q:I own a Hyundai Santro Xing and want to upgrade to a saloon within a budget of Rs 8 lakh. I have shortlisted the Fiat Linea Emotion petrol and the Honda City S. My monthly usage is around 250km-300km. As the Linea diesel costs around the same as the Honda City, should I also consider it? If I do opt for the City, can I fit alloys and bigger-diameter tyres onto it? What would be the appropriate size and which brand of tyres would be best?
a:The Linea Petrol is cheaper than the City; if your budget cannot be stretched, then its a good option. The City may be more expensive but its resale value is better than the Lineas. So that does, to some extent, compensate for the premium you pay for the City. Its a good idea to upgrade the Citys tyres if you buy it. The most appropriate upgrade is 185/65R14 tyres which balance superior handling and comfortable ride. Get 195/ 60R14s too if you want better grip and handling but that would compromise ride comfort. Keep in mind that a City with improved exteriors is expected soon.
q:I would like to know if the 5 J/13 size alloy wheels on the Hyundai Accent can be used on the Santro Xing as well. Is the Pitch Circle Diameter (PCD) the same for both?
a:Yes, you can use the 5J X 13 Accent wheels on the Santro Xing as both the PCDs are the same (100 mm).
q:I wanted to buy the Maruti Swift VXi until I test-drove the i20 recently. Now Im confused. My parameters for a new car within a Rs 5.5 lakh budget are decent mileage and low maintenance costs. I travel around 20km daily in the city and around 400km on the weekends, on the highway.
a:Go for the Swift as it is overall a cheaper car to maintain and is better on the highway. However, you can upgrade the tyres to 185/70-R14 for better control on the highway.