A Most Awaited Comparison Review: Hyundai Venue Vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Vs Tata Nexon
Being the fastest growing segment in the Indian car markets, the Compact SUV segment attracts a lot of car buyers. It grew from nothing to the most sold segment after the hatchbacks.
The segment took birth from the launch of Ecosport around 6 years back. Nearly every car manufacturer in India has a compact SUV on offer. The Vitara Brezza from Maruti Suzuki is the leader of the pack.
The other popular products are Hyundai Creta, the newly launched Hyundai Venue and Mahindra XUV300, Ford Ecosport, Tata Nexon, Renault Duster and Jeep Compass.
On the other hand, we also have some not so popular models such as Honda WRV, Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur, Mahindra TUV300 and Nissan Terrano.
With so many options to choose from, it becomes necessary to filter our research. Let’s have a look at how the new Hyundai Venue fares with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon.
The latest launch from Hyundai, a sub 4m SUV, the Venue has been well received by the buyers. It has already crossed 33,000 bookings in just 10 days after its launch.
As the Creta didn’t compete with the Vitara Brezza directly, Hyundai had to bring a model to compete with the best-seller. The product has been designed well and equipped with powerful engines to take over its rivals.
The Vitara Brezza consistently clocks monthly sales of over 10,000 units despite the fact that it comes with only diesel fuel type.
Maruti has been working on the petrol engine for quite some time now, and it becomes quite important as Maruti recently announced its plan to cease the diesel offerings in its portfolio, wef 1st April 2020. Given its presence and popularity in this segment, it really begs for a makeover.
The Nexon marked the entry of the homegrown automaker, Tata Motors in the compact SUV segment. A unique appearance, 5-star crash test rating, extensive feature list and Value for Money (VFM) pricing has made it jump into the top selling compact SUVs list.
The Venue is truly a modern looking compact SUV. The huge dark chrome front grille and the aggressive sleeker DRLs gives it the rugged look.
The dual headlamp design features a projector headlamp with LED DRLs. It’s becoming common for new cars, especially SUVs to have their headlamps mounted on the bumper.
The fog lamps look quite tiny when the front face is viewed. At the rear, the LED Tail lamps with Crystal Effect sets the Venue apart from other compact SUVs.
The rear profile looks similar to that of a hatchback. The rear is slightly boxy but has been integrated extremely well with the overall design.
The creases on the rear and tapering windscreen give it a decent look. A strong shoulder line runs across the length and the wheel arches have been flared to give the Venue, a robust look. The 17-inch dual tone alloys appear to be the best fit.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Vitara Brezza looks quite good, especially in the dual tone colour scheme. The bold front grille with a thick chrome strip, sharp projector headlamps with front and rear bull horn LED light and silver skid plate on the lower bumper differentiates it from a regular hatchback and gives it the look of an SUV.
Its tall stance, straight lines and floating roof add to that. The sports edition gets glossy finish black alloy wheels which adds to the sporty quotient of the car.
There are dual tone bumpers and four parking sensors at the rear. At the tailgate, a thick chrome strip with Vitara Brezza embossing lends the car a premium touch.
Tata ventured late into the compact SUV segment but did enter the segment with a bang. A well-engineered and unique product, aimed at young buyers, the Nexon is surely a head turner.
The Nexon is based on the now-defunct Bolt and follows the Impact design philosophy. Some might feel the car to be over styled, especially due to some elements, which are not found on other compact SUVs.
The front design is quite bold and suits that of an SUV with aggressive projector headlamps and feline-eye shaped DRLs. The chrome humanity line sits well between the headlamps.
The Nexon has its aerodynamic shape inspired from that of a sports coupe. Sharp lines run across the sides. The rear split LED tail lamps to match the front-end design.
The rear windscreen view is quite restricted due to the roof that slopes down. A lot of detailing has been provided at the rear, which is usually not the case with most of the cars.
It has the best in segment ground clearance of 209 mm and the 16-inch stylish alloys give it the SUV stance.
The Venue is quite rich on technology, the reason why it's being touted as India’s first truly connected subcompact SUV.
Unlike the dual-tone cabin on most cars, the Venue gets an all-black colour theme with off-white treatment on pillars and roof.
Talking of features, it gets a long list of features including an 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system, equipped with Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Navigation, etc, remote engine start-stop, electric sunroof, cooled glovebox, rear AC vents, cornering lamps, wireless phone charger, air purifier, driver rear view monitor and voice recognition.
There are controls on steering wheel, making it multi-functional. The touchscreen acts as an interface for using the Blue Link technology, which has 33 connected features.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
There is ample interior space in the Vitara Brezza, with sufficient knee room and legroom. The provision of rear quarter glass also adds to the airiness of the cabin.
