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Cars with Best Ground Clearance in Hatchback, Sedan, SUV Segment

Cars with Best Ground Clearance in Hatchback, Sedan, SUV Segment

Cars with Best Ground Clearance in India with Good Suspension. Cars with Highest Ground Clearance in 2021 in Hatchback, Sedan and SUV Segment for Drive in India

 

Cars with Best Ground Clearance - 2021

Ground Clearance in a layman language is the shortest distance between the road surface and under body car part. Its taken as something so that car can cross bad roads, potholes at ease without scraping the underbody

However - comparing 2 Cars with Same Ground Clearance - one need to have additional factor of Wheelbase and Suspension System of the Vehicle

Wheelbase: is like the distance between the center of front tyres to center of rear tyres. A car with longer wheelbase gives sufficient legroom space in the cabin along with better driving control and lesser fatigue. Comparing 2 Cars with Similar Ground Clearance - but with different wheelbase - can have much different handling characterstic - due to suspension and shockers.

Suspension System: Built up of Combination of Shockers, Link Rod, Lower Arm, Springs - that connects a vehicle to Wheel of The car and thus determines the Handling of the Vehicle. A Car with Soft Suspension despite of raised ground clearance although will deliver in slight plush ride but will likely scrape if driven on speed as the springs (shocker) which support the weight will compress more. Generally, has longer spring

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Relation between Wheelbase, Ground Clearance, Suspension

Suspension: Suspension Plays a Critical Role. A Car with High Ground Clearance but with Soft Suspension can scrape in Under-Body on Potholes as against a car with relative stiff suspension but with slight lower ground clearance can better take on bad roads on higher speed with better cornering as against Car with Soft Suspension. 

For Instance - Renault Kwid comes with Segment Best Ground Clearance at 184 mm. But this car comes with Soft Suspension, and if loaded with 4 People on board can possibly scrape underbody when driven on potholes.

While Soft Suspension provides plush driving in City, Stiff Suspension is considered for High Speed Dynamics. Car Companies tries to create equilibrium to provide the best of Handling Aspect by creating the best among too.

 

Wheel Base: Maruti Celerio comes with Ground Clearance of 165 mm and Honda City too has 165 mm Ground Clearance. Despite both Cars having same Ground Clearance - still Expect Celerio to perform better here in terms of clearing Potholes  due to Wheelbase Difference.

Despite of same Ground Clearance, Celerio with Wheelbase of 2425 mm will perform better to prevent underbody to scrape against Honda City which comes with Wheelbase of 2600 mm.

A Car with Short wheelbase will not hump as much as what City can do and are easier to maneuver, but a Car with Long Wheelbase like Honda City will feel more Stable

Net All - Think of this way. There are 4 People sitting in the Car - the car due to its shockers and suspensions jumps a bit on speed-breaker and settle down with shocks and springs going down, if the car has longer wheelbase and slight soft suspension, the car center body can scrap with the speed breaker or patch - due to shocker going down.

In Net Off - It actually should go in proportion, if the car has longer wheel base then ground clearance again should be on higher side. Its not a straight forward comparison to just check Ground Clearance of 2 cars on relative basis. But - on general - 170 mm+ Ground Clearance is Ideal considering Indian Conditions - to take on all high speed breakers, potholes etc. on most of Indian roads

 

Hatchback Cars with Best Ground Clearance in India (2021)

Considering Indian Roads with High Speed Breakers, Relative larger Potholes in Upcountry roads - a Ground clearance of 170 mm+ is considered apt for taking on roads at ease.

