Nissan Sunny Facelift First Look Review

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Nissan Sunny Overview

Indian market, this is the second generation of the Sunny and the modern design has made it more expressive and of course, it now gets a ton of features too. The new design features lower, wider and longer exterior dimensions while retaining the roomy interior. The Versa aka Sunny now gets Nissan’s ‘Emotional Geometry’ design language.

The car will be offered in 8 colours including Electric Blue Metallic, Monarch Orange Metallic and Scarlet Ember Tintcoat. As far as engine options are concerned, the Versa/Sunny compact sedan gets a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder engine offers 122 horsepower and a 155 Nm, paired with the enhanced Xtronic transmission or a 5-speed manual.

The wheels have been pushed out, there’s an imposing grille and it’s lower, wider and longer than the previous generation. Inside, the compact sedan continues to get the signature design elements found in Maxima and Altima, including the ‘Gliding Wing’ instrument panel that expands the feel of the space. The horizontal architecture, open spaces and use of harmonious materials and colours add a fresh, up-level quality to the entire cabin.

Nissan Sunny Exteriors

The Nissan Sunny is quite distinguished from its predecessor in terms of exterior appearance, owing to the brand new Teana inspired ‘Boomerang’ follow-me-home headlamps that are placed well inside the restyled front bumper. The slightly V-shaped front grille too gains more dominance this time around and hold the company logo at the centre. Beneath the headlamps, the Sunny flaunts an all new pair of fog lamps with loads of chrome surrounding. In all, the front fascia is, undeniably, more premium and up-market than before. Going to the sideways, there are the sleek as well as aerodynamic side mirrors with integrated turn indicators. The flared wheel arches have been blessed with 15″ 12-spoke alloy wheels; a distinctive Y-spoke design.

Coming to the rear end of the vehicle, the first thing that would catch your attention is the newly designed and enhanced rear bumper. The company has integrated the all new tail lamp cluster considerably well which further compliments the sportiness of the rear portion. There are also chrome touches at the rear just above the number plate which transform the sedan into a much premium territory. Furthermore, there is a black ‘splitter’ which has been used to break up the large 490-litre of boot. Also, there is a short antenna which has moved back from the front just to compliment the overall appearance of the sedan and raise the ambiance. Nissan Sunny is being offered with as many as six vibrant colors – Nightshade, Pearl White, Deep Gray, Onyx Black, Bronze Grey, and Blade Silver.

Nissan Sunny Interiors

It is the area that has gone under the hammer the most and appears drastically changed from the outgoing model of Sunny. The grayish interior shade has gone for a toss in favor of a more appealing and premium shade. Chrome accents are being placed at essential points while the all new 3-spoke leather strapped steering wheel is a revelation. Furthermore, the music as well as bluetooth controls are mounted on the right side of the wheel, followed by the silver inserts make it further sporty.

The centre console is being done in Piano Black finish with silver finish on the sides. Nearby, there are two cup-holders in order to keep small belongings. The front doors are designed in a manner to have bottle holders along with pockets for maps and notebooks. The top-end variant comprises of leather seats as well as leather covered gear knobs. The Sunny sedan is really admirable for the knee room even for the rear seats. There is plenty of space at the back which makes it a perfect wagon for long drives.Check for Nissan Sunny price in Mumbai at CarBing.

Nissan has loaded an array of comfort and convenience features to this Sunny sedan. It in-houses an automatic climate control air conditioner where you can adjust the temperature of the cabin as per your desire, irrespective of the outside temperature. There are circular A/C vents at the rear too for the sake of rear seat occupants and these vents are more precise when it comes to air adjustment rather than the traditional ones. Moreover, there is a rear adjustable centre arm-rest with cup-holders along with adjustable rear headrests for the much needed convenience and comfort to the rear seat passengers.

As for the infotainment, the Sunny comes loaded with a 2 DIN Wide-display Audio System with AM/FM radio and CD player. It also features a large, colored, easy to read display screen regarding the information on audio and songs. There is also a provision of bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming through which one can one can listen its favorite tracks stored in mobile on the audio system. The company has left no stone unturned to lure the music lovers as it has also provided an AUX and USB slot, by virtue of which one can simply connect the iPod or MP3 player and enjoy. Additionally, as mentioned before, the volumes can also be adjusted via the steering wheel and phone calls can also be received.

Nissan Sunny Performance

The Nissan Sunny comes powered by a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The car we are driving is a 1.5-litre K9K dCi diesel unit producing 85 bhp of power @ 3750 rpm and 200 Nm of torque @ 2000 rpm. The power is sent to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission (however, a CVT transmission is also available). We got a good mileage of 17+kmpl mileage on the clock, which is good considering the size of the car. However, some of the rivals are now offering mileage as high as 28 kmpl, which could come out to be 23 kmpl in real conditions.

As for the performance, the 200 Nm of torque starts pretty late at 2000 rpm, making it a bit sluggish at times while overtaking other cars in the city traffic. The seats are comfortable and the adjustable driver seat ensures that you utilize the large glass area for a better overall visibility. The handling is pretty balanced, which is a great touch for both city and highway driving. The suspension is on a stiffer side, giving the car a planted ride. However, you will feel large potholes inside the cabin. The insulation level could have been better too.To know more details on Nissan Sunny check Changeonslapac

Nissan Sunny Driving

The Nissan Sunny flaunts an all new 3-spoke leather strapped tilt electric power steering wheel. It is quite light in maneuvering the sedan across the narrow streets and the sedan too responds almost instantly and precisely to the driver’s directions. The tilt steering wheel further facilitates the driver to adjust the steering position according to his/her comfort and convenience. Although, despite all this, the handling is just okayish. There is also a first-grade suspension system with Mcpherson Strut as front suspension while the rear one is Torsion Bar in the Sunny sedan.

The manual transmission and the automatic transmission of petrol variants of Sunny touch the 100 kmph barrier from standstill in a mere 12.7 seconds and 12.1 seconds, respectively with a common top speed of 175 kmph. The diesel variant crosses the same barrier in a time frame of around 14-15 seconds with a top speed around 160 – 180 kmph.

Nissan Sunny Safety

Nissan always has taken care of this aspect cautiously and subsequently it has returned rich dividends to the company. In Sunny sedan, it has incorporated disc as front brakes while the rear braking system is drum. This primary braking system is complimented extremely well by the trio of Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) in each and every variant of this sedan. Also, driver airbag is a standard safety feature across all the variants. The top-end trim XV D features front fog lamps which are quite helpful during inclement weather. It also has the front passenger airbag while the paid optional trim XV D (safety) comes with additional side airbags for the front seat occupants.

There are also several alert systems included in the sedan such as low fuel level warning, door ajar warning, speed sensing auto door lock, headlight on warning lamp etc. to aware the driver of the tricky circumstances ahead. The company has also installed a heap of security features to encounter the thieves and lock-pickers. Nissan Sunny comes with Immobilizer, Central Door Lock, Key Remove Warning Lamp etc. as standard security features across all the variants. Additionally, the mid-level and top-end variants feature Anti-theft Device with Alarm and Seat Belt Warning Lamps as extra security features to keep you car protected from goons as well as bullies.

Nissan Sunny Price in Mumbai

Nissan Sunny XE Petrol Ex-showroom Price is 6,99,000/- and On Road Price is 8,31,080/-. Nissan Sunny XE Petrol comes in 6 colours, namely Night Shade,Blade Silver,Bronze Grey,Sandstone Brown,Onyx Black,Deep Grey. Nissan Sunny XE Petrol comes with HR15 with 1498 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 98 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 134 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 16.95 Kmpl . Nissan Sunny XE Petrol comes with Manual Transmission with FWD.Apply car loan for Nissan Sunny at Fincarz.

Nissan Sunny Verdict

We got our test unit with more than 21,000 km on the clock and we have set the trip-meter to 0 for better understanding of the mileage over the course of the next few months. Our first impressions are decent enough and we felt some things were missing from a car that competes in the mid-size sedan segment. However, at no point we felt like driving a large sedan, thanks to the brilliantly tuned steering. In addition, the space inside the cabin is a big boon too. Be it the weekend trip, or be it running some local errands, Sunny can host your family and friends with a welcoming smile.

We will be regularly updating you about the way Nissan Sunny performs in the coming reports and does the space alone could help it be a worthy sedan?

