Skoda Rapid Facelift Review

 

Usually German cars’ mid-life facelifts are very mild and hard to

notice but this time around Skoda has updated the Rapid with a

comprehensive facelift. This is the second update since its launch in

India but the previous one had very minute changes. The C-Segment

sedan has got a new front profile, longer list of features and a more

powerful diesel engine that we’ve recently seen in the Volkswagen

Ameo. We went all the way to Mussoorie to see what’s new on offer.

Skoda Rapid Prices in India

 

DESIGN AND STYLING

The Skoda Rapid Black Edition looks exactly the same as the old car.

The only difference is that the headlamps are blacked and also the

alloy wheels are now black colored ones. The Rapid now gets projector

lamps as well. This gives it a very sporty look. The Skoda Rapid is

now aimed at the younger buyer. The front portion as well as the rear

end remain the same and there is no change on either sides.

 

CABIN

The dashboard is identical to the earlier Rapid’s, which in turn is

shared with the VW Vento. The dash design is restrained, but

everything is where you expect it to be. Taking centre stage is a new

large and reasonably crisp 6.5-inch touchscreen that comes with USB,

AUX and Bluetooth support as well as MirrorLink connectivity. Other

new equipment include rain-sensing wipers and electronically-folding

exterior mirrors, which help bridge the gap between the Rapid and

better-equipped rivals. Skoda’s trademark ‘clever features’ are

manifest in the form of a cardholder clip in the centre console to

hold all your toll passes and the likes.

 

The Rapid is reasonably comfortable to sit in. The front seats are

generally comfortable, with side-bolstering to hold you in place, and

a large-enough seat cushion to support your thighs. Their lumbar

section, however, feels a bit hollow and might irk you on longer

drives. The rear seats are firm and supportive, offering adequate

thigh support and legroom and good amounts of knee room; you won’t get

the same sense of space as rivals like the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz,

though. Frontal visibility for rear passengers is also not the best on

account of the large front seats. However, the provision of a front,

as well as rear armrest, is appreciated.Other notable equipment

include a tilt-and-telescopic steering adjust, automatically-dimming

rear-view mirror, cruise control, cooled glovebox, climate control,

rear AC vent, one-touch power windows and remote-controlled opening

and closing of windows. Certain features are prominently missing,

though, such as a rear camera and an engine start/stop button.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

The new Skoda Rapid is available with both petrol and diesel engines.

The 1.5-litre, turbocharged diesel engine in the Rapid now produces

5PS more power and the final output is 110PS.

 

Max power is also available 400revs lower in the range, although the

overall impact on outright performance isn’t noticeable but the spread

of power and torque throughout the range is likeable.The diesel unit

is a strong performer; it has 250Nm of torque from 1500rpm and revs

eagerly, too. The lively engine combined with the 7-speed DSG

transmission proved to be a potent package, as the quick gearbox

selected the right ratios to tackle whatever inclines that came our

way.

 

Besides the power surge, Rapid’s spec-sheet also registers a slight

increase of 0.06kmpl in the claimed fuel-efficiency, which now stands

at 21.72kmpl for the diesel automatic version

 

The 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine makes 105PS of maximum power between

5200-5250rpm and delivers 153Nm of maximum torque between

3750-3800rpm. Although power figures for both the engines are closely

spaced, the petrol engine doesn’t like to be hurried and gets quite

audible when pushing hard.

 

Since it’s not a rev-happy engine, it takes time to get into the max

power range and appears slower to 100kmph compared to its diesel

counterpart. On-papers, however, the manual petrol Rapid is quicker

than the manual diesel in the 0-100kmph run, albeit by just 0.1s.

 

On a positive note, the 1.6-litre, MPI engine has decent pull at the

bottom end of the rev-range although maximum torque is available at

3750rpm.It is, therefore,a good ambler for leisurely runs as it

doesn’t require frequent gear changes to maintain consistency.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

Skoda has definitely figured out the best balance when it comes to

setting up the suspension for Indian conditions. Barring the Laura

vRS, all Skoda models possess a fine balance between ride and handling

and the Rapid is no different. Ride quality is a bit on the firm side

but never gets intrusive unless you are traveling over real crater

like potholes. The sorted damping means handling is taken care of as

well and high speed endeavors are a piece of cake. The steering is

well weighted and gives reasonable amount of feel even at high speeds

and it’s a real joy throwing it around the corners.

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SAFETY

Talking about safety, Skoda India is offering ABS and dual front

airbags as standard across all the trims of the new Rapid. You also

get Hill Hold Control and Electronic Stability Control with the DSG

transmission. Skoda has had a bad reputation in India when it comes to

after sales but they’ve come a long way in making the process

transparent and reliable. They are also offering 4 year service car

programme as standard with the new Rapid that covers 4 years warranty,

4 years of roadside assistance and an optional 4 year service package.

 

BOTTOMLINE

Thanks to modern creature comforts, good ride and a powerful diesel

engine, Skoda has surely put forth a competitive package. It still has

the old cars robust build and material quality is really good too. So

in a way it should be just right for most buyers even if it might not

exceed expectations of some. Skoda is also revamping its after-sales

service and now has well thought offers for buyers. The Rapid is being

offered with a four-year warranty, road-side assist and maintenance

package, all-inclusive in the ex-showroom Delhi prices that start at

Rs 9.49 lakh. So the competitive pricing with added benefits does make

the updated Rapid a more lucrative buy.

 

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Nissan Micra Active Reviews India

Nissan Micra Active Price in India

 

However, don’t get your hope high as it is not the new-generation

Micra that was unveiled globally last year. Instead, Nissan has added

a couple of cosmetic updates to this hatchback. The design and

features additions have been introduced primarily in the Micra Active

while the regular Micra too receives minor tweaks. The 2017 Nissan

Micra Active will be priced around Rs 5.01 lakh for the XL trim, Rs

5.32 lakh for the XV trim and Rs 5.81 lakh for the XV safety trim. The

2017 Micra XV CVT is expected to be priced around Rs 7.40 lakh, all

prices ex-Mumbai

 

DESIGN

 

Nissan’s sporty hatchback has a spectacular body line and an

idiosyncratic design. The newly styled fa?ade makes it score over its

earlier avatar. The double layer integrated grille provides an elegant

look. The body-coloured bumper has a large air dam that speeds up

engine cooling and is flanked by air ducts which further help in air

intake. The side profile has neatly carved out wheel arches, which are

fitted with steel wheels that are equipped with tubeless radial tyres.

The roof antenna also enhances the exterior look along with a large

laminated front windscreen, which is equipped with a pair of

intermittent wipers. The rear end also gets a wide windscreen along

with a prominent Nissan logo embedded on the boot lid.

 

Nissan Micra Active is a stylishly designed hatchback with small dimensions

though it is roomy from the inside. It measures 3.78 m in length

across all variants except the top-of-the-line XVS that measures 3.8

  1. It has a width of 1.67 m and is 1.53 m high. Ground clearance of

154 mm allows easy handling and the wheel base of 2.45 m makes it

spacious from the inside. Micra Active comes with the basic steel

wheel rims fitted perfectly underneath its wheel arches. Its

base-level and mid-level variants are equipped with 13” steel wheels

that have tyres of size 155/80 R13 fitted over them; and the

top-of-the-line variant is endowed 14” steel wheels and 165/70 R15

sized tubeless radial tyres

 

CABIN

 

The Nissan Micra Active comes with dual-tone colour scheme and is

offered with a power steering as well as manual controls for air

conditionng on all variants. In addition, all versions also have

internally adjustable (manual) ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirror),

adjustable rear headrests, gear shift indicator, cup holders and front

power windows. The higher variants also have rear power windows,

tachometer, vanity mirror for the passenger, and a rear parcel shelf

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

 

The engine on the Nissan Micra Active is the same 1.2-litre petrol, but due

to lesser weight the fuel efficiency of the Micra Active is higher

than that on the regular Micra.

