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Audi A4 Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Audi A4 Overview

The success of Audi cars in India has seen the launch of new sedans meeting the customer desires of luxury and power at amazing costs. The Audi A4 series has been a tremendous success among the lot. The latest edition of Audi A4 is loaded with superior technology equipment, and the interior luxury and comfort have been taken to the next level. The innovative architecture of the interiors with high quality material, spacious and comfortable seating, and sharp featured body design and equipment highlight the luxury and dynamic stance. Audi A4 On road price starts from 44,59,024/-. Check for price details of Audi A4 in CarzPrice.

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Audi A4 Design

Aesthetically you’ll notice that it doesn’t look radically different from the current A4. To the uninitiated it could even be passed as a face-lift. But make no mistake that this is actually a brand new car. The overall familiarity of the design is to keep the identity of the A4 intact, you cannot mistake it for any other car and it looks rather elegant in form. The new DRLs look good and edgy. They flank the 3D grille which is in tune with Audi’s new design philosophy.

The shoulder line is quite prominent and runs all the way from the headlamp to the tail lamps. Speaking of which, the tail lamps are new and redesigned as well and the fluid turn indicators have trickled down to the A4 as well. The car looks bigger than it used to yet weighs 95kg less. It sits on 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels which add a bit of sporty character and the rubber is 225 section Hankook on all four sides.

Audi A4 Cabin

The new Q7 had set a new benchmark for interiors. The same design has flown into the 2017 Audi A4 as well. The air-con vents extend from the centre console to the co-driver’s door. A large screen is placed above and simple AC controls underneath it. There is a gear knob too, which resembles the Q7. The cabin feels plush and spacious. Then there is the MMI system with its bells and whistles. The quality is at par with other Audi products.

New Audi A4 screenNow, the space? The front row was never a problem. It has always had good knee room and head room even for tall passengers. However, the increase in length of the 2017 Audi A4 means there is more room at the back. Now, tall people can sit comfortably even at the back. The space for the rear passengers isn’t just good but even the seats are highly supportive. They are hard and have a good recline, making it comfortable for long distance trips. Only two people can sit at the back, as the central tunnel intrudes into the space. This is just want Mercedes-Benz has done to the C-Class. The boot space too is larger than before on the 2017 Audi A4.

Audi A4 Performance

The last-gen A4’s diesel was the quietest in the class, and the new engine keeps that flag flying high. It’s really quiet at idle, and though there is a mild grumble at low revs and you can hear the engine when you floor the accelerator, it’s never loud or harsh. In average driving, especially engine and overall cabin noise levels remain admirably low. Check for Audi A4 in quisicilia.com  

Performance is really impressive. Sure, its 8.08 second 0-100kph time is well off the BMW 320d M Sport’s launch-control-enabled 7.25 second benchmark figure, but you’ll never feel left wanting for power in the A4. The A4 responds well to even mild taps on the throttle and generally feels peppy and light on its feet. It’s alert at low revs but comes into its element as the engine revs on crossing 2000rpm. The mid-range is strong and if you keep the pedal to the metal, the engine will rev happily to 4700rpm before the electronics step in and upshift automatically. As always, the dual-clutch gearbox is quick in gearshifts and adapts well to your driving style. You can also use the paddle-shifters and the chunky gear lever for manual control of gearshifts.

Audi A4 Rideing

As mentioned, the A4 is available in India in front-wheel drive only. Launch the car hard and you will feel some effects of torque steer and, honestly, it’s not as exciting around the bends as its rivals either. However, you always do get a good feeling of control at the helm and handling is always safe and predictable, which should be enough dynamic prowess for the majority of A4 buyers. You can fine tune the experience to the extent thanks to the four driving modes on offer – Normal, Dynamic, Auto and Individual. Were it up to us, we’d go for the Individual setting and put the steering in Dynamic and engine in Normal.

The compromise brings in the more feel-some steering from the sporty mode while doing away with its mildly jerky low-speed power delivery. The driving modes don’t alter the A4’s suspension characteristics, but the stock setup is rather nice as is. Bump absorption is excellent and the overall ride quality is largely free from that typical firmness we’ve come to expect from European cars. That the suspension does its work quietly is also something that helps maintain the calm in the cabin. If there’s something to bring up, it’s that there is perhaps a bit more up and down movement at triple-digit speeds compared to the petrol engine car. But even so, the A4 diesel feels well damped at all times.

Audi A4 Safety

The Audi A4 features disc brakes with calipers and anti-lock braking system, and electronic stability control program for effective braking and controlling. The Audi A4 specifications for safety include front airbags for the driver and co-passenger, head airbags, and side airbags for the rear seat occupants. The additional safety features include a reversing camera, and parking aid at the front and rear for safe parking of the car.

Audi A4 Price

Audi A4 On-Road Price in India ranges from 44,59,024 to 50,69,270 for variants A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus and A4 35 TDI Technology respectively. Audi A4 is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Audi A4 variants price in India. View offers on Audi Cars from Audi dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Audi A4 Verdict

Recommending the new A4 to anybody so far has always included a caveat about the petrol engine. It’s a good engine, no doubt, but comes across as a bit underwhelming for a luxury car. With this diesel engine, the A4 finally gets the power it always deserved. The diesel engine is strong, refined and, with an ARAI-tested fuel-economy of 18.25kpl, promises to be fuel efficient too. In fact, the diesel engine immediately makes the new A4 feel more complete and elevates it in terms of desirability. Also, with a price tag of Rs 40.2- 43.3 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the A4 35 TDI is competitively priced by class standards. The long wait for the A4 diesel has been worth it.

Datsun GO+ Facelift Review & Test Drive

Datsun Go+ Overview

The Datsun Go+ Anniversary edition has been launched. The Anniversary edition comes with an Ambient Lighting app for mobile phones. A customer can choose a lighting according to the mood, through this app. The car comes with new body graphics and a rear spoiler. The interiors have blue accents. The anniversary edition also gets floor mats, art leather seats, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking sensor, radio and USB connection. There is a rear badging too.

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Commenting on the launch of the Datsun anniversary editions, Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The Datsun brand is winning over more and more customers who are seeking accessible mobility. We are celebrating our three successful years with the launch of special anniversary editions of Go and Go+ and activities around our Datsun model range. Congratulations to the Datsun team for this milestone and special thanks to all our customers across India.”  Datsun Go+ price range in India is between 4,19,246 to 5,70,034, check for detail pricing of Datsun Go+ in Carzprice.

Datsun Go+ Design

Therefore creating an entirely new segment better known as ‘Compact MPV’ the GO+ is basically a stretched version of the GO hatchback that aims to provide more style, more seats, better power and more practicality. What does this all translate into well, let us find out.Adding a third row meant that Go+ has an increased length of 3995 mm with an overall width of 1635mm and height measuring 1490mm. In profile this compact MPV does resemble its sibling ‘Go Hatch’, which in the current scheme of things is not out of the ordinary as many of its competitors have also followed a similar route to keep the product cost effective at the end of the day.

Therefore head-on, the Go+ features Datsun’s trademark “D-cut grille” which is the focal point of the front end followed by elements such as three-dimensional headlights, a sculpted bonnet and a sharp bumper comprising of three air intakes. While the side profile portrays strong shoulder lines that originate from the front to mid – point of the rear doors. The presence of black finish plastic side view mirrors, body coloured door handles and set of plastic hub caps do make it look good.The rear quarter is where most of the changes have taken place. The sloping roofline and bold flick design seamlessly merges into the tailgate making it look more than perfect for a sub-meter MPV. Rest there is a squared off tail gate which provides similar tail lights as the hatch and so is the case with the bumper which pretty straight forward in design.

