6 Best Compact SUVs In India: Tougher, Meaner, Mightier

The sub 4 meter compact SUV segment in India started off with the Ford EcoSport way back in the summer of 2013. It enjoyed the benefits of being the only sub 4 meter SUV-like car for a while with no competition coming anytime soon. This, however, changed pretty soon with other manufacturers joining in on the trend with their own takes on the segment. This brought the much-needed competition to the market which also meant more choices to the customer. So, we ranked the best-selling compact SUVs in India to help you find the car which best suits your needs. 

Let’s begin.

1. Maruti Vitara Brezza


The Maruti Vitara Brezza is one of the most popular cars in India, and for a good reason. Although currently being offered in just diesel variants, it focuses on being an all-rounder vehicle with a comfortable amount of space and a quick but efficient engine to go along with it. The automatic transmission loses cruise control though, which is a bummer. This sub four meter compact SUV comes laden with features like airbags and a Bluetooth audio system being offered in all variants, with the top variant offering apple carplay, push-button start, and rain-sensing wipers to name a few.  The car has an excellent mileage of 24.3kmpl (ARAI certified) and being a Maruti, it benefits from robust and affordable after-sales service giving it an excellent resale value in the pre-owned car market. This is what makes the Maruti Vitara Brezza Spinny’s recommended car for 2019.

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2. Mahindra XUV300

number 2

The new kid on the block, the XUV300 is already proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Available in manual transmissions for the time being for both diesel and petrol variants, the automatic transmission is expected to launch in a few months. With the 1.2L turbo-petrol (17 kmpl ARAI) and the 1.5L diesel (20 kmpl ARAI), it offers a refined and effortless drive with respectable fuel efficiency and is laden with segment best premium equipment and safety features like 7 airbags and 4 disc brakes. Although having the longest wheelbase in its segment, it suffers from a rather small boot space of 257L. All this comes at a premium with it being the priciest of the compact SUV segment topping out at 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)   If that isn’t a deal breaker for you, the Mahindra XUV300 is definitely one to consider.

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3. Tata Nexon

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The only car from the Tata brand to compete in the segment of sub 4 meter compact SUVs in India, the Nexon stands out from the crowd with its snazzy design offering a  spacious interior to go with its 350L of boot space. The cleverly designed cabin with its 8-speaker Harman audio system gives a sense of luxury with premium touches that one wouldn’t really expect to see in a car of this segment. The ride in the Nexon is a bliss à la grande comfort offered by the rear passenger seats with its exceptional thigh support, although it is best suited to be a 4-seater. Being offered in a 1.2L petrol (17 kmpl ARAI) and a 1.5L diesel (21 kmpl ARAI), the AMT option is available in the range-topping ZXA+. The drivability of the car leaves much to be desired in the power department but if you don’t push it too hard, it offers a controlled and enjoyable ride.

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4. Ford EcoSport

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Although it wasn’t the first compact SUV in India, it was the one which kickstarted the craze of owning an SUV-esque car without shelling out the premium it demanded. Now that there is competition from heavy-hitters like Maruti with its Brezza and Mahindra with its XUV300, the EcoSport still manages to make its mark in the market with its latest refresh and recently with the new “S” variant bringing back the 1.0L turbo-petrol which produces a healthy 125hp while still maintaining a fuel efficiency of 18.1 kmpl (ARAI). Topping out at 11.37 lakh for the petrol and 11.89 lakh for the diesel (ex-showroom, Delhi), the pricing might seem premium, but with Ford offering one of the lowest maintenance costs in the segment, you get your money’s worth in the long run. It is certainly one of the best compact SUVs in India.

Ford EcoSport on Spinny starting at 5.5 lakhs.

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5. Honda WR-V

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With an airy cabin and class-leading boot space, the Honda WR-V aims to feel like a bigger car than it actually is. With the top end (10 lakh, ex-Delhi) offering a sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system and LED DRLs, the WR-V is a comfortable ride for both the driver as well as the passenger. This is thanks to the soft cushiony seats and the soft suspension letting it tread through the rough Indian roads without much effort. The 1.5L diesel offers best in class mileage of 26 kmpl (ARAI) which is hardy matched by any other in the sub four meter compact SUV segment making the Honda WR-V a comfortable city cruiser.

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6. Hyundai Venue


The Hyundai Venue is the first connected vehicle to be launched in India. Packed to the brim with many segment-first features thanks to its Blue Link technology, it offers an 8” infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to go along with extras like a wireless charger, air purifier, and 6 airbags in the top variant. The Venue will be offered in 4 different variants, with the all-new dual-clutch AMT being available exclusively in the 1.0L turbo-petrol. When launched, the Venue will take on the heavy hitters in the compact SUV segment and is sure to find its place as one of the best compact SUV in India. Although yet to be road tested, it looks like the newcomer from Hyundai is going to spark some competition in the already heated segment of compact SUVs in India.

Hyundai cars on Spinny starting at 2.15 lakhs.

That’s not all! We made a list of specifications to help you make the right choice.




With the compact SUV market in India getting flooded with alternatives from different manufacturers, this segment is only predicted to grow with offerings purveying upmarket features along with an exciting ride and comfort. The compact SUV segment is becoming a succulent option for buyers looking for utility and an SUV stance in a hatchback form-factor. Although, you could never go wrong with any of the compact SUVs listed here, buying a car has always been a personal decision. We hope that reading this has cleared your mind of any doubts you might’ve had before and has helped you finalise the car that perfectly fits your unique needs.

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