The Hexa was launched in February 2016 and this MPV-SUV crossover was envisaged to be a rival to the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Mahindra XUV500. The XUV500 is indeed a very popular model and it is this popularity that the Hexa is attempting to win over.
Here is a comparison of various factors of both the Tata Hexa and Mahindra XUV500 which will aid you in deciding the vehicle suitable for you
Buyers in India seem to be besotted with SUVs and Mahindra XUV500 is not a crossover but a full grown SUV. The XUV 500 is certainly a looker and the cheetah theme grows on you. It went from cool to extra cool when Mahindra launched the facelift version back in 2015 but with the launch of Tata Hexa, there is a need to bring a better version soon.
The Hexa comes embellished with a flatter bonnet, wheel arches, body cladding, skid plate, etc. that help in the Hexa looking better than the Aria. It also has LED DRLs in the bumper and new headlamps. The vertical tail lamp setup is an elegant horizontal unit. Tata’s designers have added the brawn factor to the Hexa- which was seriously missing in the Aria.
One factor where XUV surely scores some extra points is an optional sunroof. In this price segment, Mahindra XUV500 is the only SUV to offer the same.
Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 – Interior
Both the vehicles have seats in three rows but in the third row, under thigh support and headroom is very limited for tall passengers in both the cars.
In the 6-seater version of Tata Hexa, the best way to access the third row of seats is to walk into the second row and move from 'between' the captain seats to the last row. While the captain seats flip forward, they don't do so far enough and the space to get into the third row, from the sides, is limited.
In the front dash, the Hexa has AC vents that are horizontal units sitting above the audio system. The cabin has an elegant all-black colour scheme whereas the XUV500 has a classy dual tone black-beige interior. XUV’s centre console and the steering wheel have silver accents. The quality levels in the cabin of the Hexa definitely looks premium than that of the XUV.
Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 – Features Comparison
Hexa is replete with features like a Harman sourced 10-speaker JBL audio system, projector headlamps, 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, ambient lighting, a colour MID, six airbags and LED DRLs. XUV500 is feature packed, not limited to a touchscreen infotainment system with Navigation, Reverse parking camera with guidance, 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, Automatic climate control, cruise control, Keyless engine start/stop, projector headlamps and LED DRLs, Second row AC vents.
Both are powered by 2.2 L diesel engines to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. On paper, the top-end Hexa’s 2.2 L unit produces more power and torque than the XUV500. Also, Hexa is longer and wider than the XUV500 making the former more roomy. The best part is that both the cars have an optional AWD system, so no complaint in that section.
Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 – Price Comparison
Coming to the most important factor from the Indian consumer perspective, the price. XUV enjoyed the value for money status for long before the Hexa launch which is about Rs. 50,000 less than the XUV500. The top end 4×2 AT trim of the Hexa is cheaper than the XUV500 variant. Both cars are worthy of the price that is paid for them. Here is a comparison:
Tata Hexa XE 4×2 MT
Rs 11.99 Lakh
Mahindra XUV500 W4 MT
Rs. 12.47 lakh
Tata Hexa XM 4×2 MT
Rs 13.85 Lakh
Mahindra XUV500 W6 MT
Rs. 13.89 lakh
Tata Hexa XT 4×2 MT
Rs 16.20 Lakh
Mahindra XUV500 W6 AT
Rs. 14.76 lakh
Tata Hexa XT 4×4 MT
Rs 17.49 Lakh
Mahindra XUV500 W8 MT
Rs. 15.63 lakh
Tata Hexa XMA 4×2 AT
Rs 15.05 Lakh
Mahindra XUV500 W8 AT
Tata Hexa XTA 4×2 AT
Rs 17.40 Lakh
Mahindra XUV500 W10 MT
Rs. 16.54 lakh
Mahindra XUV500 W10 AT
Rs. 17.57 lakh
Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500 – Summary
Hexa has proved itself to be better than its predecessor, Aria. Both the brands have an excellent brand image but there is a scope in improving after sales and service. Since Hexa is packaged with new features and is spacious too, it has made XUV500 look old. You would definitely require to do a lot of research on the Hexa in case you are planning to invest in the XUV500- it might just make you select the newer and the tougher Hexa.