popular compact SUVs in Nepal

Comparing the Popular Compact SUVs in Nepal – Ford Ecosport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta

With a higher fleet of private vehicles being seen on the streets and roads of Nepal each day, we see a trend of more SUVs being driven. As opposed to hatchbacks or sedans, SUVs are quite new in the Nepali market and gaining their share quickly. Given the difficult conditions of roads in Nepal and the topography being no less a challenge, Nepalis leaning more towards crossovers and SUVs is natural as they’re easier to drive in and have better road maneuvering. Therefore, the number of popular compact SUVs in Nepal is on the rise.

Additionally, Nepalis leaning towards travel and adventure is growing further each day and what better to drive than a crossroad Compact SUV? They go on rough terrains and make driving itself a fun adventure.

However, with so many options available, choosing which one to buy is very difficult. Therefore, we bring to you a comparison of the four most popular compact SUVs in Nepal –  Ford Ecosport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta. The Renault Duster and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza have newly entered the market while Hyundai Creta and Ford Ecosport have already created a stable market share for themselves.

The detailed comparison of the popular SUVs can be seen in the tables. Nevertheless, we shall go in depth into what we think are the most important features to look for when buying an SUV in Nepal. We Nepalis are more concerned about price and mileage than the performance, per se. And we use our cars for family travels, where we tend to sit crammed together with 7- 8 people in a 4 seater car with children on laps. So, space is definitely a deciding factor for choosing cars.

Moreover, there’s hardly any need to explain the condition of the roads. Bumps are omnipresent beings and we definitely want high ground clearance in the popular compact SUVs in Nepal. Getting stuck everywhere is a huge nuisance. The traffic is super congested in the city and the highways are scary to death. God forbid, you never know what happens when. So safety is a feature we generally tend to overlook, but very important.

Now without further ado, let’s get to the comparison between the four most popular SUVs in Nepal.

Price

 Ford EcosportMaruti Suzuki Vitara BrezzaRenault DusterHyundai Creta
Petrol VariantNRs 3,190,000 - NRs 4,390,000 - NRs 3,533,990 - NRs 3,862,790NRs 3,996,000 - NRs 49,96,00
Diesel VariantNRs 3,699,000 - NRs 4,790,000NRs 3,599,000 to NRs 4,440,000Nrs. 4,213,490 - NRs 5,601,990NRs 4,396,000 to 58,96,000

Price wise, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza takes the prize with more affordable prices in the diesel variants. However, with Ford Ecosport sporting the lowest starting prices in the petrol variant, it could be a good choice as well.

Mileage

Mileage Ford EcosportSuzuki Vitara BrezzaRenault DusterHyundai Creta
15.95 - 19.33 kmpl24.3 kmpl13 - 19 kmpl15.29 - 21.38 kmpl

Mileage is among the first things a Nepali asks for in a vehicle. Here, Renault Duster is clearly the winner with a mileage of 24.3 kmpl.

Warranty

WarrantyFord Ecosport Maruti Vitara BrezzaRenault DusterHyundai Creta
Warranty Time2 years2 years2 years3 years
Warranty Distance100000 kms40000 kms50000 kmsUnlimited

We certainly crave for warranties. The longer the warranty periods, the better. Hyundai Creta comes in first here giving a warranty for 3 years with unlimited distance. Ford Ecosport follows shortly behind with 2 years and 100,000 km of warranty.

Capacity

CapacityFord EcosportMaruti Vitara Brezza Renault DusterHyundai Creta
Width1765mm1790mm1822mm1780mm
Wheelbase2520mm2500mm2673mm2590mm
Tyre TypeTubelessTubeless, RadialTubeless, RadialTubeless
No. of Seats5555
No. of Doors5555
Length3999mm3995mm4315mm4270mm
Height1708mm1640mm1695mm1630mm
Fuel Tank Capacity52485055
Cargo Volume346 litres328 litres475 litres400 litres

We Nepalis crave for space in a vehicle. All these compact SUVs are 5 seaters, but Renault Duster wins with a cargo volume of 475 litres. We need all that space to carry our luggage and what not’s.

Ground Clearance

 Ford EcosportMaruti Vitara Brezza Renault DusterHyundai Creta
Ground Clearance200mm198mm205mm190mm

Here again, Renault Duster has the highest ground clearance. Ford Ecosport follows closely. Ground clearance is a really important feature when choosing compact SUVs in Nepal because there’s no avoiding bumps and irregularities in our roads. All we can do is adapt to them.

These above points are what we think are the most important factors to consider when choosing to buy an SUV in Nepal. The tables below give you a more detailed comparison of Engine, Comfort, and Safety. We’ve tried to cover as much as possible in the comparison tables.

