Sub-4 Metre SUV Face-off: Vitara Brezza Vs EcoSport Vs TUV300
The Maruti Vitara Brezza can easily be called the most anticipated launch of the year, till date. With prices starting at INR 6.99 lakhs for the base variant, it was the cheapest car in the category – a fact that was quickly overshadowed by Ford when it slashed the prices of the EcoSport from Rs 53,700 to 1.12 lakh depending on the variant. However, unlike the Brezza or the Mahindra TUV300, the EcoSport is available with two petrol engine options. So both the other compact SUVs’ high base variant price could easily be justified by the fact that they are only offered with diesel variants. Let’s put all three to a quick comparison.
If one plans to buy a car from the compact SUV class, they would naturally want it to radiate that tough SUV appeal. Well, these three satisfy that need and don’t shy away from showing off their muscles.
Starting with the newest entrant, the (sub-4 metre SUV) Vitara Brezza incorporates first-in-segment features like floating roof and projector headlamps. It also gets contrasting colour options on the roof and 16-inch alloy wheels. These rims are shod with the widest tyres in the segment, which lend it a slightly beefier appeal than the rest. It also gets front LED guide lights and LED tail lamps, as opposed to the halogen lamps in the competition.
Speaking of the competitors, the EcoSport still has a fresh look and stands shoulder to shoulder with its competitors. However, unlike the Brezza, it misses out on projector headlamps and the wide range of colour combinations that the Brezza offers. The TUV300, on the other hand, looks the most SUV-ish, thanks to its utterly boxy set-up. The squared-off theme of the exteriors finds its home in the headlamps, tail lamps, the window lines and the silhouette. Moreover, EcoSport design isn't as bold as the other two.
Step inside the Brezza and you will realise that Maruti has got the visual appeal of the cabin right. However, the same cannot be said for the quality, since the EcoSport has a more upmarket cabin. However, the Brezza still triumphs over the TUV300 in cabin fit and finish. Moreover, the Brezza has an infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay, absent in both the others. It also gets the colour-changing lights for the instrument cluster, to suit your mood. In addition to this, the Brezza also gets cruise control, which is not available in the other two.
Under the Hood
Now the figures of the EcoSport might be better than that of the Vitara Brezza (taking only the EcoSport diesel into consideration): 100 PS and 90 PS, respectively. But, in the real world, the Brezza is quicker than the EcoSport, courtesy a lighter chassis that makes the Brezza nimble. However, when it comes to the ride quality and fun-to-drive appeal, there is no match for the EcoSport. Speaking of TUV300, it has the highest torque among these three, which helps it move swiftly in stop/go traffic. Moreover, unlike the EcoSport and the Brezza, it is a rear-wheel–driven vehicle, which gives it a little off-roading edge over the others.
Now if you are looking for a sub-4 metre SUV that has the latest features like projector headlamps, LED guide lamps, and infotainment system on the inside, along with fancy mood lights, the Brezza could be your vehicle of choice. It also has the best economy in the segment, followed by the EcoSport and the Mahindra TUV300. However, if you are looking for several adventurous memories and want a car that just drives better that the other two, the EcoSport is the way to go. The TUV300? Its RWD nomenclature makes it easier and fun to drive in the hilly areas, simultaneously lending it a bit of an off-road edge. Cheers.
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