The Mahindra XUV500 earned the appreciation of many when it was first launched in 2011. It completely changed the face of Mahindra, who was earlier considered to be a manufacturer of not so exciting SUV with its aggressive styling and attractive appearance. Mahindra has recently provided the XUV500 with a mid-life facelift to keep it ahead of the ever increasing competition.
The exterior design of the XUV500 is such that it looks quite aggressive and daunting. With the fresh makeover, it still retains the same body structure, save for the modification that it has received up front. The front grille is now outlined by chrome and bears a certain resembles to the one that we find on the Mahindra Scorpio. Along with that the headlights feature a different composition and gets a daytime running LED strip which snakes about in them. In addition to this, the bumper is completely restyled and now accommodates bigger fog-lamps which are highlighted by chrome fixtures. Moving on to the sides, there is not much that one can differentiate from the previous model apart from the chrome underline beneath the window frame. The back facia gets longitudinal headlamps that curve around the edges around the top. It still features and awkward looking tail-gate as a result of the elongated lines emerging from the chrome panel above the licence plate.
The interiors of the Mahindra XUV500 have received certain amount of modifications as well. The cabin now comes with a beige and black colour scheme, which feel more premium and sophisticated than before. The equipment on the centre console is laid out in a decent manner just like before, but now gets a bigger multimedia screen. We get silver treatment on the steering wheel, door panels and around the dials on the instrument cluster. There are loads of cubby holes and storage spaces distributed evenly throughout the cabin. The 2nd row seats offer sufficient levels of comfort with enough knee and head-room but lacks on thigh support. The 3rd row on the other hand is spacious enough to accommodate 2 adults abreast. Talking about the equipment, the XUV500 comes with steering mounted controls, automatic climate control, 6-way adjustable driving seat, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, reverse parking camera, cruise control and follow-me headlamps. In terms of safety, the vehicle gets 6 airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Hill Decent and Hill Control along with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP).
Engine and performance
The Mahindra XUV500 is powered by a 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine which churns out 140bhp and 330Nm of peak torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.