It takes a lot of thinking for writing a test drive review,in fact its really tougher than even the test drive itself.
Honda City:Since I haven't driven Honda City anytime before so the car was completely new for me.I opened the door and sat inside and the first feeling was sportiness.The steering wheel felt very sporty and though the steering was just one way adjustable but still driving position was fantastic.
Though the interior was looking fine but it looked quite hollow,there was a feeling like its not that well built as of Safari or Aria,but then they are SUVs.
But yes,the interior was very functional and the absence of CD player was really something important missing.
I started the car and WOW,it was very silent,very calm and in fact there was no feeling like the car is started.Clutch was light,steering was very responsive and confident and everything was perfectly placed,just like a perfect driver's car should be.I liked everything,after that I engaged the first gear and again WOW even gear lever was also very positive,nothing like a rubber lever feeling.As soon as I depressed the clutch the engine gave the way,again same.Then I launched the car on half clutch in high rpm and it started moving.In other words launching the car was really tricky and needed an expert foot.
Soon the car was moving and it was very very much fun to drive,steering was perfect,braked,clutch,gear everything was perfect.
Then I again started pushing the car in second gear and amazingly this car was feeling more and more powerful with rising rpm and I think it had all 2000-6000 rpms of power in which above 3500 rpm the engine was really very very powerful.
Honda Civic:Either its inside or outside,wherever you look you will say just one word 'beautiful'.This car looks fabulous from every corner.I opened the door and now this was an even more wide eyed WOW.Though I have driven the Civic in US but it was just once and that also for a short distance.The dashboard was fantastically finished and design was like of something alien,no-this can't be a car.I could have even bet on it.
Only the A.V vent in the middle felt like its oddly placed in the plain part of the dashboard.Again same a Honda City,everything was simply perfect.Started the car and found it to be super silent,mind blowing car it was.
Even power build-up was also exactly same as of City but the lower rpm response of this engine felt just like City.It took no time in getting stuck,again it needed an expert foot.This may be painful to drive in dense city traffic or even while slow speed reversing.
Ford Fiesta Classic Petrol:After entering this car,I just felt like this car isn't there.Honda City felt far richer and more spacious.Still this car was a driver's delight.Its engine was not so weak like of Honda City and the response was also good.In fact this was the only car which had a power rpm range from 1000-6500 rpm.It felt very good but still everything else felt like a let down.
Though this car is priced very well but still no voice came from my heart on thinking about this car.It was a fantastic car with great driving pleasure but still I and my brother both of us felt like this car is a bit too small.So we rejected this car in no time,even new Fiesta was also rejected after we sat in a display vehicle at dealership.
Skoda Laura TSI:Who said test drives cannot come via PM?
Today I got a PM from TSI asking if I need a test drive of Laura TSI.Though I was stuck in office but my brother went to Fahrenheit Motors where his car was going through some minor repair.His chauffeur provided a good long test drive and since I haven't done it myself so I will repeat the words of my brother only.
After the test drive of Laura TSI,he is already sold on the car and is insisting for not testing any car but booking the Laura tomorrow itself.This car is having good offers too,but then Civic is also having some offers.The seating etc is great,handling is great and car is very strongly built too and performance is mind blowing.
I have mentioned what I have heard..
It was all,I have to test 2-3 more cars and will book my car soon.