SUVs have beaten the most selling hatchback segment, and if you are a hatchback owner looking to upgrade, you are at the right place. Two of every five cars sold this year were either SUVs or compact SUVs; they have taken up the market with time. If you want to upgrade from your existing hatchback, you can take a look at the following options:
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Starting with one of the most loved compact SUVs, we have the Vitara Brezza. It has been in the market since 2016 and offers an impressive package. It was one of the top sellers for Maruti Suzuki, but over the years, the sales declined due to no significant updates compared to the competition. The current Vitara Brezza achieved a 4-star rating in the global NCAP crash test.
But now, it is set to get a generation update this month with a load of new technology & cosmetic upgrades. Maruti Suzuki recently released a teaser exhibiting the electric sunroof for the upcoming Brezza. It is highly spacious and will get an upgraded interior with features such as a 360-degree camera. It will have the same powertrain with mild-hybrid tech enhancing the fuel efficiency. The expected price range is from ₹8-12 lakhs ex-showroom.
The next SUV on our list is the most powerful one making 200hp with its petrol engine. The Mahindra XUV700 is one of their most excellent products, which is totally worth the hype. It gets a powerful engine with both petrol & diesel options along with a long list of variants & optional additional packs. It is the first SUV in the segment to get ADAS features such as adaptive cruise control, AEM braking, blind-spot monitoring & lane keep assist.
Being a Mahindra, it is safe & reliable, with a global NCAP rating of 5 stars. It also has one of the biggest sunroofs known as the Skyroof, along with other exceptional features such as auto-boosting headlamps. You can choose which version be it 5/7-seater & variant suits you the best and even get AWD. It has a price range from ₹13.18-24.58 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Tata Nexon has been the top performer for Tata; Nexon & Punch have managed to get the sales numbers up. This compact SUV has been around for more than 5 years in the market and has a funky design with great road appeal & ground clearance. It is also available in various editions such as Dark or Kaziranga, which get respective cosmetic upgrades. It is available with both petrol & diesel engines and even with an electric variant if you want to switch to an EV.
The petrol version offers a turbocharged 1.2-litre engine churning out 118hp & 170 Nm torque, while the 1.5-litre diesel makes 108hp & 260Nm torque. The EV also has a longer-range version Nexon EV Max to choose from, which gets a bigger battery pack and extended range. While the IC engine variants range from ₹7.54 to 13.90 lakhs, the EV versions range from ₹14.79 to 19.28 lakhs ex-showroom. It is also a 5-star rated SUV by global NCAP.
Creta has been Hyundai’s top performer in the mid-sized SUV segment, which is finally facing some competition from new launches such as XUV700, Taigun & Kushaq. It is a 3-star rated SUV available in both petrol & diesel options. After the generation update in 2020, the sales numbers went up. Hyundai also launched the Knight edition of the same with cosmetic upgrades & we might get the N-Line variant too.
The 1.5-litre diesel engine churns out 115hp & 250Nm torque. The naturally aspirated 1.5-litre petrol makes 115hp & 144Nm torque, while the 1.4-litre turbo churns out 140hp & 240Nm torque. You have more than 25 variants to choose from with your respective engine & transmission choice. It has a price range from ₹11.59 to 20.88 lakhs ex-showroom.
The last SUV on our list is one of Volkswagen’s most modern yet powerful products. The VW Taigun is a fantastic mid-sized SUV loaded with power, features & modernity. It has a sporty appeal, sleek cuts throughout the body, and two TSI engines to choose from, with one of the best interiors offered in the segment. It is available with two petrol engines; the former is a 3-cylinder turbocharged 1.0-litre churning out 115hp & 178Nm torque.
While the latter one is a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine making 150hp & 250Nm torque. It is also available in a GT version with the 1.5-litre TSI only, which gets cosmetic upgrades and bigger wheels. It gets an upmarket interior with features such as a 10-inch infotainment system, wireless charging, ambient lighting & a digital instrument cluster. It has a price range of ₹12.80 to 21.24 lakhs ex-showroom.