Step inside the Xylo and the gargantuan space is apparent at the first instance. You are greeted by a modern-looking dashboard whose showpiece is the large central console. It bulges out with two large vents and atop it sits Mahindra’s Digital Drive Assist System (DDAS) information display pod. The DDAS, which looks like it’s been slapped on as an afterthought, is a storehouse of information and M&M has gone overboard to cram as many features into it as possible. However the overall fit and finish of the interiors is a bit of a letdown. Sloppy rubber beadings, queer-coloured bits and large gaps in the joints spoil the ambience. Interior quality is one area where the Xylo just hasn’t kept pace and feels a generation behind the Innova.
Jump into any seat and it is very comfortable. Be in no doubt, this is the most spacious MPV by far in every dimension. The seats, especially those in the first two rows, could rival your living room for comfort. The seats provide excellent comfort, however you can’t slide the seat back and forth like in an Innova.
The rear bench and second row seats can be flipped for additional luggage space and the generous spring loading makes it so easy to operate the seats. With individual air con vents, an armrest, cabin lights, cupholders and butterfly opening rear windows (if you want fresh air), it’s far from economy class at the back.