January 10, 2019

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Overview & Test Drive

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Overview

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd introduced the KUV1OO for the first time premium car buyer in India. The KUV100 NXT is the revamped version of the KUV SUV. Mahindra KUV100 NXT draws its power from mFalcon G80 petrol and mFalcon D75 diesel engines. Both come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. There is no option of an automatic transmission on any variants. The car measures 3,700 mm in length, 1,735 mm in width and 1,655 mm in height with roof rails. ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) is standard across all variants while the K2+, K4+, K6+ and K8 also have dual front airbags. Child lock on rear doors comes standard across all variants while anti theft security alarm and automatic hazard warning lamps on panic braking is being offered on the higher K6+ and K8 variants. The ISOFIX child seat mount on rear seat comes only on the top end K8 trim. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mahindra KUV100 NXT Exterior

The design philosophy of much larger cars, the Mahindra KUV100 looks a lot like an SUV, which has a dimension of a hatchback unlike its traditional competition. The front fascia of the Mahindra KUV100 looks sporty and aggressive at the same time with the presence of large wraparound headlamps with thin and sleek grille on a large muscular bonnet assembly. On the sides, the KUV100 looks bigger than it actually is with its tallboy design and the presence of a crease that runs from the middle of the rear door panel to taillamps give the car a muscular appeal.

The tail section gets high mounted rectangular taillamp assembly and moreover, an integrated spoiler atop that adds to the brawny-ness of the Mahindra KUV100. Measuring 3675 mm long, 1715 mm wide and 1655 mm high, KUV100 is a large hatchback with a bigger stance than Toyota Etios or, for that matter, arch rival i20 Active. The pictures of Mahindra KUV100 give a clear insight into the car’s imposing silhouette, which seems to be Mahindra’s best work so far.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Interior

The inside of KUV100 features a great deal of refinements. The dashboard is similar to the earlier version, however, the cabin is not much darker, thanks to the fabrics and light coloured plastics. And it looks all the good with all those textures on the dashboard, piano black inserts and silver accents giving it a touch of premiumness.

The most evident change inside is the addition of new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment which can be availed in the mid and top variants. The system host plenty of tech including connectivity options for USB, Bluetooth and Aux-In. The intuitive touchscreen infotainment can also be voice controlled along with full-fledged GPS navigation and facility of image and video playback. Another interesting aspect of the infotainment is the new driver information display that keeps you updated on vital stats of the vehicle such as mileage, distance to empty and visuals for the rear parking sensors. The decibels are amplified by 4-speakers with 2 tweeters.

Coming to the seating and comfort, the 6-seat configuration has now been made standard. This configuration is perfect for a family of four with two grandparents. The car is equipped with air conditioner with new electronic temperature control panel that sits below right below the infotainment. The vehicle gets a joystick gear lever and electric power steering with tilt functionality. Other features include driver seat height adjuster, cooled glove box, follow-me home headlamps, internally adjustable ORVMs, front and rear armrest and cup holder, remote keyless entry while from the same remote key, the tailgate can also be opened.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Gearbox

Powering the Mahindra KUV1OO NXT are two engines namely a 1.2 litre mFalcon G80 petrol and a 1.2 litre mFalcon D75 diesel. The petrol engine generates 82 hp of power at 5,500 rpm and 115 Nm of torque from 3,500 rpm to 3,600 rpm. The diesel engine produces 77 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 190 Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,250 rpm. Both engines have ample power and torque figures which are quite decent considering the segment.The Mahindra KUV1OO NXT’s petrol and diesel engines come with a 5 speed manual transmission. The gear lever is mounted on the centre console instead of the floorboard to accommodate for a third passenger in the first row. That said, the KUV1OO does not have an automatic gearbox on either of the two engine options available.

The Mahindra KUV1OO NXT has a rated mileage of 18.15 kmpl for the petrol engine powered variants and 25.32 kmpl for the diesel engine powered trims. These fuel efficiency figures are acceptable for its segment.Fuel economy delivered by the petrol-powered KUV100 is 21.4 kmpl. The diesel variants, on the other hand, are capable of pulling off 27.39 kms in a litre, which is the best in the segment.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Driving

The steering is light and quick with every response made to it. Moreover, making a quick U-turn is not at all difficult even if it is done single-handed. The engine is not that special, but it is good enough and the engine responds well to the throttle. Overall, driving the Mahindra KUV100 is fun, but going too fast through the corners can be a silly act.The suspension of the car has been tuned to be on the softer side. This makes the vehicle extremely comfortable on bad roads and driving on speed bumps is like a breeze. The car fairs in both urban and rugged driving conditions. The automaker has also added a new silent engine mount for improving NVH levels.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Safety

The disc upfront and drum at the rear provides the needed braking force to the car. The braking mechanism is further supplemented by anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution. Further, the car’s safety quotient is strengthened by dual front airbags which are available across the trims, save the base K2 variant. Other safety features include ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear parking sensors, child safety locks, speed sensing auto door locks, anti-theft security, automatic hazard warning lamps among others.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Price in New Delhi

Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 4,39,000/- (KUV100 NXT K2 Petrol) to 7,42,648/- (KUV100 NXT K8 Dual Tone Diesel). Get best offers for Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt from Mahindra Dealers in New Delhi.Check for KUV100 NXT price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Verdict

Though, the Mahindra KUV100 2016 is a new entry in its own segment, but Hyundai i10, Maruti Swift and Ford Figo can be compared considering the price tag. But looking at the body profile and design we can think of comparing it to Toyota Etios, Hyundai i20 Active and Fiat Avventura.Mahindra KUV100 NXT is available in five different variants- K2, K2+, K4+, K6+ and K8 to select from. In terms of pricing, KUV100 is competitively priced with its base variant K2 tagged at Rs. 4.51 lakh and the top range trim K8 5STR available at Rs. 7.56 lakh,ex-showroom, Delhi. Mahindra KUV100 falls altogether in a new segment but it can be compared to the likes of Maruti Ignis, Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Swift taking price and practicality in mind.

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