Mahindra planning to launch Ssangyong Tivoli SUV in India

Homegrown SUV master, Mahindra & Mahindra has began its new model launch attack on its home market. The Indian UV major has recently launched its much awaited Mahindra TUV300 compact SUV model, which is expected to be followed with the launch of a slew of other brand new vehicles in the coming months. Mahindra is now said to be soon launching two more SUV models namely the TUV500 and the codenamed S101 in the domestic car market of India. It has come to light that car manufacturing company is also contemplating to introduce the new SsangYong Tivoli SUV model in India.

Ssangyong Tivoli

The SsangYong Tivoli which is already on sale in the Korean market is thus now has the probability of launching in the Indian car market if everything goes well.

In the international car markets, the SsangYong Tivoli rivals with the other SUV models such as the Renault Duster and the Skoda Yeti. This Korean vehicle is equipped with a 1.6 liter naturally aspirated petrol motor and a choice of a 1.6 liter diesel mill. While the petrol mill is capable of generating a max power output of 124 bhp, the diesel motor delivers a max power of 113 bhp. The engines are mated to the transmission gearbox options include a 6 speed manual as well as a 6 speed automatic transmission gearbox. The SUV is offered for sale in the market in both front wheel and all 4 wheel drive systems.

It is thought that if Mahindra really brings in the SsangYong Tivoli in the domestic Indian car market, then the company will be equipping the vehicle with the newly developed 1.5 liter mHawk80 diesel mill for this market, which has just got introduced under the hood of the brand new TUV300. This in-house developed diesel mill will help the Indian car major to keep the price of the Tivoli in check. For the SsangYong Tivoli however, the engine could be slightly tweaked by the company in order to generate more power.

The SsangYong Tivoli SUV is a sub-compact model with a length of 4.2 meter and if and when it launches in India, it might be positioned as an urban SUV model which can draw the interest of many prospective takers. As the very popular Mahindra Scorpio SUV gets more favors from the semi-urban and rural Indian buyers, the Tivoli could be the company’s right offering to draw the attention of the chic urban customers.

If Mahindra really brings in the SsangYong Tivoli to India, then the stylish bold SUV could to be placed in the space between the Scorpio and the XUV500 premium SUV. If and when launched in India, the SsangYong Tivoli will be pitched directly against the popular Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, the recently launched and vastly successful Hyundai Creta and the recently launched Maruti S-Cross crossover.

Mahindra will have to price the Tivoli very carefully in India so as to avoid cannibalization of the sales of the popular Scorpio and the XUV500. If launched in India, the SsangYong Tivoli will be the second vehicle in India from Mahindra’s Korean subsidiary SsangYong after the SsangYong Rexton.

Mahindra banking big on the TUV300 to boost sales

Home grown UV leader, Mahindra & Mahindra is hoping it’s bogged down sales situation to change with the newly launched Mahindra TUV300. The Indian auto major is banking big on the brand new TUV300 and hoping that it will get good market that should boost its sales.

Mahindra TUV300

Mahindra & Mahindra has been bowed down with plummeting sales for quite some time now, and with the fast approaching festive season, the manufacturer is hoping to revive its sales. The Mahindra TUV300 has been also strategically launched just prior to this year’s festive season in order to take full advantage of the positive spirit of the Indian car buyers during this time period.

The Indian car market is fast expanding and is witnessing great growth in the SUV segment, especially in the compact and sub-compact SUV segments. As Mahindra did not have an able compact SUV model other than the Quanto which is actually the slashed down Xylo, it is thought that Mahindra has been losing ground to its market rivals. Mahindra is thus now hoping that its new TUV300 would be able to turn around its present situation and salvage sales considerably.

The utility vehicle segment of the Indian auto industry is really on the high and the Indian car buyers now increasingly prefer SUV and MPV models rather than the usual ever popular hatchback models. Given to this changed preference of the Indian customers, all the auto majors operating in the country are eyeing the Utility Vehicle market of India and some of them have also launched their new representatives in the market recently. For example, India’s second largest car maker Hyundai has launched the Creta compact crossover recently, while soon after it the country’s auto industry leader Maruti Suzuki has launched its S-Cross crossover. Interestingly, both Maruti and Hyundai are popular and known for their quality hatchback and sedan offering and SUVs or crossovers are really not considered their strong points at least in India. On the other hand, Mahindra & Mahindra had always been the company SUV master whose vehicles vouch for sturdiness and brute power. Thus, it is natural for Mahindra to brace itself to reinstate its ultimate domination on its home market’s SUV segment, as competition is getting really tough here.

