Maruti Nexa Grand Vitara Quick Drive Review – All Powertrain Options

In this Maruti Grand Vitara quick drive review, we will share our experience of driving the 5-seater SUV at Maruti’s test track in Rohtak, Haryana. We drove the Grand Vitara with multiple powertrain options, including the mild-hybrid auto, mild-hybrid 4WD manual and the strong hybrid auto.

maruti nexa grand vitara quick drive review – all powertrain options

Test Track Brief

As we stated earlier, we drove the Grand Vitara on the test track in Maruti’s Rohtak R&D facility. The track comprised a high-speed track, a highway track and a city track. The high-speed track is roughly a 6km long oval loop with banked sections around turns. The highway track is around 4.5km long while the city track is 1.5km long. We hit a maximum speed of 140kmph and a minimum speed of 80kmph on the track. We recorded the acceleration and fuel efficiency of the car on this track, which we will share in detail later.

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From our experience driving the car, here are a few frequently asked queries answered:

Does it feel underpowered?

Before we draw any conclusions regarding the performance of various powertrain options of the Grand Vitara, here is a quick look at the engine specifications of all powertrain options on offer:

Specifications

Mild-Hybrid – 2WD & 4WD

Strong Hybrid

Engine

1.5L

1.5L

Cylinder

4

3

Displacement

1462cc

1490cc

Power

103PS @ 6000rpm

115.5PS

Peak Torque

136.8Nm @ 4400rpm

141Nm

Manual

5MT

Manual FE

Auto

6TC

eCVT

Auto FE

20.58kmpl

27.97kmpl

MARUTI NEXA GRAND VITARA

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS COMPARED

21.11kmpl

19.38kmpl 4WD

The Grand Vitara mild-hybrid produces a maximum power of 103PS and 136.8Nm of peak torque. This powertrain lags behind other SUVs in the segment in terms of power and torque figures. Compared to the other powertrain options on offer, the mild-hybrid felt the most sluggish. During our test, we tested the 0-100kmph timing of the mild-hybrid automatic version. The car took roughly 16 seconds to complete the run, which was not quick by any means.

GRAND VITARA | 0-100kmph ESTIMATE

Mild Hybrid Automatic

AWD Mild Hybrid Manual

Strong Hybrid

16 seconds

15.5 seconds

14 seconds

We also tested the mild-hybrid 4WD manual version of the Grand Vitara. This time, the car took roughly 15.5 seconds to complete the 0-100kmph run. On the other hand, the strong hybrid automatic version of the Grand Vitara took around 14 seconds to reach a speed of 100kmph.

From the acceleration times, we can conclude that the strong hybrid version is the peppiest of the lot. Even on paper, the strong hybrid powertrain has the upper hand. It produces 115.5PS of maximum power and 141Nm of peak torque. We think that its performance is comparable to that of its naturally-aspirated rivals.

After our brief drive, we think that the Grand Vitara’s mild-hybrid engine is suitable for buyers who do most of their commutes in the city. The engine would feel underpowered on the highway, especially with 5 people and their luggage on board. On the other hand, the strong hybrid version should be suitable for someone with a lot of running, be it inside the city or on the highway.

What’s the highway performance like?

To judge the highway performance of all the powertrain options of the Grand Vitara, we compared the engine behaviour at around 100kmph. The mild-hybrid setup with the 4WD system in the Grand Vitara is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission. At a speed of 100kmph, the engine felt strained as it was cruising at around 3000rpm.

GRAND VITARA | 100kmph rpm

Mild Hybrid AWD Manual

Mild Hybrid Automatic

3000rpm

2250rpm

The mild-hybrid front-wheel-drive version is also available with a 6-speed TC automatic transmission. This powertrain felt comparatively relaxed due to the added 6th gear. At 100kmph, the engine was revving at around 2250rpm. Hence, if you plan to buy the mild-hybrid Grand Vitara for frequent highway drives, you should opt for the automatic transmission.

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Among all 3 powertrain options on offer, we found the strong hybrid Grand Vitara’s performance the best. It also felt the most relaxed at 100kmph. Additionally, it also felt the most responsive on pressing the accelerator pedal at this speed.

However, the 3-cylinder engine of the strong hybrid setup was a bit loud. A lot of noise filtered into the cabin, which one could overcome with the audio system. However, it was noticeably louder than the 4-cylinder mild-hybrid engine,

Talking about the braking performance, it was not up to the mark, especially when exceeding triple-digit speeds. However, it was enough for the performance the Grand Vitara has to offer. To comment or discuss the ride and handling of the Grand Vitara, we will need to drive it more.

What was the indicated fuel efficiency?

As we stated earlier, we were driving the Grand Vitara on a 6km long high-speed track. During our drive, we recorded the indicated fuel efficiency of all 3 powertrain options. However, we achieved these figures after driving for only 6km and hence, these are not conclusive. Additionally, we drove the Grand Vitara at speeds higher than 100kmph most of the time while touching 140kmph in between as well. Given our aggressive driving style, these figures do not represent real-world driving conditions at all.

GRAND VITARA | DISPLAYED FUEL EFFICIENCY

Mild Hybrid Automatic

AWD Mild Hybrid Manual

Strong Hybrid

12.2kmpl

10kmpl

10kmpl

Talking about the mild-hybrid automatic version of the Grand Vitara, it displayed a fuel efficiency of 12.2kmpl on the high-speed track. On the other hand, the mild-hybrid 4WD version displayed a comparatively lower mileage of 10kmpl.

Shockingly, the strong-hybrid Grand Vitara showed a fuel efficiency of 10kmpl, which was lower than the mild-hybrid automatic version. We think the reason behind this was us doing high speeds with the car. At such high speeds, only the engine was delivering almost all of the power and hence, the car could not take the advantage of the electric setup. However, we are confident that during city drives or relaxed highway drives, the strong-hybrid version will deliver more mileage than other powertrain options.

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