Mahindra KUV100 NXT FAcelift Review & Test 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. View offers on Mahindra Cars from Mahindra dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Look

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

Mahindra has touched on many aspects that have made the KUV100 NXT look more stylish. To begin with, the interiors are now all black. The look and feel of these plastics have seen a big improvement. The materials certain now look a lot better than before. There is a texture that does look better. Moving on to the steering wheel, it is the same but now it is black. Small and easy to grip. The instrument cluster is the same too. Made up of twin dials and it has only two tripmeters on it. There isn’t anything different on it.The centre console is where the major change has been made. This now has a 7-inch touchscreen system. It is smooth and responsive. This thing gets driver information system like mileage, distance to empty and reverse parking sensors. New AC controls have been added too. This makes it look better and more aesthetic. The seat fabric has seen an upgrade too. the quality feels much better.

Moving on to the space, there is more than sufficient space for two in the front and three at the back. There is ample of knee room and head room for the rear passengers. The front seats can be used for 3 people, but the third passenger will find it tight. But the middle seat can be converted into an arm rest and what a lovely arm rest it is to have. In terms of storage, 1-litre bottles can fit easily in the front and rear rows, there is an under-tray storage in the co-driver’s seat. The rear seating central tunnel is flat. This even has storage underneath it. The boot isn’t very large, and even the access to it is poor.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Gearbox

Engine options are the same as before, so there’s the option of an 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol and a 78hp, 1.2-litre diesel engine, both mated to a five-speed manual transmission. We drove the diesel, which is smooth and with decent driveability. Like before, you can easily cruise around in a higher gear at lower revs and there’s adequate pep to keep up with traffic without the need to constantly downshift. There’s no spike in performance like in a typical turbo-diesel and the powerband is narrow, so by no means will it satisfy enthusiastic driving, even in Power mode. A special mention here goes to the superb five-speed gearbox that’s been developed by Porsche engineering; it is slick, precise and a joy to operate.

Mahindra claims to have improved the insulation and reduced vibrations. First impressions are positive and the sound from this engine isn’t intrusive, and only when revved hard does the diesel drone become audible. Making more of a racket is the air-con blower which, even at low fan speeds, is really loud. For more info on Mahindra KUV100 NXT check iiitdm.in

There’s no perceivable difference to the way this car drives with the suspension being tuned to be the softer side. So while it’s comfortable over bad roads, on open roads there’s a constant bobbing motion. The steering is still heavy and vague compared to cars like the Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Ignis, and the brakes feel a bit spongy, just like before.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Rideing

Now, the biggest perception – it has high ground clearance, it made by an Indian company. Body roll! The Mahindra KUV100 NXT has a short wheelbase vis-a-vis its height. Hence, the suspension will have to be a tad stiff. This is for better handling. There is some amount of body roll, but let us remember that this vehicle hasn’t been built for track, at the most to be driven on winding roads. This SUV has good enough stability and ideal for daily city use. It is meant to go smoothly on bad roads and have a pliant ride. Despite the stiff suspension it does a neat job. Most of the road jolts are ironed out, else you encounter broken roads. This is where it changes completely. The vehicle needs to have good enough ride and it does in most of the cases.

Now, the biggest asset of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT is its ground clearance. You don’t only have high clearance but you even sit high in a commanding position. This makes it a good view and comfortable to drive in the city. This is what other vehicles in this price miss out. The KUV has more than sufficient clearance to drive even on a bad road. The steering feedback is good enough but the vehicle doesn’t feel confident after 120km/hr.

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 Price in Hyderabad

Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,22,325 to 8,72,834 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 Hyderabad. Check for KUV100 NXT price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Bottomline

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.

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