What is it?
Not too lengthy ago, we drove the Mahindra XUV300 and got here away very inspired with its diesel-manual drivetrain, however, every so often revisits are in order mainly given the fact that not anything in the perky compact SUV phase stays nevertheless for long. This time around, we have the diesel-AMT arrangement which seems to be all of the rages at the meat stop of the market. Sure, it gained’t set your pulse racing but this XUV300 is as punchy and realistic as ever and now with a diesel-computerized, it’s a lot easier to power and greater perfect.
But is there anything new to look at? The quick answer to that could be, no. The most effective distinction at the out of doors is the ‘auto-shift’ badge over the tailgate to will let you recognize of the newfound comfort. In terms of dimensions, the XUV300 is wider and taller than both the Nexon and the Hyundai Venue and its 2600mm wheelbase is the pleasant-in-phase, too.
How is it on the inside?
It’s similar to its manual counterpart. You get a two-tone cabin that offers a commanding view over the street with a high seating function and good visibility. Unlike the all-black insides of the Brezza and the Nexon, there is an insulated ambiance to the XUV300’s cabin with a sea of gloss black and silver trim giving it a brighter look.
The XUV300 has the longest wheelbase of all compact SUVs and it pays dividends upfront wherein you’ve got lots of knee room to stretch out. The seats are supportive as nicely and it’s the same story on the returned in which you’ll locate greater than enough headroom. What’s disappointing even though is the shortage of underneath thigh support and the modest legroom. Despite the wheelbase, the knee-room is just about average that is without a doubt unexpected. However, there’s no wonder when it comes to the garage – at some point of the cabin, there are enough garage areas for your smartphone, wallet, bottles and lots more. You get a deep glove field that can suit a computer, plenty of cubby holes among the front seats, open tray at the dash and huge bottle holders on all four doors.
The pinnacle-spec W8 (O) variant we had on test is loaded with phase-first capabilities along with 7 airbags, dual region weather control with memory function, the front parking sensors, heated mirrors, and disc brakes for all 4 wheels. Other noteworthy features include a sunroof, cruise manages, push button to begin, leather seats, hill keep function and a 7-inch infotainment device with cellphone mirroring tech and navigation. Even though it’s truely feature-loaded, the infotainment machine lacks the outright show crispness and ease of use that the competition gives.
How does it drive?
Unlike the Nexon AMT which may be had with both petrol or diesel energy, the AMT’s pairing on the XUV is restrained to the 1. Five-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that we are fans of. Also located in the Marazzo, this engine makes 115bhp at three,750nm and 300Nm among 1,500 and a couple of,500rpm. Straightway, the most surprising issue approximately it’s miles that it makes most torque from as low as 1,500rpm that’s always desirable for low-speed drivability. Naturally, the XUV300 is convenient right from the phrase go – be it low velocity pulls or motorway passes, any maneuver is carried out without problems way to the robust bottom end and mid-range. This engine pulls mainly hard within the midrange, with a regular go with the flow of torque proper till four,000rpm.
The XUV300 is also many of the maximum silent performers in its phase. It receives a little loud while you wring it, however, the engine is lots delicate and has greater than sufficient grunt to rise up to hurry with minimal turbo lag. As for the crux of this take a look at, the six-velocity AMT, it’s far by way of ways the least intrusive automatic-manual we’ve got encountered in this segment. At low speeds, the way it responds to the throttle is commendable and the lower back-and-forth motion among equipment changes is surprisingly minimum. The handiest thing we do now not like about this AMT is the integrated creep feature that can have been extra delicate. Designed to assist with crawling ever so slowly in bumper-to-bumper visitors, the slightest push on the throttle finally ends up with you jolting forward. It’s pleasant, then, to cover the brake pedal when using in traffic.
What about the journey and coping with, you could ask? Over bad roads, the XUV300 AMT is just as unruffled as the relaxation of the range. Low-speed bumps and undulations are dealt with minimum vibrations and a variety of plushness. Similarly, the experience stays composed at toll road speeds and the bump absorption is well controlled as well. As for managing, the feedback from the guidance may be modified using specific modes namely Normal, Comfort and Sport. Honestly, there isn’t a great deal distinction in regular or comfort but in sport, the steering supplies greater of that important weighty reassurance at normal speeds.
Should I buy one?
Although now not quite as spacious on the rear as the Nexon or as nicely-constructed as the Venue, the XUV300 still manages to be an excellent compact SUV. It’s visually appealing, enormously brief and function-loaded to the roof rails. Better nonetheless, the clean-moving AMT is brief and nicely calibrated to the potent diesel motor, providing an excellent driving experience combining overall performance and drivability in equal measure.