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The facelift version of the XUV500 is expected around next year. The Indian UV maker is looking at introducing this to enhance its numbers. New products like the Tata Hexa, Toyota Innova Crysta and Jeep Compass have negatively affected the sales of the Mahindra flagship SUV. Mahindra has taken note of this and before the facelift comes into the market, they have introduced a new variant – W9.

The W9 variant is priced at ₹ 15.4 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is positioned between the W8 and W10 variants. The W9 variants draws in a few features from the W10 variant. Thus, Mahindra is offering a more feature loaded variant at an affordable price point.

Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales & Marketing – Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra, said, “Since its launch in 2011, the XUV500 has been a pioneer in providing innovative hi-tech features that are not available even in vehicles that are almost double its price. We are certain that the introduction of these hi-end features at such a competitive price point will generate a lot of interest amongst prospects who are evaluating SUVs in the price range of ₹ 14 lakhs to ₹ 18 lakhs . By introducing these aspirational features at this price, XUV500 has raised the bar once again.”

The Mahindra XUV500 W9 variant is available in both manual and automatic transmissions. It will come with same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. This 2179 cc diesel mill churns out around 140bhp of power and a torque of 330Nm. Transmission options include a 6speed manual gearbox and an 6speed automatic from Aisin, Japan. Mahindra will be also launching a new  updated diesel engine with its facelift. This new diesel engine will be producing about 170bhp of power

2017 Mahindra XUV500 W9 Features

  • Electric sunroof
  • Reverse camera with dynamic assist
  • Ecosense Technology
  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth
  • Keyless entry
  • Push-button start-stop
  • Emergency call function
  • Dual airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • ESP with Rollover Mitigation

2017 Mahindra XUV500 Price in India

Mahindra XUV500 2017 Price
VariantPrice (on-road, Mumbai)
W4₹ 15.1 lakhs
W6₹ 16.7 lakhs
W6 AT₹ 17.7 lakhs
W9₹ 18.4 lakhs
W8₹ 18.8 lakhs
W9 AT₹ 19.7 lakhs
W10₹ 19.8 lakhs
W8 AWD₹ 19.9 lakhs
W8 AT₹ 20.1 lakhs
W10 AT₹ 20.9 lakhs
W10 AWD₹ 21.1 lakhs
W10 AWD AT₹ 22.3 lakhs

The W9 variant sits between the W8 and W10 variants. This makes XUV500 much better value for money. In Mumbai the W9 manual costs ₹ 18.4 lakhs and the W9 automatic is priced at ₹ 19.7 lakhs.

Recent Updates to the Mahindra XUV500

On the other hand, the Indian utility vehicle manufacturer shall be offering a new brown colour as well. This will be an all new colour and the interiors will be black majorly. So, the current interior colour trim is black and beige, with even the seats being beige. The seat fabric/upholstery shall now be black. If this isn’t enough, the XUV500 buyers will even get lane change assist as a new feature. What’s more? Anyone who has purchased the new-updated XUV500 (since 2015), will also be eligible to update their current music systems through the dealership.

So, the upgrades are different for different variants. For instance, there won’t be Android Auto on the W4 model, but the buyer of this model can definitely add lane change assist. The price for software upgrade for all customers is INR 599 + taxes. This will be offered on all the new Mahindra XUV500 models.

The XUV500 was certainly launched with a Sportz model. This is the same one that was offered even previously on the SUV. The new generation also got this. The news of IntelliHybrid for the XUV500 will not happen anytime soon. Mostly, it won’t happen anymore as FAME has discontinued the price advantage that was offered on mild hybrid systems. So, the Ciaz, Ertiga and even the Scorpio shall not be benefitting from this system. This new system will enhance the production cost and now even impact the pricing of the XUV500. So, Mahindra will be offering the regular micro hybrid system on the XUV500.

The only other product that Mahindra had recently updated was the KUV100, which did get some additional features on it. Read other detailed review on the XUV500.  The price of the new XUV500 W6 variant starts at INR 13.6 lakhs (ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai). We will take some time to get the latest on-road pricing of this and other variants. 

