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Mahindra TUV300 Plus 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Mar 24 2020 Share this blog

With the surge in the demands of the SUVs, car manufacturers are throwing in everything they can to attract buyers. One such manufacturer is Mahindra and Mahindra which already has a 5 seater SUV in the Indian car market. But it seems like a 5 seater is not enough to meet the demand. Hence, Mahindra has finally introduced a 9 seater version of the TUV 300 called the TUV 300 Plus (It seems even the 7 seater SUVs are not enough anymore!). In the attempt to make it a 9 seater, Mahindra has not been able to keep it under 4 meters and hence the overall length of the car has increased.

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus

The TUV 300 Plus goes up against rivals such as the Tata Nexon and the Honda WR-V. While it is apt to compare the three cars due to their SUV stance and the price bracket, none of the competitors offers seating for 9 people. The prices of the TUV 300 Plus start from Rs. 9,92,302 (Ex-Delhi) which is more than a lakh expensive than the 5 seater TUV 300. For more than a lakh, it seems like a typical attempt by Mahindra to replace the boot space and fit in more seats at the rear. But is the TUV 300 Plus more than just a car with more seating, let’s find out!

 

What will impress you:

  • Gets a potent 2.2 Diesel Engine
  • Robust, abuse-friendly build & construction.
  • Good road presence
  • Gets more boot space now


What Won’t:

  • Bumpy ride quality
  • No Automatic/AMT on offer
  • Cabin quality is just about average

2020 Mahindra TUV 300 Plus Variants and Features

There is a total of 3 variants offered in the Mahindra TUV 300 namely the P4, P6, and P8. The base P4 starts at Rs. 9,92,302 (Ex-Delhi) and goes all the way up to Rs. 11,41,711 (Ex-Delhi) for the P8 variant. They all are available with only a diesel engine option and there is no petrol engine available as of now. Mahindra does not offer the AMT gearbox with the TUV 300 Plus like in the TUV 300.

Variants

P4

P6

P8

Price (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs. 9,92,302 

Rs. 10,29,204

Rs. 11,41,711 

Features 


Steel wheels

Adds over P4:

Adds over P6:

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

Vinyl upholstery

Fabric upholstery

15-inch Alloy wheels

Body-coloured bumpers with a piano black grille

2-DIN music system with four speakers

Side footsteps

Front and rear power windows

Mahindra BLUESENSE connectivity

Intellipark reverse assist

Manually adjustable ORVMs

Rear washer and wiper

Two tweeters

Manually adjustable AC controls

Rear defogger

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

ABS With EBD

Remote lock and keyless entry

Steering mounted audio controls

Power Windows (Front & Rear)

Anti-theft warning

Flip key

Roof Lamp (front & middle row)

Body Coloured Door Handles

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Brake Energy Regeneration

Wheel Caps

Electrically adjustable ORVMs

 

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The P8 variant makes the most sense in the entire TUV 300 Plus lineup. The P8 variant adds features like the 7-inch touchscreen system and illuminated glove box which makes the TUV 300 plus feel much more premium than the lower specced variants. But Mahindra has cleverly deleted some features from the TUV300 Plus like the Day Time Running Lights (DRLs). If you are on a tight budget the P4 variant makes for a decent purchase since it covers all the basics. The best part about going for the lower specced variants is that Mahindra has made all the safety features available with the TUV 300 Plus as standard.

Mahindra TUV 300 Plus Engine and Performance

While most manufacturers don’t do much when launching a different iteration of a vehicle in the engine department, Mahindra is done a great job. Instead of giving the TUV 300 plus the same engine as in TUV300, it has given the 9 seater SUV a 2.2-litre engine from the Scorpio & XUV500. This bigger engine makes more sense as the SUV can carry more people than its 5 seater version. It produces 120 BHP and 280 Nm of peak torque.

The engine is quite a superstar in terms of performance and tractability. It not only offers good performance but also good levels of refinement with good fuel economy. Once you crank up the engine you hear the typical diesel clatter but the engine gets better once the desired temperature is attained.

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus engine

Even while the engine is vocal the noise is not very intrusive and it remains quite silent at cruising speeds. The engine feels quite sprightly within the city because the turbo lag is almost negligible. As the low-end torque delivery is simply excellent you can drive off from standstill in 2nd gear. Throttle response is quite good and all it takes is a gentle tap on the accelerator to commute around the city. While on the highway, overtaking is a breeze and the engine is quite a cruiser. Hence overall the engine is an all-rounder and you would not find much to complain about its performance in any scenario.

