Best Compact SUVs in India - 2020 Top SUVs Under Rs 13 lakhs
Top Compact SUVs In-Depth Analysis - Facts & Figures Detail Comparison to Help You Choose the Best SUV?
If you want more interior and cargo space than a hatchback or sedan, compact SUVs can be a great choice. The sub 4m compact SUV segment (under Rs 13 lakhs) is becoming one of the most loved segments amongst the consumers in India. Every car manufacturer wants a piece of this and lately, we have seen many new entrants competing in this segment. As of now, the compact SUV segment is dominated by Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Ford Ecosport and the Mahindra XUV 300. Joining these subcompact SUV's is the recently launched Kia Sonet and the Toyota Urban Cruiser which is based on the BS6 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. With this, two other contenders such as the Nissan Magnite and the Renault Kiger will be joining the competition. Bookings for the Nissan Magnite have been started and it will be launched by the 2nd of December 2020, whereas the Renault Kiger is expected to go on sale at the start of 2021. Let’s compare all the hard facts and figures and have a look at how these sub 4m compact SUVs lock their horns against each other.
1. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 vs Magnite - The one with best looks
None of these SUVs looks boring and outdated. Even Ford EcoSport, the oldest compact SUV of the lot which has a slightly conservative design looks sporty and rugged with a spare wheel mounted on the rear end. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Mahindra XUV300 have the conventional muscular SUV looks with boxy design elements blending with angular cues. Tata Motors has recently launched the Nexon with a new facelift. As compared to the previous model, it looks sleek and has a curvy design with a sloping roofline. The Hyundai Venue has chunky love-it-or-hate-it looks with thin headlights sitting atop a large grille.
But perhaps the most striking-looking SUV is the new Kia Sonet with aggressive front design with signature tiger-nose grille, sharp lines and a sportier look, although the rear end isn’t as good looking as the front. The upcoming new Nissan Magnite also looks futuristic and it gets many modern design elements. This subcompact SUV features a beefier bonnet design that enhances its SUV characteristics.
2. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 vs Magnite - Which one is the roomiest
|SUV Dimensions||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)||Ground Clearance (mm)|
|Mahindra XUV 300||3995||1821||1627||2600||180|
When comparing the compact SUV dimensions, the Ford Ecosport is the longest by 3998mm and the tallest by 1647mm amongst the lot. The Mahindra XUV 300 leads the pack when it comes to width (1821mm) and wheelbase (2600mm) thus offering a very roomy and spacious cabin. Nexon, on the other hand, has the highest ground clearance of 209mm. The Hyundai Venue is the narrowest and the shortest and it also has the lowest ground clearance. But the length and the wheelbase is similar to that of the Vitara Brezza. On the other hand, the Vitara Brezza has the largest space which is then followed by the Nexon and the XUV 300. The Kia Sonet has a similar length of 3995mm and width of 1790mm like the Vitara Brezza, whereas its wheelbase (2500mm) is similar with the Hyundai Venue, hence it will offer larger space and a roomier cabin. On the other hand, the Nissan Magnite is compact in design with the smallest width of 1758mm and the shortest height 1572mm. These compact dimensions won't affect much in-cabin space but it won't be as roomier as the competition either. As the upcoming Renault Kiger will be sharing the same underpinnings from Nissan Magnite, the dimensions will most likely be the same.
So, If you’re often making use of the back seats and carry 3 passengers in the rear, Tata Nexon or the Mahindra XUV300 would be a better pick for your family. But in case you are 6 feet or taller, the New Kia Sonet, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza or Ford EcoSport would be more comfortable.
3. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 vs Magnite - The fastest and most powerful one
Petrol Compact SUV Specification Comparison
|Tata Nexon||6-speed MT/AMT||1.2L Turbocharged Revotron||118bhp||170Nm||94bhp/tonne|
|Mahindra XUV 300||6-speed MT||1.2 Turbo||109 bhp||200Nm||84bhp/tonne|
|Hyundai Venue||5-speed MT/6-speed iMT/7-speed DCT||1.2L Kappa/1.0L Kappa Turbo||82bhp /118bhp||115Nm/172Nm||76bhp/tonne/100bhp/tonne|
|Vitara Brezza||5-speed MT/4-speed AT||1.5L K15B||103bhp||138Nm||75bhp/tonne|
|Ford Ecosport||5-speed MT/6-speed AT||1.5L Ti-VCT||121bhp||149 Nm||97bhp/tonne|
|KIA Sonet||5-speed-MT/6-speed iMT/7-speed DCT||1.2L/1.0L T-GDI||82bhp/118bhp||115Nm/172Nm||NA|
|Nissan Magnite||5-Speed MT / CVT||1.0 litre NA / 1.0 litre Turbo||70 bhp/98bhp||96Nm/160Nm||NA|
When it comes to performance figures, the Ford Ecosport comes with the most powerful petrol engine of the lot, whereas the XUV 300 has the highest torque. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the only car in the competition to be offered with a mild-hybrid SHVS system, making it the most economical when it comes to average. Both the Hyundai Venue and the Kia Sonet come with the option of two petrol units to choose from and this helps to cater to the needs of both economical and powerful engine options. In addition to this, the Venue and Sonet also offer many gearbox options to choose from. The Nissan Magnite will only be offered only with a 1.0 litre petrol engine that will get a naturally aspirated and turbocharged version. With this, these motors will be fuel-efficient as it has the lowest power figures on the naturally aspirated motor, but the turbo engine does produce decent power figures.
Ford Ecosport would be our pick as most performance-oriented Compact Petrol SUV with a power-to-weight ratio of 97bhp/tonne. The power-to-weight ratio is the most important parameter to compare one vehicle's performance with another, a higher ratio indicating a faster vehicle acceleration. Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet with the same 1.0 L turbo petrol engine option with a power-to-weight ratio of over 100bhp/tonne considering the low kerb weight are also recommended as a performance-oriented Compact Petrol SUV
Diesel Compact SUV Specification Comparison
|Tata Nexon||6-speed MT/6-speed AMT||1.5L Turbocharged Revotorq||108bhp||260Nm||83bhp/tonne|
|XUV 300||6-speed MT/6-speed AMT||1.5 Turbo||115bhp||300Nm||84bhp/tonne|
|Hyundai Venue||6-speed MT||1.5 Litre||99bhp||240Nm||80bhp/tonne|
|Ford Ecosport||5-speed MT||1.5L DV5||99bhp||215 Nm||77bhp/tonne|
|KIA Sonet||6-speed MT/6-speed AT||1.5 litre||99bhp||240Nm||NA|
Maruti Suzuki discontinued the diesel powertrain for the Vitara Brezza after the BS6 emission norms came into place. All of the cars in the competition are powered with similar engine displacement.
Leading the pack as the most powerful Diesel Compact SUV to buy is the Mahindra XUV 300 with a power output of 115 bhp, 300 NM of torque and a power-to-weight ratio of 84 bhp/tonne. Right behind the XUV300 in terms of performance is the Tata Nexon Diesel with a power-to-weight ratio of 83 bhp/tonne. Both the Nexon and the XUV 300 come with an option of a 6-speed manual and AMT gearbox.
Power output from the Hyundai Venue and the Ford Ecosport is almost similar and both of the cars only come mated to a manual transmission with the Ecosport getting a five-speed unit. The Kia Sonet on the other hand is powered with the same 1.5 litre CRDi diesel engine that is seen under the hood of the Venue and it also gets the similar power figures.
4. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 vs Magnite - The one focused on driving pleasure
Although the Ford Ecosport is among the oldest compact SUV in the comparison, it is still the best handling compact SUV with tight body control followed by Hyundai Venue with one of the best steering response among Hyundai cars in India and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
5. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 vs Magnite - The pocket-friendly one to drive
Although we are switching from small hatchbacks to compact SUV, we still want to get the best fuel economy from our cars considering the fuel prices.