It is equipped with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, which has a potential

to displace of about 1198cc. It has three cylinders and twelve valves,

which are based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration. It

has a capacity to generate a maximum power of 67.06bhp at 5000rpm and

can generate a peak torque output of 104Nm at 4000rpm. It is mated

with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which enables smoother

gear shifts and aids in delivering a flawless performance. It has an

electronic fuel injection supply system and can squeeze a mileage of

19.49 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions.

 

Nissan has worked on the fuel efficiency of the Micra Active and it

has a better figure than that of the Micra, as it lighter.

This hatchback model series is equipped with a reliable mill. It is

capable of delivering a mileage of about 19.49 Kmpl on freeways. It is

achievable due to its engine being associated with an electronic fuel

injection supply system. If driven within the city, its fuel economy

could drop down to 16-17 Kmpl, under standard driving conditions.

 

The power of the Micra Active is similar to that of the Micra, however

the Micra Active is lighter, so the outright performance will be

better.Its proficient petrol mill is equipped with three cylinders,

which further have a total of twelve valves. This is in sync with a

dual overhead camshaft based valve system. It has a potential to

produce a maximum power of 67.1bhp at 5000rpm and can generate a peak

torque output of 104Nm at 4000rpm.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

The power steering of Micra Active is deft and manoeuvrable and this

makes it an ideal car for congested areas. The turning radius of 4.65

m is one of the smallest in this segment. Ventilated disc brakes are

fitted in the front while the rear end gets drum brakes for efficient

braking. An advanced Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) makes it a safe

hatchback. The staunch suspension is a McPherson Strut for the front

wheels and a torsion beam system for the rear ones

 

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The Petrol engine with an Electronic Fuel Injection Control System,

has the ability to generate about 66.64bhp of maximum power output at

5000rpm and maximum torque of 104Nm at 4000rpm, which is incredible

for harsh traffic conditions. It comes with a 5-speed manual

transmission, which allows smooth gear shift for city

drives.Acceleration of the Petrol-based Micra Active is superior as

compared to that of Nissan Micra’s Petrol version. The crosses the

100kmph mark from standstill in about 13 seconds. Its top speed is in

the range of 150 to 160 kmph, which is quite impressive.

 

SAFETY

Nissan has taken care of the safety bit, as the Micra Active has ABS

and even airbag as a standard feature on the top model.

This hatch is equipped with multiple safety features and its top end

variant is solely safety related that its very name is XV Safety. The

technology of making the engine inactive as soon as any unauthorized

access is detected is an immobilizer, and this feature is incorporated

into all its variants. It is also integrated with an advanced braking

mechanism, which includes an anti-lock braking system with an

electronic brake-force distribution that is coupled with brake assist

too. This braking system is offered for only the higher end trim, XV

Safety. The airbags which deploy in safeguarding the driver as well as

the co-passenger from getting any impact out of a crash or otherwise

is offered in the top end alone. Additionally, this trim is also given

a driver seat belt warning indicator is available in the instrument

cluster. The central door locking is offered in all the variants

except for the base XE trim. Furthermore, these three variants are

additionally offered with a speed sensing auto door lock. The follow

me home headlamps help the occupants in the darker hours of the day in

reverting back home safely without stumbling and this feature is

incorporated into all the available trims as well. The warnings in the

instrument cluster includes low fuel level warning indicator, a

headlight-on warning indicator as well as a key remove warning

notification. All these aspects put together makes this hatchback

series, one of the safest and most affordable vehicle in this segment.

 

BOTTOMLINE

 

Nissan’s Micra Active has superior all-round visibility that is

slightly marred by the thick C-pillar. It has bulbous outcrops

flanking the bonnet and this makes it a rarity among modern cars where

the bonnet is almost never visible and this makes parking in tight

spots extremely easy. Micra Active lives up to its tagline ‘drive

easy, live better’.

Active’s front seats are quite comfortable but the same can’t be said

about the rear bench. Though legroom is adequate, the seats severely

lack thigh support, and that makes it the car with the least

comfortable rear bench and not the best one to be chauffeur-driven in.

Surprisingly, its competitor.

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Nissan Micra Active Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 4,58,655/- (Micra Active XL) to  5,46,536/- (Micra Active XV S) .Nissan Micra Active has 3 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Nissan Micra Active comes in 6 colours, namely Turqouise Blue,Brick Red,Blade Silver,Storm White,Onyx Black,Aqua Green.

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Mahindra Thar facelift review, test drive

Mahindra Thar Price in India

 

Mahindra Thar CRDe is the top end trim in its lineup. Now, it is available with updated exteriors as well as interiors. The list of updated features include plastic cladding over the wheel arches, metal based front bumper, bigger foot rest, new headlamps, a new dual-tone color scheme for cabin, brand new dashboard with a slot for 2 DIN audio system, silver finished AC vents on center console, an astute looking instrument panel, redesigned steering wheel, lockable glove box, windshield demister, larger seats, a 12V power socket and a newly designed center console with hand brake, gear shift lever and transfer case. It is fitted with a 2.5-litre CRDe engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2498cc. It is mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which enables the engine to deliver a maximum power and torque output of 105bhp and 247Nm respectively. Its braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient, which keeps it well balanced at all times. This vehicle has a decent wheelbase along with ground clearance, which makes it capable for driving on terrains. Its handling is made easier with the help of a responsive power assisted steering system that is tilt adjustable as well. The interior section is quite spacious and airy with good seating arrangement. It offers ample of leg space along with shoulder room for all occupants. The seats are wide and well cushioned and are integrated with head restraints. This vehicle is going to give a tough competition to the likes of Maruti Gypsy, Force Gurkha, Premier Rio, Tata Sumo and others in its segments.

 

EXTERIORS AND STYLE

 

The root of this car is surely the famous Jeep. The front profile to be specific comes with round shaped headlamps, front teeth like grilles, which is richly similar with the Willys Jeep, which was a cult model all around the world for many decades. This facelift version comes with two clear lens large headlamps which are capable to illuminate a wide area; there is an overhauled front bumper, which is more bulky as well as robust than the previous edition with a larger THAR branding sitting at the front just below the grilles. The new and huge butch looking wheel arches come looking bolder and sharper as well, and blend perfectly with the front bumper. The wheels underneath the arches come bigger than before, as well as the tyres are wider than the previous model, which ensure a more tighten grip to the soil.

 

At the side profile too we can see a few changes, which come in the form of bigger tubular sized footrests and fender extensions. The black hard claddings all around the body gives a slight crossover type feeling to this car. The rear profile too got some renovation, which comes in form of new rear bumper, which is thicker and beefier. Another new touch is the redesigned soft head canopy, which we already saw in the promotional video.

 

The new Mahindra Thar CRDe will be available in 5 interesting colours which are Red Rage, Fiery Black, Mist Silver, Rocky Beige and Diamond White.

