The BS6 update for the diesel-powered XUV300 was carried out by Mahindra in late March, just in time for the latest pollution standards that came into force from April 1 , 2020. While a move to reduce tailpipe emissions is usually accompanied by a drop in power and fuel economy figures, the home-grown automaker has managed to pull off the transition, commendably, without affecting the performance of the powertrain.
Under the XUV300 ‘s hood, the BS6-compliant 1.5-liter diesel engine manages to unleash 117hp and 300Nm of torque, much as the older BS4 variant. Even the fuel-efficiency remains unchanged when fitted to the 6-speed manual transmission, with a 20kpl ARAI-rated result. The range for the optional 6-speed AMT gearbox has not yet been revealed.
With all the compact diesel SUVs packed under the hood in 1,5-liter plants, it’s the XUV300 model that brings the most strength and torque out there. At the flipside, the fuel economy of the XUV300 is the lowest in the group. It is the Hyundai Location that manages to eke out of each liter of diesel the maximum amount of kilometers (23.3 km).
Mahindra has once again managed to deliver a BS6 product at the same price point as the BS4 version. At Rs 8.69-12.29 lakh^ the diesel-manual XUV300 ‘s prices remain unchanged for now. As such, the Mahindra is the group’s priciest offering, with the Hyundai proving to be the most pocket-friendly choice.