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Mahindra TUV300 review, road test

Read the Mahindra TUV300 review, road test from Autocar India; It is tough as nails, but is it good enough to set the sales chart ablaze?

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Mahindra is India’s largest utility vehicle maker, and when UVs and SUVs are your bread and butter, you need to make sure you have all the bases covered. So, with the sudden emergence and booming popularity of the compact SUV segment, the company knew it needed to get a piece of the pie. It first had a crack at it with the Quanto, but this awkward looking and crude quasi-SUV based on a shortened Xylo chassis simply lacked any finesse. The TUV300 is underpinned by the new Scorpio’s chassis, and the strength and toughness that comes from using a traditional body-on-ladder-frame construction is its USP in a segment full of car-like monocoque crossovers. In fact, the ‘T’ in TUV stands for ‘Tough’. However, the trick up its sleeve is a cost-effective Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), which is a first for Mahindra, and also a first for an SUV in India. We put Mahindra’s latest baby through our rigorous road test to see just how tough it is.

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The TUV looks best from rear-three quarter.
High driving position gives a commanding view ahead. Two-tone dashboard and four-spoke steering wheel nicely designed.
Front seats comfy but lack lumbar support, steering position is less truck-like.
Seats are a bit flat, but space in the back is class best. There’s no rear aircon vents.
Jump seats better than Quanto’s but best for kids; there are no seat belts here.
Centre console looks upmarket but monotone audio display looks dated.
Instrument cluster easy to read. Chrome-ringed dials look nice.
Window buttons on left side of handbrake not well located.
Using Eco mode blunts throttle response, revs don’t cross 3500rpm.
Driveabilty and refinement of the reworked 1.5-litre engine are good.
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Issue: 213 | Autocar India: May 2017

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