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Ford Figo Aspire Review,Features,Specifications & Test Drive


The Figo Aspire is Ford’s first crack at a four-metre sedan market in India. Right from the start, the latest Ford has its work cut out. Up against well-entrenched competition like the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Tata Zest the Aspire will have to be really good to make an impression, and Ford knows this. The American carmaker, however, is quietly confident it’s come up with something special enough for the task at hand. Some of that confidence stems from the fact that the Aspire is much better suited to Indian conditions than any Ford before it. Unlike many of its predecessors, this car has been engineered from scratch – and not just adapted – for customers in developing markets like India and Brazil, where much of the developmental work on the car was done. But just how good is the Aspire?

Catch a glimpse of the Aspire’s nose and you can’t help but be impressed by the clean, crisp lines. The Aston Martin-like look really does work well and the headlamps and heavily chromed grille further embellish the looks. Helping here are some sharp-looking cut lines on the bonnet and the fairly aggressive chin.


The new Figo Aspire as already mentioned above is the sub compact sedan based on the new generation Figo hatch, so except the extended boot at the rear everything while everything else looks identical to the new Figo hatchback which will be launched in the market after the sedan.

Ford retained the typical styling DNA even in this new sedan and that is quite obvious from the typical Ford Trapezoidal grille towards the front which gets the four slats while the long elongated headlamps adds the little touch of sportiness to the front face, the Blue oval logo has found its place on the tip of the front hood while talking about the front hood the new hood looks sculpted and has also got two vertical crisp lines on them which starts from the windshield and end towards the Ford logo placed towards the front tip. Besides these there is nothing much interesting to describe towards the front except the raked windshield and some sweeping lines towards the front hood which according to Ford conveys a sense of movement.

Towards the side profile there is a distinct character line which starts from just behind the front headlamps and blends perfectly towards the rear taillamps. You will also love the blacked out B pillar which adds a premium touch to the side profile so are the 8 spoke alloy wheels and side blinkers integrated with the ORVMs (available only on top end variants), the other variants will get side turn indicators placed on the fenders.

Walk towards the rear of the sedan and the extended boot has been perfectly blended with the overall design so the car’s shape does not appear boring or odd. The smaller wrap around tailamps looks stylish but unfortunately does not get LED configuration to them while the chrome finished slat runs across the rear boot of the car while the rear bumper gets some Black treatment towards the lower half which adds the premium feel to the overall sedan.


After exploring the upmarket exteriors, the interiors continue to impress us considering how the previous generation Figo was. The Aspire has a touch of premium-ness to its cabin thanks to the extensive use of beige and the new dashboard, which is derived from its elder siblings. You must be very familiar with the centre console and steering wheel from the EcoSport and Fiesta. The three-spoke steering as always feels great to hold with those chunky contours and the piano black inserts look good. There are controls for the audio system and Bluetooth telephony. The stalks have been finally swapped for Indian driving style! The indicator, trip meter and dipper controls are on the right while the wiper controls are on the left-hand-side. The three-pod instrument cluster looks small in size and is a bit basic with a tiny MID display but it is quite easy to read. The headlight and fog lamp controls continue to have the European position, which is convenient and also gets the boot release button there. The rearview mirror controls are placed on the A-pillar like the old Figo and Classic that offer electric adjustment and power folding function with a tap downwards.

The Figo Aspire gets automatic climate control on the Titanium and Titanium + variants that chills the cabin quite effectively but at higher fan speeds there is a lot of noise coming out from the vents. The SYNC system with AppLink comes on the Titanium + variant that has a 4.2-inch screen. It offers CD, AUX, USB and Bluetooth connectivity with voice-activated handsfree system. It streams music, which sounds good through its 4-speaker audio system but at high volumes the bass tends to get distorted. There is an emergency assist system that activates when the car experiences a collision and automatically calls the emergency responders providing location and vehicle information. The AppLink system currently works with four apps including Glympse, which lets you share your location with contacts, ESPN Cricinfo that keeps you remain updated with scores, MapMyIndia to explore new attractions and Burrp to discover new food destinations.

Another interesting new feature which is unheard of in this segment is the MyKey technology available with the SYNC system. This system lets the owners program the key that limits the top speed of the car, music volume, prevents switching TCS off and also ensures the usage of seatbelt by turning off the audio system unless the driver wears the seatbelt. So if you don’t want your car to be mishandled by some other driver then you can programme the key, which offers great peace of mind. The Trend and Titanium variants don’t offer SYNC system and instead come with an innovative MyFord Dock feature. There is a small compartment on the top of the dashboard, where you can mount your phone and charge it with the USB port placed in the same compartment and also the AUX port for music connectivity. This way you can easily access your phone’s navigation system too without fumbling with the device.

