In another battle of the 3 heavyweights if the MPV segment, we take a look at the Engine and performance side of these passenger vehicles. Performance is not necessarily considered a great measure while comparing cars of this segment but, one should not forget that performance doesn’t only mean how fast a vehicle can go. It also adds up to the ease and comfort of the driver while maneuvering the vehicle in both off-road and on-road terrain. It also adds up to the comfort of the passengers in long journeys and the level of their exhaustion in such journeys.
Starting with Toyota Kirloskar ’s Innova, the sharp looking car is available in both petrol and diesel options which provide different power outputs. The Petrol version is powered by a 2.0Litre, 4-inline cylinder 1TR-FE petrol engine. The 1998 CC engine is available with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection). This petrol produces an impressive maximum power of 132PS @ 5600RPM and a maximum torque of 181Nm @ 4000RPM. This engine delivers high performance, capable enough to keep the car stable at speed even in excess of 120 KM/Hr. the Diesel on the other hand is powered by a larger 2.5Litre 2KD-FTV engine with turbocharger and Common Rail Direct Injection fuel supply system. It produces a maximum power of 102PS @ 3600RPM and a maximum torque of 200Nm @ 1400-3400RPM.
The Mahindra Xylo is powered by 2 different engines, the first being the 2.5Litre M-eagle CRDe diesel engine with 4-cylinders and inline engine type. The eagle provides a maximum power of 112PS @ 3800RPM and a maximum torque of 260Nm @ 1800-2200RPM. The other variant of the boxy Xylo is powered by an impressive 2.2Litre mHawk engine which produces a maximum power of 120PS @ 4000RPM and a maximum torque of 280Nm @ 2400-2800RPM. This engine is extremely responsive and powerful, making the Xylo a pleasant experience for the driver.
The Maruti Ertiga is also available in both petrol and diesel models which produce different power outputs, giving a good choice to the consumer. The Petrol variant is powered by a 1.4Litre engine from Maruti’s latest K-series with VVT. This petrol churns out a maximum power of 93.7PS at a maximum torque of 130Nm. The Diesel on the other hand, is powered by a 1.3Litre Multijet Turbo diesel engine with DDiS (Direct Diesel Injection System). The diesel produces a maximum power of 88.7 PS and a maximum torque of 202.2Nm. Both the engines adhere to BSIV emission norms and provide a very quiet and swift drive due to their small size.
Overall, the Innova continues to dominate in this segment, with its highly refined and smooth ride quality, backed by a great transmission, making the ride extremely comfortable and easy. The Innova is followed by the Xylo which still offers some joy to the driver with its mHawk engine. The Ertiga however, feels very underpowered and week as compared to its other two rivals and thus lags behind in performance and driver’s joy.