The sub 4-meter compact SUV market, in India, is growing rapidly. After the Ford EcoSport made the segment popular, many manufacturers jumped right in making the segment one of the fastest growing ones. At present, there are four popular cars available in the segment – the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Mahindra TUV 300. If you are looking to buy a sub 4-meter compact SUV, here’s something that may help you choose your next vehicle.
Mileage is priority
Maruti Vitara Brezza
Maruti cars have always been known for their high fuel efficiency and in this segment too, the Maruti branded Vitara Brezza leads the pack. The Maruti Vitara Brezza is only available with a 1.3-litre diesel engine at the moment. The engine produces a maximum power of 89 Bhp and peak torque of 200 Nm of peak torque. However, there is only manual transmission available with the Brezza. The compact SUV returns a maximum of 24.3 km/l as per ARAI, which is the highest in the segment.
Want a city slicker
Tata Nexon AMT
Tata Motors will soon launch the Nexon AMT in India and bookings have officially begun. The Nexon will offer petrol AMT transmission and it is perfect for city limits. The Nexon AMT automatic transmissions have their limitations like slower shifts but they offer impeccable fuel efficiency just like their manual counterparts. The convenience of an automatic and fuel efficiency of manual makes the Nexon petrol AMT the perfect choice for people who want a city car.
Want an enthusiast car
Ford EcoSport AT
Ford cars have always been the first choice of enthusiasts. The sharp steering set-up and the well-tuned suspension make the Ford cars a driver’s delight. Ford offers the EcoSport petrol with an optional 6-speed transmission that gets paddle shifters. This is the only vehicle in the segment that offers paddle shifters. If you want total control of the transmission without leaving the steering wheel alone, this would be the right choice for you.
Want an intimidating vehicle
Mahindra TUV 300
The Mahindra TUV 300 is a battle-tank inspired SUV, which shows in its design language. The boxy, straight line design of the TUV 300 makes it quite noticeable on roads. The TUV 300 gets a big grille with big headlamps on either side making it an intimidating vehicle in the rear view mirror. If you want a proper boxy design SUV that can clear the way for you on the road, the TUV 300 can be the vehicle of your choice.
Want a feature-rich SUV
The Tata Nexon is loaded to the brim when it comes to features. On the outside, the Nexon gets projector headlamps with LED DRL. It also gets a three-coloured body, which is unique. Nexon became the first car to introduce the floating-type infotainment screen, in the segment, with Android Auto with 8-speaker system tuned by Harman. It also gets various power modes that change the output of the engine. Both the petrol and diesel engine options of Nexon get City, Eco and Sport mode that changes the power delivery as per the need.
Want a safety feature loaded SUV
Ford EcoSport is the most loaded vehicle when it comes to safety features. The top-end version of the car gets as many as 6-airbags in the form of dual front, side and curtain airbags. The EcoSport also gets ABS plus EBD. One of the unique features of the EcoSport is the Emergency Calling feature that activates as soon the system senses a crash and calls emergency services with the location of the accident.
Want a highway roller
Ford EcoSport diesel
The Ford EcoSport diesel is powered by a 1.5-litre engine that generates a maximum power of 99 Bhp and 205 Nm. It is adequately powered for Indian highways and returns a maximum fuel efficiency of 23 km/l. The highly rated driving dynamics of the EcoSport makes the vehicle stable at higher speeds and instills confidence in the driver, making it a perfect choice for the highways.
Want a car with customisation options
Maruti Vitara Brezza
Maruti offers dealer level customisation options with the Brezza. The iCreate option allows buyers to choose from various decals, roof colours, accessories, alloy wheels and much more to customise the vehicle as per their choice. If you are someone who wants a unique identity on the road, the Brezza will do just that for you.