Comparison of Mahindra Xuv 500 vs Renault Duster

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The Mahindra XUV500 is one of the newest additions to the D-segment of the SUV market by Mahindra in India. The only similarity it has with another vehicle is the mHawk diesel engine which can also be found in the Scorpio. The headlights, tail lights and fog lights features clear lens for bright and clear view. The huge wheel arcs of XUV500 gives it macho and rugged look which is further enhanced by huge 17 inch alloy wheels.. Mahindra XUV500 is powered by the same 2.2 litre diesel engine which is doing duty under the hood of Mahindra Scorpio but it has been fine-tuned to generate maximum power of 140 Bhp at 3750 rpm and maximum torque of 330 Nm at 1600 rpm. Mahindra XUV 500 features a six-speed manual gearbox. The ARAI certified mileage of XUV500 is 15.1 kmpl which is decent considering the size and weight of the sports utility vehicle. XUV500 is available in both 2 wheel-drive and 4 wheel-drive versions. Mahindra is also planning to launch a twin-turbo variant of XUV500, which is expected to generate maximum power of 170 bhp with maximum torque of 400 nm. The mHawk 2.2 litre transverse diesel engine of the XUV 500 can deliver a140bhp output with an excellent 330Nm torque. When you step on the pedal, you be will passing by the outside world like Flash Gordon. The vehicle also includes a 5th generation variable turbocharger that allows you to have an instantaneous acceleration of 0-60 kmph in only 5.4 seconds.

Despite all the excellent power and performance given by the Mahindra XUV 500, it still provides an unparalleled efficiency of 15.1 KM per litre (ARAI) resulting in excellent fuel economy. The 6-speed transmission allows two overdrives and generates maximum speed and torque resulting in better acceleration and saving more fuel. There is also a driver information system, Intellipark Reverse Assist, Cruise Control, Light sensors and even Smart Rain sensors. All of these add to the comfort of the driver giving them the confidence that they can drive safely no matter where they are, what they need to do or what the weather conditions. The XUV 500’s safety features include Rollover Mitigation, Electronic Stability Program, ABS with EBD and Hill Descent and Hill Control.

The Rollover Mitigation safety feature allows you to identify possible dangerous driving conditions which may result in the rolling over of the vehicle. The feature allows the ESP system to interfere and control the vehicle speed before the situation gets to its worst resulting in a reestablished stability. The XUV 500 also provides the drivers and passengers with optimum safety through its six air bag reinforcement. The side airbags, driver and passenger airbags and curtain airbags protect you from any harm.


Renault entered SUV segment  with duster with an aim to revolutionize the segment. The Duster comes equipped with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, decent fit and finish and good ride quality, on and off the road .Renault is offering the Duster with one petrol and two diesel engine options. The Duster measures 4.31 meters (169.7 in) in length, 1.82 meters (71.7 in) in width and has 210 mm (8.3 in) of ground clearance. Its luggage space has a volume of up to 475 litres (16.8 cu ft), while with the rear bench-seat folded and tipped forward, its carrying ability can exceed 1,600 litres (57 cu ft). The petrol engine is a 1.6-litre, in-line four-cylinder motor capable of 102.5 Bhp at 5850 rpm and 14.8kgm of torque at 3750rpm. Featuring twin-cams and 16 valves, the engine (K4M in Renault-speak) comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. The diesels, however, are the ones Renault is banking its fortunes on. Making use of the now ubiquitous 1.5-litre K9K power-plant, Renault is offering the engine in two states of tune and correspondingly at different price points.The less powerful version of the engine puts out 84bhp and produces its 14.8kgm of peak torque at 3750rpm.The easy to use JR5 five-speed gearbox help to make this model of the Duster even more city-friendly

Those who want more power would do well to check the more powerful diesel engine option. In 108.5bhp guise, the engine features a variable geometry turbocharger and inter-cooler and only recently received upgrades to improve in-city drive-ability. Power delivery is linear and builds smoothly from around 1500rpm with a stronger tug around the 2000rpm mark.The Duster’s light 1308kg kerb weight, means real-world performance is actually quite good.  The 108.5bhp diesel Duster also impresses in terms of fuel economy. It gives mileage of 11.8kpl in city driving while the tall sixth gear allows the Duster to manage 17kpl out on the highway. These figures make the Duster more fuel efficient than all other SUV’s on sale in India.  Many plastics feel like they are out of a budget hatchback and the dashboard design can be termed functional at best. The leather seats look like an after-market job and the cabin too is not free from its ergonomic glitches. The steering audio controls are positioned on the column rather than on the boss, and hence remain out of sight. Even the positioning of the electric mirror adjust knob under the handbrake takes time getting used to.


Though the Duster can’t match the XUV for legroom, it’s spacious enough in its own right. What works in the Duster’s favor is its seat, which offers substantially more thigh support and better overall comfort than the XUV’s middle row. However, the equation changes when you need to seat three in the back, which is when your passengers will appreciate the XUV’s wider cabin and flat floor. The Duster’s protruding central rear air-con, which looks like a tacky afterthought and it hurts the middle passenger legroom.

Duster has got far better body control, gripper footwear and a nicer steering weight. It’s also better  braking system despite the XUV being the one here with disc brakes at the rear as well. When it’s time to park too, the Duster’s smaller dimensions and tighter turning circle make it far easier to place than the XUV.

In terms of value for money, the XUV is great with its rugged SUV looks, strong motor and a good combinations of features available (even in the base W6 variant). In India, that’s a good enough reason for a car to succeed. The XUV tends to be a good class of machine but,when question arises about performance its ranked below duster. The Duster has genuine strengths in its ride quality, fuel economy (14.4kpl overall) and good build. Its cabin may look a bit lower as compared to XUV500, but on most other counts, there’s little the Duster will disappoint you with. Well rounded, practical and comfortable comfortable car to go with.


  • Mahindra XUV500 Price List After GST:

Model Name

Fuel Type

Ex-Showroom New Delhi Price After GST

Mahindra XUV500 W4 1.99


Rs. 12.20 Lakhs

Mahindra XUV500 W6 1.99


Rs. 13.39 Lakhs

Mahindra XUV500 W6 AT 1.99


Rs. 14.34 Lakhs

Mahindra XUV500 W8 1.99


Rs. 15.18 Lakhs

Mahindra XUV500 W10 1.99


Rs. 16.06 Lakhs

Mahindra XUV500 W10 AT Black Interiors


Rs. 17.08 Lakhs

  • Renault Duster Price List After GST:

Model Name

Fuel Type

Ex-Showroom New Delhi Price After GST

Renault Duster RXE


Rs. 8.29 Lakhs

Renault Duster RXL


Rs. 9.07 Lakhs

Renault Duster 85 PS Base 4×2 MT


Rs. 9.22 Lakhs

Renault Duster 85 PS RXE 4×2 MT


Rs. 9.41 Lakhs

Renault Duster RXS CVT


Rs. 9.99 Lakhs

Renault Duster 85 PS RXS 4×2 MT


Rs. 10.47 Lakhs

Renault Duster 85 PS RXZ 4×2 MT


Rs. 11.36 Lakhs

Renault Duster 110 PS RXZ 4×2 MT


Rs. 12.19 Lakhs

Renault Duster 110 PS RXZ 4×2 AMT


Rs. 12.78 Lakhs

Renault Duster 110 PS RXZ 4×4 MT


Rs. 13.46 Lakhs

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