Mahindra launched the XUV 700 at a jaw-dropping price of Rs. 11.99 lakhs ex-showroom. Mahindra claimed that the SUV would have a top speed of 200 kmph which is quite astounding for a SUV of this size. It seems like Mahindra’s claims are real. The XUV 700 with the petrol engine was able to hit a speed of 197.4 kmph while the diesel engine reached a speed of 191.8 kmph. The post says that the SUV would have hit 200 kmph and these figures were taken on a VBOX.
The petrol engine hit a ton in just 9.5 seconds, it reached 160 kmph in 25.89 seconds and completed a quarter-mile in 16.92 seconds at a speed of 135.5 kmph. The diesel engine on the other hand hits a ton in 9.88 seconds and 160 kmph comes in 26.11 seconds. The quarter-mile takes 17.17 seconds and XUV did it at 133.8 kmph.
The diesel engine with an automatic gearbox will also be offered with all-wheel drive and only on the higher variants. The all-wheel drive is not for hardcore off-roading like we have seen on the Thar. However, it will be helpful in case you are considering taking your XUV 700 in snowy or slippery places like Ladakh or Spiti.
The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre unit that comes with turbocharging and direct injection. It belongs to the mStallion family of engines. Then there is the 2.2-litre diesel engine from the mHawk family. Both the engines are incredibly refined, feel torquey and are the most powerful in the segment.
The petrol engine puts out 200 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 380 Nm. Then there is the diesel engine that produces 185 PS of max power but a higher 420 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. If you buy the automatic gearbox with the diesel engine then the torque output is increased to 450 Nm. The diesel engine is offered in a lower state of tune with the entry-level variants. In the lower variant, the same engine would produce 155 PS of max power and 360 Nm of peak torque.
First in segment ADAS features
The XUV 700 is the first vehicle in the segment to offer ADAS or Advanced Driver Assistance System. It will be offered on the top-spec trim only and the XUV 700 is also the most affordable vehicle to get this system. ADAS use a set of four cameras and radar to offer adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, front collision warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking, Smart Pilot Assist and driver drowsiness detection.
As of now, the prices of only 5-seater versions of XUV 700 has been announced. The base variant is MX Petrol and it costs Rs. 11.99 lakhs ex-showroom. The MX variant is also available with a diesel engine and it costs Rs. 12.49 lakhs. Then there are AX3 Petrol and AX5 Petrol. The AX3 costs Rs. 13.99 lakhs ex-showroom while the AX5 is priced at Rs. 14.99 lakhs ex-showroom.
The main rivals of the XUV 700 are Tata Safari, Hyundai Alcazar and MG Hector Plus. However, because of its price, it will also go against Skoda Kushaq, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun.