Ever thought that what all cars have the got the much needed high ground clearance? Here's a list of all such cars.
Indian roads are improving at a very fast rate, but the construction process invites even patchier makeshift roads until the main highway is opened for public use. To tackle such a difficult driving environment all you need is a car with high ground clearance. And what all cars come with high ground clearance to deal all this menace, we have curated a list of highest ground clearance cars in India, and a read might suffice your needs.
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Highest Ground Clearance Cars In India - Hatchbacks
An entry-level hatchback that has been doing wonders for Renault India since it was launched is the compact-little Kwid. Now the car has also received a facelift that gives this crossover stance hatchback an even more appealing front-end and spruced up interior. It comes with a massive ground clearance of 180mm that is helping this little SUV-esque reserves some space for itself her in the list of highest ground clearance hatchback cars in India.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Alto is the cheapest offering from the largest manufacturer of the country with prices starting from Rs. 2.88 lakh. It joins the list with a ground clearance of 160mm that isn’t much, but for a small car with a small wheelbase, the break-over angle isn’t all that high. So the 160mm suffice for all the ground clearance one might ever need. It comes equipped with a 796cc petrol engine that is good to deliver 47bhp and 69nm of torque, which is adequate for daily runabouts in a city.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
Another Maruti car on our list is also an Alto and this one too has the same 160mm of ground clearance. The engine, however, is a 1L unit in this case and propels 68Ps of peak power and 90Nm of peak torque. The K10 comes with a different set of features in comparison to the lesser Alto 800, as it gets the convenience of keyless entry, dual-tone interiors and an automatic gearbox as an option.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
S-Presso is the latest offering from the manufacturer and looks just like how an SUV would. With a high-set hood line, large expanse of sheet metal, squared-off wheel arches, dual-tone bumpers, and a massive ground clearance of 180mm S-Presso is the best iteration of an SUV influenced hatchback. With prices for the S-Presso starting at Rs. 3.69 lakh, it competes with the likes of Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi-Go. The S-Presso draws power from a 1.0L K-series engine and also offers the option of an AMT. And with a lot its side, the car is here on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India.
The smallest offering from Nissan, err Datsun. The Redi-Go is based on the same modular platform as the Kwid, but it wears little conservative styling inside-out. With a tall-boy stance and minuscule dimensions, just right to fit 4 adults, the Redi-GO is one important car for Datsun. But that isn’t the reason it is here, it is here because it has a ground clearance of 185mm. It is more than that of the S-Presso’s and the Kwid, which are its prime rival. With two engine options, one displacing 800 cubic centimetres, and another one displacing 1000 cubic centimetres, the Redi-GO retails at a starting price of Rs. 2.80 lakh. Also worth mentioning is the AMT gearbox that the Redi-go offers as an option is the most responsive unit amongst its competition.
The debut product of Datsun was the ‘Go’. It got the brand some respectable attention, as the prices for the car started at a super-low price tag of Rs. 3.60 lakhs, while the car has a pretty decent footprint on the road. With dimensions in line with the Maruti Suzuki Swift and a 1.2L Micra derived engine, Go was loved by the audience initially. Now the manufacturer has launched the facelift version of the car and has added a bit of bling and flash to the GO that used to look sedate from every angle. Having it here on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India is its 170mm of ground clearance.
