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  1. Please ignore the error above as I did find Verna's rear bench to be lacking under thigh support and not at all comfortable.
  2. To answer your question, I would suggest that you drive the Hyundai Verna and VW Vento back to back, preferably taking them around a few twisty bends at speeds of about 50-70 kms per hour. You would notice the reason why Hyundais' are not driver's cars. My brother in law uses the Fluidic Verna and I have driven it on a few occasions. While the car looks fantastic both inside and out, I somehow did not connect with the way the car drives and also didn't find the rear bench to be lacking under-thigh support and not at all comfortable. Guess the low seating owing to a coupe like roof-line is to blame. To be honest, even Hondas' (barring the earlier 1998-02 Z spec models) are no driver cars but they somehow seem to be only marginally better than the Hyundais'. I myself own the now discontinued Santro Xing but don't use it much myself. However, its a small nippy go-kartish car which is so easy to plonk into tight and narrow spaces partly due to the hydraulic steering setup and partly due to its overall small size. However, passenger comfort is something not worth discussing as it suffers from a really bumpy ride. One thing worth mentioning is that Hyundai also seems to be making the most effort of all the other players in constantly improving the quality of their products and their whole range of cars stands a testament to the same. Also worth appreciating is the fact that they don't treat India as a dumping ground for internationally discontinued or highly downgraded products. One can't take away from the fact that they introduced Indians to the Common Rail Diesel Injection technology unlike the Europeans who were marketing a generation old and obsolete Pumpe Deuce systems in their vehicles. The mere fact that they are the only serious challengers to Maruti Suzuki in India is no small feat and speaks volumes of their seriousness about the Indian market. They certainly deserve the respect that they have earned over time!
  3. For something that costs upwards of 1 crore in Indian currency, this is one hideous looking SUV. Not that Toyota is famous for its designs, they could have certainly done a better job than this when it comes to their flagship offerings. Maybe taking help from their Lexus counterparts can help but such a capable vehicle certainly deserves a better silhouette.
  4. Hi Everyone! I have been driving the Corolla Altis for sometime and am not satisfied with the audio quality of its stock stereo setup. It was alright initially but now when I sit in my better-half's Swift, I feel her after-market stereo which I only got installed throws out the sound quality which seems miles ahead of what I experience in the Altis. I have observed that the stock stereo sounds crisp and clear at low volumes but gets rattly at even medium or high volume. Another thing is that it seriously lacks rich low frequency bass. I intend to keep the car for one more year at most and hence I am not wanting to fiddle/ replace the stock setup. Since I do not like listening to loud music, I am looking to add a sub-woofer to at least make it sound reasonable. I have been looking online for some solution in this regard and came across a product by Blaupunkt (see link: http://www.blaupunkt...ts/single/4247/ ). This one is an active under-seat sub-woofer and from what I could gather, would require minimal modifications to the stock setup or wiring. I have read a couple of reviews online, the sound quality is also reasonably good. The best part is that it saves all the boot space that a typical sub-woofer setup usually occupies without compromising much on the sound quality. Need some advice on whether this product is worth spending and does it deliver what it promises. Also if anyone is aware of a similar but better product, please let know. Thanks and Cheers!!!
  5. The Jazz would come with the same ground clearance as the City. I would suggest that you look at the Xylo H8 Airbag version as well. It is a very solidly built car, albeit the cabin plastics and design is not the best in class but not overtly disappointing either. It would tick all the boxes in your list and more; has a great ground clearance, very supportive and comfortable seats even in the third row, a smooth and powerful engine, and ABS and Airbags to take care of the safety aspect. Moreover, it is very drivable both in city and on highways. And the best part is that the 3 pasengers won't have to sit on a single bench and rub shoulders; they can enjoy the comfort of captain seats in the second row (the 7 seater option) while the third passenger can sit in the third row in somewhat equal comfort. The third row seating and the seating comfort overall in the Xylo is somewhat better than that in an Innova and this is coming from someone who has owned an Innova in the past. Add to all this the benefit of triple row airconditioning and you would certainly not complain. Its a complete VFM offering, something definitely worth your attention.
  6. Try out the Honda City, the Mahindra Scorpio & Xylo, the Tata Safari/ Storme and if you are not bashful of the unorthodox, the Fiat Aventura and the Hyundai i20 Active. I would personally pick the City in case I decided to go in for a sedan and Scorpio in case I decided for a SUV.
