The big luxury Mahindra XUV700 SUV is so nearly in South Africa – you can already pre-order it, and many are doing so. If you’re not – you’ll miss out.
It was crowned Indian Car of the Year 2022, and critics around the world have given it rave reviews for being a great drive, a beautiful car, full of luxury features, and also very safe to travel in.
Apart from passing the crash tests with flying colours, you simply have to look at the impressive list of safety features on offer.
There are three trim levels, but let’s look at the top range Mahindra XUV700 AX7 L, which gives you:
The most up-to-date electronic stability program and advanced driver assistance (ADAS), which include front collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness warning, lane departure warning, and smart pilot assist.
It can recognise traffic signs, and monitor your blind spots, all while continuously recording a digital video of your trip. And you get seven airbags in this model as well.
You can see from this that while the XUV700 has passed the most stringent crash safety tests, much of its technology was designed to help you avoid an accident in the first place.
This approach ties in with G-NCAP and campaigns such as #SaferCarsForIndia and #SaferCarsForAfrica.
The Global New Car Assessment Programme is like the other NCAP programmes, but with a bias to developing nations. It uses the United Nations automotive safety guidelines as its minimum standards, aiming very high for zero road deaths among passengers and pedestrians. This goal is probably not attainable, but it helps focus G-NCAP on how it goes about things.
Its #Safercars programmes focus on India and Africa, both one billion plus population centres with troubling car-related death statistics.
As a driver in South Africa, you will be well aware that you cannot always control road safety around you. This is why driving a car with an impeccable safety pedigree will go a long way to giving you peace of mind.
And if such a car comes with luxury at a great price, it will be well worth it to have a look at the Mahindra XUV700 before you decide what to buy.
Posted by Group1 Mahindra on 26 Aug 2022
We have the excellent Mahindra XUV500 and the impressive Mahindra Scorpio SUV, to which we will soon add the 7-seat Mahindra XUV700 and the luxurious Mahindra Scorpio-N. Too much of a good thing can make it difficult to decide, so we will do a quick comparison about what is what so you can have an idea of which one is for you.
Let’s start with what we have: the XUV500 and the Scorpio SUV. The first difference between the XUV500 and XUV700 and the two Scorpios is in the body construction. The first two are monocoque construction, which means the body is built in one piece on a chassis like a car. The Scorpios come from the bakkie and are ladder frame construction, a more robust build method, but the monocoque vehicles will drive more like cars, the Scorpios like bakkies. The Scorpios are rear-wheel drive or 4×4, while the XUV500 and XUV700 are front-wheel drives or all-wheel drives.
The 500 and Scorpio both come with the excellent m-hawk 2.2 turbo diesel, and we assume the XUV700 and the N will have the same, but time will tell on launch.
The XUV500 is currently the most luxurious Mahindra on our showroom floors. It is a five-seater that comes in four trim levels, with M/T and auto options. Luxury and safety features are plenty, with the top trim model equal to or better than anything in its class. This is an urban SUV that is comfortable going onto rougher terrain.
The Scorpio SUV is a five-seater, rugged, off-road capable SUV that can be compared to the Jeep Cherokee and similar vehicles. Although more rugged than the XUV500, it is still quite luxurious inside. It comes in three trim levels, a rear-wheel drive and two 4x4s. This is an off-roader that is comfortable in the city, although the drive is not as sophisticated as the XUV500.
This is very much the big brother, the seven-seat next level iteration of the XUV500. In India, it has garnered the Safest Car accolade and will make a welcome addition to the top-range SUV options in South Africa.
The Scorpio-N is a rugged 7-seater that will take you anywhere in luxury and safety. It should offer both rear-wheel drive and 4×4 options, and the South African launch is so imminent that you can already pre-book a test drive.
The XUV500 and Scorpio SUV are here right now and you check out the options and their prices and take them for a test. The XUV700 and Scorpio-N will soon be in South Africa. We don’t yet have the prices and other details, so you will have to wait and see – stay tuned to our socials for updates.
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We all want our cars to be as safe as possible – here, around the world, in India as well, the home of Mahindra. The proof of the pudding is that the Mahindra XUV700 has been awarded the ‘Safer Cars for India’ award, the second of the marque after the Mahindra XUV300 won the same award shortly after its relaunch this year.
The Safer Cars initiative was launched by the Global NCAP in 2014 with the objective of promoting safer cars in that vast country. We in South Africa also benefit from this, for although the XUV700 is not yet sold here, the XUV300 is a very popular compact SUV among SA motorists.
To qualify for this award, a car has to meet the most stringent safety standards.
The car must achieve a 5-star score for adult occupant protection based on the latest test protocols. NCAP ratings get more stringent every year with the rapid strides made in vehicle safety, so a 2010 car will be measured on a different scale than a 2020 car.
Al least 4-stars for child occupant protection must be reached as well.
The car must have ESC which performs to specific United Nations regulations. Where optional, ESC must be available on all model variants, sold separately without bundling with other features, and quite soon will have to be a standard fit for at least 20% of the sales volume.
The car must meet UN pedestrian protection regulations and be validated at a Global NCAP laboratory.
The XUV700’s safety features include 7 airbags, electronic stability, autonomous driver assistance systems like front collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, driver drowsiness detection, 360 degrees surround view, blind view monitoring, electronic parking brake, tyre pressure monitoring and so on.
The XUV300 won the same accolade earlier this year. It comes in six trim levels starting at R234,999 and is available in petrol and diesel. To find out how safe it is, what a good drive and what great value for money it is – book a test drive today to see for yourself.