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Cars And SUVs With Best Ground Clearance Under 10 Lakh

If you’re looking to buy a car with high ground clearance and an ex-showroom price tag of under Rs. 10 lakh, then here’s what you can shortlist. We have grouped the cars based on their ground clearance specifications, and we have 11 groups in total, including 23 cars and covering a wide price band. So, you’ll find something relevant, no matter your budget. Even the car with the lowest ground clearance in this list has 180mm of it - enough to go over tall speed breakers or rough roads. In our opinion, 180mm is also the minimum ground clearance a car should have to enter the SUV club.

 

Best Ground Clearance Under 10 Lakh

Let’s start with the cars with cars having the lowest ground clearance.

Group 1 - 180mm - 4 Cars

The first group includes 4 cars - 1 from Maruti Suzuki Arena, 2 from Nexa and 1 from Mahindra. Let’s give you an overview of each of these four cars.

Cars with 180mm Ground Clearance

Maruti Suzuki Nexa S-Cross - 180mm

The Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa S-Cross is a crossover with the silhouette of a hatchback. It may look like a hatchback, but it’s much longer than the Brezza. Perhaps its design kept the SCross from gaining mass acceptance. However, the 180mm of ground clearance makes it just as capable as most of the pseudo SUVs in this list and a compelling package for those who prefer an understated design.

The SCross has a 1.5L hybrid engine with a 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter automatic and offers good fuel mileage. However, only 3 of its four variants make it to the sub-Rs. 10 lakh price list, and none of them has the automatic transmission.

Maruti Suzuki Nexa S-Cross - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

Sigma 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.39 lakh

Delta 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.6 lakh

Zeta 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.95 lakh

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Dimensions

Length (mm)

4300

Width (mm)

1785

Height (mm)

1595

Wheelbase (mm)

2600

Boot Space (litre)

375

Ground Clearance(mm)

180

Fuel Tank (litre)

48

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

215/60 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/60 R16

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Engine Specifications

Engine

1.5 L Hybrid Petrol

Displacement

1462 cc

Cylinder

4

Maximum Power

105PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

Manual FE

18.55kmpl

Automatic Transmission

4-speed torque converter

Automatic FE

18.43kmpl


Maruti Suzuki Nexa Ignis - 180mm

From Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa stable comes another car - the Ignis. No one calls it an SUV, and most people call it a hatchback, but in my opinion, the Ignis has more SUV design characteristics than the SCross. The Ignis offers a 1.2-litre normal petrol engine with a 5-speed manual and the option of a 5-speed AMT automatic in the top 3 of its 4 variants.

Just like the S-Cross, the Ignis also offers 180mm of ground clearance. Out in the real world, the Ignis will do better when negotiating tall speed breakers. Its shorter wheelbase gives it much better breakover angles than the SCross.

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

Sigma 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 4.95 lakh

Delta 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 5.81 lakh

Zeta 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 6.12 lakh

Alpha 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 6.87 lakh

Delta 1.2L Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 6.31 lakh

Zeta 1.2L Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 6.62 lakh

Alpha 1.2L Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 7.37 lakh


Maruti Suzuki Ignis Dimensions

Length (mm)

3700

Width (mm)

1690

Height (mm)

1595

Wheelbase (mm)

2435

Boot Space (litre)

260

Ground Clearance(mm)

180

Fuel Tank (litre)

32

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

175/65 R15

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

175/65 R15

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Engine Specs

Engine

1.2 L Petrol

Displacement

1197 cc

Cylinder

4

Maximum Power

83PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

113Nm @ 4200rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

Manual FE

20.89kmpl

Automatic Transmission

5-speed AMT

Automatic FE

20.89kmpl


Maruti Suzuki Arena S-Presso - 180mm

Sliding further down the price range, we have the Maruti Suzuki Arena’s S-Presso. This micro-SUV costs about as much as a budget hatchback but offers better road presence, visibility and above all, SUV-like ground clearance.

The S-Presso gets a 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.

