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Mahindra Verito sedan.

Review: Mahindra Verito

Things are changing. And they are real fast. Take the as a case. It was all bright and sunny the mercury tipping on the wrong of 40 just a few days back.

And now all cloudy and windy, at least in Mumbai. With that, a change happening in the auto too.

Mahindra, known for its rugged and brawny SUVs, is into the world of compact But wait, compact does not hatchbacks. Mahindra welcomes you to the of compact sedans or notchbacks or you may want to call it, with the new Vibe.

For starters, it’s the ol’ Verito with a sliced to get it under four metres. And you ask, the rest more or remains the same. At the first you may mistake it for a hatchback, but don’t be – the glass does not flip to give you easy access to 330-litre boot.

Loading stuff into the will get a bit tricky, but in the end what you is a slightly bigger area for bags than your hatchbacks.

With the changes done on the rear, the tall tail-lamps might look as if had something to do with Volvo, but they look good on the oddly sliced rear of the Vibe. Styling on the rest of the car is to that of its sedan sibling, itself cannot be accurately as handsome.

Once you step into the you get the same roomy feel as the The rear seats are spacious to seat three in comfort. ones too have enough even if you’re on the heftier

The Verito Vibe slightly in terms of features. Even the D6 variant does not get Bluetooth or steering-mounted controls. But in terms of there’s been no compromise.

You get ABS EBD and a driver side airbag. You get electrically adjustable ORVMs, locking and music system AUX and USB inputs.

Under the hood, it has the 1.5-litre dCi engine that’s from Renault. Like the it’s tuned to churn out of power and 160Nm of pulling The engine has always been for its linear power delivery and one is no different. There’s very lag under 2,000rpm and there’s right up till 4,200rpm. But one noisy motor.

You can hear it inside the cabin when it’s not spinning at high revs.

The engine is to a five-speed manual ’box, is pretty smooth and has short It’s been tuned to be on the side to aid city driving. that, you sometimes miss the cog while cruising on the highway.

The Vibe hits 100kph standstill in 16.57 seconds. And you speak of fuel efficiency, do a respectable 12.7kpl in city and 15.4kpl on the highway.

Mahindra Verito sedan.

In terms of ride quality, the is not going to disappoint you even the roads get horrible in the monsoons. It over potholes and bumps ease, making sure of that filters to your But on the flipside, if you get too enthusiastic around there will be a lot of body

But that’s a small price to as against an otherwise sorted

In the handling department too, one stays true to its French The steering is communicative and gives you feedback. But we hoped it would been light at crawl to help manoeuvre it easily in traffic.

The rubber has enough to keep you sticking to the line at slightly higher speeds.


The Verito Vibe with its ride and spacious interiors is not especially by compact car standards. The D2 variant will set you back by Rs lakh and D4 by Rs 5.89 lakh. The D6 variant that you see here is at Rs 6.49 lakh.

All prices are Mumbai, without Octroi.

1461cc, diesel, 64bhp, 5M, FWD, 0-100kph — 30-50kph (3rd) — 30-50kph (4th) — 50-70kph (5th) — 80-0kph — 26.11m, 14.1kpl, top speed — (est), Rs 6.49 lakh Mumbai, without octroi)

is not its greatest strength, but certainly has driving dynamics and a comfortable If you’re looking for a car with a boot than a hatchback’s, one’s for you.

Mahindra Verito sedan.
Mahindra Verito sedan.
Mahindra Verito sedan.
Mahindra Verito sedan.
Mahindra Verito sedan.
Mahindra Verito sedan.
Mahindra Verito sedan.
Mahindra Verito sedan.

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