Recent SUV and MPV launches: A quick guide for buyers

Over the past four weeks, there have been some much awaited launches like that of the Mahindra XUV 500 and the Renault Koleos. We also witnessed the launch of the Mahindra Bolero facelift and the Hyundai Santa Fe automatic. Here’s a quick compilation of these four launches that MPV/SUV buyers will find useful.

CarToq has put together this story to help buyers pick the right vehicle this festive season. Let’s take a look at some essential details like prices, specifications and our final verdict.

Mahindra XUV 500

Recent SUV and MPV launches: A quick guide for buyers
Photo: With 6,000 bookings in only two days the XUV 500 is set to be a winner

Launched: September 29

Starting Price: Rs. 10.80 lakh

Claimed Mileage: 15.1 Kmpl

Competition: Tata Aria, Tata Safari, Mahindra Scorpio and Force One

Mahindra launched the XUV 500 (pronounced as ‘5 double oh’) with aggressive prices of Rs. 10.80 lakh 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 XUV 500 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). It makes 140 bhp of max power and 330 Nm of max torque. Also read: Mahindra XUV launched

Unique Proposition

What makes the XUV 500 unique is the kind of features and fuel economy it offers at this price point. It is an ideal car for an entry-level SUV buyer and can even seat five adults in the first two rows and two kids at the rear. The XUV 500 comes in three variants, W6 2WD, W8 2WD and W8 AWD. Also read: Why XUV 500 is excellent value for money

Let’s take a look at the price of the XUV 500 in different cities across India.

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Loaded with luxury features at attractive price

Refined, powerful engine with 6-speed gearbox
ABS and airbags in all variants


No boot space with all three rows in use
Plastic quality needs improvement
Some design elements seem overdone


Exterior features: The XUV 500 is stylish with cheetah-inspired honeycomb grille, vertical door handles, racing-inspired twin exhausts, roof rails, static-bending projection headlamps, LED parking lights and power-foldable and adjustable ORVMs.

Interior features: The XUV 500 comes with lots of standard features even on the base variant such as two airbags and ABS with all-round disc brakes, integrated CD system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and steering audio controls, cruise control and voice command for stereo.

The fully loaded XUV 500 comes with six airbags, an electronic stability program (ESP), hill-hold control and hill-descent control. It also sports a chiller box, GPS navigation and a touch screen infotainment system.

Renault Koleos

Recent SUV and MPV launches: A quick guide for buyers
Photo: The Koleos stands out thanks to its automatic transmission and price

Launched: September 8

Starting Price: Rs. 22.9 lakh

Claimed Mileage: 13.7 Kmpl

Competition: Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Captiva, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan X-trail

Renault launched the Koleos at a price of Rs. 22.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).  The Koleos has a 2-litre, common-rail diesel engine with turbo that belts out 148 bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of torque. The top speed of the SUV is 180 kmph (claimed) and it can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in a mere 12.3 seconds. Also read: Renault Koleos SUV launched

Unique Proposition

What makes the Koleos unique is the automatic transmission which even the segment leader, Toyota Fortuner lacks. There are three modes for the 4×4 system in the Koleos: 4WD lock, 2WD lock or auto 4WD lock. In the auto 4WD lock mode, the intelligent 4×4 system will prevent the wheels from locking when driving in slippery road conditions.

Let’s take a look at the price of the Koleos in different cities across India.

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Quality fit and finish

Different modes for the 4×4 system

Hi-tech audio system (Bose)

Split tail gate for easy loading/unloading of luggage


Seating capacity is limited to 5 adults (no third row)

Lack of manual transmission for enthusiasts

Renault’s wafer-thin sales and service network


Exterior features: The Koleos sports a bold, chrome-rich front grille, front and rear skid plates, 17-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels, ORVMs with turn indicators, a steeply raked rear windscreen, rain sensing wipers, electric defrosting on rear glass and front fog lamps.

