|Image borrowed from www.motoroids.com - also, My KUV is|
in Burnt Red shade - this is a Stock Image I guess!
You are using an engine setup that is more basic in terms of its original capacity, and this impacts everything else about the Mahindra 100, from the minor body vibrations to the slight shrug you feel when you start it and put it into first gear. This is not the car for someone looking for a typical SUV ride. The reason?
The Mahindra KUV 100 is just not that huge. It is a basic hatchback with some goodies rolled with its design remaining its primary appeal. Put the KUV into third gear and experience how it leaps ahead. Put it into first gear repeatedly during the evening hour snarls and experience how desperate and sad it gets – the Mahindra 100 is not mean to be driven for a longer period in the first gear – just does not have the credentials for it.
Now comes oddities of the car, especially for those who have driven typical Hondas and Marutis so far:
- First gear is sluggish and you have to be proactive with the accelerator
- Second gear is responsive beyond your expectation
- Third gear feels like fourth, so acceleration at higher speeds is happy
- There is a bit of roll and you might find this slightly uneasy if you have been driving sedans like Accent, the City or even the Baleno or Swift, all of which have a very planted stance
You have to get in the habit of using the highly reactive clutch and the springy release. The KUV-100 comes with these slight bumps but you will love the car when it gets into its zippy, adorable mode…
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