I must say that Indian car manufacturers have truly come of age. Gone are the days when we use to look at big car companies overseas for top class SUV’s. I am feeling proud to say that Mahindra, Tata and now Force has come up with some SUV’s in recently that are truly world class. I have recently tested Mahindra XUV500 and Force One and liked them both. They are a good competition for each other. Below is a small comparison between these two SUV’s.

Force One

Force One

Force One

To start with it’s important that we talk about its Engine first. It’s a 2.2 FMTECH CRDi, 4 Cylinder In-Line 16v DOHC, 2149 cc power plant which is produced by force under license from Daimler AG, Germany. Its excellent power to weight ration enables it to cruise effortlessly at a top speed of 160 kmph. This 2.2 FMTECH CRDi mill generates a peak power of 141 Ps @ 3800 RPM and a peak torque: 321Nm @ 1600-2400rpm. It comes with a 5 speed manual transmission that is smooth to operate. Its G32/5 Synchromesh Overdrive Gearbox uses an advanced Dual mass Fly Wheel (DMFW) technology for sporty drive and low vibrations.

Force One

Force One

Force One

Force One

The upholstery is top of the line with leather wrap steering wheel and Chrome Bezeled gear knob. Power steering is a delight and allows total control on the SUV at high speeds. It comes with a tilt and collapsible steering and has a turning radius of just 6 meters. Its multi information display allows you to know the distance travelled, average speed, trip wise fuel consumption, service over due warning, over speeding warning distance to empty etc.  Its ultrasonic rear parking assist system helps you to park the vehicle at any place with an ease and its three way adjustable driver seat with sliding reclining and height adjustment provide great support to you during long drives.

Force One

Force One

Force One

Force One

The best part is its huge boot that allows you to store decent amount of language even without folding the third row. If you fold its third row then it has the best in class storage space. Also it boost of huge leg room in second row though I found the third row a little cramped.  To make your drive more comfortable it comes with a double wishbone coil spring that improve both ride quality and comfort. You can control your audio system, cruise control and access Bluetooth from the steering wheel itself. It sports a JVC 2 Din Audio System with USB, AUX in port, Bluetooth connectivity etc.  Force One is available in four metallic and one solid white.

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XUV 500

XUV 500

XUV500

XUV 500 sports the same mHawk140, Direct injection diesel 5th generation Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) power plant propels the Scorpio. It’s a 2179cc mill that generates 140 bhps @ 3750rpm and a torque of 330 Nm@ 166-2800rpm. XUV 500 is a stunning looking SUV that can put some premium SUV to shame and is a global SUV in true sense. Its aggressive and masculine look can beat hell out of many premium SUVs. Apart from it, it’s loaded with features, style and comfort.

XUV 500

XUV 500

XUV 500

XUV 500

XUV 500

XUV 500

It has good legroom and 8 way adjustable seats that make the journey pleasant and comfortable. It comes with steering mounted controls and cool box, Electronic Stability Program, ABS, and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution system.  This vehicle is designed and developed entirely in-house by Mahindra, at the world class research and development facility, Mahindra Research Valley, Chennai. XUV500 is India’s first indigenously developed monocoque SUV where vehicle body and the platform are integrated into a single unit to allow it unparallel performance.

XUV 500

XUV 500

XUV 500

XUV 500

The Dual Mass flywheel (DMF) technology is used to cut down the engine noise, shuddering and roughness and the gears are smooth and easy to shift. Its off-road capabilities have been enhanced by distributing power between the front and rear wheels efficiently and XUV 500 transits effortlessly from 2WD to AWD mode without any driver intervention. It comes with 6-inch LCD touch screen infotainment system with DVD player, CD/MP3, FM, Bluesense technology, full iPod connectivity and 6 speakers which is a first in its class. Apart from this the steering wheel comes with Voice Commands, Cruise and Audio Controls and Smart Rain and Light sensors which activate the wipers and headlamps automatically whenever needed.

XUV 500

XUV 500

XUV 500

XUV 500

Apart of this there are features that you can never ever thought will be available in an Indian SUV so early. I can write about many such features here but to sum it up I must say that this SUV is a true stunner from the stable of Mahindra and all ready to give serious competition to its foreign competitors. It comes in seven attractive colors Pearly White, Volcano Black, Amazon Green, Moondust Silver, Tuscan Red, Opulent Purple and Dark Silver.

