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6 cheapest SUVs in India

Last updated on: November 3, 2011 16:16 IST

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Sports Utility Vehicles are gaining popularity in Indian market like never before. These ideal family cars are suitable for long drives, for family outings and also to fill the void for an adventurous off road experience.

Moreover, the diesel engine option for almost all SUVs cuts down the burden on commoners, thanks to low diesel price.

So which are the cheapest SUVs available in India?

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Premier Rio

The Premier Rio is a compact SUV available in both diesel and petrol variants.

The Indian auto major with the Premier Padmini fame had launched the SUV at an astonishingly affordable price.

Despite the ordinary looks, it gives good mileage and its price tag lures Indian buyers.

The petrol engine is 1.2L 4-cylinder and the diesel unit houses a 1.5 L 1489 cc 4-cylinder engine.

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While the petrol engine generates a peak power of 77 PS and peak torque of 104 Nm, the diesel engine has the capacity to produce a peak power of 65 PS and a peak torque of 150 Nm.

Premier Rio petrol surpasses all estimation by offering a remarkable mileage of 16 kmpl as compared to the 12 kmpl fuel efficiency of the diesel variant.

The diesel motor of the SUV is yet to be reformed to meet the BS IV emission norms, while the petrol engine is more up-to-date.

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The standard 5-speed manual gearbox is associated with the engines for easy transmission of gears.

The Premier Rio price is in the range of Rs 561,234 - Rs 633,979 (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).

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Mahindra Bolero ZLX

Mahindra is the largest utility vehicle manufacturer in the country.

Mahindra had launched the latest avatar of Mahindra Bolero ZLX very recently in September 2011 with a major transformation from the older model.

The redesigned honeycomb grille with classy mesh in front, advanced digital display, hawk-eyed headlamps, new bumpers and chrome touches added a new look to the exteriors.

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The renovated interiors include the key additions of new instrument panel and the leather upholstery.

The new 2.5 L and peppy m2 DiCR engine generates the peak power of 46.3 KW and a peak torque of 195 Nm.

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While the older diesel offers the fuel efficiency of 13.6 kmpl on the highways, the Mahindra Bolero ZLX variant with the Micro Hybrid System improves the fuel economy taking it to 15.6 kmpl on the highways, making it the highest selling SUV in India.

Mahindra Bolero ZLX costs between Rs 494,000 and Rs 696,093.

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Mahindra Thar

It is a genuine off-road vehicle with tremendous track record especially in the South African market.

The Jeep like appearance of the SUV in all black paint exudes power and stamina which is designed specifically for the off-road experience.

The SUV is available in two variants with a 2.5 L NEF CRDe turbo charged diesel engine and a MDI 3200TC L engine with two-wheel and four-wheel drive options propelling on the roads with a dashing speed.

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Despite the high speed, Thar has a surprising control on the most difficult terrains.

The powerful engine churns out the peak power of 105 Bhp and an excellent peak torque of 247 Nm.

The 7-seater SUV delivers a decent mileage of 9.5 kmpl on the city roads and 14 kmpl on the highways.

Mahindra Thar is available at Rs 635,900.

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Tata Safari

It was the first to mark the beginning of the SUV trend in India and it continues to be one of country's ruling SUV for about 15 years.

The strongest rivals of Tata Safari is Mahindra Scorpio, however the former scores points with respect to higher speed and passenger comfort at the same time.

Tata Motors offers Safari with a monocoque design and loads it with most advanced features.

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The comfortable interiors with leather upholstery and safety features like the ABS, EBD and the reverse guidance system in the car is no wonder the reason for the huge fan following.

The Tata Safari houses a 2.2 L 2179 cc Direct Injection common rail turbo diesel engine in both 2 WD and 4 WD options in 14 variants altogether.

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With the Variable Turbine technology, the engine is capable of churning out the peak power of 140 PS and peak torque of 320 Nm.

The Tata Safari prices vary from Rs 790,067- Rs 1,255,696 including the top variant.

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Mahindra Scorpio EX

Mahindra & Mahindra had launched the latest variant Scorpio EX recently at much affordable price of Rs 746,000.

It stands out from the rest with its attractive design.

Mahindra Scorpio EX is driven by a mighty 75bhp m2DiCR engine, and delivers fuel efficiency of 14kmpl.

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Scorpio Ex encompasses fuel-saving Micro Hybrid technology, which assists in switching the engine into the idle mode, when not required, thus ensuring less consumption of fuel.

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It has impressive features like crash protection crumple zones for ensuring complete safety of occupants in case of collision and the digital immobiliser which works as an anti-theft device.

Further, easy acceleration system ensures the vehicle makes 0 to 60 kmph in just 11.2 seconds.

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Mahindra XUV500

M&M recently launched the XUV500, which is actually a show stopper.

Though this SUV does not come in the cheapest category, it is certainly a value-for-money product.

Some features that are stuffed in XUV 500 are something never seen before in India.

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Mahindra XUV500's base variant costs Rs 1,080,000 and the top-end comes at Rs 1,288,000.

It also has the first-ever transversely placed engine that has increased the passenger space inside and has also improved safety in case of an impact besides a larger crumple zone.

Only Land Rover LR2 Freelander and Volvo cars employ transversely placed engine in their cars.

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There is a six-speed manual gearbox in XUV 500 with a torque on demand mechanism.

Six-inch colour touch screen infotainment display, GPS navigation, DVD player, tyre tronics, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability program (ESP) with rollover mitigation, hill hold and hill descent control, alloy wheels, tilt and telescopic steering are some of the features in XUV 500.



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