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Cars with Highest Ground Clearance in 2022. Best in Hatch, Sedan, SUV Segment

Cars with Highest Ground Clearance in 2022. Best in Hatch, Sedan, SUV Segment

Cars with Best Ground Clearance in India with Good Suspension. Highest Ground Clearance in 2022 among Hatchback, Sedan and SUV Segment

 

Cars with Best Ground Clearance - 2022

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. 

Car Buyers in present age seek cars with High Ground Clearance. However - comparing 2 Cars

  • Where One Car has 170 mm Ground Clearance - Car A
  • Another one has 165 mm Ground Clearance - Car B

Shocking Fact: Chances are that Car A with 170 mm Ground Clearance can scrape in Under-Body on Potholes. while Car B with 165 mm Ground Clearance may not and you will always complain with Car A and may never for Car B.

Reason: Its incorrect to take Ground Clearance as stand alone factor. Rather is always a combination of 3 Factors:

  • Ground Clearance
  • Car Suspension Tune up
  • Wheelbase 

which always matters and plays significant role. If a car has soft suspension and even has higher ground clearance - expect underbody to scrape as against other car having balanced suspension but lesser ground clearance.

 

So, Before you get on to High Ground Clearance Car - pls read on Wheelbase and Suspension

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 & Entry Crossover Cars with Highest Ground Clearance in India

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 and Entry Crossover with Segment Best Ground Clearance in 2022 on Indian Roads

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 Tata Tiago NRG 181 mm
  Maruti Ignis 180 mm
  Tata Tiago (Regular Models) 170 mm
     
Premium Hatchback Maruti Baleno 170 mm
  Toyota Glanza 170 mm
     
Entry Crossover Tata Punch 187 mm

Disclaimer: These are UnLaden Ground clearance numbers (Laden Ground clearance will be lower by almost 20% depending on suspension tuneup) 

 

Sedan Cars with Best Ground Clearance in 2022

 

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Below are Sedan cars with Best Ground Clearance in India

Sedan Cars Model Ground Clearance
Sedan Skoda Slavia - upcoming 180 mm
  Tata Tigor 170 mm
  Maruti Ciaz 170 mm 

 

SUV Cars with Best Ground Clearance in 2022

 

Mahindra Thar photo

Below are SUV cars with Highest Ground Clearance as reported in India

Disclaimer: These are UnLaden Ground clearance numbers (Laden Ground clearance will be lower by almost 20% depending on suspension tuneup)

Segment Model Ground Clearance
Adventure SUV - Real SUV Mahindra Thar 226 mm
  Isuzu V Cross 225 mm
  Force Gurkha 205 mm
     
Compact SUV & Cross Tata Nexon 209 mm
  Kia Sonet 211 mm
  Mahindra XUV300 200 mm
  Maruti Vitara Brezza 198 mm
  Hyundai Venue 190 mm
  Honda WRV 188 mm
     
Mid SUV & Cross Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks 210 mm
  Tata Harrier 205 mm 
  Renault Duster 205 mm
  Mahindra XUV700 200 mm
  MG Hector 192 mm
  Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos 190 mm 
  Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun 188 mm 
  MG Astor 180 mm
  Maruti S Cross 180 mm
     
MPV Mahindra Marazzo 190 mm 
  Renault Triber 182 mm
  Maruti Ertiga, XL6 180 mm 
     
 Premium SUV 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
  • Jeep Compass has 158 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 28

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

Ford Freestyle

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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

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

Swift, baleno

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