In this video Jenny checks the 2023 Mahindra XUV700. But before we get into the vehicle, let’s talk about the brand behind it. Mahindra, an automotive giant with a heritage stretching back to 1947, is among the top 10 most respected companies in India. With an ethos of “Together we rise”, the company is known for its commitment to purpose-driven growth and social causes, such as women’s empowerment. The XUV700 reflects Mahindra’s new strategy of venturing into more lifestyle-oriented, premium, and contemporary models. So, let’s delve into whether the XUV700, pitched as an affordable alternative to Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan X-Trail, lives up to the hype.
The XUV700 offers a single engine option – a 2.0L Turbo GDi petrol engine. With a maximum power output of 149.2 kW at 5000rpm and torque of 380 Nm at 1750 – 3000rpm, the engine provides a potent kick. It comes with a 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission ensuring smooth gear shifts. The official fuel consumption stands at 8.3 liters combined, though it can be a bit thirstier depending on driving conditions. The 60L fuel tank theoretically allows for a range of around 720km.
Performance / Drive:
Driving the XUV700 is engaging, thanks to its turbocharged engine. It achieves 0-100 in 10.3 seconds, which is not lightning fast, but doesn’t feel sluggish. Its capabilities extend to sportier conditions, with light but precise steering. Mahindra has invested 1 million hours in fine-tuning the suspension, ensuring a smooth ride. The XUV700 doesn’t feel too boaty even at high speeds around corners. Its Frequency Selective Dampening enhances comfort in various Australian on and off-road conditions.
With the XUV700, Mahindra delivers a clean and contemporary design that’s not too flashy but still makes a statement. Sporting a chrome satin grille and new twin peaks badging, the front is a testament to the brand’s evolving maturity. The LED lights add prominence, while auto-dimming high-beam headlights engage above 80km/h. When viewed from the side, the XUV700 displays a somewhat boxy design adorned with flowing contours, sitting atop 18-inch alloys. The door handles, flush with the car when locked, pop out when unlocked. The rear boasts curves, contours, and LED tail lamps, with a choice of five colors for the exterior.
Inside the Cabin:
Inside, the XUV700 boasts an array of gadgets. It comes with a Sky roof across all trims, and dual 10.25-inch superscreens displaying essential information. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, alongside a 360-degree camera view. The 12-speaker 3D Sony surround sound system promises an immersive audio experience. While some aspects of the interior might not be as polished as the competition, it’s a significant improvement from the XUV500. It’s worth noting that the interior color is available only in white.
Safety is paramount in the XUV700. Key features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, and a Blind View Monitor that displays a camera feed of the blind spot. It also has up to 7 airbags covering all three rows, Auto Booster Headlamps, and an Electronic Park Brake in the top trims. The Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning add another layer of safety. Plus, certain features can be toggled on or off through the driver’s menu.
The Mahindra XUV700 offers excellent value with prices starting from $36,990 drive-away for the AX7, and $39,990 drive-away for the AX7L. Recommended servicing is every 12 months or 10,000km, and it comes with a 7-year or 150,000 km warranty.
The 2023 Mahindra XUV700 establishes itself as a strong contender in the mid-size SUV segment in Australia. With a powerful engine, contemporary design, feature-rich interior, robust safety features, and competitive pricing, the XUV700 marks a bold move for Mahindra. With plenty of stock available, Mahindra is well-positioned to make a significant impact on the Australian market. If you’re in the market for a new SUV, the XUV700 deserves serious consideration.