Mahindra XUV300 was launched earlier this year. Promoted as a well-equipped SUV with a load of premium features, the XUV300 is quickly gaining popularity. Just last month, the new model celebrated two consecutive months of being the second best-selling car in the sub-four-meter SUV segment. By becoming the second-most top-selling model in its space, Mahindra XUV300 has defeated models like Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport.
Unlike the fresh-faced XUV300, Ford EcoSport has built its name as one of the most trusted vehicles in the market over the years. It was also among the first successful cars in the compact SUV segment in India. However, with the entrance of other newer models, the Ford EcoSport isn't among the highest grossers anymore. Last month, it was the fifth best-selling model in the sub-four-meter SUV space. Obviously, the Mahindra XUV300 has triumphed the Ford EcoSport in terms of sales volume. However, would the newer and more technologically-advanced XUV300 become the winner of a drag race? Let’s find out the answer by watching the following video.
Mahindra XUV300 vs Ford EcoSport + DRAG RACE
The models used in the drag race are South African-spec vehicles. However, these models are mostly similar to our versions. After being introduced in the domestic market, Mahindra commenced the export of the XUV300 to the South African market. On the other hand, the Ford EcoSport appeared on the video is of the pre-facelift version but the powertrain is the same as that of the facelift version.
Towards the end of this video, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport are lined next to each other for a drag race. At the very beginning, Ford EcoSport looks more promising than the Mahindra XUV300. But the Mahindra XUV300 soon gains its pull and propels ahead of the Ford EcoSport. It comes as no surprise that the Mahindra XUV300 ends up being the winner of the two-car race. At the stop line, Mahindra XUV300 registered a quarter-mile drag run of 18.83 seconds at a speed of 118 kmph. The Ford EcoSport was slower by 0.89 seconds and clocked 107 kmph at the finish line.
Both of these models are powered by 1.5-litre diesel engine
Notably, the engines of the two vehicles are of the same displacement. The 1.5-litre diesel engine on the Mahindra XUV300, which is carried over from the Mahindra Marazzo, is good for 115 Bhp and peak torque of 300 Nm. It is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. On the other hand, Ford EcoSport is powered by a 1.5-litre engine that churns out 99 BHP and 205 Nm. This engine gets a 5-speed manual gearbox. At the moment, no automatic option is available on the diesel XUV300 and the Ford EcoSport.