The quality inside the cabin is good and never does it feel cheap or built to a cost. The doors are heavy and the car has solid build quality. The controls have a tactile feel, the air vents (none at the rear but the AC is a chiller), audio controls, climate control knobs, window switches, etc. feel built to last. There are more than 20 smart storage spaces inside the cabin to make the cabin look neat and tidy. The front door pockets can hold two bottles including a 1.5-litre and a 1.0-litre bottle with still some extra space left for more things. Then there is the sizeable glovebox with a neat pen holder. Just below the audio system there is a convenient place to park your phone that has rubberised material to keep it in place. Between the front seats there is a compartment that gets three cup holders, coin storage and a bin for the rear passengers. The one we liked the most is a secret side compartment, which is only accessible when the driver’s door is open. There are no door pockets for the rear but there are seatback pockets for newspapers and magazines and a parcel shelf at the back with carved out space to keep tissue boxes and similar stuff. There are no grab handles on the Titanium + trim because of six airbags but other variants get it. There are cabin lights for front passengers but missing for the rear.


There are three engines to choose from in the Ford Figo Aspire. First is the 1.2-litre petrol that churns out 87bhp of power and 112Nm and comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This engine is ideal for city driving, while for highway it is just fine if you want to cruise. The punch from the engine comes after 3000rpm and keep it above that if you want to extract the best performance.

The Ford Figo Aspire’s second engine is the 1.5-litre petrol. This engine comes only with a six-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission). Simply put, it is a high-end automatic transmission. This is quite a powerful engine and is fun to drive in a spirited fashion. It is very responsive and will satisfy those looking for extra performance with the convenience of an automatic.

The third engine is the 1.5-litre diesel that produces 98bhp of power and 215Nm of torque. This engine of the Ford Figo Aspire has been tuned for better performance, however, there is still some amount of turbo lag. This is the perfect engine be it city or highway driving. This is the best engine of the lot and we will recommend this for performance and even fuel efficiency

The diesel is certainly our pick of lot and it has a good mid-range, at low rpms it struggles to pull. The sweet spot for this engine is between 2000-3500rpm. The diesel will return about 15-17km/l in city. The Ford Figo Aspire has good suspension set-up. At the rear it is softer than the front and so the rear has still decent ride. The handling of the Ford Figo Aspire is one of the best-in-class and even the electric power steering is light and easy to drive in city and even on the highway.


Unlike the Fiesta, which is an outright handler, the Aspire seems to have sacrificed some of the corner-carving skills in favor of a comfortable ride. We tested the Figo Aspire on the splendid highways around Udaipur, which means that we are yet to sample the ride quality on the broken tarmac. However, the Aspire dismissed most of the small speed humps and slightly rough patches of road with quite an aplomb. The car is adept at gliding over most of the irregularities and our guess is that only the biggest of the craters would unsettle this car’s composure. High speed stability is pretty fantastic, especially when you remind yourself that we are talking about a budget-end sedan here. The steering, which is an Electric Power Steering (EPS) unit, isn’t light and offers at least some feedback. However, it doesn’t weigh up well with speed and the performance-enthusiast might be left slightly disappointed here. The top-of-the-line Titanium variant we drove comes with 14-inch rims that are shod with 145/65 rubber. Grip levels are decent and it is particularly easy to push this car hard into a corner. However, like we said, the Aspire is not as sure-footed as the Fiesta, which means that the slightly soft-sprung suspension doesn’t inspire enough confidence for mid-corner corrections. The Figo Aspire gets ventilated disc brakes at front and drum brakes at the rear. Braking is pretty strong and ABS ensures that the car stops in a straight line.


The Ford Figo Aspire as expected comes loaded with all the possible gadgets that one might expect from a car in this category and then some. You obviously get Bluetooth telephony, an integrated audio infotainment system with phone controls and steering mounted audio controls. You also get a height adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat along with electronically adjustable outside rear view mirrors with an electric folding option.

Ford has also taken an interesting approach to a smartphone mounting dock and integrated it well into the central dashboard architecture. You also get what Ford calls a MyKey which is essentially is like a central control over system settings like the speed limiter, seatbelt reminder and the infotainment volume limiter. The Ford Figo Aspire also comes with an automatic climate control and Ford’s SYNC applink that integrates your smart phone or tablet with the infotainment system.

What really does impress us the most though are the safety features that the Ford Figo Aspire comes with. All versions of the Aspire come standard with ABS and two airbags. The top of the line Aspire on the other hand comes with a staggering six airbags which is a first for a car in this segment. The Figo also comes with additional features like hill start control, which too is a first in its class.


Lot of thought has gone into development of the Figo Aspire; it might not excel at a specific thing, but is a superb overall package. It looks decent, offers plenty of cabin space, scores REALLY high on safety, beats the competition on performance and has a decent ride and handling package. It does miss out on few features, but I don’t mind missing out if Ford manages to price this competitively.

The price then becomes an important factor in deciding the fate of this product. Ford is expected to launch the car and start deliveries in the next three to four weeks and if you are looking at buying a compact sedan or any car under Rs 9 lakh, it makes sense to wait for a month to check this out.

