>>The new Mahindra Xylo… 2.2 engine… new
features. One very noticeable change in the Xylo, is
in the front, which has gone from ugly to presentable, thanks to a new bonnet and grille
design and new smoked out headlamps with a tiny chrome strip. You also get blacked out
pillars which give it a floating roof effect inspired from the XUV. Changes to the rear
are minimal – with clear lens indicator lenses and a new spoiler adding to the looks.
The Xylo E9 is powered by Mahindra’s tried-and-tested 2.2 litre mHawk engine that puts out 120 bhp
of power and 290 newton meters of torque. The five-speed gearbox is easy to use and
slots in nicely, although there are some transmission vibrations felt. Pick up is good and there’s
not too much in-cabin noise. Handling is fairly decent, but because of the Xylo’s tall stance
and 15 inch wheels, there is a fair amount of body roll.
But what the Xylo E9 has plenty of is features. Safety features include two airbags and ABS.
You also get cruise control and steering audio controls, with a fairly simple MP3 music system,
that can play USB and SD card media. The Xylo also gets a better looking multi-info display
that shows you temperature, range, gear indicator, speed and average mileage.
DEMO VOICE COMMANDS (MUSIC SYSTEM VOLUME / HEADLAMPS) Although the 30 odd voice commands are a great party trick, it’s actually easier
to just click the switches for things like reducing the volume on your music system or
switching on your headlamps. But the warning messages are useful.
AMBIENCE UP: “CAUTION, your handbrake is engaged”
The Xylo is a
pretty spacious vehicle with good legroom
in all rows, but it’s just about average in terms of ride comfort.
The 2012 Xylo is a huge improvement when it comes to looks. And the added features and
new power train in the E9 variant actually make it a pretty good, value-for-money people
mover when you compare it with the Chevrolet Tavera and the Toyota Innova. At 10 and a
half lakh rupees, the Xylo is good value if you are looking for a spacious people mover
for a large family.