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Mahindra Marazzo vs Innova Crysta vs Ertiga & Everyone Else: Spec Comparison


How does the Mahindra Marazzo, the company’s latest MPV, stack up against the existing offerings in the segment?

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Mahindra has launched the much awaited Marazzo in India and priced it to occupy a niche price point in the MPV space in India. We pit it against its closest rivals in terms of price and in terms of philosophy to find out what’s what. We’ve compared the top-of-the-line Marazzo M8 variant here with competition like:

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 

The closest competitor in terms of both price and body type, the Ertiga was the go-to MPV for those who could not buy the (comparatively) astronomically priced Toyota Innova Crysta.

Toyota Innova Crysta 

The standard with which all MPVs in India are compared, the Innova Crysta had to be included even though its base model is almost Rs 2 lakh more than the top-of-the-line Marazzo!

Honda BR-V 

While many consider it an SUV and Honda wants you to believe so, the BR-V is basically a tougher looking Mobilio MPV. It is priced very similarly to the Marazzo too, making this an almost direct comparison.

Mahindra XUV500

Priced at a premium compared to the Marazzo, Mahindra’s first attempt at making a monocoque people mover, has some variants overlapping with its sibling.

Tata Hexa 

Tata’s answer to the Innova Crysta makes a good case for itself as a family hauler.

Price

Mahindra Marazzo vs Competition
 
Model Mahindra Marazzo Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi+ Toyota Innova Crysta GX 7S Honda BR-V VX Mahindra XUV500 W7 Tata Hexa XM
Pricing (ex-showroom Delhi) Rs 13.90 lakh Rs 10.69 lakh Rs 15.46 lakh Rs 13.74 lakh Rs 13.82 lakh Rs 14.11 lakh

The only direct competition here is the Honda BR-V, while both the XUV500 W7 and Hexa XM (one-above-base variant) are close to the Marazzo in terms of price. The Ertiga is more than Rs 3 lakh cheaper, while the base Innova is almost Rs 5 lakh more expensive.

Dimensions

  Mahindra Marazzo Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Toyota Innova Crysta Honda BR-V Mahindra XUV500 Tata Hexa
Length (mm) 4585 4296 4735 4456 4585 4788
Width (mm) 1866 1695 1830 1735 1890 1900
Height (mm) 1774 1685 1795 1666 1785 1785
Wheelbase (mm) 2760 2740 2750 2662 2700 2850

The Marazzo is overshadowed by the Hexa and the Innova in almost every dimension, but the Marazzo is not small by any measure. A wheelbase longer than the Innova Crysta, along with the fact that it has a transverse mounted engine, translates to acres of space inside. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, on the other hand, is the shortest MPV in terms of overall length and the narrowest in its class.

Longest: Tata Hexa. Mahindra Marazzo is the second longest along with the XUV500
Widest: Tata Hexa. Mahindra Marazzo is the third widest
Tallest: Toyota Innova Crysta. Mahindra Marazzo is the third tallest
Longest Wheelbase: Tata Hexa. Mahindra Marazzo has second longest wheelbase

Engines

  Mahindra Marazzo Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Toyota Innova Crysta Honda BR-V Mahindra XUV500 Tata Hexa
Pricing (ex-showroom Delhi) Rs 13.90 lakh Rs 10.69 lakh Rs 15.46 lakh Rs 13.74 lakh Rs 13.82 lakh Rs 14.11 lakh
Engine 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, turbo 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder, turbo 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder, turbo 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, turbo 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder, turbo 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder, turbo
Power 122PS 90PS 150PS 100PS 155PS 156PS
Torque 300Nm 200Nm 343Nm 200Nm 360Nm 400Nm
Transmission 6MT 5MT 5MT 6MT 6MT 6MT
Fuel Economy
(ARAI-certified)
17.3kmpl 24.52kmpl 13.68kmpl 21.9kmpl 14kmpl 17.6kmpl

The Marazzo is only offered with a diesel engine, for now, hence we are only comparing it with the corresponding diesel variants of the competition.

Most Powerful: Tata Hexa. Mahindra Marazzo has the third most powerful engine
Highest Peak Torque: Tata Hexa. Mahindra Marazzo has the fourth most torquey engine
Most Efficient (ARAI-certified): Maruti Ertiga. Mahindra Marazzo is the most efficient ladder-frame vehicle

The 1.5-litre diesel engine on the Marazzo seems a bit underpowered for an MPV this big, but as we found out during the first drive, it is adequate to haul the 1640kg vehicle. Understandably, the monocoque chassis-equipped Ertiga and the BR-V are the most efficient. But the Marazzo is the king among the ladder-on-frame MPVs, which can be attributed to a relatively lighter weight and the unique transverse mounted, front wheel drive only driveline.

We will have to wait till 2020 for Mahindra to introduce petrol and automatic variants, to pit it against the competition.

Safety

  Mahindra Marazzo Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi+ Toyota Innova Crysta GX 7S Honda BR-V VX Mahindra XUV500 W7 Tata Hexa XM
Pricing (ex-showroom Delhi) Rs 13.90 lakh Rs 10.69 lakh Rs 15.46 lakh Rs 13.74 lakh Rs 13.82 lakh Rs 14.11 lakh
Airbags Dual front Dual front Dual front with driver knee airbag Dual front Dual front Dual front
ABS + EBD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes with corner stability
Disc Brakes Both axles Front axle Front axle Front axle Both axles Both axles
ISOFIX mounts Yes No Yes No No No
Reverse Sensors Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reverse Camera Yes Yes No Yes No No

The Mahindra Marazzo may be criticised for not offering more airbags. But then, only the more expensive Innova Crysta offers an extra knee airbag for the driver, while the rest make do with dual front airbags. ISOFIX child seat anchor points are a relatively recent phenomenon, which explains the Hexa, BR-V, XUV500 and Ertiga not being offered with it.

A reverse parking camera should be offered as standard in cars as big as these; even the Marazzo is not offered with one in its lower variants. The Innova Crysta, XUV500 and Hexa should have been offered with a reverse camera, considering how expensive they are.

Conclusion

The specs reaffirm the fact that Mahindra has positioned the Marazzo perfectly in between the MPV stalwarts such as the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta. For now, the Marazzo is the MPV to go for if one wants a more premium product than the ageing Ertiga but cannot afford the Innova Crysta. That said, the Marazzo also seems to be a good alternative to SUVs like the BR-V, XUV500 and even the Hexa.

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@mooninder_singh: Don't see height being a problem for the Marazzo, there was enough headroom for a 6.5ft tall person - even in the third row. Engine power - I do agree. Getting the Marazzo for a longer test this weekend. Let's see how it fares! @Jayakumar_Bg: For now, all engines are proven to be ...Read More

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which has long lasting engine and mileage

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The height and engine power are issues. Rest if it does not carry the problems inherent in Mahindra products, it can be a game changer.

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