Mahindra's XUV300 vs Ford India's EcoSport Diesel sub-4 meter compact SUVs in a classic drag race: Who wins?

Mahindra XUV300 vs Ford EcoSport SUVs in a classic drag race on video

Mahindra XUV300 has created a ripple in the market. The all-new sub-4m compact SUV from the manufacturer has gained quite a popularity in the segment has sold more than 5,000 units in the month of May in the market. Ford EcoSport, which was the first car in the segment to become popular in the Indian market is now the fifth best-selling car in the market but it sure does attracts a lot of enthusiasts. Here is a video of Ford EcoSport diesel and Mahindra XUV300 diesel taking on each other on a drag stripe. This video is from South Africa but both vehicles seen in the video are made-in-India and are similar to the Indian specifications. The EcoSport seen in the video is the pre-facelifted model but the diesel engine remains unchanged in the facelifted model.

The video compares both the sub-4m compact SUV in various parameters. However, it is the drag race in the end that has caught our attention. Both the cars can be seen doing the drag race at an empty stretch in a controlled location. After lining up both the cars, the drag race starts. Initially, the slow-motion video at the start line shows that the front wheels of the EcoSport are spinning much more than the Mahindra XUV300. From the start, the Mahindra XUV300 can be seen pulling away from the EcoSport and over a distance, it takes a good lead over the EcoSport. Towards the end, the Ford EcoSport was lagging behind almost by a second. The Mahindra XUV300 did the 1/4 mile drag race in 18.83 seconds with the speed of 118 km/h at the stop line. The Ford EcoSport did the same stretch in 19.72 seconds and the speed at the stop line was 107 km/h.

We are not sure if the speed shows in the cars are indicated by the speedometer or they used a GPS-based device, which is much more accurate. The speedometer can have an error of up to 10-15% depending on the vehicle and the manufacturer.

Ford Ecosport, Mahindra Xuv300

Nonetheless, both the Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra XUV300 used in the video get powered by the same 1.5-litre diesel engine. The Mahindra XUV300 gets the same 1.5-litre diesel engine as the Mahindra Marazzo but it has been re-tuned for the compact SUV. In the XUV300, the 1.5-litre engine produces a maximum power of 115 Bhp and peak torque of 300 Nm. It gets a 6-speed manual transmission. The Ford EcoSport gets powered by a 1.5-litre engine that generates a maximum power of 99 Bhp and 205 Nm of peak torque. It gets a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. Both cars do not offer an automatic option with the diesel engine options.