Land Rover Discovery Facelift Review & Test Drive

Land Rover Discovery Overview

The Land Rover Discovery 2017, the much- awaited SUV, has finally hit the Indian shores. The new design of the Discovery is not as tough and rugged as the old Discovery, but feels really futuristic with that box look being given new curvy edges, sharp looks and a blocky back. The new LED headlamps give it the look of a Range Rover. This new 7- seater Land Rover Discovery gets a completely new aluminum monocoque frame, making it lighter and hence making it more efficient. The SUV still drives like a Discovery, not like a Range Rover or Range Rover sport in any way; it’s all smooth and easy to go with minimal engine noise getting inside the cabin.

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Land Rover Discovery Style

If you happen to be the proud owner of a new Land Rover Discovery and you’re looking to dial up the SUV’s aesthetic appeal, Startech’s new tuning kit may just be the keys to the kingdom that you’ve been looking for, even though the kit is pretty straightforward.On the outside, the program offers plenty of upgrades, beginning with an aerodynamic body kit that includes a new front spoiler that can be attached to the Discovery’s standard front bumper. The spoiler’s design is distinct enough to give the Discovery a new look. The side flaps on the equipment piece are nice visual touches, too, but it’s more important function rests in its ability to reduce the lift on the SUV’s front axle.

The other notable piece of the body kit can be found in the rear section of the SUV, specifically in the rear bumper where a similar add-on component is being offered. It’s admittedly more distressing to the eyes, but it does serve some functions too. Chief among them is the integration of the other elements of Discovery in this section, including the tailpipe embellishers and a center section that Startech describes as looking like an actual diffuser. This particular piece has also some versatility in it since it’s design was done as such that the whole piece can also be fitted on SUVs that have a trailer hitch.

Land Rover Discovery Space

The Discovery’s cabin is all about practicality, one with multiple usable storage spaces. Other than the usual array of glove boxes and door pockets, it gets a large storage box behind the rotary gear selector. There’s even a fairly big cool box under the front armrest which is a really neat feature. Lastly, there’s the hugely configurable seating arrangement in the 7-seater variant as all three rows are electrically adjustable.

Being a tall vehicle, the Discovery offers excellent all-round visibility and a driving position that is more than high enough for that commanding view of the road. As for the seat comfort, the front seats are massive and offer immense side support and even under-thigh support – they are large enough to keep you comfortable for long hauls.

Similarly, there is plenty of room at the back, with a rear bench that is broad and spacious enough to accommodate three adults easily. Thanks to the Disco’s width, there is hardly any jostling for shoulder room or that feeling of being pushed onto the doors. Although the rear bench is set a tad bit low, it is superbly contoured and the low seating translates to plenty of headroom. Sadly, this new model cannot match its predecessor when it comes to third-row seating comfort – the pair of seats is smaller and to make matters worse, there’s noticeably less thigh support.

As for the features, the Discovery is fully loaded and comes with a 14-speaker premium multimedia system, adaptive LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, 360-degree parking, a head-up display, 4-zone climate control, interior mood lighting and a tonne of safety tech. However, we would like to add that a lot of features from the spec list are optional extras.

Land Rover Discovery Engine

The Land Rover Discovery price in India starts from Rs. 68.05 (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) and goes up to more than Rs. 1 Crore if you go for the top-end variant. The new Discovery comes with 2 engine options: 3.0 L turbocharged diesel and 3.0 L supercharged petrol both mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and being 6- cylinder engines. The Land Rover Discovery specifications for the engine are, 190 bhp of power and 600 nm of torque for the diesel engine, while the petrol engine is sportier, producing 250 bhp of power and 450 Nm of torque. You also get the terrain response with lower gear ratios. For Land Rover Discovery visit industrynewswire.in  

The new Land Rover Discovery mileage has gone up due to the loss of weight. The earlier Discovery used to give around 11 kmpl of mileage, while the new one gives around 13 kmpl, which is not bad at as this kind of efficiency and does justice to the Land Rover Discovery price.

Land Rover Discovery Driving

The new Discovery isn’t as nice or sporty to drive as say a BMW X5 but there is no doubting the fact that it behaves noticeably better around corners compared to its predecessor – the steering is less vague and the whole car is more reactive to steering inputs. Make no mistake, the Disco still rolls a lot and feels spongy around corners but it completely demolishes bad roads. It has an inherent ability to iron out even the sharpest of bumps and rutted imperfections with ease. Better still, the jolts typically experienced in full-size traditional SUVs are next to none. All in all, the Discovery remains thoroughly composed at low speeds but at highway speeds, there is constant vertical movement and that wallowy feeling that air suspension-equipped cars are bundled with. Book a test drive for Discovery in Tryaldrive.

A lot of the buyers are unlikely to take their Discovery off-road, but it is reassuring to know that it is more than capable at dealing with rough stuff. As standard, you get a two-speed transfer box that offers selectable high and low range gears. The system offers a standard 50/50 torque split between front and rear wheels, but uses sensors to distribute torque between the wheels depending on slippage. It’s a ‘shift on the move’ system which allows the driver to swap between high and low ratios without having to stop the vehicle, at speeds of up to 60kmph.

Land Rover Discovery Safety

The Land Rover Discovery features really good brakes with one of the best braking systems that allows safe and sound sudden halts, also housing a lot of safety features, like Electronic air suspension Stop/Start technology, Hill Descent Control (HDC) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA ), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Gradient Acceleration Control (GAC), front side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a trip computer. All these features are not available in the basic variants. These safety features are enough to keep you and your family safe and sound.

Land Rover Discovery Cost in Hyderabad

Land Rover Discovery On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 84,78,334 to 1,28,14,497 for variants Discovery S Petrol and Discovery First Edition Diesel respectively. Land Rover Discovery is available in 10 variants and 10 colours. Below are details of Land Rover Discovery variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Discovery price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Land Rover Discovery Conclusion

The Land Rover Discovery is a very practical car being the most capable amongst its competitors which are the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Mercedes GLS and the BMW X5. It might not be the best in terms of performance among the competition but really gives you more value than the money spent on buying it. The features provided are also unique. Al though it looks smaller than the old Discovery, it is actually is quite similar in terms of size. The engines could have been more powered, but these 3.0 L petrol and diesel engines are really impressive. The Land Rover Discovery images can be seen on the Autoportal website, looking all glorious and ready to conquer terrains.

Fiat Linea Classic Review & Test Drive

Fiat Linea Classic Overview

Fiat is a great brand name in International market with a lot of contributions to the automobile industry and is certainly got a knack for making high quality vehicles with superior technologies and features. Fiat is also making its name slowly but surely in Indian market with some great projects running for them in pipeline and has already proved themselves with biggies like Punto and Linea. Fiat Linea is one of the most successful sedans in India from the Italian makers and is known for its stylish design, beautiful features and great performance. Recently, making their move towards a better future for the company, Fiat India has launched an affordable version of Linea for the Indian market on September 25, 2013 in Fiat Cafe, New Delhi named as, Fiat Linea Classic. It is placed between the regular Linea and Punto and is devoid of some features of the regular version to lower down its cost. It is a great move from the Italian brand considering the start of festive season in India, which always turned out a profitable and successful season for newcomers like Linea Classic. View offers on Fiat Cars from Fiat dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Fiat Linea Classic Style

The Fiat Linea Classic looks like the regular Linea but is devoid of many features. Thus on the exterior side, you will find the front fog lights, alloy wheels, body side moulding, chrome door handles and chrome lining on the doors missing. Now these features do add to the premium touch of the vehicle but the lack of it on the Linea Classic isn’t much of a bother because the car continues to look attractive even in lower trim. If anything, the lack of 15-inch wheels do rob away the beautiful stance of the car. Mind you, the Linea is a long car and by far the longest in its segment (4560 mm length) which means you will always have the feeling of driving something bigger than what you paid for.

