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Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Key Features

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  • Affordable seven-seater car
  • Spacious cabin
  • Ample boot space


  • Awkward design
  • Congested third row seats
  • Sluggish driving dynamics and handling
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Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Reviews (94)

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Overall rating: 4 Reviewed By: Ranveer Pandey on 23 June 2015
For me, my Quanto is exactly the type of SUV that I have expected. Since I have bought the lower version of the car, I did not expect much features from it. Nevertheless, I found that it is loaded with specifications that are more than my expectations. I also found that the car is extremely smooth and...  Read More »

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Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Overview

With an aim to strengthen its grip over the Compact UV segment, the country's largest SUV manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra launched its first sub-four-meter vehicle in the form of Quanto MUV. The Quanto basically is a cheaper derivative of the Mahindra Xylo. Mahindra chopped Xylo's tail to bring the manufacturing cost down and avail excise duty benefits on Quanto.
Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Overview
Based on the same platform, the Quanto looks identical to its sibling with a chopped tail. New front grille, redefined bonnet roof rails, blackened D pillars and spare wheel (mounted on its rear) reward a refreshing and young look to the car. However, the large headlights, front bumper, fog lamps, front and rear door stretched up-to the C pillar are borrowed from its sibling Xylo. The wheelbase (2760mm) of the car is unchanged which means there is enough space for passengers, especially in first two rows. The interior is quite spacious and airy. The high sitting position provides good visibility, but seats cushioning is firm and uncomfortable for long drives. The Mahindra Quanto comes with various bells and whistles including good quality audio system, climate control unit, power steering, digital drive assist system, anti-lock braking system and more. However, the quality and finishing are major drawbacks of its interior. The Quanto sports 15-inches wheels that with thin and low profile tyre looks disappointing. Mahindra Quanto shares its engine with the Xylo. The 1.5-litre, 3 cylinder, 1493cc diesel engine produce a maximum power of 98.6bhp @ 3750rpm with a peak torque of 240Nm @ 1600-2800rpm.This twin turbo-charged CRDi diesel engine features double overhead camshaft alignment with the Bosch developed common rail system. Coupled with a five speed manual transmission, the Quanto delivers a mileage of 12.4kmpl in city and 17.21kmpl on highway. The acceleration of the car doesn’t feel exciting. It marks 100kmph from stand still in 17.41 seconds. The driving dynamics are decent. The mid-range performance can be scaled somewhere in the middle, but at high speeds, the car feels nervous. The body roll is an issue, but NVH levels are well-controlled.

Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Exterior

Mahindra’s first ever sub four-meter vehicle, the Quanto is actually a Xylo with chopped tail. The large headlights, front bumper, fog lamps, front and rear door stretched up-to the C pillars are borrowed from the Xylo.
Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Exterior
The redesigned front grille, roof rails, more prominent bonnet, blackened D pillars and spare wheel mounted on its tailgate differentiate it from the regular Xylo. The chopped tail becomes more apparent when viewed from the sides. With the spare wheel, its rear looks better than the Xylo.Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Exterior
The spare wheel gets a locking system. The doors and windows are relatively larger than its rear construction. Similarly, the 15-inches alloy wheels with thinner and low-profile tyres are too small for its massive body design. All of its variants feature 205/65 R15 size of tyres. Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Exterior
This compact SUV measures around 3985mm (length), 1850mm (width) and 1880mm (height) with 2760mm of wheelbase. However, the tall height feels disproportioned to rest of its body. The build quality is excellent, but fit and finish aren’t impressive. Surprisingly, some panel gaps are too significant.

Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Interior

The interior of the Quanto is all inspired from the Xylo. The neutral color theme makes it airy and bright from inside. The high positioned seats, low window line and wide widescreen facilitate the visibility. The front seats have ample space to stretch legs and sit comfortably. Due to high ground clearance (180mm), one needs to make efforts to get inside the car. The ingress and egress are easy with wide door opening.
The seats are large, but are quite flat and firm which make long drives uncomfortable. There are two armrests and three levels of the lumbar support for the driver and co-passenger’s seats. The rear low windows line and absence of quarter glasses make thing better. The flat floor provides space for the middle row passengers. However, the rear seat is limited with the space for tall drivers. The armrests are placed on the doors, which are too narrow. Two food trays are provided for the second row passengers. Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Interior
Mahindra promoted the Quanto as a 5+2 seater MUV rather than a full-fledged seven seater, and one can feel the lack of space in third row. The 3rd row passengers are not provided with the seat belts. As far as the comfort level is concerned, the 3rd row seat is truly disappointing. Xylo and Ertiga have better third row seats than the Quanto.Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Interior
The steering is large and thick. The plastic quality is acceptable. However, there are some panel gaps, rough edges and poor fitting. The climate control unit, 2-DIN stereo system with four speakers and two tweeters, Aux-in, USB and SD card slot support, digital drive assist system (DDS) with topper pad, three MID displays and various other features add more to its richness. There are various storage areas including illuminated glove box, seven bottle holders, door pockets, storage cubicles (in between the driver and co-passenger) etc. The Mahindra Quanto offers an ample cargo space that can be extended up-to 690-litres by folding the 3rd row seats. Though, the 2rd row seats don’t have any folding provision.

Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Engine & Transmission

Under the bonnet, the Mahindra Quanto has a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which also does its duty to the Xylo. Its 1.5-litre, 3 cylinder, 1493cc diesel engine develops a peak power of 98.6bhp @ 3750rpm and maximum torque of 240Nm @ 1600-2800rpm. What adds more to its power is the twin turbo-charged common rail system (Bosch developed) and double overhead camshaft alignment. Despite having a massive body and over-hanged rear construction, the Quanto offers a mileage of 12.4kmpl in city and 17.21kmpl on highway. However, the Quanto isn’t a vehicle for the car enthusiasts as it achieves 100kmph from standstill in 17.41 seconds. It’s the kerb weight (1640kgs) of the vehicle that affects the speed performance of the car. The refinement levels of the Quanto diesel are acceptable that help reduce the turbo lag and engine noise.

Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Mileage

The Mahindra Quanto comes powered with a 1.2-litre diesel engine that is mated to a five-speed manual transmission gearbox. The car offers a decent mileage of 12.4kmpl on urban roads and 17.21kmpl on highways, regardless of its heavy body and over-hanged aerodynamics.

Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Braking and Safety

The braking performance of the car is mediocre. So, we would suggest people to drive Quanto with conservative road manners even on highways. The brake pedal feels soft, but competent to stop the vehicle. The Mahindra Quanto comes equipped with the advanced ABS (Ant-lock braking system) that helps handle the panic braking situations and prevents the wheels from locking up. The Quanto offers various safety features including dual front airbags, seat belts, front and three rear headrest, engine immobilizer, fog lamps and more.

Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Performance and Handling

The drivability and handling of the Quanto is decent. The mid-range performance is decent, but at high speed it lacks the confidence and the engine feels nervous. Despite having a 3-cylinder engine set-up, it sounds like a proper 4-cylinder motor.
Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Performance and Handling
Power delivery is consistent. It behaves so well till 120kmph, but feels under powered after that. The power and weight ratio is equivalent to that of the Innova and Xylo, though it scores least of all when it comes to performance. The engine noise is well-controlled in comparison to the other four cylinder engines. However, the refinement level is an issue. One can feel vibration on gear lever, especially at low or high RPMs. The suspension system is relatively stiff to absorb the jerks that have adverse impact on its drivability. At times when you need to change the direction suddenly, there is significant body roll.

What do we think about Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016)?

High sitting position, cabin space, reasonably powerful engine and good ground clearance make it a superior choice over several hatchbacks, though it still isn’t as good a utility vehicle. Its competitive pricing could appeal to cost-conscious buyers. But, if you favor to own a vehicle with comfortable cabin, good drivability and performance, then the Quanto doesn’t even count in the list.

Mahindra Quanto (2012-2016) Competitors

The Compact Utility and Sports Utility Vehicle are among the fastest growing segments in the Indian automotive industry. And Mahindra Quanto and Ford EcoSport are two new players that because of their competitive pricing become close rivals.
The Mahindra Quanto is Xylo with a trimmed rear. This sub-4-meter vehicle looks identical to the Xylo, especially from the front fascia. Though, rear wheel mounted at the rear gives it an SUV-like look. The over-hanged aerodynamics and tall height feel awkward. The door and window, 15-inches alloy wheels, rear windscreen highlight the disproportionate body construction of the car. Whereas, the Ford EcoSport is a very stylish looking car. Carrying an outgoing personality, the EcoSport looks very attractive and sporty. So, in this department, the EcoSport is a clear winner. Being a seven-seater, the Mahindra Quanto is quite spacious from inside. However, the flat and firm seat components are the issues. The 3rd row seat is uncomfortable and congested. The ample boot space is a plus point. But, the cheap interior quality doesn’t even match to its overall profile. On the other side, with fine packaging, the Ford EcoSport provides good space for five passengers without any squeezing impact. The new styling is carried over to its interior as well. The seats are well-cushioned and comfortable. Equipped with various comfort and safety features, the EcoSport takes a lead over its rival Quanto. But if you want a car with more seating capacity, the Quanto is an obvious choice among the two. The Mahindra Quanto is equipped with a decently powerful diesel engine that delivers an impressive torque output. It produces a peak toque of 240Nm. The fuel efficiency is good, but the high speed performance is disappointing. Coming to the Ford EcoSport, it is available in three engine options – two petrol and one diesel. The EcoSport diesel is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission that helps the car with its fuel efficiency. Throttle response of the EcoSport is impressive. With power of EcoBoost, the new EcoSport is a better pick over the Quanto. In terms of handling and drivability too, the EcoSport outshines the Quanto by offering excellent ride quality. The matured suspension system, high ground clearance, robust wheels and body construction add more to its drivability. Whereas, the Quanto gets superior driving position, good ground clearance and massive build that enhance its stability and handling. But, the stiff suspension system, mediocre brakes and underpowered engine are the major loopholes. Pricing is the only area where the Quanto dominates over the EcoSport. The Ford EcoSport is available within the price range of Rs.5.93-lakhs to Rs10-lakhs. While, Mahindra Quanto despite being a diesel vehicle comes in the range of Rs.6.14-lakh to Rs.7.65-lakh.

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