Mahindra TUV300 Overview

Think sub-four-metre compact SUVs and the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon would most probably flash in your mind. But what’s interesting is that the manufacturer with the most number of offerings in this space is actually Mahindra, with a total of four sub-four-metre SUVs. There’s the Bolero Power Plus, the TUV300, the NuvoSport, and the newly launched XUV300; the Thar is there too but we’ll leave that one out as it’s a purpose-built off-roader.

Mahindra has now given the TUV300 a new lease of life with a facelift and some new features to bring it up to speed with the competition. The TUV300 continues to be powered by a 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine, and it now gets only a 5-speed manual transmission; the lacklustre AMT has been done away with altogether. There are five variants of the TUV300 on offer, and while prices of the lower variants have increased by Rs 4,000-12,000, those of the top variants are the same as before.

Mahindra TUV300 Style

The TUV300 is an absolute U-Turn over Mahindra’s usual over the top designs and that is a good thing. Now where some people might not agree with me, the Mahindra TUV300 is one of the better looking cars to have come out of the Mahindra stable in the last few years simply as it is not overly designed and showered with trinketry like the Scorpio or XUV are. In fact, with its squared out design, muscular haunches and pronounced wheel arches the TUV300 is just right when it comes to a car trying to flex its muscles.

The front of course is dominated by a large and in your face multi slat grille that is typically Mahidnra and a set of simple yet well designed headlamps units that go well with the overall design. The rectangular fog lamps too are a welcome addition and tie up the whole ‘macho and manly’ look of the TUV300 really well. The same understated and well designed language continues around the rear too with all the focus going to the large tailgate mounted spare wheel. The vertically stacked tail lamps and the rear bumper are well styled but the rear step sticks out like a sore thumb and should be immediately eliminated.

When viewed from the side the TUV300 continues with the whole straight lines and sharp angles design. The D pillar is blacked out to give the TUV300 an almost floating roof feel. The C-pillar though continues to be in the same body color and breaks the large glasshouse lines really well. We do like the way the wheels have been designed on the TUV but hate the fact that they are puny. The TUV300 we think would look much much better with a set of 17-inch wheels and tyres from the Scorpio or the XUV500. All said and done, we did speak to a lot of people who though the TUV300 looked quite ungainly, but then we guess design preferences change from individual to individual.

Mahindra TUV300 Space

Step into the new Mahindra TUV300 and you are greeted with possibly the best interior that we have ever seen in a Mahindra vehicle. There are no daft plum colored plastic and overly designed AC vents to see here, only a really well designed dashboard festooned with a grey and beige combination. The TUV300, like many other cars that have been launched in the last two years uses a gloss black plastic console to house the infotainment system. And a very classy aluminum finished silver plastic that also makes an appearance on the door handles and on the AC vents surrounds the whole setup. The buttons on the console too are very well placed with almost minimal clutter. We particularly like the way the top of the dashboard flows from the instrument cluster to the passenger side in one fluid motion with nothing breaking the lines. The Mahindra design team have certainly done a great job here and all-in-all, the quality of the plastics along with the fit and finish is definitely par expectation.Check for M.ahindra TUV300 price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive

The Mahindra TUV300 is also surprisingly spacious when it comes to headroom, shoulder room and legroom. The front seats though are a bit too firm and do not feel comfortable over longer distances and could do with a tad bit more padding especially around the lower areas. The rear bench seats too offer good space for three passengers and have enough legroom too but again are not as comfortable and do not offer enough under thigh support. The last row of course could on paper house two adults but we would not recommend using those seats for a longer journey. You also get a host of cubbyholes and bottle holders in the TUV300 along with a large illuminated glove box that makes storing knick-knacks in the TUV300 and fruitful proposition.

Features & Equipment

The TUV300 comes quite loaded with a decent set of gizmos and gadgets. The top of the line car that we drove comes with a Bluetooth, AUX and USB input infotainment system that offers seamless pairing and iPod support too. You also get reversing sensors which displays relevant information on the centre screen. You also get voice warnings for not wearing your seatbelt and a welcome message when you switch on the TUV300, both of which we think are quite unnecessary and more of a gimmick.

The T8 version also gets a height adjustable drivers seat and of course a height adjustable steering wheel. All in all, compared to the likes of the Ecosport, the TUV300 is pretty much on par. Mahindra though should have thought ahead and added the same touchscreen infotainment system that you get in the Scorpio or the XUV500 to really give the TUV and edge over its competition. You also get a start-stop system and braking regeneration just like you get in the new ‘Hybrid’ Maruti Suzuki Ciaz but the overall effect it has on the TUV300’s fuel economy is not really drastic.

