Mahindra XUV500 Variants
Editorial Test Drive Review of Mahindra XUV500
Pros: Fantastic looks, High equipment levels, Best Mahindra yet, Excellent value for money, Spacious interiors
Cons: Gearbox not smooth, Dynamics not class best, Interior quality still patchy, Long waiting periods
Mahindra XUV500 Interiors
The XUV500 isn’t as long as some of the rivals but is wider than most. It does have seven seats but due to its limited length, the last row is best suited only for kids. Also, with the third row in place, there is next to no boot space left inside. Secondly, at places, the fit and finish of the plastics isn’t really upto the mark – these two things are just about the only negatives we found in the SUV and hence wanted to mentioned them first. The good part starts now – step inside and you are shocked with the package Mahindra has managed here. From the extreme design lines to the feature list and space, the XUV500 simply surpasses its immediate rivals as well as others priced at almost double the cost easily. The top end W8 model is loaded to the brim including leather seats and touch screen system for various functions. Infact, the feeling one gets while seated in any of the seats is that of a high end premium SUV costing much more. Space is very generous in the first two rows and seats are heavily bolstered thus offering comfort of the higher order. Everywhere you look, you see detailing to the core. For instance, the speedometer console that looks terrific at night. Thoughtful features are the conversation mirror for the driver, flowing central console, chilled box under the driver arm rest, cruise control, voice command for audio and cruise system etc. The huge windows also add to the overall airy feeling inside.
The 2nd row passenger comfort is also high. The front seats are placed higher which means rear passengers get good foot-well area. You also get a central arm rest which also houses cup-holders, air-con vents in the side pillars and a completely flat floor which adds to the leg space incase three passengers sit at the rear.
Mahindra XUV500 Interiors Details
Mahindra XUV500 Boot space
Boot space makes up to 93 litres when all seats are up. With the last two seats folded, the boot space becomes a whopping 703 litres.
Mahindra XUV500 Speedometer
Mahindra XUV500 speedometer is like a Christmas which offers the driver more information and also has a lot of other options to see including the seat belt and so on.
Mahindra XUV500 Gear lever
Comes with smooth leatherfabric covered gear knob
Mahindra XUV500 Cup holders
Yes rear arm rests come with cupholders also, there is a small sunglass holder in the dash and there is also a unique umbrella holder.
Mahindra XUV500 Exteriors
Size and looks matter in the premium SUV category in India and the Mahindra designers knew this very well. The XUV500 stands tall and proud with looks that shame other offerings which are priced at almost double the cost! At 4585mm in length, 1890mm in width and 1785mm high, the XUV might be smaller in length than offerings like the Aria, Endeavour, Captiva but at the same time, it is wider than the Endeavour, Captiva and even the Fortuner. As compared to its own cheaper sibling, the Scorpio, the XUV500 is around 3 inches wider and 6 inches longer.
Developed with a budget of Rs 650 crore, the XUV certainly has been given priority and attention as far as design goes. It has an extreme front end but for some, it might be overdone. However, the kind of attention this vehicle enjoys is unparalled – for two days the vehicle was with us, it generated more stares, questions and attention from others than any of the premium SUVs we have ever driven! It isn’t a traditional looking SUV, but an extreme one. It has massive road presence and stuff like the LEDs integrated into the head lamp or the bulging rear simply add to the whole package. The side profile is more natural and at more than one instance, it did remind us of the Mitsubishi Outlander! You also notice the muscular design lines above the wheel arches, the typical Mahindra grille and the twin exhausts which give a proper hint of this vehicle’s capabilities. Other interesting bits include the funky ‘paw’ door handles and the sexy tail lamps with motif engravings. It won’t be wrong to say that the XUV500 easily generates more attention than its main rivals in this price band, the Force One and the Tata Aria.
Mahindra XUV500 Exteriors Details
Mahindra XUV500 Front design
The Front design has been inspired by Cheetah design as it has a more stylish and a powerful look.
Mahindra XUV500 Rear design
The rear gate is remote operated. The rear windscreen with a wash and wipe feature and a rear defogger for better visibility is present in XUV 500
Mahindra XUV500 Side profile
Body coloured Bumpers and electronically operated OVSRMs with side indicators.
Mahindra XUV500 Ground Clearance
XUV500 comes with an impressive ground clearance of 200 mm
Mahindra XUV500 Engine & Performance
There is a small myth associated with the XUV500 – it has the same engine as the Scorpio’s! While this is fairly true in the sense that it indeed is the same basic unit with the same capacity, its engine output is way higher – 15% more power and 14% more torque and that too at a lower engine speed! It is also mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and a similar speed automatic is expected next year. Twist the key and the engine starts with a rather muted sound and clatter – thanks to all that NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) packaging possible by various changes including the dual mass flywheel. Shift to first, release the clutch and within the first few minutes, you are mighty impressed with the punch, performance and refinement! Turbo lag is minimal and the XUV finds no problem in picking speeds from low RPMs – for example, you can ponder in traffic at 40km/h in 4th easily. That said, the same gear can take you 150+ without a jiffy.
