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

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Faceoff: Honda Mobilio Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

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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

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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.

Faceoff:Suzuki Hayate vs Mahindra Centuro Rockstar

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With the raising competition in the two wheeler’s market, it is important for the manufacturers to come up with changes in their existing models which can attract customers in terms of technology, design and styling and cost effectiveness. Updates in bikes involves slight changes which involves rendering of the bikes and new features installation.Here we will look at two such updated models, Facelifted Suzuki Hayate and Mahindra Centuro Rockstar.

DESIGN AND STYLING:

Mahindra Centuro has a unique style in its range of bikes. Its frontal golden ribs provides it a rugged style and tough look. Chisled like body and tattoo like decals makes it watchable anywhere. The bike from Mahindra two wheelers look very fresh in its design and definitely stands itself out of the conventional designs.  The Rockstar model will come with combination of bright red, black and gold colour which adds premium looks to the bike. The bike is equipped with  LED brake lights.

Mahindra Centuro Ribs
Golden Ribs in Mahindra Centuro (Source: google.com)
Mahindra Centuro Rockstar brake lights
LED Brake Lights of Mahindra Centuro (Source: google.com)
Decals in Mahindra Centuro Rockstar
Tattoo like decals in Mahindra Centuro (Source: google.com)

When we come to Suzuki Hayate, it looks like a slim designed bike with all systems arranged in a compact manner. The face lift model comes with a fully painted side cowls which adds to the styling. The vehicle will be offered in Glass Sparkle Black- Red Graphic Glass Sparkle Black- Blue Graphic, Pearl Mirage White, Pearl Mira Red/Glass Sparkle Black and Pearl Moon Stone Grey. The bike with its styling and colour options does not give a tougher body language when compared to Mahindra Centuro Rockstar. Thus here Mahindra Centuro comes higher in design and styling.

ERGONOMICS AND BUILD QUALITY:

Comfort and eergonomics play a vital role in the minds of customers. Mahindra Centuro Rockstar has been designed keeping that in mind with extra large seats for comfort. Hayate has its own way of sleek styling of seats. Build quality of both the bikes are appreciable and are comparable to each other.

POWERTRAIN:

Centuro Rockstar is powered by Mahindra’s indigenously developed 100 cc intelligent Mci (Micro chip ignited 5-curve) Engine which delivers a power output of 8.6 PS @ 7500 RPM. It also has a patented lubrication system which helps it in achieving mileage of 85.4 kmpl as per ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) . It provides a smart balance between power and fuel economy and is coupled with 4 speed manual transmission.

Centuro Rockstar engine
Mahindra Centuro Rockstar: Micro Chip 5-Curve Ignited Engine (Source: google.com)

Suzuki Hayate comes with a 112cc engine with a mileage of around 75-80 kmpl at standard test conditions.  It comes with a 4 speed manual transmission for powering the rear wheels.  The engine provides a maximum power of 8.4 PS @ 7500 RPM.

Indigenous and fuel efficient engine of Centuro comes up in the higher position.

SUSPENSION , BRAKES AND WHEELS:

Centuro Rockstar is having telescopic coiled spring dampers in the front and five step adjustable damper in the rear. Drum brakes are installed in both front and rear wheels allowing comfortable braking responses to the rider. Alloy wheels make the bike look new and also reduces weight of the bike.

Suzuki Hayate is also equipped with telescopic coiled spring dampers in the front  and coiled spring damper in the rear with swing arm. The swing arm helps in maintaining stability at higher speeds. Drum brakes are installed in both front and rear wheels and is also equipped with alloy wheels same as that of Centuro Rockstar.

 COST AND OTHER FEATURES:

Suzuki Hayate self start model costs Rs. 47,727 on -road at Gurgaon and Centuro Rockstar costs Rs. 43,774 on-road a Gurgaon. This shows the cost effectiveness of Mahindra Centuro.

Also Centuro is equipped with features like stylish flip key, anti-theft system, easy pass switch and handle mounted choke. Suzuki Hayate comes with maintainence free battery, and tubeless tyres as its major features.

Considering all the above mentioned parameters, Mahidnra Centuro has taken lead in front of Suzuki Hayate. Mahindra is new to the two wheelers market, but still its Centuro Rockstar definetly has the potential of taking on many bikes in major aspects. Mahindra two wheelers has also shown an aggressive futuristic display of products in 2014 Auto Show with Mojo being the latest to be launched.

