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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.

When is the Toyota Avanza coming? I like the Honda Jazz but it is overpriced. Does Honda have any plans to slash the price? I want to buy a new petrol car which looks good, is spacious and reliable. Considering the Fiat Punto, i20, Jazz and Polo, which one do you recommend?

- Nishant Magavi

Toyota is evaluating the feasibility of launching the Avanza in India but for the moment no decision has been taken as there is no diesel option for the Avanza available and without one, an MPV like the Avanza would have little demand.

The general perception is that the Jazz is overpriced but Honda hasn't slashed the price yet. However, there are quite a few discounts available on the Jazz, even upto Rs 40,000. If you are looking for a car that offers space, reliability and looks, we suggest you go in for the VW Polo which goes on sale very soon.

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