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Hyundai Xcent Reviews

Introducing a mid-cycle update for the subcompact sedan, Hyundai India has launched the 2017 Hyundai Xcent facelift in the country with prices starting at Rs 5.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 2017 Xcent gets a comprehensively reworked front design. The overall silhouette remains the same, but the grille is all-new and in-line with Hyundai’s bigger sedans while the headlamps have been re-profiled and get new black inserts as well. The front bumper has also been redesigned adding a fresh look and now gets boomerang-shaped LED DRLs as part of the changes. Not only does the Xcent look fresh, but also distinctly different from the Grand i10. The side remains the same, save for the revised alloy wheels, while the rear gets the more upmarket wide taillights, revised bumper and tweaks to the boot-lid.

2017 Hyundai Xcent Exterior

The front profile corresponds to the B segment hatchback with similar looking headlamps, hexagonal grille and round fog lamps. The character lines and black moulding on the side are in line with its hatchback twin. The additional boot available on the Xcent differentiates it from its smaller sibling. The rear side gets boomerang shaped tail lamps, reflectors on large body coloured bumper and chrome garnish.

2017 Hyundai Xcent Interior

Inside, Xcent borrows several elements from the Grand i10 hatchback including the dual tone beige and black colour theme, similar design for the dashboard and blue backlit instrument cluster. The cabin has comfortable room for occupants and offers several storage points. 

2017 Hyundai Xcent Engine Specifications  Transmission

Petrol variants of the sedan draw power from the 1.2 litre, four cylinder, engine making 82bhp at 6000RPM and 114Nm at 4000RPM. Diesel engine, a 1.2 litre, three cylinder unit produces 74bhp at 4000RPM and 190Nm between 1750 to 2250RPM. Both the engines get the conventional five-speed manual gearbox and the four-speed automatic transmission is available only on the petrol powered trims. 

2017 Hyundai Xcent Features

Key styling elements like chrome radiator grille, sweptback headlamps, wrap-around tail lamps, chrome outside door handles, turn indicators on ORVMs enhance the exterior styling. As you step inside, you are greeted by the dual-tone colour theme. The blue interior illumination and chrome finish around gear knob lever tip add to the overall appeal. For the purpose of storage, Hyundai has provided seat back pocket on the co-passenger side. An armrest with a cup holder is placed in the centre of the rear seat. 

2017 Hyundai Xcent Performance  Mileage

The engines are frugal and claim to return impressive fuel economy with the petrol variants delivering 20.14km/l and diesel trims running up to 25.4km/l in standard conditions. 

2017 Hyundai Xcent Accessories  Infotainment

The base trim comes bereft of an audio system. Rest of the line-up gets a 2-DIN integrated radio with MP3 player, two speakers each in front rear, AUX-in, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth and 1GB internal memory. 

2017 Hyundai Xcent Braking  Handling

Force to retard power is derived from ventilated disc brakes at front and drum units at rear axle. 

2017 Hyundai Xcent Price:

2017 Hyundai Xcent Safety  Security

Driver side airbag is standard across range, however the co-passenger side airbag is missing in the entry level trims. ABS is also provided on all variants. Immobilizer, central locking, front fog lamps, rear defogger, parking assist with parking sensors and rear camera with ECM display and inside rear view mirrors are other vital safety features that are offered on the compact sedan. 

2017 Hyundai Xcent Comfort  Convenience

The sedan gets a bunch of comfort features both on the outside as well as inside including motor driven power steering, fully automated temperature control FATC, cooled glove-box, rear AC vent, power outlet in front rear, power windows in front and rear, auto down for driver, electrically adjustable and power folding ORVMs, height adjuster for driver’s seat and push button start/stop.

2017 Hyundai Xcent Wheels  Tyres

Alloy wheels are missing in the entry level variants, instead they feature 165/65 R14 full wheel covers. 

2017 Hyundai Xcent Competition 

The sub-four meter sedan has a stern competition with rivals such as Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Tata Zest, Tata Tigor and Volkswagen Ameo in the segment. 

Article source: https://auto.ndtv.com/hyundai-cars/xcent

Mahindra KUV100 Reviews

Available in the price range of Rs 4.56 lakh and Rs 7.2 lakh, Mahindra’s sub-meter SUV is positioned below the TUV300. Mahindra’s aggressively priced KUV100 marks introduction of the low priced SUV space in India, not that low priced SUVs were not around, but the takers were less and so the options available were just handful. More so, the choices in this ignorant or almost non-existing segment were not worthy enough to skew attention of potential buyers from compact SUVs to the rather low priced meagrely equipped UVs. With KUV100, Mahindra eyes acquiring the kind of niche ‘Maruti Alto 800’ has carved in the mini hatchback segment. But does it have the potential to be the ace in this newly found segment. Frankly with all the limelight on it and being the only promising model, KUV100 stands a fair chance to excel. Featuring the same monocoque chassis as XUV500, KUV100 shares a similar design and various styling cues with the larger cousin. Cabin gets options for five and six-seat layout. Mahindra has packed KUV100 will all vital features taking into account the price range it falls in. Engine choices include two new petrol and diesel units derived from the mFlacon family of engines. Needless to say, KUV100 pricing in India is just bang on and this makes it pose threat to all the vehicles priced alike in various segments.

Mahindra KUV100 Exterior

Falling under sub-four meter segment, it is important to discuss the dimensions which measure 3,675mm long, 1715mm wide and 1655mm high. Compared to one of the closest rivals Swift, KUV100 lags behind in terms of length, but leads in other parameters like width and height. Design as mentioned in the beginning is inspired from the much bigger XUV500. Mahindra have crafted the front profile assertively with most of the attention paid to the bumper. Face gets a very lean radiator grille with vertically placed chrome finished fillets. The pulled back head lamps are wide from front and get tapered towards the end almost covering the hood length. Black plastic cladding is draped all around the SUV. The rectangular shaped fog lamps in front are tucked well within the black cladding. The overall look of the SUV is enhanced by this thick black cladding that lends KUV100 the much requisite butch front profile. Side profile is marked by the square wheel arches and sharp creases emerging from A-pillar and tail lights among others. Handle for the back door is mounted on the rear quarter glass. Rear cladding features chrome finished fog lamps and side skirts. Rear gets an integrated spoiler atop, captivatingly designed tail lamps and a very sharp line running over tail lights which is stretched until the wheel arches. Rear profile appears more like a hatchback which could be a put off for the SUV. 

