13 Indian Cars With Maximum Ground Clearance – Highest Ground Clearance Cars
In order to tackle bad city road conditions, car buyers, irrespective of the segment have started looking for cars with maximum ground clearance. So here we have picked cars with the best in class ground clearance under each segment. Let’s have a look.
Entry Level Hatchbacks
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 entry level hatchback segment.
Though the name, Tata Nano might give you a feel of being small, when it comes to interior space it deceives one and all. The India-made small car comes packed with 624 cc petrol mini-mill that produces 37.5 bhp of power at 5500 rpm and peak torque of 51 Nm at 4000 rpm. In addition to abundant space, another excellent point it features is its high ground clearance of 180 mm, which makes it a perfect urban car to drive in traffic conditions. The Renault Kwid also features the same ground clearance. With such ground clearance, you can even wander through rough and uneven terrains occasionally.
Fiat Punto EVO
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 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 195mm there is no looking back. For the bad roads in India, Punto is the best choice.
American car maker’s most successful hatchback in India is Ford Figo. The latest upgrade is presented with a 1498cc diesel engine that produces maximum power of 99 bhp at 3750 rpm and peak torque of 215 Nm at 1750-3000 rpm. The petrol choice comes in the form of 1196cc engine giving out 86.8 bhp of highest power at 6300 rpm and peak torque of 112 Nm at 4000 rpm. With 174 mm ground clearance it sits just next to the segment winner Punto EVO.
Though Toyota Etios is not a sub-4 meter car, it still makes its place in the compact segment as it measures just above four meters. The made for India sedan has been selling like hot cakes due to its practicality notion in every aspect. Besides capacious and cozy cabin, plethora of features, amazing mileage numbers it also possesses 174 mm of ground clearance, which makes it stand tall in the area 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.
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.
The Fiat Avventura exhibits pure Italian marvel with proven engine technology and exquisite styling. Ranking first in the compact crossovers in terms of ground clearance, it gets a massive 205 mm of that which equivalent to the Duster’s! The Fiat crossover is offered with only a single engine option – a 1248 cc 16V multijet engine. The motor puts out 91.72 bhp of max power and 209 Nm of peak torque. With a top speed of 165 kmph, it takes 14 seconds to sprint form naught to 100kmph.
Hyundai Elite i20 Active
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 set of engines as in its stock cousin – a 1.4litre diesel and a 1.2-litre petrol engines. 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).
The Italian sedan Fiat Linea has got the highest ground clearance in this segment with 185 mm. Normally car makers try to make their sedans look sporty and provide them with low-profile. However, Fiat tries to make things practical with its Linea and endows it with a very good clearance coupled with an agile suspension setup for comfortable rides under uneven conditions. Fiat Linea diesel comes fitted with 1248cc power mill that produces 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 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).
The first Maruti to make up to the list is Maruti Suzuki India’s best selling premium sedan Ciaz. The most talked sedan comes with a ground clearance of 170 mm, which is higher compared to the Honda City and Hyundai Verna. Powered by 1.4L petrol engine it generates a maximum power of 91.1 bhp at 6000 rpm and peak torque of 130 Nm at 4000 rpm. Whereas its 1.3L diesel companion hand out highest power of 88.5 bhp at 4000 rpm and meaty torque of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm.
Honda BR-V is one of the most complete compact SUVs in its segment and edges over its rivals in many aspects. Besides, the USP of 7-seater option it also offer amazing refinement in the form of tried and tested 1.5-litre i-VTEC (1497cc, 117.3 bhp and 145 Nm) and 1.5-litre i-DTEC (1498cc, 98.6 bhp and 200 Nm) engines. It has highest ground clearance of 210 mm making it an optimum choice for potholed/watery city conditions.
Blessed with the practicality of an SUV along with styling of a sports coupe, Tata Nexon has been one of the most successful Compact SUVs in the year 2018. The Nexon SUV gets ground clearance of 209 mm and is available in both petrol and diesel powertrains. The petrol motor having the capacity of 1198cc produces maximum power of 110 PS at 5000 rpm and maximum torque of 170 Nm at 1750-4000 rpm while the diesel engine having the capacity of 1497cc churns maximum power of 110 PS at 3750 rpm and maximum torque of 260 Nm at 1500-2750 rpm.
One of the most successful urban SUV is Renault Duster, in addition to petrol and diesel alternatives, it avails you with convenient options like AWD and AMT. With ground clearance rated at 205 mm, it features second in the clearance cordon. The Duster diesel 1461cc gives out a power of 83.8 bhp at 3750 rpm and peak torque of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. While the 1498cc petrol variant of Duster produces 104.5 bhp at 5600 rpm and torque of 142 Nm 4000 rpm.