With more and more options in the Indian car market you as a buyer may get confused about which SUV is suited best for your needs. Here’s a list of all 4×4 SUVs available in India, take a look.
We’ve divided this list into two parts, SUVs which have part time 4×4 and low ratio gearboxes and those with all wheel drive systems. If you are looking for an SUV for hardcore off-roading then the SUVs with part time 4×4 and low ratio gearboxes will make more sense for you.
SUVs with part-time 4×4 and low-ratio gearboxes
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
Price: Rs.5.60 lakh to Rs.5.87 lakh
The Gypsy has a 5-speed manual transmission and weights 985 Kg. it has a power-to-weight ratio of about 81 bhp per ton. It only makes 103 Nm of torque and has a poor top end. It may have good acceleration but runs out of breath very easily. However with a ground clearance of 210 mm, a stiff suspension and a ladder by frame chassis it is well built for off-roading. It has a part-time 4×4 system with a low-ratio gearbox.
Price: Rs. 9.28 lakh (LX), Rs. 11.60 lakh (VLX MT), Rs. 12.55 lakh (VLX AT)
The Scorpio offers an electronic shift-on-the-fly 4×4 transfer case on the above mentioned variants. This gives you a choice of both manual and automatic transmissions. The Scorpio is powered by a 2.2 litre common-rail diesel engine that puts out 120 bhp of power and 290 Nm of torque. Its multi-link rear suspension and torsion bar front suspension give it good off-road manners and it is a rugged SUV. Also read: Mahindra Scorpio LX 4×4 road test and review: Competent all-round SUV
Tata Safari Dicor
Price: Rs. 12.6 lakh
The Tata Safari comes with a 2.2 litre common-rail diesel engine that puts out 138 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque. It is offered only with a 5-speed manual transmission and the 4×4 variant comes with a shift-on-the-fly Borg Warner transfer case with a low-ratio. The Safari’s good ground clearance (205 mm) makes it a good off-roader and its heavy kerb weight is the only drawback.
Price: Rs. 20.2 lakh
The Ford Endeavour 4×4 AT comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission coupled with an electronic shift 4×4 transfer case. It has been built on a pick-up truck chassis with high ground clearance and a sturdy leaf spring and torsion bar suspension set up. Therefore it is not all that comfortable on the road, but it can take on the worst of off-road conditions with ease. It is a capable vehicle but is not the most comfortable of the lot by a far shot. Also read: Ford Endeavour 4×4 AT road test and review: Bucking bronco
Price: Rs. 22 lakh
The Toyota Fortuner 4×4 variant comes with a full-time four wheel drive system with a manual shift low-ratio gearbox for extreme terrain. It is powered by a 3-litre diesel engine that puts out 343 Nm of torque and 169 bhp of power. The Fortuner’s high-ground clearance, solid build quality and good feature list make it an ideal off-roader. It is a good option if you are planning to use the car for off-roading very rarely as it is good for your highway commutes as well. Also read: 2012 Toyota Fortuner 4×4 (off) road test
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Price: Rs. 23.5 lakh
The Mitsubishi Pajero is powered by a 2.5 litre common-rail diesel engine that puts out 178 bhp of power and meaty 400 Nm of torque. It comes with a “super-select” 4×4 transfer case that allows the user to drive in two-wheel drive, full-time 4×4, or four-wheel drive with center differential locked and also four-wheel drive low ratio. This gives the Pajero Sport excellent multi-terrain capabilities. Also read: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport launched at Rs.23.53 lakh!
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
Price: Rs. 16.99 lakh (MT), Rs. 18.3 lakh (AT)
The Suzuki Vitara is powered by a 2.4 litre petrol engine that makes 164 bhp of power and 225 Nm of torque. It is a sporty vehicle and a favourite among rally drivers. Sadly it does guzzle a lot of petrol! It comes with a 5-speed manual transmission mated to an electronic shift four-wheel drive system with low-ratio. The Grand Vitara also offers an automatic transmission option, if you don’t mind shelling out money on fuel this as an off-roader is very capable.