Mahindra KUV100 Interior 

Dual tone interior scheme is dominated by grey with black colour splashed on the centre console, steering wheel, dashboard and door pads. Silver finish around centre console and steering wheel brings prominence to the styling inside. The long rectangular centre console gets dash-mounted ac vents on the top followed by touch-screen and vertically aligned temperature dials on the left side. The right side of the console gets a mounted gear knob saving on the space. A glove box is placed on the passenger side for storage purpose. The 3+3 seating arrangement inside makes it the first vehicle to get six-seat layout. An additional bench is fitted in front and there is also an option for five-seat layout except for the K2 and K2+ variants. Boot space is 243 litres which can be expanded to 473 litres. 

KUV100 Engine Specifications and Transmission

Mahindra has housed two new engines in the line-up borrowed from the newly developed mFalcon engine family. Mahindra’s first petrol model employs the new 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing maximum power of 82bhp at 5,500rpm and 11.73kgm torque between 3,500 to 3,600rpm. Diesel engine is a 1.2 litre, three cylinder, powertrain offering 77bhp at 3,750rpm and 19.37kgm of torque between 1,750 to 2,250rpm. Power is directed to front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. 

Mahindra KUV100 Features

Among the various features incorporated outside and inside here are a few notable features to look out for. On the outside the SUV gets follow me home head lamps and lead me to home head lamps, head lights height adjuster, rear wash wipe, rear defogger and manually adjustable ORVMs. Cabin gets a 12V power outlet, door pockets, 1 litre bottle holder in all doors, interiors rear view mirror, rear parcel tray, LED interior lamp etc. 

Mahindra KUV100 Performance and Mileage

The new petrol engine is capable of delivering 18.15 kmpl and the ARAI rated fuel economy for diesel engine is 25.32kmpl. On the performance front, the petrol powered version may not withstand competition as it isn’t promising enough as Mahindra would have wished. Diesel engine on the other hand is better and picks momentum at higher speeds but petrol engine lacks punch. 

Mahindra KUV100 Accessories and Infotainment

There is an infotainment system with 3.5 inch display screen with in-built driver information system, Bluetooth audio handsfree call, USB, AUX. Steering mounted controls for audio and phone controls is yet another significant feature packed inside. Mahindra’s BLUE SENSE app compatibility and four speakers/2 tweeters sum up the infotainment related features on board. 

Mahindra KUV100 Braking and Handling

Braking function is undertaken by disc brakes in front and drum brakes at rear. Vital brakaing features like anti-lock-braking system and electronic brakefroce distribution are standard across line-up. Handling is mediocre but not crisp and suspension set up is absorbent. 

Mahindra KUV100 Safety and Security

Dual airbags are available is available on the plus variants in the entry and mid level along with the range topping variant. Other safety features available on the SUV are child safety locks on rear doors, anti-slip clips for driver side door mats, ISOFIX child seat mount on rear seat, engine immobiliser, anti-theft security alarm, automatic hazard warning lamps on crash and speed sensing automatic door locks. 

Mahindra KUV100 Comfort and Convenience

Comfort features aboard include air-conditioner with heater, electric power steering with tiltable function, fabric seat covers in higher variants and vinyl upholstered seats in base trims, fabric inserted door trims, height adjuster for driver’s seat, foldable rear seat, armrest in front and rear, headrests and adjustable front row headrests. There are a plethora of convenience features inset inside such as power windows in front/rear, central locking, remote keyless entry, cooled glove-box, storage space under co-driver seat, removable storage bin with handles under co-driver seat, 

Mahindra KUV100 Wheels and Tyres

Partial wheel caps are available on the base trim, while the rest of the range gets full wheel caps save for the top-spec variant which features alloy wheels. Tubeless radial tyres measuring 185/65 R14 are fitted in front and back across model series. 

Mahindra KUV100 Competition

Sitting below TUV300, the new sub-four meter SUV priced aggressively will rival vehicles tagged in the same range across segments. That said, the potential rivals KUV100 will face off with include Maruti’s flagship Swift hatchback, Hyundai’s B segment Grand i10 and Maruti’s viable AMT equipped hatchback Celerio. Besides, the vehicle will also compete with Maruti’s Ignis which is developed on the same lines (in terms of size).

Article source: https://auto.ndtv.com/mahindra-cars/kuv100

Tata Tigor

The newly launched Tata Tigor subcompact sedan is the boot-equipped version of the very successful Tata Tiago hatchback. Showcased in the production form at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Tigor started life as the Kite 5 and is positioned below the Zest in the automaker’s model range. The Tigor is also the third product from Tata Motors in the subcompact sedan segment after the Indigo eCS and Zest. It is also currently the most affordable offering in the segment.

Tata Tiago Exteriors

Compared to the Tiago, the Tata Tigor shares its underpinnings and design with the hatchback. The front resembles the hatchback, but has been tweaked with a new grille and blacked out headlamps that comes with projector lens. The rear now comes with boot complete with LED tail lamps. The black cladding inside the bumper allows for a more striking look while reducing the visual bulk on the subcompact sedan. Tata Motors calls the Tigor a ‘Styleback’, courtesy of its notchback-inspired styling. 

Tata Tigor Interiors 

The cabin on the Tata Tigor resembles that on the Tiago, but gets updates with a new touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink. The top variants also come with automatic climate control and exterior colour finished AC vent surrounds. The subcompact sedan has the segment best boot capacity at a gauging 420 litres. which is about 13 litres more than the Hyundai Xcent at 407 litres. 

Tata Tigor Engine, Specification Transmission

Power on the Tata Tigor comes from the1.2 litre, three cylinder, Revotron petrol engine tuned to produce 84 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque. Diesel variants, on the other hand use a 1.05 litre three cylinder engine tuned for 69 bhp and peak torque of of 140 Nm. Both engines come paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, while an automatic is yet to be offered.

Tata Tigor Dimensions

Tata Tigor Petrol Prices

Tata Tigor Diesel Prices 

 Tata Tigor Competition 

The subcompact sedan segment is loaded with offerings and the Tata Tigor will have to fight it its way to make it to the top. The Tata contender will be locking horns against the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo and its older sibling the Tata Zest.

Article source: https://auto.ndtv.com/tata-cars/tigor

2018 BMW 530e Plug-In Hybrid

Meet John Green, the 42-year-old, single, surfer, fit, gluten-free target customer for the 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance, the newest plug-in-hybrid version of the 5-series.

