With the launch of Maruti Versa in 2001, the company proved it again that it values Indian culture and the way of life of joint families. It is because of this that the unique Multi purpose Vehicle (MPV) is power packed and is well spaced to comfortably carry a family of eight. For the volume factor alone it has created a niche for itself in the market. For many people this may seem to be like a grown up Omni but for some others it may be a mini Qualis. For some it may even look like a remodeled Wagon R but this car has its own uniqueness as a MPV in terms of performance and comfort.
Design and build:
Maruti has kept the Indian families in mind and has given a properly lengthened wheel base. It is 3675 mm long and 1475 mm wide. Its dimensions are comparable to Tata Indica, however to be precise, the latter is 150mm broader in size. It was launched with three variants, Standard 5-seater, DX1 8-seater, and DX2 8-seater. Its luxurious SDX version proves to be a standing example for a space efficient MPV.
This efficiency in using space is met out easily as the engine is mounted below the driver's seat and gives a little more internal space for the passenger next to the wheel. Even the battery is mounted under this passenger's seat next to the canted cylinder head without affecting the performance of it (battery). Materials of high quality have been used for sound control and to restrict noise from the cabin that only near the red line; the engine makes us feel its presence. The exterior design could have been even better streamlined aerodynamically as it is influenced by wind at greater speed. However, this does not affect the fuel economy of the MPV.
Although it is not very attractive to draw looks while on road like many of the other sleek cars, it is a typical Indian vehicle and gives great value for your money. Versa has also re- defined the concept of a typical Maruti van in India.
Although this has some variants, irrespective of the type every one of them are powered by the same type of 1.3L petrol engine. It is also powered by Multi point Fuel Injection (MPFI). The In-line4, 16 valves, all-aluminum engine that gives 80bhp at 6000 rpm comes along with a 16 bit Electronic Control module (ECM). It has the best power-to-weight ratio compared to cars of this kind in the market. The power is controlled by a 5-speed manual transmission. It approximately goes to 100kph in 13.5 seconds from 0 and that proves that Maruti has chosen the best engine from its den. Although the power takes the odometer needle to 140kph very easily, it then struggles a bit to make it higher when compared with other cars of its class.
This car is one of a kind and competes well with SUV cars of higher order like Tavera or Scorpio. Although it seems to be slightly over priced and provides less room for your luggage, it is definitely the best for a smooth family ride!
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