Expert Review of Mahindra XUV 500 W8 2WD
Mahindra & Mahindra, the auto maker belonging to the Indian subcontinent has come a long way since it first started manufacturing Willy Jeeps around the time India got independence. The brand later emerged as a great name in the field of light trucks and tractors but the company did not rest and has been continually striving to make it big in the main stream auto industry of the company. And with three SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) successfully traversing the roads, the company has finally achieved the appreciation and limelight it deserves. After the tough Mahindra Bolero, the company rolled out a classy SUV Scorpio and the latest addition to the SUV line-up is the Mahindra XUV 500 which has been accepted by the customers as one of the most powerful and refined SUV. The Mahindra XUV 500 W8 2WD is a two wheel drive variant of the car where the power generated from the engine is directed towards only two wheels of the car. Also this is the advanced version of the XUV 500 W6 2WD variant.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Mahindra XUV 500 W8 2WD can be considered as fuel efficient with a mileage of about 12 kmpl in the city area and about 14 kmpl on the highways. The fuel tank capacity endowed on the vehicle is 70 liters which makes it possible for the car to run great lengths with one tank and deliver a break and stress free driving experience. The car is au courant in emission control system as it is BSIV compliant.
The company has bestowed the car with a number of color options which are definite to attract a second look. The colors are Satin White, Amazon Green, Opulent Purple, Tuscan Red, Black, Moon Dust Silver and Dolphin Grey.
Acceleration and Pick up
The acceleration time from 0 to 100 kmph for XUV 500 W8 2WD has been recorded as 17 seconds and the mHawk 140 engine powering the car enables it to achieve a maximum speed of 185 kmph.
This car is a piece of art and grabs some serious eyeballs wherever it goes. The credit goes to the front end of the car which bears close resemblance to the jaw line of a Cheetah. The headlights are inspired by the eyes of a Cheetah and the entire front part is decked with honeycomb grille. The bumper too gets unique fog lamps and ample amount of cuts and curves; overall the front look of the car is pretty and hypnotic. The entire design philosophy of the SUV is inspired by the Cheetah as on the sides the door handles are paw shaped and the wheel arches are puffed up which cut into the rear door and extend up to the rear windows. The side profile resembles the running stance of a Cheetah. The rear end of the car is pretty artistic with absolutely fresh and neoteric designing of the tail lamps. The rails on the roof and the black pillars on the windows render a sporty, tough and rugged look to the car.
The cabin of the Mahindra XUV 500 W8 2WD beautifully finished in the Napa leather upholstery in no way stands less to the outside appearance of the car. Name a feature right from luxury to entertainment and the car has it. Apart from extra space in the cabin, the car also has lumber support in the front seats and 8-way adjustment plus height adjustment feature in the driver’s seat. Other features boasted by the car include multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, parking sensors, cup-holder in both front and rear, reading lamp for the rear seat, accessory power outlet, automatic climate control, and height adjustable front seat belts. Advanced features included are electronic trip meter, outside temperature display, digital odometer, leather wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, air conditioner with heater and cabin re-circulation facility, GPS navigation system which is audio supported, reflectors on doors, fully automatic temperature control (FATC) & dual HVAC, Power-foldable and adjustable ORVMs, "Burr-walnut" wood inserts, integrated music system that supports CD, DVD, FM, iPod and USB, 4 door speakers and 2 tweeters, 6-inch color touch screen built-in infotainment system, telescopic steering, storage space on the central console, glove box with laptop holder, mobile charging point in all three rows and alloy wheels.
Apart from comfort and convenience the car has been rendered with advanced safety features like Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Engine Immobilizer, ESP with Rollover Mitigation, door ajar warning, keyless entry, vehicle stability control system, child safety locks, crash sensors, Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control, engine check warning and traction control.
The length of the Mahindra XUV500 W8 2WD is measured as 4585mm, the width stands at 1890mm and the height is measured to be 1785mm. The ground clearance has a decent figure of 200mm and the wheelbase is 2700mm. The car provides ample space for 7 adults to comfortably fit in. The boot space behind the third row is 93 liters and with third seat folded the space is increased to 702 liters. The second seat of the car can also be folded and upon folding the boot space goes up to 1512 liters. The car weighs 2450 kgs.
Hustling under the hood of this power-packed SUV is the 2.2 L direct injection mHawk 140 diesel engine with the 5th generation Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) which is capable of generating a peak torque of 330Nm at 1600-2800 RPM and a peak power of 140bhp at 3750 RPM. Flaunting a displacement of 2179 cc, this engine has 4 cylinders and 16 valves where each cylinder has 4 valves linked to it. The bore x stroke is 85 x 96 , the compression ratio is 16.5:1 and the valve configuration is DOHC. The transmission system mated to the engine is manual supporting a 6 speed gearbox and the drive type is two-wheel.
Both the front and the rear wheels measure 17 inches. The tyres used in the car are radial / tubeless with a size of P235/65 R17.
The front suspension of this amazing car uses the McPherson technology with anti-roll bars whereas the rear suspension uses the Multilink technology with anti-roll bars.
Handling and Control
Handling is butter smooth when a SUV comes with power steering, tilt steering column and a turning radius of 5.6m aiding it. It is a known fact that the mHawk engine delivers high power and this attribute when coupled with light weight of the car makes sure that the car attains more speed quickly. In order to keep the car in control while running efficient braking system has been incorporated and the car gets disk and caliper type brakes on both sides, the front and the rear. The anti-lock braking system has also been included in the car to deliver better control.
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