Mahindra, A Big growing name in this highly competitive Automobile industry. This time Mahindra wants to take himself to a global scenario with fabulous looking vehicles. After there not so successful and impressive car like LOGAN, they came up with New highly improved and impressive SUV’s like Scorpio or XYLO and now it’s super popular new SUV named Mahindra XUV 500. The most interesting thing about this car is its super grand looks. However, it makes me remember looks of Toyota Landcruiser. Since both two cars are totally different and we are not comparing them here. But just in case, if you had a wish list in which Landcruiser is there and the budget doesn’t allow for that, you can consider this car for sure.

Mahindra XUV 500 Review

Mahindra team had done great work in giving competition to other cars in this segment like Tata Aria, Toyota Innova, Chevrolet Captiva or even Toyota Fortuner too and that too providing a beast in a very competitive cost. Besides talking of its exterior looks, Mahindra team has put its best effort in taking its standards to a global level by aerodynamic monocoque design. The most unique thing about this SUV is that rather than manufacturing by the conventional way, chassis and body of this SUV is manufactured one piece. This design is also called a single shell design. This also helps more for a safer drive and is more resistant to crashes and hence more passenger safety.

Another unique thing is its transversely placed engine which increases the passenger area inside and brings more safety features for them. Keeping Engines transversely is what followed by High-cost SUV currently and that is why XUV 500 is more in buzz by having this great at a lower cost.

Mahindra XUV 500 Technical Specifications

EnginemHawk140, Direct injection diesel engine5th generation Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT)
Cubic Capacity2179 cc
Max Gross Power140 Bhp(103kW) @ 3750 rpm
Max Gross Torque330 Nm @1600-2800rpm
Gear Box6-speed synchromesh manual
Ground Clearance200 mm
TyresP235/65 R17, Radial Tubeless
SuspensionIndependent Suspension
FrontMcPherson type with anti-roll bar
RearMultilink type with anti-roll bar
BrakesAll Disc brakes
FrontDisk & Caliper type
RearDisk & Caliper type
Fuel Tank Capacity70 Litres
Turning Circle Radius5.6 m
Gross Vehicle Weight2450 Kg
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase, mm2700
Overall width, mm1890
Overall length, mm4585
Overall height, mm1785

Mahindra XUV 500 Models

Following are the models available in Mahindra XUV 500:

  • Mahindra XUV 500 W6 2WD (2 Wheel Drive)
  • Mahindra XUV 500 W8 2WD (4 Wheel Drive)
  • Mahindra XUV 500 W8 4WD (4 Wheel Drive)

Mahindra XUV 500 Colors

Following Colors are available on all models of Mahindra XUV 500:
  • Satin White
  • Volcano Black
  • Amazon Green
  • Moondust Silver
  • Tuscan Red
  • Opulent Purple
  • Dolphin Grey
Following are the images for colours of Mahindra XUV 500. Please click on images to zoom.
 
 
 
 

Mahindra XUV 500 Price List

XUV 500 Ex-showroom Prices (In Lacs)W6W8 FWDW8 AWD
Delhi11.3812.7913.81
Mumbai11.3112.7113.73
Nasik11.3112.7113.73
Pune11.3112.7113.73
Nagpur11.3112.7113.73
Chennai11.5512.9714.02
Coimbatore11.5512.9714.02
Bengaluru11.5012.9213.96
Cochin11.4312.8413.86
Thrissur11.4312.8413.86
Calicut11.4312.8413.86
Trivandrum11.4312.8413.86
Ahmedabad11.5612.9914.03
Hyderabad11.4912.9213.96
Chandigarh11.4312.8413.86
Ludhiana11.5612.9814.01
Patiala11.5612.9814.01
Jalandhar11.5612.9814.01
Kolkata11.5913.0114.04

Mahindra XUV 500 Interior

This SUV has got some impressive stuff inside. The whole interior is quietly stylish and looks rich and do totally justice with its cost and exterior looks. Mahindra team has done great efforts in making the interior luxurious and it does have got some premium features inside. This is a 7 seater SUV which has 2 front, 3 in middle and 2 at the rear. The middle seat in middle row seat is foldable as well as both seats at back are foldable to create more boot space whenever required.

