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COMPARED: Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V

Ford India launched its Freestyle CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle) on April 26th. The Freestyle is based on the Figo facelift and looks more rugged and even a tad more premium than its hatchback sibling. The Ford Freestyle takes on vehicles like the Hyundai i20 Active and Honda WR-V. Our Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V comparison here should help you choose between the three.

COMPARED: Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V

Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V – Price

Ford Freestyle Prices 

  • Petrol – Rs 5.09 – 6.94 lakh
  • Diesel – Rs 6.09 – 7.89 lakh
  • Hyundai i20 Active Prices 

    • Petrol – Rs 7.04 – 8.70 lakh
  • Diesel – Rs 8.10 – 10.11 lakh
  • Honda WR-V Prices 

    • Petrol – Rs 7.86 – 9.09 lakh
  • Diesel – Rs 8.09 -10.00 lakh
  • As can be seen above, the new Ford Freestyle has a great advantage over both competitors in terms of pricing. A quick look at the prices reveals that the top-end diesel variant of the Freestyle costs Rs 7.89 lakh, which is cheaper than the base model of the diesel-powered i20 Active. Also, it’s a full Rs 20,000 cheaper than the base model of the diesel-powered Honda WR-V.

    In a similar fashion, the fully-loaded petrol model of the Ford Freestyle is slightly cheaper than the base petrol model of the i20 Active. It’s also Rs 92,000 cheaper than the base model of the petrol-powered Honda WR-V. It’s very clear that the latest Ford car in India has been priced really very competitively. It ends up being significantly cheaper than its rivals. You can buy a fully-loaded Freestyle for less than what the base models of the i20 Active and WR-V command. This makes the new car an amazing value-for-money buy.

    COMPARED: Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V

    Ford Freestyle Vs Hyundai I20 Active Vs Honda WR-V Specifications

    Ford Freestyle Specs 

    • Petrol – 1.2-litre, 97 PS – 120 Nm
  • Diesel – 1.5-litre, 100 PS – 215 Nm
  • Hyundai i20 Active Specs 

    • Petrol – 1.2-litre, 83 PS – 115 Nm
  • Diesel – 1.4-litre, 90 PS – 220 Nm
  • Honda WR-V Prices 

    • Petrol – 1.2-litre, 90 PS – 110 Nm
  • Diesel – 1.5-litre, 100 PS – 200 Nm
  • The Ford Freestyle enjoys a slight edge in terms of performance. The new car is available with two engine options – a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that churns out a maximum power of 100 PS and a new 1.2-litre petrol engine from the company’s Dragon series of motors that offers 97 PS. Both the motors come mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

    The i20 Active gets a 1.2-litre petrol engine that outputs 83 PS and a 1.4-litre diesel engine that offers 90 PS. Hence, it has a clear disadvantage when compared to the Freestyle. The Honda WR-V’s 1.2-litre petrol engine outputs 90 PS. Its 1.5-litre diesel engine offers 100 PS. While the difference in power is only marginal, the Freestyle enjoys some advantage over its rivals at least on paper.

    COMPARED: Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V

    Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V – Ground Clearance

    Ford Freestyle Ground Clearance

    Hyundai i20 Active Ground Clearance 

    Honda WR-V Ground Clearance 

    Among the strongest USPs of these pseudo-SUVs is their high ground clearance. The increased ground clearance helps these cars easily tackle rough roads. In terms of ground clearance, all three cars here are equally matched.

    COMPARED: Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V

    Ford Freestyle Vs Hyundai I20 Active Vs Honda WR-V Design

    While none of these three cars looks anywhere as rugged as a typical SUV, they carry enough styling updates to justify the crossover tag. The Freestyle, like we said, is based on the Figo. However, it carries enough updates to look significantly bolder than its donor hatchback. The plastic cladding and the bolder stance from the increased ground clearance help this car look more masculine.

    The Honda WR-V is based on the Jazz and hence, looks a lot like the B2-segment hatchback. However, Honda seems to have gone the extra mile to give this car its own unique identity. The styling revisions it carries, give it a SUVish stance and a more muscular look than the Jazz. The Hyundai i20 Active too gets a similar treatment. Basically, all three cars come with bits like plastic cladding, roof rails and higher ground clearance that lend them a SUVish look.

    As shown by our Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Honda WR-V comparison here, the Freestyle holds a clear edge over the i20 Active and the WR-V in most aspects. Hence, don’t be surprised to see it eating into the sales of the older hatchback-based crossovers.

    Seven Favorites from the Nissan Heritage Collection

    Hidden below the brick-lined floor of the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, a fleet of the world’s strangest automotive obscura wait in a sprawling basement. Continue walking between the rows of dusty Renault 5s, Citroen BTX4s, and Saab rally cars, and you’ll encounter an inconspicuous garage door flush against the far back wall of the catacomb. It’s in this hidden white-walled garage where Nissan keeps its heritage collection—more specifically, the U.S.A collection, reserved for vehicles that were originally sold in the States or raced by American drivers. We recently visited this collection, and picked eight of our favorite cars.

    1984 Newman/Sharp Trans Am 300ZX

    Gotcha! This isn’t the real Newman/Sharp 300ZX that ran during the 1984 and 1985 showroom stock series. This is a special demonstration model built for promotion, presumably rotated amongst prominent dealers, auto shows, and corporate functions.

