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Tata Sumo Review & Specifications

OVERVIEW ;

The Tata Sumo Gold is a utility vehicle by Tata Motors which comes in seven diesel variants. The variants are Tata Sumo Gold CX BS III, CX PS BS III, CX BS IV, CX PS BS IV, EX BS III, EX BS IV and GX BS IV. The Tata Sumo comes with a 2,956 cc diesel engine with a five speed manual transmission. In terms of safety, it comes with disc brakes in front with drum brakes at rear, collapsible steering column, side intrusion beam on all doors, engine immobiliser, central locking and keyless entry. Key features include body coloured bumpers, power steering, alloy wheels and music system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth.

EXTERIOR AND STYLE ;

The ever-masculine looking Sumo Gold underwent a minor facelift which gives it a broad and stable stance and the new body graphics sets it apart The Sumo Gold now stands with an imposing poise that shows off an aggressive front grille that gets a chrome lining where the word ‘Gold’ has been inscribed. The trapeziodal shaped headlamps come integrated with the turn indicators and it’s large size compliments the bold front fascia. It also comes with high powered fog lamps ensuring illumination while driving in the dark. The front bumper, rear view mirror and door handles are all body colored. Being a tall SUV, there are footpegs on the either sides for easier entry and exit for passengers. The rear comes with a new and prominent tail lamp cluster. Also rear fog lamps have been added and a spare wheel has been placed under the body. The wide 215 mm tubeless tyres cover the stylish rims and a high ground clearance of 182 mm completes the overall look of the Sumo Gold, keeping alive its macho appeal.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

It is not one of those cars which will sweep you away with modern machinery and features to make your life easy but then it won’t make you complain either. Why?Step inside the cabin and it feels really roomy with its large proportions of room. The headroom and legroom is really comforting for the front row passengers. It remains the same for the second row except for the legroom which gets uncomfortable. No one dared to seat on the third row facing benches for long as the knees of the passengers kept hurting and the roll experienced while driving made them throw up.This one gets a new Kenwood music system with Bluetooth. It doesn’t look as impressive but then it functions impressively. It actually pairs phones easily and the same can also be used for Bluetooth telephony with a Mic embedded on the roof. The music system also offers multiple music adjustments which are effective as well. The speaker quality is not the best in the segment but compared to the below average units of the earlier model, this one feels nice.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

The Sumo Gold comes plonked with a 3.0-litre CR4 diesel engine. This is the same block that also powered the Safari until 2007, however that injection was DiCOR. The CR4 is one of Tata’s recent additions to its technology, enhancing the performance and fuel efficiency of the engine. This engine produces 85bhp of power, compared to the DiCOR that was at 115bhp.The NVH levels are a tad higher than one would have liked. There is some amount of diesel clatter on idling and it’s louder on cold starts. Even the power delivery is linear as the engine produces about sufficient torque throughout the rev range. The gear lever is tall and this makes it difficult to shift, as even the shifts are a bit rubbery. The clutch is light and not tiring with constant usage in the city. All we wish that the vibrations on the gear knob when a bit lesser than what it is currently.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The Sumo Gold gets bigger wheels, a tough suspension, and a torquey engine. That gives it a good off-road performance, as long as you don’t sink the rear wheels into mud. Because being a rear wheel drive vehicle, the Sumo Gold can’t do anything if the wheels that are being powered get stuck. Being an UV, and a good one at that, the main purpose of the vehicle is to travel on and sometimes off road, which the Sumo Gold does well. Its on-road manners are acceptable, and so are its abilities in tackling bad road conditions. The soft suspension and high profile 15-inch wheels adorn the vehicle with a comfortable ride. But it still suffers from body roll and is better off when not driven aggressively around corners.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

It is disappointing to see that Tata hasn’t spent time improving upon this aspect. This is one of the main reasons why that Sumo is losing out to other rivals. Tata has provided the Sumo Gold with the following limited safety features like:

– Door ajar warning – Seat belt warning – Front and rear fog lamps – Side intrusion beams for all the doors – Rear high mount stop lamps.

The absence of ABS and EBD in the SUV is felt and also there are no airbags for the occupants at the front or the rear. Tata Motors should have at least provided the airbags for the safety of the passengers.

CONCLUSSION ;

The Sumo Gold is placed in a market segment that has never seen much of glamour. It’s either the MPVs and compact SUVs, midsize sedans or the full blown SUVs that are generally more glorified, and portrayed as the desirable vehicles. Blame it on the positioning but UVs aren’t seen as the most luxurious vehicles. They have a purpose and that’s to ferry people, above everything else.Amidst all that, the Sumo Gold tries to make its presence in the market. So, if your commute requires traveling on bad roads, and you need ample space inside the vehicle, the Sumo Gold is a good option. The top-spec GX is recommended.

 

Merecedes Benz GLS Class Review & Specifications

OVERVIEW ;

In order to strengthen its SUV portfolio, Mercedes- Benz, a well known German Luxury auto brand introduced the petrol derivative of GLS SUV. Priced at INR 82.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the consumers can now choose between petrol and a diesel version for the GLS SUV. Earlier, the German brand introduced the diesel version of the SUV only. With company’s strategy to introduce the petrol variants for its all models in the country, the petrol derivative of GLS SUV is the eighth car to roll out from the house of Mercedes-Benz India. Mercedes Benz’s biggest SUV, GL-class now gets a fresh GLS class badge along with a refreshed makeover for the 2016 model with minor exterior and interior updates. The new and rebadged version is known as Mercedes Benz GLS class according to the new adopted nomenclature by the company. This new 7-seater SUV features modernized exteriors along with luxurious cabin developed to proffer luxury as well as best in class safety. Check for  specifications,features & price of Merecedes Benz GLS Class

EXTERIOR AND STYLE ;

The most obvious change is at the front with the GLS getting a new face. The highlight is the change to full-LED, adaptive headlights that look like the ones on the S-Class. Other changes include a more rounded, muscular twin-slat grille; as also a redesigned bumper and hood that add more pizzazz to the SUV’s personality. Changes at the rear are limited to a revised bumper and full-LED tail lights which look similar to the predecessor’s from a distance. The intricate design of the headlamp and tail lamp units is no less than that of a jewel though, and it is something that’s worth taking a closer look at.

Goes without saying, the GLS looks a lot more appealing. It’s a design that will make you soak in the details – there’s a sense of familiarity to the face, though it is more muscular and well-toned, the way SUV’s should look. What gets your attention from the sides is the enormous length. At over fivemetres long, the GLS is one of the biggest SUVs in the country, and is longer and wider than a lot of other full-sized luxury SUVs. Upgrade to new Merecedes Benz GLS Class by exchanging your used car 

INTERIORS AND COMFORT ;

More changes are visible inside the cabin, where Mercedes added a new three-spoke steering wheel in Nappa leather, an instrument panel with Media Display, and a center console with touchpad control. The ambient lighting comes in three color shades and Mercedes now offers an available air ionization system.

Connectivity and infotainment are provided by the company’s latest generation of Comand Online, which includes an eight-inch color display and an intuitive touchpad. The optional “Mercedes connect me” service adds the Standard Services package with automatic emergency call, Accident Recovery and breakdown assistance, and after-sales service. There’s also the Remote Online services, which allow access to vehicle information from anywhere at all times, including the status of windows and doors, mileage, and tire pressure.

Those looking for a bit of exclusivity can choose between trim elements in Black Piano Lacquer or a variety of woods, as well as five leather upholstery color combos in Black, Ginger Beige/Espresso Brown, Saddle Brown/Black, Crystal Grey/Black, or Ginger Beige/Black. There’s also a Designo Exclusive package with heated front seats, Nappa leather, and diamond quilting. For the first time, the GLS gets an AMG Line interior with sports seats in Exclusive Nappa leather, a sports steering wheel in black Exclusive Nappa leather, instrument dials in a Checkered flag look, and brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs.

