The Indian car manufacturer Mahindra has dropped a huge bomb in the country called the XUV700. Before XUV700’s unveil, it sure looked promising with many first in segment features and many gadgets and gizmos. But with the introduction of the prices of some variants, definitely shook the market. We too pinched ourselves just to confirm that it was indeed real.

New Mahindra XUV700 Variants & Prices Revealed
New Mahindra XUV700 Variants & Prices Revealed

To be precise, this big 7-seater SUV for the base MX variant costs just ₹11.99 Lakh (ex-showroom). This means the XUV700 has entered the territory of many compact SUVs and also some sub-compact SUVs. Now, if you are in the market for a vehicle in this price range, which one should you get? Let’s see it in a little detail.

Mahindra XUV700 MX Variant

Before getting into the competition let’s have a look at what the XUV700 offers in its base MX variant. Today, we’ll be comparing the features, dimensions, powertrain and drivetrain with the SUVs competition.

That said, let’s start with what is class-leading in the segment, the powertrain and drivetrain.

XUV700 Engine and Transmission

Engine Specs
Engine Specs

Powering the new XUV700 is an option of a couple of engines, a diesel and turbo petrol. But it is the gasoline or the petrol engine that will cost ₹11.99 lakh. Hence it is only the turbo petrol engine that we will be after.

Engine Specs

Engine 2.0-litre mStallion Turbo Petrol
Power 200ps @ 5,000Rpm
Torque 380Nm @ 1,750-3000Rpm
Transmission 6-speed AT / 6-speed MT
  • Speaking of the machine under the hood, Mahindra XUV700 comes with a new series of turbo petrol engines called the mStallion.
  • It is a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that does duties in this new 7 seater SUV from Mahindra.
  • This motor is capable of generating 200ps of max power and 380Nm of peak torque.
  • Setting the power down on the tarmac are the front wheels that receive power from either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic.

Features

Still, being a base variant, the XUV700 gets most of the necessary features like,

  • Dual Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Android Auto
  • day/night IRVM
  • LED taillights
  • steering mounted control
  • 17-inch steel rims
  • 8.0-inch infotainment screen
  • 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster

Mahindra XUV700 MX and Its Competition 

Now, with the basics clear, we are ready to dive straight in. Here are the 8 cars that the XUV700 with its MX variant competes with.

  1. Kia Seltos (HTK Plus)

    Orange car
    Orange Kia Seltos | Image for representation only

    The SUV that wrote the success story of Kia in India is in direct competition with the new Mahindra. That said, it is the HTK Plus variant that coincides with the MX variant when it comes to price.

    • Features

      It all comes down to what are you willing to leave over the other.

      Features Comparison

      Mahindra XUV700 Kia Seltos
      Front Airbags (Dual)
      ABS+EBD
      Cruise Control
      Smart Door Handles
      Sunroof
      High-Speed Alert Alarm
    • Dimensions

      Naturally being a 7-seater the XUV has to be a larger vehicle. But by how much? let’s have a look

      Dimensions (MX vs HTK Plus)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Kia Seltos
      Length (mm) 4965 4315
      Width (mm) 1890 1800
      Height (mm) 1755 1637
      Wheelbase(mm) 2750 2610
    • Engine and Transmission Comparison

      Engine Specs (MX vs HTK Plus)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Kia Seltos
      Engine 2.0-litre mStallion Turbo Petrol 1.5-litre NA Petrol
      Power 200ps @ 5,000rpm 115ps @ 6,300Rpm
      Torque 380Nm @ 1,750-3000rpm 144Nm @ 4,500Rpm
      Transmission 6-speed AT / 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/iMT/iVT
  2. Kia Sonet (HTX Plus)

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    Kia Sonet

    The next vehicle on the list that competes with the full-grown SUV is a rather subcompact SUV. What will you choose?

    • Features

      HTX plus is among the top-end trims in the Sonet line-up. Hence, it gets most of the gadgets and gizmos. 

      Features Comparison

      Mahindra XUV700 Kia Sonet
      Front Airbags (Dual)
      ABS+EBD
      Cruise Control
      Smart Door Handles
      Tyre Pressure Monitor
      Premium Bose Sound System
      Air purifier
      Sunroof
      High-Speed Alert Alarm
    • Dimensions

      A sub-compact SUV means, it will measure less than 4 meters. Here is a detailed look.

      Dimensions (MX vs HTX Plus)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Kia Sonet
      Length (mm) 4965 3995
      Width (mm) 1890 1790
      Height (mm) 1755 1642
      Wheelbase(mm) 2750 1500
    • Engine and Transmission

      Surprisingly at this price point, the Kia Sonet is more powerful when compared to its bigger brother Seltos. Still, it is down on power when comparing it with the XUV700.

