Skoda Kodiaq: India First Drive Review

Skoda Kodiaq Price in India

Considering the ongoing popularity of SUVs in the Indian market, it isn’t at all a surprise that Skoda has decided to bring in Kodiaq to India. The car is based on the same platform (MQB) as the Tiguan, however it offers seven seats instead of five and is therefore longer. The car has evolved from the Vision S concept which was first showcased in Geneva and the name Kodiaq, literally means the Alaskan bear. The proportions are quite alright, and close to what you would expect from an SUV.

 

EXTERIOR AND LOOK

 

The Kodiaq will be Skoda’s flagship model in India, positioned right above the Superb. It looks sophisticated, considering Skoda has made use of crystalline design elements. The front end is sharp-looking with those sleek all LED headlamps and the black Skoda ‘butterfly’ grille, which is a standard in all Skoda models. What stands out right away is the fact that the ‘compactness’ of the car comes through neat edges and lines all over the car. The sculpted bonnet along with the very prominent shoulder lines gives it an appearance of all muscle and no bulk. There are hardly any curves anywhere. The stance of the car is as aggressive and muscular as an SUV could possibly have. But there is no mistaking the air of sophistication and elegance that Skoda cars are associated with. Adding to the muscle are the square-ish wheel arches with a touch of plastic cladding that houses 18-inch alloy wheels. Internationally, the Kodiaq gets 19-inch wheels but for Indian road conditions, the company believed 18-inch wheels to be perfect.

 

INTERIOR AND COMFORT

 

Step inside the Skoda Kodiaq and you might be reminded of the Superb’s interior, but it does get a new dashboard design. It is a mix of soft plastics in black and beige, with a black textured plastic panel separating the two. The plastic panel was the only design element we did not like in the otherwise cheery and premium interiors and we would rather prefer a wood-finished veneer instead. There are large, vertically mounted air-con vents that’ve been designed for better airflow and noise control. You get two glove compartments: a regular cooled unit and one above, both opened via buttons on the dash. There are cubby holes below the steering too, along with storage spots in the centre console.The Kodiaq abroad gets an all-black interior but here it is a mix of black and beige, with beige leather seats. This cabin is a cheery place to be in and quite comfortable as well. The seats offer fantastic support, especially the front ones, both of which get electrical adjustment for height, reach and lumbar support. The glasshouse effect of the cabin is accentuated by a large panoramic sunroof, so you do feel like you’re sitting in a really big car.

 

The rear have wide-opening doors that are heavy and take an effort to shut from the inside. Getting into the cabin is as easy as walking in; no need to climb up into the cabin like other SUVs. The middle row seats offer oodles of legroom, even with a 5ft 8in driver sitting in the driver’s seat. They are adjustable and can be moved forward by 18cm. The seat-back rest angle can also be reclined to a certain degree. A unique touch is the Kodiaq’s power nap package. It includes two pillows, window-mounted sun blinds and two blankets that are neatly bundled into pouches mounted at the back of the front seats. The highlight, though, is the lateral support extensions on the 2nd row headrests. These allow the occupants to hold their head in place if they wish to take a nap. We felt that this novel feature could do with more cushioning. The AC unit has tri-zone climate control. It offers three individual settings for the driver, co-driver and the middle row seat occupants. The middle row gets just two central AC vents and could do with roof- or pillar-mounted vents for better cooling.

 

The last row also does not get AC vents. The seats work for small adults but for someone above 5ft 8inch, you will be sitting with your knees close to your chest. Access to the split last row is also narrow and not as easy as, say, an Innova.Another interesting feature is the hands-free tailgate. Simply wave your foot below the bumper and the tail gate opens. Along with electronic actuation, the tailgate can also be adjusted to open to a certain height for shorter users. The boot light is a small unit that can be removed and used as an LED torch. The boot partition screen also hides below the boot floor for a cleaner look.Boot space is 270 litres with all rows up. With the split rear seat folded flat, boot space rises to 630 litres. With the middle and rear seats dropped down, boot space is a cavernous 2005 litres, enough to swallow a refrigerator.

