Fiat Linea Classic Performance

OVERVIEW ;

The demand for entry-level sedans is quite high in India as most hatchback buyers aspire to get into a three-box vehicle as soon as possible. The entry-level sedan segment, better known as the C-segment is dominated by sub 4-metre offerings from Maruti Suzuki and Honda while cars like the Toyota Etios, Ford Classic, Tata Manza and Mahindra Verito manage to do some decent numbers as well. In a bid to appeal to a wider audience, Fiat has launched the Linea Classic, which is nothing but the regular Linea sans some equipment, putting the car in a new price bracket. The company claims the Fiat Linea Classic is the longest car in the segment and thereby offers more for less. We analyse.

EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;

The Fiat Linea Classic showcases an alluring design which is reminiscent of both the Alfa Romeo and Maserati alike. The exterior remains almost unchanged as the regular Linea and this is a blessing. It looks really beautiful with only the fog lamps and alloy wheels missing. The Linea Classic has a design template that makes it feel more expensive than it actually is. There is a huge satin silver grille with two huge dual barrel headlamps. The references to Maserati are very pronounced in this case. There is a huge Fiat logo on the radiator grille along with a thin chrome surround enveloping it.The Linea Classic gets 15 inch steel wheels with nicely sculpted wheel covers. The Linea Classic has huge proportions which are elegantly accentuated with strategically placed creases and muscular wheel arches which make the car look really classy to say the least.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

On the interior front, the Linea Classic lacks quite a lot of equipment you will find in cars of a similar price. Manually adjustable rear view mirrors aren’t very welcome at this price point as even hatchbacks are now coming with electrically adjustable ORVMs. Cost cutting is evident at several places. Although the car has four power windows, the driver side door has controls only for the front two power windows. The classy white Linea cluster is missing too but what’s really shocking is the spare wheel, which is a space saver of size 165/80/14, when the car runs on a tad bigger 175/70/14 tyres. Other things missing include keyless entry, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted audio controls, etc.

On the brighter side, Fiat has retained one touch power windows, twin glovebox, multi-information display, follow me home headlamps and rear centre arm rest on the Linea Classic. The vehicle also turns off the headlights on its own if you forget to do so. Space inside the cabin of the Linea is generous although the sloping roof line does eat into the headroom of rear seat passengers. The seats are firm but comfortable and the visibility all around is good too, thanks to the large glass area. Fifth passenger isn’t going to be comfortable inside the Linea as the hump is significant and the seat back has the arm rest.Fiat makes some solid cars and the Linea Classic is no exception. The vehicle feels well put together and the doors shut with a resounding thud. The AC is a chiller and the audio system offers decent sound quality. The Linea is the only car in its segment which comes with double-blade wipers which clean the windshield brilliantly. So as far as the cabin goes, the Linea Classic does offer more than its rivals with more solidity and a generous boot which can hold 500-litres of luggage.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

This series is offered in both diesel and petrol versions. The 1.3-litre multijet diesel engines have a displacement of 1248cc. It has four cylinders and sixteen valves, which are arranged based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration. A maximum power of 75bhp at 4000rpm and a peak torque of 1750rpm is generated. It runs on a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system and delivers a mileage of 16.2 Kmpl in city conditions and about 19.5 Kmpl on runways. It is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gear box and is efficient in reaching 100 Kmph mark in 13.6 seconds and a top speed of 165 Kmph. Whereas, 1.4-litre petrol mill with a displacement of 1368cc has four cylinders and sixteen valves. These are based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. Running on a multi point fuel injection supply system, a mileage of 11.4 Kmpl under city driving conditions and about 14.9 Kmpl on highways can be expected. This motor can produce a power of 88.7bhp at 6000rpm along with a torque of 115Nm at 4500rpm. It has the ability to reach top speed of about 165 Kmph and with 12.6 seconds it can breach the 100 Kmph mark.

Its 1.4-litre petrol engine combined with a multi point fuel injection supply system delivers a mileage of 11.4 Kmpl under standard driving conditions. Whereas, on bigger roads, this figure goes up to 14.9 Kmpl. When it comes to the 1.3-litre multijet diesel mill, which runs based on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system. A fuel efficiency of about 16.2 Kmpl in cities and 19.5 Kmpl on highways.Based on a double overhead camshaft valve system, its diesel motor produces a maximum power of 74.9bhp at 4000rpm. While, a torque of about 197Nm at 1750rpm can be expected. On the other hand, petrol engine has a displacement capacity of 1368cc. This is capable of generating 88.8bhp at 6000rpm and 115Nm of a peak torque at 6000rpm.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The Linea Classic offers superb handling and ride quality. There is ample low and high speed comfort alike. The suspension setup is slightly firm and slight thuds can only be felt once in a while though rough roads are handled impeccably by the car. There is better grip and cornering is also pretty immaculate. The steering responses are accurate and the car handles pretty well actually.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

The Fiat Linea Classic feature anti-lock braking system in Classic plus and Classic plus alloy wheel variant of Multijet diesel version. The safety features such as engine immobilizer, double crank prevention system, fire prevention system are available in all Linea Classic variants.

CONCLUSSION ;

Now arrives the crucial question. Does the Fiat Linea Classic make for a compelling case in the C-segment? We certainly think so. Amongst a sea of me too sedans, the Linea Classic offers a genuine European feel with its tank like build quality, attractive exterior styling, excellent ride quality and most importantly bigger dimensions. While the regular Linea Active is priced Rs. 75,000/- more than the top spec Linea Classic Plus, the latter is more feature loaded making it good value for money. The Linea Classic isn’t as loaded as similarly priced Japanese compact sedans but it has a definite character and that’s what makes it worth considering. With Fiat now finding its foot with a wide number of dealerships and the company offering a class leading 3-years/1 lakh kms warranty, there is no reason why admiration isn’t guaranteed with the Linea Classic.

 

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BMW M6 Series Overview & Performance

OVERVIEW

BMW introduced the third-generation M6 convertible for the 2012 model year and M6 coupe for 2013. The new M6 models ditched the high-revving V-10 engine in favor of a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 with 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Later, BMW added a third body style to the lineup, a four-door sedan with a coupe-like roofline called the Gran Coupe. A new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic replaces the old single clutch unit, and a six-speed manual is available exclusively for the North American market.In a 2013 First Test, we said that the M6 features a well-trimmed interior with comfortable seats, a great driving position, and plenty of seating adjustability. Despite its strong straight line performance, the car feels slightly out of place on winding mountain roads since it isn’t as communicative as lighter, more nimble sports cars. The interior is also noisier than one would expect out of such a large and comfortable luxury coupe.For 2016, BMW refreshed the M6 along with the rest of the 6 Series range, and it received a new Competition package that adds an improved sport suspension, a sport exhaust with black tips, 20-inch light alloy wheels, and a power bump to 600 hp.Check for review,features & price of BMW Cars

EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;

This 6-Series Gran Coupe comes with a lot of special exterior features. The front of 6-Series Gran Coupe is decorated with chrome plated ‘M’ Kidney Grille having M6 badge embossed on it. Its sleek headlight cluster is fitted with four LED based daytime running light rings and adaptive LED headlamps. The front bumper is incorporated with an air dam in the centre and a pair of huge air ducts for better air intake apart from providing rugged look to the front. In order to protect the vehicle from minor damages, the automaker has fixed a glossy black protective cladding. Coming to the side profile, it is sleek and comes equipped with M light and 5-double spoke alloy wheels. The window sill and A, B, C pillars are treated with glossy black colour. On the other hand, the exterior wing mirror caps and the door handles come in body colour. Its rear profile is absolutely stunning as its front and side. It has got elegant taillight cluster, a muscular bumper and sleek boot lid. Apart from this, a carbon diffuser is equipped in the rear which offers great down-force at high speed levels. This model series is available in four new sparkling exterior paints including Cashmere Silver, Glacier Silver, Mediterranean Blue and Melbourne Red.Get deals on BMW M6 Series

