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By Himanshu Walia | Published: 22 Jan' 22 | Updated: 28 Jan' 22

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

Two of the most talked-about new SUVs in India right now are the Tata Safari & Mahindra XUV700, both of which are available in limited quantities. 


Because they are the flagship products of India's very own car manufacturers, there is widespread interest in finding out what they're like, but there's more to the craze than meets the eye. 


The Tata Safari and Mahindra XUV700, which are large in size, tough in construction, and flexible with 3 rows of seating, conform to the image Indian customers have of 'proper' SUVs, an image that may have been subconsciously solidified once again by the original Indian heroes, the Tata Safari & Mahindra Scorpio, which were introduced more than two decades ago. 


Certainly, the new Tata Safari & Mahindra XUV700 are worlds apart from their predecessors in terms of monocoque structure and front-wheel-drive systems, but the core SUV character remains.

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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Obviously, a lot of the discussion over these two revolves around which one is superior to the other. We'll be filtering out the background noise in order to provide you with an objective appraisal of these fierce competitors. 


As is customary, we'll evaluate the contenders based on a wide range of criteria in order to determine a clear winner in this article Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari.

Space: Mahindra XUV700 vs Tata Safari

At more than 4.6m in length, both models Mahindra XUV700 & Tata Safari are more than a full bigger size than the current crop of mid range SUVs known as the 'Creta class'.

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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If you look at the specifications, you'll see that the Mahindra XUV700 & Tata Safari are only separated by a few millimeters in length, width, and height, however, you won't mistake one for the other.

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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The Mahindra XUV700 is attractive in its fundamental design, but the styling is overdone in several areas, in my opinion. The headlights, with their curved LED DRL projections, for example, are striking but a little too jazzy for our tastes. 


The Mahindra XUV700 taillamps with a more straightforward appearance would have also done the same job. 


However, to the average consumer, the Mahindra XUV700 impresses with its upmarket appearance and touches such as the futuristic door handles which, on fully loaded models, immediately pop out when the vehicle is unlocked.

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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The Tata Safari, which is parked next to a Mahindra XUV700, appears to be more outdoorsy in appearance. And, although being smaller in size than the XUV700, the Tata appears to be more robust in appearance. 


The large wheel arches as well as the high bonnet certainly contribute to this overall picture. 


Also notable are the Tata Safari stepped top, roof rails, and upright tail (which was influenced by the original Safari), which distinguish it from the Tata Harrier, which has a split headlight setup similar to the Tata Harrier.

Cabin Feel: Mahindra XUV700 vs Tata Safari

It takes a little effort to get into a Tata Safari, but once you're inside, you'll be pleased with what you find. 


The style of the Tata Safari is conveyed by the dashboard, which features a thick metallic band running across its width, and quality is conveyed by the soft-touch surface on the top of the dashboard, among other components. 

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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Drivers will also appreciate the dominating view out the window and the sense of being inside something large and powerful. However, as luxurious as the Tata Safari's interior is, the Mahindra XUV700 is on a completely different level.


Beginning with the inviting gesture (available on Mahindra XUV700 AX7 Luxury models), which allows the driver's seat to slide back for simpler entry and exit, something you'd expect to find in a car twice the price. 

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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The Mahindra XUV700 front seats are more comfortable than the Tata Safari (which has unnecessary heavy side bolstering), and then there's the overall look and feel of the vehicle itself. 

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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For starters, material quality has improved, with the Mahindra making greater use of cushioned materials on the dashboard and doors, while tiny elements such as shiny plastics on the door window control only add to the overall premium feel inside of the Mahindra XUV700. 


Having said that, the piano black finishes aren't particularly well finished and appear a little shabby. The main talking point inside of the Mahindra XUV700, of course, is the dual 10.25-inch screens that serve as the dials & infotainment unit system, respectively. 

