Compared to other sedan-body designs in India, it's the compact sedan that seems to be replicating the success of the compact utility vehicle sector. Interestingly, the compact sedan market witnessed strong sales growth in the fiscal year 2022–2023 (FY23) despite sports utility vehicles (SUVs) dominating the Indian auto industry. The sales of sedans in the nation were dominated by compact cars that were designed for customers on a budget. According to industry reports, six compact sedans collectively sold 2,95,245 units, or 73 per cent of the segment's total 4,07,676 units, in FY2023, outselling the other 16 sedan models combined. Furthermore, all compact sedans had double-digit sales growth, with the exception of one. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire was the most popular vehicle among Indian automobile purchasers in FY23, continuing its outstanding sales success in FY22. In comparison to 108,564 units sold the year before, Dzire sales increased 11% year over year (YoY) to 120,948 units. Let's take a look at what all models in the compact sedan segment made it to this list.
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Maruti Suzuki Dzire
According to reported data from JATO dynamics, Maruti Suzuki's Dzire continues to be the top-selling sedan, with 1,20,948 units sold, which is an increase of 11% from sales of 1,08,564 units in the last year and accounts for 41% of the overall segment's sales. The Dzire is the only vehicle in the sedan sector to achieve six-figure sales, discounting the fleet-only Dzire Tour S, which sold 29,452 units. It is available with both petrol and CNG fuel options. It now ranks sixth on the list and has increased its FY2022 figure by 45%. Additionally, it was the tenth-best-selling passenger car in FY2023, and the only sedan on the list of top-selling models, which comprises a van, four SUVs, and four hatchbacks.
The subcompact Dzire is priced between Rs 6.44 lakh and Rs 9.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The sedan is available in four trim levels – LXi, VXi, ZXi, and ZXi+. The VXi and ZXi trims can also be had with a factory-fitted CNG kit. It offers all the latest features that one looks for in a car, such as dual airbags, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, parking sensors, and electronic stability control (ESC).
The Hyundai Aura gets the second spot on the list. Customers continue to show consistent interest in this efficient and balanced compact sedan, which offers a range of engine options and a cosy interior packed with features. The Aura witnessed an incredible 48 per cent increase in sales, selling 49,832 units. Hyundai also provides CNG alternatives for the Aura, making it an economical vehicle like the Dzire.
The Hyundai Aura is priced between Rs 6.30 lakh and Rs 8.87 lakh and is built on the Grand i10 platform. The sedan is offered in four trim levels – E, S, SX, and SX(O). A CNG-kit option is offered only with the S and SX trim levels. It comes with contemporary features, including a reversing camera, cruise control, ESC, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Furthermore, the Hyundai Aura's top-spec variant can be had with six airbags. It is the only sedan available with four airbags and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) as standard equipment.
The Honda Amaze, with 48,439 units sold and a 33 per cent increase in sales, is only 1,393 units behind the Hyundai Aura. Before the diesel engine was eliminated, owing to RDE standards, the Honda Amaze was offered with both petrol and diesel engine options. It's interesting to note that a sizable portion of the Amaze's sales came from Tier 2 and Tier 3 regions.
The sub-compact Amaze is priced similarly to the Dzire, falling between Rs 6.99 lakh and Rs 9.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is available in three trim levels – E, S, and VX, but none of them are offered with a factory-installed CNG kit. The Amaze is equipped with a variety of features, including cruise control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual airbags, parking sensors, and a rearview camera.
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Tata Tigor sales reached 46,174 units in FY2023 as compared to the 23,889 units sold in FY2022, representing a significant 93 per cent increase. The Tata Tigor is offered in petrol, CNG, and electric versions. The fleet-only X-Pres T, the Tigor's electric variant, is witnessing an increase in demand.
Similar to the Aura, the Tata Tigor is built on the same chassis as its hatchback sibling, the Tata Tiago. There are four trim levels for the Tigor sedan – XE, XM, XZ, and XZ+. But only the XM, XZ, and XZ+ trim levels are available with the CNG kit. The Tigor comes with keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen screen that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and other features. Apart from that, it is the only sedan on the list with automated headlights and rain-sensing wipers.
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