The 'New Kid In The Block' is giving its competitors a run for the money. Let us look at Mahindra KUV100 disadvantages and advantages.
What's Not Good:
The design seems to be overdone from the side, however, it does look good from the front. The rear bumper does not stick out, this could hamper the body if there is a crash from back.
The wheels are way too small compared to its SUV design, the shut lines along the bonnet and tailgate are not close enough, there is too much space.
The skid plated in the front gives you the feel of an SUV, however, it is non-functional. The NVH (Noise, Vibrations, Harshness) is slightly higher, Mahindra could have given it a better thought.
The roof rails are not attached tightly, it feels like it would come off over a period of time. Also, the front and rear wiper seem to be from the bygone era and not modern enough.
One of the main drawbacks is the six-seater option which costs you an extra Rs. 6,000, a full grown adult cannot fit in easily. Even children are not an option as it is not safe for them to sit in the front row.
The six-seater though helps the driver and the passenger to have the best armrest with cupholder, this feature is my personal favorite.
Mahindra KUV100 petrol variant does not give you the pleasure of driving on long distance, seems to lag. However, this is great as a commuter car inside the city and does its job.
The turning radius is longer compared to Maruti Swift, being an SUV-inspired KUV100, this could have been thought out.
As for the reversing the car, the visibility is quite low due to the c-pillars, it looks crowded and a rear parking sensor and camera would have taken care of this issue.
Apart from the above drawbacks, some little details like OVRMs, when moved against, you find it hard. If a biker hits the mirror, a possibility of breaking it is possible. Also, the fuel tank is 35 litres is smaller compared to Swift's 42 litres and Hyundai Grand i10 43 litres.
Mahindra KUV100 advantages are much better than its disadvantages. Some of the credits are as below.
The headlamp along with the DRL work very well, during the daytime, the DRL are visible and tail lamp too are great.
The Follow Me headlamp which stays on even when you lock or unlock the car. The roof mounted spoiler is well designed and looks well finished. The washer for the rear windshield is nicely tucked into the HMSL (High Mounted Stop Light).
The protection underneath the car from the front is well laid out and its good move from Mahindra.
The ingress and egress are easy at the front of the car because of its tall boy design, however, slightly difficult for the rear door.
Mahindra has given time to designing its interiors for the KUV100. The illuminated key ring, well placed audio controls on the steering wheel, and the instrument cluster are well informative.
The unique gear lever placed on the centre console is smooth and well engineered by Mahindra. This was done to make some place for the sixth passenger, even if this has not answered the sixth seat, it has indeed helped in space.
The storage beside the driver and the passenger seat can be opened to use it as storage of 10kgs. Also, the rear seat row has a flat floor with no hump, at this area is a smartly tucked in storage.
Mahindra KUV100 comes with illuminated inside door handles which fades automatically and the puddle lamps on all four doors are unique and Mahindra is scoring well when it comes to features.
The legroom for the rear seat is well done and there is enough space even after the front seats are fully pulled behind.
The diesel variant is powerful and gives the competitors a run for their money. It comes with Eco and Power mode to suit your driving style. The ECU recognises the mode last selected and stays on for that mode till you change it.
Overall, the Mahindra KUV100 scores more on the advantages rather than the disadvantages, except for its exterior design, but that's a personal choice for many.