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

As expected of BMW’s top two-door model, the M6’s cabin caters to the driver’s every need. Door panels and dashboard alike are wrapped with high-quality materials, while the center stack curves toward the driver to create a more intimate feel. BMW’s classic analog gauges are easy to read at a glance, and the new iDrive infotainment interface works well for controlling and adjusting all of the M6’s systems, earning extra points for its beautiful widescreen display. However unlike the iDrive system in the latest 7 Series, there is no Gesture Control or touchscreen functionThe M6’s 20-way adjustable front seats are exceptionally supportive, providing a perfectly snug fit for practically every body type. But the backseat, however, is just snug, period. So don’t expect it to accommodate more than personal items or small children. To be fair, most cars of this type are similarly confining in back, or don’t have seats at all. The trunk is a plus whether you choose the coupe or the convertible, measuring 13 cubic feet in the former and a useful 12.4 cubic feet in the latter (10.6 cubic feet with the top retracted).The M6 convertible is also notable for its well-insulated top, which keeps wind noise largely at bay. With the top down, the separate glass rear window can be raised to serve as a wind blocker, facilitating civilized conversation and preserving hairdos to a degree.

ENGINE AND GEARBOX ;

Things under the hood have been slightly tweaked. The twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 now makes an extra pound-foot of torque, bringing the total to 501. Horsepower remains steady at 560. The power comes between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm while torque stays strong between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm.Both the M6 coupe and Gran Coupe are capable of hitting 62 mph in 4.2 seconds while the M6 convertible takes 4.3 seconds. Top speed for all three versions is limited to a very German 155 mph. Fuel economy isn’t bad despite all the power. Both the coupe and Gran Coupe get an estimated 23 mpg highway while the convertible makes do with 22.8 mpg highway.Checking the Competition Package option box gets you 15 extra horsepower, bringing the total to 575. Torque remains the same at 501 pound-feet. The package also includes a sports exhaust system, the 20-inch wheels, a retuned steering rack, and tighter suspension settings. The extra horsepower helps save a tenth second off each cars’ respective 0-to-62 mph time.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

As far as the steering is concerned, BMW has gone with the old school hydraulic assist way for the rack and pinion setup as opposed to an electromechanical steering. While some might find it odd especially knowing that the M6 Gran Coupe is surely going to be a car with a hefty price tag and question why the German car maker didn’t install the car with the latest trend in technology, as far as the drive in itself is concerned, I personally liked the weighty steering wheel that really makes the car a great handler. That said, at higher speeds it feels a little vague and demands constant input, two traits that are particularly rare on a Bimmer.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

Perforated all-round inner-vented compound brake discs are fitted in the vehicle. Anti-lock-braking system with brake assist, cornering brake control, dynamic stability control including M dynamic mode and electric parking brake with auto hold all aide towards rock solid braking experience.Airbags are employed in front for driver and co-passenger, head bags are housed in front and rear while side bags are incorporated for driver and front passenger. Besides, there is an alarm system, active head rests in front, active protection with attentiveness assistant, BMW intelligent maintenance system, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor, ISOFIX child seat mounting, side-impact protection, warning triangle with first-aid kit and three-point seat belts at all seats, including pyrotechnic belt tensioners at front and belt force limiters at front.

CONCLUSSION ;

As we mentioned above, BMW’s M6 Gran coupe is a lavish sedan with avant-garde equipments aboard and generous space on offer. The engine is refined and performance is sledge-hammering, although what works against it is the high price tag costing substantially higher.

 

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Jaguar F Type Review & First Drive

OVERVIEW

Jaguar has been making sports car even before the company was called Jaguar. Circa 1960, Jaguar launched a vehicle which went and became a design icon, winning several awards for being the world’s most beautiful car, time and again. The design of the Jaguar E-Type is timeless, it looks marvellous even today. Enzo Ferrari had called the E-Type the most beautiful car ever made and we can’t help but agree with him. So it definitely wasn’t easy for Jaguar to design the E-Type’s successor, the F-Type. Launched 39 years after the production of the E-Type stopped, the current F-Type is not Jaguar’s first attempt .Get On Road Price of Jaguar cars in Carzprice

In 1980, Jaguar started work on the F-Type (codenamed XJ41) which was underpinned by the XJ40 sedan. It was expected to go into production in 1986 but several complications (mostly increase in weight and deviation from the original concept) led to the delay. By the time Jaguar was ready to put the F-Type into production, the vehicle had gained 300 kgs in weight and then Ford bought the British company and cancelled the project. However Ian Callum placed this F-Type on an XJS platform and the Aston Martin DB7 was conceived. Later in the year 2000, Jaguar unveiled the F-Type Concept but that too didn’t make it to production. Enough for the history lesson, the 2013 F-Type (X152) is a 2-seater sports car which shows what Jaguar is really capable of, producing an impressive sports car which stays true to the company’s rich history of design and speed, seen in the C, D and E-Type. We went all the way to the country of the bulls to drive this wild cat.

EXTERIORS AND STYLE

Giving life to the C-X16 concept showcased in 2011, the F-Type manages to look even better. The bold angular grille with a solid bar garnished with the screaming logo give it a distinct look which continues over the long and muscular hood. Strapped under the hood is a menace creating heart and the signature power bulge running over it is a clear give away. The bi-xenon headlamps with integral ‘J blade’ LED daytime running lights can make you wait at night only to get a glimpse of the light work.

To support air flow and also give it a right direction over the body and into the engine bay, there are grand vertical scoops in front. To reduce resistance and make it more aerodynamic, even the door handles are hidden neatly, they angle out when unlocked. Every sheet of metal is beautifully pressed and cut to perfection to make it look as timeless as possible .Check for Jaguar F Type price in Mumbai

The subtle haunch on the rear wheel which moves upwards and outwards clearly point the rear wheel drive wheels. What makes it look even saucier are the tornado shaped multi spoke alloys paired with chunky 295 / 30 R20 tyres, which are also responsible for translating those mind boggling power and torque numbers into real time performance.

It being a convertible came with a soft top fabric roof made of ultra premium and light material which insulated the cabin completely from ambient noise, once closed. Complimenting the car’s performance, even the roof closes in 12 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 50 km/h, that’s reasonably fast; faster than the one in Ferrari 488 Spider to be precise. Once the cover is off, it takes minimal space and folds neatly behind into a compact stowage, also not to spoil the sharp derrier

The rear arrangement of slender tail lights running all the way from the side and tastefully intruding the central section looks orchestrated. There are not many elements seen here, yet it leaves an amazing impression. And then there are those handsome quad pipes dipped in chrome and placed at an angle from the tarmac, which aren’t anything less than art.

INTERIORS AND SPACE

Part beauty-pageant contestant and part muscle builder, this F-type looks the part. The SVR’s provocative exterior is mildly tweaked in the name of performance. The reworked front fascia incorporates larger air intakes along with nostrils in the hood to aid cooling. To keep the car stuck to the ground at Jaguar’s advertised top speed of 195 mph, vents are sculpted into the front fenders to prevent front-axle lift, while an SVR-specific diffuser and a larger wing aid downforce in the rear.

