Maruti Suzuki Ignis at the coast

Urban SUVs in India: Capable City Performers

From bulky old machines to modern and masculine roadsters, cars have come a really long way. With the ever-changing consumer demand, there is always room for more. Crossovers were introduced to combine the rugged styling of SUVs with the small dimensions of hatchbacks. With crossovers already leading the way, people have started loving the fusion of contemporary styling and power-packed performances. No wonder, why the SUVs are ruling the sales chart.

While it is true that an SUV can deliver what an average hatchback cannot, its price and size might not strike a chord with everyone. Perhaps this is the reason car makers across the globe are trying to bring in vehicles that put on the SUV looks and deliver much more practicality and affordability. These are vehicles that truly deserve the title of India’s Urban SUVs. In this article, we will look at the top 3 Urban SUVs in India that offer SUV looks with hatchback practicality.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Titled as Maruti’s very own “Urban SUV”, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is a premium hatchback offering that comes wrapped in SUV styling all around. Currently offered with a muscular front profile integrated with a wide grille and imposing bumper, the Ignis puts on the true SUV looks. With squared headlamps with LED DRLs and projector lights, the Ignis imposes a cleverly implemented sporty stance. The side profile stands tall thanks to its angular styling, while the rear gets a raked windscreen and integrated roof rails. And with the accentuated wheel arches and SUV inspired 180 mm ground clearance, the Ignis is surely one head-turner.

Currently offered with a BS6 compliant 1.2 Litre petrol engine that can produce 61PS of maximum power 113Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated with either a 5-speed manual or AMT transmission. Staying true to the hatchback class the Ignis delivers an impressive mileage of up to 20.89 kmpl, depending upon the transmission type.

With spacious and comfortable interiors, smart play infotainment system, SUV inspired styling and robust safety offerings, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis could be the perfect offering to rule the urban jungle. The Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes with 9 different colours and a price tag ₹ 4.89 Lakh – ₹ 7.28 Lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). The used car market has even better value with the used Maruti Suzuki Ignis Delta and Zeta variants available at prices starting from ₹4.50 lakhs. And with Maruti’s impeccable customer service network, you can be assured of a smooth after-sales experience.

Renault Kwid

Offered as Renault’s entry-level hatch, the Kwid does not compromise on styling, comfort and performance. In fact, the Renault Kwid is the most modern-looking hatchback in the budget segment. Revolutionizing how a budget hatchback looks, the Kwid offers an SUV-inspired styling, tuned dynamics and practical interiors.

In terms of styling, every aspect of the Renault Kwid reflects an SUV. With features like silver streak LED DRLs, first in class SUV inspired headlamps, chrome integrated grille and tail lamps with LED light guides, the Renault Kwid is a style icon inside out. In terms of interiors, the Kwid offers the new MEDIANAV Evolution infotainment system, equipped with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity and voice commands making it the most premium offering in the budget hatchback segment.

Currently offered with two BS6-compliant petrol engine options, the Renault Kwid can be purchased with either a 0.8-litre petrol engine capable of delivering 54 PS of max power and 72Nm of peak torque, or a 1.0-litre petrol variant capable of delivering 68 Ps of max power and 72 Nm of peak torque. In terms of transmission options, the 0.8-litre version comes mated to a 5-speed manual while the 1.0-litre variant comes with an additional 5-speed AMT option. Depending upon the variant you choose, the Kwid can deliver a maximum mileage of 22.7 kmpl.

Offered with a price tag of Rs. 2.92 – 5.01 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) or for a much lower price starting from ₹2.35 lakhs pre-owned models, the Renault Kwid is sure to leave a lasting impression with its SUV inspired styling, practicality and affordability.

Mahindra KUV100

Mahindra is known to have a stronghold in the SUV segment with its premium SUV offering, the Mahindra XUV500. But responding to the contemporary consumer demand for an urban SUV, Mahindra launched its KUV100. In terms of styling, the KUV100 comes with SUV inspired looks with a tough and rugged exterior. Features like dual chamber sunglass inspired headlamps with DRLs, masculine body lines, 6-spoke chrome honeycomb grille, muscular tone front bumper with silver skid plates, flared wheel arches, and an integrated spoiler make the KUV100 a complete package of Mahindra’s classic aggressive SUV stance.

In terms of interiors, the KUV 100 offers a new 17.8 cm capacitive touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation, blue sense application, Bluetooth and much more. The vehicle also offers electronic temperature control panel, remote keyless entry, twin-pod cluster with gear shift alerts, power eco and micro-hybrid (ESS) driving modes.

The KUV 100 is offered in both 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The mFALCON D75 diesel engine can deliver a 77 BHP of max power and 190 Nm of peak torque, while the mFALCON G80 petrol engine can deliver an 82 BHP of max power and 115 Nm of peak torque. In terms of safety, the KUV100 comes with Mahindra’s robust MONOCOQUE construction and features like ABS and EBD, ISOFIX, automatic hazard lights on panic braking, speed-sensing door lock, and engine immobilizer as standard across all variants. With safety and reliability the KUV100 is Mahindra’s top-notch urban SUV offering.

The KUV 100 is available at a price tag of Rs.4.88 – 7.94 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) or at a more affordable starting price of ₹3.70 lakhs for second hand Mahindra KUV100. The KUV100 comes with Mahindra’s reliability and a top-notch package of comfort, convenience, practicality, affordability and rugged SUV styling. For those looking to bring home a true urban SUV, the KUV100 could just be it.


The segment of urban SUVs is a relatively new modification to the crossover segment of cars in India. Where the crossovers were modified hatchbacks, these new urban SUVs are designed from the ground up to be capable hatchbacks with hallmark SUV features such as higher ride height and a rugged exterior. This new segment represents the market demands for SUVs in a smaller package and newer models from leading manufacturers are expected to be released in this new segment.

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