Mahindra XUV 500, the long-standing king of the D-segment is now facing competition from the Tata Hexa SUV and Jeep Compass. While the Compass is a five-seater SUV, the Hexa is the one that directly competes with the XUV 500. Here is a video that shows their off road capabilities across the same obstacle.
What is happening in this video?
The video shows both the vehicles taking up a challenge in an empty field. The challenge is to cross a moderately deep hole. Here is the video that shows both the vehicles taking the same challenge. Mahindra XUV 500 and Tata Hexa do not get a low-ratio transmission, which makes them similarly capable.
First of all, this video is not done professionally to test the capability of both the vehicles. This is a real-world comparison that simply shows how both the vehicles are behaving during the obstacle. The Mahindra XUV 500 is quite capable too and may even excel the Hexa under certain circumstances.
The Hexa did the obstacle quite effortlessly while XUV 500 could not come out of the hole even after struggling a bit. The video makers also took the Hexa in reverse to show that it is not a fluke and the Hexa can seriously do the job. The attempts were repeated twice and both the times, XUV 500 could not get out of the hole while the Tata Hexa finds grip and completes the obstacle.
What are the possible reasons for Hexa completing the challenge?
Both the vehicles have a similar ground clearance of 200mm. The Hexa shown here is the 4X4 Varicor 400 version that is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum of 156 Bhp at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque between 1,700 rpm to 2,700 rpm. The Mahindra XUV 500 is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk engine that generates a maximum of 140 Bhp at 3,750 rpm and 330 Nm at 1,600 to 2,800 rpm. So what the causes that made the Hexa do the obstacle so effortlessly while the XUV struggled a lot?
Looking at the video, it seems that the Hexa has better suspension travel than the XUV 500. The XUV’s rear left wheel can be seen in the air while trying to cross the challenge. Without differential lock or LSD, all the power goes to the wheel which is free and it becomes a waste.
Hexa’s all the four-wheels stayed on the ground at all the time, which means traction to all the four wheels. It proves that Hexa has better wheel articulation than the XUV 500.
The Tata Hexa around 500 kg heavier than the Mahindra XUV 500. The extra weight can be a bad idea on many obstacles but not on this one. Why? Because extra weight provided extra traction that helped the Hexa to come out easily of the pit.
Also, the Hexa is a simple frame-on-ladder type vehicle while XUV is a monocoque chassis. Frame-on-ladder vehicles are more capable of off-roading because of various reasons like body rigidity, flexibility and so on.
Better low-end power
The Mahindra XUV has lower power and torque than the Hexa. The 400 Nm of torque makes a vehicle quite capable, especially if it maximizes at the lower RPMs of the engine. The Hexa’s 400 Nm torque peaks at 1,700 rpm and stays till 2,700 rpm, which gives it a wide band of power to work with. The XUV has a wider band of maximum torque but the Hexa’s Varicor 400 engine produces 70 Nm more torque than the XUV, which is a lot.
Video courtesy Sumitro