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Mahindra Xylo

Rs. 7.44 - Rs. 10.42 lakhs
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Aiming to stay in the competitive Multi-Utility-Vehicle segment, Mahindra & Mahindra introduced the Xylo facelift in 2012 with some significant cosmetic and technical tweaks. The new Xylo looks more rugged and aggressive than its older version. The new headlights with all clear lens effect, redesigned bumper, new fog lamps, bonnet with down curve, center grill with glossy black vertical and horizontal slats distinguish it from its predecessor.

The side profile is simple. The door handles are sturdier than before. The black fiber built wheel arches are now more extended. The top-end variant comes equipped with 15-inches alloy wheels with 215/75 R15 Bridgestone Dueler tyres, while the base and mid-level variants get 15-inches steel wheels with 205/65 R15 tubeless radial tyres. The rear view is enhanced by new tail lamps, rear spoiler with integrated stop lamp, a rear wash wipe with rear defogger, revised bumper with rear parking sensor and a pair of reflectors and rear foot board. The rear design could still be better. The new E9 variant gets a sporty matt black roof trail.

The interior of the Xylo is sportier than before. The dual-tone dashboard with wood inserts looks good. The steering is manually adjustable. The seats are large and comfortable. There is ample legroom and headroom. The two-way height adjustment and lumbar support are offered with the driver’s seat only. The new Xylo comes with an attractive list of features such as AC unit with a four speed blower setting, instrument cluster, Multi function display (MID) or DDAS, steering mounted audio controls, 2 DIN MO3 player with six speakers, USB and AUX connectivity, leather upholstery and more. The boot space is generous.

The Mahindra Xylo E9 gets a more powerful mHawk, common rail diesel engine, which also does duty to the Scorpio. This power-unit produces a peak power of 120bhp @ 4000rpm with torque 280Nm of torque @ 2400rpm – 2800rpm. A five-speed manual transmission is combined with the engine, which has been especially developed for the new variant. It offers a decent fuel economy of 10kmpl on urban roads and 13kmpl on highways. The mHawk unit accelerates 100kmph from standstill within 15-16 seconds with a top speed of 156kmph.

The new mHawk engine is marginally powerful than the 2.5-litre mEagle diesel unit. But, turbolag isn’t an issue with mEgale that delivers a maximum power output of 112bhp @ 3800rpm with a healthy torque of 260Nm @ 1800rpm -2200rpm. It offers a fuel efficiency of 10.3kmpl in city and 13.6kmpl on highways. The mEagle diesel engine is competent to achieve 0-100kmph within 16 seconds with a top speed of 158kmph.

There is one more 2.5-litre, mDI, CRDe diesel engine option, which develops a peak power of 95bhp @ 3600rpm and a maximum torque of 220Nm @ 1400rpm – 2600rpm. This engine delivers a mileage of 9.1kmpl in city and 12.2kmpl on highways. It is one of the most prompt engines of the Xylo that can achieve 0-100kmph just in 14.7 seconds. A five-speed manual transmission is the only available option with both the engines.

The overall handling and performance of the new Xylo is much better than before. The tuned dampers and suspension system add more to its ride quality. The EPS is calibrated, but brakes need an improvement. The vibrations can be felt in cabin, and body roll is still significant. The Mahindra Xylo is available within the price range of Rs. 7.31 lakh – Rs. 10.62 lakh.

Exterior

Wearing new headlights with all clear lens effect, redesigned bumper, new fog lamps, bonnet with down curve, center grill with glossy black vertical and horizontal slats at front end, the new Xylo appears sportier and more masculine. The side profile is plain. The door handles are sturdier than before. The new E9 variant gets a sporty matt black roof trail. The wheel arches are made of black fiber.

The top-end variant is assembled with 15-inches alloy wheels with 215/75 R15 Bridgestone Dueler tyres, while the base and mid-level variants come equipped with 15-inches steel wheels with 205/65 R15 tubeless radial tyres. The rear looks sporty with new tail lamps, rear spoiler with integrated stop lamp, a rear wash wipe with rear defogger, revised bumper with rear parking sensor and a pair of reflectors and rear foot board.

Interior

The interior of the Xylo is well designed. The dual-tone dashboard in beige with wood inserts looks stylish. The manually adjustable steering is light, and feels good in hands. The seats are large and comfortable with a plenty of legroom and headroom. To enhance the driver’s seat comfort, it is offered with two-way height adjustment and lumbar support.

The new Xylo is loaded with various bells and whistles such as AC unit with a four-speed blower setting, instrument cluster, Multi function display (MID) or DDAS, steering mounted audio controls, 2 DIN MO3 player with six speakers, USB and AUX connectivity, leather upholstery and more. It offers an ample of boot space.

