Mahindra has launched the 2018 XUV500 facelift in India with prices starting from Rs. 12.32 lakh. The XUV500 is possibly one of the most popular SUVs currently on sale in India. First launched in 2011, the XUV500 mid-size SUV was introduced as the home-grown automaker’s flagship model in India. Over the years, the SUV has garnered a lot of accolades and popularity among enthusiasts and critics alike for its bold design and expansive feature list. The XUV500 received its mid-life update in 2015, which further increased the premium quotient of the SUV. Very stylish, loaded with features and a powerful and capable engine makes the Mahindra XUV500 a good package for those who seek a premium and robust SUV under the Rs. 20 lakh mark. The XUV500 also comes with an efficient automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system along with a host of comfort and safety features.
2018 XUV500 Facelift Exterior
The Mahindra XUV500 is also pretty big in size with dimensions measuring 4585 mm in length, 1890 mm in width and 1785 mm in height. And the size is complimented by other styling bits like the tooth-shaped chrome grille up front, projector lamps with LED daytime running light, plastic underbody cladding with faux skid plate. The profile of the SUV large flared wheel arches that accommodate 17-inch alloy wheels from the W8 variant and above, while the lower variants get steel wheels with full wheel cap. The outside rear-view mirror comes with integrated turn signal lights and the SUV also gets black plastic side skirts. The uniquely designed window frame extends until the C-pillar and rear gets the vertically mounted tail lamps. There also a well-sculpted tailgate and a plastic cladded rear bumper that houses dual exhaust pipes.
The cabin of the Mahindra XUV500 is equally stylish and well-equipped. The 2700 mm wheel base offers a huge amount of space which, in fact, makes a very comfortable 7-seater SUV. Mahinda offers nice comfortable seats upholstered in – jacquard fabric, premium fabric, or leather, depending on the variants you chose. The dashboard design is pretty conventional with larger air con vents, twin pod instrument cluster, and a 7-inch or 6-inch centre displays depending on the variant. Other comfort features include a panoramic sunroof, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, automatic temperature control, power steering with tilt and telescopic function and a centre arm rest with integrated cup holders is placed at the back.
XUV500 Engine Specifications
||mHawk 4-Cylinder 2.2 Turbocharged
||mHawk155 Diesel Engine, 6th Generation Electronically Controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger (eVGT)
||138 bhp @ 4500 rpm
||153 bhp @ 3750 rpm
||320 Nm @ 2000-3000 rpm
||360 Nm @ 1750-2800 rpm
XUV500 Performance & Mileage
Drive quality is good and makes XUV500 a favourable car to be driven within the city and across long stretches, especially the automatic trim which has been well-calibrated and offers a punchy drive. The NVH levels have improved compared to the previous models but being a diesel engine you do hear that evident grunt of the motor which is common in all Mahindra models. It is a constant issue in both manual and automatic versions. Mahindra has worked in improving the fuel economy of the XUV500 and the SUV returns an ARAI claimed mileage of 16 kmpl.
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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. The automatic transmission is more responsive and handles better.
Mahindra XUV500 Competition
The Mahindra XUV500 might be the flagship model but it’s been a long time since the SUV has received any mentionable upgrade. In the meantime, competitors have come out with several rivals for the XUV500 which include, the Tata Hexa and the Toyota Innova Crysta, despite the latter being an MPV. Among the upcoming models that will be launched in India this year we have the Renault Kaptur and even the Jeep Compass.