Friday, May 3, 2024

First drive of the Mahindra XUV 3XO review. challenges the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, and Tata Nexon.

In India, the SUV is currently king of the ring. More significantly, the market for small SUVs is more popular than it has ever been. In the segment, every manufacturer has a formidable competitor that provides an abundance of features and alternatives. Mahindra also produced a good product with the Mahindra XUV 3OO. It lacked the frivolity present in today's tournament, though. However, the Mahindra XUV 3XO has just been released by the firm, and it makes many promises. Does it, however, deliver?

Mahindra XUV 3XO: Features and layout

The Mahindra XUV 3XO has a contemporary design that is appropriate for the times. Large light panels with C-type LED DRLs on the front end give it an aggressive appearance. A closer inspection shows tiny details on the blacked-out grille area that further enhance the SUV's unique character. It also looks fantastic. This SUV now has technologies like blind spot cameras and Level 2 ADAS, so the front end is likewise equipped with cameras and sensors everywhere. The former 3OO's silhouette may still be seen in profile. But there's a thick layer of cladding installed. The top AX7L model currently has 17-inch wheels, and they look great.

Mahindra XUV 3XO: Boot, capacity, and interior design

Similar to the exteriors, the interiors have also undergone modification. It's a good thing that the huge cabin feels even more roomy than before thanks to the black and white finish. A brand-new 10.2-inch infotainment system with a fantastic-sounding Harman Kardon-tuned audio system is housed in the dash. This is especially true because the Mahindra XUV 3XO's doors and other panels have been damped for improved NVH and acoustics. However, the centre console is reminiscent of the previous XUV 300 and still has small buttons that require some getting accustomed to.

Mahindra XUV 3XO: Available engines and gearbox types

The entry-level and mid-level models have a 1.2-liter turbo-petrol engine that generates 109 horsepower and is available with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed torque converter gearbox.

Mahindra XUV 3XO: Driving Experience

We drove a range-topping 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol 3XO with an automated gearbox. When the engine is first starting, it makes some vibrations, but these are controlled once the vehicle is moving and in gear. The SUV feels smooth and glides easily at 2,000 rpm or so thanks to the engine's good cruising capabilities. It is possible to drive calmly because the gearbox also shifts smoothly up the order.