Drivers prefer SUVs for their engine power, passenger seating and boot size. But for those working with budget constraints, it may be difficult to find one that has all the bells and whistles at the cost you’re willing to shell out. To help you, here’s a look at the 5 of the best low-cost SUVs today:
The Brilliance V3, from Chinese brand Brilliance Bavarian Auto, was labeled as the regular joe’s BMW i3. It was nicknamed as such for it emulates the BMW i3’s design and features. It closely resembles the headlights, the sculpted hood, profile and roof lines.
But the similarities end there. It comes equipped with a standard steel body housing a 1.5-liter gas engine that power up to 112 horsepower at 6,000 torque. The engine features advanced technology and passed European emission standards.
It has the standard security features like airbags and side door bumpers. It has ABS, anti-theft and ESB systems, air-conditioner, power doors and windows and radio.
Kenbo is a joint venture of two Chinese automobile and manufacturing industry leaders -- the BAIC Group and Chongqing Yinxiang Group.
The Kenbo H3 is an SUV with all the essential amenities at a fraction of the cost. It has the most space amongst its counterparts. It has a large wheelbase that leaves room for passengers’ heads, hips and legs. The 7-seat design and 25 storing spaces gives more flexibility on seating and baggage arrangements while travelling.
It has the standard features of airbags, ABS, EBD and front and rear parking sensors for the best driving experience. It also has a 9-inch screen coupled with Kenbo’s Cloud Alliance Systems that provides cloud security, plus regular vehicular condition updates that helps maintain passenger safety and security.
The Terios can comfortably seat 7, has enough cabin space, decent sized boot and has folding rear seats for more trunk space which makes it ideal for a growing family.
With its 1.5-liter petrol engine, it is best suited for city driving. The drive becomes rough and the engine noisy when pushed hard. Wind noise also becomes more obvious when running at highway speeds.
It has airbags, ABS and EBD to help raise braking power especially during emergencies. It also comes with an immobilizer and a central locking mechanism for added security.
Daihatsu, as a brand well-known for durability and reliability, extends this prominence to the Terios model family. So, for a first-time buyer, novice driver or a start-up family, the Terios is a good investment to make.
The S2 is a mini SUV from Chinese Manufacturer, Jianghuai Auto (JAC). It’s powered by a 1.5-liter petrol, 16-valve DOHC VVVT engine, has strong lines and good clearance to the floor at 200 mm.
Its interior is one of a kind with its trimming matching the body’s color, has two-toned seats with red stitching making it more attractive to young drivers.
The S2 has a 7-inch touch screen in the dash that can hold many infotainment apps. It has air-conditioner, power windows and door locks, remote key access, radio with USB and AUX ports and GPS. It has dual airbags, side, front and rear impact beams, child safety door locks, anti-theft system and rearview camera for a convenient and safer driving.
Senova X25 is a sub-compact SUV produced by Beijing Auto (BAIC). It is equipped with 1.5 L petrol, 16-valve DOHC engine and boxed in an athletic body common to this class.
It can seat 7 and has standard safety features such as central locking, ABS, EBD, dual airbags, child-proof locks and parking sensors. It also has the basic comfort features such as air-conditioner, power steering, radio with MP3 player and Bluetooth for a more convenient and pleasurable traveling experience.
It brags of powerful LED tail lights, front and rear power windows, power steering and foldable rear seats for extra back room space.