Buyers Guide for Mitsubishi

The year 1998 has been marked with the entry of one of the famous and one of the largest car manufacturers in Indian market, Mitsubishi Motors. This company is a joint venture of Mitsubishi Keiretsu Motors of Japan and Hindustan Motors of India. All the vehicles of this company have their own distinct characteristic. Though Mitsubishi has always been famous for the pricey vehicles and is also termed as one of the less competitive brand because of the same. So today lets explore that why is it so that this brand has marked each of its vehicle a bit higher than their peers.

Mitsubishi Evo-X

Ok so tell me what do you expect out of family car, sedan to be specific? Average interiors, average power, average ride quality and average features, right? So, in a way this car becomes one of its kind cars. This car is tagged as the family car by the company but this car delivers a 300Bhp of maximum power, has the ability of crossing the 100 kmph mark in just 6.4 seconds and what not. I simply don’t understand the need to term it as a family. Even the looks of this car is one of those sports cars available in the market. But still the demand of this car is less than expected. Oh what did you say just now, Rs 51 lakhs ok, thank you bye bye. May be this is the reason behind its not so happy sales. Anyways, this car possesses amazing looks, like the cars seen in those gaming arcades. To top it up this car is blessed with the ultimate grip and handling like those of super cars. The cabin provides a luxurious feel though it isn’t tagged as one. Ultimately this car is a purchase directed from heart but not mind because if you are going to use your brain then I’m sure you’re not going to take this car home.



Engine Options:

1998cc

Powertrain:
6 speed automatic

Power:
290 Bhp @3700 rpm

Torque:
37.3 Kgm @3500 rpm

Thumbs Up:
The ultimate driving experience it delivers.

Thumbs Down:

Price

Head on Competitors:
Mercedes E-class, BMW 5 series

The Catch:
Rs 51 lakhs

Mitsubishi Pajero

Launched in 2002 this car has grown old enough to leave the market for the new and modern SUV’s in town. But this car still holds the sales department in its category. Why? The reason is simple this car has what these modern SUV’s lack. This SUV has enough grunt to keep these newly manufactured vehicles at bay. Also this car is a darling when we talk about the off-road ability of it. Though this SUV sings another tune on road but still this car is definitely  amongst the best SUVs available in India. This SUV is available in only a single engine option. The engine performs really well but ‘still can do better’ tag is attached to it. The ride is little bit bumpy, interiors are little out of date and the dynamics makes you realise that this is not a modern SUV. Anyways if you have the real passion for driving off roads, then this is amongst the best possible option.

Engine Options:
2835cc

Powertrain:
5 speed manual

Power:
117 Bhp @4000 rpm

Torque:
29.7 Kgm @2000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Off road skills

Thumbs Down:

Interiors, lacks in power

Head on Competitors:
Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour

The Catch:
Rs 20.1 lakhs

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Lancer has been famous for its handling, ride quality and steering feedback.  The same can be assured about the Mitsubishi Outlander as it has been developed on the same platform as that of Lancer. This SUV delivers an ultimate on road performance unlike Mitsubishi Pajero which also falls under the same price tag. The petrol engine of this SUV is very efficient. This SUV has been blessed with the aggressive and sporty look. Interiors of this SUV are really comfortable and offer a quality ride. The problem of this car is the very feature that makes it unique from others which is the CVT. Also this continuously variable transmission makes it a less fuel efficient vehicle. So, this SUV is good but it can still do better, I mean I would still prefer Mitsubishi Pajero over it anytime.

Engine Options:
2360cc

Powertrain:
CVT with paddle shifts

Power:
167 Bhp @6000 rpm

Torque:
23 Kgm @4100 rpm

Thumbs Up:

Appeal, ride quality, handling and engine performance

Thumbs Down:
CVT seems to be a bit irritating, not very fuel efficient.

Head on Competitors:
Honda CR-V and Nissan X-Trail

The Catch:
Rs 20 lakhs

Mitsubishi Montero

One of my friend said that Mitsubishi Montero comes for a price of Audi Q7. I didn’t believe it but it’s somewhat true. This seven seater SUV from one of the largest manufacturers is available in the range of Rs 38 lakhs to Rs 41 lakhs. Except for the Toyota Prado, this is the only big size SUV which is available at such price. This SUV is a well built and well crafted vehicle. This SUV is well known for its ability on highways. It is one of the perfect vehicles for off road experience. Ride quality is a bit average but to compensate that the inside has been equipped with many comfort features which will keep you engrossed to forget about the ride quality. So it delivers less but charges more. Rest you are capable enough to understand.



Engine Options:

3200cc

Powertrain:
5 speed manual\ automatic

Power:
165 Bhp @3500 rpm

Torque:
39.3 Kgm @2000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Off road ability and the comfort.

Thumbs Down:
Price

Head on Competitors:
Audi Q5, Toyota Prado and Land Rover Freelander 2

The Catch:
Rs 38 lakhs to Rs 40.5 lakhs

Mitsubishi Lancer

Mitsubishi Lancer is according to me, the oldest Mitsubishi vehicle in India. Still this car manages to scrape through the sales figures. No, it’s not still out from the market yet, as it is still available in the BSIII cities. The age marks are clearly visible on its body and the signs of its ageing are quite prominent. No wonder there are many other options available in town as it is just available in BSIII cities. This car was earlier known for its overall performance but now under the influence of better and newer vehicles in this category it is nowhere even close to the good overall performance tag. The best features about this car would be the space provided inside and the ride quality it offers. Beside the rest of the things are shady for me, you decide yours.

Engine Options:
1468cc\ 1998cc

Powertrain:

5 speed manual

Power:
88 Bhp @5500 rpm\ 67 Bhp @4500 rpm

Torque:
12.9 Kgm @3000 rpm\ 12 Kgm @3000 rpm

Thumbs Up:

Space and ride quality

Thumbs Down:
Style and overall performance

Head on Competitors:
Suzuki SX4

The Catch:
Rs 7.5 lakhs to Rs 8.5 lakhs

Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia

Unlike its predecessor, Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia is one of the coolest sedans available in town. This car is available in only a single engine option. But this engine works absolutely fine for this car. Performance is really good. Unlike just the Lancer, Lancer Cedia has a great overall performance. The look of this car is sporty and aggressive. But then the price of this car is a bit of hesitation for its purchase decision. I guess the company should start rethinking over its pricing strategy in order to be more competitive in the market. Anyways, as far as the negative aspects of this car are concerned, it is bit pricey and also has a bit of bumpy ride quality.



