Check out the list of India’s 10 Most Popular SUVs Of 2018.
The car segment in India that has grown leaps and bounds over the last 4-5 years and continues to bolster is none other than the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment. The masses always have a soft corner for these hard-wearing big, butch vehicles, as they offer abundant space, better shock absorption capabilities, commanding road presence and of course, the ‘go anywhere’ attitude.
So based on the popularity, we are listing out the 10 most popular SUVs of 2018.
The Hyundai Creta SUV was launched in 2015, and since then it has been climbing the recognition chart quite rapidly. The recently launched facelift of Creta attracted over 14000 bookings in merely 10 days of its launch, which speaks volumes for its popularity. Available in three engine choices – two diesel and one petrol – the South Korean SUV offers some out of the box features like smart key band, wireless phone charging, smart electric sunroof, 6-way adjustable driver seat, auto link, cruise control alongside lowest maintenance cost in its segment. Moreover, the safety equipment list includes one-of-a-kind hive structure design, 6 airbag system, hill assist control (HAC), electronic stability control (ESC), static bending lights, ABS with EBD and others.
|Engine Spec||1.4 L 16V U2 CRDI diesel engine – 88.7 Bhp & 220 Nm|
|1.6 L 16V U2 CRDI VGT diesel engine – 126.2 Bhp & 260 Nm|
|1.6 L 16V VTVT petrol engine – 121.3 Bhp & 151 Nm|
|Fuel Efficiency||22.1 kmpl (1.4 L Diesel)|
|20.5 kmpl (1.6 L Diesel)|
|15.8 kmpl (1.6 L Petrol)|
|Ground Clearance||190 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 9.44 – 15.04 Lakh|
Maruti Vitara Brezza
In spite having no petrol variant on offer, the ICOTY 2017 award winner Maruti SUV has taken the market by storm in terms of sales numbers and fame. The youth-oriented sub-compact SUV has received accolades from all the corners of the automobile arena for its appealing looks, fascinating interior design, frugal engine and lucrative price tag. The ‘glamorous’ arch-rival of ‘macho’ Creta SUV imbibes some of the best in class attributes such as dynamic design with dual tone floating roof, smart play infotainment system, auto gear shift (AGS), cruise control, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, push-button engine start and many others. The Vitara Brezza also gets i-Create element, wherein customer can personalize the car as per their choice. Moreover, safety aspects include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Suzuki TECT, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiter, ISOFIX etc.
|Engine Spec||1.3 L 16V DDiS 200 diesel engine – 88.5 Bhp & 200 Nm|
|Fuel Efficiency||24.3 kmpl|
|Ground Clearance||198 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 7.52 – 10.49 Lakh|
One of the most happening SUV in the segment is the Tata Nexon. The contemporary SUV with style of a sports coupe is offered in as many as eight diesel and six petrol variants. The convenience of AMT option is offered with both, petrol as well as diesel powertrains. The very modish yet elegant appearing Tata Nexon gets abundant features like projector headlamps, rear split LED tail Lamps, contrast sunroof, bigger central console with sliding tambour door, 31 utility spaces, 8-speaker music system from Harman, floating dash-top touch screen, multi-drive modes, layered 3-tone dashboard, auto climate control, steering mounted controls, smart-key and push button etc. Besides plentiful of features, there is a big list of optional accessories on offer that provides the Nexon with a more suave and plush look. The highlights of safety aspects comprise of standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking assist, adjustable seat belts and many more.
|Engine Spec||1.5 L 16V Turbocharged Revotorq diesel engine – 108.5 Bhp & 260Nm|
|1.2 L 12V Turbocharged Revotron petrol engine – 108.5 Bhp & 170 Nm|
|Fuel Efficiency||21.5 kmpl (Diesel)|
|17.0 kmpl (Petrol)|
|Ground Clearance||209 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 5.85 – 10.59 Lakh|
A mini SUV that is fun to drive is none other than Ford EcoSport. The modish SUV now comes in an updated avatar with more excitement and greater performance levels. Besides the conventional 1.5 L petrol and diesel engines, it has got back the 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine in its portfolio. The feature-laden EcoSport gets features like projector headlamps with daytime running lamps, black painted roof, auto-dimming mirrors, sunroof, SYNC 3.0, more than 20 smart stowage, leather seats, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter device, rear view camera, smart entry with capacitive sensor and others. Whereas, rock-solid safety list consists of 6 airbags, Ford MyKey, traction control and ESP, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, Hill Launch Assist etc. Ford EcoSport is one rare vehicle to receive a 4-star rating of the NCAP.