For comparing the SUV fuel economy, we use the official ARAI mileage figures. But they are not always representative of real-world mileage which depends on factors like traffic condition, driving style and number of passengers
Compact SUV Fuel Economy (ARAI Mileage)
Tata Nexon - Petrol-Manual: 17 kmpl | Petrol-AMT 17 kmpl | Diesel-Manual: 22.4 kmpl | Diesel-Automatic: 22.4 kmpl
Hyundai Venue - Petrol-Manual: 18.27 kmpl | Petrol-Automatic 18.15 kmpl | Diesel-Manual: 23.4 kmpl
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza - Petrol-Manual: 17.03 kmpl | Petrol-Automatic 18.76 kmpl
Ford Ecosport - Petrol-Manual: 15.9 kmpl | Petrol-Automatic: 14.7 kmpl | Diesel-Manual: 21.7 kmpl
Mahindra XUV 300 - Petrol-Manual: 17 kmpl | Diesel-Manual: 20 kmpl | Diesel-Automatic: 20 kmpl
KIA Sonet - Petrol-Manual: 18.4 kmpl | Petrol-iMT 18.2 kmpl | Petrol DCT- 18.3 kmpl | Diesel-Manual: 24.1 kmpl | Diesel-Automatic: 19.kmpl
Nissan Magnite - Petrol NA Manual : 18.75kmpl | Petrol Turbo Manual: 20 kmpl | Petrol Turbo CVT: 17.7kmpl
The Nissan Magnite, Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet would be our pick for the most fuel-efficient Petrol Compact SUV with manual transmission. While Maruti Suzuki Brezza AT comes as the most fuel-efficient Petrol Automatic SUV with a mild-hybrid system. Similar to Petrol-Manual SUV result, Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet are the most efficient Diesel Petrol Compact SUV with manual transmission. But the most fuel-efficient Diesel Automatic Compact SUV would be Tata Nexon followed by Mahindra XUV300.
6. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 vs Magnite - The safest one for your family
When it comes to safety, we have two contenders who have scored 5-star rating at the Global NCAP tests - Mahindra XUV 300 and the Tata Nexon.
On the other hand, both the Ford Ecosport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza have scored 4 stars at the Euro NCAP crash tests. All of the SUV comes with standard front dual airbags and ABS with EBD. In addition to this, the top variants of the Hyundai Venue and the Ford Ecosport come loaded with 6 airbags. But leading the pack is the Mahindra XUV 300 with 7-airbags in the top-spec models. Kia offers the Sonet with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, VSM, Brake Assist, hill-start assist and traction controls. Nissan is equipping the Magnite with the mandatory safety features and it will also get additional traction control, TPMS and hill start assist.
7. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 vs Magnite - The feature-rich connected one
All of the cars come loaded with a touchscreen infotainment unit that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. But the screen sizes do differ, Kia will be offering the largest 10.25 HD unit. The Venue, Magnite and the Ecosport get 8-inch units whereas the Vitara Brezza, XUV 300 and the Nexon come with 7-inch units. Other than the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Nissan Magnite all other models that include the Nexon, Venue, Sonet and the Ecosport are being offered with a sunroof on the top-spec variants. Over and above similar creature comfort features, the Hyundai Venue comes loaded with wireless charger, Hyundai’s BlueLink Car Connected technology and an air purifier. On the other hand, Kia will be offering the Sonet with UVO connectivity, ventilated front seats, wireless charging with cooling function, air purifier and LED sound mood lighting. The XUV 300 gets dual-zone climate control system, multiple steering modes and heated IRVM’s. Both the Kia Sonet and the Tata Nexon get different driving modes but the Sonet will be offered with additional traction control modes as well.
Kia Sonet, The "Social Network" connected compact SUV has overall the most comfort and technology features along with its sibling, Hyundai Venue. So, If you want to impress your tech-savvy friends, Kia Sonet or Hyundai Venue would be a better pick. On the other hand, the Nissan Magnite also comes with a fair share of features along with some first in segment features as well. It comes loaded with a 7 inch TFT full digital instrument cluster, TPMS, 360-degree camera and it also gets connectivity features with Nissan Connect. In addition to this, it also gets cruise control, automatic climate control, wireless charger and an air purifier.
8. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 vs Magnite - The most value for money one
In terms of the entry-level variants, both the Tata Nexon and the Hyundai Venue undercuts all the other rivals in the competition. But when it comes to the top-spec variants, the Vitara Brezza is cheaper and it is also the only car on sale which misses out on a diesel powertrain. Both the Mahindra XUV 300 and the Ford EcoSport come with a higher price tag, but they also come loaded with powerful engine options and best in segment safety and creature comfort features.
Compact SUV Price Range
Tata Nexon (Petrol & Diesel) - Rs 6.95 - Rs 12.70 lakh
Hyundai Venue (Petrol & Diesel) - Rs 6.70 - Rs 11.50 lakh
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza (Petrol) - Rs 7.34 - Rs 11.40 lakh
Ford Ecosport (Petrol & Diesel)- Rs 8.04 - Rs 11.58 lakh
Mahindra XUV 300 (Petrol & Diesel) - Rs 8.30 - Rs 12.69 lakh
KIA Sonet (Petrol & Diesel) - Rs 6.71 - Rs 11.99 lakh
Nissan Magnite: (Petrol) - Rs 5.5 lakh - Rs 9.55 lakh
With loads of creature comfort features, modern technology and multiple engines and transmission options, the Sonet has been launched between Rs 6.71 lakh - Rs 11.99 lakh price range. On the other hand, Nissan will be launching the Magnite in a very aggressive price range. The price range will start from Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 8.65 lakh Ex-Showroom, India.
Based on the prices of compact SUV and features offered, Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue would be our pick for value for money compact SUV in 2020.
9. Sonet vs Venue vs Nexon vs Brezza vs EcoSport vs XUV300 vs Magnite - The recommended one
The competition in the sub 4m Compact SUV under Rs 13 lakhs is tight and every manufacturer in this competition is fighting hard. Hyundai offers the Venue at an attractive price with the best in the class connected technology, a long list of modern features and multiple engine-transmission option making it best suited for city use with occasional road trips. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Petrol has one of the most budget-friendly top-spec variants along with low service cost and the only SUV to get a mild-hybrid system offering good mileage. Both the Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV 300 are the safest and spacious SUV in the competition making them best for a small family and come with powerful diesel engines. Whereas the Ford Ecosport is the rugged-looking SUV with a powerful petrol engine and is fun to drive.
The New Kia Sonet is loaded with technology and is a very desirable SUV. Although the Toyota Urban Cruiser is based on the Vitara Brezza it does get some design upgrades to look distinctive and it also gets a longer warranty period as well. Nissan is all geared up to launch the Magnite on 2nd of December and the introductory prices do look very promising. Whereas the Renault Kiger is expected to be launched somewhere around the first quarter of 2021.
Compact SUV Comparison Verdict - Pros and Cons
Tata Nexon: Pros - 5 Star Safety Rating, Space, Pricing Cons: AMT Gearbox, Refinement
Hyundai Venue: Pros - Features, Pricing, DCT Gearbox, Turbo Petrol Engine Cons: Space, Love it or Hate it Looks
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: Pros - Space, Auto Mileage, Service Cost Cons: Features, No Diesel Option, Build Quality
Ford Ecosport : Pros - Performance, Handling Cons: Interior Quality, Fuel Economy, Price
Mahindra XUV 300 : Pros - 5 Star Safety Rating, Ride Quality, Space Cons: Price, Interior Quality, AMT Gearbox
KIA Sonet : Pros - Looks, Features, DCT Gearbox, Turbo Petrol Engine Cons: Long Waiting Period, No Dealer Discount
Nissan Magnite: Pros - Pricing, looks, fuel economy Cons - No diesel option, space
10. Upcoming New Compact SUVs in 2020-2021 include
So, you can see that all these compact SUV are competent and the best recommended one to buy depends on your need and usage.
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