Micro-SUVs are the perfectly made family cars. They are compact and yet spacious. They are stylish and can perform well. Micro-SUVs can easily fit up to 6 people and five comfortably. They come in an affordable price range too. For most people who are looking to enjoy the power and style of a SUV but are on a tight budget, micro SUVs are the best option. Some can cost a little above ₹ 6 Lakhs while some sully loaded models can cost up to ₹ 12 Lakhs. Here’s a list of top Micro-SUV’s in the Indian market, you can easily buy in 2022. Some of them are already on the streets but others will hit the roads only by early next year.
Tata Punch – Tata’s Latest Micro SUV – The Safest Car in India
Tata motors has established itself as the most affordable brand in India. Contrary to this fact Tata motors also makes some of the most luxurious vehicles too. The Harrier model which is the best car yet from Tata Motors is an absolute masterpiece. However, it costs around ₹ 16 Lakhs. On the other hand, Tata has launched a smaller version of this SUV with the name, Punch. Punch is a Medium sized SUV that starts at ₹ 5.49 Lakhs and goes up to ₹ 9.08 Lakhs. It comes as 4 variants, Pure, Adventure & Adventure AMT, Accomplished & Accomplished AMT, Creative & Creative AMT. All the models come with a 1.2 L, 3 cylinder, 1199cc engine with 84.48 BHP. The Fuel tank capacity is at 37 litres. The AMT or Automatic Transmission is available for the three variants. All the variants can fetch you a mileage of up to 18 kmpl.
If Tata Nexon had ruled the roast last year, it is time for the next iteration of the micro SUVs by Tata. Tata Nexon and the electric version of the Nexon have already become one of the top selling products in the segment and the introduction of the Tata Punch will only increase the advantage for the brand. While, Tata Punch comes only with the petrol engine as of now, the company could come up with an electric variant by late 2022 or early 2023. All-in-all, Tata has come up with an affordable SUV with great features. Give it a test drive if you are having an eye for it.
MG Astor – The Car with an AI & Most Advanced ADAS
Morris Garages’ Astor comes in 11 variants, including the Automatic Transmission models. It is a well-built SUV that can seat up to 5 people. The new Astor is the internal combustion engine cousin of the previously launched MG ZS EV. Unlike other brands, MG has launched the electric variant first and has launched the petrol variant with many upgrades. Pricing starts at ₹ 9.78 lakhs and goes up to ₹ 17. 38 Lakhs. It is equipped with 1.3 L 3-cylinder or 1.5 L 4-cylinder engines, depending on the variants. The Style, Super, Sharp and Smart variants are equipped with a 1498 cc engine, while the Savvy, Smart Turbo and Sharp Turbo variants come with a 1349 cc engine.
The Astor is a petrol vehicle and it comes with a lot of smart features like ADAS and AI Assistant. As always, MG has equipped the vehicles with internet connectivity, giving off the tagline, Internet Inside. If you are looking for a lot of options in your new SUV, you can gladly choose Astor. With different features and variants, it sure will make you think about your best desires in a car. It has many safety features and advanced driver assist system that can make your travel secure. You can be assured that it is almost impossible to get into an accident with this car.
Citroen C3 – Affordable Micro SUV
The Citroen C3 is expected to be launched in the first half of 2022. It is equipped with a 1.2L petrol engine with a 5-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The French carmaker is yet to unveil the actual plans for the car but it is also rumoured that the brand might bring the car as a custom made and completely made to order micro SUV. The price of the micro-SUV is expected to be around ₹ 5.5 Lakhs. At such a price, it will be a killer deal and there is no need to think twice before buying this.
The engine displacement is at 1198cc, comparable to other vehicles like Tata Punch or MG Astor. It is also expected to feature a 10-inch touchscreen with Android Auto & Apple Play. It also has the usual refinements such as Airbags, LED tail lights etc. The Price of the vehicle has turned it into an anticipated vehicle, for it competes with other brands such as Nissan, Tata, Renault, etc. Be sure to watch out for the release of this vehicle in the coming months.
Mahindra eKUV100 – Most Anticipated & Cheapest Electric SUV
After eVerito, Mahindra is set to launch its all-new Electric Vehicle (EV), in March 2022. The eKUV100, as the name implies is powered by a 15kWh motor with a 30kW liquid cooled battery. On the whole, the EV is set to achieve a range of about 147KM. It has a quick charging system and it is set to charge up to 80% in an hour. Although the company has not announced the actual price of the EV, it can be expected to be marginally higher than its petrol variant. This was the case for eVerito. Hence, we can expect the price to be around ₹ 8.5 Lakhs, which is a decent price for an Electric SUV. Perhaps, it will be the cheapest electric SUV when it will finally come out early next year. If you want to go for a cleaner vehicle, EV’s are the best and if you want to go for an Indian Make, you can trust Mahindra.
With a new logo and the advanced features in XUV700, Mahindra has rejuvenated a new spirit into its line-up. The eKUV100 will expand the options for the customer and provide better sales for the brand.
Hyundai Casper – Will India Get it?
Hyundai has designed its compact SUV, Casper exclusively for the South Korean Market. As of now, the news is that it might not get an Indian release. However, its features are quite catchy. The SUV is powered by a 999cc engine with 5-speed manual & automatic transmission. The price of the vehicle is expected to be around ₹ 6 lakhs. It is a very compact vehicle and if it launches in India, it will compete with the likes of Tata Punch, Renault KWID & Citroen C3.
Hyundai is not eager to launch the model in the Indian market as Hyundai already has a large customer base for Hyundai Venue & larger Creta. Not to mention the KIA Sonet & Seltos of the sister concern. However, if Hyundai is trying to maximise the sales without bringing in new models in the country, like what the Ford did, it will fall back in the race. Hyundai should be bullish and bring in new models which will provide better options to the customers.
Other important models that are worth the mention are the Renault KWID & Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. You won’t be disappointed with any of the choices mentioned above. So, what is your favourite? What will you be buying next year?