Datsun Go+ Cabin

There’s not much new to be said once you climb into the cabin as it’s basically a Go hatchback upfront. You are greeted by the dashboard that you’d be familiar with if you’ve been in the first Datsun product. It’s stylish and functional but hardly one with substance. Even the air-con system is basic with a four-speed blower and no option to de-fog or re-circulate. With seating, the front seats are as slim, flat so u tend to slide around. But there’s no seat height adjust, or steering adjust here either. It’s the second row that seems to have witnessed some improvement and it feels like a bit more airy and comfortable place to be in.

However, it’s still as lacking in thigh support. The all important third row, needs to be accessed by folding and flipping the second row seats forward. But the added row is not a space you would want to fit into. There is just no space for adults here. And this applies even for children. The bench is on the floor with absolutely no space to rest your feet and your head (even for those of average height) will knock against the descending roof. What it can be used for, is luggage; it can hold at least three to four large bags here. In fact, with the second and third row folded down, the Go+ has the practicality of a mini estate car. For Datsun GO+ visit quisicilia.com   

Datsun Go+ Performance

The engine on the Datsun GO+ is the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 67bhp of power and 104Nm of peak torque. The power ratings are the same as the GO, but as the weight has been increased by 38kgs, the engine tuning has been changed for better drivability. Lesser insulation makes the engine a tad noisy, but for this price you can’t get anything better. The power produced by the engine is sufficient for city or even highway driving and the Datsun GO+ has the biggest size engine of the lot. This means there is more torque to pull easily in the city, with one of the best acceleration in this segment. There is a lot of vibration at idling.

The five-speed box manual transmission is mounted on the centre console and this makes it easy to shift, as the positioning is very convenient. The GO+ runs a fuel efficiency of about 14-16km/l in the mix of city and highway driving.As the GO+ has a longer body with the same wheelbase, the suspension has been stiffened to avoid it from bottoming out.

Datsun Go+ Rideing

Other things that make driving easy are the well-metered brakes and the light steering. While the sound insulation is still quite poor with plenty of road and tyre noise filtering in, it is definitely a step ahead of the Go hatchback. Also, if you rev the motor to 5000rpm, it starts to sound quite noisy. It rides well too, the suspension has been upgraded to deal with the greater load at the rear, but it is very pliant and absorbent and really silent when going over rough patches and there isn’t too much pitching or nose-bobbing. It does roll when cornered hard though, owing to the high ground clearance, soft springs and lack of anti-roll bars. And the slim tyres don’t offer too much grip either. Book a test drive for Datsun Go+  in Tryaldrive.

Datsun Go+ Safety

Talking about safety, the new MPV is integrated with essential protective aspects like manual central locking system, three point seatbelts and an engine immobilizer that helps to safeguard the car.

Datsun Go+ Price

Datsun Go Plus On-Road Price in India ranges from 4,19,246 to 5,70,034 for variants Go Plus D and Go Plus Remix Limited Edition respectively. Datsun Go Plus is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go Plus variants price in India.

Datsun Go+ verdict

It is certainly a good vehicle to pick up if you need flexibility of space and do not want to spend excess money on a larger MUV. I started using a phablet a week ago and I’m not just used to it, in fact I don’t want to get back to a smaller phone as it has a better battery life. Those who need a large boot or 5+2 seating, the Datsun GO+ will be the most affordable, and with a length under 4 metres, it is compact too. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Just like the smartphones with longer battery life, Datsun too has found a solution for those who need a larger boot or more seats with the GO+. The difference here is that the pricing is still affordable, as the GO+’s pricing will commence somewhere close to INR 5.27 lakhs (on-road, Delhi). The T variant is the best value for money.

Audi Q3 Hatchback First Drive

Audi Q3 Overview

There is no doubt in the fact the Q3 is one of the most preferred compact luxury crossovers of the world. Be it its overall dimension, handling capability or the level of comfort the Q3 has been a crowd favorite. Audi recently introduced the Q2 as well which has been positioned below the Q3 and is an equally interesting vehicle. But coming back to the Q3, Audi introduced the compact Crossover back in 2011 and it went on sale in the Indian market in 2012.

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In a recent image we can watch Audi already started testing what seems to appear like the second generation Q3. Although the test mule that was spotted in heavy camouflage but the reports states that the next generation Crossover appears to be bigger and longer than the current generation Q3. Although not much details are available at this moment but we have tried to gather all the information available at this moment and providing you our first impression of the next generation Q3. View offers on Audi Cars from Audi dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Audi Q3 Exterior

Things haven’t changed drastically in this small lil SUV as it still looks more macho than the Mercedes Benz GLA and definitely more enthusiastic than the BMW X1. Audi has given it a mid life facelift and thus it gets certain modern elements but still maintains its earlier charm.At front, there is a crisper looking three dimensional single frame radiator grille sporting new edges around its shape with a contrasting brushed aluminium finish. The streamlined headlamps intrude this arrangement neatly. The fog lamp pockets too have got a new design except for a small change i.e. they no longer feature fog lamps as the headlight cluster gets LED day time running lamps. The creases and contours on the front make it look wider than before.

To the side, everything remains same as before except for new 5 spoke 17 inch alloy wheels. These wheels maintain the edgy theme and look neat compared to the ones offered earlier. The side skirts get a minor change whereas other features and traits are carried over. The Q3 has always looked more appealing than its rivals because it is not a faux looking SUV with fake muscular additions, instead its overall shape and size is properly scaled down from bigger SUVs like the Q5 and even the Q7.There are sequential turn indicators which illuminate within two-tenths of a second at rear with new LED tail lamps, much like the ones offered in their flagship luxury and sport offerings. The rear bumper gets a new shape with a diffuser and chrome layered twin exhaust pipes. Also, buyers can avail the new Q3 in three brand new shades.

Audi Q3 Interior

The interior too remains largely unchanged and continues with the dual-tone black and beige upholstery with Aluminium Tangent inlays. While we have no complaints with regards to the quality of the materials used, the cabin itself feels dated. In terms of features, the baby Audi gets a panoramic sunroof, cruise control, MMI infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, electrically adjustable front seats, automatic climate control and rear AC vents. What is really surprising is the fact that we’re in 2018 and the Q3 still doesn’t get even a single standard USB port! Both the front and rear seats are comfortable and offer good support. Headroom is generous in the rear seat while the knee room is limited. Having said this, the cabin can accommodate 4 adults as the transmission hump at the rear seat will make the third passenger feel he/she is uninvited. The 460-litres boot is well-shaped and is class leading.

Audi Q3 Engine

Although no details are available about its drivetrain yet but the reports states that the next generation Q3 might borrow the same drivetrain from the second generation Volkswagen Tiguan. The powertrain range will include both three and four cylinder enginesavailable in both petrol and diesel variant. If the reports are right then the Q3 will get a 2.0 Litre 200 Hp turbocharged engine which will be paired to a 6 speed automatic gearbox however there will perhaps be also an option of a S tronic dual clutch gearbox as well.If everything goes according to plan then Audi might also add a completely new plug-un hybrid system as well which promises to offer excellent fuel efficiency. For more info on Audi Q3 check tamc2011.com  

The Audi sprints from 0-100 km/hr in a claimed 7.9 seconds while returning an average fuel efficiency of 11-12 km/l. The ARAI-claimed figure is 15.17 km/l. The vehicle comes with Audi’s Drive Select which offers 4 driving modes – Comfort, Dynamic, Individual and Off-Road mode. The modes alter the driving experience and Dynamic makes the car feel very responsive while in Comfort it drives in a relaxed manner. Off-Road is good in well, off-road conditions and it is a pretty capable car.

