DRIVEN: 2022 Mahindra XUV300 is an affordable and safe SUV starting at R234 999

Johannesburg – Generally South Africans can be a bit laissez-faire when it comes to safety and their car purchases.

We tend to take “bargain” before brakes, thinking it will never happen to me. With our road conditions as they are and no sign of them ever improving and our abysmal track record when it comes to road safety and obeying the most basic rules of the road, it’s more a case of when it happens rather than if it happens.

This is especially so when it comes to first time car buyers who don’t yet have the necessary experience or skill to avoid an ugly situation.

Which is why it’s important that manufacturers wear their ratings on their sleeves so that before we put down our hard-earned cash we are completely aware which safety features will come into play when things go awry.

Ring in then Mahindra’s XUV300, touted as the “safest car in Africa”.

When it was first launched in May 2019 the XUV300 received a five-star rating as the safest car ever tested by the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) in 2020. © Provided by Independent Online (IOL)

Last year Mahindra South Africa submitted their own locally homologated entry level XUV300 and it received the nod of Africa’s safest car.

The 2022 version has received a nip and tuck but the safety features remain.

During side and front offset crash tests it was awarded with a score of 16.42 out of 17 for adult protection, four stars for child protection and “good” and “adequate” in occupant protection, cabin intrusion and vehicle body deformation.

So what do you get when you decide that safety is a priority?

In the entry level: two airbags, electronic stability control with emergency brakeforce distribution, disk brakes all round, ISOFIX seat mounts, speed sensitive door locks, an impact sensing unlock function, collapsible steering column and pre-tensioners and load limiters on the front seatbelts. © Provided by Independent Online (IOL)

The top spec W8 version gets an additional five airbags including side curtain and knee, dynamic cornering brake force that comes into play if the car is driven fast, a panic braking system, bright warning lights on the doors and hill hold assist.

Outside there’s no change to the 2022 version except for new multi spoke diamond cut 16 inch alloys on all versions except the entry level W4 and the W4 SE that gets alloys with black and silver detailing.

It’s inside where things have improved significantly.

The interior moves away from the previous generation’s beige interior to black which gives it a more upmarket feel and is also easier to deal with if kids are being carted around.

The black seats are of the upholstery kind with the W8 models upgraded to leatherette.

There’s also a new nine inch touchscreen infotainment system that replaces the previous seven inch screen that’s Apple CarPlay and Android compatible. © Provided by Independent Online (IOL)

The overall look and feel of the cabin is not unpleasant although there is a lot of hard plastic which is not uncommon at this price point.

Under the hood there are two engine options in the form of a 1.2-litre turbo petrol that delivers 81kW and 200Nm and Mahindra’s new 1.5-litre turbo diesel with 85.8kW and 300Nm of torque.

Both are coupled to a six-speed manual transmission that drives the front wheels. There’s an automated manual version in India which thankfully the local management decided against. CVT’s aren’t great but an automated manual takes it to a whole different level of frustration.

We got to drive the W8 diesel version and the overall impression was that it’s a lot better than the previous generation.

It’s a quiet willing engine with slick and easy gearchanges and with its low down torque will easily idle along in heavy traffic or cruise along easily at highway speeds.

I can’t really tell you what it’s like under hard braking and sharp corners because we had an instructor with us as part of a defensive driving and hijack prevention course so no shenanigans were allowed.

But it’s a well balanced family orientated SUV that makes all the right noises.

Interestingly while driving defensively with an instructor you really get to notice how badly people drive. No indicators, lane changing at will, driving in the wrong lane, swooping across two lanes to get to an off ramp to name only a few.

It’s really messy out there and the XUV300 should certainly be on your list especially with the interior improvements and most definitely because of the safety features it comes with.

The W4 models come with a five year/150 000km warranty and a three year 50 000km service plan while the rest of the range has the same warranty and a five year/90 000km service plan.