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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The high-resolution and vivid panels in the Mahindra XUV700’s cabin give the vehicle a highly tech-heavy feel. Compared to this, the Tata's semi-digital dials and grainy 8.8-inch touchscreen arrangement appear to be a little outdated.


  Mahindra XUV700 Tata Safari
Airbags 7 6
ESC Yes Yes
Headlights LED Xenon/halogen
Auto lights/Wipers Yes Yes
Auto-dimming mirror No Yes
Powered Driver's Seat/memory Yes/Yes Yes/No
Digital Dials Full Partial
Blind View Monitor Yes No
Tyre Pressure Monitor Yes Yes
Climate Control 2-zone 1-zone
Touchscreen 10.25 Inch 8.8 Inch
Wireless Android Auto/Apple Car Play Yes Yes
Connected Tech Yes Yes
Wireless Charging Yes Yes
Electronic Parking Brake Yes Yes
Parking Camera 360-Degree Rear
Panoramic Sunroof Yes Yes
Drive Modes Yes Yes


That is the crux of the matter. When it comes to loading the XUV700, Mahindra has gone to certain lengths that the Tata Safari, which is otherwise well-equipped, comes across as a little bare. 


In addition to everything else we've already mentioned, the Mahindra XUV700 (shown here in the top-of-the-line XUV700 AX7 Luxury Pack configuration) has a 360-degree camera (which is crisp but a little laggy), a blind view monitor (which appears on the dials when an indicator is activated), and the dual climate control.


In addition, the Mahindra XUV700 sports a significantly larger panoramic sunroof than the competition. Curiously, though, an auto-dimming rearview mirror is not offered on any of the Mahindra XUV's accessible trim levels. 


In terms of other features, wireless phone charging, as well as wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, is available on both vehicles, but it's worth noting that these are relatively new additions to the Tata Safari. 


The limited-run Gold Edition of the Tata Safari is also equipped with front-seat ventilation (as well as rear-seat ventilation on 6-seat models), and it is believed that these amenities will be rolled out to the standard range in the coming weeks. 


Both SUVs are equipped with high-quality audio systems. The Mahindra XUV's 12-speaker Sony 3D system provides greater fine-tuning and diversity, whilst the Tata Safari's nine-speaker JBL system provides a deeper and more satisfying bass response.


While both versions are equipped with anti-lock braking (ABS) & electronic stability control, the Mahindra XUV700 has seven airbags (which includes one for the driver's knee) versus the Tata Safari six, giving it the advantage in terms of safety equipment. 


It's also heartening to know that the Mahindra XUV700 curtain airbags stretch to the third-row seats. 


The Mahindra XUV700, while both versions meet or exceed current Indian safety standards, only the latter has received the highest Global NCAP rating, which is 5 stars for adult passenger/ driver protection and 4 stars for child safety. 


The Active Safety features of the Mahindra XUV700 outperform those of the Tata Safari by a wide margin.


The Mahindra XUV700 has the significant distinction of being the only vehicle equipped with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), that are based on cameras and radar. 


Over the course of a few days of testing, we discovered that features in the Mahindra XUV700, such as adaptive cruise control, the traffic assist (which automatically accelerates as well as brakes in stop-and-go traffic), and auto high beam assist (which switches to low beam when it detects oncoming vehicles) were well-calibrated for typical Indian driving conditions. 


Fortunately, neither the front collision alert nor the automated emergency braking was activated at any point throughout the test.


But the lane maintenance assist feature, which directs the Mahindra XUV700 to the middle of the lanes, was frequently thrown off by our poorly designated roads, and thus we decided to reject the one with the ADAS feature.

Comfort Level: Mahindra XUV700 vs Tata Safari

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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In order to properly evaluate the second and third-row comfort, it's necessary to first discuss the various seating configurations available for these SUVs.

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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Lower-level variants of the Mahindra XUV700 are available in a 5-seat configuration, which has a bench situated in the middle row. Higher-spec 7-seater XUV700 models include a third row of seats that are made up of a pair of chairs. 

