Mahindra TUV300 Review & Transmission

Mahindra TUV300 Overview

Mahindra has started working on the facelifted version of the TUV 300 (or TUV300). The upcoming Mahindra TUV 300 facelift will bring cosmetic enhancements and new features to the existing model. But most importantly, the new TUV 300 will be powered by a BS-VI-compliant engine.The Mahindra TUV 300 is a mid-segment five-seater SUV in the brand’s product line-up. The SUV is also available in aseven-seater format, dubbed as the TUV 300 Plus. The new refresh will be available in both configurations.Beyond just the cosmetics, the upcoming Mahindra TUV 300 facelift will employ a better-engineered body structure which complies with India’s updated crash test norms. The safety standards will come into effect for all cars going on sale from October 2019. As for emission standards, BS-VI norms will become mandatory for all vehicles from April 1, 2020. Many other manufacturers are also developing new BS-VI-compliant engines or upgrading the existing units to meet the norms. Some have even launched cars which are already BS-VI-compliant. Mahindra TUV300 in Tryaldrive

Mahindra TUV300

Mahindra TUV300 Look

Mahindra has worked hard to give the TUV300 a butch stance that will suit the tastes of SUV buyers. And it has to be said that has achieved success here to a great extent. I may not be the biggest fan of its front end design with its somewhat flat stance considering its rectangular air dam in the bumper, square fog lamp housings, plane-jane five-slat grille, subtle power dome and somewhat angular head lamp design. But the overall profile of the TUV is a well balanced one.

The side profile has more character with the raked pillars, black B and D-pillars, prominent shoulder line and some character lines running along the lower section of the car. What has the potential to look outdated sooner though are those wheel arches that aren’t as curved as they should be.

Around the back, the TUV has a nicely carved out bumper, proportionate tail lamps, tail gate mounted spare wheel with cover and a rear window with thick black borders like on the Scorpio and XUV500.The size of this vehicle also has a lot to do with its affordability as the TUV300 measures in under four meters in length. And with an engine under the 1,500cc mark, the TUV avails lower duties applicable for compact cars in India.This compact SUV is 3,995mm long, 2,680mm wide, 1,839mm tall and has a ground clearance of 190mm.

Mahindra TUV300 Comfort

Step inside you will see how drastic transformation the carmaker has done to enrich the in-cabin experience. It is arguably the best interiors you will see in a Mahindra vehicle. There isn’t any silly plum finished plastic and desperately designed air cons here, but a nicely designed dashboard draped with dual beige and grey combination. The TUV300 follows the traits of other cars launched in the past couple of years by using glossy back plastic console for the infotainment system at the centre. Other parts of the cabin including the door handles and the AC vents are adorned in aluminium finished silver plastic.

The apt placement of buttons on the central console shows the minimalistic approach of the carmaker. Especially, the way the top beige layer of the dashboard shelters or say surrounds the center console and instrument cluster without breaking the lines, is truly awesome. The quality of the plastics and the fit and finish shows that Mahindra needs some serious business here. The faux leather seats give a more comfortable experience to the occupants.

Coming to the space, the cabin is remarkably good in terms of headroom, legroom and shoulder room. However, the front seats that come with lumbar support are slightly on the firmer side and will not entertain passengers on long journeys. The carmaker could have added more padding around the lower regions. The bench seats at the rear too come with ample space and can absorb three adult passengers with enough legroom. But here again, they will not prove comfortable for longer distances due to lack of thigh support. Then there is third row which can also snug in 2 adult occupants but still not best for longer journeys. In terms of storage, you get plenty of bottle holders and cubbyholes in the cabin along with a huge illuminated glove box which is practically helpful in storing knick knacks.

