Mahindra Quanto Review

By Somdatta Basu   |  October 24, 2013


Mahindra Quanto has a perfect blend of elegance and distinctive appeal with a host of features and technologies. Quanto is India's first body on frame sub 4 m compact SUV. It is all set to compete with similar models from other brands. It is a 7-seater compact car which appears to have a lot of its design features similar to Mahindra Xylo. The car is expected to attract the consumers who use cars for both family trips and to work place. The car is available in four variants. Six different shades are available as a choice with this model namely Fiery Black, Java Brown, Mist Silver, Toreador Red, Rocky Beige and Diamond White. The car has come out with some technical advancement to improve the fuel economy while maintaining the high power output which is desirable for long drives. The car also holds some features which improve the convenience of driving. Overall, Quanto looks to be a good bet and if it does well in the market it can overcome the downfall of Xylo to emerge as a good product from Mahindra.

Powertrain & Performance

Constructed with a twin stage turbocharger the 1493 cc engine of Mahindra Quanto throws out a torque of 240 Nm @ 1600-2800 rpm. The power output from this unit comes to a maximum of 100 bhp @ 3750 rpm. The huge amount of torque and power comes with no compromise on fuel efficiency. The car can run up to 17.21 km with a litre of diesel under prescribed conditions. The engine is mated to the wheels through 5-speed indirect shift manual transmission (5MT320). Coil springs mounted on independent wishbone structure fit with anti roll bars take care of the suspension requirements at front while the rear suspension has coil springs with 5-bar link.

All the four variants namely C2, C4, C6 and C8 get the same performance features loaded with the mCR100 diesel engine.

Build & Styling

The body is sculpted with thick vertical grills on the front, body coloured rubbing strips on the side doors, black rails on the roof that can fit carriers and other notable components. All these aspects combine to give a design which forms a fusion of both small car and an SUV. The car can comfortably accommodate 5 passengers and can squeeze in the 6th and 7th into a small area at the rear which can otherwise be boot space when these two seats are folded up.

The ground clearance of 180 mm is good enough for most of the bad roads in India. The high-end models get electrically controlled rear-view mirrors. Both fabric and vinyl upholstery are available for the interior depending on the variant. Neatly cut dashboard houses storage cabin and an instrument panel with digital drive assist system. Sun glass holders on the roof, cup holders, bottle holders, magazine pockets and snack trays are some storage area in the interior. The air conditioner improves the comfort level of the passengers.

Mahindra Quanto is loaded with many safety features. The Anti-lock Braking System enables perfect braking and vehicle control under most driving conditions. The rear screen wipers and two fog lamps sit on the front bumper which aids for better vision under unfavorable weather conditions. The other safety features present are Airbags, Child lock on middle and rear door and digital immobiliser.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • High ground clearance
    • Child lock on middle and rear door
    • Digital immobiliser
  • Cons

    • Intellipark reverse assist is present only in the high end variant