BAR­GAIN BUY

2016 MAHIN­DRA KUV100 1.2 D75 K8

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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.

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