In a country like ours, the roads can be a bit rough, especially in semi-urban and rural environments. Even in the big cities, the roads, apart from the highways, are challenging. Therefore, it helps to have a vehicle with high ground clearance to tackle these challenges. Also, not everyone can afford a full-sized SUV just for the fact that it has high ground clearance. Hence, the need for small cars or compact SUVs with high ground clearance arose.
That is one of the major factors for the success of compact SUVs in India. So, we thought you might need a list of cars with high ground clearance within Rs 10 lakhs. Before moving on do check out the list of cars with the highest mileage in India! Let us start with our list of 10 Cars under 10 lakhs with best ground clearance.
The Nissan Kicks has been recently launched with an all-new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine. This engine comes with a manual or a CVT gearbox option. Kicks also comes with a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine with a manual transmission. The ground clearance of the Kicks stands at an impressive 210mm. This will definitely take you on almost any road in India.
The Tata Nexon is also a compact SUV, which a lot of semi-urban buyers have taken a liking to. That is primarily because of its rugged and tough built quality as well as high ground clearance at 209mm. These factors make it a rather decent off-roader if you need it to be one! The Nexon comes with a 1.2-liter petrol and a 1.5-liter diesel engine, both of which are equipped with either a manual or an AMT gearbox options. Tata Nexon comes at a price point of Rs 6.99 lakhs and Rs 12.70 lakhs.
The latest car launch in India, the Nissan Magnite comes at an introductory price of Rs 4.99 lakhs and the fully-loaded top-end trim sits at a rather aggressive Rs 9.45 lakhs, undercutting the competition severely. Being a compact SUV, it offers a delightful ground clearance of 205mm. Magnite comes with two petrol engines, a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated and a 1.0-litre turbo unit. It is a great option for someone looking for a budget-friendly compact SUV.
Duster is the compact SUV which is responsible for the creation of this segment back in 2012. Duster is the original compact SUV in India. It has stayed strong to its character and people still appreciate it today. It offers a ground clearance of 205mm. Duster comes with two petrol options: a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated unit and a 1.3-litre turbo unit with manual as well as automatic transmission options. The prices for the Duster range between Rs 9.39 lakhs and Rs 13.59 lakhs.
One of the most popular compact SUVs in India was the Ford EcoSport with an exquisite 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine. However, after the BS6 regulations came into effect, it was discontinued. Now the EcoSport comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a manual or an automatic gearbox and a 1.5-litre diesel with a manual transmission. It has a decent ground clearance of 200mm. The Ford EcoSport ranges from Rs 8.19 lakhs and goes up to Rs 11.73 lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The highest selling compact SUV in India, the Vitara Brezza comes with a sole 1.5-litre petrol engine. One has the option of getting it with either a manual or an AMT. The ground clearance stands at 198mm. The prices for the Brezza range from Rs 7.33 lakhs to Rs 11.39 lakhs.
The very popular Hyundai Venue comes with a ground clearance of 190mm. The Venue comes with various engine and gearbox combinations: 1.2l petrol with a 5-speed manual, 1.5 litre diesel with a 6-speed manual and 1.0 litre turbo petrol with a DCT, iMT or a manual. Prices for the Venue range between Rs 6.75 and Rs 11.65 lacs.
Ford is known for the extremely tough built quality of its product. This also means that it makes products that are capable of handling challenging situations. For this reason, the Freestyle comes with a ground clearance of 190mm. This makes it one of few hatchbacks with such a high ground clearance. Freestyle comes with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel with a manual gearbox option. The Freestyle costs Rs 5.99 lakhs and goes up to Rs 8.79 lakhs.
The entry-level small car from Datsun is the most affordable car in the country at the moment. Because a lot of first-time buyers are from the semi-urban and rural regions, having a ground clearance of 187mm certainly enhances the practical aspect of the Redi-Go. Apart from that, it ranges between Rs 2.88 lakhs and Rs 4.87 lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki (Nexa) Ignis
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis makes it to our list with a ground clearance of 185 mm. The Ignis comes with a 1.2-litre petrol-only engine with either a manual or an automatic gearbox option. The Ignis will range between Rs 4.89 lakhs and Rs 7.19 lakhs.