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2021 Mahindra XUV700 review, test drive

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Mahindra XUV700: platform

If you ended up perplexed with the XUV700’s naming, you wouldn’t be the only 1. Right after all, the vehicle – codename W601 – was to be the new XUV500. It followed the exact template – a transverse engine layout, monocoque system and created with three rows of seats.

There was also nothing at all wrong with the XUV500 moniker either. Sure, income have fallen in the ten years since its launch, but the name nevertheless has fantastic model value. But seeing just how considerably of an advancement the W601 was more than its predecessor, Mahindra felt it was fantastic ample to be a section bigger. Therefore, maintaining with the alpha-numeric naming hierarchy, they known as it the XUV700. This naming technique accomplished two things 1st, it has supplied the XUV700 a far more top quality posture and 2nd, it has still left place down below for one more product or service to be badged the XUV500.

Underpinning the XUV700 is a model-new platform, and the firm claims the new monocoque is eighty per cent stiffer than the XUV500’s, many thanks to an improve in the amount of place welds and adhesive bonding.

Mahindra has labored challenging to lessen excess weight, with the XUV700’s monocoque body using very a little bit of light-weight large-tensile steel and other excess weight-conserving steps like lighter engines, which weigh close to 70kg significantly less than ahead of. Total kerb excess weight ranges from one,960kg-two,040kg, which is nevertheless large but it requires into account the further machines and basic safety characteristics the XUV700 is loaded with. Curiously, the rear tailgate is made of composite plastic that’s aimed at excess weight reduction. Having said that, this could pose a practical problem since, in contrast to sheet steel, which can be effortlessly repaired if harmed in an accident, the plastic tailgate may possibly have to have to be replaced if you are rear-finished.

Like with the XUV500, the platform is configured for front-wheel-generate and all-wheel-generate solutions. Even though this time round, it is created to accommodate a 48V moderate-hybrid method as very well, which could come in the potential.

The engine line-up consists of a pair of model-new engines – the hottest-gen two.two-litre mHawk diesel and mStallion two. turbo-petrol – both equally of which debuted in the Thar. Having said that, electric power figures have been hiked appreciably in the XUV700. The base diesel variants get a 155hp rated motor but this output jumps to a class-top 185hp for bigger variants. Having the electric power stakes to a distinct stage is the two. turbo-petrol that, armed with variable valve timing, immediate-injection and turbo electric power, makes a class-busting 200hp.

The new platform also tends to make use of the hottest-generation electrical and electronics (E/E) architecture, enabling it to host an advanced infotainment method (from Visteon) and a suite of advanced driver help systems (ADAS) hardly ever seen in a vehicle in this class or price tag. Mahindra is clearly established to ‘out-tech’ the competition.

Mahindra XUV700: design and style

The XUV700’s styling is a mature evolution of the XUV500, with cleaner traces and a far more well balanced glance. It sits reduce than its predecessor (by 30mm), will come with a muscular bonnet, and a potent new grille with twin vertical bars, which gives it a good deal of street presence. A awesome touch is the way the exterior vertical bars bend and movement into the headlight cluster. Building its debut on the XUV700 and sitting down proudly in the centre of the grille is Mahindra’s new ‘Twin Peaks’ emblem, which interestingly will only adorn the automaker’s SUV selection.

The profile is maybe the cleanest aspect of the new vehicle, long gone are the several rear wheel arch traces and the odd cheetah paw handles, in their place are flush door handles that pop quickly when you method the vehicle really amazing and helpful to use as well, nevertheless mid versions need you to force the handle to pop it when the base variant will have a minimal cumbersome click on to unlock (essential), force to pop and then pull to open motion.

At the rear, the arrow-shape tail-lights are putting but the structure feels like it belongs to one more vehicle it is an instance of the absence of regularity and cohesiveness in the styling, which nevertheless has as well a lot of fussy things like the disproportionately prolonged DRLs and the abnormal sculpting of the wheel arches that dwarf the eighteen-inch wheels.

It is the 1st model to use Mahindra’s new ‘Twin Peaks’ emblem.

The structure, nevertheless not as refined as the competition, has the necessary particulars for these looking for some flash. 

Mahindra XUV700: interior

The interior structure is far more straightforward and using centre phase is a exhibit panel that stretches across fifty percent the dashboard. This Mercedes-like pill houses a central touchscreen and an all-electronic instrument panel, both equally measuring 10.25 inches. It appears to be really top quality and will be a huge strike with buyers most effective of all, it is presented on all versions other than the base, which will get a smaller 8.-inch infotainment device and a 7.-inch instrument cluster.

