The safest Indian vehicle and the first full-size 7-seater SUV in the country to receive 5-Star Rating by Global NCAP. Mahindra’s XUV 700. It has been a hit ever since its launch and one of the reasons for this is the long list of variants available. The SUV is offered in 23 variants, the base model of XUV700 is MX which is priced at 12.95 and the top variant Mahindra XUV700 AX7 Diesel AT Luxury Pack AWD which comes at a price tag of Rs. 23.79 Lakh. Which means there are numerous options available with different powertrains, engine option, 5-seater, 7-seater, for all kinds of customer base. We have with us petrol’s top variant XUV700 AX7 with Luxury Pack which is priced at 22.04 Lakh* (ex-showroom), let’s review it in details.
The design of XUV700 is distinctive and subtle. An imposing grille with satin-chrome inserts and the new logo enhance the visual appeal of the car, the C shaped dual LED DRLS are an evolution of design combined with LED headlamps and fog lamps. From the side the structure reminds you of the outgoing XUV500 but XUV700 is broader and longer in size which makes the line flow better, softer and cleaner. Rear might not be the best angle to look at the car from, tail gate is made up of plastic, the logo frame seems like a last minute job to maybe accommodate the new logo. The SUV rides on sharp looking 18inch diamond cut alloy wheels and my favourite, the new automatic pop up door handle, not sure of the durability but they look premium.
It is a 7-seater, so it does not have enough boot space, can accommodate a few small backpacks, suitcases might be a problem unless you fold the 3rd row. To sit, the third row is spacious for kids, has AC air vents and 12v charger for better comfort. The second row can accommodate three individuals with assigned seat belts but it would be more comfortable for two with an armrest and cup holders in the middle to share. There is enough space on the door to keep a litre bottle, adjustable AC vents and two charging points specifically for second row passengers.
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The cabin space is airy with fresh looking, spanking new interiors. The integrated dual HD screen display sporting a 26.03 cm infotainment and a 26.03 cm digital cluster has eye-catching visuals and hosts next generation technology features like, built in Alexa, ESP Suite, Intelligent Control, Dual Zone Climate Control, Reverse Camera, Smart Air Filter Technology. Additional features available only in Luxury pack – 3D Audio with 12 Speakers by Sony, 360° Surround View with Blind-view, Wireless Charging.
The XUV700 tops the list with best- in-class safety features such as
ADAS – Front Collision Warning
ADAS – Automatic Emergency Braking
ADAS – Lane Keep Assist
ADAS – Lane Departure Warning
ADAS – Smart Pilot Assist
ADAS – High Beam Assist
Driver Drowsiness Detection
LED Clear-view Headlamps
360 degree Surround View System
Blind View Monitoring
Electronic Park Brake
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
The petrol is a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which puts out 197.13bhp@5000rpm of power and 380nm@1750-3000rpm of torque. The gearbox is 6-speed automatic, the power delivery is impressive and linear, torque is available throughout with ample punch to overtake in cities or highways. Ride and handling package on the XUV700 has taken many leaps forward, the engine is very refined and quick gear shifts makes crawling city traffic drive smooth and easy. Body control is good, you do not get tossed around on the road, roll is contained and the steering wheel is quite light for city maneuvering and parking but could have been stiffer for highways and high speeds.
On Versatility the SUV shines, the new chassis is way stiffer and stronger than before. With upgraded suspension design and components the car can soak up big bumps with ease. On the corners it feels well planted and secure, Although for highways and high speeds suspension feels soft, specially on the rear, if suspension was stiffer it would improve the ability to a great extent.
XUV700 proves to be a good family car for daily city maneuvering and quick weekend trips. Only drawback is that too because it has become popular, the waiting period which extends from 3 months to 1 year depending on the variant. I can not wait for a year after I have made up my mind to buy a new vehicle but If you can, you will be driving an all rounder.
This variant is available in 5 colours: Midnight black, Dazzling Silver, Electric Blue, Red Rage and Everest White. In this price range, you may also consider Tata Harrier XZA Plus Dark Edition AT, which is priced at Rs.21.34 Lakh. Toyota Innova Crysta 2.7 ZX 7 STR AT, which is priced at Rs.23.47 Lakh and MG Hector Sharp CVT, which is priced at Rs.19.27 Lakh.