Positioned as a compact MUV, the Mahindra Quanto straddles a whole lot of segments. But the sweet pricing of Rs 5.82 lakh for the base variant makes the Quanto an alluring, value-for-money buy not just for premium hatchback buyers but also those considering diesel sedans and then some in the same price band. Let’s see how these vehicles stack up against the Quanto: Maruti Swift Diesel Yes, it might seem odd putting the Swift here, but large diesel hatches are exactly at what the Quanto is squarely aimed at. The Swift has pretty much been the best seller since its inception but now with the Swift diesel costing the same as the much larger Quanto, there is a possibility that the Mahindra will eat into the Swifts sales. What the Swift does have over its goliath competitor is a brilliantly refined motor, amazing handling and not to mention the best after sales service out there. But space is at a premium in the Swift and the Quanto seems to have acres of it. A tough battle this one is going to be. Hyundai i20 diesel It’s been one of the most complete premium small cars that we have had. Lots of space, brilliant interiors and a very very strong diesel motor. Where the Quanto edges ahead is its 5+2 seating and a cheaper price tag. The i20 is a premium hatch at a premium price. The Quanto might beat the i20 at price and space but the i20 fights back with a premium sedan feel and that very strong engine. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Petrol Another Maruti in the group, but this one takes the fight to the Quanto with space and size. The Ertiga is the latest MUV from Maruti and not to mention an immediate success thanks to its compacts dimensions and amazing 7 seating option, but there’s a catch. While the Ertiga may be a genuine 7 seater unlike the Quanto which is a 5+2, you can only buy a petrol variant of it( we are talking of a budget with fits the Quanto here) considering the diesel Ertiga costs about 2.5 lakh more than the Quanto. If the expensive fuel doesn’t bother you, the Ertiga petrol does make a better bet. Premier Rio India’s first genuine compact SUV, the Premier Rio makes a strong case for itself now that it comes with the brilliant 1.3 CRDi4 engine. Compact dimensions, smart looks along with some very good ground clearance makes the Rio a very good bet for India. But that’s not the complete story. While the engine is good, quality of materials and ergonomics are still not upto scratch. The Rio does not have the space nor the reassuring built to last feel of the big Mahindra either. But if small rocks your boat, the Rio does stand a small chance here.