Known for producing utility vehicles, Mahindra tapped into the sedan segment with Verito, earlier named Logan. The sedan has witnessed several changes over the years in a bid to improve in terms of looks to sustain cut-throat competition in the segment. Rugged looks, spacious cabin and a reliable diesel engine make Verito a dependable sedan.Priced affordably between Rs 7.27 lakh to Rs 8.21 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the muscular sedan was previously sold under the Logan nameplate. Verito was initially available in petrol and diesel fuel options, but currently it plonks a 1.5 litre, four cylinder engine good for 64bhp and 160Nm. There is ample space for occupants to be seated comfortably inside. Renewed styling, new dashboard and additional features add more comfort to the interior.
DESIGN AND STYLE ;
The original Logan was designed to be a cheap, economical and practical sedan, and the Verito keeps the same characteristics of its predecessor.The design is simple and robust and this is not a car that you’ll fall in love with but for the buyers in this class the design is the most important. The Verito however has other qualities and it’s a good choice for daily commuting.
The Verito has generous dimensions and to differentiate it from the Logan Mahindra has changed the radiator grille which now carries the Mahindra Logo. Also new are the ski racks and side cladding which is a first for a sedan in the Indian market. At the rear the Verito gets a chrome rear appliqué and the rear spoiler. The rest of the car is identical to the Logan and the Verito is available Fiery black, Toreador red, Mist silver, Diamond white, Rocky beige, and Java brown.
CABIN AND COMFORT ;
The insides of the cabin are very well placed and all come together to make it a complete package of a comfortable inn. The seating is very well designed to provide a cushiony feel by the plush fabric upholstery fitted to it. The Executive Edition is pampered with an Italian leather upholstery, which is far more luxurious and also the steering wheel is leather wrapped in it. Furthermore, it has floor mats as well as matching vinyl door trims. The rear door trim is layered with fabric that has a smoother holding. Furthermore, there is a gear shift knob in leather. The parcel shelf is offered behind the rear bench seat for storing any handy things. There is a central console storage space along with a bottle and mobile holders as well. The AC vent outer ring is in a silver finish that enlightens the interior elements altogether. And the extra amenities are the cigarette lighter as well as an ashtray too. The luggage compartment has been layered with a full carpet. There are sun visors to both the driver and the passenger as well. The center fascia has been given different designs for each of the variants. The instrument panel has a pad that shades it from above. Additionally, for the passenger side sun visor, a vanity mirror is also fitted.
The cabin is well furnished with an air conditioner unit as well as a heater offered to regulate the temperature on the inside. The front and rear seats have been fitted with head restraints for additional convenience to the occupants. The front door has a map pocket that is an added storage space. There are the theater dimming interior lights that has the facility with courtesy delay. The trunk room is provided with lighting as well. There is a remote operated fuel tank lid lever sitting on the driver side. When it comes to the automated elements, the outside rear view mirrors can be internally adjustable. The power steering in this vehicle makes the drive much easier and keeps the driver in control of the vehicle. The front and rear windows have power function. There is a central remote door locking system as well. The music system that is decked into the car is of 2 DIN that can support a CD and MP3 player. The USB slot, aux-in port and an FM tuner functions can be enjoyed by four speakers. Whereas the Executive Edition has Bluetooth connectivity. And, the rear end has been fitted with a defogger that is helpful in foggy climate.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
Mahindra is a master of all when it comes to powering the vehicles. Though Verito is available in both diesel and petrol, but its diesel engine needs a special mention here. The 1.5-litre 4 cylinder diesel engine is pretty frugal and delivers quite an appreciable performance over city roads. It carries an ability to deliver power worth 66PS against a peak torque of 160Nm. The engine’s worth is already proved as it is a regular power source of several other cars like Renault Scala, Nissan Micra, Renault Pulse, Nissan Terrano, Fluence, and several others. The petrol version on the other hand is powered by a 1.4-litre engine that displaces 1390cc to deliver power worth 76PS against a peak torque of 110Nm. Both these engines mate with a 5-speed manual transmission. All the versions of Mahindra Verito are available with BSIII and BSIV compliant versions of these power mills. The gear ratio is great that is another feather in its cap with respect to city and highway drives.
The inspiring model Renault Logan has always been known for its high mileage and the legacy is continued by Verito. The car gives similar fuel efficiency like Logan which makes it one of the most appealing sedans in C1 segment. Both petrol and diesel engine of this car have been equipped with SOHC and MPFI systems which play a great role in improving its fuel efficiency. The petrol version of Mahindra Verito delivers mileage of 11.3kmpl on city roads and 15.7kmpl over highways as rated by ARAI. The diesel engine, on the contrary, delivers a mileage of 18kmpl on city roads and 21kmpl over freeways as confirmed by ARAI. The fuel tank of Verito bears a capacity to store fuel worth 50-litres which means the diesel version of the car has a range of 1050kms while the petrol version has of 785kms.
BRAKING AND HANDLING ;
The top end variant has been integrated with the advanced braking system of anti lock braking system with an electronic brake force distribution. The front wheels are fitted with a pair of disc brakes and its rear wheels are fixed with the standard drum brakes. The suspension of this model consists of the front axle having a McPherson type with the wishbone link whereas the rear axle is of H section torsion beam with programmed deflection coil spring, which keeps the vehicle in balance and therefore in control. The turning radius is 5.25 meters which is very good. The responsive power assisted steering wheel further reduces the effort of the driver
SAFETY FEATURES ;
Primary safety provisions including driver side airbag and ABS with EBD are standard on the top-spec variant. Other safety equipment armed in the sedan are-adjustable head rests in front and rear, immobilizer and electrical rear window child lock. A bunch of comfort goodies are packed inside. It gets air-conditioner with cabin heater, theatre dimming interior lights with courtesy delay, power steering, power windows, rear defogger, remote door locking and central locking. SAFETY FEA
The e-Verito might just be what we need in this hour of increasing pollution and the need for clean air to breathe, and is the ideal way to avoid the odd-even rule if it crops up again. It’s also a much more realistic EV to own than its sibling, the e20, but it demands a premium for this. Mahindra says that its electric vehicles sell through word of mouth and the subsequent price reduction through the FAME scheme is also encouraging sales. However, given the infrastructure crisis right now (Mahindra claims to have identified close to 200 points across the country for setting up charging stations), it makes sense to have a hybrid rather than a pure electric. Mahesh agrees too and says that infrastructure is the main hindrance as of now. But the e-Verito wasn’t built to be a mass product. It just shows the manufacturer’s prowess at building electric vehicles and intention to further pursue this path. And that’s not something almost any of its rivals can lay claim to.