Ever because the Mahindra XUV300’s launch, it’s been public information that an automated model was coming quickly. And the mentioned model is now right here within the type of the XUV300 AMT. The auto possibility is just obtainable on the diesel engine model of the SUV and makes use of a 6-speed automated guide transmission (AMT) sourced from Marelli (beforehand often called Magneti Marelli). Apparently, this transmission is totally completely different from the slow-shifting, clunky, 5-speed AMT unit in TUV300 and the NuvoSport.
We obtained to pattern the XUV300 AMT within the prime of the road W8(O) variant, so let’s get proper to it.
What’s it like on the within?
The XUV300’s inside continues to have the identical pleasing design with its black and beige theme. The cabin feels spacious and ethereal, and you’re sat in a commanding driving place with good general visibility. What’s new right here is the automated gear lever that’s sturdy, good to carry and straightforward to fit into completely different drive modes from the centre-most place. The gates are specified by a cross place, with Automated (A) and Guide (M) on the left, Impartial on the suitable, Reverse on the suitable and backside, and Tiptronic on the highest (+) and backside (-) from the centre place. The dearth of a clutch pedal has freed up some house within the footwell and you’ve got a large and cozy lifeless pedal right here – one thing that’s sorely missed on the guide XUV.
Elsewhere, the XUV300 AMT is an identical to the guide variants. In brief, there’s sufficient house within the rear to seat three passengers. The 257-litre boot, nonetheless, isn’t very accommodating.
What’s it prefer to drive?
The XUV300 AMT makes use of the identical 117hp/300Nm, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine because the XUV diesel-manual. Slot the 6-speed AMT’s lever into ‘A’ and the XUV300 engages Creep mode which is sweet and progressive. This, actually, is a large enchancment over the earlier Mahindra AMT on the NuvoSport, which leaps ahead whenever you elevate your foot off the brake pedal. Nonetheless, as easy as its AMT is, the XUV300 nonetheless is not utterly relaxed in stop-go site visitors. The grabby brakes which are arduous to modulate at crawling speeds are accountable for this.
With a light-weight foot on the throttle, the transmission shifts up by way of the preliminary gears effortlessly and easily. Reality be informed, it’s comfy to drive in bumper-to-bumper site visitors, as a traditional automated, however small jerks and a few quantity of head nod nonetheless stay. However there’s little doubt, this is likely one of the greatest AMTs round. The gearbox is fast sufficient to reply and drops down a single or couple of gears whenever you demand extra energy from it. Nonetheless, when cruising on the freeway, it doesn’t fairly drop down three gears, say from sixth to 3rd, the place the true punch is. So, for overtakes on the highways, it’s best you employ the guide Tiptronic mode. Though the shifts in guide mode aren’t tremendous fast, it offers you good management over the gearbox and helps hold the engine on the boil.
The AMT variant comes with hill-hold help function which prevents the automobile from rolling again if you end up on a slope. One other good function of the AMT is that whereas going downhill, the unit doesn’t upshift to a better gear instantly when the velocity will increase. It is going to maintain on to a decrease gear to provide you extra management whereas coming down a hill. The auto start-stop function from the guide variant has been given a miss on the AMT variant. It, nonetheless, will get cruise management, not like the Maruti Brezza.
Different traits of the XUV300 stay unchanged and the great suspension setup affords an opulent and cozy journey over unhealthy roads. It additionally will get three steering modes, which is a segment-first, however the steering lacks suggestions and really feel. The huge observe and 215/55 R17 tyres present good grip in corners and the all-wheel-disc brake setup helps you shed velocity shortly and confidently.
Ought to I purchase one?
In its top-end W8 (O) variant, the XUV300 is properly outfitted with regards to comfort and security options. The W8(O) will get heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone local weather management, smartwatch connectivity, tyre strain monitoring system, a sunroof, 17-inch diamond-cut alloys, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail-lamps, touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, auto headlamps and wipers and auto-dimming inside mirror.
When it comes to security, the automobile comes outfitted with all-wheel disc brakes, ABS with EBD, seven airbags, baby seat anchors, ESP, hill-launch help, entrance parking sensors, and three-point seat belts and adjustable neck restraints for all of the seats.
With the value of the top-end diesel-manual variant at Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom), the XUV300 is already on the pricier facet. AMT variants usually command a premium of about Rs 60,000 to 70,000 over the guide variants, however this isn’t a lot when you think about all that’s on supply. The Marelli-sourced AMT unit is likely one of the smoother ones out there. So in case you are on the lookout for an easy-to-drive, comfy, highly effective, fuel-efficient diesel and feature-rich SUV, with the added comfort of an automated, the XUV300 AMT is the one to go for.
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