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Mahindra XUV500 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Mar 23 2020 Share this blog

Mahindra has been one of the first car manufacturers to foresee Indian customer’s craze for SUVs and its features. Hence, in 2011 it came with an SUV which had an endless list of features. It took the market by storm and created enough noise for itself to be recognized as quite a revolutionary product. This SUV was none other than the XUV500. It was a game-changer as it rewrote the rules of the sub-15 lakh rupee segment and is now back in a new avatar.

For the first time, an Indian could buy a well-engineered 7 seater car with excellent road presence and an extensive features list. It made the other SUVs of that time like the Ford Endeavor, Tata Aria and the Skoda Yeti, look gravely overpriced. Hence, the car was a runaway success and Mahindra was able to sell 50,000 units of the XUV500 within 16 months of its launch.

XUV500 was Mahindra's first monocoque constructed car and was developed on a budget of Rs. 650 crore. It is not only sold in the domestic markets but Mahindra sells the XUV500 in many other countries as well. In fact, Mahindra has said that 20% of the production had been allocated for exports at all times. The prices of the XUV500 start from Rs. 12,30,924 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) and go all the way up to Rs. 18,62,586 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) for the all-wheel-drive version. It takes up arms against its current-day rivals like the Tata Harrier, MG Hector, and Jeep Compass. When the XUV500 was launched in 2011 it certainly provided more than any of its rivals.  It has been 9 years since its inception and now it's time to see if the facelifted  XUV500 continues to offer more than its current nemeses. 


What we like

  • Still remains a value for money package
  • Well-engineered and a contemporary looking SUV
  • M-hawk engine comes with excellent driveability
  • Extensive features list
  • Smooth-shifting 6-speed AT


What we don't

  • Negligible boot space with the 3rd row up
  • Cramped 3rd seat row seats
  • Ordinary interior quality


What’s new in the Mahindra XUV500?

  • Minor changes in terms of design and the addition of some features
  • An automatic gearbox is finally on offer

What are the various variants on offer?

Every car manufacturer is trying to lure as many customers it can and hence we have seen the variant list increase with each upcoming model in the Indian car market. Hence, the XUV500 was launched originally with 4 variants but now offers a total of 10 different variants. The base variant is the W3 which comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox and is priced at Rs. 12,30,924 (Ex-showroom Delhi). The top of line variant is the W11, mated to an automatic gearbox and is priced at Rs. 18,62,586 (Ex-showroom Delhi).

There is only a diesel engine on offer which is a proven 2.2L mHawk engine. Mahindra is not really known to provide many petrol engines and hence has no plans on giving a petrol engine to the XUV500. But the diesel unit will certainly be updated by 31st March 2020 to the BS6 compliant diesel engine. Mahindra has expanded the variant list with the current facelift considerably.

Variant

W3

W5

W7

W9

W11/W11(O)

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

12,30,924

12,91,077

14,18,313

15,88,943

17,16,319/17,41,319

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR (Automatic)

N/A

N/A

15,39,488

17,10,118

18,37,586/18,62,586

Features

Projector Headlamps

All features of W3 variant and :

All features of W5 variant and :

All features of W7 variant and :

All features of W9 variant and :


Dual Airbags (Driver + Passenger)

15 cm monochrome infotainment display

Push-Button Start/Stop

Electric Sunroof with Anti-pinch

Brake Energy Regeneration


ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

Full Wheel Caps

Passive Keyless Entry

TyreTronicss

Side & Curtain Airbags


Disc Brakes on all Wheels

Rear Demister with Wash & Wipe

18 cm colour touch screen infotainment display

Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control

Sporty Aluminium Pedals


Adjustable Driver's Seat

NA

LED DRLs

Front Fog-lamps

Power Adjustable Driver's Seat (6-Way)


Tilt Power Steering

NA

Smart Watch Connectivity

Alloy Wheels 43.18 cm

Quilted Leather Upholstery


Power-adjustable ORVMs

NA

Smart Rain-sensing Wipers

Telescopic Steering


Now it offers an automatic gearbox as well as an all-wheel-drive version of the XUV500. There are 5 root variants namely, W3, W5, W7, W9 and W11(O). All the other variants are a derivative of these 5 variants.