|Engine Spec||1.5 L TDCi diesel engine – 98.96 Bhp & 205 Nm|
|1.5 L Ti-VCT petrol engine – 121.36 Bhp & 150 Nm|
|1.0 L GTDI petrol engine – 123.24 Bhp & 170 Nm|
|Fuel Efficiency||23.0 kmpl (1.5 L Diesel)|
|17.0 kmpl (1.5 L Petrol)|
|18.1 kmpl (1.0 L Petrol)|
|Ground Clearance||200 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 7.82 – 11.89 Lakh|
US-based car maker’s most affordable presentation in the country is the Jeep Compass SUV. Introduced in India in the year 2017, Compass went on to gain impressive grounds against the strong and well-settled D-segment cars. Designed to look like a mini Grand Cherokee, it receives influences from the Jeep Renegade. The Compass gets three unique driving modes i.e. mud, sand and snow, besides the standard mode, which makes difficult terrain driving easy. Some of the high-end features of premium SUV include leather-wrapped steering wheel, U-connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone automatic temperature control, Ski grey leather upholstery, customizable 8.89 cm graphic information cluster, active drive 4×4 system, active drive selec-terrain, various alloy wheel choices etc. Whilst, the long list of safety features consist of hill start assist, 6 airbags, electric park braking (EPB), keyless entry, reverse parking camera, cornering fog lamps, electronic stability control (ESC), passive entry, keyless entry etc.
|Engine Spec||2.0 L 16V Multi-jet II diesel engine – 170 Bhp & 350 Nm|
|1.4 L 16V Multi-air petrol engine – 160 Bhp & 250 Nm|
|Fuel Efficiency||17.1 kmpl (Diesel)|
|16.0 kmpl (Petrol)|
|Ground Clearance||178 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 15.35 – 21.94 Lakh|
Renault Duster has been a revolutionary product in the crossover SUV segment in India. The Duster gave the SUV segment a new lease of life with its distinctive and fresh approach. The French car maker’s fantastic SUV has got one of the best driving dynamics, different power tunes alongside an amazing all-wheel-drive mechanism, making it a standout choice in the crowd. In terms of features it receives India’s first 6-speed Easy-R AMT, new X-tronic CVT automatic gear shift, steering mounted controls, multi-information display, electrically adjustable ORVMs, cruise control system, advanced Media-NAV, 8-way adjustable driver seat with lumbar support, tilt adjustable power steering, front and rear armrests, 4 speakers and auto AC. In addition, Renault Duster receives 3 Star Rating by the Global NCAP. Whilst, safety feature list comprise of ABS, ESP and EBD with brake assist, dual front airbags, impact sensing door, hill-start assist, reverse parking camera with guidelines and others.
|Engine Spec||1.5 L (85 PS) 16V dCi THP diesel engine – 83.8 Bhp & 200 Nm|
|1.5 L (110 PS) 16V dCi THP diesel engine – 108.45 Bhp & 245 Nm|
|1.5 L 16V H4K petrol engine – 104.5 Bhp & 142 Nm|
|Fuel Efficiency||19.8 kmpl (1.5 L (85 PS) Diesel)|
|19.6 kmpl (1.5 L (110 PS) Diesel)|
|14.19 kmpl (1.5 L Petrol)|
|Ground Clearance||205 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 7.95 – 13.57 Lakh|
Mahindra XUV500 is one of the most comprehensive vehicles in its segment – in terms of built quality, versatility and plush quotient inside-out. Utility maker’s global SUV was recently endowed with its second upgrade since its launch in the year 2011. The refreshed version of XUV500 features more suave and luxurious styling, added characteristics and a retuned drivetrain. Besides this, the flagship SUV also gets a new top-end spec – W11 variant. Some of the premium aspects consists of static bending projector DRL headlamps, logo projection lamps on ORVMS, soft touch leather, 6 way power adjust driver seat, electric sunroof with anti-pinch, passive keyless entry, fully automatic climate control with HVAC, reverse parking camera with dynamic assist, cruise control, all wheel drive system and many more. The robust build quality and safety of XUV500 acquires a 4 Star Rating by ASEAN NCAP. Emergency call, 6 airbags, ESP with roll over mitigation, hill descent and hill hold control, ABS with EBD, all wheel disc brakes feature as safety shields in the XUV 500.
