After acquiring the Korean brand Ssangyong, Mahindra & Mahindra went on to implement great change in the SUV segment in India. XUV300 was born from the soul of Ssangyong’s Korean model ‘TIVOLI”. Tivoli was launched in 2015 by Ssangyong in Korea and now is being sold across 50 countries all around the world that accounts to almost 2.6 lakhs units of sales.
The increasing number of SUVs and MUVs in India
is due to the ever-growing attraction of Indians toward this segment. XUV300 shares the same platform of Ssangyong Tivoli but the overall design is borrowed from its elder brother XUV500. Like other models of M & M, XUV300 is not a fully Indian born SUV, say like TUV and small KUV100. Mahindra had been planning its comeback to this particular segment and worked very hard, to the extent of even changing Tivoli’s platform according to Indian roads.
At the first look itself, each and every person will be attracted towards XUV300 which features L shaped DRLs, first in this segment. The headlight appears slightly different from the elder brother XUV500 with DRLs, while the square-shaped bonnet with character lines gives it a tough look on the exterior. Chrome grille and well-inserted air vent inside it represents the Mahindra design upfront. On the other hand, the scuff plates enhance the looks from its side profile. 180mm ground clearance is yet another notable feature of XUV 300 that accentuates the SUV nature. As seen on Tivoli there are 17-inch diamond cut alloys inside the wheel arch. From the sides, we can understand it’s a well-designed piece of architectural artwork. The C pillar reminds us of XUV500.
The colour change on the roof provides a floating roof appearance, in which grab rail is fitted with that ruggedness. Boot lid lines lead all the way to merge with the LED tail lamps. Black cladding on the back bumper with aluminium scuff plate too gives the same muscle look from the rear side. Overall, we don’t find a new design on the new XUV 300, but the fit and finish are definitely impressive.
On making the XUV300, a miniature model of XUV500, Mahindra has done enough work to provide an altogether new driving experience to the customers. XUV 300 receives the same interior as of Tivoli, but with few enhancements to provide a more premium feel. As it has all the features of a Korean vehicle, and as most of the switches are multifunctional, it will take some time for the driver to get used to it. Most of the features are also segment first ones.
The XUV 300 cabin features dual tone of black and beige shades. Storage space is more than enough for a whole family to travel comfortably. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob call out the word premium once again. There is a TFT screen for meter gauge, which changes the background light and steering mode to suit the ambience.
XUV 300 also gets a 7-inch touch screen infotainment as on cars from other premium brands such as BMW, Merc and so on. Mahindra featured apps “Blue sense” & “Echo sense” provides with options to control features via smartphone. Climate Control, Vehicle Information, Audio Control, Warnings, Emergency Assist and few other features can be controlled through Blue Sense. On the other hand, the Echo Sense app analyzes the driver’s skills on speed, gear selection, acceleration and idling and evaluates these, to also improve the driving skill ahead. There are four speakers and two tweeters on the music system with a sparkling clear audio output.
All seat belt alarm and cup holder are first in segment features. Driver seat height can be adjusted manually. Cruise control and sunroof give a premium touch inside. On the flat platform, the rear seats feel pretty comfortable for three passengers. Armrests with cup holders on the rear seat have been provided to make long journeys more comfortable. 2600mm wheelbase is also a boon that serves with ultimate space inside the cabin. The top end variants have an additional curtain and knee airbags for superior safety.
As seen across other models of Mahindra, here also they use
the same block, but there are changes on the technical side of the engine being a totally new one.
The XUV300 comes in two variants featuring 1.2L petrol engine that makes 110bhp and 200Nm torque at 2000rpm-3500rpm and 1.5L diesel engine producing 115bhp and 300Nm torque at 1500rpm-2500rpm.
Both engines get six-speed manual gearbox while there are three driving modes -Normal, Sport & Comfort offered to enhance the driving experience. XUV300 renders more stability and confidence is built on a flat rigid platform, unlike any other SUV. Suspensions are one of the best in its class. Across all variants, basic safety features including ABS with EBD, disc brakes on all four wheels, Corner Stability Control and All seatbelt Alarm are provided as standard.
Rollover Mitigation, Dynamic Steering Torque, Traction control,, Hydraulic Brakes Assist, Hill Start Assist and few more world class features offered on only premium automatic models are provided by Mahindra on its new utility vehicle XUV300.
Best in class engine which is refined and sporty
Gives us all the features of a Compact SUV
Best in class comfort
Best in class safety features
Best in class storage space
Best in Price in the segment