Mahindra XUV700 vs Tata Safari vs MG Hector Plus – Which is the Best Buy?

The mid-size SUV segment is increasingly becoming popular with the new entrants. We pitch XUV700, Safari and Hector Plus against one another.

xuv700 vs safari vs hector plus

 

The premium midsized SUVs are currently the talk of the town. After the launch of MG Hector Plus and Tata Safari, Mahindra has also launched its all-new XUV700 to make its presence felt in the segment. So, let’s see how these cars fairs in the styling, interiors, safety and performance against each other.

Dimensions

Mahindra XUV700

Each car scores high in its respective area of strength. The MG Hector Plus is the lengthier in the segment while featuring the same wheelbase as XUV700. Where Safari is wider, taller and has the highest ground clearance, it is slightly lower in terms of wheelbase and poor in terms of boot space. 

Mahindra XUV700 is the most spacious in terms of trunk space.

Mahindra XUV700 Tata Safari MG Hector Plus
Length 4695mm 4661mm 4720mm
Width 1890mm 1894mm 1835mm
Height 1755mm 1786mm 1760mm
Wheelbase 2750mm 2741mm 2750mm
Ground Clearance 200mm 205mm 192mm
Boot Space 240L 73L 155L

 

Looks and Designs

Tata Safari

Styling is one of the most crucial aspects of an SUV as it somehow doesn’t make any sense if you are spending so much and go unnoticed on the streets. While styling is a subjective thing and may vary from person to person, all three SUVs have a solid road presence. The XUV700 features a new grille and logo design, huge headlamps housing C-shaped DRLs, 17/18 inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and striking arrow-shaped tail-lamps.

The new-generation Tata Safari build on the Land Rover platform attracts onlookers with its Impact 2.0 design language, which encompasses a tri-arrow radiator grille, xenon projector headlamps, and sleek LED DRLs. The car features flared wheel arches and the 18-inch diamond-cut alloy for that confident posture, while the rear end comprises smart-looking LED tail lamps and an upright tailgate.

The MG Hector Plus, on the other hand, is a handsome looking SUV that attracts a lot of attention with its large black grille, LED DRLs, leaf-shaped LED headlamps and foglamps cluster with turn indicators making a nice strike-through in between. The sides are flanked by elegant 17-inch alloy wheels, while the rear profile features LED tail lamps connected by a sleek chrome bar.

Interiors and Features

The XUV700 features a contemporary and clean design with a dual-tone cabin and dashboard dominated by twin 10.25-inch tablets. One screen is used as a touchscreen infotainment unit powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while the other screen features the digital instrument cluster. The most interesting of all is the Bosch developed AdrenoX connected car tech offering 60 features with an integrated Alexa virtual assistant.

The new XUV700 is equipped with oodles of comfort and convenience, including dual-zone climate control, wireless charger, panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, 12-speakers audio system and leatherette upholstery.

The interiors of Tata Safari takes cues from Harrier with dual-tone cabin, high-quality touch materials and a smart-looking dashboard. The 8.8-inch touchscreen appears quite small by today’s standard but does the job of synchronizing smartphones wirelessly with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The decibels are powered by a 9-speakers JBL sound system.

The Safari is pretty much loaded with features, including a 6-way powered driver seat, panoramic sunroof, 7-inch TFT instrument panel, iRA Connected Car Technology, automatic headlamps, panoramic sunroof, automatic AC and rain-sensing wipers, among others.

The cabin of MG Hector Plus is appealing with a dual-tone theme and the seats and parts of the dashboard are adorned in smoked sepia brown leather. The front seats are powered, broad & accommodating in nature. In terms of equipment, MG has loaded Hector Plus up to the gills with a large 10.4-inch touchscreen panel, connected car technology, panoramic sunroof, powered tailgate, automatic climate control and automatic headlamps, etc.

Safety

Safety is top-notch in all three SUVs. Starting with the XU700, the vehicle comes loaded with seven airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control and a 360-degree camera. It is also equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems featuring Forward Collision Warning, lane departure warning, Autonomous Emergency Brakes, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, drowsiness detection, and smart pilot assist.

The safety kit in Safari is different, as compared to XUV700, with six airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control, Hill Hold and Descent Control, and Rollover Mitigation. Other safety aspects include front fog lamps and cornering, auto-dimming IRVM, tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic parking brake and a rearview camera.

Hector Plus, on the contrary, is available with six airbags, ABS + EBD, ESP, electronic traction control, rear parking sensors, Hill Hold, tyre pressure monitoring system and a 360-degree camera. The SUV also comes with an i-Smart system that offers features like remote car locking/unlocking, real-time location sharing, geo-fencing, and emergency calls.

Colours

XUV700 comes with five body paints, including Everest White, Electric Blue, Dazzling Silver, Red Rage and Midnight Black. Tata Safari can be availed in four different colour palettes, including Orcus White, Royale Blue, Daytona Grey and Tropical Mist.

Hector Plus, on the other hand, can be chosen from Starry Sky Blue, Glazy Red, Starry Black, Burgundy Red, Candy White And Aurora Silver Colours.

Engine Offering

As seen in the below table, Mahindra XUV700 is the most powerful of the lot, be it petrol or diesel engine. However, the Hector Plus gives you plenty of choices when it comes to transmission, despite being the least powerful in the competition.

Mahindra XUV700 Tata Safari MG Hector Plus
Engine 2.0L Petrol/2.2L Diesel 2.0L Turbocharged diesel 1.5L Petrol/2.0L diesel
Power 200PS/185PS 170PS 143PS/170PS
Torque 380Nm/450Nm 350Nm 250Nm/350Nm
Transmission Both engines with 6-speed MT or 6-speed AT 6-speed MT or 6-speed AT 6-speed MT, 6-speed DCT, 8-speed CVT/6-speed MT

 

Pricing and Verdict

Mahindra has priced its all-new XUV700 aggressively in the range of INR 12.95 to INR 23.79, undercutting both Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus by a huge margin. The Safari is the pricier in the lot with the range starting from INR 14.99 and going up to INR 23.29 lakh.

MG Hector Plus sits in the middle of the competition, with prices ranging in the bracket of INR 15.94 – INR 20.49 Lakh (all price, ex-showroom). So, if you want more power and a true off-roader, then Safari is the right one, but then you have to shell out more and have to compromise with the diesel engine only.

If you are looking for a more contemporary SUV with decent power and feature-rich interiors, and that too at an aggressive price, then Mahindra XUV700 can be the ideal choice.

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