Automatic compact SUV options under Rs 15 lakh for my wife

It will replace her old Hyundai i10 and should be either petrol or diesel but not an EV.

BHPian benu9714 recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Hello, I need to find a replacement for my wife’s Hyundai i10 – it had to be sold recently because it was nearly 13 years old and had developed problems.

My wife has laid down a set of specifications which must be met:

  • New car, not used.
  • SUV, or a car with a high, upright driver’s seat, not a sedan.
  • As small as possible – definitely not over 4 meters, and not a 7-seater.
  • A “proper” (her word) automatic, maybe a CVT, but definitely not an AMT or even an ASG in which a manual gearbox is shifted by electronic control.
  • Petrol or diesel, but not electric. (I am the one who takes care of fuel, and I can’t be bothered monitoring the charge level and recharging the car. There is no charging point in the underground basement of my building where the car will be parked.)
  • Cost up to Rs 15 lakhs on-road is OK.
  • Colour – red.
  • Usual features – power steering, power windows, rear (+ front, if possible) camera, good size touch screen etc. No need for a sunroof and other fancy gadgets.

I will need the car in December or a little later, but I will be abroad in Oct-Nov, hence I would like to choose the car during September, and maybe book it if needed.

Could someone suggest the best buy for these specs? Thanks!

Here’s what BHPian raptor_diwan had to say about the matter:

Nissan Magnite ticks all the boxes, talking about CVT gearboxes, there are only a handful of cars available, and when it comes to SUV stances in a compact form, options like the Kiger or Magnite would be ideal choices.

Here’s what BHPian BleueNinja had to say about the matter:

I would suggest the Maruti Suzuki Brezza.

  • Smooth Torque Converter gearbox
  • Frugal and smooth engine.
  • Reliable and easy to maintain
  • Pretty good set of features
  • Built on the previous-gen platform which was rated well for safety as well.

Along with the above set of features, it will come within your budget as well and in colour Red.

The only disadvantage I see with Brezza is that it doesn’t come with the most eye-catching interiors but definitely gets the job done. It’s functional.

Another option that you can check out is the Kia Sonet which has a TC gearbox, good ground clearance, feature loaded and three engine options but the safety rating is unknown. It definitely has better interiors than Brezza.

Here’s what BHPian DCEite had to say about the matter:

Your requirements scream Nexon Facelift 2024. Should be released by mid of September itself.

Ticks most of the boxes. The variant you should consider is the 1.2 Turbo Petrol with DCT.

Here’s what BHPian amit_purohit20 had to say about the matter:

My choice would be the Nexon facelift:

  • It’s safe
  • It’s compact
  • It’s coming with DCT which has a wet clutch and planetary gearbox – chances of higher reliability than regular DCT configuration like DSG. Also, it’s not tuned for performance shifts so should be reliable.
  • Fresh model gives a feel-good factor.
  • Additonal features with the new model like a better touch screen etc can be a selling factor for your wife.
  • Vehicle is sold in high numbers so getting parts and maintenance should be easy.

If not Nexon my next choice would be Brezza automatic.

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