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

 

Now while we’ve previewed the Skoda Kodiaq extensively in the last few months, this is the first time we’re getting to drive it. Getting the specs out of the way first – it will come to India with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine making 180hp and 250Nm, as well as a 2.0-litre TDI diesel making 150hp and 340Nm. There’s also a version of the 2.0 TDI with 190hp and 400Nm, but this one is designed for Euro 6 emissions norms, and so might not make it to India initially, as it would have to be modified to suit our poor fuel quality. There will also be AWD on top variants, and both engines come with either six-speed manuals or seven-speed DSG automatics. Interestingly, the automatics will get priority in the range this time – Skoda India has learnt its lesson from the Yeti, which is still only available as a manual.

 

The petrol engine first, and it’s everything we’ve come to expect from a TSI motor. It’s smooth and refined and builds up all its power really early on, making it quite enjoyable to drive. For such a large car, it weighs a not-too-shabby 1,695kg, and as a result is able to sprint to 100kph in a claimed 8.0sec. The DSG gearbox too is as impressive as we’ve come to expect, with smooth and quick shifts exactly when they’re meant to happen.The 150hp diesel is impressively refined too, but that also has to do with the Kodiaq itself, which is great at shutting out outside noise. It’s very peppy off the line, sacrificing some top-end oomph in the process, but then with 340Nm on call, you really can’t complain, especially with a claimed 0-100kph time of 8.9sec. Each shift from the seven-speed DSG can be felt a little bit more here than in the petrol, but it’s not to the point of being uncomfortable.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

Well, driving a Skoda is always a pleasure. Be it hatchbacks or sedans or even the Kodiaq SUV. There are some things which bring a smile to your face in the way a Skoda does.Skoda Kodiaq is not an outrightly powerful machine and is aimed towards relaxed driving. It has a high quality ride which gives you more of a sedan feel rather than an SUV.The suspension has some amount of stiffness which is felt at slow speeds, but this helps in the vehicle retaining its composure at high speeds. There is minimum body roll and pitch and this goes a long way in adding to the ride comfort.The Kodiaq also gets 4X4, hence it is useful for situations when you need to go a bit off-road. That maybe on steep inclines with loose soil or in slushy areas ,which would have some amount of wheel spin. Though not a hardcore off-roader, the Kodiaq will definitely manage to get you out of quite a lot situations. In terms of safety, the Kodiaq comes with nine airbags and of course ABS with EBD is standard.

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SAFETY FEATURES

 

It comes packed with features and equipment, some of which are unique and innovative. For instance, the retractable door protector that juts out of the front door edges each time the door is opened, and hides itself inside when you shut the door. It will help avoid scratching the paint on the doors or hitting the door onto another car in tight spaces. Then there’s the two umbrellas stashed into dedicated pockets on both front doors. Move to the boot, and you have a light that illuminates the area but can be detached and used as a flashlight.The Kodiaq gets 9 airbags, higher than most premium SUVs, compact luxury SUVs included. It also gets multi-collision braking and a fatigue alert system. In terms of features the Kodiaq gets the same 8-inch capacitive touch display. The infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity. You can also control the infotainment system using Skoda’s boss connect app via your smartphone. The Kodiaq gets 10 colour ambient lighting like the Octavia, while a digital voice enhancement system plays the driver’s voice to occupants via the audio system’s microphone and speakers for better audibility, though the cabin itself feels very quiet.

 

CONCLUSSION

 

So where does the Kodiaq sit? In terms of size, Hyundai’s Santa Fe would be the Kodiaq’s closest rival. But, its sophisticated and car-like nature would make it an obvious choice for those who have yearned for a Honda CR-V but wanted a diesel option. In terms of pricing, it will be pegged on par with the Skoda Superb, and that means it will crop up on the radar of anyone looking to buy any SUV, from the Tucson to the Endeavour. Its European design and build quality could tempt entry-level luxury SUV customers who don’t want to sacrifice on the space or the third row of seats. Yes, this Skoda isn’t invigorating to drive, but this large seven-seat SUV it appeals to the head with its car-like manners, easy drivability, roominess and sense of premiumness. The Skoda Kodiaq is sure to be quite sought after when it arrives in India before Diwali in 2017!

