Renault Duster Facelift First Drive Review

Renault Duster

Renault Duster Overview

Let’s face it, established carmakers like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are now alarmingly vulnerable to some sales beating from Renault more than ever. The latter, here in India, is a relatively young automotive player, after all. That said, thanks to well thought-out products like the Kwid and the Duster doing extremely well, Renault India has managed to trundle along the right path and gain a respectable market share in a short span of time. While the Kwid is still factory-fresh and off to a flying start, it’s been nearly four years since the Duster practically kickstarted the compact SUV trend as we know it. Check for car loan interest calculator.

After introducing a handful of special editions and an all-wheel drive version based on it, Renault India has pensioned off the original Duster. Subsequently, the brand has dished out a major facelift for the model, complete with refreshed styling, a better-equipped interior and an all-important automatic gearbox option. On paper, then, this new Duster comfortably outdoes the original, but is it any better to take on the opposition?

Renault Duster Look

When it comes to basic design and looks, there are no changes. However, the company has given several tweaks here and there to give it a distinct look from the earlier model. The square-shaped blacked out headlights now gets more detailing that makes it look futuristic. The grille design has completely revamped with new twin-slat chrome one which is better styled than the previous version. The car also gets chunky scuff plates and heavily brushed silver cladding at the front as well as on the rear that does add to the aggressive SUV credentials.

The most evident change in the side profile is in the form of new black alloys. While the new alloys look plainer, they lend altogether a different appearance when they are in motion. The turn indicators are now an integral part of ORVMs which are electrically foldable. The rear portion is also revised with new S-shaped signature LED making way into the tail lamp cluster. Overall, the changes are subtle but give a youthful touch to the car.

Renault Duster Comfort

Oddly enough, the diesel automatic AMT Duster can be had in the top-spec RxZ variant only whereas the petrol CVT is offered in the RxS variant which is a step down. Naturally, the latter isn’t as well equipped and misses out on some essentials such as climate control and a backup camera. The RxS variant doesn’t get soft touch dash and door pads either. The design and quality of materials remain the same which means you still the odd-numbered speedometer, a large steering wheel and sub-par plastics. Although poor fit and finish was one of the main shortcomings of the original model, Renault improved the quality with the facelift. That said, there is still a low-rent feel to the doors and the centre console surrounds and the overall fit and finish is iffy.

The driving position is mostly car-like, but you do sit up higher than in a hatchback. The A-pillars are slim, helping outward visibility though what’s not so impressive are the wing mirrors which are surprisingly small. As for space and comfort, the Duster CVT petrol is the same and in no way that’s a bad thing. The front seats are just about the right size and offer adequate back and knee support. More importantly, the rear-seat space is also ample with better thigh support than the competition. All in all, the cabin is not as well built as the competition, but there’s no denying that it’s spacious and thoroughly practical.

Renault Duster Gearbox

The 1.5-litre, K9K diesel engine continues its long run of service under this Renault’s bonnet and it’s an adequate if somewhat agricultural performer. What’s entirely new in the powertrain department though is the addition of an automated manual transmission or AMT to the range, and by range, we mean the RxL and RxZ trim. Also, the AMT comes mated to the 110bhp/248Nm, front-wheel drive Duster only.

While we have already seen AMTs do their job in some of the newer small cars, the one in the Duster is a fairly advanced unit and with 6-speeds, it’s also the one with the highest number of gear ratios. Out on the road, however, it works just as good (or bad) as the ones we are familiar with. To start with, the shifts are hardly seamless and the whole car rocks back and forth while shifting cogs – this is particularly evident under full throttle. On part throttle, however, the gear shifts are relatively smoother and one can better things further by going off throttle for a fraction of a second while upshifting. For those looking to take occasional control, there’s a manual mode as well which will only upshift at the screaming end of the powerband. For more information on Renault Duster  visit Iiit-bh

The 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine, on the other hand, remains the same as before and delivers strong power only above 2,000revs. This means one has to keep the Duster on the boil and that’s important for instances such as darting into traffic gaps just as much as it is overtaking at triple digit speeds. Thankfully, the engine makes up for the lag by offering reasonable grunt throughout the mid-range and the top-end without sounding too coarse.

It’s not just the engine that impresses. The Duster’s impressive road-holding manners have also been carried onto this new model. This means you get the similarly progressive and mid-weighted steering feel that is only a little bit loose on center. Too bad that three-spoke wheel still judders when taking corners over undulations. Renault has certainly worked on reducing the juddering; however, it’s still there and would probably prove to be unnerving for some drivers.

Renault Duster Riding

As for the ride and handling, this petrol version is the same as the rest of the Duster range which is a good thing. The steering feel is light and progressive, only a little loose on-centre. Too bad that three-spoke wheel still judders when taking corners at high speeds. Renault says they have worked on reducing the juddering; however, it’s still there and would probably prove to be unnerving for some drivers. No such groaning when it comes to the ride quality as the Duster simply manages to hover across bad roads. Yes, it is slightly stiffer than its rivals but the trade-off to this is that the Duster feels a lot more solid when going through median bumps and potholes. Unlike some cars wherein you have to take caution while going over rough roads, you really can plough through in the Duster without second thoughts, the whole suspension is that solid. Book Renault Duster  Test drive.

Renault Duster Safety

The braking system installed in the car doesn’t disappoint at all. The bite force instills confidence in the driver. The AWD system itself has immense capabilities to take you through any terrains. Further, in the safety department, Duster has been bestowed with dual airbags, ABS and EBD, ESP, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and reverse parking sensors.

Renault Duster Price in Pune

Renault Duster On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 9,54,226 to 15,66,406 for variants Duster RxE Petrol and Duster RxZ 110PS Diesel AWD respectively. Renault Duster is available in 9 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Renault Duster variants price in Pune. Check for Duster price in Pune at Autozhop.

Renault Duster Bottomline

The Duster CVT petrol, then, is a purposeful looking, no nonsense product with slightly old-school interiors. It’s not the most sophisticated product and with the CVT offered in the mid-spec RxS variant only, not a feature-rich offering either. It is quite likeable though and remains a good performer and at least in the automatic form, less taxing to drive than before. All in all, it is tough and a fairly capable compact SUV, unless in-car tech (Ford EcoSport) or plush ride quality (Tata Nexon) are top priorities.

Renault Duster is available in five different variants such as STD, RXS, RXL, RXZ and RXS CVT. The pricing of the duster has been kept competitive so as to please the buyers against its counterparts. The base model is priced at Rs. 7.95 lakh while the top spec model is available at Rs. 12.79 lakh. The top selling model diesel RXZ AMT is tagged at Rs. 12.33 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi.

Skoda Superb Facelift First Drive Review

Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb Overview

The previous generation Skoda Superb which was launched in 2009 in India was a big hit. Not only it felt luxurious but thanks to its humongous size it had enough knee room to embarrass many ultra-lavish limousines. Although it had every attribute to make it a phenomenal sedan, one thing it lacked was premium exterior. Its odd proportions made it look like purpose over finesse. The stretched profile, stubby boot and tiny wheels didn’t cut with some people who were paying more than Rs 20 lakh for their luxury sedan. Check for car loan interest calculator.

Well not anymore. The new Superb you see in this review looks as expensive as the amount of cheque you have to sign. And if it drives and feels anything like the old car then Skoda definitely has a giant killer at their disposal. Read our comprehensive Roadtest to know what this pretty looking Superb feels from behind the wheel.

Skoda Superb Look

Evolution is perhaps the best term I could use to describe the exterior design of the new Skoda Superb. The design that made this car so famous has been retained but now looks sharper and more taut thanks to Skoda’s new styling philosophy.

The fascia is defined by the moustache Skoda grille and sleek headlights inbuilt with crystal elements that pay tribute to the Czech glass industry. There are power lines on the bonnet while the chrome has been used subtly around the logo as well as the bumper.The limousine silhouette of the previous generation car has evolved into a sports sedan like appearance.

There is a subtle ring of chrome around the pillars while the flared wheel arches work with the lowered roofline to give the Superb its sporty appearance. Our car was a top-spec Laurin&Klement variant so it also got L&K badges on the side. At the back, its business as usual thanks to the minimal amount of badging and chrome elements. The tail lamps form a C-shape and flow around the edge of the boot.

Since it was launched as Skoda’s flagship model, the Superb has always had an understated design. It is nothing spectacular to look at but has enough to stand out among the crowd of SUVs, hatchbacks and MPVs. Its pursuit as the ‘different’ choice is also aided by the virtual non-existence of large sedans in this part of the market.

Skoda Superb Comfort

Skoda Superb is a quintessential of opulence and luxury. Open the door and it shuts with a solid thump cocooning the occupants from the outside world. The car shares a hell lot of interior elements with the sibling Octavia and if you are asked to differentiate between the two interiors, you would have a tough time doing that. The quality of interiors is unquestionably top notch with glossy black plastics replacing the old faux wood. There is also less chrome detailing as compared to the earlier model.

Moreover, in terms of look and feel, the cabin of Superb is very well comparable to the segment above cars. The ergonomics especially the feel of the buttons and knows echoes well with the image of the vehicle. The 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system works fine and can be synchronized with the techs such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Further, there are connectivity options Bluetooth, USB, Aux-In and SD Card coupled with sound quality featuring 4 front and 4 rear speakers. The same infotainment also relays feeds from the reverse parking camera but the quality of camera seems to be poor.

