2019 Mahindra Alturas G4 Review
Car Tested: 2019 Mahindra Alturas G4; Road Test No. 1022; Test Location: Lonavala
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 32-34 lakhs (est.)
The Alturas G4 is the best Mahindra yet, scoring high on features and quality
Mahindra had launched the second generation of the SsangYong Rexton in India many years back but the SUV didn’t became as successful as other Mahindra cars. The automaker then skipped the third generation of the Rexton and the older one continued to be on sale till very recently. The home-grown automaker showcased the Rexton G4 which is the fourth generation of the car at the 2018 Auto Expo and while speculations were rife that it will be called the XUV700, the SUV will now be launched as the Alturas G4 and it is here to rival the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.
Motor Quest: The SsangYong Rexton G4 has received a lot of awards and accolades in Korea and it is a popular vehicle there. The model which has been launched in India is largely similar to the Korean model and comes with just a couple of cosmetic changes.
Exteriors – The Mahindra Alturas G4 looks similar to the model that was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. Compared to the Rexton G4, this one gets a tweaked grille which now houses a Mahindra logo. Rest of the styling bits are similar. The front of the Alturas does look bold and imposing while the side profile has a simple design. It comes with 18-inch alloys and since the SUV misses out on a rear quarter glass, some people find the side profile to be a bit incomplete in design because there’s a lot of metal area in the rear 3/4th. The rear looks good too but the Alturas G4 badging which is placed right in the centre of the tail gate in a large chrome font does look out of place.
Interiors – The cabin of the Alturas G4 is a pleasant surprise because not only is it finished with high quality bits, it also gets some class-leading features. The dashboard’s design is quite good and ergonomic and the quilted Nappa leather upholstery all around the interior lends a very premium appeal to this SUV. The design of the centre console does look a wee bit similar to the older Mercedes ML while a lot of bits look like they’ve been borrowed from Volvo cars such as the volume control knob and the 4WD knob. The colour theme on the inside is quite good looking and the interiors do feel like they belong to a premium car.
The interiors are very impressive; good quality materials and lots of features
Talking of features, you get equipment like TPMS, 6-speaker touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, 360-degree parking camera with bird’s eye view, automatic HID headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, sunroof, LED DRLs, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, easy access mode wherein the driver’s seat moves backwards when you unlock the car so that you can get inside easily, ventilated front seats, dual zone climate control and AC vents in all rows. The audio system sounds very good and the AC has good performance too, cooling the cabin quickly and efficiently. The instrument cluster gets a beautiful screen with a lot of menus and displays quite a lot of detailed info.
The front seats are good on support and comfort. Finding the perfect driving position is easy thanks to the electric controls and also the memory function. Outward visibility is also quite nice because the front windshield and side windows are large in size. The second row also offers good knee room and head room and the seat back is also reclining. The centre armrest in the rear seat comes with 2 pop-out cupholders. The third row is quite a disappointment because the seat is almost placed on the floor and because of that legroom is seriously limited and it gets difficult for adults to sit there because the knees are always facing up. The boot has very less space if all seats are up but with the third row folded down, capacity is humungous. Plus, the second row also gets 60:40 split. There are lots of storage spaces in the cabin too, with all doors getting large bottle holders.