Tucson vs XUV 500 Comparison Review

Published on: Dec 31, 2016
Mahindra XUV500 vs Hyundai Tucson Comparison:


"The XUV500 is absolutely no match to the Tucson diesel in terms of performance. Tucson is a jaw-dropping 65% more powerful & 56% more torque than the XUV in terms of power-to-weight & torque-to-weight ratios. The Tucson has comprehensively superior performance than the XUV across the rev range."

Pricing & Features:
The top-end, diesel-automatic variant, of the XUV500, the ‘W10 4x2 AT’ retails for 20.2 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi. The Tucson diesel-automatic, the ‘GLS AT’ retails for 29.6 Lakh Rs. which is a sizable, 9.4 Lakh Rs. i.e. roughly 50% more expensive than the XUV.

The Tucson ‘GLS’ has numerous extra features over the top-end XUV, like Front Parking Sensors, Gearshift Paddles, LED Projector Headlamps, Automatic Tailgate Opening, Dual Zone Climate Control, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Auto Front Windscreen Defog, Electric Park Brake and Heated Outside Mirrors. While the XUV500 ‘W10’ has only one extra feature i.e. the Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Pricing of other Variants:
Tucson ‘GL AT’ (petrol-automatic) costs 25.25 Lakh Rs.

XUV500 ‘W10 4x2’ (diesel-manual) costs 18.25 Lakh Rs.
Tucson ‘4x2’ (diesel-manual) costs 25.55 Lakh Rs.

Tucson ‘4x2’ (petrol-manual) costs 22.05 Lakh Rs.

Common Features:
Front, Side & Curtain Airbags, ABS, ESP, Hill Assist, AC, Automatic Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Fog Lamps, Rear Defogger, Height Adjustable Seatbelts, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, Alloy Wheels, Leather Upholstery, Electrically Adjustable Seats, Rear Ac Vents, Telescopic Steering Adjust, 8” Touchscreen, Navigation, Infotainment with FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Steering Wheel Switches, Adaptive Cruise Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Driver Window, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Electric Sunroof, Cooled Glove-box, Cornering Lamps, Hill Descent Control, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers

Extra Features in Tucson (GLS AT): Front Parking Sensors, Gearshift Paddles, LED Projector Headlamps, Automatic Tailgate Opening, Dual Zone Climate Control, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Auto Front Windscreen Defog, Electric Park Brake, Heated Outside Mirrors

Extra Features in XUV500 (W10): Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Reliability & After Sales Service: 
Hyundai has built up a remarkable reputation for After Sales Service in the Indian Market over the past two decades. Mahindra on the other hand has been competing only in the utility vehicle market, where it had little competition from Tata, and had come out on top among its competitors in the segment. But it still has a long way to go, to even get close to the levels of product reliability and service support provided by Hyundai. On top of that, Mahindra has had a history of quality and reliability issues in all its products, which does not bode well for the XUV customers. Mahindra’s service reach with its 400 odd touch points is still not as widespread as Hyundai’s 800 dealerships. However, it holds a special advantage in terms of reach to smaller villages, thanks to the rural penetration of its tractor network.

Fuel Efficiency: 
The XUV manual (diesel) has ARAI certified mileage of 16 kmpl, which is around 2.4 kmpl less than the Tucson diesel-manual's mileage of 18.4 kmpl. The XUV automatic has an ARAI certified mileage of 13.8 kmpl, which again is a good 2.6 kmpl less than the Tucson diesel-automatic’s fuel efficiency of 16.4 kmpl. In our real world tests, both the manual as well as the automatic XUVs were consistently 2 kmpl less efficient than the corresponding Tucsons.

Both the petrol powered Tucsons, the manual as well as the automatic, have an ARAI certified mileage of 13 kmpl, which is 3 kmpl less than the manual XUV (diesel) and 0.8 kmpl less than the automatic one. However, in our back-to-back tests, the Tucson petrol-manual was just 1 kmpl less efficient than the manual XUV, whereas the automatic Tucson petrol, was almost 1 kmpl more efficient than the XUV automatic (diesel).

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Tucson (diesel, manual) – 18.42, XUV500 (diesel, manual) – 16.0
Tucson (diesel, automatic) – 16.38, XUV500 (diesel, automatic) – 13.85

Tucson (petrol, manual) – 13.3, Tucson (petrol, automatic) – 12.95

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tucson (diesel, manual) – 3.20 Lakh, XUV500 (diesel, manual) – 3.70 Lakh
Tucson (diesel, automatic) – 3.60 Lakh, XUV500 (diesel, automatic) – 4.25 Lakh

Tucson (petrol, manual) – 5.35 Lakh, Tucson (petrol, automatic) – 5.50 Lakh

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): 
Today, 5 year old XUVs carrys a resale price of around 8 lakh Rs. Thanks to Tucson's smaller size and lesser number of seats, it is bound to depreciate more in percentage terms than the XUV.

XUV500 ‘W10 4x2’ (diesel-manual) costs 8.05 Lakh Rs.
Tucson ‘4x2’ (diesel-manual) costs 10.95 Lakh Rs.

