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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.

Renault Duster

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

It is only the interiors of the Duster that failed to appeal us. The plastic quality isn’t up to the mark, even though the fit and finish is decent. The space in the Duster is just phenomenal, with large and supportive seats.

The interior quality on the Duster is decent. It isn’t phenomenal for its price, but it is good enough. The overall fit and finish of the plastics is good, but it is the feel that doesn’t impress. Even the inside has been designed ergonomically. The black and beige interiors look good and feel premium, as most of the Indians consider beige to be superior over black or grey.

There is loads of space in the front row and the Duster doesn’t feel cramped. The seating is a bit low, but the view is good as the overall visibility of the car is good. The support offered by the seats is good for the back and the thigh. Move into the second row and there will be no disappointment with the space for your knee and head. The space is immense and so is the thigh support. Even the boot is large for 4 people’s luggage. The Duster comes with a dealer fitment option of two additional seats forming the third row.

The Duster comes in three variants, RxE, RxL and RxZ. The latter two come with option packs as well. The RxE is the base model and it comes with basic features like black interiors, keyless entry, power windows. It misses out on airbags and also on ABS.

The RxL is the mid-model and it gets additional features like rear defogger and wiper, front fog lamps, trendy beige fabric seats, the centre console becomes glossy black instead of the charcoal black, electrically adjustable ORVMs, integrated music system with four speakers and USB connectivity, on board computer, glove box lamp and reading lamps being the major upgrades.

The RxZ is the top of the line version and it comes fully loaded with various bells and whistles like dual airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensor, driver seat reminder, body coloured door mirrors with satin, rear AC blower, leather wrapped steering wheel. These are the major add-ons, except for those that were already mentioned in the RxL.

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

With the Duster being a compact SUV, most of the buyers will prefer the 85bhp 1.5litre diesel engine. This engine has good drivability and sufficient torque to potter around in the city. There is no turbo lag either and it does make its case for a good buy.

Petrol 1.6-litre:

The Duster comes with a 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces 102bhp of power at 5850rpm and a torque of 145Nm at 3750rpm. This is a four-cylinder that earlier powered the Logan. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The NVH levels are fairly refined and the engine isn’t noisy. The power delivery is linear and the shifts on the box are also good. For quick overtaking one has to downshift as the power is most available in the higher rev range. The ARAI mileage for the petrol version of the Duster is 13.4kmpl.

Diesel 84bhp, 1.5-litre:

Duster comes with two power ratings in the diesel variant. One is 85bhp and the other is 108bhp. The 84bhp is available on the RxE and RxL trim levels. This is the same engine that powers the Nissan Sunny as well. The NVH (noise vibration and harshness) levels on the diesel Duster are quiet low and Renault has done a fabulous job on reducing the clatter. This version of the Duster produces 84 bhp at 3750rpm of power and 200Nm of torque at 1900rpm. The power delivery is good enough and the engine is fairly drivable even when in the city. Overtaking in the city is easy and most of the time a downshift is required. The 5-speed transmission is good enough and the shifts are positive. The ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of the 84bhp Duster is 20.64kmpl.

Diesel 108bhp, 1.5-litre:

The 108bhp of the Duster is available only with RxL and RxZ trim levels. This engine produces 108bhp of power at 3900rpm and a maximum torque of 248Nm at an engine speed of 2250rpm. The refinement level of the engine is the same, as the lower powered diesel engine, and there is no clatter drama. Once you pass 1800rpm, there is sufficient power to lug around the town. For better utilization of power, this engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual box than a 5-speed that powers the de-tuned version of this K9K engine. The shifts on this 6-speed manual box are also smooth and positive. However, there is a drop in fuel economy by ARAI standards to 19.1kmpl. On the highway, the sixth-gear will help to increase the fuel efficiency.

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

The Duster excels in the ride and handling department. It doesn’t just have a well sorted ride, but even the handling is good for its size and ground clearance. So, the Duster is makes a strong case for itself.

The Duster is based on the Logan platform and so it gets independent McPherson strut with coil springs & anti-roll bar at its front and torsion beam axle with coil springs & anti-roll bar at its rear. The ride of the Duster is fairly supple. All the road shocks are absorbed by the utility vehicle and the occupants get a smooth ride. The ride is similar even at higher speeds.

The handling of the Duster is similar to that of a sedan. It can be chucked around corners and its chassis responds well. Despite the high ground clearance the handling characteristics of the Duster are good. The steering wheel also is light at low speeds and weighs up well as the vehicle gathers speed.

