Mahindra XUV300 review: The smaller XUV is here

first_imgMahindra has launched the Ssangyong Tivoli in Mahindra guise. We head to Goa to try out this new SUV.Mahindra brought the Ssangyong brand into India a few years back. Their first product was the Rexton. Inspite of being a rather capable machine, the Rexton could not really create an impact in the market and that boiled down to the Ssangyong branding. People were not sure about its origins perhaps! But now Mahindra has decided to launch vehicles from the Ssangyong lineup as Mahindra SUVs here in India. As a result there is no question as far as brand recognition is concerned. The first Ssangyong to be launched as a Mahindra was the Alturas G4 and now we have the Tivoli in form of the XUV300. So how does it fare? Time to find out. The XUV300 is based on the Ssangyong’s X100 platform, which underpins the Tivoli internationally. However the idea was to make the Tivoli look like a Mahindra and we must say that Mahindra designers have done a splendid job. It comes with a slatted grille up front which is flanked by a pair of projector type headlamps. The light panels extend to the bumper and in all the unit works also as a day time running light and also offers fog light functionality. The overall front look is impressive and it is unmistakably an SUV. In profile too, the XUV300 looks handsome and adding to its SUV aura are the claddings, the 16in alloys and the floating roof design. From the rear three quarters though the XUV300 looks like it has been intentionally converted into a compact SUV which is the case. However the tail gate design and the LED tail lights add to the glamour and save the day.advertisement Inside the XUV300 looks rich thanks to the use of good quality plastics all around. The two-tone dash looks good too and should go down well with the Indian janata. The infotainment system is a very comprehensive unit. This touchscreen system offers Apple and Android compatibility and at the same time offers quite a few unique features. This includes a function where the system gauges your driving style and rates you too. Quite interesting. The instrument panel is also properly loaded and looks smart. The XUV300 also comes with dual zone climate control and then there are a plethora of storage options all around the cabin. The space offered for passengers is good and there is no shortage of headroom or kneeroom. The boot though is small but can take in a weekend’s worth of cargo with ease. The boot floor is also adjustable to offer a full flat bay once the rear seats are folded down. Quite clever. The XUV300 also offers a plethora of features. This includes front parking sensors, ABS, seven airbags and unique steering modes, among others. Mahindra is offering the XUV300 with a choice of two engines. The petrol mill is a 1.2-litre unit which churns out 110bhp and 200Nm of torque. The diesel unit is a 1.5-litre common rail motor churning out 115bhp and 300Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a 6-speed manual and we hear that the company will soon offer an AMT option as well. We got our hands on the diesel powered XUV300 and were instantly impressed by the level of NVH achieved by Mahindra. The cabin remains quite inside and the diesel engine is barely audible inside. Take off and the XUV300 feels brisk. The engine offers a very linear power delivery and this means that one has to work less through the gears while driving. There is plenty of torque lower down which helps matters well. We expect the XUV 300 to offer good fuel economy as well. A rather unique feature on the XUV300 is the adjustable steering set up. There are three modes and in ‘Comfort’ the steering lightens up. As a result making tight turns is rather easy and overall the SUV feels light to drive. Put it in ‘Sport’ and the steering weighs up and offers more feedback. This goes insync with the overall sporty theme which Mahindra is projecting. The XUV300 also rides well and we are sure that it is one of the best if not the best.Picture Courtesy: Nishant JhambALSO READ | Next-generation Alto spied for the first time, expected to be launched in OctoberALSO READ | Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo re-introduced in India, price starts at Rs 11.16 lakhALSO READ | Honda Civic engine details, fuel efficiency figures outadvertisementlast_img

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