Honda Jazz Engine & Gearbox

Honda Jazz Overview

It looks like Honda has been readying the facelift Jazz hatchback in Japan. This is the mid-life facelift that the new generation hatchback will receive. Some Reports states that the facelift Jazz hatchback which is popularly known as Honda Fit will be launching within the next few months in the markets of Japan. Now the popularity of the premium hatchback from Honda has risen to a great extent in the recent year’s credit goes to the Indian consumers who are now getting their hands on the premium hatchbacks as well.The upcoming Jazz hatchbacks according to the leaked reports on the internet are getting plenty of exterior as well interior changes. These changes will make the hatchback a far better competitive rival to the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Baleno.  View Offers & Price on Hyundai Jazz in Chennai at CarzPrice

Honda Jazz Design & Look

The earlier Jazz was such a looker as it had all the right elements in the right proportion. Even now, the previous design doesn’t look dated and scores impressively compared to others in the same range. It simply looked as if designed with patience but the same can’t be said about the new gen.The new one instead is more geeky and futuristic with lines directly lifted from the concept. It might intend to look like a daily commute but at the same time has serious potential to resemble a mean super hot hatch. A single piece front with a short hood profile and a mono rear shape with an elevated roof integrated spoiler needs something as trivial as dark matte alloy wheels, side skirts and a pair of sporty exhaust to bring out its racing side.

Without getting too carried away and focussing on the present, it gets slender headlights flowing in line with a mono style radiator grille. This piano black grille connects the headlights and also houses the turn indicators. The Honda logo sits firm on it. There is a subtle chrome highlight which flows underneath the radiator grille. There is more muscle on the front bumpers with a strong scoop for fog lamps.If seen along the length, it looks more compact than before which is just an illusion as the new Jazz is longer by 55mm. The wheelbase too has been lengthened by 30mm. The intention to alter its dimensions was to add more room inside the cabin; to make the occupants feel more comfortable. The width and height of the New Jazz remains same as before.

The short hood line with a small front overhang gives it a sharp look. To give more character to the side, there is a wedge line rising along the length with a subtly defined lower contour. The roof line, as seen before, doesn’t taper down as it keeps flowing till it meets the integrated roof spoiler. To make it look equally sporty, there are new tornado inspired 15” alloy wheels running on 175 / 65 R15 tyres, which had looked nicer if were wider.The wedge line running on the side reaches the rear section and extends into the new combination LED tail lamps. The roof spoiler is the best feature in terms of aesthetics with a wide rear windshield. There is a chunky chrome band under the screen highlighting the brand logo. The rear bumper too gets scoops with a closed wire mesh.

Honda Jazz Cabin & Comfort

The New Jazz is a hatch for sure but it doesn’t come with typical demerits of one. You won’t feel suffocated in it as Honda has added more length and wheelbase only to add more room and make the occupants feel at ease on both short commutes and long trips. Honda cars have always been offered with premium quality interiors and the new Jazz is no different. Taking generous inspiration from its elder sibling, the steering wheel and instrumental cluster feel more modern than earlier. The three eye meter gets an analogue tachometer, speedometer and an information screen displaying fuel consumption, average and distance to empty. The brand new steering wheel has controls only to operate the infotainment screen.

The top of the spec petrol V variant sports a 5 inch LCD screen, which features Bluetooth telephony and other entertainment options like iPod, USB and Aux-in connectivity. The same screen also acts as reverse camera with three views namely wide, normal and top down display making it easy to park in rough conditions. The VX variant gets a bigger 6.2 inch touchscreen unit with Audio Visual Navigation system as standard. Similar to the City, it gets an advanced AC control unit which works via touch.Customers can avail two interior trims, dual tone and all black. Both the petrol and diesel high end variants are offered with an all black interiors with one thing in common among all variants and that is fit and finish, which is rock solid. The plastics used on the dashboard and door trims aren’t visually the best but in terms of durability, they are.

Large doors at front and rear have eased up the egress and ingress for even taller passengers. One need not crawl on his knees to enter the cabin and the same applies while exiting. The extension of wheelbase, reducing the travel of rear suspensions and relocation of fuel tank has indeed helped the knees, elbows and shoulders of all occupants to have a better breather of a space. One segment first feature contributing greatly to convenience is ‘Magic Seats’. Taking care of mundane needs of hauling cargo of odd shapes, sizes and proportions, the rear seats can be arranged in four different modes such as Utility Mode, Tall Mode, Long Mode and the refresh mode. This can help accommodate a cooking gas cylinder, a bike, a chair and many other things. It is also useful to recline seats and make it the best place to sit inside.

The seats are as comfortable as much as convenient. The flattish rear seats miss on under thigh support which can be a bit of bother on long journeys. In terms of pure space, the headroom, legroom and kneeroom have been taken care of by an increase of 139L in passenger volume. In case you wish to know specifically how much, the front shoulder room is up by 35mm, rear tandem distance by 80mm, knee clearance by 65mm and rear legroom by 115mm.Pack in whatever you wish to as the cargo space inside the New Jazz is 354L, much above its nearest rival the Hyundai Elite i20. If you aren’t satisfied with that, fold down the 2nd row seat to free up 881 litres of boot space. The door pockets can easily hold a litre class container each. There are a total of 9 cup holders. All of which makes it a great daily car with oodles of practicality.

Honda Jazz Engine & Gerabox

The engines on offer on the Jazz are the 1.2-litre petrol with a five-speed manual transmission and the other is a CVT (continuously variable transmission). This will be the engine is higher demand as the price between petrol and diesel have narrowed and there is a higher demand for petrol cars now. This petrol engine has sufficient grunt to drive in the city, however you need to work your way up to extract the best possible performance. The Honda Jazz 2016 is more powerful than its competition not just on paper but even in real world. The Jazz petrol has a fuel efficiency of about 12-14 km/l in the city, while on the highway it will be between 14-16km/l.

