With value for money vehicles, The Mahindra brand has grown exponentially since its introduction in 2004. Breathing life into the brand’s slogan “May your life be full of stories” – the cheetah-inspired Mahindra XUV500 proved its capability during my recent test drive with Sales Executive, Johan van Heerden.

Drawn in by its rugged, yet charming exterior with beautiful bending headlamps, chrome fitted fog lamps and raised bonnet; the multi-spoke alloy wheels additional boost its tough and luxurious style. The vertical door handles seem strange at first but, quite convenient nonetheless. Added are chrome scuff plates on the first and second row doors.

The interior is spacious and extremely modern with all-black upholstery teasing its exclusivity. An 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, together with the tilt and telescopically adjustable steering wheel, urge you on. Upon second glance, I noticed the premium automatic transmission lever and magnificent infotainment system with six speakers. The blue luminescent Driver Information System displays everything you need to know from fuel consumption to tyre pressure of all wheels.

The audio infotainment system, driver display, and cruise control are accessible through the multifunctional steering wheel. The centre console is quite convenient with a cooling function and cupholders. Also featured is an extra mirror on the rear-view mirror, that allows you to keep an eye on the kids in the back seat.

Safety was an active concern when designing the XUV500. It has six airbags, side impact beams and crumple zones. ABS with Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control help you in any weather or bad road condition. Light sensing headlamps and rain sensing windshield wipers are subtle features that further enhance safety. With the spacious cockpit, the XUV500 provides a comfortable drive.  

With its 2.2-litre mHawk turbocharged engine, the XUV500 moves with confidence and reasonable speed when necessary. Don’t be put off by the size of its engine, this SUV was designed to be extremely fuel efficient. Throughout the range, the XUV500 is available in two-wheel and all-wheel drive.

To get into your very own XUV500, head over to BB Mahindra Hatfield and speak to Sales Manager, Quentin Damster or Sales Executive, Johan van Heerden for the best deal on your XUV500.

By Inge Stols

Editor: Kersh Moodley