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Mahindra Verito Vibe Hatchback First Drive

Mahindra Verito Vibe Overview

Mahindra & Mahindra is one of India’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer has been diversifying its current portfolio into other segments. The company had bought over the Logan and rebadged it as the Verito, even took over the Reva brand.Now, it has introduced the sub 4-metre of the Verito, and named it as the Verito Vibe.This is a Verito, with a smaller hatchback. We take it for a spin and tell you, if it is worth the buck? Read further as the mystery unfolds.Unlike most carmakers that are building compact saloons from existing hatchbacks, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has followed the reverse route by creating a hatchback-like two-box derivative of its Verito saloon. Test drive for Mahindra Verito Vibe .

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Mahindra Verito Vibe Design & Look

Mahindra’s efforts to give Verito Vibe a unique look have succeeded to an extent, though its exterior features are simple and sleek yet they leave a positive impression on onlookers. Despite so many modifications the car still bears a close resemblance to its first predecessor Logan. The front portion of the car is marked by its impressive black carbon fibre grille that proudly bears the ‘Mahindra’ emblem in its centre. This grille is closely guarded by a pair of smoky clear lens halogen headlights that illuminate its way in all kind of weather conditions. The front bumper also looks sporty with an air dam in between and a pair of fog lights on each corner. The pair of intermittent wipers clears the front view by cleaning its laminated front windshield.

The side profile of the car looks noteworthy with a pair of 185/70 R14 14” champagne colored alloy wheels, encarved wheel arches, body toned door handles, pronounced side beams, and body toned side moulding. It seems strength and security were the main priorities while Mahindra engineers were designing this compact sedan.

The rear side of the car features light streaming LED tail lights that have been neatly vertically clustered on both sides, in between there is a wing shaped appliqu? featuring Mahindra’s logo. Boot lid’s shape does not look extended like other sedans but the luggage space offered beneath covers all flaws. Mahindra Verito Vibe despite being a compact sedan features an awesome boot space of 330-litres. A pair of roof rails over the top not only gives a premium look to the car but help in improving aerodynamics of the car. Added to that a ground clearance of 172mm along with a flexible suspension system ensure safe passage through rough and patchy roads. To make it better Mahindra offers this sedan with number of color option which includes some dynamic tones such as Dolphin Grey, Java Brown, Mist Silver, Fiery Black Diamond White, Toreador Red, Aqua Rush, and a few others.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Cabin & Comfort

Also, the Vibe isn’t a true hatchback. The rear glass is fixed (again to keep costs low) and the stubby boot which is hinged just below the rear screens opens to reveal an impressive (by hatcbhack standards) 330 litres of luggage space. But, what seriously limits the Vibe’s functionality is the very narrow boot aperture. The small boot access makes loading big bags a hassle and the high load lip doesn’t make the job easier. The rear seats don’t flip forward either, which again dents practicality. This quasi-hatchback, however, has other strengths which are passed down from the full-sized Verito saloon. Most obvious is the Vibe’s cavernous cabin that is identical to the Verito’s and this means sufficient room for five, full-sized adults. The rear bench is particularly wide and generous enough to make sitting three abreast pretty comfortable. A full-sized centre head restraint for the middle passenger endorses this.

The front seats are pretty wide and generous too but seem to lack sufficient bolstering, especially near the lower back area. In terms of ergonomics, the Verito’s flaws are carried over, which includes a centre console that sits a bit low – so to operate the 2-DIN audio system and the air-con controls, you have to take your eyes of the road. Also, taller drivers will miss the adjustable steering wheel as it sits a little too low in this car. Other flaws include patchy cabin quality like hard plastics and sloppy stitching on the seats, which all feel a bit low rent. The switchgear though feels quite good to operate and the chunky door handles M&M has redeveloped feel quite solid. Mahindra Verito Vibe Engine & Transmission

Considering the heavy inclination of Indian buyers towards diesel, Mahindra played safe offered all four version of Verito Vibe with only diesel fuel option. The car has been loaded with a 1.5-litre Renault K9K series dCi engine. The engine has been detuned a bit in respect to this compact sedan and it churns 65PS@4000RPM against a maximum torque of 160Nm@2000RPM. Check for Mahindra Verito Vibe in tec.net.in

The power:weight ratio of the car is good because of which it delivers an acceptable mileage figure. The car remains quite firm as you start the engine which is one of the biggest unique things about this car considering typical Mahindra vehicles that shook you up as soon as its engine sparks to life. The NVH level is low and you don’t feel it is a diesel engine unless you are on highways and cruise the car speed above 100kmph. Another praiseworthy feature of this engine is its tractability, manoeuvring through city roads is easy with minimum requirement of downshifts. The light clutch adds another plus point that helps improving overall driving experience of the car. The 5-speed transmission of the car efficiently delivers the power output to its wheels.

The 1.5-litre K9K series dCi power mill of Mahindra Verito Vibe delivers an appreciable mileage of 20.8kmpl as certified by ARAI. With cherry on tops, Vibe has been bestowed with a fuel tank capacity of 50-liters which means a single tank will offer you a 1040kms long ride when filed completely. The real world and road conditions may bring the ultimate figure down by a few kilometres, but otherwise you would love this car for its fuel efficiency. The figure that has been certified by ARAI is that for highways, so scene might be a bit different within city roads.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Ride & Handling

Chopping the Verito’s tail hasn’t had much of an impact on the handling. The Vibe feels just the same as the Verito and that means a benign, dynamic character. The Vibe doesn’t enjoy darting into corners or carving up a twisty road but handling is predictable and inspires confidence at high speeds. As for the ride, there weren’t any potholes or bumps on M&M’s Chakan test track to give us a real-world perspective but, the slight undulations on the track were quite easily taken care of, with the Vibe maintaining a flat ride. Mention must be made of the relatively tall profile 185/70 R14 tyres, which promise to do a good job in rounding off sharp edges and potholes.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Safety & Security

A part of the excellent driving experience offered by Mahindra Verito Vibe can be contributed to its sound braking system that does its job perfectly. While the front portion of the car is equipped with disc brakes the rear portion braking is supported by drum brakes. Apart from these, the braking system of the car gets aided by advanced systems like Anti-lock Braking System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) system that help maintaining control over the car during sudden braking and fast deceleration of car whenever required. These two systems play a major role in strengthening the security and safety system of car.

The safety front of the car is also strengthened with other standard measures such as a strong built, a fine tuned suspension system, driver airbag, steering wheel frame made up of magnesium which reduces impact of collision, central lock, day/night inside rear view mirror, anti-theft alarm, halogen headlights, collapsible steering, door ajar warning, electrical rear window child lock, fog lamps, a laminated windshield, adjustable front seats belts, adjustable head restraints over front and rear seats, remote door locking, and a few others. The safety as well as braking system of this car are one of its biggest USPs and make it one of the most reliable cars.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Price in Bangalore

Mahindra Verito Vibe On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 7,60,358 to 8,69,362 for variants Verito Vibe D2 and Verito Vibe D6 ABS respectively. Mahindra Verito Vibe is available in 3 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Verito Vibe variants price in Bangalore. Check for Verito Vibe price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Final Thought

The Verito Vibe is a spacious hatchback with decent power on offer. Mahindra also has a good spread network of dealerships and is in everyone’s good books. But, at about Rs 8 lakhs on road for a hatchback that doesn’t get all the bells and whistles and even certain must-have features like rear wiper could be an issue.Even the hatchback doesn’t open completely and the rear seats also do not fold. If you need a spacious, no non-sense hatchback, we recommend the mi-variant of the Verito Vibe, as the D6 is tad too expensive.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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