A road trip is the best way to explore destinations, nature and enjoy intimate journey with family and friends. Driving your car to a destination gives an immense pleasure, adventure and freedom. It’s more convenient and economical than the rental services. If you are planning a road trip in India to some remote areas, this can become quite long due to road conditions and weather. That said, all plans make sense when you have a comfortable and powerful vehicle that can withstand against adverse road and weather conditions.
SUV cars with better visibility, high ground clearance, more space and a commanding road presence make the best choice for challenging Indian terrains. Here’s a list of 10 cars that you might consider for such trips.
Mahindra Thar: If you are heading towards offbeat destinations like Himachal Pradesh, Indian Himalayan region, Thar Desert or a wildlife zone, Mahindra Thar provides you an exciting travelling experience. The powerful engine, 4X4 wheel drive and robust suspension make it a true off-roader. The SUV is available in three trims – DI 2WD, DI 4WD and CRDe.
Mahindra Scorpio: Driving the Mahindra Scorpio is surely a pleasure for the travelers who love to have fun with steering on rough roads, while enjoying the landscapes. It is available in seven trims and three engine options – 116bhp, 2.1L petrol, 115bhp, 2.6L turbodiesel and 120bhp, 2.2L mHawk turbodiesel.
Ford Endeavour: There is no denying that Ford Endeavour is one of the most powerful vehicles we have in India, and it loves going everywhere. Powered with a 141bhp, 2.5L and 154bhp, 3.0L diesel engines, the SUV delivers amazing performance regardless of the weather conditions, altitude and topography.
Tata Safari Strome: Tata Safari Strome is a vehicle for true explorers who like adventures with fearless and esteemed drive through mountains, hills or jungles. With 140bhp, VariCOR powertrain, premium interior and rugged looks, the Safari Stome woos enthusiasts.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport: If a lavish and smooth journey is on your mind, then pick the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Its 176bhp, 2.5L engine, 4X4 wheel-drive with super-select system and agile suspension offers ultimate driving experience even on extremely rough terrains.
Toyota Fortuner: The Fortuner is especially designed for enthusiast travelers who like to hit off-roads anytime and at any weather. That said, masculine exterior and interior, powerful 168bhp, 3L diesel engine, 4X4 system and high ground clearance make it a true off-roader.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King: If you are more of a dust, mud and free kind of enthusiast traveler, then the Maruti Gypsy King is the perfect pick for you. Don’t talk about comfort or convenience, what all it has to offer is the unparalleled off-road performance.
Renault Duster: With rugged looks, advanced powertrain and superb drivability, the Duster makes a sense to drive in uphill or downhill, on freeways or on a beach. It’s the best car for Indian roads, and affordable too. That said, it’s not a proper off-roader.
Nissan Terrano: The Terrano, same as the Renault Duster, is a robust, powerful and premium SUV, though, it lacks four-wheel drive. It’s easy to drive, and provides utmost comfort on rough Indian roads.
Hyundai Santa Fe: Hyundai Santa Fe is an ultimate car for driving around city, long trips, and even in challenging Indian regions such as Ladakh, Nubra, Zanskar etc. It’s stunning, practical and safe. Powered with a 194.3bhp, 2.2L diesel engine, it’s an absolute fun to drive vehicle.