Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Memorable Races and Racers that Sculpted Audi’s Legacy


Audi has been in motorsport since its first cars, and racing innovation, plus founder August Horch’s passion lead to some very impressive feats. Let's take a trip back to witness some of the most exciting Audi motorsports moments in history.



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Jaguar Adds 300PS Ingenium Engine To XE, XF and F-Pace in the UK

Jaguar Ingenium Petrol 300PS

has given a big mechanical update to the MY2018 XE sedan, XF sedan and F-Pace SUV - a new 4-cylinder petrol motor. While it may be small it terms of displacement, it has as much oomph as a supercharged V6

Jaguar Ingenium Petrol 300PS

The addition of the new 2.0-litre to the aforementioned cars is another step in the company's goal to phase out older engines used across its model lines. The 2.0-litre Ingenium motor is no slouch though. It develops 300PS of maximum power and 400Nm of peak torque and was first seen on the base Jaguar F-Type. The motor is also very efficient and has lower emissions than bigger engines with similar performance figures. For now, the new engine is only available in the XE, XF and F-Pace sold in the UK and there is no confirmation on if and when it will be offered in India.

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Jaguar Ingenium Petrol 300PS

In the entry-level sedan, the, the new motor paired to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission gives it a 0-100kmph acceleration time of 5.5-seconds while also delivering a claimed mileage of 14.69kmpl (in the UK). The heavier XF with the same setup achieved 0-100kmph in 5.6 seconds and has a mileage of 14.16kmpl. Jaguar's only SUV, the F-Pace, achieves 0-100kmph in 6.0 seconds and returns 13.09kmpl.

Jaguar Ingenium Petrol 300PS

Jaguar has also added new features to the 2018 XE ands, including a 'gesture' boot lid (wave your foot under the boot to open it, if your hands are full) and 'configurable dynamics' technology (selectable modes for the engine, transmission, steering and suspension). Safety systems including 'forward vehicle guidance' (an overlay on the centre screen that allows for low-speed manoeuvring through tight spots and 'forward traffic detection'.

Jaguar Ingenium Petrol 300PS

Currently, the Jaguar XE gets the Ingenium petrol motor in 200PS and 241PS power trims in India. Meanwhile, the XF is offered with the Ingenium petrol motor developing 241PS of maximum power. The is only offered with diesel engines in India.




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Chevrolet Commences Exporting 2017 Essentia

Chevrolet Starts Exporting Essentia Sedan

may have announced its exit from the Indian marketplace but the company will continue to produce global products out of its Talegaon plant near Pune. The first batch of 1,200 units of the Beat-based sedan, which was supposed to launch in India as the Essentia, was recently dispatched from the factory. Production of the sedan started on June 5, 2017. The first lot of the left-hand drive car left for the Latin American market.

The sedan was last showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and should have gone on sale by the end of 2016, along with the facelift. India launch of both the cars kept getting delayed until Chevrolet pulled the plug andmdash; on itself. In my brief encounter with the Essentia sedan concept, I found that it was surprisingly spacious considering that it was built on the Beat's platform. The first generation Beat was short on legroom, particularly in the back, while the Essentia could easily accommodate two six-footers behind each other.

Chevrolet Starts Exporting Essentia Sedan

Asif Khatri, VP of manufacturing at General Motors, said, "Our Talegaon facility is a key export manufacturing hub for GM. GM India's exports have more than tripled in the past year. GM was India's third largest passenger vehicle exporter in May - recording our highest monthly total of vehicle exports at 8,297 units.

We are very happy with the launch readiness. Our highly skilled and committed workforce at Talegaon has developed a mindset of zero defect to delight customers. The excellent quality is supported by a classic design, enhanced connectivity options, and ride and handling of the Chevrolet Beat sedan and we are confident that it will help us build on our success in the export markets."

Chevrolet Starts Exporting Essentia Sedan

While Kia and SAIC are entering the Indian market, which is set to grow rapidly in the near future, GM's retreat comes as a surprise. Especially considering that the company had dispatched invites for the launch and media drive of the Beat facelift. The sales executives had also begun their product training to prepare for the impending launch when the company dropped the bomb.




