What defines a contemporary three-row SUV! Effectively the mantra is straightforward. One thing which is a snug household mover with sufficient house for six or seven, can deal with difficult terrains with ease and feels ‘premium’! And that is precisely what we now have at the moment. Actually, not one however three of them, however the query is, which is the higher one?
The Mahindra XUV700 has been the discuss of the city and the 70,000 bookings that it acquired on the blink of an eye fixed very properly substantiates that. However here is the place the true check of this SUV lies because it will get pitted in opposition to a few of its well-established rivals just like the Hyundai Alcazar and the Tata Safari. Then there’s even the MG Hector Plus which too is a three-row model of the Hector and is accessible in the identical six or seven seater format. However sadly MG shouldn’t be in a position to present us with a check automotive but.
Very apparently, all these SUVs are very totally different to have a look at. Whereas the XUV700 has a really up to date and sharp, the opposite two undoubtedly have that household face flavour and are impressed by their respective compact SUV derivatives. Tata Safari builds up on Harrier’s design and undoubtedly appears very well-rounded, city and but has the butch enchantment of an SUV. Even the Hyundai Alcazar alternatively has that Creta sense very a lot intact however appears extra subtle and MPVish. The Mahindra XUV700 alternatively is the showstopper. It appears putting and that brawny sense of an SUV may be very interesting. Sure! The entrance finish appears a bit overdone particularly with these floating DRLs, however it’s nonetheless charming and will get you all the eye.
|Dimensions||Mahindra XUV700||Tata Safari||Hyundai Alcazar|
|Size||4695 mm||4661 mm||4500 mm|
|Width||1890 mm||1894 mm||1790 mm|
|Top||1755 mm||1786 mm||1675 mm|
|Wheelbase||2750 mm||2741 mm||2760 mm|
Having mentioned that, all three of them surprisingly are very totally different with regards to dimensions.The XUV is the longest of the lot whereas the Tata Safari is the widest. But it surely’s Hyundai Alcazar with the longest wheelbase. Let’s have a look at how that displays on the within.
Effectively on the within, all three SUVs have their hits and misses and we start with the oldest of the lot.
Inside & Tech
Alright, so the very first thing that you just discover is that you just get a very excessive seating place, which provides you a commanding view out of the windscreen and the steering is basically good actually chunky to carry. And other than that, so far as infotainment is worried, you’ve got the 8.8-inch touchscreen and naturally, it additionally will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and other than that you’ve got these drive modes right here. The up to date mannequin that Tata launched after the launch of the Safari, and in that up to date mannequin, you additionally get wi-fi charging and ventilated seats.
The second-row scores excessive on consolation and practicality. The seat might be slid ahead to make room for the third-row passengers and even the entrance passenger seat might be adjusted from the second-row to make extra legroom for the boss seat. After which there’s a 60:40 cut up, centre armrest with two cupholders, AC vents and the sunroof is kind of massive to offer you that extra ethereal really feel. You do sit a bit knees up within the third-row however the house is definitely good for shorter commutes. For options you’ve got air-con vents right here, charging ports and likewise devoted space for storing to your cellphone.
And now we come to the Hyundai Alcazar. Effectively, the Alcazar immediately feels a bit too compact and you are not in one of the best place and find yourself feeling fairly cramped. The house shouldn’t be too good for an grownup of my dimension and is greatest beneficial for teenagers. For options, there are air-con vents, two USB ports on either side, cupholders and place to maintain your cellular. However the second-row is little bit of a mixed-bag. You’ll be able to slide ahead or again the seats and even recline them. And these are captain seats, which is also an possibility on the Safari as properly, however these should not as massive as those that we noticed on safari. The seats on the Tata Safari presents higher thigh assist than these on the Alcazar. They’re snug however beneath thigh assist might have been even higher, When it comes to options, there’s wi-fi charger within the second-row which is a segment-first. There are AC vents, USB charging level and likewise a cellphone holder. After which you’ve got some space for storing like this tray holder that may carry as much as 3.5 kgs of load. And eventually I get these sunblinds as properly, once more a segment-first.