The interior, delightfully appointed in leather with contrast stitching, is visually marvelous. The heated, 14-way adjustable bucket seats with SVR headrest embroidery are bolstered just enough to keep the flab in place but aren’t so aggressive as to induce pain. Polishing off the alluring interior in our test car was a $750 carbon-fiber center console, $450 illuminated doorsills, and $1100 worth of leather for the headliner and visors. The convertible top does a reasonable job of keeping wind noise at bay when raised; by our stopwatch, it needed 12 seconds to lower and 15 seconds to raise. When stowed, the softtop renders the trunk essentially useless, leaving just enough space for a duffel bag. Our example augmented the SVR’s base price of $129,795 with the aforementioned interior dress-up bits and $138 worth of locking lug nuts and a Jaguar license-plate frame; the as-tested sticker rang in at $132,233. That’s certainly not chump change, but the SVR looks and feels every bit of the premium cost.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

The base 2016 Jaguar F-Type is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 340 hp and 332 pound-feet of torque. A standard six-speed manual transmission or optional eight-speed automatic send power to the rear wheels. Jaguar estimates the base F-Type will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds with the manual and 5.1 seconds with the automatic. For fuel economy, the EPA estimates that the base F-Type will return 22 mpg combined (19 city/28 highway) with the automatic transmission. With the manual, estimates drop to 19 mpg combined (16/24).

The midrange F-Type S uses the same V6 but increases power output to 380 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. It has the same transmission choices as the base engine, but is offered with all-wheel drive paired only with the automatic. In Edmunds testing, a V6 S coupe with the automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive went from zero to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds, while a manual-equipped V6 S coupe made the same run in 5.2 seconds. Both are respectable times but still slower than many rivals. Jaguar estimates that all-wheel drive adds an estimated tenth of a second. The F-Type S with rear-wheel drive and the automatic transmission is rated by the EPA at 22 mpg combined (19/27). These lower by 1 mpg each with the automatic and all-wheel drive. The manual transmission knocks estimated fuel economy down to 18 mpg combined (15/24). Get offers & discounts on Jaguar F Type

The F-Type R receives a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that puts out 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. You can only have the R with all-wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic transmission. In Edmunds testing, an R Coupe accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0.3 second quicker than the rear-drive 2015 model. The F-Type R coupe is rated by the EPA at 18 mpg combined (15/23), while the convertible’s city rating is 1 mpg higher.

RIDE AND HANDLING

The inevitable comparison here is against the convertible and it’s a good place to start. The solid roof means there’s more strength in the chassis and the suspension has been lightly modified, too.

The end result is a car that’s more harmonious, better balanced and allows you to use more of its power, more of the time. It’s a bundle of fun to drive, maybe not quite as together as a Porsche 911, but arguably more entertaining – not least because of the epic soundtrack that continually erupts from the exhausts.

With many, many tunes of F-Type to choose from you get a different driving experience depending on your budget. To summarise, there are six different power outputs, two different gearboxes (an eight-speed auto is standard on most, but the V6s can be had with a six-speed manual) and two different transmissions (most are rear-drive, but the higher powered V6s and the V8s can be had with all-wheel drive).

Money no object? Get an AWD V8. The SVR is undoubtedly the maddest, most exciting F of all, but doesn’t justify its cost premium over the starkly similar R. And the R has nice subtle styling, with the SVR’s mad wing removed.

But there isn’t a bad F-Type. The V8s naturally sound the best, the V6s are a mite more precise to drive (they get proper mechanical differentials if you choose one of the more powerful ones) and the four-cylinder, with its 296bhp output, is as approachable and trustworthy as F-Types get. Yes, that means it’s the least boisterous and exciting, but there’s a brilliant novelty to driving a big wide Jag as hard as you can drive this one.

SAFETY

The Jaguar F-Type has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is not unusual for a sports car due to the costs associated with testing.

The F-Type has limited standard safety features; only rain-sensing windshield wipers come standard. Class competitor Porsche 911 comes standard with a rearview camera and front and rear park assist. The Chevrolet Corvette also comes standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features in the F-Type include rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, front park assist, and adaptive front lighting with cornering assist, which angles the front headlights to improve visibility during cornering.

CONCLUSSION

One of the prettiest cars on sale is also one of the most charismatic. Phew. If you love the looks, and you don’t mind the width or lack of rear seats, this would be a brilliant everyday sports car. Especially if you winter-proof it by speccing all-wheel drive.

The F-Type is ageing particularly well, and Jag’s constant additions of tech and engines mean it’s now a car with broader appeal than ever, rivalling everything from a Cayman S to a 911 Turbo, depending on which engine and spec you go for. In each like-for-like comparison the Porsche will be a sharper, more serious driving tool, but on the flipside, the F-Type will always have a better sense of humour than its Stuttgart equivalent.

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Honda Accord Features & Specifications

OVERVIEW ;

The Honda Accord Hybrid is the company’s flagship model in India. Launched recently, The Accord Hybrid carries on the legacy of the Accord in India. The Accord brand has had a successful stint in India since its launch in the early 2000’s. It withdrew from the market due to low volumes. The second-generation Accord for India had revolutionised the market. It was good looking, sporty and feature loaded as well. It even came with two powerful engines (2.4-litre and 3.0-litre V6). Then the fuel prices shot up and Yen became stronger. The Accord wasn’t very high on mileage and the initial investment was high as well. This affected the sales. It also lacked a diesel version. Now the Honda Accord Hybrid is here. How is the new-generation Honda Accord Hybrid? We share all the details.

EXTERIORS ;

The changes that have been made to the Accord, both to the exterior and the interior, are more for improving the car’s luxury quotient and to offer more value. The biggest change to the exterior that will be immediately visible is the sunroof, which has now become part of standard fitment across the Accord range.

At the front, the Accord gets a new chrome-accentuated three-line bonnet grille design. The front bumper too has gone under the knife and gets a new sharper, sportier design compared to the previous version. The lines on the bumper are now sharper and merge into the bonnet ridge line and airdam precisely. Another addition is the turn indicators that have now been integrated into the outside rear view mirrors.

The Accord V6 model also gets a new set of alloy wheels with a five, twin-spoke design. At the rear, chrome garnish strips run below the tail-lamps to boost the ‘premiumness’ of the car.

INTERIORS ;

We expect that the India-bound model to accompany a double tone inside shading plan or all-dark shading plan. As should be obvious from the pictures posted on a couple of online sites platforms, there is a broad utilization of polished dark material inside the lodge. This renders a premium evaluation engage the inner parts. Other than finishes on the dashboard adds to the elegance. The new Honda Accord Features double touchscreen framework stacked one over the other. The upper touchscreen is a 7-inch with sound and cell phone coordination including Apple Car Play and Android Auto support whilst the lower one is a 0.7-inch greater screen that is utilized for getting to Information about the car. Honda Accord is decorated with many key features from the inside of the cabin..

The Honda Accord is Facelift version, so it is having complete facilities. This car is giving comfort features like, Bottle Holder, Ashtray, Key In Reminder, Steering Adjustment (Rake), Reading Lamp, Steering Mounted Controls like Audio, Steering Mounted Calling Controls, Trunk Room Light, Rear AC Vents, Remote Fuel Filler, Hands-free Bluetooth, Vanity mirror, Steering Adjustment (Reach), Automatic Climate Control, MID (Multi Information Display), Accessory Socket etc.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

Powering the Accord is i-MMD 2-motor Hybrid system along with a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine which together produces 215 PS of power with a segment best fuel efficiency of 23.1 km/l as per ARAI. The Hybrid system works in three modes, EV drive, Hybrid drive and Engine drive. Under most operating conditions, the Accord works in the Hybrid mode where the engine acts as a generator and supplies electric power to the battery with power being channelled to the wheels via the electric propulsion motor. The Engine mode is used usually at high speed cruising where the engine is directly supplying power. However under certain conditions, the Accord can only work on the battery (EV mode). In this mode the range is very very limited (about one kilometre).

