These are the Best Automatic SUVs In India!

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SUVs are all the craze in India today. People in India traditionally prefer SUVs due to their high ground clearance. After all, the bad road conditions in our country are enough to turbn anyone into an SUV lover. However, the SUVs today are quite comfortable and have good road manners too. With that said, the only question that everybody has on their mind at all times is which is the SUV to buy. So, today, we bring you a list of best automatic SUVs in India. Why automatic? Because automatic transmissions today contribute to higher mileage and make living with an SUV easy on a daily basis. Also, we have considered the offerings up to a price range starting from less than Rs 30 lakh. So, here’s the best automatic SUV in India on sale today.

Best Automatic SUV in India

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Best Automatic SUV in India – Ford Endeavour

Price Rs 23.91 lakh – 29.59 lakh
Engine 2.2-litre TDCi turbo diesel/3.2-litre TDCi turbo diesel
Power 158BHP/197BHP
Torque 385Nm/470Nm
Transmission 6-speed Automatic
Unique features Semi-Auto Parallel Park Assist, heated ORVMs, Terrain Management System, Sync 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, projector headlamps

Best Automatic SUV in India - Ford Endeavour

There are a number of reasons why Ford Endeavour scores top marks here. First off, it is the only SUV here with any sort of autonomous driving capability (technically, semi-autonomous). Being Ford India’s flagship product, it was recently updated with SYNC 3 infotainment unit  which has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Features such as heated ORVMs and Terrain Management System make it a capable daily-driver. With two engines choices on offer and both mated to automatic transmissions, this car earns top marks in almost every area, be it desirability, capability or value-for money. Hence, it is the best automatic SUV in India under Rs 30 lakh on sale today. Here’s our review of the car.

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Best Automatic SUV in India (First runner-up) – Volkswagen Tiguan

Price Rs 26.56 lakh – 29.83 lakh
Engine 2.0-litre TDI turbo diesel
Power 141BHP
Torque 340Nm
Transmission 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic
Unique features Tri-zone auto A/c, drive mode selector, all-wheel drive, active hood, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED headlamps

Best Automatic SUV in India - Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan is perhaps the newest SUV on this list but still scores high marks. Why? While it may offer just one engine and gearbox choice, the car more than makes up for all its shortcomings by offering a host of features. Also, the car is pretty good to drive around, as we observed in our review of the car. With all-wheel drive, this car can also handle a variety of road conditions. It may just be a five-seater, but it is good at seating five passengers in comfort. Hence, it secures the second spot on this list. Do take a look at our review of the Tiguan.

Best Automatic SUV in India (Second runner-up) – Toyota Fortuner

Price Rs 25.95 lakh – 29.17 lakh
Engine 2.7-litre petrol/2.8-litre turbo diesel
Power 164BHP/174BHP
Torque 245Nm/450Nm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Unique features Paddle shifters, projector headlamps, Driving modes, wood inserts on steering wheel and gear shift console, traction control

Best Automatic SUV in India - Toyota Fortuner

The Fortuner is one of Toyota India’s most-sold nameplates. The reason behind it can be attributed to Toyota’s reliability and the SUV’s reputation as a true-blue off-roader. It comes in at third spot as it offers automatic gearbox with both petrol and diesel engines. Its list of features is also quite good. However, what keeps it from scoring top marks is its ride on the pavement, something we observed in our review of the car. However, since this is a ladder-frame SUV, its off-road capability can more than make up for its deficiencies in on-road manners for its fans. For most folks though, who will use it on pavement, they may not like its ride. Here’s our off-road review of the Toyota Fortuner.

