Top 5 diesel-manual compact SUVs in India

    Looking to buy a new compact SUV that will be a good mile-muncher? We tell you where to put your money.

    Published On Sep 19, 2019 12:32:00 PM


    Top 5 diesel-manual compact SUVs in India

    5. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza           7/10


    A jack of all trades, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza gets the basics right. It has the SUV-typical silhouette, its interior is practical and its diesel engine is very efficient – it’s got a segment-best ARAI rating of 24.3kpl. However, its 90hp, 1.3-litre diesel motor (which makes 200Nm of torque) trails the other engines in the class on refinement, and low-speed lag is also something that you have to make your peace with. The Brezza's ride also feels a bit choppy by class standards.

    Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza prices
    VariantsPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    Vitara Brezza LDiRs 7.68 lakh
    Vitara Brezza VDiRs 8.20 lakh
    Vitara Brezza ZDiRs 8.97 lakh
    Vitara Brezza ZDi+Rs 9.92 lakh
    Vitara Brezza ZDi+ Dual ToneRs 10.08 lakh

    4. Tata Nexon        8/10



    Even two years on, the Tata Nexon’s concept car-like design draws eyeballs on the road. What's more, the cabin is properly roomy too. Producing 110hp and 260Nm of torque, with a 21.5kpl fuel-efficiency rating, Tata's 1.5-litre diesel engine makes the Nexon pleasant to drive and is actually the engine of choice for this compact SUV. A robust suspension and surefooted high-speed manners also make the Nexon a good long-distance machine.

    Tata Nexon prices
    VariantsPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    Nexon XERs 7.59 lakh
    Nexon XMRs 8.34 lakh
    Nexon XTRs 8.91 lakh
    Nexon XT+Rs 8.97 lakh
    Nexon XZRs 9.50 lakh
    Nexon XZ+Rs 10.19 lakh
    Nexon XZ+ Dual ToneRs 10.40 lakh

    3. Ford EcoSport            8/10


    There’s no doubt that the Ford EcoSport is the drivers’ choice in its segment. It handles well and the 1.5-litre diesel motor – tuned to develop 100hp and 205Nm of peak torque – is quite nice too, even if a bit on the noisy side. Ford has been adding and deleting features across the board but the top-spec S versions of the EcoSport get all the goodies you'd want. What marks the Ford down is cabin space, which is down on class-best standards.

    Ford EcoSport prices
    VariantsPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    1.5l AmbienteRs 8.31 lakh
    1.5l TrendRs 9.11 lakh
    1.5l TitaniumRs 9.90 lakh
    1.5l Titanium+Rs 10.80 lakh
    1.5l ThunderRs 10.80 lakh
    1.5l SRs 11.35 lakh

    2. Mahindra XUV300      8/10


    There’s a lot to like about the Mahindra’s latest compact SUV – and its appeal goes well beyond its squared-out stance and neat interiors. The Mahindra XUV300 comes with a strong 117hp/300Nm, 1.5-litre diesel engine and a hardy suspension makes it feel rugged too. Its claimed 20kpl mileage figure may be the least here but it isn’t bad, by any stretch. Mahindra has loaded the XUV300 to the gills with some segment-first kit; but that also means top-spec versions are expensive, by class standards.

    Mahindra XUV300 prices
    VariantsPrices (ex-showroom, pan-India)
    XUV300 W4Rs 8.69 lakh
    XUV300 W6Rs 9.50 lakh
    XUV300 W8Rs 10.95 lakh
    XUV300 W8 (O)Rs 12.14 lakh

    1. Hyundai Venue                8/10 


    The Hyundai Venue is a great all-rounder. It's contemporary outside and in, and equipment levels are impressive too. What makes the diesel Venue more likeable still is that its 1.4-litre engine – which makes 90hp and 220Nm of torque; and comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox – is refined, peppy enough and is decently efficient too, delivering an ARAI-rated 23.7kpl. The chink in the Hyundai Venue’s otherwise pristine armour is that rear-seat space is down on some of its rivals. 

    Hyundai Venue prices
    VariantsPrices (ex-showroom, pan-India)
    Venue 1.4 ERs 7.75 lakh
    Venue 1.4 SRs 8.45 lakh
    Venue 1.4 SXRs 9.78 lakh
    Venue 1.4 SX Dual ToneRs 9.93 lakh
    Venue 1.4 SX(O)Rs 10.84 lakh

    Also see:

    Best coupes under Rs 1 crore in India

    Best rugged 7-seat diesel-automatic SUVs under Rs 35 lakh

    Best small luxury diesel SUVs

    Best petrol-manual compact sedans

    Most fun-to-drive small cars under Rs 10 lakh in India

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