Fiat Linea Classic Space

The interior of Fiat Linea Classic is also a symbol of excellence, beauty and comfort which includes all-black upholstery, leather finished power steering with tilt feature and gear shift knob, vanity mirror at front passenger’s side, roof light with dimming effect, rear roof light, collapsible rear sun curtains, a foldable key, adjustable seats, spacious dashboard with all-black finishing, a powerful AC with manual control system by knobs placed on the center console, a digitally interfaced vehicle information computer behind the steering wheel which houses a digital odometer, a real-time mileage indicator, an external temperature indicator, trip activation analytics, a service schedule reminder, a programmable speed limit buzzer, a distance-to-empty indicator and clock date settings, orange back-lit display screens at the dashboard, sunglass holder, front armrest with 3-level adjustment and a glove box, painted inside door handles and a rear armrest with a cup holder and a glove box, power windows with Auto Down feature, remote keyless entry, remote tailgate opening, an integrated quality music system with MP3, CD, an in-built USB port, FM Radio, AUX-in, 6 speakers and a remote control and a boot capacity of 500 litres which can also be increased by folding the rear seats.

Fiat Linea Classic Engine

When Fiat launched the Linea Classic, we all were skeptical about how it would perform as the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine only outputs 75 BHP of power and 190 Nm of torque, which is down on the regular Linea’s 90 HP and 209 Nm. Considering the regular Linea isn’t quick and the Linea Classic also weighs as much, we were expecting disappointing performance. However the Linea Classic has surprised us with the way it moves. The engine lacks VGT which has somehow become a blessing for the car in city conditions. Unlike the VGT equipped Linea diesel, this lower output motor has turbolag well contained which gives it slick performance in the city. For more info on Linea Classic visit industrynewswire.in 

The Linea Classic’s mill is very tractable and power delivery is linear. You will never feel the lack of ponies in city conditions. Want to amble around town at 20 km/hr, sure you can do that in third gear without a hitch. 100 km/hr comes up in third gear near the redline while cruising on the highways in top gear at 100 km/hr will make the tacho needle tick at around 2500 RPM. What further complements the Linea Classic’s drivability is the light clutch with a dead pedal although the gearbox is a bit resistant and isn’t a fast shifting unit. One can expect a mileage of 14 km/l in the city and 16 km/l on the highway with 100% AC usage.

The meat of the performance comes between 2000-3500 RPM and post that the Linea Classic’ powerplant really starts to lose breath. NVH levels are good in the lower part of the powerband but once past 3000 RPM, the oil burner starts becoming audible and is very loud post 4000 RPM. The motor itself is very lethargic in the higher end of the power band and redline comes in at 5100 RPM. This isn’t a car you would want to rev hard as there is no top end power. Thus the Linea Classic doesn’t far well in outright acceleration and 0-100 km/hr takes around 18 seconds. You need to downshift on the highways to get going while overtaking.

Fiat Linea Classic Driving

Fiat Linea Classic has drum brakes at rear while disk brakes at front. The suspension system consists of an Independent Wheel with Helical Coil Spring, Stabilizer Bar and Double-acting Telescopic Dampers at front while Torsion Beam with Helical Coil Spring, Stabilizer Bar and Double-acting Telescopic dampers at rear. The safety of the passengers is also an important issue for which it has ABS with EBD, high tensile steel frame, early crash sensors, crumple zone, reinforced bodywork, Anti-theft engine immobiliser with rolling code, central and automatic door locking, programmable speed limit indicator, double crank prevention system, a digital indicator if the door remained open accidently, fire prevention system, Follow Me Home headlights, driver seat belt warning light with buzzer and 3-point ELR seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters.

Fiat has been known for giving a good blend of ride and handling in its cars. The Linea’s mature underpinnings means the Classic rides very well, better than the regular Linea thanks to the higher profile rubber. However handling isn’t as good due to the car being undertyred and the steering lacking the feel you expect from a Fiat car. Sure the hydraulic unit is heavy at low speeds and quick at high speeds but it isn’t feedback rich. There is pronounced body movement at high speed and that really robs away the feel from the car although the Linea remains firmly composed on the highways. Turning radius seems better thanks to the smaller wheels. Brakes are aided by ABS and offer very good stopping power, there is no EBD though.

Fiat Linea Classic Safety

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

Fiat Linea Classic Cost in Hyderabad

Fiat Linea Classic On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,50,061 to 9,47,834 for variants Linea Classic 1.4 L P Classic and Linea Classic 1.3L Multijet Plus respectively. Fiat Linea Classic is available in 3 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Fiat Linea Classic variants price in Hyderabad.Check for Linea Classic price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Fiat Linea Classic Conclusion

Overall, Fiat Linea Classic is a great combination of style, beauty, comfort, performance, space and speed but the features being omitted can be a downward point for Fiat as its competitors are providing them in the same price range. But altogether, its performance is better than many of them which make it a formidable competitor.The main strength of Linea Classic is its high-quality engine and strong build quality and the growing service network which was a major setback earlier. And the competitive price tag has certainly given it a good boost in sales figures as well.

Audi A4 Facelift Review & Performance

Audi A4 Overview

An updated version of the Audi A4 sedan is making the test rounds in Germany, looking every bit like a model that’s on the receiving end of a few facelifts. The premium sedan is expected to be released a little earlier than expected as rumors continue to swirl around the current model’s sales struggles. If true, we can expect the updated Audi A4 to get a quick turnaround date, possibly as soon as the latter part of the year or maybe in early 2019. View offers on Audi Cars from Audi dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Audi A4 Style

The new generation A4 might not look very different compared to the older car, but make no mistake since Audi has made many significant changes to the sedan and it is a whole new product underneath. The exteriors of the A4 have clean lines and the usual Audi styling is apparent. The front features sharp headlamps with uniquely-styled DRLs along with the imposing Audi grille. The side profile is neat but I really wish the automaker provided better-looking alloy wheels. The rear again has a premium appeal to it but what catches the eye are the dynamic turn indicators which look simply beautiful. The diesel variant comes with a dual exhaust setup, unlike the petrol trims.

Audi A4 Space

The Audi A4’s interior received wholesale changes only a few years ago so don’t expect the same thing to happen when the facelifted A4 arrives. If anything, there’s a better chance that Audi keeps the whole thing intact because the new design and layout it introduced were derived from a slew of technological developments that preceded it.In addition to its design, the new A4’s interior should also benefit from having the usual array of tech goodies, including the 8.3-inch display that’s sitting atop the dashboard and the new MMI system that’s made up of a suite of new features like navigation, touch capability, LTE connectivity, WiFi, and free-text search function.

If there are changes that can be expected on the facelifted A4, it could manifest in things like turning the heads-up display and the Digital Cockpit into standard equipment. The Bang & Olufsen sound system and the tablets located in the rear section could be also be offered as standard items on the new model. Other than that, it should be status quo as far as the interior of the car is concerned.

