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Ford Figo Hatchback Overview

Ford Figo Overview

The facelift of the Figo will be launched by the end of the year. The company has just launched the Ecosport S and Signature editions, with new features. This will be followed by the introduction of the facelifted Ford Aspire, possibly in July. The company may then take a break for a few months and launched the new Figo by around October / November, which is the festive season. The changes to the Ford Figo 2019 will not be much. It will be a minor facelift. The interior will be updated. A new infotainment system on offer this time and will be the same as the Ford Freestyle. It is a touchscreen system, which is a welcome feature on this hatchback. A new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine will also be offered. An automatic transmission will be mated to this engine. It is expected to be more fuel efficient than the earlier engine. Check Ford cars Price & Specifications at CarzPrice

Ford Figo Exterior

As can be seen in the Ford Figo pictures of the exteriors, Figo hatchback and Aspire sedan are indistinguishable except for the additional boot fixed at the rear of Aspire. Leave that apart and you can very well confuse Figo hatchback to the sedan version. Similar modish radiator grille in the front with multiple chrome bars boosts the overall outer look. Again the identical swooping head lights flank front grille, trickle to the lower bumper and you will notice the petite lower grille and fog lamps in higher variants. Side profile is simple yet impressive, it gets body
colour matching outside rear view mirrors, body painted outside door handles, multiple spoke alloy wheels, indicators and subtle character lines. The outside rear view mirrors get integrated turn indicators along with power adjustable and foldable functions. At the back, wrap around tail lights are present, an integrated roof spoiler, fog lights and body coloured bumper pretty much define the rear styling. Check for Figo Car Model Price in CarzPrice

Ford Figo Interior

Just like exteriors, interiors are also akin to Aspire with the only difference of an all black colour theme unlike the dual tone colour scheme available on Aspire. Space on offer is generous for passengers in front implying comfortable legroom, head space and shoulder room. Rear is a snug place too for passengers in terms of space; moreover the rear seat can be folded flat for creating additional storage space at the back. An armrest is also placed at the centre of the rear seat. For driver’s convenience, height adjuster is provided on the seat so as to adjust height accordingly. Various styling similarities can be spotted inside like the centre console, instrument cluster and three spoke steering wheel with tilt-adjust feature among others. There are

several cubbyholes inside providing enough space for storage. A bettered Figo hatchback is rich when it comes to features, some of the notable features loaded inside include equipments such as steering mounted audio & phone controls, front/rear power windows with one touch up-down driver window, AM/FM radio with Aux input, USB port, Bluetooth, tachometer, boot lamp, electric boot release, climate control and a 12 V power outlet among several others. High end variants get leather seat covers while rest of the range comes with fabric upholstery. Other than the above mentioned features, the top-spec trim highlights additional goodies like CD/MP3 player, FordMy Key, MyFord Dock, multi-function display and voice activated SYNC Applink. Further information on the accessories available can be retrieved from Ford Figo dealers in your locality

Ford Figo Specifications & Mileage

The new Ford Figo 2019 will be powered by a new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine. This engine will also power the Aspire. It also does duty in the Freestyle. This engine will have a five-speed manual and also a six-speed automatic.  The diesel will be the same 1.5-litre unit that will churn about 98bhp of power and 200Nm of maximum torque. This will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission only.

Both engines are powerful and the diesel especially has been the talk of the town. The 1.2-litre has good enough power for city usage. The major update is the petrol engine. The diesel will see some tweaking to have better driveability. The Figo will have to wrestle with some strong competition in the form of the new upcoming Honda Jazz, the Swift and the Hyundai i20.The fuel-efficiency for the petrol manual is about 12km/l in the city and 16km/l on the highway. The automatic will return about 11km/l in the city and 14km/l on the highway. The diesel is more efficient at 17km/l in the city and about 20km/l on the highway.

Ford Figo Performance and Handling

Ford has tweaked the suspension of the Figo for this edition. It comes with a stiffer setting now and the ride height has been lowered. You also get meatier 195/55/15 tyres which offer better grip than the tyres on the regular Figo. Thanks to the revised suspension settings, the Figo feels more composed and stable on straights as well as corners. It feels eager to dive in corners too. The ride is also very pliant. The steering is sharp and offers decent feel, it is also light at city speeds. The brakes also do a very good job and the Figo is definitely an engaging car to drive.

Ford Figo Braking and Safety

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

Ford Figo Price

Ford Figo Ex-Showroom Price in ranges from 4,79,105/- (Figo 1.2P Base MT) to 7,78,633/- (Figo 1.5P Titanium AT). Get best offers for Ford Figo from Ford Dealers

Ford Figo Conclussion

The changes on the Figo Sports Edition are mainly to the interiors and exteriors while the suspension changes have made the car more fun. We have always stated that the Figo is a fun to drive car offered as a value for money proposition and there is no denying to this fact. But, the Sports Edition loses out on some features that are offered in the regular Figo in the Titanium Plus trim, so there’s a trade-off between a higher variant with more features or a lower variant with sporty additions and that’s what the buyer needs to think and decide, since the Sports Edition and the Titanium Plus cost almost the same on the road.

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What Does The Virtual Receptionist Actually Do ?

Answering calls while you manage your business can be time consuming and could drain your energy. Traditionally, hiring a receptionist to answer all your customers’ inquiries on the phone and taking some personal calls for you could be the best thing to do. And as we become more accustomed to digital and virtual technologies, Virtual Receptionists were introduced to the market and is now on the test run whether it could be the latest trend.Why not? People had accepted and embraced Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry today so why not Virtual Receptionists? Nevertheless, there is a difference between a Virtual Receptionist and a call center agent (as what we usually call people who works in BPO industries). A call center agent merely takes calls and answer queries while Virtual Receptionists, acts in the name of your company’s name

He or she will take a message if necessary, but also gives you a way of having a single public number covering everyone in the business

A virtual receptionist should be more than an answering service. Sure, the basic idea is that you have a real person answering calls instead of letting them go to voicemail, but that’s just the start.

Depending on whose statistics you believe, as many as three-quarters of first time callers to a business will hang up if they reach voicemail rather than a person. We don’t know how old that figure is, and we suspect people are more comfortable with voicemail now than they were a decade ago.

An answering service is basically just a human being pretending to be an answering machine, though at one time we would have put that the other way round. Someone phones, you don’t answer, the service picks up the call, takes a message and forwards it to you, typically by SMS or email.

A virtual receptionist goes beyond that. He or she will take a message if necessary, but also gives you a way of having a single public number covering everyone in the business. Calls are answered just as a ‘real’ receptionist would, and then directed to the appropriate person’s landline or mobile. The illusion of being a larger business can be encouraged if the service ensures the same agent answers your calls whenever possible.

Virtual receptionists should also be able to provide answers to basic questions such as “what are your opening hours?”, “what is your address?” and “do you deliver flowers to Mater Mothers’ Hospital?”

Even if your business is at the stage where it needs a real receptionist, it may be worth adding a virtual receptionist so you know you are covered if you’re flooded with calls, during breaks, or the occasional sickie.

