In the world of SUVs there are only two things
which hold utmost priority. The first being space and the second being
performance. When Mahindra introduced the TUV 300 to the market in India, it
came with Mahindra's mHawk 80 diesel mill which churned out approximately
84bhp. But after receiving feedback that the vehicle felt underpowered and
lacked a punch, Mahindra decided to offer the TUV 300 with a more powerful
1493cc, mHawk 100, Diesel
Front: Double Wishbone
Rear: Rigid Axle Multi Link
Rs. 9,00,000 (ex showroom Delhi)
The company also recently launched the
NuvoSport which comes with Mahindra's mHawk 100 engine and this same engine has
been retrofitted into the TUV 300. Since this vehicle has been in the market
for a while we decided to do a performance review of the SUV with its shiny new
100bhp engine. The mHawk 100 in the TUV 300 puts out 100bhp at 3750rpm and
240Nm of torque from 1600-2800rpm. The meat of the power comes in the midrange
of the band and the low end torque is more than adequate to propel this massive
vehicle to road worthy speeds. The TUV 300 can now reach a top speed of
approximately 153kmph and can go from 0-100kmph in around 14 seconds.
The new engine feels a lot more powerful
than the previous mHawk 80 engine and has a more linear delivery. However one
can feel a slight punch when the turbo kicks in. The flow of power is also
smooth and you can rev the engine all the way upto 5000rpm. The shifts are
smooth and crisp but the gear throws are a bit long. One does need to work the
gears to often while driving on highways but in city traffic if power is what
you crave then downshifting may be necessary. The TUV 300 can achieve 130kmph
with ease but after that mark one does need to wait a bit to achieve its top
speed. But then again how many times do we get the chance to hit such speeds on
The suspension on the TUV 300 (100HP)
variant is the same as the previous version with a double wishbone in the front
and a rigid multi link in the rear. The stiffly sprung suspension has been
tuned with precision and is ideal for Indian road conditions which can throw
almost anything at you. Riding over smaller potholes and broken roads is not
too much of a hassle for the TUV but one can get tossed around a bit through
bigger bumps. The steering on the TUV 300 is well weighted and accurate to
inputs. One does not necessarily have to work the wheel much to get about in
the TUV with a turning radius of 5.35 meters. The TUV offers good build quality
and features as well but there are a few manufacturers who are offering more
such as automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, projector headlamps, etc.
The TUV 300 also comes with dual driving
modes, Power and Eco modes. A button on the dash can enable or disable Eco mode
but once in Eco mode the engine does feel sluggish and will not give the same
performance however the vehicle gives a much better fuel efficiency in Eco
mode. The fuel efficiency mark in Eco mode stands at 18.49kmpl. Another
advantage on the TUV 300 is space and this apart from the NuvoSport is the only
compact SUV with a seating capacity of 7. The price for the TUV 300 (100HP)
variant has been set at Rs. 9.0 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Manual 5-Speed
version and Rs. 9.7 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the T8 AMT version of the SUV.
The top end T8 Variant comes loaded with features and the more powerful mHawk
100 engine simply adds much more punch in it!
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