Legroom, headroom, and shoulder room remained unchanged with the facelift, but that’s far from bad news, as the second-generation GL was know to boast an outstanding level or roominess in all three seat rows.

ENGINE AND GEARBOX ;

Apart from the cosmetics, the only other change in GLS compared to the GL is the new nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. It has the same 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, producing 258bhp and 620Nm of torque and carrying the ‘350 d’ badge of the boot lid. This isn’t the most refined engine, there is clatter but hardly any of it percolates into the cabin.Despite the similar power figures, the car performs much better with the two additional ratios. It is a quick gearbox, immediately responding to a tap on the paddle shifters, however, it does act slightly confused in cities when left to choose on its own. In comfort mode, the gear shifts come at around 1,600rpm unless there is extra pressure on the accelerator pedal. The drivability for an SUV of this size is commendable, it builds momentum quickly, downing a gear or two if required.

There are a few other modes, most important being the Sport Mode, that makes the steering heavier, gear shifts sharper and the ride stiffer. It has airmatic suspension that can be tuned for comfort or sporty ride, plus it can raise the car height thereby offering better ground clearance for off-roads. The other modes are for snow / slippery conditions and off-road, which reduce the throttle response to offer better traction in harsh conditions. The individual mode allows you to separately adjust the engine response, steering and suspension set up.For a car that weighs close to 2.5 tonnes and is mainly intended to be a luxurious people carrier with a diesel engine, the GLS 350d is decently quick to reach 100kmph from standstill in 8.3 seconds. It has decent drivability as well with ample of low end torque, getting to 80kmph from 20kmph in 4.8 seconds. The GLS is not intended to be pushed around the corners, but should the need arise, the GLS does better than expected from an SUV of its size. The steering has decent feedback and brakes that manage to bring it to a halt quick enough.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Compared to the GL-Class, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class benefits from suspension refinements that provide a more controlled, confident feel in corners. Nonetheless, it retains the quiet interior and absorbent ride over bumps for which the GL was known. Braking performance was a strong suit for the GL, and we expect it to remain one for the GLS, which stops with the drama-free ease of a much smaller vehicle.We’re a bit disappointed with the lack of real-world oomph from the diesel-powered GLS350d, especially given its prodigious torque rating, but the other three engines pour on the performance in increasingly concentrated doses. The GLS450 is a fleet SUV in its own right, but the V8-powered models practically redefine what’s possible for a large crossover with their effortless acceleration.

SAFETY ;

Standard safety features on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class include automatic crosswind stabilization, trailer stability assist, front side airbags, a driver knee airbag, full-length side curtain airbags, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking and a driver attention/drowsiness monitor. Also standard are a rearview camera and a five-year subscription to mbrace Connect (includes Mercedes-Benz roadside assistance).

CONCLUSSION ;

Mercedes-Benz GLS series is a solid, vast and spacious model that boasts of its unbeatable style and superior internal and external features that make it a luxurious series. The latest model of the GLS comprises of highly advanced technology and unseen functions that enhance driving quality and experience.

 

Merecedes Benz CLA Class Review & Specifications

OVERVIEW

The Mercedes CLA is an entry-level sedan offered by the Stuttgart-based automaker. The CLA was first launched a couple of years back and it is based on the A-Class. The sedan is one of the best looking cars out there in the market and now the automaker has given it a minor update as part of a mid-life facelift The Mercedes CLA is known to be one of the most aerodynamic cars. The vehicle has sporty dynamics and while it isn’t targeted towards families or people looking for rear seat space, the CLA makes for a smart choice for the millennials. Check price of Merecedes Benz cars in Carzprice

EXTERIOR AND DESIGN

A coupe like looks with futuristically rounded tail lamps & frameless doors had always been one of the strong points for Mercedes CLA ever since its launch. The long swooping bonnet merging into the neatly flowing roof line at the rear renders an impeccable silhouette for the most stylish car on offer in the segment. The classic Mercedes emblem resting snugly on sloping bonnet along with a large three pointed star on the grille creates a nice identity statement for the brand.

One look at the side profile & you cannot miss the beautifully crafted doors with smooth flowing folds lines that define the bold character for the car. Get On Road Price of Merecedes Benz CLA Class in Carzprice

Like the exteriors, you will find a lot of similarity with the Mercedes A Class. The retro sporty style AC vents with a large dia shouts out loud on the dashboard & is one of the most noticeable design touches on the interior. 2017 CLA also comes with a refreshed dashboard insert with a new colour & a rich texture adding a pinch of luxury premium to the interiors.

INTERIOR AND SPACE

Inside a Benz, there are some things that you can take for granted like luxury, comfort and amazing fit and finish of trims. The CLA too follows the same tradition of delivering one of the finest interiors seen in a luxury compact sedan.

It looks visually more appealing than an Audi A3 as the complex lines of the dashboard paired with the mix of use of aluminium, soft touch leather and soft touch buttons make it feel expensive. The front dashboard, like the A-Class, borrows many elements including the air con vents and instrumental styling from the higher models thus making its customer feel connected with the brand.

It comes with sporty seats for the front as well as rear passengers. Unlike the hot seats in the CLA45AMG, these seats are comparatively more comfortable. The front zone can accommodate fairly tall passengers provided they are not too keen on moving their knees around. The rear passengers are not in for any joy as the sloping rear roofline will be an obstacle always especially if the car is being driven enthusiastically. While the rear passengers do get a door handle on top to hold, the front co-passenger doesn’t get one.

The other issue being that of the front view getting completely blocked by tall front seats. It gets individual rear seats which can seat only two occupants in comfort and leaves a remote possibility of squeezing one more provided he agrees to sit in between with a folded central armrest to his back support.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

;We are test-driving the CLA 200 here and mechanically, the car is unchanged from before this refresh. Under the hood is the same 1991cc, four-cylinder turbo-petrol with a power rating of 184hp and maximum torque of 300Nm. The engine is quite responsive and generally quick off the line, with barely perceptible turbo lag. It spins quite freely and propels the car into three-digit speeds without breaking a sweat. It is mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox which complements the car’s sporty orientation rather well.

Press the accelerator sedately and the gearbox skips through the ratios rather quickly to maximise efficiency and minimise engine noise. In fact, the upshifts, under such gentle driving, are more or less seamless. Slam the gas hard, though, and you will see the speedo needle spin to the redline (in Sport mode) before the gearbox shifts up. It transforms from a sedate background worker to a frontline soldier almost immediately. It is so eager and aggressive that it will gladly downshift two ratios at a time if it senses urgency in your foot flexing. And if you’re still not satisfied, all you need to do is tug at the paddles behind the wheel to take control (or at least most of it) of gear shifts.

The engine is mostly refined, though it does become progressively more vocal with rising revs; mind you, this is not a complaint, because its snarl is rather satisfying. The different engine modes – Comfort, Sport and Eco – mainly alter the engine and gearbox response.

RIDE AND HANDLING

While the engines are powerful enough for the segment, it is the transmission that takes the cake. The 7G-DCT dual-clutch gearbox combines the comfort of a 7-speed automatic transmission with the driving dynamics of a manual, and is perfectly aligned to the power output of these engines. The gearbox consists of two sub-transmissions—one transfers the tractive power to the wheels while the other preselects the next gear, leading to quick, smooth shifts. Book test drive for Merecedes Benz CLA Class in Cazprice

The ground clearance of 165 mm ensures the CLA won’t scrape most speed-breakers found on our roads. But while the ride quality is good, on bad roads the CLA turns a little nervous; however, the ride quality never goes harsh. The car behaves its best on smooth roads and cornering even at high speeds is a lot of fun. Braking is spot-on.

