Q.I recently bought a new Swift VDi with tyre size 165/80-R14. Should I upgrade to 185/60-R15 with alloys as on the ZDi or continue with the originals? My main considerations are fuel efficiency and a comfortable ride. Which one is the better option without
compromising on the car’s specification and dynamics?
Dr Jitendra Singh
A.If good fuel efficiency and a comfortable ride are your main concerns, we suggest sticking to the 165/80-R14 wheels. The 185/60-R15 is wider and has more rolling resistance, which leads to increased fuel consumption. Also, the lower profile isn’t as good for ride comfort. The trade-off with the narrower 165/80-R14 tyres is with grip and braking performance, but if your driving is primarily in the city, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Q.We have owned an Innova for the past five years with the odometer now at 140,000km. The car has been maintenance-free with no serious problems. We’re looking for a good replacement and are impressed with the looks of the Mahindra XUV500. What is its performance like and is it a good choice?
A.There is no doubt the XUV500 makes a style statement and this is an important part of its appeal. It has much more power than the Innova and is nicer to drive in that respect. But it’s difficult to say how reliable the XUV is since there are no vehicles on the road yet. However, we would be surprised if it matches the bullet-proof reliability of the Innova, especially since the current crop of Mahindras like the Xylo and Scorpio, though pretty reliable are nowhere near as problem-free as the Innova.
Q.I am looking to buy a gearless scooter to ride in the city. Between the Honda Activa and the TVS Wego, which one do you recommend?
A.Go for the TVS Wego as it is a better all-round scooter that offers more value for money and better specifications than the Honda Activa.
Q.I want to buy a 250cc bike. I really like the Honda CBR250R but believe there’s an upcoming Bajaj Pulsar 250. I may also consider the new Yamaha YZF-R15. Which do you suggest I buy or wait for?
A.Set aside all your confusion and go for the Honda CBR250R, a bike we know you will be happiest with, considering the options you’ve listed.