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Having produced, directed and presented a show on automobiles for over 4 years you can imagine that I get asked a lot for car advice. It could be at family functions, restaurants, parties, even at the shopping mall, and one of the most frequent questions I get asked is petrol or diesel?

There was a time not so long ago that the only diesel hatchback most people thought of buying was the Swift and that car had a loooooong waiting period, the other option was the Indica - favourite of the taxi crowd.

So typically anyone who wanted to buy a small car, possibly their first hatchback would have to buy a petrol. But now, even before the last couple of petrol price hikes, the market has changed, when, led by the Ford Figo, a new range...Read more...



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Sandeep Srikanth is associate features editor at CNBC-TV18.

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