India’s love for SUVs is not new, however the experience has now become more affordable. With almost every manufacturer offering their own version of a sub-four meter SUV, there are many suitable options to choose from. So what is that people look for in a compact SUV and what is it that has made them so popular among people in India?
1. Intimidating Looks
People who prefer SUVs, generally prefer them because of their sheer on-road presence, intimidating looks and imposing character. While not many sub-four meter SUVs offer as intimidating looks as a proper SUV would, but they do offer great view of the road in comparison to hatches and everyday sedans. Sitting in them provide a commanding view of the road which also appeal many buyers.
2. Ground Clearance
The quality of roads in India has vastly improved. However, once in a while you are bound to encounter big speed bumps and rough patches that would have the capacity to scrape the underbelly of your car and unnerve you. For this very reason, people look for SUVs that generally offer greater ground clearance than hatches and sedans. This provides absolute peace of mind to buyers.
To say that all compact SUVs offer great amount of space, would be a false generalisation since EcoSport do not have the best rear seat despite it being a sub-four meter SUV. However, by and large most compact SUVs offer great space. Some (like TUV300) can even accommodate seven passengers and have the best rear seat in business. The luggage carrying capacity of sub-four meter SUVs is also better than most hatchbacks and sedans.
4. Go anywhere Capability
While the ground clearance of many sub-four meter SUVs is impressive enough that they can go over any tarmac without any fuss. Some (Duster) even offer a 4X4 transmission and rear wheel drive system (TUV300) that makes them better in terms of off-road capability. People may not even use their cars for serious off-roading, however simple knowledge that they could if they wanted to is another reason that people buy compact SUVs.
People tend to associate bigger cars and more specifically SUVs with safety, a lot more than they do a small car. Even if the SUV may not offer same amount of safety features as a hatch or a sedan, SUVs tend to inspire more confidence in buyers from safety point of view. Even though exterior ruggedness of a car may not be a factor contributing to a car’s safety to a great extent, it does appeal a lot of buyers.
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