This latest comparison between the Mahindra XUV700 and the new Tata Safari is quite intriguing. Both these are flagship products from their respective car marques. Essentially, these SUVs are a testament to how far Indian carmakers have come in the last few years. They offer world-class products. To make this comparison fair, the host has the 7-seat versions of both cars. He offers a detailed comparison in terms of exterior styling, interior layout and the latest tech and convenience features. Let us delve deep into this post.
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Mahindra XUV700 vs Tata Safari – Specs Comparison
The XUV700 boasts the most powerful engine in its class. It showcases a robust 2.0-litre turbo petrol direct injection mStallion engine, delivering an impressive 200 hp and 380 Nm of power and torque. Additionally, it provides a 2.2-liter mHawk diesel engine with two power configurations – 155 hp with 360 Nm and 185 hp with 420 Nm (or 450 Nm with the automatic transmission). You have the option to select between a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission to complement these engines. Furthermore, the top-tier trim levels include an AWD version and ADAS features.
On the other hand, the Tata Safari has had the same engine since its inception. Also worth mentioning is the fact that there is no petrol or AWD version on offer. The Safari utilizes the well-known 2.0-litre Kryotec turbo diesel engine. Sourced from Fiat, this diesel powerplant consistently produces 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of peak torque. You can opt for either a 6-speed manual transmission or a torque converter automatic transmission with this engine. Additionally, these vehicles feature terrain response capabilities and offer a range of drive modes. It’s worth highlighting that there is a turbo petrol engine in the works as well.
|2.0L turbo petrol and 2.2L turbo diesel
|2.0L turbo diesel
|200 hp (P) / 155 hp & 185 hp (D)
|380 Nm (P) / 360 Nm & 420 Nm (450 Nm) (D)
|6 MT / 6 AT
|6MT / AT
|2WD / AWD
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This is where things get quite interesting for a whole bunch of people. The Mahindra XUV700 ranges from Rs 14.03 lakh to Rs 26.57 lakh, ex-showroom. On the other hand, the Tata Safari retails between Rs 16.19 lakh and Rs 27.34 lakh, ex-showroom. Hence, the Safari is slightly more expensive in comparison to the XUV700.
|Rs 14.03 lakh
|Rs 16.19 lakh
|Rs 26.57 lakh
|Rs 27.34 lakh
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Interior and Features Comparison
The Mahindra XUV700 is among the most feature-laden SUVs in its segment. However, it is now over 2 years old. Still, it offers a rich cabin feel with a plush interior and a beige colour theme which oozes opulence. Some of the top amenities include Panoramic Sunroof, AdrenoX Connected Car Tech System, Smartphone, Bluetooth Connectivity, Wireless Charging, dual 10.25-inch Dual Touchscreen Infotainment and Instrument Cluster, Alexa Virtual Assistant, 360-degree Camera, Sony 3D Surround Sound System, Auto Booster Headlights, Air Purifier, Smart Door Handles, Powered Front Seats with Memory Function and much more. A prominent active safety feature is ADAS which can save lives during emergency situations.
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On the other hand, Tata has recently updated the Safari for our market. As a result, even it gets the latest tech and connectivity features in addition to ADAS functions to enhance the active safety prowess. Some other highlights include a massive 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, touch-sensitive HVAC controls, connected car tech features, textured dashboard with colour matching the exterior, dual-zone climate control, ambient LED lighting, a colossal Panoramic sunroof, a new four-spoke steering wheel with illuminated Tata logo, a 360-degree camera, a 5-star safety rating at the Global NCAP with highest scores for any car on sale in India, hill-hold assist, 7 airbags, three-point seatbelts with reminders for all passengers, new drive selector, rotary knob for drive modes and more.
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Now you can’t really go wrong with either of these SUVs. However, we must mention that the Safari is the newest one in the market in this segment. Also, the video shows that the third row of the Safari is much roomier than that of the XUV700. Apart from that, the XUV700 is the only one which offers a turbo petrol and AWD option. In essence, the final decision rests on your needs. The prices are almost similar. You could go to the showrooms and drive them to see which one fits the bill better. We hope you will be able to make an informed decision between the Mahindra XUV700 and Tata Safari as per your needs.
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