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Honda Amaze

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

Despite being a sub 4-metre, the Amaze has loads of space on the inside and a massive boot of 400 litres. Even the quality of the plastics, the fit and finish are good on the Amaze. The Amaze gets integrated music system, electrically folding mirrors, USB connectivity as standard on its range topping VX version.

Interior styling of the instrument panel will be similar to the Brio, nevertheless we expect a few more frills on the sedan.  The Amaze gets electrically adjustable mirrors, with electrical folding. The quality of materials is decent and even the fit and finish is decent. The integrated head rest is there even on the Amaze, just like the Brio hatch.

The Amaze might be a sub 4-metre sedan, but it is definitely the most spacious in its segment. Honda’s man maximum, machine minimum has made it possible to have loads of space in the front and the rear, with a massive boot of 400 litres. The wheelbase has also been extended by a good 60mm, which has amended the knee room for the second row passengers.

E: E is the base variant on the Amaze and it is available only on the manual versions. This variant gets front chrome grille, body coloured bumpers, power steering, power windows, AC, driver info display, tachometer and ABS with EBD only on the diesel model. The interiors are single tone beige fabric.

EX: The EX gets body coloured door handles and ORVMs, 1 DIN music system with speakers are the additional features. The diesel variant again gets ABS with EBD and this variant is also available only on the manual versions.

S/SAT: The S version is available for manual, while the automatic gets SAT. This variant gets keyless entry, driver seat height adjustment, power adjustable ORVMs, power socket, 2 DIN music system and chrome surrounds on air vents.

VX/VXAT: This is the top of the line version, with electrically adjustable and folding ORVMs, ABS with EBD, airbags and all the bells and whistles.

 

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

The engines and their performance are good on the Amaze, and there are no second thoughts to how good Honda engines have been. The 88bhp petrol and 98bhp diesel engines on the Amaze are powerful and one of the best in its segment, atleast on the manuscript. The acceleration produced by the Amaze is decent and it is very drivable, unlike competition.

1.2-litre petrol:  The iVTEC from Honda makes driving bliss. This is another fine example of Honda’s engine craftsmanship. This perky engine is easy to drive with a strong mid-range. The exhaust note sweetens as you rev it and the engine being eager to spin faster even when it closes to red-line. Power delivery is linear and Amaze happily touches 100km/hr. Alibi, extra efforts are needed to excel above the 100 mark. Honda petrol engines are one of the reliable motors, and this is no exception. It comes mated to a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. The golf ball gear knob is easy to grab and the shifts on the gearbox are short and seamless. The Amaze is the only sedan in this segment to have a five-speed automatic transmission— others have a four-speeder.

1.5-litre diesel: The i-DTEC engine that India gets is a 1.5-litre, which is a derivative of the 1.6-litre i-DTEC. This has been done to get the duty cut on the diesel engines. The 1.5-litre engine churns out 98bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. This is the most powerful diesel engine in this segment and we are impressed by the power it produces.  . But the power delivery is fairly linear, without any turbo lag. The low-end torque is decent and the drivability factor is also high. Even the five-speed manual transmission on the Amaze has short throws and positive shifts. Clutch pedal is light, making driving a breeze.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

The Amaze is a bit softer than Brio for better ride but yet it is a good handler. It has been crafted for family use hence, it has better ride than the Brio.

The Amaze has a softer rear suspension, when compared to the Brio. This has been done for better ride for the rear passengers, and also for the fact that the wheelbase has been extended by 60mm. The softer rear means a more composed ride on rough roads. The ride is smooth and it doesn’t feel jittery even on rough surfaces. The handling of the Amaze is decent. It feels that the rear steps out, but it doesn’t really. The body roll is also minimal and even the tyres grip well. The chassis is well balanced as it twists well to take the load. The steering wheel is also light and easy to drive in city traffic making it stress free driving. The other advantage is that the vehicle has good visibility.

 

Hyundai i20

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

Editor’s word: The interiors of the i20 are good and feel is also decent. The beige and brown combination might not impress all, but the car comes loaded with various bells and whistles that aren’t available on all the cars in this segment.

The i20 gets brown and beige interiors with some black on the dashboard. The quality of plastics is good and we like the blue backlit interiors.

The seats of the i20 are flat and didn’t feel like they were bolstered enough in the right places. There is immense legroom in the front row, which will comfortably seat six-footers. The rear gets cramped when tall people are seated comfortably in the front seats. Rear seat occupants will also feel a little claustrophobic due to the small, tapering rear windows and thick C pillars.