Ford Figo Aspire 1.2p Ambiente Mt Ex-showroom Price is   5,47,463/- and On Road Price is   5,91,053/- in New Delhi. Ford Figo Aspire 1.2p Ambiente Mt comes in 7 colours, namely Deep Impact Blue,Smoke Grey,Sparkling Gold,Tuxedo Black,Ruby Red,Oxford White,Ingot Silver


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Nissan Micra Review – India

Value. It is what the Indian consumer is looking for. Whether it is

the world’s cheapest car or the best car in the world, we want the

most bang for our buck, and this is most apparent in our market’s

fast-growing hatchback segment. There are two ways to approach the

concept of ‘value’ – one, to offer a low price. Sure, there will be

compromises on quality, but you essentially get more car for your

money. The other is to provide extra features at the same price as the

competition. Nissan had tried the former with the original India-spec

Micra, but with the imminent launch of budget sub-brand Datsun,

they’re taking the Micra brand to the place it usually occupies in the

markets it is present in: the premium end of the hatchback segment.



With substantial exterior updates, the new model of the hatchback

looks completely different from the old one. The front fascia sports

radiator grille with a thick chrome bar, new headlights, fog lights

with chrome surround and modified bumper. The side profile, however,

remains largely similar to the old mode, except for the new alloy

wheels. The rear end gets new LED tail lights, revised bumper with

bold creases and longer tail gate.



The bulbous theme follow suite on the inside as well. Nissan’s ‘twin

bubble theme’ dashboard in multi-grain plastic looks very modern and

breaks away from the conventional dashboard layouts. The nice roomy

interiors remain and the Micra is definitely one of the most cozy cars

to be in. While we already mentioned about the lack of storage places

in our earlier review Nissan probably read wrong and as a result the

second glovebox has now been omitted. Other than skimping on storage

places, there is not much to fault with and everything feels pretty

well put together.



Due to tax benefits most manufacturers are tuning into 1.2 ltr

engines and since fuel efficiency is more of a concern to the Indian

buyer, a 3 cylinder engine is the ideal compromise between power and

efficiency. The Nissan Micra is powered by a 1.2 ltr DOHC 3 cylinder petrol

engine which churns out 75 BHP @ 6000 rpm and 104 NM Torque @ 4000

rpm. Low end grunt is not the best but the acceleration is good above

2000 rpm. The Micra gives 18.06 kmpl as per ARAI but practically

speaking we expect the Micra to deliver 14 – 15 kmpl in regular city

driving, which is pretty good. Floor the engine and the Micra hits 120

comfortably, keep it floored and it accelerated towards 140 but then

you back off as the tires don’t give you enough confidence to push

beyond. Thanks to the Renault – Nissan alliance, a diesel engine is

just around the corner and the diesel Micra will be powered by a 1.5

ltr diesel which is currently serving the Logan.



It covers the low-speed stuff well enough, offering a smooth urban

ride that is unaffected by lumps and bumps like most things in the

class. Its electrically assisted steering is light, as most buyers

will demand, and although it lacks the oily slickness and response of

the better electric racks, it proves accurate enough.


Raise the speed and you challenge a few of the Micra’s facets. The

first is noise – the Micra isn’t an overly refined car – and the

second is its driving dynamics. We wouldn’t expect the Micra to be any

kind of driver’s car, but there are superminis out there, even

inexpensive ones like the Suzuki Swift and Skoda Fabia, which maintain

a broader level of capability at all speeds than the Micra, whose

primary interest is at the slower end of the scale.



The base model on the Micra has a new steering wheel and even centre

arm-rest. As the demand for automatics is on the rise, this will help

Nissan to capture more buyers especially those who need an automatic

and aren’t willing to spend a lot more on the features. The other

features include push start and stop, keyless entry, in-dash music

system with steering mounted controls. There is even ABS on offer as

well. The company had earlier even introduced dual airbags as a

standard feature for all variants. Now, the base model is offered with

a single driver airbag.



There are three variants (trim levels, including one CVT variant) of

the petrol engine, and four variants of the diesel engine to choose



The facelift has improved the overall appeal of the Micra. Standard

equipment levels including some safety and comfort features will

certainly boost the value proposition too. Hopefully, Nissan will keep

any price increase on the new versions to a minimum. Currently the

prices for the Micra range from Rs. 4.3 lakh to Rs. 6.5 lakh

(ex-showroom, Delhi). The 2014 Micra will be available at Nissan

showrooms by the end of this month.

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Land Rover Discovery Review & Ratings

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Fans of the modern SUV have an awful lot to thank Land Rover for. Over the past 70 years, the British brand has been right at the heart of transforming what started life as a military workhorse into something achingly desirable that you’d be proud to park on your driveway.

But there’s little room for sentiment in the cut-throat world of car sales. Land Rover may have a bigger heritage to shout about than any of its rivals, but that’s unlikely to persuade you to part with your hard-earned cash if there’s something demonstrably better on offer at the same price. Put simply, the new Land Rover Discovery needs to be brilliant to tempt you away from other luxury SUVs, such as the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.

