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Maruti Suzuki XL6: First Drive Review

  • Sep 18, 2019
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Maruti has come up with a more premium version of the Ertiga, called the XL6. The model got new features, more space and elegant looks. The Suzuki XL6 is priced at Rs70,000 more than the Ertiga, and available at all Nexa showrooms PAN India. So, let’s find out how it is different from the earlier model?



Exterior


The new hexagonal grille with a chrome slat, larger quad-LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs and indicators provide an impressive and premium look to the vehicle.


All black Alloy wheels, roof rails, and side claddings along with the expressive side profile complements the vehicle’s personality.


It is 50mm longer, 40mm wider and 10mm taller than the Ertiga.


Interior


Sophisticated and plush interiors include an all-black theme with leatherette upholstery, premium stone finish on the dashboard and rich silver accents all around.


Captain seats in 2nd row and reclining 3rd-row seats with slide mechanism provide enough space to get comfortable for all the passengers. However, in comparison to Mahindra Marazzo’s captain seats are less comfortable while taller passengers are more comfortable than the Lodgy and on par with the Innova Crysta.

It comes with the Suzuki SmartPlay Studio infotainment system which is pretty nifty and simple to use which supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.


As compared to Ertiga, it has cruise control and automatic headlamps with a follow-me-home function. Other utility appointments are ventilated cup holders, an overhead console, and accessory sockets in each row along with a rear AC.


Safety


It complies with all Indian safety regulations like frontal-offset impact, side-impact, and pedestrian protection.

Standard features include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts for the second row and reverse parking sensors.

The automatic variants also get a hill-hold function and electronic stability program for all-around safety.


Engine and Performance


It is powered by a BS6 compliant 1.5-litre smart hybrid petrol engine and delivers 105 PS of power at 6000rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 4400rpm with two engine options- 5-speed manual and 4-speed AT.

Due to improved firewall insulation, the engine sound does not come inside the cabin.


The highway cruise provides a great experience. Get it up to 80kmph and leave it in 5th gear, and the engine will just munch miles for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fuel efficiency stands higher at 19.01kmpl for MT, and 17.99kmpl for AT, as compared to Ertiga, which is 13.4kmpl inside the city and 16.kmpl on the highway.


To avoid the botheration of changing gears, a 4-speed torque converter option can be chosen. With a light foot drive, the gear changes are smooth and jerk-free, though it may be a bit jerky at the time sudden overtaking a car or speed increase.


Ride and Handling


At 1180kg (1190kg for AT), the XL6 is 45kg heavier than the Ertiga which makes a little difference in the riding experience.

The front suspension has been re-tuned which is soft and keeps the vehicle comfortable over broken patches of road and speed breakers.


The steering provides decent feedback on the road, It does feel a bit heavy in the city but not enough to be a bother.


Verdict


So it can be rightly said that XL6 is more premium than the Ertiga due to the refreshed exterior and interior styling. Plus, an added advantage of choosing a fully loaded automatic variant. Though the extra price is not justified completely, as we cannot ignore some important missed features like side and curtain airbags, auto-dimming, rain-sensing wipers, rear window blinds or one-touch window operation for all windows. However, it is a family car with a touch of sophistication and premiumness and for that feel-good factor paying more may not matter.

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