Mahindra XUV500 Review & First Drive

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Mahindra XUV500 Overview

The Mahindra XUV500 was launched in India four years back and it was a great feat by the Indian automaker. The vehicle came across as a huge change over other SUVs from the same stable and thanks to its aggressive looks and the loaded equipment list, the XUV turned out to be a runaway success for the company. Mahindra managed to sell at least 35,000 units of the SUV in the first year itself. The demand for the vehicle was so much that the company had to resort to a lucky draw system for buyers. The XUV500 received a minor facelift in 2014 which included only a few changes and now Mahindra has launched the 2015 XUV500 which is quite a significant update. The XUV500 continues to sell in good numbers even now despite the fact that it has got some worthy competitors. So, let us have a look at the 2015 facelift of the XUV500 to gauge what all has changed.Check for car loans at Fincarz.

Mahindra XUV500 Exyerior

The vehicle we got to drive was a top of the line W8 variant though there are not many changes in the exteriors for the base W6 variant as well. When you look at the Mahindra XUV 500 the 1st thing that comes to the mind is that this is not a regular box looking Mahindra like the Scorpio or the Bolero.The car is well sculpted and chiselled at various angles to make it look very appealing to the eye. It’s worth mentioning here that the design team claims that the car is based on the pouncing cheetah structure. To start off from the front end, the jaw-like honeycomb grille looks magnificent as well as intimidating. It looks huge and gives the car immense presence when viewed from the front. Also a very neat design strategy is the sculpted bumper. One can see that just below the headlamps on both the ends there is a fibre structure which is deep set inside the bumper which gives it that macho and muscular look.

It is the rugged robust look in the front for which the car is said to have an aggressive cheetah like design language. There is an air dam just below the grille and above the number plate section. The car gets static bending projector headlamps which allow them to light up the curves when you turn the steering so that there never is a surprise around the corner. The headlamps also get LED parking lamps along with the high intensity projection bulbs. But then you may think there are no fog lights!!! No, no you are wrong. Look deep down into the bumper and there are nicely fit fog lights which are not that bulky looking but designed perfectly to illuminate the road under bad situations. After all this is an SUV and that too Mahindra XUV 500, you would take it at places where the roads/terrain might not be well lit. Now talking about the side profile, the most distinct and prominent design work is the chunky wheel arch. It is huge and bulky and gives a lot of character to the car. So, I may say it’s not just the wheel arch but an added muscle above the wheel arch above both the front and rear arches which make it more noticeable and help the car look strong and ready for action.

Coming to the window sills, they are done in black just like most automakers are doing it across the globe to make it look better. ORVMs have side turning indicators. The most unique feature on the exterior side is the paw-styled vertical door handles. These handles also provide better grip and also it is a Mahindra first attempt in the SUV segment to come up with such a unique design even for it is a small feature like a door handle. Also there is a roof-rail present on the car which is streamlined right from the front till the tailgate. This adds to the sporty character of the Mahindra XUV 500. Come to the rear end and the first thing you would notice is that there is added muscle just above the number plate garnish. It stands out making it look distinct from the rather boxy SUVs available in the Indian markets. Also there are racing inspired twin exhaust pipes done in chrome. Then, the icing on the cake is the tail lamp. With a paw like design inscribed inside the clear lens on the tail lamp, it looks very meaty and well of course serves the purpose of better visibility. It also has a high mount stop lamp and finally there is also a rear screen wiper with washer.

Mahindra XUV500 Interior

The proportions are so compact that you’d be surprised to find three rows of seats. With the third row up boot space is an all but non-existent 93 litres but the seats fold flat into the floor (easily done by a small lever) to liberate a 702-litre boot and the middle row too folds flat to increase boot space to 1512 litres. Accommodation in the third row is good for children and acceptable over short distances for adults. As a yardstick it isn’t as comfortable as the Innova though space is almost identical to the Aria. The middle row doesn’t slide and there are no individual captain seats for now but space (head, knee and shoulder room) is very good. And unlike the Scorpio where you clamber up, the XUV sports easy ingress and egress thus doing away with ungainly running boards. Up front the seats are wide, comfortable and accommodating and facing the driver is a properly stylish and well turned out dashboard.

Panel gaps are tight and these interiors are much, much better than any Mahindra so far. Quality standards though are patchy, while first impressions are very positive some bits do let it down like the flimsy lid for the centre console and coin holders and the nasty serrated edge on the underside of the gear knob of our test vehicle. Like the Xylo different exterior colours get different dashboard shades and while I don’t care too much for the browns in our (maroon) test car I did see rather better black and beige jobbies during the launch. An irritant though are the silver-finished strips that originate from the base of the windscreen and flow down the sides of the centre console which cause a nasty reflection on the windscreen particularly at night. And mention must be made of discreet LED lights that illuminate the cabin (the strip on the roof looks almost like on the Audi A8) though the reading lamps (also LEDs) are so bright they’re akin to tube lights. Turn on the ignition and the needles do a full sweep of the dials like on sports bikes while the infotainment system plays a welcome tune (which gets irritating after a while but thankfully there’s no ‘Welcome to your Scorpio, you are driving a powerful vehicle….’ nonsense). The dials themselves are terrifically designed and shows just how much thought went into styling the XUV. And then there’s the exhaustive feature count. Safety first. Both variants get ABS and two front airbags as standard, the W8 on test here gets ESP and side and curtain airbags for a total of six airbags. For more details on Mahindra XUV500 visit Tamc2011

There’s hill-hold which prevents the vehicle rolling backwards when creeping up an incline and hill-descent which maintains a steady speed (without touching the accelerator or brakes) while going down steep inclines. Creature comforts include climate control with a separate condenser for the rear air-con to ensure optimal cooling even in the third row. In fact third row passengers get their own blower controls and the vents are neatly integrated into the pillars so that there are no ugly protuberances. All rows get charging points and the space under the central armrest is refrigerated. There’s two-tone leather upholstery, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and audio controls on the steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity and a six-inch full-colour infotainment touch screen that has a full vehicle data display including service intervals, fuel efficiency and tyre pressure indicators (the left rear sensor malfunctioned in heavy rain). Parking sensors with a distance readout is standard and there is a provision to connect a parking camera to the screen. And best of all there’s integrated GPS navigation with 1.5 million kilometres of maps spanning 1200 cities and turn-by-turn navigation in eight regional languages. This is as extensive a feature count as is possible; killer value when you look at the sticker price.

Mahindra XUV500 Transmission

Mechanically there are no changes; hence the SUV remains untouched on that front. XUV500 is driven by the muscular 2.2 litre, mHawk diesel powertrain bestowed with the 5th generation variable geometry turbocharger. The athletic engine yields maximum power output of 140 Bhp at 3750 RPM along with 330 Nm of top torque between 1600 to 2800 RPM. Mahindra XUV500 transmission used with the diesel motor is a six-speed synchromesh manual transmission. There is also an option for an all wheel drive system available in the W8 and W10 variants, otherwise the trims come affixed with a front wheel drive system. Nothing significant has been altered in terms of mechanical functioning except for the slight modification in the final gearing of the manual tranny. Mahindra XUV500 Vs Nissan Terrano- versus one of the desirable options in this price range, XUV500 houses a much powerful engine that promises to engender higher power and torque output.

Powered by the 2.2 litre mHawk diesel powerplant in conjunction with the six-speed manual transmission is decent enough if not very impressive. ARAI certified fuel economy delivered by this version of XUV500 SUV is 16 kms in a litre which is decent enough. In comparison to the previous model, the fuel economy has improved slightly, it now up by 0.9 kmpl.Since there have been no tweaks in the mechanical department, therefore there is no vital change in this department. This also clarifies that there is still room for improvement in the way XUV500 handles. Had there been a prominent revamp in the steering, dampers, springs and anti-roll bars things would have changed upside down for XUV500. However we can’t say that there has been absolutely no change in terms of performance, the SUV did feel more responsive specifically at high speeds, but there is still a large scope for improvement.

Mahindra XUV500 Driving

With a lot of features and excellent engine performance, you almost get all the benefits from the XUV 500 with regards to sporty utility vehicles. One of its greatest advantages is its more responsive steering which prevents the driver from feeling any hint of nervousness while driving the XUV. If you are going to test drive the vehicle on various road surfaces, you will never get scared and won’t be able to feel the difference in the steering. And even if you do three digit speeds on varied road surfaces and or do fast bends, not once would one feel nervous about it as the handling is impressively smooth.

The complete stability of the vehicle even if the brakes are applied suddenly in a straight line is excellent. You will feel that there are lesser see-saw effects when you are going around tight bends at high speed because it is setup more on the stiffer side thereby resulting in better performance. You will greatly appreciate the drive with the Mahindra XUV if you are one that loves fast driving and like a vehicle that is capable of reaching top speeds while not sacrificing maneuverability. However, you need to be watchful on the torque steering out going to the front wheels. You also need to observe closely the clutch; it might be of good quality and not heavy to use but it can leave you with an irritating calf muscle when you have to drive in “stop and go” city traffic.

