Car Reviews

Skoda Rapid Facelift Review

It was in 2011 that Skoda introduced a Fabia hatchback based sedan – the Skoda Rapid and after 5 years and contributing to over 70% of Skoda’s sales in India it still wasn’t the most popular car in its segment. Skoda has finally given the car a much needed and major facelift and hopes to increase its market share in ... Read More »

Exclusive First Drive: Skoda Kodiaq

Everybody knows that the new Skoda Kodiaq is exactly the same car as Volkswagen Tiguan or SEAT Ateca, so what’s the point in testing another version of the same machine, right? But then again, all three take part in the World Car of the Year contest as separate candidates, so it’s my duty as a world car juror to spend ... Read More »

Exclusive: Second Generation Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Quattro Ultra Review

The new generation of the Audi Q5 is a comprehensively improved vehicle. Not that the last car had glaring flaws – after all it has been a hit since its 2008 launch. But yes 8 years really called for a new model. And so 1.6 million units later the next generation car is ready to roll. The new Q5 has ... Read More »

Fiat Avventura Urban Cross Review

Before getting into the car, I was constantly thinking of just that one scene from Golmaal (the original one), where Amol Palekar explains to his boss how he has a twin brother, who doesn’t have a moustache, thus forging a new identity. Well, the story of the Fiat Avventura Urban Cross is somewhat similar. It’s the younger, more exuberant brother ... Read More »

Tyke Turns Monster: Audi TT RS Review

The latest from Ingolstadt is the souped-up TT. Audi’s RS badge brings with it some pretty cool credentials and claims. The completely reworked 2.5 litre 5-cylinder engine under the hood is the star of the show. But we will get to that. The RS comes in both coupe and roadster, and the cars are nearly identical. I spent considerable time ... Read More »

Exclusive: 2016 Hyundai Elantra Review

The Hyundai Elantra first came to us in its 3rd generation in 2004. That car was appreciated for its space and drive ability but was panned for terrible looks. We skipped the improved yet blah looking 4th gen, and in 2012 Hyundai finally returned the nameplate to the Indian market with the gorgeously fluidic 5th gen. The car was ample, ... Read More »

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Review

India’s journey with the Jeep is not something that will start in 2016 with the launch of the Wrangler Unlimited and Grand Cherokee. Most SUVs in India are called Jeeps by the common man because of the American brand’s presence in the 60s, 70s and 80s. But Jeep as a brand has come a long long way from making rudimentary ... Read More »

2016 Hyundai Elantra India Review

I was never a big fan of Superman movies; it was all too fake for me but Man Of Steel brought in not only a decent and believable story but also a new perspective. Moreover, it did keep to its roots and that is extremely difficult; but yet the director managed to sail through with flying colours. Car makers too ... Read More »

Exclusive: Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Hybrid Review

  The XC90 is the car that defines the big change at Volvo. Ever since its launch in 2014, the car has been creating waves everywhere it went. It sits on Volvo’s new scalable product architecture or SPA, has a slew of safety and driver assistance systems, and looks like a million bucks! It’s also paving the way for future ... Read More »

Maserati Quattroporte GTS Review

I am no swimmer. I don’t think that’s because I have an aversion to water; rather I don’t see the point of doing what fish do for a living. It’s like squashing their livelihood; so I’d rather be more like a hippopotamus, sitting in the water doing nothing, enjoying what the tiny waves have to offer. But it’s been my ... Read More »