Audi A4 Engine

Depending on their choice, buyers can buy the one with a 2 liter, 200 horsepower engine or the one with 3.6 liter and 255 horsepower. Its powerful engine makes driving easy even on bumpy roads. It also has a four link suspension in the front. This makes driving a lot more comfortable. Transmissions are also different for different body types. It can have a continuously variable transmission or an automatic one. Check for Audi A4 in industrynewswire.in 

The six speed automatic transmission helps in achieving good fuel economy.Its four wheel drive makes the car very safe. Your trip is safe even in harsh weather conditions or damaged and bumpy roads. The car has various other safety materials too like the anti lock brakes. High quality material is used in the manufacturing of this car. Front and side airbags are present to make the car even safer. The side airbags protect the rear and front occupants. All this gets it quite a high safety rating.

Audi A4 Driving

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

Audi A4 Safety

Mercedes Benz GLA Class has a strong safety system with the presence of adaptive brake lights flashing, attention assist, LED headlamps, hill start assist and many other features. Mercedes Benz GLA Class comes with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as well that reduces the chances to over steer and over turn.

Audi A4 Cost in Hyderabad

Audi A4 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 47,37,624 to 53,72,803 for variants A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus and A4 35 TDI Technology respectively. Audi A4 is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Audi A4 variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Audi A4 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Audi A4 Conclusion

The Audi A4 diesel offers a blend of looks, luxury, technology, performance and comfort. It is a very superior package and the German automaker has hit most of the right strings to make it a well-rounded sedan. It isn’t very engaging to drive but makes for a comfortable cruiser and the not-too-big size makes it perfect to potter around the city too. You’ll like the new A4 if you want to go somewhere in style and don’t mind losing out on some of the fun factor to compensate for all the other wonderful things that this Audi has to offer.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Review & Performance

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Overview

Maruti is stepping up their game in the Indian market and of late they have been pushing the envelope in various new dimensions. The carmaker introduced their premium NEXA brand having niche products to taste the higher end of the mass market segment. Maruti recently experimented a different design direction with the launch of the Ignis targeting millennials and now they are finally entering the performance oriented segment. Yes, we are talking about the new Baleno RS that comes with a brand new BoosterJet engine. We just drove the hot hatch at the Buddh International Circuit, testing the limits of the 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor. The RS moniker here stands for ‘Road Sport’ and we see if the first performance-centric hatch from Maruti justifies the RS badge. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Style

Maruti impressed their Indian customers when they introduced the Baleno last year. The car is based on a completely new lightweight platform and looked completely different from any other Maruti products. Maruti claims that the Baleno hatchback is a premium offering and thus gets many bold design elements. The new Baleno with its ‘liquid flow’ design language puts the car in the same league of some other premium hatchbacks like the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Fiat Punto Evo.

Just like the Baleno hatchback, the Baleno RS carries forwards the same V-shaped grille which gets some chrome elements which makes it look slightly more aggressive. The Baleno RS also feature a slightly sportier front bumper as well with lots of Black elements on them. The front bumper also houses round shaped fog lamps as well with chrome accents. Just like the front profile the side profile now gets flared wheel arches and slightly bigger alloy wheels to make things sportier while it will also feature a slightly aggressive body kit as well in the form of an extra side skirt. Just like the front profile the rear profile of the Baleno RS too feature a slightly tweaked bumper to go well with the overall aggressive design.

Although there are no major changes made to the overall design but according to Maruti, they have strengthened the chassis to go well with the more powerful and heavier engine. As a result, the car is now heavier than the standard Baleno hatchback.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Space

You won’t notice many changes on the inside as the interiors are identical. The all black theme of the dashboard and upholstery continues. The instrument cluster is carried over having a TFT display that comes with torque and power graphics, fuel economy details, time, outside temperature, driving time, etc. The Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay connectivity and features such as navigation system, rear parking camera display, etc. Some of the key features include keyless entry and go with push button start, follow me home headlamps, auto AC, front centre armrest and more.

The fit and finish feels long lasting and the cabin offers good ergonomics. The seats are comfortable and there is more than enough space both at the front and for the rear passengers. All in all, from the inside, the Baleno RS feels pretty much the same. Maruti could have offered some sporty elements to differentiate such as red accents, redesigned steering wheel, sporty gear knob, aluminium pedals, etc. to differentiate the interior layout from the regular Baleno.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Engine

The Baleno RS comes powered by a smaller yet more powerful 101bhp 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine unlike the conventional 1.2-litre one. This new three-cylinder engine isn’t as smooth as the four-cylinder one, but is still refined. Unless you rev it above 2,000rpm, you won’t hear the throaty sound. This is also when you will experience its healthy acceleration. There’s a fixed-geometry turbo-charger, but Maruti has done a fantastic job in reducing the turbo lag. So what you have is a nice linear power delivery. This combined with a smooth five-speed gearbox and light clutch ensured that I didn’t have a tiring drive even on crowded roads of Mumbai. There’s 150Nm of torque available from 2,500rpm, meaning I could drive the RS easily at slower speeds in higher gears too. A downshift only provided me an excellent pickup to go past cars in a jiffy.Furthermore, the light steering makes it enjoyable to drive the car.

The Baleno RS weighs just 970kg making it a lightweight car in its segment. With such great drivability, we weren’t really expecting a high fuel efficiency. But, by offering 13.8kmpl in bumper-to-bumper traffic conditions, the Baleno RS has left me amazed. I have very rarely managed to get anywhere close to these figures in my Jazz or Amaze under the same conditions.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Rideing

Maruti has also strengthened the chassis for the additional support however like we already mentioned above the overall kerb weight of the hatchback is also more than the standard Baleno hatch. To make the ride sportier Maruti has also retuned the suspension setup for a stiffer setting. The RS variant also gets additional rear disc brakes which definitely will improve the cars overall stopping power.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS 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.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,77,588 to 9,77,588 for variants Baleno RS 1.0L and Baleno RS 1.0L respectively. Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs is available in 1 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Baleno RS price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Conclusion

This is definitely the most important part of any overview article when it looks bit confusing. So now the question arises will you spend all those extra money to get your hands on the more powerful 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit which produces slightly more power than the 1.2 Litre unit powering the standard car. Well! Why Not? The 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit certainly does not provide enough power but atleast this car surely returns an impressive overall fuel efficiency. So by paying that entire additional amount you do get a slightly more fuel efficient engine which also promises slightly better power output.

Honda Jazz Review & First Drive

Honda Jazz Overview

The 2018 Honda Jazz, even according to Honda, isn’t an all-new car. They will even tell you that it is not an official MMC, which stands for Mild Model Change, the type that you would typically have halfway through a cars product cycle. It is then an update to keep the Jazz fresh in a market full of well equipped modern premium hatchbacks. What we are trying to say is that expecting a lot from this update is not very fair. That said, let talk a little about what has changed in terms of the new 2018 Honda Jazz.

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The Honda Jazz has always been one of the better premium hatchbacks on sale, with a great chassis and lots of space. Although with the new 2018 Hyundai i20 proving to be a runaway success and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno still topping the sales, Honda would have begun to feel the pinch. This meant a hurried, mid-mid-cycle refresh to keep the Jazz relevant until the all-new one makes it to India was the order of the day. Now that it’s on sale, we tested it to find out if the updates are good enough to make some difference. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Honda Jazz Style

We wouldn’t blame you if you thought Honda hasn’t bothered changing anything with respect to the design. That’s because, they haven’t — at all. The “updated” version of the Jazz has had no changes to the sheet metal, or the bumpers. International markets got a fresher looking model in 2017, replete with sportier looking bumpers, new alloy wheels, and a full-LED headlamp cluster (a la Honda City). Sadly, the Indian version gets the short end of the stick.

