automatic p 5-speed automatic p
Fuel tank 93 litres 85 litres
Brakes F/R Ventilated discs/solid discs Ventilated discs/solid discs
Tyre size F/R y 265/50 R20 245/75 R17
PERFORMANCE Acceleration (from rest)
Kph Sec Sec
20 0.78 1.11
40 1.94 2.32
60 3.72 4.38
80 6.01 6.98
100 9.02 10.79
120 12.90 15.57
140 18.57 23.58
160 26.31 -
20-80 (in kickdown) 5.98 6.13
40-100 (in kickdown) 7.54 8.49
WHAT IT COSTS
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 60 lakh* Rs 30-35 lakh*
Warrantyy NA NA
EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST
Air suspension p NA
Bluetooth connectivityy
Low-ratio transfer case
ESP
Blind spot monitoring p g NA
Voice control
Panaromic sunroof NA
Sat-nav NA
NA=Not Available, D=Driver, O=optional
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and this is evident from the recent
slew of new model launches by the
company. First came the facelift of
the Micra hatch and then the low-
cost Micra Active. Now, the company
has launched a badge-engineered
version of Renaults popular Duster
SUV known as the Terrano. But how
different are the two?
The Nissan Terrano is the third
model in the Renault-Nissan
India line-up to receive the badge-
engineering treatment after the Scala
and the Pulse, which are Renaults
versions of Nissan cars. However, the
Terrano is the rst Renault car to be
reworked by Nissan, and to that end
it has been a very thorough effort.
The company has made signicant
styling changes, including heavy
sheet metal alterations. The nose
of the car is all new with almost
nothing carried over. The front
bumper and headlights have been
redesigned, and it gets a new grille
that looks inspired by Nissans
Pathnder SUV thats sold in
international markets. The bonnet
has been refreshed in a V-shape
that integrates well with the Nissan
family grille.
The cars prole is where you
might think Nissan hasnt made
any changes at all. However, closer
scrutiny will reveal the more rounded
door panels and the new crease
along them, as well as the blackened-
out B and C pillars.
At the rear, the Terrano gets a
different tailgate from the Duster
and the tail-lamps extend onto it.
Theres a chrome bar sitting on top
of the number-plate housing with
a big Nissan logo above. There are
stylish alloy wheels too, but only on
the top trim.
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Plush ride
Imposing design
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Some poor ergonomics
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the Terrano. But is it
much more appealing
than its cousin, the
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Terranos cabin gets more beige and it feels more premium than the Duster.
thought into the interiors and the
cabin looks much more modern
and fresh as a result. There is more
beige trim than in the Duster and the
restyled steering wheel with silver-
nish inserts. The audio system is
new with a CD player, aux-in, USB
and Bluetooth connectivity. The
air-con vents at the centre are new
rectangular units and the storage on
top of the dash gets a lid. But while it
doesnt have steering-mounted audio
controls, some of the ergonomic
oddities from the Duster, like the
wing-mirror control knob under the
handbrake lever, are carried over.
Space on the inside is similar to
the Dusters and its comfortable for
three passengers in the back. But the
rear air-con vent makes it slightly
taxing for the centre passenger over
long distances. Space for luggage in
the boot is identical as well.
The Terrano gets the same
powertrain combinations as the
Duster with a 1.5-litre dCi diesel
motor putting out either 84bhp or
109bhp. Theres also a 1.6-litre petrol
engine mated to a ve-speed manual
gearbox, as is the 84bhp diesel. The
109bhp diesel comes paired with a
six-speed manual gearbox.
Under the skin, there is no change
from the Duster, and the Terranos
road manners are quite similar to the
Renaults. The 109bhp diesel motor
pulls really well past 2,500rpm, and
spins till around 4000rpm, after
which the power tails off. The strong
mid-range makes for easy overtaking
and great highway manners. There is
a bit of turbo lag but thats only until
the engine hits the mid-range. One
grouse is that the clutch on the this
version is a little hard, which can get
tiring in stop and go trafc.
The experience with the petrol
Terrano is similar to the Duster
as well and the engine is smooth,
pulling well between 2,000rpm
and 4,500rpm. Although the engine
does spin till 6,400rpm, theres no
power delivery beyond 5,000rpm.
Also, the motor tends to sound
gruff when pushed to the redline,
sending a lot of vibration into the
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L/W/H 4331/1822/1626mm
Wheelbase 2674mm
Engine 4cyls, 1598cc, petrol/
4 cyls, 1461cc, turbo-charged, diesel
Layout Front, transverse, FWD
Power 103bhp at 5850rpm/
108.5bhp at 3900rpm
Torque 14.7 kgm at 3750rpm/
25.3kgm at 2250rpm
Gearbox 5-speed manual/6-speed manual
Suspension (f/r) Independent, MacPherson
strut, coil springs/
Non-independent,
torsion beam, coil springs
Brakes (f/r) Ventilated discs/drums
Tyre size 215/65 R16
Fuel tank 50 litres
Turning circle 10.4m New stereo is among the changes. New central AC vents look upmarket. New rear AC vent design helps air flow.
New tail-lamps are the most significant change over the Duster at the rear.
cabin. The ve-speed gearbox is
light to use, but slightly notchy.
One of the Terranos best
attributes is its ride. It gobbles up
potholes with ease and only gets
better with speed. It handles very
well too, feeling very stable at both
high speeds and in the course of city
driving. The soft suspension results
in a bit of body roll but never so
much so as to make it unnerving.
The steering is another delight to
use, direct and responsive.
Nissan has made a rather good
attempt at tackling the Indian
compact SUV segment. The Terrano
has its badge cousins good driving
manners and at the same time looks
a lot more premium owing to the
smart restyling carried out on it.
At an expected starting price of
Rs 8.4 lakh for the petrol and
Rs 9.2 lakh for the diesel, the
Terrano is a rather good proposition.
If youre considering an EcoSport
or a Duster, this is certainly worth
a test drive.
AKBAR MERCHANT
Chrome-heavy Nissan family nose helps it look imposing. Top-spec Terrano variants get these stylish alloys.
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your only option is to slip the
clutch and rev the engine to get
going; much like the Yeti, but not
as bad. There is some initial lag
as well, up to around J,8uurpm
(the DSG version masks this well),
and a strong spike in acceleration
as all 32.6kgm kicks while the
engine picks up revs. There`s some
gruffness when it`s revving and
some diesel drone at idle as well.
Right. Now that we`ve got that
out of the way, let`s get on to what`s
good about this combination. It is a
very nice engine - there is enough
torque off boost for you to potter
around town in third gear all day
long, and it`s only when you need a
quick burst of power that you snap
down a gear on the quick, short-
throw, six-speed manual. There`s
more than enough performance
on tap to keep you happy and you
might even hnd the surge of power
as it comes on boost exciting. Also,
once you`ve gotten past the lag,
you will hnd linear power delivery
from an engine that willingly revs
to 5,uuurpm.
Skoda is also offering a J.d-litre
TSI (similar to the one in the VW
]etta) and it`s slated to be the most
affordable one in the line-up. The
J.d-litre direct-injection, turbo-
petrol motor makes J38bhp and
25.5kgm of torque, which is a sight
more than the J2ubhp a ]etta J.d
TSI makes. This extra power makes
a big difference to the way this
petrol Octavia performs.
For starters, the idle seems a
lot quieter than what we remember
in the ]etta and, like the VW, there
is some lag, especially below
2,uuurpm, which did make it
irritating to drive on the hilly
roads around Shimla. Frequent
gearshifts are the norm here.
However, get past the lag and
you will discover noticeably
meatier performance (especially
in the mid-range) than what you
get in the ]etta. It is quite a rev-
happy engine and will spin
eagerly to 6,5uurpm, but then
again, it isn`t as smooth or as quiet
as the more sophisticated J.8 TSI.
The J.d TSI will be available only
with a six-speed manual gearbox
and that, with its light throws
and positive clutch action, will
encourage you to row through the
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Price Rs 14-17 lakh
(est, ex-showroom, Delhi)
On sale This month
THERES A GOOD CHANCE
that this car will make up the
chunk of new Octavia sales in India.
Its the 2.0-litre TDI motor with a
six-speed manual gearbox. It will
be priced lower than the DSG
version and will be available only
in the base Active and mid-level
Ambition specs.
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Quality is a big step up from Laura. Lower variants reasonably well equipped.
engine if you are in the mood for it.
The 1.4 TSI comes with a torsion
beam axle suspension setup at the
rear (similar to the diesel), but it
does seem to be a softer setup, and
that means you dont get as much
bump at low speeds as you do in
the diesel. The suspension seems a
tad quieter as well. This, combined
with the Octavias accomplished
chassis, means it can be quite a lot
of fun to drive.
The rest is the same you get
the same top-quality interiors,
the fantastic rear seat, the
spacious cabin and the massive
boot. Speaking of which, we did
notice that the high boot lid does
make the Octavia a bit hard to
reverse and it did make us wish
that Skoda offered a reversing
camera as standard.
Skoda hasnt announced prices
yet, but we expect the 1.4 TSI to
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L/W/H 4659mm/1814mm/1476mm
Wheelbase 2688mm
Engine 4 cyls, 1395cc, direct-injection,
turbo-petrol/4 cyls, 1968cc, turbo-diesel
Installation Front, transverse
Power 138bhp at 4500-6000rpm/
141bhp at 4000rpm
Torque 25.49kgm at 1500-3500rpm/
32.63kgm at 1750-3000rpm
Gearbox 6-speed manual
Suspension (f/r) Independent, MacPherson
struts, stabiliser bar/non-independent,
torsion beam
Tyre size 205/55 R16
Kerb weight 1260/1340kg
Fuel tank 50 litres
Six-speed manual is a slick shifter. 1.4 TSI makes 18bhp more than Jetta. Rear seats are the best in class.
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Octavia with a choice of three
variants and, in ascending order, they
are: Active, Ambition and Elegance.
The 1.8 TSI is only available in the
top Elegance spec, and you can get
the 2.0 TDI automatic in this spec
too. One step lower, the Ambition
spec can be had on the 1.4 TSI, as
well as the 2.0 TDI (in either manual
or automatic guises). And finally, the
base Active trim can only be had on
the 1.4 TSI and the 2.0 TDI manual.
All Octavias, including the Active,
get 16-inch alloy wheels, powered
mirror adjustment, power windows,
ABS, dual front airbags, traction
control, drivers seat height adjust,
steering adjustment, remote
locking, an audio system with an
SD card reader, air-conditioning,
rear air-con vents, and a leather-
wrapped steering wheel, gearlever
and handbrake.
Move up to the Ambition, and
you get an electronic differential
lock for the front axle (which is
why it the cars we drove gripped so
well), stability control, multi-collision
braking (which automatically brings
the car to a standstill if it senses
the drivers foot is off the brake
pedal after a crash), rear parking
sensors, a touchscreen audio system,
steering-mounted audio controls, a
media input port for USB, aux-in
and iPod connectivity, automatic
headlamps and wipers, dual-zone
automatic climate control, leather
seats, electric folding mirrors, and
Bluetooth connectivity with audio
streaming. Phew!
Opt for the Elegance spec, and
you get all thats on the Ambition
plus adaptive Bi-Xenon headlamps,
LED daytime running lamps, a tyre
pressure monitoring system, front
parking sensors, four more airbags,
a panoramic sunroof, an electrically
adjustable drivers seat with seat
memory and cruise control.
Whats missing, and whats sorely
needed is a reverse camera (rivals
like the Hyundai Elantra offer this)
and satellite navigation. Some
might also miss height adjustment
for the front passenger seat and
keyless entry and go. The 5.8-inch
touchscreen is also smaller than
the one offered on top-spec cars in
markets abroad, and then theres the
omission of the 12-volt, three-pin
plug socket too.
From the looks of it, its the
Ambition spec that looks like the
best value for money.
come in at around Rs 15 lakh and
the 2.0 TDI to be priced at a bit less
than the 2.0 TDI DSG.
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WITHOUT FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE,
a big brute of an SUV like the Force
One seems a bit incomplete, doesnt
it? Whether its for bashing rocks
on an off-road trail, giving you
re-assurance on a mucky road in
bad weather or simply boosting
your street cred, four-wheel-drive
SUVs do have their purpose.

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Now, a year and a half after its
launch, Force Motors has endowed
the One with the equipment that, in
a perfect world, every SUV would be
tted with.
It gets its own trim called the LX,
and it looks identical to the SX (the
thus-far-unnamed 2WD middle trim
that the car was launched with),
save for new graphics on the side
and the roof carrier. Look closer
and you will see that the bash plate
at the front is angled more sharply;
this is to accommodate the LXs
new front axle. This, along with the
new transfer case, means the Force
One has piled on 200kg, and as a
result, the suspension has had to be
retuned too.
Force Motors tarmac and
concrete test track is hardly
the place to test 4x4 hardware.
The electronic control for the
BorgWarner centre differential lets
you shift from Two-wheel High
to Four-wheel High on the go.
However, to shift to Four-wheel
Low, the Force One needs to be at a
complete standstill. To give it a bit
more purchase in the rough, theres
a limited-slip differential at the rear
and slightly wider 245/70 R16 tyres.
The 205mm of ground clearance
and six-metre turning radius
is unchanged. However, a long
wheelbase and nearly two tonnes of
kerb weight made sure we stayed
away from the challenging test track
designed to showcase the Force
Gurkhas off-roading skills.
The Mercedes-designed, 2.2-litre
diesel motor and ve-speed gearbox
are carried over unchanged from
the SX. From behind the wheel, the
extra weight is apparent responses
to throttle inputs are a bit dull and
the One also feels more nose heavy
when steered into corners. On the
upside, it drove over the bumpy
Belgian paver block section of the
test track with a softer edge and
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also felt better insulated from the
harsh road conditions.
On the inside, a faux brushed-
metal nish for the centre console
and door pads distinguishes the
LX from the SX variant with which
it shares an extensive equipment
list. The LX is expected to be priced
Rs 1.5-2 lakh dearer than the SX,
which is close to Rs 15 lakh, and
at this price, it struggles to exude
the sense of occasion that buyers
would expect. However, if you are
looking for a no-nonsense SUV with
a voluminous cabin and brutish
dimensions that can drive you out
of tricky situations, even at this
price point, the Force One LX offers
decent value.
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Price Rs 14 lakh
(est, ex-showroom, Delhi)
On sale - end-2013

Price Rs 14 lakh (est, ex-showroom)
L/W/H 4860/1780/1885mm
Wheelbase 3025mm
Engine 4 cyls, 2149cc,
turbo-charged, diesel
Layout Front, longitudinal, four-wheel drive
Power 139bhp at 3800rpm
Torque 32.9kgm at 1600-2400rpm
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Suspension (f/r) Independent,
MacPherson struts/
Multi-link with pan hard rod and coil springs
Brakes (f/r) Discs/drums
Tyre size 245/70 R16
Kerb weight 2060kg
Silver trim sets LX apart as top variant.



4x4 boosts off-road ability and
appeal of this unflamboyant SUV.

Dated design
Tacky textures for plastics
Soft, controlled ride
Shift-on-the-fly electronic control
Driveshafts accomodated by McPherson struts(l). Coilsprings blocked access.
First rule: Always wear a helmet. Also
make sure that the helmet ts snugly
and Is strapped on securely.
nvest In proper bIkIng gear, IncludIng
armoured jacket and pants, gloves and
boots. They mIght appear expensIve, but
are a bargaIn compared to hospItal bIlls.
Even the bIggest bIkes are the
smallest vehIcles on the road. Try
and Improve your chances of beIng
seen by other vehIcles. Wear brIght
coloured clothes or a brIght helmet.
Use reectIve strIpes on your helmet
to Increase your vIsIbIlIty. Another
good practIce Is to keep your headlIght
swItched on even In daylIght.
Ensure your brake lIghts and taIl lIghts
are workIng. ThIs could save your lIfe on
a dark nIght.
Cet to know your bIke IntImately.
When rIdIng a new or unfamIlIar
bIke, take It easy for a few hundred
kIlometres. Approach Its lImIt slowly
and back off one step when you nd
the lImIt. Always rIde wIthIn your lImIts,
and the bIke's lImIt.
Your mIrrors only say ND. That Is,
If you see a problem In your mIrrors,
they are tellIng you not to move Into
that problem. f they do not show any
problem, that Is not the same thIng as
sayIng, "Yes, make your move." When
vehIcles are very close from the sIdes,
you can't see them In the mIrrors. 0o a
head check every tIme before you turn
or change lanes. And always sIgnal.
Whatever move you make, It should
not force other road users to make any
changes In theIr Intended dIrectIon or
rate of travel. 8e aware and be alert.
Someone may not be payIng attentIon to
that quIck lane change move you made
and It could have dIsastrous results.
Trafc sIgnals are dangerous places.
People tend to race agaInst the red lIght,
so always keep an eye on the rearvIew
mIrror whIle brakIng at a red lIght.
Use other vehIcles as a shIeld. Another
turnIng vehIcle can protect you and
make other vehIcles stop when turnIng
Into or crossIng a crowded street.
Keep an eye on the road surface. A
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stray pIece of stone or a sudden pothole
can brIng your bIke and you down.
Unmarked speed breakers are another
perennIal problem. Watch out for
change of colour on the road. A darker
patch may be an oIl spIll, or a slIppery
wet patch.
0on't rIde sIde to sIde wIth another
vehIcle. |InImIse overtakIng tIme and
reduce speed when beIng overtaken.
Keep an eye out for vehIcles that are
beIng drIven dangerously. Stay as far
away from them as you possIbly can.
0on't just watch the vehIcle In front
of you, but also the vehIcle In front
of that. Actually, look ahead as far as
possIble. ThIs helps you predIct the
trafc and avoId sudden surprIses. You
can almost always realIse what the
vehIcle In front of you Is goIng to do
even before he does It.
The golden rule of overtakIng: f
you can't see the oncomIng trafc,
don't overtake. ThIs holds true
especIally on the hIghway. So never
attempt to overtake on bends and
curves. Dr where the road dIps and
rIses. No see: 0on't go.
Concentrate. AntIcIpate. Always
be aware of everythIng In your
surroundIngs. Have a mental pIcture
of the trafc around you.
0on't lose your cool. When you
get angry, you rIde wIth your adrenalIn
pumpIng and you Increase your chances
of gettIng hurt. Forget It. t's not
worth it.
ThIs Is obvIous: Alcohol and two
wheels, even four for that matter, make
a deadly combInatIon. Leave the bIke
and take a taxI. f you say that you
never had a crash after a drInk, good
for you. 8ut remember, the laws of
probabIlIty are catchIng up on you.
f you are tIred or sleepy, It's best
to pull over. You may feel awake when
you set off, but It's dIfcult to judge
when fatIgue sets In. ncredIble as It
may sound, It's possIble to fall asleep
on a bIke.
|ake sure that your tyres are In top
condItIon. FealIse that you are relyIng
on two patches smaller than your palm
to keep you on the road. So make sure
that the treads are deep enough and do
not have any cracks or blIsters.
Always rIde wIth the assumptIon
that every other person on the road
Is a moron and an IdIot, and does not
deserve to have a lIcense. Happy rIdIng.
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Nissan is looking at bringing a larger
version of its original crossover, the
Qashqai +2, to the SUV-mad Indian
market. Shapur Kotwal tells you
what to expect.

issans mould-breaking Qashqai shook


the European market by its roots in
2007. Car buyers loved it because it
was the ideal compromise between
a hatchback and an SUV, and sales
soared. Known as a crossover because
it allegedly stood at the crossover point between
the two body styles and made no pretensions
about having any off-road ability, it was
successful enough to spawn a whole host of
me-too cars.
A crossover craze is currently sweeping across
the length and breadth of India too. Fords
EcoSport is currently Indias most wanted car,
with demand outstripping supply several times
over. Its not difcult to understand the appeal
of these cars; they look like off-roaders but drive
like cars. And thats exactly what the Nissan
Qashqai promises.
But whats the car really like? Its no off-
roader for sure, but it certainly looks like one.
The chassis sits a fair way off the ground, the
SUV stance is all there and many of the details
make it look like a pukka 4X4. It has cladding
running around the bottom of the car, there
are roof rails on the top, and it also has a sort
of squared-off bonnet. I say sort of because,
stylistically, the nose of the car is probably its
most attractive bit. The cladding blends nicely at
the bottom of the nose in a V and this is reected
in Nissans grille. The nicest bits, however, are
the twin, snout-like ridges on the bonnet.
This larger version of the Qashqai, or the +2,
is 211mm longer than a standard Qashqai, so
Nissan has, crucially, been able to squeeze in a
third row of seats. This is something that has
tremendous appeal in India. The extra length of
the car and the fact that the seats fold at into
the oor also mean that theres plenty of luggage
space when you need it.
Open the big front doors and theres plenty of
space in the cabin. Youre sat high with a good
view of the road from the drivers seat. Theres
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plenty of legroom, and getting comfortable
behind the wheel is easy. The steering wheel,
with the buttons arranged neatly around the
boss, is beautifully crafted and a delight to use.
The clear, white-on-black dials are easy to read
as well. The rest of the dash, however, looks a
bit too plain and featureless. The air-con vents
look like they are from an inexpensive hatch, the
centre console is too straight-laced, and quality
levels arent great either. It wouldve helped if
the insides werent all black too.
Space and comfort on row two are
surprisingly good. The seat is set high and
offers decent legroom and back support. The
rear seats, however, are oddly contoured, and
that makes sitting in the middle difcult. The
third row seats look quite substantial as well,
but this is deceiving. These are suitable only
for really short journeys, because headroom
is tight and you sit with your knees around
your ears. To make matters worse, its almost
as difcult to get to the rear seats as it is to get
comfortable in them.
The Qashqai +2 is much more impressive
from behind the wheel. I drove the Nissan
crossover on a mix of city streets and fast
mountain roads, and came away seriously
impressed. This car has a 1.6 DCi diesel engine
Cladding on the lower half gives
the +2 the feel of an off-roader.
Interiors have a tough feel to
them, but feel a bit outdated.
Some low-quality plastics spoil ambience of cabin. Some low-quality plastics spoil ambience of cabin
Nissan Qashqai +2 | Drive
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that is more powerful than the 110bhp 1.5 DCi
we are used to. It puts out a nicely measured
and smoothly delivered 128bhp and theres
plenty of torque. In fact, the new engine coped
well despite the hefty 1,404kg kerb weight of
our test car and the presence of some steep
inclines on our route. There is very little turbo
lag, the engine spins sweetly and responses are
impressively quick. As a result, it feels like you
are driving a car with a much larger engine. The
strong mid-range pull and the wide powerband
of the engine also allow you to overtake cars
quite easily. What also impressed was the
positive action of the manual gearbox. It needs a
rm hand at times, but it is almost impossible to
miss a shift, which is good for a six-speeder with
a double-H gate.
Crossovers are meant to drive and ride as
well as cars. This is a bit difcult when the
vehicle in question is this large and bulky, but
the Qashqai +2 does surprisingly well. There is
a hint of body roll and this is noticeable when
you want to change directions quickly, but other
than that, there is plenty of grip around corners.
The steering is well weighted and responds
well, and after some time at the wheel, its
relatively easy to work the car into a nice rhythm.
Also impressive is the ride it feels nice and
absorbent at low speeds and well settled as
you go faster, managing to do both without
much compromise. There is a bit of tyre and
wind noise at higher speeds though, which is
a bit of a shame.
The Qashqai +2 is a vehicle thats really
well suited to Indian requirements. It looks
like a full-edged off-roader, it has a seriously
impressive diesel engine, theres plenty of space
on the inside, and it even rides and drives well.
The third row may be too cramped and the
design of the dashboard may look seriously
out of date, but these are things that Nissan
can x quite easily on the new model the car
Nissan plans to get to India at a price of around
Rs 22 lakh. Should be a car worth waiting for.
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Price Rs 22 lakh (estimated)
Length 4541mm
Width 1645mm
Height 1780mm
Wheelbase 2765mm
Engine 4cyls, 1598cc, turbo-diesel
Installation Front, transverse
Power 128bhp at 4000rpm
Torque 32.63kgm 1750rpm
Gearbox 6-speed, manual
Weight 1404kg
Fuel tank 65 litres
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NISSANS 360 IS simply an opportunity to experience
and drive each and every Nissan car currently in
production and see all its current prototypes. Held
every few years, it is a veritable driving feast that
carries on for a couple of days, with cars ranging
from the cheapest hatchbacks on the one hand to
the most luxurious Infiniti luxury cars on the other.
Included in the mix is also every single SUV Nissan
and Infiniti make, and every sports- and supercar as
well. This year Nissan chose to conduct the event at an abandoned US Marine airbase in California called the
El Torro, where it had built five separate tracks for use with different types of cars. You could also drive
some of the cars out on the street, with a longer cross-country mountain route thrown in as well. It was, in
short, the perfect place to get a good feel of what Nissan is capable of. Here are some of the highlights
the cars that stood out.
JUKE R This prototype is pure insanity. A result of a R
what if, it features a severely stiffened Juke chassis
mated to a GT-R engine, gearbox and running gear.
The shorter wheelbase and higher ground clearance,
however, mean it doesnt quite have the stability of
good old Godzilla, or the standard GT-R. As a result,
theres a considerable amount of wheel slip and scrub
and a bit more roll too. This means the car feels a bit
slower but is actually more fun to slingshot out of
corners. It wouldve been mega on a dirt road; mega.
JUKE NISMO If you like the looks of the Juke, and
I really do, this 197bhp version is the quickest one
you can get. It looks right to begin with; the wide
stance, the aggressive styling and the red highlights.
Out on the mountain road, this manual gearbox-
equipped version acquitted itself really well too.
Performance is reasonably brisk and the handling is
delightful; think friendly, large hatch with plenty of
grip and nicely controlled roll. A unique and very
appealing car.
DATSUN GO We got a close
look at Datsuns attractive but
very affordable Go in Delhi a
couple of months ago. This time,
however, we were able to get
into the interiors of the car and
get a feel for the amount of
space and check out quality
levels. Theres plenty of space at
the front and the cabin feels wide and roomy when you get in. The
slim space-saver seats, similar to those on the Honda Brio, are
comfortable but a bit flat. Using the much talked about centre seat
at the front, however, will prove to be very difficult; unless you push
the seatbelt holders below the seat. In line with the expected price,
plastic quality isnt fantastic. General quality levels are similar to
those seen on the Wagon R for the most part. The audio system that hooks up to your phone is extremely
basic and the wires you need to attach it with clutter up the centre console. And as long as you dont have
a six-and-something footer sitting in the front, space on the rear seat is pretty decent. Its not as much as
you would expect from a car of this size, but as Datsun says, its the best in class.
INFINITI EMERGE E This Lotus-based plug-in hybrid E
proved to be one of the surprises of the show. Here was
another proto we could actually drive. As expected from
this 400bhp electric car, the initial kick is tremendous.
The Lotus-based chassis sticks like glue, in no small part
due to the heavy batteries placed down low behind the
seat, and it really is fun to drive. The only downside,
however, is that after the tremendous initial burst of
power, acceleration tails off a bit as you hang on to the
throttle more linearity needed.
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f, like me, you are struggling to tell the
difference between this refreshed Z4 and the
one we already have in India, allow me point
out the differences on this most restrained
of updates. Among the changes are edgier
bumpers, new chrome gills within the front
anks and new wheel designs. Then theres
the barely altered grille and headlamps (which
together serve to provide it with a slightly more
expressive face) and some extremely subtle
updates to the interiors.
The biggest change is under the hood. BMW
will no longer offer the standard Z4 sDrive35i
in India, and in its place will give us the even
more tongue twisting Z4 sDrive35is. The
extra s in the name stands for an extra 33bhp
over the sDrive35is 302bhp and a healthy up
in torque as well, especially on overboost. So
performance is as strong as you would expect
from a sportscar and, in fact, this new engines
claimed 0-100kph time is 0.3sec quicker than
Porsches ofcial time for the Boxster S. And, its
not all about at-out performance either the
3.0-litre, twin-turbo direct-injection engine has
loads of low-end torque that made powering out
of low-speed corners interesting on the twisty
Austrian roads we were driving. This torque, the
engines appetite for revs and the hair-raising
mechanical snarl from the exhaust under load
makes for plenty of excitement. The crackling on
the overrun sounds pretty sweet too.
The new Z4 sDrive35is is pretty much the
same as its predecessor; it is a fun car in the
right conditions with a rear-wheel-drive chassis
that allows you to kick the tail out when the DSC
(Dynamic Stability Control) is switched off.
There is some scuttle shake on badly
pockmarked roads, but the weak point
remains the steering a speed-sensitive
electromechanical system. It lacks consistency,
proving extra direct off centre and becoming
less direct as lock is applied, making you second
guess through longer, decreasing radius corners.
The updated Z4 is expected to hit Indian
showrooms later this year and we expect it to cost
a smidgen more than the current Z4. The new Z4
is quick, has the practicality of a hardtop, has that
classic long bonnet, short boot roadster stance
and is fun to drive. However, it isnt the ultimate
at providing pure driving thrills that realm still
belongs to the Boxster S 0.3sec be damned.
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335bhp turbocharged six into the
long engine bay of the Z4. But, as
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Torque 45.88kgm at 1500-4500rpm
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Electrically operated and auto-
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All-new 1.1-litre 3-cyl diesel engine
responsive but lacks outright grunt.
Pull-type chrome handles look
plush and have true keyless entry.
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in India every 20 seconds.
This month onwards,
Hyundai Motor India has
given us hatch-loving folk one more
model to choose from. Called the
Grand i10, this rather unoriginal
prefix was given to this all-new
hatchback because it is supposed
to do everything the i10 does, but
in a grander way.
The Grand i10 is the fifth
hatchback in Hyundais portfolio
and wiggles into the gap between
the i10 and i20. The Korean carmaker
wants to plug every nook and cranny
and its seriousness to do just that can
be gauged by the fact that the Grand
i10 isnt just a mild facelift or tweaked
version of an existing model but an
entirely new car.
The Grand i10 is essentially the
next-generation i10 with revisions
made specifically with the Indian
consumer in mind (more on that
later) and will be sold alongside the
current i10. But, most importantly,
the Grand i10 also gets Hyundais
first, locally produced, small three-
cylinder diesel engine which will,
for the first time, give the company
direct access into the relatively
untapped small diesel hatchback
segment in India. The petrol motor
is the familiar 1.2-litre Kappa 2
engine that powers the regular i10
but in this test, we will be putting
the diesel mill through its paces.
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Walk towards the Grand i10 and
first impressions are that it doesnt
employ a radical design. Unlike the
Eon or i20, Hyundais German
design studio has kept the Fluidic
mantra in check. The lines are
straighter, details more crisp and,
while you may not find the styling
awe-inspiring, there isnt anything
to dislike either. Also, the car looks
more grown up, which will give it
wider acceptance.
Up front, the big hexagonal lower
air vent immediately catches your
eye. It bears a slight resemblance
to the Alto 800s but it works quite
well on this car and lends the
Grand i10 a bold and youthful guise.
Surrounding it are large and angular
fog-lamp inserts and a sharp crease
just below that ends in a tiny chin
spoiler. Hyundai says the lower
protrusion on the bumper also
helps with pedestrian safety. The
angular theme continues above
the bumper as well. A smart, single-
slat grille complements the tapering
headlamps and adds a touch of
sleekness to the front.
The restrained styling cues at the
sides make the Grand i10 look quite
modest in profile. There arent any
distractions and the eyes naturally
follow the single crease that runs
through the nice pull-type door
handles, across the length of the
car. As part of the top Asta trim,
you get thick body mouldings
which provide some visual relief.
But, from this view, the best bit
has to be what Hyundai calls
diamond-cut alloy wheels. These
optional two-tone eight-spoke alloys
do a great job in making the car look
chic and upmarket.
Hyundais market research has
it that Indians like large windows
at the rear, giving rear passengers
a feeling of airiness and preventing
them from feeling confined. Hence,
bespoke for the Indian market,
Hyundai has specially designed a
less rakish window line for better
visibility out from the rear, a new
C-pillar and larger rear doors, which
makes getting in and out easy. The
highlight of the rear really is the
wraparound tail-lamps, which
extend deep into the shoulder line
to give a nice stylistic touch. While
the large reflectors embedded in the
rear bumper do look unique, they
may not be to everybodys tastes.
Cutting through the air, the Grand
isnt the slipperiest of cars with a
drag coefficient of 0.35 quite
average for the segment.
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Cabin quality is one area where
Hyundai has made great strides over
the years and with the Grand i10,
its gone to the next level. Slide into
the comfortable drivers seat and
you are greeted by a chunky, leather-
wrapped steering wheel. But to hold
it comfortably, most people less than
five-feet-six-inches tall will have to
raise the seat height to the maximum,
which means really short drivers will
find themselves craning over the
expansive dashboard.
The steering wheel looks like it
has been inspired by the Elantra
and it has similar quality too. We
also like the fact that the audio
controls on it are well thought out.
Functions youd access the most
often, such as mute and volume
control, have been assigned larger
buttons that are within easier reach.
Hyundai has also made sure all the
touch-points exude a nice premium
feel. The buttons are well damped
and all the rotary knobs are treated
with a premium knurled finish that
further adds a touch of class to the
cabin. What is surprising though is
that even on the highest spec car,
Hyundai has omitted climate control
and given a manual air-con instead.
Also, while the HVAC controls are
large and within easy reach, they are
quite stiff and clunky to operate.
The two-tone dash is neat and
clean, with no extraneous or over-
styled features, giving it a mature
look. The top half is finished in
high-quality, non-reflective black
plastic. The toffee-like beige used
for the lower portion of the dash
again looks high quality but may not
be to everyones liking. The gear lever
has superb detailing as well with a
glass finish and the gear numbers
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smart buy but look a size too small.
the years andwiththe Grandi10
Probably the Grand i10s best angle. Softly rounded C-pillar
combined with the wraparound headlamps looks gorgeous.
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The Grand i10 comes with a dual DIN
audio system and plays music through
all possible mediums of CD, MP3 player,
USB, aux and Bluetooth connectivity to
your phone. It also features a 1GB (843MB
useable) internal storage that will let you
store about 150 songs in MP3 format and
your phones contacts straight into the
head unit itself. In terms of audio quality,
the four speakers sound quite OK and the
head unit has settings for virtual surround
and treble boost. We tried these but the
audio sounds cleaner without either of
them turned on.
Cooled glovebox is a greatly useful feature that
can keep sodas cool in our hot and torrid conditions.
Interiors are well put together with excellent quality
plastics but the driving position feels a tad low.
Rear AC vents a segment first and another power outlet at
the rear ensures your phone and tablet dont run out of juice.
Looks great and the short
throws make it a pleasure to use.
Hyundai has packed this
car to the brim with kit.
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The seats are supportive and are quite comfortable even on longer drives.
written in a clean metallic finish.
All throughout the cabin, Hyundai
has judiciously used faux metallic
highlights in the right places and to
good effect. As a result, the cabin
exudes an upscale interior ambience
that makes many other hatchbacks
feel stark in contrast.
Move to the rear and the iJu rand
reveals its greatest strength. In terms
of legroom, the extra dumm of
wheelbase has gone into making this
rear bench quite spacious and you
wont feel shortchanged here.
Legroom is particularly good and
even tall drivers can be comfortable
behind the wheel without crushing
the knees of the rear passengers. The
slightly reclined rear bench angle
adds to the comfort level too. But
while you wont complain about the
legroom, the seat squab or base isnt
that generous and you sit a touch low,
which is accentuated by the high
window line. Also, the fixed headrests
of the front seats do obstruct visibility
a fair bit and make the rear seat not as
airy as Hyundai intended.
A segment first, however, is
the rear air-conditioning vents
but with the afternoon sun beating
down during our test the cooling
wasnt as effective as we would
have liked it to be.
In terms of practicality, there are
plenty of storage spaces inside the
cabin. You get one-litre bottle holders
in each of the doors, two large
cup-holders behind the gearlever,
and a cubbyhole for storing your
phone just below the air-con controls.
The rear scooped-out parcel tray has
also been designed to hold odds and
ends from flying forward in the event
of sudden braking.
Passengers hooked onto their
smartphones and tablets will be quite
pleased that this car has not one but
two J2V outlets - one in the front and
one mounted on the rear AC console.
Like the spacious cabin, the
illuminated boot, at 256 litres, is quite
large and just about Ju percent shy of
that of the Figo which has the largest
boot in this segment.
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the rand iJu is the U2 JJ2ucc,
three-cylinder engine which makes
its debut in this car. This 7ubhp
diesel engine is also the first to be
manufactured locally in Hyundais
plant near Chennai. Although brand
new, this motor is essentially the
i2us J.d-litre engine that has
sacrificed a cylinder in the interest
of better fuel efficiency and better
packaging. The U2 has some
interesting technical highlights
like the turbocharger housing
which is integrated with the
exhaust manifold for improved
thermodynamic efficiency
iesel engines and three cylinders
dont really go well together as both
are inherently prone to vibration,
so it comes as no surprise that the
rand iJu vibrates softly at idle and
loses the smoothness found on the
four-cylinder engine in the i2u. But,
just a small dab on the accelerator
and the counter-balancing shafts
do their job well and the vibrations
recede quickly.
So, how does this three-pot motor
perform It depends on where it will
spend most of its time. In the city,
the linear power delivery coupled
with relatively short gear ratios
gives the rand iJu admirable
performance. In stop-start traffic,
the responsive nature of this motor
and reasonably light clutch make
the rand iJu quite effortless to
drive. In fact, this car is easier to
punt around than some of the more
powerful hatchbacks which are not
as responsive.
Keep the tacho needle between
J6uu to 27uurpm and this motor
performs at its best. But as the needle
travels into 35uurpm territory, the
car rapidly loses steam and makes
quite a racket too. This can be issue
on open roads where, for example,
if you were to downshift from about
25uu revs to overtake, youd plonk
the engine in the gutless regions
of the power band. So quick
overtaking manoeuvres on a single-
carriage road are quite difficult to
execute cleanly. The narrow power
band also means you will put the
box through a good workout but,
thankfully, the short and precise
shifts ensure it doesnt feel like
butter-churning drudgery.
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Price Rs 6.45 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi)
Warranty 2 years/unlimited km
ENGINE
Fuel Diesel
Installation Front, transverse
Type 3 cyls, 1120cc,
common-rail, diesel
Bore/stroke 75.0/54.5mm
Compression ratio 16.0:1
Valve gear 4 valves per cylinder,
DOHC
Power 70bhp at 4000rpm
Torque 16.3kgm at1500-
2750rpm
Power to weight 64.04bhp per tonne
Torque to weight 14.91kgm per tonne
Specific output 62.5bhp per litre
TRANSMISSION
Type Front-wheel drive
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Ratios/kph per 1000 rpm
1st 3.615/7.912nd 1.962/14.59
3rd 1.286/22.254th 0.933/30.68
5th 0.727/39.37
Final drive ratio 3.647:1
CHASSIS & BODY
Construction Five-door, monocoque,
hatchback
Weight 1093kg
Tyres 165/65 R14
Spare Full size
SUSPENSION
Front Independent,
Macpherson struts,
coil springs
Rear Non-independent,
torsion beam,
coil springs
STEERING
Type Rack and pinion
Type of power assist Electric
Turning circle NA
BRAKES
Front Discs
Rear Drums
Anti-lock Yes
ECONOMY
TEST City 15.4kpl
Highway 19.6kpl
Tank size 43 litres
HYUNDAI GRAND i10
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Grand i10 takes a long time to hit
100kph mark.
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overall fuel efficiency figure.
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EQUIPMENT
CHECK LIST
CD player
USB/Aux-in
Bluetooth connectivity
Steering adjustment
Seat height adjust
Electric folding mirrors
Automatic Climate control NA
Cooled glovebox
Remote locking
ABS O
Airbags O
Reversing sensors
Rear A/C vents
NA=Not Available, D=Driver,
O=optional
RANGE AT A GLANCE
ENGINES
1.2 petrol 82bhp Rs 4.29-5.51 lakh
1.1 diesel 70bhp Rs 5.23-6.45 lakh
MAX SPEEDS IN GEAR
RPM in 5th at 100kph = 2500rpm
ACCELERATION
KPH TIME (sec)
0-10 0.61
0-20 1.15
0-30 2.11
0-40 3.21
0-50 4.82
0-60 6.85
0-70 9.14
0-80 11.91
0-90 15.73
0-100 20.25
0-110 25.71
0-120 34.11
1/4 mile 20.62
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4
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39kph 4900rpm
72kph 4900rpm
105kph 4700rpm
129kph 4200rpm
149kph 3800rpm
ACCELERATION IN GEAR
Kph 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
10-30 4.44
20-40 2.99 6.11
30-50 2.54 4.53 8.22
40-60 3.21 3.62 6.02 11.57
50-70 8.34 3.60 4.89 8.80
60-80 4.51 4.81 7.11
70-90 6.29 5.23 6.78
80-100 10.56 6.39 7.11
90-110
100-120
20-80kph in 3rd gear 14.24s
40-100kph in 4th gear 17.23s
BRAKING
80-0kph 26.10m 2.38s
43 litres
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TECHNICAL LAYOUT
Width 1660mm Front track 1479mm
Rear track 1493mm
Rear interior width 1270mm
2425mm
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Stretched specifically for India
by 40mm over the standard
i10 for more legroom at the rear.
Fuel tank
43-litre tank combined with an
economy figure of 17.5kpl results
in an impressive range of 750km.
Weight
The diesel Grand i10 weighs a
considerable 90kg more than
its petrol counterpart.
Roofline
Not as sharply sloped as the European
car to prevent rear passengers from
feeling claustrophobic.
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AUTOCAR VERDICT
Efficient and user-friendly city car thats good value too.
TEST
SCORECARD
COMFORT
Front seats are comfortable; good
rear legroom but best for two.
PERFORMANCE

Diesel is adequate in the city but
struggles a lot on the highway.
REFINEMENT
Mild clatter at idle and noisy when
pushed but refined at low revs.
VALUE
One of the best value-for-money
city hatchbacks on offer today.
SAFETY
Surprisingly, airbags and ABS are
optional even on the top trim.
RIDE
A bit choppy at higher speeds and
the suspension is noisy too.
HANDLING
Improved over Hyundais other
hatches, but steering is still vague.
BUILD & QUALITY

Fit, finish and plastic quality is
among the best in the segment.

No 796
INDIA

he Grand i10 is a good example


of just how much Hyundai has
been focussing on improving
its products over the last
decade. As a family car, it offers a
lot. It is intelligently designed, has a
comfortable cabin and is fantastically
equipped too. The pricing is also attractive
except for the fact that you need to pay extra
for ABS and airbags even on the top-spec
Asta trim.
Enthusiasts maybe disappointed because
the Grand i10 isnt particularly fun to drive.
The diesel engine lacks outright
punch and the ride and handling
isnt fully sorted either. As a
result, the Grand i10 doesnt like
being driven in a hurry and feels
better when ambling a notch or two down in
the city. But, overall, the Grand i10 seems to
have all the core ingredients that Indian
hatchback buyers typically yearn for smart
styling, ease of use and superb fuel efciency.
All the bells and whistles a budget hatchback
buyer can hope for and, above all, its great
value for money.
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TESTERS NOTES
Rotary air-con controls are
quite clunky in their operation.
Wheelwell does not intrude
into the boot area.
Although the Grand i10 is
clearly designed with urban
consumers in mind, cars like the
Swift have raised consumer
expectations of the performance
potential of smaller cars. To put
things in perspective, the Grand
i10 takes a very leisurely 20.25
seconds to get to 100kph while
the Swift dispatches the same in
13.5sec. In-gear acceleration times
arent good news either 40-100kph
in fourth takes 17.23sec in the
Hyundai while the Swift does
the same in 13.91sec. It is quite
clear then that the Grand i10
doesnt like to be revved or pushed
hard and feels best when ambling
along in town.
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Hyundai hasnt quite mastered
the black art of ride and handling
and, as a result, most of its cars
are below class standards when it
comes to dynamics. But again,
the company has made big strides
in this department as well and the
Grand i10 feels better sorted than its
other small siblings.
To begin with, the car maintains its
composure at highway speeds well
and doesnt bob around or feel too
squishy over broken tarmac; hence, it
is not as nervous as the i10 or even the
i20. In the city too, the Grand i10 does
a decent job of doing away with
potholes but the suspension feels
clunky and tends to jar over sharp
edges. Clearly, it isnt the most
hushed suspension and neither is it
the most cosseting.
The Grand i10 tackles rough roads
quite well and theres sufficient
ground clearance to ride over the
biggest of speedbreakers but the
suspension never feels settled
on a bumpy road and passengers,
especially those at the rear,
will experience a fair amount
of vertical movement.
The electrical-assisted power
steering doesnt feel ultra-light as
in other Hyundais and has a bit
more weight which gives the driver
good confidence at high speeds.
However, it weights up in an
inconsistent manner and simply
doesnt have the precision or
responsiveness of the best power
steering systems in the class.
In terms of stopping power, the
Grand i10 has well specified brakes.
On one of our drives, an errant driver
came charging down on the wrong
side of the road and made us hammer
down hard on the brakes. The bite
was fairly strong and the ABS felt
well calibrated too.
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Based on ARAI tests, the diesel-
engined Grand i10 claims to have
an impressive fuel economy figure
of 24kpl. Our tests returned
15.4kpl in city driving conditions
and 19.6kpl out on the highway,
which is pretty much on the
same lines as its competitors.
While the city fuel efficiency
figure is a handsome one, the
highway figure is impressive
but could have been better. The
fact that the Grand i10 has relatively
shorter gear ratios means the
engine spins at higher speeds on
the highway and this has a negative
impact on fuel economy. An
overall figure of 17.5kpl combined
with a 43-litre fuel tank gives the
Grand i10 a phenomenal range
of 750 kilometres on a single
tank of diesel.
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ast month, my family and I got a much
awaited chance to escape from our daily
chores, and we promptly undertook a road trip to
Srinagar. Setting of at 5am, our frst halt was at
Hoshiarpur for tea and snacks. We then continued
on till Jammu, where we stopped for lunch and a
stroll in the market, and bought some of those
famous chocolate barfs. From there, we headed s
further towards our destination with absolutely no
hiccups, covering a distance of 230km in 4 hours
and stopping at Anantnag for a break. By the time
we reached Srinagar, it was 6pm the perfect time
to enjoy the scenic beauty around. We checked out
the local market and then checked into our hotel.
The next morning, we headed for Dal Lake the
glittering waters refecting the suns rays, along
with the vibrant houseboats sailing along the scenic
lake against the backdrop of the majestic snow-clad
Himalayas, was a sight to behold. We then went on
to marvel at the rich, varied fora at the Shalimar
Garden and the Chashme Shahi, both Mughal
gardens. And then we were of for lunch.
Post-lunch, we
a two-hour drive
frst at Betaab
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Pir Panjal and Zanskar, and is named after the flm
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treat to visit, with its beautiful fower felds and
a river fowing through. We waded through the
icy water, took some photographs and relaxed,
and then went on to Chandanwari. Chandanwari,
Pahalgam, is
ation serves as
Yatra. After a
day full of excursions and sightseeing, we decided
to stay overnight at a local hotel. It was a good
decision we had great fun sharing old memories
and playing cards around a bonfre.
Next morning, we left for Gulmarg, a 4-hour
drive from Pahalgam. Nestled in the peaks of the
Himalayas, Gulmarg is a spectacular spot with
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Narowal
Gurdaspur
Batala
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Sangrur
Ludhiana
Ambala City
Patiala
Shimla
Ghumarwin
Mandi
Hamirpur
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Diesel and petrol options available.
Both four-cylinders and turbocharged.
50:50 weight distribution helped
by battery in boot. No spare wheel
Shark nose of 1-series can split
opinion; not the prettiest BMW around.
Hofmeister kink a typical BMW
styling trait. Big quarter glass.
INDIA
No 797
FOR Strong engines Ride and handling
AGAINSTAwkward styling Expensive for what you get

BMWs driver-focussed luxury hatchback is finally here.
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Only top Sportline Plus gets 17-inch
wheels. Indian cars raised by 17mm.

