on 27, Jun 2018

India is becoming a world-beater in sports utility vehicles (SUV). Gone are the days when SUVs were considered to be gas guzzling, people carrying vehicles. SUVs are now available in different iterations and body shapes. Compact SUVs have caught up in India with increasing manufacturers introducing feature rich compacts SUVs. Here are some of them which stand out from the competition.

 

1.Ford Ecosport

Ford India introduced the Ecosport in 2012 which stirred up the whole Automobile Industry in India and created a new segment for subcompact SUVs. The Ecosport is available with three power plants. The diesel is ford's proven 1.5 mill which does its duty in various other fords.ecosport is still available with the award-winning turbocharged 1-litre EcoBoost unit with the sports variant. The engine is packaged in an engine block with a footprint the size of an A4 sheet of paper. A new power plant was introduced with the facelift codenamed the 1.5-litre Dragon which is a three-cylinder naturally aspirated motor with 123ps and 150nm of torque. Strong engine choices coupled with a potent ride and handling skills along with impressive features make the eco sport the best compact SUV available as of today.

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Engine specs and Fuel Efficiency

1.5-litre petrol - 123 bhp and 150 Nm – 17 kmpl

1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol - 123 bhp and 170 Nm - 18.88 kmpl

1.5-litre diesel - 90 bhp and 204 Nm - 22.7 kmpl

 

Price Range

7.82 to 11.35 lakhs ex-showroom Mumbai

 

2. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

 

Maruti Suzuki India came late to the party with the Vitara brezza. it was showcased in the 2016 Auto Expo. Brezza was Maruti’s answer to the market-leading ecosport. It's available with the 1.3mjd which is a national engine featured in more than fifteen cars in India and shared between three manufacturers namely Fiat, Tata and Maruti Suzuki India. The engine is available with 90ps tune and 200nm of torque. The Vitara brezza is not yet available with a petrol engine, which is a downside but Maruti is all set to introduce a petrol hybrid variant soon. The brezza is also available with a range-topping diesel AMT version. Vitara brezza is currently the most popular compact SUV in India with sales skyrocketing. It is also one of the top 10 best selling cars in India.

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Engine specs and Fuel Efficiency

1.3-litre diesel - 89bhp and 200Nm - 24.3 kmpl

 

Price Range

7.36 to 11.52 ex-showroom Mumbai

 

3. Renault Duster

Duster was the car which put Renault on the charts in India. Right after it was introduced, it won the Indian car of the year- ICOTY 2013. the duster is a butch compact SUV which has much more SUV underpinnings than its competitors. The duster also comes with an AWD variant which makes it a capable SUV off the road. It comes with a 1.6-litre petrol with 103hp and 148nm torque. The much popular diesel version is available in 2 states of tune, one producing 84 bhp, 200nm torque and the other with 108hp and 245nm torque. The duster is also available with an AMT gearbox since the facelift. The duster has the best ride quality in this segment with substantial space when compared to others. The Duster is a good choice for someone looking for a butch SUV with an urban touch.

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Engine specs and Fuel Efficiency

1.6-litre petrol - 103 bhp and 148 Nm - 13.06 kmpl

1.5-litre diesel - 84 bhp and 200 Nm - 19.87 kmpl

1.5-litre diesel - 108 bhp and 245 Nm - 19.64 kmpl

 

Price Range

7.94 to 12.84   ex-showroom Mumbai

 

4.Hyundai Creta

The Hyundai Creta belongs to the more expensive bunch of SUVs but also is the most desirable due to its SUV like stance and proportions. The creta, like all Hyundais, is feature loaded to the brim. A recent facelift was introduced with some segment first quality features like  power-adjustable driver’s seat, sunroof, wireless phone charging and a smart access band. Creta comes with three engine options. The petrol is a 1.5 VTVT unit and the diesel is the tried and tested 1.6 CRDI VGT and the 1.4 CRDI unit. The creta is also available with a fully automatic transmission which adds to the package. Creta is currently the best selling Hyundai model beating even its younger siblings which explains a lot about it, even though the range-topping automatic diesel comes close to 18 lakhs on the road in Mumbai. Space and practicality is Creta's forte and you”ll never go wrong with this car.


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Engine specs and Fuel Efficiency

1.6-litre VTVT petrol – 123PS and 151Nm – 15.26 kmpl

1.4-litre CRDI diesel- 90ps and 220Nm- 21.38 kmpl

1.6-litre CRDI diesel- 128ps and 280Nm- 19.67 kmpl

 

Price Range

9.29 to 15.11 ex-showroom Mumbai


 

5.Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon is the cheapest and the youngest contender on this list. It is very well-priced for what it offers, undercutting all rivals with a considerable margin. Nexon stands out from the crowd due to its funky styling which is either a hit or miss. 1.2L, 3-cylinder Revotron turbocharged petrol with 108 BHP & 170 Nm of torque and a 1.5L, diesel with 108hp and 260Nm of torque does its duty in the Nexon. Airbags and ABS are standard across all the variants. Although it's a sub-4-meter compact SUV, its got commendable street presence mainly due to its chunky form-factor and tall stance.The Nexon is the perfect choice for someone looking for a compact SUV without breaking your bank.

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Engine specs and Fuel Efficiency

1.2-litre petrol- 108bhp and 170Nm -17 kmpl

1.5-litre diesel-108bhp and 260Nm -21.5 kmpl


 

Price Range

7.53 to 10.60 ex-showroom Mumbai

 


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