The new Verna is all set to face stiff competition from the Honda City, Skoda Rapid, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and it has come to all guns blazing for this battle. Yes, the Maruti Ciaz will still be better for those who like to be chauffeur driven as it gets loads of legroom at the back but with an array of features and great driving dynamics, the new Verna makes a really strong case for itself. Also, Hyundai has priced the new Verna very aggressively, undercutting the Honda City by almost a lakh which makes it an even more exciting proposition!
SKODA OCTAVIA RS
Let me make this very simple- If you like power( I mean who doesn’t) and you are looking for a practical sedan with a proper boot and enough space for 5 adults under ₹30 Lakh- the Octavia RS will the bill better than anything else in our market. Also, Skoda’s have always been very tuner friendly and a simple remap can give it enough grunt to take on sports sedans like the Audi S5 and the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG.
The M4 still remains to be the best sports coupe on sale in India currently. Sadly, our market doesn’t get the M2 (M4’s cheaper and more fun younger sibling). If I had around ₹1.3 cr to spend on a car, the M4 would be the definite choice!
Freshness- if that is the thing that you are looking for in your new car, getting the NX300h makes a lot of sense. Having said that, there is some really stiff competition from the Audi Q5 and the Volvo XC 60 which are more dynamic and fun to drive. But if you reflect back to the first word of this paragraph, yes that, the NX300h will make sure will break the German- Brit clutter in pure style!
You will scrape the underbelly, no matter however hard you try but apart from that, the i8 does feel like a supercar which you can drive to work daily- in rush hour traffic and the scorching heat. There is good visibility all around for the driver and we got a Fuel Efficiency figure of around 13kmpl inside the city which is at par with most hatchbacks!
To sum it up then, with all the engine downsizing norms in place, the future lies in the hand’s electric tech tweaking around horsepower from lithium-ion batteries and the BMW i8 is a perfect reflection of how to do it right!
The new Q5 is a decent enough departure from its predecessor and still fits in the ‘not too big, not too small’ space pretty well. The 2.0-litre diesel motor is quite refined and the DSG gearbox is as smooth as always. All in all, the new Q5 is still a ‘safe bet’ and will not disappoint you on any front, let it be a comfort, driving dynamics, off-road prowess or styling. Having said that, the competition in the form of the recently launched Volvo XC 60, Lexus NX300h and the upcoming BMW X3 are right up to the new Q5’s neck.