These new Hi-tech features enhance connectivity, provide more convenience, add safety and assist in optimizing fuel efficiency. The key features introduced include:

  • Android Auto – This technology offers easy access to calls, messaging, navigation, music and Google search by connecting the user’s Android device with the infotainment system of the XUV500. Android Auto automatically pulls useful information from the user’s android device and organizes it into simple cards that appear just when they are needed on the infotainment system. It is designed keeping in mind the safety of the driver and the passengers. With a simple and intuitive interface, integrated steering controls and powerful voice actions, it is designed to minimize distraction and enable the driver to stay focused on the road.

Mahindra XUV500 Connected Apps

  • Connected Apps – The XUV500’s infotainment system now offers an industry-first feature – Connected Apps. Connected Apps provides a host of essential and exciting Apps like Gaana, Cricket Live, Zomato, Book My Show and others on the infotainment system. The user can access these apps through the infotainment system even if these are not available in the mobile device. This requires the user to connect the infotainment system with a wi-fi hot spot. Apps in the XUV500 provide India-specific entertainment, music, live cricket updates, flash news, and information on best restaurants, amongst others, all at the click of a button.

Mahindra XUV500 Ecosense

  • Ecosense – An Industry first by Mahindra, Ecosense Technology helps in optimizing fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions by assisting the driver in driving more efficiently. For every trip, the user gets an Ecoscore out of 100, based on driving parameters like – speed, gear selection, acceleration, idling, clutch override and aggressive breaking. During the trip, the infotainment system keeps displaying an instantaneous Ecoscore and an average Ecoscore. Ecosense Technology allows the user to share his/her Ecoscore on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. The user gets easy access to the Ecosense data and history on the infotainment system as well as on the Bluesense app and the With You Hamesha website.
  • Emergency Call – E-Call in the XUV500 is a first-in-class feature that provides access to emergency services in the unfortunate event that airbags get deployed. This feature automatically calls the emergency service and also sends a text alert to 2 pre-set numbers through a paired mobile phone.

Also Read: Tata Hexa Price and Features

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Mahindra XUV500 Design

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The front of the Mahindra XUV500 2017 has got an upgrade. A new grille with new headlamps that have a continuous LED line is seen here. There a lot of use of chrome which does make it look gaudy, but Indians do love chrome. Other than that the Mahindra XUV500 2017 does look stylish and the fascia looks more appealing if we minus the chrome.

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The side profile hasn’t changed and is still he cheetah inspired design. The alloy wheels now have a new design. The XUV500’s tail lamps that had the tribal design have been removed.

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Mahindra XUV500 Interior

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Get inside the cabin and the new trim in the Mahindra XUV500 2017 makes you feel pleasant. The new black and beige combination is a much better one than the earlier colour theme. There isn’t a major change in the interiors, there are the same oddly shaped AC vents, but that is where the styling cons end for us. The steering wheel is perfect in size and chunky enough to grip, the twin dials are easy to read. We like this, but there is no trip meter on the Mahindra XUV500 2017 and the driver information system is hidden deep into the centre console screen. There are a lot of buttons and this could get a bit confusing.

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The touchscreen infotainment system has no lag but accessing some things could be a bit complicated. The front row seats are large and comfortable. They are one of the best seats around.  The top-of-the-line gets electric seat adjustment and a new sunroof as well. The second row can seat three people in comfort with a flat floor and the third row is still ideal for kids. With the third row folded there is sufficient space for luggage, else it falls short on space.

Also Read: Hyundai Tucson – XUV500 Competition

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Mahindra XUV500 Engine

The Mahindra XUV500 2017 is fitted with a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that produces 138bhp of power and 320Nm of maximum torque. This comes mated to a six-speed transmission.  Refinement is the hallmark of this engine. There is no vibration or any kind of noise from the engine in the cabin. The Indian Auto major has made a fantastic product. However, hasn’t done any change to the NVH of the Mahindra XUV500 2017 on the facelift.

