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Mercedes Benz AMG C43 Class Performance

OVERVIEW ;

Mercedes-Benz India has added one new model to their lineup today and it’s none other than the C43 AMG Coupe. This is their 13th product which is launched in the year 2016 and this new car will be positioned below the existing AMG C63 AMG sedan.The car was first showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor show for the first time and now it is already launched in the Indian market. This new model joined the C-Class family this year and is a part of plan of the auto manufacturer to extend their product portfolio. Although this may not be as powerful as the C63 variant but the C43 AMG carried forward all the AMG genes as well as some GT characteristics as well.The Affalterbach-based development teams had decided to fit the 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine which is paired to the new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission which promises smooth shifts. The coupe with its powerful drivetrain, 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and new and improved chassis technology surely promises to provide high agility and exhilarating dynamics.

DESIGN AND STYLE ;

This is most certainly not a car to buy if you’re interested in being seen. We’ve called the C 63 design subtle and the C 43 is even more so. The face is straight off the standard C-Class, and only the real enthusiasts amongst you will notice that the air dams in the bumper are more flared – not as much as the 63, but more so than the standard car. The bigger giveaway is the small AMG badge nestling in the diamond-style grille that’s also on the CLA but different from the twin-slat design on the C 63 S. What you won’t see upfront are the trademark flared fenders or AMG-style gills. At the side, you’ll notice the sporty 18-inch wheels embracing big and purposeful brakes, but the eye also catches the small ‘biturbo’ badging on the fender, hinting at the firepower under the hood. The rear is finished with small boot-lip spoiler and the signature AMG quad muffler tips. And of course, there’s the AMG badge on the bootlid.

COMFORT AND CABIN ;

Inside the car gets multifunctional flat bottomed steering wheel finished in Black leather and red contrasting top stitching which helps it look good. The dashboard looks premium wrapped in high quality leather. The AMG instrument cluster delivers plenty of relevant information about the car. The instrument cluster consists of two round dials along with a 4.5 inch multifunction colour display along with a Racetimer and 280 km/h scale completed with a chequered flag.

The driver seat too now gets improved lateral support and wrapped with Artico man made leather while there is also option of DINAMICA microfibre upholstery. The safety belts too also gets red coloured contrast stitching as well while the floor mats are finished in Black gets some red edges.

ENGINE AND GEARBOX ;

The Mercedes-AMG C43 gets the 3.0 Litre V6 Twin Turbo unit which is capable of producing about 367 Hp of peak power and 520 NM of torque. The AMG powerplant is easily recognised by the red aluminium insert in the engine cover. The technical advancement which includes a modified power booster has helped the engineers to increase the engine power and torque output as well.

The engine for all your information is paired to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission which sends power to the four wheels of the car via the 4MATIC four wheel drive system. Mercedes claims that they were able to reduce the speed of the shift times of the new transmission system. The quick multiple downshifts helps give the AMG C43 short burst of speed. If we talk about performance then the Coupe is capable of sprinting from 0-100 km/h mark in 4.7 seconds while it has a top speed of 250 km/h mark.

The car further gets the AMG Dynamic select transmission modes as well which consists of “Eco”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus” and “Individual” modes. The Sport Plus mode in particular promises to deliver an impressive hallmark AMG Dynamics. While the engine being part of the BlueDIRECT engine family from Mercedes-Benz is also fuel efficient at the same time because it gets ECO start/stop function and the ’sailing’ function which helps reduce fuel consumption.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The C43 features AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension. Towards the front the coupe gets four-link front axle which gets all the components optimised in terms of rigidity, the rear profile gets multi-link rear axle. All these setup helps the cars overall agility and also improves the dynamics as well. The driver will also benefit from reduced body roll, higher lateral acceleration and better traction. The driver can further select the automatic adjustable damping system’s three suspension modes which includes “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes. The driver also further gets assists of the speed-sensitive sports steering.For stopping the Coupe relies on a internally ventilated compound brake discs, perforated towards the front which has a diameter of 360 mm, while the rear gets 320 mm discs.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

The braking system of C-Class AMG C43 4MATIC features adaptive brake system with anti-lock braking system and brake assist system with servo brake assistance for emergency braking. The safety features offered include front and side airbag for the driver and co-passenger with thorax protection, window airbags for the driver and front passenger, and curtain airbags for the rear seat occupants. The passenger seat occupant detection, Pre-Safe system with reversible belt tensioners, glove compartment with emergency lockable key and electronic immobilizer are featured for safe usage and prevention against theft attempts.

VERDICT ;

Middle ground is a space appreciated by a lot of folks. Not everyone wants extreme performance, but many aspire for more than the ordinary. The C 43 AMG straddles this space well, especially in an age where a C 63 AMG costs over Rs 1.7 crore on-road in Mumbai (Maharashtra takes about 25 per cent of your luxury car’s value, but we’re not quite sure where it’s being spent, but it certainly isn’t on the roads). Similarly, the C 43’s enticing ex-showroom price of Rs 73.6 lakh shoots to Rs 98 lakh on-road in Mumbai. Nevertheless, at this price, you get a sports sedan that is far more luxurious and refined than a CLA 45 AMG but also costs a lot less than a full-on super saloon. It’s not the ultimate driving machine, but on the right road it’s a proper laugh, and aside from the Audi S5 Sportback, there isn’t much else at this price point.

 

Hyundai Eon Facelift First Drive

OVERVIEW ;

Introduced in October 2011, Hyundai’s mini-hatchback challenges Maruti’s ace model in the segment-Alto. While the fluidic design philosophy became a talking point, the hatchback was also considered a bit pricey compared to Alto series. Lacking diesel engine like other models in the segment, Eon is available in petrol and LPG fuel options. Mechanicals include a 800cc and 998cc petrol units mated to a five-speed manual gearbox..  Check Ex Showroom Price of Eon

In its product cycle spanning five years, Hyundai Eon mini-hatchback has undergone subtle additions and is now readying for a makeover likely to come out around festive season this year. Offered with petrol and LPG options, the Eon line-up derives power from a 800cc unit and a 998cc engine just like its arch rival Alto K10. But where it misses out on is the AMT unit making do with a five-speed manual transmission.

