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Midsize SUV Comparison | A closer look at today's top contenders

Midsize SUV comparison | A closer look at today's top contenders


Introduction

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In the crowded midsize SUV segment, there's a mix of newcomers and established players. The Honda Elevate is one of the newcomers, joining the ranks alongside strong contenders like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Škoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, Maruti Grand Vitara, Toyota Hyryder, and the MG Astor. Below, I compare all these midsize SUVs across various departments.


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Team-BHP Reviews

(Honda Elevate Review)Honda Elevate

(2023 Kia Seltos Facelift Review)Kia Seltos

(Hyundai Creta : Official Review)Hyundai Creta

(Skoda Kushaq Review)Škoda Kushaq

(Volkswagen Taigun Review)VW Taigun

(MG Astor Review)MG Astor

(Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder Review)Toyota Hyryder

(Maruti Grand Vitara Review)Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara



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Comparison Index

Dimensions

Exterior Impressions

Interior Impressions

Instrument Cluster, Infotainment System and Speakers

Features

Safety

Performance

Fuel-Efficiency

Variants and Price

Pros and Cons

Final Impressions

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Dimensions



Length (mm)



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Honda Elevate: 4312 mm
Hyundai Creta: 4300 mm
Kia Seltos: 4365 mm
Maruti Grand Vitara: 4345 mm
Toyota Hyryder: 4365 mm
Škoda Kushaq: 4225 mm
Volkswagen Taigun: 4221 mm
MG Astor: 4323 mm


Width (mm)



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Honda Elevate: 1790 mm
Hyundai Creta: 1790 mm
Kia Seltos: 1800 mm
Maruti Grand Vitara: 1795 mm
Toyota Hyryder: 1795 mm
Škoda Kushaq: 1760 mm
Volkswagen Taigun: 1760 mm
MG Astor: 1809 mm


Height (mm)



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Honda Elevate: 1650 mm
Hyundai Creta: 1635 mm
Kia Seltos: 1645 mm
Maruti Grand Vitara: 1645 mm
Toyota Hyryder: 1645 mm
Škoda Kushaq: 1612 mm
Volkswagen Taigun: 1612 mm
MG Astor: 1650 mm


Wheelbase (mm)



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Honda Elevate: 2650 mm
Hyundai Creta: 2610 mm
Kia Seltos: 2610 mm
Maruti Grand Vitara: 2600 mm
Toyota Hyryder: 2600 mm
Škoda Kushaq: 2651 mm
Volkswagen Taigun: 2651 mm

MG Astor: 2585 mm


Ground Clearance (mm)



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Honda Elevate: 220 mm
Hyundai Creta: 190 mm
Kia Seltos: 190 mm
Maruti Grand Vitara: 210 mm
Toyota Hyryder: 210 mm
Škoda Kushaq: 188 mm
Volkswagen Taigun: 188 mm
MG Astor: 180 mm


Boot Space (litres)



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Honda Elevate: 458 litres
Hyundai Creta: 433 litres
Kia Seltos: 433 litres
Maruti Grand Vitara: 355 litres
Toyota Hyryder: 355 litres
Škoda Kushaq: 385 litres
Volkswagen Taigun: 385 litres
MG Astor: 488 litres

To sum it up, among these midsize SUVs, the Toyota Hyryder and the Kia Seltos are the longest at 4365 mm. In terms of width, the MG Astor is the widest at 1809 mm. For the wheelbase, both the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun share a measurement of 2651 mm. In terms of height, both the Honda Elevate and the MG Astor are the tallest at 1650 mm. Lastly, the Honda Elevate has the highest ground clearance at 220 mm, and the MG Astor provides the most space in the boot with 488 litres.

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Exterior Impressions



Honda Elevate



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The Honda Elevate boasts a clean and straightforward design that leans towards a stretched-out hatchback appearance rather than a typical SUV. Its design is understated and is expected to maintain its appeal over time.


Kia Seltos



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The Kia Seltos presents a modern and sporty design, combining bold elements with sleek lines. It's a design that can please those seeking a stylish urban SUV.


Hyundai Creta



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The design of the Hyundai Creta can be polarizing, often described as "love it or hate it," despite its contemporary appearance.


Škoda Kushaq



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The Škoda Kushaq embraces Škoda's signature style with a familiar face. It stands out with clean and sharp lines, creating an elegant look.


Volkswagen Taigun



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Like its sibling, the Kushaq, the VW Taigun carries the unmistakable Volkswagen style, featuring a familiar family face. It incorporates chrome elements tastefully, resulting in a strong and classy appearance.


MG Astor



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The MG Astor boasts the looks of an urban SUV with its curvy and distinctive silhouette. Its design is executed subtly, giving it a sophisticated appearance.


Toyota Hyryder



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The Toyota Hyryder impresses with clean lines and an elongated shape, offering an upmarket and unique design that sets it apart.


Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara



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The Grand Vitara exhibits some noticeable alterations in both its front and rear sections compared to the Hyryder. It showcases clean lines and a curvy shape, contributing to a distinctive design that commands attention on the road.


Each SUV has its distinct design, appealing to various preferences. What's attractive depends on personal taste, so go for the one that matches your style.


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Interior Impressions


Honda Elevate's Interior



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Inside the Honda Elevate, you'll find a simple design with straight lines, just like its outside look. If you've been in a Honda before, you'll know how things work. The interior has a black and tan theme, which looks good. Some things inside are similar to other Honda cars. The seats are comfortable but lack ventilation. They're soft enough for long drives. Rear visibility isn't great, though. The Elevate has beige and black seats for other trims. In the back, two adults with a child can sit comfortably, making it a proper 4-seater. However, the middle seat lacks both a 3-point seatbelt and a headrest. Overall, the dashboard is straightforward, and the cabin is comfy.


Kia Seltos's Interior


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When you step into the Seltos, you'll find a modern dashboard. The front seats are ventilated and offer good support. However, if you're larger in size, you might find them a bit small. Rear visibility is limited because of the large C-pillars and headrests. The Seltos features grey seats for the X-line, brownish-beige seats for the HTX variant, and black and white seats for the GT trim. In the rear, all three passengers have adjustable headrests and 3-point seatbelts. The rear seats are supportive, but if you're tall, you might feel like you're sitting low. Overall, the Seltos's interior feels fancy.