Interior features: On the inside Renault gives you a soft touch dashboard, 6-way power seats with manual lumbar adjustment, a front armrest with a storage box & cup holder, premium beige all-leather upholstery, dual zone automatic climate control, rear AC vents with flow control, engine start/stop button, cruise control and speed limiter.

The Koleos also gets a Bose audio system with CD, MP3 player and eight high performance speakers, tweeters and a subwoofer system. It also has steering mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity. With regard to safety, the Koleos is loaded with six SRS Airbags, ABS with brake assist & EBD, side and curtain airbags, Anti-whiplash headrests and all four anti-pinch power windows.

Mahindra Bolero Facelift

Recent SUV and MPV launches: A quick guide for buyers
Photo: New refreshed front grille of the Bolero - note the new airdam and the vertical slats on the grill.

Launched: September 8

Starting Price: Rs. 6.32 lakh

Claimed Mileage: 15.96 kmpl

Competition: Tata Sumo, Tata Grande, Chevrolet Tavera, Mahindra Xylo

Mahindra has launched a face-lifted Bolero at a starting price of Rs. 6.19 lakh. The new Bolero is available in three variants, SLE, SLX and a new top-end variant, the ZLX. The new Bolero is powered by a M2 CRDI (common rail direct injection) engine that makes 63 bhp of power and 195 Nm of torque. The new engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Unique Proposition

The Bolero has been the best selling SUV in its segment for the past five years. The Bolero continues to be a preferred choice because of its practical design and rugged nature. The new Bolero comes with slightly more refined engine with slightly better pick up. The company has tuned it to offer better mileage and also aids in improving NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).

Let’s take a look at the price of the Bolero in different cities across India.

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Best in terms of mileage in the segment



Lack of safety features (Airbags, ABS etc)

Retro looks


Exterior features: The face-lifted Bolero gets a muscular front bumper, rear wash-wipe, new hawk-eyed headlamps, contemporary body decals and a spare wheel cover.

Interior features: On the inside, the Bolero comes with centre arm rests, head rests, power steering, mobile charging facility, voice message system, keyless entry and remote fuel lid opener. The Bolero also gets digital display on the instrument console and a driver information system.

Hyundai Santa Fe Automatic

Recent SUV and MPV launches: A quick guide for buyers
Photo: Santa Fe front view. Clean, but not overly aggressive

Launched: September 27

Starting Price: Rs. 24.36 lakh

Claimed Mileage: 11.72 kmpl

Competition: Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Captiva and Nissan X-trail

Hyundai has launched a new 4WD 6-speed AT (Automatic Transmission) variant of its premium SUV, the Santa Fe at Rs. 24.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Santa Fe automatic is powered by a 2.2 litre CRDi diesel engine that powers the manual variants and makes 194.3 bhp of power and 420.8 Nm of torque.

Unique Proposition

The Santa Fe automatic comes with three new features: a push start button, a smart key with one-touch operation and a supervision instrument cluster, besides a six-speed automatic transmission with an on-demand four-wheel drive system. This makes this SUV easy to drive in the city as well as capable of off-roading.

Let’s take a look at the price of the Santa Fe in different cities across India.

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Ease of automatic transmission

Most power compared to all other SUVs

Hyundai sales and service network


Conservative design

Small car brand (Hyundai) image


Exterior features: The Santa Fe automatic variant carries the same features that the regular variants sport. It has body colored slats for the front grille, double barrel headlamps, LED turn indicators, chrome tipped twin exhausts, chrome door handles, rear washer & wiper, alloy wheels and roof rails.

Interior features: On the inside, the Santa Fe new features push start button, smart key with one-touch operation and supervision instrument cluster, 8-way adjustable power driver seats & lumbar support, 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat, 2&3 row A/C vents with independent 3rd row controls, 6-speaker system with amplifier, woofer and tweeters.

With regard to safety, the Santa Fe is loaded with six airbags – dual front airbags, front side airbags and curtain airbags, ESP, rollover sensor, ABS with EBD, parking sensors, engine immobilizer and keyless entry.