Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Team-BHP Reviews > Official New Car Reviews


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 18th May 2013, 21:34   #4366
BHPian
 
evoque's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 45
Thanked: 16 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by SDP View Post
This has been discussed before, in fact, very recently. But there are no reported incidents of somebody actually having done it. Besides the color-screen, the buttons below the screen are also quite different in W6 as compared to W8. So its going to be a complex job..if at all possible. A quick call to a Mahindra service center might help.
Thank you for the reply SDP. Maybe I should have started reading this thread backward. I found the discussion just a couple of pages away. How difficult do you think it is going to be to completely change the HU? I am currently using Pioneer 2590BT in my Civic and am completely used to it. I have checked with a couple of ice installers but none of them seem to be aware. (The previous discussion has not touched this aspect in detail I believe).


Quote:
Originally Posted by SDP View Post
Quite a few people have done this. Extremely straight-forward. There are no issues.
In this case, would the display output be from the mono-chrome display? The previous discussion seem to suggest so but for some reason I am unable to comprehend the same. If I am not wrong, the display on the W6 is something similar to the old generation mobile phones (Ex: Nokia 3310) (or is it a regular black and white screen?) and I cannot visualize how the display would look when connected to a reverse camera. Does someone happen to have an image of the same? I am aware that a stand alone display can be fitted for the camera but I would like to leave the dash board neat and also use the original RVM. So, I am not considering this option.
evoque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th May 2013, 22:51   #4367
SDP
Team-BHP Support
 
SDP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,554
Thanked: 6,953 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by evoque View Post
Thank you for the reply SDP. Maybe I should have started reading this thread backward. I found the discussion just a couple of pages away. How difficult do you think it is going to be to completely change the HU? .... (The previous discussion has not touched this aspect in detail I believe).
Here's how the button bank on the W8 looks like:
Name:  mahindraxuv5ooW8 music controls.jpg
Views: 3279
Size:  106.5 KB (image from first page of this thread)

And here's how the button bank on the W6 looks like.
Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review-xuv-w6-music-controls.jpg (Image credit: Debuda)

See, how each and every button is different between the 2 versions? So, besides the screen, this entire console would need to be replaced. Since its modular, it might not be difficult, it would definitely be costly.


Quote:
In this case, would the display output be from the mono-chrome display? The previous discussion seem to suggest so but for some reason I am unable to comprehend the same. If I am not wrong, the display on the W6 is something similar to the old generation mobile phones (Ex: Nokia 3310) (or is it a regular black and white screen?) and I cannot visualize how the display would look when connected to a reverse camera. Does someone happen to have an image of the same? ...
Unfortunately no images are available. A quick google search did not return anything. If I remember correctly, the monochrome display has the same resolution as the color one. So from a image quality perspective, besides the lack of color, there is not going to be any difference. The system already has a input connector for the camera and it is almost plug-and-play.

Edit: Complete change in HU might be a more meaningful option. Again its not going to be easy as there is no 2-din slot.

Last edited by SDP : 18th May 2013 at 22:56.
SDP is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 19th May 2013, 08:46   #4368
SDP
Team-BHP Support
 
SDP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,554
Thanked: 6,953 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

The Arctic Blue color has been launched some months back. Knowing how the colors looks different in the Mahindra Ads and in real, I wanted to see it in person and not rely on the website.

Yesterday, I spotted the blue XUV.
In diffused light
Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review-067.jpg

This is how it looks in broad daylight.
Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review-070.jpg

Looks interesting.

Last edited by SDP : 19th May 2013 at 08:48.
SDP is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 19th May 2013, 14:12   #4369
Senior - BHPian
 
raj_5004's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Dubai/Mumbai
Posts: 5,054
Thanked: 1,942 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

I think somehow the blue colour does not look good on an SUV. It would be better in a hatchback like the Vibe.
raj_5004 is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 19th May 2013, 16:27   #4370
Distinguished - BHPian
 
shankar.balan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: BLR
Posts: 7,694
Thanked: 4,634 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SDP View Post
The Arctic Blue color has been launched some months back. Knowing how the colors looks different in the Mahindra Ads and in real, I wanted to see it in person and not rely on the website.

Yesterday, I spotted the blue XUV.
In diffused light

This is how it looks in broad daylight.