Recent sales report from Mahindra two wheelers shows that they have sold 2 lakh units of Centuro till day.

Face Off: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz vs Hyundai Verna

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Maruti has been out of the game for quite sometime now. Slowly losing market presence to manufacturers such as Hyundai and Honda, the Indian car maker has had it rough in various sectors of the Indian market. While the car manufacturer sells units in good numbers in the budget segments, Maruti Suzuki has not been able to break new ground in the C1 sedan segments. With the launch of the Fluidic Verna and the more recent 2014 Honda City, Maruti needed a replacement for the aging SX4 to compete against foreign manufacturers. Launching in a few weeks time, the Ciaz will be Maruti Suzuki’s trump card against the hugely successful Verna and City. How well does the new model compare? We find out.

Design:

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz:

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is a milestone in the company’s design segment. Although the car maker has improved over the past few years, Maruti still did not have the finesse of the Japanese or the extravagance that the Verna offered. This time however, with the Ciaz, the Indian car manufacturer has vastly improved itself on the design front. Headlight design is striking without the outlandishly swept back design implemented in most cars these days. Unlike the Chinese model, Maruti has opted for lesser amounts of chrome around the grille and front bumper.

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The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Is A Huge Step Up In Terms Of Design When Compareed to The SX4

Over at the back, one cannot help but notice the similarities in tail light design to the current gen Honda City. However the stylish tail lamps, boot lip spoiler and well designed rear bumper gives the Ciaz a premium look, a characteristic lacking in most cars from the Indian brand.

Hyundai Verna:Hyundai's critically acclaimed Fluidic Design philosophy worked wonders for current gen Verna here in India. With the launch of the C segment sedan here in India, Hyundai reinvented its brand image as a trend setter and not just a trend follower. Sadly however, riding on the immense success of the sedan, the manufacturer has failed to update the Verna sufficiently to compete against its rivals and as a result though the Verna is a striking car, the design has been around for quite sometime now and most buyers may want to look for something fresh.

[caption id="attachment_570" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]hyundai verna compare The Hyundai Verna[/caption]Winner: Maruti Suzuki CiazInteriors:Maruti Suzuki Ciaz:The Ciaz's interiors showcases Maruti's steady growth into a more mature manufacturer. Focusing on not just following the trend but developing a design philosophy that suits its vehicles, the Ciaz sports is one of the most well balanced cabins in its segment. While cars such as the Vento adopt a no-nonsense approach, the Indian audience always look for a bit of zing in everything. The Ciaz strikes the perfect balance between functionality and panache. Making good use of faux wood and premium plastics, the Ciaz's interiors a major step up from that of the SX4 and offers a more than premium feel to it.
[caption id="attachment_3011" align="aligncenter" width="1366"]maruti suzuki ciaz interiors Interiors of the New Ciaz[/caption]The center console also features a high end multi touch infotainment system that offers smartphone connectivity, navigation and voice recognition. One of the most interesting additions to the car's entertainment  system is MirrorLink which throws the paired smartphone's display directly onto the infotainment screen. The Ciaz also offers the best in class cabin space.Hyundai Verna:Compared to the Ciaz, the Verna is rather dated. While the Hyundai sedan has been hugely successful in its lifetime, the aging tech inside has begun to show. Interior design is still top notch. However, there is escaping the fact that the Verna sports a rather simple entertainment system with minimal connectivity options. Despite the beautiful plastics and faux wood inserts, the Verna falls short on features when compared to the Ciaz.
[caption id="attachment_571" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Interiors of the Hyundai Verna Interiors of the Hyundai Verna[/caption]Winner: Maruti Suzuki CiazUnder the Hood:Maruti Suzuki Ciaz:Maruti Suzuki has always been about value for money and the Ciaz is no exception. Powering the Ciaz will be both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variant will sport the Ertiga's 1.4 L VVT engine that gives an incredible 20.73 km/l. When launched, the Ciaz will be one of the most fuel efficient petrol powered sedans available in the Indian market. The diesel mill will be a 1.3 L DDiS unit that also competes for best in class mileage. Rivaling that of Honda's EarthDreams 1.6 L i-DTEC motor, the 1.3 L diesel engine is expected to give 26.21 kilometers to the liter.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diH3CvSfMW4Sadly however, Maruti Suzuki will not be offering the Ciaz with an AMT or automatic gearbox at the time of launching.Hyundai Verna:The Hyundai Verna makes use of a 1.6 L and 1.4 L petrol as well as 1.4 L and 1.6 L diesel mills. The 1.4 L petrol mill churns out 105 bhp @ 6300 RPM and 138 Nm @ 5000 RPM while the more powerful 1.6 L petrol engine puts out 121 bhp @ 6300 RPM and a peak torque of 155 Nm @ 4200 RPM. The 1.4 L and 1.6 L CRDi diesel engines produce 89 bhp @ 4000 RPM and 121 bhp @ 6300 RPM respectively.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOqxfriXnsIBoth the 1.6 L petrol and diesel are also offered with an automatic gearbox.Winner: Hyundai VernaVerdict:The Hyundai Verna has been a segment leader for quite sometime now. Sadly with the lack of updates to take on newer arrivals, the Verna has now become a thing of the past. Until the next generation Verna (rumored to be the Solaris Internationally) is set to arrive, Maruti's latest offering is one of the best in both the manufacturer's history as well as in the current market.

