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Mahindra XUV 500: A tamed Cheetah | Hits and Misses| CarHunt

Apr 30, 2018

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Mahindra has launched the revised/facelifted XUV 500 at Rs.12.32 lakh for the base variant (W5) while the top-end AWD variant (W11 Optional) is priced at Rs.17.88 lakh. All the prices are ex-showroom, Mumbai.  

  1. The front end now looks more mature, grown up while exuding a class from the first iteration inclined towards aggressive looks. The rear end might derive polarizing views, we didn't like it.

  2. The seat quilting is of a newer design that gives a premium feel. Overall interior finish and material feel good quality and fit for the price tag.

  3. Alloys are quite handsome; suits the car's design elements and silhouette quite well. This iteration of XUV 500 looks more than contemporary. The car has aged very gracefully, something we usually expect from European designs.

  4. Thankfully, this update extends itself under the hood too with the 2.2 litre diesel powered motor now stands at 155 HP with peak torque at 360 Nm. The 2.2 litre petrol engine is rated at power output of 140 HP and 320 NM peak torque.   

  5. Impressive safety kit: 6 airbags, ABS+EBD, ESP with rollover mitigation, Hill Hold and Hill Descent controls, all round disc brakes, projector headlights, emergency call and TPMS; built quality is reassuring too.  

  6. Ride and handling are now improved by quite a margin as compared to earlier iterations. While handling might not have as much as enthusiasts would like, laws of physics can't be defied. This car maintains its line well in corners for a tall 7-seater SUV. Better handling than heavier rivals like Hexa and Innova Crysta. Ride is more absorbing with only ever so slight hint of stiffness.

  7. Mouth watering feature list: Electric sunroof, available All Wheel Drive, Android Auto, voice command, tyre tronics (TPMS), rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, e-user manual, power adjustable driver’s seat, static bending headlights, LED DRLs and taillights, cruise control and some more make XUV 500 a good value proposition.  

  8. Petrol engine is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission, where as diesel can be had with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. We highly recommend the well-tuned Aisin made AT, it’s practical and given the engine’s spread of power, it works well too.

  9. Practical fuel tank of 70 liters, makes for lesser stops for what is a nice long-distance highway express. Turning radius of 5.6 meters is reasonable for a car of this size. Boot space with all three rows up is pathetic.  

  10. Areas of improvement: Option of 6 airbags for lower trims could bring in more sales, particularly the penultimate variant, W9. Rear end could do with more SUV-ish taillamps, and if wishes were horses, the 18" alloys could be optional for lower penultimate trim as well.  

CarHunt Verdict: XUV 500 continues to offer terrific value with more power and updated looks that appear more premium, sorted ride and handling makes for a great highway car. Option of AT and AWD is great combination. XUV500 is still in the game and deserves more homes. It has come a long way and continues to impress!

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