Ready reckoner: Small cars and Sedan launches in September

Over the past four weeks, there have been two new launches in the small car segment. Last week we had brought to you a list of SUV and MPV launches in September. The Honda Brio, Toyota Liva diesel and the Indigo eCS VX/GVX too were launched in September, here’s a ready reckoner to help you understand these vehicles better.

First let’s take a look at the cheapest small car from Honda’s stables in India, the Brio.

Honda Brio

 

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Photo: The Brio is Honda's first attempt to get a toehold in the small car market

Launched: September 27

Starting Price: Rs. 3.95 lakh

Claimed Mileage: 18.4 Kmpl

Competition: Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Suzuki Swift & Ritz

Honda launched the Brio at a competitive price of Rs. 3.95 lakh for the base variant. The Brio is available in four variants: E MT, S MT, S (O) MT and V MT. The Brio is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol motor that makes 87 bhp of power and 109 Nm of torque. Also Read: Honda Brio launched

Unique Proposition

What makes the Brio unique is despite competitive pricing, Honda has not compromised on quality of the Brio. Also, the Brio has an extremely powerful engine that puts out as much power as the new Maruti Swift and more than cars like the Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Fabia, Ford Figo, Toyota Liva and others. This will make the Brio appeal to buyers who want a peppy and small city car.

Let’s take a look at the price of the Brio in different cities across India.

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Pros

Radically cute design

Build quality, fit & finish

Peppy engine performance

Cons

Small boot space – 175 litres

High loading lip

Toyota Liva diesel

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Photo: The Toyota Etios Liva is a small yet spacious vehicle ideal for a family of four

Launched: September 7

Starting Price: Rs. 5.54 lakh

Claimed Mileage: 23.6 Kmpl

Competition: Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ford Figo and Tata Vista

Toyota launched the Etios Liva diesel at a starting price of Rs. 5.54 lakh. It is available in only one variant (GD). The Liva diesel has a 1.4 litre D4D diesel engine that produces 67 bhp of peak power and 170 Nm of torque. Also read: Toyota Etios and Toyota Etios Liva diesel launched

Unique Proposition

What makes the Liva diesel unique is the space and fuel economy it offers at this price point. It is an ideal car for a family of four and can even seat three adults in the rear seats. It is reasonably comfortably as well, Toyota has made ABS and EBD standard on the Etios diesel while airbags are still optional.

Let’s take a look at the price of the Etios Liva diesel in different cities across India.

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Pros

Abundance of cabin space

Good after sales service and network

Best in terms of mileage in the segment

Cons

Poor interior quality

Lack of features

Amount of noise inside the cabin

Indigo eCS VX/GVX

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Photo: The indigo eCS is a comfortable and fuel efficient compact sedan

Launched: September 6

Starting Price: Rs. 4.97 lakh

Claimed Mileage: 25 Kmpl (VX variant)

Tata Motors launched a new top-end variant of the Indigo e-CS: VX/GVX.  The diesel top-end variant, VX is priced at Rs. 580,339 while the petrol top-end variant, GVX is priced at Rs. 497,727. The Indigo eCS petrol is powered by 1,193 cc, MPFi petrol engine that delivers 63 bhp (65 PS) of power and 100 Nm of torque.

The Indigo e-CS diesel is powered by 1,396 cc, CR4, common rail diesel engine that puts out 68 bhp of power and 140 NM of torque. Both these engines are mated to 5-speed transmission and are compliant with BS IV emission norms.

Unique Proposition

The USP of Indigo eCS is the mileage and the boot. Tata has achieved the high mileage (25 kmpl) in Indigo eCS by using technologies such as Smart EMS (Engine Management System) chip, maximum charge combustion, Drag reduction, Transaxle, Tyres with low resistance.

The Indigo eCS measures less than 4 meters (3,988 mm in length) which helps it gain excise duty sops. However the shortened length does not translate into lack of boot space as one would assume, the eCS manages to provide a wholesome 380 litres boot space.

The new top-end variant (VX/GVX) comes with height adjustable driver seat, rear seat centre armrest, ABS, keyless entry, and 14-inch, 8-spoke alloy wheels and rear demister.

Let’s take a look at the price of the Indigo eCS in different cities across India.

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Pros

Newly added features

Large boot space

Cons

Lack of ABS & Airbags

Lack of style