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VOL.17 NO.9 l MAY 2016

Toyotas
indestructible
SUV coming in
all-new avatar

diFromwalrsi 202816lalakhunch

iNdiA drive
driveN

Audi
A4
Hugely improved
sedan under
familiar skin

shooTouTs

Superb TDI vs Camry Hybrid Merc C 250 d vs BMW 320d


drives
Jaguar F-Pace New Porsche 911 & 718 Boxster

The king of MPVs


upmarket
Toyota innova goes

datsun redigo
Kwids cousin guns for Alto

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POWER OF BRANDS
Has tHe Messi-endorsed tiago finally scored a winning goal for
tata Motors? its too early to say but the buzz in showrooms suggests
that theres more enthusiasm for the tiago than any other tata car
since the indica. the good thing is that majority of tiago bookings are
for the most expensive variant, which suggests that its not the cars
bargain price, but the car itself that is attracting buyers. the bad thing
is that tata cant supply enough of the top variant, having completely
misjudged the demand for it.
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having burned its fingers in the past by ambitiously pricing the aria,
and more recently, the Bolt. Both these cars failed primarily because
tata cars simply arent aspirational enough to command any premium.
Fixing the brand is singularly the most important thing to do because
until that happens, the only weapon the indigenous carmaker has to
compete with stronger, global makes is the promise of a rock-bottom
price. and thats something tata Motors loss-making car division can
ill afford. However, the response to the tiago could be a turning point.
there are no such problems for the all-new toyota innova Crysta,
which we drove from Pune to Goa (page 60). Unlike tata Motors
which has no real customer base for the tiago to tap into, toyota has
over half a million happy innova owners ripe for an upgrade. Not
surprisingly, on our drive down, we were stopped by local politicians,
small-time hotel owners and random businessmen, all ready to sign a
cheque. None of them really baulked when told
the Rs 20 lakh-plus asking price, because they
know their money is safe with this proven MPV.
With a bullet-proof reputation honed for over a
decade, the innova isnt just seen as a great car,
but as a great investment too. thats the power
of the innova brand.

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LocatIon courtesy the naval


aviation museum, Goa

flying start

PhotograPhy Paul Dewars

the new Innova may not have the performance


of the harrier Jump Jet, or its ability to take off
vertically, but what toyota is hoping it will do is get
off to a flying start. It has the necessary weaponry
for sure super comfort, an upmarket cabin, a
supple ride and plenty of firepower too. turn to
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Rajesh thinks Tata should


have postponed the
reveal of the Nexon.

revealed too early


First the showcase of the
Tata Nexon in its almost
production-ready guise
at Auto Expo 2016, and
then an exclusive feature
with brilliant photographs
in your April 2016 issue! I
think Tata Motors revealed
wINNINg StANce
I had a look at the Nexon at
the 2016 Auto Expo, but under
so many spotlights, it was
hard to get a proper idea of its
form. Then I chanced upon
your April 2016 issue in which
the Nexon looked absolutely
fantastic. I just love the stance
of the car and the superb
detailing in the rear section. I
hope that the Nexon drives as
well as it looks, in which case,
Tata will have a real winner on
its hands.
ravi Behl
New Delhi

the Nexon a little too early,


for a launch that is a year
away. Such publicity only
raises expectations, which
becomes a challenge to
manage in the run-up to the
launch of any new car. My
neighbours were discussing
grouNd-BreAkINg
deVelopmeNt
The Tata Nexon could put
a dent on the sales of other
compact SUVs, as it looks
stunning and will surely
pull customers into Tata
showrooms around India.
Its coup-like looks are a
ground-breaking development
for compact SUVs, but its hard
to believe that the Nexon is, in
fact, a Tata. I liked the interior
of the Nexon, especially when
you compare it to the EcoSport
and the Vitara Brezza. Also,
interesting features like the

The Brezza is a better choice when


compared to the EcoSport for its
versatality and ease of use, says Ajay.

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Autocars April 2016 issue


and asking when bookings
for the Nexon would open.
Tata needs to have answers
ready, if it wants to keep the
interest alive.
rajesh ojha
Pune
chunky air-con knob, the
rear air-con vents and most
importantly, the ceramic paint
treatment, which is a one-ofa-kind finish, looks fantastic.
I hope the Nexon has enough
appeal to allow Tata Motors to
gain lost momentum.
Aditya Viswanathan
Via email
BeyoNd the VerdIct
Great comparison between
the EcoSport and the Vitara
Brezza! As usual, you have
covered all the points a typical
car buyer would look at. I

completely agree with your


verdict and feel the overall
versatility and ease of use of
the Brezza makes it the better
choice. Besides, the EcoSports
cramped cabin and small boot
takes away the prerequisite
of any SUV, compact or
otherwise, which is space.
True, the driving experience of
the Ford is better, but then if
that is what owners are looking
for, they would be better off
with a Polo GT TSI, which for
the same price, gives you far
better driving thrills.
Ajay Sarathe
Lucknow
Not A true-Blue SuV
I feel that the new Vitara
Brezza is not a rugged SUV.
A car can be defined as an
SUV when it has a powerful
robust build and the ability
to drive on any terrain. The
Brezza feels more like a
hatchback pumped-up with
steroids, and its design cues
do make it look like a SUV,
but it doesnt feel like one. I
recently went for a test drive
in the Brezza and it felt pretty
much like an overgrown Swift.
It doesnt have a bold SUV
stance. I know that Maruti has
played safe with the design,
but buyers in this extremely
competitive market expect
more. The Brezza also does not
have the charisma or charm
necessary to really attract offroad enthusiasts. Maruti is
deceiving buyers by calling
it an SUV and the media is
also hyping it up.
Ashwath Narayan
Hyderabad
IN dISAgreemeNt
I have been a reader of Autocar
India for the last decade, and I
recently read your comparison
between the Ford EcoSport
and Maruti Vitara Brezza. I am
an owner of the EcoSport and
I have test-driven the Brezza.
The EcoSport outshines the
Brezza in every aspect. The
solid build quality of the
EcoSport reminds us of the
Skoda Octavia of yesteryears.
With six airbags and good
highway stability, the car
gives immense confidence to
the driver. The after sales and
service at Chennai Ford is also
excellent. As an owner of a

letters
Maruti as well, I have seen
the gradual deterioration in
the after-sales support. I feel
you have been biased towards
the Maruti.
r rajendran
Chennai
loNg-tIme reAder
Your 200th issue was a
fascinating read and I spent
the better part of a weekend
reading it. Its hard to imagine
how the magazine has evolved
over the past 16 years. I am
a proud owner of your first
issue with the Ford Ikon on
the cover and in fact, I even
went on to buy one and
enjoyed it for nearly ten years,
though it cost me an arm and
a leg to maintain! Keep up
the good work.
rewanth Vuyuru
Mangalore
loNg-wheelBASe effect
The Audi Q2 caught my eye
in your last issue for its sharp
and crisp lines. Though Audi
has been accused of being a bit
too generic and evolutionary
with its design, I just loved
the proportions and tautness

Ashish feels an LWB version of the


Q2 will undermine the cars looks.
of the Q2. The first question
that springs to mind is, When
will it come to India? You
have said a long-wheelbase
version is due, and because
I appreciate good design, I
feel that will compromise the
looks of the car. Its compact
dimensions are what lend
the Q2 its appeal.
Ashish Sonone
Mumbai

errAtum
In the April 2016 issue,
the Season Preview
2016 story on Pg 235
featured Nico Rosebergs
photograph in Valtteri
Bottass profile. The error
is regretted.

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Datsun guns for


Alto with Redigo
n Sub-Rs 2.5 lakh price n 0.8-litre engine
n CMF-A platform shared with Kwid
n On roads June 1, 2016

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wo years after the


concept was first shown,
the wraps are off the
production version of the
Datsun Redigo. The Nissanowned brand has promised to
have the car on our roads by
this June with a starting price
at or below the Rs 2.5-lakh
mark; clearly going to war
with market leader maruti.
Further confirmation is that
Datsun is also saying the
ownership costs will be the
lowest in its segment, less
than even the maruti alto.
Nissan desperately needs
to taste success with Datsun.
Having marked India as a
prime market for the reborn
brand, Nissan launched the
Datsun Go in India in 2014
as the first global market
and followed it up with the
Go+ a little over a year later.
However, neither of the
models made any impact
in the market, with both
together clocking just under
20,000 units for 2015-16.
So, with the Redigo, Nissan is

pulling out all stops and once


again, the global unveil and
launch is in India.

DesIgN DIReCTION

The Redigo is based on the


Renault-Nissan alliances
flexible Common module
Family (CmF) engineering
architecture like the Kwid.
The first Datsun product
to be underpinned by the
CmF-a platform, the Redigo,
however, doesnt share its
styling and design direction
with its sibling. The Kwid
features aggressive, SUVinspired styling with cues
from the Duster. But Datsun
calls the Redigo an urban
crossover, thanks to its
185mm ground clearance
and the stylised faux skid
plate at the front, which is a
bit thin. The Redigo is more a
hatchback but thats no bad
thing and Datsun has ensured
that the car stays very true to
the concept shown two years
ago at the 2014 auto Expo.
It is a tall-boy hatch with

a slick and edgy style with


some prominent kinks and
creases defining the overall
body shape. Interestingly,
many find its design direction
similar to the Chevrolet Beat.

sTylINg

at the front, the familiar


Datsun hexagonal grille
is prominent with the
pulled-upwards-and-back
headlamps set high and with
turn indicators placed on the
inside. The bumper is nicely
tapered to a point with the
top and bottom sweeping
backward towards the belt
line. When viewed from the
side, the nose looks nicely
tapered and the kinked rear
window line stands out along
with the creased line that
runs from the lower edge of
the front doors all the way up
to the tail-lights.
Styling on the inside
is quite plain in comparison
to the exterior. The dashboard
gets three adjustable aC
vents and one fixed vent

Datsun claims the Redigos ownership


costs will be lowest in the segment.
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Interiors are neatly executed but


simpler and more straightforward
than the exterior styling.
aimed towards the rear.
Two largish, open storage
spaces are prominent on
the dashboard, which also
has a glove box lower down,
but the size is extremely
small and this, along with the
positioning, make it hardly
usable for anything but the
cars papers.

BUIlT TO A pRICe

Being built on the same


platform as the Kwid, the
Datsun benefits from the
already localised vendor base

Grey tone is a bit drab compared to lively exterior.


20 AUTOCAR INDIA may 2016

At Rs 2.5 lakh, the Redigo will


undercut all its competitors.

as the two do share a lot


of parts; mostly, parts
you cant see, like the
hatch tailgate is the same
on both cars, but with a
different skin. However,
cost cuts are quite visible
in some areas. Like on the
inside, there are a lot of
exposed metal areas, the
door pads are simple, slim and
dont feature decent-sized
pockets or any sculpting for
bottleholders. The windscreen
makes do with one wiper,
and the glove box and other

plastics like the rear parcel


shelf are quite cheap in look
and feel. at the expected
price though, these are some
things potential buyers may
be willing to overlook. a
big omission though is the
touchscreen which proved to
be very popular in the Kwid;
instead, the Redigo gets a

Lot of exposed sheet metal on the inside.

simple, single-DIN CD system.


But our sources do indicate
that a touchscreen is in the
works as well.

sIzINg IT Up

Nissan has kept the Redigo


dimensionally smaller than
the Kwid to make sure it was
positioned at least a class

away from its stablemate,


the Datsun Go. at
3,430mm in length, the
Redigo is smaller than the
Kwid, which is 3,679mm
long. The wheelbase too
is smaller but to improve
roominess, which was the
key during designing, the
wheels have been pushed to
the extremes of the car, also
giving it very small overhangs.
The Redigo is also narrower
with a width of 1,560mm
against the 1,579mm Kwid.
The Datsun, however, stands

Boot smaller than Kwids; plastic tray looks tacky.


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Under the bonnet rests the same 800cc engine as the Kwid.

Stylistically, the
Redigo stays true
to the concept car.

taller at 1,540mm as against


1,478mm for the Kwid. With
these dimensions, the space
in the Redigo is just about
acceptable; the legroom at
the rear is tight even for a
passenger of average Indian
height. The headroom though,
is more than adequate.

UNDeR The hOOD

The Redigo will be powered


by the same 800cc engine
as the Kwid, mated to a fivespeed gearbox and will make
the same amount of power.
The 1.0-litre engine and amT
options, which were seen on
the Kwid at the 2016 auto
Expo, will come much later on
the Datsun. Unlike the Kwid,
which features a dial control
for the amT, the Redigo will
have a traditional lever for
its amT box. With it being
narrower and taller than the
Kwid, handling was a concern
that had to be addressed, so
the Datsun has a different and
stiffer suspension setup.

ITs wAR

With its intended price,


Datsun has already fired
the first and biggest shot
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across established rivals from


maruti, Hyundai and even
partner Renault, whose Kwid
has quickly established a
space for itself in the market.
Hyundais Eon though is
priced comparatively higher
with a starting price above
Rs 3 lakh for the base model.
at a sub-Rs 2.5 lakh starting
price, the Redigo will mainly
face off against the alto and
the Kwid, undercutting both.
The alto is a conventional
hatchback with a conservative
style but what wins it volumes
is the maruti edge. Renault
knew that to break that, it
needed more than just an
incrementally better product
and thus really broke the
mould with the Kwid, offering
SUV-inspired styling and
injecting a good dose of
desirability into the segment.
The Redigo is a well designed
hatch, but it doesnt break the
mould in a way like the Kwid
did. The fact that it is also
under a fledgling brand means
it really has its work cut out.
Whether it manages to ape the
success of its sibling, the Kwid,
remains to be seen.
seRgIUs BAReTTO

Compared to the SUV-like


Kwid, the Datsun Redigo
looks more mainstream.
Have you deliberately
gone for a more urbane,
sophisticated character?
What does a compact
hatchback with an 800cc
engine lack? It lacks sex
appeal, it lacks confidence,
and we all feel aspirational
about how we feel and we
look. So, we go back to the
tall-boys that have sadly
disappeared from the road,
put some spice into it that is
crossover-ish, and make a
car that looks cool, but also
fundamentally caters to
the appeal of the compact
hatchback. We didnt want
to disrupt our line-up
with something that was
completely out there.
The Redigo is at the smaller
end of the segment in terms
of dimensions. Was this
to maintain a clear gap
between the Redigo and Go?
One thing we really want to
do is offer customers the
luxury of choice. The Datsun
Go is about 3.75m long, and
the Go+ is about 3.9m. But
what we wanted to give you
is three cars that are clearly
different ones a versatile
seven-seater, the second, a
spacious hatchback, and the
third, a zippy entry hatch.
With the Redigo likely to be
priced around Rs 2.5 lakh,
it will be built to very tough
cost targets. How did you
prioritise what goes on the
car and what stays out?
In the development process,
if you start with constraints,
you end up arbitrating and
compromising. The customer
hates this, because you end
up compromising on things
that the he or she cares
about. The great opportunity
we had with this platform,
engine and transmission
is that we could build to
customer satisfaction, not
to a cost or price. Thats
because on this car, nothing
comes from the past. you
have 5,000 engineers in
Chennai, and then you have
a set of suppliers that are not
only the best in terms of cost,

We want to be the local


brand of choice.
but also in terms of technical
capabilities. and to them
we said this was as much
an opportunity for them
as it was for us, in terms of
engineering and innovation,
in terms of sourced-in-India,
made-in-India approach.
But we are not going to
compromise on driving
performance, fuel economy,
space and styling innovation.
The Redigo is a tall car
but unlike other tall boys
doesnt look box-like or
awkward? How have you
managed to achieve both?
In terms of styling, we worked
on body dynamics for space.
I am over 6 feet tall and can
drive this car, and sit both in
the front and back. Thats a
bit of a unique proposition in
this category. you also need
to have an ambition in styling,
and the Redigo is ours.
Could we say the Redigo is a
turnaround car for Datsun?
you dont build a brand
overnight. We have great
customer satisfaction,
great customer reviews,
our quality index is pretty
good, and so we have great
foundations here and sell
25,000-30,000 cars per
year. But you need to keep
fuelling the engine, and there
are multiple stages of boost.
The impression is that
Nissan isnt strong enough

in India, which in turn,


affects Datsun. Is this a
bit of a challenge?
Weve been in Japan for 90
years, in Indonesia for 40
years, 12-13 years in Russia,
and 5 years in India. you cant
expect the sort of operational
efficiency we have in mexico
where we started in 196163, in India within five
years. Whats important is
that we are renewing our
commitment, expanding the
product line-up, improving
the product, getting our plan
where we want it to be. We
have a plan of 3 lakh cars per
year which isnt far from our
capacity and will hopefully be
achieved very soon. We have
a very capable engineering
centre here, and very
capable partners. But you
are certainly right that we
have taken a certain position
on the Nissan brand. We are
going to position the Nissan
brand as a capable global
brand. This is not a message
in passing, but a clear
statement. With the Go, Go+
and Redigo, we are claiming
that Datsun can capture a
good chunk of the hatchback
market, and we want to be
the local brand of choice
in India. So, capability and
brand coverage is evolving.
you can always count on a
Japanese company not to
be brash at the start, but to
improve continuously.
hORmAzD sORABjee

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THIS monTH

LAUnCHES THIS monTH


TATA TIAgO

Vento and Rapid diesel


manual sales halted
VoLkSWagEN INDIa HaS
issued a recall of 3,877
diesel Ventos equipped with
manual gearboxes. The
automaker also announced
that it is holding back sales
of all manual gearboxequipped Vento TDI models
until further notice.
The recall is due to an
inconsistency in carbon
monoxide (Co) emissions
found during regular tests
conducted by the aRaI on
production cars. known as
Conformity of Production
(CoP) testing, the procedure
involves comparing emission
levels found on everyday
production cars with the
figures attained from the
same cars before its launch.
The company, however,
iterated that the recall is

specific to Co emissions and


is unrelated to the larger
Nox emissions issue the
company has been grappling
with internationally.
VW also mentioned that
sale of the manual Vento
will resume once the
technical measures it
submits to the aRaI get
approved. These will then
be implemented in the
vehicles that are recalled.
The Co emission issues do
not pertain to the automatic
(DSg)- equipped Vento and
Polo, which will continue to
be offered at its dealerships.
as a precautionary
measure, Skoda has also
halted sales of the diesel
manual Rapid, as it share
a lot of mechanicals with
the Vento.

Toyota Corolla Altis


facelift revealed
ToyoTa HaS gIVEN THE
Corolla altis a styling update
along with the addition of
features for the international
markets, that are expected
to come to India as well.
The updated altis gets
a revised front fascia
with a single-slat chrome
grille flanked by sleeker
headlamps, and a new
bumper. at the back, there

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are new LED tail-lamps along


with a revised bumper. The
car sits on new alloy wheels.
The updated sedan
gets the addition of LED
headlamps with DRLs and
additional safety systems
such as a pre-collision
system a piece of tech
that tightens the seat
belts and pre-charges
the brakes in case of an
unavoidable collision.
The facelift is expected
to arrive on Indian shores
following its international
launch later this year. It
is likely to use the same
1.8-litre petrol and
1.4-litre diesel engines
as the current model.

Possibly Tatas biggest launch this year, the


Tiago marks a fresh start for the carmaker
as it moves away from heavily redesigned
models. Featuring an all-new design
language and a spacious cabin, the Tiago
gets an all-new family of three-cylinder
engines with a 85hp, 1.2-litre petrol and
70hp, 1.05-litre diesel. The engines come
with drive modes as standard; a segment
first. The Tiago is also very aggressively
priced and in its top trim is quite generously
equipped. The car is available in five trims
XB, XE, Xm, XT, XZ.
Price Rs 3.20 Rs 4.75 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi)
Rivals maruti Celerio, Hyundai i10

MeRCeDeS-BeNZ C 250 d

a more powerful iteration of the diesel


C-class, the C 250 d uses the same twinturbo diesel engine as the CLS that develops
204hp and 500Nm of torque. The car uses
the new nine-speed automatic gearbox and
gets all the luxuries of its lesser powerful
siblings. a notable feature on the car is
active Parking assist that scans the road for
a parking spot.
Price Rs 45.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Rivals BmW 320d

MeRCeDeS-BeNZ S 400

mercedes has replaced the standard


S 500 with the more affordable S 400.
as with other S-class models, the S 400
comes packed with features such as air
suspension, four-zone automatic
climate control, 1,540-watt, 24-speaker
Burmester sound systems and seat
memory and massaging functions. The car
is powered by a 334hp, 3.0-litre twin-turbo
V6 paired to the companys old seven-speed
automatic gearbox.
Price Rs 1.31 crore
(ex-showroom, Hyderabad)
Rivals BmW 7-series, audi a8 L

MAhINDRA NUvOSPORT

Essentially a heavily updated Quanto, the


NuvoSport is the second compact SUV
launched by the brand in under a year. a
more upmarket alternative to the TUV300,
the SUV is powered by a new 1.5-litre, 100hp
mHawk100 diesel engine with a five-speed
manual gearbox as standard and an amT
option. Seating for seven is standard with
much of the interior unchanged, save for
the addition of features like cruise control
and a touchscreen infotainment system on
the top model.
Price Rs 7.35 Rs 9.76 lakh
(ex-showroom, Thane)
Rivals maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport

2016 ASTON MARTIN RAPIDe

aston has given the Rapide a considerable


upgrade with the car receiving cosmetic
changes along with mechanical updates. The
car is powered by a new 517hp, 6.0-litre V12
capable of propelling it to 306kph, paired to
an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The car
also gets the addition of the brands latest
am III infotainment system.
Price Rs 3.29 crore (ex-showroom, Thane)
Rivals Porsche Panamera, maserati
Quattroporte

MARUTI BAleNO ZeTA CvT

maruti has added a new CVT automatic


variant to the Baleno line-up. Positioned
above the existing Delta CVT, the Baleno
Zeta gets a host of additional comfort and
convenience features such as automatic
headlamps, keyless entry and go, and driver
seat height adjust.
Price Rs 7.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Rivals Honda Jazz

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CusToMER ExpERIENCE, gM INDIA

Talks about rejuvenating the Chevrolet brand in India


and localisation of the 10 new products coming.
Chevrolet has had a bit of
a difficult time in India of
late. What are the first steps
you need to take to get
Chevrolet back on track?
What we are trying to do
here is really rejuvenate the
brand. It had a great start in
India in 2003, but over the
last four-five years, weve
missed a few hits with some
of our products. and the
competition has grown, so
the brand today is a part of a
bigger pie now. So, bringing
the brand in line with where
it should be is important,
especially with the big
investment (a billion dollars)
that has been announced
for India and the ten new
products that are coming.
Tell us more about how you
plan to engage better with
your customers?
What we are trying to do
is differentiate ourselves
through our customer
experience. Our products
will get better, but so will
everybody elses. So, our
global strategy is to own
our customers for life. and
we will do that by keeping
the customer at the centre
of everything we do. But
the new way forward is a
journey and not a switch (so
it will take time). Owning
our customers for life is
also not a philosophy we
are going to test or learn
in India; we operate in over
150 countries, and in many
parts, we have about 50-55
percent loyalty. So we know
how to go about doing it.
Will all your new products
have real Chevy DNA?
We are now getting to a
point where we will only
give customers something

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The Mahindra TUV300 is likely to get the more


powerful 101hp
version of the
mhawk100 engine
that was introduced
in the nuvoSport.
TUV300 customers
are finding the
current mhawk80
engine a bit
underpowered, especially when the seven-seater SUV
comes fully loaded.
MarUTi waS Seen testing the all-wheel-drive
version of the S-cross in the recently concluded desert
Storm rally. while there are no plans to launch the
awd or allgrip S-cross in india, Maruti may import a
few to take part in national rallies.

PininfarinaS new ownerS Mahindra are keen


to proceed on the legendary italian design houses
plans to develop and produce its own sportscar
which could be sold in the indian market. Pininfarina
unveiled its Sergio concept at the 2013 Geneva show
but the cash-strapped design firm didnt have the
resources to make it a production reality.

Well keep the customer


at centre of everything.
that truly gives the feel of
a Chevrolet. The challenge
is that all the cars must
live and breathe the true
Chevrolet DNa and this
means we cant continue to
water them down, as you
end up giving something
away every time. So, from
a strategic point of view,
the key element is deep
localisation in India. This is
true of all 10 key products;
we will localise to a level
where we remain relevant.
How well did the online
sales of the Trailblazer go?
With the Trailblazer, our
motive was to drive the

customer through to the


amazon platform, to see if
the Indian consumer was
willing to transact online
at this price. We had 16
bookings in the first 48
hours. We made the car
exclusive to amazon (the
product was not available
with any dealers for 7
days) and kept the booking
amount at Rs 45,000, not a
token-only sum. Research
said it was not going to
work but we still managed
16 bookings and delivered
7 cars to consumers who
started their journey with
us on amazon.
shApUR kOTwAl

VoLKSwaGenS daS aUTo tag line is unlikely


to return after it was dropped in the wake of the
emissions scandal. however, marketing boss Jrgen
Stackmann said this is because Vw must evolve from
being about the car into
a services, connectivity
and software company,
and not because of a need
to change perceptions
following the negative
publicity. for now, we
will just use the company
name: Vw, he said.
its the peoples car, a
life-long companion.
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ThIs MonTh

Hyundai Creta petrol


auto bookings open

Kwid rises in Top 10 standing

he auto industry
seems to be getting
back on the recovery
path following subdued
growth in January and
February with the top
three carmakers Maruti,
Hyundai and Mahindra
posting healthy numbers.
Having made its comeback
to the Top 10 in February,
the Kwid muscled its way to
the fifth position from the
seventh position last month

with sales of 9,743 units on


the back of continued upbeat
demand, nudging past the
Grand i10 (9,544 units).
Maruti Suzuki dominated
the list with a total of six
vehicles. The Alto (22,101
units) remained the bestselling car and was followed
by the Dzire (17,796 units).
The Swift, with sales of
14,524 units, lost its third
spot to the WagonR (14,577
units). Marutis premium

hatch, however, recently


garnered cumulative
worldwide sales of more than
five million units.
Korean carmaker Hyundai
captured three spots with
its regulars, the i20 (10,647
units) and the Grand i10
(9,544 units) and the Creta
(8,163 units). The latter, now
available in a petrol automatic
guise, continued to be the
chartbuster among SUVs.
NISHANT PAREKH

set at Rs 25,000. Dealers


are quoting a seven-month
waiting period for the petrol
automatic model.
The carmaker also has
plans to add a four-speed
automatic gearbox to
its i20 range, which will
make it better equipped to
compete with the Jazz and
Baleno both of which offer
the option of a CVT gearbox.
However, it is undisclosed as
to which i20 variant will get
this option.

HyUNDAi iS PRePARiNG to
launch a petrol automatic
variant of the Creta. Offered
on the same SX+ trim as the
diesel automatic, the petrol
SUV uses the same sixspeed automatic unit as the
diesel and offers the same
levels of equipment as well.
Also in the works is a
lower-spec diesel automatic
Creta. Based on the S+
trim, this variant misses
out on many features such
as keyless entry and go,
climate control,
diamond-cut alloy
wheels, projector
headlamps and
split folding rear
seat.
Hyundai dealers
are accepting
bookings for both
models with the
booking amount

way bacK when

Top 10 Models March 2016


Units sold

being our GreenONE YEAR AGO


Car Special also
mAY 2015
35 exciting
new models
headed here
brought you
Along with a
drives of the
detailed look at 35
futuristic BMW i8,
new SUVs bound
Nissan Leaf, Tesla
for our roads, this
GIANT MPV COMPARISON
56 seats, 8 MPVs, 1 winner
Model S, VW XL1,
issue packed a
and a race
comparison
HOLIDAY SPECIAL
between the e2o
between the Lodgy
and a sailboat.
and an army of MPVs. This
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Maruti Alto 22,101

Rs 150

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Future
SUVs

FULL DETAILS

FORD ASPIRE

. . . and the Mustangs coming too

AUDI NEW Q7

MARUTI S-CROSS

Cover Story Future SUVs | First Drive Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI | Comparison 8 MPV comparo

HYUNDAI COMPACT SUV

Maruti Dzire* 17,796


Maruti WagonR 14,577

FORD NEW ENDEAVOUR

GREEN CAN BE FUN


BMW i8 Nissan Leaf
Tesla Model S VW XL1
Mahindra e2o vs sail boat

CROSSOVERS COMPARED i20 ACTIVE vs AVVENTURA vs ETIOS CROSS

i n d ia

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scoop! New Maruti swift Dzire | First Drive New Hyundai Verna | Road Test New VW passat | comparison New VW passat v skoda superb

Renault Kwid 9,743

india

52 percent

*includes dzire tour

Maruti Celerio 8,859


Hyundai Creta 8,163

Marutis market share


in the passeger car
segment has crossed the
50-percent mark again.

Maruti Omni 7,245

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25000

30000

and a comparison
between the
Volkswagen
Passat and its
Czech cousin, the
Skoda Superb.
Also inside was
a ride of the
diesel-powered
Altius Scimitar.
Rs 125

VOL.12 NO.9

MAY 2011

New Dzire
Maruti to chop the boot (and price) of next-gen swift saloon

image

spoRTs sALooN sHooToUT

Volvo s60 t6 vs audi a4 3.2 vs BMw 330i

FiRsT Look

scoops!

l Logan is now

Mahindra Verito

l skoda Rapid to

audi Q3
X1 rival coming in 2012

rival Vento, sX4


l secret 670cc
diesel bike for India

1.2 petrol and 1.3 diesel


l January 2012 launch

vs sKODa sUpeRB
New passatsaloon
win this grudge match?
Can the latest VW

first drives New Hyundai Verna l aston Martin Rapide l Indica eV2

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Hyundai Grand i10 9,544

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fIvE YEARS AGO


scoop!
mAY 2011
We brought you the
scoop on Marutis
all-new Dzire, the
first look at Audis
Q3 and the
bulletproof A8 L
Security, a drive of
the Aston Martin Rapide

Hyundai Elite i20 10,647

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FIRST DRIVES
New Merc CLS & E Cabrio
Bentley in the Himalayas

First Look New Jaguar XF


Summer holiday drives youd love to make How to prepare
your car to go the distance All the details on hiring a self-drive car First Ride Bajaj Pulsar RS 200

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Maruti Swift 14,524

ALSO INSIDE

Lodgy vs Ertiga vs Evalia vs


Aria vs Xylo vs Innova vs Enjoy vs Mobilio

TEN YEARS AGO


mAY 2006
An exclusive drive
of the new Hyundai
Accent, a track-day
in the life of an Audi
RS4, and a luxurycar battle between
the new Toyota
Camry, Honda Accord,

4/19/2011 7:18:33 PM

Skoda Superb and


Hyundai Sonata
were part of this
issue. We also
brought you the
ride of the Kinetic
Blaze and a
shootout between
the Honda Shine
and Bajaj Discover.

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Kwid platform to
spawn more models
The C-HR is one of the
attractive new models
off the TNGA platform.

Toyota looking at TnGAbased cars for India

Renault-nissan alliance
chairman carlos Ghosn
has confirmed that the
Kwid platform will form
the basis of new models,
including a crossover and
a compact sedan.
the new models based on
the cmF-a architecture will
cater to not just the indian
market but also to other
emerging markets. While
Renault already considers
the Kwid to be a crossover, it
is now likely that we could
see one from nissan and
Datsun as well.
Ghosn said that the
establishing of the cmF-a
platform was part of the

companys long-term goals


and he also called the Kwid
an instant success. the Kwid
has been instrumental in the
sales turnaround witnessed
by the company in india with
bookings for the car well past
the one-lakh mark.
nissan is also ready to
share a part of the action
with the company recently
revealing the Redigo entrylevel hatchback, a direct rival
to the Kwid based on the
cmF-a platform.
interestingly, the Kwid
also seems to have a greener
future with the development
of an all-electric model also
being planned.

Evolving Indian customers demand better cars.

oyota india is likely


to shift away from
using regional lowcost platforms. this is
because the indian customer
is evolving at a rapid pace.
indian customers were some
way off our global average a
few years ago, but they have
evolved very quickly and will
tomorrow almost be at the
same level as the rest of the
world. this, according to
toyotas new mD in india, akito
tachibana, is why looking at
more global cars for india
is becoming increasingly
important. so, instead of only
bringing asia-specific models

and cars created for emerging


markets and BRic countries,
toyota will look at getting
more upmarket first-world
cars here.
this realisation has also
come about due to the recent
success of the brand in the
Rs 20 lakh-plus market,
where its cars like the
Fortuner suV and the camry
hybrid have been moving off
the shelves at a healthy pace.
and success with the now
also Rs 20-odd-lakh innova
could add to this. One things
for sure; it certainly isnt
happy with the performance
of its low-cost toyota etios

The TNGA platform is


similar to VWs MQB.

OveR 5 mILLION SWIfTS SOLD gLObALLy


suzukis swift hatchback, launched globally in 2004, has
reached cumulative worldwide sales of five million units. the
swift is currently produced in seven countries worldwide,
including Japan, india, hungary, china, Pakistan and thailand.
india accounts for 54 percent of the total sales.
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platform (eFc).
so, toyota is now seriously
looking at leveraging its
new global platform here
in the future. Known as
the toyota new Global
architecture or tnGa, this
common platform is similar
to Volkswagens mQB in the
way it is configured and
structured. theres plenty
of commonality built in, of
course, but there are also
several sub-platforms, and
getting a handful of cars
off one of these will be the
ideal strategy. sure, the
latter is a complex piece of
modern-day engineering
that will take a lot of work,
investment and commitment
to get to india, but if toyota
manages to justify the costs,
either through a clubbing
of locally made models or
via export, it offers a unique
opportunity to put together
a substantial family of locally
produced cars here that can
be both very appealing and
competitively priced at the
same time.
SHAPUR KOTWAL

JLR developing straight-six


Ingenium engines
JlR has staRteD
developing its own straightsix engines which are similar
in basic construction to
the engines that made it
famous in the past. these
units will replace the current
generation of Ford-sourced
V6 engines.
a part of the ingenium
family, the new
engines will
feature an in-line
six-cylinder layout
and will essentially
be the smaller
ingenium unit with
two added cylinders.
Jaguar has
already planned
the use of its
new engines,

with models based on


the companys new D7a
platform such as the Jaguar
Xe, new XF and F-Pace
already engineered to house
the new units.
also planned as part
of the ingenium family
are new 1.5-litre threecylinder motors.

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Perseus Bandrawalla
Motormouth Classic investments

Diesel unlikely for


next-gen Corolla
ToyoTa is unlikely to
engineer a successor to its
small-capacity 1.4 diesel for
the next-generation Corolla.
The current 1.4 D4D engine
is getting a bit long in the
tooth and the cost and
complication associated
with an all-new small
capacity diesel engine is
exorbitant. small-capacity
diesels are also notoriously
difficult to get right and
normally need plenty of
high-tech engineering to
make them future-proof,
especially as far as emission
norms are concerned.
What makes the case
for the diesel even worse

is the fact that a euro or


Bharat stage Vi diesel may
turn out to be significantly
more expensive than a
similarly powerful petrol
hybrid powertrain. and
the kicker is that the
hybrid is likely to be just
as efficient as well.
so, Toyota is seriously
considering dropping the
diesel from the new Corolla
altogether. Demand for
small diesels cars is down in
europe, diesel cars in india
are facing more and more
resistance and with hybrids
getting better and better, we
could see demand shift away
from diesels altogether.

Brio facelift unveiled


Honda Has given the Brio a facelift in
international markets. as with the amaze
facelift, the Brio has been given cosmetic tweaks
along with the all-new BR-v-based dashboard to
liven things up.
Theres a new bumper and grille, while the rear
end remains the same save for a revised taillamp design. also new are 14-inch rims which
come as standard.
inside, the new dashboard from the amaze
facelift replaces the earlier, more spartan unit.
it features a new digital air-conditioning control
panel and an eco
driving indicator.
There is also a new
Rs model (pictured)
with more aggressive
styling, larger
wheels, and Led light
guides. Honda hasnt
announced its intention
to get the car here yet.
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Although not as exotic


as a Rolls, a Beetle is
an ideal first classic car.

n recent times, monetary


values and interest in
vintage and classic cars
has been soaring and
its not hard to see why.
They are gorgeous to look
at and have exclusivity
like no other. Whilst they
may not be as reliable as
a modern Toyota Corolla,
they can be fixed in a shed
or under a tree with some
not so complicated tools,
should things go wrong.
Not only are cars like
Rolls Royces with Gurney
Nutting coachwork or
Delahayes with Figoni
et Falaschi coachwork
highly sought after, more
regular models like Fiat
1100s, Morris Oxfords
(Series II) aka Hindustan
Landmasters and Standard
Heralds are in huge
demand across the country.
If youve been thinking
of investing in one for
the first time, start with a
popular car from a popular
marque that requires
minimal work. Ensure
that the documentation is
complete. Eventually,
you will learn the ropes
of how to deal with
gremlins. Avoid cars with
complex mechanicals,
especially gearboxes.
But do not be
intimidated by a marque
that has ceased to exist.

It is safe to assume that


spare parts availability
for a particular model
is directly proportionate
to how many examples
exist globally today.
Maintaining rare exotics
can be frustrating.
Parts for brands that
have ceased to exist
like Triumph Heralds
and Spitfires are easily
available over the internet
and many small parts
suppliers still manufacture

Spare parts
availability is
proportionate to
how successful
the car was.
them because of their
popularity in the UK. And
if a British marque isnt
special enough for you,
the joy of owning an Alfa
Romeo or a Lancia are
second to none. However,
finding these cars at a
not-so-exorbitant price is
extremely difficult, if
not impossible.
American cars with
their flamboyant designs
like tailfins are easy to

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repair and keep running.


Also, they are built to last
forever. Old Fords too,
have great parts supply
and surprisingly, even cult
cars like Mustangs are
relatively easy to run
and restore.
Parts are not cheap
though and a single centre
cluster chrome bezel for
an SL Pagoda can cost a
whopping $225 (around
Rs 15,000) on eBay!
Remember, that there
is no such thing as a onestop solution with vintages
and classics. Besides parts
suppliers at your local
scrap yard or Chor Bazaar,
you need to identify a good
tinsmith and paint booth
that suit your budget. Do
visit an experienced hand
for mechanicals. You will
also need specialists for
items like carburettors and
electrical work.
If you asked me, the
ideal first vintage car
to buy and maintain
would be a VW Beetle.
Old Beetles are reliable,
relatively reasonably
priced and there are
many specialist workshops
for such cars around.
Spares are easily available
at affordable prices and
best of all, when you buy
a Beetle, you buy a slice
of history!
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THIS monTH

Colin Goodwin
The good life Game changers
The Jaguar F-Pace impressed
Colin with everything from
styling to the way it drives.

Bentley Continental
GT Speed updated
Bentley has revealed
an updated version of its
fastest production model, the
Continental Gt speed.
as part of the update
to its 331kph two-door
luxury sportscar, Bentley
has tweaked the 6.0-litre
twin-turbo W12 to develop
642hp as against the older
cars 635hp. torque figures
have also improved with the
updated car now developing
840nm, up by 20nm. With
the increase in the output,
the car can complete the
0-100kph sprint in 3.9
seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker
than the earlier car.
the improved acceleration
is as a result of the carmaker

optimising the boost so that


the car develops peak torque
nearly throughout the entire
rev band.
the automaker also
revealed a new Black edition
model of the Gt speed with
the car featuring blackened
exterior brightwork.
the Continental Gt speed
Black edition offers a highgloss black finish to exterior
brightwork, including window
openings, as well as black
21-inch alloy wheels and red
or black brake calipers.
Bentley will start deliveries
of the updated Continental
Gt speed and the Gt speed
Black edition internationally
in the next few months.

Delhi diesel ban extended


the supreme Court has
extended the ban on sale of
diesel cars and suvs with
engines over 2,000cc in the
delhi-nCr region. the ban
had been placed for three
months from Januarymarch this year, in a bid to
reduce pollution levels in
the region.
m&m, Jaguar land
rover and mercedes are
some of the companies
that have been the worst

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hit by the ban. mercedes


and Jlr have said that
the ban on diesel engines
creates an environment of
uncertainty and will impact
their expansion plans as
well as future investments
in the Indian market.
to bypass the ban,
mahindra & mahindra
announced sub 2.0-litre
variants of its popular
suvs such as the scorpio
and the Xuv500.
reportedly, the apex
court is considering lifting
the ban on diesel-engined
passenger vehicles if
auto manufacturers agree
upon paying a one-time
environment compensation
charge at the time of
registration of the vehicle.

xcellent, a clean bill


of health after last
months hospital stay.
Back on the road,
back in the air and
back in action. Last week,
it was the Jaguar F-Pace
launch. Ive been seeing
fully finished production
versions running up and
down the M40 motorway
that runs fairly close to
Jaguars headquarters
since the summer, so
theres been a long wait for
journalists to drive the car.
Jaguar launched the car in
Montenegro, a stunning
country on the Adriatic.
The F-Pace is going to
change Jaguars fortunes,
quite literally. The XE
sedan is a big seller, but
there arent huge profit
margins in these cars; in
the F-Pace there are.
There were three
models to test: the
385hp supercharged V6
petrol, the 3.0-litre diesel
and the four-cylinder
2.0-litre diesel. All with
four-wheel drive and
automatic gearboxes. The
car impressed me greatly,
from the styling to the way
it drives. The big diesel is
a good choice because its
prodigious torque gives it
performance that virtually
matches the 385hp petrols,
especially when overtaking
and going up hills.

A car that Ive also just


driven, the BMW M2, will
be fighting against the
Ford Mustang for the
honour of being my Car
of the Year. The M2 is,
without doubt, the best car
BMW makes, considerably
better than the M4 and M3.
BMW launched the car in
Spain. Day one, it rained
over the mountain roads
which made 375hp in a

The F-Pace
is going
to change
Jaguars
fortunes.
small car quite interesting.
We were driving the
automatic version which
would not have been my
choice, confirmed the next
day when I drove one with
a six-speed stickshift.
The M2 doesnt quite
have as severe a traction
deficit as the M4/3 because
it has a less brutal power
delivery (and less power),
but prudence on the wet
roads meant that I kept
the safety nets erected.
Im more at home with a
manual gearbox in slippery

conditions as I like the


extra feel and control it
gives. Maybe Im just oldfashioned. The M2 looks
great, too. Very musclely,
squat and compact. Its
actually 80mm wider at
the back than a standard
2-series, but still feels
manageable and easy to
place on the road. Its
the cheapest M car you
can buy, which is
rather wonderful.
Another interesting car
thats arriving in two days
time is the new Porsche
718 Boxster. Bar chat with
those whove driven the
718 reveals a car that is
still class-leading, but not
by such a large margin. Its
four-cylinder turbocharged
engine is the problem. A
hack told me that the
engine sounds like a Beetle
motor at tickover. In action,
it apparently sounds like a
Subaru Impreza with a rag
held over the exhaust.
The car is very fast
and as usual, handles
beautifully. Its going to be
difficult to accept the loss
of two cylinders. Of course
until the 911 was launched,
all road-going Porsches
had four-cylinder engines.
Ive driven plenty of 356s
and love them. Perhaps I
will learn to love the 718
Boxster as well. Ill let you
know next month.

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good monTH
Smooth driving

Transport ministry orders


removal of speedbreakers
from national highways.

mazda mX-5 crowned the 2016


World Car of the Year
Mazdas popular and fun-to-drive roadster beats rivals Audi A4 and
Mercedes-Benz GLC for the top accolade.
Its been ages since
such an impractical
car won top honours.

Road connectivity

Union goverment to
invest Rs 25,000 crore
to develop 2,000km of
roadways in hill states.

bad monTH
Vento sales
VW stops sales
of manual Ventos
over inconsistencies
in emissions.

Crude oil
Iran ends deal that ships
crude oil to India against
payment in rupees. It
wants euros now.

he Mazda MX-5 was


crowned the 2016 World
Car of the Year
at a ceremony held at
the New York Motor Show
in March this year. The
MX-5 came out on top among
23 new cars, including the
two other finalists, the Audi
A4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
This is the second World
Car of the Year for Mazda
(the Mazda2 received this
accolade in 2008). The MX-5
also bagged the World Car
Design of the Year award.
Mazda President and
CEO, North American
Operations, Masahiro Moro
accepted the award, with the
words, As our iconic MX-5
roadster approaches one
million units of production,
this award is proof that it
is as young, vibrant, fun

and relevant as ever. While I


accept this award on behalf
of the company, I do so
representing every Mazda
employee, retail partner and
customer around the world
who has ever felt the joy of
driving a pure roadster. We
say Driving Matters in our
advertising, and we prove it
in our cars.
The World Car of the
Year is chosen by a jury
consisting of 73 automobile
journalists from 23
countries. A steering
committee prepares a list
of eligible cars, and then
pick out a winner from the
lot. To be eligible, a car
must be on sale in at least
two continents. The points
are awarded for a range of
parameters, with the final
votes tally being prepared

by the international
accounting firm, KPMG.
The Toyota Mirai beat its
stablemate the Prius to the
title of World Green Car of
the Year 2016. The Mirai
was part of a selection of
eight vehicles nominated for
the award before beating its
sibling the Prius hybrid and
the Chevrolet Volt to claim
the award.
Audi walked away with
the World Performance Car
of the Year award with the
new Audi R8 Coupe, an
award the company has
won five times in the last
ten years twice for the
previous-gen R8.
The R8 edged out
competitors like the new
Honda Civic Type-R and the
Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe
to clinch the title. Jurors of

the award called the new


R8 the most desirable,
head-turning supercar of the
decade, and commended its
easy-to-drive nature despite
the racing heritage.
BMW ended Mercedes
two-year winning streak as
the World Luxury Car of the
Year with the new 7-series
outshining models such as
the new Audi Q7 and the
Volvo XC90 in the final round.
The jurors said that the new
7-series drove phenomenally
well and offered 25 new
features of which, 15 were
segment first. They also said
that the car took things up
a notch on luxury, pampering
the owner with not just
very comfortable and well
designed seating, but with
loads of technology and
entertainment too.

Toyota Mirai - World Green Car of the Year; Audi R8 - World Performance Car of the Year; BMW 7-series - World Luxury Car of the Year.
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THIS monTH

Facelifted nissan GT-R India-bound


n The GT-R gets more power, styling tweaks and updated interiors n India launch in September

New exterior styling results in


better aerodynamics and stability.

issans India line-up is


set to receive its crown
jewel this September
with the facelifted GT-R,
popularly known as Godzilla
in automotive circles. Though
the exact price has not been
confirmed, we have been told
it will bear a sub-Rs 2 crore
price-tag.
Showcased at the New
york auto show in april,
the updated GT-R features
new styling, a bump up in
power, and a thoroughly
updated interior.
most of the exterior
tweaks serve to improve the
aerodynamics of the car,

lending it better stability


and downforce in a straight
line and while cornering. The
bonnet has been reinforced,
the front bumper has been
redesigned, the side sills
have been widened and the
rear bumper reprofiled. The
V-motion Nissan grille up
front has also been revised.
Thus, while the general design
and shape of the car is more
or less familiar, the smaller
design tweaks impart it
with freshness.
The cabin now features
leather trim, with most of the
buttons of the pre-facelift
model replaced by an 8-inch

Under the hood, the


GT-Rs 3.8-litre V6 engine
receives an increase in
power from 550hp to 570hp
at 6,800rpm. Torque has
also been increased from
631.5Nm to 636.9Nm.
Nissan says that it has
increased power output by
improving the boost pressure
from the turbos and by
controlling the individual
ignition timing of each
cylinder. as before, power is
sent to all four wheels by way
of a six-speed dual-clutch
transmission. The car also
features a new titanium
exhaust system that is
claimed to sound better
than ever before, amplified
by an active Sound
Enhancement system.

touchscreen infotainment
system. The steering wheel
is new, and the paddles
have been moved from the
column to the wheel. The
centre console features
carbonfibre trim. Nissan
also claims that the cabin is
now quieter thanks to the
incorporation of new sounddeadening materials.
The facelifted GT-R sits
on 20-inch wheels mated to
a new suspension system.
This, along with a more rigid
body structure are claimed
to impart the car with a more
stable ride as well as higher
cornering speeds.

q&a HIRoSHI TamURa, CHIeF PRodUCT SPeCIalIST, GT-R, Z and nISmo, nISSan moToR ComPany

On just a 20hp increase in


power over the previous car.
more than the 20hp, its the
torque curve management
that is more important. On a

36 AUTOCAR INDIA may 2016

track, sometimes, it is better


to have a 600hp engine with
more manageable torque than
an 800hp car with a peaky
torque curve, as that
is difficult to control. But
people are always talking
about 600 and 800hp
motors, and feel the powerful
800 is the one that is always
better, but sometimes its the
other way around. In the 2017
GT-R the 20 extra horsepower
is just one dot. The real story is
how the torque is spread over
70 percent of the rev range.

On moving the paddles


from the steering column
to the wheel.
Some customers like the big
column-mounted paddle
shifters, but over a 90 degree
of lock, you cannot shift. With
the new driving style and the
way steerings are geared you
need just 20-30 degree of lock
which is good for steeringmounted paddle shifters. With
column -mounted paddles you
need large fingers to operate
them, especially as the lock
is increased, but customers

with smaller fingers will have


to release the steering and
shift gears which I feel unsafe
about. Thats why steeringinstalled shifters are better.
That also comes from racing
car philosophy. also, the
2017 is car is ergonomically
better and has a number of
design changes that arent
just aesthetic, but functional
as well.
On a Nrburgring lap time for
the 2017 GT-R.
Im not sure as we havent

tested it yet. It wont be


quicker than the Nismo
GT-R, as the standard car
is more of a Grand Touring
car. It is not a daily car, but
has the practicality of
one. Having too hard a
suspension is dangerous
and from a traction control
standpoint, a hard
suspension jumps. This is
not a hardcore track car,
so if you really want to drive
on a circuit this is not the car
to buy.
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THIS monTH

Delhi to mumbai in one tank of diesel


Record 1,388km from Delhi to Mumbai in a standard Renault Lodgy took only 32.91 litres.
Clever fuel-saving methods
were called into play to achieve
optimum fuel efficiency.

riving all the way from


Delhi to Mumbai on
one tank of fuel sounds
impossible, doesnt
it? We, at Autocar India,
disagreed, and put ourselves
and a Renault Lodgy to the
challenge. And not only
did we manage to reach
Mumbai, but it would have
been possible to go even
further, perhaps even to
Goa! So, how did we manage
to pull this off?
The vehicle was in
standard spec with no
modifications. The only
change we allowed ourselves
was to lower rolling
resistance by firming up

the tyre pressure to fully


loaded conditions, despite,
of course, having only one
occupant in the car and
no luggage. The rest of
the techniques were all
down to driving style, road
conditions, timing and the
frugal 1.5-litre K9K Renault
engine. All through the
drive, the car air
conditioning was switched
off in a bid to improve the
engines efficiency and the
windows were rolled up
to lower drag. Most of the
driving was done at night to
avoid driver fatigue and also
to avoid traffic.
Rahul Kakar, Autocar

Indias senior test driver


called into play some
very clever fuel saving
techniques. He said,
The key to achieving
optimum fuel efficiency
was maintaining a steady
speed of 40-45kph with the

engine ticking at just a little


over 1,000rpm in fifth gear.
Also important was to judge
traffic and anticipate the
movement of surrounding
vehicles. The distance from
Delhi to Mumbai took four
days to cover and was done

Lodgy returned 42km to a litre over four days.

via the Golden Quadrilateral


highway. The Lodgy
clocked an average speed
of 44.59kph through the
drive and a staggering fuel
efficiency of 42kpl!
The overall fantastic
roads, no doubt, played their
part in helping the efficiency.
The drive was flagged off
from Delhi on April 9, 2016,
with stops at Jaipur, Udaipur
and Vadodara, and the MPV
finally arrived at Mumbai in
the wee hours of April 13.
The challenge was
audited by Ernst & Young,
who, at Delhi, oversaw the
brimming of the tank and
then sealed it. The tank was
then opened only in Mumbai
at Jogeshwari and refilled in
their presence. As it turned
out, a total of 32.91 litres of
diesel was consumed. The
drive went on to illustrate
how far one could go with a
frugal engine, a large tank,
smart driving techniques,
good roads and light traffic.

Mileage challenge was audited by Ernst & Young.

Volkswagen to launch Ameo only in petrol initially


EXCLUSIVE

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VoLKSWAGEnS nEW
coMPAcT sedan, the Ameo,
was showcased at the 2016
Auto Expo. The German
carmakers attempt at the
compact sedan segment is
likely to hit showrooms midyear. company sources tell us
that the Ameo has finished
its homologation tests but
will initially come with only
a single engine option, the
tried and tested 1.2-litre
petrol motor that also does
duty in the Volkswagen Polo.
This engine is a three-pot

unit and churns out 75hp


and 110nm of torque and
will be mated to a five-speed
manual gearbox.
The diesel engine will be
the four-cylinder, 1.5-litre
EA 189 unit that does duty
in VWs Polo and Vento and
the Skoda Rapid. However,
this engine is scheduled to
get an update soon and VW
has decided to directly bring
the new version of the engine
to the Ameo. The updated
EA 189 unit will come with a
new turbocharger resulting

in a slight bump in power


to 112hp and will make its
debut in the diesel Ameo.
This motor will be seen under
the hood of the Vento as well
as the facelifted Rapid, but
at a later stage. Also, in the
wake of the recent emissions
scandal, Volkswagen is
ensuring that its cars come
with the latest software
that meets all emission
regulations comfortably. The
Ameo will take on the likes of
the Dzire, Figo Aspire, Zest
and recently updated Amaze.
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THIS monTH

Audi packs A3 facelift with lots of kit


n India launch around October n Global engine options now include new 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Refreshed A3 will take on
the Mercedes-Benz CLA
when it launches in India.

udi has revealed a


facelifted version of
the third-generation
a3, with a refreshed
look, new engines and the
option of the companys
Virtual Cockpit all-digital
instrument cluster. The
revised a3 line-up also
receives a host of new and
updated safety systems.
as part of the update,
audi has added two new
petrol engines to the a3s
international line-up: a
115hp 1.0-litre threecylinder turbo-petrol and a

190hp 2.0-litre TFSI motor.


The more performanceoriented S3 variant gets
a bump up in power and
higher torque for the dualclutch automatic gearboxequipped version.
The engines are offered
with a six-speed manual
gearbox as standard or
with the option of a new
seven-speed dual-clutch
S-tronic auto unit. Frontwheel drive is standard
though certain engines
get all-wheel drive as well.
There is no news about the

diesel powerplants yet.


On the outside, cosmetic
changes are mild. at
the front, there are new
headlamps similar to the
ones on the new a4, a
more angular single-frame
grille and a revised bumper.
The car now gets the
option of matrix LED
headlamps. The rear
adopts revised tail-lights
and a tweaked bumper.
There is also more
equipment on offer. 16-inch
rims are standard on the
facelift though there is the

option to upsize to 17-,


18- or 19-inch units. audi
has also added new colour
options to the range.
Inside, the updated car
gets a revised steering,
updated mmI infotainment
system and the optional
Virtual Cockpit tech seen
on the new Q7 and a4.
The system consists of
a 12.3-inch all-digital
instrument cluster with a
choice of view modes.
audi has also added a
host of new and updated
safety systems to the
facelifted car. It gets an
updated active Lane
assist and Pre-sense Front
Collision mitigation system

and Cross Traffic assist


to help the driver reverse
into traffic. most of these
systems are, however,
unlikely to come to India due
to radar restrictions placed
by the government.
The carmaker is set to
introduce the vehicle in
India around October this
year. When it was introduced
back in 2014, the a3 was
first of the compact luxury
sedans to hit the Indian
market. With the launch of
the facelift, the carmaker
will be looking at reviving
interest in its compact
sedan and robbing some
sales from rival mercedesBenzs CLa sedan.

The A3 facelift gets a revised steering and


an updated MMI infotainment system.

Tesla to kick off India innings with Model 3


ELECTrIC Car
manuFaCTurEr Tesla
recently unveiled its most
affordable vehicle yet, the
model 3, and announced
that it plans to bring the
car to India. The company
has already opened up
online bookings for the
car here.
Prior to the reveal,
Elon musk, Tesla founder
and CEO, had said in a
tweet that along with
India, online bookings
would also commence
in countries such as
Brazil, South africa,
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new Zealand, South Korea,


Singapore and Ireland. He
had added that in India, a

Tesla to also develop


charging infrastructure
for the Model 3 in India.

supercharger network will


also be established.
The fourth model to join

Teslas all-electric line-up,


the model 3 is set to go into
production in 2017 priced
at $35,000 (around
rs 23 lakh). although,
when launched in India, the
price could be higher owing
to import costs, but the
vehicle is likely to benefit
from the incentives offered
to electric vehicles in the
country. Besides, the Indian
government has recently
laid heavy emphasis on
curbing pollution in the
country while encouraging
the use of electric vehicles.
The model 3 boasts

a range of as much as
402km on a single charge, a
0-96kph sprint time of less
than 6 seconds, comfortable
seating for five passengers
and lots of storage space in
the form of two boots.
also, the model 3
will come with a large
touchscreen tablet in the
centre console to control
just about everything in the
car. moreover, it will also get
the Tesla autopilot feature.
On the aesthetic front, the
model 3 impresses with
clean, flowing lines and full
panoramic roof.
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Launch controL

A salvo of new launches across various segments and price bands gave the auto industrys growth
momentum a much-needed fillip in 2015-16, even as recent months brought a host of challenges.

assenger vehicle sales grew at


its fastest pace in five years in
the fiscal year ending march
31, 2016. however, the growth
trajectory saw a lot of ups and
downs due to a number of issues which
threatened to put brakes on sales. The
gains were largely driven by a barrage
of new launches, and only a little over
half the automakers ended the fiscal
with a year-on-year growth in volumes,
which raised questions as to whether
the momentum could be sustained.
According to the society of
indian Automobile manufacturers
(siAm), passenger vehicle sales
rose 7.24 percent from the previous
year to 26,01,236 units in the year
ended march 31, 2016, thereby
crossing the key 20 million units mark

for the first time ever.


The automotive industry body,
however, cut its forecast for passenger
vehicles sales growth in 2016-17 to
6-8 percent from an earlier forecast
of 11 percent, stating that the various
measures taken by the government to
curb pollution would affect demand.
in a bid to tackle the rising levels of
pollution in delhi-ncr, the supreme
court had imposed a ban on the sale
of diesel cars and sUvs with engine
capacities over 2,000cc in the region,
starting mid-december until its expiry
on march 31, 2016. however, on
march 31, the apex court extended
this ban on diesel passenger vehicles
until the next hearing. moreover, in
the Union Budget 2016-17, Finance
minister Arun Jaitley proposed an

Petrol car sales rev up


The governmenTs decision
to ban the registration of diesel
vehicles with engine capacity over
2,000cc in delhi-ncr has resulted
in a shift in consumer preference
to petrol cars. Automakers too
are pushing more petrols to cater
to the increasing demand. data
revealed by siAm showed that the
share of diesels among the total
sales of passenger vehicles during
2015-16 declined to 48 percent from 52 percent in the previous year, while
that of petrols increased to 52 percent from 47 percent.
Besides this, the higher tax on diesel cars vis--vis petrol vehicles is also
likely to fuel the shift in the near term. The government announced a cess of
2.5 percent on diesel cars under four metres and with engine capacity of less
than 1,500 cc, as against one percent for petrol and cng cars of similar length.