The second engine in the Honda Jazz 2016 is the 1.5-litre diesel that churns out 98bhp of power and 200Nm of peak torque. This comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine has sufficient grunt to be driven in the city or on the highway. There is sufficient pull available from the engine at almost any rev range. The diesel is a lot more powerful than the petrol and even its competition. Its ease of driving gives it an edge over the competition. The diesel is a lot more fuel-efficient than its current competitors. In the city, it will return about 15-17km/l, while on the highway it will be between 18-23km/l depending on your driving. Check for Honda car dealers in India 

Honda Jazz Ride & Handling

So how is the Jazz to drive? It’s as light and agile as you’d expect from a Honda hatch. Ride quality is excellent at slow and medium speeds. We haven’t got the chance to test its stability at high speeds due to the narrow roads of Goa but we did get to test the tyres. These are designed keeping efficiency in mind and so don’t offer the levels of grip we would have liked. The electric steering is light and offers no feedback, which is expected, but it weighs up well and is direct. The Jazz turns in well into corners and stays composed till the tyres reach their grip limits.cellent view of the surroundings, especially while parking the car. Coupled with the rear camera, the Jazz can be slot in tight spaces. The quality of the display screen however could have been better, especially in sharp sunlight.

Honda Jazz Braking & Safety

Disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear have been fitted to provide the stopping power. Anti-lock braking system, along with electronic brake force distribution, has been set up in the Jazz S CVT and diesel trims only. Dual front airbags are available in the SV trim and the others placed above it. Among the secondary safety features, central locking, driver seat belt and key reminder have also been put in place to perform their respective duties.

Honda Jazz Price In Hyderabad

Honda Jazz Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,41,640/- (Jazz V MT Petrol) to 9,29,947/- (Jazz VX MT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Jazz from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad

Honda Jazz Bottomline

We Indians are hatchback crazy. It’s no secret that we simply cannot get enough of their practicality, ease of use or the low running costs and a few other distinct advantages that they have over sedans or SUVs. Needless to say, carmakers are well-versed with this trend and have actively introduced new and improved products over the years. And although a similar movement is taking place in the flourishing compact crossover space, it’s the hatchbacks that continue to demand a lot of time and effort from established carmakers. Honda, for one, is making all the right noises with the Jazz. The new Jazz certainly looks the part, has a versatile cabin with loads of space and for the first time – the efficiency of a diesel motor. It’s still not an enthusiast’s choice but that’s passable because it’s not what Honda was looking to make here. The Jazz is all about practicality and you get plenty of it.

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Call Routing from Phone Numbers

Phone Numbers that are assigned to you are visible in the Phone Numbers section of the Portal. Here, you have the ability to modify the call routing and behavior of incoming calls.

To modify the behavior or details of a phone number, click “Phone Numbers”, then click “Edit”:

1 Caller ID (CNAM): – The value of this field will be displayed on the called party’s Caller ID display when they make outgoing calls from this phone number. This field is limited to 15 characters including spaces, commas and periods. No other punctuation should be used. Please allow between 7-10 days for changes to this field to take effect.

2 Internal Presentation – If the customer has a need for the caller ID name for incoming calls to be presented differently than the caller has supplied, the settings can be changed here. If any text is entered into the text box, it will be pre-pended to the beginning of the caller ID name that the caller has provided, and displayed to the called party. If the checkbox is checked, then the caller ID name that the caller has presented will be displayed to the customer, otherwise it will not be provided.

3 If Holiday – Customers have the option to configure specific dates to be holidays, using the “Holidays” module. If a call comes in on a day that is configured as a holiday, the call be be routed based on the rule defined in this field.

4 Route To – all incoming calls to this number are routed based on the rule defined by this field.

5 Hold Music Group – Customer have the option to select custom hold music for incoming calls based on upload content in the “Hold Music” module

6 Screen for Privacy – This feature of the PBX System is to have incoming calls screened for telemarketers or other automatic dial programs. If “Yes” is selected, than all callers who do not present a caller ID will hear a greeting asking them to enter a caller ID number using the dial pad of their phone. If they do not enter a number, they are disconnected.

7 Currently Active? – This must be set to “YES” for inbound calls to process for the number. Note: A change to this field can take up to five minutes.

Calls can be routed to Some of the following options:

Extension – Calls process to the Extension and follow the extensions routing.

Sip Trunk – Calls process to Sip Trunk and follow sip trunk routing.

Phone – Calls process directly to the Phone and do not follow any additional routing. Note: if user does not answer caller will be disconnected.

Mailbox – Calls process to a Mailbox.

Group – Calls process to the Group and follow the groups routing.

Auto Attendant – Calls process to the Auto Attendant and follow the auto attendants routing. Time Frame – Calls process to the Time Frame and will follow configured routing depending on time of day.

Conference – Calls process to a configured Conference.

Conference Hub – Calls process to the Conference Hub.

Queue – Calls process directly to configured Queue. Note: If this is selected the caller will not hear a ring, they will instantly hear hold music.

Outside Phone Number – Calls are forwarded to listed outside number. Note: This can not be another number in the same pbx.

Company Directory – Calls process to the Company Directory.

Check Voicemail – Calls process to the check voicemail application

 

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How does a Free Virtual Receptionist Work? And Issues With Free VRs

Free Virtual Receptionists use specific software’s that is connected to your phone system and computer. You can re-route the calls or mails to the receptionist just as you would to a traditional one. The VRs then sent a prompt reply or message to the right person in the company or outside of it.The power to send calls and messages is completely in your hands. Through this software, getting work done becomes quicker and easier. The jobs can easily be sent to the VR with just a click of a button.

Issues with free VRs

However, it is important to note that since most VRs are paid, a free Virtual Receptionists may not be as useful as one on contract. And that is why there are certain cons that are associated when using a free VR to tend to business needs. Some of these are as follows:

1 Reliability

The reason why free virtual assistants are not too reliable is because they are, well, free. And free is often associated with cheap. Therefore, the service may not be as top-notch as one would expect it to be. Plus, most that are available in the market are trial versions. Which means you won’t be entitled to its complete services.

2 Poor response

Most companies that provide free VR services may not be as dedicated to your business as a paid VR. That is because a VR depends on many resources which cost money. And since these resources are more or less reserved for businesses who really need them, a lack of response on their part can be expected. If it is for a trial, then it may be beneficial for you. Otherwise, you may want to spend money and settle for a paid VR service.

3 Does not provide the complete picture

Picture this. You are a new company and would like to hire a Virtual Receptionist for his services. However, you are also short of money and do not really know how a VR works. So, you settle for a free VR or a trial version of an original one and you end up being dissatisfied with what you receive. It can change your perspective and that may not be a good thing. Times are changing, and smart business strategy is the key to growth. But if you get stuck on a particular notion, then your business can take a bad hit.