In terms of interior storage, there seems to be place for everything in this vehicle. The new generation Skoda Superb features horde of compartments, pockets and holders. The jumbo box storage compartment which lies under the front armrest can hold electronic items as well as keep your snacks cool. Ahead of the armrest lies dual drink holder which has an anti-slip design allowing the driver or co-passenger to open the bottle with one hand. The dashboard features a large glovebox compartment which can also be cooled if the AC is on. Then there is rear armrest which can also hold two cups or small bottles and also have small storage space.

This also brings us to the boot space. The luggage compartment has the capacity of 625L and can be extended to 1760L with the rear seats folded down. Here also Skoda has played clever in terms of practicality. At times our hands are full of luggage and items creating problem in opening the boot. The virtual pedal feature allows a person to swipe the foot under the boot and the boot lid opens magically. The feature is exclusively available with the KESSY system (keyless entry and start & exit system).

In terms of seating, the driver gets electrically adjustable seat and the seating position is a lot better than the previous model. The 3-spoke steering wrapped in leather can be electrically adjustable and holds controls for radio phone and gear shifts. The driver seat comes with memory function which can store three different driving seat positions. The rear seats are the area which is a real gem. They are well-cushioned with nice all-round support. The downside here is that the passengers could find discomfort as there are no dedicated air-con blower controls as the 3-zone climate control air conditioning takes some time to cool down the entire cabin.

However, it is compensated by the sheer amount of space at the back. The seats are sumptuous and extremely comfortable with enough room legroom and kneeroom for a passenger as tall as 6 feet. And if still not comfortable then the car allows the rear passengers to shift or slide the front passenger seat to create more space. And the carmaker rightly calls it the ‘Boss Button’. Below the AC vents you will find a storage area along with 12V power socket. Talking about the Laurin & Klement edition, the interiors are exclusively designed in stone beige perforated leather with piano black décor. The L&K branding can be seen on the seats, door sills and the dashboard. And the Boss Button mentioned above is available only in L&K variant while the front seats are ventilated. The touchscreen infotainment in this model gets more powerful 12 speakers 610W Canton surround sound system. The instrument cluster gets colourful display while there is also ambient lighting system.For more  details on Skoda Superb Check Iiit-bh

The car also comes with panoramic sunroof which opens up a large window at the roof with a touch of a button. Other comfort features in the car include cruise control, sunblinds, diffused footwell lighting, two boot lamps in luggage compartment and coat hook on rear door handles among others. Overall, Skoda Superb’s cabin is an awesome place to be in. It cuts out the commotion of the outside world and let you groove into good music and pleasurable drive. Superb is a meticulously practical car which has the potential to beat luxury cars costing as much as twice the price.

Skoda Superb Gearbox

The Superb is being offered with two engines and two gearbox options. There is a 1.8-litre petrol which can be had with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG. In the former it produces 178bhp/320Nm while the latter has an output of 178bhp/250Nm. The diesel is a 2.0-litre unit that produces 175bhp and 350Nm of torque and can only be had with the seven-speed DSG.

We were only able to get our hands on the diesel but had a decent time driving it from Mangaluru to Madikeri. The four-pot motor revs cleanly and in a linear manner but is loud and the clatter is very audible within the cabin. Shifts take place at different RPMs according to the amount of throttle given and for a quick overtake two or even three gears are dropped to build up the necessary momentum. Skoda offers three driving modes – eco, sport and normal and depending in which mode you are in, the throttle response changes accordingly. There is also an individual drive mode where you can set the responses according to your preferences.

The all-important ARAI fuel efficiency has been pegged at 14.12kmpl for the petrol manual, 14.67 for the petrol AT and 18.19kmpl for the diesel. On the ride and handling front, Skoda has managed to find a good balance between the two. Our route gave us a sample of almost all multiple terrains and the Superb managed to emerge victorious the whole time.

Skoda Superb Riding

Where the old Superb had the ability to really surprise you with its agility despite its humongous size, the new one unfortunately has no surprises in store and it feels big and in some ways cumbersome to drive. The biggest disappointment is the steering, which simply doesn’t feel as precise as the old car anymore. It’s got a dead zone around the straight-ahead position and it simply misses the feel that the old car had. Skoda has also gone for a much softer setup and as a result the new Superb rolls considerably more and it feels like a heavy car too. On the plus side, the wide Hankook tyres provide loads of grip and confidence. Don’t be mistaken, the Superb is not a bad handling car, but it doesn’t feel as willing or as nimble as the old one. Book Skoda Superb Test drive.

On the contrary, the ride has taken a step in the right direction and the old car’s stiff-kneed low-speed ride is replaced by a plush one and soft suspension dismisses the biggest of potholes with ease. But at higher speeds the Superb does tend to pitch and bounce especially over uneven surfaces and it feels best when driven at moderate

Skoda Superb Safety

The sedan comes with all disc brakes and the capability is phenomenal especially halting the car from high speeds. And with electronic aids such as ABS with EBD, multi-collision brake assist, mechanical brake assistant and hydraulic brake assistant, the driver and the passengers are rest assured of safety ahead.

Skoda is known for providing utmost safety to its passengers and this car is no exception. Other crucial safety aspects in the car include 8 airbags, anti-slip regulation, traction control, electronic differential lock, electromechanical parking brake, electronic stability control, parking sensors at both front and rear with rear camera, pedestrian protection, fatigue detection system, central locking and cornering lights.

Skoda Superb Price in Pune

Skoda Superb On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 28,08,271 to 41,03,666 for variants Superb Corporate Edition and Superb L and K 2.0 TDI AT respectively. Skoda Superb is available in 8 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Skoda Superb variants price in Pune. Check for Superb price in Pune at Autozhop.

Skoda Superb Bottomline

The new Superb is a convincing piece of evidence that this Skoda is well capable of being a credible option to the likes of the much more expensive Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. That’s a great compliment for a car that is around Rs 20 lakh cheaper and like its predecessor, the new Superb still remains a giant killer.Obviously it doesn’t have the premium badge, the charismatic warmth and dynamic verve of say a Mercedes C-class or the BMW 3 Series. Still, its combination of space, visual presence, apparent quality, sophisticated technology, strong performance, supple ride and relaxing demeanour sets it apart. This new luxury sedan from Czechoslovakia is a huge step forward over its predecessor and it has a wide arsenal to take on cars even twice its price.

Skoda Superb is available in three trims including Style, Sportline and L&K. The price for the vehicle starts from Rs. 25.99 lakh and goes up to Rs. 33.49 lakh. As the car is available in both the diesel and petrol versions, the pricing also varies. The base trim Superb Style 1.8TSI MT is tagged at Rs. 25.99 lakh, its 2.0 TDI AT is available at the price tag of Rs. 30.29 lakh. The Sportline 1.8 TSI AT is offered at the price tag of Rs. 28.99 lakh while its top-selling L&K TSI AT is available at the price tag of Rs. 30.99 lakh. The Superb Sportline 2.0 TDI AT is tagged at Rs. 31.49 lakh. The top of the line trim Superb L&K is available at the price tag of Rs. 33.49 lakh, ex-showroom. In terms of competition, Skoda Superb does not fear much as it lies in the competitive pricing zone. The Skoda Superb competes against Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat in the segment.

Tata Tiago Features,Performance & Test Drive

Tata Tiago

Tata Tiago Overview

Tata has been offering hatchbacks in its portfolio for a very long time ranging from Nano, Indica, and Bolt but the absence of a solid and contemporary mid-sized hatch was missing. In the recent times, mid-sized hatchbacks have been garnering attention as they make up for a perfect family car. So, Tata came up with the all-new Tiago back in the year 2016 and so far it’s the company’s best bet. Tata’s Tiago is small but agile, and of course, it does tick all the boxes that make the car so competitive in the segment. With the Tiago, Tata offers a well-engineered, modern day package to the Indian customers in a compact vehicle. The car does not look anything like we have seen before; it looks fresh and appealing in terms of features and comes with refined engine options.Apply car loan for Tata Tiago.

Tata Tiago Look

When we first saw the Tiago enter the test drive venue and come to a stop in front of us, the only thing that proclaimed it to be a Tata product was the T-insignia on the front grille. Changes are indeed so IMPACT-full that the Tiago just doesn’t look like any other Tata car currently on offer. It is the first car to be launched under the manufacturer’s #MadeOfGreat Campaign, and also https://www.topspeed.in/cars/tata/ke3001.html first to be built on the all-new IMPACT design language. And if you ask us, the start just can’t get any better!

Upfront, the Tiago gets a smiling face, that houses a vertically stacked honey-comb grille, housing the new 3-D Tata emblem. Blacked-out halogen headlamps have been placed on both sides of the grille that impart an all-new character to the car. The front profile also gets circular fog lamps placed towards the lower bumper area, while the slim air-dam section has been seamlessly integrated with the bumper design. The front nose has a unique roundish touch to it while the front hood gets subtle crease lines which go well with the overall exterior design.

The side profile of the hatch gets a prominent crease line which starts from the rear taillamp area and finishes almost near the front wings. This characteristic line successfully lightens the overall visual bulk of the car’s side, thus making it look a lot more dynamic. The Tiago is actually based on the X1 platform, but the wheel arches now have lesser gaps. This makes the hatch appear even more planted and appealing. The rear profile of the car gets wrap around taillamps, a rear spoiler and rear windscreen wiper. A wide blacked-out area near the rear number plate housing again manages to decrease the car’s visual weight, while adding a pinch of ruggedness to its overall character.Check for Tata Tiago in Iiit-bh

Tata Tiago Comfort

The interiors seem to be the biggest surprise Tata has given. The cabin is not only well finished but nicely designed and spacious as well. This makes us think that Tata has really upped the game in the small hatchback class. Right from seat fabric options to the knitted roof lining, everything has been a well thought processed. The dashboard features a soft touch dual tone theme and with uniquely textured interiors and gloss black center console lends the car an upmarket feel.

