Launched in 2010, the Tata Aria has not enjoyed a successful stint in the market, failing to pull buyers away from traditional MPVs or SUVs. As a result, Tata went back to the drawing board and after a comprehensive overhaul, have come up with the 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 and 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The Aria’s vertical AC vents have now been replaced by horizontal units that sit above the audio system.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 400 Diesel|
|Power||140 bhp||154 bhp|
|Torque||330 Nm||400 Nm|
|Efficiency||16 kmpl/13.85 kmpl||-NA-|
|Transmission||6-speed MT/6-speed AT||6-speed MT/6-speed AT|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||4585 x 1890 x 1785 mm||4764 x 1895 x 1780 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 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 likely to be roomier on the inside. Both SUVs will get an optional AWD system. Following the ban on registration of vehicles with engine capacity of 2000 cc or more in Delhi NCR, Mahindra launched a 1.99 L version of the 2.2 L Diesel employed by the XUV500. This enabled the manufacturer to continue selling cars in the region. With the ban likley to spread out to more cities soon, the Hexa, with its 2.2 L engine, could be at a disadvantage. Source say that even Tata is working on a downsized verison of that particular engine.
Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 – Verdict
Tata Motors has clearly put in a lot of effort into reinventing the Aria. 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. Then there is the issue of the NGT proposed Diesel ban. If the Government does allow the NGT to impose the ban in 11 more cities apart from Delhi, then Mahindra will have an upper hand as they are already selling variants of the XUV500 with a 1.99 L Diesel unit.
Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 Comparison Results –
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 – Expect the Tata Hexa to be as feature rich as the Mahindra XUV500, if not more.
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. The XUV is available with a 1.99 L version of that engine, which means you can get it registered in Delhi-NCR.
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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