Driving an SUV automatically gives you superior stance on the road. In fact, you start to feel like the King of the Road. In a traditional sense, an SUV is meant to be tough and ready to go any terrain. Famous manufacturers like Land Rover and Toyota has been making flagship SUVs with cutting edge technologies and abilities. But they remained quite expensive to afford in the first place. However, in the recent years, the SUV market got bombarded by dozens of manufacturers. And they have also managed to crack the problem of fuel economy with their efficient engines. So without further a due let’s introduce to the best budget SUVs in India.
On the 10th spot of our list, we got the Force Gurkha with its rugged and muscular looks. Unarguably it is one of the most underrated SUVs in the country. You should know that the Force Gurkha is a capable off-road vehicle with a lot of power. Recently, it got a BS-IV compliant engine to match government rules. The Gurkha is available in both 3-door and 5-door variant. Moreover, one can say that it resembles the design of Mercedes G-Wagen. While some might say that it has borrowed its appeal from already famous Mahindra Thar. However, the equipment list is limited to few options. Thankfully, you get an AC for cooling in the top end variant. Finally, you got a 2.6-litre diesel engine that produces 84 brake horsepower with 230 Nm of torque. The Force Gurkha is priced at about 8.38 lakhs.
Tata Safari Storme:
The Safari badge by TATA made a reputable name over the past decade. The Safari Storme is no exception. As a result, it secures the 9th spot on our list. The new Safari has got facelifted and beefed up interiors. In addition to that, you get the usual go-anywhere capability of the Safari badge. The car feels a great cruiser in the highways with its superior suspension. Even today with high competition from various rivals the Safari Storme feels a solid choice for an SUV. Finally, the SUV is powered by a 2.2 diesel engine that produces a respectable 154 brake horsepower with 400 Nm of torque. The Tata Safari Storme starts at 10.63 lakhs.
Nissan Terrano is a nice offering by the Japanese giant Nissan. And it is based on the famous Renault Duster. Terrano comes with multiple engine choices ranging from a 1.6 petrol to 1.5 diesel. You also get all the modern equipment like a digital radio and satnav etc. However, the car lacks the 4WD option, which is a crucial point in determining SUV’s capability. The Nissan Terrano starts from 9.99 lakhs.
The most capable off-roader from Mahindra’s arsenal. Mahindra Thar has a good reputation among the explorers. Furthermore, Mahindra is famous for making the most capable SUVs like Scorpio, Bolero, Xylo etc. The updated version of the Thar feels more modern and civilized. As it features a new body kit, upmarket cabin and air conditioning on the top variant. For better off-roading, the SUV is also equipped with a limited slip differential, providing more grip and control to the vehicle. Furthermore, you get various engine options ranging from a 2.5 diesel to a 2.6 diesel. The Mahindra Thar starts from 6.27 lakhs.
On the 6th spot of our list we got another offering by Mahindra. The TUV300 is rugged and boxy looking SUV. However, the cabin space is extremely spacious, as you get 7 seats. Many people are claiming that it brought its style characteristics from American car manufacturer Jeep. Furthermore, the SUV comes with only one engine option but you get Automatic gearbox options. People who are looking for a compact SUV with full 7 seating options, then the TUV500 is a solid choice. Finally, you get limited engine choice with a 1.5-liter diesel engine that produces 100 brake horsepower with 230 Nm of torque. The TUV 500 starts from 7.56 lakhs.
Perhaps the best SUV till date by Mahindra. The Scorpio has been the favorite among the SUV buyers for years. It is well known for its rugged, tough looks and all terrain capabilities. Only in 2014 got a massive facelift with a new chassis, transmission etc. As a result, the sales figures started to boom, about 4000-5000 units are sold every month. Furthermore, Scorpio offers full 7 seats with decent comfort options. You get multiple engine choices ranging from a 2.2-litre diesel to a 2.5-litre diesel. The Mahindra Scorpio starts from 9.84 lakhs.
Renault was not doing any good in the Indian market. But with the introduction of the Duster, they boomed the compact SUV market in India. Many other manufacturers faced huge competition with the Duster and came up with their own compact SUVs. The Renault Duster is a solid compact SUV with a rugged and urban touch. The Automated Manual Transmission version, even more, fuel efficient than the previous model. Furthermore, you can choose a 4WD variant on the high-end variants. Duster is a true off-roader and a cruiser despite its compact design. You can select from multiple engine choices ranging from a 1.6 petrol, 1.5 diesel to a 1.5 diesel. The Renault Duster starts from 8.64 lakhs.
On the 3rd place, we got the EcoSport by the American giant Ford. No doubt that the EcoSport is facing tough competition in the compact SUV sector. But it still manages to shine with its incredible value. As matter of fact, EcoSport features brilliant driving dynamics, multiple engine choices, and affordability. Presently, Ford is doing well in the after sales department by reducing the repairing cost and maintenance cost as well. The EcoSport is one of the oldest compact SUV in the country, but it still packs plenty of grunts to compete. You can choose from multiple engine choices ranging from 1.5 petrol, 1.0 Ecoboost to 1.5 diesel. The Ford EcoSport starts from 7.18 lakhs.
Hyundai has been very successful with their i10 lineup. They are back with the Creta. A promising SUV with a contemporary design and well-proportioned body. In addition, you get all the modern equipment necessary for driving as well. In just eight months Hyundai has sold over 1 lakh Cretas in the country. However, the SUV doesn’t offer any AWD option in any variant. Still, they have managed to sell it for its extraordinary design and styling. Interior space remains quite a space without any 7 seat option. And you can choose from multiple engine choices ranging from a 1.6 petrol, 1.6 diesel to 1.4 diesel. The Hyundai Creta starts from 9.28 lakhs.