Mahindra XUV 3XO vs Tata Nexon: Which Made-In-India Sub-4 Metre SUV Is Quicker?

  • May 12, 2024
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To find that out, we take both the diesel powered subcompact SUVs to our test location and given them the beans to bring you the results

In this edition of the Zig performance comparison report, we lineup the Mahindra XUV 3XO and Tata Nexon. Both the subcompact SUVs featured here are powered by a diesel manual powertrain and we are going to find out which made-in-India sub-4 metre SUV is quicker. Let the games begin! 

Spec Check 


Mahindra XUV 3XO 

Tata Nexon 


1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel

1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel

Power (PS)

117PS (+2PS)


Torque (Nm)

300Nm (+40Nm)


Transmission Options 

6-speed MT / 6-speed AMT

6-speed MT / 6-speed AMT

Mahindra XUV 3XO

On paper, the XUV 3XO puts out 2PS and 40Nm more than the Tata Nexon. Does this advantage help the XUV 3XO beat the Nexon in our acceleration tests? Let’s find out:

Acceleration Test 


Mahindra XUV 3XO 

Tata Nexon* 


13.53 seconds 

13.25 seconds

30-80kmph (Third gear)

8.01 seconds

7.82 seconds

40-100kmph (Fourth gear)

13.54 seconds 

13.35 seconds

*Old BS4 Tata Nexon tested 

Whoa! That was super close to the line. Despite the minor power deficit, it was the Tata Nexon that managed to cross the line first in the 0-100kmph run and that too, just by around 0.2 seconds! A very similar gap can be seen in both the roll-on acceleration runs in third and fourth gear, where the Nexon managed to beat the XUV300. 

Also Read: Mahindra XUV 3XO vs Kia Sonet: Real-world Performance Compared

But in the real world, both cars offer more than satisfactory performance to keep you smiling. Just a point to note is that the XUV 3XO’s clutch is a bit sensitive and it can tend to stall at slower speeds. 

Price And Verdict 


Mahindra XUV 3XO 

Tata Nexon

Ex-showroom Price 

Rs 7.49 lakh onwards

Rs 7.99 lakh onwards

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It’s clear that in the confines of this test, the Tata Nexon emerges as the clear winner, sealing victory in both the outright and in-gear acceleration runs. Meanwhile, if you want to know our impressions of the XUV 3XO, check out our first drive review. And if you want to read our in-depth comparison of the Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV 3XO, head to our spec comparo report.

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