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!

Honda Amaze Performance & First Drive

Honda Amaze Overview

This is the all-new Honda Amaze. Everything from the chassis to the body shell, the interior design, the features, safety equipment and, very importantly, the transmission has been changed. The engines are not all-new but get improvements of their own for improved driveability, fuel efficiency and comfort. Honda says the goal for their R&D Asia Pacific department was to make a ‘one-class-above’ sub-4 metre sedan based on the feedback from both existing owners of the previous-gen sedan as well as potential customers of the all-new one. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda Amaze Style

Honda Amaze now comes in a completely new avatar. It is very different from the outgoing model. The car is underpinned by an all-new platform and the exteriors look appealing. It is now more stylish, and premium looking. The platform has made it longer, wider and the wheelbase has also increased.

Front

It gets the signature thick chrome grille of Honda and the front is flat in design. The grille blends into the headlamps, which are now much sleeker. The headlamps are regular halogen ones and are not projectors, even on the top end VX trim. The car gets LED daytime runnings lights integrated into the headlamp and the turn indicators are also embedded. The fog lamps are round in shape and have a black bezel. The bonnet has grooves which make it look muscular.

Side

The side of the 2018 Honda Amaze looks much more evolved now, especially with the well integrated boot. It looks more like a premium sedan from the side now. The door pillars are blacked out and it also has new door handles which are identical to the City. There is a shark fin antenna as well. The car gets 15-inch ally wheels on the top two V and VX variants. The base E and S variants get 14-inch steel wheels. The spare wheel is a 14-inch steel wheel, across all variants.

Rear

The rear of The new Amaze looks sportier. While the car we has earlier seen at the Auto Expo has a chrome strip on the boot, the production model does not get any chrome at the rear. The tail lamps are attractive and are of a split design. The rear bumper is large and extends low with an integrated skirt.

Honda Amaze Space

The second generation Amaze gets a completely new dashboard. Everything inside is new, starting from the 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, instrument cluster with MID display, automatic climate control buttons, design on the AC vents and a DIGIPAD 2.0 touchscreen infotainment system. The materials used inside the cabin too feel more premium. Needless to say, the dual-tone black and beige treatment on the dashboard makes the cabin feel airy and large. The steering feels good to hold and in terms of features, the new Amaze offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, cruise control, steering-mounted audio and cruise controls, push-button start, rear parking camera with sensors and electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs.

The front seats provide great comfort and support, the side bolstering deserves a special mention. Cabin space is much improved in terms of headroom, shoulder room, legroom and knee clearance. The rear seat is a much more comfortable place to be in. However, under-thigh support is strictly average for both the front and rear seats. Ingress and egress are comfortable too. The almost flat floor at the rear seat also makes the new Amaze a comfortable 5-seater compact sedan. The AC is pretty impressive and cools the cabin quickly. Honda has increased the capacity of the compressor to ensure quick cooling in our country’s tropical climate. Boot space is up by 20-litres and now measures 420-litres, which is best-in-class.

Honda Amaze Gearbox

The same engines do duty in the 2018 Honda Amaze. One is the 1.2 litre, four cylinder, SOHC engine that produces 89bhp of power at 6000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. The power and torque are slightly improved now. This engine comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and also a CVT. The engine feels smooth and refined. The manual one, though not outrightly punchy, suits easy driving. The gearshifts are fine and the clutch is light. The CVT transmission focusses more on comfort and is laid back in acceleration. It takes it own sweet time and can get boring as well.The second engine is the 1.5-litre diesel engine with 99bhp of power at 3600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm. The engine is now tweaked to offer better performance and fuel efficiency. It comes mated five-speed manual transmission. The manual diesel is the most fun to drive of the lot. There is good grint in the engine and has sprightly performance. I was quite suprised at the way the NVH levels are controlled now. There is considerably less noise intruding inside the cabin now. Not that its not noisy, but much better than before.

The highlight here is the new diesel CVT which is seen for the first time. I wasn’t so convinced about it, until I drove it. It feels good to drive. Of course, it again focuses on comfort rather than outright performance, but it is not disappointing either. The acceleration is smooth as the speed builds up in a linear fashion. Now this engine has a reduced power of 80 bhp, which is 20bhp less than the manual version and the torque is also 160Nm. The reduction of power and torque is due to the fact that diesel engine has a flatter torque available across a range of rpms, hence unlike petrol, the diesel CVT does not require high power. However, the drive experience of this one was quite impressive and we do recommend it if you prefer long leisure driving.