 

INTERIOR AND CABIN

 

The inside of the new Thar has been tweaked to make it more civilized as Mahindra might have realised that even normal people who live a normal life and drive normally can think of buying one provided the cabin offers features and comforts for the normally abled. It will not always be on its way to Ladakh or deserts of Rajasthan.What all has changed inside? Mahindra has played around with the interiors by borrowings bits and pieces from its other portfolio models like the brand new steering wheel which has been sourced from Bolero. The three spoke steering wheel feels great to hold on to. The instrumental cluster gets a three pod display with a chrome rings; Looks comparatively upmarket than before except for a tiny issue. The needles are so wide that you can’t make out the exact quantity of fuel left in tank, the exact speed and the exact engine rpm.

 

Ignoring the above, the front dashboard lends a nice touch to the cabin as it sits higher and also covers the possible gaps seen previously. The central console is done in contrasting grey with THAR embossed; this area can be used to fit an aftermarket music system. The simple AC vents gets a aluminium surround along with basic retro styled controls.The front seats have been sourced from Mahindra Scorpio and do an almost comfortable job provided your commute is very short as on long journeys, it can play great havoc. In addition, if you are on the taller side, you might prefer chopping your legs off as the front kneeroom and legroom is extremely tight. However, if room is what you want then shift in to the rear passenger area and there is plenty of it since it gets front facing two bench seats which might make you feel like someone being taken to the legal offices for doing something notorious.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

 

With no major changes underneath, the Mahindra Thar still drives like it used to. The 2.5-litre engine, putting out 105bhp, has enough grunt to pull you over most obstacles, evident by its performance on Mahindra’s off-road track. The addition of the differential lock has made it marginally more capable as the Thar conquers a lot more than before. The Eaton-manufactured differential lock, also used in the export Mahindra Getaways, helps send power to one wheel when the other one is airborne or stuck. However, a centre-diff lock would have added to its capability as the locking differential was of little help while climbing a mucky incline or wading through a slush pit. That said, the course laid-out for us at Mahindra’s off-road academy was not a cakewalk, and our test car shod with Maxxis Bighorn off-road tyres, along with careful driving ensured we didn’t get out of the car even once to push it. But if it were the standard road-biased Bridgestone tyres going through those obstacles, we would have been stuck for a long time. That explains the role of the right tyres while going off-road.

We wish the tiny four-wheel drive lever could have changed places as it is still in the same awkward position and takes some effort to slot in. Also, the five-speed manual gearbox is still not light or easy to use and has an inconsistent feel while slotting into gears.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

Driving it in city conditions is not recommended at all provided you don’t wish to throw and show muscle power on other citizens. The engine takes it own sweet time to gather and deliver momentum and the engine demands to be peaked at every shift to make sure there is enough power available all across the band. However, take it on less travelled surfaces and the Thar feels at home. Climb mountains, drive on peak and troughs or just make doughnuts on sand, it does all of that with great confidence. The high approach 44° and 27° departure angle makes it a great off-roader.The new addition of rear lockable differential gives more traction while manoeuvring on such impossible terrains. The rear wheels work in tandem with the front and do not lose out on power even on slippery terrains. It is indeed a fantastic addition to the Thar and will be appreciated by enthusiasts.

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SAFETY FEATURES

 

As wonderful as the Thar is, my primary problem has always been that the Mahindra is as safe as a box of cereal. And just like said box, it does not get ABS, ESP or airbags. The only thing stopping you from certain death is that body and chassis that is built like a tank, I’m sure. It isn’t really safe out on the highways either. It feels really hairy at high speeds and the steering doesn’t correct itself too fast, which means you have to manually assist to straighten the car out of tight turns.

 

CONCLUSSION

 

Mahindra Thar is for those who prefer performance over looks, the UV has been built to deliver power packed performance. Well known for its off-roading traits, Thar offer a great run. The new improvements made to the vehicle further improve the brand Thar which earlier was known as a suave UV. Although, still a lot is missing on the vehicle and considering the price it is offered at it seems it could get much more options. However, comparing it with all other off-roaders in India Thar is a viable option

Mahindra Thar Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 6,17,917/- (Thar DI 2WD BS3 PS) to  8,66,835/- (Thar CRDe 4WD BS4) .Mahindra Thar has 3 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Mahindra Thar comes in 7 colours, namely Red Rage,Mist Silver,Di Diamond White,Rocky Beige,Diamond White,Nepoli Black,Di Rocky Beige.

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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Review & Ratings

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Price in India

 

The trend of fastbacks is on the rise in the luxury car segment and now most of the automakers are looking forward towards introducing fastbacks. Mercedes-Benz was the first to design such a car with the CLS-Class. This new sedan fell in-between the E-Class and the S-Class and is based on the E-Class. The CLS-Class is more driver focused than the E-Class and the S-Class. After that the Audi A7 and the BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe followed up (again following the same pattern between the mid-size and full-size luxury sedans).

 

The CLS-Class has been seen timely updates and the current-generation has undergone an upgrade recently. We lay our hands on the MY2015 CLS, and tell you if there are any major upgrades in this saloon, or no? Read further as the mystery unfolds.

 

STYLING AND DESIGN

 

Mercedes Benz CLA Class appearing as menacing as ever, owing to the newly introduced 15-spoke 18 inch alloys. Coming to the front fascia, it features a V-shaped front grille with lots of chrome treatment which separates it from the bonnet. The front bumper color is identical to the body color of the car. Then, there are the C-shaped automatic projector and bi-xenon daytime running LED headlamps integrated at the front. The company logo is placed at the centre just above the massive air dams which are hugely responsible for its aerodynamic optimization. Coming to the side profile, it is ecstatic with the body colored electrically operated side mirrors sporting LED indicators.

 

Going by the rear end of the coupe, it features a body colored bumper along with LED fog lamps and sweptback headlamps. The LED clear lens tail lamp cluster along with the brake lights and the shoulder line emerging out of the wheel arches further intensify the sportiness of the beast. Mercedes Benz CLA Class flaunts an electrically operated glass sunroof. It facilitates an individual by opening and closing automatically and is both tiltable as well as sliding. It is being offered with a total of 9 colors – Obsidian Black, Palladium Silver, Cuprite Brown, Thulite Red, Tenorite grey, Iridium Silver, Pearl Beige, Diamond White and the newly introduced Silver Diamond.

 

CABIN AND COMFORT

 

The internal cabin of this coupe does not have many updates like its exteriors and yet, it looks stunning. The manufacturer is providing an option to its customers to personalize its interiors with various color schemes and veneers. Its cabin gets an ambient lighting scheme with three different electable colors that amplifies the cabin. Both the cockpit and the rear cabin are furnished with individual seats, which can provide accommodation to at least four occupants. They have headrests along with side bolsters and are covered with fine quality leather upholstery. Both the front seats also have electrically adjustable facility wherein, the driver’s seat also has a memory function. The design of the dashboard is quite attractive and is skilfully embodied with a stylish center console, air vents and several other advanced equipments. The center fascia has a glossy finish with wood accents that gives a sublime stance to the cabin. It also houses an attractive instrument cluster with two large analogue meters and a multi-information display. It notifies the driver with the information related to vehicle’s speed, fuel levels, average fuel consumption and various other such aspects. The three spoke steering wheel is also decorated with a few metallic along with chrome accents. At the same time, it is covered with leather upholstery and is mounted with multi-functional switches for added convenience. The automaker has placed several utility based features inside the cabin including accessory power sockets, drink holders, sun visors, front center armrest and a few storage spaces.

