44 Contenders!

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THE TOP 10 WILL BE THE

Best of 2021
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Welcome to the autoX 'Best of 2021' Mega Test & Awards!

Towards the end of each calendar year, we take all the new machines launched in the past twelve months to the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida and put them through the wringer to choose the top-ten machines launched that year. Why at the BIC? Because it’s fun! Well, that too, but mainly because this is the only venue where we can truly test each new vehicle in a controlled environment. We evaluate machines on quality, comfort, ride, handling, refinement, design, drivetrain, practicality and value-for-money. Plus, we rate a vehicle’s X-Factor – that special something that a machine brings to the table! In addition, a Lap Time provides a uniform method to determine all the dynamic factors of a vehicle. The evaluators include our full team of experienced road testers – with over 75 years of cumulative experience in testing cars and bikes – each of whom scores every vehicle on the different parameters before the final scores are averaged.

Track Test 2021

track map

Short loop of the BIC

Once again, we used the 2.0-kilometre short loop that consists primarily of the back half of the circuit. This eliminates the main straight and the 1.2-kilometre back straight – so, in a sense, it neutralises the straight-line speed advantage of the most powerful machines. But, that’s fine, since our objective is to use the lap time to get an objective marker for overall performance.

A track map points out the section of track that we utilise – the red line depicts the loop for the four-wheel vehicles, while the blue depicts the two-wheel loop, the main difference being that the bikes and scooters use the inside / bike loop of the parabolica at turns 10, 11 and 12. Lap times are monitored by the timing system at the BIC. Each vehicle is fitted with a transponder to ensure that all lap times are accurate to the hundredth of a second.

Cars

  • Tata Tigor EV
    Tata Tigor EV
    Laptime - 01:20.0
    Total Points - 38.7
  • Toyota Fortuner Legender
    Toyota Fortuner Legender
    Laptime - 01:18.0
    Total Points - 48
  • BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
    BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
    Laptime - 01:12.2
    Total Points - 54.3
  • Renault Kiger
    Renault Kiger
    Laptime - 01:14.7
    Total Points - 54.5
  • Audi A4
    Audi A4
    Laptime - 01:12.2
    Total Points - 54.8
  • Hyundai Alcazar
    Hyundai Alcazar
    Laptime - 01:15.2
    Total Points - 56
  • Citroen C5 Aircross
    Citroen C5 Aircross
    Laptime - 01:14.0
    Total Points - 58.8
  • Tata Altroz Turbo
    Tata Altroz i-Turbo
    Laptime - 01:16.9
    Total Points - 59.2
  • Land Rover Defender
    Land Rover Defender
    Laptime - 01:19.8
    Total Points - 59.5
  • Hyundai i20 N Line
    Hyundai i20 N Line
    Laptime - 01:14.0
    Total Points - 59.8
  • Audi e-tron
    Audi e-tron
    Laptime - 01:09.1
    Total Points - 60.1
  • Skoda Octavia
    Skoda Octavia
    Laptime - 01:12.1
    Total Points - 60.4
  • Skoda Kushaq
    Skoda Kushaq
    Laptime - 01:12.3
    Total Points - 65.7
  • Volvo S60
    Volvo S60
    Laptime - 01:11.2
    Total Points - 65.8
  • Audi S5 Sportback
    Audi S5 Sportback
    Laptime - 01:07.5
    Total Points - 66.9
  • Jaguar I-Pace
    Jaguar I-Pace
    Laptime - 01:09.2
    Total Points - 67
  • Audi RS 5 Sportback
    Audi RS 5 Sportback
    Laptime - 01:06.3
    Total Points - 67.7

Bikes

  • Benelli 502C
    Laptime - 01:29.3
    Total Points - 51.1
  • Yamaha FZ-X
    Yamaha FZ-X
    Laptime - 01:27.9
    Total Points - 54.3
  • Aprilia SXR 160
    Aprilia SXR 160
    Laptime - 01:34.5
    Total Points - 56.5
  • Ducati Multistrada 950 S
    Ducati Multistrada 950 S
    Laptime - 01:15.5
    Total Points - 63.7
  • TVS Jupiter 125
    Laptime - 01:36.9
    Total Points - 65
  • Honda CBR650R
    Honda CBR650R
    Laptime - 01:10.3
    Total Points - 65.6
  • Honda CB500X
    Honda CB500X
    Laptime - 01:16.0
    Total Points - 66
  • Royal Enfield Meteor 350
    Royal Enfield Meteor 350
    Laptime - 01:29.8
    Total Points - 66.6
  • Yahama R15M
    Yahama R15M
    Laptime - 01:17.3
    Total Points - 66.8
  • Honda CB650R
    Honda CB650R
    Laptime - 01:11.6
    Total Points - 66.8
  • Triumph Trident 660
    Triumph Trident 660
    Laptime - 01:12.3
    Total Points - 67.2
  • TVS Raider 125
    TVS Raider 125
    Laptime - 01:24.8
    Total Points - 67.9
  • Honda H’Ness CB350
    Honda H’Ness CB350
    Laptime - 01:24.8
    Total Points - 68.4
  • Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
    Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
    Laptime - 01:02.9
    Total Points - 68.4
  • Ducati Multistrada V4 Sō
    Ducati Multistrada V4 S
    Laptime - 01:13.6
    Total Points - 69
  • Ducati Monster
    Ducati Monster
    Laptime - 01:05:9
    Total Points - 69.4
Technical Partner
BMC
Tourism Partner
Tamil Nadu Tourism
Transport Partner
Transport India Expo
Best of 2021: 4W
  • BMW M340i
    BMW M340i
    Laptime - 01:08.2
    Total Points - 70
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
    Mercedes-Benz S-Class
    Laptime - 01:10.1
    Total Points - 69.5
  • Mahindra XUV700
    Mahindra XUV700
    Laptime - 01:17.0
    Total Points - 68.5
  • Tata Punch
    Tata Punch
    Laptime - 01:16.7
    Total Points - 68.4
  • Volkswagen Taigun
    Volkswagen Taigun
    Laptime - 01:11.9
    Total Points - 68.1
Best of 2021: 2W
  • Suzuki Hayabusa
    Suzuki Hayabusa
    Laptime - 01:09.5
    Total Points - 71.2
  • Royal Enfield Classic 350
    Royal Enfield Classic 350
    Laptime - 01:29.4
    Total Points - 70.6
  • Ather 450X
    Laptime - 01:37.3
    Total Points - 69.5
Performance
  • Aston Martin DBX
    Aston Martin DBX
    Laptime - 01:06.0
    Total Points - 70
  • Ducati Streetfighter V4 s
    Laptime - 01:02.6
    Total Points - 69.5
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Best of 2021 award

Awards 2021

Over a three-day period, our experienced team of road testers drove, rode & tested all the 44 contenders at India's only F1 racing circuit. Each machine was then scored out of a total score of 100 for quality, practicality, drivetrain, design, value-for-money, ride-and-handling, and much more.

The Best of 2021 title is awarded to just six four-wheelers and four two-wheelers, including the Performance Car & Performance Bike of the year awards. After an extensive & adrenaline-fuelled jury round, we present the ‘Best of 2021’ awards to the worthy recipients.

Sponsors & Partners

  • Technical Partner

    BMC
  • Tyre Partner

    Tamil Nadu Tourism
  • Transport Partner

    Transport India Expo

Jury Members

The evaluators include our full team of road testers – with over 85 years of cumulative experience in testing cars and bikes – each of whom score every vehicle on its different parameters before the final scores are averaged to ensure that no biases come into play. Our aim is to be as transparent and objective as humanly possible!

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