Hyundai Creta's Interior



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Inside the Creta, you'll find a clean and modern dashboard. It doesn't use soft-touch plastics, but the parts you touch are good quality. The rear windshield is decent in size, but the C-pillars are thick. The front seats are very comfortable, even for larger-sized passengers. The Creta gets black seats with red stitching for turbo variants and black and white seats for other variants. In the back, the seats are supportive but better for 2 adults and a kid instead of 3 adults. Only the side passengers get headrests. All three passengers get three-point seatbelts. The rear seat is comfortable, and in general, the Creta's cabin provides a pleasant environment.


Škoda Kushaq's Interior


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The Kushaq has an attractive dashboard with black inserts and artificial carbon fibre details. While there are no soft-touch plastics, it has a clean finish, though some panels may seem a bit lower in quality. The leather upholstered, ventilated seats offer good support. Again, the rear view is just okay because of the thick C-pillars and headrests. The Kushaq gets grey fabric seats in lower trims and black and grey seats with orange stitching in the top variant. In the rear, the seats have nice contours for support. All three passengers have three-point seatbelts and adjustable headrests. However, it's better for 2 adults and a kid than 3 adults. Overall, the interior is good but some other SUVs, like the Korean twins, offer a more enjoyable cabin experience.


Volkswagen Taigun's Interior



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The Taigun has a good-looking dashboard, but there are no soft-touch plastics. The cabin feels sturdy and well-finished. The front seats have ventilation and offer good support. Like other crossovers, the rear view is just okay because of thick C-pillars and headrests. The Taigun gets grey fabric seats in lower trims and white and black leather seats in top trims. In the rear, all three passengers have three-point seatbelts and adjustable headrests. The rear seat is better for 2 adults and a kid than 3 adults. It's similar to the Kushaq. Overall, the interior is good but some other SUVs, like the Korean twins, offer a more enjoyable cabin experience.


MG Astor's Interior



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The Astor has a sporty dashboard and a unique look. It uses soft-touch materials on the dashboard. The cabin feels well-built and finished. The seats are upholstered in perforated faux leather and have soft headrests. They're wide and supportive. The material quality is good, but it doesn't have seat ventilation. Rear visibility is just okay due to thick C-pillars and headrests. In the rear, the seats have contours for support. All three passengers have three-point seatbelts and adjustable headrests. However, it's better for 2 adults and a child than 3 adults due to the limited cabin width. The middle area of the backrest protrudes because of the armrest, and the seatbase is raised in the centre. Overall, a premium cabin with quality materials.


Toyota Hyryder's Interior


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Stepping inside the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, it feels more like a Maruti than a Toyota. Many parts are shared with Maruti cars, especially the Brezza. The steering wheel, switchgear, and infotainment head-unit are similar to Maruti cars. The interior has hard plastics, but there's some soft-touch faux leather on the dash and door pads, making it feel less cheap. The front seats are well-contoured with good bolstering and have ventilation. Rear visibility is just okay due to the C-pillars. In the rear, all rear seat passengers have adjustable headrests and three-point seatbelts. However, the interior width is not enough for three adults in the rear. Overall, the interior is decent, offering a satisfactory experience for passengers.


Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara's Interior



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Inside, the cabin has a typical Maruti vibe. If you've been inside a Brezza or XL6, you'll notice familiar elements right away. It is similar to the Hyryder. Maruti offers an all-black interior with champagne gold accents for the Hybrid variant and a dual-tone Black + Bordeaux combination for other variants. It uses hard plastics, with some soft-touch faux leather inserts on the dash and door pads. The front seats are decent-sized and well-bolstered but may feel narrow for larger individuals. They are also ventilated. In the rear, all rear seat passengers have adjustable headrests and three-point seatbelts. However, the interior width isn't enough for three adults in the rear. Overall, the interior is decent, offering a satisfactory experience for passengers.


In summary, the Korean SUVs stand out as all-rounders in terms of interiors, providing ample space and a rich set of features. The Honda Elevate offers commendable space, while the MG Astor impresses with its quality materials. On the other hand, the VAG twins and the Maruti-Toyota twins offer a satisfactory cabin experience.


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Instrument Cluster, Infotainment System and Speakers




Honda Elevate



Instrument Cluster, Infotainment System and Speakers

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  • The Honda Elevate's instrument cluster is a mix of digital and analogue. It has a traditional analogue speedometer paired with a 7-inch digital screen. The digital screen displays various information like fuel consumption, trip details, outside temperature, and more.

  • The Elevate comes with a user-friendly 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It's responsive and easy to navigate, with physical buttons for quick access to menus and volume control.

  • The Elevate features an 8-speaker audio system that delivers clear sound even at high volumes.

Kia Seltos



Instrument Cluster, Infotainment System and Speakers

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  • The Seltos boasts a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster with customizable displays. It provides information on driving assistance systems and trip-related data.

  • Kia offers a crisp 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support (not wireless).

  • Seltos comes with an 8-speaker Bose sound system, providing good audio quality but not exceptional.

Hyundai Creta


Instrument Cluster, Infotainment System and Speakers

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  • The Creta's instrument cluster includes an analogue tachometer and fuel gauge, with a 7-inch digital display showing speed, range, odometer, and outside temperature.

  • Hyundai's touchscreen infotainment system is highly responsive, featuring physical buttons for ease of use and a rotary volume knob.

  • The Creta offers a similar 8-speaker Bose sound system as the Seltos, delivering good audio quality, though not exceptional.

Škoda Kushaq



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  • Kushaq presents an 8-inch digital cockpit with various display options, including speedometer and tachometer views. It also provides driving stats and other information.

  • The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system in Kushaq is smooth but lacks wireless connectivity. Sound is delivered through 6 speakers, offering good-quality audio without a subwoofer.

  • The Monte Carlo variant still comes equipped with a 10-inch system that supports wireless connectivity and operates smoothly. This variant also includes a subwoofer, delivering excellent audio quality, especially for those who love bass.


Volkswagen Taigun


Instrument Cluster, Infotainment System and Speakers

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  • The Taigun features an 8-inch digital cockpit, similar to the Kushaq, offering various display options for driving information.

  • The mid and top-spec Taigun variants feature a responsive 10-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with wireless connectivity.

  • Taigun relies on 6 speakers for sound, delivering satisfactory audio but lacking a subwoofer.