4. Isuzu MU-X

Price Rs 22.47 lakh – 24.35 lakh
Engine 3.0-litre Ddi turbo diesel
Power 174BHP
Torque 380Nm
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Unique features Shift-on-the-fly 4WD, touchscreen infotainment system, projector headlamps

Best Automatic SUV in India - Isuzu MU-X

Isuzu scores high marks on this list because of a few reasons. First off, its engine’s reliability is comparable to Toyota’s. Second, its shift-on-fly 4WD selector is quite handy. Being based on the same platform as the D-Max V-Cross, it also gets the same front suspension setup as the pick-up truck i.e. double wishbone. The rear is different to help it deliver a comfier ride than the pick-up truck. This SUV has a muscular look, lending it great on-road presence. However, Isuzu’s presence in India is still miniscule. Hence, after-sales support may not be as readily available as for other cars on this list. Otherwise, it could have scored higher on this list.

5. Renault Duster AMT

Price Rs 12.77 lakh
Engine 1.5-litre dCi turbo diesel
Power 108BHP
Torque 245Nm
Transmission 6-speed AMT
Unique features Auto A/C, tilt-adjustable power steering, cruise control, electrically folding ORVMs, Eco mode

Best Automatic SUV in India - Renault Duster AMT

The Duster is one of Renault’s most popular products in India. Available in various trims, including petrol automatic and AWD, this SUV is quite capable off and on-road. While the petrol car is equipped with a CVT gearbox, it is the AMT-equipped diesel that makes it to the list. Why? Firstly, in diesel guise, its fuel efficiency is quite good. Secondly, it is quite feature-rich. Renault gave this car a new face quite recently, helping keep this car relevant even when the competition is heating up. Take a look at our impressions of the car in our first drive review of Duster AMT.

6. Nissan Terrano AMT

Price Rs 14.03 lakh
Engine 1.5-litre dCi turbo diesel
Power 108BHP
Torque 245Nm
Transmission 6-speed AMT
Unique features Auto A/C, tilt-adjustable steering, cruise control, electrically-folding ORVMs, Eco mode

Best Automatic SUV in India - Nissan Terrano AMT

The Terrano AMT has the same specs and features as the Renault Duster AMT. Both cars could have tied for the fifth spot. However, the Terrano’s road presence is not up to the same level as Duster’s. Also, its price is on the higher side, further bringing its score down. That is not to say it is not capable. The Terrano is quite capable an SUV. Take a look at our review of the car to know what’s it like to drive.

7. Hyundai Creta

Price Rs 12.48 lakh – 14.00 lakh
Engine 1.6-litre petrol/1.6-litre CRDi turbo diesel
Power 121BHP/126BHP
Torque 151Nm/260Nm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Unique features Rear camera with steering-adaptive guidelines, 17-inch wheels, cornering headlamps, AppleCarPlay and Android Auto

Best Automatic SUV in India - Hyundai Creta Automatic

The Creta has to be on this list of Best Automatic SUV in India. The Creta has worked wonders for Hyundai India. It continues to be a good seller for the company. The best part about the car is that it can be had with automatic transmission with both diesel and petrol engines. Fuel efficiency of both engines is quite good. More over, the Creta long list of features make it quite an offering. While it falls behind more capable SUVs, it still scores quite high, owing to some useful features such as cornering headlamps, rear camera with steering-adaptive guidelines and Apple CarPlay with Android Auto. These features are not on offer on cars that cost more than Creta.

8. Hyundai Tucson

Price Rs 20.89 lakh – 23.86 lakh
Engine 2.0-litre petrol/1.6-litre CRDi turbo diesel
Power 153BHP/182BHP
Torque 192Nm/400Nm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Unique features LED cornering headlamps, 18-inch wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Best Automatic SUV in India - Hyundai Tucson

The Tucson has taken a bite of the lower-D sedan segment pie, even though it competes in the SUV space. First off, we Indians are crazy for SUVs. Second, nothing new was happening in the lower D sedan segment, when Tucson came to India. Hence, it was bought by quite a few of these buyers. However, this SUV is pretty good when it comes to road manners, feature list and road presence. It looks nice, drives nice and its feature list make you feel good about owning this car. However, it scores low on this list as it is more of a soft-roader than a true-blue SUV. Do take a look at our Hyundai Tucson review.

