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Mahindra XUV300 Variants Explained: W4, W6, W8 and W8(O)

Find out which of the four variants of Mahindra’s new sub-4m SUV is the most suitable for you

Mahindra XUV300 Variants Explained: W4, W6, W8 and W8(O)
Mahindra XUV300 Variants Explained: W4, W6, W8 and W8(O)

The XUV300 is Mahindra’s third attempt to crack the sub-4m SUV/crossover space. Available in four variants – W4, W6, W8 and W8(O) – the Mahindra XUV300 is priced between Rs 7.90 lakh to Rs 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom India). It is available in both petrol and diesel engines with a manual transmission for now. Let us now find out which variant and engine combination suits your budget and needs the best.

Before diving into variant details, let's take a look at the specs, available colours and the standard suite of safety features.

Colour options

  • Pearl White 
  • D-Sat Silver 
  • Red Rage 
  • Aqua Marine
  • Sunburst Orange 
  • Napoli Black 

The Red Rage and Aqua Marine are available with a dual-tone option with a white roof, exclusively with the range-topping W8 (O) variant. 

Standard safety features 

  • Dual-front airbags (passenger airbag deactivation)
  • Front seat belts with pre-tensioner and load limiter
  • Front seat belts reminder (driver and co-passenger)
  • ABS with EBD and corner braking control
  • Front and rear disc brakes 
  • Panic braking signal 
  • ISOFIX child seat anchors 
  • Speed sensing door lock 
  • All three rear adjustable headrests 

Mahindra XUV300 W4: Covers most bases; diesel version for fleet owners, those on a budget

  • Lights: Dual-barrel multi-reflector headlamps, LED tail lamps

  • Exterior: body coloured door handles and outside rearview mirrors (ORVMs)
  • Wheels: 16-inch steel wheels  
  • Interior: Dual-tone interior, fabric upholstery, 60:40 split second-row  
  • Comfort: Height adjustable front seat belts, front armrest, manual air con, steering modes, electrically adjustable ORVMs, front and rear power windows with driver express down. The W4 diesel exclusively offers an USB charging point, an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and 4-speaker system as well as Mahindra Bluesense app support for both phone and smartwatch.  

Is it worth buying?

The base-spec W4 variant offers most of the basic features that fleet buyers or those with commercial use would want. The diesel version being only Rs 60,000 more expensive than petrol (and available with an audio system) further makes the deal sweeter for those with relatively high running. That said, for private buyers, we would have appreciated the addition of wheel covers, height adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry and tilt-adjustable steering to the package as basic features.

Mahindra XUV300 W6: Over priced, incremental cost over W4 variant is high

  • Exterior: Roof rails, door cladding and spoiler
  • Interior:  Adjustable boot floor
  • Wheels: Wheel covers
  • Audio system: 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and built-in navigation, steering mounted control, 4-speaker system, Mahindra Bluesense app support and smartwatch connectivity   
  • Comfort: keyless entry, headlamps with delay (follow-me-home)

Is it worth buying?

Both petrol and diesel W6 variants attract a premium of over Rs 80,000 compared to the respective W4 variant. This is on the higher side given the new additions in the equipment list. Like the W4, the W6 too misses out height adjustable driver’s seat, which is something you cannot retrofit from the aftermarket. While it gets the 7-inch infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support are missing. We suggest you should skip the W6 variant, and instead jump to W8.

Mahindra XUV300 W8: Modern-day car

  • Safety: Electronic stability programme (ESP), hill hold assist, rear defogger with wash and wipe, warning lamps on front doors, anti-theft alarm, rear parking sensors  
  • Exterior: Chrome grille, silver finished front and rear faux skid plates  
  • Lights: LED daytime running lights, automatic halogen projector dual-barrel headlamps, front and rear fog lamps

  • Wheels: 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Interior: Piano black inserts, plush fabric upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, chrome door handles

  • Audio system: 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, two additional tweeters, voice commands and SMS read out, comes with a rear camera support with adaptive guidelines

  • Comfort: Cruise control, height adjustable driver’s seat, illuminated sun visor and vanity mirrors, illuminated glove box and boot, rear centre armrest with cup holders, front sunglass holder, dual-zone climate control, multi-colour instrument cluster with a larger MID screen, passive keyless entry with push button start stop, electrically foldable ORVMs, auto up/down driver window, rain sensing wipers, engine start-stop (micro hybrid tech) and two USB mobile charging ports

Is it worth buying?

The W8 is well loaded, safer and looks premium inside-out compared to the W6. If you can extend your budget from the W6, this is the variant to buy.

You get bigger wheels (alloys), LED DRLs and chrome on the outside as well as premium looking piano black inserts on the inside. Safety goes several rungs higher with the addition of ESP with anti-roll mitigation along with hill hold assist. There are several new creature comfort features as well to pamper you, including segment-first dual-zone climate control. Modern-day basics like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support has also been incorporated with the 7-inch unit.

Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O): For safety and luxury, feels a segment above

Safety: Side, curtain and driver knee airbags (making a total of 7 airbags), front parking sensors, heated outside rearview mirrors, 3-point seatbelt for the rear middle seat, all three seat belts reminder for the rear seat and tyre pressure monitoring system.

Exterior: Dual-tone colour options: Red Rage and Aqua Marine (both a white roof), dual-tone roof rails, chrome on the air dam (check out the image below)

Interior: leatherette upholstery

Wheels: 17-inch machine finished alloys

Comfort: Electric sunroof, front seats with bungee straps for storage (check out the image below) and auto dimming inside rearview mirror

Is it worth buying?

The W8 (O) is purely an upgrade in terms of safety features compared to the decently loaded W8. With the W8 (O), the XUV300 is the second vehicle after the Toyota Yaris in the sub-15 lakh bracket to feature seven airbags, front parking sensors and 3-point seatbelt for the rear middle seat. This variant also makes  the XUV300 the most loaded sub-compact/sub-4m SUV in the market right now.  The incremental cost is justified for the added goodies. Buy this variant if you want to be owning an SUV from a segment above.



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