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THIS MONTHS STORIES AT A GLANCE
CONTENTS Volume 12 I Issue 10 I May 2017

REGULARS
6 WELCOME 24
8 BULLETIN
21 COLUMN
22 INBOX
106 THE GBU

FIRST DRIVES
23 RENAULT LODGY STEPWAY
The popular MPV receives a mild facelift
24 BUGATTI CHIRON
Raising the bar yet again, but by how
much exactly?
34 FORD FIGO S
Fords popular hatchback gets
a dose of sportiness
40 VOLVO S60 POLESTAR
Sensible performance car for
the sensible mortal

TESTS
46 TATA HEXA AT
Tatas latest attempt to conquer
34 40
the lucrative MPV segment
52 MINI COOPER S CLUBMAN
Is the biggest variant of the iconic
model more MINI than ever?
58 HYUNDAI XCENT 1.2 CRDi
Mid-life facelift and a faster beating
heart for the small Korean sedan

COMPARO
64 IGNIS AGS v GRAND i10 AT

46 52
War of the auto-boxes, its Japan v Korea
in the small car segment

FEATURES
72 HYUNDAI GREAT INDIA DRIVE - I
On an epic journey from the mountains
to the heart of India with the Tucson
82 50 YEARS OF AMG - II
An insight into the V12 era, the
CLK-GTR, and the Pagani Zonda
89 SHELL EXPERIENCE
Behind the wheel of their Gordon
Murray Design concept car
96 NYIAS 2017
All the automotive superstars from
58 64
the heart of the Big Apple
100 ART OF PERFORMANCE
Jaguars latest initiative showcases the
prowess of their line-up

SPORT
102 F1
104 WRC
105 NEWS

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

New DZire
The second-generation Maruti Suzuki DZire was revealed and
will be launched this month. In an exclusive preview
for select media, Car India got a closer look

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THIS MONTHS HIGHLIGHTS
THE NEW MERCEDES S-CLASS VOLVO HAVE CELEBRATED 90 KIA HAVE CONFIRMED THEIR
has been revealed with more years of existence, launching India operations, including two
tech, new engines, and even the all-new XC60 globally and India-specific models, investing
more ways to relax P 12 the S60 Polestar here P 14 big in a facility in AP P 15

The first interesting change is that


unlike all the older versions of this
compact sedan, the 2017 Maruti
Suzuki DZire drops the Swift prefix
to its name and will now be marketed simply as
the DZire. This will help differentiate itself from
the Swift hatchback and, in turn, help improve
the pride of ownership of the sedan buyers.

Even though Maruti are trying to


project the Swift and the DZire as
different cars, the front design of
the 2017 DZire and the forthcoming
2018 Swift (launch expected around the 2018
Auto Expo) have a lot in common. Right from
the shape of the new projector headlights to
the new hexagonal grille, the DZire and the yet
to be launched Swift appear to be mirror
images of each other. The rear follows Suzukis
new design language, which is also seen in
the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The
DZire has LED tail-lamps, a new shape for the
bumper and a chunky chrome slat with DZire
stamped on it.

The new DZire will be launched in


India on 16 May. Maruti have been
known to price their products very
aggressively, and we expect the new
DZire to be launched with a slight hike in price.

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The current car is priced between Rs 5.35 lakh


and Rs 7.03 lakh for the petrol variants, while
diesel trims range between Rs 6.16 lakh and Rs
8.58 lakh, all prices ex-showroom, Delhi.
The new DZire has quite a few new cars to
compete with, including the recently refreshed
Hyundai Xcent, Ford Figo Aspire, Honda Amaze,
Toyota Etios, Volkswagen Ameo, and the latest
entrant in the compact sedan segment, the
Tata Tigor.

Maruti arent trying to be


adventurous with the engine Similarly, the current DZire will keep rolling out the diesel 105 kg re-tuned powertrains and
options. Although they have of Marutis plant but will be mainly targeted at more aerodynamic design, the new DZire is
recently introduced a new 1.0-litre these commercial users. expected to be more fuel-efficient. Currently,
BoosterJet turbo-petrol engine in the Baleno RS, the petrol manual DZire has an ARAI certified
the DZire will continue to be powered by the 20.85 km/l, while the petrol automatic claims
tried-and-tested 1.2-litre K-series petrol and the 18.5 km/l. Meanwhile, both the diesel manual
1.3-litre DDiS turbo-diesel units which are Since the 2017 car is being and AMT claim 26.59 km/l.
expected to be further optimised to improve projected a notch higher in its
low-end performance and fuel efficiency. It will bracket than before, it will come
be interesting to see if the 2018 Swift gets the with more comfort, convenience, and
compact and peppy BoosterJet. Going with the safety features. Its the first Maruti to get a Overall, the DZire is a larger car
trend, even the petrol engine, along with the sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel. Like the with a longer wheelbase (20 mm
diesel mill, will come with the option of a five- newer Maruti Suzuki models, it will come with a longer than older car), and is also
speed manual or an Auto Gear Shift (AGS) seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system more spacious inside. But its still
option from the V variant onwards. equipped with a music system, Apple CarPlay, below four metres with an overall length of
Android Auto, and MirrorLink. Similarly, top- 3,995 mm. The cabin is roomier and the seats
spec models will come with reverse camera, are more comfortable. There are even rear air
keyless entry and a Start/Stop button. Safety vents to keep back-seat passengers cool.
The DZire has been a huge success wont be overlooked either, so expect ABS with Moreover, the boot space has been increased to
in India and is often seen soaring on EBD and dual airbags as standard along with 316 litres. The ground clearance has been
the monthly car sales chart, usually ISOFIX child-seat anchors and pre-tensioner- lowered by seven millimetres (163 mm) to
being outsold only by Indias most equipped seat-belts. make the sedan look wider.
popular car, the Maruti Suzuki Alto. The DZire
has sold over 13 lakh units since its launch in
our country back in 2008. Fleet-owners are
among the biggest contributors to making it a Being an all-new model and not a The new DZire will be offered in
blockbuster who have been buying the reliable facelift, its based on the fifth- four variants in petrol and diesel
sedan in bulk. Back in 2012, when the DZire got generation B-platform which also engine options each: LXi, VXi, ZXi,
a makeover, the older version continued to underpins the Baleno. With the lighter and ZXi+ (petrol); and LDi, VDi, ZDi,
cater to the taxi-fleet buyers as the DZire Tour. platform the petrol is 85 kg lighter and and ZDi+ (diesel).

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Next-level Luxury
The revised S-Class, a 2018 model with all three iterations Mercedes-Benz,
AMG and Maybach was shown to the world under one massive roof
THE PREVIOUS W222 AND X222 S-CLASS MODELS chromed vertical slat for a more pronounced The cabin itself gets spruced up with a classier
were leaps and bounds ahead of not just the stance, plus a sportier lower air-dam. layout, subtly redone. It still looks every bit as
rest of the field, but also their predecessors The cabin continues with a familiar look but, posh; however, one cant help but see the
when they were launched back in 2013. The underneath, has been updated with a plethora family resemblance in here. The concierge
new car retains the proportions and some of of advanced comfort and convenience features. service is now even more advanced, akin to a
the interior layout styling, but is heavily revised A wall-heating function and enriching personal assistant, allowing passengers to use
not just in the features department, but also in Agarwood fragrancing being key to what is the Linguatronic voice control for various
the engines and badging choices. Updated essentially a breakthrough in mood conveniences, other than navigation and
autonomous solutions, more comprehensive management: Energising Comfort Control. This calling, such as making hotel reservations or
safety and interface ideas, and an array of all- wellness function combines the climate booking movie tickets.
new OM656 straight-six and V8 engines make control, music system, seat heating/ventilation The safety features now include a smarter
their presence felt, and in a big way. and massage controls, the 64-colour ambient Distronic adaptive cruise control which,
The most noticeable change is the form of lighting, fragrancing as well as wall-heating to together with the Active Proximity Control,
the new headlamp clusters. The MultiBeam LED create an environment in the car best suited to Active Steer Assist, Active Lane Change Assist,
headlamps with Ultra Range High Beam now your mood or to change the one youre in, as and Active Emergency Stop Assist, allows for
feature even more advanced active lighting, needed. Six programmes are available: stop-go cruising and supports a higher
telling with the three torches acting as the Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort, and maximum speed as well as speed moderation
light signature. The headlamps, with high Training. around curves. Traffic Sign Assist is also part of
beams on, are capable of illuminating up to 650 The dual 12.3-inch screen info-display the package. The addition of Road Surface Scan
metres of the road ahead. The new front grille continues and looks like one seamless panel. It and updated Magic Body Control, which also
gets a chrome-outlined three-slat layout, a la also allows the driver to choose one of three packs a more advanced Curve tilting function,
Maybach, while the AMG models also get a display modes: Classic, Sporty and Progressive. all point to greater autonomous capability.

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Besides, the car now calculates the driving style
by using map and navigation data.
Now on to the engines. The initial model line
sees five models. The fist is the new S 560 petrol
(in both -Benz and -Maybach guises), with a 469-
PS BiTurbo 4.7-litre V8. The all-new S 350 d and
S 400 d are next, with a brand-new straight-six
3.0-litre turbo-diesel making 286 PS/600 Nm and
340 PS/700 Nm respectively, an all-new AMG S 63
gets the M177 4.0-litre motor tuned up all the way
to 612 PS and 900 Nm, and, finally, the barely-
changed-because-its-already-so-potent AMG
S 65 with the BiTurbo V12 making 630 PS and
1,000 Nm, paired to the AMG SpeedShift There are more new drivelines planned, too. outset as the spearhead for a whole family of
7G-Tronic driving the rear wheels. Speaking of The inclusion of a 48V Integrated Starter new engines. Stay tuned for more on that front.
which, the S 560, S 350 d and S 400 d all use the Alternator and electric booster compressor is There is also an electric model with a pure
9G-Tronic automatic with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. indeed big news. Expect an S 400 and S 500, electric range of 50 km thanks to a larger 13.3
The S 63 gets the AMG nine-speed SpeedShift with the new M256 3.0-litre BiTurbo straight-six kWh battery as well as an all-new BiTurbo V8
multi-clutch unit and 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive. engines making about 350 PS and 410 PS engine planned.
But not the S 65. Thats old-school brute force respectively. The new modular engine The all-new S-Class will roll out globally in a
delivered with a slightly fluffier and better- architecture will not just improve weight but phased manner. We should see it arrive later
autonomous velvet cushion for 2018. also refinement, being developed from the this year.

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Ninety Years of Volvo Cars


A CAR-MAKING VENTURE THAT BEGAN BACK IN to a global player, taking on established the way forward for their Vision 2020, where
1927 has become a notable name in the names, balancing simplicity and luxury with the aim is that no person should be killed or
automobile world today. Volvo Car functionality and reliability a blend of much seriously injured in a new Volvo car.
Corporation began back on 14 April 1927, with appreciated elements. From iconic models Volvo recently announced Zenuity, a joint
the roll-out of the V4. From there on, like the P1800 to more popular models today, venture with Autoliv, Inc, for autonomous
automotive safety was priority. In fact, Assar notably the XC60. From using angular impact driving software systems. Their all-electric car
Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson founded Volvo tests to families of crash-test dummies, Volvo will see the light of day as a 2019 model, with
on the idea that cars are driven by people. have continued to raise the level of safety the first electric car rolling out in China.
The guiding principle behind everything we features packed into an automobile, paving Volvo Auto India celebrated the occasion by
do at Volvo, therefore, is and must remain introducing the first Polestar model in India:
safety. Their core values remain safety, the 367-PS S60 Polestar. You may
quality, and environment care even today. read the first drive review
Volvo went from being a Swedish carmaker on page 40.

koda Vision E
KODA HAVE USED THE SHANGHAI MOTOR of stability, dynamism, and safety at all times. leave parking spaces by itself. This is enabled
Show to share their vision for change with the The Vision E can operate independently in by various sensors with different ranges and
Vision E Concept, which is the Czech traffic jams, go into autopilot on motorways, numerous cameras that constantly monitor
manufacturers first electric car. stay in lanes and swerve, carry out overtaking the traffic situation.
The new koda Vision E Concept is a five- manoeuvres, independently search for free
door SUV coup which boasts of a claimed parking spaces, and park and
500-km range on electric power and meets
Level 3 requirements for autonomous driving.
koda plan to add five purely electric models
to the companys product portfolio by 2025.
The koda Superb will be offered with a plug-
in hybrid option by 2019.
The Vision E Concept is powered by a
powerful lithium-ion battery pack, which
powers motors generating up to 225 kW (305
PS), allowing a top speed of 180 km/h and a
claimed range of 500 km. The two electric
engines, one on each axle, drive all four
wheels. The front- and rear-wheel drive is
suitably adjusted to ensure the highest degree

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Audi Mobile Terminal
AUDI HAVE LAUNCHED THE THIRD EDITION designed to provide the complete Audi host of Audi range of products, Audi
of their Mobile Terminal in India offering the experience to potential customers whether Collection and accessories, the Audi Mobile
Audi experience in over 40 cities. in a metropolis or a non-metro city. Terminal concept serves as a hub for
Initially introduced in 2015 as a customer- The aim of the Audi Mobile Terminal is to conducting test-drives and enables
focused initiative, the Audi Mobile Terminal, take the brand to the doorstep of the Audi customers and potential customers to
which is based on the Audi Terminal concept, customer, while also showcasing Audi brand connect with Audi dealers for enquiries, new
is a fully-functional mobile showroom values experientially. Besides displaying a bookings, and after-sales support.

Shell
Technology Centre
SHELL HAVE OFFICIALLY OPENED THEIR NEW TECHNOLOGY
Centre in Bengaluru. A major technology hub, it is spread over 52
acres, custom-built to house up to 1,500 experts, who would
collaboratively work on worldwide innovative energy projects.
The Technology Centre is one of the three main technology hubs
in Shells global network of R&D centres. The other two are located
in the Netherlands and the USA. The new centre houses a variety of
technical experts, laboratories and technology demonstration
units, and is home to a wide spectrum of technical disciplines with
specific expertise in fields such as liquefied natural gas, sub-
surface modelling, data analysis, engineering design, bitumen,
distillation, water technology, and enhanced computational
research. The centre is also helping pioneer efforts using its IH2

Kia Confirm
(waste to fuel) technology to turn forestry, agricultural and
municipal waste into transportation fuels, with a new
demonstration plant being built at the site.

India Facility Read more about Shell and what went down during their
#MakeTheFuture their plans on page 93 of this very issue.

KOREAN AUTO MANUFACTURER KIA MOTORS, ONE OF THE FASTEST-


growing automotive brands, have signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with the state government of Andhra Pradesh to
build a new manufacturing facility in the Anantapur district.
The construction of the facility will commence in the last quarter of
2017. This will be Kia Motors first facility in India, representing an
investment of US$ 1.1 billion (Rs 7,050 crore, approx). Production is
expected to begin in the second half of 2019 to the tune of about
3,00,000 units each year.
Kia have stated that they plan to make a strategically placed compact
sedan and compact SUV especially for the Indian market. Kia currently
have many distinct products in their stable, the likes of the Picanto, Rio,
Ceed, Cerato, Optima, Soul, Sportage, Sorento and the newly launched
Stinger. Hopefully, most of these products will find their way to our shores.

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WE HEAR
Isuzu MU-X Incoming
Isuzu of India will introduce their medium-
sized SUV, the MU-X,
in India on the 11th
of this month. The
new 4.8-metre-long
five-seater SUV will
be positioned below
the MU-7 and provide
some Japanese flair
to the burgeoning
segment. We expect it to mark the dbut of
the new 1.9 Ddi Blue Power motor with
150 PS and 350 Nm, as offered in the Thai
market, with manual and automatic
transmission options. The 4x4 version uses
the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel seen in the MU-7.

Nissan Sunny Prices Slashed


Nissans made-in-India sedan, the Sunny, is
now available from just Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-
showroom, Delhi). The price of the CVT
automatic XV variant has been dropped to a
Jeep Compass Unveiled
very accessible Rs 8.99 lakh (ex-showroom, AFTER INVESTING US$ 280 MILLION (RS 1,800 angle and a 32 departure angle. Jeeps Selec-
Delhi) a steep drop of Rs 2 lakh making crore), FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India Terrain system uses the intelligent four-wheel-
it the most affordable CVT sedan in the are all set to roll out the Jeep Compass from drive system to dynamically distribute torque. If
country. The all-manual diesel range starts their plant at Ranjangaon, near Pune, this June. youre worried about fuel efficiency, fret not; it
from Rs 7.49 lakh for the XE, going up to FCA claim that they have had to invest in quite a uses a dynamic rear-axle disconnect that can
Rs 8.99 lakh for the top-end XV. bit of new technology and processes to realise decouple drive to the rear axle when four-wheel
the made-in-India dream. At the current rate, traction is not needed.
Mahindra KUV100 Hits 50K they expect to launch the Compass in the third Engine choices include the 1.4-litre Multi-Air
Mahindra & Mahindra have sold 50,288 units quarter of this year. It will be the most turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine with 160 PS
of their sub-four-metre compact SUV, the affordable Jeep yet. and 250 Nm, and the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-
KUV100, since its launch in January last year. Like every Jeep, the Compass will have all pot with 170 PS and 350 Nm. Transmission
One of the early entrants in this space, the the goodies not just for tackling a rough road, choices include a six-speed manual or a seven-
KUV100 combines a small footprint with a but for those who seek to kick their off-road speed twin-clutch automatic. While the 4x4
spacious interior and rugged SUV look, and is lifestyle into gear. Its 4,398 millimetres long, driveline seems like an essential part, the
an immediate head-turner. This highly 1,819 mm wide and 1,667 mm tall, running a Driveline Disconnect Technology (DDT)
competitive segment has seen a lot of action 2,636-mm wheelbase. The Compass offers 178 disengages the rear axle making it a 4x2 front-
since, with new launches every few months, mm of ground clearance with a 19 approach wheel-driven compact SUV for the road.
and the baby Mahindra has done well to hold
its own amidst this onslaught.

BMW M5 Performance Edition


BMW India have introduced the swansong for Pre-owned Electrics
the F10 M5 in India the Performance FIRST CHOICE WHEELS BY MAHINDRA
Edition. The launch was announced via the have given India its first platform for
companys official Twitter handle, but no pre-owned electric vehicles. Mahindra
official communication regarding the details First Choice Wheels (MFCWL) and
or the price was available. Only 200 units are Mahindra Electric have set up shop in
available. Expect a price north of Rs 1.5 crore. Bengaluru. Their partnership has
borne fruit in the form of Elektricfirst,
Safari for the Armed Forces a unique warranty programme for
Tata Motors have signed a contract to supply pre-owned electric vehicles.
3,192 units of the Tata Safari Storme 4x4 to MFCWL assure that the platform
the Indian Armed Forces under a new will be transparent and will offer
category of vehicles: GS800 (General Service customers the option of buying,
800). The Ministry of Defence had floated an selling or exchanging pre-owned
RFP for vehicles with three basic criteria: electric cars. In addition to this
minimum payload capacity of 800 kg, hard structure, Elektricfirst covers various
roofs, and air-conditioning. Developed electric and electronic components of
indigenously, the Safari Storme 4x4 has the car. They are also offering an
completed a total trial duration of 15 months Elektricfirst+ option which has
across varying terrain. additional warranty benefits.

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JUST LAUNCHED
We bring you the dope on all the latest cars that are in the news

AUDI A3
The 2017 Audi A3 sedan has arrived and in two
variants, 35 TFSI petrol and 35 TDI diesel, priced at
Rs 30.50 lakh and Rs 32.30 lakh onwards (ex-Delhi)
respectively.
Audis entry-luxury sedan has been given a
makeover with the petrol variant getting the biggest
cut of the updates. Both cars get new headlamps and
tail-lamps. The MMI navigation plus with a retractable
monitor is standard. The biggest change is in the
petrol variant, which gets the 1.4-litre turbo unit with
150 PS and 250 Nm. Power is delivered to the front
wheels via Audis seamless seven-speed, dual-clutch,
S tronic. Making an appearance for the first time is
Cylinder On Demand (COD) technology, which cuts off
two of the four cylinders when not required; for
example, when idling or when the maximum output is
not needed, for instance, when cruising. The Audi A3
35 TFSI has a claimed fuel efficiency of 19.2 km/litre.
The A3 35 TDI does not receive any engine upgrades
and continues to be powered by the same 2.0-litre,
in-line four, turbo-diesel engine that produces 143 PS
and 320 Nm, mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch,
S tronic gearbox powering the front wheels. The A3
35 TDI has a claimed efficiency of 20.38 km/litre.

FORD FIGO AND ASPIRE S


Ford have come up with a Sports Edition of the Ford Figo hatchback
and the Ford Aspire sedan, giving both a sportier and trendier look.
The Sports edition looks sharper with a dual-tone roof, wing
mirrors, a sportier grille and black insets in the headlamps. Further
changes include a smart-looking spoiler that complements the
sporty design, a reworked suspension setup, and larger 15-inch alloy
wheels wrapped in 195/55 rubber. The 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel
engines remain unchanged.
The Figo S petrol costs Rs 6.31 lakh and the diesel Rs 7.21 lakh. The
Ford Aspire S compact sedan costs Rs 6.51 lakh, while the diesel is
priced at Rs 7.61 lakh (all ex-showroom, Delhi). You may read our first
drive report on page 34.

FIAT PUNTO EVO PURE


FIAT India have launched the most accessible car in their portfolio.
This entry-level Punto is priced at Rs 5.13 lakh (ex-showroom,
Mumbai). FIAT are known for their driver-oriented as well as the
manic Abarth versions of their cars. Will the Punto Evo Pure make an
impression in the compact hatchback market?
The Punto Evo Pure has replaced the outgoing Punto Pure and has
become the most accessible option in their current portfolio. The car
continues to be powered by the same 1.2-litre FIRE petrol engine
which makes 68 PS at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 96 Nm at
2,500 rpm. The power is reined in by the same hardy five-speed
manual gearbox.

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HYUNDAI XCENT
Following the launch of the updated Grand
i10, Hyundai have launched the Xcent
sedan, based on the same car, priced
between Rs 5.38 lakh and Rs 8.42 lakh (ex-
showroom, Delhi).
It will be manufactured right here in
India and exported to global markets.
Changes include new front and rear
bumpers, the inclusion of LED daytime
running lamps, a split tail-lamp unit at the
rear, and that big patch of black cladding
on the rear bumper. Inside, changes include
a slightly tweaked interior which now packs
a seven-inch touchscreen that sports Apple
CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, in
addition to the usual USB and Aux inputs. It
comes with Hyundais new 1.2-litre
three-pot diesel engine, alongside the
familiar 1.2 petrol engine. Power and
torque figures are 75 PS and 190 Nm for the
diesel and 83 PS and 114 Nm for the petrol.
You can catch the full road test of the
Xcent 1.2 CRDi on page 54 of this very issue.

MAHINDRA SCORPIO
ADVENTURE EDITION
One of the popular vehicles in Mahindras portfolio, the Scorpio, has
been launched in the Adventure guise as a limited edition. Updated
graphics accentuate the Scorpios macho stance. The feature-train
doesnt end there, though.
In addition to the graphics, the exterior has been given a dual-tone
treatment in White and Mist Silver. The gunmetal alloys, with red
callipers peeping out, complement the paint job. While the front of
the SUV remains unchanged, the tail-lamps have been given a
LAMBORGHINI HURACN smoked-out appearance. The interior is now upholstered in faux
leather.
PERFORMANTE The 4x2 and 4x4 variants of the Scorpio Adventure edition are
priced at Rs 13.62 lakh and Rs 14.80 lakh respectively
Lamborghini have brought in the new, lighter and faster Huracn
(ex-showroom, Pune)
Performante to India at Rs 3.97 crore (ex-Delhi). It has recently set the
record for the fastest production car around the Nrburgring with a
time of 6:52.01, beating the remarkable Porsche 918 Spyder by 4.99
seconds.
The Huracn Performante is the third Lamborghini car to be
launched in India this year following the Huracn RWD Spyder and
Aventador S.
Under the hood, the Huracn Performante packs the 5.2-litre
naturally-aspirated V10 engine which now produces 640 PS and
600 Nm. The new car is also 40 kg lighter than the standard Huracn.
Power is fed to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch
automatic transmission. It will accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h
in 2.9 seconds and power on till its (limited) top speed of 325 km/h.

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MERCEDES-BENZ S-CLASS
CONNOISSEURS EDITION
Mercedes flagship S-Class is now available in a Connoisseurs
Edition exclusively for the Indian market in both the S 350 d L and S
400 L variants, priced at Rs 1.21 crore and Rs 1.32 crore (ex-
showroom, Pune) respectively.
This special edition comes equipped with a host of features that
make the car safer and friendlier for the chauffeur-driven elite. The
executive rear seat allows travel in absolute comfort. The seat
reclines almost completely at 43.5 angle and the additional thigh
support, in combination with the electrically extending footrest
(available in the Chauffeur package), ensures maximum comfort.
Another pleasing feature is the Air Balance package. This allows
one to control the oxygen levels and the fragrance within the cabin.
There are six fragrances to choose from. For the first time in India an
S-Class gets Night View Assist Plus, which supports night-driving by
detecting pedestrians and large animals much earlier in the dark.
TATA TIGOR
The Tata Tigor StyleBack has been launched from Rs 4.83 lakh
(ex-Pune). Based on the Tiago hatchback, its had its wheelbase
stretched by 50 mm. In fact, the sedan looks very different from the
hatchback that spawned it. The Tigor has different rear doors, a
coup-like roofline and a larger 419-litre boot. It also weighs 50 kg
more than the Tiago.
The Tata Tigor is powered by a choice of petrol and diesel engines
with drive modes. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine
produces 85 PS and 114 Nm, while the 1.05-litre three-cylinder
Revotorq diesel motor produces 70 PS and 140 Nm. Both engines are
mated to a five-speed manual gearbox with drive going to the front
wheels.
The petrol line-up costs between Rs 4.83 and Rs 6.39 lakh, while
the diesels cost between Rs 5.76 lakh and Rs 7.32 lakh.

PORSCHE 911 GT3


THE ALL-NEW 911 GT3 FROM PORSCHE IS A outgoing model. Under the skin is the new km/h in 3.4 seconds and go on to a top speed
landmark moment for most automotive 3,996-cc, dry-sumped, naturally-aspirated, of 318 km/h (with the PDK; 3.9 seconds and
enthusiasts as, in the age of downsizing and boxer-six developed for Cup racing that 320 km/h with the manual transmission,
turbos, with even the 911 Carrera not spared, makes 500 PS at 8,250 rpm, with a peak 460 respectively).
Porsche have introduced a larger 4.0-litre six- Nm of torque coming in at 6,000 rpm. While a The new 911 GT3 is available to order with
cylinder boxer naturally aspirated, of course six-speed manual transmission is available, prices starting at Rs 2.2 crore (ex-showroom,
revving all the way to 9,000 rpm, no less. the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung Mumbai) without any customisation of
The new 991.II model is sleeker, lighter (PDK) twin-clutch automatic box is standard, accessories. And, no, theres no extra charge
and looks even faster standing still than the driving the rear wheels. The GT3 will do 0-100 for the manual transmission.

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VOLKSWAGEN VENTO HIGHLINE PLUS


The Volkswagen Vento has received a new top-spec variant, the
Highline Plus trim level, from Rs 10.84 lakh (ex-Mumbai).
The Vento has sold in massive numbers across India in Trendline,
Comfortline and Highline trims and now the German carmakers have
gone and introduced an even higher-spec Highline Plus variant that
adds full-LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and a parking
camera to the already feature-rich Highline model.
The new Vento Highline Plus is available with a 1.6-litre petrol
engine and manual transmission, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol DSG
automatic, and the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel with a manual transmission.
VOLKSWAGEN POLO GT SPORT Prices are Rs 10.84 lakh, Rs 12.06 lakh, and Rs 13.42 lakh respectively.

Volkswagen India have introduced the go-faster looking Polo GT


Sport models at just Rs 20,000 more than the erstwhile GT TSI and
TDI pair, at Rs 9.46 lakh and Rs 9.57 lakh (ex-Mumbai) respectively.
The GT Sport models pack a black roof with glossy black spoiler,
16-inch Portago alloy wheels with 185/60 R16 rubber, and eye-
catching GT Sport side stickers are the new external upgrades in the
Sport Edition. To complement the exterior, the GT Sport also comes
fitted with leatherette-finished seat-covers embossed with the GT
Sport branding.
The GT TSI continues with the 1.2-litre TSI turbo-petrol unit with
105 PS and 175 Nm, paired to the seven-speed twin-clutch automatic
transmission driving the front wheels. The GT TDI now moves on to
the new 1.5-litre turbo-diesel, making 110 PS and 250 Nm, paired to
the sweet-shifting five-speed manual transmission.

VOLVO S60 POLESTAR


After much teasing, Volvo Auto India have
finally launched the S60 Polestar, their
most scintillating performance variant of
the S60, at Rs 52.5 lakh (ex-Delhi).
Volvos Polestar division have burned
the midnight oil to ensure that this one,
even with its 1,969-cc four-pot motor,
delivers hair-raising numbers. The
2.0-litre four-cylinder engine delivers 367
PS and 470 Nm thanks to a bigger
turbocharger, a supercharger and new
internals. Transferring the power to all
four wheels is a tweaked eight-speed
auto box and a BorgWarner four-wheel-
drive system. It also gets hlins
suspension, 80 per cent stiffer springs,
adjustable dampers, and a carbon-fibre
strut brace up front. The Pilot Super
Sport tyres are developed by Michelin
exclusively for the S60 Polestar.
Volvo also worked on the steering to
extract greater feel and feedback. The
interior of the car gets sporty treatment
with new leather upholstery, new road-
going front bucket-seats, and a carbon-
fibre centre console.

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Gavin Green
The jobs at the heart of todays car industry will go the
same way as boatswains and wainwrights

TOMORROWS CARS WILL BE sharing networks, and use their vehicle


iPhones on wheels. Honestly, if I hear like an automotive Airbnb.
another car company boss say that I As cars become more Connectivity can make cars safer,
swear Ill stick a Tumblr up his
YouTube and hell no longer be my connected (and allowing them to communicate with other
cars and objects, boosting their ability to
Facebook friend.
Car chiefs today are obsessed by
eventually driverless) avoid accidents. But when car
connectivity takes our minds off the
connectivity. I hear more today at car and electrified (and drive, it is stupid technology.
press conferences about phoning friends,
voice-activated messaging, streaming eventually fully I also wonder if the car industry has
really thought through its new love affair
music, sat-nav and apps than I do about
engines, handling and ride quality. The
electric), tomorrows with Silicon Valley. As cars become more
connected (and eventually driverless) and
headline innovation for the new Citron cars will be very electrified (and eventually fully electric),
C3 was its connected camera. Those great tomorrows cars will be very different. So
old DS engineers would be spinning in different will car companies. Sebastian Thrun, the
their hydro-pneumatic graves. tech genius behind Googles driverless
It is partly because car companies have car programme and probably the most
been rubbish at connectivity for years. parks, and find the cheapest fuel, all while influential auto engineer of the early 21st
They are also desperate to woo on the move. Spotify puts the worlds music century, reckons autonomous vehicles
millennials, who apparently have to be library just a touch away. You can phone a could cut the total car population by up
continually connected to lead fulfilling friend to relieve the tedium of driving. to 96 per cent. After all, only about four
lives, and are about as interested in cars Scores of apps are being developed to make per cent of cars today are in use at any
as Homer Simpson is in an evening jog. driving more entertaining (that is, to take one time. Other studies put the figure at
So that means on-board Wi-Fi, our minds off driving). So while the 40 per cent. Either way, car production is
Bluetooth, 24/7 connectivity, etc. With government urges us to put those likely to plummet.
all this going on, goodness knows how smartphones away, the car industry wants Many of the distinguished engineering
anyone is going to be able to concentrate to put the wretched smartphone at the heart jobs at the heart of todays car industry will
on driving. I fear, with this new breed of of your car. At this rate, fully autonomous disappear. Dynamic engineers (no more
fully connected cars drivers will become cars cant come a moment too soon. driving), safety engineers (no more
like many of todays pedestrians, walking Some of the new connectivity is crashing) and powertrain engineers (no
around fixated by their screens, paying no welcome, of course. Shareable digital more pollution from internal combustion
attention to where theyre going, immune locks, enabled by on-board Wi-Fi, will engines) will go the same way as
from the outside world, smartphone open new car-usage possibilities. Owners boatswains and wainwrights. The
sleepwalkers turned into driving zombies. could authorise garages, via an app, to important jobs at these slimmed-down car
Our phones may be smart but people collect and return cars after servicing. makers will be the designers, marketers
are getting stupid. When permanently They dont need to be at home, or even in and electronic engineers. Should it concern
connected to the internet, we are the country. These shareable locks also car chiefs that these are the very skills at
disconnected from each other. This is allow owners to form their own car- which Silicon Valley excels?
hazardous on the pavement. Its positively
dangerous on the road.
As I write, the government has just
increased penalties for mobile phone use
while driving, and good thing too. But
hands-free is still legal. Never mind that
what matters is keeping your mind on the
road, not your hands off your phone. We
should be concentrating on the tarmac,
not on our touchscreens.
Voice activation means we can send
texts, tweets or Facebook messages. Just
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LETTER OF THE MONTH Amaze iVTEC VX-CVT. Should I go in for
either of these cars or wait for the Tata Tigor?
ENVIRONMENTAL Gopalakrishnan S, Thiruvananthapuram
CONCERNS Hello, Gopalakrishnan,
I am writing to you from an environmentalist You need not wait for the Tata Tigor because it
perspective. We are without a doubt seeing has already been launched and we have driven it
the effects of global warming. While as well. You may read our first drive report in the
automobiles may be contributing to some part April 2017 issue. A new Maruti Suzuki DZire in
of it, there are means to reduce that even the same segment is in the pipeline as well. You
further. When will people realise that every- may read about it in the Bulletin section of this
day actions can make a difference? That issue. Otherwise, the two cars that you have
seems too much of a burden on the mind right cars and show the world that they can hold short-listed are capable ones in this segment.
now. What I am curious about is electric their own. Make sure to test-drive each to find out which of
vehicles. Where are the hybrid and electric Deepa Jadhav, Pune them is the appropriate one for you.
vehicles promised? We have the Toyota Prius
hybrid, the e-Verito, and the e2o. The Dear Deepa,
Mahindra cars still have to deal with range Thank you for your letter. You raise some
anxiety. When will proper sustainable pertinent issues. We do test electric cars
technology come in? Are Nissan planning to whenever they hit the market, but so far none
bring in the Leaf any time soon? And what of the pure EVs has the same capabilities as
about the X-Trail Hybrid they were the combustion engines available in the
supposedly going to get here? market. Therefore, a comparison as suggested
Shouldnt automotive publications take the by you is a little premature. However, we do
initiative to publicise alternative means of hope things will change in the future,
propulsion? You should go out there and get especially with the imminent arrival of Teslas
electric vehicles and pit them against popular Model 3 on our shores.
SUGGEST THE RIGHT HOT-HATCH
I have been a follower of your magazine for a
while now and hope to get your opinion on
which hot-hatch I should choose. My list
includes the new Volkswagen Polo GTI and
the iconic MINI Cooper S. I am currently
undecided between the two and need your
advice. A comparison between the two by you
would be something to look forward to.
Sameer Deshmukh, Bengaluru

Dear Sameer,
That is an interesting choice you have put
forth. The Volkswagen GTI is over Rs 5 lakh
cheaper than the MINI Cooper S; however,
LARGE VEHICLE FOR A LARGE FAMILY Innova Crysta. If you need something more the latter is definitely more of a style statement.
We are a large family: two adults, three kids, economical, consider the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Therefore, if you are looking for something
and a large dog. We enjoy travelling during and Renault Lodgy. Make sure to test-drive all more understated and economical, go for the
vacations and try for two to three long holidays the cars to zero in on one that answers all your GTI. If, on the other hand, you want
every year. We are looking for a suitably requirements. something with more visual appeal and
strong, easily repairable (hoping that occasions charisma, the MINI is the obvious choice.
for repair are few and far between), and UPGRADING TO A COMPACT SEDAN
spacious vehicle that can accommodate us and I am looking to upgrade from my Maruti
our luggage. It should also be comfortable for Suzuki Alto to a compact sedan. I live in
long journeys. Any suggestions? Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and I drive
Prateek Anand, Jalandhar about 30 km to work every day. Most of my
commute is on the highways and I am looking
Hello, Prateek, for a petrol-powered compact sedan that can
There are a bunch of MPVs available in the cruise comfortably at 100-plus km/h. My
market that you may choose from. If your other priorities are cabin space, refinement,
budget allows you, check out the Toyota and safety. I have short-listed the Volkswagen

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RENAULT LODGY STEPWAY FIRST DRIVE

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Story: Sarmad Kadiri Photography: Sanjay Raikar

EVE GOT A NEW CAR to Over the years, Renaults 1.5-litre oil-burner has
shoot. And in order to make gained the reputation of being a frugal and very
the pictures more spectacular reliable engine. The 110-PS version does have a slight
we decided to do a night out turbo-lag that becomes evident in slow-moving
and capture the brilliant sights bumper-to-bumper traffic (remember, the city that
of the Maximum City. The car never sleeps). The K9K feels more at home at highway
in question is the recently cruising speeds.
upgraded Renault Logdy The clutch on the 2017 Stepway feels lighter than
Stepway, which fits in the sweet spot between the ultra before, which, I am sure, will be a big relief for city
popular and more expensive Toyota Innova Crysta and users. The steering is on the heavy side and offers good
the ber practical and compact Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. feedback and control. What remains most impressive is
The 2017 Stepway gets a bunch of cosmetic upgrades, the supple ride quality of the Renault as it irons out
including stylish chrome accents on the grille, body Plush cabin and practically all the road undulations.
comfortable seats
cladding on the sides, bumpers in a new shape, and new Our RxZ variant came with two-tone art-leather
for the entire family
matte grey 16-inch alloy wheels. It also gets the variant makes the Stepway upholstery which goes well with the cabins brown-and-
badge on the A-pillar (our car boasted of being the top- is an appealing beige theme. The centre console comes with piano black
of-the-line RxZ) and Stepway branding on either side. package accents and hosts a large touchscreen infotainment
The base RxL version comes with system. All three rows get air-con
the tried and tested 1.5-litre K9K vents and handy charging sockets,
diesel engine producing a lower 85 PS and there are a fair number of cubby-
and mated to a five-speed holes across the cabin.
transmission. Our RxZ also comes The Lodgy Stepway is an
with the same tried and tested K9K appealing package and is
engine but churns out 110 PS and significantly cheaper than the
comes with a six-speed gearbox. Crysta, with its price starting at
Offering three rows of seats, the Rs 10.13 lakh and going up all the
Stepway has the option of seven-seat way to Rs 12.05 lakh (both prices
and eight-seat versions. All the seats ex-showroom, Pune) for the seven-
are reasonably comfortable, though seat top variant that we drove. If you
the third row offers little under-thigh like what you see in these pictures,
support because of the high you should really consider this
floorboard. under-rated car.

