The 2023 Tata Safari has undergone substantial updates in terms of design, features, and safety, positioning itself as a direct competitor to the 7-seater variants of the Mahindra XUV700. Both the Safari and XUV700 offer well-equipped packages, but there are five noteworthy advantages that the Mahindra SUV holds over its Tata counterpart.
- Enhanced Audio Experience: While both Indian SUVs come with premium sound systems in their top variants, the Mahindra XUV700 stands out with its 12-speaker Sony sound system, featuring four custom acoustic modes. In contrast, the Tata Safari is equipped with a 10-speaker JBL audio system offering 13 JBL audio modes.
- Electric Smart Door Handles: Elevating the luxury quotient, the Mahindra XUV700 features electric smart door handles. These handles sit flush with the body and extend outward when the car is unlocked, seamlessly retracting when the car is locked. In contrast, the Tata Safari employs traditional door handle designs.
- Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) with Lane Keep Assist: Mahindra has integrated the XUV700 with a lane keep assist feature as part of its comprehensive ADAS suite. The Tata Safari’s ADAS kit, while offering lane departure warning and lane change alert, currently lacks this particular feature. Tata has plans to introduce lane keep assist through a future software update, but, for now, the XUV700 leads in this area.
- Petrol Engine Option: For those seeking a 3-row petrol SUV, the Mahindra XUV700 provides the option of a 2-liter turbo petrol engine, generating 200PS and 380Nm of torque, paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Tata Safari, in contrast, remains exclusively available with a 2-liter diesel engine producing 170PS and 350Nm of torque, offered with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
- All-Wheel Drive Capability: The Mahindra XUV700’s diesel automatic variant offers the choice of an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, providing enhanced off-road capability and versatility. The Tata Safari, on the other hand, is solely available in a front-wheel-drive configuration. This gives the XUV700 an edge for those seeking a more rugged SUV experience.
In conclusion, these five advantages make the Mahindra XUV700 a compelling choice over the Tata Safari facelift. To explore what the Tata Safari facelift offers over the Mahindra SUV, refer to our comparison. Share your preferences and thoughts on these SUVs below.