Check out the detailed comparison of Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa.
Off late, both the typical Indian auto majors, Mahindra and Tata, have moved up their games and have come up with some really great products, which show that how wonderfully both of them have evolved in all these years. Currently, both the manufacturers have some really versatile and value for money products which are giving their competitors a run for their money.
However, it is their flagship products which have maintained a rivalry between both these auto makers. It all started with Mahindra Scorpio vs Tata Safari, as both of them have been flagship SUVs for their respective parent makers for a long time. Now, as both these big names have moved up their games, they have new flagships to offer – while Mahindra has XUV500 which since launch has been making Mahindra’s cash registers ringing, Tata now has the Hexa as its new top of the line offering. Both the XUV500 as well as Hexa are the most polished and best SUV-cum-MUVs up till date from their respective makers.
So, how do they fare against each other? Let’s find out.
When it comes to overall design, both these SUVs are handsome in their own aspects. However, it is the XUV500 which appears a bit sleeker, aerodynamic and a bit louder in its design, when compared to the Hexa, which looks a bit traditional with its huge visual appeal and crisp lines. The XUV500 has some really nice design elements, which make it stand out from the crowd even after all the years of its existence, such as power bulge above the rear tyre, unique vertical door handles and the now redesigned front and rear with new chrome grille and sweptback tail lamps.
On the other hand, the Hexa has a raw appeal with ‘extra large; written everywhere over it, and in the process, looks a bit MUV-ish. In terms of exterior features, both these SUVs are clearly in line with each other, however, it is the Hexa which looks bigger than the XUV500, thanks to bigger dimensions and bigger wheels.
|Features||Mahindra XUV500||Tata Hexa|
|Front chrome grille||Yes||Yes|
|Daytime running LEDs||Yes||Yes|
|Alloy wheels||18-inch diamond cut||19-inch diamond cut|
|LED tail lamps||Yes||Yes|
|Turn indicators on ORVMs||Yes||Yes|
Step inside the cabin, and the XUV500 tries to wow you with its subtle interior layout, despite the fact that this cabin design is almost seven years old now. However, in this new facelifted version, Mahindra has tried to spice it up with posh elements such as soft touch dashboard, tan and black leather upholstery, piano black finish on center console and redesigned touchscreen infotainment system which now comes with really nice in-built features such as Android Auto, Bluesense and Ecosense apps, voice command system and many more.
On the other hand, the interior cabin layout of the Hexa tries to make you feel somewhat like a king, however, in comparison to the XUV500, it feels a step behind, with the touchscreen being a small 5-inch unit as compared to the 7-inch unit. Also, the list of comfort and convenience features of the XUV500 is slightly longer in comparison to the Hexa, with the electric sunroof being the highlight feature.
|Feature||Mahindra XUV500||Tata Hexa|
|Leather upholstery||Tan and black||Black|
|Soft touch dashboard||Yes||Yes|
|Steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls||Yes||Yes|
|Steering||Tilt and telescopic adjustable||Tilt adjustable|
|Reverse camera with sensors||Yes||Yes|
|Rain sensing wipers||Yes||Yes|
|Power adjustable and foldable ORVMs||Yes||Yes|
|Rear AC vents (2nd and 3rd row)||Yes||Yes|
|Driver seat height adjustment||8-way electrical||8-way manual|
|Automatic climate control||Yes||Yes|
|Driver information system||Yes||Yes|
As we said earlier, both these SUVs are the biggest SUVs from their respective manufacturers till, date. However, in comparison, it is the Hexa which trumps the XUV500 in each and every aspect of dimension, which translates into better interior room as well as more intimidating road presence.
|Dimension||Mahindra XUV500||Tata Hexa|
|Fuel tank capacity||70 liter||60 liters|
|Kerb weight||2080 kg||2280 kg|
Engine and transmission
Both the XUV500 as well as Hexa come fitted with the best of the powertrain combinations their respective manufacturers have ever come up with. Both the SUVs have 2.2 liter turbocharged diesel engines under their hoods, however, it is the Hexa which has stronger performance numbers in comparison – 156PS of power and 400Nm of torque, in comparison to the 155PS of power and 360Nm of torque in the XUV500. Both these vehicles are basically equipped with front wheel drivetrain and a 6-speed manual gearbox, with optional All Wheel Drive and 6-speed automatic transmission options also on offer.
|Engine details||Mahindra XUV500||Tata Hexa|
|Engine capacity||2.2 liter (2179cc)||2.2 liter (2179cc)|
|Transmission||6-speed manual/6-speed automatic||6-speed manual/6-speed automatic|
Both Mahindra as well Tata deserve a huge round of applause for packing the XUV500 as well as Hexa with top-of-the-line safety features which were unheard in the sub-20 lakh price bracket before.
|Safety feature||Mahindra XUV500||Tata Hexa|
|Dual front airbags||Yes||Yes|
|Side and curtain airbags||Yes||Yes|
|ABS with EBD||Yes||Yes|
|Hill hold control||Yes||Yes|
|Hill descent control||Yes||Yes|
|Electronic stability programme (ESP)||Yes||Yes|
|Disc brake on all four wheels||Yes||Yes|
Ride and handling
The Mahindra XUV500 comes fitted with McPherson Type with Anti-roll Bar at front and Multilink Type with Anti-roll Bar at the rear, whereas the Tata Hexa comes with Double Wishbone Type with Coil Springs at the front and Coil Spring Type 5 Link Rigid Axle Suspension at the rear. In comparison, while the body roll is better controlled in XUV500, the ride quality of the Hexa is plusher than that of the XUV500.
|Feature||Mahindra XUV500||Tata Hexa|
|Front suspension||McPherson Type with Anti-roll Bar||Double Wishbone Type with Coil Springs|
|Rear suspension||Multilink Type with Anti-roll Bar||Coil Spring Type 5 Link Rigid Axle Suspension|
|All four wheel disc brakes||Yes||Yes|
Like all the other aspects, both the XUV500 as well as Hexa are closely matched in terms of prices as well. Here are the comprehensive prices of all the top-spec variants of both of them:
|Variants||Mahindra XUV500 W11 (O)||Tata Hexa XT|
|Front wheel drive-manual||Rs. 16.68 lakh||Rs. 16.56 lakh|
|Front wheel drive-automatic||Rs. 17.88 lakh||Rs. 17.72 lakh|
|All wheel drive-manual||Rs. 17.78 lakh||Rs. 17.89 lakh|
The Mahindra XUV500 has established itself as a premium SUV which is almost solely responsible for the decline of D-segment sedans. And with the arrival of the Tata Hexa, the battle has become only more intense. Both these SUVs feel premium and modern in their own aspects in and out, but both of them follow different approaches in the process. And in other aspects such as engine performance, features, safety, ride and handling and even price, both the SUVs are neck-to-neck in comparison.