      Engine Specs (MX vs HTX Plus)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Kia Sonet
      Engine 2.0-litre mStallion Turbo Petrol 1.0-litre Turbo Petrol
      Power 200ps @ 5,000rpm 120ps @ 6,00Rpm
      Torque 380Nm @ 1,750-3000rpm 172Nm @ 1,500Rpm
      Transmission 6-speed AT / 6-speed MT 6-speed iMT/ 7-speed DCT
  3. Hyundai Creta (S)

    Hyundai Creta

    Moving on to the vehicle that Indian’s truly love, Hyundai Creta. Like the seltos, Hyundai Creta is in the direct rivalry of the new Mahindra XUV700 when considering the price. So, before wasting time, which one you should go for? S variant in Creta or the MX in XUV700.

    • Features

      Talking a little in detail, the S variant is a little expensive than the MX variant of the XUV700. Also, it is the mid variant, meaning, it also get only the basic features. Here are they.

      Features Comparison

      Mahindra XUV700 Hyundai Creta
      Front Airbags (Dual)
      ABS+EBD
      Cruise Control
      Smart Door Handles
      Sunroof
      High-Speed Alert Alarm
    • Dimensions

      Hyundai Creta shares its platform with the Kia Seltos. This translates in similar dimensions to the Kia and a size smaller than the Mahindra XUV700.

      Dimensions (MX vs S)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Hyundai Creta
      Length (mm) 4965 4300
      Width (mm) 1890 1790
      Height (mm) 1755 1635
      Wheelbase(mm) 2750 2610
    • Engine and Transmission

      Again, the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos share the same powertrain and drivetrain minus the iMT.

      Engine Specs (MX vs S)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Hyundai Creta
      Engine 2.0-litre mStallion Turbo Petrol 1.5-litre NA Petrol
      Power 200ps @ 5,000rpm 115ps @ 6,300Rpm
      Torque 380Nm @ 1,750-3000rpm 144Nm @ 4,500Rpm
      Transmission 6-speed AT / 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/ iVT
  4. Skoda Kushaq (Ambition)

    Skoda Kushaq | Image for representation only

    The other car manufacturer looking forward to capturing a large chunk of Indian marker is Skoda. And with the Kushaq they are hoping high. Now, with the introduction of the new Mahindra XUV700, things might hesitate. That said, Ambition 1.0L TSI MT is the one that competes with the Mahindra. How does it fair? Let’s have a look.

    • Features

      Skoda Kushaq in its Ambition variant is one up from the base, i.e this vehicle will mostly get the basic amenities. With that out of the way, the Skoda Kushaq Ambition variant is about a Lakh expensive when taking the ex-showroom prices.

      Features Comparison

      Mahindra XUV700 Skoda Kushaq
      Front Airbags (Dual)
      ABS+EBD
      Cruise Control
      Smart Door Handles
      Sunroof
      Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
      Traction Control
      ISOFIX child seat mounts
      High-Speed Alert Alarm
    • Dimensions

      Skoda Kushaq has to be a lot smaller than the Mahindra XUV700. Not just that, when comparing it with other compact SUVs it comes out to be the smallest among them.

      Dimensions (MX vs Ambition)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Skoda Kushaq
      Length (mm) 4965 4225
      Width (mm) 1890 1760
      Height (mm) 1755 1612
      Wheelbase(mm) 2750 2651
    • Engine and Transmission

      Moving on to the machine that powers both the vehicles. In this era, turbo petrol engines are so common. Well, both the vehicles come with one but the mStallion coming out on top considering power as well as displacement.

      Engine Specs (MX vs Ambition)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Skoda Kushaq
      Engine 2.0-litre mStallion Turbo Petrol 1.0-litre Turbo Petrol
      Power 200ps @ 5,000rpm 115ps @ 5,000Rpm
      Torque 380Nm @ 1,750-3000rpm 178Nm @ 1,750Rpm
      Transmission 6-speed AT / 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/ 6-Speed AT
  5. Tata Nexon (XZ Plus (O))

    Tata Nexon Dark Edition
    Tata Nexon Dark Edition

    The next vehicle on the list that will compete with the XUV700 is the Tata Nexon. Though the Nexon is not a straight comparison the price is. Speaking of Tata Nexon, XZ Plus (O) is the variant that you can buy a little lower than ₹11.99 Lakh. But is it worth spending more?

    • Features

      For the Tata Nexon, XZ Plus (O) variant happens to be the top of the line trim. Meaning, it will be packed with features. What is unique about the Nexon, let’s have a look.

      Features Comparison

      Mahindra XUV700 Tata Nexon
      Front Airbags (Dual)
      ABS+EBD
      Cruise Control
      Smart Door Handles
      Automatic Headlights and Wipers
      Automatic Climate Control
      TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitor)
      Sunroof
      High-Speed Alert Alarm
      Global NCAP test rating Not tested ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    • Dimensions

      A compact SUV translates that the bumper to bumper length will be under 4m. Indeed it is a lot smaller than the XUV700.

      Dimensions (MX vs XZ Plus (O))

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Tata Nexon
      Length (mm) 4965 3993
      Width (mm) 1890 1811
      Height (mm) 1755 1606
      Wheelbase(mm) 2750 2498
    • Engine and Transmission

      Introduced first in the Tata Nexon, the SUV comes powered by a turbo petrol engine. This engine is among the most powerful motors in its segment.

