Mahindra TUV300 Facelift Review & Test 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 which is not just a longer version of the car, but also comes with a better engine. Is the TUV300 really a hugely improvised version of the older car? Time to find out. Book a test drive for Mahindra TUV300.


Mahindra TUV300 Design & Style

The TUV300 is definitely a far better looking SUV than the old Quanto which actually looks like a smaller version of the Xylo SUV. The TUV300 definitely has its own unique identity which is its biggest point. What also sets it apart is the fact that it actually shares its chassis structure with the new generation Scorpio.

Coming to the styling the TUV300 looks rugged and its design has been inspired from a battle tank. Towards the front it gets this huge and bold looking grille and clear lens headlamps with well designed turn indicators. The front bumpers get rectangular fog lamps and even a rectangular air dam. The front bonnet also gets a bold design which actually helps in giving the SUV a commanding road presence. Now if we take a look closely you will notice that the front grille takes some of its inspirations from Jeep which is totally acceptable because Mahindra has added their own flavors to it.

The side profile of the SUV’s styling somehow helps to distract your mind from the overall boxy design of this compact SUV because it gets slightly slanting B pillar which actually seems to have worked in Mahindra’s favor, plus the addition of blacked out B and D Pillar definitely adds the premium feel to the overall exterior. The rest of the side profile gets squarish looking wheel arches and an impressive ground clearance which helps it stick to its true blue SUV character. The side profile also gets stylish roof rails too which can help in easy mounting of lifestyle accessories and other useful things.

Towards the rear the first thing which will attract your attention is the spare wheel mounted on the tailgate while the large wrap around tail lamps helps in giving the SUV contemporary styling.Now although the design does not look overdone but it looks abit more chunky considering the overall sub4 meter dimension of the SUV.

Mahindra TUV300 Cabin & Space

The interiors of the TUV300 are a welcome. The dual-tone interiors are a welcome and the instrument cluster styling is simple and easy to read. The TUV300 gets black and beige interiors with some silver inserts. There is an in-dahs music system with USB, Bluetooth and aux connectivity. The quality of the plastics is good and even the fit and finish is decent, however it is look and feel of the plastic that doesn’t impress us.

The space on the TUV300 is impressive. You sit tall on the front row seats with an armrest for each one separately. There is sufficient headroom and legroom even for tall people. The side support on the seat could have been better. The rear seat space too is decent and three people sit without any squeeze. The centre tunnel for the second row is almost flat and makes it convenient for tall people. The three row has jump seats and these are good for thin people or children. Access to get in and out of the jump seats is a bit of a hassle.The features on the TUV300 are in-dash music system, reverse parking sensor, dual airbags and ABS with EBD. The TUV300’s competition offers more features but the USPs of this compact SUV is its space.Check for Mahindra TUV300 in bpas.in 

Mahindra TUV300 Engine & Gearbox

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.

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 Ride & Handling

The TUV300 will be Mahindra’s first SUV which will actually sit on the new body on frame chassis which has been developed for recently for the new generation Scorpio. The advantage of this new chassis is that it weighs much less than its earlier ladder on frame chassis, although the length of the Chassis will be actually shorter than that of the Scorpio for obvious reasons. For that reason expect the new TUV300 to also handle better than the compact SUV Quanto

Mahindra TUV300 Safety & Security

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 Bangalore

Mahindra Tuv300 On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 9,10,963 to 13,50,111 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 Bangalore. Check for TUV300 price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Mahindra TUV300 Final Word

The Mahindra TUV300 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 .

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