Mahindra TUV300 Gearbox

The Mahindra TUV300’s 1.5-litre engine is actually very likeable especially in the city with all that low-end torque. However, mated to the 5-speed AMT from Ricardo, it does lose quite a bit of its charm. The first thing you’ll notice is that the electronic clutch fully releases only after 2,000rpm. This is rather unnerving, especially at red lights when the TUV300 will usually begin to roll backwards till the engine reaches the specified rpm. They even had to resort to using the handbrake till it hit 2,000rpm, especially in bumper-to-bumper traffic.To know more info on Mahindra TUV300 visit Cmap

The next thing you’ll understand eventually, is that the transmission has two fixed shift points – one at around 2,100rpm and the other at close to 3,500rpm. Step on the accelerator gently and the gears shift at the lower rpm. If you’re more aggressive with the throttle, it’ll climb all the way up to 3,500rpm before the next upshift. For a vehicle with all its torque at the lower end of the rev range, it’s quite pointless to shift later than 3,000-3,100rpm. It feels rather unnecessary and wasteful. In fact, it took 23.06 seconds to get to 100kmph, which is around six seconds slower than the manual.

The next problem is that the transmission’s a computer, doesn’t quite understand more than one type of throttle input at a time. For instance, if you step on the throttle hard once, it will, like I said, rev all the way to 3,500rpm before shifting up. Immediately after, when you reduce throttle input, you’d expect it to shift up at a lower rpm. But no, it will continue to climb up past the 2,500rpm mark before the electronics comprehend what’s happening and change the gear.

Next, switching to Manual mode. With this setting, the gearbox works a whole lot better. Although, like most other AMTs, upshifts and downshifts are a little delayed. This proves that the gearbox itself isn’t at fault here. Most of the blame falls on the transmission’s programming. The gearbox is comparatively smooth and it does what is expected of it in Manual mode. On Auto, it even manages to match the manual variant’s efficiency with an overall figure of 14.49kmpl when driven sensibly. However, it does lose out on the Eco mode and the auto start-stop system.

Mahindra TUV300 Riding

One of the things that really surprised us is the way the TUV300 handles bad roads. Throw it at a pothole or an undulated section of road and the TUV300 manages to waft over it without much fuss while keeping the occupants quite comfortable. That said, passengers in the rear seat and the last row do feel more jerks than the ones in the first row, but then, that is a typically Mahindra trait.The TUV300 is an easy car to drive for even the most novice driver due to the fact that it is really east to look out of. There is however a slight blind spot when you reverse and the inside rear view mirror could have been a tad bit larger. Of course, the reverse sensors do aid drivers but the addition of a reverse camera would have been very welcome.

Being a body on frame construction, expecting the TUV300 to handle like a sedan or a family hatchback is asking too much. That said, we were pleasantly surprised by how this new setup makes the TUV300 roll much less than the likes of the Quanto for example. The TUV300 also feels quite comfortable and planted at higher speeds. There is of course a noticeable level of body roll when you chuck it into a corner hard or when you take a high speed sweeping corner but nothing that might make it uncomfortable. The TUV300 comes with disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear and while other Mahindra cars do seem a little nervous under heavy braking, the TUV300 manages to hold its own thanks to the ABS and EBD that it gets.

Mahindra TUV300 Safety

The braking responsibilities of the 2019 Mahindra TUV300 is handled by disc brakes in the front and drum brakes at the rear. The safety features include 2 airbags (driver and co-driver), anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and corner braking control. Added features comprises anti-theft warning, collapsible steering column, digital immobilizer, ISOFIX mounts, side-intrusion beams and a new reverse parking camera.

Mahindra TUV300 Cost in Bangalore

Mahindra TUV300 On Road Price is 10,16,043/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,37,280/- in Bangalore. Mahindra TUV300 comes in 9 colours, namely Bronze Green,Red Black Roof,Silver Black Roof,Dynamo Red,Verve Blue,Majestic Silver,Bold Black,Glacier White,Molten Orange. Mahindra TUV300 comes with RWD with 1493 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 84 bhp@3750 rpm and Peak Torque 230 Nm@1500-2250 rpm DRIVE TRAIN RWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Mahindra TUV300 comes with Manual Transmission with RWD .

Mahindra TUV300 Final Word

It all boils down to your requirements. If broken roads and rough terrain make up a large part of your daily route, you’d have use for the TUV300’s hardiness. Its body-on-frame construction gives it an inherent advantage to monocoque rivals in this regard. The visual upgrades have made the TUV300 easier on the eye too, and the safety and equipment additions are welcome.That said, if you’re looking for a modern SUV to tackle the daily urban grind or to munch miles on the highway, there are far more sophisticated options on offer, one of them being Mahindra’s very own XUV300. Think of the TUV300 as a direct substitute to the Bolero and you’ll see it in the right light.

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