April 2022 - Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variants explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Mahindra XUV700 7-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 7-seat with other diesel-powered 3-row SUVs like the Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and Hyundai Alcazar.

Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat

Updated (April 27, 2022): This update of the XUV700 7-seat diesel Variants Explained includes updated recommendations after the mid-April 2022 price change.

Also Read: Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

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

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Mahindra XUV700 7-seat diesel are:

  • A rare D-segment, 7-seat SUV with a diesel-manual and diesel-automatic powertrain options
  • 4-wheel drive available in higher 2 variants
  • Tremendous road presence of a large SUV
  • The turbo diesel engine offers plenty of torque, which is comparable with that of a diesel engine
  • ADAS features available in mid-spec AX7 variant seems reasonably priced

The Mahindra XUV700 7-seat diesel has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • No captain seat or separate seat option in second row
  • No exterior visual differentiation for 7-seat XUV700 buyers; the Hector-Hector Plus, Harrier-Safari and Creta-Alcazar twins offer adequate exterior visual differentiation to 3-row SUV buyers
  • Fuel efficiency and ground clearance details are not officially available and may be far from stellar
  • Ventilated seats not available
  • Incremental asking price for the 4WD seems quite high
  • Premium for the diesel engine is quite high over the petrol variants costing Rs. 1.17 lakh to Rs. 1.36 lakh more

What Is The Price Of Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat Diesel Variants?

The Mahindra XUV700 7-seat diesel is available with manual transmission in 4 variants — AX3,  AX5, AX7 and AX7 Luxury. The prices of XUV700 7-seat diesel-manual range between Rs. 16.53 lakh and Rs. 21.66 lakh. The automatic transmission is available in the AX5 and higher variants for an additional Rs. 1.72 - 1.74 lakh. The XUV700 diesel automatic range costs between Rs. 19.55 lakh and goes up to Rs. 23.41 lakh.

MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEAT DIESEL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | APR 2022

Variant

Diesel-Manual

Difference

Diesel-Auto

AX3

Rs. 16,53,052

-

-

AX5

Rs. 17,84,149

Rs. 1,71,532

Rs. 19,55,681

AX7

Rs. 19,85,725

Rs. 1,72,415

Rs. 21,58,140

AX7 Luxury

Rs. 21,66,290

Rs. 1,74,425

Rs. 23,40,715

AX7 4WD

-

-

Rs. 22,98,200

AX7 Luxury 4WD

-

-

Rs. 24,58,086

The AX7 and AX7 Luxury variants are also available with 4-wheel drive for an additional Rs. 1.17 - 1.40 lakh. The top 2 variants with the 4WD cost Rs. 22.98 lakh and Rs. 24.58 lakh, respectively.

MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEATER 2WD VS 4WD

EX-SHOWROOM PRICE COMPARISON | APR 2022

Variant

2-Wheel Drive

Difference

4-Wheel Drive

AX7 Automatic

Rs. 21,58,140

Rs. 1,40,060

Rs. 22,98,200

AX7 Luxury Automatic

Rs. 23,40,715

Rs. 1,17,371

Rs. 24,58,086

Compared to the petrol variants, the 7-seat XUV700 diesel variants cost about Rs. 1.17 lakh to Rs. 1.36 lakh more. This incremental asking price doesn’t seem absurd on the surface. However, it’s worth noting that this kind of price gap between petrol and diesel models is acceptable if the petrol engine doesn’t have a turbo charger, intercooler and direct injection, which are standard with all passenger car diesel engines. The diesel engines also run at significantly higher compression ratios and have thicker cylinder walls. So, the extra metal also adds to the costs. However, in this case, where the petrol and diesel engine are both turbocharged, intercooled and directly injected, anything over Rs. 60,000 to 70,000 seems like too much. Moreover, the petrol engine in the XUV700 is also very competent in terms of performance figures and makes diesel-like 380Nm torque offering great city and highway drivability.