Engine Options:

1999cc

Powertrain:
5 speed manual

Power:
114 Bhp @5250 rpm

Torque:
17.2 Kgm @4250 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Overall performance

Thumbs Down:
Bumpy ride and its price.

Head on Competitors:
Skoda Octavia and Honda City

The Catch:

Rs 9 lakhs

Buyers Guide for Mercedes Benz

‘Mercedes’ naam toh suna hi hoga. I know it is one of the cheapest statements I can ever manage to write. But trust me this one of the best introduction I could possible fetch you with. Mercedes is actually one of the popular car manufacturing brands in India and across the globe as well. Even my 4 year old nephew knows what does Mercedes stands for. This brand has been graced with many coolest vehicles which have had toped the charts every now and then. There are many top vehicles from this car company and we have limited space. So, fortunately unfortunately I’ll be choosing only the best possible vehicles from this company and will be updating you with their details.

Mercedes Benz C Class

Mercedes, doesn’t the name seems familiar to you?Oh hell, yes it does. Only a fool won’t be able to know what a Mercedes is. So, first and foremost this car makes its own statement the moment we say ‘Merc’. Besides the famous name of its brand, this car also posses a superb cool body. Those right curves on the right places and the detailed lines etched across its front to back make it even better looking. To support your pocket size, this car is available in four engine options. This car is available in C200 K and C220 CDI petrol engine, C250 diesel engine and a super performance C63 AMG engine. The ride quality is really comfortable and to add to this comfort this car is available with the comfort features lined up for the passenger and driver. Hmm… though this car could have been much sportier than it actually is but still you just can’t be wrong if you just adopted the keys of this car with a little fee against it.

Engine Options:
1799cc\ 2148cc\ 2497cc\ 6208cc

Powertrain:
5 speed automatic\ 7 speed automatic (2497cc & 6280cc)

Power:

178 Bhp @5600 rpm\ 170 Bhp @3700 rpm\ 201 Bhp @6100 rpm\ 457 Bhp @6800 rpm

Torque:
24.5 Kgm @4500 rpm\ 41.8 Kgm @2000 rpm\ 25 Kgm @5500 rpm\ 61.18 Kgm @5000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
The all round performance.

Thumbs Down:

Not as sporty as it can be.

Head on Competitors:
BMW 3 series, Skoda Superb and Audi A4

The Catch:
Rs 29 lakhs to Rs. 57.8 lakhs.

Mercedes Benz E Class

After much thought and less distinction from its predecessor, the all new Mercedes Benz E Class was launched recently. I might have overstated myself but this car actually isn’t very different from its predecessor except for the new sporty stance this car is graced with now. Anyways don’t just judge from what I said earlier, as I was only cribbing because this car doesn’t look much different from its predecessor but wait, it is much more different in its performance than the former one in its performance. But let us first describe how does it look like? This car is sophisticated yet sporty. It looks like the much older version of Mercedes that has been awarded with modern curves. Now, the performance is awesome. Wait, awesomer. No, not yet over its awesomest. I know there isn’t any word like aweomest but then there are no words which can describe its performance. This much edgier and much aggressive car is available in 5 engine options. I know I have blurted enough bad about this car but still this car stands out in the sea of various other cars. So, it is clear that this car is one of the best cars in its category and therefore undoubtedly the best buy.

Engine Options:
3498cc\ 2987cc\ 2497cc\ 2143cc\ 1796cc

Powertrain:
5 speed automatic (2143cc & 1796cc cc)\ 7 speed automatic

Power:

272 Bhp@6300 rpm\ 231 Bhp@3800 rpm\ 203 Bhp@6100 rpm\ 203 Bhp@4200 rpm\ 183 Bhp@5600 rpm

Torque:
36.2 Kgm @4500 rpm\ 55 Kgm @1600 rpm\ 25 Kgm @5000 rpm\ 51 Kgm @1800 rpm\ 29 Kgm @4000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Quality, ride quality, handling, awesome engines and their performance and the all new sporty look of this car.

Thumbs Down:
Nah, not much to complain about.

Head on Competitors:

BMW 5 series and Audi A6

The Catch:
Rs 39 lakhs to Rs. 65 lakhs.

Mercedes Benz S Class

I tried to ask many of my friends why they like this car. But beside that contempt smile I didn’t get anything else as answer. So what about this car makes them smile? I mean, there is such a tough competition (Audi A8, BMW 7 series and Porsche Panamera) under this category but then this car still tops the chart. How? Hmm… let’s see. This car is definitely elegant, class apart and makes a statement of it own. Inside, the comfort features definitely makes you feel like one of those who always gets the preferential treatment. This car is available in 4 engine options. The best of the lot is the 12 cylinder AMG engine. I’ll borrow some words from my close friend who seems to love this car, “this car now, might not be the best car amongst its category but it is very close to the best”.



Engine Options:

3498cc\ 2987cc\ 4663cc\ 5980cc

Powertrain:

5 speed automatic\ 7 speed automatic

Power:
305 Bhp@6500 rpm\ 256 Bhp@3600 rpm\ 432 Bhp@5250 rpm\ 625 Bhp@4600 rpm

Torque:
37.4 Kgm @3500 rpm\ 63.1 Kgm @1600 rpm\ 71. 3 Kgm @1800 rpm\ 102 Kgm @2300 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Comfort, luxury, comfort, luxury, comfort, luxury, comfort… I just can’t help myself

Thumbs Down:
You really expect me to say something and make a fool of myself.

Head on Competitors:
BMW 7 series and Audi A8

The Catch:
Rs 82.7 lakhs to Rs. 2.80 crores.

Mercedes Benz SLK Class

Ok so today I’ll be revealing why I have an unclaimed love for convertibles, not that you care but I need to tell you. The moment I look at one of the convertibles, a sudden gust of breeze filled romance and the tenderness hits my tummy and makes me go week in my knees. Yeah, you are allowed to laugh but it is my personal feeling and none of your business. Chuck that. Ok, so this car is again one such car which literally pulls you towards it and hold on to your eyeballs until you actually starts liking it. Besides the looks, this two seater car delivers an amazing performance. All the three engines are the best amongst their category not that there are many options available in this category. Handling, ride quality, feel, and everything else about this car are simply amazing. To sum it up in just one line, this car is simply amazing.