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New BMW X3 Revealed

2018 BMW X3

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2018 BMW X3

The new now looks more hunkered down than before, taking design cues from big brother X5. The biggest change at the front is that the X3 is now the first 'X' car to ditch the company's signature round fog lamp placed high up in the fascia - instead, it gets a hexagonal unit.

2018 BMW X3

While overall dimensions are similar to the outgoing X3 (59mm longer, 192mm narrower and 2mm lower) it has a wheelbase that has grown by 54mm. When looked at from the side, it is clear that the new X3 has more interior space, with the front and rear overhangs reduced significantly as compared to the older model. It also looks less 'on-stilts' like than the older X3.

All variants of the new X3 will be offered with 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, as compared to 17-inchers before. BMW is also offering optional alloy wheels with sizes of up to 21-inches.

2018 BMW X3

The new X3 can be had with full-LED tail-lamps, with a unique pattern which looks three-dimensional. An aggressive roof-mounted spoiler and twin exhausts on certain variants complete the new look on the outside.

2018 BMW X3

Inside, the X3's design is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The highlights here are the larger 10.25-inch centre display on the dashboard and an updated three-spoke steering wheel. New equipment/features on the inside include three-zone climate control, ambient air conditioning, active seat ventilation, 40:20:40 split second-row seats and a panoramic sunroof.

2018 BMW X3

Many technological updates first seen on the all-new have made their way to the new X3 too. This includes the 'display key' - essentially a remote with a touch-screen colour display which can additionally be used to view the status of the car or operate some functions without getting into the car. The other fancy feature to trickle down to the X3 is the gesture control for the infotainment display.

2018 BMW X3

In terms of engines, the new X3 will be launched with two diesel and three petrol motors worldwide paired exclusively with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Depending on the market, the X3 can be had in either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive guises.

2018 BMW X3

Diesel variants include the X3 xDrive20d and X3 xDrive30d. Petrol variants include the X3 20i, X3 xDrive30i and the all-new M40i.

2018 BMW X3

The X3 M40i is the first M-Sport variant introduced to this series of X cars. Powered by a 3.0-litre, turbocharged 6-cylinder motor, the M40i's has a maximum power output of 360PS at 5500-6500rpm and peak torque of 500Nm at 1520-4800rpm. Power is sent to all wheels - the X3 M40i can go from 0-100kmph in 4.8-seconds and hit a top speed of 250kmph.

2018 BMW X3

BMW claims that the new X3 has improved dynamics, stability and steering feel. This is down to almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution, reduced weight (by about 55kg, apparently), improved aerodynamic drag. Optional chassis upgrades on the non-M variants include M Sport suspension, dynamic damper control, M Sport brakes and variable sport steering.

The new BMW X3 is also the first X model to feature BMW's new semi-autonomous driving technology. Called the BMW Personal CoPilot, it includes active systems like active cruise control, steering assist, lane control assist and lane change assist.

2018 BMW X3

BMW India has not confirmed when the new X3 will make its way to India. Currently, the X3 is priced in the Rs 49 - 55 lakh range and is available in three variants (xDrive28i xLine, xDrive 20 D Expedition and xDrive 20 D xLine). The new X3 will be assembled at the company's plant in Chennai like the current model, expect a launch by end-2017 or early-2018.




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Maruti Suzuki Baleno Touches The 2-Lakh Mark In Just 20 Months

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Most carmakers are perfectly happy as long as they have a four-digit monthly dispatch figure for a model. For Maruti, the threshold is at least 4,000 to 5,000 units. Touching the 10,000 units per month figure for a car isn't a big deal for have all touched the 10,000-unit production mark.

After breaching the 5-digit mark on several occasions, the went beyond and reached an average monthly production figure of 10,000. Thanks to the accelerated production in the last four months, buyers with long waiting periods should breathe a sigh of relief and get their Baleno sooner than expected.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Dashboard

Maruti Suzuki started its Nexa operations with the, but its inflated price tag and hatchback profile didn't impress customers. The Baleno's price tag was a polar opposite in comparison, and its value-for-money pricing got the ball rolling at Nexa dealerships.

