April 2022 - Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variants explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Mahindra XUV700 5-seat diesel you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 XUV700 diesel variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the 2022 Mahindra XUV700 5-seat with its competitors and other diesel-powered 5-seater SUVs like the MG Hector and Tata Harrier.

Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat

Updated (April 22, 2022): This update of the XUV700 5-seat diesel Variants Explained includes updated recommendations after the April 2022 price change.

Also Read: Honda City Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Mahindra XUV700 5-seat diesel are:

  • One of the few D-segment, 5-seat SUV with a diesel-manual and diesel-automatic powertrain options
  • Diesel engine carries a nominal price premium over the comparable petrol variants
  • The turbo diesel engine offers a lot of torque, especially with the AX3 and AX5 variants
  • Reasonably-loaded and well priced base MX variant
  • A long list of style-focused features like a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, dual-function LED DRLs and full-colour instrument cluster
  • 5-star rating for adults in GNCAP crash safety rating

The Mahindra XUV700 5-seat diesel has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Missing features even in top variant like auto AC, cruise control, auto-dimming inside mirror, telescopic steering, tyre pressure monitor, power driver seat and passive keyless entry
  • Expensive AX3 variant barely justifies the price jump from the base MX variant
  • Upgrade cost of Rs. 1.72 to 1.78 lakh is expensive for the automatic transmission
  • Fuel efficiency and ground clearance details are not officially available and may be far from stellar
  • ADAS and 4-wheel drive not available with any 5-seat diesel variants

What Is The Price Of Mahindra XUV700 5-seat Diesel Variants?

The Mahindra XUV700 5-seat diesel is available with manual transmission in 3 variants — MX, AX3 and AX5. The prices of XUV700 5-seat diesel-manual range between Rs. 13.70 lakh and Rs. 17.20 lakh. The automatic transmission is available in the AX3 and AX5 variants for an additional Rs. 1.78 lakh and Rs. 1.72 lakh, respectively. The AX3 diesel-automatic costs Rs. 17.58 lakh and the AX5 costs Rs. 18.92 lakh (ex-showroom).

MAHINDRA XUV700 5-SEAT DIESEL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | APR 2022

Variant

Diesel-Manual

Difference

Diesel-Auto

MX

Rs. 13,69,542

-

-

AX3

Rs. 15,79,830

Rs. 1,78,194

Rs. 17,58,024

AX5

Rs. 17,20,456

Rs. 1,71,623

Rs. 18,92,079

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The XUV700 diesel’s 5-seat variant cost between Rs. 51,381 and Rs. 73,865 more than the petrol. Considering the nominal price gap between the petrol and engines, it’s fairly safe to buy the diesel engine over the petrol. Not only do Mahindra have tremendous expertise in making diesel engines, the AX3 and higher variants also get a different version of this engine, which makes 40 to 70Nm more torque than the XUV700 turbo petrol. So, you can expect better drivability and reliability with the XUV700 diesel. While the exact mileage figures aren’t available yet, with the diesel engine, you’ll definitely get better mileage and longer tank range.

MAHINDRA XUV700 5-SEATER PETROL VS DIESEL

EX-SHOWROOM PRICE COMPARISON | APR 2022

Variant

2.2L Turbo Petrol

Difference

2.2L Turbo Diesel

MX Manual

Rs. 13,18,161

Rs. 51,381

Rs. 13,69,542

AX3 Manual

Rs. 15,27,530

Rs. 52,300

Rs. 15,79,830

AX5 Manual

Rs. 16,55,248

Rs. 65,208

Rs. 17,20,456

AX3 Automatic

Rs. 16,84,159

Rs. 73,865

Rs. 17,58,024

AX5 Automatic

Rs. 18,28,416

Rs. 63,663

Rs. 18,92,079

Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat Diesel MX - Base Model Features & Review

The base MX variant of the 2022 Mahindra XUV700 5-seat diesel is available with a 2.2L turbo diesel engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. This variant gets a less powerful version of the 2.2L turbo diesel engine, which makes 155PS of power and 360Nm of torque. The XUV700 5-seat MX diesel doesn’t get an automatic transmission and costs Rs. 13.70 lakh (ex-showroom).

The most notable features of the XUV700 5-seat MX base variant are:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto
  • Flush door handles
  • LED tail lamps
  • 7-inch full-colour LCD instrument cluster
  • All power windows
  • 4x adjustable headrests
  • Front armrest
  • Tilt steering
  • Remote central locking
  • Power mirrors
  • Bottle holders in all doors
  • USB ports in front and 2nd rows
  • Height-adjustable driver seat

This variant doesn’t get a few important features like:

  • Wheel covers
  • Auto AC
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Rear camera
  • Telescopic steering
  • Apple Carplay
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Rear defogger
  • LED DRLs

The base MX variant has most of the must-have features for a budget-focused XUV700 buyer. Moreover, the higher AX3 variant is too expensive for the additional features it offers. You can add wheel covers, rear camera, LED fog lamps and aftermarket LED bulbs to improve the ownership experience with the MX variant. It has adequate power and torque output and if you’re not too interested in the more powerful AX3’s diesel engine, then the MX is worth buying. If you want more power and torque for a better driving experience, then you should consider the higher AX3 variant.

