In recent times, the SUV segment has seen a phenomenal growth in the Indian auto market. With such a huge rise in demand seen, all the car manufacturers didn’t waste any time to bring in their SUV offerings to the Indian market. of the many SUVs launched in India, the 3 main that garnered lot of attention were the Mahindra’s XUV500, Tata Motors’s Safari Storme and Force Motors’s Force One. But which is a better contender of the three. Let us find out with a quick comparo. The Mahindra XUV500 is powered by a 2.2 litre mHawk CRDi engine that produces 140 BHP of power at 3750 RPM and 330Nm of torque at 1600 RPM.
The Tata Safari Storme, on the other hand is powered by a 2.2 litre DiCOR engine that develops 140 BHP of power at 4000 RPM and 320 Nm of torque at 1700 RPM. The Force One gets a 2.2 litre CRDi engine churning out 141 BHP of power at 3800 RPM and 321Nm of torque at 1600 RPM. Both the Tata Safari Storme and the Force One gets a 5 speed manual gearbox while the XUV500 offers a 6 speed manual. When it comes to exterior looks, each of the SUVs has their own distinctive styling. The Mahindra XUV500 is definitely a class above than the other two with its unconventional and bold styling. The Force One is also a good looking SUV, more on the rugged side. The Tata Safari Storme is however, a facelift of the earlier Safari and retains many design cues from its older sibling.
When it comes to features, the Tata Safari Storme is left far behind. The vehicle comes with dual airbags, reverse camera, projector headlights, EBD and ABS but misses out on a climate control system, Bluetooth audio streaming and multi-information display. Compared to this, the Mahindra XUV500 gets 6 airbags, parking sensors, fog lamps, EBD, ABS and TCS as well. The Force One offers the least of the lot with only parking sensors and fog lamps.
In terms of dimensions, the Tata Safari Storme measures 465 0mm in length, 1918 mm in width and 1925 mm in height. Compared to it, the Force One weighs 4860mm in length, 1780mm in width and 1885 mm in height while the Mahindra XUV500 is 4585 mm long, 1890 mm wide and 1785 mm high clearly stating Mahindra XUV500 as having compact dimensions than the other two. In case, you want loads of space, you would like to opt for the Tata Safari Storme, but in case you want an SUV with bold looks, the XUV500 is the answer. There are actually little or no reasons to buy the Force One, whose only USP is its Mercedes-Benz powertain.