Mahindra Verito Vibe Facelift Review & First Drive

OVERVIEW ;

“The best way to save taxes is to cut it short” well! that is what the policy of many Indian Autocar manufacturers recently. Few years ago Indian Government decided to give tax benefits to those cars which are under the sub 4 meter in length or has a 1.2 litre petrol or a 1.5 litre diesel engine, and Tata Motors started the trend and created one of their best sellers the Indigo, then Maruti Suzuki launched their Swift Dzire which also became very popular in the Indian market then we saw Honda launched their sub 4 meter saloon the Amaze in the Indian market recently. Now Mahindra also followed the same path and launched the Verito Vibe which actually is a sub 4 meter Verito, the shape of the Verito Vibe is really attractive yet confusing. It does not have an extended boot like the normal saloon but still it is not a complete hatchback either because it has a 330 litre boot at the rear and it cannot be accessed from inside the cabin of the car. Check On Road Price of Verito Vibe

DESIGN AND STYLE ;

There are some cars which look good and feel nice. The looks of Mahindra Verito Vibe get mixed reaction. This one has no relation whatsoever with flowing lines and curves. It doesn’t boast of an aerodynamic design. Even sans these attributes, the Verito Vibe looks different and unique on the road.Firstly, the Verito Vibe gets the Aqua Rush colour which is essentially a bright blue. Other than this shade, it also gets the Toreador Red. The Aqua Rush surely isn’t one of the best shades seen on a car but then it looks very funky and breaks from the conventional whites and greys seen on cars of this segment.

See it from front and you may dash to the rear to confirm if it’s a new car or the Verito as they both look identical. The front profile is very similar. It has the familiar looking Mahindra toothed radiator grille finished in carbon. It also has smoked-glass headlamps.The Mahindra Verito Vibe has a three box design. It has a strong shoulder line running along its length. The ORVMs and door handles are done in body color. It may be a hatch but then it has a tall roof line making it a spacious vehicle with great headroom. The Verito Vibe also gets newly designed Champagne Alloy wheels. These wheels look sporty with its new rib design but then giving it a dedicated gold champagne color was not one of the wisest things to do as it doesn’t gel well with all body colours. Book test drive for Verito Vibe in Cazprice

Fortunately, unlike the Mahindra Quanto which has an abrupt looking rear profile, the Verito Vibe has an edgy and quirky rear design. It features a first in class Light-Streaming LED Tail Lamps. The tail lamps are mounted at a high position and double up as the C-Pillar of the car. Other sub 4 metre sedans have a boot attached to it after the C Pillar but in the Vibe, the boot is an extension of the C-Pillar with a duck tail spoiler on the tail gate.One small drawback in the rear profile is the opening of the rear tail gate. It is a very peculiar arrangement. The tail door does not open with the rear windshield instead it chooses to open individually which makes it a big issue as the loading area has a limited opening.

Overall, the Verito Vibe does not manage to be a very impressive looking car especially if you consider the other sub 4 metre sedans like Amaze and Swift DZire. Even then this one does have a few high points which include the LED tail lights, new alloy wheel design and the two tone finished rear bumper.

CABIN AND COMFORT ;

The interiors are identical to the Verito sedan which means you get a cabin which has generous space for passengers. Quality inside is just about average and some plastic parts are really hard in touch and feel. The use of beige inside makes the cabin feel a bit airy and pseudo carbon fibre inserts on the dash break the monotony. The centre console gets the black treatment with uniquely shaped buttons. The audio system is lifted off from other Mahindra vehicles and offers decent audio quality with good connectivity options. The rear speakers have been placed at the rear parcel shelf instead of the rear door and this enhances the sound.

The doors of the Mahindra Verito Vibe shut with a loud thud, they are heavy but the positioning of the door handles is too ahead and the driver finds the power window buttons intruding while opening the door. The lock/unlock buttons are placed below the right most AC vent which is an ergonomic overlook. The instrument cluster is easy to read and has multi-information display carrying a wide array of information including distance to empty and average fuel efficiency figures. The seats although wide, are a bit too hard offering decent under thigh support. There is a seat back pocket on the co-driver’s seat but not behind the driver’s seat. Rear seat passengers will not complain about legroom or headroom and all rear headrests are adjustable.

The Verito being a Renault/Dacia has quite a few of its traits, like the irritating indicator chime which sounds from the glovebox, rotary headlamp leveller and no redline on the tachometer. The glove box has decent space and there is an open cubbyhole right above the glove box to keep stuff. Mahindra hasn’t made the Verito Vibe a proper hatchback because the boot doesn’t open with the glass, instead it opens like a sedan. This makes it heavy to open the boot which has an extremely small loading bay and you have to bend to put stuff inside. The spare tyre is accessed from under the car and not from the boot. The boot itself is generous but the fixed glass and non folding rear seats limit practicality. There is no rear wiper/washer either.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

A 1.5-litre diesel mill is incorporated that runs based on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system and produces a good mileage. About 21.03 Kmpl can be expected on highways and in the cities, this can come down to only 18.01 Kmpl. There are four cylinders and eight valves which comprises of about 1461cc displacement. These are arranged based on a single overhead camshaft valve configuration. This mill has a capacity to generate a maximum power of 65bhp at 4000rpm and also a peak torque of 160Nm at 2000rpm. It is skilfully mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gear box and this motor can accelerate to a top speed of 145 – 150 Kmph. It can reach from 0 to 100 Kmph within 16 to 17 seconds, which is quite good.

This oil burner is based on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system and is efficient enough in delivering a decent mileage. On highways, it can stretch up to 21.03 Kmpl, whereas, when driven in the city traffic conditions, this figure minimizes to 18.01 Kmpl. Power of Mahindra Verito VibeIts mill has four cylinders which further have eight valves and can generate a maximum power of 65bhp at 4000rpm and a peak torque output of 160Nm at 2000rpm.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

Mahindra bestowed Verito Vibe with an efficient suspension system that promises a bump free ride to its accommodators across all kind of paths. The front portion of the car is handled by a McPherson suspension accompanied by a wishbone link while the rear end is taken care by an H-section torsion beam along with a programmed deflection coil spring. The combination of these systems helps the car in covering all patches and unevenness over roads with smoothness.The car offers an outstanding ride quality and can smoothly glide over all kind of rough terrains without letting you feel the ups and downs below it. The 185/70 R14 tyres and a ground clearance of 172mm plays a huge role in ensuring this level of comfort. The car wouldn’t disappoint at all if your main priorities are a good driving experience with reasonable fuel efficiency.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

Apart from ABS and EBD, this trim comes equipped with an airbag on the driver side which reduces risk of injuries at the time of accidents.The collapsible function of the steering column helps in avoiding injuries to the chest during collision. Fixed seatbelts are available in the base trim but the high end trims come with adjustable front seatbelts. Apart from these, an immobilizer is mated in all the variants of this vehicle. It helps in freezing the engine at the time of unauthorized entry to the vehicle. The rear doors are integrated with child lock system which makes this vehicle child friendly

BOTTOMLINE ;

The Verito Vibe is a puzzling car – it offers great space in the cabin but a boot that is not very practical. The plastic quality isn’t the best in its segment, but the ride and handling compromise certainly is, even though it isn’t even trying to be a driver’s favourite. It retails at approximately Rs 6.6 lakh, ex-showroom, which means that it competes directly with the likes of the diesel Figo. Of course, it being a Mahindra means that spares will be inexpensive, and service will be available in most, if not all, corners of the country. If you value cabin space and the ability to carry five full-sized adults in comfort but don’t need brand value or a boot, the compact Verito will certainly give you good Vibes.

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