Mahindra TUV3OO vs Ford EcoSport – Specifications Comparison
Competition in the compact SUV segment of India has got more interesting with Mahindra launching the TUV3OO. Priced from Rs. 6.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Pune), the TUV3OO is up and ready to give the very famous Ford EcoSport a tough fight in the segment, better than what the Quanto was able to do. Based on a completely new platform, the TUV3OO is a very tough looking vehicle that has a lot going for it with its impressive interiors. Let’s see how these two direct rivals fare up against each other on the specifications front.
The latest Mahindra on the block derives power from the 1.5-litre three-cylinder mHawk80 diesel engine. The engine is very refined and offers a decent 82.85 BHP of power at 3750 RPM and a segment-best 230 Nm of torque from 1500 RPM. The 1.5-litre diesel engine offered in the EcoSport is more powerful than the TUV300 churning out 90 BHP of power at 3750 RPM, but outputs a lesser amount of torque of 204 Nm from 2000 RPM.
Though the Mahindra TUV3OO is only offered with a diesel engine, the EcoSport on the other comes with two additional petrol units – 1.0-litre Ecoboost (123 BHP) and 1.5-litre motor (110 BHP). Both the cars come only with 2WD, but the Mahindra small SUV might get a 4-wheel-drive system in the future.
Since both the compact SUVs tuck under the 4 metre mark, interior room is an important aspect to consider while comparing the two. The TUV3OO is wider, taller and also has a longer wheelbase than the EcoSport. As a result of this, the TUV has a roomier cabin with good quality interiors. However, the EcoSport has 10mm more ground clearance at 200mm.
The Mahindra even has more street presence as compared to the Ford thanks to the design that derives inspiration from a battle tank. The tough look is further accentuated by a bold design with squared of aesthetics including the front grille, front bumper and taillights. According to the Indian car maker, Pininfarina which is an Italian design company, had a small part in designing the compact SUV.
The newly launched TUV3OO is actually a 7-seater (5+2), unlike the EcoSport which can seat a maximum of 5 passengers. However, the rear jump seats seem to be uncomfortable for children itself, leave alone adults. The Mahindra SUV has quite a lot going in its favour as the vehicle has a larger boot space of 400 litres, in comparison to the 362 litres offered in the Ford EcoSport.