Face Off: Yamaha R15 vs Honda CBR 150R

 

Yamaha R15 review

The Yamaha YZF-R15  is a uni-cylinder sport motorcycle that has been in the Indian motorcycle scene since 2008  and had impressive supremacy over the rest of the sports bikes of its kind. With the same engine and chassis the R15 was descended from the V-Ixion manufactured and sold  in Indonesia , its design and looks were pretty much influenced and inspired by the Yamaha YZF-R1. The bikes petrol engine was fine tuned  to achieve higher torque and better performance , 6-speed transmission was  adopted and state of the art linked type of sport suspension was fitted at the back. Since its first appearance the Yamaha R15 has seen a major face-lift in 2011 and the contemporary version is the R15 V2.0 .

The Honda CBR is the successor to the 2-stroke Honda NSR 150 , the bike is forged and marketed in Thailand since 2002 and have been exported to many Asian and African countries. HONDA CBR 150R  is the younger sibling to the more popular CBR 250R with much similarities , it might not  be so powerful and impressive as the CBR 150R but it manages to create a balance between performance  and efficiency. The  CBR 150R  is the four stroke 150 cc sport motor bike a part of HONDA CBR series manufactured by Honda.

 

Design and Dynamics 

Honda CBR 150R

Honda CBR 150R review

Nothing can beat Honda bikes when it comes to ergonomic design and performance,  you are ought to be satisfied with the irresistible  looks and appearance  of the bike . CBR 150 with its unique head light design manages to produce a crystal clear bright beam without compromising on striking looks. If performance is needed engine has to be kept cool which is  achieved by the state of art liquid cooling system . The highlighted strips on the bike give it the true sporty character and also impressive appearance. The cowling of the bike represents the true spirit of the Honda bike racing with the perfect balance of aerodynamics and sporty style making it one of a  kind bike. The instrumental panel with its futuristic design manages to display all the information the driver needs

Yamaha R15 V2.0

Yamaha r15 review

There is no other bike of its kind which can compete with R15 in terms of  appearance and aggressive sport look.Without spoiling the racing soul of the bike  yamaha R15 was upgraded to Yamaha R15 V2 with distinct changes . The integrated split seats , the re-designed middle and rear and the futuristic taillights not only give the bike a well defined sporty look but also reduce the drag by 4%. Yamaha now fine tuned the standard upright sitting posture to a sporty lean type of sitting posture . IT is the of the first liquid cooled engine which reduce vibrations to give a high quality ride .The newly designed exhaust system add on to the sporty style of the bike , the angle at which it is mounted give the feeling of the thrust travelling upward.

When it comes to appearance  and aggressive sport looks, Yamaha R15 has the upper hand with improved  dynamics and the new design makes it the best bike of  two interms of appearance  and design.