4 Logistical short comings

Physical collaboration will always have a greater impact than technological interactions because of one simple reason – physical interaction cannot be disrupted during an important meeting. Technology has a tendency to fail, no matter how small the chances might be. But in a physical interaction, the only way something can disrupt the communication is if a major problem occurs.Meetings are based on timings and communication and when both do not take place smoothly, businesses take a hit.

5 Dealing with the language barrier

Free VRs work from a number of countries around the world and sometimes, miscommunications occur due to language barriers. It’s not just restricted to grammar and diction but also includes cultural and social nuances as well.Although the VR cannot be blamed for such shortcomings, these problems do exist and you as a leader must find a way to work around it. Also, keep in mind that free services are often not the best option to entrust communications.

6 Risk of data security

It is possible that a free VR won’t be as dedicated to your campaign as other employees within the organization. And even when he does there is a risk of the data getting leaked out to the public. After all, VRs will be in charge of sensitive information and some of it might be enough to put the company at risk.

7 Research before you Hire

It is always important to do a background check before hiring a free VR. Job experiences and recommendations are a plus. A VR with credible background is easier and safer to work with than a new one.

 

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Renault Lodgy Facelift Review & Test Drive

Renault Lodgy Overview ;

The Lodgy MUV is Renault’s attempt at making a mark in the premium seven-seater segment that is being ruled by the Toyota Innova for more than half a decade now. Where most of the Innova’s rivals failed for reasons like brand value, ownership cost, ‘taxi image’ and even looks, we try and find out if the Renault Lodgy stands a chance with the claimed modern underpinning, better performance and extra cabin space.

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Renault Lodgy Design ;

Instead of a in your face profile, it gets a rather smooth design on the front with petite headlights just around the front corners with a strong chrome line forming the hood lip joining both the headlights. The twin slat grille flows horizontally around the solid Renault logo placed at the centre. The front bumper gradually flows out from the headlight giving it a car like design. It also gets a two tone finish with the lower portion finished in matte also forming an air splitter and fog lamps housing. The chrome touch given all over looks decent.

The uniformly straight flowing roofline makes it look like a typical family carrier but at the same time it looks way better than Nissan Evalia and Chevrolet Enjoy. Large windows for all three rows make it look impressive as well as serve for a roomier feel inside the cabin. The wheel arches gets a subtle flair and the 185/65 R15 tyres with five spoke solid alloys suit the large contours. To make sure the silhouette doesn’t look drab, the Lodgy gets crease lines on front and rear sections. There are chrome protectors on the lower section.

The rear quarter view looks as impressive as the front quarter with swollen sections and solid profile. The fish tail styled tail lamps is a nice attempt to distract from otherwise boring looking tail door. It gets roof mounted brake lamps and a large rear windshield. There is again solid chrome above the number plate area as well as on the lower section of the tail door. Overall, the rear profile looks clean and scores more points than many other MPVs excluding the Honda Mobilio, which has the best tail door design.

Renault Lodgy Cabin ;

Now this is where the Renault Lodgy really comes into its own. It is nearly 4.5 metres in length, it has a reasonably high roof, and it isn’t exactly short on width like the Honda Mobilio or the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. So interior room on the Lodgy is fantastic. Be it leg or elbow room at the front; knee, shoulder and head room in the second row; or even the knee and shoulder room in the third row; the Lodgy has enough and more all round. This one is a proper seven seater even when you consider adults.

But this is true only for the version that gets a bench in the second row; officially classified as an eight seater. Renault says the Lodgy can seat three in the last row, and so we tried. But unless all three are size zero adults, it’s an uncomfortable squeeze. For two, it’s great. Flexibility to haul luggage though is just as Renault claims. With all seats in place, there’s enough space for small sized suitcases (over 200 litres). With the last row folded, the Lodgy can easily gobble up weekend luggage for five. And when you throw out the last row and fold the second, you can literally move houses with this car.

Now, this is the top of the line RxZ trim. The Lodgy will also be available in the mid level RxL and the entry level RxE trims, the detailed feature list for which will only be revealed later. For the RxZ, its interiors might look different from the one on the Duster, but there’s still a lot of parts sharing here. The steering wheel, the front aircon vents, the gear shifter as well as buttons and knobs be it for the aircon or the power windows or even the ORVMs, are all from the Duster.

The touchscreen multimedia system is taken from the Duster as well. So, the overall quality levels though not all that great, still suffice. But not having climate control or ORVMs with turn indicators is a miss. The Renault Lodgy in the RxZ trim also gets steering column mounted audio controls, Satnav, and aircon vents for all three rows besides ABS and front two airbags on the safety front.

Renault Lodgy Engine & Performance ;

The Lodgy is powered by the same tried and tested 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine, carried over from the Duster, offered in two states of tune – 110 PS/245 Nm and 85 PS/200 Nm. It won’t come with the 1.6-litre petrol engine though. The 1.5-litre oil burner is a gem of an engine that we have tested in various cars before. It is quite a refined motor with stellar NVH levels, fuel efficiency and tractable power. The engine behaves the same in the Lodgy, pulling the MPV in a strong yet linear fashion. There is the typical turbolag under 2000 RPM with the 110 PS version, which is not present in the 85 PS version. The car has a punchy mid and top-end power that makes it a confident highway performer. The diesel clatter is not intrusive in the cabin but gets a little vocal near the redline that comes at 5000 RPM.

The 110 PS Lodgy is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission while the 85 PS gets a 5-speed gearbox. Gear shifts are smooth and slick but the 110 PS has a heavy and snappy clutch, which can get annoying in stop-go traffic. 100km/hr in the 6th gear sees the needle ticking around 1900 RPM, which makes cruising quite relaxed. The 110 PS version does the 0-100 km/hr sprint in 12 seconds with a top speed of 170 km/hr and the 85 PS does it in 13.3 seconds having a top whack of 163 km/hr. The French automaker claims that it has the best acceleration and top speed in its category. The ARAI fuel efficiency figures for the 110 PS and 85 PS Lodgy are 19.98 km/l and 21.04 km/l respectively, take them with a grain of salt though as real world mileage will be at least 4-5 km/l lesser. For information on contact details of Renault car dealers in Mumbai

Renault Lodgy Driving Dynamics ;

We only had the 110PS being offered to us for the test drive. The engine is familiar and its torquey performance straight away feels like the right match for the Lodgy. Both in city traffic and highway speeds, there is more than enough juice from the engine to make use of. There is a bit of lag, but once the needle passes the 1,400-1500rpm level, dollops of torque kick in. We are not sure, how responsive the engine would feel in its 85PS avatar, especially if the Lodgy would be fully loaded with people and luggage.

