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Mahindra KUV 100 NXT First Drive Review

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Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Overview

Mahindra & Mahindra has been known to be a maker of robust and rugged passenger vehicles, since a long time. However, with the advent of the compact crossover/SUV market and its subsequent fame among the Indian consumers, it is obvious that Mahindra also had its own offering/s in the segment. Mahindra KUV100 marks Mahindra’s entry into the lower spectrum of the compact SUV segment. With dimensions in-lined with crop of premium hatchback the Mahindra KUV100 brings compact SUV design language to lure customers into the Mahindra’s fold.

Coming in with a contemporary take on tallboy masculine hatchback design, the Mahindra KUV100 is shorter than 4 metres in length, thereby utilizing the excise duty benefits, yet staying true to traditional flow lines of Mahindra. Mahindra KUV100 is flamboyant and has a striking design for the segment with its huge wraparound headlamps combined with a rather sleek grille that a neat Mahindra & Mahindra logo. From exterior styling to cosy interiors and stuffed cabins, Mahindra KUV100 have it all. With the KUV100, Mahindra believes it has created a comparatively more muscular and stylish compact crossover in this new segment. Looking at the design the Mahindra KUV100 will entice a lot of the younger breed of customers. Thereby, furthering Mahindra & Mahindra’s reach into younger India consumer.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Design

At exteriors, the majority of the design elements remain unchanged, yet the muscularity and aggressiveness is a notch above. The most obvious change can be seen in headlight cluster which now features dual chambers for low and high beam along with restyled indicators and DRLs. The revamped front bumpers make way for distinctive air dam and revised fog lamps, while the grille too gets nice chrome treatment. The contrasting silver skid plate at the bottom is well defined and gives the car a more rugged look.

Further solidifying KUV100’s look is the inclusion of 15-inch sporty diamond cut alloy wheels and new ORVMs with integrated turn indicators. The door handles at the back are now black in colour and looks nothing like before. Other visible changes at the back are in the form of restyled bumper, new integrated spoiler and revised tailgate with new creases running across. The tail lights get a clear lens covering while the dual tone colour scheme makes the car more palatable to senses. For more info on Mahindra KUV 100 NXT  check Igc2016

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Cabin

The cabin has been carried over from its predecessor, which means we still have a spacious interior with good headroom, knee room and shoulder room in both rows. The grey upholstery is now black, which looks better and goes well with the piano black inserts on the dashboard. However, nothing has changed on the ergonomics front. The pedals still are off-set and the centre console fouls with the driver’s left leg.

Sure, the front centre back rest doubles up as an arm rest, but the cup-holders are still set far behind. Visibility still isn’t great. Besides, the manual air-con control knobs are replaced by buttons, which I am not really fond of. The earlier ones were simpler and less confusing. Thankfully, the plastic air vents are of better quality now, but then again, the door latches still feel flimsy. The seats continue to lack contours for lateral support even if they provide good thigh support.

The biggest improvement, nonetheless, is the addition of a 7-inch touch screen system in place of the 2-DIN audio system seen earlier. The new one integrates USB, mp3 and bluetooth with in-built navigation, while also providing info on the car like fuel efficiency, DRL settings etc. It’s quick, easy to use and the touch response is good too. If only it provided support for Android and Apple CarPlay too. Otherwise, in terms of utility, the KUV still scores high for its unique under seat and rear floorboard storage options. Features like electronically foldable OVRMs, puddle lamps, switchable interior LED lighting, start-stop function to save fuel, power and eco mode, rear parking sensors, etc. are quite handy. Though the car gets ABS and dual airbags, it still misses out on push button engine-start/stop and a rear view camera.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Gearbox

The KUV100 NXT continues to be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines that power the outgoing model, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. What we have here is the diesel one with the three-cylinder mFalcon D75 turbodiesel motor producing 77bhp and 190Nm of torque. The engine makes little sound, if at all any, and still settles into a thrum if not clatter at idling. However, rev it beyond 3,000 rpm and it gets noisy and starts to feel coarse. Its refinement is nowhere close to the four-cylinder mill housed by the Swift or the Figo. Nonetheless, the power delivery is linear, turbo lag is minimal or almost nil thanks to the smaller turbo. This, paired with the generous torque available from as low as 1,800rpm, helps the vehicle pull away nicely without any fuss. Trudging along in traffic becomes easy due to a minimal need to change gears constantly.

