Mahindra has finally launched the new and updated flagship, the XUV500 in India priced in the range of Rs 12.32 lakhs and Rs 17.88 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai). The refreshed XUV gets an updated design with a new grille, headlamps and tail lamps, larger wheels with a slightly upmarket cabin with soft-touch dashboard and piano black inserts. There is also a new top-spec W11 variant on offer as well. We have driven the car and you can find a link to our detailed review here or watch the video at the bottom of this story.
But if you are looking to buy the Mahindra’s flagship SUV, here are all the possible alternatives for the same price.
Instead of the entry-level W5 variant at Rs 12.32 lakhs, the Renault Duster in the top-spec 110PS RXZ trim is a viable alternative. However, the French crossover is a mere five-seater compared to the seven seater XUV. There is also a top-spec seven seater Renault at the same price but it is the slow-selling Lodgy MPV. If you want something compact and not as huge as the XUV, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Alpha and Ford EcoSport Titanium+ comes at a price tag that's cheaper by almost a lakh rupees.
When it comes to the W7 trim, one may always choose C-segment sedans such as the Volkswagen Vento Highline Plus or the Honda City ZX. Speaking of Honda, the fully-loaded BR-V VX trim can also be had at the same cost. The Nissan Terrano XV and top-of-the-line Hyundai Creta SX Plus 1.6 AT CRDI are two crossovers which are good alternatives to the W7 XUV. The Renault Captur in the Platine Diesel guise is also a stylish looking SUV at Rs 14.1 lakhs.
Next in line is the W9 variant in the diesel and petrol guise which is priced between 15.23 lakhs and 16.43 lakhs. Even the G AT trim with the petrol engine is priced at Rs 15.43 lakhs. In this range, the Tata Safari Storme 2.2 VX 4x4 Varicor400 is also an option. In the same range, the other Mahindra available is the Scorpio S11. Both these SUVs are slightly more utilitarian compared to the modern and feature loaded XUV500.
The top-spec W11 trim in the XUV comes with tan colour quilted leather upholstery. For the same price, you can get yourself the XUV’s direct rival – the Tata Hexa – in top-notch XT 4x4 guise. Or the tried-and-tested Toyota Innova Crysta which is available in the 2.7VX and 2.8GX trim. If you are ready to shell out slightly more, then the Touring Sport avatar of the MPV with the petrol manual trim is one of the best choices in this price range. The second-to-base Longitudinal trim of the Jeep Compass is also a sensible option. On the other hand, the entry-level variants of the D-segment sedans like the Skoda Octavia or Toyota Corolla Altis bring about a premium sedan appeal.