Halley Prabhakar

  • New Mahindra Scorpio review: The Scorpio just received its biggest upgrade 25-09-2014 02:20 PM

    If there was a book on the most significant cars that defined the Indian automobile industry, the Mahindra Scorpio would definitely feature in it. More than a decade after launch, it still is one of the top-selling vehicles in the highly competitive SUV segment. In some states in India, it...
  • Tata Nano Twist XT review: Inclusion of the power steering is a right move 14-01-2014 11:02 AM

    The Nano is one of the most compact cars sold in India. It is surprisingly spacious considering its small footprint and a boon to drive through congested roads and narrow streets. The Nano though does have its share of drawbacks and since its launch about five years ago, the car...
  • 2014 Honda City diesel review: Promises to be another bestseller 09-01-2014 11:38 AM

    Honda has finally launched the much awaited City in India, and this shows how important the C sedan is for the Indian market. After all, the City has been Honda India's bestselling nameplate. In the last few years, the car lost out to a few rivals since it lacked a...
  • Comparison: Ford EcoSport diesel vs Renault Duster diesel 27-06-2013 04:35 PM

    There's seldom been a more closely-fought fight among vehicles. The Renault Duster and the Ford EcoSport are set to be each others' respective arch-nemesis and already we're seeing camps being formed with strong opinions either way. We took a closer look at the two compact SUVs and compared their bits....
  • First drive: Ford EcoSport diesel 27-06-2013 12:47 PM

    It has taken Ford the longest time to launch the EcoSport, but given its starting price of Rs 5.59 lakh, it certainly seems worth the wait. Here is our review of the Ford EcoSport diesel. Is the EcoSport diesel as revolutionary as the petrol? Not really, this in fact is...
  • Honda Amaze diesel review: Excels in performance, efficiency, price 23-05-2013 02:02 PM

    Mumbai: It has come in late but as they say some things are better late than never. In this case, the sigh of relief will be heard from Honda as well as the thousands of consumers who have been waiting forever for Honda to introduce a diesel engine in the...
  • Chevrolet Enjoy review: Excels in space, ride quality, driving ease 09-05-2013 03:20 PM

    Mumbai: The Chevrolet Enjoy is the third model from the GM SAIC partnership and will be available in both petrol and diesel variants. We drove both the models and came back with mixed reactions. The Enjoy isn't the best looking MPV out there but is a smart design. It looks...
  • Grudge match: Honda Amaze dethrones the Maruti Swift Dzire 04-05-2013 12:33 PM

    The Dzire has won every comparison test in Overdrive. Even last month, after driving to Goa and back in six entry level diesel sedans, we came to the conclusion that the Maruti is the undisputed champion. However things change, and after a long wait Honda has now joined the party...
  • First drive: 2013 BMW 730Ld in India 28-04-2013 01:29 PM

    Every single day auto makers thrive hard to make the automobile more efficient and powerful. And to differentiate their offerings in a crowded market place, car makers also come up with a host of new comfort features. BMW is one such auto maker that continues to add more features and...
  • Honda Amaze review: It has all the right ingredients of a winner 12-04-2013 06:20 PM

    Mumbai: Honda's first entry level mid-size sedan is here and marks the Japanese manufacturers' entry into the diesel segment in India. In a segment that is dominated by Maruti's Dzire, the Amaze promises to better the leader and bite into the major chunk of the entry sedan pie. We drove...
  • 2013 Audi Q5 3.0TDi review 25-01-2013 02:37 PM

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  • First drive: 2012 Honda Brio automatic 08-10-2012 11:29 AM

    When there was news about a newer variant of the Brio being launched, everybody got up hoping it's going to be a diesel variant. It's not the diesel though but an automatic transmission version. Honda has however confirmed that there will be a diesel car in its line-up by next...
  • 2012 Mercedes BClass in India first drive 19-07-2012 12:11 PM

    Think of a Mercedes-Benz in India and the first things that come to mind are long sedans, convertibles, SUVs and even a van or two. Despite having a sizeable number of cars in its portfolio, the marque is falling behind its German rivals. Internationally, Merc competed with BMW and Audi...
  • First drive: Nissan Sunny diesel 12-01-2012 06:06 PM

    I am driving the Sunny and heading to Mahabalipuram, did I do this before? Yes just three months back, but it isn't sunny this time, it's actually raining and a cool wind is blowing. The car is a Sunny but it's the new diesel variant. The diesel was in the...
  • Honda Jazz vs Maruti Swift 28-12-2011 06:29 PM

    The Honda Jazz is the most desirable hatchback in India and theres no disputing that. Weve liked its space, its versatility, its interiors, its engine - heck everything about the car - except its pricing. Two years ago on our mega hatchback comparo in Ladakh the Jazz stood head and...
  • First drive: 2012 BMW 3 Series 22-12-2011 07:17 PM

    The smooth roads are twisty and going downhill, I haven't blinked even once and the car is flowing through the corners with just the right amount of feedback from the steering, it's well planted and doesn't want to let go of the road. I find myself drawn into believing that...
  • Chevrolet Beat diesel vs Ford Figo diesel 19-12-2011 12:45 PM

    One and a half years, thats exactly how long it has been since General Motors turned a new leaf in India by launching the Chevrolet Beat. The car has proved to be a brilliant package combining a great mix of style, interiors, efficiency and dynamics. It even went on to...
  • Exclusive first drive: 2012 Toyota Fortuner 17-12-2011 04:36 PM

    Most automobile manufacturers today have begun to give a similar family face across all models in its lineup. Toyota's siblings until recently looked different from each other but now even the Japanese manufacturer has decided to give their models a family treatment. That brings us to the SUV you're seeing...
  • Exclusive first drive: 2012 Toyota Innova 17-12-2011 04:35 PM

    The Innova doesn't need an introduction. It went straight to the top of its class when it was launched six years ago and is still untouchable. In fact this probably is a record of sorts - despite being on the market, essentially unchanged, it still commands a waiting list! Despite...
  • Roadtest: Sunny vs Verna vs Etios 12-12-2011 03:15 PM

    I remember when I drove the Nissan Sunny in India for the first time and came back to office. Apart from everyone going 'sunny side-up' ten thousand times, the joookes on the ad were wearing thin. So the banter shifted to guessing the price. Everyone put the car in the...
  • Hyundai Eon vs Maruti Alto K10 07-12-2011 05:09 PM

    Design & Style The Alto has been around for a decade now, the K10 received a nose job and a redesigned tail to give it a fresh look but that doesn't make the car any different from the Alto we've known Maruti engineers may have shoe-horned the K10B engine into...
  • Review: Skoda Rapid 07-12-2011 05:05 PM

    On the face of it, the Rapid, Skoda's version of the Vento is the perfect example of what Volkswagen ownership has done to the Czech manufacturer. The latter landed here a decade ago and created a name for itself with the Octavia. Other models like the Laura, Fabia, Yeti, and...
  • BMW Xperience with BMW SUVs 03-12-2011 02:19 PM

    The four-wheel drive system in an SUV has evolved over the years, from the mechanical era to today's more complex electronic systems. Newer technologies have only made it easier to drive through challenging terrain and situations but to fully understand how these systems work one has to drive the vehicle...