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


Maruti Suzuki SPresso Dimensions

Length (mm)

3565

Width (mm)

1520

Height (mm)

1564

Wheelbase (mm)

2380

Boot Space (litre)

270

Ground Clearance(mm)

180

Fuel Tank (litre)

27

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

145/80 R13

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

165/70 R14


Maruti Suzuki S-Presso Engine Specs

Engine

1.0 L Petrol

1.0 L CNG

Displacement

998 cc

998cc

Cylinder

3

3

Maximum Power

68PS @ 5500rpm

59PS @ 5500rpm

Peak Torque

90Nm @ 3500rpm

78Nm @ 3500rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

21.7kmpl

31.2kmpkg

Automatic Transmission

5-speed AMT

-

Automatic FE

21.7kmpl

-


Mahindra XUV300 - 180mm

Among cars with 180mm ground clearance, the last one we have is the Mahindra XUV300. However, only 3 of its variants qualify for the sub-Rs. 10 lakh ex-showroom price criteria - 2 petrol-manual and 1 diesel-manual. The baby XUV’s turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines, both offer class-leading torque and excellent drivability. Although, it has the worst ground clearance among the sub-4m SUV rivals, which we will cover later in this article.

Mahindra XUV300 - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

W4 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.95 lakh

W6 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.69 lakh

W4 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 8.97 lakh


Mahindra XUV300 Dimensions

Length (mm)

3995

Width (mm)

1821

Height (mm)

1627

Wheelbase (mm)

2600

Boot Space (litre)

257

Ground Clearance(mm)

180

Fuel Tank (litre)

42

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

205/65 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/55 R17


Mahindra XUV300 Engine Specs

Engine

1.2 L Turbo Petrol

1.5 L Turbo Diesel

Displacement

1197 cc

1497 cc

Cylinder

3

4

Maximum Power

110PS @ 5000rpm

117PS @ 3750rpm

Peak Torque

200Nm @ 2000 - 3500rpm

300Nm @ 1500 - 2500rpm

Manual Transmission

6-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

17.5kmpl

20.1kmpl

Automatic Transmission

6-speed AMT

6-speed AMT

Automatic FE

17.0kmpl

19.7kmpl


Group 2 - 182mm - 1 Car

The second group with 182mm ground clearance only has 1 car from Renault, and it’s an MPV.

Cars with 182mm Ground clearance

Renault Triber - 182mm

The Renault Triber’s affordable price point, flexible seating options, a roomy cabin and a healthy 182mm ground clearance make it worth considering for those who want the flexibility of switching between 7 seats and 5 seats with a massive boot for less price than an “SUV”. It’s also available with an AMT automatic transmission for those who want 2-pedal driving convenience. The only thing to consider is its 1.0-litre normal petrol, which may not be adequate for frequently hauling 7 adults, especially in ghats and on expressways. However, for occasional use, it can certainly handle that job well enough to warrant serious consideration for the sheer value it offers.

We hope Renault soon starts offering the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine and the CVT automatic transmission without ruining its VFM score.

 

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

RXE 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 5.49 lakh

RXL 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 6.13 lakh

RXT 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 6.67 lakh

RXZ 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.27 lakh

RXL 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 6.62 lakh

RXT 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 7.17 lakh

RXZ 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 7.77 lakh


Renault Triber Dimensions

Length (mm)

3990

Width (mm)

1739

Height (mm)

1643

Wheelbase (mm)

2636

Boot Space (litre)

84 & 625

Ground Clearance(mm)

182

Fuel Tank (litre)

40

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

165/80 R14

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

185/65 R15


Renault Triber Engine Specs

Engine

1.0 L Petrol

Displacement

999 cc

Cylinder

3

Maximum Power

72PS @ 6250rpm

Peak Torque

96Nm @ 3500rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

Manual FE

20kmpl

Automatic Transmission

5-speed AMT

Automatic FE

20kmpl


Group 3 - 184mm - 1 Car

We have another Renault on this list with a bargain price tag, high-end styling and 2mm better ground clearance than the Triber.

Renault Kwid - 184mm

The Renault Kwid offers a big boot, stylish exteriors and a respectable ground clearance of 184mm. 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.

The Kwid is a rare car that offers LED DRLs, double barrel headlamps and 14-inch wheels with 165-section tyres as standard even on the base variant. For the sake of buyers looking to put a lot of mileage on the odometer with a low cost per km, we wish it had the option of CNG in at least a couple of variants.

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

Climber (O) 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 5.49 lakh


Renault Kwid Dimensions

Length (mm)

3731

Width (mm)

1579

Height (mm)

1474

Wheelbase (mm)

2422

Boot Space (litre)

279

Ground Clearance(mm)

184

Fuel Tank (litre)

28

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

165/70 R14

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

165/70 R14


Renault Kwid Engine Specs

Engine

1.0 L Petrol

0.8 L Petrol

Displacement

999 cc

799 cc

Cylinder

3

3

Maximum Power

68PS @ 5500rpm

54PS @ 5678rpm

Peak Torque

91Nm @ 4250rpm

72Nm @ 4386rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

21.7kmpl

20.71kmpl

Automatic Transmission

5-speed AMT

-

Automatic FE

22kmpl

-


Group 4 - 185mm - 2 Cars

Next, in our list, we have 2 cars with 185mm - the Maruti Suzuki Arena’ Ertiga and the Nexa XL6. Although these cars are mostly the same and share the platform, powertrains and several other parts, they are styled differently enough to appeal to different sets of buyers.