There’s nothing substantial to report here, save for the small dollop of chrome on the door handles, and the extended lighting in the tail lamps. The added lights, though, are available only in the top-spec VX variant. Since we’re talking of the VX variant, do note that the Jazz no longer gets the sweet-looking spoiler.Honda could have used this update to jazz it up a bit (pun intended), and throw in a pair of daytime running lamps if not the full-LED headlamps. But, that’s not been the case. What we do get, are two new colours borrowed from the Amaze – red and silver.

Honda Jazz Space

The big changes on the Honda Jazz have been focused on the interiors, most of which are centred around the new Digipad 2.0 infotainment system, which now comes in the form of a 7-inch touchscreen that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and in-built navigation. The Digipad 2.0 also doubles up as a screen for the reversing camera with grid-lines and three different camera angles, which is a boon for parking in tight spaces. The top-of-the-line Diesel Jazz, as well as the petrol CVT trim, also get the new start-stop button from the Honda City, that has a cool red pulse illumination. Not much use but it definitely adds to the Jazz’s cool quotient.

The 2018 Honda Jazz also gets a few more premium touches including a new centre armrest with storage, a driver’s side vanity mirror and speed sensing door locks. The strange bit is that the Jazz’s signature magic seats in the back have disappeared altogether and have been replaced for a standard bench in the back. The back does not even get a rear-ac vent, which is a big miss, although the Jazz is still the roomiest of the premium hatchback with a generous amount of knee room, leg-room and shoulder space. Even the 354-litre boot is the best in its class and is more than ample for a family weekend getaway worth of luggage. Altogether, the updates do a good job of making the Jazz more desirable and building on the Jazz’s spacious, comfort-oriented appeal.

Honda Jazz Engine

The 2018 Honda Jazz does not get anything in the form of updates to the power-train and will be available with the standard 1.2-litre petrol engine that makes 89 horsepower, while the 1.5-litre diesel powertrain makes a conservative 99 horsepower. Honda has even glossed over the diesel CVT option like the Amaze gets, and the Petrol CVT replaces the top VX trim in terms of petrol meaning the petrol manual doesn’t get all the features that the top of line diesel or the Petrol CVT get. We had the 1.5-litre diesel i-DTEC engine on a test, and while it isn’t particularly slow, it’s not quick either. There is still a pronounced lag in the motor as the turbo spools around 1,600 rpm and the gearbox too makes you work a bit harder than expected.

This is a bit of a downer, especially considering how capable the chassis really is. Offsetting this a bit is the impressive fuel-efficiency since Honda claims exceptional mileage figures of 27 kmpl on the 2018 Honda Jazz, I-DTEC. Due to our short drive, we weren’t able to test the real-world fuel-efficiency but we’ll have those numbers soon after a detailed test. We really think a hotter version of the Jazz will be a more than welcome especially considering that Honda’s 1.5-litre VTEC motor from the City would be an absolute blast!

Honda Jazz Driving

The Jazz’ ride is the highlight of the package. There’s no change in suspension hardware, so it remains as comfy as ever. It manages to take the sting out of most patches of broken roads and potholes. On a calm city drive, it’s just what you want. The ride is relaxing as the suspension doesn’t let much into the cabin. As the speeds build, it remains poised even as the speedo hits triple digits. Push it past that, and you’d pick on a sense of floatiness. That said, as long as you stick to the speed limit, you should be plenty comfortable.

Since it’s tuned for outright comfort, there’s some predictable body roll as you enter a corner feistily. At no point does it feel nervous, though. What adds to the driver’s confidence is the ever so friendly Honda steering. Weight wise, it’s just right and it tells you what the front wheels are up to.

Honda Jazz Safety

Braking power on the hatchback is derived from front disc and rear drum brakes. As for safety, features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensor, speed-sensing auto door lock and day/night inside rear view mirror are standard across line-up. Other features, including automatic climate control, steering-mounted audio controls, tilt adjust for the steering, and height-adjustable driver’s seat continue to be on offer. So, nothing drastically new here either.

Honda Jazz Cost in Hyderabad

Honda Jazz Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,51,665/- (Jazz V MT Petrol) to 9,30,434/- (Jazz VX MT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Jazz from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Jazz price in Hyderabad at carzprice

Honda Jazz Conclusion

Honda has given its premium hatchback a feature update. There is no change in terms of design and engine set-up. With the new features on-board, the 2018 Honda Jazz is a bit pricier than its predecessor.Overall the 2018 Honda Jazz is still a spacious, convenient and comfortable hatch that offers some differences from the regular crop of premium hatchbacks that are on sale in India presently. This update just helps it add relevance and stay in the running, ahead of the all-new car likely to debut soon!

Mahindra Scorpio Performance & First Drive

Mahindra Scorpio Overview

The Mahindra Scorpio is an SUV offered by the Indian carmaker in two diesel engine options viz a 2.2-litre mHawk and a 2.5-litre m2DICR. Both these engine options are BS4 complaint. The m2DICR is available only in the base S3 version and the other two versions have the mHawk engines. Power and torque generated by the 2.5-litre engine stand at 75 hp and 200 Nm. The mHawk engine sheds out 120 hp and 280 Nm in the S5 and S7 variants while in the S7 and top end S11 trims, the mill cranks out 140 hp of power and 320 Nm of torque. The new 2017 Mahindra Scorpio comes with micro-hybrid technology. The SUV comes with five-speed manual transmission while the top end S7 trim has a six-speed manual unit. The S11 model comes with an optional shift-on-fly 4WD. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mahindra Scorpio Style

The face is now more aggressive than the Scorpio we’ve been used to so far. Instead of trying to fit in the new family grille onto an older design (as seen in the older Scorpio), the designers have finally got an opportunity to start afresh. The grille, headlamps and bumper are all new. The hexagonal grille is unique and, instead of the usual separations in the form of slats, features smaller inserts finished in chrome. The headlamps go well with the grille, are edgy, and feature projector lighting and parking lamps in the form of LED eyebrows that add to the macho character. The hood is redesigned and the functional scoop that sits on it uses the same grille pattern.

he sides? Well, apart from the front fender, everything else is exactly the same and is disappointing, after all, this vehicle is supposed to be the next-gen Scorpio. The headlamps now wrap around the fender that also features a mock vent like bezel, the side cladding is exactly the same, and only the front section has been redesigned since it is part of the new face. Larger 17-inch wheels (16-inch in the previous model) look good but are more car like than SUV. The wheels however fill up the arches well. Move to the rear and you know it is a Scorpio even though the design is a lot busier than before. A black applique runs across the upper part of the tailgate. It looks better on a darker shade like the blue Scorpio you see here, but the silver number plate garnish is boxy and loud.

The base model is in fact easier on the eyes since it doesn’t feature any contrasting garnish. The window is now smaller and the visible area even less. But it doesn’t affect visibility since the outgoing model’s rear window was unnecessarily large. The window shape is unique and complex, even the rear defogger grids aren’t straight lines but angular. The clear lens tail lamps are new and feature bright LED lighting but the chrome insides look aftermarket especially during the day. However, the vertical pillar-mounted reflectors have now been ditched for non-reflective black inserts.The bumper however is exactly the same as before. Overall, the exterior is still very much like the current Scorpio’s except for the more aggressive face.

