With all-new Mahindra TUV300 compact SUV, the home-grown automaker has made a brave attempt to regain its strong hold over compact SUV segment, where the company’s other compact SUV Quanto failed. Though the TUV300 is a below-4 metres in length (about .3 metres shorter than the Creta), it surely impact the sales of the Hyundai Creta which in just a month’s time has become the country’s top-selling SUV.
Just so you know, Hyundai managed to sell 6,783 units of the Creta within a month. So, it would be quite interesting to watch how Mahindra & Mahindra makes a comeback in the compact SUV segment, and how the Mahindra TUV300 cracks the market. Here’s a brief comparison between the Mahindra TUV300 and Hyundai Creta.
Mahindra TUV300 vs Hyundai Creta – Pros & Cons
Features that place the TUV300 in good stead include the robust ‘battle-tank’ inspired body-built, efficient engine and great on-and-off road capabilities. The vehicle offers best-in-class head-and-legroom, boot space, and 1st in SUV – an autoSHIFT AMT gearbox. Though, when we compare the TUV300 with the Creta, some aspects become hard to ignore such as interior comfort, features and styling. The Creta looks a lot more premium from inside and outside than the TUV300. It offers a well-equipped interior, and multiple engine options. The overall performance and drivability of the TUV300 are impressive too.
Mahindra TUV300 vs Hyundai Creta – Features
The TUV300 comes equipped with a large central screen with touchscreen infotainment system, three-spoke steering wheel with mounted audio controls, 2-DIN music system, Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in connectivity, LCD display unit, power windows and chrome bezels around the control buttons and dials. For safety purpose, the compact SUV gets dual airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), Intellipark reverse assist, digital immobilizer, etc.
On the other hand, the Hyundai Creta hosts a bunch of comfort and connectivity features. Safety features like anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and reveres parking sensors come as standard fitments. While the top-end model is equipped with electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), hill start assist control (HAC), six airbags, parking assist, etc.
Mahindra TUV300 vs Hyundai Creta – Engine, Transmission, Power
Power for the TUV300 comes from an all-new 1.5-litre turbocharged mHawk80 engine with Micro hybrid technology, a start-stop option and new Eco Mode system. This helps the vehicle achieve higher fuel efficiency, while emitting lower emissions. It produces a maximum power of 84bhp and 230Nm of torque. Paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and an autoSHIFT AMT gearbox (available only on the T6+ and T8 variants), the TUV300 returns a decent mileage of 18.49km/l.
The Hyundai Creta, on the other hand, is available with 2 diesel engine options – a 1.4-litre CRDi and 1.6-litre – that deliver a maximum power of 89bhp with 220Nm, and 126bhp with 259Nm respectively. Transmission options on offer are a 6-speed manual (standard) and a 6-speed automatic (only on the 1.6-litre diesel variants). Its 1.4-litre CRDi diesel mill offers a fuel efficieny of 21.38km/l, while the 1.6-litre CRDi unit returns 19.67km/l.
Mahindra TUV300 vs Hyundai Creta – Price Range
The Hyundai Creta’s prices start at a lower Rs. 8.59 lakh for the base variant, while the higher spec costs Rs. 13.60 lakh. The Mahindra TUV300 costs Rs. 6.90 lakh for the base variant and Rs. 9.12 lakh for the top-end variant that will make it a more affordable deal than the Creta.