Top 5 selling SUVs of India: Hyundai Creta, Maruti-Suzuki Brezza, KIA Sonet, KIA Seltos, Hyundai Venue
The last month has been very good for car makers and the sales have bounced back a lot. The festive sentiment plus increased need for personal mobility during Covid times have made many people buy cars. Thus the sales figures for last month are important in the sense that we know what SUVs are selling and what are not. In that aspect, we have compiled the list of the three best selling SUVs and there are some surprises.
It is a big surprise that the new Hyundai Creta has been the best selling SUV of India for a long time but the last month sales have revealed astonishing numbers since the fact that the Creta sold 14,023 units and that is huge. That is way more than many small hatchbacks and also more than what any compact SUV can do. It has also outsold its Venue sibling every month. The new Creta has been a super hit and that is due to the wide engines and gearbox choices plus the pricing along with the space/features. The diesel Creta has been a big success and same for the turbo plus petrol variants.
It is a big surprise that despite having no diesel engine and also lacking some features over new rivals, the Vitara Brezza has sold a huge 12087 units last month. The Vitara Brezza then with the facelift has been a big success. The reason is of course the Maruti badge plus reliability along with the sales plus service reach but also the fact that the 1.5l Brezza is one of the powerful SUVs without having an expensive turbo engine plus the Brezza is also a spacious SUV which makes it an appealing compact SUV. Maruti had re-launched Brezza with a petrol engine and a few exterior/interior upgrades at the Auto Expo which has fuelled further demand. The speculated launch of diesel Maruti cars including the diesel Brezza BS6 will further increase sales of this car.
3. KIA Sonet
Kia's second product has been a big hit and Kia is currently sitting on a huge order of bookings to fulfill. It sold 11,721 units last month and that is big considering it is a new launch and has gone straight to amongst the top compact SUVs. The Sonet with its huge choice of turbo petrols plus even a choice of a diesel automatic gives the car-buyer a lot of choice and that has worked for it. Last month despite being launched a few days into the month, it sold near 10k units and coming days Kia will most likely increase production. Currently it has near 50k bookings for the car and among that the diesel version brought in as much as 40 percent with the turbo petrol also having demand. Of course the mid and top-spec versions are also being liked along with the diesel auto.
4. KIA Seltos
After the launch of the Sonet, the sales of Seltos have gone down from the double digits numbers it used to post. Now it could be due to overlapping of various variants of Sonet and Seltos together. However despite the competition from the Creta and within family with the Sonet, the Seltos has managed to do a more than respectable 8900 units. Though it has been its lowest sales in three months, the Seltos has settled down to a healthy sales number and is still the second largest selling SUV in its class after the Creta of course. The Seltos continues to see demand for its 1.5l petrol plus the turbo DCT and the turbo manual while the diesel is also seeing very good demand.
Close on the heels of the Seltos is the Hyundai Venue. Sales of the Venue sales have suffered a bit since the launch of the Creta plus the Sonet’s arrival have also changed the numbers. But it is still the second largest selling compact SUV in its class and sold a respectable 8,828 units last month. Hyundai has given the Venue a push recently with the launch of the iMT in the Venue plus the Sport trim model which adds some exterior and interior changes. Crucially the Venue DCT also gets paddle shifters and that makes it the only SUV with a turbo and paddle shifters in its class since the Sonet does not have it. That launch of the iMT has pushed demand and kept it doing good numbers even a year after its launch.
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