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Compare Mahindra KUV100 Vs Fiat Avventura Vs Hyundai i20 Active Vs Toyota Etios Cross

Snapshot: Mahindra is out with their latest car, the KUV100. Its has large dimensions and is aimed at young buyers. We compare it with other crossovers and find out how it stacks up.

Mahindra claims that with the KUV100, they have created a new segment in the Indian market. It is true indeed, while the car is essentially a crossover that combines the features of an SUV and a hatchback. There would be no ideal competitor to the car until the time Maruti arrives with its Ignis. The KUV100 is an all-new car that has been designed ground-up. We have compared the KUV100 with other capable crossovers present in the Indian market.

Mahindra KUV100 Vs Fiat Avventura Vs Hyundai i20 Active Vs Toyota Etios Cross (Design and Exteriors)

The KUV100 has been built from scratch, though it uses a monocoque construction, it has the same rugged and tough Mahindra DNA of other cars from the family. The dynamic design of the car seems inspired from the XUV 500. A tall waistline provides the car an SUV-ish stance despite the small wheels. The most flamboyant car of the lot, KUV100 might divide the audience’s opinion. With its sunglasses inspired headlamps and prominent creases present on the sides along with the engine moniker, the car is interesting to look at from the front, side and front three quarters, the rear however, look somewhat plain in comparison.  

The Avventura, though derived from the Fiat Punto Evo, is in fact the most thoroughly engineered car of the lot. Apart from the reindeer headlamp and other visual elements like roof rails etc. that make the car look distinct, there have been functional touches too like the tailgate mounted spare wheel that make the car look quite sporty.

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Dimensions and Weights KUV100 Fiat Avventura i20 Active Etios Cross
Length 3675 mm 3989 mm 3995 mm 3895 mm
Width 1715 mm 1706 mm 1760 mm 1735 mm
Height 1655 mm 1542 mm 1555 mm 1555 mm
Wheelbase 2385 mm 2510 mm 2570 mm 2460 mm
Ground Clearance 170 mm 205 mm 190 mm 174 mm
Wheel size 14 inch 16 inch 16 inch 15 inch
Boot space 243 litres 280 litres 285 litres 251 litres

The Elite i20 was a stylish car and when Hyundai derived the i20 Active from it, there wasn’t much scope to go wrong. Raised to 190mm makes the car look comparatively tall and lends it more capability too. Other design feature worth noticing on the Elite i20 Active include DRLs, additional round taillight cluster and gun metal fuel fill cap. All round body cladding, skid plates etc are present on all these cars and do manage to makes the car looks quite sporty.

The Etios Cross gets an extra  4mm of ground clearance (174mm now) is much less if you compare it with i20 Active or the Avventura that gets a massive SUV like 205mm of ground clearance. Apart from the all around cladding and roof rails that’s pretty much the norm in case of all these cars, the Etios Cross also carries a grille guard that’s amiss on all other cars.

Definitely worth noticing are the larger 16 inch alloys that come as standard on all variants of the Avventura. The i20 Active also offers them but only on S and SX variants. While the Etios Cross offers 15 inch alloys as standard across all variants.      

Mahindra KUV100 Vs Fiat Avventura Vs Hyundai i20 Active Vs Toyota Etios Cross (Interiors and Features)

The KUV100 offers a bench seat as an option at the front and it makes it a genuine six seater. The interior layout is pretty unconventional in that sense considering that all other cars are five seaters. KUV100 uses a dual-tone interior scheme like the i20 Active and Avventura. The Etios Cross uses an all black scheme with silver inserts.

If you are a fan of ambient light function, then you should know it that Avventura and KUV100 offer it. Along with that, the Avventura also offers first-in-class features like compass and inclinometer that let you know where you are heading and what’s the inclination angle of the road. An important feature considering Indian summers and winters is the rear AC vents that only i20 Active and Avventura offer.  

The KUV100 offers a micro-hybrid feature unlike any other car in the comparison and it should help improve the overall efficiency figures. The diesel variant also offers Power and Eco modes which offer some level of flexibility too. Blue sense app technology that lets you control things like climate control and infotainment system remotely also makes its way into KUV100 from other expensive cars. Steering mounted controls for telephone and audio, and convenience feature like air conditioner are present on all these cars.   

Mahindra KUV100 Vs Fiat Avventura Vs Hyundai i20 Active Vs Toyota Etios Cross (Engine, Transmission and Gearbox)

All cars offer an option of a diesel and petrol engine; while the Etios Cross offers three engines - two petrols and one diesel engine. However, if you also consider the Avventura powered by Abarth too, then there are three petrol engine choices in case of the Avventura too.

Engine & Gearbox KUV100 Avventura i20 Active Etios Cross
Engine capacity 1.2 (P) / 1.2 (D) 1.4 (P) / 1.3 (D) / 1.4 T-jet (P)  1.2 (P) / 1.4 (D) 1.2 (P) / 1.5 (P) / 1.4 (D)
Gearbox 5 MT 5 MT 5 MT / 6 MT 5 MT
Power (Ps@rpm) 83@5500 / 78@3750 83@6000 / 74@4000 / 141@5500 83@6000 / 90@4000 80@5600 / 90@5600 / 68@3800 
Torque (Nm@rpm) 115@3500-3600/190@1750-2250 115@4000 /190@2000 /210@2000 115@4000/220@1500-2750 104@3100/132@3000/170@2400

Transversely mounted front engines in case of all these cars drive the front wheels and there’s no option of 4X4 transmission. So despite the tall ground clearance that some of these cars have, they are strictly meant for on-road use.

All cars get a five speed transmission for petrol and diesel engines, except the i20 Active that uses a six-speed transmission for the diesel engine. Power figures for all these cars are more or less comparable, however if you are considering the T-Jet powered Avventura, it’s a cracker of an engine and carries roughly about 50Ps more power than all others.

Mahindra KUV100 Vs Fiat Avventura Vs Hyundai i20 Active Vs Toyota Etios Cross (Safety)

The KUV100 offers ABS and EBD as standard across all variants, while in case of other cars you do get these features but not on the base variant. There are dual airbags in higher variants of all these cars, however the Avventura comes with early crash protection sensors too. Mahindra offers dual airbags as option even on the base variant, a welcome step indeed.

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Engine immobiliser, child safety locks and seat belts for all passengers are present on all these cars and is available as standard. ISOFIX that helps you mount an infant seat in car and automatic hazard light that works under severe braking are a welcome features in this segment and you get this only with the KUV100. It’s safe to conclude that KUV100 is ahead of others in terms of the safety features that it has to offer.

Verdict

The KUV100, due to its novelty factor enjoys the limelight of this comparison. The fresh style carries appeal and the price is attractive too. Seating capacity of six along with a set of frugal and powerful engines indeed make it an overall attractive package.

However, we feel that KUV100 is unconventional in some sense and uses a different approach overall. We like it. Another reason, if we might prefer it over others in simply because that it uses a ground-up approach unlike other cars in this comparison, though not bad but are a work of an afterthought.

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