SUVs are a big market in India for a lot of reasons. People love the boxy, butch looks and the space offered. But to match those intimidating looks, power is an important factor while considering an SUV since it has to lug around 5 to 7 people and their luggage in sometimes more than difficult conditions. So we take a look at the top 5 most powerful SUVs available in India under Rs. 35 lacs.
Ford Endeavour 3.2 4x4 AT – Rs. 33.11 lacs (all prices exshowroom Mumbai) – 197bhp & 470Nm
If it’s outright horsepower that you are looking for then this behemoth from Ford has no equal. Powering the Endeavour is a massive 3198 cc, 5-cylinder engine that pushes out a very powerful 197bhp and an earth pulling 470Nm of torque that powers all four wheels. So the Endeavour not only gets intimidating looks but performance to match too.
Hyundai Tucson 4WD GLS – Rs. 25.74 lacs – 182bhp & 400Nm
Surprise, surprise, the Hyundai Tucson is the odd entry in this group. In top of the line 4WD trim, the 1995cc diesel engine makes a super impressive 182bhp and a very meaty 400Nm of torque which makes the Tucson the second most powerful car in this list. Also at Rs. 25.74 lakh, it also offers the most performance for your buck.
Toyota Fortuner 4x4 AT – Rs. 32.48 lacs – 174bhp & 450Nm
The Toyota Fortuner has been the most popular SUV, north of 30 lakh rupees and not without a reason. The new Fortuner in top the line 4x4 AT trim makes 174bhp which is a little far off from the top of the heap Endeavour, but what it lacks in hp it makes up with torque and with 450Nm available, it’s second only to the Endeavour. All that torque also makes the Fortuner one of the best off-roaders in this bunch.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Select Plus MT –Rs. 29.92 lacs - 176bhp & 400Nm
The Pajero Sport has been around for a while now and has always been a pretty powerful vehicle. And even now it ranks fourth in this group. With 176bhp and 400Nm, the Pajero makes for a very good long distance cruiser. The meaty torque means overtaking is an easy affair and so is tackling obstacles.
Isuzu MU-X 4x4 – Rs. 26.74 lacs – 174bhp & 380Nm
Coming in at number five in this list is the Isuzu MU-X. While the MU-X does not have big torque numbers its hp numbers are same as the Fortuner at 174bhp. However even the torque at 380Nm is pretty decent and the MU-X will manage to winch itself out of most situations and be comfortable on the highways at the same time.