The mid-size SUV segment is fiercely competitive and petrol-automatic models are becoming more and more popular. There’s quite a selection of models available too in this arena today. Read on to know which petrol-automatic mid-size SUV makes it to our top 5 list and why.
Hyundai Creta 9/10
The second-gen Hyundai Creta builds on its predecessor’s strengths in terms of comfort, features and driveability. The 1.5 petrol-CVT option is great for the city slicker, while the Creta 1.4 turbo-petrol with the dual-clutch auto is for the more spirited. The 2020 Creta is a great all-rounder that delivers on every front.
Hyundai Creta automatic fact fileEngine1497cc, 4 cyl, petrol1353cc, 4 cyl, turbo-petrolPower115hp140hpTorque144Nm242NmGearbox typeCVT7-speed dual-clutchARAI mileage16.9kpl16.8kplPrice (ex-showroom, India)Rs 14.94-16.15 lakhRs 16.16-17.20 lakh
Kia Seltos 9/10
We realised from our comparison of the Seltos and the Creta that the latter noses ahead of its cousin on a few fronts – ride quality, rear-seat comfort and a larger sunroof. However, the Kia Seltos is more fun to drive, especially when specced with the 1.4 turbo-petrol-DCT combo – our in-depth Seltos road test showed it took 9.72secs to 100kph. The Seltos 1.5 petrol-CVT is more than decent too. Kia’s mid-size SUV is a very close runner-up for the top spot.
Kia Seltos automatic fact fileEngine1497cc, 4 cyl, petrol1353cc, 4 cyl, turbo-petrolPower115hp140hpTorque144Nm242NmGearbox typeCVT7-speed dual-clutchARAI mileage16.8kpl16.5kplPrice (ex-showroom, India)Rs 14.35 lakhRs 17.29 lakh
Renault Duster 8/10
Its tough and rugged looks, ability to flatten the poorest road surfaces, new 156hp turbo-petrol engine, and an attractive price tag are the main reasons why the Renault Duster is a good mid-size SUV. Our Duster Turbo CVT review showed that it was quite quick too, and decent to drive in the city. It does, however, feel a bit dated in comparison to its rivals, particularly in terms of features and tech.
Renault Duster automatic fact fileEngine1330cc, 4 cyl, turbo-petrolPower156hpTorque254NmGearbox typeCVTARAI mileage-Price (ex-showroom, India)Rs 12.99-13.59 lakh
Nissan Kicks 8/10
The Nissan Kicks SUV feels rugged and overcomes bad roads with aplomb. The Kicks’ new 156hp direct-injection turbo unit (which comes with a CVT auto) is shared with the Duster, and offers more than respectable performance. While it is a practical and spacious SUV with interiors that are solidly built, the Kicks does have some ergonomic issues, though.
Nissan Kicks automatic fact fileEngine1330cc, 4 cyl, turbo-petrolPower156hpTorque254NmGearbox typeCVTARAI mileage15.8kpl (approx)Price (ex-showroom, India)Rs 13.45-14.15 lakh
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 7/10
As a value proposition, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross rates high – you get mid-size SUV space for compact SUV money. However, its crossover looks aren’t what Indian buyers look for in an SUV. The S-Cross is the only one here with a mild-hybrid setup, which helps make it quite frugal. However, our S-Cross petrol review did reveal just how slow the 4-speed auto unit feels compared to its rivals.
Maruti SuzukiS-Cross automatic fact fileEngine1462cc, 4 cyl, petrolPower105hpTorque138NmGearbox type4-speed torque convertorARAI mileage18.43kplPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)Rs 10.83-12.39 lakh
Disclaimer: Above results applicable as of September 15, 2020.
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