Tata Tiago is the best hatchback so far from the Indian manufacturer. It has come a long way in disrupting the competition in the space it takes on. Be it the dimension or the engine options on offer, Tiago takes’em all down in a graceful manner. By measuring 3476mm in length, 1647mm in width, and 1535mm in height, Tiago is most proportionate entry-level hatchback on sale. Also aiding its appeal in the rural market is its 170mm of ground clearance that helps it reserves space in our list of highest ground clearance cars in India. The prices for the Tiago starts at a mere 4.40 lakh rupees price tag, which makes it the best the possible option in this price range.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Another car from Maruti on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India is the Celerio. It has a ground clearance of 165mm, which is adequate given the overall size of the car. Celerio is sold with a 1.0L K-series engine that can be had with an option of petrol as well as CNG as fuel. A 2-cylinder diesel engine was also part of the options list, but that isn’t the case anymore. Prices for the Celerio start at Rs. 4.26 lakhs, which plonks it in direct competition with the Tata Tiago and Hyundai Grand i10.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
Tallest car of the segment ‘WagonR’ comes with a ground clearance of 165mm. Being the tallest car of the segment also makes it the most spacious of the lot. And this is the reason why WagonR is so much loved by the masses here in India. WagonR comes with a 1.0l K-series engine that can also be seen doing duties on S-Presso and Celerio. And this peppy yet frugal engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and can also be had with an AMT. With over 20 lakh WagonR sold across the country, WagonR has proved that Indians prefer practicality over styling. Also, the car isn’t way too expensive, as the prices start from Rs. 4.34 lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
The crossover inspired hatchback from Maruti Suzuki has some funky design elements that give Ignis a very distinctive look and a tallboy stance. However, the design elements have not hampered the interior space by any means. With a low-set and flat dashboard, Ignis is easy to drive. Also helping the fact is the 180mm ground clearance that makes tackling the rough road an easy task. Powering the Ignis is a 1.2L petrol engine that belts out 82bhp and 113nm. Prices for the Ignis start at Rs. 4.79 lakh.
Hyundai Elite i20
Hyundai Elite i20 has been one of the best looking cars in its segment. With flamboyant styling aided with the fluidic design language of Hyundai, Elite i20 for sure attracts eyeballs. Joining the list of highest ground clearance cars in India with a ground clearance of 170mm. Elite i20 has a low stance, but still offers plenty of room for 4 adults. Available with either a 1.2L petrol or 1.4L diesel, starting price for the Elite i20 are Rs. 5.53 lakhs for petrol and Rs. 6.91 lakhs for the diesel variant.
The very first American car here on our list of highest ground clearance cars in India is the Ford Figo. It is also the smallest offering from the American automobile marque. The recently updated model gets a 1.2L petrol engine and 1.5L diesel engine as options. They churn out 86.8bhp, 112nm, and 99bhp, 215nm respectively. Figo is known for its handling capabilities, but the respectable 174mm of ground clearance doesn’t hold its horses when driven on a bad patch of the road.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The premium hatchback from Maruti was also the very first product on the Heartect platform. The Heartect platform gave Baleno the best combination of rigidity and lightness and also the capability to tackle worst of the speed bumps with a ground clearance of 170mm. Offered with a 1.2L petrol engine and 1.3L diesel engine, Baleno registered itself some respectable sales figures. And for a short duration of time, Maruti also sold the RS variant of the car, which was stiffer sprung and drew power from a 1.0L turbo-petrol motor.
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
Another Hyundai to join the list of highest ground clearance cars in India is the Grand i10 Nios. Nios is recently introduced in the Indian market with an ex-showroom price of Rs. 5.00 lakh for petrol and Rs. 6.70 lakhs for the diesel variant. The Nios joins the list here with a ground clearance of 167mm that is 2mm more than the old-gen Grand i10. The Nios also get the best-in-class boot space of 270 litres. However, Nios can be had either with a 1.2L petrol or diesel engine option, churning out 82ps and 74ps respectively.
Honda Jazz is the very first Honda on our list of highest ground clearance cars in India as it sits 165mm above the ground. Jazz is one of the most loaded hatchbacks currently on sale in the Indian market. With features such as multi-function rear seats, DigiPad 2.0 based infotainment system, front-centre armrest, a class-leading boot space of 354 litres, Honda Jazz is a no-nonsense hatchback that one can buy without any second thought.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the most important cars for the manufacturer. Since it gave Maruti a diversification from being known as a company that makes cheap-boring-economical cars. Based on the Heartect platform, Swift is a delight to drive on straight roads, as well on the twisties. However, the car doesn’t shy off when it hits a patch of bad roads. As it comes with a ground clearance of 163mm, which is adequate enough to tackle worst of the Indian road scenarios, thus making some space for itself in our list of highest ground clearance cars in India.
