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Mahindra KUV100 NXT 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Mar 09 2020 Share this blog

Mahindra entered the highly competitive hatchback segment with the launch of KUV100 in 2016. The car’s styling was controversial, however, buyers liked the practicality and space on offer. In a segment full of established rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Grand i10, the KUV was expected to be the game-changer. However, the sales soon dwindled and the car sank like the Titanic. The Mahindra KUV100 NXT Petrol variant price in India starts at Rs. 4.88 Lakh and goes up to Rs. 7.01 Lakh, while the diesel version price starts at Rs. 5.90 Lakh and goes up to Rs. 7.95 Lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. 

Mahindra KUV100 NXT off-roading across hills

One may argue and speak about why the KUV100 eventually turned out to be a sales disaster, however, one can never disagree with the fact that the car was extremely practical. Even the build quality was good for the class, though, the polarizing looks and Mahindra’s hit or a miss after-sales experience proved to be a major turn off for potential buyers.

In order to boost the sales and strengthen their case in the small hatchback segment, Mahindra gave the KUV a much-needed facelift in early 2018. The exterior shell was the same, however, there were areas where Mahindra heavily worked on. In spite of all of these, the KUV is still struggling to sell, while MS and Hyundai are laughing all the way to the bank with their offerings in this segment.

Is KUV100 pack enough punch to prove its mettle, especially against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo?

What will impress you?

  • Small footprint makes it a breeze to drive

  • Punchy and efficient engines

  • Spacious and practical cabin

  • Compliant suspension setup

What won’t?

  • Polarizing design

  • Poor NVH levels

  • Below-average braking performance

  • Mahindra’s sub-par after-sales experience

What is new in the KUV1000 NXT?

The car received a major update in early 2018. The 2020 model year carries the same changes, in the form of the following:

  • Chrome front grille

  • Daytime Running Lights

  • Tweaked front and rear bumpers

  • New 15-inch alloy wheels

  • All-black interior theme

  • A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system

  • Additional features such as electronically foldable ORVMs and puddle lamps

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Variants and Features

Nothing much has changed in terms of variants, and there are four primary trim levels, namely K2+, K4+, K6+, and K8. The base variant can be had with six seats only, while you have the option of both five and six-seats with all other variants. Prices kick off at 4.88 lacs for the base Petrol variant and go up to 7.95 lacs for the top-spec Diesel variant. What’s notable is, the six-seater variant is priced just 4k above the five-seater variant. We believe that premium is truly justified.

Trim

K2+

K4+

K6+

K8

Petrol Price
(Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

Rs. 4.88 lakh

Rs. 5.73 lakh


Rs. 6.31 lakh

Rs. 7.01 lakh

Diesel Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

Rs. 5.90 lakh

Rs. 6.67 lakh

Rs. 7.54 lakh

Rs. 7.95 lakh

Features

Body-coloured bumpers with front and rear skid plates

Rear Spoiler

Wheel Arch Cladding

Engine Immobilizer

AC with heater

EPS

Front Armrest (in 6-seater configuration)

Steering tilt Adjustment

Dead Pedal

Gear Indicator and Gear Shift Promoter

Manual Internally adjustable side mirrors

Storage space under co-driver side

Illuminated key ring

Follow me headlamps

12v front power socket

1-L bottle holder in every door pocket

LED Interior lights

ABS, EBD, Dual Airbags

Includes features of K2+

Wheel Caps

Body-coloured door handles

Sill Claddings

Fabric seat upholstery

Foldable rear bench

Power windows on all doors

Manual central locking

IRVM with day/night function

Height adjustable driver seat


Includes features of K4+

Dual Chamber headlamp with chrome inserts in front grille

ORVM with side turn indicators

Roof-mounted antenna

Door side cladding

Warm silver inserts on dashboard

7-Inch Infotainment with Bluetooth

4 speaker sound system

Steering mounted audio controls

Micro-hybrid Tech

Electronic Temp Control panel

Central locking with remote

Electrically adjustable ORVM

Sunglass Holder

Vanity mirror on co-driver side

DIS with avg fuel economy and Dist to empty

Rear Wash and Wipe

Rear De-fogger

Rear parcel tray

Speed Sensing Auto Door locks

Automatic Hazard warning lamps on panic braking and bonnet opening

Anti-theft security alarm


Includes features of K6+

Front Fog Lamps with Chrome accents

Paino black rear door handles

15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels

Premium sporty black interior

Piano black premium inserts on dashboard and door trims

Mood Lighting in inner door handles

Navigation

6 speaker music setup

DRLs

Electrically foldable ORVM

Rear row armrest

Adjustable rear row headrests

Cooled glove box

Boot Lamp

Rear parking sensors

Puddle lamps on doors

ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts on rear seats

We Recommend

The K8 variant makes the most sense, for it offers all the goodies you expect at this price point. Moreover, goodies like puddle lamps and rear centre armrest enhance the overall wow factor.