|Engine Spec||2.2 L 16V mHawk diesel engine – 155 Bhp & 360 Nm|
|2.2 L 16V mHawk petrol engine – 140 Bhp & 320 Nm|
|Fuel Efficiency||16.0 kmpl (Diesel)|
|14.0 kmpl (Petrol)|
|Ground Clearance||200 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 12.39 – 19.05 Lakh|
Since inception Toyota Fortuner has been one of the best selling full-size premium SUVs in India. The current new generation Fortuner stands on an all-new platform that provides more rigidity and better handling in day-to-day driving. The intimidating looks of the new Japanese SUV inspires its looks from the Lexus. The car is loaded with high-end characteristics like 4×4 system, AT choice on both diesel as well as petrol engine variants, powered tailgate and full leather upholstery providing an elite representation. There are countless rich features that include Bi-beam LED auto projector headlamps with dusk sensing feature, smart entry and push start, lavish leather seats, 8 way driver power seat, cruise control, sequential shift and paddle shifters (in AT), 4×4 feature with high and low ranges, downhill control assist etc. The Toyota Fortuner has been awarded with a 5 Star Rating Latin NCAP test, which proves its sturdiness and build quality. The safety aspect encompass vehicle stability control with brake assist, hill assist control, 7 SRS airbags, WIL concept seats, ISOFIX, all row 3-point ELR seat belts, ABS with EBD, speed auto lock etc.
|Engine Spec||2.8 L 16V diesel engine – 174.5 Bhp & 420 Nm|
|2.7 L 16V petrol engine – 163.7 Bhp & 245 Nm|
|Fuel Efficiency||14.24 kmpl (Diesel)|
|10.01 kmpl (Petrol)|
|Ground Clearance||220 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 26.69 – 32.48 Lakh|
The swashbuckling SUV from the utility king, Mahindra & Mahindra has been ruling the segment since a decade. The Mahindra Scorpio received an upgrade in 2017, which resulted in the addition of many noticeable elements mainly to the cabin. The retuned diesel engine of Scorpio now grunts out 18 bhp more alongside Mahindra has also launched a new Aisin-sourced 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The Scorpio is made available in as many as four variants – S3, S5, S7, and S11. The revived Scorpio features imposing JEEP-inspired front grille, LED Eyebrow headlamp, ski rack, bonnet scoop, fully automatic temperature control, audio and cruise controls on steering, 6-inch touch screen, follow me headlamps, reverse parking camera with dynamic assist. Moreover, safety attributes include driver + co-passenger airbag, ABS, panic brake indication, engine immobilizer, seat belt reminder, auto door lock, anti theft warning etc.
|Engine Spec||2.5 L 16V m2DICR diesel engine – 75 Bhp & 200 Nm|
|2.2 L 16V mHawk diesel engine – 120 Bhp & 280 Nm|
|2.2 L 16V mHawk diesel engine – 140 Bhp & 320 Nm|
|Fuel Efficiency||15.4 kmpl (2.5 L Diesel)|
|16.36 kmpl (2.2 L Diesel)|
|16.36 kmpl (2.2 L Diesel)|
|Ground Clearance||180 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 9.34 – 16.34 Lakh|
Tata Motors capable SUV, the Tata Hexa has got everything one would ask for, it has got abundant space, plethora of features and gadgets, a brilliant 6-speed AT, powerful diesel engine and go-anywhere 4×4 mechanism. Based on the company’s Impact design philosophy, the 7-seater SUV not only makes city and highway driving effortless but is also capable to take on difficult terrains. The premium feature list embraces aspects such as signature impact design 1.0, smoked projector DRLs headlamp, premium sporty interiors, 8 colours for in-cabin lighting, intuitive utility spaces, 8-way adjust driver seat, flexi-seat configuration, power ORVMs, sunblinds, cruise control,smart USB charger, first-in-segment super drive modes (auto, comfort, dynamic, rough road), advanced AT, all-wheel drive (AWD), ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman, 10 speaker JBL, advanced DIS, all-row AC etc. When it comes to safety, Hexa is no behind, it features 6 airbags, electronic stability program (ESP), ABS with EBD, hill hold control and hill descent control, traction control system, reverse parking system and many more.
|Engine Spec||2.2 L 16V VARICOR 400 diesel engine – 153.8 Bhp & 400 Nm|
|Fuel Efficiency||17.6 kmpl (Diesel)|
|Ground Clearance||200 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 12.49 – 17.89 Lakh|