The interior gives a luxurious feel with its leather upholstery and the colours are basic to give it a light mood. The 2-tone upholstery gives the interior luxurious looks and the finishing and detailing is good as well the metal accents on the door handle, steering wheel and centre console also enhances this point. The bolstered front seat gives comfort even at high-speed cornering and the driver seat can be adjusted in 8 different ways including lumbar support. The roof light is one of the coolest features about it. The round U-shaped light around the lighting buttons at the roof when turned ON, gives the feeling of a lounge and it relaxes your mood and mind. There is a cool box placed at centre console between front seats which can be used for keeping drinks and more. Also, there is a Google Holder and Conversation Mirror which stores your glares and conversation mirror ensures that everyone in the vehicle is included in the fun.

The four-way vent of AC, two at the front dashboard and 2 at each side of the centre console gives an effective cooling. AC has the option of Fully Automatic temperature control (FATC) which allows to set the cabin temperature at your chosen point and keep it maintained in your whole ride without requiring any intervention.

Steering Wheel supports tilt and telescopic adjustment and it comes handy to many drivers who like to drive with some gap between steering and the person himself. It has buttons to toggle music controls, to activate voice controls, to control phone calls and the absolutely required “Cruise” Button which helps the driver to maintain a constant preset speed without any keeping foot on the accelerator. This feature is majorly used on highways when you’re out for a long drive.

The Tachometer is a Twin-POD instrument cluster with 3d Dials. It has inbuilt various tell-tale lamps and audible buzzers which keeps alerting the driver in the situation of seat belt fastening, low engine oil pressure, door open or over speeding etc.

The dashboard is what gains attention at first go. A 6-inch LCD touch screen which has all the controls inbuilt like music controls, temperature control, navigation control (GPS) along with state-of-the-art music system with FM. A 2 DIN music player with has CD/DVD/MP3 player capability and for having a disturbance-free FM reception, antenna’s are embedded in glass and overall 6 inbuilt speaks gives a crystal clear sound quality. The player also supports iPod connectivity and you can even control that too using the system interface. USB is also supported and you can even play videos from it. Those 6 speakers include 2 tweeters which give a great music experience. The music player even supports pairing of phones with Bluetooth and you can add max 5 phones at one go. Even for supported models, you can access your phonebook and can make and receive calls too.

The glove box includes a slot for laptop holder and a glove box lamp which turns ON automatically when the box is opened and turns off automatically when the box is closed.

The GPS has a database of 1.5 million kilometres of roads across 1200 cities with a turn-by-turn voice guidance system in English, Hindi & Eight other regional languages. The maps database also have over 5 million touch POI (point of interest) including restaurants, ATM’s, Fuel Pumps and movie theatres.

There is one more good feature known as Driver Information System (DIS) which reports all vital information like how much more kilometres you can travel with existing amount of fuel present in the fuel tank. It also monitors and controls the temperature of the cabin as well as the pressure and temperature of each tyre to avoid breakdowns.

Mahindra XUV 500 Exterior

The international looks of this SUV is what makes this unique from other’s SUV in its range. With some extraordinary features providing at a strict budget SUV is really remarkable. The unique thing about exterior design is making its resemblance to CHEETAH looks. Its single shell design and monocoque construction which is currently available only on most higher range SUV’s currently give a strong competition to its competitor. Its body and chassis (platform) are manufactured one piece which gives helps to get an excellent power-to-weight ratio and a smooth driving even at highly curvy places. This is the only monocoque SUV of Mahindra which is offering transverse engine too.

Front grills have a Jaws alike looks and honeycomb mesh and having bold lines cuts in body shapes gives its whole architecture a super aerodynamic design. If you look at bold lines which starts from the front and continue to rear lamp which gives it quiet Macho looks. So side view is not disappointing at all and the detailing of curves is good. ORVMS are power foldable and power adjustable which adjust himself as per driver adjustments and comfort. Whenever you lock or start the vehicle, these ORVMS automatically fold and unfold accordingly.

