Skoda Yeti vs Renault Duster vs Mahindra XUV500

Renault's Duster has the smallest engine of the lot, displacing a relatively tiny 1461cc. But don't go by size – it puts out a healthy 109bhp and 248Nm. This engine also does duty in other Renaults, including the erstwhile Logan. They've managed more horsepower by bolting on a bigger turbo, but a bigger turbo generally means more lag, and the Duster follows this general thumb rule.

There's noticeable lag under 1800rpm, but performance isn't bad once you're in the meat of the band. It may not be as powerful as the XUV, but the Duster's secret is its relatively low kerb weight. Zero-100kph takes 11.76 seconds. You'll not be short of performance, but the turbolag is irritating in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The Duster likes the highways better. The smaller displacement helps fuel efficiency – 11.8kpl and 16.5kpl in the city and highway cycles respectively.