2019 Mahindra XUV300 vs rivals: Specifications comparison

7th Feb 2019 6:00 am

Scheduled to launch on February 14, we pit the upcoming Mahindra XUV300 against the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport, on paper.

Perhaps the most awaited launch of this year from Mahindra, the XUV300’s prices will finally be revealed on February 14. Based on its expected Rs 8-12 lakh (ex-showroom) price tag and its extensive features list that includes many segment-firsts, the XUV300’s natural rivals will be Tata’s, Maruti Suzuki’s and Ford’s compact SUVs and also include an SUV from the segment above, the Hyundai Creta. We pit the XUV300 against the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport, on paper.

Dimensions

The XUV300 meets Mahindra’s claims of being the widest in class and having the longest wheelbase. Interestingly, the XUV300 is even larger than the Creta on these two metrics, which indicates that the Mahindra may have the roomiest cabin. While the Creta is the longest and tallest SUV here (obviously, as it is technically a segment above the compact SUVs), the XUV300 and Hyundai have the largest wheels with the chunkiest tyres. However, the XUV300 has the smallest boot and fuel tank in this comparison. It may also be relatively less manoeuvrable than the Nexon and Brezza in tight urban environs due to its turning circle.

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

Mahindra had earlier claimed that the XUV300 will have best-in-class torque figures, and the numbers show it to be true.

The XUV300’s turbo-petrol engine (essentially the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder mill found under the bonnet of the KUV100 NXT, but turbocharged and updated) joins a number of turbo-petrol compact SUVs. The EcoSport’s smaller 1.0-litre turbo-petrol is the most powerful of the lot, though the Ford also comes with a nearly as powerful 1.5-litre naturally aspirated motor. The petrol XUV300’s 200Nm torque figure is the highest by a good 30Nm margin.

The diesel engine in the XUV300 comes from Mahindra’s Marazzo MPV, though in a different state of tune. Like its petrol counterpart, the XUV300’s diesel engine has the highest torque, which is even more than the Creta that has a larger-displacement 1.6-litre diesel. However, the 128hp diesel Creta is the most powerful SUV. Out of the sub-four-metre models, the XUV300 has the most power.

An automatic gearbox on the XUV300 will arrive at a later date. Meanwhile, rivals like the Vitara Brezza and Nexon get cost-effective AMTs and the Creta and EcoSport boast more sophisticated torque convertor units that give them an advantage in terms of convenience.

A point to note is the Vitara Brezza’s Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel has the smallest displacement and lowest output figures, but is the most fuel-efficient SUV in this comparison.

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

As we have reported previously, the XUV300 is quite well-kitted in its range-topping W8 (O) trim and features a number of segment-firsts, whether in safety kit or technology. Equipment levels are quite a bit more than on the Maruti Suzuki and the Tata, and are even a notch above the Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Creta. Mahindra has made sure its product is unique in the segment with technology like a mild-hybrid setup on the diesel XUV300 and steering modes that alter steering weight. Tata offers multiple drive modes on the Nexon (much like the rest of Tata’s newer range of cars), which is still a segment-first. The EcoSport is also very well-specced in its top-spec variant, with a segment-leading 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display and HID headlamps.

The Nexon and Vitara Brezza have been crash tested by Global NCAP, scoring five stars and four stars, respectively. The SsangYong Tivoli, which is based on the same X100 platform as the XUV300, achieved a commendable four-star Euro NCAP rating.

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

Based on Mahindra’s claim that they will price the XUV300 in the Rs 8-12 lakh (ex-showroom) region, its rivals should be prepared to give up some of their market share. Even lower-spec variants of the XUV300 are quite decently kitted, and are expected to go head-to-head with the Nexon and Vitara Brezza, while the higher variants will match the EcoSport and Creta on price and offer more in terms of kit.

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

A proper road test and comparison between the Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport will be needed before coming to a definitive result. While its price tag has not yet been revealed, on paper, the Mahindra seems to be a well-rounded and feature-rich, if slightly expensive, alternative to its competition.

Also see:

2019 Mahindra XUV300 review, test drive

2019 Mahindra XUV300 dimensions revealed

2019 Mahindra XUV300 features, specs revealed

2019 Mahindra XUV300 official fuel efficiency figures revealed

New Mahindra XUV300 image gallery

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