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Top 10 SUVs In India Under 12 Lakhs

SUVs or Sports Utility Vehicles have grown immensely popular not just in India but in the international markets as well. And this is the reason why you can see even the most premium carmakers like Bentley (Bentayga), Rolls-Royce (Cullinan), Maserati (Levante) and Lamborghini (Urus) launchig it’s SUVs. Though, there was a time when SUVs were considered to be really difficult to maintain vehicles, things have changed in the positive direction over the past years due to better drive-ability, compact proportions as well as improved fuel efficiency figures dominating the SUV segment. Additionally, manufacturers are making SUVs much more affordable and easy on the pocket given the growing demand for the type of vehicles. So, if you have around ₹ 12 lakh to buy a brand new vehicle and looking something that can take on more than just tarmac, here are the top SUVs under ₹ 12 lakh that we think you should consider seriously.

  1. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Vitara Brezza has been a very popular choice for new SUV buyers

Maruti Suzuki had shown a very strong intent to enter the sub-compact SUV market and the Vitara Brezza is the company’s answer to this particular segment. The Maruti Vitara Brezza is based on Suzuki’s Global C platform and it takes its design inspiration from its bigger sibling – the new generation Suzuki Vitara. That said, it has been developed by Maruti completely in-house. It made its global debut in India at the 2016 Auto Expo. The Vitara Brezza is one of the most compact SUVs you would see and features bulky exteriors, great space and a tried and tested diesel engine under its hood. It comes as no surprise that the Vitara Brezza has been bought by over 1 lac buyers in the past year and the bookings  also don’t seem to be going down anytime soon.

Engine Specs and Fuel Efficiency:

  • 1.3-litre diesel
  •  89bhp
  • 200Nm
  • 24.3 kmpl

Price Range: ₹ 7.26 lakh – ₹ 9.70 lakh

     2. Hyundai Creta 

Hyndai Creta
The Creta is a very good looking SUV and is feature rich as well

In the past few years we have seen Hyundai India launch back to back popular models. However, the launch of the Creta SUV hurled the company’s fortunes in the SUV segment, where it had a very limited presence. When we look at models like the Hyundai Creta, it would be perfectly right to say that SUVs in India have evolved in terms of design. What goes in favor of the car is its contemporary design and well-proportioned body. Additionally, the cabin is loaded full of features that adds to its attributes. The styling is in Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture 2.0 design language, which is mad e more prominent by the front grille, headlamps, rising waistline and the taillights. The design is  a primary reason that the company has seen a rise in demand of this particular vehicle. Over 1 lakh units of the Creta were sold in just eight months of launch. This was despite the fact that the car was offered without AWD even as an option. The great features and the premium cabin come together to make the Hyundai Creta a fabulous choice for most new and young SUV buyers.

Engine Specs and Fuel Efficiency:

1.6-litre Petrol – 121 bhp and 155Nm – 15.29 kmpl
1.6-litre Diesel (AT/MT) – 126 bhp and 260 Nm – 19.67 kmpl
1.4-litre Diesel – 89 bhp 200 Nm – 21.38 kmpl

Price Range: ₹ 9.28 lakh – 14.63 lakh

  3. Ford EcoSport

Ford EcoSport
The EcoSport which already looks great is due for a facelift this year.


The Ford EcoSport played a major role in reviving the automaker’s fortunes in Indid. It is one of the first subcompact SUVs and still is a very strong contender in the segment. The EcoSport provides a great mix of brilliant driving dynamics, fiery engine options and superb features at a competitive price tag.  Add to this, Ford has also worked a lot to reduce the service and repair cost of its vehicles that has helped it to keep the overall maintenance cost low. Though it is one of the oldest subcompact SUVs, the EcoSport still manages to pack in a punch with its amazing looks and sorted driving dynamics making for a highly lovable SUV and also an very fun to drive car.

Engine Specs and Fuel Efficiency:

1.5-litre petrol – 110 bhp and 140 Nm – 15.8 kmpl
1.0-litre Ecoboost – 123 bhp and 170 Nm – 18.88 kmpl
1.5-litre diesel – 90 bhp and 204 Nm – 22.7 kmpl

Price Range: 7.18 lakh – 10.46 lakh

  4.  Renault Duster Facelift

Renault Duster Facelift
The Duster is a great combination of comfort and ruggedness

Renault’s first success in India was in the form of the Duster compact SUV and the model still continues to be a popular choice for those looking at something tough with an urban touch. The facelifted version of the Duster arrived last year with a list of cosmetic changes which brought some freshness to the model. It is also one of the very few SUVs to get an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), making it more more fuel efficient as well as cheaper too than other models in the same segment. Moreover, it has a 4 wheel drive as standard on the range topping model which makes sure that the Duster is true to its roots off the road as much as it’s fun to drive on open roads.

Engine Specs and Fuel Efficiency:

1.6-litre petrol – 103 bhp and 148 Nm – 13.06 kmpl
1.5-litre diesel – 84 bhp and 200 Nm – 19.87 kmpl
1.5-litre diesel – 108 bhp and 245 Nm – 19.64 kmpl

Price Range: ₹ 8.64 lakh – ₹ 13.88 lakh

 5. Mahindra Scorpio

For those looking at a practical SUV the Mahindra Scorpio still is a hot favorite

Introduced in 2002 for the first time, the Mahindra Scorpio has always been a hot favorite among SUV buyers. This is primarily due to it’s tough looks and ability to handle all types of terrains. Though, all these years its styling remain unchanged, it received a new engine in 2006 and a slight facelift in 2008. Then came September, 2014  and it got a new platform, transmission, chassis, features, interior design and slightly different exteriors. As of now, the new Mahindra Scorpio sells about 4000-5000 units/month and is one of the top choices in Tier II and III cities due to the sheer practicality the model offers. Unlike the other SUVs in this segment till now, the Scorpio is also capable of seating 7 to 8 passengers and is very fuel efficient as well.

