The highly anticipated Mahindra XUV300 finally made its entry into the Indian market earlier this month. Though it is a sub 4 meter SUV, it is priced about Rs 1.5 – 2 lakhs higher than the best selling compact SUVs on sale in India, namely Maruti Brezza and Tata Nexon.
The reason for pricing the XUV300 above its rivals in sub 4m segment, is that the XUV300 is a feature loaded car. It comes with features which are not even on offer by SUVs in the segment above. In an earlier post we had compared the XUV300 with other sub 4m SUVs like Brezza, Nexon and EcoSport. In this post we will compare the XUV300 with SUVs from a segment above. Mahindra XUV300 vs Maruti S Cross vs Nissan Kicks vs Hyundai Creta
Dimensions – In terms of length, Mahindra XUV300 is the shortest at 3995 mm while Nissan Kicks is the longest at 4384 mm. Maruti S-Cross is second longest at 4300 mm, followed by Creta. In spite of being the least in length, XUV300 is the widest car in the segment at 1821 mm, followed by Kicks at 1813 mm, S-Cross 1785 mm and Creta 1780 mm. XUV300 height is at 1617 mm, which is shorter than Kicks as well as Creta, but taller than Maruti S-Cross.
Boot space of XUV300 is lowest, so is the ground clearance and fuel tank capacity. Alloys size matches with other SUVs. It does offer the most number of airbags, which is 7. Followed by Creta 6, Kicks 4 and S-Cross 2.
Engine & Mileage – Mahindra XUV300 is powered by a 1.2 liter turbo petrol engine offering 110 PS power and 200 NM torque. The diesel engine is capable of 115 PS power and 300 Nm torque mated to 6 speed manual transmission. There is no automatic transmission on offer.
2019 Hyundai Creta gets a 1.4 liter CRDi diesel engine offering 88 hp power and 219 Nm torque which is offered on its base variants. Mid and top of the line diesel variants are powered by a 1.6 liter CRDi VGT diesel engine offering 126 hp power and 260 Nm torque. It also gets a 1.6 liter dual VTVT petrol engine capable of 121 hp power and 151 Nm torque. Manual and automatic transmission options are on offer.
Nissan Kicks is powered by a 1.5 liter diesel engine producing 108 bhp power and 248 Nm torque mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox while the 1.5 liter petrol engine offers 104 bhp power and 145 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. Kicks too is not on offer with automatic transmission.
Maruti S Cross is offered with only diesel engine option. This is in the form of 1.3 liter mill, generating 90 PS and 200 Nm. It is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. No AT is on offer. In petrol, it is the XUV300 which claims the most mileage at 17 kmpl. In diesel it is the S-Cross which tops with 24 kmpl mileage claim.
Prices – Mahindra XUV300 is launched at Rs.7.90 lakhs for its base variant going up to Rs 11.9 lakh for the entry level W4 and top spec W8 (O) variants. Hyundai Creta on the other hand sees its pricing start at a much higher level at Rs.9.60 lakhs for its base trim going up to Rs.15.63 lakhs for its top spec model.
Like the Creta, prices of the Nissan Kicks also starts at Rs.9.55 lakhs going up to Rs.14,65 lakhs for the top of the line variant. Maruti S-Cross is more competitively priced, with base model at Rs 8.85 lakhs and top model at 11.45 lakhs, which is cheaper than the top model of XUV300 diesel. On top of this, Maruti S-Cross is the only car of the four which is being offered at discounts / benefits, which brings the actual price even lower.