Faceoff: Fiat Punto Evo vs Volkswagen Polo

fiat punto evo

There used to be a time when the hatchback was viewed as a cheap and practical option for most Indians. Whether it be fuel efficiency you’re finicky about or the ability to find a parking spot with ease, the humble hatchback came forward and unobtrusively stood up to the challenge. With pockets getting deeper and manufacturers setting up local manufacturing units, hatchbacks have taken on a more flamboyant air. They’re still city-friendly, capable of making it through traffic without much hassle, and able to fit the average family. But it achieves looking a lot better and performing unlike before as well.

The competition in the hatchback segment is fierce, understandably. The most recent rivalry is that between the new Fiat Punto Evo and the Volkswagen Polo. Each of these are worthy competitors and how things turn out in the market is interesting to watch. The Fiat Punto Evo is easily the smartest car in its class, but others have woken up to the reality that this doesn’t mean it is a car to be trifled with. Here’s how the the new Fiat Punto Evo performs when pitted against the seasoned Volkswagen Polo.

2014 Volkswagen polo

EXTERIOR

Both the cars have evolved a lot when it comes to their exterior designing. It seems like these manufacturers have worked a lot on ensuring that the appeal begins with a first look at the car. The Fiat Punto Evo may be diminutive but it is a very good-looking compact car. The high tensile steel body assures high end safety for the vehicle. The Volkswagen Polo is beautifully designed with a sophisticated and stylish front grille, artistic dual beam headlights covered with posh black layer, distinctive design of its company logo on the trunk, 15 inch alloy wheels and inventively styled tail lights. The Punto Evo comes off looking like the better car overall.

Fiat Punto Evo     : 4.5

Volkswagen Polo: 4

 interiors new Fiat punto evo

INTERIORS

Both the cars share many similar features inside the cabin. This includes a 2-DIN music system, climate control and also audio and multimedia controls which have been mounted on the steering wheel in both cars. However, the Fiat Punto Evo goes a step further, adding certain crucial features such as Rear AC Vents, SMS read out and ambient lighting. The other big advantage which the Punto Evo has over Volkswagen Polo is in terms of interior space. The rear seat in Volkswagen Polo lacks sufficient leg room and the seat does not have flip fold facility as on the Fiat Punto Evo. The luggage space on both cars is almost the same.

Fiat Punto Evo     :4

Volkswagen Polo: 4

 

2013 volkswagen polo
Current Gen Polo Used As Reference

ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

The most noticeable change in the new Volkswagen Polo is the upgraded engine. It now comes with a 1.5 liter diesel mill, which delivers 90PS and a peak torque of 230Nm. The new Fiat Punto Evo puts out 93PS of power and 209 Nm of torque. These cars are pretty much on even keel on the power front. The Punto Evo has an edge given its higher ground clearance at 185mm, while it is only 165mm on the Polo. It also has bigger 16 inch wheels, hydraulic power steering, and a much better driving field. Despite this, when it comes to real-world handling, there is no beating the Polo. It may be underpowered on paper, but the smooth power delivery and easy to handle gearbox render it a joy to drive.

Fiat Punto Evo     : 3.5

Volkswagen Polo: 4.5

 

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The All New Fiat Punto Evo

FUEL EFFICIENCY AND VALUE FOR MONEY

Talking in terms of the fuel efficiency the Fiat Punto Evo again stands slightly ahead of the Volkswagen Polo as it gives a mileage of 20.5kmpl, as opposed to the 20.1kmpl in Volkswagen Polo. When it comes to the value for money proposition, it isn’t so simple which car comes off the better. The fully loaded and spacious Fiat Punto Evo with the 90HP engine is priced at Rs. 7.20lakhs. The stylish and suave Volkswagen Polo is priced at Rs. 7.37 lakhs. The price difference is minimal and isn’t a sufficient parameter to tell which car offers the better overall package.

Fiat Punto Evo     : 4

Volkswagen Polo: 4

VERDICT

It’s going to be a tough call between the two as they both are distinctively designed, have unbeatable and world class features in terms of quality. But the Punto Evo not just offers a value for money, but it’s also much more spacious and offers features too. Simultaneously it’s also evident that the Polo has a considerable edge over the Punto Evo in terms of engine power and looks.

As with most other decisions, this one comes down to preference. The Punto Evo has the creature comforts but not so much the performance. It does seem to offer slightly better interiors. However, for those who want a car that is a looker and the ability to experience the famed goodness of German engineering, the Volkswagen Polo is the way to go.

Face Off: Skoda Yeti vs Mahindra XUV5OO

mahindra xuv5oo suv interiors

The automotive market is rife with a multitude of options to suit every buyer. One of the biggest segments here in India is now the SUV segment. Constantly bombarded by a stream of launches, the prospective SUV owner is spoilt for choice. Out of the dizzying number of models currently on sale, the Mahindra XUV5OO has been a chart topper since its launch. Although the Mahindra SUV has been left untouched since its launch, the incredible range of options across all three variants and well executed design has allowed the XUV5OO to remain on top.

Czech car maker Skoda on the other hand is a rather obscure marque in the world of off-roaders. Although the Skoda Yeti has been hailed by many as one of the best SUVs in International markets, the car’s lackluster design and high price tag discouraged buyers from choosing the Czech SUV. Undeterred by the lack of enthusiasm shown by the Indian audience, Skoda has launched a face-lifted Yeti for the year 2014. Let’s see how this new model stacks up against the crowd favorite.

Design:

Skoda Yeti:

The 2014 Skoda Yeti Face-lift is more of an evolution of the car’s previous generation than a total revamp. The car still maintains its boxy structure but drops the dual headlight design for a more refined classic Skoda look. The 2014 model also comes with Skoda’s new butterfly grille as well as the redesigned logo. However, while the new Yeti is a massive improvement from the previous generation, the SUV still features uninspiring bodywork.

2014 skoda yeti front
Front View of the Skoda Yeti

XUV5OO:

Despite Mahindra’s choice of retaining the XUV5OO virtually unchanged since it’s launch, the SUV’s design still manages to grab eyeballs.  The front end’s striking headlights coupled with the stylish mesh inserts endow the XUV5OO with a very strong road presence. The SUV’s flared wheel arches as well as imposing build add to the visual mass of the XUV5OO. Unlike the almost ordinary facets the Yeti displays, the XUV5OO uses more of a shock and awe approach. A tactic that works quite well for the Indian audience. 

mahindra xuv5oo front
The XUV5OO is one of the best looking indigenous SUVs around

Mahindra’s SUV is also a clear example of how an indigenous car maker’s work can truly stand toe to toe with renowned International marques.

Round 1 Winner: Mahindra XUV5OO

Interior:

Skoda Yeti:

The Yeti’s interiors follows similar design methodologies as most cars in Skoda’s range. Simple, elegant and uncluttered, the SUV’s cabin features the standard array of tech and safety equipment. The international model features a faux wood panel running across the all black dash adding a bit of luxury appeal. Skoda’s SUV comes with a 2 DIN music system with the usual iPod, Bluetooth, AUX connectivity. True to German standard, the Yeti’s interiors are well built and makes use of high grade plastics and leather-work. Steering mounted controls allows the driver to control the audio system as well as receive calls.

interiors of 2014 skoda yeti
Interiors of the All New Skoda Yeti

The neatly organized interiors maybe one of the German car maker’s strong suites, however, the car does seem to lack a bit of the Skoda panache we’ve come to know and love.

