The 2018 Mahindra XUV500 comes with exterior and interior revisions alongside several feature additions; here is how it compares with two of its biggest rivals
Mahindra officially launched XUV500 facelift in India last week. The starting price of XUV 500 is Rs. 12.38 lakh and the top end variant is priced at Rs. 17.88 lakh (Ex-Showroom). At the starting end, the company is pitching XUV500 against Hyundai Creta while the top end model competes head-on against Jeep Compass. We are comparing XUV500 against Creta and Compass to see how feature rich is the new model.
Mahindra XUV 500 is longer, wider and taller than Creta and Compass. The wheelbase of XUV 500 is also more than the rivals. Along with larger body and more room between wheels helps Mahindra to offer XUV 500 with 7 seats while the Creta and Compass are limited to just 5 seats only. The boot space of Creta and Compass are 400 litres and 410 litres respectively but the XUV 500 offers 702 litres with third row folded down.
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The XUV 500 rides on bigger 18 inch diamond cut alloy wheels with 235/60 section tyres as Creta and Compass both runs on 17 inch alloy wheels and smaller tyres. Mahindra XUV 500 comes in five variants – W5, W7, W9 and W11 on diesel and only one petrol variant – G AT. The Creta is offered in six variants – E, E Plus, S, S Plus, SX and SX plus and the Compass in three variants – sport, longitude and limited.
All three manufactures offer option variants with each model which increases features list compared to standard model. The Creta is the only model which offers dual tone paint scheme. The top end variant of all three model come with touch screen infotainment system, climate control, alloy wheels, second row AC vents, key less entry, push button, parking sensors and reverse camera but dynamic guide lines are available only on XUV500 and Creta.
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The XUV500 offer more features like 6 way power adjustable front seat, cruise control, hood with hydraulic assist, telescopic steering, follow me home headlamps, tyre tonics, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, electric sunroof and logo projection on OVRMs. Both Compass and XUV 500 comes with leather seats which the Creta misses out.
Mahindra XUV 500 is powered by 2.2 L diesel engine producing 155 hp of power and 360 Nm of torque. The Compass is powered by 2.0 L diesel engine producing 170 hp of power and 350 Nm of torque and Creta get 1.6 L CRDi engine producing 128 hp of power and 260 Nm of torque. All these engines are mated to 6 speed manual while Creta and XUV 500 are also offered in automatic transmission.
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The XUV500 petrol model is powered by 2.2 L unit producing 140 hp of power and 320 Nm of torque. The Compass is powered by 1.4 L engine producing 160 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque and Creta get 1.6 L engine producing 122 hp of power and 154 Nm of torque. The XUV 500 is available only with 6 speed automatic while Creta and Compass are available in both manual and automatic gearbox options.
The XUV 500 and Compass comes with four wheel drive system but Hyundai is offering Creta with front wheel drive option only. All three SUVs comes with dual airbags, ABS and EBD while XUV 500 get four disc brakes, emergency call alert and hill decent control. The Creta also get 6 airbags on the top end variant. The improvements and new features of XUV 500 does make it stand out from its Korean and American competitor.