Here we bring you a list of 10 best SUVs in India that fall under Rs. 10 lakhs.
No one had ever thought that we Indians will be obsessed with SUVs which once lurked behind hatchbacks until the dawn of this decade. From the old-school butch looking, muscular models to the leaner, contemporary new-age SUVs, Indian automotive market has seen a complete transformation. Not only that, India is probably the only market globally that offers sub-four meter models, tailored specifically for the price-conscious customers. With a good mix of SUVs ranging in size and price we bring you a compilation of best SUVs in India under Rs 10 lakh.
First launched in 2013, Ford EcoSport is instrumental in introducing the sub-four-meter SUV space in India. The SUV with contemporary looks and a choice of powerful petrol and diesel engines dominates the segment. Visually, it is probably one of the good-looking models with key elements like chrome finished grille, large air-dams, an upright bonnet and a sporty bumper giving an aggressive look to the front profile. However, on the inside, there is still some room for improvement in terms of styling. On the feature front, EcoSport packs an array of in-cabin and safety equipment. Coming to the mechanicals, the 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, 110bhp 1.5-litre petrol and 99bhp,1.5-litre diesel unit come with manual and automatic gearbox option.
Price- Rs 7.18 lakh to Rs 10.76 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition- Maruti Vitara Brezza, Mahindra NuvoSport, Mahindra TUV300, Honda WR-V
Mahindra launched TUV300 in India to take on the likes of Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. While in terms of looks, it might not look as appealing as compared to its rivals that score high on visual appeal. It is however a spacious SUV with comfortable room for occupants despite measuring less than four meters in length. On the feature front, the SUV equips some of the advanced tech. Engine set up on this sub-four-meter SUV from Mahindra includes mHawk80 and mHawk100 units. Initially, the SUV was launched only with the 1.5-litre 85.1bhp option, while the 101.3bhp 1.5-litre unit was added later to the line-up. The carline is bereft of petrol engine but it comes with both manual and AMT transmission.
Price- Rs 7.55 lakh to Rs 9.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition- Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V
Joining the likes of Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza, the new SUV from the stables of Honda is based on its premium hatchback, Jazz. Although, it gets new elements that put it apart its donor hatchback. Currently, the sub-four-meter SUV is available with a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine good for 89bhp at 6000rpm and 110Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. Diesel powered WR-V derives power from the 1.5-litre i-DTEC oil burner making 99bhp at 3600rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm. The carline misses out on the auto box, with just two manuals mated to the engines. It is expected that the SUV will soon receive a more powerful 118bhp, 1.5-litre i-VTEC option from the City sedan.
Price- Rs 7.75 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh
Competition- Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross and Hyundai i20 Active
Launched in India last year, Vitara Brezza is another stellar model from Maruti India, accounting for a large chunk of monthly sales. In terms of design, the SUV is descent sporting styling bits like large wheels, LED lamps, bold chrome front grille etc. The SUV is currently offered only with the diesel engine missing out on the petrol unit and an automatic gearbox. The 1.3-litre oil burner with 88bhp at 4000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm is claimed to return 24.3kmpl of fuel economy.
Prices- Rs 7.26 lakh to Rs 9.92 lakh
Competition- Ford EcoSport, Mahindra NuvoSport, Honda WR-V
Mahindra KUV100 sits at the top of its subcompact SUV range. Measuring less than 4 meter in length, the micro SUV goes squarely against Maruti Ignis. The SUV with hatchback like looks, primarily appears like an overgrown hatchback. While Mahindra has tried to inculcate aggression on front with tapering headlamps and its signature grille, however the prominent lies at the back fail to infuse SUV-ish character. The model was however the first SUV from Mahindra to come with both petrol and diesel engines. In fact, it used newly developed engines from Mahindra’s mFalcon family of engines. The carline uses 1.2-litre units tuned to put out 83.1bhp in petrol and 78bhp in diesel versions. Transmission options on the SUV include a single manual unit.
Prices- Rs 4.58 lakh to Rs 7.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition- Maruti Ignis, Grand i10
Built on the same platform as Scorpio, NuvoSport is essentially a replacement for Quanto. In a bid to give it a new look Mahindra has changed the front profile, but the side and rear end remain unchanged with superficial updates. The SUV on the other hand gets vital changes on the inside with a seven-seat layout. To accommodate seven occupants, Mahindra has added two additional jump seats at the back. Powered by the 1.5-litre, oil burner, the SUV delivers 101.3bhp of power at 3750rpm and 240Nm of torque between 1600 to 2800rpm. The engine is available with a manual and automatic transmission.
Price- Rs 7.64 lakh to Rs 10.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition- Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza
Duster was a break through model for the French carmaker after its return to India. The SUV was launched in July 2012 and since then it has received subtle facelifts. Visually, the SUV is quite aggressive with modish elements. Unlike the previous versions with poor quality material and finish, the current model has improved. Power on the carline comes from the 1.5-litre diesel & 1.6-litre petrol engines. These engines are paired to a standard manual and optional automatic gearbox. Renault lately added an AWD system to the SUV, which makes one of the few models in the segment to offer a AWD drivetrain.
Prices- Rs 8.64 lakh – Rs 13.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition- Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano, Mahindra Scorpio, Honda BR-V
Hyundai stepped into the compact SUV segment with Creta in 2015. The SUV, revered for its contemporary looks, it often referred as the baby Santa-Fe. Within a short span of its product-cycle the SUV has garnered unprecedented response with over 1 lakh unit sales. Built on Hyundai’s famed Fluidic Sculpture design language, it gets elements such as three-slat grille laden with chrome, dual tone bumper, swooping headlamps, body cladding, etc. Inside the cabin, it gets a raft of comfort goodies and Hyundai has also packed a host of safety provisions. The carline uses 1.4-litre diesel, 1.6-litre diesel and 1.4-litre petrol units. Transmission options include standard manual and optional AMT gearbox on select variants. It is to be noted that except the base variant, the rest of the trims in the line-up are priced above Rs 10 lakh.
Prices-Rs 9.28 lakh to Rs 14.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition-Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Mahindra Scorpio, Honda BR-V
To benefit from the rising popularity of compact SUVs, Honda India also rolled out a seven seater SUV dubbed BR-V last year. It is one of various models from Honda to be built on the versatile Brio platform. The SUV excels in fit and finish department. However, it is a tad low compared to other models in the segment, which is a bit of put off. On the outside, it gets a bold chrome grille, with honey-comb mesh backdrop, round fog lamps, skid plate, pronounced wheel arches and sharp lines. While on the inside it packs plethora of features including dual front airbags, push start stop button, reverse parking sensors etc. The carline comes with a 119bhp 1.5-litre petrol and 100bhp 1.5-litre diesel unit with a choice between manual and automatic transmissions.
Prices- Rs 9.28 lakh to Rs 14. 56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Competition- Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio, Nissan Terrano, Hyundai Creta
The rugged SUV from Mahindra is majorly popular in the tier-II and tier-III markets. With the last update, the SUV is now visually more appealing, donning muscular elements and additional kit. While it still lacks basic features, but its off-rad capabilities make it quite popular among the SUV enthusiasts. Inside, it is very elementary with a handful of features and basic styling. However, the SUV is quite durable and tough! The carline is available with two engines-105bhp, 2.4-litre CRDe and 62hp, 2.5-litre MDI unit. It is available only with a manual gearbox and is claimed to return 13kmpl of fuel economy. Additionally, it also gets a choice between 2WD and 4WD drivetrains.
Prices- Rs 8.99 lakh (CRDe) and Rs 6.26 lakh to Rs 6.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Competition- Maruti Gypsy and Force Gurkha