Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Test Drive Review

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Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Overview

Many auto critics have been bashing Indian car makers. Its true. Indian car makers are their easiest and soft target. The claim! Sorry, the big claim! We have driven on a race track in XYZ in Europe or somewhere in North America and what not! The problem is not in the bashing! The problem is when their balls freeze to use the same terms when a foreign maker screws up a product. Why? Oh no! No foreign junkies. I personally do not believe in bragging. What it is leading to is pulling away buyers from a car that doesn’t deserve so much of a hard time. There are so many cars that have different awards, but in the real world, no one cares about them. If you have a product that isn’t value for money, that missing out on features, that missing out on space or something else, you do not have a chance to sustain numbers for too long. I have lived in this world, and was worried that I will too have to be a part of this scenario. Check for Mahindra KUV 100 NXT price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

There has been one vehicle, which was good but had some issues. A vehicle for the youth. Called as Kool Utility Vehicle. Is this what it is? When it was launched, what it promised was trendy design — not for those who are looking at a subtle design. It also promised to be spacious, comfortable and powerful. But then it did lack the quality, it did miss out on the features and more importantly ease of driving. The KUV had a super hard clutch and this was disappointing if you drive more often in the city. Mahindra seems to have heard the feedback and worked on it. Not once but twice. The first upgrade was good, but it lacked the major aspects about which I had complains.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Style

At exteriors, the majority of the design elements remain unchanged, yet the muscularity and aggressiveness is a notch above. The most obvious change can be seen in headlight cluster which now features dual chambers for low and high beam along with restyled indicators and DRLs. The revamped front bumpers make way for distinctive air dam and revised fog lamps, while the grille too gets nice chrome treatment. The contrasting silver skid plate at the bottom is well defined and gives the car a more rugged look.

Further solidifying KUV100’s look is the inclusion of 15-inch sporty diamond cut alloy wheels and new ORVMs with integrated turn indicators. The door handles at the back are now black in colour and looks nothing like before. Other visible changes at the back are in the form of restyled bumper, new integrated spoiler and revised tailgate with new creases running across. The tail lights get a clear lens covering while the dual tone colour scheme makes the car more palatable to senses.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Space

The Mahindra KUV 100 NXT interior gets a dual tone of the grey and black on the centre console and the dashboard. The centre console and steering wheel are influenced with silver accent giving it a styling touch. The vinyl seats are covered in the base variants but also gets fabric in the higher trims. The most interesting part is that the Mahindra KUV100 is offered in two seating configuration a standard 3+3 seating arrangement which is available across all variants and a 2+3 seating arrangement which is also offered except for the K2 and K2+ models.

The long vertical centre console houses AC vent on top, followed by the touchscreen infotainment system and with vertically aligned temperature knobs on the left side of the console. While, the gear lever is housed on the right side of the console. The boot space is 243 litres which can be extended to 473 litres.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Gearbox

1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines power the KUV100 NXT. These new engines are three-cylinder ones and they are the same when they were launched on the micro SUV. The petrol engine has decent power and is good enough for daily usage. However, it has some amount of vibrations at low engine speeds, which means it will miss out on the refinement. These are felt the most when you are waiting on a red light. There has been some improvements in the NVH of the petrol engine and it seems a tad better than before.To know more information on Mahindra KUV 100 NXT  visit Resultmag

The diesel engine was always good, but the biggest let down was its hard clutch. From all the product presentations we have gone through it doesn’t say a word about it. No other reviewer would have noticed this, but your clutch has now become a lot lighter. Before driving in traffic meant your clutch becoming hard and making it difficult to drive on a daily basis. This issue has been taken care of. The company claims to have reduced the diesel clatter too with better insulation. We aren’t certain of that. When you begin to drive this engine, you will not feel at any point that this is just a 1.2-litre engine. It is peppy and it has the punch even at low engine speeds. This makes it drivable too.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT tail lampKitna deti hai? Our favourite question. The petrol engine returns about 11-12km/l in the city and out on the highway it goes up to 15km/l. On the other hand, the diesel engine will return close to 15km/l in the city and the number jumps up to 19km/l on the highway. These are the real world figures.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Driving

The steering is light and quick with every response made to it. Moreover, making a quick U-turn is not at all difficult even if it is done single-handed. The engine is not that special, but it is good enough and the engine responds well to the throttle. Overall, driving the Mahindra KUV100 is fun, but going too fast through the corners can be a silly act.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Safety

The disc upfront and drum at the rear provides the needed braking force to the car. The braking mechanism is further supplemented by anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution. Further, the car’s safety quotient is strengthened by dual front airbags which are available across the trims, save the base K2 variant. Other safety features include ISOFIX child seat mounts, rear parking sensors, child safety locks, speed sensing auto door locks, anti-theft security, automatic hazard warning lamps among others.

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Cost in Bangalore

Mahindra KUV100 NXT On Road Price is 5,81,145/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,78,298/- in Bangalore. Mahindra KUV100 NXT comes in 6 colours, namely Flamboyant Red,Fiery Orange,Dazzling Silver,Midnight Black,Pearl White,Designer Grey. Mahindra KUV100 NXT comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@5500 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@3500-3600 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Mahindra KUV100 NXT comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Mahindra KUV 100 NXT Final Thought

Moving on to the verdict. The KUV100 NXT comes at a price tag that is similar to the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Hyundai Grand i10. For the same price, the KUV misses out on features like push start and stop button, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and even reverse camera. But then what you get is a vehicle with the SUV-stance. This is a unique proposition and we can trade off these features for it. In short, the KUV100 NXT is a great product to consider for the Indian car market and we reckon it is a good choice to buy.

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