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Mahindra XUV 500 detailed review

Mahindra XUV 500 Front View

Mahindra XUV 500 is a SUV thats built on a monocoque frame thats a first of its kind from Mahindra & Mahindra. The styling is basically inspired by the fastest animal,the cheetah, giving a clear message that it’s ready to pounce.

Mahindra’s first in a series of next-generation global SUVs, with significant inputs in styling and development from customers across the globe is designed and developed entirely in-house by Mahindra, at the world class research and development facility, Mahindra Research Valley, Chennai.

Mahindra XUV 500 Rear View

The Mahindra XUV 500 is by the 2.2 litre mHawk140 engine delivers a decent power of 140bhp and a torque of 330Nm mated to a six-speed manual transmission and the engine is tweaked with a 5th generation variable geometry turbocharger, which ensures instantaneous acceleration, taking the XUV500 from 0-60kmph in a mere 5.4 seconds. Mahindra & Mahindra claims the XUV500 to deliver a efficiency of 15.1kmpl (ARAI)

Lets take a detailed look at the Cheetah inspired Mahindra XUV 500 in terms of eterior and interior design, features, and safety.

Design:

Monocoque construction:

Mahindra XUV 500

Monocoque construction is found in premium SUVs globally and is a first attempt by an Indian automaker debuting  with the Mahindra XUV 500. The idea behind this type of design is that the SUV’s body and platform are integrated into a single unit improving the driving dynamics resulting in perfect power-to-weight ratio and improved handling.

Front grille:

Mahindra XUV 500 Grill

The Mahindra XUV hosts an attracive front grille that again has design cues taken from the Cheetah; Cheetah’s jaw-like design to be precise. The Jaw -like design has been integrated to a honeycomb grille thats makes it more attractive.

Headlamps:

Mahindra XUV 500 Head Light

The Mahindra XUV sports a high-intensity projector bulb that offers improved ilumination when compared to a standard halogen bulb. The headlamp cluster also features a row of LED bulbs that act as a daylight illuminator and parking light. The main highlight of the headlamp is the technilogy behind it called static bending’, which means when the car is taking a turn, the static bending lights illuminate along the curve automatically giving better visibility.

Door handles:

Mahindra XUV 500 Door Handle

The door handles hsost a paw-styled door handles  that are designed distinctly which no other car maker has done showing how serious Mahindra was into details that allow you to operate them with just two fingers.

Alloy Wheels:

Mahindra XUV 500 Alloys

Sporty alloys on the Mahindra XUV 500 makes it look very attractive.

Twin exhausts:

Mahindra XUV 500 Rear Bumper

The Mahindra XUV sports twin exhausts that adds to its sporty character.

Features:

LCD Infotainment System:

Mahindra XUV 500 Console

A 6-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system is a first-in-class, that is a host for music controls, temperature controls, navigation controls and more. It has been designed to help you navigate through the various features and operate it with minimum hassle. A 2 DIN music player with DVD/CD/ MP3 player, FM reception through glass-embedded antenna and 6 speakers delivers crystal clear sound quality. The system also offers full iPod connectivity. Now you can not only listen to songs on your iPod on the car’s infotainment system, but also control it using the system’s interface. Over and above playing video from DVD, system can also videos stored in USB. There are 4 impressive speakers with 2 built-in tweeters that recreate the experience of the original studio recording. The Mahindra XUV 500 infotainment system’s Blue Sense technology can pair upto 5 mobile phones using Bluetooth. You can access your phonebook, as well as make and receive calls using Mahindra XUV 500’s infotainment system.

Navigation System:

Mahindra XUV 500 Navigation

The Mahindra XUV 500 boasts a fully loaded GPS navigation system, which covers over 1.5 million kilometres of road across 1200 cities with a turn-by-turn voice guidance system in English, Hindi and eight regional languages. The system also gives the driver access to over 5 million touch points of interest including restaurants, ATMs, fuel pumps and movie theatres.

Rear parking assist system:

Mahindra XUV 500 Parking Sensor

The rear parking assist system is hosted to the LCD screen that gives clear info about the distance between cars, helpful for bumper-bumper parking.

Driver info system:

Mahindra XUV 500 Console View

The driver info syatem tells you how far the existing amount of fuel can take you, monitors the air pressure and temperature of each tyre and even controls the cabin temperature.

Rain-sensing wipers and light-sensing headlamps:

Mahindra XUV 500 Rear Viper

The wipers switch on automatically when there is rain and the headlamps switch on when the outdoor light is low, thanks to the sensors.

Tyre-tronics system:

Mahindra XUV 500 Tyre Warnings

This feature gives info about each tyre in detail includint the spare wheel to ensure safelty and tyre life. Also dont have to wait in long ques to check the tyre pressure unnecessarily.

Climate Control System with Dual AC:

Mahindra XUV 500 Options

Fully Automatic Temperature Control with dual HVAC and vents in each row allows you to set a cabin temperature and maintains it automatically without requiring manual attention.

8-way adjustable leather seats:

Mahindra XUV 500 Seating

Ample lather seats with good upholstery helps to hold you steadily at high speed corbering and the seats offer lumbar support as well.

Steering

Mahindra XUV 500 Driver View

The steering can be adjusted for height and reach for a  comfortable driving position and hosts a load of other features:

The Mahindra XUV 500 steering wheel features Voice Commands, Cruise and Audio Controls for your convenience and safety. You can control the infotainment system without taking your hands off the steering wheel through Voice Commands.
Cruise Control makes driving stress and fatigue-free, especially on long highway drives. It maintains the speed of the Mahindra XUV 500 at a preset level using the steering wheel controls, and also allows you to make small changes to the speed without having to use the accelerator.
Steering-mounted controls also allow you to control your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone through the infotainment system in the Mahindra XUV 500 using Blue Sense technology. This allows you to access your phonebook, as well as make and receive calls.

Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVM) :

Car Mirrors

The ORVMs have intergrated turn indicators and are electrically adjustable. The ORVMs fold automatially when the car is switched off and open when switched on.

Front centre arm rest:

Car Fridge

The front centre arm rest has a cooler inside that can cool drinks and is helpful while on loang drives.

Safety:

Car Safety

The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is always on high alert and constantly monitors the movement and direction of the car. When it detects loss of control, brakes are automatically applied and torque to the relevant wheel is reduced till vehicle stability is restored. Rollover bars identifies potentially dangerous driving conditions that could lead to the vehicle rolling over. Well before the situation becomes threatening, it causes the ESP system to intervene and control the vehicle speed, thereby restoring stability.
Hill Descent control identifies steep inclines and engages itself to assist the vehicle down the slope with caution. While Hill Hold control prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when starting from standstill on an incline.
The XUV is well equipped to keep you out of harm’s way. Six airbags reinforce the safety of the vehicle. Driver and passenger airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags cocoon you.
The vehicle’s body also comes with side impact beams and thoughtfully located crumple zones. They don’t just absorb crash energy, but redirect it around the passenger compartment as well.

As an overall package, considering the price offered by Mahindra, the Mahindra XUV 500 is the car you cant go wrong with.