Though we did not do a detailed mileage test, however, we estimate a city mileage of around 12 km/l and highway mileage of 16km/l for the petrol manual. The petrol CVT will return around 10km/l in the city and around 15 km/l on the highway.The diesel manual is the most fuel efficient one with a city mileage of around 15 km/l and on the highway it will return close to 19-20km/l. The diesel CVT will return 12-13km/l in the city and around 17-18km/l on the highway.

Honda Amaze Driving

The new Amaze is a big improvement in this department. The new chassis is lighter and so the car is more chuckable. It handles better than the earlier model and the steering response is also better. High speed stability is good and it gives more confidence during cornering. The brakes are fine, but I would have preferred some more bite, specially at high speeds. What impressed us most is the rear seat ride quality. The new suspension has revised damping and the feel is close to a European car. The car also doesn’t get unsettled easily o bad patches. The glove box of the car kept popping open whenever we ran over a speed breaker. A lock adjustment would solve that issue.

Honda Amaze Safety

In terms of safety features, the 2018 Honda Amaze continues to get dual airbags and ABS with EBD but now as standard across the range. The Japanese automaker’s after-sales service has been great and the network is wide-spread too.

Honda Amaze Cost in Hyderabad

Honda Amaze Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,62,455/- (Amaze E MT Petrol) to 8,99,900/- ( Amaze V CVT Diesel). Get best offers for Honda Amaze from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Amaze price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda Amaze Conclusion

The exterior design may not appeal to everyone, the interior design, space and equipment on offer certainly will. Couple all this with one of the best ride-and-handling packages on any car in the sub-4 metre sedan segment, the Honda Amaze should feature on top of your list if you are looking to buy one in the near future.

“The 2018 Amaze feels like an all-rounder and, at least with its diesel MT/CVT variants, makes a good case for itself “

Hyundai Eon Facelift Review & First Drive

Hyundai Eon Overview

Hyundai has successfully created a very strong and reliable image in the auto industry. Its products like the Santro and Accent have been highly successful. One impressive bit about this Korean auto major is, they have updated themselves with time and hence their products done look dated.Bringing the “Fluidic” philosophy in India across all its models, Hyundai has proved that they are very serious about India and also one of the most aggressive players around.If an entry level car comes from such a stable, it has to maintain all the positive attributes that the brand has created. Also, an entry level car need not look dull and boring always but instead can look a lot funkier than expected. The Hyundai EON Sportz is what we stumbled across recently to find out more on this entry level car and all the big things Hyundai has packed in this small little car. For information on contact details of Hyundai car dealers in Chennai

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Hyundai Eon Style

Hyundai Eon is the smallest car to get the company’s fluidic design and the design philosophy shines the best through the car. Eon could be the car with most curves and lines in its segment, or a segment higher for that matter.Heads-on, the Hyundai Eon gets swept back headlamps with a neat chrome strip adorning the Hyundai logo. The hexagonal grille is also a part of the front bumper which is really big and gives a macho look to the front of the Eon.Sculpted bonnet and neatly designed fog lamps are a rarity for the cars in this segment.Come to the side and see the fluidic design flow through the car with beefed up wheel arches, a shoulder line that runs from the headlamps to the tail. Another sculpted line runs the length of the car between the front and rear wheels.

The shoulder line scoop upward towards the rear that makes the side profile sportier but rear window visibility is compromised. Even the door handles follow the shoulder line’s path with the rear door handles positioned slightly higher than the front ones.To the rear, the large tail lamps are well designed, following the car’s extroversive character. The rear glass is pretty wide and the rear spoiler is neatly integrated.The rear bumper is pretty meaty but is a size bigger than necessary, also making the boot less accessible by that much. The exhaust pipe is neatly hidden underneath the rear bumper, allowing for a neat layout.The Eon gets 145mm tyres with 12 inch rims for the D-Lite, D-Lite+, and ERA+ variants and 155mm tyres with larger 13 inch rims on Magna+ and Sportz variants. Both are pretty skinny and we recommend an upgrade to 165 or wider tyres for safety.

Hyundai Eon Space

Hyundai Eon has very well-thought interior. It is airy and has a cheerful feeling to it. The materials used inside are of very good quality and the finishing of everything is done in a very nice way. Being tall, there is a lot of room inside. The legroom and headroom is ample for four adults and a kid to sit in the vehicle comfortably. Hyundai has used a lot of beige colour to make the car feel premium from the inside. The dashboard has been designed in a curvy and flowing way, and the car feels amazing, especially with the price tag it comes with. Hyundai has tried to keep things very simple and as informative as possible. The instrument panel, for instance, has only three neat pods displaying every information about the vehicle. The steering wheel feels proportionate to the interiors and feels good to hold.

