Centre console is swollen from top and cascades smoothly onto the floor. Material used on the dashboard and doors is fairly up-market. A large touch-screen sits at the top of the centre console followed by aplenty dials and buttons throughout. Practical storage points like cup holders are present on the floor console. The door pockets are spacious too and offer space for storing bottles. An arm rest is placed in the centre of the front seats for driver and co-passenger. A four spoke-steering wheel with silver accents and mounted controls is fitted 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 also placed at the back.
XUV500 Engine Specifications & Transmission
Mahindra XUV500 range is available with a single diesel engine option; the diesel powertrain in question is the 2.2 litre, mHawk VGT motor developing 140 Bhp at 3750 RPM. Maximum torque generated by the diesel mill is 330 Nm between 1600 RPM to 2800 RPM. Transmission choices include a six-speed synchromesh manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic tranny. The SUV is available in front and all wheel drive versions.
Features are present in abundance; there is 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
There is a bit of lag until the RPM touches 1500 RPM, post this mark turbo gushes in. Drive quality is good and makes XUV500 a favourable car to be driven within city as well as on long stretches. Noise is a constant issue in both manual and automatic versions. Claimed fuel economy for the diesel powered XUV500 is slightly up courtesy the last dose of updates. According to ARAI, XUV500 can run up to 16 kms in a litre under standard conditions.
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 of 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 up front and at rear. Presence of anti-lock-braking system along with electronic brakeforce distribution further strengthens the braking action. Handling is decent but then it comes with its own issues, steering isn’t as sharp as some of the rivals in the segment. Automatic transmission is pleasantly a good change over the manual tranny, it is more responsive and handles much better.
XUV500 Safety & Security
Dual airbags are tucked in front for driver and co-passenger across model series, whereas side curtain bags are limited to the top end AWD variants. Other potent safety equipment aboard are 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 employed 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 comes equipped with fitments like 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, rear wash and wipe, lead-me-to-vehicle lamps, follow me home head lamps, illuminated key rings, glovebox with laptop holder, 60:40 foldable 2nd row and 50:50 3rd row and flat-foldable 2nd and 3rd row seats.
Mahindra XUV500 Wheels & Tyres
Lower variants in the line-up have to make do with full wheel caps and alloy wheels are bestowed on the top-spec variants entwined with P235/65 R17 Radial tubeless tyres.
Mahindra XUV500 Competition
Mahindra XUV500 is among the very few full sized SUVs in India as the segment gets contemporary compact sized SUVs like Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta and Nissan Terrano.
Cheetah-inspired design language.
Axtravagant cabin space and athletic mHawk diesel engine.
Lethargic manual tranny.
confined boot space and cramped third row.