Models

Mahindra TUV 300 Plus

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs.  9.92 Lakhs

Rs. 7.59 Lakhs

Rs. 9.16 Lakhs

Engine

2.2L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (2179 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 

120 bhp @4000rpm

108 bhp @3750rpm

98.6 bhp @3600rpm

Torque

280 Nm @1600-2800rpm

260 Nm @1500-2750rpm

200 Nm @1750rpm

 


Acceleration

Just like its 7 seater sibling the TUV 300 Plus is the slowest vehicle in this comparison which is mostly due to its heavier curb weight and tall gearing. While most other vehicles in this segment do not display any signs of turbo lag as well, the TUV 300 Plus feels the best.

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus acceleration 0-100

But where it lacks in outright acceleration due to its sluggish gearbox and heavyweight. Mahindra has tuned this SUV for comfort rather than brisk performance, hence the TUV 300 Plus feels the best if driven sedately.

Models (Diesel)

Mahindra TUV 300 Plus

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

0-100 Kmph

15.41 secs

13.75 secs

12 secs

Engine

2.2L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1493 cc)

1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1497 cc)

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



Ride and Handling

As the TUV 300 Plus is based on the regular TUV 300, the ride quality remains more or less the same. However, ride comfort is slightly improved due to the added weight. Still, the suspension is far from perfect, especially within the city. Even though the car is capable of tackling badly patched roads easily, it is not able to filter out every bump or pothole on the way.

But as the speeds increase, the ride quality provided is nothing less than of a tank! After picking up pace, the TUV 300 Plus can just glide over bad roads. Even though the ride can get bouncy sometimes, the suspension works quite silently. Out on the highway, straight-line stability is satisfactory and doesn't feel nervous at high speeds.

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus handling

In terms of handling, the car gets a hydraulic power steering instead of an electric unit. It does not offer much feedback or rather should we say it lacks any sort of feedback at all! It feels quite vague in the city and goes not gain enough heft on the highway as well. Overall, in terms of handling the car does not offer much and does not inspire much confidence.

 

Braking

As Mahindra has made all the safety equipment standards, all variants of the Mahindra TUV 300 Plus get the same braking hardware. The car gets ABS with EBD now, but the brakes still lack feedback and feel spongy.

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus disc brakes

Even though the brake bite feels adequate under normal conditions, under hard braking, the brakes feel just about average. There’s also a significant amount of nosedive under hard braking due to the tall stance of the car.

Model

Mahindra TUV300 Plus

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Kerb Weight 

1690

1305

1204

 


Fuel Economy

As the TUV 300 Plus gets a different engine, it returns lesser mileage than the regular model. The heavier weight of the TUV 300 Plus also plays a role in the lower mileage figure. The TUV 300 Plus however offers the same mileage figure as of the Scorpio even while it is lighter than the Scorpio.

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus efficiency

Mahindra could have certainly done a better job of tuning the engine for better fuel efficiency. However, it has provided the car with the biggest fuel tank in its segment.

Model

Mahindra TUV300 Plus

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Mileage (ARAI)(kmpl)

15.3

22

26

Fuel Tank Capacity
(Litres) 

60

44

40

Range(km)

978

968

1,040

In comparison, Honda WR-V is the most frugal car here as it is the lightest car as well. Its 40-litre fuel tank might be small for the segment, but it still helps it cover more distance than the TUV 300 plus. The Tata Nexon on the other hand also offers better mileage due to its lighter weight.

Mahindra TUV 300 Plus Exterior & Styling

Mahindra has not made many changes to the exteriors of the TUV 300 Plus in comparison to the regular model. From outside it is just an extended version of the regular TUV300 and hence it looks almost the same. Most of the extension has been done to the rear portion to accommodate 2 extra seats in a sideways-seating configuration. The front remains unchanged, except for some minor changes. From the rear, it looks boxier due to the extension in the length.

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus design language

The spare wheel has been placed in the centre now. The car is longer by 405 mm and shorter in height by 27 mm. The roof rails have been deleted which gives the car a cleaner look. Overall, the SUV now gets more road presence but fails to wow you in any way with its design just like the 7 seater version.

