Mahindra TUV300 Overview
We did inform you all when Mahindra decided to introduce a more powerful variant of their popular compact SUV because of the complaints they have received from their existing customers about the slow nature of the SUV. So Mahindra decided to launch a more powerful mHawk engine under the hood of the popular TUV300 SUV. This engine is the same unit which also powers their more powerful Nuvosport SUV which is the facelift variant of their Quanto SUV.Unfortunately the mHawk100 unit is available with only the top end T8 and T8 AMT variant. This new engine not only adds more power but it also significantly provides more torque which is available just with a press on the accelerator.
Coming to the Mahindra TUV300 compact SUV, the TUV300 was launched last year in India and it was here to compete with some other competitors of the compact SUV segment like the Ecosport and the recently introduced Maruti Vitara Brezza. The takes its inspiration from the battle tank and promises to provide refinement along with toughness. The TUV300 with the more powerful unit does not get any cosmetic upgrades except the new drivetrain under its hood and thus everything else remains the same except the new drivetrain. Mahindra TUV300 in Tryaldrive
Mahindra TUV300 Design & Style
Taking inspiration from the ‘battle tank’, TUV300 has been shaped in a rather boxy manner which may or may not go well with the customer, reason being that some may find it tough and rugged while others may think that it is too plain jane to stand competition like Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross, Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. Mahindra TUV300 pictures of the outside testify the company’s attempt to come up with a rugged vehicle, but what really works for the SUV is that despite its small size it manages to appeal customers and is not mistaken for an oversized hatchback. Despite its sub-four meter length, the SUV does not seem petite or compressed, probably because it is not feature clad on the outside, the unnecessary styling to make it look sporty has been skipped which works well for it.
Front is bold, the engine hood is short and front apron is unusually wide. Radiator grille is reminiscent of Jeep and a hint of chrome is evident around the rectangular openings. Head lights are designed in such as way that fits well with the bold front end. Body coloured lower bumper gets square shaped fog lights featuring chrome surrounds. Air inlets are again wide that add to the aggressive stance. Wheel arches are rather rectangular than round, side view is simple, the black treatment around the window frame, dual tone power adjustable ORVMs, body painted outside door handles and window beltline altogether lends a suave look. Rear too has been designed in line with the rest of the body, a set of simple tail lights and mounted spare wheel are equipped on the tailgate. And the black painted roof rails have been atop appear sport
On the inside too, not much has changed. The dashboard continues with the same layout with a black and beige colour theme. Quality of materials used is also very similar to the older car which means there’s no improvement and fit & finish levels are also not up to the mark with a lot of cheap plastics used at many places. The touchscreen is the same as the smaller TUV while the speakers produce decent sound quality. The TUV still lacks on features like a reverse parking camera, electrically folding ORVMs and rear AC vents.
The front seats offer decent support and comfort but sadly the rear seats still lack kneeroom because the TUV300 Plus has the same wheelbase as the regular car. The third row still has side facing seats which is unfortunate because we expected the vehicle to come with front facing seats. The third row seats are intended to fit in 4 people but honestly making 4 people sit there is quite a task because knee room is seriously limited and shoulder space also gets a bit tight. Getting into the third row also isn’t very easy because the step is set too high. What is also disappointing is that the third row doesn’t get seat belts. There are no AC vents in either of the rear rows but the quarter glass in the third row can be opened. Boot space with the third row folded up is 696-litres.
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. For Mahindra TUV300 visit cibsleh.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
Seems like Mahindra had worked really hard on this one, not that it performs brilliantly, but the SUV is certainly impressive. The 80 PS diesel engine is capable enough to give a good start to the vehicle. There is that initial grunt like other Mahindras, hence there is lack of refinement. In fact there is an insignificant turbo lag too, but it does not bother much. Steering wheel is heavy, but responsive at the same time. Overall, it is a well suited car for city driving as it enables easy manoeuvrability.
Mahindra TUV300 Braking & Safety
The TUV300 gets plenty of safety features which comes in the form of a a toughened high strength steel body shell structure, it further gets Dual Airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Corner Brake Control (CBC). The CBC helps the vehicle to stay on its intended path when it is braking while turning. There is also an automatic door locking as well.
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 Cazrprice.
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 Plus.