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Monday, July 4, 2022

Citroen C3 - Honest Pros & Cons

While it is not wise to call C3 a compact SUV however it's a crossover from hatch to a compact SUV - something in between. Keeping in mind the price-conscious Indian car buyer, C3 is high on the localisation. The made-in-India C3 is derived from the  PSA's Common Modular Platform. 

The all new Citroen - C3 | Bookings Open


For now, only 2 variants - Live and Feel are up for grabs. There are two engine options - an 81 BHP, 1.2L naturally-aspirated petrol mated to a 5-speed MT, and a 109 BHP turbocharged petrol mated to a 6-speed MT. However, it lags the automatic variant. 


Design & Styling

Citroen's design language is unconventional and disruptive. Though dimensions are proportionate it feels like a well-designed SUV but compressed in size, like the Tata Punch. 

The C3 measures 3,981 mm in length, 1,733 mm in width, and 1,604 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,540 mm which is more than the Tata Punch (2,445 mm), and the Nissan Magnite & Renault Kiger (2,500 mm). You don't get alloy wheels as standard, but as an optional add-on.


C3 - Interiors

Also Read: 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 - Exclusive Review


Build Quality, Fit & Finish

The C3 uses a Common Modular Platform and while it is built to a cost, it doesn't feel cheap.  The doors and the bonnet are sturdy. The doors have a 3-stage opening & closing action providing a satisfactory thud. Overall, the car feels solid. The only downside is the quality of plastic used. 


The Infotainment system - Apple Carplay & Android Auto 


Wheels & Tyres

The Citroen C3 is offered with 15-inch steel wheels as standard with 'Tessera' wheel covers. You can opt for alloy wheels as an option. 

The standard tyre size is 195/65 R15 for both, naturally aspirated and turbo petrol variants and have a speed limit of 80 km/h.


Less on Space - Suitable for 4 passengers

Also Read: Why you should pick Ertiga 2022 over XL6

Ground Clearance

The C3 has a ground clearance of 180 mm, which is suitable for Indian road conditions. Note that the Tata Punch has a GC of 190 mm and the Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite have a GC of 205 mm.


Maintenance


Being a new brand in India, Citroen is focusing on providing good service for this car by leveraging virtual remote diagnosis, periodic service and maintenance with pickup and drop facilities, 180-minute RSA guarantee, remote service job card opening, service cost estimator on the website, genuine spare parts availability in 24 hours and service on wheels to name a few. 


Focused on building Service Centers pan India

Safety

The Citroen C3 isn't feature-loaded and have minimalistic safety basic. It has dual airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors, speed-sensitive auto door lock, and seatbelt reminder for driver and passenger. You will surel miss the adjustable headrests in the front and rear, ISOFIX child seat anchors, side airbags, and a reverse parking camera.

Also Read: Should you buy 2022 Kia Seltos or Sonet? 


Verdict - The Pros and Cons

Pros

• Disruptive peppy design! 

• Practical Cabin

• 1.2L turbo-petrol is sportier, while the 1.2L naturally-aspirated engine offers excellent drivability

• 6-speed MT offers light and seamless operation 

• Soft suspension offers a very good ride & handling 

• Excellent 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

• Lots of customization options and accessories


Cons

• Misses mostly on the latest features like the electric ORVM adjustment, IRVM dimmer (not even manual), climate control, rear wiper & defogger, reversing camera, alloy wheels, tachometer!

• Just 2 variants at launch 

• No automatic transmission on offer - a big miss when ATs are raging in India

• Quality of cabin materials is not at par with European standards

• Some ergonomic issues like the placement of rear power window switches, unusable rear headrest

• Cabin width makes the interiors suitable for 4 adults

• Long-term reliability & after-sales service quality are to be seen


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Monday, April 25, 2022

2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 - Exclusive Review

After recently launched Ertiga 2022, Maruti has given another block buster in form of XL6 for the Indian market, with a few visual edits and some equipment upgrades. Major alteration is to the powertrain of the MPV, to make it more cost effective to run and dual-tone paint.

2022 Maruti Suzuki - XL6


Exteriors:

More chrome accentuates the front grille giving it a mild muscular look. The 15-inch black alloy wheels have been upgraded to 16-inch dual-tone alloy giving it a more sportier look. At the rear, the roof-mounted spoiler is in a renewed avatar and the tailgate gets a new chrome garnish. LED taillights get restyled lighting elements and smoked glass. Rest, everything remains just the same.