Right here within the driver’s seat the very first thing that you just discover is the two-tone upholstery. The cabin appears and feels very premium and you’ve got a glossy 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Once more Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and related automotive know-how are onboard and also you get a premium Bose sound system as properly. The Tata Safari will get a JBL Harman sound system and the Mahindra XUV7OO has a Sony Sound System. Then you definitely even have ventilated seats with three ranges, wi-fi charging as properly.
And eventually we’re within the second row of the XUV700 and just like the Safari, It feels very snug within the second row. The thigh assist is sweet and also you do get AC vents, centre armrest and 60:40 format for the seats to recline them. However a serious disadvantage right here is that you just can’t slide them ahead to create more room within the third-row. However can nonetheless slide ahead the entrance passenger seat by doing one thing just like what we did on the Safari. So far as options go, it will get a Sort C charging level and a small cellphone holder as properly. To not point out, the Piano black remedy and wood end on the doorways is one thing good and has a premium contact. And Sure! You do get fairly a giant sunroof and when you do get a really feel of that within the third-row, the kneeroom is barely marginally higher than the Alcazar. You continue to sit knees up and the house is cramped. It is even brief on headroom and also you consistently concern about bumping your head on the roof. So once more, this place is greatest fitted to children within the household. Even by way of options there’s only a single 12 volt charger right here whereas in different two vehicles we now have USB ports. You additionally get only one cupholder and there’s no house to maintain your cellphone.
Coming to the first-row, it does miss out on ventilated seats and that is a giant miss as a result of the opposite two vehicles get within the top-spec fashions not less than. And of-course this together with the Hyundai Alcazar will get blind spot monitor. So, the second you turn on the indicator in the direction of the left or the suitable, you’ve got a small show right here on the instrument console which exhibits the site visitors coming from behind you. Other than that you’ve got this Mercedes styled twin screens on the dashboard. It offers the sprint actually premium and refined look and although this color appears good. However in Indian dusty circumstances, sustaining it going to be a troublesome bit. When it comes to connectivity, Sure! This comes with Mahindra, a dream strains connectivity know-how. You even have apple carplay android auto, and it has wi-fi charging. After which, the top-spec luxury-line Mahindra XUV700 AX7L with us additionally comes with the superior driver help system or ADAS, bringing in additional driver help options like ahead collisions warning, cross-traffic alert and lane change alert amongst others.
Efficiency And Dynamics
So we now have instructed you all in regards to the options and the consolation that Tata Safari presents and it is now time to get behind the wheel. The Tata Safari will get the tried and examined fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Kryotec diesel engine that belts out 168 bhp at 3750 rpm and 350 Nm at 1750 – 2500 rpm. The oil-burner is mated to both a six-speed guide gearbox or a Hyundai-sourced six-speed torque-converter automated transmission. With us is the automated.
|Max Energy||168 bhp @ 3750 rpm|
|Peak Torque||350 Nm @ 1750 – 2500 rpm|
|Transmission||6-Pace MT / 6-Pace AT|
And should you discuss in regards to the driving dynamics of the automotive, the dealing with particularly. So this explicit automotive, it is a media automotive, and I really feel I sense that there’s some quantity of play within the steering. The steering itself shouldn’t be very, , suggestions oriented, it’s gentle. It does weigh up at increased speeds, however the total sense of confidence that you just get when driving the automotive. And so far as braking is worried, the brakes on the Safari are fairly enough and a bit extra chew would have been reassuring. One factor that has impressed essentially the most on this automotive has been the journey high quality in fact that stands out and is likely one of the highlights on this automotive. Even within the third-row the suitable high quality is sweet, the lateral motion you do not really feel it that a lot right here and even for the house so I am snug for shorter commutes.