Like both of those rivals, the Discovery is a whopping great seven-seater that sits above the company’s smaller Discovery Sport and below the similarly sized but much more expensive Range Rover Sport. To that end, it should appeal to families who are more concerned about space, practicality and go-anywhere ability than the finer nuances of luxury and performance



The styling of the Land Rover Discovery 4 is very similar to the Discovery 3. The vehicle uses the same integrated body frame structure but the lights are now altered to give the Discovery a more smooth appearance. The rounded styling is very Range Rover like and makes the Discovery look modern yet retro. Even though the overall styling of the Discovery is true to the original model, the latest version is significantly more aerodynamic than its predecessors.

The front grille is very prominent and the wheel arches have a massive bulge. The headlights and tail lights are LEDs and the massive 19-inch wheels give the Discovery 4 a purposeful stance. The subtle lines on the body are very neatly executed. This Land Rover is menacing in size and measures 4838 mm long, 2176 mm wide (with mirrors) and 1837 mm tall. The ground clearance of 185 mm can be increased to 310 mm with a touch of a button. With such massive dimensions, the Discovery 4 is almost unmissable on the road at attracts a lot of attention.



The interior styling of the Discovery Sport matches that of the other new Land Rovers. The new Discovery Sport is the perfect replacement for those who need fresh and modern styling and were hesitating too buy the Freelander2. The Discovery Sport retains high quality interiors but do not expect it to be premium. The Discovery family is about good quality but not premium and there is a difference between the two.

There is the two-dial instrument cluster with white backlight, easy to read and operate. For those not used to Land Rovers the power windows switches are mounted next to the window than the armrest. Another JLR touch is the rising gear knob when you push the ignition switch. The Discovery Sport even has a new centre console, which is simple to operate and functional. The Discovery series is more about being functional than luxurious

What it misses is the character of the Freelander2, like bigger windows that made the cabin feel airy, the thick and chunky gear stick, the twin vertical chrome strips on the steering wheel that functioned as the horn. These aren’t important but they add some more character the SUV. This is what Freelander did and but the new Discovery series has its own design characteristic

The things that we liked about the Discovery Sport is the rear seat space and no more stadium like seating that the Freelander2 offered. Then there is also an option of 5+2 seating as well so two children can be seated at the rear making it a complete family SUV. It is available as a fine and seven-seater.



Just like the new RR Sport’s design and choice of trim in-cabin, the choice of powertrains is also a mix of the head and the heart. There are a total of four engine options available with the new RR Sport. Both fuel options petrol and diesel get V6 and a V8 mills. The 3-litre V6 diesel engine is also offered in two states of tune with power outputs set at 258 PS and 292 PS. There is also a 4.4-litre V8 diesel with a higher 339 PS peak output.

The diesel engines are all meant to appeal to the head! Perfect for the city-dweller and great on the highway too, the V6 diesel I drove from Cheltenham just outside London up into the hills of the Welsh countryside was extremely quiet too. These engines are refined and provide a lot of low-end torque; though after driving the V8 petrol I thought it could do with more top whack – the unending quest for more power.

The petrol engines, however, are all heart, especially the aurally mesmerising 5-litre V8. Stepping on the throttle of the supercharged V8 5-litre produces the most awesome, guttural exhaust note to have emanated from a SUV’s rear. Waking up the neighbourhood is just a throttle blip away. Power delivery is immediate and as the 2.3-tonne vehicle surges ahead, you’d wonder if the 105-litre petrol tank is filled instead with Red Bull!

0-100 kmph comes up in just 5.3 seconds in the supercharged V8. Lest you forget, let me remind you that this is a loaded, luxury SUV. Top speed with the optional package is electronically limited to 250 kmph. Sending all that power to the wheels super efficiently is the new 8-speed ZF transmission. Gear shifts are almost imperceptible and really quick just when you need it most. For a more engaging drive, you can use the steering mounted paddles or manually shift the gear lever up or down the gear slots.



Land Rover really couldn’t have made driving the Discovery simpler. In everyday use it’s just a car, a big tall car admittedly, but nothing unusual about it. Get it off the tarmac at Tabitha’s gymkhana and the Terrain Response button has handy icons to select the correct 4×4 settings. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel features twin turbos, meaning although it’s weighty, it shifts convincingly given its size. The eight-speed automatic is unerringly smooth and refinement from the drivetrain is high. The upright windscreen does mean some wind noise around the A-pillars, but you’ll not notice it over the noise of kids in the back.

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Along with engine upgrades, Land Rover has also improved the suspension over the years. It’ll still go anywhere off-road, but it’s more adept on it now. It rides decently, while the steering is not the ‘mare that you might anticipate and even body roll is kept in check.



All trim levels come with eight airbags and automatic emergency braking, which (as it says on the tin) means the car can automatically hit the brakes if it senses you’re about to hit the person in front – even if they’re on foot.

