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Old 31st March 2014, 23:30   #5746
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No temperature gauge (what were the mahindra engineers drinking when they thought of this cost cutting measure)
Will take time to get used to the thuds and hard clutch after 2 years of innova driving.
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Unfortunately it is becoming more common, there is a thread regarding the same (Good 'ol Temperature Gauge : Yes or No?).
As regards the temperature gauge, many modern car manufacturers are nowadays substituting it with a high temperature warning alarm. I am not entirely in agreement with this and have expressed my views here (Good 'ol Temperature Gauge : Yes or No?).

As regards the 'thuds' in the XUV, I would like to reiterate that the suspension of any new car takes some to to 'settle down' and needs to be 'run in' like the engine. The suspension of my 20,000+ KM XUV feels much more pliant and absorbs shocks from bad roads much better as compared to when it was new. Some of my views on the XUV suspension may be read here (Debuda’s Silver Mahindra XUV500 W6 @ Jamshedpur).
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Dear BHPians

I am looking forward to buy an XUV500 W8. I took test drive and read all about it in this forum. The only thing that concerns me is the 2nd row seating comfort during long drives. My mom felt that the seats were not at all comfortable during the test drive. My wife felt it was just average. I myself sat in the 2nd row and asked the sales executive to drive. I felt the back rest was great, but the width and under thigh support was pathetic. I am 6 foot and most of my family members are tall. I was driving a safari before and it has awesome 2nd row seat.

Can an owner shed some light on this based on real life experience of long drive? This is the only thing keeping me from making a decision.
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This was retweeted by Mr Anand Mahindra yesterday.
Check out @indianautos's Tweet: https://twitter.com/indianautos/stat...00102252384257

XUV 5OO launched with 6 speed automatic transmission in Algeria. Also a 120bhp Quanto. Detailed report here- http://indianautosblog.com/2014/03/m...algeria-126122

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This was retweeted by Mr Anand Mahindra yesterday.
Check out @indianautos's Tweet: https://twitter.com/indianautos/stat...00102252384257

XUV 5OO launched with 6 speed automatic transmission in Algeria. Also a 120bhp Quanto. Detailed report here- http://indianautosblog.com/2014/03/m...algeria-126122
Yup. Saw that and I have asked Mr Mahindra as to when XUV AT will be available in India. Told him that my cheque is ready !!
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Can an owner shed some light on this based on real life experience of long drive? This is the only thing keeping me from making a decision.
It's bad. Quite bad. Those seats are strictly for lilliputs and kids.
However, the driver seat and the next rows are fantabulous. Decide who will sit in the last row and how often and then make a informed decision.

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It's bad. Quite bad. Those seats are strictly for lilliputs and kids.
However, the driver seat and the next rows are fantabulous. Decide who will sit in the last row and how often and then make a informed decision.
Thank you Mudhalaipatti.

I was asking about the 2nd row seats not the last row. I know the last rows are either for kids or for very short drives.

So i assume you are quite happy with the First (Driver/Passenger) and 2nd row (Back seat just behind driver) for long drives...
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Mahindras have launched RoadSideAssistance packages for 1-5 years for the XUV, which start after the 2 year free RSA that owners get for new vehicles. It does include assistance even in case of puncture, wrong fuel type filled, upto 50kms ride by taxi in case of a breakdown/accident, hotel/train booking assistance in case of a breakdown etc etc.

I found it interesting. Do check it out.

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Mahindras have launched RoadSideAssistance packages for 1-5 years for the XUV, which start after the 2 year free RSA that owners get for new vehicles. It does include assistance even in case of puncture, wrong fuel type filled, upto 50kms ride by taxi in case of a breakdown/accident, hotel/train booking assistance in case of a breakdown etc etc.

I found it interesting. Do check it out.
Any idea on what the cost is?
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....Can an owner shed some light on this based on real life experience of long drive? This is the only thing keeping me from making a decision.
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...So i assume you are quite happy with the First (Driver/Passenger) and 2nd row (Back seat just behind driver) for long drives...
You already have one of the BEST benchmarks in middle row comfort. I doubt XUV can match it; but from what I read, the ride quality gets better with speed. You will need to take a long TD in proper driving conditions to judge it. Please do 3 or 4 TDs if required.
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Any idea on what the cost is?
I bought 3 year RSA for 3875Rs.
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Got my W8 AWD last Friday (28th March) and went for a trip to Thirthahalli the very next day. 1036 Kms on the odo as of today and am overall happy with my decision. Couple of pictures of the Dolphin Grey.

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Got my W8 AWD last Friday (28th March) and went for a trip to Thirthahalli the very next day. 1036 Kms on the odo as of today and am overall happy with my decision.
What was your on road price? Did you manage to get any discounts/freebies? Did you take insurance yourself?
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What was your on road price? Did you manage to get any discounts/freebies? Did you take insurance yourself?
The OTR was 17.60L including the rear guard, mats and reverse camera. I did not take the insurance from outside, because getting the NCB from Bajaj Allianz was a pain. I would try to get a refund later, which seems possible. Got around 55K off as various discounts, exchange bonus etc.
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My cousin is running out of choices in the 15 lac SUV segment and is now seriously considering XUV. His concerns:
1. child parts are all Chinese as per some Mahindra guy. How true is this?
2. Same guy mentioned about some sensors going bad with time and high running.
3. His running is around 5000 KM per month. Will XUV survive such high running?

Electronics were causing issues in the past, so he is looking at W6 and nothing higher.
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My cousin is running out of choices in the 15 lac SUV segment and is now seriously considering XUV. His concerns:
1. child parts are all Chinese as per some Mahindra guy. How true is this?
2. Same guy mentioned about some sensors going bad with time and high running.
3. His running is around 5000 KM per month. Will XUV survive such high running?

Electronics were causing issues in the past, so he is looking at W6 and nothing higher.
1) Even if child parts are chinese, Mahindra would offer replacement/spares. Please do note that there are some good chinese brands that offer quality on par with Koreans. It is always not neccassary that chinese=cheap.

2) Same as above - Even when outside the warranty period, every part is replaceable with spares, available through A.S.S.

3) It depends on how long he plans to use the car. 5000 kms per month is around 2,00,000 kms in 3 years. XUV might serve 10 years too, but probably would require many parts to be changed and maybe after 250K/300K kms Engine overhaul is needed. Scorpios are known to run 200,000 kms without much issues. So over a period of time, assuming refinements and improvements are made continously, XUV can clock 300,000 kms easily on the stock engine. If he plans to keep the car for a long time, I would suggest Innova. IF he can change the car in 3-4 years time and expects minimum resale value, XUV is the way to go.


- If he is a mahindra Fan, why not look at the Scorpio or Xylo. Scorpio has far more lesser electronics and is an established prouct almost 10+ years old.

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