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Clash Of Segments: Mahindra Marazzo vs Tata Hexa - Which Car To Buy?

Published On Sep 21, 2018 07:59 AM By Dhruv.A for Mahindra Marazzo

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While the Mahindra is a thoroughbred MPV, the Hexa is touted as an SUV, but which one offers better value?

The introductory prices of the Mahindra Marazzo start from Rs 10 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 13.9 lakh (ex-showroom India) for the top variant. In this price range, one can also opt for a few overlapping variants of the Tata Hexa. But if you are in the market for a 7-seater, which one of the two should you pick? We answer which one offers the best value for your money. But first, let’s get done with the major differences between the two.

Mahindra Marazzo

Tata Hexa

Out and out MPV: The Marazzo is a thoroughbred MPV with regards to its body shape and the purpose that it serves

MPV with SUV traits: The Hexa might be based upon the now defunct Aria’s platform, but Tata touts it as an SUV and it actually is a little more adept at tackling the less beaten path

Soft ride: The Mahindra’s ride is comparatively softer than the Tata’s and it soaks most of the bumps rather well

Stiff but not uncomfortable: The Hexa’s suspension is set up on the stiffer side in comparison, but not so much to make it feel uncomfortable. Bad roads are audible, but the stiffer suspension gives the Hexa the ability to tackle corners more confidently

Just one powertrain: The Mahindra Marazzo is only available with a 1.5-litre diesel engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission in FWD configuration.

Multiple drivetrains: The 2.2-litre Varicor diesel engine on the Hexa is available in two states of tune, both of which are more powerful than the Marazzo’s. In addition, it gets an automatic gearbox option too. A 4X4 off-road setup with drive modes is also on offer

Rivals: No direct rivals

Rivals: Mahindra XUV500

All Prices Ex-showroom Delhi

Mahindra Marazzo

Tata Hexa

M2: Rs 9.99 lakh

 

M4: Rs 10.95 lakh

 

M6: Rs 12.40 lakh

XE: Rs 12.57 lakh

M8: Rs 13.90 lakh

XM: Rs 14.19 lakh

 

XMA: Rs 15.43 lakh

 

XT: Rs 16.64 lakh

 

XTA: Rs 17.80 lakh

 

XT 4X4: Rs 17.97 lakh

Mahindra Marazzo

Variants

Mahindra Marazzo M6 vs Tata Hexa XE

For a fair comparison, we will be pitting the closely priced variants (price difference

Mahindra Marazzo M6

Rs 12.40 lakh

Tata Hexa XE

Rs 12.57 lakh

Difference

Rs 17,000 (Hexa expensive)

Common Features:

Lights: Projector headlamps with follow-me-home function

Infotainment: 2-DIN audio unit with four speakers, multi-colour TFT instrument cluster

Comfort: All power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs, front and second-row reading lamps, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, 12V power outlet in front row, front and second row armrest, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, manual AC

Safety: ABS with EBD, dual airbags, disc brakes on all wheels and rear fog lamps

What the Marazzo gets over the Hexa: Headlamps with cornering function, body-coloured ORVMs and door handles and alloy wheels. On the inside, it gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with four speakers, GPS, Bluetooth, USB, 1GB internal memory, Android Auto and more, height adjustable driver seat, 12V power outlet in second row, sunglass holder and tambour door storage. Safety equipment includes rear parking sensor, emergency call, overspeed warning, front fog lamps, rear defogger, impact and speed sensing door locks, ISOFIX, remote keyless entry and a conversation mirror unique to the Marazzo.

What the Hexa gets over the Marazzo: Corner stability control (electronic stability control), engine drag torque control feature, LED taillights, chrome plated exhaust and cooled glovebox.

Verdict: Given the sheer amount of additional features on offer in the Marazzo over the Hexa, it clearly makes for a compelling buy. The Hexa does get three extra features but none of them are groundbreaking. We would suggest going for the Marazzo and saving Rs 17,000 too.

Tata Hexa

Mahindra Marazzo M8 vs Tata Hexa XM

Mahindra Marazzo M8

Rs 13.90 lakh

Tata Hexa XM

Rs 14.19 lakh

Difference

Rs 29,000 (Hexa expensive)

Common Features (Over previous variants):

Infotainment: Touchscreen unit with steering-mounted audio and telephony control, USB, AUX-in, Bluetooth connectivity and voice command with message readout.

Comfort: All power windows with express up/down on driver side, rear defogger, wiper and wash, retractable second-row sunblinds,  

Safety: Parking sensors

What the Marazzo gets over the Hexa: Daytime running lamps, power-folding outside rearview mirrors, automatic climate control, third-row reading lamp, two extra cup holders and rear parking camera.

What Hexa gets over the Marazzo: Driving modes and ambient lighting.

Verdict: The Marazzo’s top-spec costs Rs 29,000 less and offers more features as well. Its touchscreen unit is also much more advanced and features haptic feedback for an enriching experience. So it’s 2-0 in Mahindra’s favour.

Mahindra Marazzo

Why Buy The Mahindra Marazzo?

More likeable cabin: Mahindra says the Marazzo has the largest footprint for any of its vehicles so far. The Hexa might have a longer wheelbase on paper, but the Marazzo has a better laid out cabin which offers more usable seating space. Its roof-integrated air-conditioning unit also does a great job of cooling the cabin, all the way to the third row.

Related: Mahindra Marazzo: 5 Things That Could Have Been Better

Why Buy The Tata Hexa?

Multiple drivetrain options

If you need to tackle some rough roads occasionally, the Hexa should be your pick. It gets a 6-speed automatic transmission as well and a 4X4 option too. It even gets drive modes and a torque on demand feature to tackle rough roads better.  

Imposing looks

Let’s face it. The Mahindra Marazzo may be shark inspired according to the company, but its stance is nowhere as imposing as the Hexa’s. The dimensions further reaffirm that.

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temin joel
Sep 24, 2018 12:29:57 PM

Biased comparison! Where is the advantages of the bigger powerful engine of HEXA? You are comparing cars from 2 different segements and claim "Zero Confusion Guaranteed" What dope you are smoking?

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    ramakrishna naidu enuga
    Sep 22, 2018 8:01:27 AM

    Very nice

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