Cars & SUVs with 185mm ground clearance

Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga - 185mm

First up, the Ertiga primarily targets commercial buyers, but you can also buy it for personal use. The Ertiga gets a 1.5-litre hybrid petrol with a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic. All 4 of its variants with the manual transmission and 1 variant with the automatic transmission are under Rs. 10 lakh ex-showroom. For the mile munchers, the Maruti Ertiga is also available with a CNG bi-fuel option in the VXI variant for well under our Rs. 10 lakh ceiling.

Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

LXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.82 lakh

VXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.57 lakh

ZXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.4 lakh

ZXI Plus 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.91 lakh

VXI 1.5L CNG Manual

Rs. 9.37 lakh

VXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 9.77 lakh


Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Dimensions

Length (mm)

4395

Width (mm)

1735

Height (mm)

1690

Wheelbase (mm)

2740

Boot Space (litre)

209 & 550

Ground Clearance(mm)

180

Fuel Tank (litre)

45

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

185/65 R15

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

185/65 R15


Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Engine Specs

Engine Type

Hybrid Petrol

CNG

Displacement

1.5L

1.5L

Cylinder

4

4

Maximum Power

105PS @ 6000rpm

93PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

138Nm @ 4400rpm

122Nm @ 4400rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

19.01kmpl

26.08kmpkg

Automatic Transmission

4-speed torque converter

-

Automatic FE

17.99kmpl

-


Maruti Suzuki Nexa XL6 - 185mm

The Nexa XL6 is Ertiga’s twin with SUV-like styling, captain seats in the second row and a few features to justify a higher price tag. Unlike the Ertiga, the XL6 is only available for personal use and doesn’t have a CNG option. Only 1 of its 2 variants makes the cut into this list and barely.

Maruti Suzuki Nexa XL6 - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

Zeta 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.95 lakh


Maruti Suzuki XL6 Dimensions

Length (mm)

4445

Width (mm)

1775

Height (mm)

1700

Wheelbase (mm)

2740

Boot Space (litre)

209 & 550

Ground Clearance(mm)

180

Fuel Tank (litre)

45

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

185/65 R15

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

185/65 R15


Maruti Suzuki XL6 Engine Specs

Engine Type

Hybrid Petrol

Displacement

1.5L

Cylinder

4

Maximum Power

105PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

Manual FE

19.01kmpl

Automatic Transmission

4-speed torque converter

Automatic FE

17.99kmpl


Group 5 - 187mm - 1 Car

The 5th basket in this list holds just one car - the Datsun Redi-Go.

Datsun Redi-Go - 187mm

The Nissan Datsun Redi-Go is the Japanese cousin of the Renault Kwid, and it beats the Kwid’s 184mm ground clearance by 3mm.

The Redi-Go offers the same engine transmission options as the Renault Kwid - 0.8-litre petrol engine with 5-speed manual and 1.0-litre petrol engine with 5-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic. However, unlike the Kwid, the Datsun Redi-Go offers the driver more control with manual gear selection. The Redi-Go is also available in fewer variants. The bigger engine, for instance, is only available in the top variant.

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


Datsun Redi-Go Dimensions

Length (mm)

3435

Width (mm)

1574

Height (mm)

1546

Wheelbase (mm)

2348

Boot Space (litre)

222

Ground Clearance(mm)

187

Fuel Tank (litre)

28

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

165/70 R14

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

165/70 R14


Datsun Redi-Go Engine Specs

Engine

1.0 L Petrol

0.8 L Petrol

Displacement

999 cc

799 cc

Cylinder

3

3

Maximum Power

68PS @ 5550rpm

54PS @ 5600rpm

Peak Torque

91Nm @ 4250rpm

72Nm @ 4386rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

21.7kmpl

20.71kmpl

Automatic Transmission

5-speed AMT

-

Automatic FE

22kmpl

-


Group 6 - 188mm - 1 Car

Honda WR-V beats the Redi-Go’s ground clearance by 1mm and sits in Group 6.

Honda WR-V - 188mm

Although the WR-V is based on the Jazz’ platform, besides a higher ground clearance, it has a styling distinct enough not to confuse the two. It has a 1.2-litre normal petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine. Neither of them is available with an automatic transmission. Both of its petrol variants and base diesel variant make it to this list here.

