Confusion just went up for segment buyers. Mahindra XUV300 is based on the European spec Ssangyong Tivoli which itself is an excellent machine. Safe, practical and powerful, Mahindra has created the XUV300 as an all-rounder. Cleverly equipped with a lot of segment-first features, XUV300 is surely one hell of an option. It is available as a 1.2l turbocharged petrol or a 1.5l turbodiesel, both of which are paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox for now. But the sheer number of features equipped are alluring, 7-airbags, dual zone automatic climate control, a smart steering with modes, all-round disc brakes, front parking sensors, blah. And all these are segment firsts, it also has great design, lots of space as it has the longest wheelbase and a cool looking dual colour option. Prices start from Rs 7.90lakh for petrol and Rs 8.49lakh (ex-showroom India).
The design of the Mahindra XUV300 is exciting enough, and that is before you look at those torque heavy engines. The turbopetrol makes 109bhp of power backed by 200Nm torque, and the turbodiesel makes 115bhp of maximum power along with 300Nm peak torque. These numbers are considerably higher than every other car in this segment. Even the mighty Scorpio 4X4 makes just 20Nm more in diesel version. Back to design you can choose from 6 solid colours and 2 dual tone white roof options. Another great advantage is Mahindra has excellent seats which are supportive and well cushioned. And since you have dual zone automatic control, both driver and passenger can sit in personalised temperature comfort.
Mahindra has also trumpeted about how handling has been a crucial element for developing the XUV300. You’ve seen it, roads and fire and Gaurav Gill and all! They’ve given it stability program as well because of those high torque credentials. So its powerful and exciting to drive, has an agile chassis yet comfortable suspension and makes other cars in its segment so last year. Excellent move with the Mahindra XUV300, this is an enormous problem for existing competitors, and the ones who are new to this game.