The Tata Nexon compact SUV is now in a firm second place in India’s sub-4 meter SUV space, ahead of the Ford EcoSport and the Honda WR-V. The Maruti Brezza continues to be in the first place, outselling the Nexon, EcoSport and WR-V by so much that the entire sales numbers of the trio put together is still less than the sales that the Brezza clocks each month. Now, for some numbers. The Maruti Vitara Brezza clocked a whopping 13,172 units in January 2019. The Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Honda WR-V managed 5,095, 4,510 and 3,393 units respectively.
Bringing up the rear in the sub-4 meter SUV segment was the Mahindra TUV300, which managed 1,506 units. While sales of the all the SUVs have grown significantly month-on-month – consdering that December is traditionally a dull month for car sales – sales of the EcoSport, Honda WR-V and TUV300 have fallen significantly in January 2019 when compared with January 2018. The Nexon and Vitara Brezza have gained though, with the Brezza being the biggest gainer, with an 30 % + sales boost.
What this shows is that the demand for the Maruti Brezza remains quite strong, and the SUV continues to run rings around the competition despite being offered only with a diesel engine, and a manual and AMT option. The Nexon on the other hand, is also offered with a petrol engine, both in manual and AMT trims. Similarly, the EcoSport also has a range of engines and gearboxes to pick and choose from. Only the Mahindra TUV300 is similar to the Brezza in that it offers just a diesel engine, with manual and AMT option.
The Nexon’s sharp pricing is continuing to pay rich dividends to Tata Motors. The compact SUV is much cheaper than every other competitor, and offers terrific value for money. It’s also the class leader in terms of performance, with its 1.5 liter diesel motor making 108 Bhp-260 Nm. This engine is offered with 6 speed manual and AMT options. The petrol engine is also quite powerful. The 1.2 liter turbo petrol motor makes 108 Bhp-170 Nm, and gets the same gearbox options as the diesel.
The Tata Nexon gets ABS and twin airbags across all trims, and is loaded to the brim with safety features and creature comforts. From a key band supported key less entry to multiple driving modes, the Nexon offers features that its competitors don’t. High ground clearance and funky styling are two other good bits of the Nexon.
The compact SUV is the freshest among the 5 sub-4 meter compact SUVs on sale in India currently. Soon though, there will be new competition. Mahindra is all set to launch the XUV300 the day after tomorrow, and the XUV300 will upstage the Nexon in terms of engine outputs and features. It remains to be seen if the XUV300 is as affordable as the Nexon though.