Skoda Rapid Review & First Drive

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Skoda Rapid Overview

At first, it is difficult to comprehend why Skoda is crying out hoarse over the ‘new’ Rapid. Sure, it looks new – at least from the front – and has some interesting features added to it, but let’s face it: this is a five-year-old car. Look closely though and you will find that the Rapid, especially in the drivetrain configuration we have tested here, is still one of the best sedans you can have for the price.

The Skoda Rapid facelift is also significant for the company in India – Skoda India was involved in almost every facet of the development of this car. From the conceptualisation, to the pre-production planning, localisation of parts, production and after-sales service – Skoda India has made many changes to the Rapid to make it more competitive in the market.

Skoda Rapid Style

One look and you will notice the peculiar familiarity of the new Rapid with the Skoda Octavia and the Superb. The fascia is more slender than the old car and it now features sleeker headlamps like in the Octavia. These projector units also feature DRLs that just adds to the Rapid’s more premium looks. The signature moustache grille is carried over, below which is a redesigned bumper with restyled air dams and fog lamps. Moving to the side of the car, the only change is the chrome embellishment on the door handles. At the back, you get smoked tail lights, a slim spoiler and a chrome slat on the tail gate. All these changes have made the Rapid look fresher and sharper than the outgoing model. Check for Skoda Rapid price in Hyderabad.

Skoda Rapid Space

Well for starters, it looks pretty much the same. And that’s because the dashboard layout remains the same. But once you get into the driving seat, the new details start to stand out. I like the ebony-sand dual tone combo on the dash and the fact that everything feels so well built together.The most important addition on the inside though is the 6.5 inch colour touch screen infotainment system. You get the usual USB, AUX and Bluetooth with the addition of MirrorLink connectivity. There’s more too. You get rain sensing wipers, the steering wheel is adjustable for height and reach, the glovebox is cooled, climate control along with rear aircon vents and cruise control.

A nice utility touch is the addition of a cardholder clip to keep the toll receipts or change. It’s only when you try to fire up the engine that you suddenly realise the absence of a start/stop button and a rear view camera when you want to back up. Other than that the front seats are pretty comfortable. We drove it for over three hours at a stretch and found enough support in the right places to be comfortable.There is enough legroom at the rear too, maybe not as much as the Honda City or the Ciaz, but nothing to complain about. The boot has more than adequate space at 460 litres and will swallow plenty of luggage for those weekend trips.

The only grouse that each one of us had with the boot was that there is no boot opening button on the boot and one has to pull on a little button near the driver’s door or use the key-fob.The Rapid’s interior are a much better place to be in now however it will take more than just the addition of a touch screen infotainment system and additional features to get up to speed with the more modern and not to mention swanky competition.

Skoda Rapid Gearbox

Along with the facelift, the Rapid also gets the updated 1.5 litre TDI engine which debuted with the VW Ameo. The engine which gets a larger turbo and is locally sourced makes 110BHP as compared to the 105BHP the earlier engine made. At 250 Nm the torque however remains the same. This unit comes linked to either a 5-speed manual transmission or the 7-speed DSG. To know more information on Skoda Rapid visit Icps2016

We managed to drive the manual variant. The engine like before is on the louder side and one can hear the clatter especially when the engine is cold. Performance though remains a highlight. Going up the ghats in Mussorie, we managed to climb most of it in third gear despite the route being a twisty one with numerous hairpin bends and traffic. The performance is dull under 2000 rpm post which the turbo spools up and you get a fat wave of torque, pushing you ahead. Drivability is the highpoint of this engine and you barely need to shift gears, which is a good thing considering the clutch is on the heavier side. The gear shift too are slightly on the heavier side but slots in nicely.

The Rapid also gets a petrol option in the form of the 1.6 MPI unit which again comes with a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The engine and the specs remain exactly the same as before. The automatic we drove is ‘not’ a DSG in the petrol but a regular torque converter. The engine makes a healthy 105BHP and 153 Nm of torque.The conventional gearbox is on the slower side especially when you shift it into D trying to conquer uphill climbs but around town the gearbox does its job well. Using it in Tiptronic mode does allow you to use the engine torque spread better though.

Skoda Rapid Riding

Driving around slow moving traffic and by lanes, we really appreciated the direct and easy to twirl steering which makes it easy to maneuver. Low speed ride is absorbent and pot-hole infested roads were also dismissed without any problem. But large road imperfections do make their presence felt in the cabin, as the suspension thuds through them. On the highway, the Rapid displays good stability and the comfortable ride makes it an able cruiser. Over undulating surfaces it does tend to bounce a bit and a flatter ride would have been welcomed. Around twisty sections, the Rapid feels willing and the direct steering, good body control and loads of grip gives you lot of confidence. The brakes too offered good bite and stopping power felt more than adequate.

Skoda Rapid Safety

The Rapid is offered with dual front airbags as standard, the front and rear headrests are adjustable and there are three-point seatbelts for four passengers. Front disc brakes, ABS, EBD also add an additional layer of safety.​

Skoda Rapid Cost in Hyderabad

Skoda Rapid On Road Price is 9,57,878/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,99,599/- in Hyderabad. Skoda Rapid comes in 1 colours, namely Candy White. Skoda Rapid comes with FWD with 1598 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 103 bhp@5200-5250 rpm and Peak Torque 153 Nm@3750-3800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Skoda Rapid comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Skoda Rapid Final Thought

The update has certainly made the Rapid a lot more competitive. For starters it looks a lot sharper than before, gets more features along with ABS and Airbags being standard across all variants. Skoda has also looked into the warranty aspect and is now the only manufacturer offering a standard four year warranty along with four years of Skoda Roadside Assistance and Skoda maintenance Package. With prices for the base petrol manual starting at 8.19 lakh and going up to Rs. 12.55 lakh for the top end Style DSG (ex-Mumbai), prices are on par with the competition. The Rapid makes a strong case for itself for those who like to drive and appreciate a well-built product.

Volvo XC60 Facelift First Look & Test Drive

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Volvo XC60 Overview

It has been said before and I am going to say it again: Volvos are no longer boring. Gone are the days when they were considered the sensible librarians of the auto world. Now, it is the teenager who sneaks past librarians for a bit of mischief. Well, the new XC60 isn’t as striking to look at as the V90 Cross Country was, but it promises to hold its ground by being loaded to the gills with features. It’s time for us to take the SUV on a short drive in order to figure out two things. First, does it still have the old-school Volvo charm? And second, just how modern is it?

The 2017 Volvo XC60 is quite a competent luxury SUV. It’s premium, properly comfortable for four people, and is loaded to the gills with safety systems that can keep you in check when you aren’t paying attention to the road. The cabin’s noise insulation and seat comfort are commendable. Its high tech air suspension is extremely capable and can alter the ride experience depending on what you want the car to do.

Add to that the fact that it looks really good and packs in enough features to even keep children happy. This really makes the new XC60 a very capable urban SUV. Expect a price of around Rs 55 lakh for the D5 Inscription variant, the only one available at the time of launch, on December 12.

Volvo XC60 Style

The new XC60 has been conceived using the same design language as the XC90, the S90 and more recently, the V90. Naturally, it has the same basic design cues – clean, simple lines and striking details – as these other models. That said, the XC60 has a few distinctive bits.

