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March 2022 - Mahindra XUV300 Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Mahindra XUV300 diesel you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 XUV300's diesel variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the Mahindra XUV300 with its competitors and other diesel-powered B2-segment SUVs like the Tata Nexon, Honda WR-V, Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet.

Mahindra XUV300

Updated (Mar 28, 2022): This update of the Mahindra XUV300 diesel variants explained article includes the latest prices of the Mahindra XUV300 along with the engine, dimension comparison of its rivals. It also includes the feature changes in some variants of the XUV300.

Also Read: Tata Nexon Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

2022 Mahindra XUV300 Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Mahindra XUV300 Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Mahindra XUV300 diesel are:

  • 5-star GNCAP safety rating
  • Best-in-class wheelbase of 2600mm with the widest body are the ingredients of a roomy cabin
  • Best-in-class power and torque output of 117PS and 300Nm
  • Notable features like front parking sensors, rear disc brakes, 2-zone auto AC, tyre position display, sunroof, 6 airbags, projector headlamps, steering feel adjustment, TPMS, cruise control and keyless entry

The Mahindra XUV300 diesel has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Silently removed features after launch like knee airbag, rear fog lamps, door warning lights, boot lamp, 3-point seatbelt for centre rear seat, seatbelt warning for rear seats, 17-inch alloys, heated outside mirrors; these were available at the time of launch
  • Besides feature deletion, shuffling features between variants and moving some to higher variants also add to the confusion for potential customers
  • Lowest-in-segment ground clearance of 180mm and smallest-in-segment boot space measuring 257 litres

What Is The Price Of Mahindra XUV300 Diesel Variants?

Just like the petrol-manual powertrain, the 2022 Mahindra XUV300 diesel-manual is also available in all 4 variants with a manual transmission. The diesel-manual variants cost between Rs. 9.31 lakh and Rs. 12.85 lakh. Similarly, the diesel-automatic powertrain is also available in the same W6 and W8 (O) variants with an ex-showroom price of Rs. 11.35 lakh and Rs. 13.52 lakh, respectively.

MAHINDRA XUV300 DIESEL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | MAR 2022

Variant

Diesel-Manual

Difference

Diesel-Auto

W4

Rs. 9,30,751

-

-

W6

Rs. 9,99,990

Rs. 1,35,126

Rs. 11,35,116

W8

Rs. 12,05,066

-

-

W8 (O)

Rs. 12,85,037

Rs. 66,128

Rs. 13,52,165

The diesel XUV300 variants carry a premium of up to Rs. 1.20 lakh over the comparable petrol variants. However, it drops to about Rs. 82,000 for the W8 (O) manual and automatic variants. But here’s the punchline — the W6 diesel-manual costs 1.0 rupee less than the W6 petrol-manual. Because of this aggressive sub-Rs. 10.0 lakh price tag of the W6 diesel-manual, the automatic carries a premium of Rs. 1.35 lakh over the W6 diesel-manual. In isolation, this price gap for an AMT type automatic seems unreasonably high.

MAHINDRA XUV300 PETROL VS DIESEL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | MAR 2022

Variant

Petrol

Difference

Diesel

W4 Manual

Rs. 8,16,493

Rs. 1,14,258

Rs. 9,30,751

W6 Manual

Rs. 9,99,991

- Rs. 1

Rs. 9,99,990

W8 Manual

Rs. 10,84,655

Rs. 1,20,411

Rs. 12,05,066

W8 (O) Manual

Rs. 12,03,309

Rs. 81,728

Rs. 12,85,037

W6 Auto

Rs. 10,20,492

Rs. 1,14,624

Rs. 11,35,116

W8 (O) Auto

Rs. 12,69,462

Rs. 82,703

Rs. 13,52,165

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Mahindra XUV300 Diesel W4 - Base Model Features & Review

The base W4 variant of the Mahindra XUV300 diesel costs Rs. 9.31 lakh (ex-showroom). It has the following notable standard features:

  • Power mirrors
  • All power windows
  • 16-inch wheels
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Central locking
  • Steering-feel adjustment
  • LED tail lamps
  • Tyre position indicator
  • Idle start/stop
  • Body-coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles, 

Considering the price of the base variant, it’s missing a bunch of must-have features, which are essential for a decent ownership experience. We believe it should have had the following features:

  • Remote central locking
  • Music system
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Wheel covers

Therefore, we won’t recommend buying this variant.

