KUV100 vs Ritz vs Beat vs Grand i10 : Spec Comparison

By Rahul Kapoor | on January 25, 2016

With Mahindra launching the new Mahindra KUV100, it brings fresh competition to the segment with diesel vehicles with starting prices of around Rs. 5 lakh. we give you a detailed Spec Comparison of the Mahindra KUV100 with its competition

While Mahindra believes that it competes directly with the Maruti Suzuki Swift, we deem it fit to be a better competition with the Ritz from MSIL. In addition to that, in the same segment, customers also have the options like the Grand i10 from Hyundai and the Chevrolet Beat. Though the Ritz and the Beat have been in the market for quite some time and do seem a little outdated in terms of its design compared to the brand new Mahindra, the Hyundai Grand i10 which was launched in 2013 can still hold a candle to the KUV100's modernised styling.

We take a look at the specs of all 4 cars and compare the four vehicles with their diesel engines to see which one fares the best in each category.

Dimensions

When looking at overall dimension of each vehicles, the Maruti Suzuki Ritz is the longest of the four. But with the KUV100's SUV like design, despite being 100mm shorter in length, the Mahindra is still wider, taller and has a much longer wheelbase than its competitors. On ground clearance however, its the Chevrolet Beat does provide the best in class ground clearance. But the Beat is at par with the Mahindra in carrying fuel. brimmed up, both vehicles can carry 35 litres of fuel, though the Ritz and the Grand i10 from Hyundai both can carry 43 litres which is more.

  Mahindra KUV100 Maruti Suzuki Ritz Chevrolet Beat Hyundai Grand i10
Length 3675mm 3775mm 3640mm 3765mm
Width 1715mm 1680mm 1595mm 1660mm
Height 1655mm 1620mm 1520mm 1520mm
Wheelbase 2385mm 2360mm 2375mm 2425mm
Ground Clearance 170mm 170mm 175mm 165mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 35 litres 43 litres 35 litres 43 litres

Engine and Transmission

The Maruti Ritz might have the biggest engine with 4 cylinders and 1248cc, the Mahindra being the most modern of the lot, deals with 50cc and a cylinder less, but still leads with more power with 77bhp. Though both the Maruti and Mahindra produce the same amount of torque, the Mahindra delivers it a little bit quicker at 1750rpm.

As per their claimed figures, the Chevrolet Beat is the most fuel efficient of the lot with a fuel economy mileage of 25.44km/l* while the KUV100 is close behind with 25.31km/l*.

  Mahindra KUV100 Maruti Suzuki Ritz Chevrolet Beat Hyundai Grand i10
Engine 1198cc/ 3-cylinder / Turbocharged 1248cc / 4-Cylinder / 16 valve 936cc / 3-cylinder / 12 valves / Turbo 1120cc / 3 cylinder / 12 valve / DOHC
Transmission 5-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual 5-speed Manual 5-speed Manual
Power 77bhp @ 3750rpm 73bhp @ 4000rpm 56bhp @ 4000rpm 70bhp @ 4000rpm
Torque 190Nm @ 1750-2250rpm 190Nm @ 2000rpm 142Nm @ 1750rpm 160Nm @ 1500-2750rpm
Fuel Diesel Diesel Diesel Diesel
Fuel Economy 25.32km/l* 23.2kmpl* 25.44km/l* 24km/l*

Wheels and Suspension

The Mahindra, Maruti, Chevrolet and the Hyundai all use industry standard MacPherson strut suspension at the front, the KUV100 however gets a more comfortable twist beam at the rear. While all the cars have disc and drum front to rear braking system layout, only the Maruti provides a ventilated disc to resist overheating of the brakes. All cars get 14 inch wheels, but the Maruti has a slightly wider track, the Mahindra has thicker tyres when compared to the Beat and Grand i10's 165/65 R14 wheels.

  Mahindra KUV100 Maruti Suzuki Ritz Chevrolet Beat Hyundai Grand i10
Front Suspension MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Twist Beam Torsion Beam Compound Crank Coupled Torsion Beam
Front Brakes Disc Ventilated Disc Disc Disc
Rear Brakes Drum Drum Drum Drum
Tyre Size 185/65 R14 165/70 R14 165/65 R14 165/65 R14

Safety

As safety becomes more and more a priority for Indian consumers, all four manufacturers provide ABS with EBD and front airbags. Though none are available as standard in any vehicle, but Mahindra does give the option even in the base variant. Hyundai has reputation of providing the most bang for the buck, therefore is the only vehicle that also comes with parking sensors in higher variants.

  Mahindra KUV100 Maruti Suzuki Ritz Chevrolet Beat Hyundai Grand i10
ABS with EBD Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front Airbags Yes Yes Yes Yes
Side Curtain Airbags No No No No
Rear Parking Sensors No No No Yes

Features

Feature wise all four of these vehicles are quite evenly matched. They all offer the same amount of kit in the same price bracket. However, with the Mahindra being the latest vehicle of the lot, Mahindra has also fitted the KUV100 with daytime running lights in the head lamps. Another key factor that plays in the favour of the Mahindra KUV100 is that while the others can only seat 5 people in total, the Mahindra can accommodate 6 passengers with the optional 6 seater package.

  Mahindra KUV100 Maruti Suzuki Ritz Chevrolet Beat Hyundai Grand i10
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable steering wheel (Tilt) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Climate Control No No No No
Remote Central Locking Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multifunction Steering wheel Yes Yes Yes Yes
Height adjustable drivers seat Yes Yes Yes Yes
Max Seating capacity 6 5 5 5
Daytime Running lamps Yes No No No
Fog Lamps Front Front Front Front
Rear defogger Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual-DIN Stereo with Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes
12V Power Outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes

Verdict

Since its launch in 2013, the Hyundai Grand i10 has been the best selling vehicle in the segment. the reason for it has been that it was the most modern and feature filled package that the Indian consumers could buy. This was followed by the Maruti Suzuki Ritz as Chevrolet is still struggling to compete with sales numbers through out the country with its cars. Now that Mahindra has gate crashed the party with a more new fresh vehicle with modern looks and features and brand new mFalcon diesel and petrol engines, the Mahindra might just be what the doctor ordered.

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