Best Selling Compact SUVs of 2017!

While the monthly sales figures are eagerly awaited, we thought of presenting the segment wise analysis first. In our analysis we figured out that the C segment sedan segment is the most fierce segment right now – We have two strong contenders for the Top slot and almost all the models in the segment are extremely capable offerings.

We would now analyse the most touted segment in the industry right now – the Compact SUV space. The practicality of an SUV at the price of a premium hatch has been loved by the Indians and every OEM has tried to enter the segment in one way or another – i.e. either by offering a proportionate SUV (which is small in size; like the Ecosport/TUV/Brezza) or they’ve upgraded the hatchback offerings to meet the norm (i20 Active, Etios Cross, etc). And, Honda’s WRV has been a mixed attempt!

Believe it or not, Compact SUVs almost contribute to ~10% of overall passenger car sales in India! It is a segment that can’t be ignored right now – And coincidentally all Top 5 OEMs have an offering in this segment! Before we check the Calendar Year 2017 sales, lets see how the offerings performed in Dec’17 –

  • Tata’s Nexon has dethroned the likes of Ecosport & WRV and jumped to No.2 Rank in the segment! In Dec’17, Nexon’s share in overall Tata’s passenger car sales was >28%
  • Brezza crossed 10k figure again with ease and registers a sale of 11,540 units in December
  • WRV volumes is still strong and contributes an impressive 3,760 units. As a matter of fact, it has been the second best selling model for Honda in 2017!
  • Ecosport was again in a confused state and could do only 1733 units. Even post the new model launch such variance in numbers is unfortunate
  • S Cross has found 2,847 customers. Still not able to understand the profile of the customers who opt for an S-Cross

2017 sales –

  • Brezza is the undisputed segment leader and contributes to over 45% share in the segment!
  • There was a tough competition for the No.2 slot though! Ecosport & WRV have been fighting hard for the same.
  • With Nexon coming in, we expect the race to be No.2 will be even more exciting! However, sales inconsistency of Tata products is to be seen for Nexon’s case.

The segment has created a lot of buzz since Ecosport was launched and Maruti’s entry has made it even more prominent. It has also seen many OEMs launching an offering in 2017 (like WRV & Nexon). Let’s see how the volumes in the segment shape up in 2018!

14 thoughts to “Best Selling Compact SUVs of 2017!”

  1. Tata nexon is actually best car in this segment,
    A car from brand like Tata (which had rough times in recent years) is selling with such nos. Agaisnt a brand like Suzuki (Most selling brand) speaks alot in itself.
    Ppl are changing thr perspectives for car.
    Now just good mileage wont do, Suzuki’s only point on which it sells its ugly cars.

    1. Hi Amish. Offlate Tata has launched really good cars (like Hexa, Tigor, Nexon). However, due the brand imagery the cars are not selling the numbers it is capable of! Anyhow perceptions do change, right? Let’s hope for the best for Tata Motors.

  2. I am confused over the inclusion of S-Cross in this list. All other C-SUVs are sub 4 meter. I think S-Cross should be included in the > 4m segment with Creta, Duster, Captur etc…

    1. To be honest, even we are confused with the categorization of S-Cross. We wanted to compare it as per customer’s point of view (pricing and features). The base variant of S-Cross starts at Rs.8.49L and hence stands in the comparison here. As per our understanding the current S-Cross buyer is comparing it with the Ecosports/Brezza and hence put in the comparison here.

      1. i doubt your comparing criteria!! Its vague and lacks credibility for this particular post!!! An Scross prospective buyer has that 4 m barrier in his mind, so i doubt anyone takes into account eco-sports etc while choosing.

        1. We second your opinion and are ourselves confused on what segment of customers are buying S-Cross. The car being more of a cross rather than a proportionate SUV finds its place here. Also the price point at which it starts (Ex-showroom Rs.8.49L Delhi) is very to similar to offerings in the models mentioned here.

  3. only Scross is above 4m . Rest below 4m.
    scross cannot be termed as a compact SUV. its a plain simple crossover nothing less and nothing more. The premium feel is way ahead of others. You have to drive the car to love it. And non-inclusion of Creta in sub compact segment is not understandable. Is it a SUV?? I doubt.

    1. Hi! In terms of length of the car, what you are saying is apt. However, as a consumer the comparisons are little different.

  4. Since there is confusion S-Cross it would be apt to include it when you do a thread on the > 4m SUVS such as Creta, Duster etc as well. I hope you are planning a thread on those >4m SUVS as well 🙂

  5. I am really surprised on Ecosport performance of December. It is indeed a good Compact SUV and have good reviews too.. not sure why it is not doing good.. any views?

    1. Supply constraints maybe? Or maybe Ford didn’t want to load dealers with year end stocks? Or the dealers still had lot of old (pre-facelift) Ecosport’s in stock? Lot of probable reasons.

  6. “Still not able to understand the profile of the customers who opt for an S-Cross”

    For someone looking for a fully loaded diesel SUV in the 12 lakh range these are the options available

    Brezza Zdi+ = Looks = SUV, Presence = Small, Features = Fully Loaded
    Ecosport = Looks = SUV, Presence = Small, Features = Fully Loaded
    Nexon = Looks = SUV, Presence = Small, Features = Fully Loaded
    WRV = Looks = Crossbred Dog, Presence = Small, Features = Fully Loaded
    Creta EPlus = Looks = SUV (downgraded appearance compared to SX), Presence = Great, Features = Only Ac & Stereo for 11 lakhs
    Captur RXE = Looks = SUV, Presence = Great, Features = Only Ac & Stereo for 13 lakhs
    S-Cross = Looks = Car ish, Presence = Reasonable, Features = Fully Loaded

    In this price range S-Cross is value for money if you can live with the car like looks

    1. Hi Rajesh! Thanks for the analysis. We totally agree with your view point. However, we still contemplate the mentioned thought process –
      – S Cross is nothing but a earlier Maruti SX4 Cross (similar to Liva Cross maybe?) Details – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_SX4
      – With the ground clearance of just 180mm, can it act as a Pseudo SUV (even if looks are kept apart)
      – If space and features are important, why not go for a premium hatch or a sedan maybe, why S-Cross?
      We would want to analyse the customer set of S-Cross right now in India and it would an interesting set. Hope we could use this site as a medium and garner their response. Do let us know if you could help us get some.

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