Mahindra XUV 300 has finally upgraded their sub-four meter compact SUV into the BS6 avatar. The main surprise of the BS6 upgrade is the pricing as the manufacture decided to not hike the price of the SUV. The XUV 300 diesel BS6 still starts from Rs 8.69 lakhs (ex-showroom) for the base variant. The top variant W8(O) that costs Rs 12.69 lakhs (ex-showroom). The main twist Mahindra has done with the XUV 300 is that the automatic gearbox now will be available only in the W6 and the top end W8 (O) variant. However, there’s not much has been changed in terms of features and specifications. Let’s see what we are been offered with the Mahindra XUV 300 diesel BS6.
The BS6 model retains the engine from the BS4 model, however, now with tweaks to comply the emission norms. An engine is a 1.5-litre unit that produces nearly 113 bhp max power and 300 Nm of peak torque. When compared with the predecessor, the power has dropped by around 2 bhp. The engine comes mated with a 6-speed manual and optional 6-speed automatic gearbox. It’s the most powerful engine in the segment.
Another engine option you can buy is the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol. This petrol produces nearly 110 bhp max power and 200 Nm of peak torque. It is the torquiest petrol engine in the segment. The petrol version of the compact SUV starts at Rs 8.3 lakhs (ex-showroom) and goes up to 11.99 lakhs (ex-showroom).
The SUV gets all the features you expect from the segment. It gets a sunroof, touch screen infotainment system, climate control, etc. Driver assistance features include reverse parking camera and sensors, electronic glare mirror, keyless start and entry. One of the things we like the most of the vehicle is the safety rating. Mahindra XUV 300 is the highest-rated Indian vehicle by the GNCAP and is considered as the safest vehicle in India now. The SUV comes equipped with multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX marking and most importantly it has a very stable chassis.
The compact SUV competes against the likes of Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the segment leader Maruti Brezza. The upcoming rivals will include Kia Sonet, Volkswagen Taigun, Nissan EM2 and Renault HBC. Mahindra is currently working with Ford to make a mid-sized SUV- XUV 400 for the Indian market. You can watch our review on the Mahindra XUV 300 diesel BS4 below so that you can have a better idea of the SUV.