Mahindra Verito - Introduction
A little over five years ago, when the joint venture entity Mahindra-Renault launched the Logan in the Indian market, it was positioned as a no-frills, entry level sedan that offered a lot of space, good reliability and fuel efficiency at the best price. But unfortunately, the Logan didn’t fare as well as its manufacturers would have hoped for. Later of course, the marriage between Mahindra and Renault ended and the Logan, rechristened as the Verito found shelter in Mahindra’s stable. Last month, Mahindra launched the New Look Verito with a proper facelift. Mahindra has priced the face-lifted Verito at Rs 5.30 lakh for the base petrol and Rs 6.30 lakh for the base diesel model, both prices being ex-showroom, Kolkata. Let’s take a look at whether Mahindra has done a good job with the New Look Verito.
Mahindra Verito - Design & Engineering
One of the primary complains against the Logan was its Plain Jane look and it’s boxy appearance. Many joked that perhaps the design engineers had only used rulers while designing the Logan. But a lot of that has changed on the outside of the new Verito. One cannot deny the fact that the car still looks boxy, but certainly not as much as its previous avatar. The front of the Verito now sports new headlamps and chrome plated front grille which gives the car a slightly upmarket look and feel. The previously boxy front fascia is now a lot more rounded. The new bumper with front air dam also adds positivity to the look of the Verito. Although, nothing much has changed in the side profile apart from body-coloured side moulding which can only be found in the top-of-the-line diesel variant. The rear of the Verito is completely reworked and the car gets a new boot-lid and clear lens tail lamps.
Body coloured bumpers, reverse light and high mount stop lamp come as standard features across model range. The top-of-the-line D6 variant we’ve tested sports alloy wheels and clear lens front fog lamps. It is clear that Mahindra has put in some effort to enhance the appearance of the Verito and although this car is no head turner, but still the improvement from the earlier version is evident.
Before the launch of the new Verito, there was speculation as to whether Mahindra will follow on Maruti Swift Dzire’s or Tata Indigo’s footsteps to go the sub-four metre way, but for the time being Mahindra has kept the car’s dimensions unchanged.
Mahindra Verito - Interiors & Comfort
On the inside, the two-tone dash looks smarter and the ergonomics have been improved substantially. The power window switches which were previously placed on the centre console have been moved to the door pads where they belong. The old single-DIN music system has been replaced by the two-DIN unit from the Xylo, with features like Aux-in and USB ports. Even the AC controls are new and better looking.
Spaciousness and practicality which were the USP of the Verito still remain unchanged. There is loads of space up front and even heavy built adults will fit comfortably. The rear seating is very comfortable and, thanks to the car’s width, sitting three adults abreast feels like a walk in the park. And with a 510 litre boot, you will hardly get an opportunity to complain about lack of luggage space.
Features like AC, heater, trunk room light, power steering, tachometer, LCD display on instrument cluster, front and rear head rest come as standard across model range. However, the 2 DIN music system, remote door lock and rear defogger are only present in the D6 variant.
Mahindra Verito - Performance & Handling
The 1,461 cc diesel engine under the bonnet of the Verito is the same tried and tested K9 diesel engine from erstwhile partner Renault. This engine is widely used across a number of cars from the Renault and Nissan stables, not just in India but across the world. It is a versatile engine and one which is perfectly suited to the Verito.
Drivability for a diesel is among the best you will find in the Indian car market, and the Mahindra Verito will happily pick up speed in any gear from as little as 1400 rpm. This is a car where it is actually easier to surf the torque and change up gears quickly rather than rev the engine to the limit. Doing so appears pointless, for the K9 diesel engine begins to run out of steam past 3500 rpm. That said, its mid-range and drivability lend it useful flexibility, and you will be able to surprise many a car on the highway.
The gear ratios are well matched to the weight of the Verito, and even with four people in the car and with the AC running, we didn’t feel it to be underpowered. The meat of the power is in the middle of the rev range, meaning more often than not you only need to use your right foot, which makes the Verito very easy to drive, be in on the highway or in city traffic.
The large diameter steering wheel and the hydraulic power assist provide a reasonable degree of feel and feedback. Mahindra has raised the ride height slightly, and the Verito does sit tall on its springs, which leads to some body roll when cornering hard, but the car does not feel ponderous even at speed. The plush ride quality that comes with it is a big bonus. The notchy gearbox feels much the same, but Mahindra has worked on making the clutch action in the Verito noticeably lighter than before.
Grip levels and braking stability are very good in the Verito as well, although the taller suspension has led to some dive at the front end under heavy braking.
Mahindra Verito - Fuel Efficiency
The Verito is powered by the same Renault drivetrain with the option of a 1.5 DCi CRDi diesel engine or 1.4 MPFI petrol engine. The Verito boasts of an ARAI ratified fuel efficiency of 21.03 kmpl (diesel) and 14.04 kmpl (petrol). That’s an impressive claim, and although we couldn’t do a real world test on the Verito, we expect it to be able to deliver 14 to 15 kmpl (diesel) and 11 to 12 kmpl (petrol) in city traffic.
Mahindra Verito - Safety
Today, safety is an important issue that car makers around the globe are focusing their attention on. So let’s see what Mahindra has on offer to make the Verito a safer car to ride. For starters, features like anti-theft engine immobiliser, collapsible steering column, front disc brake, child proof rear door locks and prismatic day-night inside rear view mirror comes as standard across all variants. And that is not all. If you happen to drive away the top-of-the-line D6 variant, then you would also get the driver airbag and ABS with EBD.
Mahindra Verito - Verdict
The design and engineering team at Mahindra has definitely put in effort which is apparent in the positive changes in the appearance of the new Verito. The car now looks a lot less ‘boxy’ than what it earlier did, although there is still room for improvement on that front. In terms of cabin and boot space, the Verito doesn’t give you any reason to complain and it’s the perfect family car capable of comfortably accommodating five adults and decent amount of luggage on those weekend getaways.
At Rs 5.30 lakh for the base petrol and Rs 6.30 lakh for the base diesel model, the new Verito will face tough competition from the Toyota Etios and Maruti Swift Dzire. Toyota’s reliability and Maruti’s after sales network and recognition in the Indian market won’t be easy to beat.
The new Verito is available in two variants in petrol (G2 and G4) and three variants in diesel (D2, D4 and D6) and comes in the range of eight colour options – Diamond White, Fiery Black, Toreador Red, Java Brown, Mist Silver, Rocky Beige, Twilight Blue and Dolphin Grey.
Mahindra Verito - Competition Check
|Length x Width x Height (mm)||4277 x 1740 x 1540|
|Ground clearance (mm)||172|
|Turning circle dia (m)||10.5|
|Kerb weight (kg)||1080 (Petrol), 1140 (Diesel)|
|Fuel tank capacity (lt)||50|
|Boot space (lt)||510|
|Engine & Transmission|
|No of cylinder & configuration||4|
|Capacity (cc)||1598 (Verito Executive Petrol), 1390 (Verito Petrol), 1461 (Diesel)|
|Power (PS @ rpm)||86 @ 5500 (Verito Executive Petrol), 76 @ 5500 (Petrol), 66 @ 4000 (Diesel),|
|Torque (Nm @ rpm)||128 @ 3100 (Executive Petrol), 110 @ 3000 (Petrol), 160 @ 2000 (Diesel)|
|Suspension & Brakes|
|Front suspension||McPherson Type with Wishbone Link|
|Rear suspension||H Section Torsion Beam with Programmed Deflection-Coil Spring|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Tyre size and type||185/70 R14 Tubeless|
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