New Mahindra XUV700 2021: Observations after 1 day of driving

Driving the Mahindra XUV700 2.0L Turbo-Petrol AT

Turbo-petrol produces 197 BHP @ 5,000 rpm and 380 Nm @ 1,750 – 3000 rpm:

The two.0-litre turbo petrol engine that powers the XUV700 is an all-aluminium unit shared with the Thar, however in a far increased state of tune right here. It’s mated to a 6-speed torque converter automated transmission from Aisin. This gearbox is in its third technology (the previous-gen was used within the XUV500). The identical AT is deployed for the diesel engine as nicely.

On the subject of the driving expertise, this 2.0 Petrol AT is {smooth}, sprightly & refined. Mahindra’s mStallion is a likeable motor. Petrol lovers, Delhi-NCR BHPians & those that do not care about fuel-efficiency will recognize the providing. The petrol engine is {smooth} & fairly city-friendly. Throttle response & driveability are good and turbo-lag, if any, is masked nicely by the automated transmission. In bumper-to-bumper site visitors, the two.0 petrol crawls ahead (with out accelerator enter) at ~8 km/h. Energy supply is general good & linear. Your passengers will probably be snug as there is no such thing as a jerkiness or sudden “turbo whoosh”. Due to the turbo-charger, even the midrange energy supply is passable (with NA petrols, midrange is often a hit and miss). Energy is available in sturdy at ~1,800 rpm and the engine pulls nicely until slightly below 5,000 rpm, when the AT shifts up.

On the open street, the turbo-petrol’s 197 BHP means you’ll be doing foolish speeds with out even realising it! At Mahindra’s new take a look at observe, the XUV700 Petrol AT reached 150 km/h effortlessly and will simply do extra. The turbo-petrol revs properly to the redline, though it isn’t a high-rpm petrol in any respect. In kickdown mode, the Petrol AT shifts up at slightly below 5,000 rpm which is relatively diesel-like. We positive want the engine gave us a minimum of one other 1,000 – 1,200 rpm to play with, because it does within the Petrol MT variant which revs increased. The mid-range is robust and there may be sufficient energy on faucet to cross site visitors with ease. By way of cruisability, the XUV700 will do 100 & 120 km/h in high gear at a relaxed ~1,600 rpm & ~2,000 rpm respectively.

The 6-speed Aisin torque-converter AT is butter-smooth in its operation, and solely the slight change in engine pitch tells you when an upshift occurs. On the subject of shifting velocity, the transmission isn’t the quickest we’ve skilled, however it’s not too gradual both. Response occasions are acceptable and we don’t see homeowners complaining. Nonetheless, we did discover the AT gearbox getting confused in sure conditions – like when driving laborious with various throttle enter – however these incidents have been few & far between. The Aisin gearbox does a passable job for probably the most half. Throughout the metropolis, you’ll observe the Petrol AT being extra downshift-friendly than you’d count on. We reckon Mahindra has carried out this to stop the rpm needle from dropping too low and to enhance driveability / engine responsiveness. We personally favor this because it results in superior throttle response, though the FE-loving buyer received’t. The AT does have handbook mode…nonetheless, most homeowners will simply let the electronics determine all of the shifting in such a giant SUV. Lovers will miss paddle-shifters although.

The Aisin torque-converter AT is a standard design & ought to show extra dependable within the longer run than the advanced dual-clutch ATs provided by so lots of the XUV700’s opponents.

Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH)

The two.0 petrol engine is a refined unit general. Even at excessive rpms, engine noise isn’t very intrusive. The engine works laborious, but doesn’t make you’re feeling the identical. Wind noise is available in at ~90 km/h and turns into extra distinguished at 120 – 130 km/h. We discovered street noise to be managed; as a result of our take a look at situations have been restricted, we’ll replace this if our longer road-test reveals the rest.

Mileage & Gas Financial system

Whereas Mahindra hasn’t revealed the gasoline financial system figures but, a 197 BHP turbocharged petrol with an automated transmission in a big SUV isn’t a recipe for miserly effectivity. We count on single-digit gasoline financial system in real-world situations. Turbo-petrols are extraordinarily delicate to throttle enter and if you happen to drive laborious to benefit from the 200 horses, the gasoline needle will drop quickly.


Trip Consolation

The XUV700 has a McPherson strut suspension on the entrance and a multi-link impartial suspension on the rear. Each have a stabilizer bar, whereas the dampers get high-tech frequency selective damping! The XUV700’s high variant rides on 18-inch wheels with 235/60 tyres. As a result of our first drive was on wonderful roads & Mahindra’s take a look at observe, we can’t touch upon the experience high quality. This will probably be up to date submit our longer test-drive. First impressions (however solely that) = the experience seems to be compliant general, with a touch of firmness. We want to reserve our opinions for the second.

Dealing with & Dynamics

Mahindra has paid consideration to the dynamics of this automobile and it exhibits. The automobile is secure at excessive speeds and doesn’t really feel nervous. Not even after we crossed 150 kmph on the take a look at observe. You may cruise at triple digit speeds with confidence.

The multi-link suspension on the rear is vital on the subject of dealing with. Physique roll is managed and fast route modifications are dealt with correctly by ‘Massive SUV’ requirements. It shifts the steadiness in a composed method and holds its line nicely by way of quick curves; you do really feel the XUV700’s peak & sheer weight of the car although. It’s solely once you push actually laborious that understeer begins coming in. The 235/60 part Apollo tyres present good grip, however make a number of noise once you push the automobile aggressively.

We drove laborious on the observe & the slalom part. Suffice to say, we’re blissful. Will add that the street manners are higher than the Tata Harrier / Safari. All these security options packed into the automobile will turn out to be useful if you happen to encounter an emergency state of affairs. It is simply reassuring to know that the electronics have gotten your again.


The electrical energy steering could be very gentle at parking speeds, which makes maneuvering this SUV simple. It weighs up properly as you achieve velocity. Nonetheless, like most digital energy steering items, there’s not a lot really feel or suggestions from the EPS.


The XUV700 is provided with disc brakes in any respect 4 ends. They carry out nicely in daily driving situations, albeit the chunk is sort of sharp. We’d’ve preferred the pedal to be a bit of extra progressive. The automobile will get ‘digital brake prefill’ which builds up stress within the brake traces, if you happen to sharply take your foot off the accelerator & the computer systems anticipate a tough braking state of affairs.

Niggles & Issues

Most brand-new Mahindra fashions have some niggles or the opposite of their 1st / 2nd manufacturing years. Sadly, our take a look at automobile confronted a difficulty with the infotainment unit. Ideally, short-pressing the rotary knob ought to choose the choice highlighted. As a substitute, it saved sending the display to “lock mode”. That’s, a brief press was being recognised as a protracted press. I attempted the identical factor on one other XUV700 and it labored effective. One other media’s take a look at automobile suffered energy loss whereas driving. Restarting it obtained the ability again, but in addition a ‘test engine’ gentle. Do not forget that this SUV has a number of tech wizardry. Be sure to get that prolonged guarantee pack. If you happen to’ve fallen for the XUV700, we might suggest shopping for it as soon as the niggles of the preliminary batches are sorted out.

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