Pros : Looks , Features, Interior space, Seats
Cons : Drive quality, Gear box, Suspensions. Foot on clutch in constant touch with rotating steering rod
Pickup: Its in the drive mechanics on this vehicle , that, in my opinion, is nowhere near a global car. While the engine has a good pick up. After a few seconds, being a 140 BHP engine . The engine lags and struggles for a second or two after you leave the clutch. The Scorpio has better engine engagement than this vehicle. I would be scared to leave the clutch of this vehicle if I were to stop on a mountain road going up and having to start again. The Scorpio can start and roll even on 3rd gear. this vehicle struggles on second gear. There is a vibration as if the vehicle is struggling when you leave the clutch. However, after a second or two, when the turbo kicks in , it does move well as you feel the power kick in. I would be a bit apprehensive in a start and stop traffic jam or going uphill on a mountain with this vehicle. Once the rpm crosses around 2000, the engine feels great and in control of the vehicle.
Mileage:- It was a showroom test drive, so I could not comment on it, except what company brochures mention, which is 12 kmpl within town and about 15Kmpl on the highways.
Best Features:- Its exterior looks and cabin comfort.
Needs to improve : The drive mechanics and the entire driving experience came as surprisingly immature. The first immediate shock was that my foot on the clutch pedal was stuck against an exposed steering rod column. And as you turn the steering, all the nuts and bolts on the steering rod column were banging against my toes. It was at this very second I decided this was not the vehicle I would buy, at least not for this first release version. The gear does not shift as smoothly as the old Scorpio. It is fairly mushy, It needs huge improvement. The engine has a lot of vibration and noise. Compared to a diesel engine on any global vehicle platform. The suspensions were bad too, I purposely ran it a bit hard on a minor pothole road. The entire cabin was rattling and everything was vibrating. Its was very disconcerting to me. It certainly did not feel like a new car out of a showroom. surprisingly again, it did not feel as good and stable against the companies own old vehicle the Scorpio. On a speed breaker that I ran hard on, the shock absorber bottomed out with a huge thud. Like the old Contessas used to.
Overall Experience : The vehicle looks brilliant, and is superbly designed in terms of gizmos and ergonomics. Its internal comfort is fantastic. The driving experience, however, is amazingly immature. I decided not to buy this vehicle then and there, especially my foot rubbing against the exposed steering rod column unless future variants show improvement. The looks of this vehicle are fantastic, but the driving experience is not as good as the Scorpio. I wish them luck if they want to win over the global market with this brand . Although I have some doubts knowing what is available abroad at this price range.
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