Mahindra launched the Quanta in 2012 and that time the compact SUV segment in India had just begun to heat up. Mahindra realized the potential of the market and did not wait to manufacture a compact SUV for the Indian roads. Although, Mahindra was in so much hurry that it did not quite think about what they are doing. It just assembled parts borrowed from its other products and built up the Mahindra Quanto- a sub 4 metre compact SUV.
Mahindra did not do anything when it comes to the design of the Quanto because you’d find that it looks very much similar to its elder sibling, the Xylo. Everything seems to be borrowed from the Xylo and assembled together without any alterations. The front end of the Quanto has got the same design philosophy as of the Xylo’s and even the side profile looks the same. The only difference is at the rear end of the Quanto which looks like a chopped off Mahindra Xylo. The placement of the tail lights is up top near the roof of the vehicle. The spare wheel has been placed on the trunk gate itself in order to provide a SUV-ish look to the Quanto. The overall structure of the Quanto feels a toned down variant of the Xylo and is a bit boxy.
Mahindra kept the Xylo alive even in the interiors of the Quanto. Everything is inspired from the Xylo except from the steering wheel which is borrowed from the Mahindra Scorpio. The cabin of the Quanto is very spacious, especially for the front and middle rows occupants. There is ample legroom and headroom for people in the middle row. The windows of the Quanto are big and wide which makes the inside of the vehicle feel even more spacious than it actually is. The last row of the Quanto has jump seats which are made only for small children.
Powering the Quanto is a 1.5 litre, 3 cylinder mCR100 diesel engine which is a toned down version of the one found in the Xylo. The engine produces a max power of 100 PS and a peak torque of 240 Nm. And it is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Although, the figures sounds pretty decent but the enormous weight of the Quanto puts limits to them. Quanto will take a while to do 0-100 kph. It takes 17 long seconds. Quanto, just like the Xylo, has too much body roll in the corners, something which we expected Mahindra would have taken care of.
Mahindra Quanto is a compact SUV, priced in the range of Rs 7-10 lakhs (Ex showroom), which will fulfil the basic needs of someone who is looking for a spacious and feature-rich vehicle (top end variant) which could prove to be reliable and durable, something which Mahindra is known for. When it comes to practicality Quanto will not let you down. A spacious vehicle with decent looks and a good fuel economy, what more could you ask from it?