EXTERIOR AND STYLE ;

Hyundai Eon is the smallest car to get the company’s fluidic design and the design philosophy shines the best through the car. Eon could be the car with most curves and lines in its segment, or a segment higher for that matter.Heads-on, the Hyundai Eon gets swept back headlamps with a neat chrome strip adorning the Hyundai logo. The hexagonal grille is also a part of the front bumper which is really big and gives a macho look to the front of the Eon.Sculpted bonnet and neatly designed fog lamps are a rarity for the cars in this segment.Come to the side and see the fluidic design flow through the car with beefed up wheel arches, a shoulder line that runs from the headlamps to the tail. Another sculpted line runs the length of the car between the front and rear wheels. Find best offers Eon

The shoulder line scoop upward towards the rear that makes the side profile sportier but rear window visibility is compromised. Even the door handles follow the shoulder line’s path with the rear door handles positioned slightly higher than the front ones.To the rear, the large tail lamps are well designed, following the car’s extroversive character. The rear glass is pretty wide and the rear spoiler is neatly integrated.The rear bumper is pretty meaty but is a size bigger than necessary, also making the boot less accessible by that much. The exhaust pipe is neatly hidden underneath the rear bumper, allowing for a neat layout.The Eon gets 145mm tyres with 12 inch rims for the D-Lite, D-Lite+, and ERA+ variants and 155mm tyres with larger 13 inch rims on Magna+ and Sportz variants. Both are pretty skinny and we recommend an upgrade to 165 or wider tyres for safety.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

Hyundai Eon has very well-thought interior. It is airy and has a cheerful feeling to it. The materials used inside are of very good quality and the finishing of everything is done in a very nice way. Being tall, there is a lot of room inside. The legroom and headroom is ample for four adults and a kid to sit in the vehicle comfortably. Hyundai has used a lot of beige colour to make the car feel premium from the inside. The dashboard has been designed in a curvy and flowing way, and the car feels amazing, especially with the price tag it comes with. Hyundai has tried to keep things very simple and as informative as possible. The instrument panel, for instance, has only three neat pods displaying every information about the vehicle. The steering wheel feels proportionate to the interiors and feels good to hold.

The storage inside the Eon is well managed. On the centre column, the Eon gets a good audio system with premium features. The highlight of interior would be the gear shift indicator that aids the driver in saving a lot of fuel. The small budget car also comes with tilt-steering and front power windows for easy access. The centre console features tiny chrome dipped buttons, which looks snazzy. However, Hyundai could have done a better job on this part. Hyundai Eon has good quality seats and they don’t easily fatigue the occupants. The cabin space, however, is smaller than that of Alto or even Nano. With a boot space of 215 lires, the Hyundai Eon offers a good amount of space for the price it comes at. Even though the Hyundai Eon is an entry-level hatchback in the market, it is equipped with advanced features. The car gets integrated music system with many advanced features, like radio, CD player, AUX-in, ipod connectivity and USB. These features are often missing from most of the expensive cars and Hyundai has done a good job by providing these unexpected features in the vehicle. There is a set-up of four speakers in the car, which plays the sound relatively well. To manage the space in a better way; Hyundai has installed accessories, like rear parcel tray, cup holders and bottle holders around the vehicle. There are also map pockets and floor console storage for additional space. Hyundai has really thought well about the Eon and its space management.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

The Hyundai Eon in India gets a 3-cylinder engine that was developed at Hyundai’s R&D centre in Hyderabad. It’s the same engine as in the i10 with one cylinder removed to reduce displacement. It makes 56PS of max power along with 75Nm of torque which is the best in class. Driveability isn’t great with max torque being generated at a fairly high 4000rpm which means you have to constantly shift down to lower gears. In urban areas you will find yourself using second and third gears constantly and that also keeps the revs high.

At engine speeds above 3000rpm it sounds buzzy and scratchy and the sound only dies out considerably when you shift to higher gears and keep the revs low and that largely happens on the highway. Yet its NVH is within comfortable limits and unless revved hard this engine is a quiet operator. It’s also very similar in feel to the Alto’s 800cc engine, in first gear there is a small flat spot under 1500 rpm that intermittently also shows up in second gear. At times unless revved hard it feels like the engine is dying out even though you’ve engaged first gear and released the clutch. The 5-speed transmission is smooth to operate, however on another car it felt notchy. I guess these are some of the consistency issues that Hyundai will have to sort out. The ratios nonetheless are spaced out quite a bit to provide the best fuel efficiency rather than performance, yet first to third gears sees the Eon gain momentum quickly enough.

PERFORMANCE & EFFICIENCY

With a kerb weight of 725kilos the Eon has a decent 77.24PS per tonne though with the tall ratios don’t expect the Eon to make progress very fast. So 100kmph comes up in a lazy 19.08 seconds by which time you are also inching very close to the quarter mile mark, that’s how much distance it covers to get to 100kmph. The quarter mile then takes another eight tenths of a second. With the strong low and mid range but just noise at the top the Eon feels slow in the roll-ons. Third gear overtaking acceleration is decently fast but shift into fourth or fifth and the 40-100kmph runs feel like an eternity has passed, both runs recording well over 25 seconds. The Eon is quicker than the Alto by a slim margin but at nearly two seconds, a margin it is. That said all of Hyundai’s efforts have been put into fuel efficiency. According to the ARAI figures the Eon returns an overall of 21.1kmpl, on our test cycles however she returned 15.6kmpl in the city and on the highway a brilliant 24.3kmpl but the overall adds up to just 17.75kmpl which is much lesser than what Hyundai claims.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The Eon uses MacPherson struts in front with a torsion beam suspension at the rear. The lower models use 145/80 R12 tubeless tyres while the higher models get 155/70 R13 tubeless tyres. The i10 and even the Santro have good ride quality and the Eon too delivers on this front. The ride is very absorbent and the soft suspension set-up offers good passenger comfort. The ground clearance too is good and this hatch is capable of handling broken roads well. On the highway the hatch is susceptible to cross winds, but having said that, there is no reason for concern and the Eon feels settled enough. Compared to the Alto the Eon rides much better. The steering is light and direct and not completely devoid of feel. Handling is good as well, but hard cornering produces fair amount of body roll.