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The Mahindra XUV500’s drivability is good and you do not feel the need to shift gears often even in traffic as there is ample of torque available at most of the engine speeds. This is a major advantage of the Mahindra XUV500 2017. There are a couple of cons, the position of the clutch pedal is a little bit different and one needs to get used to it, and the gearshifts are still a bit rubbery.

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Also Read: Toyota Innova Crysta Price and Review

Mahindra XUV500 Mileage

The change that has occurred is by the use of push start and stop system and kinetic energy regeneration system. The company claims that this contributes to the increased fuel efficiency of the engine. We got a fuel efficiency of 13km/l, which is a mix of city and highway driving. This isn’t a strong point for the XUV500. Then there is the micro-hybrid start and stop system for traffic as well. The Mahindra XUV500 2017 is well feature-loaded SUV.

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New Mahindra XUV500 Specifications

Engine2179cc
Power140bhp
Peak Torque330Nm
Transmission6-Speed Manual/Automatic
Front suspensionMcPherson with Anti-Roll Bar
Rear suspensionMultilink with Anti-Roll bar
Fuel Tank Capacity70 litres

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Mahindra XUV500 Ride and Handling

The Mahindra XUV500 2017 has a pliant ride and it doesn’t feel stiff or too soft at any point. This makes it good to drive even on bad roads. The ground clearance is sufficient enough to drive on roads with broken tarmac. The high-speed stability too is good enough on the Mahindra XUV500 2017. The steering weighs up well at high speeds however it does feel slack around the corners. The Mahindra XUV500 2017 has good handling ability and the chassis is capable of taking more power and torque as well. However, we think with the monocoque chassis, the ride quality could have been better.

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2018 Honda CR-V Review – Sophisticated Evolution

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One of the first premium SUVs in the country – the Honda CR-V has come a long way since first launched. The CR-V has created an imagery that is premium and upmarket. However, a lack of a diesel engine and added flexibility was an area of concern and hence the SUV sold in very limited numbers. Now, Honda has given it a shot in its arm with the new generation 2018 Honda CR-V, which promises a lot and also now comes with a diesel engine, apart from having a seven seat option.

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Tata Nexon Petrol AMT: City-slickers dreams come true

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Let me come out straight and say it, ever since the Tata Nexon came out, I loved it. The compact SUV hit the sweet spot of being butch and suave at the same time. Inside it was nothing like a Tata of the past, as one friend looked at the floating infotainment touchscreen and pointed out that it looked like his Mercedes CLA’s unit. But overall I have always loved the price. Tata got that pretty bang on. It could appeal to someone who likes the design and also to someone who is buying the car with the ‘budget thinking cap’ on. And now Tata has sweetened the deal for many city slickers like us. Don’t want a six-speed manual diesel engine? Here’s something for you. We have finally got our hands on the petrol AMT variant to find out more.

Design

Now what do we have here? We have the Tata Nexon XZA petrol variant. The first thing you notice is with this variant, Tata has done away with the white color strip that ran across the doors, the rear and the also encompass the fog lamp housing in the front. They have been replaced with the color gray. This I must say is an improvement with the white really shouting and dividing the cars parts into different portions earlier. Now it all comes together more effortlessly. And with the Etna Orange color and the Sonic Silver dual tone option, the grey acts like a bridge between these two color transitions. This is the first time the paintjob of the car looks like it’s been given the same amount of attention as the rest of the design. The projector headlights with the day-time running lamps look brilliant. The black grill could be easily done in grey or chrome too, but it looks restrained and very classy in black. The large rear view mirrors with their integrated turn signals look great and have from the drivers view provide excellent visibility. Below all of that are the tyres. The 16-inch chunky alloys look great and proportionate to the size of the car and add to the superb 209mm ground clearance.

