Currently, SUVs are one of the hottest segments of the Indian car market. The segment, which a few years ago accounted for only about 9 percent of total passenger vehicle sales, has now grown to almost 33 percent. Besides their rugged nature, blue SUVs were also known for 4×4 or all-wheel drive (AWD). However, more and more brands are removing this feature, especially from lower segment SUVs, because they are expensive to maintain. and repair, and secondly, today’s SUVs have become an urban lifestyle vehicle and most buyers have no requirements for it. However, if you are one of those people who are looking for a good 4×4 or AWD vehicle but are on a tight budget, then the used car market is for you. So here are 6 all-wheel drive or 4×4 SUVs that you should consider buying in the used car market.
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When we talk about blue 4×4 SUVs, the Mahindra Thar is probably one of the first vehicles that will come to mind. Mahindra launched the next-gen model just 7 months ago, and if you have the budget, just go for the new Thar. In addition to being a good off-roader, he is also much easier to handle on a daily basis. However, if you are on a tight budget and want an SUV to mainly drive on bad roads, then a used Thar might do the trick. You’ll find a decent and relatively newer Thar, which is an equally good off-road SUV, for anywhere between ₹ 5 lakh to ₹ 8 lakh, depending on its condition and model year. All Thars come standard with the 4×4, and a slightly older model year Thar will be even cheaper.
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Renault Duster AWD
However, if you are not looking for a rugged off-roader but rather a compact all-wheel drive SUV that has good driving dynamics and can even handle bad roads at times, then the Duster AWD may be worth considering. Now the new Duster no longer has all-wheel drive, so the used car market is your only option if you are considering getting one, however, Renault only ditched the variant in 2020, so if you watch patiently, you can get a fairly new model. Unlike conventional off-road vehicles, the all-wheel drive function of the SUV can be controlled via a toggle switch, which has 3 options – two-wheel drive, automatic and four-wheel drive, which can be locked manually. You can find a decent quality Duster AWD Duster for ₹ 5 lakh to ₹ 7 lakh depending on its model year and condition.
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Tata Safari Storme 4×4
The fact that the next-gen Tata Safari is not equipped with a 4×4 system has been quite disappointing for Safari enthusiasts in India. The SUV was known for its 4×4 capabilities and you can still find some good ones in the used car market, however, we recommend that you look for the newer Safar Storme instead of the old one as it will be slightly easier to navigate. maintain. In fact, the Safari Storme is also in service with the Indian military and border security forces. So if you are looking for a Safari Storme, you can find a good one between 4 lakh and ₹ 8 lakh, depending on its model year and condition.
Jeep Compass 4×4
The Jeep brand and 4×4 SUVs have been nothing but synonyms, and the Jeep Compass is one of the best performing SUVs in the Indian market. However, with the launch of the Compass facelift, the model suffered a steep price hike, with the premium variant reaching over 33 lakh (on the Delhi route). Again, if you have the budget for the new one, it’s much more feature-rich. However, if you don’t have that budget and still want to buy a Compass 4×4, we suggest looking for one in the used car market. You can get a premium Jeep Compass Limited 4×4 under 4 years old for around ₹ 13 lakh to ₹ 14 lakh.
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Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
However, if we are looking for something more utilitarian but just as capable, if not more, could we suggest the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross? It is a specially designed all-terrain van with a 5-seater cabin and a powerful 4×4 system. While the company recently released the BS6 model, it is still the older generation model, a 4×4 version will cost you around 25 lakh to 30 lakh (on the road). However, you can get a slightly older D-Max V-Cross in the used car market for around ₹ 11 lakh to ₹ 15 lakh, depending on its model year and condition.
Toyota Fortuner 4×4
Finally, we have one of the most popular SUVs in India – the Toyota Fortuner. Billed as the king of the full-size SUV segment in India, the Fortuner can do off-road driving without breaking a sweat, while keeping occupants in total comfort. However, currently a brand new entry-level Fortuner with 4×4 will cost you over ₹ 42 lakh on the road. However, in the used car market, you can get a used Fortuner for half that price. A slightly older previous generation model will be even cheaper, between ₹ 10 lakh and ₹ 15 lakh, depending on its model year and condition.
Now we have to tell you that 4×4 or AWD SUVs can be expensive to maintain and repair, so it is important that you take this cost into account before making the decision to buy one. In addition, they are known to be energy intensive. Therefore, if you are concerned about fuel efficiency, you may not want to consider opting for a 4×4 SUV.
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