The hatchback has received multiple price hikes, but nothing managed to take this car off its tracks. The aggressive starting tag of Rs 4.99 lakh for the base trim with all the safety features helped it cement a solid place for itself and earned the priceless buyers' mindshare. The more affordable trim with a Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine and tasteful exterior touch-up have made the car an attractive option for customers who don't want to choose between reliability and speed.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS

R S Kalsi, executive director of marketing and sales at Maruti Suzuki, expressed gratitude towards the Baleno's customers and said, "Baleno was developed keeping in mind the tastes and requirement of global customers. It has disrupted the premium hatchback segment by not only dominating it but also expanding it multi-fold. While setting new benchmarks in design and technology, Baleno has received an unimaginable response in India as well as several international markets. We are very humbled with the success of Baleno. We thank all our customers for their support and patience despite huge waiting for delivery on Baleno."

The made-in-India Baleno is also exported to over 100 countries including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Latin America.




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Jeep Compass Bookings - 1000 In Three Days

Jeep Compass

, but that hasn't stopped potential buyers from putting a deposit of Rs 50,000 on the SUV before its official launch. The bookings opened last week, and the number has already touched the four-digit mark. The booking amount is fully refundable, so not all of the bookings are going to convert into sales, but the fact that buyers are willing to put the money down so soon speaks volumes about Jeep's desirability factor in India.

Jeep is the go-to name for SUVs, and the Compass will soon be the most affordable Jeep you can buy. The current India lineup includes the. Both of these are out of reach for most buyers, but they've helped the brand establish a luxury image in our eyes. That makes the Compass look like value in comparison even if priced over the estimated price tag of Rs 18-24 lakh.

Jeep Compass Interior

On the feature front, it isn't as well equipped as the, but none of those two SUVs wears a luxury badge on its nose.

The Jeep Compass will come in three main trims: Sport, Longitude and Limited, along with option (O) trims for the top two. The Compass will come with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The petrol motor makes 164PS of power and has 250Nm of torque while the diesel produces 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual will be available with both engines, but the 7-speed automatic will be exclusive to the petrol motor only. The diesel variant is slated to get a 9-speed automatic in 2018.




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Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.6 5,000km Long Term Report

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Long Term Report II

A combination of factors (short office commute, availability of better cars for the highway, work, laziness) has meant that I have never ever been able to take the Zen for service before it is due. But that is not the case with the; it's already had its second service done, more than a month before it was due The interval for the second service is at 5000km/6 months from purchase, whichever is earlier.

The second service, like the first one, is purely about inspection - nothing is replaced unless it is required. I had them clean the car thoroughly because spiders seemed to have taken a liking for it - is the brown colour the culprit here?

There is something that has to take care of if it has to keep up this 'premium' character of Nexa network and the cars sold through it - service. While cars like the S-Cross are sold exclusively through the Nexa dealer network, there is no dedicated service station network for them. You have to visit the same, often crowded, service stations where 'normal' Maruti cars are serviced.

I got the S-Cross serviced at the Maruti Care Point on Baner-Aundh Road, and even though it was a Monday morning and I reached there before anyone else (take the operational times given on Google with a pinch of salt) - the place was full of cars I can imagine the stress that personnel at these service stations go through to get the work done on time, and I am a bit worried as to how well they will be able to look after my car. The service advisor reported no problems, and they did not ask me to buy a windshield washing solution this time Total bill: Rs 0.

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Long Term Report II

Since the last update, I have driven the car for 1500-odd kilometres more - and it has been a mixed feeling. Having LED guide lights has been a boon I keep them on every time I drive. Why? It seems to make most other road users think twice before trying to execute that stupid manoeuvre which will make you slam the brakes. At night, the projector lamps have the same effect: the white light makes most motorists take notice and give me the space I am comfortable with.

Pottering around town in the S-Cross has been a test of patience. With the type of traffic you have in Pune (it can seem like people have given up the responsibility for their own safety), you have to be on your toes constantly. The taller gearing is making it difficult to drive the S-Cross smoothly in traffic and that adds to the tension.

Watching the expected range or average fuel-efficiency displays on the driver information display drop considerably is the biggest motivation to want to get out of town. Thankfully, the prices of diesel have remained low, even though they keep changing almost every day now. The average cost of driving the S-Cross is only Rs 4/km as compared to Rs 7/km of the Zen

The S-Cross has a decent set of stock speakers and the myriad ways of connecting to a media source (USB/AUX/Bluetooth) help take those blues away. I have had some issues with the Bluetooth deciding to drop connection recently, but I think there is a problem with my phone, let's see.

