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Mahindra KUV100 review, road test

Less than a year after the launch of its TUV300, Mahindra has launched another sub-four-metre SUV. We find out what’s different.

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Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) is best known as an SUV maker and the company currently holds around 40 percent of India’s SUV market. So, at a time when crossovers and SUVs are a rage, it would seem unusual for M&M to go against its grain and develop a mass market hatchback like the KUV100. The company has cleverly positioned the car as a ‘young SUV’, which has caught on well with Indian buyers. At last count, this new Mahindra commanded a two-month waiting period for delivery.

The KUV does seem to be a unique product, but does it have what it takes to sustain the initial excitement? Is it truly a different take on the proven hatchback formula? Does it deliver on space, practicality, performance and efficiency to be considered a worthy alternative to conventional hatchbacks? Only an in-depth road test could give us the answers.

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Overdone styling with excess of creases reflects lack of design maturity.
Headlamps with stretched plastic extensions inspired by sunglasses.
Small 14-inch wheels add to KUV100’s disproportionate stance.
Rear door handle in place of quarter glass looks good.
M&M’s first petrol motor feels adequate at best.
Interior looks upmarket. Bowed dash is a standout style element. Pull-type handbrake inconvenient.
Six-seat versions will be welcomed by families, though three abreast is tight.
Rear seat is roomy and very comfy. Flat bench and floor good for three.
Easy-to-read instrument cluster a straight lift from the TUV300. Petrol car revs beyond the marked 5,000rpm limit.
Gearlever placed conveniently on the dashboard. Gearshifts are slick and the best on a Mahindra yet.
Diesel KUV gets driving modes. ESS is standard on both.
Bucket bay hidden under front seat useful for storing essentials.
The 204-litre boot sufficient, but narrow aperture, high lip is inconvenient.
Engine badge on left fender indicates the engine under the hood.
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