Top 5 SUV Cars in India in 2021 – Tata Nexon to Toyota Fortuner

by Harish Kumar | 14/04/2021
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Across the segments of SUVs in India, here are the top 5 SUV cars in India in 2021 that are totally worth your consideration. These five best SUVs in India in 2021, available in the price range of Rs 7.09 Lakh to Rs 38.30 Lakh (ex-showroom).

Around ten years ago, the Indian buyers hardly considered an SUV at top of the buying list for many reasons and a steep price sticker is among them. However, over the last few years, the SUV market is booming at a radical speed. The increasing affordability combined with higher capability and practicality have contributed greatly to the tremendous popularity of SUVs in India. SUVs now turn out to be the go-to vehicle for the Indian consumers and a lot of carmakers have set all weapons to fight for the ‘bigger pie’. If you’ve decided to buy a new SUV in 2021, here are our top picks for you to choose across the segments. Check out the top 5 SUV cars in India in 2021 with specs and price details.

1. Hyundai Creta – Best Practicality at VFM Pricing

Price: Rs 9.99 - 17.53 Lakh*

The Hyundai Creta is currently an unrivalled king of SUV cars in India. The evidence can be shown in the monthly sales report where we find the Creta at No.1 position over and over again. Hyundai introduced the new avatar of the Creta in 2020 and the new compact SUV has registered immense success.

2020 hyundai creta front three quarters

While the Creta is arguably getting a good look, we can’t deny that it comes with a very upmarket and practical cabin with good plastic quality and no dearth of storage spaces. Also, the Hyundai Creta endears itself with an extensive list of features, powerful engines with various gearbox options, sorted dynamics, all are commendably good traits that make the Creta extremely tempting. Last but not the least, the brand value with excellent after-sales services have worked in favour of Creta’s victory.


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2. Kia Seltos – Most Stylish

Price: Rs 9.89 - 17.45 Lakh*

Hyundai Creta’s not-so-distant cousin, the Kia Seltos is the second model in our top 5 SUV cars in India 2021. Kia’s first product stays firmly in the top honours of the SUV segment’s sales chart month by month. One of the biggest highlights in the Seltos is its astonishing look. The SUV has all eyes trained to its futuristic and lovable design with the sophisticated 3D tiger-nose front grille, ice-cube LED lamps, lavish diamond-cut alloy wheels and more.


More than that, the Kia Seltos is also loaded to the brim with many features such as a massive 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, smart cabin cooling, UVO connect, 360-degree parking camera among others.

Like the Creta, the Kia Seltos offers a variety of engines and transmission options for the customers to choose from. If Kia could improve the comfort and safety quality of the Seltos from the base trim to justify the prices, we are sure that the Seltos would score bigger in the competition.


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3. Maruti Vitara Brezza – Friendliest To Your Pocket

Price: Rs 7.39 - 11.20 Lakh*

Despite all the hatred and criticism on Maruti cars in recent time, there’s a fact that the company is still dominating the Indian auto market. Even though SUVs are not the strongest suit of Maruti Suzuki, it has the Maruti Vitara Brezza as the best-seller in the hotly-contested sub-four-metre SUVs segment.

maruti vitara brezza petrol front angle

What’s have in the Vitara Brezza’s winning formula? Firstly, the smart pricing strategy has helped the subcompact SUV lure in a lot of customers towards its dealerships. At Rs 7.39 – 11.20 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Vitara Brezza is one of the most affordable SUV cars in India to date. The new competent 1.5-litre petrol engine of the car is smooth and refined and delivers decent fuel efficiency on the city and highway traffics. We should also mention the brilliant after-sale services and the availability of spare parts that also support Vitara Brezza’s reputation.

4. Tata Nexon – Safest Car

Price: Rs 7.09 - 12.79 Lakh*

tata nexon front three quarters

Be it one of the safest cars in India, the Tata Nexon totally deserves to be named in the top 5 SUV cars in India 2021. It’s true that Tata cars are looking better and better these days and the Tata Nexon is a typical example. The Nexon looks extremely stunning with a strong road presence. It is essentially one of the best-looking compact SUVs in the market. The big talking point in the mechanical front of the Nexon lies in the 1.5-litre diesel motor which is not only refined and potent but also very reliable in the long run.


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5. Toyota Fortuner – Best Premium

Price: 30.34 - 38.30 Lakh*

The last model in the top 5 SUV cars in India 2021 is the Toyota Fortuner which is the only premium SUV on the list. The Toyota Fortuner is a rugged-looking large-size SUV that packs itself with the utmost convenience, riding comfort and stellar performance on the roads and off it.

2021 toyota fortuner facelift toyota fortuner legender front angle

The new Fortuner has almost everything going for it, barring the hefty price tags it commands. However, great money greatly paid off. Powering the 2021 Toyota Fortuner are two engine options – a 2.7-litre petrol engine making 166 PS/245 Nm and a more powerful 2.8-litre diesel motor generating 204 PS of power and 500 Nm of torque. Transmission choices of the Fortuner include a 6-speed MT, a 5-speed MT and a 6-speed AT with paddle shifters. It is one of the best SUVs in India that one wishes to own in his/her driving life.

Here's the top 5 SUV cars in India in 2021 based on our own evaluation and preference. IndianAuto welcomes all your opinions, let us know if there are any vehicles that should be included in the list of best SUVs in India this year.

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