q: I want to buy a saloon for weekend use and am looking for one with low maintenance cost and modest looks. Although everyone suggests a petrol car, I want a diesel since the fuel is cheaper and gives better mileage. What are the possible hazards Ill incur if I buy a diesel-engined car? Im considering Chevrolet Aveo.
a: For 50km a week, the premium you pay for a diesel car will take a lifetime to recover by way of a diesels lower running costs. However, when its time to sell the car, diesels command a better resale value. Modern diesels work well, even with occasional use. You should however, stick to the service and maintenance schedules, especially oil and filter changes, which is critical for engine life.
q: I want to buy a people-carrier and am considering Toyota Innova and the Chevrolet Tavera. Which one is better? Also, when is Mahindra & Mahindra launching the Ingenio?
a: The Tavera is a good people- carrier, but suffers from poor ride quality and pulling power at highway speeds. The engine isnt very refined either. The Toyota Innova is reliable, spacious and high on quality. Of all the people-carriers, it has the most car-like driving manners and is easy to drive once you get used to the size. The Mahindra Ingenio, now known as the Xylo, will come by the year end.
q: I have heard that Tata Motors is going to launch a 3.0 V6 240+bhp on the X2 platform for the Safari. Is this a petrol or diesel version? What is the expected time of launch of the vehicle?
a: The Safari on X2 platform is still a long way off and there is no 3.0 V6 in the pipeline, though it is possible that Tata will launch such a big engine but for export markets.