Some of these services also offer call screening, so you can avoid being interrupted by routine inquiries that can safely be left until it’s convenient for you to return the call, while making sure that important clients and family members can reach you at any time if it is at all urgent.

Or you may want to go even further. Virtual receptionist services may be able to take orders (“a large bunch of gladioli to Mrs Jane Doe at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital by noon tomorrow, please”) or book appointments (“I’d like a perm on Friday, please, what time can Adele fit me in?” or “I’d like a quote for cutting down a tree in my garden”).

Other add-ons may include out-of-hours answering, fax-to-email, and even a virtual postal address.

All this comes at a price, of course. While the costs vary, providers typically charge a monthly fee that includes a certain number of calls, with an additional charge for every call after that. Services that simply pass on messages are normally cheaper than those that can connect calls (screened or otherwise) to one or more people, and some providers charge per minute rather than per call. And be prepared to pay extra if the nature of your business is such that you really need someone with local knowledge to answer calls – some services only use offshore workers.

 

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BMW X6 Hatchback Overview

OVERVIEW ;

Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) is a vehicle type which not many are familiar with, after all there is only one such car in the SAC segment. The BMW X6 or in other words an SUV coupe is an interesting body type, which the German automaker kick started in 2008 and plans to continue by launching more SACs like the soon to be introduced X4. The company agrees the body style is quite unusual but the demand is high with more than 1.5 lakh units sold globally till date. Just last year the vehicle was given a minor facelift and was launched in India in November 2012. The BMW X6 has been suprisingly very successful which has prompted other automakers to consider entry in the segment as well. Audi is working on the Q6 while Mercedes-Benz is already in advanced stages of developing the MLC (ML-Coupe). The X6 has had a free run till now with no competition whatsoever. So what makes this X5 based vehicle tick? Check for review & price of BMW Cars

EXTERIORS ;

Few might find the overall design of the X6 to be a bit odd. While the coupe roofline gives it a nice curvy silhouette, some might think it doesn’t sync too well with the large SUV body. I personally love the way the roofline blends into the integrated spoiler but it kind of eludes practicality; more on that later. But then design is entirely a matter of perspective. That aside, look closely and you simply can’t ignore certain details of the car. To ensure that the front-end looks aggressive and proportionate, BMW has widened and stretched the trademark kidney grille. The sleek twin headlights flanked by the eyebrow LED Daytime Running lights make the 2015 X6 look menacing.

We particularly liked the air-dams incorporated in the front bumper. They channel the wind towards the wheel such that it exits from the vent near the front doors, thereby reducing aerodynamic drag. The rear, although equally sculpted doesn’t look as butch as the front. Discount the badge and you might just mistake it for a beefier version of the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Check for X6 price in Mumbai

INTERIORS ;

he insides are quite refined as every inch inside the cabin reflects richness and craftsmanship of skilled designers. The manufacturer has used a great amount of leather and superior grade plastic for designing the cabin. It gets a completely redesigned dashboard with fine-wood accents with glossy finish along with a few metallic inserts. The steering wheel has a signature three-spoke design along with the company’s logo embedded on it. This leather wrapped steering wheel is mounted with several illuminated control switches related to audio, calls and cruise control. Right behind this, there is a large instrument cluster that houses analogue gauges along with a color display. The seating arrangement is luxurious that can host at least five occupants. These seats are covered with premium grade leather upholstery that renders an opulent look to the cabin. While the seats have electrical adjustment facility along with lumbar support for added comfort. The company has given a lot of importance to the driver orientation to enhance convenience and driving experience. For this, its floor and the center console in the cockpit are equipped with an array of equipments, which are easy to reach and operate.

As for comfort features, this model series is equipped with several advanced comfort features unlike rest of the SUVs in this company’s portfolio. It has a powerful 4-zone automatic air conditioning system with rear air vents, which takes care of cabin temperature in all weather conditions. It also has rain and light sensors, which automatically switches on the wipers and lights when necessary. This model is integrated with features like electrically operated windows, power adjustable windows, a multi-functional M Sport leather wrapped steering wheel, front center armrest with storage compartment and electric steering column adjustment. Furthermore, it also has power adjustable front seats including memory function, leather upholstery for seats, smokers package, inside and outside rear view mirrors with automatic anti-dazzling function, roller sun blinds for rear side windows 60:40 split foldable rear bench seat. Along with these, the manufacturer has also equipped it with an electric glass sunroof and parking distance control feature for front and rear.

PERFORMANCE ;

The 2016 BMW X6 is available with 2 Petrol engine and 3 diesel engine options. The Petrol engine options include a newly introduced xDrive35i which produces 306 hp of peak power beside the existing V8 on the xDrive50i which now produces 450 Hp of peak power.The diesel drivetrain of the X6 consists of the xDrive40d which produces 313 hp of peak power and this diesel engine has been introduced recently to the lineup. You can also choose from the existing diesel engine lineup which consists of the six-cylinder in-line diesel engine which produces 258 hp of peak power available with the xDrive30d. You can also choose from the powerful straight-six diesel with three turbochargers available with the M50d which generates 381 Hp of peak power.

All the above mentioned engines are mated with a eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission which enhances the overall driving experience. The X6 also comes equipped with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that comes as a standard feature. This drive system ensures directional stability and cornering dynamics and also optimizes traction. Still if you are not satisfied with all these you can further opt for an optional link up with adaptive suspension packages, including Dynamic Performance Control.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Hit the road in the 2017 BMW X6 and the first thing you’ll notice is the authoritative acceleration provided by the 35i’s 300-horsepower six-cylinder engine. This engine also feels refined throughout its rev range and is nicely complemented by the smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.If it’s more thrust you’re after, the xDrive50i model’s 445-hp V8 should prove sufficiently satisfying, although it comes at a hefty price premium. This engine provides all the performance most people could ever want, along with an exhilarating exhaust note when pushed hard. Best of all, its prodigious power output is balanced with a level of refinement that the hyperactive high-performance BMW X6 M sorely lacks.

The X6’s standard suspension produces an unruffled ride quality even over bad pavement. Dialing up the Comfort mode with the adjustable suspension produces a similar result. Switching the adjustable suspension to the firmer Sport mode improves handling thanks to firmer body control, though there’s no escaping the fact that this is a large, heavy vehicle with a higher center of gravity than your average sport sedan. The steering feels precise but doesn’t offer as much feedback as in competitors such as the Porsche Cayenne.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

The 2017 X6 comes heavily loaded with features. From Head-Up Display, night vision with dynamic light spot, 360 degree camera to parking assist, the X6 has it all. In terms of safety, the X6 gets 6 airbags, ABS, EBD and all other abbreviations you can think of. It also gets Lane departure warning and pedestrian alert. For the passengers at the back there are two separate HD 9.2-inch monitors with separate DVD drives to view different films on. Talking about movies and sound, the 2015 BMW X6 also comes with a 16 speaker Bang and Olufsen high end surround sound system.The centre console gets a 10.25-inch screen below which is the dual zone climate control and the controls for the integrated Bang and Olufsen infotainment system. Aside from the media and navigation, the screen also displays vehicle information and settings too. All the buttons are soft touch and well within reach. And then there is the automatic tailgate operation. If you hands are full after a shopping spree, a quick wave of the foot under the rear bumper opens up the tailgate.