This is truly a highway vehicle and the engine literally sleeps in 6th cog. At an indicated 120km/h for example, the tachometer shows around 2250rpm – a dap on the accelerator and within seconds it is past 150km/h. We managed an indicated 195km/h in 6th which is much more than what most of the competition can manage. This performance doesn’t come at the cost of fuel economy with the XUV500 being the most efficient in its class. The 6th cog also helps generating maximum efficiency at highway speeds though it can also be used above 70km/h easily. That said, the only flaw we saw was the gearshift action – it felt rubbery and we specially had issues with shifting in 1st gear.
The amount of torque and power generated is so huge that pedal to metal in lower gears, one needs to take note of the torque steer – easily felt through the gear lever. The XUV500 also comes with the start-stop feature that works when the vehicle is stationary in neutral for over 2.5 seconds. It can be switched on or off by the driver via the button on the central console. The XUV500 also comes with hill descent control system – superb for this pricing!
Mahindra XUV500 Engine and Performance Details
Mahindra XUV500 Acceleration
Acceleration gets a four star. XUV can rev up to 120 kmhr speed in just 18.50 secs.
Mahindra XUV500 Top speed
Top speed of XUV500 is an amazing 160.14 km her. XUV500 is a promising thriller in terms of its acceleration and pick up. Its top speed is indeed impressive. In 0-400m sprint, its terminal speed came out to be 137.13 kmhour.
Mahindra XUV500 In-gear acceleration
In gear acceleration from 100-120 in fifth gear is 7.43 seconds.
Mahindra XUV500 Gearbox
XUV500 comes with a 6 speed synchromesh manual gearbox which delivers unmatched performance.
Mahindra XUV500 Mileage and Running Costs
In the XUV500 the performance doesn’t come at the cost of fuel economy with the XUV500 being the most efficient in its class. The 6th cog also helps generating maximum efficiency at highway speeds though it can also be used above 70km/h easily. Expect 12 kmpl in city and 15 kmpl in highway.
Mahindra XUV500 Mileage View full detail
|Mahindra XUV500 Diesel Variants|
|Mahindra XUV500 W4||15.1 kmpl|
|Mahindra XUV500 W6||15.1 kmpl|
|Mahindra XUV500 W8 2WD||15.1 kmpl|
|Mahindra XUV500 W8 AWD||15.1 kmpl|
Mahindra XUV500 Mileage Details
Mahindra XUV500 City fuel economy
XUV500 offers great fuel efficiency in urban areas.XUV 500 offers an impressive mileage of 10kmpl on city roads.
Mahindra XUV500 Highway fuel economy
XUV 500's mileage on the highways is of an impressive 14kmpl which makes this vehicle a great choice for highways and other challenging terrains
Mahindra XUV500 ARAI rated economy
According to the ARAI rating the economy of XUV 500 is 15.01 Kmpl
Mahindra XUV500 Tank Range
Fuel tank capacity is 70 litres.
Mahindra XUV500 Handling Braking & Safety
On straights, the long wheelbase and aerodynamic front meant that it felt reassuringly stable even at its top speed of an indicated 195km/h. Around the hills, the ESP gives you that extra confidence and this combined with low centre of gravity and minimal body rolls make the SUV a joy to flick around corners. Our test vehicle was a 2WD version (front wheel drive only) and yet had didn’t make us feel nervous while pushing hard! This is unlike other Mahindra offerings like the Scorpio and the Xylo! The steering might not be very light for city usage or weight up perfectly at highway speeds but again, for a Mahindra offering and at this price, the overall driving experience is of the highest possible order that one expects! The all disc brake set-up along with the electronic aids adds to the overall composed braking feel. That said, under hard braking, the Bridgestone Duelers do squeal way too much. There are dual airbags for driver and front passenger and there are side and curtain airbags
Mahindra XUV500 Handling, Braking & Safety Details
Mahindra XUV500 Handling
For handling, XUV gets four star rating on the scale of five for its smooth operations and liberty for adjusting accordingly, providing maximum comfort to the driver. Its world class features enables superb handling.
Mahindra XUV500 Braking performance
XUV500's efficient front and rear disc brakes have proved to be flawless in braking tests. The brakes can bring down the car's speed from 80-0 kmr in just 28.19m in2.52 seconds. In the 100kmhr- o test, the car takes 3.34seconds and 46.64m distance.
Mahindra XUV500 Safety features
Xuv500 scores full marks on safety. It has been given a rating of five on five stars because of its 6 Airbags, Antilock braking system. EBD, Hill hold and hill descent control etc features that makes this SUV the best in class.