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CHIRON
WHAT
IS IT
GOOD
FOR?
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BUGATTI CHIRON FIRST DRIVE

More power, more performance, more money but what does


Chiron do that Veyron didnt? Does it move the game on? And is
the exclusive place its two keys unlock worth the entry fee?
Story: Chris Chilton Photography: James Lipman

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W16 engines
four turbos are
now much, much
bigger its
what it needed

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OR A CAR THAT MAKES A BIG
noise about going fast, the Bugatti
Chiron does a great job of going slowly.
Slow, of course, is a relative concept. At
200 km/h, the kind of speed when your
average affordable fast car is starting to
breathe a little heavily, the Chirons
cabin is an oasis of calm, your right foot
treading as lightly on the right pedal as a
pond skater dancing on the waters
surface. A pond skater thats about to
slip on some concrete wellies.
Okay, you can start picking up some
speed now just to get ready, my co-
driver Loris tells me gently from the
other side of the weird carbon septum
that divides the passenger
compartment. Theres a brow in the
motorway ahead and traffic in the slow
lane to the right. But I lean into the
pedal because I trust Loris. Bugatti trusts Loris. So does
Lamborghini. And Pagani, and Koenigsegg. Loris Bicocchi is the
go-to man for supercar dynamic tuning.
But does Loris trust me? How must it feel to sit beside a stranger
knowing youre about to give them the okay to unleash 1,500 PS and
do their absolute damnedest to go as fast as physically possible on a
public road in a car thats electronically limited to 420 km/h?
As we crest the hill and the motorway unfolds ahead, Loris nods his
head slightly and makes a chopping motion with his hand. Before his
wrist has even reached the end of its arc, Ive pinned the throttle. The
four turbos take a breath and the W16 pins us both to our seats. I can
feel my cheeks flush and my hands instinctively grip the wheel tighter
as the car hurls itself forward. One-thirty. One-forty. One hundred
and fifty miles per hour. The increments on the speedometer are ticked
off as quickly as you can say them, and with the same nonchalance.
One-sixty. One-seventy. That long straight we could see from the
crest? Half of it is in the rear-view mirror. Not that Im looking
anywhere but forward.
One-eighty. One-ninety. At this load the Chirons water pump is
pushing enough water to fill a bath in 11 seconds and the scenery
rushing past the side windows looks almost as liquid, a cosy
Constable-like country scene now a Rothko smear of green. Two
hundred miles an hour, and still pulling as hard as a senior-league hot
hatch in the prime of second gear. When I hit an indicated 200 mph
(322 km/h) in a 911 Turbo S a few years back, chasing Georg Kacher in
the then-new AMG SLS on the autobahn, those last few mph came
slowly and the car left you in no doubt it was giving its all. I got out
shaking as if Id just been pulled from a shipwreck in the North Sea.
But the Chiron feels relaxed and rock-solid. Theres no commotion at
the steering wheel, no vibration, just the muted roar of 16 cylinders
and the whoosh of air being barged aside. Coming through! Two-oh-
five. Two-ten. Two-fifteen. Two the cars still barrelling forwards

Theres no commotion, no vibration, just


the muted roar of 16 cylinders and the whoosh
of air being barged aside. Coming through!

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when Loris calmly raises his hand. Okay, he says
cheerfully, this is our junction. Speed key (with
I push hard on the handsome art deco brake pedal Chiron logo) is
and the giant eight-piston callipers drop 100 mph needed to reach
(161 km/h) as if theyre flicking away a cigarette butt. maximum velocity
We peel off the motorway and I try to mentally digest
what just happened.
We didnt reach the Chirons electronically limited top
speed of 260 mph (420 km/h), or even the 236 mph (380
km/h) it will do without the second key engaged to
activate the low-drag mode. But we could have, if we
didnt have a rendezvous with Jamie Lipmans Nikon, The Chiron does luxury
and had carried on one more junction. People will ask
whats the point of a 420-km/h car when theres hardly
like luxury should be
anywhere you can safely and legally do that speed. But,
maybe, its not the fact that the Chiron can do 420 km/h
done, but rarely is
thats so impressive. Its that it can do the 217 mph (350
km/h) we just did, the 350 km/h thats the maximum for Who could, without prior knowledge? Because that
almost every other supercar, a speed that ordinarily really is an outrageous amount of money. And what it
requires huge space and endless aborted autobahn runs buys isnt fundamentally much different from many
before you get the traffic break you need, and you can do other supercars. Leaving apart the legal ramifications of
it just about anywhere you want to do it. getting caught doing 350 km/h on a road like this with a
But is the Chiron a one-trick pony? Does it have 70-mph (112-km/h) limit, or the moral issue of doing it
anything to offer when (or if) shrinking straight roads when other cars are present, does the very real
becomes a bit, well, ordinary? More to the point: does it performance advantage over a 488 GTB make it worth
do anything the Veyron didnt do back in 2005? Forgive 10 times more than the Ferrari?
us for being a little cynical, but does it actually move the Thats a question only proles like us are likely to ask,
game on? says Bentley and Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Drheimer.
To find out, weve come to Portugal. Where could be Chiron customers have an average of 47 other cars. They
more appropriate to drive a grotesquely expensive already have the Ferrari. Maybe three. They dont have to
hypercar than western Europes most impoverished think twice about whether the monthly finance payment
country? Ave it, Pedro! Although there are classic cars is going to leave them enough left to pay the mortgage.
worth far more, no four-wheeled vehicle on earth makes a They spend 300,000 (Rs 2.5 crore) on options, like the
better statement about wealth than the Chiron, even if the tinted carbon bodywork. One bought six Chirons, a
old men wearing that cloth cap, brown cords and leather 14-million (Rs 119 crore) order, and didnt flinch when
jacket uniform thats peculiar to ageing Portuguese gents he was told there was no multi-pack discount. A
sat at the roadside couldnt possibly imagine that it costs customer who comes to Crewe to buy a Bentley flies first-
2.4 million (Rs 20 crore, approximately). class and stays in the best suite at the hotel, explains
Drheimer. A Bugatti customer arrives in his own plane.
And he owns the hotel.
OH, THATLL DO I hope that kind of wealth means they have a lackey
to open the Chirons door for them, because your very
Decelerate Badge Over-engineering Stiff Records first point of contact with the car is a slightly loose-
Bugatti had to show the EU Only one piece of the car The Chirons sandwich layer fitting arc of plastic thats about as tactile as the
homologation team an was made purposely heavy: composite chassis is rated at wobbly handle on a 20-year-old oven. The Chiron
emergency stop from 400 the Bugatti macaron badge. 50,000 Nm per degree for deserves better; in every other area, the detailing on
km/h (249 mph). There are Consisting of 140 g of silver, stiffness. Thats as stiff as an this car is out of this world.
420-mm discs with eight-pot the version on the Chiron LMP1 car. To put it another
Bugatti talk about the authenticity of the Chirons
callipers at the front, six pots features a 3D logo and way, if you put a vertical load
materials, and a no-plastic concept. What you see is
biting 400-mm rotors at the receives five layers of of two tonnes on the front
rear, with cold air directed enamel, followed by baking corner, the rear corner on what you get, says Drheimer, and what you do see
across their surfaces to keep and hand polishing. the opposite side would flex and get is almost always made from carbon-fibre,
them cool. by just 0.5 mm. leather or aluminium. Our cars optional exposed
carbon bodywork is so beautiful you almost expect
Sound Investment Billet to Drive the lacquer to ripple like water in a pool when you
The W16 sounds better this In line with Bugattis no reach out to touch it.
time around but high-end plastic policy, almost every
Grin and bear the handle interaction and the cabin
home-hi-fi brand Accuton single switch is made from
is no less outrageous, starting with the speedometer.
provides the real music. The hard-wearing aluminium.
system delivers sound The barely visible strip (see It takes pride of place in front of the drivers view,
frequencies way beyond at the right) across the rear where youd normally find a rev counter in a Porsche
what the human ear can of the car underneath the or Ferrari a reminder that in this car absolute speed
even detect. Each of the four rear lights and the steering is more important than the engine kind and reads
tweeters has a one-carat wheel are both milled from to 300 mph (or 500 km/h, wherever relevant). Its
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Ride height is Steering wheel is
tweaked as you milled from billet.
switch between The airbag,
driving modes thankfully, isnt

Chiron needs giant Spoiler has four


ceramic discs and positions,
every calliper VW depending on
could spare mode and speed

Exposed carbon
bodywork is
optional

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boy looks through the window when the car is parked, we want him left all others looking dated suddenly seems slightly off the pace.
to be able to see the numbers. And thats the only possible context in which you could use that
The biggest surprise is theres no giant touchscreen. No screen at phrase when talking about a car that reaches 100 km/h in 2.5
all, in fact. Everything is operated through the two digital displays seconds and 300 km/h in less than 14 seconds. Breathing through
either side of the speedometer and/or the four rotary dials on the four new turbos that are almost 70 per cent bigger than the
raised centre console. They move with the precision of the controls original Veyrons (but now arranged to operate sequentially to
on a mid-century camera. Click, click, click. Theyre genuine improve gas speed and reduce lag), the 8.0-litre W16 makes
aluminium, too, not coated plastic, or just boring old black plastic 1,500 PS and 1,600 Nm. Thats almost 50 per cent more power
like the rubbish you get in the centre console of an ordinary than the first production Veyron (1,001 PS) and 300 PS up on the
expensive car like the 230k (Rs 2 crore) Bentley Continental Veyron Supersport.
Supersports I drove a few weeks ago. See the steering wheel? Looks The seven-speed gearbox is carried over, but almost everything
good. Feels better. Its hewn from a solid aluminium billet. Even the else is new. Including how the Chiron feels. The chassis features
elegant blue buttons sprouting from beneath the hub one a adaptive dampers and the ride comfort is staggeringly good given
driving-mode dial, the other a starter button are illuminated that this car also has to be able to work at almost five km a minute
anodised aluminium. The Chiron does luxury like luxury should be as well as it does at five km/h. Leave the driving mode selector in
done, but rarely is. its auto mode, badged EB for Ettore Bugatti, and the huge tyres
In that respect, Bugatti have raised the bar. But what about the (20-inch front and 21-inch rear) seem completely unfazed by
mechanical hardware? While almost all other hypercars have at least changes in surface.
an element of hybrid power, including the 918 Spyder Drheimer At the same time, the damping is excellent. When the road
oversaw during his time at Porsche, the Chiron sticks to its quad- throws up a surprise yump, the cars mass falls earthwards evenly,
turbo W16 guns. You can see why: the old engine was capable of landing four-square, its bump and rebound energy bundled out of
delivering the 1,500 horsepower target with some work, and the cost the door like a gunman at a presidential rally.
of developing an entirely new drivetrain even before the emission The steering is better, too. Not brimming with finger-jiggling
scandal exploded would have been huge. As would the weight. feel, like a McLarens, whose busy-ness would likely be unbearable
The W16 is 436 kg as it stands. That said, the successor to a car that at 420 km/h, and not Ferrari-like darty off the straight ahead, but

Its properly fun to drive as easy as a TT, but


no TT ever makes you smile like this, flowing
effortlessly from one corner to the next

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crisp, linear and perfectly weighted. Switch the driving
mode past Autobahn (soft dampers, low ride height) to
Handling and that steering gets heavier, perhaps a little
too heavy, and the dampers take a tighter grip. Theyve a
huge amount of mass to control, and occasionally, when
you lean hard on the giant ceramic brakes, youre
reminded that this car weighs 1,995 kg.
But its properly fun to drive. As easy as a TT, but no
TT makes you smile like this. Dial the pace back to six-
or seven-tenths and its at its best, flowing effortlessly
from one corner to the next and leaving you sure that
theres more to this car than simply autobahn attacks.
Handling mode also relaxes the ESP, and if you close
the throttle sharply on a tight corner, you can feel the rear
end move enough that you need to unwind the steering a
smidge to stay on course. Loris says itll drift under
power, too, given enough space, but not having a dry
lake-bed handy I decided to take his word for it. Thats
down to a nagging awareness of the value, and not
anything scary in the Chirons dynamic make-up. Theres
nothing scary about the Chiron, except, maybe, getting it
out of its parking space. The turning circle is dreadful.
Its pretty special in Which does slightly undermine Bugattis GT
there. Youd be snapping aspirations, although the fact that theres now at least a
souvenir selfies too
small luggage area under the nose means its more usable

Steering and
damping far
superior to those
of the Veyron

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Surprisingly
practical, but the
Bug still has an
otherworldly aura

That said, its impossible to experience this car and not


BUGATTI CHIRON be bowled over. Not simply by the performance, but the
totality of the package and, for me, the craftsmanship.
PRICE: 2,400,000 (Rs 20 crore) Conversations about the Chiron will always gravitate
ENGINE: 7,993 cc 64v quad-turbo W16, 1,500 PS at 6,700 rpm, 1,600 Nm at 2,000 rpm towards its sheer speed, but like a Rolls-Royce Phantom
TRANSMISSION: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, all-wheel drive Drophead, theres so much enjoyment to be had from this
PERFORMANCE: 2.5 seconds 0-100 km/h, 420 km/h, 4.5 km/l, 516 g/km CO2 car even just trickling through traffic, or simply parked.
SUSPENSION: Double-wishbone, adaptive coil springs Granted, there was the small matter of a recession to
WEIGHT: 1,995 kg deal with, but it took Bugatti 10 years to sell all 450
Veyrons. More than half of the 500 Chirons have already
than the Veyron ever was. More usable, more handsome, been spoken for, despite the price doubling. Normally, at
more artfully constructed; and, yes, even faster. this point wed be thinking about what other car you
Anyone can make a car go fast if they throw enough could have for the same money. Is there something
power at it. And, maybe, someone like Hennessey will better? And there is, at least in parts. A McLarens
come along and break the rumoured 279-mph (450- steering is like a lossless file to the Veyrons MP3. A
km/h) record Bugatti hope to set next year in a car Porsche GT3 is more playful. A V12 Astons soundtrack
without the speed limiter activated. But that wont will be playing in your head long after the Chirons has
diminish the appeal of the Chiron. Because to make a car been forgotten. You might well be thinking youd spend
do those numbers and do them time and again without your notional 2.4 million (Rs 20 crore) on one of those
breaking or needing a rebuild every few runs, while also other cars then use the rest to buy a kick-ass holiday villa
making it ride better than a hot hatch, as refined as a somewhere tropical or a rubbish football team or, maybe,
Bentley and as easy to drive as a supermini that is eradicate child poverty in an entire African city.
whats so incredible about this car. While other But thats not thinking like a Bugatti customer. If you
hypercars are leaning towards track-based performance, were so rich that you could spend 2 million with as
and some cant even be used on the road at all, Bugatti little concern as you had handing over the fiver for this
have built a car thats as good at popping down the shops magazine and a Freddo choc bar, you would. Because
as popping up in Guinness World Records. most other fast cars are largely interchangeable. A
But didnt the Veyron do much of that too? The McLaren 650S feels and sounds different from a Ferrari
Chiron is shockingly fast but, judged objectively, it but offers much of the same experience. But the Chiron
doesnt make the leap in performance its predecessor is different. Maybe, it doesnt change history like its
made. Which is as much a reflection on the might of the predecessor; but there is still nothing on earth quite
original Veyron as anything. like a Bugatti.

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As Ford add the letter S
to the Figo, we find out
what the buzz is about
Story: Ravi Chandnani
Photography: Sanjay Raikar

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The Figo S is similar to the


standard diesel variant, which
means it has decent acceleration,
good roll-on timings and the ability
to cruise at triple-digit speeds
without any problem

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DDING A LETTER TO THE NAME OF A
car can mean a world of difference depending on
what the letter stands for. Like Fords iconic
racer, the GT40, wherein GT stood for Grand
Touring and 40 represented the 40-inch height
of the car. But when Ford announced the Figo S,
where the S stands for Sports, things got interesting.
Now the concept of a sporty family hatchback is not a
new one; however, we were excited to see Fords
representation of the same. Therefore, we headed to the
Little Rann of Kutch to see how well the Figo S justifies
its Sports badge.
We have to say that Ford have done a fairly good job
with the styling of the Figo. It looks like a fun little car
with ample styling cues that are eye pleasing. But in the S,
they have taken things a bit further to evoke the sporty
feel. For starters, the grille gets a sportier honeycomb
treatment, a new rear spoiler, which, Ford say, is for better
downforce, and a new dual-tone paint job adds some Nm of torque, which is sufficient
sportiness to the styling. Furthermore, the bigger 15-inch for a city hatchback like the Figo. The all-black theme
blacked out wheels with wider tyres add some muscle and However, this torque arrives at adds sportiness to
zing to the exterior. 1,750 rpm. Before that, there is the cabin
On the inside the story remains more or less the same, hardly any hint of it. In most
with just a few changes like a blacked out centre console situations I was waiting for the turbo lag to disperse before
and new red stitching for the fabric upholstery, the Figo got going. The refinement of the 1.5-litre engine
underscoring the fact that this is the S variant. is not quite impressive as you can clearly hear the motor
Wait, did I say variant? Yes, I did; because in essence almost throughout the rev range. Add to that the ample
the Figo S is the Titanium variant with a few extras and tyre noise and the drive becomes one noisy experience,
not an entirely new model. It features the same 1.5-litre which can tire anyone out on long drives. The five-speed
TDCi diesel engine that powers the standard model. It manual gearbox is good with smooth and precise shifts
produces the same 100 PS and 215 Nm and comes with a and a lightweight clutch. However, I hope that Ford take
five-speed manual transmission. However, what has care of things like the turbo lag, refinement and cabin
changed in terms of mechanicals is the suspension tuning. insulation in the next-generation Figo.
Ford have firmed up the suspension to give the Figo a Now, once the turbo kicks in, you have enough power
sportier handling, but more on that later. and torque to get out of any situation; well, almost. The
First, lets talk about the engine and transmission. The acceleration, after the turbo kicks in, is linear, making the
1,498-cc four-pot turbocharged diesel motor does have 215 driveability better, given the fact that you keep the engine

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above 1,800 rpm. But that was easier said than done.
When it comes to performance, the Figo S is similar to the A new honeycomb
standard diesel variant, which means it has decent grille and dual-tone
acceleration, good roll-on timings and the ability to cruise paint are the main
at triple-digit speeds without any problem. However, differences on the
outside
overtaking a truck on the highway will require you to shift
to a lower cog to get the drive.
With nothing new to explore in the engine and
transmission departments, lets move on to my favourite
bit: handling. Now with a sportier suspension tuning,
the Figo does feel more planted in the corners, although it Other noticeable
difference on the
has slightly compromised this cars famous ride quality. I outside are these
was able to feel every bump, undulation and pothole, 15 wheels with
which was not a nice experience. The firmed up setup ten-spoke design
does help in the corners, though. The Figo does stick to
the chosen line and the feedback from the steering is
decent at best. The best part of this suspension setup is
that now you can push the Figo harder than before, which
somewhat justifies the S badge.
In the braking department the Figo is impressive as it
gets ABS with EBD as standard. The disc-drum
combination has ample feel and feedback which inspires
confidence. The bigger and wider tyres provide ample
grip on tarmac; however, on surfaces like dirt, the grip
isnt that good. But then again, who drives on such
surfaces every day?
Overall, the new Figo S does get sporty, but only in the lakh (ex-Pune), you get a Titanium trim Figo with a few
handling department. The firmed up suspension has made extra bits, an S badge and firmed up suspension. And,
the Figo S more enjoyable in the corners but, at the same yes, for petrol-heads, there is the petrol option as well
time, the ride quality has taken a bit of a hit. At Rs 7.43 where you get a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder motor that
produces 88 PS and 112 Nm and comes with all the bells
and whistles as the S TDCi variant. So, will I recommend
FORD FIGO SPORTS EDITION the diesel Figo S? Well, it is a different variant from the
standard Figo, it handles better, has somewhat sporty
PRICE: Rs 7.43 lakh (ex-Pune)
exterior and interior but lacks the ride quality of the
ENGINE: 1,498 cc, in-line four, turbo-diesel
TRANSMISSION: Five-speed, manual, front-wheel-drive
regular variant. If you long for a car that is good in the
MAX POWER: 100 PS at 3,750 rpm handling department, then the Figo S diesel is an option
MAX TORQUE: 215 Nm at 1,750-3,000 rpm worth considering.

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Brave
Heart
Viking
Volvos S60 Polestar
has a lot more than
what meets the eye
Story: Ravi Chandnani Photography: Volvo India

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B
IG AND MIGHTY WITH A its the heart of this car that has the potential to leave
brave warriors heart. Well, thats a you awestruck. So to experience this new Viking from
Viking for you and me; however, Sweden, we headed to the Kari Motor Speedway in
these colossal human beings from Coimbatore for a morning filled with entry/exit speeds,
centuries ago were also kind, gentle hitting the apexes and nailing that throttle hard.
and loving people. And there is no The weather in Coimbatore was ideal for a nice
other company in the automotive track-day, the ambient temperature not being too hot.
world that helps us envisage that side As I walked towards the pits, the sight of a Rebel Blue,
than Volvo. The Swedish car-makers, known for being the trademark Polestar shade, S60 Polestar was simply
the flag-bearer of safety technology in the magical world amazing. As I moved closer, I realised how well-
of cars, also have a side we Indians are not quite executed the paint job was. But what really caught my
familiar with. And that is their wild side; the Polestar eye, in terms of styling, was the Polestar branding on
side. These Swedes come up with unique, and often the S60. Little blue monograms placed at strategic
crazy, cars that are capable of surprising the inner child places added a lot more excitement to the overall
and bring a massive grin on anybodys face. This time, appearance of the car. The brushed-finish 20-inch
on their 90th Anniversary, they have launched a car wheels with ber-cool design and huge 371-millimetre
with qualities that are often not associated with Volvo Brembo rotors with six-piston silver callipers, again
by the general people, although these qualities are very with Polestar branding, assured that the beast resting
much an integral part of Volvo. Ladies and gentlemen, under the bonnet was to be taken seriously.
presenting the Volvo S60 Polestar. As I walked around the car, many more aspects of the
This little sedan may not look intimidating at all but Polestar detailing caught my attention; such as the front

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splitter, the rear spoiler and diffuser produce 33 kilos of played around with the engine in more ways than one.
downforce at 250 km/h with the front splitter adding First of all, they replaced the valves and valve springs
another 21 kilos to help make the car stick to the tarmac with newer and better ones and then fitted new
like glue. camshafts with larger lobes for more lift time, thus
On the inside, the cabin resembles the standard S60; feeding more air and fuel mixture into the engine. But
however, new road-going bucket-seats with better they did not stop there; they changed the con-rods,
leather upholstery, new steering wheel leather trim, blue increased the size of the turbocharger, threw in a
stitching and, most of all, a carbon-fibre centre console supercharger, fitted a larger air intake and a higher
that is made from actual carbon-fibre and not just a capacity fuel pump (for an extra dose of fuel) to help the
carbon weave justify the Polestar badges all around the engine breathe better and be more efficient. They also
car. All these raised the excitement quotient even more. tuned the eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox for
I was getting eager with each passing second. faster shift timings and precision control in corners. The
I shared my eagerness with the Swedish Touring Car S60 Polestar also gets a BorgWarner all-wheel-drive
racer, our instructor for the day, and he was happy to system which was further tuned by Polestar engineers
hear that I was itching to go. So, without further ado, for optimal calibration and torque distribution. This car
we headed to the pit-lane exit and off we went. The first is also 20 kilos lighter than the previous-generation one.
thing that thrilled These changes have
me was the way the dramatically altered
2.0-litre, four-pot, the way the S60
turbo and super- feels in the engine
charged Drive-E department.
engine responded What enthralled
when I nailed the me the most was the
throttle. It behaved feeling that I
like a well-tamed experienced when I
beast that can have a got going. The
standard four- power and torque
cylinder engine for delivery is as
breakfast and still be smooth as butter
hungry. After all, and, at the same
367 PS and 470 Nm time is also quite
of torque from a rapid. I came to a
puny production-spec four-cylinder motor halt at the pit-lane exit, hit the brake
are more than ample for any sane human Simple cabin made sportier with
with the left foot and nailed the throttle
being. The genius minds at Polestar were ample Polestar badging and with the right foot. The revs went up to
able to attain these numbers because they carbon-fibre centre console optimal levels thanks to the launch

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control. The moment I let go the brake, the S60 every corner, trying my best to bring out any hidden
Polestar took off like a rocket, barrelling towards C1 at flaws. However, there were no mentionable ones. The
Kari. Sensational acceleration with a sane amount of suspension, made by hlins and further tuned by
urgency was, simply put, brilliant. As I approached the Polestar engineers, performed exceptionally well on the
50-metre mark, I lifted my right foot off the throttle and bumpy Kari track. In the chicane on the back end of
hit the brakes, and as soon as I did that the Brembo the track, I was hitting the kerbs and despite that the
system reminded me that I had to be a little less suspension took everything in its stride to keep the car
aggressive on the pedal for the car slowed down more on the right line. The Polestar engineer, present at the
than it needed to. This shows that the braking event, mentioned that hlins and Polestar have worked
performance is more than adequate. together extensively to provide the optimal performance
As I turned right, looking at the apex, the S60 setup for the car. And for that the suspension features
Polestar too was headed in the same direction with no springs that are 80 per cent and stabilisers that are 15
signs of understeer or loss of grip. The all-wheel-drive per cent stiffer as compared to the standard car.
system worked flawlessly, distributing equal amount of However, one can easily adjust the stiffness further to
power to the front and rear wheels. After two quick laps get the right setup for ones preferred driving style. The
behind the instructor we were back in the pits and this S60 Polestar I drove was set towards a slightly soft
time we were let out on our own. I made the most of setup for the bumpy track and, honestly, I think this
this opportunity as I really pushed the S60 hard into worked quite well as there was enough leverage for the

The small four-pot 2.0-litre twin-charged motor is Polestar embossing on the seats and the Rebel Blue The beautiful 20-inch wheels are shod with
potent with 367 PS and 470 Nm stitching give it a very sporty character specially-developed low-profile Michelin tyres

VOLVO S60 POLESTAR


PRICE: Rs 52.5 lakh (ex-Delhi)
ENGINE: 1,969 cc, in-line four, twin-charged, DI, petrol
TRANSMISSION: Eight-speed, automatic, all-wheel-drive
MAX POWER: 367 PS at 6,000 rpm
MAX TORQUE: 470 Nm at 3,100-5,100 rpm
WEIGHT: 1,751 kg

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The S60 Polestar


is a car that ably
commingles performance
with safety, build quality,
ride quality, handling,
and top-notch equipment
The radar sensor detects obstructions, then warns The stock pedals were not sporty
the driver and finally tells the computer to brake in enough so the Polestar guys made
case there is no response from the driver these for the S60

suspension to work in the best way possible. of torque has more than ample performance. Moreover,
The car handled exceptionally well on the bumpy its refined, has a great exhaust note, and is mated to a
track with almost no noticeable body-roll. Corner after superb eight-speed automatic gearbox. It can handle a
corner, lap after lap, my confidence just went higher and bumpy track with utmost precision and, at the same
higher and I was pushing the car more and more. time, let you enjoy the ride by being aptly comfortable.
Throughout my 20 minutes on the track, never did I feel Besides, there is the whole array of Volvo safety
frightened by the power or the handling of the car, systems, including the radar-based safety features, that
except when the brakes were applied automatically as I come as standard. The car has space for five adults, a
got too close to the instructors car on lap one. This was big boot for the weekends worth of luggage and all the
when I experienced the S60 Polestars radar-based gadgetry one can ask from a luxury sedan.
safety system. Incidentally, this is the second car from Now, here is the shocker: despite being priced at Rs
Volvo India to feature this system. 52.5 lakh (ex-Delhi), which makes it a bargain
After about six odd laps, I was left with a really happy performance sedan with high practicality, the S60
feeling. The S60 Polestar is a car that ably commingles Polestar will be limited to just 30 units for the Indian
performance with safety, build quality, ride quality, market. I would still say that its a great car to buy while
handling, and top-notch equipment. The 1,969-cc, you can because the S60 Polestar is a sensible
four-pot, twin-charged motor with 367 PS and 470 Nm performance car for a sensible being.

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Tata Motors latest MPV, the Hexa, wants to dominate
the MPV segment. Will it be able to do so?
We delve into the mystery
Story: Ravi Chandnani Photography: Sanjay Raikar

ULLING A BOEING 737, CLIMBING designers have actually put in some effort to modernise the
hills and going through some seriously cabin. It looks good and the overall layout is pretty
rough terrain is how Tata Motors have contemporary. To project the Being Big theme on the
depicted their latest MPV, the Hexa. inside, the designers have made everything in extra-large
And I must say that the advertising team size such as the massive air-con vents and a-c controls,
has done a good job of creating a rugged protruding and large twin-pod instrument console,
and tough image of this MPV. However, the dominating centre console, and wide arm-rests. What
question that popped up in my head was: is the stood out the most for me was the quality of the interior.
Hexa meant do all these things or is it here to shake up the Now, Tata outsourced the upholstery work to Benecke-
MPV segment ruled by the Toyota Innova Crysta? Hence Kaliko, a renowned German brand, for interior trim. The
we decided that a proper road test would reveal the true seats and the door inserts were all done by Benecke-
nature of the Hexa. Kaliko and they feel really nice. However, when I touched
To begin with, the styling of the Hexa reminded me so the dashboard, which I assumed was draped in leather, it
much of the Aria, Tatas former attempt at making a turned out to be hard plastic that mimicked leather. I
modern MPV. According to Tata, however, the Hexa is all failed to understand the designers idea behind that.
new and is based on their recently introduced Impact Well, apart from the plastic dashboard, the rest of the
Design language. But hints of the Aria are still very much layout is pretty neat; though the plastic quality and certain
evident, albeit with a few polished up creases. Starting at fit-and-finish aspects can be nudged up a notch to really
the A-pillar right up to the D-pillar, the Hexa reminds you make it impressive.
so much of the Aria. Space inside the Hexa is pretty good, too, with wide
I can understand the connection between the two; and comfortable seats and plenty of knee- and head-room
however, the Aria was in the past and the Hexa is now. So in the front and second rows. The third-row seats have
lets focus on that. The styling of the front end is butch fairly decent knee-room although it might not be
and muscular to give the MPV a rugged and aggressive comfortable on long drives.
stance, possibly to evoke a go-anywhere image. The side Feature-wise, the company has left no stone unturned as
profile, with its muscular wheel-arches, black cladding you get their latest ConnectNext Touchscreen
and a strong shoulder-line, support the front end quite Infotainment system by Harman, which is quite intuitive
well. Whats surprising, though, is the way the rear end and comes with an array of connectivity options. A
has been done up. It just lacks the aggression of the front 10-speaker JBL system, which includes a sub-woofer,
and side profile. Since looks are subjective, I leave it to delivers crisp and clear sound. The steering-mounted
you to decide. controls for Bluetooth telephony and music streaming
Move on to the interior and you notice that Tata work flawlessly. The whole setup seems very German

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car-like. Now dont get me wrong here, as I am just trying
to compliment Tata for thinking like Europeans to
tantalise Indian taste buds. There are a lot of 12V sockets
and a lot of big cup-holders. Overall, the Hexa is quite
loaded when it comes to features.
A muscular exterior combined with a decent interior
and features do make the Hexa a fairly contemporary
MPV. However, what attracts my interest is that engine
under the bonnet. Tata have used their famed 2.2-litre,
Varicor 400 diesel engine in the Hexa. It displaces 2,179
cc of air, has four cylinders and a big turbocharger. This
results in a humble 156 PS being produced at 4,000 rpm
and a massive 400 Nm from 1,7002,700 rpm. Mated to
this engine is a six-speed automatic transmission that
sends the power and torque to the rear wheels.
The first thing you notice when you get into the drivers
seat is the commanding view of the road ahead. The Hexa
is not gigantic in proportions, but, for some, the
dimensions can be intimidating while driving. Anyway,
the driveability was pretty impressive at city speeds. The
engine is a bit rough around the edges but it somewhat
makes up for that in linear torque delivery, especially low Welcoming cabin
however, quality
down in the rev range. Besides, the cabin is well-insulated
has scope for
as you cant really hear the engine once inside the Hexa; improvement
however, it is pretty audible when standing next to it. The
refinement game needs to be upped.
The six-speed automatic gearbox in the Hexa shifts
fairly smoothly, though the time it takes to go from one
cog to another is relatively relaxed; faster responses The 2.2-litre Varicor
400 engine has
from the gearbox would have made things more fun. It
good bottom-end
would have made the Hexa respond slightly better when torque delivery,
it came to performance. Talking of which, our test however, it lacks
results revealed that the Hexa takes 13.11 seconds to go refinement

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Tata Hexa XTA (Rs 17.45 lakh, ex-Pune) 1111 Car Road Test 479

Overall Height 1791 mm


Ground Clearance 200 mm

Wheelbase 2850 mm Width 1903 mm (excluding mirrors)


Overall Length 4788 mm Front Track NA, Rear Track NA
Kerb Weight NA

SPECIFICATIONS TEST RESULTS


ENGINE WHEELS & TYRES IN-GEAR SPEEDS (KM/H) BRAKING
Cylinders Four, in-line Wheel size 19 Indicated True 80-0 km/h 2.79 s, 30.23 m
Layout Front, longitudinal Tyre size 235/55 R 19 20 18.4 100-0 km/h 3.05 s, 43.03 m
Type Turbocharged, DI 40 38.2
Fuel Diesel 60 57.2
Bore x stroke NA BRAKES 80 77.0 PERFORMANCE FACTORS
Capacity 2179 cc Front Ventilated discs 100 96.6
Power:Weight (PS/tonne) NA
Compression ratio NA Rear Ventilated discs 120 116.8
Specific Output (PS/litre) 71.59
Valvegear Four valves/cyl
Specific Torque (Nm/litre) 183.57
SUSPENSION STANDING 1/4 MILE
ENGINE OUTPUT Front Double wishbone with coil springs 0-400m sprint 18.63 s
Max power (PS) 156 Rear Coil spring, five-link rigid Terminal speed 117.43 km/h FUEL CONSUMPTION (KM/L)
Power peak (rpm) 4000 suspension
City 8.0
Red line (rpm) 6800 OVERTAKING ACCELERATION Highway 12.0
Max torque (Nm) 400 Roll-ons (km/h, seconds) Overall* 9.0
Torque peak (rpm) 1700-2700
ACCOMMODATION
40-60 2.66 * Overall is 25% highway
Seating 6 60-80 3.90 and 75% city driving
Head Room, F/R 990/970 mm 80-100 5.29
TRANSMISSION
Leg Room F (max/min) 1090/900 mm 100-120 7.89
Six-speed, automatic Knee Room F (max/min) 750/560 mm
1st gear NA TEST CONDITIONS
Knee Room R (max/min) 990/690 mm
2nd gear NA TOP SPEED Altitude 550m above MSL
Shoulder space 1465 mm
3rd gear NA Fuel tank 60 litres Claimed NA Weather Warm, windless, dry
4th gear NA Boot space NA
5th gear NA
6th gear NA DRIVER AIDS PERFORMANCE
Reverse gear NA ABS, EBD, Hill-hold
Final drive NA
Drive wheels RWD
200
CAR RATINGS
ACCELERATION (km/h)

180
STEERING Design & Style: 1112 160
Type Rack and pinion, Powertrain: 1111
electric power-assisted Performance: 1111 140
Lock to lock 3.3 turns Fuel Efficiency: 1112 120 19.55
Dynamic Ability: 1112
Space: 11111 100 13.11
HIGHLIGHTS Creature Comforts:
Driver Appeal:
1111
1112
80 8.67

Space Safety: 1111 60 5.22


Features Interior: 1112 40 2.75
Suspension: 1111
Ride Quality: 1111 20 0.91
Engine refinement TIME (seconds)
Handling: 1112 0
Handling
Steering: 1112 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
Braking: 1111

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or promotion or advertisement without the explicit written permission of the editor. (Performance testing by Ravi Chandnani)

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from 0 to 100 km/h and it would easily touch a top


speed of over 180 km/h, which is quite decent for an
MPV of this size and stance.
To drive, the Hexa feels more relaxed than it appears
thanks to the soft suspension setup, which helps with ride
quality but takes away a bit of handling. It can absorb
bumps and undulations quite well with very little jitter Boot space, with
the third row in use,
making it to the cabin, though the body-roll that comes
is quite good
with it due to the soft setup can be bothersome for many.
Pushing the Hexa hard into a corner will yield
disappointing results because of the ever-present body-
roll. The steering is weighted well but lacks feedback.
Brakes provide ample bite to stop in time but, just like the

steering, feedback needs improvement. Overall, the Hexa


is easy and convenient to drive in the city and has a good
ride quality, but when it comes to handling, it can
certainly be improved with a slightly stiffer suspension
A muscular exterior setup and more feedback from the steering.
combined with a decent The automatic Hexa is priced at Rs 17.45 lakh (ex-
Pune), which makes it the most expensive variant you
interior and features do can buy. At this price it comes with ABS, dual front,
side and curtain airbags, comfortable seating, fairly good
make the Hexa a fairly ride quality, a decent interior and a quiet cabin. But it
contemporary MPV misses out on traction control and ESP, which is
available in the manual top-end variant. The Hexa
might be less expensive than the competition but there
are a few things that can be improved to make it really
stand up to the competition.