Engine Specs and Fuel Efficiency:

2.2-litre diesel – 75bhp and 200Nm – 15.4 kmpl
2.5-litre diesel – 120bhp and 280Nm – 15 kmpl

Price Range: ₹ 9.84 lakh – ₹ 13.92 lakh

 6. Mahindra TUV 300

The comparatively more affordable SUV from Mahindra, the TUV300 might not be a hot seller but still it works out for those who are looking to fulfill their ‘Jeep’ dream. The TUV looks tough, has boxy proportions and has an extremely spacious cabin. It is also one of the rare subcompact SUVs that can seat 7  people with the additional jump seats in the boot and is offered with the 1.5-litre engine paired to a manual and AMT gearbox options. For those who are looking for a fuel efficient SUV without compromising on looks and space, the TUV300 is a great choice for its price. Additionally there is also a more powerful mHawk100 variant that pumps out 100 bhp of power .

Engine Specs and Fuel Efficiency:

1.5 litre diesel – 84 bhp/100 bhp and 230 Nm/240 Nm – 18.49 kmpl

Price Range: ₹ 7.56 lakh to ₹ 9.91 lakh

7. Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Thar Daybreak edition can be called as the spruced up version of the capable off-roader

Its true that Mahindra very well knows its SUVs right and the Thar can be easily called as its one of its proudest creations. Mahindra brought  no-frills SUV back with the Mahindra Thar that has put the focus back on off-roading. The facelifted version arrived in 2015 and is currently on sale with new and safer bumpers, a slightly premium cabin and air conditioning on the top variants. Apart from this there was also the addition of a limited slip differential for better control when traversing difficult terrain. The Mahindra Thar is available in a 2.5-litre and a 2.6-litre diesel engine, which comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

Engine Specs and Fuel Efficiency:

2.5-litre diesel – 105 bhp and 247 Nm – 16.5 kmpl
2.6-litre diesel – 63 bhp and 182.5 Nm – 18.06 kmpl

Price Range: 6.27 lakh – ₹ 8.99 lakh

   8. Nissan Terrano

Nissan Terrano
The Nissan Terrano also comes with an AMT gearbox

Though based on the Duster SUV, the Nissan Terrano is another worthy contender in this particular price range. As mentioned earlier this tough and rugged SUV borrows its styling from the French partner Renault’s very popular model Duster. It offers immense space inside and comes packed with some very important features. The facelifted version of the Terrano was launched earlier this year which has some added new features. The AMT equipped version of the Terrano and was introduced last year. The only disappointing bit of the vehicle is that it does not come with a 4 wheel drive.

Engine Specs and Fuel Efficiency:

1.6-litre petrol – 103 bhp and 145 Nm – 13.06 kmpl
1.5-litre diesel – 83 bhp and 200 Nm – 19.87 kmpl
1.5-litre diesel – 108 bhp and 248 Nm – 19.64 kmpl

Price Range: ₹ 9.99 lakh and ₹ 14.20 lakh

 9. Tata Safari Storme

The Safari Storme looks stunning with its massive road presence

Tata Motors provided a very comprehensive facelift to its very popular sports utility vehicle- the Safari.In turn it also got a new nameplate – The Safari Storme. The heavy and big SUV gets a changed fascia and  very spruced up interiors. That said, what has not changed is the go anywhere capability of the SUV. It feels the same car whether it is on a difficult terrain or on a highway . The Safari Storme still remains one of the best SUVs one can get in tIndia, for the truly rugged feel.

Engine Specs and Fuel Efficiency: 2.2 litre diesel engine- 154 bhp and 400 Nm – 12.3 kmpl

Price Range: ₹ 10.63 lakh to ₹ 14.11 lakh

 10. Force Gurkha

The Force Gurkha is one of the most capable SUVs in the under ₹ 12 lakh segment

The Force Gurkha is one of the most underrated SUVs in the country. The primary reason for this is its pan India unavailability . This is the reason that not many know what the Gurkha is capable of off-road.  And for those who know, they swear by the machine. However, 2017 has seen the Force Gurkha get a list of updates including a BS-IV compliant engine. It is available in 3-door and 5-door versions. The Gurkha’s design is identical to that of the  Mercedes G-Wagen.  It also borrows its off-road presence and style from the same car. Very much like the Mahindra Thar, it is a bare bones model inside the cabin but one does get essentials like a manual AC unit, new four-spoke steering wheel and a redesigned floor console. It is also a lot more rigid than earlier and is offered with a 18 months and unlimited kilometers warranty, allowing one to get the most out of it.

Engine Specs:

2.6-litre diesel engine – 84 bhp and 230 Nm

Price: ₹ 8.38 lakh

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About Abhishek Barmase

Abhishek Barmase is a passionate automobile lover who loves to keep himself updated with the latest development in the Indian Automobile Industry. His love for automobiles made him start his own automobile website, https://indiaautoz.in .

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