XUV 5OO: The best just got better!

The plush new Mahindra XUV 5OO has been launched at 15.5 lakhs (ex-India) Back when the XUV made its debut in September 2011, it created a storm and literally killed the “storme” (Read: Tata Safari). There was a lottery system to book the car, getting the delivery was a different story altogether.  The Indian consumer…

Volvo has launched the XC 40 at 39.99 lakhs(Ex-India) Likes: + World’s safest compact SUV. Period. + Superb European styling. The GLA doesn’t even come close to this. + Feature loaded. Name it and You have it. + Top notch quality of materials used in every corner of the car   Dislikes: –  The gear-box…

Skoda Kodiaq: The Best Alternative to a Luxury Sedan

 Skoda Kodiaq has been priced at Rs 34.84 lakhs (Ex-Bangalore) My heartfelt gratitude to Vinayak Skoda, Palace Road, Bangalore for inviting Shutterdrives to cover the Skoda Kodiaq in its glory! What is it?  Skoda has been a brand for enthusiasts and petrol-heads since it stepped on the Indian soil with the Octavia. With the SUV’s(read…

Audi Q3 35 TDI : When Performance meets Luxury

The Audi Q3 is priced at 38.3 lakhs (ex-India) Likes: + A complete overall package of Performance, space, styling & practicality + Brilliant interior quality. Feels leaps ahead of its counterparts + 35 TDI diesel engine is superbly mated to the 7 speed DSG + Highest GC in its class = no worrying about the…

Mercedes-Benz GLA 220d: Sporty yet elegant

Mercedes-Benz GLA 220d 4-Matic is priced at 38 lakhs (ex-India) Likes: + Aggressive front styling and the sloping roof make it stand out from the crowd + Top-notch interior quality. Mercedes has not compromised on the quality for this entry-level crossover + Compact size ensures  excellent agility: you can zip around some really tight lanes…

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 : Explosive Performance

The Mercedes-AMG retails at INR 77.4 lakhs (Ex-India) What is the 43 AMG? Intended as an entry-level and stepping stone toward the full-fledged AMG 63 experience, AMG 43 models come with subtle engines, as well as a much subtle price tag. All the cars also share the same drivetrain, a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 mated to…

Volvo V 90 Cross-country : World’s Most Beautiful Estate

VOLVO knows not all drivers in need of a large family car want a bulky gas-guzzling SUV. For the past 20 years, it has offered a four-wheel-drive estate car with sufficient ground clearance to make it into a music festival campsite and enough space for five people, their tents, their luggage and a ukulele or…