The vehicle has been on sale since 2011 and here are the real reasons why it continues to sell so well even after being around for over 6 years.
The main USP of the XUV has to be the fact that it is very good value for money. The XUV range starts off at Rs 12.47 lakhs and goes all the way to Rs 18.86 lakhs. Now let us talk about it’s main rival, the Hexa. For the similar price. the XUV offers a sunroof, better presence, electrically adjustable seats and the option of an automatic in the AWD variant, something that the Hexa doesn’t offer.
On the other hand, the Creta (Rs 9.29 to Rs 14.64 lakhs), which is more of a compact SUV happens to be priced in the same price bracket as the XUV. In comparison, the XUV is a much larger car with 7 seats, an AWD system and much more presence. This thus justifies the fact that the XUV is massively value-for-money.
Wide range on offer
The XUV has a huge range on offer, to suit everyone’s needs. You can have a FWD (Front-wheel drive), an AWD (All-wheel drive) (even on the lower variants). an automatic (with either the FWD/AWD) and even a Delhi-special. The Delhi special is the 1.99 liter diesel engine as opposed to the 2.2 liter which enables the company to keep costs low by not paying the penalty. The models on offer are the W4, the W6, the W6 AT, the W8, the W8 AT, the W10, W10 AT, W8 AWD, W10 AWD and W10 AWD AT. Thus you have a XUV to suit the needs of everyone.
More practical than sedans
Since its launch, the XUV500 has been selling more than 2500 units a month. Compare this to the Corolla which does roughly 500 units nowadays, the Elantra does about 400 and the Octavia 200.
The main reason behind this is the fact that the XUV has a better ground clearance, has better street presence, is more imposing, has more flexible seating (third row also on offer) and has an option of AWD, something that no sedan has for obvious reasons. Since the Indian market is more SUV centric, this plays well into the hands of the XUV.
While the XUV has been around for close to 6 years now, the company has always kept the model line fresh, adding variants, features, etc to the car continously. The company first introduced an AWD variant, then an automatic, then a facelift came and that added a sunroof and other such features. Last week, the company updated the XUV with Android Auto, making the car more modern. This has enabled the company to stay ahead of the competition. The XUV was always modern when it came to features, but these updates have helped keep the customers coming in.
Continues to look sharp after all these years
The XUV has been in the market for 6 years now. Ever since then, the only change that has been done is a minor one, to the headlamps, bumpers and the tail lamps. The over all design theme continues to remain the same. Even after a 6 year period, the vehicle still looks fresh, which is a massive testament to the way the vehicle has been designed.
Has enough performance to scare mid-size sedans
The XUV is well known for its performance. The 2.2 liter mHawk engine on offer produces 140 Bhp and 330 Nm. This makes the car pretty fast. There are customers who have reported that they have managed to touch the 200 kmph mark with the XUV, while the company claims that it can cross the 170 kmph mark easily. 0-100 is also dispatched in 12.5 seconds, which is not bad for such a huge SUV.