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September 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: This update of the Mahindra XUV300 diesel variants explained article includes the latest prices of the Mahindra XUV300 along with updated buying recommendations based on the September 2022 prices.

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
  • Very low km-to-breakeven figures for the diesel engine with certain variants after you factor in the torque advantage of the diesel engine

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 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. 9.60 lakh and Rs. 13.23 lakh. Similarly, the diesel-automatic powertrain is also available in the same W6 and W8 (O) variants with an ex-showroom price of Rs. 11.70 lakh and Rs. 13.92 lakh, respectively. The XUV300 diesel-automatic variants cost Rs. 68,701 to Rs. 1.32 lakh more than the diesel-manual variants.

MAHINDRA XUV300 DIESEL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | SEPTEMBER 2022

Variant

Diesel-Manual

Difference

Diesel-Auto

W4

Rs. 9,60,299

-

-

W6

Rs. 10,37,950

Rs. 1,31,849

Rs. 11,69,799

W8

Rs. 12,41,300

-

-

W8 (O)

Rs. 13,23,299

Rs. 68,701

Rs. 13,92,000

The diesel XUV300 variants carry a premium of Rs. 38,000 to Rs. 1.19 lakh over the comparable petrol variants. The price gap between the petrol and diesel powertrains is a little higher in the case of high W4 manual, W8 manual and W6 automatic. It’s worth noting that the W8 diesel-manual justifies the gap better than the other 2 expensive diesel variants as it gets the sunroof, which is not available with the W8 petrol.

MAHINDRA XUV300 PETROL VS DIESEL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | SEPTEMBER 2022

Variant

Petrol

Difference

Diesel

W4 Manual

Rs. 8,41,499

Rs. 1,18,800

Rs. 9,60,299

W6 Manual

Rs. 9,99,996

Rs. 37,954

Rs. 10,37,950

W8 Manual

Rs. 11,16,400

Rs. 1,24,900

Rs. 12,41,300

W8 (O) Manual

Rs. 12,38,200

Rs. 85,099

Rs. 13,23,299

W6 Auto

Rs. 10,50,799

Rs. 1,19,000

Rs. 11,69,799

W8 (O) Auto

Rs. 13,06,000

Rs. 86,000

Rs. 13,92,000

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Mahindra XUV300 Petrol Vs Diesel - Should You Buy XUV300 Petrol Or Diesel?

The ex-showroom price difference between the XUV300 petrol and diesel variants varies between Rs. 38,000 and Rs. 1.20 lakh. We know that the diesel engines have better fuel efficiency and lower fuel costs in most cities. Considering the September 2022 fuel prices in Delhi, XUV300 manual buyers can expect to recover this higher upfront cost in 30,000km to 95,000km depending on the variant. With the automatic transmission, the price gap is Rs. 85,500 to Rs. 1.20 lakh. With the fuel price and fuel efficiency differences, you can expect to recover this price gap in 75,000km to 1.05 lakh kilometres.

Note: It’s worth mentioning that the W8 diesel-manual also gets sunroof, which is not available with the W8 petrol-manual. We’ve not factored this into these calculations.

If you also value the performance of a XUV300’s diesel engine like higher torque and slightly higher power, then you should also take that into account. Once we take that into our algorithm, we find that the km-to-breakeven figure drops down to 5,500km - 36,500km depending on the variant and powertrain of your choice. In fact, with the W6 diesel-manual, the performance benefit more than justifies the price gap over the W6 petrol-manual powertrain. So, the km-to-breakeven calculation is not applicable in this case.

We hope this calculation helps you decide which engine is suitable for you based on your usage and running.

