When it comes to cars, what do people in India care about after kitne aur kitne deti hain? Their road presence of course. The road presence of a car itself is not enough to get people to buy them. And there is no doubt that it only takes precedence after affordability, mileage and other factors. But cars are an extension of our personality. So, its only human nature to go for the ones that stand out. Here is our list of the 10 top compact SUVs that command the best street presence.
The sporty Crystal Cut alloy wheels, Crown Jewel LED headlamps, Heartbeat DRLs and floating roof rails make this compact SUV look striking. The stylish dual muffler in the HTK+ adds more than a touch of sophistication to the rear. Kia Seltos is a feature-rich car. The list of features includes Android Auto/ Apple Carplay, Keyless Entry and many others.
This is another car that commands a lot of street cred. MG Hector is one gorgeous SUV and it sports a front grille with surrounding chrome accents, a shark fin antenna and a dual-tone exterior. Like the Seltos, Hector is also a feature-packed car. It also comes with a host of safety devices. All this justifies the Hector’s popularity in the country.
If road presence is what you are looking for Tata Harrier is your answer. And it wins you over in affordability too. This rugged 5 seater SUV comes with a 1956 cc diesel engine. We are a fan of the ‘Calypso Red’ colour the Harrier comes in. The 17-inch alloy wheels do not fail to impress. Did we mention that this one has got a panoramic sunroof?
When it comes to safety, Ford EcoSport with 6 airbags has got an edge. It is affordable at a starting price of ₹ 7.91 lakhs. Along with this, this sub-4 metre SUV has got an engine that displaces 1497 cc of fuel. The car sure is a head-turner with the unique-looking front fascia, the high black gloss front grille and the sunroof.
Here is another car that is made to intimidate. The Nissan Magnite comes with a svelte Bi-Projector LED Headlamps, L shaped DRLs with an expansive front grille running the show. This off-roader has a 205 mm ground clearance. Nissan Magnite is pitched as an extravagant, plush SUV that is also utilitarian. Magnite takes after the Nissan way.
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What is not to love about Tata Nexon? This car has an aerodynamic configuration and the prominent carriage adds to its hulking street presence. The 2020 facelift with the new tri-arrow designed front grille has added to the charm of this car. With a 5-star safety rating and dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, roll-over mitigation and reverse parking sensors Nexon is a showstopper in terms of safety. This SUV also comes in a powerful Revotron Petrol engine that produces 118.3hp@5,500rpm and a Revotorq Diesel engine that puts out a power of 108.4hp@4,000rpm.
This menacing looking SUV comes with a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The alloy wheels, LED headlamps and DRLs along with the stylish seven-slot front grille makes this car a sight worth beholding. The top variant Jeep Compass 2.0 S 4X4 Diesel AT is however somewhat expensive and costs you ₹ 28.29 lakh.
India’s safest car comes in a compelling design along with a strong 1.5-litre diesel engine as well as a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine. Mahindra XUV300 comes with enormous power and torque figures. It also has stylish roof rails, piano black door trims, slick alloys along with decent looking LED DRLs and tail lamps.
Hyundai Creta is everything an SUV ought to be. It is one of the top-selling compact SUVs in the country. Creta has enough cabin room and comes with a voice-enabled smart panoramic sunroof. It starts at a price of ₹9,99,000. You can choose between the robust petrol and diesel engines it has to offer.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
In India, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza stands unchallenged in terms of popularity. This SUV has topped the sales charts from day one. Vitara Brezza fuses affordability with style. This car runs on a smooth 1.5-litre petrol engine, has 16-inch alloys, chrome grille and comes in L, V, Z and Z+ trims. This vehicle stands apart from other Maruti Suzuki cars in terms of safety receiving a 4-star rating at the Global NCAP.
The road presence is often dictated by how a car looks and how great it drives. So, these are of the top compact SUVs that catch the eye and make themselves known in a sea of cars. Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Jeep Compass and others, brand themselves as the mavericks, adamantly refusing to conform.