Hyundai Elantra vs Mahindra XUV500 Comparison

Mahindra XUV500 vs Hyundai Elantra Comparison:

"We have received a lot of queries, post the launch of the All New Elantra, on how it compares to the Mahindra XUV500 of all cars! Although customers doing cross-segment comparison is not a new thing, the comparison of Elantra & XUV, seemed like a bit of a stretch."

XUV 500 vs Elantra Video Comparison Review:

Why are we even comparing these two cars? 
We have received a lot of queries, post the launch of the All New Elantra, on how it compares to the Mahindra XUV500 of all cars! Although customers doing cross-segment comparison is not a new thing, the comparison of Elantra & XUV, seemed like a bit of a stretch. The reason why prospective customers are comparing these two cars is because of their similar price points.

Pricing & Features:
The top-end, manual (diesel) variant, of the XUV500, the ‘W10 4x2’ retails for 18.3 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi. The range-topping, Elantra petrol-manual, the ‘SX O’ retails for 19.3 Lakh Rs. which is just 1 Lakh Rs. or 5% more expensive than the XUV, while the Elantra ‘SX O’ diesel-manual costs 21 Lakh Rs. which is 2.7 Lakh or 15% more expensive than the XUV.

Both cars have a few extra features that are absent in the other car, the Elantra ‘SX O’ has Xenon HID Headlamps, Automatic Tailgate Opening, Dual Zone Climate Control, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, Ventilated Front Seats and Automatic Front Windscreen Defogger. While the XUV500 ‘W10’ has extra Cornering Lamps, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Hill Descent Control and Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers.

Pricing of other Variants: XUV500 ‘W10 4x2 AT’ (diesel, automatic) costs 20.15 Lakh Rs.

Elantra ‘SX O AT’ (petrol-automatic) costs 20.90 Lakh Rs.
Elantra ‘SX O AT’ (diesel-automatic) costs 22.75 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 Glovebox

Extra Features in Elantra (SX O): Xenon HID Headlamps, Automatic Tailgate Opening, Dual Zone Climate Control, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Ventilated Front Seats, Auto Front Windscreen Defog

Extra Features in XUV500 (W10): Cornering Lamps, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Hill Descent Control, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers

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 a whopping 6.5 kmpl less than the Elantra diesel-manual. The XUV automatic has an ARAI certified mileage of 13.8 kmpl, which again is a good 4.4 kmpl less than the Elantra diesel-automatic’s fuel efficiency of 18.2 kmpl. In our real world tests, both the manual as well as the automatic XUVs were almost 3 kmpl less efficient than the corresponding Elantras.

Both the petrol powered Elantras, the manual as well as the automatic, have an ARAI certified mileage of 14.6 kmpl, which is 1.4 kmpl less than the manual XUV and 0.8 kmpl more than the automatic one. However, in our back-to-back tests, the Elantra petrol-manual was just as efficient as the manual XUV, whereas the automatic Elantra petrol, was almost 1 kmpl more efficient than the XUV automatic.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Elantra (diesel, manual) – 22.54, XUV500 (diesel, manual) – 16
Elantra (diesel, automatic) – 18.23, XUV500 (diesel, automatic) – 13.85
Elantra (petrol, manual) – 14.59
Elantra (petrol, automatic) – 14.62

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): Elantra (diesel, manual) – 2.55, XUV500 (diesel, manual) – 3.55
Elantra (diesel, automatic) – 2.95, XUV500 (diesel, automatic) – 3.85
Elantra (petrol, manual) – 4.30
Elantra (petrol, automatic) – 4.30

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): 
Today, 5 year old XUVs carry a resale price of around 8 lakh Rs. Thanks to Elantra’s advantage in fuel efficiency and product quality, it is bound to retain 2-3% better residual value compared to the XUV, over the next 5 to 7 years.

Elantra SX O (diesel, manual) – 9.90, XUV500 W10 4x2 (diesel, manual) – 8.05
Elantra SX O AT (diesel, automatic) – 10.00, XUV500 W10 AT 4x2 (diesel, automatic) – 8.25
Elantra SX O (petrol, manual) – 9.05
Elantra SX O AT (petrol, automatic) – 9.20

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the Elantra SX O diesel-manual, works out to be 15,000 Rs. cheaper, yes, cheaper than the XUV W10 manual in terms of Overall Ownership Costs. That is because the Elantra makes up for its higher price tag, with a 1 Lakh Rs. difference in fuel cost and an even bigger difference in resale value, resulting in lower cost of ownership than the XUV W10 manual. Same goes for the automatics as well.