MAHINDRA XUV300 PETROL VS DIESEL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

 

KM-To-Breakeven

KM-To-Breakeven (w/ performance benefit)

Cost Over Petrol

W4 MT, W8 MT

95,000km

32,500km

~Rs. 1,20,000

W8 (O) MT

67,000km

5,500km

~Rs. 85,500

W6 MT

30,000km

NA

~Rs. 38,000

W6 Auto

1,05,000km

36,500km

~Rs. 1,20,000

W8 (O) Auto

75,000km

6,100km

~Rs. 85,500

Mahindra XUV300 Diesel W4 - Base Model Features & Review

The base W4 variant of the Mahindra XUV300 diesel costs Rs. 9.60 lakh (ex-showroom). It has the following notable standard features:

  • Power mirrors
  • All power windows
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Manual central locking
  • Steering-feel adjustment
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TMPS)
  • 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
  • Front armrest

The W6 variant offers far better value than the W4 and also adds some must-have features. So, we’ll suggest skipping the W4 variant for the W6.

MAHINDRA XUV300 W4

BASE VARIANT STANDARD FEATURES

Safety

Functional

Style

Std. safety features

All power windows

Body-coloured bumpers, door handles and outside mirrors

Impact-sensing auto door unlock

Driver side window 1-touch down

Black skid plates

Day-night inside mirror

Power mirrors

LED tail lamps

Rear disc brakes

Adjustable front headrests

Dual-tone interior

ISOFIX

1x cabin lamp

Black inside door handles

Speed-sensing auto door lock

12V front power outlet

Fabric upholstery

Front seatbelt pretensioners w/ load limiter

4x door pockets with bottle holders

16-inch steel wheels

Manual central locking

Steering modes

Side sill & wheel arch cladding

Tyre pressure sensors (TPMS)

Engine idle start/stop

Silver and black grille

 

Tyre Position Display

 
 

Height-adjustable front seatbelts

 
 

Electric controls for manual AC

 

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

The W6 variant of the XUV300 costs Rs. 10.38 lakh with the manual transmission and Rs. 11.70 lakh (ex-showroom) with the automatic. The W6 diesel-manual is Rs. 77,651 more expensive than the base model while the automatic costs another Rs. 1.32 lakh. 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
  • LED DRLs
  • Cruise control
  • Split rear seatbacks
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Rear defogger
  • Touchscreen infotainment
  • Front and rear armrests

MAHINDRA XUV300 | PRICE COMPARISON

 

W4

Difference

W6

Manual

Rs. 9,60,299

Rs. 77,651

Rs. 10,37,950

Difference

-

 

Rs. 1,31,849

Automatic

-

-

Rs. 11,69,799

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. 1.32 lakh more than the W6 diesel. For an AMT-type automatic transmission, this price jump is too big. So, you should only buy the W6 diesel-automatic if you can’t stretch your budget further.

MAHINDRA XUV300 W6

FEATURES OVER W4

Entertainment & Style

Functional

Style

Music system

+1x cabin lamp

Full wheel covers

Aux, USB & Bluetooth

Follow-me-home headlamps

Black roof rails

Steering-mounted controls

Sunglass holder

Multi-colour instrument console backlight (AMT only)

4x speakers

Front passenger vanity mirror (illuminated)

3.5-inch colour MID (AMT only)

ESC (AMT Only)

 

Sunroof

Hill start assist (AMT only)

 

Door sill plates

Remote central locking

   

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. 2.02 lakh more than the W6 diesel-manual. It carries an ex-showroom price tag of Rs. 12.41 lakh.

MAHINDRA XUV300 | PRICE COMPARISON

 

W6

Difference

W8

Manual

Rs. 10,37,950

Rs. 2,02,350

Rs. 12,41,300

Difference

Rs. 1,31,849

 

-

Automatic

Rs. 11,69,799

-

-

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
  • Adjustable rear headrests

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.

