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Is the latest update to Mahindra’s halo SUV enough to keep it competitive in a hotly contested segment?

While it may not have the most covetable heritage or brand cachet in our market, you have to admire Mahindra for its sheer moxy. On our roads, there’s always a Bolero or Pik Up swimming upstream against the relentless tide of Ford and Toyota bakkies, and once in a while an XUV500 pops its head above the flood of SUVs sweeping onto the local motoring scene. But, while we admired the XUV500 W8 model that served as a long-termer a few years back, a few rough edges such as the standard of trim finish and agricultural powerplant often stood in the way of heartily recommending it over more established fare. So, has the recent raft of updates made any meaningful improvement?

Cosmetically, that’s a yes. With its ballooning wheelarches, sharp lines in the nose, lights and grille, and even those cabinet-style door handles, the XUV cuts a distinctive figure. The update ushers in additional chrome accents for the side cladding and grille and revised LED daytime-running lights and foglamps. But the most pleasing change has to be the treatment doled out to the taillamp clusters; the previous car’s fussy items have made way for cleaner, split arrays integrating well with the tailgate layout.

The changes inside are more difficult to discern, with the distinctive but rather hotchpotch dash remaining the centre point of a cabin that’s still spacious and, thanks to a reasonably flat floor, practically packaged. The third row of seats, although purely child-sized, are easily stowed and serviced by their own air-conditioning vents.

Ergonomically, the W10’s facia is populated with lots of closely spaced, similar-looking ancillary switchgear that’s awkward to operate on the move and the front seats are mounted a bit too high for taller folks. It’s a similar story with the gearshifter’s J-gate arrangement, which is a charming anachronism but an imprecise path for the lever, making transitions from drive to reverse rather clumsy. Fit and finish are decent; the plastics feel sturdy enough although this test unit did exhibit a few rattles.

The XUV has traditionally traded heavily on its generous specification and this is especially apparent in this range-topping model. Niceties such as electrically adjustable leather seats, a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and sat-nav, keyless entry and ignition, and a rear-view camera with PDC are among the W10’s standard fitment items. Its family-oriented bearing also means there’s a generous suite of safety features, including front/side/curtain airbags, ABS with brake distribution, along with electronic stability and hill-hold systems. The five-year/100 000 km service plan is another added-value item few of its rivals can match.

Under the bonnet sits Mahindra’s familiar 2,2-litre mHawk four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. In certain markets, this engine has been updated with an electronically controlled variable-vane system for the turbocharger, freeing up some additional power and torque. Here, perhaps owing to a combination of established mechanical robustness and low fuel quality, the previous engine remains, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

While mechanical refinement remains in the agricultural bracket, the mHawk is a good match for the XUV and the six-speed automatic transmission, bar some indecisive cog swapping under hard throttle inputs or uphill, is smooth enough for daily driving. Owing to its 330 N.m arriving in a handy 1 600-2 800 r/min range, it feels flexible and does a good job of keeping pace with traffic. It also has a well-earned reputation for reliability.

The steering is light and exhibits some play around dead-centre; its relation to what the front wheels are doing being more of a passing acquaintance than a close connection. It’s a similar story with the brakes, where the pedal exhibits a notable degree of dead travel before the callipers bite down unexpectedly hard on the discs. That goes some way to explaining the 3,33-second 100-0 km/h average braking time.

The MacPherson front/multilink rear suspension serves up a reasonably well-damped ride that doesn’t stutter much over broken road surfaces, but there’s some noticeable floatiness when cornering, even at moderate speeds.

Our time spent with the W8 long-termer also revealed the XUV500, with its 200 mm of ground clearance and sturdy-feeling mechanicals, to be a competent dirt-road goer and a brief sojourn on unpaved tracks in this test unit reaffirmed its ability.
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – In the not-too-distant past, we enjoyed the use of a Mahindra XUV500 W8 AT for a full 12 months and came to appreciate it as a solid SUV with good, seven-seater carrying ability. That long-term test also revealed the XUV500 as a surprisingly proficient off-roader, notwithstanding the front-wheel drive on that particular model.