The Deutsche hatch is a car that is known for its build-quality and handling aesthetics. But the car isn’t shy of any large speed breakers or bumps, as the car comes with a decent ground clearance of 165mm. To talk about its design, Polo has got a timeless design that is not going to age anytime soon. And to woo the buyers, it also comes with a lot of features such as automatic climate controls, touch-screen infotainment system, and an option of DSG gearbox. It has recently received a mild update to its look with a revised starting price tag of Rs. 5.82 lakhs.
Tata Bolt was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo alongside the Zest compact sedan from the manufacturer. These were the first product to be designed around with the Impact design language. However, they managed to create an impact on the customer base. But the car is here on our list of highest ground clearance cars in India since it boasts of a 165mm ground clearance. Bolt was offered with a either a 1.2 turbo-petrol Revotron or 1.3L turbo-diesel Quadrajet engine. It is was speculated to be taken off the shelves after the launch of Tiago, but that didn’t happen, and Bolt is still on sale at a starting price tag of Rs. 5.29 lakhs
Smallest car from the Japanese marques joining our list of highest ground clearance cars in India is the Honda Brio with a ground clearance of 165mm. When initially launched, Brio was loved for its peppy performance and great dynamics, but it was the tailgate that took away all the limelight. Helping it do so was the reason that the tailgate was made of complete glass and it was for the first time Indian saw such a design.
Toyota Etios Liva
The Etios Liva is a Toyota product designed specifically for the South-Asian market. The car had bland styling in-&-out, but someone at Toyota did his/her job well of designing the steering wheel in the best way possible. The Etios Liva joins the list of highest ground clearance cars in India with a ground clearance of 170mm which is much better than some of the mainstream cars. But we expect Toyota might soon be discontinuing the Etios range given their poor sales figures. But as of now, the Etios starts at a price tag of Rs. 5.67 lakhs.
The last hatchback on our list of highest ground clearance cars in India is Nissan Micra. The only hatchback Nissan sold in India, and for the admirers, it is still on sale. Micra gets a ground clearance of 150mm, which is just adequate to tackle worst of the speedbumps present on our highways. Currently, the car retails at a starting price tag of Rs. 6.66 lakhs, making it the cheapest Nissan product available in the country.
Highest Ground Clearance Cars in India - Sedans
Tata Zest is one of the first few cars from Tata motors to adopt the Impact design language, but the reason it is here on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India is that its sits 165mm above the ground. Zest can be had with either a 90ps petrol or 90ps diesel engine, and it was one of the few reasons for the car’s success. However, the car is turning old now and Tata motors have no plans to introduce any updates to the car. But due to that very reason, it is currently the best bargain in the compact-sedan segment, with a starting price tag of Rs. 5.62 lakhs.
Honda India’s highest-selling sedan is the sub-4m Amaze, with a length of 3995mm it is the most spacious compact sedan currently available in the market. It also offers the class-leading boot space of 420L and a ground clearance of 170mm. Offered with a 1.2L petrol and 1.5L oil-burner, Amaze is the only compact sedan that offers CVT paired to its 1.5L diesel engine. With a starting price tag of Rs. 5.93 lakhs, Honda Amaze can be stated as one of the best available options in sub-4m sedan space.
The very first and only compact sedan the Deutsche manufacturer, Ameo is a feature-packed car in its segment. If you ever thought of buying a Polo with some extra boot space, then Ameo is just that, nothing more nothing less. Here in the list of highest ground clearance cars in India with a ground clearance of 165mm. The ground clearance doesn’t seem much at 165mm but a short wheelbase of 2447mm gives the car a small break over angle, which help it tackle worst of the speed bumps available on our roads.
Toyota Etios is one of the few products that Toyota has developed specifically for the South-Asian markets. The sedan comes with a ground clearance of 174mm, which is an appreciable figure in comparison to what other C-segment sedans offer. But the selling point of Etios isn’t its ground clearance; it is the practicality it offers with oodles of space in its cabin. It offers the option to choose between a 1.3L petrol mill and a 1.5L diesel engine, which are good enough to pull the car to speeds of up to 170kmph.
