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
|Features||Mahindra XUV 700||Tata Safari|
|Engine Capacity||1997 cc||1956 cc|
|Power||197 bhp||168 bhp|
|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|
|Engine Displacement||1997 cc||1956 cc|
|Engine Norm Compliance||BS 6||BS 6|
|Valves per Cylinder||4||4|
|Fuel Supply System||TGDi||–|
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.
|Ground Clearance (mm)||–||205|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||–||1825|
|Boot space (litres)||–||447|
|Full Tank Capacity (litres)||60||50|
|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|
|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|
|Rear Seat Headrest||Yes||Yes|
|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
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.
|Outside Rear View Mirror||Yes||Yes|
|Turn Indicators on OVRM||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
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.
|USB Charger||Front and Rear||Front and Rear|
|Display||Touch Screen Display||–|
|Steering Mounted Controls||Yes||No|
|GPS Navigation System||Yes||No|
|Follow Me Home Headlamps||Yes||No|
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)|
|Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock||Yes||–|
|Central Locking||Remote||With Key|
|Child Safety Lock||Yes||Yes|
|Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)||Yes||Yes|
|Brake Assist (BA)||No||Yes|
|Electronic Stability Program (ESP)||No||Yes|
|Traction Control System (TCS)||No||Yes|
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.