The exterior may not be to everyone’s taste but the interior of the XUV300 puts up a solid case for itself. The two-tone cabin, in fact, offers a commanding view over the road with a high seating position that immediately inspires confidence. Unlike the all-black insides of the Brezza and the Nexon, there is an insulated ambience to the 300’s cabin with a sea of gloss black and silver trim giving it that stately, premium appearance. Speaking of premium, we really like the look of the leather finished steering wheel and the bright coloured upholstery. However, there are some ill-fitting bits as well – the climate control dial and the switches around it, for instance, feel tacky and the lack of soft-touch materials dampens the overall perceived quality.
Space upfront is great with plenty of knee room to stretch out. The seats are big and supportive as well and it’s the same story at the back, which offers more than enough headroom. What’s not so great though is the lack of under thigh support and the modest legroom. Despite having the longest wheelbase in its segment, the knee-room is just about average. The cushioning is also a little too firm for our liking. No such groaning when it comes to storage. Throughout the cabin, there are enough storage spaces for your phone, wallet, bottles and lots more. You get a deep glove box that can fit a laptop, plenty of cubby holes between the front seats, open tray on the dash and big bottle holders on all four doors.
When it comes to equipment, the XUV300 is simply unbeatable. The top-spec W8 (O) variant that we had on test is loaded with segment-first features including 7 airbags, dual zone climate control with memory function, front parking sensors, heated mirrors, and disc brakes for all four wheels. Other noteworthy features include a sunroof, cruise control, push button start, leather seats, hill hold function and a 7-inch infotainment system with smartphone mirroring tech and navigation. Even though it’s absolutely feature loaded, the infotainment system lacks the outright display crispness and ease of use that the competition offers.