In terms of feature list and equipment level, yes, Tata has given a lot in this car. The top models feature Bluetooth enabled Harman infotainment system with a USB and Aux-In slot. The music system is powered by 8-speakers and the output is amazing. And despite not a touchscreen high tech infotainment, Tata has added a wonderful feature ‘MapMyIndia’ app for displaying visuals and streaming navigation data right on the infotainment screen. The car also gets four parking sensors.

The two-pod instrument cluster with a crisp display is draped in simple brushed silver colour. The multi-information display gives info on trip distance, average fuel consumption, time and distance to empty. The center console features a pair of AC vents, music system and controls for AC. Another wonderful addition is the Juke Car App which allows simultaneous connection to 10 smartphones via WiFi hotspot. The car beside featuring a cooled glove box has a lot of storage space including 22 cubbyholes, space near the gear lever and pockets on all 4-doors. Other features include keyless entry, height adjustable driver’s seat, EPAS system and heater. Overall, this car has the right amount of features one can expect at this price point.

Tata Tiago Gearbox

Petrol

The Tiago not only brings good looks and premium interiors to the table, but it also promises a zippy ride from its newly developed Revotron 1.2 Litre petrol unit which promises to deliver around 85 PS of peak power at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. While it looks sufficiently powered on papers, real-world performance can not be termed as enthusiastic. Off-the line acceleration is a bit lethargic, but the engine comes to its own once the rpm needle climbs.

The 5-speed gearbox too is a joy to use, and has been aptly tuned to enhance driveability as well as performance. It has been placed at an ergonomic location, and thus falls to hand perfectly. Short and crisp throws ensure that enthusiastic drivers will have a grin on their face every time they slot down a gear.

What is even more interesting is the fact that the Tiago gets the segment’s first Multi drive mode, which includes City and Eco modes to ensure an improved fuel economy as well as superior and fun filled driving experience. The petrol engine promises to return an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 23.84 kpl.

Diesel

The diesel variant on the other hand gets a Revotorq 1.05 Litre, 3 cylinder unit which is capable of delivering around 70 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and an impressive 139 Nm of torque at 1800-3000 rpm. This diesel mill is also equipped with a small turbocharger from Honeywell, that is tuned to enhance city driveability as well as fuel economy. In terms of real-world performance, the diesel mill too wont disappoint anyone, as it has a well-distributed spectrum of power across its rev range.

The new drivetrain comes loaded with technologies like duel overhead camshafts, central injectors and low friction crank train which helps in delivering an impressive fuel efficiency figure. Just like the petrol, the diesel unit too has been paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The Tiago diesel promises to return an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 27.28kpl.

Tata Tiago Riding

The suspension setup in the car does its work silently without any complaints. The car is equipped with independent suspension up front and semi-independent at the rear which takes the passengers on bad roads and highways with utmost confidence. The steering wheel of the car is also light which translates into peppy and agile driving experience. Tata’s cars are known for their absorbent ride quality and Tiago is no exception. The hatch glides over bad roads and smartly dismisses small potholes with a little thud without unsettling car’s composure. Request Test drive for Tata Tiago.

Tata Tiago Safety

The Tiago comes loaded with advanced safety features that empower you to drive confidently. It is equipped with dual front air bags, advanced ABS with EBD and Corner Stability Control, and rear parking sensors. The infotainment system?s display even offer’s a visual image off the car’s proximity to any object. The body structure of the Tiago is very strong and can absorb impact energy, thus offering superior safety.

As far as comfort and convenience is concerned, the Tiago offers unparalleled comfort with 22 intelligently designed utility spaces that take care of all your needs, height adjustable driver’s seat, the scooped out front seats provide more leg room, thus maximizing comfort and the Multi-information Display instrument cluster offers access to a host of useful information about the Tiago. It also empowers you to control a variety of in-car features.

The Tiago features an advanced ConnectNeXT Infotainment system by HARMAN. The Tiago enables you to experience Immersive Surround-sound music with 8 speakers. It also features a first-in-segment smartphone based Turn-by-Turn navigation app (available only to Android users.) But the NVH is poorly built, rear headroom is tight and Tata’s service quality is also not up to the mark.

Tata Tiago Price in Hyderabad

Tata Tiago On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,06,477 to 7,30,921 for variants Tiago Revotron XE and Tiago Revotorq XZ respectively. Tata Tiago is available in 20 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Tata Tiago variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Tiago price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Tata Tiago Bottomline

The Tata Tiago is positioned in between their entry level hatchback Nano and the Bolt and this is quite aggressively priced as well. The Tiago is also backed by city friendly as well as fuel efficient drivetrains but what sets it apart from the rest is the fact that it gets a newly designed exterior, newer platform for better handling, and spacious interior and offcourse a diesel engine option under its hood along with the petrol engine option as well.

The Tata Tiago may not be an exceptional looking hatchback but it surely has enough juice to keep those customers happy who are searching for an alternative other than the Celerio or the i10.

In our opinion, the Tiago makes perfect sense for anyone and everyone entering this segment. The only factor that might stop people from deciding on the Tiago is the word that precedes its moniker – Tata. We just hope Tata Motors provides satisfactory after sales support from now, in order to break away with the perception of it being a poor-quality brand.

Fiat Linea Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Fiat Linea Classic Price In Hyderabad

Fiat Linea Overview

The Fiat Linea has always been a fun to drive car and the current model gets upmarket interiors and a healthy equipment list that makes it quite a good value for money offering. The interiors get a dual tone theme with a Fiat 500 like contrast mid section that houses circular chrome ringed air vents, the piano black housing for the middle air vents also look nice while the shiny black stereo compliments the air vent housing above. The Emotion variant also gets leather upholstery to give the car a premium appeal. Apply car loan for Fiat Linea.

The Fiat Linea comes loaded with a stereo, power windows all around, tilt adjustable power steering, electrically adjustable ORVMs, automatic headlamps with programmable follow-me-home function, rain sensing wipers, central locking, mileage computer, rear defogger, disc brakes all around and anti-lock brakes as standard. Top end models also get, rear a/c vents, a rear arm rest with cupholders, front airbags, a rear sun blind, cruise control, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, climate control, Bluetooth compatible stereo with steering mounted controls and a height adjustable driver’s seat.

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

Fiat offers Linea with two engine options a 1.4-litre FIRE petrol power mill and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel power mill. Both engines have been placed transversely under the hood and use a 5-speed manual transmission to deliver power to front wheels. The petrol versions of the car are powered by a 1.4-litre FIRE petrol engine that displaces 1368cc to deliver power worth 91PS against a peak torque of 115Nm. A lag may be felt at higher speed as the engine can manage to pull the 1240kgs kerb weight of the car at lower speeds only. But that doesn’t mean it is slow, the car speedily accelerates from 0-100kmph speed in just 16 seconds and attains a top speed of 165kmph. For more details on Fiat Linea  check Iiit-bh

The diesel version of the car, on the contrary, is powered by a 1.3-litre 16 valve engine whose power and performance is enhanced by Multijet and Dual OverHead Camshafts (DOHC). The DOHC and Multijet not only enhances the efficiency of this engine but also help in improving its performance. The engine smoothly manages to delivers power worth 86PS along a maximum torque of 203Nm. The Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) supports the engine’s performance and helps it in gliding from rest to 100kmph speed within 15 seconds. The diesel version of Fiat Linea carries ability to attain a maximum speed of 170kmph.

Out of the two fuel options offered with this sedan it is its diesel version that makes it especially proud in terms of mileage. Fiat Linea delivers an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 20kmpl with its diesel engine. The fuel tank of the car bears a capacity to store 45-litres of fuel in one go which means with the diesel version you can easily travel a distance of 900kms in one go. The petrol version on the other hand delivers mileage of 15kmpl as certified by ARAI. The range of distance that can be covered via this version with a full tank is 675kms, not bad considering its cost and segment.

Fiat Linea Riding

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.Request Fiat Linea Test Drive

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 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,27,699 to 10,66,238 for variants Linea 1.4L Active Fire and Linea 1.4 Dynamic Advanced Multijet respectively. Fiat Linea is available in 3 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Fiat Linea variants price in Hyderabad.

Fiat Linea Bottomline

Fiat Linea sets a high benchmark in C segment with its stunning looks, well done interiors, and above par driving dynamics. The car gives a tough competition to all its rivals now only in terms of style and design but also in terms of power and performance. The exteriors have been done really well which allows the car to enjoy a huge fan following. The excessive use of chrome gives it an upmarket appeal which is one of the favourite features in Indian automotive market. The acceptable ground clearance in combination with a strong suspension system makes it a suitable choice with respect to Indian roads. Those looking for long trips and frequent air port trips would love to have this car as the boot space easily swallows entire luggage, a higher bay though ask for long hands to place the luggage. The insides have bee

Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Review & First Drive

Hyundai Elite i20

Hyundai Elite i20 Overview

This is the all-new i20 and a car that not only Indian, but people from around the world have been waiting for sometime now. The global premier did take place in India and needless to say, we think the wait for worth it. The new i20 looks great and certainly is one of the better looking cars in the segment. Hyundai has always launched great looking cars in India and this new model is no different. Making use of the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy, this new i20 instantly looks stunning. The car now gets a new bold front design that is dominated by a huge single frame hexagonal grille and sharp swept back headlamps. The cleverly designed front fog lamps sit between black housing for the lower air dam and look neat. Check for Car Loan Interest Calculator.