Mahindra Scorpio Space

The all-new 2017 Mahindra Scorpio has been given an improved cabin. The current generation version of the car looks more premium and gets dual tone color scheme and numerous added features. The car seats are covered with new black artificial leather upholstery, the top spec models get luxurious black faux leather seats with dark blue fabric inserts while the gear knob, as well as steering wheel too, are leather wrapped. The driver’s seat is height adjustable for a better driving experience. Temperature control is fully automatic that maintains the preferred environment inside the car. AC vents too are improved for better airflow and uniform cooling in the cabin.

Other features in the car are carried forward from the outgoing model that includes 6-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, AUX and USB connectivity and smartphone pairing through Bluetooth. The SUV is nothing short of comfort features which include cruise control, rear parking camera, climate control, keyless entry, electrically adjustable rear view mirror and rear parking sensors. The carmaker has also addressed issues with storage spaces with 12V socket now repositioned, pocket for mobile behind gear knob and sunglass holder.

Mahindra Scorpio Engine

Powering the Mahindra Scorpio are two diesel engine options viz a 2.5 litre m2DICR and a 2.2 litre mHawk. Power and torque generated by the mHawk engines is 120 hp and 280 Nm in the S5 and S7 variants. The engine in the S7 trim also comes in a high power avatar, which along with the top end S11 version churns out respective power and torque of 140 hp and 320 Nm. All the engine options are BS-IV compliant and have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency and the Mahindra Scorpio has a reasonable torque band that makes it easy to drive on highways.

The transmission on the Mahindra Scorpio can be opted in two manual options. The S3, S5 and S7 trims get a five-speed manual gearbox. On the other hand, the high power output S7 and the top end S11 version receive a new six-speed manual gearbox that has been introduced for the first time in the Scorpio. The S11 variant has a shift-on-fly all-wheel drive system that shifts the vehicle from a rear wheel drive to a four-wheel drive where all four wheels drive the vehicle. This system is apt for owners looking at off roading with the Mahindra Scorpio. Although the system has an electronic switch, the transfer case is a mechanical one.

The Mahindra Scorpio has a rated fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl for the m2DICR engine and 15.4 kmpl for the mHawk 2.2 litre diesel unit. These figures are competitive for the SUV.

Mahindra Scorpio Driving

The various changes to the underpinnings improve the Scorpio’s ride and handling by a margin. Gliding over potholes and broken surfaces is even more effortless now, while body roll is much more controlled. The wider track has helped too, the chassis feels a lot more planted at higher speeds and the steering feels quicker. The driving position is still very old-school and a more committed position could have elevated the driving experience even further.

Mahindra Scorpio Safety

Safety is paramount for Mahindra and the Scorpio comes with dual front airbags on the S5, S7 and S11 variants. Other safety features that are available in higher variants are ABS (Anti-locking Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors, panic brake indication and auto door lock.

Mahindra Scorpio Cost in Hyderabad

Mahindra Scorpio Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,10,028/- (Scorpio Getaway 2WD) to 15,59,642/- (Scorpio S11 4WD). Get best offers for Mahindra Scorpio from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Scorpio price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mahindra Scorpio Conclusion

The biggest change we see in the latest model of Scorpio is under the hood. As we know Mahindra Scorpio’s 2.2 mHawk engine is the SUVs biggest forte, this time company has re-tuned the same engine to develop 140PS of power as compared to 120PS in the older version while torque numbers too have been increased to 320Nm from 280Nm. The top end variants S7 and S11 now come mated to brand new six-speed gearbox. The base variant S3 continues to be powered by the 2.5L m2DICR mill and comes coupled with a five-speed transmission.Mahindra Scorpio price in India starts at Rs. 9.34 lakhs and goes up to Rs. 16.10 lakhs for the top end variant. Major competitors of the SUV include Tata Safari Storme, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano in the segment.

BMW X1 Facelift Review & Test Drive

BMW X1 Overview

BMW X1 is a big and powerful looking car that has sturdy build and offers off-road capabilities too. BMW X1 new model released during Auto Expo 2016 is an amazing amalgamation of class and style. It falls in the well above 4-meter category and has amazing features that compare well with its rivals in this price range. This muscular looking SUV has 2670mm of wheelbase that allows it to seat around five passengers comfortably. The design of this SUV looks masculine and the comfort level of this car is on par with other such vehicles in this price category. View offers on BMW Cars from BMW dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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BMW X1 Style

The BMW X1 is offered with the signature kidney shaped radiator grille, LED headlamps with LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), cornering lights and adaptive light distribution. The rear LED tail lights have a 3D design. It also has rain sensor and automatic driving lights. The ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) come with an automatic anti-dazzle, parking function and can be electrically adjusted or folded. The twin exhaust tail pipe has a chrome finish.

The new X1 is certainly a lot more butch than before, and has increased road presence thanks to its flared wheel arches, large signature kidney grille, and the new, angular, twin circular full-LED headlamps. We drove the M Sport version, which looked especially imposing sitting on its 18-inch wheels. Also, to ensure that people know that you’re driving the M Sport variant, it’s got badging on both front doors. And, for a personal high, the M insignia is also visible on the steering wheel. The gorgeous Estoril Blue colour certainly makes the X1 stand out from the crowd, although it’s only available in the M-Sport version.

BMW X1 Space

Step inside, and the first thing you notice is that the BMW X1 is now a lot more luxurious than before. The new 8.7-inch display on the centre of the dashboard catches your attention. Though it doesn’t slide into the dash like the Audi Q3, it still looks stylish and comes with a nice metallic border. It is, of course, equipped with the iDrive infotainment system, as well as navigation. What’s disappointing, though, is that the X1 doesn’t come with a reverse camera – something that’s present even in many small hatchbacks today. Truly inexcusable!

One major upgrade from the previous X1, though, is that the cabin is now far more spacious – even though the new model is slightly shorter in length. The headroom has increased by 53mm, but the biggest improvement is the knee room for the rear passengers – which has increased by 37mm. The rear seats are quite versatile too, as they’re split-folding and also slide forwards and backwards. And one has to compliment BMW for crafting very comfortable front and rear seats. The contours of the seats provide ample back and side support. Also the driving position has vastly improved, as the space in the front has increased by 36mm (as compared with 64mm in the rear). All told, these are certainly some of the best seats in this segment.

BMW X1 Engine

All BMW X1 reviews by auto journalist state the fact that it has a powerful BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine that gets an all-wheel drive system in the top trims of this car model. The 2.0-litre diesel motor has four cylinders with 16 valves. It has a total displacement of 1995cc and churns out 190bhp at 4000rpm and yield torque of 400Nm ranging between 1750 to 2500rpm. The powertrain is coupled to an 8-speed steptronic automatic sport transmission gearbox that drives power to all its wheels.BMW X1 Mileage according to ARAI standard is 20.68kmpl.

The BMW X1 is available with one engine option, a 1,995cc BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine. It generates 190 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm. The engine has been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.The BMW X1 is offeredwith an 8 speed Steptronic automatic ‘Sport’ transmission with Launch control and paddle shifters. The transmission offers smooth gear changes and the well tuned ratios offer a good balance between fuel efficiency and performance.

BMW X1 Driving

The ride of the old X1 was a bit crashy and a bit on the hard side but the new X1 takes care of that part as its much better now. The ride over bumps and potholes is much better though it is still not the best riding car in its class. One thing is the lack of refinement as the new X1 feels noisyThe powerful 1995cc mill along with the 8-speed transmission gearbox gives the SUV enormous power that allows it to reach its top speed of 219kmph in no time. The pickup is also smooth and it crosses 100kmph from standstill in just 7.6 seconds. For a bump free ride, it has an advanced M Sports suspension system that keeps the car running smoothly even on uneven roads.