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Skoda Kodiaq Ex Showroom Price in Jaipur ranges from  34,49,000/- (Kodiaq Style 4×4) to  34,49,000/- (Kodiaq Style 4×4).Skoda Kodiaq has 1 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Skoda Kodiaq comes in 4 colours, namely Lava Blue,Moon White,Quartz Grey,Magic Black.

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Skoda Octavia Hatchback Review

Skoda Octavia Price in India

 

Now, this model has changed significantly; not only to maximise its own potential but also to make space for  nother car in the firm’s line-up.The Rapid is now the compact family hatchback of the range, leaving the Octavia with a bigger body and, inevitably, a higher price to prevent it from clashing with its sibling

 

DESIGN

The Skoda Octavia carries a minimalistic design that comes with a blend of premium appeal and sportiness. The front fascia carries an aggressive look and the facelifted model here comes with a new set of LED headlamps which have a love it or hate it design, while the new grille adds some flair to the styling. You also get restyled bumpers and revised LED tail-lamps. To complete the package, the alloy wheels have also been given a new design now. The grey colour that you see here is also new and looks quite good in flesh.

 

CABIN

The new Octavia’s cabin is clinical, clean and very German. The amount of space available also hits you immediately when you step in. A cream-beige and grey interior colour theme is pleasing to the eye and also gives it an airy feel, though there is no dearth of light streaming in.

Fit and finish quality and the material quality is perfectly matched to the best in the segment and there is a general feeling of solidity to the cabin, except the faux wood trim in the centre console, which felt that too faux. The controls and knobs are all within easy reach for the driver and there was enough electrical and manual adjustability to the seats and steering for me to get the most comfortable driving position.

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

The car remains identical to the outgoing version mechanically, except for the wider rear track as mentioned earlier. Powertrain options remain the same and you can choose from the same 1.4-litre petrol, 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine options. We drove the 2.0-litre diesel version which offers 143PS of power and the 1.8-litre TSI petrol engined version that offers 180PS.

The diesel motor feels as smooth as ever and offers brisk acceleration along with excellent throttle response. The engine is a tad noisy though, with the clatter typical of diesel engines. It comes mated to a 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox as before. The 1.8-litre petrol version has always been the better driver’s car and is a hoot to drive with its performance and the responses from the 7-speed DSG transmission.

The abundance of space and plush ride quality are the highlights of the Octavia as before, with the latter not compromising handling or driving pleasure. The steering offers good feel and feedback too, while feeling perfectly weighted, which adds to the joy of driving the car. While the diesel version is a good handler no doubt, the petrol version handles even better, thanks to its independent rear suspension that also offers a slightly better ride.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

The handling ability has come at a slight cost which is that the ride quality on this facelifted Octavia has been setup to be on the stiffer side, but in a way that isn’t back or deal breaking. Instead what you get is an assured clunk and a setup that will settle down quickly if you push the car through imperfections, pot holes and bumps.

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SAFETY

This car  is good in safety as well you can get up to 9 airbags in the top end variant. You get ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Anti Slip Regulation (ASR), electronic stability control and tyre pressure monitoring. There is also a feature called Multi Collision Braking which essentially continues braking even after a collision thereby reducing chances of colliding with other obstacles.

 

CONCLUSSION

Overall, the facelifted Skoda Octavia builds on the strong points of the earlier model and wraps them in a package that is even neater and more modern than before. The subtle exterior changes work well and lend the Octavia lot of character than before. Buyers will also appreciate the extra bit of kit that has been added to car. The fact that it is very practical just adds to the package.  Overall the upgraded Octavia is an exceptional product and a car that is easy to recommend. Its blend of luxury, space, comfort and performance at this price point is hard to match. Now with a four year warranty and an optional Rs 39,999 maintenance package (takes care of your regular service for four years) the Octavia has become a relatively safe buy too.

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User Reviews: Maruti Suzuki Baleno

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The Baleno  is Maruti Suzuki’s performance version of its premium hatchback, a name enhanced by the fact that the RS means Race Sport. This variant is based on the top-end Alpha trim of the current Baleno and is powered by a new powerful 1.0-litre BoosterJet direct injection petrol engine. This one is already exported to Europe and Japan from India, and now the carmaker has launched it in our country. Well, the manufacturer has detuned this engine for the Indian market as against the international counterpart. Nonetheless, the Baleno RS with, 100bhp of power, still becomes the most powerful hatchback from the carmaker. But, does it make an enticing buy? To find out we put the car through its paces at the Buddh International Circuit.