The storage inside the Eon is well managed. On the centre column, the Eon gets a good audio system with premium features. The highlight of interior would be the gear shift indicator that aids the driver in saving a lot of fuel. The small budget car also comes with tilt-steering and front power windows for easy access. The centre console features tiny chrome dipped buttons, which looks snazzy. However, Hyundai could have done a better job on this part. Hyundai Eon has good quality seats and they don’t easily fatigue the occupants. The cabin space, however, is smaller than that of Alto or even Nano. With a boot space of 215 lires, the Hyundai Eon offers a good amount of space for the price it comes at. Even though the Hyundai Eon is an entry-level hatchback in the market, it is equipped with advanced features. The car gets integrated music system with many advanced features, like radio, CD player, AUX-in, ipod connectivity and USB. These features are often missing from most of the expensive cars and Hyundai has done a good job by providing these unexpected features in the vehicle. There is a set-up of four speakers in the car, which plays the sound relatively well. To manage the space in a better way; Hyundai has installed accessories, like rear parcel tray, cup holders and bottle holders around the vehicle. There are also map pockets and floor console storage for additional space. Hyundai has really thought well about the Eon and its space management.

Hyundai Eon Gearbox

The Eon comes powered by a three-cylinder, 814cc petrol engine. This motor is actually the 1.1-litre iRDE unit from the Santro (and original i10) with one cylinder less. Basic architecture remains the same, with a three-valve-per-cylinder, SOHC arrangement. With 55bhp on tap, the Eon slots right between the standard 800cc Alto and the larger-hearted Alto K10 on the power scale.Hyundai’s three-pot motor was never going to be as smooth as its four-cylinder counterpart, but refinement levels are just about acceptable for the class. Hyundai has equipped the engine with a counter balancer which cancels out vibrations to some extent. However, there’s a distinct imbalance at idle and you can feel vibrations filter through, notably via the gearlever. Things smoothen out when you tap the throttle but there’s always a thrum which you can’t miss.

We always liked the bottom-end pep of the long-stroke iRDE engine but sadly, in this three-cylinder avatar, the energetic character is missing. There is a flat spot when accelerating from very low engine speeds, so this motor needs to be revved a bit to gain momentum.The Eon does feel quite comfortable once on the move and keeping up with city traffic isn’t a problem either. It’s only when overtaking vehicles that the lack of outright power comes into play. Mid-range and part-throttle responses are mediocre and the Eon only ambles along until you get into the powerband. Also rev it past 5000rpm and the engine note goes from a thrum to a thrash.Clearly this motor has no sporting pretensions and, as you’d expect, performance isn’t staggering. The Eon takes 6.46 sec get to 60kph and 17.6 sec to 100kph. These figures do compare well with both Altos though. Hyundai has geared the first three ratios quite short to make the most of the engine’s limited power, so in-city drivability is acceptable for the most part. It is important to keep the engine in the powerband as it is not a quick-revving unit and does take quite some time to get back up to speed. This feeling is oft experienced when upshifting early from second to third gear

Hyundai Eon Rideing

As far as the ride quality and handling characteristics are concerned, both the 0.8L and 1.0L behave similarly as there are no differences in the suspension setup. The Hyundai Eon gets the typical McPherson strut to the front and torsion beam axle to the rear for the suspension duties. While the Eon goes smooth as long as the roads are smooth and can absorb slight aberrations of without a problem. But as the going gets tough, the Eon does get going but you will feel each and every bit of those large bumps.

When it comes to handling, predictable is the word that describes that of the Eon. Hyundai Eon doe a neat job of going around the city traffic without any drama. Over the highways, while the straight line stability is good, going around the curves will rob you off the confidence. The skinny tyres are the major reason and hence we recommend wider tyre upgrade at the earliest. The tyres take no time to understeer if pushed hard and the body roll also crops in.While the light steering is good for the city commutes, the feedback from it is almost nonexistent on the highways. The brakes though have a nice bite to them and inspire confidence during high speed braking situations.

Hyundai Eon Safety

Driver airbag is optional from D-Lite + onwards and is a standard provision on the top end variant while missing out on the entry level trim. Other safety features like central locking, keyless entry, front fog lamps, engine immobilizer, seat belts in front & rear and inside rear view mirror are offered on the hatchback.

