The facelift for the Mahindra XUV500 is working wonders. The 7-seat crossover is now firmly at the top of its segment, outselling both the Jeep Compass and Tata Hexa comprehensively. While Mahindra sold 2,078 units of the XUV Facelift in August 2018, Jeep sold 1,303 units of the Compass and Tata Motors sold 759 units of the Hexa.
Effectively, sales of the Mahindra XUV500 are now greater than that of the Compass and Hexa combined. While the Jeep Compass was launched in India in July last year, the Tata Hexa was launched in January 2017. Of the three SUVs, the facelifted XUV500, which was launched a couple of months ago, is the newest.
The facelifted XUV500 has received a slew of changes. In terms of styling, it gets major revisions at the front and rear even as the overall shape and profile remain as is. The interiors get a big makeover as well, with leather clad seats, dashboard and an overall improvement in luxury.
New features have been added and the vehicle has also gained power and torque. The facelifted SUV uses the same 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine but with higher power and torque outputs of 154 Bhp-360 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard, while a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox is optional. It’s offered with front wheel drive and all wheel drive layouts.
The SUV also gets a 2.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine option, sold exclusively with a 6 speed automatic gearbox. The petrol motor makes 140 Bhp-320 Nm. Prices of the XUV500 start from Rs. 12.32 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi, which makes it nearly Rs. 3 lakhs cheaper than the least priced Jeep Compass. This gives the Mahindra XUV500 a major advantage.
Variant to variant, the XUV comes across as a better value-for-money offering compared to the Compass, especially considering the fact that the former is larger, and offers 7 seats. The wide price range of the XUV500 even sees it competing with the higher variants of the Hyundai Creta – a much smaller SUV in comparison.
Here is our review of the new improved Mahindra XUV500 and what makes it better: