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Audi RS6 Features & Specifications

OVERVIEW ;

Station wagons are very rare in India and the last time I sat in one was a decade back when someone I knew had bought an Opel Corsa Sail. Before that, I once travelled in a Tata Estate too. I’m one of those few guys who actually likes the shape of a station wagon and mind you, the Skoda Octavia vRS Combi was a personal favourite. However, estates have been getting almost nil demand in India and thus manufacturers have been hesitant in launching them here. However, Audi has taken a bold step and launched the RS6 Avant which is a hot performing station wagon which also boasts of a lot of practicality. We took the Avant for a long run and here’s how it fared.

EXTERIORS ;

Much like the Plus models before it, the RS6 Avant Performance gained subtle visual enhancements over the less powerful RS6 Avant. Since the latter was updated for the 2015 model year, the Performance model also received the sharper front grille, the darker chrome finish, and the revised headlamps and taillights that came with the facelift.

Other than that, the RS6 Avant Performance gained only a couple of exclusive features, such as a new set of 21-inch, cast aluminum wheels and the Ascari Blue exterior paint. Speaking of colors, the wagon can be had in ten body paints, including Daytona Gray, Floret Silver, Glacier White, Misano Red, Mythos Black, Nardo Gray, Panther Black, Prism Silver, and Sepang Blue. Additionally, customers will be able to choose between an array of custom paint finished from Audi Exclusive.

INTERIORS ;

If understated was the theme you were going for, this interior would be the dictionary definition. Of course, all the possible carbon fibre trim options gave been selected on this particular car, but if you really wanted to go completely stealth, you could just have the plain black version instead as well. That said, personally, we would have liked to see atleast a bit of red thrown around the car to add some sort of drama to the overall scheme of things. All said and done though, the kind of quality that the RS6 showcases is second to none. And so are the absolutely phenomenal race derived sports seats that you get. As they the most comfortable or the most aggressive seats that we have plonked our butts in? No. but they certainly are one of the best compromises between those two spectrums.

And there is also enough space in the back for three to sit comfortably. Which in our opinion just raises the appeal of this car. Why would you not want to scare the living daylights out of four close friends while they get fooled into thinking this is just another luxury Audi. And the RS6 is perfectly capable of just that, while still carrying your weekend getaway luggage or your doggies in the boot. On the whole then, with the exception of a rather plain design that we have become used to in Audi’s of this segment, the RS6 is a wonderful place to be in.

PERFORMANCE ;

A word on the mechanicals first. The RS6 Avant features the same engine that powers the Audi RS7. It’s a 4.0-litre twin-turbo, direct injection V8 petrol engine that makes a crazy 553bhp at 5,700-6,600rpm and 71.3kgm at 1,750-5,500rpm. The engine comes mated to an eight-speed torque converter gearbox and power is channelled via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. In typical driving, the front-to-rear power split is 40:60, but depending on the conditions as much as 70 percent of power can go to the front, or 85 percent can go to the rear. There’s torque vectoring too, for added precision.

In a straight line, the RS6 is just manic. There’s no launch control here, but the all-wheel drive system allows for ballistic controlled getaways. Truth is, you can’t tire of the sheer ferocity with which the RS6 builds speed, be it from a standstill or from 120kph. Seriously, thanks to the turbos, almost the entire rev range is the powerband. As a result, explosive performance is never too far. The super quick gearbox also deserves credit here. It shifts gears without any delay, be it in full automatic mode or when operated manually via the paddle shifters or gear lever. The exhaust also adds its share of drama to the proceedings. There’s an ever-present bassy rumble at low revs that builds up to a deep-throated growl at higher revs. At its loudest setting, the exhaust will also bark and pop on gearshifts. Nice!

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The company has given this vehicle the same braking and suspension mechanism, which are available in other models of the Audi’s portfolio. The front axle is equipped with a McPherson strut along with lower wishbones, an aluminum subframe and a tubular anti roll bar as well. While its rear end has a four link suspension with separate spring based shock absorber arrangement, sub frame and a tubular anti roll bar. On the other hand, its front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while rear are equipped with a sturdy set of solid disc brakes. This mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist as well. In addition to these, it also has features like energy regeneration electronic stability program, anti slip regulation and other traction control programs. The cabin is incorporated with a rack and pinion based electro mechanic power assisted steering system, which is further incorporated with a speed dependent control. This tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel is quite responsive and makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.

SAFETY ;

Talking about after-sales service, Audi has a decently wide spread network across the country and the automaker has been fetching good sales across various cities. The RS6 Avant is also loaded with a lot of safety tech including six airbags, stability control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-sense Plus with Brake Assist and Active Lane Assist, etc.

VERDICT ;

When a wagon cranks out nearly as much horsepower as a Lamborghini Huracan, you know it means business. If you’re looking for a fast and powerful grocery getter, it doesn’t get any better than this. Sure, the AMG E63 S packs a lot of grunt and it’s equally quick from 0 to 62, but you can’t get cocky about having more than 600 horsepower under your right foot in the Merc.Performance and reasoning aside, the RS6 Avant Performance could also mean the beginning of a new era for Audi. According to its specs, this muscle wagon is a Plus model, but the Germans don’t want to call it that. With the S8 and SQ5 having already received Plus versions, it made sense for all similar models to wear the same badge, but it seems as if Audi wants to either replace the Plus with Performance or use two monikers for the same type of car.

 

 

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Tata Zest Price In Hyderabad

OVERVIEW ;

The past few years haven’t been good to Tata Motors’ passenger car division. It has had a few good products, but there always was something that didn’t sit right. Of course, there were even more things that were brilliant about the products, but desirability, one of the most important things in an economy such as ours where a car still remains in large part a luxury rather than a necessity, was absent. Tata has now recognised this, and has thrown everything they have behind the new range of products that will launch from now on, and it all begins with this small car that will replace the cheapest sedan on the planet – the Tata Zest. Does it manage to deliver what Tata so badly needs? Check Zest price in Hyderabad

EXTERIORS ;

Tata Zest was designed with inputs from the company’s three different design studios – Pune (India), Conventry (UK) and Turin (Italy). Several designing processes were also carried out by the help of Jaguar Land Rover – company’s luxury vehicle divison, as more than 6000 engineers and technicians worked relentlessly and rigorously across five countries and eleven centres. All the aforementioned hard work resulted in the birth of a distinct and never-seen-before sedan in the form of Zest. Being based on a thoroughly modified X1 platform, The all-new styling of the Zest is based on its new design direction of ‘Confident Dynamism’. As far as the front fascia is concerned, it flaunts the all new company signature grille with the newly introduced ‘Humanity Line’. This front grille is complimented immensely well by the dual projector headlamps with chrome accents, which are standard for every variant, except the base XE. Moreover, the top-end trim XT also enjoys LED daytime running lamps. The front bumper boasts triangle shaped twin fog lamps and double slat air dam.

Coming to the side profile of the sedan, it has an enlarged C-pillar which makes the roofline a bit sloppy. The Zest has body colored ORVMs with blinkers and turn indicators, body colored door handles, and body colored bumpers as standard across the entire range of variants. The flared wheel arches have been bestowed with 15″ alloy wheels which, again, are standard feature and offered with each and every variant. At the rear-end of the car, the Zest is the first car in its segment to flaunt LED tail lamps. The whole tail lamp cluster is quite stylish and feature a wrap around design. The boot-lid gets a lot of chrome treatment, particularly around the horizontally positioned strip, company logo and model badging. Tata Zest is being offered with 6 vibrant colors – Buzz Blue, Venetian Red, Sky Grey, Dune Beige, Platinum Silver and Pristine White. In all, Tata has finally succeeded in carving out a niche sedan that is good looking, stylish and sporty. It won’t be an exaggeration to term it ‘The Best Tata Car’ till date in the exterior designing aspect.

