Mahindra XUV500 W8 4×2 CARmag co za

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At A Glance

MahindraMahindra is one of India’s successful automotive companies, but has modest sales success on soil. With the introduction of the XUV 500, Mahindra wants to up its brand cachet to a decidedly level. Could the XUV500 up the appeal of Mahindra’s passenger

A day after Mahindra unveiled the to the press in India; South media had the opportunity to sample the new in Johannesburg. And as I’m sure you’ve from the pictures above, the looks nothing like produced before. This new look is the result of an extensive programme and believe it or not, has penned to imitate the profile of a in motion. Okay then…

At the very least, Mahindra has away from the perceived appeal of the rest of its product (consider the Thar and Bolero, for The dramatic front end (supposedly by a Cheetah’s jaws) could favour especially with the American domestic market and are plenty of hard angles and lines, which in conjunction over-emphasized fender flares, quite an impressive overall Could the XUV500 be THE best design out of mainland Asia to

We’ll be getting three in South Africa, a lower W6 4×2 and high-spec W8 4×2 and 4×4 models. There any 4x4s available yet at the time of so with quite an attractive of R269 900 the similarly specced W8 4×2 was my of choice for the 27-kilometre sample

I can’t commend the mix of interior options (my model was decked out in and brown hues), but otherwise, the is as well equipped as any other SUV side of R500 000. leather, seven seats, descent and hill hold, and rear park assist, climate control, a cooler box doubles as a centre armrest as as rain-sensing wipers and automatically xenon lights are but a few of the XUV500’s list of niceties. My favourite and delight feature was the multimedia – with a USB input socket, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity and MP3

The leather-clad seats aren’t of the variety at all – I almost sunk my driving position, and there’s of space despite what to be a compact look by virtue of rising shoulder line. The manner of fit and finish is decent and the even smells okay, but faux-wood centre console quite a lot of light into the and the faces of the driver and front

Still, I was impressed with the So I depress the clutch and … the result is slow going. The action of the far pedal is not the concern – it’s the of its far-right counterpart, as the throttle quite a prod before the shows a significant sign of but climbs its torque wall thereafter. The 2,2-litre unit 103 kW at 3 750 r/min and 330 N.m of torque from 1 600 – 2 It drives the rear wheels a six-speed manual gearbox.

On the road, the powerplant does its job (Mahindra claims a combined figure of under 8,0 litres/100km) and shuffles the XUV 500 along in a refined The engine noise isn’t but I experienced a lot of wind noise at the limit. Nothing that be remedied by turning up the volume of the system, mind you, but to keep in mind.

The comfortable were accentuated by the good as well. I didn’t have a to do any dynamic testing on a route mainly comprised of highway but I can mention that the XUV 500 boasts a suspension. And apart from my about the shiny plastic consol and lethargic throttle I also feel that the seats should have removable, because they fold entirely flat.

Overall, though, I think the is tremendously good value for – especially for those who hanker SUV status, but can’t afford the offerings. At R239 000 for the W6 4×2, 000 for the W8 4×2 and R294 000 for the range-topping W8 4×4 (all three-years/100 000 km warranties, three-years/60 000 km plans and roadside assistance for a year) – it would be folly to the XUV 500!


* Engine: 2,2 litre,

* Power: 103 kW at 3 750 r/min

* Torque: 350 N.m at 1 600

* Combined European cycle consumption: 8,0 litres/100 km


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