The 10 Highest Rated Cars & SUVs We've Tested In 2021 So Far
The 10 Highest Rated Cars & SUVs We've Tested In 2021 So Far
2021 has been a year where the automotive industry has tried to bounce back after the 2020 effect. While last year saw record number of launches take place in the automotive space, 2021 has also seen many new credible cars coming in. We have driven nearly all of the new cars launched this year and there have been a sizeable number of them. Hence we decided to rate the 10 best cars we have tested this year so that you can make an informed decision about buying a new car this year amongst the flurry of launches which have taken place.
1. Mercedes Benz A Class Sedan ( 4.5/5)
The A Class has been the top scorer so far and has impressed us for its quality plus technology. The A Class neatly slots in below the C Class but gets all of the features including the dual screen set-up and all of the technology which is seen on more expensive Mercs. The A Class is also great looking with its sleek styling while the longer wheelbase also means more space at the rear seat. We wish for a more powerful petrol engine though, that said, the longer warranty further sweetens the deal as the new A Class is priced at Rs 39.9 lakh starting and probably the best luxury sedan under 50 lakhs.
2. Renault Kiger (4.4/5)
The sister car of the Magnite has been another SUV which has impressed us a lot. The Kiger is based on the cost effective platform which also underpins the Triber hence has the same space along with excellent packaging. The Kiger is spacious for its size while the interior has a nice quality to it along with a high features list. It also drives well while looking aggressive with its SUV coupe like styling, however there are many who would say that it looks too closer to the Kwid. However, the fact that the Kiger has been priced well (Rs 5.4 lakh) is the icing on the cake on what is a value product.
3. Nissan Magnite ( 4.3/5)
The Magnite has been the saviour for Nissan in India and has done well on the account of its aggressive pricing and good looks. The Magnite is spacious for its size and also packs in a good amount of equipment while the turbo petrol with the CVT makes for a great city SUV. On the other hand the lower entry level price of the 1.0 version makes the dream of buying an SUV for many a reality. There are some things we did not like including the interior quality and the overall build quality. The starting price is Rs 5.4 lakh.
4. Skoda Kushaq (4.2/5)
We have not yet driven the Skoda Kushaq in India but we have indeed seen the car in detail. Our first look says that the Kushaq is a competent compact SUV that will change Skoda in India. The SUV has been tuned well for our tastes with a long wheelbase and a feature rich cabin. The styling is typically Skoda but it is quite a handsome design. Skoda will target aggressive pricing for the Kushaq and it will have petrol engines only with both units being turbo petrol. There is no diesel on offer unlike some rivals. Expect a starting price of just under Rs 10 lakh.
5. Hyundai Alcazar (4.1/5)
We have driven the Alcazar for a short 9km drive and we have to say that the engine plus packaging is a big highlight. The Alcazar is based on the Creta but gets many changes to justify being a standalone model. The look is different from the side and rear with bigger wheels while inside it has the longest wheelbase in its class plus having more features. The 2.0 petrol is new and also key to the appeal of the Alcazar. However, unlike some rivals, it does not have 4WD and the third row seating is suitable for small children. Expect pricing to start from Rs 12/13 lakh.
6. Tata Safari (4/5)
The name might be controversial but the product has indeed taken off very well in the Indian market. The Safari is based on the Harrier but can also be termed as a massive improvement. The SUV has presence and looks huge while the interiors are more luxurious but we wish for a bigger touch screen plus more tech. The three row seats give more practicality and just like the Harrier, the Safari has a brilliant suspension. It is priced at Rs 14.6 lakh starting.
7. Jeep Compass ( 3.9/5)
The Compass has been around for a while and needed a big update. Jeep has finally given one and it can almost be termed as an all new product. The new Compass is handsome and looks sportier while there are new versions on offer too. More than the exterior, the interior is all new and completely redesigned. There is a massive amount of technology on board while the features list is massive with everything you can think of. Prices start at Rs 16.9 lakh but the top-end version is a bit expensive at Rs 27 lakh.
8. Toyota Fortuner (3.8/5)
The Fortuner keeps on selling for Toyota and it has its own huge fan following in India. The reason for that is its appearance, toughness and reliability. The new Fortuner looks better with updates while the interiors have more features now. The diesel engine runs smooth and is more effortless to drive. Prices start at Rs 29.9 lakh but it is more expensive now while still lacking some features found on other cheaper SUVs.
9. Maruti Suzuki Swift (3.7/5)
The Swift is the best selling car of India and for a reason since it has been a brand in its own right. The styling to the features to the efficiency is what makes the Swift popular. Now the new Swift gets tweaked styling along with more features while it is also more efficient. However there is no diesel while it still misses out on some features. Prices start at Rs 5.7 lakh.
10. Citroen C5 Aircross (3.6/5)
The C5 Aircross has been the long awaited debut model from the Citroen brand. It is a premium 5 seater SUV and is also displaying the design language that this French carmaker is known for. The C5 Aircross also is comfortable plus having a quality cabin. The focus is on comfort and quality which it has, however the SUV is not cheap with prices starting at Rs 29.9 lakh and the pricing is its biggest weakness for a 5 seater premium SUV.
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