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Tata Safari Vs Mahindra XUV500 – Specifications, Features And Price Comparison

The mid-sized Tata Safari SUV is officially back in a new avatar. Unlike the previous generation's body-on-frame chassis, the new Safari is based on Tata's latest OMEGA ARC platform, which is a unibody/monocoque construction. It is essentially a 6/7-seater version of the Harrier SUV that positioned it against the Mahindra XUV500 and MG Hector Plus. While we have already compared it with the MG SUV, in this story we will find how does it fare against the Mahindra XUV500. 

2021 Tata Safari Vs Mahindra XUV500: Dimensions


Tata Safari

Mahindra XUV500




1894mm (without mirrors)







Seating Configurations 6 & 7-seater 7-seater 

Boot Space

  • 73 liters (All Seats UP)
  • 447L (when 3rd row folded)
  • 93 (All Seats UP)
  • 671 liters
Fuel Tank Capacity50L70L
Wheel Size
  • Lower variants: – 235/70 R16 Steel
  • Higher variants: – 235/60 R18 Alloys
  • Lower variants: – 235/65 R17 Steel
  • Higher variants: – 235/65 R17 Alloy
Spare Wheel Size235/70 R16 Steel235/65 R17 Steel
Kerb Weight1825kg1785kg
  • Compared to Mahindra XUV500, the new Safari is slightly longer, wider, and taller. However, its boot is not as spacious as XUV500. 
  • The XUV500 is lighter than the Safari and has upsized wheels in the lower-spec variants. Its fuel tank capacity is also better than the new Safari. 
  • The Safari is also available in a 6-seater layout, offering two captain seats in the middle row for added comfort. 

2021 Tata Safari Vs MG Hector Plus: Engine Specifications


 Tata SafariMahindra XUV500


2.0-liter turbocharged diesel2.2-litre diesel with micro-hybrid tech 

Max Power


Peak Torque



6-speed manual/torque convertor automatic6-speed manual/torque convertor automatic
Drivetrainfront-wheel-drive (FWD)front-wheel-drive (FWD)

Claimed Fuel Efficiency

TBU15.1 kmpl
  • While the new Safari is more powerful than the XUV500, it generates 10Nm less torque. 
  • Both SUV can be had with either a manual or an automatic transmission. 
  • As of now, both these SUVs are available with front-wheel-drivetrain. Tata could offer the all-wheel-drivetrain with the new Safari in the future, depending on the customer's demand. On the other hand, Mahindra had discontinued the AWD variants of the XUV500 during the BS6 transition. However, the next-generation XUV500 is likely to regain the AWD trims. 

New Tata Safari Vs Mahindra XUV500: Features Comparison

Though both SUVs are well equipped, here we have compared the key features of their top-spec variants: – 

1. Exterior

 Tata SafariMahindra XUV500
HeadlampXenon HID Projector HeadlampsHalogen Projector headlamps
Tail lampsLEDBulb type
Front Fog LampsLEDHalogen
Cornering Function 
Turn Indicator TypeDual Function LED DRLs with Turn IndicatorsConventional 
Front GrilleChrome finished Chrome finished 
Skid Plates
Antenna Shark Fin AntennaGlass Embedded
Alloy Wheels18-inch Diamond Cut17-inch Diamond Cut

2. Interior, Comfort & Convenience 

 Tata SafariMahindra XUV500
Touchscreen infotainment system8.8-inch (floating)7-inch (dashboard integrated)
Connected car technologyi-RA (Intelligent Real-Time Assist) connected car technologyconnected apps only (like gaana, cricket live, zomato, BookMyShow, etc.)
Remote control with Live tracking, geo-fencing 
Over-the-air support (OTA)
Voice Command With English, Hindi & Hinglish SupportEnglish Only
Android Auto & Apple Carplay
Sound systemJBL Speakers (4 Speakers + 4 Tweeters & Subwoofer) with AmplifierArkamys sound system 
Instrument Cluster Type  Semi-digital with 7" Colour TFT DisplayTwin Pod Instrument Cluster With Integrated MID
Steering Mounted Audio Controls
Automatic climate control
Rear AC vents
Power adjustable driver seat with Lumbar Support (6 Way)with Lumbar Support (6 Way)
Power adjustable front passenger seat
Front seat ventilation
Powered tailgate
Wireless charging 
Auto Headlamps
Rain sensing wipers 
Cruise Control
Auto-Dimming IRVM
Heated ORVM
Ambient Lighting 
Sunroof✓ (dual pane) 
Drive modesEco, City & Sport
Terrain modesNormal, Rough & Wet
Micro-Hybrid Technology 
Brake Energy Regeneration

3. Safety 

 Tata SafariMG Hector Plus
ABS with EBD
Traction control
Hill assist control
Hill descent control
Tyre pressure monitoring system 
Parking sensorsRearRear
Rear Parking Camera 
360-degree camera
All disc brakes
Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold

Both SUVs get almost all the essential features. However, the all-new Safari is slightly better packed with HID LED headlamps, connected car tech, remote control, and Hinglish voice commands. It also gets multiple driving modes and traction-control-based off-roading modes.

Also Read: New Tata Safari Vs MG Hector Plus Vs Mahindra XUV500 – Price Comparison

Tata Safari Vs Mahindra XUV500: Price Range

 Tata SafariMahindra XUV500
Price range (ex-showroom)Rs 14.69 lakh – Rs 21.45 lakh (introductory)Rs 13.83 – 19.56 lakh

In the mid-sized SUV segment, the all-new Tata Safari is the most expensive offering. Interestingly, these are just launching prices and will be increased in the near future. 

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