This review is based on what i felt after driving the XUV for 40 minutes, today at SKS.
The test drive vehicle was an W8 FWD
vehicle (Amazon green).
The dealership had 3 XUV W8 test drive vehicle (2 white + 1 Amazon green).
There was a XUV5OO Experience executive .
Told the executive to give a briefing of vehicle , he started explaining me different features.
The overall reach of each feature is good.
The executive handed the flip keys, i really liked the design.
But the position of key is slightly tilted , when inserted into slot.
One has to press the key and unlock the steering.
Wow the console looks like a diwali lights, when the light illuminates.
The RPM and speed meter goes to extreme right end and comes back.
There comes a Mahindra Rise logo on Infotainment, with the emblem music, in Red screen.
The Executive had a Galaxy Tab, which had videos of various feature.
I told i am aware of basic Micro Hybrid, ESP buttons, cruise control.
So he kept quite. Slotting Reverse & First gear:
- He clarified me on engaging reverse gear, there is a ring like structure on gear, pulling it up and slotting to front engages reverse gear.
- The same ring pulled down and slotting forward engages 1st gear, the car had done already 1419 kms, the gear was slotting well and there wasn't any stiffness , as others mentioned.
- The 1st gear max i could rev was to 20 kmph, then 2nd gear pulled all the way to 50 kmph, but there you go speed limit in Bangalore.
- Cars cannot do 60 kmph on main junctions, as cops fine with interceptor in place.
- Then i went all the way till NICE road, T-John College.
- I could do 120 kmph oh boy, it pulls so sweetly, you will hardly come to know its doing that speed.
- ESP was switched ON, but no use was made of it i guess, the brake was good.
- There is no swaying in low speeds,In potholes you hardly feel you are going on one.
- The music was played from FM, it was almost equal to what i am getting with my Hawk's Hertz components.
- Engine noise is noticeable after 70-80 kmph, even when the windows rolled up.
- The leather seats were comfy, but could have been better, those curves of seat could be felt on back and thigh.
- Thigh support and neck support was good.
- I felt the seating softness of cushion was good in XUV W6.
- The ORVM gives a good view of the road, from outside XUV looks huge.
- But once you start driving you feel that you are driving an hatch.
- But with high riding position, i could easily adjust without seeing bonnet in few minutes in XUV, as against my friends Swift.
- The only thing i felt was once you press clutch pedal, it feels its sliding down suddenly.
- So initially i stalled it 1 time, due to sudden surge.
- What happens while releasing clutch is there is sudden low end torque / surge of power, and clutch needs to be released slowly.
- The steering is small and turning was easy.
- The right side of steering had a voice command button, with cruise.
To the left of Steering for Music controls, Btw
used Cruise Control in 4th gear @ 55 kmph, its more refined, and it was a better refined version than Scorpio.
i feel like the cruise makes the car move with more turbo pull, i.e is once you press + button on cruise the turbo pull is more.
In Scorpio pressing Cruise '+' button increases speed by 1.5 kmph on ODO.
So you feels that cruise is pushing you back to seats. XUV
the cruise pulls sweetly,i guess in XUV they have got a better increment value of subsequent cruise button press.
And not the 1.5 kmph increase for subsequent press as in Scorpio.
I guess they have got a better intermediate value.
The rear view of the IRVM is also good, as i am used to Scorpio.
The conversation mirror was good, though no one was in conversation in the rear back seat. Comparo at speed range in Scorpio & XUV.
In Scorpio at 120 kmph, you feel that it needs some load, if only 2 are there in car.
In XUV at 120 kmph hardly you feel doing that speed and is more planted, but engine noise noticable.
But Hawk doing 120-130 kmph is silent and only sweet turbo whine is audible, no engine noise in my Hawk @ high speeds.
Behaviour obiviously XUV has upper hand.
And also as my Hawk is having carrier, that is also creating drag and extra load on suspension ,which means swerving is less possible.
With XUV overtaking is absolute bliss. GPS & Infotainment:
The integrated GPS of MMI switches instantly and was showing the bunks that comes way ahead, well in advance. End Result
after driving XUV and coming back in Hawk steering felt bit harder (XUV effect)
But all in all it was a fun to drive vehicle. Feedback & Customer Inventory:
After coming back to showroom, the XUV experience executive took a small net book i guess, which was touch screen feedback netbook.
In the feed back i mentioned, the clutch suddenly going down some what makes the car to stall or sudden surge of power.
The releasing of clutch should be a bit slow at one point of time.
In my Hawk the clutch is absolutely fine...
Well that concludes my review.