Mahindra XUV300 Review: First Drive
- Feb 6, 2019
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Compact SUVs are currently the most trending vehicles in the Indian car market. This segment gives the buyers the functionality of a hatchback and the capability of an SUV making it an attractive package. Maruti Suzuki will join the compact SUV bandwagon with the Vitara Brezza which is scheduled for its big launch tomorrow. The Vitara Brezza has already caught the eye of many aspiring buyers, let’s see how the Maruti Suzuki fairs against the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV300 in a specification comparison.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza measure exactly the same as the Mahindra TUV300 at 3,995mm in length. The Ford EcoSport measures at 3,999mm just a millimeter less to the sub-4 meter limit. The Mahindra TUV300 is the widest at 1,835mm followed by the Vitara Brezza at 1,790mm. The TUV300 being a 5+2 seater has the longest wheelbase of 2,680mm followed by the EcoSport at 2,520mm and the Brezza at 2,500mm. The EcoSport is the narrowest at 1,765mm. Ground clearance is the highest for the EcoSport at 200mm followed by the Brezza at 198mm and the TUV300 at 184mm.
The Ford EcoSport comes in both engine variants, two petrol and one diesel to be precise. For the petrol variants, the EcoSport gets the 1.5-litre engine which produces 112PS of power with 140Nm of torque. The smaller 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine makes 125PS of power and 170Nm of max torque. The diesel powered variant of the EcoSport borrows its engine from the Fiesta which registers 90PS of max power and 204Nm of peak torque.
Coming to the Mahindra, the TUV300 is equipped with the 1.5-litre mHawk80 turbocharged diesel engine which produces 85PS of power and 230Nm of torque. The Mahindra TUV300 has a longitudinally mounted engine as compared to a transverse setup in the other two compact SUVs.
Maruti Suzuki will be powering the Vitara Brezza with the trusted DDiS 200 diesel engine which has performed well in other products like the Ertiga, Ciaz and the S-Cross. The engine is the same 1.3-litre four-cylinder DDiS diesel engine which is being sourced from Fiat. This engine belts out 90PS of power at 4,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm and further drives the front wheels via a 5-speed gearbox. The Vitara Brezza will be initially launched only with the diesel engine option for the Indian market.
Although the output figures of the Brezza are not the highest on paper, expect it to be one of the best performer amongst its competition mainly due to its well-designed gearbox.
Apart from the long list of features provided for the top-end variants of the three vehicles, we have shortlisted some for you for their exclusivity. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza gets dual airbags, projector styled headlamps with an automatic function, scuff plates and a touchscreen infotainment system. The Ford EcoSport gets six airbags, button start feature, keyless entry, and parking sensors for easy maneuverability though tight spots. The TUV300 is the only compact SUV to feature a 5+2 seating configuration and cornering lights. The Vitara Brezza and EcoSport get daytime running lights which are missed on the TUV300. Also, Maruti Suzuki will be offering the Vitara Brezza with a dual-tone colour approach which is unique for the compact SUV. Spare wheel for the Vitara Brezza is located under the rear luggage space allowing easier access. The TUV300 and EcoSport however have the spare wheel mounted vertically on the tail gate which can possess a difficulty to some owners. The Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra TUV300 are both offered with an automatic variant while Maruti Suzuki will mostly also provide the same soon after the launch.
Amongst the three compact SUVs, Ford claims the EcoSport is capable of delivering a fuel economy of 15.8kmpl for the 1.5-litre engine and 18.9kmpl for the EcoBoost motor as per ARAI reports. The diesel boosts an economy of 22.7kmpl. The TUV300 on the other hand is claimed by the manufacturer to return a fuel economy of 18.49kmpl for the 1.5-litre diesel engine.
The highly fuel efficient 1.3-litre DDiS mil powering the Vitara Brezza compact SUV will return a mileage of 24.3kmpl as claimed by the company.
All the three vehicles get the excise duty benefits of being sub-4 metre offerings. The Ford EcoSport base variant starts at Rs 7 lakh which goes up to Rs 10.10 lakh for the top-end variant. The automatic variant is priced at Rs 9.99 lakh. The Mahinda TUV300 starts at Rs 7.11 lakh and goes up to Rs 8.62 lakh for the full spec manual variant. The automatic variant is priced at Rs 9.34 lakh. The Vitara Brezza which will be launched tomorrow, expect an attractive price tag which under cuts the other two. The Vitara Brezza being a long awaited produce from Maruti Suzuki is likely to carry a starting price of around Rs 6.5 lakhs going up to Rs 9.5 for the highest variant. All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.
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