Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra & Mahindra Motors has put country on to global scenario with newly design based SUV – Mahindra XUV 500 . With this car, Mahindra now has 5 UV products in its range. Newly made XUV 500— is an absolutely fantastic car, built from scratch by Mahindra designers. Mahindra XUV 500 is an international standard SUV that is going to embark company on global platform. Pronounced as Mahindra XUV500 with last to ‘00’ pronounced as alphabet ‘OO’, it symbolizes activeness and agility besides quickness it has as an Sport Utility Vehicle. Mahindra Motors has arrived at design of this SUV after an expansive research and survey that is said to have been conducted in various markets besides India. Apart from this, car also has been tested to be perfect on many locations including Europe, Australia and South Africa. After launch in India, Mahindra XUV 500 will be marketed in South Africa as well.

Besides design, Mahindra XUV 500 features unique exterior styling, a gamut of technologies that is nowhere visible in SUVs already in place by Mahindra. Additionally, global design brings with it global standards as well in this SUV. Mahindra’s trained and skilled engineers have burnt their midnight oil to make this happen and it is with help of their attempts that XUV 500 is able to be manufactured on global standards. It is the first vehicle from Mahindra that is based on a monocoque chassis. Contrary to conventional design in which car is made of a frame and then it is covered with lightweight metal sheets, XUV 500 body is a single piece body in which body and chassis are one piece.
 It also has first-ever transversely placed engine by Mahindra and this has enhanced passenger space inside and has also improved safety in case of collision besides larger crumple zone thus Mahindra XUV is much safer and crash resistant than any Mahindra SUV. Land Rover LR2 Freelander and Volvo cars employ transversely placed engine in their products. Such first in class features make this SUV at par with international standards. Incorporating such features has made XUV500 to compete with international SUVs in terms of global rules, safety regulations and emission standards. In India, XUV500 will create its own unique space and is place above Mahindra Scorpio and big SUV models from India.
Mahindra XUV 500 has 2179 cc mHawk engine that also powers Scorpio and now even Xylo. Common rail diesel engine generates 140 PS which is enough to cruise XUV 500 on road or off-road. Most noteworthy is torque which is 330 Nm that lets new SUV to move around easily even in snarling city traffic. There is 6-speed manual gearbox in XUV 500 with torque on demand mechanism. There are two variants on XUV 500 one is a 2WD while other is 4WD model. Micro-hybrid technology is also used in car for better mileage.
Mahindra XUV500 Models
Mahindra XUV 500 W6 2WD: This car is powered by 2179 cc mHawk 140 PS engine that has improved power with 5th generation variable geometry turbocharger. There is a 6” monochrome infotainment display, micro hybrid system, Intellipark, rain sensing wipers, headlamps, immobilizer, dual airbags, ABS, EBD, tilt steering, cruise, audio controls on steering besides an loads of features. 
Mahindra XUV 500 W8 2WD: Powered by the same engine but is an improved trim and is a 2WD car. Apart from features of XUV 500 W6, this model has 6” color touch screen infotainment display, GPS Navigation, DVD Player, Tyre Tronics, side and curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with rollover mitigation, Hill Hold and Hill Descent control, Alloy Wheels, tilt and telescopic steering, leather upholstery besides other features.
Mahindra XUV 500 W8 4WD: This is All-wheel drive version of Mahindra XUV 500 W8.
Mahindra XUV500 Review by Editorial team
Mahindra XUV500 was launched in September 2011 and received warm response with huge amount of bookings. It was a big hit for company. XUV500 stands tall and proud with looks which shame others which are priced at almost double the cost. This car has massive road presence and stuff like LEDs combined into head lamp or bulging rear simply add to whole package. Side profile is more natural and at more than one example, it did remind us of Mitsubishi Outlander! You also observe muscular design above wheel arches, typical Mahindra grille and twin exhausts which give proper hint of car’s capabilities. Other interesting bits include funky ‘paw’ door handles and sexy tail lamps with motif engravings. It would not be wrong to say that XUV500 easily produces more attention than its main competitors in this price band, Force One and Tata Aria.
Inside car does have 7-seat but due to limited length, last row is best suited only for kids. Also, with third row in place, there is next to no boot space left inside. Secondly, fit and finish of plastics is not really up to the mark – these two things are just about only negatives we found in  SUV therefore wanted to mentioned them first. Good part starts now – step inside and you are shocked with package Mahindra has managed in car. From extreme design lines to feature list and space, XUV500 simply surpasses rivals as well as others priced at almost double the cost easily. Top end W8 model is laden to brim including leather seats and touch screen system for various functions. Thoughtful features are conversation mirror for driver, flowing central console, chilled box under driver arm rest, cruise control, voice command for audio and cruise system.
