Expert Review

Mahindra XUV300


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Ex-showroom Price

The XUV300 is the result of Mahindra buying SsangYong as the XUV300 is based on the SsangYong Tivoli. Therefore it is a new product from Mahindra and we think the best Mahindra yet product wise. It is a compact SUV but one of the biggest in its class and having both diesel plus petrol engines. The trim levels are W4, W6 and W8. We recommend the W6 trim. In terms of color options it has Napoli Black, Red Rage, Sun Burst Orange, Pearl White, Silver, Aquamarine, Red Rage/ Pearl White, Aquamarine/ Pearl White.


The XUV300 is a good looking compact sedan with square boxy proportions but the design also has Mahindra details in them. The way the DRLs are placed to the chrome or cladding plus the 17inch alloys gives it good presence. It is amongst the widest and heaviest with a heavier stance too with a proper SUV look. The dimensions are 3995 mm in length, 1821 mm in width and 1627 mm in height. Its wheelbase is 2600 mm.


The interior of the XUV300 is their best yet with decent quality levels though it is not class best. The design is airy and the cabin has light materials. We like the sporty steering wheel and dials while the controls are good. Space is excellent and better than almost any compact SUV. It also has good features like the usual 7inch touchscreen, sunroof plus front parking sensors, cruise control, reverse camera with guidelines, dual zone climate control etc though we miss rear ac vents.


The XUV300 comes with two engines and the 1.2 turbo petrol is the pick with 110 bhp and 200Nm which sounds plentiful while the gearbox is a 6-speed manual. The petrol is quite punchy and offers good performance with a reasonably light gearbox plus clutch. The diesel is quite refined too though the clutch is slightly heavier but the diesel has an MAT option which not as good as the Venue DCT obviously is good for an AMT.


The XUV300 has a 1.2l turbo petrol with 110 bhp and 200Nm with a 6-speed manual as the only option. The diesel is a 1.5l with 115 bhp and 300Nm. There is a six-speed manual and an AMT automatic. The mileage is 17 kmpl for the petrol while the diesel manual gets 20 kmpl with the diesel auto giving 20 kmpl also.


It has ABS with EBD, seven airbags, all-wheel disc brakes, corner braking control, front parking sensors, neck restraints for all the seats plus child seat anchors and front seatbelt pre-tensioners etc


The first service is free and total charges are at Rs 2300 within 10,000 km or 6 months while the next service onwards it’s per next 10,000 km or yearly with the cost varying from 2.5,000 to 6,500.


The XUV300 rivals the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon.


The XUV300 starts at Rs 8.3 lakh to Rs 12.7 lakh. The XUV300 is a good compact SUV that is the best Mahindra. The XUV300 looks good and drives well but the real strength is the features and space. However it lacks a petrol automatic unlike rivals and is a bit expensive but for those who want space the XUV300 is a good compact SUV.