Mahindra Verito Vibe Overview
There is no doubt that Mahindra has established itself in the utility vehicle segment. In extension to its strong SUV range, the company ventured in the passenger sedan segment with the Verito. The Logan, which was launched in alliance with Renault, did not click in the sedan market cause of its dated looks.Not paying any heed to this failure, Mahindra launched the Logan again but this time it was branded as Verito. What others saw as a desperate attempt, Mahindras saw it as an opportunity which would benefit them in the long run.The SUV maker has already tasted success with Quanto, which is a chop shop project on the Xylo. Not claiming to be the best selling compact SUV, the Quanto manages to sell in decent numbers.This time the company has run its chop shop project on the Verito platform and launched the Verito Vibe. With this latest offering, Mahindra claims to have cracked the sub 4 metre sedan segment with the Verito Vibe. So far it’s only the Amaze and Swift DZire which have been doing really well. Will the Verito Vibe change the convention? Mahindra Verito Vibe price range in India is between 6,50,970/- to 7,43,769/- , check for detail pricing of Verito Vibe in Carzprice
Mahindra Verito Vibe Design
The first impression that you will get from the new compact car from Mahindra is that it is the exact Verito with few minor tweaks at the front but when you will walk towards the rear of the car there you will find the real change. So let’s start with the front of the car the new Verito Vibe has the same boxy design at the front but the new grille has given some uniqueness to the front, it now looks more sportier than before, the headlamp clusters also gets a little smoky appearance which once again looks new on the old Verito’s front. The front lower bumper also gets little plastic elements to it which again is a welcome change to the front facial of the car. Now coming to the side profile of the car things start to get a little different here, the Verito Vibe gets a new 14 inch stylish set of wheels which is painted in Champagne color, some of you might dislike the color but Mahindra thinks differently, the side profile of the car also has a bold line which runs all the way to the rear of the compact car, the most significant changes that you will find in the car starts from its C pillars. The first thing that will catch your eye are the huge tail lamps which runs parallel with the rear windscreen, the top of the tail lamps has a little roof rails which once again gives it the sporty look and you will find a little bulging area just under the rear tail lamps (it cannot be called a rear spoiler exactly) just below that area is where you will find the rear boot door, the interesting fact about the rear boot of the Mahindra Verito Vibe is that you don’t have access to the boot from inside the cabin like you do on a hatch rather you will have to step outside the car and access the boot just like any other saloon. The massive rear boot has 330 litre of boot space but the only problem is that there is no lock to operate the boot door from outside the car, there is a switch inside the cabin of the car and once you press the switch then only you can open the rear boot door.Overall the new Mahindra Verito Vibe looks different from the rest of the compact car you will find in the Indian market, the unique looking rear and crossover style of the car will surely grab everyone’s attention.
Mahindra Verito Vibe Cabin
The interiors are identical to the Verito sedan which means you get a cabin which has generous space for passengers. Quality inside is just about average and some plastic parts are really hard in touch and feel. The use of beige inside makes the cabin feel a bit airy and pseudo carbon fibre inserts on the dash break the monotony. The centre console gets the black treatment with uniquely shaped buttons. The audio system is lifted off from other Mahindra vehicles and offers decent audio quality with good connectivity options. The rear speakers have been placed at the rear parcel shelf instead of the rear door and this enhances the sound.
The doors of the Mahindra Verito Vibe shut with a loud thud, they are heavy but the positioning of the door handles is too ahead and the driver finds the power window buttons intruding while opening the door. The lock/unlock buttons are placed below the right most AC vent which is an ergonomic overlook. The instrument cluster is easy to read and has multi-information display carrying a wide array of information including distance to empty and average fuel efficiency figures. The seats although wide, are a bit too hard offering decent under thigh support. There is a seat back pocket on the co-driver’s seat but not behind the driver’s seat. Rear seat passengers will not complain about legroom or headroom and all rear headrests are adjustable.