SAFETY ;

The safety features of the Hyundai Eon include reinforced body structure, front and rear seat belts, child safety rear door locks, engine immobilizer, front fog lamps and driver airbag in one variant (Sportz).

CONCLUSSION ;

The Hyundai Eon has always made for a fine entry-level car but the lack of power did hurt those who were regularly driving over inclined roads or carrying occupants with them. With the boost in power, the Hyundai Eon makes a much stronger case for itself. Sure it is far from polished in the dynamics department and the rear seat lacks much space but when you look at the big picture, you simply can’t deny this car offers you more than your money’s worth, in terms of visuals (exterior and interiors). Only offered in Magna+ trim, the 1.0-litre Eon costs Rs. 34,000/- more than the 0.8-litre version in the same variant. For the extra money you pay, you get drastically better performance which transforms the experience of driving this car significantly.

 

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

Jeep Wrangler Unlimted Overview,Transmission ,Mileage & Price In India

 

 

OVERVIEW

The Jeep models have world-wide recognition as the superior quality off-road vehicles with a perfect blend of luxury and off-road capability. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the latest version of Wrangler, and is available in hardtop and soft top options. The luxurious interiors with versatility, and the advanced technology features of Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control programs, multistage front airbags and side airbags are featured as a standard.

EXTERIORS

This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to come with a rugged body structure and it is expected to be available with both hard and soft top versions. This vehicle looks a bit intimidating owing to its masculine body structure and a lot of rugged styling aspects. The rear end of this vehicle has a distinctive design with tail light cluster, which is powered by LED based brake and reverse lights, turn indicators along with courtesy lamps. The company has embedded variant badging, thick chrome strip and a license plate console on the large tail gate. The body colored bumper is quite sleek and it is fitted with a black cladding for preventing it from damages and it also accompanied by a pair of chrome plated exhaust pipes. The bumper houses a couple of reflectors along with an additional brake light. Its side profile inherits the iconic classy design with precisely molded wheel arches and silver protective molding, which prevents it from any minor damages. Its A and B pillars have been garnished in high gloss black, whereas window sill is in chrome finish. The door handles along with ORVM (outside rear view mirrors) and fenders have been treated in body color, whereas the lower cladding gets a black finish. These external wing mirrors are electrically adjustable and are integrated with LED side turn indicators. The wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a classy set of stylish 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which will offers superior grip on any road conditions. On the other hand, its frontage look quite aggressive with a perforated radiator grille, which is garnished in black color scheme. It is fitted with a lot of horizontal slats and embossed with a prominent company logo at the tip of the bonnet. Its bonnet is flat and complimented by a few character lines. This grille is flanked by round shaped headlight cluster that houses high intensity headlamps along with side turn indicator. Just below this, it has a dual tone bumper and it is accompanied by a silver finished protective cladding along with an under guard for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. This bumper houses a large air intake section for cooling the powerful engine quickly. This air dam is surrounded by a pair of elegantly designed fog lamps that adds to the visibility of driver, especially in bad weather conditions. It is accompanied by a black nudge guard, which protects the vehicle from damages. The windscreen is pretty large and gives a proper view ahead. It is made of toughened laminated glass, which is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. When all these features will put together, the company is going to give one of the best looking vehicle in this segment.

INTERIORS

Push the button on the door knob and open the heavy doors of the Jeep Wrangler, climb in and you will be greeted by a cabin which has good quality and excellent fit and finish levels although some wiring is exposed at the rear. The doors are solid and are held open by old school wired rope (otherwise the door would open 180-degrees). The door unlock/lock buttons are placed on the front doors and they aren’t illuminated at night making it difficult to find them. The door pocket is a different kind, it has a net, a similar net is placed right ahead of the gear lever. Mirrors are big offering good visibility of what’s behind and internal one dims too. The front seat belts are height adjustable as well. No grab handles on the roof but there is a handle right above the glovebox which proudly states “since 1941”, the year when the Willys MB, aka the first Jeep made its debut.The seats and steering get manual adjust and the front seats are quite comfortable offering generous headroom and good under thigh support. The headrest is a bit stiff though and the plastics on the dashboard are very hard. The flat-ish dashboard is very functional. Getting in the rear is a challenge, it’s best for kids and there is little legroom and under thigh support although headroom is good. There is no arm rest at the rear but the massive wheel arch intrudes inside and is a good place to keep your arm. Large window area at the rear gives good visibly but the windows don’t open, not even in butterfly flap style. No front cabin light but there is one in the centre which can also be operated by using the left stalk (the one which operates the headlights) and you can also vary the intensity. The wipers themselves are very good and the washer fluid does a fantastic job of spraying across the front windshield which is likely to get very dirty off-road. The rear wiper works well but the fuel filler lid is complicated to open as it doesn’t open from inside the vehicle but you need to insert a key and turn it (not in a straight forward way).