Honda WR-V - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

SV 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.62 lakh

VX 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.75 lakh

SV 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 9.85 lakh


Honda WRV Dimensions

Length (mm)

3999

Width (mm)

1734

Height (mm)

1601

Wheelbase (mm)

2555

Boot Space (litre)

363

Ground Clearance(mm)

188

Fuel Tank (litre)

40

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

195/60 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

195/60 R16


Honda WRV Engine Specs

Engine

1.2 L Petrol

1.5 L Turbo Diesel

Displacement

1199 cc

1498 cc

Cylinder

4

4

Maximum Power

90PS @ 6000rpm

100PS @ 3600rpm

Peak Torque

110Nm @ 4800rpm

200Nm @ 1750rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

16.5kmpl

23.7kmpl

Automatic Transmission

-

-

Automatic FE

-

-


Group 7 - 190mm - 4 Cars

Just like Group 1, Group 7 is also flooded with 4 cars. And just like the first group, 3 of these come from the same Korean family.

Cars and SUVs with 190 mm ground clearance

Ford Freestyle - 190mm

Let’s start with the most affordable one in this group of 190mm ground clearance cars. The Ford Freestyle is a Ford Figo with a lift kit but make no mistake - it’s just as capable as any other sub-4m SUV. After all, they’re also monocoque frames with front-wheel drivetrains.  And the Freestyle is cheaper too. So, if you’re picking the EcoSport over the Freestyle, remember that you are paying a premium for the SUV style.

All three variants of the Freestyle cost well under Rs. 10 lakh ex-showroom even with the diesel engine. And the prices range between Rs. 7.27 and 9.02 lakh. The Freestyle doesn’t have an automatic transmission with either of the engines. That may also hurt its chances of making it to some buyers’ shortlist.

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

Titanium 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.27 lakh

Titanium Plus 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.62 lakh

Flair 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.92 lakh

Titanium 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 8.37 lakh

Titanium Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 8.72 lakh

Flair 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 9.02 lakh


Ford Freestyle Dimensions

Length (mm)

3954

Width (mm)

1737

Height (mm)

1570

Wheelbase (mm)

2490

Boot Space (litre)

257

Ground Clearance(mm)

190

Fuel Tank (litre)

42

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

185/60 R15

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

185/60 R15


Ford Freestyle Engine Specs

Engine

1.2 L Petrol

1.5 L Turbo Diesel

Displacement

1194 cc

1499 cc

Cylinder

3

4

Maximum Power

96PS @ 6500rpm

100PS @ 3750rpm

Peak Torque

119Nm @ 4250rpm

215Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

18.5kmpl

23.8kmpl

Automatic Transmission

-

-

Automatic FE

-

-


Hyundai Venue - 190mm

Hyundai and Kia’s strength is the long list of engine-transmission combinations with almost all of their cars, and the Venue is no different. Even if you have a budget of only Rs. 10 lakh ex-showroom, you still have 5 options:

  • 1.2L petrol manual
  • 1.0L turbo petrol manual
  • 1.0L turbo petrol with auto clutch manual
  • 1.0L turbo petrol with dual-clutch automatic
  • 1.5L turbo diesel manual

While all combinations are excellent in their own right, the auto-clutch manual transmission (ACMT) stands out from the rest. Paired with the turbo petrol engine, it makes driving in crawling traffic as easy as an automatic while still leaving room for engagement when you’re in the mood to row through the H-pattern shifter.

 

Hyundai Venue - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

E 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 6.92 lakh

S 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.7 lakh

S Plus 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.58 lakh

S (O) 1.0L Turbo Petrol Auto Clutch Manual

Rs. 9.04 lakh

SX 1.0L Turbo Petrol Auto Clutch Manual

Rs. 10.0 lakh

SX 1.0L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 10.0 lakh

S (O) 1.0L Turbo Petrol DCT Automatic

Rs. 9.94 lakh

S (O) 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 9.45 lakh

SX 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 10.0 lakh


Hyundai Venue Dimensions

Length (mm)

3995

Width (mm)

1770

Height (mm)

1605

Wheelbase (mm)

2500

Boot Space (litre)

350

Ground Clearance(mm)

190

Fuel Tank (litre)

