Sports Utility Vehicles, mostly known as SUVs are the most versatile kind of vehicles. These cars can typically run in any terrain and road conditions, and generally are equipped with high powered engines and higher number of features. India is a great market for SUVs due to having many remote areas where regular sedans or hatchbacks will struggle to reach. However, typically SUVs are costly because they are costlier than any other types privately owned of vehicles, they consume more fuel due to having powerful engines and also the yearly fees with the government authorities is higher. Yet, SUVs are quite popular in this region; and there are plenty within the budget of Rs. 10 lakh. However, we have sorted only the best five SUVs.
This Ford SUV comes in both petrol and diesel engine variants. This vehicle would travel almost any distance with 100 PS of raw power, and the ground clearance of 200 mm can practically not care about any terrain because the EcoSport is good in plain roads, as well as gravels, muddy surface, sand etc. The seating arrangement can comfortably seat 5 people; and the seats are placed in higher position than regular SUVs thus it’s a fun experience to be sitting inside and enjoying the view outside. The petrol variant offers 18.88 kmpl and diesel variants offer 22.27 kmpl in mileage. Price: Petrol Rs. 668,000 onwards and Diesel Rs. 728,000 onwards.
The Renault Duster is for the unstoppable Indian nature; this vehicle doesn’t need to stop unless the driver commands it to do so. The engine displacement on the Renault Duster is 1598 cc, and it offers a maximum of 104 PS on the power output aspect. The fuel efficiency isn’t as great as a sedan of course, but even 13.06 kmpl on a sedan looks pretty good on the sheets. Unlike many other SUVs, the Renault Duster have 6 manual gears; the enthusiasts will certainly love that. There are advanced features like traction control, ABS etc. Price: Rs. 846,999 onwards.
The Mahindra Scorpio kind of redefines the SUV scenario in India. Mahindra Scorpio is widely popular throughout the nation. It comes in 7 engine variants; the most powerful one offers turbo and it is diesel driven and the engine displacement is 2523 cc. The rest are diesel as well; however they are 2179 cc in displacement; 1997 cc for the Delhi NCR market. The highest engine output rated for the Mahindra Scorpio engine is 120 bhp. Two types of gear boxes are available; a 5 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic. Capacity of the fuel tank is 60 liters. Price: Rs. 868,456 onwards.
The Bolero is another variant from Mahindra that sells pretty well in the Indian market. The Bolero comes in 8 different variants including an ambulance variant, but most of these variants are basically slight differences in the engine and other specifications while the overall vehicle remains the same. The engine is 2523 cc m2DiCR and it offers maximum power output of 46.3 kW, and maximum torque output is 195 Nm. Bolero has 5 manual gears. Price: Rs. 818,833 onwards.
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Tata Sumo Gold comes in two variants, Sumo Gold BS-IV and Sumo Gold BS III. Both these variants have 2956 cc engine with maximum power output of 85 PS in the first one, and 70 PS in the latter; also the maximum torque is 250 Nm and 223 Nm respectively. There are 5 manual gears in the gear box. Ground clearance on the Tata Sumo Gold is a whopping 182 mm; which enables Tata Sumo Gold to go to almost any places. Price: Rs. 841,960 onwards.
SUVs are highly utilitarian and they are fun to drive as well. India produces their own SUVs as well as few imports are also widely popular; that’s what is reflected in this top 5 selection of SUVs in India under 10 lac rupees.