 

EXTERIORS

A quick look at the Baleno RS makes it tough to spot any key differences but a closer look reveals the new bumpers at front and rear along with skirtings all around. The alloy wheels are the same as found in the standard Baleno but in the RS they’re painted in black. The rear bumper too features a blackened out area that looks particularly well with contrasting colours.

Overall, the Baleno RS looks sportier than the regular version without being too loud. While one might say Maruti has played it safe, I think this approach is better since cars with a loud exterior have always been received with mixed reactions from Indian consumers.

 

INTERIORS

The interior gets an all-black treatment with silver inserts like the Swift. The design is fresh and the flattish dashboard goes well with the design concept. The centre console looks modern and neatly houses the stereo and climate control switches. The instrument cluster is contemporary and the higher end models even feature a colour TFT multi information screen.

There are various animated graphics designed to offer real time fuel consumption and power output information too. The steering seems to be borrowed from the Ciaz and S-Cross and is good to grip. Steering controls are easily accessible and quite handy. Fit and finish is impressive and on par with rivals. There are enough storage spaces but space offered under the front armrest could have been better. The seats are firm and supportive and good for long drives too. The headrests too are firm while headroom is good even for tall drivers (Hear hear,Lijo).

Move to the rear and you will be impressed with the rear kneeroom. We couldn’t measure it but overall space is excellent. There is, however, no rear armrest while leather seats aren’t offered even as an option. Boot space isn’t highest in segment but more than sufficientat 339 litres. The loading lip is high and is further exaggerated since the boot itself is quite deep

 

PERFORMANCE

The real changes are under the hood. Baleno RS comes with a 998cc, 3 cylinder turbo charged DOHC petrol engine, which produced a healthy 103 bhp and 150Nm of torque. This setup is mated to 5 speed transmission, the same unit as the standard Baleno. Maruti Suzuki has stiffened suspension to minimize body roll, and help minimize acceleration and decelleration pitch. On the first lap, I went easy to warm up with the gearbox and braking, and the Baleno RS feels right. There are disc brakes, and an effective ABS system, which works rather well at higher speeds.

Gearbox is smooth to shift, and precise. Baleno RS weighs 950 kilos (dry) and that means agility is not a problem at all. The problem is weight distribution. Maximum car weight lies around the front axle than the rear where only the torsion beam and spare wheel weighs things down. So, while taking corners with lift off, and turn right, before I hit the apex, the rear starts rolling brutally, causing spin outs now and then.

Maximum power is at 5500rpm, so, it really isn’t a rev happy engine. This rev sadness also slows you down while down shifting as you have to go down the rev range to downshift to a lower gear whilst braking. Baleno RS is electronically limited to 170 kmph and on the back straight of the Buddh International Circuit, it really could have done much higher speeds than it suggests. Brakes are effective at such high speeds but power braking makes the rear end go loose even before you’re halfway through 0-100 came at a lazy 10.8 seconds, which isn’t the fastest in the segment. Acceleration from standstill is linear, and there is no prominent shove off the turbocharger, which should be excellent for city driving

 

SAFETY

Maruti is offering the Baleno RS in a single variant and hence the car is loaded with top spec safety features as standard such as dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and ISOFIX child seat provision. Additionally, the Baleno RS comes with all-four discs for better stopping power. In terms of after sales, we all know that Maruti has a very renowned and wide network across the country. The NEXA channel is growing with each passing day and the ownership cost of the Baleno RS will definitely be the lowest compared to the other performance hatchbacks in this segment.

 

DRIVING

The ride of the Baleno car is very good. We have only driven the 195/55R16 (top-of-the-line variant) and yet to experience the other variant that comes shod with smaller tyres. But the ride will more of less remain the same. The suspension absorbs all the bumps with ease making it a smooth ride. On the other hand, the handling of the Baleno is just more evolved than the Swift. The alacrity of the chassis is a lot more superior to the other Maruti products thanks to the lighter weight chassis. This not just enhances the power and efficiency, but also improves the driving dynamics. The steering wheel too is light and feels comfortable to drive in city. It does weigh up a bit making it a joy to drive on the highways too.

