DRIVEN: 2012 MARUTI A-STAR

Technically the Maruti A-Star isn't a hot hatchback. But it is a hatchback nonetheless and we would put it in the same category as the Nissan Micra... micro-hatchbacks if you will. Their mass appeal involves the following: low low cost of purchase and ownership, fantastic mileage, low engine output, low

DRIVEN: MARUTI GYPSY

Now here was a surprise entry on our list of vehicles to be tested on our road trip. We happened to visit a National Wildlife Park in Ranthambore, where the preferred mode of transportation was the Maruti Gypsy. Rules stated that we were not allowed to the drive the Gypsies

DRIVEN: 2012 TOYOTA ETIOS

When we left for our road trip, we planned on test driving hot hatchbacks. Unfortunately when it came to the Toyota Etios, due a last minute issue, we couldn't drive the Liva hatchback. Instead we go to drive the sedan version. Not a bad trade-off since a lot of the

DRIVEN: 2011 FIAT PUNTO

All the emerging economies of the world are the primary market for several of the biggest automotive manufacturers around the world. In India alone, if you look at the hot hatchback segment, you have the Fiat Punto, Toyota Etios, Honda Jazz, Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo and Maruti A-Star to name

DRIVEN: 2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA TDI

If the Germans know how to do something right, it is to build quality cars. We can't think of a single German auto manufacturer that doesn't fit the mold. Yes there are hiccups along the way, but overall the ownership experience is always top notch. This is reflected in the

DRIVEN: 2012 HONDA JAZZ

In case you are wondering why this car looks like the Honda Fit, there is a reason for that. It is the same car that has just been re-badged depending on the country of sale. Other minor modifications are also made to this peppy little ride to comply with country

DRIVEN: 2012 MAHINDRA XYLO

Ok, so it is not exactly a looker. You can drive right past it and not even notice it. In the looks department, the Mahindra Xylo MPV is a plain jane and is in fact relegated to taxi duty for the most part all across India. That got us thinking.

DRIVEN:2012 VOLKSWAGEN CC

It is back. The slightly restyled Volkswagen CC. We still consider this to be one of the most beautiful cars in the compact sedan segment. Our 2009 Volkswagen CC has not skipped a beat since our purchase and continues to be an absolute joy to drive. Everyone who has seen,

DRIVEN: MAZDA 5

Plus: If you know about the "Furai" concept... read on. The looks, interior and exterior... yes. Furai all the way. And I like it. The best part is that it really feels like a car! I do have to admit though (after all the Ford and Ford affiliates... ahem... Mazda)

DRIVEN: FORD FOCUS SEL

Plus: I like Ford's new exterior design policy. Smooth lines all around. It is very pleasing to the eye. And for a base model it comes with a lot of technological bells and whistles which is always a plus. Ride quality is also satisfactory. Very good gas mileage too. Minus : Where