Slated to be launched in February 2019, the Mahindra XUV 300 promises to be a premium offering in the sub 4-metre SUV segment. It has been targeting this segment for quite some time now, but never quite got the formula right. In fact, the XUV 300 will be Mahindra’s fifth attempt at carving out a significant portion of the pie, which is currently being enjoyed by the Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, and the Ford EcoSport.
In order to achieve this, the automaker has equipped the car with comfort, aesthetic and safety features, with many of them being segment-firsts. It is available in 4 variants- W4, W6, W8, and the top of the line W8 (O). Also, you can choose from petrol as well as diesel options. It is expected to be priced between Rs. 8 lakhs and Rs. 13 lakhs, depending on the engine and the variant. With so many pros to boast of, Mahindra seems to have raised the bar of the segment with this offering. Let’s take a detailed look at what the XUV 300 is going to be all about-
In terms of its exterior, the makers have carried forward the cheetah-like design and silhouette that was manifested in its former variant, the XUV 500. Its visual appeal is enhanced by the contemporary grille, perfect bonnet, and well-defined body lines. The front facade sports unique LED DRL setup. The LEDs overline the top of the headlamps and then fall all the way down to the log lamps, which indeed lend it an attractive stance at night.
The headlamps are projector units and they too have a smart look, coupled with the sleek grille. Buyers opting for the W8 variant can expect the projector headlamps with DRLs. When it comes to the side profile, this car manages to impress by the 17-inch dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels in the top W8 (O) variant.
The W8 gets 17-inch alloys and the W6 and W4 get 16-inch steel rims which further accentuate its bold look. the top variant also shows off a sunroof and dual tone roof-rails. The colour options include, Red, Orange, White, Black, Silver, and Aqua. The tail-lamps too are LED, and the XUV is also accompanied by a rear wiper and washer. Thanks to the 180mm of ground clearance, you will feel pretty safe inside the city.
The interiors of the XUV 300 flaunt a dual colour, i.e. black and beige theme. The dashboard too is practical enough, thanks to the additional storage space on the co-passenger side. The cabin promises a commanding view of the road with a high seating position that immediately inspires confidence. Going by the trend of contemporary compact SUVs, it promises generous knee room and headroom to the occupants along with a comfortable seating arrangement.
This 5-seater offering offers the latest infotainment system having CarPlay and Android Auto option coupled with a 7-inch touchscreen which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This is connected to a 6-speaker sound system. The features that promise to enhance driver’s convenience include, auto-dimming IRVM, tyre pressure monitoring system, 1 touch up-down power window for the driver, auto headlamps, 6-wway adjustable driver seat, cruise control, steering-mounted controls and keyless entry.
Besides, the rear camera comes with dynamic guidelines to facilitate easier parking. Other features include dual zone climate control and mood lighting. The seats are done in leather upholstery which lends the cabin a premium feel. However, the lack of under-thigh support and the modest legroom can be quite a disappointment. Also, despite having the longest wheelbase in its segment, the knee-room is not adequate.
The cushioning is also a little too firm for liking. In terms of storage though, the cabin does not leave any room for complaint. There are enough storage spaces for your phone, wallet, bottles, etc. There is also a deep glove-box that can accommodate a laptop, besides plenty of cubby holes between the front seats, open tray on the dash and big bottle holders on all four doors.
In terms of the engine, the Mahindra XUV 300 Facelift will get both diesel and petrol engine. The latter is said to be 1.5litre engine that churns out a power of 100bhp and delivers a maximum torque output of 145Nm. According to speculations, the diesel engine will either remain the same, i.e. of 1.5litres or will take a jump to 2.0litre with the capacity of developing the power of 138bhp and torque output of 320Nm. Its engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. An automatic is likely to be offered eventually, as engine options have not yet been confirmed officially. As far as mileage is concerned, the petrol version could return a mileage of 12-16kmpl. The diesel is expected to deliver 13-19kmpl.
The car is equipped with disc brakes in all four wheels. As far as safety features are concerned, buyers can expect the anti-lock braking system, dual front airbags, EBD, reverse parking sensors, child seat mounts, electronic stability program, and ABD. It also promises segment-best 7 airbags, one more than the Ecosport. Even otherwise, the car is loaded with a plethora of features such as electric sunroof, dual zone climate control with memory function, cruise control, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring tech navigation. However, the infotainment system lacks the crispness of display and ease of use offered by the XUV300’s rivals.
It is also interesting to note that the diesel engine is amongst the most silent performers in this segment. Though at high revs. It is a little louder than expected, but when it comes to regular driving, it is extremely refined and with enough grunt to get up to the speed with minimal turbo lag. Even at triple digit speeds, the strong midrange of this car keeps it punching away as it cruises in a fairly refined manner. Even with four adults and some luggage, it won’t feel weighed down or underpowered.
However, the 6-speed manual unit fails to live up to the mark in comparison. Despite being light and easy to row through the gears, it is not at all precise- the gearshift action is very vague and the throws are long, too.
Lately, the SUV models have been facing tough competition, and the XUV 300 will be no exception. It is likely to be rivalled by Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, and Honda WR-V. The XUV 300 has taken the compact SUV game forward in many ways. It is not only a treat to the eyes, but also gets ample doses of refinement along with offering several segment-first features at competitive prices. Besides, there is abundant space inside, and it is quite a winner in terms of performance and driveability. If you are looking for performance and plethora of equipments, it is a great pick, to say the least.
How useful was this post?
Click on a star to rate it!
Average rating / 5. Vote count: