Electric sunroof was a luxury feature few years back; only available on high-end cars. However, mass-market carmakers have now started to include this feature in some of their more affordable models due to increased competition. Electric sunroofs have become more common, although dual-pane panoramic sunroofs are still largely seen on luxury cars and SUVs.
We've compiled a list of the topmost affordable cars in India with a panoramic sunroof. Check out the list.
The SX Executive variant of the Hyundai Creta is the most affordable in India to have a panoramic sunroof, costing Rs 13.41 lakh (ex-showroom). Also included in the list of standard features are power-adjustable front seats, wireless charging, a touchscreen infotainment system with an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and connected car tech, as well as a 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster.
The top-end Sharp variant of MG Motor's mid-size SUV, the Astor, comes with a panoramic sunroof as standard equipment. The Astor is the second most affordable SUV with a dual-pane sunroof in India, priced at Rs 14.28 lakh.
This model includes a 6-way power-adjustable driver seat, a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), a 360-degree camera, and a personal AI assistant.
The XUV700 AX5 and AX7 variants from Mahindra come with a panoramic sunroof, starting at Rs 16.05 lakh (ex-showroom) for the former. According to Mahindra, the "Skyroof" is the largest sunroof in its segment. 'Skyroof' This model also comes with an 18-inch alloy wheel, connected car technology, ADAS, dual-zone climate control with Amazon Alexa built-in, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a digital instrument cluster of the same size.
The Hyundai Alcazar is a three-row version of the Creta that sits between the five-seater and the Tucson in the Indian portfolio. With prices ranging from Rs 16.34 lakh to Rs 20.14 lakh (ex-showroom), the Alcazar comes with a panoramic sunroof on all models. Only the Alcazar has this feature as standard equipment, and it's not available on any other mass-market vehicle.
The top-of-the-line Alcazar has a 360-degree camera, wireless charging, digital instrument clusters that are the same size, ventilated front seats, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, cruise control, and Hyundai's BlueLink connected car tech.
The Tata Harrier was first launched in India in January 2019 with no sunroof. Later that year, Tata added a single-pane sunroof to the Harrier as an approved accessory to meet demand. The mid-size SUV received a company-fitted panoramic sunroof with the facelifted model in 2020.
With a panoramic sunroof, the Tata Harrier XT+ is the most affordable trim option. The current price is Rs 17.94 lakh (ex-showroom). Auto climate control, cruise control, an 8.8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 17-inch alloy wheels, a 9-speaker JBL sound system, automatic headlamps, ventilated front seats, and a semi-digital instrument cluster is available with the SUV's top-tier variants.
Upcoming Kia Seltos
The Kia launched the Seltos in 2019 and was an instant hit, and it beat out the Hyundai Creta for the top place. However, Creta received an update and regained the top spot, while Selto sales are gradually dropping, for which Kia has a plan. They'll be releasing an update for the Seltos shortly, including a panoramic sunroof. The SUV has an electric sunroof.
This year, Tata safari made a return. It's now more of a high-end car than a competent SUV. The Safari is also available with a panoramic sunroof from Tata. It comes in the XT+ model, which costs Rs. 18.25 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Jeep compass arrived with a new and significantly more excellent interiors in 2021, but no mechanical changes. The Limited(O) model comes with a panoramic sunroof and costs Rs. 22.49 lakhs ex-showroom.