May 2022 kept our review team members quite busy, with new cars arriving in the CarWale garage almost every week. While you can read about the new EVs we tested here, in this space we tell you about the ICE models that went through the CarWale review test in the past month.
The Volkswagen Virtus is the spiritual successor to the aging Volkswagen Vento. Supported by the MQB A0 IN platform, the Virtus is a petrol-only sedan powered by 1.0-litre TSI and 1.5-litre TSI petrol engines. The former produces 114 hp and 178 Nm of torque, while the latter produces 148 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Scheduled to launch on June 9, the Virtus is expected to have a starting price of Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom). To read our Volkswagen Virtus first-drive review, click here.
The Meridian is Jeep India’s answer to the three-row full-size SUV segment. The Meridian is available as a seven-seater and is equipped with a 2.0-litre oil burner with an output of 168 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a nine-speed automatic transmission, the latter also featuring four-wheel drive.
Offered in two variants, Limited and Limited (O), the starting price of Meridian is Rs 29.90 lakh (ex-showroom) and goes all the way up to Rs 36.95 lakh (ex-showroom). We drove the Jeep Meridian and you can read our review of the first ride here.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the latest addition to the luxury carmaker’s India portfolio. The new C-Class is offered in the variants C200, C220d and C300d with both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol mill is a 1.5-litre engine that produces 201 hp and 300 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the 2.0-litre diesel variant is available in two modes. The C220d is tuned to deliver 197 hp and 440 Nm of torque, while the top-end C300d delivers 261 hp and 550 Nm of torque. The nine-speed automatic powertrain is standard on all versions.
The variants of the C-Class are priced at Rs 55 lakh, Rs 56 lakh and Rs 61 lakh for C200, C200d and C300d respectively and you can read our first-drive review of the new Mercedes-Benz C300d here.
CarWale long term fleet
Kia Carens† Volkswagen Taigunand Renault Kiger
The Renault Kiger, Kia Carens and Volkswagen Taigun have been part of CarWale’s long-term fleet for several months now. All models have different body styles with their own USPs and drawbacks.
On a recent trip we took with the Kia Carens 1.4 Turbo Petrol DCT, we loaded it up with three passengers to see how comfortable the MPV is for a 1000km journey on good highways, undulating roads and ghats! Click here to read the detailed passenger experience.
Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Taigun 1.0 TSI AT and Renault Kiger Turbo CVT are among the new entrants and have just started their duties as daily city drivers. Click here to read our long-term review of these models.