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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mahindra Centuro - An Owner's Review

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FULL REVIEW





Mahindra Two Wheelers once again aims at getting a good share from the most profitable segment: the commuter segment, with it’s latest entry Centuro (110c) and is claimed to be the most unique presentation in the market for the segment it presents because of the features it offers on the cards.
A mileage 85.4 kmpl aided by its MCI5 engine, coupled with some very handy features such as Distance to Empty Meter, Anti Theft Alarm and off-course the unique style with golden ribs.


After their failure with models such as Stalio they must have learnt something good and have come up with this new entry.



Now carrying on with the review as an owner’s point of view –


Style – The front reminds me of the TVS Flame’s look now hold on; I don’t say it completely looks the same only the front head mount looks the same, below which the golden ribs (some might have seen them in higher cc oil cooled  racing engines) resides, mind you these are just to enhance the looks of the bike nothing else, the front has 3led light arrays besides the main light console (looks good at night), the tail end light also boosts of an all led lit compartment, the tank has 12lts+ holding capacity but does not look odd at all thanks its size ratio with the bike, but which may disappoint as in looks is it’s turn signal lights which are old in style and the round cervical ones not new triangular ones.


Engine- 106.7-cc, MCi-5 (Micro Chip Ignited-5 Curve) single cylinder, air cooled four-stroke motor developing 8.4PS and a four-speed transmission producing a power 8.5 bhp at 8500 rpm and a maximum torque of 8.5 Nm at 5500 rpm.

The above seems bookish right??
I know it too, so writing the real thing below…

The engine is a noisy engine and you don’t expect an 110cc engine to shout that much, secondly it has a bad habit of cold starts and even more awkward situation is when it shuts down for no reason in 3rd and 4th gear sometimes while going up or down the gear ratios (I hope you’ll understand what I am trying to say or convey here; extremely sorry for my bad English :p)
The next part the gear ratios are bad like if you are in 4th gear and you really need that pull from the overtake sometime it won’t give you, you have to shift down and go again :p
The engine pulls up to 85km/hr with a pillion rider to account to its top speed but the engine does vibrate when above 70 km/hr.

Now comes the mileage which every Indian in the commuter section seeks or asks for before buying a bike; you may get disappointed here because the engine never gives the mileage or the mileage as claimed by the company (85.4km/lt) instead it gives a figure of 50-55 km/lts in the city traffic and 54-57 on highways.


Handling- The bike is really a comfort ride and won’t tire you in long journeys too (drove it 246kms at a stretch). It does amaze me with its good road grip even on speeds above 70 i.e. does not turn to be a shaky machine on wheels.

Pricing- The bike is available starting from 46,500 INR and does go up state wise because of different state taxes so do check out the local dealers for that.


After Sales- Another department where Mahindra Two Wheelers has to improve is definitely this section because the service center for most authorized dealers doesn’t have company trained company mechanics.

Verdict- If you are eying for a bike with a good mileage this bike is definitely not meant for you, and the engine also does not seem to give you a worry free ride in the long run, but the features and looks may attract you and another positive thing for the bike is it’s pricing, I leave it to you to decide this bike's future :p.





What’s GoodFeatures (Anti-theft key, Find-me lamps, Fully lit digital dashboard, FOB Key Holder), Style, Price

 

What’s Bad – Engine, Mileage, After Sales

 

 

The above review can be taken or read as a personal views of an owner of the bike Mahindra Centuro, Shayari N Shayari Networks® is in no way related to any of the competing brands of the company .Logos, names and features are the property of MTWL.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you know the DTE (Distance To Empty) is
just an advertising gimmick to attract
customer towards buying Centuro whereas in
reality the DTE do not work satisfactorily...

shayari_networks said...

Centuro is not meant for long rides ...
here's why?
1. Engine gets heated too much
2. Vibrations above 50km/hr
3. Very poor mileage if driven at speeds above
50km/hr
4. Unavailable parts & spares in case of
breakdown midway

moreover after-sales & services are pathetic :-(

want to waste your money then only go ahead with your decision to buy a Mahindra Centuro or any other Mahindra Bike
(Stallio, Pantero all gone into History pages now Centuro)

a MNC on a trend of disappointing customers by low grade products

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