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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.

Toyota Innova

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

The Innova has one of the most plush interiors in the MUV segment. It is spacious and even the seats are comfortable. After the recent facelift, there is no complain of missing brownies as it now has all the frills. The features on offer on the Innova and even the styling is at par with the Evalia and the Stile. Innova being a successful product, not many changes have been made on the inside either. Same styling has been retained and the fit and finish is still first-rate. The quality and the feel of the materials are decent. The instrument panel design is simple and elusive. It feels a bit aged, when compared to the interiors of some of its competition, but it is one of the most easy to use.

 

The range topping Innova now has a touchscreen infotainment system. This in-dash system has auxiliary and USB connectivity, reverse parking camera and also telephonic and music Bluetooth connectivity. We loved the quality of the music that floated in the cabin through its speakers. Even the instrument binnacle has been refreshed. The rest of the kit remains identical.

 

The seating is still the same, with ample space for the front and middle row passenger. The second-row seats do not have sufficient support for thighs.  The third row of seats is meant for children, as there isn’t much legroom. In the top of the line, the Innova gets roof-mounted air-conditioning vents for the second and third row occupants.

 

The boot space of the Innova is decent, when compared to competition.  Some of its competition lacks a boot with the third row of seats. Even folding the third row of seats is simple and easy.  

 

GX:The GX version also comes with seven and eight seating options and it gets additional features like power steering, power windows, keyless entry and immobiliser. This version is also available in petrol and diesel engine options. It gets a lot more features like electrically adjustable mirrors, ABS, driver airbag, in-dash music system with four speakers, rear wiper, defogger, height adjustment for the driver’s seat.

 

VX:This version on the Innova and is available with petrol and diesel engines. The VX version is a completely loaded variant that comes with even passenger airbag, in-built music system with touchscreen, six speakers, Bluetooth, aux and USB connectivity.

 

ZX:This version is the new top of the line that gets leather seats other than the regular features on the VX. The other two variants have seven or eight eat options, but the ZX gets only seven seats.

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

The 2.5-litre engine on the Innova produces only 100bhp and there are more powerful engines available on other MUVs. But nothing comes close to the drivability of the Innova. This makes it a hot seller, even after being introduced in 2005. No changes are made in the recent facelift.

 

Innova is propelled by a 2.5-litre diesel engine that powers the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. This engine produces 100bhp and 200Nm. The Innova comes with Bharat Stage IV and Bharat Stage III norms engines. The Bharat Stage IV norm oil burner gets an intercooler, however the BS III goes missing on the same. The engine is noisy, especially on cold starting and is also loud even at engine speeds. The drivability of the Innova is astounding.  It has a strong low and mid-range. This means it will pull cleanly even when lugged into a higher cog without any hiccups. Overtaking isn’t an issue in the Innova and driving it is a breeze further in city or out on the open road. The Innova comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The gear stick is long and shifts are wee bit notchy. But the gearing is just spot-on for city and highway driving.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

The ride of the Innova is plush and most of the jolts are irons out by the suspension. The handling of the Innova is decent and the body roll is less, despite its large size.

 

The ride of Innova is supple and composed. The suspension of the MUV irons out most of the jolts on uneven road surfaces as well.  Innova is a multi-utility vehicle and has been made for superior the ride quality, as compared to the handling characteristics. The dampers absorb most of the shocks keeping the ride smooth. Considering the length of the vehicle, the body roll isn’t much. One might not lose control, unless you do something that is stupid. The handling of the Innova is decent for its size. The steering wheel is also light and it weighs gradually with the increase in speed.

