Along with its sibling the Harrier facelift, Tata Motors recently launched the Safari facelift in India. The cost of the updated Safari ranges from Rs 16.19 lakh to Rs 25.49 lakh (ex-showroom). The all-new SUV has a ton of fresh features and an overhauled interior layout in addition to a significantly revised front profile and some notable outward upgrades. The Indian carmaker has been working to increase its share in the Indian PV market, and to do so, it is concentrating on the SUV sector, wherein sales have been expanding rapidly in recent years. With its selection of SUVs, including the Nexon, the Punch, the Safari, and the Harrier, Tata Motors has seen some solid success. The brand intends to up the ante in this segment with the revised Harrier and Safari models, which arrived on the market a month after the Nexon facelift. The Tata Safari facelift competes against the likes of the Mahindra XUV700, the Hyundai Alcazar, and the MG Hector Plus. Here, we compare the newly launched model with Mahindra’s XUV700 to see how they fare against each other in terms of features, price, specs, and more.
Tata Safari vs Mahindra XUV700: Engine and Transmission
Among its competitors, the Tata Safari is the only SUV that is solely available with a diesel unit; a petrol engine is not an option. The new Safari is powered by the same engine as the model it replaced. The 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission is paired with the 2-litre diesel engine, which generates 168bhp and 350Nm. Paddle shifters are also included in the automatic versions for convenience. The manufacturer is also developing a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine for the SUV that will eventually be offered in the updated model.
Meanwhile, a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine (197bhp/380Nm) or a 2.2-litre diesel engine (182bhp/450Nm) are the two options available for the XUV700. A 6-speed manual or automatic transmission is offered for both. The 2.2-litre unit that drives the XUV700 is the most powerful and torque-efficient in its class. It is also the only vehicle in this segment that features an all-wheel-drive system.
Tata Safari vs Mahindra XUV700: Dimensions
The Mahindra XUV700 measures 4,695mm in length compared to 4,668mm for the Safari facelift. The Safari is the broadest of the two when it comes to the width, measuring 1,922mm, while the XUV700 spans 1,890mm. The height and wheelbase of the new Safari stands at 1,795mm and 2,741mm, respectively. In comparison, the Mahindra XUV700 has a height of 1,755mm and a wheelbase of 2,750mm. In terms of ground clearance, the XUV700 (229mm) beats the Safari (200mm).
Tata Safari vs Mahindra XUV700: Cabin and Features
The Safari now has an even more opulent appearance and boasts multiple segment-first features. These include rear window sun shades, comfort headrests, rear ventilated seats for the second row (specific to the six-seater version), powered and ventilated front seats with boss mode for the co-driver, welcome and goodbye animation on front and rear LED light bars, and rear window sun shades. Also available are additional amenities like 19-inch alloy wheels, a steering wheel with an illuminated logo, and an all-digital instrument panel with navigation.
The XUV700 is equipped with a number of convenient amenities depending on which variant you opt for, such as 18-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights, DRLs, and taillights. A 6- or 7-seater arrangement option, a panoramic sunroof, and a sizable single-unit screen with two 10.25-inch displays for infotainment and instrumentation are all included within the car. It additionally boasts a premium fit and finish. The top-spec version of the SUV is fitted with Mahindra's connected car technology AdrenoX, and some other variants also feature ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) features.
Tata Safari vs Mahindra XUV700: Price Range
The most expensive 7-seater SUV in this category is the XUV700. Its price starts at Rs 17.77 lakh and goes up to Rs 26.57 lakh. Despite being the only diesel-only mid-size SUV with seven seats, the Safari has the most economical base model at Rs 16.19 lakh. The top-spec Dark automatic variant of the Safari is the most expensive in the range at Rs 27.34 lakh. All mentioned figures are ex-showroom.