Verdict

XUV500 wins the battle but not without a fight as Force one is a decent package and has the price advantage on its side. The Mercedes engine is good and performs well. But yes looks wise Force One is dated and XUV wins hands down. Overall both are good SUVs but if I have to choose a winner then it’s going to be undoubtedly XUV 500

Technical Specifications, Photos and Details Curtsey Force One and Mahindra XUV500

Technical Specification XUV 500

Engine mHawk140, Direct injection diesel engine5th generation Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT)
Cubic Capacity 2179 cc
Max Gross Power 140 Bhp(103kW) @ 3750 rpm
Max Gross Torque 330 Nm @1600-2800rpm
Gear Box 6 speed synchromesh manual
Ground Clearance 200 mm
Tyres P235/65 R17, Radial Tubeless
Suspension Independent Suspension
Front McPherson type with anti-roll bar
Rear Multilink type with anti-roll bar
Brakes All Disc brakes
Front Disk & Caliper type
Rear Disk & Caliper type
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 Litres
Turning Circle Radius 5.6 m
Gross Vehicle Weight 2450 Kg
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase, mm 2700
Overall width, mm 1890
Overall length, mm 4585
Overall height, mm 1785

Technical Specifications Force One

Details  Specifications
ENGINE
Engine Name

2.2 FMTECH

Engine Type

4 Cyl in-line, DOHC 16 Valve, Turbo Intercooled

Displacement (cc)

2149

Max. Power in Kw (Ps@rpm)

(104 kw) 141 Ps @3800 rpm

Max. Torque in Nm@rpm

321 Nm @ 1600-2400 rpm

Fuel System

Common Rail Diesel Injection

Emission status

BS-IV

TRANSMISSION
Transmission TYPE

G32 / 5 , Synchromesh With Dual Mass Fly wheel

Gears

5 forward, 1 Reverse

AXLES
Type

Front – Non Driven Stub Axle
Rear –  Driven, Full Floating  Type Axle

SUSPENSION
Front

Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Spring

Rear

Multi Link with Pan Hard Rod & Coil Spring

Shock Absorbers (Front & Rear)

Gas charged  Telescopic Shock Absorber

Anti Roll Bar

On both – Front & Rear axle

STEERING
Steering Type

Rack & Pinion, Power Asssited, Collapsible & Tilt-able with protection guard

CLUTCH
Clutch size and type

Hydruallic operated Single plate Dry Type, 240mm Dia

BRAKES
Type

Hydraulic Vaccum Assisted with LCRV

Front

Ventilated Disc With Twin Pot Four piston Caliper

Rear

Drum with Auto Adjuster

Parking

Mechanical linkage type

TYRES & WHEELS
Tyres

235/70 R16  Tubeless tyres

Wheels

16″ Alloy Wheels

CHASSIS
Type of chassis

C in C  Ladder Type

PERFORMANCE
Ride and Handling

Fine Tuned By Lotus Engineering, UK

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Overall Length X Width X Height (mm)

4860 X 1780 X 1885

Wheel Base (mm)

3025

Ground Clearance (mm)

205

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

70

Turning radius (meters)

6.0

EXTERIOR
Type of headlamp

Projector Headlamp with Daytime Running LED’s (DRL)

Bold full chrome radiator grill with embossing

Front & Rear fog lamp

Body coloured Wheel-arch

Body Colored Front & Rear Bumpers

Body Colored ORVM, Door Handles

Roof rail / Sky rack

Aluminium side stepper

ORVM with electrically Operated Mirrors

Side Indicators on ORVM

Stylish hub caps

Chrome plated twin exhaust

Tail gate spoiler with Stop lamp

Rear windscreen wiper with washer

Front Demister (HVAC)

SEATING
Seating Capacity

5+D / 6+D

3 way adjustable driver seats (Sliding, Reclining and Height adjustment)

2nd row seat – Captain seats, reclining and double folding

5+D

2nd row seat – 60: 40 split with central arm rest with double folding and reclining

6+D

3rd row seat – folding and recline, Front facing

Head-rests with angle adjustment

Plush leather upholstery

INTERIORS
Wood finish panel

Force Signature Scuff Plates

Leather Wrap Steering Wheel

Stylish Gear knob with Chrome Bezel & leather covering

12V Power Sockets

3 nos.

Illumination Control

For Instrument Cluster

INFOTAINMENT
JVC Audio System (2 DIN CD/MP3 player – type) USB port with 30 Display Colors and Aux. In port

Speakers

4

Steering Mounted Audio Controls

Bluetooth Handsfree operation

SAFETY & SECURITY
Remote Key Entry

Driver Seatbelt warning

Door Open Warning and Display

Reverse Parking Sensor

Brake Pad Wear Indicator

Central locking

Overspeed Warning

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Progressive Cruise control through steering switches

All 3 row air-conditioning (HVAC) with Independent AC Control in 1st and 2nd/3rd row

Puddle lamp on each door

All four Power Windows with Individual Control

Multi-Information Display

Embedded Radio antenna

Mobile Charger and Ash Tray for second row

Sunglass Holder

Double folding Utility box

Service Overdue Warning

Coolent Level Indicator

Headlamp adjuster on Combi switch

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