XUV500 carries a 140 PS diesel engine that is coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox and a similar speed automatic is expected next year. Twist key and engine starts with muted sound and clatter all this is possible due to all NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) packaging possible by various changes including dual mass flywheel. 
This is truly a highway car and engine exactly sleeps in 6th gear. Amount of torque and power produced is so big that pedal to metal in lower gears, one need to take note of torque steer – easily felt through gear lever. XUV500 also boasts start-stop feature that works when vehicle is parked in neutral for over 2.5 seconds. Suspension system is easily new benchmark in SUV segment.  On straights, long wheelbase and aerodynamic front meant that it felt reassuringly stable even at top speed of an indicated 195km/h. Around hills, ESP gives that extra confidence and this mixed with low centre of gravity and minimal body rolls make SUV a joy to flick around corners.

XUV500 on the other hand not only amazes by being so accomplished but also walks away with cake due to price – from Rs 10.80 to Rs 12.88 lakh. Icing on cake that XUV 500 walks away with is long list of standard features – due to limited space, we simply cannot name them here. 
What's new in Mahindra XUV500
Intelligent AWD technology manufactured by Borg Warner makes sure you are always in control of car, be it slippery roads, heavy rain, snow or even ice. Seamless transition from 2WD to AWD without any driver interference ensures unbeatable handling prowess. NexTracTM is next-gen, electronically controlled, on-demand Interactive Torque Management system. When required, it assumes control of clutch and other car systems. NexTracTM automatically controls car systems like Engine Management System, Steering Angle Sensor and Anti-lock Braking System, and automatically redistributes torque between front and rear wheels
You will like Mahindra XUV500 If...
Mahindra  XUV 500 is your car if you love to drive on hill roads. Hill Descent Control identifies steep slopes and engages itself to assist car down the slope with caution while Hill Hold Control prevents car from rolling backwards when starting from standstill on a slope.
You May Not Like Mahindra XUV500 If
You will not like this car if you love to drive a sober and generous car. Styling of this car is overdone which prove sore to your eyes. In fact, looks and style of this car suits the taste of those people more who are energetic and have adventure DNA in blood.
Front line features of Mahindra XUV500 are:
Advanced Micro-Hybrid technology of this car helps conserve both nature and fuel. It automatically puts engine into standby mode 2.5 seconds after you shift gear into neutral at a signal or in heavy traffic. When you step on clutch, car roars to life instantly giving you higher mileage and lower CO2 emissions.
Mahindra XUV500 Looks and style
A good design is nothing without attention to detail. While aggression of cheetah continues on front end, it is details that leave a lasting impression. Notice XUV500 up close and you will notice slash-cut fog lamps, paw-inspired door handles and unique tattoos on tail lamps - all of which speak volumes of personality. 4-pack tail lamp units get a bejeweled look at rear of XUV 500. Bold curves and straight lines lead waistline, which tends to define SUV posture. Aggressive front grille blends state-of-the-art aerodynamic technologies with a large dose of inimitable character.
Mahindra XUV500 Interiors
Step inside car and you will feel that there is something extraordinary in place inside it. Inside there is a comfortable seating for 7-passenger, two at front, three on middle row and two at last. Passenger side bench type seat in middle row is foldable. 2-seat in last row is also foldable and space works as a boot with it in shrunken0 state. 
Dashboard that accommodates a long central console is one that captures attention of people entering car. On the central console, there is a 6” touchscreen monochrome/color display on top besides audio controls and AC controls below it. 
There are 4-AC-vents on front dash, two on sides of central console and one on either side. Steering wheel of Mahindra XUV 500 is a mix of sporty looks and functionality. Car’s one half is a steering wheel and other half is a remote control to audio so that numbers keep shuffling while SUV growls on-road and off-road. It also has cruise control buttons on it. Placed just behind steering wheel is sporty twin-pod shaped instrument cluster that integrates, looks and functionality.
Interior is clad in beautiful 2-tone shade with fabric/leather upholstery. Besides, cabin is lighted to set mood. There are also background lights which highlight door handles. Internal rear view mirror has manual night view feature. Just above internal rear view mirror there is sunglass holder box along with another small box for keeping some important things. Dashboard also has a spacious glove box that can even house a laptop in it. Interior plastic quality is good and it is at par with global standard that Mahindra XUV 500 vouches.