Now I’m one of those guys who still like his SUVs a bit boxy. But with the Nexon and all its aspects and design cues coming together, the car leaves an impression on you. Like the rear tail lamps are a favorite. I and Rachit (hosts our YouTube channel) have often discussed how they look like the eyes of a devil or some dangerous animal at night. In the end let me just say, while driving back at night in the Nexon after testing, I was waiting at a red light and a traffic constable gave me a thumbs up. Afterwards, when I rolled the window down to talk to him, he told me it’s one of the brightest and best looking cars he has seen all day. He guessed the price to be around 20 to 25 lakhs. When I told him the real price and the equipment on-board, he said ‘he would love to own such a car’. This goes on to show how the car has caught on and people like the Nexon’s big and sculpted design. Now let’s get into the interior.

Interior

Once you have pressed the rubber button on the door handle and swung the door open, you climb into the Nexon which has keyless entry (I wish all modern cars should have this feature as standard). Inside, the ambiance of the exterior is carried on. This is my favorite part of the Nexon. It’s plush and well built. Nothing rattles. The floating touch screen is a beautiful. The fabric seats are good enough and offer good shoulder and thigh support. On the inside, the car comes with tablet-touchscreen display by Harmann with steering mounted audio controls, climate control, electrically folding wing mirrors, height adjustable driver seat and folding rear seats as well. It gets twin-airbags in the front and ABS with EBD as a part of the safety pack. The interior is one of the safest in the country too. The Nexon recently got a 4 star Euro-NCAP rating. This really makes the Tata Nexon a perfect buy for the city.

Drive

The Nexon AMT variant gets the same Multi-Drive modes (Eco, City and Sport) from the manual variant and also a creep function, which is a boon in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine develops the same 110hp and 170Nm of torque.

Engage the Eco mode and you will see the shifts happening earlier and the transition between gears becoming much smoother as compared to the City mode. The Sport mode is definitely the one which most drivers will prefer as the gearbox holds on to a gear much longer than in other modes. Move the gear lever to the left, to manual mode, and you can take control of the shifts. This doesn’t make gear shifting any quicker. On the other hand, it delays in upshifts as well as downshifts when in manual mode and I found it best to leave it in Sports, which is the best mode to be in.

Tata Nexon Rear

Overall I would say the diesel is way better in the manual and AMT variants and I personally love the six-speed manual offered on the Nexon. When you drive the petrol AMT you will find yourself switching between Eco, City and Sport modes constantly, to find the sweet spot. I think the best mode is City for daily use, with Sport left for spirited drives on the highway and Eco for when you’re low on fuel and need the car changing into higher gears fast. And to be honest apart from my love for the diesel Nexon variants, this car is aimed at you city-dwellers. This car is quiet at 60 and even at 80 with the radio on; you don’t need to raise your voice to talk to fellow passengers. It’s easy to manure in traffic with the SUV body making its presence felt and you as a driver will not find it any more difficult than a small hatchback.

Another thing, Hill-hold assist is a welcome feature on the AMT variants and it eliminates the use of handbrake on inclines

Verdict

The petrol Nexon is cheaper to buy than the diesel with the prices starting at 8.70 lakhs (On-road Mumbai) for the XMA variant and going up to 11.23 lakhs for the top end XZA Dual Tone option. This makes it cheaper than many compact sedans and boasts a spec sheet of a premium sedan. If you want a feature loaded big car with a automatic gearbox and a petrol engine and a very high safety rating, you have no better option than the Nexon Petrol AMT.

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Renault Kwid 2018 launched with many first in class features

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The Renault Kwid 2018 has been launched today. The car gets a lot of features and is hence called the Kwid Feature Loaded Range. Available in 8 trims with segment-first features, the new Renault KWID 2018 Feature Loaded Range has been launched at no additional price, further enhancing its value proposition. The Renault Kwid has been a redefining product in its category. The Renault Kwid 2018 is one of the few cars to take on the mighty Maruti Alto 800 and provide some stiff competition to it. The Kwid is not compromised in terms of features as much as others in the segment. Do read further to know more about the Renault Kwid 2018 Feature Loaded variant.