Upgrade to HSE trim and you’ll also get a driver condition monitor, traffic sign recognition (the speed limit of the road you’re driving down is displayed on the dashboard), a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross traffic alert. The latter warns you of approaching vehicles when you’re backing out onto a road.

All three rows of seats have Isofix mounting points, a point noted by Euro NCAP when it awarded the Discovery the maximum five stars in its crash test. If you look at the individual categories, the Discovery isn’t as good as the XC90 or the Q7 for adult or child protection, but outscores them both when it comes to protecting pedestrians.



The Freelander2 had been a great off-roader. But with what the brand has done is that made it even better. The Freelander2 was the most adventurous in its segment when it came to sitting it’s shoes, now the Discovery Sport even possesses good on-road manners too.

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Land Rover has enhanced its product against the German rivals and there is no denying that the Discovery Sport is far more superior product. The company has invested more on the underpinnings and this what makes the Discovery Sport a better buy for those who need capable off-roaders. If you only want luxury, then pick the Range Rover Evoque.This is more luxurious and is at par worth competition, but not an capable off-roader as the Discovery Sport. Our personal pick is the Discovery Sport, as we like to love to go off the road very often.

Land Rover Discovery Ex Showroom Price in Lucknow ranges from  71,36,319/- (Discovery S Petrol) to  1,07,88,911/- (Discovery First Edition Diesel).Land Rover Discovery has 10 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Land Rover Discovery comes in 10 colours, namely Fuji White,Baltic Blue,Firenze Red,Indus Silver,Nara Bronze,Bali Blue,Siberian Silver,Ipanema Sand,Marmaris Teal,Santorini Black.

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Volvo S60 Cross Country India review, test drive

Volvo S60 Cross Price in India


The S60 Cross Country is the stand-out version of the already available S60 sedan with an increased ground clearance, raised suspension and handling tweaks to differentiate it from the regular luxury model. At the first glance, the S60 Cross Country looks like a S60 with lift kit and 19″ alloy wheels but it’s something more than just a four-door, five-seater luxury sedan as it offers two main traits: First, You can take it out on weekends and explore low-level terrain and second is it adapts a unique combination of an SUV and a sedan.




It’ll be completely honest here, at first glance, the S60 CC can be quite deceptive. I mean it looks almost exactly like the S60 sedan from most angles and the only thing that doesn’t fit with the S60 profile is the unusual height. It’s only when you step to the side of the car that you realize that this isn’t the standard S60 but one that could probably be the best suited luxury car for our Indian roads. Confused? Keep reading.  The S60 Cross Country boasts of a ground clearance of 201mm which means it has better ground clearance than all of its competition. Even luxury crossovers like the Audi Q3 (170mm), the new BMW X1 (193mm) and the GLA (183mm). In addition, it rides on 235 section Michelin Primacy 3ST tyres mounted on 18-inch alloys with a rather large sidewall. Aesthetically it looks like a jacked up version of the S60 with an imposing yet reassuring stance. And when you move around the back and notice the chrome badge that reads AWD do you realize that there is more to this car than meets the eye.




As it is based on the S60, which is now entering its fourth model year since its last major update, the S60 Cross Country’s cabin is handsome, if showing its age. Cabin materials are uniformly of reasonably high quality, though some might quibble about some of its silver plastic trim.


We like that Volvo has not yet abandoned knobs for the temperature and volume controls in the Volvo S60 Cross Country. They are just easier to use than virtual buttons in competitors with touchscreen-heavy interfaces. The “mode man” vent controls are another clever solution that in practice requires no explanation. This kind of thinking is emblematic of Volvo’s Scandinavian design, which eschews gimmickry for elegance.


Like many Volvo S60 Cross Country’s front seats offer outstanding long-trip comfort and proper support. Full-size adults, however, might find that the ample bolsters are on the narrow side. In the backseat, the S60 Cross Country isn’t quite as accommodating. The seats themselves are supportive, but space is at a premium. Legroom and foot room are tight for folks taller than 5 feet 10 inches tall.


The trunk’s 12-cubic-foot capacity is on the small side among entry-level luxury sedans, but a low liftover height makes it easy to access the space. Both the rear seats fold down, and there’s a separate pass-through for skis.




The only engine you get in the S60 Cross Country is the 2.4-litre D4 – a detuned, 189bhp, 42.83kgm version of the five-cylinder diesel you get in the standard S60; we were hoping for one of the new four-cylinder Drive-E motors, but it’s not on the cards. It puts its power down through a six-speed automatic gearbox and standard all-wheel-drive, in keeping with its soft-roader USP.


It’s not a thrilling motor, but it’s actually pretty quick. We clocked an 8.2sec 0-100kph time, which is really not too bad for this sort of car. It’s very refined at idle, but the moment the revs climb to about 1,800rpm, you get an ugly diesel clatter. At full chat, the five-cylinder thrum is quite unique sounding, but of course, it’s not what you’d call sporty. Similarly, the car doesn’t leap off the line ferociously when you punch down your right foot, but instead, builds its speed in a smooth and measured manner. The gearbox can be a bit slow to react in kickdown situations, but because of the lack of urgency from the motor, it’s pretty easy to manage.