SAFETY

Being a Mercedes, there are a host of safety features. You get attention assist (which monitors the steering behaviour of the driver, recognises signs of drowsiness and warns accordingly); automatic headlamp; ABS; electronic stability; tyre pressure monitor; reverse camera; and six airbags.

CONCLUSSION

The Indian introduction of the Mercedes Benz CLA has been a highly anticipated one. The good news is, the CLA doesn’t disappoint. It is good looking, well put together and premium and luxurious for its class. It’s well specced too, and honestly, it isn’t too bad a drive; the petrol for sure isn’t. So, is it worth buying? Yes, it is! And should you also consider it over all else in the same price bracket? Well, now that’s a difficult one because if it’s value you want, there are clearly better options. But, if it’s a badge you want to flaunt and feel good about, yes, the CLA is just the ticket.

 

Renault Lodgy Overview

INTRODUCTION ;

The Lodgy MUV is Renault’s attempt at making a mark in the premium seven-seater segment that is being ruled by the Toyota Innova for more than half a decade now. Where most of the Innova’s rivals failed for reasons like brand value, ownership cost, ‘taxi image’ and even looks, we try and find out if the Renault Lodgy stands a chance with the claimed modern underpinning, better performance and extra cabin space.

DESIGN ;

Instead of a in your face profile, it gets a rather smooth design on the front with petite headlights just around the front corners with a strong chrome line forming the hood lip joining both the headlights. The twin slat grille flows horizontally around the solid Renault logo placed at the centre. The front bumper gradually flows out from the headlight giving it a car like design. It also gets a two tone finish with the lower portion finished in matte also forming an air splitter and fog lamps housing. The chrome touch given all over looks decent.

The uniformly straight flowing roofline makes it look like a typical family carrier but at the same time it looks way better than Nissan Evalia and Chevrolet Enjoy. Large windows for all three rows make it look impressive as well as serve for a roomier feel inside the cabin. The wheel arches gets a subtle flair and the 185/65 R15 tyres with five spoke solid alloys suit the large contours. To make sure the silhouette doesn’t look drab, the Lodgy gets crease lines on front and rear sections. There are chrome protectors on the lower section.

The rear quarter view looks as impressive as the front quarter with swollen sections and solid profile. The fish tail styled tail lamps is a nice attempt to distract from otherwise boring looking tail door. It gets roof mounted brake lamps and a large rear windshield. There is again solid chrome above the number plate area as well as on the lower section of the tail door. Overall, the rear profile looks clean and scores more points than many other MPVs excluding the Honda Mobilio, which has the best tail door design.

CABIN ;

Now this is where the Renault Lodgy really comes into its own. It is nearly 4.5 metres in length, it has a reasonably high roof, and it isn’t exactly short on width like the Honda Mobilio or the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. So interior room on the Lodgy is fantastic. Be it leg or elbow room at the front; knee, shoulder and head room in the second row; or even the knee and shoulder room in the third row; the Lodgy has enough and more all round. This one is a proper seven seater even when you consider adults.

But this is true only for the version that gets a bench in the second row; officially classified as an eight seater. Renault says the Lodgy can seat three in the last row, and so we tried. But unless all three are size zero adults, it’s an uncomfortable squeeze. For two, it’s great. Flexibility to haul luggage though is just as Renault claims. With all seats in place, there’s enough space for small sized suitcases (over 200 litres). With the last row folded, the Lodgy can easily gobble up weekend luggage for five. And when you throw out the last row and fold the second, you can literally move houses with this car.

Now, this is the top of the line RxZ trim. The Lodgy will also be available in the mid level RxL and the entry level RxE trims, the detailed feature list for which will only be revealed later. For the RxZ, its interiors might look different from the one on the Duster, but there’s still a lot of parts sharing here. The steering wheel, the front aircon vents, the gear shifter as well as buttons and knobs be it for the aircon or the power windows or even the ORVMs, are all from the Duster.

The touchscreen multimedia system is taken from the Duster as well. So, the overall quality levels though not all that great, still suffice. But not having climate control or ORVMs with turn indicators is a miss. The Renault Lodgy in the RxZ trim also gets steering column mounted audio controls, Satnav, and aircon vents for all three rows besides ABS and front two airbags on the safety front.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

The Lodgy is powered by the same tried and tested 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine, carried over from the Duster, offered in two states of tune – 110 PS/245 Nm and 85 PS/200 Nm. It won’t come with the 1.6-litre petrol engine though. The 1.5-litre oil burner is a gem of an engine that we have tested in various cars before. It is quite a refined motor with stellar NVH levels, fuel efficiency and tractable power. The engine behaves the same in the Lodgy, pulling the MPV in a strong yet linear fashion. There is the typical turbolag under 2000 RPM with the 110 PS version, which is not present in the 85 PS version. The car has a punchy mid and top-end power that makes it a confident highway performer. The diesel clatter is not intrusive in the cabin but gets a little vocal near the redline that comes at 5000 RPM.

The 110 PS Lodgy is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission while the 85 PS gets a 5-speed gearbox. Gear shifts are smooth and slick but the 110 PS has a heavy and snappy clutch, which can get annoying in stop-go traffic. 100km/hr in the 6th gear sees the needle ticking around 1900 RPM, which makes cruising quite relaxed. The 110 PS version does the 0-100 km/hr sprint in 12 seconds with a top speed of 170 km/hr and the 85 PS does it in 13.3 seconds having a top whack of 163 km/hr. The French automaker claims that it has the best acceleration and top speed in its category. The ARAI fuel efficiency figures for the 110 PS and 85 PS Lodgy are 19.98 km/l and 21.04 km/l respectively, take them with a grain of salt though as real world mileage will be at least 4-5 km/l lesser.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

We only had the 110PS being offered to us for the test drive. The engine is familiar and its torquey performance straight away feels like the right match for the Lodgy. Both in city traffic and highway speeds, there is more than enough juice from the engine to make use of. There is a bit of lag, but once the needle passes the 1,400-1500rpm level, dollops of torque kick in. We are not sure, how responsive the engine would feel in its 85PS avatar, especially if the Lodgy would be fully loaded with people and luggage.

SAFETY ;

The Renault Lodgy has got only three star safety rating from Euro NCAP and that too for the international model having 6 airbags as standard. Renault will be offering the Lodgy in India with only dual front airbags, which is a big letdown. It will also get ABS, EBD with brake assist. Apart from cruise control, the MPV will come with a speed limiter as well. Renault currently has a network presence of more than 157 facilities across India. In order to get volumes and provide better after sales service, the French automaker needs to ramp up their presence, which they say they are doing through the year and claim it to be the fastest ramp-up by an automaker in India

CONCLUSSION ;

Renault seems to have wiggled into a sweet spot in the crowded MPV market with the Lodgy. It blends space, comfort, good driving dynamics and strong performance into a convincing package. As a family car, this MPV is hard to beat. It makes for a happy companion, especially on holidays, thanks to its unmatched cruising ability and long fuel range. It’s not all perfect though. The quest to liberate as much room as possible has made the Lodgy a touch too boxy, which could be a deal breaker for some. Also, at Rs 11.79 lakh for the top-end RxZ 110 diesel, it is on the pricier side. However, you do get a fair bit for your money, which makes the Lodgy reasonable value too. The only real issue is, Renault’s service network doesn’t as yet cover the entire length and breadth of the country. But the Lodgy’s proven mechanicals, which are shared by the Duster, should give owners peace of mind.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview & Performance

OVERVIEW ;

The C-segment sedan space is one of the most competitive so much so that there are eight cars fighting for volumes, the ninth to join is the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. We recently pitched all the eight C-segment cars against each other and it was amply clear that the top three in the shootout had a lot more to offer. India’s largest car maker is a master in offering more for less as so evident from a majority of its products but can the Ciaz break all moulds to become a success considering Maruti Suzuki’s image as a big car maker isn’t much to talk about. While this Maruti sedan is off to a good start in the Indian market, does the Ciaz have what it takes to rub shoulders with well established rivals and maintain the volumes?