      Engine Specs (MX vs XZ Plus (O))

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Tata Nexon
      Engine 2.0-litre mStallion Turbo Petrol 1.2-litre Turbo Petrol
      Power 200ps @ 5,000rpm 120ps @ 5,500Rpm
      Torque 380Nm @ 1,750-3000rpm 170Nm @ 1,750Rpm
      Transmission 6-speed AT / 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/ 6-Speed AMT

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  6. Renault Duster (RXS)

    Renault Duster Turbo Launched
    Renault Duster Turbo | Image of RXZ variant

    The French carmaker Renault also has a vehicle in the segment, the Duster. Mind it, this was the vehicle that kick-started the compact SUV segment in India. After nearly a decade, how does it fare with the competition? RXS is the variant that comes near the MX variant.

    • Features

      Renault Duster is more of a rugged vehicle but a sophisticated off-roader. Hence, it comes more with utilitarian features.

      Features Comparison

      Mahindra XUV700 Renault Duster
      Front Airbags (Dual)
      ABS+EBD
      Cruise Control
      Steering Mounted Controls
      Cooled Glovebox
      Smart Door Handles
      Sunroof
      High-Speed Alert Alarm
    • Dimensions

      By now it is clear that at Mahindra XUV700 MXs platform no one competes in terms of dimensions. Renault Duster is a no brainer.

      Dimensions (MX vs RXS)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Renault Duster
      Length (mm) 4965 4360
      Width (mm) 1890 1822
      Height (mm) 1755 1695
      Wheelbase(mm) 2750 2673
    • Engine and Transmission

      Before the introduction of the Mahindra XUV700, the motor in the Renault Duster was the most powerful in the segment. 

      Engine Specs (MX vs RXS)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Renault Duster
      Engine 2.0-litre mStallion Turbo Petrol 1.3-litre Turbo Petrol
      Power 200ps @ 5,000rpm 156ps @ 5,500Rpm
      Torque 380Nm @ 1,750-3000rpm 245Nm @ 1,600Rpm
      Transmission 6-speed AT / 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/ CVT
  7. Nissan Kicks (XV)

    Nissan Kicks
    Nissan Kicks (XV Pre (O) variant)

    One of the most underrated vehicles in the compact SUV segment is the Nissan Kicks. The car offers, almost all the function features without compromising on the features on the inside. That said, it also handles like a dream. With that out of our way XV variant of the Nissan Kicks coincides with the MX of the Mahindra XUV700.

    • Features

      The XV variant in the Nissan Kicks lineup is the one, one above the base. But never the less, it still packs quite many features. Here it goes.

      Features Comparison

      Mahindra XUV700 Nissan Kicks
      Front Airbags (Dual)
      ABS+EBD
      Cruise Control
      Electronic Stability Control
      Cooled Glovebox
      Keyless Entry and Go
      Smart Door Handles
      Sunroof
      High-Speed Alert Alarm
    • Dimensions

      In the segment, Nissan Kicks is the largest vehicle one can buy. Yes! it is indeed a little larger than the Kia Seltos as well Hyundai Creta. But you know how it fairs with the Mahindra XUV700.

      Dimensions (MX vs XV)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Nissan Kicks
      Length (mm) 4965 4384
      Width (mm) 1890 1813
      Height (mm) 1755 1669
      Wheelbase(mm) 2750 2673
    • Engine and Transmission

      Now, as the car share the platform with the Renault Duster, the same goes with the powertrain and also drivetrain.

      Engine Specs (MX vs XV)

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Nissan Kicks
      Engine 2.0-litre mStallion Turbo Petrol 1.3-litre Turbo Petrol
      Power 200ps @ 5,000rpm 156ps @ 5,500Rpm
      Torque 380Nm @ 1,750-3000rpm 245Nm @ 1,600Rpm
      Transmission 6-speed AT / 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/ CVT
  8. Volkswagen Taigun (TBA)

    Volkswagen Taigun Teaser

    On this list, apart from the Mahindra XUV700 Volkswagen Taigun is another vehicle that is yet to be launched. That said, we don’t even have the variants of the vehicle. But still, if we had to guess, it might have the same features as the Skoda Kushaq. Also, we also are waiting for the company to reveal the exact dimensions.

    • Engine and Powertrain

      But, we do have the information of what will power the Volkswagen Taigun. i.e the same powertrain as the Skoda Kushaq.

      Engine Specs

      Vehicle Mahindra XUV700 Volkswagen Taigun
      Engine 2.0-litre mStallion Turbo Petrol 1.0-litre Turbo Petrol
      Power 200ps @ 5,000rpm 115ps @ 5,000Rpm
      Torque 380Nm @ 1,750-3000rpm 178Nm @ 1,750Rpm
      Transmission 6-speed AT / 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/ 6-Speed AT

Let us know in the comment section, which one will you choose and why?

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Also, read:  How The XUV 700 Can Dominate The Competition

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