Which variant to choose from?

The W7 variant of the XUV500 is the most value-for-money variant in the line-up. It provides most of the hi-tech features like smartwatch connectivity, rain-sensing wipe, automatic headlamps, and a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, which the XUV500 is so known for. It is priced at Rs. 14,18,313 (Ex-showroom Delhi) and provides many features that its rivals miss out on at this price point. It also comes with an automatic gearbox option which is priced at Rs. 15,39,488.


Mahindra XUV500 March 2020 offers

The offers at hand are very well worth a bargain as the deadline for BS4 sellout is coming closer. All automakers are trying their best to clear off the old stock before the deadline and so are putting forward some very irresistible deals. The offers on XUV500 are listed below.

Variants
Discount Offers
All variants(except W3)[BS4]
Rs 57K Cash Discount (W5) / Rs 72K Cash Discount (W7, W9) / Rs 77K Cash Discount (W11)


Also Read,

How does Mahindra XUV500 cope with "Internet Inside"?

Can XUV500 hold up its desirability factor in front of Tata Harrier?

Does it stand up to Jeep's premium offering, Compass?


What are the powertrain options on offer in XUV500?

Not much has changed with the facelifted XUV500 on the outside and the same remains true for its under the hood department. It comes with only a single engine option which is a 2.2 mHawk turbocharged diesel engine. It is the same engine that was offered in the outgoing model with no mechanical changes. But Mahindra has made a few tweaks to improve driveability. This diesel mill churns out 155 bhp of power at 3,750 RPM and healthy 360 Nm of peak torque at 1,600-2,800 RPM. It is a torque wielding machine like every other big capacity diesel motor. The ample torque under tap gives this engine an excellent driveability.

The engine is well calibrated for the city used as the low-end torque delivery is superb. The peak torque is delivered at a low RPM of 1600. This enables it an easy to manage engine in stop and go traffic. The turbo lag is very well contained which makes this engine quite tractable too. Power delivery is quite linear and there is no push back into seat feel even after the turbo spools up.

2020 mahindra xuv500 mhawk engine

There is a strong surge of torque past 1800 rpm and the engine keeps tugging even till the redline. But the motor feels quite loud and strained at higher RPMs. Over on the highways, this engine becomes a mile muncher and can cruise at triple-digit speeds all day long. An overtake is as simple as tapping the gas pedal. While overtaking the torque steer can kick in if you are too aggressive on the pedal which takes some time getting used to.

The inclusion of cruise control aids the XUV's highway credentials. The clutch is light to operate but the travel range is long which can be annoying for some during constant use. The gearshift's throws are on the longer side and are quite notchy. Mahindra really needs to fix this as this problem plagues most of its SUVs.

Models

Mahindra XUV500 W5

Tata Harrier XE

MG Hector 2.0 Diesel Style MT

Jeep Compass 2.0 Sport (Diesel)

Price (Ex-Delhi)  in INR

12,97,000

12,99,000

13,18,000

15,49,000

Engine

6th Generation MHawk155 Diesel Engine

Kryotec, 2.0L Turbocharged Engine

2.0l 4 cylinder engine

2.0l Multijet II Turbo Diesel

Transmission

6 Speed Manual

6 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

6 Speed Manual

Power (Bhp)

155

140

170

173

Torque(Nm)

360

350

350

350

Coming to the automatic variants, there is no dual clutches or any cutting edge technology provided. Instead, a tried and tested conventional 6-speed torque-converter with 6 gears have been provided. The gearbox is certainly not without its drawbacks but excellent 2.2L mHawk does a great job of hiding these drawbacks. The biggest advantage of the AT gearbox is that you no longer have to deal with the notchy manual gearbox. It makes it convenient to crawl in the city and also cruise on the highway. The only trade-off with the automatic gearbox would be the lower mileage. Overall, the XUV500 performs admirably, only let down by the gearbox.