The now familiar T-shaped daytime running lights in the headlamps, for instance, extend right to the edge of the front grille. The doors also have a heavily sculpted lower section, while the pronounced ridge that runs from above the rear door handle helps give the XC60 a broader stance. Also, the vertically stacked taillights seem to have been inspired by the old car, but they are significantly sharper looking and superbly detailed. All in all, the new XC60 expresses a lot through its design and despite the same design theme as other Volvos; it is distinct and looks different compared to the bigger XC90. To know more info on Volvo XC60 check Icps2016

 

Volvo XC60 Space

While the interiors of the XC60 retains vestiges of the beauty of the XC90 and S90, its out-of-the-box design cues incorporate a sense of simplistic exquisiteness. Then there’s the large glass area and a huge panoramic sunroof which provides an airy experience that’s simply astounding. The black soft-touch dashboard here is elegantly highlighted by matte wood trim, and the nine-inch vertically positioned screen continues to allow access to most on-board functions (including the air-con). Our only gripe is that it gets the driver’s eyes off the road.

The front leather seats offer incredible support thanks to the sculpted contours and premium cushioning. While these cooled/heated seats can also be electrically adjusted for lateral, lumbar, and thigh support, there’s ample head and knee room here too. But it’s definitely the massage function and the heated steering that takes comfort to an all new level. The rear seats themselves are comfy overall with superior cushioning and contours. They have a great backrest angle, offer lots of headroom and adequate leg room too.

For the rear occupants, though, there’s only the heated seats option, and the bench itself could have come with better under-thigh support. Besides you’ll have watch out to prevent your head from bumping into the C-Pillar since the door enclosure is visibly narrow. Although seating a middle passenger is possible, they’d have to deal with the flat cushioning and a tall transmission tunnel. On the boot front, the space-saver spare wheel has been neatly tucked away under the storage area. This makes for a boot that’s large enough for a weekend trip that includes some suitcases and soft bags. But the smart bit are the buttons to electronically lower/heighten the rear of this SUV to aid luggage loading.

Being a Volvo means the inclusion of a number of safety functions. These include collision warning, distance alert, lane keeping aid, road sign information, driver alert control, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and a 360 degree camera. Other highlights are the active bending head lamps, panoramic sunroof, massage/cooled/heated functions for the front seats, heads-up display with road signs and warning alerts, semi-automatic parking and a Bowers and Wilkins infotainment system.

Volvo XC60 Transmission

Under the muscular hood of the XC90 rests Volvo’s 2-litre, four-cylinder diesel motor that makes a solid 235bhp and 480Nm of torque. Thanks to the class-leading output, the XC60 feels brisk from the word go. On part throttle, the car is quick to react both in the city and at higher speeds thanks to the flat torque spread and a quick 8-speed automatic. If anything, this engine behaves its best on part throttle wherein it can ride the wave of torque and allow the gearbox to upshift early. The midrange pull is particularly strong and even at the top-end, this motor remains composed. The overall refinement levels, in fact, are quite high with little in terms of engine and road noise entering the cabin at normal speeds.

The highlight of the XC60’s running gear is the electronically controlled air suspension with adaptive dampers. It not only constantly adapts to the road conditions but offers a whole lot more. For instance, it will keep the car at a constant height and level, irrespective of the passenger or luggage load. What’s more, when the engine is turned off, it will lower the car by 40mm for easy exit or entry. Finally, it will lower the car to its lowest setting at high speeds for better stability and increase the ground clearance by up to 40mm in Off-Road driving mode. Speaking of driving modes, the XC60 has five of them – Eco, Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road and Individual. Unsurprisingly, the Volvo feels the calmest in Eco, with its throttle response feeling mushy and the gearbox upshifting early. Switch to Dynamic and you get a steering that’s noticeably heavier and a gearbox that hangs onto lower gears and upshifts over 4,500rpm. That being said, we found the XC60 to be the most intuitive in Individual mode as it allows the driver to alter the steering, gearbox, brakes and the suspension separately to suit their mood.

The old XC60 wasn’t all that great dynamically but this 2017 model is a lot better. First of all, the steering is no longer vague off-center and it weighs up nicely as you up the pace – it’s fairly direct and heavy (though not to the point that its cumbersome) in Dynamic, giving you plenty of confidence through high speed corners. The ride quality, too, has improved with the 2017 model exhibiting plenty of composure over a few bad sections that we managed to find on our test route. Sure, you do hear the suspension working but there is hardly any lateral movement or unsettling jolts. On the highway, the XC60 remains composed with just a hint of up and down movement. Overall, it’s a great long distance car, one that will cover up kilometers for hours without leaving the occupants fatigued.

Volvo XC60 Riding

In Eco/Comfort mode the ride at low speeds is great and although you can hear the suspension working its way over harsh bumps, you never really feel them in the cabin. However, there is some up and down movement at higher speeds. But as soon as you shift into Dynamic mode, the ride gets noticeably flatter, and the XC60 drives with good stability at highway speeds.

Let’s talk about the steering now. The XC60’s steering is adequately quick off the centre, and also feels light in Eco and Comfort modes. It goes without saying that this makes driving in the city an easy affair. But having said that, although the steering gets slightly heavier in Dynamic mode, we found the steering response in Comfort mode more natural, and eventually stuck to that. Volvo also seems to have got it spot-on with the brakes since it is remarkably progressive with excellent feedback. On the whole, we thoroughly felt that the XC60 will do a great job in covering great distances in good comfort.

Volvo XC60 Safety

Known for its safety, Volvo’s XC60 has ventilated disk brakes for both the front as well as rear wheels and no compromises when it comes to installation of airbags, you get safety airbags for every passenger. While the automatic height adjustable seat belts and the intelligent driver information system are one of the highlights of Volvo XC60 Braking and Safety features

Volvo XC60 Price in Pune

Volvo XC60 On Road Price is 62,63,475/- and Ex-showroom Price is 52,90,000/- in Pune. Volvo XC60 comes in 4 colours, namely Black Sapphire Metallic,Bright Silver Metallic,Crystal White Pearl,Rich Java. Volvo XC60 comes with FWD with 1984 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 181 bhp@4250 rpm and Peak Torque 400 Nm@1750-2500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Volvo XC60 comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .Check for Volvo XC60 price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Volvo XC60 Final Thought

So is the 2017 Volvo XC60 good enough to compete with its rivals with more popular badges? It certainly is. As a premium mid-size SUV it nails the brief quite nicely, featuring a refined and powerful motor, well sorted dynamics and an exquisite cabin that’s loaded to the roofline. Although what sets it apart from the rest is its full suite of active features and that sense of individuality you get from driving a Volvo. So if you are in the market for a mid-size SUV that’s a little out there, the XC60 is worthy choice, if you can get around Volvo’s sparse dealer network, that is.

Hyundai Elantra First Drive Review

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Hyundai Elantra Overview

The Hyundai Elantra has been one of the best selling cars globally having sold more than 11.5 million units. Hyundai had launched the fifth generation Elantra in 2012 and it was, at one point, the best-seller in the segment. The D-segment has shrunk as the craze for SUVs has caught up in recent times. Inspite of this, Hyundai has launched the sixth generation model in India and the Koreans aim to lead the D-segment again. Hyundai claims that this is the best Elantra they have ever made. We were in Chennai to sample this latest sedan from Hyundai.

Hyundai first launched the Elantra in India in its third generation, which was the 2000 model. The fourth generation wasn’t introduced to the Indian market but the Elantra made a comeback to the Indian soil in its fifth generation, which was the 2010 model. Now the sixth generation is here with some promising aspects to kill the D-segment sedan space.

