Mahindra has done a life cycle update on its XUV300 compact SUV introducing higher levels of standard specification
Mahindra’s XUV300 compact SUV update is across all trim levels (W4, W6 and W8) while XUV300 W4 Special Edition (SE) has also been added to Mahindra’s local lineup.
What’s been updated?
The XUV300 sports a black-themed interior now replacing the previous ivory and beige colour scheme.
The most notable change to the XUV300 can be seen inside where all derivatives now gain a dark interior with a black dashboard and black cloth or leather upholstery. The XUV300 W8 derivatives gain black leatherette upholstery. Previously, the XUV300 was offered with an ivory and beige interior but listening to customer feedback, Mahindra has now opted for black.
Another major change is the fitment of an updated 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system which replaces the outgoing 7-inch system. The new system is Android Auto and Wireless Apple CarPlay compatible in the W4 SE, W6 and W8 derivatives.
New W6 trim level now adds a rear window wiper, de-mister and integrated navigation and cruise control. As for the XUV300 W8 includes features a sunroof, dual-zone climate control air conditioning, a leather steering wheel and a tyre pressure monitoring system which is unchanged. The W8 trim level also includes a height-adjustable driver’s seat, self-dimming rear-view mirror and automatic headlights.
Mahindra has left the exterior design unchanged but have taken the opportunity to introduce newly-designed 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels fitted to W6 and W8 derivatives. The XUV300 W4 derivatives are fitted with steel wheels with wheel covers while the new W4 SE gains its own unique 16-inch alloy wheels with black and silver detailing. More so, all derivatives are now equipped with a full-size spare wheel.
What engines are offered for the Mahindra XUV300?
The range starts with a 3-cylinder 1.2-litre turbo charged petrol engine offering 81 kW and 200 Nm while the 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine provides 86 kW and 300 Nm of torque which is absolutely the engine of choice with some outstanding fuel consumption figures this is the variant we had on test and loved it. All derivatives are mated with a 6-speed manual transmission. No automatic transmission is available for the XUV300.
In terms of safety, the XUV300 is one of the safest in class and carries a 5-star Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) safety rating and is equipped with at least 2 airbags (up to 7 airbags in W8 trim), ABS with EBD, brake assist, electronic stability control and hill hold assist (W8).
How much does the Mahindra XUV300 cost?
XUV300 W4 1.2 Petrol – R234 999
XUV400 W4 1.2 SE Petrol – R244 999
XUV300 W6 1.2 Petrol – R261 999
XUV300 W6 1.5 Diesel – R281 999
XUV300 W8 1.2 Petrol – R316 999
XUV300 W8 1.5 Diesel – R336 999
The XUV300 is sold with a 5-year/150 000km warranty. The XUV300 W4 derivatives include a 3-year/50 000km service plan while the W6 and W8 derivatives are covered by a 5-year/90 000km service plan.
A successful car needs to set itself apart from the herd, and for the Mahindra XUV300 range, the trump card is safety. It received 5 stars in Global NCAP crash testing in 2020, with a score of 16.42 out of 17 for adult protection.
Most impressively, this rating was achieved in base-level specification. This means that the tested car had only 2 airbags (like the W4 and W6), instead of the 7 airbags that are fitted to the W8 trim.
This great safety rating is augmented by ABS, ISOFIX rear child seat anchors and rear parking sensors across the range, while the W8 adds front parking sensors, a rear-view camera, and tyre pressure monitoring as well. The only thing that’s still missing is stability control, so here’s hoping that the next model update adds this safety feature for a truly full house of safety gear.