Mahindra TUV300 Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Mahindra TUV300 Overview

With tall boy designs becoming successful, in 2017 Mahindra decided to launch their NBA player. Tall, muscular and very capable at the same time. This was the Mahindra TUV300, which TUV stands for Tough Utility Vehicle. And in 2016 the Mahindra TUV300 get an additional option of a more powerful engine and this is the mHawk100 engine. With ample of space, new and improved, more powerful engine and also the option of an automated manual transmission, also got the power bump. It seems like Mahindra went slam dunk. Now a sub four-metre vehicle I guess this is one of the if not only rear wheel drive compact SUV with a ladder-on-frame chassis, Mahindra yelled “Let the games begin”! So what does the new Mahindra TUV300 have on offer? Read our in-depth our Mahindra TUV300 and the 100bhp TUV300 review. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Mahindra TUV300 Look

The front is aggressive, but only just. The large grille with chrome accents take centre stage and are flanked by sharp looking sweptback headlamps. I think it could’ve done with a nice set of projector headlamps and DRLs – it would have properly distinguished it from the bland breed. The bumper gets some straight lines along the length to break the bulk and a rectangular airdam. Foglamps are one size small too, it’s effectiveness remains to be tested. The grille as well as the airdam have a hexagonal mesh, something that reminded me of the first generation XUV5OO.

The side shows off the battle tank inspired design rather well. The sloping A-pillar and the strong character line running from headlamp to tail-lamp does drive the design language home. Blacked out B and D pillars and the roof-rails are a neat touch as well. The side-step runs along the body and looks like it is built to take abuse. The wheels are pushed to the extremes a fair bit, which is evident by the 2680mm wheelbase. The TUV makes full use of the sub 4-metre exemptions – it is 3995mm long. The TUV3OO can’t be termed gigantic or monstrous in anyway, the Scorpio and the XUV still reserve those tags. The tallish stance on the Mahindra does highlight the pseudo-beefy proportions on the car very well. However, those 15-inch wheels look utterly lost in the process. It definitely needs a better set – both better looking and a more fulfilling size.

The rear is slightly bland compared to the rest of the car. The highlight is definitely the tail-mounted spare wheel which is a straight lift from the Quanto. The taillamps carry a modest design. No motifs on this one like the XUV – just a simple design that works.The rear bumper is plain jane as well, housing just the reflectors, the sensors for the parking assist and a step to get inside the cabin.

Mahindra TUV300 Comfort

The TUV300′s interior has been much-appreciated one and is regarded as the best on any Mahindra vehicle so far. The extremely spacious cabin is quite pleasing to the eye and the layout looks minimalistic and quite premium as well. The cabin is finished in a dual-tone black and beige shades that lend an airy feel. There are silver inserts around the AC vents and the centre console gets a piano black finishing, so do the surrounds of the gear lever. The top trims get fabric-upholstered seats, while the base variants get vinyl ones. The front seats get an armrest, which the rear misses out on, but that makes way for three passengers to be comfortably seated. The almost flat floor also makes for more legroom and the large glasshouse area keeps the roomy feel in all sections of the cabin. The SUV uses a twin pod instrument cluster that is easy to read and also has a gear position indicator, while there are ample of cubby storage spaces and bottle holders all across the cabin.

The Mahindra TUV300 gets a 2+3+2 seating layout. Being a sub 4-metre vehicle though, there is no last row and instead, you get two jump seats that are at best avoided by adults. With the seats folded up, the TUV has a cargo space of 384 litres, which can be expanded to 720 litres with the second-row seats folded down. Overall, the TUV300’s cabin is quite likeable and offers much more room than most of its rivals.

Mahindra TUV300 Gearbox

Mahindra offers the TUV300 with a 1.5-litre diesel engine. But, it comes in two states of tune. First being the mHawk80 which has a power of about 84bhp, while the second engine is the mHawk100, which produces close to 100bhp of power. Both these come with a five-speed manual transmission and the powerful engine has AMT option too. The powerful engine comes only with the top variant T8, with 100bhp. This an improvement over the 80 bhp version.

