Road trip on a saloon
Superbikes offer better traction than lighter motorcycles doautos Updated: Jul 27, 2011 01:26 IST
We are planning to sell our petrol Linea and buy a diesel saloon. We have narrowed down to the Renault Fluence or the Chevrolet Cruze. We drive about 1,000-1,200 km a month, but are set on diesel because we want do long-distance trips with a family of four — a dog and luggage — at least two to three times a year. We are mostly chauffeur-driven. What car do you recommend? Adityaraj Dutt
The Cruze has a more powerful diesel than the Fluence but as you are mainly driven by a chauffeur, that extra performance is a waste. Except for a sluggish diesel engine, the Fluence suits your needs better and is a spacious car that’s great for long distances. Its rear seat is far more generous than the Cruze’s, and overall, the Fluence, with its fantastic ride and handling, has the edge.
I currently drive a Ford Fiesta. I plan to buy a new saloon in the R 10-12 lakh range this year. It will be used mainly for city driving and will run around 50 km every day. I want a car that’s fun to drive and has a comfortable rear seat. Which one between the Jetta, Cruze, Laura, and Fluence would you recommend? Palash Nandy
All the cars you have listed are out of your budget. However, the 1.8 TSI Laura is the closest. Also, it’s a great driver’s car, thanks to a punchy 160bhp petrol motor and the backseat is pretty good. If the Laura doesn’t fit in your budget, you can try the VW Vento, which has a very spacious backseat and strong engine.
Does a heavier bike have a better road grip than a lighter one? The Pulsar sticks to the road better than the FZ, owing to its heavy front-biased weight. Similarly, superbikes give tremendous dry road traction over lighter bikes. Pranjal
Yes, superbikes offer better traction than lighter motorcycles do. However, in many cases they need to put down well in excess of a 100bhp through the rear tyre contact patch to stop the bike from high speeds that invariably come with that kind of power.
Which scooter is currently the best buy? Price isn’t important but the waiting period is. It should be refined and powerful.
The refined Suzuki Access will suit you well, as it is relatively powerful and soberly styled.
First Published: Jul 26, 2011 14:13 IST