The Verito being a Renault/Dacia has quite a few of its traits, like the irritating indicator chime which sounds from the glovebox, rotary headlamp leveller and no redline on the tachometer. The glove box has decent space and there is an open cubbyhole right above the glove box to keep stuff. Mahindra hasn’t made the Verito Vibe a proper hatchback because the boot doesn’t open with the glass, instead it opens like a sedan. This makes it heavy to open the boot which has an extremely small loading bay and you have to bend to put stuff inside. The spare tyre is accessed from under the car and not from the boot. The boot itself is generous but the fixed glass and non folding rear seats limit practicality. There is no rear wiper/washer either.
Mahindra Verito Vibe Engine
Considering the heavy inclination of Indian buyers towards diesel, Mahindra played safe offered all four version of Verito Vibe with only diesel fuel option. The car has been loaded with a 1.5-litre Renault K9K series dCi engine. The engine has been detuned a bit in respect to this compact sedan and it churns 65PS@4000RPM against a maximum torque of 160Nm@2000RPM.The power:weight ratio of the car is good because of which it delivers an acceptable mileage figure. The car remains quite firm as you start the engine which is one of the biggest unique things about this car considering typical Mahindra vehicles that shook you up as soon as its engine sparks to life. The NVH level is low and you don’t feel it is a diesel engine unless you are on highways and cruise the car speed above 100kmph. Another praiseworthy feature of this engine is its tractability, manoeuvring through city roads is easy with minimum requirement of downshifts. The light clutch adds another plus point that helps improving overall driving experience of the car. The 5-speed transmission of the car efficiently delivers the power output to its wheels.
The 1.5-litre K9K series dCi power mill of Mahindra Verito Vibe delivers an appreciable mileage of 20.8kmpl as certified by ARAI. With cherry on tops, Vibe has been bestowed with a fuel tank capacity of 50-liters which means a single tank will offer you a 1040kms long ride when filed completely. The real world and road conditions may bring the ultimate figure down by a few kilometres, but otherwise you would love this car for its fuel efficiency. The figure that has been certified by ARAI is that for highways, so scene might be a bit different within city roads.
Mahindra Verito Vibe Driving
The Vibe’s suspension settings remain unchanged from the sedan’s, so it exhibits all the same characteristics. It has a very pliant ride, which leads you to believe that it will not handle well, and when you tiptoe through a corner, you discover that beyond the body roll lies quite a lot of grip. And beyond that grip lies very progressive understeer. Even the steering contributes to this feeling – it is a little vague when pointing straight and feels unreasonably heavy sometimes at parking speeds, but push the car through a corner and it weighs up really well, communicating exactly what is happening under the front wheels and elevating driver confidence to the point where you can find the understeer at the limit. It isn’t the best driver’s car in its segment, but it certainly gets our vote for the best balance between ride and handling.
Apart from ABS and EBD, this trim comes equipped with an airbag on the driver side which reduces risk of injuries at the time of accidents.The collapsible function of the steering column helps in avoiding injuries to the chest during collision. Fixed seatbelts are available in the base trim but the high end trims come with adjustable front seatbelts. Apart from these, an immobilizer is mated in all the variants of this vehicle. It helps in freezing the engine at the time of unauthorized entry to the vehicle. The rear doors are integrated with child lock system which makes this vehicle child friendly
Mahindra Verito Vibe Price
Mahindra Verito Vibe Ex-Showroom Price in ranges from 6,50,970/- (Verito Vibe D2) to 7,43,769/- (Verito Vibe D6 ABS). Get best offers for Mahindra Verito Vibe from Mahindra Dealers
Mahindra Verito Vibe Bottomline
The Mahindra Verito Vibe does not score In terms of looks. It is the most boxy hatchback you will see in recent times but then the Vibe scores more on the utility front. The cabin space is grand which is not there in many hatchbacks sold. Its generous headroom and legroom balance the lows of styling and premium interiors.In addition to space, it also has two mores strong points namely its diesel engine which is very smooth commuter and goes in a balanced way without any sudden drop or rise. This proves beneficial in traffic and on highways. The other is the suspension setup. Unlike other delicate and sissy hatchbacks, the Vibe displays great confidence on rough roads. It swallows potholes like very few.