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Compare Mahindra XUV 500 Vs Renault Duster

Snapshot: The Mahindra XUV 500 has received a mid-life update. We compare it with the class leader Renault Duster and see how it fares.

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 Airbags
    6
    2
  • Airbags
    Driver frontal airbag, Front passenger frontal airbag, Side front airbags, Side head airbags, Side rear airbags
    Driver frontal airbag, Front passenger frontal airbag
  • Braking Systems
    Anti-lock Braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
    Anti-lock Braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Parking Sensors
    Rear view camera
    Not on offer

Mahindra XUV500 2015 Exterior vs. Renault Duster 2015 Exterior

  • Headlights
    Projector with Xenon
    Halogen
  • Wheels
    Alloy
    Steel
  • Bumper
    Body colored bumper
    Body colored bumper
  • Outside Mirror
    Internal adjustment-Electric with folding
    Internal adjustment -Electric

Mahindra XUV500 2015 Interior vs. Renault Duster 2015 Interior

  • Power windows
    All Windows
    All Windows
  • Power steering
    Electric power
    Hydraulic power
  • Dashboard
    Analog
    Analog
  • Central Locking
    Remote control, Keyless
    Remote control
  • Adjustable steering column
    Height, Telescopically
    Height, Telescopically
  • Interior material
    Leather
    Fabric
  • Seats material
    Leather
    Fabric
  • Heated seats
    Only front
    --
  • Sun-visor
    Driver & Front Passenger
    Driver Only
  • Seat Height Adjustment
    Semi Automatic Adjustment
    Manual Adjustment

Mahindra XUV500 2015 Comfort vs. Renault Duster 2015 Comfort

  • Audiosystem
    DVD Player with USB & Aux-in
    CD Player with USB & Aux-in
  • Ventilation system
    4 Zone climate control
    Air Conditioning with cooling only

Mahindra XUV500 2015 Dimensions and weights vs. Renault Duster 2015 Dimensions and weights

  • Length
    4585 mm.
    4315 mm.
  • Width
    1890 mm.
    1822 mm.
  • Height
    1785 mm.
    1695 mm.
  • Wheel base
    2700 mm.
    2673 mm.
  • Front track
    1600 mm.
    1560 mm.
  • Rear track
    1600 mm.
    1567 mm.
  • Ground clearance
    200 mm.
    205 mm.
  • Kerb weight
    1785 kg.
    1272 kg.
  • Gross vehicle weight
    2510 kg.
    1781 kg.
  • Boot space
    96 l.
    475 l.
  • Fuel tank capacity
    70 ltr.
    50 ltr.
  • Minimum turning radius
    5.6 m.
    5.2 m.

Mahindra XUV500 2015 Body vs. Renault Duster 2015 Body

  • Seating capacity
    7
    5
  • Body Type
    SUV
    SUV
  • Doors
    5
    5

Mahindra XUV500 2015 Engine vs. Renault Duster 2015 Engine

  • Cylinder configuration
    In-line
    In-line
  • Cylinders
    4
    4
  • Valves per cylinder
    4
    4
  • Displacement
    2179 cc
    1461 cc
  • Power
    140 bhp @ 3750 RPM PS@rpm
    110PS@3900rpm PS@rpm
  • Torque
    330 Nm @ 2800 RPM Nm@rpm
    248Nm@2250rpm Nm@rpm
  • Compression ratio
    16:5:1
    15.2:1
  • Engine location
    Front, longitudinal
    Front, longitudinal
  • Fuel system
    Injection
    Injection
  • CO2 emissions
    BS IV g/km
    BS IV g/km
  • Fuel type
    Diesel
    Diesel
  • ARAI Certified Mileage
    16 km/liter
    19.01 km/liter

Mahindra XUV500 2015 Performance vs. Renault Duster 2015 Performance

  • 0-100kmph
    12.5 seconds
    13.5 seconds
  • Maximum speed
    175 km/hour
    182 km/hour

Mahindra XUV500 2015 Transmission vs. Renault Duster 2015 Transmission

  • Drivetrain
    AWD
    AWD
  • Type
    Manual
    Manual
  • Speeds
    6 speed
    5 speed

Mahindra XUV500 2015 Suspensions/Brakes/Wheels and Tyres vs. Renault Duster 2015 Suspensions/Brakes/Wheels and Tyres

  • Front brakes
    Ventilated Disc
    Ventilated Disc
  • Rear brakes
    Ventilated Disc
    Drum
  • Front suspension
    MacPherson Coil Spring with stabilizer bar
    Independent MCPherson Strut with coil springs & anti-roll bar
  • Rear suspension
    Multi - Link Independent suspension
    Torsion beam axle with coil springs & anti-roll bar
  • Front tyres
    235 / 65 R17
    215/65
  • Rear tyres
    235 / 65 R17
    215/65
  • Wheels size
    R17
    R16
  • Handbrake
    Manual
    Manual

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.

Verdict
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.

You may want to know more about the Renault Duster 

 

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