He’s a startup star in L.A.’s Silicon Beach, where he stands around the office froyo machine discussing disruption, the firm’s desire to float an IPO, and the CEO’s McLaren P1. Green is image conscious, socially aware, and—when he isn’t flying to Vegas for dinner—environmentally friendly. His Toyota Prius, his third in a row, is no longer cutting it. The last venture round went well, and Johnny wants to treat himself to something new. Something that looks more at home in the garage next to the Porsche 911 Targa that he drives around Manhattan Beach on the weekends. He’s going to love the 530e.


Batteries Must Work

BMW claims that it’s now the third-largest supplier of electrified cars in the world, even if total volume in America remains quite small. The company’s eDrive system—which combines its turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four with an electric motor and a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack—has now found its way across much of the German luxury brand’s lineup, including the 3-series, 7-series, and X5 SUV.

In the 530e, the four-banger is rated at 180 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque and the electric motor at 111 hp and 184 lb-ft, for a combined output of 248 hp and 310 lb-ft. That matches the stated totals for the 330e plug-in hybrid, but it’s quite a bit less than the output claimed for the larger and heavier 7-series plug-in and the X5 xDrive40e.

They all use the same ZF-supplied eight-speed automatic transmission, but the torque converter is replaced by the electric motor. Having it in this position just upstream of the transmission allows its ratios to be used in all-electric mode, which keeps the 530e from feeling like a leather-lined golf cart.

Although it’s slow compared with any Tesla Model S, the 530e will dust Green’s Prius, and it’ll keep up with his neighbor’s 530i. BMW claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 6.0 seconds for the rear-wheel-drive 530e and 5.8 seconds for the xDrive all-wheel-drive model, matching the times for the standard, gasoline-only 530i. Top speed is 146 mph, according to BMW.

In the freezing rain on the unrestricted section of Autobahn 8 east of Munich, we saw 130 mph. We were impressed by the car’s ability to get there quickly as well as its stability considering the weather and the snow tires fitted for Bavaria’s lingering winter. The 18-inch wheels wear 245/45 run-flat all-season tires as standard.


No Anxiety Here

The 530e will travel about 30 miles on electric power alone at speeds up to 87 mph. That is, it will if you never put the gas pedal on the floor. Leadfoot the throttle and the 2.0-liter joins in, but the transition is seamless. The turbo four turns on and off so smoothly you don’t feel it, and it’s very quiet. At low speeds, you’ll completely miss its operation if you have the radio on. BMW says charging takes three hours when plugged into a 240-volt outlet and less than five hours on a standard 120-volt wall socket. But it’s a hybrid, so total range is about 400 miles before you even have to think about charging.

We almost said “before you even have to think about plugging it in.” But a wireless charging system is on its way, and BMW expects it to be very popular. Parking the car atop an inductive-charging pad, which can be installed indoors or out, generates an alternating magnetic field with a secondary coil integrated into the underside of the car (the two never touch). BMW says it’ll take about 3.5 hours for a full charge. Unfortunately, the pad itself is not yet past the prototype stage of development. BMW expects it to be approved for production in 2018—when it is, the in-car technology will be waiting.

The big battery pack does encroach into the sedan’s trunk space. Cargo volume drops from 19 cubic feet in gasoline models to 15 in the PHEV, but BMW managed to retain the split fold-down rear seat. The gas tank is smaller, too, down to 12 gallons from 18.


Every Mode of a Modern Motor/Generator

This is a BMW so there are settings—lots of settings. There’s the usual Driving Dynamics Control with Eco Pro and the default Normal mode, plus Comfort and Sport alternatives, which basically change the rate and readiness of the gas engine’s involvement. In Sport, the gauges glow red and the engine is always on, adding power.

The eDrive button adds three modes for managing the battery. In the default Auto eDrive mode, the powertrain optimizes the interaction of the two power units depending on the driving situation. Max eDrive puts the car in electric mode all the time, unless you press through a detent in the throttle’s travel, when the gas engine will fire up because you’ve demanded more acceleration than the electric system can deliver. Battery Control mode allows you to save a determined level of battery power for later or even charge the batteries as you drive.

We don’t expect Johnny Green to dive into those selections often, although it would be sinful for him not to play with Sport mode and manipulate the 530e’s eight-speed automatic with the standard paddle shifters. When the driver does that, the transmission matches revs on the downshifts and the car almost feels like a standard gasoline 5-series. While the 530e has regenerative braking, it is not as strong as it is in most electrified cars, including the BMW i3. Back off the throttle and the 530e coasts freely like the cars we’re all familiar with driving.

Hypermilers may appreciate the graphic coaching prompts built into the gauge cluster to aid in maximizing the car’s efficiency. It shows a little arrow pointing up at a foot, telling you to back off when it thinks you’re having too much fun. And at the end of the journey you’re given a one-to-five-star rating based on how lightly you accelerated and other dynamics. It’s all easily ignored, if you so choose. We scored one star on our drive.

Weight is up compared with that of the gasoline-only 530i, but BMW has done a masterful job of hiding the additional 500 or so pounds. The ride is supple, and the sedan’s balance hasn’t been compromised. With more weight lower and in the rear, the weight distribution is even better than other 5-series variants, and it certainly has a lower center of gravity. We were able to maintain a satisfying pace over the twisting two-lane roads south of Salzburg in a rear-wheel-drive 530e, but the weather kept us from pushing hard.

Blue kidney-grille slats, blue rings around the BMW roundels on the wheels, assorted badges, and the charge door on the driver’s-side front fender distinguish the 530e from the rest of the line. Otherwise, it’s standard 5-series down to its dual exhaust pipes.


Now How Much Would You Pay?

The car is sold globally, but BMW expects that Americans like our Mr. Green will be the largest market for the 530e, which already is on sale. For a while, it enjoys a monopoly among German-built mid-size luxury sedans as Mercedes-Benz and Audi drag their feet on plug-in-hybrid versions of the E-class and the A6. The 530e iPerformance costs about $10,000 less than BMW’s former ActiveHybrid 5 (which had a turbocharged inline-six handling the gas-engine duties and boasted 335 combined horsepower). Whereas the ActiveHybrid 5 topped the pyramid for non-M 5-series sedans, the new 530e slots between the 530i and the 540i in the lineup, and it costs just $200 more than the 530i. Pricing starts at $52,395 with rear-wheel drive, and xDrive all-wheel drive adds $2300.

