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Honda City – You mean business
Not a lot of modern brands command as much loyalty as the City. And its formula hasn’t really changed, either: a gem of an engine packed in a spacious bodywork with a premium interior. While the City isn’t a bad vehicle from behind the vehicle — just a tad too disconnected — it’s a very popular choice for being chauffeured around in.
Renault Duster – Purposeful
Sold as a budget offering in the rest of the world (and mostly under the Dacia branding), the Renault Duster isn’t quite the least expensive SUVs in the country. But it offers solid mechanicals, well-sorted ride and handling (especially the independent suspension of the AWD), and purposeful build — so no paraphernalia here. If you’re all about function over form, the Duster can be an easy choice for you.
Maruti S-Cross – Different from the league
In the ever-growing sea of compact/sub-compact SUVs, the S-Cross tries to be different. The crossover does everything that the pseudo SUVs try to do but without looking like an SUV. The 1.6-liter, Fiat-sourced diesel engine (there’s a smaller 1.3-liter unit, too) makes it one of the most compelling highway cruisers.
Hyundai Creta – Classy but purposeful
There’s no dearth of class in the Creta. It’s clearly more JDM than Korean, and is one of the better handling vehicles from Hyundai. Its soft-roader looks backed with strong mechanicals make it a market favourite. It cannot really go off-road like how some of its rivals do, but as far as cosseting the occupants in a well-made cabin goes, it’s the best option out there. Compact SUVs are rarely taken out for serious off-roading, and the Creta is unlikely to be ever headed there.
Fiat Abarth Punto – Performance lover
The Fiat Abarth Punto is an easy choice for someone who loves to drive on the road. The engine and the chassis have a huge potential, and if you love performance, not a lot of cars come close to this. It also is one of the most direct (seeking driver involvement) vehicles on sale in the country. The fact that you’ve invested in an outright performance-oriented hatchback talks a lot about you.
Mahindra Scorpio – Urban but not far fetched from one’s roots
With a rugged styling, the proper ability to go off the road, and enough ease to be driven back through urban traffic, the Scorpio is the best tool for someone who lives in the city but doesn’t like to be confined in the concrete jungle. Restyled in 2014 (along with a substantial mechanical upgrade), the SUV is one of the strongest and most iconic Mahindra products on sale now.
Tata Safari Storme – Adventure seeking but nostalgic
Introduced in the year 1998, the Safari became to be one of the most popular SUVs in the country. Improved over the years, and now in its most polished form, the Safari (called the Safari Storme now) is a clear choice for someone looking for adventure away from the tarmac, a plush cabin, and old-school and the oh-so-lovely styling. There’s even a 156 PS, 400 Nm version available for the keener drivers among you.
Mahindra XUV500 – Handsome and efficient
Away from the agricultural and towards the more metropolitan, the XUV500 is what the urban SUV lover wants. It doesn’t look out of place in a 5-star parking lot, and can’t look any better covered in mud, either. It’s like the Scorpio but a more urban-centric one. The FWD architecture offers a different driving style, and the overall styling and interior offer a more sophisticated approach to motoring.
Toyota Corolla – Dependable
Looking for a dependable mode of transport that can run along for generations — not the vehicle’s generations but humans’, then the Corolla deserves to be the top choice for that. Also, much like the car, the Corolla owners are highly sophisticated, love finer things in life (not necessarily driving, though), and are dependable. No wonder the vehicle is so popular among learned, well-educated people.
Mahindra e2O – Responsible towards nature
If there’s a car that describes its owner well, then it has to be the e2O. Replacement to the Reva, the e2O is more spacious, more powerful, better looking, and easier to live with. With no emissions, the e2O shows the owner’s responsible towards the nature and is doing his/her bit in keeping the earth a great place to live. The commitment is further strengthened by the fact that the e2O isn’t exactly cheap to buy, so if someone went ahead and bought one, he’s put money where his mouth is. It’s a bit more than just a status symbol.