Hyundai Verna is a big step up from the earlier generations. We have driven this car for a few months and clocked around 4000 kms in it. This association with the Verna has brought out some interesting facts about the car. We share the long term report of the Verna, with its positives and negatives, to help you decide whether it is the perfect car for you. Keep reading further.
The Hyundai Verna is based on the Fluidic 2.0 design language and thus resembles other cars from the family, especially the Elantra. The shape of this sedan is sporty. The front has an imposing grill with projector headlamps and LED DRLs. The side gives it a fastback kind of look, which is unique in its segment. The Verna also feels pretty and the doors are well weighted. There is a pronounced thud while shutting, which is reminiscent of some European makes.The Verna uses high tensile steel.
Pros – Attractive design, Sporty styling
Cons – None
The interior is a pleasant place. The dashboard has a neat layout and most things fall in place. It has a large touchscreen with good features and a clear reverse camera. The steering wheel is leather wrapped which is of good quality and feels comfortable to hold. This is specially useful on long drives. The seats keep one comfortable for long hours and thats a good thing. Storage spaces are plenty and this makes a big difference in everyday usage and weekend trips with the family.
The only issue here is the rear seat space. There is limited knee room and headroom. Tall passengers may find it to be a problem. However, the seat comfort is fine. Rear AC vents are also available. There is also a retractable rear blind.
Pros – Neat layout, feature loaded, comfortable
Cons – short on rear legroom and headroom
The Verna diesel gets a 1.6-litre engine with 126 bhp of power. This is a powerful machine and performs brilliantly, easily a USP of this car. It provides a good combination of city and highway driving. The 6 speed manual box is a breeze to shift and provides good highway performance.
Overtaking on highways is made easier and driving it feels confidence inspiring. It is one of those cars which you would always find an excuse to drive and have some fun. The punchy nature of this CRDi engine has been legendary now. The drawback here is the brakes, which do not feel up to the mark in terms of feel. Progressive braking could have been better and it lacks that bite required.
Pros: Powerful engine, excellent during overtaking
Cons: Braking, engine gets noisy at high revs
The mileage we could derive in our 4000 kms run was indeed good. In the city the car returned around 14 km/l and out on the highways, it returned upto 22km/l. The AC was always on and the car was pushed hard most of the times.
Ride and Handling
The new Verna is a much improved car over its predecessors and this fact is most evident in the handling department. The new suspension system is well balanced and not only provides a decent ride, but keeps the car stable at high speeds and cornering. During our runs we drove the Verna extensively in ghat sections and twisty roads and it impressed a big deal. The steering also feels better weighted now than it’s earlier generations. It also has a good feel to it. However, it could have been better. I also noticed a little lag in the power steering response, when suddenly starting from standstill.
The tyres are fine but good do with some more grip. The clutch does feel heavy in the Verna diesel and this can be a deterrent if you drive mostly in city traffic conditions.
Pros: Good mix of pliant ride and sharp handling, light steering
Cons: Heavy clutch, power steering response could be better
- Rattle from internal rear view mirror
- Noise from the fuse box.
Due to the fastback styling, the boot is short and the rear windshield has a leaner angle of incline. This poses some problem during rains, as the rear visiblilty gets hampered. A rear wiper would be helpful.
Honda Grazia Long Term Report: Traffic Warrior
The scooter has long been the choice of weapon when it comes to inter-city commute. The scooter means that there in a world of traffic jams and parking issues you don’t waste time. The scooter is the answer to many people’s prayer for the ultimate city commuter. Is the Honda Grazia the answer? Let’s find out.
Now the Grazia has come into our long term garage a few months ago. The bike has come to me most recently for the last one month. Now readers, let me be honest with you. You might have read my reviews on cars more than bikes. And I’m not the biggest bike enthusiast around the MotorOctane office. But let’s just say I do enjoy a certain amount of two wheeler madness. And the Grazia is different. It’s nothing like the other bikes that have been in the long term garage (and it’s to ride).
