Compact SUV Sales Analysis of FY2019: Vitara Brezza Leads Nexon, EcoSport, WR-V

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In the financial year 2018-19, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza garnered 1,57,880 units to sit comfortably on top ahead of Tata Nexon

The sub-four-metre SUV segment is all the rage at the moment and automobile manufacturers wanting to grab a big pie have introduced new products. Tata Motors launched the Nexon in late 2017 and the first India-made compact SUV to receive five stars from Global NCAP crash tests has been able to maintain its consistency in recent months.

By averaging nearly 5,000 units in the last financial year, the Nexon sat comfortably atop the rest while Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza managed nearly three times the sales of the former. The Indo-Japanese manufacturer introduced the Vitara Brezza in the then uncrowded segment back in early 2016 to take on Ford EcoSport.

It surpassed the competition in no time and quickly progressed to the top of the standings. With 6 per cent YoY growth, Maruti Suzuki delivered 1,57,880 units of the Vitara Brezza last FY while the Nexon was the biggest gainer by more than doubling its sales number during the same period with 55,008 units.

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Sub-compact SUV Sales in FY19 No. of Units Sold
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1,57,880
Tata Nexon 55,008
Ford EcoSport 46,265
Honda WR-V 33,010
Mahindra TUV300 19,570
Mahindra XUV300 9,226

The WR-V stood fourth with 33,010 units at 31 per cent de-growth while TUV300 registered 19,570 units at 33 per cent sales decline in the period between April 2018 and March 2019. Mahindra’s latest attempt at the sub-4m space comes courtesy of XUV300 and it has delivered in its opening couple of months with 9,226 unit sales.

Launched in February 2019, the XUV300 managed to beat both EcoSport and WR-V in its first two months and it could be on to bigger things during the course of this year. The segment will have to deal with a brand new rival in the form of Hyundai Venue, which is officially going on sale on May 21.


It is powered by a 120 PS 1.0-litre turbo GDI petrol, 83 PS 1.2-litre petrol and 90 PS 1.4-litre diesel engines. The smaller petrol unit will be offered with segment-first seven-speed DCT transmission and Hyundai banks on Blue Link connectivity to take the game up further in the compact SUV segment.