Mahindra KUV100 NXT Overview
Mahindra & Mahindra has been known to be a maker of robust and rugged passenger vehicles, since a long time. However, with the advent of the compact crossover/SUV market and its subsequent fame among the Indian consumers, it is obvious that Mahindra also had its own offering/s in the segment. Mahindra KUV100 marks Mahindra’s entry into the lower spectrum of the compact SUV segment. With dimensions in-lined with crop of premium hatchback the Mahindra KUV100 brings compact SUV design language to lure customers into the Mahindra’s fold. Coming in with a contemporary take on tallboy masculine hatchback design, the Mahindra KUV100 is shorter than 4 metres in length, thereby utilizing the excise duty benefits, yet staying true to traditional flow lines of Mahindra. Mahindra KUV100 is flamboyant and has a striking design for the segment with its huge wraparound headlamps combined with a rather sleek grille that a neat Mahindra & Mahindra logo. From exterior styling to cosy interiors and stuffed cabins, Mahindra KUV100 have it all. With the KUV100, Mahindra believes it has created a comparatively more muscular and stylish compact crossover in this new segment. Looking at the design the Mahindra KUV100 will entice a lot of the younger breed of customers. Thereby, furthering Mahindra & Mahindra’s reach into younger India consumer. View Offers & Price on KUV100 NXT in Pune at CarzPrice
Mahindra KUV100 NXT Design & Style
While the silhouette hasn’t changed, it gets several small changes that make a big difference. For starters, the headlamps are new, and while it retains the DRLs, the red detailing within the plastic covering has been given a miss. Then there’s a redesigned front grille which looks quite aggressive, and it gets chrome inserts. Both the bumpers have been redesigned and get contrasting silver skid plates that give the KUV a more rugged look. In addition to increasing overall length by 25mm, these also enhance the car’s approach and departure angle, which make it a bit more off-road ready. Further strengthening the KUV100’s appeal are sporty 15-inch alloys which fill the wheel wells a lot better now, and new outside mirrors which get integrated turn indiators. The rear door handles are black now and don’t stand out like before. New clear-lens tail-lamps, new character lines and a new spoiler give the rear a much nicer look. Like the Anniversary Edition of the KUV100 that was launched earlier this year, this car also gets a dual paint option – the red or silver shade with a contrasting black roof – alongside the six other body colours. Overall, the KUV100 is more palatable to look at, and with this facelift, it leans more towards SUV than hatchback. But the oddball proportions remain and the confused mix of styling elements will not be to everyone’s tastes
Mahindra KUV100 NXT Cabin & Space
The raft of design refinements continues on the inside of the KUV as well. Layout-wise, the dashboard will feel instantly familiar to anyone who’s driven the earlier car; however, the lighter colour plastics and fabrics around the interiors have made way from a much darker theme. Honestly, I think the KUV looks all the better for it, and while the plastics in use are far from soft-touch, the textures in play, especially on top of the dash, do lend it a modicum of premiumness.The most apparent change is the addition of a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, available in both the mid and top variants. While it’s been borrowed from other contemporary Mahindra SUVs, it’s a welcome addition to the cabin. The infotainment experience is quite good, with a host of connectivity options including Bluetooth, USB and aux, all controlled through a touch interface that’s intuitive, extremely responsive and fairly legible even in harsh sunlight. And it even gets a full-fledged built-in navigation system
Right below the new infotainment system are new air-conditioning controls. No climate control here, but the controls feel much improved and easier to use, and the new air-con system is completely electronic, which Mahindra says has gone a long way in reducing the dashboard’s wiring complexity. I would like to mention that the top-spec K8 variant we were driving featured a remote opening tailgate that can be triggered only using the button on the key fob, with no apparent mechanical failsafe – a strange choice if you ask me. The rest of the cockpit pretty much follows what we’ve seen before and there are no surprises here.Just like before, you can get the KUV100 in either a 5- or 6-seat configuration. We drove the 6-seat option that gets a bench for the front seat, although the driver’s seat is individually adjustable. Of course, you can seat three in the front only in a technical sense, and anyone but the tiniest of occupants will have trouble fitting their knees behind the dash-mounted gear stick.
