SUV Cars In India: List of Best SUV/MUV Cars You Must Buy Today
India is a country with big families so, when it comes to buying a new car for the entire family, it has to be spacious enough and should have room (seat) for every person in the family. Not just for big families, but for a road trip with your friends even for a nuclear family, a 5 seater car is not always enough. Most families that have more than one car prefer one of them to be SUVs. So if you are a person looking for a new car but is still confused about which one to choose then this article is for you.
Not just big families, India also has bumpy roads especially during rainy seasons and rural sides. In such cases, SUVs are always preferred for their ruggedness and durability.
So what exactly are SUV cars?
SUV (sport-utility vehicle) usually has higher ground clearance and specifically popular for its ruggedness. They are mostly designed for rougher surfaces and roads. MUV (multi-utility vehicle) are supposed to be big cars with a seating for 5-7 people on average.
Most SUVs come with tall interior and strong body builds, a high seating and centre of gravity.in most cases, it also has better fuel efficiency. Following list provides you with the information about the best SUV cars in India.
The highest grossing MUV from Maruti Suzuki, Ertiga has managed to sell over four lakh units of Ertiga after its launch 6 years ago. Being lighter in weight, this is one of the 7 seater MUV cars in India. The cost ranges from 7.44lakh to 10.90 lakhs as one of the 7 seater MUV cars under 10 Lakhs available in Indian market. The Ertiga is available in 4 variants namely, L, V, Z and Z+.
The 2018 2nd gen Ertiga is has a brand new 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 105PS of max power and 138Nm of peak torque and is mated with either 5 speed MT or 4 speed AMT. The diesel engine is the same 1.3-litre that makes 89PS of maximum power and 200Nm of peak torque and is available only in the 5-speed manual transmission. The mileage goes from 19.34kmpl for petrol MT, 18.69kmpl for petrol AT and 25.47kmpl for Diesel MT.
The new features consists of projector headlamps, fog lamps, LED tail lamps, 15-inch wheels, 7-inch infotainment system, push-button start-stop, ventilated front cup holders, auto climate control with rear AC vents and a reverse parking camera along with the Safety features that include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Isofix child seat anchors and reverse parking sensors ESP and hill hold for safety are limited to the automatic transmission variants only.
Mahindra came to light and made a strong comeback after the launch of Scorpio almost 20 years ago. The star SUV from Mahindra is available in six variants, S3, S5, S7 120, S7 140, S9 and the S11. The Scorpio has a price range of Rs 9.99 lakh and goes up to Rs 16.39 lakh. The Scorpio comes with two diesel engines, a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder m2dicr unit and a 2.2-litre mohawk motor.
The 2.5-litre engine gives out 75PS of maximum power and 200Nm of peak torque. The other engine is available in two different outputs,120PS and 280Nm torque and 140PS and 320Nm torque. The 2.5-litre and standard 2.2-litre engine have a 5-speed manual transmission. The more powerful version of the 2.2-litre motor is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The new Scorpio features include, dual front airbags and ABS, automatic projector headlamps with LED drls, electrically adjustable orvms, rain-sensing automatic wipers, automatic climate control, cruise control, 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, tilt adjustable steering with audio controls, rear parking camera with sensors and dynamic guidelines, tyre pressure monitoring system and a micro-hybrid system.
Another SUV from Maruti brezza is a 5 seater compact SUV car and is powered by diesel. Rated a 4-star in safety rating by global NCAP, this car comes with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Isofix child seat anchors, rear parking sensors and front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters in all its versions.
The four variants of brezza LDI, VDI, ZDI and ZDI+ have a prices range between Rs 7.58 lakh to Rs 10.55 lakh being another SUV cars in India under 10 lakhs. With only one engine that is a 1.3-litre ddis200 diesel unit that churns out 90PS of power and 200Nm of peak torque. This engine comes with 2 transmission modes, a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT and has a claimed fuel efficiency of 24.3kmpl and is one of the best compact SUVs in India.
The 2018 creta received some cosmetic changes for its styling and design on the front side of the car. The car gets a shinier grille upfront, Revised front bumper, new drls that wrap around the fog lamps. Ranging from 9.50 lakh to Rs 15.10 lakh, the new creta comes in four variants, E, E+, S, SX and SX(O).
