Q I have a R15 lakh budget for an MPV for my nine-member family. It should be luxurious, have brand value, be safe and deliver good performance. Between the Toyota Innova and the Tata Aria, which is better?
Monivannan Sanoj Pranesh Kumar
A Unfortunately, there is no MPV that can accommodate nine passengers and hence it’s not a good idea to try and squeeze your family into one. The Innova is clearly the better option than the Aria, as it offers better quality, reliability and brand value. The Aria, though better equipped and more luxurious in many ways, doesn’t quite have the engineering finesse of the Toyota.
QI want to buy a diesel-engined hatchback for my family which comprises two elders and two children. I am unable to decide between a Maruti Swift and the Ford Figo. Since my monthly mileage is less than 1,000km, should I buy a diesel or petrol version?
A Stick to a petrol option if you are driving less than 1,000km a month. The Swift is a great car to drive but it is not very spacious at the back. However, with two children that shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Given its user-friendly and easy to maintain nature, Swift is the one to go for. However, bear in mind that an all-new model is being launched in July.
Q I ride a Hero Honda Karizma, and wish to upgrade. I am confused between the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and Honda CBR250R. I will be using my bike for daily commuting and would prefer one that is low on maintenance and comfortable.
A We suggest you go in for the Honda CBR250R, a bike that provides better value for money than the Kawasaki Ninja 250R.
Q My friend plans to spend about R70,000 on a new bike. Please suggest a good option considering good looks, performance and decent fuel economy.
AYamaha’s FZ-16 makes the best all-round 150cc motorcycle available in India at that price point. We suggest your friend test ride this bike to make up his mind.
Q I want to buy a bike which can give 55kpl in city riding conditions. My budget is about R55,000. It should be comfortable to ride, have good looks, provide good value for money, and be
AGo in for the Honda CB Twister which delivers excellent mileage, and has decent ride along with good overall quality. It is the best bike to buy within a R55,000 budget.