Hyundai Creta Overview & Test Drive

Hyundai Creta Overview

Hyundai has launched the updated 2017 Creta SUV in India. The updated Creta SUV now gets cosmetic as well equipment upgrade to it. Apart from getting exterior as well as interior update, Hyundai who also happens to India’s second largest car manufacturer has decided to add an exclusive diesel trim in the form of a new Executive variant ‘E+ trim while there is one more trim in the form of SX+ which gets dual tone trim to it.Unfortunately, Hyundai has decided not to make any changes under the hood and thus this popular SUV still offered with 1.6-litre Dual VTVT petrol, 1.6 Litre CRDi VGT diesel unit and 1.4L CRDI U2 diesel engine options. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop. 

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Hyundai Creta Look

Seeking inspiration from the flagship offering, Santa Fe, the Hyundai Creta looks fresh and unique. It doesn’t have bulging muscles or pseudo cladding instead has a much matured approach with a modern meeting urban design theme. Since it is based on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, also responsible for the gorgeous styling of the Elite i20, the Creta’s exterior design scores the most and is also one of the strongest decision making factors.What are the unique bits in the design? Giving it a uniform brand identity is the new radiator grille sporting solid triple chrome slats, exactly like that on the Santa Fe. One good thing is that they have gone easy with chrome making sure it looks premium and at the same time fulfils the popular want of Indian consumers. Then come the wraparound headlamps with projectors lights, LED position strips and cornering lamps, all of which are a first in the segment. Ditching the conventional shape and position, it gets vertically slotted fog lamps. There is a strong profile which runs across the width of the front bumper with silver finished skid plates underneath.

To make it less resistant against air flow and increase fuel efficiency, the front pillars have an optimized design with the right slant angle. Both the front set of pillars get a blackened piano finish to make the side look elegant and also impose a longer glasshouse area. Giving it a sporty character are roof rails, chrome tipped door handles and diamond cut alloys, all seen as standard on the top end SX(O) variant.The plastic cladding on the lower half of its length give it the quintessential SUV look with an added ruggedness.We liked the progressive shoulder line climbing from the front wheel arch and ending at a higher position meeting the rear tail lights. Subtly flared wheel arches are a nice touch. All SX trims get electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs without an auto folding option, this was surprising. Also, most variants make use of 205/65 R16 tyres with clean silver alloys except the top trim which gets more appealing 215 / 60 R17 tyres with diamond cut alloys. This mix and match of various options on these five variants will work with customers who are choosy about features.

It gets a neat and tidy arrangement at the rear with a large bulging tail gate and split combination tail lamps. The stronger waist line does make it look large in profile with a greater focus on higher luggage storage. There isn’t much except for a highly visible Hyundai logo, right at the centre. Cladding theme continues uniformly on the rear bumper with similar styled skid plates as seen on front. The only bit which could have been better is the positioning of the registration plate sitting at an intermittent position lower from the tail lights and higher from the bumper.

Hyundai Creta Comfort

It seems Hyundai has appointed a gentleman disguised as a commoner listening to everyone’s popular wish of features to have in a car as the Creta too, like other Hyundais, comes with a long list which includes many of first in the segment.There is a lot on offer but that doesn’t make it a clustered messy place to be in, making the cabin feel more comfortable than its rivals. It indeed does remind you of the arrangement in the Elite i20 and that is to Creta’s advantage as it is one the most appreciated cabins. The one that we had during our first drive was the SX+ variant, lower than the top trim SX(O). While it is all about leathers and ebony coloured trims in the SX(O), lower variants have to make do with fabric two-tone seats, they aren’t as appealing but your senses won’t mind.

And that is because the seats are well comforted at the right areas. The headrest, lumbar support and the bottom cushioning is impressive, needs a bit more under thigh support but is manageable. The reach and positioning of buttons and knobs for front occupants is simply practical. Even though the dashboard has a wide winged design, it doesn’t make your knees sweat. There is plenty of room in the front with a dead pedal for the necessary relief on highways. The driver seat also gets height adjustment.Coming to the rear zone, it gets separate AC vents which are a must for the ones seated behind especially under challenging weather conditions. The incline angle is decent and similar to the front seats, just has tad less of under thigh support. While the seats are comforting enough for long journeys, there is a slight problem and that is cause of the way it looks. From outside, the climbing shoulder line sure does look good but the same makes the rear window more compact with a taller glass line, thus making it feel cramped. For more details Hyundai Creta visit iiitdm.in

One more surprising bit is the absence of leather wrapping on the steering wheel; a given inside such a premium offering. Nonetheless, it offers sufficient levels of grip along with controls to operate the touchscreen navigation system sitting at the central of the dashboard. Only the base variant gets a 2DIN Audio unit with multiple connectivity options, rest six variants feature a touchscreen system with navigation as standard only on S+, SX+ and SX(O) variants. Also, Hyundai’s much claimed 1GB on-board memory for storing music and files is only seen on two variants – S and SX. The instrumental cluster layout is clean and lucid, shows essential info like trip and odo readings. Surprisingly, it does not feature mileage and distance to empty range.

There are smartly placed cup holders on the central console and the door pockets too have sufficient provision for storage of litre class containers in the front and 500ml on the rear. Under the front armrest, there is a sizeable utility recess. Rear occupants get a foldable armrest with twin cup holders. It gets a super generous luggage area which can be further expanded by folding the rear seats.

Hyundai Creta Gearbox

The 2018 Hyundai Creta facelift doesn’t get many mechanical changes but the 1.6-litre diesel engine gets a tweak in terms of torque delivery. So the peak torque now comes in at a wider band. The pre-facelifted had a torque output of 260 Nm at 1900-2750 RPM while the facelifted model produces the same 260 Nm at 1500-3000 RPM. While driveability has improved, there is some amount of turbo lag and the vehicle gets going once the turbo spools up. The mid-range is punchy and very strong.

The petrol variant now boasts of 3% better fuel efficiency (meanwhile, diesel gets 4% better fuel efficiency than before). The 1.6 petrol’s performance is same as before, there is a good low-end but mid-range doesn’t feel that punchy. Performance is linear but the motor doesn’t spin faster. The gearbox is slick shifting although the clutch has a longer travel.

Hyundai Creta Rideing

No changes have been made to the suspension either, so the 2018 Hyundai Creta rides and handles the same as before. The ride is supple at low speeds and since the suspension is on the softer side, the car feels pitchy as speeds rise. Nonetheless, the high speed stability is quite good and the steering weighs up well offering okayish feedback but feels artificial and disconnected to some extent. Braking performance is superb and the vehicle stops without any drama.

Hyundai Creta Safety

Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are offered as standard across the range of the 2018 Hyundai Creta. However, the top-spec trim gets four additional airbags, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Management as well. Hyundai has a vast sales and service network across the country and the quality of service also has been great.

Hyundai Creta Price in Hyderabad

Hyundai Creta On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 10,82,414 to 17,72,866 for variants Creta 1.6 E Petrol and Creta 1.6 SX Diesel Dual Tone respectively. Hyundai Creta is available in 13 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Creta variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Creta price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Hyundai Creta Bottomline

Hyundai has recently launched updated Elite i20 and now they have also decided to upgrade their Creta SUV as well. Unfortunately the 2017 model year SUV does not get any mechanical changes under the hood, but it does get a new infotainment system, a whole new trim and along with a new dual tone exterior shade.Hyundai Creta gets more equipment and the minor tweaks, especially the diamond-cut alloy wheels and the new grille make it look more premium and bold. The Creta has always been a very good package and that has reflected in its sales and with this updated version, we expect the sales to shoot up even further because a good car has become better.