Looks interesting.
Looks good. Quite similar to the Air force Blue shade being used by Toyota for their Fortuner and Innova.
shankar.balan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th May 2013, 17:37   #4371
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: KL-CHN-BLR
Posts: 220
Thanked: 83 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by raj_5004 View Post
I think somehow the blue colour does not look good on an SUV. It would be better in a hatchback like the Vibe.
agree with you. I saw the colour in the flesh and I hated it on the XUV.
aajohn is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 19th May 2013, 18:29   #4372
SDP
Team-BHP Support
 
SDP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,554
Thanked: 6,953 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

Asked if a retractable screen is available as part of the Mahindra Genuine Accessories. No was the answer. Found a after-market solution installed in one of the vehicles at the service center. Sharing a few snaps.

The one for rear window is actually decent. Perfect size at the base where it sits on the door-pad.
Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review-071.jpg

Mounted on the door-pad with 2 screws. If you ever remove this accessory, be ready to stare at 2 ugly holes. I wish the top of the screen would move up another 3/4th of an inch. Sun when at a wierd angle would intrude from the top or the exposed triangle to the left.


The screen for the front-window is really bad. Because of the curved design of the door-pad, it doesn't sit properly on the pad. See the gap at the bottom?
Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review-073.jpg

The gap from another angle. Besides the gap, the overall coverage is poor.
Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review-074.jpg

I will let this pass and wait for better options.

Last edited by SDP : 19th May 2013 at 18:32.
SDP is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 20th May 2013, 11:01   #4373
BHPian
 
reevester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 93
Thanked: 36 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by AGwagon View Post
I was also complaining to the SA about the low beam bulbs, and he asked me when did I got mine changed last. When I told him a month ago, he told me that would mean that I am on the new modded bulbs/system now and it should be fine now. Can anyone else confirm if there has been a new modded variety of bulbs/systems out?
Yep, I am now super careful and try not to abuse the tyres too much.

I can confirm that there are newer higher wattage bulbs out there. I got all my bulbs (stock 55W bulbs; both low beam ones had fused over a period of two weeks) to the new 80W Philips bulb. Installation done at the service center. Came up to Rs. 2000/- for all four bulbs.

Definitely a much better throw in light and the high beam is much much more powerful. Made tons of vehicles lower their high beam when I went to Alibagh for the weekend!
reevester is online now   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 20th May 2013, 11:14   #4374
BHPian
 
kaiserketkar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pune
Posts: 182
Thanked: 81 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SDP View Post
The Arctic Blue color has been launched some months back. Knowing how the colors looks different in the Mahindra Ads and in real, I wanted to see it in person and not rely on the website.

Yesterday, I spotted the blue XUV.
In diffused light

This is how it looks in broad daylight.

Looks interesting.
I agree. Although blue is my favorite color, thus particular shade of Blue doesn't quite suit the XUV. I would've preferred a darker shade of Blue.
All the same this is one thing that M&M should do. Add more shades to the XUV palette.
kaiserketkar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th May 2013, 11:23   #4375
SDP
Team-BHP Support
 
SDP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,554
Thanked: 6,953 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by reevester View Post
Yep, I am now super careful and try not to abuse the tyres too much.

I can confirm that there are newer higher wattage bulbs out there. I got all my bulbs (stock 55W bulbs; both low beam ones had fused over a period of two weeks) to the new 80W Philips bulb. Installation done at the service center. Came up to Rs. 2000/- for all four bulbs.

Definitely a much better throw in light and the high beam is much much more powerful. Made tons of vehicles lower their high beam when I went to Alibagh for the weekend!
Bulbs are not supposed to fuse so early. One bulb fusing can be a freak coincidence. Two bulbs fusing is a problem. You didn't claim it under warranty?

Did the service center recommend 80W in low-beam?
SDP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th May 2013, 11:31   #4376
BHPian
 
reevester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 93
Thanked: 36 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by SDP View Post
Bulbs are not supposed to fuse so early. One bulb fusing can be a freak coincidence. Two bulbs fusing is a problem. You didn't claim it under warranty?

Did the service center recommend 80W in low-beam?
First the LHS fused and then the RHS fused. Rather than use the free bulbs that come with the car, I simply bought an entire new stock of bulbs and upgraded the lot.