The XUV700 5-seat diesel carries a very small premium over the comparable petrol variants. So, we know that Mahindra are already selling the XUV700 diesel with a reasonable premium.

Check the petrol vs diesel price differences in this article: Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEATER PETROL VS DIESEL

EX-SHOWROOM PRICE COMPARISON | APR 2022

Variant

2.0L Turbo Petrol

Difference

2.2L Turbo Diesel

AX3 Manual

-

-

Rs. 16,53,052

AX5 Manual

Rs. 16,67,436

Rs. 1,16,713

Rs. 17,84,149

AX7 Manual

Rs. 18,63,432

Rs. 1,22,293

Rs. 19,85,725

AX5 Automatic

-

-

Rs. 19,55,681

AX7 Automatic

Rs. 20,28,622

Rs. 1,29,518

Rs. 21,58,140

AX7 Luxury Automatic

Rs. 22,04,191

Rs. 1,36,424

Rs. 23,40,715

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Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat Diesel AX3 - Base Model Features & Review

The base AX3 variant of the 2022 Mahindra XUV700 7-seater diesel is available with a 2.2L turbo diesel engine and a 6-speed manual transmission for Rs. 16.53 lakh (ex-showroom). This trim doesn’t get an automatic transmission.

The most notable features of the XUV700 7-seat Premium are:

  • All disc brakes
  • 6-speaker 10.25-inch touchscreen music system
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple Caprlay
  • 17-inch steel wheels with covers
  • Halogen headlamps lamps
  • Remote central locking
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • 10.25-inch full colour LCD instrument cluster
  • Split 2nd row and 3rd row seat backs
  • LED DRLs
  • Front and 2nd row centre armrests
  • Reclining 3rd row seats
  • Power mirrors
  • All adjustable headrests
  • All power windows

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

2022 MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEAT AX3 FEATURES

Rs. 16.53 Lakh (2.2L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom Apr 2022

Safety

Entertainment

Style

All disc brakes

6x speakers

LED tail lamps

Rear wiper washer

USB A port in front row

10.25-inch full colour LCD instrument cluster

ISOFIX

USB C in 2nd row

17-inch steel wheels

Rear parking sensors

Wireless Android Auto

Roof rails

Halogen fog lamps

Wireless Apple Carplay

Rear spoiler

Std safety features

10.25-inch touchscreen

Flush door handles

Safety alerts

Steering-mounted controls

LED DRLs

Auto door lock

Amazon Alexa

Wheel covers

Rear defogger

Navigation

 

Remote central locking

   

Mahindra XUV700 7-seater AX3 variant doesn’t have some important features like:

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

The AX3 variant seems reasonably loaded but the higher AX5 variant justifies the incremental asking price for the features it adds. So, we’ll suggest getting the AX5 variant instead of the AX3. You should buy the AX3 only if you don’t want to stretch your budget further.

2022 MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEAT AX3 FEATURES

Rs. 16.53 Lakh (2.2L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom Apr 2022

Functional

2x roof lamps

Height-adjustable driver seat

3rd row AC vents

Follow me headlamps

4x bottle holders doors

2nd row centre armrest w/ cup holders

6x adjustable headrests

50-50 split 3rd row seat backs

Reclining 3rd row seats

60-40 split 2nd row seat backs

Tilt steering

Front centre armrest w/ storage

Power mirrors

 

Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat Diesel AX3 vs AX5 Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The XUV700 7-seat AX5 variant costs Rs. 17.84 lakh with the diesel-manual and Rs. 19.56 lakh with the diesel-automatic. The AX5 diesel-manual is Rs. 1.31 lakh more expensive than the AX3 variant. The XUV700 AX5 7-seat diesel-automatic is Rs. 1.72 lakh more expensive than the AX5 diesel-manual.

