The Maruti Vitara Brezza is India’s best selling SUV and each month, over 10,000 Brezzas find happy homes in India. The latest upstart to the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment – the Tata Nexon – doesn’t sell as well as the Brezza but has the most powerful engine in the segment. Now, what happens when the Brezza is pitted against the Nexon, in a no-holds barred drag race? Well, watch the video below and see who’s boss when it comes to pure acceleration.
As the video indicates, the Nexon Diesel just takes off right from the start, and holds it advantage throughout. It’s easy to figure why. The Nexon has a 1.5 liter turbodiesel engine with 108 Bhp and 260 Nm on tap, giving it a clear advantage over the Brezza, which is powered by a 1.3 liter turbodiesel engine with only 89 Bhp-200 Nm on offer. And this big power and torque advantage is enough to negate the higher weight of the Nexon, which at 1,250 kilograms is significantly heavier than the 1,195 kilogram Brezza. As they say, there’s no replacement to displacement. And here the Nexon clearly proves that it’s the faster among the duo.
The Nexon is also available with a 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol engine with outputs of 108 Bhp-170. For now, the Vitara Brezza is only available with a diesel engine. While there’s been talk of Maruti fitting the 1.0 liter BoosterJet turbopetrol engine on the Brezza, and launching such a variant later this year, there’s been no official confirmation of a petrol powered Brezza from the automaker just as yet. Once the Brezza Turbo Petrol arrives, it should be fun pitting it against the Nexon Petrol. The petrols are likely to be more evenly matched, and the drag race could be much closer.
Prices of the Maruti Vitara Brezza start from Rs. 7.28 lakhs, while the Tata Nexon is slightly cheaper, with prices starting from Rs. 6.99 lakhs (XE Base Diesel).