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ROAD TEST MINI COOPER S CLUBMAN

Has the extra-large Clubman lost the MINIs essence,


or is it more MINI than ever before?
Story: Sarmad Kadiri Photography: Saurabh Botre

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HEATED ARGUMENT IS ON AT The design tends to grow on you and soon more
the office garage. Sipping the people join the conversation about the new MINI, sip
morning chai, my colleagues are some more tea and ogle the Clubman. And this is what
divided over the new MINI Cooper S they observe: a powerful shoulder-line, prominent
Clubman. It has just returned from the wheel-arches, great-looking tail-lights, and chrome
early morning shoot and one group strongly argues exhaust tips sitting on the edge of the rear bumper.
that its a tad unfair to call such a spacious car a MINI. The final enticing bit was the unmistakable split
The Clubman is the biggest car in the MINI line-up, boot-lid. How can you not love these barn-type doors?
over a foot-and-a-half longer than the regular MINI. The gang was bowled over as they took a closer look
The other group, meanwhile, loves this substantially at the cabins retro-gorgeous styling. There are plenty
larger car and the practicality it brings along. The of familiar parts from other MINI models along with a
stretched silhouette, long roof-line and a steep D-pillar large cockpit for the driver and an even larger circular
give it estate car-like proportions. This bunch loves the touchscreen right in the centre of the dashboard. The
design nuances such as the familiar MINI face, latter manages the infotainment, telephony and most of
attractive circular LED headlights that come with the drivers aids. I found the touchscreen to be
DRL (daytime running lights), the unmistakable extremely receptive but some of the icons felt small for
hexagonal grille, and, finally, the bonnet design with a my stubby fingers. So I resorted to the Controller dial
prominent power dome and sleek air-scoop. that sits on the centre console.

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As in the MINI, the Clubman has a bunch of
aeroplane cockpit-like toggle switches to crank up the
engine, turn on/off the ESP, and one for the Start-Stop
system. There are switches on the roof as well, one of
them dedicated to the optional panoramic sunroof
the largest glass roof in the entire MINI range.
You also get cruise control and can opt for rear-view
camera, Parking Assistant and even a Head-up
Display. Safety features include dual front airbags,
crash sensor, ABS, cornering brake control and tyre
pressure indicator.
Talking about optional features, our test car also had
the Excitement Pack which offers a range of ambient
lighting for the cabin and even projects the MINI logo
on the drivers side whenever one opens or closes the
cars door. If you spec your car well, then theres the
option of getting electrically adjustable front seats with
memory function as well.
At the rear, there is generous knee-room. Well, I
never thought I could say that about a MINI. While
the rear seats are comfy, the glass sunroof brightens up
the cabin, the rear seats backrest is also adjustable,
and theres even an air-con vent. No sweat.
The cool retro cabin
The only time the MINI can make you break into a borrows plenty of
sweat is when you have a flat. Theres no spare wheel parts from other
but then the Clubman comes with run-flat tyres. The MINI models
silver lining is that there isnt a spare wheel eating into
the very useful boot space of 360 litres. Since the rear
seat backrest can be tumbled down, the luggage
capacity can be further increased to 1,250 litres.
Now to the go-kart-like driving thrill that the MINI
brand has been known for. The good news is that the
MINIs peppy
same two-litre, in-line four twin-turbo petrol propels the 2.0-litre petrol
Clubman, which also does duty in the MINI Cooper S, performs the duty
churning out an identical 192 PS and 280 Nm. The bad on the Clubman

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Trendy circular touchscreen manages the news is that the Clubman weighs about 150 kg more Cockpit-like toggle switches to crank up the
infotainment, telephony and drivers aids engine, manage ESP and Start-Stop system
than the three-door. This disappointed a few during the
group discussion which was still going strong.
I reasoned that the Clubman has a top speed is
228 km/h and that we managed to pull a 0-100 km
sprint in an impressive 8.6 seconds. That eight-speed
automatic Steptronic transmission has been given a
broader gear spread, which translates into better
low-end power and peppier mid-range. So, managing
quick getaways from slow-moving traffic or making a
quick dash from a traffic light is almost as engaging as
in other MINI cars.
During test we managed to do a quarter mile run in a
respectable 16.53 seconds, doing 147.99 km/h. In fact,
it can very comfortably cruise at that speed and we even
managed to achieve 200 km/h without any stress. For
those who enjoy driving, theres also the option of
Sports Automatic Steptronic transmission which comes
with shift paddles. Our test car had the feature and we
missed no opportunity to play around with the eight-
speed, especially before entering a fast corner and
during overtaking manoeuvres.
Its longer and heavier, and Ive said that before.
When you compare the Clubman to an estate or even a
premium sedan, it definitely feels agile and sporty, but
One can further set up the Clubman using the not as go-kart-like as the smaller MINI. The firm Front seats come with extendible base, to aid
Sport or Green driving modes suspension setup keeps a check on the body-roll and under thigh support

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ROAD TEST MINI COOPER S CLUBMAN

MINI Cooper S Clubman (Rs 38.50 lakh, ex-Delhi) 11111 Car Road Test 480

Overall Height 1441 mm


Ground Clearance x60 mm

Wheelbase 2670 mm Width 1800 mm (excluding mirrors)


Overall Length 4253 mm Front Track 1564 mm, Rear Track 1565 mm
Kerb Weight 1465 kg

SPECIFICATIONS TEST RESULTS


ENGINE WHEELS & TYRES IN-GEAR SPEEDS (KM/H) BRAKING
Cylinders Four, in-line Wheel size 18 Indicated True 80-0 km/h 2.73 s, 33.52 m
Layout Front, longitudinal Tyre size 225/40 R 18 20 19.6 100-0 km/h 3.65 s, 56.38 m
Type Turbocharged, DI 40 39.3
Fuel Petrol BRAKES 60 58.5
Bore x stroke 82.0 x 94.6 mm 80 77.5 PERFORMANCE FACTORS
Front Ventilated discs
Capacity 1998 cc 100 96.8
Rear Ventilated discs Power:Weight (PS/tonne) 131.06
Compression ratio 10.2:1 120 116.0
Specific Output (PS/litre) 96.10
Valvegear DOHC, four valves/cyl
SUSPENSION Specific Torque (Nm/litre) 140.14
STANDING 1/4 MILE
ENGINE OUTPUT Front MacPherson Strut with
coil spring and damper 0-400m sprint 16.53 s
Max power (PS) 192 Rear Multi-link axle
Terminal speed 147.99 km/h FUEL CONSUMPTION (KM/L)
Power peak (rpm) 5000
City 10.0
Red line (rpm) 6200 OVERTAKING ACCELERATION
ACCOMMODATION Highway 17.0
Max torque (Nm) 280
Seating 5 Roll-ons (km/h, seconds) Overall* 11.75
Torque peak (rpm) 1250
Head Room, F/R 980/965 mm 40-60 2.09 * Overall is 25% highway
60-80 1.95 and 75% city driving
Leg Room F (max/min) 1240/1060 mm
TRANSMISSION 80-100 2.26
Knee Room F (max/min) 890/710 mm
Eight-speed, automatic 100-120 2.96
Knee Room R (max/min) 840/590 mm
1st gear 5.250 Shoulder space 1350 mm TEST CONDITIONS
2nd gear 3.029 Fuel tank 48 litres TOP SPEED Altitude 550m above MSL
3rd gear 1.950 Boot space 320-1250 litres Claimed 228 km/h Weather Warm, windless, dry
4th gear 1.457
5th gear 1.221
DRIVER AIDS
6th gear
7th gear
1.000
0.809 ABS, ESP, Brake Assist, cornering brake PERFORMANCE
8th gear 0.673 control, DSC, Drive Modes, tyre pressure
Reverse gear 4.015 indicator
Final drive 3.200 200
Drive wheels FWD CAR RATINGS
ACCELERATION (km/h)

180
STEERING Design & Style: 11111 160 19.78
Powertrain: 11111
Type Rack and pinion,
Performance: 11111 140 14.78
electric power-assisted
Fuel Efficiency: 1111
Lock to lock 2.5 turns 120 11.45
Dynamic Ability: 11111
Space: 11111 100 8.60
HIGHLIGHTS Creature Comforts:
Driver Appeal:
11111
11111
80 6.50

Space Safety: 11111 60 4.65


Cabin Interior: 11111 40 3.25
Suspension: 11111
Performance
Ride Quality: 1111 20 2.10
Fun to drive TIME (seconds)
Handling: 11111 0
Firm suspension Steering: 11111 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
Braking: 11111

CAR INDIAs test and performance data is the sole copyright of Next Gen Publishing Pvt Ltd. No part of the data or text can be used in any form for any purpose
or promotion or advertisement without the explicit written permission of the editor. (Performance testing by Sarmad Kadiri)

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Dont you love
these barn-type
doors?

you hardly ever feel the extra weight or length. It Roomy rear seats
changes direction swiftly and with ease that very few make the Clubman
cars of the size can boast of. Theres not a dull moment perfect for families
behind the Clubmans wheel.
The ride is slightly more forgiving than that in the
MINI three-door, for the bigger MINI soaks in more km/h in just 3.65 seconds, over
of the road undulations. Yet you cant call it plush or 56.38 metres. And whats hot is
sublime and the low-profile tyres dont help this cause that it also comes with brake
either. It tries hard to keep most road bumps from energy recuperation to aid the
filtering through to the cabin, but the impact is loud Green mode.
and clear over the occasional ditch or pothole. If you look at the positioning, the
You can further set up the Clubman using the driving Clubman, priced at Rs 38.50 lakh
modes, depending on your need for ride comfort, (ex-showroom, Delhi), demands a
sportiness or efficiency. Thus, apart from the standard premium of Rs 7 lakh over the
MID mode, you can increase the performance by three-door MINI. But then it offers
switching to Sport or go for comfort and efficiency by a lot more practicality in terms of
selecting the Green mode. The latter also helps stretch space and usability without losing
a litre of fuel to 17 km on the highway. Driving in the out on the iconic fun-to-drive trait
usual city traffic returns close to 10 km/l, thus bringing that MINI cars are known for.
the overall fuel efficiency to 11.75 km/l. Do tell us whose side you are on
With the help of brake assist and dynamic stability in this heated MINI More
control we managed to bring the car to a halt from 100 argument!

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Accent on
Updates It is update season at Hyundai and
this time its the Xcents turn
Story: Ravi Chandnani Photography: Sanjay Raikar

FTER LAUNCHING THE 2017 VERSION OF THE


Grand i10, Hyundai have now updated their entry-level sedan,
the Xcent. However, it doesnt just get a facelift; the changes
are more than what meets the eye.
To begin with, the front end of the Xcent now gets
substantial updates with a new face that features a funky chrome grille that
dominates the fascia. Then there are the LED DRL (daytime running
lights) that add to the stylish layout. At the rear, new tail-lamps, bumper
and a shark-fin antenna add class to this little sedan.
Inside, things are pretty much the same as before. The black-beige
theme continues to give the cabin a rich feel, with high-quality plastics and
fabric adding to the overall chic character of the interior. Equipment
remains pretty much the same with automatic air-con, steering-mounted
controls, adjustable steering, a lot of small storage spaces and a cooled
glove-box staying as they were.
One major thing that has changed, however, is the upper centre console,
which now features a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with

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ROAD TEST HYUNDAI XCENT 1.2 CRDI

stuff like Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The screen also doubles up as the
display for the parking camera. The quality and fit-and-finish of the interior is
as top-notch as before.
Space-wise, the Xcent is again similar to the previous generation car since
much of the mechanical configuration stays the same. This means there is
ample space for four adults, and more than enough boot volume for a weekends
worth of luggage. Head- and knee-room are good enough for average Indian
adults. Overall, the excellent cabin attributes continue to provide good value for
money so far as space and equipment are concerned.
As for the engine, the Xcent now features a faster beating heart. Gone is the
old 1.1-litre CRDi, three-pot motor, making way for the new 1.2-litre U II
CRDi motor that made its dbut on the Grand i10. The new 1,186-cc
turbocharged diesel motor is good enough for 75 PS and 190 Nm, which is
more than adequate for this lightweight sedan. Linearity is the name of the
game for this engine as the torque comes in gently at 1,750 rpm; however, you
can feel its presence much before that. Furthermore, the turbo-lag has been
The big, seven-inch
kept to the minimum, giving the car better driveability. Refinement has touchscreen is quite
improved as compared to the earlier car because there is hardly any engine intuitive
chatter making its way into the cabin. However, at high rpm there is some
engine chatter that becomes audible. Since this is a city car, there is no need for
exploring the minute high-rpm possibilities. The engine is mated to a five-
speed manual transmission, which has well-spaced gear ratios and the shifts are
smooth with short throws.
The additional four PS and 10 Nm might not sound like a lot but they do
make a difference when it comes to performance. In our test the Xcent was four
seconds quicker from 0 to 100 km/h and it attained an almost two km/h faster
top speed as compared to the earlier model. In terms of fuel efficiency, the new
engine outperformed the older one by posting an overall figure of 17.25 km/l,
which is pretty good for a city car.
The new engine has not affected the handling or ride quality at all, which is a
Adding class to an
good thing. The earlier Xcent was among the best in the segment so far as ride already classy
quality was concerned and the new one carries forwards the legacy. The sedan are these LED
suspension setup is pretty well sorted, giving the car excellent bump DRLs

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Hyundai Xcent 1.2 CRDi SX(O) (Rs 8.69 lakh, ex-Pune) 11112 Car Road Test 481

Overall Height 1520 mm


Wheelbase 2425 mm Width 1660 mm (excluding mirrors)
Overall Length 3995 mm Front Track 1479 mm, Rear Track 1493 mm
Kerb Weight NA

SPECIFICATIONS TEST RESULTS


ENGINE WHEELS & TYRES IN-GEAR SPEEDS (KM/H) BRAKING
Cylinders Three, in-line Wheel size 15 Gear Indicated True 80-0 km/h 2.77 s, 28.66 m
Layout Front, transverse Tyre size 175/60 R 15 1 40 37 100-0 km/h 3.30 s, 42.54 m
Type Turbocharged, DI 2 71 67.5
Fuel Diesel 3 105 100.5
BRAKES 4 140 134.2
Bore x stroke 75.0 x 84.5 PERFORMANCE FACTORS
Capacity 1186 cc Front Discs 5 159 154.0
Power:Weight (PS/tonne) NA
Compression ratio NA Rear Drums
Specific Output (PS/litre) 63.24
Valvegear DOHC, four valves/cyl STANDING 1/4 MILE
Specific Torque (Nm/litre) 160.20
SUSPENSION 0-400m sprint 20.02 s
Terminal speed 110.29 km/h
ENGINE OUTPUT Front MacPherson Strut with
coil spring and damper FUEL CONSUMPTION
Max power (PS) 75
Rear Coupled torsion beam axle OVERTAKING ACCELERATION City 16.0
Power peak (rpm) 4000
Roll-ons (s) Highway 21.0
Red line (rpm) 4750
Max torque (Nm) 190 Speed 3rd 4th 5th Overall* 17.25
ACCOMMODATION
Torque peak (rpm) 1750-2250 40-60 3.53 5.96 8.93 * Overall is 25% highway
Seating 5 60-80 3.65 4.80 7.00 and 75% city driving
Head Room, F/R 990/920 80-100 10.74 6.52 6.45
Leg Room F (max/min) 1140/950 100-120 NA 10.07 9.00
TRANSMISSION Knee Room F (max/min) 820/625
TEST CONDITIONS
Five-speed, manual Knee Room R (max/min) 860/660
TOP SPEED Altitude 550m above MSL
1st gear NA Shoulder space 1300
2nd gear NA Fuel tank 43 litres Achieved 154 km/h Weather Warm, light wind, dry
3rd gear NA Boot space 407 litres
4th gear
5th gear
NA
NA
DRIVER AIDS
PERFORMANCE
Reverse gear NA
Final drive NA ABS, EBD, Reverse Parking Camera
Drive wheels FWD
200
CAR RATINGS
ACCELERATION (km/h)

180
STEERING Design & Style: 11112 160
Type Rack and pinion, Powertrain: 11112
power-assisted Performance: 11111 140 24.05
Lock to lock 2.8 turns Fuel Efficiency: 11111 120
Dynamic Ability: 11111
Space: 11112 100 16.63
HIGHLIGHTS Creature Comforts:
Driver Appeal:
11112
11111
80 10.60

Equipment Safety: 11112 60 6.10


Space Interior: 11112 40 3.10
Suspension: 11111
Ride quality
Ride Quality: 11111 20 1.05
Handling TIME (seconds)
Handling: 11112 0
Price Steering: 11111 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
Braking: 11112

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or promotion or advertisement without the explicit written permission of the editor. (Performance testing by Ravi Chandnani)

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absorption. It goes over undulations and potholes with


The refinement of poise, keeping the jitters away from the cabin occupants.
the 1.2-litre CRDi The setup doesnt just provide good ride quality, it also
engine is quite good lends neutral handling. The car feels planted in the corners
with minimal hints of body-roll and understeer. However,
the steering, though well-weighted, feels vague at times; it could do with a little
more precision and feedback. The brakes have ample bite with just the right
amount of feel.
Although the new Xcent has not evolved much in terms of aesthetics, that
new 1.2-litre CRDi diesel motor does make a big difference. Its smooth and
refined character makes driving a joyful experience. Besides, you get good-
quality interior, contemporary exterior, top-notch equipment, neutral handling,
superb ride quality and brilliant fuel efficiency. However, at Rs 8.69 lakh (ex-
Pune) for the top-end variant, it seems a bit pricey but then again if you dont
want to compromise on anything, the new Xcent seems like a fair deal.

The earlier Xcent was among


the best in the segment
so far as ride quality was
concerned and the new one
carries forwards the legacy

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We pit the established Hyundai
Grand i10 against its newest rival,
the Maruti Suzuki Ignis
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ROM THE DAYS OF THE HUMBLE AND front, with LED daytime running lights (DRL) adjoining
game-changing Maruti 800, hatchbacks have always been the round fog-lamps lower in the bumper. At the back, the
in demand in our country. The segment has flourished as tail-lights have been updated, while the interior retains its
more and more manufacturers joined the fray, giving us a basic design, with the addition of a seven-inch
flood of small, frugal and feature-packed city cars to touchscreen infotainment system, rear a-c vents and
choose from. The cars you see on these pages fit into the parking sensors.
same compact hatchback segment priced between Rs 6.5 The oldest and most successful player in the Indian
and Rs 7 lakh, but built with totally different philosophies; market, Maruti Suzuki have introduced us to several
they couldnt be more different from each other. successful hatchbacks over the years and their legendary
Hyundai have, over the years, carved a firm niche in the service support, accessible in all corners of the country,
Indian market and their Grand i10 has been one of the has made this the go-to brand for Indian families since the
bestsellers since 2013. Although getting a little long in the late 1980s. For 2017, Maruti Suzuki have added the Ignis
tooth, the Grand i10 still holds its own amidst the new to their compact hatchback line-up, and just a glance will
models being introduced every year. It has proved to be a tell you that this is an all-new design, like nothing we have
reliable and comfortable city car with a comfortable seen on our roads before. Maruti Suzuki decided to go the
interior and solid build quality. Clearly the formula works, micro-SUV route with the stature of this new car, and
and for 2017 Hyundai have given us a mid-cycle facelift from certain angles it looks somewhat like an old Maruti
which includes a new hexagonal grille and headlights up Zen pumped up on steroids. The design shares traits with

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HYUNDAI GRAND i10 v MARUTI SUZUKI IGNIS COMPARO

The dual-tone
dashboard in the
Ignis is divided
horizontally

The integrated
touchscreen and
flowing design add
a touch of class to
the Hyundais
interiors

the compact Japanese kei cars, with the tall-boy look, high
seating with great visibility all around, and easy
manoeuvrability through city traffic it doesnt fit into
any conventional body type, and this uniqueness is sure to
turn heads.
Since we were comparing these cars for city use, we
decided to put convenience first; we picked the highest-
spec variant available without a clutch. The Grand i10
Sportz gets the optional four-speed automatic gearbox,
while the Ignis Zeta gets a five-speed AMT unit. The top-
of-the-line Grand i10 Asta and Ignis Alpha variants get
more creature comforts; however, they are only available
with manual transmissions, so lets get this automatic
hatchback shootout under way.
Side by side, both cars look to be from different planets.
The Hyundai stays the tried and tested path, with a low
roof-line and gentle flowing curves that we know quite
well, while the Ignis stands 75 millimetres taller at 1,595

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Zeta AGS (Rs 7.64 lakh, ex-Pune) 1111 Car Road Test 482

Overall Height 1595 mm


Ground Clearance 180 mm

Wheelbase 2435 mm Width 1690 mm (excluding mirrors)


Overall Length 3700 mm Front Track NA, Rear Track NA
Kerb Weight 860 kg

SPECIFICATIONS TEST RESULTS


ENGINE WHEELS & TYRES IN-GEAR SPEEDS (KM/H) BRAKING
Cylinders Four, in-line Wheel size 15 Indicated True 80-0 km/h 2.57 s, 28.69 m
Layout Front, transverse Tyre size 175/65 R 15 20 19.1 100-0 km/h 3.29 s, 47.04 m
Type Naturally-aspirated, MPFI 40 37.6
Fuel Petrol 60 56.4
Bore x stroke 73.0 x 71.5 mm BRAKES 80 75.3 PERFORMANCE FACTORS
Capacity 1197 cc Front Discs 100 96.6
Power:Weight (PS/tonne) 96.51
Compression ratio 10.0:1 Rear Drums 120 115.5
Specific Output (PS/litre) 69.34
Valvegear DOHC, four valves/cyl
Specific Torque (Nm/litre) 94.40
SUSPENSION STANDING 1/4 MILE
ENGINE OUTPUT Front MacPherson Strut with 0-400m sprint 19.96
Max power (PS) 83 coil spring and damper Terminal speed 115.60 km/h FUEL CONSUMPTION (KM/L)
Power peak (rpm) 6000 Rear Torsion beam axle
City 12.0
with coil spring damper
Red line (rpm) 6250 OVERTAKING ACCELERATION Highway 18.0
Max torque (Nm) 113 Roll-ons (km/h, seconds) Overall* 13.5
Torque peak (rpm) 4200
ACCOMMODATION
40-60 2.62 * Overall is 25% highway
Seating 5 60-80 4.13 and 75% city driving
Head Room, F/R 1020/960 mm 80-100 4.72
TRANSMISSION
Leg Room F (max/min) 1220/975 mm 100-120 9.67
Five-speed, automatic Knee Room F (max/min) 870/650 mm
1st gear NA TEST CONDITIONS
Knee Room R (max/min) 800/580 mm
2nd gear NA TOP SPEED Altitude 550m above MSL
Shoulder space 1250 mm
3rd gear NA Fuel tank 32 litres Achieved 150.1 km/h Weather Warm, windless, dry
4th gear NA Boot space 260 litres
5th gear NA
Reverse gear NA DRIVER AIDS PERFORMANCE
Final drive NA ABS, Park assist
Drive wheels FWD

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CAR RATINGS
ACCELERATION (km/h)

180
STEERING Design & Style: 1111 160
Type Rack and pinion, Powertrain: 1111
electric power-assisted Performance: 1111 140
Lock to lock 3.75 turns Fuel Efficiency: 1111 120 21.58
Dynamic Ability: 1111
Space: 1111 100 14.90
HIGHLIGHTS Creature Comforts:
Driver Appeal:
1111
11111
80 10.68

High seating Safety: 11111 60 6.82


Exhaust note Interior: 1111 40 4.21
Suspension: 1111
Ride Quality: 1111 20 1.72
TIME (seconds)
Handling: 11112 0
Slow gear shifts Steering: 1111 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
Braking: 11112

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or promotion or advertisement without the explicit written permission of the editor. (Performance testing by Jim Gorde)

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Hyundai Grand i10 Sportz AT (Rs 7.06 lakh, ex-Pune) 1111 Car Road Test 483

Overall height 1520 mm


Ground Clearance NA

Wheelbase 2425 mm Width 1660 mm (excluding mirrors)


Overall length 3765 mm Front Track 1429 mm, Rear Track 1493 mm
Kerb Weight NA

SPECIFICATIONS TEST RESULTS


ENGINE WHEELS & TYRES IN-GEAR SPEEDS (KM/H) BRAKING
Cylinders Four, in-line Wheel size 14 Indicated True 80-0 km/h 2.37 s, 26.24 m
Layout Front, transverse Tyre size 165/65 R 14 20 16.4 100-0 km/h 3.27 s, 42.55 m
Type Naturally-aspirated, MPFI 40 35.0
Fuel Petrol BRAKES 60 54.2
Bore x stroke 71.0 x 75.6 mm
Front Discs
80 73.4 PERFORMANCE FACTORS
Capacity 1197 cc 100 91.6
Rear Drums Power:Weight (PS/tonne) NA
Compression ratio 10.5:1 120 110.0
Specific Output (PS/litre) 69.34
Valvegear DOHC, four valves/cyl
SUSPENSION Specific Torque (Nm/litre) 95.23
STANDING 1/4 MILE
Front MacPherson Strut with
coil spring and damper 0-400m sprint 20.49 s
ENGINE OUTPUT Terminal speed 110.69 km/h FUEL CONSUMPTION (KM/L)
Rear Coupled torsion beam axle
Max power (PS) 83 with damper City 10.0
Power peak (rpm) 6000 OVERTAKING ACCELERATION Highway 16.0
Red line (rpm) 6500 ACCOMMODATION Roll-ons (km/h, seconds) Overall* 11.5
Max torque (Nm) 114 40-60 2.96 * Overall is 25% highway
Torque peak (rpm) 4000 Seating 5
60-80 3.80 and 75% city driving
Head Room, F/R 990/965 mm
80-100 5.09
Leg Room F (max/min) 1245/1050 mm
100-120 7.35
Knee Room F (max/min) 825/640 mm
TRANSMISSION Knee Room R (max/min) 890/670 mm TEST CONDITIONS
Four-speed, automatic Shoulder space 1260 mm TOP SPEED Altitude 550m above MSL
1st gear NA Fuel tank 43 litres Achieved 149.8 km/h Weather Warm, windless, dry
2nd gear NA Boot space 256 litres
3rd gear NA
4th gear NA DRIVER AIDS PERFORMANCE
Reverse gear NA Park assist
Final drive NA
Drive wheels FWD
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CAR RATINGS
ACCELERATION (km/h)

180
STEERING Design & Style: 11112 160
Type Rack and pinion, Powertrain: 11112
electric power-assisted Performance: 1112 140 24.26
Lock to lock 2.8 turns Fuel Efficiency: 1112 120
Dynamic Ability: 1111
Space: 11112 100 16.53
HIGHLIGHTS Creature Comforts:
Driver Appeal:
11112
1111
80 11.05

Comfort Safety: 11112 60 6.99


Interiors Interior: 11112 40 3.93
Suspension: 1111
Fit & Finish
Ride Quality: 1111 20 1.79
TIME (seconds)
Handling: 11112 0
No ABS Steering: 1111 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
Braking: 11112

CAR INDIAs test and performance data is the sole copyright of Next Gen Publishing Pvt Ltd. No part of the data or text can be used in any form for any purpose
or promotion or advertisement without the explicit written permission of the editor. (Performance testing by Jim Gorde)

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Rear seat of the


Ignis feels airy up
top, but gets
cramped with three
adults

The 1,197-cc Maruti


Suzuki engine
makes 83 PS and a
nice four-cylinder
exhaust note

i10s rear seat offers


better thigh
support, and air
vents up the
premium quotent

Hyundais 1,197-cc
four-cylinder
powerplant also
makes 83 PS, but
feels a lot more
refined

mm on attractive 15-inch wheels. Its tall edgy stance, Android Auto for seamless smartphone connectivity.
flared wheel-arches and short overhangs make the Ignis The instrument cluster on the Ignis features a large Ignis gets all-new
look the more muscular of the two, and the broad central speedometer with tachometer to the left, while a 15-inch wheels that
horizontal grille further accentuates the cars 1,690-mm small digital display placed to the right includes the fuel add to the cars
width, 30 mm more than the Hyundais, while the Ignis and temperature gauges and gear indicator, as well as odo pumped-up stance
also boasts of a marginally wider wheelbase and higher and trip meters. The front seats are comfortable and
ground clearance. The lower-slung Grand i10 is the longer supportive, and, in conjunction with the tilt-adjustable
of the two at 3,765 mm, while the Ignis is 65 mm shorter steering, it is quite easy to find a suitable driving position.
bumper-to-bumper. At the back there is quite some headroom thanks to the
The quirky design of the Ignis is sure to attract tall-boy design, although the rear seats do lack adequate
attention, and as such may be preferred by the younger thigh support. On the whole, the interior dominated by
crowd looking to make a style statement, but we think the straight lines, contrasting colours and sharp angles looks The 2017 Grand i10
i10 boasts of the more mature design of the two cars, and is contemporary and stylish, although in our dusty gets new diamond
likely to find broader acceptance across the board. conditions I expect the light grey door panels to go a few cut 14-inch alloys
On the inside, the Ignis gets a two-tone dashboard in shades darker with time.
black and light grey with the top and bottom halves Hyundai have been equipping their cars with really
divided by straight lines, and a similar two-tone treatment classy interiors for quite some time now, and the Grand i10
on the interior door panel trim. The air-conditioning vents in no different. On the inside, this car feels more upmarket
get an attractive carbon-fibre finish, while the central than the Ignis, with softer curves, flowing lines and a large
portion of the dash is dominated by a tablet-style music- seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display integrated
player with Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones. This into the black-and-beige dashboard. The familiar
variant of the Ignis does not get a touch display; for that instruments feature a central speedometer with tachometer
you would have to buy the top-of-the-line Alpha variant to the left, while two small dials to the right display fuel
which is only available with a manual transmission. Hence and temperature information. A small centrally-placed
this car loses points to the Grand i10 that features a seven- digital display features odo and trip meters as well as a
inch touchscreen equipped with Apple CarPlay and transmission position indicator for the auto box. The

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seating up front is spot-on, while at the rear it may be a bit
of a squeeze for three adults. The lower roof-line means
that the rear seat passengers will miss out on the airy feel
The Grand i10 feels a lot more
of the Ignis but, ultimately, the Hyundai, with 10 mm relaxed, building up speed in a
more shoulder-room, 90 mm more knee-room, and rear
air-con vents manages to feel marginally more smoother manner while the torque
comfortable.
Both these cars are powered by similar in-line four
converter automatic shifts through
1.2-litre engines that make 83 PS at 6,000 rpm. The torque the gears swiftly and smoothly
output of the two is also very close: the Ignis makes 113
Nm at 4,200 rpm, while the Grand i10 just about edges it
out with 114 Nm at 4,000 rpm. undulations and this can get tiresome after a while. The
Although featuring similar powerplants, the driving Grand i10 rides much softer and easily absorbs most of
experience greatly differs between these two cars. The what our roads can throw at it without fuss. We feel that
Ignis feels quite peppy off the line, a feel that is the smoother ride quality of this comfort-biased setup is
accentuated by the raw four-cylinder soundtrack that the right approach for this kind of car, and that the Grand
permeates through the exhaust as you mash the pedal, but i10 provides a much more well-rounded experience to
is let down by the AMT gearbox that seems to take ages to drive or to be driven in.
shift cogs. The Grand i10, on the other hand, feels a lot Priced at just over Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), the
more relaxed, building up speed in a smoother manner Hyundai is about Rs 60 grand less expensive than the
while the torque converter automatic shifts through the Ignis, which is priced at Rs 7.64 lakh. We feel that the
gears swiftly and smoothly. The Hyundai definitely feels more mature design, better interior, smoother engine
more refined to operate, and its better-appointed interior mated to that comparatively quick-shifting transmission
adds to the comfort factor on long drives. and comfortable ride quality all contribute to the Grand
Both cars are sprung very differently as well; the firmer i10 edging out the Ignis in this comparison, with the lower
suspension of the Ignis allows you to feel most road price tag an added bonus.