Mahindra XUV300 pricing (March 2022)

W4 petrol: R234 999

W4 petrol SE R244 999

W6 petrol: R261 999

W6 diesel: R281 999

W8 petrol: R316 999

W8 diesel: R336 999


Spec boost for Mahindra XUV300

Africa’s safest car has just received a significant specification boost and is en route to dealers across South Africa.

First launched to a global audience in May 2019, the XUV300 received a full five-star rating and the title of Safest Car Ever Tested by the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) in 2020. Soon thereafter, in 2021, Mahindra South Africa submitted their own locally homologated version for testing and received a thumbs up from the GNCAP and the title as Safest Car in Africa.

“It is worth noting that the GNCAP tested the most basic specification level of the XUV300 for its safety rating, both in South Africa and India. This means that even the entry-level W4 models are fully Five-Star Safety compliant and meet the standards that have made the model the GNCAP’s top performer,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

The specification upgrade for 2022 includes the entry-level XUV300 W4 that now boasts a dark interior with black dashboard design and black seat upholstery. The upholstery is further upgraded from cloth to black leatherette on the W8 models.

A second significant upgrade has been made to the XUV300 infotainment system. A new high-output system with a new 9” touch-sensitive infotainment system replaces the 7” infotainment system of old and all specification levels that are fitted with the touch screen (W4 SE, W6 and W8) offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Moving from the W4 SE to the W6, you’ll find more luxuries previously not available at this specification level.

These include a rear window wiper and demister and a comprehensive satellite navigation system. Mahindra has also added cruise control to the W6 specification level as a standard feature.

Stepping up from the W6, the W8 delivers on all the luxuries expected from a flagship. This new model features, amongst other things, dual zone climate control, a leather-clad steering wheel, a tyre pressure monitoring system and sunroof.

The XUV300 will continue to offer both a petrol and diesel option, except in the entry-level W4, which will only be available with a petrol engine.

The turbo-petrol engine is Mahindra’s own three-cylinder 1.2 litre engine, which delivers 81 kW at 5 000 r/min and a healthy 200 Nm of torque between 2 000 r/min and 3 500 r/min.

The diesel engine is a brand-new four-cylinder 1.5 litre turbo-diesel engine that delivers 85.8 kW and 300 Nm.

Both engine options deliver some of the best torque figures in their class and both are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.


It’s here! The Pik Up S6 DC Automatic

  • Four new automatic options added to the S6 Double Cab range
  • S6 Automatic now the most affordable automatic entry into the double cab market in SA
  • Pik Up range’s proven reliability and capability now extended across lifestyle ranges

Centurion, December 1, 2021: Mahindra has expanded its lifestyle double cab range by offering more automatic models, arriving just in time for long festive season road trips and off-road excursions.

The new Mahindra Pik Up S6 Automatic arrives with a starting price of only R378 999, making it the most affordable automatic bakkie in South Africa. The standard model and a Karoo Edition also join the line-up with rear- or four-wheel drive, adding four models in total to the comprehensive Pik Up range.

Says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa: “Since launching the S11 Automatic and S11 Automatic Karoo models, the demand for our new automatic transmission has far outstripped supply. We are proud to have been able to add the same gearbox to the S6 range to not only alleviate some of the pent-up demand but to extend this lifestyle-friendly transmission to a greater number of buyers.”

All four new additions to the double-cab range are fitted with the same engine and automatic gearbox, which was developed by Mahindra globally with significant input and testing from Mahindra in South Africa.

This means that power is delivered by the proven and trusted mHawk turbodiesel engine with common rail injection. The engine is rated to deliver 103 kW at 3 750 rpm and a healthy 320 Nm all the way from 1 500 rpm to 2 800 rpm.

The Mahindra mHawk engine is well-known and much-loved in South Africa, both for its effortless power delivery and low fuel consumption. Mahindra’s range of engines has become synonymous with good fuel consumption and it received a top 3 position in the Most Efficient Brand category of the WesBank Fuel Economy Tour.

In the automatic models, the fuel consumption has been rated as 9.3 litres/100 km in a combined cycle.

