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Mahindra XUV500

Rs. 11.12 - Rs. 15.85 lakhs
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Latest on Mahindra XUV500: 27 May, 2015

Mahindra & Mahindra, today, rolled out the 2015 Mahindra XUV500 facelift in India at a starting price of Rs. 11.21 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Along with the new styling, an up-market cabin and a few mechanical updates, the new XUV500 is surely a better product than before. The company has also introduced a new top-end model - the W10 - priced at Rs. 15.

Summary

Mahindra XUV500, a SUV has 6 versions available in India. Mahindra XUV500 has 6 Diesel cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Mahindra XUV500 are Tata Safari Storme, Renault Duster and Force Motors Force Gurkha. Mahindra XUV500 comes in 7 colours, namely, Arctic Blue, Dolphin Grey, Moondust Silver, Opulent Purple, Satin White, Tuscan Red, Volcano Black.

Launched back in 2011, the Mahindra XUV500 received significant exterior and interior updates in 2014 and an ‘Xclusive Edition’ in 2015. The SUV is one of the most successful and top-selling Mahindra cars in India. The updated model gets new honeycomb front grille, revised fog lamps, new projection headlamps, electrically adjustable ORVMs, sporty alloys, roof rails, LED parking lights and paw-styled vertical door handles. It’s richer in terms of features and more comfortable from inside than before. The interior gets some additional features such as a 6-inches touch screen infotainment with GPS, MP3, DVD, CD, FM and USB and iPod connectivity, voice commands, fully automatic temperature control with dual HVAC etc. Powering the SUV is the same 140bhp, 2.2 mHawk diesel engine, paired with a 6- speed synchromesh manual gearbox. The handling and drivability are pretty impressive and the ride quality, too, is improved. Body roll is well-controlled.

Further to this, read Mahindra XUV500 Road Test details by our expert.

Price

The various fuel trims in Mahindra XUV500 are priced differently. The Diesel trims are priced between Rs. 11,69,525/- to Rs. 15,68,863/-.

Exterior

The updated model, based on the company’s new W105 3rd generation platform resembles the Scorpio. It looks more aggressive and masculine than its predecessor. The front fascia features a new honeycomb front grille, modified fog lamps, new projection headlamps, power-foldable and adjustable ORVMs. Elements like sporty alloys, roof rails, LED parking lights and paw-styled vertical door handles add more to its exterior styling.

Interior

The dual-tone interior of the car looks as refreshing and sporty as the exterior. Just like other Mahindra car models, it has plenty of features to offer such as 8-way adjustable leather seats with lumbar support, sporty twin-pod instrument cluster and modified central bezel. Features like a 6-inches touch screen infotainment with GPS, MP3, DVD, CD, FM and USB and iPod connectivity, voice commands, fully automatic temperature control with dual HVAC, cruise & audio controls on steering wheel, reverse parking assist and tyretronics are available only with top-end model and the Xclusive Edition.

Engine & Transmission

The new model continues to be powered with a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine with latest Bosch CRDI (Common rail direct injection) technology and the 5th generation S-type variable geometry turbocharger (VGT). This oil burner churns out a maximum power of 140bhp at 3750rpm with 330Nm of torque between 1600rpm to 2800rpm. Power is transmitted through a 6- speed synchromesh manual gearbox.

Performance and Handling

The engine refinement levels are good at low revs. However, it gets noisy above 3500rpm. Power delivery is linear. The overall drivability is good, and overtaking is effortless. The ride quality is much improved, and is a lot better than other Mahindra car models.

Braking System

The SUV has strong braking capabilities with all-wheel disc brakes and a bunch of electronic aids. Features like ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), ESP (electronic stability program) with rollover mitigation, hill hold control, available only on top-end model, further enhance its braking performance. However, the brake pedal lacks feel.

Mileage

The 2179 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 13 kmpl in city and 15 kmpl on highways

Safety Features

The SUV offers plenty of safety features such as 6 airbags (front, side and curtain), ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), ESP (electronic stability program) with rollover mitigation, hill hold control, side impact beams, disc brakes on all wheels, crumple zones for crash protection and more. However, one must note that aforementioned features vary with models.

Verdict

The new Mahindra XUV500 is an improved and more attractive package than its predecessor. It’s among the most powerful, feature-rich and safe Mahindra cars in India.

Competition

The Nissan Terrano is the one of the closest competitors of the Mahindra XUV500. The homegrown SUV is a great value for money car. The large cabin space and equipments offered at its price are just unbeatable. The Nissan Terrano is smaller and is not as equipped as its rival. However, it offers more comfortable and composed ride. The material quality, fit and finish of the Terrano are far better than the Mahindra’s SUV. With modern styling, interior comfort and strong engine performance, the Terrano makes a better choice for buyers.

Pros

  • Well-designed and rugged SUV
  • Cabin space for first 2 rows of seats
  • Efficient engine
  • Highway performance
  • Ride quality and handling
  • Plenty of features

Cons

  • Restricted third row seats
  • Small luggage capacity
  • No automatic transmission
  • Mahindra’s after sales services

Awards

  • SUV of the Year - NDTV Car & Bike Awards 2012
  • SUV of the Year - Autocar India Awards 2012
  • Best Value for Money Car of the Year - Top Gear India Awards 2011
  • Reader’s Choice Car of the Year - Top Gear India Awards 2011
  • SUV of the Year / Viewer’s Choice of the Year - CNBC-TV 18 Overdrive Awards 2012
  • SUV of the Year - BS Motoring Awards 2012
  • Design & Product Excellence - India Design Mark Award 2013
  • Total Customer Satisfaction Award 2012 and more.
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