Hyundai Elantra Exteriors

This is the first Hyundai in a long time that isn’t a massive visual departure from, but rather an evolution of, its predecessor. The cab-forward shape and coupé-like curved roofline may be similar to the previous car’s, but everything else is all new – this is Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, Hyundai’s newest design language. Gone are the pointy edges that perhaps looked a bit too radical for this class, and in their place have come far more European styling cues. At the front, the wide hexagonal chrome grille bears more than a passing resemblance to what you’ll find on a modern Audi and there’s even a hint of Jaguar’s ‘J-Blade’ signature in the LED running lamps. The boomerang-shaped slits that house the small fog lamps on the extremities of the bumper are more than meets the eye, because they are actually functional, Hyundai says, channelling air efficiently to reduce turbulence inside the wheel arch and thereby improve fuel economy, aid stability and lower wind noise.

Over on the sides, the wheel arches (especially at the front) aren’t as pronounced as before, and, overall, the car doesn’t look as tall as before, which is a definite improvement. The biggest visual departure, however, is at the rear, where the rather bulky tail has been made a lot more elegant. The smaller, slimmer tail-lamps with their distinct LED signatures give a much better sense of width, as do the wide LED strips on the bumper. So while the flowing shape and aggressive nose are still attention-grabbing, the toned-down rear looks a lot more mature than before.

Where the third-generation Elantra (the first one to come to India back in 2004) was quite special for its expensive independent rear suspension, this sixth-generation car (as well as its predecessor) uses a more conventional and cost-effective non-independent, torsion-beam rear suspension. The front wheels, of course, use independent, MacPherson struts. The chassis now uses more high-strength steel than before – 53 percent versus 21 percent – resulting in a 30 percent increase in stiffness, which should dramatically help ride and handling.

Hyundai Elantra Interiors

While the exterior bears a slight resemblance to its predecessor, the interiors are worlds apart. We loved the old car’s daring approach to dashboard design, what with the vertical AC vents, hourglass-shaped control panel and surfeit of angles. This new one is far more conventional looking and altogether more ‘horizontal’ in its layout. It’s a very European approach to dash design, which seems to be the theme with this car, and the result is that everything is where you expect it to be. The big 8.0-inch touchscreen sits at the top of the central stack, followed by the AC vents and then the AC controls. The dials are classic Hyundai – white-backlit, easy to read, with a detail-rich screen between them. The biggest point of note is the cabin quality. Thus far, all Hyundais have used materials that are a notch above other Asian car brands, but there’s been a more or less uniform level across all the brand’s models, perhaps with the exception of the Santa Fe. This is the first Hyundai that feels a distinct step above all of them in the way it’s put together, and is closer than ever now to its European rivals in terms of fit and finish. There are a few low-rent bits – the fuel filler and boot-release levers in the driver’s footwell come to mind – but that’s about it. Other than that, we just wish there was a bit of chrome or wood trim in here to liven things up from the dull black and grey shades that permeate the interior.

In an executive sedan, all the seats are equally important, because these cars tend to be both owner and chauffeur driven. At the front, you get suitably large chairs with a good amount of support for your back and thighs. On top-spec cars, the driver’s seat is powered and, on the automatics, cooled too, but there’s no memory function, sadly. The cushioning is a bit on the soft side, so while it’s great on short drives, it could cause you a slight backache over a long stint at the wheel. Still, despite the tall instrument binnacle and sharply raked A-pillars, visibility from the driver’s seat is very good.

The back seat is quite similar to the previous car’s in that it is placed low and the roofline is low too, so you will have to duck a bit when you get in. Once you’re in place though, you’ll have little reason to complain. Headroom is surprisingly good despite that roof, there’s more than enough kneeroom, thanks to an H-point that’s sited pretty deep, and thigh support is about two inches away from being perfect. Here too, the central cushioning is perhaps a touch too soft for longer distances, but for short stints, it’s nice and comfortable. Hyundai has also provided three individual head restraints back here, and of course there are a pair of rear AC vents (they don’t take up too much space either).

With even premium hatchbacks (Hyundai’s own i20 is a prime example) now packing luxury-car levels of equipment, you get the feeling that Hyundai is starting to run out of ideas for its more expensive models, especially when costs have to be kept in check. There’s the very gimmicky automatic boot release (which rarely works), automatic headlamps (but not wipers), rear-parking sensors (but not front), projector headlamps and cooled seats, which are all very neat. Other staples like push-button start, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a rear-view camera and a very impressive touchscreen (read about it in the special box) are all welcome, but it’s not segment-transcending stuff, as used to be the case with every new Hyundai. Another unusual thing is that all top-spec SX(O) cars are not created equal, as the automatics get a bit more equipment than the manuals. Cooled front seats, a sunroof, six airbags (the others get just two) and speed-sensitive door locks are only available on the two-pedal cars.

Hyundai Elantra Transmission

The Elantra is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. Hyundai is using a new 2.0-litre petrol engine which punches out 151 HP & 192 Nm. This engine comes mated with both manual and automatic transmissions. We got a chance to drive the petrol automatic variant at the media test drive. This new motor feels quite peppy and has a strong mid & top end. The 6-speed automatic gearbox mated to the petrol engine is the second generation autobox and is more refined now. However, being a single clutch transmission, there is some amount of lag, you feel it more once you completely floor the pedal to the metal. This engine delivers an ARAI certified fuel economy of 14.59 km/l and 14.62 km/l with both the manual and auto gearboxes respectively. For more information on Hyundai Elantra visit Icps2016

The diesel is the same tried and tested 1.6-litre U2 CRDI engine which has been refined as per Hyundai claims. It still delivers the same 127 HP of power and 260 Nm of twisting force. Power delivery is linear and power feels quite adequate. Mated to this oil burner is a 6-speed automatic and manual transmission which has been carried forward from the previous generation model. Hyundai claims that the diesel Elantra is the most fuel efficient sedan in its segment delivering 22.54 km/l as per ARAI standards. Hyundai has worked to improve NVH levels too. There is barely any wind or tyre noise heard inside the cabin. Even the engine bay is well insulated.

Hyundai Elantra Driving

Here’s the really impressive thing about the new Elantra. It no longer feels softly sprung, a trait we have long associated with Hyundais. True, things have been on the mend over the years, but this feels like a significant step forward. The springs aren’t outright firm by class standards, but they’re firmer than any Hyundai before, which is something you’ll feel as soon as you hit a speed breaker a little too hard. The rebound can be felt with a solid thwack permeating the cabin. Hyundai tends to go a size up on the competition when it comes to its alloy wheels on top-spec cars, but not this time. 16 inches is the segment norm and Hyundai has stuck to it. They’re shod with thick, 60-profile Hankook Kinergy Eco tyres, which seem to be the magic ingredient in this ride-quality recipe. They do well to compensate for the stiffer suspension, soaking up the initial harshness of most bumps really nicely.

Then the firmer suspension steps in to make sure that body control is kept in check on an undulating surface. Considering how bad the old car was, you’ll be impressed to find that this one hardly bounces or floats at all at high speeds. It stays flat and tied down, and back seat passengers will be especially thankful for this. It really feels a whole lot more grown up and, dare we say it, European. As mentioned earlier, it’s only when you hit a bump or speed breaker really hard that you’ll catch the suspension off-guard. This added firmness, however, has not completely eliminated body roll, and you’ll still feel a bit of it when you corner the Elantra hard.

