Mahindra Marazzo Expert Review

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Introduction

Pros
  • Large Dimensions: The Marazzo is a big MPV that looks imposing on the road
  • Easy to drive: The Marazzo feels at home in the city. Considering how big it is, it’s quite easy to manoeuvre
  • Comfortable seats: The Marazzo’s seats are of the right size and offer support at the right places for Indian body types
  • Usable third row: The Marazzo’s third row can seat average-size adults in relative comfort
Cons
  • Misses basic features: The Marazzo doesn’t get features like keyless entry and telescopic steering even in the top variant
  • Small diesel engine: Mahindra could have offered a bigger and more powerful diesel engine for a large 7/8-seater MPV like the Marazzo

Stand Out Features

  • 4.2-inch TFT display: Crisp resolution, navigation instructions are a bonus
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    4.2-inch TFT display: Crisp resolution, navigation instructions are a bonus

    Mahindra Marazzo Image
  • Roof Mounted AC: Cools down the second and third row in no time
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    Roof Mounted AC: Cools down the second and third row in no time

    Mahindra Marazzo Image
  • Marazzo also offers the emergency call feature. It sends an alert to the registered phone numbers in an event of a mishap through the connected phone
Mahindra Marazzo Image

    Marazzo also offers the emergency call feature. It sends an alert to the registered phone numbers in an event of a mishap through the connected phone

    Mahindra Marazzo Image

CarDekho Verdict

The Mahindra Marazzo is not loaded to the gills as far as features are concerned and the new 1.5-litre diesel engine is yet to prove its worth for a vehicle this big. 

"If you need a 7- or 8-seater vehicle that is comfortable, spacious and easy to drive, and the Toyota Innova Crysta is out of reach, the Marazzo fits the bill"

Exterior

Following the Cheetah-inspired XUV500 and the battle tank-inspired TUV300, Mahindra’s designers have drawn design inspiration from the predator of the oceans for the Marazzo. In fact, the name “Marazzo” itself means shark in the Basque language.

The styling of the Marazzo has clear hints of the shark inspiration. For example, the chrome elements in the trademark Mahindra grille have been spaced to look like a shark’s teeth, while the radio aerial and tail lights mimic a shark’s fin.

Even the car’s roofline and window line have been contoured to look like a shark’s body.

Styling aside, the MPV also has big proportions, with Mahindra claiming the Marazzo has the “biggest footprint (wheelbase x track) of any Mahindra passenger vehicle.”

While exact measurements aren’t out, spy shots indicate that in size, it does stand at an equal footing with the likes of the Hexa and Innova Crysta.

Interior

What strikes you first about the Marazzo’s cabin is how it’s unique to the MPV. The dashboard has been smartly styled and combines beige and piano black with some silver accents. While Mahindra designs do go over the top sometimes, here it’s functional and clean.

The steering wheel, too, is unique to the Marazzo. A teaser image shows mounted controls to manage the infotainment system, telephony, multi-information display and possibly even cruise control. We have to admit, the steering button layout is similar to that of the Hyundai Creta, though that’s not a bad thing.

The Marazzo gets a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, a touch panel volume controller like in Maruti Suzuki’s SmartPlay setup, auto AC and a new instrument cluster with a digital MID.

The Marazzo offers some versatility as it is available as a 7-seater with middle-row “captain seats” or an 8-seater with a bench in the middle. Leatherette upholstery drapes the seats in the top variant.

Mounted to the roof is a large rear AC unit with vents to the side, which is what Mahindra calls surround cool technology. Additionally, the teaser images show individual adjustable headrests for all occupants, including those in the third row. 

Given the Marazzo’s large footprint, we do hope cabin space is utilized well too.

Performance

At launch, the Mahindra Marazzo will be a diesel-only MPV while a petrol is said to be in the works. The diesel motor is brand new and employs more lightweight components, including for the cylinder head, intake manifold and cam cover. Like the TUV300, this engine too will employ a dual-mass flywheel with the overall aim being reduced vibrations and improved noise control. At the moment though, there isn’t word on the exact displacement of this diesel engine. Reports speculate it could either be a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder unit or a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder setup.

Safety

Much like it did with the XUV500, we expect Mahindra to kit up the Marazzo with a strong list of safety features. While dual front airbags and ABS with EBD will come as standard, we expect additional side and curtain airbags, traction control, ESP, rear parking sensors and a rear camera to be a part of the MPV’s safety pack.

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