Mahindra is an Indian automotive company that is part of a bigger business conglomerate called Mahindra and Mahindra. The company started exporting vehicles to the Philippines in the 1990s. But it made its mark a few years back when it bagged a contract to supply patrol vehicles to the Philippines police. That contract alone solidified Mahindra's presence in the Philippine's automobile market. Since then it has sort of re-entered the market under the distributorship agreement with a local company. The Xylo is Mahindra's more upmarket and upscale offering. It is an MPV with a 7 and 9-seat configuration. The company is marketing it as a dependable and sturdy vehicle with the added comforts and luxuries needed for a relaxed driving experience. But is it worth the hype? We give you a detailed review of the vehicle and try to find out how the Mahindra Xylo would fare in the competitive automobile market of the Philippines.
The Mahindra Xylo is powered by the company's 2.2-liter four-cylinder mHawak turbo-diesel engine. It is capable enough to produce 120hp and 280 Nm of torque which is quite good. It has a 5-speed manual gear transmission system. The suspension comprises independent coil spring with an anti-roll bar in the front and multi-link coil spring in the rear. The fuel tank has a capacity of 55 liters. It also has an anti-lock braking system and front passenger's airbag among other safety features. These are some of the important and key features of this vehicle.
The Mahindra Xylo is available in both 5 and 7 seat configurations. The seats can have a 60:40 split revealing a very generous boot. The seats are comfortable to sit at upholstered with quality fabric. It has a very roomy interior and there is no shortage of space. There are ample headroom and legroom both for the front and rear passengers. However, space is understandably less in the last two seats. The 7-seater can carry up to 8 passengers which speaks volumes about the inner space. There are double AC vents for additional comfort to the rear passengers. Wood and chrome have been used in the trims and the dashboard with a dual-tone color scheme of beige and black. The material used in the cabin is of a good quality giving the interior overall a premium look. There is a 6-speaker entertainment system that is compatible with CD, MP3 FM and AM radio, a USB port, and AUX cable.
The Mahindra Xylo does not have a sleek look or sharp features. It has a boxy look with tweaked squares and rectangle shapes. It's not to conclude that it is not a good-looking car. The looks do appeal to you but it is not very contemporary. The headlamps are in somewhat rectangle shape, pulled upwards from one corner and they look stylish. The headlamps have a chrome finish too. The front grille is simple in design and comes with a chrome accent. A chrome strip has also been added on the tailgate. The front bumper has air dams and the bonnet has the Mahindra logo integrated into it. The body looks sophisticated with sporty roof rails, roof decals, and black pillars. A footstep has been provided for easy entry and exit. There are also mud flaps and wheel arches. The Mahindra Xylo is large and heavy. With a kerb weight of 1875 kg, it is heavier than its rivals. However, this works for its advantage as it gives the vehicle balance while off-roading and negotiating uneven terrains.
The Mahindra Xylo offers good enough performance. The ride quality is comfortable. Mahindra has focused on the suspension and it shows. You will feel stability and comfort even on bumpy roads thanks to the polyurethane bushes used in the suspension mounting. The hydraulic power steering is great at delivering performance even in tight spaces and congested roads. This is especially a good thing for the Mahindra Xylo as its body is large and bulky. The big tires also play a role in handling and cornering. The braking is tight and the road grip is very good. Thanks to the ABS it comes to a stop very quickly. The company claims a mileage of around 14.95 km per liter which isn't bad for a vehicle of this size. The real-world mileage would thus be around 10-12 km per liter which again is decent. The engine is a powerful 2.2L mHawak turbo one. It can reach a top speed of 155 km per hour and can achieve 0-100 km per hour in just about 16 seconds. This makes the Mahindra Xylo very quick and responsive to acceleration.
There is a lot of good going on with the Mahindra Xylo. The company has launched it with a lot of promise and swears by its dependability and sturdiness. It may not have the grace or the pomp of its rivals but it is an all-rounder with a lot of good things. The suspension is a plus here and so is the spacious interior with ample seating capacity. The engine is pretty strong too and makes it ideal for off-roading, daily city commutes, and long-distance travel. It has a towering presence on the road and the muscular and sporty exterior matches the comfort and spaciousness of the interior. It is reasonably priced too and gives you the best package in this price range. So, if you want to buy a 7-seater you should give this big baby a thought. It is spacious, comfortable, and won't break your bank account.
In short, the Mahindra Xylo has good stability on road, a smooth and powerful engine, very good quality suspension, and the presence of ABS in almost all trims gives this vehicle a thumbs up from our side.
Mahindra Xylo Pros and Cons
- A very comfortable and large cabin
- Powerful engine
- Seating is generous with a range of 7-9 passengers
- Smooth suspension
- Considering it is a 2.2L diesel engine the low-end torque is very adequate
- The boot area is very spacious
- Availability of service centers and spare parts
- It is priced reasonably and realistically considering the competition in the market
- The mHawak engine is not available in all the trims
- There aren't may premium features on offer here. It is pretty basic and mundane
- The engine gets noisy after a certain speed