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The SUV that rules the road

autos Updated: Jun 23, 2010 14:29 IST

I want to buy an MPV for my eight-member family. Between the Mahindra Xylo and the Tata Sumo Grande Mark II, which one do you recommend in terms of ride and handling, stability, comfort, safety, styling, highway manners, maintenance costs and resale value?
Dinesh Shobha
The Xylo is the overall better MPV, thanks to its superior performance and better ride. Also, it will have a better resale value and the long-term ownership experience is better than the Grande Mark II.

I drive a Maruti Swift and plan to upgrade to an SUV/ MUV. My budget is Rs 9-10 lakh (which can be extended) and monthly mileage is around 1,500 km. I prefer a vehicle with a strong on-road presence, loaded with features, and capable of seating four tall people. It should be easy to maintain and nice to drive. I have shortlisted the Mahindra Scorpio and Toyota Innova but is there any new model worth waiting for?
The Innova is better engineered but it doesn’t have the road presence of the Scorpio. The Innova isn’t as much fun to drive either as its performance isn’t as sprightly as the Mahindra’s. The Innova is more spacious but for just four people the Scorpio offers adequate space and comfort.

My father drives a five-year-old Maruti Alto, which has done 58,000 km and is still running on its original tyres. I feel the braking distance of the car has gone up. Should I get the brake pads and/ or the tyres changed?
J Rathod
Since your car is more than five years old, we suggest that you change the tyres as soon as possible. Rubber tends to deteriorate and tyres above four years should be replaced regardless of the tread left on them. If your car hasn’t gone through a brake pad change yet, get it done. Most cars’ brake pads last around 30,000-40,000 km.

There is considerable hype about filling tyres with nitrogen gas. How does it help when compared to air? Can it be used in tubeless tyres?
Shruti Tiwari
Filling nitrogen in car tyres isn’t necessary. Nitrogen is used generally in aircraft tyres which go through a lot of pressure and temperature changes. Nitrogen helps the tyres run cooler and also maintains consistent tyre pressure in changing conditions. The nitrogen that you get at fuel stations isn’t free of moisture and really doesn’t give you the benefits you would expect. Plus a car tyre’s operating environment is far less harsh than that of aircraft, so you really don’t need the nitrogen.

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