Mahindra TUV300 Facelift Performance & First Drive
Mahindra TUV300 Overview
When Mahindra launched the TUV300 first in 2015, no one expected that the automaker will launch a bigger version of the same car few years down the line. The TUV300 is known to be a VFM people’s carrier but the car has some flaws like its bumpy ride, poor handling and not-so-punchy engine. The Mumbai-based automaker has now launched the TUV300 Plus which is not just a longer version of the car, but also comes with a better engine. Is the TUV300 Plus really a hugely improvised version of the older car? Time to find out. Mahindra TUV300 in Tryaldrive
Mahindra TUV300 Exterior & style
Mahindra has designed the TUV300 with inputs from Pininfarina, the Italian design house that has designed Ferraris and Maseratis. The design is fresh and retains Mahindra’s design characteristics. The front grille is made up of seven-vertical bars that are seen on all the Mahindra vehicles. Then there is a chrome The headlamps are pulled back and get narrower as you move towards the side. The square fog lamps are a new design and the bonnet is flat without any strakes add to the rocky styling.
The silhouette of the TUV300 gets a large bonnet, black roof rails and 10-spoke alloy wheels. The wheels do look small considering the height of the TUV300. The grab doors are chunky and nice to grip. The D-pillar is blacked out and it has chunky set of tail lamps too. The tailgate gets the spare wheel mounted at the centre and in the higher variants it also gets body colour spare wheel cover too.The rear styling somewhat remind us of the Skoda Yeti. The TUV300 does stand out in the crowd and Mahindra calls it TUV (Tough Utility Vehicle) as it looks like it is built like a tank (in styling).
Mahindra TUV300 Interior & Space
Step inside and the interior of the new TUV300 will surprise you because inside the story is totally different, the TUV300 gets duel tone dashboard finished in premium black and beige. The centre console gets hexagonal console which actually has been finished in Piano black and gets 2-DIN Audio compatible with Bluetooth, USB & AUX. The steering wheel in particular looks good because it gets mounted audio and phone controls.
The instrument cluster at the front gets twin pods which gets a sporty finish and definitely looks good at night time because of the amber backlighting and chrome ring on the dials. The hexagonal center console is not complete without the Silver accents on AC Vent outer ring. The TUV300 also has seating capacity of 5+2 passengers which has been made possible with the addition of the jump seats . The TUV300 also offers an amazing 400 litres of boot space at the rear which can be extended to 720 Litres if one folds the second row seats. There is also two 12 v charging points inside the cabin. While some top end variants also gets electronically adjustable ORVM’s.
Mahindra TUV300 Engine & Transmission
The older Mahindra TUV300 felt quite underpowered with its puny 3-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel engine, especially on the highways and hills. Thus, the mHawk 2.2-litre unit that comes on the TUV300 Plus is a huge relief even though it is offered in its lower 120 PS and 280 Nm state of tune. Mated to this oil-burner is Mahindra’s 6-speed manual transmission while there’s no AT option yet. This engine has a lot of clatter but otherwise isn’t too crude while it has a tendency to get even noisier at high RPMs. It is also quite reliable and is known to be a durable engine. Vibrations in the car are on the higher side, more so when you start or stop the engine. Even the gear lever vibrates a lot. Check for Mahindra TUV300 in planetm.co.in
Putting down 120 horses, the TUV300 Plus doesn’t feel underpowered. In fact, it has pretty good driveability with strong mid-range performance. Lower down the rev band, some turbo lag is felt till up to 1800 RPM. It redlines very quickly after 4000 RPM and frankly most of the punch lies in the middle of the RPM range. On the fuel efficiency front, this MUV gives out 13-15 km/l which includes some hard driving and if you go easy on the throttle you can expect the figure to rise by a couple of kms.
There’s also an ECO mode on offer which dulls down the performance in interest of efficiency. The TUV300 Plus also comes with the ESS (micro-hybrid mode) which shuts down the engine when you halt at a signal and then quickly fires it up when you press the clutch. Gear shifts aren’t too hard but sometimes I faced difficulty while trying to slot in reverse. The clutch isn’t very heavy but it isn’t light either and has a long travel. But compared to the older TUV, this engine is an excellent step-up and provides this car a much needed power boost which really increases its driveability quotient.
Mahindra TUV300 Driving Dynamics
Our only experience of the TUV300 was on Mahindra test track, which has sooth roads. So, we can’t comment in detail about the ride quality of this compact SUV. The handling of the TUV300 isn’t something to rave about. It is good within city limits, however on the winding roads you won’t enjoy it much. Considering the dimensions of the SUV, it has a high centre of gravity. There is a lot of body roll, and it very evident as well. The steering wheel is hydraulic and still light and good to grip. It is proper in size and even the road visibility from the driver’s seat is very good. You feel in a commanding position.
Mahindra TUV300 Braking & Safety
Disc brakes in front and drum brakes at rear perform respective duties. Anti-lock-braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution is available on the high end grade as standard fare while the base trims get it as an optional feature. Airbags are available in front for the driver, other than this features like immobilizer, central locking etc are also incorporated.
Mahindra TUV300 Cost in Gurgaon
Mahindra Tuv300 On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 8,60,278 to 12,37,137 for variants TUV300 T4 Plus and TUV300 T10 100HP AMT Dual Tone respectively. Mahindra Tuv300 is available in 8 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Tuv300 variants price in Gurgaon. Check for TUV300 price in Gurgaon at Carzprice
Mahindra TUV300 Conclusion
The Mahindra TUV300 Plus is priced very attractively and can easily seat 7-8 people depending on the size of the passengers. It also comes with a very good engine. However, it has some flaws like its poor fit & finish and the ride quality which can’t be called plush. It makes sense if you don’t mind compromising on these qualities for the want of a rugged MUV but if you prefer better driving dynamics, more feel-good factor and an overall urban car, you should consider the Honda BR-V which is priced just a bit more than the TUV300 PlusTags: Mahindra