Hyundai Xcent Performance & First Drive

Hyundai Xcent Overview

Hyundai’s first offering for the compact sedan segment in India was the Accent Viva which was launched very long back. As the market hadn’t matured properly then, the Accent Viva didn’t sell in good numbers despite the regular Accent selling really well back then. The Korean automaker then introduced the Xcent in 2014, which is based on the Grand i10 and this compact sedan has been a good seller for Hyundai. The vehicle has now got a mid-life facelift following the Grand i10 so let us find out what additional things does the Xcent now offer. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop 

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Hyundai Xcent Look

It is based on the Grandi10 hatchback and thus borrows similar looks. It is just an additional boot which makes all the difference. Hyundai’s much acclaimed Fluidic Design language has really worked well on all its cars. However, the Xcent doesn’t look as ‘Wow!’ as other Hyundais in India.The hexagonal grille is bold in design. The headlights sweep back towards the side as well as on the bonnet making it look large. The lower section of the front bumper has multiple crease lines.

The Xcent too gets machined alloy wheels like the Grandi10. The side profile looks balanced with the additional boot. It does not look as coarse as the Swift DZire. It has a wheelbase of 2425mm which is exactly the same in the hatchback. This effectively means the interior space remains untouched but this time the luggage space has been increasedThe new rear end looks smart and crisp with no additional lines. It has been kept clean without giving any fussy design elements. The tail lamps are again similar in design but the reflection shape and style has been changed in the Xcent which makes it look clean.

Hyundai Xcent Comfort

Inside, it’s the same story. Almost all the bits are from the Grand i10 and even though we have seen this interior styling before, it is pretty descent quality and is well put together. The two-tone interior does add a sense of roominess to the cabin.The plastics are of premium quality which enhance the driving experience. The center console is simple and is divided into two distinct parts. The upper section houses the audio system which comes with USB connectivity with small display screen in the center. HVAC controls are provided in the lower part of the console.

The steering wheel is a multi-functional unit, same as the Grand i10. The instrument binnacle is simple and clear with a large speedometer with a blue back light in the center and a tachometer on one side. Fuel gauge and temperature gauges take up the right hand side of the unit.The cabin of the new Hyundai Xcent feels airy and has a premium feel to it. There’s loads of headroom thanks to the tall profile of the car. It boasts of decent legroom for rear seat passengers and is claimed to have the largest trunk in the segment. Another ‘segment first’ is the rear air conditioning vent.

There are few additional features which are available with the Xcent sedan for example the top of the line SX variant gets automatic climate control and a rear-view camera. Steering-mounted audio controls, an audio system with Aux, USB, Bluetooth and 1GB of internal storage. The top SX trims also gets 14 inch wheels as standard but it also gets an option to upgrade to a 15-inch ‘diamond cut’ alloys as well.

Hyundai Xcent Gearbox

The Hyundai Xcent is offered with both petrol and diesel engines. Talking about the petrol engine first, no changes have been made to the 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT unit. It is mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a dated 4-speed automatic transmission and produces 83 PS of power at 6000 RPM and 114 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. Throttle response is good and power delivery is linear. The top-end performance isn’t the best but the low-end and mid-range are very good. The NVH levels are also fantastic. The ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency is 20.14 km/l and 17.36 km/l for MT and AT respectively but in real world conditions, you can expect 10-14 km/l from the MT and 9-13 km/l from the AT.

The diesel engine has been upgraded from the older 1.1-litre unit to a larger 1.2-litre U2 CRDI unit which now produces 75 PS of power at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm of torque from 1750-2250 RPM. The engine has been tuned very nicely and turbo lag has been negated effectively. The engine has a good surge of power right from 1600-1700 RPM and continues till 3500-4000 RPM and the oil-burner feels very peppy. The engine is quite noisy though. The 5-speed gearbox is a charm and gearshifts are smooth. The ARAI-claimed efficiency is 25.4 km/l and you can easily expect 17-22 km/l in real world conditions.

Hyundai Xcent Rideing

In terms of handling, the Xcent does not disappoint. It manages to hold in tight corners without losing control. Even at high speeds on a straight line, it holds on to the road with great confidence. The driving dynamics of the Xcent is impressive. The length of the car has been increased but then that has not changed the way this one handles.The suspension offers a dampened ride and thus even on rough roads, the Xcent performs good.Even while manoeuvring it in the city, it feels very convenient. It also gets a reverse parking sensor affixed on the rear view mirror though; it is not convenient to use because of the daylight reflections falling on the rear view mirror.

Hyundai Xcent Safety

2017 Hyundai Xcent comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The company has offered dual front airbags as standard fitment across the entire variant line-up of the new sedan. In addition, several premium features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock, Keyless entry with Smart Key, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear Camera with display on audio, Central Locking, etc. are available with the top-end variants. Though, it looks bleaker than the preceding model, which had ABS as standard safety feature. Also, the other sedans in the segment come equipped with more safety features than Xcent.

Hyundai Xcent Price in Hyderabad

Hyundai Xcent On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,21,635 to 9,72,142 for variants Xcent E Petrol and Xcent SX Diesel Optional respectively. Hyundai Xcent is available in 11 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Xcent variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Xcent price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Hyundai Xcent Round Up

The Hyundai Xcent is a well-rounded compact sedan because it offers excellent efficiency with the diesel engine, good performance, equipment and comfort. It is backed by Hyundai’s huge after-sales network. The Xcent doesn’t really have any major downsides except the handling part and is a very good contender in the compact sedan segment and the pricing of the car is attractive enough too.

Honda City Engine & Transmission

Honda City Overview

Honda was among the several foreign manufacturers to make inroads in India towards the end of 1990s. And while the Japanese auto giant has rolled out several models all this time, Honda City sedan been the most successful car which was first introduced in 1998. Honda had launched new-generation City in 2014, which was followed by a facelift in 2017. Like the previous models, the City facelift is among the top-selling mid-sized sedan in the country. The new Honda City 2019 carline is currently available in both petrol and diesel engine options in manual and CVT variants priced in the range of Rs 9.70 lakh to Rs 14.05 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda City Look

In the visual department, the Honda City 2017 has surely upped its ante with all the modifications that have been done to it. The front profile has been completely revamped and now gets a much sharper look than before. There are new LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog-lamps, a restyled grille with a thick chrome fixture along with a sharp bumper which sums up the facelift look.

Towards the side, the New City gets new 16-inch alloy wheels which now come with wider tyres. Towards the back, Honda’s designers have kept the changes to the minimum with the rear-profile only getting a minor bumper tweak, which is a honey comb design in its middle along with the incorporation of a boot-lid mounted spoiler for the higher variants. All in all the makeover done in the cosmetic department has indeed made the 2017 Honda City now look a lot more contemporary and stylish while at the same time accentuating its appeal in the premium part of the spectrum.

Honda City Comfort

The Honda City has always had one of the most stylish cabin designs among its competitors. With the generation update, expect this car to get an equally appealing design. That said, Honda will for sure add a premium touch to the interiors, for City being an executive sedan. Consequently, expect it to come with a dual tone cabin colour scheme of black and beige.

Cabin space has always been one of the major strong points of the City. The next-generation model is likely to use an all-new platform. This could translate into improved cabin space. Honda is currently working on re-establishing itself as the manufacturer of premium cars. Hence, we are expecting the Honda City 2020 to have good material quality on the inside.

Honda City Gearbox

The 2019 Honda City line-up is available in both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol version is powered by a tried & tested 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC unit that produces 118bhp of power at 6,600rpm and 145Nm torque at 4,600rpm. The diesel City gets Honda’s 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-DTEC oil burner that makes 99bhp at 3,600rpm against 200Nm torque at 1,750rpm. Transmission options include a conventional 5-speed manual unit, a 6-speed manual gearbox and a CVT that is available only on select petrol variants. Suspension set-up comprises McPherson Strut with coil spring and Torsion Beam with coil spring at front and rear respectively.Check for Honda City in iiitdm.in

Featuring the same engines used in the pre-facelift model, there is no significant change in performance. However, the NVH levels have improved though noise still seeps inside the cabin, hence there is some room for improvement. The low-end power delivery on the diesel engine makes it suitable for city driving. The road grip has also been improved courtesy new 16-inch tyres. The next-gen City will receive BSVI compliant engines, which will offer better NVH levels and performance.Powered by Honda’s 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, the petrol City is rated at 17.4km/l in manual version opposed to 18km/l in CVT option. Diesel City is claimed to return excellent mileage compared to its petrol counterpart with 25.6km/l of ARAI rated fuel economy.

