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Mahindra XUV 3XO First Drive Review

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Exterior design is polarising

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When it comes to the interiors, the dashboard design is identical to that of the XUV 300 (and the XUV 400 EV). I really liked the light ivory-coloured upholstery but it might be difficult to maintain in the long run. The seats are firm, and they aren’t ventilated, sadly. You also get piano black plastics surrounding the infotainment screen. The soft-touch leatherette on the dashboard and the door trims does give off a sophisticated vibe too. In terms of space, I was surprised to have an ample amount of legroom and headroom both in the front as well as in the back seat. Not only that, but the hip room in the 2nd row comes at 1308mm, making it very easy for 3 passengers to sit at the back. 

One of the most hyped features about the 3XO was the first-in-segment panoramic sunroof, but note that you get the skyroof only in the AX series, while you get a ‘regular’ sunroof in the MX series. It surely is a great addition to this car's feature list, making it appealing to customers who want features from a higher segment but want a compact car.

You also get twin 10.25-inch screens in the AX series for the infotainment as well as the digital cluster. The infotainment gets Mahindra’s AdrenoX Connect, borrowed from the larger XUV 700, which gives you access to many in-car apps, along with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and built-in Amazon Alexa. The touch response is decent but the display can feel laggy at times. You also get a 360-degree camera which is easily accessible. The buttons below the screen are of good quality. The instrument cluster also features the blind view monitor, which will be very helpful for the Indian market. The 3XO also gets dual-zone climate control. You will also find a 65W Type-C charging port and a USB Type-A port for connectivity. There is also a wireless charger for your phone right under the charging points. You also get a phone holder and a Type-C charging point at the back as well. 

The car comes with a Harman Kardon sound system, which has premium audio with an amplifier and subwoofer, 2 tweeters and 4 full-range speakers. It has 6 modes of audio settings as below: Studio, Sonic Expanse and Ambience ( Stage, Party, Retreat, Wide Sonic). The overall experience in the cabin with the sound system is really impressive, and I truly enjoyed my drive. In terms of storage, you get a decent number of cubby holes around the car, on the door, under the centre armrest and an illuminated cooled glove box. Talking about the boot space, it has now increased from the outgoing XUV300 and is now at 295 litres up to the backrest, and if you see up to the roof, it is 364 litres. And if you need more room for your luggage, the XUV 3XO gets a 60:40 split rear seat.



TopGear Magazine June 2024