Tata Hexa vs XUV500 Comparison Review

Published on: Jan 18, 2017
Mahindra XUV500 vs Tata Hexa Comparison:

"The Hexa trumps the XUV in terms of space & comfort. Firstly, it provides the option of captain seats for the middle-row, while the XUV is only available with the bench. Secondly, Hexa’s third-row is far more spacious and comfortable than the XUVs. It can genuinely accommodate two full-sized adults. Thirdly, Hexa’s interiors feel more upmarket and plush compared to the cheap and plasticky cabin of the XUV"

Hexa vs XUV 500 Video Comparison:


Pricing & Features:
Hexa ‘XT’ 4x2 manual, costs 19.3 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi, which is 20,000 Rs. cheaper than XUV’s top-of-the-line 'W10’ (manual) variant costing 19.5 Lakh.

Hexa may be a tad cheaper than the XUV, but the XUV ‘W10’ has a long list of extra features over the Hexa ‘XT’ (4x2 MT) like Electric Sunroof, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Cornering Lamps, Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window, and Electrically Adjustable Driver’s Seat. The Hexa on the other hand just has Terrain Response, Retractable Window Sun-blinds, Heated Mirrors, 4 Tweeters & a Subwoofer over the XUV.

Pricing of other variants:
XUV500 'W10 AT' automatic – 20.65 Lakh
Hexa 'XTA' (4x2) automatic - 20.65 Lakh

XUV500 'W10 AWD' (4x4) manual – 20.75 Lakh
Hexa 'XT' (4x4) manual - 20.75 Lakh

XUV500 'W10 AWD AT' (4x4) automatic – 21.95 Lakh

Common Features: ABS, ESP, Airbags - 6, Hill Descent Control, Hill Hold, Automatic Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Infotainment: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Touchscreen, Navigation, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Projector Headlamps, LED DRLs, Leather Upholstery, Cruise Control, Rear AC Vents, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers and Light Sensing Headlamps

Extra Features in XUV500 (W10): Electric Sunroof, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Cornering Lamps, Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window, and Electrically Adjustable Driver’s Seat

Extra Features in Hexa (XT): Terrain Response, Retractable Window Sun-blinds, Heated Mirrors, 4 Tweeters & a Subwoofer

Performance & Drivability:
Both cars seems evenly matched on paper, but the Hexa struggles to keep up with the XUV in the real world. Hexa’s problem is that it is 300 kilograms heavier than the XUV, and it has a bigger turbocharger, which takes a long time to spool up. This makes it much less responsive than the XUV at lower rpm, and hence a bit tiresome to pilot, around town. Its generous dimensions and huge turning circle, makes matter even worse. On the highways, both cars are neck-to-neck with each other.

Hexa automatic gearbox alleviates most of the troubles of the manual, with its quick shifts and excellent smoothness and gives it a slight edge over the marginally dull responses of the XUV automatic.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton):
Hexa – 72, XUV500 – 75
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Hexa – 184, XUV500 – 176

Power (PS@rpm): Hexa – 156@4000, XUV500 - 140@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): Hexa - 400@1700-2700, XUV500 – 330@1600-2800
Kerb Weight (kg): Hexa – 2170, XUV500 - 1875

Fuel Efficiency:
Driven back-to-back, the XUV manual consistently returned 1 kmpl better efficiency than the Hexa. The XUV automatic, was barely half a kmpl more efficient than the Hexa AT.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Hexa (4x2, diesel, manual) – 14.4, XUV500 (4x2, diesel, manual) – 16.0
Hexa (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 14.25, XUV500 (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 13.85

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Hexa (4x2, diesel, manual) – 4.40 Lakh, XUV500 (4x2, diesel, manual) – 3.95 Lakh
Hexa (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 4.25 Lakh, XUV500 (4x2, diesel, automatic) – 4.55 Lakh

Space & Comfort:
The Hexa trumps the XUV in terms of space & comfort. Firstly, it provides the option of captain seats for the middle-row, while the XUV is only available with the bench. Secondly, Hexa’s third-row is far more spacious and comfortable than the XUVs. It can genuinely accommodate two full-sized adults. Thirdly, Hexa’s interiors feel more upmarket and plush compared to the cheap and plasticky cabin of the XUV.

Length (mm): Hexa – 4788, XUV500 – 4585
Width (mm): Hexa – 1903, XUV500 – 1890
Height (mm): Hexa – 1791, XUV500 – 1785

Ride Quality & Handling:
Both cars are based on drastically different architectures. The XUV500 has a monocoque chassis with front wheel drive, while the Hexa, has a proper, old-school, body on frame architecture, with rear wheel drive. Tata has tuned the Hexa’s ride quality, to magic carpet levels of perfection! Even with the 19 inch rims, the ride is better than almost any car being sold in the market today. XUV’s ride feels noticeable stiff and jiggly in comparison. But then the XUV has more car-like dynamics, with better grip and agility around the curves. Both cars have excellent straight line stability on the highways.

Ground Clearance (mm): Hexa – 209 (19”), 200 (16”), XUV500 – declared 160 (actual ~200)

Tyre Size:
Hexa – 235/70R16 (XE/XM), 235/70R19 (XT)
XUV500 - 235/65R17

Wheelbase (mm): Hexa – 2850, XUV500 – 2700

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Mahindra & Tata Motors sail in the same boat, when it comes to the inherent lack of reliability, of their products. They still have a long way to go before they catch up to competitors from the land of the rising sun. However, the XUV being on sale since 2011, is bound to face lesser teething troubles than the Hexa. Mahindra also has better grip on their dealers and has taken the efforts to whip them up in shape compared to Tata Motors, which continues to look the other way, when it comes to the state of affairs at their touch-points.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
5 to 7 year old XUVs retail for 8 Lakh Rs. in the used car market today, while Arias sell for 6 Lakh Rs. The Hexa is bound to fare slightly better than the Aria, but still hold a slight disadvantage over the XUV. Overall, the Hexa works out to more or less one Lakh Rs. more expensive than the XUV500 in terms of Overall Ownership Cost.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Hexa XT 4x2 (Diesel manual) – 7.00 Lakh, XUV500 W10 2WD (Diesel manual) – 8.00 Lakh
Hexa XTA 4x2 (Diesel automatic) – 6.50 Lakh, XUV500 W10 AT 2WD (Diesel automatic) – 7.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Hexa XT 4x2 (Diesel manual) – 16.70 Lakh, XUV500 W10 2WD (Diesel manual) – 15.50 Lakh
Hexa XTA 4x2 (Diesel automatic) – 18.60 Lakh, XUV500 W10 AT 2WD (Diesel automatic) – 17.70 Lakh

Verdict:
We have to hand it over to the XUV for the time-being. The Hexa remains a gamble in terms of quality, and it would be a bit daft, to put your money down, before it survives its first six months in the market, without any drama. The XUV is also more practical, better value-for-money and more manageable to drive in city traffic. It narrowly edges past the Hexa, to claim the top spot in this test.
Frankly it is very difficult to choose between these two brutes, which is why we would suggest you to choose neither of them. Today, much nicer cars are available in the market compared to these rough-cut and outdated machines. If you are a city slicker, the Hyundai Tucson is a far more trendy and well-crafted alternative to the XUV. If you are a cross-country wanderer, the Innova Crysta is a far more risk-free and solidly-built option to the Hexa.

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