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SUV Cars In India 

SUVs have become a popular car type in the industry today. Almost 1 out of every 3 cars that rolls out of the showroom is an SUV. There are a number reasons why SUVs have become such a popular vehicle among the masses. Modern SUVs come with a long list of features that rival their sedan counterparts. When you couple this with a strong road presence and a go-anywhere attitude, the SUV is truly a sound option. If you are looking for the best SUV under 15 Lakhs, you’ve come to the right place. 

Best SUV Cars In India

We present to you a comprehensive list of the best SUVs under Rs. 20 lakhs and Rs. 10 Lakhs -

1. Kia Seltos

The Seltos is Kia’s first model in India commissioned with the uphill task of establishing the Korean auto giant in the Indian market. It unsurprisingly did not disappoint. The car had all the right ingredients for the job. Attractively designed, keenly priced and available with a wide range of engine and gearbox options. You can opt for the 1.5-litre petrol, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The individual engines are available with manual and automatic gearbox options. All versions of the Seltos are BS6 compliant with the manufacturer keeping a check on the latest norms. 

Car Name

Kia Seltos

One Road Price

Rs. 11.07 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

16.1 to 21 Kmpl

Engine

1353 to 1497 cc

Transmission

Manual (Dual Clutch) and Auto (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

12

2. Mahindra Thar

The Mahindra Thar is the true off-roader. The all-terrain monster can negotiate the beaten track like no other. The car is surprisingly capable as an everyday vehicle with creature comforts like AC, climate control, and telescopic steering. The all new Thar is an embodiment of the original Jeep with its boxy looks and well shaped front and rear bumpers. The Thar is available with diesel and petrol engine options and there are three roof options as well.

Car Name

Mahindra Thar

One Road Price

Rs. 11.99 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

14.3 – 19.8 Kmpl

Engine

1997 - 2184 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (Torque Converter)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

8

3. MG Hector

The Hector is Chinese-owned British carmaker Morris Garages’ initiation to the Indian market. At first glance, it sure has some interesting ingredients to offer. An eye catching design, massive proportions and new-age tech make it a well-rounded package that should definitely be on the radar of prospective mid-size SUV owners. The car’s engine choices include a petrol-manual, a petrol-automatic and a diesel-manual. There is also the option of mild-hybrid technology on the petrol-manual powertrain. A major talking point is the industry first 5 year/unlimited km warranty that the car offers.

Car Name

MG Hector

One Road Price

Rs. 14.95 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

13.96 to 17.41Kmpl

Engine

1451 to 1956 cc

Transmission

Manual and Automatic (Dual Clutch and CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

8

4. Hyundai Creta

The Hyundai Creta has been without doubt one of the most successful vehicles that has come from the Hyundai stables. The car got an all new 2020 facelift with a host of cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. One of the prominent features of the new Creta is a bold front grille with an updated set of tail lamps. The interior remains disguised, but it is likely to have the same layout as the current model. When it comes to the engine options, the new car gets a 115PS 1.5-litre diesel and 140PS 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine with a 6-speed manual, automatic and a 7-speed DCT gearbox options.

Car Name

Hyundai Creta

One Road Price

Rs. 11.28 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

17 - 21Kmpl

Engine

1353 to 1497 cc

Transmission

Manual (Dual Clutch) and Auto (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

12

Available Variants

6

5. Mahindra Scorpio

The Scorpio SUV is undoubtedly Mahindra’s biggest hit. Its tough build makes it well-suited to rough usage and to many, the upright shape gives it the right image too. The Mahindra Scorpio is available in 7-, 8- and 9-seat configurations and there are lots of versions to choose from. Automatic transmission isn’t on offer but you can choose from 2.5-litre and 2.2-litre diesel engines; the latter is available in two states of tune, and four-wheel drive is also an option.

Car Name

Mahindra Scorpio

One Road Price

Rs 14.48 Lakh (Delhi)

Mileage

15 Kmpl

Engine

2179 cc

Transmission

Manual

Fuel Type

Diesel

Seating Capacity

7

Available Variants

5

6. Toyota Innova Crysta

The Innova Crysta is a popular MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle) from the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota. The car was first launched in May 2008 and has since seen a number of upgrades including the 2016 Crysta. The car gets cosmetic and mechanical upgrades and is bigger, better looking and more luxurious than ever before. It also boasts a BS6 compliant 2.4-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine and a 2.7-litre petrol engine. 

Car Name

Toyota Innova Crysta

One Road Price

Rs. 19.08 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

14.2 Kmpl

Engine

2393 - 2694 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (Torque Converter)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

7 and 8

Available Variants

8

7. Mahindra XUV 500

The XUV 500 is a 7 seater SUV from the Indian automobile manufacturer Mahindra. The car was first introduced in 2011 and has seen multiple upgrades including a facelift in 2017. The XUV 500 new model gets more power, new features and a long-overdue automatic transmission. The XUV500 is available in petrol-auto, diesel-manual and diesel-auto forms while the diesels can also be had with all-wheel drive. Powering the diesel is a 2.2 liter mHawk engine that delivers 140bhp of power and 320Nm of torque; while the petrol motor is a 2.2-litre mHawk engine that delivers 140bhp of power and 320Nm of torque.

