10 SOLIDLY built affordable SUVs of India: Tata Nexon to Jeep Compass

by Shantonil Nag

SUVs are swiftly gaining popularity, in India, with each passing month. While there are many SUV options to choose from, there are only a few that show signs of solid build quality. Here are ten such solidly built affordable SUVs available in India.

Tata Nexon

Starts at Rs. 6.16 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

Tata launched their first-ever sub-4-meter compact SUV in the Indian market, the Nexon, which has notched high sales figures. Just like most Tata cars, the Nexon too shows the signs of being a solidly built car. The Nexon feels planted on the highways and also exhibits a solid build with its door-shutting thud. The Nexon also offers a good ride and handling, and a set of powerful petrol and diesel engines. The Nexon is the only car in the segment to offer AMT automatic with both petrol and diesel engine options.

Ford EcoSport

Starts at Rs. 7.82 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Ford EcoSport made the sub-4-meter compact SUV popular in India. It is still quite popular and is preferred by enthusiasts for its solid build quality. The EcoSport offers a good level of NVH (Noise, Vibration and Handling) with high-quality interiors. It is also the only car in the segment to offer six airbags and comes with safety features, such as emergency calling that can call emergency services in case of an accident.

Renault Duster

Starts at Rs. 7.95 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Renault Duster became a very successful car in India initially, after its launch. However, stiff competition hit the sales of the compact SUV. Nonetheless, the Duster is known for its solid build quality. The Duster’s level of equipment and interior may look out-of-date but the car sure is solidly built. The all-new version of the Renault Duster is expected be launched in India soon.

Honda WR-V

Starts at Rs. 7.78 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Honda WR-V is the first sub-4-meter compact SUV from the Japanese brand. It is also the most successful ‘R-V’ model in India. The WR-V gets a solid build quality with good stability at high speed on the highways. The WR-V offers a rugged exterior and features like a sunroof and Honda DigiPad 2.0 on the inside.

Tata Safari Storme

Starts at Rs. 10.42 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Tata Safari Storme is built like a tank. The Safari moniker has been around for quite some time now and is quite popular. The Safari Storme is a heavily built ladder-on-frame SUV that is quite capable too. The SUV is now officially used by the Indian Army and shows every sign of being a well-built vehicle.

Jeep Compass

Starts at Rs. 15.35 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

Jeep launched their most affordable vehicle in India, which became a mega hit. Jeep Compass is a solid SUV and is exported to many foreign countries from India. The Compass is manufactured in India through high tech laser weldings to add strength to the vehicle’s body. The Compass also shows no sign of rattles and gets high-quality material in the interior too.

Mahindra XUV 500

Starts at Rs. 12.39 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Mahindra XUV 500 is extremely popular in India due to its looks and long list of features. Even though the XUV 500 may show electrical niggles or some rattles over the years, the vehicle is solidly built. Even though it is a monocoque build, the XUV 500 feels very rugged and is very stable on highways.

Isuzu D-Max V-Cross

Starts at Rs. 14.32 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The rough and rugged Isuzu D-Max V-Cross has gained quite a lot of attention in India. The lifestyle pickup truck is extremely rugged and comes with a solid build quality that shows when the doors are shut or when it traverses rough roads. The V-Cross is very capable and can survive years of hardcore off-roading.

Hyundai Tucson

Starts at Rs. 18 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

Hyundai Tucson is currently the most expensive car from the company, in India. The 5-seater SUV has a solid build quality, high-quality interiors and shows no signs of rattling even on the roughest roads. The cars come to India via the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit route and assembled here. The Hyundai Tucson comes loaded with features and includes safety features, such as six airbags.

Toyota Fortuner

Starts at Rs. 26.2 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The best-selling SUV in the segment is also very well built. The SUV offers bullet-proof reliability, which makes it a trusted SUV in the segment. The exterior build quality of the Fortuner is complemented by the D4D diesel engine, which is one of the most reliable diesel engines in the world.

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