MAHINDRA XUV300 W4 | BASE VARIANT STANDARD FEATURES

Rs. 9.31 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom | Mar 2022

Safety

Functional

Style

Std Safety Features

Front & Rear Power Windows w/ Drive Side Auto Down

Body-coloured Bumpers, Door Handles & ORVMs

5-Star Adult Safety Rating (GNCAP)

Electrically-adjustable ORVMs

Black Skid Plates

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

Adjustable headrests

LED Tail Lamps

Day-night IRVM

Centre Roof Lamp

Dual-tone Interior

Rear Disc Brakes

Front Power Outlet

Black Inside Door Handles

ISOFIX

Front and rear door pockets with bottle holders

Fabric Upholstery

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Steering Modes

R16 Steel Wheels w/out Wheel Covers

Front Seatbelt Pretensioners w/ Load Limiter

Engine Idle Start/Stop

Sill & Wheel Arch Cladding

Central Locking

Tyre Position Display

 

Mahindra XUV300 Diesel W4 vs W6 Variant - Price & Feature Comparison

The W6 variant of the XUV300 costs Rs. 10.0 lakh with the manual transmission and Rs. 10.20 lakh (ex-showroom) with the automatic. The W6 diesel-manual is Rs. 69,239 more expensive than the base model. For this additional sum, you get the following notable features:

  • Music system
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Remote central locking
  • Full wheel covers
  • Sunroof

This variant is still missing some key features like:

  • Projector headlamps
  • Front and rear headlamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Cruise control
  • Split rear seatbacks
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Rear defogger
  • Touchscreen infotainment

MAHINDRA XUV300 | PRICE COMPARISON

 

W4

Difference

W6

Manual

Rs. 9,30,751

Rs. 69,239

Rs. 9,99,990

Difference

-

 

Rs. 1,35,126

Automatic

-

-

Rs. 11,35,116

Because of an expensive feature like the sunroof, the W6 diesel more than justifies the upgrade from the W4 to W6. Moreover, it also adds some must-have features. So, for budget buyers considering the XUV300 diesel-manual, the W6 is the best variant.

For diesel-automatic buyers, this is the most affordable variant of the XUV300 with the automatic transmission. It costs Rs. 1.35 lakh more than the W6 diesel. For an AMT-type automatic transmission, this price jump is too big. On top of that, you can expect it to have much higher on-road price in several states because of the Rs. 10.0+ lakh ex-showroom price. So, you should buy this variant only if you don’t want to stretch your budget further. You should also see if you can manage with a manual transmission as the W6 diesel-manual offers far better value for money.

MAHINDRA XUV300 W6 | FEATURES OVER W4

Rs. 10.0 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Rs. 11.35 Lakh (1.5L Diesel AMT)

Ex-Showroom | Mar 2022

Entertainment & Style

Functional

Style

Music system

Remote Central Locking

Full Wheel Covers

AUX-in, USB & Bluetooth Connectivity

Front cabin lamp

Roof Rails

Steering-mounted Audio Controls

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Black Front Scuff Plate

4 Speakers

Adjustable Rear Headrests

Sunroof

ESC w/ Roll-over Mitigation

(AMT Only)

Sunglass Holder

3.5-inch TFT MID (AMT only)

Hill Start Assist (AMT only)

   

Mahindra XUV300 Diesel W6 vs W8 Variant - Price & Feature Comparison

The W8 variant of the XUV300 diesel is only available with a manual transmission and costs Rs. 2.05 lakh more than the W6 diesel-manual. It carries an ex-showroom price tag of Rs. 12.05 lakh.

MAHINDRA XUV300 | PRICE COMPARISON

 

W6

Difference

W8

Manual

Rs. 9,99,990

Rs. 2,05,076

Rs. 12,05,066

Difference

Rs. 1,35,126

 

-

Automatic

Rs. 11,35,116

-

-

This variant gets the following notable features:

  • 7-inch Touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Rear defogger
  • Rear camera
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Halogen projector headlamps
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Split rear seatbacks
  • Cruise control
  • Front armrest
  • LED DRLs
  • Door cladding
  • Spoiler
  • Premium upholstery
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Auto wipers
  • 2-zone auto AC
  • Auto headlamps
  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
  • Door cladding

MAHINDRA XUV300 W8 | FEATURES OVER W6

Rs. 12.05 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom | Mar 2022

Safety

Entertainment

Halogen Projector Headlamps

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Front Fog Lamps

Voice Commands & SMS Readout

Rear Parking Camera

2 Tweeters

Rear Defogger

7-inch touchscreen infotainment

Rear Wiper & Washer

 

Anti-theft Alarm

 

Because of the extremely value-for-money pricing of the W6 diesel-manual, the W8 appears to barely justify the upgrade over the W6. However, incrementally, it justifies the upgrade from the base W4 variant. Compared to the W8 petrol-manual, it’s Rs. 1.15 lakh more expensive but it retains the sunroof, which is not available in the same variant with petrol engine.