VERDICT ;

The BMW X6 might loose out on headroom and boot space against the X5, but it offers an unparalleled level of desirability. While it sure is expensive, it’s a very different and unique body style which is attracting many people to the vehicle. The X6 has carved out such a niche that others are now following with their own offerings (Mercedes and Audi). If you want an SUV which drives well, performs brilliantly and looks out of this world, then the BMW X6 is your only choice today.

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Renault Duster Price & Specifications

OVERVIEW ;

It was the Renault Duster that had kicked off a storm in the affordable SUV segment in India. Before the Duster arrived, the Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari were ruling the roost but Renault clearly knew what the Indian buyer wanted. The Duster became quite a success story and it also established the Renault brand in India. However, it’s been almost 4 years since this SUV was launched and it started feeling very outdated, what with rivals coming up with far more polished vehicles. Renault has now given the Duster a new lease of life so let’s see what we’ve got here. Check for Duster price in Gurgaon

EXTERIORS ;

For starters, the Duster facelift isn’t much different to begin with from the original Duster. You do get blacked out and upgraded headlights that look quite futuristic with it’s distinct cuts and details and a set of new tail lights with a very unique LED lighting pattern. What you also get is a new grille that is better styled than the older one. And then there are the new wheels. Now although some like this blacked out design, we think Renault could have given us a far sportier and slightly larger set of wheels on this new Duster.

You also get a set of silver skid plates on the front and the rear bumper and a chrome exhaust tip that adds to the look. The overall SUV look of the Duster combined with the wide stance are still very much as they are and all these smaller updates actually help accentuate it. Although a little late to the party, the upgrades on the Duster make it look quite nice and modern and personally I prefer the simplistic lines on this car as compared to the over the top design of some other SUVs in its segment. As a final note on the design, we personally love this new and bold orange shade that the Duster now comes in.

INTERIORS ;

The cabin is quintessentially Renault, from the odd-numbered speedometer, the large steering wheel, sub-par plastics to the quirky layout overall. When the Duster was introduced in 2012, poor interior surface feel was one of its main shortcomings. Now, though, Renault has improved the quality of the surfaces, there is still a low-rent feel to the doors and centre console surrounds… more on this later.

Coming to the design and layout, the previous model’s old-school design has made way for a somewhat modern look. The combination of black and brown upholstery and silver highlights across the centre console and the door panels do a good job of hiding the cabin’s age. The centre console’s layout is pretty minimalistic with the central fascia dominated by a touchscreen infotainment system responsible for almost all the functions on board. Rounding out the major changes to the dash are the revised air-conditioning controls which are set painfully low. Mind you, this isn’t the only quirk in here. The driver’s seat height adjuster still requires bit of an effort to operate and having separately placed buttons on the steering wheel and the centre console for the cruise control isn’t the brightest of ideas either. Thankfully, the rear-view mirror controls are no longer underneath the handbrake and are now on the driver’s side panel.

As for space and comfort, the Duster remains unchanged and in no way that’s a bad thing. The front seats are just about the right size and offer enough back and knee support. They also helped us to limit fatigue over a full day of full-on driving. More importantly, the rear-seat space is also plentiful with better thigh support than the competition. What’s noticeably changed, though, is the amount of standard equipment; Renault is finally offering climate control for top-spec variants while other highlighting features include rear-view camera with guidelines and an updated touchscreen infotainment system. All in all, the Duster’s cabin still doesn’t feel as premium as the competition, but there’s no denying that it’s more appealing than before. If anything, it’s certainly more luxurious than its badge-engineered sibling, the Nissan Terrano.

PERFORMANCE ;

The Renault Duster comes with the same 1.5-litre dCi diesel powerplant in two states of tune – 84bhp and 109bhp. There’s also a 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The biggest addition though is of the automated manual transmission (AMT) on the more powerful diesel version. Renault also claims to have improved the packaging of the engine bay and have strengthened it in key areas to improve safety.

The AMT gearbox is available in the top RxL and RxZ variants and comes only in front-wheel-drive guise. Let’s start with the positives. This is by far the best iteration of the AMT we have experienced till date, across makes. This ZF-sourced system works well on the highway and part throttle gearshifts are relatively smooth. You also get a creep function which is a boon in stop-start traffic

But as soon as you put your foot down you get that typical AMT pause as the hydraulic actuators struggle to downshift quickly enough to keep up the momentum. Even in stop-start traffic, power delivery can be jerky and upshifts at lower speeds feel painstakingly slow. It’s in the manual mode that this gearbox feels the best and there is a way of getting around this drawback by just lifting off before every shift. Unfortunately, this defeats the whole purpose of having an automatic in the first place.

Despite the slow gearbox, performance figures are quite impressive with 100kmph coming up in 13.61 seconds. But it’s in the drivability test where the Duster AMT suffers as it takes 8.08 seconds for the 20-80kmph dash and 10.46 seconds in the 40-100kmph kickdown. This makes it nearly two seconds slower than the Hyundai Creta automatic on both drivability runs.

We also sampled the AWD version of the Duster and as before we came away really impressed. The AWD variant uses shorter gearing as compared to the 4X2 variant and this helps its drivability considerably. There is loads of pulling power from the word go and even at speeds as low as 20kmph you can easily pull away in third gear. Renault seems to have made the clutch lighter too which makes town driving a hassle free affair.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The New Renault Duster AMT is surprisingly a delight to drive. What came to notice instantly is that it responds well to throttle inputs. Drive with a heavy foot and the upshifts get delayed, thereby providing adequate power. The AMT is very easy to drive in the city. The good part is that the usual lag during shifts, that AMTs have, is reduced and is hardly felt while driving in a relaxed manner. Its only when you push the New Renault Duster AMT hard that the lag is evident.

Another impressive thing about the New Renault Duster AMT was that while driving in the manual mode, rev-limiter comes in to play only beyond 5000 rpm. This gives ample room to the driver for maneuvering the SUV as desired and is especially useful while driving in hilly areas and ghats. I would’ve preferred a slightly taller gear selector lever in the AMT. The lever in the New Renault Duster AMT feels a tad short and hence one needs to stretch out a bit more than normal, while driving in manual mode.

SAFETY ;

Talking about safety, the 2016 Renault Duster comes with dual front airbags and ABS. The AMT transmission also gets features like Hill Hold and ESP. There is also a traction control system on offer which does its job pretty well should you decide to have some fun around the twisties. In terms of after-sales service, Renault does have a not-so-good network and it just doesn’t match the quality levels of Hyundai for that matter.

VERDICT ;

Despite the automobile scenario being a bit dull overall, the Duster has still come in at just the right time for Renault India. While it is still going to be a tough task to keep the tempo going for the Duster, it is quite clear that it is not without reason that prospective buyers are queuing up for test drives and causing traffic jams outside Renault showrooms around the country.

