Ok guys time for Updates--
My beast has crossed 1300 KM today and few of the things from my perspective.
1. I love the vehicle period. This has done something to me, Nowadays I am more exited to go to the office and also leave from office. Sometimes i have to take my zen estilo but my hearts still craves for XUV.
2. The power delivery is just superb. Cruising at the speed of 90 and some idiot is on the right lane just pat on the throttle and boom it goes. I like that. My major travelling is through the pune banglore bypass and old Bombay-Pune highway before i get into the city so I get to enjoy the open roads and the fun that comes with it.
3. Recently we went to a trip to satara, mahabaleshwar, sajan gad, wai and back to pune. The roads were uhhh decent i would say. The pune banglore bypass is still under construction at many places and one has to take the diversions a lot. i could keep my speedo at 100-110 for hardly 10 mins max then either a diversion or a truck would block the way. Overall it was good. Forgot to take any pictures of the beast.
--We were total of 8 people in the car including my 8 months nephew. dad and uncle were in the last row and were comfortable. As there is no place to keep the cargo we had to stack them in the middle row .
--Ride was pretty good did not jolt or move up or down ways on the highway. It just glided. Everyone was pretty comfortable in there seats. Car AC was on the whole time and it did a wonderful job at keeping the temp cool. I still haven't found a comfortable seating position as of yet.If i raise the height of the seat then my knee touches the key and is not at all comfortable
--Gear changes i didn't find hard to engage. Yes there is a hesitation to shift in 2 but that is getting better with time rest all gears are butter smooth. Clutch is also very smooth and linear. It is on par with my zen estilo clutch. Steering is a live, that is what i would call that. My estilo's steering is pretty dead at all the speeds. what one means by getting the input through the steering i got to know after driving this beast. As speed builds up steering weighs up nicely and is fun to drive. My friend who drives a polo enjoyed the driving experience and especially the steering feel and the way this behaves a normal hatchback unless you look at the rear view mirror and notice the huge vehicle one is driving.
--Interiors are top notch. Yes there would be better interiors than this but this is to my taste. I loved the black interiors and the red mood lighting also the back light buttons look classy at night. There is soft touch trim on the door which i noticed few days back. It's not that i was born and bought up in a Mercedes so I am pretty happy with the quality and feel of the interior.
--Sound output is good and healthy till 1/4 of the total volume bar in rock mode after which the speakers cant handle the bass. In normal mode one can pump up till 60% of the total volume without loosing composure. I think it is good for now i dont think i would upgrade them. It is definitely better than the one i had in my zen estilo.
Things i dont like about the car
-- Maintaining the color is tough swirl marks are easily visible.
-- The hood above the speedo has started making noises. I have put a tissue under it for time being but would take care of it in the first servicing.
-- Right side mirror is making noise while folding Left side seems quit.
-- Also my front left tire has chipped at few places not on the side wall but on the tread. will post the pics. I have a bridgestone dealer near my home will show him as i get the time.
i ll have to think more.
This car definitely brings the grin on my face every time i drive it. I had read in almost all the ownership threads that the car brings grin and smile to the face which i never understood until i bought one. But all in all I am very happy with the purchase and so is the family.