The sub 4-meter SUV is the fastest growing segment in India. Most new customers are buying cars from this segment because of the practicality they provide on Indian roads. Besides, a growing number of customers are also choosing automatic transmission over manual ones because of the convenience they offer. The new age AMT automatic transmission offers affordability and convenience.
Currently, there are three choices in the sub 4-meter compact SUV segment in India that offers automatic transmission. If you’re out in the market and looking to buy a new car within these criteria, here is something that would make your life easier.
Value for money automatic
Ford EcoSport AT
Yes, we know that the Ford EcoSport AT base is priced higher than the petrol AMT version of the Nexon. The Nexon petrol AMT is priced at Rs. 10.57 lakhs while the base EcoSport AT is priced at Rs. 10.73 lakhs. There is a difference of only Rs. 16,000 but there are a lot of positives like a bigger and better infotainment system, single-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters, traction control and a more powerful engine. The EcoSport offers more value for money for a mere difference of Rs.16,000.
Want a fully loaded automatic
Tata Nexon AMT
The Nexon may get the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), which does not get a lot of fans, but the car gets a long feature list. The Nexon comes with alloy wheels, ISOFIX seat hooks, push-button start, projector headlamps, LED DRLs, cooled glove box and rear seat arm rests. The Nexon also gets the 8-speaker system tuned by Harman and power modes that change the engine power output depending on the mode selected by the user. It is also the only SUV between the three to offer an optional sunroof.
Want a fuel-efficient automatic
Tata Nexon diesel AMT
While only the Nexon and TUV 300 get the diesel automatic version in the segment, the Nexon offers a much higher fuel efficiency than the TUV 300. The Nexon is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 108 Bhp and 260 Nm and returns a maximum of 23.97 km/l. The TUV 300, on the other hand, is powered by a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine that gets twin-scroll turbo. It generates a maximum of 100 Bhp and 240 Nm with an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 18.49 km/l. So if you’re looking for a fuel-efficient automatic then the Nexon AMT should be the choice.
Want a rugged 7-seater?
The TUV 300 is the only car among the three that can seat 7 people legally. That’s because the TUV 300 offers two jump seats in the boot. Yes, the space offered for the jump seat occupants is small enough to only accommodate two children but in desperate situations, even adults can use the seats for a small distance. Both Nexon and EcoSport only offer the 5-seat configuration.
Want an enthusiast SUV?
Ford EcoSport AT
Ford cars have always been the first choice of enthusiasts. The sharp steering set-up and the well-tuned suspension make Ford cars a driver’s delight. Ford offers the EcoSport petrol with an optional 6-speed transmission that gets paddle shifters. This is the only vehicle in the segment that offers paddle shifters. If you want total control of the transmission without leaving the steering wheel alone, this would be the right choice for you.
Want a safety-feature loaded SUV?
Ford EcoSport is the most loaded vehicle when it comes to safety features. The top-end version of the car gets as many as 6-airbags in the form of dual front, side and curtain airbags. The EcoSport also gets ABS plus EBD. One of the unique features of the EcoSport is the Emergency Calling feature that activates as soon the system senses a crash and calls emergency services with the location of the accident.