Mid Size SUV match or, at times, beat the sedans for space, features and comfort but offer higher ground clearance and more vertical luggage space. And since SUVs are in fashion, they are more desirable than sedans even though they often share the engines and features with corresponding sedans. They currently range between Rs 9,00,000 – Rs 17,00,000 on the new car market. The used version is an ideal buy for those who go on long drives, often over bad roads. Or want a flexible cargo space. Or just the bragging rights that come with owning a SUV. All for not much more than price of higher variant [new] of a premium hatchback. Its Hyundai Creta all the way here unless you want a rugged offroader in which case Renault Duster or Mahindra Scorpio are a good alternative.
Used Mid Size SUV average around Rs 10,00,000 in Chennai with lower end tending to be around Rs 9,75,000 and upper end tending to be around Rs 12,00,000. The higher end of the range will get you CRETA which is 2 years old while if you veer towards the minimum, then you will have to contend with CRETA which is 2 years old. So, if you want a mid-size SUV that hasn’t clocked too many kilometers–preferably less than 40,000–what should you go for? Which are the best deals available on the market?
Recommendation #1: Mahindra Scorpio S10 AT
Year: 2015 / Kms Driven: 31,923 / List Price: Rs 830,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 1,328,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 38% to its original price is 4 years old and has done 31,923 Kms. Currently with its second owner, this white coloured SCORPIO comes with a diesel powerplant. A Scorpio with 30,000 to 60,000 km should be fine but do get it checked thoroughly because Scorpio owners tend to fall in extremes: one set really takes care of the SUV while the other just mauls it. The most common problem owners have associated with the Scorpio is got to do with its electrical components and electronics. These can start giving trouble within a few years of ownership. The one here is sparingly used, and going by the degree of accessorization, rather well taken care off. And its an automatic which, giving city traffic, is a blessing and rare find.
Recommendation #2: Mahindra XUV500 W10 2WD
Year: 2016 / Kms Driven: 35,000 / List Price: Rs 1,450,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 1,645,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 12% to its original price is 3 years old and has done 35,000 Kms. Currently with its first owner, this white coloured XUV500 comes with a diesel powerplant. It is well appointed and photos suggest has been looked after rather well. It’s also newer than the previous entry on the list. However, the asking price is high-so we suggest negotiate hard with a target price of Rs. 13 lakh.
Recommendation #3: Hyundai Creta 1.6 SX Plus Diesel
Year: 2016 / Kms Driven: 23,841 / List Price: Rs 1,200,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 1,336,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 10% to its original price is 3 years old and has done 23,841 Kms. Currently with its first owner, this red coloured CRETA comes with a diesel powerplant. Creta is a very built car and so one with just 23,000 km on odo is likely to be good for another 8-10 year-so its pretty much like getting a new car. Plus, this is a higher end model which comes loaded with features. The asking price is a bit high so if you can negotiate the price downwards, you have a very good deal.
The median price at which Mid Size SUV have sold in Chennai is typically in the range listed in the plot below.
Since the final selling price data is not available, we estimate the actual selling prices to be 5-10% lower than this. Another tip: the most popular that gets bought and sold in Chennai in the Mid Size SUV category is Hyundai Creta.