The headlamps are stylish and a row of LED lamps horizontally on each side. Side indicators are merged with headlamps assembly only.  The lamp is fitted with a high-intensity projector bulb rather than the traditional halogen bulb. These headlamps have a unique feature of “Static Bending” when helps in a better and improved visibility by automatically illuminating the curve path turn. There are 2 fog lamps at almost bottom which enhance visibility during inclement, weather and hence increase safety factors.

If you observer door handles, they are given a shape of the paw which gives total justice to its cheetah looks. The unique thing about them is you can operate door handles with just 2 fingers. The roof rails get merged very well with top looks and look nice.

Alloy wheels which come pre-fitted look great and even at still position, gives the appearance of being in motion. Coming to the rear, it has twin exhausts which give it a resemblance to a racing car. These kinds of small details give some extra-ordinary importance and enhancement to looks. The tail lamps are mounted high to add an oomph looks to the rear.

Mahindra XUV 500 Performance

With a remarkable 2.2 mHawk140 engine, it delivers the power of 140 bhp and torque of 330Nm with a low rpm of 1600-2600 rpm which gives a comfortable drive even at places with high traffic. The engine is CRDi with 5th generation variable geometry turbocharger, which gives an acceleration of 0-60kmph in almost 5-6 seconds. It has a 6-speed manual Transmission and not any model currently offers an automatic transmission. The clutch is Self-Adjusting which keeps padel effort same for new or for a worn out clutch. 4 wheel drive models have AWD (All Wheel Drive) system which distributes equal power between the front and rear wheels and at the same time whenever required, ITM (Interactive Torque Management) monitors wheel speed, steering positions and acceleration pedal position and distributes torque accordingly. Just in case, if a wheel begins to slip, torque is automatically directed to the wheels with traction. The suspension it has is a McPherson strut suspension at the front and an independent multi-link suspension at the rear which has been tuned by one of the most famous names in motorsports named “Lotus”. Also, the Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF) reduces the vibration and harshness and gives a feel of a comfortable gear shift.

Mahindra XUV 500 Mileage

When a person buys an SUV, he/she usually doesn’t care about mileage much, but since whenever we see the high rising cost of fuels every month, one definitely consider knowing mileage too. So, Mahindra XUV 500 gives a mileage of 11-12 kmpl in the city and nearly 14-15 kmpl on highways. As per ARAI certification, this SUV has a mileage of 15.1 kmpl which is not bad for owning an SUV.

Mahindra XUV 500 Safety

Following are the major safety features present in Mahindra XUV 500:

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) which continuously monitors the movement and directions of the car and whenever it detects loss of control, brakes get applied automatically and torque to the relevant wheel is reduced till vehicle stability is restored. Rollover Mitigation detects unusual driving conditions that can lead to a crash and that time ESP system start to intervene and it starts controlling vehicle speed for ensuring maximum safety.
  • 6 Air Bags (2 at the front and 4 at side and curtain) along with side impact beams and thoughtfully located crumple zones which don’t just absorb crash energy, but redirects it around the passenger compartment as well.
  • If your SUV is standstill at an inclined level, Hill Hold Control prevents rolling backwards of the vehicle and If you driving steep incline, Hill Descent Control identifies that and engage the control system to assist the vehicle down the slope with caution.
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) which is a required feature for every SUV ensures that based on the rate of deceleration during braking, the brake force is varied such that the rear wheel never gets locked preventing the vehicle from going to spin.
  • All 4 wheels have Disc Brakes including lower pedal travel that results in a better pedal feel and high thermal dissipation which results in the lower fade of braking at high speed and repeated braking solution.