|Hyundai Alcazar||2.0-litre Petrol||1.5-litre Diesel|
|Displacement||1999 cc||1493 cc|
|Max Energy||157 bhp @ 6500 rpm||113 bhp @ 4000 rpm|
|Peak Torque||191 Nm @ 4500 rpm||250 Nm @ 1500 – 2750 rpm|
|Transmission||6-Pace MT / 6-Pace AT||6-Pace MT / 6-Pace AT|
Okay then…. Let’s get to essentially the most compact SUV of the lot. You get each petrol and diesel engine choices within the Hyundai Alcazar. It is is identical Creta sourced 1.5-litre, four-cylinder CRDi unit belting out 113 bhp at 4000 rpm and 250 Nm of peak torque between 1500 – 2750 rpm. he one with us is the petrol variant with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder MPi motor beneath its hood. The petrol mill is comparatively a high-revving engine with 157 bhp at 6500 rpm and 191 nm of peak torque at 4500 rpm. Each engines can be found with both a six-speed guide or a six-speed torque-converter automated gearbox.
To start with, the throttle response is kind of good. Though you’re feeling a way of lag within the backside finish which is okay, which isn’t a deal breaker by any considered the creativeness. And should you discuss in regards to the journey high quality, it’s plush, neither too stiff nor too delicate. It offers you the suitable stability between each and should you discuss in regards to the dealing with, sure the steering weighs fairly properly and should you evaluate it to the Creta I’d say that the dealing with of the Creta and the Alcazar are kind of comparable. So it’s a snug automotive to drive. It’s a snug automotive to be in should you’re going for lengthy drives and sure, the top-end it’s barely missing however it’s alright. The underside is basically sturdy. It isn’t a tall SUV and that works in its favour with regards to physique rolls. We are able to spend extra time on this automotive with out getting drained so caught in a site visitors jam for instance, shifting site visitors, and even on the freeway for lengthy rides. However you are not snug within the third-row and we can’t favor this space to spend lengthy hours and for an extended journey. For youths within the household, most likely this house is right although the width remains to be tight.
|Mahindra XUV700||2.0-litre Petrol||2.2-litre Diesel MX||2.2-litre Diesel AX|
|Displacement||1997 cc||2184 cc||2184 cc|
|Max Energy||197 bhp @ 5000 rpm||153 bhp @ 3750 rpm||182 bhp @ 3500 rpm|
|Peak torque||380 Nm @ 1750-3000 RPM||360 Nm @ 1500 – 2800 rpm||420 Nm @ 1600 – 2800 rpm (MT) / 450 Nm @ 1750 – 2800 rpm (AT)|
|Transmission||6-Pace MT / 6-Pace AT||6-Pace MT||6-Pace MT / 6-Pace AT|
And eventually we come to the most recent child on the block. So the Mahindra XUV700 too is obtainable each with petrol and diesel engine choices and the latter one- the two.2-litre, four-cylinder CRDi diesel is obtainable in three totally different states of tunes. Whereas within the base MX variant it may be revved extra however is a bit humble at 153 bhp and 360 Nm of peak torque and is obtainable with the six-speed guide as commonplace, within the AX guide trim it churns out 182 bhp at 3500 rpm and 420 Nm of peak torque at 1600-2800 rpm. The torque output goes as much as 450 Nm at 1750 – 2800 rpm when mated to the six-speed auto gearbox.
We have the two.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with us which has been fairly in demand. It belts out 197 bhp at 5000 rpm and 380 Nm of 1750 – 3000 rpm throughout variants and regardless of gearbox choices. And talking of the gearbox, even this one is accessible both with a six-speed guide or a six-speed automated. Now the petrol like the opposite two is obtainable with the front-wheel-drive setup as commonplace, whereas the diesel will get the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system as an possibility within the automated iteration.
