No doubt, an SUV/MPV is the most practical vehicle under Indian road & traffic conditions. Lets forget about the phoren ones as they are priced way beyond the budget of the masses & as someone rightly put it, they are more a lifestyle (ego) statement & would come under the "mall cruiser" variety. For most of us its the locally made SUVs/MPVs.
Ive lived for years in UP & travelled extensively in the Himalayas. Very happy with a 4x4 Armada Grand under most conditions. But gotta agree, nothing like the Gypsy King for the Himalayas. Ive gone thru two in a span of 10 years. The width is just ideal for narrow mountain dirt tracks.
I now live in Thane & commute to Mumbai daily for work, with the occasional weekend trip into the ghats. I drive a 4x4 Scorpio & am very happy. The high driving stance makes for "very relaxed" bumper to bumper Mumbai traffic. Throw me ur worst potholes BMC/TMC!!!!