INTERIORS ;

Now most of the Indian consumers wants maximum out of their cars interior because this is the place where most of them and their family would spend their time in. Tata has tried to make the interior look new and fresh and we must admit that the interior of the Tata Zest neat and and modern compared to other Tata Motors products.The first thing that catches everyone’s eye when they step inside a car is the dashboard, in the case of Zest compact sedan Tata has fitted a completely new dashboard which looks very modern and premium. Tata have used Java Black & Latte colors. The newly designed three spoke steering wheel looks new.In addition to that Tata also has highlighted some important bits with chrome which overall adds a very interesting and premium finish to the dashboard. The top end variants definitely gets lots of goodies like Harman touchscreen multimedia system with 8 audio speaker, Voice recognition and SMS readouts and even steering mounted controls. The top trim also gets automatic temperature controls which can be operated via the touchscreen interface.

Now coming to the comfort factor the seats definitely feels comfortable while the white colored leather seats make the interior feel plush and appealing. From the pictures it is quite clear that the rear seats has sufficient amount of leg room which will definitely be useful during long journeys but what you will lack are the storage spaces inside the cabin, there is neither any arm rest on the front or even in the rear seats which is bit disappointing though. However at the rear of the car you will get a 360 litre boot which can help you store lot of luggage’s but the Swift Dzire or the Honda Amaze provides even better boot space.The base XE trim gets lot of important goodies like tilt adjustable power steering, air-conditioner with a heater option, front power windows, manual central locking and foldable key but unfortunately you won’t be getting any audio system with this trim. While the top end trim gets Automatic climate control, Multifunction steering wheel with voice command, Rear parking sensors, Electrically adjustable wing mirrors, Driver seat height adjustment, Harman music system with 8 speakers which supports

PERFORMANCE ;

The Tata Zest is offered with the tried and test 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel engine which produces the same output as it used to earlier. This engine is sourced from Fiat and is also popularly called as the “National Diesel Engine of India”. While offered with a 5-speed manual earlier, it now also gets paired to a 5-speed AMT automatic gearbox, making the Zest the cheapest diesel automatic in the country and also the only diesel automatic car in its segment. The bigger news is the new 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, which has been developed by Tata Motors in conjunction with AVL. It’s the first and only turbocharged petrol engine in its class.The 1.2-litre Revotron turbo engine uses an alloy head and a cast iron block, it belts out 90 PS at 5000 RPM and 140 Nm of torque at as low as 1750 RPM (up to 3500 RPM). The Zest gets a clutch lock and once you start the vehicle, you will really appreciate the low NVH levels, the motor is super refined with no vibes at all. In fact, the NVH is so good that at speed with the audio system playing, you can’t hear much of road, tyre or wind noise. Drivability is where the 1.2T Revotron mill truly shines, it offers an excellent low and mid-range punch but lacks top-end thrust. There is no turbo lag and performance is instant too, with power delivery being linear. The engine doesn’t rev quickly though and you do have to work the gearbox for quick overtakes, more so if the RPM drops below 2500 RPM in higher gears (4th and 5th).

So for instance, driving at 90 km/hr in fifth and you stand on the pedal, the motor does take its time to pull, clearly fifth gear is for cruising. Redline comes in just under 6000 RPM with the tacho glowing red once you whizz past 5500 RPM. 100 km/hr comes up in third gear with the tacho ticking in at around 2300 RPM in top gear at the same speed, so the engine is relaxed when you want to maintain cruising speed on the highway. Tata Motors has tested the engine for 3 lakh hours and there are many highlights of this powertrain – 10% faster than the closest rival, highest power and torque density in it class, 23% better peak torque than the closest rival. The engine doesn’t sound sporty but you can hear the turbo whistle. This is not the motor which will put the tarmac on fire as it’s not tuned for high revs but drivability is its forte. Still, it does cut off smoothly when it hits the redline (like European cars) and doesn’t feel jerky there.While accelerating, if you lift off, the RPM doesn’t drop quickly, it increases a bit and then falls very slowly. First gear is good for 50 km/hr while second will see you do 90 km/hr. The engine won’t rev more than 5000 RPM in neutral. The Revotron engine also has a first in class drive mode selector (developed with Bosch), you can choose between Eco, City and Sport. By default, the car is in City mode and a touch of a button on the centre console changes the mode (which is reflected on the 2.5-inch display on the instrument cluster). This change happens on the fly and the Eco mode is aimed at mileage, the Sport mode boosts performance marginally while the City mode gives you the best of both (the throttle response is altered). You can feel the power trailing off a bit in Eco mode while the accelerator feels more instant in Sport, the 0-100 km/hr timings reflect the difference in different modes and the same is significant. The 5-speed gearbox offers smooth shifts and the clutch is light too. We can expect a mileage of 13-15 km/l from the petrol Zest.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The final area where huge strides have been made is the chassis and suspension. Without getting into too much detail, what you need to know is that Tata has managed to find a sublime balance between ride and handling; perhaps even the best in this class. Drive it over any manner of road blemish and it will flatten it out impeccably, and quietly. Even big potholes hardly faze it. Road shocks are cushioned brilliantly and the sense of calm in the cabin even on a really bad surface is amazing for a car in this segment. The only time it comes close to being caught out is when you drive it quickly over large road undulations, at which point, it may pitch a little at the rear. Under very hard braking too, the rear can get a bit unsettled

Amazingly, the relatively heavy and tall Zest darts around corners quite capably too. Its wider tracks help it feel more planted than an Indica, and the body movement is very well controlled for a car that seems to ride quite high. Yes, there is a bit of body roll but the overall balance of the chassis doesn’t make it an issue. The new electric steering unit, borrowed from the Nano Twist, also works really well. It’s pretty accurate and the ‘active return’ feature does subtly make things easier on the move. At speeds, the steering does feel a bit light but doesn’t take confidence away from the driver.

SAFETY ;

The Tata Zest uses a baked hardened steel in its construction. It gets front and side crumple zones along with protection bars for rear passengers. Safety equipment includes dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and Corner Stability Control (CSC). The Zest feels strong, the doors close with a reassuring thud and the thickness of metal is good too. However, the vehicle isn’t tested by Global NCAP yet and we can only comment on the safety of the vehicle after a crash test rating has been given to it. The company has crash tested the Tata Zest at its own facility and it meets Indian regulations.

VERDICT ;

It must be said that Zest is probably Tata’s best and well coveted attempt to target most sort after compact sedan segment. It actually breaks away from what we Indians are used to seeing in Tata Motors product portfolio till date as this sedan brings forward the company’s latest design philosophy and engineering to conquer competition. In sheer performance, the petrol is the one that impresses the most while the availability of an automatic in diesel is definitely going to attract a great number of seekers. The attractive pricing at which the company has launched the Zest into the market, will surely pull a lot of customers towards it, especially when it comes to the first-in-segment diesel automatic variant.

 

 

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Renault Captur Review & Specifications

OVERVIEW ;

The Duster has been a smash hit for Renault in India, bringing many new buyers to a brand not very popular until then. The Kwid further established the French carmaker’s credibility and now, Renault hopes to repeat the success with the Captur, a premium SUV with strong crossover DNA.The Captur shares the engine, transmission and chassis with the Duster, which is a good thing as they’ve proved their mettle over the years. But what makes it more expensive than the Duster. We’ll find the answer in this review. Check for Renault Captur price in Hyderabad

EXTERIORS ;

The Captur’s crossover design may not appeal to all at first glance. But, spend some time with it and the edgy design grows on you. We once parked it next to a Duster at a restaurant and were pleasantly surprised at how mature the Captur looked. Yes, it isn’t as tall as a conventional boxy SUV, but there’s no doubt that it looks like a premium offering. Will you give it a second glance? Oh yes. It’s got a bit of novelty on its side for now, and the bright orange colour our test car wore only aided the eye-ball grabbing. There are some premium car elements here too. That includes the full-LED headlamps and the Audi-like ‘dynamic’ turn indicators. Low beam has a wide spread and a long throw too. But, in terms of illumination – it felt just a bit brighter than the LED projectors we’ve used in the Ignis or the Dzire.