XUV5OO:

The XUV5OO is truly one of Mahindra’s greatest achievements in the design segment. The blend of curves and cuts endow the SUV with one of the most interesting cabins till date. Unlike the woodwork in the Yeti, Mahindra’s implementation of the same is far more impressive. In the center we are greeted with a fully loaded touchscreen infotainment system complete with rear parking sensors. The generous use of quality plastics and leather give the XUV5OO a luxurious interior lacking in most Indian SUVs.

mahindra xuv5oo suv interiors
Interiors of the XUV5OO

Round 2 Winner: Mahindra XUV5OO

Under The Bonnet:

Skoda Yeti:

The Yeti makes use of a 2.0 L TDI CR engine that churns out 138 HP @ 4200 RPM and a max torque of 320 Nm @ 1750 RPM. Power is either sent to the front wheels or all four wheels via a 5 speed manual gearbox

XUV5OO:

Powering the Mahindra XUV5OO is a 2.o L mHAWK engine that features a variable geometry turbo. The Mahindra SUV produces 140 HP @ 3750 RPM and a max torque figure of 330 Nm @1600 RPM. 

Although the power difference is minimal, the XUV5OO’s overall bulk might give the Yeti an edge with its greater power to weight ratio.

Round 3 Winner: Draw

Verdict:

Despite the obvious reasons why one would choose the Mahindra XUV5OO, the Skoda Yeti has a better track record as a versatile everyday car as well as a credible off roader. Sadly, the same cannot be said about Mahindra’s SUV. While the 4×4 variant can perform well off the beaten track, Mahindra still has some kinks to work out with its two wheel drive variant as well as the rather disconnected steering system.

Top 10 Best Awaited Sedans of 2015

"Cadillac ATS Sedan 2015"

While most of us are planning on a vacation for new year’s, various car manufacturers are working on new and exciting models that would definitely make your year “happy” while the manufacturers are keeping up to their commitments and working on the dream sedans, here is a sneak peek into the most awaited Best sedans of 2015 (some models may have already been announced, but nonetheless enjoy reading this article)

10. 2015 Mercedes Benz C-Class:

Best Sedans 2015: Mercedes C-Class
Mercedes C-Class, a class apart

Presenting the stylishly luxurious Mercedes Benz C-Class, a luxury car pantheon that is bigger and much more elegant than ever along with high quality equipment’s and technology put at best use. The C-Class starts with a turbocharged 2 liter four cylinder engine that produces 241 HP and 275 lb-ft of torque and is also available in the bi-turbo 3 liter V6 version that produces a whooping 329 HP and 354 lb-ft of torque with 7 speed auto transmission and AWD. The price of this beauty starts at $ 43,000*/- and holds the 10th position of the Best Sedans of 2015.

 

9. 2015 Jaguar XF

Best Sedans 2015: Jaguar XF
The all new Jaguar XF 2015 model

Jaguar is known for its refined cars that roll out every year. The XF is one of the most aggressive competitors in the mid-size luxury segment that is certain to claw down its rivals with its stunning looks and performance. The Jag is most likely going to carry three power trains and optional all-wheel drive that looks sleek modern and well spirited along with brilliant interiors that speak luxury with agility. Technology also plays a great role in this sedan, the electronic system like Active Differential Control and Adaptive Dynamics systems shuffle power between the rear wheels and adjusts suspension and steering firmness make this car as nimble as a cat. The Jaguar XF is going to have a turbo charged V6 which is going to be available in three strengths; the 4 cylinder turbo charged XF with 240 HP, super charged V6 with 380 HP as well as the V8 with 470 Horses powered up under its mighty hood and touches 0-60 in 4.9 seconds (or less) all the versions will have a paddle shift eight speed auto transmission. Price?? Well, if you have decided that you want a Jaguar, Price shouldn’t be a constraint should it? 😛

Well, this sedan is going to purr away $ 50,175 (base price). This beauty sits at the 9th position in our list of Best Sedans of 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu3onVFT9eY 8. Cadillac ATS Sedan 2015:

[caption id="attachment_3340" align="aligncenter" width="970"]Cadillac ATS Sedan 2015: Best Sedans Image Source: www.nydailynews.com[/caption] The Stunningly brilliant Cadillac ATS is one of the most desired cars of 2015. The ATS will have a 2.5 L I-4 202 HP powered engine with 6 speed auto transmission along with 4-wheel anti lock brakes (ABS) system, side seat mounted airbags along with curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead bags for extra safety, knee bags (for driver and passenger) as well as airbag occupancy sensor. It will also feature automatic A/C, cruise control, drive line traction control, Stabili Trak electronic stability all for a starting price tag of $ 33,215 (MSRP) This model of Cady holds the 6th position in the listThis beauty sits at the 9th position in our list of Best Sedans of 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmOJC8mBP44 7. Cadillac CTS 2015:
[caption id="attachment_3341" align="aligncenter" width="970"]Cadillac CTS 2015: Best Sedans Image Source: www.nydailynews.com[/caption] Joining the desired sedan list is another Cadillac sedan, the CTS will have a 2 L I-4 272 HP powered inter-cooled turbo engine with 6 speed auto transmission along with overdrive as well as 4 wheel ABS, Side seat mounted Airbags along with curtain airbags (overhead) knee bags, Auto A/C, 17 inch aluminum wheels as well as traction control and the same Stabili Trak electronic stability as the ATS sedan. The CTS sedan is expected to carry a price tag of $ 45,345*/- and makes it to the 5th position of the list of Best Sedans of 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H56w9jUcIc 6. 2015 BMW M5 Sedan:
[caption id="attachment_3342" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Best Sedans 2015: BMW M5 Image Source: 2016newcarsblog.com[/caption] BMW M series is one of the most powerful beasts that rule the roads globally. The M5 is a new entrant with a 4.4 L V8 engine that would produce 560 HP along with the twin turbo power that would be quite fun to drive. The car would have a 7 speed auto shift manual transmission along with overdrive as well as 4-wheel ABS, integrated navigation system as well as side seat mounted airbags and the curtain overhead airbags as well as airbag occupancy sensor, auto A/C, cruise control, as well as Drive line traction control. The starting MSRP of the powerful M5 would be around $ 94,000 */- & holds the 4th slot in the lit of Best sedans of 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RgmsmKYr2Y 5. Honda Accord 2015:
[caption id="attachment_3343" align="aligncenter" width="615"]Honda Accord 2015: Best Sedans Image Source: www.2015newcarsmodels.com[/caption] Honda is set to launch its ever popular Accord yet again with a fresh look, buoyant interiors and sheer perfection. The Honda Accord would compete with the Toyota Camry 2015 and a few more sedans. The Accord would include a 2.4 L I-4 engine (LX model) that would sufficiently produce 185 HP with its 6 speed manual transmission (auto transmission optional) and this sedan will have a few standard features including ABS, SMART VENT airbags, 16 inch aluminum wheels, cruise control as well as drive traction control. The Accord will be made available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L (V6) and Touring models that would produce around 21-24 mileage in the city and around 34 mpg on the highway. The price would start from $ 22,000*/- and will sits at the 3rd position in the list of Best sedans of 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-Rkj6-L0YQ 4. Toyota Camry 2015:
[caption id="attachment_3344" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Toyota Camry 2015: Best Sedans Image Source: www.autoblog.com[/caption] Bringing across a fresh and sporty design, the 2015 Toyota Camry will take on its rivals with the element of sportiness and the eye catching design that will do much benefit for the company. Apart from the new design, the car will have improved brakes, wider track and a well laid out interior that would reminisce a luxury car. The car will have a 2.5 Liter four cylinder engine with 178 HP as well as a 3.5 Liter V6 powered car that would produce 268 HP along with excellent mileage (43 in the city and 39 mpg on the highway) and would carry a competitive price of $ 22,970*/- This New Camry is an eye candy and holds the 4th position in the list of Best sedans of 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NufOiIYs0k 3. Acura TLX 2015:
[caption id="attachment_3345" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Acura TLX 2015: Best Sedans Image Source: www.invinityauto.com[/caption] Replacing the Acura TL as well as the TSX comes the all new 2015 Acura TLX, a premium class entry level mid size sedan for the masses. This car has an abundance of technology starting with Precision All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS, previously seen on the Acura RLX), an eight-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission with a torque converter, and a 'traditional' nine-speed automatic. This 2.4 liter four cylinder (base model) would generate 206 HP and will be available in the 3.5 L V-6 version with 290 HP and would also flaunt the excellent handling, all wheel drive system, all in all this car would be available for $ 31,400*/- and holds the 3rd position in the list of Best sedans of 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3e37Pd6cYU 2. Subaru Legacy 2015:
[caption id="attachment_3346" align="aligncenter" width="2048"]Subaru Legacy 2015: Best Sedans Image Source: www.motortrend.com[/caption] From a family car perspective, the 2015 Subaru Legacy will make one fine addition to your garage, the Japanese car will rule the mid-seze main stream and would feature a more fuel efficient as well as an automatic transmission version. This AWD car would be powered by a 2.5 liter 175 horse power producing engine that would give 36 mpg mileage on the highway, if you are looking for more power, you can choose the 3.6 liter 6 cylinder model with 256 HP and 247 lb-ft of torque. This newly designed (interior and exterior) sedan is much more than a sedan. This is one of the finest family sedans and would carry a Washington tag of $ 22,000*/- and is the 2nd Best in the list of Best Sedans of 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC09VsoN0j4 1.  Hyundai Genesis 2015:
[caption id="attachment_3347" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Hyundai Genesis 2015: Best Sedans Image Source: www.marketwatch.com[/caption] Hyundai Genesis is one of the most popular cars (thanks to you tube) that has plenty of features (Safety is the one of the most important one) and is expected to be announced at a very agreeable price, the new Genesis has high quality interiors and has gone through a complete overhaul and this makes it a top luxury sedan that has exceptional value along with the best in class ride quality accompanied by plenty of interior space as well as a long warranty coverage. The Genesis will roll out in two power train models; the 3.8 liter V6 as well as the 5 liter V8 model. However, by the looks of it, this sedan might have a little issue with the rear seat headroom that appears to be a tad tight for its class of sedans. The expected price for the entry level Genesis (2015) is around $ 38950*/- Hyundai Genesis holds the 1st position in our list of Best Sedans of 2015 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPTIXldrq3Q  

