There was a time when even a single-pane electric sunroof in mass-market cars and SUVs was a niche feature to have, with full sunroofs exclusively available only in top-spec luxury cars. It all changed in 2018 when Jeep launched a new top-spec Limited Plus variant for Compass in 2018, which introduced a panoramic sunroof as one of its talked-about features.
Since then, a full-sized sunroof became a trend and has now become one of the most prioritized and deciding factors for buying a premium compact or midsize SUV or sedan in India. Following are the five most popular full sunroof cars, which are available within the Rs 25 lakh mark:
The Hyundai Creta is currently the most affordable full sunroof car available in India. The Creta comes with a panoramic sunroof from the SX variant onwards. It was the first SUV in the premium compact SUV segment to feature a panoramic sunroof.
The Hyundai Creta is currently available with three engine options – 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel and 1.4-litre turbo-petrol. While the 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine makes 115 PS of power and 144 Nm of torque and is offered with a 6-speed manual and CVT, the 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 115 PS of power and 250 NM of torque. The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine is available in a single variant, in which the engine churns out 140 PS of power and 242 Nm of torque, and is available exclusively with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Variants of Hyundai Creta with full sunroof:
SX 1.5-petrol MT – Rs 14.22 lakh
SX 1.5-petrol CVT – Rs 15.70 lakh
SX(O) 1.5-petrol CVT – Rs 16.91 lakh
SX 1.5-diesel MT – Rs 15.27 lakh
SX(O) 1.5-diesel MT – Rs 16.46 lakh
SX(O) 1.5-diesel AT – Rs 17.87 lakh
SX(O) 1.4-turbo petrol DCT – Rs 17.99 lakh
The MG Astor is the only other premium compact SUV apart from Hyundai Creta, which is available with a panoramic sunroof. While it is not the first-in-segment SUV to feature a panoramic sunroof, it broke the news for being the first in its category to feature an AI-assisted talking robot and a full suite of advanced autonomous driving assistance systems, which will soon become a common norm in the premium compact and midsize SUVs.
Also known as MG ZS in the overseas market, the MG Astor is available as a petrol-only model. There are two engine options to choose from – a 1.5-litre natural-aspirated petrol and 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol. While the 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 110 PS of power and 144 Nm of torque and is available with two transmission choices of 5-speed manual and CVT, the more powerful 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine belts out 140 PS of power and 220 Nm of torque, and is solely available with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Variants of MG Astor with full sunroof:
Sharp 1.5-petrol MT – Rs 14.28 lakh
Sharp 1.5-petrol CVT – Rs 15.28 lakh
Sharp(O) 1.5-petrol CVT – Rs 16.13 lakh
Sharp 1.3- turbo petrol AT – Rs 17.00 lakh
Sharp(O) 1.3 turbo-petrol AT – Rs 17.73 lakh
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Mahindra has shattered all the records and rule books with the XUV700, which is riding high on the waves of success. The XUV700 was brought in as a replacement for the XUV500 and has instantly become one of the most desirable SUVs in India. Mahindra calls the full sunroof the XUV700 ‘skyroof’.
Available in both 5-seater and 7-seater configurations, the new Mahindra XUV700 is available with two powertrain combinations – a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 200 PS of maximum power and 320 Nm of maximum torque, and a 2.2-litre diesel engine, which churns out 185 PS of maximum power and 450 Nm of maximum torque. The skyroof in XUV700 is available from the AX5 variant onwards.
Variants of Mahindra XUV700 with full sunroof:
AX5 petrol MT 5-seater – Rs 16.06 lakh
AX5 petrol MT 7-seater – Rs 16.67 lakh
AX5 petrol AT 5-seater – Rs 17.70 lakh
AX7 petrol MT 7-seater – Rs 18.63 lakh
AX7 petrol AT 7-seater – Rs 20.28 lakh
AX7 Luxury Pack petrol AT 7-seater – Rs 22.04 lakh
AX5 diesel MT 5-seater – Rs 16.67 lakh
AX5 diesel MT 7-seater – Rs 17.29 lakh
AX5 diesel AT 5-seater – Rs 18.32 lakh
AX5 diesel AT 7-seater – Rs 18.94 lakh
AX7 diesel MT 7-seater – Rs 19.25 lakh
AX7 diesel AT 7-seater – Rs 20.91 lakh
AX7 Luxury Pack diesel MT 7-seater – Rs 21.01 lakh
AX7 AWD diesel AT 7-seater – Rs 22.25 lakh
AX7 Luxury Pack diesel AT 7-seater – Rs 22.66 lakh
AX7 Luxury Pack AWD diesel AT 7-seater – Rs 23.78 lakh
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The Tata Harrier was launched first in 2019, but Tata Motors was quick enough to iron out the shortcomings in the first version and launched the facelifted version in January 20202. With the facelift, Tata Motors introduced a few additional features in the Harrier, one of which is the large panoramic sunroof. The Tata Harrier is available as a large sunroof car from the XT+ variant onwards.
The Tata Harrier is available in the country as a diesel-only SUV, with the 2.0-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine available with both the choices of 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions. The powertrain of the Tata Harrier produces 170 PS of maximum power and 350 Nm of peak torque output.
Variants of Tata Harrier with full sunroof:
XT+ manual – Rs 18.02 lakh
XT+ Dark Edition manual – Rs 18.31 lakh
XTA+ automatic – Rs 19.31 lakh
XTA+ Dark Edition automatic – Rs 19.61 lakh
XZ+ manual – Rs 20.20 lakh
XZ+ Kaziranga Edition manual – Rs 20.41 lakh
XZ+ Dual-tone manual – Rs 20.41 lakh
XZ+ Dark Edition manual – Rs 20.47 lakh
XZA+ automatic – Rs 21.50 lakh
XZA+ Kaziranga Edition automatic – Rs 21.71 lakh
XZA+ Dual-tone automatic – Rs 21.71 lakh
XZA+ Dark Edition automatic – Rs 21.81 lakh
It was the MG Hector that popularized the trend of offering a full sunroof within the Rs 20 lakh mark. MG debuted in India with the Hector in 2019, which turned out to be an instant success for its excellent price-to-package ratio and several first-in-class features, one of which was a panoramic sunroof.
The MG Hector is currently available with two engine options – 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol and a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine. While the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol puts up 143 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque, the 2.0-litre diesel churns out 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard in both the powertrains, while a CVT is also offered as an optional transmission in the petrol-powered version. The turbo-petrol-manual version of the Hector also comes paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system.
Variants of MG Hector with full sunroof:
Sharp 1.5-petrol MT – Rs 18.50 lakh
Sharp Dual-tone 1.5-petrol MT – Rs 18.70 lakh
Sharp 1.5-petrol CVT – Rs 19.48 lakh
Sharp Dual-tone 1.5-petrol CVT – Rs 19.68 lakh
Sharp 2.0-diesel MT – Rs 20.11 lakh
Sharp Dual-tone 2.0-diesel MT – Rs 20.31 lakh