The Jeep Wrangler is a hardtop convertible and you can remove the roof panels manually to enjoy an open top experience. Removing the roof panel takes some time as 4 switches need to be turned while one screw knob needs to be rotated quite a bit for opening one side of the panel. So once you are in open top mode, you can also open the covers on the bars and use that as a handle. The power window switches are placed on the centre console and there are plenty of storage spaces inside the cabin including a decent sized globe box and space below the centre arm rest. Bottle holders are placed right next to the gear lever and on top of the dashboard, there is a small storage bay. Right below the AC controls is a cigarette lighter, mirror adjustment (heated), hazard switch, headlamp leveller and traction control switches. No parking sensors offered which should come as standard at this price.The boot opens in two parts (door with spare wheel and rear windscreen separately) and the rear seats fold in one piece to yield lots of boot space. The steering wheel has an array of buttons, on the front right are cruise control buttons while on the left are menu buttons to operate the multi-information display on the instrument cluster which has four pods. The tachometer and speedometer (marked in both MPH and KPH) are in the centre and very easily visible on the move. The display shows distance to empty, tyre pressure, timer, compass, mileage, car settings, follow me home headlamps, hill assist (available on the automatic), door open warning, etc. Controls for the audio system are placed behind the steering wheel and the unit offers decent output. 6 speakers are placed on the dashboard and rear roof and the U-connect system doesn’t have Bluetooth audio steaming. The horn button is a bit hard and the sun visors have no light but they do have mirrors.

PERFORMANCE

Powering the Wrangler is the venerable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 It’s been in the Wrangler since 2013 and produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Though it’s not a powerhouse, the V-6 is definitely adequate for pushing the Wrangler around town and up a mountain hillside. It comes mated to two transmission options: the standard six-speed manual and the optional five-speed automatic. While most urbanites will opt for the automatic, the enthusiast set will go with the manual.The Wrangler rides on two solid axels held in place by multi-link suspension systems. Coil springs and monotobe shock absorbers cushion the ride. Non Rubicon models use a Dana 30 front axle combined with a Dana 44 axle out back. Power is always sent rearward, but when the going gets tough, the Command-Trac part-time, two-speed, manually operated transfer case will send power forward to the front differential. A 2.72:1 low-range crawl ratio is plenty fine for most off-road situations. An optional Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential helps provide extra traction in slippery conditions.The off-road oriented Rubicon ups the ante by several degrees. It comes with the stronger Dana 44 axles in both front and rear positions, along with a lower crawl ratio in its Rock-Trac part-time transfer case of 4.0:1. This leverages the beefier BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KO2 tires to their fullest. When things get really sticky, the Rubicon has front and rear electronic locking differentials, making all four wheels turn at the same speed. This eliminates the potential for wheel slippage to send power for the wheel with the least amount of grip.

DRIVING DYNAMICS

Jeep have gone to great lengths in recent years with the Wrangler to make it much more refined on the road, but has it worked? The most resounding answer any tester can offer is “sort of”. It is still nowhere near as good to drive on the tarmac as modern 4×4s, but then again it isn’t a modern car.However, despite having to put up with some drawbacks, overall the Wrangler isn’t too bad to drive. Critics have mentioned the vague steering and excessive body roll in corners which can make the Wrangler feel a little daunting, but grip is decent. The ride is fairly composed considering how much of a utilitarian beast it is.The Wrangler will also take you just about anywhere off road you want to go, and even on seriously rough surfaces the ride still remains acceptable.There are both Manual and Automatic gearbox options available and both are said to perform well. Considering its very boxy shape, the Wrangler does not suffer from excessive wind noise at speed and road noise isn’t excessive.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY

The Wrangler Unlimited comes pretty well loaded too. It gets navigation, heated front seats, all-four power windows, ESP, ABS and two airbags as standard. But what would have made life easy are the parking sensors considering its girth. The retro-styled SUV features handful of safety equipment such as advanced multistage front airbags, electronic roll mitigation, electronic stability control, front passenger seat belt alert, hill start assist, remote keyless entry, sentry key theft deterrent system, sport bar with full padding and traction control.

VERDICT

So the Jeep Wrangler comes across as a car with average on-road dynamics but when you factor in the off-road expertise, you simply can’t fault the vehicle. While a petrol powered Jeep might not have many takers, we feel the Wrangler has everything in it to create a niche and vow off-road enthusiasts who don’t want to live with the compromise of poor reliability and quality in their off-road machines. The Wrangler offers the best of both worlds, it has timeless looks, modern interiors, potent engine and the ability to create its own route. Being a CBU is not going to make pricing competitive but there is nothing which can match the sheer capabilities and desire which the Jeep Wrangler has to offer and that’s enough to seal the deal for those who tread their own path.

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Tata Zest Review,Specifications,Features & Price In India

OVERVIEW ;

Tata Zest comes in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with a total of 9 variants. The variant nomenclature with this sedan is also fresh unlike the several ongoing Tata cars. The four petrol variants are – XE, XM, XMS, and XT, while the five diesel variants are – XE, XM, XMS, XMA, and XT. It comes loaded with as many as 29 best-in-class features and also dimension wise, it is the largest and the most spacious.Tata has installed an AMT gearbox with the diesel variant of this sedan which makes it the country’s cheapest diesel automatic sedan. It is also the first vehicle to be wheeled out of Tata factory in accordance with company’s latest ‘DesigNext, DriveNext, ConnectNext’ philosophy. The Zest is being assembled locally at the company’s Pimpri and Ranjangaon plant in Pune.

EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;

There is a new look about the Zest, yes, but there is also a little that remains from the Indigo CS. However, everything except the silhouette is new about the Zest. There’s a new grille that has taken inspiration from the old Indica grille, but is now a snazzy honeycomb design with a bolder logo on it. It is flanked by the headlamps, which remain a dual-barrel design but the top-spec versions now get a projector low beam with a corona ring. The fog lamps are housed in the new bumper that has a trapezoidal black center.

