Mahindra Quanto is a compact sports utility vehicle from the esteemed stable of Mahindra & Mahindra. Available only in a diesel version with four variants, it is promoted by the company to be a sturdy and sporty vehicle, which its exteriors also convey. Its body colored bumpers can be seen featuring a grille in fiery black color. The sides have door handles and external mirrors aligned perfectly with the body tone and side moldings have steel inserts. Side and rear doors have foot steps that are accompanied by puddle lamps. While the base trims have steel wheels with body colored spare wheel cover, top end is blessed with alloy wheels with a full size spare alloy wheel cover. A pair of stylish roof rails add sportiness, which this manufacturer aims to portray as. Interiors are well designed in a large cabin and have cushiony set of seats with reclining ability, single dump and double dump facilities. About 7 occupants can be accommodated comfortably within this spacious seating arrangement. A specially designed interior roof lamp lights the entire cabin with various effects. Elegant steering wheel, floor mats, fully equipped instrument panel and others form a part in this beautiful cabin. Safety of this vehicle is packed with elements such as, intellipark reverse assist for reversing in tight corners particularly, fog lamps for clearer vision, dual airbags protect from head and chest injuries, ABS with EBD for anti-slip on roads, an engine immobilizer to safeguard vehicle from thefts and many other such features. Being a utility vehicle, its capacity of storage is what is a major factor. A boot space of 300 litres can be extended up to 690 litres by folding the third row seats. This amount of boot space is very advantageous in order to plan for long journeys. Apart from this massive space, its compartment also needs to facilitate a lot of stuff. This need is addressed by the car maker by incorporating bottle holders and magazine pockets in all doors, a mobile charging socket to the middle row, 2 front and 2 rear cup holders, foldable snack tray and storage under driver seat. In terms of internal ambiance that it offers, there is a 2-DIN audio system, which can support multiple media players, three charging points, tilt adjusting facility for steering, rear windscreen has a demister integrated and a wiper. It has a mCR100 engine that has twin turbo charger, which were first introduced into the Indian engines through this SUV. A combination of 100bhp power and 240Nm torque output will be considerable figures for an off-roading vehicle. Mated to a five speed manual transmission gear box, this has the ability to accelerate up to a maximum speed of 160 Kmph. Its fuel economy too stands at a reasonable figure which is ARAI certified. A micro-hybrid technology equipped in this series will help in switching-off the idle engine and hence minimize the fuel consumption. This will further increase the mileage, which is very impressive. A full size spare wheel is offered to all the variants which is fitted in the rear end of the vehicle. There is a 2 year or 50,000 Kilometer standard warranty offered by the company.
This SUV is offered in six vibrant shades and the external body of it is designed in such a way that it will look good irrespective of its color. On the frontage, one can see an edgy bumper, which gives it a sharp appearance. This bumper is layered in body color and is integrated with a radiator grille and is painted in fiery black. Front windshield is quite wide and makes the fascia in the front look broad. Over the roof, there are a pair of rails that add sportiness to this utility vehicle. At the rear end, there is a bumper in the body tone. Rear windscreen is offered with a demister and also has a washer and wiper fitted to it. On its side profile, body molding can be seen with steel inserts. This is present only to top end variants. While the outside rear view mirrors in the base trims are in black, the same are found painted in body color in higher trims. Outside door handles too are layered in body shade which confer to a uniform look of the vehicle. Door steps are attached to the sides and rear as well which will assist the occupants in climbing into the cabin. These steps are further bestowed with puddle lamps.
Its overall length measures up to 3985mm and it has a width of 1850mm. A total height of 1880mm is quite a height to make it appear big. Ground clearance of 180mm is not very impressive for Indian roads, especially not for utility vehicles. It is also bestowed with a minimum turning circle radius of 5.4 meters.
Cabin is furbished with a lot of features. Seven occupants can be seated in three rows. First row have captain seats, second row is a bench seat and then the third row has two seats that face each other. Vinyl seats in C2, fabric and vinyl in C4, fabric and knitted fabric in higher trims can be seen. Apart from the base trim, rest all have a micro hybrid technology integrated. As per customized timings, this function enables the engine to switch-off automatically in stand-by, therefore helping in saving fuel usage. A digital drive assist system is also decked into the top end variants. Whereas, other trims have a digital clock along with a topper pad. There are seats which have foldable backrests to second row, reclining facility as well. This row further has a 60:40 split facility. A double dump is offered only to higher offerings. There is an inside rear view mirror as a standard feature. Along with the first row armrests to driver and co-passenger, there is a middle armrest even to the second row too. Sun-visor of the driver has a sun-glass and the passenger's visor has a vanity mirror. An illumination also is provided for the same.
An air-conditioner unit is equipped in all the trims and its vents are well placed in the cabin for equal regulation of the temperature. This unit also has a heater to it. Lower ones have have manually operated windows, whereas the higher ones have doors that are integrated with power windows. An auto up/down switch is present on the driver side along with an anti-pinch function to the window. Power steering facility will help in reducing the effort of the driver to a great extent. And this feature is available to all the variants in this series. Top end has central locking system that can be controlled with the help of a remote, base variants do not have central locking system, whereas the mid-level ones have this feature but has to be regulated manually. Base trim has half console, mid-level has full floor console, while the others have a full console with cubic print over it. Driver seat has adjustment facility to it. Top end variants have an advanced music system that has AM/FM, along with various other multimedia player support. An antenna is mounted on the roof which helps in radio reception. Rear screen has a defogger and a wiper for added assistance in rainy weather. Five bottle holders, magazine pockets and glove box along with back pockets to front row seats are present in the compartment to increase storage capacity. Power socket is present as a standard feature, which can be used to charge small electronic devices. In the floor console we find a utility box that has a lid to it in the higher trims and open in the lower ones.