  7. Only a matter of time when VW and its cousin company Skoda launch their all new respective Indian range toppers - the Passat and the Superb in the market. Both are extremely good cars and have the potential to make life tough for not only the A class, the B class, and the A3 but also put the potential buyers of the CLA, the C class, the 3 series, and the A4 into a dilemma. A lot would depend upon the powertrains that find their way into the Indian variants though.
  8. Do take your family along for a back to back test drive of both the City and the Verna and I am sure you would finally settle for the Jap.
  9. I don't think removing the liquid would make any noticeable difference to the tyre noise getting filtered inside the cabin. Yes, getting the tyres aligned would definitely help the cause but that doesn't seem to be the culprit here. It might have more to do with the combination of one or more of the following - the tyre tread pattern, their rubber compound and also the road surface that you typically drive on. Would suggest that you go for a better compound and tread pattern once the OEMs are up for replacement.
  10. The Fortuner is a great car and packs in a lot of space in all three rows of seating. The middle row seats are pretty comfortable as well. In case most of your drive is within the urban confines with occasional trips to the highways, I would suggest that you do test drive the Hyundai Santa Fe as well. In case you are not restricted to buying a SUV and take pleasure in owning a sedan, there are a lot of options within a budget of 30 lacs. I suggest you to take a trip to the nearest Audi showroom and it might surprise you the kind of deals they might put on offer. In case you are willing to wait and are not in a hurry, the new VW Passat is due to be launched soon. I happened to see one on my recent trip to Germany and I can tell you that the car does make a big impression. It looks very mature and elegant and fairly big at the same time. I am myself waiting for the launch to happen and might go for it later during the year. Happy Buying!
  11. Wow! This car looks terrific, somewhat like Civic Type Rs meant for Europe. Guess it time again for shopping! Any ideas when the launch is planned as gong by the pic, it looks sooner than expected? Hope they price it sensibly this time around.
  12. A golden rule to be applied in case of buying a used car - 'Never buy one which you can't afford to run brand new'. The simple reason is that no matter how good the condition is, it can never be as good as a brand new vehicle. Hence, it would make you spend more when it comes to service and repairs. For those who are budget conscious and need to put high mileage every month, my advice would be to go for a diesel hatch with low mileage on odo; preferably a Swift/ Dzire or an i20. For those with low running in a month, a City or SX4 would be a perfect solution. It is always advisable to stay away from discontinued cars as much as possible as the spares become more and more hard to find and expensive to procure with every passing month. This is also one of the reasons why these cars are available at dirt cheap prices in the second hand market. Lastly, if I were to have a budget of 4 lacs, I would have bought a new hatch instead of going for a second hand vehicle. It would have been a new i10 or a Swift Petrol, though it might have pushed me to go over my budget a bit.
  13. This looks like an Audi Q3, Range Rover, and Suzuki Grand Vitara mixed well together and shrunk in size. Looks promising none the less.
  14. I would suggest that you wait for the upcoming Jazz in case you would be fine with a hatch. Both the petrol and diesel engines should fit within your budget. The quality, fit and finish would be second to none coupled with an extremely spacious interior, big boot & flexi-seating, and a decent after sales service network present in most of the Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. It is a great looker too and both the petrol and diesel mills planned for the Jazz provide for a pleasurable driving experience. In case you would like to go for a three box sedan, you can decide between the petrol City, Verna, and Ciaz. Take a test drive of all three cars back to back and you should be able to figure out which one tickle your senses the most. All these three cars are superb products offering terrific bang for buck and you wouldn't go wrong with any one of those. Hyundai's A.S.S. is the most expensive of the lot followed by Honda and then Maruti Suzuki.
  15. Agree completely! The Renault Fluence would make an extremely good value proposition for the prospective buyers of a Ciaz or a City. In fact, it has the potential to become a best seller at those price points.
  16. While visiting your nearest dairy booth or an ice-cream vendor, must ask for some dry ice. Make sure that you are not holding it in your hands else you would end up burning 'em up; so do take along a small air-tight container along for carrying the same. Just roll the dry ice in a small poly film (take a small piece off a polythene bag) and leave it over the gum for atleast 30 minutes or so. The same would harden the gum and you would easily be able to simply clunk it off the mat. Have tried this once and it worked and am sure it would work out for you too. However, the result might vary a bit owing to the difference in the mat material.
