Mahindra XUV300 Chennai pricing, detailed review

Mahindra XUV300 is the compact SUV Mahindra has positioned to rival Ford Ecosport, Tata Nexon, Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V and the likes.
Mahindra has given everything they've got to XUV300-with a very tough competition landscape, failure is not an option. Thus XUV300's top variant is armed to the teeth with features (costs upto 15 lakhs, still about 7-8 lakhs cheaper than top end XUV500) while there's a cheaper variant beginning at on road price of 9.3 lakhs Chennai.

I've seen XUV300 being displayed at multiple airports during my travel, but didn't have the time to take a test drive. This week, did just that. So this post details the features of XUV3OO, its Chennai pricing and my test drive feedback.

Specs:
XUV300 gets a 1.2 litre petrol, 1.5 litre diesel engine both producing about 110 PS power. That is at par with what's offered in this segment, even a bit better as some competition offers only about 90 PS. Looks and styling is good too.

XUV300 Test Drive feedback
The test drive I took today was longer than what Fiat people allowed in same area few years ago. I think I drove for about 7-8 kms. I drove the petrol variant (because as per this analysis, it doesn't make sense to go for diesel, unless your usage is 100 kms + per day)

XUV300 was smooth to drive. The gear box was a lot smoother than what I was used to on Xylo and Scorpio or even XUV500 earlier. Clearly a good thing to experience.

There was a drive mode- Sport, Comfort, Regular- these modes have nothing to do with engine output and are purely related to steering wheel stiffness. Sports would make the steering more stiff for better control and feedback. Tried all 3 during the short test drive but the difference was hard to feel- may be needs some more time getting used to before one can feel the difference.

Defogger in rear view mirror is a new thing to me- W8 optional gets it. And then there's anti pinching sunroof which is also cool.

XUV300 driving comfort and handling was nice- could't face any negative aspect during the short test drive. AC felt powerful too, capable to handle Chennai hotness.

XUV300 Mileage- Certified Mileage stands at 22 kmpl for Diesel, 20 for petrol. But practical fuel economy would be around 12-15 kmpl depending on driving style and AC usage- this is as per salesperson input, supposedly from existing customer. (all their cars are new- fuel economy will improve after 2 services- he added)

Waiting period for Mahindra XUV300
2 months + for W8 variant, quicker (1-2 weeks) for W4, W6 variant)

Understanding Mahindra XUV300's variants
There's no W2, the barebone cheapest variant (like there's K2 for KUV100). Cheapst in XUV300 is W4. Next up W6 gets a wheel cover, GPS Navigation, follow me home headlamps etc

W8 gets 17 inch white alloy wheels with wider 215/55 tyres, silver lower grille, 2 USB charging instead of 1, multi colour illumination in instrument cluster, rear defogger etc

W8 optional- optional package costs about 1.5 lakhs more than W8- in this you'll get following extra- 7 airbags instead of 2, diamond cut alloy wheels, sun roof, front parking sensors, defogger in rear view mirror, Tyre-tronics (tyre pressure indicator), Auto dimming IRVM, Dual tone roof rails, Chrome lower grille (instead of silver in W8)

Mahindra XUV300 Onroad Price in Chennai
#
XUV300 Variant
Ex Showroom Chennai
On Road Chenai
(Lakhs INR)
1
W4 Petrol
7.9
9.3
2
W6 Petrol
8.8
10.3
3
W8 Petrol
10.3
12.5
4
W8 optional Petrol
11.5
14
5
W8 Optional Petrol dual tone
11.65
14.2
6
W4 Diesel
8.5
10
7
W6 Diesel
9.3
11
8
W8 Diesel
10.8
13.2
9
W8 optional Diesel
12
14.6
0
W8 Optional Diesel dual tone
12.15
14.8
Note: On road price doesn't include Fast tag, but includes a 1% TCS (new thing to me- tax deducted at source- apparently mandatory for vehicles with value above 10 lakhs), registration and life tax, bumper to bumber insurance, some extra charges worth 20k- named incidental charges and standard fitment charges, 3rd year extended warranty ad road side assistance.

What's unique in XUV 300?
  • All wheels get disc brakes, while competition offers disc only for front wheels
  • defogger on mirrors, tyre pressure monitoring system are not available in competition as far as I know.
What's missing in XUV300?
  • No automatic variant as of now. Brezza, Nexon, Ecosport are all available in AMT/automatic versions.
  • No hands free band like Nexon
Any offers on XUV300?
If you buy an XUV300 (or other Mahindra vehicle) you will get some 2 Day stay in Club Mahindra resort, some vouchers and RCI membership etc- do check the fine print on this- you may still have to pay a bit.

I was told NO discounts/dealer offers on purchase, since this is a new vehicle and has got good demand. Apparently some 13500 XUV300s have been booked so far since launch and this particular show room in Chennai is getting at least 2-3 bookings per day.

XUV300 vs Competition
Competition in this segment is tough. Tata Nexon recently got 5 star safety rating. Nexon gets a hands free band. Ecosport is doing reasonably well and is very well loaded like XUV300. Vitara Brezza looks pale in terms of features, but is selling very well due to aggressive pricing, Maruti's reliability. But Brezza lacks a petrol variant. Hyundai is readying its own competitor.

Similar: Nexon vs Ecosport vs Brezza

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