The profile and the rear are a notch understated compared to the face. The design here has some understated French flair, which is going to be an acquired taste for most. That said, the 17-inch wheels look classy, and the 215/60R17 tyres look just right sitting under the flared wheel arches.The two-tone is well-executed, and it’s easy to see why Renault say the Captur was designed to sport a dual-tone paint scheme even since it was conceptualised. Keep in mind that the dual-tone combination will be an option. There’s quite a lot of customisation options on offer as well, which should give you the liberty to deck the Captur up the way you want to. From the rear, the Captur tries hard to shrug off the resemblance to the little Kwid. The tail lamps, the bumper and the windscreen all look like polished, grown-up version of the hatchback. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in our books, though.

INTERIORS ;

While there’s nothing to complain about the chic exteriors, the interiors are a bit of a hit-and-miss. The wrap-around dashboard is a fresh design and certainly feels like a step up from the Duster’s. There are also some great design touches such as the butterfly-shaped instrument cluster that gets a large digital speedometer in the centre, flanked by a tachometer and a fuel gauge. And I really like the ambient LED lighting and design of the air conditioner controls. However, our biggest gripe is the type of materials that have been used for the dashboard and the overall use of hard plastics for the interiors. They don’t feel as upmarket as they should for a car in this category, especially the roof liner which feels like it’s from one full segment below.Then there are some slightly wonky design elements, like the centre armrest – it doesn’t fold away and interferes with the operation of the handbrake lever. We really hope that all variants of the Captur offer hill- hold assist; trying to start moving from a standstill on an incline will be quite tricky otherwise. Then there are the front seats. Only the driver’s seat gets height-adjust, which is fine. What isn’t fine, however, is the fact that even the lowest setting on the seat is so high that it not only gives you a commanding view of the road but also of the entire top of the very large dashboard; this serves as a visual reminder of the basic quality of plastics that populate much of the cabin. And, if you’re on the taller side, say over 6ft, you are going to be uncomfortably close to the roof. The other ‘fit’ issue with the Captur can be found in driver’s footwell. The pedals are well proportioned and placed, but forget a dead pedal, there’s almost no space to the left of the clutch. This means the driver needs to keep his left foot under the clutch pedal when cruising; not an easy transition to make if you have large feet.

Renault made a big deal about its ‘panoramic’ windscreen and minimal A-pillars, along with the quarter windows designed to provide you much better situational awareness of what’s around and in front of you. While the side-to-side visibility is great, sitting so high up behind a raked windshield cuts out a bit of the view of the sky. Now, this isn’t a problem when it comes to driving, but it does give you a feeling of looking at the world through a narrow letterbox.The front seats themselves aren’t too bad though. The two-tone white- and-black leatherette seats look and feel good, and there’s enough support for your back and under-thighs, as well as sufficient bolstering for your shoulders when tossing the car around corners. The design and similar contouring are seen on the rear seats as well. While two adults, or even three in a pinch, can sit fairly comfortably, the kneeroom is nothing to write home about, and the rising window line robs the back of some airiness. The rear cabin space also gets its own set of AC vents which should be useful on hot days.

PERFORMANCE ;

The Captur is powered by the very familiar 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine. Although this 108bhp motor is identical to the Duster, Renault has fine-tuned it, to boost refinement and drivability. Unlike our experience in the Duster which has pronounced turbo-lag under 2000rpm, the Captur feel more linear and there is a nice build-up of power from as low as 1600rpm. It felt significantly more refined too thanks to the better sound insulation. This motor comes in its own beyond 2000rpm and carries on till 4300rpm, after which power tails off. Even on the highway the punchy mid-range makes overtaking just a flex of the right foot away. Although the sixth gear ratio is really tall, it’s a great cruising tool that keeps the engine spinning at just about 2,000rpm at 100kph; great for stretching your fuel tank. The Captur will be a better city run about than the Duster too thanks to the lighter clutch and slicker gearbox. Like the Duster, the Captur’s ride quality is exceptional. It smothers even the biggest of potholes with ease and even on rough roads you can maintain a fair clip. In fact, the faster you go, the better the ride. Also Renault has worked hard on the refinement and it has paid dividends. The cabin is very well insulated from the outside and it’s only when you cross the three-digit mark that there’s some wind noise entering the cabin through the A-pillars.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The Captur is dynamically very sound and it was bound to be since it shares it underpinnings with the Duster. Handling characteristics are very similar to the Duster. The steering offers good feedback, sometimes more than you would like. It still has the mid-turn kickback but can be irritating at times. Nevertheless, this is the best steering in the segment as far as enthusiastic driving is concerned. The Captur is not unnerved in changing direction and while doing so there isn’t much body roll.The Captur offers a very settled ride. It is barely moved by rough and bad roads. At slow speeds, almost every undulation is filtered before it reaches the cabin. At high speeds, the rear passengers did feel a few jolts over very rough roads but overall, the passengers would find no reason to complain as far as ride is concerned. Braking performance is progressive with the pedal offering good bite.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

The list of Renault Captur safety features include Front Disc Brakes, Drum on Rear, ABS with EBD, Rear Parking Sensors, Central Locking, Driver & Passenger Airbags, Crash Sensors, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Power Door Lock, Child Safety Locks, Side & Front Impact Beams, Passenger Side Rear View Mirror, Rear Camera, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Engine Immobilizer, Automatic Headlamps, Follow Me Home Headlamps and ISOFIX Child Seat.

VERDICT ;

So on the whole is the Captur a welcome addition to the market? Yes most certainly. It is stylish, offers unique style and is unlike another product in many ways. The fact that Renault is going to town with personalization options is also great. These span everything from excessive (!) chrome add-ons to theme-based decals, even an array of roof wraps and a cool chrome embellishment for the front grille (kind of reminds me of the A-Class’ diamond grille). Now to the prices – which start at ₹ 9.99 lakh for the petrol and go all the up to ₹ 13.88 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the top-end diesel model. The car will compete in the C-SUV space (compact SUV) and that currently sees products like Creta, Compass, etc. All I know is that I would have been surprised if Renault were to price the car at a premium. the current prices are very aggressive – as this is a Duster rival too after all. There are just three variants on offer and the base RXe variant comes with plenty of equipment, as I too pointed out earlier. Is the space hotting up then? You bet! Your move Maruti Suzuki (S-Cross facelift notwithstanding)! Dare I say the Vitara, baby?

 

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Fiat Linea Features & Performance

OVERVIEW ;

The Italian sense of design and styling is unparallel across the world and the physical proof it is exquisitely cited by Fiat Linea. Designed over the “Centro Stile” platform, Linea is an exclusive piece-of-art that comes with a complete package of power and performance. At present, the sedan is offered with two engine options that include a petrol and a diesel engine. Apart from a beautiful exterior design, Linea incorporates latest safety features and best-in-class comfort features. Fiat presently offers this sedan in five versions that include Active, Dynamic, Dynamic Pack, Emotion, and finally Emotion Pack. Each one of these trims can be availed with diesel and petrol fuel option. Get On Road Price of Linea in Carzprice

EXTERIORS ;

The Fiat Linea has always been an attractive looking car and in spite of its age, it still manages to look very good and appealing, the vehicle hasn’t dated much even after being launched more than six years back. With the facelift, Fiat wants to inject freshness in the Linea and they have succeeded to quite an extent. While the pre-facelift model will be continued to be sold in India in Linea Classic avatar, the updated model isn’t vastly different in external appearance with most body parts being identical. In fact some even prefer the old car’s classy looks over the new model’s busier styling. What ever said and done, stay with the facelifted Linea for a couple of hours and you are bound to like the new model’s fresher looks.

Up front you get a new grille along with a new bumper which drastically differentiates the face of the car with the pre-facelift model. On the sides there is little to differentiate the old and the new which isn’t much of a matter as the Linea has always had an attractive profile. The key difference on the side is of course the new alloy wheels and the turn indicators on the rear view mirrors. At the rear, revision to the boot and bumper of the Fiat Linea are the biggest changes with faux diffuser sitting on the lower half of the rear bumper. The number plate no longer resides on the rear bumper but is now placed on the boot, between the tail lights. The Fiat logo has been shifted further upwards on the tail gate while the thick chrome strip above the rear bumper gives that premium touch. Overall the Fiat Linea facelift looks fresh and is much more appealing than the old model.

