The Mahindra KUV100A�surprises you with everyA�little detail. Did someoneA�say dona��t judge a bookA�by its cover?
THERE are some vehicles that are hard toA�wrap your head arounda��their design andA�purpose arena��t easily understood at the
first go. The Mahindra KUV100 is preciselysuch a producta��it looks like itA�belongs in a Cars movie sequel thanksA�its very animated proportions and youA�could spend an entire day wonderingA�whether ita��s an overgrown hatchback orA�a downsized SUV. The design wasna��t
something that appealed to us instantlyA�either, but we found out we were completelyA�overlooking something.
No matter where we went with theA�KUV100, women seemed to fall in loveA�with this little SUV at first glance andA�almost unanimously, all the men didna��tA�care much about it. This clearly is aA�vehicle that attracts the fairer sex andA�design details like the sleek sunglassA�look up front and the stubby rear, doA�stand out instantly. The cabin is a differentA�story. The KUV100a��s cabin looksA�almost European with nice textures and fabric all around. The dash may seem high but the position of that gear lever is not only ergonomic, but also makes you feel like youa��re in a WRC rally car.
We drove the diesel KUV100 and this isA�where this compact Mahindra reallyA�scores with those who love to drive. ItA�may be just a 1.2-litre, three pot oil burnerA�under the hood, but one spin around theA�block will convince you that ita��s got a biggerA�engine powering it. 190Nm of torqueA�is what defines the KUVa��s performanceA�and the 23kmpl fuel efficiency (as perA�ARAI) is an enticing figure indeed. WithA�a tiny footprint and an awesome suspensionA�setup, the KUV handles extremelyA�well too, making it one of the most funA�vehicles in its class.
One of the best parts about the KUV100A�(once you get over the quirky design), isA�the practicality built in. The frontbench makes seating flexible, underseatA�storage is very usable and therea��sA�even a small space in the boot dedicatedA�to storing extra shoes. At `5.6-7.2 lakhA�(ex-showroom, Chennai) and tonnesA�of variants in between to choose from,A�the KUV100 comes across as a vehicleA�that will keep both men and womenA�happy for various reasons. Isna��t thatA�the perfect formula for a real familyA�car then?