Mahindra was the first car maker in the country to enter the sub-four meter SUV segment with the slightly odd looking Quanto. It was actually the truncated Xylo and it did not do great in terms of sales. With the TUV300, which was launched just recently, and has seen modest sales so far, Mahindra has established that success of the Scorpio and XUV500 etc. was no fluke.
We were right in thinking that the Quanto would be phased out, however, only partly, because its place would now be occupied by the NuvoSport, which is essentially a heavily reworked Quanto. So, can the new name and almost indistinguishable new face help revive the car? We compare it with the Brezza and Ford EcoSport and find out.
Mahindra NuvoSport Vs Maruti Brezza Vs Ford EcoSport (Design and Exterior)
If there is an outright winner for us in the styling department, it is the Brezza for sure. Despite being a sub-four meter SUV, it looks fuller in comparison to the other two. Not putting the spare wheel on the tailgate works for Brezza, though it takes away some of the rugged feel, but all in all, it makes the car look more complete.
Definitely the NuvoSport is the most odd looking with its straight C pillar and almost flat tailgate that mounts the spare wheel, and trying to make do with the sub-four meter restrictions. The face of the NuvoSport which now carries eyebrow type DRLs and larger and bold grille, flanked by rakish headlamps does make the car look very fresh. The bumper too has been heavily reworked along with new fog lamps that make the car look extremely muscular. Other welcome editions include air scoop on the bonnet and the body cladding on the side that adds more muscle. It’s been a literal facelift in case of the NuvoSport, which now has a bonnet that sits higher up.
|Dimensions and Capacities||Mahindra NuvoSport||Maruti Brezza||Ford EcoSport|
|Length||3985 mm||3995 mm||3999 mm|
|Width||1850 mm||1790 mm||1765 mm|
|Height||1870 mm||1640 mm||1708 mm|
|Wheelbase||2760 mm||2500 mm||2520 mm|
|Ground clearance||180 mm||198 mm||200 mm|
|Boot capacity||412 litre (upto 850 litre)||328 litre||346 litre (upto 705 litre)|
The EcoSport has done well and it’s a proof that people like the car and perhaps its looks too. For us it breaks barriers in terms of style and redefines it altogether. All the design elements come together and somehow work to make this car look okay. It’s the most radical car in terms of design of the lot.
Mahindra NuvoSport Vs Maruti Brezza Vs Ford EcoSport (Interior and features)
Interiors of the EcoSport are the most functional and well-built of the lot, without doubt. The Brezza too offers very functional interiors that are all black and very sporty. The instrument cluster doubles up as mood lightning system that you can use to control the display colour to match your mood.
The Apple CarPlay system present in the Brezza lets you connect iPhone and the screen also doubles up as Navigation system and reverse parking display. While EcoSport offers the SYNC system from Ford that let you connect phone for music and telephony, it misses out on the parking display and Navigation system.
The NuvoSport offers a 6.2inch screen that functions as an infotainment system and offers reverse parking assistance along with navigation system and connectivity options. You get the steering mounted controls like the EcoSport and Brezza. Even though the NuvoSport now uses a steering borrowed from the TUV300, the quality and finish remains a sore point of the car and it is where the NuvoSport disappoints.
Mahindra NuvoSport Vs Maruti Brezza Vs Ford EcoSport (Engine, Transmission and Mileage)
The EcoSport offers three engine choices, a 1.5 litre diesel, similar capacity petrol and a smaller, but more powerful 1.0 litre petrol engine that pumps out 125PS of impressive power. You also get a DCT transmission on offer with the 1.5 litre petrol engine along with a five speed manual.
|Engine and Gearbox||Mahindra NuvoSport||Maruti Vitara Brezza||Ford EcoSport|
|Engine capacity||1.5 L (D)||1.3 L (D)||1.5 L (D) / 1.5 L (P) / 1 (P)|
|Gearbox||5 MT / 5 AT||5 MT||5 MT / 5 MT & AT / 5 MT|
|Power||101.3PS||90PS||100PS / 112PS / 125PS|
|Torque||240Nm||200Nm||140Nm / 205Nm / 170Nm|
|Mileage (Kmpl)||17.45kmpl||24.3kmpl||22.27kmpl / 15.60kmpl / 18.88kmpl|
The Brezza and NuvoSport only offer diesel engine choices. While the NuvoSport offers an AMT along with a 5-speed manual, there’s no option for automatic with Brezza. The Brezza is the most fuel efficient of the lot and promises to offer 24.3kmpl. The new generation AMT unit of the NuvoSport has been developed in collaboration with Ricardo that also gets a forward creep function and lets the car roll forward with just the release of brake pedal like a conventional automatic.
In case of the EcoSport and Brezza, the engine is transversely mounted and drives the front wheels, the NuvoSport uses a longitudinally mounted engine that drives the rear wheels. The NuvoSport is also different in a sense that it utilizes body-on-frame construction while the other two use monocoque construction.
Mahindra NuvoSport Vs Maruti Brezza Vs Ford EcoSport (Safety)
Increasing number of manufacturers have started offering safety features even with the base variants of the cars. The Brezza offers driver airbag as standard while two airbags and ABS with EBD are also available as option even with the base variant.
The NuvoSport offers two airbags along with ABS and EBD with the N4+ variant. Other than that the NuvoSport as well as the Brezza offers collapsible steering column, child safety locks etc.
The EcoSport is the most impressive when it comes to safety, in addition to the dual frontal airbags, you also get curtain and side airbags. Other safety features include Hill Assist, Traction control, Electronic Stability control, Electronic brake-force distribution etc. The base variant gets none of these, not even the driver side airbag.
Whichever way you look at it, the Brezza is the best package overall. It offers the most fuel-efficient engine along with functional interiors. In terms of safety features too, the car is extremely well loaded. The EcoSport comes in close second with its three engine options and great amount of safety features. The NuvoSport in the only 7 seater car that great on practicality, however only if it offered thoroughly revised interiors, it would have worked for us, but sadly, it doesn’t.