Fiat Linea Classic Facelift First Look Review

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Fiat Linea Classic Overview

The Fiat in India has a great reputation of highly reliable engines and long lasting build quality of cars. Fiat Linea classic is one such sedan that has been in the Indian car market for many years and has been upgraded few times as well. The latest edition of it is loaded with sophisticated equipment and advanced Fiat Linea Classic features get it a classic on-road image.Linea Classic is available in petrol and diesel versions as Classic Active petrol and Classic Dynamic diesel. In diesel version, three variants available such as Classic Multijet, Classic Plus Multijet, Classic Plus Multijet with alloy wheels.

Fiat Linea Classic Look

The Fiat Linea Classic is a sedan offered by the Italian carmaker that is available in five colour options, New Pearl White, Tuscan Wine, Minimal Grey, Hip Hop Black, Oceanic Blue. All these colours are metallic paint options and all versions are available with body coloured bumpers. The top end variant also has wheel covers for the 14 inch steel rims, body coloured door handles and body coloured ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) The lower trims miss out on the wheel covers and the door handles as well as ORVMs are black in colour.

Fiat Linea Classic Comfort

The Fiat Linea Classic is offered with an integrated audio system which supports CD and Radio playback which is available only on the top end trim of the sedan. This system does not support Bluetooth connectivity and in addition, has a manual AC unit. No variants of the Fiat Linea Class is offered with an automatic climate control. That said, all trims of the Fiat Linea Classic come with all four power windows, tilt steering, hydraulic power steering and adjustable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors), the last being electrically adjustable in the top end version.

Fiat Linea Classic Gearbox

Powering the Fiat Linea Classic is a 1.4 litre FIRE petrol engine and a 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine. The petrol engine generates 89 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm while the diesel engine produces 75 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 197 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. Both engines have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.

Both engines offered in the Fiat Linea Classic are offered with a 5 speed manual gearbox. An automatic transmission is not available in any of the variants, however, the manual transmission has smooth gear changes and the ratios have been tuned for the best possible fuel efficiency figures.The Fiat Linea has a claimed fuel efficiency of 14.9 kmpl for the petrol variants while the diesel engine options have a claimed mileage of 19.5 kmpl. These figures are acceptable for its segment.Check for Fiat Linea Classic price in Pune.

Fiat Linea Classic Driving

The Fiat Linea Classic feature powerful and well-proven performance engine in both petrol and diesel versions. The famous 1.3L Multijet diesel engine is improvised for delivering quicker acceleration as compared to earlier version of the same. The strong suspension system designed absorb most of the road shocks assuring best of comfort and the tilt-adjustable steering system makes it easy for driving on congested roads and sharp turnings.

Fiat Linea Classic Safety

The Fiat Linea Classic is offered with an engine and gearbox underbody shield, rear fog lamps, Fire Prevention System and an immobiliser as standard across all variants. The higher versions also get ABS (Anti lock Braking System), rear defogger, door ajar warning and central locking. For more info on Fiat Linea Classic visit Getreadyoregon

Fiat Linea Classic Price in Pune

Fiat Linea Classic On Road Price is 7,40,491/- and Ex-showroom Price is 6,47,000/- in Pune. Fiat Linea Classic comes in 5 colours, namely Hip Hop Black,Minimal Grey,Ocean Blue – Fiat Linea Classic,Pearl White,Tuscan Wine. Fiat Linea Classic comes with FWD with 1386 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 89 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Fiat Linea Classic comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Fiat Linea Classic Final Word

The Fiat Linea Classic is a sedan offered by the Italian carmaker which is available in two engine options, a petrol engine and a diesel engine. Both engines are DOHC (Dual Over Head Cam) and 16 valve, 4 cylinder units. The front suspension is an independent wheel, Helical coil springs, Double acting telescopic dampers and stabiliser bar and the rear suspension setup is a torsion beam, Helical coil springs, double acting dampers and stabiliser bar. The Fiat Linea Classic comes with a disc brake setup upfront and a drum brake setup at the rear. All variants are of the sedan are offered with 14 inch steel rims with 175/70 section tyres.

Tata Zest Hatchback First Look Review

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Tata Zest Overview

Tata Zest comes in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with a total of 9 variants. The variant nomenclature with this sedan is also fresh unlike the several ongoing Tata cars. The four petrol variants are – XE, XM, XMS, and XT, while the five diesel variants are – XE, XM, XMS, XMA, and XT. It comes loaded with as many as 29 best-in-class features and also dimension wise, it is the largest and the most spacious.

Tata has installed an AMT gearbox with the diesel variant of this sedan which makes it the country’s cheapest diesel automatic sedan. It is also the first vehicle to be wheeled out of Tata factory in accordance with company’s latest ‘DesigNext, DriveNext, ConnectNext’ philosophy. The Zest is being assembled locally at the company’s Pimpri and Ranjangaon plant in Pune.

Tata Zest Design

The Tata Zest is an outcome of design inputs from company’s three different design studios and tips from Jaguar Land Rover. The front grille is complimented well by the dual projector headlamps which come with chrome accents, which are standard for every variant, except the base model XE. The top end trim XT also gets LED daytime running lamps. The front bumper boasts triangle shaped twin fog lamps and double slat air dam. It comes with an enlarged C pillar with body coloured bumpers, body coloured door handles and body coloured ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) with integrated turn indicators. The wheels are 15 inches alloys with which the sedan also features first in segment LED tail lamps.

Tata Zest Cabin

The Zest is a very comfortable and premium sedan and can accommodate five passengers with ease. It comes with a very effective air conditioning and heating unit. The interiors have been presented in a dual-tone Java Black & Latte colour scheme with fully fabric seat upholstery. It comes with an extended boot space of 390L. The top XT variant also has rear defogger, fully automatic temperature control and rear parking sensors. It also come with a host of other features including turn by turn navigation which is integrated in the 5 inch touchscreen system.

Tata Zest Performance

As known, the Zest is being offered in both petrol and diesel trims. The petrol variants in-house the recently unveiled all new Revotron 1.2T engine. Being an extremely silent engine, it is India’s first Turbocharged Multi-point Fuel Injection (MPFi) Petrol engine. This 1193 cc, 4-cylinder, BS IV compliant motor musters out a maximum power output of 88.7 bhp at 5000rpm and a best-in-class peak torque performance of 140Nm at 1750-3500rpm. Check for Tata Zest price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

The power is transferred to the front wheels of the sedan enroute a 5-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the diesel variants come loaded with company’s tried and tested Fiat’s 1.3 MJD engine which returns power in two states – 73.9 bhp and 88.7 bhp. The base trim XE carries this engine and it belts out a top power of 73.9 bhp at 4000rpm and a maximum torque of 190Nm at 1750-3000rpm. It is paired to the company’s traditional 5-speed manual transmission. The remaining variant lineup of the diesel trim, donning the same 1248 cc, 4-cylinder, BS IV compliant engine, gets a power output of 88.7 bhp at 4000 and torque performance of 200Nm at 1750-3000rpm. All the variants are coupled with the company’s conventional 5-speed gearbox, except the XMA as it is mated to the first-in-class F-Tronic technology-enabled, 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), with both Automatic and Sequential mode of gear-shifting.

Although, Tata is not the best in this aspect with the Zest but still it has tuned its both engines effectively to return a decent fuel economy. The petrol variants deliver a fuel economy of 17.6 kmpl while the diesel variants come up with an impressive 23.0 kmpl. Both the aforementioned mileage figures are ARAI certified and recorded under normal conditions and they may vary. In thick traffic, narrow and congested roads, and overcrowded streets, the mileage might drop down 4-5 kmpl in both the guises.

