Interiors – Getting in the XUV300 is easy as the car is more like a jacked up hatchback than an out and out SUV. Once inside, you will realise that the interior of the Mahindra is a cut-copy-paste job of the SsangYong Tivoli. That is not a bad thing because we think the cabin of the XUV300 looks grown up and premium. The dashboard design is less radical than say the Tata Nexon but certainly more intriguing than the Maruti Vitara Brezza. You get a large touchscreen infotainment system neatly placed between the two centre aircon vents. The graphics are nice but are not as crisp as those found on the infotainment system of the Hyundai Creta. We loved the instrument cluster which is easy to read and comes with loads of info including your tyre pressure. The instrument cluster also comes with a colour changing function which is quite cool.
The cabin of the XUV300 is very practical and spacious, suitable for long journeys
The equipment list is long and Mahindra are betting most equipment is first-in-class. The top-spec variant gives you two-zone climate control, electrically-adjustable rear view wing mirrors, height adjustable front seats, a sunroof, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, ambient lighting among others. The front seats are large but don’t offer too much thigh support. However, the cushioning is very comfortable and the two-tone scheme works extremely well for the cabin.
The back seats offer generous space with good headroom and legroom. The seats are also flat meaning three people can sit with reasonable comfort. You do get rear AC vents but the centre tunnel does not eat into the passenger’s foot space. All the three passengers get adjustable headrests which make the back seat more comfortable and even safer. However, the thigh support, like the front seats, is lacking a fair bit.
The two-tone colour scheme makes the cabin feel airy and spacious
The cabin of the XUV300 is very practical. You get large bottle holders on each of the doors and there are many other places to keep your knick knacks. We found the storage space above the glovebox very useful to keep small items. The space inside the centre front armrest can comfortably hold your phone. There are 4 cupholders, 2 in the front and 2 at the back. You also get a sunglass holder and both the sun visors have a mirror in them. The boot is not very large with a 265-litre capacity. You can split fold the seats to get more room and Mahindra has intentionally not given the parcel tray to create the illusion of more space. The spare wheel is neatly tucked underneath but it is not an alloy.
The interiors do please you in more than one aspect however there are some drawbacks. Although the overall quality is good, the plastics feel hard and scratchy and the buttons are a bit small and not placed very ergonomically. That said this is probably one of the best interiors we have seen in a Mahindra SUV.