The automatic gearbox was developed in partnership with the global automotive giant Aisin, and it offers six speeds and the option to take over gearshifts by moving the gear selector to the right. For South African models, this gearbox has been mapped perfectly to the power band to offer significant low-end pulling power and higher-speed long distance cruising ability.

The Pik Up S6 Automatic further benefits from the Pik Up range’s comprehensive mechanical resumé. This includes Mahindra’s beloved MLD self-locking rear differential, an 80-litre fuel tank, a 210 mm ground clearance and a maximum tow rating of 2 500 kg.

Other features carried over from the S6 manual model include front fog lamps, the impressive 1 095 kg payload for the 4×2 double cab model (995 kg for the 4×4) and ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD). Four-wheel drive models are also fitted with a knob-selector for a quick shift between 2H and 4H modes and to low-range.

Inside the cabin, the S6 Automatic model has a comprehensive list of features. These include air conditioning, an audio system with a USB and auxiliary port, cruise control, central locking and electric windows and mirrors. All auto models also have Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as standard.

Mahindra has also added charging points to both the front and rear of the cabin, auto-locking doors, two airbags for the driver and front passenger and ISOFIX seat anchors for the safe fitment of child seats. Other features that are standard across the S6 Automatic Double Cab range include an arm rest for the driver and front passenger and height adjustment for the driver’s seat.

S6 Automatic Karoo

For buyers who would like a more visually striking S6 Automatic with an even higher specification level, Mahindra has added two S6 Automatic Karoo models, with the same option between the 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains. With these Karoo models, Mahindra’s design team has swopped the standard S6 steel wheels with hardened off-road ready alloy rims.

Karoo models also receive a nudge bar, a rear styling bar instead of the bolted-on cab protector and a tonneau cover. The Karoo models further feature colour-coded rear wheel arch mouldings and rain deflectors fitted to the doors. The Mahindra Pik Up S6 Automatic range is available immediately from Mahindra’s comprehensive network of 67 dealers across South and Southern Africa. This network has continued to grow, despite the challenges of the past two years and now cover all major towns, cities and routes.


Mahindra Care Fest 2021 kicks off in South Africa

It is carnival time at Mahindra South Africa, as it joins affiliates from across the globe to celebrate the Mahindra Care Fest 2021.

The Mahindra Care Fest is an annual celebration by the brand’s technical support team, stretching from the head office in India to each country and to every dealer. This year’s celebration will start on 15 November and will last for a full month, ending in SA on 15 December 2021.

For Mahindra owners, the Care Fest will be made tangible with a free check-up. The check-up is performed by a dealer’s top mechanical specialists and includes 30-point check-up of various safety, wear-and-tear, and mechanical items.

“Customers can bring their vehicles to their local Mahindra dealer and spend some time enjoying refreshments and chatting with our staff, while the technicians do a thorough check-up of the vehicle,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

Rajesh adds that Mahindra South Africa has extended its participation in the Care Fest 2021 until 15 December, allowing owners to thoroughly check their vehicle prior to the start of the Festive Season.

Care Fest 2021 crowns a busy year for the Technical and Customer Service teams at Mahindra South Africa.

The busy year kicked off with the official opening of the all-new, technologically advanced Mahindra Parts Warehouse in Linbro Park, Gauteng.

The warehouse increased Mahindra’s local stockholding of service and repair parts by 30%. Its design and support services allow rapid daily dispatches to all dealers across South Africa, further shortening service times.

Mahindra followed the establishment of their new warehouse with a brand-new Training Centre in Gauteng.

Located close to the head office in Centurion, the Training Centre has more than double the space of its predecessor. It is equipped with state-of-the-art training aids and has engines, transmission systems and other mechanical components of different Mahindra vehicles available for hands-on training.

“With the new Training Centre, we can train more technicians, more often and help our established technicians stay abreast of the newest innovations. We can do this both in our classrooms and remotely, meaning that we can continue with our training programmes regardless of the restrictions on travel or business,” says Rajesh.

The third innovation to be launched this year was the range of Mahindra Value Fit parts.

