Hard-core off-roading may look like fun on the screen but it requires a lot of patience and a capable vehicle. This video shows the Mahindra XUV500, Mahindra Bolero 4X4, Mahindra Xylo and Tata Safari Storme taking on a slippery surface. While all these vehicles have a high ground clearance to handle the challenges, do they have enough to complete it without much of a problem? Let’s find out.
Which one is the best?
The video starts with the Mahindra XUV500. This is the pre-facelift version of the vehicle that comes with the 140- Bhp producing, 2.2-litre mHawk engine. It gets an all-wheel-drive system (AWD) but there is no low-ratio transfer case. The XUV500 does not get a full-time 4X4 system. Instead it gets a 4WD lock that keeps all the four wheels engaged despite the need.
The XUV500 is the only 4X4 vehicle seen in the video that has struggled quite a lot to come out of the situation. The XUV500 is a heavy vehicle and gets road biased tyres. The lack of low-ratio transfer case and the heavy weight of the vehicle further handicaps it in such challenging situations. But with guidance and multiple attempts, the XUV500 finally completed the challenge.
Next comes the Tata Safari Storme that gets a 4X4 system with the low-ratio transfer case. The Safari attempts to cross the slush pit a few times but it did not struggle as much as the XUV 500. The low-ratio transfer case really comes handy in such situations. It increases the torque output by a few factors and helps the vehicle to come out of such sticky situations easily.
Third comes in the Bolero 4X4 that also gets the low-ratio transfer case. The Bolero made it look like a piece of cake but let’s not forget that the Bolero seen here is heavily modified. It gets aftermarket tyres that may have provided a better grip than the stock tyres of the other two vehicles.
In the end, the Mahindra Xylo can be seen. It is a 2WD car and just could not complete the challenge. It proved that the challenge could have been completed by only a 4X4 vehicle and not by any vehicle with high ground clearance.