Mahindra XUV is a global product that Mahindra exports to many international markets including South Africa and Australia. The current flagship product of the brand is appreciated for its dominating looks and a long list of features in India. What does the Australian market think about the vehicle? We have a review from an automotive review channel called CarTell.tv and here is what they think about the Indian car.
What do they think about the Mahindra XUV 500?
The presenter introduces the channel by saying that “Australia’s good looking car reviews”, which means that the channel only reviews good looking cars. Simone, who is reviewing the vehicle starts by saying that the Mahindra XUV 500 actually looks “pretty nice”. She also says that the car is quite compact for a seven-seater.
Simone also mentions the “Cheetah” inspired the design of the vehicle but says Mahindra XUV 500 is inspired by the “next-level”. The “level level” features are mentioned as vertical door handles and front nudge bar.
The Australian XUV 500 remains powered by the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that produces a similar 103 kW or 138.125 Bhp of maximum power and 330 Nm of peak torque. The fuel efficiency is mentioned as 7.7 litre per 100 km, which translates into 12.98 km/l as per Indian standard. It also gets the six-speed automatic transmission, which Simone says is reasonably well. She goes on to describe that the engine is not very quiet but it is a very hearty performer. The engine vibrations go to the steering wheel of the vehicle, which she has said in the video.
Simone also praises about the space management of the vehicle and how it can hold up a lot of things inside. The car gets similar infotainment system as the updated XUV 500. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment gets zoom feature and distance to the obstacle in centimetres and also guidelines.
Seating comfort is described as comfortable in the first two rows but a bit tight for the last row passengers. However, features like air vents in the last row get a mention. The safety net of Austrailian XUV 500 gets 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control, Hill Descent. All the features are available in the Indian XUV 500 too. The car gets a 4 Star ANCAP rating.
Simone draws the conclusion that the Mahindra XUV 500 is a value for money product but lacks refinement. It is something that the other manufacturers do not offer. Mahindra only offers the automatic version of the vehicle in Austrailia and there are three variants available. The cheapest one starts at 25,990 Austrailian Dollars, which translates to about Rs. 13 lakh. The top-end variant gets AWD option and it is priced at 32,990 Austrailian Dollars, which roughly translates into Rs. 16.5 lakh.