By looking at it, the 201 mm ground clearance of the S60 Cross Country makes you feel that it can tackle rough terrains and handle bad roads with comfort. However, the story is a bit different here. It might crawl over huge bumps and potholes but the ride quality is stiff. That is good for high speed stability and offers flat ride on the highways but at slow speeds it feels a bit on the stiffer side. Handling is quite predictable and with the AWD system, the S60 sticks to the road like a leech, it doesn’t move away from its line when you push it hard. Just the feedback from the steering could have been better and the body roll is noticeable to some extent when you corner hard. It is well controlled though for a sedan with 201 mm of ground clearance. The brakes are spot on and the feel from the pedal is very positive, giving you lots of confidence. No, it’s not a full fledged off-roader that it can handle rocky terrain and deep slush but yes it can tackle mild off-road stuff to get you out of trouble.




There is no dearth convenience equipment in the S60 Cross Country, the best part however is that the car is available in one trim only and that trim is fully loaded. You get electrically adjustable front seats with memory function for the driver’s seat. Dual-zone climate control comes in as standard and so does the sunroof, steering mounted controls and an electronic parking brake. It also comes with parking sensors both up front and at the rear coupled with a reversing camera with distance and obstacle indicator for low light conditions, rain sensing wipers also come in as standard.


Safety has been given the highest priority like in all Volvos and the list of the safety equipment is long and exhaustive though, a heads-up-display though has been skipped. 2-step airbags are standard along with curtain airbags and whiplash protection for front seats. Also fitted as standard to the Cross Country is the Dynamic Stability Traction Control system or DTSC along with Volvo’s City safety braking system.




The Volvo S60 Cross Country is the first premium sedan crossover offered to the Indian buyers. Known for its safety and the powerful five-cylinder diesel and coupled with the raised ride height and all-wheel drive, the S60 Cross Country is a genuine value proposition if you are looking for something beyond the Germans.


Volvo S60 Cross Country Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 40,31,000/- (S60 Cross Country D4 AWD Inscription) to  40,31,000/- (S60 Cross Country D4 AWD Inscription) .Volvo S60 Cross Country has 1 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Volvo S60 Cross Country comes in 5 colours, namely Chyrstal White Pearl,Black Metallic,Ember Black Pearl,Caspian Blue,Passion Red Solid.


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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Reviews India

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Up until a few years ago, when you would think Maruti Suzuki, chances

are that a hatchback would come to mind. Something, that clearly

stresses a lot on fuel efficiency and tries to be as cost efficient as

possible. Clearly, that formula has worked wonders and the company has

been unbeatable in the hatchback segment in the country. So, it was

time to look at the higher segment – Sedan.

It started with the Maruti Suzuki SX4 and the company, in that

segment, is currently represented by the Ciaz. Interestingly, the Ciaz

also has a clever hybrid system variant that promises to deliver fuel

efficiency unlike any other offering in the segment, making it

probably one of the best value for money sedan in the country. There’s

also an ‘RS’ variant which looks way sportier than other models. So,

we got our hands on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS ZDi variant to find

out how it fares




The design of the Ciaz is based on the Suzuki Authentics concept which

was showcased first at the 2014 Shanghai Motor Show in April and then

shown in production form as the China-spec Alivio sedan. It gets an

aggressive front fascia with a trapezoidal front grille that features

ample amount of chrome. The sweptback headlights and the elongated

hood further enhance its street presence. The side profile is a rather

conservative affair but one that works for Maruti Suzuki. It features

delicately flared wheel arches, chrome door handles and a strong

shoulder line which works well with the forward leaning stance of the



At the rear, the Ciaz gets the standard wrap around tail lamps which

lend the car a premium look. The rear bumper is large and includes

integrated reflectors. There’s also a lip spoiler and chrome badges

across all variants.




The Ciaz’s wide-opening doors lead to a cabin that is the most

spacious in its class. From the driver’s seat, the uncluttered,

European-inspired dashboard looks elegant and important controls are

within easy access. Also, the wooden trim, metallic highlights around

select knobs makes the cabin look premium and the general finish and

quality of switchgear is good too. Sure, some plastic bits feel a bit

scratchy but overall, they don’t hurt the ambience much. That said,

the Ciaz carries over bits like the steering wheel and window switches

from smaller (read cheaper) Marutis and that’s an association the

sedan could have done without.


We’d have also liked to see a touchscreen interface for the

infotainment system on our top-spec Ciaz ZXi(O) test car.

Interestingly, Maruti has such a system in the works that will be

introduced on the ‘ZXi +’ version due in some months. For now, the

simple black-and-white unit is all you get. It’s functional, easy to

use and pairing our phones with it via Bluetooth was a breeze. This

apart, there’s a fair bit of other equipment as well. The top-spec ZXi

(O) gets front airbags, ABS, climate control, a reverse parking

camera, keyless entry and push button start, a rear sun blind, rear

air-con vents and leather seats as standard.


