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Top-End Compact SUVs Packed With Advanced Safety Kit and Modern Tech

Indian compact SUVs prioritize advanced safety and tech features, offering a holistic ownership experience, even in mid-range variants like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Punch, and Hyundai Exter.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Mar 07 2024, 16:13 IST
Verna and Nexon
Verna and Nexon
Verna and Nexon
Verna and Nexon

Compact SUVs continue witnessing strong demand from Indian buyers wanting to step up from humble hatchbacks without breaking the bank. While value pricing and high riding stance remain strong draws, discerning customers also expect their upgrade to pack more features enhancing safety, comfort and connectivity.

Market leaders have taken notice of top-end variants benefiting from advanced assistive systems along with future-facing gadgetry. Let's have a closer look at some popular SUVs and the comprehensive tech found in their range-topping avatars.

Hyundai Creta

As one of the highest-selling SUVs in India, the Creta carries the confidence of a long waiting period, even for fully loaded trims. Priced between Rs.18.7 lakhs to Rs. 23.88 lakhs, the range-topping SX (O) variant makes a tech-loaded value proposition similar to the newly launched Hyundai Verna. With the Hyundai Verna new model packed with features and sporting sharp looks, buyers are spoilt for choice.

Advanced Safety

  • 6 airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Hill Assist Control
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • Rearview camera

Cabin Tech

  • Premium sound system
  • BlueLink connected car tech
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Smart electric sunroof
  • Paddle shifters for automatic

Balancing practicality and comfort with an extensive features list, the top-spec Creta checks all the right boxes for a future-proof compact SUV.

Kia Seltos

Thanks to distinctive styling and a well-rounded package, Kia's debut offering quickly emerged as a strong challenger in the SUV category. The range-topping 1.5 X-Line variant carries a price tag of Rs. 23.86 lakhs onwards but packs goodies justifying the markup.

Advanced Safety

  • 6 airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • Hill Assist Control
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Rearview camera

Cabin Tech

  • Sound Mood lighting
  • Bose premium audio
  • Smart electric sunroof
  • Ventilated front seats
  • BlueLink connected technology
  • Air purifier with AQI display
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Multi-color ambient lighting
  • Paddle shifters for automatic

With matching equipment to sibling Creta plus unique highlights like an air purifier and sound mood lighting, the Seltos top variant also scores big as a feature-loaded choice.

Maruti Suzuki Brezza

Despite premium challengers, Maruti's popular SUV retains appeal thanks to the extensive reach of arena sales channels. The range-topping ZXi+ variant is priced at Rs. 14.72 lakhs onwards but offers surprising features.

Advanced Safety

  • 6 airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Hill Hold Assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear parking camera
  • Rear defogger
  • ISOFIX child seat mounts

Cabin Tech

  • Wireless charger
  • Heads Up Display
  • SmartPlay Pro+ infotainment
  • Automatic climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Connected car technology
  • Multi-color ambient lighting

Offering feel-good factors like a sunroof and ambient lighting along with an active safety kit, Brezza owners can stay confident tackling Indian roads in this Maruti.

Tata Nexon

Riding high on engaging drivetrains and a 5-star safety rating, Tata's Nexon compact SUV has emerged as a strong contender. The 1.5 Fearless Plus S AMT Tata Nexon top model price is Rs. 18.36 lakhs but accounts for the extra spend via:

Advanced Safety

  • 6 airbags
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Traction Control
  • Corner Stability Control
  • Hill hold & descent control

Cabin Tech

  • Automatic climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Smart key with push-button start
  • Rearview camera
  • Auto headlamps & wipers
  • Connected technology
  • Harman premium audio system

From Harmon-tuned music to features like traction control and hill descent aid, Tata secures your back comprehensively in the Nexon. Tata has upped the desirability quotient of its smash-hit compact SUV by elevating the ownership experience while retaining accessibility. For buyers wanting style and substance in their upgrade without going overboard on expenditure, the Nexon Fearless Plus presents an upmarket yet affordable proposition.

Tata Punch

As Tata's micro-SUV entrant, the well-received Punch packs in reassurance and comfort in the Creative variant. With prices ranging between Rs. 6.63 lakhs to Rs. 11.83 lakhs, owners benefit from the following:

Advanced Safety

  • 2 airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Seat belt reminder
  • High-speed alert system

Cabin Tech

  • Fully automatic temperature control
  • Projector headlamps
  • Push button start
  • Electric boot release

Blending sensible urban transport with versatility for young families, Tata equips the Punch range topper appropriately. Tata has injected the perfect ratio of style, space and strengths in its micro SUV challenger without compromising on value. For new-age buyers preferring stopping sight over outright size, the Punch Creative brings a unique urban appeal.

Hyundai Exter

Joining the micro-SUV bandwagon is Hyundai's latest Exter, priced at Rs. 9.5 lakhs to 11.28 lakhs for the sporty 1.2 SX(O) Connect AMT. Hyundai packs this variant with:

Advanced Safety

  • 6 airbags
  • Vehicle stability management
  • Hill assist control
  • Parking sensors
  • Electromagnetic rear door lock

Cabin Tech

  • BlueLink connected features
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Automatic climate control
  • Air purifier
  • Wireless mirror linking

Bringing a tech-laden cabin and essential safety kit to the table, the Exter targets those wanting a premium feel on a budget. Hyundai seems to have hit the sweet spot between aspirational design and accessibility with its latest micro-SUV. For buyers wanting modern styling and smart features without breaking the bank, the Exter 1.2 SX(O) brings a lot to the table.

Bottomline

While SUV buyers focused initially on value, expectations have clearly evolved to also account for generous equipment, enhancing the overall ownership experience. As evident in these current popular models, modern connectivity and cutting-edge safety now take priority, along with fuel efficiency and cabin comfort.

Fortunately, market leaders have noticeably upped their game, offering all this technology even in mid-variants. So, customers no longer need to buy range-topping editions to drive home in a future-ready SUV packed with goodies for the long haul.

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First Published Date: 07 Mar, 16:13 IST
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