ercedes-Benz took the plunge


with the A-class, Volvo soon
followed with the V40 Cross
Country, and now, BMW is
here with its 1-series. The luxury
hatchback segment, which was
non-existent just a few months ago,
is suddenly looking crowded.
BMW is touting the 1-series as a
driver-focussed hatchback. To that
extent, it has launched two versions
the 116i and the 118d both making
adequate power and boasting, for this
segment at least, a unique
longitudinal front-engine, rear-
wheel-drive layouts. But despite
these traditional BMW strengths, its
not going to be a walk in the park for
the 1-series. Except for a thin band of
enthusiasts, will owners really care
which pair of wheels is being driven?
In order for any car whose price
exceeds its size to succeed in India, it
has to have a healthy blend of a
premium badge, good looks, lots of
equipment, comfort and luxury.
BMW has launched four variants,
and prices start at Rs 20.9 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base
116i and go on to Rs 29.9 lakh for the
top-end 118d Sportline Plus. This
makes the 1-series the most
affordable route into the blue and
white propeller club. But is the bare-
bones 116i the best entry point? Or is
the fully-loaded 118d Sportline Plus
the one to go for? We drive both
options to find out.
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The 1-series is unmistakably a BMW
with its kidney-shaped grille, long
bonnet and twin-barrel headlamps,
but that doesnt necessarily mean its
the best looking around. In fact, its
ungainly proportions short, tall and
backward leaning make it look a
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It has a nice, squat stance, but the bland
rear end is probably its weakest angle.
p y touch awkward. It simply doesnt
make the brilliant first impression
that the A-class manages so easily.
There is some nice detailing, like the
strong shoulder line and the accents
in the headlight units (base models
dont get projector headlamps) and
the classic Hofmeister kink, but
overall, its quite a bland design.
The 1-series is compact, even for its
class; both the A-class and the V40
are bigger. But importantly, the
1-series wheelbase is relatively
generous, in the interests of cabin
space and to compensate for the
longitudinal engine, RWD layout,
which isnt the most space efficient.
To achieve BMWs trademark
50:50 weight distribution, the engine
had to be pushed back to almost
behind the front axle line and the
battery moved to the boot floor where
the spare wheel is normally placed.
And there isnt a spare wheel; BMW,
being BMW, has stubbornly stuck to
run-flat tyres despite the growing
dissonance from Indian customers
who want the security of a spare.
The 1-series suspension has
been completely revamped from
the previous generation (E21),
which drew criticism for its not-so-
involving handling. The new car gets
a five-link rear axle and MacPherson
struts up front, complemented by a
double-joint, cross-strut front axle.
The track is also pretty wide and this
gives the 1-series a planted stance,
but its not as hunkered down as it
could be thanks to the raised
suspension for the Indian-spec
models. The Indian 1-series gets
BMWs rough-road suspension
that offers better damping on bad
g roads and ground clearance thats
been jacked up from 140mm to
157mm very useful when tackling
speed breakers.
Theres also a new electro-
mechanical steering system, which
alters its weight and feel depending
on the mode chosen on the Driving
Experience Control system.
In fact, all variants of the 1-series
come with the system, which also
alters gearbox and engine responses.
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You dont expect an entry-level
variant to have all the bells and
whistles, but in the base 116i,
even basic equipment is missing.
Its not just the absence of BMWs
iDrive system that leaves you feeling
short changed. There is no climate
control, the seats are manually
adjusted, and the absence of an
armrest or lid for the box between
the front seats looks particularly
cheap. Forget about leather seats
or a sunroof, must-have items like
USB and Bluetooth connectivity
are also missing. The fact that a
Hyundai hatchback is better
equipped is just inexcusable.
To make amends, BMW
has packed the top-end 118d
Sportline Plus with all the
goodies, like all-leather electric
sports seats, auto xenon lamps,
rain-sensing wipers and a sunroof.
But theres an expensive catch.
The difference between the on-road
prices of the base 116i and 118d
Sportline Plus is over Rs 10 lakh!
With the difference, you could buy
a Ford EcoSport!
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AND COMMUNICATION
THE BASE MODELS get a basic music system,
with a CD player and aux-in port, which sounds
pretty decent. Moving up to the mid-spec
Sportline, you get BMWs iDrive system with a
6.5-inch display screen, USB connectivity
(you can pair a compatible phone this way too)
and higher grade audio, which BMW calls the
HiFi loudspeaker system. The sound quality
of this system is very good, but not quite
audiophile grade. However, its only once you
get to the fully loaded Sportline Plus variant
that you get Bluetooth connectivity for
telephonic and music streaming purposes.
All variants come with selectable modes that alter
gearshift speed, throttle sensitivity and steering.
Top-end Sportline Plus has neat details like red stitching
on the steering. Base versions are seriously pared down.
There arent enough storage spaces in the cabin. Note neat
key holder in the centre console for remote key fob.
Push button start and stop-
start fuel saving tech.
Front seats get manually
adjustable thigh support.
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360-litre boot is the biggest in class. 1,200 litres available with rear seats folded.
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Adjustable side bolstering on comfy front seats. Both seats have electric adjust.
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The dashboard design is familiar
BMW territory. Its uncluttered, has
the centre console canted towards
the driver and an instrument cluster
that houses large and clear dials.
There are nice touches like the
metal finish on the pedals and
chunky door handles, but the
switches all feel a bit too small
and arent great to operate. The
cabins quality and ambience
are well judged for an entry-level
BMW, but its short on pizzazz and
doesnt have the drama of the A-class.
The front seats on the Sportline Plus
are incredibly supportive, with
adjustable thigh support and strong
side bolsters to keep you in place
whilst cornering hard.
At the rear, the 1-series isnt as
cramped as its cabin suggests. BMW
engineers have managed to carve out
space where it matters and headroom
(the roof liner is scooped out) and
legroom are decent. The squab too is
quite generous, but what marks
comfort down is the lack of lower
back support and a backrest thats a
touch too upright. Also, the high
transmission tunnel makes it difficult
for a middle passenger to sit, and
hence, the 1-series is strictly a four-
seater. The boot is quite big for a
hatchback though 360 litres, which
goes to 1,200 litres if you fold the
seats down.
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A pair of four-cylinder engines
powers this smallest of BMWs, one
petrol and one diesel. The 1,995cc
N47 diesel is a familiar one; weve
already seen it in 20d guise in the
3-series, 5-series, X1 and X3, as well
as in the 525d. However, here, in the
118d, it comes in an even lower state
of tune, producing 141bhp and
32.6kgm. That said, these figures still
compare favourably with the diesel
engines of its closest rivals, the
A-class and the V40 Cross Country.
A pleasant surprise is that it is
quite refined; almost more so than a
3-series. The NVH levels are
impressively low, both at idle and on
the go, and its not till near the top of
the rev range that it becomes
intrusive. This milder state of tune
suggests less aggressive turbo-
charging, which means less noise.
Instantly impressive is the smooth
power delivery. This engine is
incredibly linear for a diesel, and
while you enjoy the almost petrol-like
journey up the power band, you do
miss that characteristic whump of
torque that you get in the mid-range
with most diesel engines.
So, is the mid-range weak? No
its just a bit flatter than youd expect,
and if youre worried about being
able to pull off an overtake on a
whim, the gearbox is there to help.
The eight-speed ZF automatic, also
shared with the bigger Bimmers,
works brilliantly in the 1-series. With
the Driving Experience Control
switch set in the default Comfort
mode, the shifts are soft and
seamless, and the gearbox is still
decently quick to react to pedal
inputs. In Eco Pro mode, the box
cant wait to upshift, and even if
youre cruising at 60-70kph, thats
good enough for eighth gear
Put it in Sport or Sport+, however,
and youd better have a clear stretch
of road, because the engine responses
quicken and the transmission just
darts through the gears. Keep your
foot in, and it wont shift up until its
4,800rpm redline. Overall, the power
delivery gets in its stride at about
1,500rpm, and builds strongly till
about 4,000rpm. For the record, the
118d will hit 100kph in 9.02sec,
which makes it just 0.4sec slower
than the V40 and a lot quicker than
the diesel A-class. More telling is how
the 118d is quicker from 20-80kph
than the V40, despite having less
torque the gearbox helps
immensely with responsiveness, as
does the lighter 1,345kg kerb weight.
The petrol is a 1,598cc, direct-
injection, turbocharged motor that
makes a healthy 134bhp and
24.47kgm of torque on overboost.
Like the diesel, it is only available
with the ZF automatic and thats
a good thing. Unlike the earlier,
naturally aspirated BMW petrols
that loved to be revved but had weak
mid-ranges, this turbo-petrol has a
meaty and wide torque curve. The ZF
box masks whatever minimal turbo
lag there is and the engine will spin
happily to 6,500rpm, accompanied
by a nice exhaust snarl and a muted
turbo whistle.
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Price Rs 20.9/29.9lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi)
Warranty 2 years/unlimited km
ENGINE
Fuel Petrol/diesel
Installation Front, longitudinal
Type 4 cyls, 1598cc turbo-
petrol/4 cyls,1995cc,
turbo-diesel
Bore/stroke 85.8/77.0mm,
90.0/84.0
Compression ratio 10.5, 16.5:1
Valve gear 4 valves per cyl, DOHC
Power 134bhp at 4400rpm,
141bhp at 4000rpm
Torque 22.43 kgm at 1350-
4300rpm,32.63kgm
at 1750-2500rpm
Power to weight 102.29/104.83bhp
per tonne
Torque to weight 17.12/24.26kgm
per tonne
Specific output 83.85/70.67bhp
per litre
TRANSMISSION
Type Rear-wheel drive
Gearbox 8-speed automatic
Ratios/kph per 1000 rpm
1st 4.714/7.98, 9.28
2nd 3.143/11.97, 13.91
3rd 2.106/17.86, 20.77
4th 1.667/22.57, 26.24
5th 1.285/29.28, 34.04
6th 1.000/37.63, 43.74
7th 0.839/44.85, 52.14
8th 0.667/56.42, 65.58
Final drive ratio 3.077, 2.647:1
CHASSIS & BODY
Construction Five-door, hatchback,
monocoque
Weight 1310/1345kg
Tyres 205/55 R16,
225/45R17
Spare No
SUSPENSION
Front Independent, aluminium
double-joint, cross-strut
axle/aluminium double-link
hinged-tiebar, sprung axle
Rear Independent, five- link with
double elastic bearing
ECONOMY
TEST City 9.7/ 77 14.2 kpl
Highway 11.5/18kpl
Tank size 52 litres
BMW 1-SERIES
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but still packs considerable punch.
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driving on a single tank of diesel!
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EQUIPMENT CHECK LIST
Xenon headlights g
Paddle-shifters NA
Sat-nav NA
Aux-in
iDrive
Bluetooth connectivityy
Electric seats
Sunroof
2-zone auto climate control
Electric parking brake p g NA
Reversing camera g NA
Parking sensors (rear) g
Tyre pressure monitoring y p g
Rain sensing wipers g p
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Not Available, D=Driver, O=optional
RANGE AT A GLANCE
ENGINES
1.6 petrol 134bhp Rs 20.9lakh
2.0 diesel 141bhp Rs 22.9-29.9 lakh
ACCELERATION IN GEAR
20-80kph (kickdown) 5.65/5.39s
40-100kph (kickdown) 6.55/6.86s
BRAKING
80-0kph 25.19/24.50m 2.28/2.19s
MAX SPEEDS IN GEAR
ACCELERATION
KPH TIME (sec)
0-10 0.54 0.52
0-20 0.96 0.90
0-30 1.76 1.41
0-40 2.41 2.03
0-50 3.13 2.86
0-60 3.96 3.88
0-70 4.94 4.93
0-80 6.07 6.09
0-90 7.30 7.51
0-100 8.81 9.02
0-110 10.52 10.69
0-120 12.43 12.82
0-130 14.66 15.04
0-140 17.28 17.58
0-150 20.00 20.75
0-160 23.37 24.39
0-170 27.95 28.51
0-180 33.38 30.12
0-190 41.12 -
0-200 - -
1/4 mile 16.06 16.06
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Chassis
The 1-series chassis is based on
the 3-series, but the wheelbase
is shortened by 120mm.
Drive Experience Control
The various driving modes alter
engine response, gearbox and
steering, but not the suspension.
Engine
BMW has employed a twin-scroll
turbocharger which gives more
power and improves efficiency too.
Eco Pro
Like its more expensive siblings, the
1-series gets auto stop-start and
Brake Energy Recuperation.
TECHNICAL LAYOUT
Width 1765mm Front track 1535mm
Rear track Rear track 1569 1569mm
RRear interior width 1350mm
BBoot 360-1200 litres
2690mm
4324mm
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STEERING
Type Rack and pinion
Type of power assist Electro-mechanical
Turning circle 10.9m
BRAKES
Front Ventilated disc
Rear solid disc
Anti-lock Yes
1
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49kph 6100rpm
45kph 4800rpm
190kph 6500rpm
158kph 4600rpm
114kph 6400rpm
98kph 4700rpm
205kph 4600rpm**
212kph 4100rpm*
78kph 6500rpm
65kph 4700rpm
210kph 5600rpm*
199kph 4500rpm
148kph 6600rpm
124kph 4700rpm
202kph 3600rpm
208kph 3200rpm
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AUTOCAR VERDICT
The most affordable BMW is rewarding to drive, but not great value.
COMFORT
Front seats very supportive,
rear seats lack back support.
PERFORMANCE

Both petrol and diesel offer
strong and smooth performance.
REFINEMENT
Both engines are impressively
quiet, theres little road noise too.
VALUE
The cheapest BMW yet, but in
no way is it value for money.
SAFETY
Six airbags and all the safety
kit you get in a bigger BMW.
RIDE
Really impressive ride quality
even with the run-flat tyres.
HANDLING
A lot of fun to drive. Great balance,
good grip and direct steering.
BUILD & QUALITY

Feels solid and well built, but
interiors could be more special.

ith a pair of strong


engines and entertaining
handling, the 1-series
seriously rewards the
enthusiastic driver. Its also
sufciently well-mannered to be
a perfect companion for the everyday home
-to-ofce commute, and the India-spec
suspension does a great job of isolating you
from our perennially bad roads. Its spacious
enough for a small family and has a fair bit
of luggage space too, which gives it a bit
of practicality.
That its a thoroughly engineered car there
is no doubt, but the awkward styling of the
1-series may not be to everyones
tastes and the cabin doesnt feel
particularly special either. But
the biggest put-off is the way the
1-series has been priced. The
base 116i has a very tempting
Rs 20.9 lakh sticker price, but most will nd
it too pared down to be good value.
The diesel makes more sense, but on average,
it is more expensive than some of its
competition, and Sportline Plus is priced
dangerously close to the 3-series.
The 1-series appeal is limited to enthusiasts
who love to drive, want to own a BMW and to
whom bang-for-buck isnt that important.
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TESTERS NOTES
Central tunnel has neat cushion
for driver to rest a knee on when
cornering.
OBD sensor port is placed next to
bonnet release for easy access.
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Its quite an enthusiastic
motor overall, and though it wont
set pulses racing like Skodas 1.8 TSI,
its broad powerband makes it
effortless to drive. Its no slouch,
with a reasonably quick 8.8sec
0-100kph time and a top speed of
210kph. Not bad for a hatchback.
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While purists may wax eloquent
about BMWs 50:50 weight
balance and rear-wheel-drive
configuration, it doesnt require an
expert to notice the benefits either.
Driver involvement begins with the
steering, which is light, bristling with
feel and superbly weighted. If theres
one thing thats missing, its the zero
slack around the straight-ahead
position that previous BMWs were
known for. However, with this latest-
generation electromechanical
steering, BMW has cracked it.
The 1-series turns into corners
quite enthusiastically, and though
there is some body roll, theres
superb grip all round, which tempts
you to press on harder. At the limit,
the 1-series strongly understeers,
which maybe a disappointment
for enthusiasts, but with the
DSC completely switched off
(recommended only on a deserted
road), its possible to balance the car
with the throttle and even indulge in
power oversteer antics.
The biggest revelation though is
the ride quality, which, even on
Mumbais worst roads, is surprisingly
pliant. The fact that BMW achieved a
comfortable ride on the usually ride-
corrupting run-flat tyres makes it all
the more impressive. Sharp edges
and shallow potholes are nicely
rounded off and its only deep craters
that crash with the suspension using
up all of its limited travel.
At high speeds, the 1-series feels
rock steady, but on bumpy roads, the
ride isnt very flat. And because of
the softly sprung suspension, theres
a fair bit of vertical movement too.
However, its never uncomfortable
or disconcerting and you always feel
fully in command.
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Both the petrol and diesel versions
do fairly well in the fuel-efficiency
department. The 116i returned
9.7kpl in the city and 14.2kpl on the
highway, while the 118d managed
11.5kpl and a respectable 18kpl.
The gearbox, automatic stop-start
system and intelligent Eco Pro mode
work together to eke out every last
drop of fuel. With 52-litre tanks, the
116i will give you a combined city-
highway driving range of 551km,
while the 118d will manage 767km
on a single tank.
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BMW and Mercedes both want you to
join their tribe, and are using attractive
and affordable hatches to win you over.
Gavin DSouza tells you which corner to pick.
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ou will have heard the story a number of


times by now small luxury is the new
big thing, and high-brow hatchbacks
have been hitting the market once every
few months. Clearly the time is ripe for
a proper head-to-head showdown in
this hot new segment, and who better to put in
the ring than age-old rivals Mercedes-Benz and
BMW? The stunning Mercedes A-class may have
made it here rst, but the sporty BMW 1-series
didnt take too long to join the fray. And despite
the fact that both these cars are of a similar size
and price, and target the same kind of customer,
as youll see, they are actually very different from
one another. Choosing a denitive winner is not
as easy as you might think.
FRONT TO BACK
A key difference between these cars is the way
their drivetrains are laid out. In true BMW
fashion, the 1-series has a longitudinally mounted
engine and rear-wheel drive (RWD), while the
Mercedes uses a transversely mounted engine and
front-wheel drive (FWD). Now its easy to dismiss
this as just mechanicals working behind the
scenes with no real consequence to their owners,
but actually, it inuences a lot of things.
The rst of these things is styling, and well
start with the BMW. Because the engine sits in a
north-south direction (and BMW likes to push
it back away from the nose for better weight
distribution), the bonnet has to be long. Then,
with limited room left to work with, the cabin
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Small band of colour livens up an otherwise dull cabin.
Both front seats are electric and leather-upholstered.
Floating COMAND screen looks like an afterthought.
Superb cabin materials, especially air-con vents.
has to be upright to have enough space, and the
company says this also accentuates its sporty
RWD layout. The result is an estate car-like cab-
rearward prole, which does look a tad awkward.
In fact, the styling overall can be a bit polarising.
The pointy shark nose, thick shoulder line
and squat haunches do look nice, but then the
stretched sides and rather plain rear end let it
down. It certainly gets your attention, but you
wouldnt call it beautiful.
The A-class, on the other hand, is without
doubt a stunner from just about every angle.
Because of the transverse-engine, front-drive
layout, the engine bay is compact, and this
means the glasshouse can ow smoothly into
the bonnet for a more cohesive look. The design
is nothing but curves; it looks tightly skinned
with interesting ridges along the doors and a
coup-like window line. And then there are the
details the delightfully complex headlamp
cluster, the big star in the grille and the LED-
heavy tail-lamps, to name a few. And although
the handsome 18-inch wheels on our test car are
a paid option, the standard 17-inch ones look
great too. If this was a beauty contest, the Merc
would win with its eyes closed.
FROM THE COCKPIT
These cars are meant to be driven by their owners
rather than by a chauffeur and its pretty evident
from both sets of front seats that heres where all
the attention has gone.
The BMW aunts its driver-focussed credentials,
angling the central console towards the driver
for super ergonomics. Everything you need is
within reach and visibility is great too, although
perhaps the sports seats on this trim are a bit too
supportive for larger frames. But the good thing
is that theres a phenomenal range of adjustments
(even the side bolsters and thigh cushions are
The A-classs cabin really sells it as a luxury car. The design is cool and modern, and the quality is outstanding.
1-series cabin a little short on drama, but its functional and all controls fall easily to hand when on the move.
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expansive and airy because of its high dashboard,
thick pillars and small windows. The fact that you
dont get a sunroof on the A 180 CDI doesnt help.
In fact, the equipment levels are where the
A-class loses out. Its got the basics nine
airbags, the full lot of electronic safety aids,
Bluetooth, aux and USB connectivity, gearshift
paddles and automatic wipers. However, it forgoes
some essentials that youd expect from a luxury
car. It misses out on parking sensors, leather
seats and a sunroof, and only the drivers seat
is powered. There is Mercs Attention Assist
drowsiness detector and an engine stop-start
system, but wouldnt you rather have had a pair
of fully electric leather seats instead? Interestingly,
you do get some of these things on the petrol
A-class, which is offered in a higher Sport trim.
BMWs petrol 116i, on the other hand, is offered
only in a bare-bones trim, which shows the
sharp contrast in the way these companies have
prioritised their model range.
The 1-series, meanwhile, is pretty generously
kitted out. Although the car you see in the
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BMWs longitudinal four tucked way back in the bay.
Motor is from Merc saloons but mounted transversely.
adjustable) to allow you to nd a comfortable
position. The quality of materials is really good,
although some plastics arent up to the high
standards you see in German cars these days. The
small buttons leave the dash uncluttered, but they
dont feel great to grip. The more pressing issue,
however, is that the 1-series just doesnt feel like a
very special place to be its functional, no doubt,
but it fails to exude any sense of occasion.
The A 180 CDIs cabin does a much better job
of making you feel like youve spent your money
well. Mercedes has made sure that every surface
you have to look at and touch is perfect. There are
a number of rich textures on the dash, including
glossy black plastic, soft-touch leather and brushed
aluminium nish. A particularly nice detail is
the circular air-con vents, which feel really solid
to operate and give you a satisfying click when
you twist them open. Because the gear selector
is on the steering column, the central tunnel
incorporates a number of cubbyholes, something
the BMWs cabin has very few of. One issue,
though, is that the A-classs cabin doesnt feel
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pictures is the top-of-the-line Sportline Plus
trim, the more spec-for-spec variant is the
mid-level Sportline trim, which also does better
than the A 180 CDI. The 118d Sportline also
misses a few key items, like paddle shifters,
xenon headlamps and, shockingly, Bluetooth
connectivity. But otherwise, it has just about
everything youd want. Even though the focus is
on the front seats, the 1-series gets rear air-con
vents to help cool the cabin faster.
Both these cars are four-seaters at best, but if
you really had to squeeze a fth person in, youd be
better off in the Merc. Once again, the drivetrain
layout has a part to play. With a thick transmission
tunnel running through the 1-series cabin, asking
someone to sit in the middle of the back seat
would just be cruel. The FWD A-class doesnt have
this issue, but its heavily contoured bench doesnt
make it comfy for a third passenger either.
As for rear seat comfort, its a bit of a mixed bag.
The 1-series rear seat offers much better under-
thigh support thanks to a long squab, and the large
area gives you a good view out. However,
the seatback is poorly designed its a bit too
upright and seriously lacks lower back support.
Jump into the A-class and the rst thing you
notice is the rm bolstering for the small of your
back. But the seat base is too short, and the tiny
windows and large front seats really add to the
sense of claustrophobia in the cabin.
Both cars are about the same on headroom
and legroom, which is far from great. The fact is,
No paddles, but ZF eight-speed box very intuitive.
A-class, however, gets paddle shifters as standard.

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The Merc only gets settings for its transmission
Sport, that holds gears for longer and makes it
more responsive to downshift requests; Manual,
that gives you more control over gearshifts via the
paddles, and Economy, that upshifts at the earliest
to save fuel.
Now its not rocket science guessing which one
is quicker. The 118d weighs a lot less than the A
180 CDI (it is 160kg lighter), and it is the BMW
which has a lot more power and torque as well
141bhp and 32.6kgm versus the Mercs 107bhp
and 25.5kgm. Its not surprising then that the
118d is almost 2.5 seconds quicker to 100kph than
the A 180 CDI. By 160kph, theres eight seconds
of clear air between them. This should give you
a hint of how much more alive the 118d feels in
the real world. The gearbox is always ready for
action and, because it has more gears to play with,
is willing to swap ratios the instant you ask for a
downshift; and despite peak torque coming in at a
higher 1750rpm (the Mercs kicks in at 1400rpm),
the engine simply feels stronger right through the
rev-range. Its also slightly more relaxed at higher
speeds at 100kph, the 118ds motor, thanks to its
taller eighth gear, spins at just 1500rpm while the
A-classs engine is a bit busier at the same speed.
Still, the A 180 CDIs engine isnt bad in
isolation. Its got pretty linear power delivery
theres a gentle surge around 1500rpm, followed
by strong thrust upto 4000rpm and the seven-
speed, twin-clutch gearbox is quite a competent
unit, with shifts that are seamless and very quick.
Its just that in this company, the heavier and less
powerful A-class is clearly outclassed.
Then theres the renement. For once, its the
BMW thats quieter there is some drone under
acceleration but this soon disappears, and at
Lots of space in the boot, but no spare tyre available.
Mercs spare sits in the boot, rather than beneath it.
You get a sunroof in all but the base version of the 1.
Lots more cubbyholes in the Merc than in the BMW.
these are compact cars and space on the inside,
especially at the rear, is at a premium.
The BMW wins on boot space as well. Its
360-litre boot is a touch larger than the Mercs
341 litres, and the opening is much wider too.
The Merc is further burdened with its space-
saver spare tyre, which takes up boot space
rather than getting its own compartment. Still,
at least Mercedes acknowledges that spare tyres
are important on Indian roads, unlike BMW that
stubbornly offers no spare and persists with run-
at tyres.
BY THE NUMBERS
Under the long snout of the 118d is a 1995cc,
twin-scroll turbo, four-cylinder engine. It is similar
to the one in the 320d, but has been de-tuned
for this considerably lighter car. The A-classs
engine is a familiar one too its the 2143cc
four-cylinder motor thats in the C-, E- and even
M-class. Its gone through a sea change to get
into the A-class though. Its been turned through
90 degrees, detuned and drives the front wheels
(this engine otherwise sits longitudinally and
powers the rear wheels in Mercs saloons). As for
the transmissions, the 118ds engine is mated to
ZFs brilliant eight-speed torque converter while
the A-class comes with a seven-speed twin clutch
unit that Merc calls the 7G-DCT. The BMW also
has driving modes Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and
Sport+ that vary levels of throttle response,
gearshift points and steering weight. What you get
with these is adjustability. Want to park in a tight
spot? Switch to Comfort and the steering becomes
lighter. Want to have some fun behind the wheel?
Sport and Sport+ will hold onto gears longer, add
weight to the steering and make the engine more
responsive to throttle inputs.
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Doesnt feel as premium as Stylish, full of feel-good factor,
A-class but is nicer to drive. but a little short on talent.
RATING
L/W/H 4324/1765/1421mm 4292/1780/1433mm
Wheelbase 2690mm 2699mm
Kerb weight g 1345kg g 1505kgg
Engine g 4 cyls, 1995cc, turbo-diesel y 4 cyls, 2143cc, turbo-diesel y
Installation Front, longitudinal, RWD g Front, transverse, FWD
Bore/Stroke 90.0/84.0mm 83.0/83.0mm
Power 141bhp at 4000rpm p p 107.3bhp at 3200-4400rpm p p
Torque q 32.63kgm at 1750-2500rpm g p 25.5kgm at 1400-2800rpm g p
Power to weight g 104.83bhp per tonne p p 71.3bhp per tonne p p
Gearbox 8-speed, automatic p 7-speed, dual clutch, automatic p
Fuel tank 52 litres 50 litres
Brakes F/R Ventilated discs/solid discs Ventilated discs/solid discs
Tyre size y 225/45 R17 225/45 R17
PERFORMANCE Acceleration (from rest)
Kph Sec Sec
40 2.03 2.48
50 2.86 3.39
60 3.88 4.52
70 4.93 5.80
80 6.09 7.36
90 7.51 9.28
100 9.02 11.29
110 10.69 13.63
120 12.82 16.42
20-80 (in kickdown) 5.39 7.03
40-100 (in kickdown) 6.86 9.14
WHAT IT COSTS
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 25.9 lakh Rs 23.51 lakh
Warrantyy 24 months/unlimited km 36 months/unlimited km
EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST
Paddle shifters NA
Sunroof O
Automatic climate control NA
Spare wheel p NA Space saver p
Eco stop-start function p
Leather upholstery p y NA
Airbags g 6 9
NA=Not Available, D=Driver, O=optional
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BMW 1-series vs Mercedes-Benz A-class | Comparison
better as you drive it harder. It feels much more
agile and eager to dive into corners, and when
you really push it, theres a bit of understeer. But
if youre really in the mood, you can switch off the
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and get the 118d
to wag its tail.
And when you have to stop in a hurry, its the
A-classs more feelsome and direct brakes that are
better. The 118ds brakes feel a touch soft at rst,
and then theres strong bite.
Onto more everyday things then. The 118d
is easier to drive in trafc thanks to the better
visibility it affords and the lighter steering. The
A-classs tiny rear window makes it difcult to look
out of, especially when you are trying to back up.
Also, nasty speed breakers pose a problem for the
A-class, while the 1-series with its higher ground
clearance tackles them more easily.
SHOW VERSUS GO
These hatchbacks are not value propositions
certainly not the BMW. Wed ignore the Rs 29.9
lakh 118d Sportline Plus altogether, but then the
lesser Rs 25.9 lakh Sportline is still almost Rs 2.5
lakh more expensive than the A 180 CDI. Thats
quite a gap, but do you get what you pay for?
Its down to style or substance. Thats really
the toss up when choosing between these two
cars, and we can see why there will be enough
customers for either.
The Mercedes A-class looks fantastic and turns
heads as easily as sportscars three times its price.
Theres something special about the way it looks,
and this carries on to the cabin, where everything
looks and feels absolutely gorgeous. You feel
like youve got your moneys worth, despite the
omission of some vital equipment. The A 180 CDI
performs quite well, it handles pretty decently and
it certainly feels more premium than the BMW.
And for many, that will be enough.
The 1-series may not have the same feel-good
factor as the A-class, but from the moment you
thumb the starter button, you realise its a much
nicer car to drive in just about every way. Its more
responsive, quicker, agile and rides better. The
1-series misses out on the Mercs wow factor, but
its more convincing from behind the wheel.
If you want to make a big rst impression,
go with the Mercedes. However, if you want to
enjoy a car that you will be driving yourself, it
just has to be the BMW. Given the fact that these
cars are largely about enjoyment from behind the
wheel, its the 118d, despite its rather wonky value
proposition, that is our pick.
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middle to cruising speeds, you can barely hear it.
The Merc, on the other hand, is more audible
at idle, louder under hard acceleration and it
settles down only when you drive it at higher
speeds on a steady throttle.
Theres more good news for the BMW at the
fuel pumps, where it delivers slightly better fuel
economy than the Mercedes. The 118d manages
11.5kpl in the city, to the A 180 CDIs 11kpl, and
the gap widens on the highway, with 18kpl for
the Bimmer playing 15kpl for the Merc.
A QUESTION OF SPORT
Our biggest grouse with the A-class is its
thumpy low speed ride. It hates sharp bumps in
particular and you can feel more of whats going
under the optional (and bigger) 18-inch wheels
that our test car had. We did notice this trait even
on the standard 17-inch wheels that come with
the car. However, up the speeds, and the A-classs
ride improves considerably. At speed, the stiffer
suspension setting really gets a chance to work.
Straightline stability is fantastic as well and on a
reasonably smooth road, the A-class has a atter,
more composed ride than the 1-series.
BMW has softened and raised the suspension
of the 1-series for Indian conditions and at speed
on the same surface as the Merc, the ride doesnt
feel as settled. Theres a fair amount of up and
down movement, especially in the rear.
The upshot of this suspension set-up is the low
speed ride, which is, quite frankly, amazing. Even
on the run-at tyres that BMW insists on using,
it is far more capable at masking blemishes and
ironing out the smaller bumps than the Merc.
The 118ds suspension is quiet and the cabins
generally better isolated from the outside than
the Mercs. Imagine that! In the A-class, you
get, especially over coarse surfaces, an abnormal
amount of tyre and suspension noise.
That aside, the A 180 CDI is quite impressive
to drive. The fantastic grip and great body control
will make you wish it had a tad more power to
take advantage of the chassis high capability.
Still, its got all its weight hung over the nose
and thats where the BMWs better weight
distribution gives it the advantage. The 118d feels
like all the weight is concentrated in the centre of
the car, where you want it to be, and it only gets
DUPONT INDIA
FUEL EFFICIENCY AND IMPROVED
PERFORMANCE KEY CHALLENGES FOR
THE INDIAN AUTO INDUSTRY
Research suggests that there will be over 380
million vehicles on Indian roads in the next 20
years. The dependence on crude oil imports will
substantially increase, and fuel efficiency in
vehicles will remain very critical to India and the
Indian consumer.
Light weighting of vehicles for higher fuel
efficiency and improved performance remains
one of the key challenges faced by the Indian
Auto Industry. As emission norms become more
stringent, advanced materials and technology will
play a critical role. Going forward, safety norms
and comfort of the passengers will play equally
important role. Thus, OEMs are adapting quickly
to these growing requirements and working with
their partners in the value chain to collaborate in
solving these challenges.
COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR SOLVING
CHALLENGES OF THE AUTOMOTIVE
INDUSTRY
The automotive industry is important to DuPont.
It is directly related to two of their three growth
strategies:
Energy - focussed on reducing dependence on
fossil fuels and developing alternative sources of
energy.
Safety - focussed on protecting people and the
environment, so we can enjoy a healthier world
tomorrow.
DuPont recognizes that large scale adoption of
light-weighting technologies requires a number of
breakthroughs best achieved through
collaborative efforts with the entire industry. High
performance polymers are inherently lighter than
metal and DuPont has been working with the
industry for years to capture the benefits of
weight, integration and cost.
DuPont India has invested in two key facilities
in India to increase its footprint to fuel local
collaboration in support of Indias dynamic
automotive industry.
DuPont India Innovation Center, Pune Set up
two years ago, it is a collaborative platform for
Automotive OEMs and Component & System
manufacturers to come together to support the
Indian automotive industry to develop
automotive products and solutions that meet
local needs.
Some key areas where this center has added
value to OEMs and component manufacturers
are-
Lightweight materials and innovative metal
replacement ideas
Use of renewably-sourced materials with high
performance characteristics
Development of low-emission materials that
maintain their mechanical performance.
In engine systems, offering long-term heat,
pressure and chemical-resistant plastics,
elastomers and composites for lighter engines to
reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy
Committed to science-powered innovation and collaborative solutions to solve the
challenges of the Indian automotive industry.
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with high performance.
The centre creates opportunity and
space to display industry specific
innovations, latest technology offerings
and industry trends to stimulate
customer dialogue.
Application Development Center,
DuPont Knowledge Center, Hyderabad
Set up recently, this center is an
integral part of DuPont contribution to
the automotive industry. The center is
focused on bringing advanced material
science capabilities to the automotive
industry to enable solutions for light-
weighting, engine performance, comfort,
safety etc.
DRIVING INNOVATION IN THE
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
These two centers in India work with
local partners and connect them through
real-time video technology with their
global science network of over 10,000
scientists and engineers working in 150
plus R&D centres worldwide. They
believe in a better exchange of ideas,
and create an inclusive atmosphere that
will lead to innovative solutions.
DuPont brings a rich experience to the
automotive industry, having been
associated with it for over 100 years.
DuPont is inspired by the challenges
involved in developing low-emission,
fuel-efficient vehicles that are safe,
affordable and fun to drive. Two-thirds of
DuPont businesses are actively engaged
with the automotive industry.
If you are a part of the Automotive
Industry, DuPont invites you to join the
collaborative effort to solve the critical
challenges in the Automotive space.
To be part of the DuPont Global
Collaboratory -
Contact:
Yasuhiko Ohashi
General Manager
DuPont India Innovation Center
E. I. DuPont India Private Limited
Phone +91 20 6725 2700
E-mail :yasuhiko.ohashi@dupont.com
LEADERSHIP
asuhiko uhashi is the 6eneral Hanager for
the DuPont India Innovation Center. In his
DuPont career of 32 years, Yasu has held
various positions in marketing, sales, technical
and systems development positions across a
wide range of DuPont businesses.
Q: What is the objective of the Dupont
India Innovation center?
A: DuPont Innovation Center India (DIIC) was
setup in August 2011 in Pune where most of
the major local and global players automotive industry have their
operations. And we recently celebrated the 2nd successive year of the
Innovation Center!
Ke, objective is to develo market back innovation through
collaboratory work with key partners such as OEMs and/or system/
component suppliers. Another significant area is extension of
experience from overseas through global and regional networking.
Q: How can a customer benefit from the DIIC ?
A: DIIC has an Innovation space where around 400 key automotive
components are displayed. Customers from OEM and Tier companies
can visit us, see, touch and feel these components, which is very
helpful to understand different solutions and develop new
applications to solve their technical challenges.
ullC is also a sace which rovides a une uulont" visibilit, to the
customer with various products and solutions offered across different
businesses in the company.
1he ullC lnnovation sace is segregated into 6 different zone which
are: Lightweight, Sustainability, Improved Performance, Comfort &
Design, Safety, and Alternative Drive and we can discuss and
generate ideas. The sample displays and the information charts have
been set up in a user friendly manner, so customers can see, touch
and understand the product, sample and applications.
At ullC customers can interact with over 0,000 scientists and
engineers in 150 R&D centers across the world through video
conferencing. This is a one of its kind facility in India with tremendous
opportunity for engineers and developers to engage with global
technical experts and develop solutions.
Q: What have been the achievements of DIIC in the last two
years?
A: DIIC has had more than 400 customers visit us, and engage with
us at different levels to develop successful applications around Light
weighting, Sustainability, Improved Performance and Comfort and
Design.
ullC has facilities for training and suorting of customers. Aart
from this regular training and engagement sessions are conducted to
help develop knowledge of customers and help them find solutions to
their technical challenges.
Q: How do you plan to further engage with Auto industry in the
future?
A: DIIC will continue to focus on key future trends in India, which are
being driven by consumer need, demand and regulation. These would
be broad areas like fuel efficiency, light weighting , sustainability and
safety.
DIIC is also continually building on its infrastructure to provide a
richer experience and learning for customers who visit our facility.
ullC would also be conducting webcasts regularl, on imortant
topics relevant to the Auto Industry , to help add to the knowledge
and understanding of customers in the value chain.
we are reall, roud of the uulont lndia lnnovation Center, as
it is one of its kind facility for the Automotive Industry, and I would
extend a warm invitation to everyone in the Auto industry to visit
DIIC in Pune.
LIVE WEBCAST
DuPont India is pleased to invite you to
a free live webcast on 23rd October 2013.
Visit: http://webcast.conferindia.com/
arkadinwebcast/DuPont/231013/
to register.
Title : Let's Solve Light weighting
solutions for Indian automobiles in
challenging times". lresented b,
Dr. Homi C Bhedwar, Technology
Director, South Asia & ASEAN, DuPont.
Time: 3pm- 4pm IST
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Contest winners get themselves familiarised with the cabin of a race car; learn that driving safe is as important as driving fast; have a blast racing track-prepped Clio Sport.

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Michelin Pilot Experience | Experience
PHOTOGRAPHY MOHAMMED SHAFIQ

ts every petrol-heads dream sitting


there on the grid, cocooned in the cockpit,
waiting for the lights to go out. For sheer
exhilaration, there arent too many things
that come close to driving a Formula car
at-out on a race track. Unfortunately,
not everyone is a race car driver. But four lucky
car nuts got the chance to live the dream. How,
you ask?
It couldnt have been simpler. Autocar India
asked you, the reader, to answer three simple
questions and win a chance to live the dream.
And the four lucky winners lived it alright, at
the home of the Malaysian Grand Prix. The
5.5km-long Sepang International Circuit was the
setting for the Michelin Pilot Experience, where
the lucky winners got the opportunity to drive
some truly drool-worthy machinery. How does
a track-prepped Renault Clio Sport sound? Or
the Formula Renault 2.0 open-wheel racer with
working aero?
But rst things rst: A track tour with
detailed brieng about the corners, the gears
to use and the racing line to take. Then on to
the cars. Proper driving posture, how to change
gears, when to shift up, using the clutch on the
downshifts, the works. Followed by a medical
check-up and another safety brieng. Phew!
Formula Racing 101, that.
Contest winner Kunal Sinha from Delhi
was most impressed with the Clio. He said,
I loved the way the car responded to every
little input; it was simply amazing. It was like
having an interactive session with the car. I have
driven faster than this, but the acceleration was
way quicker.
Rajesh DSouza from Mumbai seemed to
have the most fun in the Formula Renault 2.0.
Normally I dont drive faster than 120kph. But
in the Formula car, I was pushing as hard as I
could, and on the second lap itself I managed to
cross 220kph.
The experience left contest winner
Roopchand Betala, who has ridden bikes
on the old Sholavaram race track, speechless.
This was something that cannot be described
it has to be felt. I would love to do it all over
again as it was just too short.
Bringing the track experience to a close
was a drive in the two-seat formula racer
behind a pro. The ride has completely changed
my perspective, said an elated Roopchand.
The day, however, didnt end there. A quiz
session about Michelins history and a
competition to see who could change the
tyre on a Formula car the quickest was also
conducted. And it was contest winner
Himanshu Sampat who was adjudged the
best of all the drivers, based on all the days
activities. You can feel the down force, the
sequential gearbox shifts in a blink and I was
just itching to overtake the pace car. But I am
over the moon about having come in rst! he
said joyfully.
Its not every day that you get to blaze
down the start-nish straight of a race track
in a Formula car, and its something that only
a few have experienced. And if you too want
to strike this one off the list, you know what
to do.
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Four winners of Autocar Indias Michelin
Pilot Experience contest live the life of a
race car driver for a day at the Sepang
International Circuit in Malaysia.
Fastest hands first a tyre-changing contest; Himanshu Sampat adjudged the best driver of the exciting day.
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f it had rained, it would have
been absolutely epic. The 7,500
acres of the Kadumane Estate
in Sakleshpur and the trails
that run through it would
have turned into an off-road
paradise. But even when the sun
is shining, the place is simply
breathtaking. Its full of narrow,
hardly used trails that run through
hillsides, dive down into valleys,
cross sparkling streams and cut
through shades of green that are
blindingly bright.
Even without the rain, the 70
participants that turned up for
the Sakleshpur Mahindra Great
Escape were in for a treat.
Its a stunning place to drive
through because there are lots of
uncultivated wild tracks to explore
and, because its next to forest
land, some wildlife to see as well.
Mahindra Adventure had
planned this one a bit differently
from previous Great Escapes. This
one was a two-day event, where
the rst day had the usual Great
Escape trail driving for Mahindra
owners and the second day was
exclusively for the increasingly
popular off-road trophy. This year
they had a new category
for the best woman driver,
in addition to the stock
and modied categories.
Sapna Gurukar won this
one and she will be joining
the others at Igatpuri in
Maharashtra sometime in
January 2014 for the Off-
road Trophy nals.
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ff-roading. What a glorious word! Every


time I hear the term off-roading, my eyes
light up. Off-roading is technically going,
well, off the road, on various kinds of
terrain. But Id describe it differently. Off-
roading, in my book, means getting away
from the daily grind, enjoying nature, challenging
yourself, getting your adrenaline rushing, bonding
and camaraderie with your friends, thinking
outside the box in difcult situations and, frankly,
g g y having a great time. Some of my friends would
dene off-roading as, A sport where the person
is borderline suicidal, drives into holes for no
reason, loves to get dirty and has nothing better
to do on a weekend. Well, I wouldnt disagree
with them entirely. When Im driving my saloon,
all Im doing is cursing the quality of the roads,
but as soon as Im in my 4x4, Im a completely
different person. Bring on the bad roads I say!
Off-roading is a love-it-hate-it kind of a sport.
Either youre hooked, or absolutely hate it.
So, who am I and how did I get into off-
roading? Im a periodontist and implantologist
by profession. But, ashback to 1998, when I was
studying dentistry and, like every young college
student, wanted a cool vehicle. So, I went out and
bought a used Gypsy, which was the coolest vehicle
you could have back in the day. My rst question
to the owner was what is that small little lever
with the 4H, 4L, N, 2H markings? He says he has
no idea and has never used it. That piques my
curiosity and I drive over to the rst Maruti dealer
and ask the salesman about it. He proudly stated
that this is an army vehicle sold to civilians and
the small lever is only for army use and I shouldnt
ddle with it. Back to square one. Now what? Go
home and re up my trusty 486 computer and the
dial-up modem. Those days, before Google, there
was a popular search engine called askjeeves.com
and we got some basic 4x4 info from there. Armed
with some knowledge, we scoured the used books
market in Mumbai and picked up some 4WD
books. A few like-minded guys and I used to drive
our Gypsies to nearby places and off-road. Going
over mild slushy patches, small boulders, and
j p g jumping dividers for the rst time was an absolute
thrill. Soon, I needed to go abroad to study and,
sadly, the Gypsy was sold. On my return, I looked
for a used Gypsy, and a pristine Mahindra Classic
landed in my lap. By then, the internet had grown
exponentially and I came across a useful car forum
and joined it immediately. Thats when I realised
that the off-road community in India was quite
active and I got a lot of help and guidance from
people from all over the country. Over the years,
we went off-road a lot and organised some huge
events as well. Soon, Alan Almeida, Amol Sethi
and I started our own company called Offroad
Junkie. We also conducted events, including the
Toyota Bootcamps along with Autocar India, a
4x4 performance event for Shaman Mercedes,
among other things.
However, compared to the West, the off-road
scene in India is pretty nascent. So, I started
searching for proper certication. I landed up
talking to this organisation known as the I4WDTA
(International Four Wheel Drive Trainers
Association) a company founded by the best of
the best, with names like Bill Burke and Jim Allen.
Their criteria was extremely strict to qualify, we
were given over a year of preparation time and
had to fulll certain criteria before being allowed
to apply. So, I had to do my International
Paramedic Training, write up course curriculum,
and a whole lot more. Once I was accepted as a
Candidate Trainer, I was given a huge list of
books to study, plus I needed to be excellent with
a map and a compass, wilderness survival and
rst aid. I ew to Germany to a tank-testing
ground for my exam. Here, I met enthusiasts
g y from around the world. These guys are the whos
who of off-roading: from Croatia Trophy guys to
chief Land Rover Experience instructors.
Armed with everything I learned from the
I4WDTA, our company Offroad Junkie aims to
promote safe and responsible off-roading. And,
over the next twelve issues, well be explaining
everything from how to select a vehicle and how to
modify it to driving techniques, recovery analysis,
and just about everything else. Remember, off-
roading is a love-it-hate-it sport and if youre
hooked onto it, theres no turning back!
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When most people think of
Chettinad, chances are its the
spicy, avourful cuisine of the
region that will rst come to
mind. But the food is only one
part of the whole Chettinad
region. The area commonly
known as Chettinad comprises 75
villages in southern Tamil Nadu
that are now part of Sivaganga
district. While Karaikudi is the
biggest town in the region and
therefore also the most popular
tourist destination, we chose to
base ourselves in the village of
Kanadukathan, home to some of
the most famous and inuential
Chettiyar families as well as the
Chettinad Palace.
KANADUKATHAN IS A 400-odd A
kilometre drive from Chennai city
and should take you between 6-7
hours with stops for breakfast,
coffee and lunch. Head out of town
towards the airport and onwards
on GST road (NH45) all the way to
Tiruchinappali before turning off
towards Pudukkottai. Then follow
the road towards Karaikudi before
turning off the main highway to
enter the village.
The roads are two-lane dual-
carriageways all the way to Trichy
be prepared to stop for tolls almost
every 50km. After that comes a mix
of two-lane state highways and
newer divided roads, with patches
of construction work. We opted to
make an early start from Chennai
to beat the trafc heading out to the
industrial parks en-route, before
stopping for a hearty breakfast of
dosa, idli and i medhu vada with lots a
of sambar, and heading out for a r
clear run to Trichy. Highway driving
in Tamil Nadu is largely an enjoyable
experience as almost all the roads are
freshly laid with great tarmac, ample
petrol stations and a plethora of
refreshment stalls and restaurants.
A common sight on the highways
are the small but well-marketed
coffee stalls that now dot the
roadside. You will see one at
least every 5-10km, offering fresh
lter coffee, a must-have even if
temperatures on the road routinely
hit 40deg C. The one drawback of all
the road works is the lack of trees on
the roadside. It does get very hot and
more often than not, you will need
to rely heavily on your cars climate
control to keep things cool.
If you do depart from Chennai in
the morning, you could choose to
stop for lunch on the outskirts
of Trichy or continue on to begin
your Chettinad adventure with a
meal to remember.
The important sights of Chettinad
can be covered in a weekend or a
3-day trip from Chennai. It is almost
always hot in this part of Tamil
Nadu, with strong sunshine. So light,
comfortable clothes will do nicely,
and a cap and sunglasses are a must.
The inner roads in the villages are
often narrow, so a small car would
make for an ideal travel companion.
You do need to drive with caution
as the locals drive and walk to their
own set of road rules.
Once you arrive at Kanadukathan,
you can check into your hotel the
Chettinadu Court is one of the few
premium resorts in the area and
prior booking is recommended.
Deposit your luggage and car there
and then head out on foot to explore
the village. You will be entranced by
the massive houses that dwarf the
narrow village roads.
Legend has it that the Chettiyar
community played a pivotal role in
keeping the Chola empires wheels of
commerce spinning. The community
migrated to the Pandya kingdom
somewhere around the 12th century
and established 96 villages in and
around the village of Ilyathangudi,
around 25km west of Karaikudi.
They continued trading across the
seas with Burma, Malaysia and
other South-East Asian countries
and their businesses ourished. A
lot of the wealth was invested in
building palatial mansions around
central open-air courtyards, and
done up with ornate craftsmanship
A traditional Chettinad meal is always served on a banana leaf, and is delicious.
Pillayarpattis the most well-known of the 9 clan temples of the Chettiyar community.
Colourful tiles and antique teak furniture liven up the Chettinadu Mansion bedrooms.
Most of the highways in Tamil Nadu are gradually getting as good as this one.
and materials sourced from around
the world. The smallest of these
mansions will usually have at least
20 rooms! All of these homes,
including the Chettinad Palace and
Chettinadu Mansion, were built
to last for centuries. The unique
eggshell-mixture plaster that
provides the smooth wall nish
unique to the area has ensured that
most of these houses have needed
no maintenance for well over
80-90 years.
The rst sight on most tourists
lists is the Chettinad Palace. While
the palace staff do allow small
numbers of tourists in to tour the
vast, airy inner courtyards, you will
need to check in advance if members
of the royal family are in residence.
Another landmark is the Chettinadu
Mansion. One of the oldest houses in
Kanadukathan, and now an exclusive
heritage hotel with eight luxury
guest rooms, this is a great showcase
of the mix of materials and styles
used to build the homes. Constructed
over a 10-year period between 1902
and 1912, the 100-room mansion has
steel pillars sourced from Shefeld
in England, Italian marble ooring
in public areas and traditional
Chettinad Aathangudi tiles adding
liberal doses of colour to the oors of
the inner chambers. Theres Burma-
teak pillars, zinc-etched ceilings
and enough little details to keep
an architecture enthusiast or even
just a fascinated tourist enraptured
for hours.
The mansion, like all Chettiyar
homes, is built around a central
Chettinad Palace is a colourful
architectural delight.
A kitchen courtyard here can easily shame our shoebox flats.
Youre never too far from a coffee shop like this one when in Tamil Nadu. The steaming coffee is traditionally served in brass tumblers.
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passage and a series of open
courtyards. After entering through
the formal living room with its
high ceilings, you walk onto the
rst courtyard, often called the
marriage courtyard. This is where
traditional functions like weddings
and coming-of-age ceremonies are
conducted and the space can easily
accommodate 200 or more guests.
Continue through, and you enter a
large covered hall, also known as
the ladies room, where the women
traditionally gather during and after
the festivities. Behind the ladies
room is the large kitchen courtyard
which adjoins the vast kitchens with
their wood-red stoves and massive
granite mortar-and-pestles that are
required to create the unique spice
mixes that make Chettinad cuisine
so palatable. The bedrooms on the
rst oor are all colourful tilework
and Burma-teak furniture the
sight takes you back in time. The
owner of Chettinadu Mansion,
A Chandramouli, is usually in
residence and is a fountain of
information on the sights and
sounds of the region, as well as
the history and traditions of the
Chettiyar community. Guests at both
Chettinadu Court and Chettinadu
Mansion can opt for a traditional
bullock-cart tour of the village,
which is a great way to see the sights
while staying out of the sun.
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Marriages are held in inner courtyards such as this. The steel pillars were imported from Sheffield in UK.
Carvings and design details abound at the Palace.
early dinner of the famed Chettinad
chicken curry and local biryani is the
perfect fuel before you settle in for
a good nights rest, revelling in the
quiet village atmosphere.
The architecture of the region
is just one of Chettinads draws,
and the agenda for Day 2 involves
spreading your wings and making
quick trips to other areas of interest
in Chettinad. The nine clans that
comprise the Nattukottai Chettiyar
community each has a clan temple.
The most famous of these is
Pillayarpatti, which draws hundreds
of devotees from across the state
every day. You could easily spend
half a day visiting all the village
temples, but if pressed for time,
Pillayarpatti is a must-visit. A half-
day trip into Karaikudi may also
score you a great bargain from the
dozens of antique shops that dot the
village streets.
Another must-do in Chettinad
is a visit to a tile-making factory in
Athangudi. Every house in Chettinad
makes liberal use of the colourful
tiles that are handmade in small
workshops in this village. Almost
every workshop welcomes tourists
and will be happy to give you a
demonstration of the tile-making
process. We watched the skilled
craftsmen at Ganesh Tiles place a
metal mould over a glass plate,
pour the colourful dyes into the
mould and cover it up with a mix
of sand and cement before leaving
it to rest. Stage 2 of the process
involves soaking the tiles in water
for a few weeks before sun-drying
them and removing the glass
cover, which gives these tiles
their smooth nish. If the skilful
demonstration makes you want to
buy a souvenir, the workshop will
be happy to sell you single tiles for
around Rs 50-100 each.
Another landmark thats well
worth a visit in the region is the
Thirumayam Fort, built in 1687
by the Raja of Ramnad. The high
walls of the fort festooned with
gunports remain in good repair.
Once inside, you cant help but stare
at the massive, precariously perched
boulders that look like they are still
waiting for the kings command to
be released. At the very top of the fort
is a four-sided pyramid with steep
stairs set on one side that lead up to
a single cannon which looks out over
a vast horizon, as if still scanning the
area for enemies. This is an excellent
viewpoint that allows you to get a
birds-eye view of what is otherwise
a at landscape. The Thirumayam
Fort is under the care of the ASI and
visitors have to pay an entry charge
(Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 100 for
foreigners), while an extra charge is
levied for photo or video cameras.
No visit to Chettinad is complete,
however, without experiencing an
authentic sit-down Chettinad lunch.
The regions cuisine, which has
rapidly gained popularity across the
country, is symbolic of the Chettiyar
communitys trader past, with its
liberal use of exotic spices. It is a
myth though that Chettinad food
is predominantly non-vegetarian
and always spicy. The traditional
thali that we sampled at Chettinadu i
Mansion, served on a banana leaf,
illustrates this. The menu included
a delicious, spicy rasam soup (a m
Excellent viewpoint (and field of fire for the
cannon) from the top of Thirumayam Fort.
Do stop by a factory in Athangudi for a demonstration of the tile-making process.
lentil- and spice-based broth that
can also be eaten with rice), followed
by a main course of biryani served
with Chettinad signature dishes of
chicken curry and mutton masala,
and an onion raitha. Vegetarian a
accompaniments included a cutlet,
traditional snake gourd poriyal
(made with coconut), chow chow
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meal steamed rice with sambar
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(and essential) supply of papad. The d
nal parting shot a delicious carrot
halwa liberally dosed with fresh a
ghee. Such an extensive meal is best
enjoyed at leisure and is very likely to
send you back to the quiet comfort of
your air-conditioned room in need of
a good afternoon siesta.
A visitor to Chettinad cant help
but be inspired by the relaxed pace of
village life and surprised at how the
opulent mansions seamlessly blend
with the other, more familiar signs
of rural India. This is not a place to
come for an adventurous holiday.
Chettinad is all about relaxation and
cultural immersion.
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WHEN WAS THE last time you saw a
brand new Passat on the road? We
bet it has been a while. So, it comes
as no surprise that as we near the
end of 2013, there still are 2012
model Passats available at
showrooms. And the great news
is that dealers are looking to get
these off their hands quickly.
When we were mystery shopping,
we were offered a 2012 Passat with
a cash discount of Rs 2 lakh on the
manual variant. Given that there is
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India is slowly and steadily
growing in size. Nissan will
join the bandwagon soon
with its Terrano. Its essentially a
Renault Duster with a smarter
set of clothes, and the SUV seems
set for a good run ahead. Within
days of bookings commencing,
dealers are already quoting a waiting
period on the car. And it hasnt
even launched yet! Another factor
thats probably aiding sales is the
fact that Ford has stopped taking
bookings for its popular EcoSport.
In Delhi, for example, dealers are
asking for a booking amount of Rs
50,000 for the Terrano, and they
report that the response is really
good. One dealer told us, We dont
even have a car to show customers
yet, and most of them do their
research on the internet beforehand.
We can share some images with
them over email but they already
know what the SUV is all about.
Another dealer tells us, Those who
are booking the Terrano understand
that its basically a Duster and want
something different.
At the time of going to press the
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delivery by the end of November or
beginning of December. Considering
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good time to book a Terrano if you are
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The Figo is powered by a 1.2-litre
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The most common problem with a
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speed-breakers, especially when its
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REAR TORSION BEAM
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owner-driven car and is in great
mechanical and physical shape. The
dealership offers a warranty too.
Car courtesyMahindra First
Choice, Lucknow
Call 09389096319
Cars we found
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Price Rs 3.35 lakh (Feb 2011,
27,000km) Price when new
Rs 6.20 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
Savings Rs 2.85 lakh
Where CMD Motors Gurgaon
Call 09873488257
When it comes to value for money,
a used Figo diesel is right up there. It
offers a big-car feel, its spacious and
its quite well put-together. Yes, there
have been a few reliability issues, but
a well looked-after car with a genuine
service history shouldnt be a problem.
To be on the safe side, you can always
buy one from any of the branded used
car dealers that offer a six-month
or one-year warranty on expensive
mechanical parts. Overall, this small
diesel Ford is a great all-rounder
and is one of the more fun-to-drive
hatchbacks around.
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expensive parts such as the exhaust
system and the sump. Owners have
also reported premature failure of the
air-con evaporator coil. The Figo has
one of the largest air-con compressors
in the segment and this results in
excellent cooling. So, if you find that
cooling isnt adequate, listen for a
hissing sound, which may point to a
weak evaporator coil; replacing it
costs around Rs 6,000. Also, look out
for steering wobble at lower speeds.
Last year, Ford recalled various
batches of Figos manufactured
between 2010 and December 2011
for potential problems related to the
rear twist beam and the power steering
hose. The rear twist beam was prone
to cracking and this resulted in an
abnormal sound from the rear of the
car. The power steering hose has also
been known to crack, resulting in a
leakage of power steering fluid. It would
be best to check with Fords authorised
service station regarding the recall
status of the car in question.
Spare parts are quite affordable, build quality is
solid, and it is efficient and fun to drive too
Interiors are quite basic in design but employ good quality and hard-wearing plastic bits.
Proven 1.4-litre diesel engine is sturdy and frugal. Very tractable too.
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Mumbai have a live-car garage,
ol which two cars are volvos - a
live-year-old XC90 with the lusty
v8 petrol and a three-year-old
S80 diesel. "We really liked the
volvo XC90 and have never
had any issues with it, be it
maintenance or otherwise. So
when we wanted to buy another
luxury car, the lirst thing that
came to mind was volvo, says
23-year-old Sanchit Karalkar.
He continues, "My dad travels
a lot, both within the city and
out, so salety is our key concern.
/nd as you know, there is no
match lor a volvo when it comes
to salety. That's how we got our
XC90. /nd ever since the S80
has come, Sanchit has taken over
the XC's steering. "Both me and
my dad |ust love driving. Whether
it's going down to our quarry in
Coa or having meetings within
Mumbai, my dad always drives
himsell. l too travel quite a bit and
preler the driving seat, he adds.
Having driven the XC90 over
an extended period, what about
it does Sanchit like the most!
"The engine. lt's simply amazing.
The kickdown is quick and the
Two for the road
response is awesome. /part
lrom the engine, the muscular
design is another thing that he
likes. "lt looks great too, doesn't
it! The masculine design is
really a high point. /nd volvos
are exclusive, so wherever you
go, people want to know which
car it is, he tells us adding, "l also
really like the music system.
The way the XC90 behaves on
the highway also has Sanchit
impressed. He says, "lt remains
very stable on the highway,
especially il the surlace is
smooth. But he won't divulge
how last the XC90 has been. "l
can't tell you that, is all he says
with a smile on his lace. The
ride quality is slightly bumpy but
that is more down to the state ol
the roads in Mumbai, according
to him. He says, "My lather
prelers the S80 because ol the
comlortable ride. He recently
took it all the way to Ra|asthan
lor a road trip with his lriends.
While both the volvos have
been utterly reliable, what's even
more striking is the altersales
service. Sanchit tells us, "For
the lirst two years that we had
the XC90, we didn't pay a single
rupee in service charges. /nd
we don't pay too much during
regular service either. l did
some research and lound out
that even the spare parts are
inexpensive when compared
to other marques.
/nd it looks like the Karalkar
household will soon add another
volvo to the stable. Sanchit says,
"We are looking to buy a smaller
car and l have seen the v40 in the
showroom. lt looks dashing and
has so many leatures. We might
|ust buy it.
No better sign ol trust in a
brand than this, we say.
Volvos are EXCLUSIVE, so wherever
I drive the XC90, people want to
know which car it is.
The Karalkars already
own two volvos, and
might |ust add a third.
TERRANO ENGINE
Will the petrol Nissan Terrano be a
good choice? Is it a Nissan engine?
Rajesh Majumdar, via email
AAA The Terranos petrol engine is A
actually a Renault engine and not a
Nissan. Though the petrol motor is
adequately powered and feels quite
smooth, the car itself is not generously
equipped as it is not available in the
higher levels of trim. Its best to stick to
the diesel Terrano which is not only
more plush but will get you a better
resale price too.
CLEAN FUEL OPTIONS
There is a lot of talk about clean
fuels like CNG and LPG nowadays.
I want to know as to whether what
the relative emission percentage of a
petrol powered vehicle compared to
an LPG-run car is. Also, can a diesel
car be converted to run on LPG?
Dhiraj Kotai, via email
AAAWhenever a fossil fuel is burnt,
emissions and carbon dioxide is
produced so no fuel is 100 percent
clean. But comparatively, alternative
fuels like CNG and LPG are considering
cleaner than petrol and diesel as
they produce lesser emissions
(hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen
(NOx), carbon monoxide (CO)) along
with lower levels of carbon dioxide
(which is said to be responsible for
greenhouse effect/global warming).
To illustrate it in numbers, one
litre of petrol produces 2.4 kg of CO2
when burnt, whereas the equivalent
amount of LPG produces only 1.5 kg
of CO2. CNG is closer to petrol though,
producing 2.2kg of CO2 per litre. But
since CNG is more fuel efficient (a
vehicle usually goes further on a litre of
CNG than a litre of petrol), the overall
carbon footprint for the same amount
of distance is reduced along with lower
hydrocarbons and unburnt particulates
being released in the atmosphere.
Converting diesel vehicles to run
LPG isnt possible, reason being
that LPG needs a spark plug (like a
petrol engine) to ignite and a diesel
engine doesnt have one, as it works
on compression ignition (with glow
plugs). So you will have to install spark
plugs and a relevant CDI (to control
the ignition). So even if you manage
to install the sparkplugs and relevant
controlling hardware, you will be unable
to use diesel anymore.
WARRANTY COVER
I own a three-and-a-half-year old
Honda City which has done about
28,000km. The 2+2 year extended
warranty is still valid. Last week, during
my regular service, I had to get the
brake pads replaced. However, I had to
pay for the replacement. Are these parts
not covered under Hondas warranty?
Biju Nair, via email
AAABrake pads are considered
consumables since they wear out
with regular use and not because
of a manufacturing defect, just
like tyres and engine oil are also
consumables. Since warranty does
not cover consumables, Honda will
charge you for replacing the same.
IMPORTANCE OF SERVICE
I own a Maruti Ritz and recently
noticed that the steering has become
light. Theres no problem when driving
in the city, but on the highway, it feels
very different. The ride is not poised as
it used to be. Cruising at 100kph feels
like driving at a much higher speed.
I checked for all possible problems
like air pressure, etc, but everything
seemed fine. Could you please help
with this problem?
Balaji Vijayalayan, via email
Extreme wear on brakes is usually associated with heavy-handed driving.
The owner claims to have not driven the car hard and Audi generously gave
him the benefit of the doubt. But the workshop could have done better to
research why this Q5 had so much brake wear this early in its lifespan.
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has owned a variety of cars like
the 118NE, Marutis, Honda
CR-V, Mini Countryman and
Mercedes models over the last thirty
years. In 2011, he decided to try the
Audi brand and bought a new Audi Q5.
A month ago, he wrote to us
complaining that his experience with
his Q5s service should have been
better. It all started on completing
27,000km in December 2012, and
when he was on a routine visit to
the authorised workshop, service
technicians told him that the
front brake pads and discs needed
replacement at an estimated cost of
Rs 60,000. Ganesh was surpirsed as
none of his earlier cars needed any
sort of brake work at this odometer
reading. More so due to his gentle
style of driving in Bangalores traffic.
But owing to pressure from the
workshop that his safety could be
compromised, he decided to go in for
the repairs.
However, this resolution felt
short-lived when his car rolled back
into the workshop after 10 months,
having clocked another 18,000km.
This time, he was told that all the four
brake pads and discs had worn out
and that his Q5 needed a fresh pair
of pads and discs all around, at an
estimated cost of Rs 1 lakh. Ganesh
was quite surprised to see that his
SUVs brakes needed constant
attention and urged the workshop to
understand that something was wrong
with the component. Though he tried
reasoning with the workshop officials
he was unable to find an answer and
quickly turned to us for help.
We got in touch with Audi officials
and raised Ganeshs issue. Soon, we
learnt that the carmaker had the
dealership waive the cost of replacing
all four discs and charged the owner
only for the brake pads. Ganesh,
though happy that he has a lot less to
pay on this instance, hopes the brakes
will be the least of his worries in future.
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COMPLAINT Brake components on an Audi Q5 wears out faster than expected.
K Ganesh feels that the wear on his 2011 Audi Q5s brakes is unacceptable.
Terranos petrol engine is smooth.
Warranty doesnt cover brake pads.
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Generous legroom and a spacious boot convinced Sanjay to get the Amaze.

