December 10, 2023

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2021 Mahindra XUV700 review, test drive

Mahindra XUV700: system

If you ended up perplexed with the XUV700’s naming, you would not be the only 1. Following all, the vehicle – codename W601 – was to be the new XUV500. It adopted the very same template – a transverse engine layout, monocoque entire body and designed with three rows of seats.

There was also nothing improper with the XUV500 moniker either. Certainly, revenue have fallen in the 10 years considering that its launch, but the title even now has good brand name value. But looking at just how substantially of an advancement the W601 was about its predecessor, Mahindra felt it was good adequate to be a segment higher. That’s why, keeping with the alpha-numeric naming hierarchy, they known as it the XUV700. This naming method reached two factors initial, it has offered the XUV700 a additional premium placement and 2nd, it has remaining area down below for an additional product or service to be badged the XUV500.

Underpinning the XUV700 is a brand name-new system, and the company suggests the new monocoque is 80 per cent stiffer than the XUV500’s, thanks to an raise in the quantity of place welds and adhesive bonding.

Mahindra has worked challenging to decrease body weight, with the XUV700’s monocoque body using quite a bit of lightweight higher-tensile steel and other body weight-saving actions like lighter engines, which weigh all over 70kg much less than ahead of. General kerb body weight ranges from 1,960kg-2,040kg, which is even now heavy but it can take into account the extra devices and security functions the XUV700 is loaded with. Interestingly, the rear tailgate is produced of composite plastic which is aimed at body weight reduction. Nonetheless, this could pose a simple difficulty since, not like sheet steel, which can be easily repaired if damaged in an accident, the plastic tailgate might want to be changed if you are rear-ended.

Like with the XUV500, the system is configured for entrance-wheel-generate and all-wheel-generate alternatives. Despite the fact that this time round, it is designed to accommodate a 48V mild-hybrid procedure as properly, which could occur in the future.

The engine line-up includes a pair of brand name-new engines – the most current-gen 2.2-litre mHawk diesel and mStallion 2. turbo-petrol – both of those of which debuted in the Thar. Nonetheless, ability figures have been hiked significantly in the XUV700. The foundation diesel variants get a 155hp rated motor but this output jumps to a course-primary 185hp for higher variants. Getting the ability stakes to a unique stage is the 2. turbo-petrol that, armed with variable valve timing, immediate-injection and turbo ability, creates a course-busting 200hp.

The new system also would make use of the most current-era electrical and electronics (E/E) architecture, enabling it to host an superior infotainment procedure (from Visteon) and a suite of superior driver help programs (ADAS) never ever seen in a vehicle in this course or selling price. Mahindra is clearly identified to ‘out-tech’ the competitors.

Mahindra XUV700: fashion

The XUV700’s styling is a mature evolution of the XUV500, with cleaner lines and a additional balanced look. It sits reduce than its predecessor (by 30mm), arrives with a muscular bonnet, and a powerful new grille with twin vertical bars, which provides it a great deal of road presence. A wonderful touch is the way the exterior vertical bars bend and move into the headlight cluster. Earning its debut on the XUV700 and sitting down proudly in the centre of the grille is Mahindra’s new ‘Twin Peaks’ emblem, which apparently will only adorn the automaker’s SUV array. The arrow-condition rear tail-lights are placing but the layout feels like it belongs to an additional vehicle it is an instance of the lack of consistency and cohesiveness in the styling, which even now has too quite a few fussy features like the disproportionately very long DRLs and the extreme sculpting of the wheel arches that dwarf the 18-inch wheels.

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

Nonetheless, for the target customer, the XUV700 has the requisite ‘in your face’ look and the correct stance. The layout, even though not as refined as the competitors, has the expected facts for all those searching for some flash. 

Mahindra XUV700: interior

The interior layout is additional easy and taking centre phase is a screen panel that stretches throughout fifty percent the dashboard. This Mercedes-like tablet homes a central touchscreen and an all-electronic instrument panel, both of those measuring 10.twenty five inches. It appears pretty premium and will be a massive strike with consumers greatest of all, it is made available on all variations apart from the foundation, which will get a scaled-down eight.-inch infotainment unit and a 7.-inch instrument cluster.

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The dashboard is dominated by a Mercedes-like dual 10.twenty five-inch display layout.


