Remember the time when you had a candy bar phone that lasted years? Today, that trusty piece has been replaced by a trick new smartphone. Though your gazillion-core smartphone, among a host of other things, lets you check your email, watch videos and complete office work on the go, it needs a software update every few months. Not to mention, every two months, comes along a smarter phone that makes your previously-smart phone look dumb. With tons of information available at the touch of an icon, it's easy to understand why people's tastes and preferences change so fast. And, it seems that the automotive industry, too, has been affected by this phenomenon.'Update' seems to be the buzzword this summer, with Mahindra launching a mildly-reworked version of its popular SUV, the XUV500. The changes are mostly skin-deep, both outside and in. The refreshed XUV gets a toothy new grille, like the one on the Scorpio. The front bumper has also been redesigned\: the mesh finish below the headlight has been done away with. The fog lamps sit higher than they did on the older car, and now get chrome surrounds. The hardest change to spot is the flat bonnet, which gives the XUV a much cleaner, grown-up look. One thing we're not big fans of and were hoping would change are the vertical door handles that feel a bit odd to use.Move inside, and you're greeted by soft-touch plastics, and a beige-and-black dual-tone interior. The inside feels a lot plusher with the instrument dial and other gauges now being backlit in blue instead of dingy red. The most noticeable addition to the interior is the sunroof, which, we're sure, will be appreciated. There's tech to go with all that comfort\: the XUV comes with keyless entry and a start-stop button. The infotainment system feels intuitive and yes, it offers smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth. The fit and finish in places is not up to the mark, and that's the XUV's only weak point.The in-line, four-pot 2,179cc diesel motor remains untouched, which means power stands at 140bhp and torque is rated at 330Nm. What Mahindra has worked on here are the taller gear ratios, which make the XUV more drivable in varied conditions. So, a city drive can mostly be managed in third gear, thanks to the 330Nm of torque that is available right from 1500rpm. Same goes for highway drives, where you don't have to downshift from a higher gear (4th or 5th) to be in the power band as peak power is right up there at 3700rpm.Mahindra claims it has tweaked the suspension, too, but we could not verify this as we were on a test track. But, going by the amount of body roll we noticed when pushing the XUV around corners, we can say that it is soft-sprung.So, like your smartphone which receives minor updates regularly to improve user experience, the XUV500 has got its fair share of tweaks that make it more usable in and out of the city.The numbers4cyl, 2179cc, diesel, 140bhp, 330Nm, 6M, Fuel tank\: 70 litres, 2510kg, ?14.82 lakh onwards (W10, pre-octroi, ex-Mumbai)The verdictA nip-and-tuck job to keep the XUV looking fresh and ready for the competition.