Cars With Maximum Ground Clearance – Best in Hatch, Sedan, SUV Segment
Road with Pot Holes, Roads dug up or Roads with no Roads at all… is the current state of roads in India. But that hasn’t stopped people from investing in cars from various segments.
And car makers of the world seem to be eager to enter the Indian market with their latest models housing the latest technology. However, one aspect of buying cars that are not highlighted enough compared to the ambient lighting or Infotainment system is “GROUND CLEARANCE”.
So since the car manufacturers aren’t putting this information up with easy access, we have done it for you.
Top Hatchbacks Car Ground Clearance
Those cute compact hatchbacks for the city and occasional road trips aren’t just cute and compact anymore. Hatchbacks are power-packed and loaded with many features lately that make them really fun to drive and some of the manufacturers have made sure that fun isn’t limited by providing good ground clearance
1. DATSUN REDI-GO Ground Clearance
Be it looks, interior features, mileage or even price-tag, the hot-chick small car from Datsun has got everything that appeals to the first time Indian car buyer. Datsun Redi-Go powered by 799 cc petrol engine generates a maximum power of 53 BHP at 5678 rpm and peak torque of 72 Nm at 4388 rpm. Apart from being feature-laden, Redi-Go also commands a whopping ground clearance of 185 mm, hence with respect to ground clearance, it stands as No.1 in the hatchback segment.
2. FIAT PUNTO EVO Ground Clearance
Famous for its undisputed engine performance, the Fiat Punto EVO comes in two powertrain options namely petrol and diesel. The 1172cc petrol motor erupts a sizable power of 67.1 BHP at 6000 rpm and meaty torque of 96 Nm at 2500 rpm. Moreover, the diesel counterpart is the 1248cc that produces a maximum power of 91.7 BHP at 4000 rpm and peak torque of 209 Nm at 2000 rpm. Just like it never lets you down on the power and torque front same way with its practical ground clearance of 185mm there is no looking back. For the bad roads in India, Punto is one of the best choices.
3. RENAULT KWID Ground Clearance
This entry-level car with crossover-stance has done wonders for the French carmaker since its launch. The KWID, which finds an awesome ground clearance of 184 mm which gives it the third place on our list and is admired among masses for its butch looks, premium-looking interior design, abundant space, superior ride quality, excellent mileage etc. Offered in 0.8 L and 1.0 L petrol engine choices and its box SUV-ish design it took harshly on the segment champion Maruti Alto 800 and K10. The Renault KWID also features the handiness of AMT gearbox.
Of course, there are other cars in this segment that aren’t very far behind…
|Toyota Glanza||183 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki S-Presso||180 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki Ignis||180 mm|
|Datsun Go||170 mm|
|Tata Tiago||170 mm|
|Hyundai Elite i20||170 mm|
|Toyota Etios Liva||170 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki Baleno||170 mm|
|Ford Figo||168 mm|
|Hyundai i10 Nios||167 mm|
|Wagon R (NEW ONE)||165 mm|
|Hyundai i10/Grand||165 mm|
|Hyundai Santro||165 mm|
|Honda Brio||165 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki Celerio||165 mm|
|Tata Altroz||165 mm|
|Honda Jazz||165 mm|
|Volkswagen Polo||165- 168 mm|
|Tata Bolt||165 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki Swift||163 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki Alto/ Alto K10||160 mm|
Top Compact Sedans Car Ground Clearance
Don’t be fooled when car makers add the prefix “compact “while naming certain sedans. These cars might not be as long and spacious as the actual sedans but they aren’t compromised in comfort or space and are certainly not short enough to hamper the peaceful ride you look forward to.
1. TATA ZEST Ground Clearance
The sedan that revived Tata Motors fortunes in the under compact sedans segment, gets the top spot with a ground clearance of 175 mm. The contemporary sedan with fabulous feature list seizes length, width and height of 3995 mm, 1706 mm and 1570 mm respectively. It also carries a wheelbase of 2470 mm and a convenient boot capacity of 390 L. Tata Zest is offered in petrol and diesel options with three different driving modes for hassle-free driving.
2. HYUNDAI AURA Ground Clearance
Hyundai Aura makes its debut this year (2020), and it’s here to stay with the great looks and features. One of the great features being the assuring ground clearance of 175 mm making it a tough competitor with the Tata. Holding the dimensions of 3995 mm in length, 1680 mm in width, and 1520 in height, the Aura is available with automatic transmission in both petrol and diesel and the manual transmission comes in petrol, Diesel and Petrol with CNG options.
