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Mahindra revitalises ‘Africa’s safest car’

  • XUV300 gets spec boost across range
  • New 23cm infotainment system
  • ‘W8 still one of best-specified vehicles in class’
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PRETORIA, South Africa – The company that claims to have the safest car in Africa has been given a ”significant” specification boost and is – or soon will be – with Mahindra dealers across the country. Here’s what it’s all about…

The India-based auto company says the XUV300, launched in May 2019, received a five-star rating and the title ‘Safest Car Yet Tested’ by the Global New Car Assessment Programme in 2020. Then, in 2021, Mahindra SA submitted its own South Africa-homologated units for testing.

A ”thumbs-up” came from the GNCAP along with the ‘Safest Car in Africa’ badge.

Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra SA, told The Corner: “The GNCAP tested as the most basic spec level of the XUV300 for safety in both South Africa and India so even the entry-level W4 models are five-star compliant.”

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For 2022, Mahindra has kept all the dynamic and passive-safety features that won the XUV300 its safety stars, though with added features/upgrades to the present spec levels and the addition of a XUV300 W4 Special Edition.

The Mahindra XUV300’s safety credentials claim ”unmatched in class” status. During tests the GNCAP put the XUV300 through side- and front-offset crashes tests and scored 16.42 out of 17 for adult protection – five out of five stars.

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The XUV300, with four stars for child protection, earned ‘Good’ or ‘Adequate” in all areas of occupant protection, cabin intrusion, and body deformation.

The entire XUV300 range has a minimum of two collision-protection bags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock disc brakes on all four wheels. All units will have IsoFix child restraints.


Lastly, all units will have automatic door locks, collapsible steering column, and pre-tensioners/load limiters on front crash restraints but buyers of W8 units will get even more-thorough protection… five more impact bags, cornering brake-pressure control, and hill-hold.

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The 2022 specification upgrade has some interior upgrades for all spec levels… All models, including the entry-level XUV300 W4, will have a ”dark cabin” – black fascia and black fake leather on W8 units to meet customers requests.

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The W6 includes a rear wiper/demister, satnav, and cruise control; the W8 dual-zone aircon, leather-wrapped steering-wheel, tyre-pressure monitors. sunroof, self-dimming rearview mirror, auto headlights and wipers, and driver’s-seat height adjustment.

Rajesh again: “From launch the XUV300 was presented as a no-compromise, compact, SUV. Every important convenience is present – even on basic models and W8 spec delivers more than most vehicles in its price range.”

Mahindra’s design team has upgraded the wheel design with multi-spoke, diamond-cut alloy. 16” wheel rims on all but entry models; the W4 has steel rims and the W4 SE its own design of 16” alloys with black and silver detailing.

A 16” spare wheel is now fitted to all models.


The XUV300 will continue to offer both, except for the entry W4 petrol only.

The turbo-petrol engine is Mahindra’s own three-cylinder, 1.2-litre, capable of 81kW at 5000rpm/200Nm of torque from 2000-3500rpm, the diesel a new four-cylinder 1.5making 85.8kW at 3750rpm and 300Nm from 1500-2500rpm.

Each claims to deliver among of the best torque figures in class to spin a six-speed manual gearbox and drive the front wheels.

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