We decided to look at a pair of Utility UTVs built by two manufacturers new to the off-road world: the Mahindra mPACT 750 S and Textron Off Road Stampede.
The ATV and UTV market used to be the realm of the Japanese manufacturers, a couple of Minnesota companies and one from Canada. But as the old song goes, times, they are a changing. The “Japanese” companies now assemble the majority of their machines in the United States. Polaris remains a powerhouse brand, along with Can-Am, and Arctic Cat merged with newcomer Textron Off Road. Let’s not forget John Deere either, who basically invented the UTV market.
As more companies jump into the UTV waters, it’s not surprising to see quality machines coming from other tractor manufacturers. Mahindra, one of the more popular tractor and ag manufacturers, jumped in with a line of quality, American-made utility UTVs a couple of years ago. Let’s see how the Mahindra mPACT 750 S compares to another relative newcomer, the Textron Stampede, by the numbers.
|Mahindra mPACT XTV 750 S||Textron Off Road Stampede|
|Engine||747cc Kohler EFI||846cc Liquid-Cooled 4-Stroke, Twin Cylinder Single Overhead Cam|
|Driveline/Differential||Auto-lock diff front/Push-button lock diff rear||CVT system – Automatic Locking Overrunning Clutch (Front); Selectable Locking (Rear)|
|Transmission||CVT||Dash-Mounted Cable Shifter (H,L,N,R,P)|
|Wheelbase||77 in||85.2 in|
|Overall Dimensions||113 x 63 x 78 in||126 x 58 x 75 in|
|Weight||1,571 lbs||1,650 lbs|
|Front Tires||27 x 10-14||26 x 9-14 Kenda|
|Rear Tires||27 x 11-12; Maxxis MU51||26 x 11-14 Kenda|
|Ground Clearance||12 in||11.5 in|
|Fuel Capacity||9.0 gal||9.5 gal|
|Front Suspension||10 in Dual A-arm||Dual A-arm/9.5 inches|
|Rear Suspension||10 in Dual A-arm||Dual A-arm/ 10.5 inches|
|Front /Rear Brakes||4-wheel disc||Hydraulic Disc Brakes with 9-inch Rotors, Dual Piston Calipers|
|Bed/Rack Capacity||1,200 lbs||600 lbs|
|Towing Capacity||2,100 lbs||2,000 lbs|
We all know about Textron’s German-engineered, 846cc twin-cylinder engine. It pumps out a claimed 80 horsepower and is arguably the best feature of the machine. It’s a really good engine and one with loads of potential. It pumps out 56 lb-ft of torque and has a plethora of meaty, mid-range power.
The Mahindra is a bit of a mystery. Mahindra went with a tried and true Kohler motor, selecting a 747cc four-stroke engine. Horsepower numbers are not published, but the top speed of the Mahindra mPACT 750 S is listed as 35 mph. That is plenty for a machine aimed at the utility crowd. Let’s face it; you’re not buying a Mahindra to go ripping down the trails. You’re buying one because you maybe have a Mahindra tractor and now want a UTV.
The Mahindra Kohler motors are designed for low end torque and geared super low with a 36:1 gear ratio. This lets the Mahindra mPACT 750 S tow 2,100 lbs and haul 1,200 lbs in the bed. The cargo bed has a power-dump assist and is the focal point of the design, with options for a convertible box and even a long-bed option, which basically takes the frame of the crew model and coverts the extra seating space to more bed. The Mahindras come with a three-year warranty and are so overbuilt that the company offers an accessory roof rack that mounts on top of the ROPS, something no other OEM does.
The Stampede has 2,000 lbs of towing capacity. The 2-inch receiver is built into the frame, too. This is another cool feature to the Stampede that doesn’t get talked about much. Textron engineers that designed the frame knew how to make the receiver about as beefy and secure as anything else out there. The bed holds 600 lbs of stuff and there is additional specialized storage with the widely-publicized extended cab feature.
Apples to Oranges
The bottom line about these two machines is that they are both quite capable. Is this a true head-to-head shootout? No, because they are vastly different machines. The Stampede has qualities that fit the full-utility area, but is also aimed at the recreational crowd. The Mahindra is a workhorse first and foremost. Can you take it on trails and have fun? Sure, but the design is very utility in form. With every machine we compare by the numbers, the best way to determine what is best for you is to go check them out for yourself at your local dealer.