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Long Term Report II

The S-Cross does not have the best sound insulation, I notice - on anything less than a perfect surface you can notice the tyre noise; the JK Elanzo NXTs with their aggressive treads should be upgraded for a quieter ride. Before the monsoon kicked in, I could also frequently hear the A/C compressor come on-and-off while idling - I have yet to enquire why that is.

I have made two quick trips out of town this month, one to Mumbai and another one to Ahmednagar-Deolali-Nasik. And boy, does the S-Cross 1.6 feel like it is meant for these trips On an open stretch of road, the cruise control helps me relax - with the engine ticking along at 1,750rpm, the car coasting along at 100kmph in sixth gear. The car handles most high-speed conditions with aplomb, with only the worst expansion joints or unexpected rumble strips making themselves felt. On the trip from Pune to Mumbai and back, which also consisted of some in-city trips through the dreaded (according to my friends in Mumbai) Western Express Highway, the S-Cross returned 17kmpl

It is fast, comfortable and efficient - but there is an NVH issue.

There is this noticeable drone, accompanied by vibrations, which occur when the engine is in the 1,250-1,500rpm range. I have to drive another 1.6 S-Cross to make sure that this is not an issue with my car - fingers crossed

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Long Term Report II

Date Acquired: January 2017

Total km till Date: 5410 km

Fuel Efficiency: 14.8 kmpl

Cheers: Engine, Equipment, Space

Sneers: Efficiency (City), Service, NVH

Total Cost: NIL

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Honda WR-V vs Hyundai i20 Active: Comparison Review

Honda WR-V vs Hyundai i20 Active - Review

"Who needs these cars?" that's a question that's been bothering me. The seem like perfectly good cars, don't they? But, these two here promise a bit extra. They claim to be a notch better at handling our pothole-infested roads compared to their hatchback cousins and pack in a few extra features too. What really swings things in their favour, is the fact that they look more muscular, rugged, and butch compared to their hatchback cousins - that's something our SUV-adoring market loves.

The WR-V has entered the i20 Active's home ground. Has Honda made a better cross-hatch than Hyundai?

Spot The Difference

Honda WR-V vs Hyundai i20 Active - Review

On paper, the Hyundai and the Honda follow the same mantra. Take hatchback, add cladding andmdash; done. But there are differences in execution. The Active is instantly recognisable as an Elite i20 with some muscle. All panels on the car are identical to the hatchback, save for the front and the rear bumpers. The faux skid plates and the roof rails are thrown in for good measure as well. It's a clean design that gets almost nothing wrong. But, at the same time, it does practically nothing to wow you or stand apart from its hatchback brethren. The added cladding and the new bumpers add 10mm to its length and 26mm to its width, whereas the jacked-up ground clearance adds 50mm in height.

Honda WR-V vs Hyundai i20 Active - Review

The is quite different. In fact, look at one in the rear view mirror and you'd think it is anything but a Jazz on stilts. I wasn't a big fan of the way the WR-V looked in pictures, and (sadly) looking at one up close didn't change my opinion. It's got the tough appeal, yes. The upright stance with the redone headlamps, bonnet and front bumper does well to give it a personal identity. It looks distinctly bigger too, and that's because it is 44mm longer, 40mm wider and 57mm higher. Honda has gone to the lengths of altering the suspension mount points to liberate an extra 25mm in wheelbase. The WR-V is aggressive and in-your-face. But, good looking? We think not.

Pull up the numbers on an Excel -- the WR-V comes across as the bigger car. But it's the i20 Active that has a longer wheelbase. Does this mean the Hyundai is more spacious on the inside?

Space-d Out

Honda WR-V Rear Seat

The answer to that question is a yes and a no. In terms of outright knee room, there's no beating the Honda. In fact, the maximum space the i20 has to offer at the back is a full 100mm less compared to the least room the WR-V will let you use. The Jazz was already a spacious car, and adding 25mm to its wheelbase has only made things better.

