Mahindra has launched the XUV500 in Australia and has priced it aggressively. The XUV500 W8 2WD is priced at $29,900 (Rs. 16.63 lakh) and the all-wheel-drive variant is priced at $32,900 (Rs. 18.3 lakh). The company plans to launch the W6 low-spec variant at a later stage.
The XUV500 takes on the Holden Captiva7 (2WD and 4WD) which are priced in the range of $35,490 and $39,490. The XUV400 is thus significantly cheaper than the Captiva, but the Captiva has an edge for it comes with automatic transmission, while the XUV500 comes with a 6-speed manual only. Mahindra is developing an automatic version of the XUV500 but it is a year or two away from launch.
The Australian-spec XUV500 is powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel that puts out 138 Bhp of power and 220 Nm of torque which is the same as that of the Indian-spec XUV500. The XUV500 returns a mileage of 6.7 litre / 100 Km (14.92 Kmpl) and emits 176 g/Km of CO2.
The XUV500 has a plethora of creature comforts including Italian leather upholstery, satellite navigation, LCD touch screen, LED parking lamps, Bluetooth phone and music streaming.
The XUV500 has been given a 4-star rating in the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and this is the highest rating given to an Indian manufacturer’s vehicle in Australia. Also read: XUV500 crash test rating .