Best diesel SUVs under Rs 10 lakh in India

26th Jun 2018 10:19 am

Want an SUV within a budget of Rs 10 lakh? Here are your best options.

1. Ford EcoSport                   8/10

Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport is fresh from a makeover and is all the better for it. The talking point is the completely redone cabin that also gets the latest of features, while the revised suspension improves comfort too. As ever, the EcoSport remains good to drive with tidy handling and a peppy diesel engine. There are a lot of variants on offer but the tempting top version with class-leading safety kit like 6 airbags breaches the Rs 10 lakh mark.
For EcoSport diesel prices:
1.5l Diesel Ambiente MT       Rs 8.42 lakh
1.5l Diesel Trend MT              Rs 9.16 lakh
1.5l Diesel Trend+ MT            Rs 9.56 lakh
1.5l Diesel Titanium MT         Rs 9.99 lakh
1.5l Diesel Signature MT       Rs 10.99 lakh
1.5l Diesel Titanium+ MT       Rs 11.04 lakh
1.5l Diesel S MT                     Rs 11.89 lakh

2. Tata Nexon                       8/10                     

Tata Nexon

The attractive Tata Nexon is definitely the value for money proposition in this segment. And, the keen pricing and eye-catching styling are not the only things that make this Tata tempting. Its diesel engine is capable, there’s a good balance between ride and handling and the cabin space is surprisingly roomy. There’s also plenty of kit on offer. Fit and finish though largely good, could be better, though.
Tata Nexon diesel prices:
Nexon XE diesel                Rs 7.19 lakh
Nexon XM diesel               Rs 7.84 lakh
Nexon XT diesel                Rs 8.40 lakh
Nexon XZ diesel                Rs 8.99 lakh
Nexon XZ+ diesel              Rs 9.69 lakh

3. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza                        7/10

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Maruti’s compact SUV is a sales champion and that’s because like other big-selling Marutis, the Vitara Brezza too gets the basics right - it’s efficient, reliable and fairly well priced. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza scores well on practicality too but the package is not perfect. The noisy 90hp 1.3-litre diesel motor feels outdated and, though punchy, lacks bottom-end grunt.
Vitara Brezza prices:
Vitara Brezza LDi                             Rs 7.521 lakh
Vitara Brezza VDi                             Rs 8.04 lakh
Vitara Brezza ZDi                             Rs 8.82 lakh
Vitara Brezza ZDi+                           Rs 9.77 lakh

4. Renault Duster 85PS                       7/10

Renault Duster

The Renault Duster might be past its prime now but it still makes for a compelling SUV buy in the well-priced 85hp, diesel guise. The engine is very tractable and performance is actually more than acceptable. The Duster also feels tough and rugged and ride quality is very impressive. Where the Duster loses out is in the cabin, which doesn’t feel special enough and equipment levels are also down compared to similar-priced SUVs.

Renault Duster 85PS prices:
Standard                                        Rs 8.95 lakh
RXE                                                 Rs 9.09 lakh
RXS                                                 Rs 9.95 lakh
RXZ                                                 Rs 10.89 lakh

5. Mahindra TUV300                          6/10

Mahindra TUV300

Unlike the three monocoque-bodied SUVs above, the Mahindra TUV300 is built on a hardier ladder frame chassis, and correspondingly feels that little bit more rugged too. The cabin is quite spacious too though comfort isn’t the best; the rear-most jump seats take the seat count up to seven but are best left unused. A bouncy ride, mediocre performance and high price also mark the Mahindra SUV down.
TUV300 prices:
T4+                       Rs 8.26 lakh
T6+                       Rs 8.83 lakh
T8                         Rs 9.54 lakh
T10                       Rs 9.99 lakh

Also see:

Most fun-to-drive small cars under Rs 10 lakh in India

Best automatic hatchback cars under Rs 6 lakh in India

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