Renault Lodgy Safety ;

The Renault Lodgy has got only three star safety rating from Euro NCAP and that too for the international model having 6 airbags as standard. Renault will be offering the Lodgy in India with only dual front airbags, which is a big letdown. It will also get ABS, EBD with brake assist. Apart from cruise control, the MPV will come with a speed limiter as well. Renault currently has a network presence of more than 157 facilities across India. In order to get volumes and provide better after sales service, the French automaker needs to ramp up their presence, which they say they are doing through the year and claim it to be the fastest ramp-up by an automaker in India

Renault Lodgy Price In Hyderabad

Renault Lodgy Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,27,825/- (Lodgy 85 PS STD 8 Seater) to 11,91,962/- (Lodgy Stepway RXZ 110PS 7 Seater). Get best offers for Renault Lodgy from Renault Dealers in Hyderabad

Renault Lodgy Conclussion ;

Renault seems to have wiggled into a sweet spot in the crowded MPV market with the Lodgy. It blends space, comfort, good driving dynamics and strong performance into a convincing package. As a family car, this MPV is hard to beat. It makes for a happy companion, especially on holidays, thanks to its unmatched cruising ability and long fuel range.It’s not all perfect though. The quest to liberate as much room as possible has made the Lodgy a touch too boxy, which could be a deal breaker for some. Also, at Rs 11.79 lakh for the top-end RxZ 110 diesel, it is on the pricier side. However, you do get a fair bit for your money, which makes the Lodgy reasonable value too. The only real issue is, Renault’s service network doesn’t as yet cover the entire length and breadth of the country. But the Lodgy’s proven mechanicals, which are shared by the Duster, should give owners peace of mind.

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Ford Ecosport Engine & Transmission

Ford Ecosport Overview

Ageing is not a term we would normally associate with the Ford EcoSport. The compact SUV was designed to be quirky enough to remain interesting (read relevant) even five years after it was originally launched. However, in keeping with recent car trends and Ford’s ambition of all its cars having a common signature look, here it is. The pictures you see here point to not just a nip-and-tuck cosmetic procedure but a major rejuvenation surgery. And it’s not just the outside. The interior has received a makeover as well, with new and interesting features thrown into the mix. Is it enough to claw back market space from the Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Honda WRV, Tata Nexon and the new Renault Captur? We think so. Check for Ford car dealers in India @ fordPrice.in

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Ford Ecosport Exteriors

Even in its new avatar, the little SUV continues to be quintessentially EcoSport. Changes to the design are most noticeable at the front. The sleek headlamps have been shown the door. In its place are big, chunky units that make the EcoSport look angry. If you pick the top-spec Titanium or Titanium+ variant you get halogen projectors and a sweet daytime-running lamp setup too. Then there’s the new grille, which gets some neat hexagonal detailing. Of course, the hood has been resculpted to accommodate the new nose. Tying all of these elements together is the redesigned bumper. The prominent faux skid plate finished in dull silver adds another dollop of muscle

In profile, there’s not much new. There’s no change to the sheet metal here, so it continues to sport a fuss-free, likeable design. The only noticeable difference is the new set of 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 205-section rubber. The large rims and the low profile tyres give it a sporty stance. The rear gets a redesigned cover for the spare wheel, but we’d be happier showing off the fifth alloy. The rear bumper has been worked upon as well, but the changes are of the blink-and-miss variety. The EcoSport looks every bit the compact SUV it should. The formula isn’t drastically different. But this works just fine. Why fix something that isn’t broken, right?

Ford Ecosport Interiors

The biggest highlight inside is the new 8-inch touchscreen. It gets a crisp resolution and bright colours, and touch sensitivity is excellent which makes using it on the go a breeze. The EcoSport now gets Ford’s SYNC 3 that brings with it Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The revised centre console houses two USB slots apart from the controls for air-conditioning. As has been the case with Fords, climate control does an excellent job of cooling the cabin quickly. The revised clocks and steering mounted controls look classier and make for a richer feel from behind the wheel. The driver now gets a full-sized, fixed arm rest that also has a really deep cubby hole underneath. The rear seat gets a folding arm rest with cup holders as well.

Interiors are all-black like before, and look sporty. Beige interiors would have made for a roomier feel, but their lighter shade tends to look old and dirty very quickly, making the black theme the better bet here. We were hoping Ford would equip the EcoSport with a sunroof this time but it has chosen not to, which is a bit of a disappointment. Exterior dimensions or the wheelbase haven’t changed which means interior space is the same. Sitting behind taller drivers thus continues to be a squeeze and boot space is the same at 352 litres too. Flip the second row down and you can liberate over 1100 litres of space though.

Ford Ecosport Engine & Performance

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

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

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

Ford Ecosport Ride & Handling

Ford has tweaked the suspension slightly to improve ride quality and the difference was noticeable. I remember the EcoSport feeling crashy through potholes, but the refreshed version did a better job of soaking them up. The Titanium and Titanium+ petrol versions get bigger, 17-inch wheels now while lower variants use 16-inch wheels just like before, for aesthetics as well as better handling. The steering setup is slightly different and isn’t as sharp as before. Ford tells us the response has been dulled slightly basis customer feedback, and the effect is a more linear feel when turning into corners. Feedback from the steering is as good as before though, with lots of communication. On the whole, the EcoSport continues with Ford’s tradition of making cars that handle well.

Ford Ecosport Safety Features

The top-of the line EcoSport Titanium+ gets six airbags while all the other variants make do with two. This variant also gets projector headlamps with automatic on/off system. Rain sensing wipers is another addition. While all variants come with ABS, the top variant and automatic Trend+ variant get electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control, traction control and hill climb assist.

The Titanium+ variant also gets 17-inch wheels paired with low profile 205/50 R17 Ecopia rubber from Bridgestone. The low rolling resistance tyres work well, displaying good amount of grip in dry conditions and keeping noise levels at a minimum at high speeds. Even during our braking tests, they displayed minimal drama, helping the vehicle track true and shed speed quickly.

