Best 5-seater SUVs in India in 2021 - Hyundai Creta to Renault Kiger

by Harish Kumar | 23/03/2021
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IndianAuto compiles the list of best 5-seater SUVs to buy in 2021. Check out best 5-seater SUVs in India in 2021 with prices, features and other details and take your pick!

The segment of 5-seater SUVs is gaining immense popularity in the Indian market. SUVs are showing their great advantages of comfort, space and capability over sedans and hatchbacks. Every carmaker wishes to eat the bigger piece of the pie and comes with at least one compact SUV player in the competition. However, the market is mixed up with a variety of SUVs that makes the customers confused by which model to choose from. To help them out, IndianAuto compiles the list of best 5-seater SUVs in India in 2021. Check out top nine 5-seater SUVs in India with prices, features and other details and take your pick!

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1. Hyundai Creta

Price: Rs 9.99 – 17.53 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Easily the golden egg-laying goose of the South Korean auto giant, Hyundai Creta is the first model on our list of best 5-seater SUVs in India in 2021. Addressed as the ultimate SUV by Hyundai, the new Creta is a good five-seater car for under 20 lakh.

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Hyundai Creta has a lot going for it. It has a practical and premium cabin that is spacious enough to accommodate five and is brimming with an extensive features list. Also, the Hyundai Creta gets powerful and refined engines including a 1.5-litre NA petrol engine, a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel unit. This is one of the very few 5-seater cars in India that retains one diesel burner in the BS6 era. In terms of driving dynamics, the Hyundai Creta performs much better than the previous-gen model. Last but not the least, Hyundai Creta bags itself with the brand value and great aftersales service that is an added advantage of the five-seater SUV in India.

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2. Hyundai Venue

Price: Rs 6.86 – 11.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

First launched in May 2019, the Venue has written a huge success story for Hyundai since its launch. Unlike its bigger Creta sibling, the Hyundai Venue is a subcompact SUV that might let you compromise a bit in terms of space and seating. However, it deserves to be listed out in this list of best 5-seater SUVs in India in 2021. Why?

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Firstly, the sub-4m SUV gets a new-age design that lends the Venue a very funky and aggressive look. To make it up for the compact size, the Hyundai Venue is equipped with multiple advanced features for the utmost convenience and comfort.

Pricing also stands as one of the Venue’s forte. It is one of the most comfortable compact SUV you can buy with a sub-10 lakh budget. Like the Creta, the aftersales and service network is also something that helps lure in more customers towards Hyundai’s dealerships to buy the Venue.

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3. Kia Seltos

Price: Rs 9.89 – 17.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Hyundai Creta’s distant cousin, Kia Seltos also stands among the best SUVs in India under 20 lakh. The Seltos is a very good 5 seater SUV in India that hits the Indian market big. The styling design, for which the Hyundai Creta has received much criticism, is a fierce pride in the Seltos at the same time.

The SUV is loaded to the brim with creature-comforts, many of which are first in its class. We can get a massive 10.25-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, wireless charging system, 360-degree parking camera, smart cabin air purifier, BOSE audio system, UVO connected car tech, sound mood lighting and many others.

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The interior quality and space are also great on the inside of the model. Just like the Creta sibling, the Seltos is offered with many engines which can be had with many gearbox options. A Smartstream G1.5 can be paired with a 6-speed MT or an IVT. The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol mill can be had with either a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed DCT while the 1.5-litre diesel burner comes mated to a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed AT unit.

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4. Kia Sonet

Price: Rs 6.79 – 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

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Next on the list of best 5-seater SUVs in India in 2021 is the Kia Sonet which also witnessed an amazing start in the Indian space. The Kia Sonet costs around Rs 6.79 – 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and comes with the same engine-gearbox options as the Hyundai Venue. Based on the construction of the Venue, the Kia Sonet comes with good ground clearance and boot space. It is loaded with a ton of features and a lot are sourced from the Kia Seltos. It’s worth noting that the Kia Sonet is the only sub-four-metre SUV in India that offers a proper diesel-AT variant.

