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Review: Mahindra Xylo H9

Driven June 2013

Review: Mahindra Xylo H9

It’s raining MPVs in India lately. More and more carmakers in India are adding people-movers into their stable, to get a piece of this lucrative pie. Nissan's Evalia has been around for almost a year now, Chevy has recently launched the Enjoy, and the Maruti Ertiga is doing inspiringly good numbers.

Of course, with all the buzz in this segment, Mahindra – India’s pioneer in the people moving business – couldn’t really sit back and watch, now could they? So they plonked the 2.2-litre mHawk engine under the hood of the Xylo. Sure, that's not exactly breaking news, but the thing is, until recently the mHawk was available only on the on the top-end E9 variant. Now, it’s available even in some of the lower variants, namely the H4 and H8 along with the E9's new re-christened avatar - H9.

The engine is a straight lift from the Scorpio with the output rated at 120bhp of power and 280Nm of torque. Although the engine has some turbo lag at lower revs, it has a strong mid-range after the blower kicks in, at around 1,800rpm. This engine churns out 25bhp more than mDi CRDe engine that’s available on the base variants, making sure it doesn’t leave you hungry for more power on the highway. With that, it touches 100kph from standstill in 13.5 seconds, which is quite respectable for a MPV.

The ride of the Xylo was never a problem ever since its arrival in the Indian market and this one is no different. But what comes along with the nice-and-soft ride is lots of body roll around bends. The steering is on the vague side, but isn’t too light which is good for highway cruising.

The top-end H9 variant gets a lot of equipment like cruise control, drive information display, steering-mounted controls, voice-guided commands along with a dual-din music system with Aux and USB inputs. The second row gets a tray mounted on the front seats, just like an airplane.

The H4 variant with the mHawk engine is pegged at Rs 8.47 lakh and the H8 variant with ABS and airbag is priced at Rs 9.64 lakh. If you want your Xylo with the new engine and all the goodies, you’ll have to shell out Rs 10.45 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai).

The Numbers
4cyl, 2149cc, 120bhp, 280Nm, diesel, 5M, RWD, 0-100kph: 13.5 seconds, Rs 10.45 lakh (ex-Mumbai)

The verdict
Xylo always offered what an ideal MPV should have – good ride and lots of space. Now with a more powerful engine it’ll make sure that it doesn’t drown in the sea of innumerable MPVs.



Agasti Kaulgi

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