Audi Q3 Driving

he German auto giant hasn’t altered the suspension of the Q3 and it rides and handles the same as before. There is nothing to complain about as the ride is very stable and the SUV soaks up almost every undulation on our roads. It is also fun to drive and takes corners in its stride, of course you cannot expect sedan-like handling but considering it’s an SUV, body control is very good. What’s bad is that the steering lacks feedback. It is very light at low speeds though. However, the brakes do a great job of bringing the car to a halt while the grip from the Bridgestone tyres is excellent.

Audi Q3 Safety

Audi Q3 is equipped with plenty of braking and safety features for driving control and passenger protection. The primary braking of the wheels is operated by the Ventilated Disc front and Solid disc rear brakes. Moreover, this luxury compact SUV is also equipped with advanced braking features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electric Braking System (EBS), Traction Control and Electronic Stability Programme.

Furthermore, for the first time, the Q3 compact SUV comes equipped by a Hill Decent Control for additional control while driving on terrain conditions. For passenger care and car security, it also comes loaded with features such as Airbags (Driver frontal airbag, Driver side airbag, Front passenger frontal airbag, Front passenger head airbag, Front passenger side airbag and Rear passenger side airbags), Child proof locks, 3-point inertia-reel seat belts for all seats, Seat belt reminder and Side-on collision protection.

Audi Q3 Cost in Hyderabad

Audi Q3 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 40,34,973 to 50,17,733 for variants Q3 30 TFSI Premium AT FWD and Q3 35 TDI Quattro Technology respectively. Audi Q3 is available in 4 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Audi Q3 variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Audi Q3 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Audi Q3 Conclusion

There are no official words from Audi yet as if when they are planning to launch the next generation Q3 but offcourse it won’t come out in view of the public until next year. You can expect the upcoming Q3 to be lot more styling and in line with the current generation Audi styling while also expect some new things like a new infotainment system and more comfortable seats inside. The drivetrain lineup also looks powerful as well as will focus on fuel efficiency at the same time.

Jeep Compass Review & Test Drive

Jeep Compass Overview

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after a long delay finally made their India debut back in 2016 with two exciting products which included the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee. Both these SUV’s were sold in the Indian market via the CBU route and thus were expensive and well above the reach of many. However, that is all going to change now because Jeep has decided to launch a new SUV which is well within reach of buyers. View offers on Jeep Cars from Jeep dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Jeep has unveiled the Compass SUV in India today, and the good thing is that the compact SUV is made in India product which also means that the new product will also be priced quite aggressively as well. The brands new product will be locally assembled at their Ranjangaon facility in Maharashtra from June onward. The new Jeep Compass replaces the old Compass and Patriot SUV in the International market, and apart from the Indian market, the same SUV is also produced in some other Countries as well. However, the good news is that India will be mother hub for right-hand drive Compass SUV from where it will also be exported to some other right-hand drive markets as well. For all your information the Compass SUV is offered with 17 engine options for different markets of the world.

Jeep Compass Style

Talk about styling, and the Compass surely won’t disappoint. The India-spec Compass SUV borrows its styling cues from the Grand Cherokee SUV. Towards the front profile, the SUV gets Jeep’s signature 7 slat grille. The headlamp unit looks sharp and gets LED daytime running lamps and projector units. The side profile looks little-squared wheel arches. The rear profile too looks sophisticated as well while the chrome lining just below the roof rail which loops around the SUV adds a premium feel to the SUV. The rear profile of the SUV looks impressive as well with the wraparound LED taillamps. The duel tone bumpers towards the front and rear give a big appearance to the SUV.

The Jeep Compass will compete with other C-SUV segment and is based on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade, however, the Compass SUV gets a longer wheelbase and certainly gets Jeep’s offroading DNA.

Jeep Compass Space

Like the exterior, the Compass’ interior is not too extravagant but it isn’t dull either. The dashboard’s design may seem flat at first but if you look closer there’s plenty going on. The trapezoidal center stack, again, is something we have seen in Jeeps previously. In the Compass, it houses a 7-inch display for Jeep’s UConnect infotainment system and further down, there’s a sturdy metal gear knob, terrain control dial and an electronic parking brake. The cabin feels extra premium and also relatively airier with the all-white leather seats although having such a light shade requires constant attention and care – our test car was less than a couple of thousand km old and had a number of scuffs and dirt marks on the seats.  

Build quality and fit and finish of the Compass is quite good but it isn’t without its shortcomings. Other than the tacky gloss black panel surrounding the 7-inch display, there are noticeable dummy buttons on the steering wheel and the indicator stalks feel like they have come from FCA’s cheaper products. Also, the graining on the dash may seem like the hard, scratchy kind but it’s actually made up of soft touch plastics. The latter, along with the supple leather upholstery, lend a quality feel to the cabin. What also raise the comfort quotient in here are the large front seats which offer plenty of under thigh support and good side bolstering. The rear seat, meanwhile, is tailor made for the Indian market – the cushioning is just right and thanks to the high stance, there’s a great deal of headroom, too. Despite the seat base being made longer for the India-spec car, we feel it could do with a little more under thigh support. Nevertheless, the Compass makes for a great buy for even those looking to be driven around.

Jeep Compass Engine

The petrol engine offered on the Jeep Compass is a 1.4-litre MultiAir unit, that has the power of 163 horses along with 250 Nm of twisting force. The engine comes mated to a 7-speed dual dry clutch automatic gearbox. The petrol engine has a very noticeable turbo lag below 2000 RPM and the bottom-end feels quite lacking in terms of punch. However, the turbo boost in the mid-range is very strong which results in a very quick 0-100 km/hr time of 10.91 seconds according to our VBOX tests which makes the petrol Compass pretty quick. There is also a considerable amount of torque steer if you pin the throttle in lower gears. The engine also feels very free-revving all the way to its 6500 RPM redline. However, it isn’t very refined, especially at high revs when it tends to become noisy. 100 km/hr comes up in 3rd gear slightly over 5000 RPM while in 7th gear it hovers around the 2000 RPM mark. Check for Jeep Compass in tamc2011.com 

The DDCT gearbox has been matched well to the engine. However, the gearbox itself is pretty lazy and takes time to react to aggressive throttle inputs. It works well if you intend on driving sedately though. Also, there is no Sport mode on offer and paddle-shifters have also been given a miss, but what you do get is a Manual mode which comes out to be very useful for quick overtakes. The fuel efficiency of the Compass petrol is quite a downer though, as we barely got 5-6 km/l in our city tests and around 9 km/l out on the highways.

Jeep Compass Driving

The Jeep Compass has an excellent ride which is very well-suited for our roads. The ride feels a bit stiff at city speeds but otherwise it is extremely good and no matter what the condition of the road is, the Compass will take it all in its stride and glide over bad terrain confidently. It is also a very good handler with controlled body roll and predictable handling characteristics. The only one complaint we have is with the brakes. The brakes have good bite when you press the pedal gently, but if you tend to slam the brakes hard, the car has a tendency to twitch and the body also loses some composure.

Jeep Compass Safety

In terms of features and safety equipment, the Compass gets dual zone climate control, LED taillights, electrically retractable ORVMs, rear AC vents, a 7-inch infotainment screen with smartphone mirroring and a brilliant sounding 6-speaker audio system. As for safety, Jeep has included hill start assist, 6 airbags (on 4×4 trim), rollover mitigation system, adaptive brake lights and cornering lights.

