Mahindra XUV500

Overview of the car




12.4 Mileage

70 Litres

2 AirBags

7 Seater

2 Years/65,000 Kms

Performance Metrics


Top Speed


0-100 kph


Turning Cycle
Tech Specs


2179 cc
Max Power
153 bhp
36.7 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)


Wheel Base
2700 mm
Ground Clearance
200 mm
93 ltrs
Turning Circle
11.2 mtrs
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Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
MacPherson type with anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link type with anti-roll bar
Steering Type
Power assisted (Hydraulic)
Front: 235/65 R17
Rear: 235/65 R17
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Reviews and Video
TorqueX Review

What you’ll like?

Improved cabin, long list of features

What you won’t like?

Steering kickback, average ride (A/T)

TorqueX Says

Superb value but little rough around the edges

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Autocar Review

Mahindra XUV500 Review, Road Test

Mahindra XUV500

What is it?
The XUV500 was a game changer when it was launched in 2011, because of the sheer value that it brought to the table and it was an SUV in a price segment filled with only sedans. Seven years and quite a few developments later, Mahindra has introduced a new avatar of the SUV. The exterior styling takes a step towards the premium end, the interiors look more upmarket, the feature list remains lengthy and the engine gets a power update; all of this to keep the XUV500 fresh and ready to take on the increasing competition.

Between the 2015 facelift and this update, exterior changes are far too subtle. The headlamps retain the projectors for low beam, but the elements inside are different, and the LED DRL strip on top looks like an after-market addition. The front grille is new, with gloss black sides, sandwiched by thick chrome that house chrome studs. The chrome in the fog lamp housing has been reshaped; the rest of the bumper, however, is unchanged. On the sides are smart-looking dual-tone 18-inch alloys that fill the wheel wells nicely, wrapped with 235/60 tyres. There’s even a chrome strip on the doors and new roof rails, both of which, however, can be easily missed. The rear receives the biggest change with a completely redefined tailgate, new tail-lamps and a new roof spoiler; the design is more MPV-like than SUV.

What is it like inside?
The interiors of this top-spec W11 variant are all-black with tan seat upholstery, and the leather seats are quilted, this gives the cabin a very upmarket look. The centre console gets a piano black finish with brushed silver highlights. Plastics on the dash and door sills now have a nice, soft feel to them, and the dash top gets faux-leather inserts with contrasting stitching. While the quilted seats look very nice, their fit and finishing is shoddy, especially considering this SUV’s price. It is also not very comfy to sit on, as you can distinctly feel the three vertical foam strips (below the quilting) against your back.

The XUV500 remains well equipped with kit including a sunroof, auto headlamps and wipers, touchscreen with navigation, Android Auto, reversing camera, six airbags and ESP. This time around, however, the sound is tweaked by Arkamys and the location of the tweeters has been changed for a better audio experience. The BlueSense app now links the infotainment to a smartwatch, through which one can control the audio, climate control and view information like tyre pressure, among other things. Given the screen size of a watch, this is more party trick than useful.

What’s it like to drive?
The XUV500 never lacked in terms of performance, but this latest iteration has been given a bump in power. The engine makes 155hp and 360Nm of torque (15hp and 30Nm over the outgoing version). The variable geometry turbocharger is now electronically controlled, instead of vacuum controlled; with this, the low-end response has improved a bit, boost comes in gently at around the 1,400rpm mark and then builds nicely from as low as 1,800rpm. It pulls very strongly until 4000rpm, beyond which progress is slow. Like before, the six-speed manual gearbox is notchy with long throws and it transmits power to the front wheels. Also on offer is a six-speed automatic transmission that drives either the front or all four wheels, but we didn’t get a chance to drive that variant. The ARAI fuel efficiency rating has gone down from 16kpl to 15.4kpl.

What’s nice is that, since the 2015 update, power is sent to the front wheels a lot better now, and, despite the increase in power, the XUV500 doesn’t pull hither and thither under hard acceleration in lower gears.

Since we drove the car on the Mahindra test track, we couldn't really put to test the ride and handling, but the company says there no changes in those areas. Like before, body roll is well controlled on this monocoque SUV.

Should I buy one?
With this facelift, the XUV500 gets a good dose of freshness. What this premium really gets you is a more luxurious experience on the inside with new soft-touch bits and new tan leather seat covers.

The XUV500 may still not match the Hyundai Creta’s level of sophistication, but look at it in isolation, and the fact that this is a seven-seater, it does appeal.

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total (2)


  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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