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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On the other hand, The Tata Safari comes standard with a third row of seats, but you may also choose between a pair of captain's chairs or a three-seat for the middle row.

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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The middle-row bench in the Mahindra XUV700 is exceptionally comfortable. Ample space, a well-cushioned seat with enough support, as well as the 60:40 split-folding seats, provide plenty of recline are all features of this vehicle. 


The flat floor is also more comfortable for middle-seat passengers, and the fact that the Mahindra XUV700 has a small benefit in the shoulder room just adds to the overall experience. 


Additionally, the boss mode of Mahindra XUV700 provides the ability to shift the front occupant seat (only passenger side) forward with the pull of a lever, allowing for more legroom in the middle row. This feature is only available in boss mode.


When you talk about the Tata Safari, you have more options. Besides the Boss mode, there's the option to shift the middle row seats forward and backward to balance the legroom for the third row of occupants, and the variants that have bench seats offer a generous amount of recline.


In the event that we were to build our own Tata Safari, we would choose the 7-seat arrangement with the bench in the middle row. 


It may be that the 6-seater Tata Safari is intended for chauffeur-driven passengers, but the captain's chairs aren't quite as spacious or comfortable as they could have been. Regardless of the version you choose, you'll enjoy the stadium seating as well as the spectacular view out to the Tata Safari. 


In addition, we discovered that the Tata Safari's air-conditioning vents, which are located on the B-pillar, were more successful at channeling cold air than the Mahindra XUV's second-row vents, which are located down at the backseat center console, according to our tests. 


All Tata needs to do now is figure out a better location for the back USB ports, which are now located down and out of sight.

The Third Row: Mahindra XUV700 vs Tata Safari

In both SUVs, getting to the third row is a difficult task because it is only accessible through the rear door. The middle row seats on the kerb side of both Mahindra and Tata SUV models are easily folded and tucked away with a single touch in the 7 seater SUV variants of both vehicles. 


Unfortunately, the resulting apertures on both SUVs models aren't particularly large, and adults, in particular, will have to bend themselves to fit through. 


It is (somewhat) more convenient to go to the back of 6 seater Tata Safaris because there is the option of getting in through the tiny corridor between the middle-row captain's chairs.


The occupants will be more comfortable in the Tata Safari if you sit towards the far rear. Even if it isn't perfect, the Tata Safari has a more comfortable seating posture and gives you that vital bit of extra head- and knee-room. 


The ability to move the middle-row seating in the Tata Safari also means you can make room for a huge adult, even for a brief period of time. High-set air conditioning vents are also very important, and Tata has cleverly included two USB charging ports at the far back of the Safari.


The third-row experience in the Mahindra XUV isn't quite as pleasant. The knees-up seating, as well as the limited headroom & foot space, make the seats only suitable for infrequent use. 


Third-row air conditioning vents with blower controls are included, however, the Mahindra XUV700 only has a 12V power outlet for charging your phone and other small devices.


When all of the seats are folded down, the Mahindra XUV700 provides just enough space to store a couple of soft bags at the rear of the third-row seats. On the Tata Safari, there's much less room to go about. 


Both SUV models provide the option of folding the split-fold third-row seats flat, which allows for a significant amount of additional cargo room. It is the Mahindra XUV700, once again, that provides more storage space for bags, thanks to its broader bed.


Once the luggage is loaded, you'll see that the Tata Safari's solid metal tailgate requires a significant amount of work to open. The rear gate of the Mahindra XUV is made of plastic composite, which is lighter and easier to open and close. 


But, in the case of a rear-end collision, how hard will it be to fix the damage?

Engine and Performance: Mahindra XUV700 vs Tata Safari

The engine and transmission options for the Tata Safari are rather easy. One 2.0-liter diesel engine is available with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, with the latter being the more common option. 

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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The powertrain matrix of the Mahindra XUV700 is significantly more complicated.


