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I currently drive a Maruti Estilo and clock around 10,000km annually. I am planning to buy a car that costs within Rs. 6 lakh and is equipped with an automatic transmission. It should be effortless to drive in the city and on the highway, have modern looks and need low maintenance. I am keen on the Hyundai i10 AT. I have also zeroed in on the A-star AT but find in small and underpowered. Please guide.

K. Saneej

Unfortunately, there is not a wide choice when it comes to automatic cars. If you find the A-star too small, then go in for the i10 which is a bit more spacious. On the performance front, there is not much difference between the two. Another option is a used Honda City automatic. There are some good examples of the previous generation City that came with a CVT automatic and can be picked up for the same price as an A-star or i10 auto.

I bought an SX4 diesel recently. A few friends say the Linea is better. Have I made the right choice? What is your opinion?

Kanwar Saurabh

Don't worry! The SX4 diesel is a very good car and you haven't made a mistake at all. In fact, it's your friends who are mistaken. Compared to the Linea, the SX4 isn't as stylish or well-equipped. Neither does it have the Fiat's ride and handling. However, the SX4 being a Maruti is likely to be have lower running costs than the Fiat and the high ground clearance makes it more practical too. It will retain its value better as well. So while the Linea too is a good car, the SX4 is a smart choice.

I want to buy a bike priced within Rs. 70,000 and offers good performance, is economical and looks stylish.

Sachin S

The Honda Dazzler will be ideal for you.

I want to buy a bike that offers good performance and is low on maintenance. I have shortlisted the Honda CB Shine, Hero Honda Passion and Yamaha SZ-R. My riding style is harsh, and I ride about 200km every day.

Prithvi

Go for the new 150cc Yamaha SZ-R, a well built bike that will offer you good performance and reliability over the years.

I plan to buy a 150cc bike that I will be riding for about 40km a day in Chennai, with an occasional highway ride. I want a bike that offers impressive ride and handling, along with good economy and low maintenance. I have shortlisted the Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i and Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler. I am concerned about the Dazzler's exposed drive chain and lack of a kick-starter. Will it make a good buy for me?

Anand AH

The Honda Dazzler will make an excellent choice for you. Go for it and have no reservations regarding its exposed chain and lack of a kick starter. These are both futuristic features that are already in the process of being adopted on every Indian motorcycle.

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