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Hero Xtreme 200R Review – Sporty Successor

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The Hero Xtreme 200R was unveiled a few months back. This is the latest sporty enthusiast’s bike form Hero. The Xtreme is now more powerful and gets a few upgrades apart from the new engine. We ride this new offering from Hero on the Buddh International Circuit and find out how it is. What we can say is that it is not the same Xtreme as earlier, but a more improved motorcycle, in most departments. Want to know more this bike? Read further for our review.

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2018 Honda Amaze Review – Well Matured

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Honda has introduced the All-New Amaze. This new car is in its second generation. It is completely different from its outgoing model. It is now richer in features, exterior design, interiors and also in variant options. We drive the 2018 Honda Amaze in Bengaluru, to find out how this new generation model is. To know more about it, keep reading further.

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Toyota Yaris Review

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Yaris is Toyota’s first serious attempt at penetrating into the mid-size car market in India, dominated by the two strong players Honda City & Hyundai Verna, over the years. Is this new entrant, armed with a host of segment first features strong enough to alter the segment positions? While we would come up with a detailed road test and a comparison story a little later, let’s look at the some first impressions from the test drive we had.

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Ford Freestyle Review – Armoured Enthusiasm

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Ford has introduced its latest crossover for the Indian market. This is the Ford Freestyle. It is based on the Figo hatchback, but gets spruced up quite a bit. How good is it? Should you buy it or avoid it? We tell you this in our detailed review. Keep reading further.

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Honda WRV crosses 50,000 sales mark

Honda WR-V seems to be the next big thing for the brand. We share a detailed review

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The Honda WRV has been one of the best sellers from the Japanese manufacturer. The crossover has sold more than 50,000 units, thereby becoming one of the most important products for the company. Honda WRV clocked 37,031 units last financial year and the company says that the crossover accounts for 28% of its sales. Honda WRV was conceived in India and is the first Honda product to have extensive R&D work carried out in India. This is therefore an important milestone for the company. As per Honda, 80% of the sales come for the top-of the line VX variant and only 20% were in the entry-level S variant. We have in past also pointed out that surprisingly, one of the key factors for high sales of WRV in its category has been the offering of a sunroof.

The Honda Jazz was not as big a hit as the WRV. Clearly the WRV has bettered its competition on many counts. Honda WRV is one of the best sellers in its segment which comprises of the Ford Ecosport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon. This is a compact SUV that is based on the Jazz and has a lot of similarity to the hatchback.

The exterior might not say that, and it looks like a totally different vehicle. The interiors are where there is a lot of similarity. This SUV is under 4 metres too. There are more features on offer too. The engines available are the 1.2-litre petrol with a five-speed manual and a 1.5-litre diesel with a six-speed manual. The Honda WRV offers a lot more features. In terms of space it is the same like the Jazz. There is no differentiating factor there. Should you consider buying this new compact SUV? Or look at something else?

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BREAKING – Renault Duster price reduced by upto ₹ 1 lakh

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The price of the Renault Duster has been dropped. The SUV had come under a lot of pressure lately, after the success of the Hyundai Creta. The launch of the Renault Captur had got buyers confused, as the price of the Duster and Captur was not very different. Owing to low volumes, Renault has decided to reposition the Duster, which has been their best seller before the arrival of Kwid.

The Renault Duster petrol now starts ₹ 7.95 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the diesel version starts from ₹ 8.95 lakhs. The Petrol CVT variant is now priced at ₹ 9.95 lakhs. These are ex-showroom, Delhi prices. The repositioning of the Duster comes as a good news for several customers and Duster fans.

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Volvo XC60 – Luxury at its best

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Luxury cars aren’t just about being luxurious, but even style, premium-ness and exclusive. The niche-ness does exist. Buyers have been looking at the three Germans and the British marquee JLR off lately. There has been one brand that has been steadily growing and is happy to be niche at the moment. Its the Scandinavian brand Volvo. A company that went through its hardship of financial crisis at the global level. Then it revived itself with the XC90, then the S90 and the V90. Now it is the XC60. The new-generation that has evolved, and gets a new platform. The previous XC60 contributed to about 30% of their sales. Now, it is new-generation that will boost the numbers.