9. Hyundai Santa Fe

Price Rs 29.04 lakh – 31.07 lakh
Engine 2.2-litre CRDi turbo diesel
Power 194BHP
Torque 436Nm
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Unique features Projector headlamps with washers, auto-levelling headlamps, ECO mode

Best Automatic SUV in India - Hyundai Santa Fe

The third consecutive Hyundai on our list of Best Automatic SUV in India is the Santa Fe. This SUV has been on sale in India for some time now. It is still quite modern by today’s standards. With just a diesel engine on offer, this car comes with a 7-speed automatic gearbox. The Santa Fe looks quite fresh even today. Its ability to seat seven, coupled with its long list of comfort features, means you will have few complaints with this SUV. Only if Hyundai updated this SUV could it have scored higher on this list. Here’s our review of the car for you.

10. Mahindra XUV 500

Price Rs 14.34 lakh – 17.07 lakh
Engine 2.2-litre mHawk turbo diesel
Power 140BHP
Torque 330Nm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Unique features Projector headlamps, Android Auto, logo projection lamps on ORVMs, dynamic assist rear parking camera, micro hybrid, dual-zone A/c, cooled centre console storage

Best Automatic SUV in India - Mahindra XUV500

The XUV500 is a nice SUV but is quite old now. It scores low points on this list because its feature list does not have many unique features. In general, Mahindra should give this car a thorough rework to help it become more competitive against its rivals. Its micro-hybrid system is not as good at saving fuel as you may think. Still, it is among the few Indian cars that have Android Auto functionality, dual-zone A/c and cooled centre console storage space.

11. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Price Rs 26.73 lakh
Engine 2.5-litre DI turbo diesel
Power 176BHP
Torque 350Nm
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Unique features Paddle shifters, dual front airbags, projector headlamps

Best Automatic SUV in India - Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is among the few ladder-frame SUVs on this list. However, there are few reasons why it has been positioned so low on this list. First off, it is quite old. Secondly, Mitsubishi has not updated it with new features, something that hurts its score even further. Lastly, it lacks what the Pajero had in spades – road presence. If you look at the Pajero and Pajero Sport side-by-side, you will likely gravitate towards the Pajero for its road presence. The Pajero Sport is just not as special as its price tag suggests. Hence, its positioning on the list.

12. Ford EcoSport

Price Rs 9.84 lakh
Engine 1.5-litre petrol
Power 110BHP
Torque 140Nm
Transmission 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
Unique features Dual-clutch transmission, under co-driver seat storage, 6 airbags

Best Automatic SUV in India - Ford EcoSport

Ford’s EcoSport SUV finds a spot on this list due to having a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It is only the second car on this list to come with such a gearbox. However, what hurts its score a lot is that there is no diesel engine – automatic gearbox offering on the car. We Indian talk about SUVs and diesel engines in same breath. So, not having a diesel engine with an auto gearbox hurts this car’s score on this list. However, unique features such as under co-driver seat storage and 6 airbags (only SUV in its segment to offer these features) keep it from securing the last spot on this list.

13. Honda CR-V

Price Rs 23.26 lakh
Engine 2.0-litre petrol
Power 154BHP
Torque 190Nm
Transmission Type 5-speed automatic
Unique features Petrol engine only, paddle shifters, 6 airbags, foot parking brake

Best Automatic SUV in India - Honda CR-V

The CRV just manages to make it to this list of Best Automatic SUV in India. It secures the last spot as it still does not offer a diesel engine, despite being on sale in India for a long time. Honda has not updated the car in a long time. Hence, its feature list also reflects its age. After all, in today’s time of electric parking brake, which car can you recall offers a foot-operated parking brake? Yes, the CR-V has a foot-operated parking brake. On top of all this, its price should have come down over time. But no! Due to all these reasons, it secures the last spot on this list.

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