Era: It is a base variant of Hyundai i20 which is powered by the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines with five-speed manual transmission and six-speed manual gearbox respectively. It has features like AC, motor driven electronic power steering, front power windows, centre lock, two speakers with two tweeters, engine immobilizer, battery saver, etc.

Magna: The Magna version has some additional features as compared to Era that are body coloured ORVMs, fabric upholstery, rear parcel tray, glove box cooling, foldable key, luggage lamp, all power windows with auto down for driver side window, reverse sensors and driver seat belt remider.

Magna Optional: Along with features of Magna, the Optional pack comes loaded with fully automatic temperature control, rear defogger, turning indicators on ORVM, 2DIN MP3, electronically adjustable and heated ORVMs.

Sportz : This version also comes with 1.4-litre petrol automatic. Along with features of Magna Optional, it boasts features like alloy wheels, driver side airbag, 60:40 rear folding seat, steering controls for audio and Bluetooth, ABS, front fog lamps, Driver and passenger seat belt pre tensioners, tilt and telescopic steering and rain sensing wipers.

Asta: The Asta version gets more bells and whistles than the 2 airbags, height adjustable driver?s seat, rear wiper and washer, smart key with button start, rear spoiler with high mounted stop lamp, front seat arm rest, supervision cluster are the additional features apart from standard features present in i20 Sportz.

Asta Optional with Sunroof: The optional Asta comes with sunroof, curtain airbags, speed sensing auto door lock.

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

Editor’s word: All the engines on the offering by Hyundai are good and are fairly drivable. So depending on the amount of your daily running, choose the engine. You may not worry about the reliability of the product.

1.2-litre petrol MT :

The 1.2-litre petrol engine on the i20 is the Kappa2 engine, which has the variable valve timing. It is a highly refined engine which produces a maximum power of 83bhp at 6000rpm and a torque of 112Nm at 4000rpm. Refinement levels are high.

With the i20 weighing a little more a ton, on paper the car feels underpowered, but once the engine crosses 3000rpm, it means serious business. The true power of the car is unveiled. The performance isn’t staggering, but is definitely one of the best in its class. The ARAI claimed mileage of the i20 1.2-litre petrol is 18.5kmpl.

1.4-litre petrol AT:

The automatic variant of the Hyundai i20 gets a 1.4-litre petrol engine which churns out 99bhp of maximum power and 137Nm of peak torque. The refinement levels are good and the NVH levels are low as well.
This engine comes mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The gears are tall and it has the conventional epicyclic box. The revs do eventually grow but the power output isn’t phenomenal. Plant your right foot and the autobox does take a while to downshift. As per the ARAI mileage, the 1.4-litre AT gets a fuel economy of 15kmpl.

1.4-litre diesel MT:

The 1.4-litre common rail engine used in the i20 is a highly refined CRDi engine. The 16-valve 89bhp 1396cc engine produces a maximum of 220Nm of torque giving the car a head start. There is a lot of turbo lag and the engine feels sluggish, which can be quite annoying in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The i20’s CRDi engine is noisy and the strong turbo kick at about 1800rpm will make you smile. For overtaking, one needs to downshift. The six-speed manual transmission is as slick as the same five-speed manual. The i20's diesel engine returns a mileage of 21.9kmpl as per the ARAI cycle.

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

Editor’s word: The ride on the i20 is good, but it is the handling that isn’t inspiring. Even the brakes feel a bit soggy and the light steering wheel is no joy around bends.

The ride on the i20 is good at low speeds, however it does get a bit jittery at high speeds. On smooth surfaces the ride is pliant and even on rough surfaces, the ride is fairly decent.

The soft suspension means that the handling is decent. In the diesel version, the front feels nose heavy. The light steering wheel has an artificial feedback that doesn't inspire confidence. The steering wheel feels a bit slack around the corner.