Faceoff: Honda Mobilio Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

honda mobilio

MPVs are a class of car that are slowly gaining acceptance in India. On the other hand, Indonesia has always been a market with a strong affinity for seven-seaters, but the trend has taken a while to reach Indian shores. Manufacturers have now realized the importance of MPVs in the Indian market and many are planning to launch them in India soon. Honda’s most awaited and anticipated car of the year, the Honda Mobilio, is finally out. It serves as Honda’s first Multi Purpose Vehicle in the country. But it will have to compete with the current segment favourite- the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. To gain a better understanding about these MPVs and allay your doubts,  here is a head to head between the Ertiga and Mobilio.

Honda mobilio compare

EXTERIOR

Both the Honda Mobilio and Maruti Ertiga come with above average looks. But of the two the one that has the ability to elicit a second look is the Honda Mobilio. Some of the noticeable features of the Mobilio are the chrome lining on its grille, headlights, drawn out rear end and power antenna, which unifies higher level of mechanical security. Maruti’s Ertiga returns serve with adjustable headlights, but differs in the well-engineered fog lamp, finely designed tail lamp, alloy wheels and ORVM. The Ertiga is slightly wider and taller than the Mobilio. But, the Japanese designed Mobilio, despite being a tad smaller in terms of dimensions, makes up as it offers more space and comfort for occupants. This brings us to the interiors.

This round score:

Honda Mobilio: 4.5

Maruti Ertiga: 3.5

Maruti Ertiga interiors

INTERIORS

Both the cars comprise of seven seats and they almost share similar inner facilities such as the incorporated air conditioner in their cabins, adjustable steering columns, heater, and fabric upholstery. The very compact dash of the Mobilio has been carried over from the Brio and Amaze to cut down costs and the Mobilio gets the same slim front seats with the fixed headrests as well. The Honda MPV is also integrated with few additional features such as digital odometer and tachometer.

This round score:

Honda Mobilio: 4           

Maruti Ertiga: 3.5

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

The Honda Mobilio is designed with dual engine options both for petrol and diesel. The Mobilio petrol houses a 1.5 litre iVTEC which manufactures  maximum power of 117 bhp and 146 Nm of peak torque. The diesel powered edition houses a 1.5 litre lDTEC which produces the maximum output of 98 bhp and torque of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. The Maruti Ertiga also comes with dual engine variants. The 1.4 litre K series aboard the petrol version gives the highest power of 95 bhp with peak torque of 132 Nm. The Ertiga MPV in its diesel form offers 1.3 litre Ddis and creates the max output of 90 bhp with 204 Nm of torque at 200 rpm. Both engines give manual type gearboxes. The Indonesian version of the Mobilio is propelled with a version of the 1.5-litre i-VTEC mill from the City, which belts out 116bhp and a torque of 14.6kgm. These numbers reveal that the Mobilio gains an edge over the Maruti Ertiga in terms of power.

Of the two MPVs in this race, it is the Mobilio that offers the more enjoyable drive. This is owed to the fact that the car handles amazingly well and feels more stable when pushed a bit. The Ertiga does well for its size but simply doesn’t offer the pleasing drive the Mobilio does.

This round score:

Honda Mobilio: 4.5        

Maruti Ertiga: 4

Maruti Ertiga blue

MILEAGE

Before buying an MPV, mileage in one of the important factors kept in to considerations, so that an entire family or group of members can travel together in less fuel. The Honda Mobilio’s petrol engine offers a mileage of 13.38kmpl in normal condition, and 17.3kmpl on highway. The diesel engine produces minimum mileage of 15-17kmpl in traffic conditions and a superb fuel efficiency of 22-24kmpl in  highway conditions. The Maruti Ertiga’s petrol version renders a mileage of 12.1kmpl in the city whereas an energetic mileage of16kmpl on highway. On the other hand, the diesel version gives an average mileage of 19-21kmpl.

This round score:

Honda Mobilio: 4

Maruti Ertiga: 4

honda mobilio engine

PRICE

The Honda Mobilio range starts from Rs 6.5 lakhs for the base petrol variant and the diesel variants are priced starting at at INR 7.89 Lakhs. The Maruti Ertiga variants retail for a starting price of Rs 5.80 to 7.35 lakhs for the base LXi petrol while the top diesel ZDi variant is priced at Rs. 7.2 to 8.24 lakhs.

This round score:

Honda Mobilio:  4

Maruti Ertiga: 3.5

VERDICT:

Honda’s excellent package with aggressive styling, excellent characterstics, and a number of great features powered by an economical diesel engine might give some sleepless nights to Maruti’s Ertiga. The Mobilio is under-girded by the same platform as the Brio and Amaze and is available at a very reasonable cost when compared with the Ertiga. Honda Mobilio may be lacking in size when viewed externally, but with class-defining performance,  eye-catching exteriors and three rows of seats, it certainly has the chops to take the fight to the best of its competition.

Faceoff: Hyundai Elite i20 vs Fiat Punto Evo

punto flyout new

Hatchbacks are undeniably India’s favorite class of cars. While the demand for them is revelatory of this fact, manufacturers’ preoccupation with keeping the hatchbacks in their portfolio fresh also shows how important they are in the market. In 2014, the competition has heated up with the launch of two updated models- Hyundai Elite i20 and Fiat Punto Evo. Let’s take a spin showing you all the features and specifications of these newly launched Hyundai and Fiat hatches.

elite i20 red review

EXTERIOR

The new Hyundai Elite i20 comes with bold and aggressive front, sleek swept back headlamps, sporty alloy wheels on the side and dynamic signs running along the sides, which gives the side profile of the car an interesting appearance. The outside door handles are finished in chrome while the electrically-adjustable rear-view mirrors come  with integrated turn indicators. The side swept tail lamps visible from the side profile are quite chunky. The classy looking tail lamp combination gives a very attractive look to the rear of the car. On the other hand, the new Fiat Punto Evo bears a very elegant look due to the rounded elements which comply with its Italian roots. The side profile of the Evo has not changed much and bears similar appearance to previous models. They have retained the flaring wheel arches, one of the more edgy features of the car’s exterior. The rear of the car has completely redesigned tail lamps and also a newly designed bumper.

