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Mahindra XUV300 Vs Tata Nexon Vs Ford EcoSport Vs Honda WR-V (Petrol): Real-world Performance Comparison

Modified On Apr 08, 2019 10:34 AM By Sonny for Mahindra XUV300

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Which of these petrol-powered sub-4 metre SUVs offer the best performance in terms of acceleration, braking and economy on the open road? Let’s find out

The sub-4 metre SUV segment continues to grow in popularity and we’ve recently got our hands on the new petrol-powered Mahindra XUV300. While not meant for sporty performance, acceleration and braking are important aspects of daily use as well as road trips. Of course, fuel economy is a big concern as well when it comes to the petrol-engined variants.

Mahindra XUV300

First, let’s take a look at the engine specifications of these sub-4m SUVs:

Engine Specifications

Model

Engine

Power

Torque

Transmission

Mahindra XUV300

1.2-litre

110PS

200Nm

6MT

Tata Nexon

1.2-litre

110PS

170Nm

6MT/6AMT

Ford EcoSport

1.5-litre/1.0-litre

123PS/125PS

150Nm/170Nm

5MT, 6AT/6MT

Honda WR-V

1.2-litre

90PS

110Nm

5MT

Ford EcoSport

In terms of engine sizes, the Ford has the biggest unit on offer and the most powerful as well. However, it’s the smaller Ford turbo-petrol engine that makes the most power while the 1.5-litre engine puts out 2PS and 20Nm less. All the other competitors here use a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The XUV300 has the torquiest turbo-petrol engine on offer. In terms of transmissions, Mahindra isn’t yet offering an automatic option but only a 6-speed manual with the petrol engine. The Nexon petrol comes with both 6-speed manual and AMT option while the WR-V only gets a 5-speed manual. Ford, meanwhile, offers a 6-speed manual with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine while the 1.5-litre engine comes with a choice of a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed auto.

Given the variety of engines, transmissions and available data, we will only be comparing real-world performance of the petrol-manual versions of all these sub-4m SUVs.

Honda WR-V: Road test review

Performance Tests

 

0-100kmph

Quarter Mile

30-80kmph (3rd gear)

40-100kmph (4th gear)

Mahindra XUV300

12.39s

18.47s @ 122.63kmph

8.65s

14.11s

Tata Nexon

11.64s

17.81s @ 123.21kmph

10.91s

19.09s

Ford EcoSport 1.5P

12.12s

18.26s @ 123.64kmph

10.2s

17.59s

Honda WR-V

15.31s

20s @ 113.24kmph

11.67s

20.54s

Tata Nexon

While not the most powerful or torquiest car here, the Nexon was the quickest to accelerate from zero to 100kmph and quickest to cover the quarter mile as well. However, the XUV300 was the quickest to accelerate up to speed in specific gears by quite some margin.

The Honda WR-V with the least torque was the slowest in all tests and the most powerful EcoSport turned out to be the second quickest in accelerating from a standstill to 100kph and completing the quarter-mile.

Honda WR-V: Road test review

Braking Distance

 

100-0kmph

80-0kmph

Mahindra XUV300

41.59m

25.44m

Tata Nexon

40.63m

25.58m

Ford EcoSport 1.5P

47.93m

29.81m

Honda WR-V

42.21m

26.09m

The XUV300 is the only sub-4m SUV to get disc brakes on all four corners while the rest have disc brakes up front and drum brakes at the rear. The Mahindra covers the shortest distance when coming to a halt from 80kmph. However, from 100kmph, it is second to the Tata Nexon. The Ford EcoSport has the longest braking distance in both tests.

Mahindra XUV300

Fuel Efficiency

Mileage (kmpl)

Mahindra XUV300

Tata Nexon

Ford EcoSport 1.5P

Honda WR-V

City

12.16kmpl

14.03kmpl

12.74kmpl

13.29kmpl

Highway

14.25kmpl

17.89kmpl

17.59kmpl

18.06kmpl

In terms of real world fuel economy, the Nexon was the most frugal in city driving, ahead of the WR-V and EcoSport in that order. The Mahindra XUV300 was the thirstiest of the lot in both conditions, worryingly so on the highway. The Honda was the most efficient on the highway, ahead of the Nexon and the EcoSport, in that order.

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rajendra raut
Mar 30, 2019 4:26:40 PM

For rough road Mahindra is better than other vehicles

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cardekho
Apr 1, 2019 10:06:54 AM

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    bharat bhushan pandhi
    Mar 30, 2019 1:16:51 PM

    I have Tata zest. Tata service is worst. No service in hills beyond Shimla. No spares available other than routine service items.

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      sanjeet das
      Mar 30, 2019 4:34:05 AM

      Ford EcoSport's city mileage sucks... Gives around 10 kmpl. Else, the car is awesome. Gives the feel of a big powerful SUV

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