Engine

Engine & TransmissionFord Ecosport Maruti Vitara BrezzaRenault DusterHyundai Creta
Top Speed182 kmph175 kmph168 kmph165 kmph
Acceleration (0-100 km)13.5 seconds13.8 seconds12.5 seconds12.5 seconds
Engine Displacement (cc)1498124814611396
Maximum Power110.4 bhp @ 6300 rpm88.5 bhp @ 4000 rpm108.45 bhp @ 4000 rpm88.7 bhp @ 4000 rpm
Drive TypeFWDFWDFWD & AWDFWD
Turning Radius5.3 metres5.2 metres5.2 metres5.3 metres

Comfort

ComfortFord EcosportMaruti Vitara Brezza Renault DusterHyundai Creta
Air ConditionerYesYesYesYes
Power SteeringYesYesYesYes
Rear A/C VentsNoNo NoYes
Engine Start/Stop ButtonNoNo NoNo
Remote Trunk OpenerYesYesNoYes
Remote Fuel Lid OpenerNoYesNoYes
Accessory Power OutletYesYesNoNo
Transmission TypeManualManualManualManual
Foldable Rear SeatBench FoldingBench FoldingBench FoldingBench Folding
Navigation SystemNoNo NoNo
Adjustable SeatsYesYesYesYes
Cassette PlayerNoNo NoNo
CD PlayerNoYesNoNo
CD ChangerNoNo NoNo
DVD PlayerNoNo NoNo
FM/AM/RadioYesYesNoNo
Audio System Remote ControlNoNo NoNo
Speakers FrontYesYesNoYes
Speakers RearYesYesNoYes
Integrated 2DIN AudioYesYesNoNo
Bluetooth ConnectivityYesYesNoNo
USB & Auxiliary inputYesYesNoNo
Low Fuel Warning LightYesYesYesYes
Automatic Climate ControlNoNo NoNo
Air Quality ControlNoYesNoNo
Rear Reading LampYesNo NoNo
Rear Seat HeadrestYesNo YesYes
Rear Seat Center Arm RestNoNo NoNo
Heated Seats - FrontNoNo NoNo
Heated Seats - RearNoNo NoNo
Leather SeatsNoNo NoNo
Fabric UpholsteryYesYesYesYes
Voice ControlNoNo NoNo
Cup Holders-FrontYesYesYesYes
Cup Holders-RearYesNo NoNo
Shock Absorbers TypeTwin Gas and Oil Filled Coil SpringDouble ActingCoil Spring
Trunk LightNoNo YesNo
Vanity MirrorNoNo YesYes
Glove Box CoolingNoNo NoNo
Bottle HolderFront & Rear DoorFront & Rear DoorFront & Rear DoorFront & Rear Door
Seat Lumbar SupportNoNoNoNo
Cruise ControlNoNoNoNo
Multi-function Steering WheelNoNoNoNo
Touch ScreenNoNoNoNo
Front SuspensionMacPherson StrutMacPherson StrutMacPherson StrutMacPherson Strut
Rear SuspensionTwist Beam Torsion BeamTrailing ArmCoupled Torsion Beam Axle

Safety

SafetyFord Ecosport Maruti Vitara BrezzaRenault DusterHyundai Creta
Anti-Lock Braking SystemNoNoNoYes
Parking SensorsNoNoNoNo
Central LockingYesYesYesYes
Driver AirbagNoYesNoYes
Passenger AirbagNoNoNoYes
Side Airbag-FrontNoNoNoNo
Side Airbag-RearNoNoNoNo
Rear Seat BeltsYesYesYesYes
Smart Access Card EntryNoNoNoNo
Seat Belt WarningYesYesNoYes
Brake Assist NoNoNoNo
Door Ajar WarningNoNoYesYes
Crash SensorNoYesNoYes
Anti-Theft AlarmNoNoNoYes
Power Door LocksYesYesYesYes
Child Safety LocksYesYesYesYes
Side Impact BeamsYesYesYesYes
Front Impact BeamsYesYesYesYes
Day & Night Rear View MirrorYesYesYesYes
Passenger Side Rear View MirrorYesYesYesYes
Engine ImmobilizerYesYesYesYes
Centrally Mounted Fuel TankYesYesYesYes
Rear CameraNoNoNoNo
Traction ControlNoNoNoNo
Automatic HeadlampsNoNoNoNo
Follow Me Home HeadlampsYesNoNoYes
Front Brake TypeVentilated DiscVentilated DiscDiscDisc
Rear Brake TypeDrumDrumDrumDrum
Height Adjustable Front Seat BeltsNoNoNoNo

 

Finally, here we have come to the end of this long post. Hope this comparison among the four most popular compact SUVs in Nepal helps you gain a perspective on choosing which one’s the best for your needs. All of them are great and competent, well-suited for the Nepali market and terrain. If you’re looking to get one for yourself, these should surely help you shortlist.

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