Mahindra has launched the XUV300 in India with prices in the range of Rs 7.90 lakhs to Rs 11.99 lakhs. There are four variants, six colour options and both petrol and diesel engine options across all four variants. Check out our first impressions of this vehicle by reading our first drive review.
First impressions aside though, this compact SUV faces stiff competition from Tata Nexon, Honda WR-V, Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Vitara Brezza, all in the sub-4 metre SUV category of the Indian car market.
Read on find out how this car stacks up against its main rivals.
Maruti Vitara Brezza
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the XUV300’s top rival in terms of volumes as the former is the most successful vehicle in the segment. If you compare the XUV300 and the Brezza at the top end of the scale, there is a lot more kit on offer from the Mahindra car. It comes with dual zone climate control, steering modes, front parking sensors and even a manual guidance system for easy parking. Added to this is also the fact that the XUV300 is available in both petrol and diesel whereas the Brezza is only available as a diesel.
The WR-V from Honda is one of the smaller players in the segment but offers both petrol and diesel options. In terms of features, the XUV300 offers quite a bit more kit than the Honda. This includes seven airbags, disc brakes all around and the party piece - which is a climate control system with two zone and memory function. When Honda launched its made-for-India diesel engine, it was the most powerful unit in this part of the market. Now this engine has been surpassed by the 1.5-litre unit found in the XUV300. The Honda gives 100bhp/200Nm while the Mahindra engine produces 115bhp/300Nm!
The Nexon is Tata’s first compact SUV and has made quite a few waves thanks to its funky looks and powerful engines. When it was launched in 2017, it turned out to be the new standard of what to expect in terms of features and specifications and has actually managed to stand the test of time quite well. When compared to the XUV300, the Nexon is not too far behind and does offer quite a bit of kit as standard. Among all the cars in the fray, the Nexon’s diesel and petrol engines are the closest when it comes to power and torque.
Ford’s EcoSport is the oldest player in the segment. In fact, it was the car that began the innings for the compact SUV segment and today has become one of the strongest players. In terms of styling, the EcoSport comes closest to the XUV300 as it is quite unique looking. It is one of the few cars in this segment to offer both petrol and diesel power but unlike the Nexon, it does not have a diesel AT option.