Ford Ecosport Price In Ahmedabad

Ford Ecosport Ex-Showroom Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 7,14,384/- (EcoSport 1.5 TIVCT Petrol Ambiente) to 10,71,300/- (EcoSport 1.5 Diesel Platinum Edition). Get best offers for Ford Ecosport from Ford Dealers in Ahmedabad

Ford Ecosport Conclussion

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

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

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How to Select the Best Suited Cloud-Based Phone System

It is a fact that the number of service providers offering cloud based phone systems to business houses is steadily on the increase. This is because more and more businesses are switching over to Cloud phone system for the host of benefits it offers. As with every other product or services that you buy, it is important to check the different features and specifications and the price to ensure that the right deal is struck and the money’s worth is obtained.But the crucial question is – what features should those looking to get a Cloud based system looks out for? Before proceeding further, you need to ascertain the price and feel satisfied you can afford the Cloud phone system. Though Cloud systems are competitively priced and affordable, it is still worthwhile to shop around, as different providers may offer very different deals. There are different features that the different cloud based phone systems operate.

Some providers offer cost per call and others standard cost per month – make sure to check with both types of offers. Also, make it a point to check how many free minutes there are in the deal and there are no hidden charges. It is saner to first determine what you need and to then fit the best offer into your demands. It is pointless spending less money if the Cloud system does not deliver what you want. Try to ensure that you do not select features that you may never need or use, as that will be a waste of money as well.One crucial aspect to check when looking at the different Cloud based phone systems is whether the provider will offer unfailing support to their customers. Although Cloud based phone systems are easy to use and quite reliable, a well-trained and efficient customer service is nonetheless essential. A provider who offers prompt customer service also proves that they are professional and can be trusted.

Cloud based phone systems are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world and are helping a huge number of businesses to cut down the cost and hassles associated with installing and maintaining telecommunications equipment in their place of work. However, most consumers are still not fully aware about what a cloud based phone system is and the different types of features available.A well-known feature of most of the Cloud based phone systems is their ability to be integrated seamlessly with many of today’s most popular smartphones. Android phones, iPhones and Blackberries. The fact that cloud based phone systems are not based on geographical lines is another attractive feature that people will see when signing up.Another feature of most of the Cloud based phone systems is their ability to be integrated seamlessly with many of today’s most popular smartphones. Android phones, iPhones and Blackberries.

Yet another advantage of cloud based phone systems is the fact that they are completely flexible. Whether you like to work hands free, with a headset or using a traditional phone setup, a Cloud based phone system can be installed in the perfect way for you.The type of Cloud based phone system that is most common is an office based system. Basically this means that the whole place of work is connected through the cloud system and is not reliant on wires and other physical connections. It is also possible to get a cloud based phone system that supports mobile phonesFree Web Content, which is perfect for those who are on the road a lot with their business. The other major type of Cloud based facility that many people are using is a Cloud based fax solution.Looking into the different benefits that Cloud solutions can provide for your business is something that you should be studying before making your final choice

 

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What is a ‘Virtual Phone Number’?

A virtual telephone number is a phone number used to forward incoming phone calls on to another telephone number – the ‘destination number’.

Virtual numbers can be used for many reasons by both consumers and businesses. Some examples:

1 Individuals use them to make it cheaper and easier for family, friends or business associates in another country to reach them

2 Small businesses use them to take calls or orders from customers based in another country

3 Large companies use them for customer service lines which are routed to call centers in other countries

Virtual phone numbers come in two flavors:

1 Virtual local numbers which use a regular local landline or mobile phone number as the virtual number. The virtual number has an area code associated with a specific geographic location.

2 Virtual toll-free numbers which use a normal toll-free phone number as the virtual number. The toll-free number typically has a generic area code associated with toll free calling. The number may be on a plan that allows toll free calls from a specific region or nationwide.

Both types of virtual numbers work roughly the same way, except for 2 main differences.

One difference is that virtual local numbers are free to the inbound caller if the the number’s area code is included as part of the caller’s calling plan. Callers from outside the local service area would need to pay any long-distance charges themselves. For example, if you had a local virtual number for Baltimore, then callers from in and around the Baltimore service area would be able to call that number for free. As well, people on nationwide calling plans might also be able to call the number for free.In contrast, with a toll-free number the inbound caller pays normally nothing regardless of where they are calling from – any long distance charges are passed along to the toll-free number subscriber.The second main difference is the monthly cost of a local vs. toll-free virtual numbers to the virtual number owner / subscriber. Generally, toll-free virtual numbers are considerably more expensive than local virtual phone numbers. Not only does the toll-free number have a higher baseline monthly subscription cost, but also the toll-free subscriber must pay any charges related to inbound leg of any calls.As a result, toll-free virtual numbers are generally not a viable cost saving solution for individuals, though they may work well for businesses.

 

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Fiat Linea Facelift Review

OVERVIEW ;

Apart from the Fiat competizione, the Abarth Punto and the Urban Cross there was one more car which caught lots of attention at Fiat pavilion of the 2016 Auto expo and this was the new Linea 125s. Now the Linea 125s is based on the same Linea sedan which was actually launched way back in the year 2009 in India and honestly this car has started aging now. Perhaps Fiat wants to give this car a new lease of life until they launch a replacement for the Linea sedan.

Coming to the 125s, this variant of the Linea actually does not get a lot of cosmetic upgrades but what it gets instead is this interesting 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol unit under the hood of the sedan. Now you must be wondering what is so special about this new 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol motor, so for your information this is actually the same engine which powers the newly launched more aggressive and sportier Punto Abarth and the 595 Competizione.   Check Price of Linea

DESIGN AND STYLE ;

The Fiat Linea 125S is based on the current generation Linea. t has got some cosmetic changes too. The Fiat Linea 125S looks premium no doubt and is also a desirable car. It was always a beautiful looking car and still is. The Linea can still give a run for their money to many a competition, even after so many years.

The Fiat Linea 125S has a black coloured front grille with the outside ring plated in chrome. The headlamps remain the same as on other Lineas. The front bumper is also the same but it gets a black centre part. The fog lamp bezels are also black in colour and this gives it an urban car appeal. The rear portion is the same, the only difference being new 125S badge on the boot lid. There is also a chrome plated exhaust tip present, which adds to the sporty appeal in the car. Fiat hasn’t made any changes on the Linea as it was showcased at the Auto Expo.

INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;

The cabin of the Fiat Linea 125 S though is a tad different than what you are used to seeing so far. While the general layout is the same, the age-old music system has been replaced with a fantastic 5-inch touchscreen system that supports navigation as well. Our top-end trim had leather seats, climate control, auto headlamps and wipers, a rear sun blind, all four auto down power windows with auto up for the driver, a rear AC vent and cruise control. The auto wipers though were a tad glitchy. It worked for the first day I had the car with me. For the next two days, even if it was pouring, the wipers didn’t work unless manually activated. Once you do this and revert to the auto setting, they will work just fine. Strange.

But what is worthy of mentioning is the music system. Ignore the ‘small screen’ for this segment and you will notice a crisp unit and good speakers. In many cars, the Bluetooth calling experience requires you to turn up the volume. The Fiat, however, was loud and crisp and sometime even required me to turn down the volume when not surrounded by honking traffic. It really is a good effort from Fiat’s end.

The front seats are supportive and kept me comfortable during the entire course of the test. The rear seat with a centre armrest in place is a tad cramped, especially for someone taller like me on the headroom front. Anis, who is 5’6″, could sit comfortably though (as evident from the photos). The 500-litre boot space is big enough. Speaking of which, Fiat could have added more useable storage spaces. In this digital age, there wasn’t any place to keep my smartphone and wallet. The glovebox is also small and can barely hold a few papers. The slim door pockets too can’t hold one-litre water bottles. Build quality is decent, but the glovebox closing action feels flimsy.

ENGINE AND GEARBOX ;

Fiat offers Linea with two engine options a 1.4-litre FIRE petrol power mill and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel power mill. Both engines have been placed transversely under the hood and use a 5-speed manual transmission to deliver power to front wheels. The petrol versions of the car are powered by a 1.4-litre FIRE petrol engine that displaces 1368cc to deliver power worth 91PS against a peak torque of 115Nm. A lag may be felt at higher speed as the engine can manage to pull the 1240kgs kerb weight of the car at lower speeds only. But that doesn’t mean it is slow, the car speedily accelerates from 0-100kmph speed in just 16 seconds and attains a top speed of 165kmph. The diesel version of the car, on the contrary, is powered by a 1.3-litre 16 valve engine whose power and performance is enhanced by Multijet and Dual OverHead Camshafts (DOHC). The DOHC and Multijet not only enhances the efficiency of this engine but also help in improving its performance. The engine smoothly manages to delivers power worth 86PS along a maximum torque of 203Nm. The Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) supports the engine’s performance and helps it in gliding from rest to 100kmph speed within 15 seconds. The diesel version of Fiat Linea carries ability to attain a maximum speed of 170kmph.

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

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

This is a firmly set-up car but has a pliant and supple feel over potholes. Ride comfort or ground clearance are both non issues, and the handling is quite engaging. The Apollo Alnac tyres, which earned quite a bit of flak in the more powerful Abarths, feel just about up to the job here. They have good traction, even in the wet, and only tend to spin up easily in first gear.The hydraulically assisted steering wheel is a bit on the heavier side in the city, and the large turning radius can be tedious in the city. Fiat recommends a cold tyre pressure of 36psi for the front and 33psi for the rear. Any lower and the heavier engine in the front will make you work extra hard to steer the car. I think it will really be a close call between the Vento TSI and the Linea when it comes to driving pleasure in this segment as both cars take different routes towards entertaining the driver.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

The Linea 125s gets ABS and EBD as standard while you can also expect dual front airbags as well for the safety of the passengers inside. This car has value-for-money package featuring all the essentials that are required to be a perfect family car. It features an automatic climate control unit with rear knee level AC vents..Cruise control, ambient lighting on dashboard and other functional features make this sedan a tough competitor.

VERDICT ;

The Linea 125s definitely does not get lot of cosmetic upgrades but the subtle changes have actually made the car look more sophisticated. What will appeal to the customers though is the new powerful 1.4 Litre T-Jet petrol engine and all that power and torque that it actually generates from the engine. Hopefully Fiat has also worked on the gearbox as well just like we mentioned little earlier in this article to actually do some justice to the engine and all that power and torque that it generates.

 

 

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Mercedes Benz AMG G63 Class Performance

OVERVIEW ;

The German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz have given the Indian customers another flamboyant and lavish off roader, which was recently launched. This Mercedes Benz G Class G63 AMG is one of the most expensive and luxuriant SUVs from the stables of Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz G Class model was first launched in the year 1970 as a vehicle that was to be used in the armed forces. The first civilian version of this stylish and charming Mercedes-Benz G Class model was introduced into the world market in the year 1979 and since then, it has been all the rage for SUV enthusiasts. This SUV has been through a number of changes and other makeovers in the period of the last two decades. The Mercedes-Benz G Class has been dubbed as the fastest SUV in the Indian market as its powerful engine enables it to break the speed barrier of 100 kmph in just about 5.5 seconds, which is rather thrilling. Now with this latest entrant that has been launched in the Indian car market, the company is expecting see a lot more sales of this SUV. The company has effected some changes to the exteriors as well as the power train along with the interiors as well. All these put together are being expected to increase the sales of this highly priced SUV among the Indian aficionados. The company has equipped this latest Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG with a performance packed 5.5-litre bi-turbo petrol engine, which has 8 cylinders along with a whopping 32 valves in it . This power packed engine is skilfully mated with a 7-speed, G-tronic automatic transmission, which also has an improved AMG speed shift plus. The company has also equipped this Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG with best in class comfort features; some of which include a powerful air conditioner unit with automatic climate control and air quality control along with rear AC vents, a multi functional power steering wheel that can be adjustable, front and rear power windows and many more such features. Apart from these, the company has also packed this SUV with some very crucial and significant safety features, which propels this SUV into the league of premium SUV’s.

EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;

The upcoming G-Class will have an all-new body with plenty of updates and new details while still retaining that classic SUV stance. The new model is undoubtedly wider than the outgoing G-Class. Just take a look at the front grille and headlight area. The grille appears to be roughly the same width as before, but the area surrounding the headlights and the space between the lights and the grille is much wider. The angle of the hood in relation to the fenders seems to be the same, which should help it keep its image intact. This minor detail is a dead give-away as to the new G-Wagen’s added width.

