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2020 Mahindra TUV 300 review: Prices, Offers, Features, Specs and Pictures

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Mar 12 2020 Share this blog

The Mahindra TUV 300 was Mahindra’s second stab at the ever so competitive compact SUV space in the Indian market after the Quanto failed to take off. While the Quanto featured rounded edges and styling based on the aging Xylo, the TUV 300 was a completely new model from the ground up. Mahindra claims that the TUV 300 is built to emulate a tank and its straight lines and tough stance certainly make it look the part. However, the TUV 300 is still sparsely equipped when you consider other vehicles at this price point, including Mahindra’s very own XUV 300.

red colour Mahindra TUV 300 with black roof top


The  Mahindra TUV 300 received an update in July 2019 which didn’t change much in terms of the design but added new features like a touchscreen system and better materials for the interior. The basic tough and rugged design remains the same for the facelift since it was a big factor that influenced its sales. The only engine on offer in the TUV 300 SUV  is the 1.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine which produces 100 bhp and 240 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a standard 5-speed manual and there’s no option for an automatic. This engine is yet to be made BS6 compliant but returns an ARAI rated mileage of 18.49 kmpl, which is below average for the segment. Prices start at Rs. 8.49 lakh for the base T4+ variant and go all the way up to Rs. 10.55 lakhs for the T10(O) with the dual-tone paint scheme.

The TUV 300 has mostly been considered by people who need a comfortable and rugged SUV that also looks the part. The TUV 300 feels very solid and stable, even over bad roads.

What will impress you:

  • Good ride quality

  • Seating capacity (7)

  • Massive road presence

  • Good visibility all around

  • Refined and reliable engine

What Won’t:

  • Variants do not have an even distribution of equipment

  • Slightly expensive for what’s on offer

  • Lackluster touchscreen system

  • No all-wheel drive

  • Average build quality

What’s New in the 2020 Mahindra TUV 300?

For the 2020 model year, the Mahindra TUV 300 gets a mild facelift along with a price bump and the following modifications:

  • Dual front airbags are now standard across all variants along with ABS, EBD, speed warning, ISOFIX mounts, seat belt reminders for the front seats and rear parking sensors

  • The top-end T10 variant gets a touchscreen system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • The AMT variants have been deleted to prevent overlap with the more luxurious XUV 300

  • New headlamps and taillamps with smoked effect along with dual-tone paint options for the top variant

2020 Mahindra TUV 300 Variants and Features

There is a total of 5 variants offered in the Mahindra TUV 300, each with their own set of paint schemes and equipment. The base T4+ starts at Rs. 8.49 lakhs and goes all the way up to Rs. 10.55 lakhs for the T10(O) variant with a dual-tone paint option.

Variant

T4+

T6+

T8

T10

T10(O)

Price (ex-showroom)

8,49,000

9,14,000

9,76,000

9,99,000

10,31,000

Price with dual-tone paint option

N/A

N/A

N/A

10,22,000

10,55,000

Features 


Steel wheels

Adds over T4+

Adds over T6+:

Adds over T8:

Adds over T10:

Power steering with tilt-adjust

Body-coloured door handles and ORVMs along with wheel caps

Dual-tone bumpers with body cladding and blacked-out pillars

Metallic grey 15-inch alloy wheels

Leatherette upholstery

Vinyl upholstery

Fabric upholstery

15-inch Alloy wheels

Metallic grey roof rails

Lumbar support for the front seats

Body-coloured bumpers with a piano black grille

2-DIN music system with four speakers

Side footsteps

LED DRLs

Storage compartment below the driver’s seat

Front and rear power windows

Mahindra BLUESENSE connectivity

Intellipark reverse assist

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system


Manually adjustable ORVMs

Rear washer and wiper

Two tweeters

Reverse parking camera


Manually adjustable AC controls

Rear defogger

Static bending headlamps with follow me home and lead me to vehicle function

In-built GPS navigation



Remote lock and keyless entry

Steering mounted audio controls

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay



Anti-theft warning

Flip key





Height adjustable driver’s seat





Electrically adjustable ORVMs




We Recommend

The T10 variant makes the most sense in the entire TUV 300 lineup. The T10 variant adds features like DRLs and the touchscreen system, which makes the TUV 300 feel much more premium than the lower specced variants. However, the optional dual-tone paint is priced quite steeply and can be done for much less through the aftermarket route. But, if you’re on a tight budget, the T6+ variant makes for a decent purchase since it covers all the basics while being fairly comfortable for an SUV in this segment.

