Call them by any name you want - All wheel drive cars, Sports Utility Vehicles, 4*4 cars or Off-roading car - but they definitely seem to be the perfect vehicles in India. Reason being, not only the Indian roads has a bad reputation for being damaged, India is a country where the majority of the population lives in rural areas with no road connectivity. Also, the youth of today is more inclined towards weekend adventure activities like off-roading.
So we decided to compile a list of the top 5 budget cars which offers AWD as an option. Here's the list-
Variant - DI BS3 4*4
Mahindra Thar is the Indian version of the Classic Willy's Jeep and is a popular vehicle used by security forces in India. Over the years, Mahindra made the vehicle more usable and desirable for the younger audience and it's one of the most budget friendly 4*4 in the country today. The Mahindra Thar all-wheel drive is available in the DI 4WD variant that is powered by a 2.5-litre, 63 bhp producing engine. The DI BS3 version of the 4WD Thar can be bought for Rs 6.41 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Variant - DI Non AC BS3 4*4
The most selling SUV for Mahindra and the darling of the rural India, the Mahindra Bolero is the predecessor to the modern SUVs of India that made big in the mileage-obsessed country. While the Bolero itself, is available in more than 20 variants, the 4*4 version is available only with the Bolero DI non AC version with BS3 emission standards. The Bolero 4*4 is available at an ex-showroom price of Rs 7.30 lakhs, making it at least a lakh expensive than the Thar SUV.
Variant - Diesel 110PS RXZ AWD
The poster boy of compact SUVs in India - Renault Duster carved the success story for the French auto maker in India. And it deserved the success it got. Reason being, Duster is probably the most SUV looking compact SUV that checks all the boxes necessary for being an SUV, including an all-wheel drive system. The Duster is the only compact SUV to offer a 4*4 drive system in India and is available with the Diesel 110 PS RXZ variant priced for Rs 13.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Mahindra Scorpio is the true modern SUV from the India's largest utility vehicle manufacturer that sold like hot cakes across the length and breadth of the country. Being in production for almost 15 years, the Scorpio is equally liked by politicians, security forces and the general public. The all-wheel drive system is available in two variants of the new Scoprio - the top spec S10 and the S4+ versions. Priced for Rs 11.90 lakhs (S4+) and 14.57 (S10) lakhs, the Scorpio is a perfect vehicle for off-roading loving audience and also for those who live in the rural areas.
Variant - V-Cross 4*4
Last but not the least is the newest kid on the block, the massive and intimidating Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. Pitched as the India's first Adventure Utility Vehicle, the D-Max V-Cross is the attempt by Isuzu to capture the lifestyle pick-up truck market in India. The D-Max V-Cross offers every possible feature that was lacking in the India pick-up trucks for now - a double AC cabin with 5 seats, loading bay, Bluetooth infotainment system and much more. But the real deal is the price of the V-Cross, which is available for Rs 12.49 lakhs (ex-showroom, Chennai).
So that's it guys, here are the top AWD cars available below Rs 15 lakhs.
Variant - Vx Refreshed 4*4
No all-wheel drive cars list is complete without mentioning the Tata Safari. The true-blue SUV from the Indian car manufacturer is one of the most capable SUV in the country today and available only in the Safari Storme and not the Safari Dicor. The refreshed Vx variant with 400 Nm is the one that gets a 4*4 and is priced upwards of Rs 15 lakhs, Rs 15.31 L to be precise.