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Old 17th June 2015, 12:40   #91
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Really Good one guys !! A one Happy Review and a complete delight for the community.

I feel the new XUV is closer to XYLO from front in looks.

Guys, what about Body Roll at high speeds, i have not driven a XUV yet, so felt curious about ?
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SDP, that is how it is in most economy cars.

Even here in Dubai, many cars have keyless start stop in their top variants. Such slots are covered with a cap like in the XUV.

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Thanks ! Didn't know that.
I was looking at it from a price-point perspective. Top end W10-AWD is slightly less than 20L OTR in Mumbai. For someone who has paid close to 20L for the car, such shortcuts might not leave a good taste in the mouth.


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Not the case everywhere though. BHPian StarrySky's Octavia Combi has the start/stop switch on the keyslot location:
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That's such a brilliant and logical spot for the engine Start/stop switch. I wish Mahindras would have taken this approach for the placement of the switch and solved multiple problems in a single shot:
1. No ugly plastic cap.
2. No learning curve for new owners who would instinctively take their right hand at that spot to twist the key.
3. The extremely useful cubby hole that was partially sacrificed to accommodate the Engine Start/Stop switch.
4. The missing CD drive in W10 which lost its position because USB and Aux needed to be accommodated (which in turn were displaced because of the Engine Start-Stop switch position)

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Finally managed to check out the new age XUV with a fellow bhpian at the nearest showroom and trust me guys it looks even better in person, pics don't do justice to the new refreshed look. Loved the new interiors, the new color theme looks really premium imho.
The sales rep started to explain the features of the W10 variant which was standing inside the showroom but since i wanted to see the W4 variant i asked him if they have one in stock and luckily they did !

A silver W4 greeted us near a pile of garbage but i didn't care coz my eyes were fixated on the machine.

Took some pics and sharing them for the potential W4 buyers.

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The plain black applique looks better.

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The improved front, no chrome inserts on the grill, prefer it this way.

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W4 gets full black upper panel which imo looks better.

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Black door handles. You can also see the speaker location.

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Center console, just wish Mahindra gave a better/bigger display unit.

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Black dials. The blue illumination looks amazing !

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Black steering wheel without the controls.

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All black again.

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The seats, nice design and decent quality fabric used.

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I detest chrome so the W4 is like a blessing. All i would like to do is get the B and C pillars wrapped in black and get the fog lights to complete the look. The sales rep said the fog lights will be available soon as an option (Cost 3-4k).

Now time for the most important factor, the test drive. I am really bad with all the technical mumbo jumbo so as a layman i can tell you that it was surprisingly very easy to drive. The gears were smooth and easy to engage and even though am recovering from a foot injury i was able to use the clutch easily, it was very light. The power delivery was great and i was able to cruise along in 2nd gear in traffic.

We then had a discussion regarding the price and this is the quote i got -
Ex Showroom Delhi - 11,21,245
Registration - 1,45,206
Logistics - 7500
Insurance 0% Dep - 32,810
Total - 13,06,761

No discounts. Delivery in 10-15 days. He mentioned that the current waiting period for the W10 model is around 2 months !

Really impressed with the whole package and feel that its worth the dineros. Told him that we will take the final decision in Oct when my dad will be in the country and left after exchanging contact details. A day well spent.

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New icy blue backlighting looks funky with the twin-pod instrument cluster:

Driver information system displays limited data. It shows you the gear currently engaged, the odometer and two trip meters, apart from the digital fuel gauge. At least the average fuel economy & DTE counter should have been mirrored here (they are displayed on the centre screen):

Tushar and SDP - Thanks for such a wonderful review

But this one caught my attention - How can the ODO reading be lower than the Trip Meter A ?
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They have received a lot of flak for that quirky fog lamp area. They should tone down the excess chrome laden design and might be painting the area around the fog lamps in body colour. This is what happened with the back door design of the new generation scorpio too, wherein they came up with a body coloured back cladding within 4 months of initial launch. Now again, do i keep waiting? Wont the current owners feel cheated ? They should do it FOC for recent customers and leave it at their discretion.
Here's my understanding after talking to the SA - You can install the fog lamps solo. The chrome bezels again come with a price. The bezels are not integrated with the fog lamps so you should still be able to get the fog lamps sans the chrome bezel.
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Tushar and SDP - Thanks for such a wonderful review

