There’s no doubt about it – not only is the XUV300 one of the most eagerly anticipated Mahindra models of late, it’s also one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of 2019. Mahindra has already taken the wraps off of its newest compact SUV, and you’ve already seen it inside and out and also read about all the segment-first features it’ll pack. Now, it’s time to talk about an aspect that hasn’t yet been discussed – the XUV300’s fuel efficiency. We’ve got our hands on the XUV300’s ARAI fuel efficiency figures, and compared to the figures of its rivals, it sure is an interesting read.
On the ARAI test cycle, the XUV300 petrol is claimed to do 17kpl, while the diesel has a fuel efficiency figure of 20kpl. The turbo-petrol’s figure is level with the figures for the petrol versions of the Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport, and interestingly, more efficient than the Hyundai Creta’s 1.6-litre unit. It becomes all the more impressive when you note the fact that the XUV300’s petrol engine offers significantly more torque than all of its abovementioned rivals.
As for the diesel XUV300, its 20kpl figure is lower than that of almost all of its rivals. The Nexon diesel returns 21.5kpl, the EcoSport diesel does 23km to the litre, the Creta’s 1.4-litre diesel does 21.3kpl and the king of the segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, sits at the top of the pile with a fuel efficiency figure of 24.3kpl. That said, once again, the XUV300 boasts a major torque advantage over all these SUVs – its 1.5-litre diesel makes a full 100Nm more than the Vitara Brezza’s 1.3-litre engine – and also has more torque than the Creta’s 1.6-litre diesel, while being marginally more efficient.
To give you a quick recap of the XUV300, it’s based on the SsangYong Tivoli’s X100 platform. Mahindra claims the XUV300 will be the widest SUV in its class and it'll have the longest wheelbase as well, at 2,600mm, which should help free up plenty of space for five passengers. It will be available in four variants – W4, W6, W8 and W8 (O). Features that will be standard across the range include airbags, ABS, disc brakes on all four wheels, LED tail-lights and all four power windows. The top-spec W8 (O) will also get heated wing mirrors, three steering modes and micro-hybrid technology for the diesel engine.
Mahindra has previously said the XUV300 will compete with SUVs in the Rs 8-12 lakh (ex-showroom) price range. To that effect, it will not only rival other compact SUVs, but also the lower variants of the Hyundai Creta.
|Mahindra XUV300 vs rivals: Powertrain|
|Engines||1.2 turbo-petrol/1.5 diesel||1.2 turbo-petrol/1/5 diesel||1.3 diesel||1.5 petrol/1.5 diesel||1.4 diesel/1.6 petrol/1.6 diesel|
|Transmissions||6-speed manual||6-speed manual & AMT||5-speed manual & AMT||5-speed manual (6-speed auto on petrol only)||6-speed manual/ 6-ssped manual & automatic|
|Fuel efficiency (ARAI)||17kpl/20kpl||17kpl/21.5kpl||24.3kpl||17kpl/23kpl||21.3kpl/15.29kpl/19.6kpl|
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