Urban Cruiser Hyryder makes its debut in the mid-size SUV segment. The SUV has been developed in collaboration with Maruti Suzuki, whose product is known as the Grand Vitara. Toyota is planning to offer its compact SUV with a segment-first strong-hybrid powertrain as well as all-wheel drive (AWD). Bookings for the SUV have already begun, with deliveries set to begin in September.
However, if you look closely at the other options on the market, you will find a plethora of options ranging from the Hyundai Creta, a dominant rival in the compact SUV segment, to the Mg Astor, which comes equipped with level 2 ADAS that no other car in the segment offers. So, let’s see what other options we have besides the Urban Crusier Hyryder and its sibling, in the market.
1. Hyundai Creta/ Kia Seltos- Most Dominant Rivals in the Segment
The Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos are both well-equipped mid-size SUVs in India. While they share features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen, up to six airbags, and ventilated front seats, they also have their own set of options like a panoramic sunroof, head-up display, and 360-degree camera.
The main reason to choose the Korean duo over the Toyota Hyryder is undoubtedly the diesel powertrain (automatic option available), which is available only from Hyundai and Kia in the segment.
2. Skoda Kushaq/ Volkswagen Taigun- German Builds
Skoda and Volkswagen, with the Kushaq and Taigun, respectively, entered the mid-size SUV segment in 2021. While both SUVs are only available in petrol form, they are enjoyable to drive thanks to their turbocharged 115PS 1-litre and 150PS 1.5-litre petrol engines, which come with manual and automatic transmission options.
Therefore the other reasons to choose the German duo include the respectable build quality, typical European styling, and nearly all of the convenient features found in their competitors.
3. MG Astor- Comes Equipped with ADAS
The MG Astor is the only car in this segment that comes equipped with Advanced Driver-Assist Systems (ADAS), including lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision protection. Aside from that, the Astor has the best interior quality in the segment, thanks to the super-soft leatherette material all throughout and soft-touch plastic above the dashboard.
MG has also preferred to focus on providing it with a diverse selection of upholstery options, including a red and black combination and an all-black cabin theme. Even in terms of features, the MG SUV is competitive, with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, panoramic sunroof, and digital driver display.
|1. Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder/ Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
|Rs 9.5 lakh to Rs 19 lakh (expected)
|2. Hyundai Creta
|Rs 10.44 lakh to Rs 18.18 lakh
|3. Kia Seltos
|Rs 10.49 lakh to Rs 18.65 lakh
|4. Skoda Kushaq
|Rs 11.29 lakh to Rs 19.49 lakh
|5. Volkswagen Taigun
|Rs 11.40 lakh to Rs 18.60 lakh
|6. MG Astor
|Rs 10.22 lakh to Rs 18.13 lakh
If you’re still on the Fence?
Apart from all of these options, if you are still eagerly waiting for the upcoming sister SUVs, which are the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder and the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, then it is worth the wait because both cars will be equipped with such first-in-class features that even haters will find it difficult to ignore, such as the Panoramic Sunroof, Outstanding Interiors, Self-charging Hybrid options, and especially the AWD system that no other car offers.
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