The W8 variant is suitable for buyers who want a richer ownership experience from the XUV300 diesel and this upgrade is worth considering for XUV300 diesel-manual buyers. So, despite offering a slightly poorer value for money than the W6 variant, the W8 earns our top recommendation for XUV300 diesel-manual buyers.

MAHINDRA XUV300 W8 | FEATURES OVER W6

Rs. 12.05 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom | Mar 2022

Style

Functional

Chrome Inside Door Handles

R16 Alloy Wheels

60-40 split rear seatbacks

Illuminated Vanity Mirrors

Chrome Upper Grille

LED DRLs

Cruise Control

2 USB Chargers

Leather wrapped gear lever (MT only)

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

Auto Headlamps

Adjustable boot floor

Piano Black Door Trim

Silver Skid Plates

Height-adjustable Driver Seat

Auto Up/Down Driver Side Power Window 

Multi-colour instrument console backlight

Turn Indicators on ORVMs

Front armrest

Door cladding

Premium fabric upholstery

Spoiler

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

 

Silver Lower Grille

3.5-inch TFT MID (MT also)

2-zone Auto AC

   

Rain Sensing Wipers

 

Mahindra XUV300 Diesel W8 vs W8 (O) Variant - Price & Feature Comparison

The W8 (O) top model of the Mahindra XUV300 diesel gets manual as well as automatic transmission options. With the diesel-manual, the W8 (O) costs Rs. 12.85 lakh and with the automatic, it costs Rs. 13.52 lakh. The automatic is Rs. 66,128 more expensive than the manual. For diesel-automatic buyers, the jump from W6 automatic to W8 (O) will cost Rs. 2.17 lakh more. The W8 (O) adds the following important features to the car:

  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Front parking sensors
  • Telematics
  • Side and curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Machined alloy wheels
  • Leather upholstery

MAHINDRA XUV300 | PRICE COMPARISON

 

W6

Difference

W8

Difference

W8 (O)

Manual

Rs. 9,99,990

Rs. 2,05,076

Rs. 12,05,066

Rs. 79,971

Rs. 12,85,037

Difference

Rs. 1,35,126

-

-

-

Rs. 67,128

Automatic

Rs. 11,35,116

Rs. 2,17,049

Rs. 13,52,165

Besides a few features like extra airbags, tyre pressure sensors, hill start and ESC, rest of the features of the W8 (O) variant all fall in the good-to-have category. From a value perspective, though, it manages to justify the jump over the W8. So, if you’re interested in some of these feel-good features, then you can consider upgrading to this variant. Otherwise, for most buyers, the W8 is a suitable choice and it earns our top recommendation.

If you’re interested in the diesel-automatic powertrain, then it’s worth noting that the jump from W6 to W8 (O) is justified in terms of value for money. So, for buyers who can afford this upgrade, the W8 (O) is a suitable choice over the W6 diesel-automatic.

MAHINDRA XUV300 W8 (O) | FEATURES OVER W8

Rs. 12.85 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Rs. 13.52 Lakh (1.5L Diesel AMT)

Ex-Showroom | Mar 2022

Safety & Functional

Style

Auto-dimming IRVM

Front Parking Sensors

Chrome Lower Grille

Side & Curtain Airbags

Telematics (Connected car tech)

Leather Upholstery

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Electronic Stability Control (MT also)

R16 Machined Alloy Wheels

Hill Start Assist (MT also)

Illuminated glovebox

 

Which Variant Of The Mahindra XUV300 Diesel Should You Buy?

For the Mahindra XUV300 diesel-manual buyers, the base W4 variant is not worth buying. Not only does it not offer several must-have features, the W6 only is a small price jump away and offers a far superior value for money. The W6 is the most value for money option available in the XUV300 diesel-manual lineup. The W8 justifies the upgrade from the base variant but doesn’t offer a stellar VFM score compared to the W6 diesel-manual. So, if you want a richer ownership experience, then you’re at least not compromising on value by picking the W8 variant. For this balanced feature set and a decent value for money, the W8 is our top recommendation for XUV300 diesel-manual buyers.

From there, the jump to W8 (O) is worth considering from a value for money perspective. However, it mostly adds good-to-have features. So, you should consider it only if you find its unique features important.