Value Fit parts meet all the technical requirements for its service and repair parts but are available at a more affordable price than some of the parts fitted under a normal mechanical warranty and service plan. A number of part lines have been launched and further part lines will be added to this offering shortly.

In addition, Mahindra recently launched its dedicated Certified Pre-owned Dealer programme, another customer service innovation.

Dealers are required to apply for and meet the standards set by Mahindra to be able to offer a range of Certified Pre-owned products. This means that customers can expect only the best quality pre-owned Mahindra vehicles from Certified Pre-owned dealers.

To show its trust in the Certified Pre-owned programme and to customers who put their trust in the brand, Mahindra has announced that it is adding a full 12-month service plan and 12-month complimentary mechanical warranty to every Mahindra vehicle sold under the Certified Pre-owned programme.

“The past two years have been tough on everyone’s wallet. We want to honour the trust that our customers put in the Mahindra brand by offering the best possible customer service and after-sales support to our SUVs and bakkies.

“We will celebrate a successful Customer Service year with our Mahindra Care Fest 2021 and welcome every customer to pop in to their local dealer for free 30-point assessment of their vehicle,” says Rajesh.


Even more value from the Value Champion

30 August 2021

  • Mahindra introduces Value Fit range of service parts
  • Pik Up, Bolero and Scorpio first model ranges to benefit
  • Focused on affordable servicing after service plan and warranty

August 30, 2021, Centurion. South Africa’s Value Champion – Mahindra – has introduced a value-focused solution for owners with older commercial vehicles.

Called Value Fit, the solution comprises of a comprehensive range of service parts that meet all the standards set by the global Mahindra group for its vehicles but are made available at a more affordable price.

The Value Fit parts are available under the slogan of “Quality Assured Value Parts” and will give owners of older Mahindra vehicles the same peace of mind as that given to owners of Mahindra models still under service plan.

“Value Fit is our response to the growing parc of older Mahindra vehicles that are already out of their warranty and service plan period,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

“With the range of Value Fit parts, the owners of these older vehicles can continue to service their Mahindras at their local dealership, thus keeping them in the best possible condition without stretching their budgets.”

Value Fit will be made available initially to owners of Scorpio, Bolero and Pik Up models. Usage studies show that these models are used extensively for both business and leisure purposes, clocking up high mileages and staying with their owners for many years after the expiration of the warranty and, where applicable, the service plan.

The parts will be made available to dealers through the same national distribution network currently used for service and repair parts. It means that both dealers and customers will benefit from the same rapid turnaround times that Mahindra has become known for.

“Earlier this year, we opened our new state-of-the-art warehouse in Linbro Park. The new facility is not only much larger than any warehouse that preceded it, but its 24-hour shift schedule and all-electronic management system allow us to receive and ship orders in record time,” says Rajesh.

Mahindra has become known informally as a true Value Champion after several independent testing authorities praised the company for its low cost of ownership. These accolades include praise and support from the late Malcolm Kinsey, who showed in his Kinsey Report of the cost of service and repair parts that Mahindra is not only affordable to purchase, but also to own and maintain.

In similar fashion, the rankings from the last Fuel Economy Challenge held before the pandemic, showed that Mahindra was one of the three most frugal brands when it came to fuel consumption of both their petrol and diesel vehicles.

“For Mahindra, cost of ownership is much more than the showroom price. It is influenced by the vehicle’s durability, the cost of services and service parts, and the trade-in price of the vehicle at the end of the ownership cycle. This is, of course, also influenced by brand reputation and the service levels of Mahindra dealerships. We are working hard to offer the best value and service to our customers along every step of that process,” says Rajesh.


Mahindra invests in skills development

19 Apr 2021

  • Modern new training facility to facilitate in-person and online training
  • Centre is the next step in local expansion that includes new warehouse, fitment centre, and assembly facility

April 19, 2021, Centurion. Mahindra South Africa last week officially opened the doors of its new Training Centre in Gauteng.

