The sub-compact SUV has never been this lit. Maruti Suzuki has the Vitara Brezza, Nissan has the Magnite, and other companies, too have cars on offer in this segment. We won’t be naming all of them, or else, that is a long list and would cover half of the article. I have chosen the two on the basis of their NCAP ratings. So, without any further delay, let’s get started.

Which Sub-Compact SUV offers better performance?

Powertrain | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Powertrain | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Engine Comparison | Nissan Magnite vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Nissan Magnite Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Engine 1.0-litre Petrol 1.0-litre Turbo-Petrol K15B 1.5-litre Petrol
Power@rpm 72ps@6,250 100ps@5,000 104.6ps@6,000
Torque@rpm 96Nm@3,500 160ps@2,800-3,600 (MT)
152ps@2,200-4,400 (CVT)
Transmission 5-speed MT 5-speed MT / CVT 5 MT / 4-speed AT
Fuel Efficiency 18.75kmpl 20kmpl (MT) / 17.7kmpl (CVT) 17.03kmpl (MT) / 18.76kmpl (AT)
  • None of the sub-compact SUVs offers a diesel engine. As for petrol, Magnite has two engines on option, a naturally aspirated and a turbocharged.
  • Magnite’s turbocharged engine is the most powerful in the comparison and comes mated to a CVT. This engine also offers the best fuel mileage.
  • Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza, the wicked SUV surely has a decent engine and has one of the most refined engines from Maruti.

Nissan Magnite or the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza | Which offers more space? 

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Dimensions
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Dimensions

Dimensions Comparison

Nissan Magnite Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Length (mm) 3,994 3,995
Width (mm) 1,758 1,790
Height (mm) 1,572 1,640
Wheelbase (mm) 2,500 2,500
Ground Clearance (mm) 205 198
Boot Space (Litres) 336 328
  • Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is wider and taller than the Magnite. But, when it comes to ground clearance, Magnite gets ahead of Brezza. This means that, inside the cabin, Brezza offers better headroom.
  • Magnite offers better bootspace, though the difference is not a major one.

Now it comes to the features!

Features Comparison

Nissan Magnite Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Rear AC Vents
Cruise Control
Air Purifier
Wireless Charger
Ambient Mood Lighting
Tilt Steering
Telescopic Steering
Steering Mounted Controls
Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Support
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Support NA
360-degree Camera
  • Nissan Magnite offers a load of features that Maruti Vitara Brezza lacks.
  • Magnite is the first car under 20lakhs to offer wireless smartphone connectivity.

Also, read Tata Nexon vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza | Neck-to-Neck Comparison

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And last but not the least, the 4-stars!

Both the cars have scored a 4-star rating at the NCAPs. Vitara Brezza scored the rating at the Global NCAP while Magnite scored the stars at ASEAN NCAP. It is soon to be tested by Global NCAP too. Let’s take a look at the safety features both the cars have to offer.

Safety Features Comparison


Nissan Magnite Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
ABS with EBD
Dual Front Airbags
Rear Parking Sensors
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorage
Anti-roll bar

Features Across Variants (Not Offered In BASE VARIANT)

Traction Control System*
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System*
Hill Start Assist*
Vehicle Dynamic Control*

Again, Nissan Magnite seems to be a better option when it comes to features. Though, when it comes to the base variant, Magnite does not offer ISOFIX child seat anchorages.

Price Comparison | Nissan Magnite or Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Nissan Magnite vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Nissan Magnite vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

In the end, all comes to the price comparison. This is where Nissan Magnite makes a dent on the whole segment. The ex-showroom price of the base variant is ₹4,99,000. As for the Vitara Brezza, you will have to spend ₹7,34,000 (ex-showroom). When it comes to the top-spec variant with CVT option, Nissan has priced the magnite at ₹9,59,000. Vitara Brezza top-spec with AT will cost you ₹11,15,000. Do note that all the prices mentioned are ex-showroom.

Take a look: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs S-Cross Petrol | Which makes the most sense?

So, which one will you choose now? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Hey guys i think you made a small mistake in the comparison, there are no rear ac vents in any model of brezza hope you correct it

  2. Hello sir,
    I have Nissan sunny 2012 XL Diesel.It has been 8 years we are facing worst serving by Nissan we checked with 2 to 3 dealers too we felt like why did we choose Nissan vehicle. So I would like to convey message that never go with Nissan vehicle. You may enjoy driving the car but you will get frustrated about the ownership.
    Thank you.

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