Mahindra TUV300 Overview
When the Mahindra TUV300 was first launched in India, back in 2015, the SUV came with several unique attributes that made it a strong value proposition. It was the only offering to come with the butch and boxy design of a conventional SUV, it was the largest in terms of proportions (height and width) in the segment despite its sub-4 metre length, and it was the first and only subcompact SUV to offer a 7-seater cabin.
However, it’s 2019 now, and in the past four years, the sub-4 metre SUV segment has taken a major leap. From value-for-money offerings like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon to more modern SUVs like Mahindra’s very own XUV300 and India’s first connected SUV Hyundai Venue; today the segment offers a range of feature-packed models that make those ‘unique attributes’ of the TUV300 a bit obsolete.
Having said that, the Mahindra TUV300 continues offers a strong SUV character and drivability that is still desired by many SUV buyers in the Indian market. In fact, it is still among the top-sellers in Mahindra’s line-up with an average of almost 1,300 units sold every month, and in order to keep the TUV300 updated, the carmaker has recently come out with the first mid-life facelift for the SUV. We got to spend a whole day with it and here’s what we think about the 2019 Mahindra TUV300.
Mahindra TUV300 Exteriors
The body-on-frame Mahindra TUV300 is a substantial SUV as sub-four-metre-long models go. It’s taller and wider than its monocoque-bodied contemporaries, but in all, the proportions are off. Mahindra has jazzed up the look with reasonable success, though. The striking ‘Highway Red’ paint shade catches your attention, especially with the optional dual-tone colour scheme that brings a blacked-out roof and pillars.
The TUV300’s restyled front-end has more personality too. There are new smoked headlamps, which now get LED daytime running lamps, a new front grille with a gloss finish surround, and, lower down, you’ll find silver skid plates too. This facelift also gets metallic grey 15-inch alloy wheels but they look too tiny on the TUV300; we would have preferred the 16-inchers like those on the TUV300 Plus. At the rear, the TUV300 gets a new set of clear-lens tail-lamps, a new ‘X-shaped’ spare wheel cover, and a roof spoiler. The rear parking sensors, however, should have been body coloured, as the current black ones appear like aftermarket additions.
Mahindra TUV300 Interiors
The TUV300’s interiors remain unchanged compared to the older one, so it still retains the dual-tone beige-black theme, and the interiors still feel bright and airy thanks to the massive glass area. Look closely though and there are some changes here too, like the seats which now get quilted leatherette upholstery and the new 7-inch touchscreen which replaces the double-din audio system. What’s also nice is that the TUV300 now gets a reversing camera, making it easier to park. That aside, there are smaller changes too including a new monochrome MID and a new flip-key. Check for Mahindra TUV300 price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.
What you still get, however, is the upright, commanding driving position, and front seats with individual armrests as well as lumbar adjustment that do their bit for comfort. The rear-seat base length was extended by 30mm, and thigh support height increased by 19mm, back in 2016; as a result, however, occupants under 5ft and 4in will find it rather uncomfortable as the seat pokes into the back of their knee. Also, legroom is strictly average, although there’s no dearth of headroom and there’s enough shoulder room for three to sit in comfort. The TUV300 is a 7-seater with a pair of jump seats at the back. But the thing is, these seats are best left unused. Space is tight and the absence of seatbelts for the rearmost seats is simply unacceptable.
All versions of the Mahindra TUV300 now get dual airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, speed alert system and a seatbelt reminder in line with latest safety norms. The top-spec T8 versions add in a reverse camera too, as mentioned already. Also part of the kit on the fully loaded T8 version is electric mirrors, a touchscreen, Eco driving mode, engine start-stop system, and rear wiper/washer. However, there are a number of misses too. There’s no Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, cruise control, rear air-con vents, electric-folding mirrors projector headlamps or a sunroof.
Mahindra TUV300 Gearbox
Power on the 2019 Mahindra TUV300 continues to be offered by the tried and tested 1.5-litre mHawk100 diesel engine and it certainly remains one of the biggest highlights of the SUV, however, it’s still not BS6 compliant yet. However, now the engine only comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. Yes, Mahindra has dropped the AMT option for the facelifted TUV300, which personally I won’t really miss considering the manual gearbox continues to be a better choice, although, with the growing demand for automatic SUVs this certainly feels like a bad move.To know more information on Mahindra TUV300 check Tamc2011
Having said that, in terms of performance, there is not much to complain about the TUV300. The 1,493 cc, four-cylinder, turbocharged oil burner is tuned to churn out a maximum of 99 bhp, all of which is offered around 3700 rpm. But the engine’s real highlight is its torquey nature, which offers a peak torque of 240 Nm, from as low as 1500-1600 rpm, and goes all the way up to 2800 rpm. The gearbox too remains pretty much a delight, as the shifts are nice and precise and a firm nudge on the lever is more than enough to put the gear in the right slot. Also, for an SUV, the TUV300 certainly has a pretty light clutch, so it’s easier to drive in traffic as well, but the steering continues to be a bit on the heavier side, not that bothersome but you feel the weight.
Mahindra TUV300 Driving
The bouncy ride quality is a result of softer springs. Load the SUV and it is quite pliant. Take this rear-wheel driven SUV on the off-beaten path and it will impress you. On the road though, the steering feels heavy and a tad vague. Body roll too is pronounced and for those who aren’t used to this, it can also make you car sick. The stock brakes could also do with some more bite. You will love the good all-around visibility though I still feel that the rear windscreen could have been a bit more bigger.
Mahindra TUV300 Safety
n the safety department, all TUV trims now get dual airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat tethers and seat belt reminder for front row. Our test unit didn’t come with speed alert warning. The top T10 (O) that we have here in this test unit also boasts a reverse parking camera.
Mahindra TUV300 Price in Ahmedabad
Mahindra TUV300 On Road Price is 9,06,193/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,33,170/- in Ahmedabad. 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 Summing Up
Despite all the new and updated features and equipment, the 2019 Mahindra TUV300 is certainly not in the same league as some of the aforementioned subcompact SUVs in the market. However, what the TUV300 does offer is a bold, tough looking SUV, with a capable diesel engine and good driving dynamics, and it can munch kilometres without breaking a sweat. So, if you are in the market looking for an SUV that can be both a well-equipped family vehicle, as well as a strong workhorse, then the TUV300 facelift is still a very good option.
Currently, the SUV is offered in five variants – T4+, T6+, T8, T10, and T10 (O) and is priced at ₹ 8.37 lakh to ₹ 10.40 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price, the TUV300 is up to ₹ 1.6 lakh cheaper than the diesel variants of the XUV300. However, as for its rivals – Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon Diesel, and Hyundai Venue Diesel, all three models undercut the TUV300 by up to ₹ 78,000.