Comparison: Mahindra XUV500 vs Tata Hexa

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Check out the detailed comparison of Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa.

mahindra xuv500 vs tata hexa

Overview

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.

Exterior

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
Projector headlamps 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

Interior

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
Infotainment system 7-inch 5-inch
Android Auto Yes No
Leather upholstery Tan and black Black
Soft touch dashboard Yes Yes
Steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls Yes Yes
Cruise control Yes Yes
Steering Tilt and telescopic adjustable Tilt adjustable
Reverse camera with sensors Yes Yes
Automatic headlamps Yes Yes
Rain sensing wipers Yes Yes
Power adjustable and foldable ORVMs Yes Yes
Rear AC vents (2nd and 3rd row) Yes Yes
Sunroof Yes No
Driver seat height adjustment 8-way electrical 8-way manual
Automatic climate control Yes Yes
Driver information system Yes Yes
Navigation system Yes Yes

Dimensions

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
Length 4585mm 4788mm
Width 1890mm 1900mm
Height 1785mm 1785mm
Wheelbase 2700mm 2850mm
Ground clearance 180mm 200mm
Turning radius 5.6m 5.75m
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)
Maximum power 155PS 156PS
Maximum torque 360Nm 400Nm
Transmission 6-speed manual/6-speed automatic 6-speed manual/6-speed automatic
Optional AWD Yes Yes

Safety

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
Wheels 18-inch 19-inch

Price

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

Verdict

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.


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