The sub-4 metre compact SUV segment was kicked off by the Ford EcoSport in India. Other carmakers such as Maruti Suzuki and the Hyundai Creta saw the potential in this segment and soon followed.
That didn't deter the sales of the little Ford SUV since it still leads the market in this segment. The latest to join this battle is the Mahindra TUV300—Mahindra's newest sub-4 metre SUV that was launched.
Mahindra has invested a lot for this SUV and has big plans with it. So how does it fare against the segment leader, the EcoSport? Let's find out:
The Mahindra TUV300 prices start from INR 6.98 lakh onwards and the top of the line variant costs INR 9.20 lakh. The Ford EcoSport starts off with a price tag of INR 6.75 lakh and goes all the way to INR 10.30 lakh. Prices are ex-showroom Delhi.
The TUV300 is built on a new platform, drawing its design inspired by a battle tank. Raised shoulders, high front nose, flat roof, high ground clearance, and straight bonnet give the Mahindra TUV300 a traditional SUV look.
The EcoSport's design is based on the global B-segment Ford Fiesta platform. Large front grille and narrow headlamps give the EcoSport a more modern, stylish look. The EcoSport too offers a good ground clearance and has the spare wheel mounted at the rear.
The TUV300 features Static bending lamps, 2-DIN music system with Aux and Bluetooth connectivity, Mahindra Blue Sense app, reverse assist, voice messaging system, Micro hybrid technology, Eco driving mode and steering mounted controls.
The EcoSport features leather seats, engine start/ stop button, parking sensors, cooled glove box and Ford's emergency assist.
Mahindra offer one engine—a 1.5-litre, three cylinder diesel engine with a two-stage turbocharger that delivers 84 bhp and 230 Nm of peak torque. Delivering power to the rear wheel is either through a 5 speed manual transmission or an AMT.
Ford offers three engines to choose from for the EcoSport—a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 90 horsepower and 203 Nm of torque, 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 110 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque and the award winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine that churns out 123 horsepower and 170 Nm of peak torque. Power is delivered through a manual gearbox while one petrol variant features an automatic gearbox.
Probably the most important aspect a customer would look for. The TUV returns a fuel economy of 18.49 kpl while the Ecosport returns 15.6 kpl with its 1.5-litre petrol engine, 18.9 kpl with its Ecoboost engine and 22.7 kpl with its diesel unit.
Mahindra has equipped even the base variant of the TUV300 with airbags, ABS and EBD while the these features are available only on the higher variants of the EcoSport. The top of the line variant of the EcoSport gets up to six airbags and the emergency assist.
In our comparison, the Ford EcoSport seems to have the upper edge, which is the reason why it is the segment leader. It looks great, returns more fuel economy and has a high ground clearance compared to the TUV300 too! The TUV though is not lagging far behind. It is backed up by Mahindra's well spread service network, a very reliable diesel motor and essential safety features even on the base variant.