KUV100 vs Xcent Comparison

Mahindra KUV100 vs Hyundai Xcent Comparison
Overall, the Xcent diesel is the winner of this test by a very small margin. It has more features than the KUV100 but the KUV100 is better suited for Indian road conditions. Xcent has better refinement the KUV has better drivability. Xcent has quality interiors and a bigger boot while KUV has a more spacious and practical cabin. Xcent has keener handling while the KUV100 has a cushier ride. A little more effort on the petrol engine and overall quality would be enough to turn the tables in the KUV100's favour.

Pricing & Features: Xcent’s ‘SX’ diesel variant, retails for 7.18 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is 35,000 Rs. more expensive than KUV100’s ‘K8’ diesel variant costing 6.84 Lakh. However, the Xcent has a crucial few features extra over the KUV100 as detailed below. (Xcent’s petrol ‘SX’ variant costs 6.34 Lakh, which is also 35,000 Rs. more than KUV100 ‘K8’ petrol’s cost of 5.99 Lakh. (Xcent’s petrol-automatic ‘SX O’ variant costs 7.77 Lakh.)

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

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 Xcent’s Kappa2 unit on the other hand is wonderfully refined and rev-happy and although it is slightly deficient in terms of low-end torque, it has a potent mid-range and a glorious top-end.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 82@5500, Xcent – 83@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 - 115@3500, Xcent - 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1075*, Xcent – 958*
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 76, Xcent – 87
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 107, Xcent – 119

Diesel: The tables are turned when it comes to the diesels. Mahindra has a slight upper hand both in terms of drivability as well as performance over the Xcent. Both cars have adopted better well-judged gearing to keep turbo lag under check. Mid-range performance could have been slightly better in both cars, more so in the Xcent as it falls a bit short on overtaking prowess on the highways. Hyundai has worked a bit harder on sound deadening than Mahindra, not that the KUV100 is any less refined than its modern competitors.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 77@3750, Xcent – 72@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 – 190@1750-2250, Xcent - 180@1750-2500
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1175*, Xcent – 1048*
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 66, Xcent – 69
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 162, Xcent – 172

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: In our real world tests, the manual Xcent was over 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100, while the automatic Xcent was 1 kmpl less efficient than the KUV100.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 18.15, Xcent (manual) – 19.1, Xcent (automatic) – 16.1
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 3.80, Xcent (manual) – 3.60, Xcent (automatic) – 4.25

Diesel: In our back to back tests, the Xcent was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 25.32, Xcent – (manual) – 24.4
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 2.29, Xcent (manual) – 2.37

Space & Comfort: Xcent has excellent space for 4 adults inside the cabin. However, accommodating a fifth passenger can become quite uncomfortable in the Xcent, but not in the KUV100. It has more than enough shoulder space for 3 passengers on its rear bench. The Xcent claws back some lost ground by providing a 410 liter boot, which is much larger than KUV’s 256 liter capacity and also by offering a more luxurious and well-built cabin than the KUV100.

Length (mm): KUV100 – 3675, Xcent – 3995
Width (mm): KUV100 – 1715, Xcent – 1695
Height (mm): KUV100 – 1655, Xcent – 1555

Ride Quality & Handling: Xcent is by no means a very dynamically adept car, but compared to the KUV100 it is far superior. Since it is much shorter than the KUV, it has significantly lesser body roll and corners with much more confidence than the ponderous KUV100. It also has a decent steering setup, which is quick and precise unlike the dull and lifeless unit of the KUV100. However, the KUV100 does have an upper hand when it comes to tackling the broken roads of our country.

Ground Clearance (mm): KUV100 – 170, Xcent – 165
Tyre Size:
KUV100 – 185/65R14
Xcent - 165/65R14 (Base, S), 175/60R15 (SX)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Xcent is bound to be a much more reliable vehicle than the KUV100 over a usage of 5 to 7 years. Firstly because Hyundai have a far better track record of vehicle reliability than Mahindra over the last 20 years in our country. Secondly Mahindra’s have a history of teething troubles on their newly launched products and the KUV100 has all new petrol and diesel powertrains. It is best to adopt a wait and watch policy for the first six months before we put our money down on the KUV100. Both manufacturers have reasonably wide service reach, with Mahindra having an advantage in rural areas and Hyundai in urban areas.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Xcent is bound to have slightly better resale value than the KUV100 thanks to better reliability and after sales service.
KUV100 (Diesel manual) – 3.75, Xcent (Diesel manual) – 4.30
KUV100 (Petrol manual) – 3.15, Xcent (Petrol manual) – 3.65, Xcent (Petrol automatic) – 4.25

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
KUV100 (diesel manual) – 5.37, Xcent (diesel manual) – 5.25
KUV100 (petrol manual) – 6.65, Xcent (petrol manual) – 6.30, Xcent (petrol automatic) – 7.75

Verdict: The Xcent diesel is the winner of this test by a very small margin. It has more features than the KUV100 but the KUV100 is better suited for Indian road conditions. Xcent has better refinement the KUV has better drivability. Xcent has quality interiors and a bigger boot while KUV has a more spacious and practical cabin. Xcent has keener handling while the KUV100 has a cushier ride. A little more effort on the petrol engine and overall quality would be enough to turn the tables in its favour.

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