Tata Hexa, the premium crossover from the Tata Motors, is slated to release in India in January 2017 and is anxiously being awaited by trade analysts and buyers alike. It will face stiff competition from Toyota Innova Crysta and Mahindra XUV500. Since the official specifications of Tata Hexa are out, we give you a detailed analysis of Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 comparison.
Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 Specs Comparison
Tata Hexa comes loaded with a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine with two states of power and torque tuning. While the VARICOR 300 diesel engine is combined with a 5-speed manual transmission, the VARICOR 400 diesel engine offers a choice between 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions.
Toyota Innova Crysta is the only one here with a petrol engine that has been combined with 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre diesel engines of the car come mated with 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission respectively.
Talking of Mahindra XUV500, it comes with two diesel engine options and there is an option of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
While both XUV500 and Tata Hexa offer AWD as an option, Innova Crysta comes with just FWD.
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Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 – Dimension Comparison
Hexa gets a clear advantage as far as size is concerned. It has the largest wheelbase of all the three cars at 2850 mm. At 4788 mm and 1903 mm, it is also the longest and widest of the three cars. However it is marginally lower than Innova Crysta. Among Innova Crysta and Mahindra XUV500, it is the former that has a larger wheelbase and is also longer and taller. XUV500 is wider than Innova Crysta.
Crux – Tata Hexa is the larger car of the three as made out from this Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 dimension comparison.
Hexa vs Crysta Vs XUV500 – Powertrain Comparison
Tata Hexa boasts of a potent power output and outperforms its rivals by a considerable margin. The 2179 cc diesel engines of Hexa deliver a good power output of 148 bhp and 154.2 bhp along with torque of 320 Nm and 400 Nm. The output and torque figures of XUV500 are lesser than that of Hexa. The 2.0 mHawk and 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engines equipped in this SUV deliver power output of 140 bhp along with 320 Nm and 330 Nm of torque respectively. Innova Crysta gets bigger diesel engines than both its rivals. Its 2.4-litre GD VNT Inter-cooler engine produces 146.9 bhp of power and 343 Nm of peak torque while the even bigger 2.8-litre GD diesel engine offers 174.50 bhp of power and 360 Nm of torque. Innova Crysta petrol hosts a 2.7-litre petrol engine oozing out 166 bhp of power and 245 Nm of torque.
Crux – The engine of Toyota Innova Crysta delivers greater power and torque output than XUV500. The power output of its larger 2.8-litre engine is greater than that of Hexa but the torque figures of this engine fall short.
Hexa vs Crysta Vs XUV500 – Mileage Comparison
Tata Hexa’s mileage is being pegged at 12-15 kmpl. On the other hand, Toyota Innova Crysta manages to return a decent 15 kmpl of mileage from its 2.4-litre diesel engine and 14.29 kmpl from the larger 2.8-litre diesel mill. The petrol version of the car returns 9.89 kmpl and 10.83 kmpl of fuel economy in the manual and automatic versions respectively. Mahindra XUV500 impresses in this regard by posting a good mileage of 16 kmpl on the manual trims and 13.85 kmpl on the automatic trims.
Crux – Mahindra XUV500 leaves Hexa and Innova Crysta behind in the mileage department.
Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 – Exterior Comparison
Hexa is a rugged crossover that registers a magnificent presence on the roads. It is a huge car that looks part SUV and part MPV. It has an aggressive front profile with features like massive honeycomb mesh grille, projector headlamps, bumper with brushed skid plates, flatter bonnet, body cladding, 19 inch alloy wheels and LED tail lights. Some of the design elements of the car have been borrowed from Aria.
Innova Crysta is one of the most striking of all Toyota vehicles in India. It boasts of evolutionary styling that is modern and contemporary. It gets alluring physical features like projector headlamps, sharp lines on bonnet and bumper, edgy looking tail lamps etc. The 16 inch alloy wheels add to its sporty stance.
Mahindra XUV500 is is not far behind in the looks department. It has bold styling that announces it as a full fledged SUV rather than an MPV.
Crux – Mahindra XUV500 is more rugged, muscular and aggressive looking than Innova Crysta and Tata Hexa. Tata Hexa, on the other hand, feels better built than the other two.
Hexa vs Crysta Vs XUV500 – Interior Comparison
Tata Hexa has a premium looking cabin with the centre console finished in piano black and blackened theme overall. The materials get top-notch fit and finish. The LED ambient lighting looks interesting. Hexa being longer and wider than Innova Crysta and XUV500 offers larger interior space. It gets 6 captain seats that are quite comfortable.