MG Astor



Instrument Cluster, Infotainment System and Speakers

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  • Astor sports a 7-inch all-digital instrument cluster with high-quality graphics, providing various data and trip information.

  • The 10.1-inch touchscreen head unit in the Astor is user-friendly, but it can be a bit unresponsive at times.

  • Astor plays music through 6 speakers but does not include a subwoofer. The audio quality is good.

Toyota Hyryder



Instrument Cluster, Infotainment System and Speakers

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  • Hyryder's instrument cluster offers sharp displays with options for analogue or digital speedometer views.

  • It features a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with responsive touch controls.

  • The Arkamys-tuned system includes 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, providing decent audio quality but falling short of competitors in clarity.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara



Instrument Cluster, Infotainment System and Speakers

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  • Similar to the Hyryder, the Grand Vitara provides a customizable instrument cluster with the option for analogue or digital speedometer views.

  • It features a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with responsive touch controls.

  • The Arkamys-tuned system includes 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, offering decent audio quality but lacking the clarity of some rivals.

In summary, the Korean twins excel in both instrument clusters and infotainment systems. The Elevate impresses with its music quality. The VAG twins offer good quality music, and the Astor surprisingly stands out in the instrument cluster department. The Maruti-Toyota twins offer a satisfactory experience.



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Features


The table below shows essential features that midsize SUV buyers usually want:

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In summary, the Korean twins stand out by offering the most comprehensive set of features in the midsize SUV segment. The MG Astor also provides a host of features. While other SUVs also offer a range of features, they don't match the extensive list provided by the Koreans.

On the other hand, the VAG twins, miss out on certain advanced connected car functionalities such as remote start. Nevertheless, their respective apps do offer features like tracking the car's location and monitoring its speed, which contribute to an improved overall ownership experience.



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Safety



Honda Elevate



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The Honda Elevate hasn't undergone crash testing yet, but it comes equipped with a range of safety features, including 6 airbags, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, high-beam assist, seat belt warning, child lock, anchor points for child seats, overspeed warning, speed sensing door lock, anti-theft engine immobilizer, middle rear three-point seatbelt, lane departure warning, central locking, and more. It's expected to achieve a minimum 4-star safety rating, considering the Honda City 4G received a good 4-star rating from GNCAP.


Kia Seltos



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The pre-facelift version of the Kia Seltos received a GNCAP rating of 3 stars with an unstable body shell and a 2-star rating for child occupants. It offers safety features such as 6 airbags, forward collision warning, high-beam assist, seat belt warning, child lock, anchor points for child seats, overspeed warning, speed sensing door lock, anti-theft engine immobilizer, middle rear three-point seatbelt, flashing emergency brake light, lane departure warning, central locking, and more. Kia claims to have made structural changes to the pre-facelift model.


Hyundai Creta



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The Hyundai Creta has been awarded an average rating of 3 stars by GNCAP, along with a 3-star rating for child occupancy and an unstable body shell. Safety features include 6 airbags, seat belt warning, child lock, anchor points for child seats, overspeed warning, speed sensing door lock, anti-theft engine immobilizer, flashing emergency brake light, central locking, and more.


Škoda Kushaq and VW Taigun



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The Škoda Kushaq and VW Taigun both received an impressive 5-star safety rating for both adult and child occupancies, along with stable body shells according to GNCAP. Their safety features include 5-star GNCAP ratings, 6 airbags, seat belt warning, child lock, anchor points for child seats, overspeed warning, speed sensing door lock, anti-theft engine immobilizer, middle rear three-point seatbelt, flashing emergency brake light, central locking, and more.


MG Astor



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The MG Astor has not undergone crash testing by any agency yet, but it offers a range of safety features, including 6 airbags, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, seat belt warning, child lock, anchor points for child seats, overspeed warning, speed sensing door lock, anti-theft engine immobilizer, middle rear three-point seatbelt, flashing emergency brake light, lane departure warning, central locking, and more.


Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Hyryder



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Similarly, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Hyryder have not been crash-tested by any agency yet but offer safety features like 6 airbags, seat belt warning, child lock, anchor points for child seats, overspeed warning, speed sensing door lock, anti-theft engine immobilizer, middle rear three-point seatbelt, flashing emergency brake light, central locking, and more.


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Honda Elevate


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Powertrain Options: Offers a 1.5L I-Vtec engine with a 6-speed manual transmission (MT) or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
  • Turbocharged options from VW-Skoda and Hyundai-Kia offer more power (150 BHP +) and quick dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
  • Smooth and refined engine with linear power delivery.
  • Effortless city driving with a light clutch and responsive gearbox.
  • High-revving nature allows for exploring the engine's rpm range.
  • 6-speed manual transmission offers precise gear changes.
  • 1.5L CVT for urban commuting, smooth operation, and ideal for city driving.
  • Impressive straight-line stability and comfortable ride.
  • User-friendly electric power steering.
  • Good road manners but limited steering feedback.

Kia Seltos



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Powertrain Options: Offers a powerful 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) or a 6-speed intelligent manual transmission (IMT). Also provides a 1.5L 4-cylinder CRDi diesel engine with an automatic transmission (AT) or a 6-speed intelligent manual transmission (IMT). Additionally, a 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine is available with a manual transmission (MT) or an intelligent variable transmission (IVT).
  • Powerful 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine (158 BHP, 253 Nm).
  • Swift acceleration (0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds).
  • Smooth and refined engine with minimal noise, vibration, and harshness levels.
  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for seamless gear changes.
  • 1.5L 4-cylinder CRDi diesel engine with minimal turbo lag and linear power delivery.
  • Smooth automatic transmission for a pleasant driving experience (both 1.5L D and 1.5L NA)
  • Excellent driveability for urban traffic and highway cruising.
  • Highly refined diesel engine with quiet and smooth operation.
  • IMT transmission is available for both diesel and turbo petrol engines.
  • The naturally aspirated petrol engine with either a manual transmission (MT) or an intelligent variable transmission (IVT) offers decent drivability.
  • Balanced suspension tuning for controlled body roll.
  • Electric power steering is direct and responsive.