The brand new petrol mill is a is a quite peppy engine. The underside finish shove is good, the mid-range is basically sturdy should you’re driving this automotive within the metropolis or out on the highways occurring an extended drive, you’ll get pleasure from this automotive and why I say so is as a result of we spent a whole lot of time with this automotive as a result of after we drove the XUV700 to Ladakh to Umling La which is the very best motorable go on the face of this earth. The driving dynamics the dealing with of the automotive is probably one of the best amongst the three SUVs that we now have right here at the moment. The automotive would not get out of practice. The suggestions from the steering is very nice and even should you’re cornering exhausting like we did on all these mountainous roads is feels very agile and keen. The XUV700 can also be giving the safari some robust competitors in respect to its journey high quality. You’ll be able to spend good time right here with out getting drained and on each dynamics smart and journey high quality smart the SUV Scores very extremely. Even within the third row by way of journey high quality and even dealing with when you’re making these lane modifications, it is a lot sorted and I really feel it higher then each vehicles Alcazar and the Safari. Simply that I really feel fairly hemmed in due to tighter headroom and this brief window space if that may have been made higher.
So whereas the Hyundai Alcazar feels peppier and extra zippy to drive within the metropolis, on the freeway it feels a bit harassed when revved to the crimson. The Tata Safari alternatively is kind of the alternative! It feels in its component on the longer and open stretch, whereas in metropolis it feels a bit too cumbersome and cumbersome to chop by means of the site visitors and is not as tort with its physique manners. But it surely’s the Mahindra XUV700 with the suitable stability. You do not really feel the size and bulk behind the wheel and it is fairly straightforward to drive within the metropolis. On the freeway at increased speeds it pleasantly surprises with its dealing with and physique manners whereas the journey too feels settled and never overly stiff.
Effectively! Earlier than the ultimate reply, there’s one crucial side that we at carandbike have been stressing for a very long time – ‘Security’. Lately we learnt in regards to the XUV700 bagging a full 5-Star crash check ranking in grownup occupant security and 4-Star for youngster occupant security by the GlobalNCAP and if you have not but, do take a look at our unique crash check report video at carandbike’s Youtube deal with. Now the Tata Safari and Hyundai Alcazar are but to be examined for security. However all three SUVs get extra then requisite security options like ABS with EBD, digital stability program (ESP) and Traction Management and likewise entrance, facet and curtain airbags. The Mahindra XUV700 scores barely increased as its curtain airbags prolong to the third-row as properly!
|Fashions||Mahindra XUV700||Tata Safari||Hyundai Alcazar|
|Petrol||₹ 12.49 lakh – ₹ 21.29 lakh||NA||₹ 16.30 lakh – ₹ 20.00 lakh|
|Diesel||₹ 12.99 lakh – ₹ 22.99 lakh||₹ 14.99 lakh – ₹ 23.18 lakh||₹ 16.53 lakh – ₹ 20.15 lakh|
And eventually the whole lot boils all the way down to the costs. The Mahindra XUV700 undercuts each fashions on the base variant by over ₹ 2.5 lakh whereas solely the range-topping luxurious trims are round ₹ 1.5 lakh costlier than the equal Alcazar. The Tata Safari with all of the bells and whistles prices over a lakh greater than the fully-loaded AWD Mahindra XUV700. So with none second guessing, the Mahindra XUV700 has a giant edge being essentially the most reasonably priced of the lot and by fairly a margin, just about explains these overwhelming reserving numbers!
When it comes to look and design, the Tata Safari stands out. It has daring muscular enchantment, a strong street presence and likewise the journey high quality of the Safari on damaged roads is basically actually good, and this automotive is basically spacious as properly. The Alcazar actually scores increased by way of options and for an city purchaser this appears very trendy, and clearly the compact dimensions assist in metropolis driving circumstances.
However it’s the XUV700 which actually takes on the nice qualities of each the Safari and Alcazar and builds on them. It’s a well-rounded package deal and with regards to dynamics and efficiency it clearly takes the lead and that’s the reason on this unique comparability of ours the most recent automotive within the section can also be one of the best automotive within the section.
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