Mahindra has bounced back by replacing the aging XUV500 with the all-new XUV700. Here’s a comprehensive story on how it fares against its main rivals, the Tata Safari and Hyundai Alcazar
Without any doubt, the Mahindra XUV700 was the most anticipated launch of the second quarter of 2021. The new XUV700 has a lot riding on its shoulders – it is the first SUV to wear brand’s new logo and has come in as a replacement to the XUV500, an SUV which has played a key role in putting Mahindra on a global pedestal.
However, unlike the first generation XUV500, the Mahindra XUV700 is not going to have it all easy. This time around, it has two potential rivals in the form of Tata Safari and Hyundai Alcazar, both of which have managed to impress much with their own set of attributes.
Mahindra is yet to announce the pricing of all the variants of XUV700. The Mahindra XUV700, for starters, will be available in four different variants – MX, AX3, AX5 and AX7. All these variants will come with all the possible powertrain combinations of petrol-manual, petrol-automatic, diesel manual and diesel-automatic.
Currently, the Hyundai Alcazar is priced between Rs. 16.30 lakh to Rs. 19.99 lakh for the petrol variants and Rs. 16.53 lakh to Rs. 20.15 lakh for the diesel variants. The Tata Safari comes only in diesel powered variants, prices of which range between Rs. 14.99 lakh to Rs. 22.02 lakh.
Given the high-end features and best-in-class powertrains, the Mahindra XUV700 is certainly going to be priced over both the Tata Safari and Hyundai Alcazar. However, the base petrol-manual variant, with lesser features, might come with a lower starting price than the better equipped base variant of Hyundai Alcazar.
(all prices Ex-showroom, Delhi)
|Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)||Mahindra XUV700||Tata Safari||Hyundai Alcazar|
|Petrol-manual||Yet to be announced||Not available||Rs. 16.30 lakh – Rs. 18.86 lakh|
|Petrol-automatic||Yet to be announced||Not available||Rs. 17.93 lakh – Rs 19.99 lakh|
|Diesel-manual||Yet to be announced||Rs. 14.99 lakh – Rs. 20.74 lakh||Rs. 16.53 lakh – Rs. 19.09 lakh|
|Diesel-automatic||Yet to be announced||Rs. 17.81 lakh – Rs. 22.02 lakh||Rs. 18.01 lakh – Rs. 20.15 lakh|
(All prices mentioned above are ex-showroom, pan India)
Engine and Performance
The Mahindra XUV700 has now set the benchmarks in this segment of seven seater midsize SUVs, when it comes to powertrain options. Both the petrol and diesel powered engines of the XUV700 are much more powerful than those of the Tata Safari and Hyundai Alcazar.
Let’s start with the petrol engine first. The Mahindra XUV700 gets the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the Mahindra Thar. However, here, it is in its highest state of tune, as it makes maximum power and torque outputs of 200 PS and 380 Nm respectively. These figures are much more than 159 PS of maximum power output and 191 Nm of maximum torque output from the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine of the Hyundai Alcazar. The Tata Safari misses out on a petrol engine option altogether.
The Mahindra XUV700 has topped the game when it comes to diesel powertrain as well. The 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine of the XUV700 produces 185 PS of power and 420 Nm of torque (450 Nm with automatic gearbox). On the other hand, the Tata Safari makes 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque from its 2.0-liter Fiat-sourced diesel engine. The Hyundai Alcazar is the least powerful in this class, with 115 PS of maximum power and 250 Nm of maximum torque from its smallest 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine.
|Specifications (petrol)||Mahindra XUV700||Tata Safari||Hyundai Alcazar|
|Engine||2.0-liter turbo-petrol||Not available||2.0-liter petrol|
|Power||200 PS||Not available||158 PS|
|Torque||380 Nm||Not available||191 Nm|
|Gearbox||6-speed manual / 6-speed AT||Not available||6-speed manual / 6-speed AT|
|Specifications (diesel)||Mahindra XUV700||Tata Safari||Hyundai Creta|
|Engine||2.2-liter diesel||2.0-liter diesel||1.5-liter diesel|
|Power||185 PS||170 PS||115 PS|
|Torque||420 Nm / 450 Nm||350 Nm||250 Nm|
|Gearbox||6-speed manual / 6-speed AT||6-speed manual / 6-speed AT||6-speed manual / 6-speed AT|
Exterior and Dimension
The dimensions of the Mahindra XUV700 are not yet disclosed. However, given the fact that it will be bigger than the outgoing XUV500, it is naturally going to be a bigger SUV than the Hyundai Alcazar. The dimensions more or less are going to be in the ballpark of Tata Safari, which currently is the largest seven-seater SUV in its segment.
|Dimensions||Mahindra XUV700||Tata Safari||Hyundai Alcazar|
|Length||4695||4661 mm||4500 mm|
|Width||1890||1894 mm||1790 mm|
|Height||1755||1786 mm||1675 mm|
|Wheelbase||2750 mm||2741 mm||2760 mm|
|Boot space||Yet to be revealed||447 liters||180 liters|
|Ground clearance||Yet to be revealed||205 mm||200 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||60 liters||50 liters||50 liters|
Design and Features
All the three SUVs have pushed the envelope much further when it comes to features. On the outside, all these SUVs come with 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, daytime running LEDs. While the Tata Safari gets white HID headlamps and conventional halogen fog lamps, the Mahindra XUV700 and Hyundai Alcazar get more premium LED headlamps, with the former getting LED fog lamps as well. The XUV700 also gets first-in-segment flush-type door handles.
On the inside, the common features in all the SUVs are wide touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, powered driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, push button start with keyless entry, multi-functional tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel and automatic climate control with rear AC vents.
The features which are there in both Hyundai Alcazar and Tata Safari are in-cabin air purifier, wireless charger, full TFT colored instrument console, wireless functionality for Apple Carplay and Android Auto and voice-command system. However, while the Alcazar has the exclusivity of ventilated front seats, the XUV700 comes with built-in Amazon Alexa and dual zone automatic climate control.
When it comes to safety features, it is once again the Mahindra XUV700 which is leading the charts.
All these three SUVs come with front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, electronic stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control, drive modes, rear parking sensors and rear camera. The XUV700 and Alcazar, in addition, also gets front parking sensors, 360-degree camera and cornering lamps.
The exclusive safety features in the Mahindra XUV700 are the driver knee airbag and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring system and driver drowsiness alert.
It is clear that when it comes to features, the Tata Safari, despite being a well-equipped SUV, feels a bit dated in front of the Mahindra XUV700 and Hyundai Alcazar. Where the Hyundai Alcazar feels a bit lower-spec than other two SUVs is smaller dimensions which make it looks smallest in this company and least powerful engine options. It is the Mahindra XUV700 which tries to be the new benchmark with the best-in-class engine options and longest list of features.