45

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

195/65 R15

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/60 R16


Hyundai Venue Engine Specs

Engine

1.0 L Turbo Petrol

1.2 L Petrol

1.5 L Turbo Diesel

Displacement

998 cc

1197 cc

1493 cc

Cylinder

3

4

4

Maximum Power

120PS @ 6000rpm

83PS @ 6000rpm

100PS @ 4000rpm

Peak Torque

172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

114Nm @ 4000rpm

240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Manual Transmission

6-speed MT & 6-speed ACMT

5-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

18.2kmpl

17.27kmpl

23.29kmpl

Automatic Transmission

7- speed DCT

-

-

Automatic FE

18.15kmpl

-

-


Hyundai Creta - 190mm

The Creta also offers 190mm ground clearance, but with a budget as tight as Rs. 10 lakh, you have only 1 choice - the base E variant with the 1.5L petrol engine and a manual transmission. There aren’t many features here either, but the road presence, cabin space and the powerful motor does count for something.

 

Hyundai Creta - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

E 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 10.0 lakh

Hyundai Creta Dimensions

Length (mm)

4300

Width (mm)

1790

Height (mm)

1635

Wheelbase (mm)

2610

Boot Space (litre)

433

Ground Clearance(mm)

190

Fuel Tank (litre)

50

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

205/65 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/60 R17


Hyundai Creta Engine Specs

Engine

1.5 L Petrol

1.4 L Turbo Petrol

1.5 L Turbo Diesel

Displacement

1497 cc

1353 cc

1493 cc

Cylinder

4

4

4

Maximum Power

115PS @ 6300rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

Peak Torque

144Nm @ 4500rpm

242Nm @ 

1500 - 3200rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2700rpm

Manual Transmission

6-speed

-

6-speed

Manual FE

16.8kmpl

-

21.4kmpl

Automatic Transmission

CVT

7-speed DCT

6-speed torque converter

Automatic FE

16.9kmpl

16.8kmpl

18.3kmpl


Kia Seltos - 190mm

The Seltos is also based on the same platform as the Creta and offers the same engine transmission options as the Creta and then some. The bad news is that none of them is available under Rs. 10 lakh but one. With only 1 variant to choose from, there’s not much available in the name of choice from a car offering 7 unique engine-transmission options.

Kia Seltos - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

HTE 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.96 lakh


Kia Seltos Dimensions

Length (mm)

4315

Width (mm)

1800

Height (mm)

1645

Wheelbase (mm)

2610

Boot Space (litre)

433

Ground Clearance(mm)

190

Fuel Tank (litre)

50

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

205/65 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/60 R17


Kia Seltos Engine Specs

Engine

1.5 L Petrol

1.4 L Turbo Petrol

1.5 L Turbo Diesel

Displacement

1497 cc

1353 cc

1493 cc

Cylinder

4

4

4

Maximum Power

115PS @ 6300rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

Peak Torque

144Nm @ 4500rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Manual Transmission

6-speed MT & 6-speed ACMT

6-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

16.8kmpl

16.1kmpl

20.8kmpl

Automatic Transmission

CVT

7-speed DCT

6-speed torque converter

Automatic FE

16.8kmpl

16.2kmpl

17.8kmpl


Group 8 - 200mm - 3 Cars

The 8th group has 3 cars with 200mm ground clearance - the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and its rebadged version, Toyota Urban Cruiser.

Ford EcoSport - 200mm

The Ford EcoSport is the original sub-4m SUV trailblazer. The one that showed everyone that sub-4m SUVs could look good and have a mass appeal. The EcoSport was also the one to offer and promote its 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine long before turbo petrol engines were a thing. It also set the baseline of 200mm ground clearance for SUVs. Although, in recent years, many “SUVs” have failed to meet that criterion. Some carmakers still choose to respect it and have made it past Group 7.

Ford EcoSport - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

Ambiente 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.19 lakh

Trend 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.84 lakh

Titanium 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.99 lakh

Ambiente 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 8.89 lakh

Trend 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 9.35 lakh

Titanium 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 10.0 lakh


Ford EcoSport Dimensions

Length (mm)

3998

Width (mm)

1765

Height (mm)

1647

Wheelbase (mm)

2519

Boot Space (litre)

352

Ground Clearance(mm)

200

Fuel Tank (litre)

52

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

195/65 R15

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/60 R16


Ford EcoSport Engine Specs

Engine

1.5 L Petrol

1.5 L Turbo Diesel

Displacement

1496 cc

1498 cc

Cylinder

3

4

Maximum Power

122PS @ 6500rpm

100PS @ 3750rpm

Peak Torque

149Nm @ 4500rpm

215Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

15.9kmpl

21.7kmpl

Automatic Transmission

6-speed torque converter

-

Automatic FE

14.7kmpl

-


Maruti Suzuki Arena Vitara Brezza - 200mm

The Maruti Suzuki Arena’s Vitara Brezza is the first to challenge the might of the EcoSport on its turf. Not only did the Brezza successfully overtake the EcoSport in sales figures, but it also did that with just the diesel engine in times when the diesel engines were being demonized. The Breza ditched its diesel engine for petrol with the facelift, and it’s still chugging along with just 1 engine option. However, the road to sales success isn’t as easy anymore as there are plenty of options in the sub-4m SUV space.