anjay Deshpande owned a


Maruti 800 for over 13 years.
Although he was more than
satisfied with the car, but his
son wanted one as well and Sanjay
decided he would pass on his
current car to him. Having stuck
to Maruti for such a long time,
he was quite pleased with the
experience he has had with the
brand and was considering buying
a petrol Swift Dzire. However, as
a reader of Autocar India, he was
aware that it was a good idea to
look around for alternate options
available in the market and
decided to do just that. I need
a car that comes from a trusted
stable and, since were all tall
in my family, we need good leg
space. Ive already had a look at
the Toyota Etios. I like the centre-
mounted speedo, but Im not very
convinced yet, he said.
We suggested that he take a
look at the recently launched
compact saloon from Honda, the
Amaze. The suggestion struck a
chord with Sanjay he knew the
Japanese carmaker is known for
its reliability and could be trusted.
He promptly went for a test drive
and came away quite impressed
with the top variant of the car. The
only hitch? The cost. His budget
was Rs 6.50 lakh and the top
variant didnt quite fit in. He then
spoke to our team of experts once
again and found a solution that
appealed to him buy the base
model and modify it to suit his
needs, all within his budget. And
that is exactly what he did.
I am very happy with the end
result. The Amaze fits my needs
perfectly. The legroom and boot
space are very good, so we drive
down to our farmhouse more
often than before. Theres just
one problem though my son
drives the Amaze more often
than I do now!
AAA Did your Ritz come back from A
a service before you noticed the
issue? If that is the case, it might be
something that was done during the
service. First, ensure that it isnt a case
of bad alignment, so take your car to
a reputed wheel balancing outlet and
ensure that all camber and toe values
are as they should be, and check weight
balancing as well.
If everything seems okay, take
the car to the authorised service
centre and ask them to inspect the
front dampers. Even a slight offset in
damping can make the front-end feel
wayward, especially in long corners.
It is not something that would usually
go wrong. Have the entire geometry
including dampers, steering knuckle,
control arms, tie-rod joints and even
the spring inspected, to ensure all is
in order. Even a slight misalignment
or damage can skew the handling and
steering feel of the car, and can be
potentially hazardous as well.
OIL MATTERS
What would be a good engine oil to
choose for my Hyundai Santro?
Rahul, via email
AAACastrol Magnatec 5W20 should
suit the Santro well.
STEERING ISSUES
My wife and I currently drive a 2013
BMW 116i and have done about
15,000km on it. Weve noticed that at
low and parking speeds, the steering
makes a creaking noise when turned.
The BMW dealer here said it is normal
and not a problem, but I am not
convinced. Please help.
Ravi Krishnan, Japan
AAACreaking noises from steering
column arent a good sign, but the
first step would be to check basics like
power steering fluid, ensure it is topped
up to the marked level and there are
no leaks. If there are any doubts, fill up
fresh fluid and have the system bled to
ensure there are no airlocks.
If all is fine on that front, then there
is some issue with the mechanism
itself. It can be something as minor as
the alternator pulley or as major as the
power steering pump and in rare cases,
even the entire steering rack may have
to be replaced. The sound is definitely
not normal and your service centre
should troubleshoot this starting from
minor to major parts. Since your car
is brand new, it is likely that there is
some sort of a manufacturing defect
and hence the required parts will be
replaced under warranty. Be
persistent about getting the job
done under warranty.
NEW OR USED DIESEL
I am looking to buy a diesel automatic
saloon and am confused between a
new Hyundai Verna diesel automatic
and second hand Chevloret Cruze
automatic diesel. Please help.
Ashish, via email
AAAThough the Cruze is in a class
higher than the Verna, we would
recommend you go for the Verna as its
usually better to buy a brand new car
even if it means a slight compromise
on size. The Verna is very equipped
though and you get all the features and
more than you would find in a Cruze.
The Cruze has a stronger engine but
the Verna has adequate power and is a
very smooth and easy car to drive.
AI
Verna is well equipped, easy to drive.
SANJAY DESHPANDE HONDA AMAZE
Castrol Magnatec 5W20 oil suits Santro.

e love the solidity the old


Mercs offered and the C-class
is a classic example of how
that solidity is re-emerging.
The C 250 CDI has just arrived in the
Autocar India garage and Ive been
lucky to get my hands on it first. To
truly appreciate everything the C 250
CDIs German engineering stands
for, you have to be on a road like the
Mumbai-Pune expressway. At three-
digit speeds, comfortably ensconced
in the beautifully built cabin, you feel
everything is right in your world.
Its a feeling Ive been getting a lot
lately. Thrice actually, all on trips to
Pune or Lonavala. This luxury saloons
ability to cruise at high speeds all day
long, its tank-like build quality and its
rock-steady high-speed manners are
a revelation after spending time in
lesser cars. On high-speed roads, use
the shift paddles to keep yourself in
the engines strong mid-range, rev it
to the redline to squeeze every horse
for all its worth and youll soon forget
that this is only a 2.2-litre diesel. Just
be prepared for a bit of gruffness from
the motor when you do.
Our car has the AMG pack, which
includes adjustable dampers. Hit the
Sport button and its whole character
changes. The suspension feels firmer,
the body movements tighter and the
car steers and drives with much more
precision. Its now more fun around
corners and, with 201bhp and 51kgm
of twist on hand, the performance is
pretty impressive too.
The Merc is also quite amazing
in day-to-day driving. The gearbox
and engine are well mated and the
car feels effortless and unstressed
from behind the wheel, even with a
light foot on the throttle. It can pull
away from traffic lights with a lot of
energy using just half throttle, and
the strong surge from the torquey
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First report A brand- new three-pointer has joined the fleet.
And its got an AMG suspension and body kit on it.
The Mercs compact dimensions and
light steering make it easy to punt
around in Mumbais dense traffic.
motor keeps you smiling all day.
Along with the sport dampers, the
car is also lowered, and it tends to
scrape its stylish AMG side skirts even
on medium-sized speed breakers.
The ride at low speed is not perfect
either the suspension tends to
thud over sharp bumps and there
is quite a bit of vertical motion. The
low-profile tyres sitting on the large,
17-inch rims are also a contributing
factor to the underlying stiffness of
the car. But the compact dimensions of
the Merc mean its easy to punt around
in the dense Mumbai traffic and the
steering is direct and light enough.
But its over a long drive that
you really come to appreciate this
Mercs finer points. Like the soft
amber glow in the cabin. Its very
soothing when you find yourself on
a deserted highway at night.
The one thing I would have liked
to have is an electronic parking
brake; the C-class still comes with
a foot-operated manual one. Since
the car has arrived only recently, we
havent had the chance to get a
proper fuel economy figure yet.
However, initial fuel gauge indications
point at a manageable appetite.
So, at the moment, its mostly
upsides, with very few and negligible
downsides and, were guessing, a
whole lot more appreciation in the
future. What more can you ask of a
long-termer?
AMEYA DANDEKAR
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MID RANGE
Great over long distances thanks
to engines strong midrange.
STEERING
Well-weighted and direct.
Makes it easy to punt around.
GROUND CLEARANCE
AMG body kit looks cool but
those skirts scrape everywhere.
REAR SEATS
Quite cramped, and
the seats are low too.
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Odometer 564km Price Rs 36.95 lakh
(on-road, Mumbai) Test economy NA
Maintenance costs None Faults None
Previous report None
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classic power-saloon stance.
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ight hundred kilometres on the
first day, 700 on the second
and 600 on the third. Mumbai
to Manali. I was pretty sure my
pretty passenger would push the Thar
off some Himalayan peak at the end
of it with me strapped in. But no, she
found it surprisingly comfortable and
continued to do so for the next 15
days and the remaining 4400km. We
roamed the Himalayas on our 3-week
road trip Turtuk in Nubra valley
(9km from line of control and the
northern-most point in India civilians
can go), back to Leh via the deserted
and absolutely breathtaking Wari-La,
Pangong Tso (the highest saline water
lake on the planet), with deep-blue
skies during the day and a carpet of
stars at night. The Thar was at home
up there the slush of Rohtang,
the landslides of Baralacha La, the
stream crossings and the 18,380ft
of Khardung La it just ploughed on,
mostly unfazed by the lack of oxygen.
I could have taken a more
comfortable car, but I had planned
off-road excursions with the Gerrari
off-road club of Chandigarh and the
Terrain Tigers of Delhi on the way
back from the Himalayas. No other
car in the longterm fleet had the
same breadth of abilities for this kind
of trip. And taking the Thar meant I
could confidently drive through the
unpredictability of a Himalayan road.
I took a few precautions before
setting off I got my friends at Planet
Himalaya to organise my stay there
(camping and tents), got a jerry
can holder and a 20-litre jerry can
installed in Mumbai and got an extra
spare wheel bolted onto the floor
at the back. The rear seats were
taken out too (they are held in place
by around 18 bolts and the rattling
would have killed the trip). I carried a
spare clutch hose its in an exposed
position and if cut, the clutch would
have packed up. I also disconnected
the already malfunctioning air-mass
sensor low-rev responses improved
instantly, the downside being a bit of
black smoke and a lit emissions light
on the instrument cluster. Oh, I also
installed a 12-volt socket for the GPS
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23,000KM REPORT A 6500km round trip to the Himalayas
and back, and some off-roading with the clubs of North India.
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Mahindra skimps on this most basic
of necessities.
Some of the places we were going
to are desolate, I had no backup and if
we broke down or even ran out of fuel,
it would be disaster. The thing with
driving in the Himalayas is, if you take
the less travelled routes, chances are
there wont be proper fuel. Theres
just that heavily adulterated black-
market diesel, the other option being
to beg the army for some good fuel. I
wasnt inclined to ask for either. This is
where the Race Dynamics DieselTronic
tuning box came in handy. Its got four
fuelling modes economy, standard,
medium and max attack switchable
on the go via a remote key fob. So,
when I wasnt sure of the fuel situation
up ahead, I would switch to Economy
mode and with a little light-footing,
we would cross longer distances with
plenty to spare at the end of it. And on
the long highway stretches, the max
attack mode would help it run away
from startled Innovas and Scorpios.
I am happy to report that the Thar
was faultless. It ran all the way there
and back to Mumbai without a single
mechanical issue. All it needed was
a bit of warming up in the morning
after a cold night at 14,000 feet.
There was one problem though the
canopy zipper. It stopped working,
and thanks to the vacuum created by
the speeding Thars square backside,
all the dust and diesel smoke from
the exhaust would get pulled into
the cabin. We bought industrial
grade dust masks in Leh as a counter
measure. Oh, and the AC packed
up in Chandigarh. An AC pipe was
chafing against a turbo hose clip and
all the gas had leaked out. I got it
fixed at the dealership there for a not
inconsiderable Rs 3000.
I made it back to Mumbai in time for
the off-road season. I go every Sunday
with either the Mudcats, the OTR
Rebels or with a few friends I made
simply because I have a Thar at my
disposal. Thats also what I loved about
the Thar when you have a special
vehicle, you automatically meet like-
minded enthusiasts and do crazy stuff
with them.
Mahindra is making noises about
taking it back, but I like it so much Im
thinking of buying it. Should I? Im
more than tempted.
OUSEPH CHACKO
GO ANYWHERE
It may not be the most
comfortable vehicle, but you
know it can go anywhere.
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The many modes on the tuning
box helped save fuel and gave
the Thar a spike in power.
CANOPY ZIPPER
Stopped working and
pulled in a lot of dust
and diesel smoke.
CLUTCH HOSE
Exposed position makes it
prone to breaking, and then
the clutch stops working.
Odometer 23,000km Price Rs 8.51 lakh
(on-road, Mumbai) Test economy 10.6kpl
(overall) Maintenance costs Nil Faults Faulty
canopy zipper Previous reports August 2012,
November 2012, January 2013, May 2013
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Off-roading all over the country.
Nothing else for this price has such
a wide range of abilities.
Thar owners always have things to talk about. The Thar has dog-friendly interiors. 18,000 feet? No problem at all.
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We spend an epic day in the saddle
of the Mahindra Moto3 racer, p158
We ride Royal Enfields
exciting new Continental GT, p164
Which is better, the KTM 390 Duke
or the Kawasaki Ninja 300? p172
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onda has incorporated
HET (Honda Eco
Technology) for the
110cc Dream Yuga
engine andlaunchedalimited engine, and launched a limited
edition of the commuter bike.
The new edition Dream Yuga
offers dual-tone colours, a 3D
Honda badge, fresh decals
for the front cowl and fender,
body-coloured rear view body coloured rear view
mirrors and a chrome finished
exhaust protector. There
is no change in pricing,
meaning the limited edition
Dream Yuga continues to
be offered at Rs 45101 be offered at Rs 45,101
(ex-showroom, Delhi).
HERO MOTOCORP HAS
entered Perus growing
two-wheeler market with a
range of motorcycles and
scooters. Hero has joined
hands with Motocorp SAC,
new sole distributor for
Hero products in Peru.
Hero bikes will initially
go on sale through 85
retailers spread country
wide, with Hero planning
to increase this number in
the near future.
Heros Peruvian
portfolio consists of the
Pleasure, Passion Pro,
Glamour, Hunk, Thriller,
Karizma ZMR and
Karizma R. Pawan Munjal,
CEO, Hero MotoCorp,
Jamie Prieto, President
Motocorp SAC, Maria Julia
Mantilla, former Miss
World, along with surfing
world champion Javier
Swayne were all present at
the grand Hero launch.
Hero MotoCorp recently
crossed 50 million
cumulative sales, the
industry leading Indian
company having firmly
set its sights on a target
of worldwide sales of 100
million units by 2020.
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ENTER THE NINJAS
Kawasaki has launched its track-focussed ZX-10R and flagship
ZX-14R in India. The Ninja ZX-10R is a supersports bike with an
engine that displaces 998cc and generates maximum power of
209.9bhp at 13000rpm, while the sports touring Ninja ZX-14R
houses a 1441cc engine with a massive power output of 210bhp
at 10000rpm. The ZX-14R ranks amongst the fastest production
motorcycles ever, its performance aided by Kawasakis ram-air
system, which shovels more air into the engine as speeds increase.
Both Kawasaki bikes are on sale in India, imported in as CBU units.
The two high-end Ninjas are only available in Pune for now, sold
from a dedicated Kawasaki showroom located at Wakdewadi,
besides the SNK Bajaj dealership. All necessary after-sales service
and spares will be catered to for buyers from here. The ZX-10R
is priced at Rs 15.70 lakh, while the 297kph restricted ZX-14R is
priced at Rs 16.90 lakh (prices, ex-showroom, Pune).
CEO Pawan Munjal is taking Hero
places, Peru this time round.
MD, India Kawasaki Motors, Yuji Horiuchi seen at the ZX-10R
and ZX-14R launch, bikes to be sold initially only from Pune.
This limited edition
Dream Yuga is available
with no jump in price.
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WORLD TWO-WHEELER
MARKET leader Hero
MotoCorp has posted sales
of 4,59,996 motorcycles
and scooters for the month
of August 2013. Meanwhile,
Honda registered sales
of 3,08,932 (including
exports) two-wheelers in
the same month, even as
Pune-based Bajaj Auto
managed to move 2,78,583
(including exports)
motorcycles. TVS Motor
Co. clocked 1,27,095
motorcycles and scooters
in the same month, while
Yamaha moved 42,990 two-
wheelers this Aug. Mahindra
2-Wheelers has dispatched
15,346 bikes and scooters
in Aug.
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POLARIS INDIA PVT Ltd
has confirmed bringing
its Indian brand of heavy
cruiser motorcycles
to India by 2014. The
company has a vast
model range abroad, and
is presently shortlisting
exact bike models to
bring to India next year,
although it is clear our
country will receive
Indians latest-gen
bikes, including all
2014 model updates.
Three updated new
2014 Indian bike models
have just been introduced
abroad, namely the Chief
Classic, Chief Vintage and
Chieftain with an all-new
111 Thunderstroke engine
at the Sturgis Motorcycle
Hall of Fame. New for the
Chief Classic is keyless
ignition and tank-mounted
instruments. The Chief
Vintage additionally gets
tan saddlebags, Indian
typical studs, fringed
tassles and a quick-release
windshield. Meanwhile, the
top-of-the-line Chieftain
gets digital instruments,
a fork-mounted fairing,
power windshield,
audio system with
Bluetooth and removable
hard saddlebags.
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ince the past year,


Harley-Davidson has
been busy celebrating
its 110th anniversary in
different parts of the world.
Harley dealers, employees
and motorcycle owners
have traversed 11 countries
and six continents, before
now finally heading back
home. Thousands of riders
and fans accumulated
at Harleys hometown,
Milwaukee, US, for the
biggest party of the
year, marking the end of
celebrations. Milwaukee
residents followed their
anniversary tradition of
greeting Harley riders
and fans by standing on
the streets and highways
holding home-made
welcome signs. Residents
and participants witnessed
more than 10 live UFC
(Ultimate Fighting
Championship) fights, a
showcase of its Project
Rushmore 2014 range of
bikes as well as an insight
on development of the
upcoming 2014 range at
the Harley-Davidson
museum, Milwaukee. The
museum also conducted a
bike show, rider experience
for the 2014 range, live
music and a special
acoustic lounge experience.
Hero MotoCorp unable to breach
the 5-lakh sales mark this August.
H-Ds hometown welcomes riders to
conclude Harleys 110th anniversary.
Piloting Mahindra Racings Moto3 missile around the
Silverstone Circuit sends Kartikeya Singhee reeling.
PHOTOGRAPHYMAHINDRA RACING & KARTIKEYA SINGHEE

my shoulders aching. Whew! Four laps!


Could they have own by so quickly
Minutes No, it seemed like seconds. Yet
so much had happened in that time. As I
watch the next rider hop on to Mahindra
Racing`s petite Moto3 racer, the MGP3u, I realise
I am plain awestruck. Riding a Moto3 racer was
never going to be anything less than a paradigm
shift, but the MGP3u had done so much more.
It had been a day of many hrsts. I had hnally
ridden a racing motorcycle, and a grade-A
machine at that. It was the hrst time I rode a
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Mahindra MGP30 | Ride
motorcycle that weighed less than me. It was the
hrst time the motorcycle was a bespoke creation
of aluminium, magnesium, titanium and carbon
hbre. That`s not all - the MGP3u wears the
Indian tri-colour and is doing our country proud
in the ultra competitive world of Moto3.
As I sat down in the pit lane, a wave of relief
ooded over me. I hadn`t dropped it! In the two
days preceding the ride, I had watched quite a few
MotoGP riders get caught out by the low track
temperature as they wound around Silverstone
over the race weekend. Even on our pre-ride
familiarisation tour, Mahindra Racing`s lead
scorer Miguel Olivera had stopped at a heavily
scarred stretch of tarmac. Pointing at the long
black-and-white lines streaking off the track he
said, This is where all the MotoGP riders fell.`
Silverstone has fewer left turns than rights and, as
a result, the tyres don`t warm up as much on the
left side. Enter the sweeping left Farm Curve too
fast, and you could hnd yourself in the gravel trap.
Make no mistake, the MGP3u isn`t some has-
been racing bike pulled out of cold storage. It is
Mahindra Racing`s current-spec racer, which they
very kindly (and bravely) rolled out for a media
test session in the middle of the racing season.
The very polished-looking MGP3u has been
developed by Mahindra Racing in collaboration
with motorsport masterminds Suter Racing of
Switzerland. I guess 'hi-tech` could be considered
a mildly offensive way to describe a hnely honed,
ultra-precise, purpose-built machine such as this.
First, its size. The svelte motorcycle is compact.
So long as you are less than 5ft 5in tall and
completely ab free, the MGP3u is going to be a
tight ht. Weight is an obvious enemy of all things
fast. The chassis and rear sub-frame are made
from aluminium. Light and thin carbon hbre is
used for the entire body. The design is also a
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result of aerodynamic requirements that help
it slice through the air. The small intake in
the fairing funnels air back to the engine. The
17-inch OZ wheels are so light that you could
stroll around with two sets in one hand and not
even break a sweat. Even the wiring harness has
been optimised to save weight. The electronic
components have been placed along the length of
the bike to aid weight distribution.
However, since Moto3 is meant to be an
affordable racing series, the rules force teams
to stick to more ordinary materials. Which is
why most of the engine is made from aluminium;
there is some titanium too, like the engine bolts.
The ultra-short-stroke 249.8cc four-stroke
motor revs to 14,000rpm and pumps out
over 52bhp of power. That kind of punch in a
motorcycle that weighs less than 80kg results
in blistering performance.
Earlier, as I rode down the pit lane, the slow
growl from the Akrapovic keeping me company,
I wasnt thinking apex speeds, max velocity or
racing lines. Instead, I was trying to get to terms
with the MGP30. The handlebars were expectedly
low and loaded up the shoulders a fair bit. But
it was the rear-set foot pegs that needed some
getting used to. My thighs also had to work
harder to clamp on to the ultra-slim tank. On
top of that, the reverse pattern gearshift on the
six-speed box meant that I shot into a couple of
corners only to shift up instead of down! My heart
skipped more than a few beats. Did things get
much better afterwards? Yes, but not by much.
Once settled in, it quickly dawned on me that
whatever little riding skill I had would account
for nothing on this machine. A race bike is
related to a streetbike in the same way that a
laser cutter is related to a butter knife. On the
MGP30, you dont turn into a corner so much as
fall into it. Because it weighs next to nothing and
uses very aggressive steering geometry, even the
slightest tap on the handlebar creates a reaction
so sudden and sharp that it feels like someone
has yanked the carpet from underneath your
feet with a mighty tug. Bam! It was almost
frightening at rst corner after corner, I turned
in only to realise the bike was cutting a far
sharper line than expected and would most
likely run onto the inside of the corner if I didnt
change direction. It took all the nerve I had to
turn later and later still. Eventually, when I found
a smooth and uid line through the sweeping
Village complex, the precise and quick steering
made the experience almost subliminal!
Simple ferrous discs have tarmac-warping bite.
Those tyres were used at the Silverstone Grand Prix.
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The 95/70 front and 115/70 rear Dunlop tyres
we were riding on were slicks from the Grand
Prix weekend, but the Dunlop team had cut a few
grooves in to increase the available grip, as it was
unlikely that we would be able to get them up to
operating temperature. Out on the track, there
was superglue levels of grip in the bends and even
when braking deep into corners. The Brembo
brakes, however, had the power to overcome the
Dunlops erce hold on the tarmac. To stop, think
quickly, tap lightly and its done instantly. The
immediacy and amount of bite you get from those
tiny petal discs is staggering. The front brake is
easy to modulate, but pull too hard and the rear
wheel will come up and oat in the air. The rear
brake has as much bite, but its rarely called upon
on the circuit.
Then there is the engine. It is almost
anticlimactic. No, not slow, not by a long shot
0-100kph in just over three seconds isnt slow.
Its just that it feels so normal. You expect a race-
prepped motor to do away with civilities. But it
doesnt feel rough, it doesnt buzz wildly, it doesnt
have a narrow power band quite the opposite.
The clutch isnt overly heavy, the throttle isnt
super sharp; maybe Mahindra Racing gave the
MGP30 to me in the mildest of its three engine
maps. But then maybe they didnt, because the
way it piled on speed made light bends look like
switchbacks and shrank the straights. The shift
indicator shot straight to the red light after the
rst couple of lights went on. Which meant I
hammered the 14,000 rev limiter more than once.
Ouch! They must have at least put us on the most
lenient of traction control settings, as pouring on
the power coming out of corners was smooth and
hardly as testy as I would have imagined on a
vicious racer.
The gearshift was superlative. Click, click two
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Price (engine only) Rs 10 lakh (without duty)
Engine Four-stroke, single-cylinder
Bore x stroke 78mm x 52.2mm
Displacement 249.8cc
Power Above 52bhp
Brakes Brembo (f), twin-floating petal disc,
(r) single petal disc
Gearbox 6 speed with quick-shifter
Suspension (F) USD Ohlins TTX
Suspension (R) Ohlins TTX linked monoshock
Fuel Capacity 10 litres
Tyre size (FR) (f) 95/70 R17, (r) 115/70 R17
gears down going into Abbey. The MGP30s
strong bottom end, blazing mid range and
punchy top end made it easy to ride even if
I went a gear too high. Coming over a crest,
the front wheel would threaten to lift up even
though I was treading quite gingerly. Shifting
down the back straight, it took all the nerve I
had to keep the gas open till the rst marker.
Speeds were so high that I had to tuck as far as
I could under the bubble screen to keep the wind
from tugging my head back. My guess would be
over 200kph. No, I didnt dare look down.
It strikes me that every lap on the Mahindra
MGP30 had been just pure reaction. I had just
been hanging on and trying to catch up with
the motorcycles abilities. Every nerve ending
hummed with information. Every brain cell
sparked furiously trying to process the ood
of information to absorb and understand
the MGP30. By the end of the four laps, I was
still playing catch up, but I had relished every
second of it.
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Beautiful! Tri-colour makes it even more special.
Superb crankcase milled from aluminium billets.
Tall first gear makes exiting the pit lane tricky. Namaste India!; Every lap on the MGP30 has been just pure reaction, the bikes abilities are immense.
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The Continental GT ranks amongst the most important Royal
Enfield bikes ever, says Rishad Cooper. Read on to find out why.
PHOTOGRAPHYK2 SHOOTER & RISHAD COOPER
Twin downtube frame Continental GT
leans into corners with planted feel, the
best handling Royal Enfield sold today.
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heres something special in every


Royal Eneld motorcycle. Other than
building the single oldest surviving
production bike on the planet, this
South Indian company commands the
most steadfastly loyal fan following any
bike-maker could hope for. If you ever meet
prospective Royal Eneld buyers, youll know
this special breed. Not the type to look for
ashy or fast wheels, these more sober bikers
know exactly what they want, and couldnt be
bothered with other motorcycles. They know
Royal Eneld hasnt historically produced the
most reliable motorcycles, that arent the most
powerful, cutting edge or best handling bikes
money can buy, and still, all other options are
simply off the table. Under a magical age-old
spell, these buyers only ever end up happily
owning Royal Eneld motorcycles, and this
exclusive club is growing.
Classic, yes, but the Continental GT steers
clear of the beaten path, veering a touch
towards sporty, more exhilarating motorcycles.
Its a bold move, Royal Eneld admitting this
is treading the unknown. As with most brilliant
game plans, however, its a calculated risk, with
crystal clear vision working behind the scenes.
An extensive test-ride on the classic looking
GT around the London region, where it ts in
and looks at home, proves this is a motorcycle
with soul. A caf racer painstakingly re-created
by Royal Eneld to match similar, sporty
looking British bikes of the 1960s, the GT is
built with a keen eye for attention-to-detail.
The GTs classic round headlight sits
surrounded by alloy steering braces and
clip-on bars that house Royal Eneld-typical
switchgear, including a pass-light asher and
engine-kill switch. Other rider controls include
good palm grips, as well as comfortable,
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speedometer and tachometer set in chrome,
twin-pod units, plus a digital fuel level display
with odometer and trip counters. Twin horns
are standard tment, and Royal Eneld
will offer superbly crafted aftermarket bar-
end mounted mirrors for the GT, which we
recommend for their solid construction and
functional value, despite their petite size.
The GT comes with a slim, 13.5-litre fuel-tank,
tastefully adorned with a classic font company
logo, and equipped with a beautifully sculpted,
ip-to-open ller cap. Theres a single saddle
(dual seat to be optional), with smart red
stitching and a humped tail section. Those with
a keen eye will admire the GTs alloy wheel rims
with spokes, golden disc brake rotor carriers,
exposed frame sections bordering the ank
panels and dual-colour metal mudguards. The
GT comes with a owing, chromed exhaust and
exposed drive chain.
Overall quality, a long-standing Royal Eneld
bike bugbear moves up a perceptible notch
on the dashing looking GT, a motorcycle with
standout styling.
The Continental GT deploys a 535cc, four-
stroke, single-cylinder Royal Eneld powerplant.
Its a button or kick-started engine, the air-
cooled, long-stroke unit beating out a soft, yet
evocative and crisp bark that will have riders
blip the throttle more than usual, to extract
little extra soundtrack. The GT outputs 29.1bhp
Bar-end mounted mirrors are very functional.
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at 5100rpm of peak power, making for a low
specic output of 54.4bhp per litre for this large
capacity an engine, while making 4.49kgm
of torque at 4000rpm. Clutch action isnt as
positive as wed like, although the GT does
provide a smooth shifting, ve-speed gearbox,
that operates in the universal, one-down and
four-up pattern, shift lever located to the left of
the engine.
Seat of the pants, the GT feels quick enough
for the sporty classic it is, capable of cruising
at 100kph comfortably, tachometer hovering
at 3500rpm, the big-single ring away at a
steady rhythm. Pushed harder, the bike
achieved an indicated 140kph on a at road
in fth, even racing to 150kph down a slight
gradient with the throttle pinned open,
surprising us to hold such high speeds over
prolonged durations without protest, other
than some vibes. The Continental GT
powerplant feels unmistakably Royal Eneld,
with tangible improvements, a relatively
rev happy nature and improved top-end
performance, thanks to lightened engine
internals. On the downside, fuelling could
be better, especially at the bottom end of the
powerband, where power delivery is a touch
snatchy, a nuisance that calls for extra throttle
input in stop-and-go situations.
The Continental GT seat is supportive,
roomy and wide enough. Its a reasonably
comfortable bike, only not quite as relaxed as
more traditional Royal Eneld models like the
Instruments bay framed in chrome twin-pods.
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300mm front disc brake rotor is float-mounted.
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On Sale November 2013
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Wheelbase 1360mm
Ground clearance 140mm
Fuel tank capacity 13.5litres
Kerb weight 184kg
Engine layout Single-cylinder, air-cooled, r four-stroke
Displacement 535cc
Power 29.1bhp at 5100rpm
Torque 4.49kgm at 4000rpm
Specific output 54.4bhp per litre
Power to weight 158.2bhp per tonne
Gearbox 5-speed, 1-down, 4-up
Front suspension Telescopic forks
Rear suspension Gas charged shocks,
elliptical steel swingarm
Front brake 300mm disc
Rear brake 240mm disc
Wheels Alloy rims, with spokes
Rim size (f-r) 18 inches
Tyre size (f-r) 100/90 x 18-
130/70 x 18 inches
Electra and Bullet. The footrests arent placed
overly far behind, and the light lean into its
clip-on bars isnt so pronounced as to make
riders uncomfortable. This is clearly the
sportiest riding position on offer with any
present day Royal Eneld, although the GT
still is quite useable over long distances. The
GT comes with a twin downtube steel frame,
perfected by Harris Engineering, with Royal
Eneld having kept weight down to 184kg,
while providing top-class, adjustable gas
charged suspension at the rear by Paioli.
Ride quality is rm, especially from the
front telescopic forks, and the GT handles
with Eneld-trademark stability, the new
frame helping the bike lean into corners with
a planted, sure-footed feel. Ample grip is
offered by Pirelli tyres front (100/90) and
rear (130/70 section), shod on 18-inch rims
front and rear.
The GT comes with an elliptical section steel
swingarm, and single disc brakes front (300mm,
oat-mounted, dual-piston caliper) and rear
(240mm). Theres enough stopping power, with
a nice progressive feel at the lever, undoubtedly
helped by steel braided brake hoses. The GT
is easily the best handling Royal Eneld weve
ridden to date. Fuel economy should range
somewhere around 25-30kpl.
The Continental GT reaches India this
November, and we estimate pricing should
hover in the region of Rs 2.25 lakh.
In conclusion, the Continental GT is a
character-rich motorcycle. Built today, it still
recreates an undiluted, rich and amboyant
feel from the past. The most important Royal
Eneld bike built today?
Yes, and heres why. Royal Eneld
understands its rm grip on classic bike buyers,
but do need to step up to the next level, after
decades of sticking with one formula. With big
risk, comes big gain, as riding the Continental
GT proves. A true Royal Eneld from the word
go, the GT will tempt, then charm, a whole new
set of bikers into the traditional world of Royal
Eneld. If you believed classic couldnt get
sporty, the Continental GT proves it sure can.
Take our word for this; the GT is positive to
cement Royal Enelds position as a true classic
motorcycle maker around the globe.

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Flip to open fuel-tank lid is a neat touch. 535cc engine comes with lighter internals. Comfy GT seat sports exposed red stitching.
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n the last year, motorcycle


enthusiasts across India
have been spoilt for choice,
especially when it comes to
deciding on affordable, yet
sporty motorcycles. Much of
this is thanks to Pune-based Bajaj
Auto, a company that has brought
Indians two high performance
motorcycles, the KTM 390 Duke
and Kawasaki Ninja 300. This duo
are amongst the best lightweight
sportsbikes money can buy today,
bringing to the table a heady mix
of up-to-date style, top-notch
specications and really strong
performance for the class.
The 390 Duke and Ninja
300 t their parts, as modern
day sportsbikes viewed from
any angle. However, their basic
philosophies are more akin to
chalk and cheese. The butch 390
is a naked sporty streetbike, where
the mean 300 is a sleeker, fully-
faired and unabashedly track-
focussed motorcycle.
In terms of engines, the 390
Duke and Ninja 300 once again
stand poles apart. The KTM uses
a 373.3cc, single-cylinder engine,
while the Ninja 300 houses a 296cc,
parallel-twin. Both motorcycles run
liquid-cooled, with fuel-injection
offered as standard. The KTM is
the more powerful motorcycle,
generating 43.5bhp at 9000rpm,
while peak torque is 3.57kgm at
7000rpm. The Kawasaki engine
revs higher, as is more tting,
and produces maximum power of
38.5bhp at 11000 rpm, with 2.8kgm
of torque on supply at 10000rpm.
Both engines are built to perform.
The 390 Duke comes with a
forged piston and Nikasil-coated
cylinder bore, along with an
enhanced cooling system in India.

