Mahindra Quanto

The Mahindra Quanto is a sub-4 metre version of the Xylo MPV. Designers at Mahindra haven’t burnt much midnight oil designing the Quanto as the vehicle is quite similar to the Xylo till the C-Pillar. At the rear Mahindra has simply chopped off the extra length of the Xylo in an attempt to avail the excise duty benefit. However, the new tailgate-mounted spare wheel is a nice touch. Inside the cabin, there’s ample room for five adults but the jump seats on the third row are strictly for kids. The Quanto is powered by a new 1493cc three-cylinder engine called the mCR100. It’s a downsized version of Mahindra’s existing 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The new engine uses a two-stage turbo and an intercooler to develop an impressive 98.6bhp and 24.5kgm of torque. Surprisingly, unlike other three-cylinder diesel engines, the mCR100 is pretty refined. Even though the power is sufficient to pull the 1640kg kerb weight of the Quanto, the engine is flat below 1500rpm. Ride and handling are not impressive either. Yet, with prices starting at Rs 5.82 lakh for the base C2 model, the Quanto is a great bargain.

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