Hyundai Creta



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Powertrain Options: Similar to the Kia Seltos, the Creta offers a 1.5L 4-cylinder CRDi diesel engine with a manual transmission (MT) or an automatic transmission (AT). It also provides a 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine with a manual transmission (MT) or an intelligent variable transmission (IVT).
  • Exceptional refinement with minimal vibrations.
  • 1.5L 4-cylinder CRDi diesel engine offers good drivability with minimal turbo lag and linear power delivery.
  • Excellent driveability for urban traffic and highway cruising.
  • Smooth automatic transmission for a pleasant driving experience (both 1.5L D and 1.5L NA).
  • Impressively light clutch and short travel (both 1.5L D and 1.5L NA).
  • The naturally aspirated petrol engine with either a manual transmission (MT) or an intelligent variable transmission (IVT) offers decent drivability.
  • Relaxed performance, suitable for a calm driving style.
  • Excellent high-speed stability and mature suspension tuning.
  • Electric power steering is light in the city and direct at higher speeds.

Škoda Kushaq



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Powertrain Options: Offers a 1.5L 4-cylinder TSI petrol engine with a 6-speed manual transmission (MT) or a 7-speed DSG and a 1.0L 3-cylinder TSI petrol engine with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed Torque Converter transmission (AT).
  • Excellent low-end torque (1.5L TSI) for city driving.
  • Swift acceleration and enjoyable performance on open roads.
  • Responsive 6-speed manual transmission for enthusiasts.
  • Light clutch but with a somewhat long travel range.
  • 1.0L turbocharged petrol engine with good city driveability.
  • Noticeable turbo lag (1.0L TSI) but strong mid-range power.
  • Smooth 7-speed DSG for quick gear shifts.
  • Firm and composed suspension setup.
  • Direct and sharp electric power steering.
  • Suitable for city and highway driving.

Volkswagen Taigun



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Powertrain Options: Similar to the Skoda Kushaq, it offers a 1.5L 4-cylinder TSI petrol engine with a 6-speed manual transmission (MT) or a 7-speed DSG and a 1.0L 3-cylinder TSI petrol engine with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed Torque Converter transmission (AT).
  • Strong low-end torque (1.5 TSI) for city driving.
  • Swift acceleration with enjoyable performance on highways.
  • Smooth 6-speed manual transmission.
  • The clutch can be somewhat springy with a long travel.
  • 1.0L turbocharged petrol engine with decent city driveability.
  • Slight turbo lag (1.0L TSI) but strong mid-range power.
  • Smooth 7-speed DSG for seamless gear shifts.
  • Excellent straight-line stability and composed suspension.
  • Direct and sharp electric power steering.
  • Ideal for city and highway driving.

MG Astor



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Powertrain Options: Offers a 1349cc, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with a 6-speed torque converter automatic (AT). It also provides a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine with a manual transmission (MT) or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
  • Smooth and refined engine (1.3L Turbo) with a sporty character.
  • Smooth acceleration with quick gear changes.
  • CVT option available for city driving and heavy traffic.
  • Slight rubber band effect with the CVT.
  • Smooth operation (1.5L NA) with light throttle inputs.
  • Relaxed cruising at highway speeds.
  • Balanced suspension with straight-line stability.
  • Light steering with minimal feedback.
  • Suitable for both city and highway cruising.

Toyota Hyryder



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Powertrain Options: Equipped with a hybrid powertrain that combines a 3-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, paired with an E-CVT gearbox. Also offers an AllGrip variant with AWD and a 1.5L 4-cylinder petrol engine with manual and automatic transmission options. The Vitara also includes a CNG option.
  • Features a hybrid powertrain with a 1.5L petrol engine and an electric motor.
  • Excellent fuel efficiency and city performance.
  • The engine starts in EV mode (Hybrid powertrain) and smoothly transitions to petrol.
  • Effortless city driving and navigation in traffic.
  • Better suited for relaxed cruising on highways.
  • Available with an AllGrip AWD system for soft-roading.
  • Also offers a 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine with manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Smooth operation with light clutch (for manual).
  • Balanced steering with directness at higher speeds.
  • Suitable for city and highway driving.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara



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Powertrain Options: Equipped with a hybrid powertrain that combines a 3-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, paired with an E-CVT gearbox. Also offers an AllGrip variant with AWD and a 1.5L 4-cylinder petrol engine with manual and automatic transmission options. The Vitara also includes a CNG option.
  • Equipped with a hybrid powertrain similar to the Hyryder.
  • Features a hybrid powertrain with a 1.5L petrol engine and an electric motor.
  • Excellent fuel efficiency and city performance.
  • The engine starts in EV mode (Hybrid powertrain) and smoothly transitions to petrol.
  • Effortless city driving and navigation in traffic.
  • Better suited for relaxed cruising on highways.
  • Available with an AllGrip AWD system for soft-roading.
  • Also offers a 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine with manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Smooth operation with light clutch (for manual).
  • Balanced steering with directness at higher speeds.
  • Suitable for city and highway driving.

If you prioritize diesel engines, the Korean twins are your only choice. However, the Korean and European twin's turbo petrol engines offer an excellent driving experience, outperforming the Astor's turbo petrol engine. When it comes to driving dynamics, European counterparts shine. Honda Elevate's I-Vtec engine is both reliable and rev-happy, with a smooth CVT. It outperforms the Astor's engine and even the Maruti-Toyota twins. The VAG twins' 1.0L turbo petrol engines, especially the AT version, are also impressive, potentially surpassing Elevate's 1.5 I-Vtec CVT. For fuel efficiency, consider the Maruti-Toyota twins' hybrid powertrain, and if AWD is a must, they remain the top choice.


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* The fuel-efficiency figures mentioned below are based on ARAI testing and may vary in real-world conditions.

