Considering the Indian road terrain and other aspects of the customers as a whole, the market for SUV is on its peak in India. It was in 2013, the French carmaker Renault launched its SUV Duster, which created a huge impact in the market. The SUV was soon becoming a trend setter in the Indian automobile market. Later on manufacturers like Hyundai came up with its SUV model Creta, which gained a massive response from the market and even led to the sales of around 6,000 models per month. The rising demand for SUVs in the market finally led to the formation of the smaller and compact segment of SUVs called compact SUV.
Here is a list of Top 5 most affordable and feature loaded SUV’s available in Indian market.
1. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Vitara Brezza is the answer from Maruti Suzuki to all those who questioned the company’s ability to enter the compact SUV market in India. It has got its looks and design aspects similar to the bigger sibling Grand Vitara. Ever since it made its debut at the Auto Expo 2016, it was one of the most awaited cars to be launched by the carmaker. The compact SUV is 98% locally manufactured and the company plans to make it fully local and also to export it from India for the global market. It has crossed more than 35,000 bookings as of now and comes at a waiting period of about 5 months. Under the Hood the SUV has got the 1.3 Litre diesel engine from Maruti that churns out 89Bhp of power and 200Nm of torque, it is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. With a class beating ARAI tested mileage of 24.3Kmpl; it comes at a price range of INR 6.99 Lakh to INR 9.68 Lakh.
2. Hyundai Creta
Based on the Hyundai i20 platform, Creta stands out from others with its fluidic design and mighty body proportions. The SUV is available in two diesel and one petrol engine option. There is an option for Automatic Transmission on the 1.6 Litre diesel engine variant, however there is currently no option for an all wheel drive mode. With a stunning sleek design, there is no doubt why the car has made such an impact on the market with more than 1 Lakh bookings in just 8 months of its launch. On the inside, the SUV is very well equipped and comes with all latest features and comfortable seats. Hyundai has priced Creta at a range of INR 9.14 Lakh to INR 14.38 Lakh.
3. Ford Ecosport
With selling out around 4000 units per month, the Ecosport is one of the best selling Ford cars in the Indian market. It was the first ever sub-4 meter compact SUV to be launched in the Indian market, later on became a game changer and made way for the growing compact SUV segment in India. With its compact and mighty design, the SUV has gained popularity very quick among the Indian youth. The company has recently launched the facelift model that comes with a few design tweaks and minor changes in the interior. Added features include rain sensing wipers, SYNC infotainment system, auto dimming Mirrors, automatic headlamps and key less entry with push start. The SUV comes in three engine options to choose from- 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, and a 1.0-litre Ecosport. The price for Ecosport starts at INR 6.75 Lakh to INR 10.24 Lakh.
4. Renault Duster
FaceliftLaunched initially in 2013, Duster was one of the first in its class to make an impact in the SUV market in India. Renault has recently launched the 2016 facelift version of Duster with few design tweaks on the exterior and some changes in the inside. There is no mechanical change to the facelift but the major addition includes the new AMT gearbox making city rides easier. The company offers the SUV in 3 engine options; a 1.6-litre petrol (103bhp), a 1.5-litre diesel (84bhp) and a 1.5-litre diesel (108bhp) starting at a price range of INR 8.46 Lakh to INR 13.56 Lakh.
5. Mahindra TUV300
The home grown carmaker Mahindra has also stepped into the league of sub-4 meter compact SUVs by launching its model, TUV300. The name stands for T-tuff U-utility V-vehicle and it does have toughness in its looks. Based on the Scorpio platform along with massive bumpers, flat top, higher bonnet, high ground clearance and a sport appeal overall. Under the hood this mighty machine is running on the 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged mHAWK engine that churns out a power of 80Bhp and 230Nm of torque. The company offers an option of either a 5-speed manual or an AMT transmission gearbox. The compact SUV from Mahindra is priced at INR 6.99 Lakh to INR 9.12 Lakh.