SUV was the second favourite car body type for Indian buyers last year, just behind hatchbacks. A host of SUVs were launched in the country in 2019, with some even setting new sales benchmarks. Out of all of the SUVs sold in India last year, which were the 10 highest-selling ones? Take a read to find out.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 1,27,094 Units
We bet everyone saw this one coming from a mile away. The highest-selling SUV of the country had to be from the biggest manufacturer’s line-up. Maruti Suzuki managed to sell a total of 1,27,094 units of the sub-compact SUV in India last year.
The best month in 2019 for the SUV was March, when Maruti shipped 14,181 Vitara Brezzas, while the car suffered its biggest blow of the year in July when the total sales were limited to just 5,302 units.
Hyundai Creta – 90,736 Units
The Creta is one of the most beloved SUVs in the country, thanks to its rugged & bold design, its extensive list of features, its unmatched quality of materials in the segment, and we can certainly go on for quite a long time. Hyundai just fell short of the 1 lakh mark this year and managed to sell 99,736 units of the Creta in the country.
The Hyundai Creta sales took a hit when Hyundai launched the sub-4m Venue, but given the fact that the current-gen model is nearing its discontinuation, the car still managed to do a pretty decent job.
Hyundai Venue – 70,443 Units
Given the fact that the sub-4m SUV segment was gradually becoming one of the most popular segments in the Indian market, Hyundai decided to launch one as well. The car was pretty late to the party but ended up shaking the segment leader at the top.
Hyundai sold 70,443 units of the Venue which is commendable since the car was launched in May and was on sale for just 8 months, as compared to the previous SUVs on the list which had well established themselves in the market beforehand.
Mahindra Bolero – 70,248 Units
What might come as shocking to some, the Mahindra Bolero grabbed the 4th place in terms of SUV sales in 2019 with a total of 70,248 units sold. The sale of the SUV remained steady throughout the year but fell down at 3,993 units in August, due to the industry slowdown. However, Mahindra still managed to sell an average of 5,854 units of the Bolero every month in 2019.
Since its launch almost 2 decades ago, the Bolero has been sold in the same generation model with a few facelifts throughout its lifetime. The boxy design of the car is iconic and gives it a unique identity. We certainly hope that Mahindra sticks to it when the next-gen Bolero is finally introduced later this year.
Tata Nexon – 49,312 Units
Touted as the country’s safest car, the Tata Nexon was a hit when it was launched in the country over two years ago. However, the rising competition has made things difficult for the car, but Tata still bagged a total sale of 49,312 units of Nexon in 2019, which means it came just behind the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue in its segment.
Tata is working on a facelift for the Nexon, which will likely be revealed later this month and launched with the Nexon EV at the 2020 Auto Expo, set to be held in Greater Noida next month.
Mahindra Scorpio – 46,725 Units
The Mahindra Scorpio has been considered one of the most capable SUVs at its price point since its inception, and the sales further prove its popularity among Indians. Mahindra & Mahindra sold a total of 46,725 units of the Scorpio in the whole of 2019, with the highest sales coming in the month of March, at 5,433 units.
Mahindra is all set to launch a new-gen model of the Scorpio this year, test mules of which have already been spied testing on roads. The updated car will likely be powered by a new BS6-compliant 2.0-litre oil-burner engine, which will replace the current 2.5-litre and 2.2-litre diesel mills.
Kia Seltos – 45,494 Units
Kia Motors’ entry into the Indian market was an instant success, thanks to the Seltos SUV which recently broke the barrier for 1 lakh bookings, in just 5 months. Kia sold a total of 45,494 units of the compact SUV from August to December last year, with the highest sale of 14,005 units being recorded in the month of November.
The average waiting period for the Seltos is 3 months across all variants, which shows how popular the SUV has become in a matter of a few months. Its popularity could also be attributed to the three engines on offer with optional automatic transmissions for all of them.
Mahindra XUV300 – 40,197 Units
The XUV300 was launched in India in February 2019, and was priced higher than all its competitors. However, the car was also packed with a few segment-first features, along with the most powerful engines in the segment, which helped Mahindra ship 40,197 units of the XUV300 last year.
The carmaker also recently upgraded the XUV300’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with BS6-compliance, which made it the first sub-compact SUV to be offered with a BS6-compliant petrol engine in the country.
Ford EcoSport – 40,049 Units
The EcoSport was the first sub-4m SUV in India and has had its fair share of fan-following since its launch back in 2012. Things are different now, and manufacturers have certainly upped the ante. That being said, the American carmaker still managed to sell a decent 40,049 units of the EcoSport last year, which put it at the 9th position in terms of SUV sales.
Mahindra XUV500 – 17,175 Units
Mahindra XUV500 has reigned the mid-size SUV segment for over 8 years without a new-gen model and still managed to outsell its direct rivals MG Hector and Tata Harrier in 2019 in terms of sales. The XUV500 is the fourth Mahindra SUV to be on the list, with the Indian carmaker managing to sell 17,175 units of the aging SUV in 2019.
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