Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 18 May 2019
Some time back I drove the Mahindra KUV100 and was blown away by what it could offer and its incredible price point, now, Mahindra has updated its KUV100 with the new NXT model. Adding further style with the likes of a redesigned grille, LED daytime running lights, newly designed fog lamp surrounds, and even a new-shape tailgate with spoiler, all help add to what is an uber practical and affordable refreshed compact car.
The model line-up starts with the petrol-powered K2+ derivative, which retails for R137,999 (Incl.VAT) and even at this very budget friendly price includes a lot of kit. Many features come as standard and these even include:
- Driver and passenger airbags
- A gearshift indicator
- Rear-seat underfloor storage
- Piano black stylish interior panelling
- A cooled glove box
- Remote keyless entry
- Speed-sensing door locks
- Rear park sensors with distance proximity
- Auto folding mirrors
The K8 derivative even features the likes of Mahindra’s touchscreen-based 7-inch multimedia system (with Bluetooth, a USB port and a wide host of media sources supported). The KUV100 NXT is all about being feature packed while not breaking the bank.
As previously available within the Mahindra KUV100 range, there is a choice of 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol and turbodiesel engines. The mFalcon G80 naturally-aspirated petrol unit produces 61 kW and 115 Nm, and D75 turbodiesel sibling generates 57 kW and 190 Nm. Both engines send their power through a 5-speed manual transmission, and both manage to feel responsive, in part due to the KUV100 NXT’s light and nimble body.
On the range-topping K8 turbodiesel, the engine features the further efficient traffic stop-start technology. Mahindra claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.9 L/100km for this engine, a figure which can be closely matched in the real world.
Real World Practicality
Impressive ride height with an above average 170mm ground clearance within its class and a high roofline all help make for what is a truly practical vehicle which will seat 4 adults in comfort.
Even despite its smaller exterior appearance, Mahindra has managed to cleverly package what is a very space practical vehicle and one which offers a loading bay of a claimed 243 litres, which increases to 473 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.
Small But Safe
Not be forgotten, The KUV100 NXT features many safety systems as standard. All derivatives are equipped with dual front airbags, plus ABS. EBD is further available on K6+ and K8 variants. K6+ and K8 variants additionally feature corner braking control (CBC), speed-sensing automatic door locks, automatic hazard warnings and a standard security alarm system.
SA Pricing & Warranty
MODEL(All pricing Incl.VAT):
KUV 100 K2+ Petrol – R 137,999
KUV 100 K6+ Petrol – R 191,999
KUV 100 K6+ Diesel – R 208,999
KUV 100 K8 Petrol -R 204,999
KUV 100 K8 Diesel – R224,999
The KUV100 NXT range comes standard with a 3-year/100 000 km standard warranty, 2-year/50 000 km powertrain warranty and 3-year roadside assistance plan. K6+ and K8 derivatives additionally have 3-year/50 000 km service plans as standard.