Noted as the toughest SUV in India so far, this all new Mahindra TUV 300 has definitely impressed numerous car enthusiasts with its rugged look and 'battle tank' like design philosophy. It is launched in a total of seven variants that are all packed with various interesting aspects. This particular Mahindra TUV 3OO T6 Plus AMT trim is offered with a 5-speed AMT gear box, which is paired to its 1.5-litre, mHawk diesel engine. It comes with a two stage turbocharger that assists in producing 81bhp and 230Nm thus, boosting its all round performance. Its not just the name, which suggests it as the 'Tough Utility Vehicle', but its hard strength steel body shell does makes its occupants feel immensely safe inside it. There are other aspects too, which also increase the security standards like digital immobilizer, anti theft warning, side intrusion beams, and anti lock braking system. Despite of its robust design, it still carries the style and includes some arresting features. The bold grille with chrome inserts, square shaped wheel arches, slab like roof and a massive bonnet all these together, adds to its SUV characteristics. Its interiors in black and beige color scheme, provides an ultra premium feel to its passengers. The things to notice in the cabin include an hexapod center console, sporty steering wheel, infotainment system with display screen, high quality upholstery and chrome inserts on a few features.
This compact SUV is undoubtedly the finest combination of style and robustness. The company has built it based on an army tank like design, yet it is equipped with some enticing aspects. At front, the bold radiator grille with chrome accentuated vertical slats remains the main highlight. Just above it is the prominent logo and on its either sides, there are large clear lens headlamps integrated along with turn indicators. The body colored bumper is well sculpted and fitted with a wide, perforated air dam. The straight bonnet comes with expressive lines, and the large windscreen has a couple of wipers. Its sides profile has swept back black B-pillars and straight body lines that adds to its appearance. The square shaped wheel arches look quite unique compared to other models. These are equipped with a set of 15 inch steel rims that are adorned with wheel caps and 215/75 R15 sized tubeless radial tyres. The body colored door handles, ORVMs, ski racks and side foot steps are the other features in its side profile. Moving to its rear end, it has bright tail lamps with turn indicators, foot step and a windscreen with defogger, wiper and washer. The tailgate is affixed with a spare wheel, which has cover and has the popular Mahindra badging engraved on it.
To describe its cabin, it is quite spacious and ensures ample head as well as leg room to its seven occupants. Besides the fine quality plastics, the dual tone color scheme too presents it an appealing look. The upholstery used for its seats is a combination of vinyl and fabric material. The hexagonal center console gives its well designed dashboard a unique look. Other equipments on the dual tone dashboard includes the rectangular shaped air vents, and a sporty twin pod instrument cluster with ambient backlight. It also has a glove box compartment that is useful for keeping necessary things at hand. Also, it comes with a 2-DIN audio unit that allows its occupants to listen to their favorite music. A few more aspects inside the cabin include assist grips, door handles, as well as roof lamps in front and second rows.
Engine and Performance:
This tough vehicle is powered by a 1.5-litre, mHawk diesel power plant that is compliant with Bharat Stage IV standard emission norms. It comes with a two stage turbocharger and has displacement capacity of 1493cc. This oil burner is incorporated with a common rail direct injection system. On traffic filled roads, its fuel economy comes to nearly 15 Kmpl and on the highways, it can give a maximum of about 18.49Kmpl. On the other hand, it can achieve a top speed of around 140 to 145 Kmph and breaks the speed mark of 100 Kmph in approximately 15 seconds. It is capable of generating 81bhp at 3750rpm besides delivering torque of 230Nm in the range of 1500 to 2250rpm.
Braking and Handling:
Sturdy disc brakes on front wheels and drum brakes on the rear rims makes this braking system quite reliable. Also, it is accompanied by ABS and EBD to improve this mechanism. Its front axle is affixed with a double wishbone, whereas the rear one is assembled with a rigid multi link system. Moreover, a power assisted steering column is also incorporated, which has tilt adjustment function. It can support a minimum turning circle radius of 5.35 meters.
Being loaded with various practical features, this variant ensures hassle free driving experience. A proficient air conditioning unit is offered along with a heater. This aids in regulating the temperature inside and gives a pleasant feel. There is a cup holder in center console, while both the front and second row doors have bottle holders. Also, it has mobile charging points that are useful for charging phones. All its windows are power operated, whereas the outside rear view mirrors are manually adjustable. A 2-DIN audio unit is also available with a display screen. It supports USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and auxiliary input options. Other key highlights are the voice messaging system and Mahindra BLUE SENSE mobile app. Aside from these, it also includes keyless entry, sunvisors, assist grips, rear wash and wiper, roof lamps and a few others.
One of the main security aspects is its tough body itself, which is made with ultra high strength steel shell that ensures all round impact protection. The third generation crash worthy chassis can survive both high and low speed crashes. It comes with frontal crash sensors and side intrusion beams. Besides these, it is provided with dual front airbags, anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, collapsible steering column, digital immobilizer, anto theft warning, seat belt reminder and auto door locks that maximize safety.
1. Ample cabin space is a plus point.
2. Robust exteriors with remarkable styling aspects.
1. Mileage is not that satisfying.
2. Very few comfort features are offered.