Ashok Leyland Stile is a well equipped MUV that has been produced keeping in mind the safety and accommodation that a multi utility vehicle is expected to possess. As it comes from one of India's home bred manufacturer, whose history dates back to the independence era. The safety especially has got features that are not only expected of by the current market, but also stay as standard features for any MUV. It is integrated with an immobilizer to avoid thefts, child lock system to make it family friendly, seat belts to all the seats for passengers safety and electric power steering with speed sensitive function for driver's convenience. This efficient handling of the vehicle is backed up by the proficient braking system it possesses. The suspension contains a combination of McPherson struts and multi leaf making the vehicle more stable. While, the front and wheels have disc and drum brakes, which are efficient and offers the driver a better control over the vehicle. The overall structure looks decent and also has features, which enhances its appearance henceforth. The front as well as the rear bumpers being in the body color, outside rear view mirrors in black in the low and mid range trim, while are in body color in LX. The side profile is lustrous with sliding doors, which makes it easier for the passengers to get in and out. The wheel arches are neatly done up and fitted with a set of robust wheels. There are sliding windows to the rear doors for added convenience and better ventilation. The rear end has a bright tail lamp cluster along with a side indicator in it and a badging as well. A high mounted stop lamp fitted onto all the trims and other such features are integrated for better appeal and functioning. The comfort segment is well taken care of with features like, an air conditioning unit with heating function and independent flow control. There are AC vents to the rear rows as well, which helps in maintaining a pleasant atmosphere in the cabin at all times. There is tilt steering available that can be adjusted as per the needs of the driver, power windows for the front doors that add to the comfort, a central locking system to keep this vehicle secure and quite a few other features as well. All these features put together will certainly add to the driver's convenience and safety of the other occupants as well. Furthermore, a footrest for the driver is offered as an add on. There are a few cup and bottle holders that are provided all over the vehicle, which adds to the storage capacity of this vehicle. There is additionally an impressive boot space which has a capacity to suffice quite a few bags within it and this facility is immensely positive for undertaking long journeys. Apart from this, the rear seats can also be folded to bring in more luggage as and when it is required, which makes it a multi utility vehicle to the core. The seats have been provided adjusting facilities, the second row seats are fitted with head restraints which can be adjusted as per the preference of the driver or the other occupants. This vehicle is offered with a warranty of 2 years or 50000 Kilometers, whichever comes first. This can be further increased under the extended warranty scheme, which is generally offered by the authorized dealers across all the major cities of the country. The buyers have a choice to select this spacious and well equipped multi utility vehicle from five bright exterior color options, which is an added advantage.
The outer image of this MPV, Ashok Leyland Stile is very splendid and is available in quite a couple of decent shades. The front end has a grille which is quite wide and makes the look of this vehicle look much more wide. The higher end options have their grilles painted with chrome strips over it. Headlight cluster is placed on the either sides of this grille, which has LED lamps which have a turn indicator too along with them. There is a vast air dam integrated onto the front bumper and on either sides there are fog lamps placed. These lamps are useful in providing better visibility. And then, the windscreen is very wide and is fitted with a set of intermittent wipers. The bonnet is decorated with the company's signature over it, which is quite appealing. The side profile too has been given equal attention in making it look more edgy. The second row has doors which are slide-able and its window glass is given high gloss in black. This featuring adds extra class and sheen to the entire outer appearance. These doors have black handles as a standard feature. There are outside rear view mirrors, which are given in black as well. This entire body is held by a set of robust steel wheels that are wrapped with tubeless tyres. Whereas, this feature adds more look to the LS and LX trims as they are equipped with a set of stylish alloy wheels, which are of size of 15 inch and are of multi spokes. Its rear end too looks unique with its box like structure and have many chrome trims over its tailgate. There is a light cluster at the rear, which features a brake light, courtesy lamp and turn indicators. The rear windshield has a wiper fitted to it. Furthermore, a high mount stop lamp is fitted to the rear window which alerts other vehicles from a very far off distance too.