The Hyundai Creta has three engine options, 1.6-litre petrol that churns 123PS/151Nm, 1.4-litre diesel unit at 90PS power and 220Nm torque and 1.6-litre diesel engine with 128PS/260Nm. All three engines are available in a 6-speed manual transmission, while the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel unit also comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The SX(O) variant comes with a sunroof, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless mobile charging dock, a 6-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, push-button start, smart key band, reverse parking camera with sensors, cruise control, auto-dimming inside rrearview mirror (IRVM) and auto climate control with rear AC vents. When it comes to safety, creta has dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard across all variants. In the top-spec variant, the Creta also gets side and curtain airbags, vehicle stability control, electronic stability control and hill launch assist.
The new mpv from Mahindra that is mainly designed to carry more people than its ruggedness, has a lot of designer similarities with xylo. The minivan is designed to carry 7 people easily and has a price range of Rs 9.99 lakh that goes up to Rs 13.90 lakh. Mahindra Marazzo is available in four variants, M2 , M4, M6 and M8 and with one engine.
The 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine was first introduced in Marazzo, gives an output of 123PS and 300Nm and comes mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The automatic transmission option and a petrol option is expected to be launched in 2020. The Marazzo offers an ARAI-certified mileage of 17.3kmpl.
Features wise, mazzaro includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, cornering lamps and Isofix child seat anchors, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, auto climate control with separate roof-mounted air conditioning system for the second and third rows, projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and leatherette upholstery.
When it comes to suv, Mahindra is the biggest manufacturer in india. Known for its ruggedness, Mahindra bolero makes a cut in this list. The seven seater is available in six variants, LX, EX, Plus, SLE, SLX and the ZLX and has a price range of Rs 7.45 lakh and Rs 9.12 lakh.
The bolero is available in 2 engine options, a 2.5-litre diesel engine which produces 63PS of max power and 180Nm of peak torque which is mated with a five speed manual transmission. The second 1.5-litre engine that pumps out 71PS max power and 195Nm of peak torque and has a mileage of 15.96 kmpl.
The new flagship model from Mahindra has made the list with its bold yet beautiful styling, new features and powerful engine. Known as the fourth generation model of the Ssangyong Rexton, this car has a price range that starts from rs.26.95lakhs. This newly launched suv in indian market is a seven seater and has a characteristic bold grille with a chrome surround and the stylish looking headlamps. The sculpted hood pairs well with The silhouette that is slightly boxy but it only adds to SUV-ishness of the car.
The interior of the car consists of a dual-tone theme.it has 8inch infotainment system, fully automatic climate control along with 8-way adjustable powered driver seat with memory function, 9 airbags on the top-spec trim and ABS with EBD and hill assist as standard. The only engine option, the 2.2-litre diesel engine in Alturas makes one 178bhp and 400NM of torque.
Available in six variants, W5, W7, W9, W11, W11(O) and a petrol-powered G, this seven-seater comes in two engine options. It has a 2.2-litre diesel engine that churns our 155PS of power and 360Nm of torque and is available with 6-speed MT or 6-speed AT. A 2.2-litre petrol engine is also available that gives out 140PS of power and 330Nm of torque and is available in 6-speed AT.
The xuv 500 that was launched 7 years ago received its 2nd facelift this year in april. With the top variant offering six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, rollover mitigation, hill launch assist and hill descent control. And other versions offering features like18-inch alloy wheels, electric sunroof, front and rear fog lamps, automatic projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights (drls), rain-sensing wipers, electrically adjustable and foldable outside rearview mirrors (orvms), day/night inside rearview mirror (IRVM), 8-way electrically-adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control, tilt and telescopic steering, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, connected apps and eco sense, a tyre pressure monitoring system, push-button start, cruise control and reverse parking camera with sensors.
The crowd favourite Innova that has been around for 13 years has never managed to miss a sale. The new update received from Toyota has made the car into a premium MVP. The new Innova is priced at Rs 14.65 lakh and goes up to Rs 22.01 lakh.
The Innova comes in 3 variants, G, V and Z. The touring edition of the new Innova is available as VX and ZX variants with both petrol and diesel engines and with manual and automatic transmissions. Innova comes with 7 or 8 seaters according to your preference and has 3 engine options. The 2.7-litre petrol engine produces 166PS of power and 245Nm of torque and has a 5-speed manual gearbox and 6-speed automatic transmission as well.
