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Mahindra KUV100 - A Preface

The KUV100 is another jewel in the crown from the homegrown automaker, Mahindra. It is again, a well researched, market and audience-specific vehicle. Mahindra designed a vehicle that was youth-centric and cool. Interestingly, KUV100 stood for what it represented, a Kool Utility vehicle. And it is just that, cool! Talking about Mahindra, the automaker has been around for many decades and has consistently grown and established an unassailable presence in the Indian auto market over the years. Starting with the Jeep, the automaker has grown their portfolio and today has a rich and an array of vehicles that include the Jeep, SUVs, MUVs, Utility vehicles, hatchbacks, sedans and the works.

Mahinda KUV100 On Road Price

For Mahindra, the KUV100 was a departure from its existing portfolio, the company wanted a cool crossover of a SUV and a hatchback which had an ultra-cool design and which could appeal to a wider audience and had all the makings to be a winner. And Mahindra went on to achieve just that. It was launched in the end of 2015 and over the months, the booking numbers have been very promising and auto enthusiasts’ have appreciated the KUV100 and looks like Mahindra has another winner after the Scorpio!

New Car Comparison - Mahindra KUV100 vs Nissan Micra Active

Nissan Micra Active - A Preface

The Nissan Micra Active is actually a cost-effective version of the Micra. It was packaged as an affordable feature-rich vehicle and is retailed alongside the Nissan Micra.

The Japanese automaker, Nissan is known more for its wide assortment of vehicles. All their vehicles are packaged in a way targeting the intended customer base. And in the Micra, this is evident in its styling, features, safety, and on-road performance. With good mileage and fuel efficiency and its variants’, the hatchback would definitely appeal to entry level, budget, or first-time buyers’.

Nissan Micra Active On Road Price

When compared to the Nissan Micra, it is the Active that scores higher because it is equipped with a decent set of accessories, good braking system and the safety system is all in place. Overall, the Nissan Micra Active is a well-intended vehicle and perfected for its targeted audience by Nissan.

Specifications

Mahindra KUV100

Nissan Micra Active

Automaker

Mahindra

Nissan

Year of Launch

2015

2013

Body Type

SUV

Hatchback

Engine Mill

mFALCON Engine

1.2L, 12V In Line Petrol Engine

Engine capacity

1198cc

1198cc

Variants

 

Mahindra KUV100 -24 Variants’

Nissan Micra Active-

4 Variants’

D75 K2

D75 K2 Plus

D75 K4 5str

D75 K4

D75 K4 Plus 5str

D75 K4 Plus

D75 K6 5str

D75 K6

D75 K6 Plus 5str

D75 K6 Plus

D75 K8 5str

D75 K8

G80 K2

G80 K2 Plus

G80 K4 5str

G80 K4

G80 K4 Plus 5str

G80 K4 Plus

G80 K6 5str

G80 K6

G80 K6 Plus 5str

G80 K6 Plus

G80 K8 5str

G80 K8

XL

XL ICC WT20 SE

XV

XV S

Pricing

INR 4.42 lakhs onwards for petrol

INR 5.22 lakhs onwards for diesel

INR 4.5 lakhs to INR 5.2 lakhs

Transmission Type

Manual

Manual

Number of cylinders

3

3

Maximum Power- bhp@rpm

77bhp @ 3750rpm

82bhp @ 5500rpm

67.04bhp @ 5000rpm

Maximum Torque- Nm @rpm

115Nm @3500-3600rpm

190Nm @ 1750-2250rpm

104 @ 4000

Length

3675mm

3780mm

Width

1705mm

1665mm

Height

1635mm

1530mm

Ground clearance

170

154

Wheelbase

2385mm

2450mm

Boot space

243

226

Can Seat

6

5

Fuel tank capacity

35

41

Fuel Type

Diesel and Petrol

Petrol

Mileage on Highways

25.32kmpl

19.49kmpl

In City Mileage

22.25kmpl

16.24kmpl

Top Speed

145kmph

150-160kmph

Acceleration 0-100kmph

 

