Bajaj RE60 Vs Tata Nano Vs Maruti 800

Wednesday 04 January 2012, 12:05 PM by CarTrade Editorial Team

Targeting the middle class consumers, India's second largest bike maker Bajaj Auto is about to introduce its first four-wheeler in the Indian market. Named RE 60, the car is expected to challenge the supremacy of Maruti Suzuki 800 and Tata Nano in India. Before explaining the pros and cons of Bajaj RE60, analysing the technicalities of its competitors is of utmost importance.

Bajaj RE60 Vs Tata Nano Vs Maruti 800 |
Bajaj RE60

Maruti Suzuki 800, one of the most successful cars in India, has been ruling the passenger car market since 1983. Due to its low price tag, most middle class buyers can easily afford this compact car. As per records, the company has sold more than 1 crore vehicles in India, a reflection on its success. Loaded with a 796 cc engine, the car is able to deliver decent performance by generating 37 bhp power. Owing to its huge success in the Indian automobile market, Maruti Suzuki went ahead and launched the LPG variant of its 800 model.

The year 2009 brought a tough time for Maruti Suzuki 800 as its strongest competitor Nano was launched by Tata Motors. Being the world’s cheapest car, Tata Nano had an edge over its competitors in terms of pricing, which helped Tata register decent sales figures. While choosing between Maruti Suzuki 800 and Tata Nano, people give more the latter weightage in terms of price and design. Loaded with a 2 cylinder, MPFI (Multi Point Fuel Injection) petrol engine, the Nano offers decent performance. The 624 cc engine of this car delivers 34 hp power at 5250 rpm. The company has provided an attractive look to this compact car, which is better than that of Maruti Suzuki 800.

Nano, one of the existing competitors of Bajaj RE60 car, also has well finished interiors. It is a four-seater and it comes with adjustable seats, which can be slided back and front. Apart from its comfort features, Tata Nano excels in terms of mileage. The car delivers mileage of 26 kmpl on highways and 19 kmpl on city roads.

Bajaj RE 60, which is expected to be the strongest competitor of Maruti Suzuki 800 and Tata Nano in the Indian market, will also lure the car lovers with its fuel efficiency. As per Bajaj, the car delivered an astounding mileage of 40 kmpl under testing conditions. However, in regular driving conditions, buyers can expect mileage of close to 35 kmpl on highway, which is more than that of Maruti Suzuki 800 and Tata Nano. Lower emissions would be another USP of Bajaj RE 60, which would boost its sales in India. Emission will be 60 g of CO2 per km by the 200 cc engine of this car. In spite of being a new entrant in the four-wheeler market, Bajaj Auto has delivered an excellent look to its first compact car. Body coloured bumpers and stylish wheels add to the appealing look of the vehicle.

Interiors of Bajaj RE 60 will feature folding front windows, central speedometer cluster, prominent seatbelts in cabin and 44-litre boot space. The digital twin spark tech engine is expected to deliver decent performance on all types of terrains. By introducing the fuel injected CNG variant of Bajaj RE 60, the company plans to attract customers who opt for Maruti Suzuki 800 CNG. It is expected that the new water-cooled DTSi 4 (Digital Twin Spark Ignition) engine will help it accelerate to 70 kmph. The company has not provided any specific details regarding the pricing of this four-seater, though it is expected that Bajaj RE 60 will compete with Tata Nano in terms of price.

The specifications have been detailed in the table below:


Tata Nano

Maruti Suzuki 800

Bajaj RE60


624 cc, 2 cylinder, MPFI Engine

4 stroke cycle, 796 cc water cooled SOHC engine

Digital Twin Spark Tech 200 cc engine


37 bhp at 5500 rpm

37 bhp at 5000 rpm

20 bhp (expected)


51 Nm at 4000-4500 rpm

59 Nm at 2500 rpm



180 mm diameter Drum brakes (Front and Rear)

Front: Disc brakes, Rear: Drum brakes

Front: Disc brakes, Rear: Drum brakes

Turning Circle

4 m



Seating Capacity




Kerb weight

600-635 kg

665.00 kg

400.00 kg

Top Speed

105 kmph

144 kmph

70 kmph

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