Some More Important Features of Mahindra XUV 500

  • Rear Park Assist System (RPAS) which offers an audio and visual warning on the infotainment system about the obstacles in the rear if the SUV comes within 120cm. You can get a rear-view camera installed at the back which can show you a view of the vehicle’s rear while parking.
  • Intelligent Light Sensing Headlamps detects the level of ambient light outside and turns the headlamps on or off accordingly which helps that the driver may not get blinded even at dark tunnels.
  • Tyre Tronics gives a live update of exact air, pressure and temperature in each type which helps to ensure the tyres have adequate pressure thereby enhancing safety and tyre life.
  • Micro Hybrid Technology helps the conservation of fuel. It automatically puts the engine into standby mode for 2.5 seconds after you shift the gear to neutral at a signal or in the bumper – to – bumper traffic. And whenever then the clutch is applied, the vehicle starts again and hence it gives higher efficiency and lowers CO2 emissions.
  • Digital Immobilizer is one of the biggest features to prevent vehicle theft. It is backed up by an anti-theft warning system and the latest generation immobilizer.
  • Key Forgotten Reminder will remind the driver through a sound alert just in case if he/she forgets the key inside the vehicle while exiting.
  • Auto Lock And Unlock will lock the vehicle automatically when the car start moving and unlocks the vehicle automatically when the ignition is turned off. This system also unlocks the vehicle and switches on the hazard lamps automatically in case of an accident.
  • Remote Keyless Entry is a smart flip key that features buttons to lock and unlock the car, as well as open the rear hatch too.

Following are the major difference of features in above all 3 models:

Mahindra XUV 500 Features (Model Wise)W6W8 / W8-AWD
Technology
Mhawk140 with 5th generation variable geometry turbochargerYY
Micro-hybrid technologyYY
6-speed transmissionYY
Static bending projector headlamps with LED parking lightsYY
6-inch colour touch screen infotainment displayNY
6-inch monochrome infotainment displayYN
GPS Navigation with touch-screen and audio supportNY
Integrated music system with CD/MP3, iPod & USB connectivityYY
4-Door speakers with 2 tweeters on the dashboardYY
DVD playerNY
DIS in-built in the infotainment systemYY
Tyre-tronicsNY
IntelliparkYY
Smart rain sensing wipersYY
Intelligent light sensing headlampsYY
Digital immobiliserYY
Digital trip & tachometerYY
Glass embedded antennaYY
Safety
Dual airbags (Driver + Passenger)YY
Side & curtain airbagsNY
ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)YY
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with rollover mitigationNY
Hill Hold and Hill Descent controlNY
Side impact beamsYY
Crumple zones for crash protectionYY
Tubeless TyresYY
Disc brakes on all wheelsYY
Style
Alloy wheelsNY
Full wheel capsYN
Racing-style twin exhaustYY
Front and rear fog lampsYY
Chrome Scuff plate for 1st and 2nd rowYY
Streamlined Roof-railsYY
Cladding stripsYY
Sporty dual tone interiorsYY
Cubic-printed centre console with metal accentsYY
Twin-pod cluster with 3D-dialsYY
Comfort 
Tilt power steeringYY
Telescopic steeringNY
Fully automatic temperature control (FATC) & dual HVACYY
Premium fabric seatsYN
Leather upholsteryNY
Power-adjustable ORVMsYY
Power-foldable ORVMsNY
Centre armrest with cup holders in the 2nd rowYY
8-way adjustable seats including height and lumbar adjust (driver’s side)YY
Height adjustable seat belts (front row)YY
Convenience
Cruise, audio, phone controls & voice command switches on the steeringYY
Power windows with driver side express downYY
Remote tailgate openingYY
The flip key with remote central lockingYY
Storage spaces on the centre consoleYY
Reading lamps in all 3 rowsYY
Conversation mirrorYY
Tinted solar-reflecting glassYY
Mobile charging pointsYY
Rear wash and wipeYY
Rear demisterYY
Follow-me-home headlampsYY
Lead-me-to vehicle lampsYY
Illuminated key ringsYY
Puddle lampsYY
Entry assist lampYY
Door ajar lampsYY
Camping lampYY
Remote fuel lid opener (electrically operated)YY
Glove box with laptop holderYY
Flexi seat configuration for convenient storage (60:40 fold 2nd row, 50:50 3rd Row)YY
Flat fold 2nd and 3rd-row seatsYY
Umbrella holderYY

Final Conclusion

If you looking for an SUV who may roar on roads with you, who may give unmatched performance and looks may stun anyone with its first sight, this big beast is definitely a great choice for it.

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3 Comments

  1. Really interesting review to know more about this model. As Mahindra XUV 500 is one of the best car models of Mahindra automobile, it is being popular for its specifications which are quite improved than the other models.

  2. Geez.. So the XUV has a GOOGLE holder ;-)
    Wonder how they fit google into such a small space!

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