The Rundown: 2016 Mahindra XUV500

Our quick rundown of the seven-seat Mahindra XUV500

We recently had the keys to the new automatic-transmission version of the Mahindra XUV500 and continue to maintain that it is one of the best value buys on the market.

Featuring seven seats and a diesel engine as standard, prices for the Mahinda SUV start from just $29,990 for a version with a manual transmission, an auto is accessible from just $31,900.

Even in the base model Mahindra XUV500 you get…

  • Tilt and reach steering adjustment
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Bluetooth
  • DVD player
  • Sat-nav
  • Reverse camera
  • Cooled centre console bin
  • Puddle lamps
  • 17” alloy wheels
  • Partial leather seats
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors


  • Unbeatable pricing
  • Off-road ability (4×4 models)
  • Standard features
  • Willing 103kW/330Nm turbo-diesel engine
  • Fuel economy (7.4L/100km combined)
  • Cabin space – especially in third-row
  • Reasonable cabin comfort


  • Not as refined on the road as some rivals
  • Small font on dials and controls
  • Normal lack of cargo space if all seats utilized
  • Engine a little noisy
  • 3yr/100,00km warranty less than some rivals

Take a Mahindra XUV500 for a test drive yourself at your nearest Mahindra dealership.

About Simon Lai 713 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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