Hyundai Elite i20 Look

Hyundai believes the previous generation i20 had a youthful, sporty and hi-tech stance and now while retaining the same characteristics of the styling, they are promoting the Elite i20 with a bold, dynamic and powerful image. We agree with them because it looks powerful indeed and has mature design elements that grow on you with time. The front profile looks imposing with the hexagonal grille having a honeycomb mesh and chrome outlining. The wide swept back headlamps integrate reflectors on the top that act as faux daytime running lights because DRLs are not being offered with the new gen i20 as opposed to the outgoing model. The bonnet has strong creases that add to the visual appeal. There is a pause between the bonnet and bumper on the nose that houses the Hyundai badge neatly. At the lower end you’ll find trapezoidal fog lamps with sharp bumper lip.

The side profile reveals the sporty stance of the Elite i20, which appears forward leaning. The 16-inch ‘diamond cut’ alloys look premium and fill the wheel arches very well while the ORVMs have integrated turn indicators. There is a strong shoulder line that emerges from the headlights and continues upwards to the tail lights. The blackened B and C pillars gives the sense of a floating roof and we quite like it but it is a ‘love it or hate it’ styling cue. It’s integrated neatly to the body but the panel itself feels plasticky and boxy when you knock it. That said, the rear styling of the Elite i20 definitely grabs attention with its broad stance and big car feel. The three step detailing on the huge tail lamps looks upmarket and the bumper gets busy styling integrated with reflectors and one side reverse lamp. The rear parking camera is protruding in the middle and further down is the hatch opening button. The Hyundai logo integrating the button with a hidden camera would have made the tailgate look cleaner. The Elite i20 is 10 mm shorter and 24 mm wider with a 45 mm longer wheelbase.

Hyundai Elite i20 Comfort

While the cabin space is par-for-the-course, the upmarket ambience will be quite a deal maker. Premium hatchbacks today offer quality we’d expect in segments above and the Elite’s cabin is a perfect example.The dashboard is elegantly designed, with uniquely styled AC vents and a centre console with controls that are easy to navigate through. The lower portion of the dashboard is coloured black, while the upper half stretching all the way into the windshield is beige.We enjoyed the diversity of the atmosphere, and thought it fed off a trend that most car makers are following today here in India. The audio system is positioned at the top of the centre console, right below the central AC vents.Though it comes as a highlight, the central screen could have been bigger for improved ease of use on the move. The controls for the system are arranged around the display, and a large engine start/stop button is placed by the side of the console. The new edition has been updated with an advanced AVN(Audio Visual Navigation) system that comes along with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Below is the climate control console which hosts a slender screen with blue illumination. At the lower end of the console, you have a small storage area where occupants can keep phones and other spare items. Also incorporated here are dual 12V power sockets, a USB and an AUX port, adding convenience to the passenger’s experience.The 3-spoke steering wheel is draped in leather, adding to the upmarket experience of the cabin.The instrument cluster comes with an analogue tachometer and a speedometer, and the illuminated dials make it easy to read in any condition.Door pockets are present in all of the doors, but we have to stress that they’re too shallow to hold anything substantial. The entire arrangement is ergonomically sorted and everything falls to hand quite easily. Armrests and headrests provide added comfort, and the lumbar support is excellent too. The seat upholstery bumps up the premium feel in the cabin, while the contrasting beige and black stitching is a visual treat. Added bling comes in the form of the metal highlights on the gear knob, parking brake and the inside door handles, showcasing the attention to detail. For Elite i20 visit Iiit-bh

Hyundai Elite i20 Gearbox

Now the engines. As has become a norm in this class of hatchbacks, there’s one diesel and one petrol engine on offer. Both engines have been carried over from the previous i20. So, the petrol is a 83PS, 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol while the diesel is a 90PS, 1.4-litre unit. The petrol is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the diesel gets a 6-speed manual. There is no automatic yet on offer.

We are driving the diesel here; the engine almost 70 per cent of Elite i20 buyers have opted for so far. And for good reason, because the first thing that strikes you is how good the NVH is on the new Elite i20 diesel. You can hear the diesel engine outside, but it isn’t an irritating or loud clatter. However, once seated inside the car, the engine feels both quiet and refined. It is also an easy revving engine. But if we had to nitpick, we’d say the turbo lag is a bit of a dampener. It’s only after 2,000rpm that the car really gets going. The 6-speed gearbox, however, doesn’t give you much to complain about. The gear shifts are precise, the throws aren’t very long and the clutch operation is light and progressive too.

Hyundai Elite i20 Riding

The ride quality is good for most urban and highway conditions. The MacPherson setup at the front with a torsion beam axle and coil springs at the rear are adequate dampers for good and bad roads. Large potholes can be a bit unsettling, resulting in sharp thuds but overall the ride quality is comfortable.On the handling front, I do feel that the new i20 is seriously underpowered for the kind of control it exhibits. It’s tightly controlled in corners and while there is some body roll, it’s not unsettling nor does it at any point make you feel unsafe. I did find the steering a bit elasticky and it’s not as impressive as in the Grand i10 but it’s light enough for urban commutes with enough weight for when you take it out of the city.

The assistance fortunately is not excessive and like in the Verna or the previous i20, you do not need to be extra cautious when taking the steering wheel off centre.Compared to the diesel variant, the petrol i20?s steering setup feels lighter, thanks to the lesser weight of the petrol engine. But that also makes the steering feel more lifeless. The engine however, feels livelier than its diesel counterpart. Being a naturally aspirated mill, it has a more linear power delivery with no flat spots to complain about. The engine is rev happy and gets the car rolling from as low as 1,200 rpm. Needless to say, it is also quicker and more refined than its diesel sibling. Request a test drive for Hyundai Elite i20.

Hyundai Elite i20 Safety

Hyundai has incorporated a decent braking system in the hatch, which consists of disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. It is supported immensely well by the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), but that is limited to the top three variants. Earlier, Hyundai i20 used to be the only hatchback under Rs. 10 lakh that offered as many as half a dozen airbags and was impeccably safe. But, now the scenario has reversed as even the top-end trim has only 2 airbags. The base and mid variants don’t feature a single airbag, while the Sportz trim comprises of only driver’s airbag. The parking assist feature with reverse parking sensors and rear camera with ECM display comes handy during parking the hatch.

There are front fog lamps to improve visibility in inclement weather conditions.But, again, both the aforesaid features are with Sportz and Asta trims. Additionally, the top-end trim also features seat belt pretensioners for the driver and front passenger, automatic headlamps, impact-sensing auto door unlock and clutch lock. On the security front, it has immobilizer, smart keyless entry, and central locking (door and tailgate) to endure any event of burglary or thievery. It can be propounded nonchalantly that the current gen Elite i20 stands nowhere close to its predecessor in terms of safety features. The company has disappointed thoroughly in the safety and security aspect.

Hyundai Elite i20 Price in Pune 

Hyundai Elite I20 On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 6,43,005 to 10,99,888 for variants Elite i20 1.2 Era Petrol and Elite i20 1.4 Asta Option Diesel respectively. Hyundai Elite I20 is available in 10 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Elite I20 variants price in Pune. Check for Elite i20 price in Pune at Autozhop.

Hyundai Elite i20 Bottomline

If an engaging driving experience is all you seek from your hatchback, the i20 is not the car for you. It betters the old i20 in almost every way, but dynamics are still not its strongest suite. But if you are primarily looking for an all-rounder with lots of space, a premium cabin and lots of features, the i20 could just be your best bet. It’s got peppy enough engines that should prove to be sufficiently fuel efficient too. Overall refinement is also very impressive, so when you add all of it together you get a car that gets you your money’s worth, premium price notwithstanding. Hyundai’s proven service backing only helps to make the i20 a car that’s easy to recommend.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview

The first generation Maruti Ertiga tasted huge success, thanks to its sheer practicality, fuel efficient engines and a compact silhouette that could seated 7 passengers. The pricing too was quite attractive and competitive. Since its six years of existence, Ertiga has managed to create a success story of its own, making it one of the popular MPVs among others. So, to continue with the same spree, Maruti Suzuki introduced the second-gen model of Ertiga with the competitive pricing, more comfort features and fresh set of engine options. The new Ertiga comes with the all-new design along with an all-new Heartect platform. Just by looking at the new MPV one can say that it’s a better car as compared to its older model. The second-gen Ertiga do offers extra to the buyers with new design and advanced features while retaining its value proposition by competitive pricing. Check for Car Loan at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Look

The Ertiga’s wheelbase, at 2740mm, is a considerable 310mm longer than the Swift’s and the kerb weight has increased by around 155kg. But this is impressive considering it’s a seven-seater. Suzuki has kept the Ertiga’s weight in check with extensive use of lightweight high-tensile steel in its construction.

With a length of 4265mm, the Ertiga is a fair bit shorter than the other MPVs in the market, namely the Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and Tata Aria. The Ertiga employs an independent, MacPherson-strut, coil-spring suspension at the front and a non-independent torsion beam setup at the rear. The brakes are also a conventional front disc and rear drum setup.