KTMs 390 Duke and Kawasakis Ninja 300 are two fierce rivals weve
recently tested in India. Omar Siddiqui compares the two sportsbikes.
PHOTOGRAPHY VISHWAJEET CHAVAN
Meanwhile, the Ninja 300 uses
wide intake ports and valves,
pistons with at crowns and
lightweight cylinders. The KTM and
Kawasaki bikes both deploy close-
ratio, six-speed gearboxes that shift
in one-down, ve-up patterns. The
KTM is easier to pilot in city, thanks
to a relatively stronger bottom-end,
while the Kawasaki needs to be
wound up a bit more and performs
best when pushed to high revs. The
Duke and Ninja both provide robust
mid and top-end performance.
Its all about acceleration and
speed. The 390 Duke is capable of p 39 p
dashing to 60kph from standstill
in a scant 2.47 seconds, surpassing
100kph in 5.70sec, and 150kph in
16.14sec. The Kawasaki isnt as
snappy initially, getting past 60kph
in 2.89sec, 100kph in 6.50sec, but
pulling much of that back to bag a
more favourable 16.51sec at 150kph.
The KTMs third gear gets the bike
to 102kph, while fourth is good
for 126kph, and fth, 151kph. The
Kawasaki does 112kph in third,
while fourth goes up to 136kph
and fth 150kph. The 390 Duke
and Ninja 300 are potent bikes
that both breach 160kph. The KTM
Slipper-clutch-
enabled gearbox
helps when
downshifting hard.
Petal discs, but
no ABS offered by
Kawasaki with the
Indian 300.
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296cc twin-cylinder
engine screams to
its limiter around
13000rpm.
Ninja 300 really
lights up once revs
get beyond the
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KTM 390 Duke vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 | Comparison
nudges 162kph when at-out in top
gear, while the faired-in Kawasaki
manages a higher, true 168kph.
Its evident the KTM 390 Duke
and Kawasaki Ninja 300 are top of
their game, with few rivals to speak
of in their class.
Hard on the brakes, we found
both bikes perform closely, the
390 (47.59m) being quicker than
the 300 (50.28m) to stop from
100kph. The Kawasaki however
does better slowing down from
60kph, to halt in 16.06m, where
the 390 takes 16.56m.
At the end of the day, both y,
bikes here offer evenly matched
and top scores across parametres,
except for, their pricing. The KTM
390 Duke retails at a smashing,
value-for-money Rs 1.80 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi), where
the Kawasaki Ninja 300 sets you
back a whopping Rs 3.50 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi), which
cements the odds in favour of
team Orange over team Green.
The 390 in fact, makes a solid
case for itself in providing riders
more performance for this much
money than any other motorcycle
made in this class.
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Price Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
On sale Now Now
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Wheelbase 1365 +/- 5mm 1405mm
Ground clearance 165mm 140mm
Fuel tank capacity Fuel tank capacity 10 5 litres 10.5 litres 17 litres 17 litres
Kerb weight 154kg 172kg
Engine Single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke Parallel-twin, liquid-cooled four-stroke
Displacement 373.3cc 296cc
Power 43.5bhp at 9000rpm 38.5bhp at 11000rpm
Torque 3.57kgm at 7000rpm 2.8kgm at 10000rpm
Specific output 116.5bhp per litre 130bhp per litre
Power to weight 282.5bhp per tonne 224bhp per tonne
Gearbox 6-speed, 1-down, 5-up 6-speed, 1-down, 5-up
Front suspension Upside-down forks Telescopic forks
Rear suspension Monoshock, alloy swingarm Uni-trak monoshock, box section swingarm
Front brake 300mm disc (ABS) 290mm petal disc
Rear brake 230mm disc (ABS) 220mm petal disc
Wheels 10-spoke alloy 10-spoke alloy
Rim size (f-r) 17 inches 17 inches
Tyre size (f-r) 110/70 x 17 -150/60 x 17inches 110/70 x 17-140/70 x 17inches
KTM 390 Duke Kawasaki Ninja 300
Maximum speed (Kph)
162 168
Acceleration from rest (Dry surface)
Kph Sec Sec
0-10 0.32 0.34
0-20 0.69 0.75
0-30 1.04 1.15
0-40 1.42 1.60
0-50 1.82 2.17
0-60 2.47 2.89
0-70 3.09 3.54
0-80 3.95 4.43
0-90 4.77 5.38
0-100 5.70 6.50
0-110 6.94 8.01
0-120 8.22 9.36
0-130 10.00 11.26
0-140 12.20 13.53
0-150 16.14 16.51
Braking
100-0kph 47.59m/3.36s 50.28m/3.7s
80-0kph 29.95m/2.65s 30.62m/2.92s
60-0kph 16.56m/1.97s 16.06m/2.17s
Economy (Kpl)
City 26.2kpl 25.2kpl
Highway 29.2kpl 27.7kpl
Overall 27.7kpl 26.5kpl
Dukes 300mm
front disc brake
uses four-pot caliper,
with ABS standard.
390s ample low-end
grunt passes baton
to a strong mid and
top-end rush.
Strong performing
single-cylinder
engine gets enhanced
cooling in India.
Close ratio
6-speed gearbox
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Will it be a 100cc commuter bike or a 200cc cruiser? Broken piston rings or
leaking engine oil? AAA, the guru-cum-agony uncle, will troubleshoot all your
two-wheeler problems. E-mail your questions to: aaa@autocarindia.com
FOR YOUR MONEY
Which is the best motorcycle priced
under Rs 90,000 to buy in India
today? Things to consider for me are
styling, low maintenance costs and
good fuel efficiency.
Ranju Joy K, via email
AAAThe Bajaj Pulsar 200NS,
although a couple of thousand over
Rs 90,000 on-road in India, makes
a hard-to-beat all-round package
at its price. The 200NS is a bike we
rate highly over all its rivals and
suggest you consider purchasing this.
FEELING IMPULSIVE
I am looking to buy a new motorcycle
and the order of my priorities are-
A bright headlight
Reliability, with low cost of
maintenance
Comfort, good ergonomics and
ride quality
Fuel-efficiency of at least 45kpl
Easy spare parts availability
I have a budget of about Rs 65,000
and my usage will be 70 percent on
the highway and 30 percent on city
streets. Kindly suggest an appropriate
motorcycle for me.
Thomas, via email
AAA The Hero Impulse, although
a shade over your budget, is worth
saving for. It makes the perfect choice
of motorcycle for you, one that is sure
to meet all your requirements. Ride
quality is unmatched thanks to its
long-stroke suspension, and you get an
upright riding position and well-padded
seat that offers excellent comfort for
even six-foot-tall riders. Maintenance
is minimal, with spares easily available
through Heros vast dealership network
across India, and the Impulse can
deliver good fuel efficiency of about
45kpl in city riding conditions, if ridden
with care.
HONDA IT IS
I have a budget of Rs 75,000 and cant
decide between the Honda CB Trigger,
Yamaha FZ-S, Hero Xtreme and TVS
Apache RTR 160. Style and good
fuel economy are high on my list of
priorities. Kindly suggest what you feel
is the most suitable bike for me?
Aswin Deepak P, via email
AAAThe Honda CB Trigger makes
a good option of motorcycle for you,
being an attractively styled, peppy
motorcycle which returns good fuel-
efficiency as well.
THE BIG GUNS
I am inquisitive about the future of
Hyosung motorcycles here in terms
of aftersales support, reliability of
engine, and other things. I am looking
for a 650cc-plus sportsbike and was
wondering if I should stick to proven
bikes from players such as Kawasaki,
Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, or try a
product from a new company such
as Hyosung? I dont see too many
positive responses from friends and
colleagues when I talk about Hyosung
motorcycles. Will this change in the
near future?
Venky, via email
AAA Yes, we are positively confident
the future of Hyosung in India is
bright, as the company is on the right
path, doing well today and making
vast investments which prove it has a
strong long-term commitment to the
Indian market. Undoubtedly, Hyosung
will improve, and go from strength to
strength in time to come. DSK, the
company now at the helm, is handling
the Hyosung chapter in India very
sensibly, with a realistic and healthy
approach to the Indian market.
Having said this, as things stand
today, Hyosung bikes dont as yet
always measure up to the very best
available in the same segments. If
youre looking for the best motorcycle
in the 650cc segment, we suggest
you look no further than the Kawasaki
Ninja 650.
JUST GO BIGGER
How do I improve performance on my
Yamaha Fazer without compromising
its fuel efficiency? I also wish to
upgrade the motorcycles tyres, and so
would like to know which particular
tyres to turn to?
Nandan Pavithran, via email
AAAThe Yamaha Fazer comes with
top quality tyres, which we suggest you
dont alter. Likewise, we recommend
you dont attempt to modify the engine
in any way to increase performance
of your bike, as doing so more often
than not ends up causing more harm
than good, as well as ruining reliability
of the motorcycle. Instead, if youre
looking for a faster bike, wed suggest
you upgrade from the Fazer to a bike
that comes with more power from the
factory, like the Pulsar 200NS, KTM
200, or even the 390 Duke.
BLISSFUL SCOOTERING
I want to buy an automatic scooter for
my wife, who is around five-feet tall and
needs this majorly for dropping and
collecting children from school, as well
as for other daily errands. Her usage is
going to be in the region of a minimum
of 10km per day, and acceleration,
handling and fuel economy are
important factors for us.
K Senthil Vel, via email
AAAWe suggest you go for the
Yamaha Ray, a light, small-size
scooter that your wife will find is
very nimble and thus easy to handle
in traffic. The Ray also returns good
enough fuel economy.
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Hondas attractive CB Trigger
is fuel efficient as well.
Rays light and nimble
nature makes it
perfect for ladies.
If you have a doubt, e-mail us at aaa@autocarindia.com
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Please write in using your full name and address.
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I am looking for a competent 125cc
bike, which provides good acceleration
and performance, as I have to commute
a distance of 16km every day. Also, my
bike must return a fuel economy of
55kpl and over. Kindly recommend a
suitable commuter bike for me.
Prateek Rai, via email
AAA We think you should consider
the Bajaj Pulsar 135LS, its a bike that
offers slightly better performance as
compared to any 125cc bike today sold
in India, and still delivers almost the
same mileage as any other 125cc rival
it faces in the market.
INDIAN THUMPER
I am interested in buying the Royal
Enfield Thunderbird 500 and would
like to customise my bike. I want to
change the standard exhaust for an
exhaust that outputs a more prominent
thump, as Ive heard on some older
Royal Enfield bikes. Can you suggest
an exhaust manufacturer that makes
such an exhaust? Also, do suggest some
hard body saddlebags similar to those
available with Harley-Davidson bikes.
Mandar Bendre, via email
AAAThe best place you can
procure good riding gear for your
Thunderbird is from Royal Enfield
shops. Look at aftermarket silencers
for your Royal Enfield motorcycle
on the following website, www.
torquexhausts.com. This is a Pune-
based company that manufactures
a wide range of high quality exhausts
for Royal Enfield bikes, just like the
one youre looking for.
YAMAHA ALL THE WAY
Im unable to decide between a Hero
Hunk and Xtreme motorcycle. Low
maintenance, handling and fuel
efficiency rank high on my priority list.
Kindly suggest the better bike for me
out of the two shortlisted.
Shashank, via email
AAA We suggest you consider a bike
outside the two you have shortlisted.
Go for the 150cc Yamaha SZ-S, as
given your requirements, we feel this
will make a better option of motorcycle
for you than the Hero bikes mentioned.
AN OILY MATTER
Kindly suggest the best engine oil
for a 500cc Royal Enfield motorcycle.
Royal Enfield has suggested I use
Motul engine oil. When I am at a
standstill with my motorcycle, the heat
from the engine is quite pronounced,
so Id like to know whether I should use
any fully synthetic oil? Also, other than
MRF, suggest tyres for my bike, that are
good enough for me to use through the
rainy season.
Hari Krishnan, via email
AAAYes, synthetic oil is always a good
option for a large capacity motorcycle
engine, and does help it keep cool, so
you can go ahead and use the same,
sticking to any of the top brands
available in the market, including
Motul. Do however keep in mind, all bike
engines generate a certain amount
of heat, which is normal operating
temperature and no cause for concern,
even when experienced during times
when stationary with your bike.
If you can get IRC-make tyres in the
same size as used on your bike, these
are good value-for-money, and offer
better grip than MRF rubber.
PROFICIENT PULSAR
I am planning to buy a Bajaj Pulsar
motorcycle, but cannot decide
between the Pulsar 180 DTS-i and
220. The bike must have good
performance, a sporty feel and
decent riding comfort. Kindly
suggest the Pulsar that will fulfil
all my needs.
Suresh Balaji, via email
AAA We suggest you go for the
Bajaj Pulsar 200NS, a bike that
meets your requirements and is
superior to the two Pulsar models
selected by you.
A DREAM CHOICE
I want to gift my father a bike
and my budget is Rs 60,000. His daily
usage will be close to a 30km ride
every day in the city. Recommend a
motorcycle that has an electric starter
and tubeless tyres. Hondas Dream
Yuga has caught my attention, so Id
like to know from you whether this
makes a good buy or not?
Shivangi Kataria, via email
AAA Yes, the Honda Dream Yuga
is a good commuter motorcycle,
one that you could go ahead and
purchase for your father. The Dream
Yuga offers almost all of what your
dad could require from his bike.
POWER OR ECONOMY
I am confused between buying a
Royal Enfield 350 or 500. I will use
my new bike five times a week to
travel to office and back. I would like
to know what I would miss out on if
I choose the 350cc, over the 500cc?
Yogesh Joshi, via email
AAA This is a pretty simple choice
really. The Royal Enfield 350 will
provide you virtually all that the
500 can, barring quicker performance,
and it comes with the benefit of
better mileage. The 500, on the
other hand, will give you superior
performance, with some sacrifice
to be made on the mileage
front, so pick your bike
depending on exactly what
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fter a long day, there I was,
finally standing in the office
parking lot with the keys to the
Honda CB Trigger in my hand.
The sun had already set, and I needed
to stay back a night in Mumbai before
setting off back home to Pune.
The CB Trigger is undoubtedly
an attractive motorcycle. Its digital
instruments and LED tail-light make
the new Honda look like it belongs
to this era. Riding from office to
my overnight stay proved nowhere
close to as daunting as Id imagined.
While slotting in the ignition key, I
was dreading the peak rush-hour
traffic Mumbai is famous for. A few
minutes into my ride, however, I
realised getting to my destination
was going to be more enjoyable than
Id thought, after all. I did feel a lack
of really good thigh support though
from the Triggers attractively styled
fuel-tank, which could improve.
Yet, I was at my destination in a
jiffy, without feeling too mentally or
physically drained by the traffic. Here,
being an avid user of the engine-kill
switch, I felt a touch disappointed this
essential piece of kit is missing on the
premium 150cc Honda.
That night, I was unable to sleep
well, in anticipation of my early
morning Pune ride. A few hours later,
there I was in the saddle heading to
Pune, the Trigger eagerly attacking
the road as it lunged forward on its
way to Pune. Mumbais relatively free
early morning traffic enabled me
to reach the highway in easy time,
where I quickly got a taste of the
Hondas strong performance. The
Trigger gobbled up tarmac with ease,
its engine, like all Honda powerplants
Ive experienced, staying vibe-free
even when pushed for long stretches
close to its redline. The Triggers mid-
and top-heavy powerband allowed
easy overtaking, and once cruising in
the meaty section of its powerband,
the motorcycle feels like it can cruise
all day long at 90kph. Further into
my ride, I encountered heavy rains,
which made for uncomfortable
progress. Spray streams behind
trucks and buses were daunting, with
little I could do to escape them. The
Hondas good chassis helped keep
the bike planted through everything
though, keeping the bike stable at
high speeds.
The Triggers upright, nicely
thought-out riding posture was
key to making the long ride more
enjoyable. The tarmac was soaking
wet, meaning I had to ride with
caution, knowing the Trigger does not
offer radial, or extra wide tyres, as
available on its arch rival, the Yamaha
FZ series. I soon left the highway
behind to slowly creep into Pune, and
this reminded me how riding around
town is a Trigger forte, the Honda
being a nimble, agile motorcycle to
ride in traffic. The Triggers combined
brakes (CBS) are always effective,
and work perfectly at all times.
I was finally home, perhaps not
dry, but certainly sans any aches and
pains. There are few bikes that make
life easy for motorcycle riders on the
Mumbai-Pune ride, and the Trigger
fits the bill. The CB Trigger does
succeed at combining good prowess
on the highway and in the city.
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Few 150cc bikes can make highway
riding as easy as the CB Trigger.
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SWITCHGEAR
Works well, but lacks
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TYRES
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WORDS ANDREW BENSON
F1s tech geniuses can command higher
salaries than the drivers, although they
swap teams less often. As three big names
change allegiances, we ask: can one man
really make such a difference?
The frustrated ambitions of three of Formula 1s biggest teams have
this year led to the biggest shake-up of design talent for some time. While
the driver market generates the most headlines, the competition for
engineers is every bit as important and often even more so. After all, the
identity of Sebastian Vettels new team-mate at Red Bull would be nowhere
near as interesting if there wasnt a near certainty he was going to be in
a competitive car. And that guarantee is a slim, balding, 54-year-old who
happens to be a genius when it comes to racing car design: Adrian Newey.
Red BuII`s cIIeI LecInIcuI oIhcer eurns qo percenL more LIun wIuL LIe
drivers earn, and a glance at his record over the years shows why. While F1
car design is so complex that its no longer possible to speak of a car being
designed by one person, Newey sketches out the fundamental aerodynamic
surfaces of the Red Bull on his drawing board before they are sent off to
the teams computer design systems. The right man at the top can and does
make a difference.
Thats why Mercedes poached Paddy Lowe from his role as McLaren
technical director earlier this year. Its why James Allison has moved from
running Lotuss design department to a similar role at Ferrari. And its why
Pat Symonds has taken charge of a struggling Williams.
So will their recruitment be the magic ingredient their new employers
need to make that next step?
CHANGERS
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The road to Mercedes
The size of the task
2010 4th in constructors
2011 4th in constructors
2012 5th in constructors
When the story broke in January that
Mercedes wanted Lowe to join them initially
with a view to replacing team boss Ross Brawn
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh
thought it was some kind of joke. He summoned
owe Lo IIs oIhce und suId: TIIs Is nonsense,
rIgIL? OnIy Ior owe Lo LeII IIm LIuL, no, IL wusn`L;
he really was going to go to Mercedes.
Whitmarsh had failed to keep his ear to the
ground, Ior LIe Mercedes job wus ucLuuIIy LIe
second similar role Lowe had been offered by a
rival Williams were courting him throughout
zo1z, us weII. TIuL suys u IoL ubouL LIe regurd In
wIIcI LIIs unussumIng, quIeLIy spoken mun Is IeId
wILIIn ormuIu 1. No one quesLIons IIs ubIIILy us u
Lop-IeveI 1 desIgn engIneer; everyone LIInks Ie Is
u IoveIy guy. ndeed, jusL ubouL LIe onIy 'neguLIve`
you`II Ieur Is peopIe quesLIonIng wIeLIer owe Ius
LIe guIIe needed Lo succeed In LIe 'pIrunIu cIub`.
TIuL remuIns Lo be seen, buL IIs cIunce Lo
prove IL wIII come soon, Ior Ie Ius sLepped InLo u
deIIcuLe, unresoIved sILuuLIon. He wus recruILed
uL LIe end oI zo1z, wIen LIe Mercedes bourd Iud
IosL IuILI In Bruwn IoIIowIng LIe Leum`s ubysmuI
second IuII oI IusL seuson. TIe InILIuI Ideu wus LIuL
Brawn would be jettisoned as soon as Mercedes
could negotiate Lowe out of his McLaren contract.
Lowe would take on the running of the sporting
und LecInIcuI uspecLs, wILI new Mercedes
moLorsporL dIrecLor ToLo WoIII In cIurge oI
business and politics.
But then plans changed. Brawn got his elbows
out and Wolff decided this was a battle he did not
need Lo hgIL jusL u Iew weeks InLo IIs new roIe. A
new process wus ugreed, wIereby WoIII, Bruwn
and Lowe would amicably work out a transition
process between the three of them.
TIe endgume Is obvIous Irom LIe job LILIes LIuL
have been given to Wolff and Lowe executive
director (business) and executive director
(LecInIcuI). UILImuLeIy, LIose Lwo wIII sLIII run LIe
Leum beLween LIem. TIe quesLIon now Is, wIen?
JusL us ImporLunLIy, In LIe InLerIm, Iow wIII owe
IundIe LIe InLernuI sILuuLIon uL Mercedes, wILI ILs
large number of big-name engineers?
On LIuL IusL poInL, owe Is cIeur. He rejecLs LIe
notion that Mercedes are top-heavy just because
LIe Leum Ius Bruwn, LecInIcuI dIrecLor Bob BeII,
LecInoIogy dIrecLor GeoII WIIIIs, engIneerIng
dIrecLor AIdo CosLu und now IImseII - uII oI wIom
have been technical directors at other teams.
I peopIe LIInk LIere ure Loo muny LecInIcuI
dIrecLors, LIen IL does seem Lo be workIng Ior
them because they have made fantastic progress in
LIe pusL 1z monLIs, so 'WIuL`s wrong wILI LIuL?`
wouId be my hrsL unswer, suys owe. TIe second
Is LIuL IL`s noL us LIougI LIere ure u wIoIe Ioud oI
cooks LryIng Lo do LIe sume job. TIere Is u Iuge
amount of work to do if you want to be successful.
Within two days in my job I was already unable to
hnd LIe Iours Lo do wIuL couId see needed doIng.
And LIuL`s Iow IL sIouId be.
As Lo Iow LIey work LogeLIer, und wIeLIer
the egos involved will generate an uncomfortable
InLernuI poIILIcuI sILuuLIon, owe Ius pIenLy oI
experIence Lo IuII buck on. AILer uII, Ie wus In u
senIor posILIon uL Mcuren LIrougIouL Newey`s
time there and Newey has since said it was the
poIILIcuI envIronmenL LIere LIuL drove IIm uwuy.
By wIIcI Newey wus reIerrIng Lo WIILmursI`s
interference in his job.
And II LIIngs geL dIIhcuIL, owe cun IuII buck on
one fundamental truth. He was recruited by the
Mercedes board as their man. He is the future. He
Is LIe boss. As owe IImseII puLs IL: LIInk `ve
got what it takes to take that on.
PADDY LOWE
The quiet man
Hamiltons win in
Hungary pulled
Mercedes to second
in the constructors
standings. Can Lowes
technical leadership take
them even higher?
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1991 Benetton
1992 Larrousse
1994 Benetton
2000 Ferrari
2005 Renault
2011 Lotus
2013 Ferrari
The road to Ferrari
The size of the task
2010 5th in constructors
2011 3rd in constructors
2012 2nd in constructors
James Allisons eminence preceded him as he
walked into Maranello on September 1 in his new
roIe us LecInIcuI dIrecLor (cIussIs). He Ius, over
LIe pusL Iew yeurs, buIIL u repuLuLIon us probubIy
1`s mosL Iuuded desIgn engIneer uILer Newey.
He also carries with him the explicit approval of
errurI`s number one usseL - ernundo AIonso.
worked very cIoseIy wILI IIm und wus worId
cIumpIon wILI IIm Lwo LImes, suId AIonso buck
In Muy, doIng noLIIng Lo dIspeI reporLs uL LIe LIme
LIuL AIIIson wus on IIs wuy buck, IoIIowIng un
announcement that he was leaving Lotus.
TIIs Is AIIIson`s second speII uL errurI. He
worked under Brawn and the much-lauded Rory
Byrne LIrougI LIe MIcIueI ScIumucIer eru, und
returned to the team then known as Renault
where he had worked in the Benetton days of
the 1990s as deputy technical director through
AIonso`s Lwo LILIe-wInnIng yeurs In zoo-zoo6.
DIIhcuIL LImes IoIIowed us u resuIL oI LIe swILcI Lo
u sIngIe-Lyre IormuIu In zoo;, LIe uncerLuInLy over
RenuuIL`s commILmenL In zooq, und LIe posL-
'CrusIguLe` suckIng oI LecI dIrecLor PuL Symonds
und Leum boss IuvIo BrIuLore, In LIe uILermuLI oI
wIIcI AIIIson wus promoLed Lo LecInIcuI dIrecLor.
BuL sInce GenII CupILuI Look over LIe Leum In
zo1o, LIeIr perIormunce Ius been IncreusIngIy
ImpressIve, despILe u budgeL mucI smuIIer LIun
LIuL oI LIe oLIer Lop Leums. No wonder, LIen, LIuL
over LIe pusL yeur, AIIIson Ius been courLed by
Mcuren, Mercedes, WIIIIums us weII us errurI.
His decision to move back to Italy gives him
the chance to attain legendary status. If the listing
behemoth at Maranello can be steered back on
course In LIe nexL yeur or so, AIIIson wIII geL LIe
credit. He has effectively been given free rein to
run the tech department as he wishes although
he is at the mercy of how well the engine division
udupLs Lo LIe new 1.6-IILre V6 Lurbo engIne ruIes.
AIIIson Is In cIurge oI uII desIgn uspecLs oI LIe
cur, IncIudIng uerodynumIc deveIopmenL, wIIIe
Ferrari have moved former technical director
PuL ry sIdewuys InLo LIe new roIe oI dIrecLor oI
engIneerIng, responsIbIe Ior veIIcIe dynumIcs,
sImuIuLIons, LrucksIde engIneerIng und sLruLegy.
AIIIson`s Lusk Is cIeur. or u number oI seusons,
errurI ure IuggIng beIInd LIe besL, purLIcuIurIy
in terms of aerodynamics. Development has
been another problem. Ferrari have struggled
with new parts failing to give the on-track boost
LIey promIsed In LIe wIndLunneI und, us u resuIL,
they have been losing the upgrade war as
evIdenced boLI IusL seuson und LIIs, wIen un
InILIuI decenL deveIopmenL uL LIe hrsL Europeun
race has been followed by almost no progress at all
uILerwurds, wILI LIe neL eIIecL LIuL LIeIr reIuLIve
competitiveness dropped away.
TIe on-Lruck sLuLs LeII LIIs sLory In buId Lerms.
AIonso Iusn`L Iud u dry-weuLIer poIe sInce
SIngupore zo1o und LIe cur`s uveruge perIormunce
dehcIL Lo LIe IusLesL over LIe Iour yeurs LIe
Spaniard has been at the team is a little over
o.sec. So beyond ruw perIormunce, even ry Ius
quILe u job Lo do, becuuse errurI`s engIneerIng
munugemenL, purLIcuIurIy LIeIr sLruLegy cuIIs, Ius
IurdIy been uwIess In recenL yeurs.
n zo1z, Ior exumpIe, more exIbIe, quIcker
LIInkIng In Monuco or Cunudu wouId Iuve Lurned
AIonso`s resuILs Irom LIIrd und hILI InLo u wIn und
a second either one of which would have made
the difference between him winning the title and
noL. And LIIs yeur LIey InexpIIcubIy IeIL IIm ouL uL
LIe end oI LIe hrsL Iup In MuIuysIu wILI u broken
front wing that clearly was about to collapse.
TIuL`s quILe u Lo-do IIsL. BuL, unubIe Lo geL
Newey, errurI Iuve uL IeusL empIoyed LIe rIgIL
guy, und gIven IIm LIe uuLIorILy Ie needs Lo geL
the job done.
JAMES ALLISON
F1s most-wanted
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Allison comes to Ferrari
with the explicit approval
of Fernando Alonso. The
two had worked together
as a title-winning
combination at Renault.
Williams seemed to be
turning the corner in
2012, but a dismal start
to 2013 has seen them
go backwards again.
Hopefully, Symonds will
turn the tide.
1982 Toleman
1986 Benetton
1991 Reynard
1992 Benetton
2002 Renault
2011 Marussia
2013 Williams
The road to Williams
The size of the task
2010 6th in constructors
2011 9th in constructors
2012 8th in constructors
In signing Pat Symonds, Williams have made
possibly the savvy-est tech poach of all. Not
because he is more gifted, or more eminent than
either Lowe or Allison, but because he is likely to
bring Williams exactly what they need: practical
engineering nous, gravitas, clear thought and
multiple-world-championship-winning pedigree.
Symonds joIns us cIIeI LecInIcuI oIhcer Lo repIuce
technical director Mike Coughlan, both having
been involved in two of the sports biggest scandals
(2008s Crashgate to Coughlans 07 Spygate).
Those incidents, however, are a long time ago, and
Symonds, after acting as a senior tech consultant
(and de facto tech director) for Marussia, has been
drawn back into a full-time role.
It now seems clearer than ever that Williams
great leap in 2012 was largely due to swapping a
Cosworth engine for a Renault. That was worth
somewhere in the region of 0.5sec a lap because
of the Renaults lower fuel consumption, better
powerband and higher operating temperature,
wIIcI meuns Iess cooIIng, so beLLer uero eIhcIency.
What was not so clear at the time was that
fundamental problems remained within the
desIgn depurLmenL. ReIuLIve Lo LIe resL oI LIe heId,
Williams had demonstrably gone backwards at the
sLurL oI LIIs yeur. rom reguIur Lop 1o quuIIhers
in 2012 and quite often top six they have been
struggling to get past Q1 in 2013. Why? Well,
hrsLIy, conLInuIng wILI RenuuIL meunL LIey dId
not have that free gain from the engine from
one year to the next. Additionally, one of the
areas in which they lagged in 2012 was with using
exIuusL guses Lo benehL reur uerodynumIcs. TIIs
was simply because they had not been able to do
that with the Cosworth, so they had fallen behind
in the technology. They expected to make gains
into 2013, but their work has not delivered. This
is a big deal, because if a team can get exhaust-
blowing working well, it is worth up to 50 points
of downforce well over a second a lap. Then
theres problems with the rear suspensions anti-
lift system. This raises the ride-height all in one go
at the end of the braking phase, which generates
instability, making the poor rear end even worse.
A leadership vacuum at the team has only added
to their problems. Sir Frank Williams, now 71, is
no longer able to function as team principal like he
used to. Meanwhile, the departure of Mark Gillan
at the end of 2012 robbed the team of valuable
experience at the engineering coal face. Their
attempts to land Paddy Lowe shows that they were
aware top-level technical leadership was badly
lacking. Now, though, they have employed Mike
ODriscoll, formerly a senior executive at Jaguar,
to run the whole Williams group. And Symonds
should give the F1 team the experienced oversight
they need. Further appointments are in the
pIpeIIne - noLubIy u hgure Lo Ieud LIe desIgn.
Despite a troubled recent history, Williams
resources are strong and they have sounder
hnunces LIun uII bur errurI, Mercedes und Red
Bull, so Symonds has plenty to work with. Whats
more, he has already proved his worth. Despite not
oIhcIuIIy sLurLIng work unLII AugusL 1q, Symonds
asked ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix for
many of the latest upgrades to be taken off the car,
so he could get a sense of what was working and
what was not on a more fundamental level.
It was almost certainly not a coincidence that
Hungary turned out to be a vital breakthrough,
wILI MuIdonudo LukIng WIIIIums` hrsL poInL oI
the season. After a period of uncertainty and
uncompetitiveness, Williams believe they now
have the structure to re-establish themselves at
LIe IronL oI LIe mIdheId. GIven LIe quuIILy oI LIe
Leums In LIe Lop Iour or hve, LIuL uIone wouId
counL us u sIgnIhcunL success.
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PAT SYMONDS
The prodigal son
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Same result with a twist
As clinical as these Red Bull/Seb Vettel wins
tend to be, theres always the Monza Factor. You
feel it on Saturday morning, in free practice, down
at the Parabolica, where young bambini with
gelled hair and Ferrari T-shirts look questioningly
at their papas. Where is Fernando? Why is he not
on track? they ask with their eyes. Papa strains
to hear the commentary, but a Red Bull blasts
past, drowning the words, inducing the inevitable
shrug. Then the red car finally appears, topped
with sky-blue helmet. The Parabolica erupts. Air
is exhaled. Smart phones are held high, panning
in a blur.
The point is that this is passionate stuff. No one
in Italy wants a close race at super-fast Monza;
instead, they want a walkover. A Ferrari walkover.
One-two and then the also-rans. And they want,
for good measure, a whole bunch of stuff to hurt
the other guys. Still. After all these years. Fickle
Fernando or not.
So it isnt easy being blue, even if like Vettel
you do add some red to your helmet in honour
of Italys most famous race. You work with your
engineers; you balance the car around its new,
low-downforce front wing; you eat quietly with
family at the Fossati, down in the valley behind
the Lesmos; you sign caps and magazines and
books and arms and legs as you walk to and from
the paddock. But still, you feel the difference. The
Monza Factor is there. Youre racing more than
just the other cars.
So, it was that Seb Vettel, triple world
champion and Monza 2013 polesitter, flat-spotted
a right-front Pirelli as he braked for the first
corner. Vettel. Mr Perfect. The Red Bull RB9. The
Car Unbeatable. Behind him: lots of red. Seb,
then, had to win this one. The stats show that he
finished first by the usual, conservative margin;
the reality was that he had to drive his car on
tiptoes in those early laps, when the fuel load
was high and the grandstands were clamouring
for red. The RB9 jiggled on the approach to the
second chicane; nursing the front end, Sebs
driving was all about subtle brake-pedal-pressure
release rates and throttle-teases. There were no
zippy hand movements, no kerb-slides; there
were none of the things usually associated with
the Monza Factor. His balancing act was almost
imperceptible.
What was clear was that everyone else seemed
to be falling over themselves as they tried to
break the spell. Mark Webber was quickish off
the line (for a change), but quickly damaged the
right-front aero bits of his Neweymobile after
a skirmish with Alonsos Ferrari. Fernando, for
his part, had been curiously outqualified by his
much-maligned team-mate, Felipe Massa. Felipe,
in Q3, had tried to give Fernando a tow (and his
career chances a major boost!) but it hadnt quite
worked. Instead, we were left wondering what
2006 had been all about, when Alonso, in the
Renault at Monza, had been heavily penalised for
impeding Felipes Ferrari in the closing seconds
of qualifying. This time around, you were invited
to read tow for impediment a contradiction
that should be filed away in the lunacy box with
other subjects like grooved tyres and McLarens
$100m fine.
The upshot was that it took Alonso seven laps
to work his way up to second in 2013 (helped,
of course, by the super-compliant Felipe), by
which time, he was 4.5 seconds behind Vettel and
thus out of DRS range. As he accelerated out of
Ascari, holding his Ferrari hard to the right as
he ran through fifth, sixth and then seventh, he
RACE DEBRIEF by Peter Windsor
Italian Grand Prix
08.09.2013 / Monza
Vettel took win six of 2013, but the Monza Factor meant this race wasnt quite a Spa-style whitewash.
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Lewis Hamilton, lap 51, 1min25.849sec
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THE RESULTS (53 LAPS)
THE RACE
DRIVERS STANDINGS
1st Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 222pts
2nd Fernando Alonso Ferrari 169pts
3rd Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 141pts
4th Kimi Rikknen Lotus 134pts
5th Mark Webber Red Bull 130pts
6th Nico Rosberg Mercedes 104pts
7th Felipe Massa Ferrari 79pts
8th Romain Grosjean Lotus 57pts
9th Jenson Button McLaren 48pts
10th Paul Di Resta Force India 36pts
11th Adrian Sutil Force India 25pts
12th Sergio Prez McLaren 18pts
13th Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 18pts
14th Nico Hlkenberg Sauber 17pts
15th Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 13pts
16th Pastor Maldonado Williams 1pt
17th Valtteri Bottas Williams 0pts
18th Esteban Gutirrez Sauber 0pts
19th Jules Bianchi Marussia 0pts
20th Charles Pic Caterham 0pts
21st Giedo van der Garde Caterham 0pts
22nd Max Chilton Marussia 0pts
CONSTRUCTORS STANDINGS
FASTEST PITSTOP
Nico Rosberg, 22.079secs (entry to exit)
FASTEST LAP
Italian Grand Prix stats
The lowdown on everything you need to know from the weekend at Monza
Force India endured a pointless outing with Di Resta
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2nd Fernando Alonso Ferrari +5.467s
3rd Mark Webber Red Bull +6.350s
4th Felipe Massa Ferrari +9.361s
5th Nico Hlkenberg Sauber +10.355s
6th Nico Rosberg Mercedes +10.999s
7th Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso +32.329s
8th Romain Grosjean Lotus +33.130s
9th Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +33.527s
10th Jenson Button McLaren +38.327s
11th Kimi Rikknen Lotus +38.695s
12th Sergio Prez McLaren +39.765s
13th Esteban Gutirrez Sauber +40.880s
14th Pastor Maldonado Williams +49.085s
15th Valtteri Bottas Williams +56.827s
16th Adrian Sutil Force India +1 lap brakes
17th Charles Pic Caterham +1 lap
18th Giedo van der Garde Caterham +1 lap
19th Jules Bianchi Marussia +1 lap
20th Max Chilton Marussia +1 lap
Retirements
Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 14 laps transmission
Paul Di Resta Force India 0 laps accident
could see the Red Bull ahead, preparing for the
Parabolica; for the most part, though, Seb was
out of sight. Too much grip. Enough top speed.
All that remained was some sort of strategy
gamble a longer first stint, perhaps, on this day
of single-stop strategies. Had Pirelli been allowed
to develop their 2013 tyres their own way, and not
at the behest of Red Bull, Monza would probably
have been a two-stop race, as originally prescribed
by the spirit of the rules. Now, there were fewer
variables with which to play.
So, Fernando stayed out when Seb made his
stop on lap 23 and the bambini at the Parabolica,
not really understanding the situation, began
to put down their panini and urge on their car.
Fernando, gliding the lower-grip Ferrari with all
his natural elegance, gave it everything. One, two,
three, four: he led the Italian GP for four laps.
Then it was time to stop for the harder Pirelli
compound. Vettel re-took the lead this time
without a flat-spot to worry him. He was soon in
the high- to mid-27sec. Alonso, after his stop, was
on the limit in the high 27sec. Seb had him by
about half-a-second a lap.
What of Lewis? What of Kimi? Both were
victims of qualifying. Lewis ran carelessly wide
out of the Parabolica at the start of Q2 and was
too late back on track even to secure a banker,
let alone a quick time. He found traffic as the
track filled but then thats what happens when
you stray beyond the off-stump: Lewis should
never have been there in the first place. He drove
well on Sunday, passing and re-passing the mid-
fielders, but from 12th on the grid he could finish
only ninth, the result of a slow puncture early on
in the race.
Kimi liked his new long-wheelbase E21 on
Friday, but faded strangely on Saturday, when
fuel loads were lightened. He, too, chose to start
on the prime but was afforded an instant reboot
after a first-lap, nose-crunching shunt. Like
Lewis, he spent his Sunday mired in the mid-field,
despite the tantalisingly quick lap times. Call it the
Monza Factor.
In the closing stages Sebs gearbox began to
creak, obliging him to short-shift between fifth
and sixth. No matter. The opposition had long
since been neutralised. Alonso, on primes, had
less grip, so less room to manoeuvre in the latter
phase of the race. The gap, after the stop, swelled
to 10 seconds. Seb won, backing away. AI
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1st Red Bull 352pts
2nd Ferrari 248pts
3rd Mercedes 245pts
4th Lotus 191pts
5th McLaren 66pts
6th Force India 61pts
7th Toro Rosso 31pts
8th Sauber 17pts
9th Williams 1pt
10th Marussia 0pts
11th Caterham 0pts
Red, red and more red. Tifosis invaded Monza
hoping for a Ferrari win but it wasnt to be.
THROUGH SPEED TRAP
Fastest: Esteban
Gutirrez, 211.92mph
Slowest: Paul
Di Resta, 140.97mph
DIFFERENT
STROKES
It was a pleasant change to see new faces
and teams break the monotony of the
national racing scene.

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STORY SAPTARSHI SHUKLA PHOTOS ADITYA BEDRE
W
ith one win and a third place,
Chennai lad Ashwin Sundar
notched up his fourth national
title at the penultimate round
of the 2013 MRF Formula
1600 championship held at the Chennai circuit,
adding to his previous tally of Formula Swift
(2007), Formula Hyundai (2007) and Formula
LGB F4 (2012) championships. The final round
of the single-seater championship scheduled at
the Buddh International Circuit will still play
an important role that of deciding the two
runners-up spots, with Vikash Anand and Tarun
Reddy in contention.
While he may have sealed the title with two
races to spare, it can be argued that Sundars
performance wasnt in the same league this season
as his outings in the previous year, even if you
factor in the mechanical gremlins that impeded his
progress in at least one of the rounds.
There were several Japanese drivers also in the
fray despite not being eligible to score national
championship points, and Ashwin never had it
easy. He faced stiff opposition from Yudai Jinkawa
in particular, apart from Tarun Reddy, who
showed consistent maturity as his debut single-
seater season progressed.
But it was often Jinkawa, whos briefly raced
in the Japanese Formula Challenge, who set
a searing pace. Especially noteworthy was his
performance over one particular lap, which
neither Sundar nor anyone else was able to match
even at the Chennai circuit where the local lad is
considered somewhat of a specialist. Sundar still
managed to make up the qualifying deficit in the
races. But its safe to say that had Jinkawa been
eligible for championship points, he would have
pocketed the title with absolute ease.
INDIAN TOURING CARS
After witnessing the ageing Esteems and the odd
Zen and Baleno pounding the Indian circuits for,
well, forever, Tiger Sport brought in respite last
season as they raced a first-generation Honda City
VTEC and won the title convincingly with Arjun
Balu behind the wheel.
Going one step further this season, the team
landed factory support from Volkswagen India to
run a race-prepared Vento 1.6 against the tried
and tested field of Esteems. Despite the inherent
challenge that comes with developing an all-new
car from the ground up, Balu managed to help the
team hold their own.
A significantly heavier kerb weight and
the paucity of readily available aftermarket
performance parts are some of the deterrents
Tiger Sport have been grappling with. For
instance, Arjun Balu has been driving at ten-tenths
all season with a nearly stock gearbox. This means
he can use only four gears (as the ratios are
too tall) a travesty in racing terms, where ratios
are usually optimised to squeeze every last rpm
out of the engine.
Despite the challenges, it is great to see a team
traversing uncharted territory at the cost of their
own results, despite having the option of just
continuing with their dominating Honda City.
Hopefully their efforts will inspire the rest of the
RESULTS
MRF F1600
Pole position: Yudai Jinkawa
Race 1 winner: Yudai Jinkawa
Race 2 winner: Ashwin Sundar
Indian Touring Cars
Pole position: N Leelakrishnan
Race 1 winner: N Leelakrishnan
Race 2 winner: N Leelakrishnan
Indian Junior Touring Cars
Pole position: Feroze Khan
Race 1 winner: Feroze Khan
Race 2 winner: Feroze Khan
Formula Swift/F4
Pole position: S Narendran
Race 1 winner: S Narendran
Race 2 winner: S Narendran
It has been a testing season for the reigning
champions Tiger Sport and their VW Vento.
Ashwin Sundar sealed the title with a win, with
Vikash Anand and Advait Deodhar scoring their
maiden podiums.
paddock to start competing with modern-day
machinery and bid the good ol Esteem a long
overdue adieu.
AI
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WRC GERMANY: DANI SORDO CLAIMS FIRST VICTORY
Dani Sordo claimed his first World Rally Championship victory after an epic battle with Thierry Neuville in Germany. Sordo
had achieved 34 WRC podiums so far in his career without winning, and knew that his future depended on his Germany
performance, with Citroen dropping him for the next event in Australia to give Kris Meeke another shot. Championship leader
Sebastien Ogier looked set to pull away following fastest times on Thursday evenings stages, only to crash out on Friday
morning. That left his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala holding a shrinking advantage over Neuville.
Alonsos current team-mate, Felipe Massa, will make way
for the 2007 World Championship winner in 2014.
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return to Ferrari to join
Fernando Alonso from
2014, replacing current
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.
The Finn had earlier been in
the running for the second
Red Bull seat alongside
Sebastian Vettel, but the
champion squad chose Daniel
Ricciardo as Mark Webbers
replacement instead.
It then seemed most likely
that Rikknen wouldremain
at current squad Lotus for a
third season but assurances
from the team about its future
investment and technical
packages were crucial to that
deal, and Lotus was not yet
in a position to
provide those.
Rikknen
previously drove
for Ferrari from
2007-09 and he
came from behind
to deny McLaren
duo Lewis
Hamilton and
Fernando Alonso the title in
his first season in red, but had
to play second fiddle to team-
mate Massas championship
push in 2008.
After a disappointing 2009
campaign, Rikknen left
Ferrari and Formula 1 for
a career in the World Rally
Championship.
This proved unsuccessful,
and having dabbled with
NASCAR Truck racing and
testing Peugeots Le Mans
car, he headed back to F1 with
Lotus last year.
Rikknens comeback
has been very strong and hes
been among Vettels main
opposition since his return.
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DANIEL RICCIARDO WILLbe
Sebastian Vettels team-mate
in 2014, following weeks of
speculation about who would
land the second seat at the
reigning champion team.
Ricciardo will follow in the
footsteps of his Australian
compatriot Mark Webber
and makes the switch from
Red Bulls junior team Toro
Rosso. The destiny of the Red
Bull seat has beenthe focus
of Formula 1s silly season
for weeks, with Ricciardo
heading off tough opposition
from Kimi Rikknen for the
prized drive.
Although he had been
widely expected to get the
drive ever since Rikknens
management revealed last
month that talks with the
team had broken down, Red
Bull had delayed announcing
its decision. Team principal
Christian Horner had claimed
that the team wanted to
know what other options
were on offer, which included
Rikknen and an outside
possibility of Fernando Alonso.
Ricciardo will make the
jump up to Red Bull after two
full seasons with Toro Rosso,
and a half campaign for the
HRT team in 2011.
RICCIARDO MUST
PUSH SEBASTIAN
VETTEL BY MID-2014
After the Australian was
announced as Red Bulls
new driver, his bosses made
it clear that there will be a
very short grace period for
the Australian.
Red Bull motorsport
advisor Helmut Marko stated,
Ricciardo must put pressure
on Sebastian Vettel by mid-
season at the latest. He has
to be a real team player and
he has to deliver all the big
tasks that the new rules for
2014 create.
MERCEDES HAS NO concerns
that the momentum of its
2013 Formula 1 season has
dropped away, despite its
disappointing performances
in the Belgian and Italian
Grands Prix.
It had hoped to kick off the
second half of the campaign
with a run of results that
would have helped Lewis
Hamilton close down the
championship gap to Vettel.
However, its F1 W04
did not deliver all that was
hoped at Spa and Monza,
as Vettel produced back-
to-back victories that
have left him on course
for a fourth consecutive
championship.
Mercedes motorsport
boss Toto Wolff sees no
reason to believe that the
last two results are the start
of a trend though.
2007 2008 2009
Wins 6 2 1
Poles 3 2 0
Cship pos 1st 3rd 6th
Points 110 75 48
RIKKNENS FERRARI STATS
ROUND SEVEN OFAuto
GP World Series saw Narain
Karthikeyan stage an
incredible fight back up
the order to win Race
2 after having started
seventh on the grid.
Having finished
second in the
opening race of
the weekend after
starting on pole,
Narain had started
seventh for the
second race of the
weekend
as
per reversed grid.
The top step didnt come
easy though as the Indian
was squeezed off track on the
opening lap.
Narain was the first driver
to make his mandatory
pitstop and exited the pitlane
near the back of the pack.
But once in clean air, he set
a searing pace that other
drivers, including the race
leaders, could not match.
He steadily climbed up
the order as the laps ticked
past, and running fifth with
six laps to go, with all drivers
ahead yet to make their stops.
Despite encountering some
traffic, Narain continued to
set a slew of fastest laps while
the leaders started stopping
with a handful of laps to go.
As the stops shook out,
Narain ultimately took the
race lead on the final lap and
crossed the line 13 seconds
ahead of pole-sitter M Van
Buuren while claiming the
fastest lap of the race to top
off a flawless weekend.
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ROBERT KUBICA HAS
escaped unhurt from a
massive accident during
testing for his European
Rally Championship return
in Poland. Kubica rolled his
Citroen twice, causing severe
damage to the car. Kubica
and co-driver Maciek Baran
both got out uninjured.
Poland is scheduled to be
Kubicas first ERC appearance
since Corsica in May. He has
since concentrated on the
WRC 2 division, which he
currently leads.
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RED BULL MOTIVATED BY BOOS
Red Bull insists that jeering fans are a motivating force for the team rather than anything to be worried about. Sebastian
Vettel faced more boos as he collected his winners trophy at the Italian Grand Prix. Red Bull boss Christian Horner thinks
that the negative reception at Monza was more down to beating Ferrari than Vettel being unpopular. Anybody racing a
Ferrari, and beating a Ferrari, at Monza in Italy, is never going to be cheered, said Horner. It is inevitable that there was not
going to be a big reaction for Seb beating Fernando Alonso in front of the tifosi, who have come to see their car and team.
JORGE LORENZO DEFEATED
Marc Marquez in a stunning
British Grand Prix that was
only settled at the final corner.
Dani Pedrosa finished third,
with Valentino Rossi edging
Alvaro Bautista in another
last-lap fight to secure fourth.
Marquez had not even been
certain to start the race after
dislocating his shoulder in the
Sunday morning warm-up,
but in the event was able to
shadow Lorenzo throughout
and surge into the lead several
times over the final laps.
Pedrosa was ostensibly
involved in the lead scrap
and immediately closed onto
Lorenzos tail, but as was
the case at Brno was unable
to properly join the fight.
Lorenzo fought back
immediately, repassing
Marquez at Vale to hold the
lead onto the last lap.
Still it was not done: while
Marquez looked to have
lost ground, a fantastic exit
onto the Wellington Straight
allowed him to close onto
Lorenzo and stage a dramatic
finish. Marquez initially picked
the outside line, but scythed
down the inside at the last
minute to snatch the lead just
two corners from the flag.
Lorenzo stuck it out
round the outside, and
while Marquez still led going
into Luffield, his entry was
compromised, and Lorenzo
snuck back ahead before
winning the drag down to
the line, with just 0.081s to
choose between the pair at
the flag. Marquez therefore
extended his championship
lead to 30 points over Pedrosa
the unlikeliest of scenarios
considering he dislocated
his shoulder just three hours
before the races start.
Po. Riders
1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Marc Marquez
3. Dani Pedrosa
RESULTS
Po. Drivers
1. Narain Karthikeyan
2. M Van Buuren
3. Kevin Giovesi
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Spark-Renault SRT_01E,
the all-electric single-
seater that will be used for
its inaugural championship
next year at the Frankfurt
motor show.
Formula E Holdings
CEO Alejandro Agag and
FIA president Jean Todt
pulled the covers back
on the first version of the
actual race-specification
car that will be used for
its debut season which
is set to kick-off in
September 2014.
The SRT_01E, which
was under development for
nearly 10 months, has been
built by some of the sports
biggest names, with Spark
Racing Technologies led by
ARTs Frederic Vasseur and
supported by Dallara (chassis),
McLaren Electronic Systems
(powertrain), Williams
Advanced Engineering
(batteries), and Hewland
(gearbox).
Overseeing all the systems
integration, performance
optimisation and powertrain
electrical safety is Formula
Es technical partner Renault,
with its engineers and
motorsport experts benefiting
from the experience acquired
while developing the new
2014-spec 1.6-litre Renault-
Energy F1 unit.
The package will run
on custom-made 18-inch
treaded tyres developed by
Michelin, with just a single
durable tyre suitable for both
wet and dry conditions, which
will help control costs.
This is a great day for
Formula E, said Agag. One
year ago we had an idea of
the first global zero emissions
championship. Today we take
a big step towards making it a
reality.
A calendar of 10 races is
set to feature several street
circuits including London,
Rome, Los Angeles and
Bangkok amongst others.
MERCEDES-BENZ HAS
announced the winners of its
first ever Young Star Driver
programme at a shootout
which concluded at the
Buddh International Circuit
in Greater Noida. Nirajan
Todkari from Aurangabad
outraced the competition
to emerge in top spot, while
Diljith TS from Thrissur
and Mezaan Anees from
Bangalore finished second
and third, respectively.
The winner will get an
opportunity to intern with
the Mercedes AMG Petronas
F1 Team during the Indian
GP race weekend and also
undergo basic, advanced and
pro level training with the
AMG Driving Academy in India
and Germany.
The first runner-up will
undergo the AMG Driving
Academy basic and advanced
courses in India while the
second runner-up will get
the academys basic course
training in India.
Earlier in the year, the
German marque had invited
aspiring racing drivers
aged 15-25 years to submit
their applications online,
which attracted over 3,200
aspirants from across
the country.
After the initial screening,
12 finalists got a chance to
get behind the wheel of the
Mercedes E63 AMG for timed
laps around the F1 venue,
with the three quickest
making it to the podium.
Nirajan Todkari, Diljith TS and Mezan Anees finished
in first, second and third place, respectively.
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fter an eventful
weekend at Mugello,
the next stop for
the Auto GP World
Series was the
legendary Nrburgring
circuit. Our weekend kicked
off on a great note as we
found a good rhythm in
practice and went on to
clinch our third consecutive
pole position of the season.
As the lights went
out for Race One, I was
challenged by team-mate
Vittorio GhirelIi and his
compatriot Kevin Giovesi.
I had enough in hand to
keep them at bay and win
the race.
Race Two was slightly
more action-packed as I
started eighth and after a
good start, I managed to
gain a few places but was
tipped into a spin by Tamas
Pal Kiss at the rst corner.
So, I ended up dead last,
but managed to get up to
fth place by the end of
the race.
Next up, we were back in
the UK for the penultimate
round of the series, at the
Donington Park circuit and
it was clear mathematically
that we needed big points
to stay in the championship.
During practice, we tried
various options and things
were looking good. Come
qualifying, I once again
managed to put the car
on pole. For Race One, we
decided to start the race
on old tyres, while all other
drivers started on new ones.
We would have a slight
disadvantage in terms of
pace, so it was a risk but we
were hoping that we would
not go too far backwards,
and save a fresh set for
Race Two in the process.
Starting on pole, I
managed to lead the race
comfortably, but front tyre
graining forced us into a
premature pitstop on lap
14. The early pitstop meant
I lost track position to
Giovesi and Ghirelli. I did
manage to overhaul the
former but fell just half a
second short of Ghirelli and
therefore nished second.
But Race Two was what
it was all about. I started
seventh as per the reversed
grid and was squeezed
by Sergio Campana on
the run down to the rst
corner but I didnt back
out despite running on the
grass for quite some time!
Campana wasnt done
yet as he dived in from
nowhere on the following
lap as well, passing me
but damaging my front-
right toe bar (a suspension
component). The team
pitted me early and once I
exited the pit in clean air,
I was able to constantly lap
over half a second quicker
than everyone else. And
so, with six laps to go, I
was running fth. Once
all the pit stops played
out though, I had a solid
13-second lead by the
time I crossed the line. It
was denitely the most
satisfying win of the season.
Thanks to some out-
of-the-box thinking, we
scored 40 points, which
means Im just 21 points
behind championship
leader Ghirelli, with just the
season nale at Brno to go.
Everything is to play for!
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THE FIA HAS warned
Formula 1 teams that it
is ready to get tough on
much-needed cost cuts.
With Formula 1s budgets
set for an increase next year
because of new regulations,
and several outfits facing
financial struggles, there
have been concerns that the
sport is heading for trouble
unless spending is brought
under control.
Teams have tried frequently
to agree on a way forward, but
their efforts have been in vain.
A push towards a stricter
Resource Restriction
Agreement (RRA) met
with resistance from some
quarters.
But ahead of a
restructuring of the way that
F1 is governed under the new
Concorde Agreement, Todt
has hinted that the FIA is now
ready to push forward with
its ambitions.
Speaking about his plans,
Todt said that the FIA will use
its presence at the new F1
Strategy Group think-tank to
vote for changes.
The new 18-man body
will be made up of six votes
from the FIA, six from the
commercial rights holder and
six from the teams.
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AUTO GP SERIES organiser
Enzo Coloni has announced
that the championship will
reintroduce prize money
in 2014.
Under the new system, the
top-three points finishers
over each double-header race
weekend will be rewarded
from a season prize pool of
300,000 Euros.
Prize money was initially
offered by the series from its
inaugural season in 2010 and
continued for the following
two seasons.
However, a substantial
investment in updating
the technical package to
machinery over the winter
of 2012-2013 led to prize
money being suspended
this season.
Organisers cited high
interest in the series for 14
from prospective teams and
drivers as further reason to
reinstate the prize fund.
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week after a hard
weekend at the
Nrburgring, we
headed South to
Speilberg in Austria
where the Red Bull Ring is
situated (Formerly known
as the A1-Ring). This time,
the team went all out in
making a big change for
the car. We denitely did
not want to struggle like
we did at Nrburgring.
We also had to take into
consideration that even the
smallest loss or gain in time
would mean a huge loss or
gain in position considering
this grid of over 24 cars is
covered by one second.
Prepared for it to go
either way, Daniel and I
headed out for practice
and were both pleasantly
surprised at how good the
car felt to drive! We ended
Practice One in the top
ten and only a few tenths
off the pace. After a good
second practice, the team
was condent of a good
showing in qualifying.
However, in Qualifying 1,
I put the car 13th on the
grid. Daniel, on the other
hand, could only manage
18th for Race Two, again,
the second-fastest Audi.
Clearly, the Audis were all
struggling here with the
balance of performance not
being in our favour. This
meant we were a whole
15kph down on the straight
with the fastest cars! Even
former championship
winning drivers had to be
content with starting at the
back of the grid.
The start of the rst race
was chaotic with 26 cars
heading into Turn 1. Sure
enough, I was forced to
take the long way around
to avoid a spinning car.
Having dropped a few
places down, I found my
way past two cars before
coming head-to-head with
a car that had all the speed
in the world to keep me
behind! Although I did
try to make a few moves, I
was forced to sit back and
watch him pull away down
the straight. By this time, it
was the halfway point and
Daniel took over, kept his
nose clean and brought us
across the nish in 12th. We
missed out on the points,
but it was denitely a race
to smile about.
Next, it was Daniels turn
to take the start. Again, he
kept his nose clean and
began to make his way up.
Unfortunately, a few laps
into the race, we found
ourselves being collected
by a ying Lamborghini,
thereby ending our race
a few laps later due to an
overheating issue.
All in all, it was a positive
weekend before heading
to Lausitzring a couple of
weeks later. While team-
mates Sebastian and Florian
were fastest in the rst
practice, we were sixth, only
two-tenths off! After getting
a bit greedy, we decided to
make a small change for
Practice Two which didnt
go our way. So, it was back
to where we started from.
This time, Daniel drove
Qualifying One while I
drove Q2. For some reason,
he really struggled and
boy, I have never seen a
man so angry at himself
before! Having put us 21st
on the grid, it was my turn
to make up some places.
Unfortunately though, I
was half a second outside
a top-ve start position. In
this series, that is a lifetime.
We were 19th! Clearly, we
need to get our qualifying
pace sorted out. Anyway,
we couldnt change that
then with the race just a
few hours away.
So now, it was Daniels
turn to start and from
21st, theres not much to
lose. Clearly, he got off to
a brilliant start and by the
end of Lap 1, we were up six
places! This was a chaotic
rst stint as an incident
brought out the red ags
just before the pit window
opened. This meant that
most cars dived into the
pits at the restart, making it
more interesting. Another
two places there and we
were 11th. However, it
remained this way till the
chequered ag dropped
and we found ourselves
narrowly missing out on
the points.
Sunday morning came
along and the engineer
decided it was time to make
a change and try it out
in the warm-up session.
This time around, he made
me drive the car to see
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liked it. We ended up 2nd.
But seriously, to start
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into the top ve would
require immense luck on
a grid with this kind of
driver line-up. Race Two
was more of a procession
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since the pace was so very
even. After handing it over
to Daniel in 16th place, the
safety car was brought out
and he did a brilliant job
to gain two places after
that, bringing us home
in 14th place.
Overall, these were good
weekends for us but we still
need to covert our practice
pace into qualifying and
for Slovakiaring, we will
do just that!

