Over 26,000 bookings in less than a month! This is how market is going crazy behind the XUV 300 and that’s for a reason. Mahindra’s earlier offering, the TUV 300 though built tough and sporty didn’t make the mark in the segment. The ladder frame vehicle missed out on the practicality advantages of the other monocoque SUV’s like the Brezza.
To tackle this problem Mahindra redeveloped the Tivolli and made it the XUV 300. The car is priced between 7.90 and 11.64 lakh INR. Is it worth the hype? Is it a ssanyong or just another Mahindra? Why should one even think about it? Let’s know the answers to all these questions in the paragraphs below.
The styling of the XUV 300 is carried over from the Ssanyong Tivoli. However, it looks a lot more different than that. The shaved off length of the Tivolli can be easily recognised as it looks spacious from the front and truncated from the rear. The car is 3.9 meters in length and 2.6 meters is the wheelbase. These figures mean that the company has optimally increased the cabin space to add more room for both the rows of the seats.
This XUV is 1.8 meters in width and 1.6 meters in haeight which makes it spacious enough to accommodate passengers of 6 feet and above. It sits on 17 inches tires which offer a decent ride quality and filter all the minor undulations on the road. The turning radius of this car is 10.6 meters which is an enough for U-turn in a single go on a standard sized road.
Chrome has been used extensively. The chrome finished grille gives the car a premium feel. Also, the chrome highlights near the number plate and surrounding the foglamps look great. Door handles, door cladding, door visor, rear reflector, tail lamp extension and almost everything is garnished with chrome. The LED DRL’s which extend down to the fog lamps look amazing. Automatic headlamps and wipers are packed in to increase its premium appeal.
The dual tone colour scheme and the roof rails make the car stand out in the crowd. Tail lamp LED treatment looks great and make them feel large. The windows along with the A-pillar have been given a piano black treatment which would look perfect hit on any colour combination. The car comes with a first in segment front parking sensors. The dual tone colour scheme looks sporty.
As mentioned earlier, the leg room and head room available is more than adequate even for passengers above 6 feet. Under thigh support is the best for average sized people. Taller people may find that thing lacking. The flat floor board makes seating 3 people very comfortable. There is an iso fix child seat mount on the back seat. Apart from that, the XUV 300 gets leatherette upholstery. The car packs in seven airbags which make it very safe. The door handles are chrome plated and the front door panel can house two 1-liter bottles. All other switches like the power windows, child lock are there on the driver seat. The seats are manually adjustable for height and distance.
However, there is no dead paddle to rest your feet. The glove box is large enough to hold your laptop and charger. There is a sunglass holder near the cabin lights in front. The Outside rear view mirror is auto dimming which is a great add-on. There are 2 USB ports along with an AUX on the dashboard. However, a charging point at the rear is a huge miss. There is a storage space beneath the central arm rest to store valuables like your mobile phones and wallets. On the right side of the steering are the audio controls and on the left are the cruise controls. You get air craft like controls for the sun roof.
There is a 7-inch touchscreen which hosts android auto and apple car play. The dials on the instrument cluster look classic but the multi information display in between the gives you the sense of digitalisation. The back-lit colour can be changed. There is a dual zone climate control system. The reverse parking camera has 3 modes which can guide you to park in parallel and perpendicular style. Moreover, the voice commands guide you exactly in the right direction while reverse parking. The black and beige colour theme looks fabulous in this SUV. It makes the car feel airier and the silver coloured touches on the cabin add to the show. The dual zone climate control works well on this car. There are various modes available for steering.
This is a very smart touch because the steering of all the urban commuters feels under confident on highways. 4 speaker system in the car feels a bit lacking. All three passengers get a seat belt and the seats are wide enough to make all of them feel very comfortable. The boot space inside the car is a bit low. There is an option of 60-40 split available but because of the high loading lip, packing in the luggage is tough.
The car is available in 2 engine options. 1.2-liter petrol engine makes 110 bhp at 5000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 2000-3500 rpm while the 1.5-liter diesel engine makes 115 bhp at 3750 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1500-2500 rpm. The ARAI claimed average fuel economy for diesel is 20 kmpl while for the petrol its 17 kmpl. The car gets a start stop system which shuts off the engine while idling.
This thing however could be a great problem in the stop start traffic because it is slow to react. Diesel engine is the same as that of the Marazoo but because this one is 250 kg lighter, the power is actually felt inside the cabin. The diesel performance is punchy. It’s a bit lazy to react to the throttle input but the turbo lag is very well managed to give a powerful mid-range. Cruising on the highway is best done with this car because of the linear performance, steering weight and cruise control.
