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Best hatchback within Rs 5.5 lakh?

autos Updated: Jul 08, 2011 21:40 IST

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A dealer is quoting Rs 1.3 lakh for an October 2000 Alto LX which has done about 58,000km. Is this price all right? The car is in good condition and I am satisfied with its performance after a test drive.
-Harbir Singh

The dealer is asking for too much. The price range for the Alto you are interested in should not be more than Rs 1 lakh. We suggest you bargain harder with the dealer or look elsewhere.

I want to buy a diesel-engined hatchback priced within Rs 5.5 lakh. My priorities are comfort and good handling. Between the Maruti Swift and the Ford Figo, which car should I go for?
-Abhishome Banerjee

Go for the Figo as it is bigger than the Swift and has better ride and handling.

I have a Skoda Octavia Rider and would like to change my car. I drive around 2,500km a month and would prefer a diesel car. My budget is Rs 15-16 lakh and would like good legroom at the rear. I do not mind an SUV or a saloon as long as it gives good mileage. Which car do you recommend?
-Feroz Jinnah

We have just tested the Renault Fluence which could be a good choice for you. It has superb legroom, is the most fuel-efficient saloon in its class with an Indian Driving Cycle figure of 21.84kpl, and suits your budget too. The 1.5 diesel feels a bit sluggish at low revs but once you get going, the Fluence diesel cruises comfortably.

I am keen on buying an SUV priced around Rs 20-25 lakh. When is the new Pajero Sport going to be launched?
-Vishal Sancheti

The new Pajero Sport will fit your budget and it should come under R25 lakh. Hindustan Motors has indicated a plan to launch the Pajero Sport but it's likely to be at the 2012 Auto Expo.

Should I wait till 2012 for the new Toyota Innova or go in for the existing one? Is the new model worth the wait?
-Alok Kumar

The new Innova is still about a year away and hence will be quite a long wait. The changes, though substantial, are unlikely to dramatically improve the Innova and you should go in for the existing model which is very good to begin with.

In fact, Toyota engineers have been struggling to improve the Innova simply because it is near-perfect for the Indian market.

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