The cabin of Toyota Innova has an upmarket feel to it. It is quite roomy as well as airy. The dashboard has a futuristic feel to it. The large glass area makes the cabin appear even larger. It too hosts LED ambient lighting just like Hexa. It offers the largest boot space of the three cars at 300 litres.
Mahindra XUV500 is not at par with its rivals when it comes to interior design and comfort. One reason for this could be that it is older than the other two. The car is as spacious as Innova Crysta but its seats are not as comfortable as that of the latter. The design of the dashboard and centre console does not offer as premium a feel as that of both Hexa and Innova Crysta. Moreover, the third row of this SUV is cramped as compared to Hexa and Innova Crysta.
Crux – Tata Hexa has a larger and a better looking cabin than both Innova Crysta and Mahindra XUV500. But Innova Crysta’s cabin is more comfortable than Hexa and XUV500.
Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 – Features Comparison
Tata has equipped Hexa with all the latest features to take on the competition head-on. It gets features like 5 inch touchscreen infotainment system, MID for instrument console, automatic climate control, premium leather upholstery etc. that registers it as a premium vehicle.
Innova Crysta is also a heavily loaded car that come with features like a larger 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, Multizone climate control, Push Button Start, Chilled Glove Box, Auto Shut Tailgate etc.
Distinctive features like electric sunroof and 6-way adjustable and electric driver’s seat apart from 7 inch touch screen infotainment system, fully automatic climate control, etc. make Mahindra XUV500 a strong contender to win the Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 features comparison.
Crux – All the three cars are packed to the brim with latest features but Mahindra XUV500 gets a slight edge with features like electric sunroof and electric driver seat.
Hexa vs Crysta Vs XUV500 – Safety Comparison
Coming to safety features, Tata Hexa offers a safe and secure driving experience with features like six airbags, ABS, EBD, rear parking sensors and camera with Active Guidelines, traction control etc. Toyota Innova Crysta offers 7 SRS airbags and also boasts of VSC, Hill Start Assist apart from ABS and EBD. Mahindra XUV500 also hosts 6 airbags along with ABS, EBD and ESP. It also comes with features like rear parking camera with dynamic assist along with Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control in keeping with its hard core SUV character.
Crux – All the three cars stand neck to neck in the safety department.
Hexa vs Crysta Vs XUV500 – Performance Comparison
Hexa focuses heavily on driving comfort and also offers a better ride and handling experience than Innova Crysta and XUV500. But it is not much agile and its power to weight ratio is lesser when compared to the other two cars. Also the turning radius of the car is high that makes it difficult to park in congested places.
Among these cars, Toyota Innova Crysta gets the bigger engines that are more powerful. Its gearbox is highly responsive to throttle inputs and the gear changes are smooth as well. While Innova Crysta offers a better drive quality, XUV500 feels more composed at high speeds. XUV500’s steering is also lighter to use. It has a proven and capable engine that delivers a fantastic performance on most kinds of surfaces. That said, the all wheel drive capabilities of Hexa and XUV500 give them an edge over Toyota Innova Crysta.
Crux – In terms of overall performance, Toyota Innova Crysta impresses more than the other two.
Hexa vs Crysta Vs XUV500 – Price Comparison
Innova has always been the pricier car in its segment and Innova Crysta is priced even higher. It falls in the price bracket of Rs. 13.88 lakh to Rs. 20.93 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). But the car comes loaded with goodies and a host of equipment that justify its price tag. The starting price of Mahindra XUV500 is much lower at Rs. 11.58 lakh and it goes up to Rs. 18.03 lakh. Tata Hexa is trying to keep the price of Hexa competitive, learning from the heftily priced Aria, and it is likely to sell between Rs. 13 to Rs. 18 lakh.
Crux – Toyota Innova Crysta is the most expensive car of the three and its top end trim is around 2 lakh costlier than top end Hexa and around 3 lakh costlier than top-of-the-line trim of XUV500. Hexa comes across as the most affordable of all the three cars if the prices go as expected.
Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 Verdict
As evident from this Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta vs Mahindra XUV500 comparison, all the three cars are powerful ones in their own right. Hexa looks promising with a grand design, spacious cabin and long feature list. Its competitive pricing may make it an outright winner in the segment. On the other hand, Toyota Innova Crysta has already become the flavour of the season as it gets everything just right. But its high price may act as a dampener in the long run. Mahindra XUV500 might not match Hexa and Innova Crysta in some departments but its true-blue SUV image works well for it. It offers great value for its price. Wait for this exciting contest to get more interesting as Tata Motors announces the price of Hexa in coming months.