There are several engine options, including a 2.0-liter petrol engine with manual and automatic transmissions; a 2.2-liter diesel engine in two states of configuration, with the higher-powered version also available with manual and automatic transmissions; and a diesel-automatic transmission with all-wheel drive is also available. 

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

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For this Car comparison, we've used the popular diesel-automatic variants of both vehicles, with the test Mahindra XUV700 equipped with front-wheel drive in the style of a Tata Safari vehicle.


Specifications and Performance
  Mahindra XUV700 Tata Safari
L/W/H 4695/1890/1755mm 4661/1894/1786mm
Wheelbase 2750mm 2741mm
Tyres 235/60 R18 235/60 R18
Engine 4 cyls, 2184cc, turbo-diesel 4 cyls, 1956cc, turbo-diesel
Power 185hp at 3500rpm 170hp at 3750rpm
Torque 450Nm at 1750-2800rpm 350Nm at 1750-2500rpm
Gearbox 6-speed auto 6-speed auto
Suspension (f/r) Independent, MacPhersonstrut, coll springs, anti-roll bar/independent, multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar  Independent, lower wishbone, MacPhersonstrut, coll springs, anti-roll bar/Non-independent, torsion beam, coil springs 
Brakes (f/r) Discs/Discs Discs/Discs
0-100kph 10.12s 12.00s
0-120kph 14.04s 17.53s
20-80kph (in kickdown) 5.89s 7.10s
40-100kph (in kickdown)  7.30s 9.03s


You'll appreciate the manner in which the Tata Safari unleashes its power. The 2.0-liter diesel engine, which is derived from Fiat and produces 170 hp and 350 Nm of torque, feels much stronger than the figures suggest, and Tata Safari has ample pulling power also when traveling with full capacity. 


Sport mode instills a little more pep in the Tata Safari's step, and it's wonderful to see that the 6-speed transmission sourced from Hyundai is perfectly matched to the engine's performance characteristics. 


Gear Shifts are fluid and precise in Tata Safari, albeit there is a slight delay at the transmission when you abruptly slam down on the pedal to accelerate quickly. Manual inputs via the gear lever, on the other hand, are properly accounted for. 


The engine's refinement, on the other hand, isn't all that appealing of the Tata Safari. While at idling, it is audible, and it sounds grumbly as the vehicle gains pace.


Whereas the Tata Safari's powertrain is adequate, the Mahindra XUV700's is exceptional and, quite frankly, in another league altogether. 


The 2.2-liter diesel powertrain of Mahindra XUV700 not only has a larger displacement benefit, but it also produces 185 hp and 450 Nm of torque, making it significantly more powerful which makes you  And you can feel the additional strength. 


The Mahindra XUV700 is agile and responsive in a way that you wouldn't anticipate from a vehicle in this category, making it a pleasure to drive. The figures on the performance front support the impression. 


Compared to the Tata Safari, the Mahindra XUV700 is much faster in acceleration and, for the sake of completeness, is also significantly faster from a standstill to 100kph (with a time of 10.1sec compared to the Tata Safari's best figure of 12sec).


Although the default Zip mode is more than suitable for most situations, you'll find yourself toggling between the Zap and Zoom driving modes in Mahindra XUV700, which give you access to the entire engine's power, more frequently. 


The 6-speed automatic transmission of the Mahindra XUV700 also performs admirably, and you'll appreciate how responsive it is, even while in Zoom mode, with a rapid gearshift.


Even manual gear shifts, which are accomplished with the gear lever, are smooth. The Mahindra XUV's diesel engine has a gravelly sound when you first start it up, but overall engine refinement is significantly greater than that of the Safari's engine. 


For those looking for the highest level of refinement, the Mahindra XUV700 petrol may be a better choice than the other two options.

