Best diesel-automatic seven-seat SUVs under Rs 35 lakh

24th Oct 2018 7:00 am

Looking for a seven-seat SUV that is powered by a diesel-automatic combination and have a budget of Rs 35 lakh? Here are your best options.

5. Isuzu MU-X                7/10

The definite value for money proposition in this segment, the refreshed model now gets slightly revised looks and a bit more in terms of equipment. Features include projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, quilt-pattern leather upholstery, a roof-mounted fold down screen, cruise control, a powered driver’s seat, keyless entry and go, six airbags, ESC, traction control, hill-descent control, ABS with EBD and emergency brake assist. The MU-X is powered by a 3.0-litre, turbo-diesel engine putting out 177hp and 390Nm of torque, paired with a 5-speed automatic gearbox. There's a 4x2 and a 4x4 variant on offer as well. However, the older model’s highlights and weaknesses remain – the powerful engine and robust body against a comparitive lack of equipment.
Isuzu MU-X prices:
4x2                        Rs 26.27 lakh
4x4                        Rs 28.23 lakh

4. Honda CR-V                  7/10

Honda has finally given the CR-V something it deserved all along – a diesel engine option. The 1.6-litre motor produces 120hp and 300Nm and is mated to 9-speed automatic gearbox. All-wheel-drive comes as an optional extra.The new CR-V gets features like front, side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, automatic LED headlights, electric parking brake, leather upholstery, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat. However, the motor is underpowered for an SUV this size. Additionally, the addition of a third row and a higher price point has brought it into a higher segment, where it just does not feel SUV enough compared to rivals.
Honda CR-V diesel prices:
1.6 AT                    Rs 30.65 lakh
1.6 AT AWD           Rs 32.75 lakh

3. Toyota Fortuner              8/10

There’s no question the Fortuner is capable on and off the road. The Toyota gets seven airbags, ESC, downhill assist control, hill assist control, LED lamps, puddle lamps, leather seats, paddle shifts, cruise control and even park assist. The Fortuner is equipped with a 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing 177hp and 450Nm of torque, which is paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. While it's cabin does feel a bit utilitarian compared to rivals and it misses out on some features, it is typically like a Toyota in terms of reliability, efficiency and usability. The stiffer than acceptable ride quality is also an issue.
Toyota Fortuner diesel-automatic prices:

2.8 4x2 AT                Rs 31.07 lakh
2.8 4x4 AT                Rs 32.97 lakh               

2. Skoda Kodiaq                           8/10

The Kodiaq’s USPs range from an engaging driving experience to a long list of safety kit and equipment. Features on offer include  leather seats, LED lights all round, cornering lights, drowsiness sensor, front and rear parking sensors with a parking camera, nine airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, active front headrests and an 8.0-inch TFT screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amundsen navigation from Skoda. The Kodiaq is powered by a solitary 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 150hp and 340Nm of torque. Transmission duties are carried out by a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The cabin is plush and the ride quality is definitely a plus point. However, the package is let down by the engine that feels lackluster, the premium you have to pay for it and Skoda’s underdeveloped dealership network.
Skoda Kodiaq price:
2.0 TDI AT             Rs 34.84 lakh

1. Ford Endeavour                   8/10

The Endeavour is a proper all-rounder. It’s got strong engines, rugged build, genuine off-road capability and an extensive features list, all at quite a tempting price. While it does feel its size in urban environs, this is offset by its ability to seat seven quite comfortably. The SUV gets features like seven airbags, a touchscreen infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, LED DRLs, parking camera with front and rear sensors, automatic parallel parking system, electrically adjustable front seats, hill descent and hill hold controls, four power outlets and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Engines on offer include a 160hp/385Nm, 2.2-litre diesel and a 200hp/470Nm, 3.2-litre diesel, both of which are mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Opt for the 3.2-litre motor if fuel efficiency is not a priority.
Ford Endeavour prices:
2.2l 4x2 AT Trend            Rs 26.33 lakh
2.2l 4x2 AT Titanium        Rs 30.27 lakh
3.2l 4x4 AT Titanium        Rs 32.81 lakh

All prices ex-showroom, Delhi

Skoda prices are ex-showroom, India

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