Mahindra XUV500 Safety

The Mahindra XUV500 comes loaded with a lot of safety features. Every variant comes with dual front airbags and ABS as standard while the W8 and W10 variants also get side and curtain airbags. The SUV also gets other features like Electric Stability Program (ESP) with Rollover Mitigation, Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control on W8 and W10 variants. The XUV500 is undoubtedly the safest vehicle in its class and it has also bagged a 4-star rating from Australian NCAP. Talking about after-sales, Mahindra has a wide service network across the country. The company caters to a variety of customers owning different SUVs from the automaker’s stable. Most online experiences posted by existing XUV500 owners state they have had a decent experience with the company’s service, but what gets annoying is the number of frequent visits that have to be made to the service centres to solve the vehicle’s niggles. However, Mahindra has improved a lot in the past couple of years and we expect the new XUV to be free from any major irritants.

Mahindra XUV500 Cost in Bangalore

Mahindra Xuv500 On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 16,08,271 to 24,47,533 for variants XUV500 W5 and XUV500 W11 O AWD AT respectively. Mahindra Xuv500 is available in 12 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Xuv500 variants price in Bangalore. Check for XUV500 price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Mahindra XUV500 Final Thought

The new XUV does make a more compelling case than before, with revamped styling, improved cabin ambience and longer equipment list build on the XUV’s traditional strengths. At the same time, the XUV has become better to drive too. Sure, there is still room for improvement but to the average buyer looking for an all-round SUV that meets style and value, the XUV remains among the best options around. More so when you consider that variant for variant, the XUV costs about the same as before. The lower W4 and W6 variants have been priced at Rs 11.2 lakh and Rs 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively, while the higher-spec XUV500 W8 costs Rs 14.2 lakh (in front-wheel drive form) and Rs 14.9 lakh (all-wheel drive). The new W10 variant has been priced atRs 14.99 lakh (front-wheel drive) and Rs 15.99 lakh (all-wheel drive).

 

Audi Q5 Facelift Performance & Test Drive

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Audi Q5 Overview

Positioned between the smallish Audi Q3 and the huge Audi Q7, the Q5 promises to be a great urban SUV. It can handle bad terrain, and won’t be too cumbersome to drive in traffic either. Also, given that it looks good too, Audi hasn’t had a problem with the competition either. Back on tarmac, it’s docile and boasts car-like dynamics.??While Porsche is readying the Macan (it will be priced higher than the Q5) and BMW has the X3 already, the Q5 enjoys its position, because of its capability as a product, and Audi’s well deserved value in the market.Check for car loan intrest rate at Fincarz

Audi Q5 Look & Style

The Audi Q5 comes up as a very subtle looking SUV. The overall design of it looks more coupe inspired than a typical SUV. The sloping roof lines, mild flares on the side with a longish bonnet make the Q5 look very suave in nature. The Q5 does not look like a typical in-your-face kind of a SUV but then it still has a bold look and looks contemporary.Having a family face, this one too has a single frame radiator grille which has been finished in gloss chrome. The vertical chrome struts look very neat. The three dimensionally finished bonnet flows very elegantly between the single frame grille to the front windshield making the design look very aerodynamic. The Xenon plus trapezoidal headlamps sweep back to the side.

The side profile is humble. The window lines have been done in chrome. The Audi Q5 measures 4629mm in length. That also translated to good interior space. This one gets a 10 spoke V shaped lightweight forged aluminum wheels and 235/60 R18 tyres. The combination of these two make the car look dynamic. The roof line drops very subtly and the lip of the roofline ends with a spoiler which makes it look sporty.The rear has wide spread tail lamps. The tail gate indeed gives it a distinct look and one can easily it’s an Audi you are following. The tail gate is indeed very practical and makes it very practical to load and unload. Hidden under the massive chunk of a rear bumper are the exhaust diffusers which have been done in brush Aluminum.

So, the new Q5 which recently got its dose of updates is a good looking SUV. It looks more like a big hatch and less of a SUV. The fact that the Q5 is selling in good numbers also assures that India has matured as a market in terms of taste and choice. So, the Q5 packs in cues from Big-Bro Q7 and still manages its own character. The daytime running LED lights of the Q5 are just an icing and looks simply awesome.

Audi Q5 Cabin & Space

Perhaps even more vast a change than the exterior, the 2017 Q5’s interior gets huge update. It takes after Audi’s current design styling and features a low-hung, thin dashboard with its Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster, minimalist HVAC controls, and (oddly) tacked on infotainment screen. The center console also sports a new design that includes a new electronic gear shifter and track pad. The steering wheel takes after other Audi models, as well, and features a thin yet sculpted design. The hexagonal grille design is mirrored on the airbag cover, too.