Power delivery is quite linear. There is a bit of lag once you floor the pedal, but after this the Accord pulls smoothly to the redline. NVH levels are excellent and you can barely hear the engine (in the Engine mode). When the car is running only on the batteries, it is eerily quiet. The Accord automatically decides on the driving mode based on the conditions such as speed and the charge status of the battery. Ride quality is excellent at both low and high speeds. We particularly liked the slow speed ride as the suspension soaks most the surface irregularities on the tarmac. Since most buyers will be chauffeured around, the rear ride is important and is quite comfortable. The steering offers decent amount of feedback and weighs up well as the speeds pick up. Brakes offer good bite and the car stops without any drama. The tyres offer good levels of grip.

SAFETY ;

The Honda Accord Hybrid has safety features loaded to the hilt with airbags all around, ABS with EBD, traction control, hill start assist and lots more. An unexpected situation while driving asked for hard braking and the sedan was composed throughout. A noteworthy mention goes to Honda’s exclusive Lane Departure Warning system. A camera mounted on the left ORVM turns on with the video feed coming on the screen in the centre console. In this case, the driver knows what is in the blindspot and does not have to move his/her head away from the road to see the left ORVM. Personally, I would have loved is this feature was also available for the right side as well.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

It’s always more difficult to make a front-wheel-drive car ride and handle properly, because not only do the front wheels need to drive and steer, but they also carry a disproportionate amount of the car’s weight. Yet in this class, the only similarly configured car to reach standards as high as those set by the Honda Accord is the Ford Mondeo.

Indeed, Honda would like you to believe that the Accord’s chassis compares favourably with that of the BMW 3 Series. Although that’s not a contention we’d support ourselves, when you consider ride and handling as a whole, it is not quite the implausible flight of fancy it might at first seem. Certainly, the Honda’s ride quality reaches far beyond that of any Accord we can recall and probably any Honda, Legend included.

Yet instead of falling over in the corners as you might expect from a car with such an accommodating ride, the Accord feels precise and assured all the way from turn-in to exit. What it lacks, and where the BMW (or a Mercedes-Benz C-Class) scores so highly, is a degree of driver interaction that distinguishes a merely good-handling car from a real driving machine.

The Accord is happiest on the motorway, where its suspension delivers an impressively smooth high-speed ride and refinement levels are excellent. Body control on rougher road surfaces is less convincing, with the Accord’s ride quality taking on a jagged edge. The electric power steering is impressively accurate, but it lacks feedback or the ability to communicate any involvement to the driver.

CONCLUSION ;

So, the Accord Hybrid is loaded with features and can run over 900 kilometres on a full tank of fuel with the combination of the electric motor and the Atkinson’s cycle engine. The spacious and well-appointed cabin keeps even taller occupants in complete comfort and offers impressive safety as well.

The Honda Accord Hybrid then is the car for an environmentally conscious buyer who wants a practical luxury sedan that is loaded with features. The only grouse is that unlike the Toyota Camry Hybrid which is assembled here, the Accord Hybrid is a direct import which means you’ll have to pay Rs 37 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, to get one to your home. That slots it dangerously close to the price bracket of the luxury sedans by the German carmakers although those cars are smaller than the Accord Hybrid.

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Audi A4 Review,Price & Transmission

OVERVIEW

The success of Audi cars in India has seen the launch of new sedans meeting the customer desires of luxury and power at amazing costs. The Audi A4 series has been a tremendous success among the lot. The latest edition of Audi A4 is loaded with superior technology equipment, and the interior luxury and comfort have been taken to the next level. The innovative architecture of the interiors with high quality material, spacious and comfortable seating, and sharp featured body design and equipment highlight the luxury and dynamic stance

EXTERIORS AND STYLE

We were very fortunate to get the premium S line version for our review. On any other day, I would have chosen the Brilliant Red because it is the trademark S4 colour and it simply looks brilliant but then the Scuba Blue is not bad at all. In fact, the colour does the make the car look very ravishing.The front face of the A4 looks angry and aggressive. The angular lines above the headlight meet the trademark radiator grille. The grille is finished with a chrome surround and is very prominent and bold in nature. Since this was the S Line, it gets fancy body work too for example the lower air splitter under the front bumper looks very sporty. Even the fog laps now sport an angular design. Check for Audi A4 price in Kolkata

It gets option Xenon lights with daytime running light strip. The bonnet appears stretched and flows subtly to the radiator grille. The detailing done on the front bumper like the chrome linings make it look very neat. Even the redesigned side air inlets look sporty. The silhouette looks very balanced with equal proportions everywhere. The stretched bonnet line clubbed with the constant shoulder line make the A4 look like a mini limousine. Adding a dash of sportiness is the 16″ cast aluminium alloy wheels with 5 spoke design. The ORVMs are equipped with turn indicators. It also gets a very prominent running board on the side.

See it from rear and it draws some inspiration from Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale at least the angular tail lights. The rear section has been left clean and tidy without any unnecessary lines. The twin exhausts combined with the muscular mesh under the rear bumper look very rugged.So why do I call is the “Snob Appeal” review? When it comes to design, people get impressed with characteristic features. The violent aggression of the 3 series shouts about its character while the relaxed stance and flowing lines of the C class speak about its elegance. Contrary to this is the Audi A4 which has a real snob appeal. The A4 makes sure you like her for sure without it taking any efforts to impress you.

INTERIORS AND SPACE

The interior is where the A4 received a lot more changes. The sedan’s cabin was rather dated compared to what its competitors had to offer, especially the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi made sure it got the attention it deserved. Even though the overall layout is still somewhat classic for an Audi, the dash and the center stack are cleaner to look at. The most obvious addition is the new 8.3-inch color display, now positioned atop the dashboard. The infotainment controls are closer to the center console.

“Even though the overall layout is still somewhat classic for an Audi, the dash and the center stack are cleaner to look at.” The steering wheel is also new, seemingly based on that of the 2014 Audi Prologue Concept’s. The same goes for the MMI controls. The shifter, on the other hand, is more similar to the A8’s. Audi revamped the door panels too, giving them a more upscale look. The controls are now positioned lower on the handle, which should make them easier to use while driving. The aluminum inserts here improve the sedan’s premium feel. The continuous air vent strip on the dashboard makes the cabin seem wider.

The slightly bigger body dimensions and the redesigned interior features enable the new A4 to deliver enhanced roominess. In fact, Audi says it has the “…longest interior and greatest shoulder width at the front compared with competitors.”

It also has new colors and materials, standard LED lighting, lightweight seats, and a new interface for the automatic climate control. The new MMI system includes navigation, touch capability, LTE connectivity, WiFi, and free-text search function. A head-up display and the Audi virtual cockpit feature are available as options, as is the LED interior package with color-adjustable lighting. There’s also an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system and Audi tablet as mobile rear-seat entertainment.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

The 2017 Audi A4 diesel comes fitted with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TDI diesel engine. The power it generates is 190bhp and it has a torque of 400Nm. This engine is mated to a seven-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. It takes about 7.7 seconds to reach 0-100 km/h from 0. The A4 diesel is a very torquey unit. I experienced a lot of torque steer as well, when pushed hard. The NVH levels are excellent and at par with what one would expect from a car of this class. The A4 gets the Audi Drive Select which has four modes. These are Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual.

New Audi A4 Diesel EngineThe 2017 Audi A4 is also offered with a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine. This engine churns out about 150bhp of power and is offered with a seven-speed S-Tronic transmission. The A3 is offered with a 1.8-litre despite a smaller body. But, with a reduction of weight by about 95 kilograms, this much power is sufficient. Especially for those who are chauffeur driven. Audi has played its weight reduction card very well. The smaller engine doesn’t affect the performance that much. Also, now there is the DSG on the 2017 Audi A4 instead of CVT on the previous sedan. This also makes up way for it.

