The Mahindra KUV100 NXT K8+ is the flagship car of the KUV100 NXT range, launched in October 2018. The K8+ undoubtedly lives up to Mahanidra’s mantra of #AlwaysUpForAChallenge. With some calling it a “Mini SUV” whilst in India they call it a “Young SUV”. I call it dynamite because dynamite does indeed come in a small package. Powered by a 1.2 mFalcon D75 turbodiesel engine the KUV100 NXT K8+ produces 57 kW and 190 of torque.  The sound it makes on acceleration is quite exhilarating.  The car is super fuel efficient, an average of 4.3 litres of diesel can give you 100KM.

According to Cars.co.za when compared to its predecessor (KUV100) the KUV100 NXT range is more refined and upmarket. The exterior execution encompasses a redesigned grille, LED daytime running lights, reshaped bumpers (with trapezoidal blacked-out sections and silver skid plates), fresh fog lamp surrounds, integrated turn signals, new-shape tailgate and spoiler, plus rear combination lights.

The K8 comes standard with a seven-inch infotainment system (with
bluetooth, a USB port and audio, image and video playback ) and rear parking censors. The gearshift is situated below the infotainment. If the driver has long fingers he or she can change the song while changing gears.

Having had the KUV100 NXT K8+ to test drive for a week, I can tell you that the Indian car maker has managed to produce a vehicle that has the ability to drive well on different terrains whether it’s on or off-road. From the outside the car looks a bit too compact but once you get inside it is surprisingly spacious. The boot is quite small however, the rear seats are fold-able giving you more room to load stuff. There is also an extra storage on the floor of the rear seats.

Pricing

Many industry experts say the KUV100 NXT is reasonably priced with an entry-level K2+ starting from R134 999 and the top of the range K8+ starting from R219 999.

In conclusion here are the Pats and Slaps for the Mahindra KUV100 NXT K8+

Pats

  • The technology in the car is amazing, instead of hearing the beeping sounds when you have not put on your seatbelt or closed one of the doors properly there is a voice that tells you to put on your seatbelt or to close the doors.
  • In these tough economic times the fuel efficiency of a car is super important and the KUV100 NXT K8+ gives you peace of mind in that regard.
  • Gearshift indicator display that prompts you as to which gear to change to.
  • Rear 12V power outlet for passengers to charge their phones or plug on an electric cooler box.

Slaps

  • The handbreak is old school you have to pull and twist it for it to engage.
  • There is no armrest for the driver and the front passenger.
  • The steering wheel controls are limited, with options to control volume and answer calls only.

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Thokozani Patrick Mahlangu

Thokozani Mahlangu is an internationally certified digital marketing professional and an Mcom Business Management graduate from the University of Johannesburg. He is the Chief Brand Creator of Pat onBrands and Pat onFitness- a fitness movement through which organizes weekly runs under the banner #RunWithPat.

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