The recent ban on diesel cars displacing over 2,000cc in the Delhi-NCR has forced car manufacturers to either shift their focus on petrol engines or downsize their current engines to meet the required standards. Mahindra opted for the downsizing route and has launched a 1.99L variant for its flagship SUV, the XUV500, which has been developed exclusively for the Delhi-NCR. Interestingly, the W6 variant is priced at Rs 14.51 lakh (ex-Delhi) similar to that of the Hyundai Creta SX+ diesel AT. TheRenault Duster's top-end AMT variant is priced at just Rs 12.86 lakh (ex-Delhi).The XUV500 is a bigger SUV, but the W6 doesn't come with as many features that the Creta and the Duster offer. How do these three SUVs fare against one another? We take a look in our spec comparo report.
Even with the engine displacement figures being forced to take a dip, Mahindra's 1.99L downsized diesel engine still holds highest power and torque figures amongst its competition. The engine produces 140PS along with 320Nm of torque in the XUV500. The Creta diesel automatic version produces 128PS with 260Nm of torque, while the Renault Duster makes the least numbersputting out 110PS and 245Nm of torque.
The Hyundai Creta SX+ and the Renault Duster RXZ get more features compared to that of the Mahindra XUV500 W6 AT. The Hyundai Creta gets side and curtain airbags as well as diamond-cut alloy wheels, whereas the Renault Duster gets driver and passenger airbags, 7-inch touchscreen media system and cruise control. The Creta and the Duster shares certain features like push-start button, smart key, hill start assist and reverse parking sensors which the XUV500 doesn't. The Mahindra XUV500 W6 just has to do with a 7-inch infotainment display, light sensing headlamps, fully automatic temperature control, power windows by missing out on smart key, push-start button, reverse parking cameras, hill start assist and alloy wheels.
The Mahindra XUV500 has an edge over the other two as it measures 4,585mm in length, which is more than the Hyundai Creta by 315mm and the Renault Duster by 270mm. In addition, the XUV500 is a wider offering at 1,890mm, while the Creta measures 1,780mm and the Duster measures 1,822mm. Standing taller than its rivals, the XUV500 measures 1,785mm in height which is more than of the Creta and the Duster. The ground clearance numbers for these SUVs are 200mm for the Mahindra XUV500, 190mm for the Hyundai Creta and 205mm for the Renault Duster.
With a claimed fuel economy of 19.64kmpl, the Renault Duster stands tall in this segment. Hyundai's Creta claims to return an impressive 17.1kmpl. The XUV having the most powerful engine amongst its competition claims to return 16kmpl.
The 1.99L W6 AT variant of the XUV500 is available at Rs 14.51 lakh (ex-Delhi). At a similarprice tag, you could get a Hyundai Creta diesel SX+ AT. The Renault Duster is the most affordable of the lot with its top-end automatic variant being priced at just Rs 12.86 lakh.