A wheelbase of 2760mm makes the cabin very spacious with a good legroom and shoulder space. Its 300 litres trunk room capacity can be extended further up to 690 litres. About 55 litres can be withheld by the fuel tank. Seven occupants can be seated in this vehicle with great ease.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's take : The acceleration produced by the 1.5-litre engine is good and it does well when it comes to drivability.
A five speed manual transmission gear box is integrated to this motor. This enables it to reach a maximum speed of 160 Kmph and also has the ability to gear up to 100 Kmph mark from naught within 17.41 seconds.
Engine and Performance
Editor's take : This new engine on the Quanto is a newly derived engine from the existing Mahindra powertrains. The twin turbos help to reduce the lag and make it more drivable as the power delivery is linear, like a petrol mill. Mahindra does a good job with its new engine.
A 1.5-litre mCR100 diesel engine is incorporated with a displacement capacity of 1493cc. Three cylinders and twelve valves are arranged based a dual overhead camshaft valve system. Based on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system, a mileage of 17.21 Kmpl on highways and about 13.8 Kmpl, when driven under standard driving conditions can be delivered. This is further in compliance with the norms of Bharat Stage IV. It is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gear box. A maximum power of 100bhp at 3750rpm and a peak torque output of 240Nm at 1600 to 2800rpm range can be expected from this mill. Efficiency to accelerate to the maximum speed of 160 Kmph and to breach from 0 to 100 Kmph mark, this vehicle takes 17.41 seconds.
Editor's take : The new three –cylinder engine on the Quanto has good fuel efficiency.
The oil burner fitted to it runs on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system and can offer a mileage of 13.8 Kmpl, under standard driving conditions. Whereas on bigger roads, this mark can go up to 17.21 Kmpl.
Power of Mahindra Quanto
Editor's take : The power produced by the Quanto is good as this three-pot engine produces close to 100bhp of power.
Its three cylinder and twelve valves based mill is arranged based on a double overhead camshaft valve system. A maximum power of 100bhp at 3750rpm and a torque output of 240Nm at 1600 to 2800rpm range can be expected from this mill.
Stereo & Accessories
Editor's take : The Quanto gets most of the features of the Xylo like in-dash music system, steering mounted audio controls etc.
A lot of advanced features can be found in this offering. With regards to audio unit, the base and mid-variants are not incorporated with it. But the customer can add this to the vehicle on an additional cost as per preference. In the high-end trims, there is an advanced 2-DIN music system, which has CD, MP3 support. Apart from SD card slot, USB port is also available. User can further customize their vehicle with leather upholstery, body decals and many other such appeal enhancing or comfort improvisers can be added from authorized dealers.
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Braking & Handling
Editor's take : The ride and handling of the Quanto is one area that doesn’t impress us. The problem is that, neither the ride is excellent nor is the handling that great.
Power steering feature and a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters makes handling of this vehicle quite effortless and convenient. Its braking comprises of a pair of disc brakes that are fitted to its front wheels and a standard set of drum brakes are integrated to the rear wheels. When it comes to its suspension, its front axle is is equipped with an independent double wishbone along with coil springs and an anti-roll bar. Whereas, a five bar link with coil springs are fixed to its rear axle. Additionally, high-end variants are blessed with an anti-lock braking system along with an electronic brake-force distribution is integrated in this series. This will help gain control over all kinds of roads.
Safety & Security
Editor's take : The safety features on the Quanto include ABS and dual airbags.
Plenty of features have contributed in making this vehicle a safe one to drive in. Fatal injuries are defended by dual airbags in top end trims. It is made child-friendly by integrating child-locks to middle as well as rear doors. Anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution will avoid locking of brakes and slipping of tyres on difficult roads. For a better vision in the darkness, a pair of fog lamps are offered. Parking aid would be of immense help, when there are tricky corners and this is addressed by incorporating an Intellipark reverse assist. Its sensors are integrated into the rear bumper, which will produce a beep-sound, when it detects any object within 120cms distance. A digital immobilizer is present that keeps theft related worries at bay. A washer and wiper are fitted to the rear windscreen.
Top end variants are blessed with a set of alloy wheels and has a spare wheel with an alloy colored cover. While the base and mid-level trims have steel wheels, they have a body colored cover to their spare wheel. All these wheels are mounted by a radial tubeless tyres that are of size 205/65 R15.
1. Storage is advantageous for longer journeys.
2. Anti-lock braking system with EBD is an advantage.
3. Lot of safety features makes it very reliable.
4. Many advanced technological features.
5. Mileage is good enough for a utility vehicle.
1. Initial cost is slightly higher.
2. Ground clearance is not up to mark.
3. Base variants lack an audio system.
4. Airbags can be offered to lower trims as well.
5. Leather upholstery is absent even to top-end.
Mahindra Quanto price
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