Number games: model sales 2015-2016

24.32%
Tata
Nano
(21,012)

Maruti
Alto
(2,63,422)

-0.40%

5.15%
Maruti
WagonR
(1,69,555)

Maruti
Ritz
(18,844)

-45.39%

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Maruti
Swift
(1,95,043)

-3.13%

28.30%

Na

Maruti
Celerio
(87,428)

Maruti
Baleno
(44,697)

Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet


Spark
Beat
Sail U-VA
(252)
(10,921)
(1,507)

Hyundai
Eon
(68,199)

-82.39%

-12.94%

-35.01%

-64.34%

27.34%
Hyundai
Grand
i10
(1,26,181)

Hyudai
i10
(27,511)

-26.33%

64.59%
Hyundai
Elite i20
(1,27,962)

Honda
Brio
(9,581)

-29.19%

Na

Na

Honda
Jazz
(41,401)

Renault
Kwid
(41,204)

Renault
Pulse
(1,712)

-25.60%

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additional infrastructure cess of one
percent on petrol, LPg, cng cars
having a length of under four metres
and engine capacity not exceeding
1,200cc; 2.5 percent on diesel cars
under four metres length and with
engine capacity of less than 1,500cc;
and 4 percent on other higher engine
capacity cars, sUvs and larger sedans.
Additionally, a 1 percent tax was also
levied on purchase of luxury cars
priced above rs 10 lakh.
Automakers promptly passed on
this cost impact to car buyers which
resulted in a price rise by as much as
2 percent.
The countrys largest carmaker,
maruti suzuki, ended the year with
its highest-ever sales of 13,05,351
units in the domestic market, up 11.5
percent year-on-year on the back of
upbeat demand for the Baleno and
vitara Brezza launched during the year.
The companys old-timers, the Alto,
dzire, swift and Wagonr continued
to be its top four best-selling models
in the country for the fourth year in a
row. The Alto retained its top position
with sales of 2,63,422 units, and it also
became the first indian car to cross
the three million sales milestone. But
sales were marginally down from last
year, largely because the Alto, for the

Top 10 Car CompaNies


1. maruTi suzuki
13,05,351 2015-2016 s
11,70,702 2014-2015

6. ToyoTa
1,28,494 2015-2016 t
1,41,347 2014-2015

2. hyuNdai
4,84,324 2015-2016 s
4,20,668 2014-2015

7. ford iNdia
79,944 2015-2016 s
75,166 2014-2015

3. mahiNdra
2,36,307 2015-2016 s
2,23,968 2014-2015

8. reNaulT
71,732 2015-2016 s
43,384 2014-2015

4. hoNda
1,92,059 2015-2016 s
1,89,062 2014-2015

9. VolkswageN
41,096 2015-2016 t
45,021 2014-2015

5. TaTa moTors
1,49,420 2015-2016 t
1,61,860 2014-2015

10. NissaN
39,389 2015-2016 t
47,474 2014-2015

first time, saw competition from the


renault Kwid.
The year saw maruti set its sights
on the premium segment, which has
proved a tough nut to crack for the
carmaker in the past. it launched nexa,

a premium showroom channel, which


currently sells the s-cross crossover
and Baleno hatchback. however,
the premium crossover, in which the
company invested nearly rs 600
crore for development, has got off to

a tepid response while the Baleno has


generated a huge amount of interest
and commands a waiting period of over
six months for some variants.
meanwhile, Korean carmaker
hyundai motor india seems to have a
blockbuster on its hands, thanks to the
creta sUv which generated a strong
consumer response, apart from the
continued upbeat performance of its
bread-winners, the i20 and the grand
i10. since its launch in July, the creta
has also been instrumental in boosting
hyundais domestic sales. The creta
regularly featured as the best-selling
sUv in several monthly sales charts
with volumes averaging over 7,000
units. in fact, hyundai now enjoys a
healthy 11.04 percent share in the Uv
segment from a mere 0.34 percent
in 2014-15. With a total of 4,84,324
units, the company saw a 15.13
percent growth in year-on-year sales.
home-grown carmaker mahindra
& mahindra witnessed a mixed trend
in its passenger vehicle sales during
the fiscal. While volumes remained
low for the initial part of the year due
to subdued demand, the company,
in december, was severely hit by the
supreme courts ban, since the ruling
affected the XUv500, Bolero, scorpio
and Thar, among other vehicles.

Percent
80

70

60

50

40

30

20

Nissan
Micra
(7,733)

Datsun
Go
(10,224)

-9.41%

-20.39%

Tata
Indica
(33,197)

-3.51%

50.54%
Tata
Bolt
(8,823)

Toyota
Liva
(20,407)

-15.51%

10.43%
Fiat
Avventura
(1,906)

Fiat
Grande
Punto
(4,959)

-24.22%

4.79%
Ford
Figo
(17,815)

Mahindra
Vibe
(619)

VW
Polo
(26,530)

-54.52%

-11.50%

Na
Ford Figo
Aspire
(20,359)

Honda
Amaze
(54,594)

-18.15%

0.21%
Honda
City
(77,548)

Hyundai
Xcent
(50,070)

Hyundai
Verna
(17,897)

Hyundai
Elantra
(1,708)

-19.96%

-42.86%

-41.87%

10

11.20%

67.65%

Maruti
Dzire
(including
Dzire Tour)
(2,34,242)

Maruti
Ciaz
(54,233)

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Chart-toppers

Maruti led the list of Top 10 best-selling passenger vehicles in India, securing six spots. Others
included monthly Top 10 regulars the Hyundai Grand i10 and i20, and the Bolero and City.

Maruti alto
2,63,422

Marutis stalwart not only


topped the sales charts
once more this year, it also
became the first Indian
car to cross sales of three
million units.

Maruti dzirE
2,34,242

The undisputed compact


sedan has defended
its position for three
consecutive years, and
even outperformed its
hatchback sibling.

Subsequently, the carmaker


launched a downsized 1.99-litre
version of its mHawk diesel engine, for
the XUV500 and Scorpio to counter
the ban. Despite a year-on-year
decline in sales, the Bolero ended the
year as the largest-selling SUV, with
sales of 81,559 units. The XUV500
sold a healthy 36,320 units, up 5.53
percent year-on-year, while the
Scorpio managed 48,079 units, a near
7 percent decline.
Cumulatively, the carmaker ended
the year with passenger vehicle sales

Maruti SWift
1,95,043

With global sales crossing


five million units since its
launch in 2004, its no
surprise that the Swift is
one of the hottest-selling
hatchbacks in India.

expanding 5.51 percent to 2,36,307


units. Mahindra once again (after the
Quanto) entered the compact SUV
segment, which is currently the rage
in the country, with the launch of
the TUV300 and more recently, with
the NuvoSport. It also launched the
KUV100, a hatch with SUV-like
cues, squarely positioned against
the Swift. With a wider portfolio,
the carmaker hopes to see its gains
extending this year.
Honda Cars India registered a
marginal growth of 2 percent with

Maruti Wagon r
1,69,555

With a growth of over 5


percent in sales during
2015-16, the tall-boy
hatchback from Maruti
continues to outnumber its
rivals on the sales sheets.

yearly domestic sales of 1,92,059


units in the year ending March 31,
2016 against 1,89,062 units in the
previous year. It was a reality check for
the Jazz (41,401 units), which was
launched in July, with sales getting
off to a good start initially before
eventually tapering off. With sales
of 77,548 units, a marginal increase
from last year, the City continued to
hold fort for the Japanese carmaker
and was also among the top 10
passenger vehicles sold during the
fiscal. The carmaker will be banking

Hyundai ElitE
i20 1,27,962

A regular among the top 10


selling PVs, the i20 bagged
the top spot among premium
hatchbacks. It has averaged
over 10,000 units, but faced
stiff competition from Baleno.

on the upcoming BR-V, which is set to


take on established rivals such as the
Creta and Duster, to expand volumes
this year.
In terms of passenger vehicles sales
for the 2015-16 fiscal, Tata Motors
didnt have much to write home about.
It clocked 1,49,420 units, down 7.69
percent from the previous year. Nearly
all its models, with the exception of
the Nano, failed to register a growth in
sales volumes. The all-new products
launched in the previous fiscal as
a part of the carmakers Horizonnext

number games: model sales 2015-2016

Percent
80

70

60

50

40

30

20

Tata
Zest
(23,543)

-2.09%

Tata
Indigo CS
(19,950)

-26.16%

52.28%

17.36%

Mahindra
Verito
(2,776)

Toyota
Etios
Sedan
(31,477)

Toyota
Corolla
(6,506)

-28.79%

78.64%
Toyota
Camry
(1,263)

Chevrolet
Sail
(3,536)

Chevrolet
Cruze
(935)

-45.38%

-33.26%

2.83%
Skoda
Rapid
(11,753)

21.98%
Skoda
Octavia
(2,675)

Skoda
Superb
(828)

VW
Vento
(12,502)

VW
Jetta
(1,940)

Fiat
Linea
(1,447)

Nissan
Sunny
(2,338)

Renault
Scala
(830)

Renault
Fluence
(113)

Mahindra
Quanto
(1,815)

-10.39%

-32.41%

-55.07%

-43.65%

-51.29%

-6.40%

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-2.69%

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ChArt-topperS (contd.)

Hyundai Grand
i10 126,181

Close on the heels of the


i20, Hyundais Grand i10
continues to be a big draw
among car buyers. Its sales
volume rose 27.34 percent
over last year.

Maruti Celerio
87,428

The Celerio entered the Top


10 for the first time since its
2014 launch. The addition of
Marutis in-house developed
diesel engine in June 2015
boosted its popularity.

plan, the Zest and Bolt, failed to sell


as per the carmakers expectations.
Sales of the Zest stood at 23,543
units, down a little over 2 percent from
the previous year. The Bolt, which was
only launched in January 2015, fizzled
out soon after it was introduced.
Volumes averaged at around 730 units
a month during the fiscal. Buoyed by
the launch of the Easy Shift (AMT)
version, sales of the Nano rose by
over 24 percent to 21,012 units. Now,
the struggling carmaker is gunning
for a turnaround in its volumes with

MaHindra Bolero
81,559

Despite witnessing an over 19


percent decline in yearly sales,
Mahindras longstanding player
witnessed upbeat rural market
demand and was the bestselling SUV in 2015-16.

Maruti oMni
79,949

It may be Indias oldestselling passenger vehicle,


but clinching the ninth spot
among the Top 10, the Omni
proves that it still has some
game left.

Despite a good start, the Figo and the


Figo Aspire have failed to sustain gains.
the newly launched Tiago thats
aggressively priced at Rs 3.20 lakh for
the base variant.
Another carmaker severely bogged
down by the ban was Toyota Kirloskar
Motors; it registered a 9.09 percent
decline in passenger vehicle sales
at 1,28,494 units, thereby losing a

position. The carmakers flagship


Innova and Fortuner models come
within the ambit of the ban imposed
in Delhi-NCR. According to some
estimates, the region accounts for
almost 15 percent of Toyotas sales.
While sales of the Corolla and the
Liva slackened, those of the Camry

Honda City
77,548

The only car from the


Japanese carmaker in the
Top 10. Honda might have
played safe with the fourthgen City, but it still ticks the
right boxes for a mid-sizer.

gained pace on the back of upbeat


demand for the hybrid version.
Cumulatively, the Camry sold 1,263
units during the fiscal, up almost 79
percent year-on-year.
Volumes for Ford India have been on
the rise since August 2015, thanks to
a slew of new launches. The carmaker
introduced three new products such
as the compact sedan Figo Aspire
in August, new Figo hatchback in
September and a facelifted version
of its best-seller, EcoSport compact
SUV in October. However, the three

Number gAmeS: model SAleS 2015-2016

Percent
80

70

60

50

40

30

20

NA

NA

Mahindra
KUV100
(14,210)

Mahindra
TUV300
(24,197)

Mahindra
Bolero
(81,559)

-18.89%

5.53%
Mahindra
XUV500
(36,320)

Mahindra
Scorpio
(48,079)

-6.74%

NA
Maruti
Vitara
Brezza
(5,563)

Maruti
Ertiga
(60,452)

-2.86%

NA
Maruti
S-cross
(24,077)

Ford
EcoSport
(40,152)

-22.87%

218.18%
Datsun
Go +
(10,290)

Honda
Mobilio
(8,063)

Chevrolet
Enjoy
(4,567)

-73.64%

-42.61%

NA
Hyundai
Creta
(63,836)

Nissan
Terrano
(8,560)

Renault
Duster
(18,045)

Tata
Sumo
(9,563)

-50.19%

-54.06%

-29.67%

10

Tata
Safari
(8,347)

-2.50%
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Mercedes tops luxury segment after six years
In 2015, Mercedes-Benz grabbed the
no. 1 spot as Indias top-selling luxury
carmaker after six years, racing past Audi.
Merc registered its highest sales ever at
13,502 units, up 32 percent on-year. Audi
sold 11,192 units, up 3 percent on-year to
claim the second spot. BMW did not declare
its sales numbers.
The luxury segment in India saw a great deal of action in 2015 and both the
German luxury marquees were quite aggressive with their product launches.
While Audi launched 10 new cars in 2015, Mercedes launched 15 models as a
part of its 15-in-15 strategy for the year. The c-class emerged as the highestselling car for Mercedes in India, replacing the e-class.
models, which contributed
handsomely to the carmakers sales
initially, have come under pressure
in the last few months due to the
product onslaught by competitors in
the already crowded hatchback and
sUV segment. The recent launch of
the Vitara Brezza in March, at a price
of rs 6.99 lakh, undercutting the
ecosport at nearly every variant, sent
the company into a tizzy. It reacted
by slashing prices of the ecosport
by up to rs 1.12 lakh (all prices,
ex-showroom, delhi).
renault India saw its fortunes rise
to biblical proportions on the back of

Renaults surge, led by Kwid, was similar to


the 2012-13 turnaround brought by Duster.

the astounding response for the Kwid.


The surge in volumes was reminiscent
of the turnaround witnessed by the
French automaker back in 2012-13
in India with the launch of the duster.
since its launch in september, the
Kwid has sold 41,204 units and
bookings for the hatchback have
crossed well over one lakh units.
renault India posted a growth of
65.34 percent with sales to the tune
of 71,732 units. With sales of its
successful duster sUV slowing down
in the past few months (FY 17: 18,045
units, down 54.06 percent), the
carmaker has been banking on

the Kwid to revive its sales volumes in


the country.
German carmaker Volkswagen
has recorded a decline in sales in the
past few months, after seven straight
months of growth starting from
February until August 2015. Volumes
fell 8.72 percent in the past fiscal
year to 41,096 units from 45,021
units a year ago as the carmaker got
involved in the worldwide emissions
scandal. The brand took a beating as
it announced the biggest-ever vehicle
recall of 3,23,700 units in India.
nissan India was in the news too,
albeit for a good reason it recently
launched its entry-level hatchback
under the datsun brand, the redigo.
Targeted at the popular Maruti Alto,
nissan will be counting on the datsun
redigo to revive its sales volumes. The
carmaker hasnt found much success
with the Go, and the model failed to
perform as per expectations. For
instance, sales of the datsun Go have
declined nearly 28 percent to 9,229
units in 2015-2016 (March-April) as

against 12,842 units in the previous


year. Under the nissan brand too, the
carmaker has struggled to attract car
buyers as the Micra, sunny and the
Terrano witnessed a decline in sales.
even as the auto industry trudges
on the revival path, many carmakers
have been forced to reorganise their
strategies for the current year amid a
business environment that has been
made challenging by the government.
carmakers are looking at ways to
evade the diesel ban by resizing their
diesel engines to below 2.0-litres and
by introducing petrol engines for their
vehicles in the country. According to
sIAM, the profitability for most of the
companies continues to be negative,
and the industry has been operating
at less than 60 percent capacity
utilisation for over three years. This
has resulted in a loss of confidence in
the Indian market. carmakers have
called for uniformity in the direction
that government policy heads towards
in the near future.
NISHANT PAREKH

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Percent
80

70

60

50

40

30

20

Tata
Aria
(132)

-89.72%

Chevrolet Chevrolet
Tavera
Captiva
(10,645)
(11)

-21.08%

-80.70%

NA
Chevrolet
Trailblazer
(166)

Mahindra
Xylo
(7,271)

-14.18%

NA
Renault
Lodgy
(9,752)

Renault
Koleos
(76)

Toyota
Innova
(55,242)

Toyota
Fortuner
(13,461)

-23.23%

-11.93%

-23.81%

451.52%
Ford
Endeavour
(1,274)

Force
One
(147)

Mitsubishi
Pajero
Sport
(1,598)

-8.13%

-12.15%

1.28%
Honda
CR-V
(872)

Hyundai
Santa Fe
(960)

-48.85%

44.65%
Isuzu
MU-7
(392)

SsangYong
Rexton
(228)

Skoda
Yeti
(112)

-77.43%

-11.11%

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Safe is the
new cool
Autocar Young Drivers completed yet another successful
year, and Siddhant Ghalla comes away impressed at the
present generations take on road safety.
PhotograPhy NaushaD ali

eople blame the poor state of road safety


in India on myriad factors. Some say that
our road design is inherently unsafe, while
others blame it on the lax enforcement of
traffic laws and road discipline. Pedestrian
accidents are often attributed to irresponsible
jaywalking, whereas trees-in-cars are frequently
accompanied by the explanation, But there was
a cow in the middle of the road! A lot of these
factors are indeed to blame. Over the last decade,
1.2 million Indians have died in road accidents,

while another 5.3 million have been maimed. As


things stand today, every hour sounds 16 death
sentences for Indians on the road.
At Autocar India, however, we feel that all these
road accidents boil down to just one principal
factor the driver. When things are distilled down
to their very essence, driving consists of a human
being controlling a nearly one-tonne collection
of metal, plastic, rubber and combustible fluids
moving at often-high speeds. Then, when things
go wrong, it would not be unfair to blame either

The first car is flagged off for the gruelling final test; Finalists navigated the tricky course in WagonRs.
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Institute of Driving and Traffic Research instructors took the participants on a walk-through of the course.

the driver or his vehicle. A good driver is


capable of overcoming all accident-causing
possibilities thrown at him by shoddily designed
roads, rampant jaywalkers, poorly enforced traffic
laws and stray cows.
Armed with the understanding that the driver
is at the core of the road safety ecosystem, Autocar
India set out to increase awareness about safe
driving among the youth of India. The youth of
today represents the next generation of drivers,
and by extension, the level of safety on our roads
for the next few decades.
Reaching out to thousands of youngsters all over
the country, however, is no easy task. With a view
of increasing outreach, Autocar India partnered
with Maruti Suzuki, Indias largest carmaker. In
addition to having more cars on Indian roads
than any other brand, the carmaker also owns a
vast network of driving centres, Maruti Driving
Schools (MDS), which are instrumental in putting
well-trained drivers on the road. The carmaker
also shares Autocar Indias idea of road safety in
the words of RS Kalsi, executive director of Maruti
Suzuki India Limited, If we train [drivers] at a
young age and they spread the word about safe
driving, it will certainly have an impactful bearing
on road safety. This is the essence of the Autocar
Young Drivers programme, an initiative to keep

A good driver
is capable of
overcoming all the
accident-causing
possibilities
thrown at him.
The finalists were offered advice about navigating the technical bits of the course, like the slalom challenge.

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the number of road fatalities and mishaps in India


to a bare minimum by spreading awareness among
the nations youth.
Over seven years, Autocar Young Drivers
has grown in size and popularity. Its seventh
iteration witnessed an overwhelming 41,000plus applications, underscoring the increasing
importance youngsters are placing on road safety.
Autocar Young Drivers 2015 adopted a slightly
different approach this time around, with a
greater emphasis on awareness than before. The
actual competition was preceded by a road safety
campaign, #RoadSafetyWars, that included a
series of funny videos featuring comedian Jos
Covaco taking digs at unsafe driving practices
observed across the country. Viewers were also
invited to be a part of the debate.
To encourage maximum participation, the
eligibility criteria from the previous years was
retained for Autocar Young Drivers 2015 you had
to be under the age of 30 and you had to have a
permanent driving licence. Eligible applicants
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Each finalist was accompanied by an IDTR instructor.

Pre-driving checks were an important parameter.

Tricky H-turns had to be taken in tight spaces.

What did you think of


the programme?
i have been associated
with this programme
from the beginning and
i think it has grown from
strength to strength. This
iteration, i would say, was
different from that of those
conducted earlier. The team
has introduced a lot of new
things. i see that there is a
huge impact on the target
segment the young people.
some of the youngsters who
have been associated with
this programme told me that
when they went back to their
colleges, they were felicitated
like celebrities. Even if they
did not win the prize, they
had at least been a part of
the young Drivers concept.
They were a part of the top
30 people representing their
cities and they got love from
their peers, colleagues and
classmates for that. a few of
them even got felicitated by
their principals. so it was very
exciting for them that simple
participation in this contest
got them such fame.

to how he won the prize.


That is how we spread the
message of road safety and
that is what our objective
is people should know about
road safety from the person
who has actually practised it.
Do you have any ideas
for the next iteration of
young Drivers?
seeing the enthusiasm of
those who have actually
participated in this particular
programme, i think we should
broad-base it. We should
go deeper into many cities.
Right now, we are doing it
in Delhi because we have
facilities available here,
but we can always create
facilities elsewhere. We can
do it at the zonal level to
begin with, in the four big
cities. This way we target
many more youngsters who
then become ambassadors
in their own right and further
spread the message of road
safety. The programme this
year has also been different
from the previous years
because we invited experts
in the field who shared their views on the topic. i
think they should speak to youngsters directly so
they can offer some takeaways and get them to
understand why road safety and safe driving
is important.

our objective
is to spread
the message
of road safety.

how will this fame help the case of road safety?


in getting them this fame, we had a hidden agenda.
a young driver who is a part of this contest and wins
the prize goes back and talks about it. People listen

Placement of the cones simulated the


tight lanes seen in many Indian towns.
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the enthusiasm
displayed by
youngsters
towards safe
driving is a very
reassuring sign.
Actor Boman Irani, Jayant Chaudhary and RS Kalsi, executive director, Maruti, with the winner.
had to register on youngdrivers.in, and then
field an online test comprising basic questions
regarding the dos and donts of driving. Of the
41,000-odd participants, 810 candidates were
selected for stage two.
These candidates were required to visit the
closest Maruti Driving School (MDS) for an
actual road test. Experienced instructors at the
schools rated and selected 30 drivers, who were all
crowned Indias safest young drivers for 2015. But

even though 30 safe drivers were identified, the


search was not yet over.
One final test was conducted to distinguish
the safest of them all. This round was held at the
Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR),
New Delhi. The institute trains lakhs of people for
road driving each year. The facility comprises a
large driving course, replete with technical turns,
inclines and declines, real-world traffic signals,
simulated traffic and parking spaces. The 29

finalists (one finalist, unfortunately, could not


make it for the finale), each accompanied by an
IDTR instructor, had to manoeuvre this course
in a Maruti WagonR. The instructors have a
combined experience of training nearly 20 lakh
drivers and knew exactly what to look out for when
evaluating the young drivers. Some of trickiest
bits of the course included the Reverse S-bend, the
H-formation, and downhill and uphill driving.
The excitement among the finalists was palpable

The course at IDTR was


technical and challenging.
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as they drew lots to determine the sequence
of appearing for the test. Kritika Khanijo from
Gurgaon, one of the two female finalists said, It
feels absolutely great [to be one of the two female
finalists]. It is a onerous responsibility as I have
to prove that women can drive unlike the many
clichs that are associated with our driving.
While the young drivers navigated the course by
turns, we spoke to some of the participants, and
the enthusiasm they displayed towards safe driving
was both surprising and heartening. Ameeth
Bharadwaj from Bengaluru said, In a country
where safety amounts to absolutely nothing, this
initiative is a godsend. And with two of Indias
biggest names in the auto industry coming
together, I have only one thing to say: massive
respect to you guys!
The course turned out to be quite a challenge
for the young drivers. Safe driving tests conjures
up images of slow speeds and careful turns, and
is not a very intimidating phrase. On the ground
at IDTR, though, things were slightly different.
Despite being the safest drivers from over 41,000
youngsters, our finalists found the course very
challenging indeed. The Reverse S-bend proved
to be especially difficult for many of them. The
IDTR instructors scored each finalist on 20
parameters, including subtle ones such as the
pre-driving checks they performed, their
knowledge of road civility and the consistency

q&A Mohit KuMAr MAliK, winner of AutocAr young driverS 2015

Our winner is 24-year-old mohit Kumar malik, from


Faridabad. he loves cars, claiming that driving is
the only education he has gotten since birth. an
absolute motorhead, it is pleasing to see how he
has managed to strike a balance between passion
and sensibility.
What was the final test like?
The final test made me realise that i was standing
amongst the safest young drivers in india. i knew
winning will not be easy, but knowledge of driving
is all i had. it was a tough competition. i didnt have
any strategies because i was confident i could win
if i drive like i drive every day. By the end of the
test, one thing i was sure of was that i completed it
before anyone else.

maintained while they drove.


After a gruelling day of testing, Autocar
Young Drivers 2015 drew to a close at the
award ceremony. This ceremony was attended
by several eminent personalities, including
celebrated actor Boman Irani, executive director
of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, RS Kalsi, and
Jayant Chaudhary, general secretary, Rashtriya
Lok Dal, among others.
As the runners-up were announced, the
suspense only mounted, broken finally by a
loud round of applause as Mohit Kumar Malik
from Faridabad was crowned the winner, and
was handed over the keys to his brand-new
Maruti Alto 800. Of the 29 finalists, Mohit
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how does it feel to be the safest young Driver


in India?
Being the safest young Driver in india makes me
feel very proud. it also makes me feel responsible
for making our roads safer by spreading awareness
about road safety. i want to take road safety to the
next level and be a part of this programme again
whenever it happens.
how do you feel about road safety in India?
i feel helpless about road safety in india. People
need proper knowledge of driving. Knowing how
to drive a vehicle is not enough, following all the
traffic rules is also important. The first step to
making indian roads safer is making the licensing
process stricter.

had managed to manoeuvre the course at IDTR


most gingerly, while staying completely calm and
composed all throughout.
With the winner being declared, yet another
successful iteration of Autocar Young Drivers
came to an end. The enthusiasm displayed by
youngsters towards safe driving was a very
reassuring sign. From what we gauged, the
programme told us that though the pace of
change is slow in India, it is moving in the right
direction. What these young drivers achieved was
impressive in its own right, but the true impact
of this programme will be felt when they act as
ambassadors for road safety, spreading the
word even further. AI
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This months new cars

Quick facts13 lakh

Price from Rs
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(est, ex-showr
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first verdict
Bigger, bolder and even better; this
is easily the new MPV benchmark.

PhoTograPhy ashley baxter & paul dewars

HHHHHHHHHI

so good
n strong engines
n
space and comfort

No good
n even more expensive
n weight

ToyoTAS fIRST Seven-seater in


India, the Qualis, didnt exactly make
hearts flutter. yes, it was practical
and very dependable, but its bread
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van looks made it as appealing as a


box of old tissues. Still, the Qualis
was fundamentally so good. It was
nice to drive, practical and super
reliable. Customers soon discovered
that its strengths easily outweighed
its dreary looks.
As the years passed by, Toyota
acknowledged the need for a more
attractive profile and plusher cabin
and as a result, jumped a generation
(by skipping the Kijang) to bring
in the much more attractive firstgeneration Innova. Problem was,
there was a huge jump in price.
Whereas the Qualis cost between
Rs 5.3 lakh and Rs 8.7 lakh, prices
for the new top-of-the-line Innova
stretched to Rs 10.3 lakh. As you
can imagine, many wannabe buyers,

at the time, bemoaned the fact


that Toyota had stopped the more
affordable Qualis, and as a result,
the Innova had a slow start. But it
didnt take long for Toyotas utter
dependability to shine through to the
point that it left owners blind to the
price. Toyota knew this only too well
and over the eleven-year lifecycle
(which included two facelifts),
Innova prices climbed by an eyewatering 60 percent and there were
still takers for it right till the end!
The next-gen Innova, which gets
the suffix Crysta, and goes on sale
this month will, on the back of over
15 years of success in the segment,
be priced confidently according
to Toyota. Prices havent been
announced at the time of going to

press but its safe to assume that


the company will launch the Innova
Crysta at a premium of around
Rs 2 lakh more than the previous
car, spec-for-spec. Sure, the Crysta is
a step up from the previous Innova,
but is it that good to justify a hefty
premium? Thats exactly what we
are going to find out on our day-long
drive in the new Innova.

sleek operator

We had a long drive ahead of us, all


the way from Pune to Goa, but we
still took the time to walk around
what is fundamentally a much
more attractive car. It has a more
prominent nose, a better defined
bonnet, and its wider and longer
as well which makes it look a bit
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the best
gets
better
After ruling the MPV roost for over a
decade, Toyota wants to further stamp its
authority with the all-new Innova Crysta.
We spend a day in one to find out
how big a step forward it really is.

more substantial. The nose is clearly


the most attractive bit. Theres a
huge anvil-shaped grille up front
and a prominent v in the bonnet
emerging from it, but what really
sets the tone is the manner in which
the high-mounted headlights and
the grille are linked together with a
band of brightwork. Walking around
the side reveals other well-executed
details, like the well-defined shoulder
line, the kink in the glass house
near the D pillar and the slight
bulge in the rear wheel arch that
gives it a squatter look. And the
tail-lights are now horizontal rather
than vertically configured.
The new Innova is based on the
same wheelbase as the outgoing car,
but it is longer and wider, which
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suggests space on the inside is much


more. This also means the front and
rear overhangs are now a bit longer.
Under the skin, Toyota has carried
on the tradition of using a bodyon-frame construction for reasons
of rigidity, cost and commonality.
The Innova, in fact, shares many of
its internal bits with the fortuner
and the HiLux pickup, the latter not
sold in India. Known internally as
the IMv, this thoroughly updated
version of the platform comes with a
massively beefed-up frame, a new set
of common rail diesel engines and a
new suspension and braking system.
The new GD series of twincam, 16-valve engines are slightly
smaller in capacity, but are much
more powerful. They use small-

capacity, fast-response turbos,


low-friction timing chains that
dont need replacement for the life
of the engine, and each cylinder
has two intake ports, one tuned for
high swirl efficiency and the other
tuned for high flow. And Toyota
has introduced an all-new six-speed
automatic gearbox (AC60) that
also has a tip-tronic function. The
manual gearbox, however, is only a
five-speed unit, and that feels a bit
miserly considering the price of this
MPv and the difference an extra cog
would make to overall performance
and cruising ability.

Comfort qUotIeNt

Where the new Innova seems to have


jumped forward two generations

is on the inside. While the earlier


car was more utilitarian, this new
car has high levels of comfort and
genuine luxury in mind. To begin
with, it gets the basics right. Theres
a lot more room on the inside of this
cabin, legroom, shoulder-room and
headroom are all considerably up
on the earlier car; the seats are a
full size bigger with much more back
and thigh support, and material
quality, in general, has taken a big
step forward too.
What you notice first though,
is the well-executed dashboard with
that smooth single-sweep hood
going over the instrument panel
and the attractive swatch of wood
running across the cabin. you then
pick up how beautifully the centre
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Superb ride comfort


isolates passengers on any surface.

Clever storage for third head rest.


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Third-row seats can be flipped and folded up in one spring-loaded tug.

Theres more space for bags with all three rows up.
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Tall gearing makes new


Innova a relaxed cruiser.
console and climate control system
are integrated and how the designers
have used metallic highlights to
good effect around the vents, centre
console and steering wheel. The new
Innova has two sharp and easy-touse screens, a 7.0-inch touchscreen
in the centre console that offers
apps like Mirror-Link and a very
informative smaller one between
the dials that displays information
from the car. We found the ecoScore
function particularly useful and fun
to use as you try and beat your fuel
efficiency score every time you drive.
The smaller screen is controlled by
an intuitive set of buttons on the
well-put-together steering wheel and
whats also nice is that neither screen
is difficult to read even when theres
harsh sunlight coming in.
finding the ideal driving

position is easy as well. The six-way


adjustable powered drivers seat
has a wide range of movement, the
steering adjusts manually for reach
and rake (the range of movement is
a bit limited) and the big, supportive
seat is good enough to keep your
back in great order even on a daylong drive.
Comfort on the second row is just
as good or even a bit better as the
captain seats on the second row are
similar to those at the front. Theres
a bit more legroom and the seats
themselves have longer squabs for
better thigh support.
Toyota has, in fact, developed the
Crystas interiors with a strong focus
on the rear seats as research has
found that most owners prefer to be
driven. So, you get foldable tables on
the front seat backs, the passenger

Third row has more space and is easier to access.


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on the left can manually adjust the


co-drivers front seat via a catch and
there is plenty of wood trimming
on the seat backs and the doorpads.
you also get blue mood lighting, a
dedicated climate-control system for
the rear and spot-on cushioning that
really allows you to enjoy the rear
seat experience. But the vents could
have been closer, as you dont get a
blast of cold air immediately after
getting in.
A huge improvement is the access
to the third row. In the earlier
Innova, it was a struggle (especially
for ladies in sarees) to get past the
middle row into the back. But now,
with the middle seats flipping and
tumbling forward in one smooth
movement with just a pull of a lever,
its no longer a punishment to be
seated in the third row, especially

Spacious rear is also superbly appointed; bigger seat more supportive.

since theres more space on offer too.


The crucial extra inches of legroom
make long drives more than tolerable
and the third passenger is catered
for with a belt and headrest which
can be stowed away neatly to offer
unimpeded rear visibility. And, like
before, the Innovas middle row
slides forward and back.
The Innovas cabin is also
extremely practical. It can hold up to
20 bottles (yes, 20!) with up to three
in each front door. you get a cooled
glove box, bottleholders ahead of
the vents in the front for additional
cooling, fold-out cupholders
alongside the captain seats and even
a couple of bottleholders for the third
row. Bootspace is a bit more than on
the outgoing car and if you want to
expand this space, the spring-loaded
third-row seats also flip up and

Big drivers seat gets powered adjustment.


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All-new dashboard feels


more luxury car than
people mover.

Twin gloveboxes are both small; upper box is cooled. Eco indicator helps you drive in a more efficient way over time.

Seven passengers, but only one USB slot.


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Illuminated blue lighting delivers a very upmarket glow in cabin.

Power and Eco modes alter performance.

Door pockets can hold three one-litre bottles.


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away to the side with just the pull
of a lever. The flexibility and ease of
use of the Innova Crystas seats is
one of the bigger improvements over
the earlier car.
Still, there are a few areas the
cabin could have been better in,
especially considering the price.
yes, the materials, for the most part,
are nice and fit and finish is good
but there arent as many soft-touch
surfaces or plush bits as there are
on cars like the Skoda octavia or the
vW Jetta. And there are some notso-nice plastic bits too. The plastics
in the area around the glove-boxes
or the dash-mounted cupholders, for
example, are hard and shiny. other
niggles include a lack of illumination
for the cubby hole ahead of the gear
lever and theres only one USB slot
between seven passengers (oddly
located above the elbow box) and
the spare wheel that sits outside the
cabin is still difficult to access.

Automatic and manual


versions look identical
except badging on rear.

power Up

Performance was never a strength


of the earlier Innova. Though
drivability was good, thanks to the
low gearing, it fell short when it
came to outright acceleration and
felt laboured at higher speeds. The
gearing was so short that 120kph
corresponded to a high 3,400rpm in
fifth, making cruising at high speeds
a noisy and strained affair. not any
more. The new Innova comes with
two assembled-in-India engines a
152hp 2.4-litre diesel and a 176hp
2.8 and theres now even a sixspeed automatic for owner drivers,
many of whom have been demanding
one forever.
The 2.4 is available with only a
five-speed manual. Still, compared
to the earlier car, it feels both more
relaxed to drive and more peppy at
the same time. The gear ratios are
more widely spread, so the engine
isnt straining all the time and at
120kph in fifth, the engine ticks over
at a far more relaxed 2,900rpm.
Performance is positively strong in
the bottom and mid-range. This is
especially true in the most aggressive
driving mode; Power, where a mere
tap on the throttle delivers a big
surge in acceleration, that, at times,
sustains for a bit even after youve
lifted off!
you dont get quite the same
surge in the other two modes,
normal and eco. The latter seems
like it may have been tuned with
taxi drivers specifically in mind.
Still, it is actually quite useable
in traffic as performance isnt
too flat footed even in this mode
which returns 15.1kpl in the official
Indian driving cycle thats a 2kpl
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Burnouts are easy with so much power.


improvement over the previous
car. By deselecting Power and eco
modes, the engine map defaults to
normal which, in many ways, is
the nicest to use everyday. Theres
a bit of lag till around 1,600rpm,
but whats nice is that power builds
in a linear manner from even as
low as 1,400rpm. And theres plenty
of torque on hand too, all the way
to 4,000rpm.
The mode you want to select if you
want the fastest acceleration is Power
and thats what we used for our
acceleration tests. Unlike the earlier
Innova, that took an age to get to
100kph (17.5 seconds to be precise),
this new car blows past it with a
0-100kph time of 13.11 seconds. This
still isnt as quick as the Renault
Lodgy 110 (11.47sec) or, for that
matter, the Mahindra Xylo 2.2
(12.97), but performance in general
is now so good, you arent actively
seeking more grunt all the time.
What you will look for, especially
at high revs, is a bit more refinement.
Spin the engine past 3,800rpm
and it gets quite gravelly and vocal.
The thing is, with very little road or
wind noise filtering in, the engine
sound gets accentuated. But when

Large 2.8 engine makes 174hp.


youre gently cruising, the cabin is
remarkably hushed.
The new manual gearbox and
clutch isnt that much better than
the outgoing unit though. The clutch
is a bit lighter but caught in a long
tailback on the Pune bypass, my
left calf did begin to hurt after 20
minutes. The gearlever is shorter
now and feels less truck-like but
the gears still take some effort to
engage. And theres even a bit of
transmission whine which, again,
is accentuated with other sounds so
well contained.
If you are weary of changing
gears, the one to choose, of
course, is the more powerful 2.8
automatic, which is shatteringly
quick whichever way you look at
it. Power comes in nice and early,
and in Power mode, you can feel
the Innova sit on its haunches as
it shoots off the line. Performance
is so strong, 100kph comes up in
a super quick 11.46 seconds; good
enough to trouble many executive
sedans, despite the Innova weighing
in at almost 1.9 tonnes. And the best
bit is that there is no letup; wait
for 33 seconds and youll be sitting
pretty at 160kph. Switch the traction

Auto box finally debuts on the Crysta.


control off and you can even do a
long, smokey burnout! Like most
torque converters, this six-speed
auto is quite responsive, but our
only criticism is that its too eager
to upshift and downshift with the
slightest of throttle inputs. Also,
with the ratios so widely spaced,
gearshifts arent quite seamless and
you feel each gear change. In Manual
Hold, the auto box will hold on to
gears till the 4,500rpm redline and
the tip-tronic function for manual
shifts works well.

smooth aND safe

The Innova has always been famous


for having both a flat and absorbent
ride and the good news is that this
new car, with its stiffer chassis and
larger diameter dampers, has a ride
that is flatter, better controlled and
more absorbent for the most part.
yes, we did find the long-travel
suspension to feel a bit jittery over
sharper bumps and rippled surfaces
but some of that underlying firmness
could be down to the relatively
low-profile 215/55 R17 tyres (as
compared to 205/65 R15 for the
older car). However, the overall
dynamics are a big step-up and

Job number one for an MPV is to be comfortable


and spacious, and the new Innova just aces it.
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LEDs and twin lamps in headlight pod.

Z signifies top-of-the-line trim level.


feel far more mature than before.
The suspension is set-up on the
softer side but has sufficient travel
to soak up really bad roads. In fact,
the way it swallowed some of the
big ruts on the 15km Bandar road
a shortcut to Goa so easily, we
were genuinely blow away. Though
ground clearance is stated at 167mm
(to avail of a lower tax bracket for
big SUvs and MPvs with a ground
clearance of less than 170mm), in
reality, its much more and we never
had any issues over large speed
breakers or deep potholes.
Straight line stability and the
ease with which we cruised down
the Pune Bengaluru highway
gives you a nice sense of control.
As a result, you can drive for
really long distances in the Innova
without feeling tired. However, a
fly in the ointment is the old-school
hydraulically assisted steering
which isnt variable at speed. Its
now lighter than before but still
noticeably heavy when parking
and manoeuvring through traffic.
But its at highway speeds that you
find the steering become a bit too
light and slack around the straightahead position and the front
wheels dont feel as well tied
down as in the earlier car which,
at high speeds, can be a bit
disconcerting. Also, the bigger
and heavier new Innova isnt really
as agile as the outgoing car. It
doesnt want to change direction
quickly and rolls a fair bit when
you introduce it to a corner. Still,
it remains stable, predictable and
very neutral and pushing it hard
isnt really nerve-wracking or a
chore. And these top-of-the-line
ZX Innovas get electronic stability
control or vSC as well.
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toyota iNNova Mt/at
Width 1830mm Front track 1540mm rear track 1540mm ground clearance 167mm

Specification
Price

Keyless go is a new feature on this car.

rs 13-22 lakh
(est, ex-showroom,
delhi)

ENgINE
Fuel
Installation
Type

Chromed mirrors for that luxury feel.

a bIg step aheaD

Toyotas new Innova Crysta is


a huge step forward over the
earlier car. Clearly more attractive
and upmarket on the outside, it is
also more comfortable, better built
and more lavishly equipped on the
inside. More space, flexible seats,
lots of storage bins and a bigger
boot have made it more practical
too. Toyota has upped the emotional
quotient as well with a pair of
strong engines and an auto box
that make the Crysta far more
enjoyable to drive than before.
yes, it could have been less
ponderous, and for what you pay,
some of the interiors bits and
plastics should have been better.
That leads us to the price, which
will be expensive with top-of-theline versions expected to cross the
Rs 20-lakh mark. Still, the Innova
Crysta now offers so much more
without any compromise on the
dependability and peace of mind that
comes with the Toyota badge. And
for that, customers are willing to pay
almost anything.
shapUr kotwal

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diesel
Front, transverse
2393/2755cc,
4 cyls, turbo-diesel
Bore/stroke
92.0/90.0,
92.0/103.6
Compression ratio Na,15.6:1
Valve gear
4 valves per cyl,
dOhC
Power
150hp at
3400rpm/174hp
at 3400rpm
Torque
343Nm at 14002800rpm/360Nm
at 1200-3400rpm
Power to weight 80.86/ 93.04hp
per tonne
Torque to weight 184.90/192.51Nm
per tonne
Specific output
62.68/63.15hp
per litre

TraNSMISSIoN
Type
gearbox

STEErINg

rear-wheel drive
5-speed manual/
6-speed auto
ratios/kph per 1000rpm
1st 4.313/7.90, 3.6/9.47
2nd 2.33/14.63, 2.09/16.32
3rd 1.436/23.75,1.488/22.92
4th 1.0/34.11,1.0/34.11
5th 0.838/40.70, 0.687/49.65
6th 0.58/58.81
Final drive ratio 3.583:1

Type
rack and pinion
Type of power assist hydraulic
Turning circle
10.8m

ChaSSIS & Body

EquIPMENT ChECklIST

Construction
Weight
Tyres
Spare

SuSPENSIoN
Front
rear

body on frame, MpV


1855/1870kg
215/55 r17
Full size
Independent,
double wishbone,
coil springs
Non-independent,
multi-link, coil
springs

BrakES
Front
rear
anti-lock

Ventilated discs
drums
yes

SaFETy

7 airbags, abs, ebd

touchscreen
n
cD player/USB/aux-in
n
Bluetooth connectivity
n
Satellite navigation
n
Reverse camera
n
Steering-mounted controls
n
Steering adjust
Rake and reach
automatic climate control
n
Keyless entry and go
n
electric folding mirrors
n
cruise control
n
n = Available NA=Not Available

peRfoRmance
aCCElEraTIoN

kPh
TIME (sec) Manual auto
0-10
0.37 0.42
0-20
0.81 0.94
0-30
1.74
1.63
0-40
2.52 2.53
0-50
3.75
3.64
0-60
5.34 4.78
0-70
6.68 6.18
0-80
8.43
7.68
0-90
10.50 9.57
0-100
13.11 11.46
0-110
15.96 13.63
0-120
19.03 16.07
0-130
23.0
19.30
0-140
28.25 23.29
0-150
34.75 33.30

Innova
2.5(old)
0.59
1.15
2.11
3.42
4.84
6.64
8.77
11.06
14.08
17.52
21.25
26.23
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aCCElEraTIoN IN gEar

20-80kph (in 3rd gear) 10.58/6.70s


40-100kph (in 4th gear)13.08/8.84s

ECoNoMy
araI-certified
Tank size

15.1/14.29kpl
55 litres

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Heir
to tHe

throne
Toyotas all-new Fortuner is
coming this Diwali to stake its
claim as king of its class.
Shapur Kotwal spends a day
behind the wheel to see if its
still worthy of the crown.
PhotograPhy Shapur kotwal

ay attention, listen carefully and youll


find that most cars talk to you. No, I
dont mean the voice of the lady that calls
out directions or the one that reads your
short messages to you (when your phones
hooked up). What Im on about are the
little subliminal messages almost all cars seem to
put out. They tell you how comfortable they feel at
high speeds, how happy they are bouncing over a
poorly surfaced road, or just how much effort they
are putting in to deliver performance.
No, you dont need to drop down into a zen-like
state and lower your heartbeat to pick up these
messages and, of course, the car doesnt actually
speak to you either, but what you do tend to get,
if you are really listening, is loads and loads
of information.
Problem is, the information Im currently
getting from the new Fortuner is all but
unbelievable. Ive just run it hard across a set of
deep ruts, thrown it nonchalantly down a rocky
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ed for better visibility.


h, but the seat can be rais
hig
bit
a
is
h
das
and
sole
The centre con

riverbed and even thrashed it across an


abandoned construction site; but instead of
complaining or threatening to disgorge some of its
wheels, it seems to actually enjoy the beating in an
almost sado-masochistic way. Far from screaming
stop, stop, stop, this SUV seems to want more.
More? MORE? Well, take this, I say to
myself, guiding it up a steep path, the initial
bit threatening to twist the chassis like it is
made of cardboard. And still, its unfazed; no
creaks, no groans, no snapping welds, not even
a hint of flex. What has Toyota put into the new
Fortuners ladder-frame? Yes, I know its shared
with the new-generation HiLux pickup that has
a reputation of being near-indestructible, but
this level of chassis stiffness is like nothing Ive
experienced before.
Not only has Toyota seriously beefed up the
ladder frame by reinforcing the side rails and
adding new, stouter cross members, there are also
reinforced suspension towers and large diameter
dampers; all here to allow it to take a hammering
without so much as blinking. For overall chassis
stiffness, brute strength and robustness, there
arent too many SUVs out there like it.
Also at an all-new level is design and styling,
something thats easy to notice as I take a walk
around this tall and sharply-styled SUV. Whereas

the earlier Fortuner, especially the pre-facelift


one, was a simple, upright SUV with rounded off
corners and a wraparound rear windscreen, this
new one is so rakish and edgy, it could easily
pass muster as a Lexus. It certainly seems to
be designed off a similar style sheet. Toyotas
designers have used a really high bumper line, the
main grille is quite severely tilted back and the
sharp-looking headlamp with LED running lights
provides the perfect contrast. Another very trendy
feature that sees prominent use on the nose is

chrome bracketing. Thick bands of chrome flank


the grill in a V, and its been heavily used around
the fog lamps as well to add to the edgy feel of
the nose. The Fortuner, however, looks best when
viewed from the rear three-quarters. The muscular
skinning makes the flanks look tough and modern,
the distinctive kick-up in the belt line near the
C-pillar looks fantastic and the wraparound
rear windshield and beautifully cut tail-lamps
complement the attractive side perfectly. It clearly
is one of Toyotas nicest-looking SUVs.

the new Fortuner


bucks the trend; it
feels even more
indestructible and
robust now.

LED-infused tail-lights bulge out, arc around the rear.

Kink in belt-line and pillarless rear section look neat.

The wAlk AROUND

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Ground clearance is massive,


but straightline stability is
extremely impressive at speed.

MADe Of gReAT

This Fortuner is an all-new car, but Toyota has


chosen to go with a near-identical wheelbase at
2,745mm. But this new SUV is longer, wider and
slightly lower than the version currently sold here
in India, which puts this new car at an advantage
when it comes to cabin space and comfort.
To begin with, once seated inside, I find
theres more width in this new car. The cabin
feels much airier and less constrained and the allround visibility is improved as well. The slightly

Chrome brackets in the nose give design a modern feel.


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Fore by Four - the Fortuners new all-wheel-drive system


the new
Fortuner
weve driven is a
two-wheel-drive
version, but
toyota expects
the four-wheeldrive versions
to be just as
popular as on
the outgoing
model. why buy
a full-fat, bodyon-frame SuV
if you are going
to forsake its ability to go places in the first
place? the four-wheel-drive system, however,
is a bit different on the new Fortuner. unlike
the one on the outgoing SuV, you will no longer
get a full-time four-wheel-drive system. here
you will be able to decouple the front axle drive
for improved efficiency in everyday conditions.

the system also


uses a dial-like
selector and
electrically
driven
engagement
system rather
than just levers
as used on the
earlier Fortuner.
the settings
useable are
two-wheel-drive
high (h2), on
the extreme
left, four-wheel-drive high in the centre and
four-wheel-drive low on the right. the rear diff
lock can be selected via a button next to it. also
on offer will be hill Start assist Control (haC),
hill Descent Control (DaC) and active traction
Control (a-trC) that distributes power to the
wheels with the most traction.

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the interiors are a big


step up and are much
more comfortable
and nicer to look at.
slimmed-down and more space-efficient
seats at the front also happen to be particularly
comfortable. Perfect for large frames, they offer
great shoulder, back and thigh support and whats
neat is that they are well bolstered too; so, you
dont get chucked from side to side.
I step back to the second row, or should I say
step up, (the presence of the chassis means there
is a big step up and wont be to everyones liking),
and theres plenty of kneeroom here too. You
can now seat three abreast on the rear bench in
a bit more comfort, the centre passenger gets a
seatbelt suspended from the roof, and unlike many
SUVs, you arent sat too low either. Even thigh
support is good here. Those of you who want to be
chauffeured around will love this.
Also improved is space and comfort on the third
row. These plus-two seats (we like to refer to
them as 5+2 as against a full seven seats) may still
be for children or short drives only, but getting
into the back and getting settled here isnt nearly
as irksome as some of the competition. And the
seats arent totally unusable either. You also get
a rear air-con system with dedicated blowers in
the roof and there are other practical bits like
cupholders and power sockets.
Theres even a bit of useable luggage space
in the rear with all three rows up, and if you
need additional space, the third-row seats fold
up to the sides as well, giving you more luggage

space. As on the Ford Endeavour, you even get a


powered tailgate.
Up front, the cabin looks much more attractive
than the outgoing car. Theres a real sense of style
here, the collared centre console with its leatherlined and chromed-over sides looks fabulous and
the large touchscreen in the centre only adds to
the overall appeal. What also works well is the
instrument panel with the info screen in the
centre of two very legible white-on-black dials.
Very similar to the one on the Innova, it hits the
spot and the nicely finished steering wheel adds
considerably to the more upmarket interior too.
There are, however, plenty of not so well-finished
plastic bits on the inside and these spoil the
ambience of the cabin a bit. The gloveboxes feel
cheaply put together, the fake wood near the gear
lever is very plasticky and the doorpads arent all
that special either. Still, the cabin is quite practical,
with plenty of space to store things like bottles,
phones and other odds and ends and you do get
the convenience of keyless go and a start-stop
button as well.

ROAD ROlleR

I head out again, but this time, onto regular,


sealed roads outside the massive construction
site Ive been driving in and around. Time to pay
attention to things like driving position, general
visibility and ease of manoeuvrability; all of which
are surprisingly good. I dont say this lightly,
because Jakarta has traffic patterns very similar
to our own, with bikers jinking in and out and
cars always trying to give you the squeeze. And
what makes things easier is the fact that the
driving position is great. The seat is powered,
the steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake
and even visibility out the rear is quite good, due
to all that glass at the back and the nicely set-up
reversing camera.
The rear-wheel-drive only version Im driving
is powered by the smaller 2.4-litre motor that will
also propel the new Innova back home in India.

Third row is now even more comfortable.

Flexible seating easily reconfigured for luggage space; rear seat much improved, has much more thigh support and legroom; front seats are larger too.
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New Fortuner is better insulated;


centre console, instrument panel
and steering look attractive.

Touchscreen gets Mirror-Link app for your phone.

Paddle shifts help make best use of power on hand.

Power mode best suited to the bulk of this car.

Known as the 2GD-FTV, it puts out 150hp and is


mated to Toyotas new AC60 six-speed automatic.
Idle is a bit gravelly and though it isnt too loud,
this is clearly a diesel. Refinement levels, however,
improve as soon as I set off from rest. The engine
smoothens up quite nicely around 2,200rpm,
there isnt much turbo lag and a meaty slug of
torque comes in at around the same time, making
it comfortable to drive at city speeds.

The new diesel engine also spins smoothly to


3,000rpm, with a linear increase in power and
torque, which makes the new Fortuner shift quite
smartly. In fact, the engine pulls pretty well till
around 3,800rpm, but demanding more power
and performance after that comes with a few
penalties. The motor strains hard, gets quite vocal
and performance isnt very strong either. And
whats not nice is that the din gets louder still

as you approach 4,500rpm. So, while I find that


driving the Fortuner 2.4 in city traffic is quite
effortless and cruising on open highways even
at relatively high speeds is easily manageable,
overtaking, even in fast-flowing traffic, is a bit
of a chore. You have to plan your moves well in
advance, you have to be patient and if the car in
question decides it doesnt want to be overtaken,
you could be in for a bit of a dice. As on the

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Theres a considerable amount


of roll, still it drives with plenty
of confidence and agility.
Innova, there are three driving modes; Eco,
Normal and Power, and for faster traffic, its best
to use Power, that significantly improves the
amount of grunt you have at lower and medium
engine speeds.
Thankfully, well also get the more powerful
177hp 2.8-litre diesel in India, and performance
with that engine will be much stronger. It has
27hp more power and a lot more torque, so, it
should be much quicker and importantly, more
effortless. Toyota will launch the 2.4-litre version
too at a later stage, but we suggest you only look
at it if you are chauffeur driven.
What impresses me much more is the new
Fortuners ride and handling. The new chassis

is clearly stiffer and, as a result, the redone


suspension needs to work less to deliver the same
amount of suppleness or grip. This has allowed
Toyota to use slightly softer springs and more
absorbent dampers, improving the ride quality of
the new Fortuner.
This is demonstrated time and time again
over some of the less-than-perfect roads we
encounter in Jakarta. Even though some of the
sections are quite bad, the Fortuner just seems
to glide over them more often than not. Larger
holes and deeper ruts do cause it to display
some of its underlying stiffness and the
destabilising effect of all the unsprung mass
being flung around (the heavy wheels and heavy

suspension arms) is still felt too, but that rocking,


always-on-the-move ride quality associated with
the earlier Fortuner currently sold here has been
largely eradicated.
What the new Fortuner also manages to
do, quite nonchalantly, is remain unfazed at
speed. Jakartas intra-city highways are four
lanes wide and super quick and Im genuinely
impressed with how easily it copes with the speed.
Remember, this is a full-on body-on-frame SUV
with a 225mm ground clearance and 700mm of
water-wading ability. And that means most of
the heavy bits are up there on the second floor.
But the new Fortuner, in fact, is so stable, it
holds on to extremely high speeds with almost

India will get more powerful 2.8 version with 177hp.

Roof-mounted air-con vents work quite well at rear.

Central screen also gets informative trip computer.

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the ride is much


flatter and more
settled, and it even
feels a bit more agile
around corners.
no additional input at the wheel. Still, impressive
high-speed stability isnt the Fortuners only
party trick. Toyota has also improved the new
Fortuners brakes by a fair margin. The new
Fortuner gets 17-inch discs at the front and
stopping power, bite and pedal modulation are
much improved. I find myself braking with
plenty of confidence deep into corners, allowing
myself to carry an impressive amount of speed
into corners and the brakes help deliver plenty
of peace of mind in free-flowing traffic too,
where you need the extra bite to stop this beast
in a hurry.
Whats also much improved is handling. Yes,
the new Fortuner still rolls like the Titanic and
this is a bit disconcerting initially, but the new,
stiffer chassis, better-balanced suspension and
the nicer steering all contribute to make this car
reasonably agile to drive, even over something
like a winding road. And this, quite honestly,
comes as a bit of a shock. No, it isnt quite up
there with competition like the Endeavour and it
still is big, heavy and sometimes quite ponderous.
But like that fat man who can dance, it has a
fairly good sense of balance. And that makes it

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so much more relaxing to drive in corners. The


steering, though good at speed, remains heavy
at city speeds and this can be quite an irritant if
you want to swap lanes in slow traffic. The Ford
Endeavours much lighter steering helps mask its
bulk much better.

sTAkINg ClAIM

The new Fortuner is a big step forward for


Toyota. It looks much more appealing, is
more comfortable on the inside, rides and drives
better, feels tougher and even more indestructible.
Some of the plastics on the inside arent as good
as they could have been, the engine should have
been more refined and the new Fortuner is likely
to be more expensive as well. A well-specified one
is expected to cost between Rs 28 and 30 lakh
when Toyota will finally launch it here towards
the end of the year. Still, if youve always liked the
Fortuner, youre likely to be absolutely delighted
with this new one, which all things considered, is
a big, big step forward. Just dont expect it to walk
all over the competition like the earlier one did. AI

toyota Fortuner 2.4 G a/t


Price from
Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase
Engine
Power
Torque
Gearbox
Suspension (f-r)
Tyres

Rs 28-30 lakh (estimated)


4795mm
1855mm
1835mm
2745mm
4 cyls, 2393cc, turbo-diesel
149.6hp at 3400rpm
400.1Nm at 1600-2000rpm
6-speed auto
Independent, double wishbone,
coil spring/anti-rollbar, 4-link, coil spring
265/65 R17

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EXCLUSIVE

Clean
A4 sheet

It may look like just an evolution, but under the skin, the all-new Audi A4 comes with the
latest tech. Hormazd Sorabjee drives the new compact luxury sedan to see how much of
a leap forward it really is.
PhotograPhy Luc Lacey

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s this really the all-new Audi A4? As I


approached the car from the rear, it got me
wondering. No doubt, Audis latest sedan looks
more striking when you move to the front,
but its still an all-too-familiar design that
comes across as a facelift rather than something
completely new.
I first saw the new A4 at its public debut in
the 2015 Frankfurt motor show and again at the
Geneva Motor Show this year, but under the glare
of spotlights which highlight every line of the shiny
metalwork, the cars design wasnt quite put into
perspective. But here in the car park at Autocar HQ
in London, I have to admit I found the new A4s
looks a tad underwhelming.
Its possibly because the last A4 was launched
way back in 2008, so my expectations for
something that looked refreshingly different
were pretty high. Its also because the bar in
the compact luxury sedan segment has been
dramatically raised. In the past eight years, the
Audi A4 has had to contend with more competition
(Volvo S60 and Jaguar XE) whilst traditional rivals
like the BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class have
leaped a generation ahead with all-new models.

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In fact, the 3-series has just moved further ahead


in the lifecycle race with the launch of the facelift
at the 2016 Auto Expo. Hence, Audi cant bring
the all-new A4 a day too soon, but when it finally
comes to our shores, will it leapfrog its rivals?
At first glance, you would think Audi has its
work cut out because unlike the fresh and more
athletic looking all-new Q7, which has a completely
different personality to its gargantuan predecessor,
the new A4 doesnt stray from the script, wearing
the same understated and conservative look
as before. But whilst it may not look fresh and
exciting, you cant help but be impressed with the
A4s superb proportions and clean, well-sculpted
body with lots of interesting details in true
Audi tradition.
Audis signature hexagonal grille is a tad larger
than before whilst the headlamps which have
bi-xenon bulbs as standard, are slimmer with an
interesting kink at the bottom. The tail-lights,
which now taper sharply into the bootlid are also
new. In fact, every body panel which has sharper
creases is completely new and a lot of work has
gone into improving the aerodynamics of the car,
and the A4s drag coefficient of 0.23 is a record

for the class. To reduce drag, the underbody is


now smoother and there are smart details like the
door-mounted mirrors (instead of at the base of
the A-pillar) which improve airflow. Theres lots of
serious engineering work thats gone into the Audi
A4, which despite being longer and wider, is now
120kg lighter than before, but more significantly,
its even lighter than the equivalently specced
3-series, C-class and XE.
The key to the new A4s lightweight
construction is the Volkswagen Groups
MLB platform made of a mixture of aluminium
and steel, which underpins cars with a
longitudinally mounted engine. However, the
weight loss hasnt only come from the body, and
in fact, engineers have relentlessly shaved kilos
from other bits like the suspension, brakes,
steering and wiring systems. So whilst the
design maybe evolutionary, the new A4 with
all its technological advances doesnt get more
contemporary under the skin.

INSIDE THRILLS

And you cant get a better cabin either, especially


if its sheer quality youre after. The Mercedes

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C-class cabin design may still have a bit more


drama but for sheer craftsmanship, the A4 takes it
to another level.
The flat-bottomed steering (optional) and
chunky gear lever that is standard on the S-Line
trim are exquisitely finished with perforated
leather, and since these are the two controls you
always touch, they serve as a constant reminder of
the premium materials Audi has used throughout
the cabin.
There are no shiny plastics, but instead softtouch materials everywhere and all the knobs and
buttons rotate or click with a nice heft. The knurled
air-con knobs with the temperature control display
neatly integrated in the centre (now standard on
every new-gen Audi since the TT) is brilliantly
detailed. Even something mundane like the
cigarette-lighter socket cover has a knurled finish!
The big highlight is Audis brilliant Virtual
Cockpit thats making its way into future Audis. We
first experienced it on the TT and then lived with it
for 20,000km in the new Q7 when we drove from
Ingolstadt to India last year, and can safely say that
it will be a huge selling point for the A4 over its
rivals whose infotainment and navigation systems
look outdated in comparison.
The Virtual Cockpit replaces the conventional
instrument cluster with a massive high-definition
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The silent way the


suspension works,
muffling out bumps
and expansions
joints, adds to the
sense of calm.

