Tata Safari Facelift VS Mahindra XUV700: Real-world Performance Compared

  • Mar 8, 2024
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What should’ve been a close battle between two indigenous rivals is anything but

The Mahindra XUV700 and the Tata Safari facelift are direct rivals to each other. If you want a sub-Rs 30 lakh 6-/7-seater family SUV, it is likely that your choices will come down to these two. While you can find an overall comparison between the two SUVs here, this story takes a look at their real-world performance figures. The tests have been carried out by us and before taking a look at the results, let’s do a spec check:

Spec check


Mahindra XUV700

Tata Safari


2.2-litre diesel

2.0-litre diesel








6-speed MT/6-speedAT

6-speed MT/6-speedAT


4x2 (front-wheel drive) and AWD (AX7 AT trim only)

4x2 (front-wheel drive) 

While both the SUVs get a diesel engine, the XUV700’s engine capacity is greater than the 2-litre capacity of the Safari. As a result, the XUV700 does get a superior output of 185PS and 450Nm, compared to the Safari’s 170PS and 350Nm.

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The Mahindra also gets the option of all-wheel drive, but we are going to use the numbers of the front-wheel drive powertrain to keep the comparison fair and square.

Performance Comparison


Mahindra XUV700

Tata Safari




Quarter Mile

16.94s @ 132.59kmph





The difference in power outputs has a clear advantage for the Mahindra XUV700. It is nearly 4 seconds quicker than the Safari in the 0-100kmph test, while being approximately 2 seconds ahead in the quarter mile time as well. 

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Even in the braking test, the XUV700 outperforms the Safari by stopping in 37.65 meters, as opposed to the Safari’s 40.26 meter braking distance. So the XUV700 clearly packs more real-world performance and even braking prowess, compared to the Tata Safari facelift.

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Prices for the Mahindra XUV700 range between Rs 13.99 lakh and Rs 26.99 lakh, while the Safari is priced from Rs 16.19 lakh to Rs 27.34 lakh (ex-showroom). Both rival each other, along with other cars like the MG Hector Plus and Hyundai Alcazar.

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