Mahindra KUV100 NXT Overview
It was in early 2016 when Mahindra introduced the KUV100 to all of us. The KUV100 stood out as a unique offering because of its quirky styling and the 6-seater configuration. However, the vehicle did have some flaws and that is why this version has been launched in less than 2 years of the car’s arrival in the market. The Mahindra KUV100 NXT is a mid-life update to the vehicle where a lot of issues have been ironed out and the package has been made a wee bit sweeter with some interesting additions. Check for KUV100 NXT Price in Bangalore at CarzPrice
Mahindra KUV100 NXT Design
There are many who like the design of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT and there are many who don’t. So, its an equal number. You either like it or hate it design. What has majorly changed are some add-ons that make the KUV NXT look a lot more stylish and premium. The colours are now more glossy than ever. There were certain elements that did seem a bit out of place, like the alloy wheels on the previous version. Things have now seen a major improvement.
There has been an upgrade in the styling of the KUV. The front grille sees a minor change in its styling, the headlamps also are updated. It continues with the same daytime running LEDs. The front bumper gets revised and new fog lamps look cool too. The first time, they offered 15-inch wheels on the K8 variant and these are diamond-cut type. The wing mirrors are blacked-out and have electrical folding too. The tail lamps are now dual barrelled ones like the headlamps. Then there is also the contrast roof colour, which is majorly black only.
Mahindra KUV100 NXT Cabin
The Mahindra KUV 100 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 KUV100 NXT Engine & Transmission
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.
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.
Kitna 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 KUV100 NXT Performance and Handling
Now, the suspension of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT is well-suited to our roads and the ride quality at low speeds is comfortable enough but as the speeds increase, there is a lot of vertical movement for passengers and it gets pretty annoying. The steering feels heavy and doesn’t really inspire confidence at high speeds. Even on the handling front, the KUV100 hates being driven aggressively and is more suited to cruising. The brakes felt very spongy and the feeling is very scary when you stomp the brake pedal at high speeds because there is just no confidence. Mahindra has also improved the approach and departure angles of the car, meaning you can tackle bad roads easily. However, don’t expect the KUV100 to tackle hard-core off-roads.
Mahindra KUV100 NXT Braking and 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. Mahindra KUV100 NXT Braking and Safety.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
Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 4,39,000/- (KUV100 NXT K2 Petrol) to 7,40,191/- (KUV100 NXT K8 Dual Tone Diesel). Get best offers for Mahindra Kuv100 Nxt from Mahindra Dealers in India
Mahindra KUV100 NXT Bottomline
The Mahindra KUV100 NXT feels like a very confused product in the segment it is positioned in. While it is definitely practical and easy to drive, which our folks will appreciate, the styling is quirky even now and the driving dynamics of the car are nothing to write about. Mahindra is positioning this as a compact SUV but we all know that it sure isn’t one. Competing with some of the top-selling cars in India, the KUV100 NXT faces some tough rivalry and the only reasons why you should consider one are the 6-seater configuration (albeit not too comfortable) and the easy-to-drive nature.