Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon AMT compact SUVs: Who should buy what

Maruti has launched the AMT-equipped Vitara Brezza just days after the introduction of the Tata Nexon AMT. With this, the Vitara Brezza leaves little scope for the Nexon to eat into its sales pie, at least as long as you don’t consider the negligible petrol compact SUV-buying crowd. So, is the new Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT as good as the Nexon AMT? We compare the two new SUVs in our Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon AMT comparison report here.


Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon AMT compact SUVs: Who should buy what

Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon AMT – Prices

The Maruti Brezza AMT has a clear advantage here. Available at a starting price of Rs 8,54,000, the base AMT variant of the popular compact SUV ends up being more than Rs 2 lakh cheaper than the Nexon AMT. This is basically due to the fact that the Nexon AMT is available in the fully-loaded trim only. On the other hand, the Brezza AMT is available in three trims – VDi, ZDi and ZDi+. The fully loaded ZDi+ trim with the dual-tone colour scheme costs Rs. 10.49 lakh, which is Rs 10,000 lower than the dual-tone Nexon AMT.

While Tata seems to be planning to launch the Nexon AMT in lower trims as well, for now, it’s the Vitara Brezza that enjoys a clear advantage in terms of pricing. All those looking for the convenience of an AMT but don’t wish to spend on the fully-loaded model can easily pick a lower grade of the Brezza AMT over the Nexon AMT.

Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon AMT – Specifications

Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT Specs

  • Engine – 1.3-litre, turbocharged diesel
  • Maximum Power – 90 PS
  • Peak Torque – 200 Nm

Tata Nexon AMT Specs

  • Engine – 1.5-litre, turbocharged diesel
  • Maximum Power – 110 PS
  • Peak Torque – 260 Nm

This is one area where the Nexon AMT has a clear advantage over the Brezza AMT. Akin to the manual transmission version, the AMT variant of the Brezza is powered by a 1.3-litre, turbocharged diesel engine that outputs 90 PS and 200 Nm. In comparison, the Nexon AMT comes with a much more powerful engine. Its 1.5-litre, turbocharged diesel engine outputs 110 PS and 260 Nm. The Nexon AMT is also available with a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine with 110 PS and 170 Nm. However, we have restricted this comparison to the diesel variant only as the Brezza is yet to start offering a petrol engine. Other than having a more powerful engine, the Nexon AMT also offers three driving modes – Eco, City and Sport. With this the Nexon ends up enjoying a clear advantage over the Brezza, in terms of specs, in our Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon AMT comparison.

Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon AMT compact SUVs: Who should buy what

Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon AMT – Mileage

  • Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT – 24.3 kmpl
  • Tata Nexon AMT – 21 kmpl

While the Nexon AMT offers more power than the Brezza AMT, it’s actually the latter that offers a better mileage. The Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT has an ARAI-certified mileage of 24.3 kmpl. This is substantially better than Nexon diesel AMT’s ARAI-certified mileage of 21 kmpl. It’s noteworthy here that unlike the fuel-sapping conventional torque-converter automatic transmissions, AMTs are as efficient as their manual counterparts. Hence, both the SUVs offer the additional convenience of automatic gearshifts without compromising on the mileage.

Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon AMT – Features

With the launch of the 2018 model, the Brezza witnesses many revisions to its features list. All the trims of the Brezza now come with standard safety equipment that includes a ISOFIX child restraint system, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters. Other than this, the top-end Brezza also offers a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with bits like a premium set of alloy wheels. The Tata Nexon offers all that the Vitara does. Additionally, it offers multi-driving modes and a wearable remote key. Hence, the Nexon comes across as slightly better-equipped than the Brezza. Other than these features, both the cars get a new orange paint scheme.

Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon AMT – Who should buy what? 

Our comparison reveals that both the cars have a lot to offer. However, one needs to choose between these two AMT-equipped cars as per his or her exact needs. Hence, we’ve decided to give you an idea about who should buy what, based on some common requirements, in this section of our Maruti Brezza AMT vs Tata Nexon comparison.

Fresh and modern looks – Are you bored of the typical boxy look of compact SUVs? Do you want something that looks fresher and even a bit radical? You should pick the Nexon, with your eyes closed, in case you answered the above questions in affirmative. The Nexon really looks unique on the road. While its bold stance and wide track give it a strong street presence, the flowing lines and a crossover-ish silhouette make it look modern and premium.

Outright Power – Like we told you above, the Nexon offers 20 PS and 60 Nm more than the Brezza. Hence, in terms of outright performance, the Brezza AMT is no match for the Nexon AMT. Moreover, the Nexon AMT also offers multiple driving modes to help you optimize the engine output as per driving conditions.

Features- While both the cars here offer a long list of features, the Nexon ends up being slightly more feature-laden due to bits like multiple driving modes, a brilliant Harmon music system and wearable remote key.

Tried and tested – Buy the Vitara Brezza AMT if you like playing it safe. The Brezza has been around for a lot of time now and is hugely popular. It’s really one car you can’t go wrong with.

More SUVish looks – While the Nexon looks a tad more modern, you might want to pick a Brezza in case you prefer traditional SUV looks.

Mileage- The Brezza AMT offers an ARAI-tested mileage of 24.3 kmpl, which is substantially higher than 21 kmpl of the Nexon AMT. Hence, pick the Brezza AMT over the Nexon AMT in case mileage is at the top of your priority list.

After-sales serrvice- While Tata Motors has been working hard on improving its after-sales service, Maruti Suzuki has been offering a wide service network and low maintenance costs since time immemorial. Hence, you can safely go for the Brezza in case you are looking for a hassle-free ownership experience.

Affordability- Of the two, it’s actually the Brezza that is more affordable. While the difference in prices of the top-end models is only Rs 10,000, the Brezza AMT is available even in the lower grades. Hence, you can pick the Brezza AMT in case you want the convenience of an automatic without having to spend on the top-end model.