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 7-SEAT | PRICES

Powertrain

AX3

Difference

AX5

2.2L Turbo Diesel MT

Rs. 16,53,052

Rs. 1,31,097

Rs. 17,84,149

Difference

-

 

Rs. 1,71,532

2.2L Turbo Diesel AT

-

-

Rs. 19,55,681

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, 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 7-SEAT AX5 | FEATURES OVER AX3

Rs. 17.84 Lakh (2.2L Diesel MT) | Rs. 19.56 Lakh (2.2L Diesel TC AT)

Ex-Showroom Apr 2022

Safety

Functional

Style

LED Reflector headlamps

Middle row cabin light

Panoramic sunroof

2x Curtain airbags

Telematics with 1-year free subscription

Dual-function DRLs with swiping LED indicators

Cornering lights

Drive modes (Diesel only)

17-inch machined alloy wheels

Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat Diesel AX5 vs AX7 Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The XUV700 7-seater AX7 variant also gets the same 2.2L turbo diesel engine with 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission options. The AX7 diesel-manual variant costs Rs. 19.86 lakh, while the diesel-automatic costs Rs. 21.58 lakh. The AX7 is about Rs. 2.02 lakh more expensive than the lower AX5 variant.

Besides these options, the AX7 variant also gets 4-wheel drive option, which is exclusively available with the 7-seat XUV700 diesel-automatic. It costs Rs. 1.40 lakh more as the AX7 4WD carries an ex-showroom price of Rs. 22.98 lakh.

The AX7 variant gets the following additional features over the AX5:

  • 2x side thorax airbags
  • Push-button start/stop
  • Rear camera
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Larger 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto headlamps
  • Auto wipers
  • 2-zone auto AC
  • Leather upholstery
  • Cruise control
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Extra 1 year of telematics subscription
  • Air purifier
  • Front passenger seat slide lever in 2nd row
  • 6-way power driver seat with memory

Additionally, it gets the following ADAS (advanced driver assistance features):

  • Forward collision warning
  • Auto emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • High beam assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Partial highway self driving
  • Adaptive cruise control (with automatic only)

MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEAT | PRICES

Powertrain

AX5

Difference

AX7

2.2L Turbo Diesel MT

Rs. 17,84,149

Rs. 2,01,576

Rs. 19,85,725

Difference

Rs. 1,71,532

 

Rs. 1,72,415

2.2L Turbo Diesel AT

Rs. 19,55,681

Rs. 2,02,459

Rs. 21,58,140

Difference

-

 

Rs. 1,40,060

2.2L Turbo Diesel AT 4WD

-

-

Rs. 22,98,200

Despite the addition of so many high-value features, you might still miss some feature like:

  • Telescopic steering
  • Passive keyless entry
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Ventilated 1st and 2nd row seats

If you leave the ADAS features aside, the AX7’s feature list doesn’t justify the premium. But when you factor in the active safety features, which come with the ADAS, then the incremental asking price starts to make sense. You see, if the automatic emergency braking or collision warning saves you from an accident even once, then it has paid back for itself in that one instance alone. So, if you are even remotely interested in the ADAS features, then you should definitely make the jump to the AX7 variant. This is also our top recommendation for diesel XUV700 7-seater buyers.

For buyers considering the diesel-automatic, the Rs. 1.72 lakh price jump seems unjustifiable in one glance. However, the adaptive cruise control and partial highway self-driving features somewhat make the price gap digestible. For automatic buyers also, the AX7 variant is our top recommendation.