EXTERIORS ;

This perception change can only happen with upmarket, elegant exterior styling. The good news for Maruti fans is, the Ciaz most certainly looks like an expensive car. The large head lamps, the in-your-face chrome grille and the stylised bumper give the Maruti Ciaz an air of richness. The profile dominated by the strong shoulder line that runs from the front fender all the way into the tail lamp along with those nice looking 16 inch wheels lend the Maruti Ciaz an elegant but youthful stance. The blacked out B-pillar helps, as does the stretched feel for the panels. Check for features & price of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

At the rear, the tail lamps are clearly inspired by the new Honda City, but the Maruti still manages to look more rounded. The rear bumper, like the one at the front, is well styled and lends the Ciaz a hint of aggression. The chrome strip on the boot lid further enhances the sedan’s appeal.

INTERIORS ;

The interiors of the Ciaz are completely new and different from any other Maruti car. The neatly laid out dashboard has a seven-inch touchscreen system. The higher variants get automatic climate control. The steering is shared with other models but it gets a leather wrap as also the gear knob. The top variant gets leather upholstery also. The Ciaz is comes loaded with features like push button start, keyless entry, bluetooth connectivity, navigation, reverse parking camera and sensors.

The Ciaz is not stingy on spacious too. There is good head room and leg room available. The seats are not the best but provide good comfort. It could have done with some more under thigh support. The boot is large and can fit in quite a lot of luggage with ease. This makes it a very practical sedan that can be used for weekend getaways too. The Ciaz S offers all black interiors and even the centre console has grey chrome finish on it.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

While the Ciaz doesn’t get an entirely new motor, it does get a fairly reworked version of Maruti’s own K14 petrol unit found on the Ertiga. The tweaks to the engine focus on improving driveability and maximising fuel economy. To achieve that, Maruti has modified the cylinder head to raise the compression ratio from 10:1 to 11:1 and the revised head design allows for a better tumble of airflow at low speeds. Also, the air inlet track has been lengthened to further improve low-end torque. To counter heating problems and engine-knocking, issues that are typically associated with higher compression motors, long reach spark plugs and a more efficient oil pump have made their way into the motor. Despite all these changes though, peak power and torque figures have pretty much stayed the same.

On the face of it, the petrol version doesn’t come across as enthusiastic since a power output of 91bhp (at 6000rpm) is a pretty ordinary number for a mid-size sedan. However, in-gear timings are good – the Ciaz is pretty responsive and has a nice urgency about town. The engine pulls quite well from

low revs and you don’t have to work the gearbox much; and even when you do, the light clutch and slick shifting ’box (albeit not as nice as the Swift’s) takes away the effort from city driving. But find an open stretch and explore the K14 motor’s powerband, and you soon realise the power delivery is pretty flat. The mid-range isn’t particularly strong; this engine doesn’t like to be spun hard and gets pretty noisy as the tachometer closes in on its modest 6,200rpm redline.

Flat-out performance is fairly decent, with the dash to 100kph taking 12.02 seconds. However, it’s the unenthusiastic way the Ciaz picks up speed that makes you feel that it’s not as quick as the numbers suggest.

SAFETY ;

Maruti doesn’t offer airbags and ABS as standard on the base V variant of the Ciaz but the other three variants are equipped with these safety features. It is the least equipped car when compared to its immediate rivals, the Hyundai Verna and Honda City in terms of safety. The Verna gets ABS standard across all variants while its range topping variant gets 6 airbags. The City comes with both ABS and airbags as standard on all its variants. The Ciaz hasn’t been crash tested yet by the Global NCAP but considering the low weight of the car (despite being the biggest car in segment) compared to the rivals, we believe the structural strength might not be up to the mark. When it comes to after sales service, Maruti is second to none and has the biggest dealership network in the country by a mile.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

Now if you like driving, the Ciaz might not be the car for you. It has a precise steering and you eventually learn how much steering input to dial in but it isn’t great on feedback. It just isn’t in the same league as the Volkswagens and the Skodas. But, if you are looking for a comfortable long distance cruiser, you will like the Ciaz’s easy nature. Good straight line stability and potent braking, is of course an added plus.

The Maruti Ciaz rides well too. It has been setup for comfort over all else and it’s evident in the way the car rides. It’s softly sprung, so at slow speeds and over broken roads, it remains comfortable. However, at higher speeds and particularly over undulating roads and with load, the Maruti Ciaz does tend to wallow.

VERDICT ;

The Ciaz is backed by the large dealer and service network of Maruti Suzuki, looks good, delivers good efficiency numbers and starts at a price tag of Rs 7.73 lakhs. Has an optional AT variant, petrol engine and a number of variants whose prices go all the way up to Rs 10.5 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

In our books, Maruti Suzuki has come a long way than being a manufacturer that’s known for being cost efficient and deliver good fuel efficiency. The company still delivers on those promises and so much more.

If you are looking for a sedan in the sub-10 lakh segment, then the Ciaz is definitely worth a shot.

Volvo S 90 Overview,Price & Transmission

OVERVIEW

Volvo’s S90 saloon is the brand’s follow up to the XC90, an SUV that inspires great interiors, technology, and safety.This saloon is an entirely new car that’s based on the same scalable platform architecture (SPA) which is seen beneath the XC90 and will compete against segment contenders like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. Though it felt right to launch the XC90 at a time when SUV sales are on a high, challenging established brands for a contention in the large luxury saloon space takes a lot of courage and determination.

EXTERIOR AND LOOK

The Volvo S90 comes with a multi-slat grille finished in rich chrome and on either side are the sharp headlamps with the Thor’s Hammer LED DRLs which are shared with the XC90. The front looks very dominating and the road presence is simply unmatched. The side profile is neat and the body line flows along flawlessly. The S90 comes with standard 18-inch alloys. The company also offers larger wheels, some of which look elegant while some look sporty. Moving to the rear, the design seems like a mixed bag. The tail lamps come with a C-shaped design and the boot lid has Volvo written on it. The number plate is placed on the bumper, thus giving the S90 a bit of a different look as compared to other sedans in the same segment. On the whole, the S90 is definitely a looker. While the Mussel Blue shade on our test car makes it look elegant, Volvo also offers a bunch of other colours which are equally premium-looking. For Price details of Volvo check out in Carzprice

CABIN AND SPACE

The Volvo probably has the best interior ever designed for a sedan. The simplicity of design and attention to detail has been carried over from the exterior to the cabin as well. Yes, it shares a lot with the cabin of the XC90 but has its own character. The dash looks like it’s made from a single piece and an aluminium accented line runs the length of the dash. There are ample wood inserts in the cabin that give an already exquisite cabin a richer feel. Even the stitching on the upholstery is of the highest quality and immediately grabs attention. The front seats are the same slim seats as on the XC90 and so is the 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system which can even be used with the gloves on. Then there is the technology and not just cutting edge safety tech but comfort features as well.