Jeep Compass Cost in Hyderabad

Jeep Compass On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 17,94,150 to 25,38,237 for variants Compass Sport 1.4 Multi AIR Petrol and Compass Limited 4X4 O 2.0 Diesel respectively. Jeep Compass is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Jeep Compass variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Compass price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Jeep Compass Conclusion

Cars like the Jeep Compass leave us wondering why we do not have soft-roaders in record numbers. Extremely comfortable, versatile and efficient with on-road dynamics similar to a hatchback or a sedan, they make all kinds of sense for a lot of buyers. Jeep has nearly nailed the brief for this segment at the very least with the Compass – not only is their new product spacious and practical, its hugely capable both on-road and off it.Jeep will launch the Compass in the next couple of months, with ex-showroom prices expected to range between Rs 20-25 lakh. At that price range, it will have the Hyundai Tucson to rival and while it’s not as refined or feature-rich as the Hyundai, the Jeep outdoes it in the ride and handling department and dare we say it, it’s better looking as well. A comparison test awaits.

Fiat Linea Hatchback First Drive & Performance

Fiat Linea Overview

Fiat knows very well how to make desirable cars, case in point being the Linea itself. First launched in India in 2009, the Linea hasn’t managed to sell in good numbers owing to poor sales and service offered by its JV partner Tata Motors. Fiat has now gone independent, going the whole mile of setting up its own dealership network with more than 100 outlets across India. This has surely got Fiat in the game and now with the facelifted Linea, the company expects to make a success of its C-segment sedan. Global production of the Linea facelift commenced in April 2012 and it has taken Fiat a whole 23 months to get the car to India. We get behind the wheel of the 2017 Fiat Linea to gauge the changes and if they make a big difference to this Italian sedan. View offers on Fiat Cars from Fiat dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Fiat Linea Exterior

The facelifted Linea looks updated but it still has the same neat and clean proportions which definitely tells you of its classy and premium nature.

Talking about the changes the big grille at the front of the car which was there from the very beginning has been changed and it now has a two slat grille which looks more sober, the air dam too looks bigger and it also has been highlighted with chrome strips which has made the front face of the car more premium. The rest of the front remained same and you will instantly recognize it as the Linea by its huge curved headlamps and a sloping bonnet. You won’t find much of a difference at the side of the car except the noticeable new alloy wheels and side rear view mirrors which gets new turn indicators.

Walk towards the rear and you will notice that the rear bumper has also been adorned with a chrome strip just like its front and a black faux diffuser which has added a tougher look to the car. The number plate now finds its place in the boot lid which is another big change that we noticed at the rear of the car.I already mentioned earlier that the Linea has always been one of the best looking cars that you will find in this segment, now with all these above mentioned changes it has become more matured and looks even more premium and will surely appeal to a large section of crowd.

Fiat Linea Interior

So the Fiat Linea is a beautiful car from outside. The interiors of the 2012 Fiat Linea have been revived too.The 2012 Linea comes with brighter dual tone interiors. The Emotion pack gets the premium leather treatment. It has all the sophistication needed in C+ a luxurious sedan.Part of the new changes in the Dynamic variant is the height adjustable driver seat. The front row seating is comfortable. The beige colored seats are very nicely tailored, though it can be an issue with the kids spilling things on it. The front legroom is good. Everything remains similar as compared to the earlier version except the rear seats, which don’t drop down any longer.Coming to the rear section of the car, the headroom and the legroom are not strong points of it. Taller passengers will have an issue adjusting themselves in the rear seats.The steering wheel on the dynamic is tilt adjustable and also features media and other controls to access the Bluetooth integrated phone feature, which pairs with the phone effortlessly. The instrumental panel is very neat and has the speedometer and the odometer inside chrome rings.

The information display on the instrumental panel shows information about the trip reading, Fuel efficiency, temperature and the distance to empty fuel tank. In addition to this, it also shows the last call made, phonebook and also has a message reader. One can also access the in-car settings by pressing a button underneath the right side of the steering column.The central panel has an integrated music system with 6 speakers. The fit and finish quality is typically Fiat so no complaining on that one. The ebony black grainy dashboard is grand with chrome inserts running across it.

In storage options, the glove box door doubles as the storage area too. Also, in the glove box you will find the peculiarly located USB connectivity option. Then there are 2 glass holders near the transmission stick. The door pockets are just an excuse and won’t hold anything substantial in it. There is a small utility box under the front seat armrest. The rear passengers get a drop down armrest attached to it is pull-out cup holders with some intermediate space. The boot space allotted in the Fiat Linea is a generous 500 litres, sounds good for the weekend trips.

Fiat Linea Transmission

There are no changes to the engines of the Fiat Linea which continue to offer the same output as before. The facelifted model is available only with the 1.3-litre Mulitjet diesel and 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engines. Neither powerplants need any introduction as we all are very familiar with them. The 1.4-litre T-Jet mill outputs 114 PS of peak power at 5000 RPM and 207 Nm of peak torque at 2200 RPM. This turbocharged heart makes the Linea a whole lot of fun to drive and can put an instant smile on your face anytime, all the time. Once you whizz past the turbo lag, you are greeted by a strong mid-range where the Linea simply moves ahead with gusto only to be bogged down past 5500 RPM as the top-end of this mill isn’t very strong. Still city drivability is excellent and the T-Jet motor is among the best petrol engines in its class.

Coming to the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine which outputs 93 PS of power and 209 Nm of torque, you get decent performance although more is expected at this price point. This small capacity diesel motor has a good mid-range punch and once past the turbo lag, you get going quickly. The gearing is on the taller side and you can whizz past 100 km/hr in third gear itself. Our VBOX run shows that 0-100 km/hr takes 16 seconds which is slower than other cars in this segment. Fiat should really have plonked in a bigger motor in the Linea as most cars at this price point output above 100 BHP of power. Both petrol and diesel motor use a 5-speed gearbox and gear shifts aren’t the smoothest around with a hint of rubbery feel. The clutch too has a lot of play but is light. Owing to the heavy weight of the Linea, neither the petrol nor the diesel Linea boast of class leading fuel efficiency figures. Expect 10 km/l in the T-Jet and 14 km/l in the Multijet in real world driving conditions.Check for Fiat Linea in inlnk.in 

Fiat Linea Driving

Fiat hasn’t made any mechanical changes to the Linea so driving dynamics are more or less the same as before. When we first drove the Linea in 2009, we instantly fell in love with it, being thoroughly impressed by its sharp handling characteristics. While Fiat has continued with the hydraulic power steering, the Linea (2012 onwards) hasn’t given the same feel to the driver as before, which is largely because the vehicle has had an increase in ground clearance to 190 mm. This has certainly ruined the sharp dynamics of the car and although it still is quite fun to pilot through a set of corners, it doesn’t give you the same surefooted feel as before.

The steering too lacks the razor sharp precision you would expect from a hydraulic unit but the wide tyres give plenty of grip even while cornering really hard. However high speed stability isn’t as good as before (pre-2012) although the Linea is relatively poised at expressway speeds. Braking performance is good and so is the NVH levels inside the cabin. What is stupendous though is the ride quality, the Linea’s suspension absorbing everything in its path with authority and not transferring any bump to the occupants. The weight of the car can be felt though which is both a good and bad thing.

Fiat Linea Safety

Fiat Linea is blessed with a number of safety features, which make it a reliable option to drive. Advancements like engine immobilizer with rolling code ensure that no outsider slips inside the car without the permission of the driver/occupants. Linea has a special fire prevention system that ensures that all the passengers are safely removed out of the car in case of fire. Other safety features of Linea include double crank prevention system, driver seat belt warning light, ABS and brake assist.Along with a decent output, the Linea is also blessed with a decent braking mechanism. The T-Jet Active version is featured with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which ensures a smooth braking and no skidding even at high speeds. Along with, the proficient suspension system of this car ensures that it remains stable and balanced even in non-favorable driving conditions.

