Cars: Top ten Reviews of 2014

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Top ten Reviews of 2014

As we wrap up 2014, here’s a look back at the ten most popular car reviews on Motoroids!

Fiat Avventura

Fiat Avventura (96)

“As the small turbocharger whistled cleanly through the pure, early morning, mountainous Panchghani air, the Fiat Avventura mauled the twisty sections with a kind of aplomb that can be solely be attributed to its Punto roots. Yeah, I was having some unbridled fun.

It all started with the Fiat guys arranging a blast from Mumbai to Panchghani in their brand new, glistening Fiat Avventura cars, something that Fiat likes to call a Contemporary Urban Vehicle (CUV) – an India specific product for now, but will be lined up for exports later in the day.” Read more

Honda Mobilio


“From the good old days when 20 passengers stuffed tight into the boxy looking Mahindra UV was a common sight in rural India to the sturdy, reliable and comfortable Toyota Innova becoming a rage, the Indian UV market has come a long way. User expectations have spiraled through the roof, and new products such as the Mahindra Xylo and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga have tried their bit to offer comfort and sophistication without breaching the sensibilities of an extremely price conscious and VFM driven audience. The Ertiga, of the two models mentioned above also met with good success, creating a unique niche for itself, and drawing customers from other segments as well in the process.

Building on the evolving MPV segment, Honda Mobilio, the latest MPV offering from Honda, aspires to take the game to the next level. Here’s all you need to know about this bright new people mover” Read more

Also read; our other lists related to the year 2014-15

Mahindra Scorpio

New 2014 Mahindra Scorpio (76)

“After much ado, the new 2014 Mahindra Scorpio has finally graced us with its presence. Before rants start about it being old wine in a new bottle, Mahindra clears the air by claiming that considerable mechanical changes hide under that re-tweaked body, changes that make the big old girl ride better, handle better and come across as a more appealing SUV. Let’s find out” Read more

Hyundai Elite i20

Upcoming cars 2015 Elite i20 Cross

The Hyundai Grand i10 was nothing short of a rude shock to the players in its segment. The Korean carmaker exhibited to the bunch comprising both Indian and international carmakers its stellar understanding of the market with a near-flawless product. The way the Grand i10 was brought to life took the expectations from the new-generation 2014 i20, or the Elite i20 to some really lofty levels. Upon its reveal, the Elite i20 divulged its Euro-centric inclinations – evident through its evolved take on exterior styling and a reinvigorated focus on sophisticated and understated, yet feature rich and comfortable interior.Read more

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz front (1)

” Ever since the very likeable Baleno was taken off the shelves, Maruti Suzuki fans have been clamouring for a deserving successor. Having spawned off a crossover, the beefy SX4 which rode on stilts didn’t appear as something ever remotely related to the low slung Baleno, which was probably the only alternative to the legendary first gen Honda City in India.

The big Honda having finally acquired a diesel burner under the hood has comfortably regained its leadership position in the segment. And with the Ciaz, Maruti is keen on rekindling an old rivalry which somewhat got doused for a prolonged period. Let’s see, how well this latest million buck machine from the leading small car maker of the country has turned out.” Read more

Tata Zest 1.2 Revotron Petrol

Tata Zest receives 10K bookings within 20 days of launch

“It was good to see the blokes at Tata Motors brimming with new enthusiasm and passion at the pre-drive presentation event during the Zest’s media drive. More important than anything else is the fact that the top honchos at Tata Motors finally realize the need for adopting a new, more comprehensive approach towards the business of car making and are actively working towards transforming the brand into a savvier and more proficient entity. There is more to the Zest than what meets the eye. A lot has gone into the development of this fresh new compact sedan, symbolizing a fresh new outlook for Tata Motors.

Let’s have a detailed look at the Zest in this exhaustive review, and try to understand why it’s such an important product for not just Tata Motors, but from an industry perspective as well.” Read more

Tata Zest 1.3 Diesel F-Tronic AMT

Tata Zest 1.3 F-tronic AMT (6)

The Tata Zest Revotron, as we discussed in our exhaustive review, breaks new ground for Tata Motors as a regards quality, features and workmanship. The new 1.2 liter turbo engine is a welcome new introduction to the world of underpowered naturally aspirated pint-sized motors. Thanks to our government’s skewed view of environment conservation which gives more weight to dubious engine capacity than more definitive parameters like fuel efficiency or low emissions, we are stuck with blown up lawn mowers which are neither fast, nor frugal, nor green.

But the Revotron engine isn’t the only thing Tata Motors have at hand to show off on the new Zest. The new compact sedan from the Indian car maker is also available in a diesel variant, and with its AMT (Automated Manual TRansmission), it lays claim to being the only automatic compact diesel sedan in the country.” Read more

Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT

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“The Maruti Suzuki Celerio, launched at the Auto Expo 2014, is based on the Suzuki A-Wind Concept, which was showcased at the Thailand Motor Show last year. With some help from the nice blokes at Shivam Autozone in Mumbai, we managed to lay our hands on the New Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT for a review.

The A-Star replacement hatchback from India’s largest car maker will be premiering the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) tech in India. The car will be available with the manual transmission too, but Maruti Suzuki is aggressively promoting the hatchback keeping the focus on the AMT.” Read more

Datsun Go+

Datsun GO+front close

“As I sat by the fire, next to the Ganges in Rishikesh, something made me look up. What bounced off my city stricken, sodium lit vision was the sight of a gazillion stars occupying every inch of the dark infinity above. Something inside said, you don’t always need deep pockets to enjoy the richer experiences in life, also reminded me of a car that was parked in the background, a Datsun GO+, India’s first sub-4 meter, compact MPV. Aimed squarely at luring away buyers from entry level hatchbacks, this new Datsun wants to become a 7-seater bait for the budget constrained car buying sharks in our country.” Read more

Tata Bolt

Tata Bolt front fascia (3)

“Creating a hatch-sedan combo has proven to be one of the most successful formulae for mainstream car makers of late. While the rest of manufacturers have created the smaller hatchback version first, later ‘bolting’ a boot onto it, Tata Motors decided to take the opposite route. So after impressing us with the Zest, Tata Motors decided to remove the bolted-on boot and call the resultant machine the ‘Bolt’ in reverence of the great piece of machinery which made all possible. To make some sense of the name, it’s also the crucial linkage between the not-so refined Tata products of yore and the tech laden, modern products that the Indian carmaker has in the pipeline. We drove the latest hatchback from the car major in and around the Venice of India, Udaipur, on a delightful day with some nip in the air and a beautiful winter sun shining splendidly above us. Here’s how the all-important Bolt elevated our experience through the day.” Read more

Have a great year ahead!

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