The Revotron gets LED daytime running lamps, while the diesel auto we had sported a chrome accent under the fog lamp. The hood now has a ‘power bump’, which helps the sporty intentions. From the front three-quarter, the shoulder lines are what grab your attention. Never before has Tata made a car this aggressive in the bodywork, and it is a pleasant change. The wheel arches are flared a little, and this time they are adequately filled out by the 15-inch alloy wheels shod with 185/60 tyres. The fenders don’t have indicators on them any more, they have been relocated to the mirrors, and the bottom of the window line gets a subtle chrome strip.

The diesel gets a multispoke design reminiscent of the Manza’s wheels, and the petrol, a new eight-spoke layout. There is no diamond-cut finish here, and the Zest doesn’t really need it, either. As with any other sub-four metre sedan, at the rear is where the proportions are odd, but the Zest does a fair job of hiding the height of the rear by breaking it up into the bumper with a matt black lower section that mirrors the front bumper, a bootlid with a numberplate and a generous chrome strip above it that links the tail lamps and a subtle lip on the top of the boot lid. The tail lamps are horizontal and wrap around the car’s corners a fair bit. The top-spec variants we drove even had LEDs with light guides on the top, linked to turning the headlamps on.

Overall, the Zest is a leap forward for Tata design, without making a clean break from the past. It is the right step forward and will definitely have heads turn, especially when they realise it is a Tata.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

Unlike earlier, the designers at Tata Motors this time seem to have really worked hard when it comes to the interiors. The reason why we say this is that, the cabin is definitely up market when it comes to the embellishments provided on board that are superior than some of its competitors within the segment. The most important improvement here is the quality of plastics which has been an issue with almost each and every Tata vehicle in the past. Therefore once inside, the enhanced quality does across in a very strong way. Perfect blend of black and beige interiors give one the sense of roominess. The presence of a three spoke steering wheel with steering mounted controls is a welcome addition as it not only looks good but is firm to grip while driving. A newly designed instrument cluster with chrome surrounds brings to light two analogue dials – RPM and speedometer along with a digital display placed right in the centre providing information such as average fuel economy, trip metre and instant consumption of fuel at any given time.

A newly designed instrument cluster with chrome surrounds brings to light two analogue dials – RPM and speedometer along with a digital display placed right in the centre providing information such as average fuel economy, trip metre and instant consumption of fuel at any given time. While the fuel and temperature gauge are individually represented in two different analogue dials as seen in the image. To the left, is the company’s ConnectNext Infotainment system which has been developed with the help of HARMAN (world renowned audio system expert) keeping the ‘Zest’ as the focus. Featuring a 5 inch touch screen display, this system caters to advanced Bluetooth technology that enables smart phone integration. It features a total of 8 speakers split into 4 speakers and 4 tweeters which keeps one entertained with excellent audio quality. There is also a smart voice recognition which enables the user to give commands especially in regards to SMS notifications and read outs making life simpler for people like you and me who need to operate their smart phones on a regular basis while being behind the wheel. Other features such as Aux-In and a USB port also find their way into the cabin thereby enriching the overall cabin experience.

Seating both in the front and rear is pretty comfortable however its lacks under thigh support especially for those who are a bit tall. There is decent of amount of shoulder and leg room in both rows with the rear one falling short on head room due to its sloping roof line which is a bit of an issue for tall individuals. Rest active and passive safety features on board include elements such as driver and front passenger airbags, central locking, rear parking assist, burglar alarm, immobilizer to name a few.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

Now here comes the most important part of any car, the engine details. Luckily the Tata Zest is available with both Diesel and petrol engine options.

The petrol unit powers the Zest compact sedan is the new Revotron 1.2 L Turbocharged MPFi engine unit which comes equipped with multi-drive mode for better throttle response, this engine is capable enough to produce 90 Ps of peak power at 5000 rpm and 140 NM of torque between 1750-3500 RPM. While the Diesel mill that will power the Zest compact saloon is the same Qudrajet 1.3-litre Multijet unit which is available in two staes of tune one producing 90 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque in between 1750 and 3000 rpm while the other produces 73.94 bhp of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm of torque between 1,750 3,000 rpm.

This Diesel engine unit is also used in other Tata products as well and features a variable-geometry turbo (VGT) which helps in producing more power. Tata has already launched the F-Tronic technology-enabled, 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), with both Automatic and Sequential mode of gear-shifting with the diesel variants however it is only available with the top end 1.3L XMA trim beside the standard 5 speed manual gearbox.

Although the Tata Zest engines looks new and exciting but somehow both of them produces less power than its rivals the Swift Dzire and the Amaze which also stays ahead of the race with its fuel efficient petrol and powerful diesel mill. Talking about fuel efficiency figures the 1.2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged MPFI SOHC engine will return ARAI claimed 17.6 km to liter while the diesel engine will return ARAI claimed 23 km to a liter.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

This Tata car rides well and handles great. The Zest impressed us completely with its amazing handling potential. It has a taller ground clearance but at the same time the roof line flows at a lower height bring down air resistance. Introduced in the Nano, EPAS (Electronic Power Assisted System), with speed sensitivity along with a segment first feature of Corner Braking stability makes the Zest handles corners confidently.