The 2.8-litre diesel engine churns out 174PS/360Nm and is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4 litre diesel engine gives out 150PS/343Nm and is also mated with 5-speed manual gearbox.
It comes with features like, automatic climate control, 8-way power-adjustable driver seat, touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and navigation, cruise control and rear parking camera (display on infotainment screen) with sensors, three airbags (dual front and knee) ABS with EBD and BA as standard across the range. The top of the top in line Z variant gets 7 airbags, vehicle stability control and hill start assist in addition to the standard equipment.
Jeep Compass starts from Rs 15.35 lakh and goes up to Rs 22.85 lakh it is available in four variants, Sport, Longitude, Limited and Limited Plus. The Compass has two engine options, a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine with 163PS/250Nm mated with 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with mileage of 14.1kmpl. The 2.0-litre diesel motor with 173PS/350Nm is mated with 6-speed manual transmission with 17.1kmpl.
The Jeep Compass is offered with a wide range of features like panoramic sunroof, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 18-inch wheels, among others and safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, ESP and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard across all variants.
11. Toyota Fortuner
The crowd favourite Toyota Fortuner made its way up again with its bold and beautiful look and reliability. The new model is known for its durability and ruggedness the most. The new model has a cost that ranges from 27.42lakh to 33.12 lakhs and the new model of this 7 seater SUV car gets a complete facelift compared to its predecessors. The new Fortuner gets a new engine, a reworked exterior along with new features. The Fortuner is available in 3 variants.
The2nd gen Fortuner has a brand new 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 177PS of power and 420Nm of torque with the 6-speed manual transmission, the AMT version of the same variant offers an extra 30Nm of torque. The 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol variant gives out 166PS power and 245Nm torque which is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission with an option of an automatic transmission as well. The petrol version is available in 2WD configuration only, whereas the diesel gets both 2WD and 4WD options. The Fortuner has a 220mm of ground clearance.
The new features consist of projector headlamps, fog lamps, LED tail lamps, an infotainment system, push-button start-stop, auto climate control with rear AC vents and a reverse parking camera along with the Safety features that include seven airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control with brake assist and hill hold for safety.
12. Tata Nexon
Another compact SUV that made the list is also one of the cars that achieved a 5-star rating in its crash test by Global NCAP. Ranging from 6.23lakhs-10.67lakhs* this 5 seater SUV comes just under 7 lakhs in the Indian market. This SUV has 5 variants namely, XE, XM, XT, XZ and XZ+.
The choice of engine consists of a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine that makes 110PS of power and 170Nm of torque and a 1.5-litre diesel engine that churns out 110PS, 260Nm of power and torque respectively with 6 speed MT/AMT for both engines. Tata cars are known for its engines hence it's not a surprise that Nexon provides higher torque than most of its competitors in this segment. For both manual and automatic transmissions, Tata Nexon has a mileage of 17kmpl and 21.5kmpl for petrol and diesel respectively.
Feature-wise, the top models are richer when it comes to specs 6.5-inch touchscreen display by Harman-Kardon , 8-speaker sound system, projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRL's), automatic climate control, rear AC vents and multiple drive modes (Eco, City and Sport). When it comes to Safety features, Tata never disappoints. It consists of like dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, ABS with EBD and corner stability control are offered as standard. The ground clearance of this SUVs is of 209mm, and comes with a boot space of 350 litres.
13. Tata Harrier
The new SUV tata is set to launch on January 2019. You can pre-book the harrier on mynewcar.in with mere rs.30,000. The harrier will be available in 4 variants namely, XE, XM, XT and XZ. The harrier is estimated to have a price range of Rs 16-21 lakh. This upcoming SUV in India will come in a 2.0-litre turbocharged, 4-cylinder diesel engine that churns out 140PS of power and 350Nm torque with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Harrier will get an automatic gearbox by mid-2019 and the petrol engine is expected to arrive later. The Tata Harrier will have driving modes like Eco, City and Sport according to terrain response modes for Normal, Wet and Rough Surfaces.
The Tata Harrier features consists of a 8.8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system and an additional 7-inch colour MID, LED projector headlamps, rear parking camera, cooled storage compartment under the front armrest and dedicated smartphone slots for rear passengers. Tata harrier won’t be getting a sunroof anytime soon.
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