Mahindra TUV 300 Offers and Scheme for March 2020

There current offers available on the Mahindra TUV 300 include an instant cash discount of the final price as quoted by the respective dealership. For CarHP Special Offers, check your local prices here: 

Variants

Discount/Offers

Ex-Showroom Price (Pan India)

T4+

Cash discount of Rs. 56,000

Rs. 8.49 Lakhs

T6+

Cash discount of Rs. 56,000

Rs. 9.14 Lakhs

T8

Cash discount of Rs. 47,000

Rs. 9.76 Lakhs

T10

Cash discount of Rs. 38,000

Rs. 9.99 Lakhs

T10(O)

Cash discount of Rs. 38,000

Rs. 10.31 Lakhs

The Pan India price of Mahindra TUV 300 starts from Rs. 8.49 Lakhs and goes up to Rs. 10.31 Lakhs (ex-showroom). However, the on-road price of the vehicle may vary depending on the dealership and the taxes included by the state.

*These are limited period discount offer in Delhi, NCR

Mahindra TUV 300 Engine and Performance

Powering the TUV 300 is a relatively powerful 1.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine that produces a healthy 100 bhp and a generous 240 Nm of torque. While the power figures are nothing extraordinary, they’re quite decent for a vehicle this size. However, the TUV 300 does feel quite laggy and underpowered below the 2000 rpm mark, before the turbo kicks in.

1.5-litre engine bay of Mahindra TUV 300


Mahindra does offer a more powerful 1.5-liter diesel engine on the Marazzo and the XUV 300, but the TUV 300 misses out on it to cut down costs. The diesel engine available with the TUV 300 feels adequately powerful at highway speeds but feels extremely lethargic at city speeds. This hampers overtaking maneuvers since you need to downshift in order to gain some speed. This does reflect in the way the TUV 300 accelerates and this might be a deal-breaker for some.

Models

Mahindra TUV 300

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs. 8.49 Lakhs

Rs. 7.59 Lakhs

Rs. 9.16 Lakhs

Engine

1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1493 cc)

1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1497 cc)

1.5L iDTEC turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1497 cc)

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

6 Speed Manual

6 Speed Manual

Power 

100 bhp @3750rpm

108 bhp @3750rpm

98.6 bhp @3600rpm

Torque

240 Nm @1600-2800rpm

260 Nm @1500-2750rpm

200 Nm @1750rpm


How well does the TUV 300 accelerate?

The Mahindra TUV 300 is the slowest vehicle in its segment, thanks to its lower gearing, heavy body and sluggish engine response. While most other vehicles in this segment do not display any signs of turbo lag, the TUV 300 feels slow below 2000 rpm. Even if the TUV 300 does pick up pace after the 2000 rpm mark, it still does take the TUV 300 16.41 seconds to reach 100 kmph, which is even slower than some cheaper hatchbacks with smaller engines. The TUV 300’s weight also plays a huge role in bogging it down, making it a fairly laid back vehicle to drive.

Models

Mahindra TUV 300

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

0-100 Kmph

16.41 secs

15.6 secs

12 secs

Engine

1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1493 cc)

1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1497 cc)

1.5L i-DTEC turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1497 cc)


How good is the ride quality?

The TUV 300 might not be a corner carver, but it does offer a decent balance between good ride quality and road dynamics. While the TUV 300’s heavy body and tall stance make body roll quite noticeable through the corners, the TUV 300 goes through corners with only a tiny amount of protest from the tiny 15-inch wheels, which is really impressive for a vehicle this big. 

Red colour TUV 300 on move


The steering also provides decent feedback and weight which makes it very easy to know the exact direction the tires are facing. However, this steering setup is less than ideal for city usage since the heavy steering makes it difficult to maneuver through tight turns and corners. The TUV 300’s suspension is set up on the harsher side but absorbs large bumps with ease, which also makes it a really good choice for places with poor road networks. However, don’t expect the TUV 300 to go far off the road since it lacks any kind of four-wheel-drive hardware.

Is the brake good enough for different terrain?

The Mahindra TUV 300 might get ABS and EBD as standard fitment, but the brakes still lack sufficient bite and feel extremely spongy. This makes the car take too long to come to a standstill, especially under emergency braking situations. The brake pedal travel takes time to get used to and might cause the driver to unnecessarily braking too hard the first few times. 

Model

Mahindra TUV 300

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Kerb Weight 

1650

1305

1204

There’s also a significant amount of nosedive in the Mahindra TUV 300, which makes the car bob quite a lot, especially when the vehicle is loaded with people and cargo.

How much mileage does the TUV 300 engine return?

While most diesel vehicles in this segment come with a similar displacement number, they offer different characteristics depending on how they’ve been tuned. Efficiency has been a high priority for Mahindra’s engineers when they started developing the 1.5L engine, but the engine still cannot return a decent mileage due to the TUV 300’s high curb weight. 

