An average SUV buyer in the mainstream car market of India is mostly spoilt for choice. However, there’s actually only a handful of SUVs that are clocking high sales. These include SUVs, such as the Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500, and the Toyota Fortuner. However, there are many good SUVs that have pretty much failed to leave an impression on the SUV buying lot. Today, we take a look at five SUVs Indian car buyers should buy more.
Nissan Terrano – Rs. 9.99 lakh to Rs. 14.48 lakh
The Nissan Terrano is essentially a reskinned Renault Duster that offers almost all the qualities of the donor model along with a front-end that looks more butch as well as more upmarket. The Terrano offers the same tried-and-tested 1.5-litre K9K oil-burner that powers the Duster. It also has an optional AMT, which means you can benefit from the convenience of automatic gearshifts without worrying about fuel economy taking a hit. Those who need a petrol motor can opt for the sufficiently powerful 1.6-litre, naturally-aspirated motor. This SUV also offers well-sorted dynamics. We think that this SUV deserves to sell in better numbers. It’s definitely a well-rounded product that has a lot going for it.
Honda BR-V – Rs. 9.22 lakh – Rs. 13.39 lakh
Another rather well-rounded SUV that deserves a higher demand is the Honda BR-V. The BR-V is currently the only SUV in its segment to offer seven seats. All its direct rivals, viz. the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Hyundai Creta offer only five seats. Moreover, the BR-V looks quite bold and aggressive. Powering this compact SUV are the same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel motors that power the highly popular Honda City. There’s also an optional CVT for the petrol engine variant. The BR-V is also quite feature-laden and its cabin has a premium feel to it.
Tata Safari Storme – Rs. 10.84 – Rs. 15.93 Lakh
Another SUV that deserves to sell better is the Tata Safari Storme. The Safari Storme is a really comfortable medium-size SUV that can seat up to seven. It is available with two powerful diesel engines – a 2.2-litre VARICOR turbo diesel that outputs 150PS and 320Nm, and a VARICOR400 version that outputs 156PS and 400Nm. The VARICOR 400 engine variant can also be had with a shift-on-fly 4×4 drivetrain option. The Safari Storme is a great mile muncher and has a comfortable, feature-laden cabin. The top-end variant offers many premium features like a Harman-powered audio system, heated outside rear view mirrors, limited slip differential and projector head lamps.
Tata Hexa – Rs. 12.49 – Rs. 17.89 Lakh
Another really capable Tata SUV that has failed to garner a great response from car buyers is the Tata Hexa. The Tata Hexa has a lot going for it, really! It offers a very spacious cabin, a great ride, a powerful diesel engine and an excellent Harman-sourced 10-speaker sound system. You also get optional 4×4 drivetrain and an automatic transmission. The Hexa is easily one of the best products from Tata Motors. It surely deserves to sell in better numbers.
Ford Endeavour – Rs 26.33 – Rs. 32.81 Lakh
The current-gen Ford Endeavour is a really well-rounded product that deserves a better showing on monthly sales charts. It looks bold, has a comfortable cabin, powerful engines and it’s even quite capable off the road. The SUV comes with many high-end features like an electric tail gate, a SYNC3 touchscreen infotainment unit, electric seats and a panoramic sunroof. Also, as per Ford India, the Endeavour the maintenance costs are lower than that of its immediate rivals. Sadly, however, the Endeavour has failed to generate a great response from the premium large SUV buyers.