 

Engine And Performance

Honda CBR 150R

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The Honda CBR 150R is forged with a 149.4cc 4-stroke liquid cooled SI petrol engine , made for performance to be delivered. When the engine is put to the test it can deliver a maximum power of 17.57bhp  produced at 10500rpm . This beast is capable of producing a torque of  12.66Nm at 8500rpm. The highly responsive Honda engine enables you to zoom from 0 to 100kmph in just 11.87 sec. Honda adopted a more advanced double overhead camshaft (DOHC) mechanism which helps implementation of 4-stroke engine and better valve operation which results in impressive performance and higher speeds. When operated in its highest gear it takes a sloppy 17.52 sec to travel from 30-70kmph. When put to the real test CBR 150 R can zoom up to a maximum velocity of 125kmph. 

Yamaha R15 V2.0

Yamaha R15 V2

In the heart of this beauty lies a 149.8cc 4-stroke liquid cooled SOHC petrol engine , very conventional engine but performance is not compromised. The Yamaha R15 is capable of producing similar numbers as the CBR150R , it produces about 17PS of power at 8500rpm .It can yield a maximum torque of 15Nm revolving at 7500 rpm. To reach the magic number 100kmph all the way from stand still R15 will take you 13.15sec.  Yamaha adopted a conventional single over head shaft (SOHC) claims to have some advantage over heavier DOHC making it able to achieve low end torque when compared to DOHC engines  . In the fifth gear R15 takes just 10.75sec . The Yamaha R15 V2.o has also a very impressive maximum speed of 145kmph. R15 is a more lively engine with better throttle response especially around the corners.

Both the bikes are neck to neck interms of performance and numbers , it is tough to conclude but the winner in this section would be the Yamaha R15 . The low end toque capability allows the r15 to zoom through the city traffic without any hitch and the huge ingear margin makes it the best performing sport bike of its kind.

Ride and Handling

Yamaha r15 v2 vs Honda CBR 150

Honda CBR 150R

Honda CBR 150R opted dual disc brakes for the front and back tires for superb braking performance and with perfect safety and confidence for the buyers. It has the diamond type rigid frame work to give a strong backbone , there is no compromise when it comes to ergonomics in the CBR . The steering of the bike is light and smooth with all the ample space and the clip on handle bars gives such pleasure to ride it . The bikes is fitted with the usual telescopic suspension up front and the mono-shocks at the rear combined with the larger rear wheel gives the best possible ride. The CBR’s perfect balance of ergonomics and performance with its ability to outrun the r15 gives its riders such pleasure to explore its full potential .

Yamaha R15 V2.0

Yamaha R15 also uses a rigid frame well known delta frame which is also used in the YamahaR1 , combined with the rear disc brakes gives perfect safety for the riders. The more radial rear tire gives it better grip than the CBR . The disappointing factor about the bike is the cramped cockpit making it little tough to make the sharp turns and maneuvers.It has a rather agressive and sporty sitting posture when compared to the CBR.

Well we have a clear winner in this section and it is the CBR 150R , with the balance of ergonomics and performance , making it the bike which is more committed to the track.

 

The Verdict:

The clear cut victor would be the Yamaha R15 for conquering 2/3 sections , Whether it be the low gear performance or ingear margin CBR cant match with the R15 .Conquering the roads with high speed and performance or moving through the city traffic without any hitch R15 does the job perfectly .Both the bikes give about the same range of mileage 35-40 kmpl . Despite the aggressive sport look and ease to ride it comes with  such affordable price tag when compared to the more expensive CBR 150R making it  the best buy among the two .

Face Off: Fiat Punto Evo vs Hyundai Elite i20

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The hatchback wars have begun. 2014 sees the launch of a dizzying array of cars in India’s most popular segment. Although Hyundai has kept the lead for many years now, the launch of impressive newbies and face-lifts in the heavily populated segment just might displace the South Korean manufacturer from its top spot. Some of the main contenders vying for the i20’s crown are the new Polo, the upcoming Honda Jazz and the Fiat Punto Evo, the underdog of the lot. To stay ahead of the game, Hyundai has unveiled another iteration of the successful i20 hatch. Dubbed the Hyundai Elite i20, the new car builds on the previous model’s impressive features and adds a touch of refinement to its design.

Italian manufacturer Fiat is yet to break into the Indian market. Despite being in the market on and off for over a decade, the car maker has failed to stand its own against the likes of VolksWagen, Hyundai, Honda and Ford. Adamant on turning its fortunes around, the Italian car maker has launched a Punto Face-lift specifically tailored for the wants and needs of the Indian car buyer. We take a look at the recently launched Fiat and its Hyundai rival, the Elite i20 and see if the underdogs can pull off a Rocky Balboa.