Styling is typically Suzuki, with swept-back headlights like the new Swift’s, and a grille and bonnet that resemble the Ritz. The overall design is pleasing, but not what you would call eye-catching. In fact, the van-like look, which clearly doesn’t exude the status and image of a saloon, is possibly the Ertiga’s biggest weakness.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Comfort

A new variant, Z+ is introduced in the New Maruti Ertiga. This variant gets additional features like keyless entry, push start and stop, touchscreen system with navigation and reverse parking camera. The New Maruti Ertiga gets the same beige interiors and the upholstery is also the same. In terms of other features, it gets single airbags and ABS as a standard feature. Dual airbags is available on all variants as an optional feature

The New Maruti Ertiga has an identical dashboard with the Swift, however it is beige in colour. The quality of the materials is not that premium. The front row of seats are quite comfortable and even large. On long journeys this helps quite a bit. The rear seat space too on the New Maruti Ertiga is good enough. These seats slide and recline too. The third row is quite cramped, but it gets some knee room when the second row seats are moved a bit ahead. The boot becomes small when all the seats are raised. One needs a carrier for luggage especially with seven passengers

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Gearbox

The choice of engines for the Ertiga is the new 1.4-litre K14BVVT petrol engine and the D13A DDiS super turbo diesel carried forward from the SX4. Given the additional weight of the new vehicle the two engines manage to offer a fair balance of power and torque.

The new, larger K series petrol engine reflects the same characteristics of its existing siblings. Quiet and almost vibe-free in idling mode, the engine comes across as refined and quick under hard acceleration. With variable valve timing to optimise performance and with low friction components, the new 1,373cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve engine delivers a peak power of 95PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 130Nm at 4,000 rpm.For more details Maruti Eriga check Iiit-bh

The diesel engine is combined with an intercooled variable geometry turbocharger and this is same basic mill from the SX4. This 1,248cc engine with common rail diesel injection is almost free of any turbolag and delivers a peak power of 90PS at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 200Nm from as low as 1,750 rpm. The diesel engine makes its presence felt audibly despite the use of an extended dash silencer and other sound deadening components.

But, that is only when you accelerate hard, during idling and cruising conditions the familiar diesel engine is just the same as in the SX4. On the road, the Ertiga feels very much like the Swift and DZire. Though the Ertiga is no where near as big as the other utility vehicles like the Innova and the Tavera, you still get to feel its extra length compared to the Swift.

The engines have been mated to the five-speed gearbox already in the family cars, only the gear ratios have been optimised for the Ertiga’s expected driving cycle. Gear shifts are crisp and quick. The rated fuel efficiency for the petrol engine is 16.02 kmpl and the diesel is 20.77 kmpl.

The Ertiga handles quiet well too – almost, but not entirely, like a sedan. The suspension is also a carry forward in terms of its configuration – MacPherson strut at the front and torsion beam at the rear. The ratings for the springs have been increased and the dampers have been stiffened to handle the higher loads.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Riding

The Ertiga’s driving dynamics are largely influenced by its long wheelbase – the 2.74-metre gap between the front and rear axles give this MPV good poise and straight-line stability for most situations. The flipside is that it isn’t happy darting through corners and prefers a more relaxed driving style. The soft suspension means the low-speed ride is pretty absorbent, and even as speeds increase, the Ertiga handles bumps with aplomb and feels pretty solid. The Ertiga’s suspension works silently too and it’s just over sharp bumps that there is a mild thud from the suspension.

There is a bit of up-and-down motion over undulating surfaces and the diesel pitches a bit more in the front. However, at moderate speeds, this never gets uncomfortable and it’s only when you begin to push really hard that you long for a tauter setup. Considering its MPV proportions, the Ertiga doesn’t roll excessively and the steering is fairly accurate too. What you do miss is a tighter turning circle and the ability to wiggle into tight parking spots as with a hatchback. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that the Ertiga is by far the most urban-friendly MPV in the market today.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety

Servicing the Ertiga won’t be an issue because Maruti has a service centre in almost every nook and corner of India. Talking about safety, the Ertiga comes equipped with dual front airbags and ABS on almost every variant. The LXi and LDi variants miss out on these safety features but Maruti offers them on the LXi (O) and LDi (O) trims. Apart from that, all the other V and Z trims come with these features. The same goes for front seat belt pretensioners too.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price in Hyderabad 

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,71,175 to 13,02,685 for variants Ertiga LXI and Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is available in 11 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Ertiga price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Bottomline

The Maruti Ertiga is a very good people’s carrier and it offers a good amount of features and practicality is also top notch. With the facelift, the car looks better, gets more equipment and even boasts of better efficiency. At the price it is offered for, the Ertiga does provide you with a lot of value and Maruti has got a strong contender on their hands in the 7-seater MPV segment.

Hyundai Eon Hatchback First Drive Gearbox

Hyundai Eon Overview

The Eon is the latest recipient of Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language and comes with a level of styling flair not seen before (nor even expected) at the bottom of the car pyramid. Few expensive cars, let alone budget ones, have the eyeball-grabbing appeal of the Eon.The baby Hyundai’s lines are distinctive, though the hexagonal front grille and swept-back headlamps do link it to other models in Hyundai’s range. The triangular fog lights, neatly recessed low down in the bumper, look really attractive. Even the stubby bonnet gets ridges on either side that rise sharply to meet the A pillar. An interesting design element is the front bumper, which flows into the large and stylised front wheel arches.

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There is no shortage of style strokes on the sides either. A bold waistline that originates behind the headlights and kinks up to the taillight looks really unique. An arc-shaped line at the bottom of the doors is another of the Eon’s umpteen light-catching details. If there is an area where we feel Hyundai should really have toned down the styling, it’s the wheel arches, which are too pronounced and make the wheels look a tad small. And we’re talking about the top model here, which comes with 13-inch wheels. The 12-inchers on the base models will look positively puny. The rear end has a relatively short overhang and features smart crescent-shaped taillights. Build quality is superb for a car at this end of the spectrum. The tight panel gaps and overall fit and finish point belong to a car in a higher class and the flap-type door handles are the only place where you feel Hyundai has skimped. Apply car loan for Hyundai Eon.

Hyundai Eon Look

Hyundai Eon is targeted at the youth of country and the flowing futuristic looks inspired by the fluidic design language make the car look very stylish. The car does not look like anything like its competitors. Hyundai has designed the car smartly. With the visible lines on both sides of the car, and great detailing done to the grille and headlamps, it does look premium and expensive.

The long swept-back headlamps, neatly-designed fog lamp scoops on the bumper, cool-looking grille, creased bonnet and muscular body with design lines flowing right from the headlamps to the tail make the small car very unique in its segment, and surely make it very aggressive and premium. With an overall length of 3495 mm and width of 1500 mm, the Eon is pretty compact and the design lines with the expressive attention to detail make the vehicle look very nice. Hyundai sells the car in bright sizzling colours, like Pristine Blue, Maharaja Red, Sleep Silver and many others, with body-coloured bumpers, making the vehicle a good attraction on road. The quality of materials is not very good but not very bad either. Apart from the thin body it comes with, the quality of plastic and finishing is really good.

Hyundai Eon is the best-looking entry-level hatchback by any means. Eon does not offer alloy wheels, but Hyundai has fitted elegant full wheel covers complete with a wheel hub in the Eon. The wheelbase of Eon is 2380 mm, which provides good stability to the car. Eon is offered in two different sets of wheels according to the trim of the vehicle. The base- and mid-level variants – D Lite, D Lite Plus and Era, get 145/80 12-inch wheels, while the Magna, Magna Plus and Sportz variants get larger 13-inch 155/70 profile tyres. Eon comes with tubeless tyres, which increases the safety of the car. Steel rims are painted in black and covered with a 10-spoke Hyundai’s signature diamond cut type wheel cover. The wheels are connected to McPherson Strut with coil spring and torsion beam for more comfort. The anti-roll bar suspension adds more safety to the Eon.

Hyundai Eon Comfort

Get inside and you will be greeted by one of the best designed interiors with the quality of the fit and finish matching it. The Eon gets the segment’s best looking dashboard (equalled by the recently launched Renault Kwid maybe) and it’s hard to believe in this segment. Hyundai has upheld its reputation of putting the best looking interiors with amazing build quality.The interiors get a black and beige layout. The dashboard is spread like the wings of a bird with a V shaped centre console.The instrument cluster features a large circular pod that houses the speedometer and a MID at the bottom, displaying the odometer, trip meter and shift indicator. There are two small circular pods on either side showing the fuel level and engine temperature gauges. Overall, the meters are easily readable and are designed neatly. The lack of a tachometer is easily felt and there is no option for the same even in the top variants.

The steering wheel is nicely designed with a V-shaped silver highlight in the middle and is of a good size, if not a tad bigger. The steering wheel also gets a first-in-segment tilt adjustment.The centre console houses the middle AC vents and a 2-DIN audio system and air conditioning controls below. The switches and knobs are of good size and quality.The glove box is wide and deep, offering lots of space for your needs. Other storage spaces come in the form of a storage spot on the top of the dashboard, bottle holders on the front doors, door pockets and cup holders in the middle.Both the front and rear seats offer amazing under thigh support especially in this segment. For Hyundai Eon check iiit-bh

. The front seats get integrated headrests that are positioned very efficiently and the cushioning is also good. At the rear, the space available is one of the best in the segment (not surprising considering that the Eon gets the same wheelbase as the Santro and i10).215 litres of boot space means you can travel with your luggage neatly tucked in the rear. The boot space is one of the biggest in the segment miles ahead of the Alto’s 177 liters and Nanos abysmal 80 liters. Only the newly released Renault Kwid beats the Eon as its boot space stands at 300 liters.