Honda City Rideing

The specifications of Honda City are so configured that the car offers a wonderful and pleasant drive on both city roads as well as the expressway. The petrol car is powerful for you to cruise at high speeds while the diesel version has a much-needed grunt that gets the accelerator pedal to be highly responsive. The sedan can be powered to a top speed of well over the 160 km/hour mark and can do the 0-100 km/hour round in just a 10 seconds. The radial tubeless tyres provides ample road grip and stability. It is suspended over MacPherson Strut for the front wheel and Torsion Beam for the rear.

Honda City Safety

Since new safety regulations come in effect starting April 1st 2019 and the estimated launch timeline for the new City is around December the same year, it becomes obvious to believe that it will get several safety features as standard and then some more. Standard safety kit is going to include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchorage and rear parking sensors.In addition to this, range-topping models can come with additional safety kit such as side, knee and curtain airbags, traction control, electronic stability program among other electronic driver aids.Dual Front Airbags.Side And Curtain Airbags.Reverse Parking Sensors.ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts.Traction Control.Electronic Stability Program

Honda City Price in Hyderabad

Honda City Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,75,617/- (City S MT Petrol) to 14,08,021/- (City Zx MT Diesel Anniversary Edition). Get best offers for Honda City from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for City price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda City Bottomline

The new Honda City 2019 looks sportier and receives new elements inspired by Civic. Most of the changes on the outside are made to the front that injects aggression to the face. Interiors too get updates for a more upmarket look. The material quality has improved, and it packs in additional kit including some of the segment first features. On the safety front, the 2019 Honda City features standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seats. Although, Honda claims to rework the NVH levels, but there is still room for improvement.

BMW X1 Facelift Review & First Drive

BMW X1 Overview

The BMW X1 is a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) according to the company. It is offered with only one engine option, however, it has two drive systems, xDrive and sDrive with three different packages Expedition, xLine and M Sport. The variants of BMW X1 are sDrive20d Expedition, sDrive20d xLine, xDrive20d xLine and xDrive20d M Sport. In terms of safety, the BMW X1 comes with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), CBC (Cornering Brake Control), ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with brake assist and airbags. Key features include an 8 speed Steptronic automatic transmission, Servotronic steering assist, LED headlamps with DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps) and fog lamps. View offers on BMW Cars from BMW dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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BMW X1 Look

BMW X1 has an athletic look and is designed to be a head turner when it is driven on the road. BMW X1 features includes a length of 4439mm and with an overall width of 2058mm. It has body colored bumpers. The well-known kidney shaped radiator grille has a bold design and has horizontal chrome stripe to give it a premium look. The headlights cluster is big and powerful and are equipped with LED headlamps. From the car’s side profile, you will notice body coloured ORVM caps (with integrated turn lamps) and door handles along with uniquely designed fenders, which house alloy rims mounted by tubeless radial tyres. The rear profile of this car reinforces the intimidating look of its front. BMW X1 Colors available in the market include, Valencia Orange, Glacier Silver, Black Sapphire, Mineral White, Midnight Blue, Deep Sea Blue, and Marrakesh Brown

BMW X1 Comfort

Stepping into this SUV, you will be surprised at the spaciousness of the BMW X1 Interiors. It can seat at least five able bodied adults comfortably and provides good legroom for all the passengers. BMW X1 specifications include a pleasant color scheme and its well-cushioned adjustable seats with integrated headrests are covered with good quality leather upholstery. The attractive digital instrument cluster on the dashboard features, speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and numerous warning lights. The three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel is covered in premium leather and has the company’s logo etched on its middle. For passenger comfort, it has a powerful fully automatic air conditioner, cup and bottle holders. The luggage compartment has an overall capacity of 420 litres.

BMW X1 Gearbox

The BMW X1 is available with one engine option, a 1,995cc BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine. It generates 190 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm. The engine has been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.The BMW X1 is offeredwith an 8 speed Steptronic automatic ‘Sport’ transmission with Launch control and paddle shifters. The transmission offers smooth gear changes and the well tuned ratios offer a good balance between fuel efficiency and performance.The BMW X1 comes with a certified mileage of 20.68 kmpl. This fuel efficiency is comparable to its segment.

BMW X1 Rideing

The powerful 1995cc mill along with the 8-speed transmission gearbox gives the SUV enormous power that allows it to reach its top speed of 219kmph in no time. The pickup is also smooth and it crosses 100kmph from standstill in just 7.6 seconds. For a bump free ride, it has an advanced M Sports suspension system that keeps the car running smoothly even on uneven roads.

BMW X1 Safety

In terms of safety, BMW X1 comes with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), CBC (Corner Braking Control), ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with brake assist and airbags. It also has an electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor along with side impact protection and runflat tyres with reinforced side walls.

BMW X1 Price in Hyderabad

Bmw X1 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 32,38,070/- (X1 sDrive20d Expedition) to 42,68,309/- (X1 xDrive20d M Sport). Get best offers for Bmw X1 from Bmw Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for X1 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

BMW X1 Bottomline

The new X1 is a much better product than before. One of the major constrains in the X1 was the space and this has been taken care in the new-generation X1. In driving, BMWs are certainly better than the other German competitors.

Toyota Etios Facelift Review & Test Drive

Toyota Etios Overview

The Toyota Platinum Etios is an entry level sedan by the Japanese carmaker and is sold with a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine. Like its hatchback sibling, the Etios Liva, the Platinum Etios also has ABS and dual front airbags as standard and is claimed to have best in class air conditioning. Cabin space and boot space are the best in its price segment, with the volume of the latter rated at 592 litres. The Platinum Etios also has a folding rear seat, cooled glovebox and height adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable and foldable outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) and steering mounted audio controls to add more convenience for the occupants and the driver. The reverse parking sensors on the upper variants aid parking in tight spots. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Toyota Etios Look

Compared to the outgoing model, the new Toyota Etios Platinum do pose an appealing stance. Updates can be seen at the front with the new wider bumper and revised grille to give a touch of sportiness. The carmaker hasn’t gone extreme when it comes to using chrome appliques. The use of carbon-fibre texture, in fact, looks really nice on the front bumper. The v-shaped grille is mounted high with black inserts and the chrome studded signature mark at the centre looks cool. The rounded fog lamps now get boomerang styled highlighted enclosure.

The side profile of Etios largely remains intact except the new set of alloys and the same thick protruding strip running in the middle. The rear end of the car feature new bumper and thick chrome slat with red reflectors on the boot lid connecting the two tail lamps. Overall, the changes are subtle but do provide a bit of youthful touch to the car.

Toyota Etios Comfort

The inside ambience of Toyota Platinum Etios is perfectly in sync with its elegant exterior. The bi-tonal premium interior is high on quality and is pleasing to the eyes. The tri-spoke steering wheel has a silver accent on it and the door trim has fabric insertions. The shift knob is accented with chrome and the door armrests have a wood grain finish. The seats are comfortably wide, and the sedan provides adequate legroom and headroom. The driver’s seat is height adjustable and the front headrest can also be adjusted. The pillow-type headrests on the rear seats add to the comfort. There are sun visors on the driver’s and the co-passenger’s sides. The fuel lid and tailgate are remote-operated. To further enhance convenience, the power window on the driver’s side has the auto-down function, the electric power steering comes with tilt mechanism, the glove box is cooled and 12 V power outlets are provided at the front. The ORVMs can be adjusted internally using an electronic lever. Platinum Etios also comes with a tachometer, a digital tripmeter, front cabin lights and rear defogger. The air conditioning unit is effective, and that apart, the sedan has a heater and an air filter.