Maruti Suzuki Arena Vitara Brezza - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

LXI 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.52 lakh

VXI 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.58 lakh

ZXI 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.33 lakh

ZXI Plus 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.86 lakh

VXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 9.88 lakh


Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Dimensions

Length (mm)

3995

Width (mm)

1790

Height (mm)

1640

Wheelbase (mm)

2500

Boot Space (litre)

328

Ground Clearance(mm)

200

Fuel Tank (litre)

48

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

205/60 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/60 R16


Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Engine Specs

Engine

1.5 L Petrol

Displacement

1462 cc

Cylinder

4

Maximum Power

105PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed (Normal)

Manual FE

17.03kmpl

Automatic Transmission

4-speed torque converter (Hybrid)

Automatic FE

18.76kmpl


Toyota Urban Cruiser - 200mm

The Toyota Urban Cruiser is the (barely) reskinned version of the highly successful Vitara Brezza. The Urban Cruiser provides Toyota’s promise of a fuss-free ownership experience, while the Brezza is suitable for those who value a wide sales and service network. Together, the two are clocking decent sales numbers and holding their own in the face of stiff competition. Just like the Brezza, the Urban Cruiser also offers exceptional fuel efficiency of 18.76kmpl from its hybrid petrol engine despite having an ancient 4-speed torque converter automatic. However, with the manual transmission, the figure is about average at 17kmpl as it doesn’t get the hybrid tech.

Toyota Urban Cruiser - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

Mid 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.63 lakh

High 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.38 lakh

Premium 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.91 lakh

Mid 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 9.93 lakh


Toyota Urban Cruiser Dimensions

Length (mm)

3995

Width (mm)

1790

Height (mm)

1640

Wheelbase (mm)

2500

Boot Space (litre)

328

Ground Clearance(mm)

200

Fuel Tank (litre)

48

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

205/60 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/60 R16


Toyota Urban Cruiser Engine Specs

Engine

1.5 L Petrol

Displacement

1462 cc

Cylinder

4

Maximum Power

105PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed (Normal)

Manual FE

17.03kmpl

Automatic Transmission

4-speed torque converter (Hybrid)

Automatic FE

18.76kmpl


Group 9 - 205mm - 4 Cars

Maruti Suzuki dominated the Group 1 of 180mm with 3 out of 4 cars. Korean sister companies Kia and Hyundai lead in Group 7 with 3 out of four cars offering a ground clearance of 190mm. Similarly, the Renault-Nissan leads this lot with 3 out of 4 cars.

Cars and SUVs with 205 ground clearance

Renault Duster - 205mm

Renault Duster is the car that led the SUV and soft-roader trend in India long before it had picked up steam and it sold in significant numbers. That is until the competitors caught up. Now, it’s the oldest horse in the race, but its big dimensions, butch styling and high ground clearance still earn it the respect it deserves. The inflation over the last decade pushed its sticker price, but you can still get 1 petrol variant of the Duster for under Rs. 10 lakh.

Renault Duster - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

RXS 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.84 lakh


Renault Duster Dimensions

Length (mm)

4360

Width (mm)

1822

Height (mm)

1695

Wheelbase (mm)

2673

Boot Space (litre)

475

Ground Clearance(mm)

205

Fuel Tank (litre)

50

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

215/65 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/65 R16


Renault Duster Engine Specs

Engine

1.3 L Turbo Petrol

1.5 L Petrol

Displacement

1330 cc

1498 cc

Cylinder

4

4

Maximum Power

156PS @ 5500rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

Peak Torque

254Nm @ 1600rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

Manual Transmission

6-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

16.5kmpl

14.26kmpl

Automatic Transmission

CVT

-

Automatic FE

16.42kmpl

-


Renault Kiger - 205mm

While one Renault SUV in this 205mm class is the oldest, the other is the newest. The Kiger is the latest addition to the list. Although it arrived after the Nissan Magnite, it packs more ammo than Magnite. Just like the Magnite, the Kiger also has a 1.0L normal and 1.0L turbo petrol engine. While the Magnite only offers CVT automatic with the turbo petrol engine, the Kiger offers an AMT automatic with the normal petrol engine too.