2022 MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEAT AX7 | FEATURES OVER AX5

Rs. 19.86 Lakh (2.2L Diesel MT) | Rs. 21.58 Lakh (2.2L Diesel TC AT)

Rs. 22.98 Lakh (2.2L Diesel TC AT 4WD) | Ex-Showroom Apr 2022

ADAS

Style & Safety

Functional

Forward collision warning

2x Side thorax airbags

Push-button start/stop

Power folding outside mirrors

Auto emergency braking

Tyre pressure monitoring

6-way power driver seat with memory

2-zone auto AC

Lane keep assist

Rear camera

Auto headlamps

Auto wipers

Traffic sign recognition

Driver drowsiness detection

+1 year telematics subscription

Partial highway self driving (w/ automatic only)

High beam assist

18-inch machined alloy wheels

1-touch up/down driver window

Front passenger seat slide lever in 2nd row

Lane departure warning

Leather steering & gear lever

Cruise control (w/ manual)

Adaptive cruise control (w/ automatic only)

 

Leather upholstery

 

Air purifier

Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat Diesel AX7 vs AX7 Luxury Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The top-spec AX7 Luxury variant of the Mahindra XUV700 7-seater diesel is also available with all 3 drivetrain options. The AX7 Luxury diesel-manual costs Rs. 21.66 lakh, the diesel-automatic costs Rs. 23.41 lakh and these prices are about Rs. 1.81 lakh more than the lower AX7 variant. With the 4WD, the AX7 Luxury costs Rs. 24.58 lakh, which is Rs. 1.60 lakh more than the AX7 4WD variant.

For the Rs. 1.60 - 1.83 lakh incremental price over the lower trim, this variant adds the following notable features:

  • Driver knee airbag
  • 360-degree camera
  • 6 more speakers
  • Telescopic steering
  • Adaptive cruise control for traffic with stop-and-go function
  • Passive keyless entry
  • Power deployed door handles
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Blind spot monitoring

MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEAT | PRICES

Powertrain

AX7

Difference

AX7 Luxury

2.2L Turbo Diesel MT

Rs. 19,85,725

Rs. 1,80,565

Rs. 21,66,290

Difference

Rs. 1,72,415

 

Rs. 1,74,425

2.2L Turbo Diesel AT

Rs. 21,58,140

Rs.1,82,575

Rs. 23,40,715

Difference

Rs. 1,40,060

 

Rs. 1,17,371

2.2L Turbo Diesel AT 4WD

Rs. 22,98,200

Rs. 1,59,886

Rs. 24,58,086

Unfortunately, even the top variant doesn’t offer ventilated seats option for front and second row seats, which is an essential feature for a car of this class. The AX7 Luxury variant does not add enough must-have features and it doesn’t justify the incremental asking price either. So, we’ll suggest buying the AX7 variant only as the AX7 Luxury seems like an expensive upgrade.

2022 MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEAT AX7 LUXURY | FEATURES OVER AX7

Rs. 21.66 Lakh (2.2L Diesel MT)

Rs. 23.41 Lakh (2.2L Diesel TC AT)

Rs. 24.58 Lakh (2.2L Diesel TC AT 4WD)

Ex-Showroom Apr 2022

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Driver knee airbag

Telescopic steering

Blind spot monitoring

Adaptive cruise control for traffic (ADAS)

Electronic parking brake

Passive keyless entry

360-degree camera

Power deployed door handles

+6 speakers (Total 12)

Wireless phone charging

Which Variant Of The 2022 Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat Diesel Should You Buy?

For Mahindra XUV700 7-seater diesel-manual buyers, the AX7 is an easy choice as it offers high-value ADAS features, which are rare for a car in this price range. This recommendation is valid for the 7-seat XUV700 diesel buyers whether you’re interested in manual, automatic or 4-wheel drive. The AX5 is suitable only for buyers who want less electronics in their car and don’t want the ADAS features at all.

For the diesel-automatic and 4WD buyers also, the AX7 earns our top recommendation. The AX7 Luxury trim neither adds enough must-have features nor does it justify the incremental asking price over the AX7 variant.

MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEAT 2.2L TURBO DIESEL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

DIESEL-MANUAL

AX3 MT

Rank 2

Rs. 16,53,052

Consider upgrading to AX5

AX5 MT

Rank 2

Rs. 17,84,149

Suitable for budget buyers who are not interested in ADAS features

AX7 MT

Rank 1

Rs. 19,85,725

Top Recommended

AX7 Luxury MT

Rank 3

Rs. 21,66,290

Expensive upgrade

DIESEL-AUTOMATIC

AX5 AT

Rank 2

Rs. 19,55,681

Suitable for budget buyers who are not interested in ADAS features

AX7 AT

Rank 1

Rs. 21,58,140

Top Recommended

AX7 Luxury AT

Rank 3

Rs. 23,40,715

Expensive upgrade

DIESEL-AUTOMATIC 4WD

AX7 AT 4WD

Rank 1

Rs. 22,98,200

Top Recommended

AX7 Luxury AT 4WD

Rank 2

Rs. 24,58,086

Expensive upgrade

Please note that you should buy the 4-wheel drive variant if you intend to use the car in mud, slush, sand or snow. For regular city use, the cheaper and simpler 2-wheel drive model will work satisfactorily.

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat Diesel?

Compared to other 3-row diesel SUVs, the Mahindra XUV700 7-seater’s turbo diesel engine has the best performance figures. Its 185PS power and 420 - 450Nm torque output embarrasses the competitors like the Alcazar, Safari and Hector Plus, which make 250 - 350Nm torque. Just like its rivals, the XUV700 7-seater also has manual as well as automatic transmission options. Hector Plus is the only one without a diesel-automatic option. However, unlike other D-segment SUVs, the XUV700’s mileage figures are still a secret. We’re not expecting stellar performance in this area, either. If they were worth bragging about, Mahindra would have revealed the figures already. As we have seen in the past with other Mahindra vehicles, they don’t seem to have an expertise in extracting great fuel efficiency from their engines.

MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEAT vs RIVALS | DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

 

XUV700 7-Seat

Alcazar

Safari

Hector Plus

Displacement

2.2L Turbo

2.2L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

2.0L Turbo

2.0L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

4

Cubic Capacity

2184cc

2184cc

1493cc

1956cc

1956cc

Power

185S @ 3500rpm

185S @ 3500rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

170PS @ 3750rpm

170PS @ 3750rpm

Peak Torque

420Nm @ 1600 - 2800rpm

450Nm @ 1750 - 2800rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

Manual

6-speed

-

6-speed

6-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

NA

-

20.4kmpl

16.14kmpl

16.56kmpl

Automatic

-

6-speed TC

6-speed TC

6-speed TC

-

Auto FE

-

NA

18.1kmpl

14.08kmpl

-

*Estimated

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

Fuel Cost Calculator India

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2022 Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat?

The 7-seater Mahindra XUV700 is quite a large car and the widest among 3-row SUVs, but it’s a wee-bit shorter than the MG Hector Plus, which is 25mm longer and about as tall as the XUV. The XUV700 has a 2750mm wheelbase, which is on par for the segment. We can’t comment on the ground clearance and boot space of the XUV700 as these details are not available at the moment. Just like the fuel efficiency figures, we expect these to be below par for the segment.

MAHINDRA XUV700 7-SEAT vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Mahindra XUV700 7S

Safari

Alcazar

Hector Plus

Length

4695mm

4661mm

4500mm

4720mm

Width

1890mm

1894mm

1790mm

1835mm

Height

1755mm

1786mm

1675mm

1760mm

Wheelbase

2750mm

2741mm

2760mm

2750mm

Boot Space

NA

NA

180L

155L

Ground Clearance

NA

205mm

200mm

192mm

Fuel Tank

60L

50L

50L

60L

Tyre Size (Base)

235/65 R17

235/70 R16

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

Tyre Size (Top)

235/60 R18

235/60 R18

215/55 R18

215/55 R18

*Estimated

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2022 Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat?

The 2022 XUV700 7-seater is available in the following 5 colour options:

  • White
  • Silver
  • Black
  • Red
  • Purple

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, Carens

       

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.

1 Comments

  1. V Vyas says:
    April 30 2022 17:03:45

    AX3 does not have Halogen headlamps lamps

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