What you won’t feel much of when you corner hard is what the front wheels are up to, as the steering is still far too numb. Again, there is a marginal improvement from the previous car, but that seems more to do with added weight than outright feel. You will get a better sense of security at high speeds, or when you accidentally drop one of the front wheels into a pothole – the steering doesn’t go limp in your hands, nor do you feel any steering shock. All things considered, you still won’t want to drive the Elantra hard, but you will be thankful for the lightness of the steering when you’re parking or making a three-point turn.

Hyundai Elantra Safety

The new Hyundai Elantra is loaded with safety equipment having dual front airbags and ABS as standard on all variants along with 6 airbags, ABS, ESC, Vehicle Stability Management and Hill-Start Assist Control standard on the range topping variant. The new gen Elantra has been awarded the top safety pick from IIHS having green signals for all aspects. Hyundai is well known for its after sales service and with the launch of the new Elantra, the Korean carmaker announced new Hyundai Premium Assurance Program offering 3 years unlimited kms warranty for all the customers of the new Elantra. It also comes with free maintenance for 3 yrs/30,000 kms, 3 yrs roadside assistance, 3 times update on ‘Map Care’ and 3 times Customer ‘Home Visit’. On top of that, Hyundai loyal customers will get additional 4th year extended warranty.

Hyundai Elantra Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Elantra On Road Price is 16,50,935/- and Ex-showroom Price is 13,71,400/- in Hyderabad. Hyundai Elantra comes in 5 colours, namely Sleek Silver,Phantom Black,Marina Blue,Red Passion,Polar White. Hyundai Elantra comes with FWD with 1999 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 150 bhp@6200 rpm and Peak Torque 192 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Elantra comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Elantra price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Elantra Final Thought

The new Hyundai Elantra hasn’t rewritten the rule book for executive sedans; in fact, its formula has stayed unchanged – striking looks, lots of equipment, value for money and capable, refined engines. But it’s also improved dramatically in most areas and also gained a couple of new skills along the way. Dynamically, it’s a quantum leap over its predecessor and a new benchmark for Hyundai in India, with a ride quality that can, at last, rival what its European rivals offer; shame the handling hasn’t quite caught up yet, but it too has improved. On the equipment front, yes, it isn’t the revolution its predecessor was, but you can’t say it leaves you wanting either. The feature-rich touchscreen, in particular, is just superb. It’s got a pair of very different, albeit both capable in their own right, engine options each with an auto or a manual, so there should be something for everyone. Space and comfort are generous, the striking looks will still be a big draw, but what really makes it worth it is the price, which is still a notch below cars from Europe. It just goes to show, it’s possible to have an attractive proposition in the executive sedan segment yet.

Land Rover Discovery Review & Test Drive

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Land Rover Discovery Overview

The large Land Rover Discovery has its nice angles but the massive rear overhang makes it look ungainly, and the offset number plate on the tailgate isn’t to everyone’s liking either. The cabin has more universal appeal. Sure, the dash is simply styled and you don’t get the same level of opulence as you would in a Range Rover cabin but everything looks and feels solid. Air suspension versions have an ‘access height’ that eases ingress and once back to full height, the Discovery gives drivers a captain’s view of the world. The middle row seating position isn’t the best but the optional third row is properly useable.

The Discovery’s 340hp, 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6 engine is strong but thirsty, while the 258hp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel is strong and refined. A pleasant steering and absorbent suspension give a good sense of control at high speeds. Handling isn’t sporty and the ride does feel a bit stiff at low speeds, however. The Discovery is built for serious mud-plugging and is genuinely capable in the rough.

Land Rover Discovery Exteriors

The styling of the Land Rover Discovery 4 is very similar to the Discovery 3. The vehicle uses the same integrated body frame structure but the lights are now altered to give the Discovery a more smooth appearance. The rounded styling is very Range Rover like and makes the Discovery look modern yet retro. Even though the overall styling of the Discovery is true to the original model, the latest version is significantly more aerodynamic than its predecessors.

The front grille is very prominent and the wheel arches have a massive bulge. The headlights and tail lights are LEDs and the massive 19-inch wheels give the Discovery 4 a purposeful stance. The subtle lines on the body are very neatly executed. This Land Rover is menacing in size and measures 4838 mm long, 2176 mm wide (with mirrors) and 1837 mm tall. The ground clearance of 185 mm can be increased to 310 mm with a touch of a button. With such massive dimensions, the Discovery 4 is almost unmissable on the road at attracts a lot of attention. Check for car loan interest rate.

Land Rover Discovery Interiors

The Land Rover Discovery interiors make you feel bright and airy, and the materials used are probably best in class. There is a lot to like about the interiors of this car as it comes with plenty of cool features, like there are plenty of storage spaces with large door bins that easily fit in a normal 1.5 L bottle. The central space is quite deep and can be refrigerated if one goes for the upper variants.

There are five Land Rover Discovery variants: S, SE, HSE, HSE Luxury and First Edition, where S is the most basic one, and HSE Luxury and First Edition are the top ones. A lot of features may differ depending on the variant. Land Rover Discovery colours are available in Solid, Metallic and Premium Metallic colours, with a total of 17 colour options and an option to have black alloys. Also, not to miss is the 14- speaker Meridian surround sound system, which is available inthe HSE and the First Edition variants

Land Rover Discovery Transmission

Powering the Land Rover Discovery 4 in India is the same 3.0-litre, twin-turbo diesel engine which does duty in the Jaguar XF S. However the Discovery 4 is a much heavier vehicle but this motor copes up very well. Producing 245 PS of power (XF produces 275 PS) and most crucially 600 Nm of torque, the Discovery 4 is very drive-able. The best part about this TDV6 powertrain is the ability to offer 500 Nm of torque in 500 milliseconds from idle. That is an 83% of maximum torque available instantly. Performance is very good from SUV standards and the Discovery 4 responds to throttle inputs briskly. To know more details on Land Rover Discovery check Tamc2011

This engine is mated to a smooth shifting 6-speed automatic gearbox. Shift the gearbox into manual mode and the instrument cluster conveys to you – ‘Command shift activated’. On full steam, the Discovery 4 will sprint to 100 km/hr from standstill in 9.6 seconds. That is very comfortable for a vehicle which weighs almost 2.6 tonnes! Engine is refined and revvs all the way to a shade above 4500 RPM.

Land Rovers are very capable off-road and the Discovery 4 carries the same genes forward, which makes it an extremely capable machine on the road less traveled. With an approach angle of 36.2 degrees, ramp break over angle of 27.3 degrees and departure angle of 29.6 degrees, the Discovery 4 is at home in every situation. The highly sophisticated Terrain Response System (with 5 settings), Hill Descent Control (with Gradient Release Control) and adjustable ride height makes it a cake walk to go off-road. The wading depth of 700 mm makes the Discovery the perfect vehicle for cruising through water logged roads.

Land Rover Discovery Driving

Even with all that weight and hefty dimensions, the Discovery 4 offers splendid dynamics. With so much bulk to move, the Discovery 4 does have body roll, although its well contained and handling is safe and predictable. A larger anti-roll bar helps in reducing the vehicle’s roll rates. Cornering is precise with steering giving ample feedback to the driver. Road holding is excellent and the Discovery doesn’t get unsettled at speed. The anti-drag lips on the front bumper are said to reduce aerodynamic lift at high speeds by up to 50%.

Ride quality is one of the best we have seen in this segment and the Discovery 4 absorbs everything in its stride with utmost zest. Potholes? What potholes? The Discovery simply glides over the worst of roads, soaking up everything without transferring even a hint to the occupants. We are thoroughly impressed with the braking performance of the Discovery 4, the vehicle stops right in line without any hint of uneasiness. Pedal feel is excellent and Land Rover has used aluminum in the brakes to reduce weight.

