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Swift and reliable

autos Updated: May 19, 2010 15:23 IST

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Confused about which car to buy, don't know where to invest... gears, suspension, brake, prices... what!! Ask the experts here and be sure to make a wise decision.

I am scouting for an SUV/MUV/MPV in the price range of Rs 8-10 lakh. My main criteria are quality, reliability, refinement, driving pleasure and imposing road presence. I have shortlisted the Mahindra Scorpio and the Toyota Innova. Given these considerations, which do you think is the best vehicle for me?
Wg Cdr PM Nagraj
Unfortunately, neither the Innova nor the Scorpio combine all the attributes you are looking for. The Innova is better in terms of reliability and quality. Compared to the Scorpio, it has superior handling as well. However, the Scorpio is a proper SUV and has far better road presence than the Innova and is more of a status symbol. However, if you want a solid, reliable and easy-to-drive vehicle, go with the Innova.

What are the upcoming SUVs in the Indian market within the Rs 20-25 lakh price range?
There is the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport expected in October 2010; the Volkswagen Tiguan could come by early 2011; and the Hyundai Santa Fe is expected by the end of the year. All these cars are expected to be in the Rs 20-25 lakh range.

I drive an old version of the Maruti Zen and want to upgrade to a new saloon, within a budget of Rs 12-14 lakh. My new car should be extremely comfortable and petrol-engined because I don’t like noisy diesels. Also, the car should have a good image and good fuel economy. Between the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla Altis, which one should I go for?
Siddharth Agarwal
The Civic is the best car for you in the Rs 12-14 lakh range. It still looks terrific and the interior design with its aircraft-like cockpit is the best we have seen on a car in this class. The seats are quite spacious but because of the low seating position, getting in and out is not very easy. Fuel economy is not a strong point but the Civic isn’t a guzzler either. The engine is quite refined and the Civic is a reliable car too.

I currently drive a Maruti Alto but I now want to buy a car within a Rs 5 to 6-lakh budget. It should be high on fuel efficiency; reliable and good to drive. My annual mileage is 25,000 km.
Prashil Salkar
A logical upgrade from your Alto will be a Maruti Swift. You’ll be happier staying within the Maruti family and you can even retain your old service station. The Swift, with its new K-series engine is very efficient, and this sporty hatchback is great to drive too. The Swift has been around for years now, and it has proven its reliability beyond all doubt.