This round score:

Fiat Punto Evo        : 4

Hyundai Elite i20  : 4

 Fiat Punto Evo review compare

INTERIORS

The Hyundai Elite i20 and Fiat Punto Evo share many attributes in terms of features on the interiors- with climate control, 2-DIN music system (BT+USB+AUX) and steering mounted audio and multimedia controls being common between the two. You also find rear air conditioning vents in top of the line variants in both the cars. But it seems like the Hyundai Elite i20 grabs the edge in the interiors as it holds some exclusive features like- chilled glove box, two 12V power outlets, telescope adjustment for the steering, 1GB internal memory, and rear view parking camera. These are some niceties that the Punto Evo does not boast.  In terms of upholstery, the Fiat Punto Evo gets a complete black nourishment in its interiors whereas the Hyundai Elite i20 uses dual tone beige and black interiors. the new Punto Evo is spacious enough to accommodate five passengers comfortably. However, the Elite i20 takes the cake as being one of the most premium-looking cars in terms of how the cabin feels.

This round score:

Fiat Punto Evo        : 4

Hyundai Elite i20: 4.5

interiors new punto evo

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

The Elite i20 continues to gain power from the 1.2 litre Kappa VTVT petrol engine. The diesel version of the car houses a 1.4 litre U2CRDi engine. The 1.2 litre Kappa mill  delivers  a peak power of 82bhp at 6000 rpm and an upper torque figure of 115 Nm at 4000rpm. The 1.4 litre diesel unit develops 89bhp at 4000rpm and 220Nm of torque at 2750rpm.The hatchback is available in two petrol and one diesel engine variants. The 1.2 litre petrol engine pumps out peak output of 67bhp, and the 1.4 litre diesel unit churns out  90bhp. Fiat’s 1.3 litre Multi-jet diesel engine comes with two power output options – 75bhp and 92bhp. The 92bhp version of the Punto Evo is the most powerful engine in its league.

Performance is where the Punto Evo tends to lose ground against the Hyundai Elite i20. It is more powerful on paper but the drive is quite sluggish and the car feels slow out of the blocks. The engine aboard the Elite i20 feels a lot more refined. The electronically-controlled throttle control ensures that the power-delivery is consistent with the amount of load that is being placed on the car.

This round score:

Fiat Punto Evo       : 3.5

Hyundai Elite i20 : 4

 New Hyundai i20 review

PRICE

Hyundai Elite i20: 6.09-7.66 lakhs

Fiat Punto Evo : 5.27-7.2 lakhs

In terms of value for money, the Punto Evo tends to take a hit for its slightly lesser fuel efficiency. This has to do with the fact that the car has a mileage of 20.5kmpl, which falls short of the approximately 22.5 liters to the kilometer that diesel variants of the Elite i20 deliver . The higher pricing of the Hyundai hatch can be explained by the fact that it offers a lot more feature and better comfort. These factors even out playing field in terms of price and value for money.

This round score:

Fiat Punto Evo       : 4

Hyundai Elite i20  : 4

 fiat punto evo review compare

VERDICT

After looking at the specifications of both the cars it can be said that Hyundai Motor India Limited has best of the package in the form of Elite i20. It delivers well on accounts of power, torque and wheel base. But the only department where the Fiat Punto Evo has an edge over Elite i20 is in the availability of more engine options. But in comparison with Fiat, Hyundai has a larger service network, by which the parts can be obtained faster and cheaper, which certainly favours the South Korean manufacturer.

Toyota Vios: Honda City Rival?

2015 Toyota Vios

Rumors are abound that Toyota will soon be unveiling a C segment sedan in 2015 to compete against the incredibly popular Hyundai Verna and the Honda City. Japanese car maker Toyota hasn’t seen the best of days.

Falling behind in sales in various segments, Toyota has succumbed to models from other manufacturers that constantly revamp their entire lineup to stay ahead of the game. One of the primary reasons for Toyota’s rapidly declining market share is the lack of models in some of the biggest segments of the Indian market.

2015 Toyota Vios
The Toyota Vios Will Be Slotted Between The Etios and Corolla Altis And Will Compete Against The Honda City and Hyundai Verna

A wide gap in its lineup between the Etios and the Corolla Altis has much potential and Toyota may finally be filling it with the Vios. Set to compete against segment best sellers such as the Honda City and Hyundai Verna in 2015, the Vios has a long and difficult road ahead. We take a look at what the Vios has to offer against some of the biggest names currently in the Indian car market.

Design:

The Toyota Vios is far more aggressive in terms of character when compared to its more expensive siblings, the Corolla Altis and the Camry. Although the Vios borrows numerous elements from the Altis, the sedan’s angular front bumper and distinct headlight detail endow the Toyota with a much stronger road presence. The Vios’ heavily sculpted sides provide the car with a bit of flair reminiscent of Toyotas of yesteryear. The overall design of the upcoming sedan may be just the thing for the car maker to drop it’s image as a boring and safe option.

The model currently on sale in the Philippines is also sold in an interesting colour palette such as florescent orange and classic blue. Toyota’s in house racing division TRD, also offers a sporty body kit as an ption.

2015 Toyota Vios rear
Rear View of the Toyota Vios

Interior:

While the exteriors of the Vios demand for attention, the interiors of the car play it safe. Toyota had made use of a beige and black cabin similar to most cars in its range. However, it is also available in a sportier all black cabin as well.

2015 Toyota Vios Interior
Interiors of the Upcoming Vios Sedan

The three spoke steering wheel features silver accents along with a minimal amount of steering mounted controls. A welcome change in an era where steering mounted controls have become a little too obtrusive.

The infotainment system is rather dated for the international model but expect an updated system for the India bound variants. To match the upcoming Ciaz’s touch screen system, Toyota will need to pack the Vios with a fully loaded system capable of standing it’s own even against D segment vehicles.

Engine:

The Japanese are renowned for their engineering prowess and the team over at Toyota are no exception. The car maker’s focus on drive dynamics has generated a youth cult following over cars such as the Celica and the massively impressive Supra. Japan’s Tokyo Auto Salon is a yearly event that showcases Toyota’s incredible presence in the world of tuners and modders.

2015 Toyota Vios trd
The Toyota Vios Fitted With The Optional TRD Kit

Powering the Vios internationally are a pair of petrol and diesel engines. The 1.8 l dual VVTi engine churns out an impressive 140 PS of power and a max torque of 173 Nm. The Japanese car maker also offers the Vios with a more frugal 1.4 l turbocharged oil burner. The diesel engine puts out 88 PS of power. While the the diesel mill may seem underpowered, the main objective of the Vios diesel will be fuel economy and the 1.4 l turbo may just trump the segment leading City’s mileage of 26km/l. Both engines come mated to a six speed manual while the petrol variant is also offered with a seven speed CVT (automatic) gearbox.

Toyota has been missing in action for quite some time now and the manufacturer has slowly been reduced to selling commercial vehicles. With its entry into the C segment, the Japanese automaker may be able to regain its position here in India. Incredibly popular in markets such as Thailand and the Philippines, the sedan has seen great success in markets mirroring factors of our own. All in all, 2015 should be an exciting year for Toyota.

CHEVROLET COLORADO – the hunk of trucks

"2015 Chevy Colorado"

General Motors (USA) is on a successful spree by marketing the Chevrolet Colorado as well as its counterpart, the GMC Canyon. Pickup trucks have a huge market in America and successfully superseded the Chevrolet S-10 as well as the GMC Sonoma compact pickup trucks. The history of the Colorado takes us back to 2004 when the first generation of these pickups drove to fame.

Chevrolet Colorado 2015
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History:

The Chevrolet Colorado was designed by General Motor’s North American operations division, General Motor’s Brazil operations and Isuzu that was involved in the designing process and later started designing and selling its own pickup trucks.

The Colorado offered both manual and automatic transmissions as well as rear and four wheel drive options along with standard, extended, and four-door crew cab body styles. The initial models came with 2.8 L LK5 14 engines as a standard but there were more powerful models with the Z 71 package that were available with the four-door variants. Later, these packages were dropped paving way to the LT2 and LT3.

During 2007, the Colorado underwent a facelift and a new engine upgrade, the new models has the 2.9 L LLV 14 as well as the 3.7L LLR 15 engines that were introduced as a solution to the ongoing head problem. There were new color options available too. A few colors were Deep Ruby, Pace Blue and Imperial Blue as well as a new set of tires and new wheels. The LT and LTZ models have minor changes incorporated in them and the Colorado badge was also phased out from the Vehicle’s doors in favor of General Motor’s new and official corporate logo.
The 2009 Colorado underwent another facelift and had a 5.3 L LH8 V8i and produced 300 Horse power, the internal changes on the engine were the only prominent changes, there weren’t any other noteworthy changes.

First generation Chevrolet Colorado
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During 2010, the General Motors Badges were completely phased out from the trucks and these models had no GM logos on them.

The Colorado has been cloned by SG Automotive and named it Huanhai Plutus that was made available in China.

Second Generation Colorado (2012- Present)

Currently, the Second Generation Colorado’s are up for sale and made its debut at the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show. The new Colorado’s were available in 3 different cab styles; a Regular Cab (Single Cab) Extended (space cab) as well as the Crew Cab (double cab) and had rear wheel drive as well as four wheel drive options.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado:

The history lessons were always boring, but here is the real deal. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is here to amaze you crazy. This is Chevrolet’s first new mid-sized pickup truck that is back after ages. The looks, technology and features are mind boggling. This truck feels like the real deal with a solid and civilized appeal.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado
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Engine:

The new Chevrolet Colorado gets its power from a 2.5 liter four cylinder 200 HP producing engine that produces 191lb- ft of torque. The Colorado comes in another much powerful variant, the 3.6 liter V-6 that has 305 horse power and produces 269 lb-ft of torque. (with an optional 7000-lb tow rating)

Chevrolet Colorado Engine
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The Colorado has the DOHC 16 valve 2.5 liter inline-4 variant as well as the DOHC 24 valve 3.6 liter V-6 variant with 6 speed manual / manual shifting mode and automatic variants. The wheelbase of this truck ranges from 128.3- 140.5 inches, whereas the length is 212.7-224.9 inches, the width is 74.3 inches and the height ranges from 70.3-70.7 inches with a curb weight of 3950-4500 lb.

Features:

This truck is not just about being a hunk and proving its strength everywhere. There is a whole lot of technology that plays a vital role within this truck too. First off, there is high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity in this truck that keeps you connected to the world virtually, there is also an 8 inch screen in this truck with a color touch radio support depending on the truck version you choose (WT, LT and ZT1). There is also an advanced safety feature named Forward Collision Alert as well as Lane Departure Warning that seems like a sweet spot for safety, comfort and stylish handling.

Chevrolet Colorado 2015 features
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Fuel Economy and Performance:

The truck is a decent performer and does 0-60 mph in 6.6-7.4 seconds (depending on the model) and has a top speed of 100 mph. For those of you who are worried about the fuel economy, this truck according to EPA does 17-20 miles per gallon in the city and 24 to 27 miles per gallon on the highway (depending on the truck model) which is pleasingly acceptable.

Interiors:

2015 Chevy Colorado
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The Plush interiors on the Chevrolet Colorado have various interior options that you can choose from, you can choose between the cloth, leather or vinyl interiors. You can choose between the Jet Black / Dark ash, Cloth seat trim or the leather trim (that would cost you an extra $ 950)

Price:

The Chevrolet Colorado truck carries a starting price tag of $ 20,100 for the base level 2.5L in-line 4 cylinder model (excluding $895 for destination)

The Colorado LT Crew Cab 2WD (with 5 foot box) is priced at $ 27,090 and the Z 70 Crew cab 4×4 (with 5 foot box) comes at a price tag of $ 34,095. The connectivity options are optional, although the pricing for the specific options aren’t released yet, it should be out soon.

Trouble for Colorado:

Although this is a very successful model and has around 30,000 trucks pre-ordered, this has exceeded GM’s expectations. However, the problem persists with the delivery issues. General Motors have stopped delivery orders for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado because the airbags on the driver’s side have been allegedly wired incorrectly and various vehicles produced has been affected.

According to the statement from GM, the problem, “affects the vehicles’ two-stage airbag system by reversing the deployment sequence and disrupting the deployment timing of the driver airbag stages.” That simply means, in an accident the bag may not work correctly.

The affected trucks are still on GM’s assembly line, they are in transit or unsold at the dealers across America. The company is figuring out a way to repair this problem and the existing units sold shall also be taken care of.

Verdict:

Albeit the minor problems that persist with the safety on this truck, the Chevrolet Colorado 2015 retains its pride as one of the most trust worthy pickup truck in America along with the Canyon and is certainly a great deal breaker for the mid size pickup truck.

Mazda MX-5 MIATA: An Overview

Wanna know about a best selling convertible sports car in history? yeah, we are talking about the Mazda MX-5. It was released by Mazda as MX-5 in North America and as roadster in Japan. It is a two seater convertible with a front engine, rear engine drive layout and are manufactured in Hiroshima, Japan.

The first vehicle was launched in 1989 and with over 9,00,000 units sold tells about its huge success in the automotive market. Since then Mazda MX-5 has seen its third generation version on the road and the fourth generation being recently launched. Here we will go through the third generation MX-5 MIATA and some aspects of the recently unveiled fourth generation model.

2015 MAZDA MX-5 MAITA:

2015 Mazda Maita
2015 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA (Source: www.mazdausa.com)

Mazda made this vehicle aiming for a pure fun in driving a light weight sports car and has also maintained the same in the new fourth generation. It comes in three formats: Sport, Club and grand Touring.  We will now got through each segment of the vehicle.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION: 

The vehicle has front mounted engine with rear wheel drive. It is powered by 1999 cc, four cylinders, 16 valve engine with variable valve train technology. It produces a beaming power of 167 hp @ 7000 rpm of the manual transmission and 157 hp @ 6700 rpm for automatic transmission. The maximum power comes at high rpm considering the sports race target in mind. It has an electronic controlled port fuel injection with tuned intake system. Tuning of intake in certain range of rpm helps in achieving high torque in that rpm range and can be commonly seen in race cars. Engine being one of the heavy parts in the vehicle has been manufactured mostly out of aluminum alloy to reduce the vehicle weight. The vehicle comes with a range of 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission and 6- speed automatic transmission. In manual transmission, a differential with torque sensing limited slip is also installed.

SUSPENSION, STEERING AND BRAKES:

 The ride and handling of sports cars relies on how your suspension, steering and brakes perform on different road conditions especially during high speed cornering. Front is equipped with double wishbone suspension and multi link bars are installed in rear of the vehicle. All the suspension components are made of aluminum. Shock absorbers are gas filled which help in better comfort and ride .Stabilizers are installed both in front and rear to reduce the rolling tendency and make vehicle stable in the cornering situations.  Steering is of rack and pinion type with hydraulic power assisted system. In order to improve the braking efficiency at high speeds, all the wheels have vented disc brakes where vents help in coiling of the brakes.

