New Hyundai Santro gets In­dia’s best AMT

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The Santro is back! And that has to be the big news of the month even though it is very dif­fer­ent from what the orig­i­nal Santro was. The sim­i­lar­ity per­haps is that Hyundai is peg­ging it as the quin­tes­sen­tial In­dian fam­ily car, very much like it had be­come in its ear­lier life. With Shah Rukh

Khan back as the face of the new Santro, I see no rea­son why it should not do well. Not be­cause of the King of Bol­ly­wood but be­cause of what Hyundai has done with the car

– made it spa­cious, packed it with fea­tures and added per­haps In­dia’s best au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion to it. We have driven the car for this is­sue and have been very im­pressed.

Also in this is­sue is an­other car or rather SUV that is very im­pres­sive and that is the BMW X5. The Ger­man brand has taken a gi­ant leap for­ward with its con­ven­tional cars with the X5 as much as it prob­a­bly did with its ‘i’ cars a few years ago. It may look sim­i­lar from the out­side but there is a huge change un­der the skin and also with many of the things that have been tra­di­tion­ally BMW for a cou­ple of decades now.

There are also facelifts for the Figo/As­pire fam­ily of cars as there are for the Go and Go+ and we have also driven two re­ally high end SUVs, one an icon and an­other one a to­tally new one from an iconic man­u­fac­turer. Yes, we are talk­ing about the Mercedes-Benz G-Wa­gen and the Lam­borgh­ini Urus.

How­ever, an­other car that is back is the Honda CR-V. It has been one of my favourite cars since it was first launched in In­dia and I was look­ing for­ward to see­ing how it stacked up against the com­pe­ti­tion and we put it against the Tuc­son and the Tiguan to see how it would fare and you can read all about that in this is­sue as well.

All my best wishes for the fes­tive sea­son and hope you drive and ride safe. Seat­belts save lives so do make it a habit to belt up no mat­ter which seat you are oc­cu­py­ing in the ve­hi­cle.

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