And now it's time for a second upgrade of the XUV500 range that debuted here back in 2012. Interestingly, a lower-specced (W6) automatic derivative has been added to the line-up, while an entry-level W4 has also been introduced for just under R300 000.

The new flagship featured here is dubbed the W10. It boasts a six-speed auto transmission, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a new sunroof, a stop/start button and keyless entry. This comes in addition to the host of features found on variants lower down the range, such as tyre-pressure monitoring, a rear view camera, a voice command function, six airbags, cruise control, cornering lights and climate control.

Styling changes include the repositioning of the daytime running lights above the headlamps, rather than swooping down between lenses. Furthermore, the grille loses its “tiger claws” and gains some (presently popular) short horizontal lines.

The rear lights were always fairly fussy, but now have added elements on the tailgate that arguably improve the overall appearance. Some extra chrome elements also make an appearance. Inside, the leather seats are still a touch hard while the front passenger seat is again mounted a little too high. Still, this remains a spacious vehicle with seating for seven.

And under the bonnet? Well, while some overseas markets have switched to electronically variable turbine blades (resulting in a small boost in power and torque), Mahindra South Africa has decided to stick with the current pneumatically operated system for now. This is by no means a negative, since the powertrain already offers acceptable performance coupled with outstanding fuel economy for such a large vehicle.

Indeed, the engine remains a highlight of the package, combining a certain smoothness with economy and dollops of low-down torque. The six-speed automatic transmission comes courtesy of Aisin and is easy-going with a neat manual change option via a small shift button on the right of the gear lever. In addition, the suspension isn't at all harsh and steering top notch, rendering the XUV a comfortable long distance cruiser.

With a warranty spanning five years or 150 000 km along with a service plan of the same time and distance, the XUV500 remains an underrated (and well priced) choice in the seven-seater segment. It'll be interesting to see whether potential buyers take to the updated styling.

2019 Mahindra XUV500 2.2CRDe W10

R399,999
Ref No: 1653342

Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Leather upholstery: Standard
  • Seats quantity: 7
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front + rear
  • Lumbar support adjustment: driver
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Hill descent control downhill brake control: Standard
  • Tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system: Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Directional turning headlights: Standard
  • Start stop button: Standard
  • Engine auto Stop Start idle stop ecostop: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Standard
  • Cruise control: Standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Voice control: Standard
  • CD player: Standard
  • Multi disc CD player shuttle: Standard
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front + middle + rear
  • Central locking: keyless
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Key less access start hands free key: Standard
  • Electric windows: front + rear
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Sun roof: Standard
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: Standard
  • Frontfog lamps lights: Standard
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Camera for park distance control: rear
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: diesel
  • Fuel range average: 946 km
  • Driven wheels: front
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: 6
  • Gearshift: automatic
  • Transmission type: automatic
  • Front tyres: 235/65 R17
  • Reartyres: 235/65 R17
  • Length: 4585 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1890 mm
  • Height: 1785 mm
  • Wheel base: 2700 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 200 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 11.2 m
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1840 kg
  • Gross weight (GVM): 2510 kg
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 70l
  • Fuel consumption average: 7.4 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 196g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: Euro 2
  • Power maximum: 103 kW
  • Power maximum total: 103 kW
  • Power peak revs: 3750 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: n/a kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 330 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 1600-2800 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 330 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 179 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: n/as
  • Maximum top speed: n/a km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 2179 cc
  • Engine size: 2.2l
  • enginedetailshort: 2.2TD
  • Engine + detail: 2.2 turbo diesel
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i4
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 5
  • Warranty distance (km): 150000 km
  • Service plan: Standard
  • Service plan time (years): 5
  • Service plan time (distance): 100000 km
  • Roadside assistance time: 5
  • Service interval (distance): 20000 km
  • Service interval (time): 1
  • Brand: Mahindra
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 41526220
  • MMVariant: XUV 500 2.2D MHAWK A/T (W10) 7 SEAT
  • Introdate: 2018-10-10
  • DuoportarecordID: MahiXUV5_1F2e5

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