Still below are the Hatchback Cars with Best Ground Clearance

Renault Kwid photo

Segment Model Ground Clearance
Entry Hatchback / Entry Crossover Datsun Redi Go 187 mm
  Renault Kwid 184 mm
  Maruti S Presso 180 mm 
     
Mid Hatchback Ford Freestyle (although Ford calls it CUV - but is essentially a raised hatch) 189 mm
  Maruti Ignis 180 mm
  Tata Tiago, Mahindra KUV100 170 mm
     
Premium Hatchback Maruti Baleno 170 mm
  Toyota Glanza 170 mm

 

Sedan Cars with Best Ground Clearance in India (2021)

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Below are Sedan cars with Best Ground Clearance in India

Segment Model Ground Clearance
Compact Sedan Ford Aspire 174 mm
  Tata Tigor 170 mm
     
Mid Sedan Maruti Ciaz 170 mm 
  Honda City, Hyundai Verna 165 mm

 

SUV Cars with Best Ground Clearance in India (2021)

 

Mahindra Thar photo

Below are SUV cars with Best Ground Clearance in India

Segment Model Ground Clearance
Compact SUV Mahindra Thar 226 mm
  Kia Sonet 211 mm
  Ford Ecosport 200 mm
  Mahindra XUV300 200 mm
  Maruti Vitara Brezza 198 mm
  Hyundai Venue 190 mm
     
Crossover Tata Nexon 209 mm
  Honda WRV 188 mm
  Maruti S Cross 180 mm
     
Mid SUV Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks 210 mm
  Jeep Compass Trailhawk 205 mm
  Tata Harrier 205 mm 
  Renault Duster 205 mm
  MG Hector 192 mm
  Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos 190 mm 
     
MPV Mahindra Marazzo 190 mm 
  Renault Triber 182 mm
  Maruti Ertiga, XL6 180 mm 
     
High End SUV Mahindra Alturas 244 mm
  Ford Endeavour 225 mm
  Isuzu Mux 220 mm
  Toyota Fortuner 220 mm
  Volkswagen Tiguan 189 mm

 

 

Tyre Upsize for Increasing Ground Clearance 

One of the ways to Increase Ground Clearance of a car is through Tyre Upsize 

  • Check Existing Car Tyre Profile
  • Find either 'One Wheel Bigger' Tyre or New Wider Tyre in 'Same Wheel'

and Calculate Easily is the Tyre Fit for Upsize with Proposed Gain in Ground Clearance of Car

Calculate Tyre Size with Best Upsize Calculate Tyre Size

 

But Still Why do Car Companies have Models with Low Ground Clearance ?

Reason - 1: Cars with High Ground Clearance can at sometimes gives a feel of Body Roll. While - Low Ground Clearance helps in lowering down the center of gravity of car with relative shorter springs. This aids in better handling of car.

As you might have noticed - all International and High End Luxury Cars - have lower ground clearance - this is due to giving optimum focus on drive and handling part of car.

Car Manufacturers tries to keep an optimum Proportion of Ground Clearance with Wheelbase

Reason - 2: Because GST is higher in SUV Cars with Raised Ground Clearance of 170 mm+.  Some Models like:-

  • Toyota Innova Crysta has 167 mm Ground Clearance,
  • Mahindra Marazzo has 165 mm Ground Clearance
  • Mahindra XUV500 has 160 mm Ground Clearance

on Papers but in real world has relative much higher ground clearance, as some bars are underneath / stone Guard so as to prevent higher tax. Although these Models can well cross on almost any Indian Road

Reason - 3: Unrelated to Car Manufacturer, its the change in way Ground Clearance is now computed by ARAI. Earlier it used to be in Unladen Condition, now with Laden Condition

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Comments 20

Guest - JoTsna on Tuesday, 22 December 2020 21:49

Can you suggest a good ground clearance automatic car range between 15 to 20 lakhs

Can you suggest a good ground clearance automatic car range between 15 to 20 lakhs
Guest - Varad Ghule on Monday, 09 November 2020 15:04

I Want A Car That Replace Polo Because Of Clearance I Am Thinking Of Buying Ertiga Top Model.

I Want A Car That Replace Polo Because Of Clearance I Am Thinking Of Buying Ertiga Top Model.
Guest - Guru Dixit on Thursday, 22 October 2020 21:02

Am in confused state which one to choose..
Decided to buy Swift or Altroz mid varient. Not able to finalize because of ---
#Swift- low built quality/unsafe. 165mm ground clearance with wheelbase is 2450mm
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#Altroz- 165mm ground clearance with wheelbase 2501mm. Resale value is less. But car safety is good.

