Since the launch of the Mahindra XUV700, Mahindra and Mahindra has accomplished in delivering a fully-loaded vehicle at an affordable price. The XUV700 is a replacement for the outgoing Mahindra XUV500. Within the budget of Rs20 lakh, the Mahindra XUV700 is the only premium SUV on the market that holds a long list of features than its rivals. As per the features and the build quality, the Mahindra XUV700 is quite a bargain at its price. However, the premium SUV has seen several price hikes lately. Now, let’s see how the SUV can be the best value for money in its class in this Mahindra XUV700 review.
Mahindra XUV700 Exterior: Design and Dimensions
The Mahindra XUV700 dimensions measure 4695mm in length, 1890mm in width, and 1755mm in height, and it sits on a wheelbase of 2750mm. The XUV700 is longer than all SUVs in its class. The ground clearance of the XUV700 is 200mm. However, from some angles, the XUV700’s exterior resembles its predecessor, the XUV500.
The XUV700 is the first model to get the new brand logo. It features a black grille frame with vertical slats finished in black and chrome, flanked by large headlights and boomerang-shaped LED DRLs. Its exterior also receives sharp design elements that make the SUV look more muscular. At the rear, it gets inverted L-shaped LED taillights, and it would be surprising to know that its tailgate is entirely plastic.
Other notable features include flush door handles that look premium and are aerodynamically friendly. The MX and AX3 variants run on 17-inch steel wheels. It also gets all four-disc brakes as standard across all the variants. On the other hand, the AX5 and AX7 variants get 17-inch and 18-inch diamond-cut alloy rims, respectively.
Mahindra XUV700 Interior Layout and Features
The Mahindra XUV interior looks upmarket with its faux wood and two 10.25-inch displays—a touchscreen infotainment screen and a digital instrument cluster. On the other hand, the lower variant, the MX series, gets two 8-inch displays. Many people will find it similar to the new-age Mercedes cars because of the door-mounted controls for the driver’s seat and big screens. Except for the AX7 series, the lower variants have manually adjustable seats. Moreover, the infotainment system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and has built-in Alexa. It also gets a Sony audio system with a 3D sound experience, paired with twelve speakers. It gets a dual-tone interior with a leather steering wheel, a leather-wrapped gear-knob, etc. The new XUV 700 also features steering mounted controls as standard. Overall, the XUV700 has a well laid out cabin that looks clutter-free and easy on the eyes, with a good fit and finishes. It also gets a panoramic sunroof so that owners can allow more sunlight inside.
Moreover, the Mahindra XUV700 MX series has a five-seat layout, while the AX series has a seven-seat configuration depending upon the variant.
But the XUV700 still lacks some basic features, such as an auto-dimming IRVM and ventilated seats. However, it does get segment-first features like the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), Auto High Beam Assist, Alexa connectivity, and personalised safety alerts, to name a few.
The ADAS technology includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Detection, Front Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, and Blind Spot Detection.
In addition to the safety features, the Mahindra XUV700 has seven airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, a speed-sensing auto door lock, and others.
Mahindra XUV700 – The Powerhouse
The Mahindra XUV700 has two engines: a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine. The former produces 198bhp and 380Nm of torque, while the latter produces 183bhp and 450Nm of torque.
Both engines get a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Besides that, the AX7 AT gets an optional all-wheel drivetrain. It has a fuel tank capacity of 60-litres.
Except for petrol variants, only the diesel variants have four driving modes: zip, zap, zoom, and custom. The XUV700 sits on a new platform, which is lighter and unalterable. The suspensions now get frequency selective damping (FSD) on all four wheels, while the rear axle has an independent multi-link suspension system with control blades. As per some sources, the new XUV700 is stable at high speeds. Due to its well-tuned suspension (not too soft, not too stiff), the Mahindra XUV700 goes well around high-speed corners.
For more information on the drivability of the Mahindra XUV700, check out the XUV700 review on autoX.
Mahindra XUV700 – Prices, Variants & Colours
The Mahindra XUV700 has a starting price of Rs13.18 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base model, XUV700 MX MT, and goes up to Rs24.58 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top model, XUV700 AX7 Diesel AT Luxury Pack AWD.
Overall, the XUV700 is available in two broad trims: MX and AX (AdrenoX). The AX Series has three categories: AX3, AX5, and AX7.
The XUV700 is available in five colours: Everest White, Dazzling Silver, Electric Blue, Red Rage, and Midnight Black.
The SUV takes on the likes of the Hyundai Alcazar, MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari, and Tata Harrier, to name a few. To read more about SUVs similar to the Mahindra XUV700, check out the “car reviews” in the reviews section, where you’ll find a curated list of all the latest reviews on the website