Based on the conditions of Indian roads, we as buyers often think about the ground clearance of a car. Be it for off-roading or just going on your office commute, you have to make sure that you do not scrape your car’s bottom either on an uneven speed breaker or a rock for that matter. SUVs are built for that matter but costing an upwards of Rs 8 Lakhs is not affordable for many.
So, these are the top 5 hatchbacks that are best to run on Indian roads and come with high ground clearance. Surprisingly, three of them are available for under Rs 5 Lakhs itself. Here is the detailed list ahead:
Based on the Figo, Ford Freestyle is a crossover-SUV type hatchback. It gets raised suspension when compared to Figo. That’s why it is the best hatchback that you can buy to run on Indian roads and to go off-roading. Termed as CUV or compact utility vehicle, Freestyle also gets some off-road features.
We all know which one would be the second in line. One of the most affordable hatchbacks in India, Redi-GO gets a high ground clearance of 185mm. Now, Datsun has also announced the facelifted Redi-GO which will get cosmetic upgrades, BS6 engine and new features.
Kwid is a hatchback that is styled similar to an SUV. Running on a high ground clearance of 184mm, it evades potholes like a charm. Its 1.0 Litre engine might not be enthusiastic but has decent low-end torque which is helpful in off-roading. Kwid received its BS6 compliant engine a couple of months ago after Renault launched the facelifted model.
S-Presso is Maruti’s answer to the Renault Kwid. It is Maruti’s entry level hatchback which is styled like a crossover. S-Presso is one of the most stylish hatchbacks in India and with high ground clearance, makes it a good buy for Indian roads. It is priced in between Alto 800 and WagonR, in the 3-4 Lakhs range.
The fifth and last car in this list to have high ground clearance is Ignis. Many people would be surprised that WagonR did not make it to the list, but Ignis and S-Presso are better in that area. Maruti launched Ignis as a competitor to Mahindra KUV100, as a car with high ground clearance and SUV-type styling bits.