Mahindra is on a product roll and has reworked its portfolio by launching three all-new automobiles in a span of simply six months. We’ve extensively reviewed two of them – the Marazzo and Alturas G4, and opine that they’re trendy, refined, really feel upmarket, and competent sufficient to drive the model right into a promising new path. The third and the newest addition is a Brezza-rivalling, sub-four-metre SUV that’s been badged ‘XUV300’, which, by the way, and for as soon as, follows a logical naming sequence because it sits under the XUV500. Whereas the larger XUV was a game-changing SUV again within the days, the brand new 300 enters a quickly rising phase that’s caught the flamboyant of consumers. This automotive could also be final to the occasion and will not be precisely revolutionary, nevertheless it has quite a bit to supply, together with segment-best tools and security package.
The XUV300 will get a set of domestically developed petrol and diesel engines, which get solely guide transmissions for now. Mahindra is predicted to launch an AMT auto in just a few months. The compact SUVis primarily based on the SsangYong Tivoli’s X100 structure and that saved Mahindra the excessive price of growing an all-new platform. And to drive prices down additional, 85-90 p.c of the XUV300 has been localised. Nonetheless, priced from Rs 7.90-11.49 lakh for the petrol and Rs eight.49-11.99 lakh for the diesel – and an extra Rs 15,000 for the dual-tone color scheme – the XUV300 is the priciest compact SUV when in comparison with the Brezza, Nexon and EcoSport.
For India, the XUV300’s suspension will get an extended journey for higher cushioning over our roads, and its trip top has additionally been elevated to attain the next floor clearance – now at 180mm. The XUV300 feels somewhat plush for a automotive on this class, and it merely flattens unhealthy roads, with minimal physique shocks and actions filtering in. And like the opposite Mahindras, this isn’t an SUV that’ll wince on the sight of imperfect roads. There’s a little bit of firmness on account of its 17-inch wheels, and it will get much more pronounced when it hits sharp bumps, however at no level does it really feel unsettled and or crashy.
It will get a segment-first variable steering system with three modes – Consolation, Regular (default) and Sport. Whereas the steering is mild and simple to twirl in Regular mode, it will get even lighter in Consolation mode, which makes it easy whereas parking or nipping round in site visitors. It good points some synthetic weight in Sport mode, however there’s merely no really feel or suggestions and it feels disconnected from the entrance wheels, which takes away driver confidence whereas attacking corners at excessive speeds. What’s good, nevertheless, is simply how a lot grip is on provide; with its wheels at every nook, a large observe, and a taut chassis, the XUV feels agile and planted to the bottom. It holds its line cleanly round corners and though there’s some physique roll, it isn’t extreme, and the great factor is that it stays predictable even over mid-corner bumps. Sure, the brake pedal feels a bit spongy however with all 4 wheels getting disc brakes, pace is shed with none fuss.
Normal security package consists of all-wheel disc brakes, ABS with EBD, twin airbags, speed-sensing door locks, nook braking management, baby seat anchors and entrance seatbelt pre-tensioners. Along with this, prime variants get segment-best package equivalent to ESP, hill-launch help, 5 extra airbags (aspect, curtain and driver-knee), entrance parking sensors, and three-point seat belts and adjustable neck restraints for all of the seats.
Then there are segment-first options like heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone local weather management, sensible steering system, smartwatch connectivity, micro-hybrid system and tyre strain monitoring system. Premium tools on provide features a sunroof, 17-inch diamond-cut alloys, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail-lamps, touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, auto headlamps and wipers, leatherette upholstery, auto-dimming inside mirror, cruise management and extra, making this a compact SUV that’s loaded to the gills.
Whereas the system is straightforward to get used to, the interface is a bit gradual and the software program feels dated. Contact sensitivity is sweet, and the presence of bodily buttons under assist undergo the menus rapidly. This technique will get in-built navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As a result of some glitches within the software program, Android Auto saved disconnecting, with none person enter. Sound high quality is poor too and lacks depth, particularly when in comparison with the Nexon and EcoSport, each of which have wonderful audio system. This technique additionally homes different features like a tyre-pressure monitoring system, the EcoSense app, reminders and different helpful alerts and warnings.
Mahindra certain has a winner on its arms with the XUV300, and that’s a commendable final result of the Mahindra-SsangYong synergy. The Korean affect is obvious within the XUV300’s well-appointed interiors and surprisingly excessive ranges of high quality and fit-finish. And Mahindra has accomplished a splendid job in the case of trip and dealing with – it’s a composed and assured automotive to drive; we solely want the steering provided a bit extra ‘really feel’. Each engines are very refined and easy to drive, however the slim worth hole between the 2, and the truth that the diesel is extra sorted, environment friendly and faster, makes it our decide.
The shortage of an automated will postpone some consumers, and so will the small 257-litre boot. However what might be the larger deal-breaker for some is its pricing, which is considerably greater than the Brezza and Nexon and even overlaps with the Hyundai Creta from a phase above. Whereas it doesn’t rank excessive in worth, to justify its premium positioning, Mahindra has outfitted the XUV300 with segment-best security and premium package. However contemplate its strengths, like refinement, ease of driving, trip and dealing with, and tools, and the positives outweigh the negatives. So, as a package deal then, the XUV300 is definitely probably the most polished automotive to return out of the Mahindra secure.