Interior quality is taken to a different level and


easily best in class; theres not a cheap bit in sight.
screen which can be configured to display the
navigation map, infotainment and car information,
apart from the speedometer and tachometer. Also,
with the navigation moved to the virtual cockpit,
the regular 7.0-inch dash-mounted screen is freed
up to display other information. Also, the display
is now a touchscreen and designed to operate like
a smartphone with functions like pinch to zoom
in and swipe to scroll the navigation map. Theres
Audis own MMI interface, which now has the knob
rotating the right way, but for those not familiar
with Audis proprietary interface, the A4 also
comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which
essentially replicate your smartphone functions and
menus onto the dash-mounted display. This option
to operate the infotainment system may be the
most familiar, but I preferred using the traditional
twirl-and-click functions of the MMI its far
less distracting than pressing an icon on a screen,
especially on a bumpy road.
The interiors functional design could have been
more imaginative, but like the exterior, its lowkey and exudes quality. The dashboard has lots of
horizontal elements like full-width decorative strips
and air-con vents, which accentuate the width of
the cabin. Theres decent storage space as well, but
what really stands out at night is the classy, cool,
white lighting on our test car.
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The virtual cockpit is a highlight that owners will love.


Front seats are bigger
than before and
generously bolstered.

Space in the rear considerably increased, but seat still little short on thigh support.
Watch the new Audi A4 using
ALIVE. App details on p15.

Cockpit has classy lighting. Gets Apple CarPlay.

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Strong 190hp 2.0 TDI engine and


lightweight body gives the new
A4 class-leading performance.
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New A4 more agile and responsive


than before but still not a very
engaging car to drive.

The increases in dimensions have translated


to increased passenger room and its safe to say
that the A4 is the most spacious car in its class.
The front seats are very generous with lots of
room to suit anyone, whilst at the rear, headroom
and legroom are surprisingly good too, and the
scooped out backs of the front seats liberate a few
more crucial inches. But, lets be clear. The A4
is a compact luxury sedan and if youre looking
primarily for chauffeur-driven comfort and back
seat space, youd be far better off in a Camry or
Superb, if youre not fussy about the badge. Also,
the A4s high transmission tunnel makes seating
three passengers at the back a bit awkward. The
boot, however, is a very useful 480 litres.

MURMURS OF POWER

In international markets, the A4 comes with a wide


range of engines; three petrols and four diesels of
varying power outputs. Its not clear which engines
will make it to India, but at launch, we are likely to
get a more powerful 190hp variant of the EA288
2.0-litre diesel thats just been introduced in the
Superb. VW plans to locally assemble the EA288
to save costs, which makes it the de facto 2.0-litre
engine for any of the VW Group brands, including
Audi. As is normal practice, Audi will offer the A4
to Indian customers with automatic transmission,
a manual wont even be an option. So it was the 2.0
TDI mated to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic
gearbox that I opted to drive.
It takes less than a kilometre to realise that the
new A4 scores big on refinement. Engine, road and
wind noise are so well contained that at cruising
speeds, the car is remarkably hushed. Its only
when you accelerate hard that you hear a murmur
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The 480-litre boot is well shaped and practical.

All-new bi-xenon headlights now slimmer.

Door handles lift upwards and feel great to hold.

Tail-lights slimmer too, taper sharply into bootlid.

A4 will mainly be sold with EA288 2.0-litre diesel and 7-speed DSG transmission.
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from under the hood, but compared to the coarser
sounding BMW 320d and Mercedes C 250 d weve
tested elsewhere in this issue, the Audi 2.0 TDI
feels quite un-diesel like.
And unlike the 320d, which packs quite a punch
in the mid-range thanks to its peakier torque curve,
the A4s power delivery is more progressive. Thats
not to say the A4 isnt quick. In fact, the Audi sedan
builds up speed deceptively thanks to the smooth
engine and linear way in which the healthy peak
torque of 400Nm kicks in.
Engine response is pretty good thanks to
reduced turbo lag and the updated 7-speed DSG
transmission, which gets a new software, feels far
more alert than before. In Sport mode, it waits
for the redline before upshifting, and downshifts
are more aggressive too. You really dont need
to manually intervene by using the paddle-shifts
except on a twisty road where you would want
more control.
The A4s dynamic character hasnt changed in
the sense that providing an easy driving experience
is still a clear priority over driver involvement.
However, thats not to say ride and handling hasnt
taken a big leap forward. It has, to make the A4 a
far more relaxed car to drive than before, especially
on the highway where the excellent straight-line
stability gives you immense confidence to hold
high speeds all day long. Ride comfort too is
simply superb thanks to a supple suspension which
manages to nicely round-off the rare sharp edges
we found on UK roads, even with the larger 17-inch
rims. The India-spec car is likely to get 16-inch

The A4s character


hasnt changed and
a relaxed driving
experience is still
a priority over
driver involvement.

wheels with taller tyres to expect an extra layer of


cushioning which is useful on our roads. Adding
to the sense of calm is the silent way in which
the suspension works, muffling out bumps and
expansions joints.
What comes as a pleasant surprise is the A4s
steering, which is now quicker and more responsive
than anything weve experienced in an Audi sedan.
Theres a lot more front-end bite and the A4 is
more eager to turn into corners. The front five-link
suspension has been completely redesigned which
surely helps but its also the increased torsional
rigidity which gives you sense of cohesiveness.
However, when you push hard, youll find the
steering is ultimately lacking in feel and the noseheavy, under-steery setup does take away some
of the fun factor. Ultimately, it doesnt engage the
driver like a 3-series, which has the advantage of
rear-wheel-drive adjustability that true enthusiasts
love. So, on a road where the 3-series or Jag XE will
have you grinning from ear-to-ear, the A4, at best,
will put a smile on your face.
No doubt, the A4 could have done with a more
imaginative design and a bit more personality,
but Audi has instead developed a car that widens
the appeal to its core audience. Its superbly
built, inside and out, and comes with more class
and sophistication. Looking at the way Audi has
aggressively priced its new launches, you can
expect the base A4 to be priced competitively under
Rs 40 lakh when it goes on sale this September.
Audi finally has the firepower to win the luxury
compact sedan war. AI

Engine, road noise and wind noise


are so well contained that at cruising
speeds, the car is remarkably hushed.

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4726mm
1842mm
1427mm
2820mm
2.0 TDI
190hp @ 3800-4200rpm
400Nm @ 1750-3000rpm
7-speed DSG automatic
(F-R) Independent 5-link axle with aluminium
wishbone/ Independent 5-link axle with tie rod
225/50 R17
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THE FORCE AWAKENS


Engine downsizing is the latest improvement to the Porsche sportscar formula, and of course,
purists are furious. Gavin DSouza goes to Yas Marina to see if all the magic is still there.

ou dont need to have owned a Porsche to


know the fanaticism that surrounds them.
You dont need to have driven one. Hell,
you neednt have even sat in one. But if
you love cars, and follow their history,
you will undoubtedly know that Porsche
fans are possibly the most die-hard nostalgics out
there. In recent years, the internet and magazines
have been awash with protests about the death of
the manual gearbox in Porsches GT and Turbo
cars, or the introduction of gimmicks like rearwheel steering, and before that, there was the
shift to electric power steering that had everyone
up in arms. Look further back and youll find
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water cooling would end the 911 for good. Now,


however, it would seem Stuttgarts blasphemy
has hit a new low, as the legendary carmaker
has turned to engine downsizing in its two most
prolific sportscars. Hell hath no fury like a Porsche
fan scorned, but nevertheless, the company is
changing with the times, and now, Boxsters and
Carreras will come with smaller, turbocharged
engines. Only.

WINDS OF CHANGE

Ive never been one to jump on the hype


bandwagon without at least seeing it for myself,
but as we pull into the Yas Marina circuit paddock
in Abu Dhabi, even Im a little sceptical. The 911

Carrera and Carrera S have moved down from


normally aspirated 3.4-litre and 3.8-litre flat-six
engines to a new twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six in two
different states of tune. Power outputs, of course,
have gone up, but the more significant rise is in
torque, all of it being made a whole lot lower down
now. With 420hp at 6,500rpm and 500Nm from
just 1,700rpm, Im not too worried about the fate
of the new 911 Carrera S. No, the one Im more
concerned about is the Boxster. Its now called the
718 Boxster, a seemingly unnecessary numeric
throwback to a racing car from decades past. The
common factor between the old 718 and the new
one is the use of a flat-four engine, and thats a
big deal. Im picturing, quite vividly, the last time
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I drove a Boxster, and after maybe the incredibly


sharp steering, the thing that lingers the longest in
my memory is the wail of that naturally aspirated
flat six ringing away just inches behind my head.
And now I know it wont be there anymore.
Our first stint is out on the street in the 718
(a number that just refuses to grow on me), and
immediately, theres bad news. A huge accident on
the motorway means we have to weave our way
through a sea of angry Land Cruisers and Nissan
Patrols. Im not even driving at the moment, but
I can feel the change through my ears and the
seat of my pants. The 2.0-litre boxer four may
have 300hp, but right now, it sounds laboured
as it lurches into gaps in traffic, like every last
cubic centimetre is being stretched too thin to
achieve that incredible specific output. I can soon
corroborate that information, as once the driver

swap happens, though the traffic is flowing now,


it always feels like theres a cushion of resistance
underneath the accelerator pedal. A little hump of
forced induction you have to cross every time you
want to make progress. All I can think of is that
old naturally aspirated car.
The rest is all there a compliant ride, a sporty
feeling cabin, the (optional, as with most things on
every Porsche) sports steering wheel from the 918
supercar and a slightly new take on the Boxsters
double-bubble AC vents. Theres even a brand new
touchscreen interface also available in the 911
thats just miles ahead of Porsches old system
in its look and functionality, and something I
hope will be implemented across the VW Group
in the future (Im looking at you, Bentley). There
are plenty of great new details on the outside too.
Porsches new four-dot signature light motif

Same name, different game. Carrera gets turbo six.

New 718 name a nod to old flat-four racing cars.

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has been applied to the Boxsters headlamps and


tail-lamps with great effect, and theres a nice little
black strip that runs along the base of the rear
boot with the word Porsche mounted on it.

PROVING GROUND

We drive back to the track, and I really want to


give this car another chance. Maybe I just dont
want to be on that bandwagon full of haters. The
good news is, right from C1, it starts winning
me over. When I start to wind it open, Im soon
reminded of that magic that made it all special
in the first place. Theres that amazing steering
again, so quick and incredibly sharp. Then theres
the chassis the weight distribution is so spot-on,
that the Boxster just seems to rotate around your
waist through every corner. Its still playful as ever,
breaking traction easily enough, but also being
malleable enough to easily bring back into line,
and this is despite the new rear tyres that are an
inch wider than before.
But what about that engine? When its at full
chat, it doesnt sound all that bad. The grizzly
rumble has turned into a deep bellow, especially
on this car with the sports exhaust. In all honesty,
it sounds like a rally car a flat-four turbo, just
like a Subaru Impreza. Thats pretty high praise,
but its just not the same. I hope Im not turning
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New Carrera S
does 100kph in
3.9sec. Impressive
by any standard.
into one of those nostalgics as I bury the throttle
down the straight. As for the power, it doesnt feel
as strung out or stretched here on the track, but it
does feel unequivocally turbocharged. The slight
delay, followed by a strong mid-range thrust is
addictive in its own right, but just like the sound,
its not quite the same.
Interestingly, while the last Boxster was sold
in India in the more powerful S guise, this one
will be sold as the less powerful standard version.
Thats a shame, because Ive now jumped into
a 718 Boxster S, and the engine is just so much
better. It too is a flat four, but the displacement
is up to 2.5 litres, the power is now 300hp and
torque is 380Nm. Immediately, this motor feels
more effortless, revving a lot more freely and with
a seemingly wider powerband. You can tell that
this motor has a lot more to give further down the
line, and though Porsche wont confirm it just yet,
I get the feeling future GTS and GT4 models will
use higher-strung versions of this one.

911 range. The one that wears the Turbo badge


has always been the range-topper, for those
who want ultimate power, combined with all
the creature comforts. Its the most a 911 can
give not counting the hair-brained GT2 models
that come along every once in a while and is
hallowed ground for purists. So what an upset it
must be that even the base 911 is turbocharged
now, right? Well, just to clear things up, the new
911 Turbo S makes 580hp and will crack the ton in
2.9sec; the new Carrera S cannot do that.
What it can do, when equipped with the PDK
dual-clutch gearbox, is 0-100kph in 3.9sec! Thats
impressive, whichever way you slice it, but more
so when you consider this car has 160hp less than
the big, bad Turbo S. Its also now available with
the option of rear-wheel steering, which as weve
seen on Turbo and GT models in the past, angles
the rear wheels ever so slightly as you steer, to
make the car corner sharper.
Like the Boxster, it too has been given the
slightest of visual tweaks to go with the upgrade.
Again, Porsches new four dot LED signature
is dominant in the headlamps, whichever option
you choose of course there are headlamp

New 3.0 motor almost feels naturally aspirated.

New tail-lamps are subtle but intricate.

THE PRODIGAL SON

If you thought Porsche fans were sensitive


about the Boxster, you should ask them how
they feel about the 911. The pitchforks would
surely have been sharpened for this one, because
turbocharging already has a special place in the

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Bolt-upright dash and five dials is the 911 trademark. Still feels incredibly special.

Insane amounts of mechanical grip from


the 911 encourage you to drive better.

Rear tyres now an inch wider; dual central pipes signify optional sports exhaust.

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Engine may be new, but


Boxsters frisky, playful
nature hasnt changed.

New four-dot motif features prominently.

Turbo four cant match flat six for sound.

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Boxsters minimalist cabin returns with a few updates in the 718.

New touchscreen unit is super slick.


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bury your foot


and the new 4 cyl
boxster sounds
like a rally car.
options, this is Porsche. The motif is replicated
in the tail-lamps too, which are now threedimensional shapes and not just flat glass. Finally,
new shapes for the intakes at the front and the
vents at the rear, as well as new LED running
lamps in the nose.
Immediately, the new 3.0 turbo motor is more
convincing. Theres almost no lag and it bursts to
life with such incredible enthusiasm. The first lefthander out of the pits comes a lot sooner than I
expect and where I had to be cautious through the
next S-bend with the frisky 718, the 911 just grips
so damn hard. It too has had an inch added to the
width of its rear tyres, and its grabbing the tarmac
so tight that my eyeballs are starting to hurt a little.
I forget the engine for a moment and revel in just
how good this chassis still is the Boxster makes
you want to mess around and overstep the limit,
the 911 makes you want to concentrate and get a
better lap time.
A quick car swap, and Im told the one Im
stepping into has the rear-steer option box
checked. Another gimmick, I cynically decide,
but again, two corners is all it takes to convince
me witchcraft is at work. Its just so much more
eager to divebomb an apex, requires less input,
and comes out the other end with less drama. I
will concede, those who track-drive their 911s hard
might prefer the more natural feel that comes
without it, but if youre a casual driver that wants
to go quicker, tick that option box.
If you option the right set of sporty acronyms
from the list, you also get the Sport Performance
button, which sits on a stalk inside the steering
wheel. Apart from letting you choose driving
modes, pushing the button gives you 20 seconds
of heightened performance. No, its not an
overboost button like you might expect, but
instead, it locks the motor at high revs no matter
what mode the cars in. Down the straight is when
I push it, and its made a believer out of me. This
engine is just pure gold. It revs to the heavens, it
sounds like a proper Porsche flat six, and unlike

the 718 Boxster, it just does not feel turbocharged!


Low revs, high revs, mid-range the power
is always there, and even on the road, it feels
completely natural. They have truly knocked this
one out of the park.

HIGH ASPIRATIONS

Forced induction love it or hate it, its here to


stay. The Boxsters new motors must have been
a bit of a challenge, and its evident in the way
Porsche added 718 to the cars name to give it
some more credence. The base 2.0-litre motor is
not as convincing as the 2.5 in the Boxster S, and
the lesser car is the one were getting in India.
But then again, thats only if youve experienced
the old car to the fullest for many first-time
buyers, the performance and the sound will be
more than enticing enough. The 911 on the other
hand, is a clear a step forward. It doesnt feel
downsized, and if they werent explicitly told it

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Tyres (F-R)

was, most would not even realise it. The best part,
though, is neither car has lost that incredible
chassis feel in the process, and thats really the big
reason to choose a Porsche. By the way, since both
these motors are now below 3,000cc, they have to
be homologated for India (in fact, its underway as
you read this).
Prices arent officially announced, but sources
tell us that the new 911 will be launched later
this month with prices starting at Rs 1.42 crore
for the entry model 911 Carrera coup whilst the
Carrera S coup is more expensive Rs 1.63 crore
(ex-showroom, Delhi). The good news is that the
718 Boxster, with its smaller engine and lower
import price, now falls into a low duty bracket
and will be launched at an estimated Rs 85 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi) which is around Rs 20 lakh
cheaper than the previous Boxster! Thats just
one more thing to look forward to when the 718 is
launched in September this year. AI

PorSChe 911 Carrera S

PorSChe 718 boXSter

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1302mm
2450mm
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420hp at 6500rpm
500Nm at 1700-5000rpm
7-speed dual clutch auto
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1281mm
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300hp at 6500rpm
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big cat
calling

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Renuka Kirpalani gets


behind the wheel of
Jaguars first shot at the
SUV segment, the F-Pace.
So, how much substance
backs all that style?
PhotograPhy damian blakemore

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Jaguar F-Pace | Drive

land in the small Balkan country of Montenegro


to be greeted by stunning views and fabulous
driving roads snaking around the hills.
Probably perfect to test a sports car but hardly
the playground for a practical SUV/crossover,
I think to myself. But then, thats just what the
people at Jaguar want us to experience. That their
first foray into the segment is not only as practical
as a BMW X3 or an Audi Q5, but is also as thrilling
to drive as a Porsche Macan. At the same time,
Jaguar also wants to establish how different its
long-awaited SUV is to models from sister firm
Land Rovers line-up.
This is most apparent from the appearance of
the car from the word go. The F-Pace is a stunner
and you can see a lot of the Jaguar DNA in the
long bonnet, short overhangs and also the tailtights and fender vents that are very similar to
the F-type sports cars. What I love is the way the
metal is tautly stretched across, with gently formed
creases giving it the right amount of muscle. The
proportions and the steeply raked front and rear
windscreens give it a very sporty stance and

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using ALIVE. App details on p15.

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The F-Paces gentle


creases give it just the
right amount of muscle.

Jag focused on making


this an involving SUV
to drive. It is and how!
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Its as practical
as a Q5 and as
thrilling as a Macan.
almost make you forget this is a crossover;
its like an aerodynamic wedge cutting through
the air even when stationary. Why I vacillate
between crossover and SUV is because Jaguars
press communications all say crossover, but in
conversation with the engineers, they say SUV. As
I was told, the team behind the F-Pace didnt want
to step on Land Rovers toes but the final product
was so different, they are happy with the SUV
moniker too.
Jaguars focus is on the S in SUV and the cabin
design is in keeping with that approach. The dash
is similar to what weve seen on the XE and the
now familiar cowl that runs across the bottom of
the windscreen to the windows is really sporty. The
interior of the car is well appointed with doublestitched leather covering the top half of the dash
and the plush leather seats. However, the lower
half of the dash is finished in more rudimentary
plastic and the 2.0-litre diesel variant did have
a very basic manual lock button for the steering
height adjust. Still, overall, you do get the luxury
experience. Tech junkies will be happy to know
the F-Pace gets Jaguars latest InControl touch
infotainment system. The interface is clean, its
intuitive and easy to use and also responds well
to swipes and drags akin to a smartphone. An
added gizmo is a waterproof band you can wear,
which works as a key leaving you to secure your
actual key and valuables inside the car when
you want to play a sport or hit the beach. Its a
thoughtful inclusion.
The Jag does well on space and practicality too.
Boot space is a massive 650 litres, which is more
than the X3, Q5 or the Macan. And thats without
compromising rear legroom.
But the F-Paces raison dtre is to be involving
to drive. It is, and how! Let me begin with the
3.0-litre diesel version which is an absolute delight
to drive. Put your foot down and what you get

little brother

The 2.0-engined F-Pace


is lighter and feels more
dynamically sound.
the 2.0 actually feels a little more dynamically
But what aBout the 2.0-litre diesel that
sound, diving into corners a little more eagerly.
will have wider appeal in India? well, there is
however, the steering is heavier than the 3.0s.
a yawning gap between the two engines. while
So much so that I had to do a quick check to
the 2.0-litre engine is no slouch, its not exactly
see that I was not
exciting either. It does
driving in Dynamic
the job and you dont
mode. the 2.0 diesel
lack for power but
engine-equipped
often and especially
car also has the
on inclines, it lets you
slightly firmer edge
hear how hard its
over sharper road
working. use it at part
disturbances. Still,
throttle, in a more
with the way this car
relaxed manner and
handles, it suffices
it works just fine. this
to say that even
engine is clearly tuned
in Dynamic mode,
more for efficiency
the ride quality is
and better emissions.
Being lighter though,
2.0 motor tuned for efficiency and better emissions. quite exceptional.

The long bonnet, fender


vents and short overhangs
reflect Jaguar DNA.

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Jaguar F-Pace | Drive

Plush leather seats are trademark of Jag luxury.

Rear is roomy; sunroof, windows aid spacious feel.

Interiors well appointed with


double-stitched leather on
the top half of the dash.
is serious punch from the engine. It propels you
forward at an incredibly quick pace but in such a
buttery-smooth manner that you often dont realise
the speeds youre doing. The delightful eight-speed
ZF gearbox is smooth and swaps cogs so efficiently
that I barely need to use the paddles, but when I
do punch at them, it shifts in an instant. With a
0-100kph time of just 6.2 seconds, its a direct
rival to the Macan S diesel.
The roads that have been earmarked for the
drive are brilliant and the corners come up fast.
The F-Pace dives into corners on demand and with
an agility that makes the whole driving experience
just so exciting. Jaguar has nailed the steering
too it offers just the right amount of feedback.
Winding up the hillside, the F-Pace feels like the
mountain goats alongside and is at complete ease
climbing up corner after corner. Thanks to the
perfect weight distribution, the F-Pace lets you
go flying into corners, stomp hard on the brakes
and then accelerate cleanly out with the body
moving cleanly in one fluid motion. The F-Pace
never gets rattled even with quick changes of
direction and on long sweeping corners, it just
urges you to push harder.
What makes the F-Pace an agile car is the
fabulous chassis and the torque-on-demand from
the all-wheel-drive system thats derived of the
F-type. Rear-wheel driven normally, the F-Pace
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can transfer up to 50 percent to the front wheels


as and when necessary to give you oodles of
grip. There are various driving modes and in
Dynamic, you have the option of an individual
setting too which allows you to adjust the engine,
steering, suspension or gearbox or then all four
to respond faster.
There is also the Adaptive Surface Response
from Land Rover that identifies the kind of surface
and optimises the mapping of powertrain, steering
and dynamic stability control. This ensures you
can do a fair amount of the rough stuff in the
F-Pace too. The All Surface Progress control can
even literally drive for you in difficult conditions,
controlling the throttle and brakes as required
when you need to pull away cleanly. But should
you want to operate those yourself, there is also the
option of selecting Low Friction Launch. So yes,
the F-Pace serves up a fair amount of off-roading
capability as well.
The F-Pace ticks off boxes like an A-grade
student, but in India, its the back seat that will
require the best marks and I have to say that the
new Jaguar doesnt disappoint there either. Its
spacious enough to make its rivals sit up and take
notice and as far as ride quality goes, I have to say
I was blown away.
At the outset, I had said Jaguar wanted to set
itself apart from Land Rover and it has. Comparing

Massive 650-litre boot bigger than X3, Q5 or Macan.


the two would be like comparing Madonna to
Madhubala, both great, but in very different ways.
The F-Pace offers up the right measures of sexy
styling, practicality, comfort and thrill quotient.
Whether its the Audi Q5, the BMW X3 or the
Porsche Macan, the F-Pace is perfectly capable of
taking on the competition and even beating them.
Pricing will play a key factor as to whether it can
do that in India and we expect it to sit in between
the German duo and the Macan when its launched
around Diwali. Should you buy one? Hell yes,
would be my answer and if you enjoy driving, Id
pick the 3.0-litre over the 2.0-litre diesel. AI

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2874mm
4 cyls, 1999cc/V6, 2993cc turbo-diesel
179.5hp at 4000rpm/300.5hp at 4000rpm
430Nm at 1750-2500rpm/700nm at 2000rpm
8-speed auto
650 litres
255/50 R20
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Mahindra NuvoSport

No 853
N8 MT/N8 AMT

less than a year after the launch of its TuV300, mahindra has launched
another sub-four-metre SuV. We find out whats different.
PRice Rs 7.41-9.21 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) ON sAle Now 0-100kPH 17.22/21.09sec
TOP sPeed 149/147kph kPl (OVeRAll) 13.0/12.15kpl

PHOTOGRAPHY Kuldeep chaudhari

FOR Low-end torque l Space and practicality l Tough build


AGAINST Interior design and quality l Bouncy ride

l Aggressive new face a big departure

l New mHawk100 engine is a more

l 16-inch wheels are standard and

l Heavy dose of black cladding helps

from Quantos awkward Xylo-like look.

powerful version of TUV300s motor.

look smart in top-spec with alloys.

disguise the slab-sided profile.

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spring setup at the rear, and the


steering, as before, is hydraulically
power assisted. So, under those
Quanto-sourced body panels and that
new face, the NuvoSport is identical
to the TUV300 mechanically.

inTeRiORs

, but black cladding


Rear looks identical to Quanto ch-needed relief.
and accents give it some mu

hen Mahindra launched the


Quanto in 2012, it was easy
to view it cynically as just a
chopped-down Xylo a
quick and easy entry into the
compact SUV segment, which was
still in its infancy then. Was it an
MPV or an SUV? The answer wasnt
very clear. On the other hand, you
had to hand it to M&M for getting the
job done with the resources available.
Alas, it didnt do well enough to stick
around for very long. Then came the
TUV300, which though a little rough
around its very angular edges, at
least felt like an all-new vehicle, and
found its own niche in the compact
SUV class. Now, less than a year after
that, the Quanto is back with a new
name NuvoSport a new face and
all-new chassis too. Its much more
than just a facelift then, and that
warrants digging deeper under its
skin. In the process, we aim to find
out just where it fits not only in
relation to the competition, but
Mahindras own model range as well.

Design & engineeRing

l smart new leds are running lights

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Dramatic thats a good way to


describe the NuvoSports face. Gone
is the rather blunt-looking face of the
old Quanto (and Xylo) and in its
place is a rather interesting blend of
angles and creases. The challenge
was to give the car a new, more
SUV-like look without drastic
alterations to the Quantos body in
white. So, while the position of the
headlamps is more or less the same,
the bonnet has been raised with the
help of a big new bonnet intake (to
feed air to the new top-mounted
intercooler) and a pair of LED

eyebrow daytime-running lamps.


Lower down, theres a massive new
grille and an equally vast lower air
dam, flanked by round fog lamps.
From there rearward, the car is
identical to the Quanto. The doors,
windows and roof are as before, but
Mahindra has draped the bottom half
of the car in black cladding to good
effect; it keeps it from looking too
slab-sided. The 16-inch alloy wheels
look good too. Theres a lot more
black around the rear too, with more
cladding on the tailgate, a
blacked-out D-pillar and smoked taillamps. Its not a lot, but it does make
a slight difference.
The NuvoSport uses the Scorpio
and TUVs Gen 3 hydroformed
ladder-frame chassis, onto which the
old body has been mounted. That
makes it more rigid than the Quanto,
but surprisingly, at a portly 1,670kg,
the car overall is actually 30kg
heavier, not to mention several
hundred kilos more than its
monocoque rivals. It also gets the
same suspension setup as the
TUV300 and, likewise, its been
tuned by US-based Cayman
Engineering for a better ride and
handling balance, says Mahindra.
The layout is a fairly standard doublewishbone independent front
suspension, with a multi-link, coil-

The interior is not identical to the


TUV300 its identical to the
Quanto. Thats a huge
disappointment, as that car, in
turn, dates all the way back to the
original Xylo from 2009! The reason
is the same reason theyve retained
exterior panels for though the
chassis is new, the cars body-inwhite had to stay the same to keep
manufacturing costs in check and
with it, the placement and fit of most
of the interior panels were carried
over as well. So, you get the same
upright dash, awkward-looking
central AC vents and the same
central console, among other things.
Though they look old and hardwearing, to their credit, the
cupholders and cubbyholes in the
central stack are pretty useful. The
door pockets, however, are still too
small and narrow.
There are a few new bits to bring
this cabin more up to date. The
Xylos instrument binnacle gets
new chrome-ringed dials that look
a bit smarter, the AC and power
mode controls are lifted straight
from the TUV300, theres dual-tone
leatherette upholstery and a 6.2-inch
touchscreen (see box) dominates the
top of the dash. But some things are
still irksome in here. The doors have
speed-sensitive locks, but theres no
central lock-unlock button
anywhere in the cabin you have to
lift up the knob like its 1995; there
is an electronic fuel cap release
button though. The multi-info
display is annoyingly split between
the instrument binnacle and the
dash-top display, so while the trip
and odometer are where you expect,
you have to turn to the dashboard
for the fuel consumption, distance
to empty, optimum/selected gear
(essential in the AMT version) and
inside/outside temperature displays.
And finally, though it may have

With a new name, face and


chassis, the NuvoSport is more
than just a Quanto facelift.
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On The insiDe

l Fuel computer, optimal gear display and other info

sit on dash top, separate from regular odometer.

l Few controls and switches lifted from TUV300 are a

welcome addition to an otherwise old-looking cabin.

l No central lock/unlock button;

you have to lift the knob.

Still the same old interior as the Quanto and Xylo.


The design is utilitarian and fit and finish leaves a lot
to be desired. It has some practical storage though.
l Fit and finish in some areas is

still woefully sub-standard.

INFOTAINmeNT

Touchscreens are all the rage today, and


the Brezza was the first to bring it to this
class. The Nuvosports one is clearly an
aftermarket unit from kenwood. The
6.2-inch screens graphics are hard to read
in bright daylight, and its angled almost
downwards, making it harder still to use on
the move from the high perch. The shroud
it sits in seems like an afterthought and is
not well-integrated into the dash. Though
the unit is navigation-ready, the car has no
maps installed, and unlike
scorpio
and
Safe on the move.
Safethe
on the
move.
XUV, no other car functions
included.
Magna O variant
Magnaare
O variant
phone
it
gets dual front airbags. Purely for audio and
gets
dualfunctions,
front airbags.
gets the job done, but nothing more.

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The updates to the motor for


refinement and economy have
earned it the mHawk badge.
improved slightly from the days of
old, fit and finish in most places is
still below modern standards, and
some parts like the column stalks
and door locks clearly feel a
generation old.
The NuvoSport may seem similar
to the TUV300 in exterior
dimensions, but it actually has an
80mm longer wheelbase, and this
has translated directly to greater
legroom in the middle row. The boot,
at 412 litres (with the jump seats
folded away) also trumps the TUVs
384 litres. As ever with Mahindras
ladder-frame SUVs, you have to
climb two steps into the cabin, and
then a bit more into the seats. The
advantage here is a tall and
commanding driving position with a
great view in every direction. The
only trouble is, the NuvoSports
bonnet tapers quite sharply, and so if
youre not very tall, its hard to see the
front left corner of the car from the
drivers seat, especially going up a
steep slope.
Climb into the middle row and
youll find ample room in all
directions, and this is one area where
it truly trumps all its rivals, and how.
Its easy to fit three abreast here, and
even the tallest passengers wont
want for headroom or kneeroom. The
seats are a touch flat, though, and this
might hurt comfort over long
distances. The middle row can now
be split-folded 60:40 for a more
flexible luggage area and the backrest
can even be reclined. But theres one
caveat and thats the jump seats in
the boot. They have to be flipped
down to recline the middle row, and
doing so means no passengers and
limited luggage in the boot. The jump
seats have three positions flipped
up, opened, or flipped down the
first giving maximum luggage room,
the second letting passengers use
them, and the third letting the middle
row recline. And they are standard, so
you cant opt for more luggage and
two fewer seats, even if you wanted
to. Its good to see height-adjustable
seatbelts for the front seats, and while
theres a conventional three-point
system for two middle passengers
and a lap belt for the middle, there are
no seat belts for the rear jump seats.
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airbags are standard on the middle


and top trims, while they are optional
on the base trim too.

engine, geARbOx & peRfORmAnce


After all the similarities to the
TUV300, its no surprise to know that
the engine and gearboxes are
essentially the same too. This one,
however, is called mHawk100
instead of mHawk80 and that points
to its power output, which is
101.42hp (or 100bhp). The 1,493cc,
three-cylinder mill has had its torque
uprated to 240Nm, and both these
numbers are, incidentally, identical
to what you used to get in the Quanto.
But, Mahindra says, the
advancements to the motor since
then mostly for refinement and fuel
economy have earned it a place in
the mHawk engine family and to
that end, its closer related to the
TUV300s mHawk80 motor.
Fire it up and it feels that way too.
Its got the same clatter and vibration
at start-up, felt especially through the
tall manual gear lever, but then it
settles down to a surprisingly quiet
idle. In every aspect, this engine is at
its best at low revs, making you want
to shift up early and keep the revs
below 3,000, and you can put some
of this down to the well-tuned dualstage turbo and the dual-mass
flywheel. Beyond 3,000rpm, you
lose refinement and power starts to
fade too, and once youre past
3,800rpm, its all noise and no go.
The NuvoSport steps off the line
very eagerly, and the torque feels
strong enough to be able to do this
with a full load too. It pulls smoothly
and cleanly in traffic and the only
letdown here is the slightly rubbery
manual gearshift.
Then theres the optional fivespeed AMT. This is the same
Ricardo-sourced unit from the
TUV300, and while we were very
disappointed with its jerky and
inconsistent behaviour in that car, it
has been improved since. You can
feel a bit more smoothness in
everyday driving, provided youre
gentle with the accelerator, but it still
stutters a bit too much when you ask
a lot of it like in kickdown
acceleration and especially on a hill
start. It still has a long way to go,

Cabin is placed high, seats higher still; you feel like youre sitting on the car, not in it.

Huge space in second row; can be split and reclined, but only if third row isnt in use.

As with Quanto, jump seats are a tight fit with no seat belts; for limited use only.
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eNGiNe

Fuel
installation
displacement
Bore/stroke
compression ratio
Valve gear
Power
Torque
Power to weight
Torque to weight
specific output

Diesel
Front, longitudinal
1493cc
83.0x92.0mm
16.5:1
4 valve per cyl,
DOHC
101.43hp at 3750rpm
240nm at 16002800rpm
60.73/59.73hp
per tonne
143.71/141.34Nm
per tonne
67.94hp
per litre

TRANsmissiON

Type Rear-wheel drive


Gearbox 5-speed manual/AMT
Ratios/kph per 1000 rpm
1st 3.78/7.91 2nd 2.21/13.53
3rd 1.42/21.06 4th 1.00/29.91
5th 0.83/36.04
Final drive ratio 4.3:1

cHAssis & BOdY


construction
Weight
Tyres
spare

Five-door SUV,
body-on-frame
1670/1698kg
215/65 R16
Full size

sUsPeNsiON
Front
Rear

sTeeRiNG

Independent double
wishbone, coil springs
Non-independent,
multi-link, coil springs

Type
Type of power assist
Turning circle

BRAkes
Front
Rear
Anti-lock

Rack and Pinion


Hydraulic
11.0m

25.6sec
1670kg
The time it takes to go from 0-100kph in
eco mode; 8.4sec slower than Power.

kerb weight of the manual Nuvosport, making


it the heaviest car in the compact sUV segment.
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POTDAR DeSIGN

700mm (min)

595mm(min)

2760mm
3985mm

AcceleRATiON
kPH
0-10
0-20
0-30
0-40
0-50
0-60
0-70
0-80
0-90
0-100
0-110
0-120
0-130
0-140
1/4 mile

mANUAl
(PWR)
(ecO)
0.37
0.37
1.24
1.38
2.15
3.09
3.81
4.62
5.16
7.22
6.92
9.50
8.96 12.02
11.16 16.29
14.25 19.84
17.22 25.62
20.87 32.41
26.65 39.76
32.87
20.04 22.45

AmT
0.54
1.26
2.26
4.88
6.50
9.64
11.51
13.75
17.93
21.09
24.73
32.10
39.16
21.85

AcceleRATiON iN GeAR
20-80kph in 3rd gear/kickdown
10.95/10.91s
40-100kph in 4th gear/kickdown
14.43/14.90s

BRAkiNG
80-0kph

Discs
Drums
Yes

610mm

920mm (max)

830mm(max)

1870mm

Warranty

Rs 9.22/9.87 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi)
3 years/1,00,000 km

510mm

Price

TeChNICAl lAyOUT
Width 1850mm Front track 1520mm
Rear track 1500mm
Rear interior width 1480mm
Ground clearance 176mm
Boot capacity 412 litres

950m
m

NUVOsPORT N8

950
mm

FIGUReS IN BLUe FOR AMT VeRSION

DATA lOg

ecONOmY
TesT

25.84m 2.27s

city
11.0/10.7kpl
Highway 15.0/13.6kpl
Tank size 60 litres

engine
mHawk100s power output same as
Quanto, but uses new tech from TUV
for better refinement and response.

Chassis
New Gen 3 hydroformed chassis
borrowed from Scorpio; the wheelbase is even longer at 2,760mm.

HPS

60 litres

AmT
Ricardo-sourced unit improved from
TUV300, but still far behind even
other AMTs on shift quality.

mAX sPeeds iN GeAR


1

37kph 4800rpm
33kph 4200rpm

63kph 4800rpm
55kph 4100rpm

95kph 4600rpm
83kph 3900rpm

130kph 4400rpm
117kph 3900rpm

Jump seats
Standard on all trims; you cant opt out
of them. Can be folded up or down to
suit different storage requirements.

eQUiPmeNT cHeck lisT

cd/UsB/Aux
Bluetooth connectivity
electric mirror adjust
steering mounted controls
Touchscreen interface
cruise control
satellite navigation
Reversing camera
Parking sensors
Automatic climate control
Rear Ac vents
Airbags
NA=Not Available, D=Driver,
O=optional

n
n
n
n
n
n
NA
NA
Rear
NA
NA
2

RANGe AT A GlANce

149kph 4200rpm
147kph 4100rpm

RPm in 5th at 100kph =


2800/2800rpm

eNGiNes
1.5 diesel mT 101.4hp
rs 7.42-9.22 lakh
1.5 diesel amT 101.4hp
rs 9.10-9.87 lakh

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and unless an automatic gearbox


tops your priority list, wed stick with
the manual.
While it feels a lot like the
TUV300s 84hp motor in practise,
the NuvoSport is ultimately quicker.
The manual car, at 60kph from
standstill, is 0.8sec quicker than a
TUV, and by the time they reach
100kph, the NuvoSport is 2.3sec
ahead, with even in-gear
performance being around 1sec
better. The bigger difference comes
from using the NuvoSports Eco
mode, which seriously blunts
performance 100kph is reached
in a yawning 25.62sec; the price
you pay for better economy.

RiDe & hAnDling


The new chassis has helped dynamics
a little bit, but you cant cheat physics

Mahindra says the TUV300


has a tough appeal, while the
NuvoSport is a lifestyle vehicle.
this is still a tall, heavy, boxy,
ladder-frame SUV, and it comes with
the associated shortcomings. There
is, as youd expect, a lot of body roll
and the steering feels rubbery and
inconsistent. It turns in quite sharply,
but its just not an enjoyable
experience moving all that mass
around. Of course, this isnt a hot
hatchback, but the simple fact is,
monocoque SUV rivals just require
less effort to drive and are sharper
handlers too.

Ride quality is much better than


the Quanto thanks to the new chassis,
but the setup is still tuned on the soft
side. So, while it can iron out smaller
bumps and potholes really well,
larger bumps create a bigger upset.
The major issue is, as you pick up the
pace, youll feel a lot of movement
inside the cabin; in fact, hit a rough
patch at highway speeds and your
passengers will be tossed around
quite a lot. The advantage is, it can
tackle rough roads effortlessly.

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fuel ecOnOmy
It may be a compact SUV, but as
weve mentioned before, its also
a very heavy one, owing to its bodyon-frame construction, so fuel
economy, even in the ARAI test, is
nowhere near what you get from a
Vitara Brezza or an EcoSport. Our
tests turned up 11.45kpl in the city
and 14.16kpl on the highway for
the manual NuvoSport, while the
AMT version managed 10.68kpl
in the city and 13.61kpl on the
highway. The reason the urban
figures are as good as they are is
the engines effortlessness at low
revs. The manual version has stopstart and an Eco mode that limits
the engines revs, and that should
improve those numbers slightly,
but again, this is more beneficial in
city driving.

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Mahindra NuvoSport

TesT
scorecard

AUTOcAR VeRdicT HHHHHIIIII


lacks sophistication of rivals and seems unnecessary after TUV300.
Watch the NuvoSport in action
using ALIVE. App details on p15.

w w w. al i vear. c o m

cOmFORT HHHHHHHIII
Seats are generous but a little flat;
dont bother with the jump seats.
PeRFORmANce
HHHHHHIIII
Good at low revs but runs out of
steam quick; amT very sluggish.
ReFiNemeNT
HHHHHHIIII
Surprisingly good at low revs, but
gets very noisy after 3,000rpm.

M&M? Yes, the NuvoSport is slightly better


t a price range of Rs 7.41-9.21 lakh
equipped, slightly quicker, marginally more
(ex-showroom, Delhi), the NuvoSport is
spacious, and some might prefer its look to the
priced bang on against the Vitara Brezza,
TUV300s. But its interior design and quality is
although the base Brezza is cheaper and
a major letdown and it really doesnt add much
the top-spec is a bit more expensive. More
else to the mix. The TUV300
interestingly, its about Rs 20,000
TesTeRs NOTes
created a niche it was somewhat
more than the TUV300, spec for
large skid plates on door sills are of a novelty, sacrificing some
spec and this is crucial.
polished metal and very slippery.
user-friendliness for toughness,
Mahindra says the difference
amT car has different cupholders
between the two SUVs is that the
to help fit in gearbox mechanicals. which had its own special appeal.
The NuvoSport aims to squeeze
TUV has a tough and rugged
appeal, while the NuvoSport is a lifestyle
into the same niche, rehashing the same
vehicle. The simple fact is, theres a lot of overlap formula with little improvement and charging
here, and it really begs the question was there
a premium for it. It aims a bit higher, and
need for a second SUV in the same segment from therefore falls a bit harder. AI

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VAlUe HHHHHHHIII
priced on par with rivals but then,
they offer more equipment.
sAFeTY HHHHHHHHII
Two airbags and aBS optional on
base model, standard on the rest.
Ride HHHHHIIIII
can tackle rough roads but feels
fidgety and bouncy.
HANdliNG HHHHHIIIII
eager to turn in, but theres lots of
roll and steering feels soggy.
BUild & QUAliTY
HHHHHHHIII
has that tough ladder-frame feel,
but fit and finish has a long way to go.

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Skoda Superb

No 854

1.8 TSI MT Style/ 1.8 TSI AT L&K/ 2.0 TDI AT L&K

the all-new third-gen skoda superb looks very promising. but is it as


revolutionary as its predecessors?

PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley bAxter

PRIce Rs 23.83/28.25/30.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) On SAle Now 0-100kPH


8.42/8.52/7.83sec TOP SPeed 232/232/237kph kPl (OveRAll) 11.55/10.6/12.35
FOR Luxurious cabin l Comfortable ride l Performance
AGAINST Interiors lack drama of earlier car l Doesnt feel as sporty as before

l Sharply cut headlamps are

l Blacked-out section gives the look

l Boot opens with just a slide of your

l Twindoor tailgate doesnt make it to

intricately detailed.

of a panoramic sunroof. It isnt one.

foot under the bumper.

new Superb. Boot lid is a hatch.

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ack in 2004, the first-gen Skoda


Superb redefined our idea of a
luxury sedan. Here was a car
that could rival a MercedesBenz E-class on space and comfort,
while costing half the price. The
second-gen Superb that came to
India in 2009 was no less a landmark
model. Properly luxurious, crammed
with tech and still priced sensibly,
it took the market for executive
luxury sedans by storm. Mind you,
the second-gen Superb did so at
a time when the segment was at
its healthiest and competition
was fierce.
The all-new third-gen Superb
enters a very different market. With
the bulk of rivals falling by the
wayside (the Accord and Passat are
yet to make a market comeback),
competition for the Superb is
restricted to the Toyota Camry. Not
to say, Skoda is taking the market
lightly. Its been quick to bring the
new model to India and has
launched it with three enginegearbox options. The Czech
carmaker has also priced the latest
Superb well starting at
Rs 23.83 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
and topping off at Rs 30.85 lakh.
Question is, does the latest Superb
push the goal posts further like its
predecessors once did? Our road test
reveals all.

Design AnD engineeRing

l 2.0 TdI diesel engine makes 177hp,

up from old cars 142hp figure.


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For all its virtues, the last-gen Superb


was not a car youd call traditionally
beautiful; the proportions were a
touch odd. This third-gen Superb
though is quite the looker. The basic
silhouette is more conventional

sedan and the new cars 61mm


shorter front overhang and 80mm
longer wheelbase have translated
into a more balanced design.
Styling is cutting-edge, almost
literally so. Sharp and angular is the
theme here with tight surfacing and
crisp lines that run from end to end.
There is more than a passing
resemblance to the smaller Skoda
Octavia, but the larger Superb does
have its own identity. The sharply cut
headlamps with their LED DRLs
look attractive, and along with the
chiselled bonnet and wide grille, give
the Superb a handsome front end. A
well-defined belt line adds a good
deal of athleticism to the sides while
the standard fit 17-inch wheels fill
out the wheel arches well. And unlike
the last Superb, this ones elegant
rear end is in sync with the rest of the
design. The large tail-lights with
their C-shaped LED elements and
complex detailing look particularly
sophisticated. However, the new
Superb doesnt feature the old cars
Twindoor arrangement for the boot
opening its a conventional hatch
here. Speaking of the boot opening,
top-spec Superb L&Ks get what
Skoda calls Virtual Boot Lid Release.
Slide your foot under the rear
bumper and the system will open the
boot for you; useful when you have
your hands full. The hatch opening
height can also be adjusted. The
625-litre boot itself is massive and
the luggage bay can be expanded to
an incredible 1,760 litres by folding
the rear seats down.
Underpinning the new Superb is
the Volkswagen Groups flexible
MQB platform. The chassis rests on
MacPherson struts with a torsion

stabiliser at the front and a multielement setup with longitudinal


transverse links at the rear. Skoda
claims torsional rigidity is up 12
percent while at the same time, the
Superb is as much as 75kg lighter
than the last-gen car. Thing is, in
places, you can feel it. The sound of
door shut, though reassuringly good,
doesnt have the same solid thunk as
the old car.
Whats good to know is that the
Superb is an NCAP-rated 5-star car.
Eight airbags are standard across all
variants and theres a whole gamut
of electronic driver aids as well,
including fatigue detection on the
top-spec L&K trim.

inTeRiORs
Were we to show you a photo each
of the Superb and Octavias
dashboards, theres a high chance
you wouldnt be able to tell which
belongs to which. Sure, the Superbs
dash is well laid-out, functional and
user-friendly but it also seems
designed to a template and this,
to us, is a bit of a disappointment.
With that out of the way, lets get to
whats good about the cabin.
For one, quality is top-notch.
Theres less chrome detailing than
the last Superb and glossy black
plastics have taken the place of the
faux wood too. But in terms of look
and feel, the Superbs cabin is
comparable to cars higher up the
price ladder. Soft-touch plastics, feltlined door pockets and robustfeeling switches, the Superb has it all.
The L&K trims customisable
ambient lighting only makes the
cabin feel more special still.
Its also a cabin youll be
comfortable in for long. Incredibly,
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On The insiDe

l Aptly named Boss Button, it lets you adjust the

position of the front passenger seat from the rear.

l Instruments are large, have a classy font and are easy to

read. multi-information display provides plenty of data.

l l&k trim cars get cooled front

seats; truly a boon to have.

dashboard design is very similar to Octavias.


cabin quality is easily the best for the price.
l l&k versions customisable

ambient lighting is brilliantly done.

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INFOTAINmeNT

THe SuPeRB cOmeS with a 6.5-inch touchscreen


as standard. Though not the largest of systems
around, the Superbs unit is well laid-out and easy
to use. The audio system can play music via
Bluetooth, aux, uSB inputs, Sd and mmc card
readers, and also supports iPods. The system can
play videos and display images too but oddly,
theres no on-board satellite navigation. However,
Skodas Smartlink app with mirrorlink can be used
to display a phones GPS in the cars display. You
can also connect your mobile phone through Apple
carPlay and Android Auto. The systems voice
commands work well, phone call clarity is good and
sound quality, even from the Style versions eightspeaker system, is good.

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theres even more space in the back


than before so you can really stretch
out. Should you need more
kneeroom, the Superb gives you the
option to slide the front passenger
seat at the touch of a button from the
rear. Skoda aptly calls this feature
Boss Button.
The rear seat is sumptuous, wellcushioned and offers good all-round
support. However, some might find
the backrest a touch upright. The
middle seat is also not very useable
thanks to its hard cushioning and the
high centre tunnel. Skoda should
have also provided a dedicated
air-con blower control at the rear
as the AC takes time to cool that
section of the cabin. In fact, in peak
summer heat, we found the Superbs
AC struggling to lower cabin
temperature quickly.
L&K trim cars get cooled front
seats and the feature is a boon in hot
and humid India. The powered front
seats are broad, well- bolstered and
offer a great range of adjustability.
Finding a comfortable driving

either form, the petrol Superb is an


exciting car.
The 1.8 TSI motor is quick to rev,
offers solid mid-range punch and
does everything while making the
right noises. Its easy to get
wheelspin on a hard launch and even
when you floor the throttle in a lower
gear, youll see the traction control
lights flash wildly. There is a bit of lag
when starting out but the engines
power, even off-boost, ensures
progress isnt jerky at slow speeds.
The 1.8 TSIs manual gearbox is a
joy to use with a very precise shift
action, but clutch travel is long.
Power and torque are available in
plenty through the gears and
overtaking requires just a flex of the
right foot. We did find the gearing
quite tall though. Third gear
stretches to 175kph at 6,800rpm and
fourth goes well beyond 220kph.
Flat-out performance is good with
the petrol manual version posting a
0-100kph time of 8.42 seconds.
The petrol automatic does well for
itself too with a time of 8.52 seconds

Front seats are broad and hugely comfortable and offer good lumbar support.

Theres even more space in


the back than the last Superb.
position is also easy but we wish the
steering had electric adjust too.
Otherwise, the Superb comes
rather well-loaded. Bi-xenon
headlamps, a sunroof, leather seats,
touchscreen infotainment system
with voice commands, sunroof and
roll-up sun visors for the rear
windows and rear windscreen are
all part of standard equipment.
Top-spec L&K versions also get
three-zone climate control and a
sonorous 610W Canton system,
with 12 speakers, that strikes all
the right chords.
The Superb also scores for
practicality with plenty of cubby
holes and spaces for bottles, loose
items and documents.

engine, geARbOx & peRfORmAnce


As before, the new Superb is
available with petrol and diesel
engine options. The petrol engine is
the VW Groups 180hp, 1.8-litre
direct-injection, turbocharged unit
that also powers the Skoda Octavia
and Audi A3 in India. This motor is
tuned to make 320Nm of torque
when mated to a six-speed manual
gearbox, and 250Nm with a sevenspeed dual-clutch automatic which is
the other transmission on offer. In
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from a standstill to the ton. Boost


comes in a bit later here, at about
2,500rpm, but youll only feel the
surge when you are aggressive with
the throttle. In average driving, the
automatic gearbox keeps the engine
in the lower reaches of the rev band
to maximise efficiency and progress
is always smooth. Gearshifts are
quick, be it in automatic mode or
manual, via the gearshift or steeringmounted paddles. In manual mode,
the engine runs deeper in the
powerband, revving to 6,600rpm,
and downshifting is quick with
the paddles.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine version
that comes mated to a six-speed
dual-clutch transmission is exciting
in its own right. The power figures
should give a hint as to why. Where
the last-gen Superbs 2.0 diesel made
140hp and 320Nm, this ones newer
unit makes 177hp and 350Nm.
And the performance jump is
quite evident.
0-100kph takes 7.83 seconds
compared to the old cars 11.22
seconds and its quicker in kickdown
acceleration too. Yes, there is a bit of
lag initially but the diesel engine
comes in its stride past 2,000rpm
and revs quite readily to 4,900rpm.

Rear legroom and headroom is plenty but backrest is a tad firm and upright.

625-litre boot is massive and space can be extended to 1,760 litres.


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Price
Warranty

Rs 23.83/28.25/
30.85 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi)
2 years/1,00,000 km

TeChNICAl lAyOUT
Width 1864mm
Front track 1584mm
Rear track 1572mm
Rear interior width 1410mm

PotDaR DesIGN

SkOdA SuPeRB

TRAnSmISSIOn

Type Front-wheel drive


Gearbox six-speed manual/ seven-speed auto/
six-speed auto
Ratios/kph per 1000 rpm
1st 3.77/8.79, 3.46/8.07,3.76/7.32
2nd 2.09/15.87, 1.91/14.62, 2.27/12.13
3rd 1.32/25.13, 1.13/24.72, 1.53/17.99
4th 0.98/33.85, 0.76/36.75, 1.13/24.37
5th 0.98/42.75, 0.76/48.24, 1.18/32.09
6th 0.81/51.72, 0.62/59.14, 0.96/39.45
7th /, 0.8/47.34, /
Final drive ratio 1st, 2nd, 3rd &
4th3.684,4.438, 4.375: 1 5th and 6th
2.917,3.333: 1 5th, 6th & 7th 3.227: 1

cHASSIS & BOdY


construction
Weight
Tyres
Spare

Five-door sedan,
monocoque
1494kg/1540kg/
1565kg
215/55 R17
205/55 R16

SuSPenSIOn
Front
Rear

Independent,
macPherson struts,
coil springs
Independent,
torsion beam,
coil springs

7.83sec
625litres

950mm (max)
700mm (min)

900mm (max)
680mm (min)

4861mm

STeeRInG

Type
Type of power assist
Turning circle

BRAkeS
Front
Rear
Anti-lock

Rack and pinion


electric
11.1m

2841mm

Petrol engine
1.8-litre turbo-petrol motor is
detuned to make 70Nm less in
its automatic form.

Ventilated discs
Discs
Yes

Weight
Greater use of high-tensile steel
has helped reduce weight and
has increased torsional rigidity.

EPS

AcceleRATIOn
kPH
0-10
0-20
0-30
0-40
0-50
0-60
0-70
0-80
0-90
0-100
0-110
0-120
0-130
0-140
0-150
0-160
1/4 mile

0.49
1.10
1.98
2.50
3.08
4.21
5.11
6.05
7.15
8.42
10.04
11.51
13.18
15.17
17.48
20.00
15.91

TIme (sec)
0.94
0.49
1.68 1.08
2.25 1.61
2.85 2.26
3.57 2.80
4.27 3.51
5.14 4.46
6.13
5.49
7.28 6.60
8.52
7.83
9.99
9.39
11.62 11.06
13.34 12.82
15.36 14.82
17.54 17.19
20.06 20.01
16.00 15.40

AcceleRATIOn In GeAR

20-80kph in 3rd gear


9.85/4.84***/4.79s***
40-100kph in 4th gear
12.56/5.94***/5.86s***

BRAkInG

80-0kph 24.41m 2.13s/ 22.60m


2.01s/ 33.39m 2.91s

66 litres

mQB platform
Like the octavia, the superb is also
built on the Vw Groups flexible
mQB platform.

Brakes
safety electronics automatically
bring the car to a stop after a
collision to prevent a pile-up.

mAx SPeedS In GeAR


1
2
3

232kph 6900rpm
162kph 6700rpm
180kph 4900rpm

217kph 5100rpm*
215kph 6700rpm*
220kph 4600rpm*
212kph 4100rpm*
6 232kph 6000rpm**
235kph 4000rpm**
kph rpm
7 210kph 4400rpm*
kph rpm
RPm in 6th/7th/6th at 100kph =
1900/2100/1700rpm
5

equIPmenT cHeck lIST

61kph 6900rpm
49kph 6700rpm
40kph 5000rpm
109kph 6900rpm
79kph 6500rpm
74kph 5100rpm
175kph 7000rpm
118kph 6600rpm
125kph 5100rpm
*estImateD **CLaImeD *** IN kICkDowN

Petrol/Diesel
Front transverse
4 cyls, 1798cc/
4 cyls, 1968cc
Bore/stroke
82.5/84.1
81/95.5
compression ratio 9.6/15.8
valve gear
4 valves per cyl, DoHC
Power
180hp at 40006200rpm/180hp at
5100-6200rpm/177hp
at 3600-4000rpm
Torque
320Nm at 14503900rpm/ 250Nm at
1250-5000rpm/
350Nm at 15003500rpm
Power to weight 120.4hp/116.8hp/
113.09hp per tonne
Torque to weight 214.1/162.3/223.6
Nm per tonne
Specific output
100/89.93 Ps

1483mm

Fuel
Installation
Type

940
mm

enGIne

920
mm

FIGuRes IN BLue FoR at VeRsIoN

DATA lOg

cd player
n
uSB/aux/Bluetooth telephony
n
Bluetooth connectivity
n
Cooled/Heated seats
n
Automatic climate control
n
cruise control
n
Rear sunvisors
n
Steering adjust
manual
Sunroof
n
Reverse parking camera
n
Ambient lighting
n
Airbags
8
ABS + EBD
n
Traction control
n
Na=Not available, D=Driver,
o=optional

RAnGe AT A GlAnce

Surprisingly, the less powerfull 2.0 TdI is the


fastest to 100kph.

ecOnOmY

At 625 litres, the Superb is now the sedan with


the biggest boot space in India.

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TeST

city
8.9/8.5/10.1kpl
Highway 14.2/12.7/14.6kpl
Tank size 66 litres

enGIneS
1.8 petrol 180hp rs 23.83 lakh
1.8 petrol 180hp rs 25.13-28.25 lakh
2.0 diesel 177hp rs 27.73-30.85 lakh

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The gearbox works well, shifts are


quick and you have the option to take
manual control here too. The engine
is quite refined as diesels go but there
is a bit of clatter at idle and though
not loud, its always audible.
L&K versions of the petrol
automatic and diesel also come
with drive modes that alter engine,
gearbox and steering settings. You
can choose between Eco, Normal and
Sport settings and even customise
the experience with Individual.

RiDe AnD hAnDling


The Skoda Superb was always
famous for the way it rode. The
legacy continues with the latest gen
as well. Skoda has opted for a softer
suspension setup on the new Superb
and this reflects in the way it rides. It
feels more pliant than its predecessor

The petrol engine will put a


smile on an enthusiasts face.
The diesel Superb is quick too.
and is impressive in the way it
absorbs bumps and undulations. Of
the current Superbs, its the petrol
ones that are more comfortable over
the rough stuff. The diesel Superb,
with its stiffer front springs, rides
with a touch more firmness at low
speeds. At high speeds, the Superb
feels planted and very confident.
There is a bit of float which wasnt
there in the old car, but the general
feeling is of excellent stability even at
speeds in excess of 160kph. Equally
impressive is the braking. The brakes

are gradual but sharp at the same


time and you dont feel the jerk at the
bite point in usual city traffic.
The move to a softer suspension
setup means the new Superb,
unfortunately, doesnt feel quite as
sharp around corners as the old one
did. Overall dynamics are more than
acceptable for the size of the car but
where you could throw the old
Superb into a corner, you gently
swoop into them here. Body roll is
sufficiently contained and the 215/55
Hankook tyres offer adequate grip.

ROAD TesT

The electro-mechanical steering is


nice and light and makes cramped
city driving a breeze, giving enough
road feel and feedback. Sport mode
does help drive up levels of
excitement though.

fuel ecOnOmy
If fuel economy is paramount to
you, you should be most interested
in the diesel version that delivered
10.1kpl and 14.6kpl in our city and
highway driving cycles. The petrol
manual and petrol automatic
Superbs gave us 8.9kpl and 8.5kpl
in town and 14.2kpl and 12.7kpl on
the highway, respectively. The
figures are decent but be warned
the turbo-petrol motors are very
reactive to driving style. Drive with a
lead foot and youll see fuel economy
figures plummet.

No 854

Skoda Superb

TeST
scorecard

AuTOcAR veRdIcT HHHHHHHHHI

cOmFORT HHHHHHHHHI
Cabin is incredibly roomy and seats
are large and supportive.

New model carries forward the Superb legacy with elan.


Watch the new Superb using
ALIVE. App details on p15.

