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    Cars And SUVs With Best Ground Clearance Under 7 Lakh

    by Mahesh Yadav on Tuesday, Sep 14 2021

    While SUVs are gaining popularity across the world, at least for us in India, their high ground clearance means the world. It’s the difference between calling for help or towing and getting out of a tricky situation without a scratch. It’s the difference between stopping in the middle of the road and giving it a second thought before entering a water-logged patch and knowing in your heart that your car can get through like a champ.

     

    Cars And SUVs With Best Ground Clearance

    Note that carmakers in India specify the ground clearance without any load. With the occupants, the effective ground clearance will vary. With a typical load, a car that has less clearance but stiffer springs may even beat another car with slightly better ground clearance but softer springs.

    Here are 10 cars and SUVs with the best ground clearance for under Rs. 7.0 lakh (ex-showroom).

    1. Renault Kiger - 205mm

    Renault Kiger

    In this list, the Renault Kiger’s 205mm ground clearance is right up there with the Nissan Magnite and Kia Sonet. However, the Kiger offers the most options. There are 3 variants to choose from and you can even get the RXL trim with the AMT automatic.

    Renault Kiger - Variants Under Rs. 7 Lakh

    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

    RXL 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 6.91 lakh

     Also Read - Cars and SUVs with High Ground Clearance Under 10 Lakh in India

    2. Nissan Magnite - 205mm

    Nissan Magnite

    The Nissan Magnite also uses the same frame as the Kiger and offers an identical 205mm ground clearance. The Magnite doesn’t have an AMT automatic transmission with the 1.0-litre normal petrol engine. However, like the Renault Kiger, the Magnite also has 3 variants with the manual transmission for under Rs.  7.0 lakh.

    Nissan Magnite - Variants Under Rs. 7 Lakh

    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

     Also Read - Safest Cars Under 10 to 15 Lakh in India by GNCAP

    3. Kia Sonet - 205mm

     Kia Sonet

    The Kia Sonet is an expensive option compared to the first two as you can only accommodate the base HTE variant in the stipulated budget.

    Kia Sonet - Variants Under Rs. 7 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    HTE 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.79 lakh

     Also read - Cars with High Ground Clearance Under 5 Lakh in India

    4. Hyundai Venue - 190mm

    Hyundai Venue

    The Hyundai Venue also uses the same frame as the Kia Sonet, but offers a surprisingly lower ground clearance of just 190mm. Hyundai is also interested in positioning the Venue as a premium alternative in the sub-4m SUV space and therefore has a higher price range. Only the base E trim meets the price criterion to reserve a spot on this list.

    Hyundai Venue - Variants Under Rs. 7 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    E 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.92 lakh

     

    5. Nissan Datsun Redi-Go - 187mm

    Datsun Redi-Go

    Unlike the first 4 SUVs with a big body and an equally heavier price tag, the Nissan Datsun Redi-Go is an affordable, entry-level car with SUV styling and the best ground clearance of 187mm. Within a 1.0 lakh rupee price band (Rs. 4.0 - 5.0 lakh), the Redi Go gives you 3 variants with a 0.8-litre petrol engine and a manual transmission and 3 engine transmission options with the top trim. The T (O) is available with the base 0.8-litre petrol engine and a larger 1.0-litre normal petrol engine. You can get a manual and an AMT automatic transmission with the T (O) variant and the 1.0-litre petrol engine combo. All of this for under Rs. 5.0 lakh is commendable.

    Nissan Datsun Redi-Go - Variants Under Rs. 7 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

     Also Read - 2021 Cars with Biggest Boot Space Under 10 Lakh in India

    6. Renault Kwid - 184mm

    Renault Kwid

    The Kwid has 3mm less clearance than the Redi-Go but has a wider price range. Its base STD variant is a lot more basic than the Redi-Go’s A trim while the top Climber trim has a few extra features not available in the Redi-Go T (O).

    The highlight at both of these extremes is the inclusion of LED DRLs, body-coloured bumpers and double-barrel headlamps in the base trim and rear armrest in the top variant. It also has the same 3 engine-transmission combinations as the Redi Go:

    • 0.8-litre normal petrol engine with 5-speed manual transmission
    • 1.0-litre normal petrol engine with 5-speed manual transmission
    • 1.0-litre normal petrol engine with 5-speed AMT automatic transmission

    Renault Kwid - Variants Under Rs. 7 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

    Climber (O) 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 5.49 lakh

     

    7. Renault Triber - 182mm

    Renault Triber

    The Renault Triber is a unique proposition. For chauffeur-driven buyers, this car offers rear AC vents along with sliding and reclining rear seats. For the weekend warriors, it has removable third-row seats to maximize the boot space to 625 litres with room for 5 occupants. For a large family, the Triber has space for 7 occupants. The Triber’s styling is mass market-friendly, the ground clearance is India-friendly and the engine-transmission combinations are city-friendly. All of this for the price of a hatchback is an unbelievable value.

    Renault Triber - Variants Under Rs. 7 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    RXE 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.5 lakh

    RXL 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.13 lakh

    RXT 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.68 lakh

    RXL 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 6.63 lakh

    RXT 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 7.18 lakh

     Also Read - 2021 Cars with Biggest Boot Space Under 7 Lakh in India

    8. Maruti Suzuki Nexa Ignis - 180mm

    Maruti Suzuki Ignis

    Besides the barebones base variants of the Sonet and Venue, the Nexa Ignis is the only car on this list with a more powerful and smoother 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine option. Unlike the Sonet and the Venue, the Ignis has some variants you can choose from without blowing through your Rs. 7.0 lakh budget. If you are fine with its style, size and lower ground clearance, then this is worth considering. If you frequently drive in city traffic, then consider buying the Ignis with the AMT automatic transmission.

    Maruti Suzuki Nexa Ignis - Variants Under Rs. 7 Lakh

    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

     Also Read - 2021 Cars with Biggest Boot Space Under 5 Lakh in India

    9. Maruti Suzuki Arena S-Presso - 180mm

    Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

    Like the Ignis, the Maruti SPresso also has 180mm ground clearance, a compact size and an automatic transmission to deal with the stop-and-go traffic. On top of that, it also has the option of factory fit-CNG kit with manufacturer warranty. With so many options, you can pick the one that suits your needs and budget. We recommend the VXI (O) or the VXI Plus variants as they offer better value and have the features for an enjoyable ownership experience.

    Maruti Suzuki Arena S-Presso - Variants Under Rs. 7 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 Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 4.96 lakh

    VXI Plus 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 5.07 lakh

     

    10. Ford Figo - 174mm

    Ford Figo

    Finally, the Ford Figo makes the cut for being the only car on this list that’s not pretending to be an SUV. 174mm of ground clearance may not sound like much but for a hatchback, such specs deserve nothing but respect. For a hatchback buyer, every millimetre counts when most of the hatchbacks offer 165mm of ground clearance.

    Ford Figo - Variants Under Rs. 7 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    Ambiente 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.82 lakh

    Titanium 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.82 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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