Mahindra is offering the XUV700 a wider range of options in terms of both powertrain and features as compared to its rivals
Mahindra surprised everyone when they officially launched the mid-size SUV XUV700 with prices starting at Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The SUV has been receiving praise from all quarters ever since it was officially revealed a few weeks back.
The entry of the XUV700 will rival other mid-sized SUVs, especially the five- and seven-seater siblings from Tata Motors and MG Motor. While the former sells the Harrier and Safari in this segment, MG has made its way with Hector and Hector Plus. It also competes with the Hyundai Alcazar. Apart from mid-size SUVs, the aggressive pricing of the XUV700 will also make it a rival to the Creta and Seltos compact SUVs.
The Harrier/Safari and Hector/Plus pairs of the SUV are essentially twin- one has a two-row configuration while the other has a three-row configuration. Mahindra has taken a slightly different approach by retailing both the 5-seater and 7-seat SUV under the same nameplate. Hence a detailed comparison of XUV700 against its nearest rivals Hector/Hector Plus and Harrier/Safari fits the bill perfectly.
Mahindra XUV700 Prices Vs Creta Vs Seltos Vs Harrier Vs Hector – 5 Seater SUVs
The XUV700 has the lowest starting price among rival mid-size SUVs, while it tops out at Rs 21.59 lakh for the AX7 AT diesel luxury pack. The image below gives a detailed price comparison between the XUV700 and its 5 seater rivals – Creta, Seltos, Harrier and Hector.
As you can see in the image above, the price of Kia Seltos petrol ranges from Rs 9.95 lakh to Rs 17.79 lakh while its diesel option ranges from Rs 10.65 lakh to Rs 18.10 lakh. The Hyundai Creta petrol ranges from Rs 10.16 lakh to Rs 17.87 lakh while the diesel option ranges from Rs 10.63 lakh to Rs 17.78 lakh.
The MG Hector petrol price ranges from Rs 13.5 lakh to Rs 18.7 lakh while the diesel option ranges from Rs 14.99 lakh to Rs 19.36 lakh. The Tata Harrier is offered with a diesel engine option only. Its price is between Rs 14.4 lakh and Rs 20.81 lakh. All prices above are ex-sh.
The Mahindra XUV700 5 seater option sits between the two compact SUVs and the mid-size SUVs. It is only the MX variant that is lowering the price bar. The difference between the base MX variant and its immediate successor AX3 is the difference in on-road price of around Rs 2.5 lakh. No other SUV in this segment has such a huge price difference between the base and its immediately above variants.
Prices of Mahindra XUV700 Vs Safari Vs Hector Plus Vs Alcazar – 7 Seater SUVs
This is the Tata Safari which has the lowest entry price in this segment for a diesel at Rs 14.99 lakh. Its top variant costs Rs 23.18 lakh. The XUV700 petrol 7 seater price ranges from Rs 15.59 lakh to Rs 20.99 lakh while its diesel option ranges from Rs 15.19 lakh to Rs 21.59 lakh.
MG Hector Plus petrol price ranges from Rs 15.47 lakh to Rs 19.5 lakh while its diesel option ranges from Rs 15.39 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. Hyundai Alcazar petrol price ranges from Rs 16.3 lakh to Rs 19.85 lakh while Alcazar diesel ranges from Rs 16.53 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. All prices ex-sh.