Honda Grazia Daily Use – City Riding
The Grazia has completed about 6,500 kilometers and is still surprising us every day. The bike has been nothing of cool. I had initially thought that this bike would just be another automatic scooter to pop around town, run errands and commute. But it’s so much more. And as my story’s title says this is the ultimate ‘Traffic Warrior’. Where the Activa 5G lets go this picks up. The 125cc engine makes riding around traffic an absolute blast. All 8bhp of the HET engine are always on tap for powering through gaps and side streets with ease. In the start I did not like the way this thing handled, maybe because I was chauffeuring a pillion rider (my colleague) around. But with me alone with my machine, the Honda Grazia is truly provides explosive power in the hustle bustle of the traffic. And most importantly the brakes have not failed me yet. With an army of irrational rickshaw drivers prowling and stopping in the middle of the roads, the Grazia’s brakes has never once failed to bring the scooter to a halt in a jiffy. Yes, the brakes don’t bite as hard as say other 125cc scooters like the Ntorq and the SR125. But they have stopped me from having a several minor shunts in traffic. The mileage has been a great bonus too. When the fuel tank is filled in less than Rs 400, it makes the car guy in me shout. The bike has a very clean design and I can report that many people have stopped me on the road asking if it’s some new variant of the Aprillia bikes or if it’s a new bike. So it is a head turner.
The one thing I did have to get used to was the seat button that is integrated with the ignition switch. Another minor problem is the eco shift lights on the instrument cluster are too bright in the night and they reflect of the helmets visor in a distracting fashion. Other than that there is no other problems I hae faced riding this scooter in traffic till now.
Honda Grazia Performance and Riding-Highway Riding
The highway is where the Honda Grazia behaves completely differently. The bike is a proper mile-muncher in this respect. I would recommend any buyer of the Grazia to sit at 65km/hr – 75km/hr on straights. The bike is not tuned for handling and corners are something I would not advise riders to take suddenly or at high speed. Banked curves are another thing. The Honda Grazia can lean well and take those at high speed. The only thing I hoped the 12-inch tyres were was that they should have been fatter. The grip is decent but not really as confidence inspiring as the NTorq. But then again this bike is tuned for comfort and style rather than a backroad thrashing machine. Going for long 60km -70km rides to our testing and shooting locations has been a breeze.
The scooter is now returning for servicing. This is the first report for the scooter and there will be more to come. So stay tuned for more about the Honda Grazia.
Tata Nexon Long Term Review
Now as this is our first long term report on the Tata Nexon, we will share some of the important aspects on this new compact SUV. But we will not get into all the details at the moment. There are some aspects that we have learnt as we enjoyed driving this compact SUV and there are some that we are still working on to understand how good or bad is it. To begin with, we have broken this story into 3 parts: (more…)
Honda BR-V Reliability Report – March 2018
The MotorOctane team has been growing. With a growing family you need a bigger size vehicle to ferry everyone together in comfort, particularly when on a special assignment far away from home. We recently had an opportunity to experience a Honda BR-V as a long termer. It was there with us for a period of around three months, which not only helped us understand the vehicle better but also allowed us to put the vehicle to some real tests and gauge its utility in a regular ownership cycle.
We drove it extensively in Mumbai city conditions as well as on long highway trips. The most important one being a 3500 km travel to & fro, between Delhi & Mumbai to cover Auto Expo 2018. So, if you are looking for a comfortable seven-seater for family and not sure if Honda BR-V fits the bill, do read on & write to us in the comments section if you still need more information on the vehicle.
Ford Figo Diesel Reliability Report – November 2017
Ford Figo was the car that revived the fortunes of this company in India, when the 1st generation was launched. It went on to become a big success. Now in its second generation, the car has got mixed responses from the market. Ford loyalists are always praises for the car, while it has not gone down so well with many others. The Ford Figo Diesel is part of our long term fleet and we are experiencing this car in detail. We bring you the pros and cons of this car and share our experience. Read on for our first reliability report.
1- year with Tata Tiago – Long Term Report
Before I get into any bit or details about the Tata Tiago and its reliability. I will share some of the most frequently asked questions and even thoughts about the brand cars that exist in the market and is the brand has been able to rectify its image. We have clocked about 11,000 kilometres with this hatchback in about a year’s time. We have done a complete set of story and this is our Tata Tiago Long Term Report. Well, to begin with here are the questions:
- Is the engine noisy?
- What is the performance of the petrol and diesel engine like?
- Should one buy a petrol-powered Tata car?
- Do the plastics fall off?
- Is the quality good enough?
- How good is the service?
