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2019 Mahindra XUV300 vs rivals: Price, specifications comparison

16th Feb 2019 5:00 am

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.

UPDATE: XUV300 vs EcoSport vs Vitara Brezza vs Nexon comparison

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 pit 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 of 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
XUV300NexonVitara BrezzaEcoSportCreta
Length3995mm3994mm3995mm3998mm4270mm
Width1821mm1811mm1790mm1765mm1780mm
Height1617mm1607mm1640mm1647mm1665mm
Wheelbase2600mm2498mm2500mm2519mm2590mm
Tyre size215/55 R17215/60 R16215/60 R16205/50 R17215/60 R17
Fuel tank42 litres44 litres48 litres52 litres55 litres
Boot capacity257 litres350 litres328 litres352 litres405 litres
Turning diameter10.6m10.2m10.4m10.6m10.6m

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, the 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 match up. Only the Creta 1.6’s 19.6kpl figure is lower than the XUV300 diesel’s 20kpl. However, the XUV300 petrol’s 17kpl is the same as the Nexon’s and EcoSport 1.5-litre’s figure.

XUV300 petrol vs rival: Powertrain
XUV300NexonVitara BrezzaEcoSportCreta
Type3-cyl, turbo-petrol3-cyl, turbo-petrolNA4-cyl, naturally aspirated/ 3-cyl, turbo-petrol4-cyl, naturally aspirated
Displacement1197cc1198ccNA1497cc/999cc1591cc
Power110hp at 5000rpm110hp at 5000rpmNA123hp at 6500rpm/125hp at 6000rpm123hp at 6400rpm
Torque200Nm at 2000-3500rpm170Nm at 1750-4000rpmNA150Nm at 4500rpm/170Nm at 1500-4500rpm151Nm at 4850rpm
Manual gearbox6-speed6-speedNA5-speed/6-speed6-speed
Automatic gearboxNA6-speed AMTNA6-speed torque convertor6-speed torque convertor
ARAI efficiency17kpl17kplNA17kpl (1.5 MT)15.29kpl (MT)

XUV300 diesel vs rivals: Powertrain
XUV300NexonVitara BrezzaEcoSportCreta
Type4-cyl, turbo-diesel4-cyl, turbo-diesel4-cyl, turbo-diesel4-cyl, turbo-diesel4-cyl, turbo-diesel
Displacement1497cc1497cc1248cc1498cc1396cc/1582cc
Power117hp at 3750rpm110hp at 3750rpm90hp at 4000rpm100hp at 3750rpm90hp at 4000rpm/128hp at 4000rpm
Torque300Nm at 1500-2500rpm260Nm at 1500-2750rpm200Nm at 1750rpm205Nm at 1750-3250rpm220Nm at 1500-2750rpm/260Nm at 1500-3000rpm
Manual gearbox6-speed6-speed5-speed5-speed6-speed
Automatic gearboxNA6-speed AMT5-speed AMTNA6-speed torque convertor (1.6)
ARAI efficiency20kpl21.5kpl24.3kpl23kpl21.3kpl/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 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
XUV300NexonVitara BrezzaEcoSportCreta
Discs42222
Airbags72266
Stability controlYesNoNoYesYes
Hill-start assistYesNoNoYesYes
Front parking sensorsYesNoNoNoNo
Reverse cameraYesYesYesYesYes
Isofix child seat mountsYesYesYesYesYes

XUV300 vs rivals: Equipment
XUV300NexonVitara BrezzaEcoSportCreta
Contrast roofYesYesYesYesYes
HeadlampsProjectorProjectorProjectorHIDProjector
LED DRLsYesYesNoYesYes
SunroofYesNoNoYesYes
Engine modesNoYesNoNoNo
Steering modesYesNoNoNoNo
Mild-hybridDiesel onlyNoNoNoNo
Driver’s seat height adjustManualManualManualManualElectric
Tyre pressure monitorYesNoNoYesNo
Climate controlDual-zoneYesYesYesYes
Cruise controlYesNoNoYesYes
Heated wing mirrorsYesNoNoNoNo
Touchscreen infotainment display7.0-inch6.5-inch7.0-inch8.0-inch7.0-inch
Apple CarPlay/Android AutoYes/YesYes/YesYes/YesYes/YesYes/Yes
NavigationYesNoYesYesNo
Ventilated seatsNoNoNoNoYes
Wireless chargingNoNoNoNoYes

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*NexonVitara BrezzaEcoSportCreta
Petrol7.90-11.44 lakh6.36-9.83 lakhNA7.82-11.37 lakh9.60-14.15 lakh
Diesel8.49-11.99 lakh7.40-10.80 lakh7.67-10.64 lakh8.42-11.89 lakh10.00-15.64 lakh

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

Also see:

2019 Mahindra XUV300 price, variants explained

2019 Mahindra XUV300 launched in India, priced from Rs 7.9 lakh

Mahindra XUV300 to get an AMT gearbox soon

2019 Mahindra XUV300 review, test drive

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