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Comfortable and stylish hatchback for an Indian family of 6

The KUV100 is the smallest Mahindra which is truly a pleasure to drive around the city. Its comfortable for 6 adults being a hatchback, the gear shift is uniquely placed which helps in quickly changing the gears, the torque available starts from the 2nd Gear and surprises you as one can reach speeds up to 70kmph in the 3rd gear itself which is more than sufficient for within the city daily commuting. This diesel engine though is the first one at 1.2lt sounds silent and refined compared to a VW polo which is surprising as Mahindra is an Indian car manufacturer primarily. Overall it's a comfortable hatchback for a small family. So starting with the Advantages of owning this car Mileage I know this is the first thing that every car buyer would be interested so I kept it first 15 in city and 20 in highway (Diesel) Drivers Car - Car is very comfortable and the driver gets good confidence driving at high speeds and cornering as the vehicle does not loose the road grip even at higher speeds, the driver can truly enjoy driving this car as the clutch and gear shifts are smooth and easy Passengers Comfort - Due to the high bench style seating position of the car, all the passengers in the car can sit comfortably in the car with good leg and under thigh support Long Drives - Long drives are never stressful in this car though it is a hatchback due to its smooth ride City Driving - The car is very easy to drive within the city in heavy traffic and does not require frequent change in gears, one can drive from 30 to 70 km per hr speed in third gear without any issue Pleasing looks This car is looks stylish from all angles, it?s definitely a good looking car which looks like an SUV and is sure of making heads turn when driven on the road Second Row comfort (Major advantage) - Due to the full flat floor all the passengers including the center seated passenger enjoys the same comfort as others sitting beside throughout the journey as the legs can be stretched like others. The headrests are also very comfortably placed and hence do not strain the passengers neck while asleep. This could also have been a standard feature Suspension Mahindra has got the suspension settings right for this car as one can hardly feel the potholes ridden bumpy ride which is normal in India Mood Lighting Ice blue mood lighting could have been common for all variants but it's not, this lighting looks really good when seated inside at night Sunglass holder Why not a standard across all variants, how much will Mahindra save with this �Disadvantages to adjust with : Mirror The mirror for the passenger is missing which is normally placed on the sun visors Size The length of the car could have been increased by 200mm and still take advantage of the tax benefits and this would have given the car a bigger boot capacity at least if not nothing else Boot capacity Boot capacity for a hatchback should be at least 300 liters when a small car as small as a Kwid can accommodate then why not a car of a bigger size Breaks The passengers would move forward when the brake is applied suddenly though it's enabled with ABS as a standard for all models due to the high seating and suspension set up Key Wondering how a Key can be of a disadvantage�Yes it's very poorly designed by Mahindra engineers as its extremely wide and long, no option of foldable keys even for the top end variant which is surprising Storage spaces - To accommodate the 6th passenger in the front row and the gear lever on to the dashboard, Mahindra has not provided any storage spaces in the dashboard (no space or hole to even keep a phone) which is a pity in such a good car. Space given in the doors also is not enough as they are very small and can only fit in a bottle, cleaning cloth, book or goggles and nothing more in the front door while only a bottle in the back doors Seats The seats and the position of the seating is comfortable but Mahindra could have designed the seats better so it gives a good look and attracts anyone at first sight and they should provide fabric seats for all versions and may be leather seating and leather wrapped steering wheel for the top end variant Finish - Overall the quality of the dashboard, painting, carpet flooring etc are good but however there are few areas where Mahindra could focus more so that the finishing looks better as the competition for hatchbacks are too big compared to the SUV market where Mahindra is a leader always Wheels - 14 inch wheels looks very small when compared to the overall size of the car from the sides, 15 inch wheels would look better Infotainment The quality of the speakers are not satisfactory, they need to use better quality speakers Side stalks for steering The indicator and wiper side stalks looks like it?s made of cheap plastic material or the finishing should have been better Driver Information - Distance to empty and Average Fuel efficiency details should be a standard across all variants and should be displayed in the speed o meter and not in the entertainment unit Hope this review helps future buyers, happy motoring

On: Jan 09, 2017 | 624 Views
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