Honda Amaze Hatchback First Look Review

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Honda Amaze Overview When the compact sedan segment was born a decade ago, we knew it wasn't just a flash in the pan. These cars distorted the idea of a sedan for many considering how manufacturers simply slapped a boot onto existing hatchbacks, though we knew the second generation onwards most would become full-fledged, cohesively designed cars. And that's exactly the case with the second generation Honda Amaze. The all-new Honda Amaze was first showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, where it garnered attention for how radically different the design is from the previous generation Amaze. It also boasts higher equipment levels as Honda wants to offer a richer, more premium feel to the compact sedan buyer. And while the previous generation Amaze was the first Honda to use a…
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Mahindra Verito Review & First Drive

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Mahindra Verito Overview The newest offering from Mahindra called the Verito is a rebadged model of company’s proven workhorse Logan. With the divorce of Mahindra from Renault, the car has gone under the styling knife of Mahindra and gets a new front grille, less boxy headlamps, revised front and rear bumper, new boot lid design, clear lens tail lamps and new alloy wheels. Apart from new features, the sedan offers a value for money prospective which is a fundamental feature of Mahindra vehicles. The sedan’s ex-showroom (New Delhi) price range varies between Rs.5.27 lakhs to Rs.7.88 lakhs. As the competition in the segment growing by day with manufacturers rolling out new compact sedans, Verito comes loaded with features and more practicality. Verito is popular in the taxi market which creates…
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Hyundai Elantra Hatchback First Look Review

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Hyundai Elantra Overview The Hyundai Elantra has been one of the best selling cars globally having sold more than 11.5 million units. Hyundai had launched the fifth generation Elantra in 2012 and it was, at one point, the best-seller in the segment. The D-segment has shrunk as the craze for SUVs has caught up in recent times. Inspite of this, Hyundai has launched the sixth generation model in India and the Koreans aim to lead the D-segment again. Hyundai claims that this is the best Elantra they have ever made. We were in Chennai to sample this latest sedan from Hyundai. Hyundai first launched the Elantra in India in its third generation, which was the 2000 model. The fourth generation wasn’t introduced to the Indian market but the Elantra made…
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Tata Zest Facelift Review & Test Drive

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Tata Zest Overview Tata Zest is the car that has been introduced in the most competitive segment of compact sedans in the year 2014. Before this, in 2008, Tata Motors launched Indigo CS in the market and car did a fairly good job in terms of sale. As the time passed, new generation models from Hyundai, Honda and Maruti heated up the competition. Tata Motors to remain relevant in the segment, needed to develop a new product which was capable of competing against the rivals in terms of performance, reliability, quality and refinement. Finally, Zest came to the rescue, helping the Tata regain lost ground. Tata developed Zest using Vista hatchback’s X1 platform. The Zest is the first actual product which came out of Tata’s Horizonext movement. View offers on…
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Renault Lodgy Review & First Drive

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Renault Lodgy Overview The slab-sided Lodgy is no looker and is an MPV that puts practicality above aesthetics. Its low floor allows easy access into the cabin while all-round visibility is good. The cabin is neatly done but isn’t what you would call rich. Space and comfort in the first two rows are fine, though the option to slide the middle seats is missed. Even so, the third row is adequate for two adults. It’s just that the last row’s knees-up seating position is awkward. The Renault gives the option to split and fold, or even entirely remove the third-row seats to make serious room for luggage. The base Lodgy’s 85hp, 1.5-litre diesel motor is surprisingly adept and incredibly efficient. The 110hp version, on the other hand, doesn’t feel completely…
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Hyundai Eon Facelift Review & Test Drive

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Hyundai Eon Overview Hyundai entered the entry level car segment with the Eon hatch. It was for the first time a car of this size and budget offered modern looks and premium features. Primarily aimed against Maruti Suzuki, the Eon challenged its dominance in the micro hatch segment.While everything worked in its favour, it is the engine which lacked punch. Many felt the 800cc engine could do with a better power delivery to tackle city traffic. Hyundai, known for paying attention to customers, worked on it and introduced a 998cc Kappa engine in the EON in the Magna+ variant only.Check for car loan interest calculator. This addition also benefits Hyundai in tackling a larger segment. The smaller 800cc engine can battle it out with the core entry level cars like…
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Toyota Etios Review & First Drive

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Toyota Etios Overview Toyota launched its first Etios in the Indian car market in the year 2010. Etios is the first budget offering from the manufacturer. The company has been providing the Etios sedan updates every now and then but its 2016 updates have numerous changes including the mechanicals as well. In a bid to combat increasing competition in the sub-four meter sedan segment day by day, Toyota has enhanced the overall appearance of the vehicle and now christened it as ‘Platinum Etios’. The front façade of the car has been changed a lot and along with various cosmetic changes, it also gets mechanical updates for better performance and enhanced ride quality. Check for car loan interest calculator. Toyota Etios Look The automaker has designed it with an overall length…
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Datsun GO+ Facelift First Drive

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Datsun GO+ Overview Nissan revived the Datsun brand after a huge time period and launched the GO entry-level hatchback in India. Unfortunately, the GO did not sell as well as anticipated in the market and recently the vehicle received a lot of flak for performing terribly in the NCAP crash test. Datsun has also developed an MPV based on the GO and with the recent climb in sales that MPVs are witnessing, Datsun seems to be quite optimistic that it will be able to gain decent sales with the GO+. But, the Datsun GO+ competes with some products that have the backing of manufacturers with a huge service network. So how does the GO+ perform? Does it have what it takes to capture the market? A nice drive through Rishikesh,…
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Hyundai Grand i10 Performance & Test Drive

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Hyundai Grand i10 Overview Hyundai Grand i10 has replaced the i10 in the international markets but India being a vast and budget-concerned market, Hyundai decided to keep both the cars in the market, and put the Grand i10 between the current i10 and i20, filling the gap between the two vehicles. The Grand i10 gained popularity just after reaching the market and currently is doing best sales figure on the sales chart. The Grand, as it is popularly known as, follows the Hyundai trademark Fluidic design language strongly. The car looks slightly bigger than i10 and more like i20. The Grand i10 looks very premium and has currently is one of the best hatchbacks offered in this segment. Hyundai Grand i10 Design & Style There are very few changes to…
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Nissan Sunny Review & First Drive

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Nissan Sunny Overview Nissan Motor India Private Limited, the Indian subsidiary of Japanese autogiant Nissan, owns a fleet of vehicles, belonging to almost every segment from hatchback to SUV in the country. In the entry-level saloon segment, it offers the Sunny sedan which is truly a royal wagon to drive. Nissan Sunny hit the Indian shores firstly in 2011 and it was received considerably well by the auto freaks in India. But along the course of time it lost its glory and hence, in an awe to re-create the enigma and panache, the company has launched the second generation of the entry-level saloon in the country being cited as 'Nissan Sunny'. It is more promising, advanced and striking than its predecessor and looks complete. View offers on Nissan  Cars from Nissan…
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