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Mahindra XUV500

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

The interiors of the XUV500 are the place to be, it is a great proposition for all the moolah that you spend on it. The first two rows are spacious and the bells and whistles that come loaded with it are mostly found on vehicles that are a segment higher.

The interiors of XUV500 are designed ergonomically and a lot of features are added by incorporating a lot of buttons, without adding too many buttons. The XUV500 comes embellished with various bells and whistles, which are mostly available on cars that are a segment higher. Touch-screen, satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control and six airbags are to name a few. Even the quality of plastics on the XUV500 is decent, though there are some bits that could have been better.

Space in sufficient in the first two rows, when you consider the head room and the leg room. The third row is a bit cramped for knee room, whereas the head room is still decent. The leather seats are also well strengthened with ample of support for your thighs. To our dismay, there is no space in the boot, unless the third row of seats has been folded.

The Mahindra XUV500 comes in two trim levels, one is the W6 and the other is the W8. The W8 is the top of the line model and comes loaded with all the frills. The W6 is the base model, yet it gets loads of goodies like 6-inch monochrome display with in-dash music system that plays music through its four-speakers, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, dual airbags, ABS, all disc brakes, electrically adjustable ORVMs, multi-functional steering and cruise control. This is indeed a long list, and the product is good proposition for all the money you pay.

The W8 model on the other hand has these features and all gets an addition of 6-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, six airbags, ESP and hill descent control, alloy wheels, telescopic steering, DVD player and tyre-pressure monitoring system. This is the only vehicle that is available in this price with so many features.

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

The 2.2-litre mHawk mill on the XUV500 is a tried and tested product, with high levels of refinement. There isn’t much of turbo lag and the gear ratios are also well spread out. It is the shifts on the transmission and the play of the clutch pedal that we aren’t in favour of.

XUV500 comes plonked with the 2.2-litre mHawk engine that also powers the Scorpio and the Xylo. Here however, the power has been bumped up to 140bhp and an extra cog has been added. The XUV500 churns out 140bhp at 3750rpm and produces a torque of 330Nm between 1600 to 2800rpm. Engine refinement levels are good, albeit it does get a bit loud as the revs climb up. The engine is peppy and is responsive to the throttle movement.

The XUV500 is drivable even when lugged into a higher cog, but things shape up better once past the 1900rpm mark. One needs to downshift for quick overtaking, and the sixth gear is a boon for cruising on the highway. The simple stick shift on the XUV500 feels notchy and even the travel of the clutch pedal is a lot. So, driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic can get painful. The XUV500 was the first vehicle in its segment to get a 6-speed manual transmission. As per the ARAI cycle, the XUV500 returns a fuel economy of 15.1kmpl.

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

The ride of the XUV500 is well sorted and smooth like a premium SUV. The handling isn’t something you can boast about, but it isn’t bad either. There is some amount of body roll, but this taken care by the ESP in the W8 model.

XUV500 being a monocoque has driving dynamics than the older ladder on frame chassis. Being a monocoque, it has independent suspension. The front gets the McPherson type with anti-roll bar, while the multilink type with anti-roll bar springs the rear.

The ride suppleness of this vehicle is good and the suspension does a fair job of ironing out most of the jolts and rebounds on uneven roads. It crashes through potholes with a muted thud. The ride is smooth and well composed. The occupants aren’t jittered around.

Having softer springs and being taller, the XUV500 has some amount of bodyroll. The front-wheel drive version also has massive understeer, when pushed around the bends. However if you have the W8 model, then the ESP takes care of it. The all-wheel drive version is more fun to drive than the front-wheel drive as it doesn’t lose out traction.

Nissan Terrano

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

Ed’s take: The Terrano’s interior get an upgrade in quality and even the fit and finish of most of the materials is good. However, there is some plastic which will remind you of the Duster.

 

The interiors of the Terrano have revamped if you are thinking to compare it to the Duster. The instrument panel skeleton is the same, but a major revival has happened. The musix system, the air-con vents and even the steering wheel has been replaced on the Terrano. The quality of the replaced bits is better, however the other parts have the same styling. The Terrano is also available with the option of six-inch touchscreen infotainment system and also steering mounted audio controls too.

