User Experience Review of Mahindra Quanto C8
The Quanto is another feature-rich product from Mahindra, but is that enough for a good user experience?
The Mahindra Quanto’s interiors are largely similar to what you get inside the Xylo. The dashboard layout comprises of the same centrally mounted multi-information display (but this ones displays limited information) and the combination of leaf-shaped A/C vents in the centre and round ones at the either ends of the dashboard. However, since the Quanto aims to be more youthful than the Xylo, you don’t get the brown plastics or wood-finish inserts. Instead, the plastics have a light grey colour with metallic finish inserts.
The centre console also gets a USB and auxiliary compatible double-DIN audio system that plays CDs and MP3 / WMA digital audio. It is the same Nippon head-unit that you get in the Verito and the Xylo facelift. But even the top-end C8 variant of the Quanto doesn't get any steering mounted controls. There is no phone-pairing either. But I won’t be surprised if Mahindra gives all that with a C9 variant next year! There are lots of storage spaces throughout the car too, but what is more important is the cabin space.
Since the Quanto has the large doors and the relatively high roofline from the Xylo, ingress and egress isn’t too difficult, but still needs you to ‘climb’ into the compact SUV. The front seats are adequate for the average Indian and also come with individual armrests on certain trim levels. The front seats also get the basic adjustments like height, reach and recline. The second row of seats is quite spacious too. There is enough leg, knee, foot and headroom and the flat cushioning helps accommodate three adults.
However, in the bid to incorporate two jump seats in the boot, the second row seat has a relatively upright backrest, which compromises the long distance comfort of the second row. The jump seats, as expected, are only good enough for kids. Seating two adults in the back could make them feel as comfortable as the chicken in a butcher’s truck. Moreover, the safety of the third row occupants is a concern in case of a rear-end collision – and no, the spare wheel on the boot-lid won’t make things safer!
Depending on the variant you choose, the Quanto will provide you with features like all four power windows, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, central locking (which failed on our test car), tinted glass, rear-windshield defogger, sunglasses holder etc. In fact, the Quanto carries forward most of the features, creature comforts and spacious seats (first and second rows) from the Xylo. It isn't a proper seven-seater but the jump seats provide additional flexibility to the compact crossover. Moreover, the light colour scheme of the interior also makes the cabin appear roomier than its full-blown counterpart – however, the rough edges and the low-rent quality of plastics reminds you that this value-for-money product needs to cuts costs to bring down the sticker price.