Mahindra KUV100: Which variant is for you?

The newly formed ‘micro SUV’ segment is going to see some increased action next year with Mahindra launching the KUV100 on January 15. Earlier referred to as ‘S101’ the vehicle will sit below the TUV300, and will be positioned close to B2 hatchbacks (Ford Figo, Swift, Grand i10) in terms of pricing. In terms of features, a variant-wise feature list was leaked earlier, and with the help of that we decipher which variant makes the most sense.

Also read: All you need to know about the KUV100

The range starts with the base ‘K2’ variant and goes on till ‘K8’. An optional safety pack ‘+’ consisting of dual front airbags can be added to any variant except the K8, which gets dual airbags as part of the standard equipment.

In terms of safety, ABS and EBD are standard across the range.

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Mahindra KUV100 K2

Likely to be positioned close to the Rs 4 lakh mark, the K2 trim has the basics covered. On the outside, the vehicle gets body coloured bumpers, LED indicators, and even a roof-mounted spoiler. Interior features include standard AC, tilt-adjustable power steering, engine immobiliser, and a front arm rest. An illuminated key hole and gearshift indicator will also be standard across the range.

Mahindra KUV100 K4

Over whatever’s offered in the K2, the K4 adds a bit more premium looks with the inclusion of body coloured door handles and ORVMs, and wheel covers. Wheel arch cladding will be standard (and will add to the crossover styling), and so will be mud flaps. The vehicle also gets central locking but no keyless entry. Power windows (on all four doors) are standard, rear seat is now foldable, and most importantly (for drivers) is the inclusion of a day-night in-cabin rear view mirror.

Mahindra KUV100 K6

The K6 gets a substantial increase in terms of features. To start with, on the outside, there’s the door side cladding and roof rails, both of which complete the crossover look – the vehicle’s strong point and a potential USP, too. Up front, there is a chrome grille, which along with the blacked-out B-pillar, will point out that it’s one of the higher-end trims. The K6 also gets keyless entry, and electrically operated door mirrors. On the inside, the driver’s seat is now adjustable for height as well, and a rear-seat arm rest has been included, too. A 6-speaker (4 speakers and 2 tweeters) entertainment system with a roof-mounted antenna is also standard affair, and so is the inclusion of a cooled glovebox and a sunglass holder.

In addition to all that, the vehicle also gets two driving modes – Power and Eco – for a better power delivery and more efficiency respectively. It also boasts follow home headlamps and lead me to vehicle lamps, both of which add to everyday usability.
It must be noted that K6+ also gets steering mounted controls for the audio system, alongside dual airbags as every other ‘+’ trim.

Mahindra KUV100 K8

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The top-spec fully laded version gets 12-spoke alloy wheels, LED daytime running lamps, silver accents on rear door handles (concealed in the C-pillar), fog lamps, and puddle lamps on all four doors. And while chrome inserts round up the changes on the inside, the most important inclusions are dual airbags and a Micro Hybrid system.

So which variant makes the most sense?

Without knowing the price difference and the starting price, it’s hard to pick one, but all things considered it’s the K6+ that gets all the essential features without having to jump to the top-spec K8. The K8 on the other hand includes vital tech like Micro Hybrid (Mahindra’s way of referring to the ‘Stop-Start’ system), and aesthetic add-ons like alloy wheels and DRLs.

Do you think there’s anything missing on the vehicle, or anything that you would like to add once you buy a KUV? Please let us know by adding your comments below.

An all-black treatment like this, maybe?

KUV Rendered Black

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