The move has also allowed Mahindra to slice another $4000 out of the price of its rival for the Ford Escape, Holden Equinox, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 as it establishes a new trim grade called W6 that makes the XUV 500 look like pretty sharp value.
The front-drive Mahindra XUV 500 W6 is priced from $24,990 drive-away, making it the cheapest seven-seat SUV on sale in Australia. It comes equipped with reversing sensors (but no reversing camera, an important consideration when small children are involved), dual-zone air conditioning with rear air vents, a cooled centre console bin, lumbar support on the driver’s seat, self-levelling headlights with cornering lamps, LED daytime running lights and a follow-me home lighting function, front and rear fog lamps, and rain-sensing wipers. There’s also a secondary, convex rear-vision mirror that allows the driver to keep an eye on all seven seats.
Stepping up to the W8 adds electric folding wing mirrors, a 7.0-inch colour screen replacing the standard 6.0-inch monochromatic version used in the W6, a reversing camera, satellite navigation, leather trim and a camping light built into the tailgate.
The Mahindra XUV 500’s petrol engine is a turbocharged 2.2-litre four-cylinder unit producing 103kW and 320Nm. By comparison, the normally aspirated Toyota RAV4 produces 107kW and a pale 187Nm from its 2.0-litre engine. All petrol versions are paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The petrol-engined W8 will sell from $29,990 for the front-wheel-drive version, while equipping it with on-demand all-wheel-drive will add $3000.
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An optional tow pack will allow the XUV 500 to tow up to 2.5 tonnes, the same as the diesel-only, tray-backed workhorse version of the Mahindra called the Pik-Up. The XUV 500 also includes a five-year, 100,000 kilometre warranty that pitches in five years of roadside assistance and three years of capped-price servicing.
Mahindra is still selling limited supplies of a 103kW/330Nm 2.2-litre diesel-engined version of the XUV 500, but only in front-wheel-drive W8 specification. The engine it uses is only rated at the older Euro 4 emissions standards – a newer engine that meets more strict Euro 6 standards is under consideration.