Top 10 Best SUVs
Occasionally, consumers tend to break off from the traditional buying pattern and head towards a new one. The sudden buyer trend of fascination towards sports utility vehicles (SUVs) grabbed the attention of the automobile industry experts and fans. Since 2012, SUVs sales have skyrocketed by a whopping 600%.
With so much buzz around SUVs let’s take a look at the top 10 best SUVs available.
Have you decided to buy a SUV? Then this is the ultimate list you should refer!
Jeep Compass is one of most loved SUVs. Honestly, the Fiat Chrysler owned Jeep vehicles until the Compass came in 2017 did not do as well as expected. When Compass entered the market it romped through many awards and delights of the customers.
It’s lustrous exteriors were an instant hit. The Jeep Compass continues to dominate the market.
Another advantage for Jeep is that the vehicles are manufactured locally in Ranjangaon, an Industrial area in Maharashtra. So, taxes are drastically reduced.
- At present the Compass has 6 models: Longitude, Limited, S-Model, 80th Anniversary Special Edition and Sport
- Dark grey contrast dual pane panoramic roof
- Available in 7 glaze shades
- 8-way electric seats and plush leather ventilation to ensure supreme riding experience
- Tech strokes like wireless charging and customizable cluster
- 2.0 Multijet Diesel Engine with 170 HP and 350 Nm/1.4 Multiair Petrol Engine with 163 HP and 250 Nm
- 4×4 capability( meaning 4 wheels can run with two axles, providing extreme off-road mobility), 9-speed automatic gearbox, dynamic steering torquePrice: ₹18 - 23 lakh (Ex-Showroom)
While the Jeep Compass made a statement, it was a dream debut for renowned English automaker Morris Garages in India. The Hector SUV series was launched in 2019 and got 28000 orders within the first few months. The company had to in fact voluntarily stop taking the orders.
Their success can be attributed to their marketing strategies; ‘It’s a human thing’ campaign was a sleeper hit. Another attribute was the bold move to allow customisable modifications by its dealer, 3M. A viral video of all black looks including logos took the internet by storm.
Even amidst the dire COVID impact, it’s sales rose at an impressive 32%. And that’s why it features in the elite list.
- Models: Smart, Sharp, Style and Select with nearly 13 variants
- Flat and foldable 2nd row seats
- Heated Orvm
- Chrome finished exteriors with dual tone machined-alloys
- Rear spoiler and tailgate design for safety
- ABS+EBD+Brake assistance
- 360 view camera
- Traction control and tyre pressure monitor
- Petrol engine with 1451 cc and diesel engine wiring 1956 cc
Price Range: ₹12 - 21 lakhs (Ex-Showroom)
The Creta was introduced way back in 2015 and it has only become better ever since. The world’s favourite Korean automobile maker had already sold 5 lakh units of the SUV—1.4 lakh in export and 3.7 lakh in India.
Looking back, Hyundai’s instinct to perceive the increase in SUV like cars on road and to quickly join the trend was a master move.
got in, this USP along with the brand legacy gained it the necessary trust among the patrons.
- Available models include E, EX, S, SX, SX0 with over 15 variants; both AMT and MT
- Advanced Blue Linking feature and In-voice command tech
- BS6 compliant with 1.5 l petrol dual, 1.4 petrol turbo GDi, 1.5 petrol CRDi
- Available in nearly 8 colors with dual tone too
- Twin tip exhaust, front skid plate, lighting arch c-pillar
- Leather wrapped steering wheel, rear headrest, rear USB charger
- Ambient blue lighting
Price: ₹9.9-17.53 lakh (Ex-Showroom)
Mahindra & Mahindra has an authentic relationship with its consumers. It is a well established brand. Cars are not their only productions. They make different types of vehicles including auto rickshaws, trucks and tractors. Although it was big as a brand, it had a limited niche as a car maker and was yet to strike big time. Only a few models like Scorpio survived the highly invaded car industry. Tensions with Renault and heavy taxes added the much necessary drama. With XUV 300, Mahindra renewed itself as a car maker is an apt statement.
A workhorse power engine with first rate safety and world-class and affordable pricing design can be reasoned to its success.
- Models include W4, W6, W8, W80 with 11 variants
- 5-star safety With 7 air bag segments
- Best in segment torque with 300 Nm 1.5 Turbo diesel engine and 200 Nm 1.2 l Turbo petrol engine
- Electronic sunroof
- Double tone shades
- Greatly designed in-space cabin with very long wheelbase
- Enhanced stability and controlPrice: ₹7.9 - 11.5 lakh (Ex-Showroom)
Toyota is another reliable name in the automobile industry. The Japanese automaker’s persistence with a unique and unorthodox way of doing things along with long term vision had brought huge success and fame.
Toyota Fortuner completed 11 years of sales. It was first introduced in August 2009, a bit later than the competitors. Priced at 18 lakh, Fortuner aimed to capture 50% of the share back then. But, Toyota was wrong about the estimation. They had undermined the potential of their SUVs. At the end of 1st generation, the Fortuner seized 75% of the SUV segment.