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DHARAMSHALA

New Delhi

Gwalior

Pench National Park

NAGPUR

Hyderabad

Bengaluru

Kozhikode

KOCHI

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SPIRIT
VOYAGE
We embark on the second edition of the Great India
Drive, this time in the Hyundai Tucson. Our journey
begins from the sacred Dharamshala in the north and
ends in merry Kochi down south. In this, the first part
of our tale, we set off from the mountains and make
our way to the centre of India
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P
ERCHED IN THE KANGRA out slot the lever of the auto
valley, under the imposing box into Drive, and smile and
shadow of the snow-capped wave as Hyundai MD & CEO
Himalayas, a sense of almost Y K Koo and the Ed flag us off for
spiritual calm seeps through me. the official start of the drive.
Crickets chirp in the cedar trees, not And while the beginning of a
a soul in sight, every crunch of a twig journey from the mountains typically
and sway of a leaf amplified in the silence. puts you to the mind of highways and
Serene as it is, at the back of my mind there is twisty turns, that would have to wait, because
a notion that it is the quiet calm before the chaotic Dharamshala is at the heartbeat of modern day
storm that only a proper road trip across India can Buddhism in India, so a quick look around was more
bring. A quick, reassuring glance to the left reminds than warranted. Heading towards McLeod Gunj
that this particular trip might not be so bad, and that (where the Dalai Lama lives) I found the little area
nugget of consolation comes from seeing the Hyundai packed to the brim with traffic, so decided to park the
Tucson waiting for me. On paper, it seems like the car and have a walkabout instead. The first interesting
Tucson is that missing piece of the puzzle. A perfect fit sight I happened across was the Kalachakra Temple in
for tackling the diverse contours of this beautiful nation the busy main street of McLeod Gunj. Draped in
that we call home. Its compact SUV styling makes the shades of red, gold, orange, and blue, the temple plays
Tucson big enough to keep us comfortable and handle host to an array of stunning Buddhist murals and was
the rough stuff, but nimble enough to slip through the definitely worth the walk.
gaps when deemed necessary. That 2.0-litre diesel Further down the road is the star attraction, though:
engine promises some scope for fun, too, all 185 horses the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
of it, in fact. Would the Tucson prove itself to be an Namgyal Monastery. Established in McLeod Gunj in
all-conquering touring machine? Only one way to find 1959, this peaceful, sprawling place of worship has a

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The inside of Earl James Bruces
St Johns Church Memorial

section that pays tribute to the Tibetan citizens who self-


immolated in protest of the Chinese governments
oppression of Tibet. While the walk around the
monastery complex may start on this sombre note, the
overall experience is one of tranquillity and simplicity.
The intricately crafted row of prayer wheels, wide
corridors and venerable monks smiling at you make for a
profoundly calming and enjoyable experience. Sadly,
though, I didnt run into the Dalai Lama himself; maybe,
His Holiness didnt hear about my visit to his home.
Anyway, next I drove out of McLeod Gunj and
headed towards St John in the Wilderness. This elegant
neo-gothic church has been around since the 1850s, and
is surrounded on all sides by cedar trees. There is also a THINGS TO CARRY
grave memorial dedicated to James Bruce, eighth Earl of Puncture repair kit
Elgin and Viceroy of India, in the church premises. First-aid kit
There is so much to see in the Dharamshala region, but I Air compressor
had to make it all the way down the mountain side and to Caps & sunglasses
the capital city of New Delhi that very day, so it was time Camera
to swiftly move on. And move on I did, gliding through (or take your own
photographer with
the twisty roads, the Tucsons supple handling dynamics you like I did)
making the drive through the curves particularly Energy bars
enjoyable. The road out of Dharamshala is ridiculously Lots of water
The Dalai Lamas residence narrow and the locals drive really fast coming around Binoculars

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Welcome to Delhi...
and traffic jams

near-blind corners. The Tucsons ABS-equipped brakes Instead of trusting the in-car GPS that hadnt failed us so
and proximity sensors came in quite handy when far, we decided to get some local help in terms of
navigating through these narrow roads. The Tucson also directions, and were quickly sent down a shorter back
showed its might and vigour on the straights once past lane. Shorter it may have been, but it ran out of tarmac
Chandigarh and on the open highways. I reached New and transformed into a mud path about 100 metres into
Delhi as night set in, and headed straight for my hotel so this diversion. I wasnt grumbling too much, though,
I could go exploring bright and early the next morning. because not only was it a great opportunity to see how
I went to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the home of the Tucson did when straying off the beaten black-top,
President Pranab Mukherjee, early the next day. The but we also got to see a pack of wild nilgai charge across
imposing structure emanates power and purpose, and is the road right in front of us while we were there. In case
one of those landmarks you have to visit. Sadly, I didnt you are wondering how the Tucson did, it took to the
run into the President while there either; maybe, he bumpy track and changes in terrain with ease, the sorted
didnt hear that I was visiting. Anyway, from there its suspension setup making sure we were as comfortable as
only a short skip away to the equally wondrous India possible while conquering these undulations.
Gate. Watching the golden sun rise from behind this I didnt have to suffer bad roads and slow going for too
seminal structure is a splendid sight indeed. I also hit up long before it was back to smooth highways, and I had
the trendy Connaught Place, and scoped out the Red made it to the historic city of Gwalior without breaking a
Fort (only from the outside for the latter, though, as, sweat. I checked in at a heritage hotel called Deo Bagh,
sadly, entry is closed on Mondays). complete with 17th-century relics within its backyard. A
Soon enough, it was time bid New Delhi adieu and set fitting place to stay in when visiting a city so steeped in
off for Gwalior. After really gunning the Tucson and history. My sightseeing destination in Gwalior post-
marvelling at its high-speed stability on the legendary check in was the Gwalior Fort area. You can catch about
Yamuna Expressway, the revelries brought on by driving 90 per cent of all of Gwaliors tourist locations here,
rapidly came to a sudden halt as we bypassed Agra. starting with the enthralling Jain sculptures.

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HYUNDAI TUCSON CRDi AT GLS
PRICE: Rs 29.56 lakh (OTR, Pune)
ENGINE: 1,995 cc, in-line four, turbo-diesel
MAX POWER: 185 PS at 4,000 rpm
MAX TORQUE: 400 Nm at 1,750-2,750 rpm
TRANSMISSION: Six-speed, automatic, front-wheel drive
WEIGHT: 1,655 kg (estimated)
ON SALE: Now

The majestic Driving through


Red Fort Connaught Place

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These carvings of 1,500 idols are littered all over the hill,
ranging between six inches and nearly 60 feet, the tallest
of which is a titanic carving located in the cliff face
flanking the entrance to the area.
Next, I went and checked out the Teli Temple and the
Sas-Bahu Temple. The former was built anywhere
between the eighth and 11th centuries, and is the oldest
structure in the whole complex. The latter was
constructed in the year 1092 as a temple dedicated to
Lord Vishnu by the king of the ruling Kachchhapaghata
dynasty. However, when his son married, the new
daughter-in-law wished to devote her prayers to Lord
Shiva instead, causing a second temple to be built right
The Gurudwara next door. It seems that the king (or his people) had a
Data Bandi Chorh Saheb
bit of sense of humour, because from then on the temple

Enthralling architecture on
show at Gwalior Palace

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Titanic Jain carvings
at Gwalior

The amusingly named


Sas-Bahu Temple

The museum that


celebrates Sikh heritage

complex was called Sas-Bahu (or mother-


The rajahs pavillion in
in-law daughter-in-law) temple. After
Deo Baghs backyard
covering the temples, it was time to check
out the mesmerising Gurdwara Data
Bandi Chorh Sahib. Built in honour of
Guru Hargobinds (who was the sixth of
the 10 fabled Nanaks) release from Gwalior
Fort, where he was imprisoned, the Sikh
place of worship is truly a sight to behold.
There is also a museum devoted to Sikh
history in this region.
The biggest attraction of the area is, of course,
the Man Mandir and Gujari Palace section. With
imposing walls of sandstone and basalt painstakingly
moulded into sophisticated and tasteful architecture,
the palace complex is best enjoyed with the light-and-
sound show that is conducted there. The complex also
has a little old temple which is famous as the spot
where the first ever instance of the number 0 was
inscribed over 1,500 years ago. By the time I
returned to Deo Bagh, the sun was setting, high tea was
set up in the settee outside my room, peacocks and
peahens were frolicking in the garden, and the old
rajahs pavilion was all lit up for the guests viewing
pleasure.
After all that history, I needed a bit of a breather from
civilisation, so en route Nagpur I turned off the
highway and into the Pench Forest Reserve for a spot of
tiger-spotting. Since it had taken the best part of a day Teli Temple
to cover the 600-odd kilometres from Gwalior to

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Wild dogs are a rare That Jackal looks like


sight, even in Pench its plotting something

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Pench, doing the forest safari that very day was out of
the question. So we settled in for the night at one of the
many resorts at Seoni.
I was ready and climbing into the safari vehicle by 5.30
am and looking forward to spotting me some wild beasts.
The forest is dense and kind of ominous, especially
knowing that Indias famed Royal Bengal Tigers prowl
its leafy halls. Apart from the tiger, if you are lucky, you
can also spot other exotics like wild dogs, leopards, the
sloth bear and more. Wandering around for four hours
and taking in all the beauty and magic of the forest, some
creatures did come out to greet us too. We saw the gaur
or Indian bison, spotted deer, sambar, jackals, and the
very difficult to spot wild dogs. In fact, we even saw wild
puppies (can I call them that?). No tigers, though, I
A family of gaurs
guess the big cat didnt hear I was coming. Oh, well, Im
more of a (wild) dog person anyway. And you know
what, its okay that I didnt see any tigers; it will give me
Zero mile in Nagpur is
an iron cast reason to go back for another safari.
Indias centre point
Anyway, jungle trails done, it was time to head to
Nagpur. The distance there is really short, less than 100
kilometres, and the going was smooth. The centre of
India is a perfect place to split a trip that begins in the
mountains of the north and finishes in the sunny south
beaches. Which is why, Ill end this first part of the
Spotted Great India Drive here, at the zero mile in Nagpur. Stay
deer gives us tuned to Car India, though, because the second part
the stink-eye comes in the next issue.

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FEATURE 50 YEARS OF AMG II

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THE COMING TO POWER:
50 Years of AMG
AMG, the performance arm of
German luxury icon Mercedes-
Benz, completes 50 years of
existence this year. In this
second of a multi-part series,
Car India takes a look at what
goes into AMG cars that sets
them apart. This is the era of
the V12
Story: Jim Gorde

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Photography: Daimler & Pagani Press

N OUR FIRST PART OF THE SERIES,


we saw how AMG came about when Hans
Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher set out
to do more with what they had. The result
was a high-performance car that raised the
bar and the standard of performance in the
1960s. The following decades saw more
involvement from Mercedes-Benz and, in
1993, the first co-developed car, the Mercedes C 36
AMG, came to be. Just about six years later, in January
1999, Daimler acquired 51 per cent of shares in AMG,
leading to the company becoming Mercedes-AMG
GmbH. This acquisition came about as a result of the
introduction of one car. The car that put AMG on the
map, one that left an indelible impression on car
enthusiasts: the E 55 AMG.

PREVIOUSLY
We took a trip through
the formation of AMG,
along with 300 SEL 6.8,
their first car. We also
discussed The Hammer
and takeover by
Mercedes-Benz.
If you missed it,
visit our website http://carindia.in/?p=14852
or visit or to get an e-version

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Introduced in 1999, the W210 E 55 AMG gave new


meaning to the term high-performance sedan. Armed
with a 354-PS 5.4-litre V8, the E 55 went on to become
hot property with about 12,000 cars sold in the four years
it was offered. Whats more, Mercedes even had an
estate version. There was also a four-wheel-drive
version, with the then 4Matic badge. Only 15 were sold.
The year 2001 saw the most encouraging sales figures,
the highest for the company until then, at 18,700 cars,
with revenues rising to 428 million.
The E 55 wasnt the first, though. There were others.
The E 36 is amongst the rarest of AMG models thanks to
very low production numbers. In 1997, the E 50 arrived
with a 347-PS 5.0-litre V8. Sold only in Europe, The first of its kind
production was just shy of 2,900 cars. The very limited E and also one of the
60 followed, first with a 6.0-litre 381-PS V8, and then rarest: the E 55 AMG
4Matic of which
with a 405-PS 6.3-litre engine built in 1996 and 1998
only 15 were made
respectively.

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The next coming of the E 55 AMG happened in 2002
with the arrival of the W211 model. This one packed an
even more potent M113 5.5-litre supercharged V8 rated at
476 PS and 700 Nm. The same engine was then offered
in the ML-Class, which was essentially the very first
high-performance modern SUV. The S 55 and SL 55 also
followed with a rated 500 PS. The CL 55, and even a
One man, one
engine: the
compact rocket of a C-Class, the C 55, followed in 2004.
principle stands The SLK 55 AMG was the official Formula 1 Safety Car
true even today for the 2004 season.
with their hand- Even with the added models, Mercedes ensured that
built engines the high-performance AMG drive systems were
manufactured according to the production philosophy of
one man, one engine. Each engine is assembled by a
single technician, who indicates his or her responsibility
for the drive unit by adding his or her signature to the
completed engine.

W211 E 55 AMG
took the game
forward: a true
sleeper that
looked all business
and packed an even
bigger wallop

The E 55 AMG
gave new
meaning to
the term high-
performance C 30 CDI AMG
sedan
The year 2002 also saw the introduction of
the only diesel AMG to date: the C 30 CDI AMG
Coup. It became available in 2003, powered
by a 231-PS 3.0-litre turbo-diesel in-line
five-cylinder engine. Needless to say, this
was also a hand-built motor.

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FEATURE 50 YEARS OF AMG II

Mercedes-AMG dont just do V8s, however; they are Creating 25 road-


just as well-known for their big, bad V12s. The V12 going street-legal
engines truly made their presence felt in the era that versions of the
seemingly had many of those under the hoods of race endurance race car
cars and road cars alike. The M120 is an engine that has was a necessity
stood the test of time, and in several forms, might I add.
It started with the CLK-GTR; an icon in its own right.
When Mercedes-Benz decided to make an official
comeback as a chassis and engine constructor at
the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998, the engineers at AMG
were convinced that only a smaller engine and upgraded
aerodynamics would help achieve the goal. AMG needed
just about a third of a year to develop the car. The engine
was based on the M119 5.0-litre V8 tested eight years
earlier in the Sauber Mercedes C11 Group C car
reworked extensively to meet GT1 regulations, being
flange-mounted and tuned to 600 PS from 730 PS. The
CLK LM was thus born.
Apart from the four CLK LM Racing chassis, there
were two street versions, or Straenversion, built by
the factory. The first, Chassis 001, was built in 1997 to

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While the M120 6.0-litre V12 is now a legend, it did spark
something even more spectacular. The SL 600 had the big
V12 with nearly 400 PS and 570 Nm; however, magic
happened if you bought one and then handed it over to
AMG. This is the story of the largest engine ever seen in a
Mercedes passenger car for the road. The SL 73.
In 1999, the SL 73 came from AMG as a special project,
given a new SL 600. The 6.0-litre V12 was enlarged to 7,291
cc and put out all of 525 PS and 750 Nm figures unheard
of in 1999. It weighed two whole tonnes but managed a
sub-five-second 0-100 km/h time and a top
speed of 300-km/h. Only 85 were ever made.
The SL 73 was the swansong for the R129 SL.
The R230 followed, but thats a story for
another day.

Racing V12 engine


has seen several
modications in its
lifetime. Yes, its still
being used today!

The Mercedes-Benz
Museum is home to
the first CLK-GTR of
the lot

meet initial FIA requirements. However, this car was


retained by Mercedes. The second, Chassis 002, was
shown to the world at the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Mercedes were obliged to build and deliver 25
CLK-GTR road cars as promised.
Between late 1998 and the middle of 1999, the other 25
cars were built by AMG at the Affalterbach factory; only
slightly different from the race car. This resulted in more
that just hat. There was the ultra-exclusive CLK-GTR Apart from the four CLK LM
Supersport of which only two were built! The first
was chassis 1/25, nicknamed The Unicorn: a
Racing chassis, there were two
homologation car with mirrors mounted high and a street versions, or Straenversion,
7.3-litre mid-mounted V12 motor. It didnt have any
badging. The second, nicknamed The Endgame, was built by the factory
chassis #017 based on an upgrade of the first car. It is
noted to be the only car to officially receive the
Supersport designation. The CLK-GTR also earned
the Guinness World Record of the most expensive
production car on sale at the time: a whopping US$ 1.55
million (approximately Rs 6.6 crore, as per the exchange
rate in 1999).

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POWER TO PAGANI
As a child, Horacio Pagani was a car enthusiast with big
dreams. Thanks to none other than his friend, Juan Horacio Pagani
Manuel Fangio, five-time Formula 1 world champion, he (right) with his
Zonda F Clubsport,
was able to move to Italy and begin a new phase of his with his friend and
life. In 1992, he founded Pagani Automobili SpA in customer, Benny
Modena, Italy. His dream now was to build a car so Caiola, with his
exquisite, so detailed, it would be a class apart. He and the first ever
always appreciated all good cars and never saw the big Zonda C12S; both
use the AMG 7.3 V12
names as rivals. Little did he realise then that his first
car, the Zonda, in its then many unforeseen evolutions,
would rival the best in the world. Why are we discussing
Pagani? Because the engine the heart of the car
came from Mercedes-AMG! And that partnership,
which began back in 1994, continues today.
The first Zonda, the C12, used the AMG M120
6.0-litre V12, making 394 PS and 570 Nm, mated to a
Caged, yet able to
five-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. be set free in its
It would do 0-100 km/h in just over four seconds. Only element, the first
five cars were built, before the Zonda S arrived. With its AMG 7,291-cc V12-
7.0-litre V12 specifically tuned by AMG, the Zonda C12 powered Zonda S
S made nearly 550 PS. It spoke of a 335-km/h top speed still stands a class
apart even from the
and cost half-a-million US$; this was more than 15 years exotics of today
ago. Only 15 cars were produced, before the next Zonda
S got the iconic 7.3-litre V12 an engine whose
evolution is still used today! It made 555 PS and 750 Nm
and attained 318 km/h on a run on the Autobahn.

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SHELL #MAKETHEFUTURE FEATURE

In Fluid Form
The Shell Technology Centre in Bengaluru hosted one of
the biggest events by the petroleum major: #MakeTheFuture.
We were there to see the change they want to bring in

S
Story: Jim Gorde Photography: Jim Gorde & Shell India
HELL IS ONE OF THE MOST NOTED NAMES IN After the introduction of Shell Helix Ultra with
the world of fuel and lubrication and for good reason. PurePlus technology one that offered a lifetime
They have been associated with one of the best-known warranty, no less there was a matter of their
and revered automotive brands, Ferrari, and been on one Concept Car that was showcased in Beijing. Why a
of the most iconic cars in motor sport: Michael concept car from Shell? Well, the answer was simple.
Schumachers dominating Ferrari Formula 1 race car that Integration is the key. It cannot be three different
won five straight titles from 1999 to 2004. They have directions making a turn and then meeting midway
been making great strides in lubrication and the fact that towards a common goal. That only works to some extent.
their oil technology allows them to use blends and To truly achieve complete integration, all those involved
conjure lubricants from natural gas tells you all you need in the project must be involved from Day One. This is
to convince you that they mean business. where the car comes in.

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FEATURE SHELL #MAKETHEFUTURE

SHELL CONCEPT CAR


Shell Technologies, Gordon Murray Design, and Geo 660-cc kei power!
Technology began by envisioning a concept built in 45 PS, seating for
co-operation from the ground up. The lubricant was three plus luggage
and 38 km/l
considered as a primary component as well. Shells
specially-developed 0W-12 oil the first lubricant
created from natural gas is as thin in viscosity as
possible for its intended application. The platform is
Gordon Murray Designs patented iStream, conceived
with a specific focus on weight reduction and Ample cargo room
aerodynamics; not too different from those used in F1. for a city runabout
The construction is nothing less than spectacular, similar
to that seen on the McLaren P1 and Alfa Romeo 4C. Although for a short spin, I did drive the car around the
A carbon-fibre tub is the base. It holds steel elements, Shell Technology Centre. Access is granted in
such as the seat-belt reels, and the other formed parts of unconventional race- even drag-car fashion; the front lifts
the chassis are bonded to it. The suspension is up and you get into the driver seat positioned in the
independent front and rear, a MacPherson strut setup at The badge says it middle a la McLaren. Thank you, Gordon Murray and
all! And explains
the front with a sprung rear linked arm. The engine is the seat layout, too
that puts things in a very different perspective. Driven
essentially a 660-cc three-cylinder unit from a kei car with a light foot, the 660-cc three-pot feels enough for the
and makes 45 PS and 64 Nm, although Geo Technology 550-kg three-seater car. Gear shifts are a bit slow, but the
have optimised the engine by redesigning all internal car will eventually get up to 145 km/h. The claimed 38
components that are subject to friction. The pistons are km/l, however, more than makes up for that!
also lighter and valve-train components are coated with The point Shell want to make is that there is hope for
DTC (diamond-like carbon) to minimise both resistance better efficiency and lower emissions if integration is
and wear. A sequential semi-automatic manual given its due time and commitment. More aerodynamic,
(popularly called AMT now) is used to drive the front lightweight cars fuelled conservatively to go a longer
wheels. The wheels themselves are covered and shod distance. Of course, fossil fuel will eventually end, but
with low rolling-resistance Michelin 145/70 R13 tyres. making the most of it, for now, is the key.

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which generate ethanol, this
process generates diesel and jet
fuel. It generates dropping
hydrocarbon fuel. When I say
dropping, it has a specification
of jet fuel that goes in
aeroplanes today. It has the
specification of diesel that
powers diesel cars. We have two
cars, one BMW and one Toyota
Fortuner, which use gasoline
and diesel derived from this
process. They work perfectly. If
India could convert 40 per cent
of its waste material, including
agricultural waste and bagasse,
it would be equivalent of
halving Indias fuel and crude
oil imports. That is also why
weve chosen to build this
technology here in India.
We look forward to more on
this development.

TECHNOLOGY CENTRE BITUMEN FUTURE


Shell have officially opened their new Technology Centre Shell are the worlds largest marketer of bitumen, being in
in Bengaluru. A major technology hub, it is spread over the business for over 90 years. From roads to runways,
52 acres, custom-built to house up to 1,500 experts, who their daily supply is comparable to the amount required to
would collaboratively work on worldwide innovative resurface 450 km of road. Erik Bonino is keen on one
energy projects. project in this department. Bitumen is a major component
The Shell Technology Centre in Bengaluru is one of in road surfaces and, in that, it also holds a lot of potential.
the only three main technology hubs in Shells global There are not one but three projects that are being actively
network of R&D centres; the other two being in the researched. One is a synthetic bitumen emulsion that
Netherlands and the USA. The new centre houses a reduces nitrous oxides in the air by converting them into
variety of technical experts, laboratories, and technology harmless nitrates that simply wash away from the road
demonstration units. It is home to a wide spectrum of surface. The second is a phosphorescent binder or glow-
technical disciplines with specific expertise in fields such in-the-dark version that absorbs light during the day and
as liquefied natural gas, sub-surface modelling, data gives it out after dark. The third is a conducive asphalt
analysis, engineering design, bitumen, distillation, water that absorbs heat and can convert that into usable energy.
technology, and enhanced computational research. The There is also an active asphalt which attracts certain
centre is also helping pioneer efforts using its IH2 particulates from the air to the road surface.
(waste to fuel) technology to turn forestry, agricultural With most municipal corporations turning off street-
and municipal waste into transportation fuels, with a new lights late at night, the potential for a hazard goes up
demonstration plant being built at the site. exponentially especially in countries like ours where
laws such as riding/driving without a headlight or tail-light
WASTE TO FUEL are not always enforced. Given the lack of illumination,
Fossil fuel comes from hundreds of years of compression the idea of having a glowing road seemed more viable than
of the natural environment and things that may have it appears to be at first when one thinks about it.
found their way on to it. The same principle can The second is more of a necessity. Having friction on
effectively be used, as a recreation of the phenomenon, to the road surface harnessed and used to power street-lights
extract essential minerals using everything from hard can help reduce our dependence on coal-fuelled
waste as well as human-generated municipal waste, and electricity. The move to solar and wind power has not
turning it into usable fuel. picked up anywhere near as much as it needs to and
Shell have been conducting research and implementing alternative solutions are always welcome. We look forward
this theory to put it into practical use; in a scaled-down to more on this development.
manner, of course. The results were promising enough to
go ahead and begin construction of a larger, more
substantial demonstration version. The conversion ratio
and we spoke to Erik Bonino, Executive VP of
Downstream Technology for Shell UK, about this is
significant, and if continued, there would be affordable
fuel without the need for subsidies.
Bonino said, Unlike other technologies, bio-fuels

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To be the best, one


needs to be challenged
As the Shell Technology Centre played host to Interviewed by: Jim Gorde
their biggest event yet, #MakeTheFuture, Car
Car India (CI ): Lubricant technology has
India caught up with the big names at Shell, come a long way, so how much would you say
has progressed in the past 10 years from what
including Andrew Hepher, Vice President we had back then to what we have now?
Technology, Shell; Erik Bonino, Executive VP, How much in laymans terms would it mean
to the average car-buyer?
Downstream Technology, Shell UK; Mansi
Erik Bonino (EB): In
Tripathy, Country Head, Shell Lubricants India; laymans terms in the last 10
years the contribution of
and Neeraj Bhatia, Chief Marketing Officer, Shell lubricants to overall fuel
Lubricants India, for a brief round of questions efficiency you would say is
about 30 per cent.

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a huge assistance. But then the molecular
properties of the oil themselves allowed
them to have this temperature range ability
which is remarkable and, of course, you
know engine manufacturers are always
looking to make their engines as compact as
possible and hence they want an oil that not
only serves the need of the engine but also
the turbocharger. Now some engineers, I
suppose I would add myself to that, would
most probably like to see different lubricants
for different applications, but thats not
where we are. Weve actually got products
that actually perform the function required
in the turbocharger and also the engine.

Andrew Hepher (AH):


Its not only about fuel
economy; its also key to
emissions technology.
Youve got to make sure
youve got the right oil.
Youve got particulate filters, so its not just
about getting more miles from the engine;
its about getting fewer exhaust gases out of
the tail-pipe.

CI : Shell have partnered with Ferrari for 70


years now. How much has that affected brand
perception, especially in new markets?

EB: We were the original sponsor of Enzo


Ferrari when he was a racing driver. He
hadnt thought about building cars back
then. We were a sponsor of him. Thats how
the relationship began. Some things are
unpredictable. Who would have thought
that such a beginning would have had the
conclusion that its had? Ferrari have the
highest brand value of any of the automotive
Mansi Tripathy (MT): In temperatures. Now we have products which companies. Its great that Ferrari and Shell
terms of the dimensions on can go from almost -50 C to 70 C, which can say that they are working together.
lubricants, Id say they are again is a maximum variation which an oil Every Ferrari road car has Shell oil in it, and
divided into five big can really handle. then theres the race activity. The brands fit
dimensions which have together very well. In terms of extreme
improved. The first one is EB: You have to ask yourself what kind of motoring, we think that the association and
really more about how clean the engine is engines we were dealing with 10 years ago. the development programmes we have with
left behind. You have to look at a 30-year Now we are speaking about much smaller, Ferrari are very powerful to the public; so,
journey of an engine which a lubricant was compact and highly turbocharged engines. yes, its very helpful in new market entries.
able to clean along with its lubrication for The requirements of the lubricants have just
what it is able to do today. Today we are gone through the roof in terms of what is MT: When you consider India specifically,
able to claim that every time you service expected of them in terms of performance, and Ferrari India, it lends high credibility to
with our lubricant, its almost equivalent to and yet we are getting that performance best-in-class and highest, toughest
pretty much a completely new engine. We from these oils. You see what Mansi just conditions which a car can go through.
can do endoscopy; we can do a lot of tests to explained that cleanliness came down a lot When something is able to test itself out
see that the residual impact of all the soot, of to the purity of the product and in those there, and the same technology is used on
all the sulphur and phosphorus, all the years in the past we did a lot of process the road, then theres a magic to it. The
minerals is dramatically reduced. So that is work, process engineering to get that. We second aspect is connecting to the passions
really the heart of it, the cleanliness is had the next evolution which was the Pure of our consumers. Being a consumer-centric
getting improved. That leads to a cascading Plus technology, which is the base oil itself company, We ask ourselves which are the
effect for a lot of other things, one of which being synthetic, where by design its passion points for someone involved with
is more about how thin you can make the oil completely homogenous and has only the the car. Thats again where Ferrari come in.
so that it can be used in a range of molecules that we want in them. So that was Its not about the small percentage of

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INTERVIEW SHELL
of this car going to be? Putting all the
various factors together to say where we can
push this envelope on this car. But the
engine and the oil were at the heart of the
whole concept. When you are changing
certain components and dealing with metals
and ceramics, it is a different world for the
lubricant to excel.

MT: Connecting that to day-to-day life, its


also to showcase that we are the technology
partner. If youre talking about India going
through the transition to BS-VI, we want to
Shells logo proudly adorns some of the showcase that we are the technology partner
most iconic Italian racers; notably Michael who can help you change your course from
Schumachers Ferrari F1 racecar and
BS-III and BS-IV to BS-VI. If, for
Andrea Doviziosos Ducati MotoGP racer
example, Tata are looking for a unique
proposition which can give a high fuel
people who own a Ferrari or can own a does that work? From 8,000 rpm to 200,000 efficiency, the first person they talk to is
Ferrari; its about those who are passionate rpm, how does that balance come in with one Shell. Likewise, Maruti are trying for a
about driving and want to be a part of that oil? How do you achieve that? transmission oil thats filled for life. The first
league; what we call classical sports person they come and talk to is Shell. We
marketing. Its also about knowing our EB: Thats a bit of a trade secret. Mansi want to use these platforms to showcase a
consumers and knowing what they seek, gave a little bit answer to that which is much larger story. If any of our OEM
and saying how we can match their passion around the temperature performance of the partners technology journey is there, we are
points. It helps us in multiple ways. oil and the fact that it must not break down there to help and support them.
because in a turbocharger you get so much
EB: I think there is a very similar parallel air intake, the thing would break down and Neeraj Bhatia (NB): Our
to a very close relationship to Ducati. They you would end up with nothing protecting new oil, the 0W-12, the
are similar sort of brands. They connect to the engine at all. So the oil has to stay pressure is on to move in
the passion of bikers and that makes the together, and we are looking at formulations that direction. In the next
brand very relevant. There are things that and thats part of the art and the science that few years, thats the
bind us in the technical domain: driving for do just that: withstand these high direction India should take.
excellence, for performance, and quality, temperatures and these high kinetic Its the answer to some of the challenges we
and passion. To be the best, one needs to movements and maintain integrity. It is one are facing. BS-VI in 2020 is driving
be challenged. I think in most sports you of the advantages. Because the oil is made everybody in fast forward, literally.
try to find someone who can push you that from a natural gas, one of its many
bit further. Ferrari and we have that properties is it has a very high oxidative CI : Now the 0W-12 oil you mentioned.
relationship. F1 is an incredibly stability. It doesnt break down as other oils What is the temperature range that that
challenging domain where every 100th of a do, so its one of the assets of using this particular oil can operate at?
second counts. That relentless pursuit of product.
that extra piece of performance is really the AH, EB, MT: It will be in the range of
kernel of creativity for our technical staff. CI : Now the concept car itself. How did you -50 C to +70 C.
Its a wonderful dynamic to be in, because think about making that? Was it to showcase
it never allows anyone to stop and say, Job that collaborative efforts in one direction will CI : About the solid waste conversion into
done. Everyone is restless and looking for actually make a bigger difference than three fuel. You have a plant coming up out here.
the next evolution. This season we began different entities working on their own? What sort of scale are you looking at?
with a fuel formulation and a lubricant
formulation. Even today we have EB: Yes, we wanted to show the art of the EB: The facility can process five tonnes of
programmes where we bring the next possible, and to do that it had to be through material a day; whether its municipal waste
evolution out in four races from now collaboration. or bagasse.
and then race eight. So its a fantastic
dynamic to be in. CI : So you couldnt partner with someone; it CI : How much of that would turn into
I would say the way F1 rules have had to be your own car? usable fuel? Is it significant or minuscule?
changed over the years, now the smaller
engines, highly turbo-charged and with EB: We had to do this together because it EB: I cant tell you that. But its a significant
hybrid power-units, the demands that they was only by the brainstorming of the amount. Its at a level where you can have a
are making on us as a technical collaborator individual companies saying, How far can production cost which is much lower that
or I would say are more directly transferable you go? and If I make this modification in the cost per litre on the street right now. I
to the road. the engine, how would the lubricant react? share that because, for the technology to
and then thinking of the overall performance thrive, it needs no subsidy. And so one of
CI : You mentioned that the same oil is used of the vehicle what kind of maintenance do the objectives is to have a solution that does
for the engine and the turbocharger. How we want? Whats the braking performance not require that.

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DODGE CHALLENGER SRT DEMON


Dodge have resurrected the Demon and it is here to attack the
worlds drag strips. The demon under the hood is a 6.2-litre
HEMI V8 making 840 PS, 1,044 Nm, and 0-96 km/h in 2.3
seconds; the fastest accelerating car in the world. Its so fast
the national drag racing body had to ban it from competing.

ALFA ROMEO STELVIO


We saw it in Geneva, now Alfas first-ever AUDI R8 LMS GT4
SUV makes its dbut on American soil. Audis all-new race car for the 2017 season

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AUDI RS 3
The sedan version of the Audi RS 3 Sportback, packing the same
400-PS 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo-petrol seen in the Audi TT RS.

BUGATTI CHIRON
Bugatti showcased the mind-bending Chiron which develops
1,500 PS and attains an electronically-limited top speed of 420 km/h.
Read our first drive report on page 24 of this very issue.

CADILLAC DPI-V.R
Cadillacs entry in the 24 Hours of Daytona making its first
appearance; packing a 6.2-litre V8 engine.

FORD POLICE RESPONDER HYBRID


Who doesnt love a police car? The first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid
police car is here to chase down the baddies while minimising its
environmental impact.

CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1


Chevrolets answer to the Demon,
the ZL1 produces 650 PS and 881
Nm from its 6.2-litre supercharged
V8 motor. It packs a new 10-speed
transmission jointly developed with
Ford. There is also a Hennessey-tuned
ZL1 making 1,000 PS, daintily
called The Exorcist, if the
standard ZL1 wasnt
thrilling enough.

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FEATURE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

HONDA CLARITY
Honda have brought the updated Clarity now with new
variants. There is now a Plug-in Hybrid and Electric variant
besides the already existing Fuel Cell variant.

HYUNDAI SONATA
RIMAC CONCEPT_ONE
The new Sonata featuring more aggressive styling has made
Croatias answer to the hypercar world of Koenigseggs and Bugattis is the its dbut. The new Sonata boasts of a raft of changes both
all-electric Concept_One that produces an instantaneous 1,224 PS and 1,600 inside and out.
Nm. Power goes to all four wheels and it will top out at 355 km/h.

LEXUS LS 500 F SPORT


Lexus showcased the LS 500 in the F Sport trim which will be
available with a choice of petrol-electric hybrid option or an
all-new twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 petrol powerplant.

JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE TRACKHAWK


Jeep have brought out the most powerful and quickest SUV ever made in the form
of the new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. At its heart is a supercharged 6.2-litre
HEMI V8 motor borrowed from the Challenger SRT Hellcat, and only mildly
updated to suit the four-wheel driveline. It develops 717 PS and 875 Nm. Enough
for this large monster to accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.5 seconds, which is
quicker than most sports cars, while staying true to its off-road credentials.

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MASERATI GHIBLI NERISSIMO EDITION
Limited to just 450 units, the Maserati Ghibli
Nerissimo, which is an expression of extremely
black in Italian, features the addition of two new
packages and is powered by a 3.0-litre Ferrari-built
twin-turbo V6 engine with either 330 or 410 PS.

LINCOLN NAVIGATOR
Lincoln brought the new Navigator to NYIAS which, the
company claims, elevates family travel to first-class.

TOYOTA FT-4X CONCEPT


The new Future Toyota Four-Wheel Drive Crossover concept or FT-4X is
claimed to be a casualcore SUV. It aims to look good in the city rather than
going off the beaten path.

MERCEDES-AMG GLC 63 AND 63 S


Mercedes-AMG have brought the new
V8-powered 63 and 63 S versions of the
GLC SUV and Coup. Packing the 4.0-litre
twin-turbo V8 engine producing 476 PS
and 510 PS in the S version, the new GLC
63s features the Panamericana grille,
previously reserved for the AMG GT family.

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Perform
FEATURE JAGUAR ART OF PERFORMANCE TOUR

Jaguar India kick off their 2017 The Art of Performance tour

D
O YOU HAVE A HANKERING parts acceleration test, handling course
for performance? Then look no and braking zone each to experience
further as Jaguar India bring you various aspects of the entire Jaguar line-up.
The Art of Performance tour, For the acceleration test Jaguar got their
which was kicked off recently at sports car, the F-Type R convertible, for
Aamby Valley, Lonavala. Jaguar maximum enjoyment.
will be conducting 32 such events in 2017 Next up was the handling track where
in major cities in the country. two slalom courses were drawn up to allow
Jaguars way of organising this event is the participants to experience the superior
simple: they invite customers and handling capabilities of Jaguar cars like the
prospective customers to experience the XE, XF, XJ and the F-Pace.
full potential of Jaguars Indian line-up by After the slalom course, we were off to
letting them loose in a controlled the braking zone where we braked the
environment. aforementioned line-up hard while
The event was held on the Aamby Valley changing the lane to see how composed
airstrip and the day was divided into three and stable these cars were under aggressive

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ance Art
Story: Ravi Chandnani Photography: Jaguar

braking while changing lanes. participant got a certificate which came like
The most impressive part of the whole the cherry on the top.
experience, however, was the guidance by Although, admittedly, Jaguar are not the
Rayomand Banajee, former national only marque to organise such events, it
champion and an ace driver, who, ably surely is something to look forward to for
assisted by a team of seasoned racers, was the brand loyalists. At The Art of
coaching the participants. Every car we got Performance Tour you get to experience
into had a national level car race driver Jaguar cars under the expert guidance of
informing us about the various little details racers who know how to extract the best
of the car related to each activity. out of them. So if you happen to be a
The whole event was organised in a very Jaguar owner or planning to become one,
professional manner, which is typical of then we recommend that you attend the
Jaguar, and at the end of the event each event to get to know the brand better.