 

The interior quality is a lot similar to the Duster, and when you are seated behind you do not feel much of a difference between the Renault and Nissan badge even existing. The seats are large and comfortable.  The Terrano has spacious interiors and even the seats are comfortable for long journeys. There is space for four people and even the boot is large for a weekend getaway.

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

 

Ed’s take:The Terrano comes with three engine variants, one is a petrol and other two are diesels. The pick of the lot is the 1.5-litre diesel with 108bhp.

 

1.5-litre diesel, 108bhp:

 

This engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission.  This engine has the typical diesel clatter and it is wee bit louder than one’s liking. However, Nissan has worked on the insulation and there isn’t much intrusion of sound into the cabin. The power delivery is fairly linear, however there is some amount of turbo lag present in it. The Terrano’s power is decent and it does a good job when it comes performance and even fuel efficiency. The sixth gear is tall and it makes it easy to cruise on the highway. The six speed manual transmission feels rubbery to shift.

 

 

1.5-litre diesel, 83bhp:

 

The 83bhp 1.5-litre diesel comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This is the same engine block, with a detuned engine. However the power delivery is linear and one doesn’t feel much of a turbo lag. It is this oil burner that is perfect for city driving. You do not even have to downshift most of the times to overtake or even potter around in city conditions. The five-speed box is also more slick than the six-speed that feels a bit rubbery. The shifts are also a lot more smooth and short.

 

1.6-litre petrol, 102bhp:

 

The 1.6-litre petrol produces about 102bhp of power and has low NVH like any other petrol engine. Most of the power is developed in higher rpm, however the engine feels to be tuned for better fuel economy. The petrol motor needs some extra pushing to extract some good performance out of it. The engine is extremely quiet, however one needs to downshift to overtake.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

Ed’s take:The 83bhp has a softer rear and the focus is more towards better ride, however the 108bhp is more fun to drive with a stiffer set-up for the springs.

 

The handling of the Terrano is good and the good thing is there isn’t much body roll despite the ground clearance of 205mm.  The 83bhp has a softer rear and it can be felt while taking corners. The steering response is a bit vague and it isn’t as light as other Nissan’s are. We do miss that.

 

The ride on the Terrano is sorted and pliant. The underpinnings of the Terrano do a good job of ironing out most of the road bumps and shocks. The ride is good even when you drive on bad roads. The steering feedback is vague and doesn’t feel like Nissan, which is generally extremely light to use.

