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The XUV looks great and is priced even better. It is loaded with equipment and comes with seven seats. And there's no real competition. Expect to see a lot of these on the roads.
The XUV 500 is a seven-seater. Legroom is pretty decent in all rows. The third row lacks slight underthigh support, but it isn't too bad. Seats are comfortable and work well over long journeys.
The 2.2-litre mHawk powerplant is good for 140 horses. Refinement is decent, but it rattly mechanical sounds make their presence felt when pushed hard. But apart from that you'll not be found wanting in terms of performance. The XUV 500 lunges forward without much provocation. And the six-speed gearbox means higher cruising speeds on the highway too.
The XUV 500 is certainly a looker and the cheetah theme grows on you. For now, it's cool at least till every other car becomes a XUV.
Quality levels are great for a Mahindra, in fact, it is one of the best Mahindras yet. But there's still some way to get to flawless levels.
Being a monocoque, the XUV doesn't really feel like old-school sport utilities. Road manners are much better. Yes it is front wheel drive, but then the XUV isn't meant to be a mud plugger. It is more of a soft-roader. There's also an all-wheel drive version which will do some trail driving. But if you're going to stick to the roads, then the regular XUV will do just fine.
Seven seats, two rows of which can fold out of the way give the XUV enough capacity to transport produce from the farm. Boot space as expected isn't great with all seats in place. Lot of storage space for your knick-knacks though.
Being diesel, running costs are in check. Expect about 12kpl on the highway. Parts too should be reasonably priced although we expect body panels to be expensive for the initial years.