 

This series is available in one trim level only and is bestowed with an array of advanced comfort aspects. It is blessed with PARKTRONIC active parking assist featuring reversing camera that provides visual and acoustic parking aid on infotainment screen. The center fascia houses a proficient THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control unit air vents that regulates the air temperature of the cabin, irrespective of conditions outside. The list of other comfort features include electrically adjustable front seats with memory package, leather wrapped steering wheel with 12 multi-functional switches, ambient lighting system with 3 different electable colors, and power adjustable outside mirrors. Beside these, it also has features like electric sun protection blind for rear window, analog clock instrument panel, lockable glove box compartment, storage compartment in central console and center armrest with drink holders.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

 

The base CLS400’s turbocharged V6 engine provides plenty of power for quick highway acceleration, and it has a higher horsepower rating (329 horsepower) than the base engines in many competing luxury large cars. Power delivery only gets better from there. The CLS550’s 402-horsepower turbocharged V8 engine produces silky, strong acceleration, and the high-performance AMG CLS63 S’s V8 is incredibly potent at 577 horsepower. The CLS400 and CLS500 come with a nine-speed automatic transmission that is new for 2017. The AMG CLS63 S has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. If you’re looking for other options in the class that provide strong acceleration, you certainly won’t have much trouble, as nearly every competing car offers a lineup of powerful engines.The Audi A7 delivers 333 standard horsepower and is available in several other iterations that have 340, 450, 560, and 605 horsepower. Likewise, the standard BMW 6 Series boasts 315 horsepower, and other variants have anywhere from 445 to 600 horsepower.

 

There were no EPA fuel economy estimates for the standard CLS400 as of this writing, but Mercedes-Benz estimates it will return 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The CLS550 gets 18 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway, and you lose 1 mpg in both of those measurements if you opt for all-wheel drive. Efficiency suffers somewhat more with the performance AMG model, which gets 16/22 mpg city/highway.There’s very little disparity among the CLS’ rivals and their gas mileage. Equipped with standard six-cylinder engines, the Audi A7 gets 21/29 mpg city/highway, while the BMW 6 Series gets 21/30 mpg. The Mercedes E-Class with its four-cylinder standard engine gets fuel estimates of 22/30 mpg city/highway.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

The CLS is a comfortable car, especially at high speeds on a long journey; the car absorbs all the undulations on the roads without any fuss and minimal body roll. At city speeds, the ride is a little harsh though it gets negated to some extent with an increase in ride height to tackle the speed humps.The airmatic suspension is one of the key features in the usability of the CLS. The fully-loaded sporty looking, low-slung CLS managed to ride over all the speed humps without once scrapping, courtesy the feature that allows increasing the ride height. Suspension can also be set up for a comfortable or a sporty ride though the latter becomes too harsh for most situations on the Indian roads.The steering is precise, though there is hardly any feedback and needs to further weigh up with speed. The CLS can go around the corners fast with the sporty setup, but it requires lots of efforts and concentration and all the weight can be felt going around the corners. The braking is good with sufficient feedback and there is hardly anything more that one can expect from a car of this size.

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SAFETY  

 

Every CLS-Class comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, front side pelvic airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Also included are a drowsy driver warning system and a forward collision warning system with automatic braking. The Mbrace emergency communications system provides automatic alarm and collision notification, emergency assistance, stolen vehicle location, and remote locking and unlocking.

 

The Lane Tracking package adds blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning. The Driver Assistance package upgrades those systems with automatic steering override, an enhanced forward collision warning system (operates at higher speeds and can detect pedestrians), a cross-traffic alert system, a rear collision detection and vehicle preparation system, and the Mercedes Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and steering assist system. Parking sensors, a rearview camera and an enhanced surround-view camera system are also optional.

 

CONCLUSSION

 

Every Merceded-Benz CLS is well equipped, coming with dual-zone climate control, satellite-navigation, leather upholstery, full-LED headlights, a DAB digital radio, cruise control and part-electric seat adjustment. There’s therefore little need to raid the options list, although we’d go for the 360-degree camera system to help make manoeuvring much easier. The optional Premium package (full-electric front-seat adjustment with memory function, a reversing camera, sunroof and split-folding rear seats) is also good value, and will make your CLS more desirable when you sell it on

Mercedes Benz CLS Class Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 79,34,325/- (CLS 250 CDI) to  79,34,325/- (CLS 250 CDI) .Mercedes Benz CLS Class has 1 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Mercedes Benz CLS Class comes in 6 colours, namely Magnetite Black,Designo Diamond White Bright,Designo Hyacinth Red Metallic,Cavensite Blue,Citrine Brown,Diamond Siver.

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5Paisa Capital Becomes India’s First Listed Online Broking Firm

5Paisa Capital Ltd. is the first online broking firm to debut on India’s bourses. But that’s not the only reason it grabbed attention on its debut day.
Oddly, the company’s shares listed at vastly different prices on the two stock exchanges.
The stock debuted at Rs 400 apiece on the National Stock Exchange. It was locked in lower circuit after it dropped 5 percent to Rs 380 thereafter. On the Bombay Stock Exchange the scrip listed at Rs 650 apiece and saw an intraday low of Rs 617.50.
Just 247 shares were traded through the day on the BSE whereas traded volume on the NSE hit 30,000 shares.
“The difference in prices of both the exchanges will stay until SEBI intervenes. The law does not permit the exchanges to change the price” said Deena Mehta, well known broker and managing director of Asit C Mehta investments.
5Paisa Capital was hived off from financial services provider IIFL Holdings Ltd. last year. IIFL investors received 25 shares of 5Paisa for every share held. The shareholding pattern mirrors that of its parent. The company is 35.48 percent owned by Canada-based billionaire Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Group and 29 percent by Nirmal Jain-led promoter group, according to its statement.
5Paisa is a brokerage that sells stocks, derivatives, mutual funds, alternative investment funds, bonds and debentures, insurance and personal loans. It competes with top discount brokers like Zerodha, RKSV, Samco Sec, SAS online, Trade Smart Online and policbazaar.com.
“More than 60 percent of our clients come from tier 3, tier 4 and smaller towns and millennials form a large part of the customer base considering we are mobile-first and 100 percent online,” Prakarsh Gagdani, chief executive officer at 5Paisa Capital, told BloombergQuint.
The 18-month-old company received Rs 100 crore from the parent as part of the scheme of arrangement. It has a daily equity turnover of Rs 3,000 crore, aided by its Rs 10 flat brokerage fee per order, the company said in an emailed statement. Besides discount broking, 5Paisa is growing its mutual fund business and targets Rs 100 crore assets under management in next 12-15 months, it said.

The company’s revenue stood at Rs 33.32 crore for the quarter ended September. It reported a net loss of Rs 54.98 crore as employee and administration costs rose.

 

Source: BloombergQuint

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Land Rover Range Rover Prices, Reviews and Pictures

Land Rover Range Rover Price in India

 

Range Rover is a product of the British Car manufacturer company Land Rover. This is considered to be one of the early models of the SUV i.e. Sports Utility Vehicle. The history of Land Rover moves back to the 1947 when it started the journey. But the specific introduction of Range Rover took place in the year of 1970. During the early days, it was not designed to be a luxury car but as the days passed, the quality and effectiveness of this car has grown up to acertain level. It is certainly one of the ‘magnificence things that money can buy’.

