Review On Mahindra XUV 500

Reviewed By: Nikhil Pandey
Email: Last Updated: July 3, 2018, 7:36 a.m.
Car XUV 500
Company Mahindra
Class Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)


Now a days the facelift cars is being dominant in performance as well as in markets. Being dominant for most part of the decade, the XUV 500 is facing the heat of competition with facelifts like Jeep Compass, Tata Hexa and Hyundai Creta. It is the first ever SUV in the segment to provide the monocoque chasis for better performance. The XUV500 has just defined the restyling in another possible way. Mahindra XUV500 comes with the bigger and more stylish front grille with chrome surrounds and chrome inserts in the centre, followed by a pair of new large set of projector headlamps with integrated LED DRLs(Daytime Running Lamps). The front bumper gets a bigger central airdam and chrome accents for the new set of curvilateral foglamps. Now the XUV gets optional 18" alloy set in the trim level variants W11, but all the variants except W11 gets the set of 17" alloys. Talking about the rear, it gets new revised tail-lamps which is more practical in nature than its predecessor.

Engine and Transmission

For the engine configuration of XUV500, both the petrol and diesel comes with their respective 2.2-litre four cylinder mHawk engines. The mHawk diesel now gets the sixth generation electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger (EVGT) due to which the power output has been uprated to 153bhp at 3750 rpm and peak torque of 360Nm at 1750-2800. The EVGT unit provides the torque easily in the low-end power band. On the other hand petrol model develops 138bhp at 4500 rpm and 320Nm of torque at 2000-3000 rpm. The transmission unit includes a 6-speed synchromesh manual gearbox and also 6-speed automatic gearbox.


As mahindra says, the dashboard hasa been redesigned but the design looks largely similar to the pre-facelift model with the same steering wheel, centre consol and aircon. The XUV500 also includes electric sunroof with anti-pinch, logo projection lamps on ORVMs, push-button start/stop, keyless entry, and rain sensing wipers, steering wheel with tilt and telescopic function, electrically operable ORVMs.


Safety features include dual airbags and ABS with EBD as a standard offering for all variant and six airbags including side and curtain on the top-end model, along with ESP with rollover control system that helps the SUV to prevent from being rollover when banged by other vehicles from side and hill hold and hill descent control.


The cabin has been updated and now the top-end model comes with revised seats upholstered in new quilted tan and black two-tone leather, while the interior gets a new dual tone black and grey treatment. The SUV also features a 6-way power adjustable driver seat with good lumbar support. The centre stage on the dashboard is taken by a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with GPS, USB (Audio / Video), and Bluetooth. The system also comes with Android Auto, Connected Apps and Ecosense. At the rear, the seats are well managed to provide good amount of knee-room as well as head-room.