In FY2022, the Maruti WagonR was the best-selling car in the country, while the Tata Nexon was the best-selling SUV.
Following a COVID-19-related drop in overall car sales to a five-year low of 27,11,457 units in FY2021, the Indian auto industry rebounded in FY2022, surpassing the 3-million mark with sales of 30,69,499 units. Maruti Suzuki ranked eighth among the top ten best-selling cars in FY2022, while the Tata Nexon and Hyundai Creta were the best-selling SUVs.
Here is a detailed look at the top 10 best selling cars and SUVs in India in FY22.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R: 1,88,838 Units Sold
The Wagon R, Maruti’s tallboy, topped the sales charts, jumping two spots with 18 percent growth over FY2021. This fuel-efficient, practical, and user-friendly hatchback is seeing strong demand for both petrol and CNG-powered models, even as fuel prices continue to rise.
Two petrol engines are available: a 67hp 1.0-litre motor and a 90hp 1.2-litre motor. Both engines are equipped with Maruti’s fuel-saving DualJet technology and come with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT transmission. Only the 1.0-litre engine is available in the CNG version. The Wagon R competes with other hatchbacks in the same price range, such as the Hyundai Santro and Tata Tiago.
Maruti Suzuki Swift: 1,67,827 Units Sold
The Swift remained Maruti Suzuki’s best-selling vehicle in FY2022, with 1,67,827 units sold, but it fell to second place with a 3% drop in demand compared to FY2021. The third-generation Swift has a stylish design, a well-organized cabin, and a fuel-efficient 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 90 horsepower. It comes with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT transmission. The Swift, like some other Maruti hatchbacks, lacks a factory-installed CNG option.
The hatchback rivals the likes of the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios in our market.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno: 1,48,187 Units Sold
In FY22, India’s best-selling premium hatchback saw a 9% drop in sales, with 1,48,187 units sold. After only six years on the market, the Baleno surpassed the million-unit mark in December. Maruti Suzuki launched the second-generation model in February, and it appears to have struck a chord with buyers as well. The carmaker received 50,000 bookings for the new Baleno hatchback within a month of its launch.
The 1.2-litre engine in the second-generation model produces 90 horsepower and is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT transmission. The Baleno competes with premium hatchbacks such as the Tata Altroz and Honda Jazz.
Maruti Suzuki Alto: 1,45,167 Units Sold
The Alto, Maruti Suzuki’s long-running sales champion, is showing signs of wear and tear. In FY2022, it sold 1,45,167 units, a decrease of 9% from FY2021. In FY2022, the budget hatchback segment as a whole was down 12%. Buyers are increasingly preferring higher-end, better-equipped vehicles, which explains why sales in this segment are declining.
The Alto has received several updates over the years, the most recent of which was in 2019, when the carmaker released the BS6-compliant model. The hatchback is powered by a single 48-hp 0.8-litre petrol engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Alto competes with lower-end Renault Kwid models.
Tata Nexon: 1,24,130 Units Sold
The Tata Nexon is available in 40 different variants, with petrol, diesel, and electric powertrain options. In FY22, the SUV saw a 95 percent increase in sales, with 1,24,130 units sold. This compact SUV, which is stylish and comfortable, outsold the Hyundai Creta as the best-selling SUV in FY22.
The Nexon is available with a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine with 120 horsepower or a 1.5-litre diesel engine with 110 horsepower. Both engines come with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard, as well as a 6-speed AMT transmission as an option. The Nexon competes against the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, Toyota Urban Cruiser, and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in the crowded sub-4-metre SUV segment. The Nexon EV has a 129 horsepower electric motor and a claimed range of 312 kilometers, according to the ARAI. The Nexon EV Max is a long-range electric vehicle with a claimed range of 437 kilometers, according to the ARAI.
Hyundai Creta: 1,18,092 Units Sold
The second-generation Creta is well-known for its extensive feature set. However, with 1,18,092 units sold in FY2021, the SUV saw a drop in demand and lost the bestselling SUV title to the Tata Nexon. However, as Hyundai’s best-selling model, it continues to contribute significantly to the brand’s passenger vehicle sales – 24.5 percent in FY2022.
The Creta is available with five different engines and transmissions. A 115hp 1.5-litre petrol engine, a 140hp 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, and a 115hp 1.5-litre diesel engine are all available. Buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed torque converter automatic, a CVT, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, depending on the engine. It competes with the Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, and Nissan Kicks, among other midsize SUVs.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: 1,17,150 Units Sold
The Ertiga, which saw a 32 percent increase in sales, now leads the SUV segment with 1,17,150 units sold, thanks to rising demand for the CNG version of this popular MPV. The facelifted version of this popular MPV was recently released, featuring a more fuel-efficient petrol engine and a new 6-speed automatic transmission.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: 1,13,751 Units Sold
Since its launch in FY2021, this compact SUV has sold more than 7,00,000 units. After the Nexon and Creta, it is the third most popular SUV. Despite the fact that it is one of the older models in the segment, demand is still strong at 20%.
Maruti Suzuki is planning to release a new version with more features and a more powerful engine. It’s likely to get a CNG version as well. The Vitara Brezza currently competes with the Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, and Toyota Urban Cruiser, and is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 105 horsepower and is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
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Maruti Suzuki Dzire: 1,08,564 Units Sold
The Dzire, the only sedan on the list, is feeling the heat as consumers shift away from compact sedans and toward SUVs. With 1,08,546 units sold, demand for the Dzire, which received a facelift in 2020, fell by 7%.
The Dzire is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 90 horsepower and is available with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT transmission. There’s also a factory-installed CNG option. It competes with the Honda Amaze and the Tata Tigor, among other compact sedans.
Maruti Eeco: 1,08,345 Units Sold
Being in the Top 10 list for the third year in a row demonstrates that the Eeco’s USP of transporting more than five people and their luggage in a cost-effective manner remains a big draw. Despite falling from seventh to tenth place, sales increased by three percent to 1,08,345 units.
The Eeco is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 73 horsepower. A CNG version with factory-installed cylinders is also available. There are currently no direct competitors to the Maruti Eeco.
Pick up the latest May 2022 issue of Autocar India magazine, which is currently on newsstands, for a complete FY2022 car and SUV sales analysis.