Looking to buy a luxury SUV for under Rs 1.25 crore

I am considering the Land Rover Defender 3.0 diesel, Audi E-Tron Sportback, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Range Rover Velar and BMW X5, but I have an open mind.

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Greetings people!

I want to get a car for Rs 75 lakh - Rs 1.25 crore, but can't decide which one to get.

Here are some of my requirements:

  • SUV, but not too big like the GLS, X7
  • The car will primarily be chauffeur driven so the rear seats are a priority.
  • No turbo-petrol, as the car will be driven 100 km per day!
  • Good road presence, if possible
  • Good ground-clearance
  • Must be a new-ish generation car

Right now, I am considering the Land Rover Defender 3.0 diesel, Audi E-Tron Sportback, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Range Rover Velar and BMW X5, but I have an open mind.

Thanks for any help/replies in advance.

Here's what BHPian SShandilya had to say on the matter:

Looking at your requirement I see only Defender fitting the requirement minus the first point made. If that is too big for you, I’ll suggest the GLE.

Here's what BHPian Shreyans_Jain had to say on the matter:

Surprised to see the E Tron in your short list. That’s quite an offbeat choice. Not too sure how it will fare from a rear seat perspective, these EVs are driver’s cars after all and they all have a raised rear floor which kind of compromises the seating experience at the back. You will have to take extensive test drives and see for yourself if it works for you. But yes, nothing will touch it for running and maintenance costs. And it will be rarer than a Rolls Royce.

Otherwise, your best course of action should be to go with the new BMW X5. Mighty fine car to drive and to be driven around. It will be the most reliable of the lot, which is important considering your high usage.

Here's what BHPian lamborghini had to say on the matter:

I'd look at the GLE, XC90.

The Defender & Velar may not be the best in terms of rear seat comfort compared to its peers. Similarly I wasn't too pleased with the rear seat comfort of the X5 and found it lacking under-thigh support.

If you aren't brand conscious, have you looked at the Toyota Vellfire? Probably the best rear seat comfort out of all your choices, will be rare but easy to live with, and is a hybrid so expect decent fuel economy (our ES with a similar set up gets around 15kmpl in Mumbai traffic).

Here's what BHPian Sahil had to say on the matter:

+1. There is no better rear seat, not even the Maybach. Well maybe the GLS Maybach maybe at par.

The hybrid engine will give you near diesel FE and being a Jap the maintenance cost will be far lesser than any German option hence overall this will be cheaper to run than a diesel German SUV.

Here's what BHPian Turbanator had to say on the matter:

I tried the vellfire again, last week. My initial observations from last year are absolutely valid and the ride has its own flaws. For one, the ground clearance is really poor and it scrape anything and everything that’s a little more than a rumble strip. One can feel the road undulations at any speeds. I tried this time with 4 adults and the car bounced. There’s no match of Adaptive/ Air suspension against this double wishbone setup. Though the repairs will be virtually nil as compared to Air bellows.

Unfortunately, there’s not a single car that meet the requirements of OP at mentioned budgets. Perhaps, changing seating position to front is the only option, in which case a lot of cars can be considered.

Else, I will recommend a sedan like 7 series (preowned) and enjoy all the comforts in the rear. S class is also good but the seating posture of 7 is better and you don’t get tired. Some of 2016-17 model year from current generation can be had at 70-80 lac or even lower.

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