INTERIORS ;

The interiors have the same layout. However, what the Fiat Linea 125S gets are some additional features. For instance, there is now a touchscreen system which also has navigation. The Microsoft Blue & Me is now gone. The new touchscreen is a bit small, but it is good enough. The Fiat Linea 125S gets rich leather interiors and speaks a lot about attention to quality. Where the Linea excels is clean interiors with decent stowage space.

The Linea 125S comes loaded with features like automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers and in fact this is the only sedan in its segment that still offers the twin-aero wipers, which are a lot more expensive than the regular wipers. The tough build quality and the spacious interiors make Fiat Linea a great sedan. The rear legroom is not in the league of most sedans though. The 500 litres of boot space is also large and offers more loading area due to the hydraulic lifts present. The Fiat Linea 125S has one of the best builds in the

PERFORMANCE ;

The turbo-petrol motor now develops 125PS of power and 208Nm of torque. That’s 11PS and 1Nm over the older T-Jet. Is the extra oomph noticeable? Not entirely. The engine feels just as sprightly as before, and you’d have to really wring the living daylights out of it to make the extra horses sweep into action. Get going, and it picks up pace cleanly till the rev needle hits the 2,000rpm mark. Once past this, you get the 208Nm in one concentrated shot that can easily get addictive. Bury the accelerator pedal into the mats, and the 125 S will torque steer like nobody’s business. Much like the Punto Abarth, the engine has a nice raspy note and the exhaust behaves like its sitting in a church. The engine has plenty of power for you to behave like a hooligan with. Keep the motor on the boil and it’ll reward you by plastering a grin on your face. Sadly, though, the wallet won’t be too happy. The claimed mileage figures have dipped from a respectable 15.7kmpl to a decent 14.2kmpl, but, out in the real world — expect somewhere around 10kmpl for mixed driving conditions.

Is the gearbox still rubbery? Ah, yes. How I wish I could say it was otherwise. Good news is that it doesn’t completely ruin the experience. It takes you a little time to get used to the rubbery action, post which you can stretch the Fiat’s legs. Speaking of legs, the clutch on the Linea can be an absolute pain for the left one. The travel is simply too long and can get plain annoying when you’re stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. Low-speed ride is a strong point with the Fiat. The well-tuned suspension does just enough to not upset the cabin when bad roads raise their ugly heads. Moreover, the healthy 190mm of ground clearance gives you that extra bit of confidence whilst tackling broken terrain. The flipside is that the soft suspension tends to make the ride slightly ‘floaty’ once you move into triple-digit speeds. We’re sure a set of stiffer springs will make the Linea a lot more fun, especially around a set of twisties.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

This is a firmly set-up car but has a pliant and supple feel over potholes. Ride comfort or ground clearance are both non issues, and the handling is quite engaging. The Apollo Alnac tyres, which earned quite a bit of flak in the more powerful Abarths, feel just about up to the job here. They have good traction, even in the wet, and only tend to spin up easily in first gear.The hydraulically assisted steering wheel is a bit on the heavier side in the city, and the large turning radius can be tedious in the city. Fiat recommends a cold tyre pressure of 36psi for the front and 33psi for the rear. Any lower and the heavier engine in the front will make you work extra hard to steer the car. I think it will really be a close call between the Vento TSI and the Linea when it comes to driving pleasure in this segment as both cars take different routes towards entertaining the driver.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

The Linea 125s gets ABS and EBD as standard while you can also expect dual front airbags as well for the safety of the passengers inside. This car has value-for-money package featuring all the essentials that are required to be a perfect family car. It features an automatic climate control unit with rear knee level AC vents..Cruise control, ambient lighting on dashboard and other functional features make this sedan a tough competitor.

VERDICT ;

The Linea 125s definitely does not get lot of cosmetic upgrades but the subtle changes have actually made the car look more sophisticated. What will appeal to the customers though is the new powerful 1.4 Litre T-Jet petrol engine and all that power and torque that it actually generates from the engine. Hopefully Fiat has also worked on the gearbox as well just like we mentioned little earlier in this article to actually do some justice to the engine and all that power and torque that it generates.

 

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Renault Kwid Features & Transmission

OVERVIEW ;

This, the new Renault Kwid AMT, is possibly the last chapter in the current Kwid’s evolution story. The story itself mirrors that of the high-selling Alto quite closely: First there was the 800cc, then the 1-litre came along, and now there’s the 1-litre with the AMT ‘box. And, we must say, this one is special. Sure, it has its shortcomings, but as a package for first time car buyers, it does more right than WRONG. Check Ex Showroom Price of Renault Kwid in Carzprice

DESIGN ;

The Renault Kwid, happily, doesn’t evoke any of that. Dimensionally, it belongs to its class but design wise it is not anything we have ever seen in the segment. With its SUV inspired styling and a much modern design, it will strike a quick rapport with both the vibrant young as well as the sanely matured. Not an exaggeration to say, this ne also proved to be a looker as we kept answering the curious beings all over.

A dark chain linked grille holds the bold Renault logo on the front with slender clear lens headlamps to the side. To add some razzmatazz, there is chrome detailing done inside the headlamps. Move behind and you would see the muscular contours curving below the grille. The fog lamp housing also gets swanky matte surround; affixed to the bumper.

The front hood has multiple characteristic lines to make it look more appealing and the same can be felt with the steeply designed windscreen. The strong shoulder line flows from the muscular wheel arch in the front before parting way and moving up towards the C-pillar. The efforts taken to make the Kwid look distinct from other offerings can be seen with intricate detailing done on the side such as scooped door handle pockets, boxy fuel lid shape and other contour lines on the side profile.

The ORVMs are done in contrasting black and need to be manually adjusted from outside. The matte cladding running over squarish wheel arches on the front and rear doesn’t look out of sync and instead blend nicely with the overall arrangement. The tall ground clearance of 180mm makes it sound relevant to the SUV inspiration and is also a best in class feature.

CABIN ;

One step into the Kwid and you already know you are getting into a fairly spacious hatchback by segment standards. The chunky steering wheel is neatly shaped and the Kwid comes with a digital instrument cluster, which is a first for its class. It comes with a elaborate trip computer and fuel economy reading which should help budget car buyers alter their driving style to eke out more efficiency.

The quality of plastics for a car of its price is quite good except for places like the door handles and aircon controls but overall the Kwid doesn’t look like it’s built cheap. There are plenty of storage spaces in the Kwid – two glove boxes, the top one with a bottle holder, two bottle holders in the front door pockets and plenty of scooped up places in the dashboard and in front of the gear lever. The seats are of the foamy, cushiony kind, and well contoured for the front passengers. The headrest is integrated and there’s decent under thigh support. It’s a spacious entry level hatchback, and in terms of boot space, it’s better than a few cars above the segment as well. At 300 litres, you can carry a big suitcase and an overnighter comfortably.

The Kwid has the longest wheelbase in its class at 2423mm, about 60mm more than the Alto and 40mm more than the Eon. It is also much wider than its closest competition and so you get more legroom and shoulder room. The Kwid’s packaging is seriously impressive.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

The 1.0-litre Renault Kwid produces 67 BHP at 5500 RPM and 91 Nm at 4250 RPM. This basically means 14 BHP and 19 Nm more at lower RPMs when compared to the 800cc engine. The added capacity and retuned engine offers strong low end and mid-range punch. The 3-cylinder engine doesn’t feel strained now and easily picks up the pace without letting you put effort. In-gear acceleration is better now and you don’t need to shift more frequently while driving in city traffic. The 5-speed transmission still feels a bit sluggish to use but has well defined gates.

100 km/hr comes up quickly if you upshift a tad before the redline since it doesn’t feel too responsive at the higher end of the rev band. Renault has worked on the NVH levels, which makes it less noisy and it feels more refined now. The more powerful Kwid now feels at home on the highways since you can cruise around 100 km/hr with ease at lower RPMs. The claimed fuel efficiency has gone down a bit to 23.01 km/l since there is a bigger engine under the hood.

