Mahindra TUV 300 Facelift Review & Test Drive

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.

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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. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Mahindra TUV300 Look

The Mahindra TUV300 saw a major design change within the company stable. While the proportions are boxy on the TUV, it still manages to look premium. Despite the tall height at 1839 mm, the automaker has contained the dimensions well under the 4-metre mark without making it look awkward. Mahindra has used the length to its fullest at 3995 mm, while the car is quite wide at 1835 mm and that reflects in the cabin too. The automaker says a battle tank has inspired the styling and the effect is certainly seen on the exterior. The TUV300 looks functional but quite urban as well, taking inspiration from old school British and American SUVs. For the modern day SUV user, the rugged feel is very much intact on the TUV without having to compromise on creature comfort or functionality. The SUV’s vertically stacked front grille is reminiscent of its Mahindra roots, while the squared wheel arches and fog lamp enclosures are elements that stand out.

Mahindra TUV300 Comfort

In terms of updates, there isn’t much to explore if you are familiar with the TUV300’s cabin. The design and layout of the dash remains the same for the Plus which means the not-so-nice materials continue with shiny hard plastics on the centre console and doors. The overall fit and finish leave a lot to be desired, especially if you consider similarly priced vehicles. Materials aside, there is a lot of room up front with plenty of open storage cubbies between the front seats. The seats itself are large and wide and the under thigh support is surprisingly good, too. You also get usable armrests which make long distance driving that little bit more relaxing.

So that’s the good bits. Unfortunately, space at the back is something that’s still a concern. Since the wheelbase remains unchanged, the TUV300 Plus isn’t any better and there is a serious legroom crunch even for average sized adults. We aren’t fans of the cushioning either as it’s too firm for everyday use. As for the jump seats at the back, Mahindra claims you can seat four passengers but that’s simply not possible because of the lack of legroom when either side of the jump seats are occupied. What’s also worth adding is that the latter don’t get seatbelts either because of the confronting layout. When it comes to equipment, the top spec P8 version offers a good mix of features but it’s not exceptionally packed. You get faux leather seats, steering mounted controls, height adjustable driver’s seat, front seat armrest, rear parking sensor and a touchscreen infotainment system with a 4 speaker/2 tweeter setup. While the display looks crisp and reacts well to touch inputs, the audio quality is seriously lacking.

Mahindra TUV300 Gearbox

Under the hood, the Mahindra TUV300 uses a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel engine with a two-stage turbocharger that is a heavily reworked version of the one found on the Quanto. The new oil burner has been badged as ‘mHawk’ and is available in two states of tune. The TUV300 was originally launched as the mHawk80 in 2015 with the engine tuned to produce 84 bhp of power at 3750 rpm and 230 Nm of peak torque available between 1500-2250 rpm. On the other hand, the AMT version has power reduced to 81 bhp at 3750 rpm. While the motor was appreciated for its frugal nature, it lacked outright power on open roads. However, in mid-2016, Mahindra decided to improve the power and the subcompact SUV received the new mHawk100 option with the output increased to 100 bhp at 3750 rpm and torque increased to 240 Nm at 1600 rpm. The performance is a lot better on the TUV300 mHawk100 and feels more responsive as well. Both powertrain options come paired to a 5-speed manual transmission as well as a 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) unit, co-developed by Mahindra and Ricardo.

Fuel economy on offer stands at 18.49 kms in a litre which is commendable for a SUV. Like other Mahindras, this one too comes with a micro hybrid technology which includes a start-stop function. This feature in turn aides towards enhanced fuel economy. Besides, there is an option for eco mode too, that again enables increased efficiency.

Mahindra TUV300 Rideing

As for the ride and handling, the TUV300 Plus handles just fine around town, with a moderately heavy steering and good composure. At highway speeds, however, the steering feels imprecise and doesn’t give you the confidence to maintain triple digit speeds. The ride quality also gets a little bouncy at the rear end so if you go through a severe undulation at speed, there is a certain amount of dip and rebound. Having said that, if you keep it below the speed limits there is no questioning the incredibly cushy ride no matter how rough the road surface gets. It’s supple yet predictable and much like the Scorpio, manages to smother almost everything in its way. Of course, the lateral movements that are typical of a ladder-frame construction, are still there when you tackle bad roads but all said, there is no stopping this massive, big wheeled vehicle even if the road is riddled with potholes.

Mahindra TUV300 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 Price in Hyderabad

Mahindra Tuv300 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,99,706/- (TUV300 T4 Plus) to 10,72,195/- (TUV300 T10 100HP AMT Dual Tone). Get best offers for Mahindra Tuv300 from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for TUV300 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mahindra TUV300 Bottomline

Mahindra has come with a boxy SUV which may be liked by many and may not be liked by some, but it has not over-styled it which makes it a winner for us. The space on offer inside the cabin despite confined length is something to learn from Mahindra engineers. Seven-seat option is again viable for large Indian families but does it really allow enough space for the last two passengers seated on the jump seats? Interior quality and styling is good, equipments embedded are ample and even the performance is appreciable. At this price, TUV300 is a complete package.

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