More on space, high on safety features, top performance and aggressive looks. Does it sound familiar? SUVs are all about these characteristics. More and more people in India are going for these bigger road machines for more than one reason. But is it easy to narrow down on one SUV for your garage. Many major automobile companies are trying to make their mark in the SUV segment. With so much of competition in the market, let us compare two of the major players in the country – Tata Safari Storme and Mahindra XUV500.
Over all these years, Tata Safari was considered a good performer and a ruler in its segment. Recently, with the serious competition from the Mahindra XUV 500 Car, Tata knew that they needed a proper facelift and that’s how the Tata Safari Storme was born.
Both these SUVs are aggressive on the exteriors. Tata Motors hasn’t changed the exteriors much; the chassis is inspired by the Tata Aria and the front fascia gets inspired from the Land Rover. The spare wheel goes missing from its tail gate which earlier used to be the hallmark of this vehicle. The XUV500 is inspired by a Cheetah. The front grille resembles the cheetah’s jaw, the door handles are styled like its paws and body lines take a cue from a pouncing cheetah. The body is based on Mahindra’s signature monocoque construction.
Both the SUVs are spacious, but the Storme is the most spacious SUV out here. The light coloured interior does the trick. Also the low lying window line gives a more well-ventilated feeling. The front and middle row has generous space with good comfort but the third row is best suited for small kids or luggage. The XUV500 ample legroom on both front and middle row seats along with good comfort levels. With the third row folded away, there is a good amount of boot space too.
On offer are the usual safety features that are found in most SUVS, like air bags, and ABS-EBD.
The Tata Safari Storme features the same 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine but rebadged as VariCOR. It produces a power of 140 bhp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Safari Storme returns a fuel economy of 10 kmpl.
The Mahindra XUV500 carries over the same 2.2-litre mHAWK oil burner from the Scorpio which generates 140 bhp of power and 330 Nm of torque. The XUV500 gets mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The XUV500 returns 12 km/l.
Prices of the XUV500 start from Rs. 10.79 to 14.64 lakhs. Prices of the Storme start from Rs. 9.83 to 13.57 lakhs.
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