Price: Rs. 6.86 lakh
The Mahindra Thar is ideal for the purpose of pure off-roading. The simple, rugged and raw nature of this vehicle makes it extremely capable off-road. It is powered by a 2.5 litre, 103 bhp diesel motor that makes 247 Nm of torque. It comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and a manual Borg-Warner 4×4 transfer case with a 2.46:1 low-ratio gearbox. The Thar’s rugged leaf spring rear suspension and independent front suspension give it good off-road manners. It isn’t a very comfortable ride but for pure off-roaders comfort is optional. Also read: Seven upcoming Mahindra vehicles in India
SUVs with AWD system
Price: Rs. 14.25 lakh
The Mahindra XUv500 is powered by a 2179 cc, 4-cylinder motor that makes 140 bhp of power at 3,750 rpm and 330 Nm of torque at 1600-2800 rpm. It is equipped with features like ABS, EBD, ESP
6 Airbags. It comes with All-Wheel-Drive which makes for effortless off-roading. If you want an SUV that you can sit back and enjoy the rough terrain on then the XUv500 fits the bill. Also read: Force One vs XUV500: How they compare
Price: Rs. 16.14 lakh (Ambition 4×4), Rs. 17.75 lakh (Elegance 4×4)
The Skoda Yeti can seat five people, though it is a bit of a squeeze in the back seat for the middle passenger. It features a 2-litre TDI diesel engine that puts out 140 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, mated to a six-speed transmission that primarily drives the front wheels, but transfers power to the rear wheels when needed using a Haldex clutch, on-demand, 4×4 system. Also read: Video review: Do you know what the Skoda Yeti can do?
Hyundai Santa Fe
Price: Rs.24.43 lakh (4x4x DSL MT), Rs.25.37 lakh (4×4 DSL AT)
The Hyundai Santa Fe is a well packaged SUV, the 4×4 Mt variant is powered by a 2,199 cc motor that makes 195 bhp of power at 3,800 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 1,800-2,500 rpm. It is reasonably good off-roader, but isn’t the best bet for off-road enthusiast. It comes loaded with features like climate control, power windows, adjustable seats, parking sensors, cruise control, power steering, tilt steering, telescopic Steering, tachometer and rear defogger. It also sports ABS, EBD, 6 Airbags among other features. Also read: New Hyundai Santa Fe spy photos
Price: Rs.16.56 lakh
Tata offers only on variant of the Aria with 4×4, the Aria Pride variant comes with this AWD system. It is powered by a 2,179 cc motor that makes 138 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 1,750-2,700 rpm. Features like climate control, parking sensors, GPS, cruise control, power steering, tilt steering, tachometer etc all make off-roading in the Aria a pleasurable experience. While safety features like ABS, EBD, ESP and 6 Airbags help keep you safe. Also read: Tata Aria 4×4 video review
Price: Rs. 24.59 lakh (LTZ AT)
The Chevrolet Captiva is powered by a 1,991 cc motor that makes 149 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. It has a decent ground clearance of 197 mm making it apt for off-roading. The automatic Captiva gets an all-wheel drive system that is more of a soft-roader. The Captiva is well built and comes with features like climate control, ABS, EBD and 2 Airbags among others. It serves the purpose of an SUV which you would use for weekend getaways with your family. It can handle most terrain with ease but will not be as agile as Gypsy or a Thar. Also read: Facelifted Chevrolet Captiva SUV at Auto Expo 2012: Video Review
Price: Rs. 24.13 lakh (4WD MT), Rs.24.90 lakh (4WD AT)
The CR-V sports a 2,354 cc petrol motor that makes 159 bhp of power at 5,800 rpm and 218 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. It comes with a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. It has a ground clearance of 185 mm and can comfortably take you over varied terrain. It too is a soft roader at best and the fact that it is a petrol fuelled vehicle does make it very expensive to run (11 kmpl claimed mileage). Also read: India’s best performance SUVs between Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh
Price: Rs. 23.99 lakh
The Renault Koleos is a capable SUV. It has a 1,995 cc motor that makes 147 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. It has a good ground clearance of 206 mm and is a good option if you are looking for a classy SUV for moderate off-roading. It also offers exclusivity and feels plush and luxurious on the inside. It comes with a host of features like parking sensors, cruise control, power steering, ABS, EBD, 6 airbags etc. Also read: Renault Koleos Video Review by Community Experts Shreyans and Siddhartha
Price: Rs. 22.14 lakh to Rs.26.40 lakh
The Nissan X-Trail comes with a 1,995 cc motor which makes 150 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. It is available in both manual and automatic variants. The X-Trail has a ground clearance of 200 mm and is a good off-roader. However Nissan as a brand isn’t very popular in India even today and thus the X-Trail isn’t the choice of most enthusiasts. Also read: Top 5 SUVs for offroading: Fortuner, Pajero Sport, Gypsy, Thar and Vitara!
Price: Rs. 20.55 lakh
The Outlander is powered by a 2.4 litre petrol motor that makes 168 bhp of power and 226 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It has a light kerb weight of 1615 Kg that gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 104 bhp per ton. The Outlander has a selectable 4×4 system with an automatic on-demand mode. Also Read: India’s best off-roaders below Rs. 25 lakh!