Every segment of Indian SUV market has been blooming with options from carmakers across the world. But buyers’ preference seems to be more biased towards domestic car makers like Mahindra and Tata as they happen to be oldest and most trustworthy players in Indian automotive market. Therefore today we will comparing two 7-seater SUVs from the biggest domestic brands of India. Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Safari Storme have been widely accepted and applauded for their features and offerings by hundreds of consumers. Since the two belong to a close price range, buyers’ often feel confused for which one to buy. So in order to simplify the confusion, we bring you a close feature by feature comparison between the two.
Engine specification is the first thing to be discussed when it comes to discussion of performance of any vehicle. Mahindra XUV500 is powered by a 2.2-litre mHAWK diesel engine that efficiently churns 142PS along with a highlighting torque of 330Nm. This power mill mates with a 6-speed manual transmission that effectively delivers power to its wheels. Powered by this engine the car hops from 0-100kmph speed within a few seconds and seems like a cheetah crossing a terrain when it speeds over highways.
Tata Safari Storme in this respect seems a bit outdated as it lacks behind XUV500 in terms of transmission and power, though the power mill bestowed to this car is one of the best ones. Tata Safari Storme is powered by an equivalent 2.2-litre diesel engine that gets strong support from a turbo charger. This turbocharged diesel engine has been presented with a capacity to deliver power worth 142PS against a top torque of 320Nm. The engine mates with a 5-speed manual gearbox which seems a bit less efficient as compared to that of Mahindra XUV500. The only edge that Safari Storme gets over Mahindra XUV500 is that this vehicle offers a suitable drivability over city as well as highways.
The 6-speed manual transmission of Mahindra XUV500 blesses it with a better fuel efficiency resulting in a slightly higher mileage figure as compared to Tata Safari Storme. Tata Safari Storme delivers a mileage of 11kmpl on city roads and 13kmpl on highways. Mahindra XUV500 on the other hand delivers 12kpl mileage over city roads and 15kmpl over highways.
In exteriors section both these SUVs stand neck to neck with each other. Some of the common qualities that they share on this front are a robust muscular look and a bolder appeal. Mahindra XUV500 design has been inspired from that of a Cheetah, its front grille sharp headlights, slender but muscular hood all remind you of a deadly beast staring at you. A style studded side profile and impressive rear add to the bold stance of this car.
Tata Safari Storme, on the contrary, gives impression of a premium SUV that carries a touch of superior elegance and sophistication like Jaguar and Mitsubishi SUVs. The front snout of the car is tall which is gracefully lined by its vertically lined black grille and slender headlights. So in terms of looks and style both SUVs carry equal marks.
On interior front too both these cars walk hand-in-hand with each other. Mahindra XUV500 carries several premium and stylish features. Some of the major offerings include a features studded but neat dashboard, tilt adjustable bi-spoke steering with mounted audio controls, power windows, arms rests, a powerful air conditioner, seating capacity of 7 adults, double glove box, and several others.
Tata Safari Storme offers all standard comforts and convenience along with plenty of space and perfect fit and finish. Major comfort features include air conditioning with climate control, power steering, full power windows, 10 air vents, beige interiors, leather upholstery in top variant, and a few others.
Mahindra XUV500 has been decorated with all advanced safety features like ABS, EBD, ESP, crumple zones, engine immobilizer, a strong body built, an Intelligent parking system, automatic headlights, fog lamps, etc.
Tata Safari Storme has been embellished with safety features like ABS, EBD, air bags, fog lamp controls, hydraulic brakes assisted by vacuum, reverse guide system, crash zones, and a sturdy body structure.
Mahindra XUV500 is being offered in seven somber colors: Red, Purple, White, Silver, Grey, Blue, and Black. Tata Safari Storme is also being offered in 7 tones: Black, White, Pearl White, Arctic Silver, Red, Pearl Champagne, and Urban Bronze.
The price range of the two is pretty close which forms the main basis of fierce competition between the two. Mahindra XUV500 is being offered in the price range of Rs.10.95 – Rs.14.64 lakhs. Tata Safari Storme on the other hand is being offered in the price range of Rs.10.29 – Rs.14.33 lakhs.
It is not easy to choose between the two as the two cars stand equal both in terms of exteriors as well as interiors. In terms of power Tata Safari gets a slight edge over XUV500 while in interiors and comfort XUV500 over takes Safari Storme.
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