Mahindra has entered a league of its own with the introduction of its all new Mahindra XUV 300. The XUV 300 (pronounced XUV three double O) introduces a new range of engines and an almost unmatched bold and dynamic specification to the world of medium sized SUVs.

I have been invited by Mahindra Eastrand today I have the pleasure of taking this beauty out onto the freeway for a test drive. Joining me is New Vehicle Manager Rudie Le Roux to make sure I don’t miss out on any important detailing during the drive. I am instantly impressed with the bright Dynamic Red exterior and the white premium leatherette interior giving that instant feel of luxury and sophistication. Like most Mahindra SUVs the XUV 300 demonstrates the brands signature designs and has that distinctive Mahindra grille with chrome lights on the higher specs. I can adjust the seat to my contentment with the six-way adjustable levers on the drivers’ seat to make sure I am sitting comfortably and ready for the drive.

The XUV 300 is a comfortable drive with all the controls easily accessible to the driver. All controls have been placed conveniently around the driver to ensure complete driving pleasure. With steering mounted controls, you can effortlessly switch to cruise control, answer your phone and make use of the audio controls at your fingertips. The XUV 300 comes equipped with a 7-inch infotainment system that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and has built in turn-by-turn navigation with regional maps installed. Now if that doesn’t blow your mind away, I don’t know what will! This fascinating system allows you the driver to preset many of the vehicle functions and make use of the park assist rear camera for effortless parking. To add to all these snazzy new inclusions, the XUV 300 offers an added floating roof with anti-pinch glass tilt and slide electric sunroof. The heated side mirrors prohibit condensation when driving in unfriendly weather conditions.

As we turn onto the freeway, I decide to put the new Smart Steering system to the test. With a switch of a button located just below the infotainment system, I am able to switch the steering feel from Comfort mode to Sport. The XUV 300 also offers a Normal mode. The Comfort and Normal modes are more for your everyday commuting and getting through city traffic with ease whereas the Sport mode gives the driver more of a thrill with a heavier and more responsive feel.

With the launch of this brand-new model Mahindra has introduced along with it two new engines. Mahindra is offering consumers the choice between a turbo petrol three-cylinder 1.2 engine or the turbo diesel four-cylinder 1.5 engine. Both versions come equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Mahindra will be giving its competitors in the market a run for their money with the introduction of the all new stylish XUV 300.

By Noni Nchwe