Love off-roading and want to know the best four-wheel drive aka 4X4 cars? Here’s the exclusive list of best 4WD cars in India.
India is a country which has always loved SUVs for the great road presence and premium appeal they offer. Many of us purchase these SUVs for their main trait – four-wheel drive system (4×4 or 4WD), which enables these vehicles to drive over those terrains which other normal cars just can dream of conquering.
Apart from the 4WD and AWD SUVs from the premium European luxury car makers, there are many other SUVs present in the lower price brackets as well, which come with 4×4 drivetrain as a standard or option. Following is a list of top ten 4×4 SUVs currently available in the Indian car market:
Currently the most affordable 4×4 offering in the country, the Mahindra Thar has gone on to become the most popular lifestyle vehicle for the masses, with its rugged looks and great road presence. The Mahindra Thar comes with 4×4 drivetrain as standard across its entire range, comprising of variants with both 2.0-liter turbo-petrol engine (150 PS/300 Nm) and 2.0-liter diesel engine (130 PS/320 Nm), both of which are being offered with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes. The Mahindra Thar is being offered with both hard top and soft top convertible versions, with prices between Rs. 12.12 lakh-14.17 lakh.
Apart from the Mahindra Thar, another 4×4 SUV which has managed to carve a niche for itself is the Isuzu D-Max. This rugged-looking five-seater pickup truck comes with 4×4 drivetrain in more premium and lifestyle-oriented V-Cross versions, Z MT (Rs. 20.98 lakh and Z Prestige AT (Rs. 24.49 lakh). Both these versions of the Isuzu D-Max get a 1.9-liter diesel engine (168 PS/360 Nm), which is offered with 6-speed manual (Z MT) and 6-speed automatic (Z Prestige AT) gearbox options.
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The Hyundai Tucson, with its polished persona, might not be as super rugged and go anywhere vehicle as others in this list. However, when needed, the Tucson is capable of trailing tough terrains with quite an ease. The Hyundai Tucson is bestowed with 4×4 drivetrain in its range-topping variant only, the GLS 4WD AT diesel, which is priced at Rs. 27.35 lakh. The powertrain fitted to this variant is a 2.0-liter diesel (185 PS/400 Nm), which is available with an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
The Jeep Compass might be the smallest Jeep SUV in the country today, but it packs in all the prowess of its elder siblings sold overseas, when it comes to going easily over rough terrains. The Jeep Compass comes with 4WD technology in three of its higher-spec diesel variants – Limited (O) (Rs. 26.49 lakh), 80th Anniversary (Rs. 26.96 lakh) and Model S(O) (Rs. 28.49 lakh). All these variants get a 2.0-liter four cylinder diesel engine (170 PS/350 Nm) mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
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The most affordable seven-seater ladder on frame SUV, the Mahindra Alturas, is one of the most underrated SUVs in the country today, offering ample amount of equipment and space of a full-fledged SUV at a decent price. The only variant of the Mahindra Alturas offered with a 4WD drivetrain, the 4WD AT, is powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine (180 PS/420 Nm), which has been paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Mahindra Alturas 4WD AT will set one back by Rs. 31.74 lakh.
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Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace
The only petrol-powered four-wheel-drive seven seater SUV in its category, Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, makes a strong case for itself among its competitors, with trademark German build quality and premium feel as well as a super-refined petrol engine under its hood. The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is being offered in India in a fully loaded 2.0 TSI variant, which comes with 4WD as standard and is priced at Rs. 34.20 lakh. The engine on duty is a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine (190 PS/320 Nm) mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
The undisputed leader of the seven-seater ladder on frame SUV segment, the Toyota Fortuner, is being offered with a supremely capable four-wheel drivetrain in its diesel avatar only. There are two different 4WD variants of Toyota Fortuner on offer – 4WD MT (Rs. 35.50 lakh) and 4WD AT (Rs. 37.79 lakh). Both these variants get the same 2.8-liter diesel engine (204 PS/500 Nm), which is available with the options of a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox in MT and AT variants respectively.
The Ford Endeavour too has gained a solid reputation for itself in the segment to which it belongs, with its mammoth street credentials and a premium experience on the inside. Apart from these, the Ford Endeavour is also blessed with a capable 4WD system, which is available in two of its premium variants – Titanium Plus (Rs. 35.60 lakh) and Sport (Rs 36.20 lakh). The powertrain employed for both these variants is a 2.0-liter diesel engine (170 PS/420 Nm) coupled to a 10-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
The Isuzu MU-X, in its revised BS6 guise, might have missed out on the latest generation global-spec model, which makes it one of the oldest SUVs in this category. However, the Isuzu MU-X promises trademark Japanese reliability and gets 4×4 only in its range-topping variant. This particular variant of the Isuzu MU-X has been priced at Rs. 35.19 lakh, and gets a 1.9-liter diesel engine (163 PS/360 Nm) coupled to a 6-speed automatic gearbox as standard – the same powertrain which is present in the Isuzu D-Max pickup as well.
One of the newest entrants in this segment, the MG Gloster promises a best-in-class equipment list, with the segment-exclusive list of autonomous level 1 safety features being the star highlight of the package. The MG Gloster comes with 4WD in three of its variants – Sharp 6-seater (Rs. 35.38 lakh), Sharp 7-seater (Rs. 35.38 lakh) and Savvy 6-seater (Rs. 36.88 lakh). All these variants get the same 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engine (218 PS/480 Nm) mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.