Engine Options:
1796cc\ 5439cc\ 3498cc

Powertrain:
5 speed automatic\ 7 speed automatic

Power:

182 Bhp to 520 Bhp

Torque:
25.2 Kgm to 64 Kgm

Thumbs Up:
The feeling you get while driving this car and the performance of its engines especially the AMG one.

Thumbs Down:
Not much of a choice is available.

Head on Competitors:
BMW M3 and BMW Z4

The Catch:
Rs 45.7 lakhs to Rs. 85.5 lakhs.

Mercedes Benz SL Class

Convertible after convertible, I love it. Ok, so after the unchained melody of Mercedes SLK, now its time for the unruffled Mercedes Benz SL Class. Like the one mentioned above, this car is also a two seater, amazing looking car. The best feature that I personally feel about this car is the time this car unfolds or fold the hardtop roof. This car has been graced with a very different yet aggressive looks. Besides the looks this car is also similar to the SLK Class in its performance. Performance of this car is simply amazing. This car will seriously thrill you with its performance especially of the one you are driving sports an AMG engine.


Engine Options:
6208cc\ 5513cc

Powertrain:
5 speed automatic\ 7 speed automatic

Power:
182 Bhp to 520 Bhp

Torque:
25.2 Kgm to 64 Kgm

Thumbs Up:
Looks and performance

Thumbs Down:
Choice?

Head on Competitors:
Audi TT and Audi R8

The Catch:
Rs 57 lakhs to Rs. 1.5 crores.

Mercedes Benz ML Class

So Mercedes actually keeps a track of its consumer demands. This ML Class offered by Mercedes is a mid size sports utility vehicle. This SUV is better known for its off roadability. This SUV is again one of the best looking SUVs in town, just like any other vehicle by Mercedes. This SUV caters to the high class with its price ranging from Rs 62 lakhs to Rs. 66.5 lakhs. Anyways the price of this SUV doesn’t deter us from appreciating its true beauty. From inside this SUV will make you much engrossed with its ultimate comfort toys. Also this SUV will give you a much relaxed feel with the help of its elegant and class apart interiors. This SUV is available in two engine types. Both the engines deliver an exceptional performance especially on off-roads.

Engine Options:
3498cc\ 2987cc

Powertrain:
7 speed automatic

Power:

272 Bhp@6000 rpm\ 224 Bhp@3800 rpm

Torque:

35 Kgm @3500 rpm\ 51 Kgm @2800 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Its off -road skills and the build quality

Thumbs Down:
Ride quality

Head on Competitors:
BMW X5

The Catch:
Rs 62 lakhs to Rs. 66.5 lakhs.

Mercedes Benz GL Class

Ok, so first and foremost would some body tell me what the difference between ML and GL Class is? I know that is my job, but trust me I’m as confused as you are right now. So, lets try and uncover the mystery that why Mercedes have manufactured same vehicle with two names. This SUV has five seating capacity just like ML Class. It looks exactly same as to the former one. Performance is also exactly similar. So, where is the difference? Ah… the difference is the variants available. While the ML Class is available in two variants this SUV is available in only a single engine option. This SUV, the company claims is one notch above the previously discussed one, but if it is just because of the variants then I doubt it.

Engine Options:
2987cc

Powertrain:
7 speed automatic

Power:
224 Bhp@3800 rpm

Torque:
52 Kgm @2800 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Its off road skills and the build quality

Thumbs Down:
Ride quality

Head on Competitors:
Audi Q7

The Catch:
Rs 66.5 lakhs.

Mercedes Benz R Class

Ok, so this vehicle right here by Mercedes is the high end option in the MPV category. One generally opts for Mahindra Xylos and others under this category, but if you want to add a touch of class in them then my sincere suggestion would be Mercedes Benz R class. This MPV is available in only a single engine option. But the engine has enough grunt to keep you satisfied (we are talking about the power of this vehicle and nothing else). Being one of the ‘Mercs’ innovation, this vehicle assures you the safety. This MPV is definitely a family vehicle. Best for picnics where you want more space to fit in the luggage, as this MPV has multiple luggage option. So if you want a luxurious and comfortable ride for your entire family and your ready to shell out a little more than you actually intend to, then this MPV is the best option in front of you.

Engine Options:
3498cc

Powertrain:
7 speed automatic

Power:
272 Bhp@6000 rpm

Torque:
35.6 Kgm @5000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
The unknown X factor.

Thumbs Down:
Its minivan traits

Head on Competitors:
BMW 5 GT

The Catch:
Rs 58 lakhs

Best cars of 2010 in India

With 2010 already behind us and looking forward to new launches in 2011, the Indian auto industry has been on a rise steadily. It is estimated that in a few years, most of the Indians would be on wheels or would have already booked their set of wheels. This perspective has been taken entirely on the basis of the urban populace. But then last year was not too bad in terms of significant launches. We also saw some of the cars made specifically for the Indian market. I have listed out a few of the cars which have come to mind and which made a striking impression on me. I know there have been more than 12 launches in last year but then I have mostly avoided variants of existing platform or ones which have got just engine changes or no major structural changes.

Toyota Fortuner –

This much in demand brute of an SUV was finally launched by Toyota Kirloskar Motors. Back then, this SUV had garnered so much support that even before the vehicle was launched, the bookings for it were flat out over. So much so was the vehicle in demand that the company had to stop the bookings of this SUV, then once again start them, close down again and now once again started. I personally feel that the Toyota Fortuner in India is overhyped as it gets the familiar interiors carried over from the Toyota Innova. But then buyers in this category get the road presence which they so much cleave for. I can go as far as to say this that there is not any other car in its segment which commands so much road presence as the Toyota Fortuner. Inspite of the somewhat high price, the SUV still stands tall amongst all others.

