The Mahindra XUV700 is notorious for being the most powerful SUV in the segment but that comes at the cost of fuel economy. Does this claim have any truth to it?
Here is a video of a Mahindra XUV700 in the petrol automatic guise testing its mileage. Now, many buyers have complained that the fuel economy of the XUV700 is very low, especially in the petrol guise. The situation becomes even worse if you drive with a heavy right foot. However, a plethora of other first-in-segment features make sure that people stay attracted to the mid-size SUV. As a result, Mahindra has already received over 70,000 bookings within the first month of launch. But what happens when you drive it on a highway? Let us find out.
Mahindra XUV700 Petrol Automatic Mileage
The driver of the SUV begins by filling the fuel tank until the first auto-cut. Thereafter, he embarks on his journey of about 190 km. The initial 25-30 km are in the city and the rest will be on the open highway. Driving at a relatively constant speed of about 95 km/h and without the AC (because it is cold in North India), the driver is able to squeeze out an impressive mileage of around 15.2 km/l, according to the digital instrument cluster of the vehicle. However, he goes to another petrol pump to fill the tank again till the first auto-cut. This is called the tank-to-tank method. After some calculations, the fuel consumption for this trip came out to be 13.9 km/l, which is also decent. If you are looking for maximum mileage, you will have to drive with a light foot.
The Mahindra XUV700 comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit that churns out a maximum power of 200 PS and a peak torque of 380 Nm. Meanwhile, the Diesel engine is available in multiple states of tune. The lower versions get 155 PS and 360 Nm, while the higher positioned models benefit from 185 PS and 420 Nm (450 Nm in automatic variant). Both the petrol and diesel engine variants will be available with 6-speed manual and automatic transmission choices. The prices range between Rs 12.49 lakh and Rs 22.99 lakh, ex-showroom. The direct rivals include the likes of Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and Hyundai Alcazar in the 7-seat configurations.