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Mahindra XUV 3XO vs Tata Nexon – this is the one to buy

The sub 4m SUV segment is experiencing intense competition with the launch of the Mahindra XUV 3XO, raising the stakes. The segment leader, Tata Nexon, is also well-equipped with features. In this comparison, we’ll evaluate both to see which emerges as the superior choice.


Both the XUV 3XO and Nexon boast an impressive array of features. They both come equipped with Bi-LED headlights, connected tail lights, LED DRLs, and LED fog lights. However, the Nexon gains an edge with additional lighting features, including cornering lights and soothing sequential turn indicators at the front and back. Front and rear parking sensors, 360-degree cameras, and auto-folding ORVMs are standard in both models.

Notably, the XUV 3XO lacks a shark-fin antenna, and its rear windscreen wiper isn’t as neatly concealed as the Nexon’s. On the other hand, the Nexon doesn’t offer rear disc brakes or 17-inch alloy wheels, features present in the XUV 3XO. In terms of boot space, the Nexon outshines the XUV 3XO, offering 382 liters compared to the latter’s 295 liters. Additionally, the Nexon comes with a proper spare wheel, unlike the XUV 3XO’s space saver. It’s worth mentioning that the XUV 3XO doesn’t include a rear parcel tray, possibly to create the illusion of a larger boot space.


When it comes to safety, both of these sub 4m offerings shine. They meet all mandated safety requirements, including 6 airbags, ESP, TCS, and 3-point seatbelts with reminders for all passengers. Additionally, both cars have achieved full 5-star crash ratings in Global NCAP tests. However, the Mahindra XUV 3XO stands out by offering Level-2 ADAS, surpassing every other sub 4m vehicle in this aspect. In contrast, the Nexon doesn’t feature any ADAS capabilities.


Both models come equipped with 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment displays, though the XUV 3XO’s screen boasts slightly more vertical space. The Nexon offers wireless connectivity for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, whereas the XUV 3XO requires a wired connection for CarPlay. Both provide a 360-degree camera feed, but the Nexon goes further with video-streaming capabilities. The Nexon features a premium audio setup with 9 JBL speakers, while the XUV 3XO boasts 7 Harman/Kardon speakers with subwoofers in both.

In terms of additional features, the XUV 3XO stands out with its panoramic sunroof, steering modes, and dual-zone climate control. However, the Nexon counters with ventilated front seats, which could be considered a significant advantage. Both models offer wireless phone charging, but the XUV 3XO goes a step further with a 65W Type-C fast charger, capable of charging laptops as well. Furthermore, the XUV 3XO now includes rear AC vents and three adjustable rear headrests, whereas the Nexon offers two. The Nexon features a sophisticated gear selector and a stylish drive mode dial, while the XUV 3XO incorporates an electronic handbrake and a sleek bezel-less IRVM.

Engine and Transmission

In terms of powertrains, both the XUV 3XO and Nexon come with a 1.2L 3-cylinder Turbo Petrol and a 1.5L 4-cylinder Turbo Diesel engine. While the XUV 3XO offers a new torque converter automatic transmission from Aisin, it falls short compared to the quick-shifting 7-speed DCA provided by the Nexon.

Though the performance metrics on paper favor Mahindra, the Nexon is slightly lighter and still delivers impressive performance. In conclusion, the Tata Nexon competes admirably against the Mahindra XUV 3XO. Considering Tata’s past strategies, we may see ADAS and a panoramic sunroof added to the Nexon by the end of this year