Ever for the reason that Mahindra XUV300’s launch, it’s been public information that an automated model was coming quickly. Mentioned model is now right here within the type of the XUV300 AMT. It’s out there in two variants – W8 and W8(O) – at a value of Rs 11.50 lakh and Rs 12.70 lakh, respectively. The automated choice is simply out there on the diesel model of the SUV and makes use of a 6-speed automated handbook transmission (AMT) sourced from Marelli (beforehand referred to as Magneti Marelli). Curiously, this transmission is totally totally different from the slow-shifting, clunky, 5-speed AMT unit in TUV300 and the NuvoSport.
We bought to pattern the XUV300 AMT within the top-of-the-line 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 total visibility. What’s new right here is the automated gear lever that’s sturdy, good to carry and simple to fit into totally different drive modes from the centre-most place. The gates are specified by a cross place, with Automated (A) and Handbook (M) on the left, Impartial on the correct, Reverse on the correct 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 comfy lifeless pedal right here – one thing that’s sorely missed on the handbook XUV.
Elsewhere, the XUV300 AMT is an identical to the handbook variants. Briefly, there may be sufficient house within the rear to seat three passengers. The 257-litre boot, nevertheless, isn’t very accommodating.
What’s it wish 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, the truth is, is a big enchancment over the earlier Mahindra AMT on the NuvoSport, which leaps ahead if you elevate your foot off the brake pedal. Nonetheless, as easy as its AMT is, the XUV300 nonetheless is not fully comfy in stop-go site visitors. The grabby brakes which might be onerous to modulate at crawling speeds are accountable for this.
With a light-weight foot on the throttle, the transmission shifts up by the preliminary gears effortlessly and easily. Fact be instructed, it’s snug to drive in bumper-to-bumper site visitors, as a standard automated, however small jerks and a few quantity of head nod nonetheless stay. However there may be little doubt, this is without doubt one of the greatest AMTs round. The gearbox is fast sufficient to reply and drops down a single or couple of gears if 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 utilize the handbook Tiptronic mode. Despite the fact that the shifts in handbook 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 when you find yourself on a slope. One other good function of the AMT is that whereas going downhill, the unit doesn’t upshift to the next gear instantly when the pace will increase. It can maintain on to a decrease gear to provide you extra management whereas coming down a hill. The auto start-stop function from the handbook variant has been given a miss on the AMT variant. It, nevertheless, will get cruise management, not like the Maruti Brezza.
Different traits of the XUV300 stay unchanged and the great suspension setup affords a luxurious and comfy trip over dangerous roads. It additionally will get three steering modes, which is a segment-first, however the steering lacks suggestions and really feel. The extensive observe and 215/55 R17 tyres present good grip in corners and the all-wheel-disc brake setup helps you shed pace rapidly and confidently.
Ought to I purchase one?
The XUV300 is nicely outfitted in relation to comfort and security options. The W8 variant will get 17-inch alloys, hill-hold, entrance and rear fog-lamps, a reverse digicam, auto headlamps and wipers, dual-zone local weather management, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay assist, keyless entry, cruise management and an engine begin/cease button. When it comes to security, it will get twin airbags, all-wheel disc brakes, ABS with EBD, child-seat anchors, ESP and hill-launch help.
The W8(O) will get the addition of 5 extra airbags (aspect, curtain and driver’s knee), a sunroof, heated wing mirrors, diamond-cut alloys, a tyre strain monitoring system, entrance parking sensors and leatherette upholstery.
The XUV300 is priced on the upper aspect and the AMT variants demand a premium of about Rs 55,000 above the handbook variants. At Rs 11.50 lakh (for the W8) and Rs 12.70 lakh (for the W8(O)), the XUV300 AMT is now the priciest SUV in its class. Nonetheless, the extra value you pay over the handbook variants just isn’t a lot when you think about all that the SUV affords; just like the Marelli-sourced AMT unit, which is without doubt one of the smoother ones out there. So in case you are searching for an easy-to-drive, snug, highly effective, fuel-efficient and feature-rich diesel SUV with the added comfort of an automated, the XUV300 AMT is the one to go for.
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