Hyundai i20 Active Rear Seat

But when it comes to shoulder room and headroom, the Hyundai has the Honda settle for second place. The seatback is set at a relaxed angle in the i20, and it has better under-thigh support as well.The Honda's bench is upright and the seatback isn't tall enough to fit bigger frames. Also, what's surprising is the lack of adjustable headrests at the rear. Moreover, the seats are extra soft. While this is pretty good for daily commutes, you're looking at stretching every couple of hours on road trips.

Here's how the numbers stack up -

Parameter Knee Room Head Room Shoulder Room
i20 Active 585-820mm 970mm 1325mm
WR-V 925-1055mm 940mm 1270mm
Honda WR-V Sunroof

Where the WR-V scores big marks, is offering a sense of space. The XL-sized windows let a lot of light in, and there's the sunroof in case you want some more Vitamin D. The Active, disappointingly, feels just like an Elite i20. In spite of the cabin being adequately spacious, you feel cocooned. This is amplified when you are seated at the rear; the rising window line and the small window doesn't make you feel like you're in a big car.

Honda WR-V Bootspace

The WR-V's boot managed to swallow our editor, and I'm sure we could've thrown in one of our interns too (if we had one). At 363 litres, it's miles ahead than the 285-litre boot of the.

Hyundai i20 Active Bootspace

The solace with the Hyundai is that the rear seats get a 60:40 split, unlike the Honda. The Jazz's fabled 'magic seats' have been skipped for the WR-V, which we think is a big big miss.

Feel Good?

Hyundai i20 Active Dashboard

Both cars you see here will cost you well over Rs 10 lakh on-road. It's natural to expect them to make you feel like it's money well spent. The does, no two ways about it. The doors shut with a nice thud, the cabin is cut off from unnecessary ambient noise, and the quality of materials used on the dash and the door pads look and feel good.

Honda WR-V Dashboard

On the flipside, the Honda's doors shut with a clang, and the sheet metal feels thin. The plastics on the inside, although substantially better than a, feels hard to touch compared to the Hyundai. Honda should've upped the quality a notch, we think.

Honda WR-V Touchscreen Digipad

In terms of what you get for your money, the WR-V and the i20 Active are neck and neck. Both feature a touchscreen infotainment system. But where the Honda gets only MirrorLink, the Hyundai gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in addition. Also, Honda's homegrown Android-based 'Digipad' system doesn't deliver a smooth user experience. There's quite a bit of lag when you quickly want to skip songs, and adjusting the equalizer requires a degree in rocket science.

Hyundai i20 Active Music System

(Note: 2DIN Audio System pictured. Click to see what the touchscreen looks like)

Our test i20 Active didn't feature the touchscreen (since the car is nearly two years old), but it's the same setup we've seen in the updated. And that has a simple fuss- and lag-free interface. Both cars feature a 6-speaker setup, and there's no perceptible difference in audio quality in music played via Bluetooth or FM.

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Hyundai i20 Active Automatic Climate Control

To keep you cool, both feature automatic climate control. In sweltering 40anddeg;C, it was the i20 Active that managed to keep the heat wave out. The Honda struggled quite a bit to chill the cabin, more so since it doesn't feature rear air conditioning vents, unlike the Hyundai. Remember the aforementioned large glasshouse that makes the cabin feel airy? Well, it acts like a magnifying glass when you leave the car out in the sun. On a related note, I wish the sunroof could've been operated remotely - opening it up is the easiest way to get hot air out of the cabin.

Honda WR-V Automatic Climate Control

And, since we're discussing ACs, the touchpad interface on the WR-V isn't easy to use on the move, besides being a fingerprint and dust magnet. The Hyundai's simple two-knob interface for the fan speed and the temperature falls to hand easily. Moreover, you can feel a prominent click as you turn it andmdash; no need to look at it.

Honda WR-V Cruise Control

Other commonalities include keyless entry and go, electrically folding mirrors, tilt-telescopic adjust for the steering and steering-mounted controls. The WR-V's big trump card includes cruise control (limited to the diesel variant) and a sunroof, both of which the i20 Active misses out on. To counter, the Hyundai offers six airbags. Better be safe than showy?

