SUVs are all the rage right now, and every automaker is vying for a piece of the action, with the compact-SUV market being the most accessible entry point. Given that the majority of customers in this class drive in cities and prefer an automatic transmission, we’ve produced a list of the three most cheap possibilities.
The Renault Kiger
The Renault Kiger, which was launched earlier this year for Rs 5.45 lakh, is at the top of our list as the most affordable compact SUV. Its CMFA+ base, engine options, and many amenities are shared with its more affordable sibling, the Nissan Magnite. The Kiger, on the other hand, has an edge over the Magnite because it comes with a 5-speed AMT automatic gearbox with the 72hp 1.0-litre naturally aspirated engine, as well as a CVT with the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine.
The Magnite is one of the most affordable SUVs on the market, thanks to Nissan’s aggressive pricing. In fact, the lowest grade can compete with several premium hatchbacks. The Magnite is a well-designed, well-equipped, and quite big hotel. However, due to the fact that the Nissan only provides the 100hp, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol with an automatic transmission, it only ranks second on our list (CVT to be precise). An automatic transmission isn’t available with the lower-spec 1.0-litre naturally aspirated engine.
Tata sells the Nexon in a wide range of trim levels in order to appeal to as many purchasers as possible. This is true even for its automatic transmission-equipped models, which range from the entry-level XM to the top-of-the-line XZA+ (O). The Nexon comes with a 120hp 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine and a 110hp 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine under the hood. We’ve only looked at the petrol-auto models because they’re more economical, but the 1.5-litre diesel is also available with a 5-speed AMT automatic transmission.