India is a price conscious market, and has a great taste for Sports Utility Vehicles. Now, even the urban compact SUVs are earning great demands. In such a time, the leading Indian SUV maker Mahindra & Mahindra has brought in a low-spec W4 base variant a of the very popular premium XUV500 SUV at just Rs.10.83 lakh. While the price tag is really alluring, take a look at the vehicle briefly to find out if it is really a value for money SUV.
Competition at the price point
The Mahindra XUV500 W4 is pitched against many more SUVs in the same price range that includes its own cousin Scorpio, the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Tata Safari Storme and the Ford EcoSport. While the styling of the XUV500 may seem to be overrated, the majority of the Indian customers seem to like it a lot. However, in real terms the looks of the XUV500 W4 comes after the very appealing Ford EcoSport. At its price point, the W4 also overlaps the vehicles in other segments including the premium sedans such as the new Honda City and Hyundai Verna. But the ones who like the macho SUVs the most, even the classy sedans won’t do.
The Mahindra XUV500 W4 lost a lot of equipments to accommodate the low price, but it still offers several great features to beat competition. The W4 also comes with Antilock Braking System and is more focused on what the customers really require.
At this price, the XUV500 W4 has a drawback in its only 2 Wheel Drive system. In This price, the Mahindra Scorpio comes with a 4WD system, while there is also the massive Safari Storme, and the Renault Duster 4×4 is also coming soon.
Space is always very important for SUVs. And the XUV500 W4 is a massive vehicle as compared against the compact SUVs like EcoSport and Duster. Thus, at the price point the XUV500 W4 certainly offers much greater space than its market competition.
The XUV500 W4 comes only in diesel version like all Mahindra SUVs, while its market rivals mostly come with petrol versions as well and this is a downside. However, the great thing is that the affordable W4 variant is powered by the same 2.2 Litre diesel engine as its higher and expensive variants. Also it comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox that is not offered by any of its market rivals.
To be honest, if you are a hardcore adventure-loving off-roader, then the Mahindra XUV500 W4 is really not your choice, as the vehicle does not offer a strong and steady performance on real off-roads and does not offer the required technology like ESP for stability on hilly roads.
However, the points that really go on the side of the Mahindra XUV500 W4 are its massive size, style and the unchanged mechanical specifications. Thus, the SUV is a great buy on the whole.