EXTERIOR:

Convertible type cars are known for their exterior styling and appearance.  Vehicle has been designed to allow efficient air flow over the body. Under hood flow is guided to the rear by the rear diffusers. The exterior styling of the vehicle has been an important parameter in its success.  Rear fender mounted antenna makes an important sign in the styling. Aluminum alloy wheels, xenon high intensity discharge headlights and chrome head light bezel all make this vehicle beautiful to watch. The Mazda logo in front makes a huge impact on styling.

 

Mazda MX-5 Miata
Elegant Exterior looks of 2015 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA (Source: www.mazdausa.com)

 INTERIOR:

The vehicle is equipped with two passenger seating covered with black cloths and red stitching. Carpet floor mats are available on the vehicle floor. Gear shift knob, parking brake handles and steering wheel are leather wrapped. Automatic climate control and cruise control on steering wheel mounted controls are some other features of  the car interior. Dashboard also has monitoring displays for engine rpm, car speed, oil pressure, coolant temperature and fuel levels.

Mazda Mx-5 Miata interiors
Interiors of 2015 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA (www.mazdausa.com)

SAFETY AND SECURITY:

Racing cars are costly and made to run at high speeds, thus there is definitely a need for security and safety of the car. For safety, the car is equipped with two frontal air bags, traction control systems, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic brake distribution and dynamic stability control system which helps car in stabilizing. For security, anti-theft alarm system and engine immobilizer anti-theft system are installed.

Now, coming to the fourth generation of MX-5 MAITA which has achieved a weight reduction of 100 kg from the previous model. This is because of the implementation of SkyActiv technology (light weight chassis and highly efficient engine and transmissions). The engine is placed closer to the vehicle;s center and has center of gravity lower than any of its previous models. Lower center of gravity provides high stability during high speed cornering. Mazda has told that it is the most compact, high performance and crashworthy MX-5 ever made and is expected to be rolled out in the global automotive market in the start of 2015.

Mazda MX-5 2016
Pre-production model of 2016 MAZDA MX-5

CADILLAC ESCALADE 2015- Royal Parade!

Ever since Cadillac Escalade was introduced to the United States 2002, it gained a noteworthy reputation as one of the most modishly designed luxury SUV’s on the market. The vivacious looking SUV embraced the SUV buyers with a luxury price tag of $ 63,000*.

Over the past 14 years, Escalade has received various accolades and rewards. Let’s take a sneak peek at the brand’s history and look at how the escalade cruised through luxury lane.

History: (1999- present)

It started in the year 1999 when the first generation Escalades were assembled at the Arlington plant at Texas (US) the layout of the assembled 5-door Escalade SUV’s consisted of a Front engine and a four wheel drive with a 5.7 L (L31) V8 gasoline engine with a 4 speed (4L60-E) Auto transmission. The escalades had a wheelbase of 117.5 inches. The plush interiors were stunning and had Bose surround system which was a new addition to SUV’s (then)

An interesting fact about the Escalade according to the Highway Loss Data Institute is that the Cadillac Escalade is the second most stolen vehicle in the U.S. (Are you thinking what I’m thinking ;))

The second-generation escalades ruled from 2002 till 2006 and were assembled at Mexico, Guanajuato (Silao Assembly) Russia Kaliningrad (Avtotor) and at the Arlington Assembly plant in Texas.

This time the 5 door SYV and the 4-door Sport Utility trucks were launched with FR (Front-engine, Rear wheel drive) and F4 (Front engine and four wheel drive)

5.3 L (LM7) V8 and 6.0 L (LQ9) V8 gasoline engines with 4-speed (4L65-E) auto transmission with a wheelbase of 116 inches and 130 inches for the ESV and EXT variants powered the vehicles. The new models had a new and revised Chassis. The four wheel versions had the “StabiliTrak” feature (electronic stability control system) and the vehicles had power adjustable pedals, satellite radio, second-row bucket seats as well as a tire pressure monitoringsystem, During 2006 the platinum edition of the Escalade was introduced that was priced around $ 71,000. It had a grand touch of luxurious features such as chrome wheels, lowered stance, heated and cooled seats, heated and cooled interiors as well as moon roof and the classiest interiors. During 2002-2003 the 5.3 L LM7 V8 variants that were assembled, produced 285 HP, the 2004-06 5.3 LM7 V8 Vortec variants produced 295 HP where as the 2002-06 6.0 L LQ9 Vortec V8 variants produced 345 HP.

