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).

 

Mahindra TUV300 Facelift Review & Test Drive

Mahindra TUV300 Oveview

TUV3OO is a compact SUV offered by Mahindra in India. It is powered by a 1.5 litre mHawk diesel engine that is in two states of tune. In one state, the engine generates 85 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 230 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 2,250 rpm while in the other the same engine churns out 101 hp of power at 3,750 rpm while the torque remains the same. For the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission), the torque is 10 Nm higher in the same rev range. Along with the AMT, the Mahindra TUV3OO also gets a 5 speed manual transmission which is available in both states of tune of the engine. The compact SUV measures 3,995 mm in length, 1.835 mm in width and 1,839 mm in height and has wheelbase of 2,680 mm. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mahindra TUV300 Style

The design of the TUV300 is perhaps a complete reversal from what we have seen so far in Mahindra vehicles. Seriously, it is one of the improved designs that has rolled out by Mahindra’s design and engineering team in so many years. Reasons? It’s not excessively designed and sprinkled with ornaments of XUV500 and Scorpio. In fact, with the squared-out design inspired from battle tank, brawny haunches and prominent wheel arches, this SUV fit the right prospects when it comes to flexing muscles off road.

The front profile is dominated by typical multi-slat grille and well-designed carbon black finished headlamps that gel nicely with the overall design. The headlamps shows some traits of Bolero while the rectangular shaped fog lamps gets black chrome inserts boasting of a great combination of macho and manliness of the car. Come to the side and you will see how dexterously, Mahindra has hid the boxy appearance of the SUV. For instance, the D-pillars have been blacked out to give it a floating roof while the B and C pillar have been raked back along with thick shoulder line lending it some character.

There are straight lines and sharp angles that run across the length. The way 15-inch wheels have been designed is really appreciable, though they are puny in appearance. Instead, Mahindra should have used 17-inch wheels on this SUV just like in other cars such as Scorpio and XUV500. The understated design of the front is carried forward at the rear with majority of the focus on huge spare wheel mounted on the tailgate. The tail lights and the rear bumper are vertically placed which is nice but the rear steps looks like an eyesore.

Mahindra TUV300 Space

Step inside you will see how drastic transformation the carmaker has done to enrich the in-cabin experience. It is arguably the best interiors you will see in a Mahindra vehicle. There isn’t any silly plum finished plastic and desperately designed air cons here, but a nicely designed dashboard draped with dual beige and grey combination. The TUV300 follows the traits of other cars launched in the past couple of years by using glossy back plastic console for the infotainment system at the centre. Other parts of the cabin including the door handles and the AC vents are adorned in aluminium finished silver plastic.The apt placement of buttons on the central console shows the minimalistic approach of the carmaker. Especially, the way the top beige layer of the dashboard shelters or say surrounds the center console and instrument cluster without breaking the lines, is truly awesome. The quality of the plastics and the fit and finish shows that Mahindra needs some serious business here. The faux leather seats give a more comfortable experience to the occupants.

Coming to the space, the cabin is remarkably good in terms of headroom, legroom and shoulder room. However, the front seats that come with lumbar support are slightly on the firmer side and will not entertain passengers on long journeys. The carmaker could have added more padding around the lower regions. The bench seats at the rear too come with ample space and can absorb three adult passengers with enough legroom. But here again, they will not prove comfortable for longer distances due to lack of thigh support. Then there is third row which can also snug in 2 adult occupants but still not best for longer journeys. In terms of storage, you get plenty of bottle holders and cubbyholes in the cabin along with a huge illuminated glove box which is practically helpful in storing knick knacks.

Talking about the equipment, Mahindra has given a lot. The car comes with 7 inch touchscreen infotainment unit that comes with GPS, Bluetooth, USB photo/video viewer, voice messaging system as well as iPod support and 4-speakers to add more to the music experience. The reverse parking sensors relays relevant feeds on the screen. Other comfort feature in the car include height adjustable driver seat, internally adjustable ORVM, steering mounted audio controls, follow me headlamps, rear wash/wipe and second row full seat fold.

Mahindra TUV300 Engine

The Mahindra TUV3OO is powered by a 1.5 litre mHawk diesel engine that has two states of tune. In the lower tune, it generates 85 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 230 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 2,250 rpm. In the higher tune, the same engine develops 101 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and the torque remains the same. That said, the AMT variant has 10 Nm more torque in this tune of the engine. Both states offers a good balance between performance and fuel efficiency.There are two gearbox options on the Mahindra TUV3OO, a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed AMT or Automated Manual Transmission. Both transmissions have been tuned for the right balance between performance and fuel efficiency. That said, the AMT does have prominent shift shocks during a gear change.For more info on Mahindra TUV3OO visit tamc2011.com 

The Mahindra TUV3OO has a certified fuel efficiency of 18.49 kmpl both, manual and AMT versions. These figures are acceptable for a compact SUV and are comparable with the segment.Fuel economy on offer stands at 18.49 kms in a litre which is commendable for a SUV. Like other Mahindras, this one too comes with a micro hybrid technology which includes a start-stop function. This feature in turn aides towards enhanced fuel economy. Besides, there is an option for eco mode too, that again enables increased efficiency.

Mahindra TUV300 Driving

Seems like Mahindra had worked really hard on this one, not that it performs brilliantly, but the SUV is certainly impressive. The 80 PS diesel engine is capable enough to give a good start to the vehicle. There is that initial grunt like other Mahindras, hence there is lack of refinement. In fact there is an insignificant turbo lag too, but it does not bother much. Steering wheel is heavy, but responsive at the same time. Overall, it is a well suited car for city driving as it enables easy manoeuvrability.

Mahindra TUV300 Safety

The TUV3OO from Mahindra comes with ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), dual front airbags and ISOFIX mounts for child seats on all variants except the base T4 trim. Standard features include a digital immobiliser, collapsible steering column, seat belt reminder, auto door lock when the vehicle is in motion and side intrusion beams.

Mahindra TUV300 Cost in Hyderabad

Mahindra Tuv300 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,92,154/- (TUV300 T4 Plus) to 10,64,305/- (TUV300 T10 100HP AMT Dual Tone). Get best offers for Mahindra Tuv300 from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for TUV300 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mahindra TUV300 Conclusion

Mahindra has come with a boxy SUV which may be liked by many and may not be liked by some, but it has not over-styled it which makes it a winner for us. The space on offer inside the cabin despite confined length is something to learn from Mahindra engineers. Seven-seat option is again viable for large Indian families but does it really allow enough space for the last two passengers seated on the jump seats? Interior quality and styling is good, equipments embedded are ample and even the performance is appreciable. At this price, TUV300 is a complete package.