Am in confused state which one to choose.. Decided to buy Swift or Altroz mid varient. Not able to finalize because of --- #Swift- low built quality/unsafe. 165mm ground clearance with wheelbase is 2450mm --- #Altroz- 165mm ground clearance with wheelbase 2501mm. Resale value is less. But car safety is good.
Guest - bhanu rank on Sunday, 06 December 2020 19:41

It's a no brainer, go for Altroz. Tata has recently developed and improved a lot in quality.

It's a no brainer, go for Altroz. Tata has recently developed and improved a lot in quality.
Guest - Akhila on Saturday, 29 August 2020 15:06

I'm planny to buy SUV @10 L..PLZ SUGGEST BEST CAR

I'm planny to buy SUV @10 L..PLZ SUGGEST BEST CAR
Guest - Hamdan on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:27

For Indian road conditions and better performance Ford ecosport is the only suitable choice for common people.

For Indian road conditions and better performance Ford ecosport is the only suitable choice for common people.
Guest - Senthil on Tuesday, 28 April 2020 10:47

I want replace my Hyundai Xcent Car to buy best ground clearance and mileage petrol xuv or sedan BS 6 car under the price up-to 7 lakhs. please suggest.

I want replace my Hyundai Xcent Car to buy best ground clearance and mileage petrol xuv or sedan BS 6 car under the price up-to 7 lakhs. please suggest.
Guest - Debobroto Mazumder on Sunday, 18 October 2020 12:38

Go with Renault Triber , it'll meet your expectations,in terms of ground clearance , adjustable boot space, comfort, energy engine, milage, audio system, display unit, car length etc. See specifications with price which will be helpful to you to get your desired varient.

Go with Renault Triber , it'll meet your expectations,in terms of ground clearance , adjustable boot space, comfort, energy engine, milage, audio system, display unit, car length etc. See specifications with price which will be helpful to you to get your desired varient.
Guest - Alok Shukla on Friday, 07 February 2020 11:39

I am planning to buy Skoda Octavia but it has ground clearance of 155mm ...will with low ground clearance is good on road conditions or not

I am planning to buy Skoda Octavia but it has ground clearance of 155mm ...will with low ground clearance is good on road conditions or not
Guest - Ravi G on Thursday, 02 July 2020 18:27

For indian roads, with unmarked bumpers, it's not good.

For indian roads, with unmarked bumpers, it's not good.
Guest - MD JALALUDDIN on Saturday, 05 October 2019 21:59

With in 7Lakhs with +170mm ground clearance any petrol car, please suggest

With in 7Lakhs with +170mm ground clearance any petrol car, please suggest
Guest - Guest on Wednesday, 26 August 2020 18:25

Honda Amaze

Honda Amaze
Guest - Debojyoti Bhattacharjee on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:43

Ford Freestyle

Ford Freestyle
Guest - shyam k on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:40

What would be the regular maintenance cost of TATA Hexa compared to Toyota Crysta

What would be the regular maintenance cost of TATA Hexa compared to Toyota Crysta
Guest - Cletus on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 21:49

Tuv300?.... Compare with ertiga in mm

Tuv300?.... Compare with ertiga in mm
Guest - cartokar on Saturday, 12 May 2018 09:24

You have placed Ciaz in mid sedan and Honda City and Verna is missing. Any reason?

You have placed Ciaz in mid sedan and Honda City and Verna is missing. Any reason?
Guest - Paul on Monday, 02 April 2018 13:15

Good study, keep it up

Good study, keep it up
Guest - Ahmad on Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:01

Can you plz suggest best car to buy 5~7 Lakh range considering Indian roads and climates.
Thanks

Can you plz suggest best car to buy 5~7 Lakh range considering Indian roads and climates. Thanks
Guest - a.t. on Sunday, 01 March 2020 15:18

volkswagen polo

volkswagen polo
Guest - MS on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:42

Swift, baleno

Swift, baleno
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