Review Mahindra XUV500
Just in case of an almost unprecedented attack on Australia’s crowded SUV market with the Indian brand, Mahindra made its task even harder – think of a Bollywood version of Mission Impossible – by Launched its XUV500 SUV here with a diesel engine (which no one wants) and a manual transmission (which few can remember how to use).
Fortunately, it fixed one of those problems in late 2016, finally adding an automatic transmission to the lineup. And now, in the end, it fixed another one.
This is a gasoline-powered XUV500 SUV. And, on the least paper, it’s the most meaningful Mahindra to date.
For one, it’s an extremely cheap way into a new seven-seater SUV. On the other hand, it is quite well equipped, even from the base level. There is a long warranty, providing equal long distance roadside assistance, and also limited price service.
So should mainstream SUV players look over their shoulders?
Spoiler warning: no.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 9/10
Make no mistake, this Mahindra kills the price competition. The entry-level W6 version will cost you $ 25,990, while the improved W8 version will set you back $ 29,990. You can even get AWD W8 for $ 32,990. The best part? All that is the price to drive.
Go for the W6, and you can expect 17-inch alloy wheels, fabric seats, air-con with air vents (powered by second compressor) in the second and third rows, headlights angled with LED lights, front and rear fog lights, cruise control, rear parking sensor and 6.0-inch multimedia screen are linked to the six-speaker stereo.
Spring for the W8, and you’ll add leather seats, a reversing camera, tire pressure monitoring and a larger, 7-inch screen with standard sat-nav.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 5/10
It is inevitable that XUV500 is not the most beautiful, most beautiful SUV in the package. But it is also not bad. Plus, it looks like it’s doing the best with a design philosophy that has hatched one or two generations ago.
Its best viewing angle is when looking straight into it, in which the piano black grille, dual bonnet and complex headlights (read: a bit weird) all add some road presence to the bike. Mahindra’s only SUV.
However, the side view will be less satisfying, in which the combination of exotic and super sharp body folds (including a fold on the rear wheel axle, adds a Harbor-type crescent. Bridge for other straight window lines) and seriously protruding rear section gives XUV500 the inevitable embarrassment.
Inside, expect a large collection of hard plastics (albeit with a unique pattern), with the atmosphere somewhat rescued by the central console that looks clean and upright, where the display is located. vehicles and air controls.
Ready for some real talking hashtag? There are seven-seater SUVs that are nicer and feel better out there. But not much starts at $ 25,990. And I think that is Mahindra’s point.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Damn reality, whether you want to carry people or carry goods. Wearing both at the same time, however, is difficult.
But let’s start with everyone. There is a huge amount of room in the third row of the XUV500, a space with enough head and leg room to put much of its competition to shame.
Thanks to the second row of seats folded flat, before the entire seat lifts and pushes forward, climbing to seats six and seven is also not a big movie.
We rarely say this about seven-seater cars, but at 175cm, I feel comfortable going back there on a longer trip. There are two vents in the third row, along with bottle storage and seat side storage for thin items.
All XUV500 are equipped with 70 liter fuel tank.
The space in the middle row is also spacious and you will find three ISOFIX attachment points, one for every three seats. There is also a door pocket at each back door and storage grilles at the back of the two front seats. A median strip pulls down separating the back seat is the home of two cupholders, matching two for the front seat driver.
The only downside to all this person’s happiness is that, with the third row in the right place, there is absolutely no space for luggage. Mahindra doesn’t cite a liter storage figure when seven people sit (mostly because it might be embarrassing to write “a liter”), but trust us, you’ll be lucky to wring a soft backpack. in boots with all venue seats.
However, things improved significantly when you dropped the third row, however, opening up 702 liters of storage, and that number increased to 1512 liters with the second and third rows folded down.