The segment of compact SUVs took off to a flying start in India with Ford's Ecosport and it seems like this success story has inspired many auto giants to jump in this segment. However, instead of making a new SUV , few auto manufacturers are turning their full size hatches into rugged looking crossovers to take a large slice of this pie.
Toyota recently entered this segment with their Etios Cross and now is joined by Fiat's sporty and rugged looking car, Avventura. The Avventura which has been launched in our market has no shortage of rivals and in this article, we give you a glimpse of how will be the equations when the Avventura locks horns with its main rivals, Ecosport and Etios Cross.
If we have to name the first three things which differentiates Avventura from its competitors then it will be its highest in class ground clearance of 205mm, bumper mounted spare wheel at the back and its stylish 16-inch alloy wheels. Avventura comes standard with 16-inch wheels and has much more presence than the other two with black cladding all around and the roof rails.
Another advantage for the Avventura is the higher ground clearance (205mm) when compared with the Ecosport (200mm) and Etios Cross (174mm). Ecosport is the longest and widest in this comparison measuring at 3999mm and 1765mm while it's 3895mm,1735mm and 3989mm, 1706mm for Etios Cross and Avventura respectively. With a wheelbase of 2510mm, Avventura falls 10mm short of Ecosport while it's 50mm more than Etios Cross.
Avventura will share its powertrains with the new gen of Punto Evo which includes two four cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Both, the 1.4L petrol and 1.3L Multijet diesel engines are capable of churning out a maximum power of 90bhp each. Unlike the EcoSport there is no automatic option and both versions of Avventura come equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox. Ecosport features two 1.5L engines, one each of petrol and diesel both of which produces a peak power of 89bhp each.
A more powerful three cylinder 1.0L Ecoboost petrol engine is also on offer with a power output of 126 bhp. This engine and the diesel unit share a five speed manual gearbox whrereas the 1.5L petrol unit comes with an optional automatic transmission.
Etios Cross is also available with two petrol and one diesel engine; all of which are mated with a five -speed manual gearbox. The smaller 1.2L petrol unit produces an utmost power of 79bhp while the bigger, 1.5L unit generates 90bhp. Etios Cross will have the least powerful 1.4L diesel unit in this competition with a maximum power production of 68 bhp.
But being the least powerful diesel unit here helps Etios Cross to be the most fuel efficient car in this comparison with an ARAI fuel efficiency of 23.5km/ltr which is closely followed by Ecosport with a fuel efficiency of 22.7km/ltr. While with a claimed mileage of 20.5km/ltr, Avventura ends up being the least fuel efficient car here.
Ecosport will be the best feature equipped car in its class with advanced features such as Ford Sync system, push button start, automatic climate control, ABS with EBD and class leading 6 airbags. Apart from these, there are many more features in this car some of which like audio system with Bluetooth control, Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted controls, electrically adjustable side mirrors will also be seen in the other two competitors.
Avventura and Etios Cross will also share some other safety features such as ABS with EBD and dual front airbags. However, the strong built up quality of Avventura acts as an additional passive safety feature over Etios Cross and makes it more favorable car to go off road. Moreover, to enhance that off road feel, Fiat has incorporated Avventura with unique and first in class high terrain gauges just above the a.c vents which includes Inclinometer and Compass which looks really cool inside.
Everything seems in the favor of Avventura and it's surely a very capable product and with a starting price of Rs 5.99 lakh for the base petrol. Fiat has done everything right and without doubt it will give nightmares to its rivals.