MAHINDRA XUV300 DIESEL-MANHAL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Manual

Recommendation

W4

Rank 2

Rs. 9,30,751

Upgrade to W6

W6

Rank 1

Rs. 9,99,990

Most 

W8

Rank 3

Rs. 12,05,066

Top recommended for balanced feature set and good value for money

W8 (O)

Rank 4

Rs. 12,85,037

Worth considering for feel-good features

Since the XUV300 diesel-automatic is only available in 2 variants, the choice becomes easier. You only need to look at your budget and what features you want in the car. Budget-conscious buyers can buy the W6 variant but if you have a bigger budget, then you can consider the W8 (O), which offers better value for money.

MAHINDRA XUV300 DIESEL-AUTOMATIC

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Automatic

Recommendation

W6

Rank 2

Rs. 11,35,116

Suitable for budget buyers

W8 (O)

Rank 1

Rs. 13,52,165

Suitable for buyers interested in a feature-rich car

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Mahindra XUV300 Diesel ?

Compared to other turbo diesel B2-segment SUVs, the XUV300’s power and torque output are better than its rivals. However, it’s worth noting that the XUV300 diesel is also a heavy vehicle. So it may not feel like it’s that much faster as its torque-to-weight ratio is only a little bit better than the Venue’s. The efficiency figures of the XUV300 diesel are acceptable. However, the WRV’s 23.7kmpl for diesel-manual and Nexon’s 22.07kmpl for diesel-automatic are a fair bit higher than the XUV300’s diesel mileage numbers.

MAHINDRA XUV300 DIESEL VS RIVALS

TURBO DIESEL ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

XUV300

Sonet

Venue

Nexon

WR-V

Displacement

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L

1.5

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

4

Cubic Capacity

1497cc

1493cc

1493cc

1497cc

1498cc

Maximum Power

117PS @ 3750rpm

100PS @ 4000rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

100PS @ 4000rpm

110PS @ 4000rpm

100PS @ 3600rpm

Power:Weight

82.45PS/t

NA

NA

84.96PS/t

83.65PS/t

89.14PS/t

Peak Torque

300Nm @ 1500 - 2500rpm

240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

200Nm @ 1750rpm

Torque:Weight

211.42Nm/t

NA

NA

203.91Nm/t

197.72Nm/t

162.07Nm/t

Manual

6-speed

6-speed

-

6-speed

6-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

20.1kmpl

NA

-

23.29kmpl

21.19kmpl

23.7kmpl

Automatic

6-speed AMT

-

6-speed TC

-

6-speed AMT

-

Auto FE

19.7kmpl

-

NA

-

22.07kmpl

-

*Estimated

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how any diesel, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

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What Are The Dimensions Of The Mahindra XUV300?

In terms of dimensions, the XUV300 is the widest car in its class with the longest wheelbase. These specifications suggest that the XUV300 has a roomier cabin than its rivals. However, pushing the axles too far apart does eat into its boot, which is the smallest among B2-segment SUVs. Among diesel SUVs, the Sonet offers a larger 392L boot space. The other disappointing number on the XUV300’s spec sheet is its ground clearance, which stands at 180mm and is barely adequate to put it across the ‘SUV’ line. The Sonet and Nexon offer a much higher ground clearance measure 205mm and 209mm, respectively.

MAHINDRA XUV300 VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

XUV300

Sonet

Venue

WR-V

Nexon

Length

3995mm

3995mm

3995mm

3999mm

3993mm

Width

1821mm

1790mm

1770mm

1734mm

1811mm

Height

1627mm

1642mm

1605mm

1601mm

1606mm

Wheelbase

2600mm

2500mm

2500mm

2555mm

2498mm

Boot Space

257L

392L

350L

363L

350L

Ground Clearance

180mm

205mm

190mm

188mm

209mm

Fuel Tank

42L

45L

45L

40L

44L

Tyre Size (Base)

205/65 R16

195/65 R15

195/65 R15

195/60 R16

195/60 R16

Tyre Size (Top)

205/65 R16

215/60 R16

215/60 R16

195/60 R16

215/60 R16

Find out how you can get the best mileage or fuel efficiency from your car:

10 Tips To Get Better Mileage From Your Diesel, Diesel Or CNG Car

What Are The Colour Options Of The Mahindra XUV300 Diesel?

The 2022 XUV300 diesel is available in the following 6 monotone and 2 dual-tone exterior colours:

  • Red
  • Black
  • Silver
  • White
  • Dark Green
  • Grey (Except base variant)
  • Red with white roof (Top variant only)
  • Dark green white roof (Top variant only)

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

 

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, XUV300, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception - New City, Slavia

Creta, Seltos, Compass, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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