All-new Tata Safari takes on the Mahindra XUV500 in a drag race

Tata Safari is one of the most iconic homegrown SUV in the Indian market, which was recently unveiled in the Indian market. The price of the SUV is still not shared by Tata Motors but it will be unveiled in February 2021. Whereas, Mahindra’s XUV500 is one of the most successful SUVs that the manufacturer ever built. It was their first SUV to be based on a monocoque chassis. When it was first launched in the Indian market, it was one of the most feature equipped SUV in the market. Here we have a drag race of both the SUVs which has been uploaded on YouTube by Arun Panwar.


Before you watch the video it is important that you do not replicate the stunts performed in the video. The drag race has been performed on an empty stretch of road. You should never get out of the sunroof in a moving vehicle as it can be very dangerous. The vlogger first shows us the exterior and the interior of both the SUVs and states that the interior of the Safari looks much better and modern when compared to the interior of the Mahindra XUV500. You also get a panoramic sunroof in the Safari, whereas the XUV500 offers a smaller electric sunroof.

Mahindra XUV500 comes with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 153 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 360 Nm whereas the Safari comes with a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that produces 172 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. The first drag race is done with Safari in the City drive mode. At first, both the SUVs are neck to neck but eventually, the Safari gets ahead of the XUV500.

All-new Tata Safari takes on the Mahindra XUV500 in a drag race

Then the drivers are interchanged for the second round. The Safari is still in the City mode, but this time the XUV500 gets ahead of the Safari and then stays ahead due to which XUV500 wins the second round. For the third round also the drivers have interchanged once again and the Safari is still kept in City mode. The XUV500 does manage to get ahead at launch, but then due to a mis-shift in the third gear, the Safari gets ahead of the XUV500 and wins. For the fourth round, the vlogger puts the Safari into Sports mode. In this round, the Safari does manage to get ahead of the XUV500 and then stays ahead throughout the race. So, in the fourth round also the Safari wins. Overall, the XUV500 managed to win only one race, whereas Safari won 3 times.

Speaking of XUV500, Mahindra is working on an all-new generation of XUV500 which is expected to get launched by mid of 2021. It will come with more powerful set of engines. The 2.0-litre turbocharged mStallion petrol engine will produce 190 PS and 380 Nm of peak torque. The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine will produce 185 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 380 Nm. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Once launched the 2021 Mahindra XUV500 will compete against the Tata Safari and the MG Hector Plus.