Rear Profile of the new 2022 XL6


Interiors:

The design of the cabin remains the same as the former model. The dashboard comes with neatly integrated AC vents on the passenger side & has the same horizontal slots as before. The steering wheel remains identical as well, and keyless entry and push-button start are available. Although the infotainment system still gets a 7-inch touchscreen, it now runs SmartPlay Pro system.

The Interiors



Also Read: Why you should pick Ertiga 2022 over XL6

Connectivity:

XL6 now offers Suzuki Connect with over 40 connected features, including remote HVAC controls, driving behaviour analysis, car status report, vehicle safety and security alert, etc. MPV owners can remotely control their XL6 via a compatible smartwatch or Amazon Alexa.  

The 7” Touch Display

Safety: 

360-degree camera, TPMS, four airbags, electronic stability control, and hill hold assist as standard on all variants. Additional safety features such as ABS (with EBD and brake assist), ISOFIX child seat mount points, central locking, antitheft alarm, rear wiper & defogger, cruise control, ventilated seats etc., are also available

Ventilated Seats in Top Variant of XL6



Also Read: Should you buy 2022 Kia Seltos or Sonet? 


Seating:

The XL6 has six seats on offer, with captain chairs in the second row and two bench seats in the third row. Surprisingly much needed feature in hot Indian summers, AC vents are available for the rear passengers as well.

Comfortable Seating Position


Engine: 

The 2022 Maruti XL6 is fuelled by K15C engine, with a mild-hybrid system on offer. This offers a good 103 PS of maximum power and 136.8 Nm of peak torque. There is an option to choose between a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, and the latter gets paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. While the new XL6 has slightly less power than its predecessor, it gives a higher fuel economy i.e 20.97 kmpl on the manual version and 20.27 kmpl on the automatic version. 


Also ReadKia EV6 Electric Crossover (India edition): 10 Key Things To Know

PricingMaruti Suzuki XL6 is currently priced from Rs. 11.29 lakh to Rs. 14.55 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) 

Verdict: Suzuki has competition from Suzuki i.e. Maruti Showrooms vs. Nexa Showrooms. We feel Ertiga is better value for money option overall especially those under tight budget. None the less, XL6 is a good MPV and even base variant has many good things to offer. 

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Friday, April 15, 2022

2022 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga - Value for money MPV

Maruti Suzuki finally removed curtain from its 2022 Ertiga MPV in India with prices starting from ₹ 8.35 to 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom). In addition, new Ertiga will be available on its subscription platform with a monthly fee starting from ₹ 18,600 and ₹ 22,400 for the petrol and CNG model respectively. No changes or new introduction of new variants, thus we will continue to see Lxi, Vxi, Zxi and Zxi+ - with an automatic gearbox option available on all but the entry-level variant. 

Front Look of 2022 Ertiga

What’s new:

1.  The new Ertiga features a new engine and automatic gearbox.

2.  More modern 6-speed torque converter & a more efficient 1.5-litre DualJet petrol engine powers new upgrade. 

3.  DualJet unit develops 102 bhp and 137 Nm – marginally 1 bhp and 1 Nm down on the outgoing model.

Rear Look of Ertiga 2022

4.  The dual-fuel petrol CNG model develops a slightly lower 99 bhp and 136 Nm in petrol mode and 87 bhp and 121.5 Nm when running on CNG.

5.  Taking cues from competition, new 6-speed automatic gearbox available on all except for the base petrol variant.

6.  Now the paddle shifters is turning the Ertiga automatic more efficient. The new Ertiga delivers 20.51kpl and 20.30kpl in petrol-manual and petrol-automatic guise with the CNG model returning 26.11 km/kg.

Also Read: Should you buy 2022 Kia Seltos or Sonet? 

7.  On the cosmetic front, the Ertiga gets minimalistic styling changes to the exterior, just the new alloy wheels and the revised front grille. No changes in the rear.

8.  The interiors of upgraded MPV include new fabric upholstery and new faux-wood trim on the dashboard. 

Interiors of Ertiga 2022

9.  Some notable equipment additions includes the infotainment, the fully-loaded models get Maruti's new 7.0-inch SmartPlay Studio Pro system replete with a voice assistant and connected car technology offering over 40 connected car features and supports Amazon Alexa and smartwatch connectivity. 

Also ReadKia EV6 Electric Crossover (India edition): 10 Key Things To Know

10.  Other new features offered by the new Ertiga is cruise control, auto headlamps and the availability of four airbags (dual front and front side airbags) on higher models. The dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat mounts are standard fit across the range.