The cabin refinement is brilliant, no wind or tire noise can filter inside the cabin. The petrol engine is super refined and silent. The clutch is very light which makes it very easy for city commute. Acceleration and the power delivery of the petrol engine is very linear. The engine is tuned for being comfortable rather sporty. The petrol engine is same as that of the KUV but here its completely reworked and has been added with a turbo charger. It feels very strong up to 4200 rpm after which there is a steep decline in the power levels.
The car comes with disc brakes on all four wheels coupled to an Anti-Lock Braking system with Electronic Brake Distribution. There are seven airbags inside the car, sufficient to keep the passengers tied up in case of a collision. Front parking sensors are the first in class which are available on this car.
Reverse parking camera works very efficiently in coordination with parking sensors voice command and parking mode. Heated outside rear-view mirror is a very good addition which would help the driver in extreme weather and foggy conditions. It’s a very handy tool and is of a great use.
It comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Ride and handling of the car is absolutely perfect. You can very well speed up through small bumps and potholes and feel nothing inside! There are three modes for the steering which are comfort normal and sport mode. Sport mode basically increases the weight of the steering.
The steering is best suited for city driving, even with the sports mode it doesn’t offer a feedback which is as good as the ford eco sport. The suspensions work very well and send no shocks inside the cabin. The 17-inche tires make the ride a bit on the stiffer side. All the four wheels are equipped with disc brakes which increase the braking power of the car.
The XUV 300 has taken all the right things from every car to be a perfect combination. Almost all the cars are of a similar size. Ecosport is marginally bigger in length and height but slightly less than the width of the Mahindra. It is almost similar in dimensions to its rival Suzuki Brezza. However, its wheelbase is almost 100 mm more than the others. Also, this SUV is heaviest of the lot. Even though look and styling is a subjective matter, the Eco sport has an edge over all the vehicles but the XUV certainly looks more modern than the Brezza.
The quality of materials inside the Mahindra are certainly the best in class. Touchscreen of the Eco sport appears to be more visually appealing than the Mahindra and the brezza. Also, its larger than the competition by an inch. XUV and Brezza are the only cars in this segment to get a satellite navigation. Automatic climate control is only available with the XUV 300. Knee room of the XUV 300 is far better than the Eco sport however, it lacks the rear A/C vent like the Nexon. Boot space is probably the weakest link on the XUV.
Even some of the hatchbacks have a bigger boot than this one. Driveability is certainly the best in the Ecosport, with the punchier engine sharp handling and a quick response. It is the quickest to score a 100 kmph speed mark in 11.85 seconds. The average fuel efficiency in city traffic conditions is 14.5 kmpl and on the highway its 17.9 kmpl. It’s the brezza which offers the best urban fuel efficiency. The pricing of the XUV is on a higher side as compared to the brezza and nexon.
XUV 300 is available in 5 petrol and 5 diesel models. There are eight colour options to choose from with two models in a dual tone colour scheme. The W4 is the base model for both petrol and diesel. The W4 petrol costs 7.9 lakhs whereas the diesel costs 8.5 lakhs. The engine, transmission, ride and handling are the same for every model. The other models on offer are W6, W8, W8 optional, and W8 optional Dual tone. The top model goes up to 12.14 lakhs INR.
The W4 has a 2 DIN audio system while the others have a touch screen infotainment system. The W8 gets reverse parking sensors, ESP with hill hold, piano black door colour scheme, fabric seat upholstery, dual zone climate control, cruise control, keyless entry with push button start stop and a lot more features over the W6. The W8 optional gets 5 more airbags, dual tone roof rails, leatherette upholstery.
Even if the price is high, this is a car which offers a lot more value than anyone in the comparison. The design is not as sporty as an Ecosport but its more modern and the chrome garnish every where makes you feel you are moving in a premium car. Quality of materials used are certainly the best. The black and beige theme with silver accents makes the car feel airier than the black interiors of the rest.
Punchier engine coupled with a light clutch makes driving a breeze in the city where most of the owners would spend their time. The fuel efficiency figures are also very good with the XUV 300. The only weak link in this one is the boot, but you have a 60-40 split option to accommodate more luggage anyways. The car is the best only in a few areas but unlike others, it is definitely is good in all the other areas. This is what makes XUV 300 the best in class.
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