    • Overview
    • Fuel Type
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Mileage-City(kmpl)
    • 12.0
    • 16.0
    • 9.3
    • Mileage-Highway(kmpl)
    • 15.1
    • 19.01
    • 13.2
    • Available Colors
    • Fuel Tank Capacity(litres)
    • 70
    • 50
    • 55
    • Seating Capacity
    • 7
    • 5
    • 7
    • Transmission Type
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Engine Description
    • 2.2-litre 140bhp 16V mHawk Diesel Engine
    • 1.5-litre 108.5bhp 8V K9K Diesel Engine
    • 2.2-litre 138.1bhp 16V VTT VariCOR Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 2179
    • 1461
    • 2179
    • Maximum Power
    • 140bhp@3750rpm
    • 108.5bhp@3900rpm
    • 138.1bhp@4000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 330Nm@1600-2800rpm
    • 248Nm@2250rpm
    • 320Nm@1700-2700rpm
    • Standard Features
    • Air Conditioner
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    • CD Player
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    • AntiLock Braking System
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    • Power Steering
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    • Power Windows
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    • Leather Seats
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    • Central Locking
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    • Engine
    • Engine Type
    • mHawk Diesel Engine
    • K9K Diesel Engine
    • VTT VariCOR Diesel Engine
    • Engine Description
    • 2.2-litre 140bhp 16V mHawk Diesel Engine
    • 1.5-litre 108.5bhp 8V K9K Diesel Engine
    • 2.2-litre 138.1bhp 16V VTT VariCOR Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 2179
    • 1461
    • 2179
    • No. of Cylinders
    • 4
    • 4
    • 4
    • Maximum Power
    • 140bhp@3750rpm
    • 108.5bhp@3900rpm
    • 138.1bhp@4000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 330Nm@1600-2800rpm
    • 248Nm@2250rpm
    • 320Nm@1700-2700rpm
    • Valves Per Cylinder
    • 4
    • 2
    • 4
    • Valve Configuration
    • DOHC
    • -
    • DOHC
    • Fuel Supply System
    • Direct Injection
    • CRDi
    • Direct Injection Common Rail
    • Bore x Stroke
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Compression Ratio
    • -
    • -
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    • Turbo Charger
    • Yes
    • No
    • Yes
    • Super Charger
    • No
    • No
    • No
    • Transmission
    • Transmission Type
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Gear box
    • 6 Speed
    • 6 Speed
    • 5 Speed
    • Drive Type
    • AWD
    • FWD
    • AWD
    • Overdrive
    • -
    • -
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    • Synchronizers
    • -
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    • -
    • Clutch Type
    • -
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    • Suspension System
    • Front Suspension
    • McPherson Type With Anti Roll Bar
    • Indpendent McPherson Strut With Coil Spring & Anti Roll Bar
    • Independent Double Wishbone Type With Coil Spring Over Shock Absorbers
    • Rear Suspension
    • Multi-Link Type With Anti Roll Bar
    • Torsion Beam Axle With Coil Springs & Anti Roll Bar
    • 5 Link Suspension With Coil Spring
    • ShockAbsorbers Type
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    • Steering
    • Steering Type
    • Power
    • Power
    • Power
    • Steering Column
    • Tilt & Telescopic
    • Tilt Steering
    • Adjustable Steering
    • Steering Gear Type
    • Rack & Pinion
    • -
    • Rack & Pinion
    • Turning Radius
    • 5.6metres
    • 5.2 metres
    • 5.4metres
    • Brake System
    • Front Brake Type
    • Disk & Caliper Type
    • Discs
    • Ventilated Disc
    • Rear Brake Type
    • Disk & Caliper Type
    • Drums
    • Ventilated Disc
    • Performance
    • Top Speed
    • 175km/hr
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    • Acceleration (0-100 kmph)
    • 12.5 Seconds
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    • -
    • Drag Coefficient
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • BrakingTime
    • -
    • -
    • Fuel
    • Mileage-City (kmpl)
    • 12.0
    • 16.0
    • 9.3
    • Mileage-Highway (kmpl)
    • 15.1
    • 19.01
    • 13.2
    • Fuel Type
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)
    • 70
    • 50
    • 55
    • Emission Norm Compliance
    • BS IV
    • BS IV
    • BS IV
    • Emission Control System
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Tyres
    • Tyre Size
    • P235/65 R17
    • 215/65 R16
    • 235/70 R16
    • Tyre Type
    • Tubeless Radial Tyres
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Wheel Size
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Alloy Wheel Size
    • 17 Inch
    • 16 Inch
    • 16 Inch
    • Other Specifications
    • Seating Capacity
    • 7
    • 5
    • 7
    • No of Doors
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • No of Floors
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Payload & Towing
    • Cargo Volume
    • -
    • -
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    • General Car Details
    • Country of Assembly
    • India
    • India
    • India
    • Country of Manufacture
    • India
    • India
    • India
    • Discontinuation Date
    • 2025-09-20
    • 2025-01-01
    • 2025-01-01
    • Introduction Date
    • 2011-09-29
    • 2013-10-09
    • 2012-10-17
    • Warranty Time
    • 2 Years
    • -
    • 3 Years
    • Warranty Distance
    • 65000Kms
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    • 1,00,000kms
    • Comfort & Convenience
    • Power Steering
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    • Power Windows-Front
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    • Power Windows-Rear
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    • Automatic Climate Control
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    • Air Quality Control
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    • Remote Trunk Opener
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    • Remote Fuel Lid Opener
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    • Low Fuel Warning Light
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    • Accessory Power Outlet
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    • Trunk Light
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    • Vanity Mirror
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    • Rear Reading Lamp
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    • Rear Seat Headrest
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    • Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest
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    • Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts
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    • Cup Holders-Front
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    • Cup Holders-Rear
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    • Rear A/C Vents
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    • Heated Seats - Front
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    • Heated Seats - Rear
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    • Seat Lumbar Support
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    • Multi-function Steering
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    • Cruise Control
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    • Parking Sensors
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    • Rear
    • Rear
    • Foldable Rear Seat
    • 60:40 Split
    • Bench Folding
    • 60:40 Split
    • Smart Access Card Entry
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    • Engine Start/Stop Button
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    • Glove Box Cooling
