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Akash1886 1st June 2015 08:34 PM

Mahindra XUV500 Facelift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
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Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven

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Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift with 6 Speed Manual Transmission in Diesel engine has been launched on May 25th 2015. The price of the new face-lift version starts at Rs.11.21 Lakh - Rs.15.99 Lakh (Ex.showroom, Delhi).

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Immediate Competitors

* Toyota Fortuner

* Chevrolet Captiva

* TATA Safari Storme

* Ford Endeavor

Prior to launching the new face-lift of XUV 500, Mahindra also launched "XUV-500 Xclusive Edition".

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Look Comparison between Out-going and Face-lift Mahindra XUV 500.

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The new XUV-500 Face-lift on the exterior gets the following changes this time:

* New Design Radiator Grill with Chrome inserts (W6 to W10)

* Chrome Bezel on fog lamps (W8 & W10)

* New Design Alloys

* Projector Headlamps with Static Bending Light**(Static Bending lights available in models W6 to W10)


With this new face-lift Mahindra has definitely provided a more aggressive character to this SUV and now it exudes a more powerful image on roads. There are 2 new colors added to the line up i.e Tuscan Red and Sunset Orange. Along with the new color, Mahindra in the new XUV-500 Face-lift has introduced a fully loaded variant "W10" both in FWD and AWD i.e Forward Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive.

* Continued in next post.

Regards

Akash

Akash1886 1st June 2015 09:19 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
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Interiors of Face-Lift XUV 500

Mahindra has really worked on providing a plush and comfortable in-cabin experience. Firstly, the cabin well insulated and with windows rolled up, driver and passenger can hardly hear outside noise. Moving on the speedo-cluster, really well designed speedometer and the round design of the meters look pretty neat.


The seats of the new XUV-500 are really comfortable with good amount of shoulder room, headroom and legroom. The under thigh support is also nice. The seats in W10 variant are of leather and well stitched and also house the airbags. There are in all 3 rows of seating and the 3rd row seats are fold-able with adjustable head rests. The front driver seat is 8 way power adjustable in W10 model and I really found the center armrest in front seat to be comfortable as I myself have the habit of driving at ease by placing my arm on armrest many times. The rear seats can be folded. The 2nd row seats can be folded in 60:40 where as the 3rd row seats can be folded 50:50 basis in all variants.


The steering of the new XUV-500 was pretty comfortable according to me and easy to drive. It is 2 tone steering wheel with Tilt and Telescopic feature in W10. The steering in W10 comes with steering mounted controls for the ease of the driver. But honestly, the steering does not give any fatigue to the driver. Really easy to handle and due to this the turning of the XUV in traffic becomes extremely easy for the driver. I drove this XUV on one of the busiest crossings of Noida i.e Sector 1 and mind in you in no time I could steer clear of the traffic without any difficulty. The steering I found to be extremely responsive.


The center console of the new XUV-500 looked really well finished and ably houses the Automatic Climate control AC, the front center AC Vents and comes incorporated with Multimedia System having 7" Screen and features like USB, Ipod Connectivity et al. The center console further adds to the plush feel of the cabin.


* Continued in next post.

Regards

Akash

Akash1886 1st June 2015 10:25 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
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The Electronic Sunroof

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Internal Storage Space

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Sporty Aluminium A,B,C Pedals

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Multi Media Screen with Reverse Display, GPS, FM/Music, Car Info

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2 Tone Door pads with individual foot lamps and speaker.

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Rear AC Vents are placed on the Pillars for even cooling of the cabin and comfort of passengers in the rear.

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* Continued in next post

Regards

Akash

Akash1886 1st June 2015 10:54 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
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External Features

Engine Bay, Hydraulic Bonnet, Proper Carpeting under the hood to reduce the engine noise.

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Electrically fold-able ORVMs get Turn indicators, Logo Lamps have good viewing space and their design too looks neat.

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Tyre(s) and Alloys

My Test Car had Bridgestone H/T Tyre with new flame design Alloys. The Tyre spec is 235/65/R 17. All Tyre(s) are tubeless and come equipped with disc brakes.

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Front Radiator Grill gets new design and Chrome inserts

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Reverse Camera tucked in neatly under the rear number plate

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Front Projector Headlamp with Static Bending Light.

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Boot Space

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Dual Spray Rear Wiper and the Roof mounted stop lamp: Both provide improved visibility.

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Regards

Akash

Akash1886 1st June 2015 11:39 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
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170mm GC provided to new XUV-500 as per the Executive. I too felt that ride was really comfortable and the XUV drove on potholes and breakers with ease. Partly the ride comfort is also due to the Mc Pherson and Multi link suspension being provided to it.

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Some more helpful and aesthetic feature of new XUV-500 Face-Lift

* Immobilizer

*Mahindra Blue-Sense App

* Light sensing Headlamps: In low light they automatically turn on.

* 12 V Socket

* Illuminated Scuff Plates

* Smart Key with sensor.

* Push Button Start Stop

* Fuel Saving Engine Switch off.

* Follow me home Headlamps.

* Rain Sensing Wipers.

