Mahindra XUV500 has been around in the market for a long time now. Recently, a slew of new SUV has been launched in the market to take on the XUV500. Tata Harrier is such an SUV that takes on the Mahindra XUV500 in the market. Even though the Harrier is not a seven-seater vehicle, both of them are priced similarly. While the Tata Harrier is powered only by a diesel engine option at the moment, the Mahindra XUV500 gets both petrol and diesel engine options. However, the diesel version of the XUV500 is much more popular than the petrol version. Here is a video that compares the acceleration of the diesel version of both the SUVs.
A comparison video of the instrument cluster of both the vehicles has been put up side by side on the Drive King channel. It clearly shows the acceleration of both vehicles. However, since this is not a GPS measured figure, the result can be inaccurate. However, it is clear from the test that the Mahindra XUV500 is a bit slower than the Tata Harrier.
It should be noted that the Mahindra XUV500 used for this video is a new-generation model that gets the updated, more powerful engine. The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine used in the XUV500 produces a maximum power of 155 Bhp and 360 Nm of peak torque. According to the official ARAI figures, the XUV500 returns a maximum fuel efficiency of 15.1 km/l. The Tata Harrier, on the other hand, uses a 2.0-litre KRYOTEC engine, which is a rebadged version of the Fiat Multijet engine. This is the same engine that is available with the Jeep Compass and the MG Hector in the Indian market. However, in the Harrier, the engine has been detuned. It produces a maximum power of 138 Bhp and peak torque of 350. Both the vehicles are available only with a 6-speed manual transmission in the Indian market. It should be noted that the Tata Harrier gets a lower power and torque figures than the XUV500.
The video, which only covers the instrument console of both the vehicles shows that the Tata Harrier is quicker than the Mahindra XUV500. The Tata Harrier completes the 0-100 km/h mark in just 10.768 seconds while the XUV500 does in 11.010 seconds. The Harrier completes the 0-120 km/h mark in 15.759 seconds while the XUV500 is slightly 15.094 seconds. The Harrier becomes slower than the XUV500 after crossing the 120 km/h mark.
The XUV500 reaches the 140 km/h in 20.905 seconds while the Harrier reaches the same speed in 21.404 seconds. It should be noted that both the vehicles are shown crossing the 160 km/h mark too. The Harrier crosses the mark in 31.225 seconds while the XUV500 reaches the same speed mark in just 29.524 seconds. Tata is expected to launch a more powerful version of the Harrier in the coming months and it will produce around 170 Bhp, which is similar to the Jeep Compass and the MG Hector.