- Is it safe to invest in a Tata Tiago?
If you also have the same set of questions then you can head to the following answers underneath. There have been a lot of questions like these that have been asked to us.
So we begin by answering all the questions:
Noisy engine on the Tata Tiago:
The initial lots of the Tiago were noisy. The petrol engine had a lot of noise, but the diesel engine was more refined. When we drove the Tiago AMT we learnt of no engine noise, on contacting the brand we learn the problem of noise has been sorted in the new car made in 2017. As we have had the diesel engine, it was fairly refined unless it crossed 3500rpm. But the engine became noisy after it crossed 8000kms on the clock. This is an indication that it does require service.
Performance of petrol and diesel engine of Tata Tiago:
The performance of the petrol and diesel engines are good. We had spend more time with the diesel engine. In terms of performance it is good in the city and even on the highway. The urge/pull comes after the engine crosses 2000rpm, below that the engine struggles. So, one has to modify his driving pattern with the Tiago. The diesel engine has good performance in its segment. There is no turbo rush or the spool feeling that other diesel engines have. The power is linear and the boost from the turbo isn’t very high.
The diesel engine has minimal vibrations. For a three-cylinder this is absolutely quiet. A new engine from Tata and it is good enough and has no issues too. So a good job done. In the Eco mode, there is a drop in performance, the engine struggles to pull cleanly as it does in the normal mode. Also, there isn’t any difference in the mileage of the diesel engine in Eco mode or regular mode. In terms of mileage, it is close to 16km/l in the city and about 20-24km/l on the highway. The highway mileage even touched 28km/l for us once-twice, when we were cruising at 80km/hr on the highway. There isn’t much juice left in the engine after 120km/hr, one needs to push it a lot but the does get to 140-150km/hr with some struggle. At high speeds there is some amount of tyre noise that intrudes into the cabin.
Petrol engine good or bad?
We haven’t experienced the petrol engine too much, but it is better than the other Tata petrol cars. The other ones have been not so reliable on even the Zest and Bolt we have had some complaints but none with this new petrol engine. There haven’t been any complaints on the petrol at all. The engine has decent performance and even the mileage is good. This is what makes it a great package to consider.
The performance of this engine is good and there isn’t much of a lag in it. At the same time, the petrol engine has more than sufficient torque to cruise comfortably on the highway. The new engine offers good performance and there has been an improvement in ease of driving in the city.
Plastics fall off?
Not really. We didn’t experience, nor heard about it from any of our readers. However, only the front fog lamp cover did fall off. Whats more important is that the quality of the plastic does not seem to be affected. Even after of a use with minimal maintenance, this dashboard looks as good as new. This is what makes it a good thing. There were cases that the plastic quality was affected in the older cars, but not any more. Apart from this, there have been no issues with. All the elements are in tact and more importantly, the quality of the plastics haven’t aged/affected even a bit. Though one year is a tad short time, but the talks that do exist aren’t true anymore not at least with the Tiago.
Quality good enough?
Yes, the quality is good enough. The touch and feel of plastics and even the looks of it are good enough, making it feel rich. This is what makes it an appealing package. This seems a lot better than the other Tata cars like the Zest and the Bolt too. These make it a good package to consider.
Can we trust Tata’s service?
There wasn’t any issue in the company’s service ever. The issue was in the reliability of the product. All new companies do have some hiccups in the initial days. Tata Motors seems to have crossed that phase already. The products did with the Tiago. So, in terms of vehicle’s ability to last and service issues, this won’t really exist on the new Tata vehicles. This is what makes it a good option to consider.
Is it safe to buy a Tiago?
Most certainly a yes. At the moment this is the best option when it comes to value for money. Making it a much better option then the competition. If we compare it to the Celerio and Hyundai i10. In this aspect it is a much stronger product. What’s more, it is in the Kwid 1.0 price territory as well. Making it a stronger product to compete. We are expecting a much higher resale value for the Tiago over other Tata vehicles.
Tata Tiago Mileage
The Tiago returned us about 17km/l when drove it in different part of the Mumbai city. However, the figure dropped to 15km/l when we drove it purely in the tight lanes of Bandra. This is a good number still! And on the highway, we got a mileage of about 20km/l and the number touched 30km/l once when we were coasting at 80km/hr on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, on our way back to Mumbai.
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