2022 MAHINDRA XUV700 5-SEAT MX FEATURES

Rs. 13.70 Lakh (2.2L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom Apr 2022

Safety & Style

Entertainment

Functional

Std safety features

8-inch touchscreen

Tilt steering

Auto door lock

USB A port in front row

Front centre armrest w/ storage

ISOFIX

USB C in 2nd row

4x Bottle holders doors

Rear parking sensors

Android Auto

4x adjustable headrests

Flush door handles

4x speakers

2x roof lamps

LED tail lamps

Steering-mounted controls

Follow me headlamps

7-inch full colour LCD instrument cluster

 

Power mirrors

17-inch steel wheels

 

Height-adjustable driver seat

Roof rails

 

Remote central locking

Rear spoiler

   

Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat Diesel MX vs AX3 Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The XUV700 5-seat AX3 also gets the same 2.2L turbo diesel engine but with manual as well as 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. In the AX3 variant, this engine makes a higher 185PS of power and 420Nm of torque with the manual transmission. With the automatic, it makes the same 185PS of power but a slightly higher 450Nm of torque. With the manual transmission, this variant costs Rs. 15.80 lakh and with the automatic, it costs Rs. 17.58 lakh (ex-showroom). The AX3 diesel-manual costs Rs. 2.10 lakh more than MX diesel-manual. The AX3 diesel-automatic costs Rs. 1.78 lakh more than AX3 diesel-manual.

The AX3 variant gets the following features over the base MX variant:

  • More powerful diesel engine (+30PS of power & +40Nm of torque)
  • Halogen fog lamps
  • Larger touchscreen
  • Larger instrument cluster display
  • Split 2nd row seats
  • Wireless Android Auto
  • Wireless Apple Carplay
  • Alexa voice commands
  • Rear defogger, washer and wiper
  • Wheel covers
  • LED DRLs
  • 2nd row armrest

MAHINDRA XUV700 5-Seat | PRICES

Powertrain

MX

Difference

AX3

2.2L Turbo Diesel MT

Rs. 13,69,542

Rs. 2,10,288

Rs. 15,79,830

Difference

-

 

Rs. 1,78,194

2.2L Turbo Diesel AT

-

-

Rs. 17,58,024

Mahindra XUV700 AX3 variant doesn’t have some important features like:

  • LED headlamps
  • Rear camera
  • Auto AC
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Tyre pressure sensor

While it does add some must-have features, it is also very overpriced for the additional features. However, it somewhat justifies the higher asking price with the additional power and torque output. Keeping the performance advantage in mind, you can buy the AX3 variant instead of the MX. Moreover, if you find these features highly valuable, then the jump to the AX3 variant is acceptable if not financially justifiable. However, for a better ownership experience and value for money, you should skip the AX3 and consider the AX5 if it fits within your budget.

2022 MAHINDRA XUV700 5-SEAT AX3 | FEATURES OVER MX

Rs. 15.79 Lakh (2.2L Diesel MT) | Rs. 17.58 Lakh (2.2L Diesel TC AT)

Ex-Showroom Apr 2022

Safety

Entertainment

Style & Functional

Halogen fog lamps

Larger 10.25-inch touchscreen

2nd row centre armrest with cup holders

Safety alerts

Wireless Android Auto

60-40 split 2nd row seat backs

Rear wiper washer

Wireless Apple Carplay

Larger 10.25-inch full colour instrument cluster

Rear defogger

Amazon Alexa

LED DRLs

 

Navigation

Wheel covers

 

+2 speakers

 

Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat Diesel AX3 vs AX5 Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The XUV700 5-seat AX5 variant costs Rs. 17.20 lakh with the diesel-manual and Rs. 18.92 lakh with the diesel-automatic. The AX5 diesel-manual and diesel-automatic is Rs. 1.41 and Rs. 1.34 lakh more expensive than the comparable AX3 variants.

For this additional price, this variant adds the following notable features:

  • LED reflector headlamps
  • Curtain airbags
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Alloy wheels
  • Swiping LED turn indicators

MAHINDRA XUV700 5-Seat | PRICES

Powertrain

AX3

Difference

AX5

2.2L Turbo Diesel MT

Rs. 15,79,830

Rs. 1,40,626

Rs. 17,20,456

Difference

Rs. 1,78,194

 

Rs. 1,71,623

2.2L Turbo Diesel AT

Rs. 17,58,024

Rs. 1,34,055

Rs. 18,92,079

While the AX5 doesn’t add too many must-have features, it adds some high-value features to better justify the value-for-money than the lower AX3 variant. So, if you want these features and find the MX variant too basic for your preferences, then the AX5 is a better value-for-money option than the AX3. This recommendation is valid for diesel-manual as well as diesel automatic buyers.

