The Safari appeals more to practical-minded people while the XUV700 is for those who make decisions from their hearts.
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I have compared the Mahindra XUV700 AX5 7-seater diesel with the Tata Safari XT diesel. Here is my homework:
Mahindra XUV700 advantages
- 2.2L turbocharged engine (vs 2.0L turbocharged)
- 185PS power (vs 170PS)
- 420Nm torque (vs 350Nm)
- 34mm length and 9mm wheelbase more
- *60 liters fuel tank (vs 50 liters)
- 20 liters DEF tank (vs 15L)
- *5-star GNCAP score (vs unknown)
- *4 airbags – Front and curtain extending till 3rd row (vs 2 at front)
- *Hill Descent Control (vs NA)
- LED headlamps (vs halogen projector HLs)
- LED foglamps (vs halogens)
- LED tail lights (vs normal)
- *Cornering lamps (vs NA)
- *Auto-booster headlamps (vs NA)
- Smart door handles (vs NA)
- *Rear suspension with FSDs (vs NA)
- Panoramic “skyroof” (vs NA – equipped in the XT+ variant at 80,000 bucks extra)
- 4 drive modes including Custom (vs 3)
- Micro Hybrid tech (vs NA)
- Twin ISOFIX child seat mounts in 2nd row (vs NA)
- *10.25″ touchscreen infotainment (vs 7-inch)
- Sound Staging by Sony (vs NA)
- Fully digital twin dials + MID (vs semi-digital speedo)
- *Better steering feel at all speeds
- Better side-bolstering in seats
- *More premium and rich interiors
Tata Safari advantages
- 31mm height and 4mm width more
- 235/60/R18 alloys (vs 235/65/R17)
- *Driver seat with lumbar support (vs NA)
- *Cruise Control (vs NA)
- *Fully Automatic Climate Control (vs Manual AC)
- *Reverse Camera (vs NA)
- *Start-Stop button (vs NA)
- *Auto-folding ORVMs (vs manually foldable)
- *Rain-sensing wipers (vs NA)
- *Auto headlamps (vs NA – can be installed as an OEM accessory like I did)
- *Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (vs NA)
- In-cabin air purifier (vs NA)
- *Telescopic steering wheel adjustment (vs Tilt only)
- *3rd row cabin lamp (vs NA)
- *8-speaker system with 4 tweeters (vs 6-speaker system with 2 tweeters)
- Better Mood lighting (vs one thin strip along the front map lights section)
- Boss Mode (vs NA)
- *Full-sized 235/70/R16 spare wheel (vs a puny 155/90/R18 steel wheel!)
- *Better ride quality overall.
(* = must-haves. According to me, these features are important for either SUV. There might be more but these were the ones I listed in my mental checklist back in March-April)
At the time of my purchase, the XUV700 AX5 diesel MT 7-seater was priced at 17.84 lakhs, while the Safari XT 7-seater was priced at 18.08 lakhs (XT+ with just the pano sunroof extra was at 18.88 lakhs).
In the end, it’s purely a heart vs head decision. The Safari XT appeals more to the practical-minded of us, while the XUV700 AX5 is more for those who are pulled by the strings of their hearts (glaring missing features notwithstanding).
Hope this helps any/all buyers cross-shopping between these two particular variants of both models.
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