All of Kiger’s variants cost under Rs. 10 lakh, and you can easily find one that matches your needs and is within your budget.

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

RXE 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 5.64 lakh

RXL 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 6.41 lakh

RXT 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 6.89 lakh

RXZ 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.78 lakh

RXL 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 6.91 lakh

RXT 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 7.39 lakh

RXZ 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 8.28 lakh

RXL 1.0L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.51 lakh

RXT 1.0L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.99 lakh

RXZ 1.0L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.88 lakh

RXT 1.0L Turbo Petrol CVT Automatic

Rs. 8.99 lakh

RXZ 1.0L Turbo CVT Automatic

Rs. 9.88 lakh


Renault Kiger Dimensions

Length (mm)

3991

Width (mm)

1750

Height (mm)

1605

Wheelbase (mm)

2500

Boot Space (litre)

405

Ground Clearance(mm)

205

Fuel Tank (litre)

40

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

195/60 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

195/60 R16


Renault Kiger Engine Specs

Engine

1.0 L Turbo Petrol

1.0 L Turbo Petrol

1.0 L Petrol

Displacement

999 cc

999 cc

999 cc

Cylinder

3

3

3

Maximum Power

100PS @ 5000rpm

100PS @ 5000rpm

72PS @ 6250rpm

Peak Torque

160Nm @ 2800 - 3600rpm

152Nm @ 2200 - 4400rpm

96Nm @ 3500rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

-

5-speed

Manual FE

20kmpl

-

NA

Automatic Transmission

-

CVT

5-speed AMT

Automatic FE

-

17.7kmpl

NA


Nissan Magnite - 205mm

Just like the Kiger, all of the Nissan Magnite’s variants cost under Rs. 10 lakh and have a similar price band. The Magnite and the Kiger, both sit at the budget end of the price range for a sub-4m SUV.

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

XE 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 5.59 lakh

XL 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 6.32 lakh

XV 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 6.99 lakh

XV Premium 1.0L Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.68 lakh

XL 1.0L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.49 lakh

XV 1.0L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.09 lakh

XV Premium 1.0L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.89 lakh

XL 1.0L Turbo Petrol CVT Automatic

Rs. 8.39 lakh

XV 1.0L Turbo Petrol CVT Automatic

Rs. 8.99 lakh

XV Premium 1.0L Turbo Petrol CVT Automatic

Rs. 9.74 lakh


Nissan Magnite Dimensions

Length (mm)

3994

Width (mm)

1758

Height (mm)

1572

Wheelbase (mm)

2500

Boot Space (litre)

336

Ground Clearance(mm)

205

Fuel Tank (litre)

40

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

195/60 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

195/60 R16


Nissan Magnite Engine Specs

Engine

1.0 L Turbo Petrol

1.0 L Turbo Petrol

1.0 L Petrol

Displacement

999 cc

999 cc

999 cc

Cylinder

3

3

3

Maximum Power

100PS @ 5000rpm

100PS @ 5000rpm

72PS @ 6250rpm

Peak Torque

160Nm @ 2800 - 3600rpm

152Nm @ 2200 - 4400rpm

96Nm @ 3500rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

-

5-speed

Manual FE

20kmpl

-

18.75kmpl

Automatic Transmission

-

CVT

-

Automatic FE

-

17.7kmpl

-


Kia Sonet - 205mm

The Sonet is Kia’s hottest commodity right now in the market, and for a good reason. Besides a high ground clearance of 205mm, it also offers a burly SUV silhouette, plenty of upmarket features and almost as many engine-transmission combinations. However, for the budget-conscious, only 7 variants are available for under Rs. 10 lakh.

The city-dwellers and mile munchers can consider the lower 3 variants of the Sonet with the 1.2-litre normal and 1.5-litre turbo diesel engines. Total convenience seekers have the option of the turbo petrol engine with auto-clutch manual transmission (ACMT). It offers the convenience of an automatic in crawling city traffic while also offering the pleasure of slotting a manual transmission in its gates for enthusiasts.

