2018 is almost coming to an end with less than two weeks left for 2019 to arrive. Over the past year, we witnessed the Auto Expo 2018, a slew of launches – new products and facelifts, strategy announcements, future plans and the roller-coaster journey of monthly car sales. Obviously, some of them garnered interest, some of them scaled new heights and some just could not set off. With the millions of readers Carwale attracts, we analysed their behaviour to find out the most popular cars and here is the list of the most popular SUVs in 2018 to begin with.
Well, no one would be surprised to find the sub-four-metre compact SUV from Maruti Suzuki to be on the top of the list. The Vitara Brezza is the highest sold SUV in the Indian car market, averaging about 13,000 units a month and hence it being the most researched SUV on Carwale is obvious. The petite SUV gets the tried and tested 1.3-litre diesel engine with both manual and automatic gearbox options.
2. Tata Nexon
This one certainly comes as a surprise and marks the resurgence of Tata Motors in the Indian domestic market. The riddled Indian carmaker seems to have successfully turned its image around to a hep, modern brand and the Tata Nexon with its stylish design has gained quite a bit of advantage. The Nexon boasts of a brand-new 1.5-litre diesel engine that is powerful, a turbo-petrol engine and both manual and automatic gearboxes.
The Creta is the second highest selling SUV in the Indian car market in numbers, but bring its market cap into the picture, and it jumps to the top of the list right away. The Hyundai Creta established the crossover SUV segment and also set the benchmarks for product quality higher, making it difficult for competition to scale. With both petrol and diesel engines getting both manual and automatic gearbox options, there is literally a Creta for everyone.
The pioneer of the compact SUV segment in the country is the fourth popular SUV in the Indian market and after five years in the Indian market, it has pitted itself as a formidable option for those who dare to leave the herd. Also, Ford has worked hard on reining the service costs and Ecosport users do swear by their nominal service bills. The Ecopsort also leads the pack in terms of safety equipment.
This one is not really an SUV. Though now it is styled as one, it is a luxury people mover underneath and a hugely popular one at that. So much so that it has left the Scorpios and the Jeeps behind to become one of the most popular premium cars in the Rs 15 lakh to Rs 25 lakh segment. Toyota’s reliability and service have ensured that Innova customers come back to them for a newer version, making it the highest sold D-segment car in India.