The trend for subcompacts is going up in leaps with young turks making a move to this segment from their hatches. Size, Space, Power and Presence and Price, factors work in favour for this segment. Key contenders are Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport and Tata Nexon. Which one you want to go for?
The Popular Choice– Brezza dominates.
Going by the numbers, Vitara leads the charts. In the month of September Vitara has has 14425 units followed by Nexon at 4297 units. Ecosport trails at 3789 units and WR-V finishes at 2421 units. These numbers are the OEM despatches to dealerships and hence actual sales figures may vary. No matter, Brezza stays ahead of competition at thrice as more than Nexon owing to the Suzuki brand, the diesel heart and a big car feel.Suzuki grabs the biggest pie in the sub 4 meter SUV space.
New Kid on block – Nexon
Nexon overtaking Ecosport gives something to cheer at for folks at Tata. It is infact gaining steady popularity against established competition. Tata also has plans to keep the momentum going, as evident from the recent special edition Krass launch. Nexon is priced the lowest and offers good value for money with base model starting at 6.30 lakhs. It has a 1.2 liter petrol and 1.5 liter diesel both of which are turbocharged. They put out 108 Bhp-170 Nm and 108 Bhp-260 Nm respectively which is abundant for a vehicle of that size. It offers a 6 speed transmission with AMT for both petrol and diesel making it the only one to offer such. The recent Global NCAP rated Nexon in 4 stars making it a stable and safe car.
Tried and Tested– Ecosport
Ecosport offers that SUV looks with solid stance, rear mounted spare wheel and the trade mark Ford big black grille. 2018 facelift gives it a refreshing feel and is now fully loaded. Ecosport comes in 1.5 liter TDCI diesel, 1.5 liter naturally aspirated petrol Dragon engine and 1.0 liter turbocharged Ecoboost petrol engine. The last one available only in the premium S trim makes it a little costly affair. Leather seats, paddle shifts, auto headlamps & wipers, cruise control, reversing camera and sunroof are the ones for comfort. Safety kit includes 6 Airbags, ESP, Hill Hold, EBA, ABS & more. But it is disappoints in the boot space.The various trims costs from 7.67 lakhs and goes upto 11lakhs
Last on Grid-Honda WR-V
WR-V I is more of a crossover styling but has taller seating position & 188 mm of ground clearance making it a wanna be subcompact. Though it looks very compact and rounded and comes from Honda, WR-V has failed to gather the numbers. Mechanically it is offered with a 90hp, 1,199cc, petrol engine and a 100hp, 1,498cc diesel mated to a five-speed manual and six-speed manual gearbox, respectively. The power figures aren’t that impressive compared to the competition.WR-V interior space is great with a practical boot too and Honda’s has packaged it well.1.5L diesel offers excellent driveability & fuel economy
It offers well-tuned suspension, a supple, cushy ride matched to neutral handling. Features such as the segment-first sunroof, feather-touch climate control, LED DRLs, cruise control, reversing camera, touchscreen ICE etc are its highlights. It is priced between Rs. 7.75 – 10.00 lakhs and refreshes it with limited editions, the latest being Alive