The new Mahindra TUV300 is now available for sale at all Mahindra dealerships across the country at a starting price of Rs. 7.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Chandigarh). The company says that the new sub-4 meter SUV has a battle tank inspired design along with bold and stylish design elements. It has imposing stance and an array of comfort features to make it a really attractive buy. Among other SUV models, the Mahindra TUV300 is locking its horns with Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster.

Mahindra’s forte lies in traditional full sized SUV models such as the Scorpio, XUV500 and the likes, but it is now bracing itself to be a compact UV specialist as well and readying up to launch another compact vehicle codenamed the S101. For the time being, Mahindra is banking big on the TUV300.

Mahindra TUV300 complete accessories list

The newly launched Mahindra TUV300 Compact SUV comes with all the good things including an aggressive tradition SUV design, competitive pricing and good features that should draw the interest of the SUV lovers in India. This latest entrant in the much coveted compact SUV space in India has already pressed the danger button for many older SUV models in the segments. Though it is still early to say that the new Mahindra TUV300 is a great success in the Indian car market, the new baby SUV surely seems to be capable of generating quite great sales.

mahindra tuv300 accessories

The Mahindra TUV300 is a sub-4 meter compact SUV which could offer the attractive price owing to the excise duty benefits that it enjoys from the government because of its small size. However, despite its compact size, the TUV300 offers the benefit of being a 7-seater with two facing jump seats at the rear, which should attract some additional takers for whom seating capacity is a deciding factor.

Under the hood, the Mahindra TUV300 gets equipped with a new 3 pot, 1493 cc diesel mill which generates 84 bhp of power at 3750 rpm and 230 Nm of torque at 1500-2250 rpm. The engine is couple with a 5 speed manual transmission and an AMT gearbox choice. The TUV300 has a competitive priced range of Rs. 6.98 lakh to Rs. 9.2 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

The TUV300 comes with an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 18.09 km per liter. The vehicle comes with the measurements 3995 mm in length, 1835 mm in width and 1839 mm in height and sits on a wheelbase of 2680 mm.

The Mahindra TUV300’s ‘TUV’ stands for Tough Utility Vehicle and the homegrown car major has given it a rough and rugged design that has drawn inspiration from battle tank. The vehicle also gets strengthened monochrome chassis which is indeed tough.

Nevertheless, if you are not happy with the rugged new TUV300’s standard equipments, then in that case the vehicle also comes with an array of optional accessories which are aimed at enhancing its toughness along with additional sporty appeal.

The Mahindra TUV300’s utilitarian accessories include an Infotainment system, Heads-up display, Mobile phone charging socket, Sun visors, Mobile phone holders and Rain visors.

The vehicle’s premium accessory package offers License plate, ORVMs, Fog light chrome encasings, Door sill protectors, Chrome finished door handles, Designer floor mats, Illuminated scuff plates, Rear spoiler, Metal finish wheel covers and Tail lights chrome garnish.

There are also other tough exterior features which include Side steps, Inflatable roof carrier, Side protectors, Black aluminum side step, Black machined alloy wheels, Front bull bar, Roof carrier, Protective rear impact beam, All weather floor mats, and Bicycle carrier.

Moreover, Mahindra also offers an armor body kit which offer Front armor, Side armor skirt, Bonnet hull, Front and rear stone guard, Body wheel arches and Marker lamps with shroud.

All these additional accessories are offered in the Mahindra showrooms for additional costs.

Mahindra introduces new body-kit for the newly launched Mahindra TUV300

The Indian SUV market is really a superbly profitable one and thus a coveted segment for all the car makers in the country. While India has been always a rough and tough SUV loving market, in the recent times the segment has become much fast paced, competitive and matured. The Indian car buyers seems to be head over heels in love with the contemporary new SUVs, and the new the recently launched Hyundai Creta alone can vouch for it with its more than 40,000 bookings in just two months’ time. In such a situation, if the Indian SUV leader Mahindra & Mahindra experiences declined sales, then it should very disturbing for the homegrown car major indeed. However, Mahindra really doesn’t bother wasting its time on fretting and getting perturbed and rather prefers working hard to fix its sales woes.

tuv300 mahindra

This is exactly what the company intends to do with the introduction of its slew of new vehicle models, the process of which has started with the launch of the new Mahindra TUV300. The new Mahindra TUV300 is a sub-4 meter compact SUV model which is in vogue in India right now. However, being a small vehicle the TUV300 looks far from cute and tough is what it means, as the T in its name suggests. This pint sized SUV from Mahindra is indeed very aggressive looking and feels fit for the rough and tough roads and driving situations. And now, in order to increase the tough and rugged quotient of the TUV300, Mahindra has introduced a new sporty body kit option for the SUV.

