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I want to upgrade from my Tata Indigo LS. I have a budget of Rs. 5 lakh - Rs.7 lakh. My monthly mileage is 1,500km and I want a family car which is high on style, comfort, class and gives good mileage too. Please advise.

Surmeet Inder Singh

We suggest you go in for the Fiat Linea 1.4 petrol as it is great looking, very comfortable and has a good ride quality. The mileage is also decent but it’s not the best in class. Do be prepared for slightly higher running costs than a smaller saloon. However, given the Linea’s appeal, we think it’s worth you making the stretch.

What do terms such as MOSFET 50X4, often seen inscribed on the faceplate of head units, mean? Also, what would be the minimum and maximum wattage of speakers to be used on such a unit?

Jagadeesh

MOSFET is a term used to describe the kind of circuitry used in the amplifier section of the head unit. It stands for Metal Oxide SemiConductor Field Effect Transistor, and denotes that the amplifier is running through tiny semiconductors instead of the bulky tubes used in early amplifier designs. This should not concern your buying decision. The speakers you should be looking at are the ones that can handle a minimum of 70 watts per channel and maximum of 200 watts per channel.

I currently own a five-year-old Hyundai Santro Xing and want to upgrade to a saloon within Rs. 8 lakh. I have shortlisted the Fiat Linea Emotion petrol and the Honda City S. My monthly usage is around 250-300km. The Linea’s economy of 9.4kpl isn’t as good as the City’s 10.5kpl. If I opt for the Linea, the Rs. 1.2 lakh that I will save initially is enough to pay for the car’s fuel for the next six years. Is the low economy due to the extra revving needed to overcome the car’s sluggishness in first and second gear? 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?

Pushkar Trivedi

There is no doubt that the Linea Petrol is considerably cheaper than the City; if your budget cannot be stretched, then it is a good option.

The reason you are finding the Linea sluggish in first and second gear is because the response at low revs in the Linea is not as good as it should be. However, if you find the lack of performance a problem, then go in for the City which is nicer to drive. Yes, the City may be more expensive but it has a better resale value. That to a certain extent compensates for the premium you pay for the City. It’s a good idea to upgrade the City’s tyres if you go in for it. The most appropriate upgrade is 185/65R14 tyres tha offer superior handling and comfortable ride. You can go in for 195/60R14s as well if you want better grip and handling but that would compromise ride comfort. Also keep in mind that a City with improved exteriors is expected in October this year.

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