Toyota Prius –

This, though not been a volumes generator, since it is brought via the CKD route, is definitely a brand booster. The Toyota Prius is the epitome of technology as far as hybrids go. It has got more technology to keep Silicon city busy. It is also one of the greenest petrol cars in the world. Not to mention the slew of awards it has received over the years across the world. Its realistic fuel efficiency of 24.3 kmpl in city conditions is something which we can talk of as legendary. There is no limitation of range as is the case with electric cars. It looks futuristic, has the same futuristic theme carried inside and also the space to go with all this jazz. Its high sticker price of Rs 28 lakhs is the reason why many people shy away from this wonderful automobile. It however is one of the significant launches of 2010.

Toyota Etios –

This car was launched towards the end of the year however the hype surrounding it goes way back from 2006 when it was in concept stages. But when it finally broke cover, it was hit by brick bats for its boring design. But then people began to realize the potential behind this car. A Toyota available for as less as Rs 5 lakhs. That is really a must have for anyone. It is also a built for India car. The interiors though may not have the pizzaz of other Toyotas, stands good for the build quality scene. It has got the space, pace, fuel efficiency and most importantly the correct price tag. No wonder that it was lapped up in way of bookings and the company had to resort to making its staff work overtime. Personally given anytime, I would put my money on this car.

Ford Figo –

The Blue Oval brand is one which specially makes cars for the Indian subcontinent. The Ford Figo is no different. Even before it could complete a year on Indian soil, more than 70,000 cars have been sold. Not to mention the various awards that it has garnered on the way. It is also the “Indian Car Of The Year” for the year 2010. The interiors are a nice place to be and it is also very fuel efficient. Though the car lacks in some essential features, it still is a very good buy and available at what we can call as a very competitive price.

Chevrolet Beat –

This small car offering from General Motors wowed the clientele the moment they saw it. It has really for upbeat looks, one which unanimously every one would agree to be very futuristic. To gel with the exteriors, the interiors also have been given the funky treatment. For the very first time, the Indian car scene has seen a car sporting racing bike meters. Space though is a premium for the northward inclined. The engine also is at par with the looks and it is also fuel efficient. This was the other winner which garnered enough sales to keep the GM cashier fuming over the work pressure he must be getting.

Volkswagen Vento –

This is another car which is a made for India product. It is actually the Polo with a boot tacked on. Nowhere in the world has Europe’s largest car manufacturer introduced a country specific car. The Vento has got both petrol and diesel models in its arsenal, something which its targeted competition (read the Honda City) lacks. It has got German precision engineering, high rent interiors, good boot space and it drives well. Needless to say, this is another car which got all the Volkswagen dealers busy and the Honda City makers some sleepless nights. It also has got a waiting period of 3-4 months, to say the least.

Tata Aria –

This crossover was showcased at various auto shows world around but then when it was finally unveiled, it looked exactly what one would think of a concept car. It looks like a Tata, after all those Indigo Manzas and Vistas. The bold stance of the crossover reminds one of the Tata Safari when it was launched. The interior quality is unlike any other Tata and was actually close to General Motor vehicles. No uneven panel gaps or ill fitting plastics. The seating as always is perfect for 7. But then comes the almost CBU like pricing of Rs 15 lakhs and above. This car wouldn’t be a volumes generator for the company but then it showcases the company’s commitment to bringing in better build quality to its cars in future.

Hyundai Santa Fe –

Like the Toyota Fortuner, this was also a long in the coming vehicle from Hyundai Motors. But finally when it landed on Indian shores, every automobile journalist worth his salt praised the car no doubt. It was loaded to the gills with features that could shame even an executive class luxury sedan. It had the commanded road presence, bomb of a diesel engine, good fuel economy and above all space for 7. Like the Toyota Fortuner, it is also priced at a premium and allocations for the entire 2010 has been completed.

Skoda Yeti –

The Yeti concept was shown to the general public as early as 2005. But then it was never thought that this car would be brought down to India. Everyone was praises for this small SUV but then when Skoda announced the price, everyone was shaking their heads in dismay. It is too small, doesn’t have enough road presence and is still available for more than Rs 15 lakhs. Price been the only dampener in a car which is fully loaded, comes with a single diesel engine which is miles ahead of its competition, has a handy 4×4 and good space for 5. Well, I am yet to see a Skoda Yeti on the road but then it may be the price quotient which may not to be in every one’s budget. The manufacturer now has a presence in almost all segments of the Indian automobile market.

Volvo XC60 –

This very capable SUV from Volvo’s stables has captured the hearts of automobile aficionados world wide. Launched in India last year, this SUV has also exhausted all of its alloted number for the country. It is Volvo’s revolution in terms of design which has done wonders for this SUV. It can also off-road in aplomb unlike its competitors which shy away at the mention of off-roading. It has got a competitive price tag, one which undercuts some of its competition. Not to mention the bagful of safety equipment that it carries. It is touted to be the company’s savior in India and I am sure that it has already done half of that work within 2 months of its launch.

Nissan Micra –

Nissan Micra is the car which actually turned around Nissan Motors fortunes in India. This car which is the smallest offering from the company is made in India now. It has got the perfect mix of looks, space, fuel efficiency, driveability and price. Moreover, Nissan have given it the right kind of exposure by getting Bollywood hearthrob Ranbir Kapoor to promote this car. No wonder that this cars are just flying off the shelves. With the new diesel variant launched recently, it is no doubt that Nissan Micra is one of the most desired hatchbacks in its segment.

BMW X1 –

This baby of an SUV from the blue and white propeller badge was kind of unexpected but then BMW wanted to capture the market in a big way. What better way than to locally produce an SUV and sell it? Yes, this is the same path which BMW have followed and are first amongst the premium German trio to launch an SUV at a Rs 22 lakhs price. Not to forget, the stunning performance, fuel efficiency that it gives. Mind you, the price point doesn’t mean that BMW have diluted any of their brand’s values. It is just some skimping of equipment ( which is not required as it is) for the lower end. But then if you want more equipment, there is an optional package albeit at a higher price. All these SUVs also have been a complete sellout proposition with 6 months waiting periods.

Well, these were some of the pathbreaking vehicles launched in the Indian market in the year 2010. I know, I have missed out on the Polo, Alto K10 and the Buggati Grand Veyron Sport. But then all these cars are either hand me down iterations or like the Buggati, not at all value for money proposition. If at all, there is a story coming down about the 20 most significant launches of 2010, then I promise that I would certainly cover the ones that I missed out on.