Mahindra XUV500 ABS
XUV 500 is fully equipped with a best quality antilock braking system which adds to the safety standards followed rigorously by Mahindra.
Mahindra XUV500 Traction control
Traction control is teamed up with ESP and Hill decent on the Mahindra XUV500.
Mahindra XUV500 Comfort & Suspension
We drove the 2WD version of the W8 model and inspite of this, the XUV handled all kinds of terrains without a complain – be it the treacherous off-road locations or simply pushing the SUV around the twisty stretches. The suspension is easily the new benchmark in the SUV segment. The route from Mahindra’s facility in Mumbai to Lonavala is mostly a good patch of city and highway stretch apart from a few broken paths and this gave us a good indication of the XUV’s set-up. Day two saw us pushing the vehicle on empty stretches of the expressway, hills of Lonavala and broken paths around the hills – everywhere, the XUV responded back impressively. On straights, the long wheelbase and aerodynamic front meant that it felt reassuringly stable even at its top speed of an indicated 195km/h. Around the hills, the ESP gives you that extra confidence and this combined with low centre of gravity and minimal body rolls make the SUV a joy to flick around corners. Our test vehicle was a 2WD version (front wheel drive only) and yet had didn’t make us feel nervous while pushing hard! This is unlike other Mahindra offerings like the Scorpio and the Xylo!
Mahindra XUV500 Comfort & Suspension Details
Mahindra XUV500 Comfort
In case of space and comfort, XUV 500 scores a flawless rating of five stars in overall space and an excellent 4 and a half star for the comfort it offers. XUV 500 is packed with adjustable steering for maximum driving ease and comfort, adjustable seats for the space in the rear section. The rear seats are foldable.
Mahindra XUV500 Front suspension
XUV500's front suspension are independent suspension with McPherson struts with anti-roll bar.
Mahindra XUV500 Rear suspension
The rear suspensions in XUV500 is multi-link suspension with anti roll bar.
Mahindra XUV500 Specifications and Features
Wheels & Tyres
|Wheel Size||17 inch|
Mahindra XUV500 Features
|Mahindra XUV500||W4||W6||W8 2WD||W8 AWD|
Mahindra XUV500 Price
The ex showroom price of Mahindra XUV500 ranges from Rs 10.80 Lakh to Rs 14.65 Lakh. Mahindra XUV500 is available in 4 variants. To find the on road price of Mahindra XUV500 you need to click on the check on road price.
Mahindra XUV500 has 4 Diesel variant(s), the cheapest variant is Mahindra XUV500 W4 which has a Diesel engine, and starts at Rs 10.80 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Mahindra XUV500 W8 AWD which has a Diesel engine and is for Rs 14.65 Lakh .
Mahindra XUV500 News
Mahindra XUV500 Reviews
By BRIJESH KUMAR Posted on Oct,10,09 9:42 PM
Pros WONDER CAR
Cons everything is here in CAR only.
As far is my opinion its a wonder car. TRUE VALUE FOR MONEY. EXCELLENT in ALL FEATURES AND STYLES. ITS A WISE DESCISION to buy this CAAAAAAR. ITS ALL YOU DESERVED FROM A CAR.
By sumit aggarwal Posted on Jan,01,27 10:00 AM
Pros great looks looks like cheetah.......fuel efficient acc to engine capacity...comfort driving
i love this car.as it fulfils all our requirements in best priceing.All over car performance is awesome and u should go for it...i know u will like it........
By Prasad Posted on May,05,02 10:12 AM
Pros Super monster look,awesome milage
Amazing car!Thank u mahindra ,its a real monster and tiger looks.Its fight the fortuner and endover
By Shanu Posted on Apr,04,05 4:49 PM
Pros Great looks
The look of car is awsome. The interior is looking good. The most important thing is less in price. Over all i like this car..)))))))))
By vasegaran Posted on Oct,10,16 12:19 AM
Pros great exterior looks & mileage highest 15.4 litre drive smooth ..no extra engine sound really super
Cons interiors better , 3rd row seats not comportable in travel but 2nd row seats leg romms space moree..
interior & exterior good but not high quality materials used because low price product...
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Used Mahindra XUV500
- Mahindra, XUV500 W8 2WD(2012)
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- Mahindra, XUV500 W8 2WD(2012)
7500 kms, in New Delhi @ Rs. 12,00,000
- Mahindra, XUV500 W8 AWD(2012)
18300 kms, in New Delhi @ Rs. 10,95,000
- Mahindra, XUV500 W8 2WD(2012)
30000 kms, in New Delhi @ Rs. 12,75,000
- Mahindra, XUV500 W8 AWD(2012)
28001 kms, in New Delhi @ Rs. 11,75,000