2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk review, test drive

What is it? There’s an adventurer inside every one of us. For some, this may mean switching on National Geographic, while there are those who prefer to put on their hiking boots and head out for adrenaline-pumping thrills, and the Trailhawk is this kind of on an adventurer. Every model that Jeep builds must have a Trail Rated or Trailhawk (as they are called) version; one that displays better off-road ability than the regular model and comes out on top in tests in five specific areas – traction, water fording,…

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2018 Force Gurkha review, test drive

What is it? The Gurkha manufactured by Force Motors is a serious off-roader – and by serious, we mean serious; its natural environment begins where other SUVs get stuck. Right off the bat, it makes its intentions clear; how many SUVs have you seen that come factory-fitted with a snorkel? But what exactly is it? Let’s begin with the looks. Looks are subjective, so the G-Wagen-inspired lines and flat panels (with corrugations) will divide opinion. But yes, all kitted out, the three-door SUV (there’s a larger five-door version as well)…

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2018 Range Rover Velar India review, test drive

What is it? The Velar is the fourth model in Range Rover’s ever-expanding line-up; one that sits between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport in terms of size and price. Like the F-Pace, its cousin from Jaguar, the Velar uses aluminium-intensive construction and shares the same wheelbase, too. But before all else, it is (in my view) the world’s sexiest SUV. Go on – see the images and all sides of the new Rangie. I think you’ll agree – the Velar just does not have a single bad angle. The…

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2017 Volvo XC40 review, test drive

What is it? A milestone vehicle of sorts for Volvo, as with it, Volvo now has an SUV for every series of car they make. This is an important step as SUVs are all the rage right now. Volvo’s baby SUV is set to arrive here around mid-2018, and when it does, it will square off against three German rivals, BMW’s X1, Mercedes’ GLA and Audi’s Q3; its other competitor, the Jaguar E-Pace is yet to arrive here. The XC40 is also a milestone for the Swedish carmaker as it’s…

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Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G Review

HIGHLIGHTS It boasts of an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU and Nvidia MX150 GPU CPU performance is good but the 4GB RAM makes Windows 10 very sluggish The Aspire 5 A515-515G-571Z is priced at Rs. 51,500 Intel recently announced its 8th gen Core CPUs for laptopsand desktops, which were highlighted in new launches at IFA 2017. Laptops based on these new CPUs have already started trickling into the market, and Acer is one of the first companies to start selling them in India. The Aspire 5 series has gotten the refresh, and Acer has launched multiple SKUs…

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Skoda Kodiaq Review

The Skoda Kodiaq was first showcased almost a year ago has taken considerable time to reach India. we first drove the car late last year in Europe. With the Yeti taken off the line-up, Skoda was left with no SUV in its portfolio for the country and SUVs are something which are in vogue currently and beneficial in generating volumes. So after a long wait, Skoda has finally brought its first ever compact SUV from the new fold, the Kodiaq, to India. We got an opportunity to spend some time behind the wheel and…

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Nissan Leaf review: second-gen EV tested

What is this? Don’t get too excited. It’s the second generation Nissan Leaf. You can read about the basics of it here. We went to Las Vegas to find out what it’s like to drive. So? Hang on, couple of things to get straight first. Like the range. The quoted figure of 235 miles in the first story was for the less-than-real-life EU test standard. The US EPA’s numbers, which are much more realistic, puts the new Leaf’s range at 150 miles. Which puts it firmly in the ‘will cause range anxiety’ category…

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2017 HYUNDAI VERNA REVIEW

m not entirely certain what role the 2017 Verna will play in Hyundai’s future. The market is shifting towards SUVs and sedans are on a slow march towards a precipice. The new Hyundai Verna is one of those cars that could bring a halt or slow that crawl even further for a brief period in time. The new Verna is a much improved car – it is after all all-new, built on a new platform called the K2. We, and the roughly 1 million unique journalists gathered at the event,…

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Fiio EX1 (2nd Gen) Review

  Fiio, best known for its high-resolution media players and portable headphone amplifiers, recently launched the second generation of its premium EX1 earphones. The successor to the EX1 promises improved audio quality and better craftsmanship. At Rs. 4,299, this pair is a bit on the expensive side for earphones with dynamic drivers. However, let’s see if the new EX1 manages to win us over. Fiio EX1 (2nd Gen) design and features The EX1 (2nd Gen) ships with fairly good packaging. You get six pairs of silicone ear tips (we only…

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Bitdefender Internet Security 2017 Review

Bitdefender Internet Security is a security suite that protects the user’s computer from hacker threats and malware attacks. Bitdefender, a world-renowned antivirus software maker, offers a number of supporting programs separately, including firewall, anti-spyware, anti-spam and anti-phishing software. All these software programs are mainly designed to provide the maximum protection to the user’s computer.  The company is one of the leading computer security companies in the world. The 2017 version has a number of nifty security features. It valiantly fights a host of threats like spyware, Trojans, adware, rootkits, viruses,…

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