Fiat Linea Cost in New Delhi

Fiat Linea On-Road Price in New Delhi ranges from 8,00,182 to 11,23,571 for variants Linea 1.4L Active Fire and Linea 1.4L T JET Emotion 125 S respectively. Fiat Linea is available in 5 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Fiat Linea variants price in New Delhi. Check for Linea price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Fiat Linea Round Up

The Linea with a more premium and stylish new exterior is definitely a worthy competitor to the other midsized saloons of its class. The powerful Petrol engine is an added advantage which surely keeps it ahead of its competition, with all the equipments list and a new dashboard the Linea interiors too has become classier and will keep the occupants engaged. Priced quite competitively the facelifted Linea is surely a car worth buying

BMW X1 Facelift Review & First Drive

BMW X1 Overview

BMW X1 is a big and powerful looking car that has sturdy build and offers off-road capabilities too. BMW X1 new model released during Auto Expo 2016 is an amazing amalgamation of class and style. It falls in the well above 4-meter category and has amazing features that compare well with its rivals in this price range. This muscular looking SUV has 2670mm of wheelbase that allows it to seat around five passengers comfortably. The design of this SUV looks masculine and the comfort level of this car is on par with other such vehicles in this price category. View offers on BMW Cars from BMW dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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BMW X1 Exterior

The BMW X1 is offered with the signature kidney shaped radiator grille, LED headlamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), cornering lights and adaptive light distribution. The rear LED tail lights have a 3D design. It also has rain sensor and automatic driving lights. The ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) come with an automatic anti-dazzle, parking function and can be electrically adjusted or folded. The twin exhaust tail pipe has a chrome finish. Though it is not a completely new model it does bring in some updates to the design and adds some freshness to the package. In the looks department the bumpers are tweaked and it looks slightly better. The headlights now have new internal detailing and LEDs.

BMW X1 Interior

Stepping into this SUV, you will be surprised at the spaciousness of the BMW X1 Interiors. It can seat at least five able bodied adults comfortably and provides good legroom for all the passengers. BMW X1 specifications include a pleasant color scheme and its well-cushioned adjustable seats with integrated headrests are covered with good quality leather upholstery. The attractive digital instrument cluster on the dashboard features, speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and numerous warning lights. The three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel is covered in premium leather and has the company’s logo etched on its middle. For passenger comfort, it has a powerful fully automatic air conditioner, cup and bottle holders. The luggage compartment has an overall capacity of 420 litres.

BMW X1 Performance

The BMW X1 is available with one engine option, a 1,995cc BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine. It generates 190 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm. The engine has been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.The BMW X1 is offeredwith an 8 speed Steptronic automatic ‘Sport’ transmission with Launch control and paddle shifters. The transmission offers smooth gear changes and the well tuned ratios offer a good balance between fuel efficiency and performance.The BMW X1 comes with a certified mileage of 20.68 kmpl. This fuel efficiency is comparable to its segment. The old X1 was efficient but the new one with the 8-speed gearbox is even better and the diesel engine provides a good range. BMW claims that the car returns a fuel-efficiency of 17.05 km/l

BMW X1 Driving

The powerful 1995cc mill along with the 8-speed transmission gearbox gives the SUV enormous power that allows it to reach its top speed of 219kmph in no time. The pickup is also smooth and it crosses 100kmph from standstill in just 7.6 seconds. For a bump free ride, it has an advanced M Sports suspension system that keeps the car running smoothly even on uneven roads. The ride of the old X1 was a bit crashy and a bit on the hard side but the new X1 takes care of that part as its much better now. The ride over bumps and potholes is much better though it is still not the best riding car in its class. One thing is the lack of refinement as the new X1 feels noisy

BMW X1 Safety

For braking, BMW X1 has powerful ventilated disc brakes for all the tyres with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. In addition, it also include six airbags, three point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters, the cornering brake control, dynamic stability as well as traction control, ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, emergency spare wheel, and side impact protection among a host of others.In terms of safety, BMW X1 comes with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), CBC (Corner Braking Control), ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with brake assist and airbags. It also has an electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor along with side impact protection and runflat tyres with reinforced side walls.

BMW X1 Price in Mumbai

Bmw X1 Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 32,38,432/- (X1 sDrive20d Expedition) to 42,68,589/- (X1 xDrive20d M Sport). Get best offers for Bmw X1 from Bmw Dealers in Mumbai. Check for BMW X1 price in Mumbai at Carzprice

BMW X1 Roud Up

The BMW X1 is a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) according to the company. It is offered with only one engine option, however, it has two drive systems, xDrive and sDrive with three different packages Expedition, xLine and M Sport. The variants of BMW X1 are sDrive20d Expedition, sDrive20d xLine, xDrive20d xLine and xDrive20d M Sport. In terms of safety, the BMW X1 comes with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), CBC (Cornering Brake Control), ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with brake assist and airbags. Key features include an 8 speed Steptronic automatic transmission, Servotronic steering assist, LED headlamps with DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps) and fog lamps.

Skoda Superb Hatchback First Drive & Performance

Skoda Superb Overview

You have to be pretty confident about your product before you decide to call it ‘Superb’, don’t you? Nearly after a decade and a half since we first saw the big Czech, it’s back in an all-new avatar. Its predecessor cemented Skoda’s premium appeal, offering quality, luxury and unparalleled space for the money. The new one promises to be better than ever before. Well, is it? Request a test drive for Superb in Tryaldrive

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Skoda Superb Exterior

The first-generation of the Superb for India had a very gangster like look. It made its presence felt. Then the gangster went on a diet and wore a suit. The new design then was sleek and elegant. Skoda has now dressed the new Superb in an Armani tuxedo. It is the most dabber looking saloon in its segment at the moment. The front grille with the vertical chrome slats and even gets a chrome surround. The daytime running LEDs and indicator lamps are enclosed in the same housing. The fog lamp’s design too is well chiselled. The hood has prominent strakes and the centre forms a slender nose. Another very attractive styling are the intricately detailed headlights, which celebrate the renowned Bohemian glass cutting skills. The bi-xenon headlamps are engraved with a decorative cut to make it look appealing.

The side profile of the new Superb looks a lot more aggressive than before as it has lesser glass area especially at the rear. The glass tapers giving more space for metal and looks like a haunch. Then 17-inch tyres fill the wheel well. The rear again bears some resemblance to the previous-generation Superb, but the tail lamps are elongated horizontally. This makes it look a lot more appealing.

Skoda Superb Interior

The simple yet minimalistic styling continues on the interiors as well. Some of the elements in the centre console look familiar to that of the Octavia though. There is a great feeling of space and airiness once you get inside the cabin and the quality is top notch all around. The layered dashboard gets black on the top with gloss finish in the middle while beige is used at the bottom. There is a thin ambient light running across the dashboard in the middle which looks elegant at night and offers three colours to choose from – white, green and blue. The 3-spoke steering with paddle shifts feels good to hold having contours on either side. The instrument cluster is clear to read and there is an informative MID providing all the information about the car.

The infotainment system comes with a large 6.5 inch touchscreen having very responsive touch feel. It comes with seamless phone connectivity for almost all platforms including MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Canton audio system has 12 speakers including a central speaker and a subwoofer, the audio quality is just amazing for a car in this class. More connectivity options include AUX, USB, SD Card and Bluetooth with SmartLink. Underneath the infotainment is a dual zone climate control system that chills the cabin quickly and also offers front seats ventilation feature. There are 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, driver seat also has memory function.