When the XUV500 was launched in 2011, it was the most powerful SUV in its segment. But fast forward into 2020, it is the second last on the spec sheet in terms of power. The Harrier is the last, but it will soon be getting updated with a BS6 engine which is said to be more powerful. Although, when it comes to torque, no rival can beat the XUV500. 


How quick is Mahindra XUV500 from 0-100?

The 0-100 kmph timing of the XUV500 is not as impressive as its road presence as it the slowest car here. But it is not too slow and most customers will have nothing to complain about. We believe that the XUV500 can be faster if Mahindra can work on its slow shifting gearbox.

2020 mahindra xuv500 acceleration 0-100

You can expect a slower 0-100 kmph timing with the CVT automatic gearbox. Hence, the XUV500 is no Cheetah in a real sense, at least not anymore. Mahindra might have a surprise for us with the next generation of XUV500 and hopefully, they rectify the sluggish gearbox and give us an SUV worthy of its inspiration, a cheetah.

Models

Mahindra XUV500 W5

Tata Harrier XE

MG Hector 2.0 Diesel Style MT

Jeep Compass 2.0 Sport (Diesel)

0-100 KMPH

11.51 sec

10.84 sec

10.73 sec

10.50 sec

Engine

MHawk155 Turbocharged Diesel Engine

Kryotec, 2.0L Turbocharged Engine

2.0l 4 cylinder engine

2.0l Multijet II Turbo Diesel

The Cheetah of the segment is undoubtedly the Jeep Compass. It is the fastest car as well as the most fun to drive the car of its segment. The Tata Harrier zooms past the XUV500 in terms of acceleration due to its lighter weight. The MG Hector is also a quick car due to the ample power and torque output.


How well does the 2020 XUV500 handle on Indian roads?

Cars of this segment are known for their ride and dealing with rough roads. The XUV500 is not different then, the suspension is tuned brilliantly for the Indian road conditions. The monocoque construction helps the XUV500 feel better in terms of ride and handling than its more expensive rivals like the Toyota Fortuner. It also gives the XUV500 better driving dynamics and on-road behaviour. Within the city, the suspension feels a bit firm but not to a level that it feels uncomfortable.

XUV500 is an excellent cruiser, things only improve as you pick up more speed. On the highway, it can simply demolish even the worst of potholes. If compared to other Mahindras like the Scorpio, the XUV500 does not portray excessive vertical movements or bounciness. Body roll is well controlled as well and you do not get tossed around while changing lanes like in some other SUVs. Being an SUV, the XUV500 is no corner craver but can handle corners better than most of its rivals which are 7 seaters. It feels well planted even at triple-digit speeds.

2020 mahindra xuv500 handling

The steering feels neither too light nor too heavy at city speeds. As speed build-up, it weighs insufficiently well. Even while it gains enough heft as you pick up speed it does not feel rock solid. It remains on the lighter side. But what is surprising is that the steering gives enough feedback. The turning radius of 5.6 meters is small and makes this SUV easy to manoeuvre in the city. Overall the XUV500 comes with a compliant ride and can deal with most Indian roads with ease. Keeping in mind the soft-roader nature of the XUV500 the 200 mm of ground clearance feels adequate and also comes in handy while dealing with broken roads. However, we wish the OEM Bridgestone tires could have provided more grip.


How well-modulated are the brakes on Mahindra XUV500?

Good braking performance is quite a crucial factor when it comes to a car's safety. We are glad to report that Mahindra has not cut any costs when it comes to braking. Hence, the XUV500 gets disc brakes on all four wheels as standard. ABS with EBD is also standard with the XUV500.

2020 mahindra xuv500 disc brakes

It provides admirable braking performance when compared to its rivals. Under hard braking, it maintains its line but there is a considerable nosedive. Occupants in the third row will feel nauseous under hard braking due to its nosedive. But, Mahindra has done a commendable job in providing disc brakes all around which  amplifies braking confidence.

