:- Dark Knight has breached the 20k mark well before his first birthday next month!
Of the 20k driven i would estimate about 60% of it to highway driving and 30% city and other 10% some really bad to no roads.
I have run out of the 3 free services and the 4th service will be after another 6 months (in case you didnt catch it in thread before the service interval for XUV is amended to 6 months/10k kms whichever is earlier) Key Highlights :-
* Zero Breakdowns
* Excellent Highway and Ghats driveability
* Consistent overall mileage of between 14-15kmpl for 70% highway/30% city driving
* Longest drive done was to Allepey from Pune and back. Lowlights :-
* Some initial niggles which havent surfaced back thankfully(lots of details in the early pages)
* Me putting the XUV in to a ditch partially - again thankfully no damage done though it needed a tractor to lug it out. Updating some items section wise :- Exteriors and Designs :-
Well the design hasnt change since i purchased so dont expect a design review but rather an update of what its been through and survived/not survived
. The signs of ageing are minimal. The paint job is still quite good and gleamy though it takes a lot to maintain black offcourse. Some circular marks coming out regular cleaning but nothing that a good polish job cant hide.
More importantly no accident related denting or scratches(and if you still believe that i do live in Pune ). One case of vandalism which got easily fixed thankfully. The second row doors do have a few minor paint chips caused due to flying gravel over our road conditions. I guess this is quite simply impossible for XUV owners to avoid especially with the side design, but just one advice, dont drive too fast over loose gravel/stones.
No build quality issues to report exterior wise. > Interiors and Features:
All features working fine and dont have any issues with any electronic gizmos after the few initial hiccups. In terms of interiors holding on well, nothing specific to report. The items which i have previously reported as flimsy (stalks/wipers/fake wood stuff) are still ok though dont ooze confidence. The rest of the stuff i am quite confident will hold on well. The leather seats make a very small pip squeaks over rough surfaces(which i travel a lot off late due to post monsoon road conditions in rural maharashtra) audible only when the radio is off and when its all silent, nothing i would worry about though. All bulbs /fuses also intact with nothing replaced so far. > Engine and Performance:
:- The gearbox/engine have run in fairly well and are in good peak condition, driveability in highways and ghats with the XUV is quite simply great pleasure! The FE with my kind of driving always hovers between 14-15kmpl overall in the tankful method, though the infotainment display always shows a very optimistic 18kmpl! Gearbox is smooth and no issues whatsoever. I had got a proactive clutch replacement some time back and the clutch is quite smooth - no issues to mention or report. Brakes are quite decent now but the odd noise remains - i am yet to go and get the latest design spec pads/discs. > Ride and Handling:
Nothing has changed here, driveability is stonking for a suv in this range. The ride hasnt stiffened or softened - but remained the same really. Low speed ride still bumpy but improves with speed and laden weight. Steering is fantastic and not light at high speeds, much closer to what i prefer - the civic is still a personal favorite in this department and braking. The bridgestone tyres are reasonably good shape considering they are well past their average mid life. I think it should last 40k easily - no punctures yet lucky me! My view point on where the XUV will need care :-
1) Steering Stabiliser bushes especially if you ride over harsh surfaces at speeds -its a cheap part though
2) Torqueing of suspension bolts - insist on this in every service.
3) Wiper blades probably will need upgrade eventually for now its fine.