Although the car industry as a whole has been on a sales slump run lately, the only promise that the market has witnessed has been from the SUV segment. Indians seem to love SUVs and the way makers are lining up SUV launches in India also supports this claim. Some makers like Tata Motors have also shelved a few projects in favor of bringing more SUVs in the Indian market. A major reason why Indians seem to love SUVs is that the road conditions of India are best suited for SUVs.
Not to say that there no good roads in India, in fact India has some of the best roads in the world and their quality is improving by the day. However, the good quality of roads in India is not uniform and hence the higher ground clearance of SUVs make them a perfect vehicle type for all kinds of Indian roads. Not to mention that SUVs are also big and Indians love massive street presence of cars. However, even the sub-4 meter compact SUVs that are the most affordable kind of SUVs are way expensive when compared to an entry level car. So what choices do you have when you have the budget of a hatchback but want the ground clearance of a SUV? We have lined up a few hatchback and crossover options for you that will offer the large ground clearance comparable to a SUV at the price range of hatchback. Take a look.
Highlights – The ground clearance of Datsun RediGo is 185 mm. Two engine options offered with the car, first is an 800cc petrol engine rated for 53.6 Bhp and 75 Nm and the second is a 1L petrol engine rated for 67 Bhp and 71 Nm.
Highlights – The ground clearance of Renault Kwid is 180 mm. Two engine options are offered with the car, the first is an 800 cc petrol unit rated for 53 Bhp and 72 Nm and the second is a 1L petrol engine rated for 67 bhp and 91 Nm.
Tata Tiago NRG
Highlights – The ground clearance of Tata Tiago NRG is 180 mm. This is a crossover version of the company’s Tiago hatchback and comes with body cladding and arches that make it better suited for rough roads. It is offered with either a 1.2L petrol engine or a 1.1L diesel engine.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Highlights – The ground clearance if Maruti Ignis is 180 mm. The crossover car by company comes only with the option of a 1.2L petrol engine rated for 82 Bhp and 113 Nm but comes with two gearbox options, and automatic and a manual.
Highlights – The ground clearance of Ford Freestyle is 190 mm. The crossover car is actually based on the Ford Figo and comes with body cladding and arches in a fashion similar to Tiago NRG. The company offers the Freestyle with 1.2L petrol engine and a 1.5L diesel engine.
Hyundai i20 Active
Highlights – The ground clearance of Hyundai i20 Active is 190 mm. This is a crossover version of the Elite i20 hatchback and comes with body cladding and roof rails et al to give it a more rugged look. The company offers the car with a 1.2L petrol and a 1.4L diesel engine options.
Fiat Punto Evo
Highlights – The ground clearance of Fiat Punto Evo is 185-195 mm. The 1.2L petrol engine variant of car rated for 67 Bhp and 96 Nm comes with a ground clearance of 185 mm and the 1.3L diesel variant rated for 75 Bhp and 197 Nm comes with a ground clearance of 195 mm.
Highlights – The ground clearance of Fiat Avventura is 205 mm. This car comes with a ground clearance that is greater than Mahindra XUV500 and comes two engine options. The diesel engine is a 1.3L unit rated for 92 Bhp and 209 Nm while the powerful petrol version has been tuned by Abarth and comes with a 1.4L turbojet petrol engine rated for 138 Bhp and 210 Nm.