With a ground clearance of 165mm, Hyundai Verna joins the list of highest ground clearance cars in India. Underpinned by the K2 platform, Verna is the most stylish sedan currently on sale in the country. Measuring at 4440mm in length, 1729mm in width, and 1475mm in height, Verna is a spacious car on the inside. It also gets a boot space of 480 litres, which is one of the best in its segment. On the features front, Verna gets creature comfort such as hands-free access, ventilated seats, sunroof and the likes.
Vento is the 3-box version of Polo, which in itself is a car that is fun, nimble, and potent. With a ground clearance of 163mm, Vento is joining the list of highest ground clearance cars in India. Vento is 4390mm long, which is a 419mm more length than Polo’s 3971mm. With a boot space of 494L Vento has a class-leading boot space, but the car’s slightly short of legroom on the rear seats. It also shares its underpinning with the Skoda Rapid, which is now due for an update.
Second Ford on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India with a ground clearance of 174mm is the Aspire. Available with two different engine options, a 1.5L petrol and 1.5L diesel, which are good enough to produce 110bhp and 99bhp respectively, Ford Aspire is also the most proportionate compact sedan currently on sale in the Indian market. And it also gets a plethora of features like the Ford Sync-3 based infotainment system, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and the likes.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
Maruti Suzuki Dzire is the best-selling car in the compact sedan category. Loaded with everything whatever it needs to tackle the worst of the Indian driving conditions, Dzire has been ruling the heart of Indian buyers very well. With a ground clearance of 163mm, Dzire joins the list of highest ground clearance cars in India. However, the ground clearance of 163mm isn’t much but Dzire can handle the tallest of speed bumps with its small break-over angle.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Another Maruti joining the list of highest ground clearance cars in India is the Ciaz. The C-segment offering from the manufacturer sits 170mm above the ground, which a higher than the competition. Under its hood, Ciaz gets a 1.4L petrol engine and 1.3L diesel engine as an option. The engine options appear to be a little small for a car of this size, but Ciaz gets the assistance of SHVS mild-hybrid system which gives it some extra low-end grunt.
We finally have a Skoda on our list of highest ground clearance cars in India. It is a Rapid since it gets a ground clearance of 163mm, which is identical to Vento’s. As both cars are based on one common platform, their technical specifications are exactly the same. However, Skoda Rapid has received a major facelift during its entire production run, which makes it a fresher looking car in comparison to the car it is based on.
Tata cars are known to sit higher from the ground and it is a similar story for the Tigor too. Tigor boasts a ground clearance of 170mm which with a small wheelbase is capable enough to tackle the worst of the speed bumps and potholes. Tigor, however, is a small car, but is not short of space anywhere on the inside, as it gets a class-leading boot space of 419L. Available with two engine options, a 1.2L petrol and a 1.05L diesel engine on offer, Tigor is adequately powerful. But if that isn’t enough to let you calm down your urge of power, Tiago also comes in a JTP variant, which gets a 1.2L turbo-petrol motor and some stiffer springs, and blow-off valves.
Honda City is the best-selling car from the Japanese manufacturer and is here on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India with a ground clearance of 165mm. However, the current-generation City will soon be replaced with the next-generation City which was recently unveiled in Thailand. Powering the current-gen City is a 1.5L i-Vtec petrol and a 1.5L i-Dtec engine.
Expecting a Linea in this list of highest ground clearance cars in India is not something we were ready for, but Linea has the highest ground clearance of 185mm, which is highest in the segment. High ground clearance, however, doesn’t mean that the car isn’t sporty. Linea is a sporty sedan and kick-started the trend of peppy cars with its 90ps engine. But thanks to Fiat’s poor after-sales and service that the manufacturer failed to impress the Indian audience, though it had some capable cars on sale.