The dashboard is dominated by a Mercedes-like dual 10.25-inch monitor layout.


The dashboard plastics are rather fantastic and the leather strip appears to be very top quality, but what is tacky is that as an alternative of extending into the door pads, the beige leather finish gives way to a wood finish that appears to be cheap and synthetic. Also tacky is the piano black glossy finish. Total, the healthy, finish and product high quality, nevertheless rather fantastic, have some rough edges.

The wood inserts and glossy piano black finish on the door pads glance tacky. 


Mahindra has mercifully retained buttons and dials for HVAC controls, and when the cluster is a carry-ahead from the 500, it is nevertheless welcome. The rotary controller on the centre console usually means you never have to use the monitor for anything and there’s also a neat-looking bank of toggle-like switches for some essential functions.

A true intelligent touch are the two shelves in the central consoles for two telephones, 1 of which is a wireless charger. In today’s smartphone era, handy storage for two telephones is maybe far more critical than cupholders, which are also present on the console at the rear of the gear lever.

Mahindra XUV700: characteristics

The steering wheel feels awesome to maintain and the buttons, nevertheless not slick to work, give entry to a good deal of functions. The jazzy instrument panel has cheerful color schemes and maybe far more sober graphics and fonts would been in buy, but the information is exceptionally rich and there are a lot of customisable solutions for both equally screens.

Mahindra’s new AdrenoX infomatics primarily based infotainment, will come packed with characteristics.


The XUV700 also debuts Mahindra’s new AdrenoX infomatics method, which is the most advanced and function-packed infotainment method in not just its class but also in numerous classes bigger. It is crammed with characteristics and solutions, and even has some created-in nearby applications like JustDial and Zomato.

Having said that, there is a problem of a good deal the segregation and layering of the menu demands a good deal of get the job done and it is not really intuitive and simple to find out wherever things are. You conclude up toggling with the switches and fumbling with the menu and sub-menus, which does not bring you back again to the exact purpose when you depart it. The infotainment procedure nevertheless is nevertheless in beta phase, so we’ll reserve remark on how slick it is and how very well it functions when the method is at last completely ready in time for the launch.

Sony’s 12-speaker, 3D surround sound audio method is fantastic!


The XUV700 also signals Mahindra’s entry into the top quality sound arena, with a fantastic Sony 3D audio method that utilizes a thirteen-channel amplifier powering 1 subwoofer and 12 speakers: which includes 4 in the roof. Then there’s Alexa voice assistant, and the XUV700 is the 1st vehicle to come embedded with it, which tends to make a different linked machine not mandatory. Alexa is also integrated into the whole linked vehicle practical experience, so you can also check with for alerts and updates about your vehicle proper from your home.

Other exciting bits consist of a driven driver seat with door-mounted switches (motivated by Mercedes), dual zone weather command with an air-purifier method, and connectivity solutions that consist of Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile.

Mahindra XUV700: seating and comfort

The seats are substantial and generous, primarily up front, and the cushioning, nevertheless a touch on the firm aspect, gives fantastic all-round aid, maintaining you absolutely free from aches even just after prolonged several hours in the cabin. The XUV700 will come in five- and 7-seat configurations, but it is the three-row model we ended up screening. Although the legroom in the center row may possibly not be as generous as the Hector or Safari, there is ample place and even tall passengers will be comfortable, despite the enormous panoramic sunroof’s thick body taking in a little bit into the headroom. In spite of the 50mm improve in wheelbase more than the XUV500, 3rd-row place is not that considerably, and headroom as well is really limited listed here. There are, even so, focused AC vents and the glass location is very substantial.

Second row gives ample place, even for taller passengers. 

Ergonomics have been a little bit of a strike and skip for Mahindra. Although the XUV700 has dealt with most factors, there are a few troubles: the gear lever and rotary controller feel a minimal as well rear-set, as do the electric power window switches. The 3rd-row reclining mechanism must also have been at the prime of the seat alternatively than at the rear of, as you have to twist close to and arrive at more than to pull the handle for altering your individual seat. With the 3rd row up, boot place is limited, but there’s ample baggage place with the 3rd row folded down. Shifting the spare wheel’s spot from under the boot floor to under the chassis has also freed up far more place, but we are not certain how handy this arrangement is when it will come to modifying a flat.

Each, the headroom and legroom in the 3rd row are limited, despite the XUV700’s 50mm more time wheelbase more than the XUV500.

