The Indian SUV master Mahindra & Mahindra has spread its wings over the global markets and has plans to expand massively in the various markets of the world. The Indian car major has already become popular in the African markets, especially South Africa within a very short span of time with its great, powerful and affordable products. Among the many quality products that Mahindra offers in the global markets, the XUV500 premium SUV is one.
The Mahindra XUV-500 SUV is offered in both two wheel drive as well as all four wheel drive options in the international car markets. Though the Mahindra XUV500 is affordably priced in the global markets, it faces very stiff competition as the global giants such as Toyota and Mitsubishi have slashed the prices of their products.
The XUV500 packs in a lengthy equipment list that includes leather upholstery, automatic headlights, automatic rain sensing wipers, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and cool power automatic side mirrors that fold back themselves when the vehicle is parked. The massive vehicle also offers color touchscreen with voice operation functions, rear parking sensors, tire pressure gauge, reverse camera and many others.
The XUV500 has a good amount of all the necessary safety measures as well which includes six airbags, vehicle stability system and the others. However, the airbags protect only the first two rows of seats, being a seven seater huge vehicle it does not offer the cocoon of airbags for the third row of seats which is a bit disappointing.
The Mahindra XUV500’s cabin though stuffed with many impressive equipments and offers superior overall comfort goes wrong in offering the right sort of materials and finish. The cabin is a collage of mismatched plastic panels, rather dated styling and rather not so high quality wooden finish plastic trimmings. The overall finishing is also not up to the mark, and some surfaces are rather annoyingly shiny which can even hinder with the driver’s view of the road. The seats are comfortable but not plush enough for a global mid-ranged vehicle, and though they offer good view of the surroundings, they feel pretty flat and unsupportive especially while treading the rough roads.
The good thing about the XUV500’s cabin is that it offer ample amount space with lots of headspace, leg and elbow room to spare. The vehicle also offers respectable storage and covered storage spaces and arm rest with cup holders.
Mahindra describes the XUV500 as a cheetah inspired vehicle and its bold design is pretty evident of that along with some glorious character lines that are really impressive.
Under the hood, the Mahindra XUV500 is powered by a 2.2 liter diesel motor that produces adequate amount of 103kW of max power and an impressive 330Nm of peak torque. The engine is pretty powerful and very responsive as well. The engine is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The stylish XUV500 however, feels a bit too roly-poly on rough roads with its body roll issue and inability to tackle sharp turns. Thus, this massive Mahindra vehicle is not for the hilly roads.