Car Comparison: Mahindra XUV 700 Vs Tata Safari

Can't decide between Mahindra XUV700 and Tata Safari? This primer will help.


Launched in 2021, Mahindra XUV 700 and Tata Safari have come to dominate the Indian SUV market, with not much separating them. Today, we bring you a detailed comparison between the SUV flagship models by Mahindra and Tata. Here is a definitive primer on Mahindra XUV 700 vs Tata Safari.

Under the hood, Mahindra XUV 700 offers a 1997cc engine compared to Tata Safari’s 1956cc. The XUV700 can generate a maximum power of 197bhp while Safari falls just short at 168bhp. Both SUVs have manual transmission. When it comes to price, the base model of XUV 700 is about Rs 2 lakh cheaper than its Safari counterpart, with Mahindra XUV 700 being priced at Rs 13.18 lakh and Tata Safari at Rs 15.25.

Mahindra XUV 700 vs Tata Safari: Key Features

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Features Mahindra XUV 700 Tata Safari
Engine Capacity 1997 cc 1956 cc
Power 197 bhp 168 bhp
Transmission Manual Manual
Fuel Type Petrol Diesel
Price Rs 13.18 lakh Rs 15.25 lakh

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Mahindra XUV 700 vs Tata Safari: Detailed Comparison

XUV 700 vs Tata Safari: Engine and Transmission

The XUV700 is powered with a 2.0 TGDi engine while the Safari comes with a 2.0 Kryotec Turbocharged Diesel Engine. The XUV700 can generate a maximum power of 197.13bhp with a torque of 380Nm, with the Safari pumping 167.67bhp with a 350Nm maximum torque.

Parameter Mahindra XUV700 Tata Safari
Engine Type 2.0 Turbo Petrol with Direct Injection (TGDi) 2.0 L Kryotec Turbo Charged Engine
Fuel Type Petrol Diesel
Engine Displacement 1997 cc 1956 cc
Max Power 197.13bhp@5000rpm 167.67bhp@3750rpm
Max Torque 380Nm@1750-3000rpm 350Nm-1750-2500rpm
Engine Norm Compliance BS 6 BS 6
Transmission Manual Manual
Gear Box 6-speed 6-speed
Valves per Cylinder 4 4
Drive Type FWD
Fuel Supply System TGDi
Turbocharger/Supercharger Turbocharged Turbocharged
Mileage 16.14
Acceleration (0-100kmph)(seconds) 11.65

XUV 700 vs Tata Safari: Dimensions & Capacity

The Tata Safari is the visibly taller vehicle with a height of 1786mm over XUV’s 1755. With 3 seating rows and a 7-person seating capacity, with a boot space of 447 litres, Tata Safari is hands down the bigger vehicle.

Length (mm) 4695 4661
Width (mm) 1890 1894
Height (mm) 1755 1786
Wheelbase (mm) 2750 2741
Ground Clearance (mm) 205
Kerb Weight (kg) 1825
Boot space (litres) 447
Full Tank Capacity (litres) 60 50
Seating Rows 2 3
Seating Capacity (person) 5 7

XUV 700 vs Tata Safari: Suspension

When it comes to suspension, both vehicles are pretty evenly matched with not much to separate them. The XUV700 comes with Ventilated Disc brakes at the front and Solid Disc brakes at the back, compared to Safari’s regular disc brakes. XUV has 235/65 R17 size tyres compared to 235/70 R16 sized tyres of Safari.

Suspension Front McPherson Strut Independent Suspension with FSD and Stabilizer bar  Independent Lower Wishbone McPherson Strut with Coil Spring and Anti Roll bar
Suspension Rear Multi-Link Independent Suspension with FSD and Stabilizer bar Semi-Independent Twist Blade with Panhard Rod and Coil Spring
Brakes Front Ventilated Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Solid Disc Disc
Steering Power Power
Tyre Size 235/65 R17 235/70 R16
Tyre Type Tubeless, Radial Tubeless, Radial

XUV 700 vs Tata Safari: Interior

Both cars come with dual tine interiors with fabric upholstery. The only significant difference is the seating capacity, with 7-seater Safari having an advantage over 5 person seating capacity of XUV700. We will discuss the functional and connectivity interiors in detail in the following sections.

Dual Tone Dashboard Yes Yes
Fabric Upholstery Yes Yes
Leather Seats No No
Rear Seat Headrest Yes Yes
Seating Capacity 5 7
Doors 5 5
Additional Features 7-inch cluster, Roof lamp for 1st and 2nd row Full folding rear seat, 60:40 rear seat split, 50:50 third-row seat split

XUV 700 vs Tata Safari: Exterior

exterior comparison

The XUV700 and Tata Safari are evenly matched on the exterior as well. There are a few minor differences, however. XUV’s OVRMs are body-coloured, meanwhile, Safari’s are black. The Tata Safari has chrome exterior door handles, while XUV’s are body-coloured. Both cars offer halogen headlights with LED tail lamps.

Alloy Wheels No No
Headlights Halogen  Halogen Projector
Tail Lights LED LED
Outside Rear View Mirror Yes Yes
Turn Indicators on OVRM Yes Yes
Antenna Yes
Roof Rails Yes Yes
Colours Midnight Black, Dazzling Silver, Red Rage, Everest White Royale Blue, Daytona Grey, Tropical Mist, Orca White
Additional Features Smart Door Handle, LED Tail lamps, Air Dam

XUV 700 vs Tata Safari: Comfort

commfort comparison xuv700 vs tata safari

When it comes to comfort and additional features, there is only one winner in the Mahindra XUV 700 vs Tata Safari debate. The XUV700 comes with Android Auto connectivity while the Safari does not have this option. The XUV also has controls mounted on the steering along with an all-digital instrument cluster, and a GPS navigation system. Meanwhile, the Tata Safari leaves a lot more to be desired. 

Connectivity Android Auto
USB Charger Front and Rear Front and Rear
Display Touch Screen Display
Steering Mounted Controls Yes No
Speakers 4
GPS Navigation System Yes No
Follow Me Home Headlamps Yes No
Instrument Cluster Digital Analog-Digital

XUV 700 vs Tata Safari: Safety

Both cars come with front airbags. Tata Safari comes with an additional Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program, and Traction Control System over the XUV.

Airbags 2 Airbags (Driver, Front Passenger) 2 Airbags (Driver, Front Passenger)
Knee Airbags No No
Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock Yes
Overspeed Warning Yes Yes
Seatbelt Warning Yes Yes
Central Locking Remote With Key
Child Safety Lock Yes Yes
ABS Yes Yes
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Yes Yes
Brake Assist (BA) No Yes
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) No Yes
Hill Control Yes Yes
Traction Control System (TCS) No Yes

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While there is no one winner in the Mahindra XUV 700 vs Tata Safari debate, either car has certain advantages over the other in different categories. Both cars have a strong road presence and offer strong performance. While the XUV has a more powerful engine and more convenient features, the Tata Safari offers more in terms of safety and space. What Tata Safari lacks in the infotainment experience, it makes up for in practical cabin space. It comes down to what the consumer wants out of the vehicle. 

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Utkarsh Joshi
Utkarsh Joshi
Utkarsh is a seasoned writer who seeks to simplify complex concepts and bring the latest in technology to a broader audience. You can catch his exhaustive 'How to' guides, deep-dive feature articles, cutting-edge news stories, and comprehensive tech reviews on Apart from dabbling in all things tech, Utkarsh also enjoys watching club football, adding to his TBR pile of books, and making Spotify playlists. Automobile enthusiasts and motorheads can also catch his articles on

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