Hyundai Eon Gearbox

Hyundai has been studying AMT for a while now, however the Eon hasn’t just got it. The Eon will have a 800cc engine and a 1.0-litre engine too. But these will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission. From what we understand, these engines will be tuned for better performance and improved drivability too. The Hyundai Eon 2017 will not see any addition of new engines or gearboxes or any mechanical changes.

The 800cc engine produces 55bhp of power and 76Nm of torque. The 1.0-litre engine churns about 68bhp of power and 94Nm of peak torque. The petrol engine has some amounts of vibrations, which can be felt on the gear lever. These two options are available on the Hyundai Eon 2017.In terms of efficiency, the Hyundai Eon 2017 should have a mileage of 16 km/l for the 800cc engine. The Eon 1.0 should return about 14 km/l. This is Eon mileage for a mix of city and highway driving.

Hyundai Eon Riding

The old Eon wasn’t a handler and the new one is no different. The steering is light at low speeds but just doesn’t weigh up at high speeds and that really robs away confidence even at 80 km/hr. In fact, the steering is so numb at high speeds that there is almost no feedback felt by the driver, this is simply not the car to drive enthusiastically. The brakes are strong though but again, the car doesn’t maintain its line on hard braking and twitches a lot. Ride quality is good, the suspension is softly sprung which makes the Eon bob at high speeds, robbing away stability and bad bumps do unsettle passengers. For city speeds though, the Eon’s suspension is more than up for the task to insulate all that’s thrown at it.

Hyundai Eon Safety

Driver airbag is optional from D-Lite + onwards and is a standard provision on the top end variant while missing out on the entry level trim. Other safety features like central locking, keyless entry, front fog lamps, engine immobilizer, seat belts in front & rear and inside rear view mirror are offered on the hatchback.

Hyundai Eon Price in Chennai 

Hyundai Eon On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 3,86,567 to 5,05,349 for variants EON D Lite and EON Sportz respectively. Hyundai Eon is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Eon variants price in Chennai. Check for Eon price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Eon Bottomline

That the Eon is the entry level hatch to buy is no question about. The interior and exterior styling makes this hatch look stylish and gives it a wide appeal. Because of how it is styled, you’re made to believe you are paying less for it. Interior space while not as good as the Tata Nano, is good enough for four passengers and the feature list for a hatch of its price is good. The engine isn’t as refined as the Alto K10 and neither is the performance as strong as its rival, but it’s good enough to get by and the fuel efficiency is good. Ride quality is one of the Eon’s strength and the handling is good as well. Hyundai has packaged the Eon brilliantly and its swanky appearance makes you believe that you’re buying not a budget hatch but a modern car and therein lies its appeal.

Toyota Fortuner Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Toyota Fortuner Overview

The Toyota Fortuner is a mid-size SUV sold by Toyota in mainly the Asian countries. The SUV was launched in India and was assembled from CKD kits at the company’s plant located at Bidadi in Bangalore, Karnataka. The Fortuner is the best selling SUV in this segment and it out sells its competitors by a huge margin. Indian customers love its rugged look that gives it a commanding road presence.

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The car is based on the Toyota Hilux which is regarded as one of the best built pick-up trucks of all time. Top Gear UK tested the truck and termed it as an ‘indestructible truck’ after it survived all their attempts to kill, which incuded setting the car on fire. Later, Top Gear UK took the car to the North Pole and also to the edge of an active volcano in Iceland and the car did the trips without any hiccups. Check for Car Loan Interest calculator.

Toyota Fortuner Look

Before this review, I had never driven or travelled inside a Toyota Fortuner. I had an image of this SUV as a bulky, scary and a huge vehicle. It used to be scary in traffic signals when this monstrous thing stood beside my humble tiny Tata Nano with the scare of being run over by it.The 2012 Toyota Fortuner now incorporates the all new Toyota front face which is seen on the latest generation Camry and Innova too. The new face has made the Fortuner a smarter looking SUV unlike the earlier version.

On the front profile, the intake scoop has got a tag bigger. The new clear finished headlights are in line with the chunky chrome radiator grille. They wrap around from the grille to the side panel. Even the lower jaw has been redesigned with smart fog lamp design. The hidden and subtle profile on the front face now makes the Fortuner a well proportioned design.Even though only the face has got majority of changes, it has left an impact throughout the design which looks good sans the bulky character. The new Fortuner also gets the 17inch 12 spoke alloy wheels which blend in neatly.

Like the face, the rear profile has been reworked too. The rear tail door now features the name etched on a chrome line between the tail lamps which is similar to the other SUVs of Toyota. The tail lamps design has been changed too from the simple horizontal lines to twin circles. Even the bumper has been reworked to match with the new design.Overall, the Fortuner has lost its bulky character and looks like a new age refined SUV. It also boasts of some lines and curves inspired from the Land Cruiser but in a subtle way.

Toyota Fortuner Comfort

Get inside the cabin and the design flow of the new Fortuner’s dashboard will remind you of the Innova Crysta to some extent. The cabin feels rich and premium than before in terms of quality and finish and also the attention to detail. The new steering wheel feels good to hold having a matte silver lower half. The instrument cluster is big and easy to read which also has a sizeable MID display that shows all the necessary info about the car and also information from the media system. The top half of the dashboard gets AC vents and the centre console is uniquely highlighted with silver accents along with a dash of leatherette upholstery with double stitching that gives you a premium car feel.

The infotainment system consists of a big 7.0-inch touch-screen display with USB, AUX, DVD, MP3 and Bluetooth connectivity for music streaming and telephony. It comes with a 6-speaker audio system that offers decent aural experience. Sadly there is no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which is the trending car tech on offer these days. The new Fortuner comes with Navigation, which is user friendly and the screen also doubles up as a display for the reverse camera with parking guidelines (not dynamics). Unlike the new Ford Endeavour, the Toyota Fortuner doesn’t come with the fancy auto park assist.

The 2017 Toyota Fortuner is offered with an 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat that offers good visibility and is suitable for both tall and short passengers. It also comes with power foldable and adjustable ORVMs, keyless entry (the smart key looks very fancy) and go with push button start/stop, cruise control, auto headlamps, powered tail gate and a ton of new features which you haven’t seen on the previous generation model. However, it misses out on dual-zone climate control system, sunroof and electrically folding third row seats, all of these are available in the American SUV.

The new gen Toyota Fortuner gets a dark brown upholstery, which looks almost black in dark conditions. It makes the cabin feel rich and the seats offer tremendous support for the back and under-thighs. The second row has ample space with good legroom, kneeroom and shoulder room but under-thigh support is lacking and seating three people abreast isn’t a good idea. The third row is a tight fit for adult passengers specially compared to the more spacious Innova Crysta’s third row seating, as one sits low down with the knees close to the chest and poor under-thigh support.

There are low storage spaces in the cabin (considering how many more bottle holders are there in the Innova Crysta) in spite of it having dual glove box including one cooled compartment, two bottle holders on the dashboard for the front passengers near the AC vents (can be converted into a cubby hole), cupholders near the centre console, all four door pockets (the last row also gets them) with bottle holders (the rear ones can’t be easily accessed due to the position of the bottle holders being too far back, one really has to open the door to easily get to the bottle), front arm rest storage, hooks for hanging bags and power sockets for all three rows. Boot space is pretty decent, the third row has 50:50 split that fold up and the second row have 60:40 split so you can easily fit luggage and accommodate four passengers (the last row doesn’t have much space and a third passenger in the second row is a tight squeeze, the seat too is hard and putting the roof mounted seatbelt on takes quite a lot of time) comfortably in the new Fortuner. For Toyota Fortuner check iiit-bh

Toyota Fortuner Gearbox

The next generation Toyota Fortuner gets new engines. The SUV will be powered by a 2.8 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine which will replace the existing 3.0 liter unit. This small is more capble and also fuel efficient at the same time producing aqbout 174 HP of peak power. A new 6-speed manual and a new 6-speed automatic transmission are available as gearbox options. The 2.8 litre engine makes 420 Nm of torque with manual transmission and 450 Nm of torque in an automatic transmission equipped vehicle. The manual transmission ensures smoother shifts by matching the engine and transmission speeds. A smaller 2.4 litre diesel engine producing around 148 HP and 400 Nm of torque is also expected to replace the 2.5 Liter diesel unit which powers the current Fortuner. These new engines belong to GD family and will replace the existing KD series of engines.

The Fortuner gets an all-wheel drive gearbox with high and low range to enhance its off-roading ability. It also gets rear differential locks that give the SUV a go anywhere capability. The vehicle also gets new suspension. It uses double wishbones at the front and five-link coil springs at the rear. Front and rear stabilizers have been used to reduce body roll.The car rides on 17 inch or 18 inch wheels and is based on a body on frame chassis.

