Car buyers shopping for a compact SUV in the Rs 10 lakh price bracket have three major options to choose from at the moment – the Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport. All these models and their variants have similar prices and features. So which model and variant is the right one for you and why?
Let’s start off with a head-on comparison between the various features on offer in the said models. Note that all prices mentioned below are ex-showroom, Delhi. We have considered only important features that most car owners use on a daily basis or are critical in the segment.
Going by the above comparison, the Ford EcoSport is the most feature-loaded offering of the three SUVs. However, it is the Tata Nexon that offers the most features for its price and thus scores high on the value-for-money factor. Meanwhile, the Maruti Vitara Brezza strikes a near perfect balance between the features on offer and price. Bottomline: Every model offers something for everyone and there isn’t an easy way to pick one out.
Hence, let’s narrow down our comparison by answering a few questions that an average Indian customer looks for in a compact SUV:
Which is the safest compact SUV? What variant should you choose?
If safety is your priority, we suggest the Ford EcoSport Titanium+ trim. It comes loaded with safety features like 6 airbags (front, side and curtain), anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force deduction (EBD), ISOFIX child seat mounts, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control system (TCS), electronic brake assist (EBA) and hill launch assist (HLA). There’s no other car in the segment that offers such a comprehensive safety feature list.
Which model has the best infotainment & sound system?
Tata Nexon. The XZ and XZ+ variants of the Nexon come with a 6.5-inch touchscreen system. While it’s smaller compared to the ones in the Vitara Brezza and the EcoSport, it’s coupled with the best sound system in the sub Rs. 10 lakh price range – a Harman-sourced 8 speaker setup, including 4 tweeters on each door. If you are an audiophile and want the best stock sound system in your car, buy the Nexon. The freestanding display also helps the car look more premium and is fairly bright and easy to operate. It also gets Android Auto, Navigation and rear camera support.