Mahindra & Mahindra has finally revealed complete details on the XUV300. We've driven the new Mahindra XUV300 and the subcompact SUV certainly looks very promising indeed. The model gets a host of segment first goodies and the feature list is filled to the brim. The new model will be positioned above the TUV300 in the M&M stable and will take on some very popular rivals in the subcompact SUV segment including the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport. All three models have proven themselves in the segment and have their respective strong suits as well. So how does Mahindra's new SUV fit in all of this? We compare on paper the new Mahindra XUV300 against the Vitara Brezza, Nexon and the EcoSport to find that out.
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The Mahindra XUV300 gets the longest wheelbase in the segment at 2620 mm, which is substantially larger than the Ford EcoSport's 2519 mm, the second-longest wheelbase here. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza's wheelbase stands at 2500 mm, while the Nexon gets a smallest in comparison at 2498 mm. That said, both the Brezza and the Nexon have roomy cabins to boast of despite the smaller footprint.
|Dimensions||Mahindra XUV300||Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza||Tata Nexon||Ford EcoSport|
|Length||3990 mm||3995 mm||3994 mm||3998 mm|
|Width||1820 mm||1790 mm||1811 mm||1765 mm|
|Height||1620 mm||1640 mm||1607 mm||1647 mm|
|Wheelbase||2620 mm||2500 mm||2498 mm||2519 mm|
|Ground Clearance||180 mm||198 mm||209 mm||200 mm|
In overall length, the Ford EcoSport is the longest at 3998 mm, just under the four-metre mark. The Vitara Brezza is a close second with a length of 3995 mm, while the XUV300 is the smallest at 3990 mm. The Mahindra SUV though eclipses its rivals in terms of width at 1820 mm with only the Nexon coming close at 1811 mm. The Ford EcoSport is the tallest subcompact SUV around at 1647 mm, while the XUV300 is a distant third at 1620 mm, behind the Vitara Brezza's 1640 mm.
Power on the Mahindra XUV300 comes from both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version is a 1.2-litre turbocharged motor tuned to produce 110 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque, while diesel power comes from the newly developed 1.5-litre engine with 115 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque. The latter made its debut with the Mahindra Marazzo last year. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. There's no automatic on offer at present. However, the XUV300 diesel churns out segment leading torque, and that should make it quick off the line in comparison to the other subcompact SUVs.
|Specification (Petrol)||Mahindra XUV300||Tata Nexon||Ford EcoSport|
|Displacement||1197 cc||1198 cc||1497 cc/999 ccc|
|Max Power||110 bhp @ 5000 rpm||108 bhp @ 5000 rpm||120 bhp @ 6500 rpm / 123 bhp @ 6000 rpm|
|Peak Torque||200 Nm @ 2000-3500 rpm||170 Nm @ 1750-4000 rpm||150 Nm @ 4500 rpm / 170 Nm @ 1500-4500 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed MT||6-speed MT/AMT||5-speed MT/6-speed AT|
The Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport are also offered in both petrol and diesel options, while the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza only gets a diesel engine. The Nexon uses a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol mill tuned for 108 bhp and 170 Nm of peak torque, while the diesel is a turbocharged 1.5-litre oil burner churning out 108 bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque. The Nexon gets a 6-speed manual and AMT gearbox options with both engines.
|Specifications (Diesel)||Mahindra XUV300||Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza||Tata Nexon||Ford EcoSport|
|Displacement||1492 cc||1248 cc||1497 cc||1498 cc|
|Max Power||115 bhp @ 3750 rpm||89 bhp @ 4000 rpm||108 bhp @ 3750 rpm||99 bhp @ 3750 rpm|
|Peak Torque||300 Nm @ 1500-2500 rpm||200 Nm @ 1750 rpm||260 Nm @ 1500-2750 rpm||205 Nm @ 1750-3250 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed MT||5-speed MT/AMT||6-speed MT/AMT||5-speed MT|
The EcoSport uses the tried and tested 1.5-litre diesel that develops 99 bhp and 205 Nm of peak torque. The motor is available with a 5-speed manual only though. The petrol version though gets the dual-clutch automatic transmission paired with the 1.5-litre TiVCT petrol with 120 bhp and 150 Nm of torque on offer. There's also the 1.0-litre EcoBoost motor tuned for 123 bhp and 170 Nm of peak torque and gets a 6-speed manual gearbox. Lastly, the Vitara Brezza uses the tried and tested 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine under the hood with 89 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque. The SUV does get a 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox options.
The Mahindra XUV 300 offers segment-leading and it's a long list at that. This includes front and rear disc brakes, dual-zone automatic climate control system, projector headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, reverse parking camera, heated wing mirrors, idle stop/start system, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, touchscreen infotainment system with seven speakers, sunroof, engine modes and more.
In comparison, the Tata Nexon is equipped with projector headlamps with LED DRLs, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multi-function steering wheel, seven speaker audio system, multi-drive modes and automatic climate control. Both the EcoSport and Vitara Brezza offer an identical list of features with the Ford SUV doing better on the number of features on offer including a sunroof, which a lot of the Indian buyers love to have.
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The XUV300 is equipped with seven airbags system, ABS+EBD, tyre pressure monitoring system and more. The SUV is also said to meet the new Indian safety norms. The Tata Nexon, meanwhile, has proven itself in terms of safety, securing five stars in the Global NCAP crash tests. The SUV gets dual airbags with ABS and EBD as standard across all trims. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza too gets dual airbags and ABS as standard across all models, while the Ford EcoSport offers up to six airbags the range-topping Titanium+ trim, while dual airbags are offered as standard. The automatic variant comes equipped with Brake Assist, ESC, TCS and Hill Start Assist. With SYNC3, the EcoSport also gets the Emergency Assistance feature that will call the authorities in case of a crash.
The Mahindra XUV300 is extremely competitive against some of the established offerings in the segment. Mahindra clearly had its homework in order and will be going out all guns blazing in a segment that has grown in volumes each year since 2013. It all boils down to the price on the XUV300 that could be the gamechanger. Prices are expected in the vicinity of ₹ 8 to 12 lakh (ex-showroom), which will put it not only against the Vitara Brezza, Nexon and the EcoSport, but also against compact SUVs like the Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta. Will the Mahindra XUV300 emerge as a new segment leader? The prices announcement on February 14 should have an answer to that.