The lockdown has been pretty bad for all of us, especially mentally. While some of us made Dalgona coffees and cakes to cope up with the stress, others resorted to playing games together. ‘Among us’ was one of them and it may sound weird, but it is our inspiration for this article. Like the game, even the automobile sector have imposters; in the form of pseudo SUVs, and we believe it’s our duty to keep you aware of them. So today we will be looking at 9 pseudo SUVs in India.
Starting off this list with a car loved by many, but certainly not SUV enthusiast. Now I’m not saying that’s a bad car. Multiple great options, especially the 1.0 turbo petrol, the latest gizmos; including connected car technology and fluidic lines on the outside makes it a great car, but it’s not an SUV. And calling it one is just disrespecting them.
Venue’s brother from another brother, the Sonet. It’s again a great product from the South Korean brand. Compact, stylish and comfortable. It is also decently powered and yeah it is selling in great numbers but an SUV? Hell no!
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The so-called flagship ‘SUV’ by Suzuki, is perfect for the Indian market. You get the basic car. A 1.5 torquey engine, good build quality and not fancy but a comfy cabin. But while its big brother, the Grand Vitara(discontinued long back) was a proper SUV, the Brezza doesn’t cut the cake. Maybe Maruti Suzuki will reclaim it with the Jimny? We’ll see.
The one that’s keeping the French brand alive in India. Kiger is doing pretty decent on the market and yeah it’s a great car, but it is way too small and underpowered to be called a Sports Utility Vehicle. A compact at max, Renault should really stop calling it an SUV.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio X
It feels like Maruti are trying to make their name in comedy because a crossover like the Celerio X is certainly a car to laugh about. Adding a couple of rugged looking bumpers and roof rails won’t transform a small hatchback into an SUV guys. 404 error, R&D not found.
There’s no doubt that Nissan is capable of producing some great SUVs. We all know the legend behind the Nissan Patrol and even the Juke is a good enough SUV, but the Magnite? Miles away from an SUV or even a crossover. It’s a great VFM subcompact SUV though.
The Figo is a great product by the American giants. It is one of the few driver-focused cars in India and although it can’t keep up with Maruti Suzuki Swift, it is a cult car. So why did Ford had to stick some plastic up and try to make it an SUV? They already have a very capable SUV selling in great numbers aka the Ford Endeavour. Maybe stick to that Ford?
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
I can’t tell you how tough it is to diss this car as I myself own one. But nothing is beyond the truth and Gomechanic is always truthful and unbiased. The Nexa offering Ignis is a great hatchback with stylish looks, a great 1.2-litre engine and is also a good car for rallying. But branding it as the ‘Urban SUV’ is just stupid. Just sell it like an hatchback guys, maybe unveil an RS version? Even the thought is pretty exciting.
Maruti Suzuki S Presso
I literally laughed my ass off when Maruti Suzuki categorised it as an SUV. It is literally the smallest car you can buy! Just increasing the ground clearance won’t change the car guy. It an econobox guys, don’t make the SUV gods smash their heads off.
Some of them are great cars in their segment and some are not, but none of them is an SUV and it’s high time people start believing it. Stay safe from these were 9 pseudo SUVs in India. Know of any other imposters? Let us know in the comments below.