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PeRFORmAnce
HHHHHHHHHI
turbo-petrol is expectedly exciting
but strong diesel is the big surprise.
ReFInemenT
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Petrol engine quiet, diesel not bad
either. Noise insulation is good.
vAlue HHHHHHHHHI
Continues tradition of giving you
more than your moneys worth.

y any objective measure, the


as multi-dimensional as the earlier
TeSTeRS nOTeS
latest Skoda Superb is a
car, having lost a bit of its
theres an umbrella in each of
fantastic car. It blends
sportiness and flair. However,
the front doors.
comfort, luxury and
engine fan tends to get audible. would these aspects matter to a
performance in one package and
typical buyer? Not really. Because
does so convincingly well. As
the way to really see the Superb
always, keen pricing makes the deal seem
is as a luxury car that punches above its weight.
sweeter still. But it must be said, the new
The car is as good, if not better than many of
the more expensive cars that wear a premium
Superb doesnt take quite as big a leap over its
badge. Its this image that has helped sell
predecessor as we had hoped. It builds on the
the Superb in the past and theres no reason
strengths of the last-gen car rather than take
why things will be any different with this
things to the next level.
Some might even argue the new Superbs not new-gen car. AI

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SAFeTY HHHHHHHHHH
5-star NCAP-rated superb gets 8
airbags across the range.
RIde HHHHHHHHII
Plush at low speeds but can feel a
bit floaty when going fast.
HAndlInG HHHHHHHHII
Not as sharp as the older superb
but easy to manoeuvre for its size.
BuIld & quAlITY
HHHHHHHHHI
Cabin is finished in high-quality
materials and build is tough too.
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On the face of it, the Skoda


Superb diesel has no direct
competition. But Nikhil
Bhatia tells you if the
Toyota Camry Hybrid could
be an unlikely alternative.
PhotograPhy Priyank CHHaPwale

efore we begin, its important to understand


who the typical buyer of a Skoda Superb is.
Of course, its someone primarily looking
for a luxurious and spacious sedan at a notso-exorbitant price. But the diesel version,
in particular, is of interest to buyers who cover
large distances on a routine basis. Low running
costs have a huge bearing on these high-mileage
users decision to go diesel. Given that the the
Superb is the only diesel sedan in the segment,
Skoda shouldnt have trouble finding buyers for it.
That said, lets just zoom out a bit and explore a
rather interesting alternative the Toyota Camry
Hybrid. Its a petrol-electric hybrid which means
its not a direct rival to the Superb diesel. True, but
lets not get hung up on the source of

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dieSe

d
i
r
HyB

propulsion. What has us interested is the fact that


the Camry Hybrid actually betters the Superb
diesel on fuel economy. Well get to the specifics
in a bit but broadly speaking, the Camry Hybrid is
lighter on the pocket than a regular petrol sedan,
so could the Toyota be the better buy? We just had
to bring the two together to find out.

TO be DRIveN IN

These are premium executive sedans first and


foremost, so the comparison test really starts from
the comfort of their respective back seats. And
straight away, the Superb takes a crucial lead with
the better rear-seat experience. For one, the seat
itself is better. Thigh support is good, the centre
armrest is positioned at just the right height and
the ride quality is better in general. The Superbs
soft suspension manages to absorb bumps
admirably well and does so without making much
noise. There is some vertical movement at speed,
but not enough to distract you from preparing for
the meeting you are being rushed to. However, the
middle passengers on the Skodas rear seat will
feel like an unwelcome guest (the centre tunnel
is high) and the fixed back rest is also a touch
too upright.
The Camry, on the other hand, offers

rear-seat passengers the option to electrically


adjust backrest angle. While this is a handy
feature, the low-seat base results in a knees-up
seating position which isnt ideal for anyone likely
to spend long hours in the back. The Camry is
more accommodating for middle-seat passengers
though. Like the Skoda, the Toyota also comes
with large windows that give a good view out and
theres acres of legroom and good headroom. The
option to electrically slide the front-passenger
seat from the back to maximise rear legroom is
a feature we first saw

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HyBrid

on the Camry and one thats made its way to the


new Superb as well. In terms of ride comfort, the
Camry impresses at low speeds where the supple
suspension ably takes potholes in its stride. But at
high speeds, youd find yourself moving around
more than you would in your business associates
Superb. Youll also have to contend with more
road noise in the Camry on the move.

TO DRIve

There are no two ways about it, the Superb is


the more exciting car to drive. Its 177PS,

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r
o
e
tH
2.0-litre diesel engine offers tremendous punch
and simply loves to be revved. The quick-shifting
six-speed dual-clutch gearbox is perfectly in tune
with your right foot in Auto mode and satisfyingly
responsive to pulls at the steering-mounted
paddles in Manual mode. The Skodas good poise
and neat dynamics will also put a smile on your
face on the spirited Sunday drive. It helps that you
have the option to shuffle between driving modes
to suit your mood. Even in mundane commutes,
the Superb is a comfortable car to pilot though
at times, you might notice a bit of turbo lag. This
being a diesel, theres also no escaping the engine
noise. The Superbs low rpm grumble is not loud,
but its there no less. Things are quite different in
the Camry.
To refresh your memory, the Camry Hybrid
comes powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine that
works in conjunction with an electric motor. The
electric motor draws power from a battery that
is charged each time the car accelerates and
decelerates, and theres regenerative braking
too. At speeds of up to 40kph at mild throttle
applications, the Camry can run solely on the
electric motor, and this means progress is
absolutely silent. It is eerie at first but easy to get
used to as well. Also worth highlighting is that
in full electric mode, the car moves forward with
the smoothness of

a tai chi practitioner. Nice. At higher speeds or


when you press down hard on the accelerator, the
engine also wakes up and seamlessly integrates to
give access to a combined 205hp from the hybrid
system. The build of speed is expectedly brisk
(though down on the Superb) when you floor the
throttle, but you still wont fall for the Camrys
performance. The efficiency-enhancing CVT
gearbox is largely to blame as it sucks the fun out
of the driving experience. Whats more, the engine
gets quite noisy if you press on. The light steering
also feels disconnected at speed and the brakes
dont offer exceptional feel either. Then again,
for a car that features a dial that tells the state of
charge and driving mode instead of engine revs
via a traditional tacho, youd be expecting too
much if you want it to be sporty too.
What you should expect and do get is excellent
fuel economy. In our city fuel efficiency cycle, the
Camry delivered an amazing 14.1kpl, a figure
made possible by the car running solely in electric
mode in slow-moving traffic. On the highway, the
figure improved marginally to 15.7kpl. The Superb
also does well for itself here. We managed 10.1kpl
in the city and 14.6kpl on the highway (see table).

INsIDe lINe

Youll find yourself equally well catered to by the


large and accommodating

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Superb dash is finished in


high-quality materials;
on-board computer rates
you for economical driving.
AC takes time to cool rear
section of cabin; rear seat
scores for comfort but
backrest a touch upright.

front seats each of these cars come with. But


the fact is, the Superb cabin is a cut above the
Camry in the all-important luxury feel. There is
a generous use of soft-touch plastics, detailing
is good throughout and theres even superbly
executed ambient lighting to uplift the, well,
ambience at night. The dash itself is quite simple
in design, but its neatly laid-out and user-friendly.
And dont fret if you have to lug goodies to the
office picnic the Superbs enormous 625-litre
boot will hold everything and more.

The Camry Hybrids cabin is good as Toyotas


go but it is not special enough for the price. There
are nice bits like the colour multi-information
display in the instruments (it tells the source
of propulsion in real-time), the steering wheel
with its PlayStation controller-like buttons and
the design of the dash is quite Lexus-like as well.
Unfortunately, the execution isnt great. Youll
find way too many plain buttons, the faux wood
looks unconvincing and the central touchscreen
seems like an aftermarket add-on. The Camry also

doesnt give the same feeling of solidity on door


shut that you get in the Superb.
In terms of equipment, you get quite a bit on
both cars leather seats, powered front seats
with cooling, memory function for the drivers
seat, front passenger seat adjust from the rear,
three-zone climate control, a reverse camera
and a touchscreen infotainment system. In
addition, the Skoda Superb comes with paddle
shifters, a panoramic sunroof, hands-free boot
release and eight airbags, one up on the Camrys

Camry dash has layered


look but quality is average;
screen displays source of
propulsion in real-time.
CVT gearbox has old-school
shift-gate; rear seats offer
more creature comforts but
seating position not best.

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Skoda Superb TDI vs Toyota Camry Hybrid | Comparison

seven. The Superb also has the far nicer


infotainment system. The 6.5-inch screen isnt
the largest around but its smooth, has got the
far richer layout and also has Apple CarPlay,
Android Auto and SmartLink functionality built
in. Features exclusive to the Camry are its LED
headlights (the Superbs are bi-xenon units),
electric steering adjust, powered rear backrest
recline, rear seat centre armrest with audio
controls and climate control.

signing On the dOtted line

Before we tally the scores, lets just talk about


the one that will make the bigger impression at
the office parking lot. Well, the Skoda does have
the sharper, more modern lines and is the one
wed be drawn to if looking purely at aesthetics.
But at a time when theres a strong anti-diesel
sentiment, its politically correct and almost hip to
show up in a hybrid. And that pretty much sums
it up for the Camry Hybrid. It appeals more for its
green credentials than it does as a luxury car. It
is efficient, reasonably cheap to run and makes a
statement, but you wont be wowed by it. And at
Rs 32.24 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it is the more
expensive car too.
The Rs 30.85-lakh Superb diesel not only has
the price advantage, but also, when judged on
its merits as a luxury sedan, it comes across as
the superior car. It has the far richer cabin, offers
the more involving driving experience and is
just more of an emotional purchase. Long story
short, the Skoda Superb diesel is the luxury mile
muncher wed pick. AI

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Skoda Superb Tdi L&k

ToyoTa Camry Hybrid

Fantastic combo of power, luxury and


economy win it for the Superb diesel.
HHHHHHHHHI
rating
4861/1864/1483mm
L/W/H
OUr
2841mm
Wheelbase
CHOICE
1565kg
Kerb weight
4 cyls, 1968cc, turbo-diesel
Engine
177hp at 3600-4000rpm
Power
350Nm at 1500-3500rpm
Torque
113.1hp per tonne
Power to weight
6-speed dual-clutch automatic
Gearbox
PerFOrMance Acceleration (from rest)
Sec
Kph
1.08
20
2.26
40
3.51
60
5.49
80
7.83
100
11.06
120
14.82
140
in-gear acceleratiOn
4.79s
20-80kph (kickdown)
5.86s
40-100kph (kickdown)
What it cOsts
Rs 30.85 lakh
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
verdict

Hybrid powertrain works well,


but its not as appealing.
HHHHHHHHII
4850/1825/1480mm
2775mm
1635kg
4 cyls, 2494cc, petrol engine and electric motor
160hp at 5700rpm (engine) 205hp (combined)
213Nm at 4500rpm (engine)
125.4hp per tonne
CVT
Sec
1.42
2.82
4.44
6.51
9.20
12.52
17.03
6.57s
8.26s
Rs 32.24 lakh

fueL for THougHT


For HigH mileage users, the decision to opt for a
diesel car makes a lot of economic sense. You know
why. Diesel is much cheaper than petrol in price and
diesel cars are typically a whole lot more fuel
efficient than their petrol counterparts. But in the
case of the cars featured here, its the petrol-

electric Camry Hybrid that betters the Skoda


Superb diesel on fuel economy. Thats not all. We
calculated monthly running costs for someone who
does 1,500km a month 1,000km in the city and
500km on the highway to find the Camry Hybrid
is also the marginally cheaper car to run.

USage

mileage

FUel eConomY FUel USeD

UniT priCe oF FUel*

Skoda Superb
TDi

City
Highway

1,000km
500km

10.1kpl
14.6kpl

99 litres
34.2 litres

Rs 48.01 per litre (diesel) Rs 4,753


Rs 48.01 per litre (diesel) Rs 1,642
rs 6,395

rUnning CoSTS

Toyota Camry
Hybrid

City
Highway

1,000km
500km

14.1kpl
15.7kpl

70.9 litres
31.8 litres

Rs 61.13 per litre (petrol) Rs 4,334


Rs 61.13 per litre (petrol) Rs 1,944
rs 6,278

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*Price of fuel in Delhi as of April 16, 2016

Camry Hybrids green


creds a big draw for
the eco-conscious.

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know what you are thinking. The MercedesBenz C-class and the BMW 3-series, again?
Hasnt Autocar India declared the Merc the
better car before? And wheres the new Jaguar
XE? Allow me to explain. Firstly, this is not a
straight rematch simply because the contenders
are different. The C-class here is the recentlylaunched C 250 d version. This one is powered by
the same 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine as
the 220 d weve featured before, but thanks to the
use of twin turbos, power and torque are bumped
up to 204hp and 500Nm; quite an increase
over the 220 ds 170hp and 400Nm. The C 250

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d is also the first of the Cs to get Mercs latest


9G-Tronic nine-speed gearbox.
The BMW 320d is also quite different from
the one that went up against the Merc the last
time around. Retuned suspension and mildly
revamped cabin apart, this one features BMWs
latest 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that
makes 190hp and 400Nm. Sure, its down on
power to the Merc, but dont race to conclusions
on the 3s chances. The 3-series has always been
the sportiest of its contemporaries, a trait that
will hold it in good stead here.
Coming to the matter of the Jag XE not being

here. Well, its simply down to the fact that the


XE isnt available with a diesel engine, at least as
yet. A shame, because the XE would have shone
in a comparison where performance and driver
engagement are to get due importance.
Enough of the back story. Time to put the C
250 d and the 320d through their paces.

Diesel Duel

I drive the Merc C 250 d first and can


immediately tell where and how its different
from the lesser C 220 d. Top of the list is
that theres noticeably more power just about

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mercedes-Benz C 250 d vs BmW 320d | Comparison

The mercedes-Benz C-class is now available with


a more powerful diesel engine and the BmW 3-series
has received a new diesel engine altogether. Reason
enough to bring the arch rivals back together.
Nikhil Bhatia has a fun day of playing referee.
PhotograPhy paul deWaRs

everywhere in the rev range. The engine feels


more responsive at low revs, has a stronger midrange and even charges on quite effortlessly to
4,600rpm when I keep the throttle pinned to the
floor. Whats also made an impression is the ninespeed gearbox. Its close ratios and quick shifts
allow for brisk acceleration from any speed. The
system doesnt hold gear in any driving mode but
does allow aggressive downshifts via the paddles.
Supporting blips from the exhaust only add to the
effect. So, in more ways than one, the C 250 ds
engine and gearbox really do feel superior to the
C 220 ds.

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But how does the BMW 320d compare? My


first note in the BMW is that its got the noisier
engine. Theres a grumble from the engine bay
at idle and, though the coarse clatter of the old
320ds motor is gone, the new BMW engine is
always a few decibels up on the C 250 ds unit.
Another point of difference comes up early into
the drive. The 3s engine doesnt have the same
spread of power at the very lowest reaches of its
rev band. Its not a big issue really but at times,
you can tell the BMWs eight-speed gearbox is
working a bit harder to cover up the engines
lack of low rpm zing. Once past 1,500rpm

though, the BMW engine comes into its own and


shows its best side. Mid-range performance is
really strong and it readily revs all the way up to
5,400rpm (in Sport +). The BMW has the peakier
and sportier power delivery where the Merc feels
strong throughout.
So which ones faster? If you are one to support
the underdog, youd be happy to know the BMW
not only matches the more powerful C 250 d on
kickdown acceleration, but is also the quicker
car to 100kph. The Bimmer is the only one here
with launch control and uses the system to good
effect to shoot from 0-100kph in 7.25 seconds.

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The Merc takes 0.6 seconds more to the ton


and only starts pulling away from the Bimmer
upwards of 130kph.
An abundance of gears allow both cars to
cruise remarkably well, but its the C-class that
feels more relaxing. Its got the quieter cabin and
the generally better sound deadening makes all
the difference.

TwisT AND shOuT

The desire to compare these cars dynamic


abilities takes us to our favourite stretch of road
in Lonavala. The road snakes its way up the
Western Ghats and is a terrific, terrific piece of
tarmac. I opt to have a go in the 320d first. In
full-on Sport+ driving mode, the steering feels
a touch weighty (by modern standards) and
shockingly, theres a very un-BMW-like play at
the straight-ahead position too. But as speeds
build, the 320d comes alive. The steering is
accurate and quick, theres excellent grip in
the corners and its incredibly agile. You can
feel all the benefits of the 320ds 50:50 weight
distribution and relatively low centre of gravity.
That the electronics also let you hold gear at
the limiter in manual in Sport+ mode only
makes the driving experience more connected
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still. Oh, and the Bimmer is also an easy car to get


the tail out in.
Im convinced the Merc will trail the BMW
on handling but through the first set of corners,
it establishes itself as the car with the better
steering. Yes, you read that right. The Cs steering
is light and precise with a very likeable, fluid
feel. Overall dynamics are good too; the Merc
isnt as sharp as the Bimmer, but rather changes
direction with fluidity. However, where the
320ds handling just got better with speed, the C
250 d feels increasingly out of its comfort zone as
the going gets faster. Theres a hint of understeer
at the limit and the Mercs Bridgestone Turanza
tyres simply arent as grippy as they need to be.
The tyres squeal at every corner taken with verve.

Sub-menus make BMW iDrive system easy to use.

The smAll ThiNgs

As mentioned, the updated BMW also gets a


tweaked suspension. The improvements seemed
to have done their bit because ride quality is
even better than before. We feel fewer of surface
lumps and bumps at low speeds and at the same
time, high-speed stability is good as ever. On the
same roads, the Merc comes across as a bit stiffly
sprung at low speeds with a ride that feels jiggly,
surprising because the C 250 d uses high-profile

The 320d gets rear parking sensors but no camera.


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Buttons in the C wont look out of place in an S-class.

Mercs screen not well integrated with rest of dash.


tyres. Out cruising too, the Merc doesnt feel as
settled as the BMW with perceptible up-down
movement on all but the flattest stretches. The
C 250 ds ride quality is not uncomfortable in the
least but you dont get that all-conquering ride
that makes the larger Mercs special.
The BMW also has the edge when talking rear
seat comfort. It has got the more supportive seat
and a little bit more in legroom. The C-class rear
seat base is a touch too short and headroom isnt
abundant either. However, the Mercs higher-set
cabin makes ingress-egress a lot more convenient.
And even from the rear seat, you can tell the Merc
has the far richer cabin. Right from the grain
of the wood to the power window switches,

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mercedes-Benz C 250 d vs BmW 320d | Comparison

Merc front seats offer good deal of comfort.

C-class dashboard looks classy yet modern. Entire cabin is brilliantly finished with superb attention to detail.

Short rear squab means rear seat not most comfy.

everything looks and feels expensive.


The Merc also has the more modern-looking
dashboard with neat contours and a lovely mix
of materials. That said, were still no fans of the
way the 7.0-inch infotainment screen looks stuck
atop the centre console. Like all new Mercs, the
C 250 d too comes with MB Apps that allows you
to tune into internet radio stations and browse
the internet via the central screen using a paired
phones 3G/4G network. Just wish the system
was easier to feed commands into.
BMWs iDrive infotainment system doesnt
offer the same functionality as the Mercs unit but
it is more user-friendly and also comes with the
larger 8.7-inch screen. Thing is, the 3s modern

the modern day luxury car essentials. Leather


seats, LED headlamps, paddle shifters, drive
modes, navigation and a sunroof. However, the
Mercs LED headlamps also feature adaptive
tech that constantly adjust the beam so as to
not blind oncoming traffic. The Merc also gets a
panoramic sunroof and reverse camera where the
BMW makes do with a smaller sunroof and just
rear parking sensors. Bimmers do get a few other
goodies though such as 20GB on-board music
storage, launch control and heads-up display, the
last one exclusive to the top-spec M Sport version
featured here.
The M Sport also gets larger 18-inch wheels
and a sporty body kit to differentiate it from the

infotainment system is one of the highlights


in a cabin thats otherwise started showing its
age. True, the low dashboard and its minimalist
appearance looks sporty, but you just dont get
the same sense of occasion in the 3-series cabin.
Cabin quality is incrementally better than before,
but its simply not in the same league as the
C-class. I do, however, like the orange backlit
dials that are clear and very traditionally BMW.
You sit lower down in the 3-series than you
do in the C-class but theres little between them
on front seat comfort. Powered front seats are
the norm here but neither comes with electric
steering adjust.
Talking features, the Merc and BMW offer all

BMW front seats more scuplted and feel sportier.

You sit lower in the 3, but seat is more supportive.


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BMW cabin quality incrementally better than before, but no match for the Mercs. Dash design is quite simple.
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Mercedes-Benz C 250 d vs BMW 320d | Comparison

Both cars have their


own charm. The Merc
is more relaxing while
the BMW is more fun
on the limit.
other versions of the 3-series on sale. To my
eyes, the BMW is the sexier of the two cars here
but the C has a more regal air about it. Then
again, to each his own.

MOney tOrques

Which one should you buy? Well, each of the


two have their own charms but its the Merc
wed pick. While it is true, the BMW has the
comfier rear seat, better ride quality and livelier
handling on the limit, it doesnt quite give the
same satisfaction as the Merc. The Rs 44.5 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi) BMW wants for the topspec M Sport version is a substantial sum of
money and its not unreasonable to expect
more in terms of refinement and cabin quality
for the price.
And thats what wins it for the C 250 d that
costs Rs 45.2 lakh. It feels like the more expensive
car. Its got the far more special cabin and its
the quieter car too. The more powerful engine,
quick-shifting nine-speed gearbox and general
ease-of-use only strengthen the Mercs case for
self-drive buyers who are undoubtedly the ones
most interested in this version of the C-class.
Simply put, the Merc gives you more for your half
crore rupees. AI

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Mercedes-Benz C 250 d Avantgarde BMW 320d M Sport


verdict
rating
L/W/H
Wheelbase
Kerb weight
Engine
Power
Torque
Power to weight
Gearbox
Tyre size (f-r)

Powerful, refined and classy, the Merc


is the more complete luxury sedan.
HHHHHHHHII
4686/1810/1442mm
Our
2840mm
CHOICE
1650kg
4 cyls, 2143cc, twin turbo-diesel
204hp at 3800rpm
500Nm at 1600-1800rpm
123.6hp per tonne
9-speed automatic
225/50 R17

Great as a sports sedan and comfy


too, but doesnt feel as special.
HHHHHHHHII
4633/1811/1424mm
2810mm
1525kg
4 cyls, 1995cc, turbo-diesel
190hp at 4000rpm
400Nm at 1750-2500rpm
124.6hp per tonne
8-speed automatic
225/45 R18

PerFOrMance Acceleration (from rest)


Kph
Sec
0.79
20
1.79
40
3.24
60
5.25
80
7.89
100
10.80
120
14.72
140
19.32
160
25.46
180

Sec
0.79
1.78
3.15
4.96
7.25
10.70
15.09
20.59
27.98

in-gear acceleratiOn
20-80kph (kickdown)
40-100kph (kickdown)

5.49s
6.44s

5.27s
6.71s

What it cOsts
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 45.2 lakh

Rs 44.5 lakh

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Paddle shifters
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and what we do. What they do is run Little Black Book, indias
fastest growing local discoveries platform. They want you to
fall in love with your city, celebrate it every single day through
their content.
dhruv mAThur,
Co-founder, Little Black Book
This experience has been fantastic. i
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these beautiful, powerful machines. its
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shereen bhArwAnI,
Creative Director &
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that you use to describe really sporty, luxury outfits and i think
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car. its sporty, luxurious, chic and it looks beautiful. Thats
when its standing still. She experienced it on the track too.

This has probably been the most memorable day of my life. This
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audi, as a brand, is a perfect mix of class, sport and luxury.
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nIshkA lullA,
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soundAryA jAyAchAndrAn,
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according to Soundarya, music comes
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aditya has been racing audis gT3 car for the last three years. a

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a year. as an instructor, its interesting for him to see how
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dynamic, sporty. Theyre a fun brand. Thats a point that
everyone present would heartily agree with.

PeTes TreaT
Selvin Jose finds himself engulfed by a barrage of supercars during a
weekend in Kochi; missing the Sunday mass isnt bad sometimes.
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he third edition of Petes Super Sunday


saw as many as 25 supercar owners line
up at the start line for a 100km drive
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friendly host Biju Paul told us many of
these supercar owners are regulars at
the event. The event, then, had to be befitting
to welcome the first-timers and to honour the
regulars. It certainly was, as at the pre-event
party veteran pop singer Usha Uthup welcomed
everyone singing hit numbers one after another.
But, everyone called it a night early; it was going
to be a long Sunday the call time at 6am. At
the break of dawn, the crowds gathered along
the roads were left bedazzled by the symphony of
exhaust sounds played by the supercars.
After the drive, all these supercars were parked

pon
JA Motorsports track-wea
Inde 2.0 was on display.

in a hall open to the public for viewing. The


moment the show was declared open, people
poured in, in huge numbers, which the
organisers claim were more than 1,00,000.
There were many attractions, and the show
wasnt just for supercars. The horsepower
extravaganza was seen in its grandeur as
many superbikes were part of the show too.
A Go-Kart track was part of the event to let
the aspiring racers in the crowd have a go at
setting impressive lap times. That apart, Rage
Motorsports Cyclone buggy and Mahindra
Racings Gaurav Gill were present there to
entertain the crowds. In short, this time around,
the show was much bigger and the organisers
signed off with a promise to come up with an
even larger show next time. AI

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Imagine coming across a sig
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No supercar show is
complete without a GT-R.
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the bigger supercars.
These motorcycles managed to hold
their own amidst the supercars.

Go-Karting also added


to the thrill quotient.

Rebel
with a Cause
Priyadarshan bawikar gets behind the wheel of
Jeeps latest small SUV the Renegade.

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Jeep | Drive
engineering prowess is when it comes to making
a car that knows its way around rough terrain.
On the road, we drove the Renegade with the
1.4-litre MultiAir II turbocharged petrol motor
which makes 160hp of peak power and 250Nm
of peak torque. Now while this motor doesnt
provide anything close to what you might call
blistering performance, it doesnt really feel
boring. One of the Renegades we drove came
with a six-speed manual gearbox which certainly
provided an engaging driving experience. The
nine-speed automatic on the other hand felt
a bit lazy to shift as compared to the similar
unit in the Grand Cherokee, but made for
rather seamless upshifts and downshifts. Out
on the road, you quickly realise that the car is
set-up quite well for tarmac use. Independent

The Renegade tackled


trails that wouldve
left other SUVs stuck.

Our Renegade had the slightly


drab all-black interiors.

Tail-lights look like jerry cans.

Bootspace is par for the course.

t might surprise most to know that the Jeep


Renegade is built on the Fiat 500X platform,
and is manufactured right alongside it at the
Fiat factory in Melfi, Italy. And its a properly
small car at that with a more compact
length and width than even the Hyundai
Creta. However, while out driving on the Moab
trail, it became pretty evident that the Renegade
does possess the abilities that should qualify it as
a true-blue Jeep.
Out on the trail, the Renegade did manage to
amaze most of us, being able to go wherever the
Wranglers and Grand Cherokees went, as long as
you drove a bit gingerly that is. Chalk that down
to the 2.4-litre Tigershark petrol motor which
delivers 184hp of power and 237Nm of torque, as
well as its highly capable permanent four-wheel-

9-speed auto box isnt too quick.

drive system called Jeep Active Drive. This


system features a rear axle disconnect system
that seamlessly switches between front-wheel
drive during normal operation and all-wheel
drive when traction needs change. The systems
Selec-Terrain dial automatically adjusts torque
split and throttle response to get the best
traction, depending on the surface you are on.
And you can even lock the system in 4WD if you
so wish. The Renegade also comes in a Trail
Rated Trailhawk model (which we didnt get
to drive), which gets a higher ground clearance,
increased approach, departure and breakover
angles and a low-range selector for the 4WD
system. But even without this trail rating, the
Renegade tackled trails that wouldve left other
SUVs stuck, and proved just how solid Jeeps

The Renegade appears


to be a bit too boxy
from the side.

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MacPherson struts all around and a stiff body


structure make for great on-road manners,
regardless of whether youre tackling bad roads
or smooth corners. While there wasnt too much
corner-carving mayhem on this drive, whatever
the roads did throw at the Renegade, it took it in
its stride.
According to Jeeps plan for India, the first
couple of launches headed here are the iconic
Wrangler and the luxurious Grand Cherokee,
both of which will come as CBUs. The Renegade
makes perfect sense for the market here, going
up against other small SUVs in the country
such as the Hyundai Creta and the Renault
Duster, but it would only be able to compete on
price if manufactured locally. The good news
is that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is setting up
a manufacturing plant in India to serve as an
export hub for certain Jeep models, particularly
the upcoming Compass replacement (C-SUV).
So while the company hasnt yet confirmed plans
on making the Renegade here, we expect them to
do so in the next couple of years. The Renegade
is also offered with a host of diesel engines in
Europe, which will make perfect sense for India.
With prices likely to start around the Rs 11 lakh
mark, this should be one SUV thatll appeal to a
large customer base and one that could give the
competition a good run for their money. AI

Jeep Renegade
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Rs 11 lakh (estimated)
4236mm
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2.4-litre, inline-four, petrol
184hp at 6400rpm
237Nm at 4400rpm
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lamborghini to khardung la

Jeep just turned 75, and to celebrate Priyadarshan Bawikar met up with iconic
off-road brand to take on some rugged terrain at its spiritual home in Utah.

ts been 75 years since the first Willys MB was


built for the US Army in 1941 (even before the
Jeep name came into being), and since then,
there have been very few cars better suited
to take on the rough stuff. Jeeps landmark
celebrations included a drive through some
amazing off-road trails located around the town
of Moab in Utah, along with getting our hands
on its latest concepts as well as some of the
most important historic models a proper past,
present and future of Jeep, if you will.

GhOsts Of JeeP PReseNt

Moab is home to some of the most incredible


terrains in the world. You see canyons carved by
the Colorado River and gorgeous rock formations
hundreds of millions of years old, among which
you can find evidence of dinosaur, as well
as primitive life that lived there. The perfect
location with some really challenging terrain. No
wonder the place plays host to the Moab Jeep
Safari each year.
We got to experience this unique terrain
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driving Jeeps 75th anniversary models of the


Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and the Renegade as
well. Traversing sand, dirt and even some proper
rocks which required crawling over provided
no challenge for the Wrangler, with its massive
ground clearance, capable 4WD system and
powerful 3.6-litre V6 petrol motor. But then
again, the Wrangler does score pretty high on
the companys Trail Rating. The surprising part
was just how easily the Grand Cherokee kept
up with the Wrangler though. Even though its
Trail Rating was significantly lower, it negotiated
the terrain without breaking a sweat far more
capable than any other luxury SUV in the market.
But the shocker of the day was the Renegade,
which even with its smaller 2.4-litre engine, low
ground clearance and no Trail Rating at all was
still able to make it over the same trails. More on
that later.

Trails are what the Wrangler


is designed for, and it led the
whole way over the course.

GhOsts Of JeeP futuRe

Day two was spent at the ranch getting some


wheel time behind the 2016 Easter Jeep
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The Grand Cherokee with its monocoque


chassis and independent suspension
provided fantastic ride quality off the road.

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No matter what the terrain, the


Jeeps got through with ease. An
art the company has perfected
over the past 75 years.

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FC-150 feels like a true farmers workhorse.


Concepts. Now these cars are hardly concepts
in the purest sense of the word, where designers
and engineers show off what the future possibly
holds. Jeeps Easter Concepts are all about letting
loose and are pretty much an excuse for the team
to channel their inner mad scientist.
The Trailcat is a perfect case in point. It
might have started off as a Wrangler, but the
final avatar, jacked up and stretched in all three
dimensions, is the very definition of looney. And
its not the lack of roof or real doors that Im

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Parking tickets added the perfect rustic touch.

We got a chance to
see the evolution of
the modern-day SUV
through Jeeps eyes.

Trailcat is a testament to the madness of Jeeps engineers.


talking about; its whats under the hood. It
packs a 6.2-litre Hemi V8 motor from the Dodge
Challenger Hellcat that makes 707hp. Every time
you floor the throttle, the chassis squirms, unable
to handle all that power, and the Trailcat bucks
up violently with a massive roar from its fairly
non-existent mufflers.
But my very favourite has to be the FC-150
concept. With an actual 1960s Forward Control
body (with all its dents, scars and rust still
intact) plonked on to a 2005 Wrangler chassis,

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The original Army Jeep Willys MB
from 1945 where it all started!

No doors, no roof... no problem for the Trailcat.


it was one of the most unique vehicles present
at Moab. To drive home its working-class
hero theme, the interiors were adorned with
a vintage duck- print roof liner, a CB radio,
a packet of cigarettes tucked away in the
dashboard, a coffee mug in the middle and
even some parking tickets tucked away in the
sun visor. Brilliant!

GhOsts Of JeeP Past

The 75th anniversary celebrations wouldnt

The CJ-5 was the first of the modern Wranglers.

The off-roader line-up looked


comfortably at home against
the craggy landscape.
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really be complete without sampling some of


the cars responsible for putting Jeep on the map.
And that meant driving a genuine 1945 Willys
MB in its original olive-drab garb or getting
behind the wheel of a 1945 CJ-2A, which was the
first civilian model Jeep. The 1973 CJ-5, which
was the precursor to the modern-day Wrangler,
with a V8 motor at that, showed just how much
things changed for the Willys over the years as
it became part of the mainstream automobile
space. The CJ-5 truly was a delight to drive and
still felt quick in todays day and age. Apart from
these, we also got a chance to see (and drive) the
evolution of the modern-day SUV, through Jeeps
eyes of course. Starting with the 1949 Willys
Wagon (the first steel-bodied station wagon), to
the highly popular 1983 Jeep Cherokee SJ and on
to the 1984 Jeep Cherokee XJ (the first four-door
with a unibody construction) as well as the 1991
Grand Wagoneer (the first real luxury SUV). The
grand history tour came to an end with the 1993
Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was the starting
point for the current Grand Cherokee. AI
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gAlloping
glory

As the new Mustang hits global markets,


this time with right-hand drive and official
backing, Richard Webber checks out the
five previous iterations of the galloping Ford.
PHOTOGRAPHY luc lAcey
With thAnks to the MustAng oWners club oF greAt britAin (Mocgb.net)

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steed for every


need. Thats how
Ford described
the 11 drivetrain
combinations
available by the
Mustangs fifth birthday in 1969. By
then, more than two million examples
of the pioneering pony car had been

sold a landmark it took Land Rover


57 years to reach with the Series Land
Rover and Defender. Today, as the
right-hand-drive, officially imported
sixth-generation model arrives, sales
are nearing the 10 million mark.
Yet the galloping Stang has barely
created a tremor in the UK. There
have been official imports before
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C l A s s i C (19 6 419 7 3)
THis is Genesis, the car that
created a formula to last 50 years:
sporting bodywork over a compact
chassis (by American standards,
at least), front engine, rear drive
and live rear axle. Although
notchback (read two-door sedan)
and convertible bodies were
available, as were straight-sixes,
it was the combination of fastback
coup styling and V8 power that
best matched the Mustangs
performance pretensions and
elevated it above the Ford Falcon
upon which it was based.
Cue Tony Pooks breathtaking,
signal Flare Red 1966 Fastback
in GT trim. Although first-gen
Mustangs were available through
a UK concessionaire, Pook bought
his last year fresh from Arizona
following a thorough restoration.
The Mustang was created with
tinkering in mind, and Pooks car
features a transplanted engine, the
original 213hp, 289cu in (4,727cc)
small-block overhead-valve
Windsor V8 having been replaced
by a 233hp, 302cu in (4,942cc)
version of the same that runs a

even right-hookers, as well see but


most of us fill the space between
the legendary first-gen car and the
outgoing model with little more than
a fog of vague recollection.
Today, were joining the dots all
the way from 1964 to 2014. We have
each of the five generations of Ford
Mustang on hand all privately
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owned, and all V8s, naturally. Now,


there are online tracts dedicated
to the minutiae of model years
and variants should you wish to
explore them. Instead, were going
to sketch the outline of each car
before shading in with first-hand
driving impressions. So let the 40-pot
cubefest begin

four-barrel edelbrock carb.


installed in the largely original
interior, i drink in the distinctive
layout, finish and details: twin-cowl
dashboard with wooden inserts,
thin-rimmed wheel embellished
with mother-of-pearl, chromed
switches and compressed
speedo font.
The V8 fires into a steady idle
and begins to bellow as i pull away.
More pedal pressure and the bellow
deepens then gains a growling
overdub a softer soundtrack than
Frank Bullitts big-block 6.4-litre
390 GTs snarling wall of sound,
but classier, too. The car isnt
especially quick (think 8.5sec to
97kph), but the powertrains noise,
keen throttle response and top-end
poke prove extremely addictive.
The ride is loping but stable,
and isnt the limiting factor
when cornering. That falls to the
delayed action of the over-assisted
recirculating ball steering thats
further hampered by an understeer
habit, as nearly 60 percent of
the cars 1,400kg burdens the
front axle.

This 66 Fastback gets a transplanted engine; interior is largely same as original car.
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M u s tA n g i i (19 7419 78)


THe WHiTe CAR here is the
black sheep among our group. A
spluttering economy, rising oil prices
and tightened emissions regulations
blighted the pony car sector and
the Mustang had to adapt to survive.
The original car had stretched to
4,763mm by its final iteration and
had once forged more than 507hp (in
1969s 7.0-litre Boss 429
special). something smaller and
cleaner was needed.
This time, the little Ford Pinto
provided the underpinnings,
shrinking the Mustang to 4,445mm.

During its first year, engines were


limited to an almost unbelievably
meek 89hp four-pot and a 106hp
version of the 2.8-litre Cologne V6
later seen in the Mk3 Capri.
Yet it was a forecourt success,
tripling sales to 3,86,000 in 1974.
The 302 V8 returned in 1975, making
just 124hp. so equipped is Tony
Wilcoxs notchback Mustang ii Ghia.
Ghia spec includes the part-vinyl
roof and a plump, cosy burgundy
boudoir of an interior thats mainly
trimmed in velour and adventurously
textured plastics. The big surprise

is a starboard-mounted tiller, an
official conversion supplied via
Fords imports office in Mayfair.
The Mustang ii remained the only
sanctioned right-hand-drive UK
model until 2015.
Underpowered or not, its still
a V8, rumbling at idle. it chugs
endearingly under load and offers
unexpected perkiness above
3,000rpm, although progress
remains stately. The primary ride is
(almost) as forgiving as the
plush upholstery, but sharper
bumps resonate. The steering is far

more responsive than in the


66, but spookily light in constantradius cornering.
This stang kept the nameplate
alive during a difficult period and
deserves recognition for that.

Velour burgundy interior of the Ghia.

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these Were still uncertain times,
but upon the Fox platform (which
supported myriad Fords, Mercurys
and lincolns) the Mustang was slowly
and tentatively ushered back into
performance territory. Facelifts in
1983 and 1987 modernised its design
inside and out, rear leaf springs were
at last dropped in favour of coils and a
five-speed manual gearbox emerged.
Don hardy works at Fords
Dagenham engine plant and is a Fox
hunter of the legal kind, owning several
and co-founding the Fox Doctors
owners club. by the time his 1987
car was built, carburettors had been
dropped altogether, and his high
output V8 (still the venerable 302)
makes a decent 228hp. Drop-tops
were reintroduced after their series
ii absence, but hardys is one of a few
tin-top gts adapted by coachbuilder
American sunroof corporation into
two-seat convertibles designed to
court Mercedes-benz sl fans with a

bodykit, fared-in roof mechanism and


lashings of hide to embellish the twotone plastic interior.
Despite the oddly high seating
position that brushes my head against
a roof cross member, the Fox has
a lower, sportier stance than the
Mustang ii. the speedo goes up to
only 137kph, but contemporary tests
put the cars top speed at just under
240kph, with 0-100kph taking 6.4sec.
its tractable from below 2,500rpm,
meaning kickdown isnt essential
for overtaking, yet some of the 66
Fastbacks bellowing urgency is revived
in the Foxs 4,000-5,000rpm sweet
spot. the steering is much improved,
too not quick, but consistent and
with some feel and although the ride
remains soft with occasional jitters,
body control is far neater than before.
its a driving experience thats easily
recognisable as a Mustangs.
in the light of the 2015 Mustangs
entry-level 2.3-litre ecoboost engine,
an apposite side note to the Foxs story
is the 1984 limited-run, twin-spoilered
sVo, which used a turbocharged
version of the Mustang iis 2.3 to make
177hp with the help of an iMsA racingbred intercooler. the sVo impressed
at the time with its combination
of performance, composure and
Hardys Fox Mustang is a converted GT. understeer-curbing setup.

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s n 9 5 A n d n e w e d g e (19 9 42 0 0 4)
the Fox PlAtForM was heavily
modified rather than replaced for the
sn95-generation car (introducing
range-wide all-disc brakes in the
process), but it was the end of the
line for the small-block Windsor V8,
retired in 1995 after three decades
of Mustang service. Although
the sn95s 302 produced a stillconservative 218hp, there was a final
flourish for the Windsor in the stroked
304hp 5.8-litre sVt cobra r roadgoing racer.
A 3.8-litre essex V6 anchored the
range, but the gts engine bay was
filled with a 16-valve sohc version
of Fords new modular 4.6-litre V8.
initially no more powerful than the
302, its output rose to 264hp for the
1999 facelift that also sharpened the
exterior to fit Fords global new edge
design language.
After a 30-year canter, the

Mustang finally broke into a gallop


again in 2003. the new edge sVt
cobra the first (and until 2015,
the only) Mustang with independent
rear suspension produced 395hp
using a supercharged 32-valve Dohc
version of the 4.6 V8 to hit 100kph in
4.6sec. the Mach 1 badge, introduced
in 1969, was revived to sit below
it, bringing us to kevin Mortimerhampsons car.
its extrovert exterior is countered
by a conservative cabin: plastic-heavy
but functional, with gentle nods to
early Mustangs. upon ignition, the
shaker air scoop justifies its name,
quaking atop a naturally aspirated
32-valve 4.6 that makes 309hp
in stock form but more like 364hp
here, thanks to intake and exhaust
upgrades and a custom remap. the
engine note is higher-pitched than
the small blocks but still aggressive,

and the exhaust tone is moreishly


thunderous. From 2,800rpm, theres
real clout, too.
Although the suspension is
factory-lowered, the ride is extremely
comfortable, yet the accompanying
dive and roll are stable. A chunky

aftermarket short-shift kit requires


little articulation between five manual
ratios, but takes two deliberate
movements, and the over-light
steering doesnt reassure. but the
Mach 1 proves a barnstorming cruiser,
and great fun for it.

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vastly improved body control. theres a


heightened appetite for cornering, partly
due to a front-end mass thats closer to
50 percent than 60 percent.
the five-speed auto box doesnt get
the best from the V8 and the screaming
aftermarket exhaust isnt quite equalled
by the engines performance; 4,000rpm
is needed before it really starts to
heave. (For full fireworks, see the
662hp supercharged 5.8-litre gt500
from 2013.) but this is still a 5.2secto-100kph car and the most complete
Mustang so far.
A 2010 makeover was followed by the
introduction of the new coyote version
of the modular V8 a 5.0-litre, 32-valve
Dohc unit good for 418hp. And its this
engine and the s197s retro design ethos
that form the building blocks of the
2015 Mustang.
it has been a treat to drive these
diverse cars, each one an idiosyncratic
character that reinterpreted the
Mustang spirit for its time. For our time,
theres independent rear suspension,
right-hand drive and official uk sales. We
could be the luckiest ones yet. AI

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it WAs bAck to the future when the next


Mustang was previewed at the 2003
Detroit motor show; the gt concept
traced the silhouette of the original
Fastback and borrowed plenty of exterior
and interior details. the s197 production
model retained most of that atop Fords
D2c platform, which was related to the
Jaguar s-types. new front suspension
was influenced by the Mondeo, yet the
modified rear axle remained solid.
but the new car was also more than
150mm longer and wider than the
original and around 300kg heavier.
indeed, Patrick howsons 2005 car
makes the 66 Fastback look delicate
and petite. Although a V6 engine
and convertible body were available,
like most s197s imported to the uk,
howsons is a gt coup featuring a
304hp 24-valve version of the 4.6 V8
equipped with variable valve timing.
by european yardsticks, its not
sophisticated, but the s197 is a far
slicker proposition than any of its
forebears in both quality and dynamics,
from the upgraded interior finishes to the
well-weighted, progressive steering and

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Ira and Ken head out for a drive from
Mumbai to Goa in the Hyundai i20
Active to check out its many talents.

Ira Is a nutritionist who believes in healthy living. Ken, who


played basketball for the university team, is now on top of
the game as a banker. In spite of a busy work schedule, this
young couple regularly takes time off to recharge their batteries.
Their idea of a break is to live more. To dine from the buffet of
experiences life has to offer. They are active participants on
their journey on earth.
Ira and Ken were in search of a new car. To them, a car is not
a lifestyle statement. A car has to enable their lifestyle rather
than define it. When offered the Hyundai i20 Active for a long
weekend in Goa to experience the car, they were happy to share
their journey. Sitting at the luxurious Deltin Suites in Goa the
next evening, they detailed out their experiences.
Ira and Kens trip had started from the metropolis of Mumbai
in the early hours of the morning. The 600km trip had taken

them through a combination of expressways, state highways,


hills and village roads. The ideal stage to check out the Hyundai
i20 Active.
Not being very car-savvy people, the couple did not have
a clear idea about the Hyundai i20 Active. When the car drew
up, they could not stop smiling. The Hyundai i20 Active is a
flamboyant car from any angle you look at it. What adds to it
is the cars macho demeanour. The rugged bumpers, body
cladding and roof rails along with the high-ground clearance
boost its muscular stance. What Ira really liked were the
headlamps with LED daytime-running lights, projector beams
and even cornering lights. She also noticed subtle touches like
the chunky new fuel filler lid and glossy-finish black C-pillar.
This is a couple whose mantra in life is fitness. They exercise
every day to stay in shape. The sleek athletic lines of the car

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into the car. But once he slid into the drivers seat, he realised
that there was not only enough space for him, but he could
have fit in his brother, who is two inches taller, in the rear seat
without any discomfort. What he also liked was that he didnt
have to take his hands off the steering to control the various
communication and entertainment options built into the
car. But Kens favourite feature was the cars smart key that
allows him to open and start the car without removing the fob
from his pocket. The sensors automatically unlock the door
at the touch of a button and a push-button start/stop system
adds to the cars allure. The car has every feature and piece of

equipment he can think of, and then some. Ken remarked that to him,
it seemed that the designers of the car wanted to serve and pamper
their occupants like the best luxury hotels do.
On the other hand, what caught Iras eye was the interior detailing.
The all-black colour palette is accented by orange highlights, including
the gear knob, giving the car a sporty feel. The rich tapestry of detailing
and materials also got a thumbs up from Ira. For this health-conscious
lady, the biggest draw was the cluster ioniser that deodorises and
purifies the cabin air blowing out of the fully automatic air-conditioning

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comfort. After a 12-hour drive, she felt as fresh as if she had just
stepped out of the Deltin Suites swimming pool.
While others lounged around by the pool, sipping their drinks and
gorging from the Deltins elaborate menu, Ira and Ken had signed up
for a session of water sports. Their active lifestyle called for action
and adventure. And the Hyundai i20 Active fit the bill perfectly.
The long drive to Goa had made Ken appreciate the motor
under the hood. Powering this car was the 1.4L U2 CRDi diesel
engine. Ken was happily surprised at how refined this diesel
motor was. And it loved to be revved in a manner most unlike
a diesel engine. Ken discovered that the light, six-speed manual
gearbox can be left in a higher gear at lower-than-average revs,
and the car will move forward with little hesitation. Churning out
88.7hp of power, the car turns into a rocket ship at
the twitch of the right foot. Hungry for the
same adrenaline rush, Ken had gone
jet-skiing in Goa. The exhilaration of
a powerful motor hurtling you
towards the horizon is the same
as on land, as in sea.
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described the ride in the
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calming and peaceful as
parasailing. The suspension
system of the car makes you
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throughout the drive, filtering out the roads imperfections.
Ira and Ken are not into gambling. And thats why the
Hyundai i20 Actives suite of safety features appealed to them.
The anti-lock braking system had kicked in when a careless
biker suddenly decided to cut in ahead of the car. The ABS
system allowed Ken to steer away from the biker without
losing control of the car. He was glad that they did not have
to test the efficacy of the air bags. Another safety feature that
caught their eye was the smart pedal. During simultaneous
operation of the brake and accelerator pedal, the smart pedal
overrides the accelerator pedal and applies just the brake.
Despite their disinterest in games of chance, the couple did
have a go at the Casino in Deltin Suites to tick off another life
experience. They actually came away with a modest profit!
Ira and Kens Hyundai experience did not just meet their
expectations, but surpassed them. Here was a car that reflected
their values and enabled their way of living. The Hyundai
experience was not just about the Hyundai i20 Active, but the
complete Hyundai experience. The peace of mind knowing
that this car would not let you down when you are miles away
from anywhere. And even when you are in the middle of
nowhere, you know a Hyundai service station is not far away.
On being asked what their favourite part of the trip was,
they revealed that it was yet to come. They were planning to
take the long way back home, turning the one-day drive into a
three-day holiday. When you experience a Hyundai drive with
the i20 Active, life is a never-ending adventure.

Location courtesy: Deltin Suites, Goa

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event, with 17 editions completed so far.
the desert Storm has been challenging
the runners and riders for 14 years while
the comparatively new dakshin dare has
been running successfully since 2009.

RALLY
RAIDS

Raid De
Himalaya,
Desert Storm
and Dakshin
Dare are the
NatioNal supeRleague
blue riband
Rally ChampioNship
given the tough and demanding nature events.

of rally raids, it might be unthinkable


to wake up one day and decide to
tackle mother natures most diversely
challenging terrain the Himalayas,
the thar or the hills of the South.
Understanding that more drivers and
enthusiasts would want
to gain more experience in a
competitive environment before
transitioning into the top realm,
maruti Suzuki has introduced
the national Superleague rally
Championship this year.
With the calendar made up of
six events across the country, enthusiasts

IN CONVERSATION

RS KALSI
Executive director, marketing and sales,
Maruti Suzuki India Limited

from all walks of life can come and


put their driving skills to test in a
competitive environment. With events
covering some of the most picturesque
locales, competitors need to participate
in all six events to qualify for
the championship.

autoCRoss
a well-known maruti Suzuki initiative
maruti Suzuki autocross is where
it all starts. road cars driven by
everyday people from all walks of life.
this is where interest can convert to
enthusiasm thanks to the rush of

attacking a tight, challenging course in


a car that youd commute to office in. a
combination of dirt and tarmac layouts
can enable you learn a lot about your car
and its limits which ultimately leads to
a safer drive amidst the organised chaos
that is Indian traffic.
With rounds in delhi, mumbai and
Bengaluru, a huge throng of novice and
experienced competitors attack the track,
learning to push their cars to the limits.
getting your first taste of competitive
motorsport in an accessible, economical
and convenient environment doesnt get
any better.

This was the 14th edition of the Desert Storm. What are
your thoughts?
We have done pioneering work on promoting motorsport
among the youth and desert Storm is one of our most
important cross-country rallies. We are continuously
improving on the format and there were a few new things,
including the flexi format in the Xplore category.
importantly, we focused on the safety aspect as well, and
each vehicle was equipped with a GPS tracker system.
We had the highest-ever participation of over 200
competitors, and participation from female drivers has been
on the rise as well, with 13 women competing in this edition
of the desert Storm. Going forward, we would like to make
this format of rallying even more challenging.
Maruti has been the pioneer in motorsport for several
years now. What is the motivation and vision as far as
Marutis involvement is concerned?
We want to promote motorsport among the youth, but in
india, it is still at a very nascent stage. although we have
done 17 and 14 years of the raid de Himalaya and desert
Storm, respectively, motorsport is yet to catch the fancy of
the masses. this is the reason we are promoting autocross
which is a relatively more accessible format and these
competitors graduate to time-Speed-distance format of
rallying, like in the National Superleague rally championship
instated this year and before eventually making it to
the cross-country rallying. i am sure that some of our
participants here will eventually graduate to the dakar
which is the toughest rally in the world.

RANA
WEATHERS THE STORM
After suffering a sunstroke on day one, Team Marutis Suresh Rana
staged a fabulous recovery to emerge as the winner six days later.

Suresh Rana in
his Grand Vitara
takes the start at
Hanumangarh for
the opening leg of
the 2016 Maruti
Suzuki Desert
Storm.

Six days and


2,200km later in
Jodhpur, Rana
and navigator
Ashwin Naik seal
the victory in style,
alongside executive director of
marketing, RS
Kalsi (extreme left).

tHE dESErt Storm one of Indias


toughest rally raids, behind only
perhaps the raid de Himalaya in terms
of challenge is a tough proposition for
competitors as it is. the vast expanse of

the thar desert, long stages with no prior


recce and a massive potential of going
sightseeing (rally speak for wasting time
by wandering off the prescribed route),
is no walk in the park.

traditionally, the desert Storm is


held in the month of February, and
understandably so before the torturous
summer sets in at the heart of rajasthan.
this year though, the event was
pushed into april as organisers wanted
to align the desert Storm with other
international cross-country raids on
the FIa calendar. this was possibly the
only slot available before the even more
relentless heat kicked in, and northern
motorsport, the event organiser took it.
nine-time raid winner rana, who
hails from manali where temperatures
seldom breach 20 degree Celsius, is, of
course, no stranger to the arid environs of
the thar, being a four-time desert Storm
winner in his 11 years of competition.
However, he managed to underestimate
the challenges of the sweltering heat and
suffered a sunstroke on the opening day
of the rally, losing precious time to rival
aabhishek mishra.

I havent participated here in april so


I just didnt expect it to be so hot, and
I was not prepared. I had a lot of issues
with the heat, just not being used to it.
Leg 1 especially, I was unable to do the
times we were hoping to. Luckily, we
managed to recover in Leg two and work
on regaining the lost ground from then
on, commented rana after the finish.
aabhishek mishra, on the other
hand, was relishing the challenge and
extending his lead at the head of the
standings, a chunk of that coming in
the opening two legs whilst rana was
struggling with the adverse conditions.
So far, everything has been good for
us but it is still a long rally to go, nothing
can be predicted. In the early stages, the
car was also fresh but now, it is no more
the case, as things are taking a toll. So, we
need to keep it cool and finish the rally.
Wherever we get a chance to push, well
push, but for now, the strategy is to keep

calm and get closer to the finish. If we


need to push somewhere there, well go
for it, said mishra as the rally left Bikaner
after Leg two with the Jaipur driver
having amassed a consequential lead of
over 15 minutes.
Yes, I think he [aabhishek] made
a lot of time which was not possible
otherwise, as I made a lot of mistakes

Above: Tyre
pressure is critical
in sweltering
temperatures.
Below: Lots of
imported metal
featured in the
Moto class.

under heat exhaustion. after a


bad day one, I was far from my
best on the second day as well, but I
was telling myself to just make it to day
three somehow which is where we
started pushing. I wanted to put him
under pressure as I was hoping that
hed make a mistake somewhere and
eventually thats what happened, rana
added, alluding to a massive accident
mishra had in the SS9 in Jaisalmer.
mishra and navigator PVS murthy
managed to escape serious harm after
rolling over their grand Vitara several
times, with mishra reportedly suffering a
concussion while murthy ended up with
a dislocated shoulder.
Both rana and navigator ashwin
naik, along with eventual runner-up
amanpreet ahluwalia and Virender
Kashyap stopped mid-stage to help the
duo after the incident before continuing
the rally.

From there on, with only three


stages remaining rana cruised to a
comfortable finish, winning the desert
Storm in style ahead of amanpreet
ahluwalia who came in over a minute
and 10 seconds behind clearly
showcasing the advantage of the more
modern Vitara over the erstwhile king of
off-road the gypsy.
ahmedabads niju Padia, with
navigator nirav mehta, finished a
commendable third in their Pajero Sport
despite several small setbacks
over the course of the rally.
It was quite close in the
end with just three
minutes separating
them from second
placed ahluwalia.

Jasmohan Singh (navigator gunpreet


Sawhney) and Lt Col S Baja (navigator
Capt HS rathore) rounded off the top
five in Xtreme, both drivers piloting a
maruti gypsy.

moto
ace motorcycle rallyist CS Santosh
was the clear favourite going into the
2016 desert Storm gunning for a
hat-trick of desert Storm titles this year.
the Bengaluru rider was astride his
Suzuki rmZ 450Z pretty
much the same chassis
that he competed
at the dakar with,
just three months
ago. Competition
included tVS racings

Left: The good ol


Gypsy and (Above)
the brand-new
Vitara Brezza,
both proved the
mettle of Marutis
stable amidst
treacherous
conditions.
Paraplegic
athlete Markus
Psendorfer of
Team Austria
works on his KTM
Quad prior to the
ceremonial start.

Facing page: The


custom sub-frame
of CS Santoshs
Suzuki acts as
a fuel tank.
Right: Tripy and
GPS help riders
navigate the sands.

aravind KP and r natraj, both aboard


tVS rtr 450s and an entourage from
austria including three dakar finishers
siblings rene and Kurt Steinhart and
robert Hirt, with all riders astride Ktm
machinery. Paraplegic athlete markus
Psendorfer was a part of team austria
as well, aboard a Ktm Quad.
Santosh made a conservative start,
eking out a two-minute advantage over
Jess david on day one but made his
intentions clear at the end of Leg two as
he made a staggering 20 minutes over
his competition. It was instantly clear
that he was pretty much untouchable
and he went on to amass a scarcely
believable lead that stretching
to over an hour to his closest
competitor aravind K P. In

the penultimate stage though, he was


slapped with a penalty of 60 minutes
for missing a passage control section
in the second night stage. despite the
stroke of luck, making seven minutes
over the final stage proved to be an
insurmountable task for the tVS rider
and Santoshs massive cushion helped
him secure the top spot without any fuss.
talking about the challenges of the
Storm compared to international rallies
including the dakar, Santosh remarked,

150 KM

The length of the longest


special stage in the 2016
Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm.

I think when I did the desert Storm first


[2014], it was one of the longest rallies
in India. But when I moved on to do
international events, I realised that
the stages that we do here are really,
really short!
Like abu dhabi [FIa cross-country
championship event] itself was 250km
every day in the dunes. and then, of
course, the dakar where you do 450500km of Super Special stages with
liason on top of that, so you end up
doing 800km a day for almost two
weeks straight. Here, thats pretty much
the length of the rally, he added.

NduRe
In the ndure category, competitors,
for the most part, traversed the same
terrains as Xtreme teams but in the
time-Speed-distance format. SK

Four
Number of Maruti Suzuki
vehicles in the top five finishers
of the Desert Storm.

ajgar ali and his navigator mK


mohammed musthafa managed to
cement themselves in the lead from
the get-go, completing the opening
two legs with a penalty of one minute,
3 seconds. their closest competitors
Jagmeet gill and Chandan Sen were
some distance behind with a penalty of
four minutes, 24 seconds. Vishnu Singh
and adhithya anthony were third after
Leg two and while a close fight ensued
for second and third places, ali didnt
relinquish the lead even once for the

Servicing is a way
of life for Desert
Storm competitors.

Mankind vs Desert.
Guess who won?

duration of the event.


Eventually, it was the Singhanthony duo who clinched
second place on the podium
while gill-Sen had to settle for third
as the rallyists made it to Jodhpur for
the final leg.

XploRe
this year, the Xplore category in
the desert Storm followed a rather
interesting format. With an aim to make
the tough rally more accessible for

Mission control for


car participants Terra Trip on the
extreme left for
accurate distances,
Tripy the digital
road book in the
middle and a GPS
for positioning
assistance.

result
maruTi suzuki DeserT sTorm 2016
03 april 10 april
Delhi JoDhpur
XTreme Cars
1. SureSh rana/
a naik

Grand Vitara

12:52:03 hrS

2. amanpreet ahluwalia/
V kaShyap

Gypsy

3. niju padia/ n mehta pajero sport

14:02:11 hrS
14:05:41 hrS

NDure Cars
1. Sk ajgar/
mkm muSthafa

regular enthusiasts, the event followed a


flexi-route format.
two overall legs were planned, with
delhi to Jaisalmer (Xplore dawn) being
the first and Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
(Xplore dusk) being the other. Both
being independent legs, the Xplore
rally was effectively a three-day affair
the shorter length demanding lesser
commitment and attracting the more
enthusiasts to get their first taste of
competitive rallying.
However, the competition in Xplore

was anything but casual, the teams


having a close fight for the length of
the rally with several changes in the
running order.
In the end, it was Pratap and his
navigator t nagarajan who fought their
way to the top of the timesheets
in Xplore, with rajesh Chalana
and arindam ghosh finishing
runner-up. team marutis
Karthick maruthi and S
Shankar anand rounded off
the podium.

