Looking for the best and cheapest automatic cars in the SUV segment? Here's a list of the top 5 cheapest automatic SUVs in India.
The convenience of driving a car with an automatic gearbox used to a premium luxury in the past, only for the wealthy to enjoy. As for SUVs, those used to be large status symbols that were difficult to drive and gave you huge fuel bills. Things have changed, however, and advancements in technology have ensured that what once was considered a high luxury can now be had on affordable passenger cars and that those affordable passenger cars are SUVs!
Jokes aside, buying an automatic SUV means no compromise in terms of space, comfort, convenience, and practicality. With so many options though, it is easy to get lost in the sea of choices. To ease your predicament, IndianAutohas compiled here a list of the cheapest automatic SUVs in India.
1. Cheapest Automatic SUV: Tata Nexon
1.2 Revotron XMA AMT
₹ 8.59 Lakh
1.2 Revotron XZA Plus AMT
₹ 10.39 Lakh
1.5 Revotorq XMA AMT
₹ 10.44 Lakh
1.5 Revotorq XZA Plus AMT
₹ 11.72 Lakh
The first cheapest automatic SUV in India on our list is from an Indian manufacturer, and it is also one of the safest vehicles in the country! The Nexon made headlines back when it was launched owing to its brilliant crash test rating, which was then improved upon further to give it a complete “5-star” crash rating by Global NCAP. Tata Nexon received a facelift in 2020, to increase consumer interest in the vehicle.
Apart from safety, there are a lot of reasons to buy a Tata Nexon. It gets two engine options, a petrol and a diesel. The petrol is a 1.2-litre Revotron engine with 120 PS and 170 Nm on tap, while the diesel is a 1.5-litre Revotorq motor with 110 PS and 260 Nm. Both engines are available with an automatic gearbox option. The Nexon utilizes an AMT or Automated Manual Gearbox. It also looks very pretty on the outside, has a lot of space on the inside, along with a decent number of features as well. The quality of plastics could have been better, but at this price point, you couldn’t really ask for more!
Maruti Suzuki is the largest manufacturer in India, and for good reason! The company has perfected the art of giving customers what they want (read “good mileage”) at a reasonable price. It only has a single engine option, and that too a small 1.5-litre petrol motor. It marks the discontinuation of the outgoing Fiat MultiJet diesel that had been in service for more than a decade in Maruti Suzuki cars. The new mill is smooth, reliable, and extremely fuel-efficient. It makes 103 Bhp and 138 Nm of torque, good enough numbers for a city car.
For customers who need an extra layer of convenience added to the package, the Brezza comes with a 4-speed AT that you get a great little car for city commutes.
Hyundai Venue is the newcomer in this segment, but boy has it made a mark! The Venue has already beaten Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in monthly sales, becoming the most selling compact SUV in India right now. It is also India’s first connected car, offering premium connectivity features and internet-based services not found in its competitors.
The Venue offers an optional dual-clutch transmission, or DCT, with its 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. This 3-cylinder mill is good for 120 Bhp and 175 Nm of torque. This engine gearbox combo lends the Venue very brisk performance, making it extremely fun to drive. The only complaint could be that the gearbox doesn’t shift as quickly as a DCT should, taking more than a second to slot into a gear. Still, it is smoother and faster than an AMT gearbox!
Ford EcoSport was one of the first compact SUVs to be launched in India, and it has been instrumental in turning this niche into the most hotly contested segment in the market. Ford offers you a conventional Torque converter Automatic transmission, paired to a brilliant naturally aspirated 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine. This conventional AT works brilliantly in city condition, and is also smoother in operations than a DCT or AMT, although it's not as fast as a DCT, nor is it as cheap as an AMT.
The EcoSport is also the most fun to drive amongst all the compact SUVs in the market, owing to its brilliant steering feel, stiff yet comfortable suspension, and most importantly, the high revving naturally aspirated engine. If you love driving, then you will love the EcoSport! What’s more, you also get paddle shifters behind the steering wheel to shift gears (optional in Titanium Plus), just in case you want to indulge the 10-year old in you!
Based on the SsangYong Tivoli and designed by Pininfarina, the XUV300 perhaps is the hottest looking Mahindra SUV currently available in the market. The cheetah-inspired looks are menacing and give this vehicle an unparalleled road presence. It also offers a lot of premium features you don’t find in budget cars, like seven-airbags, heated side mirrors, dual-zone climate control, etc.
The XUV300 offers you an AMT, just like in the Vitara Brezza and Nexon. The XUV, however, gets a more powerful 1.5-litre engine to power it. Max power figure is 115 Bhp, and max torque figure is a mind-blowing 300Nm. The XUV blows all the other compact SUVs out of the park in terms of drivability. The power delivery is so meaty that you won’t ever notice that the gearbox lacks gusto and is quite slow to respond, just like other AMTs.
Nissan recently hopped onto the bandwagon of sub-four-metre SUVs with a very compelling automatic SUV - the Nissan Magnite. At the time of the launch of the Nissan Magnite, it was the least expensive subcompact SUV in India. Currently, the prices of the Nissan Magnite have been hiked a little but it is still one of the cheapest automatic SUVs in India. The Nissan Magnite packs itself with a stunning outside appearance and a lot of features on the interior. You can get an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay supports, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, LED headlamps, automatic temperature control, a 360-degree camera views among many others.
Powering the AT variants of Nissan Magnite is a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 100 PS of power and 160 Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The Renault Kiger has undercut the Nissan Magnite to become the cheapest sub-4m SUV in India, also making it the cheapest automatic SUV you can buy in the Indian market. Apart from the 1.0-litre ENERGY petrol mill that is paired with a 5-speed MT and a 5-speed AMT option, the Kiger also comes with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that gets a 5-speed MT and a 5-step Xtronic CVT as the transmission options.
The Renault Kiger also acquires a well-loaded cabin with a list of features including an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 7.0-litre TFT digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting, keyless entry, wireless smartphone charging, automatic climate control and more. Currently, the Renault Kiger is priced from Rs 5.45 lakh to 9.72 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The automatic range of the Kiger get the prices of around Rs 6.59 - 9.72 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
That concludes the top five cheapest automatic SUVs in India. Do you find any good models to buy from our list? For more latest car news and interesting stories, please go here or visit us at our website.