The SUV segment is the most priced segment for any car manufacturer in India. The SUV segment consists of a range of SUVs based on their size – compact SUV, mid-size SUV and premium SUV. This is a segment where every manufacturer has its presence thus offering the customers a number of options to choose from. The newcomers in this segment include MG HECTOR and Kia Seltos. We also witnessed the launch of the new Creta last month. Here we look at the best selling SUVs in the country . The average monthly sales from July 2019 to Dec 2019 have also been included
MARUTI SUZUKI VITARA BREZZA
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is by far the best selling SUV in the country. It’s sale started firing from the moment it was launched. The Brezza was earlier sold without a petrol engine and still managed to beat all other SUVs. But now it has decided to pull off the plug on the diesel engine and instead plonged a 1.5ltr BS VI compliant petrol engine that produces 103 BHP and 138Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to either a 5 speed manual or automatic transmission.
Average monthly sales : 9782 units
There was a void waiting to be filled in the compact SUV segment. The Hyundai hit the sweet spot and filled the void perfectly. The venue is a modern looking car with several first in segment features. Though Hyundai entered late into the segment, it took no time for the cat to catch the attention of the customers. The Venue has done a commendable job in shaking up this segment and has even appeared on the top of the sales chart for a few months.
Average monthly sales : 9105 units
While Kia motors entry into the Indian car scene was eagerly awaited, few would have anticipated the instant success. Kia currently has two products in the market : the Seltos SUV and the Carnival MPV. This product portfolio seems to be too small for any car maker but it has turned out to be enough for Kia to be established as the third largest car company in India in terms of sale volume. An excellent and refreshing design, best in class features and safety, connected car technology and a number of variants and engine options turned out to be a success for the Korean car maker. With a number of exciting products lined up, other manufacturers will continue to have a tough time.
Average monthly sales : 7582 units
The Creta was the best seller from Hyundai before it was overtaken by its smaller sibling, the Venue. The Creta boasts of a rugged and mascular design and with the new model out in the market, Hyundai has given the Creta a brand new look and additional features to help it stay up in the highly competitive segment with cars like Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos, Renault Captur and Nissan Kicks.
Average monthly sales : 6649 units
Mahindra Scorpio is the Indian car maker's old horse. It along with the Bolero continues to outnumber the other cars from Mahindra every month. Mahindra continues to make sure that the Scorpio gets it necessary facelift at the right time to keep its popularity intact. What distinguishes the Scorpio from other cars in this price range is its aggressive, rugged and butch appearance.
Average monthly sales : 3581 units
Tata motors was also missing from the compact SUVs segment. It took a good an of time for Tata to develop its first compact SUV. Not only did it surprise the automotive journalists but also helped improve the brand’s perception as a car maker. The Nexon clearly brought something fresh to the table with its distinctive styling and great performance. This made many automotive enthusiasts believe that concept cars are not just for display but can also be produced. The Nexon is at the third position in this hotly contested segment just after the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue. It has overtaken other cars like the Ford Ecosport, Honda WR-V and Mahindra XUV 300. Tata has also launched the Nexon EV in the market recently.
Average monthly sales : 3448 units
The Ecosport is the car on which the American car makers heavily rely upon. Infact it was one of the first compact SUVs to hit the market. The early success seems to have faded away as Ford failed to capitalise on its initial popularity. Though Ford has given the Ecosport a facelift last year, that also resulted in additional features and an updated engine. The overall design continues to remain the same. It is currently positioned 4th in the compact SUV segment list in terms of sales.
Average monthly sales : 3006 units
MAHINDRA XUV 300
Mahindra launched its first compact SUV, the XUV 300 last year in the market. The design of the SUV is unlike other Mahindra cars. Its sharper, fresher and best suited for this segment. The car got a good response from the customers in the initial months but the demand later became lukewarm. It gets one of the best engine in the segment with higher power and torque figures than its counterparts. Its sales are neck to neck with Ford Ecosport.
Average monthly sales : 2848 units
Morris Garages (MG), a Chinese owned British car company entered the market last year in June. MG calls the HECTOR India’s first 'internet car' as it was the first car to be equipped with Artificial Intelligence and 50+ connected car features. The brand received an overwhelming response from the customers that it was forced to halt the bookings and the waiting period surged to as high as six months. Currently the brand is working to ramp up the production in order to meet the huge backlog. The other product from MG is the electric SUV, ZS.
Average monthly sales : 2655 units
The Toyota Fortuner is the best selling full size premium SUV. It has a unique cult following mainly due to its massive on road presence, off road capabilities bullet proof reliability and long features list. Though it is nowhere in terms of sales of the smaller SUVs but we decided it should be included as the segment itself is a low volume and high revenue sales. Toyota also introduced the Fortuner TRD celebratory edition last year to mark the Fortuner's ten years presence in the country. Since 2011, Toyota has sold a total of 1.45 lakhs Fortuners in India.
Average monthly sales : 994 Units
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