Hyundai Venue vs Ford EcoSport vs Tata Nexon vs Mahindra XUV300 – Compact SUVs Compared

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Venue vs EcoSport vs Nexon vs XUV300

Take a 6 years trip down the memory lane and you will realize it all started with the launch of Ford EcoSport. Since then, the competition in this sub-4 meter segment seems to be changing the goalposts whenever a new launch takes place.

Tata entered the market with its Nexon while Mahindra tried to give something new with the launch of XUV300. Hyundai Venue, though late to the party, managed to offer uniqueness for which the company is known. So, which one of these four is the compact SUV you need? Let’s find out.

Styling

Hyundai has a knack of doing things differently, thus the Venue is no exception. The mini Creta possesses neat and cool styling, imparting freshness to the senses with its huge chrome grille, split headlamps and pronounced wheel arches.

Both EcoSport and Nexon are inclined towards sportiness with the former having bold Endeavour-like grille, refreshed headlamps giving a funky look, the later carries sweptback headlights, honeycomb mesh grille and beefy wheel arches.

The XUV300 features solid build quality with protruding headlights, chrome-laden grille and flared wheel arches, lending it a truly premium crossover look.

Dimensions

Hyundai Venue Ford Ecosport Tata Nexon Mahindra XUV300
Length 3995 mm 3998 mm 3994 mm 3995 mm
Width 1770 mm 1765 mm 1811 mm 1821 mm
Height 1590 mm 1647 mm 1607 mm 1617 mm
Wheelbase 2500 mm 2519 mm 2498 mm 2600 mm

In terms of measurement, nothing much to say about the length as they are nearly the same sized. Mahindra XUV300 is the widest of the rest with Tata Nexon slightly lacking behind. As far as wheelbase is concerned, XUV500 tops the chart while Nexon has the least among the league. This also means the passenger cell of XUV300 is the most spacious of the lot.

Interiors and Comfort

Hyundai Venue, the younger sibling of Creta is built on the same formula of quality and preciseness which makes its interior segment best. The moment you shut the door you see a well-polished car in all-black cabin with silver inserts along with a contemporary and functional dashboard. The nice blend of fabric and leatherette upholstered seats speaks of quality.

BUY HYUNDAI VENUE

 

Ford EcoSport continues to be one of the solidly built cars in its class. Here also you will find all-black interiors but lack of silver accents struggle to break the black monotony making it less airy than its counterparts. But apart from this, the fit and finish is nice and dandy. The dashboard has been cleanly laid out with ergonomics up to the mark.

BUY FORD ECOSPORT

 

Tata Nexon’s interior exudes freshness but comes with straight forward design without any wow factor. The cabin gets a combination of black and beige colours with silver, chrome and piano black inserts splashed across the dashboard, door pads and front fascia. There are hard plastics used everywhere while the seats feature black fabric upholstery.

BUY TATA NEXON

 

Mahindra XUV 300 let you feel like a top-quality package the moment you enter the car. The use of the black and beige theme with silver accents not only makes the ambience less claustrophobic but also oozes premiumness. The hard plastic on the dashboard is way better than most of the counterparts in its class while the seats are decorated with leatherette upholstery.

BUY MAHINDRA XUV300

 

Hyundai Venue Ford EcoSport Tata Nexon Mahindra XUV300
Touchscreen infotainment system 8 inch 8 inch 7 inch 7 inch
Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic AC Single-zone Dual-zone Single-Zone Single-zone
Rear AC Yes No Yes Yes
Auto Headlamps Yes Yes No Yes
Projector Headlights Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto rain sensing wipers No Yes No Yes
Cruise Control Yes Yes Yes Yes
Push button start/stop Yes Yes Yes Yes
Glove box cooling Yes No Yes No
Sunroof Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fast USB Charger No No Yes No
Rear view camera Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paddle Shifters No Yes No No

As seen in the above chart, all the cars offer pretty much everything in terms of comfort and convenience with a few exceptions. Venue and Nexon miss out on auto-rain sensing wipers while the latter also skips auto-headlamps functionality. Ford EcoSport surprisingly misses on rear ac vents and cooled glove box, but it does make a comeback with the provision of paddle shifters.

Engine and Performance

All the four offerings come with both petrol and diesel engine options, which are all BS6 compliant.

Petrol Engine Specs

Specifications Hyundai Venue Ford EcoSport Tata Nexon Mahindra XUV300
Engine 1.2L Kappa/1.0L Turbo GDI 1.5L 1.2L Turbocharged Revotron 1.2L Turbo
Power 83 PS/120 PS 122 PS 110 PS 110 PS
Torque 115 Nm/170 Nm 149 Nm 170 Nm 200 Nm
Transmission 5-speed MT/ 6-speed MT or 7-speed DCT 5-speed MT/ 6-speed AT 6-speed MT 6-speed MT

 

Diesel Engine Specs

Specifications Hyundai Venue Ford EcoSport Tata Nexon Mahindra XUV300
Engine 1.5L U2 CRDi 1.5L 1.2L Turbocharged Revotron 1.2L Turbo
Power 100PS 100PS 110PS 110 PS
Torque 240Nm 215Nm 260Nm 300Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT 5-speed MT 6-speed MT/6-speed AT 6-speed MT

 

In the petrol department, the power figures of Venue and EcoSport are close enough while both Nexon and XUV300 lack behind. On the flip side, just reverse the names just mentioned to know who leads in the diesel engine department. However, when it comes to providing maximum torque, XUV300 dictates in both the engines.

Pricing

Hyundai Venue price in India starts at Rs 6.70 lakh and goes up to Rs 11.40 lakh. The Ford EcoSport ranges between Rs 8.04 – 11.67 lakh while the Tata Nexon falls in the price bracket of Rs 6.95 – 12.70 lakh. Lastly, Mahindra XUV300 prices fall in between Rs 8.30 lakh and Rs 12.69 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.

Verdict

All these cars are affordable, compact, comfortable and fun to drive as well as fairly equipped to handle bad roads with ease – better than many hatchbacks and sedans. So disregarding any of them is not an easy task. EcoSport is an old horse but has gained a lot of features in the recent updates. The Nexon is easy on the pocket but shy on the equipment front. The XUV300 is the one having more torque and refinement levels but lack in providing automatic variants when this has become a new normal.

So, the last one remaining is surely the winner on paper. Yes, it’s Hyundai Venue with its upmarket styling, premium interiors, and comprehensive equipment list including a few segment firsts and, of course, performance-oriented engines. If we are ready to ignore a few downsides of low fuel efficiency and compact back seats, then Venue clearly ticks all the other boxes.

1 COMMENT

  1. XUV 300 Diesel engine is 1.5lit., has 6 speed AMT available.
    Nexon Diesel engine is 1.5lit., has 6 speed AMT available.
    Nexon Petrol has 6 speed AMT available.

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