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Mercedes Benz GLA Engine & Transmission

OVERVIEW ;

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is a compact crossover available by the German carmaker in India. It is powered by two petrol and one diesel engine that are mated to their respective automatic transmissions. The GLA is offered in three variants, 200 Diesel Style, 200 Sport, 200 D Activity Edition. The petrol engine generates 180 hp of power at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1,200 rpm while the diesel engine produces 133 hp of power from 3,600 rpm to 4,400 rpm and 300 Nm of torque between 1,600 rpm. The GLA also has cruise control, auto start/stop, power windows and an air conditioning system with a dust filter. In terms of safety, the crossover is offered with ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Programme and more such active and passive safety features. Check for GLA price in Mumbai

EXTERIORS ;

Easily one of the best looking compact SUVs today, Mercedes GLA Class carries the same new design language, which is now seen on all new cars from Mercedes Benz – the S Class, CLA Class, A Class, C Class and now the B Class.Mercedes GLA SUV 23 TailGLA’s front highlights include large grille with two beefy silver coloured slats which have chrome finish at its exterior lip, bi-xenon headlights with LED DRLs and LED indicators, air intakes on the sides, aluminium guard at the bottom, aggressive lines on the bonnet, and the large three pointed star in the centre of them all.Mercedes GLA SUV 15 Non StopMoving on to its side, you see a dropping line, running from headlamps to the the rear axle, giving Mercedes GLA an aerodynamic look. Then there is 18 inch alloys wrapped in 235/55 Continental tyres, plastic cladding for wheel arches, blackened B pillar, body coloured door handles, chrome strip on the window line, and silver roof rails. Roof gets a panaromic sunroof (which has rain sensor, closes automatically when it rains), and a bucket-tooth rear roof design. Get deals on GLA

Mercedes GLA SUV 7 OffroadRear design is equally attractive, if not more as compared to other sides. It is from the rear where the GLA Class looks more like an SUV, the tall boy design, protruding LED tail lights, silver skid plates with twin exhausts, thick chrome strip across, arched roof spoiler, and rear windscreen wiper.Mercedes GLA SUV 27 TaillightJust above the chrome strip, you see name of the car on the left, while centre carries three pointed star logo. You will be surprised to know, that the load compartment width of the GLA Class is same as the ML Class.Mercedes GLA SUV 1 ReviewOverall, the car demands notice. During our test drive, we noticed many onlookers getting out of their comfort zone just to get a second glance at this beauty. Some of them so excited, who were ready to book the car right away.

INTERIORS ;

From the outside, it looks like a compact vehicle, but step inside, the cabin design will tell you a different tale with its huge space. With this SUV, customers will get an option to customized its interiors with three different color schemes. Furthermore, they can be highlighted by either metallic or wooden veneers. Its interiors are done up with extensive use of ARTICO leather upholstery and highlighted with chrome accents. Its dashboard has star-shaped AC vents garnished with silver accents. The dashboard in the cockpit looks quite sleeker than other company models and is equipped with an array of features. Some of those include a music system, an AC unit along with an instrument cluster and a multi-information display. Also, there is an attractive 3-spoke steering wheel with leather cover and is mounted with multi-functional switches. But the most important factor of the cabin is that it is furnished with comfortable seats, which redefines the ergonomics. The rear cabin seat has a split folding facility in 60:40 ratio, which is helpful for extending the boot volume. Its internal cabin is fitted with an array of utility features including storage boxes, drink holders, sun visors, accessory power sockets and digital clock.

This model series is packed with a range of sophisticated features that eventually offers an unmatched driving experience. Currently, it is available in two trim levels like Style and Sport. Among these, ‘Style’ is the base trim, which has all the standard features including an automatic air conditioning system, rear adjustable AC vents, dust along with pollen filter. This trim also comprises of information based features like a speedometer, fuel gauge, tachometer, outside temperature, digital clock, and gearshift position notifier. Beside these, it also has ECO start/stop function, 4-way lumber support for front seats, large glove box unit, adjustable power steering column, memory function for driver’s seat, power windows with one touch operation, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, multi-functional steering wheel and remote operation for boot opening center armrest for front and rear. On the other hand, its high end ‘Sport’ variant has features like panoramic sliding sunroof with automatic rain sensing function, adjustable armrest, trip computer in multi-functional display and illuminated glove compartment. The manufacturer has also blessed this variant with a sophisticated PARKTRONIC parking assist function featuring rear sensors and camera, which offers acoustic and visual parking aid on infotainment screen.

PERFORMANCE ;

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque matched to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission (with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles). In Edmunds track testing, the GLA250 4Matic outdid Mercedes’ estimated 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds by hitting the milestone in 6.8 seconds, a good showing for this segment.

The AMG GLA 45 pumps out an outstanding 375 hp and 350 lb-ft from the same 2.0-liter engine. A quicker-shifting version of the seven-speed transmission sends power to all four wheels. The AMG GLA 45 also features a three-mode stability control system that allows drivers to tailor the level of intervention and offers available launch control. Mercedes says the GLA 45 can rocket from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

Both the GLA250 and the AMG GLA 45 feature an automatic stop-start function that, if engaged, turns off the engine when the car stops to save fuel. Fuel economy figures are quite good: the front-wheel-drive GLA250 achieves 27 mpg combined (24 city/33 highway), while the GLA250 4Matic earns 26 mpg combined (23 city/31 highway). The high-octane AMG GLA 45 isn’t much worse at 25 mpg combined (22 city/28 highway)

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

It’s a lot softer-riding than the A-Class. The suppleness helps in the suburban grind, and it eases away the harshness of many motorway surfaces, too. Factor in the well-arranged driving position and it’s relaxing transport, marred only by noisy engines (both petrol and diesel) and a bit of wind noise. The handling is roly-poly but you’re always aware of what’s going on and the reactions and responses are accurate and prompt enough that it doesn’t loll about the place too badly. The 2.1-litre diesel comes in two outputs, the upper 170bhp version being exclusively 4WD (and quite capable off-road), and there’s also GLA 250 turbo petrol, but it isn’t a very charismatic engine.

For charisma you’ll be needing the range-topping AMG GLA 45, a slightly bonkers 4WD device that hits 62mph in 4.8secs – genuinely, a tarmac rally car in kid gloves. The fully AMG-developed engine is an absolute blast and the whole thing works much better than you’d ever expect.

SAFETY ;

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes with automatic drying, front knee airbags, front side airbags and side curtain airbags (rear side airbags are optional). Standard technology features include Active Brake Assist, which uses radar to identify potential front-collision situations and intervenes with braking as necessary, and Attention Assist, which monitors the driver for signs of drowsiness or inattention. Mercedes’ Mbrace2 telematics system is also standard and includes automatic collision notification, an emergency response button, stolen vehicle location, remote car alarm notification to your phone and remote door lock/unlock.