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

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

Wired Android Auto

2x USB chargers

Chrome inside door Handles

Wired Apple CarPlay

Adjustable boot floor

Chrome upper grille

Voice commands

1-touch up/down driver side power window 

Leather wrapped gear lever (MT only)

2x tweeters

Keyless entry w/ push-button start/stop

Piano black door Trim

7-inch touchscreen

2-zone auto AC

Multi-colour instrument console backlight (MT also)

Halogen projector headlamps

Door cladding

Premium fabric upholstery

Rear parking camera

60-40 split rear seatbacks

16-inch alloy wheels

Rear defogger

Cruise control

LED DRLs

Rear wiper washer

Auto headlamps

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Anti-theft alarm

Height-adjustable driver seat

Silver skid plates

 

Front armrest with storage

Turn indicators on outside mirrors

 

Power-folding outside mirrors

Spoiler

 

3.5-inch colour MID (MT also)

Silver lower grille

 

Auto wipers

 
 

Rear adjustable headrests

 

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. 13.23 lakh and with the automatic, it costs Rs. 13.92 lakh. This variant is Rs. 82,000 pricier than the lower W8 variant. The automatic is another Rs. 67,701 more expensive than the manual. For diesel-automatic buyers, the jump from W6 automatic to W8 (O) will cost Rs. 2.22 lakh more. The W8 (O) adds the following important features over the W8 trim:

  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Front parking sensors
  • Telematics (AMT only)
  • Front thorax and curtain airbags
  • Machined alloy wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear armrest

MAHINDRA XUV300 | PRICE COMPARISON

 

W6

Difference

W8

Difference

W8 (O)

Manual

Rs. 10,37,950

Rs. 2,02,350

Rs. 12,41,300

Rs. 81,999

Rs. 13,23,299

Difference

Rs. 1,31,849

-

-

-

Rs. 67,701

Automatic

Rs. 11,69,799

Rs. 2,22,201

Rs. 13,92,000

Besides a few features like extra airbags, 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

Safety

Functional

Style

Front parking sensors

Rear armrest

16-inch machined alloy wheels

2x front side thorax airbags

Telematics - connected car tech (AMT only)

Leather upholstery

2x curtain airbags

Auto-dimming inside mirror

Chrome lower grille

Electronic stability control (MT also)

Illuminated glovebox

 

Hill start assist (MT also)

Rear centre adjustable headrest

 

Front fog lamps

   

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 miss out on 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-MANUAL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Manual

Recommendation

W4

Rank 2

Rs. 9,60,299

Upgrade to W6

W6

Rank 1

Rs. 10,37,950

Most value for money variant; suitable for budget buyers

W8

Rank 3

Rs. 12,41,300

Top recommended for balanced feature set and good value for money

W8 (O)

Rank 4

Rs. 13,23,299

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 we strongly suggest you buy the W8 (O), which offers better value for money.

MAHINDRA XUV300 DIESEL-AUTOMATIC

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Automatic

Recommendation

W6

Rank 2

Rs. 11,69,799

Consider upgrading to W8 (O)

W8 (O)

Rank 1

Rs. 13,92,000

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

Engine

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L

1.5L

1.5

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

4

Displacement

1497cc

1493cc

1493cc

1497cc

1498cc

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

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 much any petrol, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

Fuel Cost Calculator India

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

Venue

Sonet

WR-V

Nexon

Length

3995mm

3995mm

3995mm

3999mm

3993mm

Width

1821mm

1770mm

1790mm

1734mm

1811mm

Height

1627mm

1617mm

1642mm

1601mm

1606mm

Wheelbase

2600mm

2500mm

2500mm

2555mm

2498mm

Ground Clearance

180mm

190mm*

205mm

188mm

209mm

Boot Space

257L

350L

392L

363L

350L

Fuel Tank

42L

45L

45L

40L

44L

Tyre (base)

205/65 R16

195/65 R15

195/65 R15

195/60 R16

195/60 R16

Tyre (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 Petrol, 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, Grand i10, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Punch

       

B Segment

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception: Slavia, Virtus, New City

Creta, Seltos, Compass, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D1

4500 - 4750mm

Octavia, XUV700, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, Scorpio N

       

D Segment

D2

> 4750mm

Fortuner, Superb, Gloster, 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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