Honda Elevate



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Honda Elevate 1.5L NA CVT Petrol- 16.92 km/l
Honda Elevate 1.5L NA MT Petrol- 15.31 km/l


Kia Seltos



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Kia Seltos 1.5L NA IVT Petrol- 17.7 km/l
Kia Seltos 1.5L NA MT Petrol- 17.0 km/l
Kia Seltos 1.5L Turbo DCT Petrol- 17.9 km/l
Kia Seltos 1.5L Turbo IMT Petrol- 17.7 km/l
Kia Seltos 1.5L AT Diesel- 20.7 km/l
Kia Seltos 1.5L IMT Diesel- 20.7 km/l


Hyundai Creta



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Hyundai Creta 1.5L NA IVT Petrol- 16.8 kmpl
Hyundai Creta 1.5L NA MT Petrol- 17 km/l
Hyundai Creta 1.5L AT Diesel- 18.0 kmpl
Hyundai Creta 1.5 MT Diesel- 21 km/


Škoda Kushaq



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Škoda Kushaq 1.0L Turbo AT Petrol- 18 km/l
Škoda Kushaq 1.0L Turbo MT Petrol- 19.76 km/l
Škoda Kushaq 1.5L Turbo DSG Petrol- 18.86 km/l
Škoda Kushaq 1.5L Turbo MT Petrol- 19 km/l


Volkswagen Taigun



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Volkswagen Taigun 1.0L Turbo AT Petrol- 18.41 km/l
Volkswagen Taigun 1.0L Turbo MT Petrol- 19.87 km/l
Volkswagen Taigun 1.5L Turbo DSG Petrol- 17.88 km/l
Volkswagen Taigun 1.5L Turbo MT Petrol- 18.61 km/l


MG Astor



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MG Astor 1.5L NA CVT Petrol- 14.85 km/l
MG Astor 1.5L NA MT Petrol- 15.43 km/l
MG Astor 1.3L AT Petrol- 14.34 km/l


Toyota Hyryder



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Toyota Hyryder Neo Drive 2WD 6AT- 20.58 km/l
Toyota Hyryder Neo Drive 2WD 5MT- 21.12 km/l
Toyota Hyryder Neo Drive AWD 5MT- 19.39 km/l
Toyota Hyryder Hybrid-27.97 km/l
Toyota Hyryder CNG- 26.6 km/kg


Maruti Grand Vitara



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Maruti Grand Vitara 2WD 6AT- 20.58 km/l
Maruti Grand Vitara 2WD 5MT- 21.12 km/l
Maruti Grand Vitara AWD 5MT- 19.39 km/l
Maruti Grand Vitara Hybrid- 27.97 km/l
Maruti Grand Vitara CNG-26.6 km/kg


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Variants and Prices


* The prices mentioned below are the ex-showroom prices of the SUVs.

Honda Elevate


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Manual Transmission:

SV MT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.10,99,900
V MT(Petrol)- Rs.12,10,900
VX MT(Petrol)- Rs.13,49,900
ZX MT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.14,89,900


Automatic Transmission:

V CVT(Petrol) (Base Model) - Rs.13,20,900
VX CVT(Petrol)- Rs.14,59,900
ZX CVT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.15,99,900


Kia Seltos



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Manual Transmission:

HTE iMT(Diesel) (Base Model)- Rs.11,99,900
HTK iMT(Diesel)- Rs.13,59,900
HTK Diesel iMT(Diesel)- Rs.14,99,900
HTX Diesel iMT(Diesel)- Rs.16,69,900
HTX Plus Diesel iMT(Diesel) (Top Model)- Rs.18,29,900

HTE MT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.1,089,900
HTK MT(Petrol)- Rs.12,09,900
HTK Plus MT(Petrol)- Rs.13,49,900
HTK Plus Turbo iMT(Petrol)- Rs.14,99,900
HTX MT(Petrol)- Rs.15,19,900
HTX Plus Turbo iMT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.18,29,900


Automatic Transmission:

HTX AT(Diesel) (Base Model)- Rs.18,19,900
GTX Plus Diesel AT(Diesel)- Rs.19,79,900
X-Line Diesel AT(Diesel) (Top Model)- Rs.19,99,900

HTX IVT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.16,59,900
HTX Plus Turbo DCT(Petrol)- Rs.19,19,900
GTX Plus Turbo DCT(Petrol)- Rs.19,79,900
X-Line Turbo DCT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.19,99,900


Hyundai Creta



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Manual Transmission:

E MT(Diesel) (Base Model)- Rs.11,96,100
EX MT(Diesel)- Rs.13,24,000
S MT(Diesel)- Rs.14,51,700
S plus Knight MT(Diesel)- Rs.15,47,200
S Plus Knight DT MT(Diesel)- Rs.15,47,200
SX (Diesel)- Rs.16,31,900
SX Opt (Diesel) (Top Model)- Rs.17,59,600

E MT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.10,87,000
EX MT(Petrol)- Rs.11,81,200
S MT(Petrol)- Rs.13,05,900
S Plus Knight MT(Petrol)- Rs.13,96,400
S Plus Knight DT MT(Petrol)- Rs.13,96,400
SX MT(Petrol)- Rs.14,81,100
SX Adventure Edition MT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.15,17,000


Automatic Transmission:

SX Opt Diesel AT(Diesel) (Base Model) - Rs.19,00,300
SX Opt Knight Diesel AT(Diesel)- Rs.19,20,200
SX Opt Knight Diesel AT DT(Diesel) (Top Model)- Rs.19,20,200

SX IVT(Petrol)- Rs.16,32,800
SX Opt IVT(Petrol)- Rs.17,53,500
SX Opt Knight IVT(Petrol)- Rs.17,70,400
SX Opt Knight IVT DT(Petrol)- Rs.17,70,400
SX Opt Adventure Edition IVT DT(Petrol)- Rs.1,789,400
SX Opt Adventure Edition IVT(Petrol)- Rs.17,89,400


Škoda Kushaq



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Manual Transmission:

1.0 TSI Active MT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.11,59,000
1.0 TSI Onyx MT(Petrol)- Rs.12,39,000
1.0 TSI Ambition MT(Petrol)- Rs.13,34,000
1.5 TSI Ambition MT(Petrol)- Rs.14,99,000
1.0 TSI Style Non Sunroof MT(Petrol)- Rs.15,59,000
1.0 TSI Style MT(Petrol)- Rs.15,79,000
1.0 TSI Matte Edition MT(Petrol)- Rs.16,19,000
1.0 TSI Monte Carlo MT(Petrol)- Rs.16,49,000
1.5 TSI Style MT(Petrol)- Rs.17,79,000
1.5 TSI Matte Edition MT(Petrol)- Rs.18,19,000
1.5 TSI Monte Carlo MT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.18,49,000


Automatic Transmission:

1.0 TSI Ambition AT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.15,14,000
1.5 TSI Ambition DSG(Petrol)- Rs.16,79,000
1.5 TSI Ambition DSG DT(Petrol)- Rs.16,84,000
1.0 TSI Style AT(Petrol)- Rs.17,39,000
1.0 TSI Style AT DT(Petrol)- Rs.17,44,000
1.0 TSI Matte Edition AT(Petrol)- Rs.17,79,000
1.0 TSI Monte Carlo AT(Petrol)- Rs.18,09,000
1.5 TSI Style DSG(Petrol)- Rs.18,99,000
1.5 TSI Style DSG DT(Petrol)- Rs.19,04,000
1.5 TSI Matte Edition DSG(Petrol)- Rs.19,39,000
1.5 TSI Monte Carlo DSG(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.19,69,000


Volkswagen Taigun



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Manual Transmission:

1.0 TSI Comfortline MT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.11,61,900
1.0 TSI Highline MT(Petrol)- Rs.13,69,900
1.0 TSI Topline MT(Petrol)- Rs.15,83,900
1.5 TSI GT MT(Petrol)- Rs.16,25,900
1.5 TSI GT Plus MT(Petrol)- Rs.17,79,900
1.5 GT Plus Edge MT(Petrol)- Rs.17,99,900
1.5 GT Plus Edge Matte MT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.18,19,900


Automatic Transmission:

1.0 TSI Highline AT(Petrol) (Base Model)-Rs.15,19,900
1.5 TSI GT DSG(Petrol)- Rs.16,79,900
1.0 TSI Topline AT(Petrol)- Rs.17,34,900
1.5 TSI GT Plus DSG (Petrol)- Rs.19,25,900
1.5 GT Plus Edge Matte DSG(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.19,45,900


MG Astor



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Manual Transmission:

Style MT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.10,81,800
Super MT(Petrol)- Rs.12,51,800
Smart MT(Petrol)- Rs.14,20,800
Smart Blackstrom(Petrol)- Rs.14,47,800
Sharp Ivory MT(Petrol)- Rs.15,14,800
Sharp Sangria MT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.15,24,800


Automatic Transmission:

Super CVT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.13,93,800
Smart CVT(Petrol)- Rs.15,49,800
Smart Blackstrom CVT(Petrol)- Rs.15,76,800
Sharp Ivory CVT(Petrol)- Rs.16,13,800
Sharp Sangria CVT(Petrol)- Rs.16,23,800
Savvy Ivory CVT(Petrol)- Rs.16,99,800
Savvy Sangria CVT(Petrol)- Rs.17,09,800
Smart Turbo AT(Petrol)- Rs.17,10,800
Sharp Ivory Turbo AT(Petrol)- Rs.17,95,800
Sharp Sangria Turbo AT(Petrol)- Rs.18,05,800
Savvy Sangria Turbo AT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.18,68,800


Toyota Hyryder


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Manual Transmission:

Toyota Hyryder E MT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.10,86,000
Toyota Hyryder S MT(Petrol)- Rs.12,61,000
Toyota Hyryder G MT(Petrol)- Rs.14,49,000
Toyota Hyryder V MT(Petrol)- Rs.16,04,000
Toyota Hyryder V MT AWD(Petrol)(Top Model)- Rs.17,34,000
Toyota Hyryder S MT(CNG) (Base Model)- Rs.13,56,000
Toyota Hyryder G MT(CNG) (Top Model)- Rs.15,44,000


Automatic Transmission:

Toyota Hyryder S AT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.13,81,000
Toyota Hyryder G AT(Petrol)- Rs.15,69,000
Toyota Hyryder S HYBRID(Petrol)- Rs.16,46,000
Toyota Hyryder V AT(Petrol)- Rs.17,24,000
Toyota Hyryder G HYBRID(Petrol)- Rs.18,49,000
Toyota Hyryder V HYBRID(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.19,99,000


Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara



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Manual Transmission:

Sigma MT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.10,70,000
Delta MT(Petrol)- Rs.12,10,000
Zeta MT(Petrol)- Rs.13,91,000
Alpha MT(Petrol)- Rs.15,41,000
Alpha AWD MT(Petrol)- Rs.16,91,000
Alpha AWD DT MT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.17,07,000
Delta(CNG) MT(Base Model)- Rs.13,05,000
Zeta(CNG) MT(Top Model)- Rs.14,86,000


Automatic Transmission:

Delta AT(Petrol) (Base Model)- Rs.13,60,000
Zeta AT(Petrol)- Rs.15,41,000
Alpha AT(Petrol)- Rs.16,91,000
Alpha AT DT(Petrol)- Rs.17,07,000
Zeta Plus Hybrid CVT(Petrol)- Rs.18,29,000
Zeta Plus Hybrid CVT DT(Petrol)- Rs.18,45,000
Alpha Plus Hybrid CVT(Petrol)- Rs.19,79,000
Alpha Plus Hybrid CVT DT(Petrol) (Top Model)- Rs.19,95,000


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Honda Elevate Pros
  • Smart styling with the right amount of muscle and clean lines.
  • Reliable and proven 1.5L i-VTEC engine is rev-happy & delivers adequate performance.
  • Pick between a slick 6-speed MT for some engagement or a super-smooth CVT Automatic for effortless urban commuting.
  • Superbly tuned suspension! Comfortable ride quality with sorted handling.
  • Clean interior design with good cabin space. Has a big 458L boot too.
  • Honda's proven reliability and after-sales service should ensure a fuss-free ownership experience.
  • Safety features include ADAS Level 2 tech, 6 airbags, hill start assist, lane watch assist, ISOFIX, and ESP.

Honda Elevate Cons
  • 1.5L NA offers satisfactory performance, but the competition offers way more powerful turbo-petrols and faster dual-clutch automatics.
  • CVT is great for urban commuting but out on the open roads, it's more suited to a sedate driving style.
  • No diesel or hybrid powertrains on offer. The competition offers both for those with high running. We can't figure out why the City's wonderful Hybrid system wasn't adapted for the Elevate.
  • Lots of missing features by current standards. You don't get auto wipers, ICE with a subwoofer, a 360-degree camera, a powered driver seat, ambient lighting, and more.
  • Lacks the feeling of "contemporariness" or the "wow" factor, be it in styling, powertrain, features & technology.
  • Honda Sensing ADAS system is intrusive at times on the highway; requires the driver to adapt to it and be comfortable using it.