The in-cabin entertainment is looked after by the audio system that comes with a remote. To keep the driver focused, the steering wheel has audio controls mounted on it. The space provided by the boot is of the order 595 L. Additionally, there are seven bottle holders, assist grip with coat hook, and front and rear door pocke

Toyota Etios Gearbox

The Toyota Platinum Etios is powered by two engines, a 1,496 cc petrol and a 1,364 cc diesel unit. Power and torque generated by the petrol is 88.7hp at 5,600 rpm and 132Nm at 3,000 rpm. The diesel unit produces 67hp at 3,800 rpm and 170Nm between 1,800 rpm and 2,400 rpm. Both engines are refined and inclined towards fuel efficiency.The Toyota Platinum Etios is sold with a 5-speed gearbox on both petrol and diesel variants. Both transmissions offer smooth gear changes and the clutch is light. The gear ratios are tuned for fuel efficiency and do not require frequent shifting in traffic.

The Toyota Platinum Etios has a certified mileage of 16.78 km/l for the petrol variants and 23.79 km/l for the diesel engine variants. These fuel efficiency figures are at par with segment standards.As mechanically Etios remain untouched, the fuel efficiency is also the same. Where the diesel engine returns ARAI certified mileage of 23.59kmpl, the petrol engine, on the other hand, returns 16.78kmpl.

Toyota Etios Rideing

Toyota Platinum Etios is endowed with a MacPherson Strut type suspension system for the front axle. Its rear axle has torsion beam type suspension. The turning radius of Toyota Platinum Etios is 4.9 m and it offers a minimum ground clearance of 170 mm.The company claims that it has worked upon the shock absorbers. While the ride quality is undoubtedly very good but isn’t different as compared to the earlier version. However, as the suspension has been tuned, one can expect a slight slandering into the corners.The car never feels less composed and remains stable regardless of the road conditions. The steering also feels nice and comfortable to operate.

Toyota Etios Safety

The performance of ABS+EBD brakes is confident and performs just as expected. One of the biggest talking points of the car in this version is the updates in the safety department. The sedan now comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts, keyless entry and driver seat belt warning as standard features. Move on to the top variants and you also get front fog lamps and reverse parking sensors. The carmaker has also reinforced the chassis so that it could perform better in case of crash. And this can be seen in the fact that Etios got 4-star safety rating in Global NCAP crash test.

Toyota Etios Cost in Hyderabad

Toyota Etios Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,69,574/- (Etios G) to 8,76,400/- (Etios VXD Platinum Edition). Get best offers for Toyota Etios from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Etios price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Bottomline

Toyota Platinum Etios is a compact sedan that packs a punch with its stunning looks and an incredible mileage. Toyota has been renowned in the world for its continuous innovation and impeccable quality standards. In 2010, Toyota entered in the budget segment in India with Platinum Etios. Indian consumers are very sensitive towards price and more so in this segment. The Japanese automaker has entered the segment post a highly intensive market research. Some consumers may feel that the Platinum Etios is not up to the standards in terms of the interiors that they associate with the brand, thus causing some disappointment. The problem of engine vibration associated with a diesel engine has been taken care of by especially focusing on lowering in-cabin noise. Toyota has packed its Platinum Etios with a proper Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) package.

Nissan Terrano Performance & Test Drive

Nissan Terrano Overview

The Renault-Nissan alliance has been leveraging common vehicle platforms to quicken the process of ‘time to market’ and have together managed to build a fairly healthy portfolio for each other. The only problem in the past has been that unlike platform sharing vehicles from other global alliances that are distinctly different from each other, in this case, cars such as the Micra and Pulse, and the Sunny and Scala also share almost identical looks.

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It has been a case of badge engineering where the cars don’t just share underpinnings, but all the body panels too. The next in line is the Nissan Terrano, the cloned version of the Renault Duster. Thankfully though, better sense has prevailed amongst the powers that be in Nissan and the Terrano can claim itself to be a fairly differentiated product, at least on the outside. View offers on Nissan Cars from Nissan dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Nissan Terrano Look

As you can clearly notice in the images, the only SUV offering from Nissan for the Indian market has not received any significant changes to the exterior. Thus it still continues to look rugged and bold.

Towards the front profile, the Terrano gets a signature grille with lots of chrome elements on it. The headlamp unit too remains unchanged and gets a four pod design which looks not only good but also is functional at the same time. Towards the side profile, the SUV gets a machined alloy wheels which look not only rugged but also robust at the same time. Towards the side profile, you will also notice the electrically retractable ORVM with integrated side turn indicators. The silver finished roof rails also helps the Terrano to stand out in the crowd.Nissan India has now added one more colour options in the form of new Sandstone Brown besides the already existing four colour options.

Nissan Terrano Comfort

The cabin of the Terrano attempts a somewhat similar freshening up just like the redesigned exterior. But, the extent of change inside the Terrano is much lower than the outside. However, Nissan engineers have managed to still lift up the overall premiumness of the cabin, though this might be more evident in the top-trim variants. There is a slight variation in the interior colour theme, though the dashboard layout and major elements are mostly carry-forwards. There are a few changes such as the flip open storage box at the top of the centre stack. The combination of circular and rectangular aircon vents and the piano-black finish for the centre stack caught my attention in my test mule.

Faux wood door handles and the chrome bits all around the cabin are other elements that help boost the feeling of quality inside the Terrano. The rear aircon vents positioned between the two front seats (also found in the Duster) will be a blessing during the forthcoming summer. The steering wheel and the instrument cluster also see some modifications.

Nissan Terrano Gearbox

Like we already mentioned above there are no mechanical changes under the hood of the updated Terrano. The SUV still is powered by the same 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces about 104 PS of peak power at 5, 850 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 3750 rpm. The gasoline engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel variant, on the other hand, gets the 1.5 Litre DCI unit which is available in two states of tune. The base trim diesel option produces about 85 Ps of peak power at 3750 Rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1900 rpm. The more powerful diesel option produces about 110 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 245 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. Transmission option for the diesel drivetrain includes a 6-speed manual while there is also an option of a six speed AMT as well available with the top end trim.

Nissan Terrano Rideing

The diesel engine takes 12 seconds to cross the 100 kmph mark and slates a top speed figure of 175kmph. On the other end, the Petrol version attains a top speed of 165 kmph and takes 10 seconds to cross the 100 kmph mark from standstill. Both engines are incredible performers and thus Terrano doesn’t feel sluggish at any given moment. The Nissan Terrano line-up has both Petrol and Diesel engine based versions. The Petrol engine is a 1.6-litre Multi Point Fuel Injection (MPFI) based engine, which is coded as 1.6K4M. It has the ability to displace 1598cc and can yield about 102.6bhp at 5850rpm along with 145Nm of peak torque value at 3750rpm, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gear box. On the other hand, the diesel variants come with two power options, 85PS (83.8bhp) and the other more powerful 110PS (108.5bhp). This fuel efficient 1461cc, K9K, dCi diesel engine is quite powerful and is delivering an impressive performance. It offers a peak torque of 248Nm at 2250rpm in combination with a maximum power output of 108.5bhp at 3900rpm. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is mated with a six speed manual transmission gear box.

Nissan Terrano Safety

Nissan Terrano boasts of a staunch and robust braking system. The front wheels of the compact SUV are incorporated with discs which make braking deft. While the front axle of the SUV has an independent McPherson strut type of mechanism with a coil spring and also a highly advanced anti-roll bar; the rear axle gets a torsion beam axle along with coil springs and a similar anti-roll bar for enhanced comfort for the rear passengers. Both these systems put together ensure that the passengers as well as the SUV are stable at all times. The top-end versions of the Terrano are equipped with the sophisticated Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with electronic brake force distribution technology, coupled with brake assist and a stability control module to further upgrade the braking mechanism of the SUV. Other safety features comprise of an engine immobilizer, central locking, driver seat belt reminder, doors-not-well-closed reminder, rear defogger, reverse parking sensor and a heated tailgate glass warning light.