Mahindra XUV500 Exterior
New Mahindra SUV takes on garb of a Cheetah. With jaw-shaped front grille, paw shaped door handles, bodylines of a pouncing Cheetah and bold lines, all make it a look alike of a Cheetah in motion. All new SUV by Mahindra is based on monocoque architecture which is a single frame unlike traditional design variant which is body-on-frame. This makes sure better handling and also makes car safer and secure. Front face of mighty looking SUV has a characteristic jaw-shaped honeycomb grille similar to a Cheetah’s face cuts. Honeycomb grille also finds its presence on front bumper. Headlamps are two barrel shaped with side indicators in same headlamp assembly. There are also daytime running lights placed horizontally just below the barrels of headlamp in same assembly. Overall, front has a shape of a pouncing Cheetah.
Moving on to sides is much more rewarding than front. Bold line that starts from just above front side fender continues to back lamps. There is also much prominent and bold splash-guard on front side and rear wheel that makes it look macho than other SUVs in India. Doors also have ‘paw’ shaped handles which are first in class and gives Mahindra XUV 500 a thematic look. Side outside rear view mirror also houses side indicator and small parking light. Sides appear more like a fully built SUV with high posture. Mahindra Motors has though dealt beautifully with side appearance and it does not look boxy from sides. Roof rails have also be streamlined with roofline.
Rear look of XUV 500 is in consonance with overall Cheetah image and has been carved out well. In all, it has 50-50 ratio of boot and rear windscreen. Tail lamps have a unique three vertical compartments separated by molded reflectors. Tail lamp sweeps forward to side and combines with bold line that has come from front fender. Rear also has a rear wiper and high mounted stop lamp. There are also two stop warning indicators on both sides. Spare wheel has been intelligently concealed just below boot. Intellipark sensors are bumper colored and distinctly visible. Characteristic feature of Mahindra XUV500’s rear is presence of twin exhausts.
Mahindra XUV 500 Exterior Measurements
Automobile has a look of a fully grown SUV and so exterior measurements confirm. XUV 500 has an overall length of 4585 mm, a width of 1890 mm and it has an overall height measuring 1785 mm. It has a wheelbase of 2700 mm and it has a striking turning radius of 5.6 m. Gross weight of SUV is 2450 kg.
Mahindra XUV500 Safety
Rollover Mitigation performs similar exercises. It recognizes potentially dangerous driving conditions that could lead to car rolling over. Well before situation becomes threatening, it causes ESP system to intervene and control speed, thereby restoring stability. XUV500 is well equipped to keep you out of harm's way. 6-airbag strengthens safety of vehicle. Driver and passenger airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags cocoon you.
Mahindra XUV500 Features
·         Chrome Scuff plate for 1st and 2nd row, Streamlined Roof-rails, Cladding strips
·         Sporty dual tone interiors, Cubic-printed central console with metal accents, Twin pod cluster with 3D-dials
·         Premium fabric seats, Power-fold-able and adjustable ORVMs
·         Centre arm rest with cup holders in 2nd row, Height adjustable seat belts (front row)
·         8-way adjustable seats including height and lumbar adjust (driver's side)
·         Cruise, audio, phone controls & voice command switches on steering
·         Power windows with driver side express down, Remote tail gate opening
·         Reading lamps in all 3 rows, Conversation mirror, Tinted solar-reflecting glass
·         Follow-me home headlamps, Lead-me-to vehicle lamps, Illuminated key rings
Mahindra XUV500 Engine
Mahindra XUV 500 engine is a 2179cc mHawk type. It has maximum power of 140 PS at 3750 rpm besides maximum torque capacity of 330 Nm@1600-2800rpm. Engine is based on a direct injection technology with Variable Geometry Turbocharger that makes it more powerful than mHawk engine in Mahindra Scorpio. XUV 500 has 6-speed manual gearbox making it suitable for Indian roads; an automatic variant may come up on international edition. Gearbox has been manufactured in house by trained and skilled Mahindra engineers.
Engine has Micro Hybrid technology in place improving its mileage rate than other Mahindra SUVs. Motor performs well on road and off road equally and with AWD option, XUV 500 is capable of challenging any terrain. A 2-wheel drive model is also available on Mahindra XUV 500.
Mahindra XUV500 Fuel Economy
Despite being loaded with 140 PS of power, XUV 500 is still frugal. Mahindra XUV 500 Mileage is 12 kmpl in city and 14 kmpl on highways. ARAI certified mileage on highway is 15.1 kmpl. Fuel tank capacity of new Mahindra SUV is 70 litres.