However, the TUV 300 gets the longest range in its segment, since similar vehicles get much smaller fuel tanks when compared to the TUV 300’s massive 60-liter tank capacity. But, while you do get to stop at fuel pumps less often than in the other vehicles, you’ve still got to pay quite a lot for the fuel per kilometer, which makes it a more expensive car to run overall.

Model

Mahindra TUV 300

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Mileage (ARAI)

18.5 kmpl

22 kmpl

26 kmpl

Fuel Tank Capacity 

60 liters

44 liters

40 liters

Range 

1,109 kms

968 kms

1,040 kms

The Honda WR-V is the most efficient vehicle of the bunch and is also the most refined vehicle in this segment. Its 40-liter fuel tank might be small for the segment, but it’s efficient still helps it cover nearly the same distance as the TUV 300.

Mahindra TUV 300 Exterior & Styling

The TUV 300 SUV continues unchanged in terms of overall dimensions. It also doesn’t get any significant updates as far as its exterior design is concerned save for the smoke effect headlights and tail lights. The car has an upright stance with a steeply raked windscreen, that’s nearly vertical to the bonnet. The character lines going from the headlights to the taillights continue in the form of straight lines which give the SUV a butch appeal. 

Red colour TUV 300 rear side profile


The TUV 300 also gets an intimidating stance, but its small 15-inch wheels make overall look comically ‘under-tired’ almost as if skipped too many leg days at the gym, especially when you contrast them with the large and squared wheel arches around them, unlike most other offerings in this segment which come with 17-inch alloys. The exterior mirrors are also square in shape and keep with the overall boxy theme of the car. Even the car’s headlights, fog lights, and tail lights embody a squarish shape to complement the TUV 300’s design theme.

Model

Mahindra TUV 300

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Curb weight 

1650 kg

1305 kg

1204 kg

Length

3995 mm

3994 mm

3999 mm

Width

1795 mm

1811 mm

1734 mm

Height

1817 mm

1607 mm

1601 mm

Ground clearance 

184 mm

209 mm

188 mm

Wheelbase 

2680 mm

2498 mm

2555 mm

Overall, the TUV 300 might seem utilitarian to some people, but it does embody a simple and rugged style that is functional and helps in opening up quite a lot of room in its interiors. The TUV 300 has been designed with practicality in mind and doesn’t disappoint on that front.

Exterior Features

  • Smoked headlights and taillights

  • Squared off wheel arches

  • Boxy and straight forward silhouette

  • Chrome garnish for the front grille in higher variants

  • Functional roof rails

  • Body cladding all around the vehicle

  • Fender-mounted indicator

  • Clamshell style bonnet

Mahindra TUV 300 Interior & Comfort

The 2020 Mahindra TUV 300 is the only vehicle in its segment to offer a seven-seat layout as standard in the subcompact SUV segment. While the last row comprises two side-facing jump seats, they’re really compact and don’t get any seatbelts. 

2020 Mahindra TUV 300 dashboard with silver inserts


The jump seats are also very small and get no under-thigh support whatsoever, making it a very uncomfortable place for adults. Kids will be fine back here though. The second row is the most comfortable seat in the entire car since there’s a significant amount of cushioning on offer, although TUV 300’s high floor does confine tall adults to a knees-up position, which is definitely not ideal for longer journeys. However, the knee room and headroom are ample, and most normal-sized people will be able to stretch out and sit comfortably. 

Model

Mahindra TUV 300

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Passenger Capacity

7

5

5

The first row gets two captain chairs as standard from the base variant, although the variants with the vinyl upholstery get a very minimal amount of cushioning. Upgrading to the cloth and leatherette upholstery equipped variants does improve the amount of cushioning on offer, but overall support and comfort still feel pretty inadequate. The first row seats also lack any kind of adjustment for height, which makes it difficult for taller drivers to get into the driver seat unless the car is equipped with the height-adjustable seat that’s available on the T10 variant. 

Three row seating of Mahindra TUV 300


The cabin stays quiet in the city, but there’s a significant amount of engine noise and wind noise that creeps into the cabin at higher speeds. The cabin also maintains composure over bad roads though, and even the worst of roads are not capable of upsetting the TUV 300’s ride quality. Overall, the TUV 300 performs as a great city commuter and also does well over bad roads, but it still has a long way to go when it comes to highway rides.

Interior Features

  •  Standard 7-seat layout
  •  Rear washer and wiper
  •  Rear defogger
  • Standard air conditioning on all variants
  •  AUX port and 2 USB ports for the infotainment system
  •  Steering mounted audio controls
  •  Rear AC vents

How good is the 7-inch infotainment system?

