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Mahindra XUV500 test drive and review
A big achievement for Mahindra. It's nearly there, but not quite
By : Rohin Nagrani | Published : September 30, 2011 | Photos : BSM
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Mahindra XUV500
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Scorpio and Xylo owners stared, then let out a smile and a thumbs-up sign followed. People rolled down their windows, stopped their motorcycles, turned their heads in disbelief at the sight of the XUV500. Sure, they even asked what's with the name (and so do we), but they all universally agreed, it's a smart looking vehicle.

If this is the kind of response the XUV500 is getting in just its first day in Mumbai, I just wonder how well prepared Mahindra is to deliver the vehicle to potential customers. A few hundred of these Five-Oh-Oh vehicles are currently in Chakan and at stockyards across the country, but it seems, it may just not be enough. Nor will the 2000 units a month capacity that Mahindra has currently installed for its premium vehicle.

All things point at yet another success story from Mahindra - their top honchos are rather delighted at the prospect. But the moot point is this, after the hype has died down, after enough backs have been patted on, it's crunch time. Mahindra believes it's their best effort and have made an honest attempt at it. Is it their best? Is the attempt honest? Is it Mahindra's ticket into the premium segment or is there some way more to go.? We tested the XUV, drove it flat out, crawled through the urban mess and generally fiddled around, played with all its gizmos and even got around to ask a few for their opinion. This is, our honest attempt at giving a true picture of the XUV500. Here it goes.

>>>>> TURN OVER TO READ ABOUT THE XUV500's DESIGN>>>>>

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  Posted by agrim maheshwari at 29th March,2012
xuv500
  Posted by KRISHNA at 28th March,2012
MY FIRST CAR & MY BEST CHOICE I NEVER HAD BEFORE, EASY TO TAKE OFF & PUT IN :)
  Posted by Sumit Gupta at 22nd January,2012
VERY VERY NICE
  Posted by AMIT SHARAF at 12th November,2011
nice car
  Posted by Amol shelke at 9th November,2011
nice car...i like,
  Posted by Rajeshwar at 2nd November,2011
Good effort indeed, but will I buy it… all doubts! it’s almost like Outlander... which I always hated in terms of looks! SUVs are all about Looks, High seating, Ground clearance, internal space... somehow it doesn't fulfill any of these. Proportions are bad, y u have to make it so narrow on top? it’s just eccentricity to map a SUV to an animal... would have been better if designers had stuck to automobile designs (narrow top reminds of Maruti Swift) from inside it seems like a tunnel with a narrow glass opening in the rear! Big tyres yes but do they really add-up? One look at Fortuner will tell how to fit the big tyres to a SUV (at-least one thing original they had from a True-Blue SUV but did a lame job of designing a body around the 17" rubber). Rear is where I think Mahindra forgot what they were working on… May be the design team had lost its enthusiasm by the time they reached backyard... the elegance of European/American even Japanese design is replaced by Ugly Chinese c
  Posted by Rajeshwar at 2nd November,2011
Good effort indeed, but will I buy it… all doubts! it’s almost like Outlander... which I always hated in terms of looks! SUVs are all about Looks, High seating, Ground clearance, internal space... somehow it doesn't fulfill any of these. Proportions are bad, y u have to make it so narrow on top? it’s just eccentricity to map a SUV to an animal... would have been better if designers had stuck to automobile designs (narrow top reminds of Maruti Swift) from inside it seems like a tunnel with a narrow glass opening in the rear! Big tyres yes but do they really add-up? One look at Fortuner will tell how to fit the big tyres to a SUV (at-least one thing original they had from a True-Blue SUV but did a lame job of designing a body around the 17" rubber). Rear is where I think Mahindra forgot what they were working on… May be the design team had lost its enthusiasm by the time they reached backyard... the elegance of European/American even Japanese design is replaced by Ugly Chinese c
  Posted by Pritam RMPian at 9th October,2011
Wow great news, I am using i10 and I want to shift on SUV and that is great news for me. I will definately buy this one. waiting for booking in dehradun...
  Posted by dhanek nath at 5th October,2011
Can i get a test drive of this vehicle???
  Posted by Velutha at 5th October,2011
I can smell smart Indian engineers coming of age here. Some interesting observations. 1750kg check, 15.1 kpl check, 10.8 lakh check, 0-100 13.7 secs check, monocoque construction check in 4 years & just 650 Cr WOW!!!!! kudos M&M Do you now realise how badly Tata lost the plot with the Aria?
  Posted by avnish at 5th October,2011
nice car i had taken
  Posted by libin varghese at 5th October,2011
one of the best suv frm mahindra,,, i think this vil go ahead... smart wrk indian engineers congrats.....