The new centre is located in Centurion and it more than doubles the available space of its predecessor. It will be used for all internal and dealer training and will also welcome dealers and staff from other countries in the Southern African Development Community.

“With the growth of the Mahindra brand in recent years, we have completely outgrown our previous technical training facility. The new Training Centre will allow us to train more people more often. Ultimately, this renewed focus on training and skills development should reflect in even better customer service on the showroom floor,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

The new Training Centre takes into consideration the impact of recent lockdowns and thus offers a mix of in-person and online training. The latter is made possible by modern technology that allows Mahindra’s training team to provide classroom and interactive style training to remote learners.

The Training Centre is also equipped with a dedicated workshop and a simulated sales environment that allow attendees to apply their training immediately and be tested on their skills and competence.

With its comprehensive list of training programmes, the Training Centre offers full training certification for all of its technical and inter-personal courses. All courses were developed by Mahindra’s own technical specialists, specifically for South Africa.

The opening coincides with the next round of our global Tekfest technical training competition. Tekfest is Mahindra’s global competition for technical personnel and service advisors. It combines various rounds of online and in-person evaluations to select South Africa’s best technical specialists.

Technicians from all over the country compete in 18 different categories in three different specialist fields – technicians, diagnostic technicians and service advisors. The competition not only tests different levels of competency, but it pits the best of the best against those from other Mahindra countries, with the overall winners competing in the global Mahindra Tekfest competition.

“Our Mahindra technicians can certainly hold their own against their counterparts from other parts of the world. We believe that the new Training Centre will help us maintain this high level of technical competence and at the same time help train the many more sales and technical staff that are joining the Mahindra brand every month,” says Rajesh.

Mahindra last week opened its new national warehouse and parts distribution centre. It follows other new developments, including the Special Fitment Centre in Gauteng, new dealers in rural areas in South Africa and the large vehicle assembly facility in Durban, where it assembles the Pik Up for the local as well as the export market.

“South Africa is the regional hub for Mahindra and the brand’s second home outside of India. We will continue to support all levels of skill development to support the growing demand for Mahindra vehicles and the planned expansion on the continent,” says Rajesh.


Mahindra opens new state-of-the-art warehouse in Linbro Park

08 Apr 2021

April 8 2021; Johannesburg:  Mahindra South Africa today opened the doors to its new national parts warehouse in Linbro Business Park in Gauteng.

The new warehouse, situated near the intersection of the N1, M1 and N3 highways in Johannesburg, is more than 30% larger than Mahindra’s Jet Park warehouse. A special shelving system more than doubles the available storage space, allowing it to centralise all parts storage in this new location.

“Mahindra has been recognised as the fastest growing volume brand for two of the last three years as we welcomed a record number of new owners to the fold. This growth in our vehicle parc and the rapid increase in franchised dealers have necessitated the larger warehouse,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

Besides being significantly larger than its predecessor, the new warehouse is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that tracks all parts in real time. This creates a completely paperless environment and allows the warehouse staff to receive, fill and dispatch orders in the quickest possible time.

“The new warehouse has been designed to significantly speed up our order filling and dispatch process. As all parts are tracked and dispatched electronically, we are able to fill orders much faster than before and ship them within hours of receipt,” says Rajesh.

The new warehouse was officially opened today by the Mahindra team, but it has been in trial operation since November 2020. During this time, the more than 33 000 parts lines were moved from Jet Park at night and added to the new electronic system to be immediately available the next day. This proved the efficiency of the new electronic system and ensured that there were no disruptions in the delivery of parts to dealers.

The new Linbro Park Parts Warehouse is the latest in a series of investments from Mahindra starting from 2018, which saw it establish a manufacturing facility in Durban, a new Special Fitment Centre in Gauteng and a new head office in Centurion, Gauteng.

During the same time, Mahindra grew its dealer footprint in Southern Africa to include new dealers as far afield as Louis Trichardt, Lephalale and Mahikeng and in neighbouring Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana and even Zambia.

