The Mahindra XUV300 may have joined the sub-4m SUV party pretty late, but can it compete with the best in the segment

Update: Mahindra has launched the XUV300 in India, with the prices beginning at Rs 7.90 lakh (ex-showroom India). Read more about it here.

Mahindra has launched the new XUV300 sub-compact SUV looking to stir up the competition in the popular segment. We have already driven the Mahindra XUV300 and you can check out the first drive review here.

The XUV300 offers many segment-first features along with some noteworthy performance figures to take on the likes of the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the Honda WR-V. We see how the new Mahindra fares against its rivals:

Dimensions

Mahindra XUV300 Maruti Vitara Brezza Tata Nexon Ford EcoSport Honda WR-V
Length 3995mm 3995mm 3994mm 3998mm 3999mm
Width 1821mm 1790mm 1811mm 1765mm 1734mm
Height 1627mm 1640mm 1607mm 1647mm 1601mm
Wheelbase 2600mm 2500mm 2498mm 2519mm 2555mm
Boot Space 260 litres 328 litres 350 litres 352 litres* 363 litres

*Titanium and Trend+ variants

Longest: Honda WR-V

Widest: Mahindra XUV300

Tallest: Ford EcoSport

Longest wheelbase: Mahindra XUV300

The Mahindra XUV300 is the widest in this comparison, while being the exact same length as the Maruti Vitara Brezza. It also has the longest wheelbase of all its rivals in this list. The EcoSport is the tallest one here, while the Honda crossover is the longest car.

Engines

The XUV300 comes with a choice of both petrol and diesel engines like all its rivals, except for the segment-leading Maruti Brezza.

Petrol

Mahindra XUV300 Tata Nexon Ford EcoSport Honda WR-V
Engine 1.2-litre 1.2-litre 1.5-litre/1.0 litre 1.2-litre
Power 110PS 110PS 123PS/125PS 90PS
Torque 200Nm 170Nm 150Nm/170Nm 110Nm
Transmission 6MT 6MT/6AMT 5MT/6MT/6AT 5MT
Fuel Efficiency 17kmpl 17kmpl 14.8kmpl – 18.1kmpl 17.5kmpl

Most powerful: Ford EcoSport

Torquiest: Mahindra XUV300

The Honda WR-V is the least powerful petrol-powered model, while the Ford EcoSport is the most powerful with its 3-cylinder engines, especially the 1.0L EcoBoost motor. However, it’s the Mahindra XUV300 which has the torquiest petrol engine in this segment. Moreover, only the Nexon and the EcoSport are available with an automatic transmission here. While the Nexon comes with a 6-speed AMT, the EcoSport can be had with a 6-speed AT (torque converter).

Diesel

Mahindra XUV300 Maruti Vitara Brezza Tata Nexon Ford EcoSport Honda WR-V
Engine 1.5-litre 1.3-litre 1.5-litre 1.5-litre 1.5-litre
Power 115PS 90PS 110PS 100PS 100PS
Torque 300Nm 200Nm 260Nm 205Nm 200Nm
Transmission 6MT 5MT/5AMT 6MT/6AMT 5MT 6MT
Fuel Efficiency 20kmpl 24.3kmpl 21.5kmpl 23kmpl 25.5kmperl

Most powerful: Mahindra XUV300

Torquiest: Mahindra XUV300

The diesel-only Maruti Vitara Brezza has the smallest engine here with the least power and is tied with the Honda WR-V for the lowest torque output. The Mahindra XUV300, on the other hand, offers the most powerful and torquiest diesel engine in this segment. Here, only the Nexon and the Brezza are available with automatic transmission options – both get an AMT gearbox.

Features

Standard features: Competitors in the sub-4m SUV segment tend to be adequately equipped for their price with safety features such as dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard. All the models in this comparison also offer rear parking camera and sensors, steering-mounted controls and auto AC at different trim levels.

Safety: The Mahindra XUV300 is the first car in the segment to offer upto seven airbags in the top-spec variant, while the Ford EcoSport offers upto six airbags. The XUV300 is also the first to offer front parking sensors and the only option here with disc brakes for all wheels. The Brezza, Nexon and WR-V don’t get any more than the two front airbags, which are offered as standard. The Honda misses out on ISOFIX child seat anchors which is available on all the other sub-4m SUVs here. Safety tech like ESP and hill hold control is also available on the XUV300 as standard, while the EcoSport’s safety net further includes emergency brake assist, traction control and emergency assistance.

Infotainment: Ford’s EcoSport has the biggest touchscreen display here with an 8-inch screen, while the new XUV300 gets a 7-inch touchscreen display which is the same size in the Honda WR-V and Maruti Vitara Brezza. The Nexon has the smallest display here with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, but gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, like the Ford, Maruti and the Mahindra. Honda is the only car here to miss out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Comforts and conveniences: Here again, the Mahindra XUV300 has more segment-first features to offer – multi-mode steering, heated ORVMs and dual-zone auto AC. The Tata Nexon misses out on cruise control which is available on all the other models, but it does get rear air vents, unlike the other cars. Features such as auto headlamps and rain-sensing wipers are offered on the XUV300, EcoSport and Brezza, but not on the others. The Honda WR-V and the EcoSport are the only cars here with telescopic adjustable steering, while all of them do get push-button stop/start.

The XUV300, EcoSport and the WR-V also offer a sunroof for that bonus fun-quotient, something the Nexon and the Brezza miss out on.

Price

Model Mahindra XUV300 Maruti Vitara Brezza Tata Nexon Ford EcoSport Honda WR-V
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 7.9 lakh to Rs 11.99 lakh Rs 7.67 lakh to Rs 10.64 lakh Rs 6.36 lakh to Rs 10.80 lakh Rs 7.82 lakh to Rs 11.89 lakh Rs 7.84 lakh to Rs 10.30 lakh

 

The Mahindra XUV300 is the priciest of its rivals as it offers more features right from the entry-level variant. However, it is still priced competitively enough to shake up the sub-4m SUV segment with its relatively premium features and torquey engines. It may not necessarily challenge the crown of the Brezza, but can definitely take a sizeable piece of the sub-4m SUV pie.

Source – Cardekho.com