Mahindra XUV500 2018 Review India

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Mahindra & Mahindra has finally launched the long-awaited 2018 Mahindra XUV500. Let us walk you through this second facelift of a makeover to determine the car’s worthiness.

The XUV 500 has made it until today since its public debut in September 2011. The SUV itself has received two overall cosmetic modifications so far, and the upcoming one which has recently started to be released to the public is the second one. The flagship vehicle of M & M come back this time with a totally new look, a handful of styling updates, accessories, rear infotainment, HUD and more to be revealed, with a competitive price, starting at Rs 12.32 lakh. This can be viewed as one of many huge strategic steps of M & M to gain back the custom from potential clients since the outgoing model of this car did suffer the loss of ground in the past.

This short article is the result of our first test drive and covers nearly everything you need to know about the SUV before decide to purchase one or not. Up to this point, we are sure to say we are happy that engine performance of Mihindra XUV500 2018 is excellent, coming with luxurious experience on the inside, seven seats – good news for big families. What we don’t like is the lack of sophistication of the car when compared to the others like Hyundai Creta.

1. Mahindra XUV500 2018 Exterior

There are quite a few details making up the new look of this second facelift of the Mahindra XUV500. Being clearly spotted at the front end, the 6 slot radiator grille has been retouched with chrome trimming, which to the majority is arguably very flattering. The factor of being new, at the same time, goes for both front and rear tweaked bumper, an update to the tailgate, and revised taillamps. To be more specific, the outgoing model of taillamps are replaced with triangular units, which come in smaller size and arranged horizontally, resulting in the rear end having a smoother and curvier outline. In addition to that, the tailgate gets a new styling statement - being chrome-plated above the license plate housing, and as a whole contributing hugely to the cosmetic side of this second facelift. Meanwhile, the top-spec also features exclusively a dual-tone faux skid plate, as well as dual tone diamond cut alloy wheels, which are bigger than the outgoing version’s 17-inch wheels. About paint colours, two more exterior paints (Mystic copper and Crimson Red) are added to the current palette, thus totaling 6 shades up to this point.  

Mahindra XUV500 2018 front grey

That pretty much sums up what the vessel offers. The content, on the other hand, has its own upgrade for appreciation

(To be more specific, the outgoing model of taillamps are replaced with triangular units, which come in smaller size and arranged horizontally, resulting in the rear end having a smoother and curvier outline)

2. Mahindra XUV500 Interior

Alongside the refreshed exterior, the XUV500’s content has also received its own head-to-toe refinement. Seat cover comes in tan colour and gets new upholstery with quilted cross stitching (unfortunately only appears at the top variants). The centre console; meanwhile, has itself coated in a new piano black finish, trimmed with faux-aluminium, and together with all-black dashboard getting the velvety leather treatment on top, contributing to the model’s compelling appeal. 

Mahindra XUV500 2018 dashboard interior

The centre console with piano black finish and the all-black dashboard with the velvety leather treatment contributes to the model’s compelling appeal

Overall speaking, The XUV 500’s interior design hasn’t got much of a change compared to the previous model, and that also goes for many convenient features equipped with it. The7-inch screen infotainment system provides the driver with various apps, including Mahindra’s Telematics. But what seems to attract the most attention when it comes to equipment is the new SmartWatch. This device offers you all the data/intel you need to know about your car through an app, which is no sweat if you are familiar with smartphone nowadays. Other built-in tools and gadgets like the steering wheel; however, have no difference from that of the outgoing car, and the same can be said of the maintained sunroof as well. This version of Mahindra XUV 500 will come with 6 airbags, along with the safety system ABS with EBD technology. 

Mahindra XUV500 infotainment system

The7-inch screen infotainment system gives the driver access to a diverse load of apps, including Mahindra’s Telematics

3. Mahindra XUV500 2018 Engine

And as for the main piece that we all care about, the 2.2-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines will both be available, as well as the manual and automatic transmissions. All that mentioned come along with the four-cylinder, turbo-diesel motor, which in turn generates 155hp and 360Nm of peak torque – increased all the way up by 15hp and 30Nm, respectively, when put in comparison with the predecessor which goes with an engine of 140hp/330Nm. This huge change is made possible by the current sixth-gen ECU- and acceleration-controlled turbo. The engine, in 155hp tune, gets 15.4kpl of fuel efficiency based on the ARAI test. 

Mahindra XUV500 front red

The 2.2-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines, as a matter of fact, will both be available; so does the manual and automatic transmissions

The transmission offers a 6-speed manual and Aisin sourced automatic, but at the same time is quite a bit of a minus for its heaviness in operation, which means the driver may encounter difficulty engaging it. But that doesn’t affect the engine’s performance so you can breathe a sigh of relief for not having to deal with more problems. The test drive proves to be comfortable and flawless on a tarmac and concrete roads, but at the same time can’t tell much of the vehicle’s running stability on other terrains, esp. difficult ones.

Mahindra XUV500 2018 gear Box

The transmission, however, is not silky smooth and that's a bit of a disappointment

To wrap it up, it is a wise move from the manufacturer of M&M to have the 2018 Mahindra XUV500 facelift coming at a lower price than the outgoing model, though it has many new features. 

4. Mahindra XUV500 2018 Price

Very competitive pricing to put briefly, the range starts from ₹ 12.4 lakh and has it way up to ₹ 17.86 lakh, quite to people’s expectation for the back-coming of the XUV500, which of all needs to get its ground and its customers.

Mahindra XUV500 2018 Price India
12.4 Lakh
13.66 Lakh 
 W7 AT
14.86 Lakh 
15.32 Lakh 
16.51 Lakh 
16.51 Lakh 
W11 Option
16.76 Lakh
W11 Option AWD
17.86 Lakh
15.51 Lakh 

5. Mahindra XUV500 Specs

 Mahindra XUV500 2018 Specs
Engine Type
 2.2-litre 155bhp 16V mHawk Diesel Engine
 2.2-litre 140bhp 16V mHawk Petrol Engine
 2179 cc 
 360 Nm 
 320 Nm
 155 BHP 
 140 BHP
 6-speed Manual
 6-speed Automatic
 6-speed Automatic
 14 kmpl
 Length x Width x Height
 4585 x 1890 x 1785 
 2700 mm
 Ground Clearance
 200 mm 
 Seating Capacity
Suspension and Brake
Front:  McPherson strut 
Rear: Multilink type with roll bar
Front: Ventilated Disc
Rear: Disc  
 Steering and Tyres
235/65 R17
Other features
  • Glove Box with Laptop Holder
  • 6 Way Power Adjustable Driver Seat
  • Rear Window Wiper 
  • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
  • Roof Rail 
  • Integrated Antenna
  • Projector Headlight
  • Wheel Covers
  • Rear Window Washer

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