BMW X1 Safety

In terms of safety, BMW X1 comes with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), CBC (Corner Braking Control), ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with brake assist and airbags. It also has an electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor along with side impact protection and runflat tyres with reinforced side walls.

BMW X1 Cost in Hyderabad

Bmw X1 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 32,38,820/- (X1 sDrive20d Expedition) to 42,68,577/- (X1 xDrive20d M Sport). Get best offers for Bmw X1 from Bmw Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for BMW X1 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

BMW X1 Conclusion

After driving the all-new X1, it’s obvious that BMW completely shredded the architecture of the first generation X1 and started working on this new model from scratch. It’s now more luxurious, fully loaded with features, and definitely looks much better than before – and the M-Sport kit makes it a lot more desirable. Also the cabin is now more spacious and the seats are simply phenomenal. Even the ride quality is now more suited to our road conditions. And so, starting at `29.90 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi, the new X1 should give Audi and Mercedes-Benz some sleepless nights as this new kid on the block certainly means business. Unfortunately, this model with the M-Sport kit is prohibitively expensive – which is a shame because it truly looks the business!

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance & Price

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Overview

One of the eagerly awaited models, Maruti Suzuki Ignis, the is a sub-four-meter crossover makes its way into the subcompact crossover segment. Maruti Suzuki India tags it as the premium urban compact car and it varies slightly compared to the international model. While it was earlier thought that the Ignis was a niche product, in a niche segment, Maruti Suzuki has thwarted all those ideas and made it the most affordable car to be retailed out of the Nexa dealerships. The Ignis is built on the same platform that underpins Baleno and gets an aggressive grille up front, projector headlamps, LED DRLs and a bold shoulder line. The cabin is draped in a dual tone theme, packed with prominent features. On the safety front, it gets significant provisions like airbags, ABS as part of standard equipment. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis Style

Maruti Ignis exteriors flaunts a tall boy stance and boxy design, somewhat similar to the Wagon R. The front fascia has a single frame chrome grille with LED projector headlamps, daytime running lights (DRLs) and fog lamps with chrome inserts. Being built on a new generation rigid platform embodying Suzuki Total Effective Control Technology (TECT), it boasts of cladding at wheel arches, while riding on trapezoidal 5-spoke all-black alloy wheels. It is also available with dual-tone exterior, identical to the Vitara Brezza.

Maruti has come up with unique personalization opportunities, with concepts like roof wraps, colour options in ORVMs, spoilers, fog lamp garnish, interior styling and more. Other personalization accessories include roof spoilers, wheel cladding, door-visor and cladding, and front, rear and side skid plate. Maruti Ignis colours include Pearl Arctic White, Uptown Red, Silky Silver, Tinsel Blue, Glistening Grey and Urban Blue. The dual-tone combinations available with Zeta and Alpha variants are Uptown Red with Midnight Black, Tinsel Blue with Midnight Black and Tinsel Blue with Pearl Arctic White.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Space

inside the car was how good all-round visibility was. This is thanks to the high A-pillar, the large windows (it doesn’t look so large from the outside) and the well designed rear window. The next thing I noticed was that Maruti Suzuki has finally used a new steering wheel! This one looks a lot sportier and far cooler than the plain overused wheel seen in almost every car in Maruti’s current lineup. The rest of the interior is just as funky and as cleverly designed as the exterior with dual-tone finish on the dashboard, a floating AC console with toggle-like switches, carbon-fibre finishes around the AC vents and the tablet-like touchscreen system. Then there’s the body-coloured panels inside like on the door handles, and the portion surrounding the gearbox. In some colours this looks nice, but in others, like the bright red one, it’s a bit too tacky for me. Plastic quality looks and feels quite decent, like in the Baleno, but isn’t the best in the market. The Zeta variant, which is the one below the top-spec Alpha, doesn’t get automatic climate control or a touchscreen infotainment system. While the design of the two-DIN audio system and the manual AC controls don’t look as appealing, it still is quite neat.

What’s most impressive is the amount of space inside the car… for four people, that is. The seats — especially up front — are very comfortable with good bolstering, while there’s a good amount of knee room and head room at the back. Despite having a similar wheelbase to the current Swift, knee room appears to be better. However, rear shoulder room is quite poor and can seat just two adults comfortably. Another issue was that the rear door opening wasn’t high enough, making ingress and egress a bit inconvenient. The boot on the other hand which has a capacity of 260l, isn’t as spacious as the Baleno’s 339l, but is better than the the Swift’s 204l.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Performance

The Ignis is powered by a 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engine, both of which are closely related to the Baleno. The diesel makes 75PS of power and 190Nm of torque. The diesel starts to offer good drivability from 1500 rpm and that makes it easy to keep pace with traffic around you. However, the engine gets a spring in its step from 2000rpm and pulls to the 5200rpm limiter. While the engine gets noisy at higher rpms, there is reasonable progress as well. The revelation, though, is the diesel-equipped AGS (AMT). For the most part, the crudeness associated with AMTs has been wiped out. Changes to software and calibration has resulted in a slick and positive AMT experience.

Often, it is only when you look at the information display that you can make out that the gear shift has been made. Gear changes, up and down, are smooth. There is virtually no head-nod or shift shock here. However, if you put your foot down hard when looking for an urgent response the suddenness becomes apparent. On the upside, the shifts are quick and the gearbox is eager to shift down, and jumps down two gears when required too. There is a manual mode, but you will only want to use that when you want to drive at a relaxed pace because the gearbox’s logic keep you in the meat of the power and you are rarely left wanting for response. What you need to get used to is that, at times, the Ignis continues to surge forward even after you have lifted off the throttle as the spooled-up turbo continues to feed the engine. But, this is something you quickly get used to.

The petrol engine develops 83PS of power and 113Nm of torque. As the Ignis is some 50kgs lighter than the Baleno, it feels more responsive lower in the rev range. There is great drivability from the engine even at low and mid-rpms. It is easy to leave the engine hovering between the 1000-2000rpm mark while going about your business in the city. The AMT equipped is just as capable on the petrol as it is on the diesel. The gearbox logic makes great use of the torque available at low and midrange rpm. But, its happy to jump down gears to get the revs up and speed things up. But, the real test of the gearbox was in Chennai’s murderous traffic. Through 45 mins of errant pedestrians, magically appearing motorcycles, race-taxis, and bovine traffic the transmission worked fluently enough that I could focus on just steering my way through the challenges without having to second guess what the gearbox was upto.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Driving

The Ignis’ suspension setup is a bit on the firmer side. Small potholes and undulations are absorbed well, but the sharper ones will result in a few thuds. If you don’t slow down over the larger ruts, the slightly taut damping can get a bit uncomfortable like in the Baleno. But as a result of this, handling is not bad at all.

The car feels very nimble and it changes direction pretty quickly. This along with its compact dimensions, makes it a real riot to drive inside the city. We didn’t get to thoroughly test how well it handles corners at higher speeds thanks to the almost straight route we followed on the East Coast Road in Chennai. But from what we could tell, there is some amount of well-controlled body roll during quick direction changes at high speeds. We’ll have to wait till the road test to find out just how good it is around the twisties. High speed stability however, is very impressive especially considering the skinny tyres it’s running, while the brakes, which are progressive in nature, offer good performance and feedback.