RIDE AND HANDLING

The Audi A4 has a very good ride and the suspension soaks up bumps with ease. There is no stiffness and the sedan remains fairly composed most of the times. The suspension also feels very silent and there are no unnecessary thuds on sharp undulations too. Talking about the steering, it is direct and precise but lacks feel and even though it provides safe and predictable handling, it just lacks the involvement that rivals in the same segment provide. You can better the steering feel by switching to Dynamic mode which stiffens the wheel. The suspension remains the same in all the modes though. The tyres have excellent grip and even the stopping power is very good.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

The A4 received five stars from Euro NCAP for its ability to protect occupants in an accident. Study the results in more detail, though, and you’ll see the Audi scored slightly lower marks than the Jaguar XE for protecting adults and pedestrians, but did a better job of keeping children safe.

All versions come with city emergency braking as standard to help prevent low-speed shunts, and if you choose you add the Driving Assistance Pack you’ll get lots more preemptive safety features, including automatic braking at higher speeds, road sign recognition and lane-keep assist.

The A4 comes with six airbags as standard, although you can choose to add rear side airbag, and we’d advise doing so if you plan to carry rear passengers on a regular basis.

CONCLUSSION

The New Audi A4 was launched at Rs. 31,74,000 (ex-showroom Mumbai). At the time of its launch, Mr. Joe King, Head, Audi India said “The Audi A4 has been Audi’s longest and best selling sedan for close to 40 years now. With its progressive design, efficient driving dynamics and class defining interiors, the Audi A4 enjoys a very wide customer base. The powerful new 177 hp Audi A4 with the Audi Drive Select offers 27% more power and offers 3% more fuel efficiency than it’s predecessor. This car packs a powerful punch with its on-road performance which will appeal to both our discerning customers as well as the enthusiast,”The A4 strikes the perfect balance between a dynamic and comfort sedan. It does not excel in one particular section but then at the same time the A4 makes sure you get the “good” of all worlds

 

 

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Rolls Royce Dawn Overview & Test Drive

OVERVIEW ;

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is the newest convertible to be added to the illustrious list of Rolls Royce cars in India. The four-seater convertible will only be the second RR convertible in the country after the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. At its price point, the Dawn is almost twice as expensive as its closest competitor – the Bentley Continental GTC.

EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;

Rolls Royce Dawn images and the Dawn itself reveal that it is based on the Wraith Coupe, its bodywork is 80% new. In fact the car carries forward only the doors and grille of the car on which it’s based. The car has a long hood and short rear overhang and yet looks proportionate. With Parthenon grille and the Spirit of Ecstasy remain the most noticeable features of the car. The Dawn is over five meter long, 5285mm to be precise and 1947mm wide and has a wheelbase of 3112mm. At 2560kg it weight about 200kg more than the Wraith. It is no less than a piece of exquisite art. Rolls Royce Dawn colors can be had in any different shades as per the customization required. For detail review, features and price of Rolls Royce car models visit Carzprice

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

Like the exterior, the interior benefits from everything available with the Wraith, except for the Starlight Headliner and its 1,340 individual lights woven into the roof liner. Highlights include acres of wood — it features the largest contiguous portions of wood in any production car — and fine leather, wool carpets, and a wide array of upholstery colors and customization options.Rear legroom is generous inside the Dawn, which, according to Rolls-Royce, is not a 2+2, but a veritable four-seater.“In the world of Rolls-Royce, day to day mathematical norms don’t always apply. That’s why I say in the case of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn, 2+2 does not equal 4,” said Rolls-Royce director of design, Giles Taylor. “The idea of creating a car like Dawn that can be used in comfort by only two adults on a day to day basis is anathema. In creating Dawn we have accepted no compromise to the comfort and luxury of four adults who want to travel together in the pinnacle of style.”All told, the Dawn is the most opulent convertible in this niche and its interior look more like a luxury yacht’s than a car. Technology-wise, it’s also identical to the Wraith and features the BMW iDrive-based infotainment and navigation systems.

ENGINE AND GEARBOX ;

Not surprisingly, Rolls-Royce dropped the same 6.6-liter V-12 found in the Wraith under the Dawn’s hood. However, the Dawn is motivated by a Ghost-spec unit, which means output sits at 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, making the drop-top significantly less powerful than its coupe sibling. For reference, the Wraith comes with 624 horses and 590 pound-feet of twist on tap.The power is routed to the wheels by the same ZF-built, eight-speed automatic, pushing the Dawn from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. Though it represents a half-second drop compared to the Wraith, it’s still impressive for a vehicle than tips the scales at 5,644 pounds. As usual, top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph. Get detail features, specs and price of Rolls Royce Dawn in Carzprice

DRIVE AND HANDLING ;

We haven’t driven a Dawn yet, but we don’t expect it to be much different from its fixed-roof cousin, the Wraith. That car combines an endlessly powerful V12 with a ride so sublime that anything else feels like a Lotus Elise traversing a dry creek bed. The Wraith makes even your Bentley-owning friends marvel at the pin-drop quiet inside the cabin. The only thing you’ll hear is the omnipresent 18-speaker Bespoke Audio system that massages your eardrums as Franz Liszt gently coaxes you onward.

SAFETY ;

Rolls-Royce keeps safety in mind with the Driver Assistance 3 package that includes active cruise control, night vision, a head-up display, high-beam assistance, and a lane departure warning system. Active cruise control maintains a selectable distance to the vehicle ahead while cruise control is activated, and night vision adds an infrared camera that can detect pedestrians in low-light conditions at distances up to 1,000 feet. The camera system on the Dawn provides an almost 360-degree view around the vehicle with distance indicators.

CONCLUSSION ;

Price at 6.25 crores (ex-showroom), it is certainly not the most affordable car in the world, but it’s not made for that. It’s built for a purpose. The purpose is to deliver Rolls Royce experience. The lucky owners can thank the Goodwood England for such machines. EMI Calculator for Rolls Royce Dawn

 

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Volkswagen Ameo Specifications & Performance

OVERVIEW ;

As Indians we have a lot of unique things about us. Be it our food habits, culture or diversity across the nation to name a few. Unsurprisingly, our car market is pretty unique too and the biggest example of this are the sub 4-metre sedans on our roads. The status symbol that a sedan is, we prefer a three-box saloon even if it isn’t as spacious as an equally priced hatchback! Now that’s something that isn’t going to change for a while – perhaps why Volkswagen decided to develop a car specifically for the Indian car market, the Ameo.

It’s exactly a year since Volkswagen confirmed plans of launching a sub 4-metre sedan developed specially for India, and we got to see the car first a day prior to the 2016 Auto Expo. And then came the pricing, along with the elaborate feature list which we’re sure has got other players thinking. We’ve finally spent a day driving the car, so here’s what it feels like in reality.

EXTERIORS ;

The Ameo carries forward the timeless design language of Volkswagen successfully. The vehicle resembles the Polo and Vento from the front while the side (up to the C-pillar) will remind you of the Polo although changes have been made to the front fenders. The boot has been neatly integrated but the requirement of tucking under 4-metres in length does make the car look a bit awkward from certain angles. Still, this is one of the better looking compact sedans and the boot job doesn’t look like an after-thought. The only way to identify the diesel version from the petrol is the TDI badging on the boot.

INTERIORS ;

On the inside, the Ameo is offering high quality interiors. The fit and finish on the inside is good and even the look and feel of the materials. The cabin feels a bit outdated in design. In terms of features, it gets most of it. There is a touchscreen system, reverse parking camera, Apple Car Play and a lot more features. Dual airbags and ABS is a standard feature across all variants.