The dashboard plastics are really good and the leather strip appears quite premium, but what is tacky is that alternatively of extending into the door pads, the beige leather complete provides way to a wooden complete that appears low cost and synthetic. Also tacky is the piano black glossy complete. General, the suit, complete and substance good quality, even though really good, have some rough edges.

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The wooden inserts and glossy piano black complete on the door pads look tacky. 


Mahindra has mercifully retained buttons and dials for HVAC controls, and when the cluster is a carry-ahead from the 500, it’s even now welcome. The rotary controller on the centre console indicates you never have to use the display for all the things and there is also a neat-searching financial institution of toggle-like switches for some vital functions.

A real clever touch are the two shelves in the central consoles for two telephones, 1 of which is a wi-fi charger. In today’s smartphone era, practical storage for two telephones is possibly additional essential than cupholders, which are also current on the console behind the equipment lever.

Mahindra XUV700: functions

The steering wheel feels wonderful to keep and the buttons, even though not slick to operate, give entry to a great deal of functions. The jazzy instrument panel has cheerful color techniques and possibly additional sober graphics and fonts would been in get, but the information and facts is amazingly wealthy and there are quite a few customisable alternatives for both of those screens.

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Mahindra’s new AdrenoX infomatics dependent infotainment, arrives packed with functions.


The XUV700 also debuts Mahindra’s new AdrenoX infomatics procedure, which is the most superior and attribute-packed infotainment procedure in not just its course but also in several lessons higher. It is crammed with functions and alternatives, and even has some constructed-in area applications like JustDial and Zomato.

Nonetheless, there is a difficulty of a lot the segregation and layering of the menu wants a great deal of do the job and it’s not definitely intuitive and quick to discover out exactly where factors are. You end up toggling with the switches and fumbling with the menu and sub-menus, which doesn’t convey you again to the very same function when you leave it. The infotainment procedure even though is even now in beta phase, so we’ll reserve comment on how slick it is and how properly it functions when the procedure is finally ready in time for the launch.

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Sony’s 12-speaker, 3D encompass audio audio procedure is exceptional!


The XUV700 also alerts Mahindra’s entry into the premium audio arena, with a exceptional Sony 3D audio procedure that employs a thirteen-channel amplifier powering 1 subwoofer and 12 speakers: including four in the roof. Then there is Alexa voice assistant, and the XUV700 is the initial vehicle to occur embedded with it, which would make a different linked device not necessary. Alexa is also built-in into the whole linked vehicle working experience, so you can also talk to for alerts and updates about your vehicle correct from your house.

Other exciting bits include things like a run driver seat with door-mounted switches (motivated by Mercedes), dual zone local climate command with an air-purifier procedure, and connectivity alternatives that include things like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Mahindra XUV700: seating and consolation

The seats are significant and generous, in particular up entrance, and the cushioning, even though a touch on the business side, features good all-round assist, keeping you no cost from aches even just after very long several hours in the cabin. The XUV700 arrives in five- and 7-seat configurations, but it’s the three-row model we ended up screening. Even though the legroom in the middle row might not be as generous as the Hector or Safari, there is ample area and even tall passengers will be comfy, regardless of the enormous panoramic sunroof’s thick body ingesting a bit into the headroom. Inspite of the 50mm raise in wheelbase about the XUV500, third-row place isn’t that substantially, and headroom too is pretty minimal in this article. There are, having said that, devoted AC vents and the glass region is quite significant.

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Second row features ample area, even for taller passengers. 

Ergonomics have been a bit of a strike and pass up for Mahindra. Even though the XUV700 has dealt with most points, there are a several difficulties: the equipment lever and rotary controller come to feel a small too rear-set, as do the ability window switches. The third-row reclining mechanism ought to also have been at the top of the seat fairly than behind, as you have to twist all over and reach about to pull the tackle for altering your very own seat. With the third row up, boot area is minimal, but there is ample luggage place with the third row folded down. Shifting the spare wheel’s locale from below the boot flooring to below the chassis has also freed up additional place, but we are not certain how practical this arrangement is when it arrives to shifting a flat.

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The two, the headroom and legroom in the third row are minimal, regardless of the XUV700’s 50mm for a longer time wheelbase about the XUV500.

Mahindra XUV700: engines

The petrol and diesel engines on provide get both of those, the 6-velocity handbook and automated gearbox alternatives. Even though the XUV500’s 155hp diesel carries on only in the foundation model, higher variants get a additional impressive model of the 2.2-litre mHawk unit that cranks out 185hp. This would make the XU700 diesel the most impressive in its course, in advance of the Hyundai Alcazar, with its 115hp, 1.five-litre diesel, and also the Hector Furthermore and the Safari, which use the very same 170hp 2.-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine.