Model

Mahindra TUV300 Plus

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Curb weight 

1690 kg

1305 kg

1204 kg

Length

4400 mm

3994 mm

3999 mm

Width

1835 mm

1811 mm

1734 mm

Height

1812 mm

1607 mm

1601 mm

Ground clearance 

184 mm

209 mm

188 mm

Wheelbase 

2680 mm

2498 mm

2555 mm

In comparison, the TUV 300 Plus looks more utilitarian and brings a more rugged style to the segment. On the other hand, its rivals look more modern but get less road presence at the same time. Tata’s Nexon manages to stand out with its coupe design.


Exterior Features:

  • 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 Plus Interior & Comfort

The utilitarian approach on the outside continues on the inside as well. Mahindra has not made many changes on the inside to differentiate it from the regular SUV. The seats feel comfortable and get ample cushioning. Long-distance journeys will be no big deal in the first as well as the second row of seats. But the third row is best left for kids as the layout of the seat makes it uncomfortable for long-distance journeys. To accommodate the third row, the knee room in the second row has reduced. The visibility all-round is quite acceptable and the car gives you a commanding view of the road ahead. 

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus seating space

The cabin is spacious with ample storage spaces all around. Ergonomics are also well sorted for the most part and finding a comfortable driving position is easy. Where the TUV 300 Plus lacks is the fit and finish, the plastics used inside the cabin feel cheap. Rivals offer better and a more premium cabin than the TUV 300 Plus but it is the only one that offers to seat for 9 people in this segment.

Model

Mahindra TUV 300Plus

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Capacity

9

5

5

 


Interior Features

  • 9-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


Infotainment System

The Mahindra TUV 300 Plus gets two different infotainment options across its variants. While lower variants get a standard music system with a non-touch monochrome display, the P8 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 daily and doesn’t affect daily usability as much. But the competition offers better infotainment systems with better user interfaces.

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus infotainment system

 

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 BLUE SENSE Connectivity


Boot Capacity

As the TUV 300 Plus gets chairs that face each other, they have to be folded to liberate space to use the rear space as a boot.  At 696 litres, the car’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. But the loading lip is a bit high and hence you have to lift the luggage to load or unload it.

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus cargo space

Also, the boot door opens outwards and to the side, which makes it quite difficult to load it up in a tight parking lot.

Model

Mahindra TUV300 Plus

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Cargo Volume(Litres)

696

350

363

Mahindra TUV 300 Plus Safety Ratings and Reliability

The TUV 300 Plus, just like its 7 seater sibling, score low on the safety front. Even while Mahindra has given it many safety features, the structural rigidity remains questionable. It hasn’t been tested by any agency for its safety as of now but as it is based on the current generation of the Scorpio, it might also receive zero-star once crash tested.

2020 mahindra tuv300 plus safety features

The third row of seats does not get any seat belts as well and hence sitting on them would remain a gamble under emergency braking situations. Mahindra should update the safety package of the SUV for sure to make it more secure.

Mahindra TUV 300 Plus Head-to-Head Competition Check

Mahindra TUV 300 Plus vs Tata Nexon

2020 tata nexon

The Tata Nexon is famously touted as India’s safest car by Tata motors. In the safety department, the TUV 300 Plus is no match for the Nexon. The Nexon also offers a more modern looking cabin and feels more premium on the inside. Along with that it also offers better performance and better looks than the TUV 300 Plus. But when it comes to space and road presence, the TUV 300 Plus takes away the crown.

 

Mahindra TUV 300 Plus vs Honda WR-V 

Honda’s WR-V is quite a popular compact SUV in the Indian market. It offers an array of features as well as quite a spacious cabin. In comparison, the WR-V offers a more premium cabin and better looks than the TUV 300 Plus. It is also a lot safer as it is based on the Jazz.

2020 honda wrv

The WR-V is also quite practical as it offers the most fuel-efficient engine in this comparison. But again, what the TUV 300 Plus offers more road presence as well as seating for 9 people. The higher ground clearance also helps TUV 300 Plus tackle bad roads in a better way.

Final Verdict for Mahindra TUV 300 Plus

The Mahindra TUV 300 Plus is quite a practical SUV that offers a spacious cabin as well as a good road presence. Mahindra has also added some feel-good features such as a 7-inch touchscreen and an illuminated glove box. All this is offered at quite a lucrative price and it is the only car that offers to seat for 9 people at this price point. But the TUV 300 Plus fails to offer a premium feeling on the inside as well as a wow factor on the outside. There are still a lot of rough edges in the package and hence we would suggest you go for it only if you strictly require a 9 seater car.

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