SUVs promise macho looks, great road presence and lots of room and if you are in the market for an SUV with a budget of around Rs 30 lakh then there are plenty of good options out there. These cars are practical, can go anywhere due to their proven off-roading abilities. Check these three that we have shortlisted as the best buys in a crowded segment.
The Fortuner has been a huge hit in India ever since its launch, and now we have the latest avatar that has already sold 1 lakh units. The solid road presence it gets is loved by most SUV buyers. Then there is the 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine. It has around 177PS of power and 450Nm of torque, along with a 4x4 option, which means it has the go anywhere ability that few other SUVs possess in this segment. You now also have an option of petrol 2.7-litre unit that develops a decent 166PS of power. But the best part about the SUV remains the fact that it can seat seven occupants in a nice and luxurious cabin which comes with plenty of bells and whistles to keep the passengers happy on those long journeys. Also, being a Toyota means that reliability is very good and if something does go wrong, it will not cost the earth to fix it. Another plus of being a Toyota is the fact that resale values will be strong, so when you want to buy a new car, the Fortuner will give you a decent amount back. All in all, you just can’t go wrong with the Fortuner.
The Pajero name is easily one of the most respected in SUV circles around the world and the Pajero Sport is one of the most practical SUVs in India with ample room all across the cabin. The cabin materials used are probably the best at this price point on any SUV. It comes with a thoroughly modern, common-rail-diesel-engine. The 2.5-litre engine makes around 178PS of power. The engine is supreme on refinement making the cabin a very quiet place to be in. Another USP of the car is Mitsubishi’s ‘Super Select’ transfer case allows you to shift from two-wheel drive high to four-wheel drive high on the move (upto speeds as high as 100kph). The car comes loaded with equipment too. You get climate control, leather seats, alloy wheels and a lot more.
The new Ford Endeavour manages to look more butch and contemporary than the outgoing car. Not only that it's a mammoth that's propelled by a potent 3.2-litre engine under the bonnet that puts out 200PS of power and 470Nm of torque. There's no petrol on offer, however there's a smaller 2.2-litre units that also offers a 4x4 transmission and an automatic gearbox. The 2.2-litre unit also puts out a respectable 160PS of power and and 385Nm of torque. Availability of a terrain management system makes the car more capable and flexible. Presence of third row of seats makes the car more practical. It comes loaded with other equipment like rain-sensing wipers, traction control, hill assist, cruise control etc. making it one of the most feature-packed car on offer.