Kia Seltos



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Kia Seltos Pros
  • Handsome, contemporary styling. Looks very sharp.
  • We find the Seltos to be well-priced for what it offers.
  • Nice, user-friendly interiors with sufficient space & good quality.
  • Loved the 1.5L turbo-petrol & 1.5L diesel.
  • Both the automatics - Diesel AT & Petrol DCT - are simply fantastic!
  • Mature on-road behaviour, including at highway speeds. A+ brakes as well.
  • Unusually wide variant offering. Seems there is something for everyone.
  • Standard safety kit includes 6 airbags, ESP, all-wheel disc brakes, hill start assist, TPMS, rear parking sensors, 3-point seatbelts for all, etc.
  • Impressive kit (ADAS Level-2, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, 360-degree camera, HUD, front parking sensors, Bose sound system, wireless charger with cooling function, cooled seats, UV cut glass, & loads more).

Kia Seltos Cons
  • Scored just 3-stars in the GNCAP crash tests.
  • Turbo-petrols are very sensitive to driving style. FE will drop drastically when you drive hard.
  • Back seat's width makes it better for 2 adults and a kid, rather than 3 adults.
  • Firm suspension. Liveable, but bad roads will bother you.
  • Dual-clutch ATs (like the Petrol DCT) have a history of poor reliability in India.
  • Extremely confusing & complicated variant spread!
  • You get bigger SUVs & Crossovers for the same money (e.g. Hector, Harrier, XUV700).

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Hyundai Creta Pros
  • A superbly engineered all-rounder that delivers a premium experience.
  • We find the Hyundai Creta to be well-priced for what it offers.
  • User-friendly interiors with sufficient space & good-quality parts.
  • Loved the 1.5L diesel. Will soon get the fast 1.5L turbo petrol too.
  • Smooth & competent automatic gearboxes available.
  • Sorted road manners & handling for a Hyundai, including on the highway. You will be surprised!
  • The Creta's safety package includes 6 airbags, ESP, all-wheel disc brakes, TPMS etc.
  • Impressive kit (panoramic sunroof, paddle shifters, Bose sound system, cooled seats, cabin air purifier & loads more).
  • Hyundai's competent after-sales service, fuss-free ownership & up to 5-years standard warranty.

Hyundai Creta Cons
  • Scored just 3-stars in the GNCAP crash tests.
  • Oddball love it or hate it styling. We find the Creta's exterior design to be too weird & futuristic.
  • Back seat's width makes it better for 2 adults and a kid, rather than 3 adults.
  • Some misses (no auto wipers, 360-degree camera, illuminated window buttons, full-size spare tyre on top trims).
  • You get bigger SUVs & Crossovers for the same money (e.g. Hector, Harrier).

Skoda Kushaq



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Škoda Kushaq Pros
  • Classy exterior & interior styling matched with solid European build quality.
  • Cabin has good legroom to offer, supportive seats, perfect ergonomics & lots of storage.
  • 148 BHP engine makes the Kushaq one of the most fun-to-drive crossovers in the segment.
  • Sporty 1.0L & 1.5L turbo-petrols are mated to slick 6-speed MTs & smooth ATs.
  • Sorted suspension offers a balanced ride & handling package.
  • Safety features include 6 airbags, ESC, 3-point seatbelts for all, electronic differential lock, brake disc wiping, multi-collision brake and more.
  • 6-year extended warranty & 4-year all-inclusive service packages available.
  • Features like active cylinder tech, ventilated seats, sunroof, wireless Android Auto and CarPlay, auto headlamps & wipers etc.
  • 5-star GNCAP safety rating.

Škoda Kushaq Cons

  • No 1.5L diesel is a major disadvantage in a world where petrol costs over 100 bucks/litre.
  • DQ200 DSG transmission has a history of poor reliability & breakdowns in India.
  • Narrow width makes a 5th adult completely unwelcome. Best for 4 onboard.
  • At 385 litres, boot space is lesser than its direct rivals (Creta & Seltos = 433L).
  • Sure lacks the street cred/presence offered by some competitors.
  • Škoda’s notorious dealerships & after-sales horror stories.
  • Missing some now expected features such as driving modes (sport), panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, electric driver's seat adjustment & regular USB ports.
  • Turbo-petrols are very sensitive to driving style. FE will drop drastically when you drive hard.

Volkswagen Taigun


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Volkswagen Taigun Pros

  • Unmistakably VW styling matched with solid European build quality
  • Cabin has good legroom to offer, supportive seats, perfect ergonomics & lots of storage
  • 148 BHP engine makes the Taigun one of the most fun-to-drive crossovers in the segment!
  • Sporty 1.0L & 1.5L turbo-petrols are mated to slick 6-speed MTs & smooth ATs
  • Sorted suspension offers a balanced ride & handling package
  • Safety features include up to 6 airbags, ESC (all variants), 3-point seatbelts for all, electronic differential lock, brake disc wiping, multi-collision brake and more
  • Features like active cylinder tech, ventilated seats, sunroof, 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and CarPlay, auto headlamps & wipers etc.
  • 5-star GNCAP safety rating.

Volkswagen Taigun Cons
  • No 1.5L diesel is a major disadvantage in a world where petrol costs over 100 bucks/litre.
  • Narrow cabin width makes a 5th adult completely unwelcome. Best for 4 onboard.
  • Interior colour scheme and quality don't feel up to traditional VW standards. Some polarising details too (chrome outside, painted plastics inside...).
  • Sure lacks the street cred/presence offered by some competitors.
  • VW’s after-sales service can be a hit or miss. Many VW owners find it expensive too.
  • Missing some now-expected features such as a subwoofer, driving modes (sport), panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, electric driver's seat adjustment & rear window blinds.
  • Turbo-petrols are very sensitive to driving style. FE will drop drastically when you drive hard.
  • Kushaq's 'clever' touches are missing = no spot on top of the dashboard to place a deity, no smartphone holders on the front seatbacks, no ticket clip on the windshield, no elastic band in the doorpad to keep items in place, or even something as simple as the small reflective tapes on the doorpads.

MG Astor



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MG Astor Pros
  • The classy design, especially in black, is eye-catching.
  • Abundant features, with only minor omissions.
  • High-tech infotainment system and Car as a Platform service are appreciated.
  • Upmarket and high-quality interior with soft-touch elements and a perforated leather steering wheel.
  • Comfortable front seats.
  • High ground clearance.
  • Good driving dynamics with multiple steering modes and a separate Sports mode.
  • Panoramic sunroof adds to the appeal.
  • ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) features are handy, including Speed Warning/Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist.
  • Functional features like automatic side camera view, blind-spot detection, and auto wipers enhance the driving experience.

