Car and bike questions? We have the answers

I’m planning to buy a mini-MPV. I have shortlisted the Maruti Eeco and the Tata Venture. I’m six-feet tall, which would be the more suitable and comfortable for me?


The Tata Venture is comfortable but the Eeco is easier to drive. However, if you are looking for a mini van with a lot of space then the Tata Venture is a good for you choice and will fulfil your requirements.

I currently own a Chevrolet Tavera, but am planning to upgrade to an SUV for the long run. My budget is Rs. 11 lakh and I have zeroed in on the Renault Duster, Mahindra XUV500 and Nissan Terrano. Can you please help me choose?


For long runs, you can go for the Duster or Terrano thanks to their phenomenal range (you can expect close to 700km on a tankful of diesel), good ride quality and strong engine. There’s little to choose between the Terrano and the Duster because they are essentially the same car with different badges. We suggest you visit a dealer closer to you and choose the brand accordingly.

I currently own a 2009 Verna (automatic) and am looking for a diesel automatic saloon in the Rs 9 lakh-Rs.11 lakh. I am interested in the new Honda city, but will it be launched with a diesel automatic variant? Are there any other options in this segment barring Hyundai’s fluidic Verna?

S. Abhinav

Sadly, Honda has no plans to launch the City diesel with an automatic engine. In fact, apart from the Verna diesel auto, there is unlikely to be any other automatic diesel in that price bracket. Mahindra is planning to launch the XUV 500 with an automatic version which may be in the same or slightly higher price bracket of the Verna diesel auto, but that is still at least six months away.

I want to upgrade from my Swift VXi (March, 2010), and am thinking of the Honda City. My average run is 800-1000km/month, with occasional outstation trips. Do you recommend a diesel? Also, should I wait for the new model or does buying the older one on a discount of Rs 40,000 seem to be a good option?

Gautam Thakkar

The new Honda City, which has just been launched and goes on sale early next year, is the one we recommend and it’s worth stretching your budget for.

The petrol version will be more affordable than the diesel and, given your monthly running, makes more sense. The new City will, like most Hondas, promise a superb ownership experience. Stocks of the old City are more or less exhausted and it would be hard to find one now. However, even if you did, it’s much better to go in for the all-new model.