It has an overall length of 4400mm and has an overall width of 1700mm. It stands high with a height of 1860mm. It has a generous wheelbase of 2725mm and a minimum ground clearance of 180mm.
The insides look quite polished and painted with colorful and comfortable features. The dashboard has an instrument panel which has multiple notifications equipped within it. This panel sports information to the driver like, vehicle's speed, fuel level, trip meter etc.., Furthermore, this panel features a digital screen. There is a provision for integrating music system. The interiors are designed with plastic material which is of great quality. The LS and LX are integrated with a dual tone molded trims, which look very diverse. All the seats are well cushioned with good back and thigh support too, which will add to the passenger comfort, even while on longer journeys. There are quite a few storage spaces too all around, which are supported by cup and bottle holders, a glove box which is big enough to store quite a few handy things, a storage tray, which adds to better convenience. It has a manual air conditioning unit, which is integrated into the cabin and has heating function too to it. There are well placed AC vents all around the cabin, which will keep the cabin air cool and regulated at all times. There is a driver footrest additionally, which gives the driver some rest, whenever the clutch is not being used. Both for the driver as well as the co-passenger side are fitted with sun visors. A power socket is fitted too which can be utilized for charging any electronic device. It has a steering wheel which has three spokes and also has the company's insignia embedded in it. When it comes to the seating arrangements, the base trim, LE is offered a standard quality PVC seating whereas, the mid range, LS and the top end LX are integrated with premium fabric seating which adds to the passengers comfort and also gives a better look to the insides of this spacious cabin.
The cabin of this series of Ashok Leyland Stile is filled with features, which provide comfort as well as convenience in all the sections possible. The cabin is quite spacious and all the occupants can be comfortably accommodated. The manufacturers have offered an air conditioning unit for the regulation of the cabin temperature to the entire series. Apart from cooling function, this unit has a heating feature too. The cabin is well ventilated for the convenience of passengers. This are dual AC units for the benefit of better distribution of the conditioned air and the rear seats can access the independent flow control feature. This feature lacks in the base, LE. All the windows are fitted with glasses, which are tinted for better cooling of the inside temperature. The lever of the gear is integrated into the dashboard for the sake of driver convenience and this feature is offered to all the trims. Additionally, the steering is supported with the tilt adjustable function and this is available in all the trims. The central locking system is very useful and this feature is made available in the mid range trim, LS and the top end trim, LX as well. Furthermore, the front doors of these are integrated with power windows which is a huge convenience. The fuel lid opener is cable based for all the series of this MUV. The list of the driver's convenience is added with another feature and this is that the foot area of the driver is fitted with a foot rest for the sake of the driver. The storage capacity of the cabin is well equipped with cup holders and bottle holders. Whereas, the LE trim is offered only two cup and bottle holders while the LS and LE are fitted with six cup and bottle holders. For additional benefit for the occupants, the step-in height is given quite low which enables to climb into this vehicle without much discomfort.
The insides are quite spacious and all the occupants can be accommodated very comfortably. It has an impressive wheelbase of 2725mm, which resulted in a generous leg room. Furthermore, the head space as well as the shoulder space too is spacious enough. Its been offered with a fuel tank which can capacitate of about 50 litres. This facilitates to undertake long journeys and is quite resourceful otherwise too. It has a spacious boot compartment which can accommodate large baggage and furthermore, this space can be increased by folding the third row seats.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Ed's take : The acceleration of the Stile cannot be judged by the horses it produces as the Stile has a lighter body that makes it quick enough.
This K9K motor is equipped with an efficient five speed manual transmission gear box. It has the potential to reach a maximum speed range of about 140 to 145 Kmph. Whereas, it can breach the 100 Kmph mark in about 15 to 18 seconds.
Engine and Performance
Ed's take : The performance of the Stile is good, as it has decent power to weight ratio and there isn’t much of turbo lag in this K9K mill.