The rear seat of the new Skoda Superb is a fantastic place to stretch your legs and be at home. There is huge amount of space on offer and even 7 footers won’t complain about it. The legroom has been increased, headroom is decent while the shoulder room has also increased so you can seat three people abreast with ease. There is a dedicated third climate control zone for the rear passengers that adds to the convenience. There are enough storage spaces to keep knick knacks including front arm rest, cup holders, rear armrest with cupholders, cooled glovebox and more. The boot is humongous having 625-litres of space and if you fold the rear seats down it extends to a whopping 1760-litres of space. The boot is electrically operable and there is also a cool gesture to open the boot, just kick below the bumper and it’ll open. Some of the key features include Skoda umbrellas, roll up sun visors for rear windows and windscreen, perforated leather upholstery, adaptive headlights, electromechanical parking brake, park distance control, panoramic sunroof, tyre pressure monitoring, boss controls, etc.

Skoda Superb Gearbox

The Skoda Superb comes with a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine that churns 178bhp of power and 320Nm of torque for six-speed manual and 250Nm for seven-speed DSG. The second option is 2.0-litre that churns 175bhp of power and 350Nm of peak torque. This comes only with a six-speed DSG.The NVH levels are fairly low as there is a lot of insulation inside. The power of this engine is good and there is sufficient power in these engines to drive in city or even on the highway. Overtaking is a breeze. The L&K variants come with paddle shift that make it easy to change gears. The automatics have sport and tip tronic modes too. Then another driving mode to set your steering wheel, throttle response and transmission in Eco, Dynamic, comfort modes with the last being individual, where the driver can decide and change aspects as per requirement.

Skoda Superb Driving

German cars are known for their well engineered ride and handling balance and same is the case here. The Skoda Superb just floats over rough edges and potholes with fantastic damping that keeps away the clunks. There are high profile tyres that further make the ride cushy at low speeds. You don’t feel the stiffness as the India spec Superb is more comfort oriented. You might have to compromise a wee bit in the handling department because of the softer ride, there is a hint of body roll when you push it hard. Otherwise the Superb responds to steering inputs very briskly and is quite agile for its size on the ghat sections. There are some driving modes on offer including Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual. These modes alter steering responsiveness, engine and transmission. The steering feedback is precise in the Sport mode while it is light and easy to manoeuvre in the normal mode for city driving conditions. The Superb is very stable at high speeds and it can munch miles all day with its perfect ride and handling balance.

Skoda Superb Safety

Skoda has done no compromise in terms of safety as you get top notch equipment with the new Superb. The list is long and here it is – 8 airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Hold Control, multi-collision brake, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, traction control system, electronic stability control and more. Skoda after sales service has been controversial in India but according to the carmaker, they have improved a lot in terms of turn around time, spare part costs, customer satisfaction after the launch of the new Octavia. The Czech carmaker says customer satisfaction level has gone up in the recent past and they are working hard to get everything right when it comes to after sales.

Skoda Superb Price in Mumbai

Skoda Superb Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 25,07,039/- (Superb Style 1.8 TSI MT) to 32,39,587/- (Superb L and K 2.0 TDI AT). Get best offers for Skoda Superb from Skoda Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Superb price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Skoda Superb Conclusion

The third-gen Skoda Superb simply approves its old recipe of space, pace and grace. There’s practically nothing to dislike about the car, save for a slightly gruff engine note. There’s enough space for five occupants, and the massive 625-litre boot will swallow their luggage whole as well.More than anything, it is phenomenal value-for-money The plethora of tech is enough to keep a millennial busy, and the engines feel in their element as well. If you have close to Rs 35 lakh to spend on car and are looking at entry-level luxury cars such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA or the Audi A3, we recommend you take a look at the Superb.

Tata Tiago Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Tata Tiago Overview

Tata Tiago is, undoubtedly, one of the best available options in the entry-level hatchback segment. It is based on the company’s new “Impact” design philosophy, which offers a driver-focussed layout with best-in-segment size and proportioned cabin-to-body ratio. The Tiago hatchback is small but agile, and it does tick all the right boxes that make the car so competitive in its segment.What makes this Tata car special is that it is extremely feature-rich, both inside out. After all, not many cars in the segment would offer you the quality, fit & finish and the urban interiors as the Tiago will. Every bit of material inside the car is of high quality. In fact, the moment you get inside, you will find it miles better than the original Indica.The Tata Tiago car is offered in both petrol as well as diesel trims, which opens up to a wide range of customers, unlike some of its competitors that have a petrol engine only. Moreover, a close look at the segment will give you an idea that both the fuel versions, the Tata Tiago diesel or petrol are much more powerful than most of its competing vehicles. Request a test drive for Tata Tiago in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Tata Tiago Exterior

Designers across Tata’s design studios in Pune, UK and Italy have worked on the car’s design and it shows. The styling on the Tiago is expressive and exciting, with the new design language being a strong indicator for products in the future. Coming back to the car, it sports a sculpted look, with sharp creases and bold lines everywhere. Up front is the signature, hexagonal grill that is placed vertically. The TATA logo sitting in the middle is new, as well, sporting a bolder, more prominent look. The smoked-lens headlamps sport a black bezel. It contrasts nicely with the chrome surrounds on the fog-lamps. The trendy looking spats on the spoiler at the back add to the sportiness of the car and also improve aerodynamics. The overall stance of the car indicates agility, with the sharp nose adding a very shark-like feel to it. The car looks very youthful and trendy, turning heads during our short time on the road.

Tata Tiago Interior

Tiago cabin isn’t vastly different to the standard Tiago’s but there are enough cool touches to give it a unique vibe. There’s red stitching on the seats and steering, red surrounds for the air-con vents (it doesn’t look kitsch) and there’s even red lining for the floor carpets. The red details stand out well in the predominantly black tone of the cabin.The drilled pedals don’t look quite as convincing, but you drivers will like how the leather wrapped steering is to hold. It’s just the right amount of meaty. However, more sculpted front seats with better side bolstering would have been nice too.

In every other way, the JTP is identical to the standard Tiago. The dashboard is neatly laid out, rear seat room is good and there’s an ample-sized boot as well. Just wish there was a bit more by way of in-cabin storage, and also adjustable headrests at the rear. And while the 5.0-inch touchscreen is fine, it’s not the largest, slickest or best-equipped today. Also, auto climate control isn’t part of the features list. Dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, steering-mounted audio controls and an 8-speaker sound system are part of the package, however.

Tata Tiago Gearbox

The Tiago comes with diesel as well as a petrol engine option. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.The 1.05 litre diesel engine in the Tiago develops about 69 bhp of power. It also sports the highest torque figures of 140 Nm between 1800-3000 rpm in the segment. The three-cylinder diesel motor is the first of the new-generation motors from the Revotorq family. It gets dual overhead camshafts and central injectors. Tata have worked upon the technical details, optimizing the valve lift and giving it a low-friction crank to ensure optimum fuel efficiency. They have also worked hard on the cost-of-ownership factor, by improving the reliability and the life-cycle of key engine components like the timing belt, the auxiliary belt and the filters used.The 1.2 litre petrol motor develops about 84 bhp and 115 Nm of peak torque at 3500 rpm. It comes with Variable Cam Timing (VCT-i) and a variable oil-pump to improve efficiency. Tata have given this engine a durable chain-drive system, hydraulic lash adjusters and an auto-tensioner to drive down cost of ownership.

