Mahindra KUV100 is launched at a competitive price – with its petrol range starting from INR 4.42 lakh while its diesel range starts at INR 5.22 lakh. Priced in a segment which is ruled by the likes of Maruti Swift, Maruti DZire, and Hyundai Grand i10, lets take a look how the new compact SUV from Mahindra performs against the segment toppers.
Mahindra KUV100 is based on a monocoque platform. It sports an all new range of mFalcon engines that include both petrol and diesel 3 cyl engines. Mahindra KUV100 1.2 liter petrol engine is capable of 81.8 bhp power and 11.7 kgm torque. Speaking about rival Maruti Swift / DZire, its 1.2 liter petrol engine delivers 83.14 bhp power and 11.73 kgm torque. Hyundai Grand i10’s 1.2 liter petrol engine offers 81.86 bhp power and 11.6 kgm torque. All four cars come with a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard while the Grand i10 also gets a 4 speed automatic transmission unit.
Comparing the diesel engines, Mahindra KUV100 gets 1.2 liter mFalcon three cylinder turbo diesel engine offering 76.4 bhp power and 19.37 kgm torque. While for Maruti Swift / DZire these figures stand at 73.97 bhp and 19.37 kgm respectively via a 1.3 liter 4 cyl unit. Hyundai Grand i10 is powered by a 1.1 liter diesel engine capable of 70.03 bhp power and 16.3 kgm torque. All four cars get mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox.
Mahindra KUV100 leads in this segment with its petrol version claiming fuel efficiency of 18.15 kmpl which scores over Maruti Swift which offers 17.37 kmpl and Hyundai Grand i10 which scores 16.54 kmpl. The KUV100 diesel engine offers 25.32 kmpl fuel efficiency unlike its competitors Maruti Swift and Hyundai Grand i10 which offer 23.19 kmpl and 22.64 kmpl respectively.
While competing where dimensions are concerned, Mahindra KUV100 measures 3,675 mm in length, width of 1,715 mm and a height of 1,655 mm. This makes it taller than the Swift and the Grand i10 and also wider than the two competitors. The Hyundai Swift however scores points over the Mahindra KUV100 in terms of length at 3,850 mm, 175 mm longer than the KUV100 which measures 3,675 mm and 85 mm longer than the Grand i10 at 2,385 mm. Where ground clearance is concerned the KUV00 and Maruti Swift stand at 170 mm while the Grand i10 only measures 165 mm.
All three automakers have paid special emphasis to safety features on board these three models. The Mahindra KUV100 receives ABS with EBD as standard while dual airbags are offered as an option. Maruti Swift gets dual airbags as standard but offered only on the top end Z trim while ABS is offered on the diesel engined V trim onwards. Buyers of the Maruti Swift can also opt for ABS and dual front airbags on all trim levels. Safety features on the Hyundai Grand i10 include dual front airbags and ABS as options on the top end Asta trim only.
The Mahindra KUV100 is offered in two seating configurations to include a standard 5 seater and 6 seater with bench seats in the front and rear; while Maruti Swift and Hyundai Grand i10 are exclusively offered in 5 seater arrangements.
Another point where the Mahindra KUV100 scores over its rivals is in the unique feature that includes the company’s Micro-Hybrid technology with engine start/stop feature and two driving modes of Power and Eco.