Tata Zest Driving

Tata Zest comprises of a Electric Power Assist Steering (ePAS) with speed sensitivity and ‘Active Return’ function – a first in the segment. The steering wheel has a diameter of 366mm which makes it the smallest for a Tata Car, except for the Nano. The new generation tilt Tata signature steering wheel, designed with 3 spokes, is quite lighter in weight and it is easy to maneuver the sedan through narrow roads without putting in special efforts. Furthermore, The dual-path suspension, coupled with a zero-pivot sub-frame and Anti-roll bar, ensures a smooth and comfortable ride. The rear suspension is Twist beam with coil spring which compliments the working on first one extremely well.To know more details on Tata Zest check Emikolo

Tata has introduced first-in-segment ‘Multi-Drive Mode’ technology which displays three driving modes – Sport, Eco and City with the petrol variants. An individual can select any one mode out of the mentioned three, depending upon the road condition and driving skills. Sport is for lightening fast acceleration, while Eco is intended towards obtaining maximum fuel economy, followed by the City which is a perfect amalgamation of performance and economy. On the other hand, Zest diesel AMT variant comes up with twin driving modes – City and Sport. The Zest petrol variants clock a top speed of 154kmph while the diesel variants register a marginally high top speed of 158kmph.

Tata Zest Safety

In terms of safety, it comes with disc brakes in front with drum brakes at rear, ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), dual front airbags, seat belts with pre-tensioner and load limiter, engine immobiliser and an alarm system.

Tata Zest Price in Mumbai

Tata Zest On Road Price is 6,54,475/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,70,663/- in Mumbai. Tata Zest comes in 6 colours, namely Venetian Red,Platinum Silver,Sky Grey,Pristine White,Dune Beige,Buzz Blue. Tata Zest comes with FWD with 1193 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 89 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 140 Nm@1500-4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Zest comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Tata Zest Bottomline

Zest’s claim-to-fame is the inclusion of more than two and half a dozen of best-in-class features; a never-seen-before in any product and they make it a one-of-its-type sedan. Undeniably, it is the best Tata car till date with its elegant exterior appearance and impeccable interior cabin. Both the powertrains are influential and the introduction of AMT gearbox will further double up its sales! Hence, India’s most economical diesel automatic sedan is all set for a grand reception in the country and good days have arrived, at least for Tata Motors.

Ford Ecosport Hatchback First Look Review

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Ford Ecosport Overview

It wouldn’t be wrong to say the EcoSport charted new history for Ford in India. Back in 2013, the compact SUV segment was barely in existence and the EcoSport was quick to gain immense popularity. It wasn’t the first sub 4-metre SUV in the country but it kickstarted the craze for compact SUVs and made every other manufacturer sit up and take notice of the potential the segment held. Several car makers have attempted to dethrone the Ford EcoSport since, though it’s only in the recent past the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and now the Tata Nexon have truly managed to challenge it.

Of course, five years (the Ford EcoSport was launched in 2013) is a long time and the EcoSport was feeling dated. Which is why Ford is back with a thoroughly refreshed version. The good news is that changes aren’t limited to a redesigned face or spruced up interiors. The refreshed Ford EcoSport does boast all that but the bigger news is the all-new petrol engine under its hood. We spent the better part of a day driving it around Goa to see what the EcoSport feels like in its refreshed avatar.Check for Ford Ecosport price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Ford Ecosport Design

There’s no major design update to speak off. But, the S does get some distinguishing features. For starters, it has been stripped off of all the chrome. The grille is finished in a sinister looking black-gunmetal grey combo, and the smoked headlamps (that now get HIDs!) just add to the aggression. Subtler changes such as the use of dark grey for the faux skidplate, the black roof and the black roof rails round things off. Finally, it gets a set of sweet looking 17-inch alloy wheels finished in, you guessed it, dark grey. This is low profile rubber we’re talking about (it’s down on about 20mm of sidewall compared to the 16-inchers) so please slow down if you spot a pothole. If you don’t, you’re looking at a possible bubble or tear in the sidewall. Notably, the tyre pressure monitoring system has been struck off of the Titanium+ feature list, and now been reserved for the S.

Ford Ecosport Cabin

Inside, it is equally sporty, with black dominating the interiors along with orange inserts on the doors and centre console; the seats get orange stitching and highlights. The instrument cluster now features chrome rings for the dials and also a new LCD MID screen, but the highlight of the interior is the all-important electric sunroof.

Infotainment-wise, you get the same 8-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Ford’s SYNC3 command system, but exclusive to the S is a tyre pressure monitoring system (this, like a few other features, was earlier available on the Titanium+ until it got a mild de-spec). Other aesthetic additions include alloy pedals which further add to the sporty visuals. The rest of the interior, though, remains the same as on the Titanium+ spec; in other words, it carries forward the part-leather seats, cruise control, ambient lighting and safety equipment such as six airbags, brake assist, stability control and hill hold assist as well.

Ford Ecosport Performance

Headlining the refreshed EcoSport is Ford’s new, 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine. It replaces the older 1.5-litre petrol engine and offers 123PS and 150Nm and comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. We drove the latter, which is a torque converter unit. Its refinement is the new engine’s biggest highlight and Ford tells us a lot of hard work has gone into eliminating the typical gruffness associated with three-cylinder engines.

Being naturally aspirated the engine is quick to respond to throttle inputs. The gearbox isn’t as quick as a twin clutch unit but feels adept at handling transmission duties. It makes light of city driving and gear changes are effected in a smooth, seamless manner. The EcoSport also gets paddle shifters, a segment first. The paddles work well though there is a slight delay before the gearbox shifts a gear when using the paddles. Claimed efficiency for the new petrol engine stands at 17kmpl.

We also drove the diesel version briefly which is has not received any changes. The engine is the same 1.5-litre, four-cylinder unit as before offering 100PS and comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox only. It feels as refined and the gearbox offers precise shifts, though the clutch still feels slightly heavy.

Ford Ecosport Driving

We expected Ford to fiddle with the steering setup, or mess about with the suspension setting. They haven’t. This comes as a bit of a surprise to us, considering what they served up by making minor tweaks to the Figo and the Aspire.Ford’s reasoning for not tinkering with the springs though, seems totally justified. The EcoSport is already stiffly sprung, that just about cuts it for everyday drives. Stiffening it further would’ve made the ride borderline uncomfortable in their books.As far as the steering is concerned, Ford says it didn’t feel like it needed a quicker rack. We’d agree. While our drive along Chennai’s ECR barely gave us anything we could call a corner, the steering feels familiar. It’s got the right amount of weight whether you’re crawling or cruising. On the long swooping corners, we never had to correct our line.To know more details on Ford Ecosport  check Emikolo

Ford Ecosport Safety

Ford EcoSport has excellent front and rear suspensions to ensure that its passengers enjoy a comfortable ride. The high Ford EcoSport ground clearance also plays a vital role in this aspect. The lower end models have tyre size of 195/65R15 whereas its top models come with 17-inch alloy wheels. Ventilated disc brakes for the front wheel and drum brakes for the rear are good enough to bring the vehicle to an immediate halt. It comes with ABS and EBD so that the car does not skip or topple over when you apply sudden brakes in an emergency. All variants except for four Titanium models come with two airbags for driver and front seat passenger. The Titanium Plus models have six airbags to protect all passengers. Additional standard safety features include warnings for ‘door ajar,’ engine immobiliser, child safety locks, and a central locking system.

Ford Ecosport Price in Bangalore

Ford EcoSport On Road Price is 9,45,544/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,82,300/- in Bangalore. Ford EcoSport comes in 8 colours, namely Mars Red,Moondust Silver,Golden Bronze,Smoke Grey,Chill Metallic,Kinetic Blue,Panther Black,Diamond White. Ford EcoSport comes with FWD with 1499 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 110 bhp@6300 rpm and Peak Torque 140 Nm@4400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Ford EcoSport comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Ford Ecosport Bottomline

The Ford EcoSport was feeling dated as a package, especially in the company of newer competitors like the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. Its styling was getting long in the tooth and the feature list wasn’t up to date either. The refreshed version takes care of all that and feels a lot more competent and modern. The new 1.5-litre petrol engine feels nice, and the automatic gearbox should make driving in city traffic more convenient. The suspension setup offers a better balance now, making the EcoSport even more likeable as an urban SUV.

Its facelift is a much needed shot in the arm for the EcoSport, and Ford is clearly aiming at winning back its crown in the compact SUV segment. The 2018 EcoSport will get launched in the coming weeks and when launched, we expect it to be priced in the same region as its current version to put up a serious fight to its competitors.