The front seats are large and comfortable too. The second row gets tight on knee room and this is a drawback considering most of the competition. Tall people might not be very comfortable at the rear. For this reason, the Ameo is a good option to buy for those who drive themselves. There is a rear AC vent in the Ameo and a bottle holder as well. The boot isn’t the largest, but the rear seats fold and this is a unique feature for a compact sedan.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

After the disappointment of VW’s anaemic 1.2 MPI petrol engine in the Ameo, we knew it could only be uphill from there. But this latest version of the 1.5 TDI diesel is just plain impressive. Sure, it’s a little noisy at start-up and at higher revs, but the car is quite well insulated and it’s something you can get used to. With 110hp and 250Nm, it’s a wee bit more powerful than the old version of this motor, thanks to a new, larger turbocharger. There’s no way to do an ‘apples to apples’ comparison with the old motor just yet, but we can tell you that in the Ameo, the new one feels supremely punchy and powerful.

Release the slightly firm clutch pedal in the five-speed manual Ameo TDI and it will jump off the line eagerly, the short first gear prompting you flick the light gear lever down into second shortly after. There is a noticeable surge of power at around 2000rpm but there on, there’s seemingly no let up right till 5000rpm. And since the powerband is relatively short even by diesel standards, you charge through it rather quickly. It’s even got a decent top end. And, because the gear ratios have been smartly chosen, there’s little in the way of perceptible lag too. Get more details and offers on Volkswagen Ameo cars in Mumbai from Volkswagen dealers in Mumbai

In fact, it’s when you drive the DSG automatic that you’ll feel the lag a bit more. Because it’s been designed to slur its way through the lower gears for a smoother take-off, you feel more of that sub-1,800rpm sluggishness from the motor. There is, of course, less of this when you tap the lever down to Sport mode and you can eliminate it altogether by selecting gears manually (again via the lever; there are no paddles), but ultimately, it’s the manual that is more fun to drive.

The DSG is superb at being an automatic though. It’s smooth, clever and quick and makes matters so much more convenient in traffic. It’s hugely better than the AMT gearboxes you get in the Maruti Dzire and Tata Zest, but that does come at a premium.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

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

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

CONCLUSSION ;

The Ameo TDI’s ride quality is very similar to the petrol version and the Polo’s. The car remains planted and settled even at high speeds. This is the compact sedan you’ll feel confident in while doing over 160kmph. The Ameo does feel like it crashes into pot holes, we faced quite a few on Mumbai’s roads it being the post-monsoon season, but the car still stays the line.

VW has gone for a couple of basic safety features, so, ABS and dual airbags are standard across variants. The DSG variants get ESP and hill hold control too. Some of the top-end variants of the Ameo TDI also get a few segment first features, including cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and static cornering lights. There are three trim levels for the manual and two for the automatic transmission versions. The Ameo TDI is the most impressive diesel compact sedan out there now.

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Renault Captur Test Drive & Price In India

OVERVIEW ;

India is closely following the global trend of moving toward SUVs. Nobody knows that better than Renault, who has been fairly successful with the Duster. The Duster came at the right time for the French manufacturer and was unrivalled for a long time. There was just one major flaw with the Duster, it just didn’t feel premium at all. The interior quality was very average and didn’t justify the asking price. The Duster further lost the gloss once Hyundai launched the Creta and even though the Creta was more expensive it still found a lot more homes. Now, Renault wants to get back in the SUV game with the Captur, a Duster-platform SUV which Renault claims is more upmarket. Get more details and offers on Renault cars in Mumbai from Renault dealers in Mumbai

DESIGN AND STYLE ;

From the outside, it’s almost impossible to tell that the Captur is based on the Duster platform. It mirrors the European Captur’s design language, with swooping lines, curves and minimum angles, making it inherently French in its aesthetics, contrasting the Duster’s more Romanian origins. Even with the Captur’s graceful lines, it still manages to have a butch quality, thanks to the wide and squatter stance compared to something like the Hyundai Creta. Big wheel arches over the wonderfully designed ‘crystal cut’ 17-inch wheels sporting 215/60 rubber and the massive 210mm ground clearance lend it the unmistakable proportions of an SUV. To add to that, the Captur’s short bonnet is muscular, drooping down at the front into an elegant headlight cluster, and culminating in a chunky bumper with ‘C’-shaped units that house LED daytime running lamps (DRL) and fog lamps.

Speaking about LEDs, there are lots of them across the car. Apart from the aforementioned DRLs and fog lamp combo, the tail-lights, as well as the headlights, are also full LED. There’s LED ambient lighting on the inside as well, but more on that later. Overall, it’s a very refreshing design unlike anything else seen in this segment before. But, in spite of the Captur being a looker, Renault is offering a whole multitude of customisation options in the form of garnishes such as chromed trim parts, several roof graphics and even two preset themes for those would have a difficult time choosing individual parts .Get On Road price of Renault Captur from Renault Dealers in Chennai at Carzprice

CABIN AND COMFORT ;

Getting inside the Captur is a bit of occasion. There’s no bulky key fob, but a sleek looking credit card-sized ‘access card’. Sure, we’ve seen this with the Koleos and the Fluence years ago – but it still seems cool to have. The shape of the key makes it very pocketable, something we appreciate when out of the car. In the car, the card can be parked in a slot on the centre console. Pulling it out automatically kills off the electricals when the engine is switched off. ThoughtfulOnce you start getting comfortable in the front seats, you realise that the seating position is quite high. You tower over the dash and although you can’t see the low-set nose, you do get a confidence-inspiring view of the road up ahead. The cushioning on the seat is a tad stiffer than what we’ve seen on the Duster. But, that’s a good thing – it won’t tire you out over longer journeys. The seats hold you well in place, and we’ve got no complains as far as support for the sides or the lower back is concerned. The seat lets you manually adjust for height, angle and reach. But, the steering adjusts only for tilt. While reach adjust would’ve been good to have, we didn’t have issues getting into a comfortable driving position. That said, the taller folks will find their knees brushing against the centre console and their hairdo rubbing against the roof lining.

That’s down to the way the dashboard has been designed with a prominent, bulging centre console. There’s a lot to like about the design though as it flows effortlessly from one door pad to the other. It looks a lot trendier than the Creta’s or the S-Cross’ dash that have a no-frills design. On a related note, it’s a lot more upmarket than the Duster and the Terrano that have a utilitarian approach. The colour palette mixes black, white and rose gold in good measure. The textured finish of the dash feels pleasant to touch, although a proper soft-touch dash (or even an insert like in the S-Cross) would’ve upped the premium quotient by a huge margin. Getting into the rear is a bit of a task. A wider opening would’ve made ingress and egress a lot easier. Once in, there’s little to complain about. You don’t feel hemmed in inspite of the rising window line and the tallish seating makes you further feel at ease. Space on the inside is just about enough for two six-footers to sit behind each other. The cabin is wide enough to accommodate three passengers, but the seat back isn’t exactly flat for the middle occupant. Three healthy individuals will rub shoulders, but it should do just fine for a quick highway trip too. At 4329mm, the Captur is the longest in its class. The wheelbase is the largest at 2673mm as well. But, sitting inside makes you wonder if all that length could’ve been used more effectively. Then there’s the 390-litre boot that’s far from being the biggest in volume. But, the opening is wide and there’s not much of a loading lip – so you can easily brim it up.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

A 1.5-litre petrol engine churns about 99bhp of power and it produces about 150Nm of maximum torque. This engine is the same one that is offered on the Nissan Sunny too. It comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine is silent and has low NVH too.The 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine churns about 108bhp of power and 250Nm of maximum torque. This engine is the most commonly used diesel engine by Renault. The same one on the Duster diesel too. At the same time, there is more than sufficient torque to drive in the city and even to overtake. The NVH levels of this engine aren’t too loud, but the insulation inside the Captur is good enough. This enhances the interior comfort of the car.The petrol engine returns about 10km/l in the city and about 15km/l on the highway. At the same time, the diesel engine returns close to 15km/l in the city and about 18km/l on the highway. There shall be no automatic on offer and only manual transmission will be made available.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

As for handling, the Captur feels very stable at high speeds and rarely gets out of shape. Even at normal speeds, the handling is pretty impressive for a high-riding SUV. There is a bit of body roll due to the soft suspension setup, but never too much. And you always feel in control. It’s not a sporty car though and it feels best when you flow through corners than hustling through them. Even the steering is quite slow off-centre and the irritating steering kickback which is typical of this platform when you encounter mid corner bumps is still there.