The cabin design is simple and practical, with minimal controls and provision of plenty of storage spaces such as 2 glove boxes, centre armrest with cup holder.
The black interiors with the contrasting white roof the design of the car. Some other interior features include tilt steering, cruise control, cooled glovebox, mood lights, rain sensing wipers, reverse parking camera display push start with smart keyless entry, Android Auto & Mirror Link.
It’s not wrong to say that Nexon has the most premium interiors among its rivals by using premium surface textures and fabric.
The Nexon uses a layered three-tone dashboard. The floating dashtop touchscreen infotainment is placed at the centre and is convenient to use.
The seats are sculpted, making the longer journeys very comfortable. There is sufficient legroom and knee room while the headroom is slightly lower than the competition due to its lower dimensions.
Other features include a grand central console with sliding tambour door, rear armrest, rear camera and sensors, 8 speaker music system, umbrella holder, keyless entry and rear AC vents. The wearable key (smart band) is an optional accessory.
Performance & Driveability Comparison:
The Hyundai Venue is available with 3 engine options: a 1.2 MPI Kappa petrol engine producing 83 PS of peak power and 11.7 kgm of maximum torque, 1.0 Turbo GDI Kappa petrol producing 120 PS of peak power and 17.5 kgm of maximum torque.
On the other hand, there is only 1 diesel option: a 1.4 CRDi diesel engine producing 90 PS of peak power and 22 kgm of maximum torque.
The transmission option includes a 5 – Speed, 6 – Speed manual and 7 Speed DCT. The turbocharged engine is the one that will interest most buyers due to its whopping torque.
Both the engines are well refined. The Venue has very good high-speed stability and body control. The steering accuracy is a bit low. While the 16-inch tyres and 195 mm ground clearance absorbs most of the potholes and the speed breaker.
Maruti Vitara Brezza
The Vitara brezza gets a DDIS 200 diesel engine. The 1.3L turbo diesel engine has been sourced from Fiat and produces 89 PS peak power and maximum torque of 20.4 kgm.
The engine is utilised by other cars as well and is known for its sluggishness, as a result, the turbo lag is quite evident. To get the maximum out of this engine, one needs to work the right gears.
Given that this is a diesel engine, its refinement level is very good. The Vitara Brezza is also available with Automatic Gear Shift (AGS).
The suspension, being on a firmer side allows some of the jarring of the bad and broken roads to seep through the cabin. There is a bit of body roll evident in the way the car handles.
The Tata Nexon is powered by two engine options- a 1.2L turbocharged Revotron engine (petrol) producing 110 PS of peak power and 17.34 kgm maximum torque and a 1.5L turbocharged Revotorq engine (diesel) producing 110 PS of peak power and 26.5 kgm of maximum torque.
The Nexon is available with both manual and automatic variants. The NVH levels on both the engines are very well controlled. It has the best suspension system among the competition and the ride is extremely comfortable. It soaks the shocks and bumps extremely well. The body roll is very low and the car feels well planted at high speeds.
As this is a new product in India, it hasn’t been crashing tested yet. The standard safety features offered are a driver and passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensor, day and night IRVM, impact sensing auto door unlock, speed sensing auto door lock and ISOFIX. The top of the line variant gets as many as 6 airbags.
Maruti Vitara Brezza
The Vitara brezza was crash tested by the Global NCAP and secured a 4-star adult occupant safety rating and 2 stars on rear child occupant safety.
The body structure of the Vitara Brezza was also rated as stable. The safety features include the dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Suzuki TECT, ISOFIX etc.
The Tata Nexon achieved a commendable feat when it secured a 5-star global NCAP adult safety rating and 3 stars for child protection. The safety features include reverse parking assist, dual frontal airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX etc.
Hyundai Venue: ₹ 6.50 – 11.11 Lakh
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: ₹ 7.68 – 10.65 Lakh
Tata Nexon: ₹ 6.58 – 11.00 Lakh
Note: All prices are ex-showroom Delhi
Which One Should You Buy?
The Hyundai Venue is a brand-new car and garnered a tremendous amount of enquiries and bookings within the first month of its launch.
It has a very long waiting period and it will be a good purchase after the initial ownership reviews. Speaking of Brezza it’s a well-tested product but is offered only in diesel variant.
Its petrol version is expected to arrive during the festive season. It lags behind its rivals in the feature list, interiors as well as styling.
The Nexon is an amazing product from Tata Motors. It ticks almost all the boxes and is the safest car in this segment. It offers the best ride quality and the most premium interiors in the given segment.
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