Design:

Fiat Punto Evo:

Unlike the previous generation and models sold overseas, the new Punto Evo is a lot flashier and stands out in a crowd. While Fiat’s design philosophy has always been more about subtlety and harmony of curves, Indian car buyers look for a bit more. As a result, though the Punto Evo looks striking, it doesn’t feel like something the Italian automaker would create.

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The All New Fiat Punto Evo

Nevertheless, the new “reindeer” headlights and power lines running along the bonnet of the car give the hatchback the much sought after aggressive outline. Fiat has also added a new chrome lined grille and fog lamp enclosures that build on its premium look. Out back we see more chrome lining the lower end of the bumper and all new clear lens headlights. The Italian company has also provided chrome on the sides in the form of chrome plated door handles.

All in all, the Punto Evo may be the in its most appealing iteration ever. Yet, it is quite saddening to see a bit of the Italian charm taken away from the Evo to keep fickle buyers’ minds happy.

Hyundai Elite i20:

The Elite i20 debuts with a refined touch of the South Korean car maker’s critically acclaimed Fluidic Design methodology. Much of the car has been thoroughly reworked to introduce a more restrained exterior for the hatch. Sadly, the new Hyundai i20 fails to impress as much as the previous generation. The boxy dimensions and disproportionately long bonnet give the new i20 a rather awkward stance.

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The 2014 Hyundai Elite i20 Seen Here in Red

However, the rear end of the car is one of the most beautiful and refreshingly new designs seen in a car from this segment in recent years. The stylish tail lamps and stunning light cluster within, give the Elite i20 a far more impressive back end. So while the 2014 i20 is not an ugly car, it isn’t much of a looker either.

Round 1 Winner: Draw !

 

Interiors:

Fiat Punto Evo:

The Punto Evo’s cabin is quite lackluster. Although the new hatch features a brand new piano black center console and an updated color scheme, the quality of plastics is not upto par with the likes of the Hyundai and Fiat could have gone for a little more polish for its new face-lift. However, the amber ambient lighting, though ceremonial, is definitely a nice touch.

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Interiors of the Punto Evo

Hyundai Elite i20:

As always, the South Korean car maker has done a phenomenally good job with the interiors of the new i20. Although not being a fan of beige myself, the car maker has made use of beige and black in all the right places create the right mix of sporty and airy. Buttons for the air con and music system are now located slightly higher than the outgoing model and the infotainment system’s display re-located, Hyundai has provided a far more ergonomically sound cabin.

Interiors of the Hyundai Elite i20
Interiors of the Hyundai Elite i20

Round 2 Winner: Hyundai Elite i20 !

 

Under The Hood:

Fiat Punto:

Powering the new Punto Evo is a range of in-house developed petrol and diesel engines carried over from the previous generation. Petrol enthusiasts have an option of a 1.2 L 4 cylinder engine that produces 68 HP and 96 Nm of torque or the more powerful 1.4 L unit that churns out 90 HP and 115 Nm of torque.

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The Sports Variant (90 HP) of the Punto Offers An All Black Cabin

The more fuel conscious of us have an option of choosing between a 1.3 L oil burner that puts out 76 HP and 197 Nm of torque or 93 HP and 209 Nm of peak torque depending on the buyer’s choice of tune.

Hyundai Elite i20:

Hyundai too has gone for the old generation’s engine options for the new i20. The South Korean car maker offers the 1.2 L petrol engine that produces 82 HP 114 Nm of torque and the diesel mill that puts out 89 HP and 215 Nm of torque. While the new is heavier, Hyundai has opted for averagely powered engines which may not appeal to many.

Interiors of the Hyundai Elite i20
Interiors of the Hyundai Elite i20

Round 3 Winner: Fiat Punto Evo !

 

Verdict:

The Punto Evo is a radical departure from what the Italian marque generally create. That being said, the chrome and aggressive front headlights is sure to attract many a buyer. Although the interiors could use a more reworked design, its engine options trumps most other cars in this segment.

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Engine Options Remain The Same in The New Punto

The Hyundai Elite i20 on the other hand focuses solely on comfort and features. The superb interiors and feature loaded infotainment system ensures that every trip to be a pleasantly comfortable. However, the driver may not be so happy with what could be called, an underpowered engine.