As for the AMG aspects of the G-Wagen, the front bumper is unmistakably taller than the bumper seen on the last G-Wagen test mule. The air intakes are larger, helping feed the high-strung V-8 with extra cooling and air flow. Of course, AMG-spec wheels are present and likely wrapped with supper performance tires sized in a road-hugging wide size. They will help the G-Wagen with cornering, especially when combined with the extra width including in new architecture.The one thing we do see missing is the dual exhaust tips protruding just ahead of the rear tires. Perhaps Mercedes is dumping the idea. Perhaps this test mule simply isn’t wearing them. Only time will tell.

INTEROR AND COMFORT ;

Mercedes-Benz has carried forward the similar tough and strong kind-of interiors on the G63 AMG as well. The last time when I had driven the G55, it was very much crude but the G63 gets several luxury frills. Several AMG touches have been added and even some luxury has been sprinkled on on the interiors. The centre console has some gizmo with a seven-inch screen and COMAND system as well. The speakers on the G63 are Harman Kardon and the instrument cluster is somewhat retro.

The rich leather seats are super supportive. You can adjust the front seats to the minute detail and this is where the difference happens. There is support for lumbar and even sides. Despite the high ground clearance and quick direction changes, the seat grips you tightly, just like a bucket seat. There is AMG badging on the seat as well. Slide into the second row and you shall be disappointed as this row is a bit tight on space and the seat issn’t as comfortable as the front one. There are 2 LCDs at the back, but these are optional features. The boot too of the G63 is massive, it is good enough to carry a couple of chests in it. Though the parcel tray or rather a cover for the luggage is a bit flimsy for an AMG.

ENGINE AND GEARBOX ;

The Mercedes G63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-litre V8 Bi-Turbo petrol engine that whips out 544 horses at 5500 RPM and 760 Nm of torque between 2000 – 5000 RPM. The engine is mated to a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS transmission. Floor the gas and the G63 pushes you back in the seat and flies ahead. The vehicle accelerates from standstill to 100 km/hr in just 5.4 seconds. The engine has a lot of grunt for sure and it feels very effortless to drive thanks to the way it has been tuned for power delivery. For driving at sedate speeds in the city, you just need to provide mild throttle inputs and the SUV maintains good speed. But who buys an AMG for driving in the city?

We quickly hit the highway and floored the throttle only to be overwhelmed by the exhaust growl. The exhaust note is so addictive that we actually turned off the music and lowered down the windows a wee bit to hear it properly. The Bi-Turbo engine offers superior performance across the RPM range and the vehicle never runs out of power. The vehicle also gets an ECO mode, but hey, did you buy an AMG to use the ECO mode? Along with that, the gearbox offers the choice of three modes – controlled efficiency, sport and manual. We tried the controlled efficiency mode first. In this, the SUV provides lovely performance but upshifts a bit early on the RPM ladder. In the sport mode, the exhaust note becomes more pronounced and the G63 redlines away to glory. The manual mode basically enables the use of paddle shifters. The gearbox seemed to be a tad bit jerky in its operations though and not as smooth as we expected. The vehicle cruises comfortably at 100 km/hr at under 1800 RPM, it redlines at 6300 RPM and needs at least third gear to hit the ton. The Mercedes G63 AMG is pretty good off the road too. It gets three electrically engage-able 100% differential locks that make sure that the SUV has a go-anywhere capability. The differential locks ensure that each wheel on an axle as well as wheels on both axles have the same number of rotations each minute. The drive torque is directed to only those wheels that have traction beneath them. Talking about fuel efficiency, you really cannot expect much from a vehicle that weighs so much and also offers so much performance. We managed to extract 5-6 km/l with very careful and sedate driving and approximately 3-3.5 km/l with some aggressive driving. The SUV has a massive fuel tank though (96-litres) so it can go on for around 400 kms on a single tank.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Just because the G 63 has the engine specs of a supercar do not expect this to handle the same way. The car is high so there would be body roll , and also the stiff suspension is meant more to take on the rough terrain and still manage to be able to do high speeds. This is one of the few SUVs with three differential lock which lock completely. Whether it is slush or rocks or smooth tarmac or your neighbour’s car who pisses you off, the G 63 can take on all with ease. Forget other cars even trucks and buses get out of the way. The steering is stiff, but that provides better high speed stability. The acceleration is quite responsive and the G 63 shoots forward with ease.The new AMG high-performance brakes deliver top performance in terms of deceleration, adjustable feed and endurance. All-round ventilated, perforated brake discs with dimensions of 375 x 36 millimetres at the front and 330 x 20 millimetres at the rear provide optimum thermal capability and outstanding deceleration values. I was hoping for the 9G-Tronic system but may be we will get to see it in the upcoming new G 63 AMG.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 63 AMG Crazy Colour Edition has disc brakes on all wheels, and the ABS with EBD, Brake Assist System, Acceleration skid control system and electronic stability control system deliver perfect stability and control over all road and surface conditions. The safety feature of airbags for the driver and front passenger provides surround protection against front and side impact collisions. The neck pro luxury head restraints provide additional support, preventing whiplash injury in an event of collision from the rear.

CONCLUSSION ;

Sure the G63 AMG doesn’t rate very highly according to our parameters, since it isn’t an all rounder. There are more than a few shortfalls starting from the weight, the aged design, average ergonomics and a very high sticker price. Any logical car buyer with deep enough pockets will and should not buy the G63 AMG over any other luxury offering around the same price. You have got to be of the eccentric kind to pick one up, especially in the crazy colours it comes with. Because if you have the potatoes in you to give this SUV a full workout after paying for it, you truly deserve the ability it rewards you with. The G63 is a statement of a conqueror that arrives after the thunder of its V8.

 

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Mercedes Benz GLC Class Gearbox

OVERVIEW ;

This is one of the most important cars for Mercedes in India. Mercedes is entering a segment which has so far been exploited by the likes of Audi Q5 and BMW X3 for a while now. Internationally Mercedes has the GLK but it was getting long in the tooth and the Stuttgart giant waited for a brand new product to drop the floor from beneath its competition. Meet the GLC-Class, an SUV which in theory should give Mercedes a distinct advantage, considering he Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 are already quite old. It looks fantastic on the outside, is elegant on the inside and its proven mechanicals just makes it very strong on paper. Now thanks to local assembly the GLC-Class is really well priced as it undercuts all its rivals by a considerable margin. So just how good is the new GLC? We conducted a thorough road test on both the petrol and diesel versions to give you a definitive answer.

