Jan 30, 2018
The Xylo MUV was launched in 2009 and was Mahindra’s first serious and quality effort in the MPV/SUV segment nine years after the launch of the Scorpio. The Xylo was directly aiming to eat into the Toyota Innova market but despite its more than moderate success, the Xylo couldn’t threaten the Innova’s dominance.
After a long time, the Xylo gets into the market with updations, but These changes are not only limited to its exterior, the interior too gets its fair share of change, step inside the updated Xylo and you will notice an upmarket theme inside, the seats too gets a new and quality fabric. We loved the updated dash which gets a stint of Black and Beige. Although on the mechanical front the Xylo does not get any updates and it still is powered by the 2 diesel engines. The base model is powered by an mDI CRDe Common Rail diesel engine which produces about 95 Ps of peak power and 218 Nm of torque while the more powerful variants is powered by the famous mHAWK diesel engine which produces about 120 Ps of peak power and 280 Nm of peak torque, both the engines are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. Get more details and offers on Mahindra cars in Chennai from Mahindra dealers in Chennai
EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;
Odd yet appealing, Mahindra Xylo slowly and gradually carved its niche in the Indian auto market. The exterior plays an important role in marking the first impression, which often lasts longer than one might assume and did Mahindra have it with Xylo? Probably yes. The car boomerang headlights with its chrome inserts and smoked portions which make it look appealing. The bumper and the plastic add-ons give it a sporty look. The large Mahindra insignia is chrome plated, with radiator grille surrounding the bright headlamp cluster. The body colored bumpers has a black colored air dam and flanked with fog lamps. As you go to the sides, the get an idea of the huge spaciousness of the MPV. The electrically operated ORVMs, 15” alloy wheels and footsteps with mud flaps all enhances the look of the side profile of Mahindra Xylo. Reaching the rear, you get a view of the big windscreen, fog lamps on the bumper and the rear washer with a illuminated tail cluster. The sportiness of the MPV is pretty visible in its overall dimensions of 4525mm X 1770mm X 1880mm with a wheelbase of 2760mm and ground clearance of 186mm.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;
The interiors get a bit of a re-think as well and while the dashboard is basically the same, the top-end E9 (the one with the Scorpio engine) variant gets a two-tone dashboard, leather seats, a new round gear-lever and steering mounted audio-controls. There have been no other changes to the interiors and Mahindra’s inside-out design philosophy ensures that the Xylo has great interior room and space in all three rows. The flat floor and the spacious cabin ensure that the third row passengers enjoy more space than the Toyota Innova and the Ford Endeavour.
New features on the Xylo include an all-new voice command system that allows you to switch on the headlights, wipers, door locks and change the radio station through voice commands. The top of the line variant also gets a 2DIN audio system, keyless entry, audio controls on the steering and cruise control. The steering mounted audio controls and the cruise control are both new features. Safety features include ABS + EBD and dual front airbags.Where Mahindra hasn’t made improvements however is with the fit and finish of the interiors which still don’t match the quality of the Toyota Innova.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;
The 2.5 litre m-hawk engine is pretty fast. Unline the Innova the Xylo seldom feels sluggish. Engine response is very good and it comes as no suprise since Mahindra have been making some awesome diesel engines of late. Obvisouly a practical vehicle like the Xylo is not all about 0 – 100 times and its the in-gear acceleration where the Xylo shines. Turbo lag is quite minimal and the car easily nudges 100kmph whenever needed. However the most suprising bit is the fuel efficiency of the Xylo. The car consistently gave us 11kmpl even under hard driving which is fantastic for a vehicle of this size.
Surprisingly the engine is pretty silent and is efficient too. It accelerates smoothly and one never feels the lack of power. The gearbox is a bit notchy and needs some effort to slot it into gear. The multi information display on the dash shows the digital speed of the car, along with the gear in which the car is running, which is pretty impressive. It also houses a digital compass and gives information on relative humidity, inside and outside temperatures, average, how many km till you run out of gas, etc etc. The Intellipark Reverse Assist works very well and is a boon while parking. It basically tells you how far an obstacle and is while reversing and when you need to stop.
The steering is pretty light and turns in easily. One thing we did not like is that the car swings while it is in motion. If one turns left, the car will swing to the right and vice versa and if one brakes, the car will tip forward. This kind of body roll makes it scary at high speeds but its only a matter of time when one starts to swing along with the car. The audio system does not lie in the line of sight and can be a distraction to the driver. Once parked, one has to practically jump off the drivers seat. The Xylo is a RWD car but it performs very well off-road. Get On Road price of Mahindra Xylo from Mahindra Dealers in Kolkata at Carzprice
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
Dump the clutch and the Xylo lurches forward as its torquey engine ensures the speedo needle rises steadily and quickly. At 80kmph it impresses with its relative lack of noise and vibrations. All that torque also means pottering around in the city or overtaking on highways will only need the gentle prodding of the throttle pedal. As before, downshift requirements will be down to a minimum. The steering unit too is much improved and doesn't feel vague like before. On the downside the steering is slightly on the heavier side, which will be an issue when manoeuvring in tight or crowded confines. On the handling front it continues to behave like a boat. To counter the effects of the MUV's tendency to pitch and roll about at speed, Mahindra has given it what it's calling Extra Stability Technology. And as before, its ride quality has remained above par as the Xylo pretty much absorbs everything in its paths, be it potholes, bumps or plain undulations.
SAFETY FEATURES ;
The New Mahindra Xylo E9 comes loaded with reverse park assist, ABS with EBD and front airbags as its safety package.Mahindra cars in recent times have been quite heavily crammed with technology that equipment. Similarly, the Xylo comes with a long equipment list on the top of the line H9 model. The biggest addition to the new Xylo is cruise control. Apart from that, the Xylo also now comes with follow-me-home headlamps. Other features such as a Bluetooth enabled infotainment system has changed pretty much unchanged. The Xylo also comes with other features such as electronically adjustable ORVMs but still lacks climate control.
With the New Xylo Mahindra has perfectly timed the midlife facelift to its MPV. The USP of space, convenience and reliability on the older Xylo is taken ahead with a lot more features being added. The unique VCS system works perfect and in fact spoils you at times with its convenience. The highly refined m-HAWK engine now makes the Xylo even more powerful performer. The drive quality is much improved; the overall quality has also gone up for the good. The New Mahindra Xylo prices start at Rs. 8.10 lakh for the base E4 variant and Rs. 10.25 lakh for the top end E9 variant that we tested