But this one caught my attention - How can the ODO reading be lower than the Trip Meter A ?
IIRC, the XUV ODO can be reset to zero ONCE during the first 250 kms or so.
Typically dealers do the reset at the time of delivery and give a car with zero on the odo to the happy owner.
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Had a conversation with the sales rep in Bangalore and he mentioned that if we install a luggage carrier it would obstruct anyone's from popping their head out of the sunroof. I agree that it isn't a safe practice but any other alternative for that apart from using the box type carrier which looks quite odd.
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Had a conversation with the sales rep in Bangalore and he mentioned that if we install a luggage carrier it would obstruct anyone's from popping their head out of the sunroof. I agree that it isn't a safe practice but any other alternative for that apart from using the box type carrier which looks quite odd.
I would suggest you to go for Handirack roof Carrie which is easily removable. Check this video

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Thank you fusionbang for your valuable inputs I came across this roof carrier on the web, do you think this will be fine? as the there is enough space left in the front where the sunroof is accomodated (observe the lines on the roof of XUV for reference)
The location on the black strips of the roof where the carrier is to hinged is flexible right? If this is the case, it can be hinged a little backward than that's shown in the pic or its that the rack has to be hinged at that particular point.
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Thank you fusionbang for your valuable inputs I came across this roof carrier on the web, do you think this will be fine? as the there is enough space left in the front where the sunroof is accomodated (observe the lines on the roof of XUV for reference)
Yes that should fit perfectly and sunroof will be just ahead of it. But I would personally suggest not to install roof carrier permanently as it will take away the looks of the car literally. But if its really a need for you, then you can go ahead with the one you have selected. If you go ahead post a pic with the carrier installed.
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How can the ODO reading be lower than the Trip Meter A ?
BHPians sure have eagle eyes!

As SDP said, the odometer can be reset within the first 250 kms. However, in this case, the two pictures were shot at different times.
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The headsup display which is provided as an accessory is really good for the price, it does the following things.
1. Shows current speed of the vehicle
2. Speed can be set from where the headsup display will start showing the speed for example if ill set the speed to 20 kph it will start showing the speed once 20 kph is crossed.
3. Brightness level can be adjusted, its fairly visible during a sunny day as well.
4. It will make a warning beep everytime the vehicle crosses 100kph.
5. Speed warning alert.
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Yes that should fit perfectly and sunroof will be just ahead of it. But I would personally suggest not to install roof carrier permanently as it will take away the looks of the car literally. But if its really a need for you, then you can go ahead with the one you have selected. If you go ahead post a pic with the carrier installed.
Definitely its not going to be installed permanently as it will spoil the looks, it will be on those occasional long trips with family. Yeah i shall post the pictures when i get it installed after few days. Thank you!
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I read somewhere there are changes to gear ratios as well. Did you observe any changes? Slightly shorter first 3 gears would have been great for city crawling and offroad, these ratios in my car are just too tall, a lot of clutch intervention is required for crawling in traffic where even the first gear at idle speed is too fast.
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During normal city traffic and city speeds, I did not feel a difference.
On the highway, I had a feeling that it pulled more easily from 80 till 120kmph in 5th and 6th gears. I even mentioned it to Tushar. So my guess is that there are minor changes to gear-ratios for the higher gears. But, I am not absolutely sure about this. I don't consider myself an expert. When I was driving normally (i.e. subconsciously) I did not really notice anything different. When I started paying specific attention, I felt the above mentioned thing. Quite possible that I found the change as I was looking for one.

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Here's a Jetta sold abroad with the key slot covered with a plastic cap:
Is it possible that some of these manufacturers still leave the ignition mechanism and cover it with a plastic cap so that in some extra ordinary situations you can actually use it?
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