Based on the CMF-A+ platform, the Nissan Magnite has managed to create its own niche in the extremely competitive subcompact SUV segment. If you are considering buying a subcompact SUV, here are few more options to look at.
The Magnite has been a very important product for the Japanese automaker as far as the Indian market is concerned. It is currently Nissan’s best-selling model with nearly 2500 to 3000 units per month. Nissan offers the Magnite in four key trims – XE, XL, XV and XV Premium, which are further classified into 20 different grades, based on optional trims, engine and transmission choices. The subcompact SUV gets a starting price of ₹ 5.59 lakh, going up to ₹ 9.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Here are the top five rivals of the SUV.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is one of the best-selling SUVs in India. It is a petrol-only car, which is powered by a tried and tested 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder petrol motor that is tuned to offer 103 bhp and 138 Nm of peak torque. The mill comes paired with a 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. The SUV is priced in the range of ₹ 7.51 lakh to ₹ 11.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Kia Sonet marked the entry of the South Korean carmaker into the competitive subcompact SUV space. Kia introduced the refreshed Sonet with the company’s new brand logo earlier this year. It now comes in a total of 17 variants across two trims – Tech Line & GT-Line options. The SUV continues to get three powertrain choices – 1.2 naturally-aspirated Smartstream, 1.0-litre turbocharged T-GDI petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. Prices of the SUV starts at ₹ 6.79 lakh, going up to ₹ 13.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Kiger is one of the popular cars from the French carmaker’s stable, which was launched in India earlier this year. It shares platform and mechanicals with the Magnite SUV. Renault offers the Kiger SUV in four trims – RXE, RXL, RXT and RXZ. It comes with a choice of two petrol engines – 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated Energy petrol and a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual, a CVT transmission and an AMT gearbox. The SUV is priced in the range of ₹ 6.89 lakh to ₹ 8.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Nexon Subcompact SUV has been one of the safest cars in India with a 5-Star safety rating from Global NCAP in 2018. Prices of the Nexon start at ₹ 7.19 lakh, going up to ₹ 13.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The SUV comes in both petrol and diesel engine options. While the petrol is a 1.2-litre turbocharged mill tuned to produce 118 bhp and 170 Nm of peak torque, the latter is a 1.5-litre motor good for 108 bhp and 260 Nm of power figures. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and 6-speed AMT.
The Hyundai Venue has been a game-changer for the Korean carmaker in India. It is the first connected car in India featuring the Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car tech that is now seen on several new models from the brand. The carmaker offers the subcompact SUV in three engine options – 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol, 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. The SUV is priced in between ₹ 6.92 lakh to ₹ 11.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).