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ASTON MARTIN ASTON MARTIN
DB9 DB9
DB9 NA 320.00
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NA NA NA 5935/V12 510/62 6/M P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Rapide S Rapide S
Rapide S NA 355.00
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NA NA NA 5935/V12 550/63 6/M P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Vantage V8 Vantage V8
V8 Vantage Coupe NA 247.00 NA NA NA 4735/V8 420/48 6/M P / // / / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
V8 Vantage Roadster NA 178.00 NA NA NA 4735/V8 420/48 6/M P / // / / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
V8 Vantage SP10 NA 215.00
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NA NA NA 4735/V8 430/50 6/M P / // / / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
V8 Vantage S Coupe NA 271.00 NA NA NA 4735/V8 430/50 7/M P / // / / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
V8 Vantage S Roadster NA 220.00
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NA NA NA 4735/V8 430/50 7/M P / // / / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
Vantage S V12 Vantage S V12
V12 Vantage S Coupe NA 285.00
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NA NA NA 5935/V12 565/63.2 7/M P / // / / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
V12 Vantage Roadster NA 310.00
**
NA NA NA 5935/V12 510/58.1 6/M P / // / / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
Vanquish Vanquish
Vanquish NA 465.00
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NA NA NA 5935/V12 565/63.2 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Zagato Zagato
Zagato NA 1100.00
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NA NA NA 5935/V12 510/58.1 6/M P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
AUDI AUDI
A4 A4
1.8 TFSI 32.26 33.69 NA NA NA 1798/4 168/32.6 CVT P 4.01 9.36 225 5.70 6.92 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
2.0 TDI 140bhp 30.99 36.80 NA NA NA 1968/4 140.8/32 CVT D 4.42 10.96 5.83 7.64 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
2.0 TDI 174bhp NA 31.74
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NA NA NA 1968/4 174/38.7 CVT D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
3.0 TDI 50.90 50.12
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NA NA NA 2967/V6 241.3/51 7/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
DB9 The DB9 has, if you like, reverted to traditional
Aston Martin strengths that have always spoken
more to heart than head. State of the art it may no
longer be, but desirable and exciting it continues
to remain.
FOR Looks and detailing, characterful engine,
handling balance. AGAINST Terrible ergonomics,
six-speed transmission, feeling dated.
VERDICT The DB9 continues to remain desirable
and exciting.
DIMENSIONS Length 4720mm Width 1875mm Height 1282mm
Wheelbase 2740mm Tyre size 235/40 R19(F), 275/35 R19(R)
Turning circle dia 12m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1785kg Fuel tank 78 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
FOR Eccentric charm, delectable performance
and refinement blend, beautifully resolved
handling. AGAINST Second-row practicality.
VERDICT Brilliantly accomplished
four-door GT.
DIMENSIONS Length 5020mm Width 2140mm Height 1350mm
Wheelbase 2989mm Tyre size 245/40 R20(F), 295/35 R20(R)
Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1990kg Fuel tank 90.5 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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RAPIDE S We like the design, the drive and the feeling that
it is built with care. And the things that irritated us then are
still its shortcomings today its rear volume, some road
noise and the fiddly interior. If you are able to cope with its
accommodation limitations, youll love the Rapide S.
VANTAGE V8 The V8 is very capable indeed, but its still short of
that final, magical polish that separates a good car from a great
one a polish that comes with experience. It offers performance
just about strong enough to be acceptable, and its dynamic reper-
toire, while no threat to the 911s, is broad in its abilities.
FOR Characterful engine, handling,
interior quality. AGAINST Patchy ride,
numb steering.
VERDICT The Vantage really scores with
its look and its classy aura.
DIMENSIONS Length 4385mm Width 1865mm Height 1260mm
Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 235/40 R19(F), 275/35 R19(R)
Turning circle dia 11.1m Trunk volume 300 litres Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1630kg Fuel tank 80 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
VANTAGE S V12 The V12 Vantage is surprisingly a good
attempt from Aston Martin, a car that hits the spot with far
greater accuracy than the DBS on which its based. So yes, if
you can afford it, go ahead and write out the cheque. You will
not be disappointed.
FOR Serious drivers car, firm ride, brakes.
AGAINST Expensive.
VERDICT The V12 Vantage are seriously
for those who can afford such
a price tag.
DIMENSIONS Length 4380mm Width 1865mm Height 1241mm
Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 255/35 R19(F), 295/30 R19(R)
Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1680kg Fuel tank 80 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
VANQUISH This Aston stays magnificently flat, resisting pitch and
roll-rock in a way that is highly unusual for any sporting GT. This,
truly, is a car built for British roads, and if supercar buyers value
such things, they will laud the new Vanquish above all for this.
FOR Feels special, still easy to drive.
AGAINST Expensive.
VERDICT The Vanquish is a match for
some much more track-focused cars..
DIMENSIONS Length 4380mm Width 1865mm Height 1241mm
Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 255/35 R20(F), 305/30 R20(R)
Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1680kg Fuel tank 80 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
ZAGATO Aston Martins Zagato race car looks fantastic. But the real
highlight here comes courtesy of the cars completely unsilenced
engine. The mammoth power is transferred to the tarmac via an
automated manual gearbox borrowed from the Aston One-77.
DIMENSIONS Length 4385mm Width 1865mm Height 1250mm
Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 255/35 R19(F), 295/30 R19(R)
Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1680kg Fuel tank 80 litresSEAT DIMENSIONS Rear
seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
A4 Although it isnt radically different, the A4 has changes that
matter. Minimal changes to the already sharp exterior and interior
design are tasteful. But its under the skin that the new A4 seems a
more exciting, cleaner and better luxury car.
FOR Soft ride, spacious, smooth
engines. AGAINST Rear seats lack thigh
support, lacks driver involvement.
VERDICT A more exciting, cleaner and
better luxury car.
DIMENSIONS Length 4701-4716mm Width 1826mm Height 1406-1427mm
Wheelbase 2808-2811mm Tyre size 225/55 R16, 225/50 R17, 245/40 R18
Turning circle dia 11.4m Trunk volume 480litres Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1545-1755kg Fuel tank 61-63 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage.
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 59/84cm Headroom 90cm Width 138cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
1.8 TFSI 8.5/12.5/15.6
2.0 TDI 140bhp 10.9/15/16.5
2.0 TDI 174bhp NA/NA/17.1
S4 NA/NA/10.3
* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. *** Ex-Maharashtra prices.
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S4 3.0 TFSI 54.53 45.30
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NA NA NA 2995/V6 333/45 7/A P 2.67 5.56 3.79 4.58 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
A6 A6
2.8 FSI 47.71 58.24 40.25
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40.60
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2773/V6 204/28.5 A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
3.0 TFSI 50.99
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67.07 47.42
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47.83
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2995/V6 300/44.8 7/DSG P 2.72 6.06 250 4.05 5.20 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
2.0 TDI 40.28 56.39 38.04
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1968/4 174/38.7 8stepCVT D 4.07 9.05 5.51 6.47 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
3.0 TDI 58.59 68.16 47.37
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2967/V6 245/51 7/DSG D 2.89 6.39 250 4.07 5.28 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
S6 4.0 TFSI 85.90
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NA NA NA NA 3993/V8 414/56 7/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
A7 A7
Sportback 3.0 TDI 74.59 83.00 NA NA NA 2967/V6 245/51 7/A D 3.11 6.67 4.39 5.31 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Sportback 3.0 TFSI NA 110.00
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NA NA NA 2995/V6 296/45 7/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
A8 A8
4.2 FSI 120.56 87.32
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NA NA NA 4163/V8 372/45.3 8/A P 3.22 6.40 250 4.08 4.76 / /// / El/EL F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
W12 169.23 NA 130.00
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129.00
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NA 6300/W12 500/63.7 8/A P / /// / El/EL F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
3.0 TDI 104.60 88.00
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78.69
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NA NA 2967/V6 246/56.1 8/A D 2.89 6.31 250 4.40 5.68 / /// / El/EL F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
4.2 TDI 89.90
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NA NA 114.80 4134/V8 350/81.6 8/A D 2.21 5.15 4.30 4.35 / /// / El/EL F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Q3 Q3
2.0 TSI base 38.80 38.94 NA NA NA 1984/4 208/30.6 7/A P 8.3 230 / /// / El/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
2.0 TSI high NA 46.08 NA NA NA 1984/4 208/30.6 7/A P 8.3 230 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
2.0 TDI S M/T 24.99
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NA NA NA NA 1968/4 140/32.6 6/M D 4.40 9.99 202 9.78 12.05 / /// / El/M R / / El/ /// Re 6
2.0 TDI base 38.81 38.81 NA NA NA 1968/4 174/38.7 7/A D 3.58 8.35 212 5.73 6.68 / /// / El/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
2.0 TDI high 40.45 46.06 NA NA NA 1968/4 174/38.7 7/A D 3.58 8.35 212 5.73 6.68 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Q5 Q5
2.0 TFSI 48.58 55.94 38.94
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38.94
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1984/4 221/35.6 8/A P 3.49 7.76 5.15 5.80 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
3.0 TDI 52.98 63.34 44.94
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44.94
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2967/V6 245/59 7/A D 2.97 6.54 4.31 5.32 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
2.0 TDI 50.01 51.21 40.15
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NA NA 1968/4 170/35.7 7/A D 5.04 11.21 6.60 8.16 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Q7 Q7
3.0 TFSI 59.29
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59.00
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3.0 TDI 72.99 56.79
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2967/V6 240/56 8/A D 5.17 10.61 216 6.36 7.42 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
4.2 TDI 79.00
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NA NA NA NA 4134/V8 335/81.5 8/A D 2.93 6.69 4.57 5.24 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
A6 Theres no doubt that Audi has taken the game
considerably forward with the new A6. Its got almost everything
luxury car owners would look for. You just cant get away from the
fact that this is a well rounded and superbly engineered car.
FOR Brilliant diesel engine, exciting petrol
motor, quality interiors. AGAINST Rear
seats could be better, road noise, thirsty
petrol. VERDICT The new A6 has certainly
set a new benchmark in its class.
DIMENSIONS Length 4915/4931mm Width 1874mm Height 1440/1455mm
Wheelbase 2912/2916mm Tyre size 255/40 R19, 225/55 R17 Turning circle dia
11.9m Trunk volume 530 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1720-1970kg
Fuel tank 75 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage.SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear
seat: Legroom min/max 66/86cm Headroom 92cm Width 136cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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3.0 TFSI 7.0/10.0/NA
3.0 TDI 9.3/14.3/NA
2.0 TDI 10.1/14.9/NA
A7 This is an Audi that unlike some of its colder stablemates, really
comes out and woos you. This is a car thats desirable on multiple
levels - looks, interior comfort, technical wizadry and effortless
performance.
FOR Sharp looks, performance, quality
interiors.
AGAINST Road noise, vague steering.
VERDICT Sweet chariot it is.
DIMENSIONS Length 4969mm Width 1911mm Height 1420mm Wheelbase 2914mm
Tyre size 255/45 R18 Turning circle dia 11.9m Trunk volume 535 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1770kg Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 2 years,
unlimited mileage.SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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A8 Finally, in its latest generation, Audi has a car that has the
potential to take on the competition and hope to win. And thats a
massive step forward for Audi, the quiet, slightly reserved, but very
high tech brand.
FOR Unmatched space and comfort,
breathtaking performance (4.2), refined
diesel. AGAINST Road noise, ride.
VERDICT Audis flagship is sure to give
Merc and BMW a run for their money.
DIMENSIONS Length 5267mm Width 2111mm Height 1471mm Wheelbase 3122mm
Tyre size 235/55 R18, 255/45 R19 Turning circle dia 12.7m Trunk volume 510 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1960-2130kg Fuel tank 90 litres
Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
75/101cm Headroom 92cm Width 147cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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4.2 FSI 5.6/10.4/NA
Q3 On the whole, and as a package, Audis Q3 is simply the com-
pact luxury SUV Indian car owners have always been waiting for.
Possessing the right blend of practicality, luxury and brand
character, the Q3 has the ability to take this segment by storm.
FOR Strong performer, feels almost as
fullsized as a Q5, comfortable rear seat.
AGAINST Diesel a bit noisy at idle, steering
lacks feel. VERDICT The compact luxury
SUV that has everything you expect of it.
DIMENSIONS Length 4385mm Width 1831mm Height 1608mm Wheelbase
2603mm Tyre size 215/65 R16 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 460 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1585kg Fuel tank 64 litres Warranty 2 years,
unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 59/80cm
Headroom 95cm Width 134cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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2.0 TSI NA/NA/11.72
2.0 M/T TDI 140bhp NA/NA/17.3
2.0 TDI 174bhp 10.5/14/15.73
Q5 Despite its size and weight, the facelifted Q5 is a fairly decent
thing to punt around corners. The steering is typically Audi - light
and effortless, but devoid of feel. The Quattro set-up gives the Q5 a
nice handling balance in brisk driving.
FOR Performance, build and quality.
AGAINST Uninvolving driving
experience. VERDICT Much improved
and now a much better-rounded
product.
DIMENSIONS Length 4629mm Width 1880mm Height 1653mm Wheelbase
2807mm Tyre size 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 540/1560
litres Ground clearance 201mm Kerb weight 1830-1935kg Fuel tank 75 litres
Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/
max 59/82cm Headroom 94cm Width 142cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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Q7 Audis first off-road vehicle hits the spot in India and has
celeb status among SUVs. The 3.0 TDI is the most popular Q7 and
makes the most sense but its the 4.2 V8 diesel that takes SUV
performance to a different level and makes the petrol options look
all but redundant.
FOR Road presence, V8 diesel.
AGAINST Too big for crowded streets,
fidgety ride.
VERDICT Luxury SUV thats won
celebrity status.
DIMENSIONS Length 5089mm Width 1983mm Height 1737mm Wheelbase 3002mm
Tyre size 275/45 R20 Turning circle dia 12m Trunk volume 330/2035 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2512kg Fuel tank 100 litres
Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage.
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom 65/88cm Headroom 94cm Width 144cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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4.2 TDI 5.5/9.1/NA
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Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car AUDI to BMW
RS 5 RS 5
RS 5 Coupe 94.12 94.54
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NA NA NA 4163/V8 450/43.8 7/Stronic P 2.50 5.06 280 3.75 4.15 / // / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
TT TT
TT 56.98 50.00
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NA NA NA 1984/4 208/35.7 6/Stronic P 3.08 6.49 4.34 5.14 / // / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 4
BENTLEY MOTORS BENTLEY MOTORS
Continental Continental
Flying Spur 188.00
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188.00
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NA NA NA 5998/W12 616/81.6 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
GT 205.00
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205.00
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NA NA NA 5998/W12 567/71.4 8/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
GT V8 NA 193.00
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NA NA NA 3993/V8 500/67.3 8/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
GT Speed NA 200.00
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NA NA NA 5998/W12 616/81.6 8/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
GTC 224.00
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NA NA NA 5998/W12 567/71.4 8/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
GTC V8 NA 210.00
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NA NA NA 3993/V8 500/67.3 8/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
GTC Speed NA 232.00
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NA NA NA 5998/W12 616/81.6 8/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Mulsanne Mulsanne
Mulsanne 322.00
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NA NA NA 6752/V8 505/104 8/A P 5.3 296 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
BMW BMW
1 Series 1 Series
116i 23.94 25.61 NA 24.95 26.68 1598/4 134/22.4 8/A P / /// / M/M R / / El/ /// Re 6
118d 26.79 28.51 NA 27.32 29.21 1995/4 140/32.6 8/A D / /// / M/M R / / El/ /// Re 6
118d Sport 30.27 32.19 NA 30.88 32.99 1995/4 140/32.6 8/A D / /// / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
118d Sport Plus 34.92 37.10 NA 35.63 38.03 1995/4 140/32.6 8/A D / /// / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
3 Series 3-series
320d Base 29.90
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320d Sportline 33.90
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320d Luxuryline 33.90
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320i 29.90
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36.35 NA 36.71 NA 1997/4 184/27.5 8/A P / /// / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 8
328i Sportline 39.50
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5 Series 5-series
520i 41.50
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535i 62.32 72.52 63.48 70.83 73.70 2996/6 304/40.8 8/A P 2.90 6.15 250 4.05 4.65 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
520d 42.10
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525d 45.50
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530d 54.50
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M5 98.90
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1 SERIES Yes, the 1-series looks are unlikely to appeal to everyone
and other competitors may have a bit more space in the rear, but
in areas that count, the new 1-series is super competitive. Youd be
crazy not to test drive one if you are shopping for a compact luxury
car; you wouldnt know what youre missing.
FOR Boot space, ride, everyday usability.
AGAINST Low rear seat. VERDICT BMWs
way of offering punters an even cheaper
way of sliding into the lap of German
luxury.
DIMENSIONS Length 4324mm Width 1765mm Height 1421mm
Wheelbase 2690mm Tyre size 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume 360 litres Ground clearance 157mm Kerb weight NA Fuel
tank 52 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
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116i NA/NA/16.28
118d NA/NA/20.58
TT Find the right road and the TT will delight with its short
wheelbase-aided nimbleness and four-contact-patch grip. The
TT makes a convincing case for itself as a stylish, adequately
quick and fun sports coup. If only Audi could do something
about that stiff ride.
FOR Responsive, smooth motor, build
quality. AGAINST Uncomfortable ride,
no spare wheel.
VERDICT Stylish and fun, but not a hard-
core drivers car.
DIMENSIONS Length 4198mm Width 1842mm Height 1353mm Wheelbase 2468mm
Tyre size 245/45 R17 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1380kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage.
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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RS5 The updated RS5 gets a revised front grille, more pronounced
bonnet styling and new-look Audi signature DRLs and updated LED
tail-lamps along with updated front and rear bumper designs. The
RS5s thirst is scary and its not the razor-sharp tool that the BMW
M3 is but for the price its a good combination of everything.
FOR Supercar performance, everyday
usability.
AGAINST Thirst, lifeless steering.
VERDICT A rare combination of ease of
use, luxury and performance.
DIMENSIONS Length 4649mm Width 1860mm Height 1366mm Wheelbase 2751mm
Tyre size 265/35 R19 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance
NA Kerb weight 1725kg Fuel tank 64 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage.
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 50/78cm
Headroom 89cm Width 125cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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CONTINENTAL There is much to love about this car: it creates a
sense of occasion like few other cars at any price, and offers an
endearing blend of performance, potential top speed and braking
power. There can be no denying that it fulfills its remit as a big, lav-
ish vehicle thats even fun to drive.
FOR Driving pleasure, build quality.
AGAINST Harsh ride.
VERDICT An opulent sportscar,
available as saloon, coup or
convertible.
DIMENSIONS Length 4804-5307mm Width 2118mm Height 1479mm
Wheelbase 2745-3116mm Tyre size 275/40 R19 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2385-2475kg
Fuel tank 100 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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MULSANNE The Mulsanne offers the owner-driver a truly enjoyable
experience at the wheel. Most owners of this kind of car will prioritise
refinement over driver appeal, so we must mark the Mulsanne down.
But if your taste is for a sporting drive whatever type of car it comes
in, the Mulsanne could well be the best luxury saloon in the world.
FOR Inviting tactile cabin, rewarding drive,
plentiful performance. AGAINST Mediocre
secondary ride, intrusive ESP system.
VERDICT Exudes class and understated
elegance.
DIMENSIONS Length 5575mm Width 1926mm Height 1521mm
Wheelbase 3266mm Tyre size 265/45 ZR20 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2585kg
Fuel tank 96 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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3 SERIES The old 3-series was the benchmark in its class,
one that remained undefeated in most comparisons, espe-
cially with a diesel motor under the hood. The new 3 takes
the game forward substantially in almost every area, which
is an indication of how good this car really is.
FOR Performance, space and comfort,
outstanding dynamics. AGAINST Engine
noise (320d), interior quality could have
been better. VERDICT Outstanding all-
rounder sets new class benchmark.
DIMENSIONS Length 4624mm Width 1811mm Height 1429mm Wheelbase 2810mm
Tyre size 225/45 R18, 225/50 R17 Turning circle dia 11.3m Trunk volume 480 litres
Ground clearance 140mm Kerb weight 1420-1430kg Fuel tank 60 litres
Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 65cm/90cm Headroom 91cm Width 139cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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328i 7.5/12.5/14.79
320d 11.1/15.5/18.88
5 SERIES The new 5 Series is refined, spacious, economical and (for
the most part) comfortable. If you are looking for an all-rounder, it
would be hard not to recommend it. But were somehow left wanting
more; its not engaging enough to drive as before. The new M5 has
got everything that you would expect of a super-saloon towering
performance, engaging handling and a properly comfortable cabin.
FOR Strong engines, brilliant 8-speed box
(535i), formidable performance (M5).
AGAINST Not as involving to drive as before,
rear seats not as comfy as rivals, price (M5).
VERDICT Very accomplished and capable but
has its character transformed.
DIMENSIONS Length 4899-4910mm Width 1860-1891mm Height 1456-1464mm
Wheelbase 2964-2968mm Tyre size 225/55 R17, 245/45 R18, 255/55 R17, 265/35
R20, 295/30 R20 Turning circle dia 11.4-12.6m Trunk volume 520 litres
Ground clearance 142mm Kerb weight 1795-1870kg Fuel tank 70-80 litres
Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 63-64/87-100cm Headroom 90-92cm Width 140-148.5cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
535i 6.5/12.0/11.62 520d 10/14.5/18.48
525d NA/NA/16.73
530d 7.9/13.8/16.20
M5 4.7/7.1/NA
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* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices are indicative only and
vary from time to time.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
BMW to BMW Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car
6 Series 6-series
650i Coupe 89.90
**
117.43 96.51 130.80 114.86 4395/V8 407/61.2 8/A P 2.76 5.24 250 3.50 3.96 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
640d Coupe 79.90
**
104.41 85.84 117.37 102.25 2993/6 313/64.2 8/A D 2.84 5.69 250 4.05 4.47 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
640d Gran Coupe 86.40
**
NA NA 126.20 NA 2993/6 309/64.2 8/A D 3.23 6.07 250 3.73 4.35 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
650i Convertible 99.60
**
NA 106.86 144.83 127.08 4395/V8 407/61.2 8/A P 2.76 5.24 250 3.50 3.96 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
7 Series 7-series
730 Ld 92.90
**
105.90 98.42 116.51 118.01 2993/6 255/57 8/A D 2.99 6.61 250 4.18 5.04 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
740 Li 93.90
**
122.63 100.77 114.87 119.78 2979/6 321/45.9 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
750 Li 105.50
**
137.73 113.15 128.90 134.40 4395/V8 450/66.3 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
760 Li 139.90
**
182.49 149.86 170.52 177.76 5972/V12 544/76.5 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Grand Turismo Grand Turismo
GT 3.0d 74.55
**
97.45 80.13 81.82 86.23 2993/6 243/55.1 8/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
X1 X1
sDrive20d 28.60
**
34.64 30.99 35.23 NA 1995/4 181/38.7 8/A D 3.66 8.25 205 4.78 7.35 / /// / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
sDrive20d Sport Line 33.40
**
40.29 36.61 41.04 41.59 1995/4 181/38.7 8/A D 3.66 8.25 205 4.78 7.35 / /// / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
sDrive20d xLine 33.40
**
40.29 36.61 41.04 41.59 1995/4 181/38.7 8/A D 3.66 8.25 205 4.78 7.35 / /// / El/El R / / El/ /// Re 6
X3 X3
xDrive20d 40.60
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55.02 46.20 56.14 54.84 1995/4 184/38.7 8/A D 3.94 9.28 210 5.66 6.99 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
xDrive30d 49.80
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64.11 52.65 64.13 63.54 2993/6 258/57.1 8/A D 2.68 6.42 4.54 5.41 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
X5 X5
xDrive50i 76.90
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100.51 74.63 95.85 98.22 4395/V8 407/62 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
xDrive30d 58.70
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76.82 63.21 72.16 75.28 2993/6 245/55 8/A D 3.25 7.65 NA 5.16 6.39 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
X6 X6
xDrive50i 93.40
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121.98 90.39 114.29 119.17 4395/V8 407/61.2 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
xDrive40d 96.70
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99.60 81.89 93.48 97.49 2993/6 306/64.2 8/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
X6M 130.00
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138.50
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NA 169.28 176.02 4395/V8 547/69.3 7/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Z4 Z4
sDrive35i 70.00
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80.70 69.51 82.81 82.63 2979/6 302/40.8 7/A P 3.20 6.18 250 4.13 4.43 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
6 SERIES With the new 6-Series which is now available in convert-
ible and coupe versions, BMW is ditching the bullish appearance of
the previous model for a svelter and classically elegant look. The
design ties the new 6-Series visually with other recent BMW models,
notably the 5-series, with which it shares much of its mechanical
package.
FOR Blistering performance, open-top
experience, relaxed mile muncher, good
range (d). AGAINST Too heavy, poor ride,
very thirsty (Petrol).
VERDICT The ultimate long-distance
missile.
DIMENSIONS Length 4894-5007mm Width 1894mm Height 1369-1392mm
Wheelbase 2855-2968mm Tyre size 245/40 R19 (F), 275/35 R19 (R)
Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 450 litres Ground clearance 123mm
Kerb weight 1845-2015kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 2 years Unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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FOR Driving pleasure, quiet cabin,
responsive engine and gearbox.
AGAINST Floaty ride, cabin does not feel
that special. VERDICT Small tweaks help
the 7-series feel more luxurious.
DIMENSIONS Length 5212mm Width 1902mm Height 1478mm Wheelbase 3210mm
Tyre size 245/45(F) 275/40(R) R19 Turning circle dia 12.7m Trunk volume 500
litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1980kg Fuel tank 82 litres Warranty 2
years Unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 74/94 cm
Headroom 92 cm Width 144 cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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760Li NA/NA/7.69 750Li 4.1/7.1/8.8
740Li NA/NA/8.4
730Ld 6.5/10.8/14.49
7 SERIES With its world-beating engine, mighty performance,
plenty of interior space and equipment, solid build quality and a
great image, its got almost everything one would want in a car
like this. With the recent facelift, BMW has improved the 7-series
in key-areas and is hoping to come back into contention.
GRAND TURISMO The Grand Turismo is a difficult car to
put into context, because it is one of a kind. The concept
of a versatile five-door luxury car is not without appeal,
even if it may prove to be the answer to a question no
one has yet asked.
FOR Interior style, performance, rear
accomodation. AGAINST Luggage space,
crashy ride, overly assisted steering.
VERDICT Tries to be too many things for
too many people.
DIMENSIONS Length 4998mm Width 1901mm Height 1559mm
Wheelbase 3070mm Tyre size 245/50/R18 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2035kg Fuel tank 70 litres
Warranty 2 years Unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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X1 The X1s rewarding handling, punchy engine, willing gearbox and
beautifully balanced chassis thrill you. The upgraded interiors and
longer equipment list only serve to strengthen the X1s case. Most will
also be attracted to the fact that it costs a lot less than the competi-
tion, thereby making it the better value-for-money proposition.
FOR Sporty handling, brilliant gearbox.
AGAINST Cramped rear, fairly noisy
engine.
VERDICT Posh badge and irresistable
package.
DIMENSIONS Length 4454mm Width 1798mm Height 1545mm Wheelbase
2760mm Tyre size 225/50 R17 Turning circle dia 11.3m Trunk volume 420/1350
litres Ground clearance 194mm Kerb weight 1500-1530kg Fuel tank 63 litres
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/
max 55/79cm Headroom 95cm Width 138cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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sDrive20d 10.5/13.8/17.05
X3 The X3 may not be a revolutionary car but its multi-
faceted talents means that theres no denying it is an
extremely clever piece of engineering. That it costs nearly
the same as the old car and is better equipped makes it
all the more attractive.
FOR Fun to drive, punchy diesel engine.
AGAINST Spiky power delivery.
VERDICT A huge improvement over the
outgoing model.
DIMENSIONS Length 4648mm Width 1881mm Height 1661mm Wheelbase 2810mm
Tyre size 225/60 R17 Turning circle dia 11.9m Trunk volume 550/1600 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1715kg Fuel tank 67 litres
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 67/90cm Headroom 94cm Width 142cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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xDrive20d 9.1/12.7/NA
X5 The new X5 is a comprehensive upgrade. The 3-litre diesel
continues to offer masses of torque. Like all BMWs, it comes
loaded with technology and doesnt compromise on the
luxury either.
FOR Eight speed auto, handling,
performance.
AGAINST Looks the same as old car,
expensive options. VERDICT A luxury
SUV for those who love to drive.
DIMENSIONS Length 4857mm Width 2197mm Height 1766mm Wheelbase 2933mm
Tyre size 255/50 R19, 255/55 R18 Turning circle dia 12.8m Trunk volume 620-
1,750 litres Ground clearance 212mm Kerb weight 2180-2425kg Fuel tank 85 litres,
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
61/84cm Headroom 94cm Width 146cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
xDrive50i NA/NA/8.00
xDrive30d NA/NA/11.70
X6 The X6 can outrun most sports cars and stand out of the crowd
in most parking lots. Yes, the ride could have been better, it could
have been more spacious and lighter. The recent facelift incorpo-
rates cosmetic and mechanical changes in the gearbox and power
output of the diesel engine.
FOR Unique looks, performance.
AGAINST Impractical, stiff ride.
VERDICT A posers SUV.
DIMENSIONS Length 4877mm Width 1983mm Height 1699mm Wheelbase 2933mm
Tyre size 275/40 R20 (Front) & 315/35 R20 (Rear) Turning circle dia 12.8m
Trunk volume 570/1450 litres Ground clearance 212mm Kerb weight 2190kg
Fuel tank 85 litres Warranty 2 years Unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 61/83cm Headroom 91cm Width 142cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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Z4 The Z4 is a very capable car. To our eyes it looks a million bucks,
its ability to swap between open-top roadster and snug coup is
brilliant. The 3-litre twin-turbo offers stunning performance and is
matched by flawless handling. The ride can be hard and the cabin
is a touch too small.
FOR Blistering performance
and handling.
AGAINST Price, cabin is quite small.
VERDICT Open top thrills delivered with
class and style.
DIMENSIONS Length 4239mm Width 1790mm Height 1291mm Wheelbase 2496mm
Tyre size 225/40 R18 (F) 255/35 R18 (R) Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 180/
310 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1525kg Fuel tank 55 litres
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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sDrive35i NA/NA/10.37
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
238 AUTOCAR INDIA OCTOBER 2013 www.autocarindia.com
= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car BUGATTI to CHEVROLET
BUGATTI BUGATTI
Veyron Veyron
Veyron Grand Sport 1300.00
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NA NA NA NA 7993/W16 1001/127 7DSG P / // / El/El F/R / / El/ /// 6
CHEVROLET CHEVROLET
Beat Beat
1.2 PS 4.31 4.68 4.20 4.63 4.29 1199/4 79/10.91 5/M P 6.13 14.86 159 15.99 22.43 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.2 LS 4.62 5.03 4.47 4.95 4.57 1199/4 79/10.91 5/M P 6.13 14.86 159 15.99 22.43 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
1.2 LS LPG 4.76 5.19 4.83 5.30 NA 1199/4 79/76/10.91 5/M P - - - - - / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
1.2 LT 5.12 5.57 4.95 5.50 5.09 1199/4 79/10.91 5/M P 6.13 14.86 159 15.99 22.43 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
1.2 LT LPG 5.17 5.70 5.31 5.84 NA 1199/4 79/76/10.91 5/M P - - - - - / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
1.2 LT Option 5.28 6.16 5.45 6.06 5.62 1199/4 79/10.91 5/M P 6.13 14.86 159 15.99 22.43 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In 2
1.0 PS 5.26 5.77 5.02 5.58 5.26 936/3 58.5/15.2 5/M D 6.86 18.59 145 14.11 16.48 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.0 LS 5.58 6.13 5.30 5.92 5.63 936/3 58.5/15.2 5/M D 6.86 18.59 145 14.11 16.48 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
1.0 LT 6.08 6.68 5.76 6.46 6.16 936/3 58.5/15.2 5/M D 6.86 18.59 145 14.11 16.48 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
1.0 LT Option 6.49 7.28 6.25 7.04 6.72 936/3 58.5/15.2 5/M D 6.86 18.59 145 14.11 16.48 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In 2
Captiva Captiva
2.0 M/T 22.65 24.36 21.76 22.80 23.40 1991/4 148/32.6 5/M D 5.08 11.72 177 11.48 12.45 / /// / El/M R / / El/ /// Re 2
2.0 Xtreme 23.16 25.31 22.62 23.70 24.33 1991/4 148/32.6 5/M D 5.08 11.72 177 11.48 12.45 / /// / El/M R / / El/ /// Re 2
2.2 AWD A/T 28.79 33.26 28.55 29.80 30.96 2231/4 186.5/43.2 6/A D 4.41 10.97 - 6.79 8.71 / /// / El/M R / / El/ /// Re 6
Cruze Cruze
LT 16.29 16.96 15.33 16.94 14.59 1998/4 164/38.7 6/M D 4.57 10.22 215 13.39 14.96 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Re 2
LTZ M/T 17.67 18.40 16.56 18.37 16.59 1998/4 164/38.7 6/M D 4.57 10.22 215 13.39 14.96 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Re 2
LTZ A/T 18.72 19.49 17.53 19.46 17.62 1998/4 164/38.7 6/A D 4.28 10.24 210 6.69 7.48 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Re 2
Enjoy Enjoy
1.4 LS 8-seater 6.04 6.61 6.71 6.51 6.76 1399/4 102.5/13.3 5/M P 5.74 14.89 165 12.88 20.27 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
1.4 LS 7-seater 6.10 6.67 6.78 6.56 6.83 1399/4 102.5/13.3 5/M P 5.74 14.89 165 12.88 20.27 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
1.4 LT 7-seater 7.12 7.58 7.71 7.45 7.76 1399/4 102.5/13.3 5/M P 5.74 14.89 165 12.88 20.27 / / // / M/ R / / In/ /// Ex
1.4 LTZ 7-seater 7.87 8.38 7.79 8.24 8.59 1399/4 102.5/13.3 5/M P 5.74 14.89 165 12.88 20.27 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 2
1.3 TCDi LS 8-seater 7.72 8.16 7.47 7.96 8.22 1248/4 76.44/19.1 5/M D 7.58 21.36 147 14.38 18.76 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
1.3 TCDi LS 7-seater 7.79 8.24 7.54 8.03 8.29 1248/4 76.44/19.1 5/M D 7.58 21.36 147 14.38 18.76 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
VEYRON The Veyron among many things is good, bad,
ferocious and obedient. It could be called needless as well.
An extravagance that can be indulged in by only a handful
of people. Its an invaluable lesson that teaches us all that
nothing is impossible.
FOR Monumentally fast, easy to drive.
AGAINST Not cheap, Hardly
inconspicuous. VERDICT Could be the
last (and best) of a kind.
DIMENSIONS Length 4462mm Width 1998mm Height 1204mm Wheelbase 2710mm
Tyre size 265/680 R20, 365/710 R21 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1888kg Fuel tank 100 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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BEAT Many will buy the Beat purely on the basis of its in-your-face
styling. But under the skin it's a highly competent vehicle which
feels well-built, rides well and comes with decent comfort and
practicality. The diesel version has the potential to establish itself
as a great urban runabout.
FOR Stunning design, comfortable ride,
value for money, fuel efficiency (diesel).
AGAINST Average performance, noisy at
high revs (diesel), small boot.
VERDICT Fresh breath in this segment.
DIMENSIONS Length 3640mm Width 1595mm Height 1520mm Wheelbase 2375mm
Tyre size 155/70 R14, 165/65 R14 Turning circle dia 8.9m Trunk volume 170 litres
Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 965-1027kg Fuel tank 35 litres
Warranty 3 years or 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 62/80cm Headroom 90cm Width 124cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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1.2 Petrol 11.5/15.3/18.61
1.2 LPG NA/NA/13.30
1.0 Diesel 16/19.1/25.44
CRUZE The Cruze has always been the horsepower champion in this
segment and it has now distanced itself even more from its rivals in
this respect. However, while the increase in power hasnt translated
to a big jump in performance, it has made the Cruze a more user-
friendly car to own and drive.
FOR Smooth engine, long equipment list.
AGAINST Tight rear seat, plastic quality.
VERDICT Improved engine makes the
Cruze more user friendly.
DIMENSIONS Length 4597mm Width 1477mm Height 1788mm
Wheelbase 2685mm Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.9m
Trunk volume 450 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1537-1552kg
Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 3 years or 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 60/86cm Headroom 90cm Width 135cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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2.0 M/T 10.8/15.7/NA
2.0 A/T 9.8/15.3/NA
ENJOY GM India seems to have done a stellar job of re-engineering
the Enjoy for India. To begin with, the Enjoy is compact, but spacious
and comfortable. It rides, steers and drives well and the diesel engine
is sufficiently powerful and tractable. But overall, heres a whole lot
of car for what we expect wont be a whole lot of money. Thats really
the trump card.
FOR Comfy ride, cabin and space.
AGAINST Interiors feel downmarket,
lacks refinement.
VERDICT Lacks sophistication but is a
capable and practical people-mover.
DIMENSIONS Length 4305mm Width 1680mm Height 1750mm Wheelbase 2720mm
Tyre size 175/70 R14 Turning circle dia 11m Trunk volume 195litres /630litres
Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1260-1930kg Fuel tank 50 litres
Warranty 3 years, 45,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 73/85cm Headroom 98cm Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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1.4 Petrol NA/NA/13.7
1.3 Diesel NA/NA/18.2
CAPTIVA With the new Captiva, which is a heavily face-lifted version of
the original model, GM believes it now has muscle to steer buyers into
its showrooms. Look at this refreshed SUV head-on and you will tend to
agree. The massive new grille has completely transformed the car and
perhaps addressed the Captivas biggest weakness that it just didnt
look SUV enough.
DIMENSIONS Length 4660mm Width 1870mm Height 1755mm Wheelbase 2705mm
Tyre size 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 465litres /930litres
Ground clearance 197mm Kerb weight 1820-1910kg Fuel tank 65 litres
Warranty 2 years, 50,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 67/90cm (2nd row) Headroom 90cm (2nd row)
Width 145cm (2nd row)
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
M/T 9.5/11.5/14.0
A/T 8/11.1/NA
FOR Spacious, flexible interiors, ride
and handling is better. AGAINST Quality
levels still cant match European or
Japanese standards. VERDICT Captiva,
like most soft-roaders, is best for mild
off-road excursions.
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* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. *** Ex-Maharashtra prices.
Prices are indicative only and
vary from time to time.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
CHEVROLET to CHEVROLET Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car
1.3 TCDi LT 7-seater 8.53 9.05 8.25 8.79 9.11 1248/4 76.44/19.1 5/M D 7.58 21.36 147 14.38 18.76 / / // / M/ R / / In/ /// Ex
1.3 TCDi LTZ 7-seater 9.17 9.73 8.89 9.45 9.80 1248/4 76.44/19.1 5/M D 7.58 21.36 147 14.38 18.76 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 2
Sail U-VA Sail U-VA
1.2 PS 4.64 5.05 5.07 4.98 5.42 1199/4 85/11.52 5/M P 5.84 14.66 162 14.91 24.17 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re
1.2 LS 5.26 5.72 5.51 5.64 5.90 1199/4 85/11.52 5/M P 5.84 14.66 162 14.91 24.17 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re 1
1.2 LS ABS 5.49 5.98 5.89 5.90 6.37 1199/4 85/11.52 5/M P 5.84 14.66 162 14.91 24.17 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re 1
1.2 LT ABS 6.22 6.78 6.32 6.68 6.85 1199/4 85/11.52 5/M P 5.84 14.66 162 14.91 24.17 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re 2
1.3 PS 5.88 6.46 5.39
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1248/4 77/20.90 5/M D 6.12 15.25 165 11.82 14.72 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re
1.3 LS 6.39 7.02 6.65 6.99 7.21 1248/4 77/20.90 5/M D 6.12 15.25 165 11.82 14.72 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re 1
1.3 LS ABS 6.57 7.23 7.00 7.37 7.60 1248/4 77/20.90 5/M D 6.12 15.25 165 11.82 14.72 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re 1
1.3 LT ABS 7.67 8.16 7.47 7.86 8.11 1248/4 77/20.90 5/M D 6.12 15.25 165 11.82 14.72 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re 2
Sail Sail
1.2 Base 5.50 5.99 5.61 5.91 6.13 1199/4 85/11.52 5/M P 6.01 14.52 - 15.59 23.93 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re
1.2 LS 6.13 6.68 6.15 6.58 6.74 1199/4 85/11.52 5/M P 6.01 14.52 - 15.59 23.93 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re 1
1.2 LS ABS 6.46 7.05 6.37 6.94 7.00 1199/4 85/11.52 5/M P 6.01 14.52 - 15.59 23.93 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re 1
1.2 LT ABS 7.25 7.70 6.99 7.58 7.86 1199/4 85/11.52 5/M P 6.01 14.52 - 15.59 23.93 / / // / / / / El/ /// Re 2
1.3 TCDi Base 7.15 7.65 6.99 7.41 7.71 1248/4 77/20.9 5/M D 6.38 15.48 163 12.45 14.31 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re
1.3 TCDi LS 7.55 8.05 7.30 7.76 8.08 1248/4 77/20.9 5/M D 6.38 15.48 163 12.45 14.31 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re 1
1.3 TCDi LS ABS 7.91 8.42 7.53 8.00 8.33 1248/4 77/20.9 5/M D 6.38 15.48 163 12.45 14.31 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Re 1
1.3 TCDi LT ABS 8.60 9.15 8.28 8.82 9.19 1248/4 77/20.9 5/M D 6.38 15.48 163 12.45 14.31 / / // / / / / El/ /// Re 2
Spark Spark
1.0 3.67 4.03 3.61 3.97 3.91 995/4 63/9.2 5/M P 6.02 15.93 151 15.19 23.03 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
1.0 LS 3.96 4.35 3.88 4.28 4.28 995/4 63/9.2 5/M P 6.02 15.93 151 15.19 23.03 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
1.0 LS LPG 4.06 4.51 4.18 4.61 4.56 995/4 63/60/9.2 5/M L / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
1.0 LT 4.27 4.69 4.17 4.62 4.65 995/4 63/9.2 5/M P 6.02 15.93 151 15.19 23.03 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
1.0 LT LPG 4.36 4.84 4.48 4.67 5.01 995/4 63/60/9.2 5/M L / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
Tavera Tavera
Neo3 10-seat 8.40 7.87
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Neo3 Max 10-seat 9.25 10.16 9.35 9.66 9.86 1994/4 105.3/26.8 5/M D 7.11 17.01 11.42 13.59 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
Neo3 Max 7-seat 9.53 10.61 9.67 10.03 10.25 1994/4 105.3/26.8 5/M D 7.11 17.01 11.42 13.59 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
Neo3 LS 10-seat 10.10 10.87 10.20 10.59 10.77 1994/4 105.3/26.8 5/M D 7.11 17.01 11.42 13.59 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
Neo3 LS 7-seat 10.51 11.16 10.28 10.92 11.08 1994/4 105.3/26.8 5/M D 7.11 17.01 11.42 13.59 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
Neo3 LS 7-captain seat 10.65 11.29 10.39 11.05 11.22 1994/4 105.3/26.8 5/M D 7.11 17.01 11.42 13.59 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
Neo3 LT 9-seat 11.84 12.57 11.53 12.74 12.48 1994/4 105.3/26.8 5/M D 7.11 17.01 11.42 13.59 / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex
TAVERA The Tavera has been improved substantially from
its previous version and this is mostly down to the stronger,
cleaner and quieter engine. This, along with the stronger
suspension and the general improvements throughout the
car, has made the Tavera a better people-carrier.
FOR Improved performance, easy to
drive, decent cabin space.
AGAINST Dated design, fit and finish
not the best.
VERDICT Much improved people mover.
DIMENSIONS Length 4435mm Width 1680mm Height 1765mm Wheelbase 2685mm
Tyre size 205/65 R15 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1640kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 3 years or 100,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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SPARK Attractive styling, a comfortable cabin, refined engine and
decent fuel economy, packed in a competitive price and backed by
a good warranty makes the Spark the car you can't go wrong with.
Unless you want to carry five large people and big suitcases.
FOR Refined engine, warranty
package. AGAINST Small boot,
plasticky interiors. VERDICT Sweet
and friendly city car.
DIMENSIONS Length 3495mm Width 1495mm Height 1518mm
Wheelbase 2345mm Tyre size 155/70 R13 Turning circle dia 9.2m
Trunk volume 170-845 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 840kg
Fuel tank 38 litres Warranty 3 years or 100,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 64/83cm Headroom 88cm Width 124cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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1.0 Petrol 12.3/16.9/18.29
1.0 LPG NA/NA/13.15
SAIL Clearly, the Sail isnt quite the all-rounder we hoped it
to be, but when you look at the entire package, it does appeal
as an honest and practical saloon.
FOR Fantastic ride quality, spacious
cabin. AGAINST Interior plastic quality,
dull to drive. VERDICT Practical and
competent saloon, but doesnt break
new ground.
DIMENSIONS Length 4249mm Width 1503mm Height 1690mm Wheelbase 2465mm
Tyre size 175/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.3m Trunk volume 370 litres
Ground clearance 168mm Kerb weight 1124kg Fuel tank 40 litres
Warranty 3 years or 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 66/88cm Headroom 91cm Width 134cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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Petrol NA/NA/18.2
Diesel 12.9/18.7/22.1
SAIL U-VA GMs Sail U-VA has a lot going for it. It may not have the
ability to impress you right away and may be lacking a bit of flair,
but look at it with your head rather than your heart and a rosier
picture emerges.
FOR Spacious interiors, fantastic ride
quality. AGAINST Hard rear seats,
plastic quality. VERDICT Competent and
practical hatchback, but it lacks appeal.
DIMENSIONS Length 3946mm Width 1690mm Height 1503mm Wheelbase 2465mm
Tyre size 175/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.3m Trunk volume 248 litres
Ground clearance 174/168mm Kerb weight 1065-1124kg Fuel tank 40-42 litres
Warranty 3 years or 100,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 66/88cm Headroom 91cm Width 134cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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1.2 Petrol NA/NA/18.2
1.3 Diesel 13.1/19/22.1
240 AUTOCAR INDIA OCTOBER 2013 www.autocarindia.com
= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices are indicative only and
vary from time to time.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car CHEVROLET to FIAT
Neo3 LT 8-seat 12.35 13.14 11.87 11.60 13.06 1994/4 105.3/26.8 5/M D 7.11 17.01 11.42 13.59 / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex
Neo3 LT 7-captain seat 12.65 13.45 12.23 11.82 13.37 1994/4 105.3/26.8 5/M D 7.11 17.01 11.42 13.59 / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex
FERRARI FERRARI
458 Italia 458 Italia
458 Italia 257.00
**
NA NA NA NA 4499/V8 561/55 7/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// 6
458 Spider 458 Spider
458 Spider NA 350.00
**
NA NA NA 4499/V8 561/55 7/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
California California
California 222.00
**
NA NA NA NA 4297/V8 453/49.4 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
FF FF
FF 341.00
**
NA NA NA NA 6262/V12 651/69.6 7/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
F12berlinetta F12berlinetta
F12berlinetta NA 410.00
**
NA NA NA 6262/V12 730/70.3 7/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
FIAT FIAT
Grande Punto Grande Punto
1.2 Fire Active 5.47 6.08 5.90 6.04 6.11 1172/4 67/9.76 5/M P 7.21 18.16 143 15.27 21.72 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.2 Fire Dynamic 5.72 6.36 6.16 6.32 6.39 1172/4 67/9.76 5/M P 7.21 18.16 143 15.27 21.72 / / // / M/ / / EI/ /// In
1.4 Fire Emotion 7.55 8.14 7.88 8.10 8.22 1368/4 89/11.67 5/M P 6.28 16.58 144 14.11 19.53 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
1.3 Multijet Active 6.26 7.01 6.67 6.85 6.95 1248/4 75/20.08 5/M D 6.79 17.84 153 12.57 15.22 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.3 Multijet Dynamic 7.19 7.78 7.40 7.61 7.73 1248/4 75/20.08 5/M D 6.79 17.84 153 12.57 15.22 / / // / M/ / / EI/ /// In
1.3 Multijet Emotion 7.85 8.51 8.09 8.33 8.47 1248/4 75/20.08 5/M D 6.79 17.84 153 12.57 15.22 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
1.3 Multijet 90HP Emotion 8.29 8.95 8.50 8.76 9.15 1248/4 90/21.3 5/M D 6.01 15.88 171 12.40 14.23 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
Linea Linea
Active FIRE 8.22 8.47 8.22 8.38 8.56 1368/4 88/11.7 5/M P 6.21 15.14 182 14.04 18.67 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
Dynamic FIRE 9.34 9.63 9.34 9.54 9.75 1368/4 88/11.7 5/M P 6.21 15.14 182 14.04 18.67 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
T-jet Active FIRE 8.48 9.01 NA NA NA 1368/4 112/21.1 5/M P 4.47 11.05 191 11.94 15.52 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
T-jet Dynamic FIRE 9.60 9.97 9.55 9.82 10.79 1368/4 112/21.1 5/M P 4.47 11.05 191 11.94 15.52 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
T-jet Emotion FIRE 10.15 10.40 10.00 10.86 11.40 1368/4 112/21.1 5/M P 4.47 11.05 191 11.94 15.52 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
Active Mutijet 9.38 9.84 9.38 9.58 9.82 1248/4 92/21.31 5/M D 7.12 17.81 168 14.28 16.45 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
Dynamic Multijet 10.53 11.06 10.53 10.77 11.05 1248/4 92/21.31 5/M D 7.12 17.81 168 14.28 16.45 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
Emotion Multijet 10.93 11.49 10.93 11.19 11.48 1248/4 92/21.31 5/M D 7.12 17.81 168 14.28 16.45 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
458 ITALIA Ferraris 458 is a car of few compromises
- powerful and quick, but also comfortable enough to be
used everyday. If you can run to the price Ferrari asks,
there are few reasons not to buy one.
FOR Magnificent engine, pace and grip,
adjustable suspension. AGAINST High
price, steering wheel controls.
VERDICT There are very few reasons
not to buy one, if you can afford it.
DIMENSIONS Length 4527mm Width 1937mm Height 1213mm Wheelbase 2650mm
Tyre size 235/35 R20(F), 295/35 R20(R) Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1380kg Fuel tank NA
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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458 SPIDER Overall the 458 Spider gels tremendously well.
You do lose that final edge of the coup version, but in terms
of dynamism and exhilaration you lose virtually nothing.
FOR Steering is surprisingly quick.
AGAINST Camber changes slightly
redirect the car.
VERDICT The compromise of the
convertible is minimal.
DIMENSIONS Length 4527mm Width 1937mm Height 1211mm Wheelbase 2650mm
Tyre size 235/35 20(F), 295/35 20(R) Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1535kg Fuel tank NA
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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CALIFORNIA Its hard to see how the qualities of a convertible,
a GT and a sports car could be combined any better. For once,
a Ferrari engine is forced into a supporting role by its chassis.
The detailing is far from perfect, but the California is worth
the outlay.
FOR Stunning brakes, quick, supreme
chassis.
AGAINST Poor detailing, rear seats.
VERDICT The California is worth the
outlay.
DIMENSIONS Length 4562mm Width 1902mm Height 1308mm Wheelbase 2669mm
Tyre size 245/40 R19(F), 285/40 ZR19(R) Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 340
litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1735kg Fuel tank 78 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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FF Perhaps the most interesting thing about the FF is the absence of a
direct rival. Probably the closest competitor is the Bentley Continental
GT, but in truth they are very different cars. The Bentley is heavier,
more obviously four-wheel drive, and not as agile or fun to drive.
DIMENSIONS Length 4907mm Width 1953mm Height 1379mm Wheelbase 2990mm
Tyre size 245/35 R 20(F) 295/35 ZR 20(R), Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 450
litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1880kg Fuel tank 91 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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DIMENSIONS Length 4618mm Width 1942mm Height 1273mm Wheelbase 2720mm
Tyre size 255/35 R 20(F), 315/35 R 20(R), Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1630kg Fuel tank 92 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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F12BERLINETTA The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is the fastest, most
powerful product ever offered by the Ferrari for use on the public
road. The increase in power over the 599GTB is the largest hike in
output of any Ferrari over its immediate predecessor.
FOR Extraordinary character.
AGAINST Steering could have
been better. VERDICT One of Ferraris
finest achievements to date.
GRANDE PUNTO The facelifted Grande Punto has been bright-
ened up from the inside with two-tone colours and nicer fit
and finish. The ground clearance has been increased and the
air-con system has been improved. The car drives beautifully,
feeling very solid and one-piece.
FOR Strong build, looks, features (on the
top end Emotion). AGAINST Mediocre
performance. VERDICT A stylish and
talented alternative to established rivals
but not the most involving to drive.
DIMENSIONS Length 3987mm Width 1687mm Height 1495mm Wheelbase 2510mm
Tyre size 165/80 R14, 195/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10m Trunk volume 280
litres Ground clearance 185-195mm Kerb weight 1090-1144kg Fuel tank 45 litres
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 60/84cm Headroom 91cm Width 127cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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1.2 Petrol 9.7/15/15.2
1.4 Petrol 10.2/14.6/14.6
1.3 Diesel 13.7/17.5/20.3
1.3 Diesel 90HP 12.8/17.6/20.5
LINEA All Linea models now get extra features, improvements
to the aircon and more ground clearance. The diesel engine still
feels rattley at idle and the handling isnt as sharp as it was
earlier but we think this softer character suits it better. The T-jet
satisfies the need for more performance.
FOR Pliant & comfortable ride, air-con.
AGAINST Poor turning circle, engine
has weak initial response (other than
the T-jet). VERDICT Improved and better
equipped Fiats now a lot more promising.
DIMENSIONS Length 4560mm Width 1730mm Height 1487mm Wheelbase 2603mm
Tyre size 195/60 R15, 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 500 litres
Ground clearance 185mm Kerb weight 1180-1230kg Fuel tank 45 litres
Warranty 2 years/ 80,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
65/86cm Headroom 87cm Width 134cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
1.4 Petrol 9.4/13.4/14.6
1.4 T-jet Petrol 10.3/15.4/14.6
1.3 Diesel 12.9/17.5/20.4
OCTOBER 2013 AUTOCAR INDIA 241 www.autocarindia.com
* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
FORCE MOTORS to FORD Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car
FORCE MOTORS FORCE MOTORS
Force One Force One
SX 4x2 6-seater 12.55 13.88 12.10
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13.04 13.30 2149/4 139/32.7 5/M D 5.64 13.38 160 12.36 16.70 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex
SX 4x2 7-seater 12.46 13.79 12.04
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12.93 11.86
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2149/4 139/32.7 5/M D 5.64 13.38 160 12.36 16.70 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex
LX 4x4 7-seater NA NA NA NA NA 2149/4 139/32.7 5/M D - - - - - / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex
FORD FORD
Ecosport Ecosport
1.5 Ambiente M/T (P) 6.22 6.84 5.74
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6.86 6.82 1499/4 110/14.2 5/M P - - - - - / // / / / / / El/ /// Ex
1.5 Trend M/T (P) 7.40 7.92 6.67
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7.92 7.95 1499/4 110/14.2 5/M P - - - - - / /// / M/ / / El/ /// Ex
1.5 Titanium M/T (P) 8.53 9.11 7.71
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9.09 9.16 1499/4 110/14.2 5/M P - - - - - / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 2
1.5 Titanium A/T (P) 9.57 10.22 8.68
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10.17 10.31 1499/4 110/14.2 6/A P 6.34 13.54 - 8.36 11.03 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 6
1.0 Titanium Ecoboost (P) 8.94 9.57 8.11
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9.52 9.64 999/4 123/17.3 5/M P 5.79 12.54 175 12.30 15.54 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 2
1.0 Titanium (O) Ecoboost (P) 9.38 10.03 8.51
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9.91 10.12 999/4 123/17.3 5/M P 5.79 12.54 175 12.30 15.54 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 6
1.5 Ambiente (D) 7.73 8.31 6.87
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8.18 8.18 1498/4 90/20.8 5/M D 5.88 13.72 168 13.61 17.17 / // / / / / / El/ /// Ex
1.5 Trend (D) 8.77 9.42 7.81
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9.25 9.30 1498/4 90/20.8 5/M D 5.88 13.72 168 13.61 17.17 / /// / M/ / / El/ /// Ex
1.5 Titanium (D) 9.91 10.63 8.85
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10.42 10.54 1498/4 90/20.8 5/M D 5.88 13.72 168 13.61 17.17 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 2
1.5 Titanium (O) (D) 10.34 11.09 9.24
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10.79 11.00 1498/4 90/20.8 5/M D 5.88 13.72 168 13.61 17.17 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 6
Endeavour Endeavour
2.5L 4x2 23.16 24.02 20.75 23.90 22.42 2499/4 143/33.7 5/M D 4.55 13.89 156 13.02 19.13 / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex 2
3.0L 4x2 24.86 25.62 22.86 25.65 24.07 2953/4 153/38.7 5/A D 4.97 12.32 NA 7.52 9.76 / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex 4
3.0L 4x4 26.91 28.02 24.79 27.76 26.30 2953/4 153/38.7 5/A D 5.54 13.77 171 9.27 12.17 / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex 4
Fiesta Fiesta
1.5 Ambiente M/T 8.27 8.66 8.25 8.84 9.04 1499/4 107/14.28 5/M P 5.63 12.80 181 14.84 22.52 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// El 1
1.5 Titanium+ M/T 10.11 10.57 10.04 10.76 11.04 1499/4 107/14.28 5/M P 5.63 12.80 181 14.84 22.52 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// El 2