Highest Ground Clearance Cars In India - SUVs/Crossovers
WR-V is a distinctively styles car from Honda. Based on the Jazz, WR-V has a ground clearance of 188mm. With 2 engine options to choose from, WR-V is a peppy yet reliable car. It can be had with either a 1.2L i-vtec petrol motor or a 1.5 i-dtec diesel engine. With a length of 3999mm, WR-V competes with sub-4m SUVs like the Tata Nexon and Ford Ecosport.
Hyundai i20 Active
Hyundai is a Korean manufacturer, who has learned the art to succeed in the Indian automobile market, with cars that offer a perfect balance of form and function. And this time on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India is the i20 Active from the Hyundai stable. It has a ground clearance of 190mm which is only seen in proper 4x4 SUVs. The i20 Active is basically a jacked-up i20 Elite, which wears a lot of SUV elements on its bodyshell, such as faux skid plates, full-body cladding, and chunky roof rails.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
The premium crossover offering form Maruti Suzuki, the S-Cross, also was the first car that went on sale via the NEXA dealerships. It joins the list of highest ground clearance cars in India with a high ground clearance of 180mm. The S-Cross is a feature-loaded car and comes equipped with all sort of bells and whistles such as all-LED projector headlamps with DRLs, cruise-controls, leather upholstery and more. It also is a spacious car, given the fact that it sits on a 2600mm long wheelbase. The S-Cross currently gets a 1.3L ddis diesel engine, which will be discontinued soon, but it will be replaced with a 1.6L engine.
Watching the increasing interest of buyers towards pseudo crossovers Fiat also tried their hands on this exercise of turning regular hatchbacks to crossover. However, Fiat ended up doing it in the most beautiful way ever with the Fiat Avventura. The Avventura had distinctive styling, with the help of a tailgate-mounted spare wheel, and really high ground clearance. And ground clearance is the reason that the car is here on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India with a ground clearance of 205mm.
Toyota Etios Cross
Toyota is famous for its capable SUVs and crossovers across the globe, and they tried to do a cross-hatch in India with the Etios and launched Etios Cross. The Etios Cross is a jacked-up version of the regular Etios Liva and can be differentiated with ease since the cross gets full black cladding, roof rails, and a signature orange colour tone. But the reason Etios Cross is listed here is it's ground clearance, as it has ground clearance of 174mm.
A car that is distinctively styled has SUV credentials and compact dimensions sell like a hot cake. Tata designed the Nexon just that way, and it turned out to be the best-seller for the manufacturer. It gets a massive ground clearance of 210mm and thus a place in the list of highest ground clearance cars in India. Another reason that Nexon is loved by the Indian buyers is the performance it offers. The credit goes to its 1.2L turbo petrol and 1.5L turbo-diesel engine options, which come mated to either a 6-speed manual or an AMT.
Now on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India we have is the Renault Duster. Launched back in the year 2012, the car hasn’t received any generation change yet, but a facelift for sure. The car gets a 205mm ground clearance giving it an off-road-worthy ramp-over angle to cross the biggest of obstacles. Also benefitting the ground clearance is the optional AWD system that is offered only with diesel engine option. Talking of engine options, Duster can be had either with 1.5L petrol motor or a 1.5L diesel engine. Renault has launched the second-generation Duster in the international market, but the hopes of getting it here are really low.
Honda BR-V is Honda’s only 7-seater crossover currently on sale in India. It joins the list of highest ground clearance cars in India with a ground clearance of 210mm, making it the perfect choice of cars for those traversing the potholed roads quite often. Propelling the BR-V is either a 1.5L petrol or a 1.5L diesel engine. These set of Honda engines are well-renowned for the reliability and refinement they offer. But the BR-V is now a struggling contender in the competition since there are better products available in the market now.
Tata Safari Storme
Completing the list of highest ground clearance cars in India without including the Safari Storme is impossible. And the car is here with a ground clearance of 200mm, which is as massive as the car itself. Tata Safari is known for its off-roading prowess, and this ground clearance surely helps it there. The Safari comes with a 2.2L Varicor engine under its hood, which belts out a hefty 400nm of torque. Safari also comes with proper off-road gears likes the shift-on-fly 4wd knob, a low-range transfer case, and a limited-slip differential.
