The Indian SUV Market is Heating Up
The Indian festive season is approaching and with that are also the wishlists of the Indian families! Among these, the highly popular purchase in households is generally expected to be a car. It can be an upgrade, it can be the first car, some might look to buy for local commute or some might be saving up for a big SUV for those long highway trips. And this tradition is taken into consideration by automobile manufacturers across the country as well, they gear up for the festive season with all their exciting new launches and facelifts with attractive offers and discounts to provide more lucrative choices to the end consumer.
This competition has largely made pricing very effective as well, as companies are producing more budget-friendly options. Now this struggle to clock good sales not just keeps up a healthy competitive spirit among manufacturers, but also brings about a long list of options available to the buyer. Let’s take a look at our Top 4 Picks for what’s on offer in the Under Rs. 20 Lakh budget this festive season!
1. Volkswagen Taigun
The Volkswagen Taigun aspires to raise the bar for the competition among the compact SUVs! It comes sporting bold looks, road dominating presence and the durability of german engineering making a strong point for purchase! As the German giant states, the Volkswagen Taigun is for those who go the extra mile, those who ‘Hustle’, they aim to load this car all the way with features and safety, packing in over 40 + world-class safety features, including multi-collision brakes and ESC (electronic stability control) as standard, and for the upper scale variants, park distance control, hill hold control, Isofix child safety mount to make you have a worry-free driving experience.
And for sheer luxury one can enjoy the ventilated seats, wireless charging, wireless app connect for the large infotainment system as well as the largest in segment digital cockpit. Under the hood, comes Volkswagen’s powerful 1.0 and 1.5 TSI engines with the options of both manual and automatic gearboxes, the latter consisting of the DSG gearbox which makes shifting gears a breezy affair. The Volkswagen Taigun with led lamps and power-packed features is priced between 10.5 Lakhs -17.5 lakhs and makes a very strong rival to the 5 seater SUV range on offer.
2. TATA Punch
Tata has been going strong in the SUV segment with powerful offerings in the form of the Tata Safari, Tata Harrier and the Tata Nexon as well. And now with their latest introduction, The Tata Punch, they aim to establish their presence in the subcompact SUV segment as well. The car’s looks bring a very youthful feel, it was showcased as the HBX Concept at the Auto Expo 2020. Based on the same platform as their Altroz, it is 3850 mm. Along with the outer glamorous appeal, the Tata Punch promises a tech-savvy interior too with a push-button start, climate control aircon, semi-digital instrument cluster, a floating display for the infotainment system as well as driver seat height adjustability.
In the engine options, Tata’s classic 1.2-litre petrol engine is expected to produce 84bhp/113 nm of torque mated with a 5 speed automatic or the 5-speed manual gearbox. The Tata Punch will be an immediate rival to the Ford freestyle, Mahindra kuv100 and the Maruti Ignis and hence with its list of features and styling similar to its popular elder sibling the Harrier. Tata motors have started accepting bookings for the Punch and are all set for the price reveal on October 20. The pricing is expected to be between Rs 5-10 lakhs as four different variants are slated to be available.
3. MG Astor
Ever since MG debuted in the Indian markets with its Hector, this brand has gained a lot of appraisal from the crowd. With the best part initially being how MG would use voice assist and automatically do what the driver wants, the newest addition to the MG cartel, the MG Astor debuts with the industry-first personal AI assistant system. This technology is powered by i-Smart Hub and it is capable of depicting human-like emotions, voices, and giving out detailed information via Wikipedia. And to cap it all, MG also plans to introduce ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistive System) to provide security features that haven’t been seen on vehicles of this segment before making this one of the most exciting buys for any consumer.
MG is yet to make a statement on the engine options available powering the Astor, however, it is expected to house the 1.5-litre VTi motor and a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol motor. The 1.5-litre variant has the capacity of producing 118bhp of power and 150 Nm of torque, while the 1.3-litre variant packs a punch of 161bhp of power with 230 Nm of torque. MG is expected to mate these engines with either a 6-speed automatic gearbox or the 5-speed manual. It is priced between 12-16 lakhs with a wide range of variants to cater to different consumer needs.
4. Mahindra XUV 700
Definitely our pick of the lot, The Mahindra XUV 700. The XUV 500 has had its presence felt all across the nation, and the XUV 700 comes loaded with more features including some which have only been present on high-end luxury cars. The XUV 700 also comes with 5-seater and 7-seater options making this the choice to go for either for the family trips or for your city commutes. Mahindra has refreshed the car with a new logo and styling, a high list of safety features including ADAS and autopilot mode along with the latest electrical and electronic features. Undoubtedly, this car has great potential to give the driver an experience like never before.
Read More: The Mahindra XUV 700 Blog
This car does sit lower by 30mm compared to the outgoing XUV 500 but that being said, it maintains its road presence and comes packed with the traditional mHawk and MStallion engines from Mahindra with both automatic and manual options. And if you take a look at the plush new door handles, which pop out as you approach the car, you’ll find Mahindra has brought luxury right within affordability. You can check out our detailed blog about the XUV 700. The XUV 700 has been launched at a lucrative price point of Rs 11.99 lakhs for the MX series 5 seater base variant whilst the feature-packed top-end variant with a seven-seater set-up comes to around Rs 21.59 lakhs.
The Indian car buying market is definitely in for amazing new launches and one has to admit, everything that the consumer can ask for is on offer in the market!
If one opts for Elegance and stability from German engineering, there’s the Volkswagen Taigun with its sporty look, handy features and of course, supreme build quality!
The Tata Punch on the other hand brings about a tech-savvy, youthful-looking compact SUV with segment-leading features for any small family.
The MG Astor makes for a very dependable purchase and with the introduction of AI assistance and MGs build quality this makes your purchase be a class higher than the price you are paying.
And of course, the XUV 700, our personal favourite among the newly launched, a car which has ticked all the boxes on the specifications list and brings every kind of comfort to the buyer.
Do let us know your views on these cars as well in the comment section below!