Also Read:

How is the Maruti Suzuki Swift performing against this Mahindra?

How will the new Hyundai Grand i10 stand against rival?

Is the Ford Figo still a good option to consider?

Mahindra KUV100 NXT March 2020 Deals and Offers

Being a slow-selling model, Mahindra dealers are expected to give a lot of additional goodies and freebies when you plan to purchase this car. Moreover, the KUV100 NXT is available with some special offers from the manufacturer itself. 

KUV100 NXT(Petrol and Diesel) BS4 Variants
Offer/Scheme
K2
Rs.17,000 Cash discount
K4
Rs.23,000 Cash discount
K6
Rs.38,000 Cash discount
K8
Rs.39,000 Cash discount

*All discount offer is available for limited period in Delhi, NCR.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Engine and Performance

While a lot might have changed on the outside and inside, the KUV100 remains mechanically unchanged. It is still offered with the same engines it debuted with. The Petrol is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, named MFalcon G80. This engine produces 82 bhp of power and 115 nm of torque. To start with, NVH levels are surprisingly good, and the inherent three-cylinder whine isn’t very evident. Sure, rev the engine and you can feel all the vibes on the pedals and the steering. For the most part, though, the engine is refined. This engine offers good drivability, however, the four-cylinder engines from the competition are clearly superior, be it in terms of power delivery or performance. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Now, the gearbox in itself is very quirky, for its mounted on the dashboard. That quirk aside, the gearbox is very slick-shifting, and once you get used to it, it’s a joy to operate.

1.2-litre engine bay of Mahindra KUV100 NXT

The other engine on offer is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder Diesel engine, churning out 74 bhp of power and 190 nm of torque. Power and torque figures are nearly identical to the class rivals. Again, the major area of concern remains the three-cylinder engine – the competition offers four-cylinder engines. While Petrol is refined, the oil-burner’s refinement is surely debatable. Neither it’s the most refined, nor it offers the best performance. That said, this engine can trump its rivals in drivability. Power delivery is linear throughout the rev-range, and one never feels out of power. This engine is also mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, which is very slick-shifting.

Model

Mahindra KUV100 NXT

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Hyundai Grand i10

Ford Figo

Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

4.88-7.95 lacs

5.14-8.84 lacs

5.79-7.05 lacs

5.23-6.99 lacs

Engine (Petrol)

1.2-litre mFalcon G80 three-cylinder

1.2-litre K12B VVT four-cylinder

1.2-litre Kappa VTVT four-cylinder

1.2-litre Dragon three-cylinder

Power (bhp)

82 @ 5500rpm

82 @ 6000rpm

82 @ 6000rpm

95 @ 6500rpm

Torque (nm)

115 @ 3500rpm

113 @ 4200rpm

114 @ 4000rpm

120 @ 4250rpm

Transmission

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

Engine (Diesel)

1.2-litre Mfalcon D75 three-cylinder

1.3-litre DdiS 190 four-cylinder

NA

1.5-litre TDCi four-cylinder

Power (bhp)

77 @ 3750

74 @ 4000

NA

99 @ 3750

Torque (nm)

190 @ 1750-2250

190 @ 2000

NA

215 @ 1750-3000

Transmission

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

NA

5-Speed Manual

Unlike rivals, there is no automatic gearbox on offer. This is a big deterrent, as more and more buyers in this segment are tilting towards slushboxes. In comparison, the rivals offer both manual and automatic gearbox options.

Taking performance into account, both the engines are on-par with the Swift and Grand i10. The Figo, however, is the king of the segment, in terms of on-paper specs at least.

How well does the KUV100 NXT accelerate?

The KUV comes with three-cylinder engines that provide good low end but lack the punch as the revs climb. Towards the higher end, the power starts to taper off and the car takes time to pick up the pace. The KUV100 NXT is not a performance-oriented car and apparently, is the slowest amongst its rivals.

Model

Mahindra KUV100 NXT

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Hyundai Grand i10

Ford Figo

0-100 kmph (seconds)

Petrol | Diesel

13.96 | 14.63

12.6 | 14.8

13 | NA

10.8 | 9.72

From the test results, it is clearly evident that despite the heavy kerb weight, the Figo is the fastest amongst its rivals. The heavy kerb weight of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT, combined with 3-cylinder sluggish engines results in poor 0-100 kmph timings, making it one of the slowest cars of the segment.

How is the ride handling of KUV100 NXT?

The KUV100 NXT uses a McPherson Strut suspension with coil springs at the front and semi-independent twist-beam suspension with coil springs at the rear. Overall the suspension is soft and offers a comfortable city ride. While the car glides over potholes and small bumps smoothly, the suspension isn’t quiet and it can be heard working inside the cabin.