All the earlier issues of steering losing grip and wobbling on high speeds has completely gone. During out test drive in Goa, it was raining heavily but the ride quality of Zest held the wet roads firmly. The 185/60 R15 tyres have great traction. Even on rough patches, the suspensions refused to give up doing its best to keep the disturbance felt at the lowest level possible. It is evident that the team at Tata Motors has worked really hard to make sure the Zest delivers on points where Tata cars have been highly criticized for like ride and handling, in cabin noise insulation, gear shifts and steering response.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

The Tata’s compact sedan doesn’t just deliver impressive mileage; it also ensures a safe drive. The car comes equipped with a plenty of safety features such as front dual airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) + EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), perimetric alarm system, front seat belt pre-tensioner with load limiter, front and rear fog lamps, immobilizer and speed dependent auto door lock system. Though, one must note that the aforementioned features vary variant-wise. The front disc brakes and rear drum brakes provide adequate stopping power. ABS (anti-lock braking system) and EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) further enhance its braking capabilities, though the pedal brake could have been slightly more responsive

CONCLUSSION ;

Even a short drive in the new Tata Zest will make you forget everything about the old Indica Vista, so effective are the improvements. The design is a definite step forward and when viewed from certain angles, the car looks genuinely good. The real changes are in the engineering. The ride and handling mix is just spot on, and it’s even fun to chuck around corners. The petrol engine doesn’t quite live up to all the hype Tata put behind it, but in isolation, is very smooth and driveable, and packs adequate punch too. The AMT diesel comes with the compromises typical of this type of gearbox, but for most people in everyday driving, the price, fuel economy and immense convenience factor should outweigh the small foibles. You’ll also have little reason to complain sitting inside, apart from the lack of cabin stowage, and the top-spec car is really well kitted out too.With the Zest, Tata Motors is taking on a hugely competitive segment dominated by three of the country’s biggest carmakers. It does have a trump card up its sleeve with the diesel auto, however, and this alone should have buyers flocking to showrooms. Tata was the company that started this segment in the first place, remember, and if it prices the Zest as competitively as it historically has its other cars, this could be the car that puts Tata back in the game.

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Volkswagen Polo Review,Specifications,Features & Price In India

OVERVIEW ;

Volkswagen has added a limited edition variant to Polo’s line-up christened Polo AllStar priced at Rs 7.51 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Available on the Highline variant, it gets cosmetic upgrades and additional equipment. Additionally, it also comes in a new paint option-Silk Blue colour. Features including 15-inch diamond cut multi-spoke alloy wheels, AllStar badging on the B-pillars, scuff plates adorn exterior. Inside, it arms rear AC vents, adjustable driver side arm-rest, aluminium finished pedals, new upholstery and striping in the centre. Under the skin, it continues to draw power from the 1.2 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engines from the standard version.

Polo has received a couple of revisions in its itinerary so far, but the most recent facelift involved subtle cosmetic touch ups and a downsized diesel engine displacing 1498cc. Styling has never been a problem with Polo, it has in fact matured with time keeping up with the rivals in the segment. Alterations made to the mechanical build up include a changed suspension enabling a better run on erratic roads. Pricing is on a higher side but with this assortment of features, performance and handling, Polo’s price justifies its worth

DESIGN AND STYLE ‘

Few people would deny that this is one of the most modern looking and stylish hatchbacks in the market. The styling is sporty, but understated and mature at the same time. It’s a balance that none of its rivals have struck so far.With a length of 3,971mm, width of 1,682mm and height of 1,469mm, the Polo is just the right size for an urban hatchback.The Polo’s design is clean with a nearly flat shoulder line, a few chiseled touches along the body panels and gently beefed up wheel archesAt the front, the slim grille has been given touches of silver, while the large VW brand emblem rests at the centre of it. Flanking this on either side, the sharp headlamp clusters add to the aggressive image of the front.

A thin chrome garnish runs across the top of the air dam, adding a subtle premium touch.The bonnet gets two creases down its length to add an aggressive touch. These creases seem to begin where the A-pillars end.Arguably, the Polo is best viewed from the side. The design is lean and the windowline kink creates a swooping effect that leads to the front.We’re happy to note that 15-inch ‘Estrada’ alloy wheels have been well-designed and you won’t feel the need to change them.The Polo looks rather cute at the rear thanks to the square tail lights. The Germans have been obsessive in their need for cleanliness in design and apart from the minimalist badging, the VW logo itself has been utilized to double up as a lever for the tailgate.

COMFORT AND CABIN ;

Step inside and for someone who has driven the outgoing model, it all looks familiar. The dashboard layout is the same, but the dual-tone beige and non-reflective black colour combination is new. The new desert beige upholstery is bright and spices up the interior. The Golf-style flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel looks like it belongs to an expensive car and is excellent to hold. The steering wheel gets buttons that control the audio system and the multi-information display. The MID controls on the steering wheel allows you to keep your hands on it all the time as its placement earlier was on the column stalk and the button was fidgety to use. The instrument cluster retains the two large dials with tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right. In between lurks the change – the multi-information display gets easy-to-read white fonts and the new function which shows the maximum speed is 250kmph, which we found a bit cheesy. The centre console and steering wheel boss get brushed aluminium surrounds adding to the premium look. Every bit inside the Polo you touch exudes quality, when it comes to the interior fit, finish and quality the Polo is right up there. Everything seems to be well put together and the interior is the best-in-class.

The integrated audio system is compatible with USB, AUX-in, SD card, can pair with your Bluetooth devices and play your CDs too. The sound quality is decent and one won’t be disappointed with this system. It can take voice commands and the call quality with the phone paired to the audio system is good.

The front driver’s seat with height adjustment and the telescopic steering wheel makes it easy to find an ideal driving position. The seats are supportive and are comfortable over long drives. We cribbed about the lack of sufficient lumbar support in the outgoing model which seems to have been fixed, but it can be better. The rear seat remains a weakness of the Polo. It hasn’t changed a single bit, the new specification sheet reads the Polo has a wheelbase longer by about 13mm, which aids the legroom getting a minor improvement complemented by the scooped out front seats. Seating three abreast is a task and the headroom is not the best-in-class, the Swift in comparison has a higher set rear seat and feels a little more comfortable than the Polo. The Polo boasts the largest boot capacity in the class at 294litre followed by the Hyundai Elite i20 at 280litre.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

VW’s turbocharged 94bhp 1.0-litre engine deserves to be the range pick. Although that doesn’t sound like much power, it easily handles town work, pulling strongly from low revs and willingly revving when you need a turning of speed to dart through traffic. Head out onto faster roads and you’ll need to work it harder, but it never feels out of its depth.

