It was day before yesterday, when I stepped out of my office I saw a pan chewing man standing next to my Scorpio as if he owns it. On seeing my inching closer to my car, the man understood he better move aside. I initially thought of him to be some random guy but he turned out to be one from a market study company. Asked me if I would be interested in reviewing a new car and that they are looking for Mahindra, Dezire, Beat, Vista and a few other makeís owners. The opportunity felt like godsent. I had never been to one before, never been invited and never had the courage to gate crash one
So, the next five minutes spent in travelling from my office in Okhla to NSIC where this clandestine market review was being taken place. I entered and was greeted by a handlebar moustache wearing tout security guard. My cellular phone taken away, no prize for guessing as to why that was done.
I finally entered, and a lady executive from the company was introduced to me and that she would be asking a few questions to fill up a HUGE questionnaire, it seriously reminded me of my GRE days; MCQís, essays etc. That lady took half of the time reading out the questions and didnít know what she was asking. She didnít seem to be a rookie, she seemed to be oblivious to the fact that there is person sitting next to her, waiting for her to read out questions, fill them up, and finally review the car. Lost my patience, asked her to sit tight, and let me read and fill it out. Done in fifteen minutes. And finally over to the hall which had five shining UVs parked for comparison.
Starting from the first, the Ertiga; threads are going on, no need to discuss more on this cute little UV. Second is the Xylo; what has Mahindra done to it is commendable, the SUV looks beautiful from inside, those thick and cushiony seats and arm rest, good quality of leather(eatte) what ever that is, and the color combination inside appeals to the general public. Outside, the hood still looks hedious albeit a little less than before. Wheels were beautiful, and the whole look and impression of the car seemed plush, and comfortable. Need to test drive one since this is where Mahindras lack.
Further next, our new kid on the block; The Chevy Enjoy. All emblems and markings were masked on all the cars. Anyone could have guessed the Ertiga, Xylo and the two others but recognizing the Enjoy was not easy. Few said its Japanese, and few Korean. I knew it was the Chevy Enjoy, and said so. The executives working there didnít know much.
Coming on to Enjoy. Folks, donít have high hopes with this latest dump in our nation. The car looks, BOXY, more like an old school milkvan. From the front, the headlight cluster, grill and fog lights look nice, but that is it. It seems to be made using a ruler, and a protractor. It is angular in shape.
Moving along side the length of the car, the doors are big, glass area is big hence view from inside is enhanced. The ORVMís are small and feel cheap, more like aftermarket ones. The rear door is pull type and goes all the way up. But, you have to stoop down to load your luggage. I felt the loading bay should be at an optimum height so one doesnít have to stoop down. The front bumpers look good, but the rear bumper doesnít look like a bumper. Itís thin, and If you believe me, it wonít be more than two inches thick and doesnít jut out like the traditional ones do. Bumpers should be made that way, there is a reason as to why bumpers jut out and are not integrated with the body, like the one in Enjoy.
As far as size is concerned, it looks bigger than the Ertiga but is not, its comparable. Move inside, and you are greeted with dated and cheap looking interiors. A very cheap tone of beige on the seat leathereatte covers, faux wood around the A/C vents and gear lever, cheap and flimsy control buttons and stalk and not fitted well together. The gear lever looked cheap and had a very weird movement. Now when you move the lever in forward (1,3,5) or backward (2,4,R) gear, your hand moves in a single plane kind of like parallel to the surface . While moving the gear lever forward, the lever actually goes down and moves upwards while moving it into 2,4,R. Itís something which I canít describe and I donít recommend to try it out either.
One novel feature I think is nice and required in cars with huge cabin area is 3 A/C vents in the center which the Enjoy provides.
The seats are ummmÖ. Uncomfortable, firm, no contours to take care of your shoulder, thighs, and love handles. Itís seats are upright, and makes me feel that my Scorpioís seats are far plusher than these seats in Enjoy. Lack of armrest in the front adds to the misery.
Seats in the 2nd row are captain type, again no cushion, backrest is straight just like the backrest in the front, hence gives negligible support to the back. It although reclines and travels back and forth but are uncomfortable. Armrests are provided on both the captain seats are are so flimsy and thin that it dethrones the Innova in this department. IMO
, armrest in both the Innova and to be launched Enjoy are thin and doesnít support the arm in a comfortable manner, the Mahindras win here though YAY.
Recline the captain seats forward to enter the 3rd row which are front facing seats like the Ertiga. I recline the seats, shove my head inside the cabin, lift my right feet and try to enter. My head is still inside, my right leg is still airborne, and lady is yelling time and again, ďHave you comfortable Sir, go in, go inĒ. In my mind, I was like shut up lady, Iím no Jackie Chan that Iíll find my through a small crevice. I finally lost all hope and accepted defeat.
This was followed by a group discussion which was yesterday. 8 people were invited this time, most being Mahindra Bolero, Xylo and Scorpio owners. Each one of us had the same opinion, that it is not one would expect a manufacturer to make in this era. For heavens sake, we are in the 21st century and one decade has already gone past. We guys gave a lot of opinions, suggestions on what to change, what not to, who to target, pricing etc. BTW
, the fully loaded Enjoy in Diesel as per the sheets available there should not cost more than Rs. 893,000 ex showroom Delhi, it is also available in petrol. For more information, refer the pic below.
Next was the Innova, I'm sure folks here know more than I do on Innova (Read: Raj etc) followed by the boring Tavera which I din't bother to check out.
Test driving the vehicle was not permitted. But I have the specs with me which I would like to share with the fellow auto enthusiasts on TAI
and members and guests from other auto forums are welcome to go through it.
I anticipated this review to be an enthusiastic and an ENJOYable one, but was dissasppointed to go through it.
P.S. The invitation was sent by an independent market study company, name of which I donít want to disclose.
P.S. 2. The specification sheet is elsewhere hence not able to upload, but canít handle my excitement hence publishing this review with you folks.