Nissan Terrano Price in Hyderabad

Nissan Terrano Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,90,034/- (Terrano XL P) to 14,30,152/- (Terrano XV D PRE 110 PS AMT). Get best offers for Nissan Terrano from Nissan Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Terrano price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Nissan Terrano Bottomline

The Terrano’s ride quality is big plus when compared to the other vehicles in its class. The suspension soaks up bad roads really well, without allowing it to really rattle the car. There is just a tad bit of body roll that I can feel when I run downhill on a windy stretch of road and while flicking in and out of the corners. But that is to be expected from a suspension set up that is meant to accommodate and please.

Just like the Duster, the Terrano’s USPs are right there – a torquey, healthy engine, good ride quality, much better on-road poise at high speeds and around corners and the right size. But, in the Terrano what is different is the design, which compared to the current Duster, might be considered just that bit more modern and appealing.

Hyundai Grand i10 Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai Grand i10 Overview

Slotted between i10 and Elite i20, in Hyundai’s line-up, Grand i10 was introduced in Indian market in 2013. Powering the line-up is a 1.2 litre, Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine mated to a manual and an automatic transmission. The diesel variants draw power from a 1.2 litre, 2nd gen U2 CRDi unit and are offered only with a manual gearbox. Exterior styling is chic, in tandem with the rest of the Hyundai models. Cabin is snug in terms of room, especially the rear side and the quality of material used is at par with rivals in the segment. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Hyundai Grand i10 Look

Even design wise, the Grand is a complete departure from its predecessor. It’s longer, wider and almost as tall – tall enough to classify it as a tall boy. But thanks to its increased dimensions, you’d be hard pressed to say that it actually falls in this category. Overall the styling has taken quite a few steps away from quirky “Kei” car and a big leap towards proper Euro supermini. The Fluidic design language has evolved further with this car and the headlights are now much sharper, the car sports a much larger one piece grille and a funkier design around the fog lights which really spruces up the front end. Unlike a lot of other design efforts which seem to lose steam as they progress from the front to the rear, the Grand makes no such faux pas. The strong shoulder line accentuates the width of the car and the uniquely shaped waistline molding and 8-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels (on the top end Asta model that is) really accentuate the Grand’s more mature design. At the back, you see a clear departure from regular Hyundai hatchback design with brand new taillights, chunky reflectors integrated into the bumper and lots of slashes and cuts all around. Bottom line is that the Grand i10 is beautiful to behold, no matter what angle you look at it from and manages a wonderful mix of radical design and comforting conventionality to keep everyone happy.

Hyundai Grand i10 Comfort

Inside the car, a lot of beige has been used across all the variants for that premium feel. To top that, Hyundai has mated the beige color smartly with the black color, so the places which are more accessible to hands are covered in black to save them from getting dirty quickly. The interior also gets blue illumination, which looks brilliant at night. The blue illumination makes the car look very premium from the inside, and the feature is standard across all the variants. Hyundai has also used the space in the car very smartly, and has put map pockets in the front and rear seats of the car for keeping papers and other small things. There are pockets behind the front passenger seat as well. The pockets are missing from the base Era variant though. Hyundai’s flowing design follows the car everywhere and even the interiors are designed keeping the Fluidic theme in mind.

The door handles are curved, and are chrome painted in the Sportz, Sportz(O) and Asta models for the premium feel. Chrome is also visible on the gear knob and parking lever tip of the Sportz and Asta models. The top variant Asta gets the leather-wrapped steering wheel, which feels amazing to hold and feel. The centre display of the Grand i10 looks soothing and very futuristic. The top of the line variants Sportz(O) and Asta now offers 7-inch infotainment screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition it also doubles up as a display for reverse parking camera. The Sportz get a 5-inch screen with no support for Android Auto and CarPlay. Era and Magna do not get a touch screen. Even the base variant gets the tachometer, which is very important for shifting gears correctly. The driver infotainment gets many warning lamps and indicators, which are standard across all the variants. The manual version of the car gets gearshift indicators for those perfectly-timed shifts for better fuel efficiency and more power. The door and tailgate ajar lamp saves the car from getting damaged and prevents accidents. There is also a low fuel indicator and driver seatbelt warning lamp across every variant. Multi Information Display or better known as MID brings many information from the car to the driver at one place. There is a digital clock, dual trip meter, and uncommon features like average vehicle speed and engine running time, which helps a lot during long trips. Hyundai Grand i10 has a good audio system with support for USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in available across Sportz, Sportz(O) and Asta variants with a 4-speaker set-up.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel in the top model also features the audio, bluetooth voice recognition controls for easy access. Convenience has taken a special attention with the Grand i10. Every variant gets motor-driven electric power steering for smooth drives around the city and does not take much effort to manoeuvre the vehicle. All the variants also get manual AC with heater, tinted windows and power outlets. Hyundai has really taken serious steps to make the vehicle very convenient, and the power outlets on the front and rear show that effort of the company. There are also power windows across all the models. The base version Era misses out on rear power outlets and power windows though. There are also electrically-adjustable outside mirrors across all the variants except Era which offers manual controls. There are also rear AC vents, a passenger and vanity tray, the base model gets deprived of these features as well. The Sportz and Asta models get the cooled glove box, push button start/stop and tilt steering. Driver seat height adjustment and adjustable rear seat headrests are exclusive to the top end Asta model only.

Hyundai Grand i10 Gearbox

As with almost all other Hyundai cars available at the moment, the Grand i10 offers both petrol and diesel as a choice for motive force. The petrol engine here is the 1.2-litre KAPPA mill which has really proved itself a worthy choice for quite some time in both the i20 and the older i10. The most exciting thing under the hood though is a brand new cutting-edge 1.1-litre U2 diesel engine. It might only have three cylinders, but this state-of-the-art motor produces 71PS of power at 4,000rpm and 160Nm of peak torque coming it between 1,500 and 2,750rpm. What strikes you most about this engine is just how refined it can be. A small amount of rumble does creep into the cabin at idle rpm, but that is to be expected from a car in this segment. Performance isn’t what you would call blistering, with the run to 100km/h from a standstill dispensed off in a fairly ponderous 17.5 seconds. At 150km/h, top speed too isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s pretty much at par with others in this segment. However it’s not about mere numbers and figures with this motor. The most impressive thing about this mill is its sheer drivability, even at fairly low engine speeds. It pretty much picks up in any gear and driving around even in extremely heavy traffic conditions is an absolute breeze. But in the higher range of the rpm spectrum, it does lose steam rather quickly. So not the ultimate engine for high-speed highway cruising. On the other hand, the clutch action is long, but quite light and the 5-speed manual gearbox is one of the slickest shifters we’ve seen in a long time. With a combination like that coupled with shortish ratios for the first three gears, the Grand i10 is at its absolute best in driving about in the urban jungle.

Hyundai hasn’t just worked magic with the engine and gearbox though. What impressed us most was the work done on the suspension. Compared to other hatchbacks from the same company, the Grand i10 seems significantly better sprung. This setup is still fairly soft mind you, but through long undulations, the car doesn’t wallow at all and even if you show it some corners, the body roll, though present, feels extremely well controlled. So what you end up with is brilliant ride quality over even the most broken of roads without the suspension feeling wishy-washy in any way. In fact, even when you take the Grand all the way up to its top speed on a wide open highway, the car feels extremely well settled even without carrying a full complement of occupants. Brakes too have good feel and bite and can bring the car to a dead stop from 80km/h in less than 30 metres. Honestly, you would have to be extremely ham-fisted and lead-footed to find yourself in a hairy situation with this Grand.

Hyundai Grand i10 Rideing

Hyundai has tweaked the suspension of the new Grand i10, and boy what a difference it has made. Show the car a set of bad roads and it gobbles up all of it without breaking a sweat. Potholes and undulations, particularly, are absorbed with only a muted thump entering the cabin. Coupled with good NVH characteristics, the ride in the new Grand i10 is surprisingly well damped and quiet, unlike the loud thuds that you hear in some of Maruti Suzuki’s small cars. The ride quality clearly feels akin to a bigger car, and this surely is one of the Grand i10’s biggest plus points.The changes to the suspension have also resulted in improved handling, although the soft set-up does result in slight body roll when you push the car around the bends. However, it is not scary at all and I was very impressed with the car’s grip levels and ability to stick to an intended line.

