I am at Mahindra East Rand Mall today and I am here to test drive the 2019 Mahindra XUV 500 W10. I am met with warm smiles and Sales Exec Dawie Du Preez is ready to take me on a drive. He is thrilled to tell me about it, and I can’t help but feed off his excitement!

Be it a hatchback, sedan, MPV, or perhaps a double cab bakkie. However, the last few years the market swayed quite drastically towards SUVs and the majority automakers are jumping on board to urge a bit of the pie. The trouble is that within the pursuit of needing to be the simplest and providing the foremost comprehensive package, SUVs tend to become a touch pricy. You acquire all those options, and in some cases, you have got to pass more money for aforesaid options.

The focus of Mahindra’s most up-to-date facelift was to boost the XUV500’s visual attractiveness, furthermore, because the upgraded technology and options on available. This flagship W10 by-product, with all its bells and whistles, is priced regarding R65 000 below the most affordable automatic Ford mountain peak. that is a pretty saving.

It’s a big SUV, offers seating for seven people, is equipped with leather seats, has satellite navigation, a rear-view camera, hill descent control with downhill brake control, and a sunroof. Everything standard!

It’s powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that’s good for 103kW and 330Nm of torque, and that power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel consumption is rated as 7.4-litres/100km and on its 70L fuel tank you should see a traveling range of about 940km. In general, it responds satisfyingly to throttle inputs and there is sufficient power for cruising at the national limit. A somewhat frustrating feature is the transmission lever gate.

If you like to drive a car with all the toys, then the allure of the XUV500 W10 will immediately be strong. The cabin boasts leather upholstery in addition to another step up in terms of overall material fit and finish.

The infotainment system is extremely comprehensive too: it includes a 7-inch touchscreen that additionally doubles as a show for the reverse-view camera. The W10 further boasts voice command management and inherent navigation. A good-quality Arkamys audio system is fitted to this derivative and it offers USB/aux/Bluetooth support. Conveniently, mobile charging points are provided for the first and 2nd-row occupants.

Out on the road, the ride is definitely softer than what you’d notice in, as an example, a Toyota Fortuner, however it is also somewhat less controlled, thus there is vital body appear the corners. this can be unlikely to be a significant concern to most owners who can appreciate the comfort, luxuries and… efficiency!

By Noni Nchwe