Engine refinement is good, and there is very limited vibrations at low speeds. It is at high speeds that the engine becomes noisy. The engine has good power. There is good enough torque at almost any engine speed. The boost that one gets from a diesel engine seems to be missing on the 80bhp. The 100bhp is a tad quicker, but nothing that one can speak off. The 100bhp engine is more suited for the AMT version and has ironed out a lot of issues that came up with the 80bhp version.

The gear lever on the Mahindra TUV300 is tall but it easily gets slotted. The clutch pedal too is light and it makes it easy to drive. The AMT is a bit sluggish in shift, but is good enough for city use. There have been issues with this transmission, however now it the problems have been fixed.With the 100bhp engine, the TUV300 has even better power. And in city it will become more easier to drive. The TUV300 with the mHawk 100 will have a lot more grunt on the highway as well. The 100bhp Mahindra TUV300 will be powerful and our pick of the two.The Mahindra TUV300 has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.49 km/l. In the real world, the mHawk80 returns 11km/l in the city, while on the highway it is about 14km/l.

Mahindra TUV300 Driving

The Mahindra TUV300 has a tight turning radius. It turns around in little space with ease. The airy feel of the cabin was also a major point in the feel good factor about the SUV. However, what we did not like was the fact that this vehicle rolls a lot over 60km/h. The ride is quite pliant and better than previous generation Mahindra vehicles. However the SUV feels a bit unsettled and skittish over bad patches on the road, especially when driven fast. Mahindra’s ladder frame construction is to be blamed for that , but it isn;t very bad either. The handling of the Mahindra TUV300 isn’t very impressive, it has a prominent roll if you push it too hard. The steering wheel is hydraulic and still light enough for easy manoeuvring around the town. It is a joy to drive it in town.

Mahindra TUV300 Safety

Safety features on the Mahindra TUV300 include dual airbags on most variants, while the base trims get it as optional. The SUV also gets ABS with EBD on most trims, which is missed on the base T4 trim. The top trims get ISOFIX mounts for child seats in the second row along with a digital immobiliser, seatbelt reminder lamp, auto door lock while driving and anti-theft warning. The TUV300 gets ample of chrome garnish on the top variants that are sure to be liked by the Indian customers. The top trims get body coloured door handles, bumpers, electrically adjustable ORVMs and alloy wheels. The SUV is also equipped with static bending headlamps or cornering lights and Mahindra’s Micro-Hybrid technology as well as brake energy regeneration technology that are restricted only to the manual versions. The SUV uses a 2-DIN infotainment system with a display screen offering Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity. There is reverse parking assist as well, while you get Driver Information System (DIS) and Voice Messaging System (VMS).

All variants of the Mahindra TUV300 get power steering with tilt function, front and rear power windows and an air conditioning unit. The top variants also come with steering mounted audio controls, remote lock and keyless entry. The SUV also comes with follow-me-home headlamps as well as mobile charging points for the first and second rows.

Mahindra TUV300 Price in Hyderabad

Mahindra Tuv300 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,02,850/- (TUV300 T4 Plus) to 10,88,111/- (TUV300 T10 100HP AMT Dual Tone). Get best offers for Mahindra Tuv300 from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for TUV300 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mahindra TUV300 Bottomline

Does Mahindra have another winner on it’s hands? It does. What the TUV has managed to do, is break away from the boring MPV image of the Quanto and in essence the Xylo and position itself as a tough and rugged SUV. The core focus areas for the TUV3OO were safety, efficiency and emissions – and it delivers on all three counts. With prices ranging from Rs. 6.9 lakh for the base T4 to Rs. 9.12 lakh for the top spec T8 with the optional AMT, the TUV gives maximum muscle for the buck.

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