With the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, customers’ sentiments towards the new-car market haven't been encouraging. The entire automobile industry is reeling from the effects of a sales turmoil, and most of the carmakers have registered negative growth. That said, the SUV segment continues to make decent sales in an otherwise volatile market. Listed below are the top five mid-size SUVs sold in India in April, according to sales data.
Hyundai Creta continues its dominance in the mid-size SUV segment. To put it into perspective, the Creta sold 10,487 units in April, which is more than the combined sales of the competition. While the industry is seeing a downward trend right now, Hyundai Creta registered a year-on-year growth of 12 per cent. The Creta offers the comfort of a premium five-seater SUV in a compact footprint, without skimping on features or quality.
The Tata Harrier is the newest kid on the block. It is larger and wider than any of its rivals, while the design is refreshing and its biggest USP. With 2,075 units sold in April, it is the second-highest selling mid-size SUV in the country. The Harrier offers a spacious and upmarket cabin, an exhaustive feature list and tremendous value. However, it is marred with a few quality issues and misses out on essential features like an automatic gearbox and sunroof among others.
Mahindra XUV500 is the oldest SUV in this list and also the only one offered with a seven-seat layout. The XUV500 clocked sales of 1,508 units in April, thereby becoming the third-highest selling vehicle in its segment. It is also the only SUV to come with a top-spec diesel automatic variant with AWD and sunroof.
The Compass is the most affordable offering from Jeep in India and the only model that has kept the company afloat in the domestic market. The company retailed 1,204 units of Jeep Compass in India in April. While it is the most expensive SUV in this list, the snob value that it offers is unmatched by any other. It boasts of a capable AWD drive-train along with terrain-response systems and multiple drive modes. It does miss out on a diesel automatic. That said, the company is preparing for the launch of a hard-core off-road version of the SUV, called Jeep Compass Trailhawk.
While the Renault Duster is at the fag end of its product lifecycle, it is still the benchmark when it comes to ride quality and handling. With 749 units sold last month, the SUV is showing its age. Renault has introduced a new-generation Duster (Dacia Duster) in the European markets, which won't make it to our shores. Instead, the company will soon launch another Duster facelift in India in the months to come. However, the company has revealed that it will introduce the next-generation model in India, sometime around 2023.