Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) have been one of the most popular segments of automobiles all over the world. In India, the love for SUVs among buyers is increasing by the day. With higher ground clearance, state-of-the-art suspension technology, comfortable seating arrangement and coupled with petrol engine options and automatic transmission, SUVs are the latest talk of the town now.
So let us take a quick look at the top 3 automatic petrol SUV running the roads of India!
This offering from Ford actually started the trend of compact-SUVs in India, and till date, remains high in popularity. The Ford EcoSportis available with Dragon petrol motor with a 6-speed torque convertor automatic transmission. This 3-cylinder motor is capable of generating 123bhp power and 150Nm torque.
The interiors are plush with leather seats and ample space for storage. Practical features include paddle shift, auto headlamps, auto wipers, cruise control and reverse camera. On the safety front, the vehicle comes loaded with 6 airbags, ESP, hill hold, EBA and ABS. All these make Ford EcoSport the only compact SUV / Crossover, which comes with a petrol automatic option.
Hyundai has always brought in delights for its customers and followers, and the automatic petrol variant of the Creta is certainly the icing on the cake. The 1.6L petrol engine is good enough to churn out 123PS of max power and 151Nm of peak torque, and is equipped with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The interior of Creta automatic is loaded with leather-wrapped steering, TGS knob, smart key with push-button, fully automatic AC, rear AC vents, electric tailgate release and a wide range of comfort features.
The petrol CVT Duster has joined the fleet of cars offered by Renault in India. The 1.5L petrol engine with 106bhp is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The car gets square headlights, S-shaped LED taillights and front & rear bumpers in the black cladding.
Inside, the front seats are just the about right size and provide adequate back and knee support. The rear seat spacing is ample with better thigh support.
In addition to these, Mahindra XUV300 AMT is the latest SUV to join the automatic bandwagon. Mahindra XUV300 gets its six-speed AMT unit sourced from the MagnetiMarelli. The automatic gear lever is sturdy, with mode-gates laid out in cross-position. Its gamut of various features includes Creep Function, Anti Rollback System, Downhill Drive System, 7 airbags, Sunroof, Cruise Control, ESP and many more.
Currently, the AMT unit is available only with the diesel engine. As per the sources, Mahindra is working on an XUV300 Petrol AMT unit as well.
So the verdict is if you are out looking for the best automatic petrol SUV in India, the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster are definitely the ones that will register in your mind. However, if you are willing to wait for the Mahindra XUV300 AMT, we are sure it will not disappoint you and will be worth waiting for!