    • Overview
    • Fuel Type
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Mileage-City(kmpl)
    • 12.0
    • 9.0
    • 9.3
    • Mileage-Highway(kmpl)
    • 15.1
    • 12.99
    • 13.2
    • Available Colors
    • Fuel Tank Capacity(litres)
    • 70
    • 55
    • 55
    • Seating Capacity
    • 7
    • 7
    • 7
    • Transmission Type
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Engine Description
    • 2.2-litre 140bhp 16V mHawk Diesel Engine
    • 2.5-litre 100.6bhp 16V 2KD-FTV Diesel Engine
    • 2.2-litre 138.1bhp 16V VTT VariCOR Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 2179
    • 2494
    • 2179
    • Maximum Power
    • 140bhp@3750rpm
    • 100.6bhp@3600rpm
    • 138.1bhp@4000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 330Nm@1600-2800rpm
    • 200Nm@1200-3600rpm
    • 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
    • 2KD-FTV Diesel Engine
    • VTT VariCOR Diesel Engine
    • Engine Description
    • 2.2-litre 140bhp 16V mHawk Diesel Engine
    • 2.5-litre 100.6bhp 16V 2KD-FTV Diesel Engine
    • 2.2-litre 138.1bhp 16V VTT VariCOR Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 2179
    • 2494
    • 2179
    • No. of Cylinders
    • 4
    • 4
    • 4
    • Maximum Power
    • 140bhp@3750rpm
    • 100.6bhp@3600rpm
    • 138.1bhp@4000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 330Nm@1600-2800rpm
    • 200Nm@1200-3600rpm
    • 320Nm@1700-2700rpm
    • Valves Per Cylinder
    • 4
    • 4
    • 4
    • Valve Configuration
    • DOHC
    • DOHC
    • DOHC
    • Fuel Supply System
    • Direct Injection
    • Common Rail
    • Direct Injection Common Rail
    • Bore x Stroke
    • 85 X 96 mm
    • -
    • -
    • Compression Ratio
    • 16.5:1
    • -
    • -
    • Turbo Charger
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Super Charger
    • No
    • No
    • No
    • Transmission
    • Transmission Type
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Gear box
    • 6 Speed
    • 5 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
    • Double Wishbone
    • Independent Double Wishbone Type With Coil Spring Over Shock Absorbers
    • Rear Suspension
    • Multi-Link Type With Anti Roll Bar
    • Four Link With Lateral Rod
    • 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
    • Rack & Pinion
    • Turning Radius
    • 5.6metres
    • 5.4 metres
    • 5.4metres
    • Brake System
    • Front Brake Type
    • Disk & Caliper Type
    • Ventilated Disc
    • Ventilated Disc
    • Rear Brake Type
    • Disk & Caliper Type
    • Leading-Trailing Drum
    • 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
    • 9.0
    • 9.3
    • Mileage-Highway (kmpl)
    • 15.1
    • 12.99
    • 13.2
    • Fuel Type
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)
    • 70
    • 55
    • 55
    • Emission Norm Compliance
    • BS IV
    • BS IV
    • BS IV
    • Emission Control System
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Tyres
    • Tyre Size
    • P235/65 R17
    • 205/65 R15
    • 235/70 R16
    • Tyre Type
    • Tubeless Radial Tyres
    • Tubeless Radial Tyres
    • Tubeless Tyres
    • Wheel Size
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Alloy Wheel Size
    • 17 Inch
    • 15 Inch
    • 16 Inch
    • Other Specifications
    • Seating Capacity
    • 7
    • 7
    • 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
    • 2025-04-01
    • 2025-01-01
    • Introduction Date
    • 2011-09-29
    • 2013-10-05
    • 2012-10-17
    • Warranty Time
    • -
    • 3 years
    • 3 Years
    • Warranty Distance
    • -
    • 100000kms
    • 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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    • Navigation System
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    • Foldable Rear Seat
    • 60:40 Split
    • 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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    • Intergrated 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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    • Exterior Dimensions
    • Length
    • 4585mm
    • 4585mm
    • 4655mm
    • Width
    • 1890mm
    • 1765mm
    • 1965mm
    • Height
    • 1785mm
    • 1760mm
    • 1922mm
    • Ground Clearance
    • 160mm
    • 176mm
    • 200mm
    • Wheel Base
    • 2700mm
    • 2750mm
    • 2650mm
    • Front Tread
    • -
    • 1510mm
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    • Rear Tread
    • -
    • 1510mm
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    • Kerb Weight
    • -
    • 1700kg
    • 2095kg
    • Gross Weight
    • 2450Kg
    • 2300kg
    • 2650kg
    • Interior Dimensions
    • Front Headroom
    • -
    • -
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    • Front Legroom
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Headroom
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Legroom
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Safety-Info
    • Anti-Lock Braking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Brake Assist
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Central Locking
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • 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
    • Standard
    • 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
    • Standard
    • 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
    • Not Available
    • 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
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Automatic Headlamps
    • Standard
    • -
    • Not Available
    • Clutch Lock
    • Standard
    • -
    • Not Available
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