“When we opened our vehicle assembly facility in Durban, we said that South Africa is Mahindra’s second home outside India and an important springboard to the rest of the continent. Our subsequent investments have underscored this commitment and placed us in a perfect position to grow further.”


Mahindra and Arrive Alive partner for Safer Drives, Safer Lives

22 Feb 2021

Mahindra and is taking to the road to help drive road safety awareness across South Africa.

The two entities have signed an agreement to help improve South African motorists’ awareness of road safety principles and responsible road use. They will also work together to educate motorists about the importance of vehicle safety equipment.

Called “Safer drives, Safer lives”, the information campaign will build on a similar campaign by Mahindra in India, where it recently received the Safer Choice Award from the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP). This Award was given to Mahindra for achieving the highest crash-test score ever recorded for a vehicle in this country.

The GNCAP has since ratified its crash-test score for the same model – the XUV300 – in South Africa, giving it a full five-star vehicle safety rating and making it the safest vehicle ever tested for the South African market and ranked first on its #SaferCarsForAfrica rankings.

“Vehicle safety awareness is very often neglected in favor of performance features or creature comforts. We would like to educate the public to also consider a vehicle’s safety credentials and to understand the role and operation of the various safety features in their vehicle,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

The Safer Drives, Safer Lives campaign kicks off in cyberspace, with an educational series focused on vehicle safety equipment and how to use it effectively. This series will also aim to educate the public on the difference between active and passive safety equipment and on the role that responsible driving plays in ensuring Safer Drives, Safer Lives.

“South Africa has a very high road accident and fatality rate and all too often the cause is linked to driver error and a misunderstanding of vehicle dynamics and safety equipment. We hope to address this with the Safer Drives, Safer Lives campaign and look forward to working with the team at Mahindra South Africa,” says Advocate Johan Jonck, manager of the initiative.

The campaign will kick off on and its various social media channels with a series on vehicle safety equipment and crash-test ratings. This will include features on passive safety equipment like ISOFIX anchor points for child seats, airbags, and side-impact bars, and dynamic safety equipment like ABS brakes with the electronic brake-force distribution.

“Once our online campaign is firmly established, we will hit the road with our upgraded XUV300 for a series of fun and educational safety events across South Africa. Here, we will demonstrate the role of different safety features and the importance of safe and defensive driving to media and the public,” says Rajesh.

The road safety campaign will kick off in Mpumalanga and make its way through Gauteng, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

For more information on the campaign, please visit or and follow the associated social media channels, with the hashtags:

#MahindraSA / #SaferDrivesSaferLives / #SaferCarsForAfrica / #SaferCarsForSouthAfrica


Mahindra XUV300 receives highest ever 5-star safety rating for Africa from Global NCAP

28 Jan 2021

  • Sets new benchmark in Safety with first 5-star safety rating for all vehicles tested in Africa by Global NCAP, with highest ever score
  • XUV300 becomes the safest car ever tested by GNCAP for Africa

January 28 2021; Pretoria: Mahindra South Africa, part of the USD 19.4 billion Mahindra Group, today announced that its compact SUV, the XUV300, has been awarded the highest 5-Star Safety Rating by Global NCAP. With this global recognition, the XUV300 becomes the first ever vehicle in Africa to score the highest safety rating among cars tested so far by Global NCAP.

The XUV300 has also become one of the vehicles in Africa to score a 4-Star child safety rating. It is noteworthy that side-impact performance is a pre-requisite for a 5-Star safety rating, and the XUV300 side-impact performance has been one of the best among all 5-star-rated cars.

The #SaferCarsForAfrica safety rating shows that XUV300 received 5-star rating for its adult protection in the GNCAP crash tests with the highest ever score. The XUV300 sets a new safety benchmark for Africa.

“Mahindra has made a public commitment to provide the safest vehicles possible and the GNCAP rating is a welcome accolade and a first for Africa from the global authority on vehicle safety tests. It is also a sign of things to come from all future models of Mahinda,” says Arvind Mathew, Chief of International Operations at Mahindra & Mahindra.

