Buyers in India are becoming aware of every new invention of a car model in the industry. There is a wide range of products available in the market with various features and specs falling in different price slabs. For a car to be ranked in the list of best-selling cars in India, it needs to come in buyer’s consideration first which is further based on some factors like budget, mileage, power, looks, comfort and safety features. Also, on the basis of sales figures and the number of units sold for a particular model, it is possible to check how popular a car is in the country. Let us check out some of the most popular cars at present in India:
1. Maruti Swift Dzire (INR 5.9-7.9 Lac):
First unveiled in 2008, the Dzire was re-introduced in 2012. Following this, the compact sedan’s facelift was released in February 2015. The vehicle rules the 2nd position of the most selling cars in the country with 19682 unit sales in September 2015. This is all due to an extraordinary mileage of 26.59 kmpl (74 bhp) for the diesel motor and the best body style in the segment. On the exteriors, the car gets redesigned bumpers, smoked headlamps and single chrome slat grille. Moreover, on the safety part, Driver and passenger airbags, efficient braking system and reverse parking sensors in the top trim drag attention of the car lovers.
2. Maruti Swift (INR 5.84-7.28 Lac):
Maruti Suzuki Swift was first launched in May 2005. A full model change was introduced in 2011. The latest avatar of the vehicle is becoming popular for an increase of fuel efficiency by 10% (25.2 kmpl) in the award winning diesel motor and by 9.5% (20.4 kmpl) in the advanced K12 petrol engine. Power output of both the mills are 75PS and 84.3PS respectively. This hatchback is the 3rd best selling car with 18,278 units sold in September 2015. On the comfort and safety part, the car gets a new trendy premium upholstery in its interiors, instrument panel with multi-functional LCD display, audio system with Bluetooth console, dual SRS airbags and ABS with EBD.
3. Maruti Wagon R (INR 3.7-4.8 Lac):
Wagon R was first launched in India in the year 2000. The second generation Wagon R was launched in 2010. This is the 4th best selling car in India with 14,912 units sold in the month of September 2015. Also, this is the most popular car with respect to CNG fuel type in the segment. With a fuel economy of 26.6 kmpl, the vehicle gives the smarter performance with a power output of 58.16 bhp. Newly designed front bumper and chrome accented new grille design make it look attractive. On the interiors’ part, new eagle wings audio system with integrated USB and foldable rear seats make it more convenient. Driver side airbag, ABS and central locking with security alarm are also very useful.
4. Hyundai Elite i20 (INR 5.3-8.2):
Elite i20 was first launched in India in August 2014 to completely replace the i20. Sale of 9,729 units of the car in September 2015 makes it the 6th best selling car of the country. It wins the ICOTY award of 2015 as well. The diesel motor churns out a power of 88.73 bhp and gives a fuel economy of 22.5 kmpl. On the exteriors, it has a longer bonnet, new hexagonal grille and redesigned headlamps. On the safety part, airbags and ABS protect you in a condition of collision. On the occasion of the first anniversary of the vehicle, the automaker introduced the ‘Celebration Edition’ of the car.
5. Maruti Celerio (INR 4.7-5.7 Lac):
Launched in June 2015, the Celerio is based on the Suzuki A-wind concept. Claiming to be the most fuel efficient car of the country with 27.62 kmpl (ARAI certified), the vehicle comes on the 7th position of the best selling cars of India with 8,901 units sold in the month of September 2015. Moreover, Celerio is the only car in the country to offer petrol, CNG, diesel along with manual and automatic transmission options. The new Celerio DDiS125 gives a power output of 47.6 bhp. The car incorporates a boot space of 235 liters which can further be increased with 60:40 split seat folding. Driver and passenger airbags and ABS are the main safety features in the top end variant of the car.
6. Honda City (INR 7.6-11.9 Lac):
Honda brought City to our shores back in January 1998 and the 4th generation of Honda City which was released in January 2014, has helped to shape the C-segment sedan’s future in India. The car comes at 8th position in best selling cars of the country with a sale of 5,702 units in September 2015. The diesel version of the car offers a whooping mileage of 26 kmpl and 98.6 bhp of power. Both front and rear look more premium with taillights now extending into tailgate. Rear bumper looks less heavy and sportier along with a shark fin roof antenna. A new dashboard, new instruments, start-stop button, longer wheelbase (70mm) and enhanced roof height (10 mm) makes the vehicle one segment higher. Dual airbags and ABS enhances the safety.
7. Renault Kwid (INR 2.6-3.5 Lac):
Renault launched Kwid in the last week of September 2015. Though deliveries for the same have started, yet the waiting period for the car is 2 months as 25,000 units of the pre-bookings are to be delivered. Based on CMF-A platform, this sporty looking vehicle gives a mileage of 25.17 kmpl with a power delivery of 53.3 bhp in the petrol motor. The French automaker offers a segment first touchscreen infotainment system, driver airbags, crash sensors and engine immobilizer with this small sized hatchback.
8. Mahindra XUV 500 (INR 11.5-16.4 Lac):
Mahindra XUV 500 was first introduced in September 2011. The new avatar of the cheetah-inspired SUV was launched in the last week of May 2015. On the basis of diesel fuel type and automatic transmission, the car rules the number one position in the best selling cars’ list of the country. With a fuel economy of 16.0 kmpl, the engine puts out a power of 140 bhp. The front is completely redesigned boasting new projector headlamps with ‘S’ shaped daytime running LEDs. Other major exterior improvements include a new bumper with wider air dam, new alloy wheels and plenty of chrome garnishing. Electric sunroof, 7-inch infotainment system, keyless entry and 6-way power seats are the inside changes.
9. Hyundai EON (INR 3.10-4.24 Lac):
Hyundai launched Eon first in October 2011. Last year in May, the company again announced the launch of Eon’s more powerful variant with a 1.0 liter Kappa engine. This is one of the most popular small car of the country in the segment. Fuel mileage gained from the car is 21.1 kmpl where power delivered by the car is 68.05 bhp. Style meets the design by futuristic headlamps, integrated headlamps and stylish tail lamps. Comfortable seating with a large boot space of 215 liter also makes the car a special choice. Driver airbag and reinforced body structure are the main safety aspects.
10. Hyundai Creta (INR 8.6-13.6 Lac):
Hyundai launched Creta in the 3rd week of July 2015. Since the inception, it has been the talk of the town for several reasons. The car has been presented in an attractive combination of power, style and comfort. The diesel motor of this crossover gives a fuel efficiency of 19.7 kmpl and delivers a power output of 126.2 bhp at 4000 rpm where it reaches to a peak torque of 259.9 Nm between 1900-2750 rpm. On the exteriors’ part, the hexagonal grille in chrome, eagle-eyed headlights encompassing the projector and the long fog lamps enhances the front profile. Muscular side profile with plastic cladding and the alloy wheels compliment the entire look. Inside, there is an inbuilt 1 GB memory space, push button starts functioning 6 airbags and the electronic stability control.