Here's a teaser pic - INITIAL IMPRESSIONS ABOUT THE CAR :- Equipment levels
The XUV is equipped with almost everything you get in a 50 Lac sedan, except maybe a dual zone AC. Some likes and dislikes -
+ Well, everyone knows this, the XUV is fully loaded.
+ The touch screen interface is good and easy to master.
+ Hill hold is a boon in our traffic conditions.
+ The AC is a chiller, even the third row ones.
+ The headlights are bright, especially the high beam.
+ Auto wipers works as intended and is a boon.
+ The GPS works very very well. Plus it is heavily loaded with many fascinating info available such as trip information in the form of saved logs and places of interests like restaurants, hotels, gas stations and even M&M service centres.
+ The cabin lights are very very bright. And there is a light for every passenger!
+ The approach lights on the ORVMs and on the doors are again cool.
- The GPS interface could have been easier to understand.
- I dint like the positioning of the Auto headlight switch.
- I was excited about lounge lighting, but it turned out to be a dud! Exterior styling & design
The design is a bit overdone, I agree. But I feel it slowly grows on you. I personally feel the vehicle should have been a bit longer, like the Aria. That would have given this tremendous street presence. Right now, it looks compact, maybe even smaller than the Innova. Overall build quality and fit & finish
The THUD of the doors? YEA!!! The doors close with a reassuring thud that was absent in the Innova. It feels much more solid than the Scorpio and even the Punto. Infact, the doors itself are heavy, so kids may need some help. I am not too finicky about fit and finish, but it does not seem as bad as projected. Yes, I could hear a light creaking noise in my brand new car! But that apart, everything is screwed tightly. Interior design & quality
Simply superb! I love the cabin. The way the dash is designed and the way the controls are available at your fingertips. It gives a very modern and plush feel to the interiors. Even the door handles have a nice rubberized effect on the insides. The armrests and door pads are soft touch. The glove box and grab handles has a slow release mechanism, which adds to the premium feel. There is an emergency escape provision too. Interior space and comfort
Space is abundance in the front two rows but at a premium in the third row. I feel Innova has slightly more legroom in the middle row but its just by a small margin. Most importantly, Innova's middle row is on rails, so it can slide forward to generate more legroom for the third row, if necessary. This convenient feature is absent in the XUV as it's middle row is fixed. It can be reclined though. I must add that the seats are the best I have seen in any SUV/MUV after the Aria. The Innova does not come close. It offers great support and has lumbar support adjustment as well. Air conditioner
Chiller. I had Auto AC in my Punto as well and Punto's AC is known to be great. I used to keep the temperature as 20 in it. In the XUV, I cant go below 23, it will freeze you below that! Engine performance & driveability in the city
I personally feel, the engine is the primary reason why XUV sells like hot cakes. It is a great performer. It picks up speed so effortlessly that you are conned into thinking that you are doing lesser speeds that what you actually are. Drivability is awesome too. It picks up speed at lower RPMs without any knocking or effort. Turbo lag is missing! At 100 kmph, it is cruising lazily at 1800 rpm in 6th gear, this would make an awesome highway car. Gearshift
XUV has a 6 speed gearbox, but I felt that the gearshift is a bit hard, especially the 1st and 2nd gear. Maybe because it is a new car or maybe because my car needs synthetic gear oil which M&M changed in all XUVs to smoothen the gearshift. Suspension & ride quality
I feel the ride is a bit stiff. I am not saying the ride is uncomfortable, but the Innova is more softly sprung and thus rides better. Overall, this has a comfortable ride which wont disturb the occupants.
Handling & on-road behavior
Neutral. I have not tried any high speed corners but the vehicle feels planted at high speeds and does not have the top heavy scary feeling of the other SUVs. Wind noise and road noise is absent atleast till 100 kmph, I have not gone above that. Steering & braking
It has disc brakes all around. But initially, the brakes took me by surprise. It needs you to push the pedal a lot more for the car to slow down. But slowly, I got accustomed to it. Still, I am not very happy with the braking setup. Particular likes
The inbuilt GPS, the space on offer, the cubby holes to keep your knick knacks, charging point on all 3 rows, auto fold mirrors, puddle lamps on ORVMs and doors, USB/Aux/Bluetooth capability for music system, ability to pair your phone to make and receive calls and the other fine details incorporated to pamper the occupants. Particular dislikes
Rear visibility through inner RVM is pathetic, the centre headrest of the middle row seat is the reason. Clutch seems a bit hard and projector headlamps dont illuminate the roads as expected. The LED parking lights look cheap. Overall practicality
Luggage room is non existent with all rows up. Also, the seat backs and boot floor has a beige carpet. How can you keep your baggage in there? Ingress and Egress is similar to Innova... read easy. The cabin is the most pampering and practical one I have seen in this segment. Middle row has a 60:40 split and third row has a 50:50 split. Ingress to the third row is only from the left side of the car, the right side middle row does not double fold. Both rows do fold flat on the floor which liberates generous boot space. Every passenger gets his own AC vent, reading light and charging point, even the 3rd row passengers. Niggle
The driver's window squeaks when I operate it. Summary
+ Engine performance
+ Space in the front 2 rows
+ Safety equipment
+ The feature list
+ The build quality, the THUD of the doors
+ The plush cabin
+ The NVH inside the cabin
- Space in 3rd row
- Front styling is overdone, LEDs look cheap