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i10 Kappa rules the budget segment

entertainment Updated: Aug 17, 2011 01:03 IST

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My family owns a Mercedes-Benz C-class, VW Vento, Toyota Corolla and a Hyundai Santro — all petrol models. We plan to replace the C-class soon. Can you suggest a good replacement for that and also for the Corolla and Santro?
S N Sanghvi

If you are happy with your C-class then you could look at upgrading to the new C-class that is due later in the year. It is essentially a face-lift but will be certainly better than your existing ride.

If you want a change, you could consider the BMW 3-series, which is a great car to drive. You could upgrade your Corolla to the new Jetta coming later this month, which is a bit more plush.

It is spacious and well-built too.

Coming to the Santro, there are many options in the budget car segment, but one of our favourites is the i10 Kappa, which is a much nicer to car drive with decent space.


I’ve a Pulsar 135LS for the past six months and so far, it’s running smoothly. However, I’m not happy with its low-end torque. I find the Discover 150 to be a great puller in the city. I read that both the Pulsar 135 and the Discover 150 have the XCD engine platform and are based on similar borestroke configurations. I also saw that the Discover 150’s bore is a direct fitment on the Pulsar 135. Can I go for this modification and does it give additional punch at lower revs? Will this modification have an adverse effect on the engine?
Pradeep Nagendran

Avoid any such modification, as this will have major unwanted side effects on your bike.

The Bajaj Pulsar 135LS is engineered to use the engine it comes with; and its frame, suspension, brakes etc are all designed around and to cater to the current engine weight, performance and other critical criteria.