Mahindra TUV300 Facelift Review & Test Drive

Mahindra Tuv300 Test Drive in Bangalore

Mahindra TUV300 Overview

When the Mahindra TUV300 was first launched in India, back in 2015, the SUV came with several unique attributes that made it a strong value proposition. It was the only offering to come with the butch and boxy design of a conventional SUV, it was the largest in terms of proportions (height and width) in the segment despite its sub-4 metre length, and it was the first and only subcompact SUV to offer a 7-seater cabin. However, it’s 2019 now, and in the past four years, the sub-4 metre SUV segment has taken a major leap.

From value-for-money offerings like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon to more modern SUVs like Mahindra’s very own XUV300 and India’s first connected SUV Hyundai Venue; today the segment offers a range of feature-packed models that make those ‘unique attributes’ of the TUV300 a bit obsolete. Having said that, the Mahindra TUV300 continues offers a strong SUV character and drivability that is still desired by many SUV buyers in the Indian market. In fact, it is still among the top-sellers in Mahindra’s line-up with an average of almost 1,300 units sold every month, and in order to keep the TUV300 updated, the carmaker has recently come out with the first mid-life facelift for the SUV. We got to spend a whole day with it and here’s what we think about the 2019 Mahindra TUV300.

Mahindra TUV300 Design

The new Mahindra TUV 300 embraces its sturdy stance from the boot to the grille section. Talking of the front fascia, the car hosts new sleek DRLs, stylish metallic chin plate, new piano black grille with black chrome inserts and first in class static bending lamps with carbon black finish. The 10-spoke alloy wheels just enhance the mesmerizing appeal of the TUV300. The new side claddings add to the manifestation of added beauty to the car. Talking of the rear, the presence of new clear lens tail lights, stunning X-shape spare wheel cover and a sporty rear spoiler gives a very decent finishing touch to the car as a whole.

Mahindra TUV300 Cabin

Inside, there are few changes. Mahindra has added a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system but there is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto yet. The MID too gets a new colour. Mahindra could have used this opportunity to add electric closing mirrors, a monochromatic mirror and one-touch window operation for the driver.

The untouched good bits include the spacious as well as airy black-beige cabin, the elevated seating position and the general feeling of indestructibility. On the same front, I wish the TUV had seat belts for the opposite facing third row seats. Space there is restricted as well and it is highly recommended that you place nothing other than luggage there.Check for Mahindra TUV300 price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Mahindra TUV300 Engine

Power on the 2019 Mahindra TUV300 continues to be offered by the tried and tested 1.5-litre mHawk100 diesel engine and it certainly remains one of the biggest highlights of the SUV, however, it’s still not BS6 compliant yet. However, now the engine only comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. Yes, Mahindra has dropped the AMT option for the facelifted TUV300, which personally I won’t really miss considering the manual gearbox continues to be a better choice, although, with the growing demand for automatic SUVs this certainly feels like a bad move.

Having said that, in terms of performance, there is not much to complain about the TUV300. The 1,493 cc, four-cylinder, turbocharged oil burner is tuned to churn out a maximum of 99 bhp, all of which is offered around 3700 rpm. But the engine’s real highlight is its torquey nature, which offers a peak torque of 240 Nm, from as low as 1500-1600 rpm, and goes all the way up to 2800 rpm. The gearbox too remains pretty much a delight, as the shifts are nice and precise and a firm nudge on the lever is more than enough to put the gear in the right slot. Also, for an SUV, the TUV300 certainly has a pretty light clutch, so it’s easier to drive in traffic as well, but the steering continues to be a bit on the heavier side, not that bothersome but you feel the weight.For more info on Mahindra TUV300 visit Seepennywork

Mahindra TUV300 Riding

The bouncy ride quality is a result of softer springs. Load the SUV and it is quite pliant. Take this rear-wheel driven SUV on the off-beaten path and it will impress you. On the road though, the steering feels heavy and a tad vague. Body roll too is pronounced and for those who aren’t used to this, it can also make you car sick. The stock brakes could also do with some more bite. You will love the good all-around visibility though I still feel that the rear windscreen could have been a bit more bigger.

Mahindra TUV300 Safety

The braking responsibilities of the 2019 Mahindra TUV300 is handled by disc brakes in the front and drum brakes at the rear. The safety features include 2 airbags (driver and co-driver), anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and corner braking control. Added features comprises anti-theft warning, collapsible steering column, digital immobilizer, ISOFIX mounts, side-intrusion beams and a new reverse parking camera.

Mahindra TUV300 Price in Hyderabad

Mahindra TUV300 On Road Price is 9,93,104/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,36,285/- in Hyderabad. Mahindra TUV300 comes in 9 colours, namely Bronze Green,Red Black Roof,Silver Black Roof,Dynamo Red,Verve Blue,Majestic Silver,Bold Black,Glacier White,Molten Orange. Mahindra TUV300 comes with RWD with 1493 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 84 bhp@3750 rpm and Peak Torque 230 Nm@1500-2250 rpm DRIVE TRAIN RWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Mahindra TUV300 comes with Manual Transmission with RWD .Apply car loan for Mahindra TUV300 at Fincarz.

Mahindra TUV300 Verdict

Things have changed for the good but there could be a bit more additions to make it more appealing to the urban buyers. Moreover, at the ex-showroom price of Rs 10.55 lakh, ex-showroom for the dual tone, the TUV300 is a bit on the costlier side of things. Look at the TUV300 as a modern Bolero and you will come back mighty impressed. However, if you look at it like a Brezza competitor, then it lacks behind. It is more at home ferrying a full load of passengers on rural roads, thereby making a compelling case for the villages and tier III cities.

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