Mahindra Verito Vibe Hatchback Test drive & Transmission

Mahindra Verito Vibe Overview

There is no doubt that Mahindra has established itself in the utility vehicle segment. In extension to its strong SUV range, the company ventured in the passenger sedan segment with the Verito. The Logan, which was launched in alliance with Renault, did not click in the sedan market cause of its dated looks.Not paying any heed to this failure, Mahindra launched the Logan again but this time it was branded as Verito. What others saw as a desperate attempt, Mahindras saw it as an opportunity which would benefit them in the long run.  For information on contact details of Mahindra car dealers in Bangalore

The SUV maker has already tasted success with Quanto, which is a chop shop project on the Xylo. Not claiming to be the best selling compact SUV, the Quanto manages to sell in decent numbers.This time the company has run its chop shop project on the Verito platform and launched the Verito Vibe. With this latest offering, Mahindra claims to have cracked the sub 4 metre sedan segment with the Verito Vibe. So far it’s only the Amaze and Swift DZire which have been doing really well. Will the Verito Vibe change the convention?

Mahindra Verito Vibe Style

The first impression that you will get from the new compact car from Mahindra is that it is the exact Verito with few minor tweaks at the front but when you will walk towards the rear of the car there you will find the real change. So let’s start with the front of the car the new Verito Vibe has the same boxy design at the front but the new grille has given some uniqueness to the front, it now looks more sportier than before, the headlamp clusters also gets a little smoky appearance which once again looks new on the old Verito’s front. The front lower bumper also gets little plastic elements to it which again is a welcome change to the front facial of the car. Now coming to the side profile of the car things start to get a little different here, the Verito Vibe gets a new 14 inch stylish set of wheels which is painted in Champagne color, some of you might dislike the color but Mahindra thinks differently, the side profile of the car also has a bold line which runs all the way to the rear of the compact car, the most significant changes that you will find in the car starts from its C pillars. The first thing that will catch your eye are the huge tail lamps which runs parallel with the rear windscreen, the top of the tail lamps has a little roof rails which once again gives it the sporty look and you will find a little bulging area just under the rear tail lamps (it cannot be called a rear spoiler exactly) just below that area is where you will find the rear boot door, the interesting fact about the rear boot of the Mahindra Verito Vibe is that you don’t have access to the boot from inside the cabin like you do on a hatch rather you will have to step outside the car and access the boot just like any other saloon. The massive rear boot has 330 litre of boot space but the only problem is that there is no lock to operate the boot door from outside the car, there is a switch inside the cabin of the car and once you press the switch then only you can open the rear boot door.Overall the new Mahindra Verito Vibe looks different from the rest of the compact car you will find in the Indian market, the unique looking rear and crossover style of the car will surely grab everyone’s attention.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Space

Now we have talked a whole lot about the exterior styling of the car now let’s talk about its interiors. The new Verito Vibe interiors looks more like its sedan the front dashboard looks similar to the saloon Verito with the typical two tone black and beige color in it. Although the instrument panel have been taken directly from the Verito sedan along with the Seat fabrics. Coming to the seats the Verito Vibe can easily accommodate 5 adults inside its cabin. The front seats are spacious and are comfortable whereas the rear seats are also impressive and easily can accommodate 3 adults. The Vibe is absolutely spacious and has plenty of leg and headroom at both its front and rear.Some of the other features which are available inside the cabin are provided below:

– Large 330 litre Boot Space – Widest Backseat with 3 Adjustable Rear Headrests – Quadra-tone Dashboard with – 2 DIN Music System with CD player, MP3, USB, AUX – Quick Cool AC with Ergonomic Controls – Multi-directional Circular AC Vents – Front Dash Parcel Shelf with Chrome Accent – instrument Panel with Multi-information display – Electric ORVM Controls

One thing might disappoint everybody is that there is no steering mounted controls even in the top end variant of the Verito Vibe. The rear boot opening is too small and as a result of those loading and unloading heavy goods might cause a big problem and there is also no switch or lock to open the rear boot door from outside the car.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Gearbox

The Verito Vibe uses the same engine as on Verito. Vibe is offered only in a diesel engine trim as Mahindras don’t have a smaller petrol unit to haul this car and at the same time avail the tax benefits of a sub 4 metre car.The Verito Vibe comes across as a decent commuter with no excitement. It can be a weekday solution from home to office kinds. This one is powered by a 4 cylinder 1461cc dCi CRDi Diesel engine. This unit produces a peak power of 65PS at 4000 rpm and a torque of 160Nm at 2000 rpm.This not just any sedan cut into a hatchback project by excusing the extreme third box. In the Verito Vibe, the third box has been reduced to the maximum limit. The overall length of the Verito has been brought down from 4277mm to 3991mm but the wheelbase stays intact at 2630mm. The Kerb weight of the Vibe has shot up too by 15 kgs.

Some issues which were seen in the Verito have been repeated in this smaller version too like the cabin is still not insulated and the growl of the diesel engine is evidently audible inside. Even the functioning of wiper or the power windows appears very crude and basic.The diesel unit however scores well in terms of power delivery. It displays very minimal lag and performs very well in stop go traffic. The gear shifts are not as smooth as the one in Swift DZire but then even the one on Amaze appears notchy. The notchy gears are well complimented by the smooth clutch which comes handy in traffic flooded areas.On highways, the Vibe lacks the punch especially at higher engine speeds. It cruises very well till about 130 kmph but then after crossing it the engine begins panting hard and the efforts taken by the diesel unit get evident. Overtaking is not difficult. The steering is not very smooth and thus maneuvering can be a bit of an issue.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Rideing

The Verito Vibe uses the same underpinnings as the Verito and the driving experience can’t match most cars in the segment or price range. The steering is too big and feels quite heavy at parking speeds. However it just doesn’t weigh up at high speeds and there is some body roll too. Driving enthusiastically will make you do too many counter corrections to keep the Verito vibe in a lane, it simply doesn’t offer feedback although the vehicle remains stable at speed and NVH levels are very good.

However where the Mahindra Verito Vibe simply excels is the way it rides. The suspension has been set up to gobble the worst of roads in its stride. The car simply glides on tarmac and the ride quality is excellent even at the rear. Braking performance is good too although pedal bite could be slightly improved. The driving position could have been better as the controls don’t easily fall in the hands of the driver and one really needs to stop to operate the audio system as there are no steering mounted controls.

Mahindra Verito Vibe Safety

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

Mahindra Verito Vibe Cost in Hyderabad

Mahindra Verito Vibe Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,48,400/- (Verito Vibe D2) to 7,40,800/- (Verito Vibe D6 ABS). Get best offers for Mahindra Verito Vibe from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Verito Vibe price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mahindra Verito Vibe Conclusion

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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