Inside, it is evident that the cabin hasn’t been tinkered with much. Mahindra wants us to believe that the silver accents all around the dashboard and on the door pads are new, however, it is nothing more than a different colour of silver finish compared to the previous model. But what’s hard to miss is the new seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system which now gets a reverse parking camera and navigation. That said, the dual-tone black-beige cabin feels airy and has good visibility all around. The thin A-pillar and large mirrors also bring about a commanding driving position which is more SUV-like compared to all the other monocoque-based rivals
We found the new upholstery of the updated TUV300 to be very impressive. It has a nice, soft feel to it with a faux quilted leather finish and we would definitely prefer it to the cloth or rexine upholstery. Apart from that, the driver height adjusts and lumbar support on both front seats provide comfortable seating for long distance commute. In terms of storage, the large and useful cubby holes in the centre console are more than sufficient, but we found the absence of any flat surface in the centre console to keep the phone or wallet rather inconvenient. All four door pad spaces are usable too and can hold a litre bottle easily. But then again, we think, the TUV300 can do a little better in terms of ergonomics so that all the buttons and switches can come to hand easily, especially while driving.
The seat at the back is a flat bench and it does take a little extra effort to get into them owing to the high ingress. And the limited knee room in the middle row makes things a little uncomfortable for taller people. Yet, what’s commendable is that the TUV300 can certainly fit three adults in the middle row. On the other hand, the high-set middle bench provides the occupants with a soaring outside view. But it needs to be mentioned that this rear bench lacks any kind of support for the passenger. Also the middle row – which does fold down flat – has an upright backrest angle. And so, it doesn’t have enough under-thigh support and hence isn’t a very comfortable place to be in.
But what’s still cramped are the jump seats at the back. Mahindra doesn’t provide seatbelts for the two passengers even now. And although it is the only vehicle in its class to provide this 5+2 setup, there just isn’t enough space for two adults to be comfortable. And what spoils the fun is that even with the jump seats folded up, the usable cargo space is narrow and has a tall loading lip compared to its counterparts.
In terms of equipment, the TUV300 now gets dual front airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, Eco mode, speed alert system, steering adjust, and seat belt reminder as standard fitment. The fully loaded T10 (O) trim which we have here comes kitted with electric mirrors, storage space below driver’s seat, armrest, two 12V sockets, follow-me-home lamps, four speakers with two twitters, new flip key, rear wiper/washer, engine start-stop function, and lumbar support. The connectivity includes Bluetooth, AUX and USB, however, it misses out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.