October 4, 2019

Mahindra TUV300 First Look Review

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Mahindra TUV300 Overview

Mahindra entered the sub-4-metre compact SUV race long before it became the rage with the Quanto. Essentially a chopped version of the Xylo with the ability to seat 7. Since then, the market has grown exponentially and Mahindra kept refreshing their compact SUV line-up every now and then. The TUV300 has fared relatively well in this hotly contested segment and with almost four years into the launch, Mahindra has given it an update. Does the update make the TUV300 an SUV to consider? We find out.

Mahindra’s Quanto was the first mainstream compact SUV in India. It’s USP was that it could seat 7, thanks to the jump seats in the back. However, people perceived the Quanto as an outdated and unsophisticated product in front of more modern rivals like the Ford EcoSport. Mahindra revisited the concept with the TUV300 in 2015 and NuvoSport in 2016. The TUV300 has found decent takers, particularly in the rural parts of India. Now, Mahindra sells the TUV300 in two guises, a sub-4-metre 7 seater version and a longer 9-seater version. Check for Mahindra TUV300  price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Mahindra TUV300 Style

Big, tall, boxy, muscular-like a body builder trying for Mr Olympian, yet quite compact. It is not everyday that you have a compact SUV looking this muscular. The boxy nature may leave people with love it or hate it attitude. But practicality is written all over it. The top of the bonnet and roof is flat much like a soldier.

The side profile profile also is squarish. The third row has smaller glass area, as this is under 4 metres. But the styling treatment given, negates the boxiness to a certain extent. It is a tall vehicle and it seems to have smaller tyres. The D-pillar is blacked out and the tail lamps are small. It gets a SUV look due to the rear mounted spare wheel. The TUV300 is as tall as any of the SUVs, but due its smaller length, hence, it seems a bit vague in proportions. However, the ruggedness quotient is high as compared to other compact SUVs.

Mahindra TUV300 Space

Step inside you will see how drastic transformation the carmaker has done to enrich the in-cabin experience. It is arguably the best interiors you will see in a Mahindra vehicle. There isn’t any silly plum finished plastic and desperately designed air cons here, but a nicely designed dashboard draped with dual beige and grey combination. The TUV300 follows the traits of other cars launched in the past couple of years by using glossy back plastic console for the infotainment system at the centre. Other parts of the cabin including the door handles and the AC vents are adorned in aluminium finished silver plastic.

The apt placement of buttons on the central console shows the minimalistic approach of the carmaker. Especially, the way the top beige layer of the dashboard shelters or say surrounds the center console and instrument cluster without breaking the lines, is truly awesome. The quality of the plastics and the fit and finish shows that Mahindra needs some serious business here. The faux leather seats give a more comfortable experience to the occupants.

Coming to the space, the cabin is remarkably good in terms of headroom, legroom and shoulder room. However, the front seats that come with lumbar support are slightly on the firmer side and will not entertain passengers on long journeys. The carmaker could have added more padding around the lower regions. The bench seats at the rear too come with ample space and can absorb three adult passengers with enough legroom. But here again, they will not prove comfortable for longer distances due to lack of thigh support. Then there is third row which can also snug in 2 adult occupants but still not best for longer journeys. In terms of storage, you get plenty of bottle holders and cubbyholes in the cabin along with a huge illuminated glove box which is practically helpful in storing knick knacks.

Talking about the equipment, Mahindra has given a lot. The car comes with 7 inch touchscreen infotainment unit that comes with GPS, Bluetooth, USB photo/video viewer, voice messaging system as well as iPod support and 4-speakers to add more to the music experience. The reverse parking sensors relays relevant feeds on the screen. Other comfort feature in the car include height adjustable driver seat, internally adjustable ORVM, steering mounted audio controls, follow me headlamps, rear wash/wipe and second row full seat fold. For  ore details on Mahindra TUV300 check  Wwrdheritage

Mahindra TUV300 Gearbox

Mahindra offers the TUV300 with a 1.5-litre diesel engine. But, it comes in two states of tune. First being the mHawk80 which has a power of about 84bhp, while the second engine is the mHawk100, which produces close to 100bhp of power. Both these come with a five-speed manual transmission and the powerful engine has AMT option too. The powerful engine comes only with the top variant T8, with 100bhp. This an improvement over the 80 bhp version.