Hyundai Eon Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Eon Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,27,928/- (EON D Lite) to 4,56,503/- (EON Magna O Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Eon from Hyundai Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Eon price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Hyundai Eon Conclusion

That the Eon is the entry level hatch to buy is no question about. The interior and exterior styling makes this hatch look stylish and gives it a wide appeal. Because of how it is styled, you’re made to believe you are paying less for it. Interior space while not as good as the Tata Nano, is good enough for four passengers and the feature list for a hatch of its price is good. The engine isn’t as refined as the Alto K10 and neither is the performance as strong as its rival, but it’s good enough to get by and the fuel efficiency is good. Ride quality is one of the Eon’s strength and the handling is good as well. Hyundai has packaged the Eon brilliantly and its swanky appearance makes you believe that you’re buying not a budget hatch but a modern car and therein lies its appeal.

Hyundai Elite i20 Performance & First Drive

Hyundai Elite I20 Overview

The Hyundai Elite i20 was one of the first premium hatchbacks launched in India and has been one of the most successful models for the Korean carmaker in India. Hyundai had launched the all-new i20 with a European influence to its fluidic design in 2013 and called it the Elite i20. The facelifted Hyundai Elite i20 was launched at the Auto Expo 2018. The Hyundai Elite i20 competes against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Honda Jazz and the Volkswagen Polo in the premium hatchback segment in the Indian car market. For information on contact details of Hyundai car dealers in Mumbai

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Hyundai Elite I20 Style

The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 has been one of the best looking hatchbacks in the country. Its looks have been its USP and attracted many buyers. The Fluidic Design 2.0 in the Hyundai Elite i20 2017 makes it look fresh and premium in styling. Car buyers have picked up the Elite i20 mainly due to its styling. The aggressive look with the sleek front grille and the hexagonal lower grille are unique. The pulled back headlamps sleek and thicker towards the side. They extend upto the fenders. The large fog lamps are glamorous. From the side too the Hyundai Elite i20 2017 looks premium, specially with the blacked out door pillars. The alloy wheels are smart and contribute to the overall styling.

The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 tail lamps are another talking point. It seems inspired from the Alfa Romeo Giuletta but looks very handsome. The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 is a car design that mostly nobody will dislike . Its quite a masterpiece that doesn’t just do the job. The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 also gets projector headlamps and DRLs, which weren’t there on our test car. This update came in a bit later after Maruti Baleno was launched. The Dual Tone variant offers black roof on the Red and White colour options.

Hyundai Elite I20 Space

Step inside the cabin and the first thing to notice is the beautifully layered dashboard with beige and black colour tones. The design of the dashboard is driver oriented which makes you feel connected to the centre console. The design of the three-spoke tilt and telescopic steering wheel can also be seen on the Grand i10 but this one has a different layout of controls and chrome outlining on the horn pad. The instrument cluster is neat and falls easy on the eyes with analogue tachometer and speedometer having digital temperature and fuel gauge on either side. The party piece of the instrument cluster is the MID screen in the middle that displays a host of information you can’t think of for a car in this segment, no wonder Hyundai calls it supervision cluster. It has steering position reminder so that you are aware of the wheels before you start moving, you can set your service reminder, it also has parking sensor display, doors open/close display, settings for auto unlock, dual tripmeter, gear shift indicator and much more. However, instantaneous fuel consumption, distance to empty and average fuel consumption is shockingly missing.

The electro-chromatic rearview mirror gets a neat display for rear parking camera with steering adaptive guidelines. There are anti-pinch power windows as well that automatically fold down if obstacles are detected. You have keyless entry with push button start so keep the key in your pocket, press the request sensor on the door handle to lock/unlock the car and push the button to start/stop the engine. The AC vents are positioned ergonomically and the steering doesn’t obstruct the air flow for the driver. Automatic climate control works smoothly and chills the cabin within no time. The centre console has a serene uncluttered design and each button and control are placed ergonomically. The big letdown though is the tiny digital screen in the middle. Buyers nowadays expect a fancy touch screen with a whole lot of drama inside for a high-tech infotainment experience. Nevertheless, the Elite i20 comes with a 2-DIN audio system with CD, AUX, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and additionally 1 GB of internal storage space. It has 4 speakers with 4 tweeters and the audio quality feels quite crisp and rich. The Bluetooth can stream calls and music from your Smartphone and all the audio and supervision cluster controls can be found on the steering.

The central locking button is placed in the middle of the centre console just above the hazard lights but sadly there is no speed Elitesensing auto door lock. So you have to reach the button every time you get going. There are two 12V sockets placed on the lower end of the centre console. The newly designed gearknob feels good to hold with rich materials. The quality, fit and finish is superb and has further improved quite some notches above the outgoing model. The plastics have a smooth touch, controls and switches have tactile feedback including the stalks that are a pleasure to use. Speaking of stalks, it now has lane changing one-touch indicators and auto-headlamps with escort function but sadly no rain sensing wipers. The seats at the front are very comfortable that have good back and neck support with ample under-thigh support. The driver’s seat is height adjustable with good flexibility. The driver’s foot-well is well spaced out featuring a dead pedal.

