2018 Mahindra XUV500 vs Tata Hexa: Who should buy what?

2018 Mahindra XUV500 vs Tata Hexa: Who should buy what?

Mahindra launched the facelifted version of the XUV 500 in the Indian market recently. The new XUV 500 gets many new updates on the outside and the inside to keep it fresh in the market. It also gets a more powerful engine across all the variants. Mahindra XUV 500 is the flagship model of Mahindra just like the Hexa is that of Tata. How do the vehicles stack up against each other in various fields? Let’s find out.

Want a good road presence?

Mahindra XUV 500

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While the Tata Hexa is bigger in dimensions, the Mahindra XUV 500’s design makes sure that it gets noticed on the road. The XUV 500 gets a large front grille that looks macho in the rearview mirrors. The big headlamps with DRL and the deep creases in the bonnet make the XUV 500 an easy-to-recognize vehicle on the road.

The Hexa also looks quite butch but not as much as the XUV 500. Tata Hexa gets a cleaner front-end with a friendly face while the XUV 500 goes out all helluva when it comes to the design. If you want an SUV with a massive road presence, the XUV 500 should be the choice for you.

Want premium interiors?

Mahindra XUV 500

Mahindra XUV 500 just went a notch up when it comes to the interiors. The facelifted XUV 500 gets a new W11 variant, which is all about luxury. The dashboard gets new soft-touch materials which are extremely premium to touch and feel. The facelifted XUV 500 also gets new leather seats with diamond quilt stitching. This is where the new XUV 500 really feels premium and like the vehicles from the higher segment. The dual-tone finish of the XUV 500 really makes it feel like a luxurious vehicle.

The Hexa, on the other hand, offers all-black interiors that are practical for sure but do not feel premium as such. Also, the Hexa only offers textile seats and there’s no leather even on the top-end variant of the vehicle.

Want an enthusiastic automatic?

Tata Hexa

Even though both the SUVs now offer an almost similar power output and automatic transmission, the Hexa’s automatic unit is much smoother than the XUV 500. The Hexa’s automatic transmission is sourced from Punch Powerglide, which is a French company and a supplier of automatic transmissions to many manufacturers around the world. The transmission gets a sport mode and can also be controlled manually. The XUV 500 automatic is also a 6-speed transmission but there is no sport mode. However, you can shift the gears manually.

Want a capable SUV?

Tata Hexa

The Tata Hexa is a body-on-ladder frame vehicle while the XUV is a monocoque body. The ladder-on-frame offers much more flexibility and can make the SUV go through rough terrains. Even though both the SUVs get 4WD options, none of them gets a low-ratio transfer case. The Hexa also gets various driving modes that change the engine dynamics according to the conditions. It also gets a “rough road” mode that makes changes to make the Hexa better capable than the XUV 500. However, the capability totally depends on the skill level of the driver.

Want a fast SUV

Mahindra XUV 500

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The Mahindra XUV 500 gains more power with the update. The same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine now produces a maximum power of 153 Bhp and 360 Nm which is about 10% increase than the previous model. Even though the Tata Hexa is slightly more powerful and the top end version offers 154 Bhp and 400 Nm, it is slower than the XUV 500. The pre-facelift XUV was quicker than the Hexa by 2 seconds with lower power outputs. The new XUV 500 has not been tested for acceleration yet but with the extra power, it would smother the Hexa hands-down. This is because of the lighter weight and monocoque chassis of the XUV 500.

Want a longer list of features?

Mahindra XUV 500

Both Mahindra and Tata are known for offering a long list of features. However, the list of features is quite long in the XUV 500. It gets a sunroof and a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple  CarPlay. The infotainment system also offers Mahindra EcoSense, which offers various driving statistics to the driver. Also, there are additional features like Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Ambient Light, Puddle lamps, and much more in the XUV 500. The Hexa also offers a few unique features like ConnecNext mobile applications that can pair up with the infotainment system and an 11-speaker set-up from Harman but overall, the XUV 500 offers longer and diverse features.


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