Brezza to Venue, Sonet & Magnite, is now the right time to buy sub-compact SUV?

The meteoric rise in the significance of sub-compact SUVs in the Indian market is underlined in bold red and highlighted in a bright shade of fluorescent by the number of new launches that have taken place in recent times. The massively-popular segment was almost non-existent till a few years ago but now sees competing products from almost every major car manufacturer in the country. While the SUV-ish proportions may be the underlying factor for the rise in the segment's prominence, other factors such as attractive price structures, mile-long feature list, spacious cabin and design philosophies may also be working well for the cars here. As such, prospective buyers in the Indian market now have a problem of plenty.

By: HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 18 Nov 2020, 13:58 PM
Follow us on:
Follow us on:
File photo used for representational purpose.
File photo used for representational purpose.

In many ways, Vitara Brezza is considered to have been the product that set the segment alive. First showcased at Auto Expo 2016, the Maruti Suzuki product took the crown, almost seized it, with a whole lot of vigour. Subsequent years saw Hyundai driving in a feature-packed Venue and Mahindra offering the five-star safety rated XUV300. Despite all its challenges, 2020 has also seen key launches like the Sonet from Kia and the Ubran Cruiser from Toyota.

And there are new entrants warming up.

Magnite from Nissan is gearing up for a launch which is expected end November while Renault is giving finishing touches to its own product for the segment and the market.

Also check these Cars

Find more Cars
Kia Sonet Facelift (HT Auto photo)
₹ 8 - 15 Lakhs* *Expected Price
View Details
Explore your Vehicle
Hyundai Venue N Line (HT Auto photo)
₹ 12.16 - 13.30 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Kia Sonet (HT Auto photo)
₹ 6.79 - 13.35 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Hyundai Venue (HT Auto photo)
₹ 7.53 - 12.72 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Nissan Magnite (HT Auto photo)
₹ 4.99 - 9.90 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Maruti Suzuki Brezza (HT Auto photo)
₹ 8.29 - 14.14 Lakhs* *Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers

Question then is: Is now the absolutely right time to buy a sub-compact SUV.

The ambiguous answer is maybe but the definite answer would be no.

While each buyer has his or her own need which decides how soon to buy a vehicle, the sub-compact SUV segment does have a whole lot of options which would make making an informed decision after comparisons the practical option. The offerings from Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Kia, Mahindra and Toyota are with their respective strengths and follies. And yet, if the need is not quite urgent, it would be better to wait for the two upcoming offerings - from Nissan and Renault.

This is because while both Nissan and Renault are relatively sideline players to the likes of Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, both are determined to change that status and are aiming to prop up their respective offerings as their biggest weapons yet.

Even otherwise, since both launches are slated for the next couple of months, buyers with the privilege of time may factor in the new products while homing in on their final choice.

What is certain here is that while the newer offerings may or may not be at par with the existing offering - or they may be better, of course, the best option here may be to factor in as many options as possible before driving in in that sub-compact SUV.

First Published Date: 18 Nov 2020, 11:05 AM IST
Shopping Bag Shop Now
74% OFF
Microfiber Car Cleaning Soft Brush Ideal as Mop Duster, Washing Brush with Long Handle, Dust Cleaner Car Wash Brush with Handle, Soft Brush Scratch Free, Cleaning Dashboard Curved Design - Grey
Rs. 389 Rs. 1,499
64% OFF
Antson Portable High Power 2 in 1 Car Vacuum Cleaner | USB Rechargeable Wireless Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner Traveling, Camping Reusable and Sustainable, Portable,Rechargeable Vacuum (2 in 1)
Rs. 699 Rs. 1,939
73% OFF
IDELLA Car Duster, Extendable Long Handle Microfiber Car Duster Exterior Scratch Free Car Cleaning Tool, Car Dust Brush for Truck, Pickup, SUV, RV, Motorcycle, Vehicles Cleaning,(Multicolor)
Rs. 239 Rs. 899
1% OFF
GOODAIR Clear Car Windshield Enhancer | Classic |12 Tablets
Rs. 295 Rs. 299

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
Powered by: Acko Logo
Please be noted that any information provided herein above will be received by Acko General Insurance Limited (“Acko”). By mentioning the above information, you agree to provide these details and information to Acko.
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city
Couldn't verify the OTP.
It's either expired or it's incorrect.