    • Overview
    • Fuel Type
    • Diesel
    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    • Mileage-City(kmpl)
    • 21.0
    • 11.0
    • 18.5
    • Mileage-Highway(kmpl)
    • 25.8
    • 15.0
    • 23.08
    • Available Colors
    • Fuel Tank Capacity(litres)
    • 35
    • 45
    • 41
    • Seating Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Transmission Type
    • Manual
    • Automatic
    • Manual
    • Engine Description
    • 1.5-litre 98.6bhp 16V i-DTEC Diesel Engine
    • 1.4-litre 98.6bhp 16V Gamma VTVT Petrol Engine
    • 1.5-litre 63.1bhp 8V In-Line Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 1498
    • 1396
    • 1461
    • Maximum Power
    • 98.6bhp@3600rpm
    • 98.6bhp@5500rpm
    • 63.1bhp@4000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 200Nm@1750rpm
    • 136.3Nm@4200rpm
    • 160Nm@2000rpm
    • Standard Features
    • Air Conditioner
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    • CD Player
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    • AntiLock Braking System
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    • Power Steering
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    • Power Windows
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    • Leather Seats
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    • Central Locking
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    • Engine
    • Engine Type
    • i-DTEC Diesel Engine
    • Gamma VTVT Petrol Engine
    • In-Line Diesel Engine
    • Engine Description
    • 1.5-litre 98.6bhp 16V i-DTEC Diesel Engine
    • 1.4-litre 98.6bhp 16V Gamma VTVT Petrol Engine
    • 1.5-litre 63.1bhp 8V In-Line Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 1498
    • 1396
    • 1461
    • No. of Cylinders
    • 4
    • 4
    • 4
    • Maximum Power
    • 98.6bhp@3600rpm
    • 98.6bhp@5500rpm
    • 63.1bhp@4000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 200Nm@1750rpm
    • 136.3Nm@4200rpm
    • 160Nm@2000rpm
    • Valves Per Cylinder
    • 4
    • 4
    • 2
    • Valve Configuration
    • DOHC
    • DOHC
    • SOHC
    • Fuel Supply System
    • MPFI
    • MPFI
    • -
    • Bore x Stroke
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Compression Ratio
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Turbo Charger
    • Yes
    • No
    • No
    • Super Charger
    • No
    • No
    • No
    • Transmission
    • Transmission Type
    • Manual
    • Automatic
    • Manual
    • Gear box
    • 5 Speed
    • 4 Speed
    • 5 Speed
    • Drive Type
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • Overdrive
    • -
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    • Synchronizers
    • -
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    • -
    • Clutch Type
    • -
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    • Suspension System
    • Front Suspension
    • Mcpherson Strut
    • McPherson Strut With Coil Spring & Stabilizer Bar
    • McPherson Strut
    • Rear Suspension
    • Torsion Beam Axle
    • Coupled Torsion Beam Axle With Coil Spring
    • Torsion Beam
    • ShockAbsorbers Type
    • -
    • Gas Type
    • -
    • Steering
    • Steering Type
    • Power
    • Power
    • Power
    • Steering Column
    • Tilt Steering
    • Tilt & Telescopic
    • Tilt Adjustable Steering
    • Steering Gear Type
    • -
    • -
    • Rack & Pinion
    • Turning Radius
    • 4.7 metres
    • -
    • 4.65 metres
    • Brake System
    • Front Brake Type
    • Disc
    • Disc
    • Ventilated Disc
    • Rear Brake Type
    • Drum
    • Disc
    • Drum
    • Performance
    • Top Speed
    • 134 kmph
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    • Acceleration (0-100 kmph)
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Drag Coefficient
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • BrakingTime
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Fuel
    • Mileage-City (kmpl)
    • 21.0
    • 11.0
    • 18.5
    • Mileage-Highway (kmpl)
    • 25.8
    • 15.0
    • 23.08
    • Fuel Type
    • Diesel
    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    • Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)
    • 35
    • 45
    • 41
    • Emission Norm Compliance
    • BS IV
    • BSIV
    • BS IV
    • Emission Control System
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Tyres
    • Tyre Size
    • 175/65 R14
    • 185/65 R14
    • 175/60 R15
    • Tyre Type
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Wheel Size
    • -
    • -
    • 15 X 5.5J
    • Alloy Wheel Size
    • 14 Inch
    • 14 Inch
    • 15 Inch
    • Other Specifications
    • Seating Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • No of Doors
    • 4
    • 5
    • 5
    • No of Floors
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Payload & Towing
    • Cargo Volume
    • 400-litre
    • -
    • 251-litres
    • General Car Details
    • Country of Assembly
    • India
    • India
    • India
    • Country of Manufacture
    • India
    • India
    • India
    • Discontinuation Date
    • 2025-01-01
    • 2025-01-01
    • 2025-01-01
    • Introduction Date
    • 2014-04-15
    • 2012-03-28
    • 2013-03-07
    • Warranty Time
    • 2 Years
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    • Warranty Distance
    • 40000kms
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    • -
    • Comfort & Convenience
    • Power Steering
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    • Power Windows-Front
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    • Power Windows-Rear
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    • Automatic Climate Control
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    • Air Quality Control
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    • Remote Trunk Opener
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    • Remote Fuel Lid Opener
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    • Low Fuel Warning Light
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    • Accessory Power Outlet
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    • Trunk Light
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    • Vanity Mirror
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    • Rear Reading Lamp
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    • Rear Seat Headrest
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    • Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest
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    • Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts
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    • Cup Holders-Front
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    • Cup Holders-Rear
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    • Rear A/C Vents
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    • Heated Seats - Front
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    • Heated Seats - Rear
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    • Seat Lumbar Support
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    • Multi-function Steering
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    • Cruise Control
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    • Parking Sensors
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    • Rear
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    • Foldable Rear Seat
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    • 60:40 Split
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    • Smart Access Card Entry
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    • Engine Start/Stop Button
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    • Glove Box Cooling