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The Volvo XC90 is a masterpiece and so is the S90. I can drool over the design every time I see it. The same thing has been done on the XC60 too. The signature front grille is carried on the new SUV. It looks good, but one can again relate it to the bigger brother. I love the Thor hammer-design headlamps, but something different might just have been perfect. The XC60 is good but it does reflect a lot of its design from its elder brother. The side profile is very much crossover like. The front end has a streamlined design, moving to the rear that becomes squarish for better practicality. The 19-inch alloy wheels are just Wow! But for long road trips, I will be a bit worried to drive as the tyre profile is low. The tail lamps are stylish and I love them too. This is one aspect, which cannot be done to a crossover/SUV for the Indian car market.

Volvo XC60 front

I have no complains about how good this crossover looks, but my point is why not have something expectational and exclusive.  Yes, they look classy and stylish. But creativity in design has taken a back seat in the luxury car segment. In attempt to have more family look, the design is becoming similar on all the products. This is true with all the brands. Still the Volvo does stand out of the rest.

Volvo XC60 interior 2018

Step into the Volvo and you could believe this is something from the space age. Even the Tesla has a similar styling pattern though. There is a large touchscreen system with all the controls for music and even air-cons. The touch and response of the system is as good as an iPad. The music system output is through 15-speakers of Bower and Wilkins. The music quality of these speakers is fantastic. Minimal buttons to operate makes things easy. This feels like a cockpit of an airport that has got all touch controls. All the dials have the texture that appears to be chiselled. You do not press the start stop button, you rotate it. The interiors do make you feel special every time you step inside. The Volvo XC60’s exterior styling and interiors do make you like it every time you step into it. The wood inserts on the dash and the ceramic finish on the sliding tambour made me fall in love with it. The cabin felt it was designed by someone from Armani. Everything had a character and essence to it. This was joyful and pleasing too.

The interiors are stylish and appealing. The ambience is soothing and so comfortable.

In the cabin the seats offer good support. For your back, for your lumbar, thighs and even side. This is a comfortable vehicle, and there is ventilated seats for the front and rear gets only heated seats. Rear passengers have AC vents, there is also a touchscreen for controlling AC blower speed and rear seat heating too. The rear seats are lower than the front, which will reduce the side movement on winding roads. The boot can also easily gobble luggage for an entire weekend. There is also the panoramic sunroof, which is a good addition.

This is the Volvo XC60 in India in 2018

A 2.0-litre diesel engine that churns about 235bhp of power, a lot more than the other German diesels, and it comes mated to an eight-speed AISIN transmission. This is a self-shifting gearbox and it seems that Volvo hasn’t just offered the best-in-class power but even something close to the V6 offered by competition. The engine is absolutely silent and buyers will not realise its a diesel engine underneath. Twist the start button and the oil burner cranks to life without too much melodrama. The engine is responsive from the word go and it does make it easy to manoeuvre in the city. Overtaking is a breeze and this is a cruiser. It doesn’t make you want to push. There is no spool from the turbo making it a relaxed drive. The turbocharger kick-in is very linear. Change the mode by rolling to a different mode.

This has the most powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine on offer at the moment in this segment.

Before we get to the driving dynamics, there is more to the safety and riving assistance offered on the XC60. This is important as none of the competing products offer this and the XC60 has a long list of them. IntelliSafe technologies help protect not only the people inside the car but also consider people on the outside, for example technology that helps you to detect pedestrians and cyclists. When you drive at speeds up to 50 km/h, our City Safety collision avoidance technology looks ahead of you and brakes automatically if you are about to run into a vehicle in front. Our IntelliSafe technologies like Electronic Stability Control add to reassuring driving stability in all conditions without sacrificing the joy of driving. The new XC60 gets Steer Assist, which has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions. These system enabled by radar helps the driver arrive refreshed.

