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Nissan Magnite vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx: The Rivalry of subcompact crossover SUVs

by Rushil Kumar - 23 Aug 2023, Wednesday 237 Views Like (0)
Nissan Magnite vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx: The Rivalry of subcompact crossover SUVs

​​​​​​​The subcompact crossover SUV Maruti Suzuki Fronx segment is widely popular among Indian patrons. Many carmakers entered this competitive segment, such as Nissan, Maruti Suzuki, Renault, Hyundai, Kia, and Tata.

That said, before the arrival of the Mahnite car manufacturer, the company’s value had started dwindling and was on the brink to leave the Indian automotive sector. But thanks to the Nissan Magnite that saved the company from leaving India. Since the arrival of the Magnite, there have been no other Nissan cars that can cater to different buyers.

On the other hand, the Maruti Suzuki group already had a crossover SUV in the sub-four-metre SUV segment with the Brezza. Now, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx makes it a second offering from their portfolio to enter this segment.

In terms of dimensions and specifications, these two vehicles are more or less the same. At the same time, they also command similar prices. So, let’s begin weighing these two cars and see how they stack up against each other.


As far as the proportions are concerned, the Nissan Magnite has a length of 3994mm, while the Maruti Suzuki Fronx has a length of 3995mm. Further, the Magnite has a width of 1758mm, a height of 1572mm and it sits on a wheelbase of 2500mm.

In parallel, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx has a width of 1765mm, a height of 1550mm, and a wheelbase of 2520mm. For your reference, the wheelbase can translate to the amount of legroom. And comparing the wheelbase of these two SUVs, the Fronx boasts 20mm more wheelbase than the Magnite. So, it should be safe to say that the Fronx has slightly better legroom on offer.

Check out the Fronx price here.

As for the ride height, the Nissan Magnite has a ground clearance of 205mm (unladen), while the Maruti Suzuki Fronx has a ground clearance of 190mm. However, it is worth noting that the actual ride height can differ from the unladen-rated ground clearance. 

In terms of their loading capacities, the Nissan Magnite has a boot space of 336 litres, while the Maruti Suzuki Fronx has 308 litres. You can, however, increase the boot capacities by folding the rear seats.


The Nissan Magnite is based on the CMF-A+ platform that also underpins other Renault cars, such as the Kiger, Kwid and Triber. This vehicle is solely available with a petrol engine. There is a 1.0-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine that can pump out 71.02 bhp at 6250 rpm and 96 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm.

At the same time, there is a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol mill that can generate 98.63 bhp at 5000 rpm and 160 Nm of torque at 3600 rpm. In addition, the turbo-petrol-CVT version has a reduced torque to 152 Nm, while the rest remains unchanged. If you are a Nissan fan who is performance-oriented and wants a budget car, you can consider this vehicle. Check out the Nissan Magnite price here.


The naturally-aspirated engine is exclusively mated to a five-speed manual transmission, while the turbo version can be had in both manual and automatic transmissions.

On the flip side, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx is in close relation with the Baleno and the Swift. Yes, these three are based on the HEARTECT B platform and their 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated (NA) petrol engine powers the Fronx as well. Further, this engine can churn out 88.50 bhp at 6000 rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque at 4400 rpm. In parallel, the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is tuned to generate 98.60 bhp at 5500 rpm and 147.6 Nm of peak torque at 4500 rpm. Both engines have a Smart Hybrid Technology (mild-hybrid).

In terms of transmission options, the five-speed manual gearbox is standard across the variants but the 1.2-litre gets an optional five-speed AMT, while the 1.0-litre turbo engine gets an optional six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The Maruti Suzuki Fronx’s price, especially for the turbo variant, starts from Rs 9.72 lakh onwards.

Weighing the figures of these two cars, the naturally-aspirated engine of the Nissan Magnite is more powerful than the Maruti Suzuki Fronx. While, the Fronx’s turbo engine is more powerful than the Magnite’s turbocharged version. 

As for fuel economy, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx’s mileage ranges between 20.1 km/l and 22.89 km/l, while the Nissan Magnite’s mileage ranges between 17.4 km/l and 20 km/l. All are ARAI-certified mileage figures.

Please note that these mileage figures can vary with the combination of engine and transmission. In addition to that, they can vary with the local traffic conditions and individuals’ driving styles.


Let’s start with the exclusive features of the Nissan Magnite. They include a manually-operated anti-glare IRVM, a reverse camera with guidance, an adjustable steering wheel (tilt function only), 12V ports (2), a tyre pressure monitoring system, etc. Other offerings include fabric plus leatherette upholstery, electric tailgate release, Bi-Xenon projector headlights, halogen taillights, and a fully digital instrument cluster with steering-mounted controls. The Magnite has two airbags as standard. Last, but not least, it has an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The wireless charger is kept as an optional accessory.

As for the Maruti Suzuki Fronx, its features include a wireless charger, emergency brake light flashing, connected car technology, heads-up display (HUD), semi-digital instrument cluster, etc. Further, it offers all LED lights (front and rear), auto headlamps, Alexa compatibility, a 360-degree view camera, auto-dimming IRVM, and six airbags. These features can also be had in other new-age Maruti Suzuki cars.

Prices and Variants

 The Fronx has twelve variants on offer, while the Nissan Magnite has twenty-three variants. The Nissan Magnite price starts at Rs 6 lakh for the base model, the XE Petrol MT, and goes up to Rs 11.02 lakh for the top model, the XV Premium (O) Turbo Petrol CVT DT.

In parallel, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx’s price starts at Rs 7.46 lakh for the base model, the Sigma Petrol MT, and goes up to Rs 13.13 lakh for the top model, the Alpha Turbo DT. All are ex-showroom prices in Delhi, as of June 2023. Please note that these prices are subject to change without any prior notice to the customer. You can, however, visit the autoX website to access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle. For more, visit our website or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. So, stay tuned!