Expert Review of Mahindra Quanto
The all new Mahindra Quanto is the latest entrant in the compact SUV segment. It is developed and manufactured by one of the oldest automotive makers in the country, Mahindra India. This company has a highly reputed fleet of vehicles, which have been doing impressive sales for them since their launch. This is the first compact SUV and is less than four meters, which is made by this transnational car maker and has been fitted with some very impressive components in the interiors as well as the exteriors. This compact SUV is being offered in four variants with a variety of features and other aspects for the customers to choose from. The company has fitted New Mahindra Quanto with commanding diesel engine, which is power packed and gives a healthy mileage. This 1493cc litre twin turbocharged diesel power plant also has a common rail fuel supply system and is coupled with a smooth five speed manual transmission gear box. Mahindra India has also integrated quite a number of comfort features in this new compact SUV, which will certainly make an instant impact on the customers. Some of these advanced features are an advanced music system with FM Radio and CD player for enhancing the in-cabin ambience, power windows, remote central locking, rear defogger with a wash and wipe facility and many more such wonderful features, which will definitely add to the utility aspect of the driver. The company has also added some very crucial safety features to this compact SUV, Mahindra Quanto, which are expected to take good care of this SUV as well as the passengers. The list of these protective features include driver and front co-passenger air bags, antilock braking system for enhanced braking, child safety locks and many more such essential features, which are surely going to impress the customers.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Mahindra India has equipped this impressive compact SUV, Mahindra Quanto diesel with a 1.5L power train, which has a common rail based fuel supply system. The company claims that this new Mahindra Quanto has the ability to generate a healthy mileage close to 17.21kmpl, which is quite good for the Indian roads.
The company is offering this compact SUV, the New Mahindra Quanto in several vibrant and energetic exterior paint options, which will certainly be liked by the buyers. These impressive exterior paint options are a magnificent Fiery Black, an elegant Java Brown, a subtle Mist Silver, a flamboyant Toreador Red, a sparkling Diamond White and a soothing Rocky Beige. Apart from these glossy metallic external paint options, the interiors also have been given a few options based on the variants. The seats have been covered with Vinyl, Vinyl and Fabric and a couple of other premium upholstery options as well, which makes this New Mahindra Quanto look well dressed.
Acceleration and Pick up
The company has fitted this compact SUV, the Mahindra Quanto with a performance packed power plant. This turbocharged diesel mill has the ability to achieve a top speed of 160 kmph, which is incredible given that its total kerb weight is close to a gigantic 1758 kgs. On the other hand, this commanding diesel power train has the ability to propel the Mahindra Quanto from 0 – 100 kmph in about 17.14 seconds, which is quite remarkable.
The new Mahindra Quanto is designed quite remarkably well and has a very charming appearance. The front façade is very similar to the Mahindra Xylo, but the sides as well as the rear end have some prominent changes. The front of this new Mahindra Quanto has a large radiator grille that has several fiery black colored vertical slates along with some chrome treatment as well, which adds to the elegance of this compact SUV. This front grille has also been embossed with a large emblem of the company in n the center. This striking grille is flanked by a big headlight cluster that is powered with halogen lamps for better visibility. The stylish body colored bumper has a wide air dam with horizontal slats. This bumper has also been integrated with a couple of large fog lamps, which will certainly increase the visibility of the driver. The large front wind screen is quite big and has a pair of intermittent wipers fitted on it. The overall look from the front gives this Mahindra Quanto a typical aerodynamic look and also makes it formidable. The side profile is smooth with quite a few notable features to talk about such these neatly carved out subtle wheel arches, which have been fitted with a stylish set of sturdy 15 inch light alloy wheels. The body colored external rear view mirrors, which are internally adjustable and the body colored door handles that are quite similar to those of Mahindra Xylo. The sides also have been given body colored side protective moulding, which also has chrome inserts to add to the elegance of this compact SUV. This New Mahindra Quanto has butterfly type windows at the end of its sides for the third row jump seats. The rear end has a large windscreen that has a rear wiper, washer and a defogger as well. The spare wheel is attached to the tail gate, which has been painted in silver color to give this SUV a sophisticated look. The tail lamp cluster is vertical and the reversing lights have been integrated in the rear body colored bumper. The new Mahindra Quanto also has footsteps on the sides, which have puddle lamps for added convenience, while there is also a rear foot step for entering inside this SUV with ease.