5. Tata Harrier

Price: Rs 13.99 – 20.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

The Indian cars also cement a good position in the hearts and minds of the Indian buyers. Tata Harrier is one such popular model. Be it one of the best-to-buy 5 seater SUVs in India, the Tata Harrier has been a successful product of the company ever since it was launched. The Harrier gets almost everything on point, from its exterior design, great road presence, build quality, feature-laden cabin to the engine, gearbox and performance.

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The 2.0-litre Fiat-sourced diesel motor is potent enough to power the Harrier to everyplace it goes to. Gone are the days when Tata cars were lacking features in the cabin. The current Harrier is loaded with many features including a large touchscreen infotainment system, a brilliant sunroof, a good audio setup among many others. Thinking that Tata Harrier is a made-in-India product for the Indian people is also a big deal. Supporting local brands is important. However, it’s not just about that as the Harrier is much more superior in terms of comfort and quality that makes it a really great 5 seater SUV to buy.

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6. Tata Nexon

Price: Rs 7.09 – 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

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Another made-in-India offering on our list of best 5-seater SUVs in India in 2021 is the Tata Nexon, which is a practical 5-seater SUV that we should call out in this list. Tata updated the Nexon a year back and the new SUV comes much more mature and practical than the outgoing version. The Kia Sonet rival comes with great build quality, funky and appealing design language, a spacious and practical cabin and state-of-the-art safety.

Under the hood of the Tata Nexon lies two engine options – a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel unit. These mills come mated to either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AMT option.

Tata is retailing the Nexon car in the range of Rs 7.09 – 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), thus making the Nexon a worthy buy among the safest cars in India under 10 lakh.

7. Mahindra Vitara Brezza

Price: Rs 7.39 – 11.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Maruti Suzuki is the largest-selling carmaker in the Indian market and it also sends a player to the top list of five-seater SUV cars in India. While the Vitara Brezza has been an undisputed king of the compact SUV segment for quite a long time, the updated Vitara Brezza has taken a leaf out of its predecessor’s book.

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It’s true to say that Maruti Suzuki is playing smartly in the competition. While the absence of some important features seems to be one of the major deal-breakers for the sub-compact SUV, the company has wisely used a competent 1.5-litre petrol engine with a smooth automatic gearbox, brilliant fuel mileage and low maintenance cost to appeal to middle-class customers in the country. The 5-seater SUV is being offered in India with price stickers of Rs 7.39 – 11.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

8. Nissan Magnite

Price: Rs 5.49 - 9.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

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Nissan just hopped onto the subcompact SUV bandwagon in 2021 with the Magnite. The five-seater SUV comes as a viable alternative to the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue and Maruti Vitara Brezza with an attractive pricing strategy along with some hot features on boards. The Japanese company has bet big on the Magnite and it is really tasting the success. The good-looking appearance combined with a host of segment-first features, ample cabin, smooth CVT gearbox and good prices forms the recipe for the success of the Nissan Magnite five-seater SUV in India. While the Magnite might feel a bit underpowered compared to the aforementioned models, it's completely one of the most value-for-money products considering how compelling the overall package is. The Magnite is easily among the most VFM model in our list of best 5-seater SUVs in India in 2021

9. Renault Kiger

Price: Rs 5.45 - 9.72 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

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The last car on the list of 5-seater SUVs in India is the Renault Kiger which just officially entered the market a while back. At the prices of Rs 5.45 - 9.72 lakh (ex-showroom), the Renault Kiger is the most affordable compact SUV you can buy in India so far. Based on the Magnite's platform though, the Kiger packs in a lot of interesting features making it a compelling option. The stylish look of the Kiger is a good strength. The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine churns out a very healthy power and torque output. Its compactness aids much in driving in town and especially, the affordability price-points makes the Kiger a no-brainer to buy.

Here’s a look at the best 5-seater SUVs in India in 2021to be taken into consideration in case you are in the market for a value-for-money 5-seater SUV car. Stay updated with Indianauto.com for such more interesting automotive stories in the coming time!

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