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Piaggio Ape Xtra Plus vs Mahindra Alfa Plus- Specs Comparison

Modified On Apr 13, 2021 10:32 AMBy Trucksdekho Editorial Team

Are you looking out for bigger deck cargo three-wheeler for your last-mile logistics delivery needs? We compare two top segment leaders to help you pick the right one. 

The last-mile cargo three-wheeler market is among the fiercely competitive that has been registering consistent growth as demand for shipping cargo to consumer's doorsteps or small business remains high. Three-wheelers are among the most popular cargo delivery wheelers in urban and rural India. Piaggio Ape is the brand that rules the segment, however, Mahindra Alfa has also become the product of choice of auto rickshaw buyers in this segment. The Ape and Alfa have a proven track record of performance and reliability that the customer trusts for their business for over now. 

To further tighten the grip of the market along with addressing the needs of those customers who want a slightly bigger cargo deck, Ape Xtra and Alfa both come in a bigger variant the Ape Xtra LDX Plus and Alfa Plus. As the name suggests, both the variant now comes with a bigger cargo deck that allows you to carry more payload. The bigger cargo deck also means more space to carry voluminous cargo, FMCG and electronic goods. Do you want to buy any one of them? Read our comparison that helps you choose the right one. 

While the powertrain and key aggregates remain the same of both these popular vehicles that of their mainstream variant, the real difference is the cargo deck size. If you’re still looking for the regular size Ape, Alfa or Bajaj Maxima cargo then read our comparison here to make a better decision. 


On the dimension Ape Xtra LDX Plus and Alfa Plus aren’t that different as both caters to the same customers needs. You can buy the Piaggio Xtra LDX Plus in petrol, diesel and CNG variant which is a 975 gross weight vehicle cargo auto rickshaw. The key dimensions include a wheelbase of 2100 mm, width 1490 mm length 3295 mm and height of 1770 mm. Three-wheeler often navigates through some of the challenging terrains to deliver cargo quick and faster, thus on the Xtra LDX Plus you get minimum ground clearance of 245 mm, with a 10L fuel tank, and this cargo auto can go up to 60kmph. 

On the other hand, Mahindra Alfa Plus is available diesel only variant, and this cargo auto is a 1045 kg of gross weight. Alfa Plus has a wheelbase of 2165 mm, width 1500 mm length 3210 mm and height 1815 mm. Alfa Plus comes with 175 mm of minimum ground clearance of 245 mm with a company claim impressive mileage of 29.4 kmpl. Clearly, the Alfa sore slightly better on some of the key dimensions to take on the market leader.  

Cargo Deck Size

The key factor in determining which one you should buy comes down to the size of the cargo deck. Let's look a the cargo deck size of both these models in the Plus variants. Piaggio Xtra LDX Plus with a cargo deck size of 1800 mm in length, 1400 mm width and height of 285 mm. While the Alfa Plus gets a cargo deck that measures 1730 mm in length, 1460 mm width and height of 320 mm. Alfa Plus has a bigger length and height in terms of the deck that certainly help you better size up your cargo needs. 

Proven Powertrain

What makes both the cargo autos compelling is the new improved powertrain that is BS6 complain, making them smallest power engines that now are comes most stringent emission, promising same power and best performance. While the segment leader Ape Xtra LDX plus is available in diesel, petrol and CNG, the Alfa Plus comes only in diesel powertrain. Ape gets the single-cylinder, naturally aspirated, water-cooled, direct injection, electronic fuel injection that promise superior blends of power, high torque with greater pickup and mileage. Likewise, the Alfa Plus has an efficient Greaves single cylinder, water cool engine. Both these autos get highly reliable aggregate that does not only offer reliable performance but is durable too. This makes you spend less on the running cost that directly transfers into your better revenue and profit. 

The Piaggio Ape Xtra LDX Plus start at an attractive price of ₹ 2.66 lakh, while the Mahindra Alfa Plus price ranges between ₹ 2.56 - ₹ 2.66 lakh, both prices ex-showroom, New Delhi. So which one suits your need and budget?

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