TUV300 Mahindra – Born Tough?
Demand for compact SUVs is increasing. SUVs are becoming more popular because they have higher ground clearance and are generally more compact, making them easier to drive and park in congested areas. This trend was started by the Ford Ecosport, and now others are following suit. The Quanto was introduced by Mahindra, however it was not a huge success for the company for a variety of reasons.
The Bolero is one of Mahindra’s most successful models. The Bolero and the Scorpio have been the most successful products of the Indian utility vehicle maker, and now the new TUV300 has arrived. On this little SUV, we placed our hands. Has Mahindra learned from its Quanto errors, and what changes have been made to the TUV300? We discover the truth.
Pininfarina, the Italian design house that created Ferraris and Maseratis, collaborated with Mahindra on the TUV300. The design is modern and incorporates Mahindra’s design elements. The front grille is made up of seven vertical bars, which can be found on every Mahindra vehicle. Then there’s a chrome finish. As you move to the side, the headlamps are pulled back and become smaller. The square fog lamps are a new design, and the flat bonnet with no strakes adds to the rocky appearance.
The TUV300 is distinguished by its big bonnet, black roof rails, and 10-spoke alloy wheels. Given the TUV300’s height, the wheels appear to be somewhat little. The grab doors are thick and comfortable to hold. The D-pillar is blacked off, and the tail lamps are large. The spare wheel is positioned in the centre of the tailgate, and higher models get a body colour spare wheel cover as well. The rear appearance is similar to that of the Skoda Yeti. The TUV300 stands out from the crowd, and Mahindra refers to it as a TUV (Tough Utility Vehicle) because it resembles a tank (in styling).
The TUV300’s interiors are pleasant. The dual-tone interiors are appealing, and the instrument cluster is straightforward and straightforward to read. The interior of the TUV300 is black and beige with silver accents. A built-in music system with USB, Bluetooth, and aux connectivity is available. The plastics are of good quality, and the fit and finish is acceptable, but the look and feel of the plastic does not excite us.
The TUV300 has a lot of storage capacity. You sit tall in the front row seats, each with their own armrest. Even tall folks will have enough headroom and legroom. The seat’s side support could have been better. The back seat capacity is also adequate, with three persons being able to sit comfortably. The second row’s central tunnel is practically flat, making it comfortable for tall individuals. Jump seats are available in the third row, which are ideal for thin persons or youngsters. It’s a bit of a pain to get in and out of the jump seats.
In-dash music system, reverse parking sensor, dual airbags, and ABS with EBD are among the TUV300’s features. Although the competition offers more amenities than the TUV300, the tiny SUV’s USP is its size.
Driven by Results
The TUV300 is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine known as the mHawk80, which produces 84bhp and 230Nm of maximum torque. This engine has been entirely reworked to include a dual mass flywheel, which reduces vibration. Mahindra has to work on the NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), as the noise is extremely noticeable. The engine is incredibly smooth, and the ease with which it may be driven is a great selling point. As a result, driving this SUV in the city will be easier and need less work because it does not require shifting gears. The clutch on the TUV300’s five-speed manual variant was light and easy to operate. The TUV300 is also available with a five-speed AMT (automated manual transmission), although we haven’t yet tested it.
The TUV300’s biggest feature is how easy it is to drive in the city. You won’t have to downshift that often. The TUV300 has enough torque to pull it about, and overtaking is simple. The TUV300 has a lot of torque, which makes it a lot of fun to drive in the city; however, if you push it too hard on the interstate, it runs out of steam. The engine refinement is remarkable for a diesel engine, and the simplicity of driving is something we like. One is seated in a commanding position with a clear view of the road ahead. The TUV300’s gearbox is a little too notchy, especially in reverse, and this needs to be addressed.
It’s a little early to talk about fuel economy, so we’ll save it until a full evaluation of the TUV300, which will include information on the tiny SUV’s fuel efficiency.
The TUV300 was our only encounter with it on the Mahindra test track, which has smooth roads. As a result, we can’t say much about the ride quality of this tiny SUV. The TUV300’s handling isn’t particularly impressive. It’s fine within city limits, but you won’t appreciate it much on the twisty roads. The SUV has a high centre of gravity, which is understandable given its size. There’s a lot of body roll going on, and it’s visible. The steering wheel is hydraulic, but it remains light and comfortable to hold. It’s the right size, and the road view from the driver’s seat is excellent. You have a strong sense of authority.
The TUV300, which is at the top of the line, costs Rs 9.12 lakhs (ex-showroom, Pune). This is a little pricey when compared to the features. But you get a durable product with plenty of room and a powerful engine. If you’re going to be travelling in rough terrain, the TUV300 is the way to go, since the monocoque chassis rivals may struggle.
The TUV300 is an excellent choice for individuals looking for a compact and sturdy vehicle. This SUV checks off the majority of the boxes. Mahindra has guaranteed that this SUV is safe, has utilised only the safest materials, and that it meets all existing and future Indian crash test standards.