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    • Bottle Holder
    • Front & Rear Door
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    • Front Door
    • Voice Control
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    • Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddles
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    • Interior
    • Air Conditioner
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    • Heater
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    • Adjustable Steering Column
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    • Tachometer
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    • Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
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    • Leather Seats
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    • Fabric Upholstery
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    • Leather Steering Wheel
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    • Glove Compartment
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    • Digital Clock
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    • Outside Temperature Display
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    • Cigarette Lighter
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    • Digital Odometer
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    • Electric Adjustable Seats
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    • Folding Table in The Rear
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    • Driving Experience Control Eco
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    • Height Adjustable Driving Seat
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    • Exterior
    • Adjustable Headlights
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    • Fog Lights - Front
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    • Fog Lights - Rear
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    • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
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    • Manually Adjustable Ext. Rear View Mirror
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    • Electric Folding Rear View Mirror
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    • Rain Sensing Wiper
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    • Rear Window Wiper
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    • Rear Window Washer
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    • Rear Window Defogger
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    • Wheel Covers
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    • Alloy Wheels
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    • Power Antenna
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    • Tinted Glass
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    • Rear Spoiler
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    • Removable/Convertible Top
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    • Roof Carrier
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    • Sun Roof
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    • Moon Roof
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    • Side Stepper
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    • Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators
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    • Integrated Antenna
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    • Chrome Grille
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    • Chrome Garnish
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    • Smoke Headlamps
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    • Roof Rail
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    • Entertainment
    • Cassette Player
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    • CD Player
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    • CD Changer
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    • DVD Player
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    • Radio
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    • Audio System Remote Control
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    • Speakers Front
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    • Speakers Rear
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    • Integrated 2DIN Audio
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    • Bluetooth Connectivity
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    • USB & Auxiliary input
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    • Touch Screen
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    • -
    • Exterior Dimensions
    • Length
    • 3990mm
    • 3995mm
    • 3825mm
    • Width
    • 1680mm
    • 1710mm
    • 1665mm
    • Height
    • 1505mm
    • 1505mm
    • 1525mm
    • Ground Clearance
    • 165mm
    • -
    • 150mm
    • Wheel Base
    • 2405mm
    • 2525mm
    • 2450mm
    • Front Tread
    • -
    • 1505mm
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    • Rear Tread
    • -
    • 1503mm
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    • Kerb Weight
    • 1075kg
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    • Gross Weight
    • -
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    • Interior Dimensions
    • Front Headroom
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Front Legroom
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Headroom
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Legroom
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Safety-Info
    • Anti-Lock Braking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Brake Assist
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Central Locking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Anti-Theft Alarm
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Airbag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Airbag
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Side Airbag-Front
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Side Airbag-Rear
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Night Rear View Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Side Rear ViewMirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Xenon Headlamps
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Halogen Headlamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Seat Belts
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Seat Belt Warning
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Door Ajar Warning
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Front Impact Beams
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Traction Control
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Adjustable Seats
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Tyre Pressure Monitor
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Vehicle Stability Control System
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Crash Sensor
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Check Warning
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Automatic Headlamps
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Clutch Lock
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • EBD
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Advance Safety Features
    • -
    • Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock
    • -
    • Follow Me Home Headlamps
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Rear Camera
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Anti-Theft Device
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Common
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