Surprising it is! The Mahindra Verito in its new look not only beats the Toyota Etios flat when it comes to looks, but it almost overthrew the segment leader – the Maruti Dzire, falling short by just a few votes.
Mahindra launched a refreshed Verito in July this year and the car has been selling an average of 1,600 units a month, an increase from its 1000-odd average monthly sales levels it used to achieve earlier.
The refreshed Mahindra Verito has new headlamps, grille and bumper and new tail-lamps and boot lid with chrome strip at the rear, as well as roof rails and alloy wheels on the top-end variants. The interiors of the car too have been refreshed with a redesigned dashboard, better placement of power-window switches and better upholstery. Also read: Pros and cons of Mahindra Verito
These changes to the Verito are what have bumped up sales of the car, as it is now seen as acceptable. Just how acceptable were the changes? CarToq conducted a poll among the community and the results were surprising!
Which of these entry-level sedans is the best-looking?
Mahindra Verito: 202
Maruti Dzire: 215
Toyota Etios: 90
Total votes: 507
Of the total 507 votes on this poll, 202 people (nearly 40%) voted for the Mahindra Verito as the best-looking entry-level sedan. It was really close to the Dzire in fact, which got 215 votes, just 13 votes ahead of the Verito. The Etios got only 90 votes.
The Mahindra Verito is quite a practical vehicle, with loads of space for passengers and luggage. However, the biggest grouse buyers had with the earlier Verito was the really bland styling, carried over from the Renault Logan – the brand under which the car was first launched in 2007. Also read: New Mahindra Verito launched at 5.27 lakh
The Verito comes in two engines choices. The more popular choice is the 1.5-litre DCi engine from Renault-Nissan which is found on everything from the Micra to the Sunny and Duster. In the Verito, this motor makes 65 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque. It has a claimed mileage of 21.03 kmpl (Diesel) as per ARAI. The Petrol Verito sports a 1.4 litre motor that churns out 75 bhp of power and 110 Nm of torque.
For buyers who want a proper five seater (the Verito is incredibly spacious) and the capacity to carry at least 510 litres of luggage (about 3 large suitcases and a few bags), the Mahindra Verito is a practical choice. In its new avatar it is seen as better looking than the Etios, and almost as good looking as the Dzire. The only downside to the Verito is Mahindra’s service standards, which aren’t as good as Toyota or Maruti. Also read: Dzire still better looking than new Verito