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

2022 Kia Sonet, Seltos Launched: Should you get one?

Kia Motors India has been riding high on the success of Sonet and Seltos for a few years now while they are all set to unveil their first India bound EV in a few months. However, due to poor results in India NCAP ratings, Kia Motors have updated both Sonet & Seltos for 2022 with prices starting from ₹ 7.15 lakh and ₹ 10.19 lakh (ex-showroom, India) respectively.

2022 Edition Kia Sonet & Seltos


Whats new in 2022 Sonet & Seltos:

The new Sonet & Seltos has an upgraded equipment list including a greater safety kit on lower variants along with an all-new diesel-iMT engine-gearbox combination – a first in India - on the Seltos.

Two new paint options on offer are Imperial Blue and Sparkling Silver - and get revised badging across all variants.

The bookings for the new 2022 SUVs are open across all its dealerships and online.

Also Read: Kia EV6 Electric Crossover (India edition): 10 Key Things To Know

2022 Kia Seltos: The upgrades


1.    Seltos now also sports a diesel-iMT powertrain option ( a feature that was limited  petrol or turbo-petrol engine.

2.    The diesel-iMT powertrain is available in the mid-spec HTK+ variant and is priced at ₹ 13.99 lakh. The previously available petrol-iMT powertrain is carried forward. Also new for 2022 is a diesel automatic HTX variant priced at ₹ 16.29 lakh.

 

2022 Kia Seltos - High on safety

3.    Kia has added more safety kit to the lower variants of the Seltos which offers 4 airbags, ESC, VSM, brake assist, hill start assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, and four-wheel disk brakes as standard.

4. The HTX+ and GTX(O) trims offer the addition of curtain airbags which were previously only available on the GTX+ and X Line models.

5.    Seltos has also added paddle shifters, drive modes, and traction modes on all automatic variants.

6.    The Seltos comes in a new Gravity Grey and Aurora Black dual-tone paint scheme on the HTX+ and GTX+ variants. 



 

2022    Kia Sonet: The changes


1.    While the Sonet comes in existing variants only, it too gets an additional safety kit in lower variants.

2.    Four airbags and a tyre pressure monitoring system are now standard fit while curtain airbags are now also available on the second from top HTX+ trim.

2022 Kia Sonet - Same Trims but additional safety


3.    ESC, brake assist and hill start assist are now available with the HTK+ iMT variant as well.

4.    On the aesthetics front, the semi-leatherette seats from the HTK variant are now offered in the HTE trim while the HTX variant now comes with the 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster. 



All prices, ex-showroom, India.

 

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Friday, April 8, 2022

Kia EV6 Electric Crossover (India edition): 10 Key Things To Know

Kia Motors had a successful run across ICE cars in India since the launch. However, with petrol & diesel both crossing Rs. 100 mark in many states the focus of car buyers is towards EV now. There are just very limited options in EV market in India, with Nexon EVs being sold as hot cakes. Taking cues, the Korean major Kia Motors will be launching their EV6 Crossover in India and will be underpinned by the e-GMP platform.

Global Kia Motors - EV6


10 Key Things To Know About Kia EV6 Electric Crossover

1. Kia EV6 is one of the six EVs Kia and Hyundai plan to launch in India and will go on sale as a completely built unit (CBU) or a full-import model.

2. The cabin of the Kia EV6 will sport a clean cabin design with dual-screen layout, including a curved standalone touchscreen for the infotainment system.

Interiors of Kia EV6

3. EV6 will also feature the connected car technology, an augmented reality heads-up display and Advanced Driver Assistance Safety Features (ADAS).

4. In terms of power-train,  EV6 may be equipped with a 58kWh battery pack that is offered in two configurations - rear-wheel drive (RWD) setup with 168 bhp single-motor, or in all-wheel drive (AWD) layout with dual-motor set-up that makes 235 bhp. 

Flared out fenders inspired by luncha stratos in EV6


5. Highly likelihood that EV6 may also come with a larger 77.4 kWh battery pack that offers 225 bhp single-motor in RWD configuration, 321 bhp dual-motor in AWD configuration. 

6. The range-topping, performance oriented GT variant would offer dual-motor AWD layout thrusting out around 578 bhp and 740 Nm of peak torque. 

