‘KING of the segment’ cars & SUVs: Maruti Brezza to Toyota Fortuner

The Indian market has a broad range of car segments that cater to different needs of customers in India. Which are the favourite cars of Indian car buyers? Let’s take a look at the best selling cars and SUVs available in the Indian car market.

Entry level hatchback

Maruti Alto 800

Maruti Alto 800 has been around for a long time now. It is the most affordable Maruti car in India and leads the segment by a huge margin. The Alto replaced the Maruti 800, which was the first affordable passenger car in India. The Alto’s popularity can be attributed to its easy maintenance and low running costs.

Maruti’s proven service network is another big draw. The Alto is available only in a petrol version in India with two engine options, 800-cc and 1-litre. Both the engines are 3-cylinder. It is also available with AMT automatic transmission.

Mid-Size hatchback

Maruti WagonR

The Maruti WagonR’s tall boy design makes it a practical choice for Indian families who look for sufficient space in a car. The WagonR is one of the oldest cars in production in India and it has not been drastically changed since it was launched.

The WagonR is also very popular among fleet car owners. The WagonR only gets the 1.0-litre petrol engine that generates 67 Bhp – 90 Nm and Maruti also offers a CNG version of the car. There is also an AMT automatic option available with the WagonR.

Premium mid-size hatchback

Maruti Swift

Maruti Swift has recently entered its third generation in India. The hatchback is one of the favourite cars in the market and it has been outselling the competitors since its launch. The Maruti Swift’s eye-catching design makes it very popular in India.

The new-generation Swift looks very modern and has become much better in terms of performance and fuel efficiency than the car it replaced. It is powered by both petrol and diesel engine options. The Maruti Swift also gets AMT automatic transmission with both petrol and diesel engine options, giving a much wider choice to customers.

Premium hatchback

Maruti Baleno

Maruti re-introduced the Baleno moniker in India to enter the premium hatchback segment for the first time ever and the car has since become a best seller. The Baleno’s European design attracts a lot of customers in the Indian market.

The Baleno became an instant hit in the Indian market and sells almost twice as the closest competitor. The Baleno offers a feature-rich cabin with a very futuristic console. It gets both the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine options. The petrol option also gets a CVT automatic transmission. In addition, Maruti offers the Balneo RS, which is a hot hatchback version of the car.

Compact Sedan

Maruti Dzire

The Maruti Dzire was initially a sedan version of the Swift hatchback and then was introduced as a sub 4-meter compact sedan. The Dzire became a massive success in India due to its practicality, reliability and affordable maintenance costs. Maruti launched the all-new Dzire in India last year and the car became the best selling vehicle in the market soon.

The all-new Dzire offers the perfect blend of fuel economy, performance, space and equipment. It is offered in both petrol and diesel engine options and both the engine options get manual and AMT automatic transmission.

Compact SUV

Maruti Vitara Brezza

Maruti entered the trending segment with the Vitara Brezza and the car became an instant hit. The Vitara Brezza sells twice as much as its nearest competitors in India. The affordable price tag and a tried-and-tested diesel engine makes it the first choice of many. The Vitara Brezza does not offer a petrol engine or an automatic transmission. Nonetheless, the car gets the unique “iCreate” option that allows customers to personalise their vehicles.

Mid-Size Sedan

Honda City

Honda City has recently completed 20 years in India and the sedan has been the best selling vehicle in the segment since its launch. The City has remained the best selling Honda vehicle in India except for a few times when the WR-V took over.

Honda’s brand image and a potent petrol engine make the City very popular in the segment. The car offers oodles of space and comes with a premium interior set-up. The City is also available with a diesel engine. However, the petrol automatic of the City offers stepped CVT transmission with paddle shifters.

Mid-size SUV

Hyundai Creta

The Hyundai Creta has been around for a while now. It came at a time when the Renault Duster was the only car in the segment and was selling in good numbers. The Creta’s modern looks, powerful engines and sophisticated interiors changed all that. The Creta remained at the top position since its launch. It is offered with 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre diesel engines and a 1.6-litre petrol engine. Both the 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engines get an automatic transmission.

Premium sedan

Toyota Corolla Altis

The Toyota Corolla Altis is a tried-and-tested sedan that is the first choice for most customers in the segment. The Corolla Altis is one of the best selling cars in the world. The reliability of Toyota along with good looks and great rear seat comfort makes the Corolla Altis the best-seller in its segment. The car gets rear seat reclining and is loved by chauffer-driven customers. It also offers a good resale value.

D-Segment SUV

Mahindra XUV 500

The Mahindra XUV 500 has been around for a long while now. The tried-and-tested Mahindra XUV 500 offers a long list of features in the segment that attracts a lot of buyers. The seven-seater SUV offers some unique features including a sunroof and AWD option that makes it very popular in the segment. The seven-seater SUV’s sales have been affected by the launch of the Jeep Compass, but it is still ahead if you look at the April 2017 – March 2018 consolidated sales figures.


Toyota Innova Crysta

The Innova Crysta has been around for a long time now and has claimed top position, in the MUV segment, since its launch. The Innova Crysta is quite expensive and yet it is the highest selling MPV due to the unparalleled comfort it offers.The car also offers ample space, powerful engines, good looks and extremely low running costs. The Innova Crysta is known for its bullet-proof engine that can run for lakhs of kilometres without malfunctioning.

Full-size SUV

Toyota Fortuner

Toyota Fortuner was introduced way back in 2009, and since then, the SUV has topped the sales charts except for a few months. The Fortuner’s aggressive stance and reliable engine makes it the first choice for many. The Fortuner’s powerful engines, a plush cabin and low maintenance costs make it very popular in a highly competitive segment.