    Seven Favorites from the Nissan Heritage Collection

    1999 Nissan Z Concept

    For longtime Z enthusiasts, the late 90s and early 2000s were full of heartache. After the 300ZX left our shores in 1996, we watched from afar as Japan enjoyed the smooth coupe uninterrupted until its discontinuation in 2001. Halfway through this six-year drought, Nissan unveiled the all-new Z Concept in 1999, highlighting what the future of Nissan’s sports car could look like. Gone was the powerful V-6, turbocharged or otherwise, supplanted for a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The orange concept mashed the Z32’s soap-smooth styling with classic styling features from the 240Z, incorporating slightly scalloped headlights and a long hood. It proved controversial, and three years later, the well-received 350Z filled the void. Now, the Z Concept remains a forgotten footnote in Nissan’s history, spending the rest of its days hidden from public view.

    Seven Favorites from the Nissan Heritage Collection

    1978 Datsun B210 GX

    Landing on U.S. shores on the heels of the 1973 oil crisis, the lightweight, efficient, and affordable B210 proved quite popular with consumers who were looking to escape the two-ton gas-guzzling albatross from major American automakers. When equipped with the 1.4-liter four cylinder and the five-speed manual, the B210 was rated at an impressive 50 highway mpg.

    Seven Favorites from the Nissan Heritage Collection

    1968 Nissan Patrol

    Remember, this collection is comprised of only models sold on U.S. soil, so don’t go looking for and JDM weirdoes among the rows of pristine Infinitis and Zs. Because of this, the Patrol left us confused. Despite the droves of Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers that populate car shows, we’ve yet to see a single Patrol in the wild. This bright blue example is bone stock, and reportedly “drives more like a truck than an actual truck.” We’re big fans.

    Seven Favorites from the Nissan Heritage Collection

    Seven Favorites from the Nissan Heritage Collection

    1961 Datsun Fairlady 1200

    Nashville was rainy when we visited, but this maroon Fairlady roadster reminiscing back to when we drove this exact car in sunny California. With 59 hp and 67 lb-ft of torque from the 1.2-liter four-cylinder, it wasn’t the quickest car, but it made up for the lack of motivation with oodles of charm. Good luck finding one, though—only 217 SPL212 were produced.

    Seven Favorites from the Nissan Heritage Collection

    Seven Favorites from the Nissan Heritage Collection

    A Pair of Nissan Hardbody Pickups

    The collection of Zs were great fun, but a large portion of the garage was filled with low-mileage trucks. Nissan has a long history with the pickup truck market, and it was fun to see an abridged evolution of its truck lineage, ending with a pair of mint-condition D21s. These trusty haulers are affectionately known in the States as the Hardbody, so-named for its  rugged construction and double-walled bed. Few D21s have escaped wear and tear from over two decades of hard work and off-road excursions, so peeking inside these wrapper-fresh examples was almost eerie.

    Seven Favorites from the Nissan Heritage Collection

    Nissan R35 GT-R

    Settle down, fanboys—here’s the lone GT-R in the collection. It’s not special at a surface level, but once you stick your head through the window, you’ll notice the steering wheel, is on the wrong side. This was the first Nissan GT-R shown in the U.S., currently serving as the only right-hand-drive GT-R in the country—legally, at least.

    Volkswagen GTI drag race: Polo v Golf – video

    Volkswagen GTI drag race: Polo v Golf – video

    New Polo GTI takes on the Golf GTI

    How do you prove one car is faster than another? You drag race them – duh!

    The new Volkswagen Polo GTI isn’t far off its Golf GTI stablemate these days in terms of power, but how does that translate in straight-line speed?

    In this video, Car Mania aims to answer that question. The Polo GTI is smaller and lighter, though the Golf GTI has more grunt.

    Power in both cars come from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, making 147kW and 320Nm in the Polo GTI while the Golf GTI’s unit makes a slightly meatier 169kW and 350Nm.

    Claimed 0-100km/h times are 6.7 seconds for the Polo and 6.2 seconds for the Golf – as you can see, the gap between the two hot hatches has narrowed in recent years.

    We won’t keep you any longer. Have a watch of the video above to see which Volkswagen GTI hatchback is the quickest!

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    Experts have compiled the TOP 5 most expensive Russian cars

    Probably the most costly cars are frequently connected with types of foreign brands, however, it should be stated that within the domestic automobile industry, too, you will find machines which are several million rubles. Interesting is always that their email list listed as sports cars and cars with leather body.

    Experts have compiled the TOP 5 most expensive Russian cars

    To begin with within the ranking, won the crossover Marussia F2, get underneath the hood a 340-horsepower 3.6-liter gasoline turbo unit. He’s combined with automatic transmission and 4wd mechanism and permeability increases with spring suspension. Serial manufacture of the model never happened, and also the model existed by means of several concepts, one of these could cost 3 500 000 roubles.Second place visited sparkup Marussia B1. It had been outfitted with engine capacity of 420 HP, which helps acceleration to first “hundred” 3.8 seconds. The cost of the model that never arrived on the scene commercially, was 5 300 000.Best Three covers a conventional sedan GAZ-13 “Chaika”, which moved the representatives from the Soviet party nomenklatura. Within the Soviet period the vehicle wasn’t commercially accessible, but presently the vintage limousine will definitely cost 4 500 000 rubles. Within the TOP-5 hit the Sports utility vehicle GAZ “Tigr” and fascinating homemade vehicle Amulet. The very first civilian version costs 10 000 000 along with a 205-horsepower engine with all of-wheel drive system. The 2nd costs 15 000 000 and engrossed in leather of canadian bison.