Mahindra XUV500 Performance
With 140 PS engine, Mahindra XUV 500 has top speed of 185 kmph. 6-speed manual gearbox in SUV mated with 4WD or All-wheel drive (AWD) enables car to take on any terrain with ease and comfort.
Mahindra XUV500 Front Suspension
Car is fitted with McPherson type with anti-roll bar on front side.
Mahindra XUV500 Rear Suspension
Multilink type with anti-roll bar is conjoined on back side.
Mahindra XUV500 Braking and Handling
On straights, long wheelbase and aerodynamic front meant that it felt reassuringly stable even at top speed of an indicated 195 km/h. On hills, ESP provides you that extra confidence and this combined with low centre of gravity and minimal body rolls make SUV a joy to flick around corners. Our test car was a 2WD variant (front wheel drive only) and yet had did not make us feel nervous while pushing hard! This is unlike other Mahindra products like Scorpio and Xylo! Steering might not be very light for city usage or weight up perfectly at highway speeds but again for a Mahindra vehicle and at this price, overall driving experience is of highest possible order that one hopes! All disc brake set-ups along with electronic help adds to overall composed braking feel. That said, under hard braking, Bridgestone Duelers do squeal way too much. There are dual airbags for driver and front passenger and there are side and curtain airbags
Mahindra XUV500 Wheels
Mahindra XUV 500 runs on alloy wheels. 5-spoke 17” alloy wheels have a size of P235/65 R17 which are radial and tubeless. There is a spare wheel that has been concealed just below boot. Mahindra XUV 500 also has Tyre Tronics system that monitors tyre pressure and warns if there is a significant decrease in tyre pressure thus ensuring perfect air in tyres and greater mileage and safety.
Mahindra XUV500 Accessories
All-new Mahindra car keeps occupants happy, safe and entertained well with its power, safety features and advanced audio system. Besides XUV 500 has a 6” monochrome DIS infotainment system (color touchscreen on XUV 500 W8 4WD) that keeps all information regarding car, music and other stats. It is voice command activated. This Mahindra car comes with CD/MP3 player on base variant and there is a DVD Player on W8 and W8 4WD. An iPod can also be attached to music system. Volume control of music system is also there on steering. Automobile comes with combined four speakers one on each door apart from 2-tweeter on dashboard.
Mahindra XUV500 Driving Impressions
Apart from being fitted with equipment and an up-to-date design which are easily perceived by prospect buyers, Mahindra Motors has put in a lot of work under skin of XUV too. So, it is now a contemporary monocoque design suspended on MacPherson struts upfront and a multi-link setup at back side. This is what most contemporary cars follow allowing better dynamic technologies thanks to all four ends having a lot of freedom of movement of their own.
And benefits show instantly on XUV. Having a tauter, more responsive steering helps, of course, but the fact that there is not a hint of nervousness in XUV’s handling, is a huge positive. Now we drove Mahindra from Mumbai to Delhi over different types of roads. It did not show thumb down on any road. Car was being run mostly on three digit speeds, even around fast bends; something that was never tried on Scorpio.
XUV feels completely stable in straight line even if brakes are called for in a hurry. And around bends, sure it rolls, but being setup more on stiffer side, there is less see-saw effect and as a result, it turns in better and stays truer to line. It is actually enjoyable to drive fast.
And fast is something that comes easy on this Mahindra car as well; courtesy, stonker of engine under its sculpted hood. It is same 2.2-litre mHawk we have experienced on Scorpio before. But for XUV, it makes more power and torque. So, moment you dab the throttle car picks up with surprising vigour. So much so that you would believe that speedo is over reading given alacrity with which it reaches ton. And it is not just from a standstill that XUV’s performance impresses even through the gears, it never feels wanting.
What you do need to watch out for is torque steer courtesy so much of juice going to front wheels and also, the clutch. It is not terribly heavy to use and its progressive too but in stop and go city traffic, it can leave you with an aching calf muscle.
·         Fantastic looks
·         High equipment levels
·         Best Mahindra yet
·         Excellent value for money
·         Spacious interiors
·         Gearbox not smooth
·         Dynamics not class best
·         Interior quality still patchy
·         Long waiting periods

XUV500 fetches excellent value at this price and though this is only introductory price, features provided by Mahindra are usually seen in cars much higher in pricing. Global DNA is very much there and it is only a matter of time before automatic model comes out. However some interior bits are not up to the mark, this is the best car from Mahindra and is a big leap forward in design and handling department. There is no way you can go wrong with XUV500.

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