2022 MAHINDRA XUV700 5-SEAT AX5 | FEATURES OVER AX3

Rs. 17.20 Lakh (2.2L Diesel MT) | Rs. 18.92 Lakh (2.2L Diesel TC AT)

Ex-Showroom Apr 2022

Safety

Functional

Style

LED Reflector headlamps

2nd row reading lights

Panoramic sunroof

2x Curtain airbags

Telematics with 1-year free subscription

Dual-function DRLs with swiping LED indicators

Cornering lights

 

17-inch machined alloy wheels

Which Variant Of The 2022 Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat Diesel Should You Buy?

The base MX variant seems to offer the best value for money. So, it’s a great choice for budget buyers. You only need to spend a little bit on adding some aftermarket accessories and it’ll serve you well. The AX3 diesel-manual is quite expensive for what it offers although most of its additional features are must-have. Besides the features, it somewhat justifies the higher asking price with the higher power and torque output. You should buy the AX3 only if you neither want to settle for the base MX and don’t want to stretch your budget for the good-to-have features of the AX5. While the top AX5 variant of the 5-seat XUV700 diesel adds mostly good-to-have features, it better justifies the asking price and offers better value than the AX3. For that reason alone, we’ll suggest AX3 buyers to consider the AX5 variant instead.

MAHINDRA XUV700 5-SEAT 2.2L TURBO DIESEL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

DIESEL-MANUAL

MX Manual

Rank 1

Rs. 13,69,542

Suitable for budget buyers; consider accessorising

AX3 Manual

Rank 3

Rs. 15,79,830

Expensive upgrade but consider upgrading to AX5 instead

AX5 Manual

Rank 2

Rs. 17,20,456

Misses many features we expect at this price but offers better value than AX3

DIESEL-AUTO

AX3 Automatic

Rank 2

Rs. 17,58,024

Consider upgrading to AX5

AX5 Automatic

Rank 1

Rs. 18,92,079

Offers mostly good-to-have features but better value and ownership experience than AX3

For 5-seat Mahindra XUV700 diesel-automatic buyers, the AX5 seems to offer slightly better value than the AX3. While the price gap between the manual and automatic is quite high for the XUV700 diesel, at least some of it is justified because of the higher torque output with the diesel-automatic. So, with this powertrain also, you should buy the AX5 if it fits in your budget.

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat Diesel?

The XUV700 has 2 diesel engine options. Both have a displacement of 2.2L but the base MX variant gets the 155PS version, which makes 360Nm of torque while the higher variants get the 185PS version, which makes 420Nm of torque with the manual and 450Nm of torque with the automatic.

The specs of the 155PS version are good but the 185PS version blows everything else in its segment out of the water with its phenomenal torque output. The only thing worth noting is that Mahindra haven’t revealed the fuel efficiency figures of the XUV700 diesel, which leads us to expect modest numbers at best.

MAHINDRA XUV700 5-SEAT TURBO DIESEL vs RIVALS

ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

XUV700 5-Seat

Harrier

Hector

Displacement

2.2L Turbo

2.2L Turbo

2.2L Turbo

2.0L Turbo

2.0L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

4

Cubic Capacity

2184cc

2184cc

2184cc

1956cc

1956cc

Power

155S @ 3750rpm

185S @ 3500rpm

185S @ 3500rpm

170PS @ 3750rpm

170PS @ 3750rpm

Peak Torque

360Nm @ 1500 - 2800rpm

420Nm @ 1600 - 2800rpm

450Nm @ 1750 - 2800rpm

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

Manual

6-speed

6-speed

-

6-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

NA

NA

-

16.35kmpl

16.17kmpl

Automatic

-

-

6-speed TC

6-speed TC

-

Auto FE

-

-

NA

14.6kmpl

-

*Estimated

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how any diesel, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

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What Are The Dimensions Of The 2022 Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat?

In terms of dimensions, the XUV700 5-Seat diesel is the longest in its segment while being almost as wide as the Harrier and almost as tall as the Hector. It offers 18-inch wheels with the higher variant, which is better than the Hector’s top variant and 17-inch wheels on the lower variants, which is better than the Harrier’s lower variants.

Unfortunately, here as well, we don’t have the information about the XUV700 5-seater’s boot space and ground clearance. So, we can’t comment on those aspects. But, it’s safe to say that they are not worth bragging about, which is why they’re probably still a secret.

MAHINDRA XUV700 5-SEAT vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Mahindra XUV700 5S

Tata Harrier

MG Hector

Length

4695mm

4598mm

4655mm

Width

1890mm

1894mm

1835mm

Height

1755mm

1706mm

1760mm

Wheelbase

2750mm

2741mm

2750mm

Boot Space

NA

425L

587L

Ground Clearance

NA

205mm

192mm

Fuel Tank

60L

50L

60L

Tyre Size (Base)

235/65 R17

235/70 R16

216/60 R17

Tyre Size (Top)

235/60 R18

235/60 R18

216/60 R17

*Estimated

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2022 Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat?

The 2022 XUV700 5-Seat is available in the following 8 colour options:

  • White
  • Silver
  • Black
  • Red
  • Purple (Except MX variant)

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

 

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception - New City, Slavia

Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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