Siddharth Vinayak Patankar
Former senior primetime news anchor, financial correspondent, producer, and Chief Editor-Auto – Siddharth has worn many hats during his many years at NDTV. He conceived all the automobile based content for the NDTV network - including the annual carandbike Awards, and used to head the Auto Prime band of programming launched in 2014. He was a key driver behind carandbike.com – already the country's 2nd largest auto portal. Siddharth also created India’s biggest auto quiz, which ran for 7 seasons – the Mahindra AQ. Besides all this, Siddharth is the first Asian journalist to be appointed as a Director on the Steering Committee for the prestigious World Car Awards in 2016. He has served on that jury since 2011, and is now Executive Director of World Car Awards since 2020. He is also Editor-in-Chief of carandbike.
Siddharth Vinayak Patankar’s Articles
The first product from French carmaker Citroen for India is a midsize SUV. We test the Citroen C5 Aircross in Indian conditions, to tell you what its strengths and weaknesses are.
Tata Motors has revived the legendary nameplate that at one time was synonymous with its success. The Tata Safari returns as a modern SUV, but there is no petrol or 4X4 variant this time. It does have three rows and plenty of modern tech and features. We have tested the automatic and manual Safari
Imposing looks. V8 engine. And a badge to send a chill down your spine. That is the all-new BMW X5 M Competition. We recently got to drive it in India and here's the full review.
The brand new generation of the Mahindra Thar has also received a 4 star rating for child occupant safety. The car has undergone a frontal, side impact and ESC test.
The first ever subcompact SUV from Nissan is here, and we have tested its turbo variants. Despite stiff competition like the Vitara Brezza, Venue, Nexon and Sonet to deal with, can this finally be the much-needed hit for Nissan in India?
The latest round of Global NCAP crash tests for Indian-made cars shows mixed results for the top carmakers in India. The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso fails the test, while its an average rating for the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. The Kia Seltos does better.
The two VW Group SUVs share the same engine, transmission and platform. So yes, the Skoda Karoq and VW T-Roc are related in more ways than you may think, and are yet very different. Siddharth tells you how.
Production at Hyundai's Chennai plant has been altered to adopt Industry 4.0 systems. The second gen Hyundai Creta and now the all-new i20 premium hatch have benefitted from this. And its improved the cars' build quality.
Oil retail biggie IOC is betting on doorstep servicing as a new business that it expects to catch on. Engages Delhi based Home-Mechanic as partner for the venture.
The BMW 2 Series is in its second generation and the first body style to be introduced for the new model is the first ever 4-door sedan - that assumes the guise of a '4-door Coup'. We recently got to drive it and here's what we think about it.
The all-new second generation Mahindra Thar has created quite a buzz since it was unveiled. After our first impression, now carandbike brings you the comprehensive on and off-road review of the diesel manual and petrol auto.
The brand new Kia Sonet subcompact SUV has got a warm reception and is getting all the attention. But how does it fare against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV 300 and Hyundai Venue?
Another design edition of the very sporty and edgy first-ever SUV from the Raging Bull sports car maker. The Lamborghini Urus Graphite Capsule offers more customisation options to buyers.
A new body style adds to the popular Audi Q5 nameplate. While the Q5 SUV received its midcycle facelift earlier this year, the coupe style Sportback now brings a new appeal.
Though the new generation of the Mahindra Thar, there's a lot that has changed on the SUV. We compare the old and the new to tell you if the latest model, carries the inherent Thar DNA
The highly anticipated Kia Sonet subcompact SUV is here. And Siddharth has driven the segment-first diesel automatic, and the new turbo petrol IMT variants.
The upcoming Kia Sonet subcompact SUV expected to only help Korean duo widen gap with rivals
The Volkswagen Polo and Vento had transitioned to BS6 with the 1.0 TSI petrol engine. And though announced earlier, the auto variants had as yet not been launched. That has now happened.
The Hyundai Venue subcompact SUV has been a hit in its segment. Popular for having diesel, petrol and automatic variants, the car now adds a new IMT gearbox and 'Sport' trim to the mix. Siddharth has driven it and here's his review.
There has been much debate about the new front grille design unveiled on the Mahindra Thar. We tell you why it is designed this way, and question whether it should change. This story needs your feedback.
Hyundai Venue and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza beware. The Kia Sonet has finally been unveiled. And from what we see up front, it looks to be a competent rival in the making. The Sonet has multiple engine and gearbox options, lots of tech and features, and a great design to boot.
The battle of the compact sedans was certain when a new generation of the benchmark car arrives. But the Honda City has lost its grip on the segment off late, so does the legacy car have enough to beat the reigning champ Hyundai Verna?
Road test of the third product from the Chinese company. The Hector Plus gives you a three-row Hector, and a little bit more. Is it enough to take on the Toyota Innova Crysta as MG Motor hopes?
The highly anticipated subcompact SUV - Kia Sonet will have its world premiere in August. India gets it ahead of others, and so the market launch will follow in a month. The Vitara Brezza and Venue rival will be Kia's third model in India.
The 3rd generation BMW Z4 and the 5th generation Toyota Supra - both compact sports cars, both important flagships for their brands. We have driven both the cars and here's what we think about them.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen unlikely chart toppers in the month of June. The Alto is back to winning ways followed closely by the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos
It is the new generation Honda City compact sedan, and it does not get bigger than this. Trifle-delayed yet raring to go, we test it in three variants, to tell you all the good and bad bits of this all-important model.
The Audi Q5 PI or midlife makeover has been unveiled. The cars looks get a bigger than expected change, with new lighting technology, updated infotainment and safety related changes forming the key highlights of the update.
The Hyundai Verna gets a facelift, but its pretty significant - unlike what usually happens. So there are significant styling changes, and the car also gets a brand new engine added to the lineup.