There’s a further turbocharged petrol with more power, as well as two non-turbo 1.0-litres below them, but we have yet to try any of those at this very early stage. For those who want more punch, a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol is available (which you’ll also find in the Volkswagen Golf) and a 2.0-litre turbo is exclusive to the range-topping hot hatch GTI coming in 2018 – although we haven’t driven these, either.

Of the two 1.6-litre four cylinder diesels on offer, we’ve experienced the lesser 79bhp version (a more powerful 94bhp is available, too). We’d avoid this and stick with the turbocharged 1.0 petrol, because the diesel feels extremely flat at low revs and, even when pushed hard, it feels pedestrian in terms of performance in and out of town.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The ride is firm, typical to a Euro-spec car and I couldn’t find any potholes in Germany to comment on how good or bad it can get on the broken roads. But over a few ruts and joints, the suspension seemed pretty silent. The braking is sharper than the outgoing Polo and has a progressive and predictive feel to it. The steering setup has improved as well and weighs up well even at autobahn speeds. I’m guessing the new Polo has the same level of confidence around the twisties too.We will find that out when we have a longer drive in the supermini. I’m not sure when or where that will be, just the way Volkswagen isn’t sure if and when the new Polo will come to India. The MQB platform that gives the new Polo its matured drivetrain and handling, also comes at a price that has Volkswagen India worried. But I hope they crack the problem soon, for the new Polo promises to be a cracker of a supermini that seems poised to surpass benchmarks set by its predecessor.

SAFETY ;

2016 Volkswagen Cross Polo comes with safety features like dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), central locking, seatbelt warning, crash sensor, power door lock, child lock, front and side impact beam, engine immobilizer etc.

BOTTOMLINE ;

Polo is better to drive solo, not that it is any bad with full load of passengers, but the new racy engine and lower stance will provoke you to pull off mean driving skills that would throw back seat occupants from side to side. At price bracket of Rs. 6.27 – 7.37 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), VW Polo 1.5 TDI is definitely worth the buy. Wait for Polo GT TDI till September if you’re hunger for power doesn’t stop here. Comprehensive review coming soon.Head to technical specifications, full list of features in each variant, mileage and price list of new Polo here.

Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Trendline Petrol Ex-showroom Price is   5,40,391/- and On Road Price is   5,84,733/- in New Delhi. Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Trendline Petrol comes in 5 colours, namely Flash Red,Reflex Silver,Copper Orange,Carbon Steel,Candy White.Test drive for Volkswagen Polo.

Ford Ecosport First Drive,Review & Price in India

OVERVIEW ;

It all began when Renault launched the Duster in India. A completely new segment was created and it took the market by storm. The Duster, a nice and practical compact SUV turned out to be a runaway success and why not, it offered a lot for the price, right? Well, the answer to that question was delivered by Ford who launched the EcoSport which offered a bit more than the Duster and at a price which was a bit lesser. The EcoSport also became quite a success story until other compact SUVs started to flood the market. In a bid to generate more sales and of course to freshen up the product range, the American automaker has given a mid-life update to the baby SUV and here’s how it fares.

DESIGN AND STYLING ;

High-strength boron steel has been used in the EcoSport’s body-in-white to add torsional rigidity and improve the car’s occupant protection in the event of a crash or rollover — specifically in the door frames. A similar application of the material was applied to the related B-Max MPV to compensate for the absence of fixed B-pillars. The car is also Ford’s first ever to be developed entirely in South America. Its front strut, rear twist beam suspension configuration has been retuned for European tastes, as has its electro-mechanical power steering. Much of it, though, is already familiar. Like the Fiesta and the B-Max (and virtually every other small car), the EcoSport wears its dinky engines in the nose, where they exclusively drive the front wheels. Those wheels meet the ground courtesy of MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam to the rear, and they are stopped by front discs and rear drums. Trim levels comprise Titanium and Titanium X. You get a decent amount of kit in Titanium models, including climate control, a CD player with aux-in and USB connections, keyless entry and start, a cooled glove box, electric windows and front fog lights. Upgrading to Titanium X adds leather trim, 17-inch alloys, an auto-dimming rear view mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic lights and cruise control. Arguably less likely to provoke ardour is the look of the thing. There’s nowhere to go with a baby crossover other than up, so it was inevitable that the EcoSport would be short and tall, but the bluff front end – splattered in lip gloss and shaped like a dust mask – is a feature that might take a lifetime to grow on you. Likewise, the side-opening rear door and the covered spare wheel attached to it

CABIN ;

The interior of the EcoSport has Ford’s signature details in many places. The centre stack is particularly familiar. The chunky steering wheel and the centre stack have largely been borrowed from the new Fiesta. The seats are comfy and sport contrast stitched faux leather, with horizontal support squabs. The bug-eyed dials are another novel touch. The trim level that I was driving was the Titanium with the optional additions and the engine was the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with a manual gearbox. The interior has a certain feel of premiumness in terms of fit and finish quality, but the material quality is only about the same as that of the other vehicles in the sub-Rs.10 lakhs segment. The variant I was driving had six airbags, but I’m guessing that there will be lower trim variants without as many. But the side curtain airbags in the car apparently are the reason why there are no grab handles on the roof for the passengers. The seat position is nicely raised and you do get a commanding view of the road, but the thick base of the A-pillar does increase the blind spot on either side. The small quarter glass doesn’t manage to offer much in terms of improved visibility. Storage options abound and the rear 60:40 split bench seat can also be folded and flipped forward for increasing the boot space. And because the spare wheel is mounted on the hatch door, the loading height is lower in the boot. There is enough legroom at the rear. But even though the EcoSport’s overall width is more than the new Fiesta’s, the chunky door design tends to take up some of the lateral space. So, the rear bench will be a squeeze for three adults. The hatch door handle has been neatly integrated into the tail-lamp at the left, with the handle itself looking like a part of the lamp’s combination. The hatch door is hinged on its side to the left. It is said to have been strengthened and tested extensively. But my test vehicle did come up with a few rattles and squeaks towards the end of the test drive. The rear glass is quite narrow thanks to the design and the need for retaining space for the spare wheel on the hatch. So visibility is a bit restricted. But you do get parking assistance. The EcoSport is also said to be capable of wading through 550mm of water, just right for the flooded streets in our cities during monsoon.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

