This need to compare is inherent in all of us; we just can’t let things be! This need to compare only gets stronger wherever we find ourselves making a decision, a critical decision like – Buying a car. The Mahindra has proven time and again that it is the sort of company that’s ever hungry, always striving to better what they have already made. The new Mahindra XUV 500 is one such example. The car has received a mid-life overhaul so that it does not look jaded and can be upto customer’s expectations. We measure the car against its arch rival Tata Safari Storme and find out if it really is an improvement and where does it stand when put against the Safari Storme.
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Safety vs. Tata Safari Storme 2015 Safety
- Number of Airbags62
- AirbagsDriver frontal airbag, Front passenger frontal airbag, Front passenger side airbag, Rear passenger side 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 AssistanceRear sensors with cameraRear sensors with camera
- Pressure monitoring systemYesNo
- Child Safety LocksYesYes
- Low Fuel WarningYesYes
- Door Ajar WarningYesYes
- Fasten Seat Belt WarningYesYes
- Central LockingYesYes
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Exterior vs. Tata Safari Storme 2015 Exterior
- HeadlightsProjector with Xenon with DRLsProjector
- Front fog lightsYesYes
- Rear wash wiperYesYes
- Rear DefoggerYesYes
- Outside MirrorInternal adjustment-Electric with foldingInternal adjustment -Electric
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Interior vs. Tata Safari Storme 2015 Interior
- Power windowsAll WindowsAll Windows
- Power steeringYesYes
- Adjustable steering columnRake, ReachNo
- Power seatsPower seatsNo
- Leather steering wheelYesNo
- Multifunction steering wheelYesYes
- Sun-visorDriver & Front PassengerDriver & Front Passenger
- Seat Height AdjustmentYesYes
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Comfort vs. Tata Safari Storme 2015 Comfort
- AudiosystemDVD Player with USB & Aux-inCD Player with USB & Aux-in
- Navigation systemYesNo
- Ventilation system4 Zone climate controlManual Air conditioning with cooling and heating
- Remote BootYesNo
- Remote fuel-lidYesYes
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Dimensions and weights vs. Tata Safari Storme 2015 Dimensions and weights
- Length4585 mm.4655 mm.
- Width1890 mm.1965 mm.
- Height1785 mm.1937 mm.
- Wheel base2700 mm.2650 mm.
- Front track1600 mm.1580 mm.
- Rear track1600 mm.1550 mm.
- Ground clearance200 mm.200 mm.
- Kerb weight1785 kg.2095 kg.
- Boot space96 l.--
- Fuel tank capacity70 ltr.55 ltr.
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Body vs. Tata Safari Storme 2015 Body
- Seating capacity77
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Engine vs. Tata Safari Storme 2015 Engine
- Cylinder configurationIn-lineIn-line
- Displacement2179 cc2179 cc
- Power (PS @ RPM)142 @ 3750150 @ 4000
- Torque (Nm @RPM)330 @ 2800320 @ 1700
- Engine locationFront, longitudinalFront, longitudinal
- Fuel typeDieselDiesel
- ARAI Certified Mileage16 km/liter13 km/liter
Mahindra XUV500 2015 Transmission vs. Tata Safari Storme 2015 Transmission
Mahindra XUV500 2015Brakes/Wheels and Tyres vs. Tata Safari Storme 2015 Brakes/Wheels and Tyres
- Front brakesVentilated DiscVentilated Disc
- Rear brakesVentilated DiscVentilated Disc
- Front tyres235 / 65 R17235/65
- Rear tyres235 / 65 R17235/65
- Wheels sizeR17R16
The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Mahindra XUV 500 W10 AWD with the Tata Safari Storme VX 4X4. Compare full features of the cars by clicking here.
Design and Exteriors
There’s has been a design theme going on with the Mahindra XUV 500 which the new car does not dilute even to the slightest. The new car has a redesigned bumper, headlight cluster, grille and a bonnet at front. The grille at front is no longer body coloured and has been blackened that breaks the monotony. There are new DRLs at the front which are accompanied by the light guide projector lamps, the projector lamp ensures that the corners are properly lit while you corner.