The Mahindra TUV300 is a traditional tough and boxy looking SUV model that showcases its maker’s patent rugged appeal with its battle tank inspired design. The Mahindra TUV300 has an aggressive staring price of Rs. 6.9 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Mumbai) as well to make it a pocket sized, pocket friendly SUV. The vehicle also comes with the attractive of 7 seats, despite its small size. Now, the compact SUV comes with a new bold and rugged body kit to enhance its tough looks as well as capabilities.

The Mahindra TUV300 has a front radiator grill that is reminiscent of the Jeep Cherokee that contrasts nicely with noticeable bumper cladding. On the inside, the vehicle offers an optional surround sound enhancer as well as rear seat entertainment screens. Other optional features include front as well as rear parking sensors. With new add-on features, affordable pricing and good aesthetics the newly launched Mahindra TUV300 compact SUV models seems to be ready to become a seller. It remains to be seen though how it fairs against the likes of the very successful Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta.

The new optional features include the following:


  • A “tougher” look
  • Many chrome garnished elements
  • Metallic finish wheel cover with Machined alloy wheels
  • Illuminated scuff plates
  • New Seat Covers
  • Side step & Roof carrier
  • Bicycle carrier
  • Xenon head lamps
  • Front and rear parking sensors


  • Rear seat entertainment system
  • Thermo electric chiller
  • Driver’s Heads up display
  • Surround sound enhancer

Mahindra says the new upcoming Mahindra S101 will wholly different from the TUV300

Indian car major Mahindra & Mahindra has been suffering from plummeting sales rates for quite some time now, but is currently well braced to turn the situation into a more favorable one for itself. The leading SUV maker of the country has just launched its brand new compact SUV model – Mahindra TUV300 on 10th of this month, and now it is preparing to launch another all-new product in the domestic car market in the form of the codenamed S101.

Mahindra TUV300

The Mahindra S101 has been a largely awaited product which has been getting spied for over two years now and was thought to be the first compact SUV model from Mahindra’s stable to launch ahead of the TUV300. However, the S101 is yet to launch in the market. However, reports have it that Mahindra & Mahindra is going to launch the new compact vehicle very soon and if speculations are to be believed, Mahindra is going to call the new vehicle the Mahindra XUV100. Though, we would like some new name for the brand new S101 instead of something which seems to be the baby version of the XUV500, if Mahindra really chooses this name then it may be thinking of giving the idea of a small premium SUV with this vehicle.

As both the new Mahindra TUV300 and the upcoming Mahindra XUV100 are compact sub-meter models, it is easy for people to think that they will be similar vehicles offered as options to the Indian SUV buyers. However, as per Mahindra’s executive director Dr. Pawan Goenka, these two baby SUVs will be completely dissimilar and thus, won’t cannibalize each other’s sales in the market.

Goenka told the media that the company is conscious about the fact that it does not offer very similar products and stressed that there are many major differences between these two new compact SUV models which have been built to cater to different demands and requirements of the buyers, while terms of pricing as well these two models are different. He said by adding that the company intends to offer a different appeal with the new Mahindra S101.

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Mahindra S101 Spied rear camouflaged

Goenka further said that the company has made TUV300 to appeal to the audience while like tough and rugged appeal, while the S101 will be different. He said that he can’t even imagine that a customer will be able to compare the S101 with the TUV300, giving the impression that they are that different vehicles.

The S101 is thus, expected to be more stylish and sleek looking to appear wholly different than the TUV300.

The brand new Mahindra S101 will be equipped with a newly developed 1.2 liter petrol motor making it Mahindra’s first vehicle with an in-house petrol engine. This petrol engine has been developed by Mahindra in collaboration with its Korean subsidiary SsangYong.