Land Rover Discovery Safety

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

Land Rover Discovery Cost in Hyderabad

Land Rover Discovery On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 90,42,581 to 1,28,14,497 for variants Discovery S Petrol and Discovery First Edition Diesel respectively. Land Rover Discovery is available in 10 variants and 10 colours. Below are details of Land Rover Discovery variants price in Hyderabad.

Land Rover Discovery Final Thought

SUVs are turning soft these days and no longer offer go-anywhere capabilities. In these times, Land Rover has successfully managed to give SUV lovers the best of both worlds. The Discovery 4 is luxurious but at the same time practical. It is splendid on the road and off it too, offering very good dynamics. The Land Rover badge further enhances desirability, making the Discovery 4 easily the best full sized SUV in the market today.

5 Ways Digital Marketing Boosts Offline Sales

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The goal of any digital marketing campaign is to increase brand awareness, attract traffic and directly generate sales.

There are many ways that a digital marketing agency Chester will go about do that but, in the end, marketing is still about encouraging people to buy products and use your services.  For Affordable SEO packages in UK visit Vivid SEO.

If you want to directly boost sales through digital marketing techniques, you need to follow these steps:

1. Focus on the strengths of your products.

If your marketing effort is successful, it can make your products more enticing. If you already have an excellent product, you need to make the content persuasive. People have to be convinced that your products are worth buying over your competitor’s products.

Making great products is a good thing, but you won’t sell many of them without an effective digital marketing campaign that can focus on the strengths of those products.

2. Use key phrases that sell.

Once you identify your target audience, you will know how to reach them. Your customers can be more responsive to specific key phrases that are incorporated into blog and social media posts.

As an example, a key phrase may represent the common needs of your targeted audience and can be used to offer services that people are looking for as well. To know more information on SEO Services check Tamc2011

3. Create enticing content.

You will establish a strong brand by sending out well-written and impactful content. Content is a good way to connect with your audience and if you want to directly generate sales with your content, it should be designed to do so.

After reading, listening or watching the content, potential customers should be genuinely convinced that your products are the best products for their needs.

4. Implement organic SEO methods.

SEO is one of the best methods to ensure long-term sales. Your digital marketing campaign should also include SEO techniques that are essential to getting your website ranked high in the search results.

There is no method that can give overnight SEO results, but you can still gain good search engine ranking by being consistent, although it might take some time.

5. Start PPC campaigns.

The rule of spending money to make money also applies to your digital marketing campaign efforts. A PPC campaign is the quickest way to increase your sales as your PPC ads will be placed in strategic locations with high visibility on the page.

As an example, with AdWords, your ads will be placed right above the 1st rank position, giving search engine users the illusion that it’s part of the search results.

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What Is Gynecomastia

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Gynecomastia, is a condition in men known as ‘man boobs’, whereby the breasts become larger than normal.Older men and teenagers are those who are most affected, but it is not limited to those age groups.Often this condition does not cause pain, but in some cases in can, and the condition can vary in size from a bit of tissue in the breasts, to more noticeable bulging.There are a number of reasons why men experience gynecomastia, including; hormone imbalance, older age, obesity and medication.

If you have an imbalance between sex hormones, you can suffer from ‘man boobs’. Too much oestrogen in the body can cause breast tissue to grow, while not enough testosterone does not counteract the small levels of oestrogen that are present in all males.

Being very overweight is also a common cause of man boobs. Again, this is down to increased levels of oestrogen, which causes more tissue than normal to grow in the breasts.This, in combination with excess fat in the same area can cause large abnormal breasts in men. Sometimes losing weight can cancel this out, but is not guaranteed to ‘cure’ gynecomastia.

Causes of Gynaecomastia

It commences nearly at the age of 13-14 yrs. At this age, the hormones increase in the body, but it did not bring any abnormal change in body shape except some change in breast tissues. In 30-40% cases, these changes cause enlargement of 4.0 cm in size, and it does not reduce even after a couple of years. To know more about Gynecomastia, visit Ksd-media

The main reason of increased male breast is an altered ratio of estrogens to androgens. An increase in Estrogen or female hormones that act as a growth hormone for an increase in the size of male breast tissue. Drugs are also a cause for 10–25% of cases of gynecomastia. Certain health problems in men such as liver disease, kidney failure or low testosterone can cause breast growth in men. These are the most common cause in adults for breast enlargement. Other medications such as HIV medication, cancer chemotherapy, hormone treatment for prostate cancer, heartburn and ulcer medications, calcium channel blockers, some antifungal medications, some antibiotics, tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline, herbals such as lavender, tea tree oil, and Dong Quai are also known to cause gynecomastia.

However, the cause of gynecomastia is unknown in around 25% of cases.

Who needs Gynecomastia treatment?

It is considered when:

A. You feel stress or anxiety due to over-large chest size.

B. You have to improve your confidence about the overall proportion of the body.

C. The time when your large size chest is embarrassing for you to take part in sports or swimming and gym.

Gynecomastia Advantages

A.It improves your social confidence and skills.

B. Helps you to have efficient and permanent results.

C. It restores your comfort in taking off the shirt in public if needed.

The main aim of the Gynecomastia treatment is to create a natural chest shape and size in men. As well as correct any deformities in the chest regions, such as seen in the nipples or the areolas.

Types of Gynecomastia

There are three types of Gynecomastia are following:-

1. Neonatal–

It is a condition that occurs in newborn babies. It occurs due to the presence of maternal estrogens. The problem might subside after few days of the birth of the baby. There is nothing to worry about if the problem still persists. Neonatal Gynecomastia can cure with neonatal gynecomastia procedure.

2. Adolescent–

It is a condition where nipple starts to grow and looks like a small breast among young males. It identifies as a small and rubbery lump under the nipple. It normally happens during the early years of puberty and fades away after few years. However, if the problem still persists, there is nothing to worry about. The condition can cure with the neonatal gynecomastia procedure.

3. Severe–

It characterizes by severely enlarged breast and saggy or excess skin. This is itself determined in part by age, as older persons suffering from gynecomastia tend to have less skin elasticity and thus will have a greater abundance of excess skin related to gynecomastia. However, if the problem still persists, the condition can cure with the severe gynecomastia procedure. When skin is hanging and loose, some scarring may be unavoidable.

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What Are The Benefits Of Rhinoplasty Surgery

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Rhinoplasty Or Surgery Nose Reshaping is done to enhance the shape as well as to improve the capacity of the nose and is a standout amongst the most mainstream surgery systems around the world. It can be done to make the nose look smaller or bigger, improves the alignment of the nose as well as the shape or size of the nostrils. The skin of the nose is isolated from the bone and ligament and is reshaped surgically to give the best result. There are the top two methods of doing this surgery. They are:

Closed Rhinoplasty:

In closed rhinoplasty all incisions are hidden inside the nose with no external scars. It is done by lifting the soft tissues of the nose, slightly upward where the cartilage and bone is accessible to perform the necessary changes in the nose.

Open Rhinoplasty:

Open rhinoplasty is done when a nose is having more work to operate. In this procedure the surgeon will make incisions in the skin between the nostrils, which is called the columella. The skin is lifted under the nasal cavity so that the surgeon gets the access to perform the nose reshaping. To know more about Rhinoplasty visit Basna

Benefits Of Rhinoplasty Surgery areas follows :

There are a number of reasons to consider rhinoplasty surgery, not all of which have to do with enhancing your appearance, but certainly, building self-confidence can be life-changing. Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a “nose job,” can be performed to help modify the shape, size, or even function of your nose. More than 223,000 nose reshaping surgeries were performed in 2016, making it the third most popular plastic surgery procedure in the U.S.

