Finally here it is- the Mahindra Quanto, the name Quanto is derived from the word Quantum meaning enhanced space. The Quanto is a very important big step for Mahindra as it wants to consolidate on the compact SUV market which is seen as the next big thing. The XUV500’s success has made it a force to be reckoned with and making a compact SUV was the logical next step. In exteriors, We like the more pronounced lines on the bonnet which make it look muscular. The grille and headlights are all new Xylo, but for a moment don’t think that Mahindra also makes the Xylo and look at the Quanto, is it a looker? We find it hard to say no. It’s well balanced and looks good from the front and gels with the rest of the design.
However look at the sides and the rear then the Quanto looks interesting. Obviously since Mahindra intended to fit the Quanto into the sub-4 metre category (length of 3985mm), it looks compact but you get the feeling that the rear has a rather abrupt ending in an effort to do so. The rear in our opinion is the best bit of the design. The high set tail-lamps, rear bumper are all new plus along with the mounted spare wheel (an old school SUV touch) certainly grabs your attention and despite being small in dimensions, the Quanto has presence. Step and the interior is very much lifted from the Xylo which means it’s well designed, thoughtful and practical. The centre-console, all the controls are all Xylo.
You get a lot of features though, stuff like Digital Drive Assist System (DDAS), Intellipark Reverse Assist, 2 DIN music system with CD, MP3, USB & Aux in. The quality of the cabin is decent and the overall feeling once you get in is a pleasant one. The centre-console has controls which are placed logically and it’s easy to use. Its compact proportions should not fool you though as getting inside will put you in a state of disbelief. The space is excellent and the Quanto feels airy from the inside. It is also the only sub 4m SUV in India with a 5+2 seating arrangement. However space for those sitting at the rear jump seats is rather tight. That said the middle row and the front seats are spacious and comfy. The Quanto is powered by a 1.5 litre mCR100 engine, which is the newest Common Rail Diesel engine in Mahindra’s SUV portfolio.
The mCR100 engine delivers 100 bhp and a healthy torque of 240 Nm. The 1.5 litre engine is fitted with a twin turbo’s. This engine is basically a smaller version of the 2.2 mHawk engine but packs a punch no less. Transmission is a 5-speed manual gearbox. When it comes to the all important issue of fuel economy, the ARAI figure is 17.2 kmpl which is very good indeed. The suspension of the Mahindra Quanto at the front comprises of independent double wishbones, coil springs with anti-roll bar and at the rear you get five bar link and coils springs, the ride though fairly decent is a bit bouncy.The compact size means handling is nippy and coupled with the turning radius of 5.4m means that this a SUV for the concrete jungle.
The Quanto has ABS and Dual front airbags. The handling is good though there is some body roll and sharp turns will expose this. The Quanto is with four variants – C2, C4, C6 & C8. The Quanto price range starts from Rs. 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base C2 model, to Rs. 7.57 lakh (ex showroom Delhi) for the fully loaded top end C8 model. The mid-level variants, C4 and C6 are priced at 6.53 and 7.05 lakhs respectively (ex showroom Thane). This is a value based buy for sure! For a detailed analysis read below..