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The Mahindra Xylo competes directly with the Toyota Innova. The Xylo is a perfect package vehicle with good looks, great interior space and quality, and a decent engine. The Xylo is very comfortable and gives you the best value for money considering the low price tag. Over all the drivability of the car is average with to loose a suspension setup and tough handling capabilities. The Xylo can do it all, from long family trips, to in city use and even the occasional off-road experience.
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Mahindra Xylo Expert Review

Car Rating MethologyRatings
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  • Design & Styling
  • 11/15
  • Interiors
  • 8/10
  • Engine & Transmission
  • 8/10
  • Performance and Handling
  • 11/15
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • 7/10
  • Features
  • 8/10
  • Safety
  • 3/5
  • Quality & Reliability
  • 8/10
  • Value for Money
  • 12/15
  • Overall Score
  • 76/100

The Xylo is a sleek multi-utility vehicle (MUV) that offers tons of space, style, and features. The Xylo was Mahindra’s first foray into the MUV segment in India and was first showcased in 2009. The car comes with two engine variants in 6 trim levels.

Mahindra Xylo Exterior View

The engines are the same ones found in the Scorpio, including the powerful mhawk diesel engine. The Xylo competes directly with the Toyota Innova and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Tata Aria.

Design & Styling

At first glance the Mahindra Xylo follows a boxy shape with a minimalistic approach on contemporary design. It is not the most visually appealing vehicle you can find on the road today but it still looks modern enough. The boxy shape, however, adds girth to the car and makes it look big. The front grille is not very prominent, but the large square headlights are. The wheel arches are not muscular so the car looks less imposing but practical. There are nice large windows and the rear spoiler gives it a nice touch. The tyres are nice and big and come with alloy wheels in the higher trims to make it more upscale. The car is relatively big at over 4.5 metres in length and just under 2 metres in height. It also has a decent ground clearance.


The interiors are quite nice in the Xylo. There is tons of space for all passengers and there are also many different seating arrangements. The seats offer advanced lumbar support, and the flatbed front seats recline fully to form a horizontal bed. Foldout trays on the backs of the front seats make a quick snack or meal-on-the-go easy and less messy.

Mahindra Xylo Interior View

Then there is also multiple Mobile charging points and the courtesy lamps transform the Xylo into a moving office. The dashboard arrangement and ergonomics is also decent and the driver is seated quite comfortably.

Engine & Transmission

We drove the mhawk engine with 2179cc displacement and 120bhp and 280Nm of torque. this is the same engine found on the Scorpio and it is a very good performing unit. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox that also does its job well. There is also the CDRe version which can provide a power output of 95bhp and 220Nm, mated to the same transmission.

Performance and Handling

The overall performance of the car is only decent. The ride quality is smooth but the car does feel a little unstable going quick through corners and curves. On bumpy roads it fairs well and the cabin remains comfortable. The driving position is quite nice also so the driver feels comfortable. The power of course is adequate for this machine and you can pick up speed even when in the lower rev range. On the highway the car also performs well and feels quite in control at high speeds. The gear changes however were a little tight and took some time getting used to but I’m sure it’s not too much of a problem. The steering response is adequate and the brakes also work well, but we would have preferred disc brakes on the rear as well.

Fuel Efficiency

The Xylo gives a fuel economy of around 14kmpl on average.


The Xylo comes with some decent features for such a car from Mahindra. It comes with power steering, power windows and air conditioning. The top end variant also gets a 2 DIN audio system, Digital drive assist system, Blue Dive technology, Voice command technology, audio controls on the steering wheel, and there is also cruise control.


The Xylo's has some pretty good safety features including ABS, airbags, special crumple zones to protect passenger areas, a toughened steel body to disperse crash energy across the entire frame, and electronic sensors that trigger reminders about fastening your seatbelt and locking your doors. It also gets Extra Stability technology.

Quality & Reliability

The overall quality of the Xylo is quite good. The exterior design and panels is nice and the inside is quite comfortable and the dashboard is sturdy, but made with light plastics. For the price you would have expected a bit more top notch quality. The car on a whole is built well and is very reliable. Mahindra is known to build strong cars. Servicing is not a problem but spare parts can sometimes be costly.

Value for Money

The mHawk diesel engine variant is definitely worth the price you are paying, but we wished the car had some more visual appeal. As a package you are definitely getting your money’s worth.


Quality is definitely not up to par wth Toyota’s Innova, and neither is the engine refinement. The Tata Aria also has a better looking interior setup. However the Xylo is cheaper, has a great engine and great space. Its boxy shape however is the killing point. You may want to reconsider buying something that performs better, has the same amount of space and also looks good, not to mention also costs the same.

Mahindra Xylo User Reviews

2011 Mahindra Xylo E8 BS III

Review #153 Reviewed on May 29, 2011

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rajan gulati

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If u are a 4x4 lover.. d Xylo is not for you. But if u r looking 4 a vehicle that can fit in ur large family comfortably and also carry some cargo. Then Xylo is surely the best choice for you for around 8.8-lakhs-on road(E8-top version). GOOD features of Xylo- 1. Exterior looks of an off-roader.(best color- brown)even better than some SUVs. 2. Very very spacious.. u can even walk between seats. 3. Best in class.. 3rd row seats. (in comparison to Innova) 4. Dashboard is stylish and the steering wheel big n chunky. 5. Value for money.(Priced b/w 6.6 to 9 lakhs) 6. Low maintenance.(in comparison to Safari) BAD features of Xylo- 1. Cheap plastics. 2. Low kmpl (actual mileage around 9kmpl) 3. 8-Seater available only for commercial purpose not for family. So if ur sole purpose is to drive in the city and less of off-roading.. then this Mahindra vehicle is a sure value for money MUV.. yeah.. its just that an MUV.. but on that grounds.. it does full justice to its MUV tag. BEST part- not only it fits 7 people very loosely.. also the third row can be folded to carry a lot of cargo. WORST part- the rear door hardly has any purpose.. because you need to get to the third row from the 2nd row seats.. which cn be a bit odd.

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