Grand Vitara

00:23:12 hrS

Gypsy

00:42:13 hrS

2. ViShnu Singh/
a anthony

3. jagmeet gill/ C Sen Grand Vitara

00:58:06 hrS

Xplore Cars
1. pratap/t nagarajan swift

00:02:01 hrS

2. rajeSh Chalana/
a ghoSh

s Cross

00:03:20 hrS

Vitara Brezza

00:03:39 hrS

3. karthiCk maruthi/
SS anand

moTo QuaD
1. CS SantoSh

suzuki rMz 450z 11:19:28 hrS

2. araVind kp

tVs rtr 450

11:28:06 hrS

3. r nataraj

tVs rtr 450

12:35:30 hrS

CVT-equipped Balenos
command a longer
waiting period.

new cars

deals
sidelIghTS

Wait for Baleno helps s-cross


long waiting period for the Baleno and a price overlap make some
customers go for the S-cross instead.

he Baleno, launched last year,


has been very well-received
with sales already over 44,000
units. Since its launch, the
Baleno commanded a waiting period
of around two weeks, which shot up
to two to three months very quickly.
Now with Maruti exporting the car
as well, the waiting period has risen
to almost six months in most cities,
regardless of the engine or gearbox
option chosen.
Speaking to Autocar India in
January, Partho Banerjee, senior vice
president (Nexa Channel), marketing
and sales, said, We did not anticipate

such a response for the Baleno. The


waiting period of close to six months
is likely to continue.
This long wait is pushing some
buyers to look at Marutis other
Nexa offering, the S-cross, which is
priced close to the Baleno diesel.
For example, the diesel-powered
top-spec Baleno Alpha is priced
at Rs 8.33 lakh, and the 1.3
S-cross Delta costs Rs 8.75 lakh
(ex-showroom, Delhi). So, for just
approximately Rs 40,000 more,
buyers can upgrade to a crossover
that is bigger and more practical
than a premium hatchback. This is

turning out to be a sensible choice


for some buyers as there is not much
of a waiting period on the S-cross,
and most deliveries are done within a
month from the date of booking.
For the Baleno, dealers tell us that
the six-month waiting period is for
most trims, except the Delta trim
which has a four to five-month waiting
period. The CVT-equipped Balenos on
the other hand are commanding an
even longer waiting period of seven
to eight months. Most dealers have
informed customers to expect their
Balenos to be delivered around Diwali,
if the booking was made in April.

deal of the month

WHAT? Mahindra Scorpio


HOW MUCH? Up to Rs 25,000 off.
Mahindras SUV is facing heat from
the recent launches of the updated
Duster and the Creta. It is available
at a discount of about Rs 25,000,
depending on availability of stocks.

WHAT? ToyoTa ForTuner


HOW MUCH? Up to Rs 75,000 off.
Toyotas rugged ladder-frame SUV
takes on the likes of the new Ford
Endeavour, Chevrolet Trailblazer
and the Pajero Sport. It is available
at a discount of around Rs 65,00075,000 in some cities.

Volvo S60 Up to Rs 5 lakh off


VolVoS S60 SEDAN is
the Swedish carmakers
answer to the likes of the
newly launched Jaguar
XE, the recently updated
BMW 3-series sedan and
the Mercedes C-class. The
S60, in India, is available
with two diesel and one
petrol engine option and
unlike most of its rivals, is Volvo S60 is available with two diesels and one petrol motor.

www.autocarindia.com

sold as a fully imported


vehicle. There are
discounts ranging from
Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh on
the S60 diesel sedan, and
they go on to the higher
side for the T6 petrol
variant, as that variant is
one of the slowest-selling
ones in Volvos S60 lineup for India.

WHAT? MercedeS GLe 350d


HOW MUCH? Up to Rs 1.5 lakh off.
Essentially a facelifted Ml-class, the
glE 350d is the more powerful but
less popular model in the line-up.
Dealers are offering a discount of
around Rs 1.5 lakh, depending on
availability and location.

Discounts vary from city to city. Please check with your local dealer for exact discounts, which may not match figures quoted in this issue.

WHAT? hyundai i20


HOW MUCH? Up to Rs 20,000 off.
hyundais i20 takes on the likes of
the Maruti Baleno and honda Jazz.
hyundais premium hatchback is
offered with a discount of Rs 20,000,
depending on the variant.

MAy 2016 AUTOCAR iNdiA 155

deals

toyota Innova diesel from rs 5.5 lakh

used cars

fuel pump

AC Compressor

check when the unit was


last replaced as it needs
to be changed every
60,000km and will set
you back by a significant
rs 25,000.

a few Innova buyers


have complained about
the ac compressor
and evaporator failing.
replacing both will cost
around rs 72,000.

ace of space

The Innova is a reliable, spacious


and easy-to-maintain MpV with
comfy interiors and a strong engine.

GOOd FOR Space, reliability and engine lOOK OUt FOR AC compressor, battery issues, fuel pump failure

PhotograPhy Kuldeep ChAudhARI

FactFile
years produced 2009-2012
Price when new From Rs 7.66 lakh
engine 2494cc, four-cylinder diesel
Power 103hp torque 200Nm
0-100kph 17.50sec top speed
146kph economy City/highway
10.3/12.7kpl

ver the years, the Toyota Innova


has been a byword for reliability
and build quality. launched in
2005, the Innova replaced the
tough Qualis that won many hearts.
With a refreshed facelift and subtle
design changes, Toyota launched an

updated version in 2009 which set


the bar higher. And this is the version
were focusing on. The Innova ticks
all the right boxes in terms of space,
practicality, engine performance and
reliability. The option of a dependable
and easy-to-maintain seven-seater with
all the features and comfort is tempting.
The third row, however, is slightly
cramped. That apart, a good suspension
set-up gives it a nice and comfortable
ride. While a new one is priced from
Rs 13.32 lakh to Rs17 lakh, you can
score a used one for as little as Rs 5.5
lakh. But before you start browsing for
one, there are a few niggles you should
be aware of, despite it being a Toyota.

The raked windscreen and curved D-pillar try hard to hide the boxy shape.

BATTerY

check the alternator and


battery as some cars have
a relay issue. a new battery
will cost rs 6,250 and an
alternator rs 3,500.

rs 7,25,000

The dashboard has a hardy build and ages quite well.

The D4-D turbo diesel engine is responsive and has very little turbo lag.

Used caR PRices tOyOta innOva


*Data supplied by Indian Blue Book

e 7-seater
e 8-seater
G1 8-seater
G4 7-seater
G4 8-seater
V 8-seater
V 7-seater

2009
Min
Max
5.0 5.25
5.35 5.40
6.0 6.40
6.15 6.50
6.35 6.75
6.85 7.15
6.50 6.85

All prices are in Rs lakh for Delhi,


Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore*

2010
Min Max
5.15 5.30
5.45 5.85
6.20 6.45
6.25 6.55
6.50 7.0
7.0 7.25
6.75 7.0

2011
Min Max
5.30 5.40
6.0 6.25
6.25 6.50
6.85 7.15
7.25 7.55
7.45 7.85
7.25 7.35

2012
Min Max
5.45 6.00
6.30 6.45
6.45 6.60
7.25 7.85
7.85 8.0
8.0 8.25
7.45 7.85

www.indianbluebook.com

Used caR index


High
Medium

This May 2009 model is in


good mechanical and cosmetic
condition and has covered
1,60,000km. Its a first-owner
car and the seller is open to
negotiation.
car courtesy pankaj, Mumbai
call 9769986445

Low

Depreciation

Spares

Running costs

engine is idling roughly. A rough idle is


mainly due to the fuel injectors clogging
and is a result of adulterated diesel
used. A replacement set of fuel injectors
costs Rs 10,000-12,000. Also, the
fuel pump needs to be changed every
60,000km which wil set you back by
around Rs 25,000-30,000, along with
the fuel filter which is Rs 2,750. Brakes
on the Innova are more than good
with strong stopping power. however,
it is advised to change the brake pads
every 35,000km, depending on usage.
A replacement set of four will cost you
Rs 6,000-8,000. Cosmetic repairs
like front and rear bumper repainting
can lighten your wallet by Rs 11,000.
Maintaining the Innova is stress-free
as it needs only a basic service every
15,000km that will cost around
Rs 15,000. The Innova overall, is pretty
solid and hassle-free. Need a car with
space, comfort, good performance and
easy maintenance? look no further.
JAY pATIl

deal OF tHe MOntH


Innova 2.5 v 8-seater

Price rs 5.5 lakh


(June 2009; 53,000km)
Price when new Rs 12.03 lakh
(on-road, delhi)
savings Rs 6.53 lakh
Where Khanna Motors, delhi
call 9810066505

rs 7,50,000

This May 2011 model is in great


cosmetic and mechanical shape
and has covered over 1,20,000km.
however, price is not negotiable.
car courtesy Michael Stockmann
call 9711188874

rs 7,50,000

This October 2009-registered


model has covered over
1,00,000km but is in good
mechanical condition.
car courtesy Saad Motors, pune
call 9822782222

If you would like to see your used


car featured here, please e-mail
a picture and details to
usedcars@haymarketsac.com

Some images used for representational purposes only; prices vary as per car and market conditions.

The battery and alternator are


prone to failure due to an electric relay
issue or if the car hasnt been run for a
long time. A new replacement battery
will cost you Rs 6,250. Also make
sure to check the AC cooling as a few
Innovas have reported AC failure. The
likely causes are the compressor or
evaporator failing, and a replacement
will set you back by Rs 30,000 or
Rs 42,000 respectively. Innovas
are mile munchers and a used one
has probably covered considerable
kilometres, so make sure to check if the

varIant

used cars

Cars we found

advice

Will it be the small mid-sizer or the big small car? And is that a ghost in your engine or an actual problem?
AAA, the guru-cum-agony uncle, has all the answers. Email your questions to: aaa@autocarindia.com

Long distance
reLationship
Im looking for a compact
SUV. I mostly use my vehicle
during weekends for longer
drives. So Im looking for a
car that will be comfortable
for long drives with passengers
as well. My budget is around
Rs 8 lakh. I am not specifically
interested in top-end models.
I need realistic and practical
advice. Which car would
you suggest?
Khaleel, Bengaluru

Mercedes GLE 350 diesel or a


2014 Porche Macan diesel with
full features, but one thats
been test-driven for 18,000km,
for a base price of Rs 86 lakh?
Please advise.
hussain, Bhubaneswar
aaa It really depends on
your priorities. If you are
looking for an SUV that is
spacious and practical, then
the Mercedes GLE 350 diesel
is a good choice. It is smooth,
comfortable and a great
highway cruiser. The Macan
diesel, however, is a different
animal altogether and if
you are looking for pure
driving pleasure, the Macan
is unbeatable. It handles
brilliantly and its punchy
3.0-litre V6 diesel is
silky smooth and very
quick. However, in our view,
and
e
kag
pac
nd
The Brezza is an all-rou
the Macan is overpriced
ily.
fam
h
wit
es
driv
g
lon
for
t
perfec
and the space in the cabin
is quite tight compared to
the Mercs.
aaa Go for the Suzuki Vitara
Brezza. Its the best all-round
Luxurious winner
package in your budget. The
I am planning to buy a luxury
Brezza is a versatile compact
SUV. I have shortlisted the
SUV thats good, both in the
Audi Q7 and the Mercedes
city and on the highway. Its
GLS. Which is better in terms
fairly spacious and has a
of status symbol, comfort,
decent-sized boot.
interiors and resale? If the
GLS, then when is it coming?
no petroL nuvosport
If the Q7, then is there going to
Can you tell me the expected
be a price correction when the
time of launch of the petrol
checked version is launched?
version of NuvoSport?
Also, is the Discovery coming
peeyush sharma, via email
soon and at approximately
aaa There are no plans to
what price range? Are these
launch a petrol version of the
NuvoSport, because Mahindra
does not have a petrol engine
suitable for larger SUVs, and
we dont see the company
developing one in a hurry.
new gLe vs 2014 Macan
I want to know which car I
should buy a brand-new

THE

The Audi Q7 is the answer when


it comes to status and comfort.

SHOPPER

SUVs coming out with petrol


variants or should I just buy a
diesel variant? I am asking this
in reference to the controversy
on diesel vehicles. Thanks.
rajat, Noida
aaa The Mercedes GLS is
expected later this year and is
worth waiting for if you need a
proper seven-seater. The GLS
has the best third-row comfort
in its class, but even so, the
last two seats are best for kids.
The Audi Q7 is better than the
GLS in every other respect and
offers brilliant performance,
exceptional refinement and
top-class interiors. The only
irritant is the placement of the
spare tyre in the boot, which
eats up the space of one seat.
If this doesnt bother you,
go for the Q7, which is our
favourite large luxury SUV at
the moment.
Buy or wait?
I am planning to upgrade
my car and my budget is
Rs 70 lakh. I have finalised the
BMW 530d, but heard that the
next-gen 5-series is going to be
launched next year. Is the next
generation worth waiting for?
When will it launch in India
and will it be available with
3.0-litre diesel?
Karthik, Chennai
aaa The next-generation
5-series is expected only in
2017 and will be a full model
change, so expect it to come
with the latest tech and a
cutting-edge design. The
all-new series will get both, a
2.0-litre and 3.0-litre diesel
engine, but its not clear in
what sequence the engines
will be launched. The
current 530d is also worth
considering, if you get a
good discount. AI

Not sure which new vehicle to buy?


Autocar India points you towards the right one.

Kasturi BordoLi - Renault Kwid


Kasturi Bordoli, an architect from Jorhat,
Assam, came to us for help with a budget of
Rs 4 lakh. She wanted a car that was spacious,
comfortable and would help her with her
everyday commute. She had shortlisted the
Renault Kwid, Maruti Alto 800 and the Hyundai
Eon. We recommended that she test-drive the
Kwid, as it is not only more spacious, but it
also offers the segment-best ride quality and boot space. One test drive later, she said
the car impressed her with its stylish looks, ride quality, spacious cabin and equipment
range. Kasturi took delivery of the car a few weeks ago and is happy with her first car,
though she pointed out that she finds it difficult to drive up slopes with the AC on.

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HElPlinE

Mercedes stretches MiLeage


LiMit on first free service
Sameer Bagewadikar, a resident of Solapur,
Maharashtra, is an automobile enthusiast
and regular Autocar India reader. In
January 2016, he purchased a MercedesBenz ML 250 CDI from Pune-based
dealers, BU Bhandari, and faced a spate of
problems ever since.
When he took his car to Pune for its first
free service, the authorised Mercedes
service station charged him for it. The
mileage limit for the first free service was
3,000km, but when Bagewadikar came in,
his car showed a mileage of approximately
3,300km. His argument was that he lived
in Solapur, which is approximately 250km
from the closest Mercedes service station
in Pune. Thus, the travel to the service
station itself had racked up kilometres on
his odometer something which MercedesBenz could make a concession for.
However, the service station did not
entertain his plea and charged him the
full value of the service. An aggrieved
Bagewadikar sent his case to Autocar India
for a redressal.
We requested Mercedes to reconsider
Bagewadikars argument. Eventually,
the company did, and offered him a full
reimbursement of the service fees.

SayS
Manufacturers may provide a degree of flexibility with respect
to mileage or time limits on the first free service. Nevertheless,
customers should try to stay within these limits, which are set
keeping the cars best interests in mind.
E-mail your grievances with your contact details, along with a photo of you and your car to
helpline@autocarindia.com.

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ask autocar anything

Motoring

our cars
a month in the life of autocars fleet

Renault Kwid
PhotograPhy OmKAR dhAS

or most people, the biggest perk


of being an automotive journalist
is the opportunity to drive all sorts
of big, flashy cars. While that may
sound attractive, anyone who has to
negotiate bumper-to-bumper city
traffic on a daily basis knows that in
these conditions, driving big cars,
especially when parking is limited,
isnt really all that fun. So, for daily
commute, I advocate using a vehicle
that has a small footprint, making
it easy to navigate in the city. Small
dimensions are also a huge help when

160 AUTOCAR INDIA mAY 2016

you want to take that crucial shortcut


through a narrow by-lane. I absolutely
loved my stints with the Nano and the
diesel Celerio for these very reasons.
So, when the new Renault Kwid was
inducted into our long-term fleet, I
snapped up the keys very happily.
When launched, Renault shocked the
industry with the pricing of the Kwid.
Yes, you can see its made to a cost,
but theres been no stinting on certain
features that even cars a class higher
dont offer. Naturally, I was curious to
sample this baby Renault for myself.

FIRsT RepORT Now part of our longterm fleet, the Kwid is punching above
its weight on mumbai roads.

As I found out within just a couple of


days of using the car, it draws a lot
of attention. I was regularly asked at
traffic light stops about mileage, ride
comfort, handling manners by fellow
commuters. Once, when I was pulled
over by a cop, it turned out that he was

simply interested in finding out about


the waiting period.
All this attention was well-warranted
this car is truly impressive in many
ways. The steering wheel is chunky
and feels nice to hold whilst the digital
speedometer, with the red-on-black

the Kwids SUV-like styling got me


pulled over by cops who were curious
to know more about it.
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LARge bOOT

300-litre boot was put to


good use by entire family.

TOUChsCReeN

Infotainment system with


navigation a major draw.

Love it
Loathe it

theme, looks cool. The touchscreen


infotainment system is a first in this
segment (its the same unit as on
some top-spec dusters and the big
Lodgy mPV) and features satellite
navigation, Bluetooth, aux-in and
USB connectivity. The light steering
makes manoeuvring easy although
the number of rotations lock-to-lock
are slightly more than a normal power
steering-equipped car like the Alto. The
seats are comfy and provide adequate
support. however, my grandmother did
find them to be a bit on the firmer side.
Also, seating three passengers in the
back will require some squeezing in. But
whats surprising is the massive-forthe-size, 300-litre boot. It swallows all
the luggage for a weekend getaway and
then some. All these factors break away
from the perception of what a budget
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gLOvebOx

car should look and feel like.


But there are some nasty bits. First
of all, the glovebox on the top half of
the dash has a very flimsy build and
keeps popping open because of the
poorly-engineered latch mechanism
that gave way after just a few days
making the lid completely unusable.
The Kwid, even in our top-spec RXT
(O) trim, does not come with internally
adjustable mirrors. Besides, the
mirrors arent very sturdy and get
loose, forcing you to adjust them
frequently. I would have preferred a
quieter engine too. The Kwids 800cc
three-cylinder sounds thrashy and
intrudes into the cabin.

What really stands out in the Kwid


is the ride quality. It is superb and
absorbs most surface imperfections
with ease, quite an accomplishment for
a car shod with puny 155/80R13 tyres.
As for fuel economy, it delivers 15.3kpl
overall but Im yet to get an idea of how
frugal it is in real-world bumper-tobumper traffic. more on that in the next
report. Stay tuned!
AkbAR meRChANT

Faulty latch mechanism


gave way.

renault Kwid rXt (o)


Odometer 1,115km Price Rs 4.25 lakh
(on-road, Mumbai) Test economy 15.3kpl
(overall) Maintenance costs None
Faults None

mIRRORs

Dont feel sturdy enough and


need frequent adjusting.
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our cars

sTRONg eNgINe

Engine rewards you with great


surge in power post 2,000rpm.

hANDy bOOT

Maruti S-cross

Large and very usable boot space


easily fits in holiday luggage.

11,659km report Our S-cross heads to Goa for a week-long family holiday.

PhotograPhy SerGIuS bArreTTO

he second week of April was linedup with holidays and I decided


to head to Goa with the family.
Its a long highway drive, so I had
to choose a suitable car. The editor
suggested the Maruti S-cross it has
a decent amount of space with a large
boot, a powerful engine that can cruise
at high speeds easily, great body
control and it runs on diesel. Perfect
for the trip then.
The S-cross managed to impress
even before we set out for the trip.
Our runs to Goa always have a large
suitcase, laptop bags, the kids small
suitcases, a camera bag, fishing rods
and nets with other odds and ends;
this time, there was an extra bag full
of stuff for the parents. Thats a lot
to fit in, but the S-cross took it all in

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comfortably in the boot without any


spill-over into the rear passenger
footwell or the middle rear seat.
While the engines lack of low-end
torque makes it taxing to manoeuvre in
heavy traffic, where it shines is on the
highway. It can cruise effortlessly at
high speeds and never feels laboured.

handling manners
lean more towards
car than SUV.
Put your foot down any time and it
moves forward very eagerly, letting
you ride a nice wave of torque. The
ride also deserves praise triple-digit
speeds feel very comfortable
and controlled and the
Suzuki does not have too
much body roll either. The
standard JK tyres though,
dont allow you to push hard
through corners. In the
twisty ghat sections, my
kids, who sometimes feel
queasy at the back, had no
complaints thanks to the
good body control. And the
suspension has a fair bit of
travel, even allowing you

to drop a wheel off the road without a


worry when those enormous inter-city
buses get a little too close.
The decent ground clearance is
great for little picnic excursions and
in Goa; the narrow roads posed no
problems whatsoever as the S-cross
seems perfectly sized to get to even
the smaller, remote beaches. The road
to my favourite beach near home is
pretty narrow and parking requires
you to go off-road. With the S-cross
this time, parking was achieved
effortlessly, without any worries
about scraping the bottom or the
bumper edge.
We had said in our earlier report
that the S-cross is a seriously
accomplished car, well suited to our
conditions, and this drive to Goa was
a testimony to that fact. Add in a wellput-together cabin and you have a
very sensible vehicle. If you can get
past the slightly awkward crossover
looks, the car will reward you with an
excellent ownership experience.
seRgIUs bARReTTO

Love it
Loathe it

NO lOw-eND TORqUe

Lack of low-end torque needs


you to really rev at low speeds.

Maruti s-cross DDis 320 alpha


Odometer 11,659km Price Rs 14.40 lakh
(on-road, Mumbai) Test economy 14.95kpl
(overall) Maintenance costs None
Faults None Previous report January 2016

lOw gRIp

Standard JK tyres dont offer


enough grip around corners.
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We get astride MV Agustas Brutale


1090 to sample a legend p172
Honda gets creative with a motorcylescooter crossover, the new Navi p176
TVS Apache RTR takes on Bajaj Pulsar
RS, in a battle of 200cc bikes p180

two-wheelers

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rX descendant
Y

amahas legendary rX
name is back in the
Indian market. however,
this time the name isnt
reserved for a light, wheelieloving two-stroker, for in a
bid to gain greater volumes,

yamaha has with the new


110cc Saluto rX stepped into
a segment that accounts for
just over 60 percent market
share. Launched at rs 46,400
(ex-showroom, Delhi), the
Saluto rX is powered by a

single-cylinder, air-cooled,
four-stroke, 110cc engine
that delivers a peak power
output of 7.5hp at 7,000rpm
and maximum torque of
8.5Nm at 4,500rpm. a light
kerb weight of 98kg will help

The launch of the Saluto RX had all of


Yamaha Indias bigwigs in attendance.

This new Victor comes 14 years after


the original one was launched.

Big Bonnie Bookings

Maharashtra). The Victor


brand, originally launched
by TVS in 2002, has
received a major overhaul.
The 2016 bike gets
improved tech like the
company patented 3-valve
Ecothrust engine, a petal
disc brake and tubeless
tyres, apart from styling
tweaks. The 110cc engine
develops a peak power
output of 9.6hp, and
9.4Nm of torque.

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for bikers in India as repsol


products come with the
benefits of intense r&D
efforts and a well-known
association with honda in the
hugely successful MotoGP
programme. For now, the
company plans to target the
newly emerging premium and
top-end bike segments, but
will look at passenger cars in
the years to come.

Triumph has opened bookings for its retrolooking Bonneville T120 in India. Priced at
Rs 8.70 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the T120
was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo where
the Brit manufacturer first revealed the pricing.
Its powered by a larger 1,200cc parallel-twin
engine that makes 80hp and 105Nm of torque.
Even though its styled like a retro bike, with twin
peashooter exhausts and wire-spoke wheels, it
does pack high-tech kit including throttle-bywire and riding modes. The T120 is the second
model in the new Bonneville range to go on sale
in India, and can be booked at any of the 12
Triumph dealerships across the country.
The new T120 makes for a
relaxed riding experience.

racers choice
LaST yEar, GP Petroleums, a
subsidiary of Gulf Petrochem
and repsol had entered into
a strategic partnership to
manufacture and market
the Spanish oil majors
comprehensive line of
premium quality lubricants
across India. Now these
motorcycle lubricants have
just been launched across
India. This spells good news

norms, and will be available


in red, matte black, blue and
black colours.

The Saluto RX bears a design quite similar to that of the


Saluto 125, apart from some new colours and graphics.

Victorious return
TVS MoTor haS
launched the new
Victor in Pune,
at a starting price
of rs 49,188
(ex-showroom,
Maharashtra). The
110cc commuter
motorcycle stalwart
comes equipped with
drum brakes; the
disc brake variant is
priced at rs 51,188
(ex-showroom,

the new rX deliver better


efficiency and performance,
but dont expect this
bike to be anything like
the exciting rX of days
gone by. The new model
abides by BS-IV emission

Cricketer Suresh Raina was on


hand to launch the oil brand.
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Features of Fibro

two-wheeler news

high five for Ducati


DuCatI InDIa ReCently
inaugurated its first
dealership in Pune, its fifth
in India. Relatively new to
India, the bike maker has
dealerships in Gurgaon,

Delhi, mumbai and


Bengaluru. the new
dealership, owned by
Bavaria motors that also
sells Bmw passenger cars in
the city, will offer the entire

range of Ducati motorcycles


available for the market here.
Spread across 4,500 square
feet, the showroom also
houses a state-of-the-art
service facility.

Ducati India has plans to launch two more dealerships this year.

Geared for adventure

Hot on the heels of its go-anywhere adventure


touring motorcycle, the Himalayan, Royal
Enfield has just introduced a brand new range of
gear that goes hand in hand with the new bike.
The Darcha branded jacket, pants and gloves
are made in collaboration with well-known
international motorcycle gear maker, Revit.
The Darcha jacket and pants feature Knox CE
Level 1 armour for protection and are rated
for four-season use, providing a high degree
of resistance to the cold and rain. Having used
the jacket and pants recently while testing the
Himalayan in sub-zero, wet and icy conditions
in the Himalayan foothills, we can confirm the
gear works well to keep riders insulated and dry
in the most demanding conditions. The slightly
more affordable Kaza jacket and pants are also
designed for use in similar conditions, and come
with CE-certified armour as well. Prices start at
Rs 5,499 for the gloves (that we experienced
are not waterproof), going up to Rs 21,999 for
the top-spec Darcha jacket.

Counterfeit Counter-strike
Delhi Police. almost 70,000
fake critical replacement
parts, counterfeit packaging
materials and labels
were seized during these
operations. hero has
said that it will further
intensify action against
counterfeiters as the use
of such forged parts can
cause severe compromises
to its reliable products.

aS PaRt of its ongoing


initiative to curb the menace
of spurious parts, hero
motoCorp and the Delhi
Police conducted raids on
a number of dealers in new
Delhis karol Bagh area on
april 2. the raids, part of
the bike makers fight fake,
Stay Safe initiative, were
organised in cooperation with
the economic offence wing of

By the numbers

Bs-IV no bar
afteR weekS of
uncertainty following the
sudden ban on registrations
of two-wheelers not
compliant with BS-IV norms
in Delhi, manufacturers like
Royal enfield, Bajaj auto
and Suzuki motorcycles
India can now breathe a

sigh of relief as the state


transport department
has decided to lift this ban.
across the country, BS-III
norms are applicable to twowheelers, while BS-III and

BS-IV norms are applicable


to passenger vehicles. twowheeler manufacturers were
given a deadline of april 1,
2016 to comply with BS-IV
norms. moreover, models
launched up to march 31,
2016 have to be upgraded to
BS-IV by april 1, 2017.

The V15, Access 125 and Himalayan can finally go on sale in Delhi.
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New adventure gear adds to REs current line-up.

sales, with 2,64,249 twoIn the wake of


wheelers sold this march,
inaugurating the new
while tVS sold 2,00,200
R&D centre in Jaipur,
units in the same month.
hero motoCorp has sold
meanwhile, yamaha sold
6,06,542 vehicles in
60,032 bikes and scooters
march 2016, cementing
last month, whereas Royal
its position as the ruling
enfield sold a respectable
two-wheeler maker in the
50,059 units of its premium
world. honda on the other
bikes this march.
hand has managed to move
3,65,384
units, a 4.96
percent drop
from the
period last
year. Bajaj
auto reported
a 25.87
percent
increase over
last years
New Victor should yield more sales for TVS.
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This months new bikes

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Quick fa
19.30 lakh

PhoTograPhy PAul DewArs, AshleY GeorGe

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Brutal legend
Italian and exotic often go hand in hand. But some Italians, like the
legendary MV Agusta 1090, can really be more exotic than others.

first vErDict
appeal of the phenomenal motor
and legendary brand name
mellowed by weighty handling
and other niggles.

HHHHHHHIII

so gooD
n Comfy riding position
n Power wheelies

no gooD
n Feels heavy in corners
n Settings menu impossible to use

WHEN IT CoMES to exotic bike


makers from across the globe,
no other name is as evocative as
MV Agusta, its F4 having shaped
a generation of motorcyclists
aesthetic sensibilities. Although

the fully faired F4 is yet to go on


sale in India, MV Agustas tie-up
with Pune-based Kinetic Group has
brought the top-of-the-line street
naked, the Brutale 1090, to Indian
showrooms. So, what is it like to
ride an Italian blueblood around our
streets? And would the seven years
since its international launch have
worn down its ability to wow? A
quick spin on the Brutale should put
some facts in the folklore.

WheN lOOks DONT kIll

A lot of bike makers these days are


doing a great job designing nakeds,
and we arent just talking about the
Italians here. In a market flooded
with handsome, sculpted and
distinctive streetfighters, the Brutale
now has a slightly seen-it-before
quality. Clearly, some of the pizzazz
when we first saw it has worn off
in the passing years. However, Im
willing to chalk this down to this
test bikes matte-black paint job

which really hides all the details.


Had we got it in another brighter
colour scheme, we wouldve begged
to differ. Nonetheless, the Brutale
is hard to ignore. The melted-oval
shape for the headlamp is striking
but lacks some crispness. The taut
lines on the tank and the sports
bike-like high tail is sharp, but it
wont rewire your expectations of
Italian cool.
Thats not to say it isnt without
its merits. There are some great
details to be taken in for sure.
The crown-like cowl for the
instrument cluster with daytimerunning lights hidden there is a
personal favourite. The exposed
trellis frame and the single-sided
swingarm are classically cool bits
that will thrill every enthusiast.
While the scoops on the sides of
the fuel tank and the double-barrel
exhaust on the side give it a bit
more of a technical look. Even the
overall stance, which feels quite a

While overall design feels a bit familiar today, the single-sided swingarm and double barrel exhaust still look exotic.
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Brembo calipers have ferocious bite.

Instrument cluster is old-school.

bit slimmer and more athletic


than something like a Ducati
Monster 1200, is very likeable.

onwards and the Brutale starts to


pick up speed rapidly. And as you
hit peak torque in the first three
gears or so, more often than not,
youre going to find the front wheel
pointing at the sky.
Thanks to its radial valve
arrangement, the acceleration is
phenomenal as the engine breathes
well and combustion is strong even
as the tachometer needle is in the
stratospheric range. out on the
open highways, it has absolutely
no problems cruising at speeds
well over 150kph, and that motors
tractability leads you to believe
that you can stay in sixth gear all
day long. However, hitting the
near 12,000rpm redline in each
gear really feels like it would need
more commitment than most us are

heART Of gOlD

Is it possible to love a motorcycle


just for its motor? The Brutale
1090 would certainly tempt you to
do so. The 1,078cc inline-four mill
features a short-stroke configuration
that helps it produce 144hp of
power coming in at a fairly peaky
10,300rpm. But, it does justice to its
streetfighter genes by also making
a whole hunk of torque! While
peak torque of 112Nm is made at a
reasonable 8,100rpm, the Brutale
wows by delivering a solid 90Nm of
torque from 4,000rpm. So, riding
about at slow speeds is never an
issue. open the taps from this point

As you hit peak torque in the first


three gears, youre going to find
the front wheel pointing at the sky.

Setting the riding mode is a task.


willing to make, at least on the road.
Riding the Brutale hard can also get
a bit tiring as the fuelling creates a
distinct step in power at low rpms
and this make rolling on and off the
gas a bit choppy.

TWIsT AND TURN

Its not just the sudden jump in


power delivery when you start
rolling on the gas from a closed
throttle position that makes life a
little difficult on the twisty stuff.
Pushing harder and harder into
corners brings out the Brutales
slightly archaic nature. With a dry
weight of 183kg, its still one of the
lightest bikes in its class. But try
and steer it quickly at speed and it
gives you the impression that youre
riding something much heavier.
The handlebars need constant effort
in the corners and this heftiness
becomes especially bothersome
when trying to flick the bike quickly
from one side to the other.
However, when youre just
ambling around town, what you do
get is good ride quality. The fullyadjustable Marzocchi upside-down

142hp of peak power is no laughing matter.

forks at the front and the damping


and preload adjustable Sachs
monoshock at the back lets you deal
with paltry road conditions without
a bother. Even the Pirelli Diablo
Rosso II maintain good contact with
the road and provide adequate grip.
Anywhere from casual to medium
speeds, the Brutale feels quite
comfortable and confident to ride.
The brakes too, require special
credit. The twin 310mm floating
discs up front with radially mounted
four-pot Brembo calipers provide
plenty of predictable stopping power
and great feedback. But, the clutch
is a slight sore spot. Even though
it features hydraulic actuation, its
extremely heavy and after riding
around in city traffic for half an hour
or so, its easy to lose feeling in your
left hand.

The matte-black paint job really hides this bikes more attractive visual details, making the overall design look a bit dated.
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RUNNINg ON
PeNTIUm POWeR

Yes, the Brutale 1090 comes with an


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first riDE

Suspension setup makes for a supple ride.

Inline-4s exhaust note is just sinful.

electronics suite featuring eight-way


traction control, two riding modes
as well as ABS. However, setting
the traction control level requires
you to push buttons on the
instrument cluster (which makes
it next to impossible to do it on
the move) and even to change the
riding mode from normal to Sport
required a lot of fidgeting with the
ignition/mode button. And while
there was no issue on good tarmac,
the rear wheel spins up on loose
surfaces whether the traction mode
was set to 8 or to 1. Compare all this
to some of its contemporaries and
the Brutales electronics package
distinctly feels last gen a Pentium
in the Core i7 age.

arent a stretch even for shorter


riders and the pegs dont feel
extremely rear set. The end result
is a perfectly comfortable, albeit
compact, riding position that
should appeal to a wide variety of
riders. But this appealing riding
position is somewhat hampered
by how slippery the seat and
tank are. Whether youre wearing
leathers, denims or textile, the
merest tap of the brakes or even
slight chop of the throttle sends
you slamming painfully into the
tank, unless youre bracing against
it with all your might. Never has a
bike made such a strong case for
aftermarket Stomp Grips in my
opinion. Staying in the saddle also
becomes a bit of a task because of
choppy initial throttle.

sADDle sTORIes

The riding position on the Brutale


1090 is really a highlight. At
825mm, the seat is short enough for
riders of average height to nearly
flat foot the bike, the handlebars
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lAsTINg ImPRessIONs

While even now the name MV


Agusta commands respect and
reverence, my day with the Brutale

Seat is comfy, but really slippery.


1090 ended with slightly unmet
expectations. Was I expecting too
much from an exotic bike brand
I had fantasised about since
my college days? Clearly, there
were some things, especially the
ergonomics and that brilliant
four-cylinder motor, which were
particularly enjoyable. Yes, when
ridden in an unhurried manner,
the Brutale makes for a very
enjoyable companion. However,
when in the mood for setting
your pulse racing, the Brutale
wasnt as feelsome, intuitive and
immersive as I expected. That, I
suspect, is down to some of its
modern rivals taking the game
to the next level. To top it off, the
Brutales high sticker price of
Rs 19.3 lakh (ex-showroom Pune)
doesnt help its case either. But
maybe thats too much cerebrum
for a bike that should clearly be a
cardiac decision.
PRIyADARshAN BAWIkAR

Some design bits feel truly Italian.

Mv agusta BrutalE 1090


Price Rs 19.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune)
On sale
Now
L/W/H
2100/775/1035mm
Wheelbase
1438mm
Fuel tank capacity
23 litres
Kerb weight
183kg (dry)
Engine layout
Inline-4 cylinder,
liquid-cooled, four-stroke
Displacement
1078cc
Power
144hp at 10,300rpm
Torque
112Nm at 8,100rpm
Specific output
133.6hp per litre
Gearbox
6-speed, 1-down, 5-up
Front suspension
50mm USD forks
Rear suspension
Monoshock
Front brake
310mm discs
Rear brake
210mm disc
Wheels
10-spoke alloy
Rim size (f-r)
17-inches
Tyre size (f-r)
120/70 x 17 inches
190/55 x 17 inches
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Price Rs
, Delhi)
(ex-showroom
On sale Now

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first ride

joy ride

Can Honda recast its benchmark-setting


but bland scooter into something fun?

first verdict
Not the most practical, or pretty,
but this commuter scores high on
the most laughs per rupee scale.

HHHHHHHIII

so good

PhOtOgraPhy KULDEEP chAUDhARi

n Flamboyant styling
n Riding dynamics

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no good
n No fuel gauge
n Plastics feel low rent

Its pronounced nuhvee,


like in navi Mumbai. Yes, as in new.
the way it was created was new; not
only was the navi conceptualised
in India, hondas Indian r&d team
also developed it. It was a navi

way of doing things for them and it


is a new concept for us to digest too.
In a market where most scooters
are designed to be inoffensive and
unobtrusive, the navi waltzes in with
a bohemian charm that probes and
pokes. What is it? Why would they?
honda has been bold and
adventurous with its creation.
that is really no surprise as this
motorcycle-scooter crossover takes
inspiration from the Grom, a 125cc
mini-bike thats well on its way to
becoming a cult bike. however,
the navi has been built keeping a
rs 40,000 budget in mind and so, in
a mechanical sense, it isnt as richly
kitted as the Grom. But, will that stop
the navi from being as wild in spirit?

SImply wIlD

the beauty of the navi is that


honda has taken rather humdrum
mechanicals and mashed it into a
sparkling new experience for the

most basic price categories. the


navi has been built using a new
underbone chassis that is mated to
the 109cc engine seen on the Activa.
But, at first glance, you are more
likely to think of it as a motorcycle,
not a scooter.
the navi displays all the telltale signs of being a motorcycle.
there are telescopic forks, chromed
handlebars, a nice sculpted tank, a
long and narrow saddle, side panels
swooping to the tail, and even the
tail-lamp reminds you of the cB
twister. But there is something
strange about its stance and as you
get closer, the navis diminutive
air and comical stance become
apparent. this is particularly
impressive as the navis dimensions
are on par with the Activas, if not
bigger. the seat height is the same
as the Activa, and honda says the
handlebars are actually a bit higher.
the new chassis also gives the
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Great handling from the


Navi is a definite bonus;
expect lots and lots of fun.

FRONT END

hANDlE lOCk

12-inch tyres and telescopic suspension


mean improved ride quality.

A little inconveniently located at the


base of the steering head.

navi just a bit more ground


clearance and significantly longer
wheelbase. despite all of this,
the navi manages to shave 7kg off
the Activa.
honda has ensured that most
of the design elements on the
navi retain a youthful appeal. the
headlight looks solid and borrows
its outer contours from that on the
Grom. the chromed handlebars
rise up to give the navi a Monkey
bike-like appearance. the fuel tank,
although small, has been given
muscular contours. Interestingly, the

tank and the side panel are formed as


one and stretch along the side.
From the saddle, it looks like
honda has borrowed the concept of
the central plastic tank pad from the
hornet; which is no bad thing as an
idea, except that the plastic quality,
especially for the lockable flap for
the fuel tank, felt quite flimsy. the
paint also doesnt look as lustrous on
the plastic panels. the speedometer
console also seems dated and
lacklustre. the absence of a fuel
gauge is unfathomable; and while
the switches work well, they lack a

Its difficult to slot the Navi in a


specific genre; it is what it is.
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SpEEDOmETER CONSOlE

Design seems a bit dated. Lack of a fuel


gauge doesnt help either.

SwITChES

Typical Honda layout; with a button to


toggle high-low beam instead of switch.

Always ready to monkey


around, the Navi is the perfect
tool for exploring urban terrain.
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first ride
catch the honda navi using
ALIve. App details on p15.

w w w. al i vear. c o m

the telescopic fork at the front felt


pliant over bumps and even when we
got the navi airborne, the front fork
took the brunt of the landing with a
controlled feel. however, with limited
travel, it is best to give large potholes
a wide berth. the navis suspension
feels best at lower speeds and starts
to get a bit unsettled over bumps
while keeping a faster pace. take
the navis motorcycle-like looks all
too seriously and head out onto the
highway and youll find that this light
and small motorcycle starts showing
its scooter genetics. At higher speeds,
it feels a bit twitchy and gets nudged
around by crosswinds. Also keep in
mind that this crossover wont have
the long legs of a proper motorcycle
and its 3.8-litre fuel tank is small
even by scooter standards.

CARE TO bE FUN?

Looks like a motorcycle but has


the underpinnings of a scooter.
Flamboyant all the way.

STORAgE

Absence of hooks means reduced


practicality; luggage bin required.
premium feel. Also, the navi doesnt
offer a combi-lock, with the handle
lock mechanism tucked away at the
bottom of the steering head.
Also, dont expect the same levels
of storage as on a scooter. You wont
be able to hang bags in the front,
and underseat storage is on par with
motorcycles, that is, minimal.

mONkEyINg AROUND

the 109cc mill you see here is


hondas tried and tested unit from
the Activa. power figure is marginally
higher at 8hp but is developed at
7,000rpm, 500rpm lower than on
the Activa. torque is up to 9nm and
developed at 5,500rpm, same as the
Activa. this is then fed to the rear
wheel by the smooth and hassle-free
continuously variable transmission.
so, it is no surprise that the navi
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ENgINE

The Navi runs the same engine as the


Activa but is tuned slightly different.
felt all too similar to the Activa in
its performance. And, its 7kg weight
advantage should help it feel crisper
and more efficient too. It certainly is
smooth and eager to putter around!
the engine feels responsive from the
get-go and should make small work
of city traffic. out on the highway,
the navi could easily maintain
around 60-70kph, with the speedoneedle hovering around an indicated
90kph mark at the top-end. honda
claims a true top speed of 81kph,
which is 1kph down on the Activa.
throw a leg over the saddle
and youll realise that the ridingposition geometry also remains the
same as the Activa. Which is to say
a fairly upright seating position
with legs pushed out and forward.
But the sensation in the saddle is
incredibly different; having a tank

SEAT

Well designed and comfortable, feels


better than a scooter seat for sure.

to hug with your legs just changes


the whole mindset. the confusing
part is having foot pegs under your
feet instead of a footboard; so a
conscious effort may be required to
avoid the fumbling involved while
searching for a gear and brake foot
lever. Brake levers remain on the
handle much like conventional nongeared scooters. But once you get
moving, the navi slowly discards
its scooter-ish characteristics and
starts to behave much more like
a motorcycle. We found ourselves
going faster and briefly forgetting
that this is a scooter underneath.
the 12- and 10-inch rims give the
navi a nimble and manoeuvrable
feel straight off the line, but at the
same time, the 1,286mm wheelbase
gives it a more planted feel even
when cranked over.

the rebels are always fun to be


around as they force you to ponder
your choices. this one is no
different. It is difficult to slot the
navi in a specific motorcycle genre;
and makes you wonder whether you
even need to. depending on your
tastes, youll either be glad that the
navi has come to be, even if it is at
the expense of some practicality.
For others, it will seem like a silly
mistake. however, for the simple
fact that this is a two-wheeler that
makes a statement, is tonnes of fun,
reasonably usable and priced within
reach of even commuters on a tight
budget, the navi must be celebrated.
now, the question is can the masses
handle a bit more colour in their
commute and fun in their life?
ShERmAN NAZARETh

honda navi
Price
Rs 35,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
On sale
Now
L/W/H
1805/748/1039mm
Wheelbase
1286mm
Fuel tank capacity
3.8 litres
Kerb weight
101kg
Engine layout Single-cylinder, air-cooled,
four-stroke
Displacement
109.19cc
Power
8hp at 7000rpm
Torque
9Nm at 5500rpm
Specific output
73.3hp per litre
Power to weight
79.2hp per tonne
Gearbox
Automatic, CVT
Front suspension
USD, telescopic
Rear suspension Spring-loaded hydraulic
Front brake
130mm drum
Rear brake
130mm drum
Wheels
Steel
Rim size (f-r)
12-10 inches
Tyre size (f-r)
90/90-12 54J90/100-10 53
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TVS Apache RTR 200 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 | Comparison

A
tAle of
two 200s
Eyeing a sporty 200cc commuter bike?
Bajaj and TVS both claim to have your
answer, which is where Rishad Cooper
steps in to help you pick.
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he two 200s in this test


strive to achieve similar
ends, but are quite different
in the way they go about
doing that. The TVS Apache
RTR 200 and Bajaj Pulsar
RS 200 sit at the very creamy edge
of the entry-level sports bike range,
where sportiness and everyday
practicality do still go hand-inhand. Past this point, segment
focus leans noticeably towards
performance and dynamics, while
everyday needs shift closer to the
pillion seat.
Bajajs Pulsar 200 NS has been
out of showrooms for some time,
which has given the more recent
AS family some breathing space.
So, the fuel-injected RTR 200
must inevitably square-off against
the Pulsar RS 200, despite both

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approaching their intended riders


with different pitches. The RTR
boasts track-bred TVS genes, while
the RS is proud of its Bajaj street
focus, which isnt to say these bikes
cant hold their own around a
race track.
Picking one winner calls upon
plenty of head scratching and
close scrutiny.

FAIR-INg plAy

Stood next to each other, it is


immediately apparent that these
two motorcycles have different
upbringings. The Pulsar glowers,
and carries a chip on its shoulder,
perhaps in some measure due to its
deep-set projector lamps that stare
balefully out of a heavily sculpted
fairing, which is missing on the
Apache. The RS 200s panels look
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Apache RTR, the more handsomely styled 200 of this duo,


where Pulsar RS makes you think Bajaj has tried too hard.

PERFORMANCE
TVS
Apache
RTR 200

Bajaj
Pulsar
RS 200

Maximum speed
128kph
Acceleration from rest
(Dry surface)
Kph
Sec
0-10
0.25
0-20
0.77
0-30
1.42
0-40
2.21
0-50
2.96
0-60
4.00
0-70
5.25
0-80
7.73
0-90
8.49
0-100
10.73

137kph

Sec
0.45
0.92
1.43
2.07
2.84
3.76
4.79
6.13
7.7
9.71

Gold fork tube an eye-catcher on RTR.


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overdone, with different layers


and graphics and then theres
that tail-lamp, which is, well,
quite unconventional to say the
least. Theres no denying that the
RS 200 can turn heads, but you
should know not all the glances
will be admiring. As expected, the
Pulsar features a fair bit of Bajaj
trademark kit like back-lit
switches and a blue back-lit
instrument console. One grouse
though, could be its lack of a gear
position indicator.
The RTR 200 isnt any pushover
either. The cut of its headlamp and
the DRLs that flank the alwayson pilot-lamp grab attention.
Theres a swarthy feel granted
by the TVS bikes massive tank,
exaggerated by extensions that
jut out of both sides. But, neat
touches like a beautiful matte-

RTR instruments are new-age digital.

yellow paint finish, an offset fuel


filler cap, smartly buffed levers and
a chunky gear-like bezel for the
combi-lock, all reek of class. The
white back-lit instrument cluster
is easy on the eye just as on the
RS 200, and feature-packed. It has
modes to record acceleration times,
maximum top speed and even your
lap times.
Both the RTR 200 and RS 200
come with good overall quality,
fit-and-finish as well as top-drawer
attention-to-detail.

DOUble Up

The 200cc segment is where these


bikes have to strike a fine balance
in India! Youre wading some way
out into performance bike space
here, so acceleration and top speed
are key, yet buyers also expect a
measure of practicality with an

Petal disc brake works well on RS 200.

eye still on fuel efficiency. Riding


them proves the RTR 200 and
Pulsar RS 200 do both deliver good
efficiency for the class, also offering
flexible enough natures to allow
comfortable everyday commuting.
So, which does it better?
Fire their four-stroke and singlecylinders up, and both four-valve
engines quickly settle into smooth
idles. The RTR 200 exhaust emits a
throatier, more exciting and sporty
tone compared to the softer purring
RS 200. The TVS runs a counterbalanced 197.8cc air and oil-cooled
motor that is good for 20.5hp at
8,500rpm, some horses behind
the liquid-cooled 199.5cc Pulsars
24.4hp at 9,750rpm. The RTR
200 provides the option of fuel
injection, which is stock on the RS
200 that also deploys triple sparkplug tech.

Pulsar tacho is analogue display.


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Both bikes offer tenacious grip when


pushing the limits, and ride on 17-inch rims.

Engine kill switch present on Apache.


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Belly pan sits under RTR engine bay.

Switchgear is Bajaj-typical and backlit. Liquid-cooled Pulsar motor is refined.


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TVS Apache RTR 200 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 | Comparison

Sporty Apache the lighter, quicker-handling bike,


while forgiving Pulsar just as able in the twisties.

Both motorcycles enjoy


smooth-shifting gearboxes that
work in the one-down, rest-up
pattern. Clutch action is likewise
flawless and well weighted on
the pair, and proved a boon when
riding through traffic. Gear ratios
are well spaced and thought out on
this duo, the RTR offering a gear
less than the six-speed RS.
TVS has completely ironed
out the fuelling glitches we had
observed earlier when riding preproduction RTR 200 variants and
the powerband is wide, just as
on the RS 200. Both motorcycles
provide quick throttle response,
and do well to deliver the bulk of
their performance in their low- to
mid-range.
While both capable engines
come with good refinement on the
menu, the RS 200 steals an edge,
with a noticeably smoother feel,
and less vibes, specially as the
revs climb. The Pulsar also wins
brownie points with more potent
acceleration, felt most in the midrange where the higher power
output is most apparent, feeding
in with stronger urgency as you
open up the throttle to stream out
of corners.
This is reflected in our
acceleration tests, where the RTR
200 got past 60kph from rest in
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The RTR and RS offer good refinement, but the RS 200


steals an edge with smoother feel and less vibes.

Under-over RTR exhaust sounds good.

Split seats enhance Apaches styling.

4 seconds, a bit after the RS 200


had gone by in 3.76 secs. The gap
widened at 100kph, managed by
the Apache in 10.73s, where the
Pulsar came in a second earlier
at 9.71s. Its a similar story when
talking top speeds, where the RTR
200 peaks out at 128kph and the
Pulsar RS 200 runs all the way up
to 137kph before calling it a day.
And, at full clip, you start to really
appreciate the RS fairing, finding
yourself exposed to more wind blast
on the RTR.

Doing the Duet

RS 200 exhaust has a stubby end can.

Comfortable saddle is well padded.

Both the Apache and Pulsar offer


comfortable, reasonably upright
riding positions and well-padded
riding saddles. Youre good to go
in terms of daily commuting, while
still getting a slightly sporty feel
from both bikes that wont make
you feel out of place even at a
track day. The much lighter RTR
200 is held together with a dualcradle steel frame, where the more
portly RS 200 brings into play a
perimeter steel frame. Suspension
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TVS Apache RTR 200 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 | Comparison

From tip to tail, the Apache


RTR 200 is easy on the eyes.

is a constant, with telescopic


forks up front and monoshocks
at the rear, non-adjustable on
the TVS.
Ride quality is good on both
200s, a tad firmer on the lighter
RTR, which feels good when
attacking the twisties, while the RS
feels plusher covering rough tarmac
at low speed. Both bikes steer with
neutral feel and track well through
corners, the RTR 200 doing well
to feel lighter in the front, more
effortless than the RS 200, with
quicker turn-in. When riding really
hard on fast-flowing corners, both
Indian 200s excel and feel planted,
the RS 200 slightly more stable,
forgiving and offering you a slightly
wider comfort zone.
The top-of-the-line RTR 200
offers Pirelli tyres we strongly
recommend, where the RS 200
comes with tailor-made MRF
soft compound rubber. Grip is
tenacious on both bikes that ride on
17-inch rims, even when pushing
the limits, with neither able to steal
a significant march on the other.
Likewise, the brakes work well all
round, with good bite and feedback
at control levers. Both 200s offer
single-rotor, petal-type discs front
and rear. TVS is soon to provide
the RTR 200 with an ABS option,
while Bajaj already has a single
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Love-it or hate-it, the Pulsar RS 200


tail is recognisable from a mile away.

channel Bosch system working in


front. The Apache comes with a
nice safety enhancing feature that
works well, called RLP, or rear liftoff protection; relieving front brake
pressure whenever your rear wheel
starts lifting under hard braking.

xTVS ApAche RTR 200

BAjAj pulSAR RS 200

OUr

CHOICE

Best aBreast

Few manufacturers make bad


motorcycles in modern India,
and Bajaj and TVS certainly
dont go against this grain by any
yardstick. So, it isnt surprising bike
comparison tests can sometimes go
down to the wire, like this.
You cant go wrong on either
the Apache RTR 200 or Pulsar
RS 200, both of which make
really competent motorcycles,
representing the pinnacle of their
segment. Push us to the wall to
make a choice, however, and we
pick the Pulsar, for despite costing
a premium over its rival, this
makes the better rounded bike
of choice in urban India. The
added value of a fairing on the
Pulsar, with more refinement and
significantly quicker performance,
while still drawing level with
the Apache across most other
parameters, including smart
handling, nails it for the Bajaj. The
Pulsar RS 200 is the bike wed pick
over its very able rival. AI

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HERES A FIVER!

Is perhaps what Nico Rosberg told team-mate Lewis Hamilton after the German
took his fifth win on the trot under the lights at Bahrain International Circuit.
RepoRt

FeatuRe

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Under the lights at Sakhir, Rosberg takes his second


consecutive win of the season.

Back for season three, the T1 Prima Truck Racing saw


12 Indian drivers battle it out.

New low-cost karting programme is set to take


motorsport to the masses.

BaHRaIN GRaNd PRIx

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Finishing straight

race debrieF by Anthony Rowlinson


bahrain Grand Prix
03.04.2016 / Bahrain International Circuit

The Famous Five


Nico Rosberg claims a comfortable victory in Bahrain with team-mate Hamilton only third.
When a driver admits that he and his team
have chosen the safest strategy for a grand prix,
you know they havent had their toughest-ever
day at the office.
So it was for Nico Rosberg comfortable,
composed winner of the 2016 Bahrain GP, now
a back-to-back victor this year and author of
a five-race winning streak stretching back to
Mexico last November.
Can this be the foundation for his first world
title? Certainly, he couldnt have hoped for more
from the first two grands prix of the season.
But questions remain as to the fundaments of
Nicos wins. At the end of last year, as he rattled
in a Mexico-Brazil-Abu Dhabi hat-trick, we
wondered if Rosbergs performances had been
the result of superior performance or whether
they were the consequence of a post-title lifting of
the gas by the hitherto dominant Lewis Hamilton.
This year it must be noted that both Rosbergs
wins immaculate though they have been have
followed start-line problems for Hamilton.
The charitable will be inclined to say that the
innately analytical Rosberg will have quickly
198 AUTOCAR INDIA may 2016

understood the potential for mishap introduced


by the new-for-16 single-clutch start procedure,
and studiously prepared himself to be best
practiced for the change. Those who believe
Hamilton to be the more gifted will simply note:
Wait till Lewis nails it.
These two remain a terrifically closely matched
pair, with the slightest advantage in any area of
performance be it mechanical, psychological,
emotional enough to tip the balance in either
mans favour. For the past two seasons that edge
has clearly favoured Hamilton, particularly 2015.
This year well, lets just say that when the 21
races are done, maybe well look back and realise
that the tiny start-procedure advantage Rosberg
found over the 15-16 off-season had been
sufficient to see him to a world title. Maybe. Any
advantage either finds will be telling, but almost
certainly transitory.
In Bahrain qualifying, they were separated by
just 0.077s, to share the front row (Lewis on pole,
his 51st). That gap equated to just one car-length
around the BICs 5.142km and both Nicos and
Lewiss best times were good enough to beat the

outright lap record that had maintained here


since 2005. So with an engine barely half the
size of the 3.0-litre Renault V10 that powered
Fernando Alonso to his time, and using only half
as much fuel, a significant mark had been passed.
Mercedes retain a performance edge over
their closest rivals, Ferrari, and it was best
displayed by a second consecutive recovery drive
from Hamilton. Into T1 after the start, he was
skewered by a rocket-launching Valtteri Bottas,
whose Williams nerfed the right sidepod of
Hamiltons Mercedes and pitched it into a halfspin. Bottas lost his left front-wing endplate in
the collision; Hamilton picked up damage that
cost him an estimated one second per lap. Both
continued, though Bottas would later receive a
drive-through penalty that contributed, along
with a questionable tyre strategy, to his slump to
ninth place. With Felipe Massa finishing eighth,
having qualified seventh and run second early on,
Williams left Bahrain with renewed questions as
to their consistency of performance. In the gaggle
behind Ferrari and Merc, any lack of pace, or any
questionable strategy direction, will immediately
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bahrain Grand Prix stats


All you need to know from the weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit.
The race
FasTesT laP
sparks fly as Felipe Massa overtakes red bulls
daniil Kvyat.

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes 1min 34.482secs

The resulTs (57 laPs)


1st

nico rosberg Mercedes

2nd

Kimi rikknen Ferrari

1h 33m 34.696s
+10.282s

3rd

lewis hamilton Mercedes

+30.148s

4th

daniel ricciardo Red Bull Racing

+62.494s

5th

romain Grosjean Haas

+78.299s

6th

Max verstappen Toro Rosso

+80.929s

7th

daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing

+1 lap

8th

Felipe Massa Williams

+1 lap
+1 lap

9th

valtteri bottas Williams

10th

stoffel vandoorne Mclaren

+1 lap

11th

Kevin Magnussen Renault

+1 lap

12th

Marcus ericsson Sauber

+1 lap

13th

Pascal Wehrlein Manor

+1 lap

14th

Felipe nasr Sauber

+1 lap

15th

nico hulkenberg Force India

+1 lap

16th

sergio Perez Force India

+1 lap

17th

rio haryanto Manor

+1 lap

retirements
carlos sainz Toro Rosso

DNF

esteban Gutierrez Haas

DNF

Jenson button Mclaren

DNF

sebastian vettel Ferrari

DNS

Jolyon Palmer Renault

DNS

ThrouGh sPeed TraP

Fastest: Valtteri

Slowest: Jolyon

Bottas, 335.5 kph

Palmer, 324.8 kph

FasTesT PiT sToP


Felipe Massa, Williams 24.093secs

drivers sTandinGs
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
13th
14th
15th
16th
17th
18th
19th
20th
21st

nico rosberg
lewis hamilton
daniel ricciardo
Kimi rikknen
romain Grosjean
sebastian vettel
Felipe Massa
Max verstappen
nico hulkenberg
daniil Kvyat
valtteri bottas
carlos sainz
stoffel vandoorne
Kevin Magnussen
Jolyon Palmer
Marcus ericsson
sergio Perez Mex
Pascal Wehrlein
Felipe nasr
Jenson button
rio haryanto

50pts
33pts
24pts
18pts
18pts
15pts
14pts
9pts
6pts
6pts
6pts
2pts
1pts
0pts
0pts
0pts
0pts
0pts
0pts
0pts
0pts

consTrucTors sTandinGs
1st

raikkonen managed to recover well despite a


poor start.