MG Astor Cons
  • Missing features like Auto-dimming IRVM and backseat dome light are disappointing.
  • The robot feature seems gimmicky and can rattle on uneven roads without serving a practical purpose.
  • Lack of reach adjustment for the steering wheel.
  • Inconvenience with some ADAS functions, such as Speed Assist Warning resetting at every start.
  • Annoying engine shutdown when pressing the start/stop button with the engine running.
  • Small after-sales network. Service quality & long-term reliability are big unknowns
  • Back seats, while comfortable, could use more thigh support.

Toyota Hyryder



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Toyota Hyryder Pros
  • Impressive attempt at creating a mass-market hybrid car.
  • Excellent city fuel economy, exceeding 20 kmpl, making the Hyryder cost-effective compared to diesel counterparts.
  • Seamless hybrid system enhances the driving experience, particularly in urban environments.
  • Comfortable ride quality combined with well-balanced driving dynamics.
  • Well-equipped with features, including driving modes, panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, ventilated seats, wireless smartphone charging, connected car features, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and more.
  • Offers AWD capability, a unique feature in this segment.
  • Toyota's strong after-sales service quality is typically highly regarded by owners.

Toyota Hyryder Cons
  • Practicality suffers due to reduced boot space in the full-hybrid variant.
  • Interior plastics quality feels closer to "Maruti" than Toyota, with the S-Cross cabin appearing superior in quality.
  • Interior feels narrow and lacks the roominess of some competitors, with the rear seat best suited for two adults.
  • Lacks certain features like rain-sensing wipers, premium audio with a subwoofer, electric seats, electric parking brake, LED interior lighting, etc.
  • Falls short in outright performance compared to the competition and struggles beyond 110 km/h.
  • Not as engaging to drive as German competitors or the Creta and Seltos turbo-petrol variants.
  • Surprisingly poor NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) levels from the drivetrain, with sounds from the 3-cylinder engine, electric motor, and brake vacuum pump filtering into the cabin.
  • AWD is available only on the MT (manual transmission) and the mild-hybrid (not full-hybrid) variants.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara



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Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Pros

  • A competent hybrid car designed for the mass market.
  • Impressive city fuel economy exceeding 20 km/l, making the Grand Vitara cost-effective compared to diesel counterparts.
  • Maruti benefits from Toyota's reliability and expertise in hybrid systems, providing reassurance.
  • Seamless hybrid system enhances the driving experience, particularly in traffic.
  • Maruti's AWD (AllGrip) system offers impressive soft-roading capabilities and can handle tricky situations when touring.
  • Comfortable ride quality combined with balanced driving dynamics.
  • Well-equipped with features, including driving modes, panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, ventilated seats, wireless smartphone charging, connected car features, wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more.
  • Maruti's excellent after-sales service, extensive dealer network, and hassle-free ownership experiences.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Cons
  • Practicality is compromised due to reduced boot space in the full-hybrid variant.
  • Interior quality and fit & finish fall short at this price point.
  • AllGrip AWD is available in only a single MT (manual transmission) trim, missing the opportunity to market a unique selling point.
  • Interior feels narrow and lacks the roominess of some competitors, with the rear seat best suited for two adults.
  • Falls short in outright performance compared to the competition and struggles beyond 110 km/h.
  • Not as engaging to drive as German competitors or the Creta and Seltos turbo-petrol variants.
  • Surprisingly poor NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) levels from the drivetrain, with sounds from the 3-cylinder engine, electric motor, and brake vacuum pump filtering into the cabin.
  • Missing features such as rain-sensing wipers, premium audio with a subwoofer, electric seats, electric parking brake, LED interior lighting, etc.
  • Competent in various aspects, though it doesn't excel in any specific area aside from fuel economy.


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Final Impressions


The midsize SUV market offers a diverse range of choices tailored to your specific needs. Whether you prioritize performance, space, luxury, safety, features, or efficiency, there's an SUV for you.


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The MG Astor stands out as a straightforward SUV designed for customers making the leap from a small hatchback. It prioritizes features over performance, making it an excellent choice for those who value a tech-rich driving experience without the need for high-speed thrills.


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The Kia Seltos, on the other hand, impresses with its spirited turbocharged engine and feature-rich interior, offering both practicality and excitement in a single package.


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The Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun, strike a good balance between performance and practicality while boasting a robust build quality.


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If you require a premium experience, the Hyundai Creta caters to your desires with its refined powertrain and awesome features.


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For those placing a premium on safety and sturdiness, the VAG twins may be a more attractive option compared to the Korean twins, known for their less impressive safety track record.


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Meanwhile, the Toyota Hyryder and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara prioritize fuel efficiency and cabin space, offering practicality and features along with reliability.


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Honda Elevate also deserves mention as a striking SUV with good looks, decent features, and notable reliability. Its 1.5 i-VTEC engine, especially when paired with a manual transmission, outshines competitors in the naturally aspirated engine category, catering to those who seek raw engine power.


In the end, pick the SUV that suits your preferences the best, be it driving experience, space, features, safety, or efficiency.


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Thank you for reading this SUV comparison. I hope this comprehensive overview of the midsize SUVs in the market helped you understand the key differences between them.

Cheers.

Disclaimer: Please note that all views presented in this comparison have been collectively compiled from Team-BHP reviews. I haven't personally experienced all the SUVs, except for the Kushaq and Taigun.


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Honda Elevate: 458 litres
Hyundai Creta: 433 litres
Kia Seltos: 433 litres
Maruti Grand Vitara: 355 litres
Toyota Hyryder: 355 litres
Škoda Kushaq: 385 litres
Volkswagen Taigun: 385 litres
MG Astor: 488 litres

The MG Astor provides the most space in the boot with 488 litres.


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I absolute do not think the MG Astor's boot is 488 litres. I had checked out the Astor, Creta, Seltos in 2021/22. And the main reason I rejected the Astor was the boot space. The wheel wells are too huge and they eat up most of the space. And then the spare wheel takes up the rest. My doubt is MG has calculated the boot space by including the spare wheel space as well. It basically has a tiny boot.

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