  Posted by g balaji at 4th October,2011
Am a scorpio owner and needed an upgrade. M&M's new SUV looks awesome and great value for money. There is no doubt my next SUV will be the XUV 500
  Posted by surya sawant at 4th October,2011
excellent
  Posted by B G S Nayak at 3rd October,2011
XUV500 now decoded: 1. Excellent Utility Vehicle for 5 persons and two "zeros" (in 3rd row)! Or 2. Excellent Utility Vehicle for five persons with two Cheeta's eyes!
  Posted by sujay at 3rd October,2011
Up your status. Mark your ARRIVAL. Radical NEW design of this great looking vehicle, CLASSICALLY DIFF. FRONT. INTERIORS ALSO NEAT
  Posted by Ashok Sharma at 3rd October,2011
XUV500 out look is very good and feature as well, i love have this suv. Because Mahindra is Time tested brand. There is no need to clarify about Mahindra.
  Posted by kamalvir sidhu at 3rd October,2011
like a hunk......very nice looks....& muscular
  Posted by mahesh at 3rd October,2011
better thn tata aria
  Posted by Sudhanshu at 3rd October,2011
You guys should do a comparison of the Yeti and the XUV500!
  Posted by SAIDAI CHANDRU at 3rd October,2011
EXCELLENT SUV FROM M&M.BUY BEFORE PRICE RISE.
  Posted by manishma at 3rd October,2011
this is real stuff going to be hitttttt
  Posted by Dr. Nayak at 3rd October,2011
Ford, BMW or MB would have spent 1 billion dollar to design this car with no better outcome. Mahindra spent just under 150 million dollars to get a similar result. Appreciate the complexity involved in developing a new platform especially in India, and enjoy the fruit of Mahindra’s hard work. This is just a beginning of automotive engineering in India.
  Posted by anuj jain at 3rd October,2011
i think this xuv 500 is my dream and now this will be tru
  Posted by anuj at 3rd October,2011
nice
  Posted by nishanth.n at 2nd October,2011
excellent
  Posted by M.Rajendra kumar at 2nd October,2011
Price of the xu5oo look vise the car is superb
  Posted by B G S Nayak at 2nd October,2011
A great global SUV at local prices. Hope Tata, Maruti and Hyundai will wake up for the price alarm set in by M&M. I wonder why M&M have not given the XUV500 a reversing camera, pedestrian detection system and electronic power steering.
  Posted by scottzinne at 2nd October,2011
Overall a very good design, at a very competitive price. being Mahindra Reliability is inherited, only front bumper is over done with design, They says Design is inspired from Cheetah, I think front bumper is inspired from Mustache of Cheetah.
  Posted by Hitesh Paliwal at 2nd October,2011
this is a boom for india comon india lets race
  Posted by ZAFRULLA KHAN at 2nd October,2011
I THANKS TO R&D DEPARTMENT OF M&M
  Posted by murahari raju at 2nd October,2011
its very good price also look also
  Posted by manthesh at 2nd October,2011
this car out look was different very look like a benz so nice i like this car.
  Posted by mahanthesh at 2nd October,2011
we have to compare scorpio & xylo this one is very nice looking out look & another totally excellent.
  Posted by vinay rathore at 2nd October,2011
Good job, But still XUV500 needs some improvement when it comes to design. I think an Italian Designer can do wonder for Mahindra.
  Posted by VINOD KUMAR at 2nd October,2011
IWANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SUSPENSION. ITS RIDE ON 1FT.DEEP HOLES AND STONES.
  Posted by syed khalid babu at 2nd October,2011
i like xuv 500 mahindra
  Posted by dipak at 2nd October,2011
Excellent and very very nice look (really beautiful)
  Posted by sumit sood at 2nd October,2011
excellent
  Posted by Sony Thomas at 2nd October,2011
I am a scorpio owner and wanting to upgrade. Was waiting for M&M's new car and it looks awesome and great value for the price. Suggest that this car is not offered for Taxi like Xylo or Inova. A reverse camera or a reverse sensor would have been a great addition. I am planning to buy the new XUV 500
  Posted by agarkar pradeep at 2nd October,2011
jay maharashtra gadi khupach bhari ahhe!!!!!!
  Posted by DAVINDER SINGH at 2nd October,2011
though it looks to be a perfect suv for me,would like to have test drive first,pls arrange one for me.
  Posted by sushil prakash at 2nd October,2011
exelent
  Posted by saatvik rayalu at 2nd October,2011
so nice
  Posted by Kumar Anish at 2nd October,2011
Hi,when do the bookings start in gurgaon?
  Posted by parth at 2nd October,2011
awesome excellentjob done by mahindra company
  Posted by sameer.sk at 2nd October,2011
i love this car this is awasome
  Posted by manish at 2nd October,2011
awesome car..
