Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs rivals: fuel efficiency, powertrains and dimensions

Maruti’s new hybrid SUV will rival the Toyota Hyryder, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor and the Nissan Kicks.

The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is the latest entrant in the cut-throat midsize SUV segment. Furthermore, it is the second hybrid SUV in its segment, closely following its sibling, the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryrder. The two models have the advantage of a strong hybrid option, which can run in EV mode.

Maruti’s new hybrid SUV will face tough competition from the Hyundai Creta, Kia SeltosSkoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, MG Astor and Nissan Kicks. Let’s see how the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara fares on paper against its rivals in terms of size, engine options and fuel efficiency.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs rivals: dimensions

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs Rivals: Dimension
Model Grand Vitara Hyryder Creta Seltos Taigun Kushaq Astor Kicks
Length 4345 4365 4300 4315 4221 4225 4323 4384
Width 1795 1795 1790 1800 1760 1760 1809 1813
Height 1645 1635 1635 1645 1612 1612 1650 1669
Wheelbase 2600 2600 2610 2610 2651 2651 2585 2673
Wheels 17-inch 17-inch 17-inch 17-inch 17-inch 17-inch 17-inch 17-inch

The Grand Vitara is 4,345mm long, 1,795mm wide, and 1,645mm tall, which makes it the third longest SUV in the segment, trailing the Urban Cruiser Hyryder and Nissan Kicks by 10mm and 39mm, respectively.

The Grand Vitara is a midfielder when it comes to comparing its width and height with that of its rivals. While the hybrid siblings – Grand Vitara and Hyryder – are wider than the Creta, Taigun and Kushaq, they are narrower than the Seltos, Astor and Kicks. The height of the Maruti SUV is on par with the Seltos, but the Astor and Kicks are taller than it by 5mm and 14mm, respectively. All SUVs here ride on 17-inch wheels.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs rivals: engine and gearbox

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs Rivals: Engine and specs
Model Grand Vitara Hyryrder Creta Seltos Taigun Kushaq Astor Kicks
Type 4 cyls NA mild hybrid/ 3 cyls NA strong hybrid 4 cyls NA mild hybrid/ 3 cyls NA strong hybrid 4 cyls NA/ 4 cyls Turbo 4 cyls NA/ 4 cyls Turbo 3 cyls Turbo/ 4 cyls Turbo 3 cyls Turbo/ 4 cyls Turbo 4 cyls NA/ 4 cyls Turbo 4 cyls NA/ 4 cyls Turbo
Displacement 1462cc/ 1490cc 1462cc/ 1490cc 1497cc/ 1353cc 1497cc/ 1353cc 999cc/ 1498cc 999cc/ 1498cc 1498cc/ 1349cc 1498cc/ 1330cc
Power 103hp/ 115hp 103hp/ 115hp 115hp/ 140hp 115hp/ 140hp 115hp/ 150hp 115hp/ 150hp 110hp/ 140hp 106hp/ 156hp
Torque 135Nm/ 141Nm 135Nm/ 141Nm 144Nm/ 242Nm 144Nm/ 242Nm 178Nm/ 250Nm 178Nm/ 250Nm 144Nm/ 220Nm 142Nm/ 245Nm
MT gearbox 5-speed/ – 5-speed/ – 6-speed/ – 6-speed/ 6-speed 6-speed/ 6-speed 6-speed/ 6-speed 5-speed/ – 6-speed/ 6-speed
AT gearbox 6-speed torque converter/ e-drive transmission 6-speed torque converter/ e-drive transmission CVT/ 7-speed DCT CVT/ 7-speed DCT 6-speed torque converter/ 7-speed DCT 6-speed torque converter/ 7-speed DCT CVT/ 6-speed torque converter -/ CVT

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Where every other SUV’s base powertrain is a naturally aspirated petrol engine, the Volkswagen and Skoda get a turbo-petrol unit.

In the high-spec petrol powertrains, the Grand Vitara and Hyryder are the only ones to use a hybrid powertrain. Overall, the Grand Vitara and the Hyryder develop the least amount of power and torque, while the 1.5-litre Taigun and Kushaq make the most torque, at 250Nm, and the 1.3-litre Kicks makes the most power, at 156hp. While the Taigun and Kushaq produce 150hp and 250Nm from their 1.5-litre TSI unit, the 1.4-litre Creta and Seltos, as well as the 1.3-litre Astor, make 140hp from their turbocharged units.

The Grand Vitara and Hyryder get a strong-hybrid system with their higher-spec petrol engine, where the 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated unit produces 92hp and 122Nm of torque and the hybrid motor produces 79hp and 141Nm. Combined, the strong-hybrid powertrain makes 115hp. The Maruti and Toyota strong hybrids also get an electric-only range of 25km, thanks to the 177.6V lithium-ion battery.

Most SUVs here get a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the Grand Vitara, Hyryder and Astor make do with 5-speed unit. Remarkably, for the automatic gearbox, all SUVs employ a mix of torque converters, DCT and CVT transmissions. On the other hand, the Grand Vitara and Hyryder use an e-drive gearbox for the strong hybrid powertrains.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs rivals: fuel efficiency

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs Rivals: fuel efficiency
Model Grand Vitara* Hyryder* Creta Seltos Taigun Kushaq Astor Kicks
MT gearbox 21.12kpl/ 19.39kpl (AWD)/ – 21.12kpl/ 19.39kpl (AWD)/ – 16.8kpl/ – 16.5kpl/ 16.1kpl 19.20kpl/ 18.47 19.20kpl/ 17.95kpl NA 13.9kpl/ 15.8kpl
AT gearbox 20.58kpl/ 27.97kpl 20.58kpl/ 27.97 kpl 17.1 kpl/ 16.8kpl 16.8kpl/ 16.5kpl 17.23kpl/ 17.88kpl 17.20kpl/ 17.70kpl NA -/ 15.8kpl (approx)

*The fuel efficiency figures are company claims based on internal testing

Maruti Suzuki and Toyota claim that their strong-hybrid SUVs return a fuel efficiency figure of 27.97kpl. However, this claim is yet to be certified by ARAI. And if the ARAI figures do turn out to match the official ones, the Grand Vitara and Hyryder would become the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the segment. Similarly, the mild-hybrid powertrains in the Grand Vitara and Hyryder have the highest claimed fuel efficiency figures compared to its rivals, returning up to 21.12kpl. The MG Astor’s ARAI-certified figures were unavailable, making it a bit difficult to judge where it stands amongst its rivals. On the other hand, the Nissan Kicks is the least fuel efficient of the lot. 

Here, we have only considered the petrol powertrains of all SUVs and it is worth noting that the Creta and Seltos also have a diesel powertrain. 

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