DRIVING AND DYNAMICS ;

Truly, the Renault Kwid 2017 impresses in many ways and that includes the ride and handling. It maintains Renault’s legacy of a fantastic ride quality, similar to what we have seen in the Duster and Lodgy as well. The potholes are not much of a bother when you are behind the wheel of the Kwid. Yes, it glides over them. The handling is something unseen in this segment and the Renault Kwid 2017 can put to shame many a cars from higher segments too. The steering is well weighted, not too light or heavy either and the feedback is quite precise.

CONCLUSSION ;

Design is often half the battle won here in the Indian market, and so Renault is off to a good start with the Kwid. It has also armed itself well, with many trump cards like a premium cabin, plenty of space, the best fuel economy, loads of equipment and ride comfort that is class leading. And Renault has got its strategy and pricing right too. The company has been clever to save costs in areas that customers won’t notice or mind, and instead provided features – like that touchscreen – that people really want. The company also claims it will offer the lowest overall ownership cost in its class; an uphill task when you’re up against Maruti. And, with 98 percent localisation of parts, it seems to have nailed the price too. The fully loaded car tested here (the RXT with options) retails for just 3.53 lakh(ex showroom Delhi), which is only around Rs 9000 above the top of the line Maruti Alto VXi. Yes it has its flaws, mainly with the engine, which falls short on refinement and power delivery, and some of the cheaper Kwids aren’t well equipped. Still, all things considered, Renault’s Kwid clearly is a breath of fresh air in this class, and from the look of things, has all the makings of a game changer. It’s deeply desirable, clearly capable and the aggressive price is only the icing on the cake.

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Jaguar XJ Performance

OVERVIEW ;

Jaguar has launched several cars in India in both sports and sedan category that caters to premium segment of the car market. This car is available in three different trims of Jaguar XJ 3.0 Litre Premium Luxury, Jaguar XJ 3.0 litre Portfolio and Jaguar XJ 2.0 litre Portfolio. Jaguar XJ price in India is in the range of Rs. 99 Lac to Rs. 1.1 Cr (Ex showroom price, New Delhi). Jaguar XJ Colours available in the market includes Gold and Alpine White. Check for Jaguar XJ in Mumbai

EXTERIORS ;

The new generation Jaguar XF has got similar silhouette compared to its predecessor but the styling changes are quite substantial. The XF now gets leaner with the sleek character lines and revised front profile which is inspired by the latest family design. The beefy front styling is gone now, in comes the sporty and aggressive face. There is a dominating signature grille up front along with sleek LED headlamps with DRLs.

The Jaguar XF looks huge from the side profile having a long bonnet and a smooth flowing roofline that infuses seamlessly with the boot. The 18-inch multi-spoke alloys on the Portfolio trim look gorgeous. The rear profile also gets heavy changes. The slimmer tail lights look striking at night especially with the F-Type inspired LED detailing. All in all, the new XF maintains its elegant character but with some freshly sprinkled details on the exteriors.

INTERIORS ;

Simple is Classy and the XJ makes you feel that with its engaging interiors. Love the wood and beige interior trims on the premium luxury. Instead of filling the cabin with multiple options, they have chosen the select few necessarily important ones. Unlike others and thankfully so, Jaguars come equipped with the finest without an option of a discounted version which is an insult to a car of this calibre.It might not pamper the matured in you with lavish qualities of trim as seen on the S Class instead the XJ has more engaging bits than any other premium limousine. In their pursuit of perfection, they have spent a great deal of time on making sure the interiors suit the taste and class of the one owning it. The matured would like it for but the young and dynamic would love it as the intricate detailing is too good to not be considered.

Central panel gets an 8 inch touch screen colour display screen. Functional?… Yes! and the touch interface makes it convenient too. Something that doesn’t work for it is the presence of a similar arrangement in the more affordable XF. The S Class earns great points here for offering a visual treat with its larger infotainment screen and elaborative user interface. This might pinch someone who is particular about functions and options.The leather quality in seats and other places is impeccable. The whole layout of trims is very vintage-meets-modern which makes it interesting. There is an ultra rich Gloss Burr Walnut Veneer which flows all around the cabin. It wraps around the front windshield with a subtle Jaguar tag buckled on it at the centre.

Space is abundant inside and one can tuck himself in generous dollop of premium experience. I being the red blooded enthusiast have often found myself in the front but this time, I made an exception and chose to be chauffeured for a good time. Headrest mounted TV screens, controls on the central armrest and seats which massaged my ego. Not that the chauffer has anything to complain about as Jaguar offers as much comfort for the front occupants.Move your finger over the glove box button and the cover descends peacefully. Get your fingers near the cabin lights, they glow instantly. Position the air conditioning vents and you see glossy cups with chrome diffusers. A small push on the chrome pocket and it opens softly. Pull the table mounted behind front seats and it is ready to hold anything even a laptop. The list of such details is endless and a Jag customer will definitely appreciate it.

PERFORMANCE ;

As said above, the company is selling this vehicle in both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. The petrol variant is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor, which has the ability to displace 1999cc. It can produce a maximum power of 237.36bhp at 5500rpm and yields a peak torque output of 340Nm at 1750rpm. It is integrated with four cylinder and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. Whereas, the powerful V6 diesel engine displaces 2993cc and is integrated with a direct injection system. The maximum power produced by this mill is 270.8bhp at 4000rpm and generates a peak torque output of 600Nm at 2000rpm. Both these engines are coupled with an advanced 8-speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels.

This saloon is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. Its petrol variant is equipped with a i4 mill that is incorporated with an electronically regulated fuel injection. It helps in producing the maximum mileage of 9.4 Kmpl on the bigger roads. While it has the ability to gives out a mileage in the range of 5.4 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions. On the other hand, its diesel engine is integrated with a direct injection fuel supply system, which allows it to deliver a mileage of 12.9 Kmpl on the highways (as per ARAI certification) and 7.5 Kmpl within the city limitsBoth the petrol and diesel engines are integrated with a turbocharger, which allows them to develop immense power. Its four cylinder based petrol engine unleashes a maximum power of 237.3bhp at 5500rpm and yields a commanding torque output of 340Nm at just 1750rpm. On the other hand, its diesel mill has six cylinders and 24-valves based on DOHC valve configuration. It can develop a commanding power of 270.8bhp at 4000rpm that results in a hammering torque output of 600Nm at 3500rpm, which is quite remarkable for this class.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The XJ has a very direct steering which is light at city speeds and weighs up well as the speeds gather. The steering also feels precise and makes the sedan a fun handler on the twisties. The XJ feels involving to drive and with the Dynamic mode turned on, it stiffens up and offers a sporty feel. The suspension offers a cushioned ride at slow speeds and the XF remains fairly composed even at higher speeds. The ride is comfortable but the suspension thuds loudly over bad potholes. Braking performance is brilliant with very good stopping power.

SAFETY ;

Safety and After Sales Service – The new Jaguar XJ scored full five stars at the Euro NCAP crash test. It comes loaded with safety equipment including multiple airbags for front and rear passengers, ABS, torque vectoring, dynamic stability control, engine drag torque control, etc. After sales service of Jaguar cars is satisfactory but not the best amongst its rivals as the service network across India is very limited.

VERDICT ;

When we last brought all the cars in this class together, even we were a bit surprised with how well the Jaguar XJ fared. It lost out to the S-class because it lacked those last few degrees of refinement, quality and technology the segment demands, but still managed to come second because of its incredible charm and uniquely British version of luxury motoring. With the update, some of these issues – namely comfort and technology – have been addressed, but refinement and quality still have a little way to go. It continues to be the more emotional choice in the segment, especially if you occasionally drive yourself, and if you want that little extra X-factor from your luxury limousine, this is still definitely the one we’d recommend.