The S90 comes with the same slim seats that grace the cabin of the XC90 and are fully adjustable. There is a small lever attached to the lumbar support knob that lets you access the seat settings on the infotainment system. It allows you to set the wing support, squab length and lumbar according to your preferences. The driver’s perch itself is extremely comfortable with great visibility all round. The flat bonnet up front doesn’t interfere with the vision despite you sitting quite low in the car. After you’re done fiddling with your seat you can get on with the HUD or the heads up display which also comes with a number of settings and you can choose what you would prefer it to display for you. In our case I went for map directions and of course speed.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

Volvo’s all-aluminium twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel has already proven itself a willing motor in the XC90 and it feels the same in the S90 despite being in a lower D4 tune. But this aluminium motor doesn’t make the best first impression, as it settles into a gravelly idle. Even on the move you can’t get away from the fact that there is a diesel motor under the hood. It does quieten a bit once on the move though and the healthy 187bhp feels adequate for this 1.8 tonne vehicle. It delivers power in a smooth, linear manner and it has a lot of elasticity too. Thanks to the peak torque of 400Nm, there’s plenty of grunt right from the beginning and it pulls strongly to about 4000rpm post which the power tails off. Thanks to the gear ratios that are closely stacked on the 8-speed auto, the motor never feels out of breath and a tall 8th gear makes it good at cruising too. In Eco mode, the gearbox upshifts as quickly as possible and the car coasts as soon as you go off throttle to save fuel. In Comfort, the car behaves similarly albeit with a slightly better response from the gearbox and the engine. Although you never feel the need for extra grunt in these two modes the gearbox does feel a bit lethargic to downshift as it pauses for a second before deciding which gear to engage. In Dynamic though it becomes much more responsive, but also tends to put the engine in the upper reaches of the rev range, resulting in lot of engine noise.

DRIVING DYNAMICS

The S90 glides over rough sections silently and hint of wallow. Large holes, however, do result in a sharp thunk, especially at the front and it does shudder a bit over particularly bad patches. Unlike in most cars, however, Volvo has judged the dynamic mode really well and even in this mode the ride is comfortable and useable. It’s not hard-edged or bone jarring and in fact, at higher speeds we preferred this setting as body movement is kept well in check and it delivers a flat ride. The S90 is quite adept at shrink-wrapping itself around you as it feels very manoeuvrable and it feels no bigger than an S60 from behind the wheel. The wide 245 section bespoke Pirelli tyres provide good amount of grip. Although the S90 in Dynamic mode corners flat with minimal body roll but it’s not something you will call sporty. The biggest party pooper is the steering which feels numb and devoid of feel, even in ‘Dynamic’ mode. As a result, it’s not a very engaging drive. The brakes though felt spot on with them being linear and the discs providing a sharp bite when in need.

BRAKING AND SAFETY

Safety has been Volvo’s forte right from the inception of the brand, and the Volvo S90 proves it, coming with several avant-garde safety equipment, which include Lane Keeping Aid, Emergency Brake Assist, Seatbelt Pretensioners for all seats, Child Booster Cushion, High strength Boron Steel, Whiplash Protection and Side Impact Protection. For detail review, features and price of Volvo S 90 visit Carzprice

CONCLUSSION

After spending some quality time with the S90 there is one aspect that shines purposefully through. This car will primarily suit backseat babus as this package offers great comfort, supreme build quality, and lots of feel good factorselements. It serves up a diverse sense of style and appeal, and will suit suffice those on the lookout for something that’s safe, not too exciting to drive but has a lavishly appointed cabin with the addition of being a little different from the regulars. We now understand the essence of what this Swedish brand had in mind when crafting the S90. A great effort indeed.

 

Hyundai Creta Price & Transmission

OVERVIEW ;

As the Renault Captur launch is closing in, Hyundai has quietly made a few changes to the Creta. The new French SUV will be up against the Creta. It is stylish, looks premium and is built on the same Duster platform. There will not be diesel automatic in the start though. First is the addition of an all new colour, Earth Brown. This is made available with single and dual tone options. The Red Passion colour does offer the dual-tone roof option. The Pearl Beige colour has been discontinued. There will be a change in the colours on offer. This is a new change on the Hyundai Creta 2017.Moving on to the interiors, the SX+ dual tone variant comes with Luxure Brown interiors. This means addition of black and brown fabric seats with contrast stitching. The steering wheel and even the gear knob get brown stitches on it.

EXTERIOR AND DESIGN ;

There are no significant changes made to the exterior of the SUV however it does get a new SX+ Dual tone trim which offers Piano Black Finish Roof Top & Sporty Black Spoiler. This new dual tone trim will be provided with two body colour combinations in the form of two colour combinations White & Black and Red & Black. This trim also gets a 17-inch diamond cut alloy rims which were only available with SX+ Auto and SX(O) until now.Apart from the changes mentioned above, there are no other changes made to the exterior of the SUV. The SUV is offered with a total of 9 exterior body colour options. For detail review, features and price of Hyundia car models visit Carzprice

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

A long wheelbase of 2590 mm implies an opulent cabin, which translates into good head room, leg room and shoulder room. That said, the front offers impressive space and the rear has ample room, allowing to seat three adults comfortably. A high window line at the rear enables restricted view from the back. The dual-tone dashboard is perfectly styled and appears chic. The central console does not look cluttered. Use of beige and silver accent renders an elegant look to the cabin. The range-topping grade gets a 7-inch touchscreen, just beneath which are climate control buttons. Leather-upholstered seats are exclusively available on the range-topping variants while rest of the trims feature fabric-upholstered seats. Leather covering can be seen on the gear knob in the SX+ automatic variant only. Comfort goodies on offing include adjustable front head rests, keyless entry, power windows, height adjuster for the driver’s seat, adjustable rear seat head restraints, 7-inch infotainment system with steering-mounted controls for audio system and bluetooth, audio-video navigation, and smart key with push button, among few others.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

Hyundai always gives multiple powertrain options on its cars and same is the case with the Creta too. The compact SUV comes with two diesel engines and one petrol unit. Starting with the petrol mill, the 1.6-litre Dual VTVT engine generates 123 PS and 151 Nm, being matched to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The NVH levels on the vehicle are terrific, the petrol motor being barely audible even when you are driving at triple digit speeds, it does get vocal once you get past the mid-range. Low-end performance is where the petrol-powered Creta shines as the mid-range isn’t very strong while the top-end is quite lacking, it’s best to short shift using the smooth shifting gearbox and the light clutch. The ARAI claimed mileage is 15.29 km/l so real world mileage will be lesser.

Diesel is the more popular choice in this segment and Hyundai has 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre oil burners on offer. Both these engines also do duty on the Verna with the smaller diesel belting out 90 PS and 220 Nm. The 1.6 diesel is considerably more powerful with 128 PS and 260 Nm. Both the powerplants are matched to a 6-speed manual gearbox and Hyundai has managed to tune the transmission for butter smooth shifts, aided by a very light clutch. The 1.6 diesel has quite a lot of lag in the low-end so one does have to give it the beans in stop-go traffic as the turbo spools up in all its glory past 1900 RPM. The mid-range is the strong point of the motor while the power fades off quickly post 3800 RPM. When ambling in the city, downshifts are needed to get going quickly.