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The New i20 Maybe The Safer Bet Here in India

While there is no clear winner here, the Hyundai seems like the better bet for those who prefer comfort over and out power. While one may enjoy the experience of driving, the roads of India thoroughly disallow such unacceptable behavior.  The only solace from the frustration of unruly motorists, panicky pedestrians and pot hole ridden roads maybe some good music and good suspension and for that, the Elite i20 maybe the only choice.

Face Off: Nissan Terrano vs Ford EcoSport

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The SUV segment of the Indian market has boomed over the past few years. With the Indian consumer’s ongoing craze over massively over-sized vehicles, companies have taken advantage of the opportunity and released barrage SUVs in every possible price bracket. As a result, buyers can choose from compact crossovers such as the Duster all the way to the incredibly powerful (and expensive) Mercedes Benz GL 63 AMG.

However, one of the fastest growing segments is the compact SUV segment. A section of the market populated by some of the biggest names of the auto industry. Here we pit the Nissan Terrano against the hugely popular Ford EcoSport to see which car could be the better bet.

Design:

Nissan Terrano:

The Terrano’s French cousin, the Duster had more of a love/hate design to it. Its butch exteriors and generous chrome grille gave the SUV a strong road presence. Unlike crossovers such as the Cross Polo and the Etios Cross, Renault has managed to endow the Duster with an exterior befitting of an SUV. Nissan has taken the Duster’s design and greatly improved on it.

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The Terrano Is The Nissan Counterpart of the Renault Duster

The sharper headlights and revamped chrome grille give the Terrano a far more intimidating character. Nissan has also provided higher variants of the Terrano with premium diamond cut alloy wheels adding to the car’s upmarket feel. Similar to the Duster, the car’s flared wheel arches and raised ground clearance hint at the car’s off road nature.

Ford EcoSport:

The first to don Ford’s new design philosophy, the EcoSport is quite a good looking crossover. The large grille and high stance give the EcoSport a towering presence. The EcoSport’s length qualifies it to be under the sub 4 meter category giving it the benefit of a cheaper price tag. However, with its short stature and tall height the EcoSport looks rather stubby and disproportionate. To keep costs low Ford has also opted for rather tacky looking alloy wheels as well.

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Front View of the EcoSport

Round 1 Winner: Nissan Terrano !

Interior:

Nissan Terrano:

Here’s where the Terrano loses out. Although the car is relatively new, the Terrano’s interiors are quite lackluster. The quality of plastics used are not upto par and the faux woodwork is immensely tasteless. The fat steering wheel is not available with steering mounted controls either. Although the music system features all the traditional inputs such as Bluetooth, USB, AUX IN and iPod connectivity, Nissan could have done a better job with the styling. However, the rather strange ovular door handles found on the Sunny and Micra do not make an appearance in the compact SUV, instead of which, the Terrano comes fitted with standard door handles which are far more pleasing to the eye.

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Interiors of the Nissan Terrano Compact SUV

Ford EcoSport:

Ford’s new Kinetic Design philosophy has worked wonders on the interiors of the EcoSport. A combination of sharp angles and a futuristic center console gives the EcoSport one of the best looking cabins of the crossover segment. As with most cars these days, the infotainment system comes fitted with the usual array of connectivity options. However, Ford has also included its new Voice Recognition system that allows users to make phone calls, change tracks as well as find and play tracks from a Bluetooth connected device. The new infotainment system offers more than just creature comforts as well. In case of an accident, the Ford call system automatically dials for emergency services, a welcome feature in a time where many manufacturers pay little heed to passenger safety.

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Dashboard of the Ford EcoSport

One main issue with the EcoSport is the same one that plagues the Terrano as well: Quality. Despite having one of the best looking interiors, the quality of materials and fit & finish could have been much better.

Round 2 Winner: Ford EcoSport !

Engine:

Nissan Terrano:

Nissan offers two engine options for the Terrano. The 1.5 L diesel engine that is offered with a majority of the SUV’s trim levels produces 84 HP @3750 RPM and 200 Nm of peak torque @1900 RPM. The petrol Terrano houses a 1.6 L naturally aspirated engine that puts out 102 HP and145 Nm of torque. Considering the sheer size of the car, these engine options are quite a disappointment.