Mahindra XUV700: engines

The petrol and diesel engines on provide get both equally, the six-speed guide and automated gearbox solutions. Although the XUV500’s 155hp diesel carries on only in the base model, bigger variants get a far more impressive model of the two.two-litre mHawk device that cranks out 185hp. This tends to make the XU700 diesel the most impressive in its class, ahead of the Hyundai Alcazar, with its 115hp, one.five-litre diesel, and also the Hector Additionally and the Safari, which use the exact 170hp two.-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine.

Mahindra gives the XUV700 with a two.-litre mStallion turbo-petrol engine and a two.two-litre mHawk turbo-diesel.

The firecracker in this section, even so, is the new petrol engine that replaces the XUV500’s 140hp, two.two-litre petrol device. The new ‘mStallion’ two.-litre turbo-petrol puts out an spectacular 200hp, and with the Safari a diesel-only presenting, Hyundai Alcazar’s two.-litre obviously aspirated device generating 159hp, and the MG Hector Additionally using a 143hp, one.five-litre turbo-petrol, the XUV700 claims the title of getting the most impressive listed here as well.

Not remarkably then, driving the XUV700 is an complete delight. Mahindra concentrated considerably of the evaluation generate to its enormous new check facility, and with only a small dash from Mahindra Research Valley to the check centre. We would have preferred to generate far more in the true environment, but the large-speed keep track of really allow us practical experience the potent performance from the engines.

Mahindra XUV700: performance

The petrol and diesel engines get the exact six-speed guide and six-speed automobile solutions, but it is the 200hp petrol that is very the firecracker. Set your foot down and the XUV700 lunges ahead on the back again of a lusty movement of electric power that will come in thick and quickly from as lower as one,400rpm. The engine revs to a large five,800rpm, thus letting you to really wring out all that the engine has. What is awesome is that the turbo-petrol device has a awesome and potent torquey, diesel-like character at the reduce conclude as well. Acceleration is really brisk and in our preliminary checks, we clocked a -100kph time of 9.32sec in the automated and we expect the guide to be a little bit more quickly – a sub-10sec time for an SUV close to the two-tonne mark is really spectacular. Keep your foot down and there’s no allow-up in acceleration, and on Mahindra’s check keep track of it was very simple to strike upwards of 190kph.

We strike more than 190kph on the speedo, at Mahindra’s new check facility.

Having said that, it has to be reported that both equally, automobile and guide packing containers aren’t what you’d simply call fast shifters: the guide is not super slick, and the automobile has a discernible pause concerning shifts. That getting reported, this is only when you are flat out hurrying it, when in each day driving and even a little bit spirited runs, it does just high-quality. What is also awesome is that despite the large torque, both equally guide packing containers have a gentle clutch, nevertheless the engagement could have been far more progressive.

The automobile box’s change logic is also really very well sorted. Although we experienced limited time in true-environment website traffic, it hardly ever felt like it was in the wrong gear and at no place did I attempt and arrive at for the (lacking) paddles for guide intervention. Refinement inside the cabin is expectedly vibration absolutely free.

The gearing on the petrol-guide is a little bit on the tall aspect, which gives it a awesome prolonged-leggedness that is terrific for cruising. Total refinement of the petrol is just fantastic. For these wanting a easy and effortless generate, you just just can’t have it far better than the XUV700 for the cash.

The two.two-litre diesel as well is beautifully refined, and when the engine take note is audible as you pile on the revs, it is not really harsh or intrusive. Effectiveness is also really spectacular, and in contrast to the petrol that has no generate modes, the diesel has three – cheekily known as Zip, Zap, Zoom. In Zip, electric power is minimized to 155hp and so this mode is meant for relaxed driving, whilst Zap and Zoom get the whole 185hp. The only big difference concerning the two modes is a sharper throttle reaction in Zoom, which extracts the maximum performance from the engine.

Effectiveness is undoubtedly 1 of the XUV700’s potent satisfies.

Effectiveness is a thing the diesel XUV700 has no shortage of. There is a little bit of a turbo lag, but this is only in relation to the potent performance that will come in at the one,400rpm mark, which from then on stays potent and linear till about 4,000rpm. On the full, its performance is clearly a potent place, and we registered a -100kph time of 10.34sec in the automobile.

Drivability is really fantastic as well, there’s ample torque, building the engine really tractable, and the guide can effortlessly select up pace cleanly from as lower as one,200rpm in sixth. Do the job the ‘box effectively nevertheless and you will be rewarded with a spirited generate. The gear ratios are very well spaced but feel a tad shorter geared, far more for performance alternatively than effectiveness, which must get the job done out just high-quality as the diesel engine is inherently successful.

