Sub 4-metre SUVs are now being preferred over any other body style. They are affordable, compact for city use, fuel-efficient and provide some benefits of SUVs. Here are all the mini SUVs that are on sale in India.
Nissan recently entered the compact SUV space and it has been doing well. The price of Magnite starts at Rs. 5.71 lakhs ex-showroom and go up to Rs. 10.15 lakhs ex-showroom. The prices make it one of the most affordable compact SUVs in the segment. So, if you are in the market for a compact SUV but are on a strict budget, you can consider the Magnite. It is available in five variants, namely XE, XL, XV, XV Premium, and XV Premium (O).
There are two engine options to choose from. There is a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated engine that produces 72 PS and 96 Nm. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox only. Then there is a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 100 PS and 160 Nm. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission in which the torque output gets decreased to 152 Nm.
Then there is the sibling of the Magnite, the Renault Kiger. Both the vehicles share the same powertrain and platform. Kiger’s design makes it stand out from the crowd and also it is the most affordable compact SUV in the market. It starts at Rs. 5.64 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 10.09 lakhs ex-showroom. It is also offered five variants namely RXE, RXL, RXT, RXT (O), and RXZ. The engine options might stay the same but Kiger also offers the naturally aspirated engine with a 5-speed AMT. So, if you are on a budget and want a compact SUV with an automatic transmission, then the Kiger makes a lot of sense.
Hyundai Venue is consistently one of the best selling compact SUVs in the Indian market. This is because of the value proposition that the Venue offers. It comes with a decent equipment list, is available with an automatic gearbox and multiple engine options, offers decent amount of space, has good ride quality and makes a very good city car.
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It starts at Rs. 6.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 11.85 lakhs ex-showroom. There are eight variants on offer. They are E, S, S+, S(O), SX, SX(O) Executive, SX+, and SX(O). You can get it with a naturally aspirated petrol engine, a diesel engine or a turbocharged petrol engine. The turbocharged engine is the only one that gets a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox or a 6-speed iMT gearbox.
The Sonet is one of the best looking compact SUVs in India. It also shares the same platform and engine options as the Venue. The USPs of Sonet are its butch looks, features and if you are looking for a diesel engine with a proper automatic transmission then the Sonet is your only option. Despite being one of the newer vehicles, Sonet is able to compete with its competitors quite well.
The Sonet starts at Rs. 6.98 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 13.55 lakhs ex-showroom. It is available in six variants namely, HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, and GTX+. The GTX variant is a more sporty looking variant and Kia also launched an Anniversary Edition which is based on the HTX variant. It is a limited run variant so it will get discontinued after some time.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Brezza is the oldest mini SUV in the segment. It is also the best selling compact SUV and that is because of the reliability and trust factor that people associate with Maruti Suzuki. The manufacturer also has a low cost of maintenance and the largest service network.
The Vitara Brezza starts at Rs. 7.61 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 11.19 lakhs ex-showroom. It is offered in four variants, namely LXi, VXi, ZXi, and ZXi+. Maruti Suzuki only offers the Brezza with a 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 105 PS and 138 Nm. It is offered with a 5-speed gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Toyota Urban Cruiser
Then we have Toyota’s Urban Cruiser. It is just a rebadged Vitara Brezza with a front grille inspired by Toyota Fortuner and it also gets a brown upholstery instead of black. There are also some Toyota exclusive paint schemes. The rest of the feature equipment, engine and transmission option stays the same. The price of the Urban Cruiser starts at Rs. 8.72 Lakhs ex-showroom and goes upto Rs. 11.40 Lakhs ex-showroom. It is available in three variants Mid, High and Premium. All three variants are offered with an automatic gearbox also.
The Nexon was the first vehicle in India to score 5-star in a Global NCAP crash test. It has helped in making people aware that safety is also important while buying a new vehicle. The front of the Nexon resembles a lot to the Land Rover Discovery. Due to this, it has a lot of road presence.
The prices of Nexon starts at Rs. 7.28 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 13.23 lakhs ex-showroom. It is available in five variants, XE, XM, XZ, XZ+, and XZ+(O). Nexon is powered by a diesel engine or a petrol engine. The diesel engine produces 110 PS and 260 Nm whereas the petrol engine produces 120 PS and 170 Nm. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed AMT.
The last one on our list is Mahindra’s XUV300. It offers many first-in-segment features. It is also the safest compact SUV that you can get as it scored 5 stars in the Global NCAP crash test rating. The prices of the XUV300 starts from Rs. 7.95 lakhs ex-showroom and go up to Rs. 11.71 lakhs ex-showroom.
Mahindra offers the XUV300 in four variants. There are W4, W6, W8, and W8(O). You can get the XUV300 with a petrol engine or a diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 110 PS and 200 Nm and the diesel engine produces 117 PS and 300 Nm. Both the engines produce class-leading torque figures in the segment. Mahindra offers a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed AMT with both engines.
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