@Superbad - excellent review, short and crisp.
Went through the other reviews; have not seen the car in person and have not TDed it so some of my views might not be applicable.
1) Quanto is another addition to the MUV segment with the chief competitor being Ertiga. Both Duster and Ertiga are priced higher with as much as Rs.2L difference between comparable models. Hence Quanto holds a distinct advantage here.
So the expectation from M&M is that some hatch and sedan buyer who also have an extended family (both parents, kids and even a sister or brother) would choose this over a sedan or premium hatch back as it provides a better alternative. Specially true for India where we do have larger families who want to go out together. Ertiga specifically targeted this market and succeeded remarkably. However the problem I see with the Quanto is that while price wise it may be VFM
, it would have the same problem as the Xylo, i.e a good degree of body roll. Since the frame is the same (though the GC is decreased) it would still have a soft suspension setup and really a ordeal to sit through if the roads are not good enough. Also considering many of the prospective customers are upgrading from premium hatch/sedans where they were used to a particular type of handling and driving pleasure, this could be a serious let down.
2) Taxi segment -- probability would do good here (specially the C2/C4 variant) with softer suspension not a deciding factor. However with 5 people onboard, luggage space is also wanting specially for taxi service. Also the given prices sits bang on Verito territory and I fear that M&M might inherently cannibalize its Verito sales.
3) Many people would equate the Quanto with having a smaller SUV (aspirational) and they would be sorely disappointed. From what I hear, it does not handle like a SUV and ground clearance is pathetic (180 mm). Even 2012 Punto and Beat have more GC than this. Hence in all probability (with full compliments of passengers & luggage), you would still be scraping the bottom here and there if you are not careful. Probably the Duster is still the best choice here (Rs. 2L premium).
4) Looks are Xylo like (no surprise) and hence you might hear your neighbour say that you have bought a bus. The point is that Quanto carries the same DNA as the Xylo (80% is the same car). Hence whatever caused the Xylo to be not a great success would apply here too. You would still find emblems stuck akwardly, the ac vents to give away within 1 year (specially if you have kids) and the fit and finish to be just OK.
While I admit that M&M has done a great job .. 3 cylinder mHawk derivative engine should be a beauty and should find way into other offerings soon, on the whole I don't see a offering that excites me. Yes, it has many excellent features on paper, but not enough to get the premium hatchback buyers on-board.