Mahindra South Africa has introduced the all-new XUV300 compact hatchback to the market and it is rather excellent!
We don’t like:
- Loud Diesel engine
- Big A-pillars matched with big side mirrors that obstruct your view in a T-junction.
Do you remember the Mahindra XUV100 we tested a couple of months back? At the time this was the only compact vehicle that Mahindra had on offer and if I’m honest it wasn’t the best in design nor in the way of comfort and practicality. There is now, however, a new compact hatchback that has made its way into the market called the XUV300, which is as up to date as you would expect! (Unlike the XUV100)
Price & Engine:
The W8 variant we tested comes in at R325 000 (June 2019) and comes with a rather fuel efficient (albeit noisy) 1.5L Turbo Diesel engine that pushes out a modest 86kW and 300Nm of Torque with an average fuel consumption of 4.8l/100km. The power delivery is smooth and the 6-speed manual gearbox feels light.
Interior Trim & Space:
Stepping into the Mahindra XUV300 you’ll notice an almost premium looking interior with all-round white leather seats, and since we had the W8 variant on test it means that you are getting all the bells and whistles in terms of tech and comfortability. Compared to its rivals such as the Opel Crossland X (R350 000) and the Renault Captur (R326 000) you are getting way more as standard such as; a touchscreen infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, climate control, automatic rain/light sensors, a reverse camera, parking sensors with park assist, turn-by-turn navigation, a tilt & slide sunroof as well as a multifunctional steering wheel with 3 different steering settings (Normal, Comfort & Sport).
The interior is a lot more spacious than you’d expect given the cars size. You’ll be happy to know that there is even more space available on the inside due to the multiple (more than expected) storage spaces placed all over the car.
Thanks to the XUV300 being shorter, wider, and higher than the competition it means that life for rear seat passengers is a breeze with ample leg and head room. The load bay however is rather small compared to its rivals and comes with 249L worth of capacity. You can increase that by folding the rear seats down but you may find it harder to slide bigger items in as you won’t have a flat loading bay due to the sizable bump from the seats.
Sitting behind the wheel of the XUV300 is a pleasant experience as you have all the controls at your fingertips thanks to the multifunctional steering wheel.
Going on the open road you’ll find that the ride quality is soft and the bumps get absorbed along the way leaving you feeling comfortable and confident that nothing will go wrong on your motorway journey. I should mention that the sound of the engine does tend to get quite noisy at speed which can get irritating but you could just drown that out by turning up the radio!
Safety & Warranty:
The Mahindra XUV300 boasts an impressive NCAP safety rating of 4/5 stars. This is due to the 7 airbags, ABS with cornering brake control, ESP with rollover mitigation, hill-hold assist, a few ISOFIX mounts as well as a device that lets you know when your spare tire is getting flat.
The car comes with a comprehensive 5-year/150 000km warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan for that extra piece of mind.
Since the XUV300 comes in at a competitive price and features above average standard equipment, it will definitely be favored over it’s more expensive rivals. I personally think that this is the best car to come from Mahindra in a long while because they have really thought about what the consumer might want in a car and in terms of exterior/interior styling, the drive and the equipment, they have nailed it.