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I have been driving a Scorpio since 2003 and am keen to upgrade to a more luxurious SUV, preferably a six-or seven-seater that costs between Rs 10 lakh and Rs. 15 lakh. However, I find there's nothing in this range as most SUVs are priced above Rs. 20 lakh. Is there really nothing to upgrade to from the Scorpio without paying three times its price?


You are right. There is a huge vacuum in the Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh range. You could wait for the Tata Aria, which will be bigger and more luxurious than the Scorpio. It is built on Tata's new-generation SUV platform (X2), and promises excellent features and comfort. It is expected to cost Rs. 12 lakh to Rs. 14 lakh when it goes on sale mid-2010.

I have a 2005 model Honda Civic, and plan to buy a new saloon priced within Rs. 40 lakh. My daily run is around 60km and I need a diesel-engined car.

Vibhav Mathur

There is lots of choice in this range, but we suggest you go in for BMW 520d. It is a good car to drive, and since you will be upgrading from the Civic, which is also a driver-focussed car, the BMW will delight you. However, watch out for the stiff ride and run-flat tyres, not suitable for bad roads.

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