The Mahindra S101 will be a light weight vehicle based on a monocoque chassis. Recently, it is believed to be a competitor of the B-Segment hatchbacks such as Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Celerio.

Mahindra TUV300 Vs Ford EcoSport Vs Renault Duster – Compact SUV comparison

Homegrown SUV master, Mahindra launched the much awaited TUV300 compact SUV with the starting price of Rs. 6.90 lakh (ex-showroom Pune). Mahindra’s plummeting sales rates are hoped to be salvaged with the launch of the new Mahindra TUV300, which the company’s first actual compact SUV, as the Quanto is just a chop-shop version of the Xylo. Mahindra is thus, banking big on the new TUV300 to boost its sales owing to the huge demands in the compact SUV segment of India.

mahindra tuv300 red

The new Mahindra TUV300 is stubby looking baby SUV that is said to have drawn design inspiration from “battle tank” and will be rivaling the seasoned hits like the Ford Renault Duster, EcoSport, Nissan Terrano and the newly launched lot – Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross.

Moreover, being affordably priced at a range of Rs. 6.9 lakh to Rs. 9.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), the small Mahindra TUV300 SUV is prepared to dampen the sales of even some other hot vehicles like the Maruti Swift Dzire, Hyundai i20, Maruti Ertiga and Honda Mobilio. The Mahindra thus means to kill many birds with just one stone – the Mahindra TUV300. However, is the new Mahindra TUV300 really worth the buzz and its maker’s expectations? Let’s briefly pitch it against two great selling compact SUV models, namely the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster.

Mahindra with the help of its smart engineering made the small TUV300 a proficient 7-seater with 2 foldable jump seats at the rear. The TUV300 also has the biggest boot space at 384 liters after its bigger Renault Duster which offers 475 liter.

In terms of safety, the Mahindra TUV300 T4+, which is the second base variant, is braced with dual front airbags and ABS along with EBD. In comparison, the Duster RxL offers only a driver’s airbag and optional passenger airbag, while the Ford EcoSport gets dual airbags and curtain airbags only on the higher trims.

When specs and performance are concerned, the TUV300 gets a 1493 cc engine very similar to the Ford EcoSport’s 1498 cc motor, while the Renault Duster is equipped with a 1461 cc engine. However, the TUV300 packs in an inline 3 cylinder motors, while its rivals boast of 4 cylinder engines. But the three cylinder 1.5 liter motor powering the TUV300 offers a great 230 Nm torque, while its 5 speed manual gearbox has been borrowed from the Scorpio.

The Mahindra TUV300’s looks will also go well with the jeep fans with its butch appearance. Despite being small, it looks pretty aggressive and tough like an able off-road beater and looks very different from the city cool crossovers like the EcoSport and Duster with polished design.

Mahindra might also offer and 4WD system option on the TUV300 at a later date. However, before that the Indian car major has to wait to witness how the new Mahindra TUV300 is received by the Indian buyers.

Given its attributes, we think the Mahindra TUV300 might be a game changer for the company. Best of luck Mahindra & Mahindra!

Upcoming Mahindra S101 speculated to be christened as the KUV100

Homegrown auto major, Mahindra & Mahindra has grabbed attention again with the recent launch of its brand new Mahindra TUV compact SUV. However, within days of its launch the focus has shifted to another brand new Mahindra vehicle, which is still codenamed as the S101. Well, it is nothing new for the upcoming new Mahindra S101 to be in the news, as the vehicle has been in news for too long now; more than two years and is certainly one of most spied and speculated new vehicle in India. Surprisingly, the Mahindra S101 always seems to be a center of attraction despite the long wait. And, when the new vehicle is finally expected to launch soon (certain this time around) in India, there are numerous speculations regarding the moniker of the vehicle.

Mahindra S101 Spy front mid seat

Mahindra S101 Spy front mid seat

As per the latest report by an automotive portal, the new upcoming Mahindra S101 is going to be christened as the Mahindra KUV100 when it launches in India. On the other hand, just recently rumors were doing the round that Mahindra is going to call the S101 as the Mahindra XUV100. The one thing common in both the speculated names for the S101 is the numeral ‘100’, though the prefix changes from XUV to KUV.