Tata Nexon Facelift Review & First Drive

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Tata Nexon Overview

The Tata Nexon has been a runaway hit for the Indian carmaker, and now comes the much anticipated and awaited Tata Nexon AMT or Hyprdrive. Call it a crucial piece in the turnaround strategy at the brand and you won’t be wrong. What began with the Tiago in good measure in 2016, was partially carried on by the Hexa and Tigor, has been thrust in the right direction by the Tata Nexon. The subcompact SUV has sold over 25,000 units in its first 6 month since launch. And so it’s only natural Tata wants to expand on that. So as was always expected, the Nexon now goes automatic with an AMT or automated manual transmission. Or as Tata likes to call it – Hyprdrive! So let’s dive right into it. The Nexon gets a 6-speed AMT gearbox. And like its manual counterpart the AMT also has the three driving modes, namely Sport, City and Eco – which you can switch on the fly using a rotary dial placed between the front seats.Check for Tata Nexon price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Tata Nexon Design

Smashing! The Tata Nexon is one car that has stayed true to its concept roots. Everything including the stance and overall design language can be related to the concept. In fact, a few people in and around Kochi asked us if this is a prototype car that we’re driving around. The Impact Design, as Tata likes to call it, has been working quite well with all of its recent launches like the Tiago, Tigor and Hexa. The black honeycomb grille is a nice element with a chrome outline to it, flanked by the tear drop projector headlamps. These lights have a LED strip that doubles up as a DRL. Unlike the Brezza’s units, these cannot be switched off. The air intake too is large and above it, pushed to the sides are eyebrow-shaped enclosures that house the fog lamps. The lower part of this nacelle is a white ceramic sash which does its job quite well in bringing your attention to the car.

Moving on to the side, the coupe-like roofline looks really cool. The ceramic sash used for the fog lamps too has been used here for the rising belt line. The wheel arches aren’t unusually flared but house 16-inch wheels as standard. Tata Motors’ designers have used a bluish grey colour for the Elite i20-like floating roof. At the rear, the pinched lines create a harmonious effect to portray what will be one of the most attractive derrieres on any Indian car. The lower part of the bumper has a black diffuser, which is also shared with the Tiago and its derivatives.

If only looks could sell, the Nexon will be a top seller. However, the Nexon doesn’t look like a true-blue SUV and instead feels like a hatchback on stilts. Remember the Vista D90 Xtreme concept?

Tata Nexon Cabin

We are used to seeing interiors that are a big step up from Tata, especially on cars like the Tiago and the Hexa, and here on the Nexon, the carmaker has taken yet another little step up. The steering wheel and the instrument panel may have been carried over from the Tiago and Tigor, but the new central console with its gloss black and metallic finish and the layered dash create quite an impact. The dash is well finished, there are plenty of tastefully highlighted chrome bits, and the vents, glovebox release button and starter button are well integrated too. Material quality on the whole is good and the dash design is attractive, but the panel gaps are nowhere near as tight-fitting or consistent as those on some top German and Japanese cars. And there are some other odd bits, like the blank area between the air-con knobs, where you’d expect to see a temperature or blower speed display. The air-con settings, among other items, are displayed on the ‘floating’ screen at the top of the centre console. Tata says the screen’s high position minimises ‘eyes off the road time’ and it does display the essentials in clear sight.

The 6.5-inch screen is a touch-unit and is superior to the one on the Tigor and Hexa in size and response, but it’s not the largest or most responsive by class standards. However, if you can get used to that little bit of lag in touch inputs, you will like the screen and user interface. The infotainment system does without onboard sat-nav but there’s Android Auto for navigation requirements. Apple CarPlay will be added soon, though Apple maps does not work in India. We missed having an integrated navigation system with on-board maps as in areas where there is no 3G or any network, Google maps tends to fumble. We should have downloaded the maps of our test drive route, which is one solution. We must mention 8 speaker Harman system which is simply outstanding and gives you a level of sound quality never seen (or heard) before in this class of car.

There are plenty of well-executed, clever touches in the Nexon’s cabin. The massive cooled glovebox has recesses for holding cans, the front door pads have a smart holder for small folding umbrellas with channels to drain out water, and even the elbow box comes with a magnetic lid. There is plenty to speak of about the centre space between the seats as well. The offset-to-the-left (strangely) hand brake lever frees some amount of usable space, and Tata has used this space to create a storage area that runs all the way back to the elbow box. The sliding shutter that conceals this space is a real premium touch; the likes of which you’d expect to see in a Jaguar! Wish the flip-up cup holders inside were easier to operate though. Of the other things, some of the buttons on the dashboard are a bit small, while the rotary drive mode selector, borrowed from the Hexa, is too large for its limited purpose. The reverse camera could do with a few more pixels too, though the dynamic guidelines are handy.

You sit at a nice height in the Nexon and the driver gets a good view out, but the thick A-pillar can be obtrusive at crossroads. The front seats are large and supportive for even tall drivers, but, unfortunately, the steering doesn’t adjust for reach. Thankfully, the footwell is wide and accommodating, and that’s not something you could say about the other models built on Tata’s X1 platform such as the Zest and Bolt. Tata had to altogether reposition the ducting for the climate control system to this end.

While getting into the rear section of the Nexon’s cabin, you’ll find yourself lowering your head to avoid contact with the lowish roof, and once inside, the relatively small windows also don’t give the same sense of space as you get in a Brezza. Make no mistake though – the Nexon is properly roomy with ample legroom and surprisingly good headroom too. You could squeeze in three adults in the back but the defined seat contours make it rather clear this is basically a four-seater. Thigh support is excellent, with a long seat squab and you even get an air-con vent in the back, along with your own blower control, which is a first in this class. However, in a bid to create more headroom, the back rest is a bit too reclined, but still not uncomfortably so.

As for luggage space, at 350 litres, the Nexon’s boot can hold quite a lot. The loading lip is a bit high but there is no shortage of space. The rear seats also split 60:40 and can be folded flat to free up as much as 690 litres of luggage space. Tata designers say that’s enough to hold a washing machine in its box; we wouldn’t disagree.To know more info on Tata Nexon visit Emikolo

Tata Nexon Performance

Tata is offering all-new petrol and diesel engines in the Nexon. Both can be upgraded to BS-VI norms as and when the mandate comes in. While the basic architecture of the 1.2-litre indirect injection turbo-petrol engine is the same as the Tiago’s 3-cylinder motor, Tata says that they have used all the know-how from the Zest’s turbopetrol unit and incorporated it here. So while the block remains the same, the engine is lighter than the Zest’s turbocharged unit and also makes 110PS of power and 170Nm of torque. These figures in the compact SUV segment are lower than that of only the EcoSport’s 125PS turbo-petrol engine.

The diesel, in the meanwhile, is a 1.5-litre unit that makes the same amount of power as the petrol but a significantly higher 260Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to 6-speed manual transmissions, with AMTs to be slotted in at a later date. Tata also offers the aforementioned Drive modes in both the variants. The Drive modes can be accessed via the rotary knob and can be changed on the move. The good part about this dial is that whatever mode you’ve selected, there will be an audio note telling you the selection and the colour of the infotainment system too changes a la Mini Cooper style. The dial also remembers the last selection made and sticks to it even after the car has been switched off. The 110PS/260Nm 4-cylinder motor is good for cruising and is claimed to deliver a higher fuel efficiency than the BrezzaThe 110PS/260Nm 4-cylinder diesel motor is good for cruising and is claimed to deliver a higher fuel efficiency than the Brezza

We had a go at the turbopetrol engine first. At start-up, the engine has decent refinement; however, on the move, it is audible. There is some amount of turbolag and the motor isn’t that happy sitting at high revs. What it is happy doing is cruising. At around 1,600rpm, the engine is doing 100 clicks in top gear. Good for those efficiency numbers then. It is also tractable and even at a higher gear and low revs, the engine is happy. For example – 40kmph in fourth gear is possible and the engine doesn’t really protest. But if you want quick acceleration, you need to drop a couple of gears before making any progress. The hairpins up Idukki dam were taken in second gear; however, the moment brisk acceleration was called for uphill, I had to downshift. Rowing through the gears though is pretty much fun as the gearbox is slick. Vibrations are present though and manifest through the pedals and gear lever. However, they aren’t at an alarming level.