Kia Sonet - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

HTE 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 6.79 lakh

HTK 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.8 lakh

HTK Plus 1.2L Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.66 lakh

HTK Plus 1.0L Turbo Petrol Auto Clutch Manual

Rs. 9.8 lakh

HTE 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 8.36 lakh

HTK 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 9.3 lakh

HTK Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 9.9 lakh

Kia Sonet Dimensions

Length (mm)

3995

Width (mm)

1790

Height (mm)

1647

Wheelbase (mm)

2500

Boot Space (litre)

392

Ground Clearance(mm)

205

Fuel Tank (litre)

45

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

195/65 R15

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/60 R16


Kia Sonet Engine Specs

Engine

1.0 L Turbo Petrol

1.2 L Petrol

1.5 L Turbo Diesel

1.5 L Turbo Diesel

Displacement

998 cc

1197 cc

1493 cc

1493 cc

Cylinder

3

4

4

4

Maximum Power

120PS @ 6000rpm

83PS @ 6300rpm

100PS @ 4000rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

Peak Torque

172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

115Nm @ 4200rpm

240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Manual Transmission

6-speed ACMT

5-speed

6-speed

-

Manual FE

18.2kmpl

18.4kmpl

24.1kmpl

-

Automatic Transmission

7- speed DCT

-

-

6-speed torque converter

Automatic FE

18.3kmpl

-

-

19kmpl


Group 10 - 209mm - 1 Car

Now, we’re getting closer to the top of the ground clearance ladder, and here we have the Tata Nexon with 209mm clearance. One interesting fact you may not know is that the Nexon EV is a 205mm ground clearance - 4mm lower than the regular Nexon but still very respectable.

Tata Nexon - 209mm

The Tata Nexon not only sits near the top in this list, but it’s also literally at the top of its class of sub-4m SUVs with a spectacular 209mm clearance. While some of its variants breach the Rs. 10 lakh limit, you still have 11 options on the menu. On the powertrain side, you can pick between the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with the manual transmission, the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with AMT automatic and the 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine with a manual transmission without blowing through your Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom) budget.

Tata Nexon - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

XE 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 7.2 lakh

XM 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.16 lakh

XM (S) 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 8.68 lakh

XZ 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.16 lakh

XZ Plus 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.96 lakh

XMA 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 8.76 lakh

XMA (S) 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 9.28 lakh

XM (S) 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.88 lakh

XE 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 8.5 lakh

XM 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 9.49 lakh

XM (S) 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 10.0 lakh


Tata Nexon Dimensions

Length (mm)

3993

Width (mm)

1811

Height (mm)

1606

Wheelbase (mm)

2498

Boot Space (litre)

350

Ground Clearance(mm)

209

Fuel Tank (litre)

44

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

195/60 R16

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/60 R16


Tata Nexon Engine Specs

Engine

1.2 L Turbo Petrol

1.5 L Turbo Diesel

Displacement

1199 cc

1497 cc

Cylinder

3

4

Maximum Power

120PS @ 5500rpm

110PS @ 4000rpm

Peak Torque

170Nm @ 1750 - 4000rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Manual Transmission

6-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

17.57kmpl

22.44kmpl

Automatic Transmission

6-speed AMT

6-speed AMT

Automatic FE

16.35kmpl

22.44kmpl


Group 11 - 210mm - 1 Car

Finally, we have the Nissan Kicks. The king of ground clearance sits 210mm off the ground and beats the Nexon by 2mm to take the top spot.

Nissan Kicks - 210mm

While the Kicks shares its platform and powertrains with the tried and tested Renault Duster, it offers 5mm of additional ground clearance. Not unlike the Sonet, which offers 15mm better clearance than the Venue despite sharing its ‘soul’ with Hyundai.

You can get the Kicks with a 1.5-litre normal petrol engine and a manual transmission, and a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine and either a manual or a CVT automatic transmission. However, with a tighter price restriction of Rs. 10 lakh, we could squeeze only 2 of its variants into this list. And, both of them only offer the simpler 1.5-litre normal petrol engine with a manual transmission.

Nissan Kicks - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

XL 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.5 lakh

XV 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 10.0 lakh


Nissan Kicks Dimensions

Length (mm)

4384

Width (mm)

1813

Height (mm)

1669

Wheelbase (mm)

2673

Boot Space (litre)

400

Ground Clearance(mm)

210

Fuel Tank (litre)

50

Tyre Size (Base Variant)

215/60 R17

Tyre Size (Top Variant)

215/60 R17


Nissan Kicks Engine Specs

Engine

1.3 L Turbo Petrol

1.5 L Petrol

Displacement

1330 cc

1498 cc

Cylinder

4

4

Maximum Power

156PS @ 5500rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

Peak Torque

254Nm @ 1600rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

Manual Transmission

6-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

16.3kmpl

14.1kmpl

Automatic Transmission

CVT

-

Automatic FE

16.3kmpl

-

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

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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