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2019 has been the year of SUVs. As compared to any other type of cars such as sedan, hatchback, MPV, etc., SUV is the king of the year. The way every brand came up with a hit SUV in the Indian soil, it is quite obvious that the competition among all the cars has reached its pick.
Some of the recent launches of 2019 and most popular SUVs in India are Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV300. At the moment after the launch of Kia Seltos, the level of confusion has turned out to be all the more furious.
Price: Rs. 9.69 – 15.99 lakhs (ex-showroom price)
Dimensions: 4315 mm length X 1800 mm width X 1620 mm height
Kia Seltos has been recently launched on 22nd August 2019 with its 16 different variants in total which comprised of 10 variants in petrol and 6 in diesel. It can be truly revealed that the brand has done its researches the best, so they have strategically come up with an SUV with its starting price within Rs. 10 lakhs. It is not only true for their petrol variant, but for their diesel variant too. When it comes to specifications, the car has also not disappointed us. It has 1493 cc engine displacement with 6 speed gear box offering 242 nm @ 1500-3200 rpm torque and 16.8 Kmpl mileage on road producing up to maximum power of 138 bhp @ 6000 rpm and boot space is 433 litres.
Price: Rs. 9.60 – 15.67 lakhs (ex-showroom price)
Dimensions: 4270 mm length X 1780 mm width X 1665 mm height
Just before Kia Seltos, our nation got another popular SUV on 2nd August 2019, Hyundai Creta. The car has a long list of its variants with minor or major tweaking in each trim offering 17 variants in total, 8 in petrol and 9 in diesel. The price of this SUV also comes in the similar bracket with Kia Seltos or even below that. But the car is fully loaded with high quality features when it comes to specifications. You will get 1582 cc engine with 6 speed gear box that churns out a maximum power of 126.2 bhp @ 4000 rpm and offers a torque of 259.87 nm @ 1500-3000 rpm, mileage 20.5 Kmpl and 400 litres boot space. Aren’t these numbers quite impressive? But, there are more to surprise you.
Price: Rs. 8.10 – 12.69 lakhs (ex-showroom price)
Dimensions: 3995 mm length X 1821 mm width X 1627 mm height
Not a single month has been left secluded in 2019, when a make has not introduced us with a new model, or you can even say an SUV. That was the level of competition being created for any SUV in this year. On 11th July 2019, we received Mahindra XUV300 with its new 12 variants in total having 5 in petrol and 7 in diesel. This car can be termed as the most inexpensive and one of the most popular SUVs of the year. The starting price of the SUV is around 8 lakhs, which is actually pretty affordable. At this price range, the car is offering 1497 cc engine and 6 speed gear box that produces maximum power of 115 bhp @ 3750 rpm, torque 300 nm @ 1500-3000 rpm, 20 Kmpl mileage and offers boot space of 259 litres.
Price: Rs. 12.18 – 16.88 lakhs (ex-showroom price)
Dimensions: 4655 mm length X 1835 mm width X 1760 mm height
We have even witnessed the diffusion of a new make in the country. Morris Garage (MG) has entered the Indian market on 27th June 2019 with their SUV, MG Hector that has 11 variants in total with 7 variants in petrol and 4 in diesel. In this short span of time, the car has a powerful engine with 1956 cc which produces maximum power of 168 bhp @ 3750 rpm, torque of 350 nm @ 1750-2500 rpm and offering mileage up to 17.41 Kmpl. Even the large boot space of 587 litres and 6 speed gear box also speak loudly about the car.
Price: Rs. 13.00 – 16.76 lakhs (ex-showroom price)
Dimensions: 4598 mm length X 1894 mm width X 1706 mm height
Right from the initial stage of the year, Tata has paved the way what the year will showcase. On 23rd January 2019, Tata Harrier was launched with 5 variants in total where all were into diesel category. Immediately after the launch, the car attracted the eyeballs of millions as engine displacement is 1956 cc producing maximum power of 138.1 bhp @ 3750 rpm, maximum torque of 350 nm @ 1750-2500 rpm and mileage 17 Kmpl. The car even excels in offering boot space of 425 litres and 6 speed gear box. Tata is always renowned as the most trusted organization that attracts loyalty and faith of the customers. Though the new SUV of 2019 launched at the starting of the game, the brand association and the level of offerings have made it possible for Tata Harrier to create a position among the top 5 SUVs of 2019.
It is hard to define which car wins the race of best SUV 2019, because some turn out to be cheaper, while some offer ample spaciousness. Some have focused on the mileage part, whereas some have strategically played the game on providing standard features and a sleek yet bolder look.
As we are almost heading towards the ending of the year, by now we should be able to conclude our verdict. But, we are still awaiting for India to speak up and help us judging the race.