NEW DELHI: The SUV segment has come to the rescue in recent times when the Indian automobile industry faced a prolonged stretch of depleted sales. While the other segments saw a massive dip in their sales, the SUV market alone observed a 14% rise compared to last year. The SUV segment also commanded a 39% share in the total sales of passenger vehicles this in July.
The top SUVs that managed to keep their sales relatively high, belonged to the B-segment and C-segment particularly. Here’s a list of the top 5 SUVs sold during the lockdown (April-July 2020):
1. Hyundai Creta:
With 21,968 units sold during the lockdown, the Creta becomes the uncrowned king of the C-segment SUVs. The second-gen Creta struck the right chords with the Indian audience as the SUV makes no compromise when it comes to looks and performance. The Korean SUV also managed to top the charts because of the high demand for its upgraded diesel variant. The second-gen Hyundai Creta starts at Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom).

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2020 Hyundai Creta review

2. Kia Seltos:
With the sister company, Hyundai, commanding the charts, Kia couldn’t have stayed far behind. Kia Seltos performed well during the lockdown with 16,995 units sold. The C-segment SUV has only been in India for a little over a year, yet it still managed to get a good share in its segment leaving many old players behind. Kia Seltos not only managed to get a generous response in India, but also managed to be the Korean automaker’s second best-selling model globally. The Kia Seltos starts at Rs 9.69 lakh (ex-showroom).
3. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza:
With 14,180 units sold during the lockdown, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza clutches the third spot. The compact SUV is on a dream run and performing extremely well against some the biggest SUVs in India. The fact that Brezza only offers a petrol engine unlike its flexible rivals like Tata Nexon or Hyundai Venue, was not enough to stop it from becoming the best-selling B-segment SUV in India during the lockdown. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza starts at Rs 7.34 lakh (ex-showroom).

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2020 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol review

4. Hyundai Venue:
Hyundai gets its best-selling B-segment SUV to the list too. With 12,105 units sold during the lockdown, Hyundai Venue grabs the fourth spot. The Venue succeeded in gaining traction with the Indian audience because it is one of the most affordable urban compact SUVs. To cash in on the success of Venue, Hyundai recently launched its Sport trim that offers enhanced looks and performance. The Hyundai Venue starts at Rs 6.69 lakh (ex-showroom)

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5. MG Hector:
MG Hector recently completed a year in India. With 4,562 units sold during the lockdown, Hector seems to be having a good run in the SUV market. The C-segment SUV was a very fresh offering in the market as it was introduced as India’s first ‘internet car’. Riding on the success of the Hector, MG Motors also introduced the new MG Hector Plus. But the sales figures definitely suggest that the Hector still has a lot more to offer in the Indian market. The MG Hector starts at Rs 12.18 lakh (ex-showroom).


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