Korean, Japanese or Indian, which SUV offers more value for money? To know this, read this comparison of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Brezza and Mahindra XUV300.
With a new breed of SUVs making their way, the SUV buyers are spoilt for choice. The addition of new iterations of the Hyundai Creta and the Maruti Vitara Brezza in 2020 has further widened the options. At present, it is the Kia Seltos which has been leading the pack and in fact, it has helped Kia become the No. 3 OEM in the shortest span of time beating Tata and Mahindra. Meanwhile, the 2020 Brezza becomes a petrol-only car while Creta gets radical changes. Existing player, Mahindra XUV300 also appears to put some show with its BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engines.
It is time to compare the four SUVs on their specifications. Shall we?
The second-generation of the Hyundai Creta has got meaner looks boasting ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design of Hyundai. It gets a cascading grille flanked by split LED headlamps. Rear has no resemblance to its predecessor and might divide opinions. It shares the underpinnings with the Kia Seltos.BUY HYUNDAI CRETA
Despite sharing the platform, Kia Seltos looks completely different from the Creta 2020. It gets a more mature look which separates men from boys. Everything looks neatly placed with a more ‘settled’ design. The tiger-nose grille with extended daytime running lights with LED headlamps looks beautiful. At the back, LED tail lamps and thick chrome strip add a touch of premium-ness.BUY CARS ONLINE
Maruti Vitara Brezza gets mild tweaks in its latest avatar. The alterations are mostly focused at the front. It gets newly designed grille flanked by dual-barrel projector headlamps having LED DRLs. Addition of LED tail lamps, silver skid plates (front & rear), LED tail lamps and 16-inch machined alloys enhance its visual appeal.BUY MARUTI VITARA BREZZA
Contrarily, the Mahindra XUV 300 takes a more proper SUV-ish look with pronounced wheel arches. A miniature XUV 500, the XUV 300 SUV gets a good dose of chrome at front. The front seems very busy whereas the rear seems to be disconnected from the front with distinctly designed (read ugly) eye-shaped tail lamps.BUY MAHINDRA XUV300
|Measurement||Hyundai Creta||Kia Seltos||Maruti Brezza||Mahindra XUV 300|
|Length||4300 mm||4315 mm||3995 mm||3995 mm|
|Width||1790 mm||1800 mm||1790 mm||1821 mm|
|Height||1635 mm||1645 mm||1640 mm||1627 mm|
|Wheelbase||2610 mm||2610 mm||2500 mm||2600 mm|
Being over 4 meters in length and sharing the same platform, the Creta and Seltos are almost equally matched in dimensions with the latter being slightly bigger in length, width, and height. However, the Mahindra XUV 300 is the widest among the SUVs in the competition.
The Hyundai Creta 2020 cabin follows a more conventional approach with centre console slightly titled towards the driver. It gets a large, 10.25-inch touchscreen unit with AC knobs at the bottom. The four-spoke steering wheel, modern instrument cluster and contrasting inserts on AC vents are also on offer.
Inside, the Kia Seltos exudes premiumness thanks to its Audi-inspired cabin. Everything looks premium including the floating infotainment system, faux leather finish, ambient lighting and colourful multi-info display. Top-notch fit and finish with impressive quality materials round it as the best SUV cabin here.
Just like the exterior, Maruti hasn’t played around too much in the Brezza cabin as well. It continues to be a practical cabin with adequate space for the front as well as rear occupants. The quality of materials, at times, feels flimsy. Addition of the leather-wrapped steering wheel makes the cabin appear plush.
The black and beige combo makes the cabin look soothing to the eye and gets adequate space to seat five occupants in ease. You get the conventional four-spoke steering wheel along with a dashboard which appears unmistakably Mahindra.
Engine and Specifications
While the Hyundai Creta 2020, Mahindra XUV 300 and Kia Seltos are offered with petrol and diesel engine options, the Maruti Brezza comes only with a petrol option. All the SUV engines here have been upgraded to meet the BS6 norms starting next month. Mahindra became the latest to do so.
|Hyundai Creta||Kia Seltos||Maruti Brezza||Mahindra XUV 300|
|Engine||1.5-litre/ 1.4-litre turbo||1.5-litre/ 1.4-litre turbo||1.5-litre||1.2-litre turbo|
|Power||115 PS/ 140 PS||115 PS/ 140 PS||105 PS||110.1 PS|
|Torque||144 Nm/ 242 Nm||144 Nm/ 242 Nm||138 Nm||200 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed MT, CVT/ 7-speed DCT||6-speed MT, CVT/ 6-speed MT, 7-speed DCT||6-speed MT, 4 AT||6-speed MT|
|Fuel Efficiency||16.8 kmpl, 16.9 kmpl/ 16.8 kmpl||16.8 kmpl, 16.9 kmpl/ 16.8 kmpl||17.03 kmpl||17.0 kmpl|
Among the competition, the turbo motors of the Creta and Seltos generate the maximum power and torque. However, it terms of mileage the 1.5-litre petrol engine of the Brezza has a slight edge, followed by XUV300. While the rivals get the automatic transmission, the XUV 300 skips it.
|Hyundai Creta||Kia Seltos||Maruti Brezza||Mahindra XUV 300|
|Power||115 PS||115 PS||116.6 PS|
|Torque||250 Nm||250 Nm||300 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed MT / 6-speed AT||6-speed MT / 6-speed AT||6-speed MT / AMT|
|Fuel Efficiency||21.4 kmpl/ 18.5 kmpl||21.4 kmpl/ 18.5 kmpl||20.0 kmpl|
By generating max power, Mahindra takes the lead in the diesel department with its XUV 300. It is also the torquiest motor here. Maruti Vitara Brezza misses out on the diesel for now; it will be introduced at a later stage. All three gets automatic gearbox except for the XUV 300 which gets an AMT. The diesel motor of Korean cousins is the most fuel-efficient here.
2020 Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos come with features such as climate control, 10.25-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, ventilated seats, wireless phone charger, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, premium Bose surround sound system, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, connected car tech and many more. The Creta goes a step further and comes with digital driver’s display and a large panoramic sunroof. On the other hand, the Seltos gets a 360-degree camera, rear sunblind, sound mood lighting and large multi-info display.
For safety, the Creta and Seltos get 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, parking sensors, auto hold function and more.
The 2020 Maruti Vitara Brezza is bestowed with dual LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, auto-dimming IRVM, LED tail lamps, 60:40 split, auto rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and Suzuki’s latest 7-inch SmartPlay infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Safety features include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, hill hold and others.
The XUV 300 is a notch higher in terms of features and gets seven airbags, dual-zone climate control, and heated ORVMs as segment-first features. Others include a tyre pressure monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors with camera, LED tail lamps, DRLs, sunroof, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
|Car Models||2020 Hyundai Creta||Kia Seltos||2020 Maruti Brezza||Mahindra XUV 300|
|Price range (ex-showroom New Delhi)||Rs 9.99 lakh – Rs 17.20 lakh||Rs 9.89 lakh – Rs 17.29 lakh||Rs 7.34 lakh – 11.40 lakh||Rs 8.69 lakh – Rs 12.69 lakh|
The prices of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos are quite similar and out of the compared four, they are the expensive ones. The Vitara Brezza is priced cheaper among all, followed by the XUV300. But there is no doubt that the customers buying the expensive ones (the Creta and the Seltos) are surely going to love the additional bells and whistles.