The Mahindra XUV 500 has been released with a lot of hype & hoopla surrounding it. Mahindra has been advertising it very aggressively even before the production began, but equal number of questions like whether Mahindra & Mahindra, which is famous for its utility vehicles can develop a luxury SUV? Will it end as another over-priced dud like the Aria? Can Mahindra do justice to the long list of electronics? Are they reliable etc. were creeping up. Finally the XUV5oo (It is XUV 5 “oh” “oh”, the alphabet “o’ but not zero) was launched on 28th september at a price that blew up any uncertainties that were surrounding it. It was released in three models, the W6, W8(2WD) & the W8(4WD) at a price of 10.80 – 12.88 lakhs (ex-showroom delhi).
This made the XUV5oo spec sheet a super delight to watch added to the aggressive pricing. The long list of electronics & all the bells & whistles in the top variant made the XUV5oo a run away hit as a result of which it has 8000 bookings in the first 10 days of its launch in only 5 cities in India viz. Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata & Mumbai. But can it survive in the long term and prove to be reliable or be blown away by the niggles? Lets get into the detailed review of the XUV5oo to answer these questions.