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Vol. 8 No. 1 | August 2013 | Rs 75INDIAS BEST CAR BUYERS GUIDE
NEW CAR SPECIAL40 new cars your dealer wont talk about
Save LakhsY Swift vs Swift: diesel
vs petrol used car testYUpto Rs 2.5 lakh o
on a new Skoda LauraYHow to get the best
insurance for your car
Mini Countryman D vs Merc B 180 CDI
BMW 1SERIESAUTOMATIC HATCHBACK BMW 1SERIKS ESS
TOYOTA COROLLAAUDI A3
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
New Nissan Micra A/T vs Honda Brio A/T
New car special40 new cars that youre going to see in showrooms soon.Some even as early as the end of this year 40
72 Whats in your car?We round up the best accessories from all our tests over the year and tell you why you need to get them
78 Here comes the boomWhat good is your car without a fantastic set of speakers? Weve tested an array of speakers and tell you which are worth the money
86 Wheels of timeA good set of tyres makes a world of difference. So, which set should you get fitted onto your car?
122 The quick testWe pit the mammoth Mercedes GL 350 CDI against the capable Land Rover Discovery 4
104 City slickersTheres nothing more convenient than an automatic hatch in the city. But is the new facelifted Micra CVT any good? Hondas Brio auto begs to differ
112 B-eing Mini The Countryman Diesel is the first Mini to be assembled in India. But does a B-class make more sense?
On the cover
This months new cars testedIndias biggest and best car comparisons
Buying & owning, New cars A-Z and Buyers guide
20BMW 1-series p20
Jaguar F-type p27
Audi A3 p28
Mercedes-Benz S-class p31
32 NewszWeve got our hands on spy
pictures of the diesel Nanoz New Honda Jazz revealedz New Octavia reveal this monthz Merc launches E63 AMG
132 Reader Test TeamOur readers tell us what they think of Fords EcoSport compact SUV
161 Buyers GuideAll that you need to know before buying your new car
202 What to look forThings to watch out for when youre buying a used Laura
Whats new?First drives, new models and news
14 Star CarDatsun Go Nissan is looking to take Maruti head on with the Datsun brand. The first entrant is the Go hatch
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AUGUST 2013This month
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HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?First things first. Work out your monthly budget. You have to factor in fuel, insurance, servicing and maintenance well help you understand those costs, too.
GO SHOPPINGOur comprehensive Buyers Guide, starting on page 161, has all the information you will ever need to draw up your shortlist.
DEALING WITH DEALERSSalespeople have been highly trained with one aim: to make money out of you. Our tips on how to win in the showroom, on page 162, let you play the salespeople at their own game.
WERE HERE TO HELPWere here to offer more money-saving advice, tips on getting more from your car. As a member of our Reader Test Team, we also want to hear your experiences.
SOLVING YOUR PROBLEMSGot a problem with your car that refuses to go away? We are here to help. Write into Helpdesk and well help you fight better. Page 143.
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GROUP TESTSOur exhaustive car comparison tests mean you can rely on us to tell you which is best
WHAT CAR? HOT DEALSOur Hot Deals show you how much you can save on a new car. Our mystery shoppers research prices across India to get the discount you should get.
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READER TEST TEAMYou dont get just our opinions, but those of real car buyers. Want to join the team?
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USED CAR TEST CENTRESave money, time and hassle with our used car buying guides and advice
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A FEW YEARS ago, the decision-making process for car buyers was relatively simple. You either decided to buy a car or you didnt. Selecting which car to buy was easy, as there
werent that many cars around in the first place. Today, that process is fraught with uncertainty. To begin with, the choice is
so wide and so diverse, its only natural if you get confused. Imagine going to a buffet with scores of attractive looking dishes on offer and being told you could only choose one. To top it off, carmakers have raised their game, so the field is more tightly bunched when it comes to desirability, reliability and outright ability. To make matters worse, there isnt much clarity on the car buying process itself. This is where we come in were here to
'Buyers will wait for cars that have the power to excite them.'
help make buying a car smooth and easy. The process, of course, starts nice and
early. Making a shortlist is the best way to decide on the cars you want to keep an eye on. Whats coming when is also a question car buyers perennially want answered; the last thing you want to do is go out and buy a car, only to discover that something much better is just around the corner.
Our special seventh anniversary issue also contains plenty of other exciting stories targeted directly at car buyers. We give you some essential tips on car insurance and help you select some brilliant aftermarket speakers, theres a guide to buying better tyres, and even a unique comparison between a used Swift petrol and used Swift diesel. Weve also compared two not-so-compact luxury crossovers, and Nissans very impressive new Micra automatic takes on the Honda Brio auto. So, if youre out there to buy a new car or in the market to improve the one youve already got, happy shopping.
Helping you buy the right car at the right price
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Our verdicts are based on hard data, not seat-of-the-pants hunches.We mystery-shop every car to get you the best Hot Deals in the market.
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