* Ice- Blue Lounge Lighting in the cabin including the foot-well

* Voice Command System and Alerts.

* Driver, Passenger, Side and Curtain Airbags with ABS, ESP, Hill Assist.

* Chrome Stripe on the window line of both side.

* Roof Rails


* Refreshing new design at front.

* Accurate and Responsive Braking. Thanks to the regenerative braking.

* Good Quality Plastic used in interiors.

* New Design Headlamps look really nice in flesh.

* Pick Up is really good.

* NVH in Idle condition is very low

* Idle acceleration too does not distort the NVH Level much.

* AC Cooling really nice.

* Egress and Ingress is really nice.

* Good Quality Wipers.

* Horn is OK.

* Clutch does not feel hard.

* Hand-brake is slightly tricky but only for me.[:)]

* Driving in traffic is not a pain at all.

What Should be Improved.

* Gear Shifting is not up to the mark. The Lever is not that good. You can feel the shakiness in it while up-shift.

* No Automatic Transmission.

* While driving at higher RPM the engine is bit loud.

* No upgrades in rear profile of this XUV as such.

Some Basic Info on the new XUV-500

* Fuel Capacity: 70 L

* Turning Radius: 5.6m

* L/B/H/W (mm): 4585/1890/1785/2700

Some Closing shots of the XUV-500 Face-Lift

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Regards

Akash

350Z 2nd June 2015 02:37 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
Note: Thread now live. BTW Excellent review. Thanks!

Drive Safe,
350Z

Ambylovers 2nd June 2015 02:55 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
Hi,
XUV 500 seats are modified compared to the earlier versions? Last row becomes very tough for access in older versions.

Storme_on_d_way 2nd June 2015 03:10 PM

Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
Thanks Akash for the crisp review. Nice pics as well. Do you have a clue if they would be giving some discounts, if negotiated hard?

Niku 2nd June 2015 03:14 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
Excellent review as always, Akash1886! Well written and with adequate pictures to support. Rated a full 5 stars. [:)]

The ice-blue lounge lighting is way better than the earlier red combination. Sadly there are no changes at the rear, LED tail lamps would have justified for the price tag. How much prominent is the vibrations of the gear lever? Do you have more information regarding the static bending headlight? And, do the projectors still house halogens, or they are HIDs now?

@storme_on_d_way:
I don't think they would be giving discounts on the on-road price, as it is a new launch. You can press hard for freebies though. Try tricking the dealer by giving quotes from other XUV5oo dealers, in this way one or the other would try to match the lowest quote or give a better deal. This works in many situations! [lol]

Regards,
Nikunj

Akash1886 2nd June 2015 05:15 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ambylovers (Post 447767)
Last row becomes very tough for access in older versions.

Now they come with fold-able type. So accessibility issue is resolved.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Storme_on_d_way (Post 447772)
Thanks Akash for the crisp review. Nice pics as well. Do you have a clue if they would be giving some discounts, if negotiated hard?

Much Appreciated buddy. At present the car being new, discounts could be tough task. Let the dust settle then probably some scheme on this car shall come.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Niku (Post 447773)
Excellent review as always, Akash1886! Well written and with adequate pictures to support. Rated a full 5 stars.

Thanks Nikunj, It takes quite a lot of precision and accuracy to write a review.

Quote:

How much prominent is the vibrations of the gear lever?
The Vibration is not much but yes when you up-shift then the lever feels really ordinary. It does not complement well to the rest of the cabin finish and the car's persona as whole.

Regards

Akash

Crazy cat 2nd June 2015 07:04 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
Nicely detailed. Thanks for sharing. My dad wants to replace our XUV with facelift, as our XUV is now 3 years old and clocked 94000kms.

Is there any way to do away with the chrome bezels on fog lamps? They are very ugly. Other than that, I would say looks are an improvement.

Akash1886 2nd June 2015 07:10 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy cat (Post 447807)
Is there any way to do away with the chrome bezels on fog lamps? They are very ugly.

I can only suggest you buddy to get the fog lamp chrome wrapped in gloss Black by a good outlet.

Regards

Akash

manojodungat 2nd June 2015 08:25 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy cat (Post 447807)
Is there any way to do away with the chrome bezels on fog lamps? They are very ugly.

I would rather get that chrome + black thingy around the fogs ‘body coloured’ at the A.S.S itself.

EnfieldMafia 2nd June 2015 09:09 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
Hi Akash1886
Excellent and well elaborated review. Thanks for sharing. Just asked you some point on ICE.
1. How well display looks in direct sun light condition........?
2. How is the sound quality of ICE.........?

Akash1886 2nd June 2015 10:22 PM

Re: Mahindra XUV-500 Face-Lift Manual (Diesel) Driven
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by EnfieldMafia (Post 447829)
Just asked you some point on ICE.
1. How well display looks in direct sun light condition?
2. How is the sound quality of ICE?

Buddy in direct sun-light the FM/Music Screen becomes bit dim but still readable. As of the sound quality, that is very good. In-cabin acoustic feel is pretty pleasant if I have to sum it up in simple words.

Regards

Akash


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