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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.(mind you I said cards :p)
A mileage 85.4 kmpl aided by its MCI5 engine(the same engine used in Stallio and Pantero with improvements by Mahindra R&D), 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 Stallio they must have learnt something good and have come up with this new entry.(that's what I think :p)

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.The exhaust pipe is the same used in Stallio and Pantero looks like Mahindra is not ready to recycle or waste its old inventory.

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
(Update : After 8 months of use - The gear shifts are hard and rough although the bike was given for regular servicing at Authorized Service Center)
The engine pulls up to 85km/hr with a pillion rider to account to its top speed but the engine does vibrate when above 60 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 kms/lts in the city traffic and 54-57kms/lt on highways.

(Update : Complained about the Mileage issue to the concerned people at Mahindra Two Wheeler Customer Care and their Zonal Service Manager many times but nothing was taken care of by them nor the Mileage improved :-()   

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 for the O1 Version (the one with digital console with features like faulty Distance to Empty Meter) and the N1 version with starting price of 45,500 INR (this is the version with analog console and the main reason for launching it was to attract more customers with lower price and run away from the problems they were facing with the O1 Version's faulty digital console which weren't rectifiable) and does go up state wise because of different state taxes so do check out the local dealers for that.
A Disc Brake Version of Centuro also to join the fleet and Mahindra is yet to announce the price !

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

(Update : I faced many problems within my 9 months of ownership like very low mileage,[(36.5kms/ltr) with all things taken care of like accurate Tyre pressures, filling up the tank in the morning (Remind you the ARAI is all about all this bu***t)], high engine vibrations, noisy engine, rusty chrome parts, faulty digital dashboard (problem is as it is after complaints))

So as an owner and experience I had within the ownership I would not suggest anyone to buy this bike.
This was my 9th ride (first from Mahindra) previous were (Hero, Bajaj & Honda) but never had such problems within 1 year of use nor experienced such poor servicing from the Authorized Service.

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


What’s Bad Engine, Mileage, Faulty Features, After Sales



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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
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 with its low grade products....

shayari_networks said...

... very few people are aware that the Centuro N1 was only released because of Centuro O1 version's faulty dashboard with so and so fake features weren't rectifiable :-(

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