The following are some of the important takeaways from the two-way comparison: The XUV700 costs 11.99 lakhs, while the Safari costs 14.99 lakhs. The XUV700 and Safari both get a 2.o L diesel engine. The XUV700 has a 197-bhp engine and the Safari has a 168-bhp engine. Both of these automobiles have manual transmissions. Unlike the Safari which is only available in diesel, XUV700 gets both petrol and diesel trims. So which is better? In this article, we are going to have a detailed comparison between XUV700 vs Safari to find out.
XUV700 vs Safari: Exterior
Even if we agree that the previous generation and this one are two completely different animals, I suppose it’s tough not to draw comparisons to the old car. The previous Safari’s design was more analogous to a chisel and hammer being used to carve a block of wood, which in our opinion made the Safari unusual and distinct. The new Safari looks like it was designed by a potter; not Harry Potter, but someone who works with clay and favours rounded edges to straight cut edges.
And, while we like this design, we don’t think it has the makings of an icon. This is primarily due to the fact that the design does not appear to be new. That isn’t the case. In the broadest sense, the new Safari is a Tata Harrier with an extra row of seats, a raised roof, and a bit more rear overhang. The face is strikingly close, if not identical. The DRLs and headlights have the same design and positioning as the Harrier, and the grille outline hasn’t changed. The finish, however, is different. The alterations are more evident towards the back. The tail lamps are all-new, the tailgate is unique, and the rear bumper isn’t based on the Harrier.
The Mahindra XUV700 is a completely new vehicle, but it shares many features with the XUV500 and XUV300. Overall, the aesthetic is excellent, but it appears to be a touch too cluttered to be considered unified. The front has a dynamic, aggressive, and luxury appearance thanks to the double ‘C’ shaped headlamps with LED DRLs, a wide grille with vertical slats, and the new Mahindra logo. The vehicle’s sharp style continues in the rear, with sleek LED tail lamps and a tailgate. With a wide contour, and the vehicle’s simple yet elegant alloy wheels and XUV500-like waistline over the rear wheel arch give it a proper “Big SUV” aspect. The curves on the tailgate are so sharp that transferring them to metal was proving difficult, so Mahindra opted for a plastic tailgate. Yes, you read that correctly. A tailgate made of plastic! In a nutshell, the new Mahindra XUV700 is an eye-catching vehicle that will turn heads everywhere it travels. That said, do I think it’s attractive? No.
XUV700 vs Safari: Interior and Features
Tata Safari interior
The multimedia system, as well as the dashboard, steering wheel, and air conditioner vents, are all identical. The finish and colour scheme, of course, differ from one another. The purpose of this change is to give the Safari the appearance of more space and a more sophisticated interior. And I feel both objectives have been met.
The new Safari sports a firm driving position, as well as durable and comfortable seats. In the second row, a bench seat is standard, while captain seats are optional. The captain seats, like the front seats, are comfy and supportive, making them a pleasant place to spend a long time. In addition, the fore-and-aft movement, as well as the recline, are both adjustable. On the other hand, the last row isn’t really impressive. It had always been the case, though. The chairs aren’t particularly comfortable, but there is plenty of head and knee room.
Tata Safari Features
The highest-spec XZ model includes keyless entry and start, steering that adjusts for reach and rake, an electrically powered driver’s seat, a multi-information system for the driver, and a single-zone temperature control system with vents for all three rows. There’s also a refrigerator, cruise control, and a multimedia touchscreen system. Aside from the required ABS and rear parking sensors, this top-spec XZ Plus model also includes rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps, type pressure monitoring, six airbags, hill hold, hill descent, and an ESP with selectable modes for city wet and rough roads for driving convenience in difficult terrain. The boot space isn’t much to write home about with all three rows in place. The boot space grows to almost 450 litres when the last row is folded down.
The new Mahindra XUV700 has a lot to offer and will keep passengers happy within the cabin. I like how the dashboard is laid out and how soft-touch materials are employed to give it a luxury feel. The single-element screen with two displays, comprising the instrument cluster and the infotainment screen, is the main visual attraction. The screen design, as well as the electrical controls in the driver’s seat, reminded me immediately of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. With an inbuilt sim card and access to a variety of features that can be controlled from your smartphone, the AdrenoX OS-powered infotainment system provides a completely connected experience. There’s support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Alexa voice commands.
Climate control, wireless smartphone charging, 360-degree camera, blind view monitoring system, smart air filter, and the segment’s widest panoramic sunroof are just a few of the features. That said, I would have preferred one-touch operating on all windows, but you only get one-touch closing on the driver’s side. The material and build quality are the best I’ve seen on a Mahindra yet, but the piano black finish in the centre console and steering wheel attracts dust and fingerprints, and the craftsmanship could be better.
The XUV700 will be available in five and seven-seat configurations, but there will be no six-seat version for the time being. There is plenty of legroom, knee room, and headroom in the middle row. The seat bench is well-cushioned, has adequate side support, and is wide enough to seat three people. There’s plenty of storage space throughout the cabin, with various cubby holes and roomy door pockets. The third-row has mediocre space, and because the seat is fairly low, occupants’ knees will be facing upwards with limited under-thigh support. Also, anyone higher than 5 feet 6 inches will be bothered by the lack of headroom in the last row. To put things in context, the XUV700’s last row is on the level with or somewhat better than most of its competitors, but it falls short of the Tata Safari’s.
XUV700 vs Safari: Engine and transmission
The Safari has a 1956 cc, 4 Cylinders Inline, 4 Valves/Cylinder, DOHC engine, while the XUV700 has a 1997 cc, Inline engine. The XUV700 has a 2.2-Litre mHawk turbo-diesel engine and a 2.0-Litre mStallion turbo petrol engine. Whereas the Safari only gets the 2.0 L Kryotec turbo diesel engine. The XUV700 has a maximum power of 197 bhp and 380Nm of torque. Whereas the Safari lacks power, it makes 168 bhp and 350Nm of torque. Both cars are available in either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Overall, the Tata Safari promises a lot of amenities and delivers a lot of them for the price. The Mahindra XUV700, on the other hand, is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a vehicle in a lesser price range. Also, the XUV700 is available in both petrol and diesel trims along with 5 or 7 seat configurations. This gives the XUV700 an upper hand. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
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