Replacing my Vento: Need a car with good ground clearance in 13 lakhs

Replacing my Vento: Need a car with good ground clearance in 13 lakhs

I’m stuck on engine horsepower/torque because I’m driving a 1.6L Vento which is super fun to drive and hugs the road when cornering, even at 60/70km/h.

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good day everyone,

Would sincerely appreciate advice as below. The confusion only gets worse each time I explore more and more options. Sometimes I prefer the old car scene where there was no choice.

I was looking for a new car as my sedan is too low for most roads in Goa which I recently moved to. My primary options are the Nexon, Brezza, and the Sonet. Also test driven the Kia Carens but found it underpowered, 2nd gear was not up to the task of going uphill at low speeds, even had to downshift to 1st when going slow over a speed breaker. The seller admitted this. So excluded.

The XL6, while a lot roomier than the Brezza, had slightly less power for highway driving, but is still in the mix, but not a favourite.

The Nexon rode the best, overtaking was good and able to climb slopes satisfactorily. Only downside was the poor legroom in the back seat. Drove the XZ+ variant.

While the Brezza wasn’t the best in any segment, overall mileage was the best, roomy feel due to good headroom compared to the Nexon and WR-V.

I’m stuck on engine horsepower/torque because I’m driving a 1.6L Vento which is super fun to drive and hugs the road when cornering, even at 60/70km/h. However, I have to change to a smaller car with more ground clearance.

Please advise between the Nexon XZ+ and the Brezza ZXi or wait for the Hyryder lower variants. Don’t want to spend more than 13L for now because I eventually want to switch to an EV in 4/5 years.

Thank you,


this is what BHPian Racer911 had to say about this:

If you’re switching from the Vento, especially the 1.6, I’d highly recommend the Tata Nexon as it has the best driving dynamics and the most mature suspension for going over rough roads and ditches. This is not based on reading 500 reviews online, but my personal observation when testing cars for my sister’s purchase. The Tata Nexon was the first Tata car I ever drove and was actually quite impressed. This is the first time that I have found the suspension of a non-European car to be very satisfactory, especially for its price segment. It’s definitely better than the Hyundais and Kias, and if not better, certainly on par with the current generation VWs, although the suspension on the 2nd and 3rd generation VWs is nothing to brag about. You’d know what I mean if you’ve ridden the 1.6 and ever ridden the current 1.5 version.

PS: I can’t say it strongly, but why not at least consider the Kushaq and Taigun. I haven’t ridden them or even seen the Taigun in real life, but I think they are definitely worth checking out.

this is what BHPian Roadster101 had to say about this:

Why not an S-Cross?

  • Reliable – check
  • Excellent ride quality – check
  • Wide dealer network – check
  • Availability of spare parts – check
  • Decent ground clearance – check
  • Below your specified budget – check

It’s bigger than the options you’re considering at nearly the same price. It may not be luxurious and completely up to date like newer generation cars, but the basics are still good and the engine drives like a charm. I urge you to consider the S-Cross over a Brezza or a Nexon.

Good hunting.

this is what BHPian Revvman had to say about this:

If you mainly drive in the city and “build quality” is not very high on your list of priorities, which I think you will recognize immediately compared to your Vento, then Sonet is a great fit for you. That said, a long wait can be a bummer!

On the other hand, Tata Nexon is an excellent package overall, but it wouldn’t hurt to check out the VW twins – Taigun and Kushaq. Who knows, you might as well fall for one of them and stretch your budget. 4/5 years is still a reasonable period to enjoy your new car before going for an EV.

this is what BHPian itsmeparvathy9 had to say about this:

Since you plan to sell your car and switch to an electric car in the next 5 years, I would like to suggest the following:

Maruti Suzuki S Cross:

You get the Zeta manual under 12 lakhs on the road in Goa and as mentioned has excellent ride quality, a wide dealer network, decent ground clearance and overall is a reliable car. While looks are subjective, it has a crossover attitude. In addition, it will be replaced by the Grand Vitara in the Suzuki range. However, if you don’t mind this one, you can go for it.

Mahindra XUV300:

As with the Tata Nexon and the Kia Sonet, the Mahindra XUV300 offers both petrol and diesel options. Both motors are powerful and have plenty of torque on tap.
Luggage space is the main concern here at just 257 litres, but the car is roomy and has the longest wheelbase among SUVs under 4 metres.

Kia Sonet:

The Kia Sonet gives you many engine and gearbox options to choose from, although the car has limited rear space, it excels at everything else and is an all-rounder.
Be ir class leading trunk, high ground clearance, cabin fit and finish and 4 airbags as standard. The HTX 1.0 IMT, the HTX 1.5 Diesel and even the HTX 1.0 DCT can all be considered and are priced in the margin of around 13 lakhs.

Hyundai location:

Similar to the Kia Sonet in engine and gearbox combinations, if the styling appeals to you, consider the Venue over the Sonet.

Tata Nexon:

The Tata Nexon is one of the favorites in the segment and has both petrol and diesel engines. It has all the necessary features, 5 star safety, ample cabin space, excellent ground clearance, what more could you want.

If you want a bigger car for less money the S-Cross would be my pick, if you want an automatic the Sonet is the winner here. If you want space and comfort, 5-star safety the Nexon would be the better choice, followed by the XUV300.

The price of the Hyryder/Grand Vitara has not yet been announced. so I can’t comment, but considering it’s heavier than the Brezza with the same engine, the power-to-weight ratio would be lower.

this is what BHPian Gypsian had to say about this:

IMHO the XUV300 petrol which costs 10 lakhs on the road or less in some states in its base trim is the best choice as it is a joy to drive in both its petrol and diesel avatars and justifies your need for performance and ground clearance.

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