3. FORD ASPIRE Ground Clearance
Second Ford-brand car to feature in the list is Ford Aspire compact sedan. Packed with an admirable duo of power mills in the form of 1498cc diesel and 1499cc petrol, the former produces a good 99 BHP of power and peak torque of 215 Nm. Whilst, the latter gives out a power of 110.5 BHP and peak torque of 136 Nm. Coming to the ground clearance, there is a tie, as Aspire too, features 174 mm of ground clearance, which is the highest in this segment.
Other cars with ground clearance above 160 mm in the compact sedan segment are listed below:
|Tata Tigor||170 mm|
|Maruti Dzire||170 mm|
|Volkswagen Ameo||165 mm|
|Hyundai Xcent||165 mm|
|Honda Amaze||165 mm|
Top Sedans Ground Clearance
Long, Spacious, Sporty, feature-laden won’t cut it anymore credits the not so bright future of Indian roads. And that is something every car maker in India knows. Now, even the luxurious sedans come with some impressive ground clearance stats.
1. FIAT LINEA – Ground Clearance
The Italian sedan Fiat Linea has got the highest ground clearance of 185 mm in this segment where car makers normally try to make their sedans look sporty and provide them with low-profile. Fiat Linea diesel comes fitted with 1248cc power mill that produces a maximum power of 91.7 BHP at 4000 rpm and meaty torque 209 Nm at 2000 rpm. Likewise, the choice of two tunes under 1368cc petrol variant generates a maximum power of 88.8 BHP (Fire) and 123.2 BHP (T-Jet) and peak torque of 115 Nm (Fire) and 208 Nm (T-Jet).
2. TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS – Ground Clearance
The Japanese multinational automotive company Toyota, manufactures the Corolla Altis to look as stylish as it was built to feel with roomy – plush interiors and reliable- sporty engine. Flashing a classy yet edgy look, this sedan is 4620 mm long, 1775 mm wide and 1475 mm tall with a good ground clearance of 175 mm. Variants available are Petrol and diesel with CVT and manual transmission options in both. The engine capacity stands between 1364 CC to 1798 CC which translates to 138 BHP at the maximum based on the variant.
3. TOYOTA PLATINUM ETIOS – Ground Clearance
Yet another well-designed sedan made for India that has been selling like hotcakes due to its practicality notion in every aspect. Besides the capacious and cosy cabin, a plethora of features, amazing mileage numbers it also possesses 174 mm of ground clearance. Toyota Etios is presented in diesel (1364cc, 67.05 BHP and 170 Nm) as well as petrol (1496cc, 88.73 BHP and 132 Nm) choice in the country.
Some other worthy options in this segment are as below…
|Mahindra Verito||172 mm|
|Honda Civic||171 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki Ciaz||170 mm|
|Hyundai Elantra||167 mm|
|Hyundai Verna||165 mm|
|Honda City||165 mm|
|Nissan Sunny||165 mm|
|Skoda Rapid||163 mm|
|Volkswagen Vento||163 mm|
|Toyota Yaris||160 mm|
Top Compact Crossover SUV Ground Clearance
Times, when driving in the city traffic and exploring the wilderness, requires two very differently designed cars, Car manufacturers decided to give you exactly what you need with the compact crossover SUVs where style meets toughness and compact meets spacious. And one of the ways these cars can establish their toughness is with ground clearance…
1. FIAT AVVENTURA – Ground Clearance
Fiat Avventura is a crossover that managed to put some of the actual SUVs to shame when it comes to ground clearance because this crossover has the best ground clearance of 205mm in the segment. This car looks cute and feisty at the same time while cutting through traffic with an under 4-metre length and 1.7 metres wide making it spacious yet compact. The Avventura is offered in diesel fuel type for all the variants except for the Avventura powered by Abarth.
2. FORD FREESTYLE – Ground Clearance
Launched in 2018, this mid-size crossover SUV comes with an impressive ground clearance of 190 mm. The Freestyle as the name suggests is designed to allow you to experience the best of both worlds: zipping through the city and venturing onto roads with no roads. The 5 seater is only available with a manual transmission in both Petrol and Diesel options with an engine capacity of 1194 CC to 1498 CC depending on the variant.
3. HYUNDAI i20 ACTIVE – Ground Clearance
The Elite i20 was always a good looking car and with the additional dose of overall plastic cladding, its appeal has gone a step further. The i20 Active features the same engine as its stock cousin – a 1.4litre diesel and a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The former motor produces 88.73 BHP of max power and 220 Nm of peak torque while the latter pumps out 81.86 BHP of top power and 114.73 Nm of max torque. The Korean automaker has also upped the ground clearance of its i20 Active by 20 mm to 190 mm over its premium hatchback (170 mm).
