What defines a contemporary three-row SUV! Properly the mantra is straightforward. One thing which is a cushty household mover with sufficient area for six or seven, can deal with difficult terrains with ease and feels ‘premium’! And that is precisely what we’ve 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 speak of the city and the 70,000 bookings that it obtained on the blink of an eye fixed very nicely substantiates that. However this 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 offered in the identical six or seven seater structure. However sadly MG shouldn’t be in a position to present us with a check automobile but.
Very apparently, all these SUVs are very totally different to take a look at. Whereas the XUV700 has a really modern 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 attraction of an SUV. Even the Hyundai Alcazar however has that Creta sense very a lot intact however appears extra refined and MPVish. The Mahindra XUV700 however is the showstopper. It appears hanging and that brawny sense of an SUV could be very interesting. Sure! The entrance finish appears a bit overdone particularly with these floating DRLs, but it surely’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 stated that, all three of them surprisingly are very totally different in terms of 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.
Properly 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 extremely excessive seating place, which supplies you a commanding view out of the windscreen and the steering is de facto good actually chunky to carry. And aside from that, so far as infotainment is worried, you’ve gotten the 8.8-inch touchscreen and naturally, it additionally will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and aside from that you’ve 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 large to offer you that extra ethereal really feel. You do sit a bit knees up within the third-row however the area is definitely good for shorter commutes. For options you’ve gotten air-con vents right here, charging ports and likewise devoted space for storing on your cellphone.
And now we come to the Hyundai Alcazar. Properly, the Alcazar immediately feels a bit too compact and you are not in the very best place and find yourself feeling fairly cramped. The area shouldn’t be too good for an grownup of my dimension and is finest 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 possibly can slide ahead or again the seats and even recline them. And these are captain seats, which is also an possibility on the Safari as nicely, however these aren’t as large as those that we noticed on safari. The seats on the Tata Safari affords higher thigh assist than these on the Alcazar. They’re snug however beneath thigh assist may have been even higher, By way of options, there may be 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 gotten 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 nicely, 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 smooth 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Once more Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and linked automobile expertise are onboard and also you get a premium Bose sound system as nicely. 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 nicely.
And eventually we’re within the second row of the XUV700 and much like the Safari, It feels very snug within the second row. The thigh assist is nice 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 extra space within the third-row. However can nonetheless slide ahead the entrance passenger seat by doing one thing much 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 nicely. To not point out, the Piano black therapy and wood end on the doorways is one thing good and has a premium contact. And Sure! You do get fairly an enormous 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 area is cramped. It is even brief on headroom and also you consistently worry about bumping your head on the roof. So once more, this place is finest suited to children within the household. Even when it comes to options there may be only a single 12 volt charger right here whereas in different two automobiles we’ve USB ports. You additionally get only one cupholder and there’s no area to maintain your cellphone.
Coming to the first-row, it does miss out on ventilated seats and that is an enormous miss as a result of the opposite two automobiles 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 proper, you’ve gotten a small show right here on the instrument console which exhibits the site visitors coming from behind you. Aside from that you’ve this Mercedes styled you realize 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. By way of connectivity, Sure! This comes with Mahindra, a dream strains connectivity expertise. 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’ve advised you all concerning the options and the consolation that Tata Safari affords 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-Velocity MT / 6-Velocity AT|
And for those who speak concerning the driving dynamics of the automobile, the dealing with particularly. So this specific automobile, it is a media automobile, and I really feel I sense that there’s some quantity of play within the steering. The steering itself shouldn’t be very, you realize, suggestions oriented, it’s mild. It does weigh up at larger speeds, however the general sense of confidence that you just get when driving the automobile. And so far as braking is worried, the brakes on the Safari are fairly satisfactory and a bit extra chew would have been reassuring. One factor that has impressed essentially the most on this automobile has been the journey high quality in fact that stands out and is without doubt one of the highlights on this automobile. Even within the third-row the proper high quality is nice, the lateral motion you do not really feel it that a lot right here and even for the area 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-Velocity MT / 6-Velocity AT||6-Velocity MT / 6-Velocity 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 are feeling a way of lag within the backside finish which is ok, which isn’t a deal breaker by any considered the creativeness. And for those who speak concerning the journey high quality, it’s plush, neither too stiff nor too comfortable. It offers you the proper steadiness between each and for those who speak concerning the dealing with, sure the steering weighs fairly properly and for those who examine 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 automobile to drive. It’s a snug automobile to be in for those who’re going for lengthy drives and sure, the top-end it’s barely missing but it surely’s alright. The underside is de facto robust. It isn’t a tall SUV and that works in its favour in terms of physique rolls. We will spend extra time on this automobile with out getting drained so caught in a site visitors jam for instance, transferring site visitors, and even on the freeway for lengthy rides. However you are not snug within the third-row and we can’t desire this space to spend lengthy hours and for an extended journey. For teenagers within the household, in all probability this area is good 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-Velocity MT / 6-Velocity AT||6-Velocity MT||6-Velocity MT / 6-Velocity 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 customary, 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 offered 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 customary, 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 relatively peppy engine. The underside finish shove is good, the mid-range is de facto robust for those who’re driving this automobile within the metropolis or out on the highways happening an extended drive, you’ll get pleasure from this automobile and why I say so is as a result of we spent quite a lot of time with this automobile as a result of once 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 automobile is probably the very best amongst the three SUVs that we’ve right here at the moment. The automobile would not get out of practice. The suggestions from the steering is very nice and even for those who’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 possibly can spend good time right here with out getting drained and on each dynamics sensible and journey high quality sensible the SUV Scores very extremely. Even within the third row when it comes to 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 automobiles Alcazar and the Safari. Simply that I really feel fairly hemmed in due to tighter headroom and this brief window space if that will 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 burdened when revved to the crimson. The Tata Safari however is kind of the other! It feels in its factor on the longer and open stretch, whereas in metropolis it feels a bit too cumbersome and cumbersome to chop via the site visitors and is not as tort with its physique manners. But it surely’s the Mahindra XUV700 with the proper steadiness. 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 larger speeds it pleasantly surprises with its dealing with and physique manners whereas the journey too feels settled and never overly stiff.
Properly! Earlier than the ultimate reply, there’s one crucial facet that we at carandbike have been stressing for a very long time – ‘Security’. Just lately we learnt concerning the XUV700 bagging a full 5-Star crash check score in grownup occupant security and 4-Star for baby occupant security by the GlobalNCAP and if you have not but, do try 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, aspect and curtain airbags. The Mahindra XUV700 scores barely larger as its curtain airbags prolong to the third-row as nicely!
|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 every little thing boils right 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 dearer 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 an enormous edge being essentially the most inexpensive of the lot and by fairly a margin, just about explains these overwhelming reserving numbers!
By way of look and design, the Tata Safari stands out. It has daring muscular attraction, a stable highway presence and likewise the journey high quality of the Safari on damaged roads is de facto actually good, and this automobile is de facto spacious as nicely. The Alcazar actually scores larger when it comes to options and for an city purchaser this appears very fashionable, and clearly the compact dimensions assist in metropolis driving circumstances.
However it’s the XUV700 which actually takes on the great qualities of each the Safari and Alcazar and builds on them. It’s a well-rounded package deal and in terms of dynamics and efficiency it clearly takes the lead and that’s the reason on this unique comparability of ours the most recent automobile within the section can also be the very best automobile within the section.
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