Mahindra Centuro: Street Smart

The Centuro’s rather conservative looks show through once the sun comes up. It’s a far cry from the radically designed competition from Bajaj and more of a no-nonsense commuter along the lines of Honda’s Dream Yuga. Only a closer inspection reveals how different the Centuro really is from the rest of the class.

The uniquely styled guide- and tail-lamps add character. The digital instrument cluster includes a trip meter, distance-to-empty, a clock, even a vehicle service reminder, all easy to read and great looking. The hinged fuel cap is a nice touch too. Overall paint quality and fit-and-finish are both good.

Enough talk. With fantastic riding weather and Uttarakhand’s twisty roads ahead of us, we swing a leg over the tubular frame and get going. And almost instantly, Mahindra’s commuter focus shows through in the riding posture, which is upright enough to make a yoga instructor proud. Also, the handlebars – and consequently, the mirrors as well – aren’t too wide, which should help when you’re squeezing through gaps in traffic.