Out on the highway, while the bumps and undulations are absorbed well, there is a lot of vertical movement from the rear. This takes a strong toll on the overall stability and driving dynamics of the car and the car does not feel planted at triple-digit speeds.

Red colour Mahindra KUV100 NXT on  long trip

On smooth surfaces, the straight-line stability at speeds around 100 kmph is decent but upon hitting up any bumps or undulations, the KUV100’s soft suspension make it pitch and bounce. Stability around the corner is below desired levels and pushing this car into the corners is not advisable. The tall stance along with the soft suspension results in a lot of body roll. Additionally, crosswinds affect the KUV100 on highway speeds, despite its heavy kerb weight. The Mahindra KUV100 NXT is best driven safely and sedately as the car has unsorted overall dynamics.

How powerful are the brakes?

The KUV100 NXT, just like any other car in the segment, comes with discs at front and drum brakes at the rear. While ABS and EBD are standard across the range, the brakes are spongy and lack a strong bite, making it extremely difficult to stop the car with a safe distance as the speeds climb. If driven at sedate speeds, the braking system does its job sans any drama. Under heavy braking, straight-line stability remains poor and the car swerves on either of the sides when the brakes are applied hard.

Model

Mahindra KUV100 NXt

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Hyundai Grand i10

Ford Figo

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum

Kerb Weight (kgs) Petrol

1070

855

935

977

Kerb Weight (kgs) Diesel

1140

955

NA

1008

The KUV100 NXT is one of the heaviest cars in the segment and this is strongly evident when we compare the braking performance of each of the cars. Unlike its rivals, this small Mahindra performs below average under the braking department.

How good is the mileage on this Mahindra car?

Buyers of this segment have fuel economy as one of the topmost priority while finalising the car. When put against its rivals, the KUV100 NXT does fairly well in the fuel economy comparison. For the petrol variant, the ARAI claimed fuel efficiency for the car stands at 18.15 kmpl for the petrol variant and 25.32 kmpl for the diesel variant. The 3-cylinder configuration of the engines used in the KUV100 definitely helps to extract maximum fuel efficiency, and fuel economy is one department where the KUV100 NXt gives head to head competition to its rivals.

Model

Mahindra KUV100 NXT

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Hyundai Grand i10

Ford Figo

Mileage (kmpl) Petrol

18.15

21.21

17.49

20.4

Mileage (kmpl) Diesel

25.32

28.4

N/A

25.5

Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)

35

37

43

42

Range (kms) Petrol

635

784

752

856

Range (kms) Diesel

886

1050

NA

1071

From the table, it is clearly evident that lower kerb weight and refined engines of the Maruti Suzuki Swift offers maximum fuel efficiency while the Ford Figo offers the maximum travel range. The KUV100 comes with a small fuel tank and expectedly, offers the least range on a single tank of fuel.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Exterior

How good looking is the KUV100 NXT?

The KUV100 NXT has undergone a number of changes and updates over the outgoing model. The major changes include chrome front grille, new headlamps, faux skid plates along with redesigned front and rear bumpers and new 15-inch alloy wheels.

KUV100 NXT in red colour moving across river side

With its bold and tall stance, the KUV100 NXT does have some SUV elements in its design. However, even with this quirky styling, the KUV100 NXT has the smallest footprint amongst its competitors. With a short wheelbase and a SUVish stance, the KUV does stand out in the crowd. However, the side profile, with door handles mounted on the C-pillar might not be to everyone’s tastes.

Model

Mahindra KUV100 NXT

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Hyundai Grand i10

Ford Figo

Kerb Weight (kgs)

1070

855

935

1030

Length (mm)

3700

3850

3765

3886

Width (mm)

1735

1735

1660

1695

Height (MM)

1655

1530

1520

1525

Ground Clearance (mm)

170

163

165

174

Wheelbase (mm)

2385

2450

2425

2491

If we consider the external proportions, the KUV100 NXT is not only the smallest car in length, but also has the smallest wheelbase, which makes it easy to be driven around inside the city. The high ground clearance means that the car can easily manage bad roads without scrapping its underbelly on those large speed breakers or large potholes. Overall, the dimensions of the KUV100 NXT make it an excellent city car, all thanks to its small dimensions and spacious interiors.

Exterior Features

The KUV100 NXT comes with a rich feature list which includes:

  • Dual-chamber headlamps with chrome inserts

  • Front Fog lamp with chrome inserts

  • DRLs

  • Front and Rear skid plates

  • 15-inch diamond-cut dual-tone alloy wheels

  • ORVMs with turn indicators

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Interior

The KUV100 NXT’s cabin gets premium grey upholstery with premium piano black inserts on the dashboard. Just like its predecessor, the current model of the KUV100 gets a spacious and practical cabin with plenty of storage and utility spaces. Headroom, knee room and shoulder room in both the rows is more than adequate and the quality of plastics used is much better now, but the door latches still feel flimsy.