Where it does fall short though, is with the steering. The electric steering in the Ignis is quite lifeless, and is probably the weakest link when it comes to being connected to the driver. It takes a while before you get used to the vague feel of the steering. It doesn’t weigh up very well at high speeds either, making sudden direction changes a bit unnerving. That said, its light weight makes it very convenient to use in the city, which is where this car will mostly be driven.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Safety

It is one aspect where Maruti has truly excelled. Maruti Ignis specifications include dual front airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioner and force limiter (PTFL), and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) as standard fitments. In addition, ISOFIX Anchorage – a child seat restraint system – is also offered as a standard feature with the entire Ignis variant lineup.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,61,744/- (Ignis 1.2 Sigma MT) to 7,60,077/- (Ignis 1.3 Alpha MT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ignis from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Ignis price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Conclusion

It’s one of the few cars in the affordable segment that has character. It’s a fun little car in every way, and there hasn’t been a car so far in the sub-10 lakh price range that’s put a mischievous smile on my face the way this one did. In fact, it’s one of the few cars in this price bracket that I really, really want to own. Then of course, the price comes in, and I’m forced to sink back in my seat.

The top-spec petrol variant with a manual transmission, which is the one I’d buy, costs Rs 6.69 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. It’s quite steep especially when you consider that the top-spec Baleno petrol costs just Rs 50,000 more and offers the same amount of kit and also more room. It’s a similar story with the top-end diesel variant as well, which costs Rs 7.80 lakh.

Honda Brio Facelift Review & First Drive

Honda Brio Overview

Honda’s first small car for the Indian market promises a lot and from our first impression it does have the capability to deliver on those promises. It is however nothing like the Honda new small car concept we saw unveiled at the 2010 Auto Expo in Delhi. That was a far more sportier looking hatchback though the Brio by itself is attractive enough to warrant a fair amount of attention. The styling is pretty close to the Jazz with the sharply raked hood tapering towards the grille though it’s much more compact. Yet the Brio has a wide footprint, 1.6 metres wide that makes it look well planted and stable. The roof gets taller as it flows towards the rear but the most eye-catching element is the hatch – made out of transparent glass. It’s a very attractive design element and quite practical too, at least it will prevent all those pesky hotel and mall security personnel from wanting to open your boot all the time. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda Brio Style

A nip and tuck for the Brio was long overdue, considering that it had been around for about half a decade. The little Honda was lauded for its city-friendly proportions and peppy motor, but sales did slump a fair bit purely because the opposition kicked things up a notch. For the first time in five years, the hatch has been given a facelift to take on the newer lot. But are the changes good enough?

Changes to the exterior are minimal. The Brio retains its cutesy face, but there’s an all-new bumper and grille combo. As you might have figured out already, it’s the same setup we’ve seen on the updated Amaze, just with the chrome grille being swapped for a gloss black one here. It looks more mature now, but on a personal front, I still prefer the older face. The side and rear get absolutely no updates whatsoever, save for a stubby spoiler with LED lights and updated detailing in the tail lamps. The all-glass hatch is unique to the Brio, but it is surprising to see Honda skimp out on a rear wiper. The flat-ish tail is likeable, but the design is beginning to show its age. On a related note, we’d have loved to see the hot RS version that other Asian markets get, with the super-cool projector headlamps and dual-tone alloy wheels, but sadly that isn’t an option just as yet.

Honda Brio Space

The interiors of the Brio are fairly up-market and contemporary – at least they feel richer than what Toyota has used inside the Etios/Liva. It also feels wider though three full grown adults at the back will be a tight fit. There is however enough knee room and space to place your feet comfortably, even for the guy squeezed in between the other two thanks to the nearly flat floor.

The dashboard is a pleasant mix of beige and chocolate brown, the clocks are sporty and the steering wheel complements the whole look. Our ‘one below the top of the line’ variant got steering mounted audio controls though the 2-DIN stereo does not accept compact discs and like the Jazz it only has aux and USB connectivity which may work for some but I’m not certain how many people will be comfortable making the technology shift in this segment.

The seats are comfortable though it takes time to find a position that fits you perfectly. One aspect that I found lacking was the number of storage options. In this department Honda broke new ground with the Jazz but that sort of immense and diverse storage options for any number and size of knicks knacks is not present in the Brio. You get the standard cup and bottle holders but thats that, nothing more special.

Honda Brio Engine

There are no changes to the powertrain, which means the Brio continues to be powered by the same 1.2-litre, four-cylinder motor. Power and torque figures remain unaltered at 88PS and 109Nm, and seem adequate.Much like before, the little i-VTEC pot begs to be revved hard. It’s the only way you can have a bit of fun with it. It sounds pleasing at high revs too, if I may add. The clutch – in true Honda fashion – is super light and has a small travel. It bites in nice and early, so setting off in start-stop traffic isn’t going to be a big hassle. But the torque kicks in slightly late, so you will find yourself downshifting often.

If you cannot be bothered with shifting gears yourself, there’s an automatic variant on offer as well. Unlike the rumours that suggested a possible CVT option the Brio continues to sport the good-old 5-speed torque converter automatic. There’s no perceptible difference in the way the hatch moves, so shifts are still smooth, and kickdown induces a lot of protest from the motor. Drive with a super light foot however, and the engine-gearbox combo feels at ease. Upshifts happen early in the rev range (~2000rpm) and the transmission tries to eke out every little bit of mileage it can from the motor. Claimed fuel-efficiency stands at 16.5kmpl versus 18.5kmpl for the manual. A set of paddle shifters would’ve sealed the deal, but then – that’s being a tad too greedy, isn’t it?

Honda Brio Driving

The Brio is a great city car, thanks to its compact dimensions, a fuel-efficient engine and a light steering. It does a nice job zipping about from point A to point B or just ambling about in the city with quiet restraint. But what happens when you show it a freshly-baked piece of tarmac with no sign of life around it? Well, we’re happy to inform you that this baby Honda keeps up with whatever you throw at it. Open the taps and the Brio reaches three-digit speeds in no time. Play with the revs and you’ll pass 150 kmph. While you are at those speeds, the Honda Brio doesn’t feel out of place. The steering has weighed up, the suspension is keeping the car in poise and there is not much jiggling about from this little performer.

Despite its compact dimensions, the Brio always feels as composed as some large sedans. The car feels tight and can stay like this for days, had it an everlasting fuel supply. NVH levels are well controlled too and little enters the cabin at higher speeds. The i-vtec motor is a smooth operator and goes about its business silently, until you press your right foot in disagreement. Being a light car with 88 PS power under the hood, the car zooms ahead with an effortless bellow, leaving behind most hatches in its wake. There is no hesitation from the motor, which, once past 3500 rpm, gives you the same doses of acceleration addiction as did the old Honda city with its 1.5 i-vtec heart. Like all Hondas, the Brio’s suspension is not suited for low speed use on rough roads. The springs crash and thrash about if you increase the violence and the Brio’s reassured ride stability is compromised. Thanks chiefly to a relatively harder suspension setup, the Brio handles corners with relative ease and composure, albeit with some amount of body roll.

Honda Brio Safety

For the safety of occupants, Brio gets a string of safety equipment including dual front airbags (available only on the high end trims), ABS and EBD, front seat belt pretensioner with load limiter, rear windshield defogger, driver seat belt reminder, day/night inside rear view mirror and immobilizer among a few others.Some of the key styling elements on the outside are new headlights, redesigned front chrome grille, mudguard in front and rear, front fog lamps and body coloured bumpers. Inside the cabin, Brio features chrome embellishment around air vent rings and gear shift ring while the steering wheel and inner door handles are finished in silver.