Speaking of the seats, the driver’s seat is fairly comfortable but

even in its lowest setting, feels a touch too high. Taller drivers may

have to fiddle around a bit to find a comfy driving position. The

Ciaz’s strength, however, lies in its spacious rear bench; something

that the chauffeured lot will appreciate the most. There’s almost as

much legroom here as in some cars a class above and even with the

front seat pushed all the way back, most people won’t have to worry

about their knees touching the front seatback. Headroom isn’t great

but what hurts comfort is that the rear seat itself isn’t very

generous – the smallish seat squab is largely to blame here and feels

a bit stingy on thigh support. It’s not that the seats are

uncomfortable, it’s just that in this airy and spacious cabin, the

seats could have been plusher.


Everyday practicality hasn’t been overlooked though. All four doors

get a 1-litre bottle holder and there are lots of cubbyholes for small

items as well. The boot is large too, but the wheel wells do eat into

space and make it less useable than its 510-litre capacity would





The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz gets a choice of two engines one each of petrol and diesel.

The petrol engine is the K14 VVT mill that is already available in the

Ertiga and in almost the same state of tune. But, Maruti engineers say

that there has been considerable amount of weight reduction work that

has been done to the engine. The Ciaz itself also features an

increased use of lighter weight, high tensile steel that keeps the

kerb weight of the petrol version to just above one tonne (1,010 kgs).


The 1,372cc petrol engine delivers a peak power of 92.5PS at 6,000 rpm

and a peak torque of 130Nm at 4,000 rpm. The engine, as we all know by

now, is a refined unit that is inherently quiet and of low vibration.

During our test drive of the Ciaz, the most likeable aspect of this

engine was the amount of low-end torque available. During slow speeds,

below the 20-30 kmph levels, the engine almost behaves like a diesel.


The diesel engine is the more familiar DDiS engine that is originally

the multijet from Fiat. This is the 1,248cc diesel burner that is

available across many models from Maruti and even Tata and Fiat

models. This engine felt familiar during our test drive too and

continues to surprise with its remarkably refined performance even in

the Ciaz. The mill delivers 90PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 200Nm of

torque at a low 1,750 rpm.


There is a bit of turbolag initially just like it is in other models

with this engine, but there is enough pulling power just past 1,200

rpm. Both the engines are paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The petrol

engine version also gets a 4-speed automatic, which was available for

a test drive. What is missing in the smooth shifting manual

transmission is a bit more shift feel. The cabin is quiet in both the

petrol and diesel versions, with extensive use of sound deadening and

noise dampening aids.


The improvements to the engines and the weight reduction measures

manage to make the Ciaz one of the most fuel-efficient sedans with a

claimed mileage of 20.73 kmpl for the petrol and 26.21 kmpl for the

diesel (ARAI rated).




Now if you like driving, the Ciaz might not be the car for you. It has

a precise steering and you eventually learn how much steering input to

dial in but it isn’t great on feedback. It just isn’t in the same

league as the Volkswagens and the Skodas. But, if you are looking for

a comfortable long distance cruiser, you will like the Ciaz’s easy

nature. Good straight line stability and potent braking, is of course

an added plus.


The Maruti Ciaz rides well too. It has been setup for comfort over all

else and it’s evident in the way the car rides. It’s softly sprung, so

at slow speeds and over broken roads, it remains comfortable. However,

at higher speeds and particularly over undulating roads and with load,

the Maruti Ciaz does tend to wallow.




The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was launched with high hopes and it manages to

live up to it. This car doesn’t try to be everything, it is aimed at

comfort and delivers that in good measure. Yes, it’s not a handler and

the looks aren’t going to make you stop and take notice either.

However, for most buyers in this segment who want a well specced car

with acres of room, fantastic ride quality and frugal engines, the

Maruti Ciaz is difficult to beat. When you factor in the pricing,

which is a good Rs. 1 lakh plus cheaper for certain variants over the

segment leader Honda City, you realise that the tradeoff in brand

image might be worth the money saved for some. The Maruti Ciaz doesn’t

come across as exciting but is certainly a very practical choice in

the overcrowded C-segment.


Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 7,72,582/- (Ciaz Sigma Petrol) to  10,52,396/- (Ciaz Alpha Automatic Petrol) .Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has 11 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes in 7 colours, namely Nexa Blue,Pearl Midnight Black,Pearl Metallic Dignity Brown,Pearl Snow White,Pearl Sangria Red,Metallic Silky Silver,Metallic Glistening Grey.

