Mahindra & Mahindra has finally launched the long-awaited XUV300 in the Indian market on the Valentine’s Day
The subcompact SUV is priced aggressively against competitors as it costs between Rs. 7.9 lakh and Rs 11.9 lakh for the entry-level W4 and top-spec W8 (O) variants (all prices ex-showroom).
The XUV300 is the fourth try to grab a big pie in the subcompact SUV segment from Mahindra and having driven it already, we can say that it is the best one yet. Unlike the ladder frame construction in the TUV300, NovoSport and Quanto for that matter, the XUV300 is a monocoque SUV with use of 68 per cent high strength steel for rigidity and stiffness.
It’s also one of the safest Mahindra SUV you can buy courtesy of the presence of a plethora of standard safety and speed alert features. The high-spec XUV300 boasts segment-first seven airbags, heated wing mirrors, front parking sensors and disc brakes on all four wheels. They are complemented by ABS with EBD, Hill Hold Assist, Traction Control, and much more.
Mahindra XUV300 Variant Prices (Petrol)
|XUV 300 Variant Wise Price||Ex-Showroom Price|
|XUV300 W4||Rs. 7.90 Lakh|
|XUV300 W6||Rs. 8.75 Lakh|
|XUV300 W8||Rs. 10.25 Lakh|
|XUV300 W8 (O)||Rs. 11.44 LAkh Approx|
Mahindra XUV300 Variant Prices (Diesel)
|XUV 300 Variant Wise Price||Ex-Showroom Price|
|XUV300 W4||Rs. 8.49 Lakh|
|XUV300 W6||Rs. 9.30 Lakh|
|XUV300 W8||Rs. 10.80 Lakh|
|XUV300 W8 (O)||Rs. 11.95 Lakh Approx|
Apart from the segment-best safety equipment, Mahindra has included a host of comfort, convenience and entertainment bits including a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition and EcoSense provision.
Electric sunroof, dual-tone interior with use of premium materials, auto dimming IRVM, rain sensing wiper, multi-functional steering wheel with mounted control, leather seat upholstery and cruise control are some of the other notable features in the Mahindra XUV300.
It comes with a choice of petrol and diesel engines with both producing most torque figures in the segment. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel mill that can also be found in the Marazzo produces 115 bhp and 300 Nm while the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit makes 110 bhp and 200 Nm.
Mahindra XUV300 Specs
|Displacement||1.2 L||1.5 L|
|Power||110 bhp at 5,000 rpm||115 bhp at 3,750 rpm|
|Torque||200 Nm at 2,000 – 3,000 rpm||300 Nm at 1,500 – 2,500 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
Mahindra XUV300 Mileage
|Mileage (ARAI)||17 Km/l||20 Km/l|
The Mahindra XUV300 won’t be the most fuel-efficient model in its segment. This is owing to the segment-leading performance figures its engines offer. The petrol version will offer an ARAI-tested mileage of 17 km/l, while the diesel motor will provide 20 km/l.
The powertrains are mated to only a six-speed manual transmission as an automatic gearbox will debut later. The XUV300 just as the name suggests is a descendant of the bigger XUV500 in terms of looks despite being based on the X100 platform that also underpins SsangYong Tivoli.
Being a sub-4-metre SUV, the Mahindra XUV300 will measure less than four metres in length. With an overall length of 3,995 mm, the baby-XUV will be able to qualify for lower taxation, which should help its manufacturer price the model aggressively. Its overall width of 1,821 mm, however, makes it the widest model in its segment.
In comparison, the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and Tata Nexon are 1,790 mm, 1,765 mm, and 1,811 mm wide, respectively. The new SUV has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm and a ground clearance of 180 mm. The boot space on offer will be 265 litres, which isn’t great but is adequate for a compact SUV.
Mahindra XUV300 Dimensions
|Boot Space||265 L|
|Fuel Tank||42 L|
|Ground Clearance||180 mm|
Mahindra says the exterior styling is influenced by Cheetah, as it gets a prominent front grille with LED Daytime Running Lights flowing downwards to connect the fog lamps, which are housed in a sporty bumper with horizontal louvers. The rear end has horizontal LED tail lamps that are offered right from the base variant while 17-inch alloy wheels and two-tone colour scheme with floating roofline further enhance the overall stance of the SUV.
Mahindra XUV300 Variant Wise Features
The entry-level W4 version will come with –
- Dual front airbags
- Audio system with four speakers
- ABS and EBD
- Electrically adjustable ORVMs
- Electric tailgate release
- Gearshift indicator
- Multiple steering settings
The Mahindra XUV300 W6 will additionally offer –
- Keyless entry
- Multi-function steering wheel
- Wheel caps
- Black roof rails
- Rear spoiler
The Mahindra XUV300 W8 grade will also get –
- Passive keyless entry
- Push button start
- 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Two tweeters
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob
- ESP with hill hold
- Engine start-stop
- Dual zone AC
- Cruise control
- Reverse parking camera with guidelines
- 6-way adjustable driver seat
- Auto headlamps and wipers
- Electrically-foldable ORVMs with turn indicators
- Ambient lighting
- Heated mirrors
- 1 touch up/down driver-side window
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Projector headlamps with LED DRLs
The top-spec Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O) trim will even offer –
- Knee & side airbags
- Leather upholstery
- Auto-dimming IRVM
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Front parking sensors
- 17-inch machined alloy wheels
- Electric sunroof