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PAINTING
THE TOWN
RED Lewis Hamilton may have
started on pole, but a
combination of strategy and
pace saw Sebastian Vettel
and Ferrari on the top step
of the podium
Story: Jim Gorde Photography: DPPI

T
HE SEASON-OPENER AT ALBERT
Park in Melbourne always throws up
some interesting results. This time,
however, something happened that a lot of
people were waiting to see.
The grid line-up saw one
Mercedes-AMG on pole and one Ferrari next to it,
with the same order on row two occupied by the two
Finns. Following them was the Red Bull of Verstappen
and the rest of the field. The other Red Bull of home
hero Daniel Ricciardo started from the pit-lane, after
the Aussies crash in Q3.
The start was clean and everyone got off the line
quickly. Hamilton was in the lead. No one pitted until
lap 20. The new Pirelli compounds seem to have a lot
more life in them along with just size. The cars were
braking later and more consistently as compared to last
season. This could well be the effect of the change
brought about by the dissatisfied teams thanks to the
fast-diminishing compounds last season. The down the front. With Vettel stopping much later, the
supersofts were deemed enough to go the distance by Victory was sweet German driver got the advantage and emerged ahead of
cars stopping well before the half-way mark, with the for Vettel and the Brit and even managed to keep a hot-blooded Red
back-up of ultrasofts lending enough confidence for Ferrari after a Bull teen in between. Try as he might, Lewis couldnt
that decision. winless 2016 get back. His new team-mate seemed to be quicker
One of the moments to remember was Ocon of Force 1.285 seconds a lap quicker but remained in
India putting the pressure on Alonso, in his ill-fated third, with a closing Raikkonen, who, in turn, had to
now orange McLaren. An outdrag move saw both deal with a fast-closing Verstappen. The order stuck.
Ocon and an opportunistic Hulkenberg get past the It was a popular victory for Sebastian Vettel and,
fuming Spaniard, who said on the radio that his car after a winless 2016, a sweet 225th victory for Scuderia
was pulling to the left, probably due to contact earlier. Ferrari. The scarlet team now lead the constructors as
An early stop from Hamilton saw him emerge lower well, three points clear of Mercedes-AMG.

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F1 AUSTRALIA, CHINA & BAHRAIN
F1 SPORT

Mercedes Edge Ahead in China


On a drying track, Hamilton
managed to convert pole
position into a victory, leading
from start to finish to claim his
first win of the season. Ferrari
have managed to get the ball
rolling, but not fast enough.
The Red Bulls provided the
drama but were still a
significant distance behind the
leaders. With Hamilton taking
the win, Vettel second, and
Verstappen third after
starting 16th it was a tie at
the top of the drivers standings.
Mercedes led Ferrari by one
point in the constructors.

Ferrari Reclaim Top Spot in Bahrain


It was a different story in Bahrain. Under the Vettel, though, was not slowing down, going on
floodlights, Vettel showed pace from the outset. to take a precious second victory. Hamilton was
Bottas may have started on pole but it was a second and Bottas third. Kimi was fourth and
short-lived dream of victory. Team orders Daniel Riccardo upheld Red Bull honour with
resurfaced and Bottas pulled aside to let a fifth, as Verstappen had a rare incident and
faster Hamilton through. Not once, but twice. retired from the race.

DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sebastian Vettel 68
Lewis Hamilton 61
Valtteri Bottas 38
CONSTRUCTORS CHAMPIONSHIP
Ferrari 102
Mercedes-AMG 99
Red Bull Racing 47

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SPORT WRC FRANCE

Mediterranean
Magic for Hyundai
After two disappointing rounds, Hyundai
Motorsport finally reigns supreme in Corsica

Story: Ravi Chandnani Photography: DPPI

T
HE KOREANS WERE Ogier recovered well from Dani Sordo of
the happiest on the electronic problems but Hyundai made it to
Mediterranean island of finished almost a minute the podium after
behind Neuville Meekes exit
Corsica as their ace rally
driver, Thierry Neuville,
thrilled everyone by winning
the fourth round of the season. With this
victory, Neuville also became the fourth
different driver to win a rally in 2017 and
Hyundai the fourth different manufacturer
to do so.
The French round started on a calm note
with Kris Meeke of Citron Total Abu
Dhabi WRT taking charge of the rally,
followed by Sbastien Ogier of M-Sport
WRT, who was a close second on Friday. the rally mid-way on day two. charging Dani Sordo. Nevertheless, the
Hyundais very own Neuville, who has On day three things looked brighter for reigning champion successfully fended off
always had a good start, was in third place Neuville as defending champion and M- the Spanish driver, overcame the electronic
at the end of day one. Sport rally driver Ogier was plagued by issues besetting his Ford Fiesta RS WRC
On day two, however, things started to electronic gremlins that did not allow him and managed to finish in the second place,
turn around for Neuville. The Hyundai to challenge Neuville for the lead. less than a minute behind Neuville. Dani
driver won SS5 and SS6 and moved closer Eventually, Neuville won the rally and Sordo tried his best to make it a one-two for
to the lead. But it was after Kris Meekes became the fourth different winner so far Hyundai but he was only able to finish in
exit from the rally that the Belgian driver this season. third place, just 1.3 seconds behind Ogier.
was able to slip into the lead. Meekes Behind Neuville, Ogier had a tough time The next rally moves to South America
engine problem allowed Neuville to lead defending the second place from a fast- for Rally Argentina.

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NEWS SPORT

Tata Communications:
Five Years and 100 Races
F
ORCE INDIA MAY WELL BE THE STRONGEST
connection that India has with F1, with the Indian GP
now confined to the history books, but there has been
something deeper for the past five years. The year 2012
saw a sporting legacy begin for Tata Communications. In
February 2012, they announced a deal to become Official
Connectivity Provider to Formula 1. Later, they linked up with
Mercedes AMG Petronas to become their Official Managed Jehan Daruvala Sizzles
on F3 Dbut
Connectivity Supplier.
From being at the first-ever race in a little store room with one
laptop and an MPLS router, trying to deliver high-speed

W
connectivity to Formula One Management from half the world ITH TWO SEASONS IN FORMULA RENAULT 2.0,
away, it was hard for them to imagine their 100th race. Mumbai lad Jehan Daruvala has this year graduated to the
Now, five years and 100 races on, Tata Communications run FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the first round
their operations from track-side garages, commentary booths, the of which was held at Silverstone in the UK.
TV and F1 broadcast compounds, and off-site connectivity centres Driving for Team Carlin Racing, Jehan was faced with a wet race
across multiple locations across the globe. During this time they one, and the slippery track conditions saw him slip to 10th place, but
have conducted remote operations, broadcast a race via an OTT he was able to make up and finish eighth in race two. Race three was
network, and delivered racing action in Ultra HD all firsts. Jehans best outing and saw him hold on to fourth place until a
Seeing the spikes in data transmitted on to the engineering mistake put him two places behind, but second in the rookie
teams screens as Lewis Hamilton roars out of the pits and the classification.
real-time reactions rolling in when the entire circuit is being With the first race weekend of the season behind us, Jehan
broadcast live on air. Its those moments that capture weeks, stands third in the Rookie Championship and eighth in the overall
months and years of preparation in a single second that bring all points table. We look forward to following his exploits in the
that hard work to life. To ensure that not a second is missed, the coming season.
team spends around a week building the equivalent of a small
connectivity village at each location, three weeks before race
weekend an operation that would normally take twice that
time. This is complicated by the demands of each race location
bringing new levels of complexity. In Monaco, for example, they
operate out of an underground car park while the cars race
around the streets overhead.
Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director of F1 Business and Vice
President, is thankful to have a partner in F1 that matches their
ambition. With Liberty Medias takeover of FOM, the onus is
now on the entire ecosystem to digitally transform the sport even
further, whether evolving the fan experience with new
technology like AR and VR, bringing the sport to more fans
worldwide, or driving the teams to even greater heights.

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GBU
THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

T H E G O O D , T H E B A D & T H E U G LY
INDIAS PUNCHIEST CAR BUYING GUIDE

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY INDEX


108 ASTON MARTIN, AUDI
FUEL TANK CAPACITY

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)


TRACTION CONTROL

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

POWER WINDOWS
BRAKING SYSTEM
(IN LAKH RUPEES)

OVERALL RATING
109
CUBIC CAPACITY

BENTLEY

ALLOY WHEELS
MUSIC SYSTEM
AVERAGE FUEL
NO. OF GEARS
(C/CYLINDERS)

KERB WEIGHT
MODEL NAME

MAX TORQUE

BOOT SPACE
MAX POWER

110 BMW
ANTI-LOCK
(IN LITRES)

(IN LITRES)

TYRE SIZE

AIRBAGS

TESTED
(IN Nm)

(IN KG)
(IN PS)
PRICE

111 DATSUN, FERRARI


112 FIAT, FORCE MOTORS
ASTON MARTIN FORD
VANTAGE
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. 113 GENERAL MOTORS
Alternatives: 1. Ferrari California T 2. Porsche 911 3. Mercedes-Benz S-Coup 4. Lamborghini Huracn
V8 Coup 228.00* 4735/8 7A 470 426 1630 80 NA 275/35 R19 NA 290 NA NA NA 114 HINDUSTAN MOTORS,
V8 Roadster 265.00* 4735/8 7A 470 426 1710 80 NA 275/35 R19 NA 290 NA NA NA
V8 S Coup 255.00* 4735/8 7A 490 436 1610 80 NA 285/35 R19 NA 305 NA NA NA HONDA
V8 S Roadster BO 4735/8 7A 490 436 1690 80 NA 285/35 R19 NA 305 NA NA NA
V12 S Coup BO 5935/12 7A 620 573 1665 80 NA 295/30 R19 NA 330 NA NA NA 115 HYUNDAI
V12 S Roadster BO 5935/12 7A 620 573 1745 80 NA 295/30 R19 NA 323 NA NA NA

DB11 116 ISUZU


For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA. 117 JAGUAR, JEEP,
Alternatives: 1. Bentley Continental GT 2. Mercedes-AMG S63 Coup
V12 Coup BO 5204/12 8A 700 608 1770 78 NA 295/35 R20 NA 322 NA NA NA LAMBORGHINI
VANQUISH 118 LAND ROVER, LEXUS,
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Bentley Continental GT Speed MAHINDRA
Coup 468.00* 5935/12 8A 630 576 1739 80 NA 305/30 R20 NA 324 NA NA NA
Volant BO 5935/12 8A 630 576 1844 78 NA 305/30 R20 NA 317 NA NA NA 120 MARUTI SUZUKI
RAPIDE S 121 MASERATI
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Porsche Panamera Turbo S 2. Maserati Quattroporte GTS 3. Mercedes-AMG S 63 122 MERCEDES-BENZ
Rapide S 329.00* 5935/12 8A 630 560 1990 90.5 NA 295/35 R20 NA 306 NA NA NA
124 MINI, NISSAN, PORSCHE
AUDI 125 PREMIER AUTO, RENAULT
A3 126 ROLLS-ROYCE,
For: Refinement, performance, ride, handling, build quality. Against: Rear space. Verdict: Sporty, but comfortable family sedan.
Alternatives: 1. Skoda Superb 2. Volkswagen Jetta 3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class 4. BMW 1 Series 5. Volvo V40 SSANGYONG
40 TFSI Premium 25.50* 1798/4 7A 250 180 1295 50 425 225/45 R17 8.26 220 11.88 Dec 14 11111
35 TDI Attraction
35 TDI Technology
24.56*
34.06*
1968/4
1968/4
6A
6A
320
320
143
143
1340
1340
50
50
425
425
205/55 R16
225/45 R17




10.0
10.0
196
196
15.75
15.75








NA
Aug 14
NA
11111
127 KODA , TATA MOTORS
40 TFSI Cabriolet 44.75* 1798/4 7A 250 180 1430 50 320 225/45 R17 8.76 220 11.88 Jan 15 11111
128 TOYOTA
A4
For: Audi technology. Against: Price. Verdict: A refined and comfortable car.
129 VOLKSWAGEN
Alternatives: 1. BMW 3 Series 2. Jaguar XE 3. Volvo S60 4. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
35 TFSI Premium 32.68* 1798/4 CVT 320 170 1545 63 480 225/55 R16 9.64 225 11.25 Jun 12 11111
130 VOLVO
35 TDI Premium 36.42* 1968/4 CVT 380 177 1595 63 480 225/55 R16 8.4 196 13.25 NA NA

NEW THIS MONTH LEGENDS


PRICES
LEXUS RX 450h TATA TIGOR On the road, Pune (subject to change)
Hybrid luxury crossover SUV, Tata's new 'StyleBack' promises BO: Available only By Order
anyone? Lexus are finally here in
India officially and have two new
a lot more in terms of design.
Available in petrol and diesel
*: Ex-showroom price listed
NA: Price not available
offerings with more to follow from Rs 4.83 lakh (ex- Pune)
FEATURES
F: Front only
D: Driver airbag only
O: Optional equipment

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FUEL TANK CAPACITY

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)


TRACTION CONTROL

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

POWER WINDOWS
BRAKING SYSTEM
(IN LAKH RUPEES)

OVERALL RATING
CUBIC CAPACITY

ALLOY WHEELS
MUSIC SYSTEM
AVERAGE FUEL
NO. OF GEARS
(C/CYLINDERS)

KERB WEIGHT
MODEL NAME

MAX TORQUE

BOOT SPACE
MAX POWER

ANTI-LOCK
(IN LITRES)

(IN LITRES)

TYRE SIZE

AIRBAGS

TESTED
(IN Nm)

(IN KG)
(IN PS)
PRICE

ASTON MARTIN
VANTAGE
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Ferrari California T 2. Porsche 911 3. Mercedes-Benz S-Coup 4. Lamborghini Huracn
V8 Coup 228.00* 4735/8 7A 470 426 1630 80 NA 275/35 R19 3 3 NA 290 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
V8 Roadster 265.00* 4735/8 7A 470 426 1710 80 NA 275/35 R19 3 3 NA 290 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
V8 S Coup 255.00* 4735/8 7A 490 436 1610 80 NA 285/35 R19 3 3 NA 305 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
V8 S Roadster BO 4735/8 7A 490 436 1690 80 NA 285/35 R19 3 3 NA 305 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
V12 S Coup BO 5935/12 7A 620 573 1665 80 NA 295/30 R19 3 3 NA 330 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
V12 S Roadster BO 5935/12 7A 620 573 1745 80 NA 295/30 R19 3 3 NA 323 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

DB11
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Bentley Continental GT 2. Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coup
V12 Coup 397.00* 5204/12 8A 700 608 1770 78 NA 295/35 R20 3 3 NA 322 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

VANQUISH
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Bentley Continental GT Speed
Coup 468.00* 5935/12 8A 630 576 1739 80 NA 305/30 R20 3 3 NA 324 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Volant BO 5935/12 8A 630 576 1844 78 NA 305/30 R20 3 3 NA 317 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

RAPIDE S
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Maserati Quattroporte GTS 2. Mercedes-AMG S 63
Rapide S 329.00* 5935/12 8A 630 560 1990 90.5 NA 295/35 R20 3 3 NA 306 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

AUDI
A3
For: Refinement, performance, ride, handling, build quality. Against: Rear space. Verdict: Sporty, but comfortable family sedan.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
35 TFSI 30.50* 1395/4 7A 250 150 1340 50 425 205/45 R16 3 3 9.37 224 12.25 3 3 3 3 Apr 17 11111
35 TDI 32.30* 1968/4 6A 320 143 1415 50 425 205/45 R16 3 3 10.0 215 15.75 3 3 3 3 Aug 14 11111
35 TFSI Cabriolet 47.98* 1395/4 7A 250 150 1415 50 320 225/45 R17 3 3 NA 222 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

A4
For: Comfort, refinement, build quality, equipment. Against: Price. Verdict: A very refined and comfortable luxury sedan.
Alternatives: 1. BMW 3 Series 2. Volvo S60 3. Jaguar XE 4. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
30 TFSI Premium Plus 38.10* 1395/4 7A 250 150 1375 60 480 225/50 R17 3 3 9.89 210 13.25 3 3 3 3 NA NA
30 TFSI Technology 41.20* 1395/4 7A 250 150 1375 60 480 225/50 R17 3 3 9.89 210 13.25 3 3 3 3 Nov 16 11111
35 TDI Premium Plus 40.56* 1968/4 7A 400 190 1480 60 480 225/50 R17 3 3 8.98 237 13.8 3 3 3 3 NA NA
35 TDI Technology 43.69* 1968/4 7A 400 190 1480 60 480 225/50 R17 3 3 8.98 237 13.8 3 3 3 3 Mar 17 11111

A6
For: Refinement, interior, equipment, ride quality. Against: Price. Verdict: Sets a new benchmark in its segment.
Alternatives: 1. BMW 5 Series 2. Volvo S90 3. Jaguar XF 4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
35 TFSI Premium 48.10* 1798/4 7A 320 190 1780 75 530 225/50 R17 3 3 NA 233 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
35 TFSI Matrix 52.75* 1798/4 7A 320 190 1780 75 530 245/40 R18 3 3 NA 233 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
35 TDI Matrix 51.80* 1968/4 7A 400 190 1830 75 530 245/40 R18 3 3 9.92 226 13.88 3 3 3 3 Oct 15 11111

A8 L
For: Luxury at its best. State-of-the-art technology. Against: Price. Verdict: The new king of the ring.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2. BMW 7 Series 3. Jaguar XJ
50 TDI quattro Premium 115.35* 2967/6 8A 580 250 1935 82 520 235/55 R18 3 3 7.02 250 8.75 3 3 3 3 Jun 14 11111
60 TDI quattro 140.45* 4134/8 8A 850 385 2170 82 490 235/55 R18 3 3 5.04 250 8.13 3 3 3 3 Mar 15 11111
60 TFSI quattro 145.65* 3993/8 8A 600 435 2050 82 490 235/55 R18 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
W12 FSI quattro 197.70* 6299/12 8A 625 500 2150 82 490 255/45 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

TT
For: A fun little sports car for everyday use. Against: Space. Verdict: A sports car for the price of a luxury sedan.
Alternatives: 1. Porsche 718 Cayman
45 TFSI quattro Coup 63.45* 1984/4 6A 370 230 1335 55 305 245/40 R18 3 3 6.03 250 11.5 3 3 3 3 Apr 15 11111

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ASTON MARTIN BENTLEY

FUEL TANK CAPACITY

TOP SPEED (IN KM/H)


TRACTION CONTROL

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

POWER WINDOWS
BRAKING SYSTEM
(IN LAKH RUPEES)

OVERALL RATING
CUBIC CAPACITY
(CC/CYLINDERS)

ALLOY WHEELS
MUSIC SYSTEM
AVERAGE FUEL
NO. OF GEARS

KERB WEIGHT
MODEL NAME

MAX TORQUE

BOOT SPACE
MAX POWER

ANTI-LOCK
(IN LITRES)

(IN LITRES)

TYRE SIZE

AIRBAGS

TESTED
(IN Nm)

(IN KG)
(IN PS)
PRICE

RS 6 AVANT
For: Space, performance, practicality. Against: Price. Verdict: An enthusiast family car with several reasons to justify its purchase.
Alternatives: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. Or, import a Mercedes-AMG E 63 T-Modelle or BMW M5 Touring.
4.0 TFSI quattro 141.30* 3993/8 8A 700 560 1950 75 565 285/30 R21 3 3 4.32 250 4.75 3 3 3 3 Aug 15 11111

RS 7 SPORTBACK
For: Luxury factor of an A8 with fun factor of a coup. Against: Rear headroom. Verdict: A driver's luxury car with an attitude.
Alternatives: 1. BMW M6 Gran Coup
4.0 TFSI quattro 146.75* 3993/8 8A 700 560 1920 75 535 275/35 R20 3 3 4.48 250 4.75 3 3 3 3 May 14 11111
performance 159.65* 3993/8 8A 750 605 1920 75 535 275/30 R21 3 3 4.43 250 5.4 3 3 3 3 Oct 16 11111

R8
For: Performance, design, usability. Against: Price. Verdict: An incredibly well-rounded performance car.
Alternatives: 1. Porsche 911 Turbo 2. Jaguar F-Type 3. Mercedes-AMG GT S 4. Aston Martin Vantage
V10 plus 255.00* 5204/10 7A 560 610 1555 73 100 295/30 R19 3 3 3.76 330 5.63 3 3 3 3 Jul 16 11111

Q3
For: All the luxuries of a Q SUV in a small package. Against: Price. Verdict: Small, but still a Q.
Alternatives: 1. BMW X1 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country 3. MINI Countryman 4. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
1.4 TFSI FWD (Petrol) 32.20* 1984/4 6A 250 150 1405 64 460 235/55 R17 3 3 NA 204 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.0 TDI FWD 34.20* 1968/4 7A 340 150 1485 64 460 235/55 R17 3 3 NA 204 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.0 TDI quattro 37.20* 1968/4 7A 380 184 1605 64 460 235/55 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

Q5
For: Performance, refined diesel engine. Against: Price. Verdict: Scaled-down Q7, makes sense.
Alternatives: 1. Volvo XC60 2. BMW X3 3. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 4. Land Rover Discovery Sport
30 TDI quattro Premium 62.00 1968/4 7A 380 177 1820 75 540 235/65 R17 3 3 9.6 200 12.8 3 3 3 3 Feb 13 11111
30 TDI quattro Technology 71.00 1968/4 7A 380 177 1820 75 540 235/65 R17 3 3 9.6 200 12.8 3 3 3 3 NA NA
45 TDI quattro Technology 62.95* 2967/6 7A 580 245 1860 75 540 235/65 R17 3 3 7.25 225 9.0 3 3 3 3 Mar 14 11111

Q7
For: Size, performance, refinement. Against: Price. Verdict: If size matters, then the Q7 is a great choice.
Alternatives: 1. Volvo XC90 2. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class 3. Jeep Grand Cherokee 4. BMW X5
45 TDI quattro Premium 72.90* 2967/6 8A 600 249 2320 75 295 255/60 R18 3 3 7.97 234 10.0 3 3 3 3 NA NA
45 TDI quattro Technology 80.95* 2967/6 8A 600 249 2330 75 295 255/55 R19 3 3 7.97 234 10.0 3 3 3 3 Dec 15 11111

BENTLEY
CONTINENTAL GT
For: A Bentley with Le Mans heritage. Against: Price, service back-up. Verdict: Makes the rest of the range look dated.
Alternatives: 1. Aston Martin DB11 2. Ferrari GTC4Lusso 3. Rolls-Royce Wraith/Dawn
GT V8 336.00* 3993/8 8A 660 507 2295 90 358 275/40 R20 3 3 NA 303 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GT V8 S 363.00* 3993/8 8A 680 528 2295 90 358 275/40 R20 3 3 NA 309 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GT 365.00* 5998/12 8A 720 590 2320 90 358 275/40 R20 3 3 NA 319 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GT Speed 422.00* 5998/12 8A 840 642 2320 90 358 275/35 ZR21 3 3 NA 331 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GTC V8 372.00* 3993/8 8A 660 507 2470 90 260 275/40 R20 3 3 NA 301 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GTC V8 S 398.00* 3993/8 8A 680 528 2470 90 260 275/40 R20 3 3 NA 308 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GTC 400.00* 5998/12 8A 720 590 2495 90 260 275/40 R20 3 3 NA 314 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GTC Speed 452.00* 5998/12 8A 840 642 2495 90 260 275/35 ZR21 3 3 NA 327 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

FLYING SPUR
For: Fast and agile for a 2.5-tonne car. Against: Price, service back-up. Verdict: A really fast saloon.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Maybach S 600 2. Aston Martin Rapide S 3. Audi A8 L W12
Flying Spur V8 321.00* 3993/8 8A 660 507 2450 90 475 275/45 R19 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Flying Spur W12 491.00* 5998/12 8A 800 625 2475 90 475 275/45 R19 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

MULSANNE
For: Luxury, opulence, exclusivity. Against: Price, service back-up. Verdict: If you ever wanted to experience locomotive torque...
Alternatives: 1. Rolls-Royce Ghost
Mulsanne 418.00* 6752/8 8A 1020 512 2685 96 443 265/45 R20 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Mulsanne Extended 600.00* 6752/8 8A 1020 512 2730 96 443 265/45 R20 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Mulsanne Speed 459.00* 6752/8 8A 1100 537 2685 96 443 265/45 R20 3 3 NA 296 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

BENTAYGA
For: Bentley luxury with off-road ability. Against: Price. Verdict: The world's fastest production SUV.
Alternatives: 1. Land Rover Range Rover L
Bentayga W12 TSI 385.00* 5950/12 8A 900 608 2422 85 430 275/50 R20 3 3 NA 301 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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BMW
1 SERIES
For: Fun to drive, spacious, rear-wheel drive. Against: Price. Verdict: If you want a BMW badge in your garage...
Alternatives: 1. Volvo V40 2. Audi A3 3. MINI Cooper D 4. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
118d Sport 31.00* 1995/4 8A 320 150 1425 52 NA 195/55 R16 3 3 NA 212 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

3 SERIES
For: Performance, fuel efficiency. Against: Ride quality. Verdict: If you are looking for performance, look no further.
Alternatives: 1. Jaguar XE 2. Audi A4 3. Volvo S60 4. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
320i Luxury 42.70* 1998/4 8A 270 184 1505 60 480 225/50 R17 3 3 8.71 235 11.25 3 3 3 3 Oct 16 11111
320d Prestige 37.50* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1495 57 480 225/55 R16 3 3 8.39 235 14.63 3 3 3 3 NA NA
320d M Sport 45.90* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1495 57 480 225/45 R18 3 3 8.39 235 14.63 3 3 3 3 Apr 16 11111
M3 125.50* 2979/6 7A 550 431 1595 60 480 275/40 ZR18 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

3 SERIES GRAN TURISMO


For: Refinement, usablability, space, big boot. Against: Down on thrills, price. Verdict: A practical, fun and exclusive car.
Alternatives: 1. Audi A4 2. Volvo S60 3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
320d GT Sport 43.95* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1580 60 520 225/50 R18 3 3 NA 230 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
320d GT Luxury 47.35* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1580 60 520 225/50 R18 3 3 NA 230 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
330i GT Luxury 48.30* 1998/4 8A 350 252 1620 60 520 225/50 R18 3 3 7.87 250 13.5 3 3 3 3 Apr 17 11111

4 SERIES
For: The sportier 3 Series with two doors less. Against: Price. Verdict: The present-day M3 Coup.
Alternatives: None as of now
M4 Coup 127.70* 2979/6 7A 550 431 1612 60 445 275/40 ZR18 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

5 SERIES
For: Performance, driving pleasure. Against: Price. Verdict: Refined mile-muncher.
Alternatives: 1. Audi A6 2. Volvo S90 3. Jaguar XF 4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
520d Luxury 54.80* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1700 70 520 245/45 R18 3 3 NA 234 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
520d M Sport 54.80* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1700 70 520 245/45 R18 3 3 NA 234 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
530d M Sport 62.00* 2993/6 8A 540 258 1785 70 520 275/40 R18 3 3 6.21 250 10.0 3 3 3 3 Jan 14 11111
M5 135.90* 4395/8 7A 680 560 1945 80 NA 295/35 R19 3 3 5.9 250 3.3 3 3 3 3 Nov 12 11111

6 SERIES GRAN COUP


For: One of the most beautiful four-door coups. Against: Price. Verdict: Still an unmatched style statement.
Alternatives: 1. Audi RS 7 2. Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
640d Eminence 115.00* 2993/6 8A 630 313 1865 70 NA 275/35 R19 3 3 5.7 250 10.0 3 3 3 3 Jan 13 11111
640d DPE 124.65* 2993/6 8A 630 313 1865 70 NA 275/35 R19 3 3 5.7 250 10.0 3 3 3 3 NA NA
M6 Gran Coup 179.99* 4395/8 7A 680 560 1950 70 NA 295/30 ZR20 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

7 SERIES
For: Loaded with cutting-edge technology. Against: Price. Verdict: More stylish and more capable than its predecessor.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2. Audi A8 3. Jaguar XJ
730Ld DPE 116.00* 2993/6 8A 620 265 1870 78 515 245/50 R18 3 3 6.99 250 11.13 3 3 3 3 NA NA
730Ld M Sport 122.90* 2993/6 8A 620 265 1870 78 515 245/50 R18 3 3 6.99 250 11.13 3 3 3 3 Aug 16 11111
730Ld DPE Signature 125.20* 2993/6 8A 620 265 1870 78 515 245/50 R18 3 3 6.99 250 11.13 3 3 3 3 NA NA
740Li DPE Signature 128.20* 2998/6 8A 450 326 1845 78 515 275/40 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
750Li DPE 157.25* 4395/8 8A 650 450 1940 78 515 275/40 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
750Li M Sport 162.25* 4395/8 8A 650 450 1940 78 515 275/40 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

i8
For: Style, efficiency, feel, performance. Against: Price. Verdict: The future of BMW on sale today.
Alternatives: None
i8 Coup 214.00* 1499/3 6A 570 362 1490 NA NA 215/45 R20 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

X1
For: Price, fuel efficiency. Against: Stiff ride, tight fit for four. Verdict: One of the easiest ways to get into the BMW family.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q3 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country 3. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 4. MINI Cooper Countryman
sDrive 20d Expedition 29.90* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1555 63 505 225/55 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
sDrive 20d xLine 34.99* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1555 63 505 225/50 R18 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
xDrive 20d M Sport 40.99* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1615 63 505 225/50 R18 3 3 9.02 219 13.0 3 3 3 3 Aug 16 11112

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X3
For: Performance, rear leg-room. Against: Price, doesnt handle like a BMW. Verdict: A big improvement, but not quite there.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q5 2. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 3. Volvo XC60 4. Land Rover Discovery Sport
xDrive 20d Expedition 48.85* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1715 67 NA 225/60 R17 3 3 9.20 210 10.6 3 3 3 3 NA NA
xDrive 20d xLine 53.90* 1995/4 8A 400 190 1715 67 NA 245/50 R18 3 3 9.20 210 10.6 3 3 3 3 Aug 16 11112
xDrive 30d M Sport 61.00* 2993/6 8A 560 258 1895 67 NA 245/50 R18 3 3 NA 232 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
xDrive 28i xLine 54.90* 1998/4 8A 350 245 1755 67 NA 245/50 R18 3 3 NA 230 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

X5
For: Wieldy, handsome, brisk. Against: Third row space very limited. Verdict: A good all-round SUV.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q7 2. Volvo XC90 3. Jeep Grand Cherokee 4. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
xDrive 30d Expedition 67.90* 2993/6 8A 560 258 2145 85 650 255/55 R18 3 3 7.15 230 7.63 3 3 3 3 NA NA
xDrive 30d DPE 7-st 77.30* 2993/6 8A 560 258 2145 85 650 255/55 R18 3 3 7.15 230 7.63 3 3 3 3 Jul 14 11111
xDrive 30d M Sport 79.90* 2993/6 8A 560 258 2145 85 650 285/40 R19 3 3 7.15 230 7.63 3 3 3 3 NA NA
xDrive 35i DPE 5-st 74.80* 2979/6 8A 400 306 2105 85 650 255/55 R18 3 3 NA 230 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
M 164.30* 4395/8 8A 750 575 2140 85 650 325/35 R20 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

X6
For: Road presence. Against: Rear space, seats only four. Verdict: Radical design is an attention magnet.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-AMG GLE Coup 2. Porsche Cayenne 3. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
xDrive 40d M Sport 122.60* 2993/6 8A 630 313 2110 85 580 285/40 R19 3 3 6.74 240 8.13 3 3 3 3 Oct 15 11111
M 169.40* 4395/8 8A 750 575 2160 85 580 325/35 R20 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

DATSUN
redi-GO
For: Efficiency, price. Against: Safety, especially for rear occupants, NVH levels. Verdict: Affordable, but with questionable safety,
Alternatives: 1. Renault Kwid 2. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 3. Hyundai Eon
redi-GO D 2.43* 799/3 5 72 54 NA 28 290 155/70 R13 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
redi-GO S 3.47* 799/3 5 72 54 NA 28 290 155/70 R13 - - 26.73 141.8 17.9 F D 3 - Feb 17 111

GO
For: Space, efficiency, price. Against: Safety, especially for rear occupants, NVH levels. Verdict: Good buy for the price, but
safety has been utterly compromised. Alternatives: 1. Renault Kwid 2. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 3. Hyundai Eon
1.2 (P) D 3.82 1198/3 5 104 68 790 35 265 155/70 R13 - - 14.13 156.3 14.25 - - - - NA NA
1.2 (P) NXT 4.76 1198/3 5 104 68 810 35 265 155/70 R13 - - 14.13 156.3 14.25 F D - - May 14 1112

GO+
For: Space, efficiency, price. Against: Safety, boot space, NVH levels. Verdict: Seven-seater with limited boot space.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2. Honda Mobilio 3. Chevrolet Enjoy
1.2 (P) D 4.46 1198/3 5 104 68 NA 35 48 155/70 R13 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
1.2 (P) T 5.47 1198/3 5 104 68 NA 35 48 155/70 R13 - - NA NA NA F 3 - - NA NA

FERRARI
CALIFORNIA T
For: The first step to the prancing horse. Against: Price. Verdict: Extremely capable and stylish grand-tourer.
Alternatives: 1. Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet 2. Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
California T 345.00* 3855/8 7A 755 560 1729 78 240 285/40 ZR19 3 3 NA 316 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

488 GTB
For: Turbo engine's comeback. Against: Price. Verdict: Borderline hypercar power in a compact package.
Alternatives: 1. Lamborghini Huracn 2. Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
488 GTB 397.00* 3902/8 7A 760 670 1475 78 230 305/30 ZR20 3 3 NA 330 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
488 GTB Spider 424.00* 3902/8 7A 760 670 1525 78 230 305/30 ZR20 3 3 NA 325 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

GTC4LUSSO
For: Extreme performance for four. Against: Price. Verdict: The fitting evolution to the capable FF.
Alternatives: 1. Aston Martin DB11 2. Bentley Continental GT Speed 3. Rolls-Royce Wraith
GTC4Lusso T BO 3855/8 7A 760 610 1740 91 450 295/35 ZR20 3 3 NA 335 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GTC4Lusso BO 6262/12 7A 697 690 1790 91 450 295/35 ZR20 3 3 NA 335 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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FIAT
PUNTO EVO
For: Looks. power, equipment. Against: Turbo lag. Verdict: Genuinely exciting and fun-to-drive car.
Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo / Polo GT 2. Hyundai Elite i20 3. Toyota Etios Liva 4. Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Pure 1.2 FIRE P 4.57* 1172/4 5 96 68 1090 45 280 165/80 R14 - - 18.3 154.2 10.7 3 - 3 - Nov 09 1112
Pure MultiJet D 5.67* 1248/4 5 209 93 1130 45 280 165/80 R14 - - 17.5 154.5 18.9 3 - - - Aug 09 11112
1.2 FIRE P Dynamic 5.82* 1172/4 5 96 68 1105 45 280 165/80 R14 - - 18.3 154.2 10.7 3 - 3 - NA NA
Abarth P 9.99* 1368/4 5 212 145 NA 45 280 195/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
MultiJet D Active 6.77* 1248/4 5 209 93 1162 45 280 165/80 R14 - - 17.5 154.5 18.9 3 - - - NA NA
MultiJet D Emotion 7.89* 1248/4 5 209 93 1198 45 280 195/60 R15 - 3 17.5 154.5 18.9 3 3 3 3 Aug 09 11112

AVVENTURA
For: Style, ride quality, comfort, equipment. Against: Turbo lag (diesel). Verdict: Butch crossover with hatchback practicality.
Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Cross Polo 2. Hyundai i20 Active 3. Toyota Etios Cross
Urban Cross D Active 6.85* 1248/4 5 209 93 NA 45 280 205/55 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - - 3 NA NA
Urban Cross D Dynamic 7.45* 1248/4 5 209 93 NA 45 280 205/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Urban Cross T-Jet Emotion 9.85* 1368/4 5 210 140 NA 45 280 205/55 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA
MultiJet D Active 7.87* 1248/4 5 209 93 1240 45 280 205/55 R16 - - NA NA 16.0 3 - - 3 NA NA
MultiJet D Emotion 9.28* 1248/4 5 209 93 1255 45 280 205/55 R16 - 3 17.04 156.8 16.0 3 3 3 3 Nov 14 11112
T-Jet P by Abarth 10.26* 1368/4 5 210 140 NA 45 280 205/55 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA

500
For: Style, performance, heritage. Against: Price. Verdict: Contemporary take on an Italian icon.
Alternatives: 1. MINI Cooper S 2. Volkswagen Beetle
Abarth 595 Competizione 29.85* 1368/4 6A 230 160 1035 35 185 205/40 R17 3 3 NA 210 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

