SUVs are all the buzz now and we in India are only wanting for more. Let’s take a look at how the top 9 of the best selling SUVs in August 2021 are doing in numbers as we compare them to their performance same time last year.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 12,906 units
It’s no surprise that the SUV from MSIL is at number one and this is even after the Brezza being offered only with a choice of a Petrol engine. We like to think that it will do better if it has a Diesel option for which we will have to wait as MSIL is currently testing the BS6 version of the 1.5L diesel engine that it previously had introduced on the Ciaz and Ertiga only. As of now, the numbers are at 12,906 units, with an 87% YoY growth compared to August 2020.
Hyundai Creta – 12,597 units
The Hyundai Creta comes at a very close second place by selling 12,597 units and missed the top spot by just 309 units. The Creta has been updated internationally and Hyundai plans to bring it to India which might increase the sales for sure. The Creta being a Mid-size SUV has beaten even the Compact-SUVs to gain second place which is nothing less than impressive.
Tata Nexon – 10,006 units
This definitely comes as a pleasant surprise to see the Nexon among the top 3 contenders in the SUV segment. We absolutely love the Nexon and what it offers, with good engines, better off-road capabilities when compared to its rivals, spacious cabin, good driving dynamics and most of all, one of the safest cars in India. We would like to see the people giving even more priority to safer cars. The numbers stand at 10,006 units with a YoY growth of an impressive 93%.
Kia Seltos – 8,619 units
The Hyundai Creta’s cousin shares almost everything except the design and comes in at Number 4 with a total of 8,619 units. It is a decline in sales of 19% YoY when compared to last year’s numbers. It might be attributed to the increase in price or tough competition from its cousin or maybe both. In order to boost its numbers, Kia recently launched the Seltos X-Line which looks beautiful with that matte satin grey finish and has orange accents, all of which make it stand out from the crowd.
Hyundai Venue – 8,377 units
The second car from the Korean manufacturer is the Hyundai Venue with a total of 8,377 units and a very marginal 1% growth when compared to the same month last year. Hard to believe that the Venue which was almost the highest selling SUV for several months has fallen back to 5th place. There is no word yet from Hyundai regarding any update but since it already has a very good pricing model, it might attract more customers in the fast-approaching festive season.
Kia Sonet – 7,752 units
The wild beast has unfortunately lost its charm and is slotted in 6th place by selling 7,752 models. This is the second car from Kia’s stable which has only 3 cars which goes to show how well Kia is actually doing in India. Although MG motors and Kia started in India roughly around the same time, the difference in sales is very clear and the Korean is clearly winning over the Chinese-owned British brand. We believe that the abrupt increase in price and tough competition might have lead to the dip in numbers, so will it reel back and set the charts on fire again, is something we will have to wait and watch.
Mahindra XUV300 – 5,861 units
Any reference to the XUV300 is incomplete without mentioning the fact that it is the safest car in India. Now with that out of the way, the only thing that the XUV300 is weak at is its sales numbers as it managed to clock just 5,861 units. Many believe that the higher asking price from Mahindra is the reason, but we believe everything comes at a price and once you own it, there is really nothing like driving this monster of a car. It has the highest in segment torque both in Petrol and Diesel and its handling dynamics have set the benchmark very high with the only compact SUV to come with anti-roll bar front suspension as standard from the base model.
Mahindra Thar – 3,493 units
The Mahindra Thar is the only True Blue SUV in this list that has the Go Anywhere feature which none other car comes with. Looking at the numbers, which is 3,493 units to be exact, one might think that it is not selling well. It is interestingly quite the opposite as the waiting period for the Thar is almost a year. With the chip shortage causing more harm to many manufacturers, production has been delayed throughout the industry and the manufacturers are looking at many alternatives. But even with this, the bookings for the Thar are increasing every day and people want more of it.
Hyundai Alcazar – 3,468 units
The Hyundai Alcazar was only launched recently and has already snuck its way into the top 10 best selling SUVs list. It stands at 9th with a total of 3,468 units and we believe that the numbers will only go more from here. With the same underpinnings, engine and transmission options as the Creta, the Alcazar offers more for those who look at travelling in style. It has got serious competition from the Tata Safari and frankly, the Tata Safari is better on highways and off-roading but what the Alcazar shines is in the city with that wonderful, feather-light steering wheel and the ease of driving a big car makes it a better proposition to those who seek to travel more within city limits and it definitely is the better car when it comes to interior quality, list of features offered and engine\transmission options.
Here is the list in a tabular column to summarize it all :
|1||Maruti Suzuki||Vitara Brezza||12,906||6,903||87|