Mahindra has launched the larger version of their compact SUV, the TUV300 with the ‘Plus’ moniker added to the badging. Priced at Rs 9.59 lakhs for the entry-level P4 trim, ex-showroom Delhi, the TUV300 Plus P6 is priced at Rs 9.95 lakhs while the top-spec P8 costs Rs 10.98 lakhs.
The TUV300 Plus is a nine-seater with opposing benches behind the second row which makes it a people-mover and will compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Honda BR-V in the Indian car market. So, here is how the TUV300 Plus fares against the competition.
The Honda BR-V is the TUV300 Plus’ ideal competitor, but it sits in the premium range of the people-mover segment. In terms of size and space, the BR-V matches the TUV but in terms of styling, the Honda does look much more premium. The BR-V also offers better interior layout and more features than the Mahindra. But the BR-V has the underpinnings of the Mobilio unlike the rugged, go-anywhere abilities of the TUV300 Plus because of its SUV DNA.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
The Ertiga diesel starts at Rs 8.8 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi going all the way up to Rs10.69 lakhs for the top-spec diesel. While it costs less, the Ertiga is also smaller than the 4400mm TUV300 Plus. Along with a proper SUV stance and rugged build, the TUV offers more cabin space as well as loading space when the last row is folded up. In terms of engine refinement, handling and fuel economy, the Ertiga will edge past the TUV300 Plus but in terms of features and equipment, both the people-movers are quite closely stacked.