The game-changing Mahindra XUV500 was introduced seven years ago .The gradual manner in which the Mahindra XUV5OO receives updates is impressive. This is no exception. XUV took the market by storm, because of the sheer value it brought to the table. Also comes under the price segment where sedans was dominating. The XUV500 went through many changes over the years, and, finally, it’s in this 2018 model has got a premium appeal and has gone up a few notches. The exteriors get some extra styling tweaks. Interiors have been given an upmarket touch and the engine gets a great performance boost; More than enough to make the XUV500 fresh and competitive.
What are the new changes in xuv 500?
Comparing the 2015 facelift model and this update, exterior changes are slight yet distinctive. The most important change is in the front grille. Grille gets chrome-studded and surrounded with glossy black sides and thicker chrome. While the headlamps retain their basic shape, there is a strip of LED DRLs at the top of the headlamp casing. Personally, I like the swoopy DRLs of the previous XUV and felt that it gives little more character than the facelifted one. The projectors for low beam, the elements inside are different. The rest of the elements in bumper remains unchanged. New, smart dual-tone 18-inch alloy wheels feature on the top W11 (O) variant and these fill the wheel wells very attractive. There’s an addition of chrome strips on the doors and new roof rails, but these are less noticebale
In facelift , the rear has got a major change. It got a redesigned tailgate, All new tail-lamps, in my opinion, a better looking, neatly integrated setup. It’s a bit more pleasing to the eye, and it helps give the car a more rounded look. Also new roof spoiler, all of which gives the XUV500 a more tame, MPV-like looks.
The interiors of the top trim are all black with quilted tan-leather seat upholstery, which gives an upmarket look. The seats are very good and their fitting is good . But it not very comfy to sit on as you can feel the three vertical foam strips (shaped below the quilting) against your back.. The central console is still filled with lot of buttons, which will get confused on the move, but Mahindra has worked on it. The centre console gets a new piano black finish with some brushed silver highlights. Plastics on the dash and door feels nice and are soft touch. Dashboard top is covered faux-leather inserts with contrasting stitching
What’s nice is that the XUV500 is well-equipped and comes with many features like sunroof, auto headlamps and wipers, touchscreen with navigation, smartwatch access and connectivity via an app, reversing camera, Android Auto , six airbags and ESP. But, this time around, the audio experience is built by Arkamys and the location of the tweeters has been changed. With the BlueSense application, users can synchronise the infotainment to an Android watch or Apple smartwatch, which allows us to control audio , climate control and view information like tyre pressure.
This isn’t purely a cosmetic upgrade. Mahindra is selling the new XUV in both petrol and diesel variants. Both engines are 2.2-litre inline-four cylinders with a turbocharger. I’ll concentrate on the diesel automatic variant since that’s what we got to drive. The main talking point is that new xuv 500 churns out more power. The figure is now up to 155 bhp and 360nm torque.Thanks to the new eVGT (Electronically Controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger). Mahindra claims that there’s no change in the efficiency figures despite making more power. We can only say the difference If we get the car for a longer period.. Both petrol and diesel options either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
How good is XUV 500 too drive?
Aim of Mahindra was to give the car more grunt lower down the rev range instead of making it a punchier near the redline, and company managed that. It was never particularly a problem but I found no reason to complain with the way the car got off the line.The XUV500 never lacked in terms of performance at that price point. Mahindra has given xuv a bump in power. Xuv now produces a whopping 155 bhp and 360 nm torque @1750 rpm, which makes car more agile. Te electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger makes the car more quicker than the previous versions. The variable geometry turbocharger is controlled electronically, whereas the previous models was vacuum controlled and now the boost comes in gently at around 1,400rpm and builds nicely from 1,800rpm.This engine pulls very strongly till 4,000rpm, after that progress is slow. The drive was silky smooth but gear slight lacks the response but it is negligible when we get use to the gearbox. The new xuv is quick. For an overtake or quick speeding situations car responds very well and power is enough to make the driver smile. Car won’t disappoint with performance. The steering is light in low speed and city traffic. Responds very well. For calm cruising through highways , automatic varient is superb. The suspension remains same. The wheels are sharp in the bumpy roads but higher profile tires manages that pretty easily.
Should I buy a XUV 500?
With this facelift, Mahindra has added a good amount of freshness to the XUV500. The 2018 update gives you more luxurious experience while travelling and an even better performance. The Mahindra XUV500 may not match the Toyota innova’s level of sophistication, but look at it in isolation, and you’ll see that its laundry list of features and ability to seat seven makes it an appealing proposition. The New XUV is descently priced. The prices of XUV500 start at Rs. 12.56 lakh and the top-end diesel is priced at Rs. 19.26 lakh. Mahindra XUV500 is available in 12 variants and 7 colours. The best variant will be 2WD Automatic W11(O).