Happy to inform you all about the newly purchased XUV 500. Always had plans to buy a SUV. After test driving XUV 500, Renault Duster & Ford Eco Sport, finally decided XUV W8. PS: 1. My Italian beauty Linea will be with me. She is my first love 2. This is not a complete review. Buying Decision Wanted to have a car to be used whenever I'm in Kerala. Parents have a Honda City. But as my mother use it most of the time, I had to bring my Linea whenever I come to Kerala. Though I love solo long drives, the idea of a new car was always in mind. And this time I thought it should be a SUV as the roads in Kerala is horrible. Also Im planning to set up a working atmosphere in Cochin too. Cars Test Driven Renault Duster - Pros 1.Looks 2.Engine 3.Seating position Cons I found cons more than pros. 1st impression of opening the door itself was bad. The door handle is made of cheap plastic. 1. Cheap interiors. 2. Heavy clutch! 3. Gave a badly maintained car for test drive. 4. Less features. 5. Not value for money. Ford Eco Sport Pros 1. Looks 2. Good seating position 3. 1st & 2nd gears are good. 4. Ease of ride in both city & highways. 5. Good features 6. Good interiors. 7. Good ride quality. Cons 1. Didn't feel like a mini SUV. More like a hatchback 2. Lifeless steering 3. 3rd & 4th gear doesn't have enough punch. Especially when you are a Linea owner. 4. Personally not a fan of Ford brand after watching the movie 'Flash of Genius' 5. Not value for money. XUV 500 W8 Driven my cousin's XUV for more than 1000km few months back. So didn't take a test drive from the dealer. Pros 1. Super powerful! 2. Loaded with heavy features like Hill hold control, in built navigation, electronically foldable mirrors, Cruise control, Engine switch off during traffic signals etc. 3. Aggressive Looks 4. Built quality 5. Great road dominance 6. Good steering (Not as good as Linea though) 7. Spacious interiors. 8. Low cost of Mahindra spares. Cons 1. High body roll. Even in plain straight roads, the body roll is high. Back seat passengers suffer more especially if the road condition is bad. 2. The plastic quality in the interior is cheap though looks good. 3. Niggles. 4. Steering rod touches the leg when the clutch is fully depressed. 5. Not a great car to ride in small roads due to its size. Though there are few considerable cons in XUV, decided to go for it as its the only real SUV in the category. Also I just loved the attention it gets in the road, also the road dominance. Initial Ownership Experience Loving the power of XUV 500. Gear shifts are less. In love with the features. As I've mentioned above the body roll is too much. Got to adjust with it. One thing I must say is whenever I drive my Linea immediately after driving XUV 500, I simply feel great!! The ride & handling of Linea or Punto can't be compared with XUV at all. Anyone planning to buy a XUV selling Linea or Punto, please rethink many times. You'll love the power,looks,road presence etc, but you'll hate the ride & handling for sure. Suspension of XUV is also not that good. Esp when you compare it with Fiat cars. Planning to take the extended warranty. Mahindra is offering 5yrs, 1.5 lakh km extended warranty for around 20k. Here are some pics. Car is already dirty due to the heavy rains in Kerala.