Ford EcoSport, the undisputed leader of the sub-4m UV segment, seems to have finally gotten a worthy rival. Yes, the Mahindra TUV300 has been launched and has gone on sale for a starting price of INR 6.90 lacs (Yes, that’s very much into the EcoSport territory). This new SUV from Mahindra, known by its codename U301 until a few days back, sits above the Bolero and boasts of a butch exterior and a long list of features which should keep most car buyers happy. Ford has responded by updating the EcoSport with more power and a bunch of new features. Does the TUV300 have enough to pull buyers away from the EcoSport and into Mahindra showrooms? Find out here in our Mahindra TUV300 vs Ford EcoSport comparison.
Mahindra has taken a radically different approach with the styling of the exteriors of the TUV300. Designers have cited battle tanks as the design inspiration and one can easily see why. Straight, crisp lines give the TUV300 a very butch exterior which is in stark contrast to that of the EcoSport. Both cars get a high set bonnet, but the TUV’s is flatter and more angular. The front is reminiscent of the Bolero and even the overall shape has the same utilitarian appeal to it. Rectangular wheel arches, a straight back and a rear mounted spare wheel round off a very butch, yet modern SUV design. The EcoSport has become a familiar face on Indian roads but it still looks very appealing and its design is one of its biggest selling points in India. The overall design is more well proportioned as compared to the TUV300’s, but it does not have the same amount of road presence.
Mahindra TUV300 Vs Ford EcoSport - Spaciousness & Comfort
The interiors of the EcoSport are directly sourced from the Fiesta sedan. The overall layout of buttons, instrument cluster and the electric mirror adjustment, and the climate control dials are largely identical to the previous model. The interior theme is all-black with silver inserts. The front two seats offer decent legroom, headroom and shoulder space, but the rear bench is slightly cramped for three adult passengers.
On the other hand, the Mahindra TUV300 SUV is available in seven-seats layout with two single jumper seats behind the second row. The compact SUV offers best-in-class headroom and legroom. The vehicle gets three-spoke steering wheel that features audio system controls and contoured palm grips. The instrument cluster gets a Multi information display (MID) in the middle, a speedometer on right and a tachometer on the left. It is equipped with two large dials with chrome highlights that add more to its sporty appeal.
The TUV300 has the advantage of two additional seats. The top-spec Ford EscoSport slightly more feature rich.
The TUV300 boast of a long list of equipment for a very competitive price. An integrated audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, multifunction steering wheel, climate control, etc are some of the features that are common on both SUVs. However, the TUV300 benefits from two additional jump seats placed behind the second row which makes it a 7 seater. The Ford EcoSport gets keyless entry and push button start/stop and a cooled glove box, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wiper, guide lights, etc. which the TUV300 misses out on.
Mahindra TUV300 Vs Ford EcoSport - Engine Specifications
Powering the Mahindra TUV300 is an mHawk architecture based engine- called mHawk80- with Micro Hybrid technology, a start/stop option and Eco Mode system. This engine churns out 84bhp of power and 230Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a five-speed manual and an autoSHIFT AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox.
On the other hand, the Ford EcoSport gets a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine that produces 87.7bhp of power and 204Nm of torque. This engine is paired to a five-speed manual gearbox which sends the power to front wheels.
Mahindra TUV300 Vs Ford EcoSport - Mileage
Ford EcoSport Diesel – 22.7kmpl
Mahindra TUV300 Diesel – 18.49kmpl
Mahindra TUV300 Vs Ford EcoSport Price(Ex-showroom)
Mahindra TUV300 – Rs. 6.90 lakh to Rs. 9.12 lakh
Ford EcoSport- Rs. 7.89 lakh to Rs. 10.20 lakh
|Mahindra TUV300||Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCi|
|Type||1.5 L mHawk80 diesel||1.5 L TDCi Diesel|
|Displacement||1,493 cc||1,498 cc|
|Power||84 bhp||98.63 bhp|
|Torque||230 Nm||204 Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed manual/5-speed AMT||5-speed manual|
|Mileage||18.49 kpl||22.7 kpl|
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