Mahindra KUV100 NXT Overview & First Drive

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.

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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. Book a test drive for KUV100 NXT in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Exterior

The most significant change in terms of design is a completely new face for the NXT. It comprises a vertically stacked design for the overall appearance. The headlamps have got a new design while the front bumper has moved from a conventional design to a sportier one to give the car a crossover appearance. With the NXT, you get a new design for the alloy wheels/wheel covers while at the rear the tail lamps have become wider and now come with silver inserts.

The Mahindra KUV100 NXT gets cosmetic tweaks including a new grille and a redesigned front bumper with faux skid plate. The sunglass-inspired headlamps with LED DRLs, the toothed grille and the chiseled bonnet make the KUV100 look unique. Get to the side and you’ll instantly notice the new machine-cut dual-tone 15-inch alloy wheels and of course the thickened black cladding. The door handles continue to be placed on the C-pillar. The ORVMs get integrated turn indicators and also get an auto-folding feature. The clear-lens LED tail-lights, roof-mounted spoiler and the bumper with the faux skid plate accentuate the rear profile of the car. While I cannot really say that the KUV100 NXT looks beautiful, it is easy to state that it does look a tad bit better than the previous version.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Interior

Mahindra offers the KUV100 NXT with two interior themes. The K2, K4 and K6 variants get a grey-themed interior while the top K8 trim gets an all-black interior. There are subtle tweaks to the cabin as well. There is a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation only while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still missed. The climate control buttons have been minimised from three to one. The top trim gets piano black and silver inserts in the cabin. The feature list is quite long too and you get steering-mounted audio controls, front and rear armrests with cupholders, cooled glove box, mood lighting, puddle lamps, height adjustable driver’s seat and driving modes. However, a rear camera is still missing. The touchscreen that you see here is borrowed from the TUV300 and is smooth to use but sound quality from the speakers is pretty average

The climate control button needs effort to operate, while the pull-type handbrake lever is placed below the dashboard. Where the KUV100 really excels is practicality. There are more than enough cupholders and storage spaces inside the cabin and even the seats are fairly comfortable. If you’re really thinking of shoving in 6 people in the car then you might be in for an unpleasant surprise because there is barely any knee room or shoulder space at the front for the middle passenger and things get really uncomfortable. The backrest of the middle seat makes for a very large and comfy armrest though. The AC cools the cabin very quickly but is also a bit noisy. The vehicle gets a 243-litre boot (expandable up to 473-litres when the rear seats are folded) and can hardly fit in a weekend’s luggage of 2-3 people.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Performance

The Mahindra KUV100 NXT engine line-up consists of all-new mFALCON petrol and diesel units, for the gasoline and diesel trims respectively. The two petrol variants employ a 1.2 litre, mFALCON G80 petrol engine good for top power of 82 bhp at 5500 RPM along with maximum torque of 115 Nm between 3500 – 3600 RPM. Diesel variants derive power from the 1.2 litre, mFALCON G75 diesel powertrain, which is tuned to yield pinnacle power output of 77 bhp at 3750 RPM and zenith torque of 190 Nm torque between 1750 – 2250 RPM. Mahindra KUV100 transmission is a conventional five-speed manual gearbox and drive is delivered to the front wheels.

The KUV continues to use the same two engine options – the petrol mFalcon G80 and the diesel mFalcon D75. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine develops 82bhp and 114Nm, while the 1.2-litre turbodiesel delivers 77bhp and 190Nm. Both the engines come mated to a five-speed transmission. The G80 engine is a micro-hybrid with start-stop technology while the diesel D75 gets driving modes like Eco and Power.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

Now, the suspension of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT is well-suited to our roads and the ride quality at low speeds is comfortable enough but as the speeds increase, there is a lot of vertical movement for passengers and it gets pretty annoying. The steering feels heavy and doesn’t really inspire confidence at high speeds. Even on the handling front, the KUV100 hates being driven aggressively and is more suited to cruising. The brakes felt very spongy and the feeling is very scary when you stomp the brake pedal at high speeds because there is just no confidence. Mahindra has also improved the approach and departure angles of the car, meaning you can tackle bad roads easily. However, don’t expect the KUV100 to tackle hard-core off-roads.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT 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 Cost in Chennai

Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 4,82,789 to 8,45,030 for variants KUV100 NXT K2 Petrol and KUV100 NXT K8 Dual Tone Diesel respectively. Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt variants price in Chennai. Check for KUV100 NXT price in Chennai at Carzprice

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Conclusion

The Mahindra KUV100 NXT feels like a very confused product in the segment it is positioned in. While it is definitely practical and easy to drive, which our folks will appreciate, the styling is quirky even now and the driving dynamics of the car are nothing to write about. Mahindra is positioning this as a compact SUV but we all know that it sure isn’t one. Competing with some of the top-selling cars in India, the KUV100 NXT faces some tough rivalry and the only reasons why you should consider one are the 6-seater configuration (albeit not too comfortable) and the easy-to-drive nature.

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