The new turbo-petrol engine isn’t the same one used in the Zest. It is lighter and also makes 20PS more. The torque rating is 170NmThe new 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine isn’t the same one used in the Zest. It is lighter and also makes 20PS more. The torque rating is 170Nm The diesel, in the meanwhile, sounds as refined as the Brezza’s unit. It, however, is the punchier of the two motors. The clutch is light and has a short travel while the gearshift too is smooth. Surprisingly, the diesel is a bit more eager to rev than the petrol. Tractability remains common for both with the exception that hurried progress doesn’t really require dropping a gear in the diesel. This will be the engine to watch out amongst the two. It has less turbolag and gets the job done in a better fashion.

This knob replaces the earlier button system that allowed one to select the Drive modes. it is easy to use and can be used on the move. Plus you get an audio reminder of the mode you’ve selectedThis knob replaces the earlier button system that allowed one to select the Drive modes. It is easy to use and can be used on the move. Plus you get an audio reminder of the mode you’ve selected, and the mode stays on till you manually change it. This stays good even after the car is switched off

The Drive modes do alter the engine mapping and throttle setting, but over the years Tata Motors has refined it. The Sport mode no longer feels snappy. Instead it is quite linear. Around 70 per cent of our first drive review was done in this mode. City is the apt one for err…in the city while Eco dulls out the throttle response and requires a bit more of patience when hurried progress is to be made.

Tata Nexon Driving

Where the Nexon scores top marks, however, is in the ride and handling department. Ride quality isn’t pillow-soft and you do feel some of the larger bumps, but the suspension rounds off sharp edges brilliantly. The little bit of stiffness in the suspension also means there is not much pitching or bobbing and body roll is well contained despite the Nexon’s height. There is a bit more up-down movement in the lighter petrol car, but on the whole ride quality is really impressive. The steering, borrowed from the Zest, is spot-on and one of the best electrically assisted units we’ve experienced in this class of car. It has a reassuring on-centre feel and weights up perfectly as you pile on the lock. All of this translates to brilliant overall stability, and with a best-in-class 209mm of ground clearance, and lots of wheel travel you really don’t need to slow down for potholes.

The stiff chassis, impressive brakes and generous grip from the fat 215/60 R16 tyres give a lot of confidence through corners. It doesn’t feel as keen to drive as an EcoSport and isn’t as surefooted either, but work up a rhythm, keep the engines in their sweet spot and you’ll be nicely rewarded.

Tata Nexon Safety

Tata Nexon comes packed with a plethora of safety features such as dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Immobilizer and Seatbelt with pretensioners and load limiters as standard. The high-end variants also boast of Park Assist with Camera, Front fog lamps with cornering assistance, rear fog lamps and speed dependent auto door locks features.

Tata Nexon Price in Bangalore

Tata Nexon On Road Price is 7,88,776/- and Ex-showroom Price is 6,50,036/- in Bangalore. Tata Nexon comes in 5 colours, namely Vermont Red,Moroccan Blue,Glasgow Grey,Calgary White,Seattle Silver. Tata Nexon comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 108 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 170 Nm@1750-4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Nexon comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Tata Nexon Bottomline

The Tata Nexon is a very good effort from the manufacturer. It is sub-4m, has the good looks to boost its sales, space inside the cabin is good too and the engines also deliver decent performance. Knowing Tata’s pricing strategy, expect the Nexon petrol to start from Rs 6.5 lakh with the top-spec diesel will be priced just shy of Rs 10 lakh. At this point, it will undercut its biggest rival, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, by a good Rs 50,000. Plus the Brezza still doesn’t come with a petrol engine.

Tata Motors will launch the Nexon in India this September. The company says that they have already started taking bookings and by the time the car actually goes on sale, most of the small issues we mentioned in this review will be ironed out. Back to our question then. Will the Nexon be the next one? It will be for Tata Motors but maybe the Brezza is safe at its position for now.

Honda Brio Hatchback First Look Review

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Honda Brio Overview

The Honda Brio has never seen a major update in its seven years of being in this world, until now. The Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2018 has commenced today and the first big announcement from Honda is the 2019 Brio, which is the second generation model. It is based on the Honda Small RS Concept car that was shown at the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) held in April, 2018.

The 2019 Honda Brio gets a major exterior update and the car looks overall bigger now. It has a meaner looking front with bigger headlamps that flow with the new grille. The front grille also has been redesigned to look much bolder and it gets sporty touches like the grey coloured slats. The rear too is equally new with updated taillights and a top mounted spoiler. The wheels also come with new styling to give the 2019 Brio an upmarket feel.

Engine specifications are not yet known but the 2019 Honda Brio will most likely continue to be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that is in the first-generation car. This motor produces 86.8 HP at 6000 RPM and 109 Nm at 4500 RPM. However, it will get a retuning to be suitable for the new gen Brio. Check for Honda Brio price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

The 2019 Honda Brio will also get new features. There are new seats for the front and rear passengers. A new infotainment system is on offer while the instrument cluster too gets a design update. The Honda Brio has clocked good sales for the company in Indonesia, India and other emerging markets and the 2019 version should help in continuing that trend.

Honda Brio Design

The design and styling of the 2019 Honda Brio will be very different. It will look much more premium now. The 2019 Honda Brio will be built on a new platform. The new platform will make car spacious. This platform will be more rigid and will offer better safety. The Brio will be quite different in styling and will also have slightly larger proportions. It will be sharp looking and will have a less rounded look. The car has a more athletic look and a less small car feel about it.

Though the front grille is similar to the Amaze, the treatment on the side is similar to the current Brio. Honda might want to retain some design cues of the Brio. The headlamps are sleeker and the bumpers are bolder. The fog lamps will be mounted on the bumper. The ORVMs will have integrated turn indicators on them. The side will have a prominent shoulder line. The rear portion will be of a different design as well. The all-glass hatch will make way for a conventional boot lid. The tail maps will also be new LED ones and will look much more premium than before. The alloy wheels will be of a new design, most likely of 15-inch. The lower variants will get new wheel covers. For more information on Honda Brio  visit Emikolo

Honda Brio Cabin

The one area which needed the most attention is the cabin. The original plain jane dashboard has now been replaced with a more sophisticated one. This new dash is the one we have seen in Amaze and BR-V. The quality is much better and lends a contemporary look to the car. The all-black theme and dull silver highlights along with faux carbon fibre garnish add to the sportiness. The black or beige layout seems to be functional and ergonomics are also bang-on. And this can be seen in the fact that everything from knobs, switches to the digital air-conditioning controls are within the realm of the passengers.

Other notable inclusion is the revised instrument cluster that features new MID display and blue illuminated rings. Then there is new 2-DIN music system with Bluetooth, USB and Aux-In connectivity that does contribute to the entertainment package. Other than these, the interiors of Brio remain intact with the same skinny and comfortable seats. The driver seat is height adjustable while the steering is tilt adjustable. The rear seats though offer short seat cushioning and low on under-thigh support, it gives decent legroom to the passengers. Other comfort features include steering mounted audio controls, all power windows and foldable rear seat back.

Honda Brio Performance

The same 1.2 litre, four cylinder, SOHC engine will power the 2019 Honda Brio. This engine produces 87bhp of power at 6000rpm and 109Nm to torque at 4500 rpm. The engine will be tweaked for better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Honda may also think of introducing a hybrid or an electric model at a later stage. This engine will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There will also be an option of a CVT, like the existing model. The transmissions will be a carry over of the existing ones in the 2018 model.

There could be a new 1.2-litre diesel engine. Though we are not sure about it yet. This one should be derived from the new 1.6-litre i-DTEC that will be locally made. This should be a three-cylinder engine that will churn about 80bhp of power. Now, it is a bit too early to come to any conclusion. We believe if there is a diesel engine on the new Brio, it will be this engine itself. Else, there might not be a diesel engine. Also, the 1.1-litre could be there as we were the first to state that back in 2016.

The 2018 Honda Brio will continue with the same engine, which will return about 12km/l in the city and about 17km/l on the highway. This hatchback’s CVT version will get an efficiency of 10km/l in the city and 16km/l on the highway. These will be in real driving conditions and would depend upon one’s driving habits.

Honda Brio Riding

The Honda Brio is underpinned by a very potent platform in terms of dynamics. This is why currently Honda has four products based on the same platform including two 7-seaters. The Brio can handle triple digit speeds with good stability on the highways. The ride quality is flat most of the times and it doesn’t unsettle on bad roads. Since it is a light hatchback, the handling is brisk and the Honda Brio feels eager to take corners hard. The steering feels direct and very predictable while cornering. Braking performance is quite effective too having a strong pedal bite. There are no mechanical changes so you won’t feel any difference compared to the pre-facelift model.

