Exploring India’s Limited Selection: Just Six Robust Hybrids Priced Under ₹ 5 Million

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As the United States passenger car market embraces hybrid vehicles, India’s car market is teeming with benefits and convenience for consumers. Yet, within the below ₹ 50,00,000 (₹5 million) category, choices are scarce, with most offerings being evident cases of badge engineering. Given this scenario, would you choose a hybrid over an electric vehicle?

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

List Price: 1 to 1.9 Million  (10.76 to 19.97 Lakh)

Pros

  • Offers excellent range with a comfortable bump-absorbing ride
  • Modern design with a strong road presence
  • Smooth, vibration-free engine below 4000rpm
  • Spacious, practical, easy entry, and good visibility
  • Wide dealer and service network, strong resale value for Maruti vehicles

Cons

  • The finish in certain areas falls short of expectations
  • Performance in the midrange is lacking, especially when carrying a full load
  • Accommodating three passengers in the rear seat can be cramped

Battery Capacity: 0.76kWh | Engine Capacity: 1462cc to 1490cc | Mileage: 21.11kmpl to 27.97kmpl | Battery Warranty: 8 years | Brake Horse Power: 129BHP | Torque: 235Nm


Toyota Urban Cruiser

List Price: 1.1 to 2.0 Million  (11.14 to 20.19 Lakh)

Pros

  • Suspension ensures a smooth ride on different roads
  • Hybrid system enhances fuel efficiency by reducing petrol use
  • Smooth switch between electric and engine power in the hybrid powertrain
  • Toyota’s widespread network ensures reliable support and excellent resale value
  • Ample power for easy city and highway driving, even when fully loaded

Cons

  • Rear bench headroom may be tight for taller passengers
  • Hybrid battery placement under the boot reduces overall boot space
  • While most materials are high-quality, some areas might need better materials

Battery Capacity: 0.76kWh | Engine Capacity: 1462cc to 1490cc | Mileage: 20.58kmpl to 27.97kmpl |  Battery Warranty: 8 years | Brake Horse Power: 116BHP | Torque: 141Nm

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Honda City

List Price: 1.8 to 2 Million  (18.93 to 20.43 Lakh)

Pros

  • BS6 Phase 2 compliant, meets RDE norms, updated styling, and added features
  • Performance is responsive at low speeds, enabling quick overtakes
  • Driver assistance features enhance the Honda City’s appeal
  • Ride quality is comfortable, smoothing out bumps in city/highway driving
  • Fuel-efficient, with a claimed 26.5 kmpl and a potential range of 1063 km from a 40-litre tank

Cons

  • The quality of some cabin plastics fall short of this segment’s standards
  • Boot space has been reduced from 506 litres to 306 litres due to the battery pack
  • The touchscreen interface/graphics have an aftermarket feel, missing some expected features

Battery Capacity: 0.734kWh | Engine Capacity: 1498cc | Mileage: 27.1kmpl | Battery Warranty: 8 years | Brake Horse Power: 125BHP | Torque: 253Nm


Maruti Suzuki Invicto

List Price: 2.5 to 2.8 Million  (25.03 to 28.70 Lakh)

Pros

  • Comfortable large seats with great outward visibility
  • Priced more attractively than the Toyota Hycross
  • Smooth ride quality over rough road sections
  • Adequate performance for most driving conditions
  • Spacious dimensions provide ample room and practicality

Cons

  • Has fewer features than the Toyota Hycross, resulting in a lower price
  • Smaller wheels detract from its side profile
  • Limited options for powertrains

Battery Capacity: 1.7kWh | Engine Capacity: 1987cc | Mileage: 23.24kmpl | Battery Warranty: 8 years | Brake Horse Power: 172BHP | Torque: 188Nm


Toyota Hycross

List Price: 2.5 to 3.0 Million  (25.72 to 30.68 Lakh)

Pros

  • Clever design provides plenty of interior space
  • Equipped with numerous driving aids and safety features
  • Hybrid technology ensures a smooth driving experience
  • Provides more key features than the Innova Crysta
  • A strong road presence

Cons

  • Boot lid operation is slow and noisy
  • The third-row access can be challenging
  • Some cabin plastics lack quality and finish

Battery Capacity: 1.7kWh | Engine Capacity: 1987cc | Mileage: 23.24kmpl | Battery Warranty: 8 years | Brake Horse Power: 183.7BHP | Torque: 188Nm


Toyota Camry

List Price: 4.6 Million (46.17 Lakh)

Pros

  • Equipped with safety features
  • Quality interior, spacious and comfortable seating
  • Ample boot space
  • Hybrid system delivers seamless performance, 18kmpl efficiency
  • Known for reliability, supported by a strong sales and service network

Cons

  • Feels expensive for a Toyota sedan
  • Low stance makes getting in and out challenging
  • Dashboard design feels outdated, updated mainly to accommodate the screen

Battery Capacity: 1.6kWh | Engine Capacity: 2487cc | Mileage: 19.1kmpl | Battery Warranty: 8 years | Brake Horse Power: 176BHP | Torque: 221Nm

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Mukul Yudhveer Singh is an Editor at EFY. He’s an experienced business journalist who is both an enthusiast and a cynic of technology. Believes in data, as well as hunch-based journalism. He defines journalism as- reporting facts which help the audience take their own decisions, not ones that influence them!

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