December 2023: Top Selling Hatchbacks in India

Maruti Swift

The compact size, family-friendly character, and most importantly – affordability make hatchbacks the most practical cars for day-to-day commutes. This is what is keeping them very much in the game despite the snowballing popularity of SUVs. Nonetheless, December 2023 did not turn out to be a healthy month for hatchbacks as most cars in the segment saw some level of drop as compared to their sales in December 2022. Here are the top selling hatchbacks of December 2023.


December Sales - 2023

December Sales - 2022

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno




Maruti Suzuki Wagon R




Hyundai Grand i10 Nios




Tata Tiago




Hyundai i20




Toyota Glanza




Tata Altroz




Maruti Suzuki Alto




Maruti Suzuki Swift

The epic success of the Maruti Swift has played a huge role in establishing Maruti Suzuki as the number-one carmaker. Whether it is comfort, space, or pocket-friendly mileage, the Maruti Swift has everything that most Indian buyers expect of a family hatchback. Along with all this, the Swift offers a peppy performance and for a car which costs under Rs 10 lakh this is truly a special perk for driving enthusiasts. Never in its lifetime, Swift missed emerging as one of the best-selling hatchbacks and as a matter of fact, this is the car that has grabbed the title of best-selling car umpteen times. In December 2023, clocking sales of 11,843 units, Maruti Swift grabbed the top spot on this list despite seeing a 2 percent decline in its year-on-year performance. Somewhere, this decline is entailed by buyers waiting for the next-generation Swift that was unveiled by Suzuki a few months ago and is to be launched in the coming months.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

The current-generation Maruti Swift is equipped with a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. As far as mileage is concerned, the Swift delivers up to 22.56 km/l from petrol and 30.90 km/kg from CNG.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Since its launch in 2015, the Maruti Baleno has been an unmatchable craze among premium hatchback seekers and will always be known as one of the most successful cars in India. That being said, the success of the Fronx compact SUV which is based on the Maruti Baleno has proven to be a double-edged sword. Given the price difference between both cars is not much, especially in the lower variants, many buyers are choosing a compact SUV over a premium hatchback. All the same, the Baleno is still the best-selling premium hatchback and beats its rivals by a huge gap every month. Last month, the Baleno sold 10,669 units and grabbed the position of the second-best-selling hatchback, despite seeing a 37 percent drop in its year-on-year performance. What has consistently been favouring the Baleno in leading the segment are a spacious and comfortable cabin, an elegant calm appearance, and a thrifty powertrain, which makes it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in India.

Sharing its powertrain with Swift and Fronx, the Baleno comes equipped with a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. With this engine and transmission combination, the Baleno delivers a mileage of 22.94 km/l from petrol and 30.61 km/kg from CNG.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Being the oldest Maruti car in India, the Maruti Wagon R is one of the most tried and trusted cars. For decades, the Maruti WagonR has been famous as a practical car to drive through city traffic thanks to its boxy silhouette, easy handling, and fuel-efficient powertrains. This is why the Maruti Wagon R is a popular choice for most urban buyers as well as commercial fleet operators. Month after month, the Wagon R emerges as one of the best-selling cars, let alone bagging a spot among top-selling hatchbacks. Clocking sales of 8,578 units in December 2023, the Maruti Wagon R finished third in the hatchback sales race, despite seeing a 16 percent drop from its sales in December 2022.

Spinny Assured Maruti WagonR

Maruti has equipped WagonR with two petrol units: a 1-litre petrol engine and a 1.2-litre petrol engine. While both engines are coupled with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed AMT, an optional CNG kit is also available with the 1-litre engine, which comes with only manual Transmission. The Maruti WagonR delivers a mileage of 25.19 km/l from petrol and 34.05 km/kg from CNG.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

After Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai has been the second-most-dominant player in the hatchback segment for a long time. Earlier, it was cars like the Santro and the i10 that were the champions of the Korean carmaker and now it is the Grand i10 Nios and the i20. The Grand i10 Nios being affordable of the two is closer to buyers looking for a capable Hyundai hatchback. With ample space, premium interiors and features, and refined powertrains, the Grand i10 Nios has long remained one of the best-selling hatchbacks and the strongest challenger to the Swift’s reign at the top. Registering sales of 5,247 units in December 2023, the Grand i10 Nios ended 2023 with decent performance. While this translated into a 37 percent decline in its year-on-year performance, the Korean hatchback finished far ahead of many popular cars in the segment.