At the rear you get generous legroom, which has improved because of the longer wheelbase. The seatback angle is comfortable, you have height adjustable headrests and the back support is good along with ample headroom but on both the extreme sides you don’t have thigh support because there is a gap between the seat and door pad. Three abreast can sit easily with an almost flat floor, rear AC vents work well to keep passengers comfortable at the back but the rising window line could make short people claustrophobic. There is enough storage space for everything to fit in the right place. There are cupholders in the front, ample door pockets, ticket holder in the centre, space in front of the gearlever for phones and iPods, front arm rest storage, sunglass holder on the top, rear seatback pocket but only behind the passenger seat and cooled glovebox which is generous in size. The 285 litres of boot space is accommodating but a tad smaller in size (reduced by 10-litres) compared to the previous i20 but you have 60:40 split seats at the rear for better flexibility.

Hyundai Elite I20 Gearbox

Now the engines. As has become a norm in this class of hatchbacks, there’s one diesel and one petrol engine on offer. Both engines have been carried over from the previous i20. So, the petrol is a 83PS, 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol while the diesel is a 90PS, 1.4-litre unit. The petrol is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the diesel gets a 6-speed manual. There is no automatic yet on offer.

We are driving the diesel here; the engine almost 70 per cent of Elite i20 buyers have opted for so far. And for good reason, because the first thing that strikes you is how good the NVH is on the new Elite i20 diesel. You can hear the diesel engine outside, but it isn’t an irritating or loud clatter. However, once seated inside the car, the engine feels both quiet and refined. It is also an easy revving engine. But if we had to nitpick, we’d say the turbo lag is a bit of a dampener. It’s only after 2,000rpm that the car really gets going. The 6-speed gearbox, however, doesn’t give you much to complain about. The gear shifts are precise, the throws aren’t very long and the clutch operation is light and progressive too.

Hyundai Elite I20 Rideing

The ride quality is good for most urban and highway conditions. The MacPherson setup at the front with a torsion beam axle and coil springs at the rear are adequate dampers for good and bad roads. Large potholes can be a bit unsettling, resulting in sharp thuds but overall the ride quality is comfortable.On the handling front, I do feel that the new i20 is seriously underpowered for the kind of control it exhibits. It’s tightly controlled in corners and while there is some body roll, it’s not unsettling nor does it at any point make you feel unsafe. I did find the steering a bit elasticky and it’s not as impressive as in the Grand i10 but it’s light enough for urban commutes with enough weight for when you take it out of the city. The assistance fortunately is not excessive and like in the Verna or the previous i20, you do not need to be extra cautious when taking the steering wheel off centre.Compared to the diesel variant, the petrol i20?s steering setup feels lighter, thanks to the lesser weight of the petrol engine. But that also makes the steering feel more lifeless. The engine however, feels livelier than its diesel counterpart. Being a naturally aspirated mill, it has a more linear power delivery with no flat spots to complain about. The engine is rev happy and gets the car rolling from as low as 1,200 rpm. Needless to say, it is also quicker and more refined than its diesel sibling.

Hyundai Elite I20 Safety

The Hyundai Elite i20 hasn’t been tested by Global NCAP yet but the first generation Euro-spec i20 got a full 5-star crash test rating at Euro NCAP. The sad thing is that Hyundai India doesn’t offer 6 airbags anymore and the Elite i20 now comes with only dual front airbags, that too on the Asta variant, while only Sportz and Sportz (O) get driver side airbag. ABS is also offered only with Sportz, Sportz (O) and Asta variants while the Era and Magna don’t get any safety features. The Elite i20 comes with Smart Pedal that overrides the accelerator pedal during simultaneous operation of brake and accelerator during panic braking. It also comes with impact sensing door unlock feature that unlocks the doors automatically incase of collision.

Hyundai Elite I20 Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Elite I20 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,27,534/- (Elite i20 1.2 Era Petrol) to 9,09,730/- (Elite i20 1.4 Asta Option Diesel). Get best offers for Hyundai Elite I20 from Hyundai Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Elite i20 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Hyundai Elite I20 Conclusion

The Hyundai Elite i20 with all these changes surely can compete easily with some of its potential rivals like the Maruti Baleno and the Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo in the Indian market. The changes to the exterior and interior are limited to cosmetics, but that does not take the light away from the fact that the i20 is considered as one of the bestsellers of the Indian auto market.