Mahindra XUV300 W8 1,5 Diesel

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The Mahindra XUV300 was a pleasure to drive. Newly imported to South Africa from India, this compact SUV is going to do well because of great trim levels at affordable pricing.

What I really loved about it was that the turbo-diesel engine could pack a punch even on a super steep uphill climb, plus its interior and exterior styling is very appealing.

In general the driving experience is good, especially driving in the W8 trim-level with all of the extras you could possibly want in a new car in 2019. I wasn’t gaga over the 6-speed manual gearbox, but once I got used to its quirks there really wasn’t much to complain about. The engine is responsive and not too noisy. Not many manufacturers offer a diesel model at this price, so it is definitely value for money.

Cruise control, steering-wheel controls, sunroof, parking sensors and reverse camera, as well as rain sensing wipers make the world of difference. It is rather fuel efficient, and the nifty Bluesense app which tracks the driver’s driving patterns and scores them on a set of environmentally friendly metrics, was a great tool to have. You can even share your results to your phone, Twitter or Whatsapp.

Speaking of which, it also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is honestly a must in any car these days. The infotainment with its 17,78cm touch has been well programmed and is a pleasure to use along with USB ports, an Aux port, and even a CD player.

Interior space is ample and the seats can be folded down to create an almost flat surface, plus the boot floor can sink lower for more space. There were ample storage compartments and the beige leather trims in the test model were stunning, together with a mix of soft and hard-touch surfaces. I also really loved the daytime running lights in this cheetah-inspired exterior design.

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