Vitara Brezza vs KUV100 Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Mahindra KUV100 Comparison

Overall, on one hand, we have the KUV100 K8 with a few extra features compared to the Brezza VDi O, while on the other hand we have the Brezza’s superior performance, refinement, build quality, dynamics, space, reliability and after sales service. In our view, Brezza’s fundamental advantages over the KUV100 are much more valuable than the KUV100’s extra features. To us the Vitara Brezza is the clear winner of this shootout.

KUV100 vs Vitara Brezza Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: KUV100’s top-end diesel variant, the ‘K8’ retails for 7.90 Lakh, On-road, Delhi, which is around 90,000 rupees cheaper than Vitara Brezza’s ‘VDi O’ variant (costing 8.80 Lakh). However, the KUV100 is not just cheaper, but also has more features than the Vitara Brezza (listed below), which are worth around 25,000 Rs. making it 1.15 Lakh rupees cheaper than an equivalent Brezza.

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Tilt Steering
Extra Features in Vitara Brezza (VDi O): none
Extra Features in KUV100 (K8): LED DRLs, Alloys, Fog Lamps, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Steering Wheel Switches, 2 Tweeters

Performance & Drivability (Diesel): Surprisingly, the KUV100 has lesser turbo-lag and slightly better drivability than the Vitara Brezza does around town. However, once the Brezza’s turbo spools up past 2000 rpm, it edges ahead of the KUV100 and keeps on extending its lead till the redline. The Brezza is also marginally more refined than the KUV100 and tad more free revving as well. That being said, Mahindra’s latest diesel engine powering the KUV100 has turned out to be quite impressive in the balancing the drivability, performance and refinement parameters.

Power (PS@rpm): Vitara Brezza – 90@4000, KUV100 – 77@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): Vitara Brezza – 200@1750, KUV100 – 190@1750-2250
Kerb Weight (kg): Vitara Brezza – 1185, KUV100 – 1175*
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Vitara Brezza – 76, KUv100 - 66
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Vitara Brezza – 169, KUV100 - 162

Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back tests, both cars turned to be equally fuel-efficient.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Vitara Brezza – 24.3, KUV100 – 25.32
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Vitara Brezza – 2.47, KUV100 – 2.37
assuming current fuel prices

Space & Comfort: Both cars have impressively spacious and comfortable cabins for carrying five full size adults with ease. The Brezza’s is slightly roomier; thanks to a noticeably wider rear seat and its interiors are also better put together and well finished than the KUV100’s. The KUV’s front bench seat is more of a gimmick, but in rare occasions, it may come in handy for short distances. KUV100 has a 256-liter boot, which is around 75 crucial liters smaller than Brezza’s 328-liter capacity.

Length (mm): Vitara Brezza - 3995, KUV100 - 3675
Width (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1790, KUV100 - 1715
Height (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1640, KUV100 - 1655

Ride Quality & Handling: KUV100 is no match to the ride-handling of the Brezza. Both cars are prone to body roll, but the Brezza corners with much more precision and confidence than the vague and lifeless feel of the KUV100. KUV100’s overtly soft suspension gives it slightly better ride quality than the Brezza, but the Brezza feels much more stable and planted at high speeds.

Ground Clearance (mm): Vitara Brezza – 198, KUV100 – 170
Tyre Size:
Vitara Brezza - 215/60R16 (ZDi, ZDi+), 205/60R16 (LDi, VDi)
KUV100 - 185/65R14

Reliability and After Sales Service: Mahindra is no match to Maruti’s unchallenged leadership in After Sales Service in India. Firstly, Suzuki products have proven to be far more reliable than Mahindra’s over the past three decades in the market. Secondly, Mahindra products have always had a history of teething troubles in their newly launched products. This does not bode well for the KUV100’s brand new engine-gearbox. It would be prudent to wait and watch the customer feedback for 6 months before bringing home the KUV100, not that we recommend doing that anyways.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Thanks to Maruti’s reputation for a Hassle-free Ownership experience, as well as the sheer demand for compact SUVs in general, and the Vitara Brezza in particular, it is bound to retain significantly better resale value than the KUV100.

Vitara Brezza (VDi O) – 5.28, KUV100 (K8) – 4.26

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Vitara Brezza is bound to make up for the its relatively higher price-tag compared to the KUV100, by retaining far better residual value than the KUV100 after a usage of 5 to 7 years. Both cars will require an identical 6-lakh rupee outlay in terms of Total Cost of Ownership.

Vitara Brezza (VDi O) – 6.00, KUV100 (K8) – 6.00

Verdict: On one hand, we have the KUV100 K8 with a few extra features compared to the Brezza VDi O, while on the other hand we have the Brezza’s superior performance, refinement, build quality, dynamics, space, reliability and after sales service. In our view, Brezza’s fundamental advantages over the KUV100 are much more valuable than the KUV100’s extra features. To us the Vitara Brezza is the clear winner of this shootout.

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