LINEA
For: Looks, equipment. Against: Engine feels breathless at high revs, rear space. Verdict: Elegant and practical at the same time.
Alternatives: 1. Honda City 2. Volkswagen Vento 3. Nissan Sunny 4. Hyundai Verna
Classic 1.4 FIRE P 6.46* 1368/4 5 115 90 1180 45 500 175/65 R14 - - 13.9 170 12.3 3 - - - NA NA
Classic MultiJet D Plus 8.25* 1248/4 5 209 93 1210 45 500 175/70 R14 - 3 19.4 153.3 18.5 3 - 3 3 Jan 14 1111
1.4 FIRE P Active 7.23* 1368/4 5 115 90 1192 45 500 195/60 R15 - - 13.9 170 12.3 3 - 3 - NA NA
125S P Emotion 10.46* 1368/4 5 208 125 1258 45 500 205/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
MultiJet D Active 8.99* 1248/4 5 209 93 1236 45 500 195/60 R15 - - 11.8 168 16.3 3 - 3 - NA NA
MultiJet D Emotion 10.76* 1248/4 5 209 93 1268 45 500 205/55 R16 - 3 11.8 168 16.3 3 3 3 3 Jan 09 11112

FORCE MOTORS
FORCE ONE
For: Space, Mercedes drivetrain. Against: Upgrade still doesnt offer airbags. Verdict: Spacious and rugged SUV.
Alternatives: 1. Mahindra XUV500
SX 2.2 6-str 14.88 2149/4 5 321 141 NA 70 NA 235/70 R16 - 3 15.5 162 9.12 3 - 3 3 Dec 11 1112
LX 2.2 4x4 16.71 2149/4 5 321 141 NA 70 NA 245/70 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA

GURKHA
For: Off-road ability. Against: On-road ability. Verdict: All the off-roader one would ever need, and at a decent price too.
Alternatives: 1. Mahindra Thar
Xpedition 4x4 5-dr 7.95* 2596/4 5 230 85 NA 63 NA 245/70 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA
Xplorer 4x4 3-dr 9.13* 2596/4 5 230 85 NA 63 NA 245/70 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA

FORD
FIGO
For: Styling, practicality, price. Against: Dynamics could be tighter. Verdict: Peppy and rather hot hatchback.
Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Grand i10 2. Maruti Suzuki Swift 3. Nissan Micra 4. Toyota Etios Liva
1.2 Ambiente (P) 4.90* 1196/4 5 112 88 NA 42 359 175/65 R14 - - NA NA NA - D - - NA NA
1.2 S (P) 6.32* 1196/4 5 112 88 NA 42 359 195/55 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.2 Titanium+ (P) 6.56* 1196/4 5 112 88 NA 42 359 175/65 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.5 Titanium A/T (P) 7.42* 1499/4 6A 136 112 NA 42 359 175/65 R14 3 3 12.5 178.52 10.5 3 3 3 3 Dec 15 11112
1.5 TDCi 5.88* 1498/4 5 215 100 NA 40 359 175/65 R14 - - 11.55 172.23 15.5 - D - - NA NA
1.5 TDCi S 7.22* 1498/4 5 215 100 NA 40 359 195/55 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.5 TDCi Titanium+ 7.47* 1498/4 5 215 100 NA 40 359 175/65 R14 - 3 11.55 172.23 15.5 3 3 3 3 Feb 16 11112

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FIGO ASPIRE
For: Styling, practicality, equipment. Against: Petrol 1.2 needs more punch. Verdict: Exciting new compact sedan.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 2. Honda Amaze 3. Volkswagen Ameo 4. Hyundai Xcent
1.2 Ambiente (P) 5.45* 1196/4 5 112 88 NA 42 359 175/65 R14 - - NA NA NA F 3 - - NA NA
1.2 S (P) 6.71* 1196/4 5 112 88 NA 42 359 195/55 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.2 Titanium+ (P) 7.61* 1196/4 5 112 88 NA 42 359 175/65 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.5 Titanium A/T (P) 8.37* 1499/4 6A 136 112 NA 42 359 175/65 R14 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.5 TDCi Ambiente 6.55* 1498/4 5 215 100 NA 40 359 175/65 R14 - - 10.74 174.5 15.2 F 3 - - NA NA
1.5 TDCi S 7.84* 1498/4 5 215 100 NA 40 359 195/55 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.5 TDCi Titanium+ 8.73* 1498/4 5 215 100 NA 40 359 175/65 R14 - 3 10.74 174.5 15.2 3 3 3 3 Oct 15 11112

MUSTANG
For: Style, heritage, presence, driver appeal. Against: Price. Verdict: American muscle now officially available in India.
Alternatives: You'd have to import a Chevy Camaro or Dodge Challenger
GT Fastback 5.0 A/T 69.70* 4951/8 6A 515 401 1770 61 408 275/40 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

ECOSPORT
For: Trendsetter, first sub-four metre SUV, benchmark turbo-petrol engine. Against: Space. Verdict: Good, fun urban SUV.
Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Creta 2. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 3. Nissan Terrano 4. Mahindra TUV300
1.5 Ambiente (P) 7.41* 1499/4 5 140 112 1200 52 346 195/65 R15 - - NA NA NA F - 3 - NA NA
1.5 Titanium A/T (P) 10.50* 1499/4 6A 140 112 1268 52 346 205/60 R16 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
EcoBoost Trend+ (P) 8.89* 999/3 5 170 125 1259 52 346 195/65 R15 - 3 12.2 181.7 12.75 3 3 3 - NA NA
EcoBoost Titanium+ (P) 10.46* 999/3 5 170 125 1259 52 346 205/60 R16 - 3 12.2 181.7 12.75 3 3 3 3 Dec 13 11112
1.5 TDCi Ambiente 8.07* 1498/4 5 205 100 1248 52 346 195/65 R15 - - NA NA NA F - 3 - NA NA
1.5 TDCi Platinum 11.31* 1498/4 5 205 100 1290 52 346 205/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

ENDEAVOUR
For: Space, equipment, safety. Against: Size? Verdict: More modern and contemporary big Ford seats seven with ease.
Alternatives: 1. Toyota Fortuner 2. Chevrolet Trailblazer 3. Hyundai Santa Fe
2.2 TDCi Trend 4x2 MT 28.00* 2198/4 6 385 160 NA 80 450 265/60 R18 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.2 TDCi Titanium 4x2 AT 30.09* 2198/4 6A 385 160 NA 80 450 265/60 R18 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
3.2 TDCi Trend 4x4 AT 29.34* 3198/5 6A 470 200 NA 80 450 265/60 R18 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
3.2 TDCi Titanium 4x4 AT 33.11* 3198/5 6A 470 200 2357 80 450 265/60 R18 3 3 11.38 180.1 NA 3 3 3 3 Feb 16 1111

GENERAL MOTORS
SPARK
For: Refined, efficient and frugal engine, great cabin and ride. Against: Gearbox could have been better.
Verdict: A great compact car with hardly any flaws. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 2. Hyundai i10
1.0 4.29 995/4 5 90 63 1075 38 NA 155/70 R13 - - 16.0 152 15.97 - - - - NA NA
1.0 LT 4.96 995/4 5 90 63 1095 38 NA 155/70 R13 - - 16.0 152 15.97 3 - 3 - May 07 11112

BEAT
For: Price, good value for money, looks. Against: Fuel efficiency, no remote locking system.
Verdict: Sporty to drive with futuristic looks. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Ritz 2. Hyundai Grand i10 3. Honda Brio
1.2 5.07 1199/4 5 108 80.5 965 35 170 155/70 R14 - - 14.2 157.2 13.63 - - - - NA NA
1.2 LTZ 6.54 1199/4 5 108 80.5 965 35 170 155/70 R13 - - 14.2 157.2 13.63 3 - 3 - Feb 10 1111
1.0 TCDi 6.16 936/3 5 150 58.5 1027 35 170 165/65 R14 - - 22.5 148.5 NA 3 - - - NA NA
1.0 TCDi LTZ 7.67 936/3 5 150 58.5 1027 35 170 165/65 R14 - - 22.5 148.5 NA 3 3 3 O Aug 11 1111

SAIL HATCHBACK
For: Interior space. Against: Performance fails to excite. Verdict: A good city car with good amount of space
Alternatives: 1. FIAT Punto Evo 2. Ford Figo 3. Hyundai Grand i10
1.2 L 5.62 1199/4 5 113 86 1065 42 248 175/70 R14 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
1.2 LT ABS 7.21 1199/4 5 113 86 1065 42 248 175/70 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.3 TCDi L 6.91 1248/4 5 205 78 1124 42 248 175/70 R14 - - 16.56 163 15.25 - - - - NA NA
1.3 TCDi LT ABS 8.69 1248/4 5 205 78 1124 42 248 175/70 R14 - 3 16.56 163 15.25 3 3 3 3 Jan 13 11112

SAIL
For: Price, interior space. Against: Performance. Verdict: A spacious and comfortable sedan.
Alternatives: 1. Honda Amaze 2. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 3. Hyundai Xcent 4. Tata Zest
1.2 L 6.74 1199/4 5 113 86 1065 42 370 175/70 R14 - - 15.9 161 10.0 - - - - NA NA
1.2 LT ABS 8.36 1199/4 5 113 86 1065 42 370 175/70 R14 - 3 15.9 161 10.0 3 3 3 3 Feb 13 1111
1.3 TCDi L 8.25 1248/4 5 205 78 1124 42 370 175/70 R14 - - 17.3 NA 15.25 - - - - NA NA
1.3 TCDi LT ABS 9.82 1248/4 5 205 78 1124 42 370 175/70 R14 - 3 17.3 NA 15.25 3 3 3 3 Feb 13 1111

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CRUZE
For: Diesel engine, performance, interior. Against: Turbo lag. Verdict: Has got the right ingredients to be a great seller for GM.
Alternatives: 1. koda Octavia 2. Toyota Corolla Altis 3. Hyundai Elantra
LT 16.68 1991/4 6 380 166 NA 60 450 205/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
LTZ AT 20.82 1991/4 6A 380 166 NA 60 450 205/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

ENJOY
For: Space, handling, good alternative to the Ertiga. Against: Feels underpowered. Verdict: Good family car.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2. Renault Lodgy 3. Mahindra TUV300
1.4 LS-8 7.69 1399/4 5 131 102 1260 50 NA 175/70 R14 - - 15.03 168.2 NA 3 - - - NA NA
1.4 LTZ-7 9.44 1399/4 5 131 102 1260 50 NA 175/70 R14 - 3 15.03 168.2 NA 3 3 3 3 May 13 1111
1.3 TCDi LS-8 9.26 1248/4 5 173 75 1345 50 NA 175/70 R14 - - 20.73 150.3 NA 3 - - - NA NA
1.3 TCDi LTZ-7 10.74 1248/4 5 173 75 1345 50 NA 175/70 R14 - 3 20.73 150.3 NA 3 3 3 3 May 13 1111

TRAILBLAZER
For: Style, size, presence, space, comfort. Against: Firm steering, handling. Verdict: When size matters...
Alternatives: 1. Ford Endeavour 2. Hyundai Santa Fe 3. Toyota Fortuner 4. Isuzu MU-7
LTZ 4x4 AT 33.50 2776/4 6A 500 200 2065 76 NA 265/60 R18 3 3 10.61 173.25 8.8 3 3 3 3 Jan 16 1111

HINDUSTAN MOTORS - MITSUBISHI


PAJERO SPORT
For: Pedigree, chassis, reliability. Against: Interior, price. Verdict: A very competent off-roader.
Alternatives: 1. Toyota Fortuner 2. Ford Endeavour 3. Chevrolet Trailblazer 4. Isuzu MU-7
2.5 DI-D 4x4 MT 25.28* 2477/4 5 400 178 2040 70 NA 265/65 R17 3 3 13.5 178.1 10.62 3 3 3 3 May 12 1111
2.5 DI-D 4x2 AT 24.98* 2477/4 5A 350 178 1935 70 NA 265/65 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

MONTERO
For: Off-road capability and heritage, equipment. Against: Price. Verdict: Reliable and capable off-roader with Dakar heritage.
Alternatives: 1. Toyota Landcruiser Prado 2. Land Rover Discovery Sport
3.2 Di-D GLS 4x4 AT 71.06* 3200/4 5A 441 192 2335 88 NA 265/60 R18 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

HONDA
BRIO
For: Engine refinement, fuel efficiency. Against: Boot space. Verdict: An overall value-for-money package.
Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Grand i10 2. Ford Figo 3. Chevrolet Beat 4. Toyota Etios Liva
i-VTEC E 4.61* 1198/4 5 109 88 920 35 NA 175/65 R14 - - 13.03 141 20.0 3 - - - NA NA
i-VTEC VX 5.95* 1198/4 5 109 88 920 35 NA 175/65 R14 - 3 13.03 141 20.0 3 3 3 3 Nov 11 11112
i-VTEC VX AT 6.81* 1198/4 5A 109 88 970 35 NA 175/65 R14 - 3 16.3 140 12.62 3 3 3 3 Dec 12 11112

AMAZE
For: Interior space and fuel efficiency. Against: Quality of interiors. Verdict: A new benchmark in the sub four-metre category.
Alternatives: 1. Ford Figo Aspire 2. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 3. Hyundai Xcent 4. Toyota Etios
i-VTEC (P) E 6.53 1198/4 5 109 88 940 35 400 175/65 R14 - - 13.03 141.4 20.0 3 - - - NA NA
i-VTEC (P) VX 8.73 1198/4 5A 109 88 955 35 400 175/65 R14 - 3 13.03 141.4 20.0 3 3 3 3 May 13 11111
i-VTEC (P) S CVT 8.73 1198/4 5A 110 90 985 35 400 175/65 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
i-VTEC (P) VX CVT 9.88 1198/4 5A 110 90 985 35 400 175/65 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
i-DTEC (D) E 7.92 1498/4 5 200 100 1050 35 400 175/65 R14 - 3 11.3 191.3 21.5 3 - - - NA NA
i-DTEC (D) VX (O) 9.81 1498/4 5 200 100 1065 35 400 175/65 R14 - 3 11.3 191.3 21.5 3 3 3 3 May 13 11111

JAZZ
For: Interior, comfort, ride quality. Against: Not much, except a bit of engine noise (diesel). Verdict: Good all-rounder.
Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo GT 2. Hyundai Elite i20 3. FIAT Punto Evo
i-VTEC (P) E 6.63 1198/4 5 110 90 1007 40 354 175/65 R15 - - NA NA NA 3 - - - NA NA
i-VTEC (P) V CVT 9.64 1198/4 CVT 110 90 1066 40 354 175/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
i-DTEC (D) E 8.13 1498/4 6 200 100 1120 40 354 175/65 R15 - 3 12.84 166.9 20.5 3 - - - NA NA
i-DTEC (D) VX 10.53 1498/4 6 200 100 1155 40 354 175/65 R15 - 3 12.84 166.9 20.5 3 3 3 3 Sep 15 11112

WR-V
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 2. Ford EcoSport 3. Hyundai i20 Active
i-VTEC (P) S 7.97* 1198/4 5 110 90 1087 40 363 195/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
i-VTEC (P) VX 9.23* 1198/4 5 110 90 1104 40 363 195/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
i-DTEC (D) S 9.03* 1498/4 6 200 100 1176 40 363 195/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
i-DTEC (D) VX 10.26* 1498/4 6 200 100 1204 40 363 195/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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CITY
For: Engine, interior, equipment. Against: High-speed stability. Verdict: Exceptional combination of performance and efficiency.
Alternatives: 1. koda Rapid 2. Volkswagen Vento 3. FIAT Linea
i-VTEC (P) S 8.75* 1497/4 5 145 119 1058 40 510 175/65 R15 - 3 10.2 194 17.0 3 3 3 - NA NA
i-VTEC (P) VX 11.98* 1497/4 5 145 119 1084 40 510 185/55 R16 - 3 10.2 194 17.0 3 3 3 3 Mar 14 11112
i-VTEC (P) VX CVT 13.34* 1497/4 CVT 145 119 1100 40 510 185/55 R16 - 3 11.3 169.3 14.2 3 3 3 3 Mar 14 11112
i-DTEC (D) SV 11.06* 1498/4 6 200 100 1147 40 510 175/65 R15 - 3 10.49 175.6 19.5 3 3 3 - NA NA
i-DTEC (D) ZX 14.09* 1498/4 6 200 100 1175 40 510 185/55 R16 - 3 10.49 175.6 19.5 3 3 3 3 Feb 14 11112

ACCORD
For: Performance, refinement, equipment. Against: Not much. Verdict: Refined, premium eco-alternative to the Europeans.
Alternatives: 1. Toyota Camry 2. koda Superb
Hybrid 41.68* 1993/4 eCVT NA 215 1620 40 390 235/45 R18 3 3 8.22 180 16.8 3 3 3 3 Feb 17 11111

BR-V
For: Space, practicality, all-road ability. Against: Interior could be better. Verdict: Capable seven-seater.
Alternatives: 1. Renault Duster 2. Hyundai Creta 3. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
i-VTEC (P) E 10.26 1497/4 6 145 119 1199 42 223 195/60 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 3 - - NA NA
i-VTEC (P) V CVT 14.49 1497/4 CVT 145 119 1238 42 223 195/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
i-DTEC (D) E 11.79 1498/4 6 200 100 1271 42 223 195/60 R16 - 3 15.89 141.6 17.5 3 3 - - NA NA
i-DTEC (D) VX 15.57 1498/4 6 200 100 1306 42 223 195/60 R16 - 3 15.89 141.6 17.5 3 3 3 3 Aug 16 1111

CR-V
For: Car-like driving experience, comfort. Against: Price. Verdict: A great SUV just got better.
Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Santa Fe 2. Renault Koleos
2.0 MT 28.33 1997/4 6 190 156 1470 58 NA 225/65 R17 - 3 12.2 NA 9.0 3 3 3 3 Jun 13 11112
2.0 AT 30.64 1997/4 5A 190 156 1500 58 NA 225/65 R17 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.4 AT 4x4 AVN 33.55 2354/4 5A 226 190 1600 58 NA 225/65 R17 - 3 12.17 NA 7.87 3 3 3 3 Jul 13 11112

HYUNDAI
EON
For: For: Modern design, space, quality of interiors, fit & finish. Against: Steering feel. Verdict: Ready to take on the Alto.
Alternatives: 1. Renault Kwid 2. Maruti Suzuki Alto 3. Datsun Go 4. Chevrolet Spark
D-Lite 3.37* 814/3 5 74.5 56 725 32 215 145/80 R12 - - 18.62 132.2 17.75 - - - - NA NA
Sportz 4.44 814/3 5 74.5 56 725 32 215 155/70 R13 - - 18.62 132.2 17.75 F 3 3 - Dec 11 1111
1.0 Kappa Era+ 4.29* 998/3 5 94 69 NA 32 215 155/70 R13 - - NA NA NA F O - - NA NA
1.0 Kappa Magna+(O)(o) 4.69* 998/3 5 94 69 NA 32 215 155/70 R13 - - NA NA NA F D 3 - NA NA

GRAND i10
For: Interior quality, space, practicality, handling, value for money. Against: Lack of top-end punch from the diesel engine.
Verdict: Very practical car in and out of town. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Ignis 2. Ford Figo 3. Nissan Micra
VTVT 1.2 Era 4.72* 1197/4 5 114 83 NA 41 256 165/65 R14 - - 13.51 167.8 14.25 F D - - NA NA
VTVT 1.2 Asta 6.62* 1197/4 5 114 83 NA 41 256 165/65 R14 - 3 13.51 167.8 14.25 3 3 3 3 Apr 14 11112
VTVT 1.2 Magna Auto 6.14* 1197/4 4A 114 83 NA 41 256 165/65 R14 - - NA NA NA 3 D - - NA NA
VTVT 1.2 Sportz(O) Auto 7.06* 1197/4 4A 114 83 NA 41 256 165/65 R14 - - 16.53 149.8 11.5 3 D - - May 17 11112
CRDi 1.2 Era 5.85* 1186/3 5 190 75 NA 41 256 165/65 R14 - - 15.25 144.7 17.25 F D - - NA NA
CRDi 1.2 Asta 7.58* 1186/3 5 190 75 NA 41 256 165/65 R14 - 3 15.25 144.7 17.25 3 3 3 3 Mar 17 11112

ELITE i20
For: Interior, equipment, ride quality, looks. Against: Underpowered petrol engine, turbo-lag in diesel engine, high-speed stability.
Verdict: One of the best looking hatches. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo 2. FIAT Punto Evo 3. Maruti Suzuki Swift
VTVT 1.2 Era 5.50* 1197/4 5 115 83 NA 45 285 185/70 R14 - - NA NA NA 3 - - - NA NA
VTVT 1.2 Asta (O) 8.04* 1197/4 5 115 83 NA 45 285 195/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
VTVT 1.4 Magna Auto 9.30* 1368/4 4A 132 100 NA 45 285 185/70 R14 - - NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
CRDi 1.4 Era 6.84* 1396/4 6 220 90 NA 45 285 185/70 R14 - - 13.76 172.75 19.5 3 - - - NA NA
CRDi 1.4 Asta (O) 9.31* 1396/4 6 220 90 NA 45 285 195/55 R16 - 3 13.76 172.75 19.5 3 3 3 3 Oct 14 11112

i20 ACTIVE
For: Interior, equipment, ride height, practicality, looks. Against: Dynamics could be better. Verdict: Capable crossover conversion.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 2. Honda WR-V 3. FIAT Avventura 4. Toyota Etios Cross
VTVT 1.2 6.94* 1197/4 5 115 83 NA 45 285 185/65 R15 - - NA NA NA 3 - - 3 NA NA
VTVT 1.2 SX AVN 8.61* 1197/4 5 115 83 NA 45 285 195/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
CRDi 1.4 8.34* 1396/4 6 220 90 NA 45 285 185/65 R15 - - 16.17 158.3 19.5 3 - - 3 NA NA
CRDi 1.4 SX AVN 10.03* 1396/4 6 220 90 NA 45 285 195/55 R16 - 3 16.17 158.3 19.5 3 3 3 3 May 15 11112

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XCENT
For: Interior, equipment, NVH levels. Against: Feels underpowered, soft suspension. Verdict: A fitting replacement for the Accent.
Alternatives: 1. Honda Amaze 2. Maruti Suzuki DZire 3. Ford Figo Aspire 4. FIAT Linea Classic
VTVT 1.2 5.55* 1197/4 5 114 83 NA 43 NA 165/65 R14 - 3 NA NA NA F - - - NA NA
VTVT 1.2 SX (O) 7.37* 1197/4 4A 114 83 NA 43 NA 175/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
VTVT 1.2 S AT 7.06* 1197/4 4A 114 83 NA 43 NA 175/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
CRDi 1.1 6.44* 1120/4 5 180 72 NA 43 NA 165/65 R14 - 3 20.99 152.3 16.25 F - - - NA NA
CRDi 1.1 SX (O) 8.31* 1120/4 5 180 72 NA 43 NA 175/60 R15 - 3 20.99 152.3 16.25 3 3 3 3 May 14 11112

VERNA 4S
For: Many available trim levels, equipment, fresh design. Against: Not much. Verdict: Value for money.
Alternatives: 1. Honda City 2. Volkswagen Vento 3. koda Rapid 4. FIAT Linea 5. Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz
VTVT 1.4 8.15* 1396/4 5 136 107 NA 43 NA 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 - - NA NA
VTVT 1.6 SX (O) 11.19* 1591/4 5 155 123 NA 43 NA 195/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
VTVT 1.6 S AT 10.26* 1591/4 4A 155 123 NA 43 NA 195/55 R16 - 3 11.48 192.7 13.5 3 3 3 3 NA NA
VTVT 1.6 SX AT 10.94* 1591/4 4A 155 123 NA 43 NA 195/55 R16 - 3 11.48 192.7 13.5 3 3 3 3 Jun 11 1111
CRDi 1.4 9.45* 1396/4 6 220 90 NA 43 NA 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 - - NA NA
CRDi 1.6 SX (O) 12.67* 1582/4 6 260 128 1191 43 NA 195/55 R16 - 3 10.8 191 16.25 3 3 3 3 Jul 11 1111
CRDi 1.6 S AT 11.55* 1582/4 4A 260 128 NA 43 NA 195/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
CRDi 1.6 SX (O) AT 13.51* 1582/4 4A 260 128 NA 43 NA 195/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

ELANTRA
For: Styling, comfort, equipment. Against: Lacks the solid feel of its European rivals. Verdict: One of the best-looking cars
in its segment. Alternatives: 1. koda Octavia 2. Volkswagen Jetta 3. Toyota Corolla Altis 4. Renault Fluence
VTVT 2.0 S 13.59* 1999/4 6 192 152 1215 50 NA 205/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
VTVT 2.0 SX(O) AT 18.94* 1999/4 6A 192 152 NA 50 NA 205/60 R16 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
CRDi 1.6 S 15.59* 1582/4 6 260 128 NA 50 NA 205/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
CRDi 1.6 SX(O) AT 20.20* 1582/4 6A 260 128 1405 50 NA 205/60 R16 3 3 12.19 162.4 13.63 3 3 3 3 Oct 16 1111

CRETA
For: Space, interior, practicality. Against: High-speed stability. Verdict: Capable as a city runabout and for a highway jaunt.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 2. Renault Duster 3. Nissan Terrano 4. Mahindra XUV500
VTVT 1.6 E 9.53* 1591/4 6 151 123 NA 55 NA 205/65 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 - NA NA
VTVT 1.6 SX+ Dual-tone 12.68* 1591/4 6 151 123 NA 55 NA 205/65 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
VTVT 1.6 SX+ AT 13.34* 1591/4 6A 151 123 NA 55 NA 215/60 R17 - 3 13.47 144.8 9.5 3 3 3 - Nov 16 1111
CRDi 1.4 E+ 10.00* 1396/4 6 220 90 NA 55 NA 205/65 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 - NA NA
CRDi 1.4 S+ 12.57* 1396/4 6 220 90 NA 55 NA 205/65 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
CRDi 1.6 SX(O) 14.96* 1582/4 6 260 128 NA 55 NA 215/60 R17 3 3 12.48 175.83 14.8 3 3 3 3 Nov 15 11112
CRDi 1.6 S+ AT 14.08* 1582/4 6A 260 128 NA 55 NA 215/60 R17 - 3 12.04 160.17 11.12 3 3 3 - NA NA
CRDi 1.6 SX+ AT 15.03* 1582/4 6A 260 128 NA 55 NA 215/60 R17 - 3 12.04 160.17 11.12 3 3 3 - Aug 15 11112

TUCSON
For: Style, equipment (GLS). Against: Manual transmission only in basic trim. Verdict: Smart-looking urban SUV.
Alternatives: 1. koda Yeti 2. Mahindra XUV500 3. Renault Koleos
VTVT 2.0 19.89* 1999/4 6 192 155 NA 62 513 225/60 R17 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
VTVT 2.0 AT GL 22.87* 1999/4 6A 192 155 NA 62 513 225/55 R18 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
CRDi 2.0 22.66* 1995/4 6 400 185 NA 62 513 225/60 R17 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
CRDi 2.0 AT GLS 26.17* 1995/4 6A 400 185 NA 62 513 225/55 R18 3 3 9.61 201 11.25 3 3 3 3 Jan 17 11112

SANTA FE
For: Feature-packed, engine. Against: Image, price. Verdict: Establishing Hyundai as a premium brand.
Alternatives: 1. Toyota Fortuner 2. Chevrolet Trailblazer 3. Ford Endeavour 4. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
CRDi 2WD 30.92* 2199/4 6 420 197 1896 64 NA 235/60 R18 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
CRDi 2WD AT 32.23* 2199/4 6A 436 197 1934 64 NA 235/60 R18 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
CRDi 4WD AT 34.50* 2199/4 6A 436 197 2001 64 NA 235/60 R18 3 3 9.31 184 9.13 3 3 3 3 Apr 14 11112

ISUZU
MU-7
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Toyota Fortuner 2. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 3. Ford Endeavour
MU-7 NA 2999/4 5 360 163 1940 76 NA 245/70 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
MU-7 AT Hi-pack 29.26 2999/4 5A 333 163 1945 76 NA 245/70 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

D-MAX
For: Capability, comfort, practicality, safety, equipment. Against: No rear parking assistance. Verdict: First Japanese pick-up in India.
Alternatives: 1. Tata Xenon 2. Mahindra Scorpio Getaway
V-Cross 13.40* 2499/4 5 320 136 1905 76 NA 245/70 R16 - 3 16.31 156.4 9.25 3 3 3 3 Sep 16 1111

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JAGUAR
XE
For: Performance, looks, brand. Against: Space, no diesel option. Verdict: Jaguar's compact luxury challenger has finally arrived.
Alternatives: 1. BMW 3 Series 2. Audi A4 3. Volvo S60 4. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
20t Pure 51.26 1999/4 8A 320 200 1515 63 455 225/55 R17 3 3 NA 237 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
20t Prestige 55.90 1999/4 8A 320 200 1515 63 455 225/55 R17 3 3 NA 237 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
25t Portfolio 61.15 1999/4 8A 340 240 1520 63 455 225/55 R17 3 3 8.66 250 NA 3 3 3 3 Apr 16 11111

XF
For: Performance, looks, brand. Against: Space, service and availability, price. Verdict: A true British car with good looks.
Alternatives: 1. Audi A6 2. BMW 5 Series 3. Volvo S90 4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2.0i Prestige (Petrol) 52.50* 1999/4 8A 340 240 1730 74 505 235/55 R17 3 3 NA 248 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.0i Portfolio (Petrol) 59.50* 1999/4 8A 340 240 1730 74 505 245/45 R18 3 3 NA 248 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.0d Pure 47.50* 1999/4 8A 430 180 1687 66 505 235/55 R17 3 3 NA 229 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.0d Portfolio 60.50* 1999/4 8A 430 180 1760 66 505 245/45 R18 3 3 NA 229 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

XJ
For: Luxury, space, styling. Against: Price. Verdict: Dont want a German luxury car? This is the one for you.
Alternatives: 1. BMW 7 Series 2. Audi A8 3. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2.0i Portfolio (Petrol) 127.34 1999/4 8A 340 240 1685 82 520 275/40 R19 3 3 8.7 241 6.0 3 3 3 3 Nov 15 11111
3.0d Portfolio 136.25 2993/6 8A 700 300 1860 82 520 275/40 R19 3 3 7.14 250 7.0 3 3 3 3 Aug 16 11111

F-TYPE
For: Exclusivity, power. Against: Price. Verdict: Exciting and raw sports car.
Alternatives: 1. Porsche 911 2. Audi R8 3. Maserati GranTurismo/GranCabrio
V6 S Coup NA 2995/6 8A 460 380 1594 72 407 NA 3 3 NA 275 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
R Coup NA 5000/8 8A 680 550 1650 70 407 295/30 ZR20 3 3 4.06 300 4.75 3 3 3 3 Mar 15 11111
S Convertible NA 2995/6 8A 460 380 1604 72 196 NA 3 3 NA 275 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
R Convertible NA 5000/8 8A 680 550 1665 72 196 295/30 ZR20 3 3 NA 300 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

F-PACE
For: Ride, build quality, comfort, safety, equipment. Against: Price. Verdict: A genuinely capable and credible package.
Alternatives: 1. Porsche Macan 2. Audi Q5 3. BMW X3
2.0d Pure 68.40* 1999/4 8A 430 180 1775 60 650 235/60 R18 3 3 NA 208 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
3.0d R-Sport 102.00* 2993/6 8A 700 300 1884 60 650 235/55 R19 3 3 7.51 241 9.0 3 3 3 3 Feb 17 11111

JEEP
WRANGLER
For: Off-road cred, style, driver appeal. Against: On-road cred, basic interior, price. Verdict: If you want a hardcore off-roader...
Alternatives: Well, you could import an old Defender
Unlimited (Petrol) 4x4 AT 56.00* 3604/6 5A 354 285 1968 85 498 245/75 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Unlimited CRD 4x4 AT 71.59* 2776/4 5A 460 200 2119 85 498 245/45 R17 3 3 10.03 168.4 7.75 3 3 3 3 Nov 13 1111

GRAND CHEROKEE
For: Space, comfort, ride quality, off-road ability. Against: Price. Verdict: Great balance between luxury and capability.
Alternatives: 1. Porsche Cayenne 2. Audi Q7 3. Volvo XC90 4. Land Rover Discovery 5. Mercedes-AMG G 63 (for SRT)
EcoDiesel Limited 93.64* 2987/6 8A 570 243 2432 93.5 1025 265/60 R18 3 3 9.05 203 8.38 3 3 3 3 NA NA
EcoDiesel Summit 103.40* 2987/6 8A 570 243 2455 93.5 1025 265/50 R20 3 3 9.05 203 8.38 3 3 3 3 May 16 11112
SRT 112.08* 6417/8 8A 624 475 2458 93.5 1025 295/45 R20 3 3 6.16 257 4.13 3 3 3 3 Jun 16 11112

LAMBORGHINI
HURACN
For: Style, agility, handling, acceleration. Against: Price. Verdict: Probably the most exotic V10 supercar on sale today.
Alternatives: 1. Ferrari 488 GTB 2. Porsche 911 Turbo S 3. Aston Martin Vantage V12 S
RWD Coup 301.00* 5204/10 7A 540 580 1389 90 NA 305/35 ZR19 3 3 NA 320 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
RWD Spyder 345.00* 5204/10 7A 540 580 1509 90 NA 305/35 ZR19 3 3 NA 319 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Coup 367.00* 5204/10 7A 560 610 1422 90 NA 305/30 ZR20 3 3 NA 325 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Spyder 389.00* 5204/10 7A 560 610 1542 90 NA 305/30 ZR20 3 3 NA 324 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Performante 397.00* 5204/10 7A 600 640 1389 90 NA 305/30 ZR20 3 3 NA 325 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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AVENTADOR
For: Style, aggressive acceleration. Against: Price. Verdict: A proper big V12 Lambo supercar.
Alternatives: 1. Ferrari F12berlinetta 2. Aston Martin Vanquish
S Coup 501.00* 6498/12 7A 690 740 1575 90 NA 355/25 ZR21 3 3 NA 350 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Roadster 529.00* 6498/12 7A 690 700 1565 90 NA 335/30 ZR20 3 3 NA 350 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Super Veloce Coup 650.00* 6498/12 7A 690 750 1525 90 NA 355/25 ZR21 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

LAND ROVER
DISCOVERY SPORT
For: Off-road capability, comfort. Against: Price. Verdict: Good all-round SUV with Land Rover off-road ability.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q5 2. Volvo XC60 3. BMW X3 4. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
TD4 Pure 5-seater 43.80* 1999/4 9A 380 150 NA NA NA 235/65 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
TD4 HSE 7-seater 53.48* 1999/4 9A 380 150 NA NA NA 235/60 R18 3 3 12.48 177.53 9.75 3 3 3 3 Jan 16 11112
SD4 HSE Luxury 5-seater 57.16* 1999/4 9A 430 190 NA NA NA 235/60 R18 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Si4 (Petrol) HSE 7-seater 52.48* 1999/4 9A 340 240 NA NA NA 235/60 R18 3 3 9.37 190.81 8.0 3 3 3 3 Nov 16 11112

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE


For: Contemporary looks, ride, equipment, handling, off-road ability. Against: Space, price. Verdict: If you want style and
dont mind the price, go for it. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q5 2. Porsche Macan 3. Volvo XC60 4. BMW X3
TD4 5-dr Pure 45.85* 1999/4 9A 380 150 1680 54 575 235/65 R17 3 3 NA 195 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
TD4 5-dr HSE Dynamic 61.40** 1999/4 9A 430 180 1695 54 575 235/60 R18 3 3 NA 195 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Si4 (Petrol) 5-dr SE 49.95* 1999/4 9A 340 240 NA 68 575 235/60 R18 3 3 NA 217 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Si4 Coup HSE Dynamic NA 1999/4 9A 340 240 NA 68 575 235/60 R18 3 3 NA 217 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Si4 Convertible HSE Dynamic NA 1999/4 9A 340 240 NA 68 575 235/60 R18 3 3 NA 209 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

RANGE ROVER SPORT


For: Luxury. Against: Price. Verdict: If you want to stand out from the crowd...
Alternatives: 1. Porsche Cayenne 2. Toyota Landcruiser 200 3. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 4. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
SDV6 S NA 2993/6 8A 600 292 2115 80 NA 255/55 R19 3 3 7.97 210 8.12 3 3 3 3 NA NA
SDV6 HSE NA 2993/6 8A 600 292 2115 80 NA 255/50 R20 3 3 7.97 210 8.12 3 3 3 3 Dec 13 11111
SCV8 Autobiography NA 5000/8 8A 625 510 2310 105 NA 255/50 R20 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
SVR NA 5000/8 8A 680 550 2310 105 NA 275/45 R21 3 3 5.40 260 NA 3 3 3 3 Jul 16 11111