Toyota Fortuner Riding

Ride quality is the one area where the new Fortuner both surprises and disappoints. The surprise is in the fact that this vehicle is not as soft and squishy as you would expect. Body roll in corners isn’t excessive, and there isn’t much nosedive under braking as well. In that sense, this is a big improvement over the old Fortuner, and while it is far from a sharp handler, it is definitely a step ahead. The disappointment comes in the subtle but constant jiggle that creeps through the suspension at all speeds. The Fortuner never settles into a smooth cruise and constantly produces a slight judder. At first I thought it was due to our rough concrete roads, but even on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Mumbai’s smoothest tarmac road, the Fortuner still displayed the same behaviour, albeit more subdued. You soon get used to it, but it never truly feels comfortable.

No Fortuner test would be complete without taking the vehicle off-road, and this is where it really shines. It may look all up-market and fancy on the outside but make no mistake, this is still a hard-core SUV! I’m no off-road expert but I was really impressed with the Fortuner’s ability to find traction and climb almost any obstacle I pointed it at. When the wheels eventually started to spin, the selectable low-ratio mode helped it put the power down and extract itself out of some serious terrain. The 225mm ground clearance is plentiful, approach and departure angles are generous and there is impressive wheel articulation. Best of all, the Fortuner has a rugged, impervious feel off-road, and there’s no fear that you might break something. I really hope owners get to experience this side of their machines; it’s the Fortuner’s biggest virtue.

Toyota Fortuner Safety

This time around the new Toyota Fortuner offers an array of safety features making it a much safer SUV to be in. Toyota is offering 7 airbags, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, Hill Hold Assist, Hill Descent Control and a few more tech. As far as after sales is concerned, the Toyota badge has always been known for its reliability and durability. The Japanese automaker has good reach in India but the cost of ownership of the new Fortuner might be a bit higher compared to its smaller siblings.

Toyota Fortuner Price in Mumbai

Toyota Fortuner On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 32,98,902 to 40,36,289 for variants Fortuner 2.7 4X2 MT and Fortuner 2.8 4X4 AT respectively. Toyota Fortuner is available in 6 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Toyota Fortuner variants price in Mumbai. Check for Fortuner price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Toyota Fortuner Bottomline

The word “new” has lost its meaning with sales and marketing influences clouding its true significance. In this case, Toyota stands apart. Not only is the 2017 Fortuner new in every sense, it is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous-gen SUV. Everything from the design to the new engines on offer will not only attract buyers but will also see them appreciate the value that they’re getting in return. The diesel engine will be the obvious choice of many and it performs just as you’d expect a Toyota to – smooth, effortless and bulletproof as far as they’ve established their reliability. It’s pricing put it bang in the middle of the competition and surely, there’s road test coming up in the near future to now establish the best from the rest.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Facelift Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Overview

The Indian automotive scenario has been changing drastically in last few years. Indian customers are opening up toward fresh new designs, new niche. The compact SUVs and crossovers have becoming more and more popular day by day in the country like the rest of the world. In 2015 Maruti-Suzuki also tried its luck in the compact crossover segment with the S-Cross.

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Now with almost two year after the launch of the model the automaker has developed a facelift version of the S-Cross. Suzuki has showcased the facelifted S-Cross in front of a selected audience in Hungary. As we got a glimpse of the car, it looks absolutely mean compare to the outgoing model. Any SUV lover wants his car to be rugged looking. And the new S-Cross looks exactly so. It can impress with its aggressive styling. Apply SBI Car Loan.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Look

Now when the face turns up in your rearview mirror you’re more likely to give it a second glance. In the metal, and plastic, the changes are focussed around here. From the bumper, the quarter panels, the hood and the lamps everything has been redesigned to give the S-Cross a more “upright” SUV-like look. It starts with the new grille which is wider and higher-set. Spotting it will be easier because all that chrome on the grille is really hard to miss!

The headlamps have been reworked as well. They now get a smoked finish, and powering the projectors are LEDs. We’ve seen LED headlamps work their magic in the Dzire and the Ignis, and these ones are no different. The beam is concentrated and the throw is long too. Not to mention, it makes those driving ahead think a bigger, more expensive and possibly German car is in tow.

To accommodate the kink in the headlamp, the bumper gets an update as well. The creases are subdued no more, and that really makes the front end pop. Finally, the bonnet has had a shot of testosterone to supplement the angry face. The two crisp pleats on the hood do just enough to go along with the other updated elements.

Updates to the side profile might just go unnoticed. But they do lend the S-Cross a fresh flavour. We’re glad the alloys don’t look like wheel caps anymore. The 16-inch alloy wheels now get a simpler design and a two-tone finish. It’s also shod with larger 215/60 rubber which makes the car looks ever so slightly raised. If you dig into the numbers, you’ll find that the updated S-Cross is 5mm taller and 20mm wider.Coming to the rear, you’ll notice a change only if you spot the Alpha variant. The LED taillamps (along with the projector headlamps) are available only on the top trim. If you’re keen-eyed you will also spot the tiny ‘SmartHybrid’ badge.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Cabin

There aren’t many noticeable changes inside the cabin. And not that there was a serious requirement in the first place. Still, the easy-to-use touch screen system now gets Android Auto in addition to Apple CarPlay. A good addition for the tech-savvy potential buyers. Then, the instrument cluster gets an SHVS display, pointing at the hybrid technology under the hood. There’s also a new engine auto start-stop cancel switch. And, visibly even if everything almost remains the same, there are a few touch ups made to add to the premium feel.

This includes chrome accents instead of silver ones and leather finish on the driver arm rest and door pads. This top-spec Alpha trim continues to get features like leather seats, soft-feel material on the dashboard, cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless go etc. among other goodies. The Nexa shield ensures passenger safety with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and many more impact compliant safety features standard across the range.

The S-Cross continues to provide a good frontal visibility and has a reasonably spacious cabin with comfortable seats providing adequate support. This continues with the airy space in the second row thanks to the abundant shoulder room sufficient for three adults as well. There’s good legroom too, but headroom might be a little tight for tall occupants.

Also, we would have loved it if the carmaker could have added rear AC vents this time. Nonetheless, the 353-litre boot-space with numerous adjustments with the 60:40 split rear seat makes for a big space to eat up all kinds of luggage. Two big bags and a few backpacks can be easily accommodated.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Gearbox

The S-Cross now comes with just one engine as Maruti has dropped the previous 1.6-litre diesel from the line-up, leaving just the 1.3-litre diesel engine. The 1.6-litre engine, fully imported (from Fiat), added Rs 1.4 lakh to the price of the car, which was just too steep for buyers to digest. But, with it gone, Maruti hasn’t supplemented the range with another engine. We would have also liked a petrol option but Maruti says it doesn’t have a suitable petrol motor at the moment. Also, there is no automatic option and, again, it’s down to the fact that the only option is an AMT, which the company is hesitant to use as the drive feel of an automated manual gearbox isn’t good enough for its flagship model. That leaves just the ubiquitous 1.3-litre diesel with a five-speed manual gearbox for the S-Cross, but the engine does see something new with the addition of Maruti’s smart-hybrid technology. Check for Maruti Suzuki S Cross in iiit-bh

If you have any experience driving a 1.3 diesel Maruti Suzuki in the past few years, the engine and gearbox will feel familiar. It’s a loud motor, but the NVH levels are the best we’ve seen from the current Maruti, and it stays relatively quiet in the cabin until you rev the engine above 3,000rpm. With 90hp and 200Nm of torque, the engine is adequate for the S-Cross for normal driving but when you want to drive with a sense of urgency, it’s a bit underpowered. The lack of grunt is most felt at low revs where this engine’s notorious turbo lag makes you work the five-speed gearbox a little bit more. On the bright side, the gearbox has a nice and slick feel while the clutch is not overly heavy.

This mild-hybrid set-up uses an Integrated Starter Generator motor to offer a mild torque-assist function that mainly aids fuel efficiency. It also features a start-stop system and brake energy regeneration. The system works seamlessly and the difference to the driving feel is negligible, but Maruti quotes a 7 percent increase in efficiency and a reduction in carbon dioxide outputs from around 115gm/km to 105.5gm/km.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Rideing

The S-Cross continues to ride on the same suspension setup, but it has been slightly retuned for the bigger wheels it gets now. The highlight of the S-Cross’ ride has to be the cabin composure. Irrespective of the size or shape of the uncertainties on the road, the suspension setup ensures that you aren’t tossed around much. Yes, there’s some body roll, but it’s there only when you’re pushing the S-Cross close to triple digit speeds.

The S-Cross’ steering has some weight to it at slow speeds which some may find a little too heavy when making u-turns or entering/exiting perpendicular lanes. But the same setup gives you great confidence on highways where you can maintain a straight line without many inputs.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Safety

Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child mounts come standard across the S-Cross range, kudos to Maruti for that. However, there are no side and curtain airbags like the European-spec S-Cross which scored a full 5 stars in the Euro and ASEAN NCAP crash tests. However, the S-Cross facelift also gets all 4 disc brakes. We all are aware what is the reach of Maruti’s network in India. A service centre can be found even in the remotest of areas. However, the S-Cross facelift will retail only through the NEXA channel, which is quite less in number when compared to the regular Maruti dealerships.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Price in Mumbai

Maruti Suzuki S Cross On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 9,86,690 to 13,34,153 for variants S Cross DDiS 200 Sigma and S Cross DDiS 200 Alpha respectively. Maruti Suzuki S Cross is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki S Cross variants price in Mumbai. Check for S Cross price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Bottomline

The S-Cross looks best in darker/brighter colours, while the Pearl Arctic White that our car came with, not doing enough justice to the lines or the silhouette. But more importantly, Maruti just might have priced themselves out in comparison to the competition. The S-Cross range starts at under INR 10 Lakhs in Mumbai (on-road) for the lower powered 1.3 litre engine, but the DDiS 320 series, 1.6 litre engine range starts at just under INR 14 Lakhs in Mumbai (on-road). We had the top-end, DDiS 320 Alpha and this was priced at just under INR 17 Lakhs in Mumbai (on-road). At this price, the S-Cross goes up in battle not just against the well-established Renault Duster but also the newest launch from Hyundai – the Creta. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out then

Tata Hexa Facelift First Drive

Tata Hexa Overview

While Tata has now launched the Tata Harrier, the Tata Hexa remains the brand’s flagship 7-seater car. The Hexa is available with a 2.2-litre Varicor engine in two states of tune – 150PS and 156PS. While the former produces 320Nm of torque, the latter generates an impressive 400Nm of torque. It is being offered with a choice of seven variants – XE, XM, XM+, XT, XMA, XTA and XT 4×4. The Tata Hexa looks tough yet classy and is loaded with convenience and safety features even in the base variant. But can that help establish Tata as a premium carmaker and wipe off the sour aftertaste of the Aria? Let’s find out.