The third generation Escalades were launched in January 2006 and are still being produced (2014) These beauties are assembled at China: Shanghai GM, Mexico, Guanajuato (Silao Assembly) Russia Kaliningrad (Avtotor) and at the Arlington Assembly plant in Texas. The GMT 900 models came in both 5-door SUV as well as 4-door Sport Utility Truck versions with FR (front engine, rear wheel drive) F4 (front engine four wheel drive) and shared resemblance with vehicles such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and XL as well as the Chevrolet Silverado. The 6.0 L (LFA) and LZI V8 variants are available in hybrid and gasoline variants, the 6.2 L (L92) V8 version as well as the 6.2 L (L9H) and the 6.2 L (L94) V8 versions had gasoline-powered engines. These mighty SUV’s came in a 6-speed (6L80 and CVT 2ML70) auto transmissions. The prices started from $ 57,280 onwards and included standard features such as A/C with tri-zone climate controls, tilt faux wood & real leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and heated 2nd-row seats, 14-way power front seats, memory system, remote engine start, premium sound system, 6-disc CD changer, rear radio controls, compass, power lift-gate, and outside-temperature indicator. The Platinum version had a few extra add-ons such as DVD system, navigation system, rear view camera, cooled front seats as well as upgraded upholstery. Another Fact (that might sound painful) is that the 2007-08 Escalade models had the highest and worst fatality rates with the driver death rate of 33 as compared to 15, which was average (painful luxury) ISSUES: Cadillac Escalade isn’t getting the best of 2014. During May 20th 2014, General Motors announced that it would recall around 1402 Escalades and Escalade ESV (2015 models) due to the insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the side air bag of the front passenger to the instrument panel, which would partially deploy the airbag and prove fatal in the event of a severe accident. General Motors had also put a temporary halt on the sales of the Escalades and informed the existing Escalade owners to not allow any passengers to sit in the front passenger seat until they are taken back and replaced. Another recent news suggests that on August 20th 2014 Cadillac dealers are frustrated due to the lag in getting the new Escalades. The time from when the Escalades leave the delivery line till they reach the showroom is quite long and the information on tracking and status of the vehicles are always on hold. The customers are quite upset and the dealerships have put a stop to taking pre-orders. Customers who have placed orders in Feb 2014 are still waiting for their luxury SUV’s to arrive. Let’s hope Cadillac takes care of this issue at the earliest.   PRESENTING THE ALL NEW FOURTH GENERATION (2015) ESCALADE: [caption id="attachment_2851" align="aligncenter" width="745"]The all new Cadillac 2015 escalade Image Source: www.rides-mag.com[/caption] Produced in the year 2014, the 2015 model Escalade cannot be explained in any other word than “eye popping” The Escalades started going on sale from April 2014 and are being assembled at the Arlington Plant in Texas. The 4-door SUV has a classy front engine rear wheel drive and a four wheel drive option. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOg_DHLEHgw   Cadillac started a campaign to promote the all new Escalade on the 14th of August 2013 and posted online teasers on the 23rd of September 2013. There was a YouTube page named “Escalade Reveal” with a countdown to unveil the new SUV. Promotions were unconventional and they sure made the buyers impatient. Engine: The new Escalade sports a 6.2 Liter EcoTec3 V8 Flex Fuel Engine with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque; all of this is mated to a six-speed auto transmission. This new engine has a revolutionary coil-over front suspension and five-link rear setup. The four-wheel drive Escalade does 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, which is quite impressive for a gigantic SUV. The EPA model returns 17 miles per gallon (15 city and 21 highway) combined while the four-wheel drive model delivers 16 miles per gallon (14 city and 21 highway) combined.   [caption id="attachment_2852" align="aligncenter" width="900"]"2015 Escalade Engine" Image Source: www.rides-mag.com[/caption]   Features: The 2015 Escalade has a wider track, Variable-assist power steering as well as Cadillac’s magnetic Ride Control System that has the Tour and Sports mode. [caption id="attachment_2853" align="aligncenter" width="615"]"2015 Escalade features" Image Source: www.zercustoms.com[/caption] The base Escalade model has  20 inch chrome wheels, magnetic ride control as well as Sport and Comfort modes along with additional features like auto LED headlights, auto wipers, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free power lift gate, auto dimming mirrors (drivers side) keyless entry and ignition, remote start trim zone auto climate control, heated power tilt, telescope steering wheel, power adjustable pedals, ventilated eight-way power front seats with 4-way lumbar adjustment and memory function. [caption id="attachment_2854" align="aligncenter" width="470"]Cadillac escalade 2015 interiors Image Source: www.auto123.com[/caption] The Luxury model has 22 inch wheels, sunroof, automatic high beams, power-folding second row seats, a head-up display, an enhanced alarm system, a blind-spot monitoring system, a lane-departure warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert and a safety alert driver seat that buzzes to warn of potential hazards and additional security features and additional features such as Blu-Ray player, adaptive cruise control as well as reverse collision mitigation with automatic braking. Power-retracting side steps with approach lighting are optional on the Premium trim. No wonder why customers are still awaiting their Escalades.   Designed to define: The new Escalade is visually quite impacting and has a blocky style. The interiors get a complete makeover and look pretty high-tech and has a great touch of infotainment with the “CUE” touch operated Cadillac interface with customizable instrument panel, real time traffic updates, Bose 16-speaker audio system with active noise cancellation and features like CD player, HD & satellite radio, 5 USB ports with Aux audio jack. [caption id="attachment_2856" align="aligncenter" width="429"]Escalade models Interiors and features Image Source: www.caranddriver.com[/caption] A new addition (and probably a unique one too) is the addition of power-operated third row seats that folds flat into the floor unlike the competitors. The new SUV has a lot of space and feels comfortable enough to carry 7 passengers seated like kings and queens. 2015 cadillac escalade front three quarters view Safety: Owing to the need for safety, Cadillac has added safety features on all the 2015 Escalade models such as include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and an airbag located between the front seats that aids in side-impact crashes as well as On Star, which provides automatic crash notifications, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. The Luxury models have a little more safety with automatic high-beam control, a blind-spot monitoring system, a lane-departure warning system, a rear cross-traffic alert system, a forward-collision alert system and a safety seat alert system that buzzes the left, right or both sides of the driver seat depending on where attention is needed. Safety is not a constraint with the new Escalade. Price: The 2014 models start at $ 71,000 for full size and $ 74,000 for ESV. There are 3 trims available: Base, Premium and Luxury. [caption id="attachment_2857" align="aligncenter" width="960"]2015 Cadillac Escalade rear view Image Source: www.cadillac.com[/caption] Bottom Line: One of the most beautiful SUV’s to rule the roads with high tech features and comforting luxury. Although, Cadillac is facing problems with the complaints an production, the 2015 Escalade is completely worth its dollars.

En route Hollywood-Superstars and their Supercars!!!

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We’ve seen them on the big screen, they entertained us, and they play a role in most our lives.

Home to the stars on earth, where Superstars and Supercars enchant the fans and the streets. Let’s delve into a little gossip and a little entertainment with the big picture focusing mainly on Super cars.

Here is a list of some of the Holly wood hunks, Romeo’s and of course, a few lucky folks who have some of the best rides on the planet residing in their garage.

 

Jason Statham

Known for physique, his action movies and of course his driving, Jason Statham is probably one of the most sophisticated and “non controversial” actor.

We’ve loved his performance in Lock Stock and Two smoking Barrels, Italian Job, Expendables, Crank but out of all the movies made, the Transporter was by-far his best. Being a model for FCUK, a swimmer and a driver, Jason has a very unique taste in cars, watches and clothing.

Let’s take a sneak peek in his garage shall we?

AUDI A8

Jason Statham was seen flying on roads with an Audi in the Transporter movie, he also happens to own a couple of Audi’s (fascinating collection)

Jason’s A8 is a full size luxury sedan that has it all; luxury, performance, safety and of course style. The A8 comes with a 4.2 liter V8 engine and has 372 raging ponies under the hood. The sedan has quite a sumptuous cabin, an auto emergency braking system, and night vision with adaptive cruise control.

"Jason Stathams Audi A8"
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AUDI R8

Apart from the luxury sedan, Statham has a stunning R8 which sports up a 5204 cc V10 engine that is powered by 552 hp. The R8 is said to cover 0-60mph in just 3.6seconds.

"Jason statham's audi r8"
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AUDI S8

The power of 8 takes over Statham’s garage again, Statham owns a metallic black Audi S8 with an aluminum frame body and metallic paint, and this is just as luxurious as the A8.

"Jason Stathams Audi S8"
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LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO P 640:

You’ve seen him drive this monster in the transporter movie and he happens to own one too. The LP640 is an all wheel drive super car with a mid mounted 6.5-liter V12 engine with 631 HP and 487 lb-ft torque and covers 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds.

"Jasons Lambo Murcielago"
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ASTON MARTING DBS VOLANTE:

One of Jason Statham’s favorites, the Aston martin DBS Volante comes equipped with a 6 liter V 12 engine that produces 510 HP with 420 lb-ft of torque and covers 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds. The car also has a 13 speaker audio system, and HDD satellite navigation system.

"Jason Stathams Aston martin"
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JAGUAR E type

This car made its appearance in the movie “Mehanic”, the brick red Jaguar E type has classy looks engaged to a great performing engine, the 5.2 liter series III V12 engine is mated to a manual 4 speed transmission system which delivers 276 bhp power and 301 lb-ft torque. The Jag takes 6.4 seconds to cover 0-100 kmph.

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Sylvester Stallone

Another macho actor with a fleet of macho cars, the Hollywood A-list actor who is known to deliver box office busters (Expandables, Rocky etc)

Let’s take a look at his fleet:

 

Mustang GT

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Stallone owns a Mustang GT that he bought for $ 35,000 and then got it customised. He later sold this car and bought himslef a Camaro SS.

Hendricks Camaro SS

After selling his Mustang GT, Stallone bought the HendrickCamaroin  the year 2010 and modified it according to his liking, the car definitely compliments him, it is surprisingly fast too, it covers 0-60 in 3.9 seconds.

 

"Slvyster stallones Hendricks Camaro SS"
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Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

"Stallone in his ferrari"
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Although stallone appears macho, he has a liking towards ferrari’s too. He owns a Ferrari 599 GTB and got the same customized too. The Fiorano covers 205 mph and accelerates from 0-62 in under 4 seconds.

 

Black Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

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Another wild horse in Stallone’s garage, the Scaglietti posses an avant-garde design and uber cool features. The car is named in honor of sergio scaglietti, , the legendary Modenese stylist and coachbuilder. It is an epitome of luxury and performance.

Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series

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Stallone also owns a Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series sports car, which looks as sexy as its performance. The dashboard of the Merc resembles the cockpit of an aeroplane; this ride can touch 320 kmph and sprints from 0-100 in just 3.5 seconds.

Bentley Continental GTC

 

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Stallone has a sexy Bentley Continental GTC, the car costs around $ 2,40,000 and possesses luxuty features that are just born to impress. Slvyster definitely creates a statement with a varied choice of the best cars.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Who doesn’t know Arnold?