Honda Brio Safety

Brio features disk brake at the front and drum at the rear. For fast runs, the brakes have adequate punch while the pedal bite is also strong. The car comes with ABS and EBD for additional braking safety. Further, the safety of the passenger is ensured by dual front airbags, engine immobilizer, and rear windshield defogger.

Honda Brio Price in Bangalore

Honda Brio On Road Price is 5,75,582/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,81,097/- in Bangalore. Honda Brio comes in 5 colours, namely Ralley Red,Taffeta White,White Orchid Pearl,Alabaster Silver,Urban Titanium. Honda Brio comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 87 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 109 Nm@4500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Honda Brio comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Honda Brio Bottomline

The Honda Brio has always been a fun to drive car which offers good interior space and performance. It lacked when it came to features while a very plain-jane dashboard robbed the cabin of appeal. However, with this update Honda has given the Brio a new lease of life and has improved the whole package drastically. The Amaze derived dashboard not only looks fresh but has additional features to go with it. Amongst the cosmetic changes, we love the all black upholstery in the top variant. Though the mechanicals remain unchanged, the Honda Brio has become a much improved and appealing hatchback.

Honda Brio is offered in three variant such as E, S and VX. Taking a quick glance at its pricing details, the base trim E is available at the price tag of Rs. 4.73 lakh, its mid-range trim as well as the best-selling model S is tagged at Rs. 5.23 lakh. The top range trim VX MT is available at Rs. 5.97 lakh while the VX AT variant is offered at the price tag of Rs. 6.82 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Though the Brio has been improved on several fronts, the fact remains that with the presence of cars such as Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo, the road ahead is definitely tough.

Skoda Rapid First Look Review

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Skoda Rapid Overview

The Skoda Rapid has been in our market for the past five years, but its success rate hasn’t been what the Czech manufacturer was hoping for. Buyers primarily preferred the ever dependable Honda City or the flamboyant Hyundai Verna or the value for money Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The fact that it felt too similar to the Volkswagen Vento and people apprehension over Skoda’s aftersales service quality further put it out of preference.

Now though, Skoda has launched the updated Rapid and the changes aren’t just skin deep. You also get the upgraded 1.5-litre diesel unit which makes more power than before. To address its aftersales issue, Skoda is also offering a comprehensive 4-year maintenance plan with the car. So are these factors enough to get the buyers back in Skoda showroom? We drove the car in picturesque Mussoorie to find answers

Skoda Rapid Design

Adding some sharpness are the new quartz-cut projector headlights. Adding some more drama is the chrome eyelash blending in with the jewel-shadow LED daytime running lights. It might sound complex but it does look good. The bumper has been revised as well with redesigned fog lights and now incorporating a lip spoiler s well.

The side profile remains the same barring the inclusion of the new 15-inch ‘Matone’ alloy wheels and chrome moulding on the deck lid and door handles. At the rear you now get C-shaped smoked tail lights and an integrated spoiler.

Overall the Rapid looks much sharper and definitely in line to take on the fresh competition.

Skoda Rapid Cabin

Skoda have always had a common theme on the insides for all its cars and the Rapid is no different. While the basic dashboard layout is the same, it now gets doused in loads of Skoda overtones. A combination of beige and brown makes the already spacious interiors even more roomy. The front seats are extremely comfortable and offer good support all round. Adjustable for height and reach, finding a good driving position is very easy.

However it’s hard to ignore the carried over parts like the headlight switch, climate control and the aircon vents which could have received a different treatment. Another major miss are the steering mounted controls which Skoda for some reason seems to avoid.

Skoda Rapid Performance

A major change however, is the addition of the seven-speed automatic DSG transmission. This is the same one found on the Octavia and also the VW Vento. The Rapid is powered by a 103bhp four cylinder diesel unit and mated to the new DSG transmission. The Rapid Black Edition is a pleasure to drive car with the DSG transmission. No more shuffling through gears or having to press the heavy clutch, which is painful in city driving. Just shift the transmission to the “D” position and let the car do all the work. The shifts are seamless and there is not too much turbo-lag. The Rapid Black Edition is easy to drive and is comfortable too. Power wise the Skoda responds well to changes in the throttle position as well as deciding which gear to be in. One aspect that should be highlighted is that the seven-speed dual clutch DSG transmission provides a better fuel efficiency than then manual car. At 22.1km/l the Rapid Black Edition is extremely fuel efficient, all because of two extra cogs in the gears.

Skoda Rapid Driving

The suspension setup on the Rapid remains the same as previously, which is good considering the Rapid has always been comfortable on the move. Rapid’s ride settingsseem consistent with the engine characteristics as the petrol Rapid rides considerably softer than its diesel counterpart. For more information on Skoda Rapid visit Tec

Between the petrol and the diesel Rapid, the petrol is lighter than the diesel by about 70kg for the manual version and 40kg for the automatic. The weight gain and stiffer setup results in a better grip for the diesel Rapid which inspires confidence at higher speeds.

The diesel Rapid is also a bit more engaging for the same reasons although the electro-mechanic power steering doesn’t deliver much feedback.

The steering feels light and doesn’t weigh a great dealat higher speeds. That said, the steering never appeared vague at any speeds; it’s just light but precise. Considering that the Rapid rides a bit soft, body roll is well contained and the cabin doesn’t unsettle unless it is driven rash.

Skoda Rapid Safety

Talking about safety, Skoda India is offering ABS and dual front airbags as standard across all the trims of the new Rapid. You also get Hill Hold Control and Electronic Stability Control with the DSG transmission. Skoda has had a bad reputation in India when it comes to after sales but they’ve come a long way in making the process transparent and reliable. They are also offering 4 year service car programme as standard with the new Rapid that covers 4 years warranty, 4 years of roadside assistance and an optional 4 year service package.

Skoda Rapid Bottomline

When viewed as a whole, there is a strong case to be made for the facelifted Rapid – it looks fresher and drives very well. While those looking for a family car might find more value in rivals like the Honda City or the Maruti Ciaz, those who are likely to spend most of their time behind the wheel will enjoy the punchy, relatively-more-involving drive of the Rapid.

Land Rover Discovery Review & Test Drive

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Land Rover Discovery Overview

The Land Rover Discovery 2017, the much- awaited SUV, has finally hit the Indian shores. The new design of the Discovery is not as tough and rugged as the old Discovery, but feels really futuristic with that box look being given new curvy edges, sharp looks and a blocky back. The new LED headlamps give it the look of a Range Rover. This new 7- seater Land Rover Discovery gets a completely new aluminum monocoque frame, making it lighter and hence making it more efficient. The SUV still drives like a Discovery, not like a Range Rover or Range Rover sport in any way; it’s all smooth and easy to go with minimal engine noise getting inside the cabin.

Land Rover Discovery Look

Measuring nearly 5 meters in length and riding 1,846mm off the ground, the new Discovery is one of the largest vehicles money can buy. And now with all its Range Rover-like styling cues, it no longer looks utilitarian or old-school. As against the old car’s top-heavy stance and boxy lines, the 2017 model looks different but is still unmistakably a Discovery. After all, it retains some of the design features like the distinctive stepped roofline and a rather high waistline.

At the back you will find a new single-piece tailgate design, which has replaced the previous horizontally split configuration. The taillights, too, are now stacked horizontally and look particularly sporty. Lastly, the offset rear number plate is a clear nod to previous-gen Discos; however, we aren’t too fond of the layout simply because it looks rather odd without a tailgate mounted spare wheel – something that the original model came with. All in all, the new car seems like a design revolution for the Discovery family – the taut bodywork highlights the enhanced volume and the more contemporary look pretty nicely.

Land Rover Discovery Comfort

Like the exterior, the new Discovery’s cabin benefits from the general layout and design of the Range Rover and the Sport. You get the same well layered albeit slab-like dash with a huge centre console and a snazzy-looking steering wheel. And while all the controls feel hard-wearing and durable, the air vent plastics and climate control switches could be better finished.

