On a trip to India In May, I drove the diesel model. After 40 km on Mumbai’s highway, that it was clear in my experience that the high-riding hatchback may well raise some eyebrows from the SA passenger-car market.
My first expertise in the Mahindra KUV100 way back in South Africa became a ‘Sunset Orange’ diesel model. It was powered using a 1.2-litre turbodiesel engine effective at a modest 57kW/190Nm. They claim the fuel consumption is 4.4l/100km nevertheless, you won’t be able to accurately tell because it doesn’t have a consumption gauge.
The K6+ derivatives and above give a six-speaker head unit with Bluetooth connectivity on the Mahindra Blue Sense app. A multi-function leader and a refrigerated glove compartment may also be included.
Despite its low horsepower, the three-cylinder delivered because it did in Mumbai and felt lively with an awful lot of torque between all five gears.
The gearbox really deserves all of the accolades. The shifting is solid and precise but sadly the clutch pedal is the wrong size down on the bottom. It took me quite some time to get utilized to and this is probably something Mahindra should reconsider.
On that note, the pedal keeping of the brake and clutch are way too close together. If you have small feet, you will be OK or perhaps let your kids drive you around.
Taking with a gravel road showed a good ride even so the height on the 1155kg KUV100 meant the ride was rather bumpy, especially at speed. Build quality you may also have improved upon as I experienced wind noise while driving traveling.
I wouldn’t go with the petrol model community . also has the 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine (61kW/115Nm). It feels lethargic and absolutely nothing compared to your diesel. In first, second and third gear it struggled much like the Bulls did in Super Rugby in 2010.
Is the KUV worth buying?:
Mahindra claims the KUV100 competes using the Toyota Etios Cross, Renault Sandero Stepway, Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Chery J2, Tata Bolt along with the Ford Figo. It’s a tough ask since most of these cars have great commercial value, brand loyalty, better-perceived building and an established dealer network.
There is but one area the Mahindra KUV100 outshines the remaining and that is on price. It will cost you a little under R150 000 for your entry level petrol model which comes standard with aircon, electric windows, ABS and driver/passenger airbags.
I had been somewhat reluctant from the KUV100 but at the end with the launch I had really warmed up for the diesel model. The price, equipment level and overall driving experience resulted in a good impression. Let’s hope the automaker ages just like a fine wine but not like vinegar.
In conclusion, the diesel engine and gearbox are generally more than adequate nevertheless the biggest concerns are pedal placement, clutch and wind noise. It remains in sight whether or not South Africans is going to be interested inside KUV100 however it is certainly worth a mention. Even if the Mahindra KUV100 isn’t quite to your liking, there exists more Mahindra along the way.