Launched in 2010, the Tata Aria failed to pull buyers away from traditional MPVs/SUVs, therefore not enjoying a successful stint in the market. As a result, Tata took it down and have now come up with the all new Hexa. Showcased at the Geneva Auto Show and subsequently at the Auto Expo in February 2016, the Hexa will try to achieve what the Aria never could. This MPV-SUV crossover will rival the likes of the Toyota Innova Crysta (COMPARISON HERE) at one end and the Mahindra XUV500 at the other. The XUV500 is a very popular model. Hence, taking the fight to an established player is never easy, but that’s exactly what the Hexa will be attempting. You can read our Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 spec sheet comparo here to find out if it is up to the task.
Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 Price Comparison
|Mahindra XUV500||Tata Hexa^|
|Price Range||Rs. 12 – 17.37 lakh||Rs. 11-16 lakh|
^estimated ex-showroom price
Tata will reveal prices of the Hexa only at the time of launch. Based on our estimates, pricing of the Tata Hexa will fall in the same bracket as the Mahindra XUV500. Prices of the Hexa could clash with that of the Tata Safari Storme. The Mahindra XUV500 has always been a very value for money proposition. Tata will be looking to avoid the mistakes they made with the pricing of the Aria in order to stay competitive.
Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 – Exterior Design
The Tata Hexa looks more butch than the Aria. A flatter bonnet, beefier wheel arches, body cladding, skid plate, etc help the cause. It gets new headlamps and LED DRLs in the bumper. The vertical tail lamp setup has been ditched in favour of a more elegant horizontal unit. Tata’s designers have done a good job of adding some much-needed brawn to the Aria’s exterior. The XUV500 is easily the best looking Mahindra product out there and the Indian public seems to love the way it looks. Recent updates have given it a neater nose and improved interiors.
Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 – Interior
The Aria’s vertical AC vents have now been replaced by horizontal units that sit above the audio system. And the cabin now employs a classy all-black colour scheme. Unlike the Hexa’s all-black treatment, the XUV500 comes with dual tone black-beige interiors. The centre console and steering wheel get silver accents. However, quality levels in the Hexa’s cabin will be better than XUV’s. Both these models come with three rows of seats.
Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 Features Comparison
Tata Motors has added new features making the Hexa more feature-rich than the Aria. Additional features include a Harman sourced 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 10-speaker JBL audio system, projector headlamps. There are also features like LED DRLs, ambient lighting, a colour MID, six airbags and more. Mahindra’s XUV500 comes packed with features including, but not limited to a touchscreen infotainment system with Navigation, Reverse parking camera with guidance, Keyless engine start/stop, projector headlamps and LED DRLs, Second row AC vents, Three rows of seats, 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, Automatic climate control, cruise control. Both vehicles come with seating for seven.
Also See – Mahindra XUV500 Beats Delhi Diesel Car Ban
Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 Specifications Comparison
|Mahindra XUV500||Tata Hexa|
|Displacement||2.2 L litre Diesel||2.2 litre Varicor Diesel / Varicor 400 Diesel|
|Power||142 PS||150 PS/156 PS|
|Torque||330 Nm||320 Nm/400 Nm|
|Efficiency||16 kmpl/13.85 kmpl||-NA-|
|Transmission||6-speed MT/6-speed AT||5 Speed Manual/ 6 speed Manual and 6 speed Auto|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||4585 x 1890 x 1785 mm||4788 x 1903 x 1791 mm|
Both the SUVs are powered by a 2.2 L diesel engines mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The top-end Hexa’s 2.2 L unit produces more power and torque than the XUV500’s. Also, the Hexa is longer and wider than the XUV500, which means it is roomier on the inside. Both SUVs get an optional AWD system.
Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 Crysta Dimensions Comparison
|Tata Hexa||Mahindra XUV500|
|Length||4788 mm||4585 mm|
|Width||1903 mm||1890 mm|
|Height||1791 mm||1785 mm|
|Wheelbase||2850 mm||2700 mm|
|Ground Clearance||200 mm||200 mm|
In terms of dimensions, Hexa is longer, wider and taller than the XUV500. Also, it has a longer wheelbase as well.
Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 – Verdict
Overall, the Hexa is a much better product now than its predecessor. Although on paper Tata might just have the better product here, there are other factors that determine a vehicle’s success. These include brand image, after sales and service, etc and the XUV500 is pretty strong in those departments. However, the XUV is old now. Tata’s Hexa is new, packs a lot of features and offers more space as well. We suggest you wait for the Hexa before putting your money down on the XUV500.
- Design – While the Mahindra XUV500 looks like a proper SUV, the crossover nature of the Tata Hexa gives it SUV-like and MPV-like design traits. However, at the end of the day, looks are a matter of personal taste really.
- Features – The Tata Hexa offers a lot in terms of features. It even gets features like super drive modes and a 10-speaker JBL audio system.
- Specifications – Both these vehicles are powered by a 2.2 L diesel engines mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Hexa’s engine produces more power and torque.
- Price – As always, pricing will be crucial and we expect the Tata Hexa’s to be competitive. According to our estimates, it will cost slightly less than the Mahindra XUV500.
Tata Hexa Walkaround Video Review
Mahindra XUV500 Walkaround Video Review
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