In the recent years, sub-segment has witnessed a significant sales growth. By sub-segment we are referring to the compact-SUVs such as Hyundai’s Creta, compared to compared to a full-sized UV segment, Mahindra XUV500. Both the models are one of the best selling by their respective makers. Buyers want a big car, but with a small money check, this is where full-sized SUVs get challenged. Additionally, external challenges such as GST and cess increase in September have impacted volumes of full-sized SUVs in H1 FY18. Creta and XUV500 don’t even compete with each other. Surely, giving a second thought on owning extra features by shelling out some more cash.
So, let’s find out which one gets a good score. Though, we will compare the Creta 1.6 SX CRDi (O) with XUV’s W7 AT and W9 variants. Though, the W9’s price might go up due to the GST.
There is no doubt that Mahindra XUV500 is bigger and also has an aggressive appearance compared to the Hyundai Creta. In fact XUV500 makes the Creta like a Lilliputian and that is for sure, the former is a 7 seater SUV and the latter is 5. Dimensionally, XUV500 is way too long than Creta with a difference of 315mm and an overall length of 4585mm, wide and tall as mammoth with over 100mm along with a wheelbase of 2700mm. Creta on the other hand, being a small does look refreshed. Though, the changes to the exterior are minor, but what else you expect from a facelift? Launched in 2015, Creta was phasing out with its design freshness, but a facelift worked over it. It gets bigger grille now that extends to the headlamps. That was an impressive design back then, Mahindra on the other hand just changed the rear, to lure more consumers. But don’t you think Creta can be parked with easy compared to XUV500.
Definitely, the score here goes for the Mahindra, with all the high figures in their hands. Mahindra has powered the XUV with 2.2l diesel and petrol engine, where the diesel engine belts out 153bhp with 360Nm, which is bigger than Hyundai’s 1.6-litre diesel producing 126bhp and 260Nm and a smaller 1.4-litre engine that makes 89bhp and returns a claimed mileage of 21.38kmpl (ARAI certified). The XUV’s petrol engine makes 138bhp as compared to Creta’s 1.6-litre that pumps out a power figure of 122bhp with 151Nm. Where Hyundai offers manual as well automatic transmission in both fuel options, Mahindra too offers manual and automatic transmission, but for the diesel variants only along with an option of AWD on the higher variants. However, the petrol version is available with automatic transmission only.
122 bhp @ 6400 rpm
89 bhp @ 4000 rpm
126 bhp @ 4000 rpm
138 bhp @ 4500 rpm
153 bhp @ 3750 rpm
151 Nm @ 4850 rpm
220 Nm @ 1500 rpm
260 Nm @ 1500 -3000rpm
320 Nm @ 2000 rpm
360 Nm @ 1750 rpm
Cabin and features
The Creta welcomes you with decent airy cabin, and this top diesel variant offers leather upholstery. Mahindra too offers quilted leather upholstery with leather soft-touch dash, but on the top range variants. No doubts for the XUV’s big room inside. But the only downside is that with 3rd row up, you have to look some other place to keep your luggage or if you don’t have that many passengers accompanying you for a trip, just fold the 2nd and 3rd row, and your bed is ready, while you are camping in the hills.
There are some obvious features that you will find in a full-sized SUV such as traction control system, hill decent control, though the W7 AT variant misses front fog lamps ESP, reverse parking camera, which is offered with W9 variant and its counterpart as well. But, a 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat and six airbags as safety feature is what you also get in Creta SX (O), not forgetting, the sunroof feature as well. That apart, there some more easy going features as well that gets add-up to XUV’s list such as rain sensing wipers and tyre pressure monitor.
Value for money
That said, Mahindra is a good undoubtedly good product, but still if you are planning to go for W7 AT or W9, then you cannot have sunroof and leather upholstery. Kidding! Don’t get serious. Mahindra’s reliable diesel engine is also worth that much, but if you are thinking that the ex-showroom price of the W9 is like Rs 20,000 pricier than the Creta. Don’t be fooled. The price would get around 1 lakh. And if you are planning to get Mahindra’s AWD, then for sure the budget sits higher. Hyundai Creta is a decent car to have too, where you will save more than Rs 20,000 for the diesel automatic.