Features and specifications of the Mahindra XUV300 (launched at Rs 7.90-11.99 lakh) compared to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Creta.

Mahindra’s much-awaited new compact SUV, the XUV300, has been launched at Rs 7.90 lakh for the base W4 petrol variant, going up to Rs 11.90 lakh for the top-spec W8 (O) diesel trim. At this price range, Mahindra aims to not only take on other compact SUVs like the Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport, but also the slightly larger Hyundai Creta. Do the segment-first features in the XUV300 make it more desirable than its competition? Will Mahindra’s boast of having the torquiest engines on offer help sell more XUV300s? We put the four compact SUVs from Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Tata, and Ford, along with the Hyundai Creta, on paper, to find out.

Dimensions

Mahindra has made quite a few claims regarding the XUV300, particularly pertaining to the compact SUV’s dimensions. The numbers show that the XUV300 matches Mahindra’s claims of having the widest body and the longest wheelbase in its class. In fact, the Mahindra is even bigger than the Creta on these metrics, indicating cabin space may be class-leading. The Creta is from a segment above the compact SUVs and, as such, is the longest and tallest SUV off the lot. The Creta and XUV300 also share the top spot in terms of wheel sizes and tyres. On the other hand, the XUV300’s boot space and fuel tank are the smallest in this comparison, and it may not excel in tight spaces like the Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, due to its turning diameter.

XUV300 vs rivals: Dimensions
XUV300 Nexon Vitara Brezza EcoSport Creta
Length 3995mm 3994mm 3995mm 3998mm 4270mm
Width 1821mm 1811mm 1790mm 1765mm 1780mm
Height 1617mm 1607mm 1640mm 1647mm 1665mm
Wheelbase 2600mm 2498mm 2500mm 2519mm 2590mm
Tyre size 215/55 R17 215/60 R16 215/60 R16 205/50 R17 215/60 R17
Fuel tank 42 litres 44 litres 48 litres 52 litres 55 litres
Boot capacity 257 litres 350 litres 328 litres 352 litres 405 litres
Turning diameter 10.6m 10.2m 10.4m 10.6m 10.6m

Powertrain

As mentioned earlier, the XUV300’s turbo-petrol unit (a turbocharged version of the naturally aspirated 1.2-litre motor that does duty in the KUV100 NXT) and turbo-diesel engine (the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit found under the hood of the Marazzo MPV) have the highest torque figures in this comparison. In terms of power, XUV300 petrol is on par with the Nexon but ranks lower than the EcoSport and Creta. The diesel XUV300 is the most powerful compact SUV but the Creta 1.6 does have a higher horsepower figure.

At launch, the XUV300 will just get a 6-speed manual gearbox, with an AMT automatic expected to arrive later. This AMT unit will be replaced with a more sophisticated torque converter automatic at a later date. For now, it means that the Mahindra is the only model here without an automatic option on either engine.

Coming to the fuel efficiency figures, while the Vitara Brezza takes the top spot, its engine is the smallest and has the lowest output in this matchup. Only the Creta 1.6’s 19.6kpl figure is lower than the XUV300 diesel’s 20kpl. However, XUV300 petrol’s 17kpl is the same as the Nexon’s and EcoSport 1.5-litre’s figure.

XUV300 petrol vs rival: Powertrain
XUV300 Nexon Vitara Brezza EcoSport Creta
Type 3-cyl, turbo-petrol 3-cyl, turbo-petrol NA 4-cyl, naturally aspirated/ 3-cyl, turbo-petrol 4-cyl, naturally aspirated
Displacement 1197cc 1198cc NA 1497cc/999cc 1591cc
Power 110hp at 5000rpm 110hp at 5000rpm NA 123hp at 6500rpm/125hp at 6000rpm 123hp at 6400rpm
Torque 200Nm at 2000-3500rpm 170Nm at 1750-4000rpm NA 150Nm at 4500rpm/170Nm at 1500-4500rpm 151Nm at 4850rpm
Manual gearbox 6-speed 6-speed NA 5-speed/6-speed 6-speed
Automatic gearbox NA 6-speed AMT NA 6-speed torque convertor 6-speed torque convertor
ARAI efficiency 17kpl 17kpl NA 17kpl (1.5 MT) 15.29kpl (MT)
XUV300 diesel vs rivals: Powertrain
XUV300 Nexon Vitara Brezza EcoSport Creta
Type 4-cyl, turbo-diesel 4-cyl, turbo-diesel 4-cyl, turbo-diesel 4-cyl, turbo-diesel 4-cyl, turbo-diesel
Displacement 1497cc 1497cc 1248cc 1498cc 1396cc/1582cc
Power 117hp at 3750rpm 110hp at 3750rpm 90hp at 4000rpm 100hp at 3750rpm 90hp at 4000rpm/128hp at 4000rpm
Torque 300Nm at 1500-2500rpm 260Nm at 1500-2750rpm 200Nm at 1750rpm 205Nm at 1750-3250rpm 220Nm at 1500-2750rpm/260Nm at 1500-3000rpm
Manual gearbox 6-speed 6-speed 5-speed 5-speed 6-speed
Automatic gearbox NA 6-speed AMT 5-speed AMT NA 6-speed torque converter (1.6)
ARAI efficiency 20kpl 21.5kpl 24.3kpl 23kpl 21.3kpl/19.6kpl

