On paper, the XUV300’s TGDi motor produces 128bhp and 230Nm of torque and is fully mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. These are 19bhp and 30Nm more than the old 1.2-litre petrol unit and also make it the most powerful SUV of the lot. And for those who crave more, there’s also an overboost function that kicks in after 70 per cent acceleration, thereby pumping out an extra 20Nm of torque. Mahindra also claims a zero to 60 kmph time of five seconds. Facts and figures complete. Now, time to experience it!
Mahindra’s Gymkhana track looked attractive and had some tight and tricky turns, straight lines and water pits. But, with luck, it started raining a lot! Nevertheless, we started our lap and immediately off the mark, the XUV300 confirmed new power figures. This gives you a quick start and within about 50 metres, we were greeted with the first set of bends. The engine delivers a great surge of power in the midrange when it’s on boost and doesn’t feel strained when pushed to the redline. The steering is sharp and with three modes (Comfort, Normal and Sport) it makes turning the SUV into tight corners fun. However, we would have appreciated a bit more feel and feedback.
That said, Mahindra hasn’t made any changes to the suspension and throttle response. Even so, the XUV300 felt planted and when we pushed hard around a bend, the SUV never wavered. Coming to the gearbox, gear shifts are smooth while flicking between first and second gear throughout the course.
Adding to the overall confidence while driving the XUV300 TurboSport around the gym were disc brakes on all four wheels. It had a nice bite to them and added confidence and stopping power at high speeds.