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Volkswagen Beetle Price in India


It was the year 2005 and I had just come out of a Planet M store with

a gleam in my eyes. In my hands, I had a brand new CD of Midtown

Madness 2 and I was dying to play it on my Compaq Presario. Quickly

installed the game and and found a yellow car that seemed quite

interesting. Yes, it was the second generation Volkswagen Beetle,

which I drove around merrily on the streets of San Fransisco, albeit

virtually. Times have changed since then and while I don’t possess

that CD of Midtown Madness any more, what I do have is a shiny white

Volkswagen Beetle standing in my parking. This is the third generation

of the cute hatchback and this time I’m driving it on the streets of

Mumbai. Let’s see whether the car really lives up to its hype or not.



The original Beetle had lived more than any other car has and when it

was time to say goodbye, it was replaced by a new, modern version. The

new version, though was contemporary in many aspects, it lacked the

charm and simplicity of the original. It appealed to women instantly

and initially sold decent volumes. However, it got a particular gender

focused and hence male buyers were not too keen on this car. This time

though Volkswagen aims to change that perception by making the Beetle

more muscular and mean looking, thereby adding a masculine undertone

to the car, to make it appeal universally.


The styling of the all-new Beetle leans towards the sporty side and is

a luxurious car too, unlike the original Beetle. In fact, at a glance

one might mistake it for a Porsche, from the front. The car is now

chunkier while keeping the basic design elements similar like the

rounded front with oval headlamps, bulging fenders, sloping roof and

the flattish rear. The taillamp is now elongated and the boot has a

large  and prominent spoiler, making it look sportier. The car also

seems to be flatter from the top. The sharper lines and sporty looks

are sure to make it much more appealing to a wider audience.



There are some very obvious retro touches, particularly the upright

dashboard finished in the same colour as the exterior. It houses a

tiny novelty old-fashioned glovebox, but the real one sits below it.

You’ll also like the round, hooded instrument cluster and the rather

unique looking door grab handles. Trouble is, that’s about where the

‘retro’ stops, and the rest of the cabin borrows quite obviously from

the VW family parts bin, unlike its rival the Mini Cooper, which has a

largely bespoke cabin. One borrowed part we’re not complaining about

is the new touchscreen, which is VW’s latest unit. It’s crisp, smooth

and uses a high-resolution screen, and though it doesn’t have its own

sat-nav, it does come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which

should let you mirror your phone’s maps app.


The new shape has allowed this Beetle to be quite practical. Apart

from a very large boot, you get loads of room in the front and a

sufficient amount in the two rear bucket seats as well; only headroom

is a bit tight. Visibility all round is very good too, and it needs to

be, because the Beetle is deceptively wide. The car comes with a

healthy amount of equipment. Missing in action are electric seats and

a rear-view camera, but you do get front and rear parking sensors,

leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, push-button start and

engine stop-start, among other things, on this sole variant.



Internationally, the New Volkswagen Beetle comes with four engine

options. Of these the one that will make it to India is the 150PS

4-cylinder 1.4-litre TSI engine. This unit comes mated to a 7-speed

DSG transmission. Twist the key and the car comes to life with a sweet

sound. It isn’t the quickest off the line, but felt fairly comfortable

cruising at 140kmph on the autobahn. However, post that it does tend

to take longer to gain speeds and needs a long straight to reach its

top speed. We have always loved the way the 7-speed DSG from VW

performs and in this new Beetle it is no different. Shifts are butter

smooth even when you take matters in your hands with the paddle




Ride quality is simply brilliant and we were in for a pleasant

surprise after driving the Beetle. Our highway blasts revealed that

the Beetle felt well-planted and it impressed us with the silent, flat

and absorbent ride. Its only when speeds fell that the car began to

show a slight stiffness over bigger undulations but it always feels

comfortable. What brings an even bigger smile to your face is when you

learn that the Beetle’s ground clearance makes a no-brainer out of

almost every kind of speed breaker. While the steering is mostly

accurate and feels well weighted, we would have appreciated better

feedback as it tends to feel numb around the dead centre. This also

means that it’s not very confidence inspiring for spirited driving

around tight bends



The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle comes with the usual safety tech that you

would expect in a car below the price segment that the Beetle is

positioned in. It gets 6 airbags, ABS, Hill Hold and ESP. That’s it.

However, the build quality on the whole is also good and the hatchback

even bagged a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. Talking

about after-sales, Volkswagen has a pretty bad reputation in this

regard and people generally don’t have a good perception about the

German automaker’s service standards.



As a car the new Beetle works really well and except for the so-so

cabin it is hard to fault this VW bug. But when you consider its

ridiculous Rs 28.7 lakh price-tag, this is just not enough and it has

to feel special too. As far as looks go, it certainly looks fantastic

and its iconic bug shape definitely turned heads wherever we went. But

what really disappointed us is the cabin, which in our eyes looks too

generic, especially when you get the Mini Cooper in the picture. It

doesn’t feel half as much fun to drive too. So for the money, you get

a piece of history which feels thoroughly modern but nothing more.

Volkswagen Beetle Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 26,61,798/- (Beetle 1.4 TSI) to  26,61,798/- (Beetle 1.4 TSI) .Volkswagen Beetle has 1 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Volkswagen Beetle comes in 1 colours, namely Night Blue.