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Mahindra and Mahindra Xylo
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
Expert Rating
: 8/10
Warranty
: 3 Yrs / 1,00,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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9.17 Lakhs-12 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Cushioned ride
  • Roomy and spacious
  • High value for money
  • Exciting diesel engine
  • Maximum sitting comfort

Weak Areas

  • Not so premium
  • Bland rear design
  • Poor quality interiors
  • Cabin lack the tactile feel
  • Notchy gearbox, long throws
Mahindra and Mahindra Xylo
 
 

Mahindra Xylo Expert Review

The Indian automaker Mahindra has launched its new MUV Mahindra Xylo.


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Mahindra has decided to come with the Xylo alone without the help of Renault. Both joined hands in 2007 and in 2010 Mahindra would buy Renaults share in the joint venture. Mahindra has been constantly evolving becoming a company that wants to leave its mark on every segment and wants to be omnipresent in the market. The car looks quite different than other cars by Mahindra. The car comes I the diesel variant only, so let’s have a look at the car that Mahindra has to offer.

Exteriors

Mahindra Xylo is based on the Multi Utility Vehicles platform which competes with the likes of Toyota Innova and Chevrolet Enjoy. It is supposed to be the weekend getaway family car to take on relatively short trips or picnic. Mahindra has certainly gone that extra mile to please their customers and the people and bring out a better car for them.
 
Mahindra has changed this car a bit from its last outing, it’s a face lifted version which looks a little better on the eyes and Mahindra has tried not to change things around with this much so as to keep the iconic things intact. The bonnet of the Xylo dips quite a bit with the badge of Mahindra coming out a bit from the normal front straight line of the car. The grille is in normal black with a lot of perpendicular lines and a horizontal single line of chrome to the base of both the headlights which is very eye catching. The bumper looks with sporty fog lamps nad lots of vents for the air to go through and cool the engine. The headlamps pretty good with number of white lines running through. The side gives a typical feel of a MUV and looks like it has got tons of space. It has got the big wheel archs protruding out and has a black matte footrest. The door guards have a lining of chrome on them as well. The back of the Xylo has a particularly large rear windshield with it covering half of the back door. The rear lights look good which aent as small as the Quanto or not as big as the Scorpio. The car has a spoiler too which doen’t improve its looks but is a extra feature in it nonetheless.
 
Though Mahindra did try to improve its looks with the facelift but it still isn’t that weekend car as far as its exteriors are concerned, they are descent but not that great, you would feel that the Toyota Innova has an upper hand as far as the looks are concerned.
 
Interiors
 
You enter the car and you mouth will drop open by the awe inspiring beauty and luxury of the car. Looking from the outside one has no idea that it will be so good from the inside. The car has keyless entry feature so enter is hassle free inside it. The seats are covered with good quality leather seats in the top model which is the H9. The two tone interiors look so plush and neat, for once you will feel that you are sitting in a high end car maybe.  The main colour used is beige in it though there is a bit too much of it you will feel at some point of time because of the brown leather seats too. 
 
Xylo is known for being spacious and this model is no less in it, bucket seats in the first and second row can therefore give a lot of space to the four passengers and if you are alone travelling on long trips then you can join the passenger seat of the first row and the seat behind it and stretch your legs for the long journey which I haven’t seen in any car is a great idea. There is a bit less space in the last row and you would have been spoilt by the first two rows and you would have expected more but you will have to compromise somewhere. Since there are bucket seats in both of the rows you have individual arm rests in both of them which is ideal for both rows. Even the last row has an arm support for the passengers which tell the interiors have been designed keeping in mind the comfort of the passengers. The leather for the seats is of good quality and the neck support for all the passengers adds more points to the car.
 
The dashboard looks fantastic with the middle vents shaped like the wings of a bird. The air con vents on the side have a chrome lining on the outside which looks great. The centre console has a bit of woodwork which gives the car a luxurious feel and the music system is well placed. The air con controls look a bit on the chunkier side. The gear knob also looks great with leather covering and woodwork in the middle, the console containing it itself is a work of art. It has woodwork on the outline which goes and merges onto dashboard. The doors look great with them having woodwork and beige fabric, the handles are circular in shape in the inside for opening. Above the air con vents there is a digital meter which tells the inside and outside temperature and also tells the direction. The instrument panel is simple with white light in background and red needles. Though everything is placed right it just looks plain and simple.
 