The one aspect that Hyundai could have improved is steering feedback at high speeds. I wish it weighed up a little more which would have elevated the driving experience to quite an extent. That said, I remember how numb the steering felt in the previous car, so the improvement in this unit is more than welcome.The brakes offer a strong bite and pedal feel is quite firm too. However, some may feel the bite is a bit too sharp at low speeds. Personally, I like the set-up as it feels quite reassuring in an emergency stop. Our brake tests saw the car come to a standstill from 100kmph in 3.1 seconds, covering 42.7 metres in the process.

Hyundai Grand i10 Safety

The braking prowess of the Grand i10 is nothing less than impressive. The car comes with front disc brakes and rear drum options. The brakes have a good bite and can bring the car to stop within a small distance. On the top variant, Asta, Hyundai offers one of the most advanced anti-lock braking system, which further brings down the stopping distance and is helpful in tricky situations.There is standard driver airbag available with all variants of the Grand i10. However, the company offers the passenger airbags with the top-end models only, which does show a highlight in the bill. Talking about safety, the Grand gets day/night mirror across all the variants except the base Era model. Hyundai also gives rear defogger as a part of equipment with the top variants. Hyundai provides a smart key with the Asta trims, which are convenient to use can be used to unlock the doors which work based on proximity to the key. The Magna version and other lower variants get standard keyless entry while Era does not offer keyless entry. The engine immobilizer, which surely reduces a lot of thefts, is standard across all the variants.

Hyundai Grand i10 Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Grand I10 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,57,311/- (Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol) to 7,37,439/- (Grand i10 1.2 Asta Diesel). Get best offers for Hyundai Grand I10 from Hyundai Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Grand i10 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Hyundai Grand i10 Conclusion

Hyundai Grand i10 is a very affordable car and by all means is the best choice in its segment. The Grand i10 has a long list of features, which look very good and inviting on paper. The base model somehow misses out on few key things like ABS and passenger airbag. This mid-sized hatchback looks very pleasing to the eyes and comparatively looks better than most cars on the road. The Hyundai Grand i10 packs almost every feature needed in a car in a compact package. With the segment-first features, like the integrated memory, Hyundai has surely attracted many tech-savvy buyers towards the new model.

The elegant-looking diamond-cut alloys make the car even more appealing. Important safety features, like the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and passenger front airbag, are missing in the standard list, and they come only as an option with higher variants. Hyundai has surely made a point on including all the features in the vehicle but not all are available with the Era or the Magna model. Even with the missing features, the Hyundai Grand i10 is a good choice in the segment and the sales figure of the car just puts concrete to our thoughts.

Toyota Innova Crysta Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

The Innova is by far the most successful product to ever roll out of Toyota India, period. It’s an MPV that never had any competition. It created a segment and has continued to dominate it for more than a decade. From large families to fleet operators, the Innova has changed the way Indians define travel. However, we’ve been waiting for a full model replacement for some time now. While the Innova continues to sell in high numbers, the folks at Toyota started developing an all-new model almost five years ago. They took their time and have finally readied the new Innova Crysta. The MPV goes on sale in India by early May 2016. We’ve just driven the Crysta extensively in India to find out if it’s a worthy successor. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Toyota Innova Crysta Ecteriors

As we had seen at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Innova Crysta is longer, wider and taller than before. There’s even a glimpse of the new Corolla Altis and Camry. Giving it a distinct face is a massive hexagonal grille and these chrome slats that merge with the double-barrel headlamps.

Wide shoulder and narrow waist – these sharp creases that fade away towards the end like an artist’s brush stroke. Smaller details like these aero-stability wings improve high-speed stability, and higher variants come with a set of good looking 17-inch wheels.The last set of glass window near the D pillar is razor sharp, giving the side profile a distinct look. Just like the saber-tooth inspire taillights do to the rear design. The Innova has more road presence now and makes a stronger statement. But maybe, just maybe there is an overdose of bling for some, which might divide opinions about its design.

Toyota Innova Crysta Interiors

There is no change in the wheelbase, which means there is still a lot of space inside for occupants. The cabin is spruced up, dashboard gets a new design, but what really doesn’t go well with the otherwise finished cabin is the low quality plastic used on the glovebox.Chrome is used amply inside and there is a large touch-screen on the console, temperature dials are placed right below the screen. Storage space is generous with about 20 bottle holders inside the cabin and dedicated AC vents are provided in second as well as third rows.Foldable seat back table are provided at the back which can be used for keeping a small laptop. First and second rows are spacious, but third row can accommodate two adults easily leaving less room for the third occupant. The MPV is available with seven and eight seat layout.

Toyota has added more features to the second generation Innova, among the comfort features, the MPV gets air conditioner, AC vents for second & third row, separate seats in front row with slide and recline function. Features like eight way power adjustable driver seat and passenger seat easy slide are available on the top-of-the-line variants. Vital features aboard include smart entry system, wireless door lock, speed sensing door lock, cruise control, tilt & telescopic power steering, power windows among others. Exteriors get chrome finished front grille with high gloss lower grille, automatic projector headlamps with LED treatment and power adjustable & retractable ORVMs with welcome lights and side turn indicators. Cabin features indirect blue illumination ambient illumination, instrument panel, speedometer, multi-information display, cooled-glove box and console box with lid.

Toyota Innova Crysta Performance

Toyota has brought entirely new engine options on the Innova Crysta. We started with the 2.4-litre diesel motor which is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. In-spite of being smaller than the older 2.5-litre engine, the modern four cylinder turbocharged motor has more grunt and is also more frugal. But like the older engine feels not very refined. Just notice the gear lever do the Shake while cranking up the MPV.Once in motion it settles down and has good mid- and top-end power. Rev it harder and the motor gets audible and stressed, forcing you to shift to the next gear before reaching the redline. At 149PS, it produces a stunning 49PS more than the outgoing Innova which is evident right from the word go. There is more than ample torque at 343Nm which comes handy while over taking other cars, even when the Crysta is packed to the brim with passengers and luggage.But the clutch still has a long travel… a compromise you pay for durability. The gear stick is shorter and more car like now, but an averagely built Indian will have to stretch a little to reach the gear-knob when it was slotted in third.

The 5-speed manual gearbox has better spread ratios now, which means you can quickly shift to fifth and cruise on the highway. Having said that, having a sixth gear would have kept the engine even less strained during long distance journey.Toyota engineers spoke about improved sound insulation, but still there is a fair amount of road and engine noise which can be heard within the cabin… yes, even with the windows up. You also get 3 driving modes – Normal, Eco and Power. As the names suggest, Power has the best accelerator response, Eco can squeeze maximum out of a litre of fuel and normal gives you best of both.The other engine option is for those looking for more convenience and opulence. This is also a brand new motor – a 2.8-litre turbocharger with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Currently this is the second MPV, after the Maruti Ertiga, to come with an automatic option in India. After a long day of driving and photoshoot, we couldn’t have asked for anything better – driving back in this automatic car, through the busy streets of Goa. With 174PS power on the tap, it really quick off the line and feels quite spirited for an automatic car. There a massive 360Nm of toque which starts to flow really early in the rev range giving the Crysta automatic creamy power deliver. There’s hardly any turbo-lag and the gearshifts are linear, making it perfect for city use.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving

Similar to the older Innova, the Crysta employs a ladder on frame chassis, so don’t expect monocoque like dynamics. But use of rigid – high tensile steel has kept a check on the weight. This setup along with larger rear shoc absorbers make the Crysta iron through even crater like roads. The ride quality for a MPV of this size is seriously impressive and the biggest strength going by the road conditions we encounter everyday. The suspension almost never bottoms out, and goes over rumblers and spead breaker as it they never existed.It’s a big car and the steering feels heavy specially while taking a U-turn. This is probably to keep the steering communicative and fairly direct, but at higher speed it becomes both lighter and inconsistent. Moreover, it still has evident body-roll though the engineers have tried to control the sip like pitching movement to certain extent. Obviously, smaller MPVs available in India feel more nimble and agile, but the Innova Crysta is clearly more composed and sure footed.

