The XUV500 has been a runway success for Mahindra. This 7-seater MPV looks nice, drives well and most importantly is loaded with features. This is one of the reasons why the XUV is preferred by the young at heart. While both the first gen and recently updated XUV came with outside temperature display, the W8 variant of the older XUV only showed the outside temperature when the user changed the air-con temperature. This was a little irritating especially on long drives when owners wanted to know how cool (or hot) the outside weather was.
However the company has now released an update which is available with official workshops. I got the 70,000km service done last week (at 72,300 odd km) and was happy to note the change in the infotainment display. What happens now is that the old W8’s screen shows the same icon as the new W8/W10’s screen – this is at the bottom right. It shows both the outside temp and the air-con temperature setting constantly – very useful when don’t want to fiddle with the air-con temp knob to know the outside readings.
Note that this change might only be for the old W8 model. The old W6 had less features (no GPS for example) and hence had the function to show the outside and inside temperature constantly on the screen. For old W8 owners, this is a welcome change.
This update can be had from any of the authorised workshops free of cost. One issue remains that this display only shows even numbers for outside temperature (22,24,26 and so on). I have personally seen a low of -2 degrees earlier this year in February in Himachal – see these crazy images. Ideally, the system should show odd numbers too. As for my car, it has been a good experience so far. Mine is a June 2013 W8 AWD model with over 73,500km on the odometer now. Extended warranty has been helpful so far (air-con fan motor and front wiper water motor changed under warranty) and I am looking forward to a new white escape this winter.
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