Petrol is the most used fuel in India and around the world
which means car manufacturers are always looking for ways to make their cars
perform better while running on fuel. Although there are more than a few
hundred options when it comes to petrol cars, there is a handful that stands
out as the best in the country. Here are the best petrol-powered SUVs in India.
Most people would consider SUVs as the most expensive segment in the Indian automotive market but there are a few exceptions. The Hyundai Creta is one such exception that delivers one of the best performances in the country. Under the hood of the new Creta sits an option of three different engines. The first is a 1.5L Naturally-Aspirated petrol engine that produces 115Ps of power and 144Nm of torque. It is mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic setup. The next is a 1.4L Turbo petrol engine which is capable of generating 140Ps of power and 242Nm of torque. This engine is paired with a 7-speed DCT transmission system only. Lastly, there is also a 1.5L diesel engine that produces 115Ps of power and 250Nm of torque. The diesel engine can be had with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed Torque Converter setup. In the features department, the Creta does not lack as it houses LED headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, wireless charging, a 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, and ventilated front seats. The Creta is also exceptionally safe thanks to its ABS with EBD, 6 airbags, and Electronic Stability Control features.
Tata has quickly become one of the biggest names in the automobile industry in India and is looking to rise to the top with affordable and powerful options in every segment. The Nexon is one example in the SUV department and it surely has a lot to offer. The latest Nexon is powered by a 1.2L Turbocharged petrol engine that produces 120Ps of power and 170Nm of torque. The Nexon is also available with a 1.5L Turbocharged diesel engine that generates 110Ps of power and 260Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the Tata Nexon comes with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic setup. In the features department, the Nexon comes with a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a tyre pressure monitoring system, a digital instrument cluster, cruise control, automatic air-conditioning, and rear air-conditioning vents. Some of the safety features found on the Nexon include ABS with EBD, dual airbags in the front, Electronic Stability Control, parking sensors in the rear, and ISOFIX Chile Seat Anchors.
Powering the Renault Duster is an impressive 1.5L petrol
engine that produces 106Ps of power and 142Nm of torque. The petrol engine is
mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and can also be had with a CVT automatic
gearbox as well. One of the standout features of the Duster is that it is the
only subcompact monocoque SUV that comes with AWD or All Wheel Drive
capabilities. The Duster was considered as one of the most used cars in the compact SUV segment in 2019 and is destined to do
just as well in 2020.
Mahindra sells cars that
are extremely popular in India, especially for its performance and features.
Under the hood of the XUV500 sits a 2.2L engine that generates 155Ps of power
along with 360Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the car comes
fitted with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox and has 2WD
as well as 4WD functionality.
As far as SUVs go, the Ford EcoSport has captured the hearts of Indian buyers thanks to its stylish interiors and technologically advanced features. The specifications of the SUV also make it a fierce competitor in the market and provide some of the biggest names in the industry with some much-needed competition. The EcoSport is powered by a 1.5L petrol engine that generates 122Ps of power and 215Nm of torque. There is also a 1.5L diesel engine option that produces 100Ps of power and 215Nm of torque. In terms of transmission, the petrol engine can either be had with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed Torque Converter system while the diesel engine is only available with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Ford offers the EcoSport with a plethora of new features including a sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, and a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and FordPass connected car tech. In the safety department, the EcoSport comes with parking sensors in the rear, ABS with EBD, and dual airbags in the front.
Honda is considered as one of the biggest names in the
automobile industry and had brought that popularity to the country as well. The
BR-V is an impressive option in the SUV segment which carries some powerful
features. Powering the BR-V is a 1.5L petrol engine that offers 119Ps of power
along with 145Nm of torque. Mated to the engine is a 6-speed manual
transmission as well as a CVT gearbox option.
When you think of SUVs, you immediately associate Jeep with the rugged type of vehicle. Jeep, as we all know, is a brand known for its durability and extreme drivability, and the Compass combines all that with exceptional looks as well. The latest model brings a plethora of new features, specifications, and equipment that make it one of the best SUVs in the country right now. Under the hood of the Compass sits a 1.4L Turbo-petrol engine that produces 163Ps of power and 250Nm of torque. Paired to this engine is either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission. The other engine option for the Compass is a 2.0L diesel unit that generates 172Ps of power and 350Nm of torque. Mated to the diesel engine is also a 6-speed manual, but Jeep includes a 9-speed automatic gearbox for this variant as well. In terms of features, the Compass comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, FCA’s UConnect 5 and connected car technology, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, powered tailgate, automatic air-conditioning, a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, a 360-degree camera, and Electronic Parking Brake. Jeep also includes a number of safety features such as Electronic Stability Control, hill assist, 6 airbags, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, rollover mitigation, panic brake assist, and ABS with EBD.
Another option from Honda is the WR-V which is not only
powerful but impressively stacked with features. The car is powered by 2
engines – one of which is a 1.2L i-VTEC petrol motor. The petrol engine offers
a maximum power output of 90Ps while the maximum torque on offer is 110Nm. Paired
with the petrol engine is a 5-speed manual transmission that features FWD
capabilities. The WR-V also comes with a range of safety features and high-tech
Hyundai has been making headlines in India ever since they
were first introduced into the country. Now, Tucson is maintaining that
popularity, especially in the SUV segment. Fitted with a 2.0L Dual VTVT petrol
engine that is capable of generating 152Ps of power and 192Nm of torque. Mated
to the engine is a 6-speed automatic transmission that comes with 4WD
The Honda CR-V is one of the best SUV options available in
India and comes with a plethora of features. Under the hood of the CR-V comes a
2.0L i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 154Ps of power along with 189Nm of torque.
In the transmission department, the CR-V houses a 9-speed CVT automatic gearbox
that features FWD capabilities. The CR-V, ever since it was first released, has
been the reason behind a number of RC
transfers in the country.
SUV cars have become extremely popular in India over the years because they not only offer added durability, but they are designed for large families and can easily take on all types of terrain and driving conditions. When you are in the market for a petrol-powered SUV in India, these models stand out for all the right reasons. All the above-mentioned cars are available today and offer some of the best features and functionality options in the country.