here is my version of the Xylo's TD. i had done this on 31st jan 2009, so its pretty old.
The front is quite quirky and styling is a bit odd but i liked the side & rear profile. but it does not have that that typical boxiness present in every mahindras.
# captain seats in the middle row: E6 is only available with captain seats whereas E8 is available in both captain as well as bench seats. i found both the seats very comfortable and spacious. access to seats are good but the vehicle is tall, so you climb onto the seats, not slide into them as in the innova.
# front seats are great, very supportive and good all round visibilty.
# instrument cluster is average in design though clarity is good. it makes a sound every time you switch on the turn indicators, which is unnecessary.
# the central console quality is average. though the AC & stereo knobs had a very good feel to it. the AC slider felt very plasticky. the DDAS displays a lot of info, more on that later.
# excellent thought: the vanity mirror behind the sun visor has two lights, excellent for the ladies for last minute touch ups in dark!
# the lights are lifted off from the scorpio itself. the spectacle holder has a very quality feel, the damped release feels good.
# two cup holders & recesses besides the handbrake lever. there is a small storage box too behind this. the lid of the box doubles up as another cup holder. actually, the cabin is full of armrests, cup holders & lights!
# middle row legroom with front seat fully pulled back.
# last/third row legroom.
# every individual has his own AC & reading light.
# the XXXXL grab handle in the second row.
# switches for fuel lid, headlight beam adjust & power mirrors besides the steering.
# the lockable tray under the front driver seat.
# front driver legroom.
# the water for rear wash/wipe is to be filled through this filler in the boot door.
# third row legroom.
# negligible boot space with all three rows in place.
# access to third row is fairly easy even for a tall guy like me because of the tall body. its easier than in the innova.
# tweeters & speakers provided in E6 & E8, quality of music is just decent.
# front legroom:
# green glovebox... EEKS!
# rear legroom with front seat fuly forward.
# bench seat in the second row, not available in E6.
# The engine is not the most refined unit around. engine noise inside the cabin is similar to tavera. the mHawk & innova is much quiter. the performance is not as much as the scorpio CRDe or scorpio mHawk but better than the innova. outright acceleration is just decent but driveability is great. the vehicle easily pulls from 25 kmph in 3rd gear with 4 passengers.
# no roof mounted AC & minimal cabin lights in base verion- E2 (seems to be discontinued now).
# dead pedal enhances drive comfort.
# armrest provided even for third row passengers. the round void is for speakers, as told to me.
# DDAS during test drive, its in 4th gear & 46 kph.
# refuelling & destination arrived!
lastly, a few info i collected:
* a newer version, will be out in 6-8 months. it will have ABS
* a new engine, code named mustang, will be out in the same time, claimed to give 16 kmpl. (the above info was written then, both has come true. )
overall, i am very impressed with the interiors of the vehicle. the engine could have been more refined.
i found the suspension a bit soft. though this gives a good ride quality, the vehicle's front dips quite a bit under hard braking. however, i noticed no swaying or bobbing. braking is good but ABS
is needed. the vehicle rolls more than the innova but not as much as scorpio, safari & sumo grande.