5 Cheapest Automatic SUVs of India - Tata Nexon to Mahindra XUV300

by Kshitij Rawat | 26/09/2019
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Looking for the best and cheapest automatic SUVs in the market? Here’s our list of top 5 cheapest automatic SUV cars 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 easily to get lost in the sea of choices. To ease your predicament, here is a list of the most affordable automatic SUVs you can have in India.

1. Cheapest Automatic SUV Cars - Tata Nexon



1.2 Revotron XMA AMT

₹ 7.93 Lakh

1.2 Revotron XZA Plus AMT

₹ 9.84 Lakh

1.5 Revotorq XMA AMT

₹ 8.94 Lakh

1.5 Revotorq XZA Plus AMT

₹ 10.79 Lakh


The first SUV on our list is by 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 is also slated to release a facelift next year, 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-liter 3-cylinder unit with 109 Bhp and 170 Nm on tap, while the diesel is a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder mill with 109 Bhp 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!

2. Cheapest Automatic SUV cars - Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza


Price (ex-Showroom)


₹ 8.69 Lakh


₹ 9.47 Lakh

ZDi Plus AMT

₹ 10.42 Lakh


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 1.3-liter diesel motor. It is the tried and tested Fiat MultiJet diesel that has been in service for more than a decade in Maruti Suzuki cars, and is smooth, reliable, and extremely fuel efficient. It makes 89 Bhp and 200 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 also comes with an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Couple that with the from the 1.3 DDiS engine, and you get a great little car for city commutes. The biggest complaint with the Brezza would be its been too long in the tooth now. It needs a complete overhaul now, both in terms of design and powertrain. Maruti Suzuki has confirmed the launch of a petrol variant soon, which could be a good start.

3. Cheapest Automatic SUV cars  - Hyundai Venue


Price (ex-Showroom)

S Turbo DCT

₹ 9.35 Lakh

SX Plus Turbo DCT

₹ 11.1 Lakh


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!

4. Cheapest Automatic SUV cars  - Ford EcoSport


Price (ex-Showroom)

1.5 Petrol Trend Plus AT

₹ 9.68 Lakh

1.5 Petrol Titanium Plus AT

₹ 11.2 Lakh


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 its not as fast as a DCT, nor is it as cheap as an AMT.

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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!

5. Cheapest Automatic SUV cars - Mahindra XUV300


Price (ex-Showroom)

W8 Diesel AMT

₹ 11.49 Lakh

W8 Diesel Option AMT

₹ 12.69 Lakh


Based on the SsangYong Tivoli and designed by Pininfarina, the XUV300 is perhaps the hottest looking Mahindra SUV currently 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.

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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. 

So, which one of the above Cheapest Automatic SUV cars in India do you plan to buy? 

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