Fuel effectiveness figures haven’t been disclosed yet, but Mahindra claims the XUV700 must be the most gas-successful vehicle in its class.

Mahindra XUV700: experience and managing

The greatest location of advancement more than the XUV500 is the dynamics. Gone is the jittery experience, the torque steer and the sloppy managing, which is replaced by a certain-footed composure and simple and predictable managing. The essential to the XUV700’s transformed experience and managing is the suspension method.

Like the Jeep Compass, the XUV700’s front and rear independent set up use frequency selective dampers wherever two parallel oil movement paths are tuned to provide a distinct and best damping fee for both equally, large and lower frequency ranges. The rear linkages also consist of an further command blade connection to far better determine unique wheel movement and it all performs very well.

Grip levels are fantastic and it corners very sharply.

Road grip is fantastic and cornering is very sharp. The electric electric power steering also has just the proper sum of feel it is gentle ample at lower speeds but feels protected and steady at bigger speeds. Out on the freeway, you can also maintain your speed more than a little bit damaged surfaces with a fantastic diploma of confidence. Talking of confidence, on the large-speed keep track of, the XUV700 felt very composed at large triple-digit speeds.

If nearly anything, the XUV700, which nevertheless has a large centre of gravity, feels a little bit prime large and rolls a minimal when pushed challenging. Also, the experience is not very as settled as some of its rivals.

Mahindra XUV700: basic safety

Lately, Mahindra has set a good deal of work into basic safety and its XUV300, which has a five-star GNCAP score, can lay assert to getting India’s safest vehicle. Although the XUV700’s crash score is not out as yet, expect a really fantastic performance listed here as well. A lot more importantly, nevertheless, the firm has also invested a good deal into active basic safety, and in what is unique in the section, the XUV700 has a really complete ADAS package.

The method utilizes both equally, digicam and radar which when connected to Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Crisis Brakes (AEB) get the job done really very well we simulated this on the check keep track of and arrived absent very amazed. Also spectacular is the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which enables you to properly observe a vehicle ahead, and the Good Pilot Assist or website traffic assist (AT only), which can control stop-commence crawls as well. The tuning is place on and improvements in pace are very easy and pure. The only part of the ADAS method that demands high-quality-tuning is the Lane Keep Assist, which performs very well in corners but does not retain the vehicle centred on straights. That apart nevertheless, the ADAS package is really commendable and revolutionary in this section.

The ADAS package is really commendable and revolutionary in this section.

There’s also a novel personalised basic safety warn that can be programmed with the voice of a liked 1 to remind you to sluggish down when you come to a set speed! How amazing is that?

Other active basic safety characteristics are driver drowsiness detection, automobile large beam assist and booster headlights that improve illumination previously mentioned 80kph Mahindra claims the lumens and distribute do not exceed the permissible limit. Stomach muscles and ESP round off the active basic safety bits, when seven airbags, which includes a knee airbag, bring up the passive characteristics.

Mahindra XUV700: verdict

It’s difficult to dismiss charges for the XUV700 and when Mahindra has only released particulars for 4 of the reduce trim, five-seater guide automobiles, the pricing has rocked the industry. At Rs eleven.ninety nine lakh for the MX petrol-guide, the entry XUV700 is priced like a sub-4-metre SUV, and at Rs fourteen.ninety nine the mid-stage AX petrol-guide is nevertheless brilliant value.


Mahindra will also have on provide rather considerably each individual powertrain combination and a good deal far more variants as well, so it is very clear then that the firm is throwing anything it can into the XUV700. This is the model with which Mahindra is plotting its fightback, just after the specialist SUV maker missing ground to Tata Motors, Hyundai and even new entrants like Kia. In that feeling, the XUV700 will come in at the proper time.

Variants and charges apart, the XUV700 nevertheless will come across as a really persuasive package. Sure, there are some cheap bits inside, it does skip some characteristics like cooled seats and the infotainment method could have been far more logically created. Having said that, these niggles are insignificant in the gentle of its strengths. The brilliant engines just blow the competition absent, it is simple to generate and live with, and if that is not ample to wow, the outstanding characteristics checklist and tech surely will. The XUV700 is most effective-in-class in so a lot of regions, and when you element in the knockout charges, it is very clear that Mahindra is not just listed here to engage in, it is come for the eliminate. The competition experienced far better operate for deal with.

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