KUV100 vs Grand i10 Comparison

Mahindra KUV100 vs Hyundai Grand i10 Comparison

Overall, the Grand i10 diesel’s Total Cost of Ownership is 25,000 Rs. lesser than the KUV100 and also has extra features worth 25,000 Rs. Over the KUV100. But then KUV100 (diesel) has better drivability in city traffic as well as better ride quality over the harsh reality of Indian roads. KUV100 is also more spacious and comfortable than the Grand i10 and hence is our pick of this test. However, if you are looking for a petrol fuelled car, the Grand i10 is far superior to the KUV100, especially in terms of refinement, performance and feature content on top of being 45,000 Rs. Lesser in terms of Total Cost of Ownership.

Pricing & Features: The top-of-the-line Grand i10 variant, the ‘Asta O’ diesel, retails for 6.81 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is without doubt one of the most popular hatchbacks that prospective KUV100 ‘K8’ variant customers can find in the market for equal money as the KUV100 i.e. 6.84 Lakh. However, the Grand i10 has way more features than the KUV100 as given below, which are easily worth 25,000 Rs. (Grand i10’s petrol ‘Asta O’ costs 5.98 Lakh, which is identical to KUV100 ‘K8’ petrol’s cost of 5.99 Lakh. Grand i10’s Automatic geared ‘Asta’ petrol variant costs 6.41 Lakh).

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Fog Lamps, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Parking Sensors, Alloys
Extra Features in KUV100 (K8): 2 Tweeters, LED DRLs
Extra Features in Grand i10 (Asta O): Rear AC Vents, Push Button Start & Smart Key, 1 GB Internal Memory in Infotainment, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Electric Boot Release, Cooled Glove-box

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: The KUV100’s new petrol mill may tick all the right boxes on paper, but it is no match to the Grand i10’s class-leading Kappa2 engine on the road. Grand i10’s engine is far more refined and free-revving than the KUV100’s. Not only is the Grand i10 lighter than the KUV100, its overall performance and drivability is immensely better than the KUV100 across the rev-range.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 82@5500, Grand i10 – 83@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 - 115@3500, Grand i10 - 114@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1075*, Grand i10 – 935
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 76, Grand i10 – 89
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 107, Grand i10 – 122

Diesel: Mahindra’s new diesel powertrain in the other hand has been tuned remarkably well. In spite of using a small, 1200cc, 3-cylinder, diesel engine for powering a heavy car, Mahindra has managed to eliminate most of the turbo lag and yet deliver a potent mid-range punch. In contrast Hyundai’s 1120cc engine remains saddled with a bit of turbo lag at low rpm and a significantly weaker mid-range performance while overtaking on the highways. Even the refinement of the KUV100 is quite good if not better than the Grand i10’s.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 77@3750, Grand i10 – 71@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 – 190@1750-2250, Grand i10 - 160@1500-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1175*, Grand i10 – 1025
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 66, Grand i10 – 69
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 162, Grand i10 – 156

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: In our real world tests, the Grand i10 (manual) was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100, while the automatic geared Grand i10 was 1 kmpl thirstier than the KUV100 and 2 kmpl thirstier than the manual Grand i10.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 18.15, Grand i10 (manual) – 18.9, Grand i10 (automatic) – 16.95
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 4.10, Grand i10 (manual) – 3.85, Grand i10 (automatic) – 4.30

Diesel: In our back to back tests, the Grand i10 was actually 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100, in spite of a lower certified economy from ARAI.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 25.32, Grand i10 – 24 (manual)
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 2.20, Grand 1i0 – 2.35 (manual)

Space & Comfort: KUV100 has a surprisingly comfortable and spacious seating compared to the Grand i10. It has a high hip point, which makes it extremely easy to get in and out of as well as provides excellent under thigh support to the occupants. The front bench seat is a bit of a gimmick, but can come in handy on smallest of jaunts inside the city occasionally. However, the ergonomics of the KUV100 feel a bit deficient in the company of the almost perfect ergonomics of the Grand i10. Both cars have more or less similar boot-space with the KUV100 having a capacity of 243 liters and the Grand i10 having 256 liters of space.

Length (mm): KUV100 – 3675, Grand i10 – 3765
Width (mm): KUV100 – 1715, Grand i10 – 1660
Height (mm): KUV100 – 1655, Grand i10 – 1520

Ride Quality & Handling: Neither of the two cars are great corner carvers. However, the KUV100 is far better suited to Indian road conditions than the Grand i10. It not just the extra few mm of ground clearance that works in the KUV100’s favor, but the total suspension setup is tuned to smoothen out broken tarmac with utter disdain, in a way, which the Grand i10 can’t even imagine in its wildest dreams. Both cars are prone to body roll, but due to KUV100’s tall stance, the body roll fells excessive.

Ground Clearance (mm): KUV100 – 170, Grand i10 – 165
Tyre Size: KUV100 – 185/65R14, Grand i10 - 165/65R14

Reliability and After Sales Service: Hyundai has built up a remarkable reputation for After Sales Service in the Indian Market over the past two decades. Mahindra on the other hand was competing in the utility vehicle market thus far and had come out on top amongst its competitors in the segment. But it still has a long way to go to fulfill the sky high expectations of the passenger car customer. On top of that, Mahindra has had a history of teething troubles in its new launches, which does not bode well for the KUV100 given that not only is it a grounds up new vehicle, but it is also powered by two brand new petrol and diesel powertrains. It is best to adopt a wait and watch policy for six months before you put your hard earned cash on a KUV100.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Grand i10 is bound to depreciate lesser than the KUV100 after a usage of 5 to 7 years, thanks to better durability and Hyundai’s hassle-free Service Support compared to Mahindra.
KUV100 (Diesel manual) – 3.75, Grand i10 (Diesel manual) – 4.10,
KUV100 (Petrol manual) – 3.15, Grand i10 (Petrol manual) – 3.45, Grand i10 (Petrol automatic) – 3.55

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
KUV100 (diesel manual) – 5.30, Grand i10 (diesel manual) – 5.05
KUV100 (petrol manual) – 6.85, Grand i10 (petrol manual) – 6.40, Grand i10 (petrol automatic) – 7.20

Verdict: The Grand i10 diesel’s Total Cost of Ownership is 25,000 Rs. lesser than the KUV100 and also has extra features worth 25,000 Rs. Over the KUV100. But then KUV100 has significantly better drivability in city traffic as well as better ride quality over the harsh reality of Indian roads. KUV100 is also more spacious and comfortable than the Grand i10 and hence is our pick of this test. However, if you are looking for a petrol fuelled car, the Grand i10 is far superior to the KUV100, especially in terms of refinement, performance and feature content on top of being 45,000 Rs. Lesser in terms of Total Cost of Ownership.

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