SUVs or Sports Utility Vehicles have become an essential part of the Indian car market, especially in the last few years. While sedans and hatchbacks were seen as the prime picks of the buyers, SUVs have now become a preferred choice even for an average customer. One key reason for this is that manufacturers have started offering SUVs at competitive prices that come with some interesting features. Also, with the birth of a new category called compact SUV segment, more people have started considering such cars and within no time, the companies realised this thing too. The Ford EcoSport started the compact SUV segment in India in 2013 and after that, other manufacturers joined the race too, looking at the decent response from the audience. The recent example is the Tata Nexon that is being admired for its design and the high value for money quotient. For this reason, the SUVs are now not seen as something that only the middle-upper class can buy as they can be purchased at quite affordable prices. Furthermore, in order to step up the convenience factor, manufacturers are even offering an automatic gearbox with their cars. So, here is our pick of the top five SUVs with an automatic gearbox that you can buy in India under the Rs 15 lakh bracket.
2017 Ford EcoSport
The recently launched 2017 Ford EcoSport receives some impressive changes in comparison to the older model at almost no price change. The update brings with it the company’s signature grille up front that you can see in most of the Ford models. The sub-compact SUV essentially started the segment in India in the year 2013 and the latest update is one major facelift given to it in its lifespan. The new 2017 Ford EcoSport is available with two engine options. While the 1.5-litre diesel engine is good for 99 hp of power, the all-new 1.5-litre petrol mill develops 120 hp. The price of the 2017 Ford EcoSport in India starts at Rs 7.31 lakh and you can opt for the base automatic variant at Rs 9.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The popular Renault Duster is also a worthy option if you are in the market looking for an automatic SUV under Rs 15 lakh. A few months back, the company had launched the petrol variant of the Duster in India. So now, the Renault Duster in total, gets three engine options to choose from. The 1.6-litre petrol engine churns out a power output of 103 hp while the 1.5-litre diesel engine comes in two different tunes generating 84 hp and 108 hp. The Renault Duster now comes with a winged grille up front along with hawk-eye cluster headlamps that look appealing. The car also comes with safety features like hill start assist, engine immobilizer, airbags, speed sensitive auto door locking and a lot more. The price of the Renault Duster Automatic variant in India starts at Rs 10.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The company will launch a new 2018 Renault Duster next year that has already been unveiled globally.
The Hyundai Creta is one of the best options if you are planning to buy an automatic SUV under Rs 15 lakh. The 2018 version of Hyundai Creta has been spied recently and it is expected to be showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 next year. The 2017 Hyundai Creta comes with three engine options out of which one is petrol while the other two are diesel units. The 1.6-litre petrol engine produces a maximum power output of 121 hp while the 1.6-litre diesel mill develops 126 hp. Last, the smaller 1.4-litre diesel is good for 89 hp of power. The SUV comes with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) that look appealing and the dimensions of the SUV offer it a commanding road presence. The automatic variant of the Hyundai Creta can be purchased from as low as Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Mahindra XUV500 is one of the most popular products from the Indian carmaker's product portfolio and makes for a case of a good option when it comes to buying an automatic SUV under Rs 15 lakh. The SUV received its mid-life update in the year 2015. Powering the Mahindra XUV500 are three engine options. First, a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine produces a maximum power output of 140 hp. Besides this, there is also a recently launched a 2.2-litre petrol engine that generates 140 hp of power. Last, the 1.99-litre diesel engine makes an identical power output of 140 hp. The engines come paired with a standard six-speed manual gearbox while the Aisin sourced automatic transmission comes as standard. The price of the Mahindra XUV500 Automatic in India starts at Rs 14.87 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Honda BR-V is the Japanese manufacturer's first compact SUV. The front profile of the car features a bold grille and the wheel arches along with stylish alloy wheels give the BR-V an upmarket and premium appeal. The Honda BR-V sources its power from two engines. The 1.5-litre petrol engine churns out 117 hp of power along with a peak torque of 145 Nm. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre diesel mill is good for 98 hp and 200 Nm. A six-speed manual gearbox comes standard while CVT transmission is available only with the petrol variants. The car gets features like projector headlamps, electronically adjustable rear view mirrors, roof rails, cup holders, rear AC vents and a lot more. The price of the Honda BR-V CVT in India is Rs 12.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).