It’s only while driving out on the highway, you realise that the engine starts to lose its fizz post 3,500rpm. But once you get a hang of it and manage to keep the revs in the meat of the power band (2,000-3,200rpm), the KUV100 can make swift progress to achieve triple digit speeds. You will still have to shift to a lower gear to manage a quick overtake. The five-speed gearbox feels notchy, but is easy to use with the short throws. However, it is the clutch pedal with its tight spring action, which will make it a tiresome job for your left leg on long drives or in traffic.

Now, the KUV’s suspension has been tuned to be on the softer side. Since it also has a good ground clearance, all uneven surfaces are taken in its stride with ease at low speeds. However, side-to-side rocking gets prominent and at higher speeds the rear kicks out on harsh bumps. The vertical movement also increases, making the ride floaty. The ride doesn’t settle until it finds a flat stretch. Likewise, the steering is another aspect that sits firmly in the list of cons. It is big for a compact car, lags a bit and feels vague. It makes more than three turns from lock to lock which makes parking a tedious job despite having such a compact footprint. One can steer through a corner at low speeds, but at higher speeds, its entire dynamics undergo a change. The car understeers and the body roll becomes pretty evident at that point to the extent that it will make all the occupants feel uneasy. Thankfully ABS is available, but still the car doesn’t feel surefooted under hard braking.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Driving

The steering is light and quick with every response made to it. Moreover, making a quick U-turn is not at all difficult even if it is done single-handed. The engine is not that special, but it is good enough and the engine responds well to the throttle. Overall, driving the Mahindra KUV100 is fun, but going too fast through the corners can be a silly act. Check for HDFC car loan at Fincarz.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Safety

The disc upfront and drum at the rear provides the needed braking force to the car. The braking mechanism is further supplemented by anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution. Further, the car’s safety quotient is strengthened by dual front airbags which are available across the trims, save the base K2 variant. Other safety features include ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear parking sensors, child safety locks, speed sensing auto door locks, anti-theft security, automatic hazard warning lamps among others.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Price in Chennai

Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 5,56,832 to 9,05,540 for variants KUV100 NXT K2 Petrol and KUV100 NXT K8 Dual Tone Petrol respectively. Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt variants price in Chennai. Check for Mahindra KUV100 NXT price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Summing Up

The KUV100 NXT will be preferred by people who love SUVs, want a spacious cabin and still want it to be of a compact size. The refreshed KUV also adds some new features to the package. However, this particular K8 variant is priced at Rs 7.46 lakhs, thereby putting it in the same price bracket as that of the Maruti Suzuki Swift ZDi and the Ford Figo Titanium Plus TDCi. While both of them are more refined with a four-cylinder motor, the Figo also gets a more powerful engine.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT is available in five different variants- K2, K2+, K4+, K6+ and K8 to select from. In terms of pricing, KUV100 is competitively priced with its base variant K2 tagged at Rs. 4.51 lakh and the top range trim K8 5STR available at Rs. 7.56 lakh,ex-showroom, Delhi. Mahindra KUV100 falls altogether in a new segment but it can be compared to the likes of Maruti Ignis, Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Swift taking price and practicality in mind.

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Facelift First Drive Review

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Overview

The Wagon R has some history associated with it and has been a favorite small car for many years. The first of the tall boy design from Maruti, the Wagon R has been a success story for almost ten years. Competition is slowly and steadily eating away into Maruti’s pie and Maruti has responded by rolling out the all new Wagon R. This car is effectively made from scratch and offers more space, better driving dynamics and improved overall quality. We take the new Maruti WagonR for a spin and judge for ourselves. Check for car loans at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Exteriors

Now let us clear all your confusion…The updated 2017 model gets the few minor updates which comes in the form of a slightly redesigned grille which will geta dash of chrome to it to make it look slightly upmarket. While there is still enough confusion but we think that Maruti will provide projector headlamps only with the top end VXI+ trims only. While the lower end LXI and mid level VXI trims will get the usual halogen units as you have seen on the current hatchback.

