Honda Amaze Facelift First Drive

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Honda Amaze Overview The first-gen Amaze was a pioneer for the Honda brand in many ways. It was the first Honda in India to get a diesel engine and it was also the carmaker’s first crack at the compact sedan segment. It went on to become a huge sales success and in the span of five years, it reached 2.5 lakh households to become the second bestseller in the segment (after the Dzire) and the second bestselling Honda too (after the City). So the Amaze is a very important car for Honda, and, for this all-new model, the Japanese company has taken lots of learning from the first-gen car to take the game up several notches. Gone is the built-to-a-cost Brio platform – a fundamental weakness of the previous-gen model;…
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Volkswagen Ameo Performance & Test Drive

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Volkswagen Ameo Overview It was a little surprising to find out that the VW Ameo – a late entrant in the super-competitive compact sedan segment – would be entering the market with one arm tied behind its back. It was launched with only a single engine and gearbox option – the 75hp 1.2-litre MPI with a five-speed manual. In fact, the engine was the weakest point in what turned out to be an otherwise rather excellent car. We knew a diesel variant would be introduced by the festive season, and the wait appears to have been worth it, as it’s an upgraded version of the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TDI motor we’ve already tried in the Vento, Polo and Skoda Rapid. It’s got 5hp more power and the same 250Nm of torque…
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Jeep Compass Facelift Review & First Drive

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Jeep Compass Overview Jeep Compass created quite a storm when launched last year. The pricing was a surprise and it instantly attracted many buyers. This is a product that suited many aspirations of Indian buyers. It is tough, good looking, with a great road presence and it comes with a great engine too. The SUV has been selling good numbers and has created a premium imagery. This is also something which is helping its growth. The Compass has muscular looks and looks intimidating despite being not so big. It was also priced well, hence fitted the bill perfectly. The Jeep Compass 2019 will come next year. This will also be a locally manufactured SUV and will be exported to other car markets. The design and the powertrain will remain the…
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Hyundai Grand i10 Facelift Overview & Test Drive

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Hyundai Grand i10 Overview The Hyundai Grand i10 was launched in global markets as a successor to the i10 but both the models continued to be sold along side each other in India. The Grand i10 has been extremely successful for Hyundai and it is also one of the top 10 selling cars in the country. Hyundai has now given the hatchback a mid-life facelift that brings in refreshed exteriors, additional features on the inside and a revamped diesel engine.The Hyundai Grand i10 is one of the top 10 selling cars in India. It competes fiercely with the Maruti Swift and in the previous month, it managed to overtake the Swift in sales, thus acquiring the slot of the 4th highest selling car in the country. View offers on Hyundai Cars…
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Hyundai Eon Facelift First Drive

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Hyundai Eon Overview Small cars are very popular in India and to counter Maruti Suzuki’s dream run in the entry-level A-segment, Hyundai launched the Eon in 2011. The impact of the Eon was immediately apparent, within no time it became Hyundai’s best selling model in India while Maruti Suzuki could feel the heat and had to update its bread and butter model, the Alto, which was being sold unchanged for more than a decade. Everybody who drove the Eon was impressed by the car, Hyundai engineers (the car was jointly developed by the company’s R&D centres in Korea and India) had done a fantastic job of packaging everything so well in this small size that this entry-level automobile never felt basic or cheap. However, there was always one gripe, the…
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Hyundai Creta Facelift Review & First Drive

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Hyundai Creta Overview The Hyundai Creta was first launched in 2015 and over the years Hyundai has given it minor updates which definitely did boost the sales of the compact SUV. Three years post the initial launch, the Korean carmaker has finally given the Creta a comprehensive update. We say comprehensive because the 2018 Creta now gets a host of new features too. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop. Hyundai Creta Exterior The Hyundai Creta looks its part as an SUV. Though it is based on the Elite i20 platform, the Creta is more SUV than a crossover hatchback and that is evident with the 190mm ground clearance. The front fascia is dominated by the hexagonal grille, signature Fluidic 2.0. The angular swept backheadlamps look…
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Tata Tigor Facelift Review & Transmission

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Tata Tigor Overview Tata Motors have revamped their image for the Indian Automobile market; they already created a lot of hype with their hatchback offering Tiago. If you all remember alongside the Tiago hatchback, Tata had also showcased a Tiago based compact sedan back at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo as well. There was no doubt that both the Tiago hatchback and the compact sedan based on the hatchback grabbed people’s attention at the Auto show. The sub-4 meter car was codenamed Kite5 while later it was officially renamed as ‘Tigor’. There is no denying the fact that Tata Motors started the trend of compact sedans in the IndiaTatan market with their product the Indigo ecs but later the segment was overtaken by its rivals. Tata Motors was determined…
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Volkswagen Vento Performance & First Drive

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Volkswagen Vento Overview The Vento has been the entry-level sedan for the VW brand. This sedan is based on the Polo and has been on sale since 2010. Since then it has been getting timely updates, be it cosmetic changes, features and even engines. Since its launch, it has got two new engines and even a double-clutch transmission too.However, the 2015 model year upgrade for the Vento has been a major cosmetic upgrade, especially after the launch of the new 1.5-litre diesel engine and automatic transmission. So, do the cosmetic changes on the Vento justify the upgrade? We lay our hands on the new Vento and tell you more in detail about it. Book a test drive for Volkswagen Vento in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive. Volkswagen Vento Exterior The Vento has always…
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Honda Jazz Performance & Test Drive

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Honda Jazz Overview The demand for the premium hatchback segment has been on a rise and Honda’s Jazz is one of the contenders. It is majorly the petrol variant that is in demand in this segment with under 35 per cent of the share going to diesel powered premium hatchbacks. These vehicles are designed for city and highway driving. We took the Honda Jazz petrol for a 800 kilometre drive in the Rajasthan heat to find out how does it perform. Did it fair well? Read further as the mystery unfolds.Honda has plonked the Jazz with a 1.2-litre petrol engine that churns about 88bhp of power and 110Nm of peak torque. Now, as there is a higher duty on petrol engines in excess of 1.2-litre, Honda and even the competition…
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Tata Tiago Facelift First Drive

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Tata Tiago Overview Tata Motors tasted success in the private car segment with the Indica when it was launched in 1998. The vehicle continues to be sold today but there was no replacement for it in spite of the Vista and later the Bolt coming along. This is solely because the Indica is largely sold to the commercial segment like fleet operators and thus isn’t appealing to private car buyers anymore. To fill this void, the company has developed an all new car which sits between the Nano and Bolt. Its most ambitious project of late, the Tata Tiago has been developed from scratch in just 3 years. After seeing it camouflaged since months and referring it to as Kite (codename), we finally get behind the wheel of what could…
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