1.5 Style A/T 10.37 10.74 10.14 10.92 11.20 1499/4 107/14.28 6/A P 6.50 13.80 181 7.94 9.88 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// El 2
1.5 Titanium+ A/T 11.17 11.68 10.90 12.09 12.41 1499/4 107/14.28 6/A P 6.50 13.80 181 7.94 9.88 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// El 2
1.5 Style M/T 10.54 10.74 10.25 10.98 11.45 1498/4 88.7/20.8 5/M D 5.79 13.90 171 13.48 15.80 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// El 2
1.5 Titanium+ M/T 12.07 12.00 11.32 12.69 13.04 1498/4 88.7/20.8 5/M D 5.79 13.90 171 13.48 15.80 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// El 2
Classic Classic
1.6 LXi Duratec 6.25 6.77 6.48 6.94 7.14 1596/4 99.6/14.8 5/M P 4.88 11.66 176 11.97 17.56 / / / / / / / / In/ /// El
1.6 CLXi Duratec 7.15 7.53 7.22 7.69 7.92 1596/4 99.6/14.8 5/M P 4.88 11.66 176 11.97 17.56 / / // / M/ / / In/ /// El
1.6 Titanium Duratec 7.84 9.07 8.63 8.45 8.72 1596/4 99.6/14.8 5/M P 4.88 11.66 176 11.97 17.56 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// El 2
1.4 LXi Duratorq 8.02 8.14 7.65 8.31 8.41 1399/4 67/16.3 5/M D 6.46 17.48 160 12.78 16.70 / / / / / / / / In/ /// El
1.4 CLXi Duratorq 8.50 8.63 8.15 8.81 9.10 1399/4 67/16.3 5/M D 6.46 17.48 160 12.78 16.70 / / // / M/ / / In/ /// El
1.4 Titanium Duratorq 9.19 10.08 9.48 9.51 9.84 1399/4 67/16.3 5/M D 6.46 17.48 160 12.78 16.70 / / // / M/ / / EI/ /// El 2
Figo Figo
1.2 LXI Duratec 4.28 4.63 4.38 4.76 4.79 1196/4 70/10.4 5/M P 6.76 16.97 145 17.31 26.58 / / / / / / / / / /// Ex
1.2 EXI Duratec 5.14 5.07 4.83 5.19 5.25 1196/4 70/10.4 5/M P 6.76 16.97 145 17.31 26.58 / / / / / / / / In/ /// El
1.2 ZXI Duratec 5.11 5.40 5.13 5.55 5.62 1196/4 70/10.4 5/M P 6.76 16.97 145 17.31 26.58 / / / / / / / / In/ /// El
1.2 Titanium Duratec 5.64 5.96 5.64 6.11 6.26 1196/4 70/10.4 5/M P 6.76 16.97 145 17.31 26.58 / / / / / M/ / / El/ /// El 2
1.4 LXI Duratorq 5.48 5.76 5.47 5.90 5.99 1399/4 68/16.3 5/M D 6.18 16.26 147 13.45 16.36 / / / / / / / / / /// Ex
1.4 EXI Duratorq 6.27 6.20 5.87 6.35 6.46 1399/4 68/16.3 5/M D 6.18 16.26 147 13.45 16.36 / / / / / / / / In/ /// El
FIGO The Figo may not be as modern as the competition but the
interiors are pretty spacious, well equipped and solidly built. While
the facelift does give the Figo a host of revisions that make it much
more competent, it may have missed the opportunity to add the
option of power windows at the rear.
FOR Ride and handling, value for money.
AGAINST Petrol motor lacks punch,
ordinary interiors, old school design.
VERDICT The facelifted Figo makes it
even more competent.
DIMENSIONS Length 3795mm Width 1680mm Height 1427mm Wheelbase 2489mm
Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume 284 litres Ground
clearance 168mm Kerb weight 1090-1130kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 2 years/
1,00,000 kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64.5/84cm
Headroom 89cm Width 131cm
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1.4 Diesel 14.1/18.5/19.5
CLASSIC The Classic continues to have a wide range of talents and
comes at a reasonable price. The ride and handling is exceptional,
the 1.6 will delight enthusiasts. The pick of the lot is the fabulously
refined and frugal diesel.
FOR Price, responsive engine.
AGAINST Feels a size smaller than the
others.
VERDICT The driver's midsize saloon.
DIMENSIONS Length 4282mm Width 1686mm Height 1468mm Wheelbase 2486mm
Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume 430 litres Ground
clearance 168mm Kerb weight 1110 - 1150 kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 12
months, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/82.5cm
Headroom 85.5cm Width 130cm
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1.6 Petrol 9.6/14.9/14.10
1.4 Diesel 13.9/18.3/19.10
FIESTA Ford has achieved what it set out to do - create a car that
has broad appeal. Yes, some petrol performance has been traded
for better fuel economy and the new car lacks the eagerness of the
former model. Average performance from the diesel version mark
it down. But what you do get is a car with brilliant dynamics.
FOR Refinement, driving experience.
AGAINST Rear seat space.
VERDICT If driving experience is high
on your priority list, the Fiesta makes a
strong case for itself.
DIMENSIONS Length 4291mm Width 1722mm Height 1496mm Wheelbase 2489mm
Tyre size 195/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 430 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1117-1157kg Fuel tank 43 litres
Warranty 24 months/ 1,00,000kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 63/85cm Headroom 90cm Width 124cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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1.5 Petrol M/T 10.8/16.2/16.9
1.5 Petrol A/T 10.3/15.2/17
1.5 Diesel 13.9/17.4/23.4
ENDEAVOUR If big is beautiful, then the Ford Endeavour is for you.
Its imposing presence will appeal to those who want a large and
spacious SUV. It is practical too, thanks to its tough build and robust
diesel engine. The latest generation Endeavour are cheaper than
the Fortuner and come with an automatic option too.
FOR Equipment levels, looks,
performance (3.0L). AGAINST Choppy
ride, no manual for the 3.0-litre engine.
VERDICT A strong contender in the
segment.
DIMENSIONS Length 5060mm Width 1788mm Height 1826mm Wheelbase 2860mm
Tyre size 245/70 R16 Turning circle dia 12.2m Trunk volume 2055 litres (with seats
folded) Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 1879-2014kg Fuel tank 71 litres
Warranty 12 months, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/
max 72/96cm Headroom 94cm Width 140cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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2.5L 9.3/12.2/12.7
3.0L 7.0/10.6/10.7
ECOSPORT Ford has thrown everything at the EcoSport to make it
a truly remarkable package. In fact, its got almost everything the
strong, in-your-face styling is sure to appeal to Indian tastes, the
engines are extremely competent and the ride and handling are
really well sorted.
FOR Brilliant petrol motor, fun to drive,
equipment. AGAINST Narrow cabin,
small boot, patchy interior quality.
VERDICT A new benchmark in the
compact SUV segment.
DIMENSIONS Length 3999mm Width 1765mm Height 1708mm Wheelbase 2520mm
Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 362 litres Ground
clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1259-1290kg Fuel tank 52 litres Warranty 24 months,
1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/87cm Headroom
96cm Width 126cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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1.0L petrol 11.8/17/18.9
1.5L M/T petrol NA/NA/15.8
1.5L A/T petrol NA/NA/15.6
1.5L diesel 13.3/18.6/22.7
FORCE ONE The Force One is pretty good. It is a genuine 7-seater,
has a brilliant engine and is quite easy to drive. It tackles bad roads
well and is great for long distance journeys. A 4x4 variant has also
been added to the line-up.
FOR Strong engine, unmatched cabin
space. AGAINST Dated looks, overall
quality. VERDICT A decent start by
Force, but rough around the edges.
DIMENSIONS Length 4860mm Width 1780mm Height 1885mm
Wheelbase 3025mm Tyre size 235/70 R16, 245/70 R16 Turning circle dia 12m
Trunk volume 215 litres Ground clearance 202/205mm Kerb weight 1860kg
Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 82/102cm Headroom 95cm Width 139cm
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= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car FORD to HONDA
1.4 ZXI Duratorq 6.39 6.53 6.17 6.71 6.96 1399/4 68/16.3 5/M D 6.18 16.26 147 13.45 16.36 / / / / / / / / In/ /// El
1.4 Titanium Duratorq 6.72 7.10 6.68 7.27 7.48 1399/4 68/16.3 5/M D 6.18 16.26 147 13.45 16.36 / / / / / M/ / / El/ /// El 2
HINDUSTAN MOTORS HINDUSTAN MOTORS
Ambassador Ambassador
Grand Petrol AC PS PW 6.45 6.50 5.75 5.83 6.93 1817/4 71.3/13.7 5/M P / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Grand CNG AC 6.00
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6.00 NA NA NA 1817/4 55.6/11.7 5/M C / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Grand CNG AC PS 6.24
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6.67 NA NA NA 1817/4 55.6/11.7 5/M C / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Grand CNG AC PS PW 6.43
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6.25 NA NA NA 1817/4 55.6/11.7 5/M C / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Grand LPG non AC 5.22
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NA NA 6.02 NA 1817/4 65/13.2 5/M L / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Grand LPG AC 5.63
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NA NA 6.48 NA 1817/4 65/13.2 5/M L / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
HONDA HONDA
Accord Accord
2.4 M/T 23.15 24.11 23.12 24.90 25.57 2354/4 177/22.2 5/M P 4.30 9.19 223 12.84 18.52 / /// / El/M F/R / / El/ /// El 6
2.4 A/T 24.04 25.06 24.00 25.86 26.55 2354/4 177/22.2 5/A P 5.26 11.76 223 7.53 10.36 / /// / El/M F/R / / El/ /// El 6
Amaze Amaze
E M/T 5.78 6.20 5.96 5.95 6.32 1198/4 86.8/11.11 5/M P 5.64 13.27 140 14.09 25.87 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
EX M/T 6.08 6.52 6.23 6.28 6.63 1198/4 86.8/11.11 5/M P 5.64 13.27 140 14.09 25.87 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
S M/T 6.53 7.03 6.65 6.75 7.08 1198/4 86.8/11.11 5/M P 5.64 13.27 140 14.09 25.87 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In
S A/T 7.81 8.22 7.74 7.89 8.24 1198/4 86.8/11.11 5/A P 6.54 15.81 140 8.46
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VX M/T 7.70 8.18 7.71 7.77 8.26 1198/4 86.8/11.11 5/M P 5.64 13.27 140 14.09 25.87 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
VX A/T 8.78 9.25 8.73 8.91 9.36 1198/4 86.8/11.11 5/A P 6.54 15.81 140 8.46
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E M/T 7.24 7.64 7.18 7.25 7.65 1498/4 98.6/20.39 5/M D 5.89 12.97 140 13.53 15.09 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
EX M/T 7.54 7.96 7.45 7.56 7.94 1498/4 98.6/20.39 5/M D 5.89 12.97 140 13.53 15.09 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
S M/T 8.03 8.34 7.82 7.95 8.36 1498/4 98.6/20.39 5/M D 5.89 12.97 140 13.53 15.09 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In
VX M/T 9.07 9.42 8.85 9.03 9.47 1498/4 98.6/20.39 5/M D 5.89 12.97 140 13.53 15.09 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
Brio Brio
E M/T 4.80 5.08 4.63 4.99 5.12 1198/4 88/11.1 5/M P 5.14 12.47 140 14.51 22.32 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
EX M/T 4.97 5.28 5.10 5.17 5.31 1198/4 88/11.1 5/M P 5.14 12.47 140 14.51 22.32 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
S M/T 5.31 5.67 5.63 5.55 5.70 1198/4 88/11.1 5/M P 5.14 12.47 140 14.51 22.32 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In
V M/T 5.80 6.22 5.78 6.06 6.31 1198/4 88/11.1 5/M P 5.14 12.47 140 14.51 22.32 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In
VX M/T 6.11 6.55 6.09 6.41 6.67 1198/4 88/11.1 5/M P 5.14 12.47 140 14.51 22.32 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
VX A/T 6.94 7.47 6.90 7.30 7.59 1198/4 88/11.1 5/A P 6.29 15.09 8.36 12.37 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
City City
Corporate M/T 8.34 8.78 8.07 8.66 8.98 1497/4 116/14.9 5/M P 4.58 10.28 190 12.86 16.71 / / / / / / / / El/ /// In 2
AMBASSADOR The Ambassador is immensely spacious and
probably indestructible. The car is not modern in any sense of
the word, but the Amby still has one of the most comfortable
back seats around. Its also now available in BS4 versions.
FOR Comfortable back seat, can be
serviced anywhere. AGAINST Lacks
refinement, crude build, terrible to drive.
VERDICT Give it a seat in the Rajya Sabha.
DIMENSIONS Length 4325mm Width 1662mm Height 1593mm Wheelbase 2464mm
Tyre size 165/80 R15 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance
152mm Kerb weight 1140-1220kg Fuel tank 42-54 litres (Petrol), 65 litre (CNG), 60 litre
(LPG) SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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CNG NA/NA/10.94km/kg
LPG NA/NA/9.11
ACCORD Honda's Accord is the right choice if you want a large
luxury car. The recent changes are subtle and it still retains the
massive amount of space on the inside and the comfortable seats.
The Accord feels like a proper luxury car and also imparts the sense
of ability to deliver at least half-a-decade of hassle-free service.
FOR Interior space, comfortable seats
and ride quality, rev-happy engine (V6).
AGAINST Not as well equipped as
competition.
VERDICT Well built luxury saloon.
DIMENSIONS Length 4950mm Width 1845mm Height 1475mm
Wheelbase 2800mm Tyre size 215/60 R16, 225/50 R17 Turning circle dia 11.2m
Trunk volume 396 litres Ground clearance 155mm Kerb weight 1500-1635kg Fuel
tank 70 litres Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 71mm/95mm Headroom 91mm Width 140mm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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2.4 M/T 7.8/11.1/12.80
2.4 A/T 6.9/10.5/11.70
3.5 V6 6.7/12.2/10.20
AMAZE The Amaze was engineered from the outset for India,
with Honda having done a lot of research on the market and
the customers that populate it. And to that end, it delivers most
things it set out to, and just about everything buyers in this seg-
ment are looking for.
FOR Powerful and efficient diesel engine, excellent
cabin space, proper three-box proportions.
AGAINST Dashboard looks a bit too basic, noisy
engine (diesel), weak mid-range (petrol).
VERDICT Just about everything you could ask for
in a compact saloon.
DIMENSIONS Length 3990mm Width 1680mm Height 1505mm
Wheelbase 2405mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9-9.4m
Trunk volume 400 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 965-1075kg
Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years, 40,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 74/98cm Headroom 92cm Width 122cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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1.2 i-VTEC M/T 12.5/17/18
1.2 i-VTEC A/T 11.5/16.1/15.5
1.5 i-DTEC M/T 15.2/20.8/25.8
BRIO You cant get away from the fact that the Brio is and feels
like a car in a higher class. The Spacous cabin, good ride and
excellent engine refinement all add up to make the baby Honda a
special car. Recent upgrades to the Brio have made the package
more competitive.
FOR Clever packaging, fun to drive.
AGAINST Small boot.
VERDICT The Brio has a big car feel for
small-car money.
DIMENSIONS Length 3610mm Width 1680mm Height 1500mm Wheelbase 2345mm
Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance
165mm Kerb weight 920-940kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom 64mm/88mm
Headroom 90mm Width 128mm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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1.2 Petrol 12.6/17/18.4
CITY When you buy a petrol midsizer, the driving experience is a
key deciding factor and in this crucial area, the City stands head
and shoulders above the competition. Honda has also added a CNG
version to its range.
FOR Style, brilliant blend of performance
and economy.
AGAINST Interior quality, skinny tyres.
VERDICT Its still the petrol midsizer
to buy.
DIMENSIONS Length 4420mm Width 1695mm Height 1480mm Wheelbase 2550mm
Tyre size 175/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 506 litres
Ground clearance 160mm Kerb weight 1100-1155kg Fuel tank 42 litres
Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom 63/93cm
Headroom 95cm Width 135cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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M/T 10.5/16.5/16.70
A/T 9.5/15.5/15.50
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Prices are indicative only and
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
HONDA to HYUNDAI Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car
E M/T 9.10 9.58 8.82 9.46 9.80 1497/4 116/14.9 5/M P 4.58 10.28 190 12.86 16.71 / / / / / / / / El/ /// In 2
S M/T 9.68 10.21 9.41 10.07 10.44 1497/4 116/14.9 5/M P 4.58 10.28 190 12.86 16.71 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
S M/T CNG 9.84 11.01 NA NA NA 1497/4 116/14.9 5/M P / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
S A/T 10.50 10.94 10.24 10.93 11.33 1497/4 116/14.9 5/A P 5.47 12.76 178 7.41 9.84 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
V M/T 10.26 10.83 9.99 10.68 11.08 1497/4 116/14.9 5/M P 4.58 10.28 190 12.86 16.71 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
V A/T 11.08 11.80 10.80 11.54 11.97 1497/4 116/14.9 5/A P 5.47 12.76 178 7.41 9.84 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
V M/T CNG 10.41 11.57 NA NA NA 1497/4 116/14.9 5/M P / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
V M/T (AVN) 10.95 11.85 10.90 11.55 11.99 1497/4 116/14.9 5/M P 4.58 10.28 190 12.86 16.71 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
V M/T Sunroof 11.12 11.99 10.91 12.15 12.38 1497/4 116/14.9 5/M P 4.58 10.28 190 12.86 16.71 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
V A/T Sunroof 12.14 12.79 11.83 13.05 13.33 1497/4 116/14.9 5/A P 5.47 12.76 178 7.41 9.84 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
CR-V CR-V
2.0 2WD (MT) 23.32 24.93 23.19 25.38 26.04 1997/4 154/19.3 6/M P 4.82 10.52 - 12.12 15.42 / / // / / F/R / / El/ /// In 6
2.0 2WD (AT) 24.37 26.07 24.21 26.50 27.23 1997/4 154/19.3 5/A P - - - - - / /// / El/ F/R / / El/ /// In 6
2.4 AWD (AT) 26.16 28.03 25.98 28.42 29.27 2354/4 187/23.04 5/A P 5.40 11.13 - 7.34* 8.40* / /// / El/ F/R / / El/ /// In 6
2.4 AWD (AT) AVN 27.83 29.80 27.63 30.21 31.11 2354/4 187/23.04 5/A P 5.40 11.13 - 7.34* 8.40* / /// / El/ F/R / / El/ /// In 6
HYUNDAI HYUNDAI
Accent Executive Accent Executive
Executive GLE 5.70 6.23 5.65 6.10 6.40 1495/4 95/12.7 5/M P 5.23 13.12 167 14.0 22.9 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
Executive-LPG 6.10 6.44 6.03 6.37 6.84 1495/4 95/12.7 5/M P / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
Elantra Elantra
S M/T 14.50 15.19 14.39 15.47 15.93 1797/4 148/18.2 6/M P 4.79 10.45 210 13.33 18.10 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Re 2
SX M/T 15.89 16.64 15.78 16.95 17.47 1797/4 148/18.2 6/M P 4.79 10.45 210 13.33 18.10 / /// / El/ R / / El/ /// Re 6
SX A/T 17.01 17.83 16.88 18.15 18.50 1797/4 148/18.2 6/A P 5.40 12.07 191 6.65 9.34 / /// / El/ R / / El/ /// Re 6
Base 15.27 15.94 14.69 15.95 16.43 1582/4 126/26.5 6/M D 4.47 10.28 191 14.95 15.92 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Re 2
S M/T 16.12 16.81 15.62 16.83 17.34 1582/4 126/26.5 6/M D 4.47 10.28 191 14.95 15.92 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// Re 2
SX M/T 17.51 18.27 16.90 18.29 18.85 1582/4 126/26.5 6/M D 4.47 10.28 191 14.95 15.92 / /// / El/ R / / El/ /// Re 6
SX A/T 18.67 19.48 18.15 19.49 20.10 1582/4 126/26.5 6/A D 4.58 10.92 - 6.89 8.86 / /// / El/ R / / EI/ /// Re 6
Eon Eon
D-lite 3.16 3.46 2.99 3.36 3.40 814/3 55/7.6 5/M P 6.46 17.60 142 16.86 26.49 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// In
D-lite + 3.46 3.79 3.22 3.69 3.74 814/3 55/7.6 5/M P 6.46 17.60 142 16.86 26.49 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// In
D-lite + LPG 3.59 3.97 3.61 4.01 4.09 814/3 55/7.6 5/M P/L - - - - - / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// In
Era + 3.62 3.96 3.47 3.85 3.91 814/3 55/7.6 5/M P 6.46 17.60 142 16.86 26.49 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// In
Era + LPG 3.74 4.13 3.75 4.17 4.26 814/3 55/7.6 5/M P/L - - - - - / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// In
Magna + 3.94 4.32 3.79 4.20 4.28 814/3 55/7.6 5/M P 6.46 17.60 142 16.86 26.49 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
Magna + LPG 4.13 4.48 4.08 4.54 4.63 814/3 55/7.6 5/M P/L - - - - - / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
Sportz 4.25 4.65 4.10 4.55 4.62 814/3 55/7.6 5/M P 6.46 17.60 142 16.86 26.49 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In 1
EON What the Eon does so successfully is inject a certain degree
of desirability into the budget car segment. It looks a million
bucks, which will no doubt be one of the reasons many will buy
the car in the first place. It is also now available in LPG versions.
FOR Styling, interior quality.
AGAINST Mediocre engine, dull to
drive. VERDICT Stylish, affordable
runabout that feels a class higher.
DIMENSIONS Length 3495mm Width 1550mm Height 1500mm Wheelbase 2380mm
Tyre size 145/80 R12, 155/70 R13 Turning circle dia 9.1m Trunk volume 215 litres
Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 715-795kg Fuel tank 32 litres Warranty 2
years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/80cm
Headroom 90cm Width 116.5cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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Petrol 13.7/17.2/21.1
ELANTRA The new Elantra creates all the right first impressions
with its sharp looks, smart interiors and long equipment list.
It may not be the most exciting car to drive, but theres still
plenty about it to quicken your pulse. Were pretty sure Hyundai
has another winner on its hands.
FOR Styling, interiors, well equipped.
AGAINST Mediocre driving experience,
low rear seats. VERDICT Feature
packed, stylish saloon thats good
value too.
DIMENSIONS Length 4530mm Width 1775mm Height 1470mm Wheelbase 2700mm
Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 485 litres
Ground clearance 167mm Kerb weight 1259-1329kg Fuel tank 56 litres
Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 62/86cm Headroom 94cm Width 132cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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M/T Petrol 9.8/14.4/NA
M/T Diesel 12.8/17/NA
A/T Diesel 11.2/16.2/NA
ACCENT EXECUTIVE With those decent looks and functional interior,
the Accent feels bigger than it is and makes a decent family car. The
chassis wont overwhelm you and neither will the performance
from the 1.5-litre engine.
FOR Big-car looks, decent interiors.
AGAINST Low rear seat, under-whelming
driving experience.
VERDICT Competent family car, but not
for the enthusiast.
DIMENSIONS Length 4250mm Width 1670mm Height 1370mm Wheelbase 2440mm
Tyre size 175/70 R13 Turning circle dia 10.0m Trunk volume 380 litres Ground
clearance 172mm Kerb weight 1023kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 2 years,
unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/82.5cm
Headroom 89cm Width 129cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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Executive 8.1/13.8/16.36
CR-V For someone who wants a versatile, capable and
comfortable petrol soft-roader, theres little to challenge the
Honda CR-Vs spread of talents. Now if only Honda would
bring in a diesel soon.
FOR Comfortable ride, now more
affordable. AGAINST Hard interior
plastics, lethargic five-speed auto.
VERDICT The best car-like SUV around;
but still available only in petrol.
DIMENSIONS Length 4545mm Width 1820mm Height 1685mm Wheelbase 2620mm
Tyre size 225/65-R17 Turning circle dia 11.08m Trunk volume 589 litres
Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 1470-1600kg Fuel tank 58 litres
Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
71.5/93.5cm Headroom 96cm Width 142.5cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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2.0 M/T NA/NA/13.7
2.0 A/T NA/NA/13.7
2.4 A/T NA/NA/12
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= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car HYUNDAI to HYUNDAI
i10 i10
1.1 D-lite 4.14 4.49 4.00 4.42 4.50 1086/4 68/10.1 5/M P 5.95 15.55 149 14.67 20.64 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.1 Era 4.52 4.88 4.35 4.82 4.91 1086/4 68/10.1 5/M P 5.95 15.55 149 14.67 20.64 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.1 Era LPG 4.68 5.04 4.19
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5.14 5.26 1086/4 68/10.1 5/M P / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.1 Magna 4.68 5.05 4.50 4.99 5.09 1086/4 68/10.1 5/M P 5.95 15.55 149 14.67 20.64 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.1 Magna LPG 4.84 5.21 4.34
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5.31 5.44 1086/4 68/10.1 5/M P / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.2 Magna 4.87 5.27 4.67 5.24 5.31 1197/4 79/11.4 5/M P 4.99 12.04 166 14.09 23.22 / / / / / / / / El/ /// In
1.2 Sportz M/T 5.20 5.62 5.00 5.55 5.67 1197/4 79/11.4 5/M P 4.99 12.04 166 14.09 23.22 / / / / / / / / El/ /// In
1.2 Sportz (O) M/T 5.52 5.98 5.31 5.90 6.14 1197/4 79/11.4 5/M P 4.99 12.04 166 14.09 23.22 / / / / / / / / El/ /// In 1
1.2 Sportz A/T 5.81 6.30 5.58 6.21 6.42 1197/4 79/11.4 4/A P 5.71 14.08 8.11 11.95 / / / / / / / / El/ /// In
1.2 Asta M/T 6.00 6.50 5.76 6.45 6.63 1197/4 79/11.4 5/M P 4.99 12.04 166 14.09 23.22 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 2
1.2 Asta (O) A/T 6.98 7.37 6.51 7.30 7.53 1197/4 79/11.4 4/A P 5.71 14.08 8.11 11.95 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 2
Grand i10 Grand i10
1.2 Kappa Era 4.71 5.20 4.84 5.07 5.27 1197/4 81.8/11.6 5/M P - - - - - / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
1.2 Kappa Magna 4.92 5.43 5.02 5.29 5.50 1197/4 81.8/11.6 5/M P - - - - - / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex
1.2 Kappa Sportz 5.34 5.89 5.52 5.75 5.96 1197/4 81.8/11.6 5/M P - - - - - / / // / / R / / El/ /// Re
1.2 Kappa Asta 5.97 6.59 6.17 6.43 6.75 1197/4 81.8/11.6 5/M P - - - - - / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Re O O
1.1 CRDi Era 5.77 6.42 5.85 6.16 6.45 1120/3 70/16.3 5/M D - - - - - / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
1.1 CRDi Magna 5.98 6.65 6.09 6.38 6.69 1120/3 70/16.3 5/M D - - - - - / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex
1.1 CRDi Sportz 6.40 7.12 6.55 6.84 7.17 1120/3 70/16.3 5/M D - - - - - / / // / / R / / El/ /// Re
1.1 CRDi Asta 7.28 7.83 7.20 7.52 7.88 1120/3 70/16.3 5/M D - - - - - / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Re O O
i20 i20
1.2 Era 5.34 5.69 5.24 5.58 5.93 1197/4 83/11.6 5/M P 6.10 15.70 16.57 23.71 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.2 Magna 5.60 6.10 5.58 5.86 6.28 1197/4 83/11.6 5/M P 6.10 15.70 16.57 23.71 / / // / / R / / In/ /// In
1.2 Magna (O) 5.92 6.46 5.82 6.20 6.64 1197/4 83/11.6 5/M P 6.10 15.70 16.57 23.71 / / // / / R / / El/ /// In
1.2 Sportz 6.52 7.11 6.32 6.84 7.32 1197/4 83/11.6 5/M P 6.10 15.70 16.57 23.71 / /// / / R / / El/ /// In 1
1.2 Asta 7.20 7.65 6.86 7.37 7.88 1197/4 83/11.6 5/M P 6.10 15.70 16.57 23.71 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// In 2
1.2 Asta (O) 7.69 8.18 7.27 7.89 8.19 1197/4 83/11.6 5/M P 6.10 15.70 16.57 23.71 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// In 6
1.4 Sportz A/T 8.77 9.33 8.34 9.05 9.38 1396/4 98.6/13.9 4/A P / /// / / R / / El/ /// In 1
1.4 CRDi Era 6.68 7.66 6.53 6.89 7.40 1396/4 88.7/22.4 6/M D 5.15 12.88 165 12.43 16.17 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.4 CRDi Magna 7.25 7.73 6.79 7.17 7.69 1396/4 88.7/22.4 6/M D 5.15 12.88 165 12.43 16.17 / / // / / R / / In/ /// In
1.4 CRDi Magna (O) 7.59 8.08 7.11 7.51 8.05 1396/4 88.7/22.4 6/M D 5.15 12.88 165 12.43 16.17 / / // / / R / / El/ /// In
1.4 CRDi Sportz 8.21 8.75 7.61 8.16 8.63 1396/4 88.7/22.4 6/M D 5.15 12.88 165 12.43 16.17 / /// / / R / / El/ /// In 1
1.4 CRDi Asta 8.73 9.30 8.09 8.69 9.19 1396/4 88.7/22.4 6/M D 5.15 12.88 165 12.43 16.17 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// In 2
Santa Fe Santa Fe
4x2 M/T 27.15 28.61 27.10 28.34 29.52 2199/4 194/42.9 6/M D 4.07 9.61 192 9.81 12.05 / /// / El/El R / / El/ /// Ex 6
4x4 M/T 29.62 31.20 29.46 30.91 32.21 2199/4 194/42.9 6/M D 4.07 9.61 192 9.81 12.05 / /// / El/El R / / El/ /// Ex 6
4x4 A/T 30.72 32.37 30.10 32.07 33.41 2199/4 194/42.9 6/A D 4.27 10.23 6.37 7.29 / /// / El/El R / / El/ /// Ex 6
Santro Xing Santro Xing
GL Non AC 3.33 3.60 3.15 3.55 3.57 1086/4 63/9.8 5/M P 5.79 15.29 150 15.78 27.10 / / / / / / / / / /// In
GL Plus 4.06 4.44 3.93 4.35 4.39 1086/4 63/9.8 5/M P 5.79 15.29 150 15.78 27.10 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// In
GL Plus LPG 4.23 4.52 4.17 4.61 4.68 1086/4 63/9.8 5/M L / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// In
GLS 4.30 4.70 4.17 4.63 4.66 1086/4 63/9.8 5/M P 5.79 15.29 150 15.78 27.10 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
GLS LPG 4.48 4.80 4.40 4.84 4.93 1086/4 63/9.8 5/M L / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
i10 The i10s appeal has always been its versatility and this still
holds true. The top-spec i10 is superbly kitted out and sets the
standard for equipment and features in this class of car. It is decent
value for money and promises a hassle-free if unexciting ownership
experience.
FOR Responsive engine, equipment.
AGAINST Mediocre dynamics.
VERDICT The i10 is a thoroughly
engineered product with good
performance and practicality.
DIMENSIONS Length 3585mm Width 1595mm Height 1550mm Wheelbase 2380mm
Tyre size 155/80 R13 Turning circle dia 9.5m Trunk volume 225 litres Ground
clearance 165mm Kerb weight 860-935kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years,
unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/85cm
Headroom 93cm Width 125cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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1.1 12/16.3/19.81
1.2 M/T 11.7/16/20.36
1.2 A/T NA/NA/16.95
i20 It must be said that the new i20 works best as a city car - it
is easy to drive though thanks to its light clutch, easy gearshift,
superlight steering and good engine responses. However, the loose
high-speed manners may make it a bit of a handful on highways
and in emergency situations.
FOR Fresh looks, spacious interiors,
refinement. AGAINST Lacklustre handling,
mediocre performance, poor initial
response. VERDICT Attractive inside and
outside, but not exciting to drive.
DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1710mm Height 1505mm Wheelbase 2525mm
Tyre size 175/70 R14, 185/65 R14 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 295 litres
Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1065 kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 2 years,
unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 56/78 cm
Headroom 95 cm Width 135 cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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1.4 Petrol NA/NA/15.04
1.4 Diesel 13.8/19.5/21.93
SANTA FE The Hyundai Santa Fe is just what Indian customers
want. Substantial size, plenty of space, a third row of seats, loads
of equipment and a competitive price tag. This SUV is genuinely
capable, can hold its own among the segment contenders, has a
dynamo of a diesel motor, is well built and attractive too.
FOR Performance, equipment, seven
seats. AGAINST Unsettled ride, notchy
gearshift. VERDICT This is one Hyundai
SUV with lots of potential.
DIMENSIONS Length 4660mm Width 1890mm Height 1760mm Wheelbase 2700mm
Tyre size 235/60 R18 Turning circle dia 10.88m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance
200mm Kerb weight 1868kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 66/92cm
Headroom 98cm Width 147cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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M/T 9.0/12.5/14.66
A/T 8.3/12/11.72
SANTRO XING The Santro has proved to be quite a
competent city car. It is well built and feels the most solid in
its segment. However, it doesnt drive as well as the other
cars in its class and isnt as well equipped.
FOR Torquey engine, build quality.
AGAINST Bumpy ride, lack of equipment.
VERDICT The Santro is clearly a
generation behind and it now feels
that way.
DIMENSIONS Length 3565mm Width 1525mm Height 1590mm Wheelbase 2380mm
Tyre size 155/70 R13 Turning circle dia 8.8m Trunk volume 218 litres Ground
clearance 164mm Kerb weight 854kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited
mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 65.5/82.5cm
Headroom 87cm Width 121cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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Petrol 12.1/16.2/16.76
LPG NA/NA/11.88
Grand i10 Theres no doubt that the Grand i10, with all this
equipment, will be fantastic value. Besides, there arent too many
diesel options at this end of the market and this should seriously
work in Hyundais favour.
FOR High speed stability, effortless city
car, diesel responsiveness. AGAINST
Feedback from steering, idle clatter
from the diesel. VERDICT A car with
immense urban appeal.
DIMENSIONS Length 3765mm Width 1660mm Height 1520mm Wheelbase 2425mm
Tyre size 165/65 R14 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight NA Fuel tank 43 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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OCTOBER 2013 AUTOCAR INDIA 245 www.autocarindia.com
* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
HYUNDAI to JAGUAR Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car
Sonata Sonata
2.4 GDi M/T 21.37 22.37 21.14 22.79 23.51 2359/4 198/25.5 6/M P 4.15 9.01 210 10.72 14.34 / /// / / R / / El/ /// Re 6
2.4 GDi A/T 23.72 25.06 22.34 25.30 26.34 2359/4 198/25.5 6/A P 4.81 10.34 5.75
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Verna Verna
1.4 VTVT 8.12 8.64 7.98 8.48 8.88 1396/4 105.5/13.8 5/M P / / // / / / / El/ /// In
1.6 EX VTVT 9.16 9.76 9.16 9.59 10.04 1591/4 121.3/15.8 5/M P 4.92 11.49 191 12.65 18.30 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 1
1.6 EX VTVT A/T 9.92 10.56 9.90 10.42 10.87 1591/4 121.3/15.8 4/A P 5.48 12.49 175 7.48 9.33 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 1
1.6 SX VTVT 9.66 10.29 9.04 10.16 10.59 1591/4 121.3/15.8 5/M P 4.92 11.49 191 12.65 18.30 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 2
1.6 SX VTVT (O) 10.46 11.15 9.77 10.99 11.48 1591/4 121.3/15.8 5/M P 4.92 11.49 191 12.65 18.30 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 6
1.6 SX VTVT (O) A/T 11.52 12.06 10.50 12.35 12.65 1591/4 121.3/15.8 4/A P 5.48 12.49 175 7.48 9.33 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 6
1.4 EX CRDi 10.51 11.21 10.12 10.81 10.43 1396/4 88.7/22.4 6/M D / / // / M/ R / / EI/ /// In 1
1.6 EX CRDi 10.83 11.55 10.60 11.14 11.35 1582/4 126.2/26.5 6/M D 4.51 10.54 191 13.00 15.10 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 1
1.6 EX CRDi A/T 11.93 12.44 11.30 12.48 12.75 1582/4 126.2/26.5 4/A D 5.20 11.19 190 6.48 9.20 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 1
1.6 SX CRDi 11.33 12.20 10.19 11.46 12.12 1582/4 126.2/26.5 6/M D 4.51 10.54 191 13.00 15.10 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 2
1.6 SX CRDi (O) 12.55 13.08 11.15 13.09 13.51 1582/4 126.2/26.5 6/M D 4.51 10.54 191 13.00 15.10 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 6
1.6 SX CRDi (O) A/T 13.29 13.86 11.80 13.97 14.33 1582/4 126.2/26.5 4/A D 5.20 11.19 190 6.48 9.20 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// In 6
ISUZU ISUZU
MU-7 MU-7
MU-7 4x2 M/T NA NA NA NA NA 2999/4 161/36.7 5/M D 5.14 11.72 - 8.58 13.27 / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex 2
JAGUAR JAGUAR
Jaguar F-type Jaguar F-type
F-type V6 S NA 156.00
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F-type V8 S NA 161.00
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Jaguar XF Jaguar XF
XF 2.2 Diesel 52.12 54.30 NA 55.53 NA 2179/4 187/45.8 8/A D 4.02 9.24 5.79 7.08 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
XF 5.0 89.82 102.07 102.03 97.95 NA 5000/V8 380/52.5 6/A P 3.45 6.74 4.17 4.74 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
XF 3.0 Diesel 64.53 61.87 59.98 70.66 NA 2993/V6 271/61.2 6/A D 3.41 7.34 250 5.14 5.51 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
XFR 111.04 126.36 102.03 121.08 NA 5000/V8 503/63.7 6/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
Jaguar XJ Jaguar XJ
3.0 Diesel Premium Luxury 120.13 117.83 NA 113.15 NA 3000/V6 271/61.2 6/A D 4.07 8.52 4.41 5.77 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
3.0 Diesel Portfolio 139.54 135.15 NA 129.00 NA 3000/V6 271/61.2 6/A D 4.07 8.52 4.41 5.77 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
5.0 Petrol Portfolio NA NA NA NA NA 5000/V8 380/52.5 6/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
5.0 Petrol SC Supersport NA NA NA 211.01 NA 5000/V8 510/63.7 6/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
3.0 Diesel Ultimate 220.53 232.74 NA 237.82 NA 3000/V6 271/61.2 6/A D 4.07 8.52 4.41 5.77 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
5.0 Petrol SC Ultimate 232.01 245.39 NA 245.28 NA 5000/V8 510/63.7 6/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
Jaguar XK Jaguar XK
XKR Coupe 145.03 153.06 135.06 146.20 NA 5000/V8 503/63.7 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
MU-7 Isuzu has a reputaion for making hard-wearing cars with bul-
let-proof reliability, and this car embodies exactly that. It feels tank-
like in its toughness, the styling is right and it has a strong engine.
However, its presently a fair bit more expensive than its rivals and
isnt as well equipped as them.
FOR Strong engine, acres of room inside.
AGAINST Expensive, tiny dealer network.
VERDICT No-nonsense SUV, but
expensive for what you get.
DIMENSIONS Length 4955mm Width 1800mm Height 1805mm
Wheelbase 3050mm Tyre size 245/70 R16 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1900kg
Fuel tank 76 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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JAGUAR F-TYPE Theres little doubt that Jaguar has got its new F-
Type spot on. It has a pliant ride thats perfect for Indian conditions,
the cabin is spacious, well-executed and beautifully crafted. It is
quite easily one of the most attractive convertibles out there.
FOR Beautifully crafted, pliant ride,
spacious cabin. AGAINST Expensive.
VERDICT A sportscar that has the right
blend of attributes for Indian conditions.
DIMENSIONS Length 4470mm Width 1923mm Height 1308-1319mm
Wheelbase 2622mm Tyre size 245/40 R19, 255/35 R20, 275/35 R19, 295/30 R20
Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 200 Litres Kerb weight 1614-1665kg
Fuel tank 72 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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JAGUAR XF You could easily mistake the facelifted XF for an XJ.
Thats because theres more than a hint of Jags bigger cat in this
updated XF. The good thing is that the aggressive XF still looks
like a sportscar trapped in a saloons body.
FOR Strong performance, excellent
ride quality. AGAINST Rear-seat thigh
support could be better.
VERDICT Styling tweaks make it more
appealing.
DIMENSIONS Length 4961mm Width 2077mm Height 1460mm Wheelbase 2909mm
Tyre size 245/45 R18 Turning circle dia 11.4m Trunk volume 500 Litres
Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000 km Kerb weight 1820kg Fuel tank 70 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 65/89cm
Headroom 89cm Width 141cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/ IDC
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XF 3.0 Diesel 8.5/13.0/13.53
JAGUAR XJ The XJ is in fact so well rounded and so full of
character which makes it an utterly convincing option to
mainstream German saloons.
FOR Drivetrain refinement (d), comfy
interiors, strong performance. AGAINST
Touch-screen graphics poor, low ground
clearance. VERDICT The XJ is proof that
Jaguar makes beautiful, fast cars.
DIMENSIONS Length 5247mm Width 1894mm Height 1448mm Wheelbase 3157mm
Tyre size 245/45 R19, 245/40 R20, 275/35 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume
520 Litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000 km Kerb weight 1773-1813kg Fuel tank 83
litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 75/106cm
Headroom 92cm Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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JAGUAR XK The XKs a stirling effort. The light weight means its
quick and handles well, while its good looks guarantee the right kind
of attention. Token rear seats only and others are more fun, but its
up there as an all-rounder.
FOR Looks, ride, performance
AGAINST Interior room, some poor cabin
materials. VERDICT All things considered,
the XK is easily the best GT all-rounder
on sale.
DIMENSIONS Length 4794-4804mm Width 1892mm Height 1312-1329mm
Wheelbase 2752mm Tyre size 255/35 R20, 255/30 R20 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume NA Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000 km Kerb weight 1660-1800kg
Fuel tank 71 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
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VERNA The new Verna has a long list of equipment on
offer, and you do get a whole lot of car for your money.
The Verna may not be exceptional in any one area but as
a jack of all trades and very competitive pricing, it has the
makings of a winner.
FOR Smashing design, easy to drive
(A/T), refinement, equipment. AGAINST
Lacks driver appeal, low rear seats,
old-school gearbox. VERDICT Wide
repertoire of talents to tempt you.
DIMENSIONS Length 4370mm Width 1700mm Height 1475mm Wheelbase 2570mm
Tyre size 185/65 R15, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 465 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1071-1191kg Fuel tank 43 litres
Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 65/88cm Headroom 87cm Width 130cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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1.6 Petrol M/T 9.8/15.3/NA
1.6 Petrol A/T 8.5/14.1/NA
1.6 Diesel M/T 13.8/17.9/NA
1.6 Diesel A/T 11.5/15.3/NA
SONATA This is a luxury car first and does a great job of
transporting occupants in utmost comfort. It is spacious
and has enough features to pamper the rear passengers
and driver alike.
FOR Stylish and upmarket looks, overall
refinement. AGAINST Driving experience,
inconsistent cabin quality.
VERDICT Comfortable and feature-rich
luxury saloon.
DIMENSIONS Length 4820mm Width 1835mm Height 1490mm Wheelbase 2795mm
Tyre size 215/55 R17 Turning circle dia 10.9m Trunk volume 523 litres Ground
clearance 155mm Kerb weight 1497kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 2 years,
unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/88cm
Headroom 94cm Width 139cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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Petrol M/T 8/11.5/NA
Petrol A/T 7.5/10.3/NA
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
246 AUTOCAR INDIA OCTOBER 2013 www.autocarindia.com
= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car JAGUAR to LAND ROVER
XKR-S 171.06 162.50 165.19 155.15 NA 5000/V8 542/69.3 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In
KOENIGSEGG KOENIGSEGG
Agera Agera
Agera 1250.00
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NA NA NA NA 4700/V8 910/112 7/M P / // / El/El F/R / / El/ /// 6
LAMBORGHINI LAMBORGHINI
Aventador Aventador
LP700-4 375.00
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483.73
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NA NA NA 6498/V12 690/70.3 7/A P 1.66 3.28 350 3.57 4.22 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
LP700-4 Roadster 655.00
**
537.42
**
NA NA NA 6498/V12 690/70.3 7/A P 1.66 3.28 350 3.57 4.22 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
Gallardo Gallardo
LP550-2 218.00
**
218.00
**
NA NA NA 5204/V10 542/55 6/A P 2.23 4.17 3.39 3.21 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
LP550-2 Spyder 285.00
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290.00
**
NA NA NA 5204/V10 542/55 6/A P 2.23 4.17 3.39 3.21 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
LP560-4 200.00
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243.43
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NA NA NA 5204/V10 559/55 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
LP560-4 Spyder 255.00
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267.92
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NA NA NA 5204/V10 560/55 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
LP570-4 Superleggera ET 220.00
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288.00
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NA NA NA 5204/V10 560/55 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
LP570-4 S. Performante ET 235.00
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316.78
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NA NA NA 5204/V10 560/55 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// In 6
LAND ROVER LAND ROVER
Discovery 4 Discovery 4
3.0 V6 SE 85.22 88.52 84.87 91.02 94.52 2993/V6 241/61.2 6/A D 3.83 8.98 5.72 7.06 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
3.0 V6 HSE 90.03 95.99 89.62 96.15 99.86 2993/V6 241/61.2 6/A D 3.83 8.98 5.72 7.06 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Range Rover Evoque Range Rover Evoque
2.2 Pure (5-door) 48.94 65.07 55.37 63.26 NA 2179/4 187/42.8 6/A D 3.92 9.91 7.21 8.41 / / / / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 7
2.2 Prestige (5-door) 57.43 74.57 78.18 71.82 NA 2179/4 187/42.8 6/A D 3.92 9.91 7.21 8.41 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 7
2.2 Dynamic (5-door) 58.48 73.54 62.98 72.41 NA 2179/4 187/42.8 6/A D 3.92 9.91 7.21 8.41 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 7
2.0 Dynamic (Coupe) 63.96 81.91 67.00 73.40 NA 1999/4 236.7/34.6 6/A P / // / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 7
Freelander2 Freelander2
TD4 SE 43.09 47.00 41.54 48.14 NA 2179/4 148/42.8 6/A D 4.49 11.20 181 7.02 8.83 / /// / M/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
GALLARDO The Gallardo is a potent and compact supercar which
immerses you in the driving experience. Is there any better way to
enjoy a supercar? And the best part is that it comes with a practical
lift feature for poor roads.
FOR Compact supercar dimensions, lift
feature for poor roads, monster V10.
AGAINST Price. VERDICT Removing the
front driveshafts has added a whole
new dimension of thrills to the Gallardo.
DIMENSIONS Length 4300-4345mm Width 1900mm Height 1165mm
Wheelbase 2560mm Tyre size 235/35 ZR19 (F) 295/30 ZR19 (R)
Turning circle dia 11.5m Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1380-1570kg
Fuel tank 90 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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DISCOVERY 4 Land Rover calls the Discovery an Executive 4x4.
Were not sure how Executive ties in, but 4x4 it sure is. Capable of
traversing just about any terrain with seven people and a full load,
the Disco is loaded with technology to help it adapt to
various surfaces.
FOR Go-anywhere ability, flexible seating
for seven. AGAINST Boxy styling,
massive kerb weight, V6 diesel a little
unenthusiastic. VERDICT An extremely
capable off-roader.
DIMENSIONS Length 4838mm Width 2176mm Height 1837mm Wheelbase 2885mm
Tyre size 235/70 R19 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 280-2558 litres
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage Ground clearance 185mm Kerb weight 2718kg
Fuel tank NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE Look at it objectively (price, size and equip-
ment) and the Evoque is an expensive car. Yes, it is well finished;
yes, it is refined and, yes, it looks like a million bucks.
But its expensive.
FOR Looks, quality interiors.
AGAINST Price, more show than go.
VERDICT Looks brilliant, feels fantastic,
but could have been more exciting
to drive.
DIMENSIONS Length 4355mm Width 1965mm Height 1605-1635mm Wheelbase
2660mm Tyre size 225/65 R17, 235/60 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 550
litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1630-1675kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty
2 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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FREELANDER 2 The Freelander has considerable
strengths. It is a roomy car and its handling is truly
impressive. The engine is refined and so is the ride.
The most impressive feature of the Freelander is its
exceptional cornering ability.
FOR Smooth ride, rear seat best for
three, competent off-road. AGAINST Not
as good value as rivals. VERDICT The
competition may offer better value but
the Freelander is hugely desirable.
DIMENSIONS Length 4500mm Width 2195mm Height 1740mm Wheelbase 2660mm
Tyre size 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.4m Trunk volume 280-2558 litres
Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 1880kg Fuel tank 68 litres Warranty 2 years
unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/89cm
Headroom 95cm Width 150cm
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2.2d 8.7/11.9/12.35
AGERA In many critical areas, particularly its build quality and
chassis, the Koenigsegg is on par with the best. Its performance is
mighty by almost any standard; even with an engine that may have
been some distance from being truly on song.
FOR Insane looks, awesome power, very
exclusive. AGAINST Doesnt feel as fast as
a Zonda, expensive. VERDICT Performance
sends this beast bang into Veyron territory!
DIMENSIONS Length 4293mm Width 1996mm Height 1120mm Wheelbase 2662mm
Tyre size 265/35 R19 (F) 345/30 R20 (R) Turning circle dia 11m Trunk volume 120
litres Ground clearance 100mm Kerb weight 1435kg Fuel tank 80 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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AVENTADOR So, will an Aventador be worth the trouble? Well, if you
have the money, nothing else will give you the same kick in the
gonads. It is brutal, unhinged, provocative, demented, on the edge
and also surprisingly grown up. Of course its worth it.
FOR Epic engine, creates a riot wherever
you go. AGAINST Everyday usability,
unyeilding ride. VERDICT Tremendously
exciting and hugely impractical.
DIMENSIONS Length 4780mm Width 2030mm Height 1136mm Wheelbase 2700mm
Tyre size 255/35 R19, 335/30 R20, Turning circle dia 12.5m Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1575kg Fuel tank 90 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Front seat: Legroom
min/max 67/81cm Headroom 92cm Width 138cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. *** Ex-Maharashtra prices.
Prices are indicative only and
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
LAND ROVER to MAHINDRA Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car
SD4 HSE 48.71 53.31 46.82 54.53 NA 2179/4 187/42.8 6/A D 4.08 9.92 6.23 7.79 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Range Rover Range Rover
3.0 TDV6 HSE NA 185.23 NA 184.09 NA 2993/V6 254/61.2 8/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 10
3.0 TDV6 Vogue 188.78 210.65 NA 209.36 NA 2993/V6 254/61.2 8/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 10
4.4 SDV8 SE 252.11 251.28 NA 250.96 NA 4367/V8 334/71.4 8/A D 3.68 8.20 5.17 6.13 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 10
4.4 SDV8 Autobiography 232.65 259.79 NA 258.06 NA 4367/V8 334/71.4 8/A D 3.68 8.20 5.17 6.13 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 10
5.0 V8 Supercharged 257.38 267.59 NA 259.15 NA 4999/V8 503/63.7 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 10
Range Rover Sport Range Rover Sport
3.0 V6 SE NA 104.30 NA 112.49 NA 2993/V6 254/61.2 6/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
3.0 V6 HSE 107.18 109.22 95.68 127.63 NA 2993/V6 254/61.2 6/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
MAHINDRA MAHINDRA
Bolero Bolero
Plus 6.95 7.69 NA NA NA 2523/4 63/19.8 5/M D O/ / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
DI 7.15 7.01 NA NA NA 2523/4 63/18.3 5/M D O/ / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
EX NA 7.29 NA NA NA 2523/4 63/19.8 5/M D / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
SLE 7.81 8.37 7.51 7.86 8.58 2523/4 63/19.8 5/M D 8.67 25.61 124 16.56 24.17 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
SLX 8.38 8.99 8.03 8.45 9.20 2523/4 63/19.8 5/M D 8.67 25.61 124 16.56 24.17 / / // / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
ZLX 8.57 9.19 8.20 8.64 9.40 2523/4 63/19.8 5/M D 8.67 25.61 124 16.56 24.17 / / // / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Getaway Getaway
Getaway 2WD NA 7.64
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2609/4 115/28.3 5/M D 7.06 18.17 147 15.01 19.03 / / // / / / / In/ /// Ex
Getaway 4WD NA 8.59
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2609/4 115/28.3 5/M D 7.06 18.17 147 15.01 19.03 / / // / / / / In/ /// Ex
Ssangyong Rexton Ssangyong Rexton
RX5 MT 21.95 23.06 20.75 21.59 22.70 2696/5 162/34.6 5/M D 180 / / / / / El/ /R / / El/ /// In 2
RX7 AT 24.54 26.01 23.06 24.01 25.60 2696/5 184/41.0 5/A D 4.30 10.92 194 6.86 8.66 / / / / / M/ /R / / El/ /// In 6
Scorpio Scorpio
EX 9.76 9.67 9.05 9.17 9.72 2523/4 75/20 5/M D / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
LX 10.42 10.40 9.74 9.87 10.46 2179/4 120/28.5 5/M D 6.10 14.88 152 12.13 14.61 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
BOLERO The Bolero works well as a hardy and rugged vehicle for
rural areas. However, as a personal car, it is too crude and too com-
promised. The ageing platform is not that good on safety either.
FOR Refined motor, feels tough.
AGAINST Flawed ergonomics, cramped
interiors.
VERDICT Feels dated and crude.
DIMENSIONS Length 4107-4494mm Width 1745mm Height 1880-1977mm
Wheelbase 2680mm Tyre size 215/75 R15 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume NA
Ground clearance 180mm Fuel tank 60 litres. Warranty 1 year unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom 68/79cm Headroom 99.5cm Width 128.5cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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2.5L m2DiCR 10.79/13.34/15.4
GETAWAY The Getaway comes across as a lot more functional in
its segment with good overall seat comfort, larger load area and
proven mechanicals from the Scorpio. Its a no-nonsense pick-up
with genuine off-road ability.
FOR Off-road ability, robust build.
AGAINST Looks like a Scorpio, handling.
VERDICT A no-nonsense pick-up
with genuine off-road ability.
DIMENSIONS Length 5098mm Width 1770mm Height 1874mm Wheelbase 3040mm
Tyre size 245/75 R16 Turning circle dia 12.9m Trunk volume 1540mm x 780mm
(width x height) Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 2050kg Fuel tank 80 litres
Warranty 2 years or 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
77/88cm Headroom 101cm Width 144cm
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REXTON The Rexton is smart-looking, well-built and comes loaded
with features. Buyers are likely to gloss over the Rextons not-so-
good aspects and think of it more as a value buy. Mahindra has
successfully played on the VFM card before, so theres no denying
the potential of the Rexton to strike a chord with Indian buyers.
FOR Fantastic cabin quality, tough build.
AGAINST Noisy engine, slow auto box,
dull to drive.
VERDICT First Ssanyong for India offers
Mahindra-typical good value.
DIMENSIONS Length 4755mm Width 1900mm Height 1785 - 1840mm
Wheelbase 2835mm Tyre size 235/75 R16 Turning circle dia 11.4m
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 252mm Kerb weight 1986 - 2000kg
Fuel tank 78 litres Warranty 2 years or 50,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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RX5 MT NA/NA/12.4
RX7 AT NA/ NA/11.18
SCORPIO The Scorpio looks even more contemporary after all
its face-lifts. The strong m-Hawk engine complements good
looks and the interiors are now more practical too with useful
touches like a sliding middle seat and lots of cubbyholes. The VLX
variant offers micro-hybrid technology and a lot of equipment
at a decent price.
FOR Aggressive styling, strong engine,
good resale value.
AGAINST Handling still needs
improvement, space not lavish.
VERDICT The best SUV at this price.
DIMENSIONS Length 4430mm Width 1817mm Height 1975mm
Wheelbase 2680mm Tyre size 235/70 R16 Turning circle dia 11.2m
Trunk volume 820 litres Ground clearance 180mm Kerb weight 1850kg
Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 2 years or 50,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 70/92cm
Headroom 101cm Width 145cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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2.2 mHawk M/T 10.6/13.6/15.9
2.2 mHawk A/T 9/13.2/14.6
RANGE ROVER The new Range Rover is everything a Range Rover
is, only better. For the price youll get a car thats up there with
a Rolls Royce on luxury with the go-anywhere capability of a
mountain goat.
FOR Waftability, exceptional fit and
finish, on- and off-road ability.
AGAINST Price.
VERDICT Everything a Range Rover
stands for, only better.
DIMENSIONS Length 4972mm Width 2034mm Height 1877mm
Wheelbase 2880mm Tyre size NA Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume 535 litres Ground clearance 225-275mm
Kerb weight 2687-2717kg Fuel tank NA Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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RANGE ROVER SPORT It may look just like a Range Rover, but
is actually built on a lighter, lower, more rigid chassis. This,
Land Rover claims, makes it more sporty. With options such
as 21-inch wheels, it was designed more for the road than
other Land Rovers, to take on the likes of the BMW X5.
FOR Luxurious, well-crafted interior,
awesome off road. AGAINST Not really
deserving of the Sport moniker. VERDICT
A slightly less expensive and slightly
sportier version of the big Rangie.
DIMENSIONS Length 4788mm Width 1983mm Height 1784mm
Wheelbase 2745mm Tyre size 235/70 R19 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume 280-2558 litres Ground clearance 227mm Kerb weight 2572-2675kg
Fuel tank NA Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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248 AUTOCAR INDIA OCTOBER 2013 www.autocarindia.com
= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices are indicative only and
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car MAHINDRA to MAHINDRA
SLE 11.91 12.08 11.25 11.37 12.02 2179/4 120/28.5 5/M D 6.10 14.88 152 12.13 14.61 / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex
VLX M/T BS4 NA 13.50 12.30 13.29 13.69 2179/4 120/28.5 5/M D 6.10 14.88 152 12.13 14.61 / / // / / F/R / / El/ /// Ex
VLX M/T Airbag 13.66 14.74 12.60 13.79 14.90 2179/4 120/28.5 5/M D 6.10 14.88 152 12.13 14.61 / / // / / F/R / / El/ /// Ex 2
VLX A/T Airbag 14.14 15.25 13.20 15.04 15.42 2179/4 120/28.5 6/A D 5.95 15.39 157 9.19* 13.17* / / // / / F/R / / El/ /// Ex O
Thar Thar
4X4 CRDE 8.26 8.72 7.08 8.16 8.18 2498/4 103.5/25.19 5/M D 6.10 17.45 138 13.41 13.87 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Verito Verito
G2 6.06 6.69 5.91 6.09 6.51 1390/4 75/11.2 5/M P 6.7 16.7 145 14.4 21.4 / / / / / / / / / /// In
G4 6.17 6.96 6.25 6.34 6.77 1390/4 75/11.2 5/M P 6.7 16.7 145 14.4 21.4 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
D2 7.29 8.05 7.05 7.24 7.78 1461/4 65/16.3 5/M D 6.07 17.15 144 12.61 16.87 / / / / / / / / / /// In
D4 7.54 8.33 7.29 7.49 7.98 1461/4 65/16.3 5/M D 6.07 17.15 144 12.61 16.87 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
D6 8.30 9.14 7.96 8.26 8.78 1461/4 65/16.3 5/M D 6.07 17.15 144 12.61 16.87 / / // / / / / El/ /// In 1
D6 Executive 8.84 9.71 8.68 8.36 9.34 1461/4 65/16.3 5/M D 6.07 17.15 144 12.61 16.87 / / // / / / / El/ /// In 1
Verito Vibe Verito Vibe
D2 6.30 7.03 6.34 6.56 6.88 1461/4 63/16.3 5/M D - - - - - / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
D4 6.58 7.35 6.62 6.86 7.19 1461/4 63/16.3 5/M D - - - - - / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
D6 7.47 8.11 7.26 7.55 7.87 1461/4 63/16.3 5/M D - - - - - / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex 1
XUV500 XUV500
W6 4x2 14.33 14.53 13.83 14.34 15.24 2179/4 140/33 6/M D 5.56 12.34 178 12.36 13.26 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// El 2
W8 4x2 16.15 16.53 15.61 16.15 17.22 2179/4 140/33 6/M D 5.56 12.34 178 12.36 13.26 / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// El 6
W8 4x4 17.36 17.73 16.83 17.46 18.59 2179/4 140/33 6/M D / /// / M/ R / / El/ /// El 6
Xylo Xylo
D2 8.86 9.07 8.19 8.60 9.09 2489/4 95/22 5/M D / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
D4 9.33 9.57 8.61 9.08 9.60 2489/4 95/22 5/M D / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
H4 9.91 10.14 10.18 9.62 10.22 2179/4 120/28 5/M D 5.24 12.97 161 10.56 12.54 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
H4 ABS 10.19 10.43 10.46 10.14 10.52 2179/4 120/28 5/M D 5.24 12.97 161 10.56 12.54 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
H8 ABS 11.18 11.38 11.30 10.81 11.48 2179/4 120/28 5/M D 5.24 12.97 161 10.56 12.54 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex
H8 ABS + Airbag 11.63 11.95 11.75 11.25 12.02 2179/4 120/28 5/M D 5.24 12.97 161 10.56 12.54 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 2
H9 12.96 12.98 12.70 12.88 13.38 2179/4 120/28 5/M D 5.24 12.97 161 10.56 12.54 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 2
Quanto Quanto
C2 6.62 7.49 7.10 7.14 7.45 1493/3 98.6/24.5 5/M D 6.43 16.00 143 12.40 15.28 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
C4 7.81 8.13 7.70 7.77 8.10 1493/3 98.6/24.5 5/M D 6.43 16.00 143 12.40 15.28 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
C6 8.34 8.70 8.35 8.34 8.71 1493/3 98.6/24.5 5/M D 6.43 16.00 143 12.40 15.28 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Ex
C8 8.91 9.30 8.85 8.94 9.33 1493/3 98.6/24.5 5/M D 6.43 16.00 143 12.40 15.28 / / // / M/ F/R / / El/ /// Ex 2
MAHINDRA REVA MAHINDRA REVA
e2o e2o
T0 5.95 7.63 NA NA 7.41 Elctrc motor 25.5/5.4 A E 12.87 / / // / / / / El/ ///
VERITO The updated Verito with its more upmarket image is
surely a step forward. It may still seem old next to a modern
Maruti Swift Dzire, but when it comes to space, practicality and
economy, there are very few cars that come close.
FOR Space and practicality, great ride
quality. AGAINST Still looks boxy, lacks
upmarket feel. VERDICT Very practical,
great value but still not very desirable.
DIMENSIONS Length 4277mm Width 1740mm Height 1540mm Wheelbase 2630mm
Tyre size 185/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.5m Trunk volume 510 litres Ground
clearance 172mm Kerb weight 1080-1140kg Fuel tank 50 litres
Warranty 2 years / 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 64/82cm Headroom 92cm Width 141cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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1.4 Petrol NA/NA/13.87
1.5 Diesel 13.6/19.3/20.80
VERITO VIBE The Vibes mish-mash styling does look a bit quirky but
thats something that can grow on you. The bigger question is can
the Vibe shed the Veritos taxi stigma, inherited from the Logan, to
position itself as a sensible choice for anyone in the market for a
spacious and comfortable compact car.
FOR Spacious and comfortable,
predictable handling, high speed
manners. AGAINST Quirky styling, fixed
rear glass. VERDICT A sensible choice for
anyone looking to buy a spacious and
comfortable compact car.
DIMENSIONS Length 3991mm Width 1740mm Height 1540mm
Wheelbase 2630mm Tyre size 185/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.5m
Trunk volume 330litres Ground clearance 172mm Kerb weight 1155kg
Fuel tank 50litres Warranty 3 years, 1,00,000 km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA
Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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1.5 dCi NA/NA/20.8
XUV500 Benchmark the XUV500 against the Scorpio and you
will realise just how big a leap M&M has taken. The design and
styling are central to this SUVs appeal, and though it may not
suit all tastes, its undoubtedly distinctive and is sure to turn
heads. With the XUV, M&M has gone all out to pamper the cus-
tomer like never before.
FOR Space and equipment,
value for money.
AGAINST Transmission quality,
unresolved dynamics.
VERDICT Feature-packed SUV that plays
the VFM card.
DIMENSIONS Length 4585mm Width 1890mm Height 1785mm
Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.2m
Trunk volume 93 litres Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1785kg
Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 2 years or 50,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/88cm
Headroom 96cm Width 147cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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2.2 mHawk 4x2 10.2/14.3/15.1
