Mahindra recently launched the highly anticipated XUV300 in the Indian market amid much fanfare. The SUV can be used in gasoline and diesel fuel versions in three grades: W4, W6 and W8, while an optional package with the W8 variant of higher range is also offered.
Mahindra ingeniously kept the length of the SUV below 4 meters to receive the tax benefits that subsequently resulted in a belligerent price range of Rs 7.90-11.99 Lakhs. Although, it directly blocks the speakers with other subcompact SUVs such as Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport, but the flagship variant on the line also represents a threat to the base and medium variants of Hyundai Creta to some extent. Let’s see how the Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O) and Hyundai Crete 1.4L S diesel on paper work.
Hyundai Crete is much longer than the Mahindra XUV300. However, it is the Mahindra cub who takes all the glory out of Hyundai’s blue-eyed boy when it comes to width. Despite being an SUV of less than 4 meters, the XUV300 is 41% wider than Creta.
As for height, Hyundai Creta easily wins since the XUV300 is about 40 mm less. But the real surprise comes in the form of wheelbase where Mahindra’s baby SUV, despite being shorter by almost 275 mm, possesses Crete with a certain extravagance.
Great support for the Mahindra engineering and design teams that have achieved this stunner. Last but not the least, if you talk about the capacity of the fuel tank, Hyundai Creta does what is said here, naturally, due to its larger size.
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Engine: Mahindra, even before the official launch, has boasted of the dexterity and competence of the new 1.5L diesel engine and was not wrong. The 1497 cc diesel engine recently developed by Mahindra XUV300 generates 115 hp of maximum power at 3750 rpm and a class leading torque performance of 300 Nm between 1500-2500 rpm. Although Creta is in a higher segment.
The 1396cc U2 CRDi engine offers a maximum power of 90bhp at 4000rpm and the highest torque of 220 Nm between 1500-2750rpm. Both SUVs come with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. Although, the Creta also comes with the 1.4L diesel engine, but 1.6L engine is limited to high-end variants.
Features: Mahindra has not left any stone to make the XUV300 one of the most feature-laden SUVs and with the best value for money currently in the Indian market.
The list of features is quite extensive and manages to get several brownie points on his Hyundai counterpart, but a special mention refers to the electric sunroof with antipincheo, cruise control, information and entertainment system with 7-inch touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, fully automatic dual-zone temperature control, 7 airbags, reminder from the second row of the safety belt, front parking sensors, etc. Unfortunately, Hyundai Creta loses all the aforementioned features, which ultimately makes the XUV300 a winner here.
Price: Mahindra XUV300 Diesel W8 (O), with all the bells and whistles, has been valued immensely at Rs 11.99 Lakhs compared to Hyundai Creta 1.4L Diesel S, which has a price of 11.89 Lakhs. The XUV300, with only Rs 10,000 higher than Creta, offers much more in terms of engine characteristics, space and power and makes the Hyundai SUV look a bit expensive.