Though the report claims that the Mahindra S101 will be called the KUV100, it is not really clear as yet what the letter ‘K’ implies in the moniker. The reporting site thinks it could stand for ‘Krossover’, which would be a diversion of crossover and doesn’t really seem to fit in, as Mahindra uses actual words for the abbreviated alpha-numeric names for its other products such as the XUV500 where ‘X’ stands for ‘Generation X’, and TUV300 where ‘T’ stands for ‘Tough.’

Whatever the name be, the focus is back on the Mahindra S101 as it will be an entire new vehicle from Mahindra that will pack in a newly developed 1.2 liter petrol motor. Apart from the new petrol engine, the S101 is expected to get the same mHawk80 1.5 liter 3 cylinder diesel mill that debuted on the newly launched Mahindra TUV300. The engines will be mated to a standard 5 speed manual transmission along with an AMT option.

Mahindra & Mahindra is also speculated to be working hard to make the S101 very aggressively priced. It will be another sub-4 meter compact vehicle, while its category is speculated ranging from a SUV to a tall-boy hatchback that would go up against the likes of the Maruti Wagon R and Chevrolet Beat.

The Mahindra S101 is also speculated to have designed inputs from the Italian design house Pininfarina, which Mahindra is going to take over. The S101 is also likely to have a contemporary design with safety features like ABS and Airbags as an option for all variants.

Mahindra’s executive director Dr. Pawan Goenka has recently said that the S101 will be a completely different product than the new TUV300.

Getting back to the speculated name, while XUV100 sounds better, KUV100 is more unique as it doesn’t sound like a slashed down XUV500. We hope to know the confirmed name for the Mahindra S101 soon.

New Mahindra TUV300 launches in India starting at Rs. 6.9 Lakhs

India’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra has today launched the much awaited brand new compact SUV model – the Mahindra TUV300. The new compact SUV has launched in the Indian car market with a starting price tag of Rs. 6.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Pune).

Mahindra TUV300

The brand new Mahindra TUV300 has been placed above the low selling Quanto compact SUV. The new TUV300 has launched in the very popular compact SUV space in India to rival the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, etc. The new TUV300 from the stable of Mahindra & Mahindra has launched in a total of 7 models across 3 trim levels – namely T4, T6 and T8. The compact SUV is available for sale in India in 6 attractive color choices, namely – Dynamite Red, Verve Blue, Glacier White, Bold Black, Molten Orange and Majestic Silver.

Drawing design inspiration from a “battle tank”, the new Mahindra TUV300 flaunts styling features such as a flat roof, raised shoulder line, straight bonnet and square shaped wheel arches. The vehicle also features clear lens headlights, distinctly bold toothed front radiator grille and D-pillar finished in glossy black paint. The Mahindra TUV300 has been fully designed and developed in-house, the new compact SUV is based on the company’s new ladder frame chassis and R&D work have been carried out at the company’s R&D facility known as the Mahindra Research Valley (MRV), close to Chennai.

During the launch of the new Mahindra TUV300, the Chairman of the Mahindra Group, Mr. Anand Mahindra said that the launch of the new TUV300 is very important for the company, as the new vehicle represents the company’s ‘Rise’ philosophy in action. The Mahindra development team has used alternative thinking in order to create a compact SUV with high technology and performance levels long with unbeatable pricing. The TUV300 represents the patent quality of the Mahindra vehicles that is the ‘Tough and Rugged’ quotient that makes him confident that the vehicle will be a brand creator in its own segment and it will be able to get favorable response both in the Indian as well as in the international car markets.

The new Mahindra TUV300 compact SUV has been equipped with a new 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder mHawk80 diesel engine which is capable of generating a max power output of 82.5 bhp and a to torque of 230 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox, while an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) gearbox option is also available for added driving convenience.

When mileage is concerned, then the new TUV300 compact SUV delivers the fuel efficiency of 18.49 Km per liter.

In order to make the Mahindra TUV300 a safe vehicle, Mahindra has added some good safety features on the baby SUV, including front dual airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), automatic door locking system, Corner Brake Control (CBC) among others.

The new Mahindra TUV300 compact SUVs Price range starts from Rs. 6.90 lakhs which goes up to Rs. 9.12 lakhs for the top of the range model (all prices, ex-showroom Pune).

