First Drive

Mahindra Quanto review, test drive

The Xylo-based Quanto is the latest sub-four-metre SUV in India that’s set to expand an all-new segment.

DETAILS
7
photos

We first broke the news of the ‘mini-Xylo’ (code: U203) on our website on June 3, 2010, and it’s been no secret Mahindra has been developing its own sub 4-metre car, one that has finally taken shape as this, the Quanto. The case for chopping the Xylo’s length was to qualify the Quanto as a small car and, correspondingly, a lower 12 percent rate of excise duty. The result is Mahindra’s first compact SUV that’s set to expand the segment the Premier Rio originally created.

From the front there’s little to distinguish the Quanto from the facelifted Xylo. The ‘V’ on the bonnet is more defined, and there’s a new lip above the toothed grille, but this apart the two cars are near identical upto the rear doors. Where the Quanto looks totally different is from the back. The Xylo’s large rear windows and sizeable rear bumper have been replaced by a smaller quarter glass and minimal overhang aft of the rear wheels. The Quanto also gets different D-pillars, wraparound tail lamps and comes with its spare wheel mounted on the side-opening tail-gate, which goes with its SUV character. The tail however is quite truncated this gives the Quanto slightly gawky proportions that are further accentuated by small 15-inch wheels. However, there are good reasons for this, which you discover when you step inside.

 With the Quanto sharing the Xylo’s 2760mm wheelbase, space inside the cabin is fantastic. You do have to step up into the high-set cabin, but once inside it’s easy to get comfortable. All round visibility is excellent, the front seats are comfy and the dashboard, a straight lift from the Xylo, adds to the feeling of familiarity in here. Cabin quality feels better than previous Xylo’s but its still not perfectly finished and there are a few ill-fitting gaps and rough edges. You are compensated with lots of features. The top-spec Quanto C8 we drove featured power windows, two airbags, a music player with MP3 and aux connectivity and a reverse-parking sensor.

 The middle row gets lots of space and the flat seat base is comfy, but the non-adjustable backrest is a tad too upright. That’s because, believe it or not, the Quanto is a seven-seater and the second-row backrest has undoubtedly been kept upright to free up space for the rear jump seats which are best used for really short drives. There are no headrests and the knees-up seating position and near-vertical backrests force you to adopt a very uncomfortable posture. The seats do fold though, and with them out of the way there is decent luggage space in the back.

To qualify for excise benefits on small cars, the Quanto had to come with a sub-1.5-litre diesel engine. The engine in question is the new 1493cc motor – the mCR100. Interestingly, this common-rail motor is not a grounds-up design but actually a downsized three-cylinder version of Mahindra’s existing 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. While understandably not as powerful as the mHawk, the new engine uses a two-stage turbo and an intercooler to output fairly impressive power and torque figures of 98.6bhp and 24.5kgm.

 

 

Fact File

Engine

Fuel Diesel
Installation Front, longitudinal
Type 3 cyls, 1493cc, common-rail, turbo-diesel
Bore/stroke 83.0/92.0mm
Power 98.6bhp at 3750rpm
Torque 24.5kgm at 1600-2800rpm
Power to weight 60.1bhp per tonne

Transmission

Type Rear wheel drive
Gearbox 5-speed manual

Dimensions

Length 3985mm
Width 1850mm
Height 1880mm
Wheel base 2760mm
Boot volume 690 litres (with jump seats folded)

Chassis & Body

Weight 1640kg
Tyres 205/65R15
Spare Full Size

Suspension

Front Independent, double wishbones, coil springs, stabiliser bar
Rear Non-independent, five link, coil springs

Brakes

Front Ventilated discs
Rear Drums
Anti-lock Yes

Economy

Tank size 55 litres

notSet

The Chevrolet Trailblazer, new Skoda Superb and Tata Hexa are the stars of our 16th Anniversary issue. And that, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. Read on.
What's in this issue?

Most Read
Find a car review

Latest Car Reviews

New BMW 7-series review, test drive

New BMW 7-series review, test drive

4 hours ago
The sixth-gen BMW 7-series is lighter than before and gets lots of new tech....
Range Rover LWB review, test drive

Range Rover LWB review, test drive

4 days ago
The Range Rover LWB is one of the largest, plushest and most spacious cars...
Maruti Ciaz long term review, second report

Maruti Ciaz long term review, second report

Aug 28, 2015
Our longtermer handles the concrete jungle with aplomb.
2015 Audi A6 Matrix 35 TDI review, test drive

2015 Audi A6 Matrix 35 TDI review, test drive

Aug 26, 2015
This facelift trims the Audi A6 range down to just one variant, but you can...
Maruti Ciaz SHVS diesel hybrid review, test drive

Maruti Ciaz SHVS diesel hybrid review, test drive

Aug 25, 2015
The Maruti Ciaz becomes even more frugal, thanks to the clever fuel-saving...
Latest News
Fiat Chrysler Automotive seeks merger with GM
FCA boss feels a merger could lead to cataclysmic changes in performance; GM...
57 minutes ago   1 picture
Carmakers post moderate sales for August
Hyundai records growth of 20 percent, followed by Maruti at 8.6 percent;...
1 hour ago   1 picture
Honda Amaze, Mobilio Celebration Edition launched
The special-edition models get premium upholstery on the inside and body...
1 hour ago   1 picture
Ford Fiesta, Classic and Figo discontinued
The Figo will be replaced by the upcoming new Figo, and the recently...
2 hours ago   3 pictures
Triumph Tiger 800 XCA launched at Rs 13.75 lakh
The XCA comes becomes the top-of-the-line Tiger 800 adventure motorcycle in...
4 hours ago   5 pictures

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 193 | Autocar India: September 2015

The Chevrolet Trailblazer, new Skoda Superb and Tata Hexa are the stars of our 16th Anniversary issue. And that, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. Read on.
Autocar Magazine