Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 22 Sept 2016

Cars come out in styles and body profiles. You commonly see compact hatchbacks, SUV’s and even long wheelbase limousines. You don’t however too commonly see an automobile which has a short wheelbase, yet a raised roofline, and remains practical yet youthful and unique in appearance.

mahindra-kuv100-tb3Introducing the all-new Mahindra KUV100, small on body size, big on space! From the outside, the KUV100 is rather deceiving, initial impressions will leave you imagining that it is just another compact car with little space to offer. The KUV100 is anything but little when you take a step into the cabin. Owing to its raised roofline and clever construction, the vehicle offers interior seating capacity large enough to rival many much larger vehicles on the market.

mahindra-kuv100-tb4With its Sunset Orange paint scheme, bold LED strips at the front and overall youthful appearance, the KUV100 offers something different to many mainstream market competitors and grows ever more appealing the more you drive it.

The Mahindra KUV100 interior features many creature comforts and is very well equipped, this includes:

– Air conditioning

– Radio with TFT LCD display & Integrated Driver Information System

– USB support to use MP3 media

– Bluetooth Telephony

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mahindra-kuv100-tb6On a safety front, the KUV100 features dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brakeforce distributions (EBD). The safety features also include:

  • When driving over 140km/h the KUV100 automatically warns the driver with a beeping sound that he is travelling at high speed
  • When sudden emergency braking is applied the emergency hazards are automatically switched on for safety and warning drivers behind you
  • Automatic emergency hazard engages when bonnet opens up

The Drive

mahindra-kuv100-tb2The KUV100 K8 edition which I had under review, features Mahindra’s turbo diesel motor. The 1.2-litre engine produces 57Kw of power and 190 Nm of torque. While the motor feels rather coarse and perhaps a bit utilitarian, it manages to produce an impressive amount of power, and also remain very fuel efficient at the same time.

Mahindra claims a combined consumption figure of 4.4-litres/100km. The KUV100 does not feature a fuel consumption meter, so it is difficult to determine actual consumption figures, what I can say, is when I used the vehicle for a week in urban conditions, it barely dented the fuel levels at all!

Overall the mFalcon diesel engine packs great punch, and is a real winner of an engine.

What does it rival?

Mahindra compares the KUV100 to rivals such as the; Toyota Etios Cross, Renault Sandero Stepway, Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Chery J2,Tata Bolt and the Ford Figo

What does it cost?

SA pricing for Mahindra KUV100

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-10-32-21-am*Three-year or 100 000 km warranty on all models, and a three-year or 50 000 km service plan on the K6+ and K8 derivatives (optional for K4+).

Overall Conclusion

mahindra-kuv100-tb7In my opinion, the Mahindra KUV100 really does shine in terms of its overall offering, with its affordable price, wealth of features and comfort. These days, our money does not go very far, but with the KUV100, Mahindra really has managed to package a great vehicle.

Watch my full video review below:

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