Difference Between SUV, MUV and XUV


Main Difference

SUV stands for Sports Utility Vehicle, MUV stands for Multi-Purpose Utility Vehicle and XUV stands for Crossover Utility Vehicle.

SUV vs. MUV vs. XUV

All these are different terms used by various car vendors all around the world to denote the car type based on its appearance and basic built purpose. SUV is the most famous term used by almost all kinds of famous car manufacturing companies for the big cars that possess the capacity of being a 5 or 7-seater and on the basis of the off-roading capabilities. SUVs are larger than usual family cars. MUVs and XUVs, however, fall into the main SUV category but different manufacturers termed their slightly different cars with unique features as MUVs and XUVs. MUV is a large type of car-like SUV but lacks sports shape and off-roading abilities as it is specified to work as a city wagon. XUV, on the other hand, is the limited kind of vehicle given the name by specific companies like TATA and Mahindra in India more often. The term XUV is more specifically used for hybrid kind of vehicles, which possess unique design and architecture that does not fall in any specific sort of usual design category.


Comparison Chart

Sports Utility VehicleMultipurpose Utility VehicleCrossover Utility Vehicle
Off-RoaderCity VanHybrid (off-roader and City Van)
(All Wheel Drive) AWD and (Rear Wheel Drive) RWDRWD (Rear Wheel Drive)4WD, RWD, and AWD (All Wheel Drive)
Gas BusterFuel EfficientLess fuel efficient than MUV
More Powerful EngineLess Powerful or Economical EngineAverage Power of Engine
Expensive as compared to MUV and XUV bothLess expensive as compare to SUV and XUV bothLess expensive than SUV but costly as compare to MUV

What is SUV?

SUV stands for Sports Utility Vehicle. It is the term universally defined for a specific larger, light, truck shaped vehicle, which is strong, robust and larger in size than usual vehicles. SUVs are basically vehicles designed for off-roading and for generating more power in terms of ride. The sitting position of the passengers in the SUVs are quite above the normal average position of a car. It gives a much better view of the driver about the road and path as it is more specifically designed for every sort of road and off-roading. SUVs are the cars with a sporty and powerful look.


Almost every car manufacturing and vendor companies, design SUV design vehicles and possess a wide share in the market. SUVs are usually expensive cars with toughness and luxury at the same time. Some SUVs totally focus on robust off-roading capabilities whereas a large number of modern SUVs are more concerned about luxury in the city. SUVs possess RWD, 4WD and few possess AWD as well. They are less economical in terms of fuel consumption as compare to other regular family cars. SUVs are usually 5 and 7 seaters.

What is MUV?

MUV stands for Multipurpose Utility Vehicle. MUV is a subtype of SUV. It is basically the more urban kind of version of sporty and rugged SUV. Usually, MUVs possess a city van-like the shape and are cheaper as compare to regular SUVs. MUVs are the family cars with large passenger capacity as compare to normal 5-seater cars. Passenger sitting positions in MUVs are similar to SUV but they are specifically built to run on properly developed metal roads.

MUVs are best for large families. They are quite economical as compare to SUVs. They are not only low on the budget as per their prices but are quite economical in terms of fuel average and consumption. They are not sporty and possess less powerful and more fuel-efficient engines. MUVs are getting quite popular in urban areas. Unlike SUVs, the MUVs usually posses FWD (Front Wheel Drive).

What is XUV?

XUV stands for Crossover Utility Vehicle. It is basically a kind of hybrid car, containing a variety of features from MUVs and SUVs both. XUV is the term used by few companies like TATA and Mahindra in India for their cars. These cars possess different architecture and are a mixture of both sporty and urban touch. XUVs can possess off-roading capabilities along with being fuel efficient and good for urban use too. An XUV could be AWD, 4WD, RWD and even FWD in some rare cases.

Key Differences

  1. SUV stands for Sports Utility Vehicle whereas MUV stands for Multipurpose Vehicle and XUV stands for Crossover Utility Vehicle.
  2. SUV is a famous car design followed by almost every car manufacturing company in the world.
  3. MUV and XUV are the sub-designs of SUV.
  4. SUV is rugged, tough, powerful and best for off-roading.
  5. MUV is a family city wagon kind of car. Focus more on comfort and fuel efficiency.
  6. XUV is a hybrid of pure SUV and MUV.
  7. SUV is usually expensive than MUV.
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