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    7 Best Low-Budget Cars With High Ground Clearance Under Rs. 5 Lakh

    by Mahesh Yadav on Thursday, Jul 22 2021

    Who says you need a big-budget, expensive SUV to get good ground clearance? Here are 7 affordable cars under Rs. 5.0 lakh (ex-showroom) with respectable ground clearance.

     

    Cars Under Rs. 5 Lakh Best Ground Clearance

    1. Datsun Redi-Go - 187mm

    Datsun Redi-Go

    While the Redi Go and the Renault Kwid come from the same parent conglomerate of Renault-Nissan, it manages to beat the Kwid with 3mm better ground clearance. There are compromises in other areas. The Kwid is a larger car but if ground clearance is your priority, then the Redi-Go has 187mm of it - more than you could ask for considering its bargain-basement price. All of its variants, even the one with a larger 1.0L petrol engine and automatic, cost under Rs. 5.0 lakh (ex-showroom).

    Also Read - Cars with High Ground Clearance Under 10 lakh

    Datsun Redi Go - Variants Under Rs. 5.0 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    A 0.8L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 3.98 lakh

    T 0.8L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.26 lakh

    T (O) 0.8L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.54 lakh

    T (O) 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.74 lakh

    T (O) 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 4.96 lakh


    2. Renault Kwid - 184mm

    Renault Kwid

    The Renault Kwid is a larger car and offers a big boot, stylish exteriors, a roomier cabin and fantastic ground clearance of 184mm. It should suffice for most car owners. It is available with 2 normal petrol engines - a 0.8-litre and a 1.0-litre. While both get a 5-speed manual, only the bigger one comes with a 5-speed AMT automatic transmission. Only one of its variants blows way past the Rs. 5.0 lakh limit while a couple of them breach the limit but stay within arm’s length.

    Also Read - Top 10 Cars with Biggest Boot Space Under 10 Lakh

    Renault Kwid - Variants Under Rs. 5.0 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    STD 0.8L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 3.32 lakh

    RXE 0.8L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.02 lakh

    RXL 0.8L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.32 lakh

    RXT 0.8L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.62 lakh

    RXL 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.49 lakh

    RXT (O) 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.87 lakh

    Climber (O) 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.08 lakh

    RXL 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 4.89 lakh

    RXT (O) 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 5.27 lakh


    3. Maruti Suzuki Nexa Ignis - 180mm

    Maruti Ignis

    The Ignis is the most affordable car from the Maruti Suzuki Nexa showroom. This car’s 180mm ground clearance is the same as that of the far more expensive S-Cross. However, out in the real world, the Ignis will do better when negotiating tall speed breakers. Its shorter wheelbase gives it much better breakover angles.

    The only disappointing thing about this car is that only its base variant cuts into this list. The others are quite a bit more expensive.

    Also Read - Safest Cars in India Under 10 Lakh

    Maruti Suzuki Nexa Ignis - Variants Under Rs. 5.0 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    Sigma 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.95 lakh


    4. Maruti Suzuki Arena S-Presso - 180mm

    Maruti S-Presso

    If features are so much important to you and you want to stay within the Rs. 5.0 lakh ex-showroom limit, then you can consider the Maruti Suzuki Arena S-Presso. This micro-SUV costs about as much as a budget hatchback but offers better road presence, visibility and above all, 180mm of SUV-like ground clearance.

    The S-Presso gets a smaller 1.0-litre normal petrol engine with a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT automatic transmission. 3 of its variants are also available with CNG bi-fuel and manual transmission for those who drive a lot. The S-Presso perfectly bridges the price gap all the way up to the Ignis’ base price of about Rs. 5.0 lakh. For the loaded variants with CNG, you’ll have to cross the 5.0 lakh rupee line, though.

    Also Read - Top 10 Cars with Biggest Boot Space Under 8 Lakh

    Maruti Suzuki Arena S Presso - Variants Under Rs. 5.0 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    STD 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 3.78 lakh

    STD (O) 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 3.84 lakh

    LXI 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.17 lakh

    LXI (O) 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.23 lakh

    VXI 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.4 lakh

    VXI (O) 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.46 lakh

    VXI Plus 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.64 lakh

    LXI 1.0L CNG Manual

    Rs. 4.97 lakh

    LXI (O) 1.0L CNG Manual

    Rs. 5.03 lakh

    VXI 1.0L CNG Manual

    Rs. 5.2 lakh

    VXI (O) 1.0L CNG Manual

    Rs. 5.26 lakh

    VXI 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 4.9 lakh

    VXI (O) 1.0L Petro AMT Automatic

    Rs. 4.96 lakh

    VXI Plus 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 5.07 lakh


    While most hatchbacks and sedans offer 165mm of ground clearance, another 5mm of clearance makes a small but meaningful difference when negotiation bad roads and tall speed breakers. Moreover, when you have a tight budget to adhere to, you have to compromise a bit on the clearance part. So, here are 4 more hatchbacks with an exact 170mm ground clearance.

    5. Datsun Go - 170mm

    Datsun Go

    The Datsun Go has 2 variants under Rs. 5.0 lakh with 170mm ground clearance. This car offers a larger 1.2-litre engine compared to most cars on the list, which provide 0.8-litre or 1.0-litre engines. The A variant of the car is also suitably loaded to meet the needs of most budget buyers.

    Datsun Go - Variants Under Rs. 5.0 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    D 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.03 lakh

    A 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.0 lakh


    6. Datsun Go Plus - 170mm

    Datsun Go Plus

    The Datsun Go Plus is exactly the same as the GO with one major difference - it can accommodate 2 more passengers. So, it has 7 seats but the last row is only suitable for kids.

    Nevertheless, Nissan isn’t charging a lot of money for that extra row of seats and it’s a great addition for emergencies. Besides, you can fold it down and turn it into a hatchback with a large boot for everyday use. Just like the Go, the Go Plus’ A variant is also adequately loaded for budget buyers.

    Datsun Go Plus - Variants Under Rs. 5.0 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    D 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 4.26 lakh

    A 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.17 lakh


    7. Tata Tiago - 170mm

    Tata Tiago

    The Tata Tiago also has 170mm of clearance, but just like the Ignis, only one of its variants fits in the tight budget to make it to this list. If you are comfortable with adding aftermarket accessories to the Tiago’s base variant, then you’re getting the safest car you can buy for under Rs. 5.0 lakh.

    If you want to increase the Tiago’s ground clearance, then you can change the Tiago XE variant’s 175/65 R14 tyres with 175/70 R14 size. This will give you around 7mm of extra ground clearance for a total clearance of 177mm.

    Tata Tiago - Variants Under Rs. 5.0 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    XE 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.0 lakh

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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