Q I want to buy a car for my wife and I’m unable to decide between the Honda Brio and Toyota Etios Liva. Also, among saloons, should I buy the Toyota Etios now or wait for the diesel version? My budget is R10 lakh. My priorities are a peppy engine, comfortable seating for five, easy driveability, fuel efficiency, and good aftersales service.
A The Brio and Liva appeal to different sorts of people. The Toyota hatch is more spacious and practical while the Brio is sportier and nicer to drive. If your wife is driving, then the Brio with its refined 1.2-litre motor is a better choice.
Given all your requirements, the ideal saloon for you could be the Etios diesel, which should come for well under R10 lakh. The Etios is really spacious, easy on maintenance and very manoeuvrable. The 1.4 diesel motor should provide adequate power too.
Q I plan to buy an SUV and will be driving it often to the hills. I have to choose between the Mahindra Scorpio VLX and Tata Safari GX/VX. Which one will offer me good comfort for about five passengers with luggage?
AThe Safari is far more spacious than the Scorpio and has more luggage space and comfier seats, especially for five people. An all-new Safari is expected around the time of next year’s Auto Expo in January and this might be worth waiting for.
Q Is it true that superbikes are easier to handle than Indian mass production bikes like the Pulsar? Abrupt throttling and braking are dangerous, and slick tyres have less grip on the road. Apart from these factors, is, say, a CBR 1000RR easier to ride than a Pulsar 220 on a normal day? Also, did you know that most comparison tests show that the Ninja 250R is better than CBR250R? Please comment.
AIndian mass produced motorcycle models like the Bajaj Pulsar 220 are always going to be lighter and easier to ride on Indian roads. Superbikes provide mass, brakes and stability to match their performance and high-speed capabilities, so you can’t compare the two. We can’t comment on the Kawasaki Ninja 250R or the Honda CBR250R for the moment as we are yet to ride both bikes back to back to compare them.