The car has lots of place for storage. It has a pocket in the dashboard under the air con troll. In the doors also have there are pockets to keep water bottle and small things. In centre console you have cup holders. On the rear of front seats there are folding tables to eat while you are on the move. The car has lots of intelligent pockets so you won’t have problem keeping things in it.
 
The car also has a lot of features like the cruise control, remote boot release and is equipped with safety features like ABS, EBD, two front airbags and engine immobilizer. The music system comes with CD, AUX and USB compatibility though it misses out on the Bluetooth connectivity and also the sunroof which one would have expected in it.
 
Engine, Performance and Transmission
 
The Xylo is out in two types on engine, one is the mDI CRDe engine and the other one being their popular mHawk engine. The CRDe engine is a 2.5 liter engine which produces max power of 95 bhp a 3600 rpm and max torque of 220 Nm at 1400 rpm while the mHawk engine is a 2.2 liter engine which produces power of 120 bhp at 4000 rpm and twist of 280 Nm at 2400 rpm. One can already see the difference in the engine figures and though the CRDe engine has a bigger capacity it still produces less torque and twist. The mHawk engine comes straight from the hood of Mahindra Scorpio and has 25 more bhp than the CRDe engine which is the engine from bolero. The mHawk engine is good enough for the Xylo and one can go from standstill to 100 in 13.5 seconds which is quite good given it’s an MUV. The pickup and acceleration are really good. It’s really good for straight line driving or overtaking in the cities. On the highway too it goes easily into three figures. The turbo charger takes some time to kick in but once it does after the 2000 rpm there are no complaints. The gear shifts do take a bit of effort in the earlier stages but they are not much of an issue and they work well and you would love the drive.
 
Ride and Handling
 
The steering wheel of the Xylo is still light and there don’t seem much of change by the Mahindra from the last car and if you try to experiment the steering you are in for surprises, not the good ones though. There is still considerable amount of roll in the car due to its bulkiness. It’s better to keep the car in a straight line and everything else is fine enough.
 
The vehicle dynamics have improved though and it’s good that Mahindra haven’t changed anything about the ride, it’s exemplary as always. Ride is really comfortable though baring the bumpiness on the rough and uneven roads. One does feel the potholes in the tarmac if it hits against it.
 
Fuel Economy
 
Mahindra is in the car market for quite some time and they know what it requires to sell the car in the Indian auto bazaar. They are mainly successful due to their fuel efficient engines and the low pricing. Therefore Mahindra themselves do have some tricks up their sleeves.
 
Both the versions have manual transmissions and have 5 speed gearbox which gives a descent mileage for a MUV. The bigger CRDe engine gives a good mileage of 13.9 kilometers to the liter while the mHawk’s 2.2 liter engine 13.64 kilometer to the liter.
 
Verdict
 
Mahindra Xylo is a good car if you are looking for a good drive and comfort levels and not going on the looks outside. The ride and handling of the car fine enough and the engine does give out everything, giving a great performance. You can cruise at high speeds on the highways but you have to be careful with the steering wheel as it is a bit tricky.
 
It lacks in the department of styling, climate control or satellite navigation. The car is still bouncy and the roll on it is a bit too much. With a lot of MUV’s coming in the market even the smallest of things can be decisive for a person to buy it. The face lifted Mahindra Xylo should do better than the last version, Mahindra has certainly tried to improve from their side but it can be better nonetheless.
 
The H4 variant with the mHawk Engine is priced at Rs 8.45 Lakhs while the H8 variant with the ABS and airbags costs Rs 9.6 Lakhs. If you want the top end of the Xylo with all the best stuff in it then one has to loosen his pocket more and spending Rs 10.45 Lakhs (all prices ex-showroom-Mumbai)
 
Comfort and ergonomics: 3.5/5
 
Refinement: 3/5
 
Safety: 3/5
 
Ride: 3.5/5
 
Fuel efficiency: 3.5/5 
 
Handling: 3.5/5
 
Value for Money: 3.5/5   
 
Overall: 3.5/5 
 

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