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Tata Safari 2021 vs Rivals: Specifications Compared


The Safari is back, but how does it compare to its rivals -- the MG Hector Plus and Mahindra XUV500? Let’s find out

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The Tata Safari is officially back! While its traditional rival used to be the Mahindra Scorpio, the new model, underpinned by a monocoque platform, changes that. It is now a premium 6 and a 7-seater SUV that locks horns with the MG Hector Plus and Mahindra XUV500, two popular family SUVs in the Indian market. Can the Safari be the numero uno in this on-paper comparison? Let’s find out. 

Dimensions

 

Tata Safari

MG Hector Plus

Mahindra XUV500

Length (mm)

4661mm

4720mm

4,585mm

Width (mm)

1894mm

1835mm

1,890mm

Height (mm)

1786mm

1760mm

1,785mm

Wheelbase (mm)

2741mm

2750mm

2,700mm

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While the Safari is the wider and taller SUV in this test, it’s not as long as the MG Hector Plus. Even the Safari’s wheelbase is shorter than that of the Hector Plus by a whisker. The XUV500, on the other hand, is a tad smaller than the Safari and Hector. But these minute differences shouldn’t be any problem. 

Features

 

Tata Safari

MG Hector Plus

Mahindra XUV500

Headlamps

HID headlamps with LED DRLs

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

Halogen Projector headlamps with LED DRLs

LED Tail lamps 

Yes 

Yes 

No

Infotainment

8.8-inch touchscreen

10.4-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Panoramic

Panoramic

Single Pane

Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multi-info display

7-inch coloured

7-inch coloured

Yes

Keyless Entry with Push button start

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic Headlamps

Yes

Yes

No

Automatic Wipers

Yes

Yes

No

Connected Car Tech

Yes

Yes

No

Drive Modes

Yes

No

No

Traction Modes

Yes

No

No

Wireless Phone Charger

No

Yes

No

Ventilated Seats

No

Yes

No

Ambient Lighting

Yes

Yes

Yes

Powered Tailgate

No

Yes

No

Common features in these SUVs include a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a sunroof, climate control, cruise control, keyless entry with push-button start, a multi-info display, powered driver’s seat, and ambient lighting. 

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  • The XUV500, being the oldest car here, misses out on a few essentials like auto headlamps and wipers. 

  • The Safari and Hector Plus feature connected car tech with Hinglish voice commands. 

  • Drive modes and traction-control based off-road modes are exclusive to the Safari. 

  • The MG Hector Plus comes with two important features that its rivals miss out on -- a powered tailgate and ventilated seats. 

  • For the audiophile in you, the Safari and Hector Plus also come with a JBL and Infinity sound system respectively. The XUV500 doesn’t get any branded sound system.

Safety Features

 

Tata Safari

MG Hector Plus

Mahindra XUV500

Airbags

6

6

6

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Yes

Parking Camera

Yes

360-degree

Yes

Electronic Stability Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tyre Pressure Monitor

Yes

Yes

Yes

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All the three SUVs’ top-spec models come with six airbags, ABS with EBD, parking sensors, a parking camera, electronic stability control, and a tyre pressure monitoring system. It must be mentioned that the Hector Plus also gets a 360-degree camera and front parking sensors to make life easier while parking. 

Engines

 

Tata Safari

MG Hector Plus

Mahindra XUV500

Engine

2.0-litre

2.0-litre

2.2-litre

Power (PS)

170PS

170PS

155PS 

Torque (Nm)

350Nm

350Nm

360Nm

Transmission Options

6-speed manual / 6-speed AT

6-speed manual

6-speed manual / 6-speed AT

The Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus utilise an FCA-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine that develops 170PS of power and 350Nm of torque. While it’s 15PS more powerful than the XUV500, both models churn out 10Nm less when compared to the Mahindra SUV. 

A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, and only the Safari and XUV500 come with an additional automatic transmission. 

Rivals

 

Tata Safari

MG Hector Plus

Mahindra XUV500

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs 15 lakh to Rs 21 lakh (Expected)

Rs 13.35 lakh to Rs 19.13 lakh

Rs 13.77 lakh to Rs 19.48 lakh

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The Safari does have a lot riding on its shoulders, but the final verdict would be out when the prices are revealed in mid-February. If priced right, the Safari does have a lot of potential to draw customers to the showrooms. 

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