I keep getting a lot of questions on the features of XUV and whether as a owner one really uses them (or its just sitting there and waiting for an opportunity to give you electronic nightmares) - so hopefully this post attempts to clear such doubts :-
I will not list all the features but just the important ones especially around electronics and my take/usage about them(let me know if i missed any) :-
1) 6" integrated infotainment system
with gps/dvd/cd//fm/usb/mp3/ipod conn/bluetooth/tyretronics/reverse sensors/alarms -- Well by far this is the most integrated system ever produced by home grown indian manufacturer, comes extremely handy and useful, especially after the last software update it is stable as well.
One could argue tyretronics is probably an overkill but it does help on an odd day giving useful alerts, its been working fairly well after the day 1 niggles and especially for the not so automotive enthusiast its a great feature, you dont want to get hit with a puncture and then realising the stepney is flat.
The door open alerts display exactly which door is open which is a very handy feature along with service reminders etc.
2) Safety Features
6 Airbags, ESP with rollover mitigation, ABS
- Needless to say but i will reemphasise as indian buyers generally give less importance to safety -> This is The all Important feature in my view coupled with the monocoque construction.
3) Hill Hold and Hill Descent control
:- Probably not a very must have feature but still very handy especially hill hold, every time i am in a traffic queue on an incline and i see a car rolling backwards towards me before moving forward i am scared with my defensive instincts activated and wished he had hill hold. This is an automatic feature no buttons needed to activate and deactivate, the car simply holds the brakes for very short time before you start moving forward to prevent rolling back. Hill Descent control is likely to be used pretty less, personally i dont use it at all really except once a while putting it on just to check if it works - a good driver will simply shift to a lower gear while descending and use engine braking along with the brakes.
4) Automatic Rain sensing wipers and Auto Head Lamps
:- Personally this rainy season was the first time i used the raining sensing auto wipers and I found them extremely useful. All you need to do is activate it with a press of a button and it will work in variable speed depending on the intensity of the rain, it also stops when there is no rain - so no more using your left hand(right in some cars) especially for changing wiper speed and putting it on or off. This works well in 95% of the case except the case of a foggy day with no rain where you need to use the wipers manually, the sensors only activate with water not fog.
Auto Head Lamps -> Personally i hardly use this as this works only in dipper mode. Its probably only useful if you are passing through a stretch where there are maximum tunnels and you need to switch on the lamps, so in such a case it will switch on its own. During the night you anyways need to switch between upper/dipper manually so it will never be used at night. So really its not a must have feature.
5) Cruise/ Steering mounted audio controls
- Needless to say extremely handy, works as its meant to be. Very useful for long journeys especially and cruise control helps with the fe too.
6) Voice commands
- Most useless feature byfar in the XUV, to be honest i never even once thought of using this feature. If Apple and Google are still working hard to make this a usable tech you cant expect Mahindra to make it work easy.
Just a useless gizmo in my view.
7) Micro Hybrid- Start Stop Tech
- Well this one is a mixed bag one, i keep it on normally but decide myself whether i want it triggered or not by playing with the clutch, if the signal is red for a long time or i know i will be waiting for a considerable time, i let it trigger. Plus i feel it shouldnt be used too much as it will strain your starter motor - so use it with restraint. Also one disadvantage is when it triggers at night it doesnt switch off the headlight which means you are straining the battery even more - i switch off the headlamp and put it in parking mode in such cases - all in all not a feature to die for.
8) Lounge lights
- hmm personally i find it useless but my kid likes it at night - that's about it.