India Specific Kia EV6 Model seen in Hyderabad

7. The rear of the EV6 is extremely good looking with flared out fenders inspired by luncha stratos from 1970s.

8. The two-spoke steering wheel looks really nice and houses the paddles to set desired levels of regeneration. 

Rear of Kia EV6 (India Model)

9. Kia EV6 is a perfect combination of tech, comfort, drivability however, lately their NCAP ratings in India has dented their image especially around the built quality. 

10. In terms of pricing, we anticipate it to be in range of likes of MG EV, however if they are able to get it between 15-20 Lacs segment, it will be a deal breaker.


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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Should you buy Galaxy F23 5G - Key Things To Know



Introduction:

The latest offering from Samsung India is the Galaxy F Series lineup of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy F23 5G comes with many first-ever features like the Snapdragon 750G SoC, Voice Focus feature, Power Cool Tech, 120Hz Gorilla Glass 5 display, RAM plus, 50-megapixel triple rear camera with 123-degree ultra-wide lens, and many more. However, the big question is with so many 5G Android phones available in the market, should you buy one? Check it out.




Key Specifications

Processor: The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chipset making the Galaxy F23 5G the first-ever Galaxy F Series smartphone to come with a Snapdragon processor. This powerful chipset onboard ups the game by performing enhanced on-device AI functions and HDR gaming.



Voice Focus feature:  This feature is super useful in a noisy environments, such as traffic, crowded markets, train/bus stations, etc. It filters the ambient noise at the caller's end so the receiver can hear loud and clear. This feature also bolsters the decibel level of the receiver’s voice so that the caller can also hear clearly in the noisy environment. This feature will appear once you pick up a voice phone call and you just need to do is tap the icon.

Heat Management: Galaxy F23 5G manages the heat dissipation using Power Cool Tech that keeps the operating temperature well under control especially when you are gaming on your smartphone. 



Display: Galaxy F23 5G comes with an Infinity-U 6.5 inch  FHD+ 120Hz display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 making the viewing experience one of the best in its segment. To top it up, the brilliant 120Hz display will let you breeze through any content.  Corning Gorilla Glass 5 comes to the rescue & protects the display to help the screen from being damaged due to an accidental fall.



RAM & Performance: Samsung Galaxy F23 5G offers the RAM Plus feature, wherein a 6GB RAM variant Galaxy F23 5G smartphone can easily expand up to 12GB RAM. The RAM Plus feature uses additional RAM from the internal storage & double the existing RAM, effectively boosting your everyday performance of the smartphone. 

Connectivity & 5G:  Samsung Galaxy F23 5G unveiled the first-ever Auto Data Switching mode that lets you connect on the internet or make & receive phone calls from your secondary SIM DATA when your primary SIM has no network. This feature comes in super handy when you are traveling to remote areas or low signal zones. 



Also read: Samsung Launches Galaxy M11, Galaxy M01 Smartphone: Should you buy it?

Camera: The Galaxy F23 5G sweetens the video & photography enthusiasts with an impressive 50MP triple camera with an 8MP 123-degree ultra-wide lens & a 2MP macro lens. The sensors provide vivid, bright, and rich-looking photos & videos. 



Pricing: Galaxy F23 5G then you can bring home the 4GB+128GB variant at Rs. 14,999 & 6GB+128GB version at Rs.15,999 and is available at both Samsung-eStore & Flipkart

Verdict: Should you buy one and our recommendation is a strong yes. Over the years, Samsung has really progressed in the Android 5G space with a lot less clutter in their OS. Also, if you are looking for a Chinese Brand alternative, this phone perfectly fits the bill. 


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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Storage Issues while upgrading to macOS Big Sur: How to clean 'Other' storage in Catalina or macOS Monterey

Introduction:

Come September each year, Mac users around the world look forward to upgrading to the next upgrade to macOS. macOS Big Sur & macOS Monterey are major release of macOS, Apple Inc.'s operating system for Macintosh computers. The successor to macOS Catalina, it was announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 22, 2020, and was released to the public on November 12, 2020.




macOS Big Sur comes with a host of a new features that elevates the most advanced desktop operating system in the world to a new level of power and beauty. It offers to experience Mac to the fullest with a refined new design. Be it Safari update or discovering new features for Maps and Messages along with the transparency around your privacy, it is hard to ignore.

