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Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Mahindra XUV300: Hot Sub-4m SUVs

No one can deny the fact that the Indian automotive sector is majorly dominated by sub-compact SUVs. From the manufacturer’s point of view, taking out a sub-four metre is tax beneficial, which translates to money savings, as a result, the product is aggressively priced. Thanks to the Ford Ecosport that started the trend of subcompact SUVs.
Further, there are only two Maruti Suzuki cars that are in this popular segment- the Brezza and the recently-launched Fronx. These two offerings are not available in diesel. However, as for the Fronx, it is the first car from Maruti Suzuki’s current lineup to receive a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine. Yes, that’s right! The same engine was first received by the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS in 2017, but later it was axed due to low demand and meeting BS6 compliance.
The Mahindra XUV300, on the other hand, can be had in both petrol and diesel engines. This car caters to all types of buyers. Its top-most variant is also fully-loaded as the Fronx.
So, let’s see how the all-new Maruti Suzuki Fronx stacks up against the Mahindra XUV300.
Let’s begin, then!

Specifications

To start with, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx shares the majority of its DNA with the Swift and the Baleno, as these three are based on the same HEARTECT B platform. It is also powered by the same 1.2-litre, naturally-aspirated, petrol engine. It also has Maruti Suzuki’s Smart Hybrid Technology (mild-hybrid).
On the other hand, the Mahindra XUV300 is based on the internationally-sold SsangYong Tivoli’s platform. If you want to go green with the same shape as the XUV300, then you can consider its electric version, the XUV400. Among Mahindra cars, the XUV400 is the only EV offering. However, the carmaker has plans to introduce several EVs in the coming months.

Now, as far as the figures are concerned, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx’s 1.2-litre, naturally-aspirated, petrol engine is tuned to churn out 88.50 bhp at 6000 rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque at 4400 rpm. Then, another option includes a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that can churn out 98.69 bhp at 5500 rpm and 147.6 Nm of peak torque at 4500 rpm. The five-speed manual transmission is standard across the variants. The 1.2-litre has an optional five-speed AMT and the 1.0-litre has an optional six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Besides that, the Indo-Japanese carmaker is also working on the electric version of the Fronx.

Engine

On the other hand, the Mahindra XUV300 has three engine options on offer: a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated (NA), a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol, and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine. If you are a performance-oriented buyer, you should consider the XUV300. Find out the location-based XUV300 price here.
The 1.2-litre, naturally-aspirated, petrol engine can generate 108.62 bhp at 5000 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 3500 rpm. In parallel, the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol can pump out 128.73 bhp at 5000 rpm and 230 Nm of torque at 3750 rpm. The last option comprises a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine, which is tuned to pump out 115.05 bhp at 3750 rpm and 300 Nm of peak torque at 2500 rpm.

All engines powering the XUV300 boast immense power. Further, all of them are coupled with a standard six-speed manual and an optional six-speed AMT gearbox. Interestingly, Mahindra and Mahindra used Marazzo’s diesel engine to power the XUV300. Now you can imagine the power from the power-to-weight ratio aspect. For a car like XUV300, the 300 Nm of torque is a lot. Check out the Mahindra XUV300 price here for the diesel version, especially if you are a mileage- and torque-centric buyer.

As for fuel efficiency, the Mahindra XUV300’s mileage ranges between 16.5 km/l and 20.1 km/l. On the other hand, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx’s mileage ranges between 20.1 km/l and 22.89 km/l.
All are ARAI-certified mileage figures. It is also worth mentioning that the mileage figure can vary with the combination of engine and transmission. The real-world mileage figure can also differ with the local traffic conditions and individuals’ driving styles.

Suspension

Furthermore, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx has a conventional suspension setup, as it has a MacPherson Strut at the front and a Torsion Beam at the rear. In parallel, the Mahindra XUV300 also has a similar suspenion setup but is slightly superior. It has a MacPherson Strut with an anti-roll bar and a Twist Beam with coil spring suspension at the rear. Please note that these suspension setups are tuned by keeping the conditions of Indian roads in mind. That said, these two subcompact SUVs can absorb the undulations and bumps from potholes with ease. The XUV300 might feel slightly stiffer than the Fronx, though, as Mahindra also keeps performance in mind.

Apart from that, the braking duties on the Fronx are taken care of by standard disc-drum brakes, whereas the Mahindra XUV300 has optional all-disc brakes. Considering the Fronx’s price which is similar to the XUV300, the carmaker should have offered all-disc brakes.
As you may know, all-disc brakes can offer superior brake performance than disc-drum brakes.
Furthermore, the Fronx runs on 16-inch rims (steel or alloy) and has a tyre profile of 195/60 R16. On the flip side, the top model of the XUV300 also runs on 16-inch alloys but has a better tyre profile, which is 205/65 R16. Wider the tyres, the better the grip.

Features

The manufacturers have equipped the top most variants of both the vehicles very well. Let’s start with the Maruti Suzuki Fronx’s exclusive features. It has fabric upholstery, lights on vanity mirrors (driver and co-driver), adjustable cluster brightness, a heads-up display (HUD), and a wireless charger. It also has a 36-degree view camera, rear parking sensors and Alexa compatibility. Unlike the XUV300, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx has a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (all-wireless). This vehicle also has LED headlights. For safety, the Fronx gets six airbags and an emergency brake light flashing. To know more about the features and the interior, check out the 2023 Fronx review on autoX.

Moving on to the XUV300, this vehicle has cabin-boot access, a reverse camera with guidance and sensors (front and rear, leatherette upholstery (black and beige), a rear armrest with cupholders, and a sunglass holder. Other exclusive features include a rain-sensing wiper, electric tailgate release, single-pane sunroof, halogen-projector headlights with foglights (front and rear), lights on vanity mirror (co-driver only), and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment unit. But it has wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the safety front, it has seven airbags and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

So, these were the exclusive features of these two vehicles. Let’s now move on to their prices.

Prices and Variants

The Mahindra XUV300 has seventeen variants in total. The starting price of the XUV300 is Rs 8.42 lakh for the base model, the W4 Manual Petrol, and goes up to Rs 14.60 lakh for the top model, the W8 AMT (O) Diesel.
On the other hand, the Fronx has a total of twelve variants. The Maruti Suzuki Fronx’s price starts at Rs 7.46 lakh for the base model, the Sigma Petrol MT, and goes up to Rs 13.13 lakh for the top model, the Alpha Turbo DT AT.
All are ex-showroom prices in Delhi, as of June 2023. Please note that these prices are subject to change without any prior notice to the customer. You can, however, visit the autoX website to access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle. For more, visit our website or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. So, stay tuned!

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