Fortuner’s robust oldschool engine design and long-term reliability ensured that many owners opted for the next generation from the brand.
- Single Strong framework with 7 variants
- Quad- LEDs
- 6 speed diesel AT with 500Nm torque
- Suction based superior ventilation
- Ambient illumination for front for foot rest and instrument
- Wireless charger and rear USB
- Hill assistant, anti theft sensors, whiplash injury concept seatbelts
- ABS with EBDPrice: ₹28 - 30 lakh (Ex-Showroom)
Reserve the adjective ‘compact’ for Vitarra Brezza. Launched in 2016, the mid-SUV rose to fame with its compatible design made for middle-class consumers. It also had only a diesel engine to keep things economical.
The success of the car comes from spacious cabin, trusty engine and a sporty design. The Automatic Gear Shift(AGS) variant gained popularity. Within a few years, Brezza touched 44% of market share.
Currently, the upgraded AGS version is well received by the buyers.
- Available models include LXi, VXi, ZXi with 9 variants
- Progressive smart hybrid technology
- Dual airbags
- Torsion beam with coil suspension
- 1462 cc petrol engine
- 103.26 bhp at 6000rpmPrice: ₹7.4 - 11.5 lakh (Ex-Showroom)
Renault and Dacia were up to a new mission and new client base- fast-growing economies. Launched in 2009, Duster had sold more than 2 million cars in 10 years. Renault Duster gave the middle-class an accessible but super-cool look and stylish SUV. Apart, its marketing propositions like ‘Gang of Dusters’ boosted its sales.
Also Renault gave high-quality services to its patrons which made Duster rank higher and give stiff competition to Ford EcoSport
The Duster still continues to be the desire for many youngsters and families
- 1.3L and 1. 5L petrol engines with maximum respectives torque of 254Nm and 142Nm
- Exquisite colors including mahogany brown, Caspian blue, cayenne orange, slate grey and outback bronze
- Projector LED DRLs and headlamps
- Tri-winged chrome grill
- Matte finish and tailgate embellish for the ultimate look
- Monocoque design and reverse parking sensors for safetyPrice: ₹9.5- 13.5 lakh (Ex-Showroom)
The Venue was Hyundai’s answer to the compact mid-size SUV segment, launched in 2019. Like its other ventures, Venue too went away with huge success.
The success can be attributed to aggressive pricing and techie features including the first-of-its kind eSIM which enabled remote connectivity. It sold 82K units even in the middle of the pandemic in 2020.
- Blue link technology
- 3 year unlimited Km warranty
- AVNT screen display
- Intelligent 6-speed MT
- 1.2 l petrol engine with 83ps at 6000rpm
- 7-speed DCT which uses automated clutch and gear operation
- Aerodynamic designPrice: ₹ 6.7-11.7 lakh (Ex-Showroom)
MG and Kia were launched more less at the same time, in 2019. But it was a bad phase for automakers due to pressure of BS6 and a steady decline in sales. However, both of them had their debut in grandeur.
Hyundai acquired approximately 33% of Kia’s share. Hyundai had probably passed on the advice to Kia about the luxurious Indian market. The latter slowly entered with their first facility in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. After careful research Kia introduced its first mid-size SUV, the Kia Seltos in June 2019. At the time of its launch, experts were anticipating it to fail. Rather, the Seltos took the industry by storm.
One of success mantras of the Seltos was its aggressive pricing. It gave stiff competition to Certa, Taigun, and MG. With a starting price over 9.8 lakh, the SUV offers way more features and aesthetics, giving tough time to its peers.
- Offer models like HTE, HTK GTX, HTX+ with 19 variants
- Emergency stop signal, rear light flashes, vehicle alerts to ensure safety
- UVO app with Smart watch connectivity
- 8 inch head up smart display panel
- 10.25″ smart touch with UVO
- 2 step rear recline seats
- LED tail lamps
- 1.4L and 1.5L petrol and diesel engines
- Cutting edge straight line designs
Price:₹10 - 17.6 lakh (Ex-Showroom)
We know the Tatas love for automobiles. While many compact SUVs were launched, Tata went a step higher and launched the Electric SUV, Nexon. Thus, Nexon dominates the electric car industry. Clearly it is one of a kind SUV.
The Tata Motors collaboration with Tata Chemicals, Tata Autocomp and other brands of the Tata conglomerate has paid off. Moreover, Nexon EV is just 1.5 lakh costlier than AMT version.
With the demand for EV up, Nexon is the one to watch out for in the coming times.
- First fair priced fully electronic vehicle
- 8 years/1.6l km warranty
- 245 Nm torque
- Fully automatic climate control
- 60 min fast charge
- Smart regenerative braking, Hill assistance
- Single speed transmission for automatic feel
- Electrically power assisted
Price: ₹13.5 lakh- 16.7 lakh (Ex-Showroom)
So, here we had the top SUVs list! While there are many more out there, we have put accessibility and economy as our top priority and have crafted the list. What’s your favourite SUV?