Other safety-oriented options include a rearview camera, parking sensors bundled with an automated parking system, blind-spot monitoring and the Driver Assistance package, which adds adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

VERDICT ;

Mercedes-Benz has finally filled the void in their SUV lineup with a capable product. The GLA will win many hearts with its styling alone and is a perfect product considering buyer preferences and our road conditions. The GLA is not the quickest car in its segment nor is it the sharpest but it does come out to be a practical one with great balance between performance and fuel efficiency with respectable ride and handling. While the performance buff can wait for the soon to be launched GLA 45 AMG, for everything else the GLA fits the bill perfectly. We reckon the GLA will attract quite a crowd, the only challenge for Mercedes will be to cater to the overwhelming demand.

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Tata Tigor Engine & Gearbox

OVERVIEW ;

After numerous sightings, great expectations and a long wait, the Tata Tigor is finally out of the bag. For those of you who just tuned in, the Tigor serves as a sedan version of the Tiago, and will sit below the Tata Zest. This is a compact ‘under four meter’ sedan for those buyers who need the convenience and practicality from such a vehicle but with an unmistakeable dash of style. It is for this same reason that Tata calls the Tigor a ‘Styleback’, thanks to the unique fastback-like design of the rear portion.While the Tiago was the first well-rounded product from the Tata portfolio, a lot now rests on the shoulders of the Tigor to build upon that reputation. Let’s dig deeper to find out what makes Tata’s new Tigor tick. Check for review & price of Tata Cars

EXTERIORS ;

Study photos of the Tigor and Tiago’s front ends and you’ll find only a few subtle differences. The Tigor’s headlights get a smoked-effect and also use projector lenses. New chrome lining for the lower portion of the glasshouse adds a bit of richness to the Tigor’s look. However, it’s from the B-pillar onwards that the Tigor takes on a whole different identity. The sedan sits on a 50mm longer wheelbase, uses different rear doors and even has a unique window line with a Skoda-like upward kink at the rear quarter glass. Visually though what really makes the Tigor stand out is the coupé-like manner the roof flows into the tail; inspiration for the ‘Styleback’ name. The swooping roof and distinctive tail section make the Tigor look far removed from all other compact sedans that are, more often than not, hatchbacks with a boot tacked on. Certain angles aren’t quite as flattering to the Tigor’s derriére (especially on the diesel version that gets only 14-inch rims) but, on the whole, the car’s shape is attractive and sure to be a big draw. Check Ex Showroom Price of Tigor

Styling at the rear is neat, helped by the smart tail-lamps, chunky bar of chrome above the number plate and a black plastic strip low down on the bumper to balance visual mass. There are also some nifty details elsewhere on the body. See the blacked-out lip (home to a strip of LEDs) above the rear windscreen? Aside from being a design element in its own right, it’s also the end point for a neatly hidden hump in the roof that’s been incorporated to free up headroom in the rear section of the cabin. Care has been taken to ensure maximum boot space too. How? Tata has ditched the traditional gooseneck hinges for the boot opening and opted for a significantly more expensive multi-hinge and damper arrangement. The setup is less intrusive and helps make the most of the luggage area, which, by the way, is a sizeable 419 litres. Another point to note is that only petrol Tigors will be available with the attractive ‘diamond cut’ 15-inch alloy rims. As mentioned, diesel Tigors make use of smaller 14-inchers. Tata engineers we spoke to told us the heavier diesel required the added cushioning of thicker sidewall tyres to keep ride comfort at the desired level. In all, the Tigor weighs 50kg more than a comparable Tiago.

INTERIORS ;

Although there are plenty of changes on the exterior Tata Motors decided not to mess too much with the cabin inside for the Tigor. You can clearly notice that the steering wheel, dashboard, instrument cluster and everything else that you see shared with the Tigor hatchback. However, the changes do come in the form of a new 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which housed in the middle of the dash.

What else is also new is the rear seat design. Tata Motors calls it a sofa because the back seat stretched to the both the edge of the door opening; the rear seat also gets a foldable rear armrest with two additional cupholders exclusive to Tigor. There are also plenty of cubby holes inside the cabin as well Tata says that there are as much as 17 cubby holes inside the cabin which is quite practical. The extended wheelbase has not only helped in extracting the maximum amount of knee room for the rear passengers but boot space as well. The Tigor gets an impressive 419 Litres of boot space at the back of this compact car which definitely will come in handy for the customers of this segment.

Overall the interior looks spacious (credit goes to the extended wheelbase), well-equipped thanks to the new touchscreen infotainment screen, automatic climate control (available on the top end variant) and JBL speakers. The seats too look comfortable because it is slightly more reclined and can comfortably accommodate 3 average side adults. Furthermore, the cabin also gets plenty of cubby holes as well which really comes in handy during long tours.

PERFORMANCE ;

We drove both the petrol and diesel versions, and the engines and transmissions are the same 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Revotron and 1.05-litre 3-cylinder Revotorq from the Tiago mated to five speed manual gearboxes. Power and torque figures are the same as the Tiago’s, at 85PS and 114Nm. The diesel remains unchanged too, offering 70PS of power and 140Nm of torque. However, as the Tigor is heavier by 40 – 50 kgs, the gearing has been tweaked to offer the right kind of drivability.On the road, the engine feels smooth and is quiet at idle but gets a bit noisy as you rev it. The petrol engine is the better pick in this lineup as it feels livelier even at low speeds. Throttle response is quicker at part throttle, which should make the petrol easier and more comfortable to drive in city. However, the petrol uses gear ratios that are aimed at getting good fuel efficiency and that saps some of the engine’s peppiness. For instance, you can almost hit a speedo-indicated 140kph in third gear alone!

Being more powerful, it also felt quicker to accelerate, and also has a better torque curve since its power does not taper off as sharply as the diesel’s. It also feels quite at ease while cruising on the highway.The diesel feels quite dull to drive. It is at its peppiest best in a very narrow window. Turbo lag is apparent below 2000rpm and you feel some of the turbo’s effect at around 2200rpm, but it tapers off just after 3500rpm. Any time you want to go faster, whether in the city or on open roads, you will have to work the gearbox. Gearshift quality in the diesel is also not as good as in the petrol, especially when shifting from second to third gear.Petrol and diesel both get Eco and City driving modes, like the Tiago, and Tata says the modes have been tweaked for a better experience.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The ride quality has to be one of the Tigor’s biggest highlights. The suspension offers a very good combination of ride and handling, especially the diesel, which runs on 14-inch wheels. It soaked bumps and potholes extremely well, and while both versions do not lose their composure over bad roads, the diesel offers a better ride with lesser up-and-down or side-to-side movements. The petrol uses 15-inch wheels and tends to cause more movement on broken roads, though ride quality is very good.The Tigor is impressive in terms of handling too. The suspension offers confidence when driving sportily or going fast around corners. The steering has a nice weighted feel, and it is not too sharp in terms of responses, but the suspension adds to the confidence. The petrol feels more confident with its bigger wheels and a slightly more responsive steering, as it is lighter than the diesel by about 70kg. Brakes feel good, though we would have liked some more initial bite. Stability under hard braking is better in the petrol.

SAFETY ;

Tata Motors is offering the new Tigor with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD with cornering stability control. The Tigor hasn’t been crash tested yet but the body panels and the sheet metal feels quite solid and well built, specially when you open/close the doors. Tata has a wide network across the country and with the success of the Tiago, their after sales have become much better. The Tigor is expected to offer low maintenance with reasonably priced servicing and spare parts.

