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The Mahindra XUV500 received a facelift and now it has a new fascia, which now has a new front grille, new headlamp design and also chrome-added to the fog lamps. The front does look refreshed and Mahindra has done a good job though the chrome could have been avoided. The headlamps and the new front grille does look stylish.
The side profile has not many major changes maybe except for the alloy wheels. Mahindra has done a good job with the XUV500, and this makes it a good option to consider in this segment. The rear too looks better than before. The Mahindra XUV500’s wheel size is perfect at 16-inches.
Hyundai Creta’s exterior design is as impressive as it gets in the compact SUV segment, the reason being this small of an SUV seeks inspiration from Hyundai’s flagship offering, Santa Fe. Creta seeks design cues from Fluidic Scuplture 2.0 which happens to be the brand’s new design language to be seen on all modern cars. The front gets a multi slate chrome dipped radiator grille with edgy sweeping headlights. It also features high intensity projector lights with LED position strips and cornering lamps. The lower section of the front bumper is finished in contrasting matte and has vertically slotted fog lamps. The side has a strong shoulder line with darkened B-pillar and rugged cladding running by the rocker moulding. The rear gets a compact tail lid with sharp tail lights and a high positioned registration plate. The lower half again features the same matte cladding.
The interiors of the XUV500 have got an update. The XUV500’s interiors have received an update with a new colour scheme as the beige does look a lot more upmarket than the previous interior colour scheme. The XUV500 gets several features like keyless entry, push start and stop, sunroof, reverse parking camera, satellite navigation, touchscreen infotainment system with bluetooth connectivity.
The front row seats are large and very comfortable for long road trips. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and the XUV500 has good comfort for the front row. The second row has decent space with generous knee room. The third row too isn’t bad on space, but with the third row up, there is not much space left in the boot. The third row seats when flipped have good enough space to load the luggage.
The interiors of Hyundai Creta, much like the exteriors, earn a lot of praise on various grounds. Firstly, the dashboard and the console are neatly placed and the entire arrangement doesn’t feel clustered. The interiors are done in dual shades of beige and black. In terms of comfort, the seats in the Hyundai Creta offer the best in the segment.
They are well cushioned and supported except for a minor under thigh support missing. The legroom for front and rear occupants is decent. Only the driver seat gets height adjustment. The design of the dashboard and the central console doesn’t eat up on the front passenger space which makes it rooms. Also, the overall design of the roofline makes it offer better headroom than some of its rivals. To make sure the rear occupants are in comfort too, there is a centrally located AC vent which maintains the same temperature as front. In terms of features and in typical Hyundai style, the Creta too features a 2-DIN music system with BT, USB and Aux-In connectivity options. The system also has an on-board 1GB memory storage option. Also, seen in the Creta are the numerous storage options with a generously sized boot space.
The engine on the XUV500 is a 2.2-litre diesel that churns about 140bhp of power and this comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This engine has decent NVH levels and what we like about this engine is its refinement. Mahindra engineers have done a good job with the refinement of this engine and it shows. There is a minor diesel clatter, but that is mostly when you cold start the engine. Otherwise it is absolutely fine.
The drivability of this engine is good, and you do not need to change gears very often, be in city or the highway. It doesn’t feel running out of steaming in the city or even on the highway. This makes it a good option as the XUV500 does well on an open road. It has good power to overtake, however for those quick overtaking moves, one needs to downshift. The XUV500’s transmission is a bit baggy. The throws too are long. This is the only knick in the armour. The mileage of the XUV500 is about 9km/l in the city and about 11km/l on the highway.
The Hyundai Creta comes with numerous engine options. The petrol motor makes use of a 1.6-litre Dual VTVT engine that produces 121 bhp of power at 6400 rpm and 154Nm of torque at 4850 rpm. The engine is mated with a 6-speed manual transmission only. It delivers a mileage of 12.65 km/l. The diesel comes in a 1.4-litre CRDi configuration that makes 88 bhp of power at 4000 rpm and generates a torque output of 224 Nm at a band of 1500 to 2750 rpm also delivers a mileage of 21km/l. The Creta also comes with a higher displacement 1.6-litre CRDi motor that makes 126 bhp at 4000 rpm and 265 Nm of torque between 1900 to 2750 rpm. In addition to a 6-speed manual, this unit comes with an optional 6-speed automatic box.
The noise levels inside the Hyundai Creta are very well contained as there is no unnecessary noise seeping inside the cabin. The credit to this feature goes to the impressive manufacturing technology that Hyundai uses to make sure the vehicle is put together in the best way possible. The power delivery varies with the engines as the petrol seem well spirited for shorter dash but then runs out of breath on highways while for the diesel, the performance gets impressive as it enter longer and empty stretches of road and not the most suggested to be driven inside the city. The automatic box helps greatly in removing the woes of multiple shifts.
Ride and Handling:
The ride of the XUV500 is a bit on the stiffer side. The SUV is composed on most of the smooth surfaces even at high speeds, however on bad roads, it does feel a bit jittery. The suspension does a decent job of absorbing the road shocks. The XUV500 despite being a monocoque chassis has decent ride.
The handling of the XUV500 is one of the best that Mahindra can offer. The steering wheel though is a bit heavy that makes it difficult to drive in city. The steering wheel could have been lighter. The turning radius is also decent enough however the all round visibility could have been better.
The Hyundai Creta does fit in the SUV category with its bulging exteriors and tall stance but none of that come across as an obstacle when it comes to tackling city traffic or swallowing long miles on the highway. The driving dynamics is similar to any hatchback as the steering is extremely light making it easy to drive in tight situations. The suspensions setup does a good job in making the Creta drive over surfaces with great ease. The front is powered by a McPherson Strut with Coil Spring suspension while the rear is equipped with a Coupled Torsion Beam with Coil Spring. Collectively, they do a great job in making the ride feel confident and comfortable at the same time.
Value for Money:
The Mahindra XUV500 is a great value for money, as there is nothing that is available at this price with so many features and is a seven-seater This is what makes the XUV500 a great value for money product.
The prices of Hyudai Creta petrol variants lie between Rs 9.01 lakhs to Rs 11.74 lakhs while that of diesel variants vary between Rs 9.93 lakhs to Rs 12 lakhs. The more powerful 1.6L diesel variants are priced between Rs 12.16 lakhs to Rs 14.23 lakhs. Hyundai Creta offers the best of design, feel and performance and is also one of the best options in the segment.
Mahindra XUV500 Vs Hyundai Creta:
The Hyundai Creta is a better product, even if it doesn’t get a seven-seater. The Creta car is lighter, powerful and fuel-efficient and is also available with a diesel automatic. The Creta is a better pick than any other SUV in this segment unless you want a seven-seater, the XUV500 is the pick.