That makes this car a bargain—with more peak torque and better fuel efficiency—even before factoring in any applicable government tax incentives or fuel savings. Mr. Green is going to look so smart.

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Review: Honda opens the hatch … and a third Civic pops out

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Be careful what you wish for. When it arrives, it might be very nice, but not quite the fulfillment of your dreams.

Take today’s test car, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport, which might fit that description.

The Civic lineup has needed a hatchback since … well, since they stopped selling them in 2005. Now the Hatch is back. And that’s a good thing. It’s the third Civic body style, joining the coupe and sedan in the 10th generation of this perennially best-selling vehicle.

In keeping with other Honda models, the hatch comes in five trim levels: LX, Sport (our tester), EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring.


At rear, two spoilers, cladding, extra body lines, big taillights, and twin exhausts clutter the view. —Bill Griffith

If you want a third pedal—a manual transmission—it’s available in the base LX and the Sport, which is the second rung in the pricing pecking order. If you also want Honda Sense, the suite of advanced safety systems, it’s standard on the Sport Touring package and available on other trims—except the Sport.

We’d have liked both features, but they are mutually exclusive.

There’s a big price difference, too. Our Sport cost $22,175 (including destination) while the Sport Touring comes with a $29,175 bottom line. That’s almost 25 percent more.

Enjoying a week with the Sport was almost enough to think one could dispense with the advanced electronics.

However, that brings up another issue. If I were faced with having to go into a dealership to pick one of the five trims, I’d likely go with the EX or EX-L Navi, the latter if I wanted to opt for leather and navigation.

The base LX comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights and taillights, 60/40 split folding rear seats, cruise control, automatic climate control, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, manual front seats (with height adjustment), 5-inch display screen, rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a 4-speaker sound system.

Our Sport adds a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that boosts horsepower from 158 to 180 and torque from 138 lb.-ft. to 177. This turbo version is more responsive, quicker, and delivers better fuel economy.


KNOBS! Honda’s five-inch screen seems size-appropriate in this Civic and features the volume and tuning knobs owners have missed in recent models. —Bill Griffith

There’s a big green ECON button on the center console. We pushed it, drove for a day, then said, “Uh-uh,” and enjoyed the normal driving program. ECON modifies throttle mapping, HVAC output, and CVT shift points (in automatic transmission models). It also mutes the engine response and thus much of the driving pleasure except for hypermiling (trying to squeeze every possible mpg).

The throttle operates on drive-by-wire. Fortunately, it feels as though there actually is a throttle cable attached “down there somewhere,” so you quickly get over the empty feeling of driving by sensors that operate the throttle body responses.

Other Sport equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a center-outlet dual exhaust, aerodynamic bodywork, rear center armrest with cupholders, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.

Step up to the EX and you have the CVT and sunroof standard, heated side mirrors, eight-speaker audio system, the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, 7-inch touch screen with satellite radio, Pandora compatibility, and smartphone app-based navigation.

Civic seems to be an ideal vehicle for a manual transmission, and this six-speed is smooth and easy to operate, though you can’t blame any Boston driver for opting for the automatic—a CVT in this case—to deal with our consistently horrible traffic.

Something unusual happened in the normally conservative Honda design studios when creating this hatchback. After designing a pretty normal nose and sides, the bosses apparently went home and let their graphic art interns run amok on the rear.

Maybe it was to keep the rear from looking like a hatch, but they incorporated two spoilers, a wiper in the middle of everything, a sharp bend in the rear window, and big splotches (for lack of a better word) of black cladding. It’s very un-Honda-like. The one bright spot is the center-placed dual exhaust outlets.

The final design might have been to appeal to buyers elsewhere because Civic Hatchbacks are being built in Swindon, UK, for worldwide export.

We all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and a subjective component of any vehicle. But my review is: “Are you kidding me?”

That said, there’s always a spot in every review when you ask yourself: Would I like this car to take up long-term residence in my driveway?

Absolutely.

The engine is quick and rated at 30 mpg in city driving, 39 on the highway, and 33 combined. We were averaging 41.7 over 400 miles until the car spent a goodly time idling while we posed it for photos. Then the onboard computer cut our rating to 39.8. Meanwhile, 400 miles was about the Sport’s driving range, thanks to a 12.4-gallon fuel tank.

The smaller tank might have been to maximize interior space, both for passengers and cargo. Space is OK, though taller passengers had to be careful not to bump their heads getting into the rear.

Steering was sure and steady, a description that also fit the suspension. The Sport model has fluid-filled bushings that balance the ride, keeping it firm but not too stiff.

The main infotainment screen seems small because it is in comparison to the trend to ever-bigger displays. However, it looks right, and radio knobs—yes, Honda has brought them back—are a huge plus.

Civic competes in a tough segment with the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, and VW Golf. You can be sure those hatches weren’t thrilled to see this entry from Honda.

But a lot of drivers will be.

Bill Griffith can be reached at wgriff@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrAutoWriter.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

THE BASICS

Price, base/as tested (with destination): $22,175/$22,175. Fuel economy, EPA estimated: 30 city/39 highway/33 combined. Fuel economy, Globe observed: 39.8. Drivetrain: 1.5-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder, 6-speed manual transmission, front-wheel-drive. Body: 5-passenger compact hatchback.

THE SPECIFICS

Horsepower: 180. Torque: 177 lb.-ft. Overall length: 177.9 in. Wheelbase: 106.3 in. Height: 56.3 in. Width: 70.8 in. Curb weight: 2,864 lbs.

THE GOOD

Total value proposition, ride, engine performance, fuel economy, versatility, configurable center console space, hidden power ports for charging; cargo cover retracts side to side instead of front to back, making it easy to load larger objects.

THE BAD

Rear styling, twin stalks coming from speedometer housing for changing displays.

THE BOTTOM LINE

A welcome addition to the Civic lineup.

ALSO CONSIDER

Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Veloster, Mazda 3, Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Golf.

Article source: https://www.boston.com/cars/cars/2017/05/23/review-honda-opens-the-hatch-and-a-third-civic-pops-out

Review: Honda opens the hatch … and a third Civic pops out

Boston.com Cars is your go-to resource for coverage of local car news, events, and reviews. In the market for a car or truck? Check out our new car specials and used car specials curated by our local dealer network.