Toyota Innova Crysta Safety

Innova range gets three airbags including driver airbag, co-passenger airbag and there is a knee-bag as well. Vehicle stability control and hill start assist control are available only on the range topping variants. Other safety features that are also available on Innova include seat belts in front and rear, child restraint system, back monitor, clearance and back sonar, seat belt warning, door ajar warning and immobilizer. Exteriors get chrome finished front grille with high gloss lower grille, automatic projector headlamps with LED treatment and power adjustable & retractable ORVMs with welcome lights and side turn indicators. Cabin features indirect blue illumination ambient illumination, instrument panel, speedometer, multi-information display, cooled-glove box and console box with lid.

Toyota Innova Crysta Price in Hyderabad

Toyota Innova Crysta Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 13,61,884/- (Innova Crysta 2.4 G MT 7 Seater) to 23,82,118/- (Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport). Get best offers for Toyota Innova Crysta from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Crysta price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Innova Crysta Bottomline

As expected, the Innova Crysta’s feature list is much longer now. The Crysta will be available in six variants and six colour options. All variants get ABS, driver, passenger and a driver knee airbag as standard. Automatic up and down power windows are standard. The top variant also gets curtain airbags, electrically adjustable driver seat, keyless entry, push start/stop ignition, cruise control and 17-inch alloys wheels to name a few features.While we do know that the Innova Crysta is a big step up from the outgoing model, what we don’t know as yet is the price. We expect Toyota to price the MPV from Rs 15.5 lakh to Rs 19 lakh, ex-Mumbai, roughly Rs 2 lakh more than the current Innova’s prices. The new Crysta will retire the current Innova and replace it. If the price is right, the Crysta has the potential to continue its domination for many more years to come.

Fiat Linea Performance & First Drive

Fiat Linea Overview

Fiat Linea received a more powerful variant to its range ‘125 S’, delivering upgraded power akin to its name. Based on the regular Linea, it sources power from the 1.4 litre T-jet petrol engine calibrated to produce 123bhp of power as against the 87bhp developed by the regular petrol variant. Other than this, the sedan comes in two more variants powered by the 1.4 litre petrol and 1.3 litre Advanced Multijet diesel engine. Aesthetically, it looks largely similar to the standard model, sporting additional features. View offers on Fiat Cars from Fiat dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Rivalling the likes of Hyundai Verna and Honda City in the C segment, Linea gets a new 123bhp 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol engine making it the most powerful sedan in the segment. The diesel range draws power from the 1.3 litre Multijet engine pumping out 90bhp and petrol variants plonk a 1.4 litre Fire petrol engine making 87bhp. All these engines are mated to the five-speed manual transmission missing out on the auto-box. On the feature front, Linea sports a new 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Map my India navigation, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity. It also comes with goodies including rear view camera, dual stage driver airbags, rear disc brakes and ambient lighting.

Fiat Linea Look

Fiat Linea exudes an international appeal in the style statement it carries which makes it a head turner wherever it goes. The front as well as rear overhangs seem quite proportionate which is one of the biggest advantage in its aerodynamic structure. The front looks quite sophisticated with a chrome plated front that proudly carries Fiat badge in between.The twin pod headlights are carefully underlined by a pair of fog lights that improve vision in misty foggy times. The side profile is a combination of sophistication and muscle. The beefed wheel arches gradually merge into the waistline. The 16’inch alloy wheels looks stunning and play an important role in defining its distinct style statement.

The stylishly protruding electrical ORVMs, clutch style door handles and a nicely embellished C pillar gives a coupe-like look to this sedan. The rear profile looks equally attractive with a large boot lid, chrome linings, and three light clusters of tail lamps. The ground clearance of 165mm accompanied by a strong suspension makes it a suitable option in terms of Indian roads. Fiat currently offers this sedan in seven vibrant colors which adds another feather to its cap.

Fiat Linea Comfort

The interiors have a similar tale to tell. Instead of featuring a sporty all-black layout, you get the same (read: safe) beige and black combo with a few silver and piano black accents thrown in for good measure. The updated dashboard design from the 2014 version manages to look chic even now. The fit, finish and quality levels are above average in most places and will give you very little reason to complain. We like the orange ambient lighting that lends a nice, warm and not to mention welcoming feel to the cabin. With the 125 S, the interiors have been left untouched. That means you still get the leather upholstery, super supportive front seats and slightly awkward ergonomics. And, in spite of being the longest car in its class, legroom or headroom at the rear bench isn’t the best there is. Seating two six-footers back to back can be a bit of a squeeze and three people will struggle to settle alongside each other in the rear bench.

The only addition to the cabin is the 5-inch touchscreen infotainment unit. The system supports a variety of inputs including Bluetooth, AUX and USB. However, the screen size is a tad too small and the interface feels dated — especially when you compare it to its rivals that offer Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Also, Fiat says the screen is reverse camera compatible; however, the camera itself isn’t a part of the standard kit. That said, audio quality is really crisp and we can imagine calm long drives with some soothing music on the radio. On the practicality front, the Linea continues to sport a rather awkwardly placed sunglass holder, slim door pockets and a few more cubby holes in the floor console between the front seats. Boot space is rated at a gigantic 500 litres that is more than adequate to swallow most of the airport-run luggage.

Fiat Linea Gearbox

Interestingly, the 125 S feels faster than it actually is. For example, you feel like you are at 130kmph when the speedo is actually hovering at around 90kmph. The top speed we recorded was about 190kmph on the clocks with a little more to go. How does she feel compared to the now discontinued 114PS Linea T-Jet? This reflects in the acceleration numbers 0-100kmph in 10.4s compared to the T-Jet’s 11.08s. Like the Abarth siblings, the 125 S struggles to set a quick 0-100kmph time because of huge and wasteful wheelspin in first gear. A 0-100kmph number is not fully indicative of this car’s performance because it has a very strong midrange, upwards of 2,000rpm and feels faster than any other segment rivals. But all this comes at the expense of fuel efficiency. Fiat claims 14.2kmpl but don’t hold your breath. The best we could get was 8.3kmpl in the city and 13.1kmpl on the highway. In our three days with the car, I saw an all time low efficiency of 5.1kmpl on the display. Alarming indeed and wallet busting too!

But again, you will not buy an Abarth or T-Jet for the fuel efficiency. She delivers on the thrills point. While being a total sleeper, she will be a pleasant surprise to other Linea owners when you go like a banshee. She can cruise effortlessly on the highway with 100kmph being held at 2,300rpm. In traffic though you have to slip the clutch a bit to avoid stalling her, something I learnt the hard way.The 125PS/210Nm 1.4-litre turbopetrol motor is the same from the old Linea T-Jet, but in a higher state of tune. There is turbolag but it’s bearable. The best part is the sharp all-disc brake set-up. Considering the zingy performance for a sub-Rs 12 lakh sedan, the Fiat Linea 125 S can shed speeds rapidly and confidently. In traffic, the sharp brakes (discs all around) take some time getting used to.

Fiat Linea Rideing

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. The steering is heavier than you’d expect and will make parking a chore. That said, it knows what the 205 section tyres are up to, and it tells you exactly that. Grip from the stock tyres is just about acceptable, but, we don’t see them lasting too long if you keep slamming the throttle in first. The tyres, along with the disc brakes do a swell job of getting the 125 S to a dead halt. The brakes bite in sharply (a bit too sharply if I may add) for very little pedal travel. This, too, gets a bit of getting used to.

