Mahindra has hit a purple patch with its latest launch in India – the XUV300 compact SUV. The sub-4 meter vehicle is selling like hot cakes, and Mahindra has just produced 25,000 units of the SUV in less than 6 months of launch. That’s a very good average of over 44,000 units. The XUV300 has been a strong seller right from launch, clocking around 5,000 units on an average each month, and moving past the Tata Nexon to even take second place in the sub-4 meter compact SUV space behind the Maruti Brezza. Now though, the launch of the Hyundai Venue has meant that the XUV300 sits in third place in terms of sales, with the Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport in fourth and fifth places respectively. Meanwhile, Mahindra has just launched the diesel AMT variant of the XUV300, which should give the SUV a sales boost of at least 500-1,000 units each month.
The XUV300’s Diesel AMT variants are available in W8 and W8 (Option) trims, and are priced around Rs. 70,000 higher than equivalent manual gearbox equipped variants. The W8 AMT Diesel is priced at Rs. 11.5 lakhs and the W8 (Option) AMT diesel is priced at Rs. 12.7 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The base variant of the Mahindra XUV300 petrol costs Rs. 7.9 lakhs and the base diesel is priced at Rs. 8.5 lakhs. The XUV300 is now available in 10 variants: 4 in petrol and 6 in diesel. They are: W4, W6 W8 and W8 Option in petrol, and W4, W6, W8, W8 (Option, W8 AMT and W8 AMT (Option). The two engine options on the XUV300 include a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol with 110 Bhp-200 Nm and a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel with 115 Bhp-300 Nm. Both engines drive the front wheels by 6 speed manual gearboxes while the diesel gets a 6 speed AMT option. In future, the petrol variant could also gain an AMT option.
The Mahindra XUV300 is easily the most safety feature loaded SUVs in its segment, and the option pack adds a slew of creature comforts as well. From a sunroof to tyre pressure monitoring system, the XUV300 is aimed at those looking for a well rounded compact SUV that is quite spacious. The SUV has the best wheelbase in its segment, measuring 2,600 mm. This wheelbase gives it ample space for the rear seat passengers. Mahindra has compromised on boot space though, which is one of the smallest in its segments, at 257 liters. For those who want to carry more luggage, some amount of flexibilty is built in through a fully foldable rear seat, which also gets a 60:40 split. Want to know more about the XUV300? Don’t miss our review of Mahindra’s latest compact SUV for India.