New Mahindra Xylo vs Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3: Comparison

This year on 8th February Mahindra launched the newly anticipated Xylo without improvised looks as well as ergonomics. But unfortunately the car could not fare well in the market owing to the fact that the new looks of the car did not strike a chord with the people. But still it fared well in the market though not as much as Bolero and Scorpio which still rule the SUV segment of Mahindra. Though the interiors of the car have been revamped to be better than before but still the attracting element in the car seems to be missing somewhere. On the other hand the newly launched improvised version of Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 has been selling like anything owing to its overhauled looks and better ergonomics. Now we will put both the cars to test and ascertain as to which one is more preferable.


New Mahindra Xylo 2012

Mahindra has focused well on the exteriors of the car and thus the new Mahindra Xylo 2012 will be has a newly designed front grille. The logo of Mahindra has delicately been placed at the centre of the front grille and adding to that, there are new bumpers which are contoured. There are wheel arches and refurbished headlamps along with sporty decals over the sidelines. The rear of the car has a spoiler to give it a sporty look altogether. The bonnet of the car has also been changed and the new one to some extent looks better than the antecedent.

New Mahindra Xylo 2012

Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3

The new Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 has been cosmetically refurbished to a great extent with dual rear as well as front bumpers and an integrated new front lamp which comes with an attached indicator. The rear view mirrors of the car are body-colored and the same goes with the door handles. There is a front radiator grille that has been newly designed with Chrome Surround. The newly designed fog lamps also come with Chrome Surround. The side-body graphics are appealing.

Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3


New Mahindra Xylo 2012

The new Mahindra Xylo 2012 comes with newly refurbished and extravagantly designed interiors than its antecedent. There is ample space in the cabin which can accommodate a whole family comfortably. The wooden interior panels and the door trim are elegant and debonair. Along with that the drivetrain of the car have also been improved to a great extent. The seats have received a touch of best-quality Italian leather. Thus the pleasure of riding the new SUV is much more than that of its predecessor.

New Mahindra Xylo 2012 interior

Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3

The theme that has been set into the new Tavera Neo 3 has been improved to two tones with impressive and debonair carpets which cover the whole floor. A new inclusion has been made into the interiors of the new Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 and that is the Instrument Cluster which has been newly refurbished with ice-blue luminance. The Soft Fabric Cashmere Upholstery adds to the elegance quotient of the car altogether. The upholstery of the car has been perfectly made up using Perforated Premium Leather with Fabric on Door Trim. Altogether the new Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 has commendable interiors which are to some extent better than that of Mahindra Xylo 2012.

Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 interior


New Mahindra Xylo 2012

The new Mahindra Xylo 2012 is powered by a 4-cylinder 2498cc engine mEagle Turbocharged CRDe engine which gives out a net peak torque of 260 Nm at 1800-2200 rpm. The maximum power that the engine is capable of delivering is 112 bhp at 3800 rpm. The car has 5-speed manual transmission and the topmost variant i.e. E9 has a 2.2 L mHawk engine that is capable of generating a maximum torque of 280 Nm and adding to that, a maximum power of 120 bhp. The 2.5 L crossover model is capable of going for 0-100 kmph in flat 15.9 seconds. On the other hand, the 2.2 L engine is capable of going to 0-100 kmph in 14.8 seconds giving a top speed of an impressive 156 kmph.

Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3

The Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 comes in two variants respectively BSIII and BSIV. So there are two options for this car and one of them is the 2L 4-cylinder Turbo Direct Injection Diesel Engine which has a capacity to shell out 186 Nm peak torque at 1800 rpm and maximum power of 80 PS at 3900 rpm. On the other hand there is another variant of the engine. This one is a 4-cylinder 2L TCDI Diesel Engine which has the capability of generating a maximum power of 106.8 PS at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 263.7 Nm at 2500 rpm. Both of these engines of Tavera Neo 3 have five-speed manual transmission though the pickup of the car is not good and falls in the range of 20-22 seconds to cover from 0-100 kmph.


Mahindra did not change the engine of the new Mahindra Xylo 2012 and the mileage offered by Xylo 2012 is in a humble range of 11-14 kmpl. On the other hand the new Tavera Neo 3 also gives a good mileage and the range of its mileage is 11.5-14.8 kmpl. This is specifically for the BS III engine whereas that for the BS IV engine is 12.6 kmpl – 16.6 kmpl. Thus both the cars have decent mileages and thus are equally acceptable though some people would preferably go for the BS IV variant of Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 as it gives more mileage than any variant of Tavera or Xylo.

New Mahindra Xylo 2012 Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3


Both the cars have been upgraded with latest safety features since the safety risk is relatively less in case of SUVs owing to their stronger bodies. Both cars have adequate safety kits in case of any kind of emergency that might hamper the life of a passenger seated inside the car.


The price range of Mahindra Xylo 2012 falls in the category of Rs. 7.37 Lakh to Rs 10.35 Lakh while the price range of Tavera Neo 3 falls in a much bigger range from Rs. 6.36 Lakh to Rs. 10.25 Lakh.

2012 Mahindra Xylo in India – Review

In its humongous appeal, the all-new Mahindra Xylo has more to it than its subtle appearance from its predecessor. With the tried and tested e-Hawk Scorpio engine and never before seen features like Voice Command Technology, the new Xylo promises to keep the sales high as its predecessor which in 3yrs sold over 30,000 units.


At the first glance, it appears like a sleeker and compact cosmetic uplift of its predecessor. Well it’s true on the exterior. It has front grille, which almost extends to the headlamps like in the XUV500. The Mahindra logo is incorporated in the bonnet. Headlamps have been redesigned which also incorporate the indicator lights. The contour lines of bonnet and the airdams give it a more sport sedan appearance. On the sides, we see new footsteps with mud flaps. The blackened pillars, body side molding and body decals again give it a sleek appearance. Also the pronounced wheel arches gives the Xylo a SUV look. On the rear, we have sporty spoilers and redesigned tail lamps. Overall, it has a dynamic and sleek appearance.

2012 Mahindra Xylo in India

2012 Mahindra Xylo image gallery


Mahindra has designed the Xylo in a manner where a journey of several hundred miles may feel like a trip round the neighborhood. The interiors of the Xylo are Genuine Italian leather. It has sporty new center console. The glossy two-toned wood finish of walnut brown color gives a feeling you’re in a Spanish beach cottage. In addition, features the steering with voice command switch and audio controls mounted on it, an absolute distinct feature. Just another reason why it has the name, MPV. The door has new redesigned inner door handles and convenient storage places, which include the floor console. The kids will also have their foldable snack trays, which are mounted, behind the front seats. We can also enjoy the individual AC vents and now there is light for all three rows. The flat bed seats are also incorporated which is seen in its predecessor.

2012 Mahindra Xylo interior

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On the technological end:

The most distinct feature of the Mahindra Xylo is the never before seen Voice command technology. There are over 30 commands and 15 security warnings. Just tap the switch on the steering wheel and say “Headlamps on” and the headlamps are switched on. This also gives you control over the wipers, door lock to name a few. Also features intellipark reverse assist to guide you into the parking space without a scratch. In addition to it, some features like Digital drive assist system, ABS with EBD and Cruise control assure that you reach your destination safely. Other safety features like dual SRS airbags and Extra stability technology offer dynamic stability to the Xylo.

2012 Mahindra Xylo in India


This MPV is available under three different powerhouses. The mDI CRDe engine is meant for the commercial purpose with an output of 95bhp and gives 14.95kmpl. The personal segment Xylo is powered by a mEagle engine with max output of 112bhp and gives 13kmpl, while the premium class Xylo is powered by powerful mHawk engine, which gives you an immense output of 120bhp and does 14.02kmpl. To this powerful powerhouse, the Xylo has 5MT transmission. Though initially the Xylo is a 2wheel drive, there are claims that the 4X4 version will be available for the foreign markets. South Africa is one of the markets for the Xylo where the right hand drive will be seen before there are plans for the left hand drive versions.

2012 Mahindra Xylo in India

2012 Mahindra Xylo Revealed

Since its introduction in the year 2009, Mahindra Xylo has gained its first most significant redesign and an all-new avatar of multipurpose vehicle, which was revealed today a while ago at the launch function scheduled in Mumbai. The 2012 Mahindra Xylo features new headlights with incorporated turn indicators, roof spoiler and more rectangular looking grille. The interior gets plenty of features such as cruise control, steering column mounted phone and audio controls and voice controls. One of the largest changes in 2012 Xylo is beneath the hood and gets a mHawk lighter 2.2 litre powerplant, which at present powers Mahindra Scorpio.

The 2012 Mahindra Xylo is available in five different variants, which include D4, D2, E8, E9 and E4.

The E8 and E4 variants are designed for family, while D4 and D2 variants are for tourist and Fleet owners.

2012 Mahindra Xylo Revealed

The base variants, D4 and D2 will be powered by 2.5 litre engine, which will generate 95PS of power with 220 newton meters of torque.

Motivation for the E8 and E4 variants will come from a 2.5 litre engine that will churn out 112PS of power with 260 newton meters of torque.

The range topping E9 variant will be equipped with mHawk 2.2 litre engine, which will be pumping out 120PS of power with 280 newton meters of torque.

2012 Mahindra Xylo Revealed

The top-of-the-line E9 adds dual zone AC and cruise control, while dual airbags, flatbed seats, individual AC vents and more will be available on standard variants.

Prices for Mahindra Xylo variants are as follows:

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