Engine refinement is good, and there is very limited vibrations at low speeds. It is at high speeds that the engine becomes noisy. The engine has good power. There is good enough torque at almost any engine speed. The boost that one gets from a diesel engine seems to be missing on the 80bhp. The 100bhp is a tad quicker, but nothing that one can speak off. The 100bhp engine is more suited for the AMT version and has ironed out a lot of issues that came up with the 80bhp version.

The gear lever on the Mahindra TUV300 is tall but it easily gets slotted. The clutch pedal too is light and it makes it easy to drive. The AMT is a bit sluggish in shift, but is good enough for city use. There have been issues with this transmission, however now it the problems have been fixed.

With the 100bhp engine, the TUV300 has even better power. And in city it will become more easier to drive. The TUV300 with the mHawk 100 will have a lot more grunt on the highway as well. The 100bhp Mahindra TUV300 will be powerful and our pick of the two. The Mahindra TUV300 has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.49 km/l. In the real world, the mHawk80 returns 11km/l in the city, while on the highway it is about 14km/l.

Mahindra TUV300 Driving

Nothing much has changed here, the 2019 Mahindra TUV300 drives the same as the older car. The suspension is very tough, can overcome poor roads with ease and feels pretty long-lasting but the ride quality isn’t something that this SUV can boast of. The ride does feel bouncy and on rough roads, there is a significant amount of vertical movement in the cabin. The car also doesn’t feel as stable as some other cars in this segment out on the highways. The steering doesn’t provide any sort of feedback and is pretty lifeless while the TUV has a fair amount of body roll too. As I mentioned earlier, not a car for enthusiasts but its target audience will definitely love its durability.

Mahindra TUV300 Safety

The vehicle comes with disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. The braking performance is decent with the car coming to complete halt from high speeds in less than 4 seconds. Further, the presence of ABS and EBD makes the grip on the road stronger. What makes this car more special is that the safety aspects hasn’t been compromised. The carmaker doesn’t differentiate any of the variants in terms of safety features with the car getting dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mount for child seats at the second row, digital immobilizer, seat belt reminder and auto-door lock as standard fitment.

Mahindra TUV300 Cost in Chennai

Mahindra TUV300 On Road Price is 9,78,143/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,41,156/- in Chennai. Mahindra TUV300 comes in 9 colours, namely Bronze Green,Red Black Roof,Silver Black Roof,Dynamo Red,Verve Blue,Majestic Silver,Bold Black,Glacier White,Molten Orange. Mahindra TUV300 comes with RWD with 1493 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 84 bhp@3750 rpm and Peak Torque 230 Nm@1500-2250 rpm DRIVE TRAIN RWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Mahindra TUV300 comes with Manual Transmission with RWD .

Mahindra TUV300 Final Thought

The Mahindra TUV300 looks so much better than the older car and this change itself increases the car’s appeal ten-fold. The interiors also feel like a better place to be in and the equipment list is pretty good, covering almost all the essentials. Yes, the car does have some rough edges and inconsistency here and there like, for example, I was driving it down when it was pouring heavily in Mumbai and with the wipers set at full speed, I could feel some vibrations near the brake/clutch pedals. Nonetheless, the TUV300 is offered at a good price and this is why a lot of people wanting an entry-level SUV that can take a lot of abuse have been preferring this vehicle. In the longer run, I see the TUV as a very good replacement to the ageing Bolero and it is also a known fact that a lot of Bolero-owners have been upgrading to the TUV because the latter is a better package and offers more safety too.

Mahindra TUV300 is available in eight different variants they are T4, T4+, T6, T6+, T8, T8AMT, T10 and T10AMT. In terms of pricing, Mahindra TUV300 has been very competitively priced. Its base model T4 Plus gets the price tag of Rs. 8.25 lakh while T6 Plus is available at the price tag of Rs. 8.83 lakh. The mHawk100 T8 and mHawk100 AMT is available at the sticker price tag of Rs. 9.54 lakh and Rs. 10.29 lakh respectively. The T10 is tagged at Rs. 9.95 lakh while T10 AMT is available at the price tag of Rs. 10.76 lakh. The top of the line T10 AMT Dual Tone variant is tagged at Rs. 10.91 lakh, ex-showroom. Mahindra TUV300 competes against Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Honda WR-V and Ford EcoSport in the segment.

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