Thus expect the updated Wagon R LXI and VXI trims to receive the same halogen units and perhaps a slightly updated grille like we already mentioned above. Some other changes that you can expect on the updated hatchbacks exterior may include slightly restyled front and rear bumpers, chrome accentuated back door badges, body coloured bumpers, silver roof rails, body coloured ORVM’s etc.In addition to all these changes the top end VXI+ trims will be based on the Stingray variants and will get the projector headlamp setup. The top end VXI+ trims also gets gunmetal gray alloy finish which you can also notice in the Stingray variant, Blacked out B-Pillar, a roof integrated rear spoiler and side skirts as well.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Interiors

The interior feels more comfortable, spacious and elegant when compared to its strong competitor Chevrolet beat; however the Hyundai i10 is still better. The overall dimensions of the car have been increased with a purpose to make it more spacious. Now, it measures around 3595 mm in length, 1495 mm in width and 1700 mm in height. With increased legroom and headroom, this boy can easily accommodate four passengers. Due to the narrower design, the shoulder space is less that it gets congested for three passengers on the rear seat. However, there is good legroom and flat floor to make passengers more comfortable in the cabin. The increased legroom takes on boot space, which is quite limited (180 litres) in this version. For more  info on Maruti Wagon R check Igc2016

With a combination of rich blue and black upholstery, the seats look stylish. With mediocre thigh and lumber support, it offers moderately comfortable seating position for both rear and front passengers. The wider rear windscreen rewards fine visibility. The grey-coloured dashboard doesn’t add to its elegance, but it’s surely better than the regular Maruti cars. The dashboard offers can holders, glove compartment and enough storage space. There is a digital fuel gauge, two trip meters and a tachometer. The stereo system is available with its top-end variant with good-quality sound; and features like FM, CD player, and USB and Aux ports. With its other variants, you have an option of audio installation. The climate control unit is an additional advantage with its top-end variant. The plastic quality is nothing to explain about.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Perfromance

The WagonR was one of the first cars from the MSIL stable to get the potent K-Series motor. The new motor not only complies with the updated emission norms but is also comparatively refined and rev-happy. The hatch harbours a 3 cylinder, 1.0-litre motor that develops 67PS of power and 90Nm of torque. While the figures don’t look as impressive on paper, the motor performs really well in day to day scenarios.

Turn the key and the engine comes to life with vibrations inherent to 3 cylinder engines. We found that the NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels were distinctly higher compared to the i10 or the Micra. The engine lacks low-end grunt, which means you would need to be heavy on the throttle to exploit gaps in traffic. As the revs climb, the engine becomes very audible inside the cabin. The engine is tuned for the city and efficiency. Naturally, at highway speeds, the WagonR feels out of breath — it is best behaved when driven under 120kmph.

The WagonR gets an automated manual transmission as well. There are just two pedals, and the operation is like a conventional automatic vehicle. Slot the gear lever in D, let go of the brakes and the car creeps forward on its own. The operation of the clutch is controlled by a hydraulic actuator, thereby relieving your left leg. The AMT on the little Maruti isn’t the most polished units around. There are slight jerks when the car upshifts or downshifts, but they can be easily overlooked during daily commutes. You can also take charge of the gears yourself by shifting it into manual mode.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Driving

The new series engine gives a feel of driving a compact A-star model. The 5-speed manual transmission is now geared with cables as opposed to linkage which means better driveability and better performance from the new 3-cylinder engine. The big windscreen is definitely welcome in the new model and gives a better road view. The suspensions have also improved which gives better, sweat-free smooth ride. You may find the car a little bumpy around sharp corners. Something that is not felt while driving Hyundai Santro which is more manageable even with its tall stance.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Safety

Brakes are efficient and prove to be great performers during panic braking situations or unexpected road surprises. The front and rear brakes of new WagonR are ventilated disc brakes and drum brakes with 8-inche booster assisted brakes respectively. The VXI variant, which comes with optional ABS, is certainly a better vehicle in terms of safety, as it prevents the wheels from locking up during panicbraking situations.

