I want to buy a hatchback within a budget of Rs 4 lakh. I’m confused between the Hyundai i10, Maruti Swift VXI and GM Beat. Which among them is the best in terms of mileage, maintenance, price and service?
The Beat is currently the best bet in the small car segment. It is on par with its rivals in terms of mileage and thanks to the special service packages that GM has on offer, it is easy on the pocket as far as maintenance is concerned. The Beat is priced very competitively and undercuts most of its rivals with the same amount of equipment.
I’m looking for a new small car that’s compact, fuel efficient, and low on maintenance costs. My usage would be about 60 km a week and a long drive once in six months. Should I go in for a petrol or a diesel car?
You should go in for a petrol car as your running is not a lot. You haven’t mentioned the budget you have in mind, but we suggest you opt for the new Maruti-Suzuki Swift.With its new K-series engine the Swift is a good buy. And being a Maruti it will be very easy to service and maintain.
I am planning to buy a diesel car in the range of Rs 9 to 10 lakh, and my requirements are mileage and comfort. I drive about 400 km a week. Which car would you recommend?
-Sa Imarth Sam
AWe would suggest you go in for the Fiat Linea. The car will fall within your price range and comprises a good list of equipment while offering great driving comfort as well. If you’re looking for enhanced performance, then you can even consider the Hyundai Verna diesel.
I would like to buy a 150 cc bike and have shortlisted the Hero Honda CBZ Extreme and the Honda Unicorn. I would like to know more about the Unicorn. Is there a better bike I should be looking at besides these two?
The Unicorn comes at a marginally cheaper price than the CBZ Extreme. The rear mono-shock housing Unicorn is fractionally shorter than the dual shock (rear) CBZ extreme.
Among the two, we suggest the Honda Unicorn for its smooth ride on most Indian roads and its higher overall fuel economy figures (52.1 compared to 46.8). As for the better 150 cc bike, we suggest the beefy looking FZ-16, but only if your budget is more flexible.