Model

Mahindra XUV500 W5

Tata Harrier XE

MG Hector 2.0 Diesel Style MT

Jeep Compass 2.0 Sport (Diesel)

Front Brakes

Ventilated Disc & Caliper Type

Disc

Ventilated Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Disc & Caliper Type

Drum

Drum

Disc

Curb Weight (kg)

1785

1675

1633

1537

100-0 KMPH (metres)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Jeep Compass is the best performer when it comes to braking tests. It has a lighter kerb weight but also gets disc brakes on all four wheels. The XUV500 also gets the same brake set up but is heavier which increases its braking distance. 


How well-contained is fuel consumption in 2020 XUV500?

Mahindra’s facelifted XUV500 continues to provide the same fuel economy figures as the outgoing one. It returns a mileage of 16 kmpl with the 6-speed manual gearbox and with the automatic gearbox it provides 13.60 kmpl.

These mileage figures are not bad considering the segment but still on the lower side of the spectrum. The Start-Stop feature helps to improve on efficiency marginally as it cuts off the engine while idling. This feature is most helpful in cities with a lot of traffic stops.

Model

Mahindra XUV500 W5

Tata Harrier XE

MG Hector 2.0 Diesel Style MT

Jeep Compass 2.0 Sport (Diesel)

Mileage (Kmpl)

16

17

17.41

16

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

70

50

60

60

Range (Km)

952

750

1044

1026

The best mileage is provided by the MG Hector as of now. It also comes with a petrol engine which provides a mild hybrid system for optimum fuel efficiency. All the SUVs in this comparison are closely matched in terms of mileage.

How has Mahindra refreshed XUV500 externally for 2020?

Mahindra claims that the design of the XUV500 has been influenced by a “Cheetah”. Hence, it has added certain design elements that are derived from the looks of a Cheetah. For example, the exterior door handles are not conventional and have been designed keeping in mind the paw of a Cheetah. With the facelift, not much has changed and the most visible change is the redesigned headlamp cluster.

Now it comes with an “S” shaped DRLs (which are not as bright as it should have been). The XUV500 in its new skin has lost some of its aggressiveness when compared to the outgoing model. The current XUV500 skips the “whiskers” inspired by the Cheetah. The fog lamps have been repositioned and appear to be a bit oversized.

There has been an addition of chrome around them, which seems like an afterthought. The skid-plate is nothing but a silver-coloured really thin plastic cover on the existing black plastic moulding. The front grille gets unnecessary chrome too, to make it look like the claws of a Cheetah! From the sides, there are not many changes but the XUV500 gets a chrome strip which makes it look more premium from the side.

From the rear, the XUV500 looks the least aggressive and tail lights get no changes. The new tailgate applique is bigger but it is hard to differentiate it from the pre-facelift model from the rear. Overall the XUV500 now looks like a more tamed Cheetah and has gone for a more sober design language.

Model

Mahindra XUV500 W5

Tata Harrier XE

MG Hector 2.0 Diesel Style MT

Jeep Compass 2.0 Sport (Diesel)

Kerb weight (kg)

1785

1675

1633

1537

Length(mm)

4585

4598

4655

4395

Width(mm)

1890

1894

1835

1818

Height(mm)

1785

1706

1760

1640

Ground clearance (mm)

200

205

192

206

Wheelbase (mm)

2700

2741

2750

2636

XUV500 is no more the car that can grab a generous amount of eyeballs. That pace has been taken by the Tata Harrier which looks fresh and can grab anyone's attention easily. Even while being a 5 seater, the Harrier is wider as well as longer than the XUV500. The smallest car in terms of physical dimensions is undoubtedly the baby Jeep.


Exterior Features:

  • Projector Headlamps
  • Outer Mirrors with Logo Projection
  • Rear Wiper Washer
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog Lamp Bezel
  • Tailgate Applique
  • Scuff Plates
  • Roof Rails

How spacious and well-featured is Mahindra XUV 500?

