TUV300 vs Ertiga Comparison

Mahindra TUV300 vs Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga Comparison
Verdict: Ertiga is better than TUV300
Pricing & Features: The family man who wants a vehicle that can accommodate a minimum of 7 people, double up as a daily city commuter and yet be light on the pocket, had very limited options. Most made a beeline for the Ertiga. But now, they have an alternative, thanks to Mahindra, with the added advantage of the all important, ‘SUV styling’ adopted by the TUV300. This segment of buyer is becoming increasingly conscious of safety features, which is why for the sake of comparison we chose the Ertiga’s ZDi variant costing 8.79 lakh, Ex-showroom Delhi, and the similarly priced T8, manual geared variant of the TUV300, which retails for 8.48 Lakh. In spite of being 31,000 Rs. cheaper than the Ertiga, it also has some additional features like Parking Sensors, Cornering Lamps etc. that are worth around 20,000 Rs. This means that the TUV300 is roughly 50,000 Rs. cheaper than the Ertiga.
Common Features: ABS, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Fuel Computer, Fog Lamps, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Alloys
Extra Features in Ertiga: Rear AC Vents
Extra Features in TUV300: Parking Sensors, Cornering Lamps, Bluetooth

Performance & Drivability: Both cars are as different to drive as the proverbial chalk and cheese. On one hand you have the TUV300, which has hardly any turbo lag at all making it a perfectly suitable for crawling around city streets day-in day-out. While on the other hand you have the Ertiga which has immense turbo lag until the turbo finally starts spooling at about 2200 rpm, making it a bit of a chore to drive in city traffic. However as the road opens up, TUV300’s limitations become apparent as it runs out of breath, while overtaking heavy vehicles on the highway, while the Ertiga starts asserting itself with a mid-range potent enough to make light work of overtaking trucks and lorries. In terms of outright acceleration too, the Ertiga effortlessly outpaces the TUV300. Not to forget the Ertiga’s 1250cc engine developed by Fiat is remarkably refined and has been sound-deadened further by Maruti’s engineers, while the TUV300’s lack of a fourth cylinder becomes all too apparent, especially at higher revs. Mahindra does score an additional brownie point for offering an automatic geared option in the TUV300, which makes it all-the-more effortless to drive during urban commutes.
Power (PS@rpm): TUV300 – 85@3750, Ertiga – 90@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): TUV300 - 230@1500-2250, Ertiga – 200@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): TUV300 – 1590, Dzire – 1235
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): TUV300 – 54, Dzire – 73
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): TUV300 – 145, Dzire – 162

Fuel Efficiency: TUV300 has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.49 kmpl, which is 4.31 kmpl less than Ertiga’s fuel efficiency of 22.8 kmpl. In our back to back tests, the Ertiga was consistently 3 kmpl more efficient than the TUV300. This will lead to savings of 60,000 Rs. over a usage of 75,000 kms making the Ertiga 10,000 Rs. cheaper than a equivalent TUV300

Space & Comfort: Both cars have adequate room in the front as well as middle row for five occupants. Although the TUV300 does have an advantage when it comes to a possibility of squeezing in a fourth occupant and the transmission tunnel on the TUV300 is also hardly noticeable. However, both cars have completely different third row. Ertiga has a front facing third row, which is big enough for two kids, with added advantage of rear AC vents. The sliding second row gives added flexibility, in terms of liberating additional knee-room in the middle row if the third row is empty. The TUV300 has side facing third row seats, which are not as convenient as front facing seats, but are big enough to seat two full size adults, with their knees hardly touching each other. 

Ride Quality & Handling: Ertiga is far superior to the TUV300 in terms of dynamic abilities. In spite of being launched in 2015, TUV300 is still as old school as they come. It has a body on frame structure supposedly for better off-road ability, in this day and age when even the most capable off-roader, the Range Rover has moved on to a monocoque architecture. It rolls, pitches, squats and yaws as much as any newly launched car shouldn't and does not inspire as much confidence while panic braking as a newly launched car should. It is also dreary to drive around corners with hardly any feel from the steering and any feedback from the surface underneath. The Ertiga on the other hand drives uncannily like a car, with decent grip and a quick and precise, if slightly over servoed steering helping it do so. The TUV300's higher ground clearance does make it more adept than the Ertiga in rural road conditions and its sturdy underpinnings smother any abuse the National Highway Authority of India can throw at it. The Ertiga too handles such scenarios much better than you would expect it to, just not as well as the TUV300.

Reliability & After Sales Service: One parameter where Mahindra cant hold a candle to Maruti is in terms of Product Reliability and After Sales Service. While Maruti has proven dozens of times that it delivers exceedingly reliable product, in India, from the word go. Buying a newly launched Mahindra remains a bit of a gamble. No wonder then that adopting a wait and watch policy for the first six months has become a standard practice amongst Mahindra intenders. Although Mahindra has managed to penetrate into some remote places by finding synergies with its tractor business. Maruti with its 2000 strong dealer network has ensured an unmatched service availability in the country. No surprises then that over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years, the Ertiga is bound to depreciate around 40,000 Rs. less than the TUV300, bringing the overall Cost of Ownership of an Ertiga to be 50,000 Rs. less than that of a TUV300.

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