Both engines have been tuned for drivability and maximum fuel-efficiency. To aid-this, they get Tata’s signature multi-drive mode – City and Eco. The former is the default mode on, while the Eco mode is switchable. The diesel feels a lot peppier, being eager to drive. Turbo-lag is minimal and there is little hesitation between gears. Thanks to the best-in-class torque and the well-chosen gear ratios, the car tracks stable and true even on the highway. Overtaking is a breeze and one can cruise comfortably at ton-up speeds. The petrol engine is better suited to pottering about in the city. With highway driving requiring the engine to be kept on the boil. Overtaking manoeuvres are best planned in advance and aided hugely by dropping a gear. Drivability is good, though one can feel the torque difference after driving the diesel engine. NVH levels are low on both cars, though road noise did creep in in the petrol. Another thing noticed is the vibrations that creep up through the gear-lever on the petrol. They aren’t as pronounced as they were in the Zest, but they’re present nevertheless.

Tata Tiago Driving

The Tiago is powerful and that is evident by the top speed that it can hit. At full throttle, the car can hit a top speed of up to 150 km/hour and can do the 0-100 km/hour round in just 13 seconds, thanks to the abundant amount of power and torque on offer. The AMT unit is a delight to drive and the conversion is smooth.But the best part is, the Tiago does not let you down on a bad road, as the front wheel is suspended over MacPherson Strut while the rear wheels are done on twist beams. The car also gets the “Creep” function, which makes it move slowly as soon as the brake is released. This helps a lot while you are stuck in traffic at the inclination of a bridge and working with the clutch, brake and accelerator simultaneously becomes a little tricky.

Tata Tiago Safety

In terms of the braking, the Tata Tiago comes with disc brakes on the front wheels and drum units at the rear and this fitting is standard across all the variants. However, only the top-end variants – XZ (both petrol and diesel) and XZA, get the addition of ABS along with EBD and corner stability control. Moreover, dual airbags are added as a standard feature across all the variants, including the base XB trims.Dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, steering-mounted audio controls and an 8-speaker sound system are part of the package, however.

Tata Tiago Price in new Delhi

Tata Tiago Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 3,29,985/- (Tiago Revotron XB) to 5,83,179/- (Tiago Revotorq XZ). Get best offers for Tata Tiago from Tata Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Tiago price in new Delhi at Carzprice

Tata Tiago Verdict

As a product, the Tiago comes out rather strongly in the segment. The styling is a big win as well as the hugely improved interiors. The diesel would be our pick overall between the two cars. It does go up against some well-entrenched competition in the form of the Hyundai i10 Grand and the Maruti Celerio. Our initial feel is that the Tiago twins have what it takes to take the fight to the competition, but pricing is going to be the key here. If Tata have to make a mark in the segment, they will have to undercut the competition on the pricing front.

Nissan Sunny Facelift Review & First Drive

Nissan Sunny Overview

The small car segment in India has continuously been explored and re-explored by manufacturers in the pursuit of having the correct ingredients in their car. While some car makers have found them, others haven’t. But it is the entry level sedan segment that is still to be exploited to its full potential. Nissan has now brought its internationally launched Versa under the Sunny tag to India, in an attempt to make a breakthrough in the segment. Although there are only five cars in the segment, each one has a USP of its own, making it very difficult for a buyer to make his choice. While the Suzuki Swift Dzire is the class leader offering great mileage and a peppy drive with great after sales service, Toyota offers refinement and comfort with its Etios. And let’s not forget the sleekly styled Tata Manza and the highly affordable Mahindra Verito. The question is what does the Sunny have to offer? Is it the segment shaker Nissan wishes it to be?  View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Nissan Sunny Exterior

This is a facelift, so the basic shape of the Sunny is retained. However, the front is where major changes have been wrought, beginning with a new, chromed trapezoid grille and massive boomerang-shaped headlamps. The chrome doesn’t stop at the grille, the new, aggressive bumper is underscored with chrome and the fog lamps also have L-shaped chrome underlining as well. It may get a little too in-your-face for some, but this is not a bad thing, because it is certainly an improvement over the outgoing model’s bland face. The three-quarter panel reveals a new, more angular mirror housing with integrated signals. Nissan hasn’t done a halfway job with these, either: the original signals have disappeared from the fenders. The alloy wheels have a new six split ‘Y’ shaped spokes, but the tyres remain the same size as before. Our test car was shod with JK Vectras instead of the standard Bridgestones it used to be shod with. The roof also exhibits a single change – the long, thin antenna has made way for a rear-mounted shorter, thicker aerial. At the rear, not much has changed. The tail-lamps remain the same, but the rear bumper has changed. The corners get an extra horizontal crease that rises towards the rear. This, coupled with the new matt black underside that cuts into the visible area at the low end of the bumper helps reduce the visual height of the rear more neatly than the previous car’s busy, all-painted triple horizontal creases low down on the bumper. The chrome strip above the number plate on the top-spec variants is now a more complex piece, and under it hides the reversing camera. None of the Sunny’s sheet metal has changed, but it is marginally longer and taller than before. It will also be available with a new paint scheme, a deep metallic purple that appears black until you view it in bright sunlight, when it shows off its true colours. This same paint used to be available on the previous-generation Honda City, and its appeal has not diminished at all with the 2014 Nissan Sunny.

Nissan Sunny Interior

Nissan had updated the Micra last year and that facelift had transformed the interiors of the car drastically. Similar changes now flow into the Sunny, which also gets a new centre console with piano black finishing. The AC controls see minor changes while Nissan has made heavy changes to the dashboard of the car. The instrument cluster gets a new fine vision meter which changes the way the console is lit, the multi-information display now getting white lighting. Lower variants still get a basic cluster. The steering wheel too has been ditched for a new and sportier unit. The new 3-spoke steering feels much better to hold and doesn’t come across as too big, the audio control buttons having a slick feel. The beige and grey interior has been replaced by an all black interior which looks so much better, invoking a sporty feel inside the cabin.

The rest of the Nissan Sunny remains identical. You get a cabin which truly has acres and acres of space, more so for rear passengers who can sit and stretch like they are in a lounge with 636 mm of legroom, easily class leading. Good headroom, decent under-thigh support (a bit lacking for tall passengers at the rear), two reading lights at the rear (there are four cabin lights), a chiller of an AC (with rear fan vents which pull AC air from the front), all play a big role in ensuring the Sunny is among the best cars in its class to be chauffeur driven in, the airy cabin further accentuating the backseat appeal. Our only gripe with the cabin is the doors don’t auto lock. Nissan has given the Sunny Bluetooth connectivity and the 2-DIN audio system with a 5.1-inch screen is new as well. The top variants (XV and XV Premium) also get reverse parking sensors and a reverse camera. The XV Premium variant is available in two optional packs – Safety Pack adds side airbags while Luxury Pack consists of genuine leather seats along with a leather wrapped gear knob.

Nissan Sunny Engine

The Sunny’s 1.5-litre, twin-cam, 16-valve petrol motor (codename: HR15) makes a decent 97bhp and 13.6kgm of torque. Down from 1.6 litres as in other markets, this 1.5 also has only one injector per cylinder, as opposed to two. But because it doesn’t have much mass to move, you will find it performs more than adequately. Its 12.6sec 0-100kph time is no match for a Honda City or a Toyota Etios, but isn’t too far off a VW Vento’s and you can see this in the way it drives. The 1498cc motor’s almost ‘square’ cylinder dimensions work at making part-throttle responses peppy and giving it decent mid-range and top-end power. The best bit about this engine is how well it pulls from low speeds, which makes city driving quite a breeze.

Power delivery is quite linear all the way to the 6500rpm redline, but isn’t as smooth or willing to be revved as, say, a 1.5-litre Honda City motor. It gets quite thrashy past 5000rpm and the Sunny works best when you upshift early and use the engine’s good part-throttle responses and excellent low-rpm performance to get you to speed. It’s easy enough to maintain cruising speeds, and overtaking doesn’t require too much downshifting.

