It is a wide known fact that SUVsare one of the most popular body types in the car market at the moment, possibly just behind hatchbacks. In fact, the SUV segment registered the highest growth rate in the Indian automotive market. On the other hand, automatic transmission also is also growing in terms of popularity. The combination of SUVs and automatic gearbox, therefore, is also getting more attention from the customers. If you are looking for the butch look of SUVs and the convenience of an automatic gearbox, here are some recommendations for automatic SUV cars under 15 lakhs in India.
Top Automatic SUV Cars Under 15 Lakhs - sub-four-meter SUVs
With a budget of under 15 lakh, you are provided with various options in the sub-4-meter SUV segment. You can easily afford a sub-four-meter SUV with an automatic gearbox for less than 15 lakh. Here are some of the best sub-compact SUVs with automatic transmissions that cost less than 15 lakh.
Renault Kigeris the newest model to enter the sub-compact SUV segment. Initially priced at Rs 5.45 lakh, the Renault Kiger is now the most affordable vehicle in its class. The Kiger is offered with two choices of engines, including a 1.0-litre N.A petrol engine and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. A 5-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard across the range. However, each engine will come with a different automatic gearbox. The N.A petrol engine is offered with an AMT gearbox while the latter is mated to a CVT unit. The automatic range of the Renault Kiger is priced from Rs 6.59 lakh up to Rs 9.72 lakh. It means that for less than 10 lakh, you can get the top-of-the-line variant of the Kiger with full belts and whistles.
Nissan Magnite is another newcomer in the sub-four-meter SUV segment. Similar to the Renault Kiger, the Nissan Magnite is also priced competitively. The SUVs are priced from 5.49 lakh, which is slightly higher than the Renault Kiger. Within a short time, the Nissan Magnite has gained huge demand in the Indian market.
Nissan Magnite shares the same engine options as the Renault Kiger. However, the difference is that the Magnite only offers a CVT gearbox for the turbo-petrol engine. The prices of the automatic variants on Magnite’s range start from Rs 7.89 lakh to Rs 9.89 lakh. For less than 10 lakh, you can afford to buy even the top-spec variant of the Magnite with an automatic gearbox.
Hyundai Venue is also positioned as a sub-four-meter SUV. However, it is priced a tad higher than the Kiger and Magnite. It is priced from Rs 6.86 lakh up to Rs 11.66 lakh. The Venue is available with a wide range of powertrain options. There are three engines, two petrol and one diesel. However, there is only one engine that is offered with an automatic gearbox. It is a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that makes 120 PS and 171 Nm. The only automatic gearbox option is a 7-speed DCT gearbox. There is also a special option of iMT gearbox which is technically a manual gearbox but doesn’t feature a clutch pedal. This option can offer you the convenience of clutchless drive without sacrificing the excitement of manual cars. The price range of the automatic Hyundai Venue starts from Rs 9.68 lakh to Rs 11.66 lakh (ex-showroom).
Unlike other newer vehicles mentioned above, the Maruti Brezza has been around for several years now. Despite the increasing competition in the market, Maruti Brezza remains to be the best-selling model within its space.
Earlier the Brezza was offered as a diesel-only SUV. Due to the BSVI emission norms, the Brezza has discontinued the diesel variant entirely. The SUV is now available with the 1.5-litre petrol unit only. This variant is paired to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed AT gearbox. Maruti Brezza petrol-automatic variant is available from Rs 9.85 lakh to Rs 11.20 lakh.
Maruti Brezza is a safe choice for buyers who wants to have an automatic SUV car under 15 lakhs. The Brezza has enjoyed massive popularity in India owing to great qualities like a spacious interior room, refined engines, and excellent ride quality.
Kia Sonet is positioned above the Maruti Brezza. The sub-four-meter SUV is priced from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.19 lakh. The Sonet is available with three engine options, including two petrol and one diesel. Automatic gearboxes are only available for the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit and the 1.5-litre diesel engine. The automatic options for these engines are 7-speed DCT and 6-speed AT gearbox, respectively. All automatic variants of the Kia Sonet are priced above the 10 lakh market. The lowest automatic Kia Sonet is priced at Rs 10.40 lakh while the top-spec model with AT gearbox costs up to Rs 13.19 lakh.
Compared to other vehicles mentioned above, the Kia Sonet is more spacious, well-equipped and feature-loaded, which justifies its premium pricing. With a budget of 15 lakh, you can afford even the most expensive variant in the range.
Top Automatic SUV Cars Under 15 Lakhs - Compact SUVs
For a budget of 15 lakh, you can afford some compact SUVs as well. However, the budget will be tighter and you can’t afford the top-spec model. In fact, 15 lakh will only fit mid-spec variants of some models.
Kia Seltos is a recommendable option within the compact SUV. Similar to the Kia Sonet, the Kia Seltos is also offered with a range of powertrain options. Kia Seltos gets three engine choices, including a 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre turbocharged, and a 1.5-litre diesel unit. Each of them comes with different automatic gearbox options. The 1.5-litre petrol is mated to a CVT or a DCT gearbox. The smaller 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol is available with a 7-speed DCT while the diesel engine is offered with a 6-speed converter unit.
The prices of the automatic version go from Rs 13.89 lakh up to Rs 17.45 lakh. With 15 lakh, you can buy the Kia Seltos HTK, HTX trims with automatic transmissions. These variants will cost less than 15 lakh (ex-showroom). Since these models are just mid-range variants, you will not get the full feature options. That being said, all the goodies provided on the HTK and HTX trims are still considered decent for regular car users.
Other recommendations for the automatic compact SUVs are Nissan Kicks, and Renault Duster. In the future, it is expected that there will be some upcoming new models like Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq. However, the Kia Seltos is still the best option and also the more popular among these names. It is a good choice for customers who are looking for automatic SUVs under 15 lakh. At this price range, you can barely afford the automatic versions of Hyundai Creta or other premium compact SUVs like Tata Harrier and MG Hector.
Top Automatic SUV Cars Under 15 Lakhs - Off-road SUV
Mahindra Thar is a unique offering in the SUV space. It is currently the only off-road SUV in India. The new-gen Thar was launched last year and met with massive success. The demand for this SUV was so high that the waiting period for this model goes up to six months. More interestingly, the Thar which was previously offered with a manual gearbox now comes with both manual and automatic version.
Mahindra Thar is offered with two engine options, a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol (150 PS/300 Nm) and a 2.2-litre diesel unit (130 PS/300 Nm). A 6-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard while a 6-speed automatic gearbox is available as optional. The Mahindra Thar AT costs from Rs 13.85 lakh to Rs 14.15 lakh.
The offroader SUV from Mahindra can be an interesting option for buyers who love the tough design and want to venture far from the beaten roads.