; Now known to all, the EcoSport would be available in three engine trims which include 1.5L petrol and diesel engines along with the 1L EcoBoost engine. Since 1.5L is the clear winner in popularity as the Duster and Quanto too have it, we expected our test car to have the same. All hopes went flying by the window as we realized it’s plonked with the 1L EcoBoost engine. A night earlier to the drive, we were given a comprehensive and detailed explanation about the 1.0L EcoBoost engine and its perks. The company claims that this small engine which can fit on an A4 size paper and can be carried in a small suitcase equals 1.6 L petrol engines in performance. Call me orthodox but then this was difficult for me to believe it as I belong to the old school thought where strength of a vehicle is designated by the “CCs” it displace The EcoBoost engine breaks all such myths and brings a lot on the table. This one is the smallest engine in its class and Ford’s first three cylinder engine in the country. It produces a power output of 125PS and a peak torque of 170Nm. The company claims that the EcoBoost offers 8% more power than a 1.6L diesel engine and 7% more torque than a 1.6L petrol engine. To negate the demerits of a conventional 3 cylinder engine, Ford has intentionally unbalanced the pulley and flywheel with counteracting weights to act against the shaking forces of the engine and drive the energy in a less sensitive direction. The engine mounts uses also use the same theme. All about the EcoBoost engine seems fantastic on paper but then how does it react in real time conditions? This engine is not a fun engine to begin with. The drag in its performance is evident. In the initial rpms, the car just refuses to pull. The pull felt on the engine however decreases as it climbs higher rpms. Till 2500 rpm, it acts a commuter but post that it begins to get more active and responsive. Unlike in the Duster where you get a sweet noise of the turbocharger spooling, in the EcoSport it is more of the three cylinders scream which is not disappointing. The torque curve becomes a plateau post 1500rpm and it goes all the way till 4500 rpm. These figures are helpful while climbing terrains as well as in traffic conditions as it completely shun the use of gear shifts. The 5 speed manual transmission is very smooth and works seamlessly. Other than the EcoBoost, there is the 1.5-litre TiVCT 4 cylinder petrol engine which churns out 112 PS power at 6300 rpm and a peak torque of 140Nm at 4400 rpm. Diesel seekers get an option of 1.5-litre TDCi intercooled turbocharged diesel engine. This engine produces a peak power of 91PS at 3750 rpm and a torque of 204Nm between 2000 to 2750 rpm. The TiVCT engine has an optional 6 speed automatic transmission option. The EcoSport is an Urban offering in the SUV market. It is what a Honda CRV or a Mutsubishi Outlander is in the premium segment. It is not for the hard core off roaders but more for the occasional soft roaders. The tall ground clearance of 200mm is fantastic for Indian road conditions so the moon craters won’t be felt much. It has an approach angle of 25 degrees and a departure angle of 35 degrees. The EcoSport also claims to have an ability to wade through 550mms of water To sum up the good, bad and ugly of EcoSport, the EcoBoost 1-litre engine is not a fun to drive motor. It gets exhausted on long stretches of roads. The transmission is smooth and the engine scores more on torque than power. It is an ideal configuration for city driving where performance is minimal. The good rather fantasic bits about EcoSport are its handling and suspension. Ford cars are known for this and the EcoSport does a fab job too. It has no body roll. The reason of this is its aerodynamic design approach. Suspension setup is capable of taking vigorous bruises on the street. It is inclined on the softer side with sufficient dampening. The only issue faced was during high speed braking where the bite was not sufficient.We did a small off-road stint with it and were mighty impressed with its ground clearance and suspension. We got a real time mileage of 11Kmpl during our test run.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

Ride and handling is an area where the EcoSport has got a good balance going. Many a time I have heard many so-called proponents suggesting Ford makes the best driver-oriented cars only for them to come croppers when it comes to all-round family usage. The EcoSport is one car where the car delights with good manners in the handing department yet tops it without compromising on the ride element. For all round family usage this is critical and maybe Ford has heard this for long and acted on it to a degree. I made it a point to be driven while seated at the rear on the rutted Goa roads and I was impressed enough with the way the EcoSport rode the bumps and the craters yet remained composed without unsettling me in the back. Made me aware of the lack of grab rails though!

SAFETY AND FEATURES ;

To begin with, our press demonstrator was the Brown. The Mars Red colour might appeal to several, but I prefer the Kinetic Blue on the Ecosport. This in my opinion looks more upmarket and carries a hint of sophistication. The variant we drove was the Titanium Option. It comes with keyless entry, push start and stop, artificial leather, in-dash music system with Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB connection, reclining rear seats, 60:40 split, six airbags and ABS. In our long-term report, we share the fuel efficiency, performance and the pros and the niggles that we faced with the Ford Ecosport in our daily running.

BOTTOMLINE ;

Right from the day it was launched, the Ford EcoSport has always fared as a very good product offered at a good price point. It has its positives like the engine, dynamics and features along with some negatives like the limited space on offer, but it continues to remain a very attractive package on the whole. Ford hasn’t increased the prices of the updated model by a big margin and while extra power is always good to have, the additional useful features are like an icing on the cake and hence the EcoSport continues to remain a very good choice in the compact SUV segment.

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