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Mahindra Xylo 2009-2011

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Mahindra Xylo 2009-2011 Colors

Xylo 2009-2011 is available in 6 different colors - Diamond White, Napoli Black, Toreador Red, Mist Silver, Java Brown and Gold Shimmer.

  • Diamond White

  • Napoli Black

  • Toreador Red

  • Mist Silver

  • Java Brown

Review of Xylo 2009-2011

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance

Overview

The Xylo was launched in Jan 2009 after years of testing, evaluation and engineering. Infact, the automotive industry as well as prospective buyers who had been waiting eagerly for months were surely disappointed the first time they laid their eyes on this MUV! The first impression does take you back a little though spending some time with the vehicle, especially behind the wheel, makes you appreciate the finer points. December 2010 saw the launch of another engine variant for better fuel economy at the cost of performance and has been a hit in the taxi segment. Today, the Xylo is sold in half a dozen versions and has a broad price band as well. It is huge, comfortable, feature laden and the engines are promising too. However, is it a worthy buy in the MUV segment? Read on…
 

Interior

Step or rather climb into the Xylo and you immediately recognize and appreciate one of its biggest strengths. Mahindra’s hard work seems to have paid off and the cabin is not only airy and spacious but laden with features (for the E8 model) and mighty comfortable as well. We tested the top end version that comes with captain (individual) seats for the 1st and 2nd row. There is loads of space for tall people in the first two rows and ergonomically, this vehicle scores high. You get a lot of space to keep knick-knacks and everything seems to fall in place nicely. Infact, the interiors are very versatile and further, as you sit high, the view of the road ahead is commanding. Good bits include dedicated blowers and reading lights for each passenger and cup holders for everyone - thoughtful touches. Use of black plastics with pinstriped white inserts further lends a sporty touch and the layout of the fascia is impressive.
The steering wheel is chunky and feels great to hold. The speedometer console too is easy to read, looks brilliant at night and combined with the Digital Drive Assist System (DDAS) gives a wealth of information. This includes displaying inside/outside temperature , a compass , average speeds and fuel economy , distance to dry , etc. The radical looking air-vents sit below this display and moving down further, you have the integrated audio system that looks nice and sounds decent too. There are a few rough edges like the plastic mould finishing half way up the middle row windows and flimsy armrests which are difficult to raise up for locking / unlocking the seat belts. The XYLO however can seat seven in comfort. Getting to the third row is easy and infact you don’t even need to flip the 2nd row seat for small and medium sized adults! Space on offer inm the last row is pretty decent and even with this row in place, you can easily stuff a couple of small soft bags and other stuff in the boot.
 

Exterior

At 4520mm in length, 1850mm in width and 1895mm in height, the Xylo is a pretty big MUV. However, at first glance, you don’t really appreciate the design of the vehicle. People expected a much better looking vehicle from a company that rolled out the muscular looking Scorpio! There aren’t many muscular lines running around though the overall design is surely towards the bulbous side. Up front the huge vertically stacked grille, typical of most Mahindra vehicles, grabs your attention with the big headlights sitting in the snug frame.  The XYLO doesn’t have a very pleasing front end though if you are driving one, the look of this MUV in the RVMs of the vehicle in front of you will make the driver give way immediately! The grille imparts a sort of frown to the front – something that we didn’t quite appreciate much at first glance though it surely grew on us with time. The bonnet is slightly raised and this along with the flared wheel arches lends a hint of aggression to the vehicle. The side profile hardly has any detailing and resultantly looks boring. The six-spoke alloy wheels and the step board try to spruce up the vehicle’s profile but don’t quite succeed in their attempt. At the rear, small vertical tail lamps and chromed logos finish the rather bland design. The huge hinged door at the rear enables convenient loading of luggage. The paint quality is impressive and body panels are consistent. Frankly, we at Gaadi.com were quite disappointed with the design of the car simply because we know what Mahindra is capable of – the new XUV being the perfect example! Was this (the Xylo) the best M&M artists could have imagined for an entirely new car?
Mahindra offers the Xylo with 15-inch steel wheels / alloy wheels and while the mEagle engine versions come shod with 215mm tyres, the mDI engine comes with 205mm tyres. The Xylo is offered in seven different color options.
 

Comfort Suspension

Most Mahindra offerings are known to provide a very comfortable ride. The Xylo is no different! Drive the vehicle over the worst of city roads and you will be amazed with its ability to swallow even small craters! The huge wheels with the huge tyre walls combined with a suspension set-up that is surely aimed at comfort means the Xylo is the thing to have for pot-hole ridden city roads. No matter how loaded (or un-loaded) the vehicle is, it simply dismisses bad roads with ease. However, the trouble come in the form of handling that seems to have been sacrificed for comfort. For first timers, the Xylo can be a scary thing on four-wheels. This is due to its tendency to roll a lot while taking corners or even simply changing lanes. The soft suspension and tall height only add to the problem.
It’s not that the Xylo can get out of control or topple over – once you get used to the vehicle, you can pilot it hard and fast through traffic or on open roads. The light steering and good visibility means the Xylo is ease to drive. The turning circle is impressive too and the huge MUV does feel manageable in traffic. This is further aided by the reverse parking sensors (E8 model). The top end model also gets optional air-bags and ABS.
 

Engine Performance

Another feature in the Xylo’s cap is its power-plant. When the Xylo was launched, it came with only one engine option – the 2.5-litre mEagle engine that pushes out 112Bhp of power and an impressive 260Nm of torque from just 1800rpm – making it more powerful than the Innova too! Mahindra has always been known to make great engines and this one follows the same philosophy. The Xylo is not only a very strong performer as far as outright acceleration and top speeds go, it also shines in the low and mid-range punch, which is oh so essential for city commutes. For instance , at 40km/h in the fifth gear , the engine is spinning at 1000rpm and still responds and builds up speeds rapidly. Another thousand rpm , and the needle goes beyond the 80km/h mark. At this point , the engine is gushing out all its torque and overtaking slow moving traffic is easy. This combined with the easy shifting 5-speed gearbox means that as far as driving the Xylo goes, it’s an easy affair. At start-up, the engine doesn’t have the typical diesel clatter but on the move, you are impressed with its overall smooth and harsh-less nature.
The Xylo is now also available with a mDI engine that has a somewhat similar displacement but less power at 95Bhp. The torque too is less at 220Nm though where the engine shines is in the fuel economy stakes – it comes with an ARAI rated economy of close to 15kmpl! Further, the 220Nm of torque is developed at just 1400rpm which means driving this version in crawling traffic is a breeze! The mDI engine is also mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
 

User Reviews of Mahindra Xylo 2009-2011

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