Old wine in a new label – this is the apt description for Mahindra Verito which is nothing but the erstwhile Logan in new branding. Barring minor cosmetic changes, Logan is here as it is but with Mahindra badge.
Even after its divorce with Renault, Mahindra managed to sustain a decent sales figure to its entry level sedan, Logan. Now with Renault charting its own path, Mahindra inevitably has to rebrand the Logan and so we have the new label Verito. The name is derived from the Latin word ‘Veritas’, meaning truth.
- As you see, the Verito comes with the prominent Mahindra badge replacing the Renault badge
- Verito sports a new fog lamp now.
- Verito sports a rail rack for a trendier look.
- It also sports side cladding now.
- A prominent rear chrome strip gives a style quotient to the car unlike the bland read of the logan.
With small but visible cosmetic changes, Veritos now looks sportier and more stylized when compared to the dull looking old Logan. Along with the new welcome change, it also retains the rugged feel that it infuses.
There is not much change in the interiors except for the new plush fabric upholstery. It retains the same roomy feel of Logan and as it is the most spacious car in its segment. The dashboard is the same from Logan and the instrument cluster with LCD display includes a tachometer, digital clock, mileage both total and partial and temp guages and intelligent panel that informs you the trip meter, average fuel consumption, distance to empty (ofcourse , don’t expect the intelligent reports in the base model)
Verito comes in both Petrol and Diesel engine. The 4 cylinder, 8 valve 1390 cc petrol engine revs a 75 PS max power while the 1461 cc diesel engine revs up a 65 PS max power. Though the numbers are not impressive when compared to its peers, the Verito scores over its competitors when it comes to one factor that is all important for average car and bike users – the mileage. The petrol version boasts a 16 kmpl and the diesel version boasts an impressive 21 kmpl. Remarkable numbers considering the concern in most minds with the fuel prices shooting up and up.
Verito comes in 7 colors.
Mahindra has sensibly prices the Verito. With the starting price tag of Rs. 4,82,100 for petrol variant and Rs. 5,61,800 for diesel variant (ex-showroom price, Chennai) it is a car over all decently packaged.
GingerChai verdict: With a refreshing facelift though not very drastic but still making it more sporty and stylized than the erstwhile Logan and with the same old Renault engine giving a great mileage and with a sensible pricing Verito is a value for money in its segment.