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the suv factor

q: I own a 2004 Honda CR-V. I want to buy an SUV/MUV with a huge boot (about 1,300-2,100 litres) to transport cargo. It should have a refined petrol engine and great driving dynamics. Only the front seats will be occupied; the others will be folded. My budget is up to Rs 25 lakh. I’ve shortlisted the Mitsubishi Outlander, Ford Endeavour, Honda CR-V and the Toyota Innova. I prefer the Outlander, which I have test driven. The boot space is poorer than the Endeavour’s but is more generous than the CR-V’s.

Kushal Sonalkar

a: If you’re looking at non-diesel cars, then your options are limited. There is only the Honda CR-V and the Mitsubishi Outlander to choose from among petrol SUVs. All the other SUVs you have listed only come with diesel engines. Go for the Outlander. It has a bigger boot and the auto-transmission is good too.

Hawk on the prowl

q: I have a Maruti Versa for my eight-member family. My daily run is about 20km, mostly in the city and around tight corners. I want to buy a new diesel-engined vehicle. Should I buy a Mahindra Scorpio LX mHawk?

Shamsher Singh

a: The Scorpio mHawk is a good option because you can carry seven to eight persons at a pinch and is compact enough to negotiate narrow city roads. You could consider the automatic option to make city driving easier. The Mahindra is comfortable and spacious but it could be a touch too big to manoeuvre through tight spots.

road trip

q: I’ve ridden my eight month-old Hero Honda Hunk from New Delhi to Chandigarh and Amritsar without any problems. Now I’m planning to ride down to Kanyakumari. As I’m likely to ride through the countryside with few puncture repair shops en route, what should I do in case of a flat tyre?

Rahul Tyagi

a: Carry a spare tube, puncture repair kit and portable air pump with you so you can repair the bike yourself in case of a puncture whilst on the go.

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