India’s love for SUVs is increasing day by day. With the introduction of compact SUVs at affordable rates, further helped in gaining public affinity. There are some very good SUVs out there in the market, and today we’re going to put side by side two most sought-after SUVs in the Indian market, Mahindra’s TUV300 and Hyundai’s Creta. Here we compare the TUV300 T1O AMT Dual Tone and Creta 1.6 Diesel SX Plus AT. Both these are the highest variant offered by the manufacturer. If anybody is planning to buy an SUV, then this article might throw some light into it. Oh! And by the way Happy New Year people!!!
ENGINE: The Creta is powered by a 1582cc U2 CRDI VGT engine while a 1493cc mHawk100 diesel engine powers the TUV300. The Hyundai produces 126bhp power, 260 Nm torque while the Mahindra produces 100bhp power, 240 Nm torque. The TUV300 and Creta have a five-speed and 6-speed gearbox with automatic transmission respectively.
DIMENSION: The TUV300 is one of the two sub 4m SUVs with a dimension of 3995x1835x1839. The Creta has a body dimension of 4270x1780x1630. Although the TUV300 is smaller than the Creta, its colossal wheelbase aids in providing a seating capacity of 7 whereas the Creta has a seating capacity of only 5. Both vehicles have a ground clearance of above 180mm.
MILEAGE: Here the TUV300 wins the battle hands down. It gives almost 19 km while the Creta gives around 17 km. Being a mileage conscious vehicle, the TUV300 has a top speed of 160kmph. The Creta has a high speed of 190 kmph. The TUV300 comes with a more prominent fuel tank of 60L and the Creta with a 5L lesser fuel tank.
SUSPENSION: The Creta incorporates MacPherson Strut and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle as the front and rear suspension respectively. The TUV300 comes with Double Wishbone and Rigid Axle Multi-Link front and rear suspension for a comfortable ride.
TYRES and BRAKES: The TUV300 includes a 215/75 R15 tubeless, radial tires whereas the Creta comes with 205/65 R16 tubeless tires. Both vehicles have disc and drum brakes with ABS.
COMFORT: The Creta, although having a luxury SUV tag, doesn’t offer much for the entertainment part. For instance, the TUV300 has a 7″color touchscreen infotainment with navigation with four speakers & 2 tweeters, Mahindra Blue Sense mobile app, voice messaging system. But the Creta can only boast of their front tweeters. The TUV300 also provides some additional comfort features such as USB charging in the front, armrest for driver and co-driver, storage tray below the driver seat, roof lamp 1st and 2nd row. The Creta, sadly, doesn’t offer any of this. The TUV300 also has lumbar support for both driver and co-driver. The rest of the comfort is same for both the vehicles. The TUV300 is far more luxurious than the Creta.
SAFETY: Both manufacturers gave utmost importance for the safety of its passengers. The Creta and the TUV300 come with standard safety features provided in an SUV. Both vehicles are equipped with airbags for both front passengers. Both these also come with Electronic Brake Distribution system. The TUV300 also offers hill-hold control and speed-sensing door locks.
INTERIOR: Surprisingly, the Creta doesn’t come with leather seats while the TUV300 does. Both have fabric upholstery. The Creta has a slightly larger boot space of 400L while the TUV300 has a 384L boot space. The TUV300 also provides additional features such as center fascia piano black, twin pod instrument cluster with chrome rings, silver accents on AC vents, silver finish grab handles on inside doors, steering wheel garnish, driver information system.
PRICE: The TUV300 is priced at ₹10.73 Lakh, and the Creta has a price tag of ₹14.59 Lakh. I, personally, find the Creta overpriced. Both the vehicles are good regarding performance and comfort, but the TUV300 stands out among the two. It is also the best option for those who want a luxury SUV with the 10 Lakh range. Another advantage of the Mahindra is its low maintenance cost. The Creta is a good vehicle for those who like it’s fluidic design and are fans of the South Korean company.hy
VERDICT: The compact SUV segment is one of the most booming category of cars in India which, as apparent from the sales chart, is skyrocketing by the day. With the government putting a hefty 28% GST on SUVs, consumers are now looking at more affordable SUVs. People desire to own a powerful SUV, but most of the time the cost of the vehicle is what deters them from buying. This is where Mahindra scores big. Not only they have a better SUV but also comes with a reasonable price tag. The Hyundai also provides a good and stylish SUV, thanks to its fluidic design, but the price is a little bit high. Also, the maintenance cost will be low for the TUV300. Both SUVs have a lot to offer and are easily two of the best compacts SUVs affordable to the consumers. It’s a new year, and if anyone is planning a new car, then these are good options for everyday ride. Drive safe!