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Top 10 Indian cars that excel in their segments: Tata Nexon, Mahindra Thar and more

Top 10 Indian cars that excel in their segments: Tata Nexon, Mahindra Thar and more

These are the torchbearers of the Indian auto industry in their respective jobs

In the seventy-five years of independent India, homegrown automakers have come a long way. Even with global mass-market competitors, Indian car models today can hold their own in terms of performance, safety and technology. Here are our top picks and what makes them the best in their respective segments:

Tata Tiago

The entry-level Tata hatchback is one of the best-equipped models in the segment, with 15-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen and an 8-speaker audio system. It also offers a CNG option in the top variant, a rarity in the segment. The Tiago is probably the safest car of its rivals with a 4-star rating from Global NCAP.

Tata Tiago

Tata Tigor

The Tigor is a sub-compact sedan version of the Tiago hatchback. It is the only one in its segment to offer a choice of petrol, CNG and electric powertrains. The all-electric Tigor promises a range of more than 300 km, making it a green alternative to its combustion-engine rivals. The Tigor is just as well equipped as the Tiago and also enjoys a 4-star crash safety rating from GNCAP.

Tata Tigor

Tata Nexon

The Nexon is currently the best-selling SUV in India and has been dominating the subcompact SUV segment for the past few months. It was the first Indian car to receive a 5-star safety rating from GNCAP without luxury safety features such as six airbags or front sensors. The Nexon is also the only car in India to be available with a turbo petrol engine, a diesel engine and an all-electric powertrain that promises a range of more than 400 km in its top-of-the-line version.

Tata Nexon

Tata Punch

Tata managed to conquer a new niche with the introduction of the Punch. It is an SUV-style model, smaller than the Nexon and larger than that of the Renault Kwid. The Punch is a fairly well equipped offering with a 5 star safety rating from GNCAP.

Tata Punch

Mahindra XUV300

The subcompact SUV was Mahindra’s first model to score five stars in the GNCAP crash test safety rating program. It was also the first in the segment to offer front parking sensors, heated ORVMs, steering modes and dual-zone climate control.

Mahindra XUV300

Mahindra Thar

Mahindra has dominated the lifestyle off-roader space in India with the second-generation Thar. Its rugged styling has global appeal, while the 4×4 drive is very capable in the wild. The biggest change with the new Thar was making it easier to live with thanks to a fixed roof option and comforts such as a 7-inch infotainment screen, manual air conditioning, choice of petrol and diesel engines and an automatic transmission option with both.

Mahindra XUV700

It was never going to be easy to follow up on the XUV500, but Mahindra knocked him out of the park with the XUV700. The mid-sized SUV had bold and premium styling with several premium premium features such as Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) and door handles that electronically pop out and sit flush with the door panels. The XUV700 also set a new standard of performance with its 2-litre turbo petrol engine tuned for an output of 200 hp.

Mahindra XUV700 rear

Tata Harrier/Safari

The new era of large Tata SUVs began with the Harrier. It is the first model based on the OMEGA platform to support the spacious and robust SUV. The Harrier has a huge presence on the road thanks to its muscular design and the list of features continues to grow. The top variant now features ventilated front seats, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a panoramic sunroof, a built-in air purifier and an electrically adjustable driver’s seat. Tata then followed the Harrier with a seven-seater version and renamed it the Safari.

Mahindra Scorpio N

The newest, most popular SUV in India at the moment is the Mahindra Scorpio N, which managed to collect 1 lakh bookings in just 30 minutes. It is still a ladder-frame SUV that now combines robustness with first-class design and features. The Scorpio N is still the only one in its segment to offer a good 4WD option.

Scorpio N Front

Tata Altroz

The Altroz ​​is the only premium homegrown hatchback we currently have. It was the first Tata model to be based on the ALFA platform and its styling makes it stand out even on the world stage. The Altroz ​​is also one of the safest cars in the segment, achieving a 5-star safety rating in its GNCAP crash test.