Rising fuel prices have gotten people serious about their cars’ fuel efficiency. Still, people are attracted to SUVs which are not considered the most fuel-efficient options. Nowadays, some SUVs do offer good fuel-efficiency but the number is limited. After a certain price point, fuel efficiency starts to drop, depending on the car. Manufactures start prioritizing size, space, performance, features with fuel efficiency taking a backseat. This generally happens as we cross the ‘Rs 20 lakh mark’. In today’s article, we will see discuss where does SUV fuel efficiency starts to drop.

Fuel-efficient SUVs

SUV fuel efficiency

Currently, there are a lot of SUVs that give decent fuel efficiency. So in which segment do these SUVs lie? Most of them lie in the compact & C-segment SUV space and fall below the Rs 20 lakh mark. Currently, most SUVs in this price range offer a claimed mileage of 17 to 18kmpl, with some even offering slightly more.

Big SUVs

SUV fuel efficiency

We have seen how compact SUVs offer good mileage, but this thing changes as you climb the price ladder. After Rs 20 lakh to Rs 30 lakh, we have SUVs like the MG Hector, Mahindra XUV700, Hyundai Tucson, Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass. Here, cars might give you decent mileage with – petrol engines giving you around 10-12kmpl and diesel engines rising to 14kmpl to 15kmpl.

But when we move to the full size SUV territory, where the Fortuner, Gloster, Kodiaq, Jeep Meridian, etc. are present – the SUVs become more heavier, less aerodynamic and have to be off-road oriented. These big SUVs come with more powerful engines that leads to an overall massive drop in fuel efficiency. Most of the SUVs in this price range (Rs 35 lakh to Rs 55 lakh) offer mileage of around 8kmpl to 9kmpl. 


SUV fuel efficiency

It all depends upon the priorities of an SUV buyer. If you need mileage, you will need to buy a compact SUV. But if you are in the market for big SUVs, then you have to keep a blind eye for fuel efficiency.


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