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Fiat Punto Pure Hatchback First Drive

OVERVIEW ;

Fiat Punto Pure is a cute little hatchback with expressive design and comforting interiors. This car decked in vibrant colours and houses several comfort and safety features for the passengers so that they can travel in complete safety. This hatchback is not only fuel efficient (diesel model), but also easy to negotiate through the busy Indian roads thanks to its smaller size. This car is available in both petrol and diesel model. Fiat Punto Pure price in India quoted at Rs. 4.49 lakhs (Ex showroom price, New Delhi) for the petrol model and Rs. 5.49Lakhs (Ex showroom price, New Delhi). Check for review, specifications, features & price of Fiat Punto Pure

EXTERIORS ;

The car carries the same design language like its predecessor. We’ve got to say, the car may fail to impress the masses, thanks to its outdated design language. However, its body structure and build quality are are engineered with definite proportions. The curves and strong build quality should bring the onlookers appreciation. The small grille embedded with the company emblem at the center engages your eye. The new Punto Pure bonnet is long and is stylish owing to the crease lines it has. The follow-me stretch back headlights are the real highlights of the design.The bumper design has got a clean design with neat finish. It has smaller air vents that are garnished in black. Unfortunately, there are no fog lamps in it. Now to the side profile, what catches your eye here is the neatly finished door handles and side mirrors. The fine crease across the side profile of the car rises the artistry of the motor. It gets steel wheel as standard featuring wheel caps. Its unfortunate that the car is not available with alloy wheelsThis sub 4-meter vehicle looks bold and dynamic from its rear facet. The Tail-lamps of the car are aligned in symmetric with the windscreen, while the build quality and finish is unparalleled.The rear fog lamps are housed with in the bumper. The crease just below the panel groove is just alluring. The model’s badge on the left of the boot-lid emphasizes its distinctive appeal. The eye-catching Fiat model measured 3989mm in length and 1687 mm in width and 1525 mm in height. This hatchback also has a decent boot volume of 280-litres.

INTERIORS ;

The interior is basic. The instrument cluster is an analog one with clear white font on a black background. There is also an orange-lit small digital screen in the centre that will tell you the fuel economy and the distance-to-empty. For your infotainment needs you will have to get a system externally fitted as seen in the pictures. But, we couldn’t help but wonder about the missing central locking in the Punto Pure.The cabin also reveals some elements where the Fiat’s team has really cut corners. The plastic quality is tacky and lacks lustre. Panel gaps are clearly evident on the dashboard and some components like the AC switches feel flimsy. Thankfully, the two tone upholstery is acceptable. The back rest is quite supportive but these fabric seats do lack under thigh support. Similarly, the rear seats can fit two comfortably with good headroom and shoulder room, but three people might become a little too snug. t. Thankfully, the knee room is just about adequate for average-size individuals. The practicality bit was not lost on us either. You have various small spaces on the dashboard to stow away your small stuff and for the larger luggage you have the folding rear seat that liberates boot space. But then, you may find it a little inconvenient holding a water bottle in your hand as the Punto Pure lacks space in the door pockets to hold one.

PERFORMANCE ;

The Fiat Punto Pure is actually available in both diesel as well as petrol variants. The Petrol variant uses the 1.2-litre FIRE unit which comes with a 1, 172 cc displacement and is actually capable of producing about 68 Ps of peak power at 6000 rpm and 96 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm.As far as the diesel variant is concerned it uses the same 1.3-litre MultiJet unit capable of producing about 76 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and an impressive 197 Nm of torque at 1, 750 rpm. Both the engines come paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox. These are also actually the same drivetrain which powers the Fiat Punto Evo.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

If there is one thing that Fiat manages to get right every time, it is the ride quality. Most bumps and imperfections are absorbed with ease and no more than a muted thud is sent into the cabin. The diesel feels a bit stiffer at slower speeds compared to the petrol courtesy revised damper settings to cater to the increased weight. A high ground clearance means you go over most of the imperfections on our roads without having to slow down much. The hydraulic power steering weighs up correctly and is responsive both at low speeds and high.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

This car is equipped with various safety features to keep the passenger safe in case of any untoward incident, these include, the use of high strength steel material in cabin construction, driver’s seat belt reminder, height adjustable front headrests, front fog lamp and tubeless tyres. In addition, it also has fire prevention system that cuts off the fuel supply to the engine in case of any accident. For braking, the company has provided it with disc brakes for the front wheels and drum brakes for the rear wheel.

VERDICT ;

Today, there are cars like the Tata Tiago, Hyundai i10 and the Chevrolet Beat that offer quite a load of new tech and features. And all of this, at a lower price than the Punto Pure (ex-showroom Rs 4.54 lakh for the petrol and Rs 5.63 lakh for the diesel). So it might be difficult for the Punto Pure to establish its foothold in such a competitive market.However, if you are willing to overlook the price and are up for good ride dynamics, then this is your car. For the Fiat purists, who missed the charm of the old Punto, you might just want to opt to pay extra and get the Punto Evo that offers premium features and better quality of materials.

 

 

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Tata Xenon XT Review,Exteriors & interiors

OVERVIEW ;

With a modish design and cabin resembling that of a passenger car, Tata Xenon XT is a new-fangled pick-up truck offering plethora of comfort features ranging from music player to power windows to keyless entry etc. Power is drawn by a 2.2 litre, DOHC VTT DICOR diesel engine putting out 138bhp and 320Nm. The UV is available with a choice of two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive system.Touted as a life-style off-roader, Xenon XT is a contemporarily styled pick-up truck available in two and four wheel drive variants priced at Rs 9.95 lakh and Rs 10.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively. Styled in line with the modern-day pick-up trucks, Xenon XT is a potent utility vehicle mimicking features and looks of that of a rugged passenger vehicle. Under the skin is a 2.2 litre, DOHC VTT, DICOR engine churning out 138bhp and 320Nm. Inside the cabin the vehicle gets an array of comfort features including HVAC with pollen filter, power steering, music system with radio, CD player & USB, power windows in front & rear with driver and co-driver express down features, keyless entry and central locking, heated outer rear view mirror, 12V power point, power adjusting ORVMs and adjustable lumbar support seats among various others. While airbags are missing from the UV, it gets ABS with EBD along with ventilated disc brakes in front and drum units at rear.  Check On Road Price of Tata Xenon XT in Carzprice

EXTERIORS ;

The first thing you realise when you look at the Xenon XT is that it really is a gorgeous machine. With its flared wheel arches and the whole body jacked up to a massive ground clearance of 200mm, it exudes a sense of ruggedness that few other cars in India can – a sense that this thing could go to hell and back and still have a smile on its face. A solid looking bash plate at the front further accentuates that strong hunkered down look. Still, there is nothing rural in the Xenon’s aesthetics. Clear lens headlamps, a smooth design on the sides which flows into pick-up bed area, mirrors with integrated indicators – it probably looks more at home in the urban jungle rather than the wooded one. What you also get in the form of optional accessories is a very slick looking roll bar situated right behind the cab as well as a plethora of lights mounted on the front bull bar or even the roof, but more on that later.

Once you’ve taken in the sights, the second thing that really strikes you is just how long the car actually is. With an overall length of 5,125 mm it’s even longer than an Audi Q7, and that really is no mean feat. But surprisingly, at 1,860 mm it isn’t too wide, which means driving it on most of our narrow roads isn’t a harrowing experience – unless of course, if you want to turn into narrow lanes or gates. If we really had to nitpick about the way this car looks, and picking nits is something that’s a given in our profession, then we’d say that the 235/70 tyres shod on those 16-inch wheels look a bit weedy given the dimensions of the body and those large flared wheel arches look empty! The visual appeal of such a butch vehicle has to transcend across every aspect and I feel that on this count the engineers and the stylists have to work together, no doubt about that. That being said, this is also an issue that can be very easily remedied.