This MUV is equipped with a 1.5-litre, K9K, diesel engine, turbo intercooled, which is based on the standard common rail direct injection fuel supply system. It has an efficiency to displace of about 1461cc. It has four cylinders and sixteen valves, which is based on double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It can produce a maximum power of 75bhp at 3300rpm and has a potential to generate a peak torque of 185Nm at 1750 to 2750rpm. It is mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box.
Ed's take : The fuel efficiency of the Stile is good as it has been tuned for better fuel efficiency.
The mill of this MPV is integrated with a common rail based direct fuel injection system. It has an efficiency to deliver a mileage of 19.5 Kmpl on the freeways, while in the city conditions, it settles down at about 17 Kmpl.
Power of Ashok Leyland Stile
Ed's take : The power produced by the Stile is sufficient for city driving and even for the highway.
There are four cylinders and sixteen valves incorporated in this power plant, which has a dual overhead cam shaft as well. This is quite powerful and competent. It can generate a maximum power of 75bhp at 3300rpm and can produce a torque output of 180Nm at about 1750rpm to 2750rpm.
Stereo & Accessories
Ed's take : The Stile gets an integrated music system and it has a other bells and whistles that you will want in a MUV.
It is furbished with multiple accessories whereas lacks a pre-installed music system. Whereas, it is designed in a way that facilitates to install a music unit into the cabin with all the preparation with connectors. It can be further customized with an infotainment system as well, which would consist of an efficient display screen with touchscreen capacity too. A navigation system can be integrated too as per the preference of the user. Other such accessories could be a leather upholstery, fabric inserts etc.., The outer image too can be improvised by decorating with body decals, fitting roof rails that would make it look more stylish and roof spoilers as well.
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Braking & Handling
Ed's take : The handling of the Stile isn’t bad for its size. It might look large but it drives like a car.
It is bestowed with an efficient handling and a proficient braking system. Its front wheels are fitted with disc brakes, whereas it rear wheels are fitted with the standard drum brakes. It has a good suspension system integrated within it which contains McPherson strut type coil spring to its front axle. While its rear axle is fitted with a multi leaf rigid type of a mechanism for better balance and stability. It has a turning circle radius of about 5.2 metres.
Safety & Security
Ed's take : "The Stile has Electronic Power steering and it is surprising the way it handles despite its size."
This MPV series is well furbished with safety features, which are robust and makes this vehicle impenetrable too. A set of strongly built seats are fitted into the cabin, which are quite flexible as well. These seats are fixed with seat belts, which avoid any possible injuries to the occupants from collision. These belts have been offered not only to the front and rear seats, but also to the third row as well. This utility vehicle is family friendly as it can accommodate a large family with its seating capacity of seven or eight depending on the trim picked. But there is another feature, which makes it more family friendly as it has a child lock system for its rear doors. This feature is integrated to the rear doors in order to avoid exit by the children without authorization for it. Then there is another protection offered by the company to safeguard the vehicle from thefts even. It is an immobilizer and this mechanism is designed to freeze the engine in case of any identified unauthorized access to the vehicle. The steering is the foremost factor which matters to the driver and plays a vital part in the safety. Therefore, this has been addressed by the manufacturer by integrating power steering into all its options. This feature additionally is supported by the speed sensitive function to it.
This vehicle is equipped with a set of tubeless tyres which are of the size LT 165 R14. These are fitted to the robust wheels of alloy of 185 R15, which is optional in the LS and LX. Whereas, the base LE trim is fitted with solid steel wheels. Apart from all this, the company has also given a spare wheel, which is fitted under the vehicle near the exhaust pipe and the rear axle. It is a bit cumbersome to change the tyre, but at the same time, it is a crucial requirement as well. The other tools required to change the tyres are affixed on the sides of the boot compartment for easy access.
1. Spacious cabin and interiors.
2. Performance is quite efficient.
3. Packed with comfort features.
4. Maintenance is quite affordable.
5. Safety is well addressed.
1. Absence of music system.
2. Price range can be more flexible.
3. Mileage is not very impressive.
4. Airbags can be offered in top end atleast.
5. Outer picture could be improvised.
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