KUV100 vs Dzire Comparison

Mahindra KUV100 vs Maruti-Suzuki Dzire Comparison
Overall, the Dzire diesel AMT automatic is definitely our pick of this test. The extra 60,000 Rs. of outlay over the manual is not just for the automatic but for the extra features of the ZDi automatic variant (worth around 50,000 Rs.) over the VDi manual variant. This translates into a difference of just 10,000 Rs. over a usage of 5 to 7 years giving the automatic far better value-for-money than the manual. Even the Dzire manual-diesel is a much better alternative than the KUV100 and works out to be 40,000 Rs. than the diesel KUV100 in terms of Total Cost of Ownership, thus negating the KUV100’s feature content advantage. If you are specifically looking for a petrol car then the, Dzire manual-petrol is our pick of this bunch. Firstly it is 70,000 Rs. cheaper in terms of Total Cost of Ownership compared to the KUV100 and secondly it is more refined, reliable, dynamically superior and has much better performance than the KUV100 as well.

Pricing & Features: The most popular Dzire diesel ‘VDi’ variant, retails for 6.95 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is just 11,000 Rs. more than KUV100’s ‘K8’ diesel variant costing 6.84 Lakh. However, the KUV100 has way more features than the equivalent Dzire as given below, which cost 50,000 Rs. if bought as accessories. (Dzire’s petrol ‘VXi’ variant costs 5.98 Lakh, which is identical to KUV100 ‘K8’ petrol’s cost of 5.99 Lakh. Dzire petrol-automatic’s ‘VXi’ variant costs 6.77 Lakh & diesel-automatic’s ‘ZDi’ variant costs 8.40 Lakh)

Common Features: ABS, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Fog Lamps
Extra Features in KUV100 (K8): Airbags-2, Parking Sensors, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Steering Wheel Switches, LED DRLs, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Alloys, Rear Defogger
Extra Features in Dzire (VDi): Electrically Folding Mirrors

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Dzire’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. Dzire’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. Dzire is also available with a conventional 4-speed automatic gearbox, which makes it easy to drive around town, but its an age old unit which saps the Dzire’s performance as well as its efficiency.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 82@5500, Dzire – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 - 115@3500, Dzire – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1075*, Dzire – 965
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 76, Dzire – 88
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 107, Dzire – 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 Dzire around town, with lesser turbo lag than the Dzire. Dzire does have an edge in outright acceleration, but by a very small margin thanks to its lighter kerb weight. The diesel Dzire is now offered with the fantastic 5-speed AMT automatic gearbox making it just perfect for city commutes. Having employed the cutting-edge AMT technology, it even delivers just as much performance and efficiency as the manual version.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 77@3750, Dzire – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 – 190@1750-2250, Dzire – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1175*, Dzire – 1055
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 66, Dzire - 71
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 162, Dzire - 180

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: In our real world tests, the manual Dzire was almost 2 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100, while the automatic Dzire was 1 kmpl less efficient than the KUV100.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 18.15, Dzire (manual) – 20.85, Dzire (automatic) – 18.5
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 3.80, Dzire (manual) – 3.30, Dzire (automatic) – 3.72

Diesel: In our back to back tests, the manual as well as the automatic Dzires were consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 25.32, Dzire – (manual & automatic) – 26.59
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 2.29, Dzire (manual & automatic) – 2.17

Space & Comfort: Dzire 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. KUV100 has a bigger 243 liter boot, which is just about adequate for weekend getaways, while the Dzire’s 350 litre boot is capacious enough even for longer journeys. The Dzire also has a noticeable advantage in terms of 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, Dzire – 3995
Width (mm): KUV100 – 1715, Dzire – 1695
Height (mm): KUV100 – 1655, Dzire – 1555

Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars are as different as chalk and cheese when it comes to dynamics. The KUV100 is chalk and the Dzire is cheese. Firstly, both cars have identical ground clearance, so KUV100 has no better off-road ability than the Dzire. However, it has a much more comfortable ride, especially at low speeds over broken surfaces compared to the Dzire’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 Dzire 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, Dzire – 170
Tyre Size: KUV100 – 185/65R14, Dzire - 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): Dzire is bound to depreciate much 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) – 3.76, Dzire (Diesel manual) – 4.17, Dzire (Diesel automatic) – 5.04
KUV100 (Petrol manual) – 3.23, Dzire (Petrol manual) – 3.44, Dzire (Diesel automatic) – 3.72

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
KUV100 (diesel manual) – 5.37, Dzire VDi (diesel manual) – 4.96, Dzire ZDi (diesel automatic) – 5.54
KUV100 (petrol manual) – 6.55, Dzire (petrol manual) – 5.84, Dzire (petrol automatic) – 6.77

Verdict: The Dzire diesel AMT automatic is definitely our pick of this test. The extra 60,000 Rs. of outlay over the manual is not just for the automatic but for the extra features of the ZDi automatic variant (worth around 50,000 Rs.) over the VDi manual variant. This translates into a difference of just 10,000 Rs. over a usage of 5 to 7 years giving the automatic far better value-for-money than the manual. Even the Dzire manual-diesel is a much better alternative than the KUV100 and works out to be 40,000 Rs. than the diesel KUV100 in terms of Total Cost of Ownership, thus negating the KUV100’s feature content advantage. If you are specifically looking for a petrol car then the, Dzire manual-petrol is our pick of this bunch. Firstly it is 70,000 Rs. cheaper in terms of Total Cost of Ownership compared to the KUV100 and secondly it is more refined, reliable, dynamically superior and has much better performance than the KUV100 as well.

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