According to Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa, “A 5-star rating from the GNCAP is the best-possible confirmation that safety is integrated into the very design and structure of the Mahindra XUV300. If one combines the vehicle’s passive safety with its performance, including its exemplary road holding and dynamic handling, it is the perfect SUV for the South African family. It boasts of an unmatched value proposition in terms of style, safety, performance and features.”

The Mahindra XUV300, with its many segment-leading safety features including 7 airbags, disc brakes on all 4 wheels, front parking sensors and heated outside rear-view mirrors (ORVMs) for improved visibility, offers fortress-like safety that is unmatched.




The XUV300 offers some class leading and best-in-segment safety features*:

  • Class leading 7 airbags, including knee airbag, dual-front, side and curtain airbags.
  • First-in-class front parking sensors
  • ISOFIX child seat mounts
  • Disc brakes on all 4 wheels 
  • Heated ORVMs
  • Electronic stability program with Dynamic Steering Torque, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Roll-over Mitigation and Traction Control, together with Hill Start Assist.
  • ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) standard across all variants
  • Front and rear fog lamps
  • Tyre-tronics (Tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system)
  • Seat belt reminder for all seats


The Mahindra KUV100 NXT is the country’s most budget-friendly compact crossover

10 Nov 2020

  • KUV100 NXT keeps budget-beating momentum from 2019 report
  • New #XPREZ panel van brings value-for-money range to SA businesses

November 10 2020; Pretoria: The Mahindra KUV100 NXT remains the cost-king of the compact crossovers.

The 2020 AA-Kinsey Report, which is compiled and published independently of any manufacturer support, found that the Mahindra KUV100 NXT is one of the most affordable compact crossovers to repair and service.

The report also found that the KUV has the most affordable crash-replacement parts, making it the overall price winner in the compact crossover segment of the study. The crossover segments remain the most crowded and hotly contested segments of the Kinsey report.

The study was led by industry stalwart Malcolm Kinsey, who this year celebrates 30 years of consistently collecting and publishing vehicle parts prices.

Malcolm notes in his report that parts prices, in general, have increased, while crash parts are worryingly high and will affect a vehicle’s insurance premium and the point at which a car is written off in an accident.

In contrast to the general trend, Malcolm noted that the KUV100 NXT has the lowest crash part prices and that its parts basket is an impressive R12 084 lower than that of its nearest rival. The report also notes that the KUV is the second most affordable offering in the entire report, despite the inclusion of a range of entry-level vehicles.

This is the second year that the KUV100 NXT has reigned supreme in its category in the AA-Kinsey Report and it follows similar accolades in the WesBank SA Fuel Economy Tour, which found that the diesel version of the KUV was the most frugal and fuel efficient vehicle in the compact vehicle (A1) category.

“In my years of research, I have found a strong correlation between the parts prices of the vehicles that I include in the report and those of the brand in general. This would mean that Mahindra, as a brand, offers highly affordable parts prices,” says Malcolm.

The findings of the AA-Kinsey Report also hold true for the newly introduced Mahindra KUV100 NXT K2+ #XPREZ panel van, which was introduced earlier this month.

The KUV panel van already has the enviable status of being South Africa’s most affordable panel van and it can now also claim to have the most affordable service and repair costs. Indeed, the order book for this model has seen a significant jump since its launch in October, which is proof positive of the demand for an affordable and reliable compact delivery vehicle such as the #XPREZ.

“The KUV100 NXT competes in a very important segment of the market,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa. “The KUV offers true affordability by being competitively priced and offering the lowest cost of ownership. We are very proud of this status and of the hard work we put in to improve our value chain and operating costs to be able to offer parts and components at such a low cost.”

The KUV100 NXT offers the choice of a petrol or diesel engine and many industry-leading features, such as an infotainment system and parking sensors on certain models. With the introduction of the #DARE models, Mahindra has also shown that compact SUVs can be fun and trendy, without breaking the bank.

All models are fitted with air conditioning and dual airbags standard, making the KUV one of the safest vehicles in its class.


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