83pts

9th

Renault

0pts

2nd Ferrari

Mercedes

33pts

10th Sauber

0pts

11th Manor

0pts

3rd

Red Bull

30pts

4th

Williams

20pts

5th

Haas

18pts

6th

Toro Rosso 11pts

7th

Force India

6pts

8th

Mclaren

1pts

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translate into lost positions, with so many eager,


swift rivals around.
WiIliams choice of extended stints on Pirelli
mediums for both its drivers was just such a call,
in the context of Red Bull, Haas and Toro Rosso
majoring on softs and supersofts.
Ferraris Seb Vettel suffered an engine
failure on the warm-up lap, which, following
Raikkonens motor-related retirement in
Australia, suggests reliability concerns for the
Scuderia that have already undermined their title
hopes. Two races down, fifty points adrift.
Raikkonen, meanwhile, started poorly, blaming
his fingers slipping on the steering-wheelmounted clutch paddle. His tardiness and Vettels
absence cleared row two for Bottas to have the
slingshot into T1 that would prove so significant
for the eventual top-three placings. But Kimi has
been consistently excellent at this circuit over the
years, and he recovered with a decisive, dramafree run to second, 10 seconds behind Rosberg. It
was his eighth Sahkir podium since 2006, though
none of them have been a winner.
Behind the likely title contenders came the
ever-charging Daniel Ricciardo. He had already
performed with lan in qualifying to start from
P5 in a car less powerful than those ahead and
immediately behind; to gain a race place when all
around are losing theirs indicates yet again that
Red Bull and their star driver have lost nothing in
performance, despite the ongoing deficiencies of
the Tag-Heuer/Renault PU.
They will, though, be looking over their
shoulders at the emerging threat of Haas F1.
Yes, really.
Romain Grosjean, starting from an
advantageous P9 (giving Haas a free tyre
choice for the race, unlike the first eight, who
must wear their Q3 tyres to the start line) was
characteristically fleet and (now) error-free on
a charge to P5 crafted around an aggressive
strategy of three sets of supersofts, plus one soft.
Its an American dream, said Romain
post-race. For all but Haass biggest and bestfunded rivals, theyre rapidly turning into an
American nightmare.
And a debut point for Stoffel Vandoorne,
last-minute sub for a cracked-rib Fernando
Alonso? This was the stuff of champions, have
no doubt. AI

TRUCKING
TO GLORY
trucks and thrills arent two words youd usually
find in the same sentence, but thats what the tata
t1 prima truck racing Championship is all about.
WORDS SaptarShi Shukla PICtuReS aditya Bedre

or most motorists, particularly those out


on the highway, truck drivers are perhaps
the biggest nuisance on the road. Lane
hogging, struggling to climb inclines
and, of course, the haphazard parking at
checkposts truck drivers have long borne the
brunt of Indian commuters. However, for all these
driving faux pas, there are truck drivers who work
hard, play by the rules, make an honest living and
like all of us, dream of providing a better life for
their families.
Back in December, if you told any of the 12
Indian truck drivers who finally raced in the T1
Prima Championship at Buddh International
Circuit that they would be doing this they would
obviously have dismissed it as a cruel joke. Driving
insane distances for long hours, not seeing their
family and friends for months at a stretch and
hardly getting any appreciation in return is what a
regular truckie is used to. But their fate was about
to change, and what a change it would be!
To participate in the first-ever Indian truck
drivers race, a list of 500 drivers was nominated
by several fleet operators, which was narrowed
down to 147 hopefuls based on pre-determined
selection criteria including age and driving
experience among others.
These candidates were then moved to the

Madras Motor Race Track to undergo a three-level


training programme with eliminations. Physical
fitness, mental preparation and of course, attacking
the corners of a race track like theyve never done
before was the order of the day. Starting from a
Tata 407 to medium-sized trucks before getting
behind the wheel of the Prima, the numbers went
down exponentially with 64 drivers making it to
level two and 26 to level three. Ultimately, the 12
best drivers along with two reserves came all the
way to BIC in Greater Noida.
Of course, the BIC was a different animal
compared to the tight confines of the Madras
Circuit, but the homegrown heroes tackled
it with aplomb. Under the able guidance of
Vicky Chandhoks team coupled with constant
support and encouragement of Tata Motors top

management, the highway riders had actually


turned into racing drivers. The laptimes of Indian
drivers were commendably close to their British
counterparts with extensive racing experience.
Out there, 1.5 seconds a lap may be a lifetime in
motorsport, but given the fact that none of the
Indian drivers had ever set foot on a race track,
their performance and race awareness exceeded
expectations. Also the fact that there was not a
single notable incident during the course of the
weekend clearly pointed towards the amount of
progress made in a span of just three months.
The group of 12 local drivers was divided into
two batches of six each, and it was Jagat Singh and
Nagarjuna A who claimed top honours in the two
final races, respectively. The winning duo walked
away with a handsome cash prize of Rs 10 lakh

3-second pitstops unlikely here with 10 wheel nuts.

Pit operations ran like clockwork throughout.

Gestures help narrow language gaps for drivers.

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each, with the other podium finishers taking away


a consequential Rs 6 lakh and Rs 4 lakh each. It
was definitely a paycheck they deserved for all
their hard work, perseverance and sheer grit the
ability to hold their nerves in a pressure cooker
environment that theyve never been exposed
to before.
A packed main grandstand at Buddh only added
to the atmosphere, and instantly made these 12

men a beacon of hope and inspiration to so many


of their brethren and enable them to believe that
persistence and hard work can deliver results even
in the most alien environments.
If it takes an event of this magnitude to
change the perception of what is considered the
most punishing and unrewarding vocation on
wheels, then so be it. The T1 Prima Truck Racing
Championship is here to stay. AI

ReSultS
DRIveR

tOtAl tIme

FASteSt lAP

RACe 1
InDIAn DRIveRS (8 lAPS)
Jagat Singh
malkeet Singh
Rajkumar mahato

15:33.241
15:48.985
15:49.891

1:54.305
1:54.458
1:53.913

RACe 2
InteRnAtIOnAl DRIveRS (8 lAPS)
mat Summerfield
Graham Powell
Rick Collett

15:03.839
15:05.283
15:06.192

1:51.386
1:51.234
1:50.880

RACe 3
InDIAn DRIveRS (8 lAPS)
nagarjuna A
Bhag Chand
Anand

15:19.158
15:24.096
15:31.232

1:52.952
1:53.078
1:54.033

RACe 4
InteRnAtIOnAl DRIveRS (20 lAPS)

Probably one of the most emotion-strewn podium finishes the BIC has ever seen.

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David Jenkins
Rick Collett
Graham Powell

37:34.642
37:54.077
37:55.428

1:51.321
1:50.932
1:50.968

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INSIDER
news

Nico Rosberg expects


new Mercedes deal
for 2017
Rosberg expects Mercedes contract to be renewed at the end of
his seventh season with the team.

VW reveals 2017
WRC car
World Rally Championship.
Volkswagen has become the
The World Rally Cars of the
first manufacturer to release
future will incorporate all the
an official image of its 2017
experience teams have gained
World Rally Car. Testing with
in recent years.
this car is imminent, with an
He added, They will be
initial roll-out being carried
considerably more dynamic,
out in private.
while at the same time
as expected, the
being safer. as usual, we are
illustration highlights a much
working painstakingly on
greater presence for the
the development of the next
all-new Polo, which is 50mm
generation of the
wider than the current car.
Polo R WRC.
Improved performance will
Rival manufacturer Citroen
come via a 36mm, as opposed
has begun testing its C3 WRC,
to 33mm restrictor allied to a
with an initial shakedown
car weighing 25kg less.
completed at Satory in Paris,
VW has been testing a
with testing being headed by
modified current specification
Kris meeke.
Polo since last august,
running 2017
development parts
on all surfaces.
Volkswagen
motorsport
director Jost Capito
said,The 2017
WRC regulations
include many
spectacular
the 2017 Polo wrC bears closer
technical
resemblance to tin-top racers.
innovations for the

Honda MotoGP bike


better every session
Honda is making gains with its

Formula 1 world
championship leader Nico
Rosberg expects he will be at
mercedes for some time to
come despite being out of
contract at the end of the year.
Rosberg is now in his
seventh season with the
team, having joined following
its formation in 2010 after
it took over Brawn GP at the
end of the previous year.
mercedes motorsport boss
Toto Wolff had said earlier that
contract talks with Rosberg
were unlikely to take place
until the middle of this year as
he first wanted to see how the
season would pan out.
Rosberg said, The
contract is not something
that is present in my mind.
Why should it be?
Im very comfortable

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Having scored five wins on the trot stretching back to the


Mexican GP last year, rosberg is obviously on a high.

anyway here, I have a great


relationship, and Ill be
here for some time to
come, and thats it. Its not
something thats on my
mind at the moment.
In terms of earning himself
a renewed contract, Rosberg
has started the season
strongly with back-to-back
victories in australia and
Bahrain to extend his winning
streak to five going back to
last season.
Rosberg maintains he is
doing nothing differently in
his bid to overcome teammate Lewis Hamilton after
being beaten by the Briton in
all three seasons they have
been together.

Im just enjoying it at the


moment. Im very privileged
to drive this car, to be
fighting for victories for
such a long time, and when
I go to China, I know Im going
to be fighting for the win
there as well, he said.
When suggested to
Rosberg he was coping
better than Hamilton with
this seasons clampdown
on radio transmissions
between pitwall and driver,
the 30-year-old replied,
Lewis is smart. Its up to
us now out there, we need
to get the job done ourselves,
with fuel, this and that. Its a
good challenge out there.
Its cool.

MotoGP bike every time it takes


to the track, championship leader
Marc Marquez feels.
Following a torrid winter as it
adjusted to the new Magneti Marelli
control electronics, Honda was on the
back-foot heading into the new season,
and even made a wrong turn with a setting
in first practice at Qatar. Marquez regrouped
to finish on the podium there, before winning both races of the
Americas swing, and he returns to Europe as the championship
leader. He stated, [At Austin] we improved the electronics, so the
start was much better than the other ones. Also, we improved the
engine braking after Argentina, so step by step we are improving.
The double MotoGP champion believes it still has work to do
against the constant threat of Yamaha and the emerging Ducati.
I remember the feeling in Malaysia when I was 1.5s slower per
lap than Jorge [Lorenzo], said Marquez. That feeling was really
frustrating. But the key, I think, is I always believed in Honda, in my
team. They worked a lot and are still working with the performance.

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INSIDER
news

JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series launched


JK Tyre has launched a new
grassroot motorsport series,
dubbed IndiKarting National
Series. The series is aimed
at making karting more
accessible to young drivers.
Karting is widely accepted
the world over as the
stepping stone for all forms
of circuit racing. The JK Tyre
IndiKarting National Series,
organised by RR motorsports
management, will run from
april-June over five rounds in
various cities.
Tata motors is onboard
the project as well, which
will feature single-make
4-stroke karts. This will not
only ensure a level-playing
field, but also make it the
most affordable karting

The series will use one-make four-stroke engines in a bid


to keep costs low and ensure a level-playing field.

championship in the world.


The winners of the JK
Tyre IndiKarting National
Series will get a direct and
sponsored drive in the JK

Tyre National Rotax max


Karting Championship,
which is the countrys only
nationally recognised
karting championship.

Third season of Force Gurkha RFC


India 2016 to commence in July
Stages (SS) consisting of 100
China and australia.
The third edition of the Force
points each. The competing
Force Gurkha RFC India is
Gurkha RFC India 2016 will be
teams gain points based on
divided into four competitive
held in Goa from July 22-29
successful completion of
legs; The Prologue, The
with 25 teams fighting it out
a task and incur penalties
Predator, The Terminator and
for top honours.
for making mistakes, not
The Twilight Zone.
The event, launched
starting or finishing a task as
These legs are further
in 2014, is one of the 25
well as breaking competition
divided into over 20 Special
worldwide editions of the
rules including
iconic Rainforest
the environment
Challenge of malaysia
protection rules.
and the top Indian
The team with the
driver at the India
maximum points
Chapter will get
after the completion
an automatic and
of all the Special
free entry to the
Stages emerges as
mother event to be
the winner of the
held in malaysia in
competition.
December 2016.
Interested offThe worldwide
roaders can download
editions of RFC
the application
include Italy, Russia,
form from the
The Balkans, Poland,
The 2016 Rain Forest Challenge India is going
RFC India website,
Sri Lanka, Vietnam,
to be the toughest yet.
www.rfcindia.in.
Thailand, Tunisia,

classes, there will be seven


apart from that, winners
classes of support races
in the senior category will
that will further broaden
get an opportunity to race in
the appeal of the JK Tyre
the JK Tyre National Racing
IndiKarting National Series.
Championship.
The support classes will
The five-part round JK
include Senior amateur,
Tyre IndiKarting National
Interschool, corporate,
Series, will kick off in Pune
masters (age 32+), women &
on april 23, followed by Goa,
media. Participants can enter
Vadodara and Ludhiana
the National Series by filling
before culminating in the
their entry forms at www.
NCR. This series will comprise
indikarting.com/jkreg.
three categories Pro Cadet
for racers aged
7-12 years, Pro
InDIkARTInG seRIes CAlenDAR
Junior for racers
Round
Date
Venue
aged 12-16 years
Round
1
April
23-24
Pune
and Pro Senior for
Round 2
April 30-May 1
Goa
racers above 16
Round 3
May 14-15
Vadodara
years of age.
Round 4
May 28-29
Ludhiana
In addition to
Round 5
June 11-12
Delhi
the three Pro

Sarath Kumar scores 600cc ride in


Asian Championship

Indian rider Sarath Kumar


will make his SuperSports
600cc debut at Round 2
of FIM Asia Championship,
scheduled to be held
at Chang International
Circuit in Thailand.
Although Sarath, the
first Indian rider to
be accepted in the
Honda-driven Asia Dream
Cup, will not be the
sarath is a Honda Asia
first Indian to race in
Dream Cup graduate.
the Supersports class
(a distinction taken
by K Rajini), his participation in the class
becomes that much more anticipated with the Buddh
International Circuit likely to host a FIM Asia
Round later this year.
This is a perfect time for me to move from the
250 class to the 600 class and I am so happy
that I will be representing India in ARRC SS600.
The Asia Dream Cup is an intermediary
development programme meant to bridge the distance
between the national championships and the
regional and international levels.

QuICk news

Red Bull F1 car as quick as Mercedes in corners, reckons Sainz


Red Bulls RB12 is quicker than Mercedes F1 W07 through medium- and low-speed corners, suspects
Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. Weve been asked many times about fighting Red Bull, and
obviously we want to fight them, but we need to keep in mind it is one of the best, if not the best
chassis on the grid. We can see Ricciardos data on the GPS and everything. We can see it in the
medium and low-speed corners. They are really quick - as quick as Mercedes, if not more, he said.

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DB9

DB9
Rapide S

NA

420.00**

NA

NA

NA

FOR Looks, characterful engine,


handling balance.
AGAINST Ergonomics, six-speed
transmission, tiny dealer network.
VERDICT Loads of old-school charm.
5935/V12 477/600

RAPIDE S A soulful V12, four doors, four seats. Were not sure of
the Ford-like new front grille, but the shape remains distinctive
enough to separate it from other four-door super saloons in a
five-star parking lot and that itself should be reason enough for
many. That said, it isnt a four-door sedan like a Panamera is
the rear seats are pretty cramped.
Rapide S
Vantage V8

NA

450.00**

NA

NA

NA

5935/V12 555/617

VANTAGE V8 You need to really want an Aston sports car to


buy the V8 because it is a bit of a dinosaur. For similar money,
you can get more powerful, more accomplished sports cars and
that just puts the Vantage V8 at a disadvantage.
V8 Vantage
V8 Vantage S
Vantage S V12

NA
NA

280.00**
320.00**

NA
NA

NA
NA

NA
NA

4735/V8 426/470
4735/V8 436/490

VANTAGE S V12 The idea behind the Vantage V12 is simple


big engine, compact body, big performance. It is a mind-bendingly fast car thats more extreme than the V8 Vantage in its
handling and ride. However, power and performance figures
arent impressive in the face of its rivals and that might put off
those who like bragging rights.
V12 Vantage S
Vanquish

NA

385.00**

NA

NA

NA

5935/V12 573/620

VANQUISH The Vanquish is Astons sportiest, most expensive


Grand Tourer. It is also Astons best offering, wrapping comfort with all the trappings you expect of a supercar and that
includes the handling, brakes and sense of occasion. It is
expensive though.
Vanquish
AUDI
A3

NA

550.00**

NA

NA

NA

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35TDI Attraction
35TDI Premium
35TDI Premium Plus
35TDI Technology
40TFSI Prem Plus Cabriolet
A4

31.75
29.42
34.96
39.09
42.25
52.37

33.30
29.05
34.76
41.18
44.13
52.83

32.53
29.22
33.77
39.41
42.28
53.72

33.81
30.68
36.50
40.89
44.25
37.90

27.07
30.33
33.52
29.26
32.77
47.07

5935/V12 577/620

1798/4
1968/4
1968/4
1968/4
1968/4
1798/4

42.42
44.63
NA
49.93

44.53
46.98
44.55
51.85

35.75
45.12
46.40
41.63

1798/4
1968/4
1968/4
1968/4

179/250
143/320
143/320
143/320
143/320
179/250

56.44 59.52

NA

1798/4

FOR The V12s soulfulness,


tight handling.
AGAINST Cramped rear seats, interior
quality, tiny dealer network.
VERDICT Its different.

6/M

FOR Aston charm, engine note.


AGAINST Patchy ride, small dealer
network. VERDICT There are better cars
out there for the same money.
6/M
7/M

P
P

6/A

7/A
6/A
6/A
6/A
6/A
7/A

P
D
D
D
D
P

4.20
3.98
3.98
3.98
3.98
4.20

8.21
8.97
8.97
8.97
8.97
8.21

230
220
220
220
220
230

170/320
176/380
176/380
176/380

190/320

CVT
CVT
CVT
CVT

P
D
D
D

4.01
3.95
3.95
3.95

9.36
8.84
8.84
8.84

225
222
222
222

233

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
Rapide S

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

El/El F/R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3
Vantage V8

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3


3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El
El/El

R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3


R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
Vantage S V12

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

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3

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

4.88
5.41
5.41
5.41
5.41
4.88

5.70
5.08
5.08
5.08

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
Vanquish
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
AUDI
A3

DIMENSIONS Length 4421-4456mm Width 1793-1796mm Height 14091416mm Wheelbase 2595-2637mm Tyre size 205/55 R16 Turning circle
dia NA Trunk volume 320-425litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight
1295-1430kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage.
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 58/84cm
Headroom 90cm Width 131cm
5.63
7.14
7.14
7.14
7.14
5.63

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
7
3
3
3
3

El/El
M/M
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

R
R
R
R
R
R

7
7
7
7
3
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
40TFSI 9.8/14.2/16.60
35TDI 12.3/17.5/20.38

3/3/3/7 7 3 Re
3/3/3/7 7 3 Re
3/3/3/7 7 3 Re
3/3/3/7 3 3 Re
3/3/3/7 3 3 Re
3/3/3/7 3 3 Re

3
3
3
3
3
3

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
6.92
6.31
6.31
6.31

FOR Equipment, ride comfort, everyday


usability (Avant).
AGAINST Underwhelming engine, no V6
or AWD option. VERDICT The sharperlooking A6 is a little better value now.
7/A

El/El F/R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3

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

FOR Quite hardcore, strong brakes.


AGAINST Not the best in its class,
small dealer network.
VERDICT A more hardcore version
of the V8 vantage.
7/M

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

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

FOR Soft ride, smooth engines.


AGAINST Rear seat thigh support.
VERDICT Wide range and attractive
pricing make the A4 a good place to
step into entry-level German luxury.

A6 Youll agree Audi has done its homework on the Indian customer.
The diesel is the most popular engine, and with the added power has
come better efficiency too. The new dual-clutch gearbox is better in
every way than the CVT, the added connectivity and safety features
are just what people want these days. You have to hand it to Audi for
bringing its latest headlamp tech to a more mainstream segment.
55.65 58.23

FOR Ride comfort, strong petrol engine.


AGAINST Mediocre rear space, mirrors
offer limited view. VERDICT Capable
compact luxury sedan that sets the
bar high for the segment.

A4 The mid-life facelift has brought a whole host of subtle


improvements to the A4. Audi has also been clever with
engines theres a smooth 1.8-litre petrol and the
2.0-litre 174bhp diesel.

41.86 43.74
45.06 44.63
43.22 46.82
49.65 51.76

6/M

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

FOR Feels special, great mix of


thrill and comfort.
AGAINST Expensive, small dealer
network. VERDICT If you want the
quintessential Aston experience.

A3 The A3 is undoubtedly a smart-looking car, but to us, its


appeal centres around how brilliant it is to drive. The petrol is
motor is smooth and punchy, while the solid and stiff chassis
translates to top-class ride and handling. For an enthusiast,
the A3 ticks the right boxes.

Matrix 35TFSI

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

ASTON MARTIN
DB9
DB9 Aston Martin describes the DB9 as timeless
and elegant and thats exactly what it is. It isnt
cutting-edge among the current crop of supercar GTs but it still is desirable and appealing.

35TFSI Premium
35TDI Premium
35TDI Premium Plus
35TDI Technology
A6

ESP
ABS

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

ASTON MARTIN to AUDI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

7
7
7
3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3
3
3
3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3

7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3
3
3

6
6
6
6
6
6

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

6
6
6
6

3
3
3
3
A6

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
35TFSI NA/NA/15.26
35TDI NA/NA/18.53

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3

= 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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3
3
3
3
3
3
A4

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
35TFSI 8.5/12.5/15.6
35TDI 10.2/14.3/17.1
S4 NA/NA/10.3

DIMENSIONS Length 4933-4979mm Width 1874-1936mm Height 14551461mm Wheelbase 2912-2915mm Tyre size 255/40 R19, 225/55 R17,
275/35 R20 Turning circle dia 11.9m Trunk volume 530-1680 litres Ground
clearance NA Kerb weight 1735-2025kg Fuel tank 65-75 litres Warranty 2
years, unlimited mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
66/86cm Headroom 92cm Width 136cm

3
3
3
3
3
3

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A7 The A7 is essentially a sedan with a coup-like roofline for those


who dont want a regular sedan. Its definitely got presence and the
engines to match theres a 3.0-litre V6 diesel and an atomic bomb
of a twin-turbo V8 in the RS7. The A7 may not be as practical as a
regular sedan thanks to its lower stance, but what it lacks in this
respect it makes up for in pizzazz.
A7 Sportback
RS-7 Sportback
A8

101.91 86.89**
130.71** 128.75**

NA
NA

NA
NA

NA
NA

2967/V6 245/699
3993/V8 251/699

A8 Laden with tech, powered by strong engines and all the space
and quality you would expect of Audis range-topper. The A8s
problem then is that it looks a bit generic and simply doesnt have
the presence of its rivals, especially the new S-class, and that could
be a put-off for buyers.
60TFSI
50TDI Premium
60TDI
W12 6.3 FSI
Q3

159.61
131.49
157.33
216.33

184.21
148.14
177.66
249.20

159.13
134.00
153.50
204.49

167.79
142.61
161.78
220.27

144.47
114.57
139.33
195.77

3993/V8
2967/V6
4134/V8
6299/W12

435/600
259/580
384/850
500/623

Q3 This SUV represents one of Audis cleverest moves. The updated


Q3 may drive the same as before, paddle shifters aside, but its clear
the other two shortcomings have been addressed. The added equipment brings it up to speed with the rest, and the bold new face is
definitely more eye-catching than before.
30TDI M/T S Edition
35TDI Premium
35TDI Premium Plus
Q5

36.49 38.06
41.95 43.64
47.24 49.15

36.36 37.97
43.45 43.76
44.09 49.39

30.43
35.12
36.64

1968/4
1968/4
1968/4

140/320
176/380
176/380

Q5 The Q5 was recently face-lifted and given a few minor updates


that do make it feel a bit fresher. Theres a bit more equipment as
well and a decent set of engines to choose from. However, it is getting a bit long in the tooth. It is also bigger than the Q3.

30TDI Premium
30TDI Premium Plus
30TDI Technology
45TDI Technology
Q7

57.41
60.97
65.46
73.13

62.68
65.11
65.95
60.52

58.06
60.48
65.44
73.27

59.91
63.69
68.45
77.68

48.19
51.25
55.10
79.87

1968/4
1968/4
1968/4
2967/V6

172/350
172/350
172/350
248/578

87.22
93.72

90.27
97.08

86.36 91.80
92.76 98.70

NA
NA

2967/V6 248/600
2967/V6 248/61.2

7/A
8/A

192.93 157.31**
225.62 214.41**
248.00** 259.16**
NA 297.00**
247.86 202.60**

196.91 207.46
NA
229.75 242.55
NA
292.65 NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
247.36 266.41 302.98

4163/V8
5204/V10
5204/V10
5204/V10
5204/V10

429/422
525/529
609/559
570/539
525/529

8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A

72.96 62.95** 73.32 71.89

D
P

P
D
D
P

2.83

6.61

6/M
7/A
7/A

D
D
D

D
D
D
D

D
D

3.07 6.95
3.07 6.95

87.00 2995/V6 333/440 7/Stronic

P
P
P
P
P

2.42

4.40

6.60
6.60
6.60
4.31

8.16
8.16
8.16
5.32

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

3
3
3
3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3

4.68 5.48 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3


4.68 5.48 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/EL
El/EL
El/EL
El/EL

3
3
3
3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

El/M
El/M
El/M

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3


R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3
R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

3
3
3
3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3
3
3
3
3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3
3

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

3
3
3
3
3

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3
3
3
3

Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

8
8
8
8

3
3
3
3
Q3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
35TDI 10.5/14/15.73
30TDI NA/NA/17.3

7 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3
7 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3
7 3/3/3/7 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3
Q5

3
3
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
30TDI NA/NA/14.1
45TDI NA/NA/13.2

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

8
8
8
8

3
3
3
3
Q7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
45TDI 8.3/12.5/NA

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3
R8

3
3
3
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
V8 NA/NA/8.0
V10 NA/NA/7.6

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4718mm Width 1854mm Height 1382mm


Wheelbase 2811mm Tyre size 245/40 R18 Turning circle dia 11.5m Trunk
volume 480-1283 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1820kg Fuel tank
61 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA/NA
Headroom NA Width NA
3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7

Re
Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3

6
6
6
6
6

3
3
3
3
3
S5

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 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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NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

ESP
ABS

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

DIMENSIONS Length 4426mm Width 1940mm Height 1240mm


Wheelbase 2650mm Tyre size 235/40 R18, 285/35 R18, 235/35 R19,
295/30 R19 Turning circle dia 11.2m Trunk volume 112 litres Kerb
weight 1555-1620kg Fuel tank 73-90 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited
mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom
NA Width NA

3/3 3/3 3/3


314 3.04 3.04 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 5052mm Width 1968mm Height 1740mm


Wheelbase 2994mm Tyre size 255/60 R18 255/55 R19 Turning circle dia
12.4m Trunk volume 295-1955 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight
2330kg Fuel tank 75 litres Warranty NA
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom 52/58cm Headroom 90cm Width
144cm

FOR Smooth, punchy V6, ride


quality. AGAINST Looks similar to
an A4, numb steering. VERDICT
Great mix of comfort, performance
at a good price but a bit soulless.
P

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
A7 Sportback NA/NA/14.4

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

FOR Usability, performance,


friendly on the limit.
AGAINST Doesnt have the
pedigree of the more famous thoroughbreds. VERDICT A practical
supercar if there ever was one.
7/Stronic
7/Stronic
7/Stronic
7/Stronic
7/Stronic

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
A7

DIMENSIONS Length 4388mm 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 1520-1660kg Fuel tank 64 litres Warranty 2 years,
unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 59/80cm
Headroom 95cm Width 134cm

FOR Attention to detail, refined


performance. AGAINST Rear
styling, odd spare wheel
positioning. VERDICT High-tech
SUV that feels two generations
ahead of the older Q7.
8/A
8/A

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3


250 4.60 6.68 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3

4.40 9.99 202 9.78 12.05 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7
3.58 8.35 212 5.73 6.68 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7
3.58 8.35 212 5.73 6.68 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

5.04 11.21
5.04 11.21
5.04 11.21
2.97 6.54

El/El F/R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
A8
DIMENSIONS Length 5265mm Width 1949mm Height 1471mm Wheelbase 3122mm ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
*
Tyre size 235/55 R18/R19 Turning circle dia 12.7m Trunk volume 510 litres
Indian Driving Cycle
Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2010-2050kg Fuel tank 82 litres Warranty 2
50TDI NA/NA/6.0
years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 75/101cm
60TFSI NA/NA/16.7
Headroom 92cm Width 147cm
60TDI NA/NA/7.5

FOR V6 diesels performance,


manageable size.
AGAINST Doesnt feel all that
special anymore.
VERDICT Nice engines and quite
practical, but a bit old now.
7/A
7/A
7/A
7/A

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 4969-5012mm Width 1911-2139mm Height 14191420mm Wheelbase 2915mm Tyre size 255/45 R18, 275/35 R20 Turning
circle dia 11.9m Trunk volume 535 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb
weight 1770-1995kg Fuel tank 65-75 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited
mileage. SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA

3.11 6.67 4.39 5.31 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3


2.08 3.93 250 2.70 3.24 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Ride-handling balance,


smooth powertrain, SUV-like
driving position. AGAINST Lifeless
steering. VERDICT Better without
a big bump in the price.

S5 For money the S5 is considerably more glamorous and not just for its
relative rarity. Nothing wrong with the crisp way it tackles corners. Its
the usual solid Audi look and feel with added flourishes such as terrific
S5-specific seats. Theres good luggage and passenger space too.

S5 Sportback

8.58 226
3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3
1.97 3.75 250 2.66 3.13 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Space, comfort, interior


quality. AGAINST Doesnt have
the presence of its rivals.
VERDICT Absolutely competent
if a bit too understated.

R8 By supercar standards, the R8 is practical. Nothing else packs so


much power and excitement in such a reasonable price (by supercar
standards) either. Its friendly to drive slowly and is safe when you
are near its limits as well. India may not be the best place to own a
supercar but if you wanted to, the R8 would be close to the top of
the list. You get to choose between a V8 and a V10 too.
R8 V8 Coupe
R8 V10 Coupe
R8 V10 Plus Coupe
R8 LMX
R8 V10 Spyder
S5

FEATURES

FOR Looks, performance, tech-laden


interiors. AGAINST Not as spacious as
a regular sedan, RS7 should be more
involving to drive. VERDICT For when the
whole neighborhood is packed with regular
German sedans.

Q7 The facelifted Q7 is an SUV that, in many areas, feels like its made
a two generation leap over its illustrious predecessor. The superbly
executed cabin, strong performance and high level of refinement lead
the long list of reasons you should be interested in one. Theres no
doubt that the new Q7 sets new benchmarks in the premium luxury
SUV segment in several areas.
45TDI Premium Plus
45TDI Technology
R8

TOP SPEED (KPH)

D
P

0-100KPH (SECS)

7/A
8/A

0-60KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

61.10 63.74 60.63 64.03 51.49 1968/4 191/400


135.00** 142.00** 156.74 138.00** NA 3993/V8 560/700

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

Matrix 35TDI
RS6 Avant
A7

MUMBAI

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

PERFORMANCE

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

AUDI to AUDI

RS 5

RS 5
RS 5 In one word, its a brute. Naturally aspirated V8, 8500rpm
redline, all-wheel drive and a growling-mad soundtrack. Standard
features include four seats (although the rear is cramped) and a
usable boot. The RS5 may not be the precision tool the BMW M3 is
but then again, the way it reels in the horizon makes up for all that.

RS5 Coupe
TT

FOR Supercar performance,


everyday usability.
AGAINST Thirsty engine, steering
is quite numb.
VERDICT The automotive equivalent of a jack hammer.

123.14 142.70 127.98 131.72 139.20 4163/V8 456/429 7/Stronic


TT Theres no doubt that this is the best Audi TT yet. It looks
fantastic, the beautifully executed cabin makes you feel special, and it now drives a lot more in sync with the way it looks.
For the price, the blend of style, performance, usability and its
ability to make you feel like a million bucks is hard to match.

TT
BENTLEY MOTORS
Flying Spur

71.15 82.00

73.29

NA

62.95

1968/4

310.00* 398.24
340.00** 393.49

NA
NA

NA
NA

NA
NA

6/A

230/370

356.77**
329.34**
401.40**
353.99**
364.18**
391.19**
440.72**
391.15**

NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA

NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA

NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA

NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA

4000/V8 507/660
5998/W12 625/800

5998/W12
3993/V8
5998/W12
3993/V8
5998/W12
3993/V8
5998/W12
3993/V8

8/A
8/A

553.53**

NA

NA

NA

NA

575/700
507/660
625/800
528/680
575/700
507/660
625/800
528/680

8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A

6752/V8 512/1019 8/A

1 SERIES The 1-series is the only rear-wheel-drive hatchback around


and that is its USP. BMW has also endowed it with a strong engine in
its class. Theres good space and the tuned-for-India suspension does a
good job of battling our roads.

118d Sport Line


3 Series

29.90** 37.40

36.31 36.55

37.53

1995/4 1450/320

35.90** 46.98
41.50** 53.62
41.50** 53.62
44.50** 57.30
44.50** 57.43
41.50** 53.74
112.00** 131.85**
124.00** 134.10**

40.70
47.00
47.00
50.37
52.06
48.69
135.25
139.74

45.78 46.19
52.32 53.26
52.32 53.26
55.95 57.04
57.26 55.17
53.63 51.38
149.99 149.48
154.83 154.62

1995/4
1995/4
1995/4
1995/4
1995/4
1995/4
2979/6
2979/6

190/400
190/400
190/400
190/400
184/400
184/400
431/550
431/550

P
P

P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P

5.3 296

8/A

D
D
D
D
D
D
P
P

3.37
3.37
3.37
3.37
3.58
3.58
2.74
2.74

7.58
7.58
7.58
7.58
7.83
7.83
4.73
4.73

225
225
250
250

4.60
4.60
4.60
4.60
4.75
4.75
3.10
3.10

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3


3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3
Continental

DIMENSIONS Length 4806mm Width 1943mm Height 1404mm


Wheelbase 2746mm Tyre size 275/40 R19 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume 358litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2320kg
Fuel tank 90 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/3 3/7


3/3 3/3 3/7
3/3 3/3 3/7
3/3 3/3 3/7
3/3 3/3 3/7
3/3 3/3 3/7
3/3 3/3 3/7
3/3 3/3 3/7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

5.92
5.92
5.92
5.92
5.89
5.89
3.20
3.20

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

El/El

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/7
3/3 3/3 3/7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
118d 14.2/18/20.58

7 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3
3 Series

DIMENSIONS Length 4633-4671mm Width 1811-2031mm Height 14291424mm Wheelbase 2810-2830mm Tyre size 225/55 R16, 225/35 R20,
225/45 R18 Turning circle dia 11.3m Trunk volume 480 litres Ground
clearance 120-157mm Kerb weight 1420-1630kg Fuel tank 57 litres
Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3 8 3
3 8 3
3 8 3
3 8 3
3 6 3
3 6 3
3 6 3
3 6 3
Mulsanne
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3
BMW
1 Series

DIMENSIONS Length 4329mm Width 1765mm Height 1440mm


Wheelbase 2690mm Tyre size 225/45 R17
Turning circle dia 10.9m Trunk volume 360-1200 litres
Ground clearance 157mm Kerb weight 1345kg Fuel tank 52 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 54/78cm
Headroom 93cm Width 135cm

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
TT NA/NA/14.33

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 4 3
BENTLEY MOTORS
Flying Spur

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

FOR Strong engine, thrilling


handling. AGAINST Cabin doesnt
feel as special as its rivals.
VERDICT New diesel engine and
a tweaked suspension bring the
3-series back into the limelight.
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
7/A
7/A

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
TT

DIMENSIONS Length 5295mm Width 1976mm Height 1488mm


Wheelbase 3065mm Tyre size 275/35 R21 Turning circle dia
NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 2475kg
Fuel tank 100 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA/NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Beautiful cabin, driver


thrills. AGAINST Doesnt have the
pillowy ride you expect.
VERDICT When a Rolls is too oldschool for you.
P

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
RS5 NA/NA/9.2

DIMENSIONS Length 4177mm Width 1966mm Height 1353mm


Wheelbase 2505mm Tyre size 245/40 R18 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1410kg
Fuel tank 55 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage.
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

2.96 5.81 250 3.01 4.76 3/3 3/3 3/3 3 7/3 3

FOR Strong engine, good ride, entertaining handling.


AGAINST Awkward styling.
VERDICT A unique luxury hatch but
not great value even by this class
standards.

3 SERIES The BMW 3 Series has received a mid-life facelift for the
2016 model year. The more solid mountings have in turn allowed BMW
to increase the cars suspension spring and damper rates without
adversely affecting its refinement levels. Its hardly had a transformative effect, but has nonetheless been able to create an overall
impression.
320d Prestige
320d Sport Line
320d Luxury Line
320d M Sport
320d GT Luxury Line
320d GT Sport Line
M3
M4

3.80 3.73 3/3 3/3 3/3 3 7/3 3

FOR Performance, cross-continent


comfort. AGAINST A few cheap
bits in the cabin, ride not as
cosseting as you expect.
VERDICT Quite the polished brute.

MULSANNE Even more exclusive than a Flying Spur and aimed at the ownerdriver. However, we think the Mulsanne is a bit too driver-focused and doesnt
have the cosseting ride you expect of a car like this. The flip side is that a
Mulsanne will run rings around a Phantom on a twisty road and if thats what
youre looking for in your big limo, look no further.
Mulsanne
BMW
1 Series

2.17 4.54

FOR Sporty character,


exclusivity. AGAINST Tyre noise,
a few cheap bits in the cabin.
VERDICT Want a fun-to-drive,
uber- luxury saloon? This is it.

CONTINENTAL Two doors, shorter body, lighter weight (relative as it still


weighs 2,320kg) and the same engines as the Flying Spur with a range
of power outputs. The Continental is a big coup that aims to blend the
sporty characteristics of a sports car with proper luxury.
GT W12
GT V8
GT Speed W12
GT V8 S
GTC W12
GTC V8
GT Speed Convertible
GT V8 S Convertible
Mulsanne

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

FOR Cabin quality, supple ride, user


friendly. AGAINST Steering feels
numb, significantly pricier than
before. VERDICT Nicer to drive, performance is usable in our conditions.

FLYING SPUR Bentleys take on a large, four-door, uber-luxury saloon.


Think of the Flying Spur as a Rolls- Royce with sporting intentions and
youll see it for what it is. Theres a 500bhp V8 available but for this
car, we would go with the brutally quick 616bhp W12. The Spur is also
surprisingly agile for a car this size.
Flying Spur V8
Flying Spur W12
Continental

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

ESP
ABS

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

FEATURES

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

AUDI to BMW

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

8
8
8
8
8
8
7
7

= 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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3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

5 SERIES Its been face-lifted, has had a mild update to the interiors, gets
a bit more equipment and is now all the more better for it. The 5-series
appeal lies in its range of engines theres the frugal 2.0-litre diesel and
a powerful 3.0-litre diesel. Those who want a petrol 5-series will be disappointed theres only the mental M5 available. Well, maybe they wont be
disappointed. In all other aspects, the 5 is a competent car it rides well, is spacious, and the rear seats
are comfy if not very airy.
520d Prestige
520d Modern Line
520d Luxury Line
530d M Sport
M5
6 Series

52.40**
60.26**
52.40**
59.90**
132.00**

62.84
61.97
67.50
76.96
129.70**

55.32
58.64
61.28
69.94
148.74

59.55 57.74
60.72 63.89
66.00 67.16
75.32 76.66
164.52 168.51

1995/4
1995/4
1995/4
2993/6
4395/V8

184/400
184/400
184/400
259/560
560/680

FOR Frugal and strong diesels,


brilliant eight-speed auto, ride.
AGAINST No spare wheel,
rear seats can make you feel
hemmed in. VERDICT A good
all-rounder but its been around
for sometime now.
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
7/A

6 SERIES The 6-series is for those who want something more than a regular
5-series. With its low, brooding shape and strong engines, it delivers just
that. The 640d is powerful and frugal and the M6 is powerful and thirsty.
There is a small price to pay for the style the rear seats and roofline are
low then again, its the kind of car that you would rather drive than sit
in the back.
640d Eminence
640d Design Pure Exp
M6 Gran Coupe
7 Series

111.50** 144.90** 125.69 139.34 133.02 2993/6 313/630


118.50** 121.90** 133.56 147.81 141.15 2993/6 313/630
172.10** 221.54 193.82 214.63 220.13 4395/V8 560/680

8/A
8/A
7/A

8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A

i8
X1

6/A

29.90**
33.90**
35.90**
39.90**

37.65
42.56
45.02
48.83

33.95
38.45
40.69
45.19

36.58
41.43
43.85
48.69

38.22
43.26
45.79
50.83

1995/4
1995/4
1995/4
1995/4

190/400
190/400
190/400
184/380

46.90** 60.50
53.50** 65.04
59.90** 76.96

54.87 59.10
62.18 66.97
69.94 75.32

60.31
66.98
76.71

1995/4
1995/4
2993/6

190/400
190/400
258/560

8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A

65.90**
69.90**

84.46
89.62

76.79 83.99
81.52 89.08

84.81
89.86

2993/6
2993/6

259/560
259/560

D
D
P

6.71
6.71
6.71
4.60
3.50

D
D
D
P
P
P

P/E

D
D
D
D

8/A
8/A
8/A

D
D
D

250

D
D

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3
3

3.69
3.69
3.69
3.69

8.61
8.61
8.61
8.61

5.46
5.46
5.46
5.46

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

3
3
3
3
3

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3
3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4894-5011mm Width 1894-1899mm Height 13691395mm Wheelbase 2855-2968mm Tyre size 265/35 R20 (F),
295/30 R20 (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

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3
3
3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3
El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

3
3
3
3
3
3

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

6.41
6.41
6.41
6.41

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

R
R
R
R

7
7
7
7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3
3
3
3
3
3

DIMENSIONS Length 4886mm Width 1938-1985mm Height 1762mm


Wheelbase 2933mm Tyre size 255/55 R18, 255/50 R19, 285/45 R19
Turning circle dia 12.8m Trunk volume 570/1450 litres Ground
clearance 209mm Kerb weight 2350 kg Fuel tank 85 litres
Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3


4.54 5.61 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

Re
Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7

ESP
ABS
3
3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3

Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3

8
8
8
8
8
8

3
3
3
3
3
3
i8

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
i8 NA/NA/47.45

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3
X1
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*

3
3
3
3

DIMENSIONS Length 4657mm Width 1881mm Height 1678mm


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
El/El F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3
El/El F/R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3
El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3
3
3
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 4439mm Width 1821mm Height 1598mm


Wheelbase 2670mm Tyre size 225/55 R17, 225/50 R18
Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 155mm
Kerb weight 1550kg Fuel tank 51 litres Warranty NA
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom
NA Width NA
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3 6 3
3 6 3
3 6 3
3 6 3
3 6 3
6 Series
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
*
Indian Driving Cycle
3
3
3
3
3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
7 Series

DIMENSIONS Length 4689mm Width 1942mm Height 1297mm


Wheelbase 2800mm Tyre size 245/40 R20, 215/45 R20 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume 154 Ground clearance 117 Kerb weight 1485kg Fuel tank 42
litres Warranty 2 years Unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

3.94 9.28 210 5.66 6.99 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3
3.94 9.28 210 5.66 6.99 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3.02 7.05

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

DIMENSIONS Length 5212-5238mm Width 1902mm Height 1479mm


Wheelbase 3210mm Tyre size 245/40 R20(F) 275/35(R) R20 Turning
circle dia 12.7m Trunk volume 500 litres Kerb weight 19801990kg Fuel tank 82 litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage.
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA
Width NA

FOR Performance, ride and


handling. AGAINST Rear seat
comfort not the best, no spare
wheel. VERDICT The vehicle
that put Sport in SUV is now
better than ever before.
8/A
8/A

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3.23 6.07 250 3.73 4.35 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3
3.23 6.07 250 3.73 4.35 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Quieter engine, great to


drive. AGAINST Second row
seating position, still no spare
wheel. VERDICT The new
engine enhances refinement on
otherwise accomplished X3.

X5 BMWs full-size SUV is available only with a 3.0-litre diesel for now
but given the way it drives, thats all you need. Seven-seat capability,
refreshed interiors, more equipment and a mild face-lift help it up its
game. It is real fun to drive, doesnt have the slop of some of BMWs
newest sedans when youre really pushing it and the ride is pretty
good as well.
xDrive30d Expedition
xDrive30d Design Pure

5.13
5.13
5.13
4.01
3.54

FOR Still fun to drive, overall


comfort. AGAINST Some
plastics, ground clearance could
be an issue off-road. VERDICT
Very different from the original
X1 but also better in most ways.

X3 Bigger than an X1, smaller than an X5. The X3 finds the right
balance between SUV-like space and sedan-like compactness
and that makes it almost perfect for our roads. It is a really wellthought-out, well-engineered car that is fun to drive and comes
with strong diesel engines. It is quite well equipped too.
xDrive20d Expedition
xDrive20d xLine
xDrive30d M Sport
X5

250
250

FOR Style, near-silent drive,


comfortable. AGAINST Doesnt
respond well to being driven hard.
VERDICT The BMW i8 doesnt quite
feel as exciting as it does fast.

X1 BMWs design team has provided the new X1 with a more-rugged


appearance and it is clearly superior to its hugely successful
predecessor in almost all areas. The adoption of the UKL platform has
allowed the design team to endow the X1 with an altered silhouette
featuring a significantly shorter bonnet and longer roofline.
sDrive20d Expedition
sDrive20d xLine
xDrive20d xLine
xDrive20d M Sport
X3

9.09
9.09
9.09
6.11
4.95

FOR Performance, technology and


gizmos, interior quality..
AGAINST Price.
VERDICT Feels special enough to
justify its positioning but its pricey.

730Ld Pure Design Ex


111.00** 143.81 125.14 141.98 140.70 2993/6 265/620
730Ld M Sport
119.00** 153.76 134.13 151.78 150.79 2993/6 265/620
730Ld Pure Design Ex (CBU) 140.00** 188.18 157.73 176.00 177.28 2993/6 265/620
750Li Pure Design Ex (CBU) 150.00** 201.21 168.97 188.10 189.89 4395/V8 450/650
750Li M Sport (CBU)
155.00** 207.72 174.59 194.15 196.20 4395/V8 450/650
Active Hybrid
141.00 184.16 158.83 171.14 179.72 2979/6 324/449
i8
i8 The BMW i8 is the zen-like, sustainable, low-emissions,
petrol-electric, new premium German sports car of the future.
Expressions of concept dont get much more complicated. But, while
the two most important words in that string get crowded out by
their louder neighbours, they are undoubtedly sports car.
362/570

4.20
4.20
4.20
2.75
2.80

FOR Head-turning styling, powerful


engines, grand touring abilities.
AGAINST Quite heavy, so not
particularly agile. VERDICT 5-series
too common and a Bentley too
expensive? This could be for you.

7 SERIES The 7-series luxury sedan has long played second fiddle
to the S-class, but the Bavarian automaker plans to change that
with this new car. It is lighter, more spacious, and loaded to the
gills with luxury and gadgetry. It gets minor styling upgrades,
both on the outside and inside and a new M Sport variant.

229.00** 263.80 257.74 290.00 290.00 1499/3

D
D
D
D
P

5 Series
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
*
Indian Driving Cycle
520d 10/14.5/18.48
530d 7.9/13.8/16.20

DIMENSIONS Length 4899-4910mm Width 1860-1891mm Height 14561464mm 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 17951870kg 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

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

6
6
6
6

3
3
3
3
X3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
xDrive20d 9.1/12.7/18.56

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
X5
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
xDrive30d NA/NA/15.35

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 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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NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

5 Series

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

FEATURES

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

BMW to BMW

X6 Not to everyones tastes, but you have to admit the combination


of SUV and coup is interesting. Even more interesting is the 3.0-litre
306bhp diesel under the hood. Know that the X6 isnt the most
comfortable SUV around and, despite its size, isnt the most spacious
either but it drives well (despite its weight) and is a guaranteed
head-turner.
xDrive40d M Sport
X6 M
Z4

117.00** 120.00** 131.87 145.75 150.68 2993/6 313/630


162.20** 207.32 182.69 201.44
NA 4395/V8 577/750

74.90** 70.90** 84.54 93.58


75.90** 71.90** 85.67 94.79

96.04
97.30

2979/6
2979/6

306/400
306/400

8/A
8/A

1608.00**

NA

NA

NA

NA

D
P

7/A
7/A

P
P

El/El F/R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/3 3/3 El/3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3
Z4
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
*
Indian Driving Cycle
sDrive35i NA/NA/10.37

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 6 3
7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 6 3
BUGATTI
Veyron
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 7 7 7 3 3 6 3
CHEVROLET
Beat

BEAT With a starring role in the Transformers movie, a lot


of the Beats uniqueness lies in its concept car looks. Under
that skin is more good news it feels well built, rides well
and comes with decent comfort and practicality. The diesel
Beat works as a great urban runabout as well and the petrol
comes with an LPG option as well.
4.81
5.16
4.76
5.67
5.17
6.18
5.86
6.24
6.59
7.52

5.30
5.69
5.56
6.25
6.09
6.60
6.54
6.96
7.40
7.93

4.95
5.31
5.44
5.84
5.97
6.29
5.91
6.30
6.82
7.27

5.05
5.35
5.33
5.85
5.79
6.68
6.22
6.63
7.18
7.73

4.85
5.14
5.44
5.63
5.97
6.78
5.78
6.11
6.59
7.85

FOR Styling, comfortable ride,


fuel efficiency (diesel).
AGAINST Noisy diesel, average
performance, small boot.
VERDICT Plenty of style in a
reasonably priced package.

1199/4 78/107 5/M


1199/4 78/107 5/M
1199/4 78/77/107 5/M
1199/4 78/107 5/M
1199/4 78/77/107 5/M
1199/4 78/107 5/M
936/3
57/143 5/M
936/3
57/143 5/M
936/3
57/143 5/M
936/3
57/143 5/M

CAPTIVA The massive grille gives the Captiva its much-needed SUV
looks. It comes with a strong diesel engine, manual and automatic
transmissions that come in two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive form
respectively. Its a seven-seater too but, truth be told, it is a bit long in
the tooth and has fallen off the radar of most buyers.
LT 2WD M/T
LTZ AWD A/T
Cruze

28.93 33.05
31.48 35.61

28.38 28.89
30.88 31.42

29.27
31.91

2231/4
2231/4

187/400
187/400

CRUZE The updated Chevrolet Cruze brings with it tweaked styling


and more equipment. It gets Chevrolets MyLink touchscreen infotainment system which attracts buyers. Even at the new price level,
the Cruze will still be among the most affordable of the executive
sedans on offer today.
LT
LTZ M/T
LTZ A/T
Enjoy

16.39 17.40
19.27 20.39
20.46 21.64

15.81 16.81
18.09 20.09
19.21 21.34

17.50
20.04
21.28

1998/4
1998/4
1998/4

166/360
166/360
166/360

7.37

7.90

7.23

7.50

6.77

1399/4

100/130

P
P
P/LPG
P
P/LPG
P
D
D
D
D

6.13 14.86 159


6.13 14.86 159

6.13 14.86 159

6.13 14.86 159


6.86 18.59 145
6.86 18.59 145
6.86 18.59 145
6.86 18.59 145

15.99
15.99

15.99

15.99
14.11
14.11
14.11
14.11

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
165-175mm 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
22.43
22.43

22.43

22.43
16.48
16.48
16.48
16.48

FOR Spacious, flexible interiors,


strong diesel engine.
AGAINST Quality levels not
up there with European and
Japanese rivals.
VERDICT Still a great soft-roader.
6/M
6/A

D
D

6/M
6/M
6/A

D
D
D

7/7 7/7 7/7


7/7 3/3 3/7
7/7 3/3 3/7
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
7/7 7/7 7/7
7/7 3/3 3/7
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
7/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 Petrol 11.5/15.3/18.61
1.2 LPG NA/NA/13.30
1.0 Diesel 16/19.1/25.44
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

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)
El/M
El/M

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3


R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

M/7
M/7
M/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/7


R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3
R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

7/7

7 7 3/3 3/7

In/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

In
In
In
Re
Re
Re
In
In
Re
Re

7
7
7
3
3
3
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
3
3
3
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 1 7
7 1 7
3 2 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 1 7
3 2 7
Captiva

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 3 3 6 3
Cruze
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
2.0 M/T 10.8/15.7/17.3
2.0 A/T 9.8/15.3/NA

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 7
3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 7
3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 7 7

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 1273-1345kg Fuel tank 50 litres Warranty 3 years,
45,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 73/85cm
Headroom 98cm Width NA

5.74 14.89 165 12.88 20.27 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 7/7 7

7
7
7
3
3
3
7
7
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
M/T NA/NA/14.6
A/T 8/11.1/12.1

DIMENSIONS Length 4597mm Width 1788mm Height 1477mm


Wheelbase 2685mm Tyre size 205/60 R16 Turning circle dia 10.9m
Trunk volume 450 litres Ground clearance 165mm
Kerb weight 1525-1560kg Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty NA
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA

4.57 10.22 215 13.39 14.96 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7
4.57 10.22 215 13.39 14.96 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Comfy ride, cabin and space.


AGAINST Interiors feel
downmarket, lacks overall
refinement.
VERDICT Practical and spacious
but lacks sophistication.
5/M

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3

5.08 11.72 177 11.48 12.45 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3
4.41 10.97 6.79 8.71 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Touchscreen easy to use, refined


engine. AGAINST Down on space to rivals,
cabin quality could be better.
VERDICT Gets more features, but its
still not rounded enough to worry other
executive sedans.

ENJOY Compact, spacious and comfortable best describe the


Enjoy. It steers and drives well and the diesel engine is sufficiently
powerful. What might put you off are the overall levels of fit and
finish that simply cant hold a candle to the likes of the Innova,
Ertiga or the Evalia.
1.4 LS 8-seater

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
xDrive40d NA/NA/15.87

CHEVROLET
Beat

1.2 PS
1.2 LS
1.2 LS LPG
1.2 LT
1.2 LT LPG
1.2 LTZ
1.0 PS
1.0 LS
1.0 LT
1.0 LTZ
Captiva

ESP
ABS

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 7 3 3 8 3
X6

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

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3
El/El F/R 3 3/3 7/3 El/3

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

3.20 6.18 250 4.13 4.43 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3
3.20 6.18 250 4.13 4.43 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

2.56 5.78 240 3.91 4.89 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 4909mm Width 1989mm Height 1689-1702mm


Wheelbase 2933mm Tyre size 255/50 R19 (Front) & 285/45 R19 (Rear)
Turning circle dia 12.8m Trunk volume 570/1450 litres
Ground clearance 212mm Kerb weight 2180-2340 kg Fuel tank 85
litres Warranty 2 years Unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 61/83cm Headroom 91cm Width 142cm

FOR Monumentally fast, easy


to drive.
AGAINST Not cheap.
VERDICT Could be the last of
its kind.

7993/W16 1014/1245 7DSG

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

4.54 5.61 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3


4.54 5.61 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3
3.48 3.35 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Rev-happy motor, classic


roadster appeal.
AGAINST Cramped cabin.
VERDICT Has plenty of sex
appeal, could be more thrilling
to drive.

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 a lesson that teaches us that nothing is
impossible.
Veyron Grand Sport

3.02 7.05
3.02 7.05
2.20 4.22

FEATURES

FOR Unique looks, performance.


AGAINST Firm ride, impractical.
VERDICT Distinctive looks, bomb
of an engine, but poor dynamics.

Z4 Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, classic roadster shape theres lots


of appeal in the Z4. It may not be the last word in driving thrills in this
small segment, but it makes a pretty convincing case for itself with an
engine that loves to rev, a stirring soundtrack and long-nose, shortboot looks. The folding metal hard-top also gives you some measure
of practicality.
sDrive35i Prestige
sDrive35i Design Pure
BUGATTI
Veyron

TOP SPEED (KPH)

D
D
P

0-100KPH (SECS)

8/A
8/A
8/A

0-60KPH (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

93.64 2993/6 259/560


NA
2993/6 259/560
NA 4395/V8 575/750

PERFORMANCE

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

xDrive30d Design Pure 5+2 72.90** 93.30 84.89 92.71


xDrive30d M Sport
75.90** 97.36 88.60 97.30
X5 M
157.00** 162.00** 176.84 195.39
X6

BMW to CHEVROLET

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW
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Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

3 2 7
3 4 7
3 4 7
Enjoy

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.4 Petrol NA/NA/13.7
1.3 Diesel 12.3/16/18.2

7/7/7/7

7 3 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7

= 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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SAIL U-VA The Sail UV-A, in a sentence, is a large, spacious and practical
hatch that is somewhat lacking in flair. It is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol
with the option of the tried-and-tested 1.3-litre Multi-jet diesel as well. The
interiors are boring but if you generally buy with your head (rather than
your heart) you might just like its no-nonsense practicality a lot. Higher
versions are quite expensive though.
1.2 PS
1.2 LS
1.2 LS ABS
1.2 LT ABS
1.3 PS
1.3 LS
1.3 LS ABS
1.3 LT ABS
Sail

5.26
5.80
6.05
6.60
6.44
7.25
7.43
8.38

5.81
6.41
6.68
7.51
7.17
7.80
7.99
8.99

5.47
6.03
6.29
7.08
6.63
7.22
7.40
8.33

5.58
6.15
6.42
7.23
6.76
7.37
7.55
8.50

5.36
5.92
6.17
6.95
6.51
7.09
7.26
8.18

1199/4
1199/4
1199/4
1199/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4

84/109
84/109
84/109
84/109
75/190
75/190
75/190
75/190

SAIL All said, the updated Sail diesel still is an interesting


package. It doesnt look like a truncated sedan, is quite spacious, and the punchy motor makes it fairly good to drive as
well. That said, the updated cabin, though nicer, still lacks the
premium feel of some of its rivals.
1.2 PS
1.2 LS
1.2 LS ABS
1.2 LT ABS
1.3 TCDi PS
1.3 TCDi LS
1.3 TCDi LS ABS
1.3 TCDi LT ABS
Trailblazer

6.36
6.99
7.53
8.09
8.10
8.57
8.94
9.64

7.01
7.66
8.11
8.68
8.71
9.22
9.61
10.36

6.41
7.02
7.43
7.95
7.84
8.29
8.64
9.33

5.70
6.28
6.55
7.38
7.00
7.62
7.81
8.79

6.29
6.90
7.29
7.80
7.69
8.14
8.48
9.15

1199/4
1199/4
1199/4
1199/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4

30.87 34.90

30.52 32.92

27.49**

2776/4

FOR Spacious interiors, ride quality.


AGAINST Hard rear seats,
unexciting interiors.
VERDICT Competent and practical
but could have been more exciting.
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

P
P
P
P
D
D
D
D

5.84 14.66 162


5.84 14.66 162
5.84 14.66 162
5.84 14.66 162
6.12 15.25 165
6.12 15.25 165
6.12 15.25 165
6.12 15.25 165

14.91
14.91
14.91
14.91
11.82
11.82
11.82
11.82

24.17
24.17
24.17
24.17
14.72
14.72
14.72
14.72

84/109
84/109
84/109
84/109
75/190
75/190
75/190
75/190

199/499

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

P
P
P
P
D
D
D
D

6.01 14.52
6.01 14.52
6.01 14.52
6.01 14.52
6.38 15.48 163
6.38 15.48 163
6.38 15.48 163
6.38 15.48 163

3.93 9.89

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

In/7
In/7
El/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
El/7

3
3
3
7
3
3
3

7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

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
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

3/7 7/7 3/7


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 7/7 3/7
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7

15.59 23.93
15.59 23.93
15.59 23.93
15.59 23.93
12.45 14.31
12.45 14.31
12.45 14.31
12.45 14.31

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

3/7 7/7 3/7


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 7/7 3/7
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7

El/El

3 3 3/3 3/7

El/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex

7
3
3
7
7
3
3

7
3
3
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
3
7
7
7
3
Sail

7 7
7 7
2 7
7 7
7 7
7 7
2 7
U-VA

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 Petrol NA/NA/18.2
1.3 Diesel 13.1/19/22.1

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4878mm Width 1902mm Height 1838mm Wheelbase


2845mm Tyre size 265/60 R18 Turning circle dia 11.8m Trunk volume 205-1830
litres Ground clearance 253mm Kerb weight 2068kg Fuel tank 76 litres Warranty
3 years/ 100,000 km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA

5.64 7.33 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

7
3
3
7
7
3
3

7
3
3
3
7
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re

7
7
7
3
7
7
7
3

7
7
7
3
7
7
7
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
3
3
7
7
3
3

7
7
1
2
7
7
1
2

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
Sail

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
Petrol NA/NA/18.2
Diesel 12.9/18.7/22.1

7
3
3
3
7
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re

7
7
7
3
7
7
7
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7 7 7
7 7 7
3 1 7
3 2 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
3 1 7
3 2 7
Trailblazer
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*

3 7/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 3 3 2 3

DATSUN
GO

DATSUN
GO
GO As the brands first offering, the Go comes across as a wellthought-out budget hatchback. You get a spacious cabin, a big
boot and what is arguably the peppiest engine in its segment. It is
easy to drive and fuel economy is good as well. If only it didnt feel
so pared down.

D
D1
A
T
GO+

3.58
3.59
4.18
4.39

4.33
4.02
4.64
5.14

3.84
3.87
4.11
4.49

3.85
3.91
4.15
4.62

4.06
4.08
4.37
4.88

1198/3
1198/3
1198/3
1198/3

68/104
68/104
68/104
68/104

FOR Practicality, easy to drive.


