I was a bit skeptical about driving the automatic in the mountains because I’ve always driven a manual so far.
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Just completed a 1050km road trip to Alcazar 2.0 AT Signature 7str. Of the 1050 kms, 550 kms were in mountainous/hilly terrain and the rest on highways. The journey was from Delhi to Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib in Uttarakhand.
The car behaved very well. Handling was superb over the hilly terrain, even at slightly higher speeds. Body roll was negligible and could only be felt if you pushed the vehicle through corners. The comfort of the car is very good.
The first leg of the journey was from Delhi to Rishikesh on September 30. The trip was very good and the fuel economy at the end of the trip was 14.5 kmpl according to the trip computer and was 14.06 by the full tank method. The AC was on all the time. The NVH level is so good that you get absolutely no sound inside the cabin while patiently cruising at 90-100 KMPH.
The next morning, depart Rishikesh for Govind Ghat, about 20 km ahead of Joshimath. As this is my first automatic vehicle, I was a bit skeptical about driving the automatic in the mountains as I have always driven a manual until now. But the performance was flawless. Power was available whenever needed thanks to the 2.0 NA engine. The air conditioning was off. There were many patches of poor/under construction and broken roads due to landslides. But the tremors felt inside the cabin were minimal. The car was able to swallow bad roads well.
There’s a lot of noise around the Alcazar’s three-beam headlight that it’s not adequate, and I’ve seen people opting for an aftermarket modification for the headlight or even having additional lights repaired from the secondary market. Although I drove Alcazar at night earlier too and didn’t feel the headlight inadequate, but it was time to see the launch and spread over the hills. It was dark when we arrived at Joshimath. But I found the headlights to be good in projection and diffusion and never felt like they were inadequate. The high beam range was also good. I have no complaints about the lighthouse.
I reached Gobind Ghat around 7:30 p.m. on the evening of October 1 and parked the car there. We did the trek and returned on October 4 around 1:00 p.m. Started the trip back at 2:30 in the afternoon.
There is a lot of construction/repair going on on this road. We had planned to drive to Rishikesh at night but, as I didn’t want to drive late at night, we were prepared to stop in Srinagar if we got there around 10-10:30am. Google showed a traffic jam of about 45 minutes on our way. ETA in Srinagar was shown as 10 p.m. So, we thought we would stop in Srinagar and start the trip the next morning.
Somewhere in my mind there was a doubt that Google was showing 45 minutes of jamming, but it could be worse. There are people who don’t want to hold the queue and block traffic coming from another direction. But when we arrived at the point where the work was being done (only one lane was working and the other was closed for repairs), we were among the first 10 vehicles in the queue. Our lane was stopped for about 25 minutes and only traffic coming from the other side was allowed. I was furious why they gave so much time to traffic on the other side and didn’t give both sides the same amount of time. But I could see the massive line of vehicles that never ended.
However, after about 25 minutes traffic on the other side was stopped and we were given the all clear. When we started I was shocked to see that the traffic buildup on the other side was about 4-5 miles from the point and it would take them 1.5-2 hours to clear the stretch.
Anyway, we went further and reached Srinagar around 10 o’clock in the evening. Thought we had to pass through Srinagar then stay but we passed through Srinagar then Kirti Nagar but there were very few places to stay, and all were so full there was not even a place to park the vehicle. We thought we will drive to Dev Prayag but even there was no place to stay.
It was 10:30 p.m. The children were already asleep. ETA in Rishikesh was at 12:30 so I decided to reach Rishikesh for the night. Reached Gurudwara in Rishikesh at 12:15 p.m. Room was readily available and called her one day after driving for 10 hours. The fuel economy for this 520 km trip was 10.5 KMPL by the full tank method.
The next morning, departure from the Gurudwara Sahib around 10 am. Reached Crystal World, Haridwar around 11am. I spent 1.5 hours there and had a great brunch. Started at 12:30 from Crystal World and arrived home at Paschim Vihar in Delhi at 3:30. Fuel economy according to MID was 16.0 KMPL.
The trunk seems very small and hardly usable, but we were able to fit 1 large, 1 medium and 1 small bag very comfortably in it without folding the last seat. Other luggage was placed inside the cabin and we found no problems with space. We were two adults and 2 children for the trip.
Overall very happy with the space, comfort, practicality, features, power, handling, maneuverability and appearance of the Alcazar.
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