Who doesn’t like a big, butch and imposing SUV that offers good cabin space, an efficient diesel and plenty of personality? Once considered difficult to drive in town traffic and fuel guzzlers, the SUV segment is now one of the best-selling segments in India thanks largely due to keen pricing of newer entrants as well as their improved driving dynamics. Whether you want a pure off-roading 4x4, a feature-laden one with all the comforts or simply an inexpensive crossover there are plenty of options out there. We've lined up the best available models for under Rs 15 lakh. Have a look.
- [Get On-Road Price] Price starts from: Rs 7.83lakh
- Engine: 1.5-litre TDCi Diesel
- Power: 90bhp Torque: 204Nm
- Fuel economy: 22.67kmpl
The compact SUV combines SUV appeal, hatchback practicality and sedan like cabin space. The compact dimensions mean it’s easy to manoeuvre around town. No wonder it has managed to become a big hit for Ford with over 60,000 bookings. The waiting period for the car is almost three months in some parts of the country. You get a choice of three engines to choose from. There is a 1-litre petrol EcoBoost engine that develops 123bhp. Then there are two 1.5-litre engines in petrol and diesel. The petrol makes 112bhp while the diesel develops 90bhp. The EcoSport is also available with an automatic gearbox in the 1.5-litre petrol version. The cabin has good space in both rows and there’s a useful boot as well. However, SUV fans will not like the fact that there is no 4x4 option even on the top-spec version of the car.
- [Get On-Road Price] Price starts from: Rs 6.18lakh
- Engine: 2.2-litre CRDe Diesel
- Power: 120bhp Torque: 290Nm
- Fuel economy: 12.88kmpl
The Scorpio is over a decade old now but still manages to sell in strong numbers largely due to the fact that it has been constantly been updated by Mahindra. The current car comes with a 2.2-litre common rail engine that develops 120bhp. The Scorpio motor scores highly in the refinement as well as low end engine responses. This coupled with its light steering and slick gearbox makes it one of the easier-to-drive SUVs in the city. However, the softly set-up suspension isn’t ideal for highway trips since the Scorpio has the tendency to wallow and pitch over the smallest crevice. The Scorpio also comes with a 4x4 option giving it plenty of appeal. However, the rear row of seats aren’t very generous on space.
- [Get On-Road Price] Price starts from: Rs 8.42lakh
- Engine: 2.2-litre diesel
- Power: 140bhp Torque: 320Nm
- Fuel economy: 14.00kmpl
The original Indian SUV, the Safari has a big fan following across India. One of the bigger SUVs on sale in the country, the car is powered by a 2.2-litre common rail diesel engine that develops 140bhp of power. Tata has worked hard to improve the refinement levels of this engine over the years but it’s still a bit behind some rivals. On the inside, the big glass area adds to the airy feeling of the cabin and the high-set seats give you a commanding view of the road ahead. Where the Safari scores over its rivals is in cabin comfort. The rear seats are easily the best for long distance journeys with ample leg-shoulder-and headroom. The Safari also comes with a 4x4 option with a low-range transfer case meaning that it’s a proper off-roader.
- [Get On-Road Price] Price starts from: Rs 7.78lakh / Rs 9.42lakh
- Engine: 1.5-litre DCi diesel
- Power: 85bhp/110bhp Torque: 200Nm/248Nm
- Fuel economy: 20.46kmpl / 19.01kmpl
The Nissan Terrano and the Renault Duster are the same car except for a few minor changes on the outside and the cabin. The Nissan version though offers a better quality cabin and more sophisticated styling as well but there is simply no running away from the fact that this is a boxy design, which in essence adds to its appeal. The staid boxy styling is carried inside but you do get plenty of space in both rows and the beige coloured upholstery adds to the sense of roominess. The dashboard design is simple and easy to use as well. There are only two rows of seats though. You get a choice of two engine options. A 1.6-litre petrol with 102bhp and a 1.5-litre diesel engine which comes in two states of tune, 85bhp and 110bhp. There is however no 4x4 option available, which simply means that off-roading fans will have to look elsewhere.
- [Get On-Road Price] Price starts from: Rs 10.70lakh
- Engine: 2.2-litre mHawk CRDe diesel
- Power: 140bhp Torque: 330Nm
- Fuel economy: 15.10kmpl
Mahindra’s premium offering in the SUV segment, the XUV gets Cheetah-inspired styling, which gives it plenty of road presence. The XUV has three rows of forward facing seats and all of them have good legroom on offer. The higher versions come with eight-way adjustable seats to add to the comfort and practicality. The 2.2-litre diesel develops 140bhp of power. Like the Scorpio, the engine is inherently refined on the XUV making for a peaceful cabin. It also gets a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and comes with optional 4x4. The XUV also comes loaded to the gills with features. You get dual zone climate control, 6-inch stereo display, voice commands, cooled glovebox, follow-me headlamps, hill-hold and descent control, which doesn’t allow the car to roll back when you are on a steep incline among many other features. All in all, it’s one of the better offerings in the market delivering great value.
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