XYLO The recent updates to the Xylo includes the use of the
120bhp mHawk engine in the entire H-series range. Theres not
much change to the basic shape and the new look is still easier
on the eye. Mahindra has not messed with the Xylos strengths,
which are its space, practicality and easy-to-use nature.
FOR Wallet-friendly price, un-beatable
space, comfort, strong engine.
AGAINST Interior fit and finish, sloppy
handling. VERDICT Value-for-money
alternative to the Innova.
DIMENSIONS Length 4520mm Width 1850mm Height 1895mm Wheelbase 2760mm
Tyre size 215/75 R15 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume NA
Ground clearance 186mm Kerb weight 1830kg Fuel tank 55 litres.
Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 75/95cm Headroom 97cm Width 148cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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H4/H8/H9 (mHawk) 10.1/14.4/14.02
D2/D4 (mDI) NA/NA/14.88
QUANTO The Quanto may not be able to match cars like the
Maruti Swift or Hyundai i20 for ease of use or sophistication,
but for space and versatility the Quanto is unmatched. If the
success of Mahindras latest products is anything to go by,
the Quanto is set to be a huge seller.
FOR Spacious cabin, sturdy, good value.
AGAINST Cabin quality, unsorted dynamics.
VERDICT Versatile and good value for
money, but has its quirks.
DIMENSIONS Length 3985mm Width 1850mm Height 1880mm Wheelbase 2760mm
Tyre size 205/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 690 litres Ground
clearance 180mm Kerb weight 1640 kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 years/
50,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/85cm
Headroom 96cm Width 149cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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1.5 Diesel 11.4/16.1/17.2
e2o The e2o is a surprisingly nice city car. It is smooth, silent, it is
easy to drive, surprisingly high on tech, and at the end of the day has
what it takes to get the job done. However, the two-door configuration
means access to the rear is poor, the batteries have a limited range
and build and construction arent really up there with most hatches.
FOR Low running costs, eco-friendly,
good urban commuter. AGAINST
Expensive, still not practical. VERDICT
Feels closer to a mainstream car but its
still a bit impractical.
DIMENSIONS Length 3280mm Width 1514mm Height 1560mm Wheelbase 1958mm
Tyre size 155/70R13 Turning circle dia 7.8m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance
180mm Kerb weight 830kg Battery 48V Lithium-ion
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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e2o 75/NA/100km on full charge
THAR The Thar is a no-nonsense off-roader with the Scorpios
potent CRDi engine under the hood. But other than its earth
crushing ability and striking looks, the Thar is not a practical
vehicle and too many essentials are optional.
FOR Off-road ability, road presence.
AGAINST Expensive, too basic.
VERDICT Proven off-road credentials,
modern CRDi motor, but not aneveryday car.
DIMENSIONS Length 3920mm Width 1710mm Height 1930mm Wheelbase 2430mm
Tyre size 235/70 R16 Turning circle dia 10.5m Trunk volume NA
Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1750kg Fuel tank 60 litres
Warranty 2 years or 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 72/78cm Headroom 98cm Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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2.5 CRDe NA/NA/13.28
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* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices are indicative only and
vary from time to time.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
MAHINDRA to MARUTI Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car
T2 6.24 8.00 NA NA 7.67 Elctrc motor 25.5/5.4 A E 12.87 / / // / / / / El/ ///
MARUTI MARUTI
Alto 800 Alto 800
Alto 800 2.73 3.05 2.89 3.05 3.19 796/3 47/7.03 5/M P 6.13 16.92 141 13.16 22.29 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Alto 800 LX 3.10 3.46 3.28 3.40 3.61 796/3 47/7.03 5/M P 6.13 16.92 141 13.16 22.29 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Alto 800 LXi 3.34 3.71 3.53 3.66 3.88 796/3 47/7.03 5/M P 6.13 16.92 141 13.16 22.29 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Re O
Alto 800 VXi 3.49 3.87 3.32
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3.24
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3.29
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796/3 47/7.03 5/M P 6.13 16.92 141 13.16 22.29 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Re O
Alto 800 CNG 3.54 3.81 NA NA NA 796/3 47/7.03 5/M P/CNG / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Alto 800 LX CNG 3.76 4.05 NA NA NA 796/3 47/7.03 5/M P/CNG / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Alto 800 LXi CNG 3.97 4.24 NA NA NA 796/3 47/7.03 5/M P/CNG / / / / / / / / In/ /// Re O
Alto K10 Alto K10
LXi K10 3.58 3.98 3.83 3.92 4.15 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.50 15.87 143 15.13 22.47 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VXi K10 3.72 4.14 3.97 4.07 4.31 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.50 15.87 143 15.13 22.47 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
A-star A-star
LXi 4.23 4.63 4.45 4.63 4.85 998/3 66/9.0 5/M P 5.40 13.79 161 14.93 21.23 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// In
VXi 4.58 5.00 4.78 4.94 5.21 998/3 66/9.0 5/M P 5.40 13.79 161 14.93 21.23 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In O
VXi AT 5.17 5.59 5.33 5.51 5.81 998/3 66/9.0 4/A P - - - - - / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In
ZXi 4.86 5.30 5.06 5.24 5.53 998/3 66/9.0 5/M P 5.40 13.79 161 14.93 21.23 / / // / M/ / / In/ /// In
ZXi Option 5.06 5.52 5.27 5.45 5.75 998/3 66/9.0 5/M P 5.40 13.79 161 14.93 21.23 / / // / M/ / / In/ /// In 2
EECO EECO
Std 5-Seater 3.42 3.81 3.78 3.96 4.07 1196/4 73/10.3 5/M P / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
AC 5-Seater 3.74 4.14 4.10 4.31 4.43 1196/4 73/10.3 5/M P / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
AC 5-Seater CNG 4.56 4.86 NA NA NA 1196/4 73/63/10.3 5/M C / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Std 7-Seater 3.60 4.03 3.96 4.16 4.27 1196/4 73/10.3 5/M P / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Ertiga Ertiga
LXi 6.57 7.26 6.94 7.37 7.72 1373/4 93.7/13.2 5/M P 5.56 13.56 158 12.58 17.39 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
LXi CNG 7.36 7.62 6.89
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1373/4 93.7/13.2 5/M P/CNG 5.56 13.56 158 12.58 17.39 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VXi 7.53 8.10 7.74 8.20 8.58 1373/4 93.7/13.2 5/M P 5.56 13.56 158 12.58 17.39 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex O
VXi CNG 8.20 8.50 7.68
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1373/4 93.7/13.2 5/M P/CNG 5.56 13.56 158 12.58 17.39 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex O
ZXi 8.19 8.70 8.63 8.89 9.31 1373/4 93.7/13.2 5/M P 5.56 13.56 158 12.58 17.39 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex 2
LDi 8.45 9.07 8.55 9.06 9.51 1248/4 88.7/20.4 5/M D 5.46 14.28 167 11.14 12.71 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VDi 9.18 9.85 9.28 9.81 10.29 1248/4 88.7/20.4 5/M D 5.46 14.28 167 11.14 12.71 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex
ZDi 9.63 10.28 9.72 10.28 10.77 1248/4 88.7/20.4 5/M D 5.46 14.28 167 11.14 12.71 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex 2
Estilo Estilo
LX 3.84 4.16 4.07 4.28 4.48 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.42 15.83 155 15.46 22.95 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex
LXi 4.19 4.56 4.41 4.59 4.81 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.42 15.83 155 15.46 22.95 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
LXi CNG 4.80 5.03 NA NA NA 998/3 67/9.18 5/M C / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VXi 4.55 4.88 4.71 4.85 5.13 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.42 15.83 155 15.46 22.95 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
Grand Vitara Grand Vitara
Manual 25.69 24.56
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17.85 19.12 21.33 2393/4 163/23 5/M P 5.15 11.73 13.55 19.39 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
Automatic 27.85 26.62
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18.88 20.57 22.96 2393/4 163/23 4/A P / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
ALTO K10 The Alto K10 uses a perky 998cc engine. It feels
surprisingly solid and rides well for a small car. However, its
small size and cramped interiors are the main drawbacks.
FOR Fuel economy,
price, K10 engine is perky.
AGAINST Cramped interiors.
VERDICT A good city car, but better for
singles than families.
DIMENSIONS Length 3620mm Width 1495mm Height 1460mm
Wheelbase 2360mm Tyre size 145/80 R12 Turning circle dia 9.2m
Trunk volume 117 litres Ground clearance 160mm Kerb weight 765kg
Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 54/81cm Headroom 91cm Width 118cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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A-STAR Maruti claims that its fuel efficient A-star is not something
to be taken lightly. It is not perfect with its cramped interiors and
some iffy interior plastic. But there's no doubting the A-star is very
good where it matters. Fuel efficiency is class-leading.
FOR Responsive engine and slick
gearbox, comfy ride.
AGAINST Poor plastic quality and
cramped rear seats.VERDICT The A-star
could be the next big small car.
DIMENSIONS Length 3500mm Width 1600mm Height 1490mm Wheelbase 2360mm
Tyre size 155/80 R13 Turning circle dia 9.0m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance
170mm Kerb weight 860-895kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 58.5/80cm
Headroom 88cm Width 119cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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M/T 12.1/17.1/19.00
A/T NA/NA/16.98
EECO The prices for the EECO are very economical. This undoubt-
edly makes the EECO the cheapest point A-to-B mode if you want to
transport more than five people and their luggage.
FOR Spacious cabin, price.
AGAINST No equipment, poor plastic
quality.
VERDICT Staggering value for money.
DIMENSIONS Length 3675mm Width 1475mm Height 1800mm Wheelbase 2350mm
Tyre size 155 R13 Turning circle dia 9.0m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance
160mm Kerb weight 908-928kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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Petrol NA/NA/15.10
CNG NA/NA/20.00km/kg
ERTIGA The Ertiga is a balancing act between size, practicality and
ease of use that Maruti has played almost to perfection. It offers
the practicality of a seven-seater and yet is as easy to drive as a
mid-size saloon.
FOR Flexible cabin, good value (P), fuel
efficiency (D). AGAINST Diesel sluggish
at low speeds, third-row access could
be better. VERDICT The ideal Indian
family car.
DIMENSIONS Length 4265mm Width 1695mm Height 1685mm Wheelbase 2740mm
Tyre size 185/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 185-735 litres
Ground clearance 185mm Kerb weight 1160-1235kg Fuel tank 45 litres
Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
72/96cm Headroom 100cm Width 133cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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Petrol 10.2/14.8/16.02
Diesel 12.8/16.8/16.02
CNG NA/NA/22.8
ESTILO The new Estilo has got a heart transplant. In comes the
A-star's K-series 1.0 litre motor. The perky engine simply loves
to be revved and will go all the way to the redline without any
fuss. The steering is light and terrific for parking the car in
tight spots but could offer better communication.
FOR Perky engine, light steering.
AGAINST Poor plastic quality, flimsy
build. VERDICT Leaner, meaner and
fitter than before.
DIMENSIONS Length 3600mm Width 1475-1495mm Height 1595mm Wheelbase 2360mm
Tyre size 145/70 R13, 155/65 R13 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 212 litres
Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 845-865kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years or
40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 60/76.5cm Headroom 92cm
Width 120.5cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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Petrol 12.3/16.8/19.00
CNG NA/NA/26.30km/kg
GRAND VITARA After the last Grand Vitara which failed to sell in sub-
stantial numbers. Maruti re-thought its strategy and launched the new
Grand Vitara. More compact in every way, the new car makes a more
sensible proposition. It looks like a soft-roader, but actually has good
off-road capabilities.
FOR Off-road ability, comfortable seats, price.
AGAINST Poor equipment, fuel economy, cheap
interiors. VERDICT The most affordable but
not the best premium SUV.
DIMENSIONS Length 4470mm Width 1810mm Height 1695mm Wheelbase 2640mm
Tyre size 225/70 R16 Turning circle dia 11.0m Trunk volume 395-1386 litres
Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1594kg (MT) Fuel tank 66 litres Warranty 2
years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/90cm
Headroom 93.5cm Width 139cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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M/T NA/NA/10.4
A/T NA/NA/9.24
ALTO 800 An all-new design, fresh interiors and a revamped
engine have completely transformed Marutis best-seller to make
it a much more attractive proposition than before. The improved
motor is far better than the older one, offering more power and
good fuel efficiency too.
FOR Improved performance, low speed
ride, affordability. AGAINST Cramped
cabin, some essential features missing.
VERDICT Improved in every area and
now even better value for money.
DIMENSIONS Length 3395mm Width 1490mm Height 1475mm
Wheelbase 2360mm Tyre size 145/80 R12 Turning circle dia 9.2m
Trunk volume 177 litres Ground clearance 160mm Kerb weight 695 - 725kg
Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 64/83cm Headroom 91cm Width 112cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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Standard 13.3/17.8/22.74
CNG NA/NA/30.46km/kg
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
250 AUTOCAR INDIA OCTOBER 2013 www.autocarindia.com
= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car MARUTI to MARUTI
Gypsy Gypsy
King Soft Top 6.48 7.10 5.54 7.13 7.55 1298/4 81/10.6 5/M P 5.92 16.39 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
King Hard Top 6.82 7.27 5.73 7.29 7.77 1298/4 81/10.6 5/M P 5.92 16.39 / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Kizashi Kizashi
Manual 19.24 20.88 18.84 19.77 20.59 2393/4 176/23.4 6/M P 4.19 9.13 181 10.37 14.02 / /// / M/M / / El/ /// Re 6
Automatic 20.40 22.48 19.95 20.94 21.82 2393/4 176/23.4 CVT/A P 5.11 10.15 181 7.58 12.65 / /// / M/M / / El/ /// Re 6
Omni Omni
MPI 8-seater 2.79 3.07 3.02 3.23 3.34 796/3 35/6.1 4/M P / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
MPI 5-seater 2.77 3.05 3.00 3.21 3.32 796/3 35/6.1 4/M P / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
LPG 5-seater NA 2.77 2.90 2.98 2.96 796/3 27/6.1 4/M L / / / / / / / / Ex/ /// Ex
Ritz Ritz
LXi 4.79 5.25 5.01 5.23 5.49 1197/4 86/11.5 5/M P 5.61 13.33 160 14.67 23.70 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VXi 5.16 5.61 5.36 5.59 5.87 1197/4 86/11.5 5/M P 5.61 13.33 160 14.67 23.70 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VXi ABS 5.43 5.91 5.64 5.89 6.00 1197/4 86/11.5 5/M P 5.61 13.33 160 14.67 23.70 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VXi A/T ABS 6.99 7.39 7.06 7.35 7.11 1197/4 86/11.5 4/A P / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
ZXi 5.81 6.34 6.07 6.31 6.69 1197/4 86/11.5 5/M P 5.61 13.33 160 14.67 23.70 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
LDi 6.04 6.57 6.21 6.49 6.85 1248/4 74/19.37 5/M D 5.56 14.36 160 12.52 15.36 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VDi 6.39 6.95 6.58 6.87 7.07 1248/4 74/19.37 5/M D 5.56 14.36 160 12.52 15.36 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VDi ABS 6.59 7.17 6.78 7.08 7.47 1248/4 74/19.37 5/M D 5.56 14.36 160 12.52 15.36 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
ZDi 7.27 7.72 7.23 7.55 7.98 1248/4 74/19.37 5/M D 5.56 14.36 160 12.52 15.36 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
Swift Swift
LXi 4.97 5.42 5.18 5.43 5.68 1197/4 86/11.6 5/M P 5.98 14.24 168 16.28 28.18 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VXi 5.51 5.93 5.67 5.94 6.27 1197/4 86/11.6 5/M P 5.98 14.24 168 16.28 28.18 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
ZXi 6.35 6.92 6.61 6.92 7.29 1197/4 86/11.6 5/M P 5.98 14.24 168 16.28 28.18 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// El 2
LDi 6.21 6.83 6.43 6.74 7.04 1248/4 74/19.3 5/M D 5.30 13.65 165 12.63 13.91 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VDi 6.66 7.39 6.97 7.29 7.66 1248/4 74/19.3 5/M D 5.30 13.65 165 12.63 13.91 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
ZDi 7.88 8.33 7.84 8.21 8.65 1248/4 74/19.3 5/M D 5.30 13.65 165 12.63 13.91 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// El 2
Swift Dzire Swift Dzire
LXi 5.43 5.93 5.65 5.81 6.15 1197/4 86/11.6 5/M P / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
KIZASHI The Kizashi has got all the right intentions from the styling,
to the compact dimensions and driver-focussed cabin. It even drives
like one to a large extent. Performance is not brilliant but good
enough and the handling is quite enthusiastic.
FOR Ride quality, effortless
performance. AGAINST Value, CVT
automatic. VERDICT A compact,
reasonably sporty and luxurious saloon.
DIMENSIONS Length 4650mm Width 1820mm Height 1490mm Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre
size 215/55 R17 Turning circle dia 11.0m Trunk volume 461 litres Ground clearance
160mm Kerb weight 1460-1500kg Fuel tank 63 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 65/88cm Headroom 92cm Width 139cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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Auto 7.9/12.2/NA
OMNI Simple formula. Maximum space, smallest most efficient engine,
least expensive to run and buy, the Omni is almost the perfect vehicle
for Indian driving conditions, which is why it still sells in large numbers.
But numbers in isolation dont always paint an accurate picture.
FOR Price, utility.
AGAINST Crash safety is appalling.
VERDICTA van trying hard to be a car.
DIMENSIONS Length 3370mm Width 1410mm Height 1640mm Wheelbase 1840mm
Tyre size 145R 12 LT 6PR radial Turning circle dia 8.2m Trunk volume NA
Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 785-800kg Fuel tank 36 litres Warranty 2 years or
40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 82/88cm Headroom 87.5cm
Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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Petrol NA/NA/14.70
LPG NA/NA/10.9
RITZ Maruti has positioned the Ritz below its own Swift and priced
it competitively with the rest of the segment. This car blends a pair
of stellar engines with greater space, comfort and practicality with
everything you loved about the Swift, making it even better value.
FOR Refinement, user-friendly character
and high seats. AGAINST Small boot,
tall gearing (A/T), turbo-lag in diesel.
VERDICT The Ritz was always a very
good family hatchback, and now the
auto makes it more convenient too.
DIMENSIONS Length 3715mm Width 1680mm Height 1620mm Wheelbase 2360mm
Tyre size 185/70 R14, 165/80 R14 Turning circle dia 9.4m Trunk volume 178 litres
Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 1005-1110kg Fuel tank 43 litres
Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
61/84cm Headroom 96cm Width 125cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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Petrol M/T 11.8/16.7/18.50
Petrol A/T NA/NA/17.16
Diesel 14.6/19.3/23.20
SWIFT The new Swift addresses many of the flaws of the old
model while still retaining its very desirable character. Its
bigger and better in every respect. It could remain the bench-
mark in this segment for others to follow.
FOR Smooth engines, ride and handling.
AGAINST Blunted performance, tiny boot.
VERDICT Suzuki has done well to iron out
most of the flaws in the earlier Swift.
DIMENSIONS Length 3850mm Width 1695mm Height 1530mm Wheelbase 2430mm
Tyre size 165/80 R14, 185/65 R15 Turning circle dia 9.6m Trunk volume 204 litres
Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 960-1080kg Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty 2 years or
40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/88cm Headroom 91cm
Width 126cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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Petrol 12.6/17/18.6
Diesel 14.6/19.5/22.9
SWIFT DZIRE The new Dzire slots neatly between hatchbacks and
large saloons and its price reflects its new positioning. This saloon is
spacious, well equipped and comes with a boot thats good enough
for short holidays. It works really well as a city runabout or for
weekend trips.
FOR Ride, refined engines.
AGAINST Doesnt look like a proper
saloon, boot space lesser than before.
VERDICT Cheaper and better than the
car it replaces.
DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1695mm Height 1555mm Wheelbase 2430mm
Tyre size 185/65 R15, 165/80 R14 Turning circle dia 9.6m Trunk volume 316 litres
Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 960-1080kg Fuel tank 42 litres
Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/88cm
Headroom 91cm Width 126cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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Petrol M/T NA/NA/19.1
Petrol A/T NA/NA/17.4
Diesel M/T 14.6/19.8/23.4
GYPSY Theres nothing that can touch a Gypsy off the road, except
perhaps an Arjun battle tank. The trouble is that everything else does
better on the road the ride from the archaic leaf springs all round is
horribly bumpy and the interiors are utilitarian as well.
FOR Absolutely phenomenal
off the road. AGAINST Decidedly less
than phenomenal on it. VERDICT Only
for serious mud-pluggers.
DIMENSIONS Length 4010mm Width 1540mm Height 1875mm (hard-top), 1845mm (soft-top)
Wheelbase 2375mm Tyre size 205/70 R15 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA
Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 985-1050kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 2 years or
40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards. *** Ex-Maharashtra prices.
Prices are indicative only and
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
MARUTI to MASERATI Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car
VXi 6.09 6.57 6.28 6.47 6.86 1197/4 86/11.6 5/M P / / // / / / / El/ /// In
VXi A/T 7.59 7.96 7.62 7.88 8.35 1197/4 86/11.6 4/A P / / // / / / / El/ /// In
ZXi 7.26 7.61 7.29 7.52 7.94 1197/4 86/11.6 5/M P / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
LDi 6.84 7.38 6.93 7.14 7.57 1248/4 74/19.3 5/M D 5.18 13.40 168 11.80 13.71 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VDi 7.62 8.04 7.56 7.80 8.27 1248/4 74/19.3 5/M D 5.18 13.40 168 11.80 13.71 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
ZDi 8.57 8.99 8.49 8.77 9.27 1248/4 74/19.3 5/M D 5.18 13.40 168 11.80 13.71 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
SX4 SX4
VXi M/T 8.31 8.70 8.36 8.99 9.28 1586/4 103.2/14.79 5/M P 4.61 11.32 17.8 21.0 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
VXi M/T CNG 9.00 9.09 NA NA NA 1586/4 103.2/14.79 5/M C / / // / / / / El/ /// In
ZXi M/T 9.26 9.58 9.23 9.99 10.18 1586/4 103.2/14.79 5/M P 4.61 11.32 17.8 21.0 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
VDi M/T 9.40 10.09 9.50 9.99 10.50 1248/4 90/20.39 5/M D 5.10 13.80 165 10.32 13.01 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
ZDi M/T 10.46 11.11 10.49 11.07 11.59 1248/4 90/20.39 5/M D 5.10 13.80 165 10.32 13.01 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// In 2
Wagon R Wagon R
LX 3.97 4.30 4.19 4.29 4.60 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
LXi 4.30 4.69 4.50 4.92 4.91 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
LXi CNG 4.91 5.14 NA NA NA 998/3 67/58/9.1/7.8 5/M C / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VXi 4.59 4.98 4.78 4.92 5.00 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
VXi ABS 4.93 5.35 5.11 5.29 5.59 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
Wagon R Stingray Wagon R Stingray
LXi 4.60 5.05 4.82 4.97 5.17 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
VXi 4.90 5.35 5.15 5.24 5.55 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 / / // / / / / El/ /// In
VXi (O) 5.21 5.55 5.45 5.58 5.90 998/3 67/9.18 5/M P 6.48 16.9 152 15.69 23.56 / / // / / / / El/ /// In 1
MASERATI MASERATI
GranCabrio GranCabrio
GranCabrio 142.99
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NA NA NA NA 4691/V8 443/52 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
GranCabrio Sport NA NA NA NA NA 4691/V8 453/53 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
GranCabrio MC NA NA NA NA NA 4691/V8 453/53 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
GranTurismo GranTurismo
GranTurismo S 4.7 A/T 129.81
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NA NA NA NA 4691/V8 440/49.9 6/A P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
GranTurismo S 4.7 137.13
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NA NA NA NA 4691/V8 440/49.9 6/M P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
GranTurismo MC Stradale 164.00
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NA NA NA NA 4691/V8 450/52.0 6/M P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
SX4 The SX4 makes for good value. The ride is a little poor but
the ground clearance is perfect for Indian roads. It lacks the
finesse of the City but is a good car all the same. The diesel SX4
does not offer comfort, space and long-distance ability, the way
diesel car buyers look for, as well as the class competitors.
FOR Ground clearance, wide service
network. AGAINST Interior quality.
VERDICT For those who need a hassle
free commuter.
DIMENSIONS Length 4500mm Width 1735mm Height 1550-1560mm Wheelbase 2500mm
Tyre size 195/65 R15, 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 505 litres
Ground clearance 170-180mm Kerb weight 1170-1275kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 2
years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/87cm
Headroom 89cm Width 131.5cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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Petrol 9.5/15.5/16.51
CNG NA/NA/22.1km/kg
Diesel 13.2/17.1/21.79
WAGON R The Wagon R is incredibly user-friendly around town. The
light controls, high seating, responsive engine and tiny proportions
make it effortless to punt around town. And at the price, delivering
class-leading economy and backed with Marutis top-class aftersales
service, the new Wagon R is easily the most user-friendly city car
that you can buy.
FOR Lively performance, feels effortless
to drive, class-leading cabin space.
AGAINST Lacks refinement of rivals,
not a great highway car.
VERDICT Extremely user-friendly car.
DIMENSIONS Length 3599mm Width 1495mm Height 1700mm Wheelbase 2400mm
Tyre size 145/80 R13, 155/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 180 litres
Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 860-960kg Fuel tank 35 litres (P)
Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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Petrol 12.4/17.0/18.9
CNG NA/NA/26.20km/kg
GRANCABRIO The GranCabrio has its flaws. Against the
clock, its performance may look respectable, but in real-
world use its relative lack of torque and considerable weight
mean it struggles to match the expectations set by the
Trident badge.
FOR Elegant styling, usable rear seats, charismatic
sound of V8. AGAINST Com-promised dynamics,
limited real-world performance, small boot.
VERDICT Deserves credit for being the aone of
the few convertibles that can seat four.
DIMENSIONS Length 4881mm Width 1915mm Height 1380mm Wheelbase 2942mm
Tyre size 245/35 R20 (Fr)/ 285/35 R20 (R) Turning circle dia 10.7m Trunk volume 173
litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1980kg Fuel tank 75 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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GRAN TURISMO Maseratis answer to the competition, except
with more rear space, and arguably even better looks. The
GranTurismo 4.2 is ok but needs to be worked. However, the
4.7 is quicker and sounds even better.
FOR Genuine space for four average adults, 4.7
sounds sensational. AGAINST Nervous steering,
Uncomfortable front seats. VERDICT You no
longer need to make excuses to buy a Maserati.
DIMENSIONS Length 4881mm Width 1915mm Height 1353mm Wheelbase 2942mm
Tyre size 245/40 R19, 245/35 R20 (Fr)/ 285/40 R19, 285/35 R20 (R) Turning circle dia
10.7m Trunk volume 260 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1880kg
Fuel tank 86 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA
Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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WAGON R STINGRAY The new Stingray is certainly more appealing
than a standard Wagon R, the sporty looks masking its box-like
shape to some extent. Space and comfort are very good too,
especially at the rear of the car, and ride comfort is commendable
as well.
FOR Spacious and comfortable rear
seats.
AGAINST Strictly a four seater.
VERDICT Better looking now and very
spacious, but engine lets it down.
DIMENSIONS Length 3636mm Width 1475mm Height 1670mm Wheelbase 2400mm
Tyre size 155/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.2m Trunk volume 180 litres Ground
clearance 165mm Kerb weight 870-885kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years,
40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
Petrol 12.4/17.0/18.9
252 AUTOCAR INDIA OCTOBER 2013 www.autocarindia.com
= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices are indicative only and
vary from time to time.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car MASERATI to MERCEDES BENZ
Quattroporte Quattroporte
Quattroporte FL 4.2 123.22
**
NA NA NA NA 4244/V8 400/46.9 6/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Quattroporte S FL 4.7 132.74
**
NA NA NA NA 4691/V8 430/49.9 6/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Quattroporte S GTS 4.7 142.99
**
NA NA NA NA 4691/V8 440/49.9 6/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
MERCEDES-BENZ MERCEDES-BENZ
A-class A-class
A180 Sport 25.96 30.02 NA 30.07 NA 1595/4 122/20.3 7/A P 4.30 9.76 202 6.06 7.57 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 7
A180 CDI Style 26.74 28.98 NA 29.21 NA 2143/4 107.2/25.5 7/A D - - - - - / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 7
B-class B-class
B180 25.29 26.77 NA 27.12 28.18 1595/4 121/20.3 7/A P 4.53 10.2 192 6.53 8.38 / /// / El/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 7
B180 Sport 29.22 31.06 NA 31.93 33.02 1595/4 121/20.3 7/A P 4.53 10.2 192 6.53 8.38 / /// / El/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 7
B180 Style NA 30.02 NA NA NA 2143/4 107.3/25.5 7/A D - - - - - / /// / El/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 7
C-class C-class
C 200 Elegance 34.98 36.77 33.73 33.87 38.94 1796/4 186/29 7/A P 235 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
C 200 Avantgarde 36.47 38.33 32.81 39.15 40.58 1796/4 186/29 7/A P 235 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
C 220 CDI Classic 33.76 35.31 NA 35.47 36.76 2143/4 170/41 7/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
C 220 CDI Sports 35.32 36.95 NA 32.85 42.90 2143/4 170/41 7/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
C 220 CDI Avantgarde 39.68 41.51 NA 37.00 44.35 2143/4 170/41 7/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
C 250 CDI AMG P. Edition 41.60 41.22 NA 43.68 45.01 2143/4 204/51 7/A D 3.69 7.97 5.30 5.75 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
C 63 AMG 101.07 103.43 86.11 110.01 115.87 6208/V8 457/61 7G-Tronic P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
CLS-class CLS-class
CLS 350 91.28 103.52 73.66 98.04 101.74 3498/V6 306/37 7/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 9
E-class E-class
E 200 Avantgarde 47.11 49.56 NA NA NA 1991/4 184/30.6 7/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
E 250 CDI Avantgarde 51.58 54.00 NA NA NA 2143/4 204/51 7/A D 3.56 8.31 242 5.85 7.31 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
E 250 CDI Launch Edition 57.82 64.24 NA NA NA 2143/4 204/51 7/A D 3.56 8.31 242 5.85 7.31 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
E63 AMG 129.00
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NA NA NA NA 5461/V8 549/73.4 7/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
G-class G-class
G63 AMG NA 218.41 NA NA NA 5461/V8 536/77.5 7/A P - - - - - / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
GL-class GL-class
Grand Edition Luxury 89.58 90.73 NA 92.34 95.83 2987/V6 255/63.1 7/A D 3.76 8.91 220 5.49 7.40 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
B-CLASS Look at the B-class on sheer merit and its got a lot going
for it. Clever packaging gives it compact dimensions, which is great
for city driving, and yet the cabin is surprisingly roomy. The diesel
engine is a much better fit for it. It makes for a smoother, more
relaxed drive, and theres also the benefit of better fuel economy.
FOR Spacious, versatile cabin, impeccable
fit. AGAINST Unusual design, expensive.
VERDICT Spacious, comfortable and
versatile Merc hatch is even better
with a diesel engine.
DIMENSIONS Length 4359mm Width 1786mm Height 1557mm Wheelbase 2699mm
Tyre size 205/55 R16, 225/45 R17 Turning circle dia 11.0m Trunk volume 486/1545
litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1425-1505kg Fuel tank 50 litres
Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 61/87 cm Headroom 95 cm Width 135 cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
*
B180 Petrol 9.5/14.2/14.81
B180 Diesel NA/NA/18.98
C-CLASS The traditional Mercedes strengths of
comfort and build quality remain at the core of the
new C-class with design flair, stylish interiors and
improved quality infusing the missing sparks.
FOR Stylish interiors, cushy ride quality, full
size spare wheel, adjustable suspension (AMG
C250 CDI). AGAINST Basic COMAND, rear
seat not as spacious as rivals. VERDICT The
C-class now has the edge against its rivals.
DIMENSIONS Length 4591mm Width 1770mm Height 1447mm Wheelbase 2760mm
Tyre size 225/45 R17, 235/40 R18, 255/35 R18 Turning circle dia 10.84m Trunk
volume 475 litres Ground clearance 120mm Kerb weight 1585-1730kg Fuel tank 66
litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 57/83cm Headroom 90cm Width 137cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
C200 Petrol NA/NA/11.14
C220 Diesel NA/NA/19.60
C250 Diesel NA/NA/18.58
CLS-CLASS While it can be argued that the new CLS cant top its
predecessor for sheer class, there is no doubt it is a much better
car. It is very attractive to look at, very quick both in a straight line
and around corners, and it is very comfortable and very refined
as well.
FOR Ultra-refined, flexible engine, high-
speed composure. AGAINST No diesel
option, limited view from left mirror.
VERDICT Sex appeal, four door
practicality and plenty of performance.
DIMENSIONS Length 4940mm Width 1881mm Height 1416mm Wheelbase 2874mm
Tyre size 245/45 R17 Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume 520 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1735kg Fuel tank 80 litres Warranty 3 years,
unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
CLS Petrol NA/NA/11.76
E-CLASS Mercedes has updated the looks and the features and
options list has grown substantially as well. So, what we have here,
in a nutshell, is a much improved, better-looking, better-riding E-class
that also happens to be better equipped. The competition better
sit up and pay attention; the new E-class really does have a lot
going for it.
FOR Refinement, effortless to drive, solid
build. AGAINST No six-cylinder option,
space-saver instead of full-size spare.
VERDICT The new E-class, as ever, feels
like the perfect blend of old-world charm
and modern technology.
DIMENSIONS Length 4879mm Width 1854mm Height 1474mm Wheelbase
2874mm Tyre size 255/R 40 R 18, 245/45 R17, 245/40 R18, 265/35 R18 Turning
circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 540 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1720-
1800kg Fuel tank 80 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
E200 Petrol NA/NA/13.82
E220 Diesel NA/NA/18.70
E250 CDI Diesel 9.2/14.5/17.27
G-CLASS Mercedes has launched an updated and more
powerful version of the G-Class SUV in India. The new
G-class will be called the G63 AMG and it will replace the
G55 AMG. The G-Wagens design has largely remained
unchanged through its 33 year lifespan.
FOR Staggering performance,
off-road ability, exclusivity.
AGAINST Stratospheric price, dated
underpinnings. VERDICT Performance
coupled with great off-road capability.
DIMENSIONS Length 4662mm Width 2007mm Height 1931mm Wheelbase 2850mm
Tyre size 275/55 R19 Turning circle dia 13.26m Trunk volume NA
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2580kg Fuel tank 96 litres
Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
G63 AMG NA/NA/7.25
GL-CLASS The GL makes a brilliant case for itself. Its got huge
talent and behaves respectably on the road and is great off it. Its
biggest advantage is that it is a genuine seven-seater like
no other and the fact that the rear seats can be folded electrically
to improve boot space only adds to its practicality.
FOR Flexible and spacious interiors,
perfect blend of on- and off-road ability.
AGAINST Boxy looks.
VERDICT Other SUVs wilt simply looking
at the gargantuan GL-class.
DIMENSIONS Length 5099mm Width 1920mm Height 1840mm Wheelbase 3075mm
Tyre size 275/55 R19 Turning circle dia 12.1m Trunk volume 300-2300 litres
Ground clearance 307mm (max) Kerb weight 2175kg Fuel tank 100 litres
Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 62/86cm Headroom 100cm Width 148cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
GL350 Diesel 6.5/10.5/11.61
QUATTROPORTE Maseratis Quattroporte has a great V8 and
enjoyable to live with. Spacious and comfortable but dont
expect anything as refined as an S-class. The ride quality is
patchy but speed and agility are top notch.
FOR Looks, V8 power, agility. AGAINST Running
costs, ride quality. VERDICT Maseratis
Italianate character more individual than the
sober approach of the Germans.
DIMENSIONS Length 5097mm Width 1895mm Height 1438mm Wheelbase 3064mm
Tyre size 245/45 R18, 245/40 R19, 245/35 R20 (Fr)/ 285/40 R18, 285/35 R19, 295/30 R20
(R) Turning circle dia 12.3m Trunk volume 450 litres Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1990kg Fuel tank 90 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
*
A-CLASS The A-class comes across as a car aimed at someone who
already has a couple of expensive cars in the garage and needs a
compact, but properly impressive runabout. Its got almost every-
thing we like about big Mercs solid build, high-quality interiors and
a decent ride, all with a huge dose of youthfulness.
FOR Head-turning looks, fantastic
interiors. AGAINST Mediocre engine,
price. VERDICT Beautifully built, stunning
to look at, dynamically competent. All it
needs now is a bit more grunt.
DIMENSIONS Length 4292mm Width 1780mm Height 1433mm Wheelbase 2699mm
Tyre size 225/45 R17 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 341litres Ground
clearance NA Kerb weight 1375-1505kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 3 years,
unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 56/83cm
Headroom 93cm Width 132cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
A180 Petrol NA/NA/15.50
A180 Diesel 11/15/20.06
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* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices are indicative only and
vary from time to time.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
MERCEDES BENZ to MINI Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car
M-class M-class
ML 250 CDI 57.82 60.63 NA NA NA 2143/4 203/51 7/A D - - - - - / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 9
ML 350 CDI 70.07 73.45 59.82
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69.91 72.58 2987/V6 255/63.2 7/A D 3.26 7.58 224 5.03 6.08 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 9
R-class R-class
R350L 72.52 NA 69.90 76.03 80.58 3498/V6 272/35.7 7/A P 4.52 9.96 230 5.75 7.72 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
R350L CDI 68.86 92.03 68.74 NA NA 2987/V6 265/63.2 7/A D - - - - - / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
S-class S-class
S300 L 93.97 98.83 90.13 99.48 103.68 2997/V6 231/28.7 7/A P - - - - - / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
S350 L 106.58 NA 101.23 112.14 135.09 3498/V6 272/35.1 7/A P 4.12 8.81 250 5.39* 6.86* / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
S500 L 121.97 129.29 102.39 106.49 140.46 5461/V8 369/51.5 7/A P 3.40 6.76 250 4.09 5.27 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
S350 CDI L V6 97.93 117.95 92.57 114.47 118.79 2987/V6 210/49.9 7/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
SL-class SL-class
SL 350 96.74
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128.06 NA NA NA 3498/V6 316/36 7/G-Tronic P 3.89 8.09 250 5.44 6.23 / /// / El/El / / El/ /// Re 2
SL 63 AMG 167.66
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NA NA NA NA 6208/V8 525/64 7/Sports P / /// / El/El / / El/ /// Re 2
SL 65 AMG 246.72
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NA NA NA NA 5980/V12 612/102 5/A P / /// / El/El / / El/ /// Re 2
SLK-class SLK-class
SLK 350 79.72 106.17 79.00
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87.21 88.87 3498/V6 305/37 7/A P 3.06 6.48 250 3.88 5.03 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
SLS-class SLS-class
SLS AMG 208.08
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204.23
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208.08 324.21 6208/V8 563/66.3 AMG 7/A P / // / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
MINI MINI
Mini Cooper Mini Cooper
Mini Cooper 24.90
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35.20 NA NA NA 1598/4 122/16.3 6/A P / // / / M/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Mini Cooper S 27.90
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39.52 NA NA NA 1598/4 181/24.5 6/A P / // / / M/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Mini Cooper Convertible Mini Cooper Convertible
Mini Convertible 29.99
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42.53 NA NA NA 1598/4 122/16.32 6/A P / // / / M/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 4
Mini Cooper Countryman Mini Cooper Countryman
Mini One Countryman 31.99
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44.83 NA NA NA 1598/4 96.5/15.6 6/A P / /// / M/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Mini D Countryman 25.60
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26.89
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NA NA NA 1995/4 110/27.5 6/A D 4.73 11.87 180 6.70 9.32 / /// / M/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Mini S Countryman NA 46.50 NA NA NA 1598/4 181/24.5 6/A P 3.85 8.44 4.94 6.60 / /// / M/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
S-CLASS Huge, luxurious and simply brilliant. This may just be the
best car in the world and certainly the ultimate car to have in India.
Its loaded with technology and every possible creature comfort and
is the safest thing on four wheels.
FOR Everything, including the mad
massaging seats.
AGAINST Obscenely expensive, can get
the wrong attention.
VERDICT The ultimate car you can buy.
DIMENSIONS Length 5226mm Width 1871mm Height 1479mm Wheelbase 3165mm
Tyre size 235/55 R17, 255/45 R18 Turning circle dia 11.7m Trunk volume 500 litres
Ground clearance 150mm Kerb weight 1925-2151kg Fuel tank 90 litres
Warranty 3 years unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 67.5/96.5cm Headroom 92cm Width 147cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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S500 Petrol NA/NA/9.25
S350 Petrol 6.1/9.1/10.13
S350 DieseI NA/NA/13.03
SLK-CLASS Image, performance, practicality, build quality, the SLK
has it all. And if thats all you need from your sports car, the SLK
gets a thumbs up, even two. Just dont expect it to be anywhere as
much fun to drive as rivals like the Porsche Boxster or even BMWs
Z4, thats all.
FOR Junior SLS looks, strong performer.
AGAINST Fidgety ride, poor steering.
VERDICT Good blend of style and
substance but lacks a sporty character.
DIMENSIONS Length 4134mm Width 1810mm Height 1301mm Wheelbase 2430mm
Tyre size 245/40 R17, 245/35 R18 Turning circle dia 10.5m Trunk volume 335 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1540kg Fuel tank 60 litres.
Warranty 3 years unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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SLK Petrol NA/NA/11.34
SLS-CLASS We wish the SLS AMG, for all its objective accomplish-
ments, were a little more emotive. The cabin probably best sums up
the SLS; enough space, well equipped and soundly built, but oddly
ordinary at the same time.
FOR Punchy engine, grip, relative ease
of use. AGAINST Uninspiring interior,
occasionally firm ride, lack of emotion.
VERDICT A thoroughly complete
supercar, but just a little cold.
DIMENSIONS Length 4638mm Width 1939mm Height 1262mm Wheelbase 2680mm
Tyre size 265/35 R19 (front), 295/30 R20 (rear) Turning circle dia 11.9m Trunk
volume 176 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1620kg Fuel tank 99litres
Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom 95cm Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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SLS AMG NA/NA/7.58
MINI COOPER The Mini Cooper S costs serious money and falls off
the bottom of the value-for-money scale. But if you have the cash
and the inclination to drive, wed say bite the bait and get one. This
is one indulgence you wont regret.
FOR Fun to drive, quality.
AGAINST Hard ride, rear seat space,
exorbitant price. VERDICT Overpriced, but
the most fun-to-drive car for the money.
DIMENSIONS Length 3729mm Width 1683mm Height 1407mm Wheelbase 2467mm
Tyre size 205/45 R17 Turning circle dia 10.7m Trunk volume 160 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1240kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 2 years,
unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 59/82cm
Headroom 92cm Width 113cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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Mini Cooper S 9.5/13.5/NA
MINI COOPER CONVERTIBLE Even the standard Mini Cooper betters
the sportiest versions of rival drop-tops from competitors. The
Convertibles agile handling, superb-quality cabin and stunning
looks make it a desirable package.
FOR Fashionable looks, clever hood,
handling. AGAINST Cramped in rear,
roof rattles, hard ride.
VERDICT The Cooper Convertible is
without peers.
DIMENSIONS Length 3723mm Width 1683mm Height 1414mm Wheelbase 2467mm
Tyre size 205/45 R17 Turning circle dia 10.7m Trunk volume 125-660 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1205-1280kg Fuel tank 50 litres
Warranty 2 years, unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
MINI COOPER COUNTRYMAN The Countrymans biggest USPs are its
classy interior and the extra space it offers over other large premium
luxury hatchbacks in India. We like its peppy engine, its fuel efficiency
and the dart-like handling as well. But there are quite a few things you
have to tolerate, like the crashy ride and the confused ergonomics.
FOR Funky interiors, peppy engine.
AGAINST Firm ride, cabin ergonomics.
VERDICT The most practical Mini ever,
but still not that practical.
DIMENSIONS Length 4097mm Width 1789mm Height 1561mm Wheelbase 2595mm
Tyre size 225/45 R18 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 350-1170 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1335-1410kg Fuel tank 47 litres
Warranty 2 years, unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
60/85cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
Diesel 10.5/14.7/NA
R-CLASS The R-classs strengths are its middle-row space
and fully usable third row, but thats about it. It doesnt
have the ride to match a regular luxury saloon, nor the off-
road credentials to match a regular SUV.
FOR Huge space, usable third row.
AGAINST Unsettled ride.
VERDICT Buy only if you are keen
on buying a luxury MPV.
DIMENSIONS Length 5157mm Width 1922mm Height 1677mm Wheelbase 3215mm
Tyre size 255/55 R18 Turning circle dia 12.6m Trunk volume 633-2385 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2230kg Fuel tank 80 litres
Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 67/103cm Headroom 96cm Width 150cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
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R350L Petrol 5.4/8.7/8.4
R350L Diesel NA/NA/11.25
SL-CLASS Buy the SL350 for the relaxed cruiser it is. Buy it for its
coupe/ convertible dual-purpose nature. Buy it if you like life at
a stylish, sedate pace. If not, there are better ways to spend the
asking price.
FOR Ride, cruising ability, looks.
AGAINST Expensive, performance is
disappointing.
VERDICT Desirable, but on the
expensive side.
DIMENSIONS Length 4562mm Width 2069mm Height 1317mm
Wheelbase 2560mm Tyre size 255/45 R17, Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume 317 litres Ground clearance 135mm Kerb weight 1825kg
Fuel tank 80 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
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M-CLASS The M-class comes across as a brilliantly
engineered car with outstanding comfort, refinement and
top-notch quality. The new M-class doesnt compromise on
Mercs core values of a relaxed driving experience, rock-solid
build quality and unflustered cruising ability.
FOR Relaxed and refined character,
refinement, build quality. AGAINST Lacks
agility of rivals, no third row of seats.
VERDICT Fully loaded and comfortable
SUV which is far better value now.
DIMENSIONS Length 4804mm Width 1926mm Height 1796mm Wheelbase 2915mm
Tyre size 265/45 R20 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 690 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2175kg Fuel tank 70 litres
Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 64/87cm Headroom 99cm Width 147cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle
*
ML 250 CDI NA/NA/15.26
ML 350 CDI 7/10.9/13.03
Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car MITSUBISHI to NISSAN
= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
0-20%: Inherently dangerous/unsafe. Tragically,
irredeemably flawed.
20-35%: Appalling drive. Massively significant
failings.
35-50%: Very poor. Fails to meet any accepted
class boundaries.
50-60%: Poor. With acceptable class boundaries
in a few areas. Remains un-recommendable.
60-65%: Off the pace. Below average in nearly
all areas.
65-70%: Acceptable. About average in key
areas, but disappoints.
70-75%: Competent. Above average in some
areas, average in others. Outstanding in none.
75-80%: Good. Competitive in certain key areas.
Commendable.
80-85%: Very good. Very competitive in key
areas, competitive in secondary areas.
85-92%: Excellent. Near class leading in key
areas, and in some ways outstanding.
93%: Brilliant, unsurpassed. All but flawless.
* For complete vehicle roadtest and analysis, visit autocarindia.com
Autocars star ratings explained
MITSUBISHI MITSUBISHI
Montero Montero
3.2 Di-D AT 51.46 56.09 41.15 51.43 45.43 3198/4 199/45 5/A D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Ex 6
Pajero Sport Pajero Sport
2.5 Di-D 26.89 33.19 NA 27.79 NA 2477/4 175.6/40.8 5/M D 5.63 12.45 12.56 16.04 / / // / El/M R / / El/ /// Ex 2
NISSAN NISSAN
370Z 370Z
Coupe M/T 63.57 70.88 NA 62.21 69.10 3696/V6 332/37 6/M P / / / / M/M / / El/ /// Ex 6
Coupe A/T 64.70 72.15 NA 63.37 70.38 3696/V6 332/37 7/A P 3.21 6.24 248 3.89 4.77 / / / / M/M / / El/ /// Ex 6
Micra Active Micra Active
XE 3.86 4.36 3.59
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1198/3 75/10.6 5/M P 6.22 15.50 153 14.72 21.92 / / / / / / / / / /// In
XL 4.44 4.97 4.12
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1198/3 75/10.6 5/M P 6.22 15.50 153 14.72 21.92 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
XV 4.85 5.42 4.52
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1198/3 75/10.6 5/M P 6.22 15.50 153 14.72 21.92 / / // / / / / In/ /// In
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1198/3 75/10.6 5/M P 6.22 15.50 153 14.72 21.92 / / // / / / / In/ /// In 2
Micra Micra
XL (Petrol) 5.28 5.89 5.50 5.62 5.80 1198/3 75/10.6 5/M P 5.59 14.23 153 16.08 22.94 / / // / / / / In/ /// Ex 1
PAJERO SPORT Mitsubishis new Pajero Sport has good
straight line stability and ride. The engine is nice and strong
but it does not feel so sporty because its too tall and theres
a lot of roll.
FOR Ride, straight line stability, strong
engine, good quality dash, supportive
seats. AGAINST Rolls a lot.
VERDICT Good old school SUV.
DIMENSIONS Length 4695mm Width 1815mm Height 1840mm Wheelbase 2800mm
Tyre size 265/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume NA Ground
clearance 215mm Kerb weight 2065kg Fuel tank 70 litres
Warranty 1 year/ 20,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 74/93cm Headroom 92cm Width 140cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
2.5 Diesel 9.5/13/NA
370Z The good thing about the 370Z is that if you drive it
normally, it feels like any other car and feels just as
comfortable driving around on city streets as it would
out on the racetrack.
FOR Shattering performance, amazing
ride. AGAINST Tyre noise, sluggish
downshift.
VERDICT An everyday sports car.
DIMENSIONS Length 4250mm Width 1845mm Height 1315mm
Wheelbase 2550mm Tyre size 245/40R19(F), 275/35R19(R)
Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA
Kerb weight 1496-1508kg Fuel tank 72 litres Warranty 2 years or 50,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
FOR Manoeuverability, quality interiors,
equipment. AGAINST Throttle response
(petrol), seats not generous. VERDICT
User friendly city car with extreme value-
for-money.
DIMENSIONS Length 3780-3801mm Width 1665mm Height 1530mm
Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 155/80 R13, 165/70 R14 Turning circle dia 9.3m
Trunk volume 251 litres Ground clearance 154mm Kerb weight 930-1008kg
Fuel tank 41 litres Warranty 2 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 62/84cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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Petrol 11.8/17.5/19.49
MICRA ACTIVE Nissans Micra Active targets the lower half of the
hatchback segment. The price tag puts it up against competition
like the Hyundai i10 and the Maruti Alto K10, making it a fantastic
value proposition. The Micra Active is powered by the same 1.2-litre
petrol motor but there is no diesel engine available.
MICRA Theres a lot to like about the new Micra. The updated looks,
longer equipment list and sheer ease of driving only add to the
cars existing strengths, like a spacious cabin and light controls. If
all you want is a compact, hassle-free city runabout, the new Micra
is certainly worth a look.
FOR Easy to drive, improved interiors.
AGAINST Delayed throttle responses (CVT),
rear seat still lacks thigh support.
VERDICT Much improved and a good city
car, but quite dull to drive.
DIMENSIONS Length 3825mm Width 1665mm Height 1525-1530mm
Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 165/70 R14, 175/60 R15 Turning circle dia 9.3m
Trunk volume 251 litres Ground clearance 150-154mm Kerb weight NA
Fuel tank 41 litres Warranty 2 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 62/84cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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Petrol M/T 11.8/17.5/18.44
Petrol A/T NA/NA/19.34
Diesel 14.6/19.5/23.08
MONTERO The Montero now has good interiors. It handles brilliantly
and comes with a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system, so it's
great for off-roading too. The engine is powerful but a touch noisy.
There is lots of equipment and plenty of safety kit.
FOR Comfort, interiors, ride and
handling, offroad ability.
AGAINST Noisy engine.
VERDICT There really is no other luxury
SUV at this price.
DIMENSIONS Length 4900mm Width 1875mm Height 1870mm Wheelbase 2780mm
Tyre size 265/65 R17 Turning circle dia 11.4m Trunk volume 1050-1789 litres
Ground clearance 235mm Kerb weight 2310kg Fuel tank 88 litres Warranty 1 year/
20,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/90cm
Headroom 101cm Width 145cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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3.2 A/T NA/NA/11.56
Hyundai Grand i10
Hyundais new hatch gets two
engine options and four trims.
The base Era gets a multi-
information display, power
steering, air-conditioning, front
power windows and internally
adjustable mirrors, priced at Rs 4.29 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
for the petrol and Rs 5.23 lakh for the diesel. At Rs 4.49 lakh and
Rs 5.43 lakh for petrol and diesel, the Magna adds body-coloured
door handles and mirrors, a 12v socket, AC vent and power
windows at the rear, and electrically adjustable mirrors. This
one has all the bases covered and is the one we recommend. The
Sportz gets a cooled glovebox, tilt-adjustable steering, push-button
start, electric folding mirrors and an integrated audio system for
Rs 4.88 lakh (petrol) and Rs 5.82 lakh (diesel). The Asta gets alloy
wheels, Bluetooth, 1GB storage for the music system with steering
controls, a rear wiper, defogger and a height-adjustable driver
seat. This variant will set you back Rs 5.47 lakh (petrol) or Rs 6.41
lakh (diesel). Sadly, airbags and ABS are optional only on the Asta.
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XL (O) (Petrol) 5.96 6.62 6.19 6.32 6.63 1198/3 75/10.6 5/M P 5.59 14.23 153 16.08 22.94 / / // / / / / In/ /// Ex 1
XV CVT (Petrol) 7.19 7.70 7.25 7.41 7.80 1198/3 76/10.6 CVT/A P - - - - - / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Ex 2
XE (Diesel) 6.14 6.70 6.14 6.37 6.14 1461/4 63/16.3 5/M D 6.09 15.98 148 12.22 15.48 / / / / / / / / In/ /// Ex 1
XL (Diesel) 6.63 7.42 6.77 6.97 7.32 1461/4 63/16.3 5/M D 6.09 15.98 148 12.22 15.48 / / // / / / / In/ /// Ex 1
XL (O) (Diesel) 7.34 7.93 7.26 7.45 7.84 1461/4 63/16.3 5/M D 6.09 15.98 148 12.22 15.48 / / // / / / / In/ /// Ex 1
XV (Diesel) 7.86 8.49 7.78 7.98 8.41 1461/4 63/16.3 5/M D 6.09 15.98 148 12.22 15.48 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Ex 2
XVP (Diesel) 8.14 8.78 8.05 8.26 8.71 1461/4 63/16.3 5/M D 6.09 15.98 148 12.22 15.48 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Ex 4
Sunny Sunny
XE 6.92 7.46 6.48 7.04 7.43 1498/4 97.6/13.6 5/M P 5.23 12.58 179 13.78 20.36 / / / / / M/ / / In/ /// In 1
XL 8.18 8.79 7.63 8.32 8.79 1498/4 97.6/13.6 5/M P 5.23 12.58 179 13.78 20.36 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
XL Auto 9.59 10.05 9.55 9.76 10.36 1498/4 99.6/13.6 CVT/A P - - - - - / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
XV 9.03 9.76 8.47 9.26 9.78 1498/4 97.6/13.6 5/M P 5.23 12.58 179 13.78 20.36 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
XL 9.47 10.41 7.71 9.56 10.10 1461/4 84/20.4 5/M D 5.15 12.89 169 12.66 15.13 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
XV 10.40 11.24 8.19 10.49 11.09 1461/4 84/20.4 5/M D 5.15 12.89 169 12.66 15.13 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
Teana Teana
XL 24.99 26.51 23.15 24.27 27.79 2496/V6 180/23.2 CVT P 5.50 10.98 215 6.72* 8.65* / / // / El/ / / El/ /// Re 2
XV 29.35 31.11 27.95 29.34 32.65 2496/V6 180/23.2 CVT P 5.50 10.98 215 6.72* 8.65* / / // / El/ / / El/ /// Re 6
Evalia Evalia
XE 10.01 10.78 9.86 10.07 10.54 1461/4 84/20.4 5/M D / / / / / / / / El/ /// In
XE Plus 10.50 11.31 10.36 10.57 11.06 1461/4 84/20.4 5/M D / / / / / / / / El/ /// In 2
XL 11.16 12.11 11.02 11.23 11.75 1461/4 84/20.4 5/M D / / / / / / / / El/ /// In 2
XV 12.12 12.73 11.60 12.32 12.70 1461/4 84/20.4 5/M D / / / / / / / / El/ /// In 2
X-Trail X-Trail
LE M/T 26.67 27.93 23.78 23.97 29.03 1995/4 150/32.7 6/M D 4.85 10.88 201 10.79 11.91 / / // / El/ / / El/ /// Ex 2
SUNNY As a straightforward, no-nonsense way of getting around,
the Sunny is perfect. Its got a decent petrol engine, is well equipped
and fits the role of a family car perfectly. The diesel version
combines all what we liked about the petrol Sunny with the lower
running costs of a diesel powerplant.
FOR Value for money (P), space, fuel
efficiency (P), user-friendly character (D).
AGAINST Jittery ride (P), top-end variant
pricey (D). VERDICT Practical and roomy,
the Sunny has a lot going for it. Automatic
adds to the Sunnys city-friendly nature.
DIMENSIONS Length 4425mm Width 1695mm Height 1505mm
Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 185/70 R14, 185/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.6m
Trunk volume 490 litres Ground clearance 161mm Kerb weight 998-1097kg
Fuel tank 41 litres Warranty 2 years/ 50,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 77/102cm
Headroom 87cm Width 129cm
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1.5 Petrol M/T 11.5/16.4/16.95
1.5 Petrol A/T NA/NA/17.97
1.5 Diesel 13.6/18.7/21.64
TEANA The Teana is a good option if you prefer being chauffeured
around. Its serene interiors, sofa-like seats, high-quality interiors
and fantastic ride are without doubt best experienced from the
back seat. It's extremely well equipped but quite expensive.
FOR Plush seats, equipment.
AGAINST Dull to drive, price.
VERDICT For the chauffeur driven, look
no further.
DIMENSIONS Length 4850mm Width 1795mm Height 1485mm Wheelbase 2775mm
Tyre size 215/55 R17 Turning circle dia 11.6m Trunk volume 488 litres Ground
clearance 145mm Kerb weight 1537kg Fuel tank 70 litres Warranty 2 years/
50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 72/95cm
Headroom 90cm Width 139cm
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EVALIA The Nissan Evalia is not the best-looking MPV on sale and
for many private buyers it may not exude the right image either. Its
cabin too may not be all that luxurious but when you look at it as a
practical vehicle to transport the family, it does its job well.
FOR Flexible cabin, easy to drive.
AGAINST Too van-like, small,
fixed windows. VERDICT Spacious MPV
with versatility as its USP.
DIMENSIONS Length 4400mm Width 1700mm Height 1860mm Wheelbase 2725mm
Tyre size 165 R14 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance
180mm Kerb weight 1446 kg Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 years, 50,000 km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
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X-TRAIL Sometimes a car hits the spot and delivers just what cus-
tomers want. The new X-Trail is one such car. It has almost everything
SUV-buying customers look for. The performance of the diesel engine
is very strong, fuel economy is excellent, the car is comfortable, it
has a robust and longlasting build.
FOR Brilliant engine, gearbox, comfy seats.
AGAINST No seven-seat option,
unconventional design.
VERDICT This SUV has what it takes to
shake up the class.
DIMENSIONS Length 4630mm Width 1785mm Height 1685mm Wheelbase 2630mm
Tyre size 215/60 R17 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 479 litres
Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1618-1663kg Fuel tank 65 litres
Warranty 2 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
63/86cm Headroom 91.5cm Width 142cm
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A/T NA/NA/13.29
Ford EcoSport Rs 6.22-10.34 lakh
It rides and handles superbly for an SUV and the engines are capable as well. Its loaded with
equipment and thanks to its sub-four-metre length, it gets small car tax benefits, and so is
excellent value. Its the hottest car in India right now for good reason.

