The sub-4 meter compact SUV segment is one of the most popular segment in the country. We currently have Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Kia Sonet, Ford EcoSport and recently launched Nissan Magnite in this segment. Maruti Brezza is the segment leader whereas the XUV300 is the safest car in the segment with a 5 star rating at Global NCAP crash test. We have seen several drag race videos of cars and bikes in the past. Here we have one such video that shows a drag race between Mahindra XUV300 petrol and Maruti Vitara Brezza diesel compact SUV.
The video has been uploaded by Wheels Wanderlust on their youtube channel. For conducting this race, vloggers choose an empty stretch of road. The vloggers starts by explaining the engine specifications of both the vehicles. The Brezza is powered by a 1.3 litre diesel engine whereas the XUV300 is a 1.2 litre turbo petrol variant. There is a huge difference in power between both the vehicles. Brezza generates 89 Bhp and 200 Nm of torque whereas the XUV300 generates 108 Bhp and 200 Nm of torque.
Both drivers get inside and prepare for the race. As soon the race starts both the SUVs move off the line quickly. The Maruti Brezza takes the lead within seconds. It seems like the traction control system for XUV300 had kicked which let the Brezza take the lead. By the time, it had picked up some speed, Brezza had already taken the lead. Brezza maintained the lead throughout the race.
Before the race had started, it felt like Mahindra XUV300 is going to be the winner as it was more powerful but Maruti Brezza took us by surprise. There are several factors why XUV300 did not win this race even after having a more powerful engine. Maruti Brezza is a lot more lighter than Mahindra XUV300 and power to weight ratio matters a lot during a drag race.
Diesel engines are a lot more torquier than petrol engines and that also helped Brezza during the race. For Brezza the torque is available from 1750 rpms whereas the torque kicks in only after 2,000 rpm in XUV300 petrol and that makes a difference too. Apart from these things, the driving style also affects the result. If the Brezza was competing with XUV300 diesel, there are chances that the XUV300 would have one the race.
Maruti Suzuki had discontinued the diesel Brezza from the market as part of BS6 transition and it is now available with a 1.2 litre petrol engine only. Brezza is now available with manual and automatic gearbox options. Maruti had recently hinted that they will bring back diesel engines in Brezza and Ertiga in 2021.
Mahindra XUV300 is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel version is powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine that generates 115 Ps and 300 Nm of peak torque. It is available with a manual and AMT gearbox options. Mahindra launched in the market back in 2019.Petrol version was already updated to meet the BS6 norms but, the diesel BS6 version was launched earlier this year without any price hike.