Whether you’ve decided you want to move forward with having a nose job, or you’re still unsure about the procedure, there are specific benefits to rhinoplasty surgery.

Improve breathing:

For those who suffer with congenital or long-term breathing issues, restricting the nose can help significantly with breathing.

Confidence:

A nose job can help boost your self-esteem.

Sinus problems:

Headaches, constant nasal congestion, and sinus pressure can be alleviated with rhinoplasty.

Broken nose:

Repairing a broken nose – no matter the cause – can relieve pain and improve appearance.

Corrective follow-up:

If the first nose surgery doesn’t offer the desired results you want, a revision procedure can be completed to make any adjustments.

Snoring:

While snoring may be something you just deal with or try to remedy with over-the-counter products, it can have a significant impact on your sleep. Nose surgery can provide a permanent solution.

Birth defects:

Whether you have a lump, curve, or underdeveloped nose, surgery can help.

Electing a surgical method to change your appearance or improve your health can come with questions. One of the most common questions about rhinoplasty is concerning the pain and healing process.

While any invasive surgery will come with some discomfort during the healing process, most rhinoplasty patients will have some swelling and tenderness but should experience minimal difficulty breathing. Discoloration is possible, but the majority of patients begin to see the results of the surgery within just a few days. In fact, you’ll likely be able to return to work within a week.

Keep in mind that rhinoplasty is not like a haircut. Your procedure is customized to your needs and your face, so bringing in a photo of a celebrity profile and requesting a nose like the one pictured may not work. Your surgeon will create symmetry and balance during the procedure, and what looks appealing on one person isn’t always a great fit for another.

Despite the stigma, some may place on plastic surgery, the decision to get a nose job should be your personal decision. Make an informed choice by partnering with Mangat Plastic Surgery for a consultation to learn how rhinoplasty can help you.

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Fiat Linea Classic Facelift Review & Test Drive

Fiat Linea Classic On Road Price In Hyderabad

Fiat Linea Classic Overview

The Fiat in India has a great reputation of highly reliable engines and long lasting build quality of cars. Fiat Linea classic is one such sedan that has been in the Indian car market for many years and has been upgraded few times as well. The latest edition of it is loaded with sophisticated equipment and advanced Fiat Linea Classic features get it a classic on-road image.Apply car loan for Linea Classic.

Linea Classic is available in petrol and diesel versions as Classic Active petrol and Classic Dynamic diesel. In diesel version, three variants available such as Classic Multijet, Classic Plus Multijet, Classic Plus Multijet with alloy wheels.

Fiat Linea Classic Design

The exterior of Fiat Linea Classic gives a stylish and sporty feel with a large hood and a properly designed front nose. Also, the chrome finishing is removed from the parts where it was present earlier. It has the human-eye shaped automatic dual-parabola headlamps which automatically turns off and on with respect to the intensity of light outside and even remains on for some programmable time after turning off the sedan, a stylish front grille with silver slats having the regular styled company’s badge, a unique front bonnet, body colored bumper with the air dam in same style as front grille and surrounded by a pair of sporty fog lamps, huge front windshield with rain-sensing wipers, body colored door handles, electrically adjustable body colored ORVMs, simple body side mouldings, 14-inch steel wheels with full caps, bright and sporty tail lamp slots which also consists of the rear fog lamps, compact trunk gate with the boot lid featuring Linea Classic badging, a sporty exhaust pipe and a slanted rear windshield having defogger with timer.

This beautiful sedan has a length of 4560mm, a height of 1487mm and a width of 1730mm as its dimensions and has a large wheelbase of 2603mm for a better ride quality. It has a good ground clearance of 185mm for a bump-free ride and a minimum turning radius of 5.4m for easy cruising in tight parking spots and in city traffic. It has a fuel tank capacity of 45 litres and a curb weight of 1291kgs.

Fiat Linea Classic Cabin

The inside of the Classic is true to the name it carries. The styling is sober with a nice solid touch to all the switches and toggles. Cost cutting implies you do not get much in terms of kit here. You get a CD changer with four speakers, but no AUX/BlueTooth/USB. There are power windows on all four sides, but the driver can control only the front two from his end. Two glove boxes add a lot of convenience. The air conditioner is quiet effective and it really chills the cabin. The thing that we love most is the solid sturdy feel of the cabin. Everything is put together well and will last through ages. The seats are supportive but lack comfort. We believe long drives in these seats could get tiring. The steering is perfectly sized and weighed. However, a leather wrap would have been a welcome touch.

The Linea Classic is actually well equipped when you consider the list price of the car. Linea Classic’s longest wheelbase in the segment implies that there is ample space in the entire cabin. The only issue is headroom at the rear for taller passengers, which is not adequate. The boot space is very considerate with 500 litre capacity. For more info on Fiat Linea Classic  check Pasear-w

Fiat Linea Classic Performance

The Fiat Linea Linea Classic specifications feature the ever reliable 1248cc, 4-cylinder engine delivering power of 76PS at 4000rpmand Torque of 197Nm at 1750rpm.The petrol version feature 1368 4-Cylinder engine delivering power of 90PS at 600rpm and Torque of 115Nm at 4500rpm. In all Fiat Linea Classic models, 5-speed manual transmission is used as a standard.

The variant that we are driving has a 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine that produces 75bhp of maximum power and a healthy 197Nm of peak torque at a low 1750rpm. The petrol variant on offer has a 1.4 litre Fire unit that pumps out 89bhp of power and 115Nm of peak torque. Both these engines are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The diesel variant is the pick here. It has a bagful of torque and combined with that quick shifting transmission, is a treat to drive. There is a slight lag before the turbo spools up, but then it has a lot of grunt to put many others in the segment to shame. Acceleration numbers are not scorching, but adequate to make the car exciting. We noted a good 160kmph on the highway, with still more in reserve.

Fiat Linea Classic Riding

The handling is perhaps the best bit about the Linea Classic. The steering is direct and tells you exactly what the front wheels are up to. Take it out for a spirited drive and you will come back with a fairly large smile plastered on your face. The ride quality is again very impressive. As it is a big sedan with 2603mm of wheelbase, and it feels big to drive as well. It stays planted to the tarmac on high speeds and ride quality evens out bumps for occupants. The suspension has been carefully adjusted for Indian roads and all you hear is a thud when you drive over a pothole. The clutch does get annoyingly jerky at low speeds, but it is a small price to pay for all the other advantages. Book Fiat Linea Classic Test Drive.

Fiat Linea Classic Safety

The safety of the passengers is also an important issue for which it has ABS with EBD, high tensile steel frame, early crash sensors, crumple zone, reinforced bodywork, Anti-theft engine immobiliser with rolling code, central and automatic door locking, programmable speed limit indicator, double crank prevention system, a digital indicator if the door remained open accidently, fire prevention system, Follow Me Home headlights, driver seat belt warning light with buzzer and 3-point ELR seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters.The Fiat Linea Classic feature anti-lock braking system in Classic plus and Classic plus alloy wheel variant of Multijet diesel version. The safety features such as engine immobilizer, double crank prevention system, fire prevention system are available in all Linea Classic variants.