RANGE ROVER
For: Luxury, off-road ability. Against: Price. Verdict: Off-road ability and luxury both without compromise.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class 2. Bentley Bentayga
TDV6 Vogue NA 2993/6 8A 600 258 2160 85 909 255/55 R19 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
SDV8 Vogue SE NA 4367/8 8A 700 339 2360 105 909 255/50 R20 3 3 7.29 218 9.0 3 3 3 3 Jun 13 11111
SDV8 Autobiography NA 4367/8 8A 700 339 2360 105 909 255/50 R20 3 3 7.29 218 9.0 3 3 3 3 NA NA
V8S (P) Autobiography NA 5000/8 8A 625 510 2330 105 909 255/50 R20 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
L TDV6 Vogue NA 2993/6 8A 600 258 NA 80 NA 255/50 R20 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
L SDV8 Autobiography NA 4367/8 8A 740 339 NA 105 NA 275/45 R21 3 3 NA 217 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
L V8S (P) Autobiography NA 5000/8 8A 625 510 NA 105 NA 275/45 R21 3 3 NA 225 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

LEXUS
ES
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Audi A6 2. Mercedes-Benz E-Class 3. Volvo S90 4. BMW 5 Series
ES 300h 55.27* 2494/4 CVT NA 197 1705 65 425 215/55 R17 3 3 NA 180 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

RX
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Porsche Macan 2. BMW X5 3. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
RX 450h Luxury 107.29* 3456/6 CVT NA 313 2155 65 453 235/60 R18 3 3 NA 200 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
RX 450h F-Sport 109.61* 5663/8 8A 530 367 2720 93 575 285/50 R20 3 3 NA 220 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA


e2o PLUS
For: Zero-emission mobility. Against: Price. Verdict: Electric car good enough for short city drives.
Alternatives: None
P4 7.04* AC I/Motor 1A 70 26 932 NA 135 165/65 R14 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 - NA NA
P8 9.77* AC I/Motor 1A 91 41 990 NA 135 165/65 R14 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA

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VERITO VIBE
For: Fuel efficiency, space. Against: Design could be smarter. Verdict: Spacious and frugal compact saloon.
Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Ameo 2. Honda Amaze 3. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 4. Tata Zest
D2 7.29 1461/4 5 160 65 1150 50 330 185/70 R14 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
D6 8.33 1461/4 5 160 65 1150 50 330 185/70 R14 - 3 16.04 153 NA 3 D 3 3 Jul 13 1111

VERITO
For: Space, gearbox, ride, price. Against: Power, fit-and-finish, ergonomics. Verdict: Spacious, comfortable and practical sedan
for those on a tight budget. Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 2. Hyundai Xcent 3. Tata Manza
1.5 D2 8.24 1461/4 5 160 65 1140 50 510 185/70 R14 - - 16.82 152 16.75 - - - - NA NA
1.5 D6 9.34 1461/4 5 160 65 1140 50 510 185/70 R14 - 3 16.82 152 16.75 3 D 3 3 NA NA
eVerito D2 10.08 AC I/Motor 1A 91 41 1400 NA 510 185/70 R14 - - NA 86 NA 3 - - - NA NA
eVerito D6 10.60 AC I/Motor 1A 91 41 1400 NA 510 185/70 R14 - - NA 86 NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA

KUV100
For: Space, interior, ride quality, driveability. Against: Ergonomics in six-seater. Verdict: A genuinely practical everyday car.
Alternatives: 1. Premier Rio 2. Hyundai Grand i10 3. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
G80 Petrol K2 6-seater 5.23 1198/3 5 115 82 NA 35 243 185/65 R14 - 3 NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
G80 Petrol K8 5-seater 6.99 1198/3 5 115 82 NA 35 243 185/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D75 K2 6-seater 6.26 1198/3 5 190 77 NA 35 243 185/65 R14 - 3 15.33 153 17.75 - - - - NA NA
D75 K8 5-seater 8.02 1198/3 5 190 77 NA 35 243 185/60 R15 - 3 15.33 153 17.75 3 3 3 3 Feb 16 1111

BOLERO
For: Rugged, reliable, do-it-all MUV. Against: Lacks refinement. Verdict: Get one if you have to haul a large number of people
over bad roads. Alternatives: 1. Chevrolet Enjoy
Power+ mHawk D70 SLE 6.59* 1493/3 5 195 71 NA 60 NA 215/75 R15 - - NA NA NA 3 - - - NA NA
Power+ mHawk D70 ZLX 7.57* 1493/3 5 195 71 NA 60 NA 215/75 R15 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 - NA NA

TUV300
For: Space, interior, ride quality, driving range, diesel automatic option. Against: Handling. Verdict: Compelling proposition.
Alternatives: 1. Chevrolet Enjoy
T4 8.30 1493/3 5 230 84 1640 60 384 215/75 R15 - - 21.63 136.4 NA 3 - - - Oct 15 111
T8 mHawk100 10.11 1493/3 5 240 100 1640 60 384 215/75 R15 - 3 21.63 136.4 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
T6+ AMT 10.16 1493/3 5A 230 80 1640 60 384 215/75 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
T8 mHawk100 AMT 10.94 1493/3 5A 240 100 1640 60 384 215/75 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

NUVOSPORT
For: Space. Against: Handling. Verdict: Good space for a four-metre car.
Alternatives: 1. Ford EcoSport 2. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 3. Premier Rio
N4 8.41 1493/3 5 240 100 NA 60 412 215/65 R16 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
N8 10.40 1493/3 5 240 100 NA 60 412 215/65 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
N6 AMT 10.27 1493/3 5A 240 100 1640 60 412 215/65 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
N8 AMT 11.12 1493/3 5A 240 100 1640 60 412 215/65 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

XYLO
For: Value for money, interior, engine. Against: Unsettled ride. Verdict: The best bang for your buck in the MUV segment.
Alternatives: 1. Chevrolet Tavera 2. Honda Mobilio 3. Toyota Innova
D2 mDI CRDe 9.71 2489/4 5 218 95 1800 55 234 205/65 R15 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
H8 mHawk 12.51 2179/4 5 280 120 1800 55 234 215/75 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

THAR
For: Off-road ability, driver appeal. Against: Dated, build quality. Verdict: A vehicle for those who have to tackle rough terrain
on a daily basis. Alternatives: 1. Force Gurkha
CRDe 4x4 9.78 2498/4 5 247 105 1670 60 NA 235/70 R16 - - 18.41 134 11.75 - - 3 3 Mar 11 111
Daybreak 19.00 2498/4 5 247 105 NA 60 NA 37x12.50-16LT - - NA 105 NA - - 3 - NA NA

SCORPIO
For: Tractable mHawk engine, value. Against: High-speed dynamics. Verdict: The best budget full-size SUV around.
Alternatives: 1. Tata Safari Storme 2. Renault Duster 3. Hyundai Creta
S2 m2DICR 10.28 2523/4 5 200 75 1890 60 460 215/75 R15 - - NA NA NA 3 - - - NA NA
S4+ mHawk 4WD 13.08 2179/4 5 280 120 1990 60 460 235/65 R17 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 - - NA NA
S10 mHawk 14.79 2179/4 5 280 120 2000 60 460 235/65 R17 - 3 15.62 158.6 11.9 3 3 3 3 Nov 14 1111
S10 mHawk 4WD 16.12 2179/4 5 280 120 1930 60 460 235/65 R17 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
S10 mHawk AT 15.57 2179/4 6A 280 120 1930 60 460 235/65 R17 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
S10 mHawk 4WD AT 16.97 2179/4 6A 280 120 2030 60 460 235/65 R17 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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SCORPIO GETAWAY
For: Tons of luggage space, value for money. Against: Cramped interior, poor high-speed handling.
Verdict: Fun, inexpensive vehicle for the outdoor people. Alternatives: 1. Isuzu D-Max V-Cross 2. Tata Xenon
Getaway 4x2 8.43* 2609/4 5 283 115 1910 55 460 235/70 R15 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 - NA NA
Getaway 4x4 9.40* 2523/4 5 195 63 NA 60 NA 215/75 R15 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 - NA NA

XUV 500
For: Price, performance, space. Against: Gear shift, interior fit-and-finish. Verdict: Value for money.
Alternatives: 1. Renault Duster 2. Nissan Terrano 3. koda Yeti 4. Hyundai Tucson
W4 14.10 2197/4 6 330 140 1785 70 NA 235/65 R17 - 3 12.8 181.3 11.0 3 3 3 - NA NA
W10 18.65 2197/4 6 330 140 1785 70 NA 235/65 R17 3 3 12.8 181.3 11.0 3 3 3 3 Nov 11 1111
W8 AWD 18.64 2197/4 6 330 140 1865 70 NA 235/65 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
W10 AWD 19.90 2197/4 6 330 140 1865 70 NA 235/65 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
W6 AT 16.62 2197/4 6A 330 140 NA 70 NA 235/65 R17 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
W10 AT 19.82 2197/4 6A 330 140 NA 70 NA 235/65 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
W10 AWD AT 21.06 2197/4 6A 330 140 NA 70 NA 235/65 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

MARUTI SUZUKI
OMNI
For: Affordablility, maintenance. Against: Safety, equipment. Verdict: Cheap van with dangerously dicey dynamics and
unprecedented safety issues. Alternatives: None
5-Seater 3.17 796/3 4 59 35 785 35 NA 145/70 R12 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
8-Seater 3.20 796/3 4 59 35 800 35 NA 145/70 R12 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA

ALTO
For: Value for money, service network. Against: NVH levels, safety, space. Verdict: One of the highest-selling cars in the country.
Alternatives: 1. Renault Kwid 2. Hyundai Eon 3. Datsun Go 4. Chevrolet Spark
800 3.01 796/3 5 69 48 720 35 177 145/80 R12 - - 19.38 NA NA - - - - NA NA
800 VXi (O) 4.02 796/3 5 69 48 725 35 177 145/80 R12 - - 19.38 NA NA F D 3 - Nov 12 1111
K10 LX 3.93 998/3 5 90 68 740 35 177 155/65 R13 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
K10 VXi (O) AGS 4.96 998/3 5A 90 68 760 35 177 155/65 R13 - - NA NA NA F D 3 - NA NA

WAGON R
For: Space, practicality, fuel efficiency. Against: Notchy gearshift, body roll, bland interior. Verdict: A convenient city runabout.
Alternatives: 1. Nissan Micra Active 2. Hyundai i10 3. Chevrolet Beat
LXi 4.82 998/3 5 90 68 870 35 NA 145/80 R13 - - 16.32 150.7 15.5 F - - - NA NA
VXi (O) 5.54 998/3 5 90 68 890 35 NA 155/65 R14 - 3 16.32 150.7 15.5 3 3 3 - Jun 10 1112
VXi (O) AMT 6.09 998/3 5A 90 68 895 35 NA 155/65 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
Stingray LXi 4.96 998/3 5 90 68 870 35 NA 155/65 R14 - - NA NA NA F - - - NA NA
Stingray VXi (O) AMT 6.26 998/3 5A 90 68 885 35 NA 155/65 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 D 3 - NA NA

CELERIO
For: Convenience, price. Against: Slow shifts (AMT), safety. Verdict: Affordable compact with a smooth petrol AMT and frugal diesel.
Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Grand i10 2. Honda Brio 3. Chevrolet Beat 4. Tata Tiago
LXi 4.63 998/3 5 90 68 810 35 235 155/80 R13 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
VXi AMT 5.55 998/3 5A 90 68 NA 35 235 165/70 R14 - - 18.34 153.4 13.88 3 - - - May 14 1111
ZXi AMT 5.90 998/3 5A 90 68 NA 35 235 165/70 R14 - - 18.34 153.4 13.88 3 D 3 - NA NA
ZXi O 5.86 998/3 5 90 68 830 35 235 165/70 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
LDi 5.66 793/2 5 125 47.6 780 35 235 155/80 R13 - - 26.1 132 21.83 3 - - - NA NA
ZDi O 6.89 793/2 5 125 47.6 800 35 235 165/70 R14 - 3 26.1 132 21.83 3 3 3 3 Aug 15 1111

SWIFT
For: Service network, style. Against: Looks like the old car. Verdict: Buy it for ride quality and space.
Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo 2. FIAT Punto Pure 3. Hyundai Elite i20 4. Ford Figo
LXi 5.43 1197/4 5 115 85 935 42 237 165/80 R14 - - 14.35 170 17.6 - - - - NA NA
ZXi 7.26 1197/4 5 115 85 965 42 237 185/65 R15 - 3 14.35 170 17.6 3 3 3 3 Nov 11 1111
LDi 6.94 1248/4 5 190 75 1050 42 237 165/80 R14 - - 14.26 165 19.5 - - - - NA NA
ZDi 8.61 1248/4 5 190 75 1060 42 237 185/65 R15 - 3 14.26 165 19.5 3 3 3 3 Nov 11 11112

IGNIS
For: Style, space, customisation choices. Against: Price, no Alpha AMT variant. Verdict: Easy-going and practical all-rounder.
Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Grand i10 2. Volkswagen CrossPolo 3. FIAT Urban Cross
Petrol Sigma 4.69* 1197/4 5 113 83 825 32 260 175/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA F 3 - - NA NA
Petrol Zeta AGS 6.45* 1197/4 5A 113 83 860 32 260 175/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Petrol Alpha 6.85* 1197/4 5 113 83 NA 32 260 175/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
DDiS Delta 6.54* 1248/4 5 190 75 940 32 260 175/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
DDiS Zeta AGS 7.64* 1248/4 5A 190 75 NA 32 260 175/65 R15 - 3 15.35 140.3 13.5 3 3 3 - May 17 1111
DDiS Alpha 7.99* 1248/4 5 190 75 NA 32 260 175/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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BALENO
For: Ease of driving, equipment, efficiency. Against: Steering feel, ergonomics. Verdict: Maruti Suzuki's most exclusive hatchback.
Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Elite i20 2. Honda Jazz 3. Volkswagen Polo 4. FIAT Punto Evo
Petrol Sigma 6.02 1197/4 5 115 84 865 37 339 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA F 3 - - NA NA
Petrol Alpha 8.27 1197/4 5 115 84 890 37 339 195/55 R16 - 3 13.73 155.08 14.0 3 3 3 3 Dec 15 1111
Petrol Delta CVT 7.97 1197/4 CVT 115 84 910 37 339 185/65 R15 - 3 12.26 158.8 NA 3 3 3 - Mar 16 1111
Petrol Zeta CVT 8.66 1197/4 CVT 115 84 910 37 339 185/65 R15 - 3 12.26 158.8 NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
Petrol RS 8.69* 998/3 5 150 102 950 37 339 195/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
DDiS 190 Sigma 7.33 1248/4 5 190 75 960 37 339 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA F 3 - - NA NA
DDiS 190 Alpha 9.59 1248/4 5 190 75 985 37 339 195/55 R16 - 3 14.11 168.71 18.0 3 3 3 3 Dec 15 1111

DZIRE
For: Frugal, practical diesel, great value. Against: Styling. Verdict: Tough to find a better entry-level saloon at this price.
Alternatives: 1. Toyota Platinum Etios 2. Tata Zest 3. Mahindra Verito
LXi 6.12 1197/4 5 114 87 935 42 316 165/80 R14 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
ZXi 8.04 1197/4 5 114 87 965 42 316 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
VXi AT 7.88 1197/4 4A 114 87 965 42 316 165/80 R14 - - NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
LDi 7.56 1248/4 5 190 75 1045 42 316 165/80 R14 - - 14.24 160 19.3 - - - - NA NA
ZDi 9.21 1248/4 5 190 75 1070 42 316 185/65 R15 - 3 14.24 160 19.3 3 3 3 3 Mar 12 11112
ZDi AGS 9.84 1248/4 5A 190 75 1070 42 316 185/65 R15 - 3 15.00 154 17.2 3 3 3 3 Jun 16 11112

CIAZ
For: Feature-packed. Against: Rivals are quicker and slightly faster. Verdict: A contemporary all-round package.
Alternatives: 1. Honda City 2. Hyundai Verna 3. Volkswagen Vento
VXi 8.53 1373/4 5 130 92.5 1010 50 510 185/65 R15 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 - NA NA
ZXi+ 10.73 1373/4 5 130 92.5 NA 50 510 195/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
ZXi AT 11.39 1373/4 4A 130 92.5 NA 50 510 195/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
VDi SHVS 9.56 1248/4 5 200 90 1115 50 510 185/65 R15 - - 13.62 168.9 16.75 3 - 3 - NA NA
ZDi+ SHVS 11.99 1248/4 5 200 90 1135 50 510 195/55 R16 - 3 13.62 168.9 16.75 3 3 3 3 Apr 15 1111

EECO
For: Price, space, engine power and refinement. Against: Boxy looks, hard suspension. Verdict: Practical and affordable option
for big middle-class families, good option for car pooling. Alternatives: 1. Datsun Go+
5-Seater STD 3.80 1196/4 5 102 73 908 40 NA 155 R13 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
7-Seater STD 4.00 1196/4 5 102 73 928 40 NA 155 R13 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
5-Seater AC 4.17 1196/4 5 102 73 923 40 NA 155 R13 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA

ERTIGA
For: Value for money, fuel efficiency. Against: You either have the third row or luggage space. Verdict: A good car in its segment.
Alternatives: 1. Honda Mobilio 2. Renault Lodgy 3. Chevrolet Enjoy
LXi 7.25 1373/4 5 130 95 1135 45 NA 185/65 R15 - - NA NA NA - D - - NA NA
ZXi+ 9.83 1373/4 5 130 95 1180 45 NA 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
VXi AT 9.68 1373/4 4A 130 95 1185 45 NA 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
LDi 8.93 1248/4 5 200 90 1235 45 NA 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA - D - - NA NA
ZDi+ 10.85 1248/4 5 200 90 1265 45 NA 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

VITARA BREZZA
For: Space, practicality, ride quality. Against: Steering quite vague. Verdict: Stylish new compact crossover on a budget.
Alternatives: 1. Ford EcoSport 2. Honda WR-V 3. Mahindra TUV300
LDi 8.21 1248/4 5 200 90 1170 48 328 205/60 R16 - - 12.88 163 18.2 - D - - NA NA
ZDi+ 11.06 1248/4 5 200 90 1195 48 328 215/60 R16 - 3 12.88 163 18.2 3 3 3 3 NA NA
ZDi+ Dual-tone 11.22 1248/4 5 200 90 1195 48 328 215/60 R16 - 3 12.88 163 18.2 3 3 3 3 May 16 11112

S-CROSS
For: Ride quality, features, practicality, safety. Against: Tyre grip level, dated looks. Verdict: Practical and safe family car.
Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Creta 2. Renault Duster 3. Nissan Terrano
DDiS 200 Sigma 9.08 1248/4 5 200 90 NA 45 353 205/65 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
DDiS 200 Alpha 12.20 1248/4 5 200 90 NA 45 353 215/60 R17 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
DDiS 320 Delta 11.78 1598/4 6 320 120 1275 45 353 215/60 R17 - 3 11.78 174.8 14.5 3 3 3 3 NA NA
DDiS 320 Alpha 13.83 1598/4 6 320 120 1275 45 353 215/60 R17 - 3 11.78 174.8 14.5 3 3 3 3 Sep 15 11112

MASERATI
GHIBLI
For: Style, driver appeal. Against: Price. Verdict: The only Italian option in the German-dominated sport-luxury segment.
Alternatives: 1. (Size-wise) Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class 2. (Price-wise) Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class
Ghibli Diesel 110.00* 2987/6 8A 600 275 1835 70 500 235/50 R18 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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QUATTROPORTE
For: Style, presence. Against: Price. Verdict: An Italian four-door sport-luxury car with distinct road presence.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes S-Class 2. Aston Martin Rapide S
Quattroporte Diesel 150.00* 2979/6 8A 550 410 1760 80 530 245/45 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Quattroporte GTS 220.00* 3799/8 8A 650 530 1900 80 530 285/30 R20 3 3 NA 307 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

GRANTURISMO
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: Italian GT which doesn't cost the Earth.
Alternatives: 1. Jaguar F-Type 2. Porsche 911 3. Aston Martin Vantage 4. Mercedes S-Coup
GranTurismo 180.00* 4244/8 7A 460 405 1880 86 260 285/40 R19 3 3 NA 285 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Sport MC Shift BO 4691/8 7A 520 460 1880 86 260 285/35 R20 3 3 NA 298 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

GRANCABRIO
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: If you want an Italian GT and want to feel the wind in your hair.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet 2. Porsche 911 Cabriolet 3. Jaguar F-Type
GranCabrio 200.00* 4691/8 6A 510 450 1980 75 173 285/40 R19 3 3 NA 285 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
MC Sport LIne 280.00* 4691/8 6A 520 460 1973 75 173 285/35 R20 3 3 NA 289 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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A-CLASS
For: Your entry into luxury, fun to drive. Against: Space, ride quality, value for money. Verdict: A fun hatch, but at a price.
Alternatives: 1. MINI Cooper 2. BMW 1 Series 3. Volvo V40
A 180 Sport 34.19 1595/4 7A 200 122 1395 50 341 205/55 R16 3 3 9.23 201 9.5 3 3 3 3 Sep 13 11111
A 200 d Sport 35.49 2143/4 7A 300 136 1475 50 341 205/55 R16 3 3 NA 210 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

B-CLASS
For: Badge, space. Against: Price, refinement, noisy diesel engine. Verdict: Spacious premium hatch with solid build quality.
Alternatives: 1. MINI Cooper Countryman 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country
B 180 Sport 35.94 1595/4 7A 200 122 1425 50 488 205/55 R16 3 3 NA 200 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
B 200 d Sport 37.24 2143/4 7A 300 136 1577 50 488 205/55 R16 3 3 10.34 210 13.25 3 3 3 3 Apr 15 11111

CLA-CLASS
For: Performance, handling, dynamics. Against: Ground clearance, space. Verdict: Nimble and stylish four-door coup.
Alternatives: 1. Audi A3 2. Audi TT
CLA 200 Sport 33.68* 1991/4 7A 300 184 1510 50 470 225/45 R17 3 3 8.31 235 NA 3 3 3 3 Feb 17 11112
CLA 200 d Style 31.40* 2143/4 7A 300 136 1570 50 470 205/55 R16 3 3 NA 220 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
CLA 200 d Sport 34.68* 2143/4 7A 300 136 1570 50 470 225/45 R17 3 3 9.69 220 14.5 3 3 3 3 May 15 11112
AMG CLA 45 4MATIC 91.68 1991/4 7A 450 360 1585 56 470 235/40 R18 3 3 5.98 250 8.0 3 3 3 3 Aug 14 11112

C-CLASS
For: Badge, status, performance. Against: Price. Verdict: Fun to drive luxury car with good ride quality too.
Alternatives: 1. Audi A4 2. BMW 3 Series 3. Volvo S60 4. Jaguar XE
C 200 47.20 1991/4 7A 300 184 1545 41 480 225/50 R17 3 3 7.85 235 NA 3 3 3 3 Dec 14 11112
C 220 d Style 46.83 2143/4 7A 400 170 1655 41 480 225/50 R17 3 3 8.35 233 11.75 3 3 3 3 NA NA
C 220 d Avantgarde 49.21 2143/4 7A 400 170 1655 41 480 225/50 R17 3 3 8.35 233 11.75 3 3 3 3 Mar 15 11112
C 250 d 52.07 2143/4 9A 500 204 1660 41 480 225/50 R17 3 3 NA 247 NA 3 3 3 3 May 16 11112
C 300 Cabriolet 60.00* 1991/4 9A 370 245 1740 66 285 225/50 R17 3 3 7.79 250 NA 3 3 3 3 Dec 16 11111
AMG C 43 4MATIC 74.35* 2996/6 9A 520 367 1690 66 435 245/40 R18 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
AMG C 63 S 167.07 3982/8 7A 700 510 1730 66 435 265/35 R19 3 3 5.12 250 5.13 3 3 3 3 Mar 16 11111

E-CLASS
For: Comfort, technology, space. Against: Not much. Verdict: Longer wheelbase alternative to the competition.
Alternatives: 1. Audi A6 2. Volvo S90 3. BMW 5 Series 4. Jaguar XF
E 200 L 56.15* 1991/4 9A 300 184 NA 80 540 225/55 R17 3 3 NA 240 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
E 350 d L 69.47* 2967/6 9A 620 258 1920 80 540 225/55 R17 3 3 7.54 250 9.4 3 3 3 3 Apr 17 11111

E-CLASS CABRIOLET
For: Styling, presence. Against: Price. Verdict: Need a 2+2 seater drop-top you can use every day?
Alternatives: None in this price bracket, but there's the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
E 400 Cabriolet 101.08 2996/6 7A 480 333 1845 66 390 235/45 R17 3 3 6.2 250 5.88 3 3 3 3 Sep 15 11111

SLC-CLASS
For: A full-fledged convertible sports car. Against: Price. Verdict: Have the money? Buy it.
Alternatives: 1. BMW Z4 2. Porsche 718 Boxster
AMG SLC 43 77.50* 2996/6 9A 520 367 1615 70 335 255/35 ZR18 3 3 5.49 250 9.38 3 3 3 3 Sep 16 11111

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CLS-CLASS
For: Distinctive, better to drive than the E-Class. Against: Lack of rear head room. Verdict: Refreshing new looks.
Alternatives: 1. BMW 6 Series Gran Coup 2. Maserati Ghibli
CLS 250 d 98.53 2143/4 7A 500 204 1850 80 475 245/45 R17 3 3 NA 242 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

S-CLASS
For: Luxury, comfort. Against: Price. Verdict: Elegant looks with top-of-the-line luxury features.
Alternatives: 1. Audi A8 2. Jaguar XJ 3. BMW 7 Series 4. Maserati Quattroporte
S 350 d L 138.17 2987/6 7A 620 258 2132 70 530 245/50 R18 3 3 7.94 250 8.75 3 3 3 3 Jul 14 11111
S 350 d L Connoisseurs 121.00* 2987/6 7A 620 258 2132 70 530 245/50 R18 3 3 7.94 250 8.75 3 3 3 3 Jul 14 11111
S 400 L 151.00 2996/6 7A 480 333 2113 70 510 245/50 R18 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
S 400 L Connoisseurs 132.00* 2996/6 7A 480 333 2113 70 510 245/50 R18 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
AMG S 63 L 307.29 5461/8 7A 900 585 2070 70 510 285/40 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

MAYBACH S-CLASS
For: Luxury, comfort, the tag of Worlds Best Car. Against: Not much. Verdict: The flagship Mercedes, with a legendary badge.
Alternatives: 1. Bentley Flying Spur
Maybach S 500 202.31 4663/8 9A 700 455 2280 80 500 245/45 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Maybach S 600 340.03 5980/12 7A 830 530 2335 80 500 275/40 R19 3 3 6.15 250 NA 3 3 3 3 Nov 15 11111

S-CLASS COUP
For: Luxury, dynamics, equipment. Against: Price, weight. Verdict: S-Class luxury with two less doors.
Alternatives: 1. Maserati GranTurismo 2. Bentley Continental GT 3. Aston Martin Vantage
S 500 Coup 263.77 4663/8 9A 700 455 2030 80 400 245/50 R18 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
S 500 Cabriolet 225.00* 4663/8 9A 700 455 2115 80 400 245/50 R18 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
AMG S 63 Coup 336.56 5461/8 7A 900 585 2070 80 400 285/40 ZR19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

AMG GT
For: Performance, presence. Against: Price. Verdict: Raw, exciting sports car.
Alternatives: 1. Porsche 911 Turbo 2. Jaguar F-Type R 3. Nissan GT-R 4. Audi R8
GT S 258.52 3982/8 7A 650 510 1570 75 350 285/30 ZR20 3 3 4.14 310 5.69 3 3 3 3 Apr 16 11111

GLA-CLASS
For: Build quality, all-road ability. Against: Equipment, off-road ability. Verdict: Compact crossover with the three-pointed star.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q3 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country 3. BMW X1 4. MINI Countryman
GLA 200 Sport 40.74 1991/4 7A 300 184 1525 50 421 235/50 R18 3 3 NA 225 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GLA 200 d Style 39.03 2143/4 7A 300 136 1585 50 421 235/50 R18 3 3 NA 205 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GLA 200 d Sport 42.64 2143/4 7A 300 136 1585 50 421 235/50 R18 3 3 NA 205 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
AMG GLA 45 4MATIC 94.87 1991/4 7A 450 360 1580 56 421 235/45 R19 3 3 6.71 250 NA 3 3 3 3 Dec 14 11111

GLC-CLASS
For: Size, equipment, brand value. Against: Not meant for serious off-roading. Verdict: Much-awaited compact luxury SUV.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q5 2. Volvo XC60 3. BMW X3 4. Land Rover Discovery Sport 5. Jaguar F-Pace
GLC 220 d 4MATIC 52.98* 2143/4 9A 400 170 1871 66 550 235/60 R18 3 3 9.35 210 10.88 3 3 3 3 Aug 16 11112
GLC 300 4MATIC 53.19* 1991/4 9A 370 245 1954 66 550 235/60 R18 3 3 NA 222 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

GLE-CLASS
For: Comfort, ride, brand value. Against: Equipment level. Verdict: Great soft-roader with a brand image.
Alternatives: 1. BMW X5 2. Jeep Grand Cherokee 3. Volvo XC60 4. Porsche Cayenne
GLE 250 d 4MATIC 72.71 2143/4 9A 500 204 2075 70 690 255/55 R18 3 3 NA 212 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GLE 350 d 4MATIC 85.95 2987/6 9A 620 258 2185 70 690 255/50 R19 3 3 NA 224 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GLE 400 4MATIC 74.90* 2996/6 7A 480 333 2150 70 690 255/50 R19 3 3 NA 247 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
AMG GLE 43 Coup 107.12 2996/6 9A 520 367 2220 93 650 315/40 R21 3 3 6.45 250 6.38 3 3 3 3 Feb 16 11111

GLS-CLASS
For: Build quality, go-anywhere ability. Against: Price. Verdict: Joint family car for jewellers and businessmen.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q7 2. Volvo XC90 3. Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4. Toyota Land Cruiser 200
GLS 350 d 4MATIC 80.38* 2987/6 9A 620 258 2455 100 295 275/50 R20 3 3 9.23 222 7.38 3 3 3 3 Jun 16 11112
GLS 400 4MATIC 82.90* 2996/6 9A 480 333 2435 100 690 265/60 R18 3 3 NA 240 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

G-CLASS
For: Performance, off-road capability. Against: Price, fuel efficency. Verdict: The car to have if you want to be different.
Alternatives: 1. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 2. Porsche Cayenne Turbo
AMG G 63 4MATIC 256.43 5461/8 7A 760 544 2550 96 480 275/50 R20 3 3 5.86 210 NA 3 3 3 3 Nov 15 11111

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MINI
COOPER
For: Performance, looks. Against: Ride quality, no spare wheel, space, price. Verdict: Iconic small car with a hefty price-tag.
Alternatives: 1. FIAT 500 2. Mercedes-Benz A-Class 3. BMW 1 Series 4. Volvo V40 5. Volkswagen Polo GTI
Cooper D 3-door 28.50* 1496/3 6A 270 115 1210 40 211 195/55 R16 3 3 9.91 203 12.75 3 3 3 3 Mar 15 11111
Cooper D 5-door 31.90* 1496/3 6A 270 115 1205 40 278 195/55 R16 3 3 NA 202 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Cooper S 3-door 31.50* 1998/4 6A 280 192 1235 44 211 195/55 R16 3 3 NA 233 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Cooper S Convertible 34.90* 1998/4 6A 280 192 1350 44 215 195/55 R16 3 3 NA 228 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

COUNTRYMAN
For: A big and spacious MINI. Against: Ride quality, price, no spare wheel. Verdict: Buy the Countryman if you want a MINI.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q3 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country 3. BMW X1 4. Mercedes-Benz B-Class, GLA-Class
Cooper D Countryman 36.50* 1995/4 6A 270 112 1310 47 350 205/45 R17 3 3 11.1 NA 11.6 3 3 3 3 NA NA

CLUBMAN
For: An even bigger and more spacious MINI. Against: Price. Verdict: A larger Countryman with split hatch doors.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 2. Volvo V40 Cross Country
Cooper S Clubman 38.50* 1998/4 6A 280 192 1420 44 360 205/45 R17 3 3 8.5 228 11.75 3 3 3 3 May 17 11111

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MICRA
For: Good space given its compact footprint, visibility, easy to drive. Against: Engine refinement, build doesnt feel tough enough.
Verdict: Value-for-money hatchback. Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo 2. Hyundai Grand i10 3. Ford Figo
Active XL (P) 4.60* 1198/3 5 104 68 860 41 251 155/80 R13 - - NA NA NA - 3 - - NA NA
Active XV S (P) 5.35* 1198/3 5 104 68 860 41 251 165/70 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
XL CVT (P) 6.11* 1198/3 CVT 104 76 860 41 251 165/70 R14 - - 13.51 NA 15.1 3 3 - - NA NA
XV CVT (P) 6.86* 1198/3 CVT 104 76 860 41 251 175/60 R15 - 3 17.2 140.3 10.5 3 3 3 3 Sep 13 1111
XL DCi 6.52* 1461/4 5 160 64 945 41 251 165/70 R14 - - 15.21 NA 17.1 - 3 - - NA NA
XL DCI Comfort 7.06* 1461/4 5 160 64 945 41 251 175/60 R15 - 3 15.21 166 17.1 3 3 3 3 Jan 11 1111

SUNNY
For: Ride quality, interiors and space. Against: Fuel efficiency. Verdict: Comfortable car, especially if chauffeur-driven
Alternatives: 1. koda Rapid 2. Honda City 3. Ford Fiesta 4. Renault Scala
XE (P) 6.99* 1498/4 5 134 99 998 41 490 185/70 R14 - 3 12.8 NA 11.75 F 3 - - NA NA
XL CVT (P) 8.99* 1498/4 CVT 134 101 1040 41 490 185/70 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
XE DCi 7.49* 1461/4 5 200 86 1092 41 490 185/65 R14 - 3 13.44 168.3 15.75 F 3 - - NA NA
XV DCi 8.99* 1461/4 5 200 86 1097 41 490 185/65 R15 - 3 13.44 168.3 15.75 3 3 3 3 Mar 12 1111

GT-R
For: Performance, driver appeal, style, handling. Against: Price. Verdict: Track-tool you can use on the road.
Alternatives: 1. Porsche 911 Turbo 2. Jaguar F-Type R 3. Mercedes AMG GT S
GT-R R35 199.00* 3799/6 6A 637 570 1752 74 315 285/35 ZR20 3 3 NA 315 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

TERRANO
For: Handling, ride quality. Against: Rear leg space. Verdict: A well-engineered car and good value for money.
Alternatives: 1. Renault Duster 2. Hyundai Creta 3. Mahindra Scorpio
XL Petrol 9.99* 1598/4 5 145 104 1755 50 475 215/65 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
XE dCi 85 9.99* 1461/4 5 200 85 1749 50 475 215/65 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 3 - - NA NA
XV Premium dCi 110 13.49* 1461/4 6 248 110 1787 50 475 215/65 R16 - 3 12.46 169 12.25 3 3 3 3 Jan 14 1111
XV dCi 110 AMT 13.85* 1461/4 6A 248 110 NA 50 475 215/65 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

PORSCHE
718 CAYMAN
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Audi TT 2. Ford Mustang GT?
Cayman 81.63* 1988/4 7A 380 300 1365 54 425 265/45 R18 3 3 NA 275 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

718 BOXSTER
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
Boxster 85.53* 1988/4 7A 380 300 1365 54 275 265/45 R18 3 3 NA 275 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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911
For: Over 50 years later, still a revered sports cars. Against: Price. Verdict: Iconic sports car keeps getting better.
Alternatives: 1. Jaguar F-Type 2. Mercedes AMG GT S 3. Nissan GT-R 4. Audi R8
Carrera 140.95* 2981/6 7A 450 370 1450 64 135 285/35 R19 3 3 NA 293 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Carrera Cabriolet 154.24* 2981/6 7A 450 370 1520 64 145 285/35 R19 3 3 NA 290 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Carrera S 161.90* 2981/6 7A 500 420 1460 64 135 305/30 R20 3 3 NA 306 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Carrera S Cabriolet 174.68* 2981/6 7A 500 420 1530 64 145 305/30 R20 3 3 4.51 290 7.8 3 3 3 3 Nov 16 11111
Turbo 223.73* 3800/6 7A 710 540 1595 68 135 305/30 R20 3 3 NA 320 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Turbo Cabriolet 237.02* 3800/6 7A 660 540 1665 68 135 305/30 R20 3 3 NA 320 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Turbo S 263.59* 3800/6 7A 750 580 1600 68 135 305/30 R20 3 3 NA 330 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Turbo S Cabriolet 278.91* 3800/6 7A 700 580 1670 68 135 305/30 R20 3 3 NA 330 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GT3 219.91* 3996/6 7A 460 500 1430 64 125 305/30 R20 3 3 NA 318 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GT3 (M/T) 219.91* 3996/6 6 460 500 1413 64 125 305/30 R20 3 3 NA 320 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

