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Things We Like in XUV500 2011-2015

 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.

 The XUV500 stands tall and proud with looks that shame other offerings which are priced at almost double the cost!  It has massive road presence and stuff like the LEDs integrated into the head lamp or the bulging rear lights.

 The XUV500 being the most efficient in its class. The 6th cog also helps generating maximum efficiency at highway speeds 

 The suspension is easily the new benchmark in the SUV segment. 

 Turbo lag is minimal and the XUV finds no problem in picking speeds from low RPMs. We managed an indicated 195km/h in 6th which is much more than what most of the competition can manage.

 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

Things We Dont Like in XUV500 2011-2015

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 

 It has an extreme front end but for some, it might be overdone.

The refinement could have been better

 The only flaw we saw was the gearshift action – it felt rubbery and we specially had issues with shifting in 1st gear. 

 Under hard braking, the Bridgestone Duelers do squeal way too much. 

Mahindra XUV500 2011-2015 Colors

XUV500 2011-2015 is available in 7 different colors - Dolphin Grey, Volcano Black, Opulent Purple, Moondust Silver, Tuscan Red, Satin White and Arctic Blue.

  • Dolphin Grey

  • Volcano Black

  • Opulent Purple

  • Moondust Silver

  • Tuscan Red

Mahindra XUV500 2011-2015 Pictures

Review of XUV500 2011-2015

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety

Overview

The Mahindra XUV500 was launched in September 2011 and received a crazy response with huge amount of bookings. It was a massive hit for Mahindra. The XUV500 stands tall and proud with looks that shame other offerings which are priced at almost double the cost.  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. 
 
 Inside 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. 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.
 
 The XUV500 has a 140 hp diesel engine. 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. Expect 12 kmpl.
 
This is truly a highway vehicle and the engine literally sleeps in 6th cog. 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.
 
 The suspension is easily the new benchmark in the SUV segment.  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.
 
The XUV500 on the other hand not only surprises by being so accomplished but also walks away with the cake due to its pricing – from Rs 10.80 to Rs 12.88 lakh. The icing on the cake that the XUV500 walks away with is the long list of standard features – due to limited space, we simply cannot name them here.  For a detailed look read below..
 

Interior

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.

Interiors Details

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gear Lever

    Comes with smooth leather/fabric covered gear knob

  • 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.

  • Glovebox

    The dash has a small glovebox that is capable of holding even a small laptop.

  • Audio System

    There is an inbuilt music system on the central control with DVD player. The music system can be connected to an mp3 player with the help of a USB Port besides the Bluetooth connectivity for phone.

  • Air Conditioner

    XUV500 comes with a powerful AC with climate control option.

  • Arm Rests

    Yes. Rear seats have arm rests with cup holders.

  • Air Vents

    There are four AC vents on the front dash, two on the sides of the central console and one on either side.

  • Seats

    XUV500 can seat 7 people. Comfortable material has been used on the seats. Front two seats come with Lumbar support and the last two seats are foldable.

  • Leg Room

    1240 mm maximum and 1030 mm minimum of leg space spells out its awesome spacing.

  • Knee Room

    XUV 500 comes with a decent knee room of 830 mm maximum and 610 mm of minimum in the rear seats.

  • Shoulder Space

    Shoulder space is a comfortable 1440 mm at its maximum

  • Head Room

    Frontal headroom is 1000 mm in XUV500

  • Steering Wheel

    Steering wheel is ergonomically designed tilt and telescopic adjustable steering comes with mounted cruise, audio, phone and voice command controls.

  • Power Windows

    The Mahindra XUV500 is offered with power windows.

  • Keyless Entry

    Mahindra XUV500 is also offered with Keyless entry.

  • Driver Information Display

    XUV500 with speedometers 3 trip meters etc for driver information display options.

Exterior

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.

 

Exteriors

  • Front Design

    The Front design has been inspired by Cheetah design as it has a more stylish and a powerful look.

  • 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

  • Side Profile

    Body coloured Bumpers and electronically operated OVSRMs with side indicators.

  • Ground Clearance

    XUV500 comes with an impressive ground clearance of 200 mm

  • Bumpers

    Body coloured Bumpers and electronically operated OVSRMs with side indicators

  • Head Lamps

    Auto headlamps without automatic wipers has been offered on the Mahindra XUV500

  • Tail Lamps

    The Smart tail lamps has been equipped on the Mahindra XUV500

  • Fog Lamps

    Rear defogger available across all variants of the Mahindra XUV500

  • Tyres

    XUV 500 also has tyre tronics system that monitors tyre pressure. The tyre size is p235/65 R17.

  • Alloy Wheels

    XUV500 runs on five spoke 17 inch alloy Wheels

  • Outside Mirrors

    Both side outside mirrors that are electrically operated.

  • Colors

    The colours that XUV 500 is available in are Volcanic Black, Satin White, Moondust Silver, Tuscan Red, Opulent Purple and Dolphin Grey.

  • Rear Wiper

    Yes. Rear washer and wiper are included as part of the features of the Mahindra XUV500

  • Roof Rails

    Roof rails are generally absent but can be put as an option

  • Sun Roof

    No sun roof provided on the Mahindra XUV500

  • Spoiler

    Rear spoiler is given to add to the already sporty looks of XUV

  • Side Steps

    No side steps are there in the Mahindra XUV500

  • Spare Wheel

    Yes. Spare wheel can be carried along in the wide boot space.

Mileage Running Cost

 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.

Mileage Running Cost

  • City Fuel Economy

    XUV500 offers great fuel efficiency in urban areas.XUV 500 offers an impressive mileage of 10kmpl on city roads.

  • 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

  • Arai Rated Economy

    According to the ARAI rating the economy of XUV 500 is 15.01 Kmpl

  • Tank Range

    Fuel tank capacity is 70 litres.

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! 
 

Comfort and Suspension

  • 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.

  • Front Suspension

    XUV500's front suspension are independent suspension with McPherson struts with anti-roll bar.

  • Rear Suspension

    The rear suspensions in XUV500 is multi-link suspension with anti roll bar.

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!

 

Engine Performance

  • Acceleration

    Acceleration gets a four star. XUV can rev up to 120 km/hr speed in just 18.50 secs.

  • 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 km/hour.

  • In Gear Acceleration

    In gear acceleration from 100-120 in fifth gear is 7.43 seconds.

  • Gearbox

    XUV500 comes with a 6 speed synchromesh manual gearbox which delivers unmatched performance.

  • Power

    In the engine output section, XUV 500 an impressive power output of 142 PS @ 3750 rpm. The redline power stands at 5000rpm.

  • Torque

    The engine delivers a maximum torque of an enormous 330 Nm at the rate of 1600-2800rpm.

  • NVH Levels

    mHawk engine gives low noise levels and harshness.

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

Brakes and Wheels

  • 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.

  • 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 km/r in just 28.19m in2.52 seconds. In the 100km/hr- o test, the car takes 3.34seconds and 46.64m distance.

  • 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.

  • Abs

    XUV 500 is fully equipped with a best quality antilock braking system which adds to the safety standards followed rigorously by Mahindra.

  • Traction Control

    Traction control is teamed up with ESP and Hill decent on the Mahindra XUV500.

User Reviews of Mahindra XUV500 2011-2015

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