 

There has been some evolution in the journey of the Range Rover. Land Rover has made an expansion to the original model into two more cars. Except the original one, the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque are the two models that have been derived. However, the Range Rover has got three different models itself Vogue, Vogue SE and Autobiography. The main motto of Range Rover has been to become able to travel in every nuke and corner of the earth and to consider their performance on and off the road, it can be said that they have been managed to do so. The prime luxury with the pinnacle of modern SUV, Land Rover Range Rover has grown into a car to watch out for.

 

STYLE AND DESIGN

 

Although the new Range Rover has been re-designed, it stays true to the iconic styling of its predecessors. The signature Range Rover elements like the clamshell bonnet, chrome plated grille, Range Rover lettering on the front and the floating roof (available with contrast colours) are firmly intact, which make the SUV unmistakably a Range Rover. However look closely and the changes become more apparent. The new Range Rover has smoother curves and is more aerodynamic. Faux side fender vent graphics are now positioned on the doors and give an immediate deja vu of the older models. Silver metal finish accent graphics are present throughout the car, on the lower part of the doors and bumpers. The rear tapers off sharply giving a more compact feel. However make no mistake about the dimensions of the Range Rover, it’s a huge vehicle, measuring a tad under 5-metres in length.

 

Perhaps the most striking features of the exteriors are the lights, which have been designed with utmost attention to detail. The headlight gets distinctive signature graphics and are extremely eye catchy with the LEDs having interlocking circles. The graphics on the headlights are made to resemble a high performance camera lens. The rear lights are stacked up and are equally striking with a bold square pattern. Puddle lights are placed under the rear view mirrors and on unlocking the vehicle, they project ‘Range Rover’ on the ground. 20-inch wheels carry a chrome finish and look stunning. The overall styling of the vehicle is spot on, with heritage and modern elements well executed to present one highly appealing exterior.

 

COMFORT AND CABIN

 

Let me tell you very clearly, there are many other vehicles out there that have the same off-roading capabilities if not better than the Range Rover and that too at a low asking price. However, unlike the Range Rover, none of them takes you across jungles and mountains and muddy-terrains and pretty much everything in such a style and kingly state of divine comfort.

 

The holy trinity of wood, aluminum and leather has been bestowed on the Range Rover in colossal amounts. Everything is build out of the best material possible and by the best manufacturing process there is. Cabin depicts solidity and richness with a fit and finish that will last ages. Dashboard is now way more logical and uncluttered as almost half of the switches and knobs has been ditched from the previous model. Now the 8” touch screen and TFT instrument panel carries out most of the functions. All the variants of Range Rover comes loaded with all the goodies you’ll ever need and then some more. Features like rain sensing wipers, xenon headlamps and DRLs, front park distance sensors with visual display, memory seats, volumetric and perimetric alarm, rear view camera, four-zone climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, mood lightning, aluminum tread plates, Meridian audio system, Bluetooth phone connection with audio streaming and 8” dual-view touch screen are standard across the range. Sliding panoramic roof, contrast roof coloring, power door mirrors with memory, heated steering wheel, surround camera system, soft door close, twin blade sunvisor, navigation system, keyless entry, rear seat entertainment system, winged headrests and many other goodies along with numerous interior trims are optional on the lower variants and standard on the higher ones. Lots of smart cup holders and cubby holes throughout the house (yeah, it’s that big) makes it quite practical too. Boot space is 32 cubic feet which can be extended up to 72 with rear seats folded down. Further, it is accessible via a fully electric split folding power tailgate. The cabin is spacious and with an extra 4” of rear legroom over the previous model it is literally a SUV cum limo.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

 

Land Rover has provided a total of 6 drivetrain options under the hood of the Velar SUV. The diesel variants get Land Rovers refined four-cylinder Ingenium diesel which tends to provide high levels of torque at low engine speeds. The base diesel variant gets the D180 2.0 Litre, four-cylinder diesel unit which is capable of producing about 180PS and maximum torque of 430Nm from 1,500rpm. This engine also tends to provide tremendous performance as well. While for those who prefers a slightly more powerful drivetrain can get their hands on the D240. This drivetrain gets two turbochargers. The D240 produces about 240PS and an exceptional 500Nm of torque from just 1,500rpm. Then there is also an option of a more powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel in the form of the D300. This engine is capable of producing about 300PS of peak power and astonishing maximum torque of 700Nm.

 

The petrol variant, on the other hand, gets the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium powertrains. The base models get the P250 variant which produces about 250PS of peak power and maximum torque of 365Nm, produces in between just 1,200rpm to 4,500rpm. While for those who wants more performance can get their hands on the P300 which is one of the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever used under the hood of the Land Rover. This engine makes about 300 Ps of peak power and 400 Nm of torque, however, this engine will be distributed later this year.

 

Lastly, there is also an option of 3.0-litre supercharged V6. Known as the P380, which is an all aluminum petrol engine, this unit is equipped with Twin-Vortex Supercharger, direct injection and dual-independent variable-camshaft which delivers an instant response. The engine is capable of producing about 380PS at 6500rpm and 450Nm of torque.All the powertrains mentioned above are paired to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with paddle shift controls.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

For once, a car manufacturer’s claims stack up across the board. The current Range Rover steers with more fluidity, controls its body better via standard air suspension and ‘active lean’ software and rides with the competence of a limousine. It’s not a sports car, but it encourages relaxed driving and feels built to take care of everything with the minimum of fuss.It is also faintly startling to drive off-road for what is still a relatively large and heavy car; this thing will get to places you wouldn’t believe. It’s easy, too. Just leave the Terrain Response II off-road software in auto, and you can cross rivers (up to 900mm), climb mountains and traverse the most treacherous surfaces, all while listening to Radio 4 and wondering what all the fuss is about.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

All Range Rovers get highly sophisticated electronic systems to keep you on the straight and narrow, and that applies whether you’re on an A-road or venturing into the wilderness. The car has received a maximum five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP – although the organisation was less enthused about its performance in collisions with pedestrians. You also get automatic emergency braking and a lane departure warning as standard, while the options list includes blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assistance.

The anti-theft technology is state of the art too, prompting security consultant Thatcham to award the car the maximum five stars for resisting being stolen, and four out of five for resisting being broken into.

 

CONCLUSSION

 

The new Range Rover is more luxurious and more refined, features a much quieter cabin and manages to coast over bigger hurdles and ford through deeper waters. It also proves it strength on straight tarmac, managing to easily haul its bulk to over 220 kmph before any sign of stress shows up.The new fourth-gen Range Rover has bettered the benchmark it has set for itself. And that is going to make it tougher for competitors including the ones to come like what could come off the Bentley EXP 9F concept.

Land Rover Range Rover Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 1,58,65,000/- (Range Rover 3.0l Vogue Petrol) to 3,43,88,000/- (Range Rover 5.0l LWB SVAutobiography Petrol) .Land Rover Range Rover has 13 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Land Rover Range Rover comes in 18 colours, namely Santorini Black-metallic,Kaikoura Stone-metallic,Yulong White-metallic,Corris Grey-metallic,Aintree Green-metallic,Causeway Grey-premium Metallic,Havana-premium Metallic,Aruba-premium Metallic,Chile-premium Metallic,Montalcino Red-metallic,Indus Silver-metallic,Firenze Red-metallic,Loire Blue-metallic,Scotia Grey-metallic,Mariana Black- Premium Metallic,Barolo Black-premium Metallic,Fuji White-solid,Barossa- Premium Metallic.