Thankfully, the middle seat can be flipped down to create a massive centre armrest for the driver and passenger and it even even gets a couple of cup holders. The NXT carries on the KUV’s tradition of offering interesting storage spaces, with a box that can be accessed by flipping the passenger seat up, and an under-floor space near the feet of the rear passengers.The glovebox too is surprisingly wide, able to accommodate a decent amount of stuff and gets a cooling function in the top-end model. Overall, seating space in the KUV100 is great, with ample amounts of knee, leg and headroom for all occupants. The seats themselves are quite comfortable, and ever under-thigh support all around is fairly decent. The driving position, though, is quite upright, like that of an SUV, so it gives you a commanding view of the road ahead.
Mahindra KUV100 NXT Engine & Performance
The KUV100 NXT has the same underpinnings as its predecessor, and we have had good things to say about the monocoque’s limited body roll despite its height, compared to small cars. The NXT features slightly retuned versions of the mFalcon 1.2-litre three-cylinder G80 petrol engine which produces 83PS/115Nm and D75 diesel engine which outputs 78PS/190NM from the earlier KUV100. At the small straights on the Mahindra test track, the NXT stayed stable at speeds up to 135kmph, and it will go beyond that but we will have to wait until we bring it in for a detailed road test to find out. With the micro-hybrid electronic start-stop system, the engine will turn off when placed in neutral for a short time, and restart when the clutch is engaged.
The system works well and will give a 3 to 4 per cent boost to fuel efficiency, which stands at 23kmpl for the diesel and 17.45kmpl for the petrol (ARAI tested). With the D75 diesel motor on the top-spec K8 variant, throttle response feels direct in the switchable Sport mode, while the Eco mode slows it down a fair bit and limits the engine RPM in each of the five gears. The reach to the console mounted joystick-style gear lever is easy. Always staying within view, this lever should prove useful, especially for new drivers while constantly shifting gears in traffic conditions. With the centre seat folded into an armrest, driving through traffic will be less of a chore.
The steering wheel now feels a notch lighter to use at low speeds and does weigh in well as speed increases. However, some vagueness in feel sets in at speeds above 105kmph. That said, the small size makes it a breeze to turn the NXT and U-turns in tight spots will not be a bother at all. Braking with ABS as standard fitment is rapid from speeds in excess of 80kmpkh and the Mahindra feels composed through it. Some more feedback from the pedal would be welcome. For information on contact details of Mahindra car dealers in Kolkata visit mahindraprice.in
Mahindra KUV100 NXT Ride & Handling
Mahindra says that they’ve added new silent engine mounts to improve NVH levels in this KUV100 NXT. For the most part, I’d say they work well in the diesel variant we drove, isolating a fair amount of vibrations from the cabin. However, that doesn’t detract from the slightly annoying level of engine noise that still manages to creep into the cabin.With no mechanical changes to the monocoque structure or suspension either, ride and handling remains at what we’ve come to expect from this little crossover. The tall design means that there is a bit of body roll when you pitch it into corners, but it does manage to remain confident and under control if you get a bit aggressive with the steering. Suspension setup is still on the softer side, so it should still be able to handle real world roads quite well. On the whole, it pretty much feels like a tall hatchback to drive and that’s a real plus point for those who might feel intimidated with the notion of getting behind the wheel of an SUV.
Mahindra KUV100 NXT Braking and Safety
Braking system is formed by the ventilated disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. Other vital braking features inset to support the brakes affixed in front and back comprise of anti-lock-braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which is standard across all variants. Standard safety features on board are automatic door lock, central door locking, and door open indicator. Other safety features available on the SUV are child safety locks on rear doors, anti-slip clips for driver side door mats, ISOFIX child seat mount on rear seat, engine immobiliser, anti-theft security alarm, and dual airbags are available is available on all the plus variants along with the range topping variant.
Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,39,000/- (KUV100 NXT K2 Petrol) to 7,40,191/- (KUV100 NXT K8 Dual Tone Diesel). Get best offers for Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt from Mahindra Dealers in Hyderabad
Mahindra KUV100 NXT Verdict
The KUV100 is a very practical and spacious car that’s fairly easy to drive. And the option of carrying six passengers is a huge draw for buyers looking for a budget family car. With this facelift, the KUV finally gets some premium features that other cars in this segment have been offering for a while now. Sure, its proportions are still a bit out of kilter, but Mahindra has managed to clean up the styling to a great extent and that has made the design of the KUV100 NXT a lot easier to digest. It’s well-priced too, and your money goes a fair way with all the features on offer. With the KUV100, Mahindra has taken a big step forward. It’s still not quite there but is definitely closer to the competition now.