Some other crossovers with good ground clearance…
|Honda WRV||188 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki S-Cross||180 mm|
|Mahindra NuvoSport||180 mm|
|Toyota Etios Cross||170 mm|
|Mahindra KUV 100||170 mm|
Sports Utility Vehicles are a blessing to those who love the road less taken. These cars are designed to take you where not many dare to go and they do it with the utmost ease. The tall stance, wide base, tough performance build to conquer the most adverse of situations ensures confidence and comfort. With all this, car manufacturers are still looking to better the SUVs and one such aspect is the ground clearance.
1. TOYOTA FORTUNER Ground Clearance
Yet another meticulously designed car by Toyota that has an appreciable ground clearance of 220mm. The SUV that’s got it all and sells just like it performs thanks to the rich interiors, sturdy-bold exteriors and very capable inline-4 powerhouse under the hood which displaces 2755 CC (Diesel) and 2694 CC (Petrol) pumping 134 BHP at 3400 RPM with 420-450 NM of torque at 2400-2600 RPM in the diesel MT and AT models respectively. And 163 BHP at 5200 RPM with 245 NM of torque at 4000 RPM for the petrol variants.
2. MAHINDRA ALTURAS G4 Ground Clearance
Mahindra bags the title of second-best ground clearance in the SUV segment with the Alturas G4 which has a ground clearance of 244 mm. With dimensions of 4850 mm in length, 1960mm in width, 1845 mm in height with roof rails, this SUV throws a decent 178 BHP with the help of a 4 cylinder 2157 CC engine have a peak torque of 420 Nm at 1600- 2600 RPM. The Alturas G4 features the Mercedes –Benz 7 speed automatic transmission for both the 4×2 and 4×4 diesel variants.
3. ISUZU MU-X Ground Clearance
The Isuzu MU-X is a seven-seater SUV with the dimensions of 4825mm long, 1860mm wide and 1840 tall while displaying the third-best ground clearance of 220mm in the SUV segment. Housing a 3 Litre 2999 CC, in- line 4, the turbocharged engine, this beasty looking machine unleashes is 174 BHP with 380 Nm of torque at 2800 RPM making the drive through tough terrains a piece of cake. And the bundle of accessories on the interiors radiate luxury for a pleasing drive experience.
Some other SUVs with good ground clearance are as follows…
|Ssangyong Mahindra Rexton||252 mm|
|Mitsubishi Pajero||215 mm|
|Renault Captur||210 mm|
|Honda BR -V||210 mm|
|Nissan Kicks||210 mm|
|Ford Endeavour||210 mm|
|Force Gurkha||210 mm|
|Tata Nexon||209 mm|
|Honda CR -V||208 mm|
|Renault Duster||205 mm|
|Nissan Terrano||205 mm|
|Fiat Urban Cross||205 mm|
|Mahindra XUV500||200 mm|
|Ford EcoSport||200 mm|
|Tata Harrier||200 mm|
|Tata Hexa||200 mm|
|Tata Safari Storme||200 mm|
|Mahindra XUV 500||200 mm|
|Mahindra Thar||200 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza||198 mm|
|Mahindra Bolero||195 mm|
|Hyundai Venue||195 mm|
|Hyundai Tucson||195 mm|
|Skoda Kodiaq Scout||194 mm|
|MG Hector||192 mm|
|Hyundai Creta||190 mm|
|KIA Seltos||190 mm|
|Mahindra TUV 300||190 mm|
|Mitsubishi Outlander||190 mm|
|Mahindra XUV300||180 mm|
|Mahindra Scorpio||180 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki S -cross||180 mm|
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Top MPV Ground Clearance
You can say that the cars under this segment are the new generation vans being 7/8/9 seater cars with enough boot space, enough power and all the new gizmo fitted to enhance the comfort. So, like the name suggests: Multi-Purpose vehicles, these cars are designed to serve a multitude of activities such as a family tour on the weekends or to go home shopping etc.
1. MAHINDRA MARAZZO Ground Clearance
Mahindra Marazzo bears the best ground clearance of 200 mm in this segment. The fluidic design is well complemented with the signature Aqua Marine colour body paint, black and chrome alloys, signature Mahindra grills surely give this MPV an element of ‘stop and stare’. But MPV is not all looks, it houses a fair 1.5 Litre 4 cylinder engine which throws 121 BHP at 3500 RPM with 300 Nm at 1750-2500 RPM. The Marazzo is available only for the 6-speed manual transmission.