VERDICT ;

The Tata Tigor styleback surely was able to impress the crowd with its styling and also with its features both inside as well as outside. The smoked projector headlamps, stylish alloy wheels, coupe-like roofline all contributes to the unique looks of this compact sedan. The interior too gets plenty of updates as well in the form of better legroom for the rear passengers, redesigned rear seats a new touchscreen infotainment screen and JBL speakers. The car uses the same drivetrains from the Tigor hatchback which might affect the performance a bit because the compact sedan is slightly heavier than the hatchback. What the owners will also miss is an AMT transmission as well which makes driving a lot more stress-free especially in bumper to bumper City traffic. But Tata might introduce the AMT at a later stage for sure with the Tigor.

 

 

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Audi S5 Engine & Gearbox

OVERVIEW ;

Being in the fold since 2007, it was about time for the Audi S5 to usher in a new generation, and it will do just that for the 2017 model year. With the new generation comes a new, wider front grille, larger corner air inlets on the front fascia, a more muscular hood, and new, thinner taillight units. Inside, the car has gone through a major revamp, sporting an updated instrument cluster, a new infotainment display that sits above the center stack, a new center console, and redesigned door panels. The S5 still sports a 3.0-liter, gasoline-powered engine, but for 2017 it’s been updated to deliver 354 horsepower – a 21-horsepower increase over the previous generation.

As always, the S5 shares a strong amount of its DNA with the Audi A5, but offers up significantly more power in an overall sportier package. As a model that competes with the likes of the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe, Audi had to put in the wrench time to make sure the S5 is more competitive than ever. Part of that time was dedicated to developing an all-new chassis, revised aerodynamics, and shedding a little weight despite having a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model.

EXTERIORS ‘

The Audi S5 doesn’t look vastly different from the A4 but it’s this yellow colour which instantly stands out and makes people stare with admiration. As the A4 isn’t available in this paint shade, the S5 does come across as either a specially painted A4 or something different. The rearview mirrors are finished in silver and the right side mirror is too zoomed for easy rear visibility. For keen eyed viewers, recognising this as the S5 isn’t very difficult as compared to the A4, this model is naturally longer, wider and of course lower (much to our disappointment, more on that later). The difference over the A4 might not be striking but they are in line with the S4 with the changes to the bumpers and grille.

Where the Audi S5 is clearly visible as something different is the coupe design that’s evident at the rear. The roof flows all the way back till the boot as the tail gate is a one piece (both the boot and windshield open in one piece). This also results in the window line being lower and curvier, giving the S5 a striking visual identity. There is of course the S5 badging on the front grille and the boot while the V6T badge sits on the front fender.

INTERIORS ;

The S5 Sportback is something that blends the sporty design with lavishness to offer an experience like no other. It is extremely spacious from inside furnished with comfortable sports seats. However, buyers can opt for ‘S’ Sports seats, which are available as optional. Both seats in the cockpit have electrical adjustment facility along with 4-way lumbar support. Nappa seating upholstery is available as standard, but individuals can choose it from four different color schemes. Also comes as standard is the contrasting stitching and S5 embossing on seats. It indeed has a driver oriented cockpit with commanding driving position and ergonomically positioned control switches. It has a smooth dashboard featuring an attractive center fascia loaded with all the advanced equipment. The attractive factor of the insides is the instrument cluster that has two analogue gauges along with an LCD display integrated to it. The steering wheel has conventional three-spoke design featuring metallic inserts and S5 emblem. Also there are illuminated control switches for operating the audio system as well as calls. Another highlight of the cabin is the floor console that houses gearshift selector along with engine start-stop switch and other functions.

When talked about comfort, this company certainly offers the best of facilities. It is installed with a three zone, deluxe air conditioning system that creates a pleasant ambiance. This has separate controls for front and rear along with adjustable temperature and air distribution settings. Meanwhile, the air vents spread air in the whole cabin thus, adding to their convenience. The cruise control system is useful to maintain a steady speed as set by the driver. The Bang and Olufsen sound system is a plus point. It comes with high quality loudspeakers that gives brilliant listening experience. The driver information system with a high resolution color display screen provides other useful updates. There are electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support and the rear one gets folding facility. It has a storage package that includes cup holder in the rear center armrest, lockable glove box, and space under front seats. Besides these, the Audi drive select aids in adjusting various characteristics of the vehicle. It comes in different modes like auto, comfort, dynamic and efficiency. There are sunvisors available at front, while the heated outside mirrors are electrically foldable, adjustable and has automatically dimming with memory functions. The slide and tilt glass sunroof with a tinted safety glass, welcomes cool air and sunlight inside. In addition to all these, it also has a multi functional steering wheel, bottle holders, Bluetooth interface, front intermittent wipers, power windows, and a few others.

PERFORMANCE ;

The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 from the S4 is brilliant in its ability to go from smooth and refined daily driver to savage beast depending on how firmly you flex your right foot. Even the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox does a great job in traffic, scooting you around with minimal intrusion. In fact, leave the Drive Select switch in ‘Efficiency’ mode and don’t go too hard on the gas, and it can even be quite frugal – so yes, it can conceivably be used every day.

However, it is a performance car at the end of the day, so you’ll want to know how it feels to unleash all of that 328bhp and 44.86kgm, right? Well, because it’s supercharged rather than turbocharged, there’s no lag before all that torque comes in. In Dynamic mode particularly, it’s always raring to go, and the gearbox will lock you into the heart of the powerband, shifting down quickly and intuitively to do so. The paddles work really well too, but honestly, the gearbox does a good enough job all on its own. It feels properly quick too, and Audi’s 5.1-second claimed time for 0-100kph is perfectly believable. That sense of speed is also helped by the nice little purr this motor emits – again, not a raucous growl like you’d get from an RS5, but just enough to let you know it means business.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The Audi S5 doesn’t get adaptive suspension so the Drive Select doesn’t alter the suspension which shouldn’t be the case considering this is a fully imported car. The ride quality is very good and the S5 is properly usable as a daily driver. The suspension being on the stiffer side works quite well and also ensures high speed stability is excellent. Since the S5 is a CBU model, no changes have been made to the ride height and one has to be extremely careful over bumps as it does tend to touch on big speed-breakers.

The handling of the Audi S5 is quite good, the chassis is old and that can be felt as it’s not razor sharp and the steering feels a bit lacking in feel, it’s just not as communicative as you would expect a S badged car to be. Power is channeled to all wheels via the quattro AWD system and the ESP isn’t intrusive in Sports mode, so you can do aggressive launches and also slide around a bit, in control of course. The brakes are strong and help shed speeds quickly

SAFETY AND SECURITY ;

This automaker has offered all its models with some advanced and vital security aspects and this one, is no exception. It comes with anti-slip regulation that increases traction and minimizes spinning of wheels. There are full size dual front, side and head airbag system available to safeguard occupants in case of an impact. The electronic stabilization control helps the vehicle to remain steady even when driving at high speed. Meanwhile, the electronic differential lock functions by braking automatically on surfaces that are slippery. There are three point inertial reel seat belts for all occupants with belt force limiters and tensioners at front. Also, it has the advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. This is helpful to prevent skidding besides improving braking performance in any road condition. The parking system plus with reversing camera is another aspect that aids in easy and safe parking. It is an acoustic and visual parking system that displays the image of area behind this machine. Apart from all these, the list also includes rear defogger, high mount stop lamp, crumple zones, door ajar warning, seat belt reminder and many others that gives enhanced protection.