Toyota explores new areas to expand operations

With the immense hard work over the years in order to churn out high quality passenger cars for the consumers has paid Toyota in a big way as it has made a name for itself as the biggest car maker company in the world if the total sold units are to be considered. And other than just the sales numbers, in many surveys Toyota vehicles are described as the most dependable cars among the lot. In present times, when the new car makers are emerging each day, Toyota holds its special place among them and the Japanese carmaker has been well determined to keep making the consumers happy and satisfied. But now a days Toyota is thinking a lot about its place in the market. No doubt being known as the top car sellers around is enough success to make the company sit back and relax but its aspirations are bigger. The company wants itself to be known as the biggest public transport developer and provider company not just a vehicle manufacturing one. So, as a result of this over thinking in the automotive world, the company is gearing up for a futuristic world, where it believes that the public transport is going to play the biggest role in the urban and the rural life across the globe. Now this is what we call dreaming big.

Toyota Logo

All this started when Toyota observed the American scenario where most people use their cars just to cover a very short distance to the bus stand or train stations; hence the thought emerged of being the public transport provider and not just a passenger car manufacturer. This interesting insight has certainly stirred up a debate in the automotive world and more companies are expected to follow the Japanese carmaker in this regard, as it usually happens. Ouch!

The chief executive of the company for its operations in North America, Mr. Jim Lentz said that they can’t limit themselves to just the manufacturing and selling of the SUVs, small cars and midsized cars and the trucks when there are many more thing yet to explore. He said that the company is all about mobility and in order to expand further they must think seriously about entering into the production of other vehicles as well. He further added that it doesn’t mean that they are going to ditch the area which made them the biggest carmaker around, the manufacture of passenger cars and trucks.

This thought occurred when they observed the growing rate of the urbanisation and the evident change in consumer behaviour. They have to keep exploring new spaces else they won’t survive for long and thus, they are now eyeing the public transport sector. Well, this is a very clear idea and conceivable as well but only time will tell how they go through with this venture and if they are successful, we are most certainly going to see a new revolution in the public transport department. Until then, we should just sit back and relax while keep buying the amazing Toyota cars.

Toyota RAV4 diesel review

Although the latest 2015 Toyota RAV4 is topping the charts in terms of sales numbers and winning the hearts of the consumers, but is it the best in the segment? Or even the second or the third best? Now that’s the question. Although proudly honing the Toyota badge has been quite useful for the SUV in the Australian markets and going by the sales numbers, it can be deemed at one successful vehicle but performance wise it falls short if compared to other biggies in the segment such as Hyundai Tucson and Mazda CX-5.

2015 Toyota RAV4

As of now, the RAV4 has a market share of around 15 percent and is only second to CX-5 when it comes to the sales numbers. The sales for the Toyota’s SUV are slightly up compared to last year and the question arises now is regardless of the ageing platform the vehicle works on, how can it possibly be raking in such high sales numbers. Let us try to find out below.

With automatic transmission feature and the turbodiesel engine powering the vehicle, we have it in the AWD. The Australian price starts from 48,490 Australian dollars, with the vehicle we drove was a bit pricier for us owing to the premium paint we had on the test vehicle. And add some extra dough to get it on road which will make the cost of getting it in your garage at around 49,000. So we can conclude that the ‘value for money’ thing doesn’t gel well with this vehicle as it is evident that some of its competitors are priced lesser than this, such as Subaru Forester which costs around 41,490 dollars. And we must say that this is a huge difference.

Talking broadly, the Toyota vehicle is laced will all the necessary features required in a vehicle of this class segment, but nothing more than that to justify the price range. Yes, the features are to the point and one would certainly expect some additional features but will get none. However, the exterior design is sportier than most if its competitors, making it stand out among the class. The 18 inch alloy wheels can be deemed as the highlights of the overall design aesthetics.

However, coming to the spaciousness, we can say that RAV4 provides the consumers with a very good storage capability which is undoubtedly best in the class. And considering the fact that it’s a sports utility vehicle, this is a welcome addition. 5 people can fit in easily along with the sufficient storage space. The luggage space is around 577 litres which is definitely better than all the other vehicles in the segment giving it a definite edge over them.

The infotainment system is very well thought out and the other basic features stand out as well.

The powertrain is the 2.2 litre 4 cylindered diesel engine which is more than sufficient to provide power to the vehicle and produces 110 Kw and 340 Nm.

In the end we must say that the vehicle does have its moments, but in our opinion, there are better choices for your hard earned money.