15.2 seconds

13 seconds

Drivetrain

two wheel drive

Front wheel drive

Mahindra KUV100 - Exterior

Mahindra KUV100

The overall design of the KUV100 is one that has been positively welcomed and also appreciated. At first glance it does have the SUV-esque presence which was what the automaker, Mahindra intended too in the first place. Mimicking sunglasses, the front headlamps are neatly incorporated with the daytime running lamps. The front grille bears the signature Mahindra design. The KUV100 is more a tall-boy design and the door handles are interestingly placed. The vehicle’s height and width are definitely better than its nearest competitors and the side profile culminates well into the SUV’s rear and the rear of the vehicle is definitely neat and attractive.

Mahindra KUV100 Variant Comparison

Nissan Micra Active - Exterior

The Nissan Micra Active sports a nice, neat, cool appearance which defines its design theme. All the models sport a bumper in the rear and the front that is same as its body color. The design themes of the bumpers are starkly different. The rear-end sports a curvy look and the front bumper is more muscular. The front windscreen is wide and offers a good view. Yes. It is a hatchback that has an appeal and does catch the eye.

Nissan Micra Active

Mahindra KUV100 - Interiors

The interiors of the Mahindra KUV100 are neatly integrated and optimized well. The doors open well and therefore, stepping in and out is comfortable and easy. Similarly, the ingress and egress of things to the boot space is also comfortable. The tall boy design makes for good headroom and the color scheme in the interiors is also complementing. Another standout element is its flexi-seating option. It can comfortably seat 5-6 people and one can opt for seats accordingly, either a 2+3 or a 3+3 option. The rear is spacious and comfortable and the vehicle is equipped with the latest infotainment system and its many features are Smartphone compatible. Overall, the KUV100 sports very agreeable interiors.

Nissan Micra Active - Interiors

When compared to the regular Nissan Micra, the Micra Active has lesser features. Overall, it is a uniform, basic theme that constitutes the interiors of the Micra Active. The interiors are spacious and there is good shoulder room and headroom as well as legroom too. The ride quality, suspension and the brakes are good and help maneuver the vehicle better. Also, there are a lot of convenience features added to it that adds to its dependability and functional value.

Features

Mahindra KUV100

Nissan Micra Active

Air conditioner

Yes

Automatic

Yes

Manual

Heater

Yes

Yes

Power windows Front

No

Yes

Power windows Rear

No

Yes

Power steering

Yes

Yes

Airbags

Yes
(dual airbags)

No

ABS

Yes

No

Keyless entry

No

No

Central Locking

No

No

Cruise Control

No

No

USB & Auxiliary Input

No

No

Speakers

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth connectivity

No

No

 

Mahinda KUV100 Success

Compares and Contrasts

  • The new Mahindra KUV100 wears a unique SUV design theme and the Nissan Micra Active is a smaller hatchback.
  • The KUV100 is a new vehicle and is already on the road to popularity. The Micra Active is also holding its ground albeit in a smaller level.
  • The KUV100 comes in both petrol and diesel mills whereas the Micra Active offers only a petrol mill. The KUV100 comes with an unbelievable 24 variants’ options to choose from whereas, the Nissan Micra Active is offered only in 4 variants’.
  • The boot space and the seating capacity of the KUV100 are better than the Micra Active.
  • The KUV100 has a better ground clearance than the Micra Active.
  • The mileage in a KUV100 is better than the Nissan Micra Active.

And the IBB Verdict is…

Without any hesitation, when comparing the Mahindra KUV100 and the Nissan Micra Active, IBB votes in favor of the new Mahindra KUV100. This is just not because it is a newer vehicle, but it is a thought-out, researched, and target audience specified vehicle. The KUV100 is outfitted with features and design elements that would attract its designated TG. The Nissan Micra Active on the other hand, is a much smaller and a spillover of the Nissan Micra and was created more to attract first-time or entry level buyers and therefore, many of its design and features too are just basic and to the point.

Judging by the growing popularity of the KUV100 and the booking figures to second that, the KUV100 is set to create a brand market for itself in the Indian auto market.

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