The Mahindra Quanto was till now known as the Mini Xylo, after the much popular version of the company’s recently launched SUV. With the launch of the Quanto, Mahindra has played it quite well as it rightly believes that the compact SUV segment will heat up in the next few years. So how the Quanto fares up as a compact SUV? Let’s start by looking at the design of the car.
If you look at the front, you will see, the Quanto carries features from both the new and the old Xylo. While the headlights come from the newer Xylo, the grille is inspired by the older one. From the sides, the car looks almost exactly like the newer Xylo. But the wheels of the Quanto are much smaller than its bigger cousin. The tailgate and the taillights does not take any inspiration from the bigger Xylo are completely different. What makes the Quanto look like a proper compact SUV look is the tailgate mounted spare wheel.
On the inside, there is not much different between the Xylo and Quanto as the interior of both these vehicles are ALMOST same. I say almost because, although the layout and design of the dash are same, the colors are different. On the Quanto, the dash gets a light grey color which sort of nice if you look at it that way. It gives a nice soothing feeling once you get inside the car. The inside is quite spacious. But one negative about the Quanto interior is that even on the top end models the Quanto does not get any steering mounted controls.
The Quanto is powered by the all-new MCR 100 Diesel Motor, which is a 15 liter 3-cylinder engine. The engine produces 100PS of power and 240NM of torque. The transmission is a 5-speed manual one.
While driving the turbocharger takes care of the initial turbo lag and makes for quite easy driving in the city streets as well as on the highways. Only bad thing about the engine is that initially it produces quite a lot of vibrations and noise. But after 100rpm the oil burners smoothens out. But the noise stays the whole hog. The manual transmission works well, but then again because of the vibrating engine it makes it difficult to shift gear smoothly. The Quanto has immense body roll just like the Xylo, which is again not a very good thing.
But overall, the Quanto seems to have a bright future given the features it comes with. It will surely give a few hatchbacks in the market some sleepless nights in the coming days.
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