If there is one vehicle in India, whose growth in price positioning can be compared to that of real estate, it is the Toyota Fortuner. Since its launch in India in 2008, the prices of Toyota Fortuner have increased 2.5-3 times, with the recently launched top-spec Fortuner GR-S version costing a whopping Rs 48.43 lakh.
For those who can live without the requirements of third-row seating and all-time four-wheel drive, there is a whole range of compact and midsize luxury cars and SUVs with more desirable badges. Following are all those luxury cars and SUVs which you can buy for a price lesser than that of a Toyota Fortuner GR-S:
The BMW X1 has always been on the radar of car buyers, who consider the top-spec Toyota Fortuner variants in their budgets. With the Fortuner GR-S becoming much more expensive, the BMW X1 now seems to be a more viable option to go for. Yes, it lacks the off-road driving appeal of the Fortuner GR-S, but except that, it scores heavily over the former. Priced between Rs 41.50-44.50 lakh, the BMW X2 is offered with both 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine.
The Audi Q2 might be half the size of a Toyota Fortuner GR-S, but when it comes to offering a luxurious experience on the inside, it is not lacking anywhere. The Audi Q2 is priced between Rs 34.99-48.89 lakh, thus making it a bit expensive SUV for its size. Nevertheless, the Q2 is a quintessential German compact SUV, with the sturdy build quality, great driving dynamics, and a sweet 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine under its hood.
Want something big and more modern than the Q2 within Audi’s profile for a price lesser than that of the Fortuner GR-S? The Audi A4 is the solution. Yes, it is not a mammoth-sized SUV that the Fortuner is, but the A4 is a proper German midsize sedan with all the bells and whistles one expects from an expensive German car. Priced between Rs 40.49-48.99 lakh, the Audi A4 is the most affordable luxury midsize sedan among its direct rivals.
If you want a midsize luxury sedan with a sporty character for a price lower than the Toyota Fortuner GR-S, the Jaguar XE is one perfect choice to go for. The sleek styling and thrilling driving dynamics give the Jaguar XE an athletic appeal that the Fortuner GR-S misses. The Jaguar XE is now available as a petrol-only sedan, priced between Rs 46.64-48.50 lakh, making it a great deal over the Fortuner GR-S if you love driving.
The Volvo XC40 might not have the burly appeal and go-anywhere ability of the Toyota Fortuner GR-S. But as a compact luxury SUV, it ticks all the boxes. The Volvo XC40 is available in India in a single full-spec R-Design variant priced at Rs 44.50 lakh and comes with a host of features, some of which are missing even in the pricier Fortuner GR-S. The Volvo XC40 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as standard.
BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe
For the price of a Fortuner GR-S, the BMW 2-Series offers a more prominent snob value, a visually more stunning-looking package, and a great driver’s car with excellent athleticism the Fortuner GR-S lacks. The 2 Series Gran Coupe is a fine driver’s car with two very potent engine options to choose from – a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel. The range of BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is priced between Rs 41.50-44.50 lakh.
Another German compact luxury SUV, which is priced below the Toyota Fortuner GR-S, is the Mercedes Benz GLA. Like the other compact luxury SUVs mentioned above, the GLA lacks the kind of real estate the Fortuner GR-S offers in and out. But then, it gives one notch above the premium appeal and snob value of a proper luxury car. The Mercedes-Benz GLA is priced between Rs 44.90-48.90 lakh, with the range having three variants offered with 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine options.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine
Mercedes-Benz introduced the A-Class Limousine as a more practical and family-oriented replacement for the previously-available CLA four-door coupe. This four-door sedan might be smaller than the Toyota Fortuner GR-S in size, but it pips the latter in sheer performance, features, and luxurious appeal on board. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine is available with two engine options – 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.0-liter diesel, with the range priced between Rs 42-44 lakh.
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