10 BEST cars for All India Road Trips 2018
Most Indians buy cars for multiple purposes. Most families use a single car for daily commute and use the same for weekend trips. Driving long-distance on the Indian roads can throw a lot of different challenges like rough roads, sudden braking, avoiding obstacles at high speed and more. For long distance, people do prefer solidly build cars that are comfortable for the journey too. Which are those dual-purpose cars that can do the job of daily commute as well as take on the long open highways without a problem? Here is a car from each segment in India that can do the job well!
Priced between: Rs. 7.95 lakhs to 12.79 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
Renault Duster is solid and can ride on some of the hard and rough road conditions in India. The frugal engine of the Duster is capable of travelling long distances with ease. The Duster is available in both manual and AMT gearbox which makes it one of the best cars for long distances and to drive on urban road conditions as well.
2. Tata Hexa
Priced between: Rs. 12.49 lakhs to 17.89 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
Tata Hexa is launched with an affordable pricing along with the best features. The Hexa boasts of six or seven seater layout options along with SUV features. The Hexa comes with four drive modes such as Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road which makes it easier to travel long distances.
3. Mahindra Thar
Price starts from: 4.82 Lakhs (Appx.) ex-showroom, Delhi
When you decide to head towards the offbeat destinations in the Indian Himalayan region, Mahindra Thar gives you the opportunity to get intimate with the unsmooth landscape. This stalwart of a vehicle is a reprise of the early days of open jeeping that can combat sheer descent and ascent of rocks. This vehicle can also traverse the shallow streams that meander through valleys And can even zip through the wildlife zone and Thar Desert. A swore stud for an adventure freak traveller… with a virile body, advanced diesel engine, and 4×4 wheel drive… the Mahindra Thar is available in three variants – DI 2WD, DI 4WD and CRDe.
4. Ford EcoSport
Priced between: Rs. 7.82 lakhs to 11.89 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Ford EcoSport has remained one of the most sought-after cars in the segment for a long time. The EcoSport gets the true-blue Ford DNA, which means the precise steering set-up and the suspension set-up give it an advantage over all other vehicles in the segment. The EcoSport also gets the most powerful petrol engine is the segment and the 1.5-litre diesel engine offers a decent output too. The rear seats of the EcoSport offer the option of reclining, which makes sure that passengers in the rear seats get maximum comfort during the long drives.
5. Hyundai Creta
Priced between: Rs. 9.44 lakhs to 13.08 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
Hyundai Creta has remained the best-selling vehicle in its segment since its launch. Hyundai recently updated the Creta and added the cruise control option to make it even more highway-friendly. The Creta offers powerful engine options that can be useful during overtaking maneouvres on Indian roads. It also has solid build quality and a high ground clearance of 190 mm keeps it clear of any obstacle on the roads. The Creta also gets automatic options with both the petrol and diesel engine options.
6. Toyota Innova Crysta
Priced between: Rs. 14.06 lakhs to 22.42 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Toyota Innova Crysta has remained the top choice of the taxi-operators across India for a long time. The high volume MPV offers oodles of space that can comfortably seat 7 people and has powerful petrol and diesel engine options. The Innova Crysta offers a high-quality ride that ensures that the passengers enjoy the long distance rides on the not-so-smooth Indian roads.
7. Ford Freestyle
Priced between: Rs. 5.09 lakhs to 7.89 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Ford Figo Freestyle is the latest hatchback-based crossover on the market and it is already outselling the competitors by a big margin. The Freestyle offers all-new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine and 1.5-litre diesel engines, which are quite efficient and powerful. The Freestyle also offers decent space on the inside to fit five adults comfortably for long distance journeys. Also, Ford offers segment-first Anti Roll Protection (ARP) which saves the car from toppling with up to 50kg load on the roof. It sure makes the car safe for long distance journeys.
8. Isuzu D-Max V-Cross
Priced between: Rs. 14.31 lakhs to 15.76 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Indian market is not as crazy for pick-up trucks as the American market but still, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross left quite an impression on the market. The Isuzu V-Cross offers a high-level of comfort for up to 5 passengers over long distances and the large flatbed offers acres of space to put in any amount of luggage needed for long-distance journeys. It gets a powerful engine and a high ground clearance to cross any obstacle without breaking a sweat.
9. Ford Endeavour
Priced between: Rs. 26.3 lakhs to 32.81 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
Even though the Toyota Fortuner is the highest selling SUV in the segment, the Ford Endeavour offers a much better ride quality as all the Ford-branded cars. The Toyota Fortuner has a tendency of jumping around and the ride is very bouncy when compared to the Endeavour. Also, the Endeavour is built solid and is quite spacious with large windows and a panoramic sunroof that reduce any chance of passengers feeling claustrophobic during long distance drives.
10. Tata Safari Storme Varicor
Priced between: Rs. 10.42 lakhs to 15.3 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi
The Safari Storme Varicor has been around for a long time on the market and is quite popular too. While the Mahindra Scorpio gets all the sales numbers, the Tata Safari Storme offers much better rear seat comfort and has a better engine output than the Scorpio. The Safari Varicor 400 also gets a 6-speed transmission that allows it to cruise effortlessly on the open highways.