Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500


Showcased at the Geneva Motor Show last year, the Tata Hexa is all set to redefine the parameters of sporty SUVs on the Indian roads. Launching next month, it is going to be an effective replacement of Aria, which was an underdog. The new Hexa doesn’t only come with a modern and upmarket design, but also brings a range of modern features, which makes it one of the most desirable SUVs in its price range.

The Mahindra XUV500, launched back in 2011, currently rules the segment. Its sporty design and a powerful engine under the bonnet, gained it a lot of takers ever since it was launched. Being one of the sportiest car in among the contemporary crop of SUVs, this car surely ticked all the boxes right.

With the all new Tata Hexa SUV, the company tries to undo all its previous errors and hit the purple patch right from the day one. Now when the SUV is about to arrive, let’s have a quick comparison on which one suits more to your requirements. .

The first impression; the appearance

The first thing that will click the minds of buyers who find themselves in a dilemma of choosing between the two is the physical dimensions. The Tata Hexa beats the Mahindra XUV500, hands down, in this field. Built on a wheelbase of 2,850mm, the Tata Hexa is a good 200mm longer than the XUV500. The Hexa is a touch wider and higher than its competitor, but has the same ground clearance of 200mm. Both the SUVs are seven seaters, but the longer stature of the Hexa makes it more spacious and comfortable than the XUV500, which has a low legroom in the third row and a smaller boot space.

The engine

Under the bonnet, the Mahindra XUV500 has a 2.2-litre mHawk engine which pumps out 140bhp of power and a peak torque of 330Nm. The Hexa, on the contrary, has a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine, which is expected to be more powerful with a better power of 156bhp and a greater torque value of 400Nm than that of the XUV500.

The engines of both these SUVs are mated with 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmission gearbox. However, it will be interesting to how the ladder frame chassis of Hexa fares against the monocoque construction of the XUV500, which has a big role to play in the power to weight ratio in both of them.

The Mahindra XUV500 has now been made available in the much demanded AWD as well, while the Hexa will come with selectable drive modes, with options like Automatic, Dynamic, Comfort and off road drive modes. However, the XUV500 has another card up its sleeve with a sunroof, which the Hexa does not.

Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 – Which one is better?

With both the SUVs turning out to be major competition for each other, it is very difficult to ascertain the winner among them until the launch doesn’t get underway. Though Hexa looks like it has been being built with specs that are a notch ahead of XUV500 on paper, it is to be considered that the latter has got records of the past 5 years of glory to work with.

Moreover, the Hexa is arriving in nine different variants, giving a wide range of options to the buyers.

Since Mahindra XUV500 comes at a price range of over 15 lakhs INR (exclusive showroom) in Delhi, it will be interesting to see whether Tata uses this as his armor to come out a champion in this head-to-head race, just like it did with the Tiago.