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The new Hexa is definitely a huge step up compared to the Aria. It will take on the likes of the Mahindra XUV500 and also slug it out with the lower variants of the Toyota Innova Crysta.The new Hexa from Tata is a compelling product and, at the current price point, we think it is a well-rounded, value-for-money offering. Check for car loan interest rate at Fincarz.

Tata Hexa Look

Tata say that every panel on the Hexa has been redesigned, so nothing is shared with the Aria. It clearly feels that way. Up close you can see that the aggression is crafted with class. There is a bull-horn like chrome strip sitting along the bottom of the grille. Gently rounded hexagonal forms texture the grille, giving a sense of keen attention. The clamshell bonnet with its masculine lines and the gaping air vents below give the Hexa’s claim to being an SUV quite a boost. The double-barrel headlamps are the only familiar bits here.

Switch around to the other end and you will see that there is a distinct squareness to the design. The small spoiler also accentuates a more upright stance. The slim D-pillar-mounted tail lamps have been done away with; instead there are chunky angular lamps that wrap around onto the tail gate. There’s enough chrome on the tailgate to please most Indians. The only awkward bit at the rear are the hockey-stick shaped lights that sit on the bumper.

Viewed from the side, the connection to the Aria is all too obvious. But, the rugged cladding and the 19-inch wheels help the Hexa strike a strong pose. The drop down elements from the roof towards the D-pillar and the fin on the shoulder give it a distinctive look. This is where you realise the Hexa is massive – it is longer and wider than the Mahindra XUV500, and the Innova Crysta. Its 2850mm wheelbase is also the longest, albeit identical to the Aria. There are clear benefits of these dimensions as we can see on the inside.

Tata Hexa Comfort

Tata Motors vehicle in the past. Its great how consistently we have said this of all the recent Tata products – meaning with each car, the company is taking big strides off late. The all-black interior gets a hearty dose of leather on the dashboard and on the door panels along with the leather seats on the top of the line variant. The seats are not only well designed but also feel top notch in terms of their tactile feel with a really good grain of leather running through as well. My only grouse is the slight lack of shoulder support on the front seats and the fact that the padding seems a little harder than it should be.

The central console gets a touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation (that syncs with your smartphone) and an array of options including bluetooth and smartphone integration. There is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto but the Hexa does offer an app based control system that helps you play your collection of songs from a Juke-Car App – similar to the one in the Tiago. The app also has systems like service and diagnostic tools, navigation support and options to choose the ambient lighting (of which there are eight colour options). The multi-functional steering wheel gets cruise control, audio and telephone controls, and is height adjustable.

The simple gloss black console combined with a chrome wraparound is pleasing to the eye and so are the well placed chrome/brushed aluminium accent pieces around the dashboard and the AC vent. The climate control knobs are placed slightly lower than they should have but you do get used to them very quickly. The horizontal central console on the automatic houses the gear shift lever enclosed in a black bezel. You get just one cup-holder and no real slot to place your smartphone apart from the central flip up storage space between the seats. For Tata Hexa  check getreadyoregon

You can get the Hexa in either a six or seven seater configuration. Rear leg space in both versions is quite healthy and the rear passengers get their own AC vents in the centre and on the B-pillars. The third row could get slightly cramped if you are of average height but passengers do get their own storage space and charging points. The Hexa’s large glass area makes it quite airy on the inside and even without something like a panoramic sunroof, it does feel very bright – especially good considering an all-black interior can seem to make the car appear to be cramped.

Tata Hexa Gearbox

The Hexa will be available with a sole diesel engine, in two states of tune. The 2.2-litre, four-cylinder engine is the same powerplant we’ve seen do duties under the bonnet of the Safari, the Safari Storme and the Aria. The base XE variant of the Hexa gets a 150PS / 320Nm tune, whereas the mid XM and the top-spec XT variant gets 156PS / 400Nm to play around with. The other notable difference happens to be the gearbox. While the lower tune is available exclusively with a 5-speed manual, the latter gets a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic.

The engine comes to life with a shake and stir, just like we’re used to with big Tata vehicles. That said, it isn’t audible isn’t the cabin unless you decide to drive somewhere in a hurry. NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels are well within control and the cabin feels isolated from most of the fuss outside. The motor isn’t a particularly fun to drive unit, and feels more at ease at cruising speeds. Torque spread is even, and there isn’t a sudden gush of shove that will pin you to your seat. What you get instead is linear power delivery, with perceptible turbo lag under 1500rpm.

On the manual variants, the clutch is relatively light, but isn’t progressive at all. In fact, the first time you drive the Hexa, there’s a high chance you would stall it. The bite point is vague, which keeps you guessing. The other fly in the ointment, is the fact that the gears aren’t sure slotting – especially into fifth and sixth. But, get going and you get used to it pretty quickly.

You also get ‘Super Drive’ modes, that can be toggled on the fly. The effective modes are the result of varying calibrations of the engine and throttle map, the ESP and the ABS module that lets you set up the Hexa for intended usage. The modes on offer include Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough-Road. While it functions as a rear-wheel drive in Comfort and Dynamic, it transmits power to the front wheels in the other two modes. The modes work without a hiccup – but we preferred to leave it in Auto for most of the time we drove it.

The other big talking point about the Hexa is the 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine-transmission is easily one of the best in the segment. Certainly superior to the XUV500 AT. It is our pick out of the two since it makes driving so much easier. Shifts are smooth and quick and there’s barely any head-nod associated with automatics. It’s also reasonably fuel efficient, delivering a tested 11kmpl in city and 14.50kmpl on the highway. The gearbox selects ratios very well and responds to the varying weight of your right foot quickly. For a spot of spirited driving, you can always slot the gearbox into Sports mode, or into Manual altogether, to take charge. The transmission holds the revs in the meaty mid-range, giving you a healthy amount of torque in reserve for those roll-on accelerations. The 20-80kmph (kickdown) took a tested 7.68 seconds, while 0-100kmph takes about 12.3 seconds, which is on par with rivals like the Mahindra XUV500.

Tata Hexa Rideing

There’s no getting away from it, the way the Aria tackles bad roads is very impressive. The 19-inch wheels make short work of lightly broken roads. The way the recalibrated suspension shrugs off bigger potholes and ditches is shocking at first. Tata say that the use of multivalve dampers has helped the suspension tackle off-road better while improving ride quality, too. No doubt, you can feel that at work on our roads, too.

The chassis has also been made more rigid and this has helped tune the suspension better, too. The stiffer setup of the suspension at the rear has been done to make the Hexa more sporty to drive. What is apparent is that at highway speeds, it feels absolutely composed and does well to mask its size when being steered through traffic. However, if hustled hard you will feel the body roll, albeit in a controlled manner.

Disappointingly, the hydraulic steering feels light and vague at highways speeds. There is too much slack at centre and when turning into a corner, it ends up feeling disconnected and vague. Also, despite the disc brake setup all round, prodding the brake pedal inspires little confidence. It’s only when you push hard that pace drops as required. The Hexa could certainly do with more powerful brakes.

Tata Hexa Safety

In terms of safety specs, the Tata Hexa 2019 comes fully loaded with features like 6 airbags, electronic stability program, traction control, hill ascent and descent control and ABS.In terms of safety tech, the Hexa is loaded to the brim with goodies such as 6 airbag, electronic stability program, traction control, hill ascent and descent control and anti-lock brakes.

Tata Hexa Price in Mumbai

Tata Hexa On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 14,31,668 to 20,83,927 for variants Hexa XE and Hexa XT 4X4 respectively. Tata Hexa is available in 7 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Tata Hexa variants price in Mumbai. Check for Hexa price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Tata Hexa bottomline

The Aria’s quite a capable machine and Tata has done well to build on its strengths while making up for its shortcomings. The Hexa’s spacious cabin with three rows of seats, its ability to shrug off bad roads, commanding driving position and easy driving manners make for a great machine to cover long distances in. Yes, it will be a bit cumbersome to steer in the city and fit-finish of the interiors could be better. Nonetheless Tata look to tackle the Mahindra XUV500 head on with the Hexa and if priced right, the Hexa has not just the manners, but the look and the appeal to make it happen this time around. Quite simply, the Hexa is SUV enough, rich enough and fresh enough to deliver an overall experience that feels quite welcome for those looking for a rugged three-row SUV.