Autocar India Magazine

Issue: 179  |  July 2014

Audi is all set to launch its most affordable sedan here soon and we bring you an exclusive drive of this first-of-its-kind compact luxury sedan. Also coming your way is a line-up that includes the likes of the Mercedes S 350 CDI, Bentley's V8-equipped Flying Spur and the third-gen BMW X5 SUV. There's a bevy of facelifted cars from Nissan, Ford and Chevy and two outrageously powerful SUVs battle it out in our comparo. On two wheels, we got astride BMW's street fighter, the S1000R and boy, were we swept away. Read on to know what else we've got packed in between the covers. 
 
Audi A3 - After garnering a lot of praise in international markets, it comes to India looking to take the compact luxury segment by storm. Audi aims to exceed expectations and ace its competition with the A3. Sure to get the baby Mercs and the BMW hatch sweating, we put the A3 through our litmus test.
 
Mercedes-Benz S 350 CDI - Merc has launched a diesel sibling of the 'Best car in the World'. Don't associate luxury travel with a diesel motor? This Merc flagship luxury sedan will most certainly change the way you think. 
 
New BMW X5 - Despite this third-gen of the SUV being bigger, it is lighter and packs in more power than before. BMW's focus on the drivability has effectively translated into a great driver's car. We find out if the now locally assembled SUV is worth its price tag.
 
Nissan Sunny facelift - Nissan's Sunny has always been considered a very capable contender in the sedan segment. With Nissan now giving it a number of updates and additions, the Sunny may just become 'the deal' of the sedan segment.
 
BMW M3 - Following in the footsteps of the M5 and M6, the new M3 is no longer naturally aspirated. Powerful yet subtle, we take the M3 to the circuit to see how it delivers on the 'driving machine' tagline.
 
Ford Fiesta facelift - When Ford launched the 'global' Fiesta sedan in India, it was met with a very lukewarm response. Hoping to give its mid-size sedan a second run, Ford gives it some much needed refreshes, and a much more attractive price tag.
 
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo - Large and heavy is generally synonymous with sluggish. But when you throw brutally powerful engines into the bay, it puts the 'sport' back in the SUV. The latest beast from Merc's performance arm takes on the original Sports SUV.
 
Hyundai Eon 1.0 vs Datsun Go - Small, affordable, frugal and perfect for the urban setting. The Hyundai Eon with its new 1.0-litre unit and the Datsun Go fight for the working-class buyer's attention.
 
BMW S1000R - It is one of the most powerful naked bikes in the world. When we heard its jaw-dropping price tag, we were forced to pin its throttle to find out why. Read the entire first ride to know it all.
 
Tribute to the Amby - A motoring icon that will never be forgotten. Hindustan Motors has officially stopped production of the Ambassador. We get the opportunity to document a part of the Amby's legacy.    
 
 

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