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Mahindra Verito Vibe

If Maruti Suzuki and Honda have turned compact sedans out of a hatchback, Mahindra has turned a hatchback out of a sedan. The Verito Vibe hatchback has been developed from the Verito Sedan. From the front it is hard to distinguish a Verito Vibe from a Verito sedan. Up to the C-pillar there is no difference. Not significant for certain.

The lights may look smoked , but the grille and the overall frontal appearance is very similar to that of the Verito sedan. If the hatchback profile of the car is visible from the sides, also making their presence felt are the champagne coloured alloys, which add a touch of style.

Boxy the design is, but with a good sense of proportionality. Minus the Verito s boot, the Verito Vibe sports a steeply raked C-pillars, with LED tail lights in them. With a short rear over hang, a unique part of the design is the absence of a tail gate, the kind most other hatchbacks sport. While the spare wheel is below the floor at the rear, access to the car s 330-litre storage area is had through a lid that swings open. A disadvantage of turning a hatchback out of a sedan apparent at once.

If the parcel shelf separates the storage space from the cabin, below it is a cross member that strengthens the rear pillars. Crucial for retaining the rigidity and strength of the monocoque. Engineering a tailgate would have elevated the project costs.

Mahindra invested Rs 60 crores in the project.

Positioned in the lower tax bracket than the Verito sedan, the Verito Vibe measures under 4metres in length. Sharing the wheelbase with the Verito sedan, at 2630mm, the lack of tailgate limiting practicality, the Verito Vibe does not offer the facility to flip the rear seats forward either. What the car offers instead is a spacious cabin that accommodates five people in good comfort levels.

Three adults can seat at the rear without feeling cramped. A feat, almost no other car in the Verito Vibe s segment manages as well. Neither in the compact sedan segment either, not counting the Verito Sedan.

The rear seat gets three adjustable head rests. Front seats are wide but could do with more support. To operate the 2-DIN music system or the HVAC controls requires taking eyes off the road.

Lack of adjustable steering means it takes some effort to reach a comfortable driving position. The plastic quality of the simple and straightforward dashboard is not very impressive. Even the stitching quality of the seats is not of a high standard.

The switches have a good tactile feel and are reflective of a solid build.

Powering the Verito Vibe is the 65PS, 1.5-litre dCi Renault common-rail diesel engine. Ensuring good tractability, the engine has its torque spread over a fairly wide range. The car pulling away from as low as 1200rpm, exhibits good driveability. The need to down shift seldom felt.

Producing 160Nm of torque at 2000rpm, it is after 3000rpm that the power tends to taper. Like the Swift diesel the performance does not peak at a certain rpm, but is spread over. If the Verito Vibe tends to run out of breath, it is at speeds in excess of 125kph.

Capable of a top speed in excess of 145kph, impressive are the refinement levels of the car, both at low speeds as well as high speeds. In the city as well as on the highway.

Mahindra Verito sedan.

Shorter rear over hang hasn t altered the dynamics of the car when compared to that of the Verito sedan. The Verito Vibe feels as stable and planted on the road as the Verito sedan. Longer wheelbase grants the car very good straight line stability and ride quality.

Less than ideal surfaces doing little to hamper the ride quality of the car, the Verito Vibe does not seem very happy to be thrown around corners. It does not take very kindly to sudden direction changes. The handling is however utterly predictable, and inspires confidence.

The steering may seem a shade slow to react at times, the 185/70 R14 tyres assure good grip.

With prices starting at Rs5.63 lakhs, the Verito Vibe is conservatively styled. An effort to add a touch of sportiveness with elements like champagne coloured alloys, ski racks on the roof, LED rear lamps hasn t worked as well. Lack of tailgate, the kind found on other hatchbacks in the segment, limits practicality. The spacious interior more than compensates for this, turning the Verito Vibe into a proper five-seater. Decent kit even on the basic trim, makes the Verito Vibe a hatchback that will make for a comfortable travel.

Compact enough to fit in a seemingly tight parking space, the Verito Vibe rides well, handles well, and in the process feels well built.

Pros: Spacious for a hatchback, comfortable and efficient

Cons: Conservative styling, interior plastic quality, lack of tail gate.

Check the photo gallery of the Mahindra Verito Vibe here

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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