Compact SUVs have been and are also sugar candy for car users, just like the rest of the world. In the last few decades, several automakers have jumped to the SUV bandwagon and their immense success is paving the way for new players.
When you think SUVs, what comes to mind are the large, powerful and imposing SUVs like Toyota Land Cruiser, Ford Endeavour and Mitsubishi Pajero. However, things have changed quite a bit and automakers have endorsed a new strategy to make these SUVs affordable for the mass market customers. Cars that are considerably smaller but have the same rugged stance as SUVs have been launched in the market which are not built for typical rugged off-roading. These new set of sub-four metre vehicles enjoy length-related tax benefits and are called sub-4 metre SUVs, compact SUVs or more commonly C-SUV.
These SUVs have shown immense growth in India as compared to the global market. The major contributors to its growth have been from automakers like Ford, Renault, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra, Hyundai, and Tata Motors. Each of these offerings are fundamentally different but at the same time, their compact dimensions and rugged exteriors have made them favourites among Indian drivers.
Be it the older or the newer version, the Hyundai Creta has been a blockbuster since its launch, bringing SUV-like dimensions in a package that handles like a Hyundai hatchback. It has a strong body structure, powerful & refined performance. The bold, iconic exterior and the masculine stance sets it apart from every other SUV on the road. If you are looking for a car with good mileage, refined engine options along with all the other mentioned features, then this is the car that you should be bringing home.
A new Hyundai Creta has priced between ₹9.99 lakhs – ₹17.2 lakhs. However, a used Hyundai Creta has a starting price of Rs. 8.5 only.
Hyundai Venue is a compact SUV that brings the allure of the larger Creta in a smaller form. The distinctive styling has now come to define Hyundai’s SUVs while many segment-first features have made the Venue an attractive small car to own. The reliability of Hyundai’s engines and their comfortable handling further make the Hyundai Venue a great compact SUV perfect for the city.
A new Hyundai Venue is priced between ₹6.7 lakhs – ₹11.4 lakhs. It will be some time before prices for used Hyundai Venue cars stabilise in the used car market.
The Renault Duster is a compact SUV that is simplistic in its purpose but excels in its simplicity. The Duster has contemporary design details, with a rugged exterior and sophisticated interior, lending it an impressive stance. Combined with powerful engines and the option for an all-wheel drive variant, the Duster is one car that deserves to call itself an SUV.
A new Duster is priced between ₹8.49 lakhs – ₹9.99 lakhs. However, a used Renault Duster has a starting price of Rs. 4.2 Lakhs only.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Maruti Suzuki Brezza is a car that brought a breath of fresh air to Maruti Suzuki’s offerings in India. The Vitara Brezza revitalized the Vitara SUV brand for Maruti Suzuki and brought a practical interior, capable handling, and the form factor of a compact SUV. While initially being offered with only diesel engines, the BS6 norms has seen this popular SUV become a petrol-only car.
Nonetheless, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is a compact SUV that is only beaten by the Hyundai Venue in the sheer value it offers.
The Brezza in its name may mean ‘breeze’ but the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza actually took the market by storm. This compact SUV has been a hit from day one. The Vitara Brezza comes powered by a 105hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine as well as a refreshed styling. The engine is smooth and quiet, there’s enough pep at low speeds and there’s a pleasant build of speed. All versions of the Vitara Brezza get dual airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard fit. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is an eye-opener in terms of efficiency as well as its practical cabin.
A new Vitara Brezza has priced between ₹7.34 lakhs – ₹11.2 lakhs. A used Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is priced starting from Rs. 5,73,600.
The Ford EcoSport is the trailblazer compact SUV that manufacturers dream of launching. Ford gave the EcoSport an aggressive exterior that matched it’s much bigger sibling, the Endeavour. On the inside, Ford kitted the EcoSport with a stylish and functional interior. With powerful petrol engines and reliable diesel engines, the EcoSport defined what a compact SUV should look and feel like. Ford’s famed handling is also worth mentioning here as the compact SUV made driving through rough roads a breeze.
A new Ford Ecosport has priced between ₹8.54 lakhs – ₹11.7 lakhs. However, a used Ford EcoSport has a starting price of Rs 4.3 Lakh only.
These SUVs may not have the off-road capabilities of AWD or 4×4 SUVs but they do bring the defining features down to a more affordable price. Their success is almost entirely down to people wanting a large car for not a large price. This convergence is where these compact SUVs reside and thrive in.