Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are cars which are used primarily for off-roading and come with Four Wheel Drive (FWD) capabilities. On the other hand, Multi Utility Vehicles (MUVs) are passenger carriers which can be used for urban driving, long drives and little bit of off-roading as well. Multi Purpose Vehicles (MPVs) are more or less similar to MUVs but they mainly serve as large family cars and come with seating capacity for five adults. In India, petrol and diesel powered SUVs, MUVs and MPVs are available.

A typical SUV in India is characterised by a robust body, tremendous space and decent off-roading capabilities. Broadly speaking, such robust vehicles are not safe for inexperienced drivers. SUVs are not as quick as sedans or hatchbacks, so these vehicles will not offer you the acceleration of a small car but their off-roading and safety capabilities make up for that easily.

What are the different segments among SUVs?

SUVs in India are broadly classified into four categories, viz. compact, full-sized, premium, and luxury SUVs. A SUV that is built to seat only 5 occupants, does not offer much cargo space and boasts of decent fuel efficiency is placed in the compact SUV segment. The length of a compact SUV, which is priced around Rs. 5-7 lacs, is less than 4 metre, thus making it similar to an oversized hatchback with slight off-roading capabilities.

Full-sized SUVs measure over 4 metre in length, with sufficient space to seat 7-8 passengers. These are replete with a host of features and are available in 4X2 and 4X4 configurations that help them traverse the worst of terrains with utmost ease. The vehicles available in this segment are largely characterised by a host of safety features, tremendous space and comfort levels of a mid-sized sedan. However, you will have to compromise on mileage while purchasing a full-sized SUV, which is priced Rs. 8-13 lacs, as these are well known for guzzling fuel.

Next in line is a premium SUV, which is equal to a standard full-sized SUV in size but has a host of premium features that make it at par with a premium sedan in terms of comfort. These are the preferred choice of those who wish to buy a plush vehicle that is quite robust and can handle rough driving conditions. Such vehicles are usually priced approximately Rs. 14-21 lacs and boast of a mix of unmatched off-roading capabilities and excellent passenger comfort and convenience features.

This segment is topped off by luxury SUVs that are priced higher than Rs. 22 lacs in India. The entry level models in this segment have turned around the fortunes of car makers in the country as these allow buyers to associate themselves with a renowned brand name and tackle rough terrains in the lap of luxury.

Which demographics do SUVs, MPVs and MUVs appeal to?

A SUV is favoured by individuals who are interested in undertaking long journeys regularly and need a robust vehicle that can handle adverse conditions with utmost ease. However, people who live in cities but embark on weekend trips to nearby hill stations etc. also prefer these vehicles. On the other hand, an MPV is the vehicle of choice for large families that want a spacious car which can provide comfort features of a sedan and safety of a SUV. MUVs, on the other hand, can easily seat 7-8 occupants, which make them the best choice for a cab with decent convenience features.

What are the standard safety features of SUVs that differentiate them from other vehicles?

SUVs offers higher ground clearance and are heavier than all other cars which is an advantage in case of a crash. Almost every SUV these days comes with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as a standard feature. This feature takes care of conditions that might lead to roll-over that, considering the bulk and size of a SUV, can result in a fatal accident. This feature can restrain acceleration and automatically apply anti-lock brakes in case the driver loses control. Usually, these cars come with side curtain airbags which deploy downwards from the ceiling to absorb the side impact and, in case of roll-over, keep the occupants inside the vehicle. These cars also have roll-over prevention feature as a protocol to sense the looming roll-over and activates the precautionary ESP.

SUV Cars

  • Mahindra  Scorpio
    Mahindra Scorpio (10 variants)
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    Price: Rs. 8.03 - 13.04 lakhs
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    Introduced in 2002, the Mahindra Scorpio SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) has always been appreciated for its rugged looks, commanding road presence and off-road capabilities. The Scorpio is one of the... More Details
  • Volvo  XC60
    Volvo XC60 (3 variants)
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    Price: Rs. 48.7 - 56.3 lakhs
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    XC60 is a fully loaded crossover from Volvo, which offers a luxurious drive to its occupants. The car came out in 2008 and since then it has been one of the best selling models of Volvo. XC60 got... More Details
  • Mahindra  XUV500
    Mahindra XUV500 (6 variants)
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    Price: Rs. 11.12 - 15.85 lakhs
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    Launched back in 2011, the Mahindra XUV500 received significant exterior and interior updates in 2014 and an ‘Xclusive Edition’ in 2015. The SUV is one of the most successful and... More Details
  • Nissan  Terrano
    Nissan Terrano (8 variants)
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    Price: Rs. 10.58 - 13.48 lakhs
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    Nissan, the Japanese automaker, launched the Terrano SUV in 2013 in India, followed by a special anniversary edition a year after. The SUV is one of the most popular Nissan cars in India. The... More Details
  • Volvo  XC90
    Volvo XC90 (2 variants)
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    Price: Rs. 64.9 - 77.9 lakhs
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    First launched in 2003, it took almost 12 years for the Volvo XC90 to receive the new-gen model. Unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the second generation XC90 is claimed to be the safest, and... More Details
  • Mitsubishi  Pajero Sport Get On Road Price
    Price: Rs. 26.23 - 26.54 lakhs
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    Developed by Japanese automobile company, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a well-known high performing Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Even the upgraded automatic version is out in the Indian market, and... More Details
  • Mercedes Benz  GLA Class Get On Road Price
    Price: Rs. 31.31 - 72.05 lakhs
    Ex-Showroom, Mumbai.
    The Germans have been the pioneers and are considered among the best manufacturers of cars all across the world. They are known to build the safest cars, and their brand name is synonymous with... More Details
  • Skoda  Yeti
    Skoda Yeti (4 variants)
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    Price: Rs. 20.61 - 22.56 lakhs
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    Skoda is renowned brand in the automotive industry and is admired for producing rugged and power-packed vehicles. Right after the launch of Skoda Yeti facelifted version, the automaker introduced... More Details
  • Porsche  Macan
    Porsche Macan (2 variants)
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    Price: Rs. 98.18 - 108.98 lakhs
    Ex-Showroom, Mumbai.
    The Porsche Macan model has three versions: Macan S, Macan S Diesel and Macan Turbo. Mixed tyres are fitted in the car for a strong adhesion to facilitate quickness with ease. The Porsche... More Details
  • Land Rover  Range Rover Get On Road Price
    Price: Rs. 182.6 - 276.02 lakhs
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    Range Rover is a product of the British Car manufacturer company Land Rover. This is considered to be one of the early models of the SUV i.e. Sports Utility Vehicle. The history of Land Rover... More Details

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