Mahindra TUV300 Performance & Price

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Mahindra TUV300 Overvie

Mahindra TUV300 was the company’s first new-gen compact SUV. This made its entry after the company experimented with the Quanto. That vehicle didn’t do well due to multiple reasons and Mahindra did have a lot of learnings from that. The Mahindra TUV300 did have the tough and bold looks, it did appeal to many, but there were an array of launches that affected the sales. One of the major reasons was lack of power from the engine. Hence, this 1.5-litre got an upgrade in power to 100bhp making it good enough in performance. The AMT variant was also offered on the 100bhp engine.Check for Mahindra TUV300 On Road Price in Kolkata at CarzPrice

The TUV300 lacked the finesse, the features and the touch and feel of materials. This was premium in a lot of a vehicles making them a good option to consider. Mahindra went back to the drawing board. They have come back with multiple additions that are offered on this new T10 variant. There are multiple new additions. So, what are the new offerings? We share all the details on this new TUV300 T10.

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Mahindra TUV300 Outside

Taking inspiration from the ‘battle tank’, TUV300 has been shaped in a rather boxy manner which may or may not go well with the customer, reason being that some may find it tough and rugged while others may think that it is too plain jane to stand competition like Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross, Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. Mahindra TUV300 pictures of the outside testify the company’s attempt to come up with a rugged vehicle, but what really works for the SUV is that despite its small size it manages to appeal customers and is not mistaken for an oversized hatchback. Despite its sub-four meter length, the SUV does not seem petite or compressed, probably because it is not feature clad on the outside, the unnecessary styling to make it look sporty has been skipped which works well for it.

Front is bold, the engine hood is short and front apron is unusually wide. Radiator grille is reminiscent of Jeep and a hint of chrome is evident around the rectangular openings. Head lights are designed in such as way that fits well with the bold front end. Body coloured lower bumper gets square shaped fog lights featuring chrome surrounds. Air inlets are again wide that add to the aggressive stance. Wheel arches are rather rectangular than round, side view is simple, the black treatment around the window frame, dual tone power adjustable ORVMs, body painted outside door handles and window beltline altogether lends a suave look. Rear too has been designed in line with the rest of the body, a set of simple tail lights and mounted spare wheel are equipped on the tailgate. And the black painted roof rails have been atop appear sport

Mahindra TUV300 Inside

The interior of the Mahindra TUV300 mHawk100 remains the same as the mHawk80 model with the dual-tone cabin being loaded with a ton of equipment as the more powerful engined model is only offered in top spec T8 trim. Being a 7-seater, the TUV300 can be quite practical but one must remember, the last row of jump seats are best not used due to the lack of space and safety. Mahindra has increased the rear seat cushion by 30 mm while raising the under-thigh padding by 19 mm to better rear seat thigh support, it does help but still under-thigh support is a bit lacking due to the low height of the second row seat. The dashboard design is without doubt the best we have seen in any Mahindra vehicle and compare this with the NuvoSport, the TUV300’s interior looks at least two generations ahead.

Mahindra TUV300 Engine & Transmission

There is no change in the engine of the TUV300. There is the same 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine underneath. Boy o boy! It never feels like a three-cylinder. There is minimal noise and vibration. This is what makes the TUV300 stand out in NVH levels. The lower variants come with 80bhp of power, while the higher variants have 100bhp at tap and 240Nm of maximum torque. This engine is a gem. It has sufficient torque. We were lugging across even in the third gear in city also. Most of the times you can drive in city traffic in the second gear too. This engine comes mated to a five-speed manual.

In the 80bhp version, there is no turbo kick. Which means to overtake one has to downshift on the highways. But the 100bhp is just too good. There is Eco mode too. In Eco mode, 100bhp feels like the 80bhp version. Then there is engine start-stop (tagged as ESS). So, when the engine restarts in this mode, you feel the gear vibrates on cranking. There is also a somewhat lag from the time you press the clutch until it starts. If you stop on a signal, and the car switches off. Do not switch off ESS then. The SUV will not start automatically, and not even when you press the clutch.

Mahindra TUV300 Driving Dynamics

The ride is soft and good enough for city driving. At about 80km/hr, the TUV300 somewhat feels wallowy. It isn’t unstable but does seem to be a bit nervous. On bad roads, the ride is absolutely unsettled. The SUV has been tuned with a soft suspension and hence it has pliant ride on most of the bad roads, unless its gets really bad. The height of the TUV300 plays against it. The same goes for handling. The foot print is under 4 metres, width is just fine and height a bit more. Due to ladder frame, the centre of gravity is also much higher. In short, it has a good amount of body roll. But this vehicle in the city is a king. Short turning radius, excellent all-round visibility. Large wing mirrors. Seating is a high commanding position. You will love driving it in the city. No one will dare to come ahead of you or cut you at any point.

Mahindra TUV300 Braking and Safety

Disc brakes in front and drum brakes at rear perform respective duties. Anti-lock-braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution is available on the high end grade as standard fare while the base trims get it as an optional feature. Airbags are available in front for the driver, other than this features like immobilizer, central locking etc are also incorporated.

Mahindra TUV300 Price

Mahindra Tuv300 Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 7,96,724/- (TUV300 T4 Plus) to 10,85,776/- (TUV300 T10 100HP AMT Dual Tone). Get best offers for Mahindra Tuv300 from Mahindra Dealers in India

Mahindra TUV300 Bottomline

The Mahindra TUV300 mHawk100 is easily much better than the mHawk80 model. The fact that Mahindra has priced it at just Rs. 8000/- premium over the mHawk80 model, makes one wonder why the mHawk80 even exists now. However, the more powerful TUV is only offered in top trim guise so those looking for lower variants have no option but to opt for the lower powered model. The mHawk100 model should over time replace the mHawk80 completely but right now, the launch of the more powerful TUV300 makes one further wonder about the fate of the NuvoSport.

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