The Mahindra KUV100 is full of pleasant surprises

BY GRAEME LUND - MARCH 8, 2017
The Mahindra KUV100 is full of pleasant surprises

Last year, I was invited to a wedding. I wasn’t that keen to go because I thought it would be an unpleasant experience. My expectations for the evening’s entertainment and pleasure were very low indeed. Well, it turned out to be a blast - from the incredible speeches, to the awesome music and great people at our dinner table.

And this is precisely the experience that I have had with the delightful Mahindra KUV100. 

Mahindra is neither a well-known brand nor a fashionable brand in South Africa and so my expectations before driving this compact SUV were poor.

Immediate impressions

The Mahindra KUV100’s exterior design is unlike anything else on the road and the interior, with its gear shift in the centre of the dashboard, is unique too. 

Its infotainment centre is small and, at first glance, I wasn’t impressed, but it took me just 27 seconds to connect my cell phone to this system and the connection, sound and information where as good as any bright, full colour and very flashy infotainment system that I have used in the past.

On the road

When I discovered that the KUV 100 was powered by a three-cylinder, 1.2 litre engine I, once again, had low expectations. Once again, I was pleasantly surprised as this car is very nippy - both on the freeway and from stop street to stop street. I found the turning circle to be excellent and the high driving position to be very comfortable too.

The KUV 100 is very light. Thus, the aluminium alloy mFalcon D75 intercooled turbodiesel engine that produces 57 kW and 190 Nm of torque allows for brisk acceleration and overtaking.

Initially, I thought the gear shift, being much higher than other vehicles, would be a problem, but it was a real pleasure to grasp and, I have to say, it is one of the easiest gear shifts on the market.

This may appear to be a small car, but it has ample space for leg room and there is plenty of storage room in the doors, on the centre console and in the cubbyhole. Cup holders abound and the rear seats can fold flat to accommodate bigger loads.

Priced at R195 995, the Mahindra KUV 100 K6+ Diesel that I drove, in my opinion, offers the best value for money for any car on the market.

No matter that the price is very affordable, this car is packed with features and will surprise you with its performance in all aspects of driving.

If you have limited car allowance and are wanting to get the most bang for your buck, then look no further than the Mahindra KUV 100 K6+.

For more information or to test drive, contact Mahindra Port Elizabeth at Moffet Retail Park William, Moffet Expressway, Port Elizabeth or call 041 368 3434.