Mahindra has yet again updated the XUV500. The recently launched new Mahindra XUV500 tries to retain all the qualities of the outgoing model whilst building on some of the strengths of the older model. Our new Mahindra XUV500 vs old model comparison here will give a clear idea of how the new and the old SUVs compare with each other –
New Mahindra XUV500 vs old model – Looks
The front-end of the new Mahindra XUV500 looks a lot more stylish than the earlier version. There’s a new front grille, which is not only larger but also gets enough chrome garnish to give the car’s nose a very upmarket look. The headlamps and the bumper have been updated to complete the new look. In the side profile, the XUV500 gets a set of new 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and chrome garnish on the side cladding. The XUV500 also gets two new colour options – Mystic Copper and Crimson Red. The rear-end has received the most dramatic change. The new XUV500 comes with a set of triangular tail lamps that give the car’s tail-end an altogether new identity.
While the new styling on the rear-end might not suit the taste of everyone, all the exterior updates make the new XUV500 look fresher than the model it replaces. The interior has been updated, too. You get a soft-touch material for the new black-coloured dashboard. You also get a premium-looking faux aluminium trim for the centre console and upmarket tan-leather upholstery. Together, these changes liven up the cabin a fair bit. We believe that the new Mahindra XUV500 successfully manages to look slightly more upmarket than the earlier version. This should work in favour of the flagship SUV from Mahindra.
New Mahindra XUV500 vs old model – Specs & Mileage
One of the biggest highlights of the new XUV500 is its more powerful engine. Basically, Mahindra has given its tried-and-tested 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine a new sixth-gen ECU and acceleration-controlled turbo, which helps it output as much as 15 bhp and 30 Nm more (155 bhp-360 Nm from 140 bhp-330 Nm earlier). The motor continues to come mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard and a six-speed automatic transmission as optional. Moreover, Mahindra claims that the updated XUV500 2018 enjoys a lower level of Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).
This is not all as the company has also re-worked the suspension to improve the ride quality. Even the steering has been improved to do away with the slight vagueness it had on the earlier model. The 2.2-liter turbo-petrol engine, which was launched last year, has been carried over unchanged. But the biggest highlight is the improvement in mileage In spite of the additional power, the XUV500 has become more frugal. The new Mahindra XUV500 has an ARAI-certified mileage of 15.4 kmpl. In comparison, the old model offered 15.1 kmpl.
New Mahindra XUV500 vs old model – Price & VFM
The best part about the new Mahindra XUV500 is that it has got cheaper by up to Rs 50,000. What this actually means is that the new XUV500 is now a better value-for-money proposition. For example, the price of the 2.2-liter Diesel W10 MT variant of the pre-facelift XUV500 was Rs 16.65 lakh. In comparison, the new W11 variant costs Rs 16.43 lakh only. This is a price difference of Rs 22,000 in spite of the introduction of new features like a soft-touch material for the dashboard, new tan leather upholstery, and electric driver’s seat adjustments.
So, basically, you end up getting more for a little less money! This not only makes the new XUV500 look better VFM than before but also makes it a stronger rival to both Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass. What’s even better is that you get the fresher styling and a more powerful engine for a slightly lower price. All this makes the new Mahindra XUV500 considerably better value than before. Hence, our new Mahindra XUV500 vs old model comparison makes it clear that the latest facelift is a great step in the right direction.