Ride and Handling: Mahindra XUV700 vs Tata Safari

The Mahindra XUV700 definitely distinguishes itself from the Tata Safari when it comes to riding and handling characteristics. To begin with, the Mahindra XUV's electric power steering is very well-judged in terms of response time. 

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

Image Source: Mahindra, YouTube

The Mahindra XUV700 is light and simple to spin at low speeds (making it appear smaller than it actually is), but it weighs sufficiently and stays linear when traveling at higher speeds. The different drive modes add extra weight to the vehicle, but the change in feel is quite marginal at best. 


Despite the fact that the Mahindra XUV700 is not meant to be great at cornering, you'll be more than pleased with the poise with which it changes direction.


When it comes to the Mahindra, an all-independent suspension that is coupled with advanced frequency selective dampers has been implemented, resulting in a dynamic experience that is decidedly un-Mahindra, especially when measured against the old XUV500 as a point of reference. 


Aside from that, the Mahindra XUV700 performs admirably when it comes to smoothing out surface flaws, especially at low speeds.


It seems a little twitchy when driving at low speeds in the same metropolitan settings, the XUV700 steering feels heavy when driving slowly in parking lots, and there's an overall sense that you're driving a large vehicle. 

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

Image Source: Tata Motors, YouTube

As you increase your speed, the Tata Safari experience becomes even more enjoyable. The Tata cruises with a confident heaviness, and you'll like how unaffected it feels when you're driving over damaged patches of the road at high speeds, as you will. 


The hydraulic steering system in the Tata Safari, on the other hand, is a weak link in the whole experience. Kickback occurs on rough roads, torque steer occurs under hard acceleration, and there is an inconsistency that reduces trust when traveling at high speeds.


In tough conditions, the Tata Safari performs at its peak level of performance. On gentle terrain, you'll find yourself taking greater risks with the Tata, which seems like it was built to withstand punishment. 


The Tata is constructed on a platform taken from the Land Rover, and its innate robustness is evident throughout. On the Tata Safari, there are also dedicated terrain modes included in the kit. The Mahindra XUV700, on the other hand, is not a softie. 


It's difficult in its own right and will accomplish everything that the Tata Safari can, although you'll find that driving in the Mahindra is less taxing. The Mahindra XUV700 does, however, offer a significant advantage in that it is available with an all-wheel drive.


Both versions have disc brakes on the front and back wheels, but each has its own idiosyncrasies when it comes to panic braking situations. The Tata Safari's brake pedal feels mushy, whereas the Mahindra XUV's brake pedal dives significantly during forceful stops.

Verdict: Mahindra XUV700 vs Tata Safari

Now, after we know what they're like, it's time for pricing. In AX7 Luxury trim, the Mahindra XUV700 diesel-auto price is Rs 20.89 lakh, whereas the Tata Safari XZA+ Price Rs 20.79 lakh, according to the company (ex-showroom, Delhi).


Price and Verdict
  Mahindra XUV700 Tata Safari
Variant 2.2D AT AX7 Luxury Pack 2.0D XZA+ 6-seater
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 21.89 Lakh Rs 21.79 Lakh 
Verdict Plush, feature packed and great to drive XUV is class act.  Tough, Powerful and likeable, but legs behind XUV in tech and overall fitness.
Rating 9/10 8/10


When you take into account how much they cost and what they can both do for the same amount of money, the Mahindra XUV700 is a clear winner. 

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

Image Source: Tata Motors

Sure, the Tata Safari radiates toughness and boasts a more spacious third row, but in every other respect, it falls short of a game-changer new variant of the Mahindra XUV700.


The Mahindra boasts a more luxurious inside, is packed with technology and amenities, has a more powerful engine, is easier and more enjoyable to drive, and overall appears to be a more refined package.

Mahindra XUV700 Vs Tata Safari

Image Source: Mahindra

Mahindra has hit most of the right notes with the XUV700, and the XUV700's order book, which currently stands at more than 75,000 units, indicates that purchasers are pleased with the vehicle.