    • Overview
    • Fuel Type
    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Mileage-City(kmpl)
    • 11.0
    • 16.8
    • 19.3
    • Mileage-Highway(kmpl)
    • 15.0
    • 19.01
    • 22.7
    • Available Colors
    • Fuel Tank Capacity(litres)
    • 45
    • 50
    • 52
    • Seating Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Transmission Type
    • Automatic
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Engine Description
    • 1.4-litre 98.6bhp 16V Gamma VTVT Petrol Engine
    • 1.5-litre 108.5bhp 16V K9K Diesel Engine
    • 1.5-litre 89.75bhp 16V TDCi Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 1396
    • 1461
    • 1498
    • Maximum Power
    • 98.6bhp@5500rpm
    • 108.5bhp@3900rpm
    • 89.75bhp@3750rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 136.3Nm@4200rpm
    • 248Nm@2250rpm
    • 204Nm@2000-2750rpm
    • 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
    • K9K Diesel Engine
    • TDCi Diesel Engine
    • Engine Description
    • 1.4-litre 98.6bhp 16V Gamma VTVT Petrol Engine
    • 1.5-litre 108.5bhp 16V K9K Diesel Engine
    • 1.5-litre 89.75bhp 16V TDCi Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 1396
    • 1461
    • 1498
    • No. of Cylinders
    • 4
    • 4
    • 4
    • Maximum Power
    • 98.6bhp@5500rpm
    • 108.5bhp@3900rpm
    • 89.75bhp@3750rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 136.3Nm@4200rpm
    • 248Nm@2250rpm
    • 204Nm@2000-2750rpm
    • Valves Per Cylinder
    • 4
    • 4
    • 4
    • Valve Configuration
    • DOHC
    • -
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    • Fuel Supply System
    • MPFI
    • CRDI
    • Direct Injection
    • Bore x Stroke
    • -
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    • Compression Ratio
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    • 16:1
    • Turbo Charger
    • No
    • Yes
    • No
    • Super Charger
    • No
    • No
    • No
    • Transmission
    • Transmission Type
    • Automatic
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Gear box
    • 4 Speed
    • 6 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 With Coil Spring & Stabilizer Bar
    • Independent McPherson Strut With Coil Springs & Anti-Roll Bar
    • Independent McPherson Strut With Coil Spring & Anti-Roll Bar
    • Rear Suspension
    • Coupled Torsion Beam Axle With Coil Spring
    • Torsion Beam Axle With Coil Springs & Anti-Roll Bar
    • Semi-Independent Twist Beam With Twin Gas & Oil Filled Shock Absorbers
    • ShockAbsorbers Type
    • Gas Type
    • -
    • -
    • Steering
    • Steering Type
    • Power
    • Power
    • Power
    • Steering Column
    • Tilt & Telescopic
    • Tilt Steering
    • Tilt & Telescopic Steering
    • Steering Gear Type
    • Rack & Pinion
    • Rack & Pinion
    • Rack & Pinion
    • Turning Radius
    • 5.2 metres
    • 5.2 metres
    • 5.3 metres
    • Brake System
    • Front Brake Type
    • Disc
    • Ventilated Disc
    • Ventilated Disc
    • Rear Brake Type
    • Disc
    • Drum
    • Drum
    • Performance
    • Top Speed
    • -
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    • 175km/hr
    • Acceleration (0-100 kmph)
    • -
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    • 11.9 Seconds
    • Drag Coefficient
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • BrakingTime
    • -
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    • Fuel
    • Mileage-City (kmpl)
    • 11.0
    • 16.8
    • 19.3
    • Mileage-Highway (kmpl)
    • 15.0
    • 19.01
    • 22.7
    • Fuel Type
    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)
    • 45
    • 50
    • 52
    • Emission Norm Compliance
    • BSIV
    • BS IV
    • BS IV
    • Emission Control System
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    • -
    • -
    • Tyres
    • Tyre Size
    • 185/65 R14
    • 215/65 R16
    • 205/60 R16
    • Tyre Type
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Wheel Size
    • -
    • -
    • R16
    • Alloy Wheel Size
    • 14 Inch
    • 16 Inch
    • 16 Inch
    • Other Specifications
    • Seating Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • No of Doors
    • 4
    • 5
    • 5
    • No of Floors
    • -
    • -
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    • Payload & Towing
    • Cargo Volume
    • -
    • 475-litre
    • 346-litre
    • General Car Details
    • Country of Assembly
    • India
    • India
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    • Country of Manufacture
    • India
    • India
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    • Discontinuation Date
    • 2025-01-01
    • 2030-01-01
    • 2025-01-01
    • Introduction Date
    • 2012-03-28
    • 2012-07-04
    • 2013-06-26
    • Warranty Time
    • -
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    • Warranty Distance
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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
    • Rear
    • Rear
    • Rear
    • Navigation System
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    • Foldable Rear Seat
    • 60:40 Split
    • Bench Folding
    • 60:40 Split
    • 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
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    • 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
    • 4315mm
    • 3999mm
    • Width
    • 1710mm
    • 1822mm
    • 1765mm
    • Height
    • 1505mm
    • 1695mm
    • 1708mm
    • Ground Clearance
    • 165mm
    • 205mm
    • 200mm
    • Wheel Base
    • 2525mm
    • 2673mm
    • 2520mm
    • Front Tread
    • 1505mm
    • 1560mm
    • 1519mm
    • Rear Tread
    • 1503mm
    • 1567mm
    • 1524mm
    • Kerb Weight
    • -
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    • Gross Weight
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    • 1781kg
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    • Interior Dimensions
    • Front Headroom
    • -
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    • Front Legroom
    • -
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    • Rear Headroom
    • -
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    • Rear Legroom
    • -
    • -
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    • Safety-Info
    • Anti-Lock Braking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Brake Assist
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Central Locking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Anti-Theft Alarm
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Driver Airbag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Airbag
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Side Airbag-Front
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Side Airbag-Rear
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Night Rear View Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • 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
    • Not Available
    • Door Ajar Warning
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Front Impact Beams
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Traction Control
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Adjustable Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Keyless Entry
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 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
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Check Warning
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Automatic Headlamps
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Clutch Lock
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
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