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VERDICT

 

The Baleno RS is essentially a Baleno Alpha petrol variant with a turbo, one less cylinder and two more disc brakes. Subtle bodywork aside, painting stock alloys black don’t make them sportier. As well equipped as it is, it doesn’t have strong enough differentiation for the asking price. Maybe it’s just a case of expecting too much from a badge. When all the hype is removed the Baleno RS is, in fact, a more fun-to-drive car than the standard and that’s what counts.

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno Ex Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from  5,39,698/- (Baleno Sigma Petrol) to  8,48,378/- (Baleno Alpha Diesel).Maruti Suzuki Baleno has 10 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes in 14 colours, namely Premium Urban Blue,Metalic Premium Silver,Pearl Arctic White,Ray Blue (RS),Autumn Orange (RS),Fire Red (RS),Granite Gray,Ray Blue,Premium Urban Blue (RS),Autumn Orange,Premium Silver (RS),Granite Gray (RS),Fire Red,Pearl Arctic White (RS).

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FIRST DRIVE: BMW 5-SERIES – REVIEW

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With a new platform and new engines, the 2017 BMW 5 Series looks to reaffirm its standing in the midsize luxury sedan segment. It distinguished itself decades ago as a driver’s car and has since evolved into a sophisticated, comfortable sedan that attempts to be all things to most people. In the process, the 5 Series traded some of its driver’s car chops for a more isolated feel. The 2017 model doesn’t stray far from this contemporary vision of the 5 Series. And despite being a hair larger and bringing an arsenal of technology to bear, the new car manages to avoid the weight bloat that afflicts many such attempts.

 

BMW didn’t take any chances with its successful product. The new 5 Series grows in length by 1.2 inches and stands 0.6 inch taller than the outgoing model, while the wheelbase and width are nearly unchanged. The updated cabin primarily benefits backseat passengers, who gain 1.2 inches of legroom. These modest changes to its footprint, combined with the evolutionary styling, mean the new car is readily familiar.

 

EXTERIOR AND LOOKS

 

BMW has always taken it easy when it comes to exterior changes on their facelift models and the 5-Series isn’t any different. The 2014 BMW 520d gets very minor cosmetic tweaks including new front and rear bumpers which now get metallic accents, new slimmer headlights with a re-shaped LED layout, silver finish on the front grille of this trim (the M Sport gets black finish on the grille) and 18-inch alloy wheels (Turbine design), instead of 17-inchers found on the pre-facelift 520d. The overall result is the 5-Series now looks a bit fresh but nothing in the design strikes you immediately.

 

INTERIOR AND CANIN

 

On the inside, the 2017 BMW 5 Series has some design elements from the 7 Series. In fact a lot of features have trickled into this sedan. This is a good combination of sportiness and luxuriousness. There is Active Cruise Control, Steering and lane keeping assistant, iDrive controller with 10.25 inch screen, BMW Heads Up Display, Adaptive LED Headlamps, Gesture Control and wireless charging. The Heads Up display is now 70% larger and there are large screens for the rear passengers as well.

 

The cabin looks plush and premium. It does feel a lot like the new 7 from the inside. The company claims to have improved the knee room for rear passengers. Then there is the massage function and the seat can be operated with gestures. There is even a Special Synergy Thermoacoustzic Capsule that reduces the outside. This enhances the cabin insulation. One can park the car by using the car key system called as Remote Parking. There is Apple CarPlay and even WiFi hotspot for up to 10 people. The Remote 3D View allows drivers to see the 360 view of their parked cars. Microsoft 365 users can sync their emails, calendar entries and contacts and edit them in the car itself.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

 

The BMW 520d uses a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine which belts out 184 BHP of peak power at 4000 RPM and 380 Nm of peak torque between 1750 – 2750 RPM. While this might not sound much for a car of this size, performance is ample. The 5-Series performs brilliantly, the engine revs cleanly to the redline and power delivery although linear, is smoothly transferred to the rear wheels via a fantastic 8-speed ZF gearbox. The transmission is the high point of the package, it shifts cogs with butter smooth precision and is very quick too. In Sport mode, the autobox holds the gears till the redline and you have the option of upshifting using the steering mounted paddles or the fantastic to hold gearshift selector.

