SUV – Sports Utility Vehicles
Sports Utility Vehicles have gained immense popularity in India’s car market in the past two years. Most car lovers in India prefer to drive an SUV for the heavier and larger built along with the safety offered. The other perks of SUVs include increased seating capacity and high off-road driveability. Despite the high consumption of petrol and diesel by SUVs, the power, seating capacity and styling offered by SUVs makes it a good choice among consumers.
Here are the top 5 SUVs which are doing well in the Indian market and offer high value for money.
The Ford EcoSport is the ideal SUV which would be the nearest fit for the family’s requirements in India. The EcoSport was launched a year ago by Ford and the SUV has been performing quite well since then. The sports utility vehicle has been much appreciated for the compact interiors and size. The SUV is quite roomy and offers sufficient leg room along with adequate shoulder and head space for all occupants. The car can be bought in 10 different versions and the price ranges between Rs 5.8 lakhs and Rs 9.3 lakhs. There are four diesel and six petrol versions of the vehicle which are loaded with two diesel and two petrol engine options.
Currently, the EcoSport can be bought in 3 different engine variants including the 1.5 litre Ti VCT petrol, 1L EcoBoost and the 1.5L DV5 diesel. Based on the conditions of driving, the mileage delivered by the EcoSport is between 13.07kmpl and 16.15kmpl.The interiors of the EcoSport are plush and the seating arrangement is comfortable. The seats are covered using premium quality upholstery and sufficient lumbar support has been provided for a pleasing and relaxed driving experience. The safety provisions included in the car are seat belts for all passengers, airbags, ABS or Anti-locking Braking System and electronic brake force distribution or EBD. Moreover, the SUV also has a SYNC feature which automatically alerts emergency services. In case of a dangerous situation, an airbag is let out or emergency brakes are enabled.
With the Renault Duster, the unforeseen success of SUVs was started in the nation and it signalled a turnaround for this French car manufacturer. Buyers and critics both have regarded the Duster highly for the superior engine, affordability and rugged appearance. In the sub 10 lakhs category, the Duster is one of the best vehicles to be afforded.
The Duster can be bought in both diesel and petrol engine versions. The petrol version of the Duster has a 1.6L engine with displacement of 1598cc and K4M technology. The petrol engine generates maximum torque of 145Nm available 3750 RPM and power of 104PS available at 5850 RPM. The diesel engine has a capacity of 1.5L which offers a displacement 1461cc. The HP K9K technology produces a maximum power of 85PS available at 3750 RPM while the torque produced is around 200Nm available at 1900 RPM. Even though the mileage offered by the petrol engine at 13kmpl is respectable, the diesel engine offers the best at 20 kmpl.
The SUV has an aggressive and bold exterior including a tough bonnet, large tinted windshield, rear view mirror which is the same as the body’s colour, door handles which are of the body’s colour, 16 inch sport alloy wheels, a wide enough chrome grille, curved boot which has taillights that are vertically placed and skid plate. Moreover, the SUV has a premium flat and comfortably cushioned seats, with 3 spoke sporty steering wheels, a central console which is brown coloured, advanced music system, a power outlet of 12V, USB connectivity with Bluetooth and massive 475L boot space.
The Scorpio has been available in the market for more than 10 years and it has only moved from strength to strength. The vehicle has had a complete facelift along with significant changes in the mechanism which is bringing in rave reviews for it. The Scorpio comes with 3 new engines along with suspension overhaul. The Scorpio come only a diesel version. The Scorpio price is in the range of Rs 7 to 9 lakhs. The diesel engine is a mHawk 2.2L one which offers a displacement of around 2179cc. It has been packed with an intercooler mounted on top which makes the engine cool. The Scorpio engine delivers performance silently because of the novel twin stage chain-drive system along with an adjuster of hydraulic lash. Minimum vibrations are produced in the engine even at elevated speeds. You can go beyond the 100kmph speed in around 15.6 seconds. The top speed offered is 156 kmph. The turbo charge engine with 4 strokes offers impressibe torque of 290 Nm available at 1800 to 2800 rpm and power of 120 bhp available at 4000rpm.
The Scorpio has a great interior which looks impressive and elegant. The spacious interior adds to the luxury appeal of the vehicle. The firm has claimed that a 5 speed MT gearbox used in all three versions offer good mileage of 15.4kmpl on highways and 10.5kmpl on city roads.
Storme Explorer under Tata Safari
Tata Motors has recently unveiled the “Explorer” edition of the Safari Storme and it is priced at Rs 10.86 lakhs.
The vehicle is powered by the 2.2L VariCOR engine which is turbo charged with a Variable Turbine Technology or VTT, used in the previous Storme. The power available is around 140PS while the torque is 320Nm.
The Explorer Safari Storme has been provided a 2 DIN Blaupunkt touch enabled infotainment system, floor mats, leather seat covers and car care kit. To keep the adventure spirit alive, the newer model has also been packed with a robust and new navigation device. Tata Motors has claimed that the fuel efficiency is roughly 14kmpl while the 100kmph speed can be reached from zero in less than 15 seconds.
The Bolero was launched in 2000 and since then has enjoyed immense popularity. Roughly 6.5 lakh units of this SUV have been sold by Mahindra. In the year 2013, the SUV sold around 1.17 lakh units while in 2012 the sales were around 1 lakh units. The growth rate has been 17 percent for the SUV and it is the only SUV manufactured by an Indian company which has crossed the 1 lakh sales unit mark in two consecutive years.
The Bolero is available in 3 trims (ZLX, SLX and SLE) and a single engine option- the diesel 2.5L one which produces power of 63 bhp and torque of 19.8kgm. The power is transmitted to the wheels via a 5 speed MT gearbox.