The five-speed manual gearbox has a well-judged set of ratios, but the gearshift feels a bit notchy and there’s a fair bit of transmission whine as well. However, the clutch is light and this takes some effort off the gearshifts.As for fuel efficiency, it sipped a litre to travel 11.5km in the city, and 16.4km on the highway, and that’s better than a Honda City.

Nissan Sunny Driving

The front MacPherson strut and the rear torsion bar suspension set-up works well for the Sunny and is a blessing on the kind of roads found in India. It is very forgiving and can take on any pothole or bump without sending you straight to the first spinal cord clinic en route! This works against the Vettel types who would seem to be all at sea with the car wallowing in the high speed corners but then there is always the 370Z and the GTR for this lot. Excellent ground clearance is another major attribute for our terrain, yes, urban and rural and thanks are also due to the 185/65-R15 tyres (ours was the top-of-the-line offering which has this size rubber while the other two versions make do with 185/70-R14 Bridgestones) for the fine poise and the ride quality. Among the other positive attributes of this big ’un in a very competitive segment poised for take-off is the fine and comfortable driving position with ample all-round visibility coupled to a very light yet precise steering. Both of these make themselves felt and count when gliding through traffic on our city roads despite the obvious girth of the vehicle.

Nissan Sunny Safety

One area where the Sunny scores is its fuel efficiency. The light weight and moderately powerful engines mean that the Sunny is not particularly thirsty. Nissan India claims the diesel Sunny manages 22 km/l in test conditions and the petrol CVT is close to 18 km/l. Of course, real world figures are lower, but oour experience has been that the Sunny really is among the most fuel efficient mid-size sedans in the country.

Nissan Sunny Cost in Mumbai

Nissan Sunny Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 6,97,988/- (Sunny XE Petrol) to 9,50,497/- (Sunny XV Diesel). Get best offers for Nissan Sunny from Nissan Dealers in Mumbai. Check for sunny price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Nissan Sunny Verdict

The Sunny has always been the stepson of the segment, recommended to those who want value rather than features or snob value. No more, not with the features list that is now available with the Sunny. Nissan has gone for a relatively safe strategy and not offered a top-spec petrol (yet), instead preferring to promote the diesel. If Nissan manages to keep the 2014 Sunny within Rs 20,000 of its predecessor, it will make an extremely strong case for itself if you’re looking for an alternative to the segment’s usual picks, the Honda City and Hyundai Verna.

Honda Amaze Facelift Review & Test Drive

Honda Amaze Overview

A few years ago Honda decided to restructure their product portfolio to reach a larger number of customers. The focus changed from premium offerings like the Civic and Accord to smaller cars like the Brio and Amaze. This was a smart move since the volumes lie in the smaller car segment when it comes to India. The Brio, by itself, may not have done too well for the Japanese manufacturer but more than half of Hondas products are based on the same platform. (Amaze, Mobilio and the upcoming Honda BR-V). Indian regulations of excise benefits to sub 4-metre cars and the love for 3 box design has made compact sedans very popular and Honda entered this challenging segment with the launch of the Amaze in 2013. For information on contact details of Honda car dealers in Hyderabad

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Honda Amaze Exteriors

With so many compact sedans out there in the market, what really sets the Honda Amaze apart from the rest is the design. To be more specific, we are talking about proportions which are pretty sedan like contrary to the trend which makes compact cars look rather ungainly. Honda’s ‘Man Maximum Machine Minimum’ principle is clearly highlighted here with abundant space available in the cabin. The compact engine bay has translated into one of the roomiest cabins in the segment. Quality levels are pretty Honda like throughout. With the odometer reading nearly 10,000 kms, there was no rattle or squeak from any part of the car.

Honda Amaze Interiors

The changes thus though not extensive, do give the car a fresher appearance. It’s the changes to the insides that impressed me the most though. This is the area where owners would spend the maximum time and Honda has reworked the cabin well to offer a better in-car experience. The highlight is the new dashboard, which looks more appealing with its two-tone beige and black appearance. Fit-finish levels are high as expected from Honda, and the cabin exudes a more premium feel. On the whole, the new dash looks nice with its thoughtfully executed, clutter-free layout. I wish the infotainment system screen was bigger and colourful instead of monochrome though. The Amaze also gets Bluetooth connectivity now, apart from the AUX and USB. It gets automatic climate control too, with a large display for the air-conditioning unit.

The steering wheel is the same, but its rim uses a thicker, better feeling material which makes it chunkier to hold. The revised clocks look better too, which means the cockpit is a better feeling place now. The Amaze also gets redesigned door trims which give it a more upmarket feel, and do a good job of it. These interiors are the same as the upcoming BR-V, and work well in offering a more

Honda Amaze Performance

Powering the updated Amaze are the same set of engines as before. The diesel is powered by the 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre i-DTEC which produces 100 PS of power at 3600 RPM and 200 Nm torque at 1750 RPM. This motor fares quite well in terms of performance and fuel efficiency but was known to be noisy when compared to the competition. Honda claims they have improved upon the NVH levels with better insulation. This oil burner performs very well in the low and mid range of the rev band which makes it quite practical in most driving situations. Power fades off as you go to the higher end of the rev band. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission which offers decent shifts but isn’t the smoothest shifting box in the segment.

Under the hood of the petrol version is a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC engine producing 88 PS at 6000 RPM and 109 Nm at 4500 RPM. This comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Honda is known for gasoline powertrains and this i-VTEC is quite rev happy and performs very well in the mid and high end of the rev meter. Low end grunt is average as with most petrol engines. This engine loves to be revved and pulls quite cleanly once you give it the beans.

Previously Honda was offering the Amaze with a 5-speed automatic transmission but the Japanese manufacturer has done away with this and has now slotted in a CVT transmission. This makes more sense as the CVT has infinite number of gear ratios making it more practical in most driving situations. We had a short spin in the CVT variant and it was quite easy navigating through peak hour Delhi traffic. However, it gets too noisy as you go higher up the rev band and progress isn’t brisk as you would get in a manual. The CVT version is more fuel efficient than its manual counterpart and produces 90 PS at 6000 RPM and 110 Nm torque at 4800 RPM.

Honda Amaze Driving

When you talk about ride quality, Honda cars usually have a good balance and the Amaze is no different. Honda has set up the suspension for a family car and hence the ride quality is good. The Amaze absorbs most of the craters in the road with ease without making the passengers uncomfortable. With a ground clearance of 165 mm, one would expect the Amaze to bottom out frequently, however this ‘Made for India’ car will truly surprise you. Yes, it did kiss its underbelly on a few occasions but it stayed clear more often than we would have imagined. Handling is predictive and the steering feels quite mannerly at high speeds. The Amaze is certainly not the sharpest car in its class, but it’s one which gives you a healthy dose of fun when driven on the limit.

Honda Amaze Cost in New Delhi

Honda Amaze Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 5,58,619/- (Amaze E MT Petrol) to 8,99,900/- ( Amaze V CVT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Amaze from Honda Dealers in New Delhi. check for Amaze price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Honda Amaze Conclusion

With the launch of new rivals in the compact sedan segment, the Honda Amaze started looking old amongst the fresher lot that come with new styling and latest equipment. However, getting some drastic changes inside out, the Honda Amaze facelift now offers a much more appealing package that can fend off some of its competitors. The heavily revised interiors are a fresh breath of air but the only chink in its armour is the lack of rear parking sensors that are only available as an accessory. The updated front and rear profile get sleek design elements that give it a broader stance and makes the Amaze’s presence felt on the road. Honda has marginally increased the price but it’s worth the extra penny spent.