Mahindra KUV100 NXT Performance & Test Drive

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Overview

Mahindra saw the potential in the entry-level Micro SUV segment and decided to introduce their entry level product the KUV100 last year January, and it was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo where it attracted a lot of attention. However, after a year of its launch, some other players too have decided to enter the competition. To be honest the KUV100 never actually scored high concerning overall sales figures, and that is mostly because of its odd shape and compact interior space. Now after the launch of the Maruti Ignis the sales figures of the Micro SUV the sales figures took a major hit.

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Now in order stay on top of their game Mahindra has decided to give their micro SUV some updates to attract some buyers towards this particular car. According to the recent reports, Mahindra has plans to introduce the facelift KUV100 after they introduce the more powerful XUV500 in the month of August. So we are assuming that the KUV100 will be launched in India during this festive season. Book a test drive for KUV100 NXT in Tryaldrive

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Exterior

The facelifted version of the Mahindra KUV100 that was first launched in 2016. This refreshed KUV100 NXT takes things a step forward with its cosmetic changes and interior updates, albeit without any mechanical changes. We put the car through its paces in this first drive review.

The KUV100’s face has been altered with a modified chrome grille and a split headlamp cluster in keeping with Mahindra’s new design philosophy. The bumper’s lower section has been tweaked, thus giving the front a better appearance overall, if not a very handsome one. On the sides, the new design pattern for the alloys is the most prominent change so far, which gives the car a funky appearance. The wheels have also been up-sized to 15 inches suiting the tall profile and adding to its presence. The rear bumper gets a faux skid plate and new reflectors while the spoiler gets black flanks and the tail lamps are similarly detailed to spruce up the look. Although its overall design with the curvy lines and a bloated shape still looks a bit eccentric, the SUV-like looks certainly improve the appearance of this compact hatchback.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Interior

Things have changed on the inside as well but not as much as the exterior. The cabin remains the same with new upholstery, the same dashboard layout, steering wheel, and instrument console, with the addition of a gear indicator. There are a few notable enhancements in there, though. The centre console, which retains its unique layout with the gear shift stick jutting out of it, gets new air-con controls that look neater than before. There is also a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which has been borrowed from the top-spec TUV100 T10. It features Mahindra’s Bluesense app compatibility, navigation, driver information, Bluetooth audio, and hands-free calling. However, you only get this system in the K6+ and K8 variant, with only the K8 getting navigation. Apart from the infotainment and slightly different looking centre console, the KUV100 NXT retains the same storage spaces like the under seat and floor boxes, multiple cup holders, a 243 litres of boot space, that is expandable to 473 litres, and a cooled glove box. These changes come together to give the KUV100 NXT a more contemporary look, which should be able to lure in more consumers.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Performance

The KUV100 NXT continues to be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines that power the outgoing model, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. What we have here is the diesel one with the three-cylinder mFalcon D75 turbodiesel motor producing 77bhp and 190Nm of torque. The engine makes little sound, if at all any, and still settles into a thrum if not clatter at idling. However, rev it beyond 3,000 rpm and it gets noisy and starts to feel coarse. Its refinement is nowhere close to the four-cylinder mill housed by the Swift or the Figo. Nonetheless, the power delivery is linear, turbo lag is minimal or almost nil thanks to the smaller turbo. This, paired with the generous torque available from as low as 1,800rpm, helps the vehicle pull away nicely without any fuss. Trudging along in traffic becomes easy due to a minimal need to change gears constantly.

It’s only while driving out on the highway, you realise that the engine starts to lose its fizz post 3,500rpm. But once you get a hang of it and manage to keep the revs in the meat of the power band (2,000-3,200rpm), the KUV100 can make swift progress to achieve triple digit speeds. You will still have to shift to a lower gear to manage a quick overtake. The five-speed gearbox feels notchy, but is easy to use with the short throws. However, it is the clutch pedal with its tight spring action, which will make it a tiresome job for your left leg on long drives or in traffic.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Driving

Now, the KUV’s suspension has been tuned to be on the softer side. Since it also has a good ground clearance, all uneven surfaces are taken in its stride with ease at low speeds. However, side-to-side rocking gets prominent and at higher speeds the rear kicks out on harsh bumps. The vertical movement also increases, making the ride floaty. The ride doesn’t settle until it finds a flat stretch. Likewise, the steering is another aspect that sits firmly in the list of cons. It is big for a compact car, lags a bit and feels vague. It makes more than three turns from lock to lock which makes parking a tedious job despite having such a compact footprint. One can steer through a corner at low speeds, but at higher speeds, its entire dynamics undergo a change. The car understeers and the body roll becomes pretty evident at that point to the extent that it will make all the occupants feel uneasy. Thankfully ABS is available, but still the car doesn’t feel surefooted under hard braking.

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 Mumbai

Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 4,41,654/- (KUV100 NXT K2 Petrol) to 7,42,886/- (KUV100 NXT K8 Dual Tone Diesel). Get best offers for Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt from Mahindra Dealers in Mumbai. Check for KUV100 NXT price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Conclusion

The KUV100 NXT will be preferred by people who love SUVs, want a spacious cabin and still want it to be of a compact size. The refreshed KUV also adds some new features to the package. However, this particular K8 variant is priced at Rs 7.46 lakhs, thereby putting it in the same price bracket as that of the Maruti Suzuki Swift ZDi and the Ford Figo Titanium Plus TDCi. While both of them are more refined with a four-cylinder motor, the Figo also gets a more powerful engine.

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