XUV500 was the second full-size SUV from Mahindra after Scorpio. Post its grand launch in September 2011, XUV500 has been a constant favourite in full grown SUV segment. The latest iteration of the SUV sports updated exteriors and spruced up cabin. A high displacement diesel engine pumping out robust power and torque is eqquiped under the bonnet. Drive is sent via a manual and an automatic gearbox to front wheels and there is an all wheel drive version too. In terms of tech, XUV500 gets plethora comfort and safety features.
Mahindra XUV500 has a robust stance; the SUV has boastful dimensions measuring 4585 mm long, 1890 mm wide and 1785 mm high. The front end is athletic featuring assertive chrome grille and sharp headlamps. The lower side of the bumper is heavily styled as it gets black cladding, air intakes, silver finished under spoiler and black side skirts. Side profile dons a unique design, wheel arches are prominently embossed and body cladding accntuates the muscular semblance. The uniquely designed window frame extends until the C-pillar and rear gets the vertically mounted tail lamps.
Wheelbase measuring 2700 mm transforms into a spacious cabin. Material used on the dashboard and doors is fairly up-market. A large touch-screen sits at the top of the centre console and chunky dials and buttons are placed beneath. Practical storage points like cup holders, bottle holders and door pockets are provided inside. The twin-pod instrument cluster is large but appears complicated. Leg room at rear is comfortable and a centre arm rest with integrated cup holders is placed at the back.
XUV500 Engine Specifications & Transmission
Mahindra XUV500 sources power from the 2.2 litre, mHawk VGT unit putting out 140bhp at 3750rpm and 330Nm between 1600rpm to 2800rpm. Transmission choices include a six-speed synchromesh manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic unit. The SUV is available in front and all-wheel drive versions.
Mahindra has armed XUV500 well with a raft of features that includes an anti-pinch electric sunroof, logo projection lamps on ORVMs, push-button start/stop, passive keyless entry, projector head lamps with light guides, brake energy regeneration, Mahindra BLUE SENSE App, Micro hybrid technology, intelligent light sensing head lights, smart rain sensing wipers, digital immobiliser, 2 dash-mounted tweeters and electronic steering lock among others.
XUV500 Performance & Mileage
Drive quality is good and makes XUV500 a favourable car to be driven within city and across long stretches. Noise is a constant issue in both manual and automatic versions. Fuel economy delivered by the SUV is rated at 16km/l.
XUV500 Accessories & Infotainment
There is a wide choice for personalization on the outside as well as inside. For exterior enhancements, Mahindra offers chrome pack which comprises robust upper grille cover, assertive lower grille cover, bold ORVM overlays, head light bezel, fog lamp overlays and door handle rims. Sporty add-ons include roof carrier, handy rack carrier, rear guard, dramatic tail-light bezel, rain visors, classy foot step, neat tailgate accent, contoured body guard, sleek waistline chrome accent, sun shades. Other than these there is also an option for illuminated/metallic scuff plates, floor mats, night vision parking camera, front parking sensors, GPS navigation, in-car chiller, in-car entertainment etc.
Top end variants feature 7 inch colour touchscreen infotainment display with GPS, USB (audio/video), Bluetooth audio, handsfree call, iPod connectivity & integrated music system with CD (MP3) player, voice messaging system, voice commands with recognition and SMS read out.
XUV500 Braking & Handling
Braking force is provided by disc brakes at front and rear. Anti -lock-braking system along with electronic brakeforce distribution further strengthens the braking action. Handling is decent but steering isn’t as sharp as some of the rivals in the segment. Automatic transmission is more responsive and handles better.
XUV500 Safety & Security
Dual front airbags are standard across variants, whereas side curtain bags are limited to the top end AWD variants. Other important safety equipment aboard include electronic stability program with rollover mitigation, hill hold and hill descent control, side impact beams and crumple zones for crash protection.
XUV500 Comfort & Convenience
Plethora of comfort features are equipped in the SUV such as six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, fully automatic temperature control, electrically operated temperature control with dual HVAC, tilt power steering, telescopic steering, leather upholstery on the top end variants, power adjusting and power folding outside rear view mirrors. Other than the above mentioned features, the SUV also features reverse parking camera with dynamic assist, advanced intellipark, cruise/audio/phone & voice commands on steering wheel, power windows, driver express-down window with anti-pinch, smart-key with remote central locking, mobile charging points and glovebox with laptop holder to name a few.
Mahindra XUV500 Wheels & Tyres
Entry level variants in the line-up come with full wheel caps and alloy wheels are available on top-spec variants.
Mahindra XUV500 Competition
The full grown SUV fields against contemporary rivals such as Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta and Nissan Terrano.