The Discovery’s cabin is immensely practical with multiple usable storage spaces. Besides the usual array of glove boxes and door pockets, the Disco gets a large storage box behind the rotary gear selector. There’s even a fairly big cool box under the front armrest which is a really neat feature. Lastly, there’s the hugely configurable seating arrangement in the 7-seater variant as all three rows are electrically adjustable. They feature anti-pinch and stall detection tech – if the seat is folding and it detects something, it will stop and then unfold to avoid crushing the item. Alternatively, if the seat is folded flat with an item stored on top, the seatback will not raise.

We absolutely love the high and mighty driving position and the excellent all-round visibility. As for the seat comfort, the front seats are massive and offer immense side support and even under-thigh support – they are large enough to keep you comfortable during long hauls. Similarly, there is plenty of room at the back, with a rear bench that is broad and spacious enough to accommodate three adults easily. Although the rear bench is set a tad bit low, it is superbly contoured and the low seating translates to plenty of headroom. Sadly, this new model cannot match its predecessor when it comes to the third-row seating comfort – the pair of seats is smaller and to make matters worse, there’s noticeably less thigh support. Mind you, the Discovery still has one of the best third row seats but you end up feeling short-changed because the previous car’s third row was a whole lot more accommodating.

The user interface for the 10-inch infotainment screen appears basic in comparison to some of the rivals, however, there’s no denying the quality output from the 14-speaker premium audio system. As for the rest of the features, the Discovery is fully loaded and comes with adaptive LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, 360-degree parking, a head-up display, 4-zone climate control, interior mood lighting and a tonne of safety tech. However, we would like to add that a lot of features from the spec list are optional extras.

Land Rover Discovery Gearbox

Featuring a new aluminium chassis and body panels made from similar materials, the Discovery has managed to shed nearly 480kg over its predecessor. However, at over 2.1 tonnes for this petrol-powered version, it is still a heavy car. Under the long hood sits a supercharged 3-litre V6 developing 340bhp and 450Nm of torque. It’s got more than enough punch to get the Disco up to speed and keep it there without struggling. The surprisingly effortless acceleration is aided by the brilliant 8-speed ZF gearbox that delivers creamy smooth yet quick gearshifts. The new Discovery isn’t as nice or sporty to drive as say a BMW X5 but there is no doubting the fact that it behaves noticeably better around corners compared to its predecessor – the steering is less vague and the whole car is more reactive to steering inputs. Make no mistake, the Disco still rolls a lot and feels spongy around corners but it completely demolishes bad roads. For more info on Land Rover Discovery check Emikolo

It has an inherent ability to iron out even the sharpest of bumps and rutted imperfections with ease. Better still, the jolts typically experienced in full-size traditional SUVs are next to none. All in all, the Discovery remains thoroughly composed at low speeds but at highway speeds, there is constant vertical movement and that wallowy feeling that air suspension-equipped cars are bundled with. A lot of the buyers are unlikely to take their Discovery off-road, but it is reassuring to know that it is more than capable at dealing with rough stuff. As standard, you get a two-speed transfer box that offers selectable high and low range gears. The system offers a standard 50/50 torque split between front and rear wheels, but uses sensors to distribute torque between the wheels depending on slippage. It’s a ‘shift on the move’ system which allows the driver to swap between high and low ratios without having to stop the vehicle, at speeds of up to 60kmph.

Land Rover Discovery Riding

The Land Rover Discovery reviews give a good grade to the performance and handling of the car. The engine is responsive and doesn’t disappoint you when the gas pedal is grounded. The diesel version goes from 0-100 kmph in 8.1 seconds with a top speed 208 kmph and the petrol version hits the 100 kmph mark a second faster than the diesel one, with a top speed being 7 kmph faster than that of the diesel one. Also, the handling has been improved because of the weight loss; it’s not that sharp atin the corners like Audi Q7 but good enough for an SUV of this size. Also, Land Rover reckons that this Discovery goes further off-road than any other car that they’ve made before, with water wading capacity of 900 mm, Terrain Response 2 (not present in the S variant) and off-road system that can take it to places.

Land Rover Discovery Safety

The Land Rover Discovery features really good brakes with one of the best braking systems that allows safe and sound sudden halts, also housing a lot of safety features, like Electronic air suspension Stop/Start technology, Hill Descent Control (HDC) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA ), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Gradient Acceleration Control (GAC), front side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a trip computer. All these features are not available in the basic variants. These safety features are enough to keep you and your family safe and sound.

Land Rover Discovery Price in Bangalore

Land Rover Discovery On Road Price is 94,96,086/- and Ex-showroom Price is 75,83,700/- in Bangalore. Land Rover Discovery comes in 10 colours, namely Fuji White,Baltic Blue,Firenze Red,Indus Silver,Nara Bronze,Bali Blue,Siberian Silver,Ipanema Sand,Marmaris Teal,Santorini Black. Land Rover Discovery comes with AWD with 2995 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 335 bhp@6500 rpm and Peak Torque 450 Nm@3500-5000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 7.1 seconds . Land Rover Discovery comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .Check for Discovery Price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Land Rover Discovery Bottomline

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery isn’t the most luxurious full-size SUV and at Rs 1.30 crores (on-road, Mumbai) for the top-spec diesel version, it’s certainly not cheap either. However, if you value practicality and long-distance cruising you will surely appreciate the Disco’s massive interior, flexible seating option and effortless performance. So if you are after a well-built traditional SUV with a genuine off-road ability instead of a glitzy and unashamedly road-focused SUV, the new Discovery makes for a worthy choice.

Volkswagen Ameo Facelift First Drive Review

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Volkswagen Ameo Overview

It was a little surprising to find out that the VW Ameo – a late entrant in the super-competitive compact sedan segment – would be entering the market with one arm tied behind its back. It was launched with only a single engine and gearbox option – the 75hp 1.2-litre MPI with a five-speed manual. In fact, the engine was the weakest point in what turned out to be an otherwise rather excellent car. We knew a diesel variant would be introduced by the festive season, and the wait appears to have been worth it, as it’s an upgraded version of the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TDI motor we’ve already tried in the Vento, Polo and Skoda Rapid. It’s got 5hp more power and the same 250Nm of torque and apart from the manual, you can also have it with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This could just be what it takes to find the VW Ameo some serious fans.

Volkswagen Ameo Style

The design of the Ameo. On the outside and for the most part inside the cabin too, the design and layout remains identical to the petrol version. Like is the case also with almost all the other compact sedans, the Ameo looks a bit gawky when viewed from the side. The stubby boot is disproportionate with the front of the car, and the impression that the third box has been slapped on to the rear of the hatchback is inescapable. But, the design doesn’t hurt the eye and in fact, viewed straight-on from the rear, the Ameo’s design actually seems to have a unique character which still ties in well with other VW cars.

All the familiar design elements of the Polo are there in the Ameo TDI diesel too, as also some of the distinguishing tweaks to the design of the airdam, front fender, the new tail-lamps and boot lid

Volkswagen Ameo Space

The Volkswagen Ameo diesel has the same interiors as the petrol model and there is nothing to differentiate between the two models except the tachometer which is marked till 6000 RPM on the oil burner. The dual-tone black and beige interiors look very nice and this is nothing but a Polo cabin with slight improvements to the rear headroom due to the re-designed C-pillar. But the rear seat lacks in legroom, knee room and under-thigh support so this isn’t a car you would want to sit behind, specially if you are tall.

The Volkswagen Ameo is equipped with a ton of features, many of them are segment first like rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, window opening and closing using key remote, one-touch up/down for all windows and anti-pinch windows. There are decent amount of storage spaces but the boot is far from being the biggest in the segment. Where the Ameo can’t be matched is the build quality, it feels very solidly put-together and is made like a tank.

Volkswagen Ameo Performance

The Volkswagen Ameo is available with a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol is available with a five-speed manual and the diesel even has an option of a seven-speed DSG. The NVH levels on both the engines are a bit off. There is more than sufficient power in the petrol and the diesel is certainly a lot more powerful. The petrol engine is noisy and the diesel engine has a lot of clatter noise. Overtaking is a breeze with the diesel engine, however the petrol needs a downshift. The automatic version of the diesel is a lot more comfortable to drive and convenient to use.

