2018 Mahindra XUV 500 Review: On The Driver’s Seat

Mahindra XUV 500




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  • Hugely spacious
  • Digital Immobilizer


  • Cheap-feeling interior

Getting inside the 2018 Mahindra XUV 500…

JustInReviews is here with the face-lift of the 2018 XUV 500 from Mahindra, in the form of this review. So, be ready to be in the driver’s seat, and explore!

Mahindra’s XUV 500 series, the ‘cheetah-inspired’, has gotten its second transformation inside seven years of its initial launch. Despite everything, it is said to have played on its strengths which included an attractive, feature stacked bundle, combined with a grunty execution. So what has this transformation brought to us?


Mahindra XUV 500

  • Exteriors:

The major transformation originates from the new front grille, which appears to be unique from any of the Mahindra machines we’ve seen till date. There happens to be a thick chrome encompass plus studded detailing, which appears eye-catchy on the automobile, yet that, obviously, is a subjective case. It accompanies LED DRL’s as well and the headlamps appear to be re-done. Truth be told, there’s a touch of chrome based work on the car, which helps it to emerge. The front guard too sees a transformation with newer fog light fixings also. There’s additionally a double tone faux skid plate, which makes an entry, yet will come with only the topmost variant; just like the chrome components on the door ledges. The top variant additionally has got an 18-inch diamond cut wheels of alloy (the previous model came with 17-inch wheels), which bring about improved car stance and offer it a bolder appearance.

The rear portion comes with a major change in the form of a new tail gate and altered tail light units. The vertical tail lights unit has now become smaller. The tail lights happen to be triangular units and are positioned horizontally, making the back portion appear sleeker and that is a major addition with respect to the XUV 500 face-lift.


  • Interiors:

In case of the new XUV 500, the looks of the all-black dashboard stays unaltered. Nonetheless, the plasticky surface of the dashboard is this time draped with leather trims while the main console is done in piano black which feels pleasant to touch. The seats have additionally turned out to be more lavish than before with the use of quilted tan leather. In this way, sinking in for a power nap won’t require long. So, if spoiled, which is almost guaranteed, cleaning them won’t be a simple task.

  • Engine and power:

The XUV 500 face-lift will come in the 2.2-liter petrol and the 2.2-liter diesel variants with both manual and automatic transmission on offer.

What’s additionally new is the fact that the engine comes with a new 6th-gen turbocharger, alongside a new ‘eVGT’ automotive technology update that functions as indicated by the ECU signals and acceleration. The 360 Nm torque comes into action as soon as 1800 rpm making the XUV 500 to a great degree, fun thing to drive. That’s what one would want from an SUV. Isn’t it?

With the mHawk and the displacement engines continuing to be a piece of the XUV500, now, it has more power than earlier. The XUV 500 has moved ahead of the 140 horses churning avatar; indeed, the engine has been upscaled to provide an output of 153 bhp.

The gearbox present on the XUV500 facelift continues as the 6-speed syncromesh framework as previously. It has long rubbery throws, however is sure-slotting more often than not, unless you attempt to hustle it up. Mahindra will likewise keep on offering its 6-speed automatic transmission in case of both the petrol and diesel versions. However, the petrol variant won’t have the manual option.

  • Safety features:

The XUV 500 had prior scored 4/5 stars in terms of traveler safety in the Australian NCAP crash tests and the new XUV 500 Indian version scores similarly. Safety features involve ABS with EBD, six airbags, ESP with rollover mitigation framework, slope hold and slope descent control.

  • Colour options:

Mahindra is putting forth some new hues on this model – They are Mystic copper and Crimson Red. However, the Crimson Red was said to look appealing on the presentation board.

  • Cost:

Price range for this one begins at ₹ 12.32 lakh climbing up the ladder to ₹ 17.88 lakh. Costs have reduced as expected, yet they stay quite competitive.

  • Pros:

– Powerful Engine

– Spacious on the inside

– Good looks

  • Cons:

– Limited colour options

– No manual transmission in petrol variant

With this, we come to the end of the 2018 Mahindra XUV 500 review. Hope you liked it.

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