KUV100 vs Swift Comparison

Mahindra KUV100 vs Maruti-Suzuki Swift Comparison

Overall, in spite of being 45,000 Rs. More expensive than the diesel KUV100, the Swift works out to be 15,000 Rs. cheaper in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. Plus, it has more features, better refinement, performance and dynamics than the KUV100 making it our pick of this test. If you are looking for only petrol options, the Swift remains a better bet thanks to a proven engine, with far better refinement as well as better performance. Not to mention the Total Cost of Ownership of petrol Swift works out to be 60,000 Rs lesser than the KUV100 as well as having features worth 25,000 Rs. extra.

Swift vs KUV100 Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: The top-of-the-line Swift diesel ‘ZDi’ variant, retails for 7.29 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is without doubt one of the most popular hatchbacks in the market. Prospective customers of the Swift, now have the option of KUV100 top-end ‘K8’ variant available for 45,000 Rs. less than the Swift, i.e. 6.84 Lakh. However, the Swift has way more features than the KUV100 as given below, which are easily worth 25,000 Rs, making the Swift just 20,000 Rs. more expensive than an equivalent KUV100. (Swift’s petrol ‘ZXi’ costs 6.27 Lakh, which is 27,000 Rs. more than KUV100 ‘K8’ petrol’s cost of 5.99 Lakh)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, 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): LED DRLs
Extra Features in Swift (ZDi): Automatic Climate Control, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Electric Boot Release

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Swift’s K12 engine is far superior to Mahindra’s very first effort at making a petrol engine. Suzuki’s decades of experience at making petrol engines over Mahindra has translated into a far more refined and free revving engine compared to the one inside the KUV100. Swift’s performance is noticeably better across the rev-range and thus is far better to drive, be it in the city or on the highway.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 82@5500, Swift – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 - 115@3500, Swift – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1075*, Swift – 955
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 76, Swift – 88
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 107, Swift – 120

Diesel: When it comes to diesels, Mahindra has delivered its best effort at engine development with the new 3-cylinder, 1200cc unit powering the KUV100. It has better drivability than the Swift around town, with lesser turbo lag than the Swift. Swift does have an edge in outright acceleration, but by a very small margin thanks to the Swift’s lighter kerb weight.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 77@3750, Swift – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 – 190@1750-2250, Swift – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1175*, Swift – 1050
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 66, Swift - 71
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 162, Swift - 181

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: In our real world tests, the Swift was almost 2 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 18.15, Swift (manual) – 20.4
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 4.10, Swift (manual) – 3.56

Diesel: In our back to back tests, the Swift was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 25.32, Swift – 25.2 (manual)
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 2.20, Swift – 2.20 (manual)

Space & Comfort: Swift is bigger in length than the KUV100, while the KUV100 is taller in height. KUV’s tall stance liberates more space for the passengers by facilitating a higher hip point. This results in better under thigh support especially for the rear passengers as well as easier ingress-egress. Surprisingly, the KUV100 also has a bigger 243 liter boot compared to Swift’s painfully tiny 205 liter capacity. Only area where the swift claws back some advantage is in the quality and fit-finish of the interiors. As for the KUV100’s front bench seat, it is more of a gimmick, but might come handy in some rare cases where you may need to carry an extra passenger for small distances.

Length (mm): KUV100 – 3675, Swift – 3850
Width (mm): KUV100 – 1715, Swift – 1695
Height (mm): KUV100 – 1655, Swift – 1530

Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars are as different as chalk and cheese when it comes to dynamics. The KUV100 is chalk and the Swift is cheese. Firstly both cars have identical ground clearance, so KUV100 has no better off-road ability than the Swift. However, it has a much more comfortable ride, especially at low speeds over broken surfaces compared to the Swift’s overtly stiff suspension setup. But the KUV100 is a damp squib around the curves. It has immense body roll and a dull, lifeless steering rack which is devoid of any feel or feedback whatsoever. The Swift on the other hand is a joy to pilot around the bends. It has a quick steering coupled with a responsive chassis and body roll has been kept well under control.

Ground Clearance (mm): KUV100 – 170, Swift – 170
Tyre Size: KUV100 – 185/65R14, Swift - 185/65R15 (ZXi/ZDi), 165/80R14 (LXi/VXi/LDi/VDi)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Maruti’s legendary reputation at providing country’s best After Sales Service via its 2000+ touch points is no secret. 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, not that we recommend it anyways.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Swift is bound to depreciate lesser than the KUV100 after a usage of 5 to 7 years, thanks to better durability and Maruti’s hassle-free Service Support compared to Mahindra.
KUV100 (Diesel manual) – 3.75, Swift (Diesel manual) – 4.37,
KUV100 (Petrol manual) – 3.15, Swift (Petrol manual) – 3.60

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
KUV100 (diesel manual) – 5.30, Swift (diesel manual) – 5.15
KUV100 (petrol manual) – 6.85, Swift (petrol manual) – 6.23

Verdict: In spite of being 45,000 Rs. More expensive than the diesel KUV100, the Swift works out to be 15,000 Rs. cheaper in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. Plus, it has more features, better refinement, performance and dynamics than the KUv100 making it our pick of this test. If you are looking for only petrol options, the Swift remains a better bet thanks to a proven engine, with far better refinement as well as better performance. Not to mention the Total Cost of Ownership of petrol Swift works out to be 60,000 Rs lesser than the KUV100 as well as having features worth 25,000 Rs. extra.

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