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In terms of ride quality, it has a supple ride. Ride on bad roads and you won’t feel much of the broken roads. The suspension glides on bad roads and irons out the undulations. 19-inch wheels, well we had a tyre cut on our test drive. These low profiles can be an issue in our Indian road conditions. The previous XC60 had loads of body roll, this has been taken care in the new one. The crossover is dynamic just like a sedan.

Volvo XC60 – Should you buy?

Moving on to the pricing, at Rs 55.90 lakhs (ex-showroom) Volvo has awestruck crossover buyers. It has been priced aggressively, despite of it being a complete body unit (CBU) import. The pricing is highly competitive and the features are the best in class. Wondering why you need any other SUV in this price point unless it is a 4×4. What goes missing on this SUV is the service network and the brand name that the three German enjoy. Else, the Volvo is a best offering in this segment at the moment. They had done this with the XC90 with the first-gen and the new XC60 promises to fulfil in this segment too.

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Bajaj V15 Review

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A commuter bike that will have cafe racer type styling. This was a very good concept by Bajaj. Even though this concept was started by Hero on its Splendor Classic Pro. Bajaj got it on a 150cc bike. This will improve the performance and they tuned the exhaust for a good note. To add more value to it, there was the INS Vikrant metal added to it. This attracted more buyers to it. Bajaj as a brand has been innovative with this bike and the company is looking at adding more variants to the Bajaj V15 or as some call it Vikrant bike.

At the moment, it comes with a stylish design and high quality paint job. The 150cc engine churns about 12bhp of power and 13Nm of torque. This engine comes mated to a five-speed transmission. This is the same engine like that on the Avenger, but it has been tweaked for different throttle performance.
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Jaguar F-Pace S Review

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What happens when you demand a little too much from your everyday car. When you want an ultra-luxurious cabin endorsed with latest feature gadgetry and a powertrain configuration capable of embracing any challenge thrown at you by an unforgiving terrain that comes your way. Is there an ultimate car that exists at both ends of consumer demand spectrum? Read on to know more on one such machine we recently got to lay our hands on..

F-Pace is Jaguar’s first attempt at coming up with a luxury crossover performance SUV to compete with the already established models from the Audi, BMW & Mercedes stable. Launched in the year 2016, it is built on the same platform as used in some of the other popular sedan offerings from Jaguar like the XE & XF however in essence F-Pace derives a portion of its DNA from the Land Rover family, part of the same group.

Design

The F-Pace bears a clear design resemblance with its other Jaguar siblings, albeit every other car in the Jaguar line-up is a saloon but for this one exception. The stooping bonnet in the front with a large grille holding a jaguar face and its signature J blade DRLs leaves you in no doubt about its lineage. Large 20 inch alloy wheels plonked in wide shouldered wheel arches gives the car its macho looks.  The slanted rear wind screen with a sporty spoiler and tail lamps inspired from the F-Type gives a strong sporty character to the car.

Interior

The well-appointed interiors of the F-Pace have a lot in common with other Jaguars. You will find the familiar Rotary Gear Selector that rises up on cranking the engine. The plush leather seats with 10 way adjustable electric front seats are comfortable and give a sense of luxury at the same time. One can also set up a mood lighting option picking up shades based on personal choice.

The relatively longer wheelbase and decently wide cabin makes it a nice place to be in. Rear seats are wide with adequate room for three adult passengers sitting side by side. A 40:20:40 rear seat split option provides flexibility for carrying a range of personal belongings otherwise difficult to carry in a car due to an odd size or shape. A sliding panoramic sunroof with electric blinds adds to the feeling of space inside.