On the sides, you will notice new 17 inch alloy wheels and chrome lining running across the waist length of the car. The rear of the car too gets a slight chrome treatment and lends a sense of premium-ness to the car.
The Tata Safari received an update recently in which the car does away with the oddly styled grille and new one is Land Rover inspired. The changes were minor and the car still maintains a sense of understated signature style. The Safari looks muscular from the side and uses chunky alloys wheels (16 inch) to match its style.
Despite the changes that the Safari received the car looks does not look much fresh since the changes have been ultra minimal. However, comparing the styling of the Safari Storme with the XUV 500, the Safari looks extremely understated which may appeal to certain set of customers.
Interiors and Equipment
The Mahindra XUV 500 uses a black and beige scheme for its interiors. The driver seat is 6-way power-adjustable and the seats are perhaps the best in class. The sporty, four spoke steering wheel, not only looks sophisticated but is functional too, the controls for music, telephony etc. are present on the steering and provide full control to the driver.
There’s a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that can be used for navigation, playing videos and viewing photographs etc. There’s USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in connectivity to connect the phone.
The car also comes equipped with Mahindra Blue Sense technology that lets you sync music of your mobile with the infotainment system. In addition, you can control features like temperature of the cabin and monitor the parameters like tyre pressure, vehicle mileage, distance to empty etc. by using the mobile app.
The car has enough space for knick-knack all around. Features like Tiretronics, voice messaging system, parking assistance with dynamic assist etc. makes the car most technologically advanced in its category.
The Tata Safari is spacious on the inside and can carry seven passengers in comfort. The new car has an all black theme for interiors which looks sporty. The driver seat of the car provides great overall visibility too. The steering wheel present on the car seems to be borrowed from the Zest and has audio controls present on it. The car would definitely disappoint in terms of equipment level if you compare it with the XUV 500, there’s no touch screen infotainment system and tech wizardry. All you get is an integrated music system which replaces the aftermarket one. There’s a reverse parking camera for parking assistance.
The XUV 500 provides a regular bench seat for the third row of passengers, the Safari uses the foldable. The Safari fails by a long margin in terms of features and equipment list when compared with the XUV 500.
Engine, Gearbox and Transmission
The XUV 500 uses the same engine (inline 4-cylinder – 2179cc) from the old car which produces the peak power of 140bhp at 3750rpm. The torque produced is 330 Nm at 1600-2800rpm range. There’s a variable geometry turbocharger that helps extract more power at higher rpms.
XUV uses a 6-speed transmission system that you can use to send power to all wheels while off-roading. The car also comes equipped with features like micro-hybrid technology and brake-energy regeneration system that puts the car in a different league altogether.
The Safari uses the same capacity four cylinder engine (2179cc) that produces 140bhp at 4000rpm and peak torque of 320Nm at 1700-2700rpm range. The car also uses a turbocharger which improves the driveability at higher speeds.
The car uses a 5-speed transmission system that you can use to send power to all wheels in time of need.
Safety features and Mileage
The XUV 500 is extremely well equipped in terms of safety features and you get six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP with roll-over mitigation, Hill hold and hill descent, disc brakes all around, reverse parking assistance with camera etc. The ARAI certified mileage figure of the car is pretty decent too at 16kmpl.
The Tata Safari Storme comes equipped with two airbags, ABS with EBD, central locking with child safety features, engine immobilizer, reverse parking assistance with display in the IRVM. The ARAI certified mileage of the car (13kmpl) is not impressive and is attributed to the fact that car has a very high kerb weight (2095kg).
To choose between the Safari and XUV 500 is really simple. You need to ask yourself if you like the styling of the XUV 500, if you like it, there’s probably nothing else that you can find wrong with the car. It’s not that there is anything grossly wrong with the styling. It’s just that some people would definitely feel that it is too gaudy.
The Safari manages to look really simple and elegant and the updates are very minimal. The car severely lack in features and equipment when you compare it with the XUV 500. However, you should bear in mind that there is a substantial difference between the cars in terms of pricing too.