Fiat Linea Classic Price in Hyderabad

Fiat Linea Classic On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,55,180 to 9,62,334 for variants Linea Classic 1.4 L P Classic and Linea Classic 1.3L Multijet Plus respectively. Fiat Linea Classic is available in 3 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Fiat Linea Classic variants price in Hyderabad.View offers on Linea Classic at Autozhop.

Fiat Linea Classic Verdict

The main strength of Linea Classic is its high-quality engine and strong build quality and the growing service network which was a major setback earlier. And the competitive price tag has certainly given it a good boost in sales figures as well.As an entire package, the Fiat Linea Classic is a big car for less money. It is the longest in the segment, so it does not compromise on space, and it comes equipped with that brilliant Multijet diesel engine. It drives well and the ride quality is very smooth. Our test car returned 15kmpl on our city commute with air conditioning working the whole time, and will surely return about 18kmpl on the highway. And you get a big boot to carry your stuff around. With all these advantages and a starting price of Rs 5.88 lakh, the big Italian still makes a bold statement for itself.

Datsun redi GO Facelift Review & First Drive

Redi Go Onroad Price In Chennai

Datsun redi GO Overview

The Japanese carmaker Datsun known for making budget cars has shaken up the small hatchback segment in India with the launch of its Redi GO. The small budget car has been successfully running in the market since its inception and has helped the brand strengthen its footprint in the country.

Datsun has launched a limited edition variant of redi-GO with cosmetic upgrades on the outside and inside. The ‘Sport’ limited edition is available at an additional premium of Rs 15,000 over the top-spec S variant. Cosmetic additions made to the exterior include themed grille with red accents, finished wheel cover, roof spoiler, race decals across the bonnet and roof. Inside, it sports sporty black interior theme. Additionally, the limited version comes with rear parking sensor, remote keyless entry and Bluetooth audio system among several others. Launched in India in June 2016, the hatchback is available in five variants-D, A, T, T (O) and S with a choice of 799cc petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. For more info on car loans check Fincarz.

Datsun redi GO Design

The redi-GO’s design is completely different from the Kwid, unlike Renault-Nissan’s previous offerings that were ‘badge-engineered’. The redi-GO looks nothing like the Kwid which works in its favour. In fact, it looks pretty much unlike any other car in its class. Datsun has managed to make it look as close to the concept as possible, which means the redi-GO looks a lot more modern than its rivals. The edgy design, especially the front-end with the sloping hood that extends into the hexagonal grille gives it a youthful appeal. The headlights looks nice too, especially with their split design. Same cannot be said about the tiny LED DRLs though, since they are barely noticeable.

The front three-quarter is the most appealing angle to look at the redi-GO, especially thanks to the sharp cut that runs from the front door right up to the tail lights. The design of the tail gate is again unique, but I didn’t quite like the way the taillights have been designed. On the whole, it is a car that looks eye-catching, especially in that bright shade of green.

Datsun redi GO Cabin

While the Datsun redi-GO was launched with an all grey interior, it has now been updated and all versions get sporty black interiors. The dashboard itself is well contoured though and not like the earlier plain jane slabs of plastic that you got on the Go and Go+. You also get a smart looking gloss black centre console. The infotainment setup comprises a USB and AUX input but no Bluetooth connection, which means you cannot connect your phone to the car wirelessly to play music or take and make phone calls. Storage space, too, could have been better with just one large and another smaller cupholder. The door pads also get limited storage and the glovebox is sufficient to carry your vehicle documents and some other knick-knacks.

The new redi-GO also offers a lot of space in the back seat in terms of knee room and head room but shoulder room for three people is not adequate and it could get quite cramped. The seats themselves are quite comfortable, though, with enough lumbar and under thigh support. There is no folding handrest or adjustable headrests at the backIn terms of the front seats, although they are decently comfortable overall with the exception of being quite narrow on the top half, the distance between the steering wheel and the seats aren’t large enough for drivers 6ft and above since the seats do not slide as far back as they should ideally. Of course, most Indian men have an average height of around 5’8’ so this shouldn’t be a problem to them. On the whole, though, the redi-GO is more spacious than the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and about as spacious as the Renault Kwid.

Datsun redi GO Performance

The redi-GO shares its engine and transmission with the Renault Kwid. Sitting in the hood is the same 3-cylinder, 799cc petrol engine which churns out 54 PS of power at 5678 RPM and 72 NM twisting force at 4386 RPM. Datsun claims they have tuned the engine to extract more juice from the engine as compared to the Kwid. There isn’t much power to play with in the lower end of the rev band and you really have to accelerate hard to get going, however this engine offers a strong mid and high range. Keep the revs in the mid to high range and you will be able to extract good power from the engine. 3-cylinder engines do have some inherent vibration. The doors and steering have some amount of vibration on idle but it disappears once you step on the gas. Check for Datsun redi-GO in Pasear-w

The 5-speed manual transmission offers smooth shifts with evenly spaced out ratios. The first gear tops out at around 40 km/hr, the second just under 80 km/hr while the third will get you doing about 110 km/hr before hitting the rev-limiter. After this the engine loses steam as it has already passed its peak output. Datsun claims that the redi-GO will hit the ton from zero in 15.98 seconds, which isn’t bad for a car in this price bracket. Power feels adequate most of the times but there are times when you would have liked more grunt from the engine. Though a 1-litre engine would have been ideal, Datsun went for the 0.8-litre considering cost and fuel economy.

However, Datsun has said that they will get something new every 6 months and we reckon that it will be eventually getting a 1-litre engine and an AMT. The ARAI certified fuel economy for the redi-GO is 25.27 km/l, which is marginally better than the Kwid. This may be owing to the fact that the redi-GO is marginally shorter (by about, 30 mm) and approximately 25 kgs lighter than its French cousin. We reckon that in the routine driving cycle, one should be able to extract around 15-16 km/l, which is quite respectable.

Datsun redi GO Riding

The Redigo’s electrically powered steering (EPS) is light, but feels lifeless. There’s little feedback on offer and even at higher speeds, the EPS remains inconsistent and vague. On the flip side, its 4.7m turning radius makes this car extremely easy to manoeuvre in the city and makes tight parking a breeze.What stands out though is the Redigo’s ride quality. The suspension tune is spot on and it does a great job of absorbing road imperfections and smaller bumps. Even the larger bumps are discarded in a very mature manner. Pitching and bobbing at high speeds are well controlled too. This little Datsun has a slightly stiff suspension setup to counter the car’s higher body roll, yet on sweeping curves its tall stance does lead to the inevitable top heaviness although it isn’t excessive. Show the car a set of corners or fast curves and it feels outside its comfort zone. Book Datsun redi GO Test Drive.

Its feather-light weight shows its weakness on the highway where the car feels flighty at speeds beyond 80kph. High-speed stability isn’t really confidence-inspiring and crosswinds only add to its nervousness.The car is best suited for city commuting. Thanks to its 185mm ground clearance, shorter wheelbase and slightly stiffened suspension, it should clear tall speed breakers and deep potholes with ease.

Datsun redi GO Safety

The top-end variant of New Datsun Redi-GO features driver side airbags as well, which makes for a very good offer in this segment. Along with this, the car gets disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear to give the driver a confident drive.

Datsun redi GO Price in Chennai

Datsun Redi Go On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 3,12,228 to 5,04,893 for variants Redi GO D and Redi Go S 1.0L Amt respectively. Datsun Redi Go is available in 10 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Datsun Redi Go variants price in Chennai.