Features

F-Pace comes equipped with a range of advanced and innovative features. The high end R-Sport version that we drove had a 10.2 inch touch screen in the central console in addition to a 12.3 inch digital instrument panel with virtual dials and a full screen map view option. For the more demanding customers, F-Pace gives you an 825W Meridian sound system with 17 speakers and is equipped with a customisable Head-Up Display which keeps the driver notified on vehicle speed, navigation signals & cruise control status. Plus, it has a park assist feature supported with a 360 degree surround camera system and an activity key in the form of a sturdy, stylish waterproof wrist band that can help one access the car without the use of primary key.

Driving Performance 

Jaguar F-Pace S is the more powerful 3.0L V6 Diesel with 300PS power and 700Nm of torque. The light-weight aluminium body construction ensures that the car doesn’t behave its true weight or reminds you of its dimensions when it comes to a swift driving manoeuvre on road. The eight speed automatic transmission is a breeze to drive and has an option of changing gears manually using the steering mounted pedal shifts.  A zero to hundred is achieved in an impressive 6.2sec.

Please the throttle and you will be talking to the wind. There is more than sufficient pull in their engine to challenge other luxury sedans. The pull is linear and there isn’t the turbo kick that will make you go bonkers.

Verdict

Jaguar F-Pace has received various honours and acclaims across the globe. It indeed is a well deserving car and with a price band of Rs 79L to 1.41Cr it sure is capable of bringing about a new wave of change in the Indian market. In our opinion, F-Pace is the car that can carry you in style for a late evening Russian Ballet performance at a prestigious venue like Bolshoi and also lets you climb atop treacherous mountain peaks in the Alps with ease. So, if you wish to stand out of the crowd and are looking for a new option that’s bold, stylish, powerful and yet practical all at the same time, then F-Pace is the right choice for you.

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Renault Captur Review – Its got the looks!

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SUVs and more SUVs are there around us these days. Be it the sub-4 meter SUVs or the bigger ones, all are getting a revamp or an upgrade. The Renault Duster was the first affordable of the modern monocoque SUVs and it changed the market completely. This time the french marquee has upped their game further and are ready to launch their new SUV – the Renault Captur. What is this SUV (pronounced ‘Capture’) all about? Should you buy it? Read further in our review.

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Honda Activa 4G Review

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When you think scooters, one name that comes to mind is Honda Activa. The brand Activa has been more popular than Honda itself, in India and the scooter has been the best sller for a long time now. Honda Activa has been receiving upgrades periodically and this has helped the brand grow stronger over the years. It has grabbed the mind share of customers and is top of the mind while making a purchase. The Honda Activa is in its fourth generation now and there are some changes it brings along with. This is the Honda Activa 4G, which stands for 4th generation. While the upgrades are not major like the Activa 3G, it does get some cometic upgrades that make it look more premium. The Honda Activa 4G is a sophisticated looking scooter and looks better than its earlier models.

The Honda Activa 4G get changes that are not major in nature though. The first major change is that the Activa 4G now gets a BS-IV engine. The scooter now complies with the new emission norms. It also gets AHO (Auto Headlamp On) and some minor tweaks in styling.

The basic design and features of the Honda Activa 4G the same as earlier. There is a USB charging facility though, which is available as a accessory at a higher price.  We wish this could have been offered as a standard feature. The Honda Activa 4G is priced at ₹ 57,000 (on-road, Delhi) and to install any accessory, one has to spend extra money. Lets see in detail what all the Honda Activa 4G brings in.

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Honda Activa 4G will be a good upgrade and an opportunity for Honda to get back more buyers who were considering other options.

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2017 Hyundai Verna Review

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The Hyundai Verna had come as a fresh breath of air in the mid-size sedan segment, when the earlier generation car was launched. It had brought in a lot of new features and engine options to revive the segment, however, over the last few years it had lost that steam and the competition had got the better of it. This time, however, Hyundai has upped the game and come in much stronger with a much improved and better product, which is the 2017 Hyundai Verna. This car is now built on an all-new platform that makes it more robust and efficient. It also comes with new features and some segment first ones as well. How is the new 2017 Hyundai Verna? Will it disrupt the sedan segment once again? Is it worth buying? We tell you in detail, in this review. Read further.

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