Indian automaker Mahindra has backed its sole SUV with improved after sales support, through an extended warranty program for its XUV500 medium SUV.
In a bid to boost sales, Mahindra has bolstered the XUV500’s previous three-year, 100,000-kilometre warranty with a new five-year limited guarantee including five years roadside assistance and three years capped price servicing.
The improved warranty isn't as clear-cut as it might seem at first glance though, with the same three-year, 100,000-kilometre warranty as before, and an added two years on top covering the diesel engine and Aisin-sourced automatic transmission.
The new capped price servicing deal costs $2740 over the first three years and 60,000 kilometres of ownership, with service intervals falling every every six months or 10,000 kilometres. That's nearly double the $1440 Toyota charges to maintain a diesel RAV4 over the same period (with similar six-month service intervals), while a Mazda CX-5 will set you back $1018 for the first three years/30,000 kilometres or $1692 for five years and 50,000 kilometres at 12 month/10,000 kilometre intervals.
Mahindra isn't the first manufacturer to offer a five-year warranty in 2017. Jeep and Skoda have also moved to five-year warranty programs recently, joining other companies with five-year plans including Mitsubishi and Hyundai.
Mahindra’s ute range, including the Genio and Pik-Up retain their previous three year, 100,000km warranty.