Indica Vista D90 – Gone in 90 seconds!

And so, BlogAdda has taken product reviewing to another level altogether. And hence, I graduated from reviewing books to android apps to restaurants, to *hold your breath* reviewing a brand new car. *collars up* This was a fun filled, 350 km long vroom vroom review, done by yours truly in collaboration with BlogAdda and Tata Motors.

Once the euphoria of knowing that I was one of the few bloggers selected for this review, and that I would have the car at my disposal for 3 days, I began to think about the car (yeah, till then I was only thanking God and thinking where all I drive take the car). The first thought that crossed my mind was the taxi-car that the last Indica had been reduced to. But those thoughts were soon thwarted as soon as I lay my eyes on the All new Indica Vista D90. I drove the car almost 350 kms in 3 days and this is what I have to say about it 🙂

Exteriors:

The car’s looks have been dramatically improved from the last version of Indica Vista. It’s longer in the front and the back has been restyled too. It looks taller and wider, more on the lines of the bigger hatchbacks available in the market like Fiat Punto or Volkswagen Polo as compared to a Swift. Even the boot packs in more space than your regular hatchback. Thrown in is a contrasting top roof, which a novice might actually mistake for a sun roof, which it is not, but undoubtedly gives a smarter look to the car. The dual tone alloy wheels are chic and add to the style statement of the car.

A TOP (class) look !!

Interiors:

The interiors are pretty decent with contrasting beige and black thrown in across the seats and the dashboard. The music system is not really top notch, but you have ample variants in the market to suit your needs. The AC is pretty strong though. You have all four power windows, electronically adjustable side view mirrors and ample leg space for all passengers.

The driver’s seat has a special lumbar support (a jutting out cushion for the lower back) which is a huge relief for long drives, and even otherwise. I drove the car for 2 hours at a stretch (add a massive traffic jam to that!)and seriously, I felt less tired than I would have normally.

The steering wheel is adjustable too, and comes in quite handy as my 6-ft tall husband and I, a modest 5-ft., drove the car in turns. You have steering mounted controls (with Bluetooth streaming available) using which you can easily pick up and disconnect calls while driving. Although I seriously discourage talking on the phone while driving, but this is quite a handy feature if it’s really urgent and you need to take that call right away. You can also adjust the song sequence and volume from the steering controls without having to wean your concentration away from the wheel even for a second.

I found the front display showing the fuel available and the “distance you can drive till the nearest petrol pump” quite innovative. It also instantaneously shows you the mileage. We discovered how our mileage went up and down as we drove from highway to the city.

Performance:

The car packs a powerful 90 PS Quadrajet engine with VGT, which basically gives you a good throttle even at lower RPMs. In layman terms, it means that the engine does not take a toll even when you are driving on a lower gear, and once you pick up speed, you have a car that’s stable and eats the miles away. The manual says the maximum speed of the car is 158 kmph. I drove at 140 kmph myself and definitely felt the power of the engine, as the car just smoothly glided on the highway.

The ground clearance is good, making the car favorable for long road journeys as well as in-city driving wherein often there are some real bad stretches. The mileage is around 20 kmpl which I think is again quite decent. The driving experience was quite a breeze, as the steering is light and stable, and the engine quite powerful.

Some high points for me:

1) For the size of the car, the turning radius is smaller, and that is so welcome on our “traffic”ed roads.

2) The car has an intelligent rear wiper that starts automatically if it’s raining and you put the car in reverse gear.

3) The steering mounted controls that let you take calls (via Bluetooth streaming), as well as change your playlist and adjust the volume.

4) The 90 PS engine does full justice to the car providing good power and throttle.

A few let downs’:

1) There’s engine noise associated with a diesel engine, although quite reduced as compared to the previous Vista. The cabin is quite immune to the outside noise though.

2) While the AC is on, you can actually smell diesel fumes which are not so welcome.

The car is priced at a decent 6 lakhs and I think it’s good value for money. What tilts the odds in favor of the car are some of its features that are so practical and user friendly like the rear wiper, steering mounted controls, airbags but also the fact that you won’t find these features in your regular hatchbacks. With the Vista D90, Tata has really taken the competition in the automobile market to another level with a car that’s loaded with a slew of new features, an impressive body and design, without compromising on the power, performance and technology.

