BUYERS GUIDE - WAGONS MEDIUM
Mahindra is best known for its sturdy, great value for money Pik Up ute range, but the global-scale Indian company also makes a bargain-priced seven-seat wagon.
First launched in Australia in 2012, the XUV500 featured three-row seating space and a very affordable price, but had a poorly performing Euro 4 diesel engine and manual-only transmission.
Mahindra introduced additional upgrades in 2015 and in 2017, a Euro 5 petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission. In 2019 more equipment and interior upgrades were added.
The 2019 XUV500 featured a new grille, daytime running lights, fog lamps and chrome detailing at the lower edges of the doors.
A new tailgate, bumper, combination taillights and a larger roof-mounted rear spoiler completed the exterior changes. Also new was the sunroof and a push-button stop/start system in automatic W10 variants.
The 2019 XUV500 had a new infotainment
system, with air conditioning controls or a full climate control system, depending on the model grade. On W10 variants, this infotainment system also included a full turn-by-turn satellite navigation system with voice prompts and video functionality.
All variants offered electric windows and side mirrors, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, remote boot lid opening, follow-me-home headlamps and foldable second and third row seats.
The W6 and W10 models had aluminium wheels, cruise control with a multi-functional steering wheel, a conversation mirror, reach adjustment of the steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights, puddle lamps and fully automatic temperature control (FATC).
The top-spec W10 had mobile charging points in the front two rows and reading lamps for all three rows of seats, ice-blue lounge lighting, tyre pressure and temperature sensors, foldable side mirrors and a reverse camera with dynamic assist.
The mHawk 2.2 turbo-petrol engine had a new turbocharger, for 103kW output and 320Nm of torque and a new Aisin six-speed automatic transmission.
Mahindra revised the XUV500’s suspension, in partnership with Lotus, to offer greater comfort and improved handling. The suspension upgrade and additional noise damping on the 2019 model was said to have produced a drop in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) inside the cabin.
Mahindra added hill holding, descent control and electronic stability programme (ESP) with rollover mitigation.
The only 4WD model is the W10, with a 2019 RRP of only $34,990. Warranty is five years or 100,000km and capped price servicing ranges from $345 to $495.
We’ve asked Mahindra repeatedly for a road test vehicle since 2015 and we’re still waiting.