AGAINST Plenty of cost cutting,
sales and service network
still tiny. VERDICT Well priced,
practical and easy to drive, but
feels built to a cost.
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

GO+ The Go+ offers a fresh take on affordable mobility for larger
families. Its the only one in its class with seven seats and the best
at carrying five with their luggage at this price point. So, if space is
your prime concern, look no further.
D
D1
A
T
FERRARI
458 Speciale

4.18
4.40
4.95
5.21

5.00
4.69
5.23
6.02

4.44
4.47
4.65
5.43

4.49
4.54
4.72
5.47

4.75
4.76
4.99
5.79

1198/3
1198/3
1198/3
1198/3

68/104
68/104
68/104
68/104

NA

425.00**

NA

NA

NA

4497/V8 605/539

5.53 14.54 155


5.53 14.54 155
5.53 14.54 155
5.53 14.54 155

16.56 22.05
16.56 22.05
16.56 22.05
16.56 22.05

FOR Engine, ride, handling.


AGAINST Third row for kids only,
cheap interiors.
VERDICT Nice to drive and
practical but feels built to a price.
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

458 SPECIALE The Ferrari 458 Speciale is a car with which we could
pick fault. Its an imposing drive; at times, a bit too direct and responsive. Its a relatively easy target for cheaper performance cars on
straight-line punch. But frankly, so what? The Speciale wins you over
because its such a pure, uncorrupted drivers car.
458 Speciale

P
P
P
P

DIMENSIONS Length 3785mm Width 1635mm Height 1485mm


Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 155/70 R13 Turning circle dia 9.2m
Trunk volume 265 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb
weight 788kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years/ unlimited km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 62/80cm
Headroom 88cm Width 125cm

P
P
P
P

13.96
13.96
13.96
13.96

161
161
161
161

16.63 21.33
16.63 21.33
16.63 21.33
16.63 21.33

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7

7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

Ex/7
Ex/7
Ex/7
Ex/7

7 7/7/7/7
7 7/7/7/7
7 7/7/7/7
7 7/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1635mm Height 1490mm


Wheelbase 2450mm Tyre size 155/70 R13 Turning circle dia 9.2m
Trunk volume 48/350 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 788kg
Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years/ unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear
seat: Legroom min/max 63/76cm Headroom 94cm Width 125cm

FOR Incredible handling, Extravagant


performance. AGAINST Not quite the
last word in outright supercar pace.
VERDICT Possibly the most exciting
and uncompromising drivers car.
7/A

7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 Petrol 12.8/17.9/20.63

7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7

7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

Ex/7
Ex/7
Ex/7
Ex/7

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

7
7
7
7

In
In
In
In

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

7 7
7 7
7 7
7 7
GO+

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 Petrol 12.6/17.7/20.6

7 7/7/7/7
7 7/7/7/7
7 7/7/7/7
7 7/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4571mm Width 1951mm Height 1203mm Wheelbase


2650mm Tyre size 245/35 ZR20, 305/30 ZR 20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk
volume NA Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1395kg Fuel tank 86 litres
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

In
In
In
In

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
FERRARI
458 Speciale

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 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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REAR CENTRE ARMREST

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/3
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

ESP
ABS

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

7
R
R
7
7
R
R

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

7/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

7
3
3
7
7
3
3

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

3/7
3/7
7/3
7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 4249mm Width 1690mm Height 1503mm 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

FOR Strong engine, feels tough.


AGAINST No four-wheel drive or
transmission options, might br pricier
than rivals.VERDICT Big and bold SUV that
brings a certain modernity to its segment.
6/A

LEATHER SEATS

7/7 3/7 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

20.27
20.27
20.27
18.76
18.76
18.76
18.76

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

12.88
12.88
12.88
14.38
14.38
14.38
14.38

FOR Light steering.AGAINST Patchy


cabin quality, power window switches
badly placed. VERDICT The interiors
feel plusher now. Package is limited by
average quality.

TRAILBLAZER The Trailblazers engine and the performance it can


deliver grabs the limelight the moment we leave behind the rutted
tracks and drive on proper tarmac stretches. The engine feels very
responsive, the build-up of speed is brisk and performance seems
really impressive for this heavy SUV.
2WD LTZ

5.74 14.89 165


5.74 14.89 165
5.74 14.89 165
7.58 21.36 147
7.58 21.36 147
7.58 21.36 147
7.58 21.36 147

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

P
P
P
D
D
D
D

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

100/130
100/130
100/130
75/173
75/173
75/173
75/173

TOP SPEED (KPH)

1399/4
1399/4
1399/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4

FEATURES

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

7.16
7.53
7.93 8.22
8.89 9.21
8.71 8.72
8.74 9.06
9.28 9.62
10.12 10.48

0-100KPH (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

7.40
7.93
8.08 8.66
9.05 9.71
9.01 9.69
9.04 9.72
9.60 10.32
10.47 11.24

0-60KPH (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

6.92
7.54
8.43
8.13
8.30
8.62
8.80

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

1.4 LS 7-seater
1.4 LT 7-seater
1.4 LTZ 7-seater
1.3 TCDi LS 8-seater
1.3 TCDi LS 7-seater
1.3 TCDi LT 7-seater
1.3 TCDi LTZ 7-seater
Sail U-VA

PERFORMANCE

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

BANGALORE

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

CHEVROLET to FERRARI

458 Spider

NA

407.00**

NA

NA

NA

4497/V8 568/539

7/A

388.00** 405.00**

NA

NA

NA

3902/V8 669/760

7/A

CALIFORNIA T Is it better than its predecessor? Yes. Leagues better. The


old California wasnt a duffer, but it never quite pulled off the trick of either
riding properly or maintaining correct control of its body movements. This
one does both, at the same time. In fact, it rides particularly well, regardless of in which position (Comfort or Sport) you place the manettino, which
brings stiffer damping.
California T
FF

NA

330.00**

NA

NA

NA

3855/V8 560/755

NA

457.00**

NA

NA

NA

6263/V12 661/686

7/A

NA

472.00**

NA

NA

NA

6262/V12 741/686

7/A

7/A

5/A

1.4 Fire Active


1.4 Fire Dynamic
1.3 Multijet Active
1.3 Multijet Dynamic
1.3 Multijet Emotion
1.4 T-jet Abarth
Punto Evo

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

8.06
9.15
9.00
9.95
10.62
11.96

1368/4 90/114
1368/4 90/114
1248/4 93/209
1248/4 93/209
1248/4 93/209
1368/4 140/21.41

5.63
6.15
8.59
7.06
7.85
8.63
8.87

6.13
6.59
8.82
7.35
8.18
8.98
9.43

6.09
6.64
8.96
7.28
8.09
8.87
9.31

5.92
6.56
8.62
7.22
8.04
8.84
9.07

6.15
6.74
8.98
7.31
8.16
8.98
9.45

1172/4
1172/4
1368/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4

67/9.76
67/9.76
90/114
76/197
76/197
76/197
93/209

P
P
D
D
D
P

P
P
P
D
D
D
D

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

7.21 18.16 143


7.21 18.16 143
6.28 16.58 144
6.79 17.84 153
6.79 17.84 153
6.79 17.84 153
6.01 15.88 171

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3
488 GTB

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3
California T

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3
FF

DIMENSIONS Length 4907mm Width 1953mm Height 1379mm


Wheelbase 2990mm Tyre size 245/35 R20, 295/35 R20
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

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

11.61 13.80
11.61 13.80
11.61 13.80
10.68 15.19

15.27 21.72
15.27 21.72
14.11 19.53
12.57 15.22
12.57 15.22
12.57 15.22
12.40 14.23

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3
F12berlinetta

DIMENSIONS Length 4618mm Width 1942mm Height 1273mm


Wheelbase 2720mm Tyre size 255/35 R20, 315/35 R20
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
3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

7/7

R 7 3/3 3/3

El/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/7 3 7 In 3 3 7

3 2 7
Avventura
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
1.4 Petrol NA/NA/14.4
1.3 Diesel NA/NA/20.5

DIMENSIONS Length 3989mm Width 1687-1706mm Height 15051542mm Wheelbase 2510mm Tyre size 205/55 R16, 195/55 R16
Turning circle dia 10m Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 155205mm Kerb weight 1190-1255kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3
years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 60/84cm Headroom 91cm Width 127cm
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/7
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/7

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
3

7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 In/7
3/3 EI/7
3/3 In/7
3/3 EI/7
3/3 El/7
3/3 El/7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3989mm Width 1687mm Height 1505-1525mm


Wheelbase 2510mm Tyre size 165/80 R14, 195/60 R15, 195/55 R16
Turning circle dia 10m Trunk volume 280 litres Ground clearance
155-195mm Kerb weight 1095-1198kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3
years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 60/84cm Headroom 91cm Width 127cm
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/7
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
7/3
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
3/3
7/3
7/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 In/7
3/3 EI/7
3/3 El/7
3/3 In/7
3/3 EI/7
3/3 El/7
3/3 El/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3
FIAT
Abarth 595

DIMENSIONS Length 3657mm Width 1627mm Height 1485mm


Wheelbase 2300mm Tyre size 205/40 R17 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 105mm Kerb weight 1155kg
Fuel tank NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

5.00 10.58 205 6.76 7.42 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

6.05 15.10
6.05 15.10
6.05 15.10
4.02 9.19

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4569mm Width 1910mm Height 1320mm


Wheelbase 2669mm Tyre size 245/40 R19, 285/40 R19
Turning circle dia NA Trunk volume 339 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb
weight 1729kg Fuel tank 78 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Fantastic ride and handling,


supremely stylish. AGAINST Engine
lacks punch, awkward driving
position. VERDICT Oozes style both
inside and out, but performance
remains average.
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 4568mm Width 1952mm Height 1213mm Wheelbase


2650mm Tyre size 245/35 R20, 305/30 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk
volume 230 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1475kg Fuel tank 78
litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA
Width NA

FOR Great ride quality, strong


engine. AGAINST Odd driving
position, raised suspension
cant put the power down.
VERDICT A genuine crossover
and its supremely stylish too.

PUNTO EVO All told, the Punto in Evo avatar looks hot from the
outside, quite swanky on the inside and rides superbly well. Its also
reasonably good to drive if outright performance is not high on
your agenda.

1.2 Fire Active


1.2 Fire Dynamic
1.4 Fire Emotion
1.3 Multijet Active
1.3 Multijet Dynamic
1.3 Multijet Emotion
1.3 Multijet 93PS SPORT

FOR Zesty, agile handling, capable


track-day performance. AGAINST
Rock-hard ride, limited rear space.
VERDICT Theres something about
the Competiziones enthusiasm
that is hard to dislike.

Abarth 595 Competizione


29.85** NA
NA
NA
NA
1368/4 160/210
Avventura
AVVENTURA All told, the Avventura is a great effort. Sure, there are
some shortcomings the driving position is odd, the engine isnt very
tractable by todays standards and it could do with a bit more equipment. But its fantastic ride quality, chic interiors and tastefully styled
exteriors make it rather desirable. The Avventura powered by Abarth is
a good combination of strong performance and attractive design.
8.15
7.76
9.18 8.79
8.95 8.63
9.84 9.54
10.48 10.40
11.66 NA

FOR Titanic engine and


performance. AGAINST Overly
sharp steering. VERDICT Thrilling in
every way that a front-engined V12
Ferrari should be.

ABARTH 595 The 595 is the high-performance version of the Abarth


500, which in turn is the high-performance version of the Fiat 500
hatchback. It rivals the Mini Cooper S as a high-performance premium
hatchback and imported as a CBU. It would be better were its springs
and its price not quite so unyielding, but its a car with charm and a
very raw, very real appeal.

7.72
7.90
8.71 8.94
8.62 8.95
9.50 9.88
10.13 10.54
11.21 11.89

FOR Clever all-wheel drive system,


boot space, remarkably tractable.
AGAINST Different Ferrari vibe,
gearbox hesistance at low speed.
VERDICT The FF could be the
compelling purchase of a lifetime.

F12BERLINETTA Supercar, not GT car youll note that were inclined to


make the distinction. Because although the F12 has an extremely habitable interior and decent-size boot plus a vast fuel tank that turns its
laughable economy into a usable range this is still a car that, at heart, is
dominated by its performance. But what performance. And what drama.
F12berlinetta
FIAT
Abarth 595

FOR Makes for a fine grand tourer.


AGAINST Fairly quiet engine,
noticeable lag. VERDICT Ultimately
the Ferrari California T can hold its
own against anything thats meant
to do a similar job.

FF Perhaps the most interesting thing about the FF is the absence of a


direct rival. The Ferrari FF is remarkably well packaged, with plenty of
interior space (yes, it really seats four), a decent load bay, and a refined
and comfortable cabin.

FF
F12berlinetta

DIMENSIONS Length 4527mm Width 1937mm Height 1211mm Wheelbase


2650mm Tyre size 235/35 R20, 295/35 R20 Turning circle dia NA Trunk
volume 230 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1535kg Fuel tank 86
litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Extremely communicative


steering. AGAINST Just a wee bit
less exciting than the earlier one.
VERDICT The most docile-handling
mid-engined cars driven.

488 GTB This is the first series-production Ferrari to have active aerodynamics, via a rear diffuser that will sometimes stall itself, lessening
downforce but also drag. The 488 GTB is, then, the archetypal supercar
refined, honed, tweaked and perfected? Not quite as perfect as the
graphs would have you believe. But as close as it currently gets.
488 GTB
California T

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

458 Spider
FOR Terrific steering response,
cornering ability.
AGAINST Clatters over undulations.
VERDICT The compromise of the
convertible is minimal.

458 SPIDER The key question is whether the Ferrari 458 Spider has lost
much of the Italias rigidity. You can occasionally feel a quiver through the
car, but in no way does it feel loose structurally. Overall the Ferrari 458
Spider gels tremendously well. You do lose that final edge of the coupe version, but in terms of dynamism and exhilaration you lose virtually nothing.
458 Spider
488 GTB

ESP
ABS

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

FERRARI to FIAT

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

7
7
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
3
3

In
In
In
In
In
In

7
7
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7

7 7 7
3 7 7
7 7 7
3 7 7
3 2 7
3 2 7
Punto Evo

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 Petrol 9.7/15/15.8
1.4 Petrol 10.2/14.6/14.4
1.3 Diesel 13.7/17.5/21.2
1.3 Diesel 93PS 12.8/17.6/20.5
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

7
7
3
7
7
3
3

7
7
3
7
7
3
3

In
In
In
In
In
In
In

7
7
3
7
7
3
3

7
7
3
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
3
3
7
3
3
3

7
7
2
7
7
2
2

= 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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7
7
7
7
7
7
7

LINEA CLASSIC Its a solid package. It is value for money, has a bigcar feel and the best ride in its class. Like the Punto, it feels robust as
well. Fiat has skimped on some essential equipment though (possibly
in a bid to price the car well) and the engines are very mediocre,
since the T-Jet isnt available in the Classic.
Classic FIRE
Classic Multijet
Classic + Multijet
Linea

7.35
8.64
9.28

7.51
8.85
9.52

7.68
8.88
9.54

7.61
8.82
9.49

7.69
8.73
9.40

1368/4
1248/4
1248/4

89/115
76/197
76/197

LINEA Fiats attempt to infuse a feel-good factor with this face-lift has worked
rather well. The hugely refreshed cabin feels every bit as modern as you would
expect and theres an all-round improvement in design, materials and features.
The engines on offer are also better than whats in the Classic with the strong
petrol T-Jet and the 92bhp version of the 1.3-litre Multi-jet diesel.
Active FIRE
T-jet Active FIRE
T-jet Dynamic FIRE
T-jet Emotion FIRE
Active Mutijet
Dynamic Multijet
Emotion Multijet
FORCE MOTORS
Force One

7.97
9.48
10.80
11.69
10.27
11.99
12.56

8.42
9.62
10.97
11.67
10.45
11.93
12.49

8.65
10.05
11.41
12.02
10.51
11.87
12.42

8.56
9.47
10.83
12.32
10.16
12.35
12.96

8.66
9.90
11.32
11.95
10.60
12.03
12.95

1368/4
1368/4
1368/4
1368/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4

89/115
114/207
114/207
114/207
93/209
93/209
93/209

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

FORCE ONE The Force Ones strengths lie in its tremendous cabin
space, Mercedes-sourced engine and tough suspension that make it
ideal for our rural roads. Some variants are pretty well equipped but
otherwise a bit too crude to really give the other seven-seater SUVs
in the market a run for their money. There is a 4x4 version as well.
SX 4x2 6-seater
SX 4x2 7-seater
LX 4x4 7-seater
FORD
Ecosport

12.55 13.88 12.10** 13.04


12.46 13.79 12.04** 12.93
13.77
NA
NA
NA

15.44
15.35
NA

2149/4
2149/4
2149/4

141/321
141/321
141/321

7.64
8.44
9.29
9.72
10.88
11.70
8.47
9.28
9.82
10.58
12.64

8.86
10.00
10.92
11.38
12.71
12.64
10.49
11.37
12.05
12.88
13.59

8.24
9.34
10.21
10.63
11.79
11.74
9.63
10.44
10.98
11.74
12.40

7.98
8.81
9.70
10.15
11.37
11.16
8.71
9.55
10.10
10.89
11.56

8.36
9.23
10.16
10.63
11.91
11.69
9.13
10.00
10.58
11.40
12.11

1499/4
1499/4
999/3
1499/4
1499/4
999/3
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4

5/M
5/M
5/M

29.44
31.29
30.02
31.76
32.51
34.38

29.04
31.30
29.95
32.09
32.58
34.54

27.04
29.12
27.88
29.86
30.31
32.08

30.81
32.76
31.42
33.24
34.03
35.99

32.11
34.13
32.74
34.64
35.46
37.50

2198/4
2198/4
2198/4
2198/4
3198/5
3198/5

112/140
112/140
125/170
112/140
112/140
125/170
100/205
100/205
100/205
100/205
100/205

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/A
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

4.97

5.54

5.26

5.40

5.59

1196/4

FOR Fantastic ride, rich interiors


AGAINST Rear seat not as spacious
as rivals. VERDICT Face-lift brings
Linea back in contention in the
midsize sedan space
P
P
P
P
D
D
D

6.21 15.14 182


4.47 11.05 191
4.47 11.05 191
4.47 11.05 191
7.12 17.81 170
7.12 17.81 170
7.12 17.81 170

14.04 18.67
11.94 15.52
11.94 15.52
11.94 15.52
14.28 16.45
14.28 16.45
14.28 16.45

D
D
D

160/385
160/385
160/385
160/385
200/470
200/470

88/112

P
P
P
P
P
P
D
D
D
D
D

6/M
6/M
6/A
6/A
6/A
6/A

D
D
D
D
D
D

5.13 12.68 177


5.13 12.68 177
4.66 11.22 177
4.66 11.22 177

7 7 7/3 3/3
7 7 7/3 3/3
7 7 7/3 3/3

M/7
M/7
M/7

ESP
ABS

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)
7/7
7/7
7/7

3 7/7/7/7
3 7/7/7/7
3 3/3/7/7

3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/3
3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
3
7
7
3

7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
R
R
7
R
R

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3/3/7/7
3/3/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

M/7
M/7
M/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3


R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3
R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/7 3/7


3/3 3/7 3/3
3/3 3/7 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/7 3/7
3/3 3/7 3/3
3/3 3/7 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
3
7
7
7
7
3

7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
R
R
R
7
7
7
R
R

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
7/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

9.57
9.57
8.58
8.58

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3
3
3

M/7 R 3 3/3
M/7 R 3 3/3
M/7 R 3 3/3
M/7 F/R 3 3/3
M/7 R 3 3/3
M/7 F/R 3 3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3/7 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 7/3

In/7

7 7 7
7 7 7
3 7 7
Linea

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.4 Petrol 9.4/13.4/14.9
1.4 T-jet Petrol 10.3/15.4/15.7
1.3 Diesel 13.4/17.3/20.4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

In
In
Re
Re
In
Re
Re

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7 7 7 7 7
7 7 3 7 7
7 7 3 2 7
7 7 3 2 7
7 7 7 7 7
7 7 3 2 7
7 7 3 2 7
FORCE MOTORS
Force One
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
*
Indian Driving Cycle
4x2 9.8/11.9/NA

3 7 7
3 7 7
3 7 7
FORD
Ecosport

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
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
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7/3/3
7/7/3/3
7/7/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/3/3
7/7/3/3
7/7/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
3
3
3
7
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

El
El
El
El
El
El
El
El
El
El
El

7
3
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3
3

7
3
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
3
7
7
7
7
7
7

7 7 7
3 7 7
3 2 7
3 2 7
3 6 3
3 6 7
7 7 7
3 7 7
3 2 7
3 2 7
3 6 7
Endeavour

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3886mm Width 1695mm Height 1525mm Wheelbase


2491mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume
257 litres Ground clearance 174mm Kerb weight 995-1048kg Fuel tank
40-42 litres Warranty 2 years/ 1,00,000 kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 63/88cm Headroom 94cm Width 133cm

3 3 In 7 7 7
3 3 In 7 7 7
3 3 In 3 7 7

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7

DIMENSIONS Length 4892mm Width 1860mm Height 1837mm


Wheelbase 2850mm Tyre size 265/60 R18 Turning circle dia 11.7m
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 225mm Kerb weight 2238-2394kg
Fuel tank 80 litres Warranty 2 years/1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear
seat: Legroom min/max 70/95cm Headroom 91cm Width 145cm

FOR Safety kit, roomy interiors,


plenty of features.
AGAINST Interior quality.
VERDICT The new Figo fits the bill
as a great all-rounder. Much like
the last one did.
5/M

El/7

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
1259-1297kg Fuel tank 52 litres Warranty 2 years/ 1,00,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 63/87cm
Headroom 96cm Width 126cm

12.30 15.54

12.30 15.54
11.97 20.70
11.97 20.70
11.97 20.70
11.97 20.70
11.97 20.70

7.37
7.37
6.34
6.34

3 7 3/3 3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4596mm Width 1730mm Height 1487/1494mm Wheelbase


2603mm Tyre size 195/60 R15, 205/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk
volume 500 litres Ground clearance 185/190mm Kerb weight 1258-1268kg
Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 65/86cm Headroom 87cm Width 134cm

5.64 13.38 160 12.36 16.70 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3
5.64 13.38 160 12.36 16.70 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

6.18 14.01
6.18 14.01
5.79 12.54 175
6.18 14.01
6.18 14.01
5.79 12.54 175
5.72 13.67 158
5.72 13.67 158
5.72 13.67 158
5.72 13.67 158
5.72 13.67 158

M/7

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

FOR Tank-like build, ride and


handling, refinement. AGAINST
Slow auto box, third-row space,
kerb weight. VERDICT A long
time coming but well worth
the wait.

FIGO The new Figo is a well-engineered car. As a package, it has


everything Indian car buyers want. Its power and grown up dynamics
will keep keen drivers happy, its practicality will appeal to a buyer
looking for a family car and those looking for safety will be impressed
too.
1.2 Base

6.21 15.14 182 14.04 18.67 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 7
18.92 155 13.86 16.03 3/7 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/7 7
18.92 155 13.86 16.03 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7

FOR Smooth powertrain, ridehandling balance.AGAINST Narrow


cabin, small boot.
VERDICT The EcoSport is now
even better and without a big
hike in price.

ENDEAVOUR The new Endeavour is clearly aiming for the top. It is


the most modern of the crop of traditional SUVs, it has the most
luxurious interiors and the new steering and suspension make it
a joy to drive, both at low and at high speeds. And with so many
versions and options available, its more than likely youll find the
right one for you.
2.2l 4X2 Trend
2.2l 4X4 Trend
2.2l 4X2 Trend A/T
2.2l 4X2 Titanium A/T
3.2l 4X4 Trend A/T
3.2l 4X4 Titanium A/T
Figo

P
D
D

SAFETY

7 7/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 7 3 2 7
Linea Classic
DIMENSIONS Length 4560mm Width 1730mm Height 1487mm Wheelbase
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
2603mm Tyre size 195/60 R15 Turning circle dia 10.8m Trunk volume 500
Indian Driving Cycle*
litres Ground clearance 185mm Kerb weight 1180-1230kg Fuel tank 45 litres
1.4 Petrol 9.4/13.4/14.9
Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
1.3 Diesel 13.2/17.2/19.5
65/86cm Headroom 87cm Width 134cm

FOR Strong engine, cabin space.


AGAINST High floor, low seats,
dated looks, overall quality.
VERDICT A robust SUV thats
rough around the edges.

ECOSPORT Ford has thrown everything at the EcoSport to


make it a truly remarkable package. Its appealing styling,
extremely competent engines and the ride and handling are
really well sorted. The base petrol version is particularly well
priced and has most of the equipment you need.
1.5 Ambiente
1.5 Trend
1.0 Trend+ (Ecoboost)
1.5 Titanium
1.5 Titanium A/T
1.0 Titanium+ (Ecoboost)
1.5 Ambiente
1.5 Trend
1.5 Trend+
1.5 Titanium
1.5 Titanium+
Endeavour

4.28 9.54 11.28 17.49 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/7 7/3 7

FOR Solid build, great ride.


AGAINST Below-par performance,
tight rear headroom.
VERDICT Still a great-looking car
for the money.
5/M
5/M
5/M

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

5/M

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

147/210

TOP SPEED (KPH)

1368/4

FEATURES

3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3

El
El
El
El
El
El

3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3

2 3
2 3
2 3
6 3
2 3
7 3
Figo

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 Petrol NA/NA/18.16
1.5 Diesel NA/NA/25.83

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 1 7

*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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NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

11.53 12.26

0-100KPH (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

11.26 11.89

0-60KPH (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

11.96

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

1.4 T-jet Abarth


Linea Classic

PERFORMANCE

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

BANGALORE

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

FIAT to FORD

FIGO ASPIRE The Aspire may not be as special to drive as other Fords
(including the Classic it is to replace) but it does offer everything
to help it appeal to a wide buyer base. Ford has clearly spent a lot
of money to give buyers what they want, be it in terms of newer
concerns as connectivity and safety or in traditional requirements of
space, comfort and efficiency.
1.2 Ambiente
1.2 Trend
1.2 Titanium
1.5 Titanium A/T
1.2 Titanium+
1.5 Ambiente
1.5 Trend
1.5 Titanium
1.5 Titanium+
HONDA
Amaze

5.83
6.61
7.78
9.21
8.38
7.32
8.14
9.14
9.76

6.43
7.30
8.36
9.91
9.02
7.88
8.77
9.85
10.52

6.09
6.94
7.92
9.17
8.58
7.24
8.06
9.08
9.69

6.27
7.12
8.15
9.66
8.79
7.56
8.41
9.44
10.08

6.56
7.45
8.54
10.12
9.21
7.91
8.80
9.89
10.56

1196/4
1196/4
1196/4
1499/4
1196/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4

88/112
88/112
88/112
112/136
88/112
100/215
100/215
100/215
100/215

6.23
7.25
8.49
8.05
8.49
9.59
7.82
8.80
9.38
9.80

6.43
7.45
8.58
8.21
8.68
9.85
7.99
8.90
9.52
9.95

6.17
7.00
8.20
7.59
8.01
9.31
7.36
8.15
8.60
9.02

6.13
7.10
8.26
7.83
8.26
9.39
7.51
8.41
8.99
9.45

6.46
7.47
8.76
8.26
8.71
9.92
7.91
8.87
9.49
9.95

1198/4
1198/4
1199/4
1198/4
1198/4
1199/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4

88/109
88/109
90/110
88/109
88/109
90/110
100/200
100/200
100/200
100/200

5/M
5/M
5/M
6/A
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

4.62
4.85
5.23
5.59
6.01
6.51
7.04
7.56

5.21
5.48
5.91
6.32
6.78
7.34
7.72
8.28

4.96
5.21
5.60
5.97
6.40
6.91
7.26
7.78

5.09
5.34
5.75
6.13
6.60
7.14
7.50
8.03

5.26
5.51
5.93
6.43
6.91
7.48
7.85
8.41

1198/4
1198/4
1198/4
1198/4
1198/4
1198/4
1198/4
1198/4

5/M
5/M
5/A
5/M
5/M
5/A
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

9.37
10.12
10.71
12.19
11.37
12.80
13.15
13.15

9.44
10.23
10.85
12.20
11.66
12.84
13.21
13.21

8.78
9.52
10.09
11.21
10.73
11.78
12.11
12.17

9.21
10.01
10.63
12.21
11.29
13.00
13.36
13.36

9.65
10.49
11.12
12.59
11.83
13.42
13.78
13.65

1497/4
1497/4
1497/4
1497/4
1497/4
1497/4
1497/4
1497/4

P
P
P
P
P
D
D
D
D

7.07 13.64
7.07 13.64
7.07 13.64

7.07 13.64
4.68 11.03
4.68 11.03
4.68 11.03
4.68 11.03

15.87 22.05
15.87 22.05
15.87 22.05

15.87 22.05
10.08 12.60
10.08 12.60
10.08 12.60
10.08 12.60

P
P
P
P
P
P
D
D
D
D

5.64 13.27 140


5.64 13.27 140

5.64 13.27 140


5.64 13.27 140

5.89 12.97 140


5.89 12.97 140
5.89 12.97 140
5.89 12.97 140

14.09
14.09

14.09
14.09

13.53
13.53
13.53
13.53

25.87
25.87

25.87
25.87

15.09
15.09
15.09
15.09

89/109
89/109
89/109
89/109
89/109
89/109
89/109
89/109

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/A
5/A

119/145
119/145
119/145
119/145
119/145
119/145
119/145
119/145

P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P

5.48 12.86 140


5.48 12.86 140
5.48 12.86 140
5.48 12.86 140
5.48 12.86 140
5.48 12.86 140
6.29 15.09
6.29 15.09

P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P

4.44 10.13 193


4.44 10.13 193
4.44 10.13 193
5.68 11.84
4.44 10.13 193
4.44 10.13 193
4.44 10.13 193
4.44 10.13 193

14.55 21.84
14.55 21.84
14.55 21.84
14.55 21.84
14.55 21.84
14.55 21.84
8.36 12.37
8.36 12.37

12.82
12.82
12.82
8.42
12.82
12.82
12.82
12.82

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

7/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
7/3
7/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

In/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
In/7
In/7
El/7
El/3
El/3

3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3
3
3

7/7/7/7
7/7/3/3
7/7/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/3/3
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
7/7/3/3
7/7/3/3
3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1695mm Height 1525mm Wheelbase


2491mm Tyre size 175/65 R14 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk volume
359 litres Ground clearance 174mm Kerb weight 995-1048kg Fuel tank
42 litres Warranty 2 years/ 1,00,000 kms SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3

3/7 3/3 3/7


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/7
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
3
7
7
7
3

7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7

7
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7
7
7
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7
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7

7
7
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7
7
7
7

7/7
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7/7
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7/7
7/7
7/7

7/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
7/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

In/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
In/7
El/7
El/3
El/3

7
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3

3/7 3/7 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3

In/7
El/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
In/7
El/7
El/3
El/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7/7 3/7 3/7


7/7 3/7 3/7
7/7 3/3 3/3
7/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7
7/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3 In/7
3/3 In/7
3/3 El/7
3/3 El/7
3/3 El/7
3/3 El/7
3/3 El/7
3/3 El/7

7/7/7/7
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
3
3
3

7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

El
El
El
El
El
Ex
El
El
El
El

7
7
3
3
3
7
7
7
3
3

7
7
3
3
3
7
7
7
3
3

7 7 2 7
7 7 2 7
7 3 2 7
7 3 6 7
3 3 2 3
7 7 1 7
7 7 2 7
7 7 2 7
7 3 2 7
7 3 6 7
Figo Aspire

7
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

El
El
El
El
El
El
El
El
El

7
7
3
3
3
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
3
7
7
7
7
7

7 2 7
7 2 7
3 2 7
3 2 7
3 6 7
7 2 7
7 2 7
3 2 7
3 6 7
HONDA
Amaze

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 i-VTEC M/T 12.5/17/18
1.5 i-DTEC M/T 15.2/20.8/25.8

7
3
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3

7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7 7
7/3/3/3 7 3 In 7 7 7
7/3/3/3 7 3 In 7 7 7
7/3/3/3 7 3 In 3 7 7
7/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 7 7
7/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 7 7
7/7/7/7 7 7 In 7 7 7
7/3/3/3 7 3 In 7 7 7
7/3/3/3 7 3 In 3 7 7
7/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 7 7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7 7
7 7
7 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
7 7
7 7
2 7
2 7
Brio

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 M/T Petrol 12.7/17.4/18.4

7/7/7/7
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4440mm Width 1695mm Height 1495mm


Wheelbase 2600mm Tyre size 175/65 R15 Turning circle dia 10.6m
Trunk volume 510 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 10291165kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS
Rear seat: Legroom min/max 75/100cm Headroom 91cm Width 169.5cm
17.22
17.22
17.22

17.22
17.22
17.22
17.22

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 Petrol NA/NA/18.16
1.5 Diesel NA/NA/25.83

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 9401075kg Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty NA
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3

7
7
3
3
3
7
7
7
3
3

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

ESP
ABS

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/7
3/7
37
7/3
7/3

SAFETY

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 min/max 64cm/88cm Headroom 90cm Width 128cm

FOR Efficient engines, classleading equipment and space.


AGAINST Noisy diesel, skinny
tyres. VERDICT The benchmark
midsize sedan.
5/M
5/M
5/M
CVT
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

3/7 3/7
7/3 3/3
7/3 3/3
7/3 3/3
7/3 3/7
3/7 7/7
3/7 3/7
7/3 3/3
7/3 3/3
7/3 3/3

LEATHER SEATS

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

FOR Clever packaging, fun to


drive. AGAINST Small boot.
VERDICT An upmarket hatch
that offers the Honda peaceof-mind ownership experience.

CITY The fourth-generation catapults ahead of the competition. It is


packed with features, has brilliantly comfortable seats, a powerful
petrol, a responsive diesel, a cleverly packaged cabin and much
better interior quality than before. All these take it straight to the
top of its game.
1.5 i-VTEC E
1.5 i-VTEC S
1.5 i-VTEC SV
1.5 i-VTEC SV CVT
1.5 i-VTEC V
1.5 i-VTEC VX
1.5 i-VTEC VX(O)
1.5 i-VTEC VX(O) BL

6.68
11.62
11.62
11.62
11.62
11.62

FOR Spacious cabin, upmarket


dash, seamless CVT gearbox.
AGAINST Suspention a bit firm, still
not as refined as rivals. VERDICT
The effective CVT and new dash
makes a good car even better.

BRIO The Brio simply feels like it belongs in a class above. It


drives and rides well and has a spacious cabin. Its only the tiny
boot that limits its highway abilities and makes it more suited to
the role of a city runabout.
1.2 i-VTEC E
1.2 i-VTEC EX
1.2 i-VTEC S
1.2 i-VTEC V
1.2 i-VTEC VX
1.2 i-VTEC VXBL
1.2 i-VTEC VX AT
1.2 i-VTEC VXBL AT
City

6.93
9.76
9.76
9.76
9.76
9.76

FOR All-round comfort, powerful


diesel engine, safety equipment.
AGAINST Lacks few features, petrol
engine lacks punch. VERDICT
Delivers almost everything youd
want from a compact sedan.

AMAZE The refreshed Amaze is identifiable by its bolder styling, particularly so at the front-end. Below this bold new grille sits a large, all-new
bumper which features a revised air dam and large faux air intakes with
fog lights in them. Without bringing the whole bunch of compact sedans
together, its hard to tell where the new Amaze stands. But in isolation,
this is the best the Amaze has been.
1.2 i-VTEC E
1.2 i-VTEC S
1.2 i-VTEC S CVT
1.2 i-VTEC SX
1.2 i-VTEC VX
1.2 i-VTEC VX CVT
1.5 i-DTEC E
1.5 i-DTEC S
1.5 i-DTEC SX
1.5 i-DTEC VX
Brio

5.12 11.11 180


4.66 10.55 176
4.66 10.55 176
4.66 10.55 176
4.66 10.55 176
4.66 10.55 176

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

P
P
P
P
P
D
D
D
D
D

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
6/A
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

88/112
88/112
88/112
88/112
112/136
100/215
100/215
100/215
100/215
100/205

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

1196/4
1196/4
1196/4
1196/4
1499/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

5.94
6.49
7.36
8.14
8.97
6.98
7.34
7.84
8.70
9.48

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

5.73
6.21
7.04
7.78
8.57
6.68
7.02
7.49
8.32
9.06

FEATURES

TOP SPEED (KPH)

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

5.59
6.05
6.85
7.57
8.15
6.40
6.76
7.20
7.99
8.75

0-100KPH (SECS)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

5.89
6.38
7.22
7.99
8.80
6.97
7.32
7.82
8.68
9.46

0-60KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

5.34
5.77
6.54
7.42
8.18
6.11
6.58
7.26
8.06
8.78

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

1.2 Ambiente
1.2 Trend
1.2 Titanium
1.2 Titanium+
1.5 Titanium A/T
1.5 Base
1.5 Ambiente
1.5 Trend
1.5 Titanium
1.5 Titanium+
Figo Aspire

PERFORMANCE

CHENNAI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

KOLKATA

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

MUMBAI

MODEL DETAILS

FORD to HONDA

DELHI

NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

7
7
7
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In

7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3

7 7
7 7
7 7
7 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
City

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
Petrol M/T 11/17/17.4-17.8
Petrol CVT NA/NA/18
Diesel 14.2/19.5/25.1-26
7/7/7/7
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3

7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3

In
In
In
In
In
Re
Re
Re

7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2

= 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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7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

CR-V Versatile, capable and comfortable, theres little out there


that can challenge the CR-Vs all-round abilities. Its just that
Honda refuses to offer a diesel engine in the CR-V and thats
a shame the CR-V will have much wider appeal with an oil
burner under the hood.
2.0 2WD
2.0 2WD
2.4 AWD
2.4 AWD AVN
Jazz

23.25 25.72
24.38 27.83
26.24 30.51
27.92 30.45

24.01 25.92
25.94 28.02
28.41 28.24
28.27 30.08

27.16
29.37
31.96
32.20

1997/4
1997/4
2354/4
2354/4

6.47 6.54
7.30
7.24
7.81 8.40
7.91
7.89
8.30 8.31
8.75 9.37
8.84 8.88
8.26 8.19
9.00 8.98
9.58 9.60
10.10 10.14
10.66 10.74

6.29
6.95
7.95
7.55
7.95
8.90
8.48
7.62
8.33
8.88
9.39
9.92

6.41
7.10
8.33
7.72
8.14
9.33
8.70
7.89
8.65
9.23
9.77
10.34

6.70
7.42
8.72
8.08
8.52
9.77
9.10
8.26
9.05
9.66
10.23
10.82

1199/4
1199/4
1199/4
1199/4
1199/4
1199/4
1199/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4

156/190
156/190
190/226
190/226

8.31
9.57
11.00
12.07
10.24
11.09
12.82
14.27
13.49
14.93

8.36
9.64
11.16
12.07
10.29
11.19
12.73
13.56
14.09
14.92

8.00
9.14
10.50
11.18
9.66
10.46
11.78
12.45
12.93
13.71

8.39
9.61
11.05
12.32
10.17
11.03
12.92
13.73
14.40
15.21

8.85
10.10
11.53
12.31
10.61
11.52
13.26
14.09
14.53
15.36

1497/4
1497/4
1497/4
1497/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4

90/110
90/110
89/110
90/110
90/110
89/110
90/110
100/200
100/200
100/200
100/200
100/200

10.43
11.84
13.75
12.00
13.15
14.38
14.72
15.89
17.10
17.12

11.06
12.36
14.36
12.46
13.66
14.95
15.31
16.54
17.80
17.83

9.87
10.96
10.98
10.80
11.87
13.03
13.25
14.47
15.48
15.51

10.66
12.34
14.36
12.16
13.35
14.62
14.99
16.20
17.44
17.47

11.19
12.75
14.84
12.65
13.88
15.20
15.57
16.82
18.12
18.14

1591/4
1591/4
1591/4
1396/4
1396/4
1396/4
1582/4
1582/4
1582/4
1582/4

6/M
5/A
5/A
5/A

P
P
P
P

4.82 10.52

5.40 11.13
5.40 11.13

5/M
5/M
7/A
5/M
5/M
7/A
5/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M

P
P
P
P
P
P
P
D
D
D
D
D

14.96 21.25
14.96 21.25
9.86 12.20
14.96 21.25
14.96 21.25
9.86 12.20
14.96 21.25
12.76 15.33
12.76 15.33
12.76 15.33
11.87 14.40
11.87 14.40

119/145
119/145
119/145
119/145
100/200
100/200
100/200
100/200
100/200
100/200

123/151
123/151
123/151
90/220
90/220
90/220
128/260
128/260
128/260
128/260

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

P
P
P
P
D
D
D
D
D
D

11.07 150
11.07 150
11.07 150
11.07 150
14.88 143
14.88 143
14.88 143
14.88 143
14.88 143
14.88 143

14.27 20.51
14.27 20.51
14.27 20.51
14.27 20.51
14.38 16.61
14.38 16.61
14.38 16.61
14.38 16.61
14.38 16.61
14.38 16.61

FOR Refinement, fit and finish, user


friendly. AGAINST Lacks proper
credentials, some varients pricey.
VERDICT A perfect blend of SUV
appeal and everyday usability.
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/A
6/M

P
P
P
D
D
D
D
D
D
D

5.45 12.70 184


5.45 12.70 184
5.45 12.70 184

4.40 10.81 188


4.40 10.81 188
5.05 11.53 178
4.40 10.81 188

14.07 19.59
14.07 19.59
14.07 19.59

11.52 12.42
11.52 12.42
6.83 9.07
11.52 12.42

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3
7
7
3
3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3

7/7
El/7
El/7
El/7

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

3
3
3
3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3955mm Width 1694mm Height 1544mm Wheelbase


2530mm Tyre size 175/65 R15, 175/70 R14 Turning circle dia 10.2m
Trunk volume 354 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 10071155kg Fuel tank 40 litres Warranty 2 years/40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS
Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3

3/7 7/7 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 7/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
3
3
3
3
7
7
3
3
3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

M/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
M/7
El/7
El/7
El/3
El/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3/7 3/7 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
3
7
3
3
3
3
3

7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
3
7
7
7
3
7
3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

In/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
ln/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

7
7
3
3
7
7
3
3
3
3

7/7/7/7
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
7/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3/7 3/3 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
3

7/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
R
7
7
R
R
R
R
R

7
7
3
7
7
3
7
3
3
3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/3
7/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/7

ln/7
El/7
El/3
ln/7
El/7
El/7
EI/3
EI/3
EI/3
EI/3

7
3
3
7
3
3
3
3
3
3

Re
In
In
In
In
Re
Re
Re

3
7
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
CR-V
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
2.0 M/T NA/NA/13.7
2.0 A/T NA/NA/13.7
2.4 A/T NA/NA/12
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

In
In
In
In

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

6 7
6 7
6 7
6 7
Jazz

7
7
7
3
3
3
3
7
7
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In

7
3
3
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
3
3
3
7
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7 7
7 7
7 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
7 7
7 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
Mobilio

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.5 M/T Petrol NA/NA/17.3
1.5 M/T Diesel 13.8/18.2/24.2

7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4270mm Width 1780mm Height 1630mm Wheelbase


2590mm Tyre size 205/65 R16, 215/60 R17 Turning circle dia 10.6m Trunk
volume 405 litres Ground clearance 190 Kerb weight 1265-1350kg Fuel tank 55
litres Warranty 3 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 66/90cm Headroom 99cm Width 134cm
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3
7
7
3
3
3
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 M/T Petrol 12.3/16.9/18.7
1.2 A/T Petrol 11.4/16.1/19
1.5 M/T Diesel 14.4/19.8/27.3

DIMENSIONS Length 4386mm Width 1683mm Height 1603mm


Wheelbase 2652mm Tyre size 185/65-R15 Turning circle dia 10.4-10.08m
Trunk volume 223 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1160-1245kg
Fuel tank 42 litres Warranty 2 years/ 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS
Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/93cm Headroom 99cm Width 127cm
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

3
7
7
7
3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3

7
7
3
3
7
7
3
3
3
3

7
3
3
3
7
3
3
3
3
3

In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In

7
3
3
3
7
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
3
3
7
7
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7 7 7
7 7 7
3 2 7
3 2 7
3 7 7
3 7 7
3 2 7
3 2 7
3 2 7
3 2 7
HYUNDAI
Creta

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
M/T P 9.5/14.5/15.2, 1.6 M/T
D 12.5/17.5/19.6, 1.6 A/T D
11.5/16.5/17
7
3
3
7
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex

7
3
3
7
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
3
7
7
7
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
2
7
7
2
2
2
2
6

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

*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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NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3
7
7
7
3
3
3
3

ESP
ABS

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

3
7
7
7
7
3
3
3

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

LEATHER SEATS

7/3
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

SAFETY

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 14701600kg 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

12.12 15.42 3/7

3/3
7.34* 8.40* 3/3
7.34* 8.40* 3/3

6.08 14.20 172


6.08 14.20 172
6.97 14.89 165
6.08 14.20 172
6.08 14.20 172
6.97 14.89 165
6.08 14.20 172
5.09 12.11 167
5.09 12.11 167
5.09 12.11 167
4.94 12.33 -
4.94 12.33

3/7 3/3 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

3/3
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

FOR Spacious, flexible cabin, easy to


drive. AGAINST Dashboard is a bit
basic, rear seat set too low.
VERDICT A stylish, easy-to-drive and
versatile MPV from Honda.

CRETA Buyers looking for a compact or mid-size SUV will be pleased


to know that the Creta is well built, comfortable inside and very
well-equipped. It feels reasonably composed and easy to drive and
what helps further is that the 1.6-litre diesel engine is one of the
best around.
1.6 Base
1.6 S
1.6 SX+
1.4 CRDi Base
1.4 CRDi S
1.4 CRDi S+
1.6 CRDi VGT SX
1.6 CRDi VGT SX+
1.6 CRDi VGT SX+ A/T
1.6 CRDi VGT SX (O)

14.98
14.98
14.98
14.98
14.98
14.98
14.98

FOR Massive cabin, efficient


engines. AGAINST No top-end model
(automatic), diesel engine is noisy.
VERDICT A well-rounded hatchback
thats more practical than exciting.

MOBILIO For many, the Mobilios smart looks, especially from


the side and rear, the spacious and airy cabin, decent luggage
space, strong engines and well-sorted dynamics justifies the
premium over the competition. The Mobilio isnt just a practical
and capable people-mover, but a proper upmarket family car.
1.5 i-VTEC E
1.5 i-VTEC S
1.5 i-VTEC V
1.5 i-VTEC V (O)
1.5 i-DTEC E
1.5 i-DTEC S
1.5 i-DTEC V
1.5 i-DTEC V (O)
1.5 i-DTEC RS
1.5 i-DTEC RS (O)
HYUNDAI
Creta

8.42
13.30
13.30
13.30
13.30
13.30
13.30
13.30

FOR Comfortable ride, strong


petrol motor. AGAINST Hard
interior plastics, lethargic fivespeed auto, no diesel option.
VERDICT Amazing versatility. All it
needs is a diesel motor.

JAZZ If space and versatility are paramount, there is quite simply no better option than the Jazz. Helping the Jazzs case this
time around is the fact that it can be had with a diesel engine
and even in petrol automatic form meaning theres a version of
the car for every type of hatchback buyer.
1.2 i-VTEC E
1.2 i-VTEC S
1.2 i-VTEC S A/T
1.2 i-VTEC SV
1.2 i-VTEC V
1.2 i-VTEC V A/T
1.2 i-VTEC VX
1.5 i-DTEC E
1.5 i-DTEC S
1.5 i-DTEC SV
1.5 i-DTEC V
1.5 i-DTEC VX
Mobilio

5.68 11.84
6.00 14.75 183
6.00 14.75 183
6.00 14.75 183
6.00 14.75 183
6.00 14.75 183
6.00 14.75 183
6.00 14.75 183

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

P
D
D
D
D
D
D
D

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

CVT
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

119/145
100/200
100/200
100/200
100/200
100/200
100/200
100/200

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

1497/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4
1498/4

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

14.78
11.19
12.00
12.87
13.70
14.94
15.32
15.18

FEATURES

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

14.31
10.67
11.95
12.47
13.29
14.48
14.84
14.84

TOP SPEED (KPH)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

12.99
10.17
10.90
11.37
12.09
13.16
13.49
13.55

0-100KPH (SECS)

BANGALORE

14.16
11.10
12.01
12.53
13.34
14.55
14.93
14.93

0-60KPH (SECS)

CHENNAI

14.07
11.04
11.79
12.63
13.44
14.61
14.97
14.97

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

1.5 i-VTEC VX CVT


1.5 i-DTEC E
1.5 i-DTEC S
1.5 i-DTEC SV
1.5 i-DTEC V
1.5 i-DTEC VX
1.5 i-DTEC VX(O)
1.5 i-DTEC VX(O) BL
CR-V

PERFORMANCE

KOLKATA

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

MUMBAI

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

DELHI

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

HONDA to HYUNDAI

Elantra

Elantra
ELANTRA With the Elantra, Hyundai has gone further to cement its
core strengths. It looks even better than before, has a plush, new-look
cabin and, as with every Hyundai, it also sports a lengthy features list.
Elantra may not be as sophisticated as its European rivals or exceptional in any one area, but remains a very well-rounded car.

1.8 VTVT S
1.8 VTVT SX
1.8 VTVT SX A/T
1.6 CRDi VGT Base
1.6 CRDi VGT S
1.6 CRDi VGT SX
1.6 CRDi VGT SX A/T
Eon

17.15
18.64
19.91
18.08
19.00
20.58
22.09

17.94
19.51
20.84
18.84
19.80
21.45
23.02

14.97
16.36
17.48
15.49
16.31
17.67
18.80

18.25
19.84
21.19
18.83
19.79
21.44
23.01

18.86
20.50
21.90
19.46
20.45
22.16
23.79

1797/4
1797/4
1797/4
1582/4
1582/4
1582/4
1582/4

150/178
150/178
150/178
128/260
128/260
128/260
128/260

EON What the Eon does is inject a degree of desirability into


the budget car segment. It is rather well equipped by segment
standards and has smart interiors. The 800cc engine is a bit of a
letdown and does feel gutless at times, so the 1.0-litre engine will
be the better bet if you plan to travel full-up a lot of the time.
D-lite
D-lite +
D-lite + LPG
Era +
Era + LPG
Magna +
Magna + LPG
Magna + (O) 1.0 litre Kappa
Sportz
Grand i10

3.52
3.79
3.60
3.95
4.23
4.28
4.59
4.76
4.60

4.14
4.13
4.41
4.30
4.54
4.67
4.76
5.17
5.08

3.46
3.22
3.61
3.47
3.75
3.79
4.08
4.07
4.10

3.72
4.03
4.04
4.20
4.39
4.56
4.54
5.04
4.89

3.90
4.21
4.17
4.38
4.71
4.75
5.09
5.26
5.09

814/3
814/3
814/3
814/3
814/3
814/3
814/3
998/3
814/3

5.27
6.18
5.89
5.48
6.21
5.90
6.65
6.13
6.20
6.95
7.19
6.72
7.30
6.29
6.51
7.18
7.49
7.86

5.74
6.35
6.14
5.97
6.55
6.44
7.04
6.74
6.76
7.36
7.65
7.13
7.73
7.00
7.24
7.72
8.05
8.44

5.32 5.63
NA
NA
5.08** 4.99**
5.54 5.86
6.85
NA
5.98 6.32
NA
NA
6.16 6.65
6.29 6.63
7.17
7.40
7.12
7.49
6.64 7.00
NA
NA
6.35 6.69
6.57 6.92
7.02
7.39
7.32
7.71
7.68 8.09

5.90
NA
6.62
6.20
6.66
6.55
NA
6.66
7.01
7.88
7.93
7.40
NA
7.12
7.36
7.86
8.19
8.59

1197/4
1197/4
998/3
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1120/3
1120/3
1120/3
1120/3
1120/3

56/75
56/75
56/75
56/75
56/75
56/75
56/75
69/94
56/75

4.72
4.97
6.05
5.29
5.59

5.08
5.36
5.79
5.71
5.78

4.77 4.99
5.01 5.27
4.46** 4.38**
5.34 5.60
4.75** 4.66**

5.21
5.49
5.35
5.84
6.26

1086/4
1086/4
1086/4
1086/4
1086/4

83/114
70.9/100
67/90
83/114
70.9/100
83/114
70.9/100
83/114
83/114
70.9/100
83/114
83/114
70.9/100
71/160
71/160
71/160
71/160
71/160

6.01
6.82
7.41
7.98
8.39

6.56
7.25
7.92
8.49
8.92

6.28
6.95
7.61
8.11
8.53

6.45
7.12
7.78
8.34
8.76

6.78
7.49
8.18
8.78
9.22

1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4

P
P
P
D
D
D
D

4.79 10.45 210


4.79 10.45 210
5.40 12.07 191
4.47 10.28 191
4.47 10.28 191
4.47 10.28 191
4.58 10.92

13.33 18.10
13.33 18.10
6.65 9.34
14.95 15.92
14.95 15.92
14.95 15.92
6.89 8.86

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

P
P
P/L
P
P/L
P
P/L
P
P

6.46 17.60
6.46 17.60

6.46 17.60

6.46 17.60

6.46 17.60

142
142

142

142

142

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
4/A
5/M
5/M
4/A
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

P
CNG
P/L
P
CNG
P
CNG
P
P
CNG
P
P
CNG
D
D
D
D
D

5.36 13.40 168

5.36 13.40 168

5.36 13.40 168

5.36 13.40 168


5.36 13.40 168
5.36 13.40 168

5.36 13.40 168

6.85 20.25 149


6.85 20.25 149
6.85 20.25 149
6.85 20.25 149
6.85 20.25 149

13.56

13.56

13.56

13.56
13.56
13.56

13.56

14.24
14.24
14.24
14.24
14.24

69/99
69/99
69/99
69/99
69/99

83/114
83/114
83/114
83/114
83/114

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

P
P
P
P
P

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

7
3
3
7
7
3
3

M/7
El/7
El/7
M/7
M/7
El/7
El/7

R
R
R
R
R
R
R

3
3
3
7
3
3
3

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/7
El/3
El/3
EI/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
M/T Petrol 9.8/14.4/NA
M/T Diesel 12.8/17/22.7
A/T Diesel 11.2/16.2/NA
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

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

16.86 26.49
16.86 26.49

16.86 26.49

16.86 26.49

16.86 26.49

FOR Responsive engine, low-speed


ride. AGAINST Dated, wallowy ride
at the rear.
VERDICT Works well as a city car.

i20 ELITE Its easy to say that the i20 is not the car for anyone
looking for an engaging driving experience. Sure, it betters the old
i20 in almost every way, but dynamics are still not its strongest
suit. Where the i20 does come together is as an all-rounder.
1.2 Kappa Era
1.2 Kappa Magna
1.2 Kappa Sportz
1.2 Kappa Asta
1.2 Kappa Asta (O)

6/M
6/M
6/A
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/A

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

FOR Easy-to-drive city car, fuel


efficient. AGAINST Diesel lacks
punch. VERDICT User-friendly
and attractive city car thats
good value.

i10 Its old but it still makes sense for people who want a
reasonably cheap city car. Its got good space inside and
the 1.1-litre petrol engine is quite peppy, at least at lowspeed situations. The suspension is soft and deals with city
roads well too.
1.1 Era
1.1 Magna
1.1 Magna LPG
1.1 Sportz
1.1 Sportz LPG
i20 Elite

FOR Stylish design, value


for money. AGAINST Bouncy
high-speed ride, low-rev engine
responses. VERDICT A fine allrounder thats easy to live with.

FOR Styling, interior quality.


AGAINST Mediocre engine.
VERDICT Stylish hatch that brings
a touch of class to the segment.

