Homegrown SUV master, Mahindra & Mahindra has recently launched the KUV100 micro-SUV in the Indian car market starting at Rs. 4.42 lakhs (ex-showroom, Pune). The Indian utility vehicle leader has created the “micro-SUV” segment in the Indian SUV market with its all-new KUV100 that the company says is aimed at the younger audience.
The Mahindra KUV100 locks its horns with some popular compact hatchbacks like the Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo and upcoming Tata Zica, while it will also fight with the upcoming models in its own segment such as the upcoming Maruti Ignis.
Here a list of the top 5 pros and cons about the new Mahindra KUV100:
1. New engines range: Mahindra has introduced its newly developed family of engines ‘mFalcon’ under the hood of the KUV100. The 1.2L mFalcon G80 3-cylinder petrol unit that delivers 82PS of power and 114Nm of torque also marks Mahindra’s venture into the Indian petrol car market; while the mFalcon D75 1.2L 3-cylinder turbocharged diesel generates 77PS and 190Nm.
2. Smart placement of the gear lever: The KUV100’s gearstick is mounted on its dashboard, which is really convenient and easy to reach, while also offering ample space up-front. The dashboard’s vertical design also offers easier access to the A.C and infotainment controls.
3. Capacity to seat 6: The KUV100 comes with a flexible narrow front middle seat that can double up as a large front armrest with cup holders. This seat is narrow and can accommodate a child or a squeeze in a small sized adult, but it is definitely a plus for those looking to fit in 6 occasional occupants in a small vehicle.
4. Good safety features: The Mahindra KUV100 offers anti-lock braking (ABS) as a standard fitment across its range, while airbags come as optional feature even on the base variant.
5. Roomy cabin: The micro-SUV offers good space despite being a sub-4 meter SUV and offers comfortable accommodation to 5 adults. The rear floor is flat, which means all 3 rear passengers can sit comfortably with comfortable feet rest. The cabin is also very practical with plenty of utility storage spaces.
1. Bulky design: Though the KUV100 looks attractive its additional body cladding lends it a bulky look; this also adds to its weigh which is not good for a small SUV.
2. Small wheels: The mini SUV comes on rather small 14-inch wheels clad by small 14-inch wheels clad by 185/65 R14 tyres that look totally ill-fitted to handle the vehicle’s bulk.
3. Less fuel tank capacity: The vehicle comes with a 35 liter fuel tank that means frequent trips to the fuel station.
4. Unrefined ride: The micro-SUV’s NVH levels in its diesel version are much higher than the Swift or Grand i10, making it feel unrefined compared to its competitors.
5. Lack of reverse camera: While the KUV100 is pretty well loaded, it misses out on reverse camera and parking sensors that come really handy while parking in tight spots.