PANAMERA
For: Luxury and performance. Against: Price. Verdict: Revitalised 2+2 grand touring package, now also in LWB avatar.
Alternatives: 1. Maserati Quattroporte 2. Aston Martin Rapide S 3. Mercedes-AMG S 63 L
Turbo 193.45* 3996/8 8A 770 550 1995 90 495 285/40 R19 3 3 NA 306 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Turbo Executive 205.76* 3996/8 8A 770 550 2100 90 495 285/40 R19 3 3 NA 306 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Turbo S E-Hybrid 209.40* 3996/8 8A 850 680 2410 80 405 325/30 ZR21 3 3 NA 310 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

PANAMERA SPORT TURISMO


For: Luxury, performance and practicality. Against: Price. Verdict: More than a Panamera.
Alternatives: 1. Audi RS 6 Avant
Turbo Sport Turismo 197.87* 3996/8 8A 770 550 NA 90 NA 285/40 R19 3 3 NA 304 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

MACAN
For: A sports car with high ground clearance. Against: Price. Verdict: A compact SUV off the road, a sports car on it.
Alternatives: 1. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2. Jaguar F-Pace 3. Mercedes-AMG GLA 45
Macan S Diesel 107.56* 2967/6 7A 580 245 1880 60 500 255/55 R18 3 3 7.22 204 13.5 3 3 3 3 Aug 14 11111
Macan R4 76.84* 1984/4 7A 370 252 1770 65 500 255/55 R18 3 3 7.73 229 9.4 3 3 3 3 Mar 17 11111
Macan Turbo 119.56* 3604/6 7A 550 400 1925 75 500 255/55 R18 3 3 5.23 266 NA 3 3 3 3 Jun 15 11111
Macan Turbo Perf Pack 141.83* 3604/6 7A 600 440 1925 75 500 255/50 R19 3 3 NA 272 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

CAYENNE
For: Performance, refinement, driver appeal. Against: Price. Verdict: If you want a big sports car with a high ground clearance...
Alternatives: 1. Jeep Grand Cherokee 2. Audi Q7 3. Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4. BMW X5
Cayenne Diesel 107.82* 2967/6 8A 550 245 2110 85 670 255/55 R18 3 3 NA 221 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Cayenne S Diesel 130.92* 4134/8 8A 850 385 2215 85 670 255/55 R18 3 3 NA 252 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Cayenne 105.57* 3598/6 8A 400 300 2040 85 670 255/55 R18 3 3 NA 230 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Cayenne S 127.14* 3604/6 8A 550 420 2085 85 670 255/55 R18 3 3 NA 259 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Cayenne GTS 147.77* 3604/6 8A 600 440 2110 85 670 255/55 R18 3 3 NA 262 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Cayenne Turbo 186.60* 4806/8 8A 750 520 2185 100 670 265/50 R19 3 3 NA 279 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Cayenne Turbo S 250.81* 4806/8 8A 800 570 2235 100 670 275/45 R20 3 3 NA 284 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

PREMIER AUTO
RIO
For: Efficiency, ability. Against: Overall quality could be better. Verdict: Decent offering that could do with better fit-and-finish.
Alternatives: 1. Mahindra KUV100 2. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
CRDi4 DX 7.63 1248/4 5 189 72 1145 46 NA 205/70 R15 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA
CRDi4 LX 7.98 1248/4 5 189 72 1145 46 NA 205/70 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA

RENAULT
KWID
For: Ride, handling, space, practicality. Against: Safety equipment. Verdict: Very capable compact car with excellent ride quality.
Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Eon 2. Maruti Suzuki Alto 3. Datsun Go
0.8 Std 3.23 799/3 5 72 54 630 28 300 155/80 R13 - - 18.97 135 17.75 - - - - NA NA
0.8 RxT(O) 4.38 799/3 5 72 54 660 28 300 155/80 R13 - - 18.97 135 17.75 F D 3 O Dec 15 1111
1.0 SCe RxT(O) 4.61 999/3 5 91 68 NA 28 300 155/80 R13 - - NA NA NA F D 3 O NA NA
1.0 Climber AMT 5.19 999/3 5A 91 68 NA 28 300 155/80 R13 - - NA NA NA F D 3 O NA NA

PULSE
For: Space, visibility. Against: Engine refinement, build quality. Verdict: Needs to be better to take on the competition.
Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Polo 2. Ford Figo 3. Hyundai Grand i10 4. Maruti Suzuki Swift 5. Nissan Micra
RxL (P) 5.00* 1198/3 5 104 76 NA 41 251 NA - - NA NA NA - 3 - - NA NA
RxL DCi 6.16* 1461/4 5 160 64 NA 41 251 165/70 R14 - 3 15.2 166 17.1 - 3 - - NA NA
RxZ DCi 6.87* 1461/4 5 160 64 NA 41 251 175/60 R15 - 3 15.2 166 17.1 3 3 3 3 Mar 12 1111

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OVERALL RATING
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PRICE
SCALA
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2. koda Rapid 3. Nissan Sunny
RxL (P) 7.98* 1498/4 5 134 99 1010 41 490 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
RxL DCi 9.05* 1461/4 5 200 86 1085 41 490 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
RxZ DCi 9.46* 1461/4 5 200 86 1085 41 490 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

FLUENCE
For: Good ride quality, looks. Against: Underpowered engine. Verdict: Good D-segment alternative.
Alternatives: 1. Skoda Octavia 2. Toyota Corolla Altis 3. Hyundai Elantra
Diesel E2 14.67* 1461/4 6 240 110 NA NA NA 205/60 R16 3 3 12.79 181 13.25 3 3 3 3 Sep 11 1111
Diesel E4 16.26* 1461/4 6 240 110 NA NA NA 205/60 R16 3 3 12.79 181 13.25 3 3 3 3 NA NA

LODGY
For: Space, practicality, flexibility. Against: Fit-and-finish. Verdict: Extremely capable and practical people carrier.
Alternatives: 1. Honda Mobilio 2. Mahindra Xylo 3. Toyota Innova Crysta
DCi85 Std 8-st 10.05 1498/4 5 200 86 1345 50 207 185/65 R15 - - NA NA NA 3 - - - NA NA
DCi85 RxZ 8-st 13.34 1461/4 5 200 86 1345 50 207 185/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
DCi110 RxL 8-st 12.26 1461/4 6 245 110 1368 50 207 185/65 R15 - 3 11.91 169.6 13.13 3 3 3 3 NA NA
DCi110 RxZ 7-st 14.41 1461/4 6 245 110 1368 50 207 185/65 R15 - 3 11.91 169.6 13.13 3 3 3 3 Jun 15 11112
DCi110 Stepway 7-st 14.89 1461/4 6 245 110 1368 50 207 185/65 R15 - 3 11.91 169.6 13.13 3 3 3 3 NA NA

DUSTER
For: Handling, ride quality, safety. Against: Rear leg space, quality of plastics. Verdict: Well-engineered car, great value for money.
Alternatives: 1. Mahindra XUV500 2. Nissan Terrano 3. Hyundai Creta 4. Honda BR-V
Petrol RxE 8.90* 1598/4 5 148 104 1204 50 475 215/65 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - - - NA NA
Petrol RxL 9.72* 1598/4 5 148 104 1204 50 475 215/65 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - 3 - NA NA
DCi85 Std 9.92* 1461/4 5 200 85 1222 50 475 215/65 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - - - NA NA
DCi85 RxZ 11.95* 1461/4 5 200 85 1222 50 475 215/65 R16 - - NA NA NA 3 - - - NA NA
DCi110 RxL 11.55* 1461/4 6 245 110 1245 50 475 215/65 R16 - 3 12.46 168.4 12.25 3 3 3 3 Oct 12 1111
DCi110 RxZ AMT 13.38* 1461/4 6A 245 110 1310 50 475 215/65 R16 - 3 15.01 163.6 11.75 3 3 3 3 Sep 16 1111
DCi110 RxZ AWD 14.09* 1461/4 6 245 110 1334 50 410 215/65 R16 3 3 14.35 165.9 11.25 3 3 3 3 Oct 14 1111

KOLEOS
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Tucson
Koleos 4x2 MT 23.46* 1995/4 6 320 150 1692 65 450 225/60 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Koleos 4x4 MT 26.67* 1995/4 6 360 173 1750 65 450 225/60 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Koleos 4x4 AT 27.74* 1995/4 6A 360 173 1794 65 450 225/60 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

ROLLS-ROYCE
GHOST
For: Luxury, brand value. Against: Price? Verdict: The most attainable step to the iconic British luxury brand.
Alternatives: 1. Bentley Mulsanne
Ghost 480.00* 6592/12 8A 780 571 2360 82.5 490 255/50 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Ghost Extended 560.00* 6592/12 8A 780 571 2420 82.5 490 255/50 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Ghost Black Badge BO 6592/12 8A 840 612 2490 82.5 490 255/50 R19 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

DAWN
For: Luxury, presence. Against: Price. Verdict: Need a super-luxury drop-top? It doesn't really get better than this.
Alternatives: 1. Bentley Continental GTC Speed
Dawn 625.00* 6592/12 8A 780 571 2560 NA 295 285/40 R20 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

WRAITH
For: Road presence. Against: Price. Verdict: The definitive high-roller.
Alternatives: 1. Bentley Continental GT Speed 2. Aston Martin DB11
Wraith 528.00* 6592/12 8A 800 632 2360 83 470 285/40 R20 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Wraith Black Badge BO 6592/12 8A 870 632 2440 83 470 285/40 R20 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

SSANGYONG
REXTON
For: Space, good quality of interiors Against: Body-roll, spongy brake feel. Verdict: A somewhat affordable option in the segment.
Alternatives: 1. Toyota Fortuner 2. Isuzu MU-7 3. Chevrolet Trailblazer
RX5 (MT) 21.64 2696/5 5 340 162 2760 78 NA 235/75 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
RX6 (MT) 22.50 2696/5 5 340 162 2760 78 NA 235/75 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
RX7 (AT) 24.42 2696/5 5A 402 184 2760 78 NA 235/75 R16 - 3 10.6 NA 6.87 3 3 3 3 Dec 12 1111

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FUEL TANK CAPACITY

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TRACTION CONTROL

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

POWER WINDOWS
BRAKING SYSTEM
(IN LAKH RUPEES)

OVERALL RATING
CUBIC CAPACITY
(CC/CYLINDERS)

ALLOY WHEELS
MUSIC SYSTEM
AVERAGE FUEL
NO. OF GEARS

KERB WEIGHT
MODEL NAME

MAX TORQUE

BOOT SPACE
MAX POWER

ANTI-LOCK
(IN LITRES)

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TESTED
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(IN KG)
(IN PS)
PRICE

KODA
RAPID
For: Build quality, high-speed stability, ride. Against: Service, engine clatter. Verdict: Solid car thus far let down by poor service.
Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Vento 2. Honda City 3. Hyundai Verna
Active MPI 8.35* 1598/4 5 153 105 1145 55 460 185/60 R15 - 3 11.8 188.5 14.1 3 3 3 - NA NA
Style MPI 10.44* 1598/4 5 153 105 1145 55 460 185/60 R15 - 3 11.8 188.5 14.1 3 3 3 3 Jan 12 11112
Style MPI AT 11.46* 1598/4 6A 153 105 1180 55 460 185/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Active TDI 9.57* 1498/4 5 250 110 1206 55 460 185/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
Style TDI AT 12.79* 1498/4 7A 250 110 1228 55 460 185/60 R15 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

OCTAVIA
For: Performance, handling, driver appeal, equipment list. Against: Service. Verdict: Genuine D-segmenter loaded with goodies.
Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Jetta 2. Chevrolet Cruze 3. Toyota Corolla Altis 4. Hyundai Elantra
Ambition 1.4 TSI 16.27* 1390/4 6 250 140 1260 50 590 205/55 R16 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 - - NA NA
Style+ 1.8 TSI AT 20.45* 1798/4 7A 250 180 1376 50 590 205/55 R16 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Ambition TDI CR 18.12* 1968/4 6 320 143 1340 50 590 205/55 R16 3 3 11.14 196.5 13.5 3 3 - - Aug 14 11112
Ambition TDI CR AT 19.41* 1968/4 6 320 143 1340 50 590 205/55 R16 3 3 11.14 196.5 13.5 3 3 - - Aug 14 11112
Style+ TDI CR AT 22.00* 1968/4 6A 320 143 1395 50 590 205/55 R16 3 3 9.52 200 12.75 3 3 3 3 Dec 14 11112

SUPERB
For: Build, comfort, luxury, presence, performance, equipment. Against: The badge? Verdict: Genuinely well-equipped sedan.
Alternatives: 1. Toyota Camry 2. Honda Accord
Style 1.8 TSI 23.39* 1798/4 6 320 180 1494 NA 625 215/55 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Style 1.8 TSI AT 24.66* 1798/4 7A 250 180 1540 NA 625 215/55 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
L&K 1.8 TSI AT 27.73* 1798/4 7A 250 180 1540 NA 625 215/55 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Style 2.0 TDI AT 27.22* 1968/4 6A 350 177 1565 NA 625 215/55 R17 3 3 8.96 205.9 12.88 3 3 3 3 NA NA
L&K 2.0 TDI AT 30.28* 1968/4 6A 350 177 1565 NA 625 215/55 R17 3 3 8.96 205.9 12.88 3 3 3 3 May 16 11111

YETI
For: Space, comfort, practicality, safety. Against: Styling? Verdict: Multi-tasker, offers car comfort and SUV capability.
Alternatives: 1. Renault Duster 2. Hyundai Tucson 3. Mahindra XUV500
Style 4x2 20.92* 1968/4 5 250 110 1445 55 416 215/60 R16 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Style 4x4 22.67* 1968/4 6 320 140 1543 60 416 215/60 R16 3 3 11.63 NA 14.1 3 3 3 3 Dec 10 11112

TATA MOTORS
NANO
For: Sheer value for money, space, price. Against: Built to a price. Verdict: A real car for a very low price.
Alternatives: 1. Renault Kwid 2. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 3. Hyundai Eon
GenX XE 2.14* 624/2 4 51 38 695 24 110 155/65 R12 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
GenX XTA 3.05* 624/2 5A 51 38 765 24 94 155/65 R12 - - NA NA NA F - 3 - NA NA

TIAGO
For: Style, efficiency, performance, handling. Against: Rear visibility. Verdict: Good, practical overall package.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Celerio 2. Honda Brio 3. FIAT Punto Pure 4. Chevrolet Beat
Revotron (P) XB 3.36* 1199/3 5 114 85 930 35 242 155/80 R13 - - 16.44 154.9 15.3 - - - - NA NA
Revotron (P) XZ 5.15* 1199/3 5 114 85 1012 35 242 175/65 R14 - 3 16.44 154.9 15.3 3 3 3 3 Jun 16 1111
Revotron (P) XZA 5.73* 1199/3 5A 114 85 1042 35 242 175/65 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Revotorq (D) XB 4.13* 1047/3 5 140 70 1030 35 242 155/80 R13 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
Revotorq (D) XZ 5.97* 1047/3 5 140 70 1080 35 242 175/65 R14 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

BOLT
For: Space, features. Against: Refinement, efficiency. Verdict: Decent package which could be much better.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Swift 2. Toyota Etios Liva 3. Hyundai Grand i10
Revotron (P) XE 5.15 1193/4 5 140 90 1095 44 210 175/65 R14 - - 14.78 161.1 12 - - - - NA NA
Revotron (P) XT 6.99 1193/4 5 140 90 1125 44 210 175/65 R15 - 3 14.78 161.1 12 3 3 3 3 Apr 15 1111
Quadrajet XE 6.35 1248/4 5 190 75 1132 44 210 175/65 R14 - - NA NA NA - - - - NA NA
Quadrajet XT 8.08 1248/4 5 190 75 1160 44 210 175/65 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

TIGOR
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: NA.
Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Ameo 2. Honda Amaze 3. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire
Revotron (P) 1.2 XE 4.83* 1199/3 5 114 85 1035 35 419 155/80 R13 - - NA NA NA F - - - NA NA
Revotron (P) 1.2 XZ(O) 6.39* 1199/3 5 114 85 1062 35 419 175/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Revotorq 1.05 XE 5.76* 1047/3 5 140 70 1100 35 419 155/80 R13 - - NA NA NA F - - - NA NA
Revotorq 1.05 XZ(O) 7.32* 1047/3 5 140 70 1130 35 419 175/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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TRACTION CONTROL

0-100 KM/H (IN SEC)

ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

POWER WINDOWS
BRAKING SYSTEM
(IN LAKH RUPEES)

OVERALL RATING
CUBIC CAPACITY

ALLOY WHEELS
MUSIC SYSTEM
AVERAGE FUEL
NO. OF GEARS
(C/CYLINDERS)

KERB WEIGHT
MODEL NAME

MAX TORQUE

BOOT SPACE
MAX POWER

ANTI-LOCK
(IN LITRES)

(IN LITRES)

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AIRBAGS

TESTED
(IN Nm)

(IN KG)
(IN PS)
PRICE
ZEST
For: Equipment, ride quality. Against: Fit-and-finish, petrol engine driveability. Verdict: A big step up from the Indigo CS.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 2. Hyundai Xcent 3. Mahindra Verito
Revotron (P) XE 5.59 1193/4 5 140 90 1115 44 390 185/60 R15 - - 14.08 159 11.5 F - - 3 NA NA
Revotron (P) XT 7.22 1193/4 5 140 90 1135 44 390 185/60 R15 - 3 14.08 159 11.5 3 3 3 3 Oct 14 1111
Quadrajet XE 6.75 1248/4 5 190 75 1152 44 390 185/60 R15 - - NA NA NA F - - 3 NA NA
Quadrajet XTA 9.26 1248/4 5A 200 90 1170 44 390 185/60 R15 - 3 17.37 153.7 15.9 3 3 3 3 Dec 14 1111

XENON
For: Dual-purpose utility. Against: Build, ride quality. Verdict: Can be used as a pick-up; avoid unless necessary.
Alternatives: 1. Isuzu D-Max V-Cross 2. Mahindra Scorpio Getaway
XT EX 4x2 10.77 2179/4 5 320 140 1900 65 NA 235/70 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA
XT EX 4x4 11.89 2179/4 5 320 140 1990 65 NA 235/70 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 - 3 3 NA NA

SAFARI
For: Space, off-road ability, soft ride. Against: Build, handling. Verdict: If you want an affordable big SUV, this is it.
Alternatives: 1. Force One 2. Mahindra Scorpio
DICOR LX 4x2 10.66 2179/4 5 320 140 2115 65 981 235/70 R16 - - 15.2 159.2 9.0 3 - - - NA NA
DiCOR EX 4x2 11.99 2179/4 5 320 140 2115 65 981 235/70 R16 - 3 15.2 159.2 9.0 3 - 3 - Nov 07 1111
Storme LX 12.33 2179/4 5 320 150 2000 55 981 235/70 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 - 3 - NA NA
Storme VX 4x2 15.16 2179/4 6 400 156 2000 55 981 235/70 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Storme VX 4x4 16.88 2179/4 6 400 156 2095 55 981 235/70 R16 - 3 14.38 155.91 NA 3 3 3 3 Feb 16 1111

HEXA
For: Comfort, space, equipment. Against: Not much. Verdict: People-carrier built to handle the rough stuff too.
Alternatives: 1. Toyota Innova Crysta 2. Toyota Fortuner 3. Mahindra XUV500 4. Renault Lodgy
XE 12.09* 2179/4 6 320 150 NA 60 NA 235/70 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 - 3 - NA NA
XMA 14.98* 2179/4 6 400 156 NA 60 NA 235/70 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
XT 16.26* 2179/4 6 400 156 NA 60 NA 235/55 R19 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
XTA 17.46* 2179/4 6A 400 156 NA 60 NA 235/55 R19 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 - NA NA
XT 4x4 17.55* 2179/4 6 400 156 NA 60 NA 235/55 R19 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

TOYOTA
ETIOS LIVA
For: Drivability, space, safety. Against: Single windscreen wiper doesn't work well, interior quality. Verdict: Good value for money.
Alternatives: 1. Ford Figo 2. Hyundai Grand i10 3. Nissan Micra 4. Maruti Suzuki Ignis
1.2 (P) G 5.24* 1197/4 5 104 80 890 45 251 175/65 R14 - 3 14.94 NA 17.75 - 3 - - NA NA
1.2 (P) VX 6.28* 1197/4 5 104 80 920 45 251 175/65 R14 - 3 14.94 NA 17.75 3 3 3 3 Aug 11 11112
Cross 1.2 (P) G 6.34* 1197/4 5 104 80 935 45 251 185/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Cross 1.5 (P) V 7.99* 1496/4 5 132 90 950 45 251 185/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D-4D GD 6.61* 1364/4 5 170 68 980 45 251 175/65 R14 - 3 17.01 NA 19.0 3 3 - - NA NA
D-4D VXD 7.44* 1364/4 5 170 68 980 45 251 175/65 R14 - 3 17.01 NA 19.0 3 3 3 - Oct 11 11112
Cross D-4D GD 7.67* 1364/4 5 170 68 1015 45 251 185/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Cross D-4D VD 7.97* 1364/4 5 170 68 1030 45 251 185/60 R15 - 3 17.01 NA 19.0 3 3 3 3 NA NA

PLATINUM ETIOS
For: Fuel efficiency, space, safety, driveability. Against: Quality of interior plastics. Verdict: Good work-horse.
Alternatives: 1. Volkswagen Ameo 2. Honda Amaze 3. Ford Figo Aspire 4. Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire
1.5 (P) G 6.43* 1496/4 5 132 90 900 45 595 175/65 R14 - 3 11.57 171 17.75 - 3 - - NA NA
1.5 (P) VX 7.83* 1496/4 5 132 90 930 45 595 185/60 R15 - 3 11.57 171 17.75 3 3 3 3 Jan 11 11112
D-4D GD 7.56* 1364/4 5 170 68 1005 45 595 175/65 R14 - 3 16.18 160 18.75 - 3 - - NA NA
D-4D VXD 8.96* 1364/4 5 170 68 1005 45 595 185/60 R15 - 3 16.18 160 18.75 3 3 3 3 Oct 11 11112

COROLLA ALTIS
For: Good mix of performance, interior and ride quality, reliability. Against: Does not excel in any particular field.
Verdict: Potent performer with a Toyota badge. Alternatives: 1. koda Octavia 2. Hyundai Elantra 3. Volkswagen Jetta
1.8 (P) G 15.87* 1794/4 6 173 140 1180 50 470 195/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.8 (P) GL 18.31* 1794/4 6 173 140 NA 50 470 195/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.8 (P) G CVT 17.52* 1794/4 CVT 173 140 1270 50 470 205/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.8 (P) VL CVT 19.92* 1794/4 CVT 173 140 1270 50 470 205/55 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D-4D G 17.36* 1364/4 6 205 88 1230 50 470 195/65 R15 - 3 13.35 177.6 17.75 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D-4D GL 19.05* 1364/4 6 205 88 1270 50 470 205/55 R16 - 3 13.35 177.6 17.75 3 3 3 3 Aug 14 11112

PRIUS
For: NA. Against: NA. Verdict: Latest and most advanced iteration of the Prius yet.
Alternatives: None
Z8 38.96* 1798/4 CVT NA 122 1415 43 696 195/65 R15 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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ECONOMY (IN KM/L)

POWER WINDOWS
BRAKING SYSTEM
(IN LAKH RUPEES)

OVERALL RATING
CUBIC CAPACITY
(CC/CYLINDERS)

ALLOY WHEELS
MUSIC SYSTEM
AVERAGE FUEL
NO. OF GEARS

KERB WEIGHT
MODEL NAME

MAX TORQUE

BOOT SPACE
MAX POWER

ANTI-LOCK
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(IN LITRES)

TYRE SIZE

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(IN KG)
(IN PS)
PRICE

CAMRY
For: Space, comfort, lavish interior, equipment. Against: Size, not performance oriented. Verdict: Perhaps the most comfortable
chauffeur-driven car in its segment. Alternatives: 1. Honda Accord 2. koda Superb
2.5L AT 30.28* 2494/4 6A 233 181 1490 70 535 215/60 R16 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Hybrid 33.20* 2494/4 E-CVT NA 205 1635 65 535 215/55 R17 3 3 9.28 188 16.8 3 3 3 3 Mar 17 11111

INNOVA CRYSTA
For: Comfort, interior, equipment, ride, handling. Against: Not much. Verdict: A further improved creation that raises the game.
Alternatives: 1. Renault Lodgy 2. Tata Aria
2.4 G 7-st 13.84* 2393/4 5 343 150 1855 55 NA 205/60 R16 3 3 14.13 145.4 12.0 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.4 Z 19.48* 2393/4 5 343 150 1855 55 NA 215/55 R17 3 3 14.13 145.4 12.0 3 3 3 3 May 16 11112
2.8 G A/T 7-st 15.99* 2755/4 6A 360 174 1870 55 NA 205/60 R16 3 3 11.78 153.7 10.0 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.8 Z A/T 20.78* 2755/4 6A 360 174 1870 55 NA 215/55 R17 3 3 11.78 153.7 10.0 3 3 3 3 Sep 16 11112
2.7 Petrol G 7-st 13.58* 2694/4 5 245 166 NA 65 NA 205/60 R16 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.7 Petrol Z A/T 19.49* 2694/4 6A 245 166 NA 65 NA 215/55 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

FORTUNER
For: Space, refinement, value. Against: Big, cumbersome in traffic. Verdict: Good combination of on- and off-road vehicle.
Alternatives: 1. Ford Endeavour 2. Chevrolet Trailblazer 3. Isuzu MU-7 4. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
2.7 Petrol 25.92* 2694/4 5 245 166 1870 80 NA 265/65 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.7 Petrol A/T 27.61* 2694/4 6A 245 166 1900 80 NA 265/65 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.8 D 27.52* 2755/4 6 420 177 1980 80 NA 265/65 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.8 D A/T 29.14* 2755/4 6A 450 177 2010 80 NA 265/60 R18 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.8 D 4x4 30.05* 2755/4 6 420 177 2105 80 NA 265/65 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.8 D 4x4 A/T 31.12* 2755/4 6A 450 177 2135 80 NA 265/60 R18 3 3 12.71 NA 10.25 3 3 3 3 Jan 17 11112

LANDCRUISER PRADO
For: Off-road credentials, road presence. Against: Price, body roll. Verdict: Its a good off roader with a comfortable ride.
Alternatives: 1. Mitsubishi Montero 2. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class 3. BMW X5
D-4D VX-L 92.34* 2982/4 5A 410 173 2380 87 620 265/60 R18 3 3 13.2 156 8.9 3 3 3 3 Jan 10 11112

LANDCRUISER 200
For: Luxurious, smooth, powerful, refined. Against: Fuel efficiency, price, cost, old-hat image. Verdict: If you can afford one,
think of it as a Lexus LX for bad roads. Alternatives: 1. Audi Q7 2. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
D-4D VX 133.21* 4461/8 6A 650 265 2725 93 620 285/60 R18 3 3 10.71 210 5.92 3 3 3 3 Jul 09 11112

VOLKSWAGEN
POLO
For: Build quality, safety, drivability, interior. Against: Cramped rear with no air vents. Verdict: Probably the most complete hatch
on sale. Alternatives: 1. Hyundai Elite i20 2. Honda Jazz 3. Toyota Etios Liva 4. Maruti Suzuki Swift 5. MINI Cooper S (v GTI)
1.2 MPi Trendline 6.17 1198/3 5 110 75 1033 45 280 175/70 R14 - 3 16.64 153 15.4 - 3 - - NA NA
1.2 MPi Highline 7.92 1198/3 5 110 75 1053 45 280 185/60 R15 - 3 16.64 153 15.4 3 3 3 3 Mar 10 11111
Cross Polo MPi 8.61 1198/3 5 110 75 1063 45 280 185/60 R15 - 3 16.64 153 15.4 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GT Sport TSi (P) 9.46* 1197/4 7A 175 105 1140 45 280 185/60 R16 3 3 10.31 NA 12.87 3 3 3 3 Jul 13 11112
1.5 TDi Trendline 7.94 1498/4 5 230 90 1126 45 280 175/70 R14 - 3 15.03 156.5 17.5 - 3 - - NA NA
1.5 TDi Highline 9.77 1498/4 5 230 90 1158 45 280 185/60 R15 - 3 15.03 156.5 17.5 3 3 3 3 Aug 14 11112
Cross Polo TDi 10.39 1498/4 5 230 90 1162 45 280 185/60 R15 - 3 15.03 156.5 17.5 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GT Sport TDi 9.57* 1498/4 5 250 110 1158 45 280 185/60 R16 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
GTi 3-dr Limited Edition 25.65* 1798/4 7A 250 192 NA 45 280 185/60 R15 3 3 NA 233 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

BEETLE
For: Style, design, aura, heritage. Against: Price. Verdict: The 21st century version of the iconic people's car.
Alternatives: 1. MINI Cooper S 2. FIAT Abarth 595 Competizione
1.4 TSI 35.64 1395/4 7A 250 150 1347 NA NA 195/55 R16 - 3 NA 202 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

AMEO
For: Build, ride, handling, price. Against: Cabin noise levels a bit high. Verdict: Most well-built sub-four-metre compact sedan.
Alternatives: 1. Maruti Suzuki DZire 2. Honda Amaze 3. Ford Figo Aspire
1.2 MPi Trendline 5.18* 1198/3 5 110 75 1044 45 330 185/60 R15 - 3 16.64 153 15.4 F 3 - - NA NA
1.2 MPi Highline 6.98* 1198/3 5 110 75 1069 45 330 185/60 R15 - 3 16.64 153 15.4 3 3 3 3 Aug 16 11112
1.5 TDI Trendline 6.26* 1498/4 5 250 110 NA 45 330 185/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA F 3 - - NA NA
1.5 TDI Highline 8.08* 1498/4 5 250 110 NA 45 330 185/60 R15 - 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.5 TDI Comfortline DSG 8.40* 1498/4 7A 250 110 1174 45 330 185/60 R15 3 3 12.05 165.9 17.6 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.5 TDI Highline DSG 9.21* 1498/4 7A 250 110 1184 45 330 185/60 R15 3 3 12.05 165.9 17.6 3 3 3 3 Feb 17 11111

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PRICE
VENTO
For: Space, ride quality, handling, build quality. Against: Not much. Verdict: A complete sedan.
Alternatives: 1. koda Rapid 2. Honda City 3. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 4. Hyundai Verna
1.6 MPi Trendline 8.04* 1598/4 5 153 105 1126 55 460 175/70 R14 - 3 11.87 186.2 14.1 3 3 3 - NA NA
1.6 MPi Highline+ 10.85* 1598/4 5 153 105 1145 55 460 185/60 R15 - 3 11.87 186.2 14.1 3 3 3 3 Oct 10 11112
TSi Comfortline DSG 10.25* 1197/4 7A 175 105 1169 55 460 185/60 R15 3 3 11.68 177.3 12.5 3 3 3 - NA NA
TSi Highline+ DSG 12.06* 1197/4 7A 175 105 1179 55 460 185/60 R15 3 3 11.68 177.3 12.5 3 3 3 3 Dec 13 11112
TDi Trendline 9.33* 1498/4 5 250 110 1193 55 460 175/70 R14 - 3 13.84 176.3 17.5 3 3 3 - NA NA
TDi Highline+ DSG 13.43* 1498/4 7A 250 110 1238 55 460 185/60 R15 3 3 12.74 179.3 17.25 3 3 3 3 NA NA

JETTA
For: Build quality, steering response, stability, suspension. Against: Price. Verdict: Makes tremendous sense for India.
Alternatives: 1. koda Octavia 2. Toyota Corolla Altis 3. Hyundai Elantra
1.4 TSi Trendline 17.33 1390/4 6 200 122 1354 55 527 205/55 R16 3 3 11.57 NA 11.25 3 3 3 3 NA NA
1.4 TSi Comfortline 19.20 1390/4 6 200 122 1354 55 527 205/55 R16 3 3 11.57 NA 11.25 3 3 3 3 Aug 12 1111
2.0 TDi Trendline 19.15 1968/4 6 320 140 1401 55 527 205/55 R16 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.0 TDi Comfortline 21.47 1968/4 6 320 140 1401 55 527 205/55 R16 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.0 TDi Highline 23.99 1968/4 6 320 140 1401 55 527 205/55 R16 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
2.0 TDi Highline DSG 25.27 1968/4 6A 320 140 1439 55 527 205/55 R16 3 3 10.54 205 14.25 3 3 3 3 Oct 11 11112

VOLVO
V40
For: Safety, build quality, styling. Against: Ride height. Verdict: Smart and safe urban luxury hatchback.
Alternatives: 1. BMW 1 Series 2. MINI Cooper 3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
D3 Kinetic 25.50* 1969/4 6A 320 150 1539 60 335 225/50 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D3 R-Design 28.53* 1969/4 6A 320 150 1545 60 335 225/50 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

V40 CROSS COUNTRY


For: Safety, interiors, performance, efficiency. Against: Stiff ride, price. Verdict: Good option if you dont want a German.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q3 2. BMW X1 3. MINI Countryman 4. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
T4 Momentum (Petrol) 27.29* 1969/4 6A 300 190 1575 62 324 225/50 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D3 Inscription 29.46* 1969/4 6A 320 150 1611 60 335 225/50 R17 3 3 NA NA NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

S60
For: Safety, handling, ride quality, performance. Against: Fuel efficiency, price. Verdict: Good-looking and sporty Volvo.
Alternatives: 1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2. BMW 3 Series 3. Jaguar XE 4. Audi A4
D4 Kinetic 30.89* 1969/4 8A 400 181 1652 67.5 380 215/50 R17 3 3 NA 230 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D4 R-Design 41.71* 1969/4 8A 400 181 1652 67.5 380 235/40 R18 3 3 NA 230 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D5 Inscription BO 1969/4 6A 470 225 1751 67.5 380 235/40 R18 3 3 NA 230 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
T6 (Petrol) 43.26* 1969/4 8A 400 306 1661 67.5 380 235/40 R18 3 3 NA 230 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA
Polestar 52.50* 1969/4 8A 470 367 1756 67.5 380 245/35 R20 3 3 NA 250 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

S60 CROSS COUNTRY


For: Safety, practicality, peace of mind. Against: Stiff ride. Verdict: The world's first modern cross-country sedan.
Alternatives: None as yet
D4 AWD Inscription 38.90* 2400/5 6A 420 190 1776 67.5 380 235/50 R18 3 3 NA 210 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

S90
For: Safety, practicality, comfort, style. Against: Not much. Verdict: Massive step up from the S80 and a genuine challenger
in the executive saloon space. Alternatives: 1. Audi A6 2. BMW 5 Series 3. Jaguar XF 4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
D4 Inscription 53.50* 1969/4 8A 400 190 1840 55 500 245/45 R18 3 3 9.29 230 12.0 3 3 3 3 Dec 16 11111

XC60
For: Safety, features ,style. Against: Slow gearbox (D5). Verdict: Practical, safe and value for money family luxury car.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q5 2. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 3. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 4. BMW X3
D4 Kinetic 44.80* 1969/4 8A 400 181 1844 70 495 235/65 R17 3 3 9.82 197.2 11.0 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D4 Momentum 48.00* 1969/4 8A 400 181 1844 70 495 235/60 R18 3 3 9.82 197.2 11.0 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D4 R-Design 53.56* 1969/4 8A 400 181 1844 70 495 235/60 R18 3 3 9.82 197.2 11.0 3 3 3 3 Jul 15 11112
D5 AWD Inscription 51.71* 2400/5 6A 440 215 1921 70 495 235/60 R18 3 3 9.5 197.7 10.0 3 3 3 3 Jan 11 11112

XC90
For: Comfort, safety, technology, handling, style. Against: Brand value still not up there. Verdict: Most advanced Volvo yet.
Alternatives: 1. Audi Q7 2. Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class 3. Land Rover Discovery
D5 Momentum 70.97* 1969/4 8A 470 225 2025 71 368 255/55 R19 3 3 9.04 220 9.25 3 3 3 3 NA NA
D5 Inscription 82.90* 1969/4 8A 470 225 2030 71 368 275/45 R20 3 3 9.04 220 9.25 3 3 3 3 Jan 16 11111
T8 Excellence 125.00* 1969/4 8A 640 408 2394 50 431 275/45 R20 3 3 NA 230 NA 3 3 3 3 NA NA

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