Grand i10 Another example of Hyundais expertise at making


desirable small cars. Attractive styling, loaded with equipment
and a frugal diesel engine option all packed into one well-priced
hatchback. The diesel may not have much punch but it is
responsive enough in the city.
1.2 Kappa Era
1.2 Kappa Era CNG
1.0 Kappa Magna LPG
1.2 Kappa Magna
1.2 Kappa Magna CNG
1.2 Kappa Sportz
1.2 Kappa Sportz CNG
1.2 Kappa Sportz A/T
1.2 Kappa Asta
1.2 Kappa Asta CNG
1.2 Kappa Asta A/T
1.2 Kappa Asta (O)
1.2 Kappa Asta (O) CNG
1.1 CRDi Era
1.1 CRDi Magna
1.1 CRDi Sportz
1.1 CRDi Asta
1.1 CRDi Asta (O)
i10

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

ESP
ABS

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

HYUNDAI to HYUNDAI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7/7 7/7 7/7


7/7 7/7 7/7
7/7 7/7 7/7
7/7 7/7 3/7
7/7 7/7 3/7
3/7 3/7 3/7
3/7 3/7 3/7
7/7 3/3 3/7
3/7 3/3 3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

Ex/7
Ex/7
Ex/7
Ex/7
Ex/7
In/7
In/7
Ex/7
In/7

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7/7 7/7 3/7


7/7 7/7 3/7
7/7 3/7 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
7/7 7/7 3/7
7/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
7
7
R
R
R

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

In/7
In/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
In/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3

7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

In/7
In/7
In/7
El/7
El/7

Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
3
3
7
7
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

2
6
6
2
2
6
6

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
Eon

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
0.8L 13.7/17.2/21.1
1.0L NA/NA/20.3
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 1 7
Grand i10

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 Kappa M/T 11.7/16.3/NA
1.1 CRDi M/T 15.4/19.6/NA
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

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

5.95 15.55 149 14.67 20.64 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7


5.95 15.55 149 14.67 20.64 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3

3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3


5.95 15.55 149 14.67 20.64 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3

3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In
7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In
7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In
7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In
7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In
7 3/3/3/3 7 7 In
7 3/3/3/3 7 7 In
7 7/7/7/7 7 7 In
7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In

DIMENSIONS Length 3765mm Width 1660mm Height 1520mm


Wheelbase 2425mm Tyre size 165/65 R14 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume 256 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1093kg Fuel
tank 43 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear
seat: Legroom min/max 67/89cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm
24.25

24.25

24.25

24.25
24.25
24.25

24.25

17.23
17.23
17.23
17.23
17.23

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3
3

Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Ex
Ex
Re
Re
Re

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3
3
7
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3
3
7
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
3
3
7
7
7
7
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
2
2
7
7
7
7
2

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
i10

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.1 12/16.3/19.81

7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 3/3/3/3 7
7 3/3/3/3 7

FOR Cabin space, equipment, premium DIMENSIONS Length 3985-3995mm Width 1734-1760mm Height 1505-1555mm
looks. AGAINST Lacks driver appeal,
Wheelbase 2570mm Tyre size 185/70 R14, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 10.4m
top-end versions pricey. VERDICT Not Trunk volume 285 litres Ground clearance 170-190mm Kerb weight 1080-1200
very engaging to drive but feels every kg Fuel tank 45 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS
bit a premium hatch.
Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/84cm Headroom 95cm Width 130cm
5/M
P 6.55 15.71 167 16.16 26.26 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 7 7/7 7 7 7/3 3/7 In/7 7 7/7/7/7
5/M
P 6.55 15.71 167 16.16 26.26 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 7/7 7 7 7/3 3/7 El/7 7 7/3/3/3
5/M
P 6.55 15.71 167 16.16 26.26 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7 M/7 R 3 7/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/3/3/3
5/M
P 6.55 15.71 167 16.16 26.26 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 R 3 7/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/3/3/3
5/M
P 6.55 15.71 167 16.16 26.26 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 7 M/7 R 3 3/3 3/7 El/3 7 7/7/3/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7

In
In
In
In
In

7
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7

7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
7 7 7
i20 Elite

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 Petrol 11.5/15.2/NA
1.4 Diesel 13.8/19.5/NA
7
7
3
3
3

7
3
3
3
3

In
In
In
In
In

7
7
3
3
3

7
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7

7
7
3
3
3

2
2
2
2
2

= 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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7
7
7
7
7

SANTA FE The Santa Fe mixes a near-200bhp diesel engine with


strong styling and a well-appointed, spacious cabin, and ticks all the
boxes on the SUV owners wish-list. Its a bit bouncy at speed and
costs north of Rs 30 lakh though.
4x2
4x2 A/T
4x4 A/T
Verna

32.03 34.46
33.45 35.99
35.90 38.62

30.25 34.17
31.21 35.68
33.57 38.29

35.69
37.27
40.00

2199/4
2199/4
2199/4

197/420
197/436
197/436

VERNA On the whole, theres little seriously wrong with the car
anymore. Sure, its still not the most exciting mid-size sedan to drive,
but the reworked suspension has addressed its shortcomings in the
ride and handling departments to a large extent. The engines too will
not thrill you, but they more than get the job done.
1.4 VTVT Base
1.6 VTVT S
1.6 VTVT S A/T
1.6 VTVT SX
1.6 VTVT SX A/T
1.6 VTVT SX (O)
1.4 CRDi Base
1.6 CRDi S
1.6 CRDi S A/T
1.6 CRDi SX
1.6 CRDi SX (O)
1.6 CRDi SX (O) A/T
Xcent

8.72
10.06
11.04
10.86
12.07
12.34
10.27
11.99
13.01
12.82
14.28
15.22

9.31
10.75
11.90
11.70
12.67
12.96
11.04
12.57
13.64
13.44
14.99
15.98

8.94
10.29
11.30
11.10
12.03
12.30
10.41
11.81
12.75
13.29
13.96
14.90

9.11
10.53
12.06
11.37
12.84
13.14
10.58
12.48
13.55
13.35
14.88
15.86

9.62
11.11
12.54
11.98
13.35
13.63
11.22
13.02
14.15
13.92
15.50
16.53

1396/4
1591/4
1591/4
1591/4
1591/4
1591/4
1396/4
1582/4
1582/4
1582/4
1582/4
1582/4

107/135
123/155
123/155
123/155
123/155
123/155
90/220
128/260
128/260
128/260
128/260
128/260

XCENT Hyundais stab at the sub-four-metre sedan segment is


arguably the best one weve seen yet. With a pair of competent
engines, a class-leading equipment list, comfortable, spacious interiors
and a big boot, the Xcent showcases how serious Hyundai is about
taking a chunk out of the Maruti Dzires and Honda Amazes pie.
1.2 Kappa Base
1.2 Kappa Base CNG
1.2 Kappa S (O)
1.2 Kappa S (O) A/T
1.2 Kappa SX (O)
1.2 Kappa SX (O) CNG
1.2 Kappa SX (O) A/T
1.1 CRDi Base
1.1 CRDi S
1.1 CRDi S (O)
1.1 CRDi SX (O)
ISUZU
MU-7

5.66
6.21
6.23
6.51
7.87
8.40
8.70
6.90
7.83
7.83
9.06

6.34
7.09
7.00
7.09
8.37
9.91
9.21
7.41
8.40
8.63
9.71

6.11
NA
6.51
7.19
7.85
7.17
8.69
6.83
7.60
7.90
8.95

6.13
NA
6.52
7.33
8.13
7.40
9.00
7.20
7.99
7.87
9.30

6.35
NA
6.97
7.83
8.62
7.88
9.49
7.52
8.56
8.46
9.86

1197/4 83/114
1197/4 70.9/100
1197/4 83/114
1197/4 83/114
1197/4 83/114
1197/4 70.9/100
1197/4 83/114
1120/3 72/180
1120/3 72/180
1120/3 72/180
1120/3 72/180

MU-7 Isuzu has a reputation for making hard-wearing, bullet-proof,


reliable SUVs and pickup trucks and thats exactly what the MU-7
is. It feels tank-like in its toughness, the styling is right and the
engine is strong. However, at present, it is not as well equipped as
its rivals and the dealer network is tiny.
MU-7 High 4x2 M/T
MU-7 Premium 4x2 A/T
JAGUAR
F-type

20.95** 20.82** 21.63** 21.31** 21.25** 2999/4


23.55** 23.41** 24.23** 23.91** 23.85** 2999/4

163/360
163/332

JAGUAR F-TYPE Its pricey. What you get is with a choice of a V6,
V8 and a supercharged V8, a completely mental soundtrack, and a
thoroughly enjoyable driving experience. It rides well too and that
makes it all the more conducive to our environment. Shame about
the price then.
F-type Coupe

142.14 163.21 140.55 148.44 200.81 2995/V6 340/450

FOR Spacious cabin, equipment,


powerful engine. AGAINST Price,
doesnt like being driven hard.
VERDICT Pricey but ticks all
the boxes.
6/M
6/A
6/A

D
D
D

4.15 9.53
4.15 9.53

P
P
P
P
P
P
D
D
D
D
D
D

4.92 11.49 191


5.48 12.49 175
4.92 11.49 191
5.48 12.49 175
4.92 11.49 191

4.16 9.72 191

4.16 9.72 191


4.16 9.72 191

P
CNG
P
P
P
CNG
P
D
D
D
D

5.80 14.23 172

5.80 14.23 172

5.80 14.23 172

6.39 18.61 156


6.39 18.61 156
6.39 18.61 156
6.39 18.61 156

12.65 18.30
7.48 9.33
12.65 18.30
7.48 9.33
12.65 18.30

12.17 15.25

12.17 15.25
12.17 15.25

13.67

13.67

13.67

13.06
13.06
13.06
13.06

22.17

22.17

22.17

16.94
16.94
16.94
16.94

FOR Acres of room inside, feels


tough and well built.
AGAINST Tiny dealer network.
VERDICT A no-nonsense, oldschool SUV.
5/M
4/A

D
D

5.14 11.72

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

ln/7
El/3
El/3
In/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
ln/7
El/3
El/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/3/3
7/7/7/7
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/3/3/3
7/7/3/3
7/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/3/3

El/M
El/M
El/M

R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3


R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3
R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

3/7 3/7 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
3
7
7
7
7
3
3

7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
R
R
R
R
R
7
R
R
R
R
R

7
3
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3
3
3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/7
El/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3

3/7 3/3 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/7
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

R
R
R
R
R
R
R
7
R
R
R

7
7
3
3
3
3
3
7
7
3
3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
In/7
El/3
El/3
El/3

8.58 13.27 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

7/7
7/7

7 3 3/3 3/3 El/3


R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4470mm Width 1923mm Height 1308-1321mm


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

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In

7
3
3
7
7
3
3
3
7
3
3

7
7
3
7
7
7
3
3
7
7
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7 2
3 2
3 2
7 2
7 2
3 2
3 2
3 2
7 2
3 2
3 2
Santa

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
Fe

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 7 3 2 7
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 7 3 2 7
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 3 3 6 3
Verna
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*
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 13.9/17.9/NA
1.6 Diesel A/T 11.5/15.3/NA
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1660mm Height 1520mm


Wheelbase 2425mm Tyre size 165/65 R14, 175/60 R15 Turning circle
dia NA Trunk volume 407 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight NA
Fuel tank 43 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear
seat: Legroom min/max 67/89cm Headroom 92cm Width 127cm
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3

3
3
3
7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 4375mm 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 165mm 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
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

7
3
3
7
7
3
3
3
7
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

7
7
7
3
3
3
7
7
7
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In

7
3
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
4 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
4 7
4 7
Xcent

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
Petrol M/T 11.5/16.3/19.1
Petrol A/T NA/NA/15.1
Diesel M/T 16.2/20.3/24.4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3

In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7 7
7 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
7 7
7 7
2 7
2 7
ISUZU
MU-7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/7 3 3 Ex 3 3 7
3 3/3/3/7 3 3 Ex 3 3 7

3 2 7
3 2 7
JAGUAR
F-type

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 7 3 3 3 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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NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

7/3
7/3
3/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/3
3/3
7/3
7/3
3/3

7
3
3
7
7
3
3
3
7
3
3

ESP
ABS

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

7
R
R
7
7
R
R
R
7
R
R

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

7/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
M/7
M/7

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

DIMENSIONS Length 4955mm Width 1800mm Height 1805mm


Wheelbase 3050mm Tyre size 245/70 R16 Turning circle dia 12.4m
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 19401945kg Fuel tank 76 litres Warranty 3 years, 1,00,000km SEAT
DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Thrilling to drive, mental exhaust


note, nice ride.
AGAINST Expensive.
VERDICT In one word, mental.
8/A

7/3
7/3
7/3
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3


5.93 7.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3
5.93 7.39 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Smart interiors, fit and finish,


equipment list. AGAINST Suspension
can get thumpy, diesel could use a bit
more power. VERDICT The best in the
segment. Need we say more?
5/M
5/M
5/M
4/A
5/M
5/M
4/A
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

7/7 3/3 3/3


7/7 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/7
7/7 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
7/7 3/3 3/3
7/7 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

SAFETY

DIMENSIONS Length 4690mm Width 1880mm Height 1690mm


Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 235/60 R18 Turning circle dia NA
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 185mm Kerb weight NA
Fuel tank 64 litres Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage SEAT DIMENSIONS
Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Cabin quality, overall refinement.


AGAINST Still not a drivers car, rear
seat is too low.
VERDICT Well-rounded as before and
now a lot better to drive.
5/M
5/M
4/A
5/M
4/A
5/M
6/M
6/M
4/A
6/M
6/M
4/A

3/7
3/7
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/7
3/3

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

12.43 13.84
12.43 13.84
12.43 13.84
12.43 13.84
12.43 13.84

LEATHER SEATS

5.34 12.85 181


5.34 12.85 181
5.34 12.85 181
5.34 12.85 181
5.34 12.85 181

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

P
P
P
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

5/M
5/M
5/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M
6/M

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

83/115
83/115
83/115
90/220
90/220
90/220
90/220
90/220
90/220
90/220
90/220

TOP SPEED (KPH)

1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1396/4
1396/4
1396/4
1396/4
1396/4
1396/4
1396/4
1396/4

FEATURES

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

6.77** 7.72
7.51** 8.56
8.28** 9.43
6.78** 7.85
8.16 8.54
8.80 9.21
9.39 9.78
9.80 10.21
8.05** 9.29
8.79** 10.13
9.56** 11.01

0-100KPH (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

7.40
7.90
8.20 8.74
9.02 9.63
7.62 8.20
8.28 8.91
8.93 9.60
9.49 10.20
9.91 10.64
9.03 9.71
9.85 10.58
10.70 11.50

0-60KPH (SECS)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

8.13
9.00
9.92
8.31
9.03
9.74
10.34
10.79
9.83
10.71
11.64

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

i20 Active Kappa VTVT


i20 Active Kappa VTVT S
i20 Active Kappa VTVT SX
1.4 U2 CRDi Era
1.4 U2 CRDi Magna
1.4 U2 CRDi Sportz
1.4 CRDi Asta
1.4 CRDi Asta (O)
i20 Active CRDi
i20 Active CRDi S
i20 Active CRDi SX
Santa Fe

PERFORMANCE

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

BANGALORE

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

HYUNDAI to JAGUAR

JAGUAR XE Jaguar has now launched a car that feels as


good inside, is virtually accommodating and for the most
part better to drive. Theres still a little work to be done to it
make it as appealing as the XE deserves, but there is no doubt
about its abilities.
XE 2.0 Pure
XE 2.0 Portfolio
XF

46.26
52.69

47.90
57.55

46.79 48.93
54.34 56.94

NA
NA

1999/4
1999/4

FOR Ride and handling, interior.


AGAINST Less rear legroom than most
of its rivals, boot space. VERDICT A
car capable of taking on established
players at their own game.
199/320
240/339

JAGUAR XF The XF is a good alternative to the German


brigade. The engines are smooth, the XF is relaxing to drive
and it rides well. Its just that the rear seats arent the
most spacious and the interiors are looking a bit dated and
cheap now.
XF 2.0 Petrol
XF 2.2 Diesel Executive Ed.
XF 2.2 Diesel Luxury
XF 3.0 Diesel
XJ

57.98 60.82
55.20 57.60
59.63 62.26
69.37 72.52

56.74 61.42
57.10 57.16
65.97 61.81
59.98 71.89

65.56 1999/4
61.24 2179/4
66.57 2179/4
NA 2993/V6

240/339
190/449
190/449
274/600

112.23 118.62 101.40** 121.15 99.47** 1999/4 240/340


115.57 121.61 100.20** 119.69 98.27** 2993/V6 300/700
124.47 130.99 107.82** 128.65 105.83** 2993/V6 300/700

JAGUAR XK Grand Tourers dont come more comfortable than the


XK. It makes for a brilliant long-distance car with an effortless V8
under the hood. That said, the V8 will run happily on regular fuel
which makes it all the more easier to take it all over the country
should you wish to do so. Need something more hardcore? Theres
the XKR-S its a beast and a thrilling one at that.
XKR Coupe
XKR Convertible
XKR-S

145.03 153.06 135.06 146.20


NA 162.50 135.06 146.20
171.06 164.23 165.19 155.15

NA
NA
NA

P
P

3.43 6.98

5000/V8 510/625
5000/V8 510/625
5000/V8 550/680

8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A

P
D
D
D

3.90
4.02
4.02
3.41

8.65
9.24
9.24
7.34

250

P
D
D

3.90 8.65

3.10 6.43

5.54
5.79
5.79
5.14

5.98
7.08
7.08
5.51

P
P
P

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3
3
3
3

El/El R 7 7/7 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
7
3
3

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

3
7
3
3

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3
El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3


3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3
3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3
El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7

375.00** 483.73**
655.00** 660.00**

NA
NA

NA
NA

NA
NA

6498/V12 700/689
6498/V12 700/689

HURACAN Brilliant to look at, incredibly quick, loaded with technology


and very useable in our conditions, the Huracn doesnt just replace the
Gallardo, it takes Lamborghinis V10 supercar to an all-new level. The
Huracn LP580-2 gets revised bumpers designed to increase downforce
over the front wheels.

3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7

In
In
In
In

3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
XE

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
XJ

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

3 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3
XK
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3
7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3
7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 3 7 3 3 3 3

343.00** NA
299.00** 299.00**

NA
NA

NA
NA

NA
NA

5204/V10 610/560
5204/V10 581/539

FOR Epic engine, is a riot to drive.


AGAINST Unyielding ride ride.
VERDICT Tremendously exciting,
hugely impractical.
7/A
7/A

P
P

DIMENSIONS Length 4780mm Width 2030mm Height 1136mm


Wheelbase 2700mm Tyre size 255/35 R19, 305/35 R19, 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

1.66 3.28 350 3.57 4.22 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3
1.66 3.28 350 3.57 4.22 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

FOR Monumental performance,


surprisingly useable. AGAINST
Handling could have been better.
VERDICT Thoroughly modern
supercar thats brutally quick.
7/A
7/A

P
P

3.2 325

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3
7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3
Huracan

DIMENSIONS Length 4459mm Width 1924mm Height 1165mm


Wheelbase 2620mm Tyre size 245/35 R19, 305/30 R20, Turning circle
dia 11.5m Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1389-1422kg Fuel tank NA
SEAT DIMENSIONS Front seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3


3/3 3/3 3/3 3/7 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 7/7 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
LP-700 3.6/8.8/NA

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3
7 3/3/3/3 3 7 In 7 7 3 3 6 3

LAND ROVER
Discovery 4

LAND ROVER
Discovery 4
DISCOVERY 4 The birds eye from the drivers seat, the smooth, cultured V6 diesel and the superb ride are what make the Discovery 4 feel
special. It looks a bit too boxy for some peoples tastes but thats the
very thing that makes the Discos interiors spacious and comfortable.
Very capable off-road despite all the luxury it packs as well.

3.0 V6 SE
3.0 V6 HSE

3
3
3
3

LAMBORGHINI
Aventador
AVENTADOR A V12 Lamborghini has to be a hairy old beast. The
Aventador is just that with a lot of new tech and a bit more manners
under its angular skin. It is brutal, unhinged, provocative, demented,
and also surprisingly grown up. Seriously, the kicks it can provide, in
the manner it provides them, is what makes it special.

Huracan LP610-4
Huracan LP580-2

Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
XF 3.0 Diesel 8.5/13.0/13.53

LAMBORGHINI
Aventador

LP700-4
LP700-4 Roadster
Huracan

7
7
7
7

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 7 3 3 3 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 7 3 3 3 3
XF

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

3
3
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 4961mm Width 1877mm Height 1460mm


Wheelbase 2909mm Tyre size 235/55 R17 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

5.54 5.98 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3


4.17 4.60 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

DIMENSIONS Length 5255mm Width 2105mm Height 1460mm


Wheelbase 3157mm Tyre size 245/50 R18, 275/45 R18 Turning circle dia
12.3 Trunk volume NA Warranty NA Kerb weight 1774kg Fuel tank 77-80
litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA
Width NA

FOR Ride, performance.


AGAINST Its been around for
some time now.
VERDICT Still one of the best allround GTs around.
6/A
6/A
6/A

3
3
3
3

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3


4.40 4.99 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

FOR Still looks good, performance,


price. AGAINST Lacks refinement of
rivals, showing its age. VERDICT Still
not class best, but one wed highly
recommend nonetheless.
8/A
8/A
8/A

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4795mm Width 1850mm Height 1416mm


Wheelbase 2835mm Tyre size 225/55 R17 Turning circle dia 11.7m Trunk
volume 455 litres Warranty NA Kerb weight 1547kg Fuel tank NA
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width
NA

FOR Strong performance, excellent


ride. AGAINST Rear seat headroom
and support, cheap bits on the inside.
VERDICT For those who think there are
too many Es, 5s and A6s around.

JAGUAR XJ The 2016 Jaguar XJ sedan gets new LED headlights,


and the inside gets better quality leather seating. It gets minor
styling tweaks, a rear spoiler, sport seats and special trim on the
inside. The sedans infotainment system also receives a thorough
revamp with Jaguars InControl Touch Pro system.
2.0 Portfolio
3.0 Premium Luxury
3.0 Portfolio
XK

8/A
8/A

3/3 3/3 3/7


3/3 3/3 3/7
3/3 3/3 3/7
3/3 3/3 3/7

ESP
ABS

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

TOP SPEED (KPH)

P
P
P
P

SAFETY

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

0-100KPH (SECS)

8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

0-60KPH (SECS)

379/460
550/680
379/460
495/625

LEATHER SEATS

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

2995/V6
5000/V8
2995/V6
5000/V8

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

207.08
253.00
222.79
259.21

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

148.44
231.00
181.10
212.86

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

155.02
210.11
171.36
201.54

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

BANGALORE

156.19
212.52
173.47
197.29**

FEATURES

223.97
244.05
202.26
223.97

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

F-type S Coupe
F-type R Coupe
F-type V6 S Convertible
F-type V8 S Convertible
XE

PERFORMANCE

CHENNAI

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

KOLKATA

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

JAGUAR to LAND ROVER

MUMBAI

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

128.35 139.20 130.92 136.05 166.12 2993/V6 247/600


138.29 149.40 139.50 147.40 179.44 2993/V6 247/600

FOR Go-anywhere ability, relaxing


to driveseven.
AGAINST Boxy styling.
VERDICT Awesome blend of luxury
and go-anywhere ability.
8/A
8/A

D
D

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

3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3


3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3


El/El F/R 3 3/3 3/3 El/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
3.0 V6 6.5/9.5/NA

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Re 3 3 3 3 8 3

= 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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www.autocarindia.com

Discovery Sport
DISCOVERY SPORT True to its brand, the Discovery Sport promises to be
quite a capable off-roader. The car can wade through 600mm water and
also comes with a Terrain Response system. Although the car is based
on the same platform as the Range Rover Evoque, it is 9 inches longer
and also offers improved headroom as it doesnt get the Evoques sloping
roofline.

TD4 S Base
TD4 SE (5 Seater)
TD4 SE (7 Seater)
TD4 HSE (5 Seater)
TD4 HSE (7 Seater)
SD4 HSE Luxury (5 Seater)
SD4 HSE Luxury (7 Seater)
Range Rover

55.27
61.20
62.58
64.14
65.19
72.16
74.51

56.31
64.33
66.17
67.42
69.27
76.51
78.36

NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA

56.00
62.00
63.00
67.00
74.00
74.00
75.00

62.09
68.70
70.71
71.84
73.84
81.75
85.74

2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4

150/400
150/400
150/400
150/400
150/400
191/420
191/420

RANGE ROVER The new Range Rover is hugely expensive, but then
again when you get Rolls-Royce-like luxury and Land Rover-like goanywhere ability in one imposing package. The price is almost justified, the interiors are properly luxurious and well-appointed, and the
penthouse-like driving position makes it all the more appealing.
3.0 TDV6 HSE
3.0 TDV6 Vogue
4.4 SDV8 SE
4.4 SDV8 Autobiography
5.0 V8 Autobiography
3.0 TDV6 LWB Vogue
4.4 SDV8 LWB SE
4.4 SDV8 LWB Autobiography
5.0 V8 LWB Autobiography
4.4 SDV8 LWB Autobio. Black
5.0 V8 LWB Autobio. Black
Range Rover Evoque

210.55
239.41
285.46
293.65
295.94
251.74
295.24
307.56
309.50
432.34
431.59

226.92 NA 220.92
NA 2993/V6 247/600
258.00 NA 251.16
NA 2993/V6 247/600
307.64 239.51 299.46
NA
4367/V8 339/739
316.47 NA 308.05
NA
4367/V8 339/739
326.01 243.36 317.33
NA 4999/V8 510/625
284.32 NA 240.22 295.16 2993/V6 247/600
333.45 NA 311.64 363.14 4367/V8 339/739
347.37 NA 299.65 354.71 4367/V8 339/739
357.31 NA 304.93 371.99 4999/V8 510/625
494.30 NA 311.64
NA
4367/V8 339/739
508.32 NA 320.51
NA 4999/V8 510/625

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE Where the newer Evoque is identical as before is


in its ability off-road, tight body control around bends, stylish cabin and
how theres more space than the radical shape would have you believe.
The facelift comes equipped with a hands-free tail-gate function which
allows the owners to open the tailgate by waving their foot under the
rear bumper.
2.2 Pure (5-door)
2.2 SE (5-door)
2.2 HSE (5-door)
2.2 HSE Dynamic (5-door)
Range Rover Sport

56.43
63.28
68.43
76.50

59.37
66.60
73.10
80.12

56.12 57.67
62.67 64.71
68.10 70.54
74.31 77.21

61.54
68.92
75.02
82.02

2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4

191/420
191/420
191/420
191/420

RANGE ROVER SPORT Its based on the full-size Range Rover and shares
its all-aluminium chassis. It weighs 420kg less than the old Range Rover
Sport and this weight loss definitely makes it more Sport than before. This,
blended with the uncompromising luxury you expect from a Range Rover,
lies at the heart of the Sports appeal. Dont expect it to run rings around
a Porsche Cayenne though.
3.0 V6 S
3.0 V6 SE
3.0 V6 HSE
5.0 V8 SC Autobiography
5.0 V8 SC SVR
MAHINDRA
Bolero

134.06
152.22
174.83
197.31
229.65

144.46
164.03
188.40
226.56
263.70

130.23 134.41
147.43 152.24
95.68 175.08
195.63 201.71
NA 225.00**

166.22
199.11
NA
245.59
235.00**

2993/V6
2993/V6
2993/V6
4999/V8
5000/V8

292/600
292/600
292/600
510/625
551/681

BOLERO Mahindras bestseller has made a reputation for being


rugged and reliable, which is why it is so popular in rural areas.
However, as a personal car, it is too crude and too compromised and
isnt that great on space either. The ageing platform isnt that great
on safety either.

FOR all rond ability, tough build.


AGAINST Uncomfortable third row
on seven-seat versions, 187bhp
version is pricey. VERDICT Capable
SUV with a personality very distinct
from its rivals.
9/A
9/A
9/A
9/A
9/A
9/A
9/A

D
D
D
D
D
D
D

4.65 11.56
4.65 11.56
4.65 11.56
4.65 11.56
4.65 11.56

7.01
7.01
7.01
7.01
7.01

DIMENSIONS Length 4600mm Width 1894mm Height 1724mm


Wheelbase 2741mm Tyre size NA Turning circle dia 11.6m
Trunk volume 65 litres Ground clearance 212mm Kerb
weight 2000kg Fuel tank NA Warranty 3 years/1.00,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA
9.04
9.04
9.04
9.04
9.04

FOR Waftability, go-anywhere ability,


proper luxury.
AGAINST Price.
VERDICT Everything a Range Rover
stands for, only better.
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A

D
D
D
D
P
D
D
D
P
D
P

3.57
3.57
3.68
3.68

3.57
3.68
3.68

3.68

7.90
7.90
8.20
8.20

7.90
8.20
8.20

8.20

4.86
4.86
5.17
5.17

4.86
5.17
5.17

5.17

D
D
D
D

4.03 10.06
4.03 10.06
4.03 10.06
4.03 10.06

6.62
6.62
6.62
6.62

5.90
5.90
6.13
6.13

5.90
6.13
6.13

6.13

D
D
D
P
P

2.48

5.23

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7
3
3
3
3
3
3

7/7
7/7
7/7
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

7
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

7
7
7
3
3
3
3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

7
3
3
3
3
3
3

3/3/7/3
3/3/7/3
3/3/7/3
3/3/7/3
3/3/7/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

8.39
8.39
8.39
8.39

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7
3
3
3

M/M R 7 3/3
El/El F/R 3 3/3
El/El F/R 3 3/3
El/El F/R 3 3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

FOR Feels unbreakable, torquey


common-rail engine.
AGAINST Crude, not too spacious.
VERDICT Great if you want a rugged
workhorse thats one step above a pure
utility vehicle.

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

3
3
3
3
3

El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El
El/El

F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R
F/R

3
3
3
3
3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

7
7
7
3
3
3
3

Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3 3
3 3
3 3
3 3
3 3
3 3
3 3
Range

7 3
7 3
7 3
7 3
7 3
7 3
7 3
Rover

7
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Re 3 3
Re 3 3
Re 3 3
Re 3 3
Re 3 3
Re 3 3
Re 3 3
Re 3 3
Re 3 3
Re 3 3
Re 3 3
Range

3 3 10 3
3 3 10 3
3 3 10 3
3 3 10 3
3 3 10 3
3 3 10 3
3 3 10 3
3 3 10 3
3 3 10 3
3 3 10 3
3 3 10 3
Rover Evoque

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

7/7/3/3
7/7/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4850-4856mm Width 1983-2073mm Height 1780mm


Wheelbase 2923mm Tyre size 235/70 R19, 275/45 R21 Turning circle dia
NA Trunk volume 280-2558 litres Ground clearance 227mm Kerb weight
2335-2675kg Fuel tank NA Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA

3.04 4.04

7
7
7
3
3
3
3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

DIMENSIONS Length 4465mm Width 1900mm Height1635mm Wheelbase


2660mm Tyre size 225/65 R17, 235/60 R18 Turning circle dia 11.30m
Trunk volume 575 litres Ground clearance 210mm Kerb weight 17662350kg Fuel tank 57 litres Warranty 3 years/ 1,00,00 km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA
Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Superb build, comfy seats.


AGAINST Not as sporty to drive
as you expect it to be.
VERDICT A significantly cheaper
alternative to the big Range Rover.
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A
8/A

3/3 3/3 3/3


3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

DIMENSIONS Length 4999-5199mm Width 2034mm Height 1835mm


Wheelbase 2922-3120mm Tyre size NA Turning circle dia 12.3-13m
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

FOR Stylish looks, go-anywhere ability.


AGAINST Gearbox could be smoother,
touchscreen feels slow.
VERDICT Even nicer to look at now,
and more in line with the new Range
Rover family template.
9/A
9/A
9/A
9/A

3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
2.2 148bhp NA/NA/12.83
2.2 188bhp NA/NA/12.51-12.97

7
3
3
3

7
3
3
3

Re
Re
El
El

3 7 3 3
3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3
3 3 3 3
Range Rover

7 3
7 3
7 3
7 3
Sport

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*

3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

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

3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3

Re
Re
Re
Re
Re

3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3

3 3 8 3
3 3 8 3
3 3 8 3
3 3 8 3
3 3 8 3
MAHINDRA
Bolero

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
2.5L m2DiCR 10.79/13.34/15.4

Plus Non AC

6.43**

8.22

6.58**

8.57

8.56

2523/4

63/195

5/M

7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7

Plus AC

6.80**

8.69

6.96**

9.04

9.04

2523/4

63/195

5/M

3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7

SLE

8.92

8.74

8.66

9.09

9.27

2523/4

63/195

5/M

8.67 25.61 124 16.56 24.17 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7

SLX

9.53

9.56

8.03

9.72

9.93

2523/4

63/195

5/M

8.67 25.61 124 16.56 24.17 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

3 3/3/7/3

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7

ZLX

9.72

9.64

8.20

10.00

10.22

2523/4

63/195

5/M

8.67 25.61 124 16.56 24.17 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

3 3/3/7/3

7 7 Ex 7 3 7

7 7 7

*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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MAY 2016 AUTOCAR INDIA 231

NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

Discovery Sport

ESP
ABS

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

LAND ROVER to MAHINDRA

Getaway

Getaway
GETAWAY With the Bolero PikUp and its variants handling the utility
pickup segment, the Getaway and its Scorpio-based underpinning is
more of a lifestyle vehicle. The engines responsiveness and shift-onthe-fly 4WD system makes it quite capable off-road. The rear seats are
cramped and uncomfortable but then again, the big load bay is more
than enough to carry all your camping equipment.

Getaway 2WD
Getaway 4WD
KUV100

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

ESP
ABS

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

MUMBAI

MAHINDRA to MAHINDRA

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

DELHI

NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

8.61** 8.28**
9.60** 9.25**

8.12** 8.03**
9.12** 9.02**

10.43
11.63

2609/4
2609/4

117/278
117/278

FOR Off-road ability, rugged build.


AGAINST Uncomfy rear seats,
bumpy ride.
VERDICT If you want a good mix
of utility and off-road ability.

5/M
5/M

D
D

7.06 18.17 147 15.01 19.03 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7
7.06 18.17 147 15.01 19.03 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

FOR Value, clever bits in the cabin.


AGAINST Oddball proportions,
unexciting engines. VERDICT A
hatchback thats refreshingly
different but falls short of class-best.

KUV100 With its love it or hate it but you cant ignore it styling,
clever interiors and SUV appeal, the KUV100 could be the cat
amongst the pigeons in the hatchback segment. Its an easy car to
drive as well and this only helps the small Mahindras case.

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
Getaway 9.1/11.4/15.9

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
7/7
7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7
7 7 7/7 3/7

In/7
In/7

3
3

7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7

DIMENSIONS Length 3675mm Width 1715mm Height 1655mm


Wheelbase 2385mm Tyre size 185/65 R14 Turning circle dia 10.1m
Trunk volume 243-473 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 1095-1140kg
Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years or unlimited km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 67/89cm Headroom 90cm Width 127cm

3 3 Ex 7 7 7
3 3 Ex 7 7 7

7 7 7
7 7 7
KUV100

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.2 Petrol 11/13/13.25
1.2 Diesel 15.5/17.3/15.15

1.2 mFALCON G80 K2

5.10

5.29

5.52**

6.50

5.55

1198/3

82/115

5/M

6.46 15.13 157 13.54 13.59 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

In/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

1.2 mFALCON G80 K2+

5.34

5.55

5.74**

6.76

5.82

1198/3

82/115

5/M

6.46 15.13 157 13.54 13.59 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

In/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

3 2 7

1.2 mFALCON G80 K4

5.53

5.71

5.88**

6.91

5.97

1198/3

82/115

5/M

6.46 15.13 157 13.54 13.59 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

In/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

3 7 7

3 7 7

1.2 mFALCON G80 K4+

5.77

5.97

6.10**

7.17

6.30

1198/3

82/115

5/M

6.46 15.13 157 13.54 13.59 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

In/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

3 2 7

1.2 mFALCON G80 K6

6.18

6.41

6.54**

7.67

6.75

1198/3

82/115

5/M

6.46 15.13 157 13.54 13.59 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

3 7/3/3/3

7 7 Re 3 3 7

3 7 7

1.2 mFALCON G80 K6+

6.42

6.67

6.76**

7.92

7.02

1198/3

82/115

5/M

6.46 15.13 157 13.54 13.59 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

3 7/3/3/3

7 7 Re 3 3 7

3 2 7

1.2 mFALCON G80 K8

6.96

7.06

7.10**

8.31

7.42

1198/3

82/115

5/M

6.46 15.13 157 13.54 13.59 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

3 7/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 7

3 2 7

1.2 mFALCON D75 K2

6.07

6.35

4.70**

5.48

6.65

1198/3

77/190

5/M

5.57 14.85 146 11.88 19.80 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

In/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

3 7 7

1.2 mFALCON D75 K2+

6.31

6.62

4.92**

5.74

6.92

1198/3

77/190

5/M

5.57 14.85 146 11.88 19.80 3/7 3/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

In/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

3 2 7

1.2 mFALCON D75 K4

6.51

7.04

5.06**

5.89

7.08

1198/3

77/190

5/M

5.57 14.85 146 11.88 19.80 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

In/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

3 7 7

1.2 mFALCON D75 K4+

6.98

7.26

5.28**

6.15

7.35

1198/3

77/190

5/M

5.57 14.85 146 11.88 19.80 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

In/7

7/7/7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

3 2 7

1.2 mFALCON D75 K6

7.47

7.54

5.66**

6.58

7.87

1198/3

77/190

5/M

5.57 14.85 146 11.88 19.80 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

3 7/3/3/3

7 7 Re 3 3 7

3 7 7

1.2 mFALCON D75 K6+

7.72

7.81

5.89**

6.83

8.14

1198/3

77/190

5/M

5.57 14.85 146 11.88 19.80 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

3 7/3/3/3

7 7 Re 3 3 7

3 2 7

1.2 mFALCON D75 K8

8.10

8.21

6.23**

7.22

8.55

1198/3

77/190

5/M

5.57 14.85 146 11.88 19.80 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

M/7

7 7 7/3 3/7

El/7

3 7/3/3/3 3 7 Re 3 3 7

3 2 7

Quanto

Quanto
QUANTO This is Mahindra cleverly sidestepping the rules. The Quanto is
no small car (at least till the middle row) but it qualifies as a small car
in the Indian governments eyes thanks to its sub-four- metre length
and 1.5-litre diesel engine. Mahindra says its a seven-seater but dont
be fooled the side-facing third row seats are incredibly narrow and
its a squeeze sitting on them.

C2
C4
C6
C8
Ssangyong Rexton

7.98
8.62
9.16
9.75

8.06
8.71
9.26
9.87

7.10
7.70
8.35
8.85

7.79
8.42
8.95
9.53

8.45
9.13
9.71
10.34

1493/3
1493/3
1493/3
1493/3

100/240
100/240
100/240
100/240

FOR Good value, sturdy.


AGAINST Cabin quality, tight
third row, looks.
VERDICT Versatile and good
value but has its quirks.
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

REXTON Smart looking, well equipped and well priced. The Rexton is
a very relaxing SUV to drive and the ride is good as well. The Rexton
undercuts its rivals on price and this is its biggest draw. Downsides
include the sluggish automatic transmission (you can opt for a
manual) and the fact that SsangYong is a relatively unknown brand.
RX5 MT TOD
RX6 MT TOD
RX7 AT AWD
Scorpio

23.23 24.63
26.46 27.49
28.01 29.12

20.75 22.24
22.58 28.29
23.06 29.96

23.53
29.43
31.17

2696/5
2696/5
2696/5

164/339
164/339
187/420

10.28
10.96
12.91
11.43
13.13
12.59
12.96
14.12
14.87
15.63
16.19
17.01

10.43
11.20
12.69
11.63
13.24
12.64
13.08
14.11
14.89
15.48
16.25
16.92

9.51
10.30
12.40
10.38
11.50
11.55
11.86
12.78
13.49
14.70
14.72
16.05

10.95
12.24
14.22
12.77
14.22
12.24
13.88
14.64
15.44
16.23
16.83
17.29

11.17
12.00
14.33
12.87
14.37
13.60
14.18
15.39
16.23
17.08
17.72
18.64

2523/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4

75/200
122/280
111/280
122/280
122/280
122/280
122/280
122/280
122/280
122/280
122/280
122/280

6.43 16.00 143


6.43 16.00 143
6.43 16.00 143
6.43 16.00 143

12.40
12.40
12.40
12.40

15.28
15.28
15.28
15.28

FOR Well equipped, well priced,


looks. AGAINST Old-school auto
transmission.
VERDICT Good value if you can
overlook the badge.
5/M
5/M
5/A

SCORPIO It is amply clear that the improvements to the new Scorpio run
wide and deep to make it better in every respect. The styling is much
sharper, the feature packed cabin feels several generations superior and,
crucially, the Scorpio is much nicer to drive. The high seating position, great
visibility and strong engine give you a sense of control, which is a big part of
the Scorpios appeal.
S2
S4
S4 4WD
S4 +
S4 + 4WD
S6
S6 +
S8
S10
S10 A/T
S10 4WD
S10 A/T 4WD

D
D
D
D

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

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
6/A
5/M
6/A

D
D
D

3/7 7/7 7/7


3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3

7
7
7
7

180
3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

180
3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3
4.30 10.92 194 6.86 8.66 3/3 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

5.15 13.44 165


5.15 13.44 165
5.15 13.44 165
5.15 13.44 165
5.15 13.44 165
5.15 13.44 165
5.15 13.44 165
5.15 13.44 165

5.15 13.44 165

10.34
10.34
10.34
10.34
10.34
10.34
10.34
10.34

10.34

7/7 7
7/7 7
M/7 7
M/7 F/R

7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/7 In/7
3/7 In/7
3/3 El/7
3/3 El/7

7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 3/3/3/3 3
7 3/3/3/3 3

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 3 years or 1,00,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max NA Headroom NA Width NA

FOR Refinement, strong


engine, equipment.
AGAINST Driving dynamics still
not perfect, poor ergonomics.
VERDICT Vastly improved and
much nicer to drive too.
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.5 Diesel 11.4/16.1/17.2

El/7
El/7
El/7

R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3


R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3
R 7 3/3 3/3 El/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/7 3/7 3/3


3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
R
R
R
R
R

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
ln/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7

Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex

7 7 7 7 7 7
7 3 7 7 7 7
3 3 7 3 7 7
3 3 7 3 2 7
Ssangyong Rexton

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
RX5/RX6 MT NA/NA/12.4
RX7 AT NA/ NA/11.18

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 7 3 2 7
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 3 3 6 3
3 3/3/3/3 3 3 In 3 3 3 3 6 3
Scorpio

DIMENSIONS Length 4456mm Width 1820mm Height 1195mm


Wheelbase 2680mm Tyre size 235/65 R17 Turning circle dia 10.8-11.3m
Trunk volume 820 litres Ground clearance 165mm Kerb weight 1820-2610kg
Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 2 years or 50,000km
SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max 68/86cm
Headroom 102cm Width 147cm

12.98
12.98
12.98
12.98
12.98
12.98
12.98
12.98

12.98

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
2.2 4x2 11.1/14/15.4

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex

7
7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
3
3
7
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
2
2
7
2
2
2
2
2
2

= 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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7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

Thar

Thar
THAR The Thar has always been a functional 4X4 built for real off-roading. Its ability to negotiate rough terrain is genuine, and being tough
and durable, its perfect for the job. An iconic vehicle which has loads of
character is now a touch more comfortable to sit in and use as everyday
transport. The inclusion of the locking rear differential also makes it a
bit more capable.

4X4 CRDE
TUV300

10.01

9.93

7.08

9.69

10.51

2498/4

105/246

FOR Improved interior bits,


auto locking differential.
AGAINST Ergonomics, still
rough around the edges.
VERDICT Mahindras off-roader
is now more user-friendly.
5/M

TUV300 While its not perfect, we will say the TUV300 is one of
Mahindras best efforts yet, and if you think monocoque SUVs are
not real SUVs, or you want the Scorpios tough, rugged appeal in a
smaller, more affordable package, this is the way to go.
T4
T4+
T6
T6+
T6+ A/T
T8
T8 A/T
Verito

8.50 8.41
8.91 8.83
9.26 9.19
9.55 9.50
10.38 10.36
10.24 10.22
11.07 11.09

8.06 8.65
8.46 9.07
8.82 9.42
9.10 9.72
9.91 10.57
9.77 10.42
10.58 11.27

8.93
9.36
9.73
10.04
10.93
10.79
11.68

1493/3
1493/3
1493/3
1493/3
1493/3
1493/3
1493/3

85/230
85/230
85/230
85/230
82/230
85/230
82/230

8.17
8.44
9.25
9.02

8.34
8.62
9.46
10.03

7.05
7.29
7.96
8.68

8.28
8.56
9.39
8.36

8.51
8.80
9.66
10.27

1461/4
1461/4
1461/4
1461/4

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/A
5/M
5/A

7.21
7.53
8.26

7.38
7.71
8.45

6.34
6.62
7.26

7.34
7.66
8.39

7.50
7.84
8.60

66/160
66/160
66/160
66/160

1461/4
1461/4
1461/4

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

13.59
15.08
17.11
17.95
18.18
18.15
18.94
19.48
20.45

13.97
15.42
17.53
18.81
18.55
18.61
19.82
19.86
21.08

12.78
14.11
16.02
18.17
17.00
16.97
19.16
18.12
20.32

14.78
16.34
18.42
19.50
19.48
19.48
20.54
20.79
21.84

15.06
16.68
18.82
19.94
19.91
19.92
20.36
21.27
22.35

2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4
2179/4

64/160
64/160
64/160

5/M
5/M
5/M

9.77
10.02
10.52
11.27
11.11
13.33
12.71

9.59
9.83
10.33
10.65
10.92
12.14
12.71

8.59
8.19
8.61
10.18
10.46
11.30
11.75

9.22
9.42
9.87
10.02
10.46
12.14
12.99

10.18
10.44
10.97
11.26
11.77
13.88
13.45

11.79
11.79
11.79
11.79
11.74
11.79
11.74

16.02
16.02
16.02
16.02
15.64
16.02
15.64

140/330
140/330
140/330
140/330
140/330
140/330
140/330
140/330
140/330

2489/4 96.3/216
2489/4 96.3/216
2489/4 96.3/216
2179/4 122/275
2179/4 122/275
2179/4 122/275
2179/4 122/275

D
D
D
D

6.07 17.15
6.07 17.15
6.07 17.15
6.07 17.15

144
144
144
144

12.61 16.87
12.61 16.87
12.61 16.87
12.61 16.87

D
D
D

6/M
6/M
6/M
6/A
6/M
6/M
6/A
6/M
6/A

D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D

5.56 12.34 179


5.56 12.34 179
5.56 12.34 179
5.77 13.16
5.56 12.34 179
5.56 12.34 179
5.77 13.16
5.56 12.34 179
5.77 13.16

12.36 13.26
12.36 13.26
12.36 13.26
6.72 9.06
12.36 13.26
12.36 13.26
6.72 9.06
12.36 13.26
6.72 9.06

FOR Price, strong engine, space


and comfort.
AGAINST Sloppy handling.
VERDICT Value-for-money
alternative to the Innova.
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

D
D
D
D
D
D
D

5.24 12.97
5.24 12.97
5.24 12.97
5.24 12.97

161
161
161
161

10.56 12.54
10.56 12.54
10.56 12.54
10.56 12.54

7/7

7 7 7/7 3/7

Ex/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
2.5 CRDe NA/NA/13.28

7/7/7/7

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1835mm Height 1839mm


Wheelbase 2680mm Tyre size 215/75 R15 Turning circle dia 10.7m
Trunk volume 384 litres Ground clearance NA Kerb weight 1626-1654kg
Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty NA SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom min/max
63/86cm Headroom 97cm Width 145cm
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

3/7 3/7 3/3


3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/3
7/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
El/3
El/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7/7 7/7
3/7 3/3
3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3

7/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
3

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

3/7 7/7
3/3 In/7
3/3 El/7
3/3 El/7

7 7 7/7 3/7 Ex/7


7 7 7/7 3/3 In/7
7 7 7/7 3/3 El/7

3/7 3/3 3/3


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
M/7
El/7
El/7
El/7
El/7

7
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R

7
7
7
7
7
3
3
3
3

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

El/7
El/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3

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
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

3/7 7/7 7/7


3/7 7/7 7/7
3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7

7
7
7
7
7
R
R

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/3
3/3

In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
El/7
El/7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
Diesel M/T 11.4/15.5/13.49

7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 3/3/3/3 3
7 3/3/3/3 3

El
El
El
El
El
El
El

7
7
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
3
3
3
3
3
3

7 7
2 7
7 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
Verito

7
7
7
7

In
In
In
In

7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7

7 7 7
7 7 7
3 1 7
3 1 7
Verito Vibe

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.5 dCi 13.7/19.3/20.8

7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7 7 Ex 7 7 7
7 3/3/3/3 3 7 Ex 3 7 7

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 3 years or 1,00,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS
Rear seat: Legroom min/max 67/88cm Headroom 96cm Width 147cm
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3

7 7 7
TUV300

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
1.5 Diesel 13.6/19.3/20.80

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
7/7
7/7
7/7

7 7 Ex 7 7 7

7/7/7/7 7 7
7/7/7/7 7 7
7/3/3/3 7 7
7/3/3/3 7 7
7/3/3/3 7 7
7/3/3/3 3 7
7/3/3/3 3 7

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

16.07 144 12.45 15.92 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 3/7 7


16.07 144 12.45 15.92 3/7 7/7 3/7 3/3 3/7 7
16.07 144 12.45 15.92 3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

FOR Full-size SUV, flexibility of


7 seats. AGAINST Inconsistant
quality, lacks mechanical finess.
VERDICT Still has some rough
edges but is much improved.

XYLO The Xylo has also proved hugely successful for Mahindra
and why not. Its really spacious, can seat up to eight people, has
a choice of diesel engines and the looks are now more digestable.
It is easy to drive and, typical of a Mahindra, offers quite a lot of
equipment for not too much money.
D2 MAXX
D2
D4
H4
H4 ABS
H8 ABS
H8 ABS + Airbag

7.72 19.52 147


7.72 19.52 147
7.72 19.52 147
7.72 19.52 147
10.2122.63 147
7.72 19.52 147
10.2122.63 147

FOR Spacious and comfortable,


predictable manners.
AGAINST Quirky styling, small
boot aperture. VERDICT Sensible,
spacious and comfortable.

XUV500 The new XUV does make a more compelling case than
before, with revamped styling, improved cabin ambience and
longer equipment list build on the XUVs traditional strengths.
The automatic uses an all-new six-speed torque converter. At the
same time, the XUV has become better to drive too.
W4 4x2
W6 4x2
W8 4x2
W8 4x2 A/T
W8 AWD
W10 4x2
W10 4x2 A/T
W10 AWD
W10 AWD A/T
Xylo

D
D
D
D
D
D
D

FOR Space and practicality,


great ride. AGAINST Boxy looks,
doesnt feel too upmarket.
VERDICT Look beyond the
box and youll find a very
practical car.

VERITO VIBE Quirky looks aside, the Vibe is every bit as spacious as the
Verito right up to its rear seats. The boot is quite big as well but its got
a tiny opening that doesnt allow you to use its potential fully. Its a small
car in the Indian governments eyes but a large and spacious hatch by any
other measure. Like the Verito, the Vibes ride is particularly fantastic.
D2
D4
D6
XUV500

6.10 17.45 138 13.41 13.87 3/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7/7 7

FOR Space, practicality, tough


build. AGAINST Bouncy ride, AMT
auto far from sorted.
VERDICT Tough, spacious,
practical but lacks sophistication.

VERITO Space, practicality and economy. The Verito provides a


great mix of these three if youre not too bothered by the squarish image it projects. It really is an accomplished car and the
fantastic ride is a particular talking point.

D2
D4
D6
D6 Executive
Verito Vibe

DIMENSIONS Length 3920mm Width 1726mm Height 1930mm


Wheelbase 2430mm Tyre size 235/70 R16 Turning circle dia 11.5m
Trunk volume NA Ground clearance 200mm Kerb weight 1675kg
Fuel tank 60 litres Warranty 2 years or 50,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear
seat: Legroom min/max 72/78cm Headroom 98cm Width NA

7 7 7
7 7 7
3 1 7
XUV500

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
2.2 mHawk 4x2 10.2/14.3/15.1

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

El
El
El
El
El
El
El
El
El

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

2 7
2 7
6 7
6 7
6 7
6 7
6 7
6 7
6 7
Xylo

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
H4/H8/H9 (mHawk)
10.1/14.4/14.02
D2/D4 (mDI) NA/NA/14.88
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
3 3/3/3/3 3
3 3/3/3/3 3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex
Ex

7
7
7
7
7
3
3

7
7
3
3
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
2

7
7
7
7
7
7
7

*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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NEW
NEWCARS
CARSA-Z
A-Z

ESP
ABS

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

SAFETY

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

LEATHER SEATS

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

FEATURES

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

TOP SPEED (KPH)

0-100KPH (SECS)

0-60KPH (SECS)

PERFORMANCE

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

BANGALORE

CHENNAI

KOLKATA

MUMBAI

DELHI

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

MODEL DETAILS

Prices, verdicts and ratings for every new car

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL

MAHINDRA to MAHINDRA

e2o Indias only mainstream electric car, the e20 is surprisingly


nice. Its smooth, quiet, easy to drive and is high on tech. However,
the limited practicality of its two doors and the limited range on
a full charge makes it hard to justify the money Mahindra Reva
is asking for one.
T2
T20 Quick2Charge
MARUTI
Alto 800

5.92** 4.94**
6.43** 5.38**

4.94**
5.38**

NA
NA

5.49 Elctrc mtr 25.8/53


5.75 Elctrc mtr 25.8/53

2.68
3.29
3.63
3.68
3.84
4.17

3.15
3.59
3.84
4.01
4.19
4.37

2.99
3.40
3.65
3.81
4.01
3.70**

3.56
3.54
3.82
3.98
4.19
3.62**

3.31
3.76
4.03
4.20
4.42
3.66**

796/3
796/3
796/3
796/3
796/3
796/3

48/69
48/69
48/69
48/69
48/69
48/69

A
A

3.63
3.81
4.53
4.00
4.47
4.59

3.96
4.15
4.73
4.35
4.86
4.58

3.81
3.98
NA
4.16
4.69
4.37

3.93
4.12
4.14
4.32
4.86
4.55

3.83
4.35
NA
4.55
5.09
4.79

998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3

68/90
68/90
59/78
68/90
68/90
68/90

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

5.73
6.44
7.80
7.29
8.08
7.33
8.09
8.78
9.59

6.11
6.88
8.13
7.59
8.42
7.57
8.35
9.08
9.92

6.08
6.77
7.50
7.43
8.22
7.26
8.00
8.67
9.46

6.22
6.99
8.22
7.69
8.51
7.63
8.40
9.11
9.95

6.50
7.30
8.60
8.04
8.90
7.95
8.76
9.50
10.38

1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1197/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4
1248/4

P
P
P
P
P
P/C

5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/A
5/M

6.13 16.92 141


6.13 16.92 141
6.13 16.92 141
6.13 16.92 141
6.13 16.92 141

13.16
13.16
13.16
13.16
13.16

5/M
5/M
5/A
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/M

CELERIO Odd name, but the car itself is surprisingly practical.


Spacious, comfortable and well equipped and its got a fuel efficient Automated Manual Transmission option as well. The Celerio
is quite the good all-rounder. The diesel is perfect if all youre
looking for is a practical and efficient car.

5.36 12.60 171


5.36 12.60 171
5.95 13.20
5.36 12.60 171
5.36 12.60 172
4.96 12.92 172
4.96 12.92 172
4.96 12.92 172
4.96 12.92 172

13.65
13.65
7.90
13.65
13.65
11.94
11.94
11.94
11.94

7/7
7/7

7 3 7/3 7/7
7 3 7/3 7/7

El/7
El/7

22.29
22.29
22.29
22.29
22.29

7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
7/7

7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

Ex/7
Ex/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7

7/7 7/7
7/7 7/7
7/7 7/7
3/7 3/7
3/7 3/7
3/3 3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3
7/3

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7

3/3/3/3 7 3 7
3/3/3/3 7 3 7

FOR Smooth engine, ride and


handling, running costs (D).
AGAINST Cabin not very wide.
VERDICT Ticks all the small car
must-have boxes.

3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/3
3/7
3/3
3/3
3/3

3/7 3/7 3/7


3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/7 3/7
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3
3/3 3/3 3/3

7/7
3/7
3/7
7/3
7/3
7/7
3/7
7/3
7/3

7
7
7
7
3
7
7
7
3

7/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7
7/7
7/7
M/7
M/7

7
R
R
R
R
7
R
R
R

7
7
7
7
3
7
7
7
3

7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7/7
7/7
7/7
3/3
3/3
7/7
7/7
3/3
3/3

In/7
El/3
El/3
El/3
El/3
In/7
El/3
El/3
El/3

7 7/7/7/7
7 7/7/7/7
7 7/7/7/7
7 3/3/3/7
7 3/3/3/7
7 7/7/7/7

4.76
5.00
5.32
5.56
5.11
5.35
5.66
5.90
5.68
5.82
5.47
6.02

4.15 4.75
4.36 5.53
4.67 4.59
4.66** 4.59**
4.46 5.05
4.66 5.82
4.97 4.85
5.18 5.28
5.13 5.01
5.26 5.13
4.77 5.40
5.28 5.15

4.98
5.22
5.55
4.60**
5.33
6.20
5.58
5.90
5.05
5.18
5.70
5.20

998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3
998/3

68/90
68/90
68/90
68/90
68/90
68/90
68/90
68/90
58/89
58/89
68/90
68/90

5/M
5/M
5/A
5/A
5/M
5/M
5/A
5/A
5/M
5/M
5/M
5/A

P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P/CNG
P/CNG
P
P

6.22 14.24 158


6.22 14.24 158
6.75 15.41 158
6.75 15.41 158
6.22 14.24 158
6.22 14.24 158
6.75 15.41 158
6.75 15.41 158

6.22 14.24 158


6.75 15.41 158

13.95
13.95

13.95
13.95

13.95

20.57
20.57

20.57
20.57

20.57

ZXi (O) A/T

5.59

6.19

5.41

6.32

998/3

68/90

5/A

6.75 15.41 158

7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7

Ex
Ex
Re
Re
Re
Re

7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
7/7/7/7
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3
3/3/3/3

7
7
7
7
7
7

In
In
In
In
In
In

7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
3
3
7
7
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In
In

7
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3

7
3
3
3
3
7
3
3
3

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/3
7/3
3/3
3/3
7/3
7/3
3/3
3/3
7/3
7/3
3/3
3/3

Ex/7
Ex/7
Ex/7
Ex/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
In/7
El/7
El/7

7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 3/3/3/3 7
7 3/3/3/3 7

3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 3/7 7

7/7

7 7 3/7 3/3

El/7

7 3/3/3/3 7 7 In 3 3 7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

AIRBAGS (NO.)
TRACTION CONTROL
7 7
O 7
O 7
7 7
O 7
7 7
Baleno

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
2 7
Celerio

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
Petrol M/T NA/NA/23.1
Petrol A/T NA/NA/23.1
Diesel M/T 16.7/20.9/27.6

7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

7/7 7/7 7/7


7/7 7/7 7/7
7/7 7/7 7/7
7/7 7/7 7/7
7/7 3/7 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/3
7/7 3/7 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3
3/7 3/3 3/3

7
7
7
7
7
7

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
Petrol M/T 13.4/21.4/15.7
Petrol A/T 13/21.4/14.9
Diesel M/T 14.92/27.39/18.1

7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7

3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7
3/7

7 O 7
7 O 7
7 O 7
7 7 7
7 1 7
7 O 7
Alto K10

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
M/T NA/NA/24.07
A/T 12.33/NA/24.07
CNG NA/NA/32.26kgm

7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 7/7/7/7 7
7 3/3/3/7 3

DIMENSIONS Length 3600mm Width 1600mm Height 1560mm


Wheelbase 2425mm Tyre size 155/80 R13, 165/70 R14
Turning circle dia 9.4m Trunk volume 235 litres Ground clearance 165mm
Kerb weight 810-900kg Fuel tank 35 litres SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat:
Legroom min/max 68/90cm Headroom 95cm Width 125cm

4.46
4.67
4.46
4.91
4.78
5.00
4.76
5.54
5.50
5.63
5.11
5.02

7 7 7
7 7 7
MARUTI
Alto 800

ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/


Indian Driving Cycle*
Standard 13.3/17.8/22.74
CNG NA/NA/30.46km/kg

DIMENSIONS Length 3995mm Width 1745mm Height 1500mm Wheelbase


2520mm Tyre size 185/65 R15, 195/55 R16 Turning circle dia 9.8m Trunk
volume 339 litres Ground clearance 170mm Kerb weight 890-985kg Fuel tank
37 litres Warranty 2 years/40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS Rear seat: Legroom
min/max 70/97cm Headroom 89cm Width 133cm

20.54
20.54
9.95
20.54
20.54
14.87
14.87
14.87
14.87

ESP
ABS

3 3/3/3/3 3 3 Ex 3 3 7 3 2 7
MAHINDRA REVA
e2o
ECONOMY (kpl) City/Highway/
*
Indian Driving Cycle
e2o 75/NA/100km on full charge

DIMENSIONS Length 3545mm Width 1295mm Height 1475mm


Wheelbase 2360mm Tyre size 155/55 R13 Turning circle dia 9.2m
Trunk volume 177 litres Ground clearance 160mm Kerb weight 740-835kg
Fuel tank 35 litres Warranty 2 years or 40,000km SEAT DIMENSIONS
Rear seat: Legroom min/max 64/83cm Headroom 91cm Width 112cm
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7
7/7

FOG LAMPS
REAR AC VENTS
BOOT RELEASE
REAR DEFOGGER
REAR WASH WIPE

CD/MP3 PLAYER/USB/AUX

REAR CENTRE ARMREST

TACHOMETER/TRIP COMPUTER

SPLIT/FOLDING REAR SEATS

PARKING SENSOR (FRONT/REAR)


PARKING CAMERA

DOOR MIRROR (ADJUST/


ELECTRIC RETRACT)
El/7

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

LXi M/T
LXi (O) M/T
LXi A/T
LXi (O) A/T
VXi M/T
VXi (O) M/T
VXi A/T
VXi (O) A/T
VXi M/T CNG
VXi (O) M/T CNG
ZXi M/T
ZXi A/T

5.93

3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7


3/7 7/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 7

3/7
P

3/7
CNG

3/7
P

3/7
P 6.69 15.49 142 9.85 12.27 3/7
P

3/7

P
P
P
P
P
D
D
D
D

WHEEL COVERS/ALLOYS

FRONT SEATS HEIGHT ADJUST


(DRIVER/PASSENGER)

FOR Performance, fuel efficiency,


price. AGAINST Cabin quality, lacks
premium feel of rivals. VERDICT
Ticks all the right boxes and gives
the best bang for the buck.
88/115
88/115
88/115
88/115
88/115
75/189
75/189
75/189
75/190

POWER WINDOWS (FRONT/REAR)

LEATHER SEATS

12.87
12.87

FOR Peppy engine, easy to


drive. AGAINST Narrow cabin,
skinny tyres. VERDICT A big
upgrade over the old K10.
Auto box increases appeal.

BALENO The Baleno is Marutis all-new premium hatchback.


Name apart, it has nothing in common with Marutis mid-size
sedan from a decade ago. There are a lot of new elements like
the V-shaped grille, still distinctively Suzuki, but yet refreshingly new. But its not solely the size that will get your attention.
1.2 K12 Sigma
1.2 K12 Delta
1.2 K12 Delta A/T
1.2 K12 Zeta
1.2 K12 Alpha
1.3 DDiS 190 Sigma
1.3 DDiS 190 Delta
1.3 DDiS 190 Zeta
1.3 DDiS 190 Alpha
Celerio

E
E

R 7 3/3 3/3

SAFETY

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

FOR Improved performance, low


speed ride, affordability.
AGAINST Cramped cabin, a
few essential features missing.
VERDICT The de facto choice if
you dont have much of a budget.

ALTO K10 The Alto K10 is by far the most fun-to-drive car in its segment, and the automatic (though not as peppy) is claimed to be as fuel
efficient as the manual. And more importantly, it makes easy work of
urban traffic. Whats also nice is that the interior aesthetics have taken
a big step forward.
LX K10
LXi K10
LXi K10 CNG
VXi K10
VXi AGS K10
VXi (O) K10
Baleno

M/7

FOR Low running costs, ecofriendly, good urban commuter.


AGAINST Expensive, still not
practical. VERDICT Feels closer
to a mainstream car but has
its limitations.

ALTO 800 An all-new design, fresh interiors and a revamped engine


have transformed Marutis bestseller to make it better than before. Its
still cramped though and feels basic but for the money, theres little out
there that can challenge its Maruti peace-of-mind ownership experience,
large aftersales network and reasonable maintenance strengths.
Alto 800 Std
Alto 800 LX
Alto 800 LXi
Alto 800 VXi
Alto 800 VXi Airbag
Alto 800 LXi CNG
Alto K10

5.24 12.97 161 10.56 12.54 3/7 3/7 3/3 3/3 7/3 3

CENTRAL/REMOTE LOCKING

STEERING WHEEL ADJUST (RAKE\REACH)

5/M

AC/CLIMATE CONTROL

122/275

FEATURES

40-100KPH IN 4TH GEAR (SECS)

2179/4

20-80KPH IN 3RD GEAR (SECS)

FUEL TYPE (P-PETROL, D-DIESEL,


E-ELECTRIC , L-LPG)

14.96

TOP SPEED (KPH)

NO. OF GEARS (MANUAL/AUTOMATIC)

14.03

0-100KPH (SECS)

POWER (BHP)/TORQUE (KGM)

MUMBAI

14.34 13.73

0-60KPH (SECS)

ENGINE DISPLACEMENT
(CC)/NO. OF CYLINDERS

12.70

Prices are indicative only and


vary from time to time.

H9
MAHINDRA REVA
e2o

PERFORMANCE

BANGALORE

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

CHENNAI

PRICES IN LAKHS (ON-ROAD)

MAHINDRA to MARUTI

KOLKATA