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Hold Lupin; target of Rs 1050: Sharekhan

Lupin Limited (Lupin) reported a 7.9% decline in its total sales (including operating income) to Rs. 3, 952 crore (lower than our expectation of Rs. 4, 167 crore) for 2QFY2018. Operating profit declined by 17% to Rs. 853.1 crore (marginally lower than our expectation of Rs. 865 crore) and adjusted profit declined by 31.2% to Rs. 455.1 crore (above our expectation of Rs. 425 crore). Performance for the quarter was mainly impacted by the 31.9% decline in U.S. revenue due to increased competition in gGlumetza and gFortamet and increasing pricing pressure due to consolidation of players in the U.S.

 

Outlook

 

Nevertheless, potential resolution of Goa and Indore plant inspection in the near term along with key upcoming launches could help drive growth from FY2019/FY2020E. Further, price correction of over 25% in the past six months mostly factors the weak FY2018 and other nearterm negatives. Hence, given the reasonable valuation of 15.8x FY2020E earnings, we do not expect material downside from current levels. Hence, we upgrade our rating to Hold and revise our target price (TP) to Rs. 1, 050 (valuing the stock at 16x FY2020E earnings).

Source: MoneyControl

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Ford Figo Price (GST Rates), Images, Mileage, Colours

Ford Figo Price in India

 

After tasting success with the first Figo, Ford has introduced the new-generation Figo. This is a fresh design, sporty, powerful and at the same time more powerful too. The Figo is known for its space, value for money and fuel efficiency. These characteristics are retained on the new-gen as well. The new Figo now shares its platform with the new Figo Aspire. This is made available with three engine options and six trim levels, giving buyer a lot of opportunity to pick and choose the variant.  The Figo is manufactured at Ford’s new Sanand facility and it has been Made in India to meet our market needs and even to export to other car markets

 

EXTERIOR AND DESIGN

 

The first generation Ford Figo had some quirky styling cues that were appealing to many but not so special to some. The new Figo though comes across as a fresh and complete looking hatchback. There are many appealing bits such as the huge and stylish front grille and swept back headlamps along with a smart bonnet bulge, these obviously remind one of Aston Martin. The side profile gets a strong shoulder line and blackened B-pillar for a sporty appearance but the simple alloy wheel design makes it look a tad old.

 

Shiny diamond-cut alloys on the range topping variants with bigger tyres would have worked well on the Figo. Having said that, the Figo’s rear gets a neatly designed tailgate, beefy bumper and smart looking crystal clear tail lamps. The well proportioned overall profile of the new Figo along with the tasteful styling attracts some attention. The new model draws a lot of attention on the road as it’s fresh currently, seeing a ton of interest from other Ford car owners.

 

INTERIOR AND CABIN

 

The Figo always had a good reputation of being one of the spacious hatches in its segment and most of the consumers quite frankly prefer a spacious cabin which easily can accommodates five persons while the dash should have a fair amount of gadgets and accessories which could come in handy.

 

Nothing much is actually different inside in the hatch than the compact sedan which was launched here previously. The cabin looks young and sporty while the black dashboard with the silver accents surely looks gorgeous. The Figo has an impressive wheelbase of 2491 mm which actually has helped in create generous amount legroom and knee room for the passengers seating at the rear bench.

 

There are number of interesting features as well available on the higher trims of the hatch which includes automatic climate control system which can actually bring the temperature inside the cabin to below 25 degree Celsius in less than 15 minutes. It also gets the MyFord Dock system as well which can actually help in storing mounting and charging mobile phones, MP3 players, it also has got a satellite navigation system which helps in integrating this system with the cars entertainment screen.

 

Ford for the first time is also offering the Ford MyKey technology which actually allows the owners to programme the Figo’s restricted riving mode which actually includes increasing seats belt use and limiting the overall top speed of the vehicle and even regulating the audio volume of the car.

 

ENGINE AND GEARBOX

 

As mentioned, the Ford Figo will be available with three engine-gearbox combinations. There’s a 1.2 petrol with a five-speed manual, a 1.5 diesel with a five-speed manual and a 1.5 petrol with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The dual-clutch auto version first. This one’s 1.5-litre petrol engine makes the most of its twin cams and variable valve timing architecture to produce a healthy 110.5bhp. The power figure makes the Figo automatic the most powerful of the mass market auto hatches in India. In town, the engine’s good bottom end responses help this version of the Figo build speed smartly. However, in slow-moving city traffic, you can feel the clutch engage, so shifts aren’t super smooth. But once on the go, the gearbox settles into its rhythm and responds well enough to changes in throttle position. It’s not lightning fast as the VW Polo’s twin-clutch unit, but it gets the job done.

 

At light loads, the gearbox will upshift at about 2,200rpm, but drive hard and it will hold to about 6,300rpm before shifting to the next ratio. Unfortunately, the gearbox’s Sport mode won’t let you hold gear beyond 6,300rpm (at which point the engine sounds thrashy) either, but does well to downshift and keep revs right in the heart of the powerband. Those driving on hilly roads will particularly like the engine braking effect of Sport mode. Drivers also have the option to shift gears manually in Sport, but only via the small ‘+/-’ buttons on the gear lever; there’s no traditional tiptronic function or paddle shifters on the steering. The gearbox is responsive to manual inputs, so you will find yourself making use of the buttons when conditions permit.

Performance on the whole is good. The dash from 0 to 100kph takes just 11.1 seconds – the VW Polo GT TSI does it in 11.02 seconds – and in-gear timings are decent as well.

 

But good as the auto Figo is, it’s the diesel that really impresses us. The engine is the latest version of Ford’s 1.5 diesel you’d find under the hood of the pricier refreshed EcoSport and Aspire, but the good news is that it’s not been dulled down for use in the cheaper hatch.That means power is a solid 98.9bhp! Couple that with a body that weighs all of 1,041kg and you are guaranteed excellent performance. 100kph comes up in 10.5 seconds, which makes the Figo diesel quicker than all the mass segment diesel hatchbacks, bar none.

 

Real-world performance also feels better than lower-powered rivals from the moment you set off. Responses are good right from idle, with a gentle surge speeding things up at about 1,600rpm. Thereon, there’s an even spread of power right till 4,000rpm. The engine’s not quick revving per se, but remains responsive throughout, even in fifth gear. The diesel engine also runs relatively quiet, though you can feel a buzz on the steering. Also worth mentioning is that gearshifts on the Ford IB5 gearbox are a touch notchy and aren’t suited to quick shifts. Driving in town, we also noted the diesel car’s clutch to be well weighted if springy in action.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

The suspension set-up in the Ford Figo 2017 is well balanced and offers a good riding experience by making the occupants comfortable. The Ford Figo 2017 is based on the new B572 platform and this has well tuned for Indian road conditions. Ford have increased the ground clearance of this car to 174mm. Handling is one of the best you will find and the car rides very well over potholes, though you can feel a few ones. If you have driven a Ford earlier, you will find a typicality in handling, which is precise. The steering is light for city condition as and weighs up well at higher speeds. The Ford Figo 2017 remains planted under hard cornering and the brakes compliment its overall handling. High speed stability is also impressive.