2. TOYOTA INNOVA CRYSTA Ground Clearance
With a ground clearance of 193 mm, the Innova Crysta takes second place for best ground clearance in this segment. The front grill with edgy projector headlight design gives this MPV a sporty look and surely performs like it too thanks to the 2393 CC Diesel/ 2694 CC Petrol, in-line 4 cylinder engine. The MPV comes with 2 modes: ECO and Power so that the engine automatically tunes itself accordingly and speaking of automatic. The Innova Crysta is available with 6 speed automatic with sequential shift and 5-speed manual transmission options.
3. MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA Ground Clearance
Ground clearance of 185 mm grants the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga the third position in this segment purely for the commendable ground clearance. But this MPV does deserve praise for the other perks such as affordability, performance and Style. The Ertiga is spacious and comfy while being 4395 mm long, 1735mm wide and 1690mm tall. It is available in Petrol and Diesel options with automatic and manual transmission.
MPVs that fit the bill of sound ground clearance are:
|Renault Triber||182 mm|
|Maruti Suzuki XL6||180 mm|
|Mahindra Xylo||180 mm|
|Renault Lodgy||174 mm|
|KIA Carnival||171 mm|
|Datsun GO Plus||170 mm|
Top Electric Vehicles Ground Clearance
Of late, the rising fuel prices and conscious consumer mindset has paved way for the electric car segment in India. The EV carmakers have come up with very promising products in their lineup. Besides modern features and tech connectivity, the cars are also furnished with decent ground clearance. Let’s have a look.
Tata Nexon EV Ground Clearance
The electric version of the hot-selling SUV, the Nexon EV comes with a massive ground clearance of 205mm. The inaugural Tata e-SUV draws its power from indigenous Ziptron EV powertrain technology. It comes with a 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery and carries a claimed range of 312 km. The electric motor pumps out 129PS of max power and 245Nm of peak torque. It can be charged in 60 minutes (from 0-80%), while a wall box charger takes 8 hours to charge it from 20% to 80%. Its aggressive pricing and value for money features make it the best seller in the electric vehicle segment.
Tata Tigor Electric Ground Clearance
The latest inclusion in Tata Motors EV lineup, Tigor EV is offered in three trims namely XE, XM, and XZ+. The Tata Tigor EV is furnished with a ground clearance of 172mm. The compact EV sedan borrows the Ziptron expertise from Nexon EV and gives out 75PS (power) and 170Nm (torque) with its 26kWh battery pack. The Tigor EV gets a claimed range of 300+ km and can be charged from 0-80% in 8.5 hours. Introduced at a very competitive price tag, it is also made available for the fleet segment.
Hyundai Kona Ground Clearance
The powerful and premium South Korean SUV flaunts a ground clearance of 160mm. It enjoys elite features like sunroof, climate-control AC, wireless phone charging, ventilated front seats, 10-way power-adjustable driver seat with lumbar and others. Offered with a 39.2kWh battery pack it outpours 136PS and 395Nm. With an ARAI-certified range of big 452 km, it can zoom to 100kmph from nought in mere 9.7 seconds. Moreover, the 50kW fast charger juices up the battery to 80% in well under 60 minutes, while the home charger 7.2kW AC unit requires 6 hours 10 minutes to fully charge the battery.
MG ZS Electric Ground Clearance
Another premium offering in the e-SUV segment comes with 60 connected car features and boasts a ground clearance of 203mm. In addition to its 419 km range (with updated battery pack), it also imbibes a 20.32cm infotainment system, windmill inspired alloy wheel design, three driving – Sport, Normal and Eco alongside a host of other premium attributes. MG ZS is offered in two trim levels – Excite and Exclusive – and can do a 0-100 km in 8.5 seconds. Its 7.4kW charger can charge from 0-100% in 6-8 hours. Moreover, its 50kW DC fast chargers installed at MG dealerships can charge 0-80% in less than 50 minutes.
Mahindra eVerito Ground Clearance
One of the first vehicles in the electric vehicle space in India, the affordably priced electric sedan from Mahindra shares a ground clearance of 172mm. With a humble 181 km range, it is capable of full charge (0-100%) in 11h 30 min, while the fast charging option lets it charge up to 80% in 1h 30 min. The top speed of the eVerito rests at a modest 80-86 kmph under city conditions.