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Mahindra XUV300 vs Hyundai Creta: Diesel Real-world Performance & Mileage Comparison

Published On Oct 28, 2019 08:00 AM By Sonny for Hyundai Creta

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Which of these two SUVs is quicker and more efficient?

The Hyundai Creta is set to ditch its BS4 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre diesel engines for the BS6 1.5-litre unit from the Kia Seltos with the upcoming second-gen model. Recently, Hyundai added the choice of the 1.6-litre engine with the entry-spec variants as well. Meanwhile, the Mahindra XUV 300 gets a BS4 compliant 1.5-litre diesel engine.

Also read: Mahindra XUV300 Vs Hyundai Creta: Clash Of Segments

We’ve tested both these SUVs and recorded their performance and mileage to find out how they compare in real world conditions:

 

Hyundai Creta

Mahindra XUV 300

Engine

1.6-litre

1.5-litre

Power

128PS

115PS

Torque

260Nm

300Nm

Transmission

6-speed MT/6-speed AT

6-speed MT/6-speed AMT

The Hyundai Creta has a slightly larger engine with more power but the Mahindra XUV 300 offers more torque. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed manual but also get an automatic option. The XUV300 can be had with an AMT while the Creta gets a 6-speed torque convertor AT. We are only comparing the test results of the manual variants of both.

Performance Comparison Acceleration & Roll-on Tests

 

0-100kmph

30-80kmph (3rd gear)

40-100kmph (4th gear)

Creta

10.83s

7.93s

13.58s

XUV 300

12.21s

6.97s

11.07s

The Creta is the bigger offering but it manages to accelerate to a 100kmph quicker than the XUV300. However, the Mahindra sub-4m offering is quicker when it comes to in-gear acceleration tests. The Creta is almost a second slower to accelerate from 30kmph to 80kmph in 3rd gear, and over 2.5 seconds slower to accelerate from 40kmph to 100kmph in 4th gear.

Braking Test

 

100-0kmph

80-0kmph

Creta

43.43m

25.75m

XUV 300

39.41m

25.16m

The Mahindra XUV 300 gets the benefit of being equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels while the heavier Hyundai Creta only gets disc brakes up front. The XUV 300 stops a whole four metres shorter than the Creta from 100kmph, but both have similar braking distances when stopping from 80kmph.

Fuel-Efficiency Comparison

 

Claimed (ARAI)

City (tested)

Highway (tested)

Creta

19.7kmpl

13.99kmpl

21.84kmpl

XUV 300

20kmpl

15.4kmpl

19.89kmpl

The claimed fuel efficiency of the XUV300 and Creta is quite similar, but their real world mileage is varied. In city driving conditions, both fall short of the claimed figures, with the XUV300 delivering an extra 1.4kmpl more than the Creta. However, in highway driving conditions, the Creta proved to be more frugal, exceeding the ARAI claimed figure as well.

 

50% City, 50% Highway

75% City, 25% Highway

25% City, 75% Highway

Creta

17.05kmpl

15.37kmpl

19.15kmpl

XUV 300

17.35kmpl

16.32kmpl

18.53kmpl

When it comes to estimated averages in a combination of city and highway driving, the results are mixed. The Creta’s larger diesel engine is more efficient for predominantly highway driving conditions. However, the XUV 300 is more frugal for mostly city driving as well as a balance of both. Overall, the smaller Mahindra is more efficient as a commuter while the Creta is more efficient for longer trips.

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