VERDICT ;

It’s about time Audi updated the A5 and S5 lineup, and it did a fair job bringing together new technology, better comfort and luxury, and a more aggressive front end. But the S5 still looks way too much like the lesser A5 for my taste. Sure, there are minor differences in the front and rear exterior, and there’s a fine list of standard features for the S5, but I still think Audi could differentiate the models a little more. That said, the new S5 should soldier on for the next six or seven years before Audi drops a new-gen model, and a facelift won’t be in the cards until the turn of the decade. Even if the S5 is quite similar to the A5, I’ll still take the S5 over the A5 any day – that 354 horsepower is enough to sell me on the more expensive model.

 

 

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Audi RS7 Sport Back Performance

OVERVIEW ;

American performance is usually served with unmistakable flamboyance. For example, both the shark-nosed Corvette Z06 and Terminator-esque Shelby GT350 Mustang offer unambiguous speed cues front to back. But that’s a good thing; it’s an essential facet of their character. However, some people prefer the straight-to-jail speed in a package that flies comfortably under the radar. Folks looking for a combination like that usually turn to Europe, birthplace of cars like the Audi RS7 Sportback Performance. To the uninitiated, it’s just another AWD luxury sedan. But to those who know, it’s over 600 horsepower and a top speed of 190 mph.

Audi already offers U.S. customers the venerable RS 7, but now, according to a recent report from the fine folks at Autoblog, we’ll get the new Performance version as well. That means even more power, slightly tweaked styling, and all the refinement and comfort you’d expect from a range-topper with four rings on the grille.So then – a high-output variant of an already overpowered luxury sedan. Sounds tempting. We won’t know exactly what the U.S.-spec RS 7 Sportback Performance will bring to the table until Audi provides us with the details, but for now, read on for the Euro-spec iteration and cross your fingers it’s unaltered by the time it hits our shores.

EXTERIORS ;

Luxury in Audi RS 7 is complemented by a very elegant and attractive exterior look. Not only it has an elegant appeal but also has been engineered in a fashion so as to ensure proper and sophisticated ergonomics. The overall exterior design has been carved out considering the extra edge or lead that every less gram of it provides. The exterior is dynamic, self-assured and sporty with an extraordinary snob appeal. The beauty of this automobile Marvel is mesmerizing and deals in unconditional athleticism that too with elegance.

This elegance is at its peak with the most powerful trademark, of being an Audi Singleframe that features a matte aluminium look frame. The strength in exterior design is at par with ahigh-gloss black honeycomb grid. The RS model supports bumpers that come with large side air intakes and integrated flaps. The uniqueness of RS 7 model is outlined by dark-tinted surrounds that back optional LED headlights. Dynamic and self-assured appearance is furthermore emphasized by tornado line sets that come with distinctive widened sills.

RS 7 Sportback supports dual-branch design trims for better acoustic experience with its exhaust system. Mirror housings and slide-and-tilt glass sunroofadd to some RS specific touches. Some additional features include Matrix LED headlight, ambient lighting and light/rain sensor. The wheels are of cast aluminium that come in 5-spoke blade design; which sports high-gloss, matte titanium look.

INTERIORS ;

The company’s obsession to be perfect reflects in the interiors that were given a lot of attention to every little detail. The seats are cushy and covered with alcantara leather with diamond stitching and also has the RS7 logo. The heads up display spreads on the windshield and gives all the possible assistance for navigating. A rear view camera helps in cornering and adjusting the vehicle while parking. An alert notification by Audi side assist system helps in acknowledging the unnoticed vehicles. Furthermore, The whole interior looks stunning and feels luxurious with sharp and custom designed parts. Starting with the fabrications, there is a multifunctional sports steering wheel, which is enabled with gears that can be changed manually and is covered with leather. The multimedia interface has touch screen capacity that makes the functions to be handled effortlessly. The inside rear view mirror is provided with an automatically dimming mechanism. There is ample lighting in the cabin along with a package of multiple light functions. To compliment the look, even the pedals are layered in aluminum. The door openers are in a double-bar design and the inlays are a mix of carbon and fibre. The rear seats are provided as two separate seats that could stand as a like factor for those who are specifically expecting such a feature.

Fully loaded with comfort features, this Sportback has been generous in providing all that one could ask for in a cabin on wheels. The cruise control with speed limit function helps immensely in giving a better drive control, while its display can be seen on the instrument cluster. The 4-way lumbar support to the seating is a blessing for the occupants. The driver information system is offered in a color display. Then, there is the 4-zone automatic air conditioning unit that gives an advanced regulation to the cabin temperature. The radio remote control adds to the list of automated functions. The parking job is made flawless by aiding with a rear view camera and a parking brake auto release function. The handling is made better by offering a responsive power steering wheel that can be adjusted. The infotainment section consists of an MMI that supports advanced navigation system as well. The Audi music interface along with Bose surround sound distributes the audio evenly and has a fantastic deliverance of sound. There is Bluetooth connectivity available and also a heads up display, which shows up on the windscreen. As a standard feature, there is an Audi pre sense display that helps in alerting or adjusting to all the calculated possible risks.

PERFORMANCE ;

The RS7 is limited by default to a top speed of 250kph, and you can have that raised to 280kph or a ridiculous 305kph with a performance pack. Since exercising these limits would require the main straight of the Buddh International Circuit (which we don’t have with us today), let’s focus on what it’s like in more everyday conditions. There are no mechanical changes on this facelift, so you still get the same ferocious 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged, direct-injection V8 that produces 553bhp and 71.38kgm and will haul two tonnes worth of Audi to 100kph in just 3.9 seconds. The power delivery is pleasingly urgent for a turbocharged engine, at least in Dynamic mode – there’s barely a hint of hesitation before it launches you at the horizon. Part of that, of course, is down to the quick-shifting ZF eight-speed gearbox.

In fact, it’s this gearbox that sets the tone for the RS7’s dual, luxury-sportscar personality. While most performance cars have switched over to dual-clutch setups (Audi’s own R8 included), this car sticks with a good old fashioned, eight-speed torque converter that’s related to the one in the A8 limo. So, while it’s quick to react and swap cogs (it only starts to falter slightly when you’re really hammering it), it’s perfectly civilised in Comfort mode. It’s the same for the ride, despite those optional 21-inch wheels and low-profile tyres (never thought we’d recommend 20-inch wheels as the sensible option). Yes, it’s firm and a little skittish over bumps, especially in Dynamic, but so far from what you’d call uncomfortable.The engine too, in Dynamic with the gearbox in ‘S’, likes to keep the revs high for the best responses, but here too, it’s not as if it’s undriveable at low speeds. Of course, the correct thing to do at low speeds is use Comfort mode, in which case it’s downright docile at part throttle. And with the combination of engine stop-start and cylinder deactivation, you could probably manage some pretty conventional fuel economy figures – provided you’re very gentle with the throttle, of course.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

Being equipped with quattro, power is channeled smoothly at all times, no wheelspins, no drama and even if you are very aggressive on the throttle, the Audi RS7 behaves itself. The massive 275/35/20 sized tyres offer leech like grip and you can enter corners at insane speeds and come out on the other side without wetting your pants. But the massive rims also mean you have to be supremely careful on Indian roads which throw out a big bump or two unannounced.

