Hyundai Creta, Datsun GO+, Ducati Scrambler: Check out the famous automobile brands that bagged the Overdrive awards
While Hyundai's Creta was named the car of the year and SUV of the year, Ford Figo Aspire was rated as the compact car of the year
Car of the year and SUV of the year: Hyundai Creta
The brand new Creta impressed us highly with the way it combines form and function. The eye catching SUV has a commanding presence and an inviting cabin with a rich feature set. It’s powerful but efficient engines score further brownie points as do the balanced driving characteristics. It’s the complete package.
Compact Car of the Year: Ford Figo Aspire
Ford has made a strong return statement with the new Figo Aspire. It may be Ford’s first compact sedan but has widely been rated a segment best. A strong and surprisingly efficient diesel engine and the choice of a dual-clutch automatic aren’t this car’s only strong points. It also offers an attractive design and comprehensive safety features all for a reasonable price.
Premium Car of the Year: Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The brand new Baleno boasts a new, lightweight platform and is one of the best efforts we have seen from the company in recent times. Tried and tested powertrains meet new levels of luxury and features. The Baleno is easily the best value for money in its segment but is also, in our opinion, the best choice. A comprehensive win.
Luxury Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz CLA
The CLA is not only a stepping stone into the exclusive world of Mercedes-Benz ownership but is also one of the best looking cars on sale today. It’s striking design, advanced and frugal engines and sheer feel-good factor at a relatively affordable price-point are enough to cinch the Luxury Car of the Year award.
UV of the year: Datsun GO+
The Datsun GO+ offers family transport at a very affordable price. It offers a peppy petrol engine, a remarkably spacious cabin that can seat seven and is genuine affordable. There’s no other car quite like the Datsun GO+ at this price point and this unique mix of practicality and price was enough to clinch the award.
Luxury SUV of the year: Land Rover Discovery Sport
A brand new Land Rover that offers the design theme of its bigger Range Rover siblings but at a much more affordable price is a sure shot recipe for success. Factor in the option of seven seats, high levels of luxury, capable off-road performance and good on-road dynamics and you have a convincing winner.
Import SUV of the year: Volvo XC90
The XC90 is a huge leap forward for Volvo. The new flagship SUV offers stunning style, a beautifully crafted cabin with rich materials and new levels of luxury and feel-good factor in the segment. It’s also packed to the gills with advanced safety tech. This new Volvo is a fantastic vehicle and a worthy winner.
Performance Car of the year: Mercedes-AMG C 63 AMG S
The new C-Class in itself is a fantastic machine but the Mercedes-AMG 63 S takes the brilliance to another level. It’s new turbocharged V8 engine is a masterpiece producing massive levels of power and noise and matches perfectly with the beautifully balanced chassis. The C-Class offers unparalleled driver thrills with the usability of a sedan form factor. We love it!
Motorcycle of the year: Yamaha YZF-R3
The new Yamaha R3 impresses on every ground. It’s a great looking motorcycle and feels very high quality but those aren’t the reason why it’s our bike of the year. No that would be down to the performance from its powerful but beautifully refined parallel twin engine and the well dialed in chassis. It’s one of the nicest bikes we’ve ridden all year.
Scooter of the year; Hero Maestro Edge
The Hero Maestro Edge signals the Indian giant’s return to form and is a great looking scooter with a great feature set. We liked the performance from it’s new 110cc engine and found it quite efficient as well but most of all, we really enjoyed how well the chassis has been set up. This is a fun scooter that’s well made and competitively priced.
Import motorcycle of the year: Ducati Scrambler
The Ducati Scrambler may be the entry point into Ducati ownership but it’s a terrific motorcycle in its own right. Small and nimble, the Ducati packs a powerful motor and a capable chassis that is as happy on smooth roads as it is on dirt trails. One for the enthusiast, the Scrambler is a motorcycle that will never cease to entertain.
Performance bike of the year: Suzuki GSX-S1000
Suzuki’s new litre-naked packs a monstrous engine that provides eye-opening, exhilarating performance. The brand new chassis is highly impressive and the whole bike feels smaller and easier to ride than expected from such a powerful machine. Fantastic engineering and huge penchant for speed make this our performance bike of the year.
Technology of the year: BMW i8
The i8 has been a revolution of sorts. It is the first sports car to use comprehensive hybrid technology not just in the effort to be environmentally conscious but also to create a sense of excitement for the driver. This bold decision to use fuel saving hybrid technology as a performance booster is an award winning move.
Viewer’s choice, Car of the year: Maruti Baleno
The new Baleno signals a strong engineering effort from Maruti Suzuki and has already proven to be a segment best in our tests. The new lightweight platform, unique styling and extensive feature list make the Baleno a car that simply cannot be ignored. Maruti made the Baleno’s case even stronger with very competitive pricing.
Viewer’s choice, Bike of the Year: Bajaj RS200
The Bajaj RS200 is not just the faired version of the naked NS 200 but features a raft of improvements that make for an even more involving motorcycle. The increased chassis confidence, extra power, eye catching looks and optional single channel ABS were enough for our readers to vote it their bike of the year.
Viewer’s Choice: Scooter of the Year: Hero Maestro Edge
Like us, our subscribers have found that the new Hero Maestro Edge is the scooter of the year. the new Maestro is a commendable effort from Hero motors featuring attractive styling, a strong motor and nimble but confident handling. That and it’s competitive pricing make it an endearing winner.
Text by Overdrive team
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