INTERIORS ;

The inside of the compartment is very effectively designed in order to accommodate five occupants with great comfort. The seats that are fitted into the cabin are very cushiony and trendy to look at as well. These seats have adjustable lumbar support facility to them that is a great benefit to all the occupants. There is a steering wheel which is wrapped up in leather. The central console is furnished with faux wood material. This gives a touch of an antiquity to the cabin. The instrument cluster has a graphic display functionality to it. The floor carpet in the compartment is of dark beige tone and gives a stylish effect all over. A lot of storage spaces too are provided inside for the sake of handy stuff. A cigarette lighter and an ashtray offered in the cabin for the sake of preference users. On the floor console, there is a 12V power outlet that is available. This can be utilized in order to charge any small electronic devices. Along with a tachometer and a tripmeter, there is an analog clock that is fixed in the instrument cluster which is trendy looking. This instrument panel has a facility to adjust the light intensity of it. The second row seats can be completely foldable. There is a roof lamp as well as a map lamp for the convenience of the driver. The front windscreen has a sunshade band to it in-order to reduce the intensity of the heat and light that penetrates inside. There are seatbelts fitted and the front belts are height adjustable. There is a sun visor that is fitted on the driver side of the screen.

There are a lot of features incorporated into the cabin of this model series that serve as a comfort factor. For the sake of entertainment, there is a music system integrated that has a radio tuner, a CD player and a USB port as well. To regulate the temperature of the cabin, an air-conditioning unit is fitted, which has a heater facility too to it. Furthermore, there is a pollen filter that is available to this unit. The driver’s effort is reduced to a greater extent by offering power steering function. Furthermore, the steering is tilt adjustable for better convenience. Both the front as well as the rear doors are integrated with power windows which have a one touch down switch on the driver and co-driver side. The rear windscreen has a defogger integrated to it. Instead of the conventional access, this vehicle is bestowed with a keyless entry and along with it, thee is a central locking system too that is made available for extra comfort. There are cup holders in the central console and along with it there are bottle holders plus magazine pockets in the door trims. The outside rear view mirrors can be heated and this helps in clearing the view in the mornings and also in the misty climate. These mirrors can be electronically adjustable from the comfort of the cabin itself. The fuel lid too can be remote controlled. The ignition keyhole and the window switches have an illumination that helps in clear visibility in the dark as well as a generates a lighting effect inside the cabin as a decorative aspect.

PERFORMANCE ;

The entire performance of a vehicle is based on the proficiency of its motor’s capacity. Especially, when it is in case of an off-roading vehicle, the buyers expect a far more promising equipment. This model series is integrated with a 2.2-litre Dicor diesel engine which has a displacement capacity of around 2179cc. This is incorporated with four cylinders and sixteen valves, which are based on a dual overhead camshaft valve system, which is associated with a variable turbine technology. It is run by a common rail direct injection fuel supply system, which enables this vehicle to squeeze out a decent mileage of 13.49 Kmpl on the highways and settles down at 10.24 Kmpl under city conditions. This engine has a capability to produce a maximum power of about 138.08bhp. Its efficiency in generating a peak torque output of 320Nm at the range of about 1750 to 2700rpm. This vehicle is incorporated with a five-speed manual transmission gearbox.

This model series is incorporated with a diesel engine that is associated with a common rail direct injection fuel supply system. This allows this motor to deliver a mileage of about 10.24 Kmpl in the cities and around 13.49 Kmpl on freeways.This vehicle is offered with equipment that helps in delivering a great amount of power and therefore make this series an efficient one to rely upon while riding off the roads. This has dual overhead camshaft valve train system within which there are four cylinders and sixteen valves. It has a capacity in producing a power output of 138.08bhp and can generate a peak torque of 320NM at 1750 to 2700rpm range.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

It is equipped with vacuum assisted independent hydraulic brakes. The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes with twin pot caliper. On the other hand, the rear wheels are fixed with drum brakes which are auto adjusting type. When it comes to the suspension, an independent double wishbone is integrated to the front axle, whereas, the rear axle is accompanied by parabolic leaf springs. The braking mechanism efficiency is much more improved by equipping an anti-lock braking system which is further accompanied by an electronic brake-force distribution. This will provide the vehicle with firmer grip over all kinds of roads and also offers the driver to have better control over the drive.

BRAKING AND SAGETY ;

The car comes with vacuum supported independent hydraulic braking system. The front wheels of the car have aired disc brake system with identical pot calliper, and the back wheel of the car comes with type drum brake system that are auto adjustable. It also has an anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force circulation, which adds to the braking capability of the car.The car offers a lot of safety measures for its users which includes Airbags system EBD, Child Seats Port, Door intrusion Beam that provides stability to the car during any collision, Driver Seat Belt Warning system and tubeless tyres.One immobilizer is fitted in the car that adds to the theft security if the car. It also has anti-lock braking scheme and electronics brakes. Several of the other features like low fuel indicator, easily adjustable headlamps and disc brakes.

VERDICT ;

Tata Xenon is not an everyday utility vehicle simply because of its size. Interior space especially for the rear passengers is less and the gearbox isn’t the best around. The DICOR engine however is good to use with a good torque spread and the styling is another of the Xenon’s strengths. The Xenon is a good buy provided you use it outside of urban surroundings. It’s off road capabilities are genuinely good but all of this doesn’t come cheap.Autocar: “Engage first gear on the extremely rubbery gear shift and you have to be careful not to stall the motor. This engine demads a few revs on the dial before it will get the Xenon moving. This is especially true on hill starts. Once past 1500rpm, the DICOR engine gets into its stride. Its noisy and peppy but there’s a nice surge as the needle approaches 2000rpm and all the way to 3500rpm where the power finally fades out.”

 

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Honda Amaze Review & Price |In India

OVERVIEW ;

The company’s operations have returned back to normal and production has limped back up since. However, there has been one other deficiency in Honda’s portfolio in India – a very key ingredient for success in today’s skewed market scenario. And, that is a diesel engine in its most vital models.

Honda has always meant petrol for Indian car buyers and that hasn’t stopped them from buying cars such as the CR-V or the Accord. But with the overwhelming majority of small car buyers now choosing diesel over petrol and Honda increasingly relying on its hatches for volumes, a diesel engine in its grasp is being sorely missed. Get On Road Price of Honda Amaze in Carzprice

Honda has had large diesel engines in its European line-up and its i-CTDi and i-DTEC engines have been around for sometime. With a plan of catering to markets like India, Honda had earlier this year showcased a small 1.6-litre diesel engine. Finally, a slightly smaller (1.5-litre) version of this diesel engine will make it to the Indian market shoehorned into the bonnet of the ‘Amaze’ – the sedan version of the Brio hatch.

EXTERIORS ;

That said, the new Amaze is now on offer with a CVT transmission, only for the petrol version though, a segment first. A facelift usually results in a younger, more appealing looking car, and of late it also includes the addition of newer features and technology. The Amaze gets exactly that. With competitors like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Ford Figo Aspire offering more bang for the buck, the Amaze was beginning to feel a bit dated inside out. So it gets a revised front end including a new grille and bumper, and redesigned tail lights at the back. The grille gets more chrome, like the other newer Hondas, especially the Mobilio, extending all the way to the headlights on either side. The bumper is now more muscular thanks to what look like flared nostrils at either end to house the fog lamps. The tail lights look a lot more attractive too, thanks to the new design.

INTERIORS ;

The Honda Amaze gets a major change on the inside. It gets an all new glossy black dashboard with centre console resembling the Honda City. This new dashboard gives the car a premium feel. Now, there is a new in-dash music system layout and even climate control too. A new instrument cluster too has been added to the Amaze., however the same steering wheel is retained. The new Amaze facelift comes with a similar set of features like integrated music system with bluetooth, steering mounted audio controls, dual airbags, ABS, climate control AC being some of them.

Where the Honda Amaze has an advantage over the competition, it is the rear seat space. The rear seat knee room and head room are one of the best in its segment. The Amaze with its 400 litres of boot space is one of the largest in its segment. The Amaze is a practical compact sedan and this is what works in its favour.

PERFORMANCE ;

We’re familiar with the 1.2-litre i-VTEC motor, having driven it extensively in the Brio and the Jazz. Like all modern Honda petrol engines, it is near-silent at idle and has good overall refinement. Like the Brio, it’s available with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic.