Crossing Over

On paper, there's not much separating the two. The Honda gets a 1.5-litre diesel engine with 100PS and 200Nm on tap, whereas the Hyundai gets a 1.4-litre with 90PS and 220Nm. Both cars feature a 6-speed manual gearbox as well. Are they different in the way the drive?

Honda WR-V vs Hyundai i20 Active - Review

Inside the city, it's hard to tell them apart. Both engines feel easy to drive, and turbo lag is controlled well. What's worth noting is that the i20 Active's torque not only kicks in earlier, but also continues to linger for a really long time. The lull before peak torque kicks in isn't all that frustrating either. You can put your foot down in-gear and the i20 Active gathers pace a shade quicker. How quick, you ask? 30-80kmph in third took 8.79 seconds in the Hyundai, whereas the Honda took 8.89 seconds. This gulf widens substantially when you're in a higher gear. Case in point: 40-100kmph in fourth took 13.47 seconds in the Active and 14.22 seconds in the WR-V.

Honda WR-V

The Honda is quicker in an outright 0-100kmph sprint, taking 12.43 seconds as opposed to the Hyundai's time of 13.3 seconds. But the i-DTEC motor shouts and screams in protest. Inside the cabin, it isn't as noisy as the Amaze, but it's still loud enough to force you to talk in a higher volume. You can also feel some vibrations through the pedals and on the firewall, which seems like the polar opposite of what Honda once stood for - refinement.

Hyundai i20 Active

Cruising at 100kmph in the Active sees the tacho tick right where the torque is. This means you can go harder on the gas and it will rocket ahead almost instantly. In the Honda's case, you'd have to wait for a while before you actually get going. I found myself downshifting more often in the WR-V to keep up with the i20; which by the way isn't particularly fun thanks to the clunky gear shifts.

For the number crunchers, the WR-V retuned 25.88kmpl on the highway and 15.35kmpl inside the city. The i20 was less efficient on the highway, returning 23.8kmpl but more frugal inside town at 16.36kmpl. Impressive.

Where are your manners?

Honda WR-V vs Hyundai i20 Active - Review

You'd appreciate the WR-V's ride quality on a casual drive to work or the market. It's soft and smooth, going over potholes without batting an eyelid. The i20, on the other hand, feels a notch harder over bumps. But, in both cars, you won't really hear the suspension working. And that's a good thing.

Hyundai i20 Active

The Hyundai's stiffer setup comes to its rescue when you take it out for a spin on the highway. The suspension is markedly stiffer compared to the Elite, which means the cabin remains flat, and there's none of the bouncy business Hyundais were infamous for over the past decade. Weirdly enough, the Honda feels unsettled at speeds as low as 80kmph. The raised ride height and soft springs in tandem cause enough bounciness to make you have a knot in your stomach over long journeys. On the flipside, the Jazz has a neutral ride. Why fix something that isn't broke, Honda?

Honda WR-V

In case you're driving the WR-V on the highways, you'd want more weight on the steering. The steering feels disconnected, and you're often left guessing what the front wheels are upto. On those long swooping corners, the WR-V requires a fair bit of steering corrections. Thankfully, inside the city, that's not a problem. The light steering feels predictable and takes the sting out of city driving. The Active's steering is markedly heavier in comparison. That, and the planted ride makes it a better highway cruiser in our books. If we had to complain, the i20's steering isn't very good at reading the surface for you, and feels overly assisted at times.

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Which H to choose?

When I first left for Pune in the i20 Active, I thought this contest would be quite closely fought. Both cars cost nearly the same - Rs 9.78 lakh for the Hyundai and Rs 9.99 lakh for the Honda. There's not much separating the two when you sit down with the brochures, and I expected that to translate on road as well.

Honda WR-V vs Hyundai i20 Active - Review

Sadly, that's not the case here. Honda hasn't done enough to capitalise on the strengths of the WR-V. For instance, the raised ground clearance has led to a bouncy ride; space is good, yes, but the seats are too soft and miss adjustable headrests at the back. Aside from your aspiration for a newer model, the only reasons to buy the WR-V over the Active include the in-city ride, rear knee room, a big boot and the sunroof. Everything else, the Hyundai does better. It's easier to drive, the engine feels a whole lot more refined, there's more safety tech, and the build quality is a notch above, all of which put together makes you feel like it's money well spent.




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