The car is definitely getting BIG thumbs up from me.

A few pictures as I leave you to ponder:

 

 

 

 

This review has been written as a part of BlogAdda’s Sponsored Reviews.

 

An evening worth it’s money @The [V] Spot Cafe Bar!!

Merry Christmas guys! No, don’t get me wrong. I ain’t psyched up yet! But it seems Santa uncle decided to meet me up a little early this season. The Santa in question being BlogAdda 😉 Now you had to guess that! Who else can play Santa to avid bloggers and readers like us?

So this time, apart from giving free books, BlogAdda decided to gift us an evening of fun too! These guys wanted me to do a review of the [V] Spot Cafe Bar. But how can you really review a place without actually being there? Or tasting their food? Or their drinks? 😉 And so BlogAdda indulged us  by giving us coupons worth 2000 bucks to visit the place, enjoy their spoils and then give you all an honest opinion about it. Talk about  mixing business and pleasure! 😛

Thank you BlogAdda for the coupons!

And so, H and I landed at the [V] Spot cafe+Bar in Saket located very close to the Select City Walk mall. It’s one of the last places in a street that’s lined up with bars and you can actually go bar hopping here. We found the place cozy, as Delhi is really chilly these days. The seating was comfortable and lighting just appropriate. I don’t really like places that are too dim for comfort, and after a couple of drinks, they actually start looking spooky.

The look around!

Anyway. So the first thing that gave me an idea of the “coolness” quotient of the places was this:

Awesomely-freaky napkins at your disposal !!

They also had really interesting table mats that had detailed flowcharts on things like “How to hit on a girl without being too creepy” or “How to survive an evening at the bar without your laptop, if you are a nerd”!! LOLing over them, we called for the menus. Their menus are an interesting lot. It’s a pity I don’t have too many pictures of the same, but our nerves were duly tickled with drinks’ names like “Rum-Balram”, “Steve’s Job” and “Son of a Peach”. And yes, the drinks were as good as their names. If I must suggest one drink, you MUST try “Swarg” – a cocktail with an amazing blend of tequila and desi ingredients like lemongrass! I loved it!

Our drinks (on the house) 😉 

Next we ordered the starters. A (veg) Snack Harem (for me) and a ChickenZilla for H.

Don’t these look absolutely delicious?

The presentation was as good as the taste. The veg starter had Arabic sauces and trust me, it was really different from all cuisines that I have had so far. Good music played in the background, and H and I had some really sought-after quality time that day.

And yes, how can I forget to mention their washrooms? They are so interesting, you might end up spending more time there than in the bar. The walls are covered up in potty-licious banter and you’ll never feel bored sitting in there for as long as you want. 😉

We also ordered main course and dessert and were pretty satisfied with the service, the quality and taste of the food.  The general ambiance was good too.

Polishing off the great food with the pretty dessert!

However, I found this place quite suitable for clubbing after a long day at office, for unwinding with friends over a drink. This is not really the place to go if you  are looking at getting sloshed, meeting hippies or junkies  or really loud music that doesn’t let you listen to your own voice. In fact, I was kind of intrigued at the really low turnout on a Friday evening. But the manager assured us that they got the maximum crowd on Wednesdays and Saturdays as they were the Karaoke nights or some band was performing.

They also some cool stuff like a video booth where you can use the iPad, click yourself and appear on Channel [V].

 

A very creative wall with graffiti!

 

Over all, I really liked the place, where you can actually chill out with friends without burning a hole in your pocket. The menu is quite decently priced. The food is well cooked, the drinks are perfect and the service prompt. You can guess how much we enjoyed from the fact that we overshot our quota of the vouchers and actually ended up paying half a grand extra for the spoils!! Aren’t we something!! 😛 😉

This place definitely gets a thumbs up from me. And I am definitely going back there again.
If you have been to the place, I would love to know your comments on it. And if you haven’t, please do and then let me know your views on it 🙂

This review has been written as a part of BlogAdda’s Sponsored Reviews.