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Smooth cruise

autos Updated: Dec 09, 2009 20:25 IST

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Interiors
You’ll be impressed by Ford Icon’s driver-centric cabin. The driving position is fantastic and the meaty steering wheel feels good to hold. The seats are comfortable, even if slightly hard.

The Mahindra-Renault Logan is a relatively new car, but the boxy design makes it look older than it is. The interior styling is just as boring as the exterior. But the beige-finished cabin is spacious, comfortable and solidly built.

The Maruti Swift Dzire’s interiors are finished in a dark grey shade that lends it a sporty touch. The soft seats are the most comfortable here and the driver gets the necessary adjustments.

The Indigo Manza is the biggest and newest car here. Open the door and you’ll see a wide cabin. The dials, though small, look exquisite especially at night.

Engine
The Ikon now makes 67 bhp and 16.31 kgm of torque, and the new gearbox boosts performance.

The Logan also is conservative on power output and puts out 65 bhp and 16.3 kgm of torque.

The Dzire’s 1.3-litre Multijet puts out 75 bhp and 19 kgm of torque. The engine is the best here, only it suffers from turbo-lag.

The Manza, also powered by a Multijet engine, develops 89 bhp and 20.4 kgm of torque. Power comes in at 2000 rpm, beyond which the Manza is quick.

Handling
The Ikon’s steering is sharp, accurate and provides good feedback. It has good highway manners and brakes inspire you to push the Ikon to the limit.

The Logan absorbs bumps with ease and is better at lower speeds.

The Dzire’s suspension is tuned to provide a pliant ride.

The Manza, though doesn’t have a great handling, but provides a good ride.

Ford Ikon
Engine: 1399 cc, 4 cylinders
Peak power: 67 bhp at 4000 rpm
Peak torque: 16.31 kgm at 2000 rpm
Boot Space: 400 litres
Economy: 16 kpl
Tank: 43 litres
Range: 688 kilometres


Swift Dzire
Engine: 1248 cc, 4 cylinders
Peak power: 75 bhp at 4000 rpm
Peak torque: 19.3 kgm at 2000 rpm
Boot Space: 440 litres
Economy: 16.2 kpl
Tank: 43 litres
Range: 696 kilometres

Mahindra Logan
Engine: 1461 cc, 4 cylinders
Peak power: 65 bhp at 4000 rpm
Peak torque: 16.3 kgm at 2000 rpm
Boot Space: 510 litres
Economy: 16.45 kpl
Tank: 50 litres
Range: 820 kilometres

Tata Indigo Manza
Engine: 1248 cc, 4 cylinders
Peak power: 89 bhp at 4000 rpm
Peak torque: 20.4 kgm at 1750 rpm
Space: 460 litres
Economy: 14.35 kpl
Tank: 44 litres
Range: 631 kilometres