The performance is similar too. Responses low down are great (better still with the automatic and its torque converter push) and it gets off the line eagerly. Unfortunately, it is let down by a weak mid-range, and you will find yourself shifting down every time you want to pick up the pace. This can be very annoying when you’re cruising on the highway, and here’s where you’ll really feel this engine’s lack of grunt. Its real strength is in its top end and it gets a second wind if you rev it beyond 4500rpm. However, here’s where things get quite noisy, and we can’t imagine too many Amaze owners will be gunning it to its redline in everyday driving. The five-speed manual is a delight to use – very light and accurate, with a compact lever and short throws. The clutch is light too, which should be helpful in traffic. The automatic gearbox is closely related to the one used in just about every automatic Honda car in India. Honda uses a CVT automatic for the Amaze (and the Brio) in Thailand, but has opted to use the five-speed torque converter in India to save on import costs. It’s a good thing they have, too, as this ’box works well with the 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine, with smooth and quick responses off the line. There’s a bit of a flat spot in the middle, however, amplified by the engine’s weak mid-range, so fluctuating your pace in stop-go traffic can result in some hesitation in the power delivery. Although the shifts themselves are quick and seamless, the gearbox doesn’t have the sharpest reactions to your throttle inputs. Punch your foot down to overtake and there’s a noticeable pause before it kicks down a gear, but once it does, it’s happy to let the engine soar all the way to its redline before shifting up.

Now, on to the 1.5 i-DTEC ‘Earth Dreams’ diesel engine, which has been derived from the larger 1.6 diesel that powers European Hondas. This made-for-India 1498cc motor is a state-of-the-art four-cylinder engine that features 16 valves and twin overhead camshafts. Honda has focussed on reducing friction and weight as far as possible, and to this effect, has worked with Idemitsu to develop a special low-friction oil just for this engine. Also, the block is all-aluminium, which reduces weight considerably, and the engine sits on liquid-filled mounts instead of standard rubber ones to minimise vibration.

Fire up this engine and what immediately becomes evident is that the great refinement that Honda cars are famous for is more down to its silent petrol engines. You will feel a shudder from the front of the car as the motor rumbles to life, before it settles down to a reasonably quiet idle. But the clatter starts as soon as you get off the line, and it never goes away. The vibrations can be felt in the pedals too. It’s like having a loud, chatty passenger in the car with you. This is a result of the engine block being made of aluminium rather than iron – the less dense material is nowhere near as good a sound and vibration insulator. It’s a bit of a sore point, but thankfully it’s the only one; in just about every other way, this engine is an absolute gem.

Set off, and you’ll notice there’s precious little turbo lag. That’s because Honda has tuned the engine and the fixed-geometry Honeywell turbocharger for better low-end response. Unlike the compact diesels we’ve become used to, it produces its power in a smooth, linear manner, rather than with a sudden burst, and it has a lot of elasticity for a diesel engine. Peak torque of 20.4kgm is produced at 1750rpm, but there’s plenty of shove right from about 1200rpm, and it pulls strongly to about 3800rpm. The power then gradually tails off till it hits a very conservative 4200rpm rev limit. In fact, this diesel engine doesn’t rev anywhere near as high as some of its competition and this is because Honda’s research has shown Indian drivers tend to upshift early. The Amaze managed an impressive 0-100kph time of 12.97sec, but we feel it could have been faster still if not for the rev lock Honda has installed in the interest of engine preservation (it will not rev past 2000rpm when the car is stationary).

The Amaze cruises quite well too, thanks to reasonably tall gearing, and the meaty torque spread makes light work of overtaking on highways. The only issue is that, even at cruising speeds, you can’t get away from the engine drone. At 120kph, the 1.5 diesel turns over at a vocal 2,800rpm

DRIVING DYNAMICS;

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

VERDICT ;

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

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Nissan Sunny Price & Performance

OVERVIEW ;

The caaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrr has become more affordable now! The Nissan Sunny 2017 is now available at a starting price of INR 7.6 lakhs, on-road, Delhi.This is one of the favorite chauffeur driven cars and offers excellent rear seat comfort and unmatched space. The space inside is nothing short of a Limo. The Sunny was launched in 2011 has been doing fairly well. Nissan had given it a few upgrades recently and now betters it with a lucrative price. Read more on the new Nissan Sunny 2017.

EXTERIORS ;

The Nissan Sunny has never been a looker, it’s a car with neutral styling and the massive length gives it quite the presence on our roads. The Japanese automaker has made multiple changes on the outside which make it look fresh amongst a sea of sedans now vying for buyer’s attention in the C-segment. At the front, the Sunny gets new headlights which are bigger and seem to have taken a slight inspiration from the Altima and Teana with its arrow boomerang shape finishing on the side running deeper into the body. The grille too is new and bigger with thicker chrome surrounds. The front bumper is new as well with a chrome lip while the new fog lamp housing gets a chrome surround. The side remains quite similar, the rear view mirrors are new with side indicators while new wheels caps/alloy wheels (Y-shaped 12-spokes) make a debut. Get Price of Nissan Sunny in Carzprice

The rear carries the same tail light while the rear bumper is new with the lower half getting a faux black diffuser to reduce the visual bulk. A sedate rear spoiler is being offered as an accessory, the same is standard on the Sunny in some markets. A new short antenna has been added (shifting the position from the front to the rear), while the boot lid gets a chrome garnish. The Sunny continues to look like its predecessor but the minor changes do make it look appealing. Nissan wants to position the car towards the more mature audience and thus sporty colours (like red) have been discontinued, being replaced by more stately shades, a new black colour has been added which appears purple in the sun.

INTERIORS ;

This rather cheeky marketing campaign has been quite successful in highlighting its best features- cabin space. The Sunny is extremely spacious on the inside; it almost feels like you’re sitting in a purposefully built long wheelbase model. The 2015 Nissan Sunny offers generous space for five adults and room to spare for their luggage. The car is more refined and Nissan has upped the level of comfort. The dashboard looks and feels premium although, the basic layout has been retained even in this updated version as well however you get an all new Piano Black center console which has made things look interesting inside although the most noticeable change is the addition of new steering wheel (the top end variant gets new leather wrapped steering wheel) which comes with audio mounted controls Yes! My friends the Sunny now has its own steering wheel and no longer shares its steering wheel with the hatch Micra. The on-board 2 DIN Wide-display Audio System entertainment system supports USB and iPod and also comes with Bluetooth connectivity. The top end version gets a display screen for the reversing camera. Now coming to the most important part of the Sunny and this is the reason of its popularity in the Indian market, the facelift Sunny continues to provide the same spacious interiors for its occupants inside like its predecessor in addition to that now the Nissan Sunny comes with a refreshed and premium looking cabin. The new seats fabrics have made things even more interesting. You can also get rear adjustable headrests and leather upholstery with the top end variants. The Sunny provides an impressive 490 litres of boot space at the rear which is also a big advantage for this sedan.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

If you are one of those who never forget to carry a stopwatch during their drives, you can leave it at home for this one. The Push engine start key does its job in this one as well. The 2011 Nissan Sunny is not the one that can be termed as the driver`s delight. The Sunny is powered by a 1498 cc, 4 Cylinder, 16 Valves DOHC engine. The power figures are decent 99 PS @ 6000 rpm and a torque of 134Nm @ 4000 rpm.

These figures are not performance oriented, especially if power to weight ratio is considered. For every single bhp it pulls 10.32kgs which makes the car obviously sluggish. The mid range power delivery is not as impressive as its American rival. The gear shifts are not something which would go unnoticed. It`s on the harder side. We did some performance driving but were struggling to reach the top whack.What earns my thumbs up is the low range revving of the motor. At lower revs and at higher gears, The Sunny won’t struggle or knock. It maintains its own calm. The Mcpherson suspensions were not totally tested by us, but still we got a nimble response from it.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

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

SAFETY ;

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

VERDICT ;

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