Honda Brio Cost in Hyderabad

Honda Brio Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,74,012/- (Brio E MT Petrol) to 6,86,685/- (Brio VX AT Petrol). Get best offers for Honda Brio from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Brio price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda Brio Conclusion

The Honda Brio is a brilliant small car that excels in most departments while keeping up with the rest of the competition in others. It is a great value proposition, providing comfort, space, fuel economy and performance, all at a justified price, keeping in mind that it wears the big H badge. However, we felt that the interiors could have been better and the suspension more passenger friendly. But this is just looking for needles in a hay stack, for the Brio is otherwise a brilliant all-round package. Also, do not forget that when one buys a car, one builds a relationship with not only the car but also the manufacturer.

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Facelift Review & Test Drive

Mercedes-Benz GLA Overview

Mercedes-Benz with the GLA targeted a segment, it wasn’t really part of. Frankly it didn’t have any competition for the likes of the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1. But when the GLA was first launched in India, most dismissed the car as an A-Class on stilts but Mercedes-Benz knew the potential of this car and the facelift finally made its public debut in January 2017 at the Detroit Motor Show. A little over six months and has now been launched in India with prices starting at ₹ 30.65 lakh (post-GST, ex-showroom).Now, let me make it quite clear; this is probably the mildest of facelifts you’ll see on any car but there’s a lot that’s new. To begin with, the front and rear bumpers of the car are new, they’re reshaped and this has helped it look less like a hatchback and more like an SUV. There’s a simulated underguard in bucket-tooth design with silver chrome in the front bumper. It also gets what Mercedes-Benz calls ‘Powerdomes’ on the bonnet and all this adds to the muscular look of the car. View offers on Mercedes Cars from Mercedes dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Style

The overall design remains the same and you’ll have to squint a little to notice the changes. The front end features a revised bumper and a new grille, which along with the muscular creases on the bonnet makes it look a little more aggressive. I personally like the grille and the big three-pointed star logo it proudly flaunts. It actually gels with the attractive canyon beige colour on our test car.The headlamps are brand new and feature a full-LED set-up, which Mercedes-Benz regards as a high-performance unit. It certainly delivers what it proclaims as illumination at night is indeed bright and has adequate focus and spread.The side profile remains the same, but it’s not that it needed any touch-ups. The crease line that begins from the headlamps and runs along the length of the GLA to disappear into the rear wheel arch is what catches your eye. This angle also highlights the GLA’s hatchback roots, evident from the short pillars and small glass area. While it’s not a cause for concern, the shape and size of the windows does hamper your view from the cabin. So parking in tight areas or manoeuvring in heavy traffic requires a little more attention. For 2017, the GLA also gets new, 18-inch alloy wheels with a five-spoke design that looks quite appealing.

The rear bumper is tweaked slightly and gets a new faux skid plate along with a set of dazzling full-LED lamps. They look similar to the GLC’s tail lamps, and to my eye, a bit better than the ones on the previous GLA.On the whole, the GLA looks sporty and, as I’ve said before, just as what the crossover rule book states.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Space

The interior, shared with the likes of the A-Class and B-Class is typically classy and sporty. The centrally mounted screen combined with the three large air-conditioning vents lends an aeronautic touch to the GLA’s interior. The AC-vents though have been slightly updated with more intrinsic styling elements embedded into them. The GLA also comes standard with a huge panoramic roof and sunroof package that gives the cabin an airy feel. One can opt for three interior color packages. The all-black version with a silver accent piece running from left to right, looks mature and goes well with the silver accent on the steering wheel. On the other hand, the all-beige and the black-beige combination interior options look classy and will surely appeal to the Indian customer.

The GLA-Class comes with electric seats for both the driver and the passenger. While one can choose a black interior package, the more popular beige version makes the car feel airier and larger on the inside. Although there is a decent amount of legroom in the back seats, we found a severe lack of under thigh support. This factor would make the passengers in the back of the GLA feel rather uncomfortable on longer road trips.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Engine

The facelift might be a mild one but there are no changes to the engines on offer. The 2-litre petrol and 2.1-litre diesel motors continue to power the facelift of the GLA and we got down to driving the diesel. The 2.1-litre diesel churns out 168 bhp (which is the same as before) and the torque of 350 Nm kicks in at around 1500 rpm which makes sure you have power at hand early. That 7-speed dual clutch gearbox helps in seamless transfer of power to the wheels and the paddle shifters make your life easier. The 200d and the 200 petrol do not get the AWD system but the 220d comes with four-wheel drive as standard and thanks to this, you get off to a brisk start right from the word go. Sadly, as the revs build up and go past 2500 rpm, the engine grunt becomes obvious. It’s not an enjoyable sound and you immediately get off the gas. There’s a big change though in the way the GLA rides. The bouncy ride has now given way to a bit of comfort, however, I still feel that the suspension could have been tweaked to be on the softer side, but the ride is not a bumpy one now and that’s a big plus.

It’s more agile too and the higher ground clearance has not hampered the performance of the car. As I’ve told you earlier, all-wheel drive is now standard on the GLA 220d and it comes with Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) which helps to handle steep downhill driving. The speed can be set between four and 18 kmph which makes it easier to navigate through terrains. Driving modes include – Eco, Individual, Off-Road and Dynamic and in each you can tweak the setting of the steering and the engine. The best option is individual, where you put the steering response into Eco mode and the engine response into Sport mode and well, it all falls into place. The 18-inch tyres give you the much needed grip and the GLA maintains its composure when driven into a corner. Now, Mercedes-Benz calls it a genuine off-roader and we can’t wait to test that part out.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Driving

The GLA is set up stiff, so the ride is a bit bumpy at slow speeds, especially when driving over potholes or undulations. Pick up the speeds, however, and the ride does get a bit better. But the joy of this set up lies in corners, and that’s where the GLA shines.Despite its 171mm ground clearance, the GLA handles just like a car. It remains flat and true to an intended line around a corner. There is good feedback from the steering too, and the grip from the fat tyres and the all-wheel-drive system make the GLA enjoyable around canyon roads. This, with the added peace of mind that you won’t have to worry too much about scraping the underbelly on bad roads.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Safety

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes loaded with everything you might want from a luxury compact SUV in today’s day and age. The typically Mercedes-Benz centre console with the inbuilt telephone and audio controls does look a little outdated although they do their job well. With additional features like a reverse camera, parking sensors and GPS-navigation, the GLA is right at par with everything else in its segment. The GLA also comes with safety features like tyre pressure monitoring sensors, attention assist and seven airbags.Mercedes-Benz’s Command system that controls all the function on the main infotainment screen is as good as ever and offers the driver and the passengers an intuitive experience. That said, we did find the infotainment screen to be slightly smaller than what we could have expected and as with the A-Class and B-Class, a slight after though on the part of the designers.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Cost in Hyderabad

Mercedes Benz Gla Class Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 31,70,935/- (GLA Class 200 d Style) to 38,01,700/- (GLA Class 220 d 4MATIC). Get best offers for Mercedes Benz Gla Class from Mercedes Benz Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Benz GLA price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mercedes-Benz GLA Conclusion

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is not only the most important car Mercedes-Benz will launch this year, we believe it will be the most important car Mercedes-Benz will launch for a while. With the new C-Class and the stunning CLA-Class on its way to India soon, the only thing Mercedes-Benz will really have to be worried about is the GLA cannibalising traditional sedan customers with the lure and aura of a multipurpose platform like a compact SUV.Should the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 be worried about the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class wooing audiences in a way they have never had to worry about in the past? Considering the fact that the GLA offers good performance, handing and interior trim while managing to look as good as it does, the answer is a resounding YES!