XUV500 ‘W10 4x2 AT’ (diesel-automatic) costs 7.80 Lakh Rs.
Tucson ‘GLS 4x2 AT’ (diesel-automatic) costs 11.10 Lakh Rs.

Tucson ‘4x2’ (petrol-manual) costs 11.25 Lakh Rs.
Tucson ‘GL 4x2 AT’ (petrol-automatic) costs 10.90 Lakh Rs.

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the XUV500 W10 diesel-manual, works out to be a whopping 3.9 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the corresponding Tucson in terms of Overall Ownership Costs., The difference between the diesel-automatics is even higher at around 6 Lakhs. However the difference between petrol powered variants of the Tucson and XUV is lower, i.e. 2.7 Lakh and 3.2 lakh for the manual and automatic respectively.

XUV500 ‘W10 4x2’ (diesel-manual) costs 13.90 akhh Rs.
Tucson ‘4x2’ (diesel-manual) costs 17.80 Lakh Rs.

XUV500 ‘W10 4x2 AT’ (diesel-automatic) costs 16.65 Lakh Rs.
Tucson ‘GLS 4x2 AT’ (diesel-automatic) costs 22.10 Lakh Rs.

Tucson ‘4x2’ (petrol-manual) costs 16.60 Lakh Rs.
Tucson ‘GL 4x2 AT’ (petrol-automatic) costs 19.80 Lakh Rs.

Performance & Drivability: 
The XUV500 is absolutely no match to the Tucson diesel in terms of performance. Tucson is a jaw-dropping 65% more powerful & 56% more torque than the XUV in terms of power-to-weight & torque-to-weight ratios. The Tucson has comprehensively superior performance than the XUV across the rev range. On top of that, the Tucson also has far better refinement than the XUV.

In fact even the petrol powered Tucson has a remarkable 47% better power-to-weight ratio than the diesel Tucson, but it's not at as torque as the XUV as it's torque-to-weight ratio is 23% lower. What this translates to on road is that the Tucson petrol feels slightly weaker at lower revs than the XUV, but then it feels significantly smoother and quieter, and when the revs rise, the Tucson covers up the gap and leaves the XUV far behind on the open road.

Power (PS@rpm): Tucson (petrol) – 155@6200, Tucson (diesel) – 185@4000, XUV500 – 140@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tucson (petrol) - 192@4000, Tucson (diesel) - 410@1750-2750, XUV500 - 330@1600-2800
Kerb Weight (kg): Tucson (petrol) – 1415, Tucson (diesel) – 1495, XUV500 – 1875

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tucson (petrol) – 110, Tucson (diesel) – 124, XUV500 – 75
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tucson (petrol) – 136, Tucson (diesel) – 274, XUV500 – 176

Space & Comfort:
The XUV obviously has the advantage in terms of the two extra seats over the Tucson. But those seats are extremely congested even for smallest members of the family and highly uncomfortable due their low seat squab and punishing ride quality, thanks to their position being well behind the rear axle. However, XUV's middle row is more spacious than Tucson's and can easily accommodate three full-sized adults, Tucson lacks adequate shoulder room for accommodating three adults and due to its rising waistline, feels even more claustrophobic, especially compared to the airy ambience inside the XUV. However, Tucson's front seats are more comfortable and it has a more ergonomic driving position than the XUV. Tucson's interior fit and finish is also on a different level altogether compared to the shoddy build quality and expanse of cheap plastics inside the XUV.

Boot-space (lit): Tucson – 488, XUV500 – 93 (591 with rear seats folded)

Length (mm): Tucson – 4475, XUV500 – 4585
Width (mm): Tucson – 1850, XUV500 – 1890
Height (mm): Tucson – 1660, XUV500 – 1785

Ride Quality & Handling:
Here again the Tucson is undeniably better than the XUV, which is something very rarely said in reference to Hyundais. Generally Hyundai's hatchbacks and sedans are the worst cars in their segments when it comes to handling. But suddenly when it is pitched against SUVs, especially those lumbering, old-school SUVs, Hyundai's modern monocoque based SUVs seem to be the much lesser evil of the two. Both XUV & Tucson have a overtly light steering setup with absolutely no feel or feedback. But the Tucson being around 400 kg lighter and over a 100mm shorter in height than the XUV, it has much lesser body roll and understeer is kept in better check than the XUV. Tucson's ride quality is also much more pliant and polished compared to the uncomfortable and jittery ride of the XUV.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tucson – 172, XUV500 – 160 (actual real ground clearance of XUV 500 is ~ 195 mm)

Tyre Size:
Tucson – 225/60R17 (MT), 225/55R18 (AT)
XUV500 - 235/65R17
Wheelbase (mm): Tucson - 2670, XUV500 - 2700

Verdict:

There is no denying the fact that these two cars are from different eras of motoring. The Tucson is a thoroughly modern, high quality, technologically advanced vehicle. The XUV 500 on the other hand is a crudely built, 'jugaad' that cannot match the technical capabilities of SUVs from 10 years ago, like for example the old Tucson. Even the old Tucson was a much more technically advanced vehicle than the XUV. But then the Tucson does come at a premium. It is roughly 25% heavier on the pocket than the equivalent XUV. But given it's immense advantage in terms of performance, dynamics, quality, reliability and safety, it is the clear winner of this test.

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