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Mahindra features the XUV700 with a 2.-litre mStallion turbo-petrol engine and a 2.2-litre mHawk turbo-diesel.

The firecracker in this segment, having said that, is the new petrol engine that replaces the XUV500’s 140hp, 2.2-litre petrol unit. The new ‘mStallion’ 2.-litre turbo-petrol puts out an amazing 200hp, and with the Safari a diesel-only supplying, Hyundai Alcazar’s 2.-litre obviously aspirated unit producing 159hp, and the MG Hector Furthermore using a 143hp, 1.five-litre turbo-petrol, the XUV700 promises the title of getting the most impressive in this article too.

Not astonishingly then, driving the XUV700 is an absolute delight. Mahindra concentrated substantially of the critique generate to its enormous new exam facility, and with only a short dash from Mahindra Investigation Valley to the exam centre. We would have preferred to generate additional in the real entire world, but the higher-velocity keep track of definitely allow us working experience the powerful performance from the engines.

Mahindra XUV700: performance

The petrol and diesel engines get the very same 6-velocity handbook and 6-velocity vehicle alternatives, but it’s the 200hp petrol that is quite the firecracker. Place your foot down and the XUV700 lunges ahead on the again of a lusty move of ability that arrives in thick and quickly from as small as 1,400rpm. The engine revs to a higher five,800rpm, so enabling you to definitely wring out all that the engine has. What is wonderful is that the turbo-petrol unit has a wonderful and powerful torquey, diesel-like character at the reduce end too. Acceleration is pretty brisk and in our preliminary assessments, we clocked a -100kph time of nine.32sec in the automated and we be expecting the handbook to be a bit faster – a sub-10sec time for an SUV all over the 2-tonne mark is pretty amazing. Hold your foot down and there is no allow-up in acceleration, and on Mahindra’s exam keep track of it was quite quick to strike upwards of 190kph.

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We strike about 190kph on the speedo, at Mahindra’s new exam facility.

Nonetheless, it has to be stated that both of those, vehicle and handbook boxes aren’t what you’d phone fast shifters: the handbook isn’t super slick, and the vehicle has a discernible pause concerning shifts. That getting stated, this is only when you are flat out speeding it, when in everyday driving and even a little bit spirited runs, it does just wonderful. What’s also wonderful is that regardless of the higher torque, both of those handbook boxes have a light clutch, even though the engagement could have been additional progressive.

The vehicle box’s change logic is also pretty properly sorted. Even though we had minimal time in real-entire world visitors, it never ever felt like it was in the improper equipment and at no point did I try and reach for the (lacking) paddles for handbook intervention. Refinement in just the cabin is expectedly vibration no cost.

The gearing on the petrol-handbook is a bit on the tall side, which provides it a wonderful very long-leggedness that is excellent for cruising. General refinement of the petrol is just exceptional. For all those wanting a smooth and effortless generate, you just can’t have it superior than the XUV700 for the income.

The 2.2-litre diesel too is superbly refined, and when the engine note is audible as you pile on the revs, it isn’t definitely severe or intrusive. Effectiveness is also pretty amazing, and not like the petrol that has no generate modes, the diesel has three – cheekily known as Zip, Zap, Zoom. In Zip, ability is lowered to 155hp and so this method is intended for calm driving, even though Zap and Zoom get the whole 185hp. The only distinction concerning the two modes is a sharper throttle response in Zoom, which extracts the most performance from the engine.

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Effectiveness is definitely 1 of the XUV700’s powerful suits.

Effectiveness is something the diesel XUV700 has no lack of. There is a bit of a turbo lag, but this is only in relation to the powerful performance that arrives in at the 1,400rpm mark, which from then on stays powerful and linear till about four,000rpm. On the total, its performance is clearly a powerful point, and we registered a -100kph time of 10.34sec in the vehicle.

Drivability is pretty good too, there is ample torque, producing the engine pretty tractable, and the handbook can easily select up speed cleanly from as small as 1,200rpm in sixth. Perform the ‘box properly even though and you will be rewarded with a spirited generate. The equipment ratios are properly spaced but appear to be a tad shorter geared, additional for performance fairly than efficiency, which ought to do the job out just wonderful as the diesel engine is inherently productive.