The 1.6 diesel mill is also matched to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Although a single-clutch unit, it’s very responsive to throttle inputs and there is a tiptronic function on the lever so as to let one take care of shifts. When driven in D mode, performance from the motor is slick with the turbo lag not being very apparent. The 1.6 motor feels more linear in the automatic version but you miss the punchiness of the manual as the latter has the silence before the storm. The engine up shifts at around 4000 RPM and won’t stretch the motor all the way to the 5000 RPM redline which is encountered on the manual. 100 km/hr in sixth gear sees the tacho ticking in a shade above the 2000 RPM mark while the ton comes in third gear. The ARAI mileage for the 1.4 diesel is 21.38 km/l while the 1.6 diesel returns 19.67 km/l in manual guise and 17.01 km/l in automatic avatar.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The Creta also has an absorbent ride. The suspension works silently even on heavily rutted sections of road, and bump absorption too is right up there with some of the best riding cars in its class. It may not ride as flat as the Renault Duster, and there may be a bit more movement of the body over bad roads, but the Hyundai comes close enough. Yes, sharp bumps filter through, and then the suspension does feel a bit fragile, but for the most part, especially at lower speeds, ride quality is excellent and Indian car buyers will like that.

What’s also surprisingly good is the steering of the car. To begin with, it is light and easy to twirl, and what makes it better is the fact that it feels direct, with not as great a sense of vagueness around the straight-ahead as you find in most Hyundai cars. Straight-line stability is good, and the steering weighs up nicely as you speed up too, but that weight does feel a bit artificial. We also found the Creta surprisingly willing to turn into corners. It does roll a bit on its tall suspension and does not grip the road with the confidence of the Renault Duster, but all things considered, the Creta is quite accomplished in corners too, which makes it a good all-rounder.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

The Hyundai Creta is jammed pack with all the possible gadgetry one can possibly ask for in a car of this price range. Touch screen infotainment – Check. GPS navigation – Check. Climate control – Check. Keyless entry with a start stop button – Check. Rear AC vents – Check. Quite simple, the Creta negate the need to go to an aftermarket accessories dealer to fit a bunch of tacky addons that may or may not work in the long term.On the safety front, you also get a set of airbags and more importantly, traction control. And while the latter may not send the hordes into a frenzy, considering most western countries require traction control as a standard fitment, having an extra layer of protection isn’t exactly a bad thing afterall. Get detail features, specs and price of Hyundai Creta in Carzprice

CONCLUSSION ;

Hyundai has recently launched updated Elite i20 and now they have also decided to upgrade their Creta SUV as well. Unfortunately the 2017 model year SUV does not get any mechanical changes under the hood, but it does get a new infotainment system, a whole new trim and along with a new dual tone exterior shade.

 

Toyota Fortuner Price In India & Test Drive

OVERVIEW ;

Last decade, the full-size SUV segment was very popular, there were a multitude of options in the segment and every manufacturer who had presence in this space was enjoying decent sales. And then Toyota decided to launch the Fortuner, overnight sales of all other SUVs came tumbling down as Toyota sold more Fortuners than all other options in the segment combined. That’s how popular the Fortuner has been, averaging around 1000 unit sales a month which is a big feat considering the price of the vehicle. After 7 years of being on sale, Toyota has now launched the second generation Fortuner in India and it seems to have won half its battle with the design itself, or has it?  Get detail features, specs and price of Toyota Fortuner in Carzprice

EXTERIORS AND STYLE ;

The exterior has been designed so that the Fortuner can do both the school run and go off-roading with ease. It has a modern SUV deisgn but it still retains the butch old school ruggedness that is visible in the SUV’s tall stance.

At the front, the SUV gets new bumpers and horizontal headlights. Chrome strips connect the headlamps to the front bumper. The redesigned grille gets two chrome slats between the headlamps. The fog lights also get chrome surround. There is no air intake on the hood that is present in the current Fortuner. The side profile makes sure that the SUV still has its tall and rugged stance. The belt line rises sharply after the rear window and then slopes gently towards the rear of the car. This gives the car a sleek look. The car gets new alloy wheels. The rear is rather simple in design. The Fortuner gets horizontal tail lamps with a thick chrome strip connecting them. The chrome strip has the word ‘Fortuner’ embedded in it.

The next generation Fortuner comes with roof rails, fog lamps, and keyless entry. The top end variant will also get LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights, a power back door and a rear spoiler.

INTERIORS AND COMFORT ;

Inside the cabin, the tall and big exterior feel is retained. The driver seats are power adjustable. All seats in the Fortuner are comfortable except for the second row which could have been better with some more under thigh support. The headroom and legroom for all rows are generous, even the last row seats have decent space around them though the last row would be ideal for kids.No matter how tall and large you are, there is ample space for all passengers in the Fortuner. Another advantage of the seating in Fortuner is all seat at the same level and way above the ground which makes it feel very confident on long journeys and bad patches of roads. Check On Road Price of Toyota cars in Carzprice

This one also gets a new steering wheel which looks premium with leather cladding and pseudo wooden finished vinyls. The new steering wheel is better to handle but then the area on which it loses it the quality of buttons on the steering wheel which feel cheap and also are not properly illuminated in dark.It has a simple instrumental cluster showing the basic information as well as a small screen on top of the music system which given information about the distance to empty, gear engaged, temperature and also the trip distance covered. The dashboard of the Fortuner may not be extravagant but then it serves the purpose and has clean lines over it. The combination of beige and black along with the glossy plastic around the music system look decent. It is very surprising after seeing the dashboard design in Innova and Fortuner which look so decent that why don’t the Etios siblings, which have the weirdest looking dashboard have something like this.

The short and taut Auto transmission stick too has good quality finish and is very smooth to engage across all modes. The automatic variant should also have had paddle shifters to make the drive more exciting but sadly this one just has a simple sift and forget 4 speed stick.There are AC vents for all rows of passengers and the AC motor is very reliable and strong in cooling the cabin uniformly. One big turn off is the music system offered in the Toyota Fortuner, whose performance is way below expectations and does not do any justice to the overall image of this vehicle.With so much of area all over, the storage options in the Fortuner too are very grand. Cup and glass holders can be seen across all the rows and door pockets. A large and useful utility box just underneath the front row armrest is apt for storing miscellaneous articles. The armrest however is not adjustable unlike the one in Mahindra XUV500, which is of greater comfort on long journeys. Trade in Your used car forToyota Fortuner

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

The 2.7-litre petrol of the Toyota Fortuner 2017 has amazing refinement. The engine has decent power. The torque is linear and is a good engine for cruising. This engine is offered with a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission options. It only has a 4×2 variant. This engine is peppy and is a comfortable highway cruiser. One doesn’t needs to pick the diesel unless there is a lot of driving on the cards. The petrol engine will do the job well and it is a lot more affordable also.

The 2.8-litre diesel engine of the Toyota Fortuner 2017 will be the major seller. What is special is its performance. When the turbo kicks at about 1700rpm, there is more than sufficient torque to overtake. One major upgrade is the engine refinement. The cabin insulation and even engine noise has been reduced drastically. The engine feels peppy and has more than sufficient power. This comes with six-speed manual and automatic transmission options. There are 4×2 and 4×4 variants on offer too. The manual version has iMT option too. This helps to match the engine revs improving the smoothness during shifts. All the Fortuners even have two modes, Power and Eco. The iMT being the third on the diesel manual.

SAFETY ;

The electronic package consists of a vehicle stability system for traction control, brake assist, hill assist, downhill assist, 7-airbags, whiplash control seats are among the host of safety feature options available on the new Fortuner. There are bi-xenon projector lights with auto-levelling function as well as puddle lamps on offer.

CONCLUSSION ;

The Toyota Fortuner is one big burly SUV which reinstates what SUVs should be like. It is big, wide, heavy and macho and that is what manufacturers should think about while making SUVs. It has enough grunt to tackle any terrain and coupled with the 4×4 system, the car is almost unstoppable. We simply love this menacing bully of a car, and it has bowled us over with its charm.

