Let us dig deep to see which of the two Mahindra cars offers the best bang for your buck as far as features are concerned. But before jumping into the details, here are the basic differences between the two:
|MAHINDRA MARAZZO||MAHINDRA XUV500|
|An MPV: The Marazzo is an MPV, designed to haul maximum passengers in comfort||An SUV: The XUV500 is an SUV, designed to take on rough terrains. However, it can also seat 7 like the marazzo.|
|Body–on–frame: The Marazzo rides on a ladder frame setup. You can call it a bit old-school but this setup is best for large people-movers||Monocoque: The Mahindra XUV500 features a unibody construction, which aids handling|
|Spacious: The Marazzo offers better cabin space and cargo capacity compared to the XUV500. It is also available as an 8-seater unlike its SUV sibling||Cramped third-row: Compared to the Marazzo, the XUV500’s last row is cramped and is best suited for kids|
|Diesel-manual only: The Marazzo is only available with a 1.5-litre diesel engine coupled to a manual transmission till late 2020||Multiple powertrain options: The XUV500 is available with a petrol engine as well, along with a diesel-automatic powertrain. The diesel-powered XUV500 can also be had with an all-wheel-drive setup|
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
|M2 Rs 9.99 lakh|
|M4 Rs 10.95 lakh|
|M6 Rs 12.40 lakh||W5 Rs 12.55 lakh|
|M8 Rs 13.90 lakh||W7 Rs 13.81 lakh|
|W7 AT Rs 15.01 lakh|
|W9 Rs 15.47 lakh|
|W9 AT Rs 16.67 lakh|
|W11 Rs 16.71 lakh|
|W11 AT Rs 17.91 lakh|
|W11 (O) Rs 16.96 lakh|
|W11 (O) AT Rs 18.16 lakh|
|W11 (O) AWD Rs 18.06 lakh|
|W11 (O) AWD AT Rs 19.26 lakh|
It is only fair to compare similarly priced variants (price difference <Rs 50,000) of both the cars. So, we’ve compared the M6 and M8 variants of the Marazzo with the W5 and W7 variants of the XUV500.
Mahindra Marazzo M6 vs XUV500 W5
|MAHINDRA MARAZZO M6||RS 12.40 LAKH|
|Mahindra XUV500 W5||Rs 12.55 lakh|
|Difference||Rs 15,000 (XUV500 is more expensive)|
- Lights: Dual-barrel projector headlamps (low-beam) and multi-reflector (high-beam) along with cornering lamps, follow me home headlamps
- Audio: Audio system with Bluetooth phone integration
- Comfort: Height adjustable driver’s seat, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, fabric upholstery, electrically adjustable ORVMs, manual air conditioning and rear air conditioning
- Safety: Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and all-four disc brakes, rear demister along with washer and wiper
What Marazzo gets over the XUV500: Reverse parking sensors, emergency assistance (automatically calls emergency services through the connected phone in case of any mishap when airbags are deployed), front and rear fog lamps, captain seats for the second-row, 8-seater option with additional Rs 5000, front and rear USB charger, multi-function steering wheel, Isofix child seat anchors, lumbar support for the driver’s seat, 7-inch resistive touchscreen infotainment system with built-in navigation, 1GB built-in memory and Mahindra Blue Sense app support, 4.2-inch colour driver multi-info display, alloy wheels
What XUV500 gets over the Marazzo: Micro-hybrid tech with engine start-stop
Verdict: The Mahindra Marazzo is our choice here as it is clearly the better equipped vehicle of the two. Being the base variant of the relatively expensive SUV, the XUV500 W5 misses out on some of the premium goodies that the Marazzo M6 packs.
Mahindra Marazzo M8 vs XUV500 W7
|MAHINDRA MARAZZO M8||RS 13.90 LAKH|
|Mahindra XUV500 W7||Rs 13.81 lakh|
|Difference||Rs 9000 (Marazzo is more expensive)|
Common Features (over previous variants):
- Light: Front fog lamps, daytime running LEDs
- Audio: 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (smartphone-like) infotainment system with Android Auto connectivity and Mahindra Blue Sense app support and smartwatch connectivity
- Comfort: Auto climate control air conditioning with manual rear air conditioning, cruise control, electrically foldable and adjustable outside rearview mirrors and entry assist lamps
- Safety: Emergency assistance (automatically calls emergency services through the connected phone to report any mishap when airbags are deployed), reverse parking sensors
What Marazzo gets over the XUV500: Leather upholstery and rear window sunshade, machine-finished alloy wheels
What XUV500 gets over the Marazzo: Passive keyless entry with engine push button start-stop, Arkamys sound tuning, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, glass antenna, built-in compass, conversation mirror
Verdict The Mahindra XUV500 W7 takes the lead here as it offers better value for money of the two. In the W7 variant, the XUV5OO offers more features than the top-spec Marazzo, and that too at a lower price point. Moreover, the Marazzo’s prices are introductory and will be hiked soon.
Why Buy Mahindra Marazzo?
Spacious cabin: Mahindra says that the Marazzo has the largest footprint of any of its products to date. In fact, its wheelbase is longer than that of the XUV500!
Usable third row: Thanks to a transversely mounted engine with standard front-wheel-drive setup and, hence, a dead rear axle, the Marazzo offers a flat floor and can easily seat three 6-footers one behind the other in all the rows with plenty of knee room to spare.
Plusher passenger experience: The Mahindra Marazzo is not just the more spacious of the two but also pampers rear passengers a bit better. It gets captain seats for the second row right from the base M2 variant. Moreover, the Marazzo is equipped with a proper AC unit for middle and rear passengers, and that cools the cabin very quickly.
Why Buy 2018 Mahindra XUV500?
Road Presence: Being an SUV, the XUV500 looks butch and more upright, resulting in a more imposing stance compared to the Marazzo MPV.
High seating position: Being a high rider, the XUV500 gives you a commanding driving position when compared to the Marazzo.
Petrol option: Unlike the Marazzo, the XUV500 also comes with a petrol engine option. It displaces the same volume as the 2.2-litre diesel engine and is turbocharged as well. The engine is rated at 140PS/320Nm and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Mahindra XUV500 petrol is priced at Rs 15.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Diesel-automatic option: The XUV5OO can be had with a diesel-automatic option as well. Mahindra says it would offer an auto ‘box with the Marazzo too but we know that’s not coming until 2020.
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