In-dash technology includes Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with its 12.3-inch TFT screen and configurable digital gauges. The MMI infotainment screen perched above the center console offers 8.3-inches of viewing screen and is controlled by both touch and the large track pad just ahead of the shifter. The pad offers smartphone-like controls, with pinch-to-zoom and finger-writing to text capability. The system also features Audi’s Personal Route Assist, which learns your driving habits and can suggest alternate routs should traffic have your usual route blocked. Onboard LTE Wi-Fi allows the Q5 to be an online hotspot and there’s even a Qi wireless phone charger and integrated phone antenna to keep smartphone powered and connected. Audiophiles will appreciate the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound.Check for Audi Q5 in Kotra

Rear seats offer a good amount of legroom matched with lightly bolstered outboard seats and decent headroom. HVAC vents keep rear passengers happy on hot or cold days, and an optional rear seat entertainment package features two huge screens.The seats also fold flat, offering an impressive amount of cargo room. Audi says there’s 54.7 cubic feet of space with the seats stowed. With the second row in place, cargo room is cut down to 21.5 cubic feet of space. That’s does represent an improvement of 0.4 cubic feet of the last Q5.

Audi Q5 Engine & Performance

We have already witnessed the 3.0-litre, V6 TDI diesel engine in the Audi A6 and Audi A7 earlier, but this motor just doesn’t cease to amaze us every single time. In the Q5, Audi has boosted the output by 5 BHP and 78 Nm, which is quite significant considering the added twist on offer. However the addition in power hasn’t come at the cost of economy and Audi claims that the new Q5 is up to 15 percent more efficient than its predecessor. Power delivery is instant and rewarding and NVH levels are very good with very little diesel grunt audible inside the luxurious cabin.

This engine is mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission which is at the forefront ensuring smooth cog swapping. There are no paddle shifts even on the top-end variant which comes as a disappointment, however one can take control of things by using the tiptronic function on the gear lever. Performance, as you would expect, is nothing short of explosive with every dab on the accelerator pedal resulting in an instantaneous surge ahead with plenty of reserve still left. Power delivery although linear, is still addictive and there is a definite shove in your knickers when you bury your right foot in the floor.

We can go endlessly with praise about the 3.0-litre TDI engine, it’s that darn good. The motor feels at home at all speeds, whether its ambling around the city, sprinting on open roads or simply cruising on the highways. This mill does a splendid job in hauling the 1.8 tonne Q5 with urgency and blurred scenery. The Audi drive select system offers various modes which control the accelerator pedal characteristics, automatic transmission shift points and amount of steering assist as well. How has Audi managed to boost performance and efficiency at the same time? The German car maker has reduced weight with the use of aluminum on the engine hood and tail gate. Whoever said ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it too’ was wrong, very wrong!

Audi Q5 Driving Dynamics

Apart from the engines, the other thing that Audi did not have to do much to was the quattro all-wheel-drive system, which has widely grown to be accepted as one of the best traction aids in the market. The bit of fine-tuning they’ve done has resulted in smoother transitioning from the efficient front-wheel-drive set-up to the all-wheel drive, but can you and I tell the difference? Probably not. What you will notice, however, is the new multi-link suspension set-up with the optional air suspension which has made the ride quality and transfer of weight noticeably more pliant.

You can feel the suspension complying with the quattro system more amicably when you chuck the car into corners, pretending it’s a low-slung sportscar. It’ll play pretend along with you, keeping things tidy and under control. What also helps is that the new chassis takes away 90kg from the Q5’s kerb which helps it behave on the road the way it does. For more information on Audi Q5 in New Delhi check AutoZhop

Audi Q5 Safety & Security

It has a list of safety aspects including a central locking system, heat insulating glass, a windscreen cleaning system, movable sun visors, sun blinds, roof-edge spoiler and anti-theft alarm. It has an advanced immobilizer system, first aid kit with warning triangle, tyre pressure monitoring system, a collapsible spare wheel and ISOFIX child seat mounting.

Audi Q5 Price in Mumbai 

Audi Q5 On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 64,32,254 to 69,55,924 for variants Q5 35 TDI Premium Plus and Q5 35 TDI Technology respectively. Audi Q5 is available in 2 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Audi Q5 variants price in Mumbai. Check for Q5 price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Audi Q5 Summing Up

There are a lot of products in the market that shout for attention, displaying a probable lack of substance. The Audi Q5 is the exact opposite. It is quite capable but doesn’t give a clue about it, until you get behind the wheel.The simple but effective styling, the range of good engines, and a wide array of options makes the Audi Q5 so special. The 2.0TDI is the choice of the lot. It has a good amount of power, and doesn’t drink too much of fuel either. ?It’s comfortable and spacious inside as well, which means if you are going to be chauffeured around in one of these, you won’t have any problems either. Add the good amount of stability and safety options the vehicle offers, and you have a winner in your hands.