 

BMW i8 Test Drive & Price In India

OVERVIEW ;

The BMW i8, India’s first hybrid supercar, is an absolute stunner in looks, performance and the way it drives. Aims to make it an eco-friendly car, and positioned as BMW’s futuristic product, the company uses an all-new LifeDrive platform, organic carbon fibre and organic leather dyes, along with hydro-electric power sourcing. The carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum subframes help the car to maintain a superlight kerb weight and improve efficiency with less fuel consumption.

The i8 is pure German from inside too. Its premium interior design with top-notch materials and blue eco-color represent futuristic fashion. The front seats have enough legroom, though, the rear seats are little congested for tall passengers. The car brims with various entertainment and comfort-enhancing features such as BMW’s latest-generation iDrive system, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a 8.8-inch media system display and more.

EXTERIOR AND DESIGN ;

It has a breathtaking external appearance unlike any other in the automobile segment. It has a precisely crafted aerodynamic body structure with ‘scissor’ doors, which makes it look stunning. This ultra-modern sports car gets all the futuristic cosmetics all over its body, which emphasizes its next-generation appeal. On its front facade, there is a signature kidney bean shaped grille with metallic accents and is outlined in blue. Its also has a sporty dual-tone bonnet featuring scoops and the company’s logo. The headlight cluster looks extremely sleeker with black accents, which gives an intimidating look to the frontage. It is further equipped with ‘U’ shaped LED headlights along with daytime running lights. Like its bonnet, its front bumper also has a dual tone color scheme and it is housed with a pair of air intake sections. The glossy black accents on this bumper gives it a distinctive look to this facet. The side profile is very sleek, but the wheel arches are extremely large that gives it a sporty look. These fenders bear a stylish set of 20 inch lightweight alloy wheels, which are embedded with company’s badge. Coming to its side facet, it has ‘Scissor’ doors featuring wing mirrors, which are garnished with high gloss black accents. These delightful scissor doors are further embodied with handles, which are concealed to give it an unusual stance. The rear section is even sportier than its front or side facets owing to the dynamic wraps all over. Unlike any other conventional sports car, this car comes with a futuristic design with LED taillights, dynamically designed bumper and several other such aspects. The rear windscreen is quite large and it is accompanied by a shark-fin antenna along with LED third brake lights. The rear bumper also has has blue accents and comes with reflectors along with courtesy lamps. The overall look of this sports car is emphasized by the stylish company’s logo, which is embedded below the windscreen.

INTERIOR AND CABIN ;

As with several other exotic sports cars on the market, getting into the BMW i8 requires some practice. Swing the scissor lift door up and out of the way (a cool experience in itself), and you’ll find a wide door sill you’ll have to step over. With that being the case, the generally accepted method involves sitting on the sill and swinging one leg in, then letting your hind quarters slip into the seat followed by the other leg, all while ducking under the bottom edge of the door. Sounds complicated, but once you get the hang of it, the procedure turns out to be no big deal.

After you’re in, you’ll find plenty of headroom complemented by power-operated seats that offer good comfort even during a long day behind the wheel. The stylish design combined with high-quality naturally tanned leather and recycled materials gives the passenger cabin the upscale look you’d expect from an exotic sports car. Since this is a BMW, the instrument display and various center-console controls are meant for an actively engaged driver.The rear seats are really seats in name only; they’re much too cramped for human habitation. Much as in a Porsche 911, it’s better to think of them as an adjunct to the notably small trunk, which itself offers just 5.4 cubic feet of space.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

The BMW i8 is a hybrid car which is a known fact. The batteries sit below the rather large centre tunnel. There are a bunch of modes to choose from – Comfort, Eco, Sport and e-Drive. If you want to drive the car in pure electric mode, e-Drive is the one to pick. On a full charge, BMW claims that the car can go for 36 kms but if you’re driving aggressively, expect that figure to drop by almost half. The car can attain a top speed of 120 km/hr in pure electric mode. Comfort mode is best suited for regular driving. Provided there is enough charge in the battery, the car runs on electric mode up to 60 km/hr post which the petrol motor kicks in. In Eco mode, the engine responds to accelerator inputs in a toned down manner.

The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder unit which produces 228 HP of power and 320 Nm of torque. Mated to the electric motor, the total power output is 357 HP along with 569 Nm of twisting force. Coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the BMW i8 races from 0-100 km/hr in 4.4 seconds which is quick. The i8 gets a 4WD system, however, you don’t get that feeling of going fast that you would generally get in a conventional sports car. The exhaust sound is artificial coming through the rear speakers, but even while you’re standing outside, you notice that the petrol engine does sound good. In 6th gear, 100 km/hr comes up around the 2400 RPM mark.

The BMW i8 has good punch and it responds to throttle inputs instantaneously. It gains pace swiftly and the gearbox also does a good and smooth job. Move the gear lever to the left and you enable Sports mode. The instrument cluster screen now turns into red showing you speedo and tacho meters. In Comfort and Eco modes, the screens shows quite a lot of info related to the batteries and the electric motor. The i8 has a standard 30-litre petrol tank while you do get the option of a larger 42-litre tank. After a lot of spirited driving, the i8 gave a fuel efficiency of 5.7-6.2 km/l on petrol with 27.02 kWh of electric consumption.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The i8’s ride is firm, but no firmer than you’d expect from any sportscar; it firms up some more when set to Sport, as well. With just 117mm of clearance, it is also very low. But the bigger issue is the long 2,800mm wheelbase (as long as a Renault Lodgy’s), which is what really makes crossing tall speed breakers a challenge.With one motor each at the front and the mid-rear, BMW has managed to, as always, nail its perfect 50:50 weight distribution with this car, and it really shines through when you drive it. You truly feel at the centre of it all as you go through corners, and though we didn’t get a chance to do a serious handling test on the long highways outside Jodhpur, we got a good feel for how tight and well balanced this chassis feels. The steering (electrically assisted, of course) is a highlight, feeling not too light, nor too heavy, very quick, and superbly direct. The car corners supremely flat and there’s a huge amount of grip thanks to the effective four-wheel drive. What limits it slightly are the skinny front tyres (215-section on our car, but 195-section on some wheel options), which when you really push hard, will lose their composure and lead to a bit of understeer. However, this is only at the very limit, and most will be able to enjoy the grip and chassis balance without issue. What definitely needs a mention are the brakes, which feel nice and progressive — not what you usually get from regenerative brakes.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

This BMW i8 is capable of cruising along at tremendous speeds. Naturally, you need to handle the vehicle properly. This monstrous vehicle requires a tough braking system. In fact, the BMW i8 Braking and Safety is of the highest order. You have absolute control of the vehicle while attempting to stop at short notice as well. This vehicle comes with the most stable braking system in the world with its corner braking stability. The 8 airbags ensure to protect the occupants of the car in the case of any eventuality. This is one of the few cars that provide acoustic protection to pedestrians as well. The anti-theft alarms and the electric parking brakes are some of the additional BMW i8 features.

CONCLUSSION ;

The BMW i8 is a modern marvel of automotive engineering and design. Its sleek lines and leather-lined interior are its main course, while the gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain is the cherry on top. It’s an excellent first foray into the newly created segment for BMW. Still, the i8 is confused about what it wants to be. Its performance figures technically disqualify it from the supercar category and its 15-mile range and 28 mpg combined rating only make it an average hybrid. Add to that the everyday livability issues of a cramped trunk, tight rear seats, and the wide door sills that require a contortionist’s skills to slide over.