Fuel efficiency figures have not been disclosed still, but Mahindra suggests the XUV700 ought to be the most fuel-productive vehicle in its course.

Mahindra XUV700: trip and handling

The most significant region of advancement about the XUV500 is the dynamics. Gone is the jittery trip, the torque steer and the sloppy handling, which is changed by a certain-footed composure and quick and predictable handling. The vital to the XUV700’s remodeled trip and handling is the suspension procedure.

Like the Jeep Compass, the XUV700’s entrance and rear impartial setup use frequency selective dampers exactly where two parallel oil move paths are tuned to supply a unique and optimal damping level for both of those, higher and small frequency ranges. The rear linkages also include things like an extra command blade backlink to superior determine specific wheel motion and it all functions properly.

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Grip degrees are good and it corners quite sharply.

Road grip is good and cornering is quite sharp. The electrical ability steering also has just the correct total of come to feel it’s light adequate at small speeds but feels secure and stable at higher speeds. Out on the freeway, you can also keep your velocity about a little bit damaged surfaces with a good degree of self-assurance. Talking of self-assurance, on the higher-velocity keep track of, the XUV700 felt quite composed at higher triple-digit speeds.

If everything, the XUV700, which even now has a higher centre of gravity, feels a bit top heavy and rolls a small when pushed challenging. Also, the trip is not quite as settled as some of its rivals.

Mahindra XUV700: security

Recently, Mahindra has put a great deal of exertion into security and its XUV300, which has a five-star GNCAP ranking, can lay declare to getting India’s most secure vehicle. Even though the XUV700’s crash ranking isn’t out as still, be expecting a pretty good performance in this article too. Far more importantly, even though, the company has also invested a great deal into energetic security, and in what is special in the segment, the XUV700 has a pretty detailed ADAS deal.

The procedure employs both of those, digital camera and radar which when linked to Ahead Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Emergency Brakes (AEB) do the job pretty properly we simulated this on the exam keep track of and came away quite impressed. Also amazing is the Adaptive Cruise Regulate (ACC), which permits you to safely adhere to a vehicle in advance, and the Sensible Pilot Support or visitors aid (AT only), which can regulate stop-start out crawls too. The tuning is place on and improvements in speed are quite smooth and normal. The only part of the ADAS procedure that wants wonderful-tuning is the Lane Hold Support, which functions properly in corners but does not continue to keep the vehicle centred on straights. That aside even though, the ADAS deal is pretty commendable and revolutionary in this segment.

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The ADAS deal is pretty commendable and revolutionary in this segment.

There’s also a novel personalised security notify that can be programmed with the voice of a loved 1 to remind you to gradual down when you occur to a set velocity! How interesting is that?

Other energetic security functions are driver drowsiness detection, vehicle higher beam aid and booster headlights that raise illumination higher than 80kph Mahindra suggests the lumens and distribute do not exceed the permissible limit. Abdominal muscles and ESP round off the energetic security bits, when seven airbags, including a knee airbag, convey up the passive functions.

Mahindra XUV700: verdict

It’s impossible to dismiss selling prices for the XUV700 and when Mahindra has only launched facts for four of the reduce trim, five-seater handbook automobiles, the pricing has rocked the market place. At Rs 11.99 lakh for the MX petrol-handbook, the entry XUV700 is priced like a sub-four-metre SUV, and at Rs fourteen.99 the mid-stage AX petrol-handbook is even now outstanding value.

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Mahindra will also have on provide really substantially every single powertrain blend and a lot additional variants too, so it’s crystal clear then that the company is throwing all the things it can into the XUV700. This is the model with which Mahindra is plotting its fightback, just after the professional SUV maker missing ground to Tata Motors, Hyundai and even new entrants like Kia. In that feeling, the XUV700 arrives in at the correct time.

Variants and selling prices aside, the XUV700 even now arrives throughout as a pretty powerful deal. Certainly, there are some low cost bits inside, it does pass up some functions like cooled seats and the infotainment procedure could have been additional logically designed. Nonetheless, these niggles are insignificant in the light of its strengths. The outstanding engines just blow the competitors away, it’s quick to generate and stay with, and if that is not adequate to wow, the extraordinary functions listing and tech absolutely will. The XUV700 is greatest-in-course in so quite a few locations, and when you factor in the knockout selling prices, it’s crystal clear that Mahindra isn’t just in this article to engage in, it’s occur for the eliminate. The competitors had superior operate for protect.