Mahindra TUV300 Overview
Compact SUVs, they come in two sizes – S and XS, the latter getting the crucial excise duty advantage and yet we have very few options. Mahindra quite literally started the sub 4-metre compact SUV segment (the highly outdated Premier RiO aside) by taking a big saw and chopping off the backside of its Xylo MPV, OK, there certainly is more than what meets the eye but I digress. The MPV based Quanto faltered on many fronts and new entrants in the segment lead to sales dropping drastically. Time for a new SUV for the UV specialist then, only thing being, the TUV300 isn’t the successor to the Quanto but we at MotorBeam feel it fills those shoes till the updated model is launched. After driving it on the Mahindra test track, we quite liked the product but time for a detailed road test to judge the real character of this “Tough Utility Vehicle”. For information on contact details of Mahindra car dealers in Chennai
Mahindra TUV300 Exterior & Style
The TUV300 is definitely a far better looking SUV than the old Quanto which actually looks like a smaller version of the Xylo SUV. The TUV300 definitely has its own unique identity which is its biggest point. What also sets it apart is the fact that it actually shares its chassis structure with the new generation Scorpio.
Coming to the styling the TUV300 looks rugged and its design has been inspired from a battle tank. Towards the front it gets this huge and bold looking grille and clear lens headlamps with well designed turn indicators. The front bumpers get rectangular fog lamps and even a rectangular air dam. The front bonnet also gets a bold design which actually helps in giving the SUV a commanding road presence. Now if we take a look closely you will notice that the front grille takes some of its inspirations from Jeep which is totally acceptable because Mahindra has added their own flavors to it.
The side profile of the SUV’s styling somehow helps to distract your mind from the overall boxy design of this compact SUV because it gets slightly slanting B pillar which actually seems to have worked in Mahindra’s favor, plus the addition of blacked out B and D Pillar definitely adds the premium feel to the overall exterior. The rest of the side profile gets squarish looking wheel arches and an impressive ground clearance which helps it stick to its true blue SUV character. The side profile also gets stylish roof rails too which can help in easy mounting of lifestyle accessories and other useful things.
Towards the rear the first thing which will attract your attention is the spare wheel mounted on the tailgate while the large wrap around taillamps helps in giving the SUV contemporary styling.
Mahindra TUV300 Interior & Cabin
Step inside and the interior of the new TUV300 will surprise you because inside the story is totally different, the TUV300 gets duel tone dashboard finished in premium black and beige. The centre console gets hexagonal console which actually has been finished in Piano black and gets 2-DIN Audio compatible with Bluetooth, USB & AUX. The steering wheel in particular looks good because it gets mounted audio and phone controls.
The instrument cluster at the front gets twin pods which gets a sporty finish and definitely looks good at night time because of the amber backlighting and chrome ring on the dials. The hexagonal center console is not complete without the Silver accents on AC Vent outer ring. The TUV300 also has seating capacity of 5+2 passengers which has been made possible with the addition of the jump seats . The TUV300 also offers an amazing 400 litres of boot space at the rear which can be extended to 720 Litres if one folds the second row seats. There is also two 12 v charging points inside the cabin. While some top end variants also gets electronically adjustable ORVM’s
Mahindra TUV300 Engine & Transmission
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.
Mahindra TUV300 Driving Dynamics
The Mahindra TUV300 has a tight turning radius. It turns around in little space with ease. The airy feel of the cabin was also a major point in the feel good factor about the SUV. However, what we did not like was the fact that this vehicle rolls a lot over 60km/h. The ride is quite pliant and better than previous generation Mahindra vehicles. However the SUV feels a bit unsettled and skittish over bad patches on the road, especially when driven fast. Mahindra’s ladder frame construction is to be blamed for that , but it isn;t very bad either. The handling of the Mahindra TUV300 isn’t very impressive, it has a prominent roll if you push it too hard. The steering wheel is hydraulic and still light enough for easy manoeuvring around the town. It is a joy to drive it in town.
Mahindra TUV300 Safety & Security
We’re quite impressed with the safety parameters that the vehicle employs. Safety features shared by all the variants include a collapsible steering column, side intrusion beams, a seat belt reminder lamp, an auto door lock function as well as a digital immobiliser.
Mahindra Tuv300 Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 7,91,563/- (TUV300 T4 Plus) to 10,81,001/- (TUV300 T10 100HP AMT Dual Tone). Get best offers for Mahindra Tuv300 from Mahindra Dealers in Bangalore
Mahindra TUV300 Conclussion
The Mahindra TUV300 is a refreshingly good product from Mahindra with appealing looks, a very well made interior that is also well designed. It is spacious, doesn’t cost the earth and has a pretty good ride and handling package too. If only the TUV300’s engine was more powerful and more responsive, it would have been an even more potent vehicle than it is today. That said, we are sure that the TUV300 will be a runaway success for Mahindra as most of its customers do not really care how powerful it is and are more wooed by how nice this compact SUV actually looks on the outside and insides and of course, how fuel efficent it is.
What is important to note here though is the fact that the TUV300 will not only take on the likes of the Ford Ecosport but also the likes of the premium hatchbacks like the Hyundai i20 and the Honda Jazz along with compact sedans like the Ford Aspire and the best selling Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, and that is when its value for money quotient will really make sense.