With its global debut on 5th June 2013 in Mumbai, India, the much awaited Verito Vibe marked Mahindra’s entry into the high volume compact car segment. The hatchback is available in 7 different colours namely Toreador Red, Dolphin Grey, Diamond White, Java Brown, Fiery Black, Mist Silver and newly introduced Aqua Rush and is available in diesel only variant. The price of the car pitches itself against Ford Figo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Chevrolet Sail etc.
The vehicle comes with several promising features, style and a reliable engine. The efficient 1.5 L dCi CRDi – Diesel engine can churn out maximum power of 65 PS @4000 rpm and maximum torque of 160 NM @ 2000 rpm. The front of the car has Macpherson-type with wishbone link suspension while the rear has H-Section torsion beam with programmed deflection-coil spring providing ultimate smoothness while driving. The car is equipped with 185/70 R14 tubeless tyres. The Verito Vibe has a certified ARAI mileage of 20.8 kmpl which is certainly one of the best if not the best. The car has a fuel tank capacity of 50 L.
In terms of dimensions, Verito Vibe has an overall length of 3991 mm, width is 1740 mm and height is 1540 mm. It has a wheelbase of 2630 mm, ground clearance of 172 mm and turning radius of 5.25 meter.
Mahindra is not at all wrong if its uses to describe Verito Vibe as a tougher and sportier kind of compact car. The carbon finish front grille looks appealing while the body coloured bumper also looks good. The smoked glass headlamp goes well with the overall front look and has fog lamps placed below it. The roof rails and the antenna give a sporty look to the car. Moving on to the side profile, it has rear view mirrors & side impact beam for safety. The body coloured door handles looks good while the athletic alloy wheels (Champagne) impart sportiness to the car. The rear of the Verito Vibe is even more stylish then the front; It has got first-in-class light streaming LED tail lamps, a sporty dual tone rear bumper and a stylish looking wing shaped rear chrome appliqué with the Mahindra logo on it.
The Verito Vibe has all the reasons to cheer for the interior as well; it has a seating capacity of 5 people with ample headroom, legroom and shoulder room for them. The rear seat is wide with 3 adjustable headrests while the front also has one on each seats. The seats use plush and bright two tone fabric upholstery. The Verito Vibe has one of the largest boot spaces in the segment with a capacity of 330 L. The quadra-tone dashboard is of high quality and has been designed well. It houses 2 din music system with CD player, MP3, USB & AUX in the centre fascia for a perfect entertainment purpose in long journeys. The dashboard also houses AC with ergonomic controls, multi directional circular AC vents, front dash parcel shelf with chrome accent and an instrument panel with multi-information LCD display comprising driver information system (DIS) – trip-meter, avg consumption, avg speed, distance to empty and digital clock. The car also has several other comfort features like Front Door Map Pocket, Rear Defogger, Internally Adjustable ORVM, Power Steering, both front as well as rear power windows and Central Locking. Some other features include Front & Rear Door Trims with Fabric, Sporty Gear Shift Lever Knob, Centre Console Storage Space, Mobile Holder and a Bottle Holder.
In terms of safety, Verito Vibe is equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), Driver Airbag, Collapsible Steering Column, Front Disc Brake and Electrical Rear Window Child Lock.
All in all, the Verito Vibe looks good in terms of its exterior and interior looks. It has an excellent engine with excellent fuel efficiency. One major issue is the safety features which are very basic for a price range in which the vehicle falls and secondly had it been priced more competitively it would certainly have had increased its fair share of demand in the market.