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Rear View of the Terrano

However, the Terrano was never a car meant for true off-roading and the small engines will prove more than sufficient in city limits and vastly contribute to respectable mileage numbers.

Ford EcoSport:

The EocSport is offered with three engine options. The 1.5 L petrol engine produces 109 HP and 140 Nm of torque while the brand’s 1.5 L TDCi diesel mill churns out 89 HP and 204 Nm of torque. Ford has also introduced its critically acclaimed 1.0 EcoBoost engine for the Indian market as well. The 1.0 L petrol engine produces an astonishing 123 HP and 170 Nm of torque. The engine also gives the EcoSport an incredible mileage of 18.9 km/L.

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Although the EcoSport May Be Marketed As A Capable Off Roader, the Lack of a 4WD System Means That Going Off The Road May Need a Call From The Tow Truck

Unlike the Terrano, Ford’s offering comes with an optional automatic gearbox for the 1.5 L petrol unit.

Round 3 Winner: Ford EcoSport !

Verdict:

The Nissan Terrano was a missed opportunity. Although the Japanese automaker has greatly improved on the Duster’s exteriors, it has failed to capitalize on the many flaws of its Renault sibling. However with its size and premium looking exteriors, the Terrano may garner a little more attention than the Duster.

The EcoSport on the other hand is a mechanical marvel. Despite its small size, it packs more for far lesser and offers never before seen features in its segment. An unbelievably powerful engine, superb interiors and feature loaded infotainment system all culminate to become one of the best cars to be sold in the Indian market so far. Although the EcoSport may seem to be the clear winner, the immense popularity of the compact SUV has led to Ford extending waiting periods to well over six months. Despite being the better option, the impatient will eventually turn to alternatives such as the Nissan Terrano.

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Face Off: Volkswagen Vento vs Ford Fiesta

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Ford is back with an all new generation of the Ford Fiesta. Packed to the brim with features, the next generation Fiesta is all set to take on established rivals such as the Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna, Honda City and the Skoda Rapid. Although Ford has had a long standing good reputation with the Indian consumer, its absence from the car market has left a serious impact on the company’s brand image.

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta

Volkswagen on the other hand, is fast gaining momentum as a brand that produces quality cars with a Teutonic attention to safety. While the German car maker does have upmarket cars such as the Jetta and Passat in the more premium segments, the Vento and Polo are the company’s main bread winners. We take a look at the popular Vento and see what Ford’s latest offering is up against.

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The VW Vento

Design:

Volkswagen Vento:

As with all the latest VW’s of this generation, the German car maker has abandoned its organic design approach for a cleaner, more angular styling. As with the Jetta, the Vento maybe a good looking car, but it lacks a certain something that makes it stand out from the crowd. Nevertheless, the Vento looks far more upmarket than most of its rivals, a trait many buyers look for in a car.

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The Vento Follows a Simple Design Philosophy

The neatly sculpted bonnet and the sharp, straight creases that run along the sides of the car endow the Vento with an understated elegance about it. VW has revamped the rear profile rather than sticking to the Polo’s design to better improve the overall design of its sedan counterpart. The boot’s proportions and layout are perfect. So much so that one may be hard-pressed to guess which one may be the derivative.

Ford Fiesta:

Ford has taken what could be called the polar opposite to VW’s design philosophy. Instead of subtle framework and the use of an understated design language, the new Fiesta is a much bolder presence on roads than the outgoing model or the Vento. Dubbed Kinetic Design 2.0, the new design philosophy bears many similarities to Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture.

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The Ford Fiesta’s Aggressive Grille Gives The Sedan A Much Stronger Road Presence

The raised bonnet and aggressively styled front headlights add an element of sportiness lacking in the Vento. The retracted fog lamp enclosures, large chrome grille and a sloping roof line all hint at what the Fiesta really is: a fun car. Sadly the rear end of the Fiesta remains the same. The awkwardly styled tail lamps and stubby trunk give the Fiesta a disproportionate body.

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Rear View of the 2014 Ford Fiesta

While Vento’s design may play to the logical side of you, the Fiesta wildly impresses the child inside us all. From the get go itself, we see that though these two cars may be in the same price bracket and fall under the same segment, the Fiesta and Vento cannot be any more different. The Vento and Fiesta follow very different schools of design and appeal to very different segments of the Indian audience. While one appeals to businessmen, the other is targeted at a younger generation.

