Nearly 12% of the cars sold in the Indian automobile market are Sport Utility Vehicles. With the arrival of the compact SUVs many customers have started using them for daily use. As they are all terrain vehicles they are in good demand in rural areas also. The brands Mahindra, the Maruti Suzuki, the Ford, the Toyota, the Tata, the Honda, the Hyundai, the Audi, the BMW and the Mercedes Benz all have SUVs in the Indian market. Some of the SUVs like the Mahindra Scorpio and the Ford EcoSport are always in the list of the top bestselling cars of India.
Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster
The success of the EcoSport and the Duster has opened the gate for many more compact SUVs to the Indian market. The EcoSport comes in 6 petrol and 5 diesel variants priced Rupees 6.80 to 10.44 lakh. The EcoSport has mileages of 15.8 to 18.49 kmpl in petrol and 22.7 kmpl in diesel. The Duster comes in 2 petrol and 10 diesel variants priced Rupees 8.30 to 13.55 lakh.
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The Mahindra and Mahindra is a specialist in utility vehicles. The Mahindra Scorpio is the best selling Mahindra SUV in India. The Scorpio comes in 12 diesel variants priced Rupees 8.97 to 14.48 lakh with one automatic AWD model. Top variant has 2 air bags, ABS, EBD, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. The Mahindra TUV300 is a compact SUV for 7 passengers with 7 diesel variants (2 with AMT) priced Rupees 6.98 to 9.20 lakh. The Mahindra XUV500 is a 7-seater priced Rupees 11.47 to 17.37 for its 9 diesel variants.
This compact SUV Creta launched recently tops the SUV sales charts with 7225 units sold in October 2015. The Creta comes in 3 petrol and 7 diesel variants priced Rupees 8.69 to 13.80 lakh. One diesel variant has automatic transmission.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
The 5-seater S-Cross launched in 2015 has 7 diesel variants priced Rupees 8.34 to 13.74 lakh. The S-Cross gives segmental best mileages of 23.65 kmpl. The Maruti Grand Vitara has not much takers in the Indian market.
The Force Gurkha priced Rupees 8.34 to 13.74 lakh, the Toyota Fortuner priced Rupees 24.17 to 27.02 lakh, the Mahindra Quanto priced Rupees 6.78 to 8.31 lakh, the Chevrolet Trailblazer priced Rupees 26.40 lakh, the Nissan Terrano priced Rupees 9.92 to 12.92 lakh and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport priced Rupees 25.35 to 26.34 lakh are the other popular SUVs in India.
The premium SUVs Audi Q3 (28.99-37.50 lakh), the BMW X3 (46.90-59.90 lakh) and the Mercedes Benz GL-class (77.50 lakh to 1.75 lakh) have average sales figures of more than 100 units per month.