Top 5 SUV cars in India
Motor enthusiasts with a penchant for the big and fast cars bet on the SUVs. Their sheer presence and size on the road and the striking stature endears them to the professionals with an adventurous proclivity. The pioneers in this circuit were more labelled as gas guzzlers and with consistent technology upgrades the mileage has made most of the potential customers smile. Car dealers also vouch for the upward swing in sales of the SUVs in the recent years. The popularity of the Sports Utility Vehicles also commands a good value for the second hand cars too. The size of the vehicles has also become more compact without shedding much of it and adding the affordability aspect, they are here to woo more hearts. With the SUV market expanding fast; let’s have a look at the top 5 in India.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Without springing any surprise or secondary thoughts, Vitara Brezza sits comfortably on top of the compact-SUV league. Offered only in the diesel iteration, the car is a no fuss one and is exactly what the majority of the Indians require given the country’s road conditions. As an everyday SUV meeting the practical requirements, the car from the illustrious family of Maruti Suzuki doesn’t fail on the mileage front. Providing enough space and necessary seat support, even without exceeding the four metre length, Vitara Brezza is more commended for its used cars value. Amply supported by the enormous service network and excellent sales, there are very minimal reasons to resist buying this car.
Appreciated for its Korean technology and as a close rival of Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Creta has shown enough acceleration in its sales volume. Acclaimed for the sharp and the sleek styling, the SUV is finding more takers among the young families and those young at heart. Offering a handsome 15.29 kmpl with a maximum torque of 154 Nm @ 4850 RPM, it has much more aces under its body. Clocking a top speed of 165 kmph with a turning radius of 5.3 metres it ticks most of the boxes in the segment. Available in varied hues, the SUV presents a mature format of the ‘Fluidic’ design language, more associated with Hyundai. With absolutely no compromise on safety aided by its rich features, Hyundai Creta is here to stay.
Mahindra’s Sports Utility Vehicle has optimal attributes to take on the other giants in the league. The ‘Cheetah-inspired’ design of the XUV 500 sweeps you off the floor and is known as the first vehicle to be produced by the company based on the monocoque chasis. Introduced as a flagship model way back in 2011, the SUV has received a lot of encomiums for its expansive set of features. Accentuated by the powerful engine and stylish features, the SUV has done well to increase the premium quotient. The availability of multiple variants enables customers to buy a SUV well within their budget.
Originally a subcompact crossover SUV, the Ford EcoSport in its present iteration is actually its second generation vehicle. True to its name, with a trendy look to take pride in, the petrol and diesel variants of the car offer 17 kmpl and 23 kmpl respectively, a worthy figure for a SUV. There is an option to have the 6-speed torque converter automatic in the petrol version. The award winning Ecoboost motor is capable of developing 125PS of power and 170Nm of torque.
Priced competitively, the Nexon has undergone a few iterations on the aesthetic perspective. With a choice of 22 variants and 6 colours, the SUV has one for all. Commended as worthy and value for money, the ratio of mileage to weight is a delight. In the global crash test programmes, the SUV won 4 star for adult and 3 star for the child respectively. It is fast gaining acceptance with the top rung professionals and families alike and looks ahead for brighter days.