Features and safety

The top-spec XUV300 W8 (O) gets some segment-first features, technology, and safety kit, with equipment levels eclipsing that of the Nexon and Vitara Brezza by a good margin and even going beyond what is offered on the EcoSport and Creta. In top-spec form, the Creta does boast ventilated seats, but it is the XUV300 that will claim the title in the features department at this price point. Mahindra has equipped its compact SUV with technology like a mild-hybrid setup on the XUV300 diesel and steering modes that alter the steering weight and feel. The Nexon, like most modern Tata cars, gets multiple drive modes on both engines, while the EcoSport has the largest touchscreen display, and segment-first HID headlamps.

The fact that the XUV300 gets the most safety kit and that the SsangYong Tivoli (with which the XUV300 shares it X100 platform) received a commendable four-star Euro NCAP rating bodes well for the Mahindra. The Nexon and Vitara Brezza have been awarded five stars and four stars, respectively, by Global NCAP.

XUV300 vs rivals: Safety Kit
XUV300 Nexon Vitara Brezza EcoSport Creta
Discs 4 2 2 2 2
Airbags 7 2 2 6 6
Stability control Yes No No Yes Yes
Hill-start assist Yes No No Yes Yes
Front parking sensors Yes No No No No
Reverse camera Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Isofix child seat mounts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
XUV300 vs rivals: Equipment
XUV300 Nexon Vitara Brezza EcoSport Creta
Contrast Roof Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Headlamps Projector Projector Projector HID Projector
LED DRLs Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Sunroof Yes No No Yes Yes
Engine modes No Yes No No No
Steering modes Yes No No No No
Mild-hybrid Diesel only No No No No
Driver’s seat height adjust Manual Manual Manual Manual Electric
Tyre pressure monitor Yes No No Yes No
Climate control Dual-zone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cruise control Yes No No Yes Yes
Heated wing mirrors Yes No No No No
Touchscreen infotainment display 7.0-inch 6.5-inch 7.0-inch 8.0-inch 7.0-inch
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
Navigation Yes No Yes Yes No
Ventilated seats No No No No Yes
Wireless charging No No No No Yes

Price

Seeing as the XUV300 range starts at Rs 7.90 lakh, it is priced at about Rs 1.5 lakh above the base petrol version of the Nexon and about Rs 8,000 more than the equivalent EcoSport trim. The top-spec XUV300 W8 (O) petrol costs about Rs 1.61 lakh more than the Nexon and just Rs 7,000 more than the EcoSport S petrol. Diesel versions of the XUV300 are also marginally more expensive than the EcoSport (about Rs 1,000-7,000) and cost significantly more than the Nexon (Rs 1.09-1.19 lakh) and Vitara Brezza (Rs 82,000- 1.35 lakh).

Considering the equipment on offer with each variant of the Mahindra compact SUV, the XUV300 seems to be a good alternative to the Ford EcoSport, and even give the more affordable Maruti and Tata a run for their money. However, a proper comparison with its rivals and an in-depth road test of the Mahindra XUV300 will provide a definitive result on whether the Indian carmaker has struck gold with its new model.

XUV300 vs rivals: Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
XUV300* Nexon Vitara Brezza EcoSport Creta
Petrol 7.90-11.44 lakh 6.36-9.83 lakh NA 7.82-11.37 lakh 9.60-14.15 lakh
Diesel 8.49-11.99 lakh 7.40-10.80 lakh 7.67-10.64 lakh 8.42-11.89 lakh 10.00-15.64 lakh

(*Prices for the Mahindra XUV300 are ex-showroom pan-India)

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