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Old 16th March 2005, 00:30   #1
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Question NHC on highways ?

I have been reading all through that NHC is under-powered and is not a fun to drive car. But is it really that painful to drive NHC on highways (leave the express ways aside) as it is projected ?

Appreciate any personal experiences from people who have done long drives in NHC.

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Old 16th March 2005, 01:43   #2
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From my drives on the highway, i can tell you that the NHC doesn't feel underpowered at all. But, at the same time, don't expect hiper performance.

It's bottom end torque and a low drag coefficient compensates it's lack of out right power. It's rollon figures are better than the old city.

The NHC will hit 100kmph in 13.9 secs. Lets compare this to the competition.
Ford Ikon 1.6 - 13.7
Accent GLS - 13.7
Accent crdi - 13.4
Opel Corsa 1.6 - 14.3
Mitsubishi Lancer - 13.7
Fiat Sienna - 13.1
Old Honda City 1.5 - 12.1

Some top speed figures :
NHC - 171
Ikon 1.6 - 170
Accent GLS - 170.6
Opel Corsa 1.6 - 170
Fiat Sienna - 176
Mitsubishi Lancer - 168.1
Old Honda City 1.5 - 171

I'd really love to see a straight line drag between the NHC, Ikon 1.6 Accent crdi, Accent Viva (Petrol) and the Mitsubishi Lancer Sfxi. That should settle everything.

The NHC is pretty capable in a straight line but, don't try taking hard turns unless you have considerable amount of rubber. The stock 175mm tyres make the car understeer a lot. This is where the NHC loses out.

For normal highway use, i don't see why the NHC should be a pain.

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Old 16th March 2005, 01:55   #4
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He's not coming. Hehe

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I'd really love to see a straight line drag between the NHC, Ikon 1.6 Accent crdi, Accent Viva (Petrol) and the Mitsubishi Lancer Sfxi. That should settle everything.

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CNU,

Coming back to the topic - NO. The NHC has fantastic driveability in and out of the city. Though it does not have the power of the previous generation City, the torque curve is much more linear and kicks in at a lower rpm. Its only the CVT (automatic) transmission that has a problem with the rubber band effect on highways. The manual is spot on.

Dont worry about it. Its a fantastic machine.

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Old 16th March 2005, 20:15   #8
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Thanks for your inputs Shan2nu and GTO.

Any concerns with the stability at high speeds, say 80-90 kmph ?
Does it make you feel light or is it just fine ?
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just wanted to know what mileage does the NHC give on the highway and in the city??
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Any concerns with the stability at high speeds, say 80-90 kmph ?
Does it make you feel light or is it just fine ?
As long as you're not pushing the car to it's limits, it's fine. I've taken the NHC upto 160kmph and it seemed pretty stable. But, don't try any high speed lane changing stunts on it, it's a tall car afterall.

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A quick test drive of the NHC likened it to a high spped bowling ball - tracks well in a straight line but dull to steering inputs
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hi cnu
u can take it on higways, it can easily cruise between 80 to 100 the whole day and will give you abt 15 on the highway

the last trip our nhc made was to tirupati with some client and it gave a mileage of 16!!
driver said it was "nice" to drive ,nothing else

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NHC is a smooth rider...but i think highway driving wouldn't be much fun cuz u'll struggle to overtake with that heavy machine
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the nhc is a tall car isnt one of those cars in which you can cut through traffic easily. reaching 150 km/hr is fiarly easy but trying to push beyond that does seem to become difficult.

overall its a nice car to drive not to thrill
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The NHC is not as unmderpowered as it seems and on the highway it will not be painfullyu slow either.
The thing is that the NHC seems to be a bit scary after 150 (even the accord suffers from the same problem after 170) and not surefooted.
The NHC is not as good a highway car as the lancer and all which feel very planted and surefooted at all speeds.
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