When the XUV500 was launched in 2011, the interiors of it were termed as game-changing and they looked nothing like the interiors of any car in its segment. Unfortunately, not much has changed in terms of interiors even after almost 9 years of its inception. But the interiors of the XUV500 have always been pleasing to look at and the face light only takes things up a notch. The facelifted XUV500 adopts a new colour theme and gets a black and beige treatment. Now the interior feels much more premium but is much more difficult to maintain as the beige is more towards white.

The upper part of the dashboard is not black instead of brown and the glossy wood inserts are gone for good. The pattern on the dashboard has changed and looks much more mature. The fit and finish have improved but still cannot match some of its rivals like the Jeep Compass. In fact, the interiors of the XUV500 look the most dated in comparison to any of its rivals today. But to lift the ambience and experience inside the cabin, Mahindra has added soft-touch materials to the dashboard. Also, the addition of the electric sunroof lets more light into the cabin making it look much roomier.

2020 mahindra xuv500 seating

The front seats provide ample shoulder room and under-thigh support. Finding a comfortable driving position is easy, especially with the powered driver’s seat. The front seat does not come with a dual-tone theme now and gets a whitish-beige treatment too. They are quite prone to soiling and can be very hard to maintain in Indian conditions. The manual lumbar support on both front seats provides a fairly good range of support. The middle row of seats is one of the most comfortable places to be inside the cabin.

They provide acres of knee room and occupants even above 6 feet will have nothing to complain about. The under-thigh support is also ample and the shoulder room is excellent even for larger occupants. Seating 3 peeps on the middle row will not be a task but the middle passenger would have to deal with the transmission tunnel hump. The middle row seats sorely miss out on the sliding function and come in a fixed arrangement. 

The worst place to be inside XUV500 is the 3rd row of seats as they do not provide much knee room or headroom. You sit in a knees-up position due to the high floor which makes it unbearable in long journeys. The 3rd row is best suited for kids. The all-around visibility is good but not great due to the small rear window. Overall, the XUV500’s interiors are easy to live with and provide a comfortable experience even on long journeys (excluding the 3rd-row seats). 

Model

Mahindra XUV500 W5

Tata Harrier XE

MG Hector 2.0 Diesel Style MT

Jeep Compass 2.0 Sport (Diesel)

Passenger capacity

7

5

5

5

Jeep Compass feels the most premium car from inside but is also the most expensive car of its segment. MG Hector and Tata Harrier are neck and neck, with the MG having some tricks up its sleeves like the panoramic sunroof and "Internet inside" functionality. In comparison to rivals, the XUV500 does not exude much of a premium feel but is the only car with a 7 seat arrangement.


Interior features on offer:

  • Leather Seat Upholstery
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel 
  • Front Armrest with Cooled Storage
  • Soft-touch material on Dashboard
  • Ambient lighting
  • Sunglass holder
  • Electric Sunroof


What are the infotainment and connectivity features in XUV 500?

The XUV500 continues to provide a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment screen which looks a tad bit small for its size. The infotainment provides quite a lot of features but can look a bit cluttered due to the small screen. In isolation, the infotainment screen is of acceptable quality and size. But when you take into the fact that rivals like the MG Hector come with a 10-inch touchscreen with artificial intelligence, XUV500 infotainment starts to look dated. 

2020 mahindra xuv500 infotainment system

Nevertheless, it comes with all modern features and Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility. There is no lag under normal use but sometimes the system is a bit slow to respond. The sound output is satisfactory but could have certainly been better. Overall, the infotainment experience is not the best in class but satisfactory.


Infotainment Features:

  • Android Auto
  • Arkamys Sound
  • Voice Messaging System
  • Voice Commands & SMS Read Out
  • Ecosense
  • Bluetooth audio, handsfree call, iPod connectivity & picture viewer, configurable wallpaper


How spacious is the boot of 2020 Mahindra XUV500?

