a new beginning
q: My husband and I are both new drivers. We want a car within Rs 3.5 lakh and prefer saloons to hatchbacks.We have a second-hand Hyundai Accent or Ford Ikon in mind and will test drive a Chevrolet Spark soon. Considering fuel efficiency and maintenance costs, which one do you recommend? Were a family of three and will use the car mostly for weekend trips or short city drives.
a: Go for a 2004 Honda City. You may need to stretch your budget a bit but its well worth it. The previous City with its easy steering, high seating position and light controls is a great car for new drivers. The City is also reliable and will last you long. The only problem is that the large boot makes reversing difficult.
a swift option
q: I want to upgrade from my Tata Indica to another hatchback. Im confused between the Hyundai i10 and the Maruti Swift. Ill be using the car within the city, so light control and fun-to-drive are key factors. Also, if you recommend the Swift, should I buy the diesel or petrol?
a:If you travel more than 50km daily, then the Swift Diesel makes perfect sense given that you will keep your car for at least three years. The Swift is a better car than the i10 as its bigger, more powerful and spacious too. But if you dont travel too much and just want point A-to-B transport, then the i10 is better.
q: I want to buy a premium/ luxury hatchback with a petrol engine, since I travel only 40km per day. Im very keen on the petrol version of the Skoda Fabia. Is it a good option?
a: The Fabia petrol is a good car. Its big on the inside and can sit four people in great comfort. Its good choice, go for it.