EXTERIOR AND LOOKS ;

Images of the vehicle on the web leave you with the impression of a well structured, powerful looking vehicle that you don’t think twice about loving. We’ll admit, the vehicle’s robust and masculine stance is nothing like what we’ve seen in conventional, domestic models. Nevertheless, there are feminine themes that overlap with its strong form, and this is what we thought struck the best look possible. The tall and bulky vehicle has been tailored for a graceful shape, and this brings a modern note in its image. The muscular body lines have been smoothly textured, giving a far more attractive overall delight. It begins drawing viewers in with a face shaped with an aggressive allure, at the focus of which is a large radiator grille. A thick chrome furnishing stretches across the grille, with the large star-emblem resting at the centre. We know for one that a more distinct image is carved by factors like these, and they ultimate give the vehicle the true grandeur of a Merc.

At the bottom, the air intake section is embraced by thick chrome artistry. The headlamp clusters on either side are slim and eye catching, and we thought they complete the picture of the front perfectly. The hood has been refined with subtle lines that we thought made for a more awe-inciting vision. The fine curvatures that run across the bonnet further enhance the look, and there was an overall solidity in the design that we haven’t witnessed in any other vehicle of the day.The flawless metallic skin drapes down from the bonnet into the side profile, wrapping over the wheel arches in a neat fashion. There was a more well toned, prominent bearing in the wheel arches that is sure to attract the attention of younger car lovers.When you take a look at the side, you can’t help but feel amazed at the serene body lines printed over the door-side. We felt an indomitable spirit of luxury and richness exuded by this set-up, and we’ll give the company hats-off for it.

The 5-spoke well nurtured alloy wheels are also striking, and the well sculpted design further brings out the best in the vehicle’s appearance. As you trace the shape of the vehicle, you find that the rear area has been beefed up nicely, giving a more harmonious exhibition. There was also an element of grace in the structural disposition, so much so much so that the bulky machine almost has the tone of a sports car if viewed from far away. At the rear, the the slender headlamps stretch from the interior of the tail-gate to the side, and we thought there was an inherent, sporty design in them that most people would love. A large chrome strip rests at the bottom of the rear, while the sporty design of the exhaust vents finish the picture off in the cleanest way possible.

INTERIORS AND COMFORT ;

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class‘ interior is nearly identical to that of the C-Class sedan on which it is based, and that’s a very good thing. The modern design features a graceful center stack wrapped in a single wood veneer as it transitions into the center console. The quality of materials and solid construction are excellent. Only essential buttons and knobs are present, with supporting systems controlled through the infotainment system.

The driver interface system employs a dial controller, much like the ones found in Audi and BMW rivals, but it does take a bit longer for new users to get used to how the menus are organized and operated. Once acclimated, it becomes second nature. The Premium 2 package adds a touchpad controller that hovers above the dial and accepts smartphone-like gestures (pinch-to-zoom and swipes) as well as alphanumeric fingertip traces. It’s an intriguing concept, but it requires a very steady hand and quite a bit of patience. The good thing is you can still control everything through the dial as well.

Despite having a compact SUV footprint, the GLC interior is remarkably spacious and comfortable. The front seats are optimally shaped and padded for hours of touring, and the rear seats easily accommodate 6-foot-tall passengers. Cargo capacity is smaller than competing luxury SUVs, with 20.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 56.5 cubic feet with them folded flat. Though smaller, the cargo space is still very useful and likely enough for your needs. The standard power-folding rear seats and available hands-free liftgate are especially convenient when loading bulky objects.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

The lower-powered version of the four-cylinder 2.1-litre diesel engine (badged 220 d) is fast enough to satisfy the desires of most SUV buyers. The 250 d model is noticeably stronger at low and mid revs, however, which allows the standard nine-speed automatic gearbox to keep the engine revs lower and whisk you up to speed in a more relaxed fashion. It’s worth the relatively small premium.

The 3.0-litre V6 diesel gets the same nine-speed gearbox, and the engine and ‘box work well together. The V6’s smooth power delivery helps make it the most luxurious GLC to drive, although it’s capable of keeping up with hot hatches should you need it to.

The top of the range GLC 43 AMG (before a V8 GLC 63 joins the range later) is powered a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine, which drives all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic gearbox. It’s incredibly quick, beating the Porsche Macan and Audi SQ5 for straight line pace. Just be aware that this impressive performance comes at the price of terrible fuel economy.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

It feels like a Mercedes. That means solid and refined, reacting with measured consideration to your inputs. It’s not sporty, but if you want sporty you might be better advised looking away from crossovers anyway. The higher engine tune doesn’t provide much more performance, and both are decently quiet.

The suspension is, optionally, by air springs. That’s the version we tested. The ride is supple and quiet but the body stays well damped. Steering is progressive rather than agile or direct. The SUV part of the job description turns out to be a core skill. It’s got good electronic traction and descent aids, enough suspension travel and good clearance, especially when fitted with liftable air springs. Good for towing, too.

SAFETY ;

Standard safety features for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, a driver knee airbag, full-length side curtain airbags, trailer sway control, crosswind assistance, a forward collision warning system, a forward collision intervention system with automatic braking, Pre-Safe (takes measures to secure the cabin and occupants when a crash is imminent) and a drowsy driver warning system. The Mbrace Secure telematics system includes automatic collision notification, emergency assistance, agent-assisted remote unlock and stolen vehicle location assistance.

Features such as blind-spot warning (and automatic intervention), lane departure warning, lane departure intervention, enhanced forward collision intervention with pedestrian detection, and forward cross-traffic collision detection and intervention are available with the Premium packages.

CONCLUSSION ;

The Mercedes-Benz GLC competes in a segment where demand is high. Buyers prefer mid-size luxury SUVs when they find their sedan counterparts to be lacking in space, ground clearance, etc. This segment is hard to crack since there are a lot of competitors and each one of them offer something unique. Mercedes has a really good package on their hands with the GLC and it will definitely be a very good choice for someone who wants a luxury SUV with all the creature comforts, good space for passengers and good cargo capacity. Hence, the GLC is a very good alternative to the Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and the BMW X3 in this segment.

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