As there have been no changes in terms of physical dimensions the XUV500 continues to provide the same amount of boot space. It remains one of the sore points of the experience that the XUV500 provides. It comes with just 96 litres of boot space which is not just the lowest in its segment but also less than most hatchbacks.

2020 mahindra xuv500 cargo space

For reference, the Tata Nano provides 80 litres of boot space which is just 16 litres less than that of the XUV500. The problem can be solved if you tumble the 3rd row of seats down which liberates 702 litres of boot space.

Model

Mahindra XUV500 W5

Tata Harrier XE

MG Hector 2.0 Diesel Style MT

Jeep Compass 2.0 Sport (Diesel)

Cargo Volume (Litres)

96(with third row up)/  702 (with third row down)

425

587

438

The queen of the boot space department is undoubtedly MG Hector. It provides the most spacious interiors as well. But the XUV500 manages to beat even the Hector, once the 3rd row of seats is tumbled down.

What are the safety features on offer in 2020 XUV500?

The XUV500 has always provided a top-notch safety kit with it and the same continues with the facelift. It comes with dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard. It comes with 6 airbags on the top-spec variant and features like ESP with rollover mitigation. The XUV500 has received a 4-star crash test rating in the Australian NCAP crash tests performed in 2012. Hence, it is a fairly safe car for its segment.

2020 mahindra xuv500 rigid chassis

Mahindra has left no stones unturned when it comes to loading the XUV500 with latest safety tech. It is impressive as of how the automaker managed to chuck in these many features for the price point, nevertheless its good for the occupants and provides with a safe haven for travellers.


The various safety features are as follows:

  • ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Rollover Mitigation
  • Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control
  • Emergency Call
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Disc Brakes on all Wheels
  • Reverse Parking Sensors

How does the Mahindra XUV500 compare against its rivals?

Mahindra XUV 500 vs Tata Harrier 

2020 tata harrier

Tata has recently launched its Harrier to take over the midsize SUV segment. It carries the Land Rover platform and DNA which makes it a very potent product. Tata has also designed the Harrier quite well and it is sure a head-turner. It provides a more premium and contemporary cabin. While it was taken well by the market initially, the popularity of the Harrier has faded away. This is due to the niggles faced by many customers due to the Harrier being a fresh-baked product. When compared to the XUV500 the Harrier certainly looks better and provides a better experience. But the XUV500 is a better-engineered product which provides seating for 7 instead of 5.


Mahindra XUV500 vs MG Hector

2020 mg hector

The MG Hector has been received quite well by the market. It is the most tech-laden car of its segment and provides many first in class features. The Hector also comes with a much more powerful engine than the XUV500. It truly offers one of the most premium experiences in its segment. But due to MG being new to the Indian market, customers are sceptical about the future of the automaker. But Hector seems to be an all-round product. XUV500 seems to beat MG Hector only in terms of the seating capacity.


Mahindra XUV500 vs Jeep Compass

2020 jeep compass

Jeep Compass is the most expensive offering in its segment and it feels the part as well. It offers the most well put together cabin and also get proper off-roading hardware. The Compass also feels the most robust and can take a lot of beating. The Compass is the smallest car in its segment in terms of physical dimensions and hence offers the least space on the inside. When compared to the XUV500 the Compass offers a more premium experience with better off-roading capabilities. The XUV500 offers a more spacious cabin and offers seating for 7.

Does Mahindra XUV500 make for a better proposition?

Mahindra’s facelifted XUV500 continues to be a value for money product. It is loaded to the gills with features and offers one of the most spacious cabins in the segment. The engine on offer comes with excellent driveability and now the XUV500 gets a potent automatic gearbox as well. But with the new and upcoming SUVs in the segment providing more premium experience, it remains to be seen when the Mahindra will be updating the XUV500. But if you are in the market for a 7 seater SUV under 15 lakhs, the XUV500 is one of the best offerings that you can get your hands on today.

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