Fiat Linea Safety

Braking and safety, both these aspects have been looked well by Fiat in Linea. The halting of front wheels is supported by disc brakes while the rear wheels have been awarded with drum brakes. The larger diameter of disc brakes allows instantaneous deceleration of car while the safety aspect in sudden braking is looked into by Anti Lock braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system that distributes braking force equally to all four wheels preventing sliding and squealing of tyres. Other measures taken to ensure safety of its passengers include an Anti-theft engine immobilizer, Fire Prevention System (FPS), 3 safety headrests, programmable speed limit that helps controlling speed of the car, digital door open indicator, power steering, and double crank prevention system.

Fiat Linea Price in Hyderabad

Fiat Linea Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,59,778/- (Linea 1.4L Active Fire) to 10,67,046/- (Linea 1.4L Emotion). Get best offers for Fiat Linea from Fiat Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Fiat Linea price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Fiat Linea Bottomline

Fiat doesn’t intend to sell huge volumes with the new Linea 125 S. In fact, we wonder how many cars Fiat plans to sell at all, considering that the brand has not had a single functioning showroom in Mumbai (of all places!) for well over a year now. Nevertheless, 125 S is a decently specced car but doesn’t offer anything staggeringly new over the competition, apart from some added performance and a subsequent loss in efficiency.It will be a niche car which will likely be brought by an enthusiast or an existing Fiat owner. It though remains to be seen how it will fare against the Volkswagen Vento TSI in terms of performance. But let’s reserve that for later. The talking point of this car then remains its timeless form, that enthusiastic motor and sharp handling. Just like its Abarth siblings then.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Review & Performance

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Overview

There is always a feeling of excitement whenever I drive a completely new car as there are so many questions, expectations and wishes that I have from it especially if the car is from a brand like Mercedes Benz.It is no longer a flash update that Mercedes Benz India has had a great year with a slew of launches. Their new design language has got them back in the game. Cars like A-Class and B-Class have really worked well in its favour as they have got new set of clients in addition to the existing ones. They have also reported positive growth and faced strong demand in the SUV segment with the GL-Class and ML-Class.The GLA, which also happens to be the newest and smallest SUV by Mercedes Benz, is based on the same platform as that of A-Class with added benefits of a compact SUV. Good news is that they have styled this one close to the concept and it looks as ravishing. We flew down to Chandigarh for a first drive experience of this brand new car.  Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class On road price starts from 30,63,762/-. Check for price details of Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class in CarzPrice

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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Design

As far as facelifts go, the GLA update can best be described as mild. Mercedes has not altered any sheet metal and perhaps the biggest change to the exterior could be the addition of LED headlamps. The front also gets a new grille with perforated twin-blade design and the lower edge sees a new bumper cladding. On the sides, the car wears new five-spoke alloys and the rear gets redesigned crystal-effect LED tail lamps. That’s it as far as the exterior changes go. The rest is familiar territory, meaning you still get the small hatch styling similar to the A-class on which it is based. On the whole, the GLA does not have the stance of a traditional SUV but it does look appealing with its swoopy lines; it turned a few heads on our drive.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Cabin

Mercedes Benz GLA Class interiors have high quality material for its upholstery that provides the cabin of the car a nice sporty yet elegant feel. The cabin is luxurious and spacious with leather seat covering giving enough evidence for the former.There are various Mercedes Benz GLA Class features, like panoramic glass roof for the rear portion, electric glass sliding sunroof for the front and a an effective multimedia system.The turbine resembling air con vents are a stylish addition. The interior trims are offered in two shades with the one being that of beige and grey white the other is an all black option. The all black looks young while the beige and grey gives a roomier feel to the cabin and also feels more plush and premium. There is no compromise in equipment and feature list as the GLA boasts of many features seen on more premium models.

While the above are all good aspects of the GLA, there are some non good ones too. Inside the GLA, one does feel more premium than competition cars but it does not feel spacious. Both row passengers will end up complaining about it. Headroom is low but the panoramic sunroof and its wide pocket makes up for it giving it an airy feel. Taller passengers would happily skip the rear passenger section. They have made smart usage by plonking the gear selector behind the steering wheel and also the emergency brake is right beneath still it does not feel spacious for front passengers.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Engine

Our perception of the GLA was a compact SUV meant to be taken more on soft roads than off-roads. Taking it to GL territories is not much of a good idea. We must say that it was brave of Mercedes Benz to make us drive the GLA from Chandigarh to Shimla as the route had a mix of good wide roads and narrow patchy roads too.Theoretically, it should behave like the A-Class as they both share the same platform. Rewinding a bit to our A-Class drive, it impressed us with its stiff suspensions. Unlike other Benz cars back then, the A felt more responsive. The expectations were similar and more from the GLA as it is a feature rich SUV.

It was the more popular diesel that we chose to drive first. The diesel GLA is powered by a 2143cc engine producing 135.96PS at 3600 to 4400 rpm and a torque of 300Nm at 1600 to 3000 rpm. This unit as officially claimed does a 0 to 100km/h dash in 9.9 seconds. Describing this motor as a joy to drive won’t be right because it is meant for steady driving needs like highway commuting where steady and consistent performance is a priority.At initial speeds, the bigger displacement engine feels a bit lethargic and it is only when the throttle is pressed hard this lag diminishes. Once you have battled traffic and out on the highway, the diesel feels home as it keeps churning power at a constant rate. It does not respond as quickly as the other unit which might be a letdown during overtaking but then we can live with it.

The 7 speed dual clutch transmission lacks the crisp crack of a quick shift and the difference is evident. The same is felt on sports mode while shifting manually wherein the box is not as enthusiastic to upshift and downshift in a jiffy. The stiffer suspensions which are fine for smooth roads act against the ride quality and handling on rough roads.Finally, after going through the diesel in a brief manner, it was time for us to test the petrol. A petrol engine for an SUV might not sound convincing at first hear but then think of it as this, dimensions of a big car and a performance of a quicker engine clubbed together. The GLA petrol is a complete surprise package as firstly it is the only one ion the segment to offer a petrol unit. Secondly and most interestingly, this unit does 0 to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds, which is 2.3seconds quicker than the diesel.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Rideing

One big improvement the GLA got in 2016 was a change in the driving modes which brought in an off-road and individual (customisable) mode. These remain on the current car and alter the powertrain and steering only, with no further changes to the suspension or other dynamic components of the car. In our earlier testing, we found the GLA to be no SUV but it can easily indulge in some light off-roading with the four-wheel drive and sufficient clearance. There is also a hill descent mode to bring the GLA down slopes in a controlled manner.

The steering is nice with a decent amount of feel but it isn’t consistent all through the turn. On our earlier testing, we weren’t impressed with the ride, finding it quite firm and crashy. On the facelifted car, there seems to be a small improvement. Mercedes says there hasn’t been any suspension change and this ride difference could be down to a different make of tyres. View offers on Mercedes Cars from Mercedes dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Safety

Mercedes Benz GLA Class has a strong safety system with the presence of adaptive brake lights flashing, attention assist, LED headlamps, hill start assist and many other features. Mercedes Benz GLA Class comes with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as well that reduces the chances to over steer and over turn.The SUV can crack a top speed of 205 kmph, which is again remarkable and with a strong suspension system, the vehicle is able to sustain all the difficulties of Indian roads with ease.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Price

Mercedes Benz Gla Class Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 30,63,762/- (GLA Class 200 d Style) to 36,73,533/- (GLA Class 220 d 4MATIC). Get best offers for Mercedes Benz Gla Class from Mercedes Benz Dealers in India

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Verdict

The most obvious comparison that the Mercedes Benz GLA will face is from Audi Q3. This is based vaguely on their respective body types and the price points at which both would be offered. The purpose and target audience of these two cars are significantly different. The GLA would attract young aspirational buyers, who want a stylish looking car with loads of features while the Audi Q3 is more for the real time driving enthusiasts, who wouldn’t mind taking it off tarmac once a while. There would be initial heat of competition between these two cars but that heat would die down once the consumers understand the difference between the two. The GLA would be offered in two variants only and we expect them to price it between Rs.33 lakhs to 35 lakhs on an ex-showroom level. Let us know your views in the comment section below.