Do We Have A Fight On The Cards? Tata Nexon vs Maruti Brezza Comparison

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The subcompact SUV war is going to get a lot more exciting with the new entrant Tata Nexon. Maruti Vitara Brezza the current hot favorite is ruling the roost right now, will the Tata Nexon put the spanner in the works? Let us take the comparison route to find out.

Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Design

On the design front, the Tata Nexon feels very refreshing compared to other Tata cars, it's chunky and beefy and how an SUV should be.

The large front honeycomb grille to the swept back headlamps and the contoured front bumper and not to forget the 'Humanity Line' which is just above the grille, a signature of the Tata cars.

Moving to the side profile of the SUV, the first thing that catches your eye is the ceramic finish line which runs along the beltline is simply beautiful which runs high as it reaches the taillamps.

Talking about the taillamps, these ceramic finish captures the rear profile and it connects the two taillamps. The high waistline of the rear profile finishes off the SUV profiling of the Tata Nexon.

Maruti has a hit with the Vitara Brezza, this is the first subcompact SUV which is proportionate till date when compared to other subcompact SUVs.

The character lines of the Vitara Brezza is accentuated with the slim front grille that flows smoothly between the two headlamps. The big bumper and the large air dam gives the authenticity of SUV from the Brezza.

On the side, the Vitara Brezza reveals more of a large hatchback and Maruti has kept it simple and elegant. The floating roof line which the most prominent of the Maruti Brezza and is chiseled well to the c-pillar.

As for the rear profile, you can see the chunky taillamps and even the contours are straight lined and the looks are very attractive.

As for the interiors of the Tata Nexon, one of the best in the subcompact SUV, the deep carved out seat, to the height and leg room, you can feel Tata all around. But, that's not it, Tata is moving into new realms of designing of its vehicles.

The floating infotainment system is the first thing that captures your eyes, you can see these features only on the high-end luxury cars like the Mercedes or the Audi. The glossy finish to each and every component inside the Tata Nexon feels luxurious.

As for the Vitara Brezza, the interiors are well designed and simple, when compared to the Tata Nexon, you could say it's a tad bit lower than the Nexon. Maruti will surely equip the Brezza with better interiors in probably when it launches the petrol or the automatic variants.

Overall Design Rating

  • Tata Nexon 8/10
  • Maruti Vitara Brezza 7.5/10

Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Specs & Gearbox

Most probably the Tata Nexon will be powered a new 1.5-litre engine diesel developing 108bhp and 260Nm of torque. Also, a petrol engine with the capacity of 1.2-litre churning out 89bhp and 140Nm of torque.

The diesel engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and the petrol to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

As for the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the power unit is a diesel 1.5-litre producing 89bhp and 200Nm of torque which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Overall Rating Specifications & Gearbox Rating

  • Tata Nexon 8/10
  • Maruti Vitara Brezza 7.5/10

Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Features

The Tata Nexon will feature projector headlamps flanked by DRL (Daytime Running Lights) and speculations are rife that it could feature it with ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and traction control. Also, are the rear seat AC vents and Harman Infotainment system which is a class apart.

As for the Maruti Vitara Brezza, with the projector headlamps and 'Bull Horn' styled DRLs, which can be seen as LED in the rear taillamp as well. The colour selecting or the mood lighting of the instrument cluster speedometer. The infotainment system houses the navigation with a camera for reverse parking.

Overall Features Rating

  • Tata Nexon 8/10
  • Maruti Vitara Brezza 7.5/10

Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Safety

Not much is known about the safety aspects of the Tata Nexon, however, airbags and ABS with EBS and Tata could equip it with ESP and traction control.

As for the Maruti Vitara Brezza, it is built with a TECT (Total Effective Control Technology) body frame. Also, are the airbags and ABS with EBD.

Overall Safety Rating

  • Tata Nexon 8/10
  • Maruti Vitara Brezza 8/10

Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza Pricing

Tata will price the Nexon very competitively in the range of Rs. 6.5 to 9 lakhs and the Maruti Vitara Brezza prices starts from Rs. 6.99 to 9.68 lakhs ex-showroom (Delhi).

Overall Pricing Rating

  • Tata Nexon 8/10
  • Maruti Vitara Brezza 8/10


Tata Nexon will surely give a tough fight to its rivals with the kind of features it comes with, be it the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza or the Mahindra TUV300. It all depends on the pricing the Nexon will be slated at.

The Maruti Vitara Brezza is still the best and current favorite subcompact SUV in India, with Maruti's wide network of dealers and service center and along with resale value, the Vitara Brezza is a good bet to buy.

Story first published: Friday, May 20, 2016, 18:47 [IST]
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