Yes, the CSA suggested the new 80W bulb. So instead of having the LHS as 80W and the RHS as 55W, I changed all!
reevester is online now   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 20th May 2013, 11:53   #4377
BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Delhi
Posts: 127
Thanked: 125 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by reevester View Post
Yep, I am now super careful and try not to abuse the tyres too much.

I can confirm that there are newer higher wattage bulbs out there. I got all my bulbs (stock 55W bulbs; both low beam ones had fused over a period of two weeks) to the new 80W Philips bulb. Installation done at the service center. Came up to Rs. 2000/- for all four bulbs.

Definitely a much better throw in light and the high beam is much much more powerful. Made tons of vehicles lower their high beam when I went to Alibagh for the weekend!

reeverster, I am confused. Are you aware of a modded replacement being provided by Mahindra ASS? I think you are talking about a AFM replacement.

I am no expert but I believe, the problem with low-beams fusing, is to do with improper relay/cut-offs which blows with current spikes during crank-up? or it may be something to do with the bulbs itself, as they were talking about the modded bulbs.

I know people have been complaining about the low beams, but I have always found them more that an adequate. Although, I would love to have some nice intensity white ones, just for "ruling the road" purpose
But, I am not sure how a higher intensity bulbs will take care of the bulbs fusing problem, I would be furious if that happens with the more expensive bulbs. That is why I am happy waiting for the problem to be sorted by M&M and until then just stick to keeping them until the end of my warranty.
AGwagon is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 20th May 2013, 12:17   #4378
SDP
Team-BHP Support
 
SDP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,554
Thanked: 6,953 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by AGwagon View Post
reeverster, I am confused. Are you aware of a modded replacement being provided by Mahindra ASS? I think you are talking about a AFM replacement.

I am no expert but I believe, the problem with low-beams fusing, is to do with improper relay/cut-offs which blows with current spikes during crank-up? or it may be something to do with the bulbs itself, as they were talking about the modded bulbs.

...But, I am not sure how a higher intensity bulbs will take care of the bulbs fusing problem, I would be furious if that happens with the more expensive bulbs. That is why I am happy waiting for the problem to be sorted by M&M and until then just stick to keeping them until the end of my warranty.
This is precisely what I was asking. Thanks for articulating it so well AGWagon.

Reevester, Are we sure that the bulbs were the problems and with new higher wattage bulbs, the bulb-fusing problem would go away?
Besides the bulbs, did they change/modify anything else?
SDP is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 20th May 2013, 15:24   #4379
Senior - BHPian
 
m_upreti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Mumbai/Medellin
Posts: 1,556
Thanked: 282 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

Had a detailed TD along with the family yesterday, the vehicle handles much better than it did when I did my last TD about 8 months back. The brakes felt solid.

My only grouse is that the steering rod hits the left foot (and you can fee the circular movement) unless you place it on the foot rest (which I am unused to till date)

My better half loved the looks & the 2nd row comfort as compared the Scorpio. She overruled me on the model and so it would be a W7 & wants to have a final say on the color (I am for Dolphin Grey, she wants Black) I am sure she will prevail this time since the last 2 occasions the color's have been of my choice

My son (all of 6 years) loved it so much that he wanted me to drive the TD vehicle home directly.

The valuation of the Scorpio will be done this week as I feel it would be comfortable and easier to trade in at Mahindra First Choice.

Last edited by m_upreti : 20th May 2013 at 15:28.
m_upreti is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 20th May 2013, 20:26   #4380
Senior - BHPian
 
getsurya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 1,354
Thanked: 910 Times
Default Re: Mahindra XUV500 : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
My son (all of 6 years) loved it so much that he wanted me to drive the TD vehicle home directly.
Good to note that the young one is already in love with the to be new ride!

Upreti, I am sure you are armed to the teeth this time to ensure you have a thorough PDI and close eye on the XUV, you select from the yard.

Eagerly waiting for your ownership thread and wishing you good luck with the new ride

M&M - One repeat customer is a great deal in today's world!
getsurya is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mahindra XUV500 vs Mahindra Scorpio vs Tata Safari Storme vs Renault Duster vs Tata Aria a4anurag SUVs, MUVs & 4x4s 113 20th December 2016 16:13
Received a copy of the Coffee Table book on the Mahindra XUV500 from Mahindra Corp. shankar.balan Shifting gears 3 2nd April 2012 16:26


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 01:02.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks