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New Tata Aria vs Toyota Innova vs Mahindra XUV500

By Nitesh Sharma   |   17 March,2014

Recently, Tata has launched the facelift version of their much ambitious crossover, Aria which has been sustaining in our market for quite some time now. The updated crossover intends to take on competitors from two different segments, the MPV and SUV segment.

The proportions of the car surely make it look like an urban SUV with styling much similar to any premium MPV. In this article, we try to figure out how this car stands against Toyota Innova and Mahindra XUV 500 which are segment leaders in their respective segments with similar price tags.

Features and Variants

New Tata Aria is launched in three new variants namely Pure, Pleasure and Pride whereas XUV 500 and Innovaare also in three and fivevariants respectively. Aria and XUV 500 are also available with four wheel drive options while Innova is a front wheel drive vehicle.

Aria’s basic trim is available with features like all disc brakes, remote locking, and projector, follow me headlamps, electric wing mirrors and rear A.C vents whereas its top trim, Pleasure offers you premium features like leather upholstery, sat-navigation system, climate control, cruise control, traction control, Harman Infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and safety features like front, side and curtain airbags and ABS with EBD and ESP.

It seems the XUV500 and Innova has an edge over Aria as even their base models are available with some of the premium features like ABS, front airbags, Dual HVAC and few more additional features which are only available in the Pride variant of Aria.

As far as space is concerned, all three cars come with three rows seating arrangement making sure that all the passengers get enough legroom and shoulder room.Aria offers the most comfortable seating in all three rows while the sloping roofline of XUV makes it a bit difficult for tall passengers to settle at the back.Innova is certainly a comfortable family car with optional captain seats in the middle row.


The facelifted Aria is now powered by a 2.2L Varicor diesel engine with an increased power output of 148bhp making it a more powerful car than XUV 500 and Innova which produces around 140bhp and 100bhp respectively.

The torque output of Aria is 320 Nm which is almost similar to XUV 500 whereas Toyota’s 2.5L engine churns out a torque output of 200Nm. Aria and Innova are available with five speed manual gearboxes while Mahindra’s SUV is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox giving it an edge over others while cruising on highways.


All three cars have different characteristics and are designed to serve different purposes; it depends upon you, which car suits your needs the best.Aria is launched with an entry level price of INR 9.95 lakhs with it top variant costing around INR 14.74 lakhs making it a bit expensive then the all-wheel drive variant of XUV which is priced at INR 14.48 lakhs.

The Toyota Innova has a price tag of around INR 14.92lakhs for its top variant, ZX (All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi) whil the range starts from INR 9.7 lakh for the base variant. The Innova has its own repuation for quality and reliability that is frankly unmatched and if you want a spacious, comfy family MPV then the Innova it is but the XUV500 and Aria add features and more style into the mix so ultimately it boils down to your priorities.

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