Mahindra XUV700 petrol; Real-world fuel efficiency tested

Among several benchmarks which the all-new Mahindra XUV700 has created in its segment, the performance offered by it has to be the most remarkable one. The XUV700 is available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.2-liter diesel engine. Both the engine options offer best-in-class power and torque outputs, with the petrol engine outclassing all of its direct rivals by a huge margin.

The flipside to the incredible power it has on offer is the below-average fuel efficiency it is delivering to its customers. Many customers have been reporting single-digit fuel efficiency figures from their petrol-powered Mahindra XUV700 owners, which is raking up their fuel bills and monthly expenditures. However, a recent 189 km mileage run has resulted in respectable fuel efficiency figures for the XUV700 petrol.

Tank full-to-tank full method used

Mahindra XUV700 petrol; Real-world fuel efficiency tested

In a video uploaded by ’91 Wheels’, we can see the presenter extracting the best fuel efficiency possible from the Mahindra XUV700 petrol on a tank-to-tank basis. Firstly, the fuel tank of the XUV700 is filled to the brim till the auto cut clicks in, after which the trip meters in the instrument console are set to zero. The drive begins early morning, which involves around 25-30 km of drive in city traffic and the rest of the distance on the highways. Given the cold climatic conditions, the AC of the SUV is turned off.

In the first 30 km of driving in city traffic, the instrument console of the Mahindra XUV700 displayed a fuel economy reading of 14.7 km/l. This part of the drive included a decent amount of traffic on the urban roads. However, for the rest of the drive that involved only open highways, the console displayed a maximum reading of 15.4 km/l.

After the trip meter shows a reading of 189.1 km, the fuel tank is again re-filled to its brim. Then, the instrument console showed a fuel efficiency figure of 15.3 km/l. This time, the auto-cut came in after 13.55 liters of fuel was filled in the XUV700. It indicated that the SUV consumed 13.55-liters of petrol for the 189.1 km pf distance it was driven. It resulted in actual fuel efficiency of 13.95 km/l.

What is the real-world fuel efficiency of XUV700?

So, in the real world driving conditions, where the AC was turned off and the driving cycle had almost 85 percent of highway driving and 15 percent of city driving, the Mahindra XUV700 returned 13.95 km/l. This figure is a decent one for a near 2-tonne SUV, the engine of which makes 200 PS of maximum power and 380 Nm of maximum torque.

However, for those drivers who drive mostly in heavy traffic conditions and keep the AC of their vehicles on, the Mahindra XUV700 petrol is expected to give lower fuel efficiency figures than the one obtained here. In such conditions, if you drive with gentle throttle responses, you can get a fuel economy of 10-11 km/l, which is still good for a 2.0-liter turbo-petrol engine.