The new WagonR comes with a good number of active and passive safety features, especially in its top-end variant. There is a dual SRS airbag that provides great protection against collision by offering cushioning. ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), halogen headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, front and rear ELR seat belts, child proof rear door locks, rear wipers, high-mounted stop lamp, warning lamps, de-fogger, and washer are other features on offer.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Cost

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,17,098 to 6,40,300 for variants Wagon R LXI and Wagon R VXI AMT Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is available in 6 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R variants price in Bangalore. Check for Wagon R price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon Summing Up

The new generation Wagon R will be a stylish car. One can be rest assured that Maruti will leave no stone unturned in giving this car a more premium look. the new platform will be lighter and stronger. This will improve its performance and fuel efficiency. It will be the same platform that underpins the Ignis. The boxy look will be carried forward because that is the car’s USP. The practicality of the car will be retained but it will get enhanced styling to make it more attractive and modern. In terms of features there are more additional options on offer. The all new Wagon R will be offered with more features than the current one.

 

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Audi A6 Hatchback First Drive & Overview

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Audi A6 Overview

The Audi A6 name plate made its debut in 1994 when the German automaker changed its naming nomenclature. The Audi A6 was earlier known as the Audi 100 (100 for 100 PS), with the first generation model going on sale in 1968 after Volkswagen purchased the company from Mercedes-Benz. Today, the Audi A6 is in its seventh generation and the latest model is known as C7 (internally known as Typ 4G). The new Audi A6 was launched last year and takes heavy inspiration from Audi’s flagship sedan, A8. Check for EMI calculator at Fincarz.

The A6 shares most of its components with the A7 Sportback (review here) and looks thoroughly impressive all around. Locally assembled by Audi at its Aurangabad facility, the Audi A6 has the goods to become the new benchmark in the executive luxury segment, giving the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series intense competition.

Audi A6 Exteriors

The Audi A6 embodies all the typical characteristics of the German make. It has it all from the razor sharp styling on its body, pioneering LEDs or the large single face radiator grille. This Audi A6 looks very contemporary as it has a correct balance of elegance and performance stitched in style.In the front, the bold radiator grille is the signature design mark. The radiator grille gets a chrome surround. It has a very fixed and confident jaw line. The headlights seem to be finished with a samurai sword. Its sharp lines begin from the grille at an angle and fly off around the body. The hood flows softly and joins the radiator grille. It has very subtle and almost hidden lines on it. The A6 gets standard Xenon plus headlights and the LED strip which runs across the headlights look future ready.

The roofline has a flowing pattern too. The A6 measures 4.92m long and has a wheelbase of 2.91m. This makes the car look very long and also contributes to the generous legroom inside the cabin. The window line and the shoulder line flow almost parallel with the rear quarter glass panel stretching its way to the rear. The windows have a subtle chrome outline around it.On the rear profile, it has a very humble design which is dominated by the LED tail lamps. The boot lip is elevated and acts like a hidden spoiler on it. The only interesting part on the rear design is the chrome finished exhaust pipes. The 3.0L variant gets stylish twin pipes which look awesome. Overall, the A6 will impress all with its elegance and style.

Audi A6 Interiors

Come around to the side and you notice that the new-design alloys not only look better than the older ones, but have also grown an inch larger and come shod with meaty, eighteen inch diameter Bridgestone Turanza’s. At the back, the tail-lights carry on with the Matrix treatment and look absolutely stunning when lit-up. You’ll notice the reworked badging and the chrome-strip running along the boot-lid bottom. All-in-all, the A6 Matrix edition looks absolutely stunning in this 2015 refreshed avatar.

Step inside and you’ll be greeted by classy un-veneered wood trimmings which immediately up that luxury feel by a few notches. The chrome accents used only serve to heighten this feeling and coupled with the beige interiors, go on to give the cabin an aura of understated luxury. The seats up front come with four-way electronic adjustments and finding the sweet-spot behind the wheel or as a co-driver is a breeze.

The Bose sound-system thumps loud and clear, no matter how high you wish to crank up the volume. With over 14 speakers on-board, this 5.1 system may be a tad biased towards bass, but is crystal clear across the entire frequency range. The rear seat is equally well appointed and gets dedicated air-conditioning controls as well as a 12V socket and a cigarette lighter. They also get an exclusive remote through which, passengers at the rear can control the MMI system. There’s plenty of leg-room, with close to four inches of space between the back of the front seat and the knees of the passenger at the rear. However, the seat-back is a tad upright for comfort and the under-thigh support feels inadequate on longer rides. Check for Audi A6 in Igc2016

Audi A6 Performance

Underneath the engine hood is the same 2.0 litre, four cylinder, in-line diesel motor with common rail injection system. The engine is capable of pumping out pinnacle power of 190 PS between 3800 to 4200 RPM along with peak torque of 400 Nm between 1750 to 3000 RPM. Petrol variant is powered by the 1.8 litre, four cylinder, in-line petrol engine with direct fuel injection, turbocharging and Audi valvelift system.The petrol motor is tuned to churn out maximum power output of 140 KW between 4200 to 6200 RPM along with pinnacle torque of 320 Nm between 1400 to 4100 RPM. Both the engine works along dual clutch a seven-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a two-wheel drive system.

Performance delivered by the A6 saloon is simply impressive; the saloon gets an adaptive air suspension which helps bettering the performance. The diesel powered A6 hits 100 kmph from stand still within 8.4 seconds while the petrol version hustles to 100 kmph from rest in just 7.9 seconds. Audi A6 top speed for the 35 TSFI variant is 233 kmph, which is insignificantly more than the 35 TDI Matrix version at 232 kmph.

Audi A6 Driving

The new Audi A6 sheds close to 80 kgs of weight thanks to the use of an aluminum hybrid body. Various other mechanical components including the wheel control arms are made of aluminum. The chassis is stiffer than before while the air springs and dampers are adjustable according to the driver’s requirement. The Audi drive select offers 4 modes – comfort, sport, dynamic and individual. In comfort mode, ride quality is extremely good with the car providing very good cushioning over the worst of roads. The A6 glides over potholes and rarely does it get perturbed by bad roads. Even in Sport mode, the A6 rides well and doesn’t feel as extreme as far as the ride quality is concerned.

Power is channeled to all the 4-wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system which gives good grip and eliminates under-steer to a certain extent. The electro-mechanical steering wheel weighs up well but isn’t exactly point and shoot. It does offer reasonably good feedback and is confidence inspiring at high speeds. The Audi A6 has a lift feature which raises the car by 20 mm, enabling the vehicle to clear big speed-breakers with ease. The air suspension sets the ride height of the vehicle in either of the three settings. On the highway, it lowers the body to increase stability. Braking is aided by all wheel disc brakes and various safety systems ensuring shedding serious speeds is done confidently.

Audi A6 Safety

As you’d expect, the A6 is brimming with safety kit, including six airbags, an advanced stability control system, and Isofix child seat-mounting points on the front passenger seat and two outer rear ones.The A6 was also awarded the maximum five-star rating in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2011. It scored an impressive 91% for adult occupant protection and 83% for child occupant protection, but a less impressive 41% for pedestrian protection.

Optional safety kit includes rear side airbags and a system that steers the car back on course if it starts to wander from its lane on the motorway.An alarm and engine immobiliser are fitted to help fend off thieves, and security experts Thatcham gave the A6 five out of five for its resistance to being stolen, and four out of five for its resistance to being broken into.

Audi A6 Price in Chennai 

Audi A6 On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 67,83,832 to 68,82,166 for variants A6 35 TFSI Premium and A6 35 TDI Premium respectively. Audi A6 is available in 2 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Audi A6 variants price in Chennai. Check for Audi A6 price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Audi A6 Summing Up

The Audi A6 has a rock solid image and offers decent fuel economy. The car’s spacious interiors with an ergonomic cabin offer relaxed cruising. The Audi A6 with its clean and elegant contours and perfect craftsmanship which are all characteristic of this luxury brand offers an indistinguishable ride as well as ownership experience.