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It’s expensive, but depending on where you live, the FF is fun and versatile enough to be your only car.

  • Comfort

    Extremely comfortable. Extremely spacious. Don’t rub your eyes. It’s true

  • Performance

    If this isn’t fast enough, you should consider flying fighter jets.

  • Cool

    India thinks of hatches as cars bought by people who couldn’t afford sedans. Show them this, and their jaws aren’t going to work they way they used to.

  • Quality

    For the day that we had it, nothing fell off. However, as we haven’t had the opportunity to live with Ferraris for longer, we can’t really tell.

  • Handling

    This changes directions in the same manner an Indian politician changes parties. And for a car, that’s a good thing.

  • Practicality

    It may not seem like it from outside, but the FF can comfortably seat four tall adults and carry their luggage. Two door supercars can’t get any more practical than that.

  • Running costs

    If the first question that pops to your mind when you see an FF is ‘monthly EMIs’, then this car isn’t for you.

New Ford Ka concept surfaces

Posted: November 13, 2013 in News, Reviews
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The Ford EcoSport might be keeping the American carmaker’s cash counters busy, but that doesn’t mean Ford is not planning further products for the near future. Today, a few pictures of Ford’s next-gen Ka concept, a car that, up until now, has been a mainland Europe model only, surfaced on the interweb.

Though details are scarce, we can assure you that the new model will come to India by late next year. What makes the Ka special is the B562 platform underpinning it. This heavily-modified Fiesta platform will also spawn a bunch of new models that will replace the ageing Fords (Fiesta Classic, Figo) in India, and other developing markets.

The new Ka’s design is inspired by Ford’s latest Kinetic 2.0 design theme. Though Ford is calling it a concept, except for the flashy headlights, the model looks production-ready. The design language has been toned down to keep Asian tastes and preferences in mind, though.

With this platform, Ford will also be launching a new line of engines. These will not be a part of the EcoBoost engine family, but an all-new engine family to keep up with tightening emission norms.

So, the new Ka – hot or not?

Now which hot-blooded car lover doesn’t like some good old cops versus racers action? Be it in a movie or in a game, a good car chase just doesn’t get old.

Sure it’s not exactly the most original concept in racing games, we’ve seen a lot of them done before. But cops driving hypercars like Koenigsegg Agera and Bugatti Veyron; now that more than levels the playing field. All the footage shown in the video below is claimed to be in-game. If so, then the next gen consoles have just started to look sweeter.

Now watch the trailer and tell us what you think in the comments below.

330kph is a scary speed. Especially when the object in question is two-foot long, attached to a pole via a bit of wire and hurtling around an oval. Welcome to Tether Car racing: a mixture of mini NASCAR and supersonic swing ball. The centrifugal forces alone are capable of catapulting it into another planet.

It started in America during the 1930s when, because of the depression, money was scarce and people were bored. So to keep entertained, a bunch of people started putting model airplane engines in toy cars, attaching them to some wire and letting them fly around a metal pole at silly speeds.

People are still doing it nowadays with cars that are two foot long and built like Bloodhound. They have mini car bits in them too; including a combustion engine, exhaust pipe, air intake, flywheel, gearbox driveshaft and speedy wheels. At top speed they can pull a cheek-wobble-worthy 91G and look like they’re going to puncture a hole into a new time zone.

We haven’t seen something move this quickly round a pole since The Stig took up pole dancing.

 

No, wait, we’ve not gone crazy. Sure, one of the cars that you see here is a hatchback and the other an SUV. So why are they in this comparo? Because despite the difference in body type, both have a few things in common. First is size. Both are just about four metres long.

Even with that, the i20’s cabin is a bit cramped and the high window line makes the rear passengers feel claustrophobic. As for boot space, the i20’s measures 295 litres while the EcoSport can take in 346 litres of luggage.

While the i20 loses out on space, it has the upper hand when it comes to creature comforts. Both these cars get Bluetooth connectivity, parking sensors, keyless entry, steering-mounted controls and climate control, among other features, but the i20 also gets a reversing camera and a cooled glove compartment.

Like the EcoSport, the i20 rides well over bad roads, but the EcoSport’s 200mm of ground clearance means it’ll not scrape its underside while going over those bad roads.

In the handling department, the i20 is no star. The steering is light, which helps in city driving, but lacks any kind of feel at high speeds. The soft suspension setup results in a lot of pitching and rolling.

Like the EcoSport, the i20 gets lots of engine and gearbox options. For now, the 1.4-litre oil burner is pegged against the EcoSport. This engine churns out a good 89bhp and 220Nm of spin. The figures are not the problem here. The problem is the way it puts this power down to the road. The blower comes into play only at 2,000rpm and the power band ends at 4,000 revs. After which there’s only noise and no power.

 

To make sure you stay in the meaty end of the power band, you need to keep shifting through the six-speed manual gearbox. Luckily, the shifts are smooth and precise. If you shift right, the i20 can be quite quick – as proven by the 11.91sec that it takes to 100kph. And it’s efficient too. It goes 13.3kpl in the city and 16.2kpl on the highway. But even with that, it’s half a kilometre less than the EcoSport.

Secondly, what’s also common between the two cars is the pricing – the i20 diesel starts at Rs 8.09 lakh, and if you go for all the features, it’ll cost you Rs 9.31 lakh (all prices on-road, Mumbai).

With such similar pricing and size, you may want to look at the EcoSport before you go to the Hyundai dealership. And as you work on your decision, you’ll find the EcoSport makes more sense, with its higher ground clearance and extra space adding to practicality, despite lacking a couple of features, which you wouldn’t mind.

Hyundai i20 CRDi
Price: Rs 9.31 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
Engine: 1,396cc, 4cyl, turbo-diesel
Power: 89bhp
Torque: 220Nm
Gearbox: 6M
0-100kph: 11.91sec
Mileage: 14.7 (overall) 
TopGear Rating: 6/10

Ford EcoSport 1.5 diesel
Price: Rs 11.12 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
Engine: 1,498cc, 4cyl, turbo-diesel
Power: 90bhp
Torque: 204Nm
Gearbox: 5M
0-100kph: 13.24sec
Mileage: 15.1 kpl (overall)
TopGear Rating: 8/10