Mahindra launched the updated XUV500 in the Indian market and it comes with many visual and mechanical changes. The XUV500 is one of the best selling SUVs in the Indian market and has a massive fan following. Many buyers so compare the XUV500 with the Hyundai Creta, which is also a high selling SUV in the market. If you’re out in the market and looking to buy something between the new Mahindra XUV500 and the Hyundai Creta, here is a comparison that would help you to choose wisely.
New Mahindra XUV500 vs Hyundai Creta – Price/VFM
Value-for-money champ? XUV500
Mahindra XUV500 and the Hyundai Creta do not belong to the same segment. The Hyundai Creta is a five-seater SUV that gets a starting price of Rs. 9.29 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The base model of the Creta is a petrol powered model and the engine size is also smaller. The new Mahindra XUV500 gets a starting price of Rs. 12.32 lakh. It is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine. The XUV500 is also available with a petrol engine but that is only available in a single variant.
The Creta ranges from Rs. 9.29 lakhs to Rs. 14.6 lakhs. The XUV500 range starts from Rs. 12.32 lakhs and goes up to Rs. 18.98 lakhs. The XUV gets many extras for the additional price. There is an extra row of seats that can accommodate two extra people. Also, the XUV500 offers AWD option, leather seats and sunroof, which are not available with the Hyundai Creta even as optional accessories. Rest of the features like petrol and diesel automatic options, 6 airbags, touchscreen infotainment remain same in both the vehicles.
New Mahindra XUV500 vs Hyundai Creta – Performance
If you want speed and acceleration: Creta!
Mahindra has updated the diesel engine of the facelifted XUV500 in India. It is available with the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 153 Bhp and 360 Nm. The diesel engine is available with both manual and automatic transmissions. The XUV500 is also available with a 2.2-litre petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 138 Bhp and 320 Nm. The petrol version of the XUV500 is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission. The XUV500 was quite quick with its old 140 Bhp – 330 Nm tuning. The more powerful version will be quicker, for sure.
The Hyundai Creta is available with three engine options. There is a 1.4-litre diesel engine, 1.6-litre diesel engine and 1.6-litre petrol engine. The Creta 1.4-litre diesel churns out a maximum power of 89 Bhp and 220 Nm. There is a more powerful 1.6-litre VGT powered diesel engine too. It generates a maximum power of 126 Bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque. The petrol engine is only available in a single 1.6-litre version that generates a maximum power of 121 Bhp and peak torque of 151 Nm. Both the 1.6-litre engine options get the 6-speed automatic transmission as an option but the 1.4-litre diesel engine only gets a manual transmission. Between, the two vehicles, the lighter Creta is the faster one!
New Mahindra XUV500 vs Hyundai Creta – Capability
Armed with an all wheel drive system, the XUV500 is more capable of the two.
The Creta is available only with the Forward Wheel Drive option. There is no AWD option in India. The XUV500 gets both 4X2 and 4X4 options. The 4X2 version of the XUV500 is a rear wheel drive option, unlike the Creta’s FWD set-up. While both the vehicles will perform almost similarly on the tarmac, the 4X4 version of the XUV will prove to be a massive advantage on rough roads or slippery surfaces. It makes the XUV500 a much more capable vehicle.
New Mahindra XUV500 vs Hyundai Creta – Design/Road Presence
Street presence: XUV500!
Mahindra XUV500 has a massive road presence, thanks to its bigger dimensions and brute design. The Creta offers a very sober grille and is not very aggressive on the road. The XUV500, on the other hand, has a much wider road presence. The big front grille of the vehicle and large headlamps with DRL give a unique identity to the XUV500 and makes it easily identifiable on the road. The XUV500 measures 4,585 mm X 1,890 mm X 1,785 mm while the Creta measures 4,270 mm X 1,780 mm X 1,630 mm. The XUV500 towers over the Hyundai Creta on the road.
The XUV500 and the Hyundai Creta both belong to different segments. But if you’re looking for a seven-seater vehicle, the XUV500 would be the only choice. The XUV500 offers many more features and the new W11 variant of the XUV500 is extremely premium and offers quilted leather seats and soft-touch materials. The Hyundai Creta is a perfect mid-size family vehicle that is apt for weekend getaways but the lack of AWD option makes it less adventurous. The XUV500 is also fresh in the market while the Creta is due for an update soon. But there is a major price difference between the two.