 

BRAKING AND SAFETY

 

Braking duties are performed by disc brakes in front and drum brakes at rear. On the safety front, Figo hatchback gets a number of equipments such as six airbags, anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, among the prominent ones. Besides the aforementioned safety features, the hatchback also feature engine immobilizer and driver seatbelt reminder. Some features are exclusive to automatic version like electronic stability control; traction control and hill start assist.

 

CONCLUSSION

 

Although this update is a bit late to join the party, the new Figo ticks all the right boxes in terms of features, engine and gearbox options as well as ride and handling. To add as icing to the cake, it has been priced extremely well too. And for those who worry about after sales, Ford has reduced its service call times as low as 48 hours. Wish there was some more shoulder room for passengers at the back. But as a product, the new 2015 Ford Figo repeats what its predecessor managed to achieve and that itself is quite commmendabl

Ford Figo Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 4,73,000/- (Figo 1.2P Base MT) to  7,62,000/- (Figo 1.5P Titanium AT) .Ford Figo has 13 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Ford Figo comes in 7 colours, namely Deep Impact Blue,Smoke Grey,Ingot Silver,Tuxedo Black,Sparkling Gold,Oxford White,Ruby Red.

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TOYOTA ETIOS Reviews, Price, Specifications, Mileage

Toyota Etios Price in India

 

Just as Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with luxury and BMW with sportiness, Toyota has established itself as a byword for quality and reliability. For years the Japanese automaker has churned out a range of well put together cars. Get behind the wheel of one and straightaway you’d be under an impression that it’s a thing that will probably last forever.

 

Oddly enough, it’s the knack of endlessly producing functional and reliable products that makes Toyotas of today (except for the utterly brilliant GT-86) rather dull and soulless appliances. Take the Etios for instance. On sale in the Indian market since 2010, the car has come under heavy criticism for its uninspiring design and low-rent interior. So when we heard that Toyota was bringing out a facelifted version, our first thoughts leapt to visions of a refreshing new Etios that is far more impressive to look at and sit in, compared to the earlier model.  

 

EXTERIORS AND DESIGN

 

The Toyota Etios seems to derive certain cues from the Corolla though it has been designed suitably for the desired price range. The first look however is somewhat underwhelming. The car lacks curves, sleek shaping of bonnet etc.

 

At the front, the head lights on the wide front bumper and the chrome lined Toyota emblem give the confidence of Toyota brand. However, the head light size seems on the large size, and though positioned well, it certainly feels that it could have been improved much. The positioning of the windshield is in par with aerodynamics and adds to the aesthetics of the front portion. Black radiator grill and fog lamp add to a good impression of the car.

 

Toyota has used a good quality of body panels which is indicated by the sturdy feel of the front fender, front door, rear door and quarter panel.The rear side of the Etios is decent and has been covered with big tail lamps, and a somewhat lumpy dickey. The car from the back somehow reminds of the Mahindra Logan.

 

INTERIORS AND SPACE

 

The Etios diesel’s interiors are unchanged from the petrol sibling and you get the same airy and spacious cabin. The front and rear seats are both big and wide, offering excellent back and thigh support. There is plenty of leg and headroom around as well. Since the Etios is almost as wide as a Camry, sitting three abreast at the rear is quite a comfy affair. And making life easy for the middle passenger is the flat floor and well designed backrest. However, what these seats lack is good lateral support and passengers do slide around a bit on the flat and firm surfaces if you corner hard.

 

There are no proper headrests in the rear and no central armrest either. However, the spacious seats, the perfect backrest angle and the ‘hip’ point translate into a comfortable sitting posture. It’s not just passenger space that’s class-leading. Storage space is phenomenal too. Apart from the massive cooled glovebox, there are lots of useful cubbyholes, generous door pockets and seven bottle-holders! To top it off the Etios has a 595-litre boot which can easily swallow the luggage of five passengers on a long holiday.

The quirky dashboard design  does take some getting used to, but once you get accustomed to the new layout, the change is actually quite welcome. Surprisingly, for all the chopping and changing, the functionality of the cabin is brilliant. The chunky steering with its dimpled finish feels terrific and the white semi-circular speedo and tachometer are quite distinctive, especially when lit up at night.

 

However, there are plenty of low-rent bits as well. The dashboard plastics don’t have a quality feel, the air-con controls look like they have been lifted from an old Maruti, and the cable-type headlamp height adjuster looks tacky. Then, the carpets are very basic and the sun visors look cheap too. Why Toyota has painted many bits in lipstick red is anybody’s guess. It looks too loud and is at odds with the conservative nature of this car.

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

 

Now it is time for the engines. First is the 1.2-litre petrol, which will be the most selling engine today as the fuel prices have seen a major dip and petrol has seen a major jump in demand. The engine is quiet and this engine produces about 80bhp of power. Most of the power is available at higher revs, so you need to downshift for an overtake, especially while driving on an highway. Most of the drivers prefer relaxed type of driving then this engine will perfectly suit this requirement. The power produced by the engine is sufficient for city driving and it even returns a decent figure of 12 km per litre in city driving and with highway, the mixed figure is close to 14 km/litre. The five-speed transmission is smooth and has short throws.

 

The diesel engine of the Etios Liva is a gem. This is a 1.4-litre engine that churns out 67bhp of power. Let us not go by the numbers, once you get behind the wheel you realise how good this engine is. Be in almost any gear, the engine pulls without any hesitation. This is what Toyota’s are known for, and this diesel engine has the typical Toyota characteristics, which makes the Japanese auto giant one the best sellers in the world. The oil burner is a bit noisy, however it is highly fuel-efficient too. In city, the Etios Liva returns about 16km/l with ease, while on the highway, the figure is between 19-22km/l depending on your driving condition.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

The ride quality on the Toyota Etios is very good but the suspension is stiffly sprung and hence some sharp bumps filter in the cabin. However, the car never loses composure and always remains stable irrespective of road conditions. The steering offers brilliant feels and feels great to operate. The car feels eager to dive into corners but on heavy cornering, the tail slides out due to the rear end of the car being a bit too light. Braking performance is also good and confidence-inspiring.

 

SAFETY

 

The list of safety aspects include dual front SRS airbags, driver seat belt warning light with buzzer , engine immobilizer, keyless entry, headlamp-on warning as well as door ajar notifications that adds to the safety quotient

 

CONCLUSSION

 

There is no doubt that the new Toyotra Liva hatchback definitely has received some worthy upgrades especially if we talk about the safety side. The changes to the exterior have certainly given it a more sporty appeal which definitely will attract much attention, while the refreshed interior too adds a premium touch to the hatchback as well. Although there are no mechanical changes but all those above mentioned changes has made this hatchback worth every penny.

Toyota Etios Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 6,65,800/- (Etios G) to  8,60,300/- (Etios VXD) .Toyota Etios has 6 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Toyota Etios comes in 7 colours, namely Vermillion Red,Celestial Black,Harmony Beige,New Pearl White,White,Classic Grey,Symphony Silver.

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Mercedes A-Class | Comprehensive Review

Mercedes Benz A-Class Price in India

 

With the A-Class hatchback, Mercedes-Benz created a new segment for luxury hatchbacks in India. The luxury hatchback targets young professionals and enthusiasts in India. Seeing the positive response for the A-Class, BMW and Volvo too introduce their luxury hatchbacks 1 Series and Volvo V40 respectively. One of the most affordable luxury cars from the German luxury carmaker, the A-Class hatchback flaunts sophisticated yet sporty design and offers class leading performance.

