The Mahindra XUV500 doesn’t come with that conventional boxy design of an SUV and takes most of its design bits from the Crossover world with an aggressive styling. As Mahindra has claimed on several instances, a number of styling cues of the XUV500 have been inspired from a cheetah, especially, the paw-like door handles and the headlamp design that replicates the animal’s eyes. These elements are further accentuated by the bold character lines that give the SUV a very distinctive look and a robust stance.
The Mahindra XUV500 is also pretty big in size with dimensions measuring 4585 mm in length, 1890 mm in width and 1785 mm in height. And the size is complimented by other styling bits like the tooth-shaped chrome grille up front, projector lamps with LED daytime running light, plastic underbody cladding with faux skid plate. The profile of the SUV large flared wheel arches that accommodate 17-inch alloy wheels from the W8 variant and above, while the lower variants get steel wheels with full wheel cap. The outside rear-view mirror comes with integrated turn signal lights and the SUV also gets black plastic side skirts. The uniquely designed window frame extends until the C-pillar and rear gets the vertically mounted tail lamps. There also a well-sculpted tailgate and a plastic cladded rear bumper that houses dual exhaust pipes.
The cabin of the Mahindra XUV500 is equally stylish and well-equipped. The 2700 mm wheel base offers a huge amount of space which, in fact, makes a very comfortable 7-seater SUV. Mahinda offers nice comfortable seats upholstered in – jacquard fabric, premium fabric, or leather, depending on the variants you chose. The dashboard design is pretty conventional with larger air con vents, twin pod instrument cluster, and a 7-inch or 6-inch centre displays depending on the variant. Other comfort features include a panoramic sunroof, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, automatic temperature control, power steering with tilt and telescopic function and a centre arm rest with integrated cup holders is placed at the back.
The Mahindra XUV500 comes loaded with comfort and gizmo features. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system now features Android Auto and Mahindra’s Connected Apps with include – Gaana, Cricket Live, Zomato, Bookmyshow and more. There is also voice messaging system, voice commands with recognition and SMS read out as part of the package. The base variant though gets a 6-inch monochrome infotainment display with USB, Bluetooth audio, hands-free, iPod connectivity and an integrated music system with CD and MP3 player.
On the safety front, the Mahindra XUV500 comes with dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard across variant. The top-trim though gets side and curtain airbags as well bringing the total to 6 airbags. Other features include Electronic Stability Program (ESP), hill hold and hill descent control, crumple zone and crash protection.
There is a wide choice of personalization on the outside as well as inside. For exterior enhancements, Mahindra offers chrome pack which comprises robust upper grille cover, assertive lower grille cover, bold ORVM overlays, head light bezel, fog lamp overlays and door handle rims. Sporty add-ons include roof carrier, handy rack carrier, rear guard, dramatic tail-light bezel, rain visors, classy foot step, neat tailgate accent, contoured body guard, sleek waistline chrome accent, sun shades. Other than these there is also an option for illuminated/metallic scuff plates, floor mats, night vision parking camera, front parking sensors, GPS navigation, in-car chiller, in-car entertainment etc.
Mahindra XUV500 Wheels, Tyres and Brakes
The base model of the Mahindra XUV500 – W4, W6, and W6 AT come with steel wheel covered with full wheel caps. On the other hand, the top-trims – W8, W8 AT, W10 and W10 AT come with 17-inch dual 5-spoke alloy wheels. The tyres on all variants are P235/65 R17, radial tubeless tyres and all four wheels come with disc brakes as well.
XUV500 Engine Specifications & Transmission
The Mahindra XUV500 comes powered by the tried and tested 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine the churns out a maximum of 140 bhp at 3750 rpm and develops a peak torque of 330 Nm at 1600-2800 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard in addition to an optional Aisin sourced 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The SUV is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive setup depending on the variants you choose.
Following the Supreme Court’s earlier ban on diesel vehicle above 2000 cc engine capacity, Mahindra had also introduced a 1.99-litre mHawk engine specifically for Delhi and NCR region. While the ban has been removed now, the motor is still available on request. This particular engine churns out the same 140 bhp at 3750 rpm but a reduced torque of 320 Nm at 1600-2800 rpm. While Mahindra does offer this engine trim with the option of both manual and automatic gearboxes, it only comes in front-wheel drive option.
XUV500 Performance & Mileage
Drive quality is good and makes XUV500 a favourable car to be driven within the city and across long stretches, especially the automatic trim which has been well-calibrated and offers a punchy drive. The NVH levels have improved compared to the previous models but being a diesel engine you do hear that evident grunt of the motor which is common in all Mahindra models. It is a constant issue in both manual and automatic versions. Mahindra has worked in improving the fuel economy of the XUV500 and the SUV returns an ARAI claimed mileage of 16 kmpl.
XUV500 Braking & Handling
Braking force is provided by disc brakes at front and rear. Anti -lock-braking system along with electronic brakeforce distribution further strengthens the braking action. Handling is decent but steering isn’t as sharp as some of the rivals in the segment. The automatic transmission is more responsive and handles better.