Ride quality is very good by the low profile tyres standard. Ground clearance is low but we did not face any issues with the underbelly although to be brutally honest, we were super careful over speed bumps. The RS7 has good body control but it isn’t a sharp handler due to the heavy two tonnes of weight it carries. The steering has good feedback but isn’t the sharpest and lacks a bit of feel. Understeer kicks in when you corner very hard and the RS7 doesn’t wag its tail out. The carbon ceramic brakes result in stupendous stopping power.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

Efficient safety measures such as full-size airbags and effective start-stop system have been incorporated. There is Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) which networks the ABD, EBD, ASR and EDL. Also, there is tyre pressure monitor display.The car comes equipped with a Bang and Olufsen audio system, start/stop function, a heads-up display, night vision assistance and and adaptive cruise control. In addition, it has rear dual-zone air conditioner, a sunroof, power assisted door closing (in case any door remains half open) and an automatically opening boot lid. In terms of safety, the car comes equipped with eight airbags, ABS with EBD and ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation)

VERDICT ;

This is a segment that promises everything. The practicality of four doors combine with the good looks of sweptback rooflines, while high technology and world-class comfort pair up with breathtaking speed. Anyone willing to spend this kind of coin on a car is simply unwilling to compromise, no matter the situation.With that in mind, how does the RS 7 Sportback Performance stack up? With over 600 horsepower on tap, the Audi has the muscle, while the adjustable suspension finds a happy balance between refinement and cornering prowess. You’ll also find options like ceramic brakes to gain an edge come Sunday. Inside, Audi brings top-shelf materials and the latest techno gadgetry.All in all, things are as they should be. So why would you pick the Audi over the BMW or Mercedes?

In a word – maturity. While the BMW and Mercedes announce their presence with showy styling and faster-than-you attitude, the Audi brings a uniquely restrained confidence. On most days, it’ll easily cruise to your destination with discretion. But dig into the loud pedal, and it’s all sound and fury.

 

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4 Major Advantages of a Cloud Phone System

Cloud phone systems are steadily on the rise in the business telephone market as more businesses become familiar with and adopt cloud technologies. SMBs and enterprises are realizing the many advantages that cloud technologies can offer their businesses, opening up new avenues for business communications and the way employees communicate. But when it comes down to the specifics, cloud phone systems are simply hosted PBX systems labeled under another term. They still offer the same cost-savings, features, and more that hosted PBXs offer their users.“Cloud” and “cloud-based” are newer buzzwords in the VoIP and telecom spaces, offering companies the opportunity to take advantages of new tech in the voice space. However, this doesn’t change the way a hosted phone system can help your small business or large enterprise

Advantages of a Cloud Phone System

Cloud phone systems offer features, mobility, and customer support.

A cloud-based communication system can help make your business appear larger than it actually is. This is because it gives your business a professional-quality phone system that uses such features as auto attendant, call forwarding, extensions, and more, giving your small business a big enterprise feel. A hosted phone system generally includes call management features like call forwarding, music on hold, access to a dial-by-name directory , and other enterprise-grade features to help you stay organized and efficient. There are also a number of other perks with a cloud phone system, namely:

Cloud Phone System Offers Flexibility:

With a cloud-based phone system, your employees are not chained to their desks, waiting for an important call or stuck on a conference call. Calls can be routed to cell phones or home phones as needed thanks to access to mobile applications and the call forwarding or find me/follow me feature. In fact, calls can be routed based on who’s calling and at what time it is (so you won’t receive calls out of the office on certain days). There is also the option to use the ‘Do Not Disturb ‘ feature when you are busy with a project or engrossed in a meeting.

Cloud Phone Systems Help With Customers:

As IP phones and caller dashboards become more complex, cloud phone systems can provide employees with on-screen call display in addition to information about who’s calling and any notes you may have from previous interactions with the client. This is exceptionally helpful when a phone system is integrated with third party applications like Salesforce or other customer relationship management (CRM) applications. This allows employees to present potential customers or clients with personalized service, thus ensuring a good customer interaction.

Cloud Phone Systems Connect Your Employees:

A hosted phone system also allows employees to contact each other either by clicking or dialing an extension. A majority of call management tools are included with cloud phone service as well, helping to keep employees connected. Additionally, with a cloud phone service employees can access the cloud and their contacts or employee notes from anywhere there is a reliable Internet connection. Plus, by using a unified communications (UC) solution, employees can chat, share files, view presence, and hold digital meetings all thanks to the cloud.

 

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Why The Virtual Phone Numbers Are Suggested For The Female Entrepreneur ?

You’ve worked hard to establish your own business. Perhaps you have employees or perhaps you’re a one woman show. To stay competitive, you have done everything to prove your worth and even boost your professionalism above the male competition. You are held to a higher standard already in the industry and you know you still have a long road ahead. While you are working hard to make it to the top, you should never sacrifice professionalism or even your safety to get there. One of the best tools at your disposal is that of a virtual phone number.

Virtual Phone Numbers Keep You Professional

A virtual number provided by a cloud-based phone service keeps your business professional. Instead of handing out a home phone number or even a personal cellphone number, you are giving them a line separating personal from private. You can even setup a toll-free number or vanity number for your company. Vanity numbers let you use a combination of numbers that spell something, such as your company name or something you sell.Your virtual number will also help keep creditors, sales professionals and spam callers from harassing you on your personal line – giving you more opportunities to separate personal from professional life.

Virtual Phone Numbers Keep You Safe

As a female entrepreneur, you may travel or meet with clients – people you don’t know. You can add a layer of personal security by handing out a number from your virtual phone service rather than giving out your personal number. This also works as a filter – allowing you to screen who calls you and why.Also, as you create your website, you do not want to publicly broadcast your personal cellphone or home phone number. With a virtual phone service issued number, you are only displaying the business line – so people have no way to contact you personally.Virtual numbers cannot be back traced like your personal number. That means no one could pay for a reverse search to find your name, address and other private information. Instead, the virtual number is registered to the business and that is it.

Bloggers Should Use Virtual Numbers Too

You don’t have to have a full-fledged business or even a company to use a virtual number. Female bloggers are a growing community and there are numerous seminars and conferences hosted just for female bloggers. If you are one of those attendees, do you want to hand out a business card with your personal number? A virtual number can be used for contact forms on your blog too – ensuring advertisers and even spam callers don’t have your personal number to constantly harass you on.