India’s love for SUVs is a well-documented phenomenon and SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in the Indian car market. We take a look at the best-selling SUVs in different segments of the car market in India and reveal to you why they rule their different divisions.
Sub 4-meter SUV: Maruti Vitara Brezza
The Maruti Vitara Brezza made its debut at the Auto Expo 2016 as Maruti finally decided to plunge into the sub-4-metre SUV revolution that had been started by the Ford EcoSport.
Despite the unavailability of a petrol engine, the Brezza is the top SUV in this segment by a country mile. Maruti sold 14,181 units of the Brezza in July 2018, which was over 10,000 units more than its nearest rival, the Ford EcoSport which sold just 4,040 units.
With its affordable price tag, dependable diesel engine, low running costs and Maruti’s massive aftersales and service network, it comes as no surprise that the Brezza is the king of not only the sub-4-metre-SUV segment but of all SUVs on sale in India today.
Mid-size SUVs: Hyundai Creta
The Hyundai Creta is once more the king of the mid-size SUV segment. Hyundai sold 10,423 units of the Creta in July 2018, which is more than two and a half times the number of units that Mahindra shipped the Scorpio over the same month (3,876). In fact, the Creta was the second-best selling SUV in July 2017, only falling behind the sales of the smaller and cheaper Maruti Brezza.
So what makes the Creta the King of the mid-size SUV segment? Its size, which is the perfect fit for the average Indian family, aggressive pricing combined with butch yet modern looks, powerful yet frugal engine options and a host of features make the Creta irresistible to buyers in this segment.
Full Sized SUVs: Mahindra XUV500
The Mahindra XUV500 has once again come out as the king of the full-sized SUV segment in India. Mahindra sold 2,766 units of the XUV500 in July 2018. In comparison, the XUV500’s nearest rival, the Tata Hexa, sold just 838 units over the same period, meaning that Mahindra sold over 3 XUV500s for each Hexa sold.
The XUV500’s popularity with buyers in the full-size segment comes down to two factors – looks and features. With its butch and aggressive design, the XUV500 appeals to buyers looking for a big muscular SUV that can take the family as well. The XUV500 is the only vehicle in the segment to be offered with a sunroof, which is something that attracts customers to the dealerships with their wallets. Mahindra also offers the XUV500 with an automatic gearbox and with a petrol engine. Also on offer are 4X4 variants, which make its a popular vehicle with off-roading enthusiasts looking for a luxurious SUV.
Premium SUVs: Toyota Fortuner
The Toyota Fortuner is the Baadshah of the premium SUV segment and leaves its rivals eating dust when it comes to sales numbers. Toyota sold 1,856 units of the Fortuner SUV in July 2018, which was nearly four times the sales figures of the Ford Endeavour, which only sold 471 units over the same period.
The reasons for the Fortuner continuing its reign as the king of the SUV segment can be attributed to four factors – its futuristic looks complemented by a luxurious interior, host of features including four-wheel-drive, the legendary reliability of Toyota vehicles in general and the Japanese carmaker’s well spread out service network.
German carmaker Audi’s Q7 SUV has an almost cult-like following in India, especially in Tier-II cities where it is the go-to SUV for those looking to tell the world that they’ve made it. With its badge, large size, host of features and relatively low cost of ownership, the Q7 is the bestseller in its segment.
Sales numbers via AutoPunditz