Spinny Assured 2023 Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

Under the hood, the Grand i10 Nios brings a 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. Moreover, like the Maruti Swift, the Grand i10 Nios is available in CNG-powered variants. With CNG the Grand i10 Nios deliver a mileage of 28 km/kg while its petrol mileage is up to 20.7 km/l.

Tata Tiago

Competing with Maruti and Hyundai, especially in the hatchback segment is not an easy task. Yet the Tata Tiago has built a respectable territory and made itself one of the most sought-after cars in the segment. In the month gone by, the Tiago sold 4,852 units, grabbing the fifth spot on this list, though it saw a 20 percent decline from its sales in December 2022. Nonetheless, with the segment-best safety as its calling card, the Tata Tiago is an appealing deal for those who prioritise safety above all else. The Tiago is the only car in the segment to be tested by Global NCAP and has scored an impressive 4-star rating. Along with solid passenger safety, the Tata Tiago offers an eye-catching road appearance and a comfortable family-friendly drive.

Best CNG Cars in India
Tata Tiago

The powertrain options of the Tata Tiago consist of a 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. The CNG variants come with only manual transmission and can run 26.49 km/kg, while the Tiago EV comes with two battery options: a 19.2 kWh battery pack and a 24 kWh battery pack that have claimed ranges of 250 km and 315 km respectively.

Hyundai i20

The second Hyundai car on this list, the i20 is the oldest in its segment and one of the most successful Hyundai cars in India. A few months ago, the Hyundai i20 received a facelift which was essentially some cosmetic updates and a few mechanical changes. Overall, it is much like the pre-facelift model and has not affected the sales in any way. That is not to say, the Korean premium hatchback is not doing well. With a slight 3 percent decrease in its year-on-year performance, the i20 comfortably made an appearance on this list with sales of 4,574 units in December 2023.

In the new i20 line-up, the standard i20 is offered with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic, while the i20 N Line comes with a 1-litre turbo petrol engine paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DCT automatic.

Toyota Glanza

Spinny Assured Toyota Glanza

The Toyota Glanza is Toyota’s version of the Maruti Baleno, and to those who prefer Toyota over Maruti, it gives a great option to own the same car with a Toyota badge. Lately, Glanza’s popularity has been on the rise and the Japanese premium hatchback started featuring on the list of best-selling hatchbacks. Last month it reached this list by selling 4,088 units, despite seeing an 8 percent decline in its year-on-year performance.

Tata Altroz

Stylish looks, a premium ride experience, and a strong body rated 5-star by the Global NCAP are the traits that define the appeal of the Tata Altroz. Moreover, the Indian premium hatchback is one of the safest cars in India, and the only diesel-powered premium hatchback in India. All this favours it a great deal in healthily minting money for the Indian carmaker and comfortably placing itself on this list every month. In December 2023, the Altroz sold 4,081 units, and year-on-year performance grew almost flat by 1 percent.

Spinny Assured Tata Altroz
Tata Altroz

The Altroz comes equipped with three engines: a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. All three engines are paired with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, while the naturally aspirated petrol engine also comes with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Additionally, the Altroz is also available in CNG-powered variants that deliver a mileage of 26.2 km/kg.

Maruti Suzuki Alto

Rounding off this list is the Maruti Alto with sales of 2,497 units in December 2023, seeing a massive 71 percent decline in its year-on-year performance. All the same, these sales figures and this decline are nowhere near defining what the name Alto means to Indians. With over 40 lakh units sold in its lifetime, the Maruti Alto has reached the peak of success that is highly unlikely to be touched by any other car. Being the entry-level car of the biggest car brand in India, the Maruti Alto has long been the first choice of many first-time car buyers. The main reason behind the drop in Alto’s sales is the discontinuation of the widely popular Alto 800 in April last year. The Alto 800 was equipped with an 800cc petrol engine and was the true-blue successor of the iconic Maruti 800.

Spinny Assured Maruti Alto K10

Currently, the Alto badge consists of only the Alto K10 which comes with a 1-litre K10C petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and 5-speed automatic transmission. In terms of mileage, the Alto K10 delivers 24.39 – 24.90 km/l from petrol and 33.85 km/kg from CNG.

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