The Mahindra TUV 300 gets two different infotainment options across its variants. While lower variants get a standard music system with a non-touch monochrome display, the T10 variant gets a new 7-inch touchscreen system with a decent set of features. However, the system does feel slow at times, it is decent to use on a daily basis and doesn’t affect daily usability as much. But the competition does offer better infotainment systems with better user interfaces than the TUV 300’s. 

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system on TUV 300 dash


Infotainment features

  • 7-inch colour TFT display

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

  • In-built navigation

  • FM radio and a standard music player

  • Four speakers offered as standard, two additional tweeters are optional

  • Mahindra BLUESENSE Connectivity

How spacious is the TUV 300's boot?

While most cars in this segment are only offered as five seaters, the TUV 300 is the only vehicle that gets a seven-seat layout as standard. This means that the TUV 300’s boot capacity gets restricted, since the foldable jump seats eat into space, leaving nearly no room for cargo. At 384 liters, the TUV 300’s boot offers quite a lot of practicality at its price point since the boot opening is square and there’s no obstruction while loading cargo. However, the TUV 300’s door opens outwards and to the side, which makes it quite difficult to load it up in a tight parking lot.

Model

Mahindra TUV 300

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Cargo Volume

384 liters

350 liters

363 liters

The TUV 300 thus makes for a decently practical vehicle with quite a lot of storage and seating capacity. However, it isn’t without any compromises, and you have put up with some of the ergonomic hassles the TUV 300 presents.

Mahindra TUV 300 Safety Ratings and Reliability

The 2019 Mahindra TUV 300 hasn’t been tested by any agency for its safety as of writing this article. However, the TUV 300 is based on the current generation of the Mahindra Scorpio which received an appalling zero star rating from the Global NCAP. The Mahindra Scorpio gets a similar safety kit as the TUV 300, but it really isn’t capable of preventing injury or death in the case of a head-on collision. 

Dual airbags in front seats on the Mahindra TUV 300


The structure is extremely fragile and crumples like a house of cards on impact. The rollover ratings are really bad as well since the roof cannot maintain its structure even on the slightest impact. The Scorpio does perform well in terms of child and second-row safety though since it scores a decent two-star rating in that category. The Scorpio is due for an entire platform change soon, which means that the TUV 300 will also be getting an updated platform in the first half of 2020. 

While we cannot make speculations, Mahindra does claim that the TUV and Scorpio will be capable of achieving a five-star rating after being introduced to the market.

Mahindra TUV 300 Head-to-Head Competition Check

Mahindra TUV 300 vs Tata Nexon

The Tata Nexon is India’s first five-star safety rated vehicle, making it a much more trustworthy vehicle to buy. While the TUV 300 gets a similar amount of safety kit, the Nexon’s structure is rigid and will definitely not collapse in a high-speed accident, unlike the TUV 300’s fragile structure. The Nexon also gets a slightly smaller but much more advanced touchscreen which feels much better to use when compared to the TUV 300’s touchscreen. 

Tata Nexon rated five stars in safety

The TUV 300 does get the capacity to seat seven people, but the rear seats are extremely small and are only suitable for children, which makes it pointless for most people. The Nexon also sports a powerful engine with a slight increase in power and torque figures. However, the Nexon is also the lighter car in this comparison, which makes it a very sprightly performer, unlike the TUV 300’s laid back driving experience.

Mahindra TUV 300 vs Honda WR-V 

The Mahindra TUV 300 and the Honda WR-V follow very different design directions when it comes to their overall silhouette. The TUV300 is based on a ladder-frame chassis, which gives it rugged underpinnings along with making it look like a true SUV. The WR-V however, is based on the Jazz, with an increase in ground clearance and different body panels. However, this does make the WR-V the more efficient vehicle since it is lighter and not as massive as the TUV 300. 

Honda WR-V standing still beside beach

The WR-V also gets a much more modern infotainment system along with single-zone automatic climate control, which is missing from the TUV-300. The WR-V is also a much safer car since it is based on the four-star NCAP rated Jazz, which is a vehicle that is sold worldwide. The WR-V is also a better vehicle in terms of overall reliability since the WR-V has always performed above average in the JD Power Quality Survey. 

Final Verdict 

Mahindra’s TUV 300 was a hot success when it was first launched, but it has now been steadily losing sales for quite some time now. The Mahindra TUV 300 feels like a dinosaur when you compare it to its more contemporary and modern rivals, proving that it’s in need of a dire update, especially when you take its build quality and platform into consideration. While Mahindra tried starting a niche segment by introducing a seven-seat layout to a compact SUV, it really didn’t work in its favor, since most people actually prefer the other vehicles with five seats. The TUV 300 is a good vehicle in isolation but falls flat when compared to its competitors. But, to its merit, the TUV 300 would definitely make a good vehicle for someone who has to travel on bad roads on a daily basis, since its ride quality is still among the best in its class.