All-black interior seating of KUV100 NXT

There are a number of storage spaces and along with its unique storage space under the seats and under the floorboards, the KUV100 NXT definitely scores high on the practicality front.  In addition to all this, there is a dedicated slot to store 1-Litre bottles in every door pocket.The seats provide great thigh support but lack contours for lateral support and are not as comfortable as we expect them to be. 

Model

Mahindra KUV100 NXT

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Hyundai Grand i10

Ford Figo

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Visibility from the driver’s point of view is still insufficient and newer or less experienced drivers may find it difficult to drive this car in tight spots and narrow lanes full of traffic.

How well placed is the infotainment system?

The Mahindra KUV100 NXT comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB, AUX, FM and steering mounted controls. The K6+ variant gets a 4 speaker setup while the range-topping K8 variant gets a 6 speaker sound setup which sounds decent considering segment standards. For reference, the Ford sound system has the best quality in the segment.

7-inch touchscreen installed on the KUV100 dashboard

The user experience is decent but the touch screen system feels laggy to use and the UI feels a little dated. On the plus side, the menus are easy to understand and are well laid out.

  • 7-inch touchscreen with inbuilt Bluetooth Audio and Handsfree Call, USB and AUX

  • Mahindra BlueSense App Compatibility

  • 4/6-speaker sound setup

  • Steering Mounted Controls

  • Inbuilt Navigation support

Interior Features

  • Ambient Lighting

  • Cooled glovebox

  • Steering wheel with tilt adjustment

  • LED Interior lamp

  • 12v Power outlets in front and rear

  • Sunglass Holder

Is the boot space sufficient to carry groceries?

243 litres of boot space offered by Mahindra KUV100 NXT

The Mahindra KUV100 NXT gets the smallest boot in the segment and with a high loading sill and suspension intrusions, most of the space is not usable. The rivals of the KUV100 NXT definitely have an edge in terms of boot carrying capacity.

Model

Mahindra KUV100 NXT

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Hyundai Grand i10

Ford Figo

Cargo Volume (litres)

243

268

256

257

Maruti Suzuki Swift has the largest boot capacity in the segment while the Ford Figo stands on the second spot. The compact hatchback segment buyers do not usually look for large boot capacity but with 243 Litres of Boot space, the KUV100 NXT could have done with a larger and a more practical boot.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Safety and Reliability

The KUV100 NXT does come with decent build quality, which is reflected in its kerb weight but as of now, no agency has crash-tested the car, so we cannot comment on the overall safety aspect of this car.

2020 Mahindra KUV100 NXT airbags inside

On the reliability front though, just like other Mahindra cars, the KUV100 NXT scores well and with regular service and maintenance, it is expected that the car will not throw any unwanted expenses to the owner’s maintenance budget. However, Mahindra’s after-sales service is a hit or a miss, and one may face mixed experiences. The company offers a standard warranty up to 2 years and unlimited kilometres which can be extended up to 5 years.

In terms of safety equipment, the car gets safety niceties as standard in the form of the following:

  • ABS and EBD

  • Collapsible steering wheel

  • Dual front airbags

  • ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Head to Head Competition Check

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift

The Swift is an established contender in the segment and has proved itself over the years. With record-breaking sales figures, Swift is not only the best-selling car of the segment but is one of the highest-selling cars in the country. Along with the reliability tag of Maruti Suzuki, the car comes with a huge feature list and extremely refined, tried and test engine options. Moreover, Swift doesn't come with any sort of additional baggage, be it in terms of reliability or after-sales support.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT vs Ford Figo

The Figo recently got a mid-life refresh and received some of the much-needed niceties. With powerful and biggest engine options in the segment, it not only has a fun to drive nature but also offers great fuel economy. It also has a larger boot than the KUV, and overall practicality quotient is also on the higher side. The build quality is one of the best in the segment, despite not being a shadow of the Ford’s of the past.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT vs Hyundai Grand i10

The Grand i10 arrived with a bang and bagged the Indian Car of the Year Award in 2014. This Hyundai hatch can be had in Petrol guise only, and while that engine is supremely refined and reasonably powerful, lack of a Diesel option does come as a drawback. However, the car is better in every possible way, be it interior finesse, ride quality or reliability. Not to speak of the reliability it brings along.

Final Verdict

On the paper, the KUV100 comes across as a very good car in certain areas. However, consider it as a package and you’ll be hard-pressed to admit to the fact that it lacks in many areas. The rivals not only offer better features and quality, on the reliability front too, they’re pretty ahead. Make no mistake, the KUV is a brilliant car, though, a bit more effort from Mahindra could have helped make it a blockbuster product.

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