Yet despite its flaws, the BMW i8 is an impressive machine that’s completely worthy of the attention it receives from onlookers. BMW has done a fantastic job making a high-performance hybrid with a serious lust factor that remains fresh after two years on the market. The i8 will definitely go down in history as a high point in the automotive world, not only for its sultry aesthetics, but also for its cutting-edge powertrain and use of space-age materials

 

 

Volkswagen Passat Review,Equipments,Interiors,Specifications & Price In India

OVERVIEW ;

Volkswagen has been expanding its product portfolio in India quite rapidly. Recently, it added the Ameo and Tiguan to its portfolio. The company has now launched the eighth-gen Passat in India. Even though the car was first unveiled in the 2014 at the Paris motor show, it took three years for the company to bring it to India. The delay probably has to do with the face that it’s a low-volume segment. Passat is based on the same platform (MQB) as the Superb. Despite the same underpinnings, the car looks nothing like Superb. The Passat also happens to be the Volkswagen’s most premium offering in yet in India. Volkswagen price in India puts it in direct competition with the cars like Skoda Superb, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord etc. Volkswagen Passat variants on offer include Comfortline and Highline.

EXTERIOR AND STYLE ;

Depending on which way you look at it, you’ll either find the Passat elegantly understated or just ordinary. But either way, it doesn’t really have any bad angles. At the front, the headlights and grille are styled into a single panel running across the width of the car. There isn’t much by way of design flair but the full LED headlights with DRLs at the bottom edge look sharp. And lending a bit of a sporty touch is the lower edge of the bumper that’s tapered inwards; this treatment is given to the sides and rear bumper too. The profile of the Passat is characterised by a strong coupé roofline and a prominent, deep shoulder line. LED tail-lamps complete the rear. On the whole, the Passat looks classy but it lacks any sort of flair or panache.

Things on the inside are in the same vein. The interior colour scheme is dark and is livened by the exquisitely finished wood panel on the dash and doors that brings in a subdued richness. Like the headlight-grille mono panel, the dashboard too has a single panel housing the AC vents, broken in the centre by an analogue clock. The steering wheel is the familiar VW unit from the Polo, while the controls like the HVAC unit, door handles and window switches are from the Jetta and Tiguan.The wood inserts, Nappa leather upholstery and the soft-touch areas on the dash all feel like they belong on a more expensive car. All around, the feel of the cabin, or ‘haptics’ as VW prefers to call it, is simply top-notch and high on quality.

INTERIORS ;

The understated elegance is carried over inside too. The dashboard is flat and simple looking but uses high quality materials to offer a rich, premium feel. The dash is split horizontally across its length by a matte-finished strip of wood, at the centre of which sits an analogue clock. Above the wooden strip are air-conditioning vents which look like the ones on the Audi Q7, with faux vents that connect them from end to end. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is the same as the Tiguan’s and so are the clocks and the Passat offers a familiar feel from behind the wheel. Interiors are finished in black including the leather seats to offer a sporty feel, while the roof is beige-hued and offers a sense of airiness.The Passat is no match for the limousine-like space offered by the Skoda Superb, but there’s plenty of space at the rear and I cannot possibly imagine anyone complaining about lack of legroom. The seats are plush, particularly the rear bench, which also gets a wide arm rest with cup holders.

The Passat’s feature and equipment list is extensive. It gets a 12.3-inch TFT display that integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The infotainment system also offers staggering amounts of information about the car, like the ‘Think Blue Trainer’ we first saw in the Tiguan. It rates your driving style, giving you marks out of 100 depending on how efficiently you drive. The Passat also gets five driving modes, and apart from customising the engine and gearbox responses the modes alter the suspension setup too, a segment first. The new Passat gets semi-auto park assist and a 360 degree view camera too. Then there’s the easy open and close boot – a wave of your foot under it will open the boot, pressing a button will shut it.Boot space is massive at 586 litres, and should you ever feel the need for more space, you can drop the rear seatbacks by pulling the levers placed conveniently in the boot. Both front seats can be adjusted electrically, and the driver’s seat gets memory and massage functions too. Front seats are heated, though we would have preferred cooled seats given that our warm conditions. There’s three-zone climate control on offer as well, but oddly the rear controls only let you adjust the temperature and not the blower speed. On the safety front the Passat gets 9 airbags, while ABS, EBD, ESP are of course part of standard equipment.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

In India, the new Volkswagen Passat gets only 1 engine option which is the very familiar 2.0-litre TDI, 4-cylinder oil-burner, which is thankfully offered in the higher 177 HP and 350 Nm tune, unlike the Tiguan. Mated to this engine is the 6-speed DSG gearbox. The Passat doesn’t really disappoint on the mechanical front. The diesel engine offers good driveability and power is also adequate for the sedan. The engine does sound noisy and the noise is heard inside the cabin too. The Passat is quick to respond to throttle inputs and turbo lag is managed well by the DSG gearbox.

As the revs increase, there is a good wave of torque and the Passat pulls effortlessly and power delivery goes all the way to 5400 RPM. The DSG responds quickly most of the times and downshifts a cog or two swiftly when you mash the throttle, however, I did notice in city driving that sometimes it hesitates before downshifting and that leads to a delay of a couple of seconds along with some jerks. That aside, the Passat feels genuinely good to drive and the diesel motor is pretty efficient too, delivering 10-13 kms to the litre.For quicker shifts and an aggressive driving pattern, you get a Sport mode on the gearbox along with steering-mounted paddle shifters. Along with that, the sedan also gets driving modes like Comfort, Auto and Sport which alter the steering, engine and damper response. Also, the vehicle gets the Think Blue Trainer which is a cool piece of tech that advises you on better driving patterns to maximise the efficiency from the diesel engine.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Confident and comfortable, that’s how the Passat feels like to drive and to be driven around in. Steering it around fast bends, it always surprised with its composure. No doubt the electronic differential lock helps it keep a neat line. The steering, although on the lighter side in all modes other than Sport, gives you the confidence to wriggle through traffic or carve up ghats. In Comfort mode, the Passat will gobble up poor roads, and as it isn’t overly soft, you can use this mode for almost all conditions. Body control remains well in check here too. Sport mode of the DCC firms up the suspension significantly and it is best reserved for smooth highways.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

Being a luxury family sedan, this car deserves some best safety treatments to make the ride of the occupants safe and secure, which Volkswagen did without letting any complain. The automatic LED headlamps come with reflector technology, along with separate daytime running lights, “Leaving Home” and manual “Coming Home”. The car also comes with several other safety features like 3 point front and centre rear seatbelts in with height adjustment and belt tensioner, anti theft alarm system, backup horn, interior monitoring and towing protection, auto dimming interior mirror, automatically heated washer nozzles, curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers including side airbags, dark red tail lamp assemblies in LED technology, Electronic Stability Control, ABS with brake assistant, ASR, EDL, EDTC and trailer stabilization, front windshield wiper with intermittent control and rain sensor and Rest Assist (drowsiness detection).

CONCLUSSION ;

VW describe this car as the quite, confident guy, one who doesn’t show off. And if that appeals to you then the Passat is simply perfect. Its negatives like the audible suspension and engine can be overlooked in the face of its many talents. The Passat is well equipped, spacious, rides well and is adequately powered, and it doesn’t command an unnecessary premium. Trouble, however, is, while it ticks all the right boxes, most people buy cars with their hearts instead of checklists and that’s where the Passat lacks the sense of occasion. Many won’t find it to be exciting; it basically comes down to tuxedos and suits. If you prefer the flair of a tux then look elsewhere, but if it’s the simple elegance of a suit that you like, the Passat is your perfect bet.

Volkswagen Passat Comfortline Ex-showroom Price is   29,99,000/- and On Road Price is   36,49,828/- in Pune. Volkswagen Passat Comfortline comes in 5 colours, namely Tungsten Silver,Harvard Blue,Deep Black,ORYX White,Black Oak Brown.EMI calculator Volkswagen Passat