Datsun redi GO Verdict

Expect the launch to happen within 2 months of the official unveiling of the car on 14th April. This baby Datsun surely will be able to pull some crowd because of its fresh new styling and aggressive pricing. This new budget car will obviously set new standards because it underpins the same platform and is powered by the same engine of the KWID but will be positioned lower than the former.

 

 

Ford Figo Facelift Overview & Test Drive

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Ford Figo Overview

Ford introduced its money-spinning hatchback Figo back in the year 2010. And over the time span of 5 years, the company had managed to get the right numbers of faithful customers and sold about 300,000 units of the car. And this number was considered as good as it goes up with the amazing Maruti Suzuki Swift in the segment. Later in the year 2015, the American automaker launched the next generation Figo with inside and out getting a major overhaul. Check for Car Loan Interest Rate at Fincarz.

The all new Figo gets the eye catchy looks, lighter built, loaded with features and with powerful engines on board. Underpinning the same platform, Ford Figo hatchback can be called as the boot-less version of Aspire. Ford is all ready to launch its facelift in 2018 but the date for its introduction has not yet revealed.

Ford Figo Exteriors

The first generation Ford Figo had some quirky styling cues that were appealing to many but not so special to some. The new Figo though comes across as a fresh and complete looking hatchback. There are many appealing bits such as the huge and stylish front grille and swept back headlamps along with a smart bonnet bulge, these obviously remind one of Aston Martin. The side profile gets a strong shoulder line and blackened B-pillar for a sporty appearance but the simple alloy wheel design makes it look a tad old.

Shiny diamond-cut alloys on the range topping variants with bigger tyres would have worked well on the Figo. Having said that, the Figo’s rear gets a neatly designed tailgate, beefy bumper and smart looking crystal clear tail lamps. The well proportioned overall profile of the new Figo along with the tasteful styling attracts some attention. The new model draws a lot of attention on the road as it’s fresh currently, seeing a ton of interest from other Ford car owners.

Ford Figo Interiors

The Figo always had a good reputation of being one of the spacious hatches in its segment and most of the consumers quite frankly prefer a spacious cabin which easily can accommodates five persons while the dash should have a fair amount of gadgets and accessories which could come in handy.

Nothing much is actually different inside in the hatch than the compact sedan which was launched here previously. The cabin looks young and sporty while the black dashboard with the silver accents surely looks gorgeous. The Figo has an impressive wheelbase of 2491 mm which actually has helped in create generous amount legroom and knee room for the passengers seating at the rear bench.

There are number of interesting features as well available on the higher trims of the hatch which includes automatic climate control system which can actually bring the temperature inside the cabin to below 25 degree Celsius in less than 15 minutes. It also gets the MyFord Dock system as well which can actually help in storing mounting and charging mobile phones, MP3 players, it also has got a satellite navigation system which helps in integrating this system with the cars entertainment screen. For Ford Figo check Tamc2011

Ford for the first time is also offering the Ford MyKey technology which actually allows the owners to programme the Figo’s restricted riving mode which actually includes increasing seats belt use and limiting the overall top speed of the vehicle and even regulating the audio volume of the car.

Ford Figo Transmission

As mentioned, the Figo will be available with three engine-gearbox combinations. There’s a 1.2 petrol with a five-speed manual, a 1.5 diesel with a five-speed manual and a 1.5 petrol with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The dual-clutch auto version first. This one’s 1.5-litre petrol engine makes the most of its twin cams and variable valve timing architecture to produce a healthy 110.5bhp. The power figure makes the Figo automatic the most powerful of the mass market auto hatches in India. In town, the engine’s good bottom end responses help this version of the Figo build speed smartly. However, in slow-moving city traffic, you can feel the clutch engage, so shifts aren’t super smooth. But once on the go, the gearbox settles into its rhythm and responds well enough to changes in throttle position. It’s not lightning fast as the VW Polo’s twin-clutch unit, but it gets the job done.

At light loads, the gearbox will upshift at about 2,200rpm, but drive hard and it will hold to about 6,300rpm before shifting to the next ratio. Unfortunately, the gearbox’s Sport mode won’t let you hold gear beyond 6,300rpm (at which point the engine sounds thrashy) either, but does well to downshift and keep revs right in the heart of the powerband. Those driving on hilly roads will particularly like the engine braking effect of Sport mode. Drivers also have the option to shift gears manually in Sport, but only via the small ‘+/-’ buttons on the gear lever; there’s no traditional tiptronic function or paddle shifters on the steering. The gearbox is responsive to manual inputs, so you will find yourself making use of the buttons when conditions permit. Performance on the whole is good. The dash from 0 to 100kph takes just 11.1 seconds – the VW Polo GT TSI does it in 11.02 seconds – and in-gear timings are decent as well. View offers on Ford Figo in Pune at Autozhop.

But good as the auto Figo is, it’s the diesel that really impresses us. The engine is the latest version of Ford’s 1.5 diesel you’d find under the hood of the pricier refreshed EcoSport and Aspire, but the good news is that it’s not been dulled down for use in the cheaper hatch.That means power is a solid 98.9bhp! Couple that with a body that weighs all of 1,041kg and you are guaranteed excellent performance. 100kph comes up in 10.5 seconds, which makes the Figo diesel quicker than all the mass segment diesel hatchbacks, bar none.

Real-world performance also feels better than lower-powered rivals from the moment you set off. Responses are good right from idle, with a gentle surge speeding things up at about 1,600rpm. Thereon, there’s an even spread of power right till 4,000rpm. The engine’s not quick revving per se, but remains responsive throughout, even in fifth gear. The diesel engine also runs relatively quiet, though you can feel a buzz on the steering. Also worth mentioning is that gearshifts on the Ford IB5 gearbox are a touch notchy and aren’t suited to quick shifts. Driving in town, we also noted the diesel car’s clutch to be well weighted if springy in action.

Ford Figo Driving

The suspension set-up in the Ford Figo 2017 is well balanced and offers a good riding experience by making the occupants comfortable. The Ford Figo 2017 is based on the new B572 platform and this has well tuned for Indian road conditions. Ford have increased the ground clearance of this car to 174mm. Handling is one of the best you will find and the car rides very well over potholes, though you can feel a few ones. If you have driven a Ford earlier, you will find a typicality in handling, which is precise. The steering is light for city condition as and weighs up well at higher speeds. The Ford Figo 2017 remains planted under hard cornering and the brakes compliment its overall handling. High speed stability is also impressive.

Ford Figo Safety

Braking duties are performed by disc brakes in front and drum brakes at rear. On the safety front, Figo hatchback gets a number of equipments such as six airbags, anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, among the prominent ones. Besides the aforementioned safety features, the hatchback also feature engine immobilizer and driver seatbelt reminder. Some features are exclusive to automatic version like electronic stability control; traction control and hill start assist.

Ford Figo Cost in Chennai

Ford Figo On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 6,73,751 to 9,73,299 for variants Figo 1.2P Ambiente MT and Figo 1.5P Titanium AT respectively. Ford Figo is available in 10 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Ford Figo variants price in Chennai. Check for Figo price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Ford Figo Final Thought

Although this update is a bit late to join the party, the new Figo ticks all the right boxes in terms of features, engine and gearbox options as well as ride and handling. To add as icing to the cake, it has been priced extremely well too. And for those who worry about after sales, Ford has reduced its service call times as low as 48 hours. Wish there was some more shoulder room for passengers at the back. But as a product, the new 2015 Ford Figo repeats what its predecessor managed to achieve and that itself is quite commmendabl