Drivability is good on both. The sudden boost after 1800rpm is reveling. There is always the joy of driving the diesel engine. Also, the clutch is a tad deeper than the petrol engine. The diesel clutch is heavy, which makes it difficult to drive in city traffic. To know more details on Volkswagen Ameo visit Iiit-bh

Volkswagen Ameo Driving

Don’t let the sporty looking flat-bottom steering wheel fool you. The Ameo is a compact sedan, after all, and it handles exactly like it’s supposed to. Like all other cars in its class, the Ameo’s suspension set up has been oriented towards comfort. That said, it has got the second best balance between ride and handling, after the Honda Amaze. The steering on the Ameo feels vague around the straight-ahead position and is slow to turn in. It’s initially light but becomes gradually heavier as more lock is applied. All in all, it lacks the consistency in feel that’s to be found in rivals like the Ford Figo Aspire.

The production-spec Ameo rides on 15-inch wheels as opposed to the bigger 16-inchers seen on the show car at the Auto Expo. Nevertheless, the Ameo’s ride quality is quite good – we sampled it across both pothole-ridden city streets and wide open tarmac on the highway. It deals with undulated surfaces rather well despite transmitting some sharp bumps from on the road into the cabin. So what’s not to like in terms of dynamics? Well, the Ameo, like all other compact sedans, has that inherent floatiness to its high speed ride. One has to make constant steering corrections to keep the thing true to its line.

Volkswagen Ameo Safety

In terms of safety features, the Volkswagen Ameo comes with dual front airbags and ABS as standard fitment on all variants which is really impressive. The compact sedan also gets other stuff like rain-sensing wipers and static cornering lights which are good to have. Volkswagen has a decent service network across India but their service quality standards aren’t really all that high and owners are often left wanting for more, rather better quality levels.

Volkswagen Ameo Cost

Volkswagen Ameo On Road Price is 8,30,994/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,00,000/- in Pune. Volkswagen Ameo comes in 5 colours, namely Blue Slik,Candy White,Carbon Steel,Riflex Silver,Toffee Brown. Volkswagen Ameo comes with FWD with 1498 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 108 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 250 Nm@1500-3000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Volkswagen Ameo comes with Manual Transmission with FWD . Check for Vokswagen Ameo price in Pune at Autozhop.

Volkswagen Ameo Conclusion

The Volkswagen Ameo diesel is a very good package since it comes with great build quality, loaded equipment list, a power packed engine and two really nice gearboxes. The compact sedan does look a bit quirky from certain angles but looks are always subjective. Overall, Volkswagen has got a really fine product on their hands with the Ameo TDI and we really wish it fetches more sales now because the numbers of the petrol Ameo have been far from satisfying.

Datsun GO Hatchback First Drive Review

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Datsun GO Overview

The Go was the launch vehicle for Datsun’s rebirth. The model got a high-voltage launch in New Delhi and was pitched as the car that would upset the applecart in India’s budget hatchback segment. However, the response to the model was tepid and the zero-star crash test rating by Global NCAP early into the car’s life did it no favours either. Datsun has been tweaking the car over the years (including structural updates, we are told) but what you see here is the first big update to the model. It’s got revised styling, a redone cabin and more equipment, and Datsun has also upgraded the car’s safety suite. Impressively, dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, and rear parking sensors are now standard fit. That’s quite a step up from the outgoing model, which did not get ABS at all and only offered a driver’s side airbag as a paid option. Importantly, Datsun officials tell us the revamped Go meets India’s new crash test norms that come into effect from October 2019 on all cars on sale.

Datsun GO Look

The Go gets a series of visual updates and they do their job rather well. While the trademark hexagonal grille gets a new mesh, the talking point at the front is the new bumper. More angular and sportier, even more than the original Go’s, the bumper immediately gives the hatchback’s face more personality. Also, new to the Go are LED DRLs, though they are only unique to the new top-spec T(O) versions. At the sides, it’s the larger wheels that immediately distinguish the updated car – upsized to 14-inches and shod with 165/70 tyres, they enhance the Go’s stance. Diamond-cut alloy wheels, like the ones on the car pictured here, are exclusive to the T(O) variant. They do so much for the look that they are worth stretching your budget for. Of the other things, the body-coloured caps for the wing mirrors are also new. The roof rails you see on the pictured car are from Datsun’s accessories range and are just for show – they can’t lift any load.

The revised Go’s rear end is identifiable by the new bumper and a chrome lip at the base of the tail gate. While it is not a design detail, the rear wiper is also a fresh inclusion on the top-spec version. There’s no rear defogger, however. In all, the Go looks far more appealing than before, with the new Amber Orange colour also helping give the car a more youthful persona.

Datsun GO Comfort

The interiors have been given a heavy revision. The dashboard gets a new design which looks more appealing than the older cars. The GO gets a full black layout for the dash while the GO+ gets a dual-tone theme. Fit and finish has improved a lot and so has the quality of materials used in the cabin. The handbrake has been moved to its conventional location. The older GO came with only speakers and a port to mount your phone but now it gets a Blaupunkt touchscreen audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, etc. Sound quality is just average though. The USB port has been placed a bit inconveniently below the centre console. For more details on Datsun GO  check Getreadyoregon

Datsun claims that the vehicles come with anti-fatigue seats but honestly the front seats are quite thin and they lack proper support for the under-thigh while support for the back is good. Also the centre console which houses the gear lever is very large and it keeps hitting the knee of the driver and front passenger which gets really annoying because leg space is already very less. The seats aren’t very wide though. The rear seats offer average comfort but knee room is limited, more so when there’s a tall passenger sitting upfront. The GO has enough boot space for a couple of small bags while the GO+ comes with a third row which again has extremely limited space and isn’t suited to full-size adults. With the third row up, boot space in the GO+ is very negligible but with the last row folded, the cargo capacity gets increased drastically.

Datsun GO Gearbox

The Datsun GO siblings are powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cyl, petrol engine which puts out 67 HP of power and 104 Nm of torque. The engine is pretty refined for a 3-cylinder car and offers decent enough punch for city driving. Low end isn’t very responsive but the engine has good grunt in the mid-range, continuing till the higher rev band. 0-100 km/hr is claimed to come up in 13.3 seconds. The ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency is 19.83 km/l but real life figures hover around the 14-15 km/l mark in city driving and around 16-17 km/l on highways. The 5-speed manual gearbox has slightly rubbery shifts but the clutch is very light. Another noteworthy thing is the exhaust note which sounds quite cool. Check for SBI car loan.

Datsun GO Riding

The suspension set up on the GO is pliant for our roads. The ride isn’t very plush but it is comfy enough unless the roads get really bad. The suspension travel is long and the GO siblings have a significant amount of body roll, which feels even more pronounced in the GO+ and sudden lane changes aren’t confidence inspiring. The steering doesn’t provide much feedback and is kind of vague. Braking performance is also pretty average and pedal doesn’t have a sharp bite. Book Datsun GO  Test Drive.

Datsun GO Safety

The Datsun GO features safety bits such as driver side airbag, vehicle dynamic control, co-passenger airbag, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking sensors, central locking and driver seatbelt warning as standard across the line-up. It additionally comes with rear washer, rear defogger and rear wiper. Braking power on the entry-level hatchback is derived from disc front brakes and rear drum units.

Datsun GO Price in Pune

Datsun Go On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 4,15,686 to 5,97,762 for variants Go D and Go T Optional respectively. Datsun Go is available in 7 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go variants price in Pune. Check for Datsun GO price in Pune at Autozhop.

Datsun GO Bottomline

The 2018 Datsun Go’s prices start at Rs 3.29 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the base D trim. The mid-spec A, A(O) and T trims come in at Rs 3.99 lakh, Rs 4.29 lakh and Rs 4.49 lakh, respectively, and cost about the same as corresponding versions of the old car. Factor in the additional kit on offer, and what is clear is that the Go packs in far more value than before. The top-spec T(O)’s Rs 4.89 lakh price is also competitive, when you see the equipment it comes with.

The changes to the Go make it feel significantly better than before. It feels like a more wholesome package and its appeal finally goes beyond the promise of low running and maintenance costs that Datsun has relied on to pull in buyers so far. While only a straight up comparison with the likes of the Tata Tiago and Maruti Suzuki WagonR will tell if it’s the best car for the money, the Go has certainly become far easier to recommend than ever before.