Car Name

Mahindra XUV 500

One Road Price

Rs. 16.48 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

15.1 Kmpl

Engine

2179 cc

Transmission

Manual and Automatic

Fuel Type

Diesel

Seating Capacity

7

Available Variants

5

8. Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass Is an all-round SUV that’s perfectly made for India. Tough, capable and built to last, the Compass feels like a proper Jeep. The standard Compass is available in petrol-manual, petrol-auto, diesel-manual and diesel-auto forms, the latter two of which can be had with all-wheel drive as well. The whole range was given a facelift in early 2021, which remained mechanically unchanged but brought significant improvements to the interior. The new model Compass has taken things to proper luxury car levels in terms of quality, appointments and equipment. 

Car Name

Jeep Compass

One Road Price

Rs. 19.66 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

13.2 Kmpl

Engine

1368 to 1956 cc

Transmission

Manual (Dual Clutch) and Automatic (Torque Converter)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

12

9. Tata Safari

The lord of the SUVs, the Tata Safari is back in an all new avatar. Tata has brought the Safari name back, a seven-seat cousin of the Harrier. Unlike previous Safaris, which used ladder-frame chassis and traditional, rear-biased 4x4, the new one borrows the Harrier’s (actually Land Rover) D8 platform and is front-wheel-drive only. It's powered by a 170hp FCA-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine, which can be had with either a six-speed manual or six-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox.

Car Name

Tata Safari

One Road Price

Rs. 16.40 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

14.08 - 16.14 Kmpl

Engine

1956 cc

Transmission

Manual and Automatic (Torque Converter)

Fuel Type

Diesel

Seating Capacity

7

Available Variants

6

10. Tata Harrier

The Harrier is a premium SUV from the Indian automobile manufacturer Tata. The car was first introduced in 2019 and has seen one upgrade including a facelift in 2020. The new Harrier gets more power, new features and a long-overdue automatic transmission. One of the defining features of the Harrier is the Land Rover platform that the SUV has been built on. This makes the Harrier a force to reckon with. This platform is powered by the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel. The engine also happens to power the Jeep Compass, which is a 170hp power-house of a motor.

 

Car Name

Tata Harrier

One Road Price

Rs. 16.61 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

14.63 - 16.35Kmpl

Engine

1956 cc

Transmission

Manual and Automatic (Torque Converter)

Fuel Type

Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

12

Remember to Buy Insurance

Our list of the SUV under Rs. 20 Lakhs is the most comprehensive range of SUV cars on the Indian market today. The starting price point is SUVs under Rs. 8 Lakhs and goes all the way up to Rs. 15 Lakhs and higher. The type of SUV you choose should ideally be based on your daily drive. If you have a large family and need a people mover, you should consider a seven seater SUV. Once you have found your dream SUV below Rs. 15 Lakhs, make sure to give your car the much needed protection of a good motor insurance. In the event of an accident or natural calamity, your car will be protected for any eventually.

A great place to get your SUV insured is Finserv MARKETS. Here you will find some of the best insurance plans that cover own damage protection, third party protection and comprehensive plans. The comprehensive car insurance policy not only covers damages that occurred to your car during an accident but also covers the repairs and costs incurred to third-party property.

Conclusion

Rugged looks, big tyres and a go-getter attitude make the modern SUV a sophisticated piece of engineering. If you are looking for an SUV under 20 Lakhs, make sure to go through our list carefully before coming to a decision on which SUV to buy. Understanding key specifications like engine type, seating capacity and price are key factors in getting the right SUV.  

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FAQs related to Best SUV FAQs

  • ✔️I am looking for a 6 or 7-seater family car. My budget is maximum Rs. 12 Lakhs. What is the best SUV car for me?

    There is an ample number of cars available under 12 Lakhs with 7-seats. For a perfect car choice, a comparison is to be done on the basis of price, size, space, mileage, performance, features, and other specs. Remember to also do a test drive before you decide to purchase. 

  • ✔️Does the Mahindra Scorpio offer an automatic transmission?

    Mahindra Scorpio doesn't offer an automatic transmission. The SUV is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine available in two states of tune: 120PS/280Nm and 140PS/319Nm.

  • ✔️Which variant of Tata Harrier is best to buy?

    You should consider the Tata Harrier XZ Plus model as it is the Top selling variant in Harrier. It is powered by a 1956 cc engine which is available with a Manual transmission. The 1956 cc engine puts out 167.63bhp@3750rpm of power and 350Nm@1750-2500rpm of torque. 

  • ✔️What is the most spacious 5 seater compact SUV that is under Rs. 10 Lakhs?

    There are ample options available i.e. Kia Sonet, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, etc. Choosing one will depend on several factors such as budget, fuel type, brand preference, seating capacity, specific feature requirements, and more.

  • ✔️Is Mahindra XUV 500 available in automatic transmission?

    Yes. Mahindra XUV 500 available in automatic variants. 

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