Elantra SX O (diesel, manual) – 13.65, XUV500 W10 4x2 (diesel, manual) – 13.80
Elantra SX O AT (diesel, automatic) – 15.70, XUV500 W10 AT 4x2 (diesel, automatic) – 15.75
Elantra SX O (petrol, manual) – 14.55
Elantra SX O AT (petrol, automatic) – 16.00

Performance & Drivability: 
The XUV has a 600cc bigger engine than the Elantra diesel. But due to its ginormous 1875 kg kerb weight, it ends up being almost 30% down on power, when compared to the Elantra in terms of power-to-weight ratio. This makes the XUV noticeably slower than the Elantra, in terms of outright acceleration, as well as mid-range punch. However, XUV's turbo spools up at a lower rpm than the Elantra, giving it better drivability around town. But then, the Elantra's fights back, with its phenomenal refinement, making even a reasonably refined car like the XUV, seem like a tractor in comparison. The Elantra petrol takes the performance and refinement a notch higher, compared to the diesel one and is in a different league altogether, compared to the XUV. It may not have the mid-range grunt of the diesels, but it more than makes up for it, with a strong top-end and it free-revving nature.

Power (PS@rpm): Elantra (petrol) – 152@6200, Elantra (diesel) – 128@4000, XUV500 – 140@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elantra (petrol) - 192@4000, Elantra (diesel) - 260@1900-2750, XUV500 - 330@1600-2800
Kerb Weight (kg): Elantra (petrol) – 1295, Elantra (diesel) – 1335, XUV500 – 1875

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elantra (petrol) – 117, Elantra (diesel) – 96, XUV500 – 75 (difference 28%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elantra (petrol) – 148, Elantra (diesel) – 195, XUV500 – 176 (difference 11%)

Space & Comfort:
Everybody and their uncle likes to point out, that the XUV has 2 extra seats in the third row, the Elantra obviously doesn't. But what they don't tell you is that, those seats are depressingly claustrophobic, un-supportive and too small, even for the smallest members of your family. However, that's not all. If you are thinking of touring with seven people on-board, there is going to to absolutely no space left for luggage. XUV's 93 litres of boot-space, with all the seats up, is smaller than Tata Nano's piddly little boot capacity of 110 litres. Which means, when you take it along for a road trip, you are going to be able to accommodate no more than 5 occupants. In that case, all of you, would be much better off in the Elantra. For the front two rows, Elantra's seating is far more roomy and comfortable, than the XUV's. There is better knee-room, legroom and shoulder room than the XUV, and the ergonomics are also far better in the Elantra.

Not to forget, the sheer flawless build quality and fit-finish of the Elantra's cabin, is several generations more advanced than the XUV500, if not more. XUV's cabin feels remarkably cheap and tacky, compared to Elantra's supremely well crafted, interior trims. The panel gaps, uniformity, quality of materials, mating of different surfaces and even the basic design itself, is something Mahindra still needs to learn a lot about, from the likes of Hyundai.

Boot-space (lit): Elantra – 475, XUV500 – 93 (591 with rear seats folded)

Length (mm): Elantra – 4570, XUV500 – 4585
Width (mm): Elantra – 1800, XUV500 – 1890
Height (mm): Elantra – 1465, XUV500 – 1785

Ride Quality & Handling:
The XUV is a rather obese and towering behemoth, which takes an obvious toll on its dynamics. It has immense body roll making it a slouch around the corners. To keep it from going overboard, Mahindra has stiffened up its springs, giving it a stiff and thrashy ride. Big bumps and potholes tend to rattle the occupant's spine. The Elantra, though still not as good as other cars in it's segment, feels like a total revelation in comparison. It has excellent ride quality, which gets better and better, as the speeds rise. Stability at highway speeds as well as under panic braking is considerably better than the XUV. It corners much flatter and holds its line far better than the XUV does. Elantra's steering setup also feels much more precise and well weighted than the XUV's. However, even with the raised-for-India suspension, the Elantra cannot steamroll over broken tarmac the way XUV does, giving the XUV500 a peculiar advantage over the Elantra.

Ground Clearance (mm): Elantra – 167, XUV500 – 165

Tyre Size: Elantra – 205/60R16
XUV500 - 235/65R17

Wheelbase (mm): Elantra - 2700, XUV500 - 2700


There is only one single thing where the XUV500 manages to defend itself against the Elantra, and that is its suitability to Indian road conditions. If you encounter rough-road or no-road situations frequently, this comparison is no use to you. However, if you are concerned about the assorted potholes and speed humps on your daily office commute, the Elantra has got it covered. Apart from that, it is a better car than the XUV in every aspect imaginable, be it performance, dynamics, refinement, build quality, efficiency or even equipment. In a word, what the Elantra delivers is 'Sophistication'. It is also what the XUV sorely lacks, and by extension its owners are assumed to lack as well. If you are yet to develop a taste for finer things in life, you will have already handed over a bag full of cash at your local Mahindra dealership. If you even know about things like truffles and caviar, then you better make your way to the nearest Hyundai showroom and put your money down on the winner of this test.

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