The yet to be launched Tata Hexa was revealed to the media in Hyderabad few days back. It’s a flagship car from Tata that would compete with the likes of Innova Crysta and Mahindra XUV 500 in this segment. So what does it have to offer and how good is it when compared to the rivals? We find out in this comparison review.
Design and Exteriors
The Tata Hexa makes a mark as far as appeal goes and it looks massive. It has an aggressive front face with an overall silhouette that resembles more closely to an MPV rather than a SUV. It’s also a very broad car at 1903mm. Hexa also has the longest wheelbase among three that release most interior space for occupants. All three have great amount of ground clearance on offer, Innova offers marginally less at 193mm in comparison to the 200mm of the Hexa and XUV 500.
Innova Crysta has grown and now looks much mature. In terms of styling, the XUV 500 may divide opinions but it is a favourite among buyers in India. For some, it may be over styled though. The XUV 500 leaves almost no space for luggage with 3rd row of seats, but with seats folded down, it does offer generous amount of space like the other two.
|Dimensions and Capacities||Tata Hexa||Toyota Innova Crysta||Mahindra XUV 500|
|Length||4788 mm||4735 mm||4585 mm|
|Width||1903 mm||1830 mm||1890 mm|
|Height||1791 mm||1795 mm||1785 mm|
|Wheelbase||2850 mm||2750 mm||2700 mm|
|Ground clearance||200 mm||193 mm||200 mm|
|Boot capacity||128 litres (with 3rd row seats)||300 litres (with 3rd row seats)||702 litres (without 3rd and 2nd row seats)|
Interiors and Features
The Innova Crysta wins this battle hands down and the rich interiors are seemingly from an expensive sedan. Trays for second row of seats and other creature comforts make it the best interior space to be in. Even the Hexa comes really well equipped and the quality of plastics and design is pleasing as we are used to seeing in latest generation of Tata cars.
The XUV500 interiors are in line with exterior design theme and may seem overstyled to some. They are well-made and the car is decently equipped though. In case of all these cars, you get a Navigation system, an upmarket music-system, AC vents for all three rows, power adjustable driver seat, climate control system, cruise control etc.
Tata Hexa offers other features like Juke car app, smart remote app that works with the Connectnext infotainment system and enhance the connectivity options. XUV 500 offers a Bluesense app that offer information like tyre pressure and let you control audio and music from your phone.
Engine, Transmission & Gearbox
At Hexa would be offered with two engine options. The 2.2 litre engine puts out a healthy 156PS of power and 400Nm of torque in case of XM and XT variants. In case of the XE, the engine put out marginally less 150PS of power and 320Nm of torque. There’s an option of 6-speed auto and 6-speed manual to choose from. The XUV 500 offers two engine options, a 2.2 litre diesel and a 1.99 litre diesel that put out the same power output of 142PS. The 2.2 litre engine produces 330Nm of torque while 1.99 litre produces 320Nm of torque. The car also offers brake-energy regeneration technology and two gearbox choices (6 speed MT and AT) with both the engines.
|Engine and Gearbox||Tata Hexa||Toyota Innova Crysta||Mahindra XUV 500|
|Engine capacity||2.2 litres||2.7 litre (P) / 2.4 (D) / 2.8 (D)||2.2 litres / 1.99 litres|
|Gearbox||6 MT & 6 AT||5 MT & 6 AT / 5 MT / 6 AT||5 MT and 6 AT / 5 MT and 6 AT|
|Power (PS)||150 & 156||166 / 150 / 174||142|
|Torque (Nm@rpm)||320@1700-2700 & 400@1700-2700||245@4000 / 343@1400-2800 / 360@1200-3400||330@1600-2800 / 320@1600-2800|
|Transmission||4X2 & 4X4||4X2||4X4 / 4X2|
With the Innova Crysta you get three power plants (2 diesels and 1 petrol). The 2.7 litre petrol puts out a healthy 166PS of power and 245Nm of torque and gets a 5-speed MT and 6-speed automatic gearbox. You also get 2.4 litre diesel and 2.8 litre diesel that put out 150PS and 174PS respectively. The corresponding torque figures are 343Nm and 360Nm respectively. With the smaller diesel you get an option of 5-speed manual while with the bigger engine there’s only an option of 6-speed automatic.
You get features like ABS, EBD, seat belts for all passengers and two airbags as standard with all these cars. Innova crystal offers three airbags as standard and the higher variants gets seven. While XUV 500 offers six airbags with higher variants and Hexa offers four. Other safety features include hill assist, stability control etc. that are also offered with higher variants of the cars.
The Innova Crysta glaringly misses out a 4x4 system, making it least favourable among people looking for a capable off-roader and it is indeed a chink in its armour. The XUV 500 offers good amount of features, a 4x4 transmission and it looks like a proper SUV making it the second best. The Hexa offers a 4x4 system along with everything that you would expect from an SUV and is in our opinion is a perfect lifestyle vehicle of this comparison which is equally suited for all kind of audience.