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I have a Rs 30-35 lakh budget. Which car should I buy — Mitsubishi Montero, BMW 3- Series, Nissan X-Trail or any other? I am keen on the Montero but I have read that it is noisy and the interiors are not that great.Ankit SetiaThe Montero is the best value among the SUVs in the Rs 30-35 lakh range and we would recommend it. It has got terrific performance and handles brilliantly. Yes, the engine is a touch noisy but not enough to steer you away from this car. The interiors aren't as great as they look in the pictures but, again, the quality isn't bad enough for you to decide against this car. For the price, this is the best SUV. The BMW 3-Series is a great car to drive but it's not as practical as an SUV.I am about to buy a car, my first. I like the Alto and its fuel economy. I like the Wagon R too but will have to stretch my budget. Gopi KumarIf you're on a budget and can't afford to spend more, then the Alto is a fine choice. It is fuel-efficient, reliable and not expensive to maintain. The Wagon R has more space than the Alto and better performance too but only marginally so. So, if you can live with a small cabin, the Alto will suit you just fine.When is the seven-seater Logan Estate from Mahindra expected and what will be its specs and approximate on-road price? Likewise, when is the Logan SUV slated to roll out and will it be priced higher or at par with the Scorpio?DevashishThe Logan Estate is expected in late 2007 or early 2008. There are no plans for the Logan SUV yet and it is unlikely to be on Indian roads before mid-2008.I am planning to buy two new cars, a midsizer (Rs 6-8 lakh) and a small car (Rs 3-5 lakh). They should be fuel-efficient and have decent resale value. I have short-listed the following; the Honda City, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent. While in the small car segment I am considering the Hyundai Getz, Maruti Swift and Ford Ikon. Which one do you recommend? Aman DalalLooking at your requirements of high fuel efficiency and good resale value, the choices clearly are the Honda City in the midsize segment and Maruti Swift among the small cars. They are reliable cars too and you can't really go wrong with them.write to us at




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