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Rs. 8,85,000 (Ex-Showroom)


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Feb 13, 2009 09:41 PM 14814 Views
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Looks and design

This is not a handsome car, not by any margin. To be frank, the looks could have been better.But I look at an overall package rather than 1 parameter.

I know for the fact that, even an ‘OK’ looking car can be a great product. Point in case , my first car- year 2000 HYUNDAI SANTRO, a great product with not so good looks**. I think, it looks the best from the rear 3 quarters. The flared wheel arches looks good too.

What I absolutely dislike it the chrome tooth in the grille, which I hear, the facelifted Scorpio is going to get too. Comparing the INNOVA & XYLO, the INNOVA looks better, but a little plain jane.*

Interior and comfort

This is where the Xylo beats the Innova hollow. It’s simply S-P-A-C-I-O-U-S.

The designers say that this car was built inside-out, and I believe them. There is space everywhere. Be it legroom , shoulder room , headroom , the Xlyo has it . During the test drive, I told the marketing fellow to drive and I sat at the rearmost seat.

The amount of legroom available here is too good compared to the competition. And it has a armrest too. Even the middle row Captain seats are very comfortable. It has all the beels-n- whistles that is expected today by us customers. Although the Innova has a better quality when it comes to dashboard plastics. To it’s credit the Xylo dashboard is not bad at all, it’s just that the Innova is better.

But I am a fan of Space rather than interior Plastic. I think that the interior plastics are just fine for my use. And there is this system called DDAS – Digital Drive Assist System. It’s basically a digital information system which shows you your current gear, speed , fuel consumption, humidity as well as a compass – a little marketing gimmick there, but useful nevertheless.

Engine and performance

The Xylo comes with only one engine option, the 2.5 Crde. It’s the same engine that is avaliable in the Scorpio, but a little downgraded. Althoght it’s branded the mEAGLE, whatever that is. Comparing to the Innova , the engine is better in the power & refinement areas.

There’s hardly any noise in the Xylo. It’s pretty quick in the city too. Not that the Innova is bad , it’s just that the Xylo is better. I didn’t get idea about the fuel efficiency. It’s the gearbox that needs improvement. It’s just not smooth enough. Maybe, because I’m spoilt by the smooth gearbox of my Santro.

Ride and handling

Drive the Xylo, and you are forced to think that the BMC have improved the roads almost overnight. It’s simply awesome. The place where I reside was dug up, and the way it rode, took me by surprise. The Innova & Xylo are even in this respect. It’s the handling that needs to be looked after. This maybe due to high center of gravity. But at no point of time was it scary. There is a definite scope for improvement.


For the asking price, the product delivers & delivers it good. The top end Xylo E8 version costs about Rs.8.85 lakhs on road Mumbai under Company registration. The top end Innova – V version costs about Rs.12.65 lakhs on road Mumbai under Company registration.

And here lies the Mahindra’s USP. I save about Rs.3 lakh . And in these recession times this is a huge saving. MY ONLY GROUSE IS THE ABSENCE OF ANY SAFETY FEATURES. ABS + AIRBAG should be avaliable as an option , ASAP, at an additional 30k-40k on every variant.

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