Buyers guide for Nissan


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Nissan Motors is one of the leading manufacturers of cars in the world. In 2005, Nissan entered in two-prong partnership with French automaker Renault SA. The latter owns 43 percent of Nissan’s shares while the former holds 15 percent of Renault’s shares. A combined market share of the Asian trio of Nissan, Toyota and Honda in American automobiles market is the largest among the Asian firms which have slowly but gradually encroached upon the traditional backyard of the famed Detroit-3 namely Chrysler, Ford and GM. The VQ engines by Nissan of the V6 configuration has been among the Ward’s top 10 best engines for consecutive 14 years.

Nissan Micra

With the small car market heating up with almost monthly launches of new products, it would not be far-fetched to say that India has become one of the most important markets for global auto majors. Hence this development makes it imperative on the part of the auto manufacturer to make an offering in this particular segment, and therefore it was unavoidable that Micra would sail to our shores. The car has been rechristened as Micra from its global name, March. The third “P” of marketing has been taken well care off with the Micra with astute packaging. Its look is idiosyncratic in a good way and makes the car stand out. The car is spacious, and under the hood the car sports a parsimonious and sprightly engine. Talking of the ride quality of Micra would a bit on a too soft-side. The car is built keeping in mind the new age nucleus family and believe me if this was the original intent of the car makers, then it would not be exaggeration to say that the car is worth its salt. To enhance the savings part, which is inherent with small cars, the Micra now comes with a diesel option. The engine which does duty on the Logan is employed in the diesel version, need I say more. With the Japanese car makers upping the ante in the Indian market, the timing of the Micra couldn’t have been more ideal.

Engine Options:
1198cc, I-3/ 1461cc, I-4

Power train:
5-speed manual/5-speed manual

Power:
75bhp @6000 rpm/ 63bhp @4000 rpm

Torque:
10.4kgm@4000rpm/16.3kgm@2000rpm

Thumbs Up:
loaded, drivability, cheerful exteriors, space

Thumbs Down:
interior plastic quality, handling a bit unsorted

Head on Competitors:
Figo, Polo, Swift, Hyundai I20

The Catch:
Rs 4.04 to 6.14 Lakhs

Nissan Teana

The Teana from Nissan was once only a look-out for luxury hotels and fleet services. But Nissan would not let its premium sedan go down the Logan way and be stereotyped as a commercial car. This seriousness with its product has resulted into quite a few individually owned Teanas these days on the roads. No wonder it’s a big car with an undeniable presence on the roads, albeit the styling is more like a love-it or hate-it types. It does not sport a universal awe-inspiring design. The car has very plush interiors with the frontal seats recreating a airline business class experience. In addition to it the drive quality can only be described as excellent. The material quality of the car puts it into the league of German luxury car makers like Mercedes-Benz and the Audi. The Ward’s best 10 engine awards winner V6 engine is highly refined. So if you are looking for some thing left-of-field, the Teana deserves your attention.

Engine Options:
2496cc, v6

Power train:
6-speed automatic

Power:
180bhp@6000 rpm

Torque:
23.2kgm@4000rpm

Thumbs Up:
features, comfort, over all feel good factor

Thumbs Down:
after-sales service, high price

Head on Competitors:
Toyota Camry, base Audi-A4

The Catch:
Rs 21.7 to 26.2 Lakhs

Nissan X-Trail

The latest X-Trail has its roots stemmed in the Qashqai soft-roader, not sold in Indian markets. In its refreshed edition, the car sports a larger grille and headlamps, with the visual aesthetics of the tail-lamps drummed down. In the inside of the car the instruments move about from centre console to behind the navigation wheel. Also to suit Indian conditions the engine is downgraded to a 2-liter unit, but with a power generation capability of 150bhp. In spite of all this drumming down in its features, the X-Trail continuous to be an above-par all-round performing vehicle. The Nissan X-Trail has a capacity to seat 5 people in absolute comfort. The handling is reminiscent to a sporty sedan and the ride quality is one of the best in its class. The capabilities of the new X-Trail are such that it can be treated to a few kilometers of rough patch or a bit of off-roading. The car is available in both the auto as well as manual gearbox. Regardless of whichever transmission you choose I bet the X-Trail is one of the best you can get in the same price range.



Engine Options:

1995cc,I-4 TD

Power train:
6-speed automatic/6-speed manual

Power:
148.5bhp@4000 rpm

Torque:
32.4kgm@2000rpm

Thumbs Up:
diesel performance, all-round ability

Thumbs Down:
looks do not corroborate well with the price tag

Head on Competitors:
Freelander 2, Honda CR-V as a petrol option

The Catch:
Rs 21.95 to 26.25 Lakhs

Nissan 370Z

For all those sports car lovers who want a sports car with Japanese reliability coupled with German-level performance, Nissan 370Z has what it takes. The car looks fabulous in red color. The car like all sports cars is great looking and will is guaranteed to be an envy of every car owner. It is so towering in its personality that it makes the SLK look meek in comparison. The car sports a winner in the form of a 3.7 liter award winning V6 engine, which has a capability to pump out 332bhp. The car has both the manual as well as the automatic transmission option, the latter comes with a Synchrorev, which by itself jinxes the throttle just before up shifting, almost similar to double de-clutching in the days of yore. It has a sublime handling and surprisingly the ride quality is also not bad. In a lighter vein, the car looks fast when it is standing still. What more can you demand from a sports car?

Engine Options:
3696cc,V6 petrol

Power train:
7-speed automatic/6-speed manual

Power:
332bhp@7000 rpm

Torque:
37.3kgm@5200rpm

Thumbs Up:
fantastic performance, surprisingly efficient, neat handler

Thumbs Down:
ground clearance, not a Cayman

Head on Competitors:
BMW Z4, Audi TT,M-B SLK, Evo-X

The Catch:
Rs 55.03 to 55.06 Lakhs

Buyers Guide for Volvo

This passenger car manufacturer is a Swedish company. This company initially started as a ball bearing company with a brand name Volvo SKF. After many changes in the company and after many thought process this company started manufacturing automobiles in the year 1927. The company believes it was then that they actually came out in public as Volvo Automobiles and they also believe that this was the year when Volvo actually got established. The first car manufactured by the company was christened as Jakob. In the year 1999 Volvo sold its automobile division to Ford Motors. Volvo produces almost every type of vehicles right from commercial trucks to cars and today I will only talk about Volvo cars.

