The Mahindra XUV500 is one of the best-selling SUVs out there, It has the looks, the performance and the versatility to be a great vehicle. But what happens when it goes head to head against another worthy SUV, the Tata Hexa, off-road? Watch the video below to find out.
It is clear what’s happening here. The XUV500 is more like a soft-core SUV; sure it has a big engine and large wheels, but it lacks some essential off-road features. The Hexa, on the other hand, is able to get itself out of the ditch, in which the XUV got stuck, very easily. Tata markets its SUV as a proper offroader and backs up their claim by equipping the car with proper off-road features such as terrain response system as standard.
It’s all in the hardware
While the XUV500 is AWD, the Hexa XT is 4X4 with a terrain response system. There is a big difference in both of those configurations. The AWD is more tuned towards on-road performance than off-road capabilities. Such a system is responsive on a highway, as it can deliver a massive amount of power to easily munch a lot of miles without stressing itself. The 4X4 is AWD’s wilder cousin, which is at home off the road than on it. 4X4 works well at crawling speeds, delivering a lot of traction.
Different hearts, beat differently
While closely gazing through the spec sheet, the reason for Tata Hexa’s victory becomes even more clear. The Mahindra XUV500 AWD W8, the model specified in the video, has a 2179 cc 4-cylinder mHawk CRDe diesel engine, which makes 140 HP @ 3750 RPM and 330 NM of torque @ 2800 RPM. It is a turbocharged engine, which is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. As mentioned in the video, the model of Tata is Hexa 4X4. It has a similar 2179 cc engine which makes around 153.86 BHP of power but a massive 400 Nm of torque. It even delivers within the RPM range of 1750-2500, way earlier than the XUV500. All of these points coupled with the 4X4 system, makes the Hexa XT, a great off-roader.
Hexa is already a tough SUV
Tata Hexa has done several other difficult feats which make it one of the best SUVs on Indian roads. For example, recently the Tata Hexa rescued a Toyota Innova and a Mahindra Scorpio when they got stuck in Ladakh. The Tata Hexa has also pulled a being 747, as part of its promotional activity. To give you a perspective, the weight of the Boeing 747 is around 33,000 kg, and the SUV was able to pull it for quite a long distance.
The Mahindra XUV500 AWD W8 retails at Rs 16.04 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. It has several models on sale. The 2018 version of the SUV was launched with a total of 10 models, 9 diesel and 1 petrol. It features W5, W7, W9, W11, W11(O) and G. “W” represents diesel variants while “G” stands for the petrol model. The XUV500 has a starting price of Rs 12.32 lakh (ex-showroom). The Tata Hexa goes off the showroom floor for a respectable amount of Rs 17.89 lakh. It is also available in a 4X2 version, which makes less power and torque but uses the same engine. It is available for an ex-showroom price of Rs 16.56 lakh.