I. What is SUV?
SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) is a car type which combines the components of road-going passenger cars and off-road vehicles like a 4WD system or a high ground clearance. However, this definition can slightly vary, depending on the countries in which the car is operated.
II. What are types of SUVs?
“Crossovers” have become more and more popular these days. Based on a passenger car’s platform, these cars often offer more decent comfort but less off-road capabilities. An AWD system is absent in many crossovers.
2. Mini SUV
The smallest SUV type is the “mini SUV”. Many recent mini SUVs are actually subcompact crossovers and are underpinned by the platform of a subcompact passenger car.
3. Compact SUV
The “compact SUV” is the next bigger type of SUV after mini SUVs. Many recent compact SUVs are technically compact crossovers which share the platform with C-segment passenger cars.
4. Mid-size SUV
The next larger size of SUV is “mid-size SUV”. While some mid-size SUVs are supported by the same platform as passenger cars, others are based on compact or mid-size pickups.
5. Full-size SUV
“Full-size SUVs” are the largest size of SUVs. This type of SUVs is usually advertised for their off-road capabilities or as luxury vehicles.
6. Extended-length SUVs
In some markets in North America, the long-wheelbase version of a full-size SUV is called an extended-length SUV. The extra length is utilized to provide additional space for storage or rear passengers.
III. What are the most popular SUVs in India?
The most popular SUVs in India include the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Harrier, etc.
1 Hyundai Creta
Launched earlier this year with a price range from INR 9.99 lakh to INR 17.2 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the new Hyundai Creta borrows the BS6 motors from the Kia Seltos: a 1.5-litre NA gasoline burner with 115 PS/144 Nm, a 1.5-litre oil burner with 140 PS/242 Nm. The first engine is mated to a 6-speed MT/CVT; the second motor is paired with a 6-speed MT/torque converter; the last one is coupled with 7-speed DCT.
The 2020 Hyundai Creta is equipped with LED headlights, taillights, panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports car technologies, wireless charging, electrically-adjusted driver seat and ventilated front seats. Its safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors offered as standard features across all the variants.
2. Maruti Vitara Brezza
Being one of the most popular compact SUVs, the Maruti Vitara Brezza has kept the top position in the sales chart of the segment in many months. The new Maruti Vitara Brezza is powered by a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre gasoline burner which can generate 105 PS against 138 Nm and is paired with a 5-speed MT/4-speed AT. The compact SUV is equipped with dual LED projector headlights with dual-functioning LED DRLs, LED fog lights, LED taillights, auto-dimming IRVMS, a new 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, etc. Safety features consist of dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors, etc. The Maruti Vitara Brezza competes in the fiercely competitive compact SUV segment against Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Kia Sonet and Toyota Urban Cruiser.
3. Tata Harrier
The Tata Harrier is one of the flagship vehicles of the home-grown automaker in the Indian auto market. The SUV is priced from INR 13.84 lakh to INR 20.30 lakh (ex-showroom). The Harrier receives its power from only a 2.0-litre oil burner which can deliver 170 PS against 350 Nm and is mated to a 6-speed MT/torque converter. The Harrier is replete with a panoramic sunroof, a two-colour alloy rims, auto-dimming IRVMs, electrically-adjusted driver seat. The safety features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and electronic stability program.
IV. What are the popular price ranges of SUVs on IndianAuto?
SUV cars Questions & Answers
- 1. What is the price of an SUV in the Indian auto market?SUVs are becoming more and more popular in the Indian auto market, thanks to its excellent qualities such as decent off-road capabilities, robust appearance and powerful motors. However, SUVs in India are not cheap at all. An average SUV in India is priced from INR 6 lakh to INR 11 lakh (ex-showroom). Some luxury SUVs can even cost up to crores of INR.
- 2. Which are the best SUVs to buy in India?The most popular SUVs in India include the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Venue Tata Harrier, etc. Some newer comers like the Kia Seltos, Kia Sonet, MG Hector and Toyota Urban Cruiser have started to attain a certain amount of prestige in the country and have been welcome by the Indian auto customers.
- 3. What are the safest cars in India?According to Global NCAP, the Mahindra XUV300 is the safest made-in-India car. The Tata Nexon is the first Indian car to receive a five-star rating in the adult safety by Global NCAP. The Maruti Vitara Brezza is the safest Maruti car on sale in India.