Talking about the equipment, Mahindra has given a lot. The car comes with 7 inch touchscreen infotainment unit that comes with GPS, Bluetooth, USB photo/video viewer, voice messaging system as well as iPod support and 4-speakers to add more to the music experience. The reverse parking sensors relays relevant feeds on the screen. Other comfort feature in the car include height adjustable driver seat, internally adjustable ORVM, steering mounted audio controls, follow me headlamps, rear wash/wipe and second row full seat fold.

Mahindra TUV300 Engine

Mahindra has redeveloped its 1.5 litre, three cylinder, diesel engine for the TUV300. After an investment of Rs 200 crore, the unit has a new crank case, manifold, dual mass fly wheel and a sixth generation twin scroll turbo charger. The bore and stroke remains the same as that of the Quanto’s engine. The m-Hawk 80 unit in the TUV is capable of developing a maximum power output of 84 bhp @ 3,750 rpm and 230Nm of peak torque between 1,500 rpm and 2,250 rpm.

The end result is that the engine feels very refined at low revs and very smooth as well. Power delivery is linear too and it genuinely feels like a modern powertrain. Engine noise is low at idle and low revs too. It’s when you go heavier on the throttle that the short comings of this new engine become evident. There is a fair bit of turbo lag below 1,500 rpm till the turbo kicks in.

The mid range is where this engine is the happiest and pulls cleanly. As the revs climb though the engine gets noticeably loud. With the tacho needle sweeping past the 3,500 rpm mark, the engine begins to get strained. Even though, the oil burner will rev past the 4,250 rpm mark, there is little use in going there as the engine is simply not happy at those revolutions.

The engine in the Mahindra TUV300 is mated to a five-speed manual transmission while there is also an option of an automated manual transmission that has been developed with Ricardo. The car we drove was equipped with the manual gearbox. Like in the Scorpio, this transmission has long throws but is a tad notchier in this application. The clutch is quite heavy in the TUV and this can become an issue in stop start traffic.

Mahindra TUV300 Driving

Mahindra has done a tremendous in terms of suspension and handling. The vehicle underpins body-on-frame platform weighing 300 kgs more than EcoSport. But the chassis of the TUV300 is carried from new Scorpio. The TUV300 handles undulated roads, bumps and potholes without breaking a sweat, keeping the passengers comfortable all through the journey. But occupants at the rear as well at the last row can often feel jerks, which is typically an attribute of Mahindra. However, the suspension setup is a bit on a firmer side as opposed to soft setup which was there in previous Scorpios, saving the passengers from a lot of body movement.The car can be driven even by the most novice driver out there. The car rolls much less than what we have seen in the vehicles such as Quanto. The vehicle feels planted at high speeds, however you can expect slight body roll at the corners, but this doesn’t make things uncomfortable inside.

Mahindra TUV300 Safety

The vehicle comes with disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. The braking performance is decent with the car coming to complete halt from high speeds in less than 4 seconds. Further, the presence of ABS and EBD makes the grip on the road stronger. What makes this car more special is that the safety aspects hasn’t been compromised. The carmaker doesn’t differentiate any of the variants in terms of safety features with the car getting dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mount for child seats at the second row, digital immobilizer, seat belt reminder and auto-door lock as standard fitment.

Mahindra TUV300 Cost in Mumbai

Mahindra Tuv300 Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 7,58,243/- (TUV300 T4 Plus) to 10,72,195/- (TUV300 T10 100HP AMT Dual Tone). Get best offers for Mahindra Tuv300 from Mahindra Dealers in Mumbai. Check for TUV300 price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Mahindra TUV300 Conclusion

Having examined the contents inside the box after its alluring sticker price, I am happy to report that the TUV does seem to hold promise for Mahindra. Not only is it the most affordable among its rivals, but it is also decently equipped, spacious, well engineered and fuel efficient. It is nimble to drive at low speeds, feels fairly refined at low to average speeds, it is decently styled and has a somewhat butch appeal that will go down well with its customer base.While this first drive was limited in driving conditions, a thorough road test will reveal the real world drivability of the vehicle along with a better experience of ride comfort,handling and high speed manners.

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