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The 5 best SUVs in India

June 26, 2014 14:31 IST

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Sports-Utility-Vehicles are always a popular choice in India due to their off-roading, space, safety, performance, and of course space.

Specifically, these vehicles are prevalent in the rural markets where sales numbers are pretty high.

Past two years also witnessed flurry of launches in various segments where we have seen Duster and EcoSport earning remarkable achievement while Nissan Terrano, the late entrant, is also recording good sales.

Mahindra & Mahindra, the largest SUV maker in India always stands atop when it comes to selling SUVs.

Here is a gist of five top selling SUVs currently in the Indian market.

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Mahindra Bolero

While it’s not exactly an SUV but a Multi-Utility-Vehicle having decent off-road capabilities.

The rugged vehicle have been reigning the Indian roads from more than a decade and is equally popular in urban and rural areas.

It has come through drastic changes in its lifetime and is now available in several forms be it an ambulance, a pick-up truck or a towing vehicle.

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Mahindra Bolero

In terms of sales, it has never disappointed the manufacturer and till date, it is the bestselling SUV in the market.

Last month sales figure stood at 8,846 units which were a bit low compared to the previous month.

The real brute employs a powerful 2.5L m2DiCR 62bhp diesel motor while packing sufficient comfort and convenience features for the passengers. Price starts at Rs 588,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Ford EcoSport

Ford unleashed this superhit vehicle a year back and till date it is mesmerising the car enthusiasts with its style, comfort and reliability for which the Blue Oval brand is known for.

It has proved to be the most valuable product for the company which came through profound research and marketing.

Likewise in Brazil, EcoSport has thrashed the arch rival Duster in India, where it was the segment leader for a long time.

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Ford EcoSport

The sales number are in no mood to clock down and despite of sluggish economy, the car has maintained decent growth rate in May 2014 selling 4,005 units, just a little below of 4,013 in April 2014.

With killer price tag that starts from Rs 635,000 along with powerful & fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine, it has given Duster and Terrano, a run for their money.

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Mahindra Scorpio

After Bolero, here comes its big brother with all the attributes of a junior plus more comfort, more powerful engine that makes driving more enjoyable.

Made its debut way back in 2002, Mahindra Scorpio still delights thousands of customers every month.

With muscular and sporty styling, powerful mHawk 2.2L 120bhp diesel engine and modern safety equipments, it has been radically transformed into a perfect SUV.

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Mahindra Scorpio

Due to tough competition from Renault Duster and Ford EcoBoost, the mean machine is facing drop in sale numbers.

May sales were average with 4,002 units, weakening month-on-month but still managed to grab the third position, which is quite a big achievement for this decade long car.

Current price starts at Rs 802,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi)

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Renault Duster

Duster gave birth to a new segment while at the same time creating nightmares for other manufacturers.

The compact SUV since its inception has received phenomenal response from auto-freaks across the nation and revitalized the degrading popularity of the brand.

Sturdy, eye-catching, comfort oriented and dynamic performance, all these characteristics fit none other than Renault Duster.

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Renault Duster

Still the fourth most lovable SUV in the country, Duster has carved its own niche in the segment.

In May 2014, it churned decent sale numbers of 3,327 units in comparison to previous month’s 3,153 units. Price starts at Rs 795,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Toyota Fortuner

The luxury SUV has been a head turner for the company since it was launched in 2009.

Fortuner has had an impressive body styling that is brawny and sporty while the interiors goodies can take anyone’s fancy.

The mighty SUV employs a 3.0L diesel engine with both 2WD & 4WD mechanisms mustering 168bhp.

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Toyota Fortuner

Its not an easy task for a luxury SUV to register four digits sales numbers but the quality of the car speaks the reliability and trust in the Japanese craftsmanship.

May 2014 sales were surprisingly high with 1,460 units compared to 1,018 and 911 units in March and April respectively.

Currently with the starting price tag of Rs 22.28 lakhs, it locks horns with Ford Endeavour, Ssangyong Rexton and Mitsubishi Pajero in the segment.

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