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    • Bottle Holder
    • Front Door
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    • Voice Control
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    • Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddles
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    • Interior
    • Air Conditioner
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    • Heater
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    • Adjustable Steering Column
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    • Tachometer
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    • Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
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    • Leather Seats
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    • Fabric Upholstery
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    • Leather Steering Wheel
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    • Glove Compartment
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    • Digital Clock
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    • Outside Temperature Display
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    • Cigarette Lighter
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    • Digital Odometer
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    • Electric Adjustable Seats
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    • Folding Table in The Rear
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    • Driving Experience Control Eco
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    • Height Adjustable Driving Seat
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    • Exterior
    • Adjustable Headlights
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    • Fog Lights - Front
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    • Fog Lights - Rear
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    • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
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    • Manually Adjustable Ext. Rear View Mirror
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    • Electric Folding Rear View Mirror
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    • Rain Sensing Wiper
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    • Rear Window Wiper
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    • Rear Window Washer
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    • Rear Window Defogger
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    • Wheel Covers
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    • Alloy Wheels
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    • Power Antenna
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    • Tinted Glass
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    • Rear Spoiler
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    • Removable/Convertible Top
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    • Roof Carrier
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    • Sun Roof
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    • Moon Roof
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    • Side Stepper
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    • Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators
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    • Integrated Antenna
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    • Chrome Grille
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    • Chrome Garnish
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    • Smoke Headlamps
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    • Roof Rail
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    • Entertainment
    • Cassette Player
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    • CD Player
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    • CD Changer
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    • DVD Player
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    • Radio
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    • Audio System Remote Control
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    • Speakers Front
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    • Speakers Rear
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    • Integrated 2DIN Audio
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    • Bluetooth Connectivity
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    • USB & Auxiliary input
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    • Touch Screen
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    • Exterior Dimensions
    • Length
    • 4585mm
    • 4331mm
    • 4655mm
    • Width
    • 1890mm
    • 1822mm
    • 1965mm
    • Height
    • 1785mm
    • 1671mm
    • 1922mm
    • Ground Clearance
    • -
    • 205mm
    • 200mm
    • Wheel Base
    • 2700mm
    • 2673mm
    • 2650mm
    • Front Tread
    • -
    • 1560mm
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    • Rear Tread
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    • 1567mm
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    • Kerb Weight
    • -
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    • 2095kg
    • Gross Weight
    • 2450Kg
    • 1787kg
    • 2650kg
    • Interior Dimensions
    • Front Headroom
    • -
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    • Front Legroom
    • -
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    • Rear Headroom
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Legroom
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Safety-Info
    • Anti-Lock Braking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Brake Assist
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Central Locking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Anti-Theft Alarm
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Driver Airbag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Airbag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Side Airbag-Front
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Side Airbag-Rear
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Night Rear View Mirror
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Passenger Side Rear ViewMirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Xenon Headlamps
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Halogen Headlamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Seat Belts
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Seat Belt Warning
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Door Ajar Warning
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Front Impact Beams
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Traction Control
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Adjustable Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Tyre Pressure Monitor
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Vehicle Stability Control System
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Crash Sensor
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Check Warning
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Automatic Headlamps
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Clutch Lock
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • EBD
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Advance Safety Features
    • Hill Hold & Hill Descent Control
    • -
    • -
    • Follow Me Home Headlamps
    • Standard
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Camera
    • Not Available
    • -
    • -
    • Anti-Theft Device
    • Not Available
    • -
    • -
    • Common
    • Exterior Images
    • Interior Images
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