2016 MAHINDRA KUV100 1.2 D75 K8
The relatively new Mahindra KUV100 is available with a threecylinder, 1.2-litre turbodiesel – the mFalcon D75 – which delivers impressive fuel economy of around 5.3 litres per 100km. Like the oilburner in the Ford EcoSport, it doesn’t provide loads of power (just 57kW at 3 750r/min), but you get 190Nm of torque, which goes a long way towards making the KUV100 feel spritely and fun to drive. Pricing on the KUV is also good. It starts at around R155 000 for the entry-level 1.2 G80 K4+, while the top-spec 1.2 D75 K8 goes for R206 000. This 2016 example with 38 800km on the clock and a full franchise service history goes for R169 900. This is a good price, especially if you consider that you receive the balance of a three- year/100 000km warranty and a three-year/50 000km service plan.
THE GOOD: Frugal. Spacious cabin for its size.
THE BAD: Small boot. NVH levels could be better.