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2019 Mahindra XUV300 Review

Car Tested: 2019 Mahindra XUV300; Road Test No. 1057; Test Location: Goa

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 9.23 – 14.44 lakhs

The Mahindra XUV300 is a well performing compact SUV with feature-loaded interiors, good safety and excellent dynamics

Indian car brands are going places and it’s such a proud moment to see homegrown automakers Tata Motors and Mahindra launching excellent cars time and again. While Tata Motors wants to eat into Mahindra’s popular XUV500 with its Harrier, at the same time, Mahindra wants to take sales away from the Nexon with the XUV300, a compact SUV which we think is the best in the segment for a host of reasons.

Motor Quest: Mahindra decided to take help from SsangYong to enter in the highly competitive compact-SUV segment. Codenamed as the S201, the XUV300 is underpinned by the SsangYong Tivoli platform. Mahindra has effectively redesigned and re-engineered to make it more suitable for Indian customers. Mahindra aims to give a truly world-class product for the compact SUV buyers with the XUV300.

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The XUV300 looks striking and upscale

Exteriors – Mahindra says that the XUV300 carries a Cheetah-inspired design and we won’t argue for a minute. The XUV300 looks sharp and aggressive with many interesting elements. The projector headlights are possibly the best part of its design. They are sleek and connect to the fog lights with a strip that happens to be the DRL. There is another piece of DRL on the headlights and when both light up, the car instantly looks more expensive than what it actually is. Mahindra has done an equally stellar job with the grille which is full of chrome and subtly designed, unlike other Mahindra SUVs. What is dominant is the air dam which makes it look like an SUV. The high bumper that neatly protrudes into the wheel arches is also another interesting touch.

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The blackened C-pillars and dual-tone paint schemes make the XUV300 look attractive

The Mahindra XUV300 comes with all the SUV elements in its compact design

The side is where the XUV300 looks very chic with pronounced wheel arches, good alloy wheel design, blackened C-pillar, dual-tone paint option and elements like a bulge on the rear wheel arch. The silhouette is same as the Tivoli but Mahindra have done a wonderful job of making the XUV300 look even better than the car it is based on. The rear looks far too busy and that is largely due to the overstyled taillights. Factor in the high bumper and narrow glass area, the rear is not the prettiest or the most proportionate. That said if we were to compare it to the SsangYong Tivoli, we’d say the Mahindra looks slightly better.