Be careful what you wish for. When it arrives, it might be very nice, but not quite the fulfillment of your dreams.

Take today’s test car, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport, which might fit that description.

The Civic lineup has needed a hatchback since … well, since they stopped selling them in 2005. Now the Hatch is back. And that’s a good thing. It’s the third Civic body style, joining the coupe and sedan in the 10th generation of this perennially best-selling vehicle.

In keeping with other Honda models, the hatch comes in five trim levels: LX, Sport (our tester), EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring.


At rear, two spoilers, cladding, extra body lines, big taillights, and twin exhausts clutter the view. —Bill Griffith

If you want a third pedal—a manual transmission—it’s available in the base LX and the Sport, which is the second rung in the pricing pecking order. If you also want Honda Sense, the suite of advanced safety systems, it’s standard on the Sport Touring package and available on other trims—except the Sport.

We’d have liked both features, but they are mutually exclusive.

There’s a big price difference, too. Our Sport cost $22,175 (including destination) while the Sport Touring comes with a $29,175 bottom line. That’s almost 25 percent more.

Enjoying a week with the Sport was almost enough to think one could dispense with the advanced electronics.

However, that brings up another issue. If I were faced with having to go into a dealership to pick one of the five trims, I’d likely go with the EX or EX-L Navi, the latter if I wanted to opt for leather and navigation.

The base LX comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights and taillights, 60/40 split folding rear seats, cruise control, automatic climate control, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, manual front seats (with height adjustment), 5-inch display screen, rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a 4-speaker sound system.

Our Sport adds a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that boosts horsepower from 158 to 180 and torque from 138 lb.-ft. to 177. This turbo version is more responsive, quicker, and delivers better fuel economy.


KNOBS! Honda’s five-inch screen seems size-appropriate in this Civic and features the volume and tuning knobs owners have missed in recent models. —Bill Griffith

There’s a big green ECON button on the center console. We pushed it, drove for a day, then said, “Uh-uh,” and enjoyed the normal driving program. ECON modifies throttle mapping, HVAC output, and CVT shift points (in automatic transmission models). It also mutes the engine response and thus much of the driving pleasure except for hypermiling (trying to squeeze every possible mpg).

The throttle operates on drive-by-wire. Fortunately, it feels as though there actually is a throttle cable attached “down there somewhere,” so you quickly get over the empty feeling of driving by sensors that operate the throttle body responses.

Other Sport equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a center-outlet dual exhaust, aerodynamic bodywork, rear center armrest with cupholders, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.

Step up to the EX and you have the CVT and sunroof standard, heated side mirrors, eight-speaker audio system, the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, 7-inch touch screen with satellite radio, Pandora compatibility, and smartphone app-based navigation.

Civic seems to be an ideal vehicle for a manual transmission, and this six-speed is smooth and easy to operate, though you can’t blame any Boston driver for opting for the automatic—a CVT in this case—to deal with our consistently horrible traffic.

Something unusual happened in the normally conservative Honda design studios when creating this hatchback. After designing a pretty normal nose and sides, the bosses apparently went home and let their graphic art interns run amok on the rear.

Maybe it was to keep the rear from looking like a hatch, but they incorporated two spoilers, a wiper in the middle of everything, a sharp bend in the rear window, and big splotches (for lack of a better word) of black cladding. It’s very un-Honda-like. The one bright spot is the center-placed dual exhaust outlets.

The final design might have been to appeal to buyers elsewhere because Civic Hatchbacks are being built in Swindon, UK, for worldwide export.

We all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and a subjective component of any vehicle. But my review is: “Are you kidding me?”

That said, there’s always a spot in every review when you ask yourself: Would I like this car to take up long-term residence in my driveway?

Absolutely.

The engine is quick and rated at 30 mpg in city driving, 39 on the highway, and 33 combined. We were averaging 41.7 over 400 miles until the car spent a goodly time idling while we posed it for photos. Then the onboard computer cut our rating to 39.8. Meanwhile, 400 miles was about the Sport’s driving range, thanks to a 12.4-gallon fuel tank.

The smaller tank might have been to maximize interior space, both for passengers and cargo. Space is OK, though taller passengers had to be careful not to bump their heads getting into the rear.

Steering was sure and steady, a description that also fit the suspension. The Sport model has fluid-filled bushings that balance the ride, keeping it firm but not too stiff.

The main infotainment screen seems small because it is in comparison to the trend to ever-bigger displays. However, it looks right, and radio knobs—yes, Honda has brought them back—are a huge plus.

Civic competes in a tough segment with the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, and VW Golf. You can be sure those hatches weren’t thrilled to see this entry from Honda.

But a lot of drivers will be.

Bill Griffith can be reached at wgriff@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrAutoWriter.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

THE BASICS

Price, base/as tested (with destination): $22,175/$22,175. Fuel economy, EPA estimated: 30 city/39 highway/33 combined. Fuel economy, Globe observed: 39.8. Drivetrain: 1.5-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder, 6-speed manual transmission, front-wheel-drive. Body: 5-passenger compact hatchback.

THE SPECIFICS

Horsepower: 180. Torque: 177 lb.-ft. Overall length: 177.9 in. Wheelbase: 106.3 in. Height: 56.3 in. Width: 70.8 in. Curb weight: 2,864 lbs.

THE GOOD

Total value proposition, ride, engine performance, fuel economy, versatility, configurable center console space, hidden power ports for charging; cargo cover retracts side to side instead of front to back, making it easy to load larger objects.

THE BAD

Rear styling, twin stalks coming from speedometer housing for changing displays.

THE BOTTOM LINE

A welcome addition to the Civic lineup.

ALSO CONSIDER

Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Veloster, Mazda 3, Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Golf.

Article source: https://www.boston.com/cars/cars/2017/05/23/review-honda-opens-the-hatch-and-a-third-civic-pops-out

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price in India, Images, Mileage, Features …

Maruti Suzuki Swift has completed over a decade in India and it continues to be one of the most loved cars in the segment. The hatchback will go through a generation change in 2017. Codenamed YSD, the new 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will be built on Baleno’s platform and will receive styling updates to the exterior, better equipped more upmarket interior and mechanical changes for improved performance. Expected to launch in India in 2017, the new Swift will sport design updates with most of the changes made to the front as it gets a trapezoidal grille with chrome finish, headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, redesigned bumpers with wide intake and black finished fog lamp housing. Side profile remains largely the same save for the new diamond cut alloy wheels. The rear end is expected to remain intact with minimal changes like new LED tail lamps etc. Inside, it will be more premium with a new twin-pod instrument cluster replacing the older one and a new flat steering wheel. There could also be a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Sharing underpinnings with Baleno, the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will weigh 890 kg, around 15% lighter and 10% rigid than the  model it precedes. Mechanicals will remain same, with the 1.2 litre K-Series and 1.3 litre DDiS engines powering the new Swift. As for the transmission, along with the five-speed manual gearbox, there will also be an automatic unit.

Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the most easily spotted cars running on Indian roads. Launched in 2005, Swift has been here for more than ten years. Like most of the Maruti cars, Swift price is positioned competitively with entry level variant priced at Rs 5.96 lakh and the top-of-the-line variant available at Rs 6.3 lakh. Clearly the most contemporary looking hatch in MSI’s clan until Baleno came Swift has had an easy run amid rivals topping the popularity chart. During its product cycle, Swift has undergone one comprehensive facelift in 2011 followed by a couple of mild overhauls and various limited editions. Prepping to take a leap into the next generation, the new 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will receive vital changes to the exterior and interior. Dimensionally, it will be 50mm longer implicating more space inside the cabin. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will underpin the new global platform used in Baleno and Ignis, implying lighter body as compared to the 3rd gen-model. Launched first in 2005, Maruti Suzuki Swift was a runaway success and its popularity continues in B segment.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Exterior

The current generation model looks largely the same as the third gen version; albeit few additions were made to the exterior and interior. Cabin styling is mediocre, plastic used on dash and other materials appear compromised. The hatchback is available with a choice of 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engines. Despite various modifications, Swift range lacks an auto box and is still available with a manual tranny. 

Maruti Suzuki Swift Interior

Wheelbase measuring 2430 mm means a spacious cabin, although front seats offer more legroom than rear seats. Dashboard gets a single colour tone, centre console features AC vents on the top followed by an audio system flanked by buttons and dials. Temperature dials are positioned beneath audio system. Driver’s side window features mounted buttons for power windows. Various storage points are provided within reach of the occupants. Seats are covered with fabric upholstery and door pads get bottle holders.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine Spces Performance

Petrol powered variants of Swift derive power from 1.2 litre, K-Series VVT engine featuring four cylinders. Maximum power generated is around 84.3 PS at 6000 RPM and top torque on offer is 115 Nm at 4000 RPM. Diesel variants feature Fiat sourced 1.3 litre, CRDi powertrain generating 75 PS at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm at 2000 RPM. For transmitting power, Swift still relies on a five-speed manual unit; there is no automatic or AMT transmission available on the model series.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Features

Electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors are standard on mid and high end trims save for the base variant which gets manually adjustable ORVMs. Similarly, side turn indicators are missing in the base trim. Front windshield gets two-speed intermittent wipers. Cabin features sporty wraparound door trims highlighted by a hint of chrome. Other features like day and night inside rear view mirror, three-spoke steering wheel, high volume glove-box, parcel shelf, inside chrome door handles etc are stuffed in the cabin. The instrument panel features tachometer, reminder is provided for driver’s seat/light off/key-off and warning for door closure/low fuel. There is a multi-information display, digital clock and odometer among others.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance Mileage

With the last dose of updates on the petrol engine there is a slight drop in power output, but performance has improved in terms of mileage. Diesel engine remains unchanged, but it continues to deliver excellent economy. Claimed mileage for the petrol engined Swift is marginally up at 20.4 kmpl. Diesel variants as tested by ARAI can return an excellent run of 25.2 kmpl in one litre.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Accessories Infotainment

Base petrol and diesel variants come devoid of audio system and other entertainment related features. Mid-level trims get stereo with radio and CD player, an intelligent speed based auto volume, auxiliary input and USB socket and 4 speakers including two in front and two at rear. Top spec variants along with the above mentioned fitments get additional features such as 2 integrated front tweeters, steering mounted Bluetooth and audio switch in steering wheel, steering mounted illuminated audio controls and rear sporty antenna.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Braking Handling

Power is decelerated by ventilated disc brakes in front axle and drum brakes at rear axle. With the right ride height and ground clearance, Swift offers a great visibility to the driver. Suspension set up works well absorbing most of the jerks. Diesel engine although is a bit noisy hence hindering the ride quality. It is a suitable city car but at the same time offers a decent run on long stretches as well.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety Security

Standard safety provisions across line-up include 3-point ELR front seat belts, rear seat belts, rear door child locks, front head restraint, dual horn, high mounted stop lamp, side door impact beams and iCats. Eminent safety equipment available exclusively on the top-spec variant are reverse parking sensor, new generation anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, airbags in front for driver and co-passenger. Of these features, ABS with EBD and brake assist is available exquisitely on the VDi trims while giving a miss to the petrol variants.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort Convenience

Prominent comfort goodies packed inside are engine push start, electric power steering, 60:40 split rear seats, power windows in front/rear, driver side power window with auto down function, accessory socket, tillable steering wheel column, rear seat back folding, central door locking, keyless entry, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer, height adjuster for driver’s seat, automatic climate control and lane change indicator.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Wheels Tyres

Entry level variants in the line-up feature 165/80 R14 steel wheel with centre cap, mid-level trims get 165/80 R14 steel wheel with full wheel cap and top spec variants come with 185/65 R15 alloy wheels with centre cap.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Competition 

Maruti Suzuki Swift is a strong player in B segment, over a period of ten years the hatchback has seen many rivals come and go, while some stayed for good, others became victim of dud sales. Presently Swift has potential threat around from hatchbacks like Ford Figo, Toyota Etios Liva and Hyundai Grand i10.

Article source: https://auto.ndtv.com/maruti-suzuki-cars/swift

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Maruti Suzuki Swift has completed over a decade in India and it continues to be one of the most loved cars in the segment. The hatchback will go through a generation change in 2017. Codenamed YSD, the new 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will be built on Baleno’s platform and will receive styling updates to the exterior, better equipped more upmarket interior and mechanical changes for improved performance. Expected to launch in India in 2017, the new Swift will sport design updates with most of the changes made to the front as it gets a trapezoidal grille with chrome finish, headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, redesigned bumpers with wide intake and black finished fog lamp housing. Side profile remains largely the same save for the new diamond cut alloy wheels. The rear end is expected to remain intact with minimal changes like new LED tail lamps etc. Inside, it will be more premium with a new twin-pod instrument cluster replacing the older one and a new flat steering wheel. There could also be a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Sharing underpinnings with Baleno, the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will weigh 890 kg, around 15% lighter and 10% rigid than the  model it precedes. Mechanicals will remain same, with the 1.2 litre K-Series and 1.3 litre DDiS engines powering the new Swift. As for the transmission, along with the five-speed manual gearbox, there will also be an automatic unit.

Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the most easily spotted cars running on Indian roads. Launched in 2005, Swift has been here for more than ten years. Like most of the Maruti cars, Swift price is positioned competitively with entry level variant priced at Rs 5.96 lakh and the top-of-the-line variant available at Rs 6.3 lakh. Clearly the most contemporary looking hatch in MSI’s clan until Baleno came Swift has had an easy run amid rivals topping the popularity chart. During its product cycle, Swift has undergone one comprehensive facelift in 2011 followed by a couple of mild overhauls and various limited editions. Prepping to take a leap into the next generation, the new 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will receive vital changes to the exterior and interior. Dimensionally, it will be 50mm longer implicating more space inside the cabin. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will underpin the new global platform used in Baleno and Ignis, implying lighter body as compared to the 3rd gen-model. Launched first in 2005, Maruti Suzuki Swift was a runaway success and its popularity continues in B segment.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Exterior

The current generation model looks largely the same as the third gen version; albeit few additions were made to the exterior and interior. Cabin styling is mediocre, plastic used on dash and other materials appear compromised. The hatchback is available with a choice of 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engines. Despite various modifications, Swift range lacks an auto box and is still available with a manual tranny. 

Maruti Suzuki Swift Interior

Wheelbase measuring 2430 mm means a spacious cabin, although front seats offer more legroom than rear seats. Dashboard gets a single colour tone, centre console features AC vents on the top followed by an audio system flanked by buttons and dials. Temperature dials are positioned beneath audio system. Driver’s side window features mounted buttons for power windows. Various storage points are provided within reach of the occupants. Seats are covered with fabric upholstery and door pads get bottle holders.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine Spces Performance

Petrol powered variants of Swift derive power from 1.2 litre, K-Series VVT engine featuring four cylinders. Maximum power generated is around 84.3 PS at 6000 RPM and top torque on offer is 115 Nm at 4000 RPM. Diesel variants feature Fiat sourced 1.3 litre, CRDi powertrain generating 75 PS at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm at 2000 RPM. For transmitting power, Swift still relies on a five-speed manual unit; there is no automatic or AMT transmission available on the model series.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Features

Electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors are standard on mid and high end trims save for the base variant which gets manually adjustable ORVMs. Similarly, side turn indicators are missing in the base trim. Front windshield gets two-speed intermittent wipers. Cabin features sporty wraparound door trims highlighted by a hint of chrome. Other features like day and night inside rear view mirror, three-spoke steering wheel, high volume glove-box, parcel shelf, inside chrome door handles etc are stuffed in the cabin. The instrument panel features tachometer, reminder is provided for driver’s seat/light off/key-off and warning for door closure/low fuel. There is a multi-information display, digital clock and odometer among others.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance Mileage

With the last dose of updates on the petrol engine there is a slight drop in power output, but performance has improved in terms of mileage. Diesel engine remains unchanged, but it continues to deliver excellent economy. Claimed mileage for the petrol engined Swift is marginally up at 20.4 kmpl. Diesel variants as tested by ARAI can return an excellent run of 25.2 kmpl in one litre.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Accessories Infotainment

Base petrol and diesel variants come devoid of audio system and other entertainment related features. Mid-level trims get stereo with radio and CD player, an intelligent speed based auto volume, auxiliary input and USB socket and 4 speakers including two in front and two at rear. Top spec variants along with the above mentioned fitments get additional features such as 2 integrated front tweeters, steering mounted Bluetooth and audio switch in steering wheel, steering mounted illuminated audio controls and rear sporty antenna.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Braking Handling

Power is decelerated by ventilated disc brakes in front axle and drum brakes at rear axle. With the right ride height and ground clearance, Swift offers a great visibility to the driver. Suspension set up works well absorbing most of the jerks. Diesel engine although is a bit noisy hence hindering the ride quality. It is a suitable city car but at the same time offers a decent run on long stretches as well.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety Security

Standard safety provisions across line-up include 3-point ELR front seat belts, rear seat belts, rear door child locks, front head restraint, dual horn, high mounted stop lamp, side door impact beams and iCats. Eminent safety equipment available exclusively on the top-spec variant are reverse parking sensor, new generation anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, airbags in front for driver and co-passenger. Of these features, ABS with EBD and brake assist is available exquisitely on the VDi trims while giving a miss to the petrol variants.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort Convenience

Prominent comfort goodies packed inside are engine push start, electric power steering, 60:40 split rear seats, power windows in front/rear, driver side power window with auto down function, accessory socket, tillable steering wheel column, rear seat back folding, central door locking, keyless entry, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer, height adjuster for driver’s seat, automatic climate control and lane change indicator.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Wheels Tyres

Entry level variants in the line-up feature 165/80 R14 steel wheel with centre cap, mid-level trims get 165/80 R14 steel wheel with full wheel cap and top spec variants come with 185/65 R15 alloy wheels with centre cap.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Competition 

Maruti Suzuki Swift is a strong player in B segment, over a period of ten years the hatchback has seen many rivals come and go, while some stayed for good, others became victim of dud sales. Presently Swift has potential threat around from hatchbacks like Ford Figo, Toyota Etios Liva and Hyundai Grand i10.

Article source: https://auto.ndtv.com/maruti-suzuki-cars/swift

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price in India, Images, Mileage, Features …

Maruti Suzuki Swift has completed over a decade in India and it continues to be one of the most loved cars in the segment. The hatchback will go through a generation change in 2017. Codenamed YSD, the new 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will be built on Baleno’s platform and will receive styling updates to the exterior, better equipped more upmarket interior and mechanical changes for improved performance. Expected to launch in India in 2017, the new Swift will sport design updates with most of the changes made to the front as it gets a trapezoidal grille with chrome finish, headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, redesigned bumpers with wide intake and black finished fog lamp housing. Side profile remains largely the same save for the new diamond cut alloy wheels. The rear end is expected to remain intact with minimal changes like new LED tail lamps etc. Inside, it will be more premium with a new twin-pod instrument cluster replacing the older one and a new flat steering wheel. There could also be a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Sharing underpinnings with Baleno, the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will weigh 890 kg, around 15% lighter and 10% rigid than the  model it precedes. Mechanicals will remain same, with the 1.2 litre K-Series and 1.3 litre DDiS engines powering the new Swift. As for the transmission, along with the five-speed manual gearbox, there will also be an automatic unit.

Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the most easily spotted cars running on Indian roads. Launched in 2005, Swift has been here for more than ten years. Like most of the Maruti cars, Swift price is positioned competitively with entry level variant priced at Rs 5.96 lakh and the top-of-the-line variant available at Rs 6.3 lakh. Clearly the most contemporary looking hatch in MSI’s clan until Baleno came Swift has had an easy run amid rivals topping the popularity chart. During its product cycle, Swift has undergone one comprehensive facelift in 2011 followed by a couple of mild overhauls and various limited editions. Prepping to take a leap into the next generation, the new 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will receive vital changes to the exterior and interior. Dimensionally, it will be 50mm longer implicating more space inside the cabin. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will underpin the new global platform used in Baleno and Ignis, implying lighter body as compared to the 3rd gen-model. Launched first in 2005, Maruti Suzuki Swift was a runaway success and its popularity continues in B segment.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Exterior

The current generation model looks largely the same as the third gen version; albeit few additions were made to the exterior and interior. Cabin styling is mediocre, plastic used on dash and other materials appear compromised. The hatchback is available with a choice of 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engines. Despite various modifications, Swift range lacks an auto box and is still available with a manual tranny. 

Maruti Suzuki Swift Interior

Wheelbase measuring 2430 mm means a spacious cabin, although front seats offer more legroom than rear seats. Dashboard gets a single colour tone, centre console features AC vents on the top followed by an audio system flanked by buttons and dials. Temperature dials are positioned beneath audio system. Driver’s side window features mounted buttons for power windows. Various storage points are provided within reach of the occupants. Seats are covered with fabric upholstery and door pads get bottle holders.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine Spces Performance

Petrol powered variants of Swift derive power from 1.2 litre, K-Series VVT engine featuring four cylinders. Maximum power generated is around 84.3 PS at 6000 RPM and top torque on offer is 115 Nm at 4000 RPM. Diesel variants feature Fiat sourced 1.3 litre, CRDi powertrain generating 75 PS at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm at 2000 RPM. For transmitting power, Swift still relies on a five-speed manual unit; there is no automatic or AMT transmission available on the model series.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Features

Electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors are standard on mid and high end trims save for the base variant which gets manually adjustable ORVMs. Similarly, side turn indicators are missing in the base trim. Front windshield gets two-speed intermittent wipers. Cabin features sporty wraparound door trims highlighted by a hint of chrome. Other features like day and night inside rear view mirror, three-spoke steering wheel, high volume glove-box, parcel shelf, inside chrome door handles etc are stuffed in the cabin. The instrument panel features tachometer, reminder is provided for driver’s seat/light off/key-off and warning for door closure/low fuel. There is a multi-information display, digital clock and odometer among others.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance Mileage

With the last dose of updates on the petrol engine there is a slight drop in power output, but performance has improved in terms of mileage. Diesel engine remains unchanged, but it continues to deliver excellent economy. Claimed mileage for the petrol engined Swift is marginally up at 20.4 kmpl. Diesel variants as tested by ARAI can return an excellent run of 25.2 kmpl in one litre.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Accessories Infotainment

Base petrol and diesel variants come devoid of audio system and other entertainment related features. Mid-level trims get stereo with radio and CD player, an intelligent speed based auto volume, auxiliary input and USB socket and 4 speakers including two in front and two at rear. Top spec variants along with the above mentioned fitments get additional features such as 2 integrated front tweeters, steering mounted Bluetooth and audio switch in steering wheel, steering mounted illuminated audio controls and rear sporty antenna.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Braking Handling

Power is decelerated by ventilated disc brakes in front axle and drum brakes at rear axle. With the right ride height and ground clearance, Swift offers a great visibility to the driver. Suspension set up works well absorbing most of the jerks. Diesel engine although is a bit noisy hence hindering the ride quality. It is a suitable city car but at the same time offers a decent run on long stretches as well.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety Security

Standard safety provisions across line-up include 3-point ELR front seat belts, rear seat belts, rear door child locks, front head restraint, dual horn, high mounted stop lamp, side door impact beams and iCats. Eminent safety equipment available exclusively on the top-spec variant are reverse parking sensor, new generation anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, airbags in front for driver and co-passenger. Of these features, ABS with EBD and brake assist is available exquisitely on the VDi trims while giving a miss to the petrol variants.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort Convenience

Prominent comfort goodies packed inside are engine push start, electric power steering, 60:40 split rear seats, power windows in front/rear, driver side power window with auto down function, accessory socket, tillable steering wheel column, rear seat back folding, central door locking, keyless entry, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer, height adjuster for driver’s seat, automatic climate control and lane change indicator.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Wheels Tyres

Entry level variants in the line-up feature 165/80 R14 steel wheel with centre cap, mid-level trims get 165/80 R14 steel wheel with full wheel cap and top spec variants come with 185/65 R15 alloy wheels with centre cap.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Competition 

Maruti Suzuki Swift is a strong player in B segment, over a period of ten years the hatchback has seen many rivals come and go, while some stayed for good, others became victim of dud sales. Presently Swift has potential threat around from hatchbacks like Ford Figo, Toyota Etios Liva and Hyundai Grand i10.

Article source: https://auto.ndtv.com/maruti-suzuki-cars/swift

Consumer Review of the Week: 2017 Nissan Rogue

CARS.COM — Winner of Cars.com’s Family Car of the Year award for two years running, the Nissan Rogue is a favorite with car buyers as well, frequently ranking among the top 10 best-selling cars each month. Its flexibility in terms of seating and cargo make it a versatile choice for families.

KickinWing from Dalton, Penn., writes:

“This is my second new Rogue. The 2017 is beautiful and has many features that help with our growing family. I love how the rear seats slide and tilt! The shelving system in the back is awesome for storage! We did the SL Platinum with emergency braking to be safe. This car rocks.”

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