Volvo S60

Volvo S60 is the much awaited car in Indian automobile market. Reason being that firstly the brand behind this car is Volvo and secondly that this car is jam packed with features that keep our mouth wet enough. A direct competitor of BMW 3 series, Audi A4 and Mercedes Benz C Class, this car is definitely going to set the automobile market on fire. This car has an extremely appealing looks. This car is supposed to break the plain-jane image of Volvo Automobiles, as it has been always known for manufacturing cars which have this sober looks stretched all over their body. This car is expected to be launched in two engine types namely D5 and T6 engine. This car will also feature a host of safety features which have been till now unheard of in India. Out of both the motors, the D5 is expected to generate maximum sales. Anyways let’s just wait and watch.

Engine Options:
2400cc (D5)\ 2953 (T6)

Powertrain:
6 speed automatic

Power:
205 Bhp@4000 rpm\ 304 Bhp@5600 rpm

Torque:
42 Kgm @3240 rpm\ 44.8 Kgm @2100 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Looks, handling and safety features.

Thumbs Down:
Brand image

Head on Competitors:
BMW 3 series, Mercedes C Class and Audi A4

The Catch:
Rs 27 lakhs to Rs. 35 lakhs.

Volvo S80

I guess the reason behind the injustice to the sales figures of Volvo in India is the very reason that all their cars are understated. This car is one of the best cars available in India but just because of the aforementioned reason it didn’t do well here. The looks of this car is amazing, interiors are simply superb as if the manufacturer has kept elegance in mind. This car has a leather upholstered seats hwith an added dash of wood to make it even more elegant. This car is available in two engine types namely D5 and V8. Both the engines are mated with a 6 speed automatic transmission and both of them perform really well. Especially the V8 engine delivers an exceptional performance. Safety is one thing which is best in each and every vehicle of Volvo.

Engine Options:
2400cc (D5)\ 4414cc (V8)

Powertrain:
6 speed automatic

Power:
185 Bhp@4000 rpm\ 315 Bhp@5850 rpm

Torque:
40.8 Kgm @2750 rpm\ 44.8 Kgm @3950 rpm

Thumbs Up:

Price, safety, performance of V8 engine and economy of D5 engine

Thumbs Down:
Looks old and it is average in dynamics

Head on Competitors:
BMW 5 series, Mercedes E Class and Audi A6

The Catch:

Rs 37 lakhs to Rs. 45 lakhs.

Volvo XC60

When we talk about Volvo vehicles we know that there is no point talking about the safety of the vehicles as it is known by one and all that they are the leader in manufacturing the safest vehicles. To my utter surprise the company recently made an announcement that the company will be launching their new SUV which is by far the safest vehicle ever launched from their shed. Apart from that what by far I have grasped about this vehicle is that it will be one of the good looking SUVs in India. It is not that bulky than the usual SUVs found in India but still manages to deliver an exceptional performance. This car comes equipped with a 2.4 litre twin turbo diesel engine. This engine is mated with a 6 speed automatic transmission. Undoubtedly this engine has a real great performance. The problem is that this SUV is not a good off roader. So all you people who wants to take this SUV in any off road conditions then I would probably suggest you to have a look at your options before investing.

Engine Options:
2400cc

Powertrain:
6 speed automatic

Power:
205 Bhp@4000 rpm

Torque:
42.8 Kgm @3250 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Looks, features and economy

Thumbs Down:
Its off road capability

Head on Competitors:
Land Rover Freelander2 and Audi Q5

The Catch:
Rs 40 lakhs.

Volvo XC90

This SUV is known for its value for money. Maybe that is the reason that this vehicle poses to be the best model vehicle of Volvo automobiles. The styling of this SUV is amazing. From inside this car seems to be unbeatable. This car comes with the same engine options as in the Volvo S80. The V8 engine performs exceptionally. If you are looking for some fireworks, then this might be the right choice. I would say just take a test drive and know for yourself. As I already mentioned that Volvo vehicles are one of the understated vehicles and its true in this SUV’s case as well. According to me it is one of the best SUV’s in town and if you doubt my opinion then go and take a test drive today.

Engine Options:
2400cc (D5)\ 4414cc (V8)

Powertrain:
6 speed automatic

Power:
185 Bhp@4000 rpm\ 315 Bhp@5850 rpm

Torque:
40.8 Kgm @2750 rpm\ 44.8 Kgm @3950 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Price, performance of V8 engine and economy of D5 engine

Thumbs Down:
Looks old and it is average in dynamics

Head on Competitors:
BMW X5, Mercedes ML Class and Audi Q7

The Catch:
Rs 40 lakhs to Rs. 49 lakhs.

Buyers Guide for Maruti Suzuki

So this is the brand which has been acquiring precisely 45% of India’s automobile market share for more than two decades. Yes, undoubtedly this the India largest passenger car manufacturing brand. Also it is rated as the no.1 car amongst the hoards of car companies.  The company believes that this has been possible because of their name itself (Maruti another name for Hanuman), but we say no, it is possible because of this company’s effort to give something meaningful and consumer friendly cars. This brand Maruti has been a household name and now the scenario is that as soon as you take the name Maruti (please forbid me from saying that) people consider that you are talking about the brand itself. Maruti Suzuki came into existence in the year 1983 and after that there is no stopping. This company seems to be a true believer of the saying ‘packup your troubles in your old kit bag and bury them beneath the sea’ and this company has truly delivered some of the finest products which has not only made our life easier but also have attached us emotionally with them. So today lets encounter some of the cars manufactured by this company which still pose to be good buys but before that let me warn you that the list is going to be really long.

Maruti Suzuki 800

So we’ll start my list with Maruti ok. What’s wrong about the statement? Oh I didn’t realise it, I’ve been too addicted to say Maruti rather than Maruti 800 that I almost forgot to mention the suffix 800. But anyways my idiotic mistake makes it very clear what this car has done to the company. Isn’t it? Yes, it is. So all the words fail when I talk about Maruti and to tell you honestly I’m a little partial with this car as I myself am attached emotionally with this car. My father used to own a Maruti 800, the green colour one. Though this car will not be available in 13 cities in India, but in the rest of India’s portion it is still available in BS III form. I don’t even doubt this piece of news that in those portions where it is still available Maruti 800 is still capable of flouting all the sales chart rules.