SAFETY

The Renault Captur comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, along with ISOFIX as standard across all variants. Move to the higher variants and you add features such as side airbags, hill start assist, electronic stability program (ESP), rear parking sensors and a rear parking camera with dynamic guidelines

BOTTOMLINE ;

The 2017 Renault Captur is an interesting and well-proportioned mid-sized SUV, which gets an attractive, trendy and appealing exterior design, great looking interiors, premium features and a well-refined & responsive engine. During our Renault Captur review and driving tests, we found that this car has everything needed to take Renault’s legacy and popularity forward in the Indian automobile market. What we liked the most is the overall appearance of this car. It is definitely one of the best-looking mid-sized SUVs available today.

 

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Toyota Land Cruiser Prices, Reviews and Pictures

Toyota Land Cruiser Price in India

 

Toyota Land Cruiser is a luxury SUV offered in the Indian automotive market by the Japanese carmaker. It is powered by a 4.5 L V8 diesel engine that develops 261hp power and 650Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a ‘Full-Time 4WD system. For off-roading, the Land Cruiser has assistance functions such as Crawl Control, Multi-terrain Select with A-TRAC, Multi-Terrain Monitor, Turn Assist and a wading depth of 700 mm. All this can be done in the comfort of a four-zone automatic climate control, temperature controlled ventilated front and 2nd-row outer seats, and a choice of beige, brown or black interior. All occupants get their individual cup holders along with bottle holders in each door pocket and extra space in the centre console to keep essentials like wallet, phone etc.

 

EXTERIOR AND LOOKS

Land Cruiser 200 has the innate muscularity which is synonymous to a sports utility vehicle. The tall height and higher ground clearance gives the SUV a desired stance or rather it supports the outer styling that is done to make the vehicle appear macho. Front profile in particular is styled aggressively and that is also the highlight of the SUV’s design. Bumper is wide featuring an assertive radiator grille with three thick chrome bars and a thicker chrome surround that meets with the head lights. The automatic projector LED head light units are not very broad or gawky, Toyota has sculpted in well rendering the right thickness that looks well in proportion with the front grille. Lower portion of the bumper is painted in body colour and gets fog lamps finished with chrome. Bonnet is also wide and gets two prominent lines that add aggression. Side profile frankly is not very impressive; window frame design is too suave or rather boxy, the thin chrome line on the window belt looks sleek.

Electrochromatic wing mirrors can be adjusted electrically and get a heater and camera, moreover it also comes with memory function. Tyres also appear under weight, wheel arches are large but the space between wheels and arches is a bit too much seeking the attention of onlookers easily. Ten spoke redesigned alloy rims are entwined with all four tyres, most importantly they kind of make do for that awkward space left between wheels and the arches. Black roof rails atop are sporty but it does not have any functionality. Rear comes with LED combination lamps and integrated spoiler with high mount stop lamp. The vehicle also gets a moon roof. Front windshield gets rain sensing wipers and deicer, rear also gets a wiper and defogger.

 

INTERIOR AND COMFORT

The 2017 Land Cruiser features an interior that is nicer than the average Toyota, with top-quality materials and lots of high-tech items. The overall impression is short of luxury-vehicle standards, but if that’s what you’re looking for, the similar Lexus LX 570 should satisfy.With the exception of the rather long reach to the central touchscreen, the Entune system is easy to use and has a wealth of apps to keep you entertained and informed. The rear entertainment system ensures that other passengers have plenty to keep them occupied as well.

Front seats have ample cushioning and support for all-day comfort. Second-row passengers enjoy heated seats that can slide fore and aft to increase legroom. The third-row seats fold out from the sides of the cabin, and the expected lack of legroom makes them suitable for smaller passengers only.Overall cargo capacity is smaller than you’ll find in other SUVs. Behind the third-row seats, there is only some 16 cubic feet of cargo volume.  Behind the second-row seats, you’ll find just 43 cubic feet of space because the third-row seats flip to the side rather than stow beneath the floor.  Once the second- and third-row seats are stowed, 82 cubic feet of cargo volume is available.

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION 

The powertrain of new Toyota Land Cruiser 200 comes revamped, as it comes with a large and powerful V8 engine, which is capable to take the car literally anywhere, be it on road or off the road. The 4461 cc displacing enormous diesel engine comes mated to a 6 speed automatic gear box and powered by an all wheel drive system. It produces 261 hp of peak power and 650 Nm of maximum torque.

On the other hand the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser comes powered by a 5.7 litre DOHC V8 engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which is capable to produce 381 hp and 544 Nm of torque. 2016 Land Cruiser will come equipped with an all new 8 speed automatic gear box. Certainly it replaces the old 6 speed automatic gear box which is visible in the Land Cruiser 200 also.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

The powertrain of new Toyota Land Cruiser 200 comes revamped, as it comes with a large and powerful V8 engine, which is capable to take the car literally anywhere, be it on road or off the road. The 4461 cc displacing enormous diesel engine comes mated to a 6 speed automatic gear box and powered by an all wheel drive system. It produces 261 hp of peak power and 650 Nm of maximum torque.

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On the other hand the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser comes powered by a 5.7 litre DOHC V8 engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which is capable to produce 381 hp and 544 Nm of torque. 2016 Land Cruiser will come equipped with an all new 8 speed automatic gear box. Certainly it replaces the old 6 speed automatic gear box which is visible in the Land Cruiser 200 also.

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

The company has equipped its insides with a total of seven airbags that safeguards the passengers in the event of an accident. This SUV also gets an advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist as well. It comes with a rigid body structure that has crumple zones as well as side impact protection beams, which helps in minimizing the impact in case of a collision takes place. There are child safety locks available on the rear doors for an enhanced security of children. The whiplash injury lessening feature is quite significant, which avoids the risk of injury to neck and back when a rear end collision occurs. The advanced engine immobilizer safeguards the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized entry into it. It has an advanced instrument panel that displays notifications of driver seat belt, low fuel consumption and door ajar, which keeps the driver alert. It also has a day and night anti glare internal rear view mirror, while there are seat belts offered for all its occupants. The parking assist system with rear camera as well as sensors enables the driver to park it safely. In addition to these, it has auto speed lock, rear defogger, downhill assist control, jam protection on all power windows, a high mounted stop lamp, hill start assist control, a centrally located fuel tank and a central locking system that gives maximum protection to the occupants. Another key aspect is the vehicle stability control, which assists in preventing side skids and maintains its stability when turning on a curve. It has a tyre pressure monitoring system that is useful to monitor the level of air pressure in its tyres.

 

CONCLUSSION

Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most iconic cars in the automotive history of the world. It comes with superb off roading capability and offers supreme quality luxury too. Although Toyota is all set to bring their 2016 Land Cruiser, but this car has already given us the preview of the upcoming edition. It will surely gain the attention of those people, who prefers luxury off roading.

