Best Budget SUVs to Buy in 2022

best budget suvs to buy in 2022 in india

The last couple of years have seen numerous SUV models flooding the domestic market. These big, macho vehicles have beat out the sleek-looking sedans in recent years. The trend of SUVs among consumers has led the OEMs to introduce more models in this particular segment with varieties in trims and options for the latest and updated features.

We are going to list out 5 vehicles in the SUV and crossover segment that are most affordable to buy in 2022 that also come with great designs and an exciting feature list.

Here are our top 5 selections:

  1. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
  2. Nissan Kicks
  3. Hyundai Creta
  4. Kia Seltos
  5. Tata Punch

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

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Maruti Suzuki S-Cross falls in the budget-friendly crossover segment and sports a powerful engine. The car is underrated in the market but its looks, features and comforts are beyond ordinary. For those who seek for a SUV-like passenger vehicle, this crossover could be a great fit.

Engine: A 1.5-litre K15B engine capable of producing 103bhp and 138Nm of torque

Transmission: A five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic unit

Maruti also offers S-Cross with its SHVS mild-hybrid system.

Trims: Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha

Mileage: 18.43 kmpl to 18.55 kmpl

Colours available: Nexa Blue, Caffeine Brown, Granite Grey, Pearl Arctic White and Premium Silver

Features: SmartPlay infotainment system, cruise control, climate control, engine start-stop button, leather upholstery, dual front airbags, a height-adjustable driver seat, and many more.

Price Details of Different Variants of Maruti Suzuki S-Cross:

Versions On-Road Price (Approx.)
S-Cross Sigma ₹ 9.87 Lakh
S-Cross Delta ₹ 11.08 Lakh
S-Cross Zeta ₹ 11.18 Lakh
S-Cross Delta AT ₹ 12.84 Lakh
S-Cross Zeta AT ₹ 12.94 Lakh
S-Cross Alpha ₹ 13.38 Lakh
S-Cross Alpha AT ₹ 14.75 Lakh

Nissan Kicks

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Nissan Kicks is based on Renault’s MO platform which also underpins the Duster. The car sports a tall-body structure and looks bigger in size despite being a compact sedan. It is indeed a budget-friendly SUV with so much on offer on every front; looks, features, specs and comforts.

Interior Highlights:

  • Dual-tone upholstery
  • 7-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity
  • Part-digital instrument cluster
  • Flat-bottom steering and
  • Automatic climate control

Engine and Transmission Options:  

  • A 1.5-litre naturally aspirated unit (106PS/142Nm) mated to a 5-speed MT
  • A 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine (156PS/254Nm) paired to either a 6-speed MT or CVT

Mileage: 13.8 kmpl to 15.9 kmpl

Safety Features: 4 Air Bags, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Vehicle Dynamic Control and Hill Start Assist, and Anti-lock Braking System

Colours Available: Deep Blue Pearl, Pearl White, Night Shade, Fire Red with Onyx Black, Blade Silver, Pearl White with Onyx Black, Bronze Grey with Amber Orange, Bronze Grey and Fire Red.

Versions On-Road Price
Kicks XL 1.5 ₹ 10.56 Lakh
Kicks XV 1.5 ₹ 11.11 Lakh
Kicks XV Turbo 1.3 ₹ 14.16 Lakh
Kicks XV Pre Turbo 1.3 ₹ 15.17 Lakh
Kicks XV Turbo 1.3 CVT ₹ 16.25 Lakh
Kicks XV Pre (O) Turbo 1.3 ₹ 16.30 Lakh
Kicks XV Pre (O) Turbo 1.3 Dual Tone ₹ 16.53 Lakh
Kicks XV Pre Turbo 1.3 CVT ₹ 17.09 Lakh

Hyundai Creta

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In the SUV segment, Hyundai Creta has undoubtedly been the game-changer for the brand and needs to detailed introduction. It is one of the best budget-friendly SUV options available in the market.

Design Highlights:

  • Three-dimensional cascading grille with muscle-like vertical and horizontal patterns
  • Sculpted bumper with skid plates
  • Flared wheel arches with crafted crease lines
  • Boomerang shaped LED DRLs, LED Head Lamps and fog lamps
  • Panoramic sunroof and enhanced Bluelink 1.5.

Engine and Transmission Options:

  • A standard petrol engine is a 1.5-litre producing 112bhp/144Nm paired with a CVT or a six-speed manual.
  • The optional petrol engine is a 1.4-litre Turbo GDi unit producing 138bhp/242Nm and is only offered with a seven-speed DCT.
  • A 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine unit generating 113bhp/250Nm is mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

Mileage: 17 kmpl to 21 kmpl

Rivals: Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Renault Duster, Captur, MG Hector, Tata Harrier.

