1493cc, mHawk 100 Diesel
5-Speed Manual RWD
Front: Independent double wishbone
Rear: Five-link coil springs
Fuel Tank Capacity
412 Litres (Expandable to 850L)
Top Speed/ 0-100kmph
157 kmph/ 14 seconds
Rs. 9.2 lakh (ex
Buying an automobile today in the country
is not as easy as it was in the past when you just had a couple of models to
choose from. Now car buyers in India are spoilt for choice, especially when it
comes to the affordable SUV segment in the market. This SUV space is evolving
big time in terms of design as well as pricing. For the Mahindras, who have
been ruling the roost in this SUV segment, it’s been one long and interesting
journey. Their portfolio today consists of the Scorpio, the Bolero, the XUV
500, the KUV 100, the TUV 300 and the recently launched NuvoSport, among
The NuvoSport is essentially a modified
Quanto, a vehicle that was launched in the second half of 2012. At that time
everybody felt that the Quanto was launched in a hurry and was not really a
well thought out model. The vehicle from all angles shared an uncanny
resemblance with the Xylo. Now what the Mahindras have done is that they have
aggressively restyled the front end of the Quanto, made it sit on a new generation platform, tweaked the interiors a
bit and patted down a bit of the rear and have called it the NuvoSport. It’s a
compact SUV that still brings back memories of the Quanto but definitely has radical
design elements and features to take on the modern world.
The vehicle now features a brand new front
with re-designed headlamps, front grill, air-ducts and a bonnet scoop. At the
rear, the NuvoSport sports new smoked tail lamps, re-designed spare wheel cover
and an integrated spoiler. The NuvoSport is built on a brand new chassis which
is a body on frame (basically a new generation chassis for better stability).
Moving to the inside of the vehicle the NuvoSport essentially remains the same
as the Quanto with the addition of a new steering wheel with controls and a new
aftermarket infotainment system from Kenwood.
The biggest advantage the NuvoSport
provides over any of its competitors is space. The
fit and finish of the cabin however is an area which could have been improved. This
compact SUV can seat up to 7 people which is definitely an advantage to have
over competitors which can seat only 4-5 adults. But the third row of the
NuvoSport is no place for an adult. It is best suited for children or luggage. Even
though NuvoSport has a large cabin, it does not have the provision for rear ac
vents. When you are seating passengers in all three rows it may get a little
too hot on a summer day but a provision for butterfly windows has been provided
for the third row occupants which definitely comes as a relief.
The NuvoSport is powered by a mHawk 100
diesel mill which produces 100bhp at 3750rpm and 240Nm of torque from
1600-2800rpm. The NuvoSport offers two driving modes Power and Eco. At the push
of a button one can choose between fuel efficient driving or a peppy response
from the motor. I personally fell in love with this feature while testing out
the NuvoSport. In power mode the vehicle zipped through traffic, the power
delivery was smooth and the vehicle despite its size and weight picked up speed
easily. The two-stage turbo also kicks in early and ensures a minimalistic lag.
While I was stuck in heavy traffic I just shifted to Eco mode and the NuvoSport
rolled along with ease. The fuel efficiency delivered in Eco mode is 17.4kmpl
which is quite good when compared to the size of this vehicle. In the Eco mode the
power delivery is a bit slow as the engine gets re-mapped to provide a better
driving average but if its saving cost which concerns you then the slight drop
in power is not something to worry about. The NuvoSport N8 variant which we
drove also comes with cruise control which is a handy feature to have if you
travel a lot on highways. The engine comes mated to a manual 5-speed
transmission which did the job quite well. This compact SUV is also available
with an AMT transmission for the N6 and N8 variants as well.
The NuvoSport like all Mahindra UVs has a
well tuned suspension set up. The car features an independent double wishbone
in the front and a five-link coil spring type in the rear. The suspension is on
the stiffer side but makes for a solid ride. We tested the vehicle over some
really broken patches of road and the NuvoSport took care of the potholes and
bumps with ease. One does get tossed around a fair bit in this vehicle but then
again its better than bouncing around like a yoyo. There is also a bit of body
roll on the vehicle but nothing too troublesome. The steering is slightly heavy
so one does need to put in a bit of effort to maneuver this vehicle. The
NuvoSport also provides the driver a high point of visibility and a good
commanding position of the road.
On the safety front the new NuvoSport comes
with airbags for the driver and co-driver, ABS with EBD, a collapsible steering
column, side intrusion beams, digital immobiliser, auto door lock and
anti-theft warning. While driving the NuvoSport I could not help but notice
that while most compact SUVs out there are and feel a lot like overgrown hatch
backs this one had the DNA of a blue blooded SUV. Despite some of its shortcomings,
I feel the NuvoSport is one of the more likeable compact SUVs out there. The
front is very edgy and aggressive looking but the rear could have been designed
to look smarter. The top end N8 variant also comes with Mahindra's Micro Hybrid
Start/Stop technology which again is a very useful feature to have. The
NuvoSport N8 variant which we drove is available for Rs. 9.2 lakh (ex-showroom
Delhi) the SUV offers loads of practicality and has some handy features as
well. If space and safety are what you are looking for in the compact SUV
segment then this is one of your safest bets.
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