  Posted by ravindra bhadle at 2nd October,2011
great beautiful car.
  Posted by Rajesh Kumar at 2nd October,2011
this car out look was different very look like a benz so nice i like this car
  Posted by shh at 2nd October,2011
very good except the size sould be half and bumper is ridiculous
  Posted by mahendra singh at 1st October,2011
mahendra&mahindra is good company and your product is very good . thanks mahinra
  Posted by Veeru at 1st October,2011
smart looking vehicle?? sorry, this is one ugly design. They seem to have put bolero, scorpio & xylo together to arrive at this design. can't comment about internals, but this is one ugly looking vehicle.
  Posted by satyendra kumar at 1st October,2011
mahindra & mahindra good company. mahindra ka jabab nahi,mahindra parichay ka mohtaj nahi.
  Posted by ajaysingh at 1st October,2011
Nice car I want buy
  Posted by rahul at 1st October,2011
nice car come on india
  Posted by Prakash R at 1st October,2011
I booked it on first sight..... SUV saga in India has started
  Posted by MANISH TRIPATHY at 1st October,2011
I REALY LOVE THIS CAR MMMUUUUAAAAHHHH
  Posted by prakash pawar at 1st October,2011
nice
  Posted by salil chawan at 1st October,2011
it's a big and great achivement. wonderful suv.
  Posted by BHAVESH SHAH at 1st October,2011
XUV 500 ALL SALES RECORD BREAK
  Posted by davinder taneja at 1st October,2011
I request to Mr.Anand Mahindra that Please make arrangement that dont allow to use XUV 500 in texi.
  Posted by Vaibhav at 1st October,2011
A very good product at a unbeliveable price. Only front bumper is overdone. MAhindra says its design is inspired from Cheetah. so might be bumper got inspiration from mustache of cheetah.. ( as it seems to be. )..
  Posted by chinthan at 1st October,2011
i like the car
  Posted by lalit karnani at 1st October,2011
nice car give me some details about this car.
  Posted by Sandeep at 1st October,2011
Best design ever seen in Indian industries.
  Posted by anant at 1st October,2011
the car is superb..great design no doubt, a head turner in deed.
  Posted by madhu at 1st October,2011
i like xuv because of its look thanks mahindra
  Posted by vijay at 1st October,2011
nice vehicle m&m done great job now you can own real indian suv n you dont need to pay couple of extra lacs.
  Posted by vachan at 1st October,2011
waitin to feel the drive 4*4!
  Posted by aslam sama at 1st October,2011
nice looking suv i buy it
  Posted by Mandeep Boruah at 1st October,2011
The XUV500 will surely be a BIG HIT on the Indian roads. Hats off to Mahindra for designing such SUVs. All the best....!!
  Posted by Paramvir Singh at 1st October,2011
toyota pack ur bags , sit in xuv500 and............... zoooooooooooom from here
  Posted by abhishek at 1st October,2011
it's a wonderfull........... awesome..........excellent.. car in SUV's, thanks to mahindra
  Posted by kamal kaant at 1st October,2011
mahendra new suv look is exellent.....................i want buy
  Posted by Dawa Singye at 1st October,2011
I am just waiting to have car and it looks pretty nice.
  Posted by kanheiya jangi. at 1st October,2011
it,s amazing. very nice looking yar and comfortable price.mahindra is the best.
  Posted by Lavkesh at 30th September,2011
Where's the cohesiveness, understated ness? The design I am sorry is all over the place, perhaps trying a little too hard. It seems Mahindra couldn't stop designing, a crease here, a cut there and a line here and then some more. It looks hideous!
  Posted by parvinder singh at 30th September,2011
wow..this suv of mahindra is mind blowing and its looks are so aggressive ..at this price 10.8 lakh..toyata think again..mahindra 500 is going to beat fortuner
  Posted by shivam chaudhary at 30th September,2011
nice car
  Posted by sohanlal dhamu at 30th September,2011
i want to buy this car in ahmedabad. plz give us its price.
  Posted by george stephen at 30th September,2011
very cute look like prado
  Posted by Sandeep Jain at 30th September,2011
Fully satisfied vt the features & pricing & I like to congratulate Mr. Anand Mahindra now its time to replace Innova so called MUV & other Brands i.e Capative, Endaour, even Fortuner. Revolution is always their I am confident Mahindra is always vt time Best of LUCK XUV 500
  Posted by Arun at 30th September,2011
cool ........ car........
  Posted by sunil at 30th September,2011
excelent car with great look and style
  Posted by MUKESH YADAV at 30th September,2011
nice car with nice price
  Posted by anjan at 30th September,2011
awesome
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