Engine Options:
796cc

Powertrain:
4 speed manual

Power:
37 Bhp@6000 rpm

Torque:
6.3 Kgm @3000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Cost of maintenance.

Thumbs Down:
I beg your pardon but it is not modern enough to be in the list.

Head on Competitors:
Tata Nano and Maruti Suzuki Alto

The Catch:

Rs 1.9 lakhs to Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki Omni

I was just browsing through the website of Maruti Suzuki Omni and guess what are the options available there. Its says are looking for a Maruti Suzuki Omni ambulance, Maruti Suzuki Omni Courier, Maruti Suzuki Omni big family or small family and so on. Now tell me what exactly Omni is. Yes that’s what my question was. But then my question itself is the answer. Besides Maruti another vehicle which shares the same trust and bond with the customers is the Maruti Suzuki Omni. This van is available in both five seater and eight seater option. Available in both standard and LPG variant, this van is definitely hit among the masses, which want a vehicle for a big size family and don’t want to pay much for it. Besides this car is also known as the best ambulance as it offers much space and also as a business vehicle or cargo.     No doubt this minivan looks that it has been directly imported from the Stone Age but then it is just simply unbeatable in its category.

Engine Options:
796cc

Powertrain:
4 speed manual

Power:
37 Bhp@6000 rpm

Torque:
6.3 Kgm @3000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Cost of maintenance.

Thumbs Down:
Retro look in this modern world, safety

Head on Competitors:
Maruti Suzuki Eeco

The Catch:

Rs 2.1 lakhs to Rs. 2.8 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki Alto

Maruti Suzuki Alto is famous for taking the reign of being the people’s car from Maruti Suzuki 800. The reason being, that this car has the same engine under its hood but generates more horsepower than the latter one. This car has a much sporty look than Maruti 800. This car is easy to drive, handle and offers a decent space inside. Now the company has also added a K10 variant of this car as well. The overall performance and the ride quality seem really improved. Even the comfort features have been improved keeping the recent trend in mind, say for example a Bluetooth stereo. No doubt this car took over the mantle of India’s best selling car.

Engine Options:
796cc\ 998cc

Powertrain:
5 speed manual

Power:
47 Bhp@6000 rpm\ 67 Bhp@6200 rpm

Torque:

6.3 Kgm @3000 rpm\ 9.2 Kgm @3500 rpm

Thumbs Up:

Ride quality, fuel efficiency and the overall performance of the K10 engine.

Thumbs Down:

Space is constricted but then it is decent enough not to complain about

Head on Competitors:

Hyundai Santro and Chevrolet Spark.

The Catch:

Rs 2.2 lakhs to Rs. 3.4 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki A-Star

This car Maruti Suzuki A-Star is said to be the best buys in Europe. This car was especially manufactured in India for the purpose of export (at least that’s what the company says). It is definitely a strong entry in the field of small cars. The design of this car is amazing, it plays the same tune as any other modern vehicle would play. This car supports a 998cc petrol engine under its hood. This engine delivers a great performance. Though this car might pose to be difficult on the traffic but then if you really want to see it performance just offer this car an open road. Handling of this car is better than its predecessor. Also, the over all performance of this car is good but then the issue with this car is the cramped up space.



Engine Options:

998cc

Powertrain:
5 speed manual\ 4 speed automatic

Power:

67 Bhp@6200 rpm

Torque:

9.2 Kgm @3500 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Performance and handling

Thumbs Down:

Space is limited

Head on Competitors:
Hyundai i10 and Maruti Estilo

The Catch:

Rs 3.1 lakhs to Rs. 4.8 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki Estilo

So, the old Maruti Suzuki Zen was re-designed and was launched as Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo. This car is supposed to have a ‘jelly bean design’. But this car has not been able to match up with the sales figure of Maruti Suzuki Zen. So, recently the company remodelled the car, and provided it with bigger headlamps, bumpers and grille. From inside the two tone interiors appears to be elegant. Also this car has been added many comfort features to make it more appealing. This car sports a 998cc petrol engine which is BS IV complaint. The amazing part of this car is that this car offers a decent space inside and also the fuel efficiency of this car is worth applauding. The problem however with this car is that in addition to the uncomfortable handling it also has a bad ride quality.

Engine Options:
998cc

Powertrain:
5 speed manual

Power:

67 Bhp@6200 rpm

Torque:
9.2 Kgm @3500 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Fuel economy and cabin space

Thumbs Down:
Ride quality

Head on Competitors:
Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat

The Catch:
Rs 3.32 lakhs to Rs. 4.3 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Maruti Suzuki has always been referred to as one of the consumer friendly car manufacturers. One such car is the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R. This car has been the best selling car undoubtedly because of the comfort which it delivers to its customers. This car might look like an overgrown boy but then that particular feature doesn’t pose as a hindrance in its sales figures. This car offers a great cabin space, the seating arrangement makes it even more spacious. Fitted with the 1L engine which can be coupled with either petrol or CNG attaches a great value with this car. Build quality of this car is really good and with that ride quality this car offers it like cherry on top of the cake. The problem with such a huge height and bigger built is that one tends to expect a good boot space but this car doesn’t approve that just one last wish.

Engine Options:
998cc

Powertrain:
5 speed manual

Power:
67 Bhp@6200 rpm

Torque:

9.2 Kgm @3500 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Fuel economy and cabin space

Thumbs Down:
Boot space

Head on Competitors:
Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat

The Catch:
Rs 3.3 lakhs to Rs. 4.3 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki Ritz

This car since the time of its inception was the much awaited car in its segment and I won’t be wrong to say that it certainly has done a really good job by far. In international market Maruti Suzuki has replaced Maruti Suzuki Wagon R with this car. It possess the same tall genes of Wagon R. Handling of this car is really good which helps to provide an adequate ride quality but the real pain is its rear bumpy suspension. The strongest features about this car is that this car comes fitted with a 1.2 litre petrol engine which according to me the best in its own way. This car is also available in 1.3 litre diesel engine and this engine is simply phenomenal. Definitely Maruti Suzuki Ritz makes a great choice in its segment.