An Acor/ Politician and a body builder, Arnold is a multi faceted versatile actor who has given the world some of the most amazing movies such as Terminator.

Let’s look at his fleet of cars that pronounce AstalavistaBaby!!With style.

 

Porsche 911 Turbo

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Ok, so judging by Arnold’s bulked up body, it’s hard to imagine him driving a 911 turbo. But, it’s his choice and the car is certainly powerful enough to bring the terminator, places.

OLD SCHOOL HUMMER:

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Now that is an Arnold worthy-car. He owns the massive Hummer, which looks similar to the ones used by the American Army. But hey, it definitely suits his persona.

Dodge Challenger

A bulky guy with his bulky companion on wheels, this car is certainly a good choice.

 

 Bentley Continental Super sports:

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There is a little similarity between the cars Slvyster Stallone owns to those owned by Arnold.

Arnold has a Bentley Continental Supersports (convertible model)it defines luxury like no other.

Ferrari 360 Spider:

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Adding another similar brand in arnold’s garage is the Ferrari 360 spider, its quite the sex magnet and costs around $

Military Jeep

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Apart from the fancy yet mean machines, Arnold also owns an old school military jeep that looks  simple yet efficeint.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog

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This is definitely an Arnold worthy car, the Unimog from Mercedes is huge and aggressive. This is yet another hunk worthy machine.

 

Mercedes-Benz SLS

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Arnold has yet another Mercedes in his garage, only this time it a super sporty sprinter, the Mercedes – Benz SLS is yet another speed demon and it looks like a fairy’s wild dream.

BRAD PITT

The actor who has won the hearts of a zillion ladies (and counting) has a collection of cars that would definitely win guys hearts too.

Brad Pitt is one of the best-looking actors in Hollywood and he has a fair share of god looking cars that perform quite well.

Audi Q7

 

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Plenty of room in his heart and plenty of room in his super luxurious SUV, brad pitt has an Audi Q7 that accommodates his growing family (6)

The car is equipped with Satellite navigation system, decorated wood veneer interiors and a perfect family oriented luxury SUV.

Bike Collection:

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Brad Pitt is a true bike enthusiast and one of the luckiestguys on earth; he has the fame, the dame and a collection of (god knows how many) bikes. You can spot him cruising around with his bike(s)

He has motorbikes like BMW R1150GS Adventure, Yamaha R1, Triumph Bonneville, Royal Enfield Bullet 500, the DucatiDesmosedici RR, few Harley-Davidson choppers and some custom choppers. He has cars and bikes that anybody would envy.

Jeep Cherokee

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Being a Utility lover, brad pitt loves his black Jeep Cherokee that has a 190 Hp engine and is a perfect companion for off road conditions.

BMW Hydrogen 7

 

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A fuel-cell vehicle by BMW that is probably one key solution to auto emission is quite the environmental friendly car. The Hydrogen 7 is a 7 Series Luxury BMW sedan; most celebrities (including brad pitt) own this magnificent car to promote the green message with a hint of luxury.

Chevy Camaro SS

Brad Pitt also owns an orange striped Camaro SS which is Chevrolet’s high performance muscle that does 0-60 in 4.6 seconds.

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Leonardo Di Caprio

Another player in Hollywood, Leo is also quite the romeo, although he hasn’t won an oscar just yet, his modesty would certainly win your hearts.

Toyota Prius

 

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While other celebrities drive their porsche’s and lambo’s, out hero resorts to simpler driving means, he owns a Toyota Prius. The Prius is one of the most mocked cars in America for its looks and its fuel efficiency. That said, Di caprio stays indifferent to general belief and drives this car around. The Prius is a Hybrid electric mid zise hatchback with a 1.8 Liter gasoline engine and gives a great mileage  (4.7 liters for 100 kms)

 

Tesla Roadster

 

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Di caprio cannot always be seen with the prius. He has a 2-door battery electric Tesla Roadster that does 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and costs

 

Fisker Karma hybrid

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Built with an aluminum frame and eco friendly features, the Fisker is another car in Di caprio’s garage. It’s deadly fast and does 0-60 in less than 6 seconds. There’s bad news too (Justin bieber also owns this car 😉 😛 )

 

Tom Cruise

A multi millionaire and one of the most popular celebs in Hollywood, he is the only actor to have 6 consecutive movies gross $ 100 million on the box office and be that as it may his cars and bikes are just too breath taking as his acting.

Oh, and he is also a jet collector.

BugattiVeyron

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His missions were impossible and now his cars are impossible to catch. Oh yeah!! tthat right, he owns a BugattiVeyron that has an attitude of a king and the speed of a jet.

The 16 Cylinder engine has a total of 4 valves each making it a total of 64. The supercar’s engine is raged by four turbochargers and they displace 7993 cc.

Porsche 911

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Another addition in Tom’s garage is the nine eleven, a 2-door luxury sports coupe by Porsche; it is one of Porsche’s most prominent sports car with a unique engine and unique features.

 

Gulfstream – IV SP

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Apart from cars and bikes, tom cruise has taken the driving fantasy a notch higher, he owns a gulfstream – IV SP jet which he bought for his (then) newly wed spouse Katie Holmes,  who commented” It is just like a bus, only quicker. ”

This ultimate Jet costs $

Aviat – Pitts S-2B (P-51 Mustang Fighter)

Tom Cruise has added another luxurious airplane, the Aviat – Pitts S-2B (P-51 Mustang Fighter) which he flies himself, it is one of the “less difficult to ride” plane.

Another interesting fact is that, Tom has painted “Kiss me, Kate”on one side of the plane.

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Chevy Chevelle SS

Tom also has a fascination towards Muscle cars; he has a Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

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JUSTIN BIEBER

Probably on of the most hated singer of all time, s/he has a pretty good collection of cars too. Check them out.

Porsche Turbo 997

This car is powered by a 3.6 liter boxer engine which touched 200 kmph in 12.8 seconds. This car is owned by various celebs.

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Ferrari 430

His Metallic brown colored car has a 4.3 Liter v& petrol engine that is delivered from a Ferrari & Maserati design.

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Lamborghini Gallardo

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He is just 18 and he owns a Gallardo (Sigh!!)

This car was gifted to Bieber by his friend, rapper and men’s fashion designer Sean ‘P-Diddy’

Biebers Lamborghini is powered by a 5 liter V 10 engine and costs around $ 2,00,000/-

Range Rover

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Often spotted with his (then) girlfriend Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber has designed the interiors of his Rover himself (OK, so nobody cares about that but, the car is still awesome :))

Fisker Karma Hybrid Car

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Given as a B’day gift, the Fisker Karma is a sports car presented to the singer by his manager. This is a hybrid car and looks quite ravishing. Caprio owns one too. This million dollar car looks fantastic.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

This car is just too good to be true, it is a custom built car by West Coast Customs. You would love the doors, the lights and the LED’s on this beauty. Ryan Friedlinghaus, the CEO of West Coast Customs,  calls the end result “the sickest CTS-V on Earth.”

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Ducati 848 Evo

Bieber bought himself a Ducati 848 Evo ( he doesnt own a valid motorcycle license) just for the heck of it.The superbike goes as fast as 273 kmph.

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Ferrari 458 Italia

The Italia is one of the most outstanding Ferrari’s ever built. It goes as fast as 214 Mph and has all the rich boy toys in it such as Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, WI-FI, Cell phone connectivity, etc.

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van

Another vehicle to bieber’s garage is the Mercedes – Benz Sprinter Van with a 3 liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine and a 5 speed auto transmission. The van starts at a price range of $37,285. Restyled by the famous West Coast Customs, an automotive modifications company.

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Hope you enjoyed reading this article (except biebers part 😉 )