Mahindra KUV100-REVIEW

Mahindra & Mahindra recently launched the KUV100 at a starting price of Rs. 4.42 lakh (ex-showroom Pune). Mahindra, a company that is known for its SUVs, wants to now create a new “micro-SUV” segment in India. The company is targeting a younger audience with the KUV.

The company has also roped in Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan as the official brand ambassador for the Mahindra KUV100. The KUV100 will compete with the Ford Figo, Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Swift and the yet to be launched Tata Zica.

Here are five good things and five not so great things you should know about the KUV100:

What’s good
1. Gear Lever Placement: The gear lever on the KUV100 has been uniquely placed on the dashboard. It’s easy and more convenient to use as it falls within easy reach of your hand and at the same time frees up plenty of space on the floor. Also, the vertically stacked dashboard offers better access to the infotainment and air conditioner controls.

2. New Engines: The Mahindra KUV100 is powered by a choice of two brand new engines that have been freshly designed for this vehicle. The 1.2-litre mFalcon G80 three-cylinder petrol is the first indigenous petrol engine designed by M&M. It produces 82 PS of power and a decent 114 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the mFalcon D75 diesel is a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbo diesel motor that produces 77 PS of power and 190 Nm of max torque.

3. Flexi 6 Seater layout: Mahindra has nattily placed a middle seat in between the two front seats that can also be used as a massive armrest for the driver and the front passenger. The seat comes with a lap-belt, but is not really that safe. However, it will still woo buyers looking to seat six occasionally.

4. Rich on safety: Mahindra is increasing its focus on safety in its vehicles. The KUV100 comes with ABS (anti-lock braking) as standard across all variants, while airbags are offered as an option from the base variant onwards.

5. Spacious interiors: The KUV 1OO has a decent amount of cabin space on offer and can seat 5 adults comfortably. Three people can sit comfortably in the rear as the floor is flat for the middle occupant to rest his feet. It also has a lot of storage spaces throughout the cabin.

What’s not so good

 1. Design: The KUV100 has a lot of extra cladding, especially on the sides. This cladding looks a bit bulky, as if the KUV100 is trying too hard to be called an SUV.

2. Small Fuel Tank: It only has a 35-litre fuel tank which is rather small. That could mean more frequent trips to the petrol station.

3. Small Wheels: The KUV100 rides on 14-inch wheels with 185/65 R14 tyres. Looking at the bulk of the vehicle, the wheels look a bit too small for it.

4. NVH levels: Noise, vibration and harshness levels of the diesel model are higher than its competitors, especially if the KUV100 considers pitting itself against the Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Swift.

5. Parking sensors: Mahindra has offered a whole lot of kit on the KUV100, but has missed out on parking sensors or reverse camera – something that most of its competitors offer – as it helps with parking in tight spaces.

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