Mahindra launched the XUV500 (pronounced ‘five-double-oh’) at an aggressive price range of Rs. 10.80 for the W6 (base, 2WD), Rs. 11.95 lakh for the W8 (top-end, 2WD) and Rs. 12.88 lakh for the W8 (top-end, AWD).
The XUV500 is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The diesel motor is coupled with VGT (variable geometry turbocharger) and makes 140 bhp of max power and 330 Nm of max torque. The XUV 500 is slightly powerful (2 bhp) than Aria and has 10 Nm more torque than both Aria and Yeti. The ARAI-certified mileage is 15.1 kmpl, which is better than that of Tata Aria (13.51 kmpl) but less than Skoda Yeti (17.61 kmpl).
Looks-wise, the XUV500 is quite radical with its Cheetah-inspired front grille, muscular wheel arches and sporty dimensions which hide the three rows of seats. The boot space is very limited and you have to fold the third row to accommodate luggage during long trips.
XUV500 W6 (Rs. 10.80 lakh)
The XUV500 W6 does not get GPS navigation, side and curtain airbags, ESP with rollover mitigation, Hill Hold and Hill Descent control.
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XUV 500 W8 2WD (Rs. 11.95 lakh)
The W8 variant gets GPS navigation, curtain & side airbags apart from front dual airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), DVD player, Tyretronics, Hill hold and Hill descent control.
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XUV 500 W8 AWD (Rs. 12.88 lakh)
The W8 AWD gets 4×4 AWD variant gets Borg Warner, on-demand all-wheel drive system and all the features available in the W8 2WD variant.
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