Friday, June 01, 2012
By Shilpa Chopra
Best and Affordable diesel SUVs/MUVs in India
Worldwide there is an increase in demand for SUVs and it seems that it is much fuelled by the sudden increase in demand in India. The country too has received some of the best in class SUVs and MPVs. The recent addition of Maruti Ertiga is worth to the MPV segment that has long been under the domination of Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and Chevrolet Tavera. In the SUV segment, Mahindra XUV 500 in the budget segment and Mercedes Benz M Class in the premium segment are worth additions recently. There are a lot of SUV in and a lot of others are upcoming.
Here we will be discussing some of the most affordable SUVs and MPVs in India. Expecting mileage from SUV is not just but from MPV it is fair. The SUV category of cars has the perhaps the widest choice as the sedan segment. You have the Mahindra Thar that has a price tag of Rs 4.65 lakh and you have Land Rover Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 Vogue SE that has a price of around Rs 1 crore.
Mahindra Thar | Price Starts at Rs 4.65 lakh | Mileage 12 Kmpl
Thar is the improved avatar of Mahindra Jeep. Look wise, the Thar is fatter than the Jeep and somewhat preserves the original looks of Jeep that dominated the Indian rural areas for decades. Now with the AC model available, the Thar too is getting popular day by day.
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Mahindra Bolero | Price Starts at Rs 5.42 lakh | Mileage 13.6 Kmpl
This is the best selling Mahindra SUV in India and it is literally ruling the rural India just as the Jeep did. Powerful engine, a lot of trim levels and above all a space for 8 – 10 people that is what rural India needs. Besides a mileage of 13.6 in diesel is quite good from SUV of this power.
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Tata Sumo Gold | Price Starts at Rs 5.45 lakh | Mileage 14.7 Kmpl
250 Nm torque is what the Sumo Gold offers from its 3 Litre engine. Furthermore, there are a lot of trim levels and one can have the comfort and space of MUV and the drive and power of SUV inside the Sumo Gold.
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Premier Rio| Price Starts at Rs 5.61 lakh | Mileage 16.0 Kmpl
The alone compact SUV in India that is expected to be joined by Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster and Maruti XA Alpha has a 1.5 L, 64.8 PS engine under the hood. Compact dimensions, low price favors the Rio but unavailability of BSIV version in diesel is a great setback for the car maker. Besides, being a Chinese car and lack of service and sales outlet mar the prospects of this SUV.
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Mahindra Scorpio| Price Starts at Rs 7.52 lakh | Mileage 14.4 Kmpl
This is the SUV that has recently completed a decade in India and its sales have never decreased since its launch in 2002. Available in VLX, VLX Automatic, SLE, LX, EX and Getaway models, the Scorpio is the sole SUV that has been the favorite of Indian SUV lovers since its launch. The highest trim of Scorpio goes to Rs 12.63 ex-showroom.
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ICML Rhino Rx| Price Starts at Rs 5.88 lakh | Mileage 14.5 Kmpl
This is the UV that runs on 2 L 100 bhp engine and is available in 7, 8 and 9 seater options. This is more so a multi utility vehicle rather than SUV. But despite of its low price and attractive options, the sales of Rhino Rx could not pick up. It has a characteristic Toyota Qualis shape.
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Maruti Ertiga | Price Starts at Rs 7.30 lakh | Mileage 20.77 Kmpl
If you ask even amateur who knows nothing about cars, he will certainly pick the Ertiga from this hand picked collection. Ertiga launch has created history for Maruti and it is certainly a car that offers value for money, low maintenance, and high mileage. Besides, seating for 7 people and decent size are what this MPV offers. It is priced the lowest in the segment and is already making Innova, Xylo and Tavera taste the dust.
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