Maruti Suzuki has launched the Vitara Brezza at a starting price of Rs . The subcompact SUV is powered by a 1.3-liter (Fiat-sourced) diesel engine that makes 89 hp and 200 Nm. We look at how it manages to outclass two of its strong rivals, the Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra TUV300.
At a starting price of Rs 6.99 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, the Vitara Brezza undercuts both its rivals, the Ford EcoSport (prices start at Rs 7 lakh onwards) and the Mahindra TUV300 (prices start at Rs 7.11 lakh onwards). Considering the EcoSport diesel starts at Rs 8.19 lakh, that’s a difference of more than a lakh.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is claimed to return 24.3 km to a liter of diesel. That in comparison to the Ecosport’s 22.27 kmpl and the TUV300’s 18.49 kmpl, is a substantial gain. But that’s not to say the Vitara Brezza is underpowered. With 89 hp and 200 Nm, it’s somewhere above the TUV300 but below the EcoSport. However with a weight advantage over both — the Vitara Brezza weighs 1170-1195 kg (depending on the trim) — the slight power and torque deficit might no longer be a deficit anyway.
Safety and Features
Neither the TUV300 nor the Ford EcoSport offer driver airbag as part of the standard equipment on the base version, but the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza does. In fact, you can opt for an optional safety pack, like on the TUV300, to add a passenger airbag and ABS with EBD. The LDI (O) and VDI (O) are just about Rs 13,000 more expensive than their regular versions, which is a great deal. On the other hand, it must be mentioned that the EcoSport beats the other two with the availability of six airbags on the top-spec trim.
In terms of features, the Vitara also happens to be the first vehicle in the segment to offer a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, projector headlamps, and cruise control.
There’s no doubting Maruti Suzuki’s sales and service network — a recent press release says they have 1,799 dealers in total. The company has more touch points than the other two here. What that means is that not only is buying a Vitara Brezza easier, getting it serviced (at an authorised outlet) is more convenient, too. The fact that the vehicle will be sold via the regular dealerships and not the NEXA premium ones (that are fewer in number), will work in the vehicle’s favour.
If you look at the Maruti Suzuki line-up, you’ll notice that most products have retained their value better than the respective competitors. In all likeliness, the Vitara Brezza is expected to continue with that. What that means is if you’re someone who likes to switch cars frequently, the depreciation on the Vitara Brezza will be lesser. This has more to do with the brand than the product itself.