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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.

Maruti Swift

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

The Swift had boosted the sales of Maruti Suzuki since its launch and the new-generation is simply a great step ahead of the outgoing version. The interiors of the new Swift aren’t just better in quality and feel, but Maruti Suzuki has also introduced various new bells and whistles in it.

The interiors of the new Swift are designed from scratch. The all new black interiors are a refreshing change. The plastic quality of the materials doesn’t just look good, but it also feels good. It has a lot more features than the previous generation Swift, and it looks more premium also.

The space in both the rows is decent and the knee room even in the second row is good, which was a problem in the outgoing version. Though to our dismay, the boot of the Swift is fairly small.

LXI/LDI:Talking about the LXI/LDI, Maruti Suzuki has not bartered with the features of the car and generously loaded the new Swift LXI with body color bumpers and tubeless tyres. The outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) are adjusted manually in LXI model. Other exterior features are 2 intermittent wipers in front, steel wheels with centre cap, remote fuel lid and back-door opener. The kerb weight of this variant is 960 kg and thus is the lightest among all. Even the tyre size is small being 165/80R14.

VXI/VDI: Unlike the LXI/LDI model, VXI/VDI has body color door handles in addition to body color bumpers, electrically powered ORVMs with turn indicators, front and rear fog lamps for enhanced visibility during unfavorable weather conditions, black out film on A and B pillars and 165/80 R14 steel wheel cap. Swift VXI looks like a high-end hatchback with plush and chic interiors. The sporty wrap around the door trims with silver accents on them renders a menacing look to the car. The day and night IRVM and passenger side sun visor protects from the radiations in this variant of Maruti Suzuki Swift. The silver accents on 3-spoke steering wheel have been added in this variant. The inside door handles have chrome polishing on them which render posh appearance to the inmates. The instrument cluster includes Tachometer along with standard equipments like seat belt, key-off, and door close and light-off reminder for driver, low fuel warning, multi information display etc.

ZXI/ZDI: ZXI/ZDI is the top-end variant with same engine specs as the other Swift petrol and diesel engines. So it will not account for any deficiency in Swift, rather will take complete care of the driver’s and passenger’s needs. The variant is loaded with comfort factors like power and tilt steering, power windows with auto down function on driver side window, driver seat adjuster, automatic climate control, lane change indicator, high-end stereo with radio and CD Player, intelligent speed based auto volume, Aux-in and USB socket, 2 front and 2 rear speakers, 2 integrated front tweeters, steering wheel mounted audio controls with illumination. Not the luxury, but practical options are available in the model like accessory socket, retractable cup holder for passengers and in centre console, rear seat back folding centre locking, keyless entry, front seat back pocket, remote fuel lid opener, electromagnetic back door opener, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer.

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

The petrol and the diesel versions of the Swift are both reliable and highly frugal. With highly refined mills, Maruti Suzuki has played well with its cards on the new Swift. The new petrol engine now gets an addition of variable valve timing.

1.2-litre Petrol: The new Swift’s petrol engine received the variable valve treatment. This augments performance and fuel efficiency, though on paper, power ratings for this engine are 86bhp – a mere increase by a couple of horses. Like any modern petrol, the engine is quiet and low on NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).

When off the gas, the low engine whining sound— as experienced on the old 800s— is audible. Mid- range is good, but it does make you work-hard a bit to extort performance. If your shifts are good, then the Swift is the fastest amongst competition. Overtaking in city might require a downshift, despite the engine’s gradual power deliverance. The gear shifts on the Swift are short and effortless. The previous-generation Swift had good shifts; these are a further improvement over those.

1.3-litre Diesel: Previous generation Swift had earned notoriety with its diesel engine. The engine was highly refined with low NVH levels and sufficient torque. The engine however had a noticeable amount of turbo lag. The R&D team of Maruti Suzuki has rectified now this issue in the current-generation Swift. The low-end pull is cleaner making the engine more drivable than the outgoing version. The NVH levels and refinement is far more superior as well. Crank the engine and it springs to live without the slightest of hesitation or melodrama. Driving in bumper-to-bumper city traffic and overtaking isn’t a tough ask in the Swift. The gear shifts are also positive and the engagement process is smooth.

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

The ride and handling of the Swift was always good, but now Maruti Suzuki has made it even better. The ride compliance is sorted and with a longer wheelbase and broader tyres, the handling has also been enhanced.

Ride quality of the Swift is sorted. It has to be. This hatch is built for this purpose. Potholes, bumps and the unevenness of the road surfaces are taken care of; without any grating. The suspension set-up on the rest is fairly akin.

Handling is one department where the Swift outshine most of its competition. The front tyres grip and the Swift clings to the line as per your decree. Minor corrections can be made through the steering that weighs well, giving an accurate feedback. The flexibility of the chassis adds to the enjoyment. Being engineered for city and highway, the steering wheel is light for easy manoeuvrability. It also weighs up with speed with a good feedback.