Renault Duster Rs 9.14-14.35 lakh


Butch looks, solid mechanicals, efficient diesel engines, spacious interiors, a comfortable ride
and decent equipment make the Duster a great all-rounder. The cabin quality isnt that great,
but that doesnt detract from the fact that it is a great buy.

Mahindra XUV500 W6 Rs 14.33 lakh


The base W6 variant of the XUV is the only one available at this price, but its still decently
kitted out and its aggressive styling is a standout feature. You get a lot of passenger space, but
although it was recently worked on, the drive isnt really well sorted.

Tata Safari Storme Rs 12.21-14.99 lakh


The Storme is a much improved Safari with comfortable seating for seven, improved quality, a
plush ride and imposing presence. Its still a bit rough around the edges, though, and expensive
too; only two-wheel-drive variants are available under Rs 15 lakh.

Mahindra Scorpio Rs 9.76-14.14 lakh


Beginning to look and feel dated now, the Scorpio feels a bit utilitarian in this company. But
the mHawk engine has loads of grunt and the 4WD variant is a capable off-roader. Still, it has a
decent equipment list that includes a fuel-saving stop-start system. P
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= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
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Prices are indicative only and
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Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car NISSAN to PREMIER
SLX M/T 29.62 30.98 26.40 26.74 32.24 1995/4 150/32.7 6/M D 4.85 10.88 201 10.79 11.91 / / // / El/ / / El/ /// Ex 6
SLX A/T 31.77 33.21 28.21 28.79 34.58 1995/4 150/32.7 6/A D 4.62 10.97 NA 7.41* 9.23* / / // / El/ / / El/ /// Ex 6
PORSCHE PORSCHE
911 Cabriolet 911 Cabriolet
Carrera 105.93
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105.93
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NA NA NA 3614/6 345/39 6/M or 7/PDK P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Carrera S 120.17
**
120.17
**
NA NA NA 3800/6 394/44.8 6/M or 7/PDK P 2.25 4.49 3.30 3.80 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Carrera 4 112.91
**
112.91
**
NA NA NA 3614/6 345/39 6/M or 7PDK P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Carrera 4S 127.46
**
127.46
**
NA NA NA 3800/6 385/42 6/M or 7PDK P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
911 Coupe 911 Coupe
Carrera 93.33
**
93.34
**
NA NA NA 3614/6 345/39 6/M or 7PDK P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Carrera S 107.87
**
107.88
**
NA NA NA 3800/6 385/42 6/M or 7PDK P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Carrera 4 100.46
**
100.46
**
NA NA NA 3614/6 345/39 6/M or 7PDK P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Carrera 4S 114.88
**
114.88
**
NA NA NA 3800/6 395/44.9 6/M or 7PDK P 2.58 5.09 298 3.32 4.00 / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Boxster Boxster
Boxster S 82.17
**
81.00
**
NA NA NA 3436/6 320/37 6/M or 7PDK P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Cayenne Cayenne
Cayenne 67.08
**
67.08
**
NA NA NA 3598/V6 300/40 8TriptrncS P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Cayenne Diesel 64.99
**
64.99
**
NA NA NA 2967/V6 240/56 8TriptrncS D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Cayenne S Hybrid 75.91
**
75.91
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 33/59.1 8TriptrncS P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Cayenne S 79.23
**
79.23
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 400/51 8TriptrncS P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Cayenne S Diesel 100.72
**
98.88
**
NA NA NA 4134/V8 376/86 8TriptrncS D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Cayenne GTS 114.16
**
112.08
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 414/52 8TriptrncS P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Cayenne Turbo 158.35
**
155.46
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 500/71 8TriptrncS P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Cayenne Turbo S 208.91
**
205.10
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 543/76 8TriptrncS P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Cayman Cayman
Cayman S 70.42
**
70.43
**
NA NA NA 3436/6 320/37 6/M or 7PDK P / // / / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 4
Panamera Panamera
Panamera Diesel 119.24
**
119.24
**
NA NA NA 2967/V6 247/56 8TriptronicS D / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Panamera 119.24
**
119.24
**
NA NA NA 3605/V6 300/40 7PDK P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Panamera 4 124.31
**
124.31
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 300/41 7PDK P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Panamera S 142.96
**
142.96
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 400/51 7PDK P 3.00 5.86 283 4.13 4.47 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Panamera 4S 149.84
**
149.84
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 400/51 7PDK P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Panamera GTS 157.06
**
154.19
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 423/53 7PDK P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Panamera Turbo 207.70
**
207.70
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 500/71 7PDK P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Panamera Turbo S 265.21
**
265.21
**
NA NA NA 4806/V8 550/76 7PDK P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
PREMIER PREMIER
Rio Rio
GX 5.11 5.91 4.98
**
7.52 NA 1173/4 75/10.6 5/M P 7.88 19.39 21.80 39.05 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex
GLX 6.42 6.41 5.44
**
7.85 NA 1173/4 75/10.6 5/M P 7.88 19.39 21.80 39.05 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex
911 CABRIOLET All the thrill that the 911 coupe delivers, except
with the wind in your hair. The engineers at Porsche claim that you
will feel no loss in performance in spite of the added weight of the
structural reinforcements needed to lop the roof off.
FOR Wind-in-your-hair motoring.
AGAINST Expensive, not as pretty as
the coupe.VERDICT One of the quickest
open-top experiences in India
DIMENSIONS Length 4427mm Width 1808mm Height 1310mm Wheelbase 2350mm
Tyre size (Front) 235/35 R19 (Rear) 295/30 R19 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1520kg (Carrera)
Fuel tank 64 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
911 COUPE The new 911 is an immense engineering achievement.
Its got everything that you would expect of a sportscar towering
performance, engaging handling and a properly comfortable cabin.
FOR Involving to drive, build quality,
visibility. AGAINST Expensive options,
limited range. VERDICT Thrilling to drive
and can be an everyday car too.
DIMENSIONS Length 4427mm Width 1808mm Height 1300mm Wheelbase 2350mm
Tyre size (Front) 235/35 R19 (Rear) 295/30 R19 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume
NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1420kg Fuel tank 64 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
Carrera 4S 5.1/7.5/NA
BOXSTER No right-minded person will buy a Boxster for practical
reasons. Built to go ballistic at the snap of your fingers, assault corners
like hell-hounds are on your tail and put a smile the width of Africa on your
face. This is driving pleasure at its uncompromising best.
FOR Fun open-top motoring at high
speed.
AGAINST Tiptronic shift slow.
VERDICT A pure roadster.
DIMENSIONS Length 4329mm Width 1801mm Height 1295mm
Wheelbase 2415mm Tyre size (Front) 235/35 R19 (Rear) 265/35 R19
Turning circle dia 11.1m Trunk volume 150/ 130 litres Ground clearance 95mm
Kerb weight 1385kg Fuel tank 64 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
CAYENNE The Cayenne has just about enough Porsche
DNA in its design. It looks compact, tight, and nicely
tapered, and the new wedge-like nose works really well.
However, the tail-lights look out of place and out of
sync with the rest of the design.
FOR Sport saloon-like handling, fantastic cabin
quality, fuel efficiency (diesel). AGAINST Rear seats
could have been more comfortable, un-sporty diesel
engine note. VERDICT A genuine Porsche with the
finest driving manners.
DIMENSIONS Length 4846mm Width 2155mm Height 1705mm Wheelbase 2855mm
Tyre size 255/55 R18 Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 540-670/1770 litres
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2100-2355kg Fuel tank 85-100 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA
Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
CAYMAN The car that steps into the mind space between the ulti-
mate 911 and the more affordable Boxster, the Cayman is definitely
closer to the former in the way it delivers.
FOR Handling, grip and balance, 911-
like performance.AGAINST Optional
extras not part of standard kit.
VERDICT The most practical Porsche
sportscar.
DIMENSIONS Length 4341mm Width 1801mm Height 1305mm Wheelbase 2415mm
Tyre size (Front) 235/40 R18 (Rear) 265/40 R18 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1340kg Fuel Tank 64 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
PANAMERA The Panamera isnt a perfect fit in the luxury saloon
segment. It can seat only four and has a hatchback instead of a
proper boot. This is a car that is best enjoyed from behind the wheel
and though expensive, feels very special.
FOR Sportscar-like handling,
performance, engine refinement,
cabin quality. AGAINST Price, small
boot. VERDICT An expensive but very
special car.
DIMENSIONS Length 4970mm Width 1931mm Height 1418mm
Wheelbase 2920mm Tyre size 255/45 R19, 285/40 R19 Turning circle dia 11.8m
Trunk volume 432-445 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1770-1970kg
Fuel tank 80-100 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/87cm
Headroom 97cm Width 134cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
Panamera S 4.5/8.0/NA
RIO The Multijet engine has definitely made the Rio more competent
as a package. While it still doesnt shine in the areas of refinement
or performance, its far better to drive than before. But look at
the bigger picture and you cant escape the fact that the Rio is a
mediocre product at best.
FOR Low speed ride, city-friendly size.
AGAINST Sluggish performance (P),
poor dynamics, inferior build quality.
VERDICT The Multijet Rio is the best one
yet, but theres still a long way to go.
DIMENSIONS Length 3970mm Width 1570mm Height 1730mm Wheelbase 2420mm
Tyre size 205/70 R15 Turning circle dia 9.4m Trunk volume 454 litres
Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1080-1145kg Fuel tank 46 litres
Warranty 3 years/ 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
67/87cm Headroom 92cm Width 128cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle
*
Diesel 13.8/17/NA
OCTOBER 2013 AUTOCAR INDIA 257 www.autocarindia.com
* In kick-down mode for automatics. Note: Performance and fuel economy figures are constantly updated and hence may differ from figures in earlier road tests. *Indian Driving Cycle figures are as per ARAI standards.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
Prices are indicative only and
vary from time to time.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
PREMIER to ROLLS-ROYCE Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car
DX 6.94 6.98 NA 8.25 NA 1248/4 71/18.6 5/M D 6.81 20.26 143 14.78 17.94 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex
LX 7.36 7.40 NA 8.69 NA 1248/4 71/18.6 5/M D 6.81 20.26 143 14.78 17.94 / / / / / / / / El/ /// Ex
RENAULT RENAULT
Duster Duster
RXE petrol 104 9.14 10.14 8.05 9.43 8.72 1598/4 102.5/14.8 5/M P - - - - - / / // / / / / In/ /// Ex
RXL petrol 104 10.19 10.49 9.11 10.12 9.92 1598/4 102.5/14.8 5/M P - - - - - / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex
RXE diesel 85 10.08 10.43 8.75 10.25 9.65 1461/4 84/20.4 5/M D 5.51 14.54 - 12.12 15.37 / / // / / / / In/ /// Ex
RXL diesel 85 11.20 11.64 9.80 11.40 10.85 1461/4 84/20.4 5/M D 5.51 14.54 - 12.12 15.37 / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex
RXL pack diesel 85 12.99 13.19 11.38 13.38 12.39 1461/4 84/20.4 5/M D 5.51 14.54 - 12.12 15.37 / / // / / R / / El/ /// Ex 2
RXL diesel 110 12.75 12.95 11.38 13.12 12.39 1461/4 108.5/25.3 6/M D 4.72 11.88 184 11.03 12.31 / / // / / / / El/ /// Ex
RXZ diesel 110 13.80 14.04 11.91 14.21 13.63 1461/4 108.5/25.3 6/M D 4.72 11.88 184 11.03 12.31 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 2
RXZ plus diesel 110 13.74 14.79 NA NA 15.10 1461/4 108.5/25.3 6/M D 4.72 11.88 184 11.03 12.31 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 2
RXZ pack diesel 110 14.35 14.65 12.33 14.79 14.01 1461/4 108.5/25.3 6/M D 4.72 11.88 184 11.03 12.31 / / // / M/ R / / El/ /// Ex 2
Fluence Fluence
E2 M/T 16.09 16.71 14.48 16.59 16.06 1461/4 105/24.4 6/M D 5.93 12.95 175 14.99 14.02 / /// / M/M / / El/ /// Re 2
E4 M/T 17.95 18.64 15.93 18.52 18.84 1461/4 108/24.4 6/M D / /// / M/M R / / El/ /// Re 4
E4 A/T 17.69 18.46 16.26 18.65 18.97 1997/4 135.4/19.3 6/A P 5.5 12.01 6.97 9.42 / /// / M/M R / / El/ /// Re 4
Koleos Koleos
2.0 A/T 28.24 29.73 26.93 29.15 29.91 1995/4 150/32.6 6/A D 5.08 12.18 7.55 10.20 / /// / El/ R / / El/ /// El 6
Pulse Pulse
RxE (P) 5.01 5.19 4.90 5.16 5.11 1198/3 75/10.6 5/M P / / / / / / / / In/ /// ln 1
RxL (P) 5.80 6.13 5.75 6.00 5.99 1198/3 75/10.6 5/M P / / // / / / / In/ /// ln 1
RxZ (P) 6.39 6.82 6.13 6.62 6.71 1198/3 75/10.6 5/M P / / // / / / / El/ /// ln 2
RxL (D) 7.14 7.43 6.83 7.24 7.25 1461/4 63/16.3 5/M D 6.35 16.20 12.52 10.27 / / / / / / / / El/ /// ln 1
RxZ (D) 7.75 8.09 7.62 7.88 7.85 1461/4 63/16.3 5/M D 6.35 16.20 12.52 10.27 / / // / / / / El/ /// ln 1
Scala Scala
RxE (P) 8.22 8.46 7.89 8.36 8.47 1498/4 97.6/13.6 5/M P / / / / / / / / In/ /// ln 1
RxL (P) 9.07 9.50 8.85 9.25 9.52 1498/4 97.6/13.6 5/M P / / // / M/ / / EI/ /// ln 2
RxL A/T (P) 10.32 10.73 9.91 10.56 10.86 1498/4 97.6/13.6 CVT/A P 5.48 12.11 177 6.72 9.17 / / // / M/ / / EI/ /// ln 2
RxZ A/T (P) 11.32 11.78 10.85 12.10 11.94 1498/4 97.6/13.6 CVT/A P 5.48 12.11 177 6.72 9.17 / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
RxE (D) 9.58 9.68 8.43
**
9.64 9.72 1461/4 84.8/20.4 5/M D / / / / / / / / In/ /// ln 1
RxL (D) 10.15 10.68 9.78 10.22 10.53 1461/4 84.8/20.4 5/M D / / // / M/ / / EI/ /// ln 2
RxZ (D) 11.15 11.73 10.75 11.25 11.59 1461/4 84.8/20.4 5/M D / / // / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
ROLLS-ROYCE ROLLS-ROYCE
Ghost Ghost
Ghost 270.00
**
270.00
**
NA NA NA 6592/V12 563/79.5 8/A P 4.7 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Ghost EWB 300.50
**
300.50
**
NA NA NA 6592/V12 563/79.5 8/A P 5.0 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Phantom Series II Phantom
Phantom 438.00
**
438.00
**
NA NA NA 6749/V12 453/73.4 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
DUSTER Image-conscious SUV buyers may find the Dusters styling
a tad sedate and theyre unlikely to be enthused by the average
cabin quality either. But the Duster makes up for this by being a
very capable all-rounder. However, in lieu of the competition its up
against, the time is ripe for a fresh set of updates from Renault.
FOR Brilliant ride, practicality.
AGAINST Cabin quality, doesnt feel
premium enough.
VERDICT Well-rounded and practical SUV
for urban buyers.
DIMENSIONS Length 4315mm Width 1822mm Height 1695mm Wheelbase 2673mm
Tyre size 215/65 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m Trunk volume 475 litres Ground
clearance 205mm Kerb weight 1160-1308kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 2 year/
40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/82.5cm
Headroom 95cm Width 138.5
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
Petrol NA/NA/13.24
Diesel 84 NA/NA/20.45
Diesel 108 11.8/17/19.01
FLUENCE Its easy to understand why Renault India feels pretty
confident about the Fluence. This saloon surprised us in a number
of areas and customers too will be impressed with its combination
of style, practicality and engineering. The revised E4 diesel is
now a whole lot better to drive.
FOR Brilliant ride and handling, smooth
petrol engine, improved power delivery
(E4-diesel), strong air-con. AGAINST No
manual for petrol motor, spartan cabin.
VERDICT A refreshing change for buyers.
DIMENSIONS Length 4618mm Width 1813mm Height 1488mm Wheelbase 2703mm
Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk volume 530 litres
Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 1360-1380kg Fuel tank 60 litres
Warranty 2 year/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 60/84cm Headroom 93cm Width 133cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
Petrol NA/NA/13.4
Diesel E2 11.5/16.5/21.8
KOLEOS The Koleos has a lot going for it. Its long equipment list,
spacious cabin and brilliant suspension make it a very comfortable
SUV to be in. However, the Koleos styling, though pleasant, lacks
the raw presence and power that a proper SUV demands.
FOR Brilliant ride and handling, lots of
clever details.
AGAINST Mediocre performance, price.
VERDICT User-friendly and clever SUV
but a bit too pricey.
DIMENSIONS Length 4520mm Width 1855mm Height 1690mm
Wheelbase 2690mm Tyre size 225/60 R17 Turning circle dia 11.6m
Trunk volume 450 litres Ground clearance 206mm
Kerb weight 1709kg Fuel tank 65 litres Warranty 2 year/ 40,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
Driving Cycle*
Diesel 9.5/12.5/13.7
PULSE The Pulse is a very well rounded package and its striking
exterior design could win hearts too. It rides and handles well, the
torquey diesel motor makes it extremely easy to drive and the spa-
cious and practical interiors just add to the overall package. Its also
available with a petrol motor now.
FOR Looks better than the Micra,
spacious interiors.
AGAINST Low rear seat, dull cabin.
VERDICT A dash of French flair comes
to the B segment.
DIMENSIONS Length 3805mm Width 1665mm Height 1525-1530mm
Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 165/70 R14, 175/60 R15 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume 251 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1070kg
Fuel tank 41 litres Warranty 2 year/ 40,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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SCALA The badge-engineered Scala is a car that shares all its bits
with the Nissan Sunny. Sure, its an attractive car that has capable
motors, good ride and handling, massive space and a cabin that
boasts decent quality, but then again, so is the Sunny. And that
makes the steep premium that Renault is charging, difficult to justify.
FOR Comfortable ride, space and
practicality, responsive (auto).
AGAINST Low seating, expensive.
VERDICT Practical and comfortable but
pricey for what you get.
DIMENSIONS Length 4425mm Width 1695mm Height 1505mm
Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 185/70 R14, 185/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.6m
Trunk volume 490 litres Ground clearance 161mm Kerb weight 1005-1085 kg
Fuel tank 41 litres Warranty 2 year/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 77/102cm Headroom 87cm Width 128cm
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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Petrol A/T 10.7/16/17.97
GHOST As things stand, the Ghost is well suited to Indian conditions.
The suspension can be raised for challenging driveways at the
touch of a button, it can run on our fuel and, at the price, is even
decent value for a Rolls.
FOR Very comfortable ride, extremely fast.
AGAINST Exorbitant price.
VERDICT Its good enough to give the
chauffeur the day off.
DIMENSIONS Length 5399-5569mm Width 1948mm Height 1550mm
Wheelbase 3295-3465mm Tyre size 255/50 R19 Turning circle dia 13.4-14.0m
Trunk volume 490 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2360-2420kg
Fuel tank 82.5 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/Indian
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PHANTOM The Phantom doesnt really compete with other cars
and buyers will expect an experience apart from other cars. Its an
imposing, beautifully-made if not beautiful object, a real Rolls-
Royce and right first time.
FOR Sheer class, more agile than size
suggests.
AGAINST Exorbitant price.
VERDICT Drives better than it looks.
DIMENSIONS Length 5612-6092mm Width 1987-1990mm Height 1566-1640mm
Wheelbase 3320-3820mm Tyre size 255/50 R21, 285/45 R21
Turning circle dia 13.1-13.8m Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2635-2745kg
Fuel tank 80-100 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE FEATURES PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD) SAFETY MODEL DETAILS
258 AUTOCAR INDIA OCTOBER 2013 www.autocarindia.com
= Standard, = Not available, = Optional, M = Manual, A = Automatic, F = Front, R = Rear, In = Internal, Ex = External, El = Electric, Re = Remote , NA = Not Available, T = Turbocharged, H = Horizontally-opposed, S = Supercharged. ** Ex-showroom prices.
Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car ROLLS-ROYCE to SKODA
Phantom EWB 550.00
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NA NA NA NA 6749/V12 453/73.4 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Drophead Coupe 450.00
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450.00
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NA NA NA 6749/V12 453/73.4 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Coupe 450.00
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450.00
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NA NA NA 6749/V12 453/73.4 8/A P / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
Wraith Wraith
Wraith 460.00
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460.00
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NA NA NA 6592/V12 624/81.6 8/A P / // / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 8
SKODA SKODA
Fabia Fabia
1.2 MPi Ambition plus 6.07 6.57 5.93 6.43 6.86 1198/3 75/11.2 5/M P - - - - - / /// / M/M / / In/ /// In
1.2 MPi Elegance 7.18 7.57 6.77 7.42 7.76 1198/3 75/11.2 5/M P - - - - - / /// / M/M / / In/ /// In 2
1.2 MPi Scout 7.78 8.13 7.46 8.03 8.35 1198/3 75/11.2 5/M P - - - - - / /// / M/M / / In/ /// In 2
1.6 MPi Elegance 7.56 7.97 7.36 7.81 8.16 1598/4 105/15.6 5/M P 5.05 12.15 189 13.85 23.05 / /// / M/M / / In/ /// In 2
1.2 TDi Ambition plus 7.69 8.12 7.19 7.83 8.34 1199/3 75/18.3 5/M D 6.48 16.68 165 12.32 14.26 / /// / M/M / / In/ /// In
1.2 TDi Elegance 8.66 9.15 8.53 8.83 8.24 1199/3 75/18.3 5/M D 6.48 16.68 165 12.32 14.26 / /// / M/M / / In/ /// In 2
1.2 TDi Scout 9.36 9.81 9.14 9.53 9.92 1199/3 75/18.3 5/M D 6.48 16.68 165 12.32 14.26 / /// / M/M / / In/ /// In 2
Laura Laura
1.8 TSI M/T Ambition 16.80 17.62 16.21 17.80 17.92 1798/4 160/25.5 6/M P 3.90 8.56 223 10.05 11.37 / /// / M/M R / / El/ /// Re 2
1.8 TSI A/T Ambition 17.92 18.80 17.26 19.06 19.65 1798/4 160/25.5 7/A P - - - - - / /// / M/M R / / El/ /// Re 2
vRS 18.88 19.80 17.78 19.91 20.67 1798/4 160/25.5 6/M P 3.90 8.56 223 10.05 11.37 / /// / M/M F/R / / El/ /// Re 4
2.0 TDI M/T Ambition 17.15 17.80 16.59 17.78 18.42 1968/4 110/25.5 5/M D 4.75 11.40 - 11.13 15.46 / /// / M/M R / / El/ /// Re 2
2.0 TDI M/T Elegance 19.18 20.02 18.68 19.89 20.55 1968/4 110/25.5 5/M D 4.75 11.40 - 11.13 15.46 / /// / M/M R / / El/ /// Re 2
2.0 TDI A/T Ambition 18.88 19.72 18.39 19.59 20.30 1968/4 140/32.6 6/A D 4.04 9.72 205 6.27 7.93 / /// / M/M R / / El/ /// Re 2
2.0 TDI A/T Elegance 20.62 21.52 20.08 21.40 22.17 1968/4 140/32.6 6/A D 4.04 9.72 205 6.27 7.93 / /// / M/M R / / El/ /// Re 2
2.0 TDI A/T L&K 22.46 23.44 21.88 23.32 24.17 1968/4 140/32.6 6/A D 4.04 9.72 205 6.27 7.93 / /// / El/El F/R / / El/ /// Re 6
Rapid Rapid
1.6 MPi M/T Active Plus 8.11 8.59 8.08 8.43 8.82 1598/4 105/15.6 5/M P 4.85 11.20 183 11.70 17.60 / / / / / / / / In/ /// In
1.6 MPi M/T Ambition Plus 8.79 9.29 8.75 9.15 9.58 1598/4 105/15.6 5/M P 4.85 11.20 183 11.70 17.60 / /// / M/ / / In/ /// Re 1
1.6 MPi M/T Elegance 9.50 10.07 9.41 9.90 10.36 1598/4 105/15.6 5/M P 4.85 11.20 183 11.70 17.60 / /// / M/ / / El/ /// Re 2
1.6 MPi A/T Ambition 9.55 10.09 9.45 10.31 10.80 1598/4 105/15.6 6/A P 5.96 13.57 175 7.94 10.49 / /// / M/ / / In/ /// Re 1
1.6 MPi A/T Elegance 10.60 11.26 10.49 11.06