Mahindra XUV700 vs Toyota Fortuner in a classic drag race

With its arrival, the Mahindra XUV700 has created a lot of benchmarks in several parameters in its segment. One such benchmark is the performance numbers, which it posts from its petrol and diesel engine options. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine makes 185 bhp of maximum power and 420 Nm of torque, figures which make it the most powerful SUV in its segment. With the optional 6-speed automatic gearbox, the torque output shoots to 450 Nm – something much more than what the competition is offering right now.

These numbers show that the Mahindra XUV700 is miles ahead of its immediate rivals like Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and Hyundai Alcazar. Such impressive are the numbers that some people are now comparing its performance with SUVs from one or two segments above it. A perfect example of this is a YouTube video from the channel of ‘Power On Wheels’. In this video, a diesel-automatic Mahindra XUV700 is compared head on to the diesel-automatic Toyota Fortuner in a drag race, to find out which of the two SUVs is faster.

For starters, the Toyota Fortuner’s 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine makes 201 bhp of power and 500 Nm of torque – figures which are even higher than those of the Mahindra XUV700. However, in the video, we can see that the XUV700 simply outclasses the Fortuner by a substantial margin in the drag race between the two. Even in the second round after the drivers swapped the SUVs, the XUV700 recorded a clear win over the Fortuner.

Fortuner is more powerful

Mahindra XUV700 vs Toyota Fortuner in a classic drag race

Now, many would believe that the defeat of Fortuner might not be possible since it has a bigger engine which posts much better power and torque figures over the XUV700 on paper. However, in real-world conditions, when both the SUVs are put into action, it is where the aspect of power-to-weight ratio plays its major role. Compared to the XUV700 that weighs 2040 kg, the Toyota Fortuner tips the weighing scales at 2735 kg. It gives the XUV700 a clear advantage in the power-to-weight ratio, giving it a brisker performance.

At the same time, one must remember that both Mahindra XUV700 and Toyota Fortuner are not meant for competing in drag races. The main purpose of these SUVs is entirely different, with both of them being comfortable long-distance cruisers. In addition, the four-wheel-drive system of the Toyota Fortuner makes it supremely capable on the off-road terrains as well, something which XUV700 also manages to do decently, if not as wholesome as the Fortuner, with its all-wheel-drive setup.