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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Mahindra Verito Vibe

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Many auto firms have converted the hatchbacks into sedans (the Maruti Suzuki DZire from the Swift hatchback, the Vento from the Volkswagen Polo hatchback), but not many have done it the other way around. The first such attempt has been made by M&M with the launch of its Verito Vibe, which is built on the same platform that M&M inherited from the Logan and rebranded the Verito sedan. BW Businessworld looks at the good, the bad and the ugly (not too many bones to pick here) aspects of the Vibe:
 
The Good
  • The price gets a big thumbs up! At Rs 5.69 lakh for the lowest version to Rs 6.55 lakh for the highest, the Vibe is the most pocket friendly car in its segment, cheaper as it is than the Swift by almost Rs 12,000 and up to Rs 1.1 lakh cheaper than the highest version of Honda’s Amaze
  • The 330 litre boot is huge bonus, especially since it is the biggest in its category and compares favourably with even the Swift Dzire.
  •  We definitely like the look of the rear, cut as it is from the Verito. The LED lights on the back give it a sporty feel. The high mounted indicators and the tail lights make the rear distinctive and flashy.
  • The cabin is spacious with the rear allowing comfortable seating for 3 people, a novelty in the segment
The Bad
  • The front of the car looks out of sync with the back. It is awkward and misplaced
  • The Verito’s flaws have been carried over as well-the centre console is placed too low. To manoeuvre the air conditioning or the music system, the driver ends up taking his eyes of the road
  • No safety air bag for the passenger, another remnant from the Verito platform
  • A tad bit impractical--the rear seats don’t flip forward
The Ugly
  • While the rear is fun and sporty, the overall look of the car is reminiscent of a 90s' hatchbacks, something that might not go down well with those that love the sleek new hatches or compact sedans.
  • The wheel however is heavy, which would mean that manoeuvring it around heavy city traffic could translate into being a pain
  • The 330 litre boot is a plus, but the approach to the boot is too narrow, and lifting a full big suitcase to fit vertically will be a challenge, unless you have muscles that resemble Arnold Schwarzenegger.