Engine and Transmission

The new E9 variant comes powered with a more powerful mHawk, common rail diesel engine. This engine is borrowed from the Scorpio. It churns out a peak power of 120bhp @ 4000rpm with torque 280Nm of torque @ 2400rpm – 2800rpm. Combined with an especially developed five speed manual transmission, it delivers a decent mileage of 10kmpl on urban roads and 13kmpl on highways. The mHawk engine accelerates so well. It completes 0-100kmph sprints within 15-16 seconds, with a top-speed of 156kmph.

The 2.5-litre mEagle diesel engine produces a maximum power output of 112bhp @ 3800rpm with a maximum torque of 260Nm @ 1800rpm -2200rpm. It is marginally less powerful than the mHawk unit, but turbo lag is negligible. This powertrain delivers a fuel efficiency of 10.3kmpl in city and 13.6kmpl on highways. The mEagle unit can achieve 0-100kmph within 16 seconds with a top speed of 158kmph.

The 2.5-litre, mDI, CRDe is one more offered engine option that makes a peak power of 95bhp @ 3600rpm and a maximum torque of 220Nm @ 1400rpm – 2600rpm. It gives a fuel economy of 9.1kmpl in city and 12.2kmpl on highways. The mDI diesel engine is the fastest one, which can achieve 0-100kmph sprints just in 14.7 seconds. The mEagle and mDI diesel engines are offered with a five-speed manual transmission.

Performance and Handling

The handling and performance of the Xylo is good, but ride quality isn’t impressive. The E9 variant comes powered with a new mHawk engine, which is mated to a 5MT320 gearbox, and performs well on busy urban roads. The engine is peppier, and proves promising in urban traffic at low speed in a high gear. The Xylo can mark 100-120kmph in speedometer just in 9.87 seconds. The tuned dampers and suspension system contribute to its ride quality. The EPS is calibrated, but brakes aren’t promising. The NVH levels are moderate, and body roll is still there.

Braking system

The brakes aren’t confidence inspiring. The Xylo is equipped with disc brakes at front wheels and drum brakes at rear wheels. The advanced ABS (Antilock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution) is competent to handle the panic braking and emergency situations.

Mileage

Mahindra Xylo is available in three diesel engine options: a new mHawk, nEagle and mDI. The mHawk unit is combined with an especially developed five speed 5MT320 transmission, and delivers a fuel economy of 10kmpl in city and 13kmpl on highways. The nEagle variant offers a decent mileage of 10.3kmpl on urban roads and 13.6kmpl on highways while, the mDI unit provides a mileage of 9.1kmpl in city and 12.2kmpl on highways.

Safety features

The top-end variant (E9) is loaded with various advanced safety measures such as ABS, EBD, front airbags and reverse park assist. Along with standard features including seat belts (for both front and rear passengers), halogen head lamps, large rear windscreen with a wash and wipe function, engine immobilizer, an adjustable steering column and more.

Verdict

The new Mahindra Xylo is a practical choice for the buyers seeking for an affordable MPV. Offering a generous cabin space, comfort, powerful engine and performance, the new Xylo is far better than its older version. Mahindra introduced a highly refined m-Hawk diesel engine that performs so well in city traffic and on highways. The ride quality and handling are much improved. The driving dynamics are good. The styling is neither exciting nor offended. The brakes need an improvement. The new Mahindra Xylo is one of the most economical deals in this segment.

Competition

Mahindra Xylo Vs Toyota Innova

Mahindra Xylo facelift appears more rugged and sportier than its predecessor, but design doesn’t excite. The significant cosmetic updates have been made to its front and rear ends. The side profile is plain. The new Toyota Innova is completely a refreshed version, which is longer and wider than the Xylo. The aerodynamic and prominent cab design of Innova appeals at very first glance.

Loaded with a plenty of features, the Xylo feels comfortable and spacious from inside. The material quality is good. The seats are large and comfortable. There is generous boot space as well. The interior of new Innova feels sophisticated and premium. The plastic, fit and finish quality is excellent. However, the cabin space is marginally lesser than the Xylo. So, other than more space that Xylo offers, it’s the Innova that leads the race in comfort and premiumness.

The Xylo’s new mHawk is one of the most powerful diesel engines that deliver an outstanding power and torque outputs. The mEagle and MDI engines are two more available options. The Innova’s 2.5-litre CRDI diesel unit doesn’t come close to the Xylo’s mHawk engine, which is coupled with an especially developed five speed 5MT320 transmission. The fuel efficiency of the Xylo is marginally better than the Innova.

On the grounds of handling and ride quality, the new Xylo isn’t very promising.However, the tuned suspension system adds more to its drivability and performance. The new Innova is smooth on urban roads as well as on highways. The handling is easy and predictable. The other thing that goes in favour of Xylo is its affordability. The Xylo is about a lakh cheaper, if the entry level variants of both the cars are compared.

Pros & Cons

Pros

· Practical styling

· Spacious and feature-rich cabin

· Comfortable seating arrangement

· Powerful engine

· Decent handling

· Improved performance

· Tuned suspension system

· Affordable pricing

Cons

· Unexciting design

· Less fuel efficient engine

· Ride quality

· Moderate NVH levels

· Body roll

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