Ready reckoner: Big car launches in the last four weeks

There was already a lot to choose from, if you were a sedan buyer in the Indian market but in the past four weeks saw some interesting sedan launches. The Nissan Sunny, Toyota Etios Diesel and Skoda Laura RS were all launched in the August 24-September 21 period.

So what exactly do these cars offer buyers and at what price? Here’s a CarToq story telling you all that and more in a nutshell.

Nissan Sunny

Launched: September 20

Starting price: Rs. 5.78 lakh

Claimed mileage: 17 kmpl

Competition: Maruti Suzuki Sx4, Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Fiat Linea

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Photo: The Nissan Sunny spacious sedan and will appeal to those looking for backsheet comfort

Unique proposition

Nissan launched the Sunny sedan on September 20 at a starting price of Rs. 5.78 lakh. The Sunny is winner because of its good looks, comfort and its not-so premium pricing.

It will not appeal to buyers looking for great performance and other cars like the Honda City, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Verna will suit their needs better. Read our Nissan Sunny first drive story here.

Pros

Spacious interiors

Good quality plastics

Comfortable ride

Elegant looks

Cons

Lack of power

Awkward gearbox

No diesel variant yet

Nissan Sunny Feature Table

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Etios Diesel

Launched: September 7

Starting price: Rs. 6.44 lakh

Claimed mileage: 24 Kmpl

Competition: Tata Manza, Swift Dzire

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Photo: The Etios diesel has great fuel efficiency and is ideal for those who clock multiple miles

Unique proposition

Toyota launched the Etios diesel sedan in three variants; GD, VD and VXD priced at Rs. 6.44 lakh, 7.41 lakh and Rs. 7.87 lakh respectively. The Etios diesel has a 1.4 litre D4D diesel engine that produces 67 bhp of peak power and 170 Nm of torque. What sets the Etios diesel apart is its affordability and fuel efficiency. It will not appeal to buyers who are looking for drop dead gorgeous looks but will be appreciated by those looking for a comfortable family sedan. Also read: Toyota Etios diesel launched

Pros

Abundance of cabin space

Good after sales service and network

Great fuel efficiency

Cons

Poor interior quality

Lack of features

Amount of noise inside the cabin

Poor build quality

Etios Diesel Feature Table

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Skoda Laura RS

Launched: September 1

Starting price: Rs. 15.5 lakh

Claimed mileage: 13.4 kmpl

Competition: No Direct competitor

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Photo: The Skoda Laura RS is meant for enthusiastic driver

Unique proposition

The words “RS” in the car’s name are short for rally sport and that says it all about the Laura RS’ unique proposition, it’s a car for the enthusiast. The engine puts out 160 bhp of power at 4,500 to 6,200 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. You get a short-shifting six-speed gearbox in the RS which helps unleash the race in you.

The car is has plenty of sporty add-ons like the drilled aluminum pedals, body kit, electrically operated sunroof, adaptive HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Laura RS also has higher rated springs to cope with the excessive demands from enthusiastic drivers. It will not keep you happy if you are looking for a comfortable family sedan as it misses out on some essential features, more on that below. Also read: Skoda Laura RS performance drive

Pros

Powerful engine

Great looks

Sporty feel

Cons

Low mileage

Lack of creature comforts at this price point

Not enough differentiate from regular Laura at a glance

Skoda Laura RS Feature Table

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*Price mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi