All these SUVs claim to deliver roughly 18kmpl. Which one comes closest to delivering on that promise out in the real world?

Sub-4m SUVs are quite popular picks these days. So, with the rising sales of petrol-powered offerings it was imperative that we put them through our real-world fuel efficiency comparison. Let’s begin with the official specifications, efficiency and the real world numbers.

Petrol Hyundai Venue Ford EcoSport Tata Nexon Mahindra XUV300
Engine Tested 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbo 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbo
Power 120PS 123PS 110PS 110PS
Torque 172Nm 150Nm 170Nm 200Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT 5-speed MT 6-speed MT 6-speed MT
Claimed Mileage 18.15kmpl 17kmpl 17kmpl 17kmpl
Tested fuel economy (city) 12.43kmpl 12.74kmpl 14.03kmpl 12.16kmpl
Tested fuel economy (highway) 18.84kmpl 17.59kmpl 17.89kmpl 14.25kmpl
50% in city and 50% on highway 25% in city and 75% on highway 75% in city and 25% on highway
Hyundai Venue 14.97kmpl 16.68kmpl 13.58kmpl
Ford EcoSport 14.77kmpl 16.06kmpl 13.68kmpl
Tata Nexon 15.72kmpl 16.73kmpl 14.82kmpl
Mahindra XUV300 13.12kmpl 13.66kmpl 12.62kmpl

As we can see from the table, almost all SUVs here match up to their claimed fuel efficiency but only during the highway runs. Where the Venue exceeds the number, the XUV300 is quite far from attaining its. But mileage mismatches are bound to happen given that the claimed numbers are tested in a controlled environment.

Coming to the real-world mileage, all the SUVs are quite closely matched when it comes to overall numbers. But even a 2 kmpl difference will make a huge impact on your fuel bills in the long run. Those who drive equally in cities and on highways will be better off with the Nexon, which is trailed by the Venue, EcoSport and the XUV300.

If your drive consists of smooth and empty stretches then again, it will be the Nexon and the Venue keeping your pockets the happiest, with the EcoSport following closely. The XUV300 languishes on the mileage run despite us driving it sedately on the highways.

What if city driving takes up most of your time? Then it’s again, you guessed it, the Nexon that sits on top of the fuel efficiency chart, delivering almost 15kmpl. The Venue and the EcoSport are closely tied at the around 13.60kmpl mark while the XUV300 doles out a little more than 12kmpl.

Fuel efficiency depends on driving conditions, a car’s health and the driver’s behavior

Are you an owner of one of these SUVs? Do share your findings in the comments section with us and fellow owners.