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  1. Did the 300 km stretch from mysore to mangalore a couple of days back in my new possesion... an Elantra GT . First thing i noticed is that this thing handles much better than its CRDi cousin which has a heavier steering and rolls a lot. Though it is still no where near to an Ikon, it is more than adequate nevertheless. Road grip and the brakes are superb. I got to test this on several occasions during the journey since it was pouring. The drive was comfortable and the engine has lots of power in store. After nearly 150+ km of twisty roads i still came out fresh and stress free and also did the journey in a quick time. Overall it was a fantastic drive!!
  2. An indicated 160 kmph in my Elantra. It still had juice left in it when i ran out of road.
  3. Those are the official figures. I don't know the practical figure . But however, having driven that for a considerable distance, i can vouch for its clearance (not the figure but the sufficiency of it).
  4. Fusion TDCi has more than adequate performance for city and is a nice cruiser on the highway. It's got a GC of nearly 200mm (198mm to be precise) which makes it very useful on our highways. Interiors are also quite spacious and flexible. All in all it's got almost all the advantages of a SUV without being too bulky or thirsty. Go for it if higher spare prices and not so good service is okay with you.
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    VW Jetta

    What is VW doing with itself?? I am confused which car they would want me to buy if i am looking at a price tag of 15 lakhs. I can get an Octavia L&K, Laura Ambiente and a Jetta all at the same price point!!!! Have VW heard something called 'positioning'??? I am still wondering.....
  6. If this is for the Automatic, then it's very good pricing!!
  7. Nice account there! Exactly similar feelings here. I am a proud owner of a Crdi and with in a span of 18 months i have covered 50k km. Whenever i take it on to the highway i feel this must be the most underrated car around and it's a pity Hyundai doesn't make them anymore!! I like the way it eats up broken roads and it's an absolute delight to own. Here's wishing many more years of motoring nirvana!!! From one Elantra owner to another
  8. The complete specifications and features have been put up on Hyundai's website: www.hyundai.co.in
  9. As per the papers, it's coming with 2 engine options: a 2.0 Tdi (common rail) and a 3.2 Petrol FSI (i think with quattro, not sure)... the one tested by ACI in one of its issues
  10. I know... but i am thinking of selling off the diesel within the next six months and replace it probably with a Laura...
  11. Not a new one. I am getting a killer deal from one of my friends
  12. They have stopped all variants of the elantra since couple of months. I have a CRDi and I am adding a petrol variant to my range soon
  13. Well, you can't blame much on Honda. With Civic, they have a virtual monopoly over entry level luxury car segment and they are just trying to cash in while that monopoly lasts!!
  14. Try www.indiacar.com They usually have an archive of roadtests done by top mags like ACI even for vehicles which have been discontinued.
  15. The waiting time as quoted by the dealer in my city is 7 months!!!! and it seems he asked some 50k to be paid (non refundable) as booking amount!! I think i read somewhere that Maruti is shifting to a new facility some time this year, where the yet to be launched A-Star and Splash are also going to be produced. If that happens expect supplies to improve and a reduced waiting time!!
  16. @Speed: If you look at the spy shots there is a Splash 'VDI with ABS' version visible. I am not sure they will plonk the same 1.3 MJD in the splash. May be they will wait for a smaller diesel to be developed by Fiat. Also, i think Splash is slightly smaller than Swift. Anyway i feel you should decide after having a look at the Splash
  17. Ford petrols are very thirsty. They are quite efficient only when they are new say till 20-30k kms. After that fuel efficiency begins to drop.Also i feel they are hyper sensitive to the amount of throttle inputs.
  18. It's worth going for a baleno or a city.... they are easy on maintenance and also deliver better efficiency
  19. Bad fuel efficiency: I get as little as 8kmpl these days with a light foot on the gas pedal. A/C is not very effective. Spares are expensive The Ikons have a peculiar tendency to develop problem with the ignition. You turn the key and nothing happens. This problem particularly has been very frustrating with even the service guys not able to figure out properly. Brakes are the biggest let down. With all the power and handling, you will still be scared to use all of it simply becasue it won't stop in time. Handling deteriorates with 5 on board.
  20. Just check if you have enough bank balance to maintain it . They are problematic machines. I am telling this from my own experience. Try a City Vtec instead (Old one)
  21. Man.. where are the mods??? Is this some kind of terrorism or what?? A couple of ppl are just digging out all the 'buried' threads.... FRG... where are you??
  22. NA for me.... i don't drink at all...
  23. Tata Nano V2..... M800 is just too small for me (i mean the interior space)
  24. Whoa!!! Why isn't anyone debating this?Why are the automags and all the authorities silent on this? FRG, 325i.... surely u guys must have had a knowledge of this. Is there any substance in this? Can you guys please clarify??