 

EXTERIORS

 

The Mercedes A-Class looks extremely beautiful and the proportions give the car a very balanced and yet a sporty stance. There is something about this hatch that makes you want to keep staring at it, be it from any angle! This is just one of the few cars that manage to look good from all angles. The 2016 A-Class that we are sampling here has similar exteriors as the previous model, but on a closer look you do realise there are quite a few changes. First up, the vehicle gets redesigned bumpers, full LED headlamps, black finish for the grille and a concealed exhaust tip. The A-Class now comes with 16-inch wheels as standard and they are offered in a sporty shade of black. The A-Class also gets Mercedes’ new nomenclature and instead of being called A200 CDI, it is now called A200d. The premium hatchback also gets a new Elbaite Green colour which is a big attention seeker, though it has mixed reactions from people.

 

INTERIORS

 

The cabin section gets a minimalistic changes and yet, it looks very pleasant with a theme of ultra luxury. The color scheme of the cabin has been refined to render a soothing effect to the eyes. This color scheme is complimented by ambient lighting and wood inserts on dashboard and center console. In addition to this, the steering wheel gets a new three-spoke design along with additional control switches. The seats are ergonomically designed and got some improvements with regards to its cushion depth. This will help to offer better comfort to the occupants inside. Both these variants have electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function. The dashboard is neatly designed and is equipped with an instrument cluster, which has a number of functions, air conditioning system, music system and an advanced touchscreen infotainment unit. It is also fitted with a three spoke steering wheel, which is mounted with several multi-functional switches for convenience of its driver. Furthermore, there is a provision for incorporating gearshift paddles, which contributes towards desired driving experience. It is wrapped with leather upholstery and decorated with company’s badge in the center. The cabin is done up with extensive use of leather, especially for door panels, seats and dashboard, which gives a captivating look to the interiors. The front doors also have switches for adjusting seats and windows. The instrument cluster has a pair of round shaped meters and a multi-information display, which provides information relating to the vehicle’s speed, fuel consumption, an electronic tripmeter, a digital tachometer, service interval reminder and several other notifications.

 

The manufacturer has made no changes with regards to the comfort features and it retains all the equipments and facilities like its predecessor. Also, both the trims have been retained, but with new name for the diesel version. Its cabin is fitted with a proficient air conditioning system with dust filter, which regulates air temperature and keeps the ambiance pleasant. It also has rear AC vents for cooling the cabin in no time. The cabin is incorporated with a power assisted steering column, which is adjustable for height and length that adds to the convenience. Both variants have been bestowed with power windows (front and rear) featuring one touch control and obstruction sensors. This model series is also incorporated with an advanced instrument cluster that provides informatics like outside temperature, trip computer, fuel consumption, fuel gauge, distance traveled, vehicle speed, gearshift position, tachometer, driver’s seat belt warning and a few other notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. In addition to these, there are features like illuminated glove box compartment, inside rear view mirror with automatic dimming and dual front sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror. Furthermore, the car maker is also offering features like ECO start/stop function, direction indicators with one touch lane change function and folding rear seat back rest. In addition to all these, the car maker is also offering aspects like individual armrest for front passengers with stowage compartment, boot lighting, an additional spare wheel, TIREFIT with tyre-inflation compressor, rear center armrest with cup holder. Beside all these, this model series is also integrated with a reversing camera featuring dynamic guidelines, which provides excellent assistance to the driver while parking.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

 

No changes have been made to the mechanicals of the 2016 Mercedes A-Class. It continues to be powered by the familiar 2.1-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine. The oil burner is tuned to pump out 134 horses and 300 Nm of twisting force. Well, the car potters around at city speeds very comfortably and even though the engine lacks excitement, it does excel beautifully in delivering all the torque in an extremely linear fashion. Put pedal to the metal and the A200d will gallop across 0-100 km/hr in 9.04 seconds according to our extensive VBOX tests. Now, this timing isn’t too quick but it isn’t slow either.

 

Thanks to the linear power delivery, you always have enough power on tap but be sure that the motor will lose some of its steam post hitting the 3500 RPM mark. However, the oil-burner redlines at 4800 RPM. Top speed is claimed to be 210 km/hr. The engine doesn’t really like being revved and it delivers the best output when running in the mid range. The A-Class is good for cruising too, what with 100 km/hr coming up in 7th gear at a notch above 1500 RPM. If you’re giving it the beans, then the A200d hits the ton in 4th gear.

 

The motor is nicely refined but it gets slightly vocal at higher RPMs. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox which is very smooth and quick in its actions. The transmission does get a bit confused sometimes though and when you stomp the throttle while cruising, it does take a couple of seconds to figure out what gear to slot in. In D mode with normal throttle inputs, the engine upshifts at a notch below 2000 RPM while in S mode it goes all the way to the redline before upshifting. There are 3 different modes to choose from – Sport, Eco and Manual. The A-Class also has an Eco Start-Stop function which can be turned off manually while in manual mode you can make use of the steering-mounted paddle shifters.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

It’s very Mercedes-ish to drive, and we mean that in a good way. The Mercedes Benz A-Class feels brilliantly solid and expensive – not bulky, just superbly built and cosseting. You’re isolated from the outside world to an astonishing degree. Road and wind noise are near non-existent, the A-Class hushing along like a far bigger, pricier machine. Bumps are absorbed expertly, miles are devoured with relish: as we say, just like a Merc. If you’re after a lithe, snappy rival to the BMW 1-Series, then, look elsewhere: it’s fun to drive, but in its own way. With multi-link rear suspension and quick, accurate steering, the A-Class is a nicely balanced thing to chuck about, but the front tyres run out of grip quickly and the whole experience is a bit remote.

 

It is very, very quiet though. When we drove the A 200 CDI, a 1.8-litre diesel, we kept bashing it into the rev limiter. Not because the four-cylinder diesel is particularly low-revving, but because it’s so well insulated that you’ve no idea it’s reaching its redline. You’ll be bashing into the red line of the rorty A45 for different reasons…

 

SAFETY FEATURES

 

The A-Class luxury hatchback is equipped with a range of safety and security features including seven airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) and Brake Assist, EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), front and rear fog lamps, engine immobilizer, reversing camera, etc.

 

VERDICT

 

The A-Class will open up a niche that hasn’t been present so far in the Indian market – that of the premium hatchback. The most expensive hatchback that has gone on sale in India was the Chevrolet SR-V, and that was too far ahead of its time. The competition has chosen to go the SUV way with the X1 and Q3, which is a more appealing proposition for the Indian consumer, who prefers a “bada gaadi” to a hatchback when it comes to premium offerings. The plant in Rastatt, Germany is running at full capacity – that’s how popular the A-Class is in the markets it is sold. The quality and aura of the three-pointed star will help sell the A-Class in the Indian market, but at Rs 20 lakh onwards, it will remain a niche product.

Mercedes Benz A Class Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 28,88,601/- (A Class A180 Sport) to  29,89,614/- (A Class A 200 CDI) .Mercedes Benz A Class has 2 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Mercedes Benz A Class comes in 5 colours, namely Elbait Green,Cirrus White,Cosmos Black,Jupiter Red,Polar Silver.

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