Round 1 Winner: Draw!

Interiors:

VW Vento:

The clinical precision carries over to the Vento’s interiors as well. Although the Vento’s cabin is quite upmarket, the car has seen little to no changes over the course of its lifetime and it has begun to show. The stereo system is outdated and the steering mounted controls do not offer the same level of accessibility as the Verna let alone the Fiesta. The beige interiors add to the airy feel of the sedan’s cabin. The Vento’s center console features a functional infotainment system with conventional connectivity options such as Bluetooth, AUX in, USB and iPod connectivity. Dashboard plastics are typical of a premium German sedan.

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The No Nonsense Approach of VW Carries Over to The Vento’s Interiors As Well

Ford Fiesta:

The Fiesta’s zesty nature continues inside as well. Ford has adopted the very same design found on the previous model and the current gen EcoSport. The new infotainment system comes with the recently launched AppLink system that allows independent developers to create apps for the Fiesta. Definitely a step in the right direction by the American car maker. Apart from Ford’s AppLink system, the car maker’s voice recognition software is also included along with conventional options such as Bluetooth, iPod, USB connectivity and Aux In.

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The Fiesta Offers Features Such as Push Start/Stop

Although the sloping roofline adds to the car’s sporty appeal, the rear headroom suffers and as a result, tall passengers may not be able to sit comfortably at the back. However, besides that, the Fiesta’s updated interiors are modern and offer much better functionality than the Vento’s.

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Interiors of the new Fiesta

Round 2 Winner: Ford Fiesta!

Engine:

VW Vento:

Volkswagen offers both petrol and diesel options for the Vento. The German car maker offers two petrol engines and one diesel unit for the Indian market. The diesel mill powering the Vento is a turbocharged 1.6 L engine that produces 103 HP @ 4400 RPM and 250 Nm of torque at 1500 RPM.

The 1.6 L petrol engine churns out 103 HP at 5250 RPM and 153 Nm of torque @ 3800 RPM. Petrol fans also have the choice of the more economical 1.2 L turbocharged unit. While both engine’s produce the same power at approximately the same revs, the 1.2 L turbo petrol puts out 175 Nm of torque at a much lower 1500 RPM. While the diesel and 1.6 L petrol variants come equipped with 5 speed manual gearboxes, the TSI variant sports the German car maker’s popular 7 speed DSG gearbox.

Ford Fiesta:

With the massive popularity of oil burners and the ever increasing petrol prices, Ford has dropped the petrol engine for the new Fiesta. While many may criticize Ford’s latest move, the diesel engine is quite capable and is quite refined. The tried and tested 1.5 L TDCi engine produces 90 HP and 203 Nm of torque. 

Round 3 Winner: VW Vento!

The Drive:

VW Vento:

Volkswagen has always focused on a car’s driving dynamics. While the Vento is equipped with electric steering, the feedback is quite adequate yet light enough for city traffic. Brakes are incredibly responsive and perform well when pushed to the limit. However, the car could’ve done with a rear parking camera as parking a sedan in the city has now become a monumental task.

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The Vento Is a Briliiantly Engineered Car; However, the sedan could with a few extra features

Although some may be happy with the 100 odd horsepower engine, the Vento could do with a more powerful unit. The size of the Vento requires a little more grunt under the hood to keep the car entertaining. Hopefully we may see a new engine option on the next gen Vento.

Ford Fiesta:

The Fiesta is renowned for its driver centric design. Sadly, with the discontinuation of the petrol variants from the new lineup, Ford maybe be letting go of its signature characteristics. However, the sedan’s diesel engine is far more refined than most engines and the car’s small size means that the 1.5 L TDCi engine is more than sufficient.

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The Fiesta’s Design Has Been Targeted At A Much Younger Audience

Round 4 Winner: VW Vento!

Verdict:

While the VolkswagenVento may be the clear winner on paper, the all new Ford Fiesta is a car that tugs at your heart. Both cars may be in the same segment, but their primary purpose is completely different. The eternal case of apples and oranges, a clear winner can never be determined.

For a customer who just wants the job done with no regard for extra features or zing, the Vento is ideal. However, for the playful ones, the Fiesta is the better bet. With its aggressive front fascia and futuristic interior design, the Fiesta is easily one of the zestier cars available in the market right now.

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