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The amount of safety equipment is impressive for a car in this segment

Safety and After Sales Service – The 2018 Mahindra XUV500 comes loaded with a host of safety features and the SUV has also scored a 4-star rating in the Australian NCAP. Every variant comes with dual front airbags and ABS as standard while the W9 and W11 variants also get side and curtain airbags. Other safety features include all-wheel disc brakes, Tyre-Tronics, Emergency Call, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Rollover Mitigation and Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control. In terms of after-sales service, the homegrown automaker has a wide reach across the country and past service experiences by customers have been decent.

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The facelift will help XUV500 retain the king of the segment remark

Verdict – The refreshed Mahindra XUV500 makes a lot of sense and is a proper facelift, making it look and feel fresh. It looks a bit weird in images but when you see it in person, the new styling looks quite appealing. Even the tan faux leather seats and leatherette treatment on the dashboard gives a very premium appeal to the cabin. Overall, we were quite impressed with the additions.

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The changes make the XUV500 more attractive in this segment

What’s Cool

* Tweaks to the exterior styling makes it look fresh
* The interior feels much more premium with the leatherette treatment
* The XUV500 is now more tech loaded getting new equipment
* The increase in power and torque along with EVGT makes it feel much quicker

What’s Not So Cool

* The 6-speed manual transmission feels notchy to operate
* The ride gets bouncy at the rear

Alternatives: Tata Hexa, Toyota Innova Crysta, Jeep Compass

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The competition will be having a tough time coping with the XUV500 volumes

2018 Mahindra XUV500 Specifications

* Engine: 2179cc, 4-Cyl, turbocharged (Diesel) | 2179cc, 4-Cyl, turbocharged (Petrol)
* Power: 155 HP @ 3750 RPM | 140 HP @ 4500 RPM
* Torque: 360 Nm @ 1750-2800 RPM | 320 Nm @ 2000-3000 RPM
* Transmission: 6-Speed MT / 6-Speed AT | 6-Speed AT
* 0-100 km/hr: 11.51 seconds (VBOX)
* Fuel Consumption: 10-12 km/l (MT), 8-10 km/l (AT) | 8-10 km/l
* Fuel Type: Diesel | Petrol
* Suspension: MacPherson type with anti-roll bar (Front), Multilink type with anti-roll bar (Rear)
* Tyres: 235/65/17 (all variants except W11 Optional), 235/60/18 (W11 Optional)
* Brakes: Discs (Front & Rear), ABS
* Safety: 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill Hold and Descent Control and ESP with Rollover Mitigation

2018 Mahindra XUV500 Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 4585 mm X 1890 mm X 1785 mm
* Wheelbase: 2700 mm
* Ground Clearance: 160 mm
* Kerb Weight: 1785 kgs
* Boot Space: 703-litres (with third row folded)
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 70-litres

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We believe this is the final facelift of this generation until the new one comes in 2020

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