KUV100 vs Elite i20 Comparison

Mahindra KUV100 vs Hyundai Elite i20 Comparison
Overall, at just 10,000 Rs. additional expenditure in Total Cost of Ownership over the KUV100 diesel, the Elite i20 is immensely better value-for-money. It has better reliability, service support, build quality, boot-space, performance & dynamics than the KUV100. However, if you are specifically looking for a petrol option, we would still urge you to go for the Elite i20 over the KUV100 petrol, thanks to better refinement in addition to all the other advantages listed above.

Pricing & Features: Elite i20’s ‘Magna’ diesel variant, retails for 7.19 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is 35,000 Rs. more expensive than KUV100’s ‘K8’ diesel variant costing 6.84 Lakh. Not only is the KUV100 cheper than the Elite i20, but it also has a few extra features like as detailed below. These features are worth at least 25,000 Rs extra if fitted at the accessory shop. (Elite i20’s petrol ‘Magna’ variant costs 6.07 Lakh, which is similar to KUV100 ‘K8’ petrol’s cost of 5.99 Lakh.)

Common Features: Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Fog Lamps, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Steering Wheel Switches
Extra Features in KUV100 (K8): ABS, Tilt Steering, Parking Sensors, LED DRLs, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Alloys, Rear Defogger
Extra Features in Elite i20 (Magna): Rear AC Vents, Cooled Glove-box

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Mahindra’s first attempt at developing their own petrol engine has not been up-to-the-mark. It is neither a refined, rev-happy engine nor is it particularly drivable or strong in terms of performance. The Elite’s Kappa2 unit on the other hand is wonderfully refined and rev-happy and although it is quite deficient in terms of low-end torque, its top-end is quite potent, even for such a hefty car as the Elite.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 82@5500, Elite i20 – 83@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 - 115@3500, Elite i20 - 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1075*, Elite i20 – 1060*
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 76, Elite i20 – 78
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 107, Elite i20 – 108

Diesel: Both engines have very different characteristics in the way they deliver power to the road. On one hand there’s the KUV100 which has excellent drivability, with well controlled turbo lag making it a boon to drive around town, but a little short of breath while overtaking on the highways. While on the other hand there’s the Elite i20, which needs to be revved to north of 2000 rpm to overcome the turbo-lag, but makes light work of overtaking heavy traffic out on the highways. Elite also trumps the KUV100 in terms of refinement or rather sound deadening by filling the Elite i20 with acres of sound absorbing material, not that the KUV100’s refinement exceeds the today’s standards.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 77@3750, Elite i20 – 90@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 – 190@1750-2250, Elite i20 - 220@1500-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1175*, Elite i20 – 1170*
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 66, Elite i20 – 77
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 162, Elite i20 – 188

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: In our real world tests, the Elite i20 was almost 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 18.15, Elite i20 (manual) – 18.6
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 3.80, Elite i20 (manual) – 3.70

Diesel: In our back to back tests, the Elite i20 were consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 25.32, Elite i20 – (manual) – 22.54
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 2.30, Elite i20 (manual) – 2.60

Space & Comfort: The KUV100 has an unusually tall cabin, giving it a high hip point. This makes its seating extremely comfortable, with good under thigh support and remarkably easy ingress egress. The Elite i20 on the other hand has soft, cushy seats which feel great when you get in, but over long stints with the car they start getting uncomfortable. The Elite’s interiors though are a quantum leap better compared to the rustic interiors of the KYV100. Even the boot capacity of the Elite i20 at 285 liters is usefully bigger than the KUV100’s 243 litres.

Length (mm): KUV100 – 3675, Elite i20 – 3985
Width (mm): KUV100 – 1715, Elite i20 – 1734
Height (mm): KUV100 – 1655, Elite i20 – 1505

Ride Quality & Handling: Elite i20 is quite a lackluster car when it comes to dynamics. But compared to the KUV100 it feels far superior. It is much more stable than the KUV100 at speeds and has lesser body roll around corners. Both cars have steering racks devoid of any feel and feedback though. However, the KUV100 does hold a slight edge in terms of ride quality over badly broken patches of tarmac.

Ground Clearance (mm): KUV100 – 170, Elite i20 – 170
Tyre Size: KUV100 – 185/65R14, Elite i20 - 185/70R14 (Era, Magna, Sportz), 195/55R16 (Sportz O, Asta)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Hyundai is leagues ahead of Mahindra when it comes to providing hassle free reliability and service support to its customers. Firstly, Hyundai cars themselves are much more reliable than Mahindra’s. What makes matters worse for Mahindra is that the KUV100 has all new petrol and diesel powertrains, which are bound to have their own set of teething troubles going by Mahindra’s track record. Hyundai also has an edge over Mahindra in terms of service network coverage, especially in the urban areas.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): The Elites, both petrol and diesel are bound to depreciate at least 5% lesser than the KUV100 twins over a usage of 5 to 7 years.
KUV100 (Diesel manual) – 3.75, Elite i20 (Diesel manual) – 4.30
KUV100 (Petrol manual) – 3.15, Elite i20 (Petrol manual) – 3.50

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
KUV100 (diesel manual) – 5.35, Elite i20 (diesel manual) – 5.45
KUV100 (petrol manual) – 6.65, Elite i20 (petrol manual) – 6.30

Verdict: At just 10,000 Rs. additional expenditure in Total Cost of Ownership over the KUV100 diesel, the Elite i20 is immensely better value-for-money. It has better reliability, service support, build quality, boot-space, performance & dynamics than the KUV100. However, if you are specifically looking for a petrol option, we would still urge you to go for the Elite i20, thanks to better refinement in addition to all the other advantages listed above.

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