    • Overview
    • Fuel Type
    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    • Mileage-City(kmpl)
    • 11.0
    • 18.1
    • Mileage-Highway(kmpl)
    • 15.0
    • 22.9
    • Available Colors
    • Fuel Tank Capacity(litres)
    • 45
    • 42
    • Seating Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • Transmission Type
    • Automatic
    • Manual
    • Engine Description
    • 1.4-litre 98.6bhp 16V Gamma VTVT Petrol Engine
    • 1.3-litre 74bhp 16V DDiS Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 1396
    • 1248
    • Maximum Power
    • 98.6bhp@5500rpm
    • 74bhp@4000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 136.3Nm@4200rpm
    • 190Nm@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
    • Gamma VTVT Petrol Engine
    • DDiS Diesel Engine
    • Engine Description
    • 1.4-litre 98.6bhp 16V Gamma VTVT Petrol Engine
    • 1.3-litre 74bhp 16V DDiS Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 1396
    • 1248
    • No. of Cylinders
    • 4
    • 4
    • Maximum Power
    • 98.6bhp@5500rpm
    • 74bhp@4000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 136.3Nm@4200rpm
    • 190Nm@2000rpm
    • Valves Per Cylinder
    • 4
    • 4
    • Valve Configuration
    • DOHC
    • -
    • Fuel Supply System
    • MPFI
    • CRDI
    • Bore x Stroke
    • -
    • 69.6 X 82 mm
    • Compression Ratio
    • -
    • 17.6:1
    • Turbo Charger
    • No
    • Yes
    • Super Charger
    • No
    • No
    • Transmission
    • Transmission Type
    • Automatic
    • Manual
    • Gear box
    • 4 Speed
    • 5 Speed
    • Drive Type
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • Overdrive
    • -
    • -
    • Synchronizers
    • -
    • -
    • Clutch Type
    • -
    • -
    • Suspension System
    • Front Suspension
    • McPherson Strut With Coil Spring & Stabilizer Bar
    • McPherson Strut
    • Rear Suspension
    • Coupled Torsion Beam Axle With Coil Spring
    • Torsion Beam
    • ShockAbsorbers Type
    • Gas Type
    • McPherson Strut
    • Steering
    • Steering Type
    • Power
    • Power
    • Steering Column
    • Tilt & Telescopic
    • Tilt Steering Column
    • Steering Gear Type
    • Rack & Pinion
    • Rack & Pinion
    • Turning Radius
    • 5.2 metres
    • 4.8 metres
    • Brake System
    • Front Brake Type
    • Disc
    • Ventelated Disc
    • Rear Brake Type
    • Disc
    • Drum
    • Performance
    • Top Speed
    • -
    • 130km/hr
    • Acceleration (0-100 kmph)
    • -
    • -
    • Drag Coefficient
    • -
    • -
    • BrakingTime
    • -
    • -
    • Fuel
    • Mileage-City (kmpl)
    • 11.0
    • 18.1
    • Mileage-Highway (kmpl)
    • 15.0
    • 22.9
    • Fuel Type
    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    • Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)
    • 45
    • 42
    • Emission Norm Compliance
    • BSIV
    • BS IV
    • Emission Control System
    • -
    • -
    • Tyres
    • Tyre Size
    • 185/65 R14
    • 185/65 R15
    • Tyre Type
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Wheel Size
    • -
    • -
    • Alloy Wheel Size
    • 14 Inch
    • 15 Inch
    • Other Specifications
    • Seating Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • No of Doors
    • 4
    • 5
    • No of Floors
    • -
    • -
    • Payload & Towing
    • Cargo Volume
    • -
    • 232-litres
    • General Car Details
    • Country of Assembly
    • India
    • India
    • Country of Manufacture
    • India
    • India
    • Discontinuation Date
    • 2025-01-01
    • 2025-8-17
    • Introduction Date
    • 2012-03-28
    • 2011-08-17
    • Warranty Time
    • -
    • 2 Years
    • Warranty Distance
    • -
    • 40000 Km
    • 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
    • Rear
    •  
    • Navigation System
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    • Foldable Rear Seat
    • 60:40 Split
    • Bench Folding
    • 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 Door
    • 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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    • Intergrated 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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    • Exterior Dimensions
    • Length
    • 3995mm
    • 3850mm
    • Width
    • 1710mm
    • 1695mm
    • Height
    • 1505mm
    • 1530mm
    • Ground Clearance
    • 165mm
    • 170mm
    • Wheel Base
    • 2525mm
    • 2430mm
    • Front Tread
    • 1505mm
    • 1475mm
    • Rear Tread
    • 1503mm
    • 1485mm
    • Kerb Weight
    • -
    • 1080kg
    • Gross Weight
    • -
    • 1505kg
    • Interior Dimensions
    • Front Headroom
    • -
    • -
    • Front Legroom
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Headroom
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Legroom
    • -
    • -
    • Safety-Info
    • Anti-Lock Braking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Brake Assist
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • -
    • Central Locking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • -
    • Anti-Theft Alarm
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Driver Airbag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Passenger Airbag
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • -
    • Side Airbag-Front
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • -
    • Side Airbag-Rear
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • -
    • Night Rear View Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Passenger Side Rear ViewMirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Xenon Headlamps
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • -
    • Halogen Headlamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Rear Seat Belts
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Seat Belt Warning
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Door Ajar Warning
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Front Impact Beams
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • -
    • Traction Control
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • -
    • Adjustable Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Keyless Entry
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • -
    • Tyre Pressure Monitor
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • -
    • Vehicle Stability Control System
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • -
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Crash Sensor
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • -
    • Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • -
    • Engine Check Warning
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • -
    • Automatic Headlamps
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • -
    • Clutch Lock
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • -
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