With the Mahindra KUV100, M&M aims to lure buyers going for the Maruti Swift. We compare specifications of Mahindra’s mini SUV and the Swift.
Designed for young SUV enthusiasts, the Mahindra KUV100 takes on the proven and potent Maruti Swift
With the all-new Mahindra KUV100, the home-grown automaker takes a leap into the mass segment where Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have their dominance. Though this mini SUV belongs to a niche segment, and doesn’t have any direct rivalry in the country. Mahindra says that the KUV100 has been designed for young SUV enthusiasts who otherwise pick hatchbacks like Hyundai Grand i10 or Maruti Swift due to unavailability of an option at this price bracket.
With highly efficient engines, SUV-ish styling, and the most importantly a feature-rich cabin, the KUV100 might give a tough fight to Maruti’s Swift hatchback. What further makes it a strong rival is its affordable pricing. However, the Maruti Swift has always been appreciated for its driving capabilities, fuel efficiency, design and comfort. So, how does the Mahindra’s all-new KUV100 fare against the Maruti Swift? Let’s find out!
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Mahindra KUV100 Vs Maruti Swift – Exterior Styling
Based on new monocoque chassis, the Mahindra KUV100 looks like a cross between an SUV and a hatchback. Especially its rear design appears similar to a regular hatchback. At the front end, the car features radiator grille, wrap-around headlamps with LED DRLs, bumper with black plastic cladding, sculpted bonnet, large silver skid plate and LED fog lamps. The side profile is managed by bold and wide stances, pronounced wheel arches and 14-inch alloys with 185/65 R14 tyres. The overall length, width and height of the vehicle measure 3,675mm, 1,715mm and 1,635mm respectively. While the wheelbase of 2,385mm offers a spacious cabin, the ground clearance of 170mm enhances its drivability and ride quality.
Maruti’s hatchback – Swift – looks quite sporty with elements like black colored honeycomb mesh, vertically-slated halogen headlamps with turn indicators, chromed plated signature badge, prominent wheel arches with stylish steel rims, V-shaped boot lid and a sporty rear spoiler. While the base variant is equipped with 165/80 R14 steel wheels, the top-model rides on 185/65 R15 alloy wheels. The vehicle measures 3,850mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,530mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,430. It has ground clearance of 170.
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Mahindra KUV100 Vs Maruti Swift – Interior & Features
Mahindra’s all-new compact SUV offers a well-packaged and practical interior with multiple storage areas. Available in 5-seats and 6-seats options, this mini SUV offers decent legroom and headroom for passengers. The car gets a piano black finish dashboard with mounted gear lever, leather upholstery and silver accents on centre console, steering wheel and instrument cluster. The base variant comes equipped with ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), optional dual airbags, engine immobilizer, tilt adjustable power steering and manual AC unit with heater. While the top-end trim gets dual airbags as standard safety fitment along with height adjustable driver seat, keyless entry, audio system and puddle lamps on each door.
The Maruti Swift looks very premium and sporty from inside as well. The vehicle gets sporty wraparound door trims, silver accents on trims and steering wheel along with the stereo with Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in connectivity, automatic climate control, driver seat height adjuster, lane change indicator and several other features. Though, the aforementioned equipment vary model-wise. The front and rear seat belts 3-point ELR, rear door child locks, front and rear head restraint, high mounted stop lamps and side door impact beams come as standard safety fitments. While, features like new-gen ABS with EBD, dual airbags, brake assist and reverse parking sensors are exclusively offered on the top model.
Mahindra KUV100 Vs Maruti Swift – Engine & Transmission
Under the hood, the Mahindra’s mini SUV houses an all-new 1.2-litre mFalcon G80 dual VVT petrol and a 1.2-litre mFalcon D75 diesel engine that are claimed to be high on refinement and fuel efficiency. The petrol motor is capable to generate 82bhp of power at 5,500rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. The oil burner delivers 77bhp at 3,750rpm and 190Nm of torque between 1,750rpm – 2,250rpm. Initially, Mahindra offers a 5-speed manual gearbox with both the engines.
The Maruti Swift, too, is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel model is powered by 1.3-litre DDiS engine that produces 74bhp at 4,000rpm and 190Nm of torque at 2,000rpm. Whereas, power for the petrol model comes from a 1.2-litre VVT K-Series engine that belts out 83.11bhp at 6,000rpm and 115Nm at 4,000rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission is driving power to the front wheels.
Mahindra KUV 100
Petrol – 18.23kmpl
Diesel – 25.32kmpl
Petrol Model – 20.4kmpl
Diesel Model – 25.2kmpl
Mahindra KUV 100
Rs. 4.42 lakh – Rs. 6.76 lakh (ex, Pune)
Rs. 4.6 lakh – Rs. 7.2 lakh (ex, Delhi)