Mahindra Quanto: Competition check
- by Abhishek Nigam
- Sep 21, 2012
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The Mahindra Quanto is here and it aims to fill a lot of gaps. We take a look at some of the Quanto's competitors across the segment
Positioned as a compact MUV, the Mahindra Quanto straddles a whole lot of segments. But the sweet pricing of Rs 5.82 lakh for the base variant makes the Quanto an alluring, value-for-money buy not just for premium hatchback buyers but also those considering diesel sedans and then some in the same price band. Let’s see how these vehicles stack up against the Quanto:
Maruti Swift Diesel
Yes, it might seem odd putting the Swift here, but large diesel hatches are exactly at what the Quanto is squarely aimed at. The Swift has pretty much been the best seller since its inception but now with the Swift diesel costing the same as the much larger Quanto, there is a possibility that the Mahindra will eat into the Swifts sales. What the Swift does have over its goliath competitor is a brilliantly refined motor, amazing handling and not to mention the best after sales service out there. But space is at a premium in the Swift and the Quanto seems to have acres of it. A tough battle this one is going to be.
Hyundai i20 diesel
It’s been one of the most complete premium small cars that we have had. Lots of space, brilliant interiors and a very very strong diesel motor. Where the Quanto edges ahead is its 5+2 seating and a cheaper price tag. The i20 is a premium hatch at a premium price. The Quanto might beat the i20 at price and space but the i20 fights back with a premium sedan feel and that very strong engine.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Petrol
Another Maruti in the group, but this one takes the fight to the Quanto with space and size. The Ertiga is the latest MUV from Maruti and not to mention an immediate success thanks to its compacts dimensions and amazing 7 seating option, but there’s a catch. While the Ertiga may be a genuine 7 seater unlike the Quanto which is a 5+2, you can only buy a petrol variant of it( we are talking of a budget with fits the Quanto here) considering the diesel Ertiga costs about 2.5 lakh more than the Quanto. If the expensive fuel doesn’t bother you, the Ertiga petrol does make a better bet.
India’s first genuine compact SUV, the Premier Rio makes a strong case for itself now that it comes with the brilliant 1.3 CRDi4 engine. Compact dimensions, smart looks along with some very good ground clearance makes the Rio a very good bet for India. But that’s not the complete story. While the engine is good, quality of materials and ergonomics are still not upto scratch. The Rio does not have the space nor the reassuring built to last feel of the big Mahindra either. But if small rocks your boat, the Rio does stand a small chance here.
While it may seem far fetched, it’s actually quite possible for the Quanto affect the Renault Duster’s sales as well. While chances are a little less, if you look at it segment wise, but size wise the Quanto is right up there. The 5+2 seater MUV from Mahindra also lets you haul more people than the 5-seater from Renault. You may have to settle for a petrol Duster (Rs 7.19 lakh) though, as the diesel Duster starts at Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). If you think the Duster is making you stretch your budget, the Quanto can come across as reasonable alternative.
Now this might get confusing. Why would anybody consider the Quanto if the bigger brother, the Xylo is with reach? Its simple, if your stretching for the base version of the Xylo, the same money will get you a top end variant of the Quanto. While you do get a proper 7 seater in the Xylo and not to mention more power, with the Quanto you won’t have to compromise much on space but what you do get is all the features you need and then some in an slightly similar mechanical package.
Maruti Swift D’zire
Sedans aren’t safe from the Quanto either. Again we pit it against one of the most successful sedans in its segment, the D’zire. While it might be a Swift with a boot, it does have everything you ask from a sedan. A fuel efficient diesel engine coupled with adequate boot space at good price makes the D’zire a great buy. That’s until the Quanto steps in giving you more space, power and presence at a similar price.
|Engine||Power||Torque||Dimensions (l x b x h)||Price (ex-showroom Delhi)|
|Mahindra Quanto||1493cc||102PS @ 3750rpm||240Nm @ 1600-2800rpm||NA||Rs 5.82 lakh|
|Maruti Suzuki Swift (Diesel)||1248cc||75PS @ 4000rpm||190Nm @ 2000rpm||3850x1695x1530||Rs 5.54 lakh|
|Hyundai i20 (Diesel)||1373cc||90PS||136Nm||3995x1710x1505||Rs 5.96 lakh|
|Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Petrol)||1373cc||95PS @ 6000rpm||130Nm @ 4000 rpm||4265x1695x1685||Rs 5.89 lakh|
|Premier Rio||1248cc||72PS @ 4000rpm||183Nm @ 1800-2400rpm||3970x1570x1730||Rs 7.34 lakh|
|Renault Duster||1,461cc||85PS @ 3750rpm||200Nm @ 1900rpm||4315x1822x1695||Rs 7.99 lakh|
|Mahindra Xylo||2489cc||96PS @ 3600rpm||190Nm @ 2000rpm||34520x1850x1895||Rs 7.50 lakh|
|Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire||1248cc||75PS @ 4000rpm||190PS @ 2000rpm||3995x1695x1555||Rs 5.99 lakh|