By- Sunil Kumar
Maruti Vitara Brezza is currently the largest selling SUV in India. This sub-four meter SUV has changed the fortunes of Maruti in the segment of sub four meter SUVs in our market. It is currently facing major competition from EcoSport only. Soon, the Brezza will be challenged by the Nexon from Tata which will be its direct rival and promises to be more powerful, spacious and feature rich. This immense success of these sub-four meter SUVs also affect the sales of full size compact SUVs such as Creta which are also based on monocoque platform but do not compromise on length to maintain their style, space and comfort.
The pricing of the entry level variants of successful Creta overlaps with the top variants of sub-four meter SUVs and that is where the confusion starts. Whether one should buy the top variant of the smaller SUV or spend a bit more for the full size but less feature equipped SUV for better comfort and space. Which one to go for? Let us bring you facts as we compare the segment leader, Brezza with the upcoming Nexon with its direct rivals and the entry level variants of Creta which falls in the same price bracket.
The Vitara Brezza surely looks bigger in size despite measuring at 3995mm in length. It has a width of 1790mm which makes it 25mm wider than Ecosport and 10mm wider than Creta while the Nexon will be almost similar to Brezza in width. The Creta is the longest of all measuring at 4270mm while the Ecosport stands at 3999mm in length. The added length of Creta results in the longest wheelbase of 2590mm followed by Ecosport with a wheelbase of 2520mm which is 20mm longer than the wheelbase of Brezza. To help with the SUV stance and comfort, the Ecosport has the highest ground clearance of 200mm while the Brezza stands at 198mm. The Creta has the lowest ground clearance of 183mm and we expect that Nexon will surely ride higher than the Brezza and other rivals. The base variant of Brezza and Ecosport ride on 15-inch wheels while their top variants ride on bigger 16-inch wheels and same set ———up can be expected in Nexon as well while the Creta comes standard with 16-inch wheels.
The Vitara Brezza only comes with a diesel engine which is the same 1.3L Multijet diesel engine which is powering most of the Maruti cars. This 4-cylinder, DOHC engine churns out a peak power of 89bhp while the utmost torque output is of 200NM. This power will be sent to the front wheels by a five-speed manual gearbox. The Ecosport comes with a choice of three engines including one diesel and two petrol engines. The 1.5L, diesel engine has a power output of 99bhp with an utmost torque output of 205Nm while its 1.5L petrol engine produces a peak power of 110bhp which can be chosen with a choice of 5-speed manual or 6-speed auto gearbox.
It also has the powerful 1.0L, 3-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine which churns out 124bhp and comes standard with 6-Speed dual clutch transmission. The diesel engine features a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Nexon will debut with brand new engines which includes a 1.5L, 110bhp diesel engine to be available with a 5-speed manual gearbox only while it may have a 1.2L turbocharged petrol unit offering 110bhp along with a 6-speed manual and AMT gearbox. With these set of engines, the Nexon will become the most powerful SUV in this segment.
The entry level variants of Creta come with petrol and diesel engines. The Creta offers a 1.6L, 122bhp petrol engine and a 1.4L, 89bhp 4-cylinder diesel engine. The diesel engine has a torque output of 220Nm and both engines come mated with five-speed manual gearboxes. The Vitara Brezza with an ARAI mileage of 24.3km/ltr is the most fuel efficient compact SUV now in country.
We are only comparing the entry level variants of Creta in this comparison along with other sub-four meter SUVs due to price constraint. That is why the Creta seem to have fewer features comparatively as it come standard with all power windows, power steering A.C with heater, remote locking, foldable key, MID, tilt adjustable power steering, front headrest, 15-inch wheels, audio system and ABS with EBD. Rest all fight hard for supremacy as all of them are very well feature equipped. The Brezza comes with fabric upholstery, audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, power adjustable ORVMs and engine immobilizer while the top variant adds up with touchscreen audio video navigation system, front centre armrest, steering mounted controls, electrically foldable ORVMs, automatic climate control, projector headlamps with daytime LED lights, leather upholstery, push button start, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, auto headlamps, wiper and dual tone option.
The Ecosport is also fairly equipped as the top variant come equipped with features such as adjustable steering wheel, 2-Din audio system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity with steering mounted controls, voice messaging system, rear wiper, de-fogger, driver seat adjustment, two mobile charging point, rear parking sensors, Ford app link, Dual front airbags and ABS with EBD. Apart from this, Ecosport has an advantage of having additional four airbags. These all features will come in the upcoming Nexon as well and it will additionally get Harmon touchscreen infotainment system, projector lamps, driving modes and best in class interiors.
The segment is currently dominated by Maruti as it is always known for the value for money factor and they have proved it again with Brezza by pricing its base diesel variant at INR 7.40 lakhs. At this price, the Brezza becomes the most affordable and fuel efficient compact SUV in India. The top variant along with the Dual Tone body color option is priced at INR 9.90 lakhs. The petrol version of Ecosport starts at INR 7.08 lakhs while the petrol variant of Creta starts from INR 9.40 lakhs respectively.
The entry level diesel variant of Creta starts at INR 10.25 lakhs which makes it a bit costlier than the top variants of Brezza and Ecosport which is priced at INR 10.22 lakhs. (All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). The pricing and feature list of Brezza surely makes it the best value for money SUV in this comparison followed by Ecosport while the Creta is best option for those who care less about features but want bigger and spacious full size SUVs with enough power and presence on road. By the looks and features, the Nexon seems a very strong competitor. Moreover, it will have fresh styling and powerful engines with modern interiors which will make it more powerful than its direct rivals and competent enough to take on stylish SUVs such as Creta. The positioning though will play a key role to decide the fate of Nexon in India but if priced well, it may impact the sales of its direct rivals.