This all new Mahindra Quanto has been given some of the most exciting and practical comfort features. These include a DDAS (digital drive assist system), which also has a topper pad to add to the utility of the driver. Then there is a micro hybrid, a roof console that also has a sun glass holder, a couple of sun visors for the front passengers with an illuminated vanity mirror for the front side passenger, a pair of courtesy lamps to help the passengers in the night, a dominant air conditioning unit that cools the entire cabin very quickly, all four power windows with driver side express up-down with an anti-pinch function as well. Then there is the extremely responsive power steering that can be tilt adjusted and customized according to the driver’s comfort, a floor console with complete cubic printing that adds to the modishness of this New Mahindra Quanto. Apart from all these, Mahindra Quanto also has an integrated music system that can play CD, MP3 and FM Radio along with other input options, speakers and also a rod antenna. This New Mahindra Quanto also has adjustable head rests, driver’s seat height adjustment, driver under seat storage, door trim with fabric inserts, a mobile charging point for the middle as well as the rear seats, a foldable snack tray, a utility box on the floor console to keep some important things at hand, central remote locking, and many more such remarkable features. The storage options in this compact SUV includes about 5 bottle holders, 6 magazine pockets and a couple of cup holders in the front along with driver and co-passenger armrest and also a couple of map pockets behind the front seats.
The overall dimensions of this compact SUV, the new Mahindra Quanto are quite spacious and can accommodate about seven passengers with ease. The total length of this new Mahindra Quanto diesel is close to 4315mm along with an overall width of about 1822mm, which is quite expansive. The total height of this compact SUV is close to 1695mm, while it also has a roomy wheel base of around 2673mm along with a remarkable ground clearance of close to 205mm. The boot space is close to 475 litres and it increases to a mammoth 1064 litres with the rear seats folded, which means that this New Mahindra Quanto diesel can accommodate quite a few things in it.
The all New Mahindra Quanto has been equipped with a 1.5 litre common rail fuel supply system based diesel mill, which is complaint to all the norms of BS-IV. This engine has the capacity to displace close to 1493cc and has been equipped with three twin turbocharged cylinders as well. This impressive power plant has the capacity to generate a maximum power output of 100Bhp at 3750Rpm along with a peak torque yield of 240Nm at 1600 Rpm, which is quite impressive. This turbocharged diesel power train has been mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox.
This new Mahindra Quanto Diesel being has been given a refined set of six spoke, 15 inch light alloy wheels. These stylish set of rims have been covered with sturdy tubeless radial tyres of size 205/65 R15, which have a superior road grip and are apt for the Indian road conditions. The company has also given a spare wheel to this compact SUV, which is fixed on the tail gate and has a silver painted cover to it that adds to the muscular look of the all new Mahindra Quanto.
This compact SUV, Mahindra Quanto is quite large and needs a well balanced suspension system to give an effortless driving experience to the passengers over any terrain. The front axle of this SUV gets an independent double wishbone type of suspension mechanism along with a coil spring, which also has an anti-roll bar. Whereas the rear axle of Mahindra Quanto gets a five bar link based coil springs for added comfort.
Handling and Control
The braking system of this compact SUV is quite good with the front wheels getting disc brakes and the rear wheels being fitted with powerful drum brakes. Along with these, the company has also integrated this New Mahindra Quanto Diesel with an ABS (anti lock braking system) for superior braking. The power steering is very responsive and makes it easier to maneuver this compact SUV in heavy traffic conditions as well. Apart from this, the Mahindra Quanto Diesel also has driver and co-passenger airbags for added protection of the front passengers, while the middle and rear door has child locks for added protection of the children. The company has integrated this all new Mahindra Quanto with a highly developed intellipark reverse assist, which makes the parking of this compact SUV very simple for the driver. All these and many more such features help in the efficient handling and control of this impressive new Mahindra Quanto.
Impressive exteriors, highly developed comfort and safety features.
Third row jump seats are uncomfortable, internal space is slightly cramped up, mileage can be improved with the pick-up and acceleration.