Maruti is widely known for carving many segments in the Indian automobile industry. For instance, the company introduced a small 800 cc city car when the people were stuck with the elephant-sized Ambassador. Later, the company created niche of compact hatchback cars with the practical and reliable WagonR which even after being in the market for one and a half decade still sells like hot cakes. Similarly, the diesel-powered Swift changed the notion that a diesel vehicle will always be harsh, unrefined, low on performance, polluting and hence petrol cars are always better to be a family car. It, in fact, has taken the hatchback cars segment in India to new heights. Now, Maruti Suzuki is all set to kick off its innings in the compact SUV segment. After a long while, the company is ready with its first sub-4 meter compact SUV that is launching in India in the next month. This time, the company is not carving the segment but entering a spectrum where 4 players are already being a part of tough rivalry. These players are the Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300, Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. However, the Maruti Vitara Brezza is a sub-4 meter compact SUV and thus its arch rivals being the similarly-sized EcoSport and the TUV300. Let’s find out whether the Vitara Brezza has potential to take an edge over these models?
Vitara Brezza VS EcoSport VS TUV300 VS Creta VS Duster
Engine, Transmission & Mileage –
In terms of specifications, all these models are quite similar but talking precisely the TUV300 is the least powerful of all. It’s powered by a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that supports 84 bhp at its disposal. The TUV300 is also the heaviest of all, at 2225 kg, and thus on power-to-weight front also it’s the least powerful model in this comparison. Next is the Vitara Brezza that is coming with 1.3-liter DDiS engine under its hood. It’s the same motor that currently serving duty on the Ciaz and the Ertiga and thus is good for nothing beyond 90 PS and 200 Nm of torque. The EcoSport is Brezza’s main rival and it has a strong point to brag about here. A 1.5-liter TDCi motor which is good for 100 PS and 205 Nm of torque allowing the EcoSport to shine better.
Other high point the EcoSport has is it offers choice of two petrol engines also while the Vitara Brezza comes only with one diesel engine option. Moving further, the Creta and the Duster both offer diesel and petrol engine options. And interestingly the diesel version is available in two tunes. The Creta offers a 1.4-liter and a 1.6-liter CRDi engine. The former has 90 PS and is in direct competition with the Brezza. The latter offers 123 PS which unarguably is in a different league that honestly Brezza can’t match. Similarly, the Duster is available in two tunes of 85 PS and 110 PS, and the base will stand against the Brezza.
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In the transmission department, the TUV300 is in a win-win situation. It offers choice of automated manual transmission besides 5-speed manual setup, available as standard. Next is the Creta which comes with 6-speed manual unit. The French, American and more importantly the Indian one is available only with 5-speed manual gearbox. Though, the Duster AMT is officially confirmed to launch in India soon but it will be available in 110 PS version only.
When it comes to mileage, all these compact SUVs appear quite impressive. On paper, the TUV300 delivers 16.27 kmpl while the EcoSport is quite impressive at 22.27 kmpl. On the other hand, the Creta 1.4 covers 21.38 kms in one liter fuel while the Duster 85 PS does 20.45 kmpl. Vitara Brezza mileage figures are not out as yet but we hope it’d get best-in-class badge considering this engine’s performance on the other models.Verdict – The EcoSport is the most-powerful car in this comparison, we are not considering Creta 1.6 and Duster 110 PS, but lightweight credentials of the Vitara Brezza may help it to have an edge over its competitors, even after being less powerful.