The Mahindra XUV 500 and Renault Duster are two of the most popular SUVs in the Indian market among others. Where the Duster has received only minor updates so far, the XUV 500 has undergone major updates twice. Both the SUVs use a modern monocoque shell construction and offer an AWD system for serious off-roading.
“Which one of these SUV is the better one” – It is the sort of question that you might ask yourself if you are out in the market to buy an SUV. We help you find out the better car among the two by doing a specification comparison.
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Safety vs. Renault Duster 2015 Safety
- Number of Airbags62
- AirbagsDriver frontal airbag, Front passenger frontal airbag, Side front airbags, Side head airbags, Side rear airbagsDriver frontal airbag, Front passenger frontal airbag
- Braking SystemsAnti-lock Braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)Anti-lock Braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
- Parking SensorsRear view cameraNot on offer
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Exterior vs. Renault Duster 2015 Exterior
- HeadlightsProjector with XenonHalogen
- BumperBody colored bumperBody colored bumper
- Outside MirrorInternal adjustment-Electric with foldingInternal adjustment -Electric
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Interior vs. Renault Duster 2015 Interior
- Power windowsAll WindowsAll Windows
- Power steeringElectric powerHydraulic power
- Central LockingRemote control, KeylessRemote control
- Adjustable steering columnHeight, TelescopicallyHeight, Telescopically
- Interior materialLeatherFabric
- Seats materialLeatherFabric
- Heated seatsOnly front--
- Sun-visorDriver & Front PassengerDriver Only
- Seat Height AdjustmentSemi Automatic AdjustmentManual Adjustment
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Comfort vs. Renault Duster 2015 Comfort
- AudiosystemDVD Player with USB & Aux-inCD Player with USB & Aux-in
- Ventilation system4 Zone climate controlAir Conditioning with cooling only
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Dimensions and weights vs. Renault Duster 2015 Dimensions and weights
- Length4585 mm.4315 mm.
- Width1890 mm.1822 mm.
- Height1785 mm.1695 mm.
- Wheel base2700 mm.2673 mm.
- Front track1600 mm.1560 mm.
- Rear track1600 mm.1567 mm.
- Ground clearance200 mm.205 mm.
- Kerb weight1785 kg.1272 kg.
- Gross vehicle weight2510 kg.1781 kg.
- Boot space96 l.475 l.
- Fuel tank capacity70 ltr.50 ltr.
- Minimum turning radius5.6 m.5.2 m.
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Body vs. Renault Duster 2015 Body
- Seating capacity75
- Body TypeSUVSUV
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Engine vs. Renault Duster 2015 Engine
- Cylinder configurationIn-lineIn-line
- Valves per cylinder44
- Displacement2179 cc1461 cc
- Power140 bhp @ 3750 RPM PS@rpm110PS@3900rpm PS@rpm
- Torque330 Nm @ 2800 RPM Nm@rpm248Nm@2250rpm Nm@rpm
- Compression ratio16:5:115.2:1
- Engine locationFront, longitudinalFront, longitudinal
- Fuel systemInjectionInjection
- CO2 emissionsBS IV g/kmBS IV g/km
- Fuel typeDieselDiesel
- ARAI Certified Mileage16 km/liter19.01 km/liter
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Performance vs. Renault Duster 2015 Performance
- 0-100kmph12.5 seconds13.5 seconds
- Maximum speed175 km/hour182 km/hour
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Transmission vs. Renault Duster 2015 Transmission
- Speeds6 speed5 speed
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Suspensions/Brakes/Wheels and Tyres vs. Renault Duster 2015 Suspensions/Brakes/Wheels and Tyres
- Front brakesVentilated DiscVentilated Disc
- Rear brakesVentilated DiscDrum
- Front suspensionMacPherson Coil Spring with stabilizer barIndependent MCPherson Strut with coil springs & anti-roll bar
- Rear suspensionMulti - Link Independent suspensionTorsion beam axle with coil springs & anti-roll bar
- Front tyres235 / 65 R17215/65
- Rear tyres235 / 65 R17215/65
- Wheels sizeR17R16
The specification comparison sheet has been prepared by comparing Mahindra XUV 500 W10 AWD with the Renault Duster RXZ AWD.