Also Read: COVID19 Special Tips & Tricks: 10 things to consider while buying a new laptop

Mac users have flocked to install this new upgrade (~12.23 GB) in size, only to realize that with great features comes the storage hungry requirement to install the same. If you are using MacBook air 2017 with 128 GB storage, you are fatally going to fall short of space to install it i.e. it requires close to 36 GB free space. For the 128 GB storage MacBook, this is a huge requirement to pass. This article is aimed to free-up space in your MacBook Air with 128 GB so that you can install the new upgrade at ease.

 

Tips to free space in MacBook for Big Sur installation: 

There are many articles to help you with the same online but most of them fail to offer a solution to free up “Other Storage”. We will try to address it.

STEP 1: For starters, please go through some of the preliminary steps mentioned at Apple Support Website: Click here

STEP 2: Download Avira Optimizer from the AppStore or directly from its website. The installation is fairly simple and so is the running of this application. This tool typically cleans your system in seconds to get rid of junk files and improve the performance of your Mac

     STEP 3: Emptying “Others Storage” from MacBook: This is the major process to clean & retrieve free space in your MacBook. We called Apple Help Desk and the steps mentioned here are as per them (SOP): 

i)            Install OmniDiskSweeper – This is an Apple-approved 3rd party tool that shows you the files on your drive, largest to smallest, and lets you quickly Trash or open them

ii)          Provide this tool full access to read & write your HDD/ Storage drives. You can provide the same by going to Settings -> Security & Privacy->Full Disk Access

 

iii)         Click the Lock Icon to unlock and checkmark OmniDiskSweeper.app. Don’t forget to click the Lock Icon again to save the setting

           iv)         Run OmniDiskSweeper tool from Finder



v)          Select Macintosh HD (will be highlighted in blue) and Click Sweep “Macintosh HD” Drive

 


vi)         It will then start sizing the Harddisk (HDD) i.e. will flag which folder or files are occupying maximum size. Note – for 128 GB Harddisk, sizing process may take up to 10 min


vii)        You can go ahead and remove the Applications(Apps) simply by clicking and moving it to trash if you no longer need it.

viii)       We noticed, in our case about 65 GB was occupied by Apple Mail ( as we had configured a couple of email service providers like Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)

ix)         To delete the apple mail contents – just click on Users-> Your folder->Library->Mail-> Delete Content of Mail (For us now it is just 1.2 GB; it was earlier 65 GB)


 

x)          Close the OmniDiskSweeper and empty your Trash folder

xi)         Reboot your MacBook & Run Avira Optimizer again to remove any junk file

 

You will notice, that if you go to Systems->About Mac->Storage-> You have a huge free space available now



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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Decoding Nokia 43" Smart TV powered by JBL Audio, 4K UHD Display and built-in Chromecast


It’s raining smart TVs in India. Just few days ago, Realme launched it’s most affordable line of smart TV in India and now Nokia has launched smart TV 43-inch model. The new Nokia Smart TV 43-inch which had delayed launched due to COVD19 is made by Flipkart as part of a licensing agreement. In this post we would like to discuss some of its key highlights:


Key things to know about Nokia Smart TV (43 Inch):


Display: 43-inch 4K UHD (3,840x2,160 pixels) LED flat-screen display with 300 nits brightness, 60Hz refresh rate, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 178-degree viewing angle

Audio: TV offers JBL Audio and Dolby Vision support. It has two speakers on board with 24W output, also provides DTS Trusurround support. 



Mirroring: Sports built-in Chromecast.

Also Read: Redmi Earbuds S - 10 Key Things To Know


OS: It runs on Android TV 9.0.




Processor: TV powered by the 2GHz CA53 quad-core processor, paired with 2.25GB of RAM and Mali450 quad-core GPU.



Storage: 16 GB.

Apps: Powered by GooglePlay, TV comes with inbuilt apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, and YouTube.

Connectivity: TV offers three HDMI ports, two USB ports, a digital audio output, RF connectivity input, and an analog audio input. It also supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0. 

Remote:  Comes with Google Assistant support.

Also read: Samsung Launches Galaxy M11, Galaxy M01 Smartphone: Should you buy it?


Other features: TV includes MEMC technology for smooth frame-to-frame transactions.
Pricing: Television is priced at ₹ 31,999 in India and will be available exclusively by Flipkart.

Verdict:

Nokia products are known for their durability. It is a well-established brand. Though from the pricing point, it may complete with Realme & Redmi TV directly. Since the TV comes with bundled offers such as six months of youtube premium, additional discounts on various credit cards with easy EMIs, it will surely sweeten the deal. 
For those who are looking for a Chinese brand alternative, this Finnish TV will not disappoint you at all.

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