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Audi A3 Facelift Review

Audi A3 Price in India

 

The world of cars seems to have come full circle. Not in terms of sales or the options available, but every single car that has grown over the decades to a size above now needs another model below it that is of the original size of that car. Premium manufacturers are also discovering a market in a size and price bracket below their traditional customers – this works out well for them, as these products are projected as an additional fuel-efficient model for the family in developed markets, and an easier step up to luxury in developing markets. Enter the Audi A3, which will be the easiest access to a premium luxury sedan when it launches.

 

EXTERIORS AND LOOKS

 

The 2017 Audi A3 is a facelift and it gets certain upgrades and new elements on the design front. While most of the car remains the same, there are few tweaks that enhance its appeal. To start with , the 2017 Audi A3 now gets a new front grille, which Audi calls ‘diamond inspired’. This grille is now wider and looks more premium as well.  The car gets sharper lies this time. The headlamps are also new and have a cut on the lower portion that give it a dynamic look.

 

It also gets aggressive looking front and rear bumpers. The 2017 Audi A3 also gets new sporty looking 16-inch alloy wheels . The car also sees new taillamps which are 3 dimensional and have dynamic indicators. There is a rear spoiler which is integrated in the boot.The 2017 Audi A3 has got looks similar to a fastback and has a coupe like roof which slopes downwards.

 

INTERIORS AND SPACE

 

When you look at it, the A3’s cabin seems a little conservative, especially after the boldly styled interiors of its arch rival – the Mercedes CLA. Nonetheless, the interior remains thoroughly premium, with lovely black textures, plush leather and good quality materials. Audi has retained the all-black wraparound dash design with horizontal lines which heighten the sense of width.

 

Given that it’s a facelift, Audi hasn’t made any upgrades when it comes to seat comfort or interior packaging. As a result, the 2017 model is just as driver-oriented as the outgoing car. Upfront there is more than enough shoulder support and good cushioning. The under thigh support, too, is commendable. Like the outgoing model, this new A3 falls short of being a proper chauffeur driven premium car. While the rear seat itself is well layered with good contours for two adults, there isn’t much legroom on offer. That said the A3 beats the Mercedes CLA which is worse still and feels claustrophobic at the rear because of its tiny rear windows and huge front seatbacks.

 

The boot capacity is rated at 425-litres which is big enough for outstation trips and the fact that, the space saver spare tyre is neatly tucked away makes it more practical than the CLA which houses its wheel over the boot floo

 

For 2017 Audi has introduced wireless phone charging function and full LED headlights as all-new features. Meanwhile, the top-spec variants also get dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors and a 7-inch retractable screen for the MMI infotainment system. Features like start/stop button and keyless entry, however, have been given a miss.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

 

This car uses a pair of familiar four-cylinder engines that can be found in a number of VW Group cars that are on sale in India, although thanks to Audi’s new performance-based model naming structure, they’re known in these forms as the 35 TDI and the 40 TFSI. The 35 TDI is just the 2.0 TDI producing 141bhp and 32.63kgm of torque, both very healthy figures for a car of this size and weight. As with most of the other cars that use this motor, in the A3, it’s mated to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, though surprisingly, gearshift paddles have been left off the spec sheet; in a car for the self-driven, it’s a desirable option to have. As ever, this engine’s biggest strength is its chunky mid-range and the gearbox does a good job of sensing when you need it the most. The ’box also works well to get you through the slight turbo lag, and it’s very happy to hop straight to sixth and sit there when you’re cruising on the highway. The A3 TDI managed to crack an impressive 8.97sec from 0-100 in our tests, which is quicker than both the BMW 1-series and Merc A-class diesels, incidentally. And not surprisingly, with that mid-range torque, kickdown times are a quick 5.46sec and 7.14sec for 20-80kph and 40-100kph respectively.

 

But then you drive the 40 TFSI, and it’s even quicker, crossing 100kph in 8.21sec, and despatching 20-80kph in 4.88sec and 40-100kph in 5.63sec in kickdown mode. Yes, it’s the same 1.8-litre turbo-petrol engine that we know and love, and this is undoubtedly its best iteration yet.

 

It churns out a creamy 177bhp and 25.5kgm, and despite being turbocharged, it simply loves to be revved. Power delivery is smooth and effortless, and so strong is the performance, you wonder if there’s any need for the latest crop of dedicated performance-oriented four-cylinder compact luxury cars. There’s a little hesitation at low revs, but it’s masked superbly by the wonderful seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. And while the TDI can sound a little clattery, this one

is beautifully silent.

 

DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

A lot is expected from Audi when it comes to driver involvement and the Germans are the masters of that but does this baby Audi drive like the others? Well, the answer is no. Blame it entirely on the new platform, the A3 is simply terrific to drive, a touch above the other Audi’s which are pretty good in their own regard. The electromechanical steering is light at low speeds and weighs up beautifully as the kms pile up. Handling is razor sharp and the A3 will corner with super precision, it will encourage you to push even harder. It loves taking corners hard and you have to appreciate how the light weight chassis offers terrific balance. The A3 also gets ‘Electronic Stabilisation Control’ (ESC) with ‘Electronic Limited Slip Differential’ as standard. High speed stability is very good too and inside the cabin, the speeds seem much slower than they actually are. The A3 is aimed at a buyer who will himself take to the wheel and the driver involvement the car offers will seal the deal for most who like to push their car to the limit.

 

With superb handling on offer, one would expect the ride quality to be stiff but that’s not the case here. In spite of the low profile rubber, ride quality is fantastic. Both at slow and high speed, the ride remains pliant and both front and rear passengers are engulfed in comfort. The light weight chassis and four-link rear suspension is hugely responsible for the same. The brakes offer good stopping power (all 4 discs) and our test was was shod on 225/45/17 Pirelli Cinturato tyres which offer phenomenal levels of grip. Even on wet surfaces, braking is spot on with no brake fade.

 

SAFETY AND FEATURES

 

The Audi A3 sedan earns a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It scores four out of five stars on its frontal crash and rollover tests, and it achieves five stars for the side crash test. The A3 also does well in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, earning a top rating in every category. The IIHS names the A3 a Top Safety Pick+. The Audi A4 receives the same rating from the IIHS, while the Volkswagen GTI earns a slightly lower Top Safety Pick designation.

 

Standard safety features in the A3 include a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors. Other safety features are available. With adaptive cruise control, the A3 maintains a set following distance from the car in front of it, automatically slowing or accelerating with the flow of traffic. The A3 takes traditional adaptive cruise control a step further with the car’s ability to come to a complete stop and take off again, all on its own. Another driver assistance feature, lane keep assist, alerts you if you stray from your lane and gently nudges the car back into its lane. The A3 is also available with rear cross traffic alert, which monitors traffic behind the car while you’re reversing to prevent an accident.

 

CONCLUSSION

 

Well, the A3 surely makes a great case for itself. It is much better equipped than its rival, the Mercedes-Benz CLA (read review here), it rides really well and that petrol engine raises the bar of what you should expect from the segment. The only complain with the car would be the design. It is a tad too understated and Audi’s target market, the young professionals of India generally prefer a more flamboyant design. And that is where the CLA has a slight advantage *cough* frameless windows *cough*. However, with the customers now deviating to petrol engines (the A4 petrol has been outselling the diesel by a huge margin), Audi’s 1.4 with its responsive nature, refinement levels and frugality, 19.2kmpl compared to CLA’s 15.9kmpl, could tip the scales in Audi’s favour. All that remains to be seen now is the pricing which we expect to be between Rs 25-30 lakh.

 

Audi A3 Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 34,54,000/- (A3 35 TFSI Technology) to  35,65,000/- (A3 35 TDI Technology) .Audi A3 has 4 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Audi A3 comes in 6 colours, namely Beluga Brown Metallic,Brilliant Black,Misano Red Pearl Effect,Scuba Blue Metallic,Florett Silver Metallic,Glacier White Metallic.

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