Design and Exteriors
The XUV 500 was always a macho looking SUV and the updates now make the car look more elegant. There’s a new headlight cluster, redesigned bumper, grille and a bonnet at front. The grille is now even more noticeable since it is no longer body coloured. The black colour breaks the monotony of the front face and makes the individual features stand out. The long DRLs have been replaced with new ones that resemble tear ducts of Cheetah. The DRLs are accompanied by the light guide projector lamps which ensure that corners are properly lit while cornering.
There are new 17 inch alloy wheels and a chrome strip running across the waist on the side. There’s a touch of chrome at the back which makes the car look more premium.
The Renault Duster is a more butch looking SUV and has uncluttered style. There’s a massive grille at the front that’s gets nicely integrated with the headlamps. The headlamps on the AWD variant of the car are smoked black to distinguish it from the rest of the variants. On the sides, you would notice massive wheel arches and huge gap between the tyre and under body which hints about the car’s capability.
The 16 inch alloy wheels on the sides use high profile tyres and on the back there is a taillight cluster that looks small in comparison to overall dimensions of the car. The car has 205mm of ground clearance which would let you go anywhere without scraping the under body of the car.
Interior design and Equipment
The black and beige theme of the Mahindra XUV 500 interiors may not be to everyone’s taste. The cabin though is equipped with all sort of equipment and features like 6-way power-adjustable driver seat, Multi-functional four spoke steering wheel with controls for music, telephony , a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system for navigation, playing videos and viewing photographs, USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in connectivity, tiretronics, voice message system, parking distance with dynamic assist etc.
The Mahindra Blue Sense technology can be used to sync music with mobile. The mobile application also lets you control temperature of the cabin and monitor parameters like tyre pressure, vehicle mileage, distance to empty etc. The Mahindra XUV 500 also offers a sun roof which makes the car first in its class to offer this feature.
The Duster uses premium leather upholstery and a soft touch dashboard. The driver’s seat is 8-way adjustable. The sporty 3-spoke steering wheel also has music and telephony control built into it. There’s an integrated touchscreen MediaNav system that offers features like navigation, music system with USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity.
Other features on offer include Eco mode that help you increase the fuel efficiency by 10%. Mahindra also offers micro-hybrid technology that help you reduce fuel consumption by automatically switching off the engine in start-stop traffic conditions.
Onboard trip computer on the Duster offers information like average and real time fuel consumption, approximate range with remaining fuel, average speed etc.
Engine, Gearbox and Transmission
The Mahindra XUV 500 is offered with only one engine option (in-line four cylinder diesel, 2179 cc) that produces 140bhp at 3750rpm and peak torque of 330Nm at 2800rpm. The engine is coupled with a six-speed transmission and is available with front and AWD options.
Whereas the Duster is available with three engine choices (two diesels and one petrol). The diesel engines are available in two different capacities – 108Bhp and 84Bhp while the petrol engine produces 103Bhp. The torque outputs are 248Nm @ 2250rpm, 200Nm @ 1900rpm and 145Nm@3750rpm respectively.
The petrol as well as the lower power diesel engine come equipped with a 5-speed transmission whereas the higher power diesel engine uses a 6-speed transmission. The AWD variant of the SUV is offered with a higher power diesel engine only.
Mileage and Safety features
The XUV 500 has an ARAI acclaimed mileage of 16kmpl. The mileage of car is impressive if you consider that the car employs a 2.2 litre diesel engine and has a kerb weight of 1785kg.
The Duster diesel engines are almost equally efficient and offer impressive mileage figures of 19.87kmpl (84Bhp), 19.64kmpl (108Bhp) and 19.72kmpl (108bhp AWD). The car equipped with the petrol engine promises to deliver 13.06kmpl.
The XUV offers 6 airbags whereas the Duster only offers two airbags in the top variant. The XUV is equipped with features like ABS with EBD, ESP with roll-over mitigation, hill hold and hill descent control, reverse parking camera with dynamic assist etc.
The Duster also comes equipped with advance safety features like ABD with EBD, BA, ESP, ASR, understeer control, hill start assist, central locking, engine immobilizer etc.
India has been in love with the Duster ever since its launch and why shouldn’t it be? It is perhaps the most rugged and macho looking SUV out there. The car is available with three engine choices and is also very fuel efficient. The only area where the XUV betters the Duster is the seating capacity.