Budget Indian

While the Germans fight it out for posh mid-sized SUV supremacy, there is a battle raging at the opposite end of the spectrum, and Mahindra is having a good crack. The Indian brand has dropped its base diesel XUV500 and replaced it with a $25,990 (driveaway) petrol front-drive W6 version, which cuts the entry price by $3910. (In Australia, only the MG ZS is less costly, priced from $20,990 before on-roads.) A diesel version is still available, as the $29,990 WE8 front-drive manual or with an auto for another $2K. Or you can have the rangetopping turbo-diesel, all-wheel-drive WE8 for $34,990.