 

Other modes include Comfort and Eco Pro, the former not letting you know about gear shifts while the latter doing its very best to save fuel by keeping the revs as low as possible. There is also an ECO start/stop function. The only downside of this 1995cc mill is the refinement, it’s too audible inside the cabin and the clatter is quite evident at idle. Even when you floor the pedal and whizz past 3000 RPM, you can hear the growl from the motor. 100 km/hr comes up in fourth gear, signifying the shorter gearing. You can comfortably cruise in top gear at 100 km/hr with the RPM needle ticking in at just 1500 RPM. Our VBOX run showed that the 520d is a reasonably quick car, doing the 0-100 km/hr sprint in a 8.60 seconds. Fuel economy is good with city mileage being upwards of 10 km/l.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

Now let’s delve into the details of the driving modes. There are four of them – eco pro, comfort, sport and adaptive. I started off with the eco pro and understood that the leisurely power output was due to the system trying to extract the maximum fuel efficiency from the powerplant. The comfort mode, on the other hand, ensured a better throttle response. This got sharper in the Sport mode. The best part of this mode, is that it lets you rev till 4,000rpm before automatically shifting gears. And all of this is quick, but still in an unhurried manner and without jerks. Then the adaptive mode, as the name suggests, did a good job in adjusting to the throttle responses. A gentle tap on the gas pedal is all that’s needed for the car to easily gather speed.

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The steering on the 520d feels light while cutting through traffic, and also responds quickly to steering inputs when you’re going fast around bends. This luxury sedan comes with an adaptive suspension with independent damping for each wheel as standard. As a result, the suspension adjusts itself in different driving modes. This is evident in the comfort mode as broken roads and rough patches were taken into the car’s stride easily. The soft tuning also meant that there is some slight side-to-side movement of occupants, but not to discomforting levels. The damping is good and felt similar in the adaptive mode too. At higher speeds there is some floating motion which immediately disappeared with the sport mode on. The car felt more composed and was fun to chuck around corners with the increase in pace. And thats impressive for such a long car. The Pirelli tyres offer superior grip which in turn gives the user more confidence to go faster. Braking power, too, felt sufficient enough to stop this 1690kg car.

 

SAFETY

 

Not surprisingly, the new BMW 5 Series is packed with safety features. The package includes airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for front and rear seats, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats with belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter at the front seats, crash sensors, and tire defect indicator.

 

The sedan also comes with semi-autonomous drive. The feature is part of the Driver Assistance Plus II package, which also includes, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision avoidance, Traffic Jam Assistant and Active Lane Change. The bundle is optional on all four models, but it could be standard on the more expensive trims set to arrive at a later date.

 

CONCLUSSION

 

We Indians are not brand loyalists and will go wherever we get a good deal and so it seems that BMW has upped the ante by offering more as standard equipment. The 530d is priced Rs 4 lakh more than its closest rivals but for this amount there seems to be a fair bit more in the offering and so seems like a value proposition for those who can afford a car that costs as much as a 1BHK in Navi Mumbai.

 

Each of the Beemer’s rivals is known for a certain trait. The Audi A6 is all about technology while the Volvo S80 is all about super high levels of safety. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class (for India) is not on the same ground in terms of this engine but has gained the reputation of a large luxurious tank. The Jaguar XF-S does the best job of combining sportiness with luxury but is down on the feature list not to mention interior space, and so allows the BMW 5 Series to crown itself the ‘sportiest diesel executive sedan’.

BMW 5 Series Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 49,90,000/- (5 Series 520d Sport Line) to  61,30,000/- (5 Series 530d M Sport) .BMW 5 Series has 3 Variants of Diesel are available in India. BMW 5 Series comes in 5 colours, namely Sparkling Brown,Alpine White (non-metallic),Glacier Silver,Black Sapphire,Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect.

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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.

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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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