The Hyundai Venue is finally here and will be launched in India on 21 May. It’s Hyundai’s answer to the likes of the Maruti Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and this car, the Mahindra XUV300. It is the newest player in the fray and brings a lot to the table, something that the Venue will have to take up as a challenge. Here is how it stands up to the Venue in terms of dimensions and engine specifications.
Firstly, both are compact SUV under 4 meters in length, thus qualifying for the rules of the segment. Both cars measure in at 3.95 meters but the XUV300’s wheelbase is 100mm more than that of the Venue (2.6 meters Vs 2.50 meters). This extra length is al benefit in terms of leg room. The XUV300 is wider and marginally taller at 1.81-meters and 1.62-meters as compared to the Venue’s 1.77 meters and 1.59-meters.
The Venue is being offered with three engine options- two petrol and one diesel engine. The petrol engines comprise a 1.2-litre unit and, for the first time, a turbocharged 1.0-litre gasoline direct injection unit. The former is the unit found in the Grand i10 and Elite i20 and produces 81bhp/114Nm while the GDI unit produces 118bhp/171Nm. There’s only a five-speed manual for the 1.2-litre engine while the latter is offered with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic. The diesel is the 1.4-litre unit offered with the base Creta models as well as the Elite i20. It produces 89bhp/219Nm and is offered only with a six-speed manual.
The XUV300 is offered with one petrol and one diesel engine. The petrol motor is a 1.2-litre turbocharged unit producing 110bhp/200Nm while the diesel is a 1.5-litre unit producing 115bhp/330Nm. A six-speed manual is common for both and by the end of this year, Mahindra is expected to introduce an automated manual transmission (AMT) for the XUV300.