The SUV segment is hot in the Indian market. Irrespective of them being full-size SUVs, C-segment SUVs or compact SUVs. The whole segment is in high demand. This popularity has been due to the high seating space, high ground clearance and muscular looks. If you’re like many buyers, you may have also considered an SUV as your next car. But there are some things you should keep in mind while buying an SUV. In today’s article, we will see five things to know while buying an SUV.
As mentioned above, SUVs come in all shapes and sizes. So it comes down to personal choice how much space do you want. If you are looking for something compact with a decent amount of space, then compact SUVs like Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue. If you are looking for something even smaller than the Tata Punch is a good option. Above the Compact SUVs, you get a C-segment SUV which offers an ample amount of space. The cars in the segment consist of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Skoda Kushaq. If you are looking for even more space, there are mid-size SUVs like Tata Harrier, MG hector and XUV-700 5-seater. Then comes the 7-seater options offering a more practical use. If you are looking for maximum space, then full-size SUVs are your best option. The full-size SUV consists of the Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster.
Buying an SUV- Budget
Budget is an important aspect while buying any car. But in the SUV segment, it is especially important due to the wide price range. Currently, the most affordable SUV in the Indian market is the Tata Punch. In the Rs 5 to 10 lakh budget, you can get cars like the Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite. In Rs 10 to 15 lakh you get cars like Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue and Mahindra XUV300. Above them, you get in the 15 to 20 lakh budget with cars like the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, XUV700, Tata Harrier & Safari, MG Hector, Skoda Kushaq & Volkswagen Taigun. Above Rs 20 lakh budget options include Hyundai Tucson, Mahindra Alturas G4, Jeep Compass, MG Gloster, C5 Aircross and Toyota Fortuner.
In comfort, we are going to discuss the overall comfort of the cars and also their practical use. In the compact segments, the Tata Punch and Tata Nexon are quite comfortable. They also offer good driveability in the cities. In the C-segment, the Hyundai Creta is quite comfortable. Above that, in the mid-size SUVs, you have comfortable options like the MG Hector and Tata Harrier. In the full-size SUV segment, the Tata Safari and Mahindra XUV 700 offers a comfortable ride. Above these segments, a lot of cars provide a comfortable ride, but the Citroen C5 is one of the best in this regard.
Almost all the SUVs come loaded with features. But a lot of features make the car technically complex. Cars like the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Creta, Tata Nexon, Kia Seltos, Tata Safari & Mahindra XUV700 come loaded with features. If you are looking for something with a decent amount of features then options include Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun and Tata Harrier. If features are not your priority then you can choose the Toyota Fortuner and Maruti Brezza.
Buying an SUV- Off-road capabilities
Technically all SUVs should come with off-road capabilities. But currently, a lot of SUVs are more inclined to urban usage. If you are looking for a proper off-roader, then you should choose a 4×4 drive system. It is offered in cars like the Mahindra Thar, Toyota Fortuner, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and MG Gloster. If you are looking for something to do mild off-roading, then an AWD system should be enough. Currently, only the XUV700 comes with an AWD system. Coming to the rest of the SUVs then most don’t have that good off-road capability.
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