Engine Options:
1197cc (1.2 petrol) \ 1248cc (1.3 diesel)

Powertrain:

5 speed manual

Power:
86 Bhp@6000 rpm \ 74 Bhp@4000

Torque:
11.5 Kgm @4500 rpm\ 19.4 Kgm @ 2000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Handling and space

Thumbs Down:
Odd ball looks, Rear suspension proves to be a real pain in the…

Head on Competitors:

Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat.

The Catch:
Rs 4 lakhs to Rs.5.8 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

As soon as Maruti Suzuki launched its Maruti Suzuki Swift, the company managed to change the whole scenario of the hatchback cars in India. The car has been a game changer since its launch. The best feature of this car was its chassis, design and especially its engine. This car is available in total 8 variants so as to meet various demands made by customers. Besides, this car has been available in two variants namely the 1.2 litre petrol engine and the 1.3 litre turbo diesel engine. Both the engines offer an excellent performance. It was and its the best buys under hatchback category.

Engine Options:
1197cc (petrol)\ 1298cc (TD)

Powertrain:
5 speed manual

Power:
87 Bhp @ 6000 rpm/ 75 Bhp @ 4000 rpm

Torque:

11.5 Kgm @4500 rpm\ 19 Kgm @2000 rpm

Thumbs Up:

Style quotient and value for money

Thumbs Down:
Space is bit cramped up

Head on Competitors:
Volkswagen Polo and Indica Vista

The Catch:
Rs 4.1 lakhs to Rs. 5.8 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire

At first when I looked at the new Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire I knew that there are some differences between Swift and Swift DZire. The former was a hatchback and the latter one was a sedan. But then when I looked at the configurations, to my utter surprise there is not even slightest difference between both the cars. Anyways right now I will only talk about Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. This car has been one of the favourites in its segment. It has been an instant success. This car has a hot-body which is mated with the exemplary features. I won’t talk about the engine as it is exactly similar as in Maruti Suzuki Swift. Besides the body this car offers a good seating space which is not there in Maruti Suzuki Swift but then this car lacks in its style quotient which is a plus point in Swift.

Engine Options:
1197cc (petrol)\ 1298cc (TD)

Powertrain:
5 speed manual

Power:
87 Bhp@ 6000 rpm / 75 Bhp@ 4000 rpm

Torque:
11.5 Kgm @4500 rpm\ 19 Kgm @2000 rpm

Thumbs Up:

Space, price

Thumbs Down:
Style quotient

Head on Competitors:
Hyundai Accent and Tata Indigo Manza

The Catch:
Rs 4.8 lakhs to Rs. 7.5 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki SX4

Maruti was way behind its sedan category and the new Honda entrant made them realise that there is a sudden need of a sedan car from their shed. Hence the company introduced a new hot-bod sedan Maruti Suzuki SX4. Though it was practically much much better than the Honda City but anyhow this car couldn’t do well in the market and on top of that Maruti launched a new entry in the market in the name of Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire which practically scaled of all the possible grip SX4 could have managed to bag. To my utter surprise this car still has some grunt left. This car will soon be launched by the company in a new and improved version. According to me, this car delivers an excellent value for money but then I still can’t figure out why this car lacks in cutting those sales figures.



Engine Options:

1586cc

Powertrain:
5 speed manual\ 4 speed automatic

Power:
104 Bhp@5500 rpm

Torque:
14.5 Kgm @4200 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Its hot-bod, ground clearance, automatic option

Thumbs Down:
Not so powerful engine

Head on Competitors:
Volkswagen Vento, Honda City and Hyundai Verna Transform

The Catch:
Rs 7.1 lakhs to Rs. 8.9 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

I remember the song ‘the best of me’ as soon as started this article. The reason behind such an off-track statement is that this SUV is one of its kinds SUV. It says take me anywhere and I will still give you the best of me. Though its best is not the best enough but it is definitely better than many of its competitors. The old version of this SUV used to carry a 2.0 litre engine which was then changed by the company to a 2.4 litre one. I know this SUV lacks that X factor but it is still good.



Engine Options:

2388cc

Powertrain:
5 speed manual\ 4 speed automatic

Power:
165 Bhp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:
22.8 Kgm @ 4000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Off road skills and looks

Thumbs Down:
Maruti badge

Head on Competitors:
Honda CR-V and Mitsubishi Outlander

The Catch:
Rs 17.1 lakhs to Rs. 18.8 lakhs.

Maruti Suzuki Kizashi

I’m just 1day away from the launch of this utter beautiful and dazzling new entrant in the Indian automobile market. This all new Maruti Suzuki Kizashi poses to be one of the strongest contenders in its segment. Yes, even before its launch this car has already shaken many of its competitors. You probably might have read the various articles on our website about this new comer and the reason behind writing so much about a car is that this car proves to be one of the most promising cars. This car is a CBU which makes it enough pricey to make you think twice before you’ll actually purchase it. But if you did this car surely won’t let you down. Though I know it’s too early to comment but then I can’t help it.

Engine Options:
2388cc

Powertrain:
6 speed manual / 6 speed CVT

Power:
175.6 Bhp@6500 rpm

Torque:
23.4 Kgm @4000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Dynamics and the quality

Thumbs Down:
Rear seat space

Head on Competitors:
Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord and Skoda Superb

The Catch:
Rs 17 lakhs to Rs. 19.8 lakhs (expected)

Maruti Suzuki Eeco

Remember the old ad for Maruti Suzuki Versa. Why I’m asking you to remember it? There are two reasons, the first is that both AB junior and senior used to advertise for it and secondly that this is one of the Maruti’s rare failures. But Maruti is still holding to this minivan as they have launched a stripped down version of this minivan in the name of Maruti Suzuki Eeco. This minivan has been able to get the required sales figures. In short this new minivan has been dong fairly well in the market. This car is also available in CNG option. According to me this minivan is a no nonsense vehicle which believes in delivering performance, trust and reliability. This is a cheerful vehicle though it has some negative aspects as this car offers a ‘seriously’ bumpy ride and lacks in comfort features.

Engine Options:
1196cc

Powertrain:
5 speed manual

Power:
73 Bhp@6000 rpm

Torque:
10.3 Kgm @3000 rpm

Thumbs Up:
Economical and space inside.

Thumbs Down:
Back to basics is too old fashioned and the derriere hurts really bad because of its bumpy ride

Head on Competitors:
Maruti Suzuki Omni

The Catch:
Rs 2.5 lakhs to Rs. 3.8 lakhs.