  17. The styling, like the GL, looks too uninspiring unlike the Audi which has curves at all the right places. Size does matter but style features higher in the priority list as far as luxury cars are concerned, atleast here in India. Also, BMW should watch-out for competition being readied up by Jaguar.
  18. I would not spend a penny more than 1.5 lacs on a SRV and that too when I do not have to spend anything on getting it repaired or replaced (tyres, battery, and the likes).
  19. Trust you wanted to say Hyosung Aquila 250 above which is a cruiser and not a sports bike. If you are looking to buy a cruiser within that budget, then the RE Thunderbird/ Classic or the soon to be launched Aquila 250 would be your choices. If you are looking for a sports bike, the Duke 390 is probably the best machine available within your budget at the moment. The company is also planning to launch the fully faired version of the same which will still sit within your budget and would be a cracker of a performer as compared to the Hyosung. The Hyosung depreciates its value sharply owing to poor brand value while KTMs are a brand to reckon with.
  20. I feel there are a couple of parameters which the Indian buyer looks at before buying a car. I am summarizing them down in the order of my personal preference and mapping it to how this new Chevy Optra fares in comparison to the competition in the Indian market: Design & Looks (Interior & Exterior): In terms of looks the exteriors are fairly traditional with a little unorthodox elements thrown in especially with the tail-lamps. The front looks like a more matured version of the Sail sedan and that would give it a 6/10 for the exterior design. The interiors somehow look like a cross between SX4 and the Captiva but would appeal to a vast majority of people. What it sorely misses is a modern ICE system for the same reason, I would five it a 7/10. Overall, I would give it a 7/10 in the design and looks department. Technical Specifications & Features: The car features a 1.5l DOHC gasoline engine which is good for 110BHp of power delivered at 5800rpm and 146NM of torque. It is an average performer by today’s standards and thus fails to invoke any emotions. The car features twin airbags and the ICE is a 4 speaker system with AUX port but no Bluetooth. A good touch-screen navigation system would have made it a into a different story altogether. I would thus give it a total of 6/10 here. After Sales Service & Spare Costs: While GM does hand out a 3yr service and maintenance plan with its cars, it’s a known fact that the cost of its spares is on the expensive side and so is the service. I would give it a 6/10 here too. Overall, I would give this car a 6/10 and that doesn’t really give me a good enough reason to go and buy it unless the car is priced between 7-8 lacs (ex-showroom) for all its versions.
  21. This car looks fairly traditional in terms of both its exterior and interior design. While it might appeal to a section of the mature audience, I feel its not in line with the current unorthodox design philosophy as followed by the likes of Hyundai, Honda, and Toyota off late (the new Corolla packs a neat look).
  22. I don't think the gentleman above has done it deliberately; else, he might have posted the classified anywhere on the forum rather than going through the pain of creating a profile and then posting the listing under the appropriate section. But that said, forum rules are created for a purpose and should always be followed. I suggest that the moderators close this thread and also educate the member about following forum rules. Would also like to know if there is a logic embedded into the backend systems which prevents such incidents from happening?
  23. I have sat in both an Ertiga and the Enjoy and to be honest, both have their own sweet spots. While Ertiga would pamper you more with its interior/ exterior design, the Enjoy is a no non-sense MPV with a little spartan interiors but better third row seating comfort as compared to the Ertiga. The comfort levels are somewhat similar in both the cars and so are the performance figures. It would all depend upon how frequently you would be using that third row of seats; if its something that'll happen very frequently, then Enjoy would be a better choice, but if its only going to happen once or twice a month, then Ertiga it should be for you. I would also suggest that you wait for atleast 2-3 months in case you decide to go in for the Enjoy as there were reports of a recall due to some technical snag in the current lot of cars. Would also suggest that you confirm the same with atleast 2-3 GM dealers or better still, with some existing Enjoy owners to get more clarity.
  24. A similar platform by the name of MirrorLink (or AppLink) is already existing for Android users which primarily makes the ICE touch panel mirror the phone's screen. It thereby lets you access content available on the phone through the ICE touch panel. The MirrorLink/ AppLink has not yet been made available in India by Google so while you might have the necessary ICE hardware available, the phones do not support the services.