Another and last Tata car for the day is the Hexa. For some, Hexa is just a revamped Aria, but the car is not technically the same. With a new 2.2L engine that produces 140ps and 400nm of torque, Hexa is a capable and comfy SUV. It is listed here amongst the other highest ground clearance cars in India with a ground clearance of 200mm, but this Tata car deserves some special respect. Loaded with all sort of creatures comfort and technical aids to make it an off-road worthy car, Tata and JLR engineers crafted the Aria into a very posh SUV.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The sub-4m compact SUV offering from Maruti Suzuki has a ground clearance of 198mm, which helps it find a space here in on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India. Measuring just a scratch lesser than 4m mark, Vitara Brezza is one spacious compact SUV, thanks to the clever packaging of interiors from Maruti. It is now due for a mid-life facelift, which the car is expected to get very soon.
First Mahindra to join the list of highest ground clearance cars in India is the Mahindra XUV500. It has a ground clearance of 200mm, which is in line with some full-size SUVs. But the exciting part about XUV is its car-like driving aesthetics, spacious and feature-loaded cabin, and the optional AWD and auto box. Also, XUV was the global car from India that had the potential to be sold worldwide without any major modification.
Ford Ecosport is the car that should be credited for kick-starting the sub-4m compact SUV segment. With a ground clearance of 200mm, the car helped Indian audiences understand that small can be SUV too and can be a part of the list of highest ground clearance cars in India. However, the selling USP of Ecosport is its styling and the road dynamics it offers. Currently, Ecosport is on sale with 3 engine options to opt from. The engine option comprises of a 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine, 1.0L turbocharged petrol, and a 1.5L turbocharged diesel engine.
Mahindra TUV300 is Mahindra’s attempt at sub-4m compact SUV space, a bold one indeed. While all other cars in this segment are using the monocoque frame, TUV adopted a different approach with a body-on-frame architecture. It comes with a ground clearance of 184mm in the list of highest ground clearance cars in India. However, TUV being a sub-4m SUV is not small by any means, it measures 1.8m in height, 1.8m in width, but manages to fit in the 4m bracket with a length of 3995mm. In reality, this length of 3995 mm is measured just up to the rear bumper, the spare wheel is not part of that 4m bracket. Nice play, Mahindra.
Hyundai Creta is a mid-size SUV offering from the Korean manufacturer that is a direct rival to the likes of Renault Duster and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Creta is an expensive offering, but it surpasses the price factor by the levels of quality and space it offers in its cabin. Here on the list of highest ground clearance cars in India with a ground clearance of 190mm. However, an all-new Creta is already launched in China, which will be making its way to our country soon.
Mahindra Scorpio is the one the best-selling SUVs in India. No, it isn’t a pseudo-SUV by any chance. It sits on a robust ladder frame, gets proper 4x4 hardware and a 2.2 turbo-diesel engine, and has a ground clearance of 180mm. Mahindra Scorpio is rich in terms of road presence, and digital presence in the lists like highest ground clearance cars in India. To give you an idea of its dimension, Scorpio measures 4456mm in length, 1820mm in width, and it is 1995mm tall. Those are some serious dimensions, aren’t they?
Mahindra Bolero is on sale since last 2 decades and is one of the best-selling UVs of the country. And it also got itself a place in the list of highest ground clearance cars in India. It is a true-blue hardcore SUV by all means, but now it has managed to trim down its bumpers and fit under the 4m bracket, with a 1.5L diesel engine. That said, Bolero also gets a rugged suspension setup at both the ends, and in conjunction with a ground clearance of 183mm, Bolero can take on roughest and toughest of the terrains.
With all these cars, the list of highest ground clearance cars in India comes to an end, and we hope that it might be handy for those looking to buy a car with appreciable ground clearance. For more such lists, information, and car reviews keep following the space at IndianAuto.com.