The sub-4 meter segment offers the most fuel-efficient diesel SUVs along with having the most number of competitors. Almost all major manufacturers have launched an SUV in the sub-4 meter segment and the rest have planned to do the same in coming time. However, if you want a diesel SUV that is quick off the line and is sporty than the rest of the pack, which would it be?
In this test of the fastest diesel sub-4 meter SUV to get from 0-100 km/h, the Ecosport bests the likes of Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Mahindra XUV300. It does the 0-100 km/h run in 12.13 seconds as compared to 12.78 seconds by the XUV300, 13.33 seconds by the Vitara Brezza and 13.305 seconds by the Nexon.
Now, let’s get to the vides that show each of the four diesel SUVs going on a 0-100 Kph sprint. The four SUVs are – The newly launched Mahindra XUV300, Ford Ecosport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon. The comparison is done on the diesel variants of all the SUVs. Starting first with the Tata Nexon, the video below shows that in how much time the SUV can get from 0 km/h to 100 km/h.
As seen in the video, the Tata Nexon Diesel touches the 100 km/h mark when starting from 0 km/h in 13.305 seconds. According to the tester, the Nexon could have done better but its sluggish gearbox let it down. The Nexon diesel is powered by a 1.5-litre unit which produces 110 Bhp of power and 260 Nm of torque. The Nexon had the best in class power figures in the diesel sub-4 meter SUV segment before the arrival of the Mahindra XUV300.
Which brings us to our next car, the Mahindra XUV300. The car was launched last month by the company and has received a pretty good response since then. The video below shows the time taken by the SUV to touch the 100 km/h mark from 0 km/h. Let’s take a look at it.
As seen in the video, the XUV300 gets past the 100 km/h mark in 12.78 seconds. The XUV300’s diesel engine is borrowed from the Marazzo MPV, and is a 1.5-litre 4 cylinder unit. The engine puts outclass-leading outputs of 115 Bhp power along with 300 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox for now, though an AMT version will be launched later.
Next in line is the best selling vehicle in the segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Ever since its launch, the SUV has held on to the top spot in sales and sells more than double the next best selling SUV. Let’s take a look at its 0-100 km/h number.
As seen in the video, the Vitara Brezza clocks a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 13.33 seconds. Talking about the SUV, it is powered by a 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engine that churns out 89 Bhp of power along with 200 Nm of torque. It gets both AMT and manual gearbox options but a petrol engine iavailableialble with the SUV.
The next sub-4 meter SUV here is the Ford Ecosport. It was launched much before the other two and in fact, it is the one that popularized the segment in India. The video below shows the 0-100 km/h run of the SUV and the time it takes to get to that mark. Let’s check out how it rolls.
The Ford Ecosport diesel does better than the other SUVs on this test. As seen in the video, the SUV gets from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 12.13 seconds, which makes is fastest of the lot here. The Ecosport diesel is powered by a 1.5 litre-4 cylinder, turbocharged unit that churns out 98.6 Bhp of power along with 215 Nm of torque. It gets both manual and automatic gearbox options with it.
However, one thing to be noted here is that these are not official figures but just acceleration tests done in real life conditions. The results could differ if all the SUVs are tested in a professional environment while being in the same mechanical conditions. The aim of this test was to give you a fair bit of idea and we hope you have figured which is the right one for you.
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