Versions On-Road Price (Approx.)
Creta E 1.5 Petrol ₹ 11.88 Lakh
Creta E 1.5 Diesel ₹ 12.68 Lakh
Creta EX 1.5 Petrol ₹ 12.98 Lakh
Creta EX 1.5 Diesel ₹ 14.32 Lakh
Creta S 1.5 Petrol ₹ 14.38 Lakh
Creta SX 1.5 Petrol Executive Trim ₹ 15.50 Lakh

Kia Seltos

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The rebadged avatar of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos is another feature-rich, stylish, high-on-comfort and superior performance SUV that is offered at a very reasonable price in the Indian car market. It is indeed the best buy for compact SUV buyers.

Dimensions: Seltos measures 4315x1800x1620 mm with a wheelbase of 2610mm and has a ground clearance of 190mm.

Design Highlights:

  • Chrome-finished signature tiger-nose grille flanked by stylish headlamps integrated with LED day-time-running lights
  • Horizontally stacked fog-lamps
  • Chrome slat joining the tail lamps
  • Sculpted bumper with faux bash plates


  • Electric sunroof
  • Ambient lighting
  • Leather seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Front ventilated seats
  • Add-ons such as smart-key with remote engine start, new AI voice commands, electronic stability control, brake assist, and vehicle stability management.

Engine and Transmission Options:

  • A 1.5-litre petrol engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, a CVT unit, and an iMT gearbox
  • A 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine paired with a seven-speed DCT unit with steering-mounted paddle shifters
  • A 1.5-litre diesel engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission

Mileage: 16.5 kmpl to 21 kmpl

Rivals: Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Renault Duster, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, MG Hector, Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier.

Price Details

Kia Seltos price starts at ₹ 11.13 Lakh and goes upto ₹ 21.43 Lakh.

Petrol version: ₹ 11.13 Lakh – ₹ 20.63 Lakh

Diesel version: ₹ 12.76 Lakh – ₹ 21.43 Lakh.

Versions On-Road Price (Approx.)
Seltos HTE 1.5 ₹ 11.13 Lakh
Seltos HTK 1.5 ₹ 12.72 Lakh
Seltos HTE 1.5 Diesel ₹ 12.76 Lakh
Seltos HTK Plus 1.5 ₹ 13.91 Lakh
Seltos HTK 1.5 Diesel ₹ 14.32 Lakh
Seltos HTK Plus 1.5 iMT ₹ 14.36 Lakh

Tata Punch

Tata Punch

If Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos are the best buys in the compact SUV segment, Tata Punch is the best buy in the mini-SUV segment. The SUV looks like a standard SUV, although the dimensions are very compact, but it doesn’t disappoint on the performance and design fronts. Even the features offered at a very low price tag and the interior comforts make Tata Punch the best buy in the SUV segment.

Design Highlights:

  • Split headlamp design, LED DRLs, LED taillights, fog lights and projector headlamps
  • Dual-tone bumpers
  • A thick, single slat grille
  • 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels
  • C-pillar mounted rear door handles
  • 90-degree opening doors

Features List:

  • 7-inch Harman-sourced touchscreen infotainment system
  • Digital-analogue
  • Instrument cluster
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic climate control
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Rectangular AC vents with contrast coloured accents
  • Drive modes (City and Eco)
  • iRA technology
  • Height-adjustable driver seat.

Variants: Pure, Adventure, Accomplished, and Creative.

Engine and Transmission:

  • A 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated, Revotron petrol engine powering the front wheels by a five-speed manual gearbox or an AMT unit.

Mileage: 18kmpl – 19 kmpl

Colours: Orcus White, Daytona Grey, Tropical Mist, Atomic Orange, Meteor Bronze, Tornado Blue, and Calypso Red.

Rivals: Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Mahindra KUV100 NXT, Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Renault Triber.

Versions On-Road Price (Approx.)
Punch Pure MT ₹ 6.23 Lakh
Punch Pure Rhythm Pack MT ₹ 6.60 Lakh
Punch Adventure MT ₹ 7.33 Lakh
Punch Adventure Rhythm Pack MT ₹ 7.71 Lakh
Punch Adventure AMT ₹ 7.99 Lakh
Punch Accomplished MT ₹ 8.31 Lakh
Punch Adventure Rhythm Pack AMT ₹ 8.37